Family adopts first
turtle nest. Page 13
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Meetings: The gov-
annexes boat ramp
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opinion, readers' 1
ters. Page 6
sought in Anna
Maria. Page 8
Bradenton Beach mayor resigns abruptly
By Lisa Neff
Michael Pierce resigned his mayoral
). post in Bradenton Beach June 3 citing
Pierce had won a second two-year term
last November, defeating William Shearon,
S also his opponent in 2007, and receiving 65
percent of the vote.
With Pierce's resignation, Bob Bartelt
stepped out of the vice mayor role and
Ward 4 commissioner seat to serve as
et- The development unfolded early in the
commission meeting at
city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
N., and came more than
a week before qualifying
begins for the November
Bartelt had planned
9S Bartelt to run for re-election for
PLEASE SEE MAYOR, NEXT PAGE
Mvcnael pierce passes me gavel to oo noartelt ajter resigning as mayor in Braaenton
Beach June 3. Commissioner Janie Robertson, appointed vice mayor, looks on. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
By Rick Catlin
Both sides in the push to recall Anna
Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus have
submitted legal motions in both the Manatee
County Circuit Court and the state court of
Through his attorney, Richard Harrison,
Stoltzfus filed May 24 for dismissal of the
recall, as well as an accelerated hearing and
a temporary injunction
to halt the recall petition
effort until a hearing could
be scheduled. The accel-
erated hearing motion was
denied by Circuit Court
Judge Ed Nicholas.
Stoltzfus On May 28, Har-
rison appealed Nicholas'
decision on the accelerated hearing to the
Florida Second District Court of Appeals in
Lakeland and again asked for an expedited
At the same time, Recall Commissioner
Stoltzfus committee chair Bob Carter was
filing his motion for dismissal of the Stoltz-
fus-Harrison May 24 motion.
Carter, along with Anna Maria City
Clerk Alice Baird and Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat were
named as co-defendants in Harrison's May
24 dismissal motion.
Carter claimed that Stoltzfus has "not
properly pled the request for injunctive
relief," because he has not alleged the "ulti-
mate facts showing irreparable injury which
cannot be cured by money damages."
He noted, "Unless and until the second
round of petition signatures is completed, it
is unknown as to whether there will actually
be a recall election."
Stoltzfus will have "adequate opportu-
nity" for a remedy at that time, and there is
"no current emergency," Carter alleged.
Carter said committee members have
begun gathering signatures for the second
petition. Stoltzfus was allowed to submit a
defense statement, which he supplied May 28.
The statute then requires a second petition be
completed within 30 days of the submission
of Stoltzfus' statement.
According to the recall statute, the com-
mittee's second petition needs the signatures
of 15 percent (204) of the city's 1,362 regis-
tered voters as of the Nov. 3, 2009, election.
Those signatures must be certified by Sweat
as eligible voters for the petition to be valid.
If the signatures are certified, the process
outlined in the statute calls for Nicholas to then
set a date for a recall election unless, according
to Sweat, a temporary injunction is granted or
the recall effort is dismissed by the court.
The committee needed signatures of 10
percent of the city's eligible registered voters
to complete the first petition and it obtained
247 signatures, but Sweat certified only 218.
As of June 7, the committee had about 60
signatures, one committee member said.
lorm viayers at ine jamry s Lanas Ena prop-
erty on the northern tip of Longboat Key.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
filters to fight oil
By Lisa Neff
From the dock at his family's property on
the north tip of Longboat Key, Tom Mayers
looks out on Longboat Pass, the drawbridge
spanning the pass and then, to the east, the
mangrove shoreline and island sanctuaries.
The native Longboat Key resident, boat
builder and environmental consultant is refin-
ing his idea to protect the Sarasota Bay region
"It's not a 100 percent solution, but it
PLEASE SEE OIL, PAGE 9
More motions filed
in Stoltzfus recall
School news: AME
students move on.
to begin. Page 18
News from the Island
What to do, when to
do it. Page 22
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The Island police
blotter. Page 23
Sports: Running for
her life. Page 24
2 E JUNE 9, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
MAYOR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
his ward seat on the commission, but he now will run
Meanwhile, Janet Vosburgh will serve as the
Ward 4 commissioner, also until the Nov. 2 election.
