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plan goes forward.
Plan for Manatee
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tables tax. Page 14
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Oil spill hits shore, worries intensify
By Lisa Neff
The explosion that sank an oil rig off
the coast of Louisiana has Florida's senior
senator calling for a congressional review
of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Meanwhile, federal and state agencies
and environmental groups hampered by
wind and thunderstorms and choppy waves
- were working to contain the oil and cap
well leaks caused by the sinking of the
Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig.
The explosion on the deepwater rig took
place April 20. Eleven workers are believed
to have died in the incident and the spill
from the well, eight days later, was described
as massive and growing about 125 miles
wide and 40 miles long.
The National Oceanic Service declared
the incident a "spill of national significance,"
which is a spill that "due to its severity, size,
location, actual or potential impact on the
public health and welfare or the environment,
or the necessary response effort, is so com-
plex that it requires extraordinary coordina-
tion of federal, state, local and responsible-
party resources to contain and clean up the
Early April 30, oil reached the coastline of
Louisiana and was threatening fragile marshes
Sisters Elizabeth Moore, Francis Miller and Nancy Thompson carry the banner during
the victory lap at the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life May 1. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Cafe on the Beach petition
By Nick Walter
A barrage of support to keep Cafe on
the Beach on Manatee Public Beach has led
to more than 1,000 online and hand-written
"I'm overwhelmed," said Dee Schaefer,
owner of The Beach Shop at the Holmes
Beach facility. "I've never seen such sup-
port in my life, and it just touched me to the
bottom of my heart."
A recommendations committee appointed
by Manatee County administrator Ed Hun-
zeker reviewed four companies' proposals
and has recommended the county negotiate
On the agenda
The Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners is scheduled to take up the
contract for beach concessions at its meet-
ing at the county administration center in
Bradenton May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
with United Parks Service of St. Petersburg for
operations at Coquina and Manatee beaches. If
the county approves the recommendation, UPS
would take over operations July 21.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe Carol
Whitmore said the issue will be on the agenda
for the May 11 meeting at the Manatee County
Administration Center in downtown Braden-
There is a petition at The Islander with
more than 100 signatures. Another at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce contains
63 signatures. But on www.petitiononline.
com, under the petition "Save Cafe on the
Beach and The Gift Shop," there were 1,245
signatures as of April 29.
There also is a Facebook page, "Save Cafe
on the Beach and The Gift Shop." As of April 29,
1,637 people indicated they "like" the page.
Still, the county purchasing division of the
financial management department on April 21
PLEASE SEE CAFE, PAGE 3
and estuaries along the northern Gulf coast.
Closer to home, Manatee County resi-
dents were complaining about a turpentine-
like odor that meteorologists said could be
connected to the spill. The National Weather
Service operation in Ruskin reported dozens
The complaints were not limited to Mana-
tee, but heard elsewhere along the Gulf coast,
prompting the Environmental Protection
Agency to begin studying air quality.
Environmental groups also expressed
concern that the Loop Current could pull the
oil south through the Florida Straights and
PLEASE SEE OIL, NEXT PAGE
By Rick Catlin
The Recall Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus
committee in Anna Maria last week reached
the minimum of 136 signatures needed to
present the petition to the clerk of the circuit
court. The figure required by Florida law is 10
percent of the city's 1,362 registered voters.
Committee member Sandy Mattick said
the volunteers would continue this week to
collect more signatures.
The petition must be filed with the Mana-
tee County Clerk of the Circuit Court within
30 days of the first signature, according to the
Florida statute on recall. The committee began
obtaining signatures of registered Anna Maria
voters April 22.
Mattick said she and other volunteers
have come across a number of residents who
voted for Commissioner Stoltzfus in Novem-
PLEASE SEE RECALL, PAGE 8
The Islander remembers two local
legends this week.
W.H. Snooks Adams,
who died April 27, is
remembered on page
4. Pat Geyer, who died
May 1, is remembered
on page 5.
A memorial for Mr. Adams took place at
CrossPointe Fellowship May 1, when many
longtime Islanders shared
news of Mrs. Geyer's
death. A mass for Mrs.
Geyer will take place May
6 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach.
2 0 MAY 5, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
A deepwater drilling platform about 50 miles
southeast of Venice, La., exploded April 20. A
subsequent fire damaged the rig, which capsized
and sank April 22, after burning for hours. It is
unclear how much of the estimated 700,000 gal-
lons of fuel onboard burned before it sank, but
authorities estimated that 210,000 gallons of oil
a day was seeping from a deepwater well. The
rig is owned by Transocean and under contract
OIL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
north in the Atlantic along the state's East coast.
Hoping to prevent the slick's migration, emer-
gency crews on April 29 begin setting fire to the crude
in an attempt to burn off the fuel
A new concern over the impact of southeasterly
winds carrying smoke to the Florida Gulf coast was
But the fires also could not keep the oil from
reaching the northern Gulf coast and wildlife rescuers
began to prepare to treat fish, mammals, turtles and
birds injured by the oil or the dispersants intended to
disperse the fuel.
"The tragedy off the coast of Louisiana shows
we need to be asking a lot more tough questions of
Big Oil," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. "I think
we need to look back over 10 years or so to see if the
record denies the industry's claims about safety and
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that
while oil rig fires are rare, there were at least three
in the Gulf this year before the April incident and 14
Nelson asked the Interior Department to investi-
gate the explosion and then provide a comprehensive
report on all U.S. drilling accidents over at least the
He also wants a congressional investigation by
the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on which he
Debris and oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform float in the Gulf of Mexico after the rig sank
April 22. The mobile offshore drilling platform was engulfed inflames after an explosion April 20. The
Coast Guard continues to search for the 11 missing workers. Islander Photo: Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
serves and which oversees two agencies with key
roles in oil spill cases the U.S. Coast Guard and
National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.
Other senators have called for reviews, includ-
ing New Jersey Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez
and Frank Lautenberg, who issued a joint statement
questioning safety claims by the oil industry for its
expanded shoreline drilling effort.
"Big Oil has perpetuated a dangerous myth that
coastline drilling is a completely safe endeavor, but
accidents like this are a sober reminder just how far
that is from the truth," the two senators stated.
In March, President Barack Obama moved to
eliminate a federal ban on coastal rigs that Nelson
helped hammer out five years ago. The decision came
amid an industry effort to explore in the Eastern Gulf
of Mexico off Florida and along the U.S. Atlantic
Nelson won assurances from the administration
that there would be no new drilling operations from 9
nautical miles to 125 miles off Florida's west coast.
However, the senator said the Louisiana accident
brings into question the industry's claims about safety
and advanced technology.
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Ethics complaint filed against Stoltzfus
By Rick Catlin
A complaint to the Florida Ethics Commission
against Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus
was filed May 1 by Holmes Beach resident John Cag-
nina, who owns property in Anna Maria.
Cagnina said he did not want to release the details
of his complaint letter until it is received by the com-
mission and he is notified of its receipt.
Cagnina said he followed the FEC guidelines for
filing a complaint against a public official.
He said he based his complaint on the e-mails
produced by Stoltzfus under a public records request
by legal consultant Michael Barfield of Sarasota.
"I did not take this action lightly," Cagnina
Barfield was hired by attorney Valerie Fernandez,
who represents Pine Avenue Restoration LLC. Cag-
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issued Dee Schaefer a warning, saying PS. Beach Asso-
ciates has violated the county's anti-lobbying code.
The letter by Rob Cuthbert states, "It has
come to my attention that you or your firm's
agents have been asking individuals, including
customers and other persons in the community,
to contact county employees and officials includ-
ing county commissioners to advocate against
the current negotiations and/or advocate for your
firm's proposals, which was not the proposal
selected for negotiations under the county's RFP
Regarding the notice, Schaefer said, "I've put
that behind us and we're moving on."
But Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash
doesn't think Schaefer violated the code. "I think Dee
has a right to let people know if in a few months she
might not be there," he said.
He also said the reprimand could infringe
upon Schaefer's constitutional right to free
nina is not a principal or investor with Pine Avenue
Attorney Richard Harrison, who represents
Stoltzfus, said he could not comment directly on a
complaint he has not seen.
Harrison said, "If and when the commissioner
is notified of any FEC proceedings, I am confident
he will instruct us to defend vigorously against any
such charges, which are no doubt as baseless and ill-
motivated as the other elements of the coordinated
attack against the commissioner."
The Florida Code of Ethics for public officers
and employees is contained in Part III of Chapter 12
of the Florida statutes and, according to the ethics
commission Web site, contains "standard of ethics
for employees, candidates, lobbyists, and others
in Florida State and local government," except for
Florida judges who have a separate code of ethics.
"Sometimes the government feels like it can
negate freedom of speech actions and they per-
ceive they're more powerful than the constitution,"
The code that Schaefer allegedly violated was
meant to prevent private, closed-door lobbying,
In addition, he said he doesn't think a recom-
mendations committee should have been selected
to choose with whom the county should negotiate.
Rather, the board of county commissioners should
have interviewed the companies.
"I don't remember giving (Hunzeker) the author-
ity to pick the committee," McClash said. "In all my
years, part of the process as county commissioners
related to request for proposals, we always have had
the companies present their proposal directly to the
board of county commissioners. We interviewed
Anna Maria City
May 12,6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
May 13, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
May 6, 1 p.m., city pier team.
May 6, 1:30 p.m., website team.
May 6, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 13, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board.
May 25, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 27, 9 a.m., board of adjustment.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
May 20, 6 p.m., district commission.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
May 10, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council, Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 11, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners, County Administrative Building, 1200
Manatee Ave. N., Bradenton.
May 17, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Orga-
nization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
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Snooks Adams the 'finest kind'
By Nick Walter
He was unforgettable.
Whether W.H. "Snooks" Adams was unveiling
his unique sense of humor in one of his lengthy,
intriguing yarns or sharing his boundless knowledge
of Anna Maria Island history, he had a knack of strik-
ing someone with something unforgettable.
Adams died April 27 at the age of 92. He was
born April 24, 1917, in Cortez, a lifelong resident of
Manatee County, and longtime resident of Holmes
Beach. Adams served Holmes Beach as police chief
More than 100 people showed up May 1 to Cros-
sPointe Fellowship for Adams memorial service.
Adams' survivors include wife Elizabeth of
Holmes Beach; brothers Cleveland and wife Terry
of Gardena, Calif., Clayton and wife Polly of Braden-
ton, C.D. (Jeannie) of Sebastian; sister Mable Hipp
(Kenneth) of Sarasota; daughter Georgia Lee Jones
and 10 grandchildren.
Adams got his nickname from his Aunt Gracie
when he was 2 years old. Fanny Bryce was at the
height of her comedic career and she did a routine
with a character she named Baby Snooks. She did
both voices. The voice of Baby Snooks was loud
and so was the voice of Baby Snooks Adams. When
Adams was a boy, he and his brother would visit their
Aunt Sally and her husband Jack Moore.
Adams was a friend to Island children, originat-
ing a day in 1954 at the end of the school year just
for kids, and continuing that tradition with the Anna
Maria Island Privateers with Snooks Adams Kids
Day. He recalled there were only 10 or 12 boys, two
cases of Cokes and a couple pounds of hot dogs at
the first Kid's Day in Bradenton Beach.
Adams moved to Bradenton Beach in 1947 and
later bought a home in Holmes Beach, where he
retired from the Holmes Beach Police Department.
Adams and Leon Stafford started the first fire
department in Bradenton Beach with Stafford as chief
and Adams as assistant chief. Adams helped build
the Bradenton Beach fire house that is a volunteer-
supported center today.
He worked for the Island Erosion Board and
helped build the groins along the Gulf side of the
In 1952, Bradenton Beach incorporated and
Mayor Jack Jones appointed Stafford its first police
chief and Adams as assistant chief.
In 1954, Adams joined the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office and was the first and only for a long
time patrol deputy dedicated to the Island.
"That guy was a pioneer," said former Manatee
County Sheriff Charlie Wells. "A one-man show, and
a guy I really respected."
Adams is credited with helping set up the first
Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the county, just after
World War II, and he was naval commander three
times during the 1950s.
