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UPS ups ante, Cafe on the Beach defends bid
By Nick Walter
Bicycles, scooters and kayaks will not
be part of the United Parks Services plan for
Manatee Public Beach, according to UPS's
A committee of three county employees
recommended UPS to operate the conces-
sions at Coquina and Manatee beaches, and
the negotiated contract will be a topic for the
Board of Manatee County Commissioners
beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11,
on the first floor of the County Administra-
tion Center in downtown Bradenton.
United Parks Service of St. Petersburg is
presently the concessionaire at Fort DeSoto
State Park in St. Petersburg.
Cafe on the Beach and PS. Beach
Associates are the current concessionaires,
having begun Cafe on the Beach in 1992, and
having grown the Manatee Beach facility into
a $2.5 million annual business. Their contract
expires July 21.
UPS originally submitted a proposal to
the county that included ocean kayak, scooter
and bicycle rentals.
But Holmes Beach commissioners and
Police Chief Jay Romine had safety issues
with the rentals in Holmes Beach.
"I am kind of surprised that the city and
county was not more in tune with each other
about rentals (before) the whole RFP went
out," Enoch said.
Enoch said he thinks not enough people
were aware of changes planned by Cafe on
"I am kind of surprised that the city and
county was not more in tune with each other
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Theresa Hagan, 84, and William Hagan, 95, of Sarasota, dance April 20 at Cafe on the
Beach at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. The contract to operate the beach
concession will be discussed May 11 at the Board of Manatee County Commissioners
meeting at the administration center in Bradenton, where citizen support for the cafe
operators is expected. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
Manatee on coast watch
By Lisa Neff
Tourism officials and emergency
responders focused on containment last
week as a deepwater well continued to leak
oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Tourism officials sought to cap misper-
ceptions that Florida's Gulf beaches were
closed, while emergency responders worked
to contain the oil trying various methods
to close the leak in the Deepwater Horizon
l well about 50 miles off the coast of Louisi-
Fishing: Fast tides, ana and to corral and remove the oil already
endless bait supplies, spilled into the Gulf after an April 20 explo-
Page 25 sion at the rig owned by Transocean, leased
by British Petroleum and worked on by Hal-
s d BiZ liburton.
Closer to the Island, in St. Petersburg
May 5, the U.S. Coast Guard set up a
Island Biz: Trans- regional command center that involved fed-
actions and good eral, state and local government agencies, as
deeds. Page 26 well as nonprofit and corporate partners.
"We are standing up a unified com-
mand," said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Tim
Close. "We are planning for the worst case,
but hopeful any impact will be substantially
less than that, if at all."
Tourism officials, along with local busi-
ness owners, worried that the spill might
impact Anna Maria Island without oil actu-
ally reaching its shores.
The concern was that would-be tourists
might cancel vacations.
On May 4, the Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau issued a short mes-
sage: "Florida has more than 2,200 miles of
coastline in all including the Bradenton
area's 27 miles of white sand beaches and
like the vast majority of Florida destinations,
all of our accommodations, restaurants and
attractions remain 100 percent open for busi-
Manatee County government next issued a
statement. On May 5, a county release stated,
"Manatee County has not experienced any
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about rentals (before) the whole RFP went
out," Enoch said.
Enoch said he thinks people were not
aware of changes planned by PS. Beach.
"The subcontractor only plans on being
there for five years, and then they planned on
changing half of the dining room into a pizza,
sub and gyro shop," Enoch said. "All we're
doing is making half the dining room an ice
"It was in the proposal that way," Tommy
Vayias of Cafe on the Beach said. "We wanted
to keep our options open.... If we needed to
change to increase food service we would."
The cafe operators also were originally hoping
to exercise a five-year renewal option on their
UPS raised its compensation plan to the
county by about $20,000 annually.
UPS negotiated a $342,000 base compen-
sation with a profit-sharing bonus of 4 percent
over $2.5 million ($18,520 the first year).
Cafe on the Beach offered $326,000
annual rent with no profit sharing, but the
county did not negotiate with PS. Beach.
UPS offered two phases of capital
improvements, with the first, estimated at
$108,000, including gift shop renovations to
become an ice cream and coffee shop, outdoor
seating, exterior paint, signage, front entrance
improvements, landscaping, new awnings, a
beverage station and new outdoor furniture.
The second phase to be completed within
the second year and estimated at $50,000,
would include renovation of the pancake sta-
tion, rest room rehabilitation, more landscap-
ing and improvements of the patio.
Cafe on the Beach also offered improve-
ments an estimated $100,000 to include
new outdoor furniture, signage, awnings,
paint, decorations, eco-friendly lighting, a
custom bench, pancake house renovation and
UPS said it would maintain the popular
all-you-can-eat-pancake specials. Its contract
protects against price increases and for the
first time the restaurant would accept credit
Cafe on the Beach
faces county May 11
Discussion about which company
should operate the Manatee Public Beach
concession was scheduled to be on the
Board of Manatee County Commission-
ers meeting agenda beginning 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 11, at County Administra-
tion Center in downtown Bradenton, after
deadline for this week's Islander edition.
A county committee has recommended
United Parks Service of St. Petersburg to
operate the concessions at Coquina and
Support was mounting for Cafe on the
Beach to continue operating the Manatee
concession, and a crowd of supporters
is expected to join the operators in their
defense at the meeting.
An update following the county meet-
ing will be posted at www.islander.org.
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impact from the spill and there has been no impact
to public safety or wildlife. Coastal areas, beaches
and local fishing areas are all safe for residents and
Meanwhile, the planning was under way in the
event the spill did directly impact the Florida Gulf
Gov. Charlie Crist expanded a declaration of
emergency to include Gulf coast counties as far south
as Sarasota County.
"I found that this event threatens the state of
Florida with a major disaster," Crist declared in the
Sarasota County officials also declared an emer-
gency, while Manatee County officials decided to
wait, with the natural resources department identi-
fied as the lead agency for the county.
The governor's commission on volunteerism,
meanwhile, called for coastal residents to become
Coast Watchers to help clean up beaches and monitor
the shore, nearshore waters and air for oil pollution.
On April 20, an offshore oil-drilling platform,
Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico
near Louisiana. The rig, owned by Transocean Ltd,
was under contract to British Petroleum.
Eleven workers are presumed dead.
And, submerged at the bottom of the Gulf,
the rig was discharging up to 5,000 barrels -
210,000 gallons of oil per day.
BP, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Minerals
Management Service are the lead response agen-
cies on the oil spill.
In Florida, the Department of Environmental
Protection has been designated the lead agency for
responding to potential impacts of the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill along Florida's shoreline.
Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota also began
monitoring the situation and was using its Beach
Conditions Report www.mote.org/beaches to
disseminate updates on the oil spill.
Universities and other institutes, in turn, offered
forecasts that in most cases paralleled those from
government agencies such as the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.
There were two basic forecast models offered last
In one, the spill would be sucked into the Loop
Current and, staying west of the Florida Gulf Coast,
would be pulled through the Florida Straights and then
north along the Atlantic coast. The Loop Current flows
through the Gulf Stream and up the eastern coast.
"I would say the East coast of Florida has a higher
probability" of being impacted by the oil spill, said
oceanographic expert Y. Peter Sheng of the Univer-
sity of Florida.
In the other scenario, the spill would move east,
where, in the shallow water of the Panhandle, it would
be pulled south along Florida's Gulf Coast. In that
boats tow a
scenario, Anna Maria Island beachgoers could pos-
sibly find tar balls sticky lumps of oil weathered to
a semi-solid consistency on the shore. Beachgoers
also could detect an odor that, among those prone to
allergies, could cause nasal irritation and nausea.
Containing the leaks, the spill
On May 5, one of the three leaks in the Deepwater
Horizon well was closed, but officials said 210,000
gallons of oil was continuing to flow into the Gulf.
A massive containment dome was readied to
cover the well, but engineers encountered problems
with the dome placement over the weekend.
Also, with calmer weather, crews resumed using
dispersants to break up the oil, as well as began drill-
ing a relief well to eliminate the discharge.
Booms were deployed in the Panhandle -
35,000 feet a day. The Coast Guard contingency
plan for placement of booms to keep oil from shore
gives priority to estuaries and inlets, not beach areas,
because "if the oil washes on the beach, the sand can
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Byrne denies owning offshore funds
By Rick Catlin
Former Island real estate developer Robert
Byme wrote the federal bankruptcy court in Tampa
that he has no knowledge or ownership of any off-
shore accounts held in his name or for his ben-
Byrne attorney Richard Lee of Tampa sent the
court a sworn statement by Byrne April 28. Byrne
stated he only knew of two people who might have
knowledge of the accounts: ex-wife Arlene Byrne
and Arnold Goldstein, a Palm Beach attorney.
Court trustee Angela
Welch-Esposito had traced
offshore accounts in Byrne's
name the Byrne Accounts
according to the court to
The Isle of Man, Great Brit-
ain, where a $1.5 million fund
is located. A court there froze
Robert Byrne the account pending disposi-
tion of the bankruptcy case.
Welch-Esposito also found offshore accounts
in Byrne's name at a Tanzanian bank and a trust
account in the Cook Islands in the southwest
Pacific. One account is a life insurance policy
for Robert Byrne funded with $1 million in
Federal bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May
had ordered Byrne to turn over all his offshore
accounts to the court to help pay off the unsecured
creditors in his 2008 bankruptcy case.
Byrne, who was forced into personal bank-
ruptcy by several Island residents who invested
in his failed company, GSR Development LLC,
denied opening any of the offshore accounts.
He claimed to the court he "had no previous
knowledge as to what banks the 'Byrne Accounts'
were located," until reading the final judgment
from the bankruptcy court.
Byrne said he had "no ability to comply"
with the court order as he has turned over all his
records to Welch-Esposito. Nor, he said, can he
turn over any funds contained in those accounts
to the court as he has no ownership or interest in
Byrne said the only offshore account he knew
about was one set up by Goldstein, but never
Byrne said the court should contact his ex-wife
Arlene for information about the accounts, includ-
ing deposits and withdrawals.
May has previously ordered Arlene Byrne
and Goldstein to turn over information about the
accounts to the court.
In the early 2000s, Byrne and his GSR co-
principal, Steve Noriega, owned numerous Island
properties and actively solicited private investors
in their company.
Lavish spending and some poor business deci-
sions resulted in few of GSR's housing projects being
developed, including the defunct Villa Rosa in Anna
Maria and Rosa del Mar in Bradenton Beach. The
company filed for bankruptcy in July 2006.
Island residents Kent Davis and Mel and
Carol Yudofsky, among others, took Byrne into
bankruptcy court in late 2008 to get some of their
money back. Byrne had given them personal guar-
antees against his then-proclaimed net worth of
In 2009, Byrne told the bankruptcy court he
had only $500 to his name.
Efforts to reach Arlene Byrne for comment
were unsuccessful. Phone messages left for her
were not returned. Arleen Byrne no longer lives
in Holmes Beach, but has a Perico Island resi-
The Byrnes divorced in 2005.
Anna Maria City
May 12,6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
May 13, 6 p.m., city commission work session.
May 13, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
May 18, 1 p.m., CRA.
May 20, 1 p.m., city commission.
May 21, 10 a.m., website committee.
May 25, 1 p.m., sanitation workshop.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
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 17, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Orga-
nization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 19, Barrier Island Elected Officials. Details
to be announced.
May 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners, County Administrative Building,
1200 Manatee Ave. N., Bradenton.
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will be closed.
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With evidence in Louisiana that booms are not
failsafe in high seas, strong winds or currents over
1 knot and with concerns about the chemicals in the
dispersants being sprayed in the air and on the water
to break up the oil, environmental and wildlife rescue
experts last week said they feared for seabirds, shore-
birds and marine life.
The International ocean conservation organiza-
tion Oceana said a "grim tragedy" was unfolding in
the Gulf of Mexico and the coastline, home to many
endangered and threatened species and already frag-
Threat to marine, avian life
"At this time we are holding tight and just con-
tinuing with our daily survey walks," said Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox.
Area relief and rescue work would involve a
number of local groups, including Wildlife Inc. and
AMITW on the Island and Mote Marine Laboratory
On a larger scale, the relief and rescue work
would involve government agencies such as the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, orga-
nizations such as the Tri-State Bird Rescue and
Research, as well as Audubon and Sierra Club vol-
unteers and a network of zoos, universities and
Tri-State, based in Newark, Del., was tapped to
oversee the wildlife rehabilitation response along the
Preparations last week for FWC and the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection involved
assessing water and air quality, and wildlife habitat
"We are working with the very best agencies and
staff in the country," said FWC chair Rodney Barreto.
"We are all working together in Florida, and we are
ready for whatever may come."
Of particular concern are sea turtles, which are
now mating and nesting, as well as diving birds such
as gannets and brown pelicans and surface foragers
such as terns and gulls.
Many birds "will likely die unseen far out in the
Gulf," said American Bird Conservancy president
George Fenwick. "In the Exxon Valdez spill, it was
estimated that assistance and rescue staff only saw
about one of every 10 birds affected."