She has plans to run for that office.
Pierce, in a statement, said he tendered his res-
ignation with a "heavy heart."
He opened the commission meeting with the tra-
ditional Pledge of Allegiance, but before delving into
commission business announced a deviation from the
"I'm going to change the order a little bit today,"
He then asked city attorney Ricinda Perry to read
his statement. She did, as Pierce and a hushed audi-
ence in the commission chambers listened.
"Over the past five years, I have enjoyed vol-
unteering and serving on various boards, the city
commission and, more recently, as mayor. These
times gave me opportunities to meet many wonder-
ful people and to work on great projects for our city,"
He said, however, that family is top priority.
"While I had hoped to continue to serve out my
term as mayor, recent family needs have arisen that
require my personal attention, time and focus," the
statement read. "I have always felt that family needs
must come first."
Pierce, in the statement, thanked his wife Diane,
his colleagues at the dais and city staff, as well as the
city's many volunteers serving on boards and com-
He also thanked constituents.
"I am forever grateful for the opportunity they
gave me to serve as this city's mayor," he stated.
As he did when he campaigned for re-election
last fall, Pierce, also a former commissioner, cited as
accomplishments the construction of sidewalks along
Gulf Drive, the installation of solar-powered lights on
Bridge Street and along other city streets, the devel-
opment of the multi-use path along the beach and
Janet Vosburgh sits in the audience at the
June 3 city commission meeting. She accepted
an appointment to fill the remainder of Bob
Bartelt's commission term after Bartelt
stepped into the role of mayor.
"Collaborating on these efforts ... was equally
rewarding and important to me," Pierce stated.
When Perry finished reading, there was applause
from city staff, commissioners and the audience, and
several people wiped tears from their eyes.
Pierce walked to where Bartelt was rising from
his seat at the dais, patted Bartelt's back and offered
him the gavel.
The resigned mayor then stepped down from the
dais and, moving through the chambers, shook the
hands of well wishers.
At the back of the room, Pierce paused for
brief but emotional words with Manatee County
Commissioner John Chappie, a former mayor of
Chappie was a campaign worker for Pierce
when Pierce first ran to take his seat as mayor, as
well as in the second campaign.
But Pierce was gone from the room before the
praise for his years with the city began.
Commissioner Gay Breuler spoke first. "I would
like to thank Mayor Pierce for all the work he has
done," she said. "He helped me start out. Held my
hand. Showed me where to go. I thank him."
Chappie said he "greatly appreciated" Pierce's
service to a city "we love."
Bradenton Beach business owners Ed Chiles and
David Teitelbaum also praised Pierce.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mayor
Pierce," said Chiles. "I'm thankful for his service.
Sometimes It's very difficult. Sometimes it's thank-
less. Sometimes it's not fun.... But it's critically
important.... And, Mayor Pierce, I think he reflects
the kind of public servant that we want to have."
"The city has benefited greatly from his activi-
ties," said Teitelbaum, who also said he expected
good work from the new administration.
For the record, the commission unanimously
accepted Pierce's resignation, unanimously appointed
Janie Robertson as vice mayor and unanimously
agreed to appoint Vosburgh, currently a member of
the charter review committee, to serve out Bartelt's
"I'm willing to accept," said Vosburgh.
"We certainly appreciate you being willing to
step forward," Bartelt said, adding that the new com-
missioner will be sworn in at the June 17 commission
"She's just a wonderful person and you couldn't
do any better than Jan," Chappie said of the appoint-
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Pierce devoted to service
By Lisa Neff
As he campaigned for mayor last fall, Michael
Pierce often told voters, "I just want what's good for
Last week, saying he will always want what's
good for the city, Pierce resigned from the mayoral
post. He said he must focus on family needs.