As a Cortez fisherman, Snooks figured his knowl-
edge of the sea would help him in the Navy. "We all
wanted to do our part," said Snooks. "I wanted to
get in and do what I could. I wasn't looking to be a
hero, but all my brothers and my friends were joining
In 1956, Adams went to work for the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office. "My job was to take care of
the Island," Adams told The Islander in 1999, when
the new HBPD facility opened and was named in his
From 1962-78, Adams was the Holmes Beach
police chief. "I arrested people according to the way
they acted or what they had done," Adams said. "I
always believed that when you did more harm than
good by an arrest, you made a bad arrest. I still believe
However, there were the times that required
toughness. He was involved in three shootouts and
was shot in one of them.
"He had a big influence on me," Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine said. "Even though he came
from an extremely different era, from a different time
in policing, his way with people was timeless."
"He leaves a void in my life that will not be
replaced," said Gene Schaefer, who with his wife
Dee is the concessionaire at the Manatee and Coquina
beaches and longtime friends of Adams. "He is a
very, very, very important memory and an individual
for whom I had great respect and whose company I
enjoyed. There aren't that many to go around. He was
one of those living people who are forever there."
Schaefer said Adams was simply unforgettable.
"One thing he said to me that I've never forgot-
ten, and has certainly come to pass, he said at least
25 years ago," Schaefer said. "And this was during a
conversation with some people who were complain-
ing about some changes being proposed, and he said,
'The Island is going to change whether we like it or
not. And it's not going to change the way we think
it's going to change. But if we don't go along with
the changes, we're going to get left behind.'"
Many who knew Adams said he told it like it
Indeed, in a column printed in The Islander,
Adams began, "I'm a little confused. Have been
since voters decided commercial fishermen had to
give up what their daddies and granddaddies taught
'em, laying their nets and pulling in mullet to put
groceries on the table. And now our Florida Supreme
Court has decided the net ban amendment passed in
1994 is going to save Florida fisheries and make our
waters well again. I say bull ---."
Lake LaVista in Anna Maria didn't open into
second from left, attends
a ribbon-cutting cer-
emony at the Holmes
Beach Police Depart-
ment with HBPD
Chief Jay Romine, left,
Adams' wife Elizabeth
and then-Mayor Carol
Whitmore. The new
was namedfor Adams
W.H. "Snooks" Adams had
the first radar gun on the
Tampa Bay in the 1920s and was a brackish body of
water filled with alligators and small tarpon, Snooks
"We'd swim with the alligators. They had plenty
of food and wouldn't bother us. There were little
tarpon you could catch."
Snooks was one of six brothers who served in the
U.S. armed forces in World War II, four in the U.S.
Navy and two in the Army. Snooks joined the Navy
immediately after Pearl Harbor. His brother Cleve-
land was already in the Navy and was stationed at
Pearl on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked.
Brothers Leon and William later joined the Navy,
while Henry went into the Army. Brother Clyde
joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was shot down
over Germany, eventually becoming a prisoner of
In 1985 at the behest of then-Sen. Lawton Chiles,
Congress recognized the Adams family of Cortez for
its service during WWII with an official entry into
the congressional record.
After the war, Adams returned to his roots in the
family's fishing business and got married.
In 1996, Adams was the 1996 Islander of the
Former Holmes Beach mayor, now County Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore recalled Adams.
"He belonged to a club of older gentlemen on the
Island and they'd all go to local establishments every-
PLEASE SEE ADAMS, PAGE 7
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Clockwise: Pat Geyer campaigns for Holmes Beach City Commission last fall. Standing from left are sis-
ters Patti Reid, Pam Geyer and Polli Stroup. Seated from left are Peggi Davenport, Patti's daughter Emmy
Lou and her daughter Leah Hall, and mom, grandmother, great-grandmother Pat "Miss Duffy" Geyer.
Pat Geyer, decked out like the man in red, delivered a traditional Duffy's holiday feast hamburgers to
the crew at Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff and Diana Bogan
Remembering Pat Geyer an Island icon
By Nick Walter and Lisa Neff
Mom, grandmother, great-grandmother.
Pat Geyer died early May 1 at Blake Medical
Center at the age of 79. Mrs. Geyer was born Oct.
29, 1930 in Cincinnati.
She was predeceased by her husband Edward
E. Geyer in May of 2009, and is survived by five
daughters; Patti (Rodney) Reid of Holmes Beach,
Pamela (Fianc6 Willie Herschberger) Geyer, Peggi
(Bruce) Davenport and Polli (Erick) Stroup all of
Bradenton, and Penni Geyer of Hendersonville, NC,
one brother, Bobby Klein of Nashville, TN, one sister
Margie (Jim) Zentmeyer of Cincinnati, OH four
granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.
"Now, cheeseburgers really are being served in
paradise," said one customer of Duffy's Tavern, the
Holmes Beach institution known for "the coldest beer
this side of heaven," great burgers and small-town
hospitality. Mrs. Geyer was known on Anna Maria
Island and beyond as "Ms. Duffy" and she owned
and operated the beloved joint for some 40 years.
Mrs. Geyer also served two terms as mayor of
Holmes Beach, as well as multiple terms on the
city commission. Her political career spanned four
decades and that is not including Mrs. Geyers'
work in party politics. She was first elected to the
city commission in 1978 and was last elected to the
commission in 2006 with the slogan "Put Pat Back to
Work for You." She served as mayor from 1990-94.
"She was a longtime, good friend and an asset
to the community," said Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger. "She had a kind heart and was a
very generous woman. She gave years of her life
to the city of Holmes Beach."
In the early 1950s, Pat and husband Ed Geyer,
who died last year, were living in Cincinnati. They
had friends who vacationed on Anna Maria Island
and who would return to the Midwest state to spread
the word about their sub-tropical discovery.
The Geyers too journeyed to Anna Maria Island
- first in 1954 to help build a house in Sunrise
Park. And by the early 1960s, they had settled in
Holmes Beach, where they raised "the girls," as
Mrs. Geyer called her daughters.
"When we moved here, in the summer time,
there was hardly anyone on the Island," Mrs. Geyer
told The Islander in 2006. "The kids could play a
baseball game in the middle of Gulf Drive."
The Geyers began operating Duffy's Tavern on
Gulf Drive across from Manatee Beach in 1971.
Mrs. Geyer joked, more than once, to the press,
to colleagues, to friends and to customers that she
and Ed operated the family business to keep her
daughters out of trouble.
In 2001-02, the Geyers' lease ran out, and they
moved the Duffy' s operation funky signs, old license
plates, photographs and all to the comer of Marina
Drive and 58th Street, across from city hall.
Over the weekend, the American flag at city hall
was at half-mast in Mrs. Geyer's honor on May 1.
Last fall at city hall, Mrs. Geyer received an
award from the Florida League of Cities for her
more than 25 years of service to the city. FLC
president Carmine Priore hailed Mrs. Geyer as a
role model for other public servants who worked
"tirelessly every day to provide the best city ser-
vice and enhance the lives" of citizens.
Mrs. Geyer once said she learned that it's essen-
tial to run a government like a business: "You know
what your budget is, and that's what you stick to."
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
remembers Mrs. Geyer as a woman of few words.
"She didn't have a lot to say," the chief said. "But
when she did speak, you listened. She was one of
the sweetest ladies you' 11 ever meet."
Carol Whitmore, former Holmes Beach mayor
and current county commissioner, said Mrs. Geyer
"was always there for advice." Whitmore described
Mrs. Geyer as the "soul of the Island."
Others described Mrs. Geyer as an Island
"My family's been coming here for as long
as there has been a Duffy's, and Ms. Duffy has
seen me grow from a kid to a man with kids of my
own," said regular vacationer Pat Hicks. "She was
someone we always looked up. It wasn't a vacation
if on Anna Maria if you didn't see Ms. Duffy."
Tributes to Mrs. Geyer grew long and numer-
ous on the Facebook fan page for Duffy's.
"Your mother was a great mother, grandmother,
friend, woman, humanitarian, politician, business-
woman, and the list goes on and on," wrote Lisa
Varano. "There are thousands of hearts and lives
that she touched. She was truly one of a kind."
At Island institutions the Island Branch
Library, the Anna Maria post office, the Publix super
market Islanders shared the news of Mrs. Geyer's
death and remembrances over the weekend.
"I don't think I ever left the company of Pat
Geyer without a smile," said Islander Jack Kates.
"She had this way."
Mrs. Geyer was known for her quiet good
humor, as well as for her fierce loyalty to family,
work, causes, politics and principle.
Ed Chiles, president and CEO of the Chiles
group and son of former Florida Gov. Lawton
Chiles, recalls that loyalty.
"She was a big supporter of my dad," Chiles
said. "And if someone said crap about my dad,
she' d stand up and throw them out of the bar."
Duffy's welcomes all, but is obsequious to
none, Chiles said.
"It wasn't a place where they said, 'Thank you
for stopping by' or 'Thanks for coming' or 'Appre-
ciate you being here,'" Chiles said. "It was never
like that. You couldn't ingratiate yourself to the
group. You had to earn respect with the group."
On the other hand, Mrs. Geyer needed only to
look up and say, "How you doing?" in her genuine
manner that made people feel welcome.
"She was Ms. Duffy."
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 5, from 4
p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shannon Funeral Home Westview
Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
on Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach with interment
to follow at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to TideWell
Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fl. 34238.
Condolences for the family may be made online
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Spill baby spill
"Drill baby drill" was a chant taken up two years
ago with fuel prices soaring and war in the Middle
East becoming increasingly popular.
But now opponents of drilling have a told-you-so
chant: "Spill baby spill."
On April 20, an explosion the cause still
unidentified rocked a British Petroleum Deep-
water Horizon oil rig about 50 miles off the coast
of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig caught
fire and sank. Eleven workers are missing and pre-
sumed dead, and leaks in the deepwater well at the
site are gushing oil at a rate of 210,000 gallons a
The effort to contain the oil slick involves fed-
eral, state and local emergency workers and a variety
of high-tech and low-tech methods. But containment
seemed unlikely as winds and current carried the oil
toward the Mississippi Delta and threatened the Ala-
bama and Florida coasts.
On April 30, the state legislative session came
to a conclusion without passage of a measure to
open our state waters as close to shore as 3
miles to oil or natural gas drilling. Let's hope
that this indicates state drilling proponents are
backing away from their plan and not simply that
they ran out of time.
As for the federal proposal to expand oil and
natural gas exploration and drilling opportunities in
the Gulf that President Barack Obama announced
earlier this spring. If a positive can come from the
Deepwater Horizon incident, it should be the sinking
of Obama's offshore drilling pitch.
Even before the April 20 explosion and the
spill that followed, many Islanders surveyed by
this paper opposed expanded Gulf drilling.
An accident could foul Florida's beaches, kill
marine-, shore- and wildlife, crash the commercial
fishing economy and torpedo the tourist industry.
Last week, the oil spill remained many miles
from the Manatee County coastline, but neighbors,
store clerks, waiters, shoppers, landscapers, office-
holders and beachgoers here shared a grave concern
for the health of the overall Gulf of Mexico and
specific concerns for the local impact and future
The Gulf of Mexico is abundant with natural
resources, but we need not try to turn it into a gas
I wonder if the commissioners in Anna Maria
who voted against the county resolution on drilling
off our shores have anything to say today.
I would like to hear their comments now that the
entire Gulf of Mexico coast is awaiting the biggest
oil spill disaster in our history.
Come on folks. Let us hear from you now.
Are you still with the drill baby drill group or do
you finally see the folly of our continued greed and
Maureen Dahms, Anna Maria
It takes a village
While I was on vacation my blind Australian
cattle dog escaped from the back yard.
Thanks to dear friends, fantastic neighbors, a pro-
fessional mangrove tracker and the Holmes Beach
Police Department Matilda was found tangled in the
mangroves not far from my house.
She's recovering from barnacle cuts to her paws
and eyes and will be fine thanks to Island Vet.
It took a village to find Matilda.
Thank you so much.
Robin Zimmerman, Holmes Beach
Thank you, chief
Snooks Adams once said, "I arrested people
according to the way they acted or what they had
done. I always believed that when you did more harm
than good by an arrest, you made a bad arrest. I still
Sounds like something Sheriff Andy Taylor of
Mayberry might have said, doesn't it?