"For birds, the timing could not be worse," said
Melanie Driscoll, the National Audubon Society's
bird conservation director. "They are breeding, nest-
ing and especially vulnerable in many places where
the oil could come ashore."
There also is concern for the many species of
birds in spring migration patterns. This is the time
of year when a number of songbirds warblers,
orioles, buntings, flycatchers and swallows make
their way 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico.
"It is unfortunate that it takes a potential disaster
to remind the nation of the risks involved with our
addiction to oil," said Audubon legislative director
May 7, with no
signs of any
impact from an
oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico.
The political consequences of the Deepwater
Horizon incident, which remains under government
investigation and is the subject of congressional
reviews, already were evident last week.
The Obama administration, which earlier this
spring debuted a plan for a major expansion of off-
shore drilling, announced a six-month moratorium
on new offshore drilling permits.
Also, Florida Democrats have called for a state con-
stitutional amendment to ban offshore drilling in Florida
waters a proposal that may prompt the governor to
call for a special legislative session this summer.
Crist, an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate,
said last week that any expansion of offshore drilling
"has got to be tabled for sure," according to The Hill
However, a Zogby national poll conducted last
week found that 63 percent of U.S. voters support an
expansion of offshore drilling in Atlantic and Gulf
Oil spill could impact fishing, seafood
By Nick Walter
Island sport fishers and Cortez commercial sea-
food suppliers have not yet been affected by the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
But that all could change, depending on the
While the spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico
might not cause any short-term effects on the local
fishing and seafood industries, there may be long-
term effects if the spill moves inshore.
Fishers from as far as 50 miles offshore of Anna
Maria Island reported they have not seen remnants
from the spill. But if the spill reaches the Loop Cur-
rent, which is part of the Gulf Stream, the current
could pull millions of gallons of oil to the Keys, and
possibly around the state's East coast. Nature pre-
serves and coral beds could be affected, along with
On May 6, the NOAA Fisheries Service modified
the boundaries of the closed fishing area to better
reflect the extent of the oil pollution. Commercial
and recreational fishing is prohibited in the area near
Louisiana through May 17.
The area is mostly between Louisiana state waters
at the mouth of the Mississippi River to waters off
Florida's Pensacola Bay.
Ted Forsgren, executive director of the Coastal
Conservation Association, said the primary spawn-
ing season for gag grouper just ended. Gag grouper
larvae drifts inshore and rises to the surface, where
"So the oil could get tied up in the larvae and kill
it," Forsgren said. "So it could have a huge impact
on year classes of fish."
NOAA scientists are taking seafood samples to
ensure the safety of seafood and fishing activities.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator, said there
currently should not be a seafood health risk.
Also, the Florida departments of health and envi-
ronmental protection are monitoring health and envi-
ronmental impacts to Florida's beaches and will issue
advisories if conditions become unsafe.
Agency leaders are concerned that misconcep-
tions about the status of seafood harvesting in Florida
could devastate the state's seafood and tourism indus-
tries, according to a DEP news release.
Seafood has been deemed temporarily safe by
Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner
Charles Bronson. "Florida seafood has not
been impacted by this oil spill at all and is completely
safe," Bronson said in the release. "There is no reason
to take any action at this point and numerous agen-
cies continue to monitor the situation and take test
samples and will ensure the integrity of any seafood
product being sold."
"It's important to note that all waters off of Flor-
ida are still open for fishing," Forsgren said.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Char-
ters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said if oil drifts
near Anna Maria Island, he would simply fish away
from the oil.
"That's what I did five years ago when red tide
hit," McGuire said. "I don't think people should be
scared to come to Anna Maria Island for vacation. If
it did get bad here, the government probably wouldn't
allow us to fish anyway."
McGuire said some species may be more affected
"The spill may even push fish from the Panhandle
our way," McGuire said. "Those fish can start moving
out, especially gag grouper and snapper, because they
can move. Some more stupid fish might get killed in
it, like Goliath grouper."
Karen Bell, office manager at A.P Bell Fish. Co,
said she has not received any reports of oil sightings
from Cortez commercial fishers.
Neither has Glen "Rabbit" Brooks, a longtime
Cortez commercial fisherman. "I've got one boat fish-
ing in the northern Gulf, probably about 30 miles east
of the closed area," Brooks said. "It's pretty much a
wait-and-see game. The spill's not expected to come
here and affect us. But that's yet to be seen."
On watch, on record
To report injured or oiled animals to the
Wildlife Distress Hotline: 866-557-1401
To report an oiled shoreline: 1-866-448-
To report a change in air quality: www.epa.
To volunteer for Florida's Coast Watch pro-
To follow updates on the Deepwater Hori-
zon oil spill: deepwaterresponse.com.
To follow updates for the fishing and sea-
food industries: sero.nmfs.noaa.gov.
To get Deepwater Horizon tweets: www.
To follow the Deepwater Horizon news on
Facebook: Deepwater Horizon Response group.
For computer models on the movement of
the oil spill: ocgweb.marine.usf.edu/.
Species of concern
Wildlife experts are concerned for marine
and avian life in the Gulf of Mexico, including:
Sea turtles, including loggerheads, Kemp's
ridleys and greens.
Birds, including brown pelicans, terns,
gulls, black skimmers, American oystercatchers,
plovers, egrets, herons, marsh birds, magnificent
frigates, sandpipers and migratory songbirds.
Marine mammals, including manatees, dol-
phins and whales.
Numerous shellfish species, including
shrimp and oysters.
Numerous fish species, including red snap-
per, bluefin tuna and grouper.
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Islander finds new life at beach cafe
By Nick Walter
Lois McGann sits in her usual corner seat at Cafe
on the Beach, stuffing the screaming loneliness in her
chest with a buffet of personalities.
The 85-year-old knows almost no one, yet finds
her remedy: Fellow single dancers on the outside
patio, entertainers belting out oldies music, and cou-
ples whose love shimmies like the Gulf of Mexico
in the afternoon.
Three years ago, McGann's husband, Thomas,
died at 84 after suffering many years with Alzheim-
They had been married 60 years.
But soon, McGann found the perfect place for
"I'm a people watcher, so I like that," McGann
said. "I can sit by myself at the corner, or plop down
at someone's table and just meet new people. That's
what I did for quite a while."
Regulars at the Cafe fascinate McGann.
There's the man who recognizes each song from
the first beat, and taps his fingers with fluid rhythm.
One woman wears the same knitted hat all winter
and never lifts her head from her crossword puzzle.
She sees them and more and wonders what the
restaurant may be like after July 21 if P.S. Beach
Associates are no longer the concessionaires at
Manatee Public Beach. A county committee has rec-
ommended the county negotiate a new contract with
United Parks Service of St. Petersburg.
"I have to say I think it's run well," McGann said.
"The bus people that do the cleaning, they don't stand
there with their finger in their ear, they clean. I'd be
heartbroken if they tried to change it."
She might miss, for example, the laid-back atmo-
sphere that keeps people coming back, such as the
man who always plops himself in a chair right in front
of entertainer. The unlit cigarillo never leaves his lips,
not even when he dances. "He comes all the time,"
McGann said, "and he pretty much knows every song
But watching slow dancers sometimes gets
McGann teary-eyed. Her husband loved it. "We'd
always get chummy," McGann said with a giggle.
"It was just nice. We'd connect."
Even through the last week of Thomas' life,
McGann would stand her husband up and gently rock
him back and forth.
She did that and more throughout Thomas' ill-
ness. She brushed his teeth. When he'd fall, she'd
pick him up. When he forgot to eat, she would feed
him. Once her husband awoke at midnight and walked
in pajamas from their Holmes Beach residence of 32
years to Regions Bank. McGann called the Holmes
Beach Police Department and an officer found him.
Sometimes when McGann is sitting in her corner
seat at Cafe on the Beach, dancing couples remind
her of when she first began dating her husband. They
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had met once at a Hartford, Conn., bar, but were
reunited at a skating rink. She was 20. "I looked over
and saw this guy and thought, 'He looks familiar,'"
McGann said. And with a live organ playing, they
skated together on the wooden floor.
They married a year later and had eight children.
Thomas McGann, a mathematician, retired from the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration at 55.
"When he would talk to me about that stuff, I used
to close my mind," McGann said. "I was a simple
McGann knows her husband would have loved
the 1940s music the entertainers play at Cafe on the
Beach. "He was a sucker for a polka," she said.
After her husband's passing, McGann sprung new
life with the unabashed dancing, lingering laughter
and approachable strangers at Cafe on the Beach.
The perfect place for the lonely on Anna Maria
Coquina beachgoers clamor for kayaks, rentals
By Lisa Neff
Coquina Beach regular Susan Nixon brown-bags
So the possibility of an expanded menu at the
concession at Coquina Beach doesn't pique her
But a proposal to introduce kayak and bicycle
rentals to the beach has Nixon and other Coquina
enthusiasts eagerly awaiting new management for
the Bradenton Beach facility.
Coquina Beach at the south end of Anna Maria
Island is in Bradenton Beach city limits, but operated
by Manatee County. In Holmes Beach, the county
operates Manatee Public Beach.
Currently PS. Beach Associates holds the con-
tract for the concessions at both county beaches, but
that agreement expires in July.
PS. Beach, along with several other companies,
has bid on the concession at Manatee Public Beach.
But PS. Beach did not bid on the Coquina contract.
A three-member panel of county employees
recently identified United Park Service as its top
choice for both concessions.
That announcement has fueled a petition to keep
Manatee Public Beach as-is without UPS's pro-
posed "Key West-style" amenities and with a con-
tinuation of PS. Beach.
There has not been a public outcry over UPS's
proposal to expand offerings at Coquina Beach.
In fact, many people on Coquina Beach April 28
said they wanted to see the concession expanded and
"I think it would be really cool if they offered
more activities out here for people," said vacationer
Richard Moore of Washington, D.C. "Kayaks and
bikes would be really cool and this is like the perfect
location because there's so much room."
Cortez resident Amie Torre said, "There's just so
much potential here, and it could really be fixed up
without intruding on the natural feel."
UPS has proposed establishing kayak and bike
rentals at Coquina, where there is a multi-use path,
as well as expanded special events and a dinner
UPS, in addition to the restaurant, also initially
proposed rentals for Manatee Public Beach, as well as
an ice cream-coffee shop and a tiki hut for alcoholic
In Holmes Beach, city officials raised questions
about how much of UPS's proposal would be allowed
under the city code, leading UPS to modify its offer.
Bradenton Beach officials have not conducted a
formal review of the UPS bid.
"However," said city building official Steve Gil-
bert, "it would be prudent for the county to have their
franchise agreement reviewed and approved by the
city prior to signing a contractual obligation with a
Section 66-46 of Bradenton Beach's code of
ordinances provides for the county's franchise opera-
tions to "control" activities at Coquina Beach, though
activities cannot conflict with city ordinances.
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Service. A county
awarding a new
Coquina to UPS.
P.S. Beach did
not bid on the
Gilbert said, "Any activities proposed, whether
contracts are signed or not, still need to be in compli-
ance with the code of ordinances.
"Formalizing those allowable activities and pro-
hibited activities would be best accomplished by a
review between the county staff and our staff, includ-
ing police, public works and planning. At that point,
we'll know better how to proceed."
Gilbert said he was unaware of a city ordinance
that would prohibit or preclude kayak and bike rentals
at Coquina, but there is a prohibition against possess-
ing or consuming alcohol on the beach.
Any alcohol sales or consumption would need
to be approved through a city conditional use permit
and limited to the cafe area, he said.
The county and city could, if necessary, negotiate
an amended interlocal agreement for an expanded
concession at Coquina Beach or adopt a development
agreement, according to Gilbert.
County staff currently is working on a contract with
UPS, which will be presented to the county commission
6 0 MAY 12, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Stoltzfus proposes fool's tax
I was amazed when Commissoner Harry Stoltz-
fus suggested we place a toll booth in Anna Maria and
charge a tax to work or visit here.
A toll booth would require at least one lane
staffed 24-7-365, and probably two-three lanes in
season. Can you imagine the traffic backups? To staff
these booths, it would require six-seven city employ-
ees plus support. How much do we net after that?
Did he "do the math?"
But that's just the beginning of this can of Stoltz-
fus worms. Our grandchildren must pay a tax to
come visit us? Do we charge by the carload or by
the number of passengers? What about kids on their
way to play sports at the community center? What
about our trolley? Will jack-booted city authorities
come aboard the trolley at the border to collect a
dollar from Anna Maria citizens? "Show me your
And why not just cut through the CrossPointe
Fellowship parking lot to get into Anna Maria? Who
enforces the border? Do we erect towers with look-
outs on the border. (If so, can we please place a cel-
lular antenna on one of these towers to at least boost
our cell phone signal, or does that violate an ordi-
And what is the penalty for "illegal entry" into
Anna Maria? Are violaters shot dead, jailed or simply
deported to Bradenton Beach?
Workers, such as for the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office, post office, restaurants, community center,
marina, lawn and pool maintenance would now have
to pay the "Stoltzfus Border Tax" to work here. And
the price of services would likely increase to com-
pensate for his tax. Thus, we the citizens of Anna
Maria pay the tax indirectly. Do the math. Your lawn
service, tree trimming, pool maintenance, cleaning,
etc., costs will go up, as will the cost of your grouper
Rather than looking to raise our taxes, what
about discussing ways to reduce expenses by com-
bining some of our city infrastructure with Holmes
Beach or Bradenton Beach and get some synergy?