Colleagues and friends, citizens and business
owners, responding to the announcement, said Pierce
can take pride in his achievements.
In an interview with The Islander last fall, Pierce
discussed his path to Bradenton Beach and city
"My first howl came from Howell," he said of
his birth in Howell, Mich.
He grew up in the state and, like many Michigan-
ders, went to work in the auto industry. His company
"I did a lot of different things at GM," he said.
His years with the automaker eventually made it pos-
sible for Pierce, before his retirement, to divide his
time between home in Lansing, Mich., and on the
Gulf Coast of Florida.
"My parents used to come down and stay on
Anna Maria in the '50s," Pierce said last fall.
Later, Pierce built a house in Sarasota and then
purchased and renovated a home in Bradenton
He settled into life in Bradenton Beach, but not
into no-work retirement.
Instead Pierce became involved in civic activi-
ties, including volunteering for Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School and for the scenic highway committee
that became ScenicWAVES. He was appointed to the
city commission in 2006 and, the next year, ran a
successful campaign for mayor.
"I felt like I could help," Pierce said of his deci-
sion to enter local politics. "I wanted to do something
Michael Pierce and wife Diane Pierce greet voters
on election day in Bradenton Beach last Novem-
ber. Pierce won his second bid for mayor that day,
defeating William Shearon and winning 65 percent
of the vote. Islander File Photo:
for the greater good of the city and to do good for
everyone in the city, whether they have a $1 million
(home) or are just paying the rent."
Pierce has said he is proud of the projects the
city has tackled in recent years, when he served
as commissioner and also as mayor, including the
reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier, the
approval of new solar-powered streetlights for the
commercial district and the installation of new side-
walks along Cortez Road and Gulf Drive coming off
Anna Maria City
June 9, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
June 10, 7 p.m., city commission.
June 14, 3 p.m., City Pier Centennial
June 15, planning and zoning hearing.
June 24, 7 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
June 16, 1 p.m., community redevelopment
June 17, 1 p.m., city commission.
June 18, 9 .m., department head meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
June 22, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
June 17, 6 p.m., district commission.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
June 16, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials,
Holmes Beach City Hall.
June 21, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council, Sarasota Bradenton International
Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota.
June 21, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
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Expert says parking No. 1 city issue
By Rick Catlin
Walkable communities expert Dan Burden told
Anna Maria commissioners and planning and zoning
board members at their June 4 joint work session that
"parking is the main issue in most cities."
And if it's not No. 1, it's certainly in the top 5,
Burden, executive director
of Walkable and Livable Commu-
nities Inc., was invited to review
city Commission Chair John
Quam's parallel parking plan for
Pine Avenue and make recom-
mendations to the commission and
Burden has more than 25 years experience in
planning walkable communities, including several
in Florida. He designed the roundabout in Bradenton
Beach, he said, the first of its kind in the state.
His review contained a mixed bag of comments,
some good and some not so good for both sides of
the Pine Avenue parking issue.
The good news for some was that Burden said
Quam's parking plan "will work," and create more
parking spaces than at present.
But a better plan would be to design Pine Avenue
parking with a mixture of parking types, including
parallel, angle and possibly perpendicular parking,
"Parking is your most valuable commodity," he
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, an advocate of
parking safety and on-site parking since his Novem-
ber 2009 election, was absent from the meeting.
P&Z member Sandy Mattick told Burden that
parking is a "hot topic" in the city and asked what
was the safest parking configuration.
"What you have now (back-out parking) is the
least safe," Burden responded. "It's unorganized and
While that might sound like good news for those
in the city who support on-site parking, Burden said
the city's pattern of on-site and back-out parking "is
the most dangerous combination around."
The best parking design is to have all parking on
the street, he said.
"So what's best for us?" Mattick asked.