Well, that was what it was like to grow up on
Anna Maria Island in the 1960s and 1970s, and
Snooks Adams was a big part of why it felt that
I heard him say more than once to my mother,
"Well, boys will be boys." This was usually after
being brought home in the back of his patrol car after
being picked up on the Island somewhere, up to some
mischief or another.
It was usually me and my friend Joe Bernard in
trouble, but half the boys growing up on the Island
would have landed in jail or juvenile detention -
had it not been for Snooks Adams. He had his own
two sons who were not much older than me and I
think he understood a boy's life and the available
temptations for mischief. He just seemed to remem-
ber being a kid better than most adults.
The Island was mostly empty blocks of vacant
lots and dirt roads in those days. But we had Little
League, Tarpon Football, the old community center,
the beach, bicycles, lots of fishing poles, boats, water
skis, masks and fins and parents who gave us a lot
of leeway to figure out for ourselves how we spent
our time. Sometimes we made a mess of it all, but
sometimes the trust was not misplaced.
All things must pass, and the Island of my youth
is long gone. Young boys are not allowed to walk
2-3 miles to City Pier before first light to go fish-
ing without an adult. There are no forts built of old
lumber and palm leaves hidden away somewhere on
most blocks. Pickup baseball and football games are
not played daily on empty lots. And the police chief
is unlikely to bring a boy home in a patrol car and
tell the parents he was just being a boy.
Thanks for all you didn't do that you could have
Snooks Adams and thanks for all the hot dogs and
Cokes on Kids Day. It was the best of times.
Jerry Welch, Sarasota
Have your say...
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners reviewed a
"blue book" April 6, and not because they are buying
The "blue book," described as such by financial
expert Ed Leonard, contains the city's audit report
for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2009, between
two blue covers.
"It's a good audit report," said Leonard of Chris-
topher, Smith, Leonard, Bristow and Stanell. "It's a
very good audit report, and the city had a good year,
especially considering the economy."
The report consists of a three-page letter, as well
as the 39-page "blue book" containing discussion and
analysis, financial statements, balance sheets and
During a meeting April 6 at city hall, Leonard
reviewed key elements of the document, an annual
tradition for Bradenton Beach and other Florida
municipalities. Regarding financial findings, Leon-
ard pointed out:
The assets of the city exceeded its liabilities.
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day at 5 p.m. until they couldn't drive anymore,"
Whitmore said. "They'd go to the Sandbar, they'd
go to Rotten Ralph's, and Snooks used to buy beers
for a dollar or 50 cents. The price of beer used to be
real low, but when the prices went up, they kept the
same low prices for Snooks all those years."
Following his retirement, Snooks still liked to
drive around town "on patrol" just to say "hi" to old
Luckily, one of his daily visits was to The Islander
for a long while, and he took a liking to Mister
Wizard, the cairn terrier who kept office hours.
They like to give compliments in Cortez by
saying it's the "finest kind," and that surely describes
The city's debt decreased $474,969 to
$1,069,490 due to payments of principal on loans
and capital leases.
Revenue for the city went down in fiscal 2009
"because of the reduction in taxes, but, on the other
hand, the total expenses went down as well."
Leonard also offered some recommendations for
The clerk's office should cross-train employ-
ees and develop checklists for monthly, quarterly and
The city should rein in overdue sanitation and
"I can't stress enough that this is very important,"
The city should institute a review process to
dispose of obsolete assets.
"Arrange to have them sold or donated for scrap
if they are not worth anything," the auditor said.
The city should institute a rule to pay off credit
card balances to avoid finance charges.
"Obviously you shouldn't be doing that," Leon-
Snooks Adams and the Privateers.
He will surely be missed.
City gets clean audit report
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In the May 3, 2000 issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said he
was dissatisfied with the service the city was getting
from its law enforcement contract with the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office and was exploring the cost
of a city-run police department. Vice Mayor Bob
Barlow and Commissioner Doug Wolfe agreed with
exploration, but some said that when the city had its
own force there was chaos with law enforcement in
The 2000 turtle nesting season began May 1
and volunteers began patrolling beaches for turtles
looking for a place to lay their eggs, but none of the
creatures showed up during the weekend.
Holmes Beach city commissioners invited the
non-profit Anna Maria Island Privateers to park its
boat-float on city property near the public works
department on Marina Drive. The Privateers had kept
the float on a vacant lot in Holmes Beach for 20 years
until 1996, when Mayor Bob VanWagoner instructed
the city code enforcement officer to cite the group for
having a trailer on a vacant lot. AMIP then moved the
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8 E MAY 5, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Attorney: City on hook for Stoltzfus legal fees
By Rick Catlin
The attorney for Anna Maria Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus said his client would submit a bill
to the city for "all attorneys fees, costs and legal
expenses" he incurs in his defense against a recall
petition against him.
Richard Harrison, Stoltzfus' attorney, said in a
memo to Mayor Fran Barford and the city commis-
sion that "Florida courts have long recognized that
public officials are entitled to legal representation at
public expense to defend themselves against litiga-
tion arising from the performance of their official
duties while serving a public purpose."
At the same time, attorney Valerie Fernandez,
representing public records consultant Michael Bar-
field and Pine Avenue Restoration LLC, disputed
Harrison's claim. She said the city does not have to
pay legal fees if a recall vote is successful.
Harrison cited Florida common law and a 1990
case in Fort Walton Beach as grounds for submission
and payment of Stoltzfus' costs. Harrison said city
attorney Jim Dye would confirm that Stoltzfus has
"legal entitlement to reimbursement."
In addition, Harrison said, defending Stoltzfus
against the recall effort "serves a public purpose."
The city has an interest in "protecting its officers from
untimely and illegal recall petitions."
Harrison also said the city has a "responsibility
to ensure that the recall committee follows proper
procedures and that, among other things, the recall
petition is legally sufficient."
Barford said she gave Dye a copy of the Harrison
memo for review.
Efforts to reach Dye for comment were unsuc-
The other view
Fernandez responded April 27 with her own letter
to Barford and the city commission regarding Har-
rison's notice that Stoltzfus will seek reimbursement
of his legal fees.
His letter contains "significant omissions from
applicable case law," along with numerous factual
errors, Fernandez wrote.
She said Harrison's most significant omission
is that it "presumes Commissioner Stoltzfus will be
cleared of any wrongdoing and that the recall petition
will be unsuccessful."
Regarding the Fort Walton Beach case, Fernan-
dez said Harrison ignored the portion of the decision
in which the elected officials were "cleared of any
If a recall election were to fail, Stoltzfus would
have to establish that the allegations were unfounded,
and that the recall allegations were in connection with
the performance of his duties that served a public
purpose, Fernandez said.
Further, said Fernandez, any submission of legal
fees to the city would go before a judge in a special
hearing. "The judge would decide what, if anything,
is appropriate," she said.
Fernandez characterized the Harrison letter as
"nothing short of an attempt to intimidate good citi-
zens exercising their constitutional right."
She said the memo followed an attempt by a Stoltz-
fus supporters to warn people who sign the recall peti-
tion that "by signing, they could become subject to
public records scrutiny. This was flatly denied by the
attorney general's office," Fernandez said.
She concluded by noting that she does not rep-
resent the recall committee.
"The citizens proposing the recall petition do not
have a lawyer representing them. This letter is written
in support of their right," she wrote.
Clerk fields 30-plus records requests
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird has had more
than 30 public records requests since receiving one
March 10 from legal consultant Michael Barfield of
Sarasota asking for the e-mails relating to public busi-
ness to and from Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus and
planning and zoning board member Jim Conoly.
Since March 10, the city has been flooded with
public records requests.
Many of the requests have come from lawyers
representing clients who have received a request for
The responses to those requests has been
RECALL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ber 2009, but now have signed the petition.
Additionally, she said, some voters have said they
are upset with what Stoltzfus wrote in his e-mails
about Mayor Fran Barford, and are concerned he has
a hidden agenda.
Committee chairman Bob Carter said he has
talked with several people who declined to sign the
petition because their names would become public,
but said they would vote to recall Stoltzfus if such
an election were held.
Carter also said that everyone who signed the
petition now understands that their e-mails will not
be seized and become part of the public record as a
Stoltzfus supporter had claimed several weeks ago.
An attorney with the Florida Attorney General's
office quashed that suggestion, noting the recall com-
mittee does not transact any public business and was
not formed by the city.
But not everyone in Anna Maria agrees with the
One man told Mattick he was not going to sign
the petition, and that Stoltzfus was his man.
Another said he didn't care if Stoltzfus broke any
law, he was still supporting the commissioner.
Others have placed signs in their car windows
that read "Stoltzfus Supporter."
Attorney Richard Harrison of Tampa, who rep-
resents Stoltzfus, has said the commissioner has
done nothing wrong and has not violated Florida's
In a letter to the city, Harrison said it was an
"honor" to represent Stoltzfus.
The state Sunshine Law requires public officials
to not discuss city business with other officials with-
out noticing the public, or to use a third party as a
Baird said she has not received any response to
records requests from residents Robin Wall, Nicky
Hunt, and Cathy Stoltzfus, wife of Commissioner
Stoltzfus. Barfield has asked for their e-mails relating
to city business.
Attorney Richard Harrison of Tampa, who rep-
resents Harry Stoltzfus, said he would supply the
e-mails of former City Commissioner Duke Miller
this week. Wall has said she is represented by Har-
rison, but he made no comment as to her e-mails.
Larry Albert and Tom Aposporos of the city's
parking safety committee have not responded, Baird
said, but committee members Terry Schaefer and
Gene Aubry submitted records. Coleman, also on
the safety committee, said he was putting his e-mails
Volunteersfor the Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus
committee in Anna Maria were in front of the Pine
Avenue General Store and Deli on May 1, collect-
ing signatures for the recall petition. Committee
member Sandy Mattick, above, said volunteers
were at the post office on April 30, and will con-
tinue to canvas the city for signatures this week.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
conduit to discuss public business with an elected
The committee has a lot more work to do after
the signatures on the first petition are verified and the
petition presented by the committee chairman and
accepted, according to the Florida statute on recall.
There's a second petition that has to be circulated
Mayor Fran Barford said all her e-mails are on
the city's e-mail server. City attorney Jim Dye said he
is collecting his e-mails. Building official Bob Welch
has submitted his personal e-mails and Baird will
obtain his e-mails on the city's server. City planner
Alan Garrett has yet to provide any e-mails.
Planning and zoning board members Sandy Mat-
tick and Bob Barlow have not submitted e-mail, while
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said she did not have
any personal e-mails about city business, other than
those already on the city's server.
Commissioner Stoltzfus said he has submitted all
his e-mails. Conoly said the same and also will pro-
vide his new computer for a forensic examination.
that needs the signatures of 15 percent 198 of
the 1,362 registered voters in Anna Maria. The first
petition requires 10 percent.
In addition, Commissioner Stoltzfus is entitled to
write a defense to the allegations that will accompany
the second petition.
Florida recall statute
Procedures in the recall effort, according to the
Florida statute, include:
The clerk, after receiving the defense statement,
shall within five days, prepare a sufficient number
of copies of the recall petition and defensive state-
ment, as well as the names, addresses and oaths on
the original petition, and deliver them to the recall
The prepared copies shall be entitled "Recall
Petition and Defense" and shall contain lines and
spaces for signatures and printed names of regis-
tered electors, place of residence, election precinct
number and date of signing, together with oaths to
be executed by the witnesses. The clerk shall deliver
forms sufficient to carry the signatures of 30 percent
of the registered electors.
Upon receipt of the "Recall Petition and
Defense," the committee may circulate it to obtain
the signatures of 15 percent of the electors.
Within 60 days after delivery of the "Recall
Petition and Defense" to the chair, the chair shall
file with the clerk the "Recall Petition and Defense,"
which includes the required signatures of 15 percent
of the voters.
The supervisor shall be paid by the persons or
committee seeking verification the sum of 10 cents
for each name checked.
In the absence of a resignation, the chief judge
of the judicial circuit in which the municipality is
located shall fix a day for holding a recall election.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 5, 2010 0 9
Pine Ave. parking plan goes forward
By Rick Catlin
Just one week after staving off a moratorium pro-
posal, Anna Maria Commission Chair John Quam
struck again, this time with a parallel parking plan for
Pine Avenue and its retail-office-residential district.
