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Kids, Privateers celebrate Snooks Adams Day
New drive-in res-
taurant an accident.
may trump pier plan.
bound for ballot.
The late Snooks Adams, one of the Island's first law enforcement officers, i.. :i,.,/, a party to reward Island youth for their work during the school
year. The event, now hosted by the Anna Maria Island Privateers and enjoyed by scores of kids, was held at Anna Maria Bayfront Park May 15.
Enjoying the day are, clockwise, top left, Sam Howells, 6, aboard the Privateer ship Scullywag. Pirate-costumed children in the contest category for
age 3 and younger. Max Outhwaite, 4, of England, shows off his skills with a bubble wand. His family often coincides vacations with kids day and the
Privateer Christmas parade. And, kids search for a promised "14 tons of treasure" on the shore in Bayfront Park. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Holmes Beach to name
'age 12 By Rick Catlin
An Anna Maria city commission-
planning and zoning board joint work ses-
sion on a proposed parking plan for Pine
Avenue was postponed last week to May
each 20 by Commission Chair John Quam.
ige 18 Building official Bob Welch informed
^ Quam early last week he did not have the
)) 1 *Il information needed
'son the for a May 13 meet-
e 20 ing. In the absence of
-([ prepared agenda items
h0/ for discussion, Quam
rescheduled the meet-
oening? ing for 6 p.m. Thurs-
n day, May 20.
ill won't Quam The agenda for
Page 23 the May 20 meeting will be "Chapter 90, a
concept for parking on Pine Avenue," Quam
BiZ wrote in an e-mail to city clerk Alice Baird.
The newly proposed parking plan for Pine
Avenue was first introduced by Quam at the
April 29 joint commission-board work ses-
ge PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE
By Nick Walter
The Holmes Beach City Hall chambers
will soon be named for Patricia Geyer, the
20-year Holmes Beach city commissioner
who also served as mayor for four years.
Geyer died May 1 at age 79.
The Holmes Beach City Commission
decided at its May 11 meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall the
naming would be an
appropriate way to honor
Geyer, owner of Duffy's
Tavern in Holmes Beach
for almost 40 years.
A future naming cer-
emony will be held on a
Geyer Tuesday, appropriately
the one day of the week Duffy's Tavern is
closed, allowing those family members work-
ing at Duffy's to attend.
"A lot of people didn't really know Pat,"
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said at the meet-
ing. "She was a very generous person and she
helped a lot of people when they were down
and out. She was also the first female fire-
fighter on Anna Maria Island."
In other business, Manatee County Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore attended the city
meeting and suggested the commission dedi-
cate a Canary Island date palm tree outside
city hall to Snooks Adams, who passed away
days before Geyer.
Whitmore said the tree grew in Adams'
yard for almost 30 years before he arranged
to donate it and have it planted at the new city
hall before. The commission will consider the
tree naming at a future meeting.
Whitmore also expressed concern that
County Commissioner Joe McClash and Char-
lie Hunsicker, director of the county's natural
resources department, favor not replacing the
demolished Manatee Public Beach pier.
City commissioners said there had been
an agreement with the county that, if the pier
was demolished, it would be replaced.
McClash and Hunsicker said a pier would
be a safety hazard for swimmers, and would
be too expensive. Hunsicker said it would be a
better economic investment to use the money
for beach renourishment.
Whitmore, who requested the pier be
named after longtime Island lifeguard David
Miller, said the issue will be on the agenda at
a future county commission work shop.
The next city commission meeting will
be May 25 at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
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FDOT calls public to project meeting BB workshop to focus
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By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transportation will
hold an open house for the public from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at St. Bernard Catholic
PARKING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Quam's plan modeled by resident/architect
Gene Aubry would allow parallel parking on Pine
The plan is opposed by Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus, who has since written several letters to the
city outlining his position.
His opinions also have been posted on a semi-
private Internet blog, for which comments and mem-
bership are restricted.
Stoltzfus wants all future parking on Pine Avenue
to be on the property sites, including parking for
undersize lots of 52 by 104 feet.
A letter answering Stoltzfus' objections was
delivered to the city by Mike Coleman, a principal
in Pine Avenue Restoration LLC, the prime developer
of new and restoration projects on Pine Avenue.
City attorney Jim Dye has opined that requiring
all remaining, platted 52-by-104-foot lots to have on-
site parking might render them unbuildable.
At the April 29 work session, Commissioners
Chuck Webb, Jo Ann Mattick and Dale Woodland
agreed to discuss the plan further, as did all six mem-
bers of the P&Z board at the work session. P&Z board
chair Randall Stover called the Quam plan a "good
compromise" for Pine Avenue parking.
Among other concerns, commissioners and board
members want to know how many parking spaces the
Quam plan provides and if there is sufficient space for
parallel parking on Pine Avenue. Some parallel park-
ing is already permitted on the beach-to-bay road,
which is in the residential-office-retail district.
Church on upcoming improvements for State Road
DOT spokesperson Darren Alfonso said the proj-
ect is expected to begin in late May and continue
The main focus of the project is the resurfacing of
S.R. 789/Gulf Drive from the Manatee Avenue inter-
section in Holmes Beach to the Longboat Pass Bridge
in Bradenton Beach, Alfonso said. Other improve-
ments include base and shoulder work, signalization,
signage and pavement markings, sidewalks and traf-
Project personnel will be available at the meet-
ing to "answer questions concerning construction
impacts to the public," such as lane closures and
times, Alfonso said.
Most of the work on S.R. 789 between Manatee
Avenue and Cortez Road will be done at night from
6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
APAC Southeast is the chief paving contractor
for the estimated $1.3 million project.
St. Bernard Catholic Church is at 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cortez drawbridge closings
The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion will close one lane of the Cortez Bridge
every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until
mid-June. The lane closures began May 13, the
A DOT press release said workers from CEM
Enterprises Inc. are performing routine mainte-
nance on the bridge.
Vehicles will be flagged through the construc-
tion zone during the lane closure, according to
The Bradenton Beach City Commission was to
hold a workshop May 18 on a cost and feasibility
study for a mooring field on Sarasota Bay.
The meeting was scheduled to take place at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, at 10 a.m.,
after The Islander went to press this week.
The workshop was rescheduled from May 11,
when a commission meeting on the subject was called
to order but quickly adjourned by Vice Mayor Bob
City clerk Nora Idso explained that the meet-
ing was rescheduled for two reasons there was
confusion about the agenda and sufficient meeting
materials had not been provided.
The agenda called for a mooring field meeting,
but did not specify whether it was a meeting of the
city commission, which was intended, or the advisory
mooring field committee.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission has awarded the city a $165,000 grant to
establish a mooring field south of the Historic Bridge
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Beach renourishment may trump pier plan
By Lisa Neff
A concern for beach renourishment funding may
derail a county plan to build a new pier at Manatee
County Commissioner Joe McClash, chair of
the Manatee County Tourist Development Council,
informed other TDC members May 10 that the county
administrator's office soon may recommend that a pier
not be rebuilt at the popular Holmes Beach facility.
"There may be a recommendation not to fund the
pier renovation," McClash said. "I want to make sure
that is conveyed.... It has a lot to do with monies for
The old pier, which had been closed due to struc-
tural problems, was torn down last year. The debate
among county and Island officials in recent months
had been over whether to build a long or short pier
at the site.
TDC member and Holmes Beach Commissioner
Sandy Haas-Martens said May 10 that she had not been
informed there might not be a replacement pier.
"Are you saying the pier is not going to be rebuilt
as promised?" she asked McClash.
McClash replied, "Funding for the beach renour-
ishment has taken a higher priority. We don't have
the projected revenues from either the federal or state
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, speaking
during the public comment portion of the meeting,
said she wanted the commission to hold a workshop
on the pier.
"I'll listen," she said. "But as it stands, I don't
support" not replacing the pier.
In other business during the TDC meeting:
Caryn Hodge, representing the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, reported that the one-
day Island Wedding Festival held in February was so
successful it may be expanded to a weekend event.
Council members shared praise for Hodge, the
chamber and Island wedding festival founders, espe-
cially photographer Jack Elka.
The festival, said McClash, "went from a concept
to a reality" because of Elka.
David Teitelbaum, a TDC member and Island
businessman who founded the Save The Trolley
campaign and the supporting Real Florida Festival,
reported that both have seen successes.
Teitelbaum said discussions already have begun
for next year's festival.
TDC member Ed Chiles said the 2011 Real
Florida Festival might coincide with the centennial
celebration of the Historic Anna Maria City Pier.
And, said Chiles, "We're looking at the Anna
Maria Food and Cultural Festival, which will be a
new event down on Pine Avenue."
At the start of the meeting, the council and the
audience joined in a prayer remembering Pat Geyer,
who died May 1. Geyer served as a Holmes Beach
commissioner and mayor and owned Duffy's Tavern
in the city, which her family continues to operate.
At the end of the meeting, TDC members shared
praises for Larry White, the executive director of the
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau, during a Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall
May 10, reported:
The resort tax collection for April was
$66,556 in Anna Maria, $39,579 in Bradenton,
$135,081 in Bradenton Beach, $280,281 in Holmes
Beach, $186,822 on Longboat Key, $316,483 in
unincorporated Manatee County and $10,159 in
The occupancy rate for March was 75.8 per-
cent on the mainland, 86.0 percent for Anna Maria
Island and 83.2 percent for Longboat Key.
The average daily rate for March was $108
for the mainland, $177 for Anna Maria Island and
$218 for Longboat Key.
Research Data Services Inc., during the meet-
The average stay for vacationers in the first
quarter of 2010 was 9.7 days, down slightly from
the year before.
A lOOK down under
Workers at the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria are busy making repairs and
performing maintenance of the bridge while vehicular traffic is detoured to other routes. Pedestrians and
cyclists can still use the North Bay Boulevard pedestrian bridge during the ongoing work. Completion of
the Florida Department of Transportation project, funded with federal stimulus dollars, is expected by
early June. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
The old pier
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, who
is retiring this summer.
"I've been here with Larry probably the longest,"
said TDC member Barbara Rodocker. "And I have
seen this come from something that was not working
at all to something very viable to our community."
Teitelbaum said, "A profound thank you to
The majority of visiting parties consisted of
couples and a majority of visitors used their per-
The wooden pier in Anna Maria is one of the top
tourist attractions in Manatee County. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Sanitation costs on
Bradenton Beach agenda
Bradenton Beach commissioners will meet May
25 to discuss sanitation costs and operations, part of
their ongoing budget review.
The commission meeting will take place at 1 p.m.
at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The city operates its own trash, recycling and
yard-waste collection service. In Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach, as well as Manatee County and
other local municipalities, sanitation is contracted
During a meeting last month, commissioners
agreed to review the expenses and revenues associ-
ated with operating the sanitation department and to
discuss other options.
Commissioner Janie Robertson proposed the
workshop, saying, "I think we have a decision to
make in that area."
"We're the only one around ... that runs our own
show," she added.
The commission asked for the public works
department to prepare a report to present at the May
Bradenton Beach, like other local governments,
is preparing for a leaner budget year, which starts in
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 19, 2010 5 5
BB charter changes bound for ballot
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach City Commission agreed
May 6 to send a batch of proposed changes to the city
charter to the November ballot.
The commission motion unanimously passed
- directed city attorney Ricinda Perry to prepare the
Perry worked with the city charter review com-
mittee, which held several meetings this spring to
review one section at a time the city document.
Such a review is required every five years.
In late April, the committee John Shaugh-
nessy, Rick Bisio, Joe Garbus, Pat Gentry and Jan
Vosburgh finalized its recommendations to the city
commission, which Perry presented May 6.
The committee, having reviewed 35 sections in the
charter, unanimously recommended changes to nine.
Recommendation No. 1: Correct a typographi-
cal error in the city limits description, changing
"Intralcoastal" to "Intracoastal" waterway.
Recommendation No. 2: Add to the mayor's
duties a requirement that the office-holder submit to
the city commission a "state of the city" report on an
Recommendation No. 3: Change the language
in the section dealing with forfeiture of office to read,
"Notwithstanding any legal proceedings, in all cir-
cumstances arising under this provision, the commis-
sion shall be the sole judge of its members as to the
applicability of these provisions."
The committee felt the section is unclear about
whether the commission is required to wait for a legal
proceeding to conclude before enforcing charter rules
on forfeiture of office.
Recommendation No. 4: Add, to the section
on filling elected office vacancies, the sentence, "All
nominees shall be from the ward from which the
Currently there is no such requirement, though
commissioners are elected from ward districts.
Recommendation No. 5: Add, to the section on
special elections, revised language that reads, "When
required, special elections shall be called by resolu-
tion of the commission for recall of elected officials,
approval of designated ordinances and for the process
of initiative or referendum."
The committee proposed the change for clarifica-
Recommendation No. 6: Change language in the
section on actions requiring an ordinance in regards
to city property to read, "The following actions by the
commission must be by ordinance ... Lease, acquire,
dispose of, or change the use of city real property,
including all permanent improvements made thereto
city owned or leased parks."