While some workers could possibly "make the $50
up in tips," are you tipping the post office clerks or the
lawn guy? I suspect the bulldozer operators Stoltzfus
hoped for would be subject to his new tax.
Stoltzfus is totally out of touch with the working
class, who simply are trying to make a living. I say,
we don't burden Anna Maria with a "border tax."
Dan Murphy, Anna Maria
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Save the cafe
Our family has vacationed on Anna Maria Island
since 1979 and now our grown children are doing the
We are saddened to learn that your county
commissioners chose another company from out
of the county to acquire the Cafe on the Beach.
Our service and food preparation there has been
above excellent. Why would they decide to select
another company when the one they have is above
excellent? Could it be money or someone in their
We are hoping that the May 11 meeting will
correct the situation. Let the other company have
Coquina and leave the management alone at Cafe
on the Beach.
We love the laid back feel. Never are we worried
about the safety of our grandchildren at that beach.
The last thing we need there is a tiki bar, bikes, etc.
This is not Myrtle Beach, but a quaint island on the
Gulf known for its good family feel.
Keep on letting your views be made known. We
are praying we will see the same management, staff
and beach as we have known it when we return in
Kenny and Linda Palmer, Columbus, Ohio
Like a good neighbor
It was late afternoon. I was driving my golf cart
to visit a friend. All of a sudden, when I stopped at an
intersection, I couldn't move the vehicle. My battery
had died. What was I going to do?
A chivalrous young man in a truck stopped to
help. He assured me he could get me and my cart
home. He left after pushing my cart to safety. While
I was waiting for him to return, another man stopped
to tell me they are on their way. He stayed with me
until the young man and a friend returned.
They proceeded to pull the cart to my garage.
One driving the cart. The other driving the truck and
How fortunate for me to live in this beautiful
place and to be rescued by Scott, Gregg and Gregg's
I am so appreciative.
G. Garland, Holmes Beach
Use toll to label elitists
Anna Maria City has too long suffered the pres-
ence of elitists who believe they have the right to
exclude others from the Island's beaches and public
The beaches belong to everyone. They are a
sacred trust that we hold for our children all of
Talk of toll booths is shameful, and the only merit
to the idea is that a toll booth could be used for apply-
ing warning labels on the elitists as they travel their
way in and out.
Sean Murphy, Holmes Beach
Ms. Duffy's smile
A Duffy burger always tasted better when Pat
Geyer "Ms. Duffy" came over and said "hello"
with her smile.
Geyer was truly an Island icon and will be sorely
missed by us all.
Chuck Caudill, Holmes Beach
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 12, 2010 7 7
'Friend' wants library sign moved TI* Islander
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By Nick Walter
The Island Branch Library marquee often sits in
the shadow of the trolley stop on Marina Drive, and
"Friend" Beverly Neville wants the sign moved.
Neville, president of Friends of the Island Library,
expressed concern at the April 27 Holmes Beach City
Commission meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall that
not only is the sign almost directly behind the trolley
stop, it gets lost among other distractions such as turn
arrows, merge lanes, and pedestrian signs near the
corner of Marina Drive and 56th Street.
"This is the only sign that advertises all the chil-
dren, teen and adult programs that are happening at
the library," Neville told commissioners. "During
the past year, many community members and Island
visitors have mentioned that they cannot see the sign
when they're driving by the library, especially when
driving north on Marina Drive."
Neville presented posters with several pictures
of the sign to each commissioner.
She asked to be on the agenda at an upcoming
meeting to request the city fund the moving of the
sign about 30 yards north of the trolley stop.
"I'd feel bad going back to our members and tell
them we're paying for this twice," because donations
made the sign possible in the first place, she said.
Commissioners will announce at an upcoming
meeting if funds will be given to move the sign.
In other business, the commission approved
Duncan Seawall Dock & Boatlift to dredge the T-end
canals between 72nd and 77th Streets for $31,499.
The commission also reappointed Mark Kimball
and David Moynihan to the board of adjustment.
The next city commission meeting is 7 p.m., May
11, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
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Stoltzfus suggests $1 toll solves budget shortfall
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus pro-
posed installing a toll booth at the city's entrance on
Gulf Drive as a means of solving a possible deficit
in the 2010-11 budget.
Speaking at the May 3 commission budget work
session, Stoltzfus said the city could charge visitors
$1 for each entry, but residents would get in free.
If 300,000 tourists visit Anna Maria each year as
some people have suggested, that's $300,000 the city
would take in as revenue, he noted.
A visitor's toll might reduce
the number of tourists to the city,
but that might not be such a bad
thing, he indicated.
The deficit is resolved, he
Stoltzfus also suggested a
$50 annual fee for people who
Stoltzfuts visit the city often, such as wait-
ers at the Sandbar Restaurant. He said the waiters
could easily make up the $50 in tips they make.
Mayor Fran Barford said the city is looking at
a decrease in ad valorem tax revenues because of
Toll gate, cell tower
proposed to fund
Anna Maria budget.
a corresponding reduction in property values from
2008 and 2009. She did not yet have specific numbers
from the Manatee County Property Appraiser Office,
but said previously the appraiser's office has "unof-
ficially" estimated there will be about $100,000 less
revenue for the city this year.
The mayor suggested the city look at a cell
tower on public property, particularly since cell
towers no longer look like the one in Holmes
Beach, but can be designed and built to blend with
When the city had a cell tower study done by
wireless communications consultant Ted Kreines in
2002, he indicated the city could receive $30,000-
$100,000 a year in rental income.
Commissioners also discussed reducing expenses
such as consultant fees, capital projects and staff sala-
ries, but none of the commissioners favored cutting
Barford said the commission has about 15 sug-
gestions for increasing revenues or lowering costs,
including raising the ad valorem tax rate, which is
presently 1.7882 mils. One mil equals 1/1000 of a
dollar, or one-tenth of a cent.
The city's ad valorem tax rate was 2.0 from 2002
to 2007, but the city adopted the current rate with its
2007-08 budget after property valuations rose and
With a millage rate of 2.0, an Anna Maria home
valued at $325,000 by the property appraiser and
with a $25,000 homestead exemption, would have
a $600-per-year city tax bill. At a millage of 1.7882,
the same $325,000 home would owe city taxes of
Only about 8 percent of the annual ad valorem
tax an Anna Maria homeowner pays is returned to
the city by the Manatee County Tax Collector in the
form of revenues.
No date was set for the next work session, but
Barford said one will be scheduled for July, when the
commission begins its budget work in earnest.
AM joint commission-P&Z work session postponed
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Commission Chairman John Quam's
new parking plan for Pine Avenue will have to wait
a little longer before commissioners and planning
and zoning board members discuss the plan in a joint
The commission-P&Z work session on parking
scheduled for May 13 was postponed, said Quam in
a brief announcement last week.
Instead, he stated, the May 13 joint session will
deal with other issues in the city.
City files to dismiss
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye filed a
motion with the Manatee County Circuit Court
seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Richard
Friday against the city.
Friday, who owns a home in the 100 block
of Park Avenue, filed a complaint in March with
the court, alleging that two lots near his prop-
erty that are part of the proposed Banyan Tree
Estates housing project are actually identified on
the city comprehensive plan's future land-use
map as conservation land and can't be devel-
Dye asked for dismissal claiming there is
no construction or development approved for
the two lots, there is no conflict between the
city and Friday, and Friday is asking the court
for an opinion of what to do in case construction
begins, which is not the duty of the court.
Judge Ed Nicholas was scheduled to hear
the motion May 14.
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Quam introduced his plan for parallel parking on
Pine Avenue at the April 29 work session and com-
missioners and board members were in near unani-
mous agreement 9-1 to continue pursuing his
P&Z board chair Randall Stover said Quam's
plan was a "great compromise" for Pine Avenue,
while resident Dick York wrote Quam to thank him
for his solution to a difficult issue that has touched a
nerve in the city.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, who wants all
Pine Avenue parking to be on site, was the lone oppo-
nent at the meeting.
Since that work session, Stoltzfus has written
several letters to Quam and the city, disagreeing with
the plan, providing statistics to support his arguments,
and stating that he has not talked with anyone who
agrees with Quam's proposal.
Stoltzfus' position also has been posted on an
Internet blog site, and, although it can be widely read,
Volunteers come forward
in Anna Maria
Five Anna Maria residents volunteered their ser-
vices to Mayor Fran Barford to work at city hall for
several hours each day to help ease the work load for
the mayor and staff.
Cathy Stoltzfus e-mailed the city April 26 and
said she has previous experience as an administrative
She said she could make copies, answer the phone
calls and make and deliver coffee. She contacted four
other residents who were willing to volunteer.
The other volunteers are Vicki Schaefer, Charles
Daniel, Karen DiCostanzo and Joanne Doyle.
Barford said the help offered was not needed "at
this time," but she would keep the names on file for
comments are restricted to approved members.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
submitted a letter to the city on Pine Avenue parking
and the Quam plan that refutes the Stoltzfus figures
on the amount of available spaces.
City planner Alan Garrett was to present a joint
session on parking with the appropriate number of
parking spaces the plan would provide the city on
Pine Avenue, should the plan be adopted.
Quam said the parking issue would be on a future
work session agenda, but he did not have a date.
Conoly resigns from P&Z
Jim Conoly resigned from the Anna Maria Plan-
ning and Zoning Board effective May 4.
In a brief letter to Mayor Fran Barford, Conoly
thanked the city for his years of service on the
Conoly said he had been a board member for
about 10 years, but declined further comment on why
he was stepping down.
Conoly, along with Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus, was the subject of a March 10 public records
request filed by public records consultant Michael
Barfield of Sarasota.
Barfield requested that Conoly furnish all the
e-mails to and from him on his private computer that
pertained to city business.
Conoly provided some e-mails, but told the city
he had donated his old computer to the Salvation
Army and had a new one.
Attorney Valerie Fernandez, representing Bar-
field, sought a court order to obtain the computers
of both Conoly and Stoltzfus, but Conoly signed an
agreement to provide Fernandez his computer and
the records it contained.
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC retained Fernan-
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BB commission debates chickee hut happenings
By Lisa Neff
Special event requests typically get included on
a catch-all consent agenda unanimously approved by
the Bradenton Beach City Commission.
Not so May 6 for requests to hold a Memorial
Day cookout and Mother's Day and Father's Day
brunches in the new chickee hut at the Gulf Drive
Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N.
Private events can take place in the chickee with-
out city approval, but, under city code, the public,
beachfront events are considered "special events"
that must be approved by the commission.
The commission voted to approve the requests,
with Commissioner Janie Robertson voting "nay,"
but not before a somewhat tense discussion.
"I hate to be such a wet blanket," Robertson said,
opening the discussion.
Her primary objection to several special event
requests, she said, was because the Gulf Drive Cafe
is in the midst of an expansion.
The beachfront chickee hut is complete and
recently the parking lot across the street was
improved, but the development plan approved by
the planning and zoning commission and the city
commission also called for a gift shop and a tiki hut,
which would serve as a bar, and, unlike the chickee
hut, be supplied with utility services.
Robertson said when the cafe sought city approval
for the project, it did not present a "phased-in project
construction-wise.... We've got a full project here
that was passed.... To this date, only the chickee hut
has been done."
Robertson said allowing the public events to take
place was a concern because she considers the loca-
tion a construction site.
"The space between the old restaurant and the
chickee hut is still a construction zone," Robertson
She added, "Up until a few weeks ago, there was
yellow construction tape all around that area.... The
public is being invited to walk across this construc-
tion site to this facility, to these tables, to sit and
eat. How come the public is allowed to traverse a
Peter Barreda, catering/events coordinator for the
cafe, defended the requests and the progress of the
Barreda said the restaurant would soon begin
work on other components of the development proj-
"We're just waiting on a few more things," he
said. "This has been a long, ongoing project."
He said the expansion already is attracting tour-
ists and will add jobs.
"This is nothing but a positive for this town,"
Presently, he added, the site has been cleaned up,
with solar lamps lighting the way to the chickee hut
on a new path with landscaping.
"So people aren't walking through a construction
zone," Barreda said, adding that any liability con-
cerns rest with the restaurant owners, not the city.
Mid-way through the discussion, Mayor Michael
Pierce asked building official Steve Gilbert to address
Gilbert explained that the development involves
more than one building project and that the chickee
hut could be used before other elements of the expan-
sion are completed.
"This would not be considered a phased develop-
ment," he said, adding that permits for several proj-
ects are being issued under "a development board."
However, Gilbert said the fire marshal had some
questions about the special events such as how
many people will be in the chickee hut, how furniture
will be arranged and how food will be prepared and
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cussion and a vote, Commissioner Gay Breuler said,
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"I can't see what the problem is Janie.... Part of the
plan is done and part of the plan isn't done."
City attorney Ricinda Perry suggested amending
the special event requests to stipulate that the events
not take place without the fire marshal approving the
floor plans and that a diagram also must indicate traf-
fic and parking details.