Commissioners and planning and zoning board
members April 29 viewed the draft plan by Anna
Maria architect Gene Aubry.
They voted 9-1 to pursue the plan. Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus, who has long advocated that all park-
ing in the ROR be on site and that there be no back-
out parking, voted against the proposal.
By a 6-3 margin, commissioners and board mem-
bers voted to prohibit back-out parking at any new
ROR development on Pine Avenue. That's when
Quam brought up his compromise.
Quam said he got the idea of parallel parking
from visiting a small town near West Palm Beach
with his son, who lives in that area.
"When I saw the reduced conflict there, I thought
of our city. There is no conflict with pedestrians" and
parking, Quam said.
Aubry said the plan would put 197 parking spaces
on Pine Avenue. Some parallel parking already is per-
mitted on the street.
Each parking space would be 10 by 25 feet, while
the current requirement is 10 by 20 feet. Loading
zones could be established and crosswalks and lights
could be placed at each intersection.
Parallel parking would satisfy most retail require-
ments, but new restaurants and coffee shops would be
required to provide on-site parking, Aubry noted.
The plan provides more landscaping and 4-foot-
wide sidewalks would be added. Current sidewalks
would also be expanded in width. The plan would
require the right of way to be moved 2 feet on both
sides of Pine Avenue.
"It's a concept of a successful walkable street,"
Aubry said, but it's not a one-year project, or even a
few years, he said. The plan would be done in phases
and "take years to complete, but it would work,"
Commissioner Dale Woodland, while express-
ing a desire for more details, said Quam's proposal
would solve the problem of parking if a small lot in
the district were developed for ROR purposes.
"On-site parking won't work for a 50-foot lot
on the north side of Pine. This would eliminate that
problem," he said.
Stoltzfus, however, objected to the plan. The
comprehensive plan says "on-site" parking and "I'm
satisfied" with that. "This increases the likelihood of
larger buildings," Stoltzfus said and will lead to Anna
Maria becoming a tourist destination. "I'm opposed
Stoltzfus added that the city has been "wasting
time since November" discussing a parking plan. The
new concept is more "here we go again," he said.
Quam responded that he had made a thorough
review of the comp plan and only one section dis-
cusses commercial parking.
Section 1.3.7 states that all commercial uses shall
provide "off-street" parking and separate pedestrian
and vehicle traffic, he said.
City attorney Jim Dye said that parallel parking
could be considered "off-street" if it were in the city's
Commissioner Chuck Webb favored the Quam
plan as a compromise for Pine Avenue parking, par-
ticularly since the plan appears to add more landscap-
ing. "We've got problems and we need a compromise.
This is the right direction," he said.
Quam brought up the compromise because the
commission appeared split over the on-site parking
issue and its possible impact on development of small
lots in the ROR.
City planner Alan Garret said that, after review-
ing the plan, he would determine the number of paral-
lel spaces the Quam-Aubry plan would provide and
present that and other details at the next joint session.
Garret said the commission still has to discuss Chap-
ter 90, the city's traffic-circulation ordinance.
"We have a lot of work to do on that," Quam
Commissioners and board members who favored
the plan also agreed that more details are needed and
parking options have to be discussed further.
Not everyone favored Quam's proposal.
Aside from Stoltzfus, former planning and zoning
board chair Tom Turner spoke in opposition to the
plan, as did resident Nicky Hunt.
The next joint session is 6 p.m. May 13.
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Privateers plan Snooks Adams Day
The Anna Maria Island Privateers is calling all
kids because the Skullywag pirate float is putting in
to Bayfront Park for the annual Snooks Adams Kids
Day May 15.
The celebration, which honors the Island kids for
another nine months of school work also pays tributes
to former Holmes Beach Police Chief Willis Howard
"Snooks" Adams, who died April 26.
In 1954, Adams, one of the Island's first peace
officers, drove a group of youngsters to the beach to
celebrate the end of the school year with a cookout.
The first events took place in Bradenton Beach.
Later, the celebration was moved to Manatee
Public Beach, where the Lions Club and Island resi-
dents helped Adams grow the event.
In 1980, Adams turned over the celebration to the
Privateers present Plunder Fest
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold its
second annual Plunder Fest from 4:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 29, at Ace's Lounge, 4393 Palma Sola
Blvd., Bradenton. Admission will be $10.
Participating bands will include Mitch Clark and
the House Rockers, Gator Stew, Raising Cane, Unkle
Red and Shineola.
For more information, go to www.amiprivateers.org.
Palmetto hosts kids' fishing
The city of Palmetto and the Bradenton and Pal-
metto Kiwanis clubs will host a free fishing tourna-
ment for children at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 8.
The event will be sponsored by the Manatee/
Sarasota Fish and Game Association and will take
place at the Green Bridge fishing pier in Palmetto.
Children ages 7-14 are eligible to participate. A
child must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call 941-794-2806.
Sister Keys clean up planned
Sarasota Bay Watch, the town of Longboat Key,
the Chiles Group restaurants and Cannons Marina
will host volunteers cleaning up Sister Keys from 8
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8.
Participants will meet at the town boat ramp at
the corner of Linley Street and Lois Avenue near the
Mar Vista restaurant.
After the work, volunteers will have lunch at Mar Vista.
For more information, call SBW at 941-953-5333
or visit www.sarasotabaywatch.org.
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of the milestones in readers' lives weddings,
anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send
notices and photographs with detailed captions
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Anna Maria Island Privateers, which has grown the
event to attract as many as 500 children with a pirate
costume contest, treasure hunt and other activities.
Last week, Adams' family asked that donations
in his memory be made to AMIP at PO. Box 1238,
Holmes Beach FL 34218, or Crosspointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
This year's kids day celebration will take place
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the costume contest at
The celebration's menu includes free pizza, hot
dogs and soda for kids and for a nominal donation
For more information about Kids Day, call Greg
"Wiz" Luzier at 941-725-0184 or visit www.amipri-
Rotary announces programs
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Tuesdays at noon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
The calendar of programs includes:
May 11, Alexandra Gormik of the Girl Scouts
of Gulfcoast Florida.
May 18, Susan Atherton of the Rotary Club of
Sarasota Bay talking about giving based on gender
May 25, a club assembly.
For more information, go to www.annamariaro-
Longboat chapel offers aid
Longboat Island Chapel, 6100 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, is working with state Rep.
Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, to host a One-Stop
Center assisting people with food, shelter, clothing
and jobs. Pictured are Peter Mattina, a member of
the chapel and on the one-step board, and Adell
Erozer, director of the one-step center. For more
information, call the chapel at 941-383-6491.
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By Lisa Neff
My mom called the other day.
"Lis," she whispered into the phone. "I can't talk
too loud. I'm in the library."
I had to laugh. My mom has never been a big
"rules" person, though she is not unconventional,
and she's certainly not radical. Once, years ago, after
determining she would establish herself as a feminist,
she boldly added "Ms." to the signature on her check.
But she forgot to use her name "Mary." The signature
read "Ms. John W. Neff."
My mom is what I like to think of as an all-
American rule-breaker and boundary tester. And for
that I am thanking her this Mother's Day, which we
celebrate Sunday, May 9.
She and my dad raised four kids in Waukegan,
Ill., a working-class city too far north of Chicago to
really call a suburb. Author Ray Bradbury grew up in
Waukegan and called the city "Green Town" in one
of his novels.
It still seemed like "Green Town" when the Neff
family settled there in the late 1960s, and one could
say we had a "Brady Bunch" kind-of-life.
While my dad made a career as a coach and a
high school teacher, my mom established herself in
a multitude of roles wife, mother, daughter, sister,
painter, designer, floral arranger, decorator, preserva-
tionist, conservationist and political activist.
Children learn from their parents in sit-downs
and heart-to-hearts, the teachable moments when a
lesson must be taught.
But children learn much more from following
their parents' lead and, as I think about Mother's Day,
I think about how many children learned much from
my mom her four biological kids, our friends, the
neighborhood kids, and my dad's high school football
players over four decades.
She taught us to dance, to protest, to stand up
for ourselves and for others, to work hard, to have
fun, to listen well and to act with sincerity, to live
honestly and that it's OK to bend or break the rules
or not exactly conform to the norm.
My best childhood friends have long called my
mom "Mom Neff." My baseball teammates called her
"Coach." My high school friends still call her "Dear"
and these days they might talk more with her than
me. On so many Friday and Saturday nights during
high school, while we were hanging at McDonald's
or the mall or the lakefront, someone at some point
would suggest, "Let's go see what Dear's up to."
Occasionally the troublemaker among us would
suggest another activity, but often a carload of
17-year-old girls would pull into the driveway of our
two-story brick house on Stewart Avenue to hang
That was fine with me. I'm not unconventional
and certainly not radical. And today those memories
Happy Mother's Day.
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when searching for a Mother's Day gift.
The event takes place at 107 Bridge St. and is
sponsored by the Historic Bridge Street Merchants
Participating vendors will be selling produce, arts
and crafts, jewelry and clothing, flowers and baked
For more information, call 941-518-4431.
Off Stage group to meet
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players will meet at 11:30 a.m. May 12, at the Bra-
denton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave., Braden
The club, which supports the Anna Maria com-
munity theater in a variety of ways, will install offi-
cers for the next year.
Lunch will cost $15 per person.
For more information or reservations, call
Island Players ready next play
The Island Players next play, "The Prisoner of
Second Avenue," opens Thursday, May 13, and con-
tinues through May 23.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through
Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There are no perfor-
Tickets to the Neil Simon play can be purchased
at the box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-
days through Saturdays, as well as an hour before
For more information, call 941-778-5755.
Kiwanis to meet in May
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Saturdays at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
The club's meeting schedule includes:
May 8, regular business.
May 15, Cindy Sloan of the Meals on Wheels
PLUS food bank.
Rae Dowling of Florida Power & Light.
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Local postal employees conduct food drive
Letter carriers will stage a blitz on Saturday, May
8, to combat hunger in America, conducting National
Association of Letter Carrier's annual "Stamp Out
Hunger" Food Drive.
In Anna Maria, non-perishable items can be left
in a container in the post office.
In Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, non-
perishable items can be left by mailboxes, as well as
at the post office in Bradenton Beach.
Additionally, donations may be dropped in a col-
lection barrel at the Publix super market in Holmes
The Stamp Out Hunger drive is the largest one-
day food collection in the nation and the biggest com-
munity service effort by any union affiliated with the
On the day before Mother's Day this year, letter
Islanders to observe
National Day of Prayer
All Island Denominations will sponsor a Day of
Prayer May 6.
The event, part of the 59th annual National Day
of Prayer, will take place at 11 a.m. at the West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue District's Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual obser-
vance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting
people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was cre-
ated in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress
and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
Earlier this spring, a federal judge struck down
the congressional statute establishing the National
Day of Prayer, ruling that it violates the constitutional
ban on government-backed religion.
The Wisconsin judge wrote that the law's "sole
purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in
prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves
no secular function."
However, the case is expected to continue
through the courts, most likely all the way to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, many communities are continuing to
hold Day of Prayer events in partnership with govern-
This year's National Day of Prayer theme is
"Prayer For Such a Time as This."
For more information, call the Rev. Gary Batey
of Roser Memorial Community Church at 941-792-
For more information about the National Day of
Prayer, go to www.nationaldayorprayer.org.
carriers will focus their efforts on restocking the com-
munity food banks, pantries and shelters that mil-
lions of American families will rely on throughout
The union settled on the second Saturday of May
for the annual drive since food bank donations tend
to wane after the winter holidays. This drop-off is
particularly troublesome since the hunger problem is
usually at its most critical during the summer when
school breakfast and lunch programs-often the only
source of stable nutrition for millions of children-
In 2009, the drive delivered 73.4 million pounds
of non-perishable items donated by patrons to local
Local donations will go to the Meals on Wheels
PLUS of Manatee County food bank.
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Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach released a great
blue heron in an undisclosed location last week.
"The release went great," said Wildlife Inc.'s Gail
Straight. The bird was one of several injured Feb.
14 during work at the county-operated Kingfish
Boat Ramp on Holmes Beach's border. The other
two birds, likely injured when a nest collapsed
during the cutting of an Australian pine tree, have
died. The incident remains under investigation.