The committee said the current charter could be
read to require an ordinance to lease, acquire, dispose
of any city property, including garbage cans, plants
and old benches.
Recommendation No. 7: Change the section on
In other business during the Bradenton Beach
City Commission meeting May 6, commissioners:
Approved proclamations for the National
Association of Letter Carriers' food drive, which
took place May 8, and National Public Works
Week, which is May 16-22.
Approved payment of an invoice from M.T.
Causley for $9,140 for building department ser-
Approved a special event request for a Moth-
er's Day brunch and dinner that took place May 9
at the new chickee hut at the Gulf Drive Cafe, as
well as special event requests to hold a Memorial
Day cookout in the chickee hut May 30-31 and a
emergency ordinances to refer to a four-fifths vote
rather than a two-thirds vote.
The committee agreed that a two-thirds vote
would be difficult to arrive at with a five-member
Recommendation No. 8: Change the section on
ordinance enactment to also state that a four-fifths
vote is needed for the adoption of an emergency ordi-
Recommendation No. 9: Rewrite the section on
building height to state that "buildings" in the city,
not just "residences," be provided a 29-foot vertical
The rewrite also would state, "This envelope will
be measured either from the existing finished surface of
the first habitable floor or, for new construction or sub-
stantial improvements (over 50 percent), the envelope
would be measured from the design floor elevation as
established by federal, state or local regulations."
The committee recommended the changes to
clarify the section and to include commercial build-
Father's Day brunch and dinner June 20.
Approved a special event application for the
BeachHouse Restaurant's annual fireworks display
July 3 on the Gulf shore.
Approved a request from Lisa Marie Phil-
lips, project/program manager, to attend an training
program May 12-13.
Authorized a legal review of a grant contract
with the state for funding to create an intergen-
erational garden at the Annie Silver Community
The next regular commission meeting will be
at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at city hall, 107 Gulf
In other business...
6 0 MAY 19, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
All hands on deck
Everyone's talking. Everyone's worried. Some
are prepared. Many are planning action.
Because no one can say with certainty if or when
the Gulf oil disaster will affect our area, our shore,
our wildlife, we can only lessen any anxiety by being
prepared. Fully, really prepared.
Folks who routinely volunteer for wildlife say
they're ready. Wildlife Inc. and Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch are poised and ready to help out wher-
Is there some way we can equip and enable the
hordes of volunteers who routinely clean the beaches
for Great American Cleanups to stand ready? Can we
enlist the aid of neighbors, friends, owners, the sheriff's
office and its jail population, businesses and churches
to plan an hour or a day of beach cleanup if needed?
This oil spill presents a need for a coordinated
effort and, in the face of what could happen, we need
to be armed and equipped for the worst just like
Depending on the wind, it could be oil spill
season here, or for our neighbors to the north, south
or on the east coast.
It will certainly be summer tourist season, and all
of Anna Maria Island is prepared for the inevitable
onslaught of families with beach floats and barbecues
And the message for tourists who fear the worst,
a spoiled vacation?
Don't let fear of an oil spill, oily beaches and
birds, ruin your plans.
Along the vacation spectrum, it could present the
very best chance for an environmental contribution,
a hands-on effort to help in the recovery. You can
watch TV and wish you could help, or you can get
It could impact wildlife here. But it could also be
like red tide, stinky for a short time, or evident only
in small patches.
Regardless, this threatening oil spill shouldn't
spoil plans to enjoy Anna Maria Island, because even
on the worst day, it's still paradise for those of us who
live here, and we're happy to share it well, most
are willing to share.
So welcome, we say, to our summer tourists.
We look forward to serving you.
And you're welcome, too, to lather up and pitch
in if, when and where the slick may drift.
Apply liberally. If we must be "oilanders," we
can at least give it our best.
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My wife Susan and I purchased a home in Anna
Maria in March 2009, and we plan to live in this
paradise for the rest of our lives.
We know nothing of Island politics, and we know
none of the parties involved on either side of the Pine
As a tax-paying citizen of Anna Maria, I felt
betrayed to learn an elected official had covertly
urged another citizen to sue the city he was elected
I had not decided whether to sign the recall peti-
tion on Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus until I read
the article in the April 28th edition of The Islander
that said his attorney had notified the city he would
seek reimbursement for his legal expenses. That bit
of information made my decision easy.
Michael Royal, Anna Maria
It was disappointing that our county commission
did not take the bid of a tried-and-true vendor for
Manatee Public Beach, which represented a secure
amount of money for the county.
This vendor in "second place" demonstrated the
ability to operate with continued excellence for many
We thank Commissioners Carol Whitmore, John
Chappie and Joe McClash for listening to their con-
stituents and for making the sound business deci-
sion of voting for the continuation of Cafe on the
Commissioners Ron Getman, Gwen Brown,
Larry Bustle and Donna Hayes voted to bring in a
company outside of Manatee County from Tampa
We thought our government was supposed to be
working to enrich our county and its people and to
respond to their wants and needs.
There is no need to change the present indoor
dining room into a coffee shop or an ice cream parlor
as planned by the new vendor.
This is one small example of how out-of-touch
the new vendors are with the people of Manatee
County and Cafe on the Beach patrons.
D. Irene Flinn and Edward A. McIntyre, Holmes
Sun takes toll?
What? Now I've heard \. c thing A toll booth to
enter Anna Maria City? Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus must be spending a lot of time in the sun.
The restaurants and merchants should be up in
arms about this proposal.
I for one would stop dining or shopping in the
Just imagine how the traffic will be backed up,
probably to the Cortez Bridge.
What's happening to Anna Maria? Seems like
some people with deep pockets are running the show.
Sounds like there are people who want to make the
city like Disneyworld. How about a few rides and a
large Ferris wheel on the bay?
Oh well, maybe my friends and family can sneak
up on the Gulf side to the Sandbar, as we cannot do
without the hot dip in the bread bowl or the fried
calamari. But if I see a couple of German shepherds
coming my way, I'll run the other way.
Nancy Richard, Holmes Beach
I believe I speak for the majority of family and
friends who were part of the cortege for Pat Geyer:
Thank you to the Holmes Beach Police Department
and Manatee and Sarasota County Sheriff's offices
for a job well done.
Your professionalism showed great respect for a
lady who well deserved it.
Steve Boniberger, Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
The North End Merchants Organization that will
represent Anna Maria businesses held its first meet-
ing May 10 at the Anna Maria Island Community
NEMO organizer Barbara Sato of Sato Real
Estate, who was elected president of the fledgling
group, said the goals of the organization are to "con-
nect the community and businesses of our city and
to celebrate the centennial of our pier."
About 25 businesses were represented at the
inaugural meeting and members agreed the first pri-
ority of NE\ 10 is to support the Anna Maria City Pier
Centennial Celebration scheduled for Spring 2011,
Lizzie Vann Thrasher of the Anna Maria Gen-
eral Store on Pine Avenue was elected secretary of
the organization and was instrumental in getting the
The idea of an organization for businesses struck
her and Sato one day while they were talking about
"I realized that other cities have merchant asso-
ciations, why not us?" said Thrasher.
"We are not going to be involved in anything
political. We just want to do good things for the com-
munity and the businesses and connect the commu-
nity to the businesses," she said.
NEMO will examine organizing community
events for holidays, such as Christmas, Halloween,
July 4 and other special days, in addition to hold-
ing events just to bring the community together,
Sato said \FN 10 members will attend meetings
of the city's pier centennial celebration committee to
offer suggestions and help organize the event with
Other NEMO board members are Joan Carter of
J&J Graphics and Diane Havelka of Beach Bums.
\FN 10 is open to all businesses and community
organizations doing business in Anna Maria.
The North End Mer-
tion for Anna Maria
businesses held its
first meeting May 10
and elected Lizzie
Vann Thrasher, left,
secretary, Dan Gagne
treasurer and Barb
Sato, right, as presi-
dent. Islander Photo:
1 IRick Catlin
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In the May. 17, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria parking committee chair Robert
McElheny said his committee had five proposals to
present to the city commission at its next meeting. The
committee of 11 people had been meeting since August
1999, but McElheny said they were unable to arrive at
a unanimous recommendation. Among the recommen-
dations were resident-only parking, restricted beach-
access parking and allowing items in the rights of way
as a deterrent to non-resident parking.
Lt. Larry Leinhauser of the Manatee County
Emergency Medical Services warned Islanders of a
telephone scam in which a caller sought a donation to
benefit the community and EMS staff. When declined
to donate, Leinhauser said the caller told them their
EMS services might be restricted or non-existent,
which was not true.
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh dropped
his plan to research the cost comparison with the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office annual contract for the city
to have its own police department. Deffenbaugh told
applauding residents and commissioners that the city
purchased pagers for the MCSO deputies, making it
easier for him to reach an on-duty deputy.
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8 E MAY 19, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Real estate sales double from last year
By Rick Catlin
Some Island real estate agents are smiling.
The Island just had a great winter season, the
nationwide economy appears headed toward recov-
ery, and real estate sales on the Island more than
doubled this March from March 2009.
"That's good news," said broker Jesse Brisson
of Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach, who provides
weekly records of real estate transactions to The
"In fact, it's great news. It was a very good season
for a lot of us," he said.
Islandwide, there were 36 real estate sales
recorded in March 2010 compared with 16 for the
same month in 2009. That's a 225 percent increase,
"And April's figures also are up," he added.
For April 2010, Brisson collected 28 recorded
sales through April 21, with one more week to come
for the month. For all of April last year, only 21 prop-
erties were sold on the Island. That's a 33 percent
increase in only three weeks of the month, he said.
Prices for Island real estate have stabilized, Bris-
son added, and that prompted many fence-sitters to
get into the market.
And there were a lot of people on the Island from
February through April, he said.
"There were quite a lot of real buyers making
legitimate offers" during the season, Brisson said.
L\ lyone I talked to was busy and the vacation
rental market was just out of sight."
Terry Hayes of Signature Sotheby's International
Realty found plenty of activity in the $400,000 to
$600,000 range this past season.
"If it's nice and in that price range, it will sell
quickly," she said. "Anything under $500,000 will
draw a lot of interest."
Hayes sees the high-end of the Island real estate
market as a bit "over-priced," hence the lack of
buyers. But that leaves plenty of room to negotiate
for high-end properties, she said.
With Island real estate prices stable, Hayes said
she expects the mid-priced homes and condominiums
to continue to attract interested buyers.
Brisson agreed, noting that there are still many
great values in Island condominiums. He's got a two-
bedroom unit for $150,000 that won't stay on the
market long, he predicted.
Likewise, Hayes has a $399,000 luxury condo-
A unit in the
complex on East
Bay Drive in
for $150,000, a
ing to some
minium that three years ago was priced at more than
"This is a dream condominium in the right price
range. This is the type of property that keeps attract-
ing buyers. I don't expect it to remain for sale very
long," she said.
And May is a great month for people to get seri-
ous about buying, Hayes said.
"There are fewer people looking, so a real estate
agent has a lot more time to spend with clients," she
Brisson added that another good reason to look
now is that a seller doesn't get multiple offers that
knock a buyer out of the deal. During the winter
season, a seller might get two or three offers the same
day and simply take the high offer.
"I think May would be a great month to get out
and look at property because it's a lot slower pace for
everyone," Brisson said.
And the buying market is closer to home now.
Brisson said most of the buyers he sees in May
and in the summer months are from Florida and the
southeastern United States.
"In winter, we have buyers from all over. Now,
we' re seeing people looking for a second home that's
within a day's drive of where they live."
And second homes are going great as rental prop-
erties, he said.
"There's always a demand for a rental in the
season," Brisson said. "We handle a lot of rentals
and for several weeks this past season, we had noth-
ing to rent. The demand is always greater than the
supply, and a lot of buyers are looking at the income
Hayes also has found buyers are interested in
"They're investors, but not ready to retire. They
want to pay cash for a $500,000 home and get some
rental income out of it. I think there are going to be a
lot of these mid-range houses and condominiums on
the market this summer, and they seem to be priced
right," she said.
At T. Dolly Young Real Estate in Holmes Beach,
owner Dolly Young said in the 37 years she's been on
the Island selling properties, she's never seen such
activity as this past season. And it's continuing this
"We used to take a break (in summer), but I just
put together two contracts. It's nice, especially after
such a great season. I never expected that much activ-
ity during the winter season," she said.
Still, May is considerably slower for real estate
sales than March and April.
"This is a good time for a serious buyer to look,"
Jason Sato of Sato Real Estate said. "They'll get
plenty of attention from the agent and the seller, and
have plenty of time to look at all the different proper-
ties for sale. And the prices are very good."
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Pier committee ponders date change
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Committee
met May 10 to discuss the progress of the planned
activities and hear a plea from members of the newly
formed North End Merchants Organization to con-
sider changing the dates of the celebration from early
April to late April.