Breuler's motion to approve the events with the
stipulation passed 4-1.
Mosquito patrol can buzz BB
What's that buzz?
It may not be that of pesky mosquitoes this
The Bradenton Beach City Commission last week
authorized the Manatee County Mosquito Control
District to conduct flyovers as it works to control
the mosquito population during the upcoming rainy
"This district has conducted aerial operations
over your city since 1968," MCMCD director Mark
D. Latham stated in a letter to city officials.
Latham stated federal aviation rules require that
the district get permission from the governing body
of the political subdivision where the low flyovers
Commissioner Gay Breuler, with the unanimous
vote to approve the flyover, said, "We will be so
happy to have them."
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Players lock up season with 'Prisoner'
The Island Players theater group will close its
2009-10 season with a staging of Neil Simon's "The
Prisoner of Second Avenue."
The comedy will open Thursday, May 13, with
the curtain parting on the production at 8 p.m. at the
theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays
through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater
is dark Mondays.
"Prisoner," directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland,
Democratic club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet for lunch at noon Monday, May 17, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
The club will hear from state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald,
D-Sarasota, and discuss the 2010 legislative session.
For more information, call Harry Kamberis at
Art league hosts high
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host its
16th annual Manatee High Art Exhibit May 14-18
at the league studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
A reception for the student artists, sponsored by
the Sandbar Restaurant and open to the public, will
take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May
14, at AMIAL.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
Manatee High School freshman Trevor Bystrom of
Anna Maria Island submitted "Crazy Fish" for this
month's exhibit at Anna Maria Island Art League.
will close May 23.
The cast includes Herb Stump, Nancy Denton,
Rick Kopp, Robin Rhodes, Laura Morales and
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mondays through Saturdays and an hour before show
For more information, go to www.theislandplay-
ers.org or call the box office at 941-778-5755.
Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Saturdays at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
The club's meeting schedule includes:
May 15, Cindy Sloan of the Meals on Wheels
PLUS food bank.
May 22, Rae Dowling of Florida Power &
May 29, Rose Quin Bare of the Manatee Opera-
tion Military Troop Support.
Rotary club to meet
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 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-
to host coffee
CrossPointe Fellowship's women's group will
host a coffee at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at the
church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The guest speaker will be Jane Kitchings, director
of Women's Ministries at First Baptist of Bradenton,
who will talk about "Sand in My Sandals bring-
ing a message of hope and encouragement when life
seems to go wrong."
Reservations are requested. Call the church at
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Gardeners to hold work
More than two dozen volunteers gathered May
6 at the Annie Silver Community Center to discuss
the Bradenton Beach Intergenerational Garden at the
"I was surprised at how many people showed
up," said city project/program manager Lisa Marie
She said the project at the center, 103 23rd St.,
Bradenton Beach, will be volunteer-driven.
The city's involvement was in securing grants
from the state and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
"The city is funneling the money," said Phillips. "This
is all being done by volunteers."
Volunteers will hold work meetings at 5 p.m.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m., with the costume contest at 10:15 a.m.
The celebration's menu includes free pizza,
hot dogs and soda for kids and for a nominal dona-
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Work parties will take place on designated Sat-
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The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold its
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annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. The event was held
across the country, including in all three Island cities. Post
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Kim McVey, who works at Cortez Bait & Sea-
food and was a FISH board member, received 98
votes to incumbent Richard Culbreath's 65.
The leading vote-getter with 143 votes was
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino,
who was unopposed for the vice president seat. Sheila
Mora (131 votes) retained her secretarial position,
Joe Kane (66) filled another secretarial position, and
Jane von Hamann (109) replaced Karen Bell (58) as
Bell, Richard Culbreath, Jeri Culbreath and
Maxine Myford retained their board seats.
FISH also released its annual budget, reporting
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Molyneux, the late chair of the Holmes
Beach Parks and Beautification Committee,
died April 19 at Manatee Memorial Hospital
from surgical complications.
announced at its May 5 meet-
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Molyneux and wife Caroline were per-
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years and part-time residents from Ridgefield,
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"I think he liked the whole atmosphere
here," Caroline Molyneux said. "How laid
back it was. How it wasn't glamorous. He was
involved in planting more trees and trying to
preserve some open space and trying to keep
the Island the way it is because we liked the
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Molyneux helped create pocket parks, plant
trees and demo gardens, transport plants and
trees from Anna Maria to Holmes Beach, fix
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"I've been sitting in with this committee
for eight years," said Holmes Beach Commis-
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far the most in my opinion."
In other business, the committee elected
Fred Heger to chair. The committee also is
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DCA wants conference call on AM density
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Community Affairs
wants a tele-conference with Anna Maria city attor-
ney Jim Dye, city staff and attorney Jeremy Anderson
in mid-May to discuss calculating density.
Robert and Nicky Hunt of Anna Maria filed a
complaint with the DCA in February claiming the
city's method of computing density in the retail-
office-residential district does not comply with the
comprehensive plan and the land-development regu-
The Hunts allege density should be calculated
on the number of lots per acre, while the city uses
the gross acreage divided by gross number of lots
Marlene Stern of the DCA said she anticipated a
maximum two-hour hearing to allow both sides time
to present arguments and for DCA officials to ask
A decision is expected in June, Stern indicated.
The Hunts have claimed that the city's method of
calculating density comes to 8.6 units per acre, well
above the comp-plan limit of 6 units per acre with
each lot at 7,500 square feet.
Dye has said the gross acreage method is
used to keep smaller lots conforming and build-
able. There are more than 600 small lots in the
city that are "grandfathered" for use. Those lots
would become non-conforming and unbuildable if
the DCA requires the city to use the 6-lots-per-acre
By Rick Catlin
Public records consultant Michael Barfield and
attorney Valerie Fernandez notified Manatee County
Circuit Court May 3 that they intend to issue a sub-
poena to America Online Inc., the Internet service
provider of Anna Maria resident Nicky Hunt.
The subpoena would be for all Hunt's e-mails to
and from her AOL address for an as-yet unspecified
Barfield said the subpoena follows his March 10
public records request to Anna Maria Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus for the e-mails on his personal com-
puter relating to public business.
From reading the e-mails subsequently submitted
by Stoltzfus, Barfield said he determined Hunt acted
as a go-between for Stoltzfus on several occasions.
"Clearly, Ms. Hunt was acting as a conduit for
official city business and we reasonably believe that
additional public records exist which have not been
provided to us," he said.
Hunt has 10 days to object to the intent to file for
a subpoena, according to the filing by Fernandez.
Fernandez was hired by Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC to represent the company in the various legal
issues it has with developing retail-office-residential
complexes on Pine Avenue. PAR approved the reten-
tion of Barfield.
E-mails sent to Hunt by The Islander asking for
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Robin Wall and Cathy Stoltzfus, wife of Commis-
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird said she had
received a notice from attorney Richard Harrison,
who represents Commissioner Stoltzfus, that he will
be providing e-mails for Miller and Cathy Stoltzfus.
Harrison also represents Wall, but the attorney has
not indicated when her e-mails may be provided.
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Tom
Aposporos submitted his e-mail records pertaining
to city business on April 26-27.
Attorney Jeremy Anderson of the Sarasota law
firm of Lobeck and Hanson had requested Aposporos'
records, along with those of Mike Coleman. Both
men served on the city's short-lived Pine Avenue
parking safety committee formed in early January.
A story in the May 5 issue of The Islander indi-
cated their records had not yet been provided to the
city as of April 29.
Aposporos has twice been the chair of the city's
charter review committee, and he provided those
records as well.
Coleman said last week he is gathering his
Anderson represents the Hunts in their February
2010 complaint to the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs, claiming Anna Maria's method of cal-
culating density in the retail-office-residential district
does not comply with the city's land-development
regulations or its comprehensive plan.
Attorney pursues Hunt e-mails
Anna Maria and Manatee County officials gather
at Bayfront Park with representatives from the state
forestry department and Keep Manatee Beautiful
to celebrate National Arbor Day April 30. KMB, in
partnership with the county parks and recreation
department, donated three green buttonwoods for
the celebration. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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The Historic Bridge Street Pier is getting a post-
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repainting railings at the pier, as well as tables at the
end of the bay structure.
"Some of the paint on the deck railings is starting
to peel," Dave Russell of Rotten Ralph's on the Pier
observed during a meeting of the city pier team May
Public works deputy director Char Patterson
assured Russell that the railings would be repainted,
part of a cleanup project on the structure.
"The guys are repainting all the railings and the
tables," said Patterson. "We're trying to give a small
facelift for now."
She added that the murals on the tables would be
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Cagnina makes ethics complaint official
By Rick Catlin
John Cagnina's May 1 complaint to the Florida
Commission on Ethics against Anna Maria Commis-
sioner Harry Stoltzfus contends the commissioner
violated the Florida statutes on ethics and conduct
of public officials and employees and Florida's Sun-
Cagnina said he made his decision after review-
ing e-mails to and from Stoltzfus regarding city busi-
ness that legal consultant Michael Barfield of Sara-
sota obtained, the result of a March 10 public records
Cagnina cited Florida statutes 112.311 and
112.313 for the ethics requirements.
The statutes provide that public officials must be
"independent and impartial," and not use their office
for "private gain," nor use their office for "special
privilege, benefit or exemption" for themselves or
Cagnina states in his complaint that Stoltzfus
violated Florida statutes when he "conspired with
others to deceive citizens and bring financial harm
to the city of Anna Maria by encouraging potentially
harmful and expensive legal action against the city,
while hiding his own involvement.
"He corruptly used his official position and
resources within his trust to finance a lawsuit brought
by a landowner, so that his political position con-
cerning development would be enhanced," Cagnina
Cagnina cited a series of e-mails to and from
Stoltzfus that began on or about Feb. 26, in which
Stoltzfus wrote: "I'm willing to throw some money
away on this one, but don't feel it would wise to be
named." Stoltzfus concluded his e-mail by stating,
"I'm interested in getting involved but indirectly."
In a March 1 e-mail to attorney Jeremy Ander-
son, whose law firm represents clients that have filed
claims against the city, Stoltzfus wrote, "You can add
some other stuff to your legal challenge as well. I'd
like to see someone take a bulldozer to all these build-
On March 8, Stoltzfus wrote in an e-mail: "I
think we may have a basis for suing the city. I could
probably garner funds from three or four people who
would pony up a grand each if you're interested."
Stoltzfus e-mailed Anderson March 10, stating,
"I'd like to meet the person who intends to pursue this
matter, as you note below. I'm interesting (sic) in get-
ting involved, but indirectly. I'd like to see someone
take a bulldozer to these buildings."
On March 22, the lawsuit discussed in the e-mails
was filed against the city by attorney Dan Lobeck of
Anderson's law firm and representing William and
Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue.
Anderson represents residents Robert and Nicky
Hunt in a complaint to the Florida Department of
Community Affairs claiming the city's density cal-
culation method is not compatible with the compre-
Sunshine Law violation
Cagnina alleges Stoltzfus violated Florida's Gov-
ernment-in-the-Sunshine Law by holding electronic
meetings and "using liaisons" to discuss public busi-
ness which "had not been advertised to the public
in order to influence the votes of other elected offi-
Cagnina cited a Jan. 18 e-mail to resident Nicky
Hunt, telling her to ask another commissioner a ques-
tion about a quasi-judicial matter, then report back.
Stoltzfus wrote, "Gotcha. Let me know what
he says. You can ask him about the latest on 216 as
Hunt responded that same day, "John Quam left
me a voicemail....With regards 216 he said he thought
it may be pulled from tomorrow's meeting because
the correct protocol had not been followed."
Stoltzfus communicated directly with another
commissioner, Cagnina said, when he e-mailed Com-
missioner Dale Woodland on Jan. 18, in reference
to the planning and zoning board hearing on the
site plan for 216 Pine Ave., stating, "I've asked the
administration to reschedule this hearing, because
the administrative compliance review has been con-
ducted improperly and the P&Z hearing has been
Cagnina further alleges in his complaint that
Stoltzfus had e-mail communications that contained
"libelous and inflammatory remarks concerning city
staff, citizens and professional consultants, in viola-
tion of the city's stated policy against personal attacks"
and in violation of Florida statute 112.313(6).
In a Feb. 3, 2010 e-mail, Stoltzfus wrote, "I'm so
ready for November. I totally wanna kick Barford's
and Barlow's asses! Meanwhile, you'll be happy to
know the city is facing another lawsuit. I'll forward
In a Jan. 17 e-mail, Stoltzfus wrote, "I've found
my donkey. It's Fran Barford."
On Jan. 6, Stoltzfus e-mailed Hunt, stating, "I
think anything we can do to undermine the credibility
of the mayor and her staff right now is warranted and
In a Nov. 30 e-mail to Robin Wall, Stoltzfus
wrote about Barford, "I will totally ream her a new
butt," and, "I can reduce her to ashes. Meanwhile, my
intention is to focus the light and the heat on her."
Cagnina alleges that Stoltzfus has operated a
"shadow government" to set strategy and effect city
policy and was executing an agenda behind the scenes
and "out of the sunshine."