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Local post offices are marking the release of a new
pane of stamps Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps fea-
turing a variety of furry companions and entertainer
Ellen DeGeneres with a pet food drive in May.
Donations at local post offices will be given to the
Humane Society of Manatee County, said Anna Maria
postmaster Gloria Kincaid. The stamps went on sale
April 30 20 stamps for $8.80.
A caption in the April 28 issue of The
Islander incorrectly identified an attendee
at the recent Affaire to Remember at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. The
attendee pictured with Lauren Sato was
Jason Sato, not Josh Sato.
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Plan for new public beach pier stalls
By Nick Walter
Citing public safety as a primary concern, Mana-
tee County Commissioner Joe McClash said it doesn't
make sense to build a pier at Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
McClash made the statement April 27 during the
commission's regular board meeting.
County workers demolished the original pier in
December. A majority of Holmes Beach commission-
ers are in favor of a 312-foot pier with a T-end.
And County Commissioner Carol Whitmore was
pushing to rename a new pier in honor of the late
Dave Miller, a longtime lifeguard at Manatee and
Coquina beaches. Whitmore, on the Tourist Develop-
ment Council, had said the TDC could fund a new
pier with some revenue coming from the Manatee
But McClash, who took over as chair of the TDC
in January, said public safety is a concern, and the
cost estimate has soared.
Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee
County Natural Resource Department, said the orig-
inal price tag for a 312-foot T-end pier at Manatee
Public Beach was $700,000. But because the depart-
ment determined that the pier would be too low and
would require a ramp to raise it 15 feet, the estimate
jumped to $1.6 million.
Hunsicker also is not in favor a new pier. He said
unless a pier is needed for erosion control, the county
would need to find a new source of funding. And he
agreed a pier could pose safety concerns.
"Lifeguards there were very happy the pier is
not going back because of having to constantly pull
swimmers from under the pier itself," Hunsicker
Said McClash: "It doesn't make sense to stick a
fishing pier in a swim zone."
The pier was a favorite spot for some fisher-
While some beachgoers have said they miss
watching the people on the pier, others say the beach
has a natural look without a pier.
McClash said there is no economic return on
investing in a pier because tourists to Manatee Public
Beach are at capacity. "Especially lately," McClash
said. "There's no place to park on the side of the road
without the pier."
McClash said the TDC plans to use the money
to help renourish county beaches.
"I also haven't received any letters from people
saying they want to put the pier back," McClash
Whitmore was shocked when she heard McClash
say he may not support a new pier.
"We made a commitment that we said we would
build a new pier," Whitmore said at the April 27
Holmes Beach city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall. "Now, maybe we will and maybe
we won't. But we need to ask the public what they
Whitmore wants the issue put on a county com-
mission work session.
McClash said, "The overriding issue is if you
care about the public safety issue, you don't want to
put the pier back in."
Drilling plan concerns Islanders, tourists
By Lisa Neff
Vacationer Santiago Gomez looked relaxed,
lounging on an oversized blanket on the north end
Anna Maria Island beach last weekend.
But he was troubled.
Gomez, of Kansas City, Mo., had just seen the
Gulf of Mexico for the first time and a federal
proposal to expand oil and gas exploration in the Gulf
was on his mind.
"It seems short-sighted," he said, remov-
ing his sunglasses for a serious discussion.
"We're always fighting to preserve and protect
Polls show a majority of Florida's coastal resi-
dents and many visitors oppose expanding
exploration and drilling for natural gas and oil in the
A major concern, according to polls, is an inci-
dent such as the April 20 explosion on a oil rig off
the coast of Louisiana.
Authorities are continuing to monitor the size
and direction of a massive oil slick, while emergency
crews were trying multiple methods to contain the
oil, including setting fires in a failed attempt to burn
the fuel before it reached shore or migrated into the
Gulf of Mexico's strong Loop Current.
Oil from the site was leak-
ing at a rate of 210,000 gallons
a day, and, as of late last week
the slick was about the size of
Island residents, business
owners, wildlife experts and
vacationers shared concerns for
the disaster likely to have
Nelson claimed the lives of 11 workers
on the rig and future drilling plans.
"We keep hearing that drilling operations are
safer and greener, but a year doesn't pass without a
spill, an accident," said Holmes Beach resident Paul
McElaney, who spends most afternoons at the Mana-
tee Public Beach. "I just don't support the president's
The Obama administration's proposal would
open new areas for offshore oil and gas development
and expand offshore oil and gas exploration. In the
eastern Gulf of Mexico, the proposal would allow
drilling 125 miles from Florida's Gulf coast more
than 100 miles closer than currently allowed under
"The plan we are proposing calls for four more
lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico by 2012 and,
in the years beyond, would open up two-thirds
of the oil and gas resources in the Eastern Gulf
while protecting Florida's coast and critical mili-
tary training areas," U.S. Interior Secretary Ken
Assist vessels fire water cannons at the Deepwater
Horizon in an attempt to control and extinguish a
fire April 22. Coast Guard helicopters, planes and
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Salazar announced earlier this year. "Our efforts
to strategically open new areas in the Eastern
Gulf would represent the largest expansion of our
nation's available offshore oil and gas supplies in
In the days after the administration's
announcement, many Islanders surveyed at vari-
ous locations from the post office in Anna
Maria to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bra-
denton Beach criticized the proposal as short
sighted, ineffective and a threat to Florida's
environment and tourism.
In mid-April, the Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners amended its resolution against allowing
drilling in state coastal waters to include opposition
to the federal proposal.
Environmental groups also panned the pro-
"I watched President Obama's speech and was
stunned," said Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines,
a board member of ManaSota-88, a local environ-
"Our environment is fragile, and we cannot con-
tinue to harm or destroy it," she said. "The small
amount of oil recovered will do little toward solving
Lee Fox, executive director of Save Our Seabirds
in Sarasota, received notice from British Petroleum
last week that she should be prepared to respond
to any area environmental damages resulting from
the sinking of a deepwater oil rig and a well spill
off the coast of Louisiana. Fox was put on standby
to coordinate the Oiled Wildlife Response Team
for the Florida Gulf Coast. She is the author of the
"Oiled Wildlife Preparedness Program" manual
used in a Tampa Bay oil cleanup in 1993.
our energy need and would come at a vast environ-
Glenn Compton, ManaSota-88 chair, said, "I'm
very disappointed with the president's proposal to
increase offshore oil drilling. We are moving in the
Compton added, "Using the most modern and
best available technologies, oil spills happen. We
have seen this time and time again. Pipeline leaks,
blowouts, increased turbidity of marine waters,
destruction of seagrass beds, re-suspension of con-
taminated sediments and toxic discharges associ-
ated with routine oil and gas operations are all
possible if the president's proposal passes."
The plan still faces regulatory and legislative
hurdles. Public hearings in affected areas are needed
and environmental-impact studies must be conducted.
Additionally, Congress must consider the proposal,
which would require a change to a 2006 law on
And, last week, as the president ordered federal
forces to help with containment and cleanup, word
from the White House was that no new offshore drill-
ing would be allowed until an investigation into the
rig explosion was concluded.
For reports on the spill, go to response.restora-
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County commission tables tax
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee Economic Development Council
earlier this year served up a proposed $35 annual tax
on local businesses.
The Board of Manatee County Commissioners
last week agreed to leave the tax on the table.
The commission vote to table the tax was unan-
imous, coming near the conclusion of the board's
regular meeting at the administration center in Bra-
denton April 27.
The tax would have raised money for the EDC
- an arm of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce -
and its efforts to lure new business and industry to
the area to stimulate economic growth.
Several weeks ago, commissioners approved
$400,000 in one-time funding to cover the amount
the tax would have raised in its first year. The county
had already approved $196,000 in EDC funding for
the 2009-10 budget year.
Commissioners, at the time they approved the
$400,000 allocation, were not prepared to consider
the EDC-recommended tax, citing questions about
how the money would be spent and citing concerns
about adding a new tax burden on already suffering
During commissioner comments April 27, Com-
missioner Ron Getman motioned to table the tax.
Commissioner John Chappie, who represents the
The only discussion on the motion was how it
would read. Commissioners quickly agreed to the
"Let's just say let's discontinue any discussion
of the business tax," said Commissioner Donna
The board encouraged the business community to
explore other ways to generate revenue for economic
Citizens sought for emergency training
Island emergency management officials are
encouraging eight residents from each of the Island
cities to volunteer for a community emergency
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
awarded Manatee County a grant to train a citizens'
team in June.
The team "will receive approximately 21 hours of
instruction on preparedness, emergency medical care,
fire suppression, light search and rescue, hazardous
materials, terrorism and organization," according to
Laurie Feagans, Manatee County's emergency man-
The county emergency management division is
partnering with emergency medical services and West
Manatee Fire Rescue on the project.
The training will take place during two evening
sessions and two daytime sessions 7 p.m. June 16
and June 23 and 8:30 a.m. June 19 and June 26 at
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
A preliminary meeting involving Island and
county officials was planned for mid-May to discuss
the training program.
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Hurricane forecasters say that cooler tempera-
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in the Atlantic increase the risk of a hurricane hitting
the East Coast this season.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins
June 1 and continues through November.
Colorado State University researchers Philip
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Atlantic forecast and said there's a 45 percent chance
of a hurricane hitting the East Coast this year, includ-
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Relay for Life offers hope, joy
By Lisa Neff
Because cancer never sleeps, the cancer fighters
did not sleep.
For 18 hours May 1-2, participants in the Anna
Maria Island Relay for Life walked laps at Coquina
Beach to raise money for the local American Cancer
Society chapter and to rally behind the "Fight Back"
"Every participant is fighting back against
cancer," cancer survivor and relay organizer Nancy
Ambrose told The Islander. "Each has made a per-
sonal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight
Relay for Life veterans simply call it "relay"
- is the organization's signature activity. Hundreds
of relays take place across the country, with teams
gathering for overnight events on beaches and in
parks, stadiums and fields.
Relay dates back to 1985, when Gordy Klatt, a
Tacoma, Wash., colorectal surgeon, decided to boost
the income of his local American Cancer Society
office with a marathon. In May 1985, Klatt spent
24 hours circling a track at the University of Puget
Sound in Tacoma. He ran and walked for more than
83 miles and raised about $27,000 from donors who
gathered to watch.
The next year, Klatt and Pat Flynn formally
created Relay for Life with 19 teams that raised
Now an estimated 3.5 million people participate
in relay each year. There are similarities to each of
the events ceremonial walks involving cancer sur-
vivors and caregivers, rallying speeches for research
money for cures and improved treatments and the
lighting of luminaria in memory of those who died.
On the Island, Anna Maria Elementary School
students and local Girl Scouts decorated this year's
luminaria each wax-coated paper bag contained
sand, a candle and the name of a cancer fighter.
"This is a time that truly highlights the impor-
tance of defeating this disease," organizer Ursala
Duncan has said of the lighting of luminaria.
At the forefront of the victory lap marched by
survivors of cancer were three sisters Elizabeth
Moore, Francis Miller and Nancy Thompson.
"We can't ever give up," said Moore, who helped
her sisters hold a Relay for Life banner.
Relay also featured musical performances, DJ
Cancer survivors join in the ceremonial first lap of the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life at Coquina Beach
May 1. The two-day relay raised money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff maag 17--
music and the appearance of the Smokefier Van and
team to convey an anti-tobacco message.
The Island event brought together more than 20
teams of volunteers to walk for the cause. They raised
money with pledges, fundraisers prior to the relay and
with activities during the relay.
Many of the walkers either were survivors of
cancer, battling cancer or have family or friends of
people who experienced those battles.
"Cancer affects us all either directly or indi-
rectly," Duncan said. "I can honestly say I do
not know of one single person today that hasn't
been affected in one way or the other. I became
involved because I am sick and tired of losing our
children, my family and my friends. It breaks my
heart time and time again to watch our loved ones
suffer through cancer and the seemingly endless
treatments. It's very hard to see and unbearable to
Relay organizers hope to have raised at least
$42,000 with the Island event.
Jill Eastman and daughter Emma, 28 months,
attend the opening ceremony of the Anna Maria
Island Relay for Life. Jill Eastman's mom and hus-
band are cancer survivors.