Walking communities expert Dan Burden, left,
shakes hands with Anna Maria planning and
zoning board chair Randall Stover at a joint
P&Z-city commission work session June 4.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Burden said statistics show on-site parking pro-
duces more accidents than on-street parking. The best
solution for Anna Maria is a mix of parking types, he
He urged people to "work together" for a reason-
able parking plan. Cities work best when people work
together, Burden said. "And parking must be done
Anna Maria is "a precious place. What you have
is a natural gift. Anything built has to honor the past
and the culture. The city can't lose its identity,"
"Start with the side streets first," he said, and put
in some back-in parking along with trees.
Commissioner Chuck Webb agreed the plan will
take some time. This is a long-term effort, not some-
thing that will be done in a few years. There has to be
funding available, he said, and everyone has to agree
to the plan.
That prompted Pine Avenue weekend resident
Frank Gonzalez of Tampa to say he didn't want park-
ing in front of his house.
He and his family have owned property in the
city for more than 60 years, "and we never planned
on commercial development," he said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said many resi-
dents are worried that on-street parking will push
parking into residential areas on side streets, but
Burden said Quam's plan will actually provide more
parking than is currently available.
"There will be a parking surplus," he said, and
pointed to cities such as Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach
and Deerfield Beach as examples of where on-street
parking that created more parking spaces.
Woodland asked Quam and city planner Alan
Garrett what they learned during the presentation.
Garrett said he learned that "one size will not
fit" all parking spaces. He also believes the Quam
plan will work if a combination of angle, parallel and
backing-in is used.
Some easements might be needed and some utili-
ties and sidewalks might have to be moved, but the
plan is workable, he said.
But Burden, who is neither a traffic engineer nor
a planner, said, "I do concepts."
Burden specializes in walkable and livable com-
munities. There are parking management experts
available who design parking systems.
Funding will be an issue, Burden said, but many
federal agencies should have grants and transporta-
tion funds available. There is also money available in
the private sector for transportation studies, he said.
Garrett said the next step is for a joint work ses-
sion to decide if the city should investigate costs for
an engineered parking plan.
Quam thanked Burden for flying in June 4 from
Minnesota, then returning that same evening, but did
not set a date for another work session before the
meeting was adjourned.
Anna Maria architect Gene Aubry, who designed
and redesigned the Quam parking plan at no expense
to the city, said Burden is an "old and dear friend"
who volunteered his time and expenses to fly to Anna
Maria June 4 and tour the Pine Avenue area.
"He did not cost the city a dime," Aubry said.
Aubry said Burden has done parking and safety
concepts in more than 100 cities in the United States
in both the public and private sectors, and that Burden
recently consulted on a project on Longboat Key.
Boat ramp annexed into Holmes Beach
By Nick Walter
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a House bill
June 3 that annexed the area west of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge into the city of Holmes Beach.
The area includes the Kingfish Boat Ramp, which
formally was part of unincorporated Manatee County.
For years, Holmes Beach thought the land was within
city limits and policed the boat ramp.
City officials have been wanting to bring the area
into the city, primarily for patrol by Holmes Beach
Police Department officers.
"This is better for the general public, but it's
an added responsibility to the city," Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said. "We're stretched
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said mul-
tiple jurisdictions would continue to be involved in
Bradenton police officers and the sheriff's office
have authority in a hopscotch of municipal and county
jurisdictions on Perico Island and up to the east end of
the bridge on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64. Florida
Highway Patrol has jurisdiction on the bridge.
About two years ago, there were multiple bur-
glaries from vehicles left at the Kingfish Boat ramp
overnight. Two HBPD officers patrolling the ramp
last week said there have been no recent problems at
However, there still is no lighting at the county-
operated ramp. As part of the recent Kingfish Boat
Ramp improvements, the lights were removed in
part of the
order to add new drainage pipes around the ramp.
Although there were reports of complaints about
the lighting, Rick Redd of Tampa, who used the ramp
to go tarpon fishing June 3, said a lack of lights is not
a problem for boaters.
"Anyone who is a serious boater is capable of
handling it without lights," Redd said.