He supports his claim with several e-mails,
including a Feb. 24 e-mail Stoltzfus provided to Bar-
field from Nicky Hunt, which states, "Robin, Harry
Ethics complaints, system can result
By Rick Catlin
In addition to a recall petition against Anna Maria
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, Anna Maria property
owner and Holmes Beach resident John Cagnina last
week filed a complaint against Stoltzfus with the
Florida Commission on Ethics, alleging the com-
missioner violated Florida ethics laws and the state's
A Florida Commission on Ethics spokesperson
said last week that the commission has so many com-
plaints to process that any complaint received will
take months to process.
That's according to Kerrie Stillman of the COE
in Tallahassee, and it's not just because of the work-
Processing a complaint is a long and thorough
task, she said.
"When a complaint is received, we first notify
both the complainant and the respondent that we
have received the complaint. Then, it's assigned to
our legal staff for investigation."
This is an initial investigation simply to deter-
mine what the complaint concerns and if the com-
mission has jurisdiction in such a complaint.
"Even if (the complaint) is true, but not an ethics
violation or we don't have jurisdiction, the commit-
tee will decide not to investigate further," Stillman
If the initial investigation does determine the
COE has jurisdiction, the investigative staff then
conducts a preliminary investigation into the allega-
tions. The staff uses the services of an assistant state
attorney to subpoena witnesses and take sworn state-
The case is then presented to the nine-member
commission, which examines "probable cause" evi-
dence and makes a ruling. An assistant attorney gen-
eral gives a recommendation that the commission
and ourselves met before last week's commission
meeting to form a strategy to get a moratorium put
on. Robin and I had made the phone calls we thought
were necessary to get the backing for a moratorium
by the commission."
In a Feb. 15 e-mail to Wall, Stoltzfus states to
Robin Wall, "On Thursday, Feb. 18, the city commis-
sion will begin a review of Chapter 90 of our land
Wall responded the same day: "Before I read
your e-mail, please don't post anything please. The
agenda has not been revised. Please don't post any-
Cagnina also claims Stoltzfus employed "eva-
sive devices" in order to "intentionally circumvent
state statutes in order to influence the votes of other
elected officials so that his political position would
He said Stoltzfus first proposed one of his sup-
porters place a comment on a blog about Anna
In a Jan. 19 e-mail to Nicky Hunt, Stoltzfus
wrote, "Would you consider posting a comment on
the blog re: the site plan review procedures for 216
Cagnina said Stoltzfus wrote and provided the
document for Hunt to post on the blog site ouran-
After posting the requested information on the
blog, Cagnina alleges that Stoltzfus' "former cam-
paign manager sends (the posting) to his distribution
list, which includes at least one member of the city's
planning and zoning board. Members of that list then
forward to another list, which includes commission
Cagnina concluded his complaint by stating that
Stoltzfus did not follow the state requirements for
"These are just a few examples. There are lit-
erally dozens of messages whereby Stoltzfus uses
his position as commissioner to try and effect the
outcome in quasi-judicial proceedings that may very
well come before him, in which case he is bound
by law to render impartial judgment solely on the
'competent and substantial evidence' presented to
him at the public hearing noticed for that purpose,"
Attorney Richard Harrison, who represents
Although he said he has not yet received a copy
of the Cagnina complaint, Harrison said the charges
are "no doubt as baseless and ill-motivated as the
other elements of the coordinated attack against the
Harrison called into question the political moti-
vation of Cagnina and those involved with the Recall
Commissioner Stoltzfus committee.
in lengthy review
If the COE decides that an offense against the
state's ethics laws has taken place, the most common
recommendation is a monetary fine, she said.
The COE can fine an individual up to a maximum
of $10,000, but there is no "average" fine, as each
case is different, Stillman indicated.
Other possible recommendations include a simple
letter of censure or a recommendation to the governor
that the offending official be removed from office,
That's a rather extreme measure for the com-
mission, however. The last public official to be
removed by a COE recommendation was in a 1981
case involving a Hialeah planning and zoning board
member, Stillman noted.
"It's not a common recommendation."
There is no set time limit for an investigation to
be completed and a decision rendered, she added.
"It often takes months just to determine probable
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Recall Stoltzfus committee exceeds 200 goal
By Rick Catlin
Members of the Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus
committee in Anna Maria said last week they have
206 voter signatures, well above the minimum 136
needed to submit the petition to the city clerk.
Committee member Carol Carter, husband of
committee chair Bob Carter, said committee volun-
teers would continue to gather signatures until the
petition is submitted.
The deadline for submission is May 19.
Once the signatures are verified and the recall
petition is accepted, Stoltzfus will be allowed five
days to submit a statement of defense of not more
ETHICS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
cause," Stillman said.
Presently, the COE has more than 200 complaints
and six investigators for the state.
"But remember, not all complaints get investi-
gated and not all investigations result in a finding of
fault," she said.
There is no time frame for a typical case. Some
can take just a few months, while others consume
an entire year of investigation and review before a
decision is reached.
"Often, there is an election and the person is
removed, or the person resigns from office," she said.
Resignation or defeat in an election does not stop the
"We still continue to investigate and make a
determination." A person could have resigned from
office and, six months later, be hit with a commission
fine, she said.
Proceedings of the COE are not subject to Florida
Sunshine and public records laws and complaints are
not made public until a determination is announced,
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days of its return. The defense statement, if provided,
becomes part of the second petition.
Carol Carter and other committee members said
some of those who signed are former Stoltzfus sup-
Motion to quash
Stoltzfus order filed
Tampa attorney Richard Harrison, represent-
ing Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus,
has filed a motion with the Manatee County Cir-
cuit Court asking for dismissal of a court order
issued to his client April 21 by Judge Stephen
The order issued by Dakan required Stoltz-
fus not to dispose, sell or transfer his personal
computer and not to delete any more e-mails.
At the hearing, Harrison remarked that his
client intended to follow what the court had
ordered regardless of the hearing.
The hearing was the result of a public
records request made by Michael Barfield of
Sarasota for all of Stoltzfus' e-mails related to
public business. Barfield was concerned, based
on the e-mail records provided, that some undis-
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18 0 MAY 12, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Dark beaches sought for sea turtle season
By Lisa Neff
With the Gulf of Mexico temperatures around 80
degrees, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers
are expecting the Island's first sea turtle nest of the
"The water temperature is prime for nesting right
now," said AMITW executive director Suzi Fox. "So
we should see nesting any day on our beaches."
Already this season, which began May 1, two
nests were found in Sarasota County. One false crawl
also was reported from Sarasota County.
Sarasota County walkers with Mote Marine Lab-
oratory Turtle Patrol found both nests. The first nest
was found May 4 near the north end of Venice and
the second May 5 near the north end of Siesta Key.
"This year, we've had a very normal beginning to
our nesting season," said Kristen Mazzarella, a senior
biologist at the lab and Mote's patrol coordinator.
"The first nests were timed almost with the season's
With the warming of the waters, Mote, AMITW
representatives, local officials and state wildlife agents
emphasized the need to turn out lights or install turtle-
friendly fixtures at beachfront properties.
Artificial lighting can disorient turtles. Some-
times the disorientation can result in a false crawl, a
situation in which an adult female aborts a nesting
attempt. And sometimes, with hatchlings, disorienta-
tion can result in deaths.
A survey by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission found that exterior lighting
at condominium buildings caused the most lighting
disorientations in the state, followed by sky glow,
condominium interior lighting and street lights. In
recent years, the number of disorientations reported
in the state have spiked.
Each of the Island cities' codes require lights out
or turtle-friendly lighting during the nesting season
that are enforced by the cities' respective code
In Anna Maria, the ordinance requires that exist-
ing developments "must ensure that the beach is not
directly or indirectly illuminated by lighting originat-
ing from existing development during nesting season.
Artificial lighting from existing development must
not directly or indirectly illuminate the beach during
The ordinance also requires that "all temporary
structures, including but not limited to beach chairs,
umbrellas, cabanas, personal watercraft, boats, trailer
or any other man-made items that may interfere with
the use of the beach as a nest, must be removed from
the beach from sunset until sunrise."
Violators may be fined $100 on the first offense
AMI aid reaches Haiti
tion of turtle-
ing or lights
out along the
beach at night
during the sea
began May 1
and $200 per day for subsequent offenses, in addition
to possible federal and state penalties that could result
from threatening an endangered species.
In Bradenton Beach, existing development also
must ensure that nesting habitat "is not directly or
indirectly illuminated by lighting originating from
existing development during nesting season. Artificial
lighting from existing development must not directly
or indirectly illuminate sea turtle habitat during nest-
Items such as beach chairs, umbrellas, cabanas,
personal watercraft, boats or trailers "that have the
potential for entrapment of marine turtles and which
may interfere with the use of the natural beach envi-
ronmental nesting habitat must be removed from the
PLEASE SEE TURTLE, NEXT PAGE
Special report: Haiti trip
affirms AMI goodwill
By Bonner Joy
Rest assured, your donations are at work in Haiti.
Thanks to the generosity of so many people, and the
hard work of some, a truck and its load of donations to
aid children and the least fortunate people in Haiti has
There are three things you need to know:
The sun is hotter there.
Everyday, something goes wrong.
Your donations are urgently needed.
I arrived in Port-au-Prince April 29, where I was
met at the airport by the Rev. Ron Joseph and two help-
ers, Junior Metellus and Ricardo "Doudou" Dume, who
whisked me and my bag into the Ministry of Presence
van for a two-hour trip to Saint Marc to pickup the truck
and its contents, shipped on a freighter, from the port.
It wasn't easy, and it wasn't cheap, but it is done.
After paying more fees and collecting the truck from
a large port parking lot where it was literally sandwiched
in the middle of hundreds of other vehicles, many with flat
tires and broken windows, we were on our way home.
Home is the ministry guesthouse, House of Pres-
ence, in a small community east of PaP on the busy main
road from the city to the Dominican Republic. It is a
beautiful Bahama-style two-story very comfortable
The truck and its contents, donations collected by The
Islander for the Ministry of Presence, arrive in Duval
Roche, Haiti, W.I., to the House of Presence.
and with a large inviting living/dining area downstairs.
There are six upstairs bedrooms to accommodate guests,
and the property is fronted by a two-story "business" build-
ing, all enclosed by a high wall.
It's a new wall, the old one having fallen in the Jan.
12 earthquake. The house, too, has had extensive repairs
amounting to almost $7,000, but it is most welcoming.
We maneuver the truck into the courtyard, and open the
door, where there are applause and hugs among us as we view
the huge volume of boxes, the eight tires for the two ministry
vehicles, buckets for women to carry water, bags of rice and
beans, and all the goodwill the truck holds.
We start to unload. And unload. And unload.
We move tents and sleeping bags to the far side of
You can help
Funding is needed to ship more food and supplies
to the House of Presence in Haiti, to recover shipping
costs, and repairs to the house.
Your tax-deductible donation to Ministry of Pres-
ence can be delivered to The Islander, or mailed to
MoP, P.O. Box 784, Oneco FL 34264.
More information, photos and online donations:
Croix des Bouquets, a large community within the city
of Port-au-Prince has damaged roads and buildings.
the courtyard. Linens and bedding to the opposite side.
Women's and men's clothing takes a place next to the
linens. Clinic supplies and toiletries get a spot. Items
for the house and Father Ron get a corner.
And as we go, we put items for children for
the orphanage supported for more than 20 years by the
ministry along one side of the truck interior, and
food on the opposite wall. Everything else is removed.
And covered with tarps.
It looks like rain, and it does. It rained hard for
several hours, but the cool breeze that came with the
rain is welcome in the house. Did I mention there's no
electricity at least the Haitian electric company is
not providing it on a regular basis. Never did. Gas for
the generator is too expensive and too hard to come by,
although at third alternative, an inverter system of car
batteries, powers some lights and ceiling fans.
The complete first installment of the special report
from Haiti and more photos are online at www.islander.
The port office in Saint Marc is located on the coast
and opposite the city hub.
TURTLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
nesting zone from sunset until sunrise" during the
Additionally, vehicle headlights in parking lots
or areas on or adjacent to the beach must be screened
utilizing ground-level barriers to eliminate artificial
lighting directly or indirectly illuminating sea turtle
Regulations in Holmes Beach state that "it is the
policy of the city that no artificial light illuminate any
area of the incorporated beaches of the city" from
May 1-Oct. 31.
The city requires that exterior lights be screened
or turned off from sunset to sunrise to keep the beach
The city also requires that interior lights be either
turned out or windows covered so not illuminate the
Regular early morning beachwalkers Delores and
Bill Finch of Holmes Beach noticed a darker beach
"We usually do a mile from 67th Street in Holmes
Beach," Bill Finch said. "It's a different walk now,
very, very few lights can be seen. It seems like when
we see lights on, people are getting up and about for
Delores said the dark beach improves conditions
for walkers as well as sea turtles.
"You really see a nicer sunrise without all the
light pollution," she said.