\FN0 D secretary Lizzie Vann Thrasher said the
members of the organization want to participate fully
with the committee, but April is one of the busiest
months for them.
Barb Sato, president of NEMO, suggested the
committee consider April 28-May 1 as a possibility.
"We would like to do something really big with
you and coordinate ideas," Sato said.
CPCC chair Sissy Quinn said it's an idea the
committee will discuss at its June meeting, provided
she can get a quorum. Only three committee members
attended the May meeting.
Quinn appeared favorable to discussing a pos-
sible date change.
Ed Chiles of the Sandbar Restaurant said no to
sponsoring a fireworks display in April because it' s
still the busy season for the restaurant, she said. She's
also concerned about having enough food vendors
for the centennial celebration. Several restaurants,
including the Sandbar, need its staff to handle daily
business and can't run a booth at the same time, she
Quinn said Chiles promised her a "great" fire-
works display if the event is held in early May, and
pledged to have a "fabulous" food booth at the cel-
At the same time, however, the committee origi-
nally wanted an early April celebration (April 7-9 or
April 14-16) to draw winter visitors to the event.
"There won't be as many people around in May,"
The Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Committee met May 10 to discuss a possible date change in April
2011 for the celebration. Committee Chair Sissy Quinn, from left, talks with with SueLynn, Marianne
Detullio-Can and Susan Anderson. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Sato suggested the last weekend in April, includ-
ing Sunday, May 1, might be a good compromise.
The committee also discussed holding the centen-
nial celebration in conjunction with the Real Florida
Festival, which held its first event in April.
"We want the focus to be about the pier," said
SueLynn. The pier celebration is a "once-in-a-life-
time deal," she said, and is for the benefit of the com-
Quinn agreed, but noted that she would "really
want a big celebration with fireworks and businesses
participating. I've been thinking all week how we can
Sato said there would
be more community
involvement if the event were held the last weekend
in April as the business community would fully sup-
port the celebration.
Thrasher said she would tell N\ EO members that
the committee is open to the possibility of moving the
dates and report back to Quinn on what days N\ EO
The committee also discussed planned activi-
ties and memorabilia for sale, including a handmade
pendant of the city pier in silver, bronze or copper.
T-shirts and baseball caps featuring the pier also will
be sold, along with other items.
Among the many events discussed are a concert,
an art show and a parade of old-time cars.
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By Lisa Neff
The Island Players close the 2009-10 season with
a black comedy from popular playwright Neil Simon
that is set in the early 1970s, but seems pertinent to
the recession ravaged here-and-now.
"Mel, what's happening? Is the whole world
going out of business?" is one of the lines moaned
in "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," which opened
May 13 at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
and continues through May 23.
Kelly Wynn Woodland directs the production,
working with set designer Kirk Hughes, light designer
Brad Pattison, sound designer Bob Grant, costume
designer Don Bailey and stage manager Mike Lusk
The cast consists of Herb Stump, Nancy Denton,
Rick Kopp, Robin Rhodes, Laura Morales and Miriam
Stump and Denton play Mel and Edna Edison,
a bickering, middle-aged couple living in a dingy,
cramped apartment on New York's Upper East Side.
The Edisons have loud neighbors and bad plumbing,
noise pollution and air pollution. There is a heat wave,
a garbage strike, a crime wave, a doctors' strike. And
Mel is losing it over losing a job. His life, he says, is
going down the drain.
Stump and Denton aren't just the leads in this two-
act play, they are the only players on the stage for most
of the production. And do they work. Hard and well.
Together Stump and Denton have a shared inten-
sity that makes the audience feel the couples' pain,
Herb Stump and Nancy Denton are cast in "The
Prisoner of Second Avenue" at the Island Players
theater in Anna Maria.
Rotary club to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Tuesday at noon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
On Tuesday, May 25, there will be a club assem-
For more information, go to www.annamariaro-
'Prisoner' on Gulf Drive
Miriam Ring, Nancy Denton and Robin Rhodes
appear in "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," the
Island Players' final production of the 2009-10
season. Performances continue through May 23.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
even as the crowd chortles at their cracks. Individu-
ally, Stump's Mel is explosive and Denton's Edna
unravels, from nervy to exposed nerves.
The four supporting characters are Mel's older
siblings, who arrive to the Manhattan apartment to
help baby brother recover from a nervous breakdown.
Their comedic squabbling over how much help Mel
needs for how long? And for how much? is
delightful. Were "Prisoner" a sitcom and Simon's
writing is of sitcom style it might produce more
spinoffs than "All In The Family" and Kopp, Rhodes,
Morales and Ring might be bound for television.
Woodland's direction sharpens the sting in
Simon's script the frequent one-liners and the
dramatic protests. Clearly she cares for and gets this
"Prisoner" performances take place at 8 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The theater is dark Mondays.
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday through Saturdays and an hour before show
For more information, go to www.theislandplay-
ers.org or call 941-778-5755.
Celebrating No. 82
The Rev. Charlie ',/ .. --' ofAnna Maria celebrates
his birthday this month he turned 82 with wife
Lois, right, and family. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
On the beach
Luca and Dominic Bertoldi ofEverett, Wash.,
- nephews of Holmes Beach resident Christine
Torgeson ',l.., cross paths with a gopher
tortoise while vacationing in Anna Maria in April.
The gopher tortoise is a "threatened" species and
protected under state law, which states, "No person
shall take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass,
capture, possess, sell or transport any gopher
tortoise or parts thereof or their eggs, or molest,
damage, or destroy gopher tortoise burrows."
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Roser to dedicate new pantry
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will dedicate its new food pantry
at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 23. The pantry is located
across Pine Avenue from the church chapel.
The donations to the church and through All
Island Denominations, a coalition of the Island
churches, were stored in a small closet-like space
in the main church complex.
For the last several months, a team of contrac-
tors and volunteers has been working to prepare
space for the pantry in an auxiliary building on the
south side of Pine Avenue across from the church
and adjacent to the Roser Thrift Store.
Historical society to
host annual party
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
hold its annual membership gathering at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19, at the museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
During the event, which is open to the public,
AMIHS will present three $2,000 scholarships to
Island students, as well as elect officers and board
members for 2010-11.
Tours of the museum and Belle Haven cottage
will be available. Light bites and refreshments will be
provided by the Sandbar Restaurant, AMIHS board
members and SteamDesigns.
For more information, call Melissa Williams at
Prayer day held
The National Day of Prayer took place May 6 at
the West Manatee Fire Rescue District station in
Holmes Beach, with Frank McGrath offering a his-
tory of the occasion and John Bonser, above, read-
ing a proclamation from President Barack Obama.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Peggy Nash
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host Spanish-lan-
guage workshops in June.
Workshops will take place at 2:30 p.m. June 10,
June 17 and June 24. The cost is $20 for members,
$25 for nonmembers.
The Center also will host a combo class mixed
movements and bare-bones ballet Fridays through
September at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $12 for members
and $15 for non-members.
Also on the summer class schedule:
Watercolor painting, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Muscles and More, Tuesdays and Thursdays at
Pilates, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
for beginners, and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for inter-
Ballroom dancing, Mondays at 7 p.m.
For more information, including reservations,
call the Center at 941-778-1908.
Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Saturday at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
The club's meeting schedule includes:
May 22, Rae Dowling of Florida Power &
May 29, Rose Quin Bare of the Manatee Opera-
tion Military Troop Support.
St. Bernard to host summer
St. Bernard Catholic Church will host its vacation
Bible school June 14-18 at the church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sessions, held from 12:30-3:30 p.m., will be
along the Old Testament theme of Egypt and Joseph's
Journey from Prison to Palace."
Attendance is free, but space is limited and reg-
istration is required.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
Island-based band to
perform with Wailers
Bootleg, a Holmes Beach-based ska-reggae band,
will perform at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg
with the Wailers reggae band.
The Wailers, when the band formed in 1963,
included Bob Marley, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley
Kelso, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Cherry Smith.
The band, after some changes, broke up in 1974,
when Wailer, Tosh and Marley struck out on solo
careers. But Marley assembled a version of the Wail-
ers as his backup band.
The concert date is Friday, May 21.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are available through
Ticketmaster; at the theater, 687 Central Ave., St.
Petersburg or can be purchased at upcoming Bootleg
Admission to the State Theatre concert is $20.
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the Valiant Woman Award to Islander Peggy Nash
during a May Friendship Day program May 7 at
Trinity United Methodist Church in Bradenton.
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Special report: Haiti trip
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By Bonner Joy
If hard work is good for the soul, I had my
share in Haiti. I'm back now almost two weeks
and just starting to feel rested.
I visited Father Ron Joseph, formerly of St.
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, April
29-May 5 on behalf of the newspaper, at the House
of Presence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The guest
house is owned by the Bradenton nonprofit, Min-
istry of Presence, for which Father Ron volunteers
On Sunday, May 1, we were up early for
coffee. No electricity, but a gas stove, and soon
Junior is awakened to start the generator, because
the inverter batteries are run down.
We all have chores. Father Ron is washing the
towels dirtied by 10 male guests. Junior is fixing
the AC in the van.
I was thinking "What to do?" with about on
hour remaining before we take a trip to Mega-
mart for bottled water and some other items. And
I'm lusting for a fan. I saw one at Megamart, but
assuming it was less on the street, I didn't check
There's peanut butter and jelly for lunch on
Ritz crackers. And always there are dirty dishes
that accumulate whether you cook or not.
Off we go to Megamart. But it's a heck of a
ride. We encounter a traffic jam and take an alter-
nate route, where there's another traffic jam of
massive proportions. And a traffic jam in Haiti is
like no other you've seen. Trucks, tankers, semis,
cars, United Nations vehicles, police and all, cram
into imaginary lanes, ride up on sidewalks, drive
into opposing traffic, and clog the entire area.
We maneuver a lot.
We finally arrive in the heart of town, drop off
the electrician and make it to Megamart, but there's
no bottled water.
Next stop: a street vendor with fans. I was
armed with information from the Internet on prices
of similar fans, and the street price was, indeed,
a good deal. Junior made the purchase, which
worked out to be $23 (U.S.).
We no sooner arrive back at the house before
we must make a run to the airport to collect five new
guests. We then take them to the little gasoline sta-
tion/sandwich shop near the airport for lunch and
the women want to shop at Megamart, so we make
another visit before heading back to the House of
It's late afternoon, and there's one more trip to
town, this time to collect Junior's mom, who comes
to cook for all of us and take care of the house. No
one goes anywhere alone, so I offer to go while Father
Ron visits with his longtime friends.
And, after maneuvering yet another traffic jam
and taking a detour, we soon encountered quite a
downpour, and, surprise. No lights in Haiti after dark.
None. It's very, very dark there.
The rain is running down the hilly roads so hard,
so fast and so deep, it carries with it so much garbage,
that I watch in amazement. People are still on the
sidewalks selling cooked chicken and other goods.
Dogs are rummaging in piles of trash. And I wonder
how anyone under a tarp is faring. I closed my eyes
part of the way home to keep from being terrified.
We arrive to see it's barely rained at the house,
and everyone has already eaten dinner. Junior, his
mom and I joined them at the table. There's an hour
of chatter among the nine women, including Mommie
to cook, and two young Haitian women who came to
help her clean.
On Monday, we had made a nightmare of a task
for ourselves in the afternoon sun, yet the neighbor-
hood people were thrilled with our yard sale eight
tables of free clothes and many pairs of shoes -
thanks to the Island community and especially the
kids at Anna Maria Elementary and King Middle
schools. We constantly replenished, and 200 or so
people took turns at filling a shopping bag with
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Funding is needed to ship more food and supplies
to the House of Presence in Haiti, to recover shipping
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apparel and shoes. Kids first. We included some
children's wear and helped the kids find what could
be useful to them.
It was a wild success.
Along with the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth
in Maryland, some nurses, all with unlimited e i I'.-\,
there's a decision to continue our clothing giveaway
a second day. We clearly have many boxes remaining
marked men's and women's clothing.
Our attention turned first to the truck, and the
remaining items outside under tarps. We worked on
sorting, and loading much of it back into the truck
That night, I took some time to check e-mails,
and a little light bulb went off in my head.... Sis-
ters, let's put items on the tables and then put them
out. We'll start our second sale with everything in
order, just like Filene's.
It took half the morning and buckets of sweat,
but we were ready again for our giveaway. We had
set out all the adult clothing that remained.
I especially remember one disabled young girl
with an elderly woman, and while I directed human
traffic in front about 200 or so people wait-
ing and pressing in line the elderly woman was
provided a shopping bag to fill and the sisters set
about filling a bag for the girl and fitting her with
sandals. No one has time to remark on it, but we're
all pleased we could help. And all the others.