The Florida Department of Transportation is
awaiting a county response on comments from its
Ed Giddens, a reviewer for permitting with the
DOT, said the DOT is likely to approve the permit
once the county tells the DOT to proceed.
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 9, 2010 5 5
Hunts seek Pine Avenue development extension
By Rick Catlin
Nicky Hunt, owner with husband Rober Hunt
of property at the corner of Pine Avenue and North
Shore Boulevard in Anna Maria, is asking for an
extended building permit for their proposed retail-
Hunt wrote building official Bob Welch June 2
stating that Welch had "mentioned that there was a
grace period for a month at the end of the six months"
allotted to the permit. The permit was granted for 303
Pine Ave.in January 2010.
She asked Welch to confirm the grace period in
writing or to inform her of her next step.
"It is imperative that we know this as we have
to know whether we should apply for an extension
immediately. You had indicated that we would be
allowed a six-month extension."
Hunt wrote that "our site is affected by the park-
ing plans currently in flux, which are out of our con-
trol," and indicated she and husband Robert would
continue to delay the start of construction until park-
ing on Pine Avenue is resolved by the city commis-
The Hunts received site-plan approval in Sep-
tember 2005 after appealing to the circuit court to
reverse the 3-2 vote in 2004 that denied the plan.
Circuit Court Judge Marc Gilner upheld the Hunt
The decision might have implications today for
ROR projects and site-plans on Pine Avenue, in addi-
tion to several ongoing legal actions in the city.
At the August 2004 public hearing on the Hunts'
site plan, Commissioners Dale Woodland, Carol Ann
Magill and Linda Cramer indicated they did not
believe the ROR ordinance allowed for a structure
in the district to be three-stories tall, although the
ordinance language was not prohibitive.
Commissioners Duke Miller and John Quam
voted to approve the site plan.
The commission denial was made although the
planning and zoning board had unanimously recom-
mended approval, and both city attorney Jim Dye and
city planner-engineer Joel Freedman said the project
met city codes and requirements.
Following the denial, Miller asked the commis-
sion to reconsider its vote, indicating the city could
expect a lawsuit from the Hunts and that the courts
would likely agree with their position. The commis-
sion declined the suggestion.
Miller was right in his assessment of the lawsuit's
potential for a favorable decision for the Hunts.
In his July 2005 ruling on the Hunts lawsuit,
Gilner wrote, "A local government may not deny a
development order based on criteria which are not
specifically enumerated in its land-use regulation."
Gilner said the commission "failed to comply
with the essential requirements of the law."
The lawsuit maintained the commission deci-
sion was not based upon "substantial, competent
evidence" presented at the public hearing at which
the commission rejected the site plan and Gilner did
After the successful appeal, commissioners unan-
imously approved the site plan for 303 Pine Ave. The
plan calls for a ground floor of office/retail space,
a second floor of 50 percent office and 50 percent
residential space and a third residential floor. The
plan also allows parked vehicles to back out onto
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6 0 JUNE 9, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
It wasn't so long ago and only the newest
newcomers won't recall when the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation closed the Anna Maria Island
Bridge for 45 days in September 2008 for a major
rehab project and, thanks to the effort of many and
intense local support for businesses on AMI, the
Island survived what could have been a disaster.
A strong campaign to detour the problem, to
join hands and make the best of a bad situation, to
dine local, shop local and survive the lengthy bridge
repairs, got us through.
The timing was unfortunate, as the economy was
slowing everywhere, but we struck out to be survi-
vors on AMI, and it appears we have been somewhat
spared the worst of the world's economic pressures.
This tourist season this long hot summer -
will surely get us over the hump and back into a com-
But there's a new threat on the horizon, and it's
not just the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What's
looming is the threat that the hype about the oil spill
will impact the future of tourism.
But wait. This seems like a storm we can weather
We don't have oil on the shores of Anna Maria
Island, and we may not- will not be impacted in
the manner that Louisiana is suffering.