Back to the beach
Black skimmers have returned in large numbers to the Gulf beach north of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Maria. Dozens of the birds could be seen on the shore last week. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 12, 2010 19
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission offers suggestions for lighting during
turtle nesting season:
Turn off unnecessary lights. Don't use decora-
tive lighting such as runner lights or uplighting of
vegetation in areas that are visible from the beach
and permanently remove, disable or turn off fixtures
that cannot be modified in any other way.
For directional lights, face away from the beach
so that the light source is no longer visible.
Shield the light source. Materials such as alu-
minum flashing can be used as a shield to direct light
and keep it off the beach.
Light sockets with an exposed light source
should be replaced with fixtures made to recess and/
or the light source should be shielded.
Replace fixtures that shed light in all directions
- such as globe or carriage lights with directional
fixtures that point down and away from the beach.
Replace lights on poles with low-profile, low-
level lamps so that the light source and reflected light
are not visible from the beach.
Replace incandescent, fluorescent and high-
intensity lighting with the lowest wattage sodium-
vapor lighting or replace white incandescent bulbs
with the yellow "bug" light variety of 25 watts or
less for incandescent and 9 watts or less for compact
fluorescent. The best technology available for sea
turtle friendly lighting is a red or amber LED.
Plant or improve vegetation buffers such
as sea grapes and other native beach vegetation -
between the light source and the beach to screen light
from the beach.
Use shielded motion detector lights for lighting,
and set them on the shortest time setting.
To reduce spillover from indoor lighting, move
light fixtures away from windows, apply window tint
to windows that meets the 45 percent inside to outside
transmittance standards for tinted glass.
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Bradenton Beach agency takes an outing
By Lisa Neff
Members of the Bradenton Beach Community
Redevelopment Agency took a field trip May 6,
taking a short walk from city hall to survey the public
works yard and a public parking lot.
The two properties abut. To the south, on Church,
is the city-owned Monroe Cottage, which serves as
an office, and to the north, is the city-owned public
The meeting resulted in two approved motions to
investigate parking options in the downtown district,
but also questions about proper meeting conduct.
The CRA board, which consists of Mayor Michael
Pierce, Commissioners Bob Bartelt, Janie Robertson,
Gay Breuler and Bob Connors and businessman Ed
Chiles, took the field trip from city hall to look into
a recommendation from citizen Tjet Martin that the
public works yard on Highland Street be swapped
with the public parking on Church Avenue. Some
city staff and citizens joined the outing.
Martin, at a prior CRA meeting, had suggested a
swap to put public parking closer to a city park and
the police station on Highland, and to better conceal
public works vehicles and equipment.
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County's top sports promoter has a
"handshake" deal to bring a major fishing tourna-
ment to the area in 2011.
Joe Pickett, sports commissioner with the
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau,
informed Bradenton Beach officials last week that
organizers of Cabela' s Speckled Trout USA Tourna-
ment are interested in making Manatee County one
of their 2011 tour stops.
Pickett said he had just returned from the
National Association of Sports Commissioners
Conference in Ohio with the "handshake deal."
He showed off area amenities to tournament
organizers last week.
If Cabela's tournament is held in the county, it
would likely result in the booking of 650-800 room
nights for the resort/motel/hotel industry.
About 50 percent of the participants in the
tournament would come from out of state and stay
for four to five days, according to Pickett's "rough
Members of the Bradenton Beach Community
Redevelopment Agency, along with city staff and
citizens, survey the city's properties on Church
Avenue and Highland Street, including two parking
lots and the historic Monroe Cottage, which serves
as a city office. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
After surveying the property May 6, the CRA
members, along with Martin, citizens Carl Parks and
Bill Shearon, two reporters and city project/program
manager Lisa Marie Phillips, who was carrying a tape
recorder, gathered in the Monroe Cottage.
notes" on the event.
He said staging sites for the fishing tourna-
ment could be on the bayside of Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach and up the Manatee River at the
Linger Lodge in east Manatee County.
A prime time for the tournament could be next
April, when it might coincide with a second Real
Speckled trout season, said Pickett, is March
The event could include a children's fishing
tournament at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in
Bradenton Beach, Pickett suggested.
Additionally, Pickett said, the tournament might
get ESPN exposure.
Activities at Coquina Beach would require the
Bradenton Beach City Commission to approve a
special event permit.
Cabela's Speckled Trout USA Tournaments
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Miss., Orange, Texas, as well as in Florida in St.
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There, CRA member Ed Chiles motioned that
the appropriate city staff be directed to look into the
feasibility of switching the public lot and the public
works yard. The motion passed unanimously, and the
group walked back to city hall.
The CRA members, with Pierce absent, reas-
sembled at the dais, where ommissioners next began
looking over plat maps of the Church and Highland
area with Martin.
With multiple conversations taking place at the
dais, Shearon called out from the audience, "They
are discussing things up there. We can't follow what
is going on."
When city clerk Nora Idso stepped into the meet-
ing room, Shearon asked, "What kind of meeting are
Idso replied that she was not running the meeting,
which was chaired by Bartelt, but, she then told the
board, "Part of the public is not able to hear what you
are discussing in an open meeting. They need to be
able to hear."
The conversations on the dais died down.
Bartelt then asked for public comment.
Shearon, focusing on the city properties at Church
and Highland, said "I just thought of something that
is really thinking out of the box. It's something to
consider. Why not rebuild cit hall and the library
That, he said, would open the current city hall
property for parking.
Chiles responded, "It's a good thought. It's along
the lines of what the city is required to do ... for harden-
ing. I think that kind of broad thinking is important."
In the meantime, Robertson said, the CRA could
pursue its investigation of a potential swap of uses at
the Church and Highland location.
In other business, CRA members discussed prop-
CRA member Bob Bartelt raised the issue, refer-
ring to a discussion on property acquisition during a
ScenicWAVES advisory committee meeting May 3.
Bartelt said during that meeting he realized the
CRA needed to clarify whether it had prioritized
property acquisition in general or property acquisi-
tion for public parking.
Chiles said he thought property for parking was
the priority and he motioned that Idso be directed to
look into what financial opportunities exist should
the CRA decide to purchase property.
The motion unanimously passed.
The next CRA meeting will be at 1 p.m. May 18
at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Barbara J. Cheek
Barbara J. Cheek, 75, of Holmes Beach, died May
Mrs. Cheek is survived by daughters Elissa Recco,
Shelby Trinkino and Jenny Lloyd; son Chet Cheek; brother
Thomas Johnson and five grandchildren.
Griffith-Cline Funeral & Cremation Services handled
Roy A. Nystrom
Roy A. Nystrom, 85, of Anna Maria Island and for-
merly of Crystal Lake, Ill., died April 30. He was born in
White Bear Lake, Minn.
Mr. Nystrom moved to Fontana, Wis., in 1930, and
attended high school in Walworth, Wis., graduating in
1943. He served in the U.S. Navy.
He married Vivian Arbanas in 1947, and graduated the
University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in 1950. He taught
in Gurnee, Ill., then taught physical education and coached
football and wrestling at Crystal Lake Community High
School. He was department chair for physical education
for many years and also was organizational chair for the
Crystal Lake District 155 Teachers Association. He was a
member of the Illinois and National Education Association
for Teachers, a member and served on the organization
committee and later as chairman of the Illinois, Midwest,
and National Associations for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance. He also served the Illinois Coaches
Association for years and was instrumental in organizing
wrestling, tennis, gymnastics and golf clinics. Roy retired
from teaching in 1983.
Island police blotter
No new reports.
No new reports.
May 2, 4000 Gulf Drive, burglary of a vehicle. An
officer responded to Manatee Public Beach in reference
to a vehicle burglary. Two people left a vehicle parked
in the northeast parking area, and on their return, found
two glove boxes had been forced open. They reported a
necklace and wallet valued at about $40 missing.
May 3, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man came
to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report a stolen
wallet. He said he left his wallet in a bag that had been
hanging from a chair at Cafe on the Beach. He believes
his wallet was removed from the bag. He said he had $40,
a social security card and a driver's license in the bag.
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Roy also was a carpenter/contractor for many years.
During this time, the family divided its time between Hay-
ward, Wis., and Florida.
He belonged to the American Legion, Moose and the
A family gathering was held, and no service was
Mr. Nystrom is survived by wife Vivian; four children,
Ronniece and husband Jim Brady, Linnea and husband
Scott Minter, Roy Nystrom Jr., Noreen and husband Daryl
Williams; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchil-
Walter E. Perdue Jr.
Walter E. Perdue Jr., 79, Anna Maria, died May 3.
Mr. Perdue was born in Ridgewood, N.J., and came to
Florida from there in 1998. He was a U.S. Marine Corps
veteran, having served in the Korean conflict, and owner
for more than 30 years of Perdue Sport Shop in Ridge-
wood. He attended Roser Memorial Community Church
in Anna Maria.
A service was held May 11 at Roser Chapel, Anna
Maria. Memorials may be made to Roser Church Food
Pantry, 512 Pine Ave., P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL
Condolences for the family may be made online at
www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shan-
non Funeral Homes.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara of
THE ISLANDER U MAY 12, 2010 E 21
Anna Maria; son Mitchell E. of Ridgewood, N.J.; daugh-
ter Beth and husband Thomas Sontag of Ringwood, N.J.,
brother William J. and wife Grace of Plano, Texas; sister
Jean deGruchy of Ridgewood; and two grandsons.
David Bruce Schamber
David Bruce Schamber, 60, died May 5 in Sopchoppy,
Mr. Schamber was born in Tampa, and graduated from
Manatee High School in 1969. He received an associate in
science degree from Wallace College in Dothan, Ala. He
lived on Anna Maria Island and in the Tampa and Braden-
ton areas until moving from Ft. Rucker, Ala., to Sopchoppy
19 years ago.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic
Church in Medart, Fa. He was a member of Knights of
Columbus and Southern Cruiser Riding Club. He retired
from the U.S. Army, military police, after 21 years and
service in Viet Nam. He also retired from the Wakulla
County School Board as a trade specialist.
Visitation, rosary and evening prayer and were at
held May 10 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, and a
funeral service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, with burial
to follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery. Bevis Funeral Home,
Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville was in charge of
Mr. Schamber is survived by wife Eileen Marie; father
Cory R., sons the Rev. Richard, Sgt. William and Patrick;
brothers Dennis and Alvin "Woody"; and sisters Rebecca
LeDuc Sweat and Cheryl LeDuc Long.
Two Holmes Beach police officers stand guard at the Island Branch Library on Marina Drive May 7, after
police closed the facility around 3 p.m. and ordered the building evacuated due to a bomb threat made
against a library. Police left the area by 4 p.m., but the library remained closed until May 8. The threat was
thought to be related to the Wachovia bank robbery at 75th Street and Manatee Avenue on the mainland
shortly after the call was received about a bomb at a non-specified library. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
22 0 MAY 12, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Wednesday, May 12
7:45 to 9a.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.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lun-
cheon meeting at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave., Braden-
ton. Information: 941-518-4431.
Thursday, May 13
11:30 a.m. St. Bernard Catholic Church and Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation women's luncheon at St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
8 p.m. -"The Prisoner of Second Avenue" opens at Island Players,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through May 23. Information: 941-778-
5755. Fee applies.
Friday, May 14
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for the Manatee High Art
Exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
Saturday, May 15
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts guest speaker
Cindy Sloan of Meals on Wheels PLUS at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
9:30 a.m. "Sand in my Sandals" presentation by Jane Kitchings,
director of Women's Ministries, First Baptist Bradenton, at Crosspointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers host Snooks
Adams Kids Day at Bayfront Park, Anna Maria. Information: 941-725-
Monday, May 17
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting with state
Rep. Keith Fitzgerald at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, May 18
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island explores the "Moti-
vation of giving based on gender and age" with guest speaker Susan
Atherton at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Class of '63
Judy Christensen of Holmes Beach hosts six friends from Western Hills High School for a long March
weekend on Anna Maria Island. They graduated from the Cincinnati school in 1963.
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
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-
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.
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., through May, open-air market at 107
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
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Wednesday, May 12
4:30 p.m. Artist reception for Barbara Schicitano at All Angels
by the Sea Episcopal Church Art Gallery, 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat
Key Information: 941-383-8161.
Thursday, May 13
7p.m. Visions of the Future Film Series: "THX1138," at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131
ext. 27. Fee applies.
Sunday, May 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rare Fruit Tree Sale at the Manatee Civic
Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-776-0222.
May 20, Visions of the Future Film Series: "Alien," South Florida
May 20, oil painting demonstration, Artists Guild Gallery.
May 26, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card
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May 29, West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary yard sale.
May 29, Anna Maria Island Privateers "Plunder Fest" benefit con-
cert, Aces Lounge.
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May 14, fourth-grade gardeners lunch at Beach
May 25, Parent Teacher Organization dinner
and fifth-grade performance.
9 a.m, June 3, third- and fourth-grade awards
9 a.m, June 4, fifth-grade awards assembly.
1:15 p.m. Friday, June 4, early dismissal.
June 8, fifth-grade luncheon at the BeachHouse
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Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Other free
hot spots on the Island:
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive; Ginny's and Jane
E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive.
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.; Tingley Memorial
Library, 111 Second St. N.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Gulf Drive; Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive;
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive.