It was mayhem. We handed out numbers, and
those people waited patiently in line, but others
pressed, hoping and appealing to us for a turn. We
had four-five men helping with "security," includ-
ing an off-duty police officer and our own secu-
rity guards. And we had Father Ron, directing the
crowd to be patient in his native Creole language,
me with very limited French. I could have used a
We note a team of men working on the gen-
erator and our sale security team, Mommie and
her helpers are keenly interested in the boxes of
clothing. And they also found useful items among
the clothes and shoes.
The sale wound down with little remaining to
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THE ISLANDER U MAY 19, 2010 0 13
Wait-and-see time for AMITW
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch walkers contin-
ued to await the arrival of the season's first turtle nest
on the Island's shore last week.
They also continued to await specifics on how a
growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might impact
sea turtles and the 2010 nesting season, which offi-
cially began May 1.
Each morning, a crew of AMITW volunteers
hikes the Island shoreline looking for signs that a
female turtle the most common to the Island is the
loggerhead species has crawled ashore to nest.
Later in the summer, the volunteers will begin
looking for signs of hatchlings making their first
crawls to the seas.
In past years, the first nest has been found around
Mother's Day, but in 1983 the first nest on the Island
was identified May 29 and in 1986 the first nest was
found May 28.
"So, this is no record, but it sure makes me
crazy," said an expectant AMITW executive direc-
tor Suzi Fox.
In her most recent statistics report to the local
press, Fox, with humor, reported zero nests, zero false
crawls, zero hatchlings, zero disorientations and one
"frustrated permit holder."
Other nesting reports from Florida, as of May
14, showed no nests north of Sarasota on the Gulf
Meanwhile, AMITW also is awaiting a possible
call for the nonprofit's support in responding to res-
cues related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest 72-hour forecast did not show a direct
impact on the area, but wildlife officials expect a
direct impact on turtles.
"We do believe that this spill will significantly
affect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico," read a state-
ment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration Fisheries Service. "Flyovers of the
oil spill area showed 30-50 sea turtles species
unknown swimming in or near the oil spill."
There are five sea turtle species in the Gulf of
Mexico. The Kemp's Ridley, leatherback, hawks-
bill and green sea turtles are considered endangered
under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The logger-
head sea turtle is classified as "threatened," but the
government is considering raising the status to the
more serious "endangered."
Generally, oil and other chemicals can cause
external irritation, burn membranes and increase
susceptibility to infection in turtles.
Internally, oil and the dispersants being used to
break up the spill can cause respiratory illness, tissue
injury, uclers, maldigestion, anemia, kidney and liver
damage, immune suppression and reproductive fail-
The spill also may lead turtles to change behav-
ior, possibly disrupting mating and nesting instincts,
according to NOAA.
And, according to the NOAA statement, oil and
other chemicals may "result in increased egg mortal-
ity and/or possibly developmental defects in hatch-
To deal with oiled turtles, NOAA established four
rehab clinics one in Louisiana, one in Mississippi
and two in Florida.
More than 50 dead turtles were recovered in the
first 10 days of May on beaches from Alabama to the
Louisiana Delta and, last week, were being examined
to determine whether oil was a factor.
"While the complete results can take several
weeks ... none of the necropsied turtles showed
evidence of oil, externally or internally," NOAA
The number of deaths, however, "are higher than
An adult snowy plover and two of three chicks
could be seen in a protected nesting area on Anna
Maria's north beach last week. Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, in partnership with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is monitor-
ing the site. Also, over the Memorial Day weekend,
Manatee Audubon Society volunteers will be near
the site with a scope and binoculars, offering to
show beachgoers the nesting birds. Islander Photo:
More bollards added to beach parking lot
By Nick Walter
It's pedestrians vs. motorists at the Manatee
Public Beach, where county workers have added
more bollards to curtail mixups and interactions.
Some pedestrians, however, are complaining the
excess bollards contribute to the confusion as they try
to negotiate traffic in the parking lot.
One set of bollards is near the restaurant-gift shop
entrance. Lee Copeland of the county parks and rec-
reation said the bollards are there to keep people out
of the emergency parking area.
More bollards were placed recently near the park-
ing lot's north entrance to help direct traffic. The bol-
lards will soon surround a 5-foot wide landscape bed
of native plants, trees and ground cover.
"It will delineate the parking area from the drive
aisle ... so people aren't backing into the drive aisle
from the parking lot as people are coming into the
north entrance," project manager Mike Sosadeeter
said. "It's also to direct traffic from the north entrance
through the driveway rather than into the parking
area. The reason we're putting it up now is because
people were driving from the north entrance into
the parking area on the right and going, 'Uh, oh,'
because there's a dead end right before they get to
of the Manatee
carries rope to
his truck after
set of bollards
in the parking
lot at Manatee
the building. Hopefully this will solve some of the
Earlier this year, another parking configuration,
new trolley stop and bollards were removed after
it was realized it caused pedestrians to walk into
traffic and it limited the trolley's ability to turn
"I don't think the engineers come out and see
how it's going to work before it's constructed," Cope-
Sosadeeter said there will be no additional bol-
BB employee handbook getting update
By Lisa Neff ment. It is the intent of the city of Bradenton Beach Bonita Springs, filed in December 2008, alleged
The Bradenton Beach city attorney is recom-
mending adoption of new employee policies dealing
with sexual harassment and a hostile workplace.
"It's in the city's best interest to implement"
such policies, said city attorney Ricinda Perry, who
is working with city clerk Nora Idso on a review of
the city's employee handbook.
The handbook contains policies governing the
conduct of city employees and addressing the protec-
tion of personal rights and privileges.
The current mission statement in the handbook
reads, "Excellence in government public service is
attained, in part through personnel systems that reflect
merit principles and sound administrative manage-
that its employee handbook provide firm and clear
direction to its employees."
The handbook also states that the city clerk's
office "is charged with ensuring that the provisions
of this policy are implemented and made known to
the employees of the city of Bradenton Beach."
Perry said the "city could certainly strengthen"
the handbook, noting that the manual lacks any policy
on a hostile workplace.
She recommended that the city adapt the
hostile workplace policy implemented in Bonita
Springs, which has adopted what is considered a
model policy to remedy a U.S. Justice Department
The Justice Department's complaint against
that the city subjected an employee to a hostile
work environment when, among other things, the
employee's immediate supervisor repeatedly used
racial slurs and epithets to refer to him and other
An agreement between Justice and the city
required Bonita Springs to pay the employee $25,000
in compensatory monetary relief and modify its work-
Perry also suggested to Bradenton Beach com-
missioners recently that the city hold a one-day forum
for staff to review employee policies and discuss Sun-
shine and public records laws.
The commission is expected to take up recom-
mended changes to the handbook later this year.
14 0 MAY 19, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Recall committee completes step 1, petition
By Rick Catlin
The recall of Anna Maria Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus from office is moving forward.
Bob Carter, chairman of the Recall Commissioner
Stoltzfus committee, presented city clerk Alice Baird
with the recall petition May 14, as part of the process
to have the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
hold a special recall election. It would be the first-
ever recall election in Manatee County, according to
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat.
The petition contained the signatures of 247 of
the city's 1,362 registered voters. Baird forwarded the
petition to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elec-
tions office that day. The elections office will certify
the names and signatures as eligible registered voters,
in addition to certifying the petition and any accom-
The committee far exceeded
the number of needed signatures
a minimum of 10 percent, or
136 of the city's eligible regis-
tered voters to submit the first
petition of the recall process. The
committee will eventually have
to submit a second petition with
Cat..h r,, d the signatures of 15 percent or
204 of Anna Maria's registered voters before the
elections office can schedule a recall election.
"It's been a great, inspired effort by a group of
people whose commitment to the concept of public
trust and the law is ulln\\\ a in." said Carter when
he handed over the petition.
Carter dismissed the "scare tactics" and threats
from some Stoltzfus supporters as diversions to
turn the voters' attention away from the "real, un-
addressed issues" of Sunshine Law violations and
"We intend to stay with this and see it through,"
Carter said the volunteers got every type of
response imaginable while soliciting voters to sign
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recall election for Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Carter also presented Baird with the required fee in
dimes, 10 cents for each voter who signed the peti-
tion. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Many people signed, a lot of people wanted to
know the issues, some people refused to sign, others
said they were Stoltzfus supporters, and many others
signed and asked what they could do to help the com-
"We now have a very good group of volunteers,"
said Carter. The committee obtained 247 signatures
in three weeks. "We're in good shape for the next
The second petition must contain a minimum of
204 signatures of the city's registered eligible voters,
and must be submitted following certification of the
first petition, and after providing Stoltzfus five days
to submit a 200-word defense statement that would
be attached to the second petition.
The petition letter submitted by Anna Maria's
Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus committee states that
the grounds for a recall election are malfeasance and
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after reading the e-mails pertaining to public busi-
ness Stoltzfus submitted to the city as the result of a
March 10 public records request by Michael Barfield
Carter said a committee member also obtained
the opinion of an independent, local attorney on the
Stoltzfus e-mails before signing the petition.
The petition submitted to Baird states:
"Public records evidence that Stoltzfus violated
the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law by holding
electronic meetings and using liaisons to discuss
public business which had not been advertised to the
Stoltzfus' e-mail communications "contained libel-
ous and inflammatory remarks concerning city staff,
citizens and professional consultants, in violation of the
city's stated policy against personal attacks.
"He has also made numerous statements (in the
e-mails) in violation of the requirement for a fair
hearing in a quasi-judicial proceeding, thus abusing
his authority in order to achieve a desired result."
The committee letter also contends that Stoltz-
fus used "evasive devices" to circumvent state stat-
utes, and "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. His conduct cannot be legally justified
and conflicts with state law."
The committee requested that an election to recall
Stoltzfus from office be held "pursuant to Florida
Attorney Richard Harrison of Tampa, represent-
ing Stoltzfus, said the commissioner has not broken
Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, or any
If the recall petition goes forward, it would "be
appropriate" for Stoltzfus to file a lawsuit, he said.
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Objection filed to Hunt e-mail production
By Rick Catlin
Attorney Richard Harrison, who represents Anna
Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, has filed an
objection to a planned subpoena to America Online
LLP by attorney Valerie Fernandez to obtain the
e-mails records of Nicky Hunt.
Fernandez, who represents Pine Avenue Resto-
ration LLC and consultant Michael Barfield, who
made a March 10 public records request to Stoltz-
fus, filed an intent to subpoena AOL, an internet
RECALL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
Some Stoltzfus supporters have written letters
of support to The Islander and some have displayed
signs in their car and home windows that state "Stoltz-
Stoltzfus supporter Terry Schaefer described the
recall committee as an "attempt to usurp the judicial
process," saying it was "renegade, vigilante justice."
Stoltzfus voter support
Stoltzfus was elected to the city commission Nov.
3, 2009, as one of five candidates seeking to fill one
of three vacancies on the commission.
Sixty percent (810) of the city's 1,349 registered
voters as of 29 days before the election cast a
ballot and were allowed to vote for up to three candi-
dates, according to a Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections official. Of the 810 ballots cast, 220 were
Dale Woodland drew 560 votes (24.9 percent),
John Quam received 500 votes (22.3 percent) and
Stoltzfus got 472 votes, or 21 percent of the total
vote, to take the third and final commission seat.
Christine Tollette had 379, while David Gryboski
ran last with 335 votes.
Anna Maria had 1,349 eligible, registered voters
29 days before the Nov. 3 election of Stoltzfus, but that
number grew to 1,362 by Nov. 3, according to the elec-
tions office. The number signatures required is based on
registered voters as of the preceding election.
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Hunt's e-mails to and from Stoltzfus for an as-yet
undetermined time frame. AOL is the ISP for Hunt
and Fernandez claimed some e-mails relating to
public business may still be on Hunt's computer
or with AOL.
Harrison objected to the subpoena on the grounds
that Hunt and AOL are non-parties to the Barfield
public records request.
In addition, he said not all of Hunt's e-mails are
related to public business, the subpoena would invade
the privacy of both Hunt and Stoltzfus, violates
federal law and the intent to subpoena is "grossly
overboard" in the production of the commissioner's
Fernandez claimed in her notice that Hunt was
acting as a conduit for Stoltzfus and some of her
e-mails may be related to public business.
Both the notice to subpoena and the objection
were filed with the Manatee County Circuit Court.
The court had not set a hearing date on the objection
as of The Islander press deadline May 17.
Tampa attorney Richard Harrison responded to a
complaint to the Florida Commission on Ethics filed
May 1 by Anna Maria property owner John Cagnina
against his client, Anna Maria Commissioner Harry
Harrison wrote to the city May 12 that, in his
view, Cagnina's allegation is "not only false, but fails
to meet even the threshold necessary to invoke COE
Harrison also reminded the city that it is liable
for Stoltzfus' legal fees and the commissioner would
"seek reimbursement from the city of all attorneys
fees, costs and legal expenses," incurred in his defense
of the ethics complaint. Harrison suggested the city
begin planning now for "what may be a potentially
significant financial liability."
Harrison sent the city a similar letter regarding
legal fees after the Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus
committee was formed.