Based on an oil spill at the entrance to Tampa
Bay in August 1993 that saw three vessels collide and
more than 300,000 gallons of heavy oil and 33,000
gallons of jet fuel spilled, we know we can pull our
Based on that effort, we know vacations won't
We saw folks at their best, residents and visi-
tors pitching in to help birds and other wildlife. The
cleanup was swift. Life went on as before.
If this oil spill is going to spoil anything, it should
be British Petroleum its profits and its future.
It doesn't have to spoil the lifestyle of one single
resident or visitor to Anna Maria Island.
So tell your friends, family and prospective visi-
tors again, we are still oil free.
Ruin our days on AMI? Spoil vacations? Ha.
Islanders and Cortezians will muddle through
bridge closings, storm seasons, threats to the fisher-
ies and the shoreline, and let nothing threaten our way
This, too, will pass.
ONE PASS OVER THE ISLAND AND WE CAN SEE CLEARLY
Circling the issue
How could the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion save taxpayers millions and millions of dollars?
The simple answer is traffic circles.
The next time you are sitting at a traffic signal
waiting for the light to turn green, think about this:
No one is going through the intersection on the cross
street, yet you are sitting there burning expensive
gasoline and wasting your valuable time.
Now imagine the same intersection, but this time
there is a traffic circle, the center of which is taste-
fully landscaped. There are no wires or cables and
no ugly poles polluting your view. As you approach,
you notice a few vehicles in the circle making their
way counter-clockwise to their exit street. The yield
sign tells you to slow or stop for others already in the
circle. You look left and see that there is room for you
to merge into the slow-moving traffic. You proceed
around the circle, never stopping.
Traffic circles are an efficient way to move traf-
fic. They save fuel and time, beautify the environ-
ment, cost little to maintain, and improve road safety.
Additionally, not building or replacing traffic signals
will save millions of taxpayer dollars.
So what can you do if you agree with me? Well,
for starters, you could write to Stephanie C. Kopelou-
sos, Secretary of Transportation, 605 Suwannee St.,
Tallahassee FL 32399-0450.
You could also join me in advocating the replace-
ment of some of the Island traffic signals with traffic
Ed Goff, Anna Maria
The responsibility for the problem of trash cans
sitting on streets for too long belongs to the Realtors
who rent properties on Anna Maria Island.
A simple fix: Realtors should be made respon-
sible for putting containers on the curb on Sunday
night, same as residents do and also retrieving those
containers on Monday afternoon.
I live on Jacaranda Road and retrieve trash con-
tainers constantly. It's the only way I can walk and
bike my island.
If I rented a property here, I would be very stressed
to arrive and see rubbish sitting on the property on Sat-
urday after 2 p.m. until Monday morning.
Donna Misner, Anna Maria
I've got an ideal solution to lingering trash con-
tainers initiate the good-neighbor policy on 80th
When the owners are in London or Germany
or wherever, take their containers back where they
belong for them.
Think they will appreciate it?
It's not likely containers will reappear until
owners or their tenants return.
Bet they would do the same for you in an expres-
sion of thanks. That's what good neighbors do.
I'm one, and so is my neighbor.
Ralph Sandberg, Holmes Beach
As a resident of Holmes Beach for nine years, I
am getting tired of seeing and looking at these double-
box houses being constructed all over the Island.
These box houses infringe on the privacy of
those in some of the smaller houses on either side of
And the colors of some of these homes have
become so outrageous that its making the Island look
like a big Never Neverland.
I would rather see more creative building than
have to look at the same-old same-old.
Thomas F Sabow, Holmes Beach
No more MPB
I take issue with the takeover of Manatee Public
Beach. We older people, I feel, are being squeezed
Guess we are not just that important anymore.
The Cafe on the Beach was perfect for us and
The young crowd has many places to go and
I could list the long offerings.
Don't phase us out. We still want to keep danc-
Shirley Rampart, Bradenton
By Nick Walter
Because of low ridership on the Longboat Key
trolley in 2009, the Manatee County and Sarasota
County area transits may discontinue the service.