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The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for-
mally announced its 2010 Bay Partners Grants,
including awards for some Island-related proj-
The grants, according to an SBEP press
release, promote environmental education,
awareness, community involvement and stew-
ardship to improve the overall quality of Sara-
sota Bay and its tributaries.
Grant winners include:
Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES Part-
nership Committee, $1,575, for a conserva-
tion demonstration project at the Annie Silver
Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota,
$1,000, for an internship program. High school
students will participate in marine research by
collecting data about the health of seagrass
Keep Manatee Beautiful, $1,500 for
Kingfish Boat Ramp native landscaping. The
work will enhancement project for boat park-
ing lot to reduce stormwater runoff, according
Sunbow Bay Condo Association in Holmes
Beach, $2,500, for a demonstration garden that
will feature bay-friendly landscaping.
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AMICC Instructional leagues all about learning
By Kevin Cassidy
Though The Islander routinely reports on a vari-
ety of youth sporting events ranging from baseball to
soccer and beyond, there are a group of young kids
and coaches who rarely get any ink due to the fact
that they play scoreless games and keep no stand-
The Anna Maria Island Community Center places
the focus of its instructional leagues the youngest
players, ages 5-7 on learning the basics, whether
the game is won or lost.
While it's true that pretty much every kid knows
the score of his or her game, it's still not the focus of
the instructional leagues.
Take basketball for instance. There are so many
skills to learn, such as dribbling, passing, shooting
and the positions on the floor. Then there's the rules,
which the referees graciously allow the kids to vio-
late in an effort to get them playing and enjoying the
A recent contest between Island Real Estate and
West Coast Air Conditioning was fairly typical of
instructional league basketball. There were moments
of good play by players on both teams and moments
that result in a chuckle, but one thing's for certain -
the kids had a great time.
For Island Real Estate, Hailey Jonatzke, Thomas
Heckler and Katie Carlson showed offensive poten-
tial, while teammates Grant Shackelford and Andrew
Cortina played good team defense.
West Coast Air Conditioning received strong offen-
sive games from Rolli Zeledon, Conal Cassidy and Josh
Pace, while Dylan Jacques, Michael Pears and Ronnie
Moore helped the team with their hustle.
No official scores or standings are kept, so if
you' re curious about the outcome, ask one of the
There was a week's worth of other basketball
action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
with several games noted.
Adam Clark scored 10 points to lead Bob Vita Lawn
Service past Beach to Bay Construction 22-18 in Divi-
sion II action May 8. Mikey Ellsworth chipped in with
eight points, while Corey Jacques and Gavin Sentman
each finished with two points in the victory. Cameron
Brauner led all scorers with 12 points while Beach to
Bay teammates George Lardas, Michael Latimer and
Cameron Pasco each finished with two points.
Coastal Orthopedics edged A Paradise Realty
22-20 in Division I action May 8 behind six points
apiece from Lauren Sapienza and Joey Salinas. Jake
Parsons added five points and Montana Modderman
completed the scoring with two points in the victory.
Paradise was led by Josh Zawistoski's 10 points and
also received four points from Blaine Jenefsky in the
The Gathering Place squeaked by Rotten Ralph's
30-29 in May 8 Premier Division action behind the
strong one-two scoring punch of Kyle Aritt and
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women's championship award to Joy Kaiser.
Wyatt Hoffman. Aritt finished with a game-high 16
points, while Hoffman finished with 10 points. Rotten
Ralph's was led in the loss by Brandon Gengler's 12
points and 10 points from Forrest Schield.
Connie's Landscaping squeaked by Sandbar Res-
taurant 18-17 in Division III action May 6. Leo Rose
paced Connie's with 10 points, while Dylan Joseph
scored six points and Tori Walter finished with two in
the victory. Joe Rogers led Sandbar in the loss with
eight points, while teammate Connor Gsell added
AMICC youth sports schedules and standings can
be found online at www.islander.org.
Local takes 5K Villages series
Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey
Hooke took first place overall in the final race of the
Villages 5K Series April 3 at Lake Sumter Landing.
Hooke reports that he and 16-year-old Jake
Brown of St. Paul, Minn., provided some excitement
for the spectators as he powered past Brown in the
last 350 meters to grab the victory with a time of
16:43. Brown crossed the finish line in 16:45 to finish
Hooke set a new course record for his efforts as
well as broke his own master's division record by
42 seconds. The win in race two, combined with a
first place in race one, gave Hooke the overall series
victory as well.
The victory helped Hooke obtain his fastest 5K
performance since entering the men's 45-49 age
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club started their
summer golf league May 4 with a low-net tourney.
Mary Selby and Penny Williams both carded 1-under-
par 31 s to tie for first place in Flight A. Second place
went to Sue Hookem, who was at even-par 32, while
Marlyn Thorton and Diane Miller tied for third at
Flight B winner was Sally Keyes, who posted
an even-par 32 to win by one shot over Jane Win-
egarden and Erma McMullen, who tied for second
place. Ginny Nunn carded a 2-over-par 34 to take
Joyce Reith had a chipin birdie on number six,
while Joyce Brown had a chipin on number nine.
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left
to battle for the horseshoe championship May 8 at
the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Ron Pepka and Norm
Good edged Steve Doyle and Bruce Munro 21-17 in
a back-and-forth battle.
The May 5 games also saw only two teams
emerge from pool play. In a tight battle, Ron Pepka
and Sam Samuels grabbed a 19-16 lead, only to watch
in disbelief as Art Kingstad stepped up and threw a
double ringer "six pack" to snatch a 23-19 victory.
A sports report in the May 5 issue of The Islander
misspelled the name of baseball player Lucas Broems.
Also, Lucas hit a home run in the game.
Rolli Zeledon attacks the basket as Hailey Jonatzke defends during instructional basketball league action
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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Fast tides, endless bait start reels hissing
By Nick Walter
Tides will be rapid in the mornings this week, so
small pass crabs should be running with the current in
the passes. Tarpon have been spotted occasionally, so
anglers should try pitching a crab in front of a silver
king for a possible tussle.
Bait is thick inshore and offshore, inviting king-
fish, cobia, Spanish mackerel and more to waters
around the Island.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier sad tarpon are under the bridge in full
force, along with mangrove snapper, Spanish mack-
erel, cobia and grouper.
Capt. Warren Girle said offshore there are a ton
of kingfish in 30-50 feet of water, along with Spanish
mackerel, grouper, snapper, cobia, Key West grunts
and bait pods from 200 yards on out. "There's so
much bait, it's scary," Girle said.
Inshore, he said Spanish mackerel and bluefish
are busting thick pods of threadfins, glass minnows
and greenbacks. He reported a trip in which he caught
redfish to 32 inches, trout to 22 and snook to 28.
He added sharks are starting to show off Bean
Point and Longboat Pass, mixed with Spanish mack-
erel and kingfish.
"What do you want to fish for?" Girle said. "It's
all out there."
Capt. Logan Bystrom recommends fishing bait
schools off the beaches for kingfish, Spanish mack-
erel and sharks with a No. 3 Marlin wire leader and
a 4/0 long shank hook with shiners for bait. Bystrom
also has been fishing inshore grass flats for trout.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said angling action is back
to rod-bending normal. He reported a trio of anglers
caught a mess of above-average size seatrout May 6.
There were a number in the 20-plus-inch range and
precious few under the slot. Earlier in the week he had
several trout in the mid-20s. Spanish mackerel, blue-
fish, pompano, and small shark also were common
in Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Sound and Palma Sola
Bay. Zacharias has not been targeting snook much,
but he has encountered some while searching out red-
fish. "Speaking of redfish," Zacharias said, "there are
quite a few around the area but a tough nut to crack.
I can't quite figure out why they are being so finicky.
The water temperatures have reached the 80-degree
threshold and summer patterns are coming into play,
so maybe the reds will respond accordingly."
He said there's a huge variety of bait moving
in the bays and along the beaches. Bally-hoo, big
threadfin, shad and such are fairly thick. "I witnessed
a number of tarpon slamming the larger bait in the
ditch from Gilligan's Island south to the spoil bank
at the tip of Long Bar," he said.
John Keyes of Island Discount Tackle said
there have been some jack crevalle caught off the
beaches, a few pompano in Longboat Pass, a good
offshore kingfish bite past 7 miles and a good amber-
Captain Mark Howard
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Tarpon Grouper Shark
Robert Guidry of Tampa shows off his first amberjack catch. He used a live pinfish in 150 feet of water
offshore ofAnna Maria Island May 6, while on charter with Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish.
jack bite around 12-mile reefs.
Capt. Ray Markham of Backwater Promo-
tions reported fishing around the Terra Ceia Bay
and lower Tampa Bay area this past week has been
Alex Zwolak with a 30-inch grouper caught under
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Zwolak was fishing
with Island residents Lori Waggoner and Debi
Wohlers. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lori Waggoner
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were also in the catch. Tarpon are beginning to show,
and, he said, cobia were seen around channel markers
near the Skyway Bridge this week.
"Catches of roe-filled female trout are common
right now as these big gator trout prepare to spawn,"
Markham said. "One of Markham's anglers caught a
trout that tipped the scales at just over 5 pounds and was
caught on a CAL 1/4-ounce jig head with a night glow
Shad tail by DOA Lures while fishing lower Tampa Bay
in 8 feet of water. He said the bottom structure was a
combination of shell, sand, grass, rock and live bottom
that held plenty of small baitfish and crustaceans.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said the spring-to-summer transition has
begun. The speckled trout fishing has been excel-
lent with limit catches on every trip and some to 25
inches. He said shiners have flooded the flats, making
the bait game easy. Spanish mackerel are thick in the
bay, blacktip sharks are cruising the flats and drop-
offs, and tarpon are starting to make a show inside
the bay. "With the upcoming big tides this week, the
fishing should be red hot," Howard said.
Dave Sork of Anna Maria City Pier said anglers
there have been landing Spanish mackerel, flounder
and little sharks.
Jim Malfese from the Rod & Reel Pier said
anglers there have been catching some Spanish
mackerel and a few flounder in the morning, while
a couple grouper under pier have been cutting them
off. "They're not keeper, though," Malfese said.
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By Rick Catlin
Salon donates cut hair
Salon, Salon, 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
is doing its part to help the environment by saving
the hair that stylists cut and for a charity that helps
collect oil spills.
Owners Annie Petitt and Nikita Fosmore said
they've been sending cut hair to Matter of Trust since
they opened in November 2009.
"They use the hair to make mats and booms that
are used to absorb oil spills. Hair is very good at
absorbing oil," Nikita said.
"We thought is was a good idea from the start,
and we've been donating about one full box of hair
every two weeks," she said.
"It's an on-going event and we and our customers
feel we're doing something to help the environment,"
For more information about the Salon, Salon col-
lection, call 941-778-0400.
Meet Island Discount
Tackle's new owner
Longboat Key resident Paul Keyes has purchased
the Island Discount Tackle store, 5503 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, from long-time owners Bill
and Jennifer Lowman.
Paul said his son James will handle the day-to-
day operation of the shop, while the Lowmans will
continue in an advisory capacity through 2010.
"I'm a lucky guy," Paul Keyes said.
"The purchase of Island Discount Tackle enables
us to turn our love of fishing into a business venture
Island real estate
1000 Gulf Dr., Units 1,2, 3, 10, Beach House Resort,
Bradenton Beach, three 480 sfla 1bed/1bath Gulffront
condos and one 1,900 sfla / 2,140 sfur 3bed/22bath
Gulffront condo sold 04/14/10, BHB LLC to Frady for
412 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,832 sfla / 3,443 sfur
4bed/32bath/4car canalfront pool home built in 2006
on a 52x110 lot was sold 04/14/10, Palscak 412 Pine
Family Trust to Walmsley for $700,000; list $749,900.
7007 Holmes Blvd., Unit A, Island Views, Holmes
Beach, a 2,017 sfla / 3,009 sfur 3bed/3bath land condo
built in 2006 was sold 04/16/10, Shuttleworth to Wig-
gins for $630,000; list $695,000.
525 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,767 sfla / 2,359
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1974
on a 80x111 lot was sold 04/14/10, Collins to Harvill for
$625,000; list $695,000.
312 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a 1,692 sfla /3,009
sfur bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1985 on
a 75x100 lot was sold 04/16/10, Sackett to Rosasco
for $580,000; list $639,000.
300 62nd St., Unit A, Anna Maria Beachwalk,
Holmes Beach, a 1,600 sfla/3,200 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
condo with private pool built in 2009 sold 04/13/10,
Preston to Shields for $506,000; list $539,000.
718 Holly Rd., Anna Maria, a 1,562 sfla/1,882 sfur
2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1972 on a 50x105 lot
was sold 04/15/10, Cross to Hrebinko for $486,500;
107 6th St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 2,420 sfla /
3,602 sfur 3bed/3bath/3car home built in 1996 on a
75x87 lot was sold 04/13/10, Iberia Bank to Collins for
$444,444; list $469,900.
2312 Gulf Dr., Unit 103, Sunset Terrace, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,180 sfla/1,340 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1982 was sold 04/14/10, Gipson to Kielpinski for
6500 Flotilla Dr., Unit 194, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was
sold 04/13/10, Anderson to Pollock S Keller Revocable
Trust for $330,000.