City attorney Jim Dye has said previously that the
city would only be liable for a portion of Stoltzfus'
fees at best, and the amount, if any, is determined by
a judge at a hearing on the matter.
Attorney Valerie Fernandez, who represents Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC and consultant Michael
Barfield of Sarasota, said Stoltzfus would have to
first win any recall election before he could apply to
the city for reimbursement of legal fees.
That also would apply to the complaint against
Stoltzfus filed with the commission on ethics by Cag-
nina, she said.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she is con-
sidering several people for the vacant position on the
planning and zoning board, now that Jim Conoly has
"There are a number of people who applied in the
past that I'm looking at, so they are in the hopper,"
Among those who have applications on file with
the mayor are former P&Z chair Tom Turner, Gene
Aubry, Carl Pearman and Mike Coleman.
When P&Z board chair Doug Copeland resigned
last year, Barford filled the vacancy with former
Commissioner Bob Barlow.
The mayor said she would spend this week con-
sidering the merits of all the candidates on file and
plans to make an announcement at the May 27 com-
"There are many good choices," Barford said.
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Oil spill grows, emergency plans refined
By Lisa Neff
Local emergency planners have identified envi-
ronmentally sensitive areas as they prepare for the
worst from a Gulf of Mexico oil spill growing at a
rate of 210,000 gallons a day.
A deepwater well about 50 miles off the coast of
Louisiana began leaking crude April 22, two days after
an explosion sent a rig to the bottom of the ocean. The
explosion, now under congressional review, killed 11
men on the rig and led to three leaks in the well.
Last week, in the northern Gulf, the effort to
close the leaks and contain, disperse and skim the
oil involved British Petroleum America and the other
companies involved in operating and maintaining the
well and rig, as well as multiple federal, state and
local agencies, including National Guard units.
On Florida's Gulf coast, the most pressing work
last week involved identifying ecologically signifi-
cant areas and how to best protect them from oil.
That work took place as government officials from
the state capital in Tallahassee to county seats such
as Bradenton stressed that Florida's beaches are
open, clean and safe and no oil impact is in the state's
On April 20, an explosion occurred at the Deep-
water Horizon offshore drilling rig about 50 miles
off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.
Eleven men died.
On April 22, a robot camera at the site did not
show oil leaking from the Deepwater well.
On April 23, the rig was found upside down on
the ocean floor.
On April 24, the first leak of about 42,000 gallons
of oil was reported to be seeping from the well.
On April 28, the estimate of the leak was
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By Lisa Neff
On a daily basis, the volunteers with the Bra-
denton Beach-based rescue clinic Wildlife Inc. treat
Wildlife Inc.'s patients have been hit by cars,
stung by air-rifle pellets, snarled on fishing line,
starved after getting caught on a hook or sickened
after injesting poison.
Now Wildlife Inc.'s Gail Straight is preparing to
deal with casualties of the still-growing oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico.
"I am the liaison for TriState in Florida, which is
the only company hired by BP for rescue efforts with
this oil spill, so I keep in touch with them for ongoing
information," Straight said, referring to TriState Bird
Rescue, the chief wildlife rescue organization in the
Deepwater Horizon response.
With the oil spill still hundreds of miles away
from Anna Maria Island and its impact on the area an
unknown, The Islander last week engaged Straight
in a question and answer interview.
The Islander: The spill now began more than 20
days ago. How does Wildlife Inc. stay in touch and
Gail Straight: I get e-mails from USFWS on
a regular basis with pertinent information. As an
advisory board member and former president of the
Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, I keep
in constant contact with the members to keep them
updated and alerted to the changing situation.
The Islander: What preparations has Wildlife Inc.
made to respond?
GS: All our volunteers are kept advised of the
situation daily and are ready to take over at the facil-
ity with the many native species coming in each day
as it is spring baby season.
I have taken a test required by BP to work at the
oil spill. We will update our hazmat certification if
necessary. Birds or mammals are not to be cleaned
at any rehabilitation center they will be taken to
designated cleaning stations set up by TriState.
The Islander: Will you respond only to an impact
in Florida? Or elsewhere?
GS: As the liaison to TriState, I will respond
wherever they need me. My husband (Ed) and the
volunteers will take over caring for the many charges
we have here at our facility.
The Islander: You've worked a spill in the past
- in the 1990s in Tampa. What was that like? I think
many people have memories of seeing the Exxon
cleanup on the news, the black slippery shores and
the oil-soaked animals.
GS: Working the spill in Tampa Bay with TriState
was sometimes depressing seeing all the wildlife
A U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft drops an oil-
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ronmentally sensitive areas in Manatee County.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
covered in oil.
But it was inspiring working with the hundreds
of people-veterinarians, biologist, rehabilitators,
fisherman, mothers, fathers, people from all aspects
of life coming to volunteer. I made friends there that
have been a big part of my life ever since.
The work of cleaning birds in Florida is daunting,
it is very hot here, then you have on a full Tyvek suit,
boots, gloves up to your elbows, sometimes wearing
a mask, and you are cleaning birds in water tempera-
tures of over 100 degrees. You need to make sure you
keep hydrated. Some people's hands end up breaking
out in a rash. But, when you see a bird that is clean
and getting healthy, it is all worth it.
The Islander: How does an oil spill harm wild-
life? It's more than being coated with crude, yes?
GS: Yes, the birds and some mammals and
maybe even some snakes will be coated with the oil.
They are stressed. They have probably been trying to
preen the oil off themselves and have now ingested
the oil. They have to be treated by a veterinarian for
that, usually with Pepto Bismol. Most will need to
The oil keeps them from regulating their body
temperature. They don't all get cleaned when they
come in because if they are really down and you try
to bathe them, they will die in the tub.
Once you do clean them, which can take many
times in various tubs, they will be dried with an
Birds need to be waterproof again before they
can be released, but you cannot release them while
there is oil in the Gulf or they will get recoated.
This is when they will go to a rehabilitation facil-
ity until they can be released. These birds will also
be banded before release.
The Islander: Some environmentalists have raised
concerns about the dispersants being used to break up
the oil. Do you have a concern for such as well?
caring for a
number of ani-
ing these baby
blue jays. The
profit is on
the oil spill
in the Gulf
For people who want to volunteer to respond
to the spill, Wildlife Inc. can offer advice. Call
941-778-6324 to leave a message, including a
name, phone number and e-mail.
Wildlife Inc. also regularly seeks volunteers
to help at its clinic in Bradenton Beach.
Additionally, the organization is one of five
Island nonprofits benefiting from the Island-
wide Blood Drive scheduled for June 5-6 at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
GS: I think everyone has concerns, the disper-
sants are toxic. They know it kills some fish and
have not done enough studies to know what other
hazards it can cause to wildlife, the environment or
The Islander: The oil may not wash ashore on
our Gulf coast. That doesn't mean there will be no
wildlife impact here does it?
GS: No, birds migrate. If they are not totally
covered in oil and can fly, we can still get some birds
Our environments are all connected in some way
or another, what happens in one place will affect what
happens in other places as well.
The Islander: Is Wildlife Inc. seeking volunteers
or donations for its Deepwater response?
GS: Asking for monetary donations for some-
thing that BP (British Petroleum) is paying for is
unethical. We don't even know that we will have a
problem with the oil in Florida.
The word we received from USFWS was that
TriState would not be asking for donations as BP was
paying for everything.
If we find we need towels or Dawn or anything
when and if it becomes necessary, we will then ask
Claims and complaints
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau encourages local businesses to keep track
of any loss of revenue, as well as customer con-
cerns, due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The CVB is collecting such information at
info@annamariaisland-l 'nh I 'i ,Ik. \ .com.
Records also will be needed for any business
to make claims for financial reimbursement from
British Petroleum America.
"It is important that when these cancellations
occur, the canceling party is questioned whether
the cause is because of the oil spill," the CVB
stated in a message to tourism businesses. "If the
answer is yes, keep a record of the person's name
and contact information and also the revenues
For claim information, and news on effects
of the oil spill on Anna Maria Island businesses
and accommodations, go to The Islander website
18 0 MAY 19, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
UPS wins Manatee Beach contract
By Nick Walter
Manatee County commissioners voted 4-3 to
award a contract for United Parks Service of St.
Petersburg to operate the concession at Manatee
Hundreds of people, mostly Cafe on the Beach
supporters, filled the first-floor chamber at the County
Administration Center in Bradenton and dozens
spoke in favor of the current operators, Cafe on the
Beach and PS. Beach Associates.
However, despite an emotional appeal from
Commissioner Carol Whitmore, an economic appeal
from Commissioner Joe McClash and another appeal
from Commissioner John Chappie to keep the current
vendor, four commissioners voted for a new conces-
sion operator based on a negotiated contract. UPS is
scheduled to begin operations at Cafe on the Beach
Whitmore is holding out hope one commis-
sioner will rescind his or her vote at the next meet-
ing May 25.
A county recommendations committee reviewed
four companies' requests for proposals and inter-
viewed company representatives before recommend-
ing UPS, which operates the concessions at Fort
Gene Schaefer ofP.S. Beach Associates speaks
to Manatee County commissioners May 11 in the
county chambers in Bradenton. Wife Dee Schaefer,
left, ofP.S. Beach Associates, waits her turn to
speak. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
Mark and Debbie Enoch and Alan Kahana of
United Parks Service will begin operation of
concessions at the Manatee Public Beach July 21.
Islander Photo: Nick Walter
DeSoto Park for Pinellas County.
"This crowd showed support unlike anything I've
ever seen," said Dee Schaefer of PSB. "It's love. And
I thank those who voted for us, and I think the other
Manatee County commissioners made a bad deci-
UPS is operated by president Alan Kahana, chief
financial operator Mark Enoch and corporate secre-
tary Debbie Enoch. Kahana established UPS in 2006
to provide food and beverage sales and rental services
at Fort DeSoto Park and other venues.
Kahana owns several restaurants and bars in
Tampa, including the Boneyard Restaurant, Czar,
The Castle, Fuma Bella and Dirty Shame Pub. He
also operates four large parking lots in Tampa.
After the meeting, Kahana addressed a couple of
"We will continue live music, and we will con-
tinue the all-you-can-eat specials," he said.
Kahana said he hopes to retain many Cafe on the
Beach employees, those who are interested in stay-
ing. He added he'll hold an interview process.
Debbie Enoch said she knows the importance of
retaining Cafe on the Beach's Island atmosphere.
"We want people to know that we know what
it's like when people remember you by name when
you frequent the same restaurant," she said. "And we
want the same type of atmosphere. We'll continue
the feel of the facility. It's important to note that we
were looking for beach concessions, and that was
settled before this contract existed. We feel it's a great
In the end, UPS offered the county $342,000
annual rent and 4 percent of profits in excess of $2.5
PSB, which was not given an opportunity to
negotiate or match the UPS offer because, according
to county procedures, the county was only required
to negotiate with UPS.
PS. Beach and Cafe on the Beach had first offered
to pay annual rent of $326,000, which essentially was
the highest bid. UPS originally offered a substantially
lower rent along with various levels of percentages
Whitmore, who has lived on Anna Maria Island
for 41 years, detailed why PSB was the best choice,
and begged for "a friend on the board," for one more
commissioner to vote in favor of negotiating a con-
tract with PSB.
"I hope the majority will not just look at the
bottom dollar on this piece of paper," she said. "It's
about a way of life and community and the unique
character of Anna Maria Island."
McClash argued the Manatee Beach operation is
the reason why tourists come, the "real Florida." He
said, "You can't buy soul. All the tourism data we
have indicates this is something unique. Let's not
screw it up."
Commissioners Ron Getman, Donna Hayes
and Gwendolyn Brown voted in favor of UPS, as
did Commissioner Larry Bustle, who said if the
county did not accept the committee's recommen-
dation, the county process would lose credibility.
Getman said it was a business decision, to bring
the county more revenue.
Chappie said part of that process includes the
opportunity for commissioners to renegotiate with
the current vendor if they're not satisfied with the
committee recommendation. But Bustle countered
that he didn't want to set a precedent of making RFP
Dozens upon dozens of Manatee County resi-
dents spoke, the majority of them pleaded with the
commission to renegotiate with Cafe on the Beach.
Their general sentiment was, "If it's not broke, don't
The pleas from the gallery led to McClash's final
statement: "It's a step in the wrong direction. And
we're not listening to the people."
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County bid process questioned
By Nick Walter
Some at the Manatee County commission May
11 meeting to approve a five-year contract for United
Parks Service to operate the concession at Manatee
Public Beach claimed the county process is flawed.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger told
the county the process was flawed from the begin-
ning. He said kayak and scooter rentals in the request
for proposals aren't allowed under city code.
"Nobody bothered to see what the city code
allowed or did not allow," Bohnenberger said. "And
you had a selection committee that also had no knowl-
edge of what the city codes allow, and they selected
Bohnenberger favored retaining the current con-
cessionaire, PS. Beach Associates, which has been
operating the concession since 1992.