But a removal of the trolley is only one option
laid out by Sarasota and Manatee county commis-
sioners at a joint county meeting May 18.
The other options are maintaining service levels,
reducing hours by ending service at 8 p.m. rather than
10:30 p.m., or reducing service frequency by operat-
ing on the hour instead of half-hour.
The county commission boards will take the issue
up at future meetings, according to Sarah Blanchard,
a senior planner at SCAT.
Blanchard said the Florida Department of Trans-
portation is funding the trolley service with a federal
service development grant that cuts county costs in
half. Funding for the three-year grant that began in
2008 is almost gone, however, so additional funding
would be required to maintain Longboat Key trolley
"It's important to note that no decision regarding
the trolley has been made," said Rob Lewis, execu-
tive director of planning and development for Sara-
In 2008, with funding from the DOT, MCAT
and SCAT, the trolley service began operating on
30-minute run daily, including holidays.
Before the 30-minute coordinated service began,
average daily ridership was 237. That daily number
averaged 372 in January 2009. But in 2010, the daily
number declined to 328.
Longboat Key has supported trolley service with
bus stop improvements, including installation of bus
Blanchard said trolley service will continue unin-
terrupted through July 17.
MCAT and SCAT trolleys and buses meet at
Coquina Beach, where riders can transfer for a
trip north or south, or a ride east into Bradenton.
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Lodge donated to trust
Anna Maria Preservation Trust execu-
tive director Sissy Quinn said the owner of the
Angler's Lodge on North Bay Boulevard has
agreed to donate the lodge to the trust.
Quinn said owner Agatha Hebebrand will
donate the lodge, and the trust will seek per-
mission from the city commission to move the
structure to the city-owned Anna Maria Histori-
cal Park in the 400 block of Pine Avenue.
Quinn said she hopes to have the request to
move the lodge on the commission's June 24
The Angler's Lodge is a historic house used
by fishers from the mainland in the early days of
the city, circa 1910, as a place to stay while on
fishing trips to the Island.
Longboat Key trolley
may wind down
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In the June. 7, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Georgia Meier and Fred Bartizal received
approval from the Bradenton Beach City Commission
to continue operating the Bridge Street Pier & Cafe
for another three years, although five firms submit-
ted higher bids for the lease. Commissioners secretly
rated the bids from one through five and assigned
corresponding points to each company. The Bridge
Street Pier and Cafe received the highest number of
points, but was rated No. 1 on just two ballots.
Manatee County commissioners voted 6-0 to
join the three Island cities in a legal challenge to Bra-
denton's approval of the Arvida Corp. plan for a 686-
unit condominium complex on north Perico Island.
The challenge was to go to the Florida Department of
Community Affairs. Commissioners expressed con-
cern about the impact of an additional 900 residents
exiting onto Manatee Avenue.
A St. Petersburg company said it had plans to
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8 E JUNE 9, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria board ponders Segways, moratorium
By Rick Catlin
The popularity of Segway motorized vehicles has
increased in Anna Maria to where the planning and
zoning board wants to ensure they operate safely on
city streets and sidewalks.
At the board's June 1 meeting, member Frank
Pytel submitted a summary of Segway issues for the
board to consider in creating a possible ordinance.
Board chair Randall Stover said Segways are
popular with visitors, and the city has no regulations
controlling their use. Without an ordinance, Segway
driving could easily result in "chaos," he said.
The board discussed requiring Segway drivers to
wear a helmet, be properly insured and be qualified
by the rental company to drive the vehicle.
Newly appointed board member Tom Turner
offered to investigate what insurance requirement
the rental company requires from its clients.
"It's an accident waiting to happen," Turner pre-
Member Bob Barlow said he and Sgt. Dave Turner
of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation in
Anna Maria researched Florida law on Segways and
discovered that, without local regulation, Segways can
be driven on city sidewalks, bike paths and roads, and