522 Pine Ave., Unit 5B, Bayou, Anna Maria, a 822
sfla / 882 sfur 2bed/1 bath condo built in 1973 was sold
04/13/10, Bricker to Burris for $299,000.
that brings our family closer together and gives us all
a tremendous amount of satisfaction," he said.
Paul also pledged to "return some of our good
fortune to the Anna Maria Island community."
Located now at Catchers Marina previously
other Island locations Island Discount Tackle has
been in operation since 1988.
In addition to fresh and frozen bait, Island Dis-
count Tackle has a complete line of tackle, from
professional equipment to a kid's beginning fishing
The store is open daily at 7 a.m. and closes when-
ever the sun goes down or the fishing stops.
For more information, call 941-779-2838.
Harry's hosts United Way
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Jude
Drive, Longboat Key, will hold a wine tasting event
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Harry's
Corner Deli adjacent to the restaurant. Proceeds from
the event will benefit the United Way of Manatee
County and its Climbing for Dollars program.
The event includes a buffet of chef/owner Harry
This land condo at 7007 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, sold in October 2006for $546,000 and
in Aprilfor $630,000. The cost per square foot is
$312. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
101 66th St., Unit 7, Mainsail Beach Inn, Holmes
Beach, a 1,760 sfla 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo with
shared pool built in 2008 was sold Mainsail AMI Beach
Inn LLP to Strauss for $868,200.
624 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,610 sfla /
2,530 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1967 on a 95x115 lot was sold 04/19/10, Vinhage to
Obrian for $465,000; list $499,000.
608 Concord Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,746 sfla /
2,361 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront pool hopme built
in 1966 on a 95x115 lot was sold 04/19/10, Blagdon to
Mercado for $415,000; list $475,000.
102 68th St., Unit 101, Seaside Beach House,
Holmes Beach, a 1,116 sfla/ 1,275 sfur lbed/lbath
Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1977 was
sold 04/20/10, Griepenkerl to Perger for $365,000; list
203 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,326 sfla / 2,027
sfur 2bed/2bath/1car half duplex built in 1989 on
Mother's Day at an
open house May
6 at Bridge Street
Bridge St., Braden-
ton Beach. Molly
and Crystal Wolfe,
from left, meet with
mom Deb Myers
Bridge Street Inte-
riors with husband
TMatt) and grand-
mom Barb Siwa.
Christensen's appetizers and culinary specialties.
Admission to the wine tasting is $10 per person
and includes the opportunity to sample a large selec-
tion of international wines from Harry's Deli and
wine cellar. All wines purchased at the Deli that day
will be discounted 20 percent.
For more information, call 941-383-0777.
Longboat chamber hosts
The Longboat Key, Lido Key and St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a golf
tournament Friday, May 28.
Play is a scramble format starting at 1 p.m. and
sponsorships for a variety of items associated with
the tournament are available.
The cost is $125 per golfer and players can form
their own four-man team, or ask to be placed with
a team. The tournament price includes the banquet
The registration deadline is Friday, May 21.
For more information or to register, call 941-383-
Wellness open house set
Amanda Escobio will hold an open house at 10
a.m. Wednesday, May 19, with the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the re-opening
and re-location of Island Wellness massage therapy,
1301 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, at the Silver
At the same time, the chamber will hold a ribbon-
cutting ceremony at Amanda's new Tiki-Tastic Mas-
sage Hut on the beach across from the Silver Surf.
Along with a free chair massage, Amanda will
provide beach chairs and umbrellas for use that day,
in addition to snacks and beverages for guests.
"Doing massage right on the beach has been a
long-time dream of mine," she said. "I know this will
be a great spot."
Amanda has been a professional massage thera-
pist for more than 14 years and is a resident of Holmes
Island Wellness was previously located on Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call 941-779-6836 or visit
the website at www.annamariabeachmassage.com.
To share news about your business on Anna
Maria Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or
Longboat Key, call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
a 30x105 lot was sold 04/21/10, Ghent to Horn for
$290,000; list $349,000.
1301 Bay Dr. N., Unit 2A, Bay Watch, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,079 sfla / 1,225 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1982 was sold 04/19/10, Oharrow
to Moore for $285,000; list $329,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-
7244. Current Island real estate transactions may
also be viewed online at www.islander.org. Copyright
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HP COMPAQ DESKTOP computer, 2007. Intel
Celeron processor. 512MB memory, 120GB HD.
Read, write CDs. Play DVDs. Power speakers,
wireless mouse, keyboard. Loaded. $210. 941-
383-5372. Longboat Key.
HIGHBOY: SOLID PECAN. Five drawers, two
shelves, mirror, excellent condition. $75. 941-
BABY CHICCO LULLABY play yard, $75. Canon
Pixma photo printer, $45. Kolcraft Litesport stroller,
GLASS-TOP BAMBOO dining table and four fan-
back chairs. Rattan dresser, amps, easy chairs.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail email@example.com,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $10. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
GLASS-TOP BAMBOO dining table and four fin-
back chairs. Rattan dresser, amps, easy chairs.
FINAL MOVING/GARAGE sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, May 14-15. Everything must go. Queen
sleeper, hutch, sofa, pictures, paintings, patio tables,
miscellaneous. 308 67th St., Holmes Beach.
CHOICE ITEMS FROM the estate of Herbert
Harris. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May
14-15. Electronic equipment, office supplies, fur-
niture, tools, cameras, power cords and strips,
kitchen items, Wedgewood and designer shoes.
Absolutely no junk! 634 Emerald Lane, Key
Royale, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE: 9a.m.- 2p.m. Saturday, May 15.
Maternity, baby clothes and gear, treadmill and
more. 2309 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOUND ITEM: DID you lose an item from a
moving car in front of the Garden Shop on Marina
Drive? Call 941-778-6207 to claim.
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near Holmes Beach Laundromat. Very affection-
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
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2004 WHITE FORD 16-foot box truck with new
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new tires. $13,500 pays off loan. Can be seen at
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new JamRocks restaurant. Call 941-932-2688 or
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instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
2000 20-FOOT Pro-Line Sport. Low hours. New
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call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? Call
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KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island,
located in busy shopping center, large inventory, all
equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey, busi-
ness growing monthly, owners moving, great oppor-
tunity for mom and pop. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.
GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-
ACTIVE LADY WITH spinal injury needs LPNS
and experienced CNAS to assist with personal
care. A Hoyer lift for transfers. Five-hour a.m.
shifts and overnight sleepover shifts are from 9:30
p.m.-7a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
ANNE'S TROPICAL BREEZE cleaning, errands
and gardening. Reasonable rates, Local references,
bonded. Please call Anne, 941-465-7967.
FREE HOUSESITTING/PETSITTING: Retired
Christian couple to be near beach, available
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CONCIERGE SERVICES: SHOPPING, house sit-
ting, check, party planning, home organization,
management ... so much more. 407-913-6136.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER. DEPENDABLE,
honest with local Island references. Call Nancie,
JESSICA'S HOUSE CLEANING services. 941-
565-6211 for a free estimate. References upon
AFFORDABLE CLEANING: Serving the Island for
12 years. Residential, vacation property, in/out rent-
als, commercial. Let us free up your time. Call Deb
Cruz, 941-920-7137, Vi Andrews, 989-614-0399.
HOUSE CLEANING: REASONABLE, depend-
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CORTEZ CLEANERS: HOUSEHOLD and offices.
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BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
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ALTERATIONS AND CUSTOM home decor. (Pil-
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specialty. 941-778-3046 or 941-580-4487.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
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years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
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MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
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tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
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KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
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SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
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estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
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landscaping, flagstone patios. www.MikesWater-
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references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
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handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space.
8803/8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. 600 sf, $500/
month. 1,200 sf, former salon and 1,300 sf. Call
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
RENTAL: 3BR/2BA ON canal. Furnished. Monthly,
$1,800. Call for weekly rate. All utilities, cable
paid, internet provided. Washer and dryer. 70th
Street, Holmes Beach. Available August through
December, 2010. Call Dave, 407-927-1304. Dvan-
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331.
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,
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ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club. Guard-gated 24/7.
Sunny bright end unit, 2BR/2BA villa with spa-
cious two-car garage and extra-long driveway.
Nicely furnished, new stainless-steel appliances,
TVs in living room, master bedroom and master
bath. Screened porch plus deck overlooking
small lake. Private courtyard entry. Neighborhood
heated pool and spa, plus large community lap
pool. Available May 1. $1,350/month plus electric.
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PARTIALLY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA bayfront
apartment with wonderful view. Available May 1.
$850/month, plus some utilities. 941-545-7109 or
WATERFRONT ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA Coral Shores.
Dock and boat lift, kitchen with granite, stainless-
steel appliances. Screened lanai. No smoking or
pets. Responsible person to maintain yard. $1,295/
month. $900 deposit. Gina, 941-524-6773.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo.
Fully furnished with views, pools, tennis. Avail-
able seasonal or ? Call 818-620-3543.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED Homes Beach
duplex. Covered parking, washer and dryer, stor-
age, deck, screened porch, near beach. Some
furnishings possible. $1,100/month. Call 828-246-
3035 or e-mail: JPKenrick@aol.com.
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-
GULFFRONT VIEWS FROM newly remodeled
1 BR/1 BA duplex. New appliances, tile, bathroom,
paint inside and out. Beach across street. $950/
month, first, last, $500 deposit, includes water
and sanitation. Non-smoking, no pets. 941-320-
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BEAUTIFUL MOUNT VERNON off Cortez Road,
Bradenton, 2 miles from beaches. 2BR/2BA villa,
overlooking canal with lakefront view. Furnished,
enclosed lanai, carport, 55-plus community. Club-
house, pool, Jacuzzi, tennis. No pets. Non-smok-
ing. Minimum three months. Peak season, $2,500/
month. Annual $1,500/month. 941- 721-1784.
ONE BLOCK TO Gulf: 2BR/1BA with 900-sf
garage. $860/month, plus utilities. $860 security
CORTEZ: ANNUAL QUAINT 1BR. Washer and
dryer, screened porch. Call 941-545-9025.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT GROUND-level home
2BR/1 BA. Month/week availability May, June, July.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT VILLA: Furnished and
available six months. Beautiful view, good fishing,
$800-$1,000/month. Call Captain Steve, 970-846-
WALK TO GULF beaches: Anna Maria Island.
Sandpiper 55-plus 2BR/1 BA. Furnished, carport,
bay view. No smoking, no pets. $650/month, $500
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview, 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. Room for a pool. $299,900.
3 MIN. TO BEACH. Perico Island 2BR/2BA, large greatroom with cathedral
ceilings, private courtyard and enclosed lanai, Jacuzzi tub & more. $259,500.
CANAL-FRONT LOT. Holmes Beach. $400,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
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Jesse Bnisson BrokerAssociate, RJ
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
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DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture
with breathtaking Gulf views. 5,146 sf under roof
on north Anna Maria Island, 12106 Gulf Drive.
$3,500,000, furnished. Contact owner, broker,
ADORABLE CONDO FOR sale by owner:
1BR/1 BA, quiet neighborhood, cathedral ceilings,
skylights, tile throughout, enclosed lanai. $69,900.
Bradenton. Must see! 941-773-6448.
"CASA AZUL." NEW canalfront beauty!
4BR/4.5BA, study, sitting room, large lanai,
inground pool, zoned HVAC. Best of everything!
Turnkey, if desired. $1,450,000 and worth it. 215
Chilson Ave., Anna Maria. Call Jeffrey. 941-567-
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, 941-792-9459.
VILLAGE GREEN CONDO: Safe area, low taxes.
Offers over $120,000.7308 11th Ave. W. 941-705-
CUSTOM-BUILT DEEP waterfront house. 90x100-
feet. North Point Harbour. 3BR/3.5BA, community
pool, tennis court. 941-778-5822.
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INCREDIBLE GULF VIEWS!
1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #803,
Longboat Key. Remodeled 2BR/2BA,
1585 sf, 1985, heated pool, tennis,
fitness & concierge. Turnkey fur-
nished! $795,000 ML#A3924749
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
20-ACRE RANCHES near growing El Paso,
Texas. Only $12,900. $0 down, $99 per month.
Owner financing, no credit checks, money back
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MIDDLE GEORGIA: 116 acres, $995/acre. Two
creeks, natural duck pond. See website for infor-
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Regis Paper Co.
NEW LOG HOME at the lake, 3.6 acres, $74,900,
with free boat slips. Gorgeous, ready to finish
1,200-sf log home and beautifully wooded 3.6-
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MOUNTAIN VIEW PROPERTIES: Southern view
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Realty & Auction Co. 336-789-2926.
AUCTION: JUNE 15, Mountain log home, Waynes-
ville, N.C. 20 minutes to Asheville, Smokies,
skiing and casino. 5BR/3-plus BA, pool, 2,500-
foot elevation. 866-673-9270. RedfieldGroup.com.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Brand new!
$50,000. Mountaintop tract reduced to $19,500!
Private, near Boone area, bank financing, owner
must sell. 866-275-0442.
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and interviews with local artists are just a few.
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