Once UPS was recommended, the company
raised its proposed compensation package to the
county to $342,000, $16,000 higher than PS. Beach
Associates' original offer of $326,400.
PSB noted that it was not given an opportunity
to counter the UPS negotiated offer, said Tommy
Vayias, manager of Cafe on the Beach.
\ ly attorney put in a letter that we were will-
ing to negotiate along with United and the county
declined," he said. "They said that they'd already
selected the one to negotiate with."
"It's not a fair open-bid competition," Bohnen-
berger said. "This has to be redone. Everybody has
to have the same opportunity to submit bids. Again,
we should start from ground zero."
County Commission Chair Donna Hayes did not
bring up the process as her reason for voting in favor
of UPS. "All I can say is I've heard all you people
and we have a business decision to make," she said.
"I consider myself a guardian of your money."
Commissioner Larry Bustle said the process
would be undermined if the county didn't go with
the recommended company.
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino,
at the Holmes Beach commission meeting May 11,
said integral parts of the process were not followed,
such as polling the city commission and Island resi-
"We cannot, and I repeat, cannot depend on the
majority of the county commission to support us and
listen to us in any way," Zaccagnino said. "Their
blatant disregard for our constituents, west Manatee
residents and seasonal residents was appalling. And
any concerns for our way of living has fallen upon
deaf ears and been sold out for a mere couple pieces
Zaccagnino also didn't think the county consid-
ered the tax dollars it receives from Holmes Beach.
"Forget the fact that huge tax dollars are gen-
erated by this community to support their fruitless
endeavors with the bed tax, tourist tax and sales tax,"
"Where's our pier they promised with the money
that was supposedly set aside?"
Also, the Island communities saved around
$400,000 of allocated stimulus dollars, he said, yet
at the county meeting the same day, the commission-
ers tried to redirect those funds. But, Zaccagnino said,
after some discussion, commissioners decided to fund
$285,000 for projects on the Island. 'They acted as if
they were doing us a favor. Unbelievable."
Cafe challenges UPS-county contract
By Nick Walter
An attorney representing Cafe on the Beach
claimed in a letter May 14 to the Manatee County
Board of Commissioners that the board relied on
inaccurate information in awarding the Manatee
Public Beach concession contract to United Parks
The attorney for Cafe on the Beach, the current
MPB restaurant, said the vote should be reconsidered.
The county could do so at its meeting at 9 a.m. May
25 at the County Administration Center, Bradenton.
Attorney Stavros Tingirides addressed the four
commissioners who voted in favor of UPS Larry
Bustle, Gwendolyn Brown, Donna Hayes and Ron
Getman. He stated UPS's bid was not financially
superior to that of Cafe on the Beach's as they
claimed at their May 11 meeting.
UPS is scheduled to begin operating the con-
cession at Manatee Public Beach July 21.
Tingirides said if the board does not reconsider
the decision, there would likely be no more options
for Cafe on the Beach.
"Ajudge probably would not review this," Tin-
girides said. "The judge would probably say it's at
the county's discretion. I think we're at the end of
the line now."
That is, unless citizens who opposed the deci-
sion contact the county commissioners who voted
against Cafe on the Beach.
"That's the only chance," Tingirides said. "And
they say, 'We're not happy with you guys, and
here's why. Your people didn't do their job.'"
He also did not think it fair that UPS was
allowed to increase its compensation offer, and
Cafe on the Beach was not given the option to
counter UPS's bid.
"We weren't even given a chance," said Tommy
Vayias, a manager of Cafe on the Beach.
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10 a.m. Island Wellness ribbon cutting and festivities located
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5pm. -Anna Maria Island Historical Society annual member-
ship gathering and student scholarship presentation at the museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-9108.
Thursday, May 20
1 p.m. Oil painting demonstration with Marie Garafino at the
Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5p.m. Bradenton Beach Intergenerational Garden volunteer
work meeting at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23 rd St.,
Saturday, May 22
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts guest
speaker Rae Dowling of Florida Power & Light at Cafe on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, May 23
11:15 a.m. Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
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and adjacent to the thrift store. Information: 941-778-0414.
Tuesday, May 25
Noon- The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island "Club Assembly"
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, May 26
5 to 7pm. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business
card exchange hosted by the Bridge Street Merchants, 117 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
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public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at
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Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,Anna Maria. Information: 941-
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Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei
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Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
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Thursday, May 20
7 p.m. Visions of the Future Film Series: "Alien" at the South
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Friday, May 21
7p.m. Holmes Beach ska-reggae band Bootleg opens for
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Information: 727-895-3045. Fee applies.
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Noon to 3 pm. Tenth annual Bow Wow Celebration at Happy
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May 29, West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary yard sale.
May 29, "Plunder Fest" benefit concert, Ace's Lounge.
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June 5-6, the 10th annual Island Blood Drive.
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Mrs. Hanahan was born Youngstown, Pa., where
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She married Ralph Bailey "Doc" Hanahan III,
M.D., in 1937 and moved to Lakeland, Fla., in 1954.
The Hanahans loved Anna Maria and for more
than 20 years owned "The Ark," an old gray house on
stilts at the beach end of Oak Avenue in Anna Maria.
It has been the subject of many artists and a symbol
of "old Florida."
Working with the Audubon Society and the city of
Lakeland, Mrs. Hanahan was able to gain recognition
for the city as a bird sanctuary. She also was instru-
mental in acquiring three pairs of
swans from Queen Elizabeth II of
England, the first to reside at Lake
Soon after, many residents of
Lakeland began to think of Mrs.
Hanahan as the "bird lady." People
would arrive at her door with sick
Hanahan or injured birds, baby birds or the
occasional squirrel that had fallen out of a nest.
She also was active in the Morrell Memorial
Hospital Auxiliary and the Women's Auxiliary of
the Medical Society of Polk County.
She was an artist, and many of her works hung in
her husband's medical office as well as their home.
She also was an accomplished seamstress.
Following the death of Dr. Hanahan, she married
Richard deGolian of Atlanta, who died in 2006.
She was a long-time member of St. David's Epis-
copal Church of Lakeland.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Lake Region
Audubon Society, 115 Lameraux Road, Winter Haven
FL 33884; Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara-
sota FL 34238; or the Alzheimer Research Fund
(Fund #F002267) of the University of Florida, P.O.
Box 14425, Gainesville FL 32603.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June
12 at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Mrs. Hanahan is survived by her children, Dr.
Ralph B. Hanahan IV and wife Karen of Santa Rosa,
Cal., Patricia Hanahan Engman of Anna Maria, Christy
Hanahan Powell and husband Earl of Coral Gables, Fla.,
and Elizabeth Hanahan Taylor of Winter Haven, Fla.;
12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Richard J. Westby
Richard J. Westby, 69, of Holmes Beach, for-
merly of Chadwick Beach, N.J., and Staten Island,
N.Y., died May 11.
Mr. Westby was a member of the military police
while serving in Vietnam. He received the Bronze
Star with valor for his heroic actions. He returned to
serve the New York City Police Department, where
he rose to sergeant, heading the crime analysis depart-
ment at one time.
In retirement, Mr. Westby had many interests
and hobbies, including boating, learning to fly, target
shooting, motorcycles and his beloved pets.
The Westbys have been
members of the Key Royale
Club since 2004. He also was a
member of the Veterans of For-
eign Wars, the National Rifle
Association, Fraternal Order of
Police, Superior Officers Asso-
ciation Retired, the Jersey Shore
Westby 10-13 and the Manasota 10-13
Associations, Retired Sergeant's Associations, The
Blue Knights, Anna Maria Power Squadron, Moose
Club, Kiwanis Club, PETA and the Humane Soci-
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15.
Interment will be at Staten Island, N.Y. Donations
may be made to PETA or the Humane Society.
Mr. Westby is survived by wife Therese E. Darcy-
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Island police blotter
May 10, 400 block of South Bay Drive, marine
call. A victim reported a man was attempting to pull
his sunken vessel to the shoreline with his kayak.
The boater would not speak to the deputy. The
deputy advised dispatch to call the Manatee County
Sheriff Office marine unit.
No new reports.
May 13, 400 block of Clark Drive, theft. An
officer responded and met with the victim, who said
her stroller had been stolen from in front of her
May 13, 5300 and 7000 block of Gulf Drive,
theft. An officer responded to three complaints of
fire extinguisher theft. One complainant said the
extinguishers were taken from the front of his build-
ing. Another said seven extinguishers had been dis-
May 13, 100 block of 31st Street, theft. A man
reported who had previously reported theft of a
wallet, including his debit card from his vehicle,
reported that when he closed his accounts, he
noticed numerous checks had been cashed and sev-
eral transactions had been made on his debit card.
May 13, 500 block of 67th Street, domestic
battery. An officer was dispatched in reference
to domestic battery. The complainant said a man
pushed her mother to the ground and kicked her.
The complainant said she and her husband had an
argument about him having a six-month affair. The
complainant said she did not want her husband
arrested and became uncooperative. The man was
placed under arrest for domestic battery.
May 10, 100 block of 52nd Street, burglary. The
complainants said they left their vehicle unlocked in
front of their residence and later noticed the radio
faceplate and some CDs were missing.
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Basketball, golf, horseshoes round out sports week
By Kevin Cassidy
Two teams are working on undefeated records in
the Anna Maria Island Community Center youth bas-
ketball league. Connie's Landscaping is sporting a 4-0
mark as the league approaches the halfway mark of
the season. Connie's holds a comfortable three and a
half game lead in Division III over Beach Bistro and
Sandbar, which both stand at 1-3 on the season.
Walter & Associates also has an undefeated record
at 3-0, but they have two teams right on the tail. Bob
Vita Landscaping is a half game back at 3-1, while Ross
Built is 2-1.
The Premier Division is pretty tiglu \\ ilh The Gath-
ering Place sitting on first with a 3-1 record, a game
and a half up on Rotten Ralph's, which sits in second
place with a 2-2 record. Tortilla Bay Club is two and a
half games back with a 1-3 record.
There's still a lot of basketball to be played before
the playoffs start, so stay tuned and catch a game.
Connie's Landscaping stayed undefeated thanks to
a strong second-half performance May 13 from Clayton
Wilkinson to help them break open a close game with
Beach Bistro and win by a 16-9 score. Connie's man-
aged to take a 4-1 first-half lead behind a pair of baseline
jumpers by Dylan Joseph as both teams played outstand-
ing defense. Beach Bistro's only point came courtesy of
Andrew Proctor who made one of two foul shots.
The second half saw Connie's get the ball down
low to Wilkinson in the post and he responded with
six points. Joseph added two second-half baskets to
finish with a game-high eight points. Leo Rose and Tori
Walter both added one point to complete the scoring
Joey Stewart led the Bistro scoring effort with four
points, while Proctor finished with three points. Daniel
Sentman completed the Bistro scoring with two points
in the loss.
Beach to Bay Construction earned its first vic-
tory of May 14 when it defeated Anna Maria Oyster
Bar in Division II action. Michael Latimer and Cam-
eron Brauner led the way with 12 points apiece, while
Dayton Modderman added four points and Matt
Menger-DeNigris finished with two points.
Tyler Yavalar scored six points and Reese Helvey
added five points to lead the Oyster Bar, which also
received four points from Bradley Duffman in the loss.
Walter & Associates earned a 27-14 victory over
Bob Vita Lawn Service May 14 to remain undefeated
in Division II. Moriah Goode scored 12 points and Seth
Walter added 11 to lead the way for W&A, which also
received two points apiece from Jordan Cooley and
Jack Walter in the victory.
Mikey Ellsworth scored six points to lead the way for
Bob Vita Lawn Service in the loss. Ethan Bertrand, Adam
Clark, Cory Jaques and Gavin Sentman all finished with
two points each for Bob Vita Lawn Service.
Connie's Landscaping received six points apiece from
Dylan Joseph and Leo Rose to lead them past the Sandbar
by a 12-10 score in Division III action May 12.
William Bernet and Brooke Capparelli led Sand-
Trent \ih.. I.-I.. 1 rd looks for room to shoot as Clay-
ton Wilkinson defends during Division III basket-
ball action for ages 8-9 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
bar with four points apiece, while Joe Rogers and Josh
Class finished with two points apiece in the loss.
Ross Built earned a 21-16 Division II victory over
Beach to Bay Construction May 12 behind 10 points
from Jake Ross. Brother Andrew Ross added three
points, while Jacob Barker, Jack Coleman, Cooper
Hardy and Luke Valadie each finished with two points
in the victory.
Cameron Brauner scored eight points and Jean-
Paul Russo added four to lead Beach to Bay. Michael
Latimer and Matt Menger-DeNigris added two points
apiece in the loss.
Rotten Ralph's received 12 points apiece May 12
from Forrest Schield and Brandon Gengler during its
44-37 Premier Division victory over Tortilla Bay Club.