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Citizen gardeners volunteer at Annie Silver
By Lisa Neff
Several dozen citizen gardeners volunteered ear-
lier this month to help green the Annie Silver Com-
The project, coordinated by the city of Braden-
ton Beach and funded with grants from the state and
the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, involves adding a
rain-collection system, planting an Island landscape
and creating a vegetable garden at the center, 103
"This will be volunteer driven," city project/pro-
gram manager Lisa Marie Phillips said, welcoming
the volunteers to the center on Earth Day. "You'll get
out of it what you put into it."
The greening at Silver involves three phases.
Phase one, funded with an SBEP grant, will
involve installing gutters, downspouts and barrels at
the center to collect rainwater for irrigation.
Several people volunteered to paint the rain bar-
rels and another volunteer offered to collect bids for
gutters and downspouts.
Phase two will involve indigenous landscaping.
"This is different from native plants," Phillips
said. "These will be plants native to Anna Maria
Island because plants that are OK in town may not
make it here."
Phase three will involve planting a vegetable
garden using salad tables raised table-like beds
for plants and containers.
Phillips said with the use of salad tables, people
need not have to bend over or kneel to tend the
She stressed the intergenerational focus of the
project, which is what attracted the attention of the
Florida Communities for a Lifetime Initiative that
awarded the city a $2,780 grant.
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Like totally fun: PTO hosts Spring Fling
Lynda Hicks welcomes attendees to the annual Spring Fling find-
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Anna Maria Elementary School parents, faculty and staff celebrated
school spirit and the 1980s during the PTO's AME fundraiser. Islander
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The event, which raised money for the organi-
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Schools, also featured a family fun run.
The run began at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria
with sanctions from the Bradenton Runners Club
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DOT issues Cortez Road driving caution
No new reports.
No new reports.
April 23, 3232 E. Bay Drive, burglary of a resi-
dence. An officer responded to a call from the Subway
restaurant in reference to a burglary. The store owner
said someone broke into the store and pried open a
safe and took more than $1,500 cash.
April 23, 600 block of Manatee Avenue, petit
theft. While on patrol, an officer saw a man in the
2500 block of Gulf Drive and recognized him as the
suspect involved in a case from a theft in a CVS
store. The officer confronted the man, who agreed
to provide an affidavit.
April 25, 7100 block of Marina Drive, burglary
of a residence. An officer responded to a residence
and met with a victim, who said he was having a
yard sale when his daughter tripped and hit her head.
The victim and his wife rushed their daughter to the
hospital. They left their garage door open, and when
they returned home, they noticed someone had sorted
through items in the garage, but the victim could not
tell what was missing.
April 28, 3900 block of E. Bay Drive, theft. An
officer was dispatched to Publix, where the general
manager said a man left with items he did not pur-
chase. The officer spoke to the suspect, who said he
did not want to talk about the charges. The merchan-
dise was valued at $89.26. The man was transported
to the Manatee County jail.
April 28, 5200 block of Gulf Drive, theft.
The victim told the officer about a past theft.
He said someone stole his backpack from the
beach access as he went to change clothes at his
mother's business. He said the bag contained
clippers, sheers, pants, a T-shirt and a Florida
April 29, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The
complainant approached an officer stating that while
she was at Cafe on the Beach someone stole her
wallet. Later that day, one of her credit card compa-
nies called her saying the card was used at Walgreens
drug store on East Bay Drive. The complainant can-
celed her credit cards.
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'Turtle Tom' Van Ness
Thomas Edward "Turtle Tom" Van Ness of
Cortez, died April 25 at Tidewell Hospice in Bra-
He was 69.
Mr. Van Ness was born in Detroit, where he
was employed with the Ford Motor Company as a
machinist and grinder.
Good Earth Crematory is in charge of arrange-
Also, a gathering of friends to celebrate Mr. Van
Ness' life is being organized for Wednesday, May 12,
at 6 p.m. at D'Andrea's Cafe in Cortez.
Mr. Van Ness is survived by daughter Leslie
Engle, sons David and Thomas, five grandchildren
and significant other Dorian Faber.
Donations in Mr. Van Ness' name can be made
to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, 2213 Ave. B.,
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217.
Captain Arthur W. Bull
Captain Arthur W. Bull died April 28 at home.
He fought a long battle with cancer and Alzheim-
er' s disease, but remained terminally happy. Captain
Bull had a rich, full and fascinating life.
He joined the Merchant Marines at age 18 and
wrestled professionally in the United States, New
Zealand, Australia and Cuba.
He owned a barge line in Iowa and Illinois, and
later owned and captained three paddlewheel boats
in the Midwest, primarily on the Mississippi River.
He and his wife wintered on Anna Maria Island and
raised their daughters there.
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The DOT said the both projects and lane clo-
sures began April 29 and work should be completed
in about six weeks.
They purchased and ran the Island bus.
Captain Bull is predeceased by his daughters,
Bobbi Hayes and Babe King. He is survived by his
daughters, Micki (Wayne) Poston and Debbie (Ron)
Santarlas; granddaughter, Kim Christeson; son-in-
law, Norbert King; three grandsons, and 1 great-
grandson; sisters, Peggy Scherlin, Mary Fluegge,
and brother, Ed Bull.
There will be no services.
Donations can be made to TideWell Hospice,
Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 or the
American Cancer Society, 4955 SR 64 East, Braden-
ton, FL 34208.
Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Robert C. "Bob" Grant died April 25.
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Price and her husband Andy, six grandchildren and
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Wednesday, May 5
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
Thursday, May 6
5p.m. Intergenerational community garden committee meeting at
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
Saturday, May 8
National Association of Letter Carrier's annual "Stamp Out Hunger"
Food Drive at local post offices and along postal routes.
4 p.m. Inter-generational community garden work party at Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23 rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Sunday, May 9
Tuesday, May 11
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island explores the "Motiva-
tion of giving based on gender and age" with guest speaker Susan Ather-
ton at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, May 12
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at The Gathering Place Family Restaurant, 101 Seventh St. N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30a.m. -Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players meet-
ing at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave., Bradenton. Informa-
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
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Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesdays, 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.
Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesdays, 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.
Bradenton gallery hosts 'Highwayman'
The Manatee Arts Council Gallery, 926 12th St. W.,
Bradenton will host R.L. Lewis, one of the famed
Florida Highwayman Artists, during a reception
at 6p.m. Friday, May 7. The gallery, in the city's
Village of the Arts district, will showcase Lewis'
work, including "Lake Beresford, "from May 7-29.
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Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, through May. Information: 941-518-4431.
Wednesday, May 12
4:30 p.m. -Artist reception for Barbara Schicitano atAllAngels by
the Sea Episcopal Church Art Gallery, 563 Bay Isle Road, Longboat Key.
May 13, St. Bernard Catholic Church and Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation women's luncheon.
May 13, "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" opens, Island Play-
May 13, Visions of the Future Film Series: "THX1138," South
* May 14, Manatee High School Art Exhibit reception, Anna Maria Island
May 15, Crosspointe Fellowship women's group meeting.
May 15, Snooks Adams Kids Day.
May 16, Manatee Rare Fruit Tree Sale, Manatee Convention
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Corky's has new location
Corky's Bait and Tackle store has relocated to
7834 Cortez Road W. The store was at the east end
of the Cortez Bridge.
Owner/operator Annamae Lahay is still at the
counter, selling fresh and frozen bait daily, including
live shrimp. She's also happy to dispense free advice
on where to catch fish in the area, along with other
Corky's has a full line of professional and amateur
tackle for fishers of every level, including beginners,
and tackle repair and line spooling also available.
Additionally, if someone wants to donate a fishing
rod, Annamae will make sure it gets to Al Saunders,
who repairs fishing rods to give to children and the
In addition to Corky's, Annamae operates the
U-Name-It thrift store at the same location. It's where
one can findjust about "anything you can name," said
Corky's is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays,
from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 941-504-4772.
Tuscany wine dinner date set
The Tuscany at Freedom Village, 6406 21st
Ave. W., Bradenton, will host a wine dinner at 6:30
p.m., Friday, May 14, as a preview to its Third Annual
Grape Escape fine dining affair Aug. 26.
Presented in conjunction with Neal and Van-
essa Finelli of Taste Dining and Travel Magazine of
Sarasota, the wine-dinner will be prepared by Chef
Luciano Silva, the head chef and food and beverage
director for Freedom Village.
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Luciano will select a special wine from his cellar that
is appropriate for each menu course.
Diners will have several choices for the main
course, including Maine lobster, prime filet of beef
and sockeye salmon.
The cost is $55 for each guest and reservations
are requested. For more information, call 941-366-
May chamber events announced
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its May business luncheon from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. May 5, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Reservations are
required and the cost is $15 per person.
The chamber's breakfast will be from 7:45 a.m.
to 9 a.m. May 12, at the Gathering Place Family Res-
taurant, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach. The
cost is $8 per person and reservations are required.
On May 26, the chamber will hold its business
card exchange at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the
Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association. The
event will be at Fish Hole, 117 Bridge St., Bradenton
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Chamber April exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
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A lifetime of war
For Anna Maria Island winter resident Robert
Read, life changed forever on Aug. 29, 1939.
That was the day he was called to active duty as
an ordinary seaman with the Royal Navy in Great
Britain, just two days before Germany invaded
Poland and World War II began.
After the war began, Robert and his training com-
panions hoped the war would be over quickly, but it
was not to be.
Following one voyage as a seaman on a ship
performing guard duty for a convoy headed to west
Africa, Robert, 20 years-old, was sent to officer train-
ing school in May 1940.
A few weeks later, the disaster at Dunkirk
occurred and the British Army barely escaped a total
collapse. The fear of invasion swept Britain as the
Germans now controlled the European continent.
"We were pretty worried that the Germans would
come over any day. We had nothing left to fight them,
but Churchill rallied the entire country. There was no
thought of surrender."
Commissioned a sub-lieutenant in the Royal
Navy in September 1940, Robert was sent to com-
bined operations, headed by Lord Louis Mountbatten,
the king's cousin.
His first combat assignment was on the landing
craft HMS Glenroy when it was sent to Crete in May
1941 to evacuate wounded soldiers.
On the return voyage to Egypt, the convoy was
attacked by German aircraft and Robert commanded
an anti-aircraft gun that shot back at the enemy.
"It was my first real combat, but you don't have
time to worry. You just do your job. Later, you realize
you were scared that first time, but everything went
Robert eventually was given command of an
LCT (landing craft tank) with a crew of six and sent
to Lebanon. One day in early December, he and
some other officers were having a few drinks and
listening to the radio. The announcer suddenly inter-
rupted to say that the Japanese had attacked American
forces in Hawaii and the United States was expected
to declare war the following day.
"There was a loud cheer when we heard the news.
We had often wondered why the Americans weren't
in the war. Now that they were coming in, we thought
the war might be over quicker."
In early 1942, Robert was accepted for submarine
school. He first considered midget subs, but decided
there would be little action on such a ship and was
sent to regular submarine training.
After completing his training in March 1943,
Robert was assigned to the HMS Thrasher as the
navigation and communications officer. It would be
his first combat voyage under the sea.
"The submarine service was totally different than
the regular navy. It was very informal. Discipline
mattered, but everyone had discipline so you didn't
have to make harsh orders to someone to get some-
thing done," Robert said.
Off the Norwegian coast on the Thrasher's second
patrol, the ship was part of a combined operation to
sink the German battleship Tirpitz.
"We had six subs and each towed a midget sub.
We would launch the midget subs and they would
head up the fjord to the Tirpitz and launch a tor-
The plan worked, but not to perfection. Of the
six midget subs, including the one from the Thrasher,
only two returned. The Thrasher's midget sub was
never heard from again. Other midget sub crews
were either captured or killed. But the Tirpitz suf-
fered heavy damage and never put to sea again.
After returning to Great Britain, Robert was
assigned to a new submarine, HMS Trenchant and
sent to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for duty against the
Former Royal Navy officer Robert Read spends his winters on Anna Maria Island.
The submarine would become part of WWII
naval history on its second patrol.
The Trenchant learned from Allied intelligence
that a German U-boat was delivering mercury to
the Japanese on Sumatra. The Trenchant spotted the
German U-boat, U-859, on the surface and made a
successful underwater attack using its torpedoes.