J.T. Goode added 10 points for Rotten Ralph's, which
also received four points each from Luke Shackleford
and Daniel Janisch in the victory.
Tortilla Bay Club was led by Tommy Price's game-
high 17 points. Kyle Parsons scored eight points and
Christian Hightower added six points to round out the
scoring in the loss.
Coastal Orthopedics earned a 41-30 Division I vic-
tory over A-Paradise Realty on May 11 behind a bal-
anced scoring attack led by Joey Salinas who scored 10
points. Lauren Sapienza and Jake Parsons each added
eight points while Burke McCampbell-Hill finished
with five points.
Blaine Jenefsky led A-Paradise with eight points,
while Josh Zawistoski and Mikayla Kane each finished
with seven points in the loss.
Rotten Ralph's edged The Gathering Place 35-31 in
Premier League action on May 11 behind a game-high
20 points from Forrest Schield. Brandon Gengler added
nine points for Rotten Ralph's, which also received four
points from Daniel Janisch in the victory.
Kyle Aritt led the Gathering Place with 12 points,
while Chandler Hardy chipped in with eight points. Wyatt
Hoffman finished with six points and Patrick Edwards
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scored five to complete the scoring in the loss.
Andrew Proctor scored three points and Joey Stew-
art added two points as Beach Bistro earned a 5-4 Divi-
sion III victory over the Sandbar May 10. Joe Rogers
scored four points to lead the Sandbar in the loss.
Walter & Associates rolled to a 21-7 victory over
Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Division III action May 10.
Mariah Goode led the way with 17 points, while Seth
Walter added four points in the victory.
The Oyster Bar was led in the loss by Tyler Yavalar's
five points and two points from Bradley Duffman.
The Gathering Place rolled past Tortilla Bay 60-40
May 10 during Premier Division action behind a game-
high 23 points from Kyle Aritt and 18 points from Wyatt
Hoffman. Jerry Mayer and Chandler Hardy each added
five points for the Gathering Place in the victory.
Tommy Price scored 12 points and Christian High-
tower added 10 points to lead Tortilla Bay, which also
received nine points from Daniel Pimental in the loss.
Youth baseball i(w..i ., l i.,ii ,. ...., i.. d. and stand-
ings can be found at www.islander.org.
Key Royale news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, two-
best-balls-of-foursome match May 12. The team of Bob
Kral, Vince Mercadante, Earl Ritchie and Bill Shuman
combined to card a 106 and take first place by five
strokes. Jim Thorton, Gary Harris, Lew Winegarden
and Peter Proxy came in second with a score of 111.
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net match May 11. Donna Soos and Pat
Townsend both carded even-par 32s and tied for first place
in Flight A. Sue Hookem and Judy Ward finished one shot
back in a tie for second place. Sally York fired a 3-under-
par 29 to capture Flight B by one shot over ties from Lor-
raine Towne, Mary Pat Swamy and Joanne Ozdych, while
Jane Winegarden came in third with a 32.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-
foursome match May 10. The team of Dick Rouse,
Bill Shuman, Carl Voyles and Dick Eichhom combined
to card a 12-under-par 52 to earn clubhouse bl,''inii
rights for the day. The team of Joe Dickinson, Art Hibbs,
Al Kaiser and John Sagert matched the 54 carded by
Peiter Thomassen, Omer Trolard, Jim Macvicar and
Tom Steele to finish in a tie for second.
Two teams emerged from pool play during May
15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Hank Huyghe and Debbie Rhodes trounced Herb Pur-
year and Jerry Bennett 21-8 to earn bl ,;,iii rights
for the day.
Sam Samuels and partner Herb Puryear were the
outright champions during May 11 horseshoe action,
leaving a slew of pitchers to battle it out for second
place. In the end, the team of Norm Good and Bob
Dizon edged John Johnson and Tim Sofran 21-20.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selec-
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Oil spill won't spoil fishing this week
By Nick Walter
Scientists from NOAA Fisheries do not expect
the oil spill off Louisiana to hit the Island coast, and
that means the beginning of tarpon fishing off the
beaches won't be interrupted.
Tarpon started to show up in numbers off the
beaches, and the waters have been loaded under the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge for weeks.
Capt. Mike Greig said his anglers have been
getting into lots of nice snook and trout in the local
bays. He reported snook to 33 inches and trout to
25 inches. There are still some kingfish right off the
beaches, and gag grouper in 40-50 feet of water. He
said there seems to be less than half the numbers of
snook there were before the winter freeze.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said the bait game has gotten very easy,
with lots of shiners invading the flats. He suggests
super-charging chum with some menhaden oil to
draw in the bait.
Speckled trout have been cooperating in 2-6 feet
of water. Howard said to look for clean moving water
for success. Redfish are chewing heavily with a lot of
over-the-slot fish being landed and released. Kingfish
are still off the beaches feeding on schools of bait.
Lots of chummers behind the boat will draw in the
toothy predators. Sharks are cruising the flats and
make for exciting fishing.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of Cortez Fishing Center reported
his parties are catching gag and red grouper, smoker
kingfish, amberjacks, mangrove and yellowtail snap-
pers, big barracudas, blacktip and other large sharks
and catch-and-release goliath grouper. He said the
best grouper action is past 150 feet of depth for large
reds or inside Tampa bay for some nice gag grouper
and Spanish mackerel.
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pinfish on aflatline while fishing in 90-foot deep
waters offshore of Anna Maria Island. The shark
Captain Mark Howard
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Day in 55feet of water. Pictured are Bystrom's brother Trevor Bystrom, from left, Capt. Bystrom and Chris
Grimes of Myakka.
"Kingfish and shark frenzies can happen at any
depth where there's plenty of bait," McGuire said.
"Monster amberjacks, also called reef donkeys by
some folks, are on most of the wrecks, springs and
deep ledges and are more than willing to make your
arms sore and body ache." He added tarpon also are
showing up in Sarasota Bay.
Capt Warren Girle reported nice gag grouper to
29 inches, mangrove snapper in 45-50 feet of water
and two cobia to 25 pounds landed on a charter last
week. He's seeing a lot more snook this week to 33
inches, and big trout are mixed in with snook and
redfish on the flats. Schooling trout are on the flats
as well. He said crabs are moving and there are some
tarpon on the beaches.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness out of Catchers Marina said tarpon fishing is
picking up under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Free-
lining threadfins, Gross' anglers hooked up almost
10 tarpon in less than two hours as an incoming tide
began to slow. But anglers on his charter couldn't
manage to get any tarpon to the boat, as many broke
off on the pilings. "We just couldn't get lucky," Gross
said. He also reported a strong kingfish bite off the
beaches. Gross spotted a diving pelican and anchored
nearby, where the anglers caught eight keeper king-
fish that morning, as well as about 20 Spanish mack-
erel to four pounds.
Gross said trout should be plentiful through the
new moon, as they haven't yet spawned. Trout fishing
could slow on the next full moon, however.
"With trout, I mainly look for grass flats," said
Gross, who reported a great redfish bite around Whale
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He also reported good action off the beaches
with barracuda, jack crevalle, juvenile grouper and
an occasional flounder 7 miles out.
Kim Schearer from Annie's Bait & Tackle said
her customers are reporting pompano around Long-
boat Pass and flounder up to 14 inches being caught
on the north side of Manatee Bridge.
Dave Sork from Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there have primarily been picking up Spanish
mackerel to 22 inches. He said there's a lot of bait
around and he suspects tarpon will be around the pier
any time soon.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway south
pier said anglers have been catching Spanish mack-
erel, grouper, mangrove snapper (which are just start-
ing to show), tarpon and occasionally cobia. He said
the kingfish bite has slowed down as a result of windy
Annamae Lahay of Corky's Live Bait and
Tackle said her customers are reporting Sarasota Bay
and Palma Sola Bay are holding Spanish mackerel,
bluefish, pompano, small sharks, and flounder. In
addition, redfish and trout are in the grass flats. She
also has received reports of tarpon and whiting in
Longboat Pass and in Gulf waters, cobia around the
Skyway Bridge, and most people have been having
success with large, live shrimp.
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By Rick Catlin
Putt-putt to host
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will hold its May business-card exchange from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, in partnership
with the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Associa-
tion. The event will be at The Fish Hole, 117 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach.
The cost is $5 per person and reservations are
For more information on any chamber event, or
to make a reservation, call 941-778-1541.
Free golf lesson offered
Professional golfer and Island resident Cathy
Schmidt is offering a free 30-minute golf lesson this
month to anyone interested in learning the game or
refining his or her skills.
Cathy also has volunteered to teach golf at local
YMCAs and schools, including Anna Maria Elemen-
For more information about Cathy and the lesson
offer, visit www.playgolfamerica.com or call 941-
Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center,
5362 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is sponsoring a 1,000-
pound Anna Maria Island Weight Loss Challenge.
It will be a 12-week challenge and teams will
consist of up to five people. Owner Kip LaLosh said
he hopes businesses and friends will form teams and
join the healthy program at AMI fitness for a fun
The winners will receive more than $1,000 in
prizes for the team and its members.
The individual cost to participate in the challenge
is $65 and includes a three-month membership for
any new members on challenge teams.
Organizers plan to make the weight-loss chal-
lenge an annual event.
For more information, call 941-778-5446.
Wellness open house
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
and massage therapist Amanda Escobio will cel-
ebrate the re-opening and re-location of Island Well-
ness massage therapy at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May
19 at the new location in the Silver Surf resort, 1301
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach,
At the same time, the chamber will hold a ribbon-
cutting ceremony for the Escobio's Tiki-Tastic Mas-
sage Hut on the beach across from Silver Surf.
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.
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Island resident Brian Finelli has started up his
residential and commercial pest control business with
a name that everyone wants to see in pest control.
Brian's ASAP Pest Solutions Inc. specializes in
the latest technologies and treatments to control pests.
Brian has more than 10 years experience in pest
control, having trained with Sears Pest Control. He
also previously worked for Terminex, servicing cor-
porate and commercial accounts.
ASAP is pet friendly, licensed and insured, said
For more information, call Brian at 941-685-
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MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May
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04/28/10, Wall to Compass Bank for $636,967.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 221, Runaway
Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978
was sold 04/27/10, Mitchell to Boring for $225,000;
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
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org. Copyright 2010
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: IPOD in Bradenton Beach at/near
Herb Dolan Park. Belongs to grandson.
Please return to Wildlife Inc. 941-778-6324.
LOST: BLACK-RIMMED glasses. May 10
on Second Avenue between 55th Street
and Publix, Holmes Beach. John, 941-778-
FOUND: SONY CYBER-shot digital camera,
April 24, on beach near Gulf Boulevard. Con-
tact 813-310-0390 to arrange return.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old
enough for adoption. All food and medical
provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
2004 WHITE FORD 16-foot box truck with
new hydraulic-lift gate (Tommy Gate). Low
miles, new tires. $13,500 pays off loan. Can
be seen at Pebble Springs Plaza on Manatee
Avenue at the new JamRocks restaurant. Call
941-932-2688 or 383-1222.
2000 HONDA ACCORD LX. 102,000 miles,
garage-kept, well-equipped. Non-smoker,
one driver. Runs like clock. Flamingo Cay.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma, Precision 15, Windrider 17 and
Trimaran. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
2000 20-FOOT Pro-Line Sport. Low hours.
New vinyl twin tabs, kept on lift. $8,500.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-4135.
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HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria
Island, located in busy shopping center, large
inventory, all equipment and fixtures, com-
pletely turnkey, business growing monthly,
owners moving, great opportunity 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.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
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I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
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1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Long-
time Island resident, background check, pet
CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson,
941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handy-
man 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,
TING: Retired Christian couple to be near
beach, available anytime. References. 770-
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Call Nancie, 941-755-5948.
DAVE'S CURB APPEAL: Paint, landscape,
light repair, remodel, cleanup. Affordable
Island work, $75 per four hours. Island owner,
resident, with tools. Dave, 715-418-3531.
PARADISE CLEAN: WEEKLY, biweekly, tri-
weekly, monthly. Move-in, move-out. Special
projects, green products. Petsitting, canine
waste removal. 25 years experience. Refer-
ences. Call Suzy, 941-284-0493. Keep para-
HOUSECLEANING AND HANDYMAN ser-
vices: Pressure washing, anything you need.
Excellent references. 941-539-6891.
GOT STUMPS? CALL an experienced, reliable
expert. Brad Frederick's LLC Tree Stump Grind-
ing. 941-730-0001. Northwest Bradenton.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus?
Need wireless, network setup? Web site?
Need help? Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
34 years of happy customers. Senior check,
pet-watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc.
Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046 or 941-
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. Commercial and residential
service, repair and/or replacement. Serving
Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing
massage in the comfort of your home. Call
today for an appointment, 941-795-0887.
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net for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in alge-
bra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and
science. Special need students welcome.
Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island
studio open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet,
saxophone, guitar and piano. 941-778-8323,
or evenings, 941-758-0395. 315 58th St.,
Studio I, Holmes Beach.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and
repair. Your complete irrigation repair com-
pany. Call 941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom land-
scapes, tree trimming, property maintenance.
Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges,
mulching. Lowest prices starting at $15.
12-year Island resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
GARY WOOD LAWN Service: Tree trimming
and landscaping. Fully insured, monthly spe-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.
Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt.
Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
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handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light
hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-
6170 or 941-447-2198.
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR:
Carl V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches,
decks, remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work.
Fair price! 941-795-1947.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Resi-
dential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood,
access control. Contractors you can depend
on. Call 941-748-2700.
PAINT AVERAGE ROOM: $75. Customer
supplies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure
washing. Free estimates. New phone number!
HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: $15 per hour. No
job too small. One call does it all. Call Arthur,
941-301-0624. Quality satisfaction guaran-
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING: Drywall
and stucco repair, light carpentry. Call Rich,
941-565-4067. Island resident.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space.
8803/8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. 600 sf,
$500/month. 1,200 sf, former salon and 1,300
sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with
dock. Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and
shops. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes
RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
Key Royale 344 ft. of waterfront at the point of two
canals with great views. Over 1/2 acre and beautifully
landscaped. 3BR/3BA 2 car garage. Upgraded kitchen
and baths. Tile and wood floors throughout. 30x 78
screened porch/entertainment area. Wet bar. 20k Ib
boatlift. Fully furnished $895,000.
home with heated
pool, granite counters
& stainless appliances
in kitchen. Dumb-
waiter, 2 car garage&
2 porches facing the
beach. Large master
suite with spa inspired
bath. Strong rental
Mike o 800-367-1617
Nrman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront
vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-
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 fur-
nishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal
Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club. Guard-gated
24/7. Sunny bright end unit, 2BR/2BA villa
with spacious two-car garage and extra-long
driveway. Nicely furnished, new stainless-
steel appliances, TVs in living room, master
bedroom and master bath. Screened porch
plus deck overlooking small lake. Private
courtyard entry. Neighborhood heated pool
and spa, plus large community lap pool.
Available May 1. $1,350/month plus electric.
Call owner, 941-792-4767.
GORGEOUS NEWLY RENOVATED
2BR/2BA Anna Maria Island rental. Ground
floor, furnished, all utilities, pool, tennis, DSL.
December 2010 thru May 2011. $2,500/
month. Three-month minimum. www.anna-
WATERFRONT ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA Coral
Shores. Dock and boat lift, kitchen with gran-
ite, stainless-steel appliances. Screened lanai.
No smoking or pets. Responsible person to
maintain yard. $1,295/month. $900 deposit.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED Homes
Beach duplex. Covered parking, washer and
dryer, storage, deck, screened porch, near
beach. Some furnishings possible. $1,100/
month. Call 828-246-3035 or e-mail: JPKen-
GULFFRONT VIEWS FROM newly remod-
eled 1BR/1BA 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. 941-320-1284.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
BEACH TO BAY COMMUNITY!
3806 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #307,
Longboat Key. 1 BR/1iBA, nice furnish-
ings, fitness, fishing pier, heated pool &
Gulf views. $229,000
FOR SiLE / FOR RENiT
BEAUTIFUL MOUNT VERNON off Cortez
Road, Bradenton, 2 miles from beaches.
2BR/2BA villa, overlooking canal with lake-
front view. Furnished, enclosed lanai, carport,
55-plus community. Clubhouse, pool, Jacuzzi,
tennis. No pets. Non-smoking. Minimum three
months. Peak season, $2,500/month. Annual
$1,500/month. 941- 721-1784.
ONE BLOCK TO Gulf: 2BR/1 BA with 900-sf
garage. $860/month, plus utilities. $860 secu-
rity deposit. 941-778-7293.
CORTEZ: ANNUAL QUAINT 1BR. Washer
and dryer, screened porch.$615/month. Call
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT GROUND-
level home 2BR/1 BA. Month/week availability
May, June, July. 941-778-8356.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT VILLA: Furnished
and available six months. Beautiful view,
good fishing, $800-$1,000/month. Call Cap-
tain Steve, 970-846-7394.
WALK TO GULF beaches: Anna Maria Island.
Sandpiper 55-plus 2BR/1 BA. Furnished, car-
port, bay view. No smoking, no pets. $650/
month, $500 deposit. 941-545-8923.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach.
2BR/1BA, steps to beach, shops, trolley.
$950/month. Call 941-812-9778.
STEPS TO BEACH: Sandpiper 55-plus.
Three rentals. 1BR/1BA, $575/month, May-
October. 2BR/1 BA large lanai, $625/month,
May-December, annual, $775/month, sea-
sonal, $1,800/month. 2BR/1BA bay view,
patio, annual, $775/month, seasonal, $1,975/
month. 941-778-3051 or 941-567-9492.
PALMA SOLA: 500 Cordova Drive. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, seven rooms. 11x40-foot
screened lanai, caged pool. One block to
bay. $1,595/month. 941-778-3051 or 941-
WATERFRONT: UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTI-
FUL. Remodeled (granite, stainless-steel),
designer furnishings, DSL, 2BR/2BA,
Holmes Beach, Jacuzzi, tennis. Homeaway.
com#270319. Three-month minimum. Jan-
uary-March, $2,999/month. February-April,
FLEXIBLE FURNISHED RENTALS: 2BR/2BA
townhome. Pool and boat slip. Weekly, $600
and others. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
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SALES & RENTALS
Priuacy and Shade
Nice 2BR/2BA home in Flamingo Cay. Nestled on large
comer lot backing up to bird sanctuary. Split plan with large
lanai and large deck. RV or boat parking, Hot tub. Bring
your kayak! Remodeled baths with garden tub. Ride your
bike to the beach, or walk to Robinson Preserve. Lowest
taxes, insurance, and HOA fees in the area. Possible annual
rental available July 7th, 2010. $259,900.
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SHARE LUXURY 2BR/2BA condo. Fur-
nished, 1,500 sf, pool. Absentee Christian
roommate, married couple OK. $800, $950/
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to
beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
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5,146 sf under roof on north Anna Maria Island,
12106 Gulf Drive. $3,500,000, furnished. Con-
tact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.
ADORABLE CONDO FOR sale by owner:
1BR/1BA, quiet neighborhood, cathedral
ceilings, skylights, tile throughout, enclosed
lanai. $69,900. Bradenton. Must see! 941-
"CASA AZUL." NEW canalfront beauty!
4BR/4.5BA, study, sitting room, large lanai,
inground pool, zoned HVAC. Best of every-
thing! Turnkey, if desired. $1,450,000 and
worth it. 215 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria. Call
DISCOVER THE OTHER Island! Tidy Island
in Sarasota Bay. Waterfront, renovated
2BR/2BA two-car garage condo. Guards,
nature and so much more. Pet friendly!
Owner financing, $239,900. Realtor/owner,
Katharine Pepper, RoseBay Real Estate,
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CUSTOM-BUILT DEEP waterfront house.
90x1 00-feet. North Point Harbour. 3BR/3.5BA,
community pool, tennis court. 941-778-
2BR/2BA GULFSHORES: BAY views,
marina, community pool. $175,000. Sharon
Hightower 941-330-5054, Horizon Realty.
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LONGBOAT KEY BLOCK home. 2BR/2BA,
full Gulf view. $275,000. Sharon Hightower,
Horizon Realty, 941-330-5054.
SANDPIPER RESORT: 55-plus, steps to
beach. Two units, furnished with share.
1BR/1BA, patio, renovated, central air
conditioning, heat. $115,000. 2BR/1BA,
large enclosed patio, two sheds, large lot.
$149,000. Owner financing or rent to own.
941-778-3051 or 941-567-9492.
PALMA SOLA: 500 Cordova Drive. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, seven rooms, 1 1x40-foot
screened lanai, caged pool. One block to bay.
$269,900. Low down. Rent to own or owner
carry mortgage. 941-778-3051 or 941-567-
VILLA: 2BR/2BA WITH garage and pri-
vate, caged courtyards. Many upgrades.
$135,000. Exclusive. Realtor. 941-356-1456.
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ISLAND WATERFRONT HOME: Upgraded
3BR/2BA. Pool. Dock $439,000. By owner,
Realtor. 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
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Ontique%, Qnt-Siquet and Chic outique!
SUMM0i iS JUST a IJoUnD
T 0 iR iOf While it may be warm out-
side, these stores are cool inside and chockfull of
cool items. Check out all the fun shops for all kinds
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more
than 50 antique dealers and offers a wide variety of
shops and specialties, including vintage toys, furni-
ture, collectible glass and everything antique. This
Ellenton hot spot is one place where we always
enjoy shopping, shopping and shopping for varied
and unique offerings.
Beach Style Recycled in Holmes Beach has
all kinds of beach treasures and finds, shabby chic
furnishings, collectibles, treasures and jewels of
Anna Maria Island.
What a Find! has all kinds of quality clothing,
furniture, accessories and a great line of vintage
Florida collectibles. Check them out and you'll be
saying, wow, what a find!
Whitfield Exchange should be on your go-to
list if you're in need of furnishings to accommo-
date summer guests, or in need of housewares and
kitchenwares. Owner Lindsay runs a top-notch con-
signment shop and the variety of ever-changing
merchandise is amazing.
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has all kinds
of goodies, nicely priced and original works of art.
Best of all, the proceeds of all sales go to charity.
S Bradenton's Original
Thrift and Consignment Shop
0 Home Decor, Furniture,
\" Fine Jewelry, Clothes
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5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Reader's Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store
Vintage Vagabond is a colorful shop that fea-
tures, among other things, vintage clothing, furnish-
ings and art. You name it, they've got it. It's all qual-
ity and variety here. Give them a visit.
Community Thrift Shop is stuffed to the raf-
ters with clothing, knick-knacks and lots of furniture.
They always have new stuff ail in\ c. so they always
have new items on the floor for your perusal.
Tide and Moon at AMI Plaza has a new store-
front, and even more treasures from which to choose,
including original, handmade jewelry, custom pho-
tography and much more.
Steff's Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza is
always accepting Vintage Florida Collectibles. With
summer on its way, Stephanie has new hours: Mon-
day-Saturday noon-4 p.m., noon-2 p.m. on Sundays
and quiet Tuesdays.
On the downtown Bradenton path, we appreciate
Braden River Antiques for its amazing selection
of antique and mid-century art, furniture and home
accessories. We guarantee there's not another store
The Sea Hagg has all sorts of nauticals, antiques,
curiosities and mermaids. It's a real nautical empo-
rium and must see, must shop. Sea Hagg has the
Tide and Moon
ANY ONE ITEM
New Location! Just two doors down.
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VINTAGE FLORIDA COLLECTIBI
Located in Whitney Beach Plaza
6828 Gulf of Me\ico Dri'e e
Longboat Key 12-I 11in-s.il.* II 'tun .
(941) 383-1901 Tut
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Shop the Sea Hagg
for the unusual!
9:30-50 -b on.-Pr i. and 10-5 Sat.
12304 C te Rd. W. @ 941-795-5756
Two blocks east of the Cortez Bridge
Come see why we're voted Bradenton's
#1 Consignment Store
Over 8,000 sq ft of "gently used, gently priced"
furniture, rugs, artwork, kitchenware,
greenery, linens, collectibles & more!
Stop in to find the usual,
the unusual, & the truly unique!
We're open Monday Saturday 1Oam 5pm
Located on US 41, about 2 miles north of the airport
And if you haven't yet checked out Retro Rosie
Vintage Clothing, you must. We especially love
the hats and vintage bridal gowns. And Cobwebs
Antiques, next door, is all warmed up and await-
ing you to peruse its collection of home decor and
In Palmetto, the Bag Lady tells us new bags
and purses have been arriving just in time for the
summer. And what lady doesn't need a new bag
white bag? There's big ones, little ones, fancy ones
and casual ones....there's surely one for you.
Happy Memorial Day upcoming.... Enjoy the
weekend and hope to see you in the shops!
Antiques. Collectibres. Vintage Wares, Jewelry.
Retro. Trains. Delft. Hummels. Furniture and More!
6 pen Tuesday -Sunday 10-4
1622 63rd Avenue E., Bradenton
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THRIFT AND CONSIGNMENTS
Quality clothing, furniture, accessories,
great vintage florida collectibles and
much more. What a find!
COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE ALWAYS BREWING!
5231 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton
941.896.8820 Mon-Sat 10-4
Beach treasures and finds,
shabby chic furnishings,
collectibles, treasures and
jewels of Anna Maria Island.
5500 Marina Drive ~ Holmes Beach
10-4 Monday-Saturday ~ 941.504.8303
Historic East Manatee
shops open Tues-Sat 10-4
Mid-Century Art Antiques Collectibles We Buy
1002 Manalee Ave E. 941-750-0707
Si'illlage Clothes for All
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817 Manatee Ave E. 941-708-0913
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