"We sunk the U-boat and there was a feeling that
we had really accomplished something for the war.
We then surfaced and picked up 11 survivors. That's
when we learned the Germans were carrying mer-
The date was Sept. 23, 1944, and the sinking of
an enemy submarine by another submarine was one
of the rare feats of the war.
"But one still had to think that these were men
like us and it could just as easily been us taking a
torpedo. It was a sobering moment," Robert remem-
On the return to Ceylon, Robert became friendly
with the lone German officer to survive, Horst Klatt.
They would meet up three times after the war.
The Trenchant was bombed, strafed and depth-
charged on other patrols.
"That's a time when you really take stock," said
Robert. "It's an experience. You're down there and
can't fight back, and you wonder if you're going to
make it. Luckily, we came through."
Other submarines didn't. Allied records indicate
20 percent of all Allied submarines were lost during
It was after his fourth patrol that Robert went to
the signals office in Ceylon to pick up any messages
for the sub or its crew. There, he met a pretty young
WREN named Betty.
"There was a lot of competition for single girls
on Ceylon," recalled Robert. "But we went out to
dinner and got on well." The courtship would result
in their marriage in 1947.
But the Trenchant was transferred to the Allied
naval base at Freemantle, Australia, and Betty would
have to wait.
On her first patrol in spring 1945, the Trenchant
would make more WWII naval history.
Sighting a Japanese heavy cruiser near the
Baker Islands, the Trenchant fired eight torpedoes
and scored five hits on the Ashigara. The ship sank
and became the largest enemy naval vessel sunk by
a British submarine during the war.
Later in the Philippines, the ship's crew was pre-
sented with the U.S. Legion of Merit, commander
degree. It was the highest military award the United
States could give to non-U.S. personnel. Robert also
received the Distinguished Service Cross.
Back in Freemantle, Robert went on a rest and
recreation trip and stayed with an Australian family.
On the radio one day, they heard that something
called an atomic bomb had been dropped on Japan.
After the second bomb was dropped, the news
came that Japan would surrender on Aug. 15, 1945.
The war was over. Britain and Robert Read had
been in WWII for nearly six years.
"It was a lifetime," said Robert.
The Trenchant stayed in Australia for several
months, then returned to Britain in December 1945.
"I had applied for extended service with the
navy and was accepted. I was sent to Portsmouth
and learned that Betty was still a WREN and was
stationed just a half-hour away. So we were able to
rekindle our romance."
But the Trenchant's crew was disbanded. For
Robert, the camaraderie, the friendship, the bonding
on a submarine is something he will never forget.
Robert stayed on extended service and was pro-
moted to Lt. Commander in 1950.
During his extended service, he was stationed
in Bermuda and Hong Kong and participated in the
Korean War on board a Royal Navy vessel.
He left the navy in 1956, when defense cuts forced
the Royal Navy to release many officers.
"There were no hard feelings. I knew all along
that I could be discharged any day. But it was a great
time for me and my family."
After leaving the navy, Robert worked for a
United States rubber and plastics company with a
In 1967, he was transferred to Ohio, then Syra-
cuse, New York in 1971. Along the way, he and Betty
had two daughters, who both married Americans and
live in the states.
He retired in 1984 to Liverpool, N.Y., and he and
his family first came to Anna Maria Island in 1998.
He has come back every winter.
"It's been a great life. I am proud of my service
and would do it all over again if I had to and if age
wasn't an obstacle.
"The war changed me forever. Aug. 29, 1939,
was the day life began for me. I started as a teenager
and came out a man. I thank God I came through
unscathed, but I lost many friends in the war. I can
never forget them."
Robert Read is a proud member of the Greatest
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat
Key, Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green,
west Bradenton and Cortez veterans, man or
woman, who served in the armed forces of any
allied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland,
Norway, France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand,
the Philippines, etc.) during World War II or the
Korean War. We'd like to hear from you. Please
call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 5, 2010 0 23
Rise and shine for turtle patrol
By Lisa Neff
With purple and pink splashing the eastern sky
and the moon still high in the west, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch volunteers stepped onto the sand and
began their patrol May 1.
Some were single and some were paired off as
they walked Anna Maria Island's nine sections of
shoreline on the first official day of sea turtle nesting
With the Gulf of Mexico temperature in the 70s,
the volunteers didn't expect to see signs that a sea
turtle which tends to nest when the water warms to
80 degrees had emerged from the water to nest.
But from now through October, with the excep-
tion of stormy mornings, the volunteers will be on
the beach daily, walking at daybreak in search of the
tractor-like tread marks that suggest a loggerhead sea
turtle has lumbered ashore and the distinctive dips
that suggest a nest.
The loggerhead is the most common sea
turtle on Island beaches. The turtle is character-
ized by a large head with blunt jaws. The cara-
pace and flippers are a reddish-brown color; the
plastron is yellow. Adults grow to an average
weight of about 200 pounds. The species feeds
on mollusks, crustaceans, fish and other marine
Five other sea turtles are found in U.S. waters or
nest on U.S. beaches, all of them designated as either
threatened or endangered under the Endangered Spe-
Endangered status means a species is considered
in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant
portion of its range; threatened means it is likely to
The first nest on the Island in 2009 was found by
Fred Mack on May 8 in Holmes Beach and, in other
years, the first nest has often been identified close to
AMITW representatives, on May 1, were eager
for that first nest.
"I couldn't sleep," said Fox, who said she felt
like a child on Christmas morning.
JoAnn Dalto, who accompanied husband Ray on
his first AMITW walk of the season, said she also was
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox checks the beach May 1, the first day the
organization's legion of volunteers began patrolling Island beaches to monitor sea turtle nesting. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
too excited to sleep, or at least sleep well.
She described the night before May Day as like
trying to sleep before catching a flight.
But she described May Day morning as "a gor-
geous day and we've got a moon, what more can you
Ray Dalto, waving the red flags he hopes to use
to mark a nest later this season, said, "It's wonderful.
It's fantastic. It's a great thrill to be out here."
While AMITW walkers celebrated the arrival of
the season, they also were on guard, concerned that
an oil slick in the northern Gulf might impact nest-
AMITW was working with Wildlife Inc. of Bra-
denton Beach to prepare to assist if the spill migrated
to the Florida west coast and injured any wildlife.
"Our job," Fox said, "would be to transport ani-
mals to Wildlife Inc. staff. For now, we wait."
Wildlife Inc., meanwhile, was on standby in the
event the nonprofit received a call from Tri-State Bird
Rescue of Florida.
"They are in Louisiana right now and will
come to Florida in a moment if we need them,"
said Gail Straight of Wildlife Inc. "Then I start
calling for volunteers. Let's hope we don't have
Bird nesting buffer added
By Lisa Neff
With least terns preparing to nest on the sand on
Anna Maria's northwest beach, state and local wild-
life experts April 26 expanded a protection zone.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch members placed
stakes on the Gulf of Mexico beach north of the Sand-
bar Restaurant earlier this spring after identifying
several plovers in the area.
"Two nests are on the ground by snowy plovers,"
said AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
Last week, Fox and AMITW volunteers returned
to the beach with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission staff to adjust the stakes and cordon
off the area.
The added precaution was taken after Fox
reported to FWC that least terns also were in the area,
and appeared to be readying to nest.
AMITW volunteer photographer John Young said
he saw three pairs of least terns in the area last week
and that they were carrying out mating rituals.
State officials responded to the report because the
terns are protected species and nesting on the Island
has declined in recent years.
"Beachgoers can do their part by staying out of
the posted areas," said FWC biologist Nancy Doug-
Disturbance by people, pets or vehicles can result
in shorebirds abandoning their nests and the death of
young shorebirds, many of which are either threat-
ened or endangered species.
FWC and AMITW are especially concerned with
the plovers, least terns, black skimmers and American
oystercatchers all of which could be seen on the
Gulf beach in Anna Maria in recent weeks and all
of which lay well-camouflaged eggs directly on the
In addition to the activity on the Island's north
end, Fox said "a mass of skimmers" can be seen in
Bradenton Beach on the shore near 26th and 27th
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Rogers key to Sato Real Estate victory
By Kevin Cassidy
In a baseball game where the pitcher truly had
electric stuff, Joe Rogers came through in the clutch
to lead Sato Real Estate to a 2-1 victory over Beach
to Bay Construction May 1 at the Anna Maria Island
Both teams were limited to a hit apiece in the first
inning.The top of the second inning saw Beach to
Bay Construction go down in one-two-three fashion,
bringing Lucas Broemes to the plate for Sato Real
Broemes led off the inning with a double to
center field then teammate Gus Bernard singled to
send Broemes to third. A pair of strikeouts brought
Rogers to the plate. With two on and two outs, Rogers
came through with a two-run double to right center
field for a 2-0 Sato Real Estate lead.
Beach to Bay Construction fought back to halve
the score in the top of the third. Connor Johnson led
off with an inside-the-park home run. Joey Thiel fol-
lowed with a triple to left center, but three strikeouts
stranded Thiel at third as Sato Real Estate went on
to a 2-1 victory.
Rogers finished the day 3-for-3 the two-run
double and a pair of singles. Broemes added a double
and one run, and Bernard finished with a single and
one run scored.
Johnson's home run and a triple by both Thiel
and Tilelli led the Beach to Bay offensive attack in
The first game of the day saw the Cedars Tennis and
Fitness Club take a 7-1 victory over Sato Real Estate.
Ethan Havel went 4-for-4 including a double and four
runs scored. Rutger Langley also had a 4-for-4 day with
two runs scored. Taru Dehaan went 2-for-3 with a pair
of runs while Tyler Dell came through with a two-run
single and David Daigle added a single for the Cedars.
Lucas Broemes walked and scored the lone run for Sato
Real Estate in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played their
last tournament of the season April 27 with an indi-
vidual low net game. Sue Hookem carded a 1-under
par 31 to claim the top spot in Flight AA.
Flight A went to Patty Townsend, whose 2-under
par 30 gave her a two-shot advantage over Joyce
Brown who finished in second place.
In Flight B action, Ginny Nunn matched the
2-under par 30 turned in by Jan Turner to finish in
a tie for first place. Maryanne Kaemmerlen was two
shots back in second place.
Pat Rice carded an even-par 32 to edge Jane Win-
egarden for first place in Flight D.
Three teams qualified for the knockout round
Gus Bernard races to score the winning run during Sato Real Estate's 2-1 victory over Beach to Bay Con
struction at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
during May 1 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits. Jerry Bennett and Bruce Munro drew
the lucky bye into the finals while Herb Puryear and
Jeff Moore took on Sam Samuels and Ron Pepka. In
an epic, back-and-forth battle, Samuels and Pepka
came out on top by a 23-19 score to advance to the
finals. The final lacked drama as Samuels and Pepka
rolled to a 21-12 victory.
Four teams advanced to the playoffs during
April 28 horseshoe action. The team of John John-
son and Herb Puryear defeated Ron Pepka and Jerry
Disbrow 21-16 in one semifinal while walker Norm
Good won the other semi, defeating Hank Huyghe
and Tim Sofran 23-13. In the final, Good was er, too
good as he went on to a 21-16 victory over Johnson
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm
ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
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Tarpon, permit fish spotted in area
By Nick Walter
The nearshore reefs are brimming with action
with permit, cobia, grouper, snapper and more. There
even was a tarpon spotted at a 3-mile artificial reef. A
couple tarpon also were seen off Bean Point. Anglers
are anxiously awaiting the tarpon to cruise off the
beaches, although most anglers are reporting that
tarpon are horded up in Charlotte Harbor.
Bait is plentiful in the bays, at the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge and offshore.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said the fishing around Anna Maria Island
has been excellent with a variety of species. Speck-
led trout have been active with a keeper limit almost
assured on every trip.
"A popping cork rigged with a lively shiner
should draw some awesome strikes," Howard said.
"Make the bobber gurgle to draw the fish in."
Spanish mackerel continue to be aggressive and
hungry over the deep grass of Anna Maria Sound.
Howard used a long-shank hook to reduce the number
of cut-offs. He said kingfish have been just off our
beaches feeding on the massive schools of bait. Look
for the fishing to heat up along with the weather.
Kim Schearer of Annie's Bait & Tackle said her
customers are reporting awesome action in Sarasota
Bay. She said pompano action is still strong around
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters caught
amberjacks to 40 pounds about 30 miles out. He
caught red, black, scamp and gag grouper as well
as mangrove snapper to 7 pounds and a bunch of
throw-back red snapper to 12 pounds. He was using
live shiners for bait.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Charters was
fishing about 2 miles out of Longboat Pass in the
Gulf. The waters were clear and he was using shin-
ers and able to land kingfish and Spanish mackerel.
Blacktip sharks to 20 pounds are showing up near-
shore as well.
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway
south fishing pier said anglers have been catching a
lot of blue runners and a lot of small Spanish mack-
erel. Some anglers were catching kingfish at the end
of the pier. "The kingfish are even hitting some of the
mackerel," Followell said.
Rocky Corby from the Anna Maria City Pier
said anglers are catching sharks and Spanish mack-
erel. He said there's a lot of bait around.
Capt. Warren Girle said there are lots redfish to
33 inches in north Sarasota Bay where there's a ton of
bait. He also has caught trout to 24 inches. He said the
big trout are mixed in with redfish, while schooling
trout are in 2-4 feet of water. He also reported a snook
to 24 inches, his first since the winter freeze. "There's
ladyfish everywhere in the bay, a ton of mackerel in
the bay we're seeing manatees moving around so
there's a lot more life out there," he said.
R BI Em'=
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
Joe Hagenstien, left, and Dave Schmidt ofSheboygan, Wis., are on their first grouper trip and are catch-
ing the largest gag grouper of the day. The party also caught amberjack, snapper, kingfish and blacktip
sharks while fishing offshore of Anna Maria Island at a depth of 125 feet. The group, with Capt. Larry
McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters, was using sardines and pinfish.
Capt. Mike Greig said he has been catching
some permit and cobia offshore, as well as some
nice grouper and trout in the bay. "There's some nice
permit around," Greig said.
Capt. Bill Ware of The Damn Yankee fished off
Bean Point last week and caught six flounder, two of
which were over 20 inches. "The flounder are best
I've seen off Bean Point," he said. He also got three
sharks, a bunch of Spanish mackerel and grouper.
At a 7-mile reef, with shiners, he lost count at 20
grouper, a few of which were close to keeper size.
"It was unbelievable," he said. "I got home and
was totally beat. I think the bigger ones are starting
to move further out. There's also some big kingfish
out there. We saw our first tarpon, two off Beat Point
and another at the 3-mile reef."
He also heard pompano are moving off the
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of Cortez Fishing Center said king-
fish bite is improving, and he is still catching cobia,
amberjack (past 30 miles) gag grouper red grouper,
mangrove snapper and sharks. He said the best red
grouper bite is out past 120 feet of depth and even
better at 170 feet.
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MENS RING: FOUND, Coquina Beach, April
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
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or evenings, 941-758-0395. 315 58th St.,
Studio I, Holmes Beach.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and
repair. Your complete irrigation repair com-
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TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom land-
scapes, tree trimming, property maintenance.
Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges,
mulching. Lowest prices starting at $15.
12-year Island resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
GARY WOOD LAWN Service: Tree trimming
and landscaping. Fully insured, monthly spe-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
WATERFALLS, water gardens, Koi Ponds,
tropical landscaping, flagstone patios. www.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/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
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.
Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt.
Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light
hauling, 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.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Resi-
dential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood,
access control. Contractors you can depend
on. Call 941-748-2700.
PAINT AVERAGE ROOM: $75. Customer
supplies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure
washing. Free estimates. New phone number!
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING: Drywall
and stucco repair, light carpentry. Call Rich,
941-565-4067. Island resident.
HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: No job too small.
One call does it all. Call Arthur, 941-301-
0624. Quality satisfaction guaranteed.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
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.
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
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A A DS
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with
dock. Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and
shops. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes
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 utili-
ties, cable paid, internet provided. Washer
and dryer. 70th Street, Holmes Beach. Avail-
able August through December, 2010. Call
Dave, 407-927-1304. Dvanworm @ earthlink.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront
vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. tam-
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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-
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club. Guard-gated
24/7. Sunny bright end unit, 2BR/2BA villa
with spacious 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. $1,350/month plus electric.
Call owner, 941-792-4767.
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GORGEOUS NEWLY RENOVATED
2BR/2BA Anna Maria Island rental. Ground
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December 2010 thru May 2011. $2,500/
month. Three-month minimum. www.anna-
NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/2A rental. Holmes
Beach. Boat dock, walk to beach. Available
January, 2011. Call 941-580-3385.
PARTIALLY FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA bayfront
apartment with wonderful view. Available May
1. $850/month, plus some utilities. 941-545-
7109 or 941-795-1132.
WATERFRONT ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA Coral
Shores. Dock and boat lift, kitchen with gran-
ite, stainless-steel appliances. Screened lanai.
No smoking or pets. Responsible person to
maintain yard. $1,295/month. $900 deposit.
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walking distance to Historic Bridge St. Trolleys stops right in front of thecomplex. 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Balconies on
both sides, Pool, Spa, Tennis Courts, Boat Doc, Pets allowed and No rental restrictions. Offered at $355,000
Bayview of Bradenton Beach Condo, 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths, Fireplace with outstanding views of Sarasota Bay,
Sarasota and the ICW. 1/2 Block to the Beach, covered parking, ELEVATOR, Pool, and boat dock. Secured
and Coded entrances. Great Rental Potential. Walking distance to Historic Bridge St and steps to the Trolley
Stops. Offered at $349,000
Palma Sola Harbour Great Condo in a wonderful complex, 1 bedroom, 2 baths, extra room 13x9 can be used
as bonus room, etc has a closet as well. The unit has a dock with unimpeded access to the ICW and the Gulf.
Complex has a community pool, tennis court, clubhouse, exercise room and more! Palma Sola Harbour is off
of Cortez less than 10 minutes to the Beach. Offered at $159,000
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2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo.
Fully furnished with views, pools, tennis.
Available seasonal or ? Call 818-620-3543.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED Homes
Beach duplex. Covered parking, washer and
dryer, storage, deck, screened porch, near
beach. Some furnishings possible. $1,100/
month. Call 828-246-3035 or e-mail: JPKen-
FOR RENT: 2BR, Tropical Palm Mobile
Home Park. 15 minutes to beach, available
May 1. $1,000/month. For sale or rent 2BR
doublewide. $1,000/month, sell for $45,000.
Will finance. 863-608-1833. chickenplucker@
WALK TO GULF beaches: Sandpiper 55-plus
2BR/2BA. Furnished, carport, bay view. No
smoking, no pets. $650/month, $500 deposit.
JUNE WEDDING guest housing. 55-plus
turnkey mobile home. $350/week, $750/
month. 941-778-5152 or 941-778-6207.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to
beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
MOBILE HOME: SUNNY Shores Water-
front Park. 1 BR/1 BA. You own the land. Not
a co-op. No monthly fees. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. Reduced! Priced to
sell! $69,900. 513-470-3851.
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1 esse Brisson Broerassociate, gQ~
101x107 Lot zoned R2 in Holmes Beach $369,000
Large lot in city of Anna Maria $399,000
Newer Condo with Gulf Views $369,000
Canalfront pool home in Anna Maria $690,000
2BD/2BA pool home with boat slip $625,000
Gulfview condo in 55+ Community $289,000
Call Jesse Brisson
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DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den,
three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, secu-
rity. Immaculate 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-
ADORABLE CONDO FOR sale by owner:
1BR/1BA, quiet neighborhood, cathedral
ceilings, skylights, tile throughout, enclosed
lanai. $69,900. Bradenton. Must see! 941-
"CASA AZUL." NEW canalfront beauty!
4BR/4.5BA, study, sitting room, large lanai,
inground pool, zoned HVAC. Best of every-
thing! Turnkey, if desired. $1,450,000 and
worth it. 215 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria. Call
DISCOVER THE OTHER Island! Tidy Island
in Sarasota Bay. Waterfront, renovated
2BR/2BA two-car garage condo. Guards,
nature and so much more. Pet friendly!
Owner financing, $239,900. Realtor/owner,
Katharine Pepper, RoseBay Real Estate,
VILLAGE GREEN CONDO: Safe area, low
taxes. Offers over $120,000. 7308 11th Ave.
CUSTOM-BUILT DEEP waterfront house.
90x100-feet. North Point Harbour. 3BR/3.5BA,
community pool, tennis court. 941-778-5822.
VILLAGE GREEN CONDO: 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Family room, remodeled
kitchen, bath, flooring, air conditioning, more.
$164,500. Call John, Real Estate Mart, 941-
WATERFRONT ISLAND HOME: 3BR/2BA,
pool, dock. updated. below market, $439,000
or best offer. Owner, Realtor, 941-356-1456.
Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-
EAST GEORGIA: 28 acres, $1,975 per acre.
Creeks, hardwoods, planted pine, great small
hunting tract! 478-987-9700. stregispaper.
com. St. Regis Paper Co.
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 Ten-
nessee. Quiet, gated community. Excellent
financing. Call now 888-792-5253, ext. 2457.
TN Land/Lakes, LLC.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Brand-
new. $50,000 mountain top tract, reduced
to $19,500. Private, near Boone area, bank
financing, owner must sell, 866-275-0442.
307 59TH St. $524,700 505 68TH St. $1,795,000
415 Clark Dr. $698,500 6804 Marina Dr. $769,000
524 69TH St. $679,000
2114 Ave. A $749,000
Contact A.M.I. Beaches Real Estate
32 0 MAY 5, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
30 years ago: 'Skyway bridge is down'
By Lisa Neff
"The Skyway bridge is down. This is a mayday.
The recording of the 30-year-old emergency call
"Stop the traffic on that Skyway bridge."
The call to the U.S. Coast Guard at about 7:38
a.m. May 9, 1980, came from John E. Lerro, who
was piloting the Summit Venture to the Port of Tampa
when the 608-foot freighter struck the Sunshine
Lerro, who had begun piloting freighters, tankers
and passenger ships from the Gulf of Mexico into
Tampa Bay in 1976 had navigated the channel one
of the longest shipping channels in the world hun-
dreds of times. But never before on a morning like
that morning 30 years ago.
When the Summit Venture hit the bridge, eight
autos and a Greyhound bus plummeted 150 feet to the
water. Thirty-five people, most of them passengers
on the bus, died. One person who fell into the water
The archives of local newspapers contain the
documentation of that morning.
Lerro was in the Summit Venture's pilot house The wrecked Summit Venture. Islander File Photo
Lerro was in the Summit Venture's pilot house
working with pilot-in-training Bruce Atkins. The two
had just taken control to guide the ship into port.
Winds quickly rose in the southwest from
calm to tropical force. Then came a driving rain a
blinding spring squall. Vision was cut short the
bow could not be seen from the pilot house. The
shipboard radar failed. And then Lerro saw part of
the bridge directly ahead. It was moments before the
collision, and too late to change course.
When the ship hit the bridge, more than 1,000
feet of the roadway fell.
"Get emergency ... all the emergency equipment
out to the Skyway bridge," Lerro said in his distress
"The Skyway bridge is down."
Crews spent weeks removing the twisted wreck-
age of the bridge while divers, in the days after the
accident, searched for bodies.
Lerro died in August 2002 at the age of 59 after
years of battling multiple sclerosis he was diag-
nosed with the disease months after the Skyway acci-
In an interview with the St. Petersburg Times on
the 20th anniversary of the accident, the pilot said,
"Life throws you a lot of things that aren't bearable
and you have to find a way to bear them."
He also spoke about the bridge, and that he
wished the old Skyway had had protective fenders
like those on the replacement bridge.
The replacement, a cable-stayed concrete bridge
completed in 1987 at a cost of $245 million, is still
called the Sunshine Skyway, but its formal name is
Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Fenders large concrete islands called dol- The Sunshine Skyway Bridge today. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
phins exist around each of the bridge's six piers
to absorb the impact of an 87,000-ton tanker traveling O e record
at 10 knots. To listed toa-old ma
Sgcall on theSuN Bidge disaster, go tI
Construction of the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge in
the mid-1950s. Islander Photo: Courtesy Manatee
County Public Library Historic Photograph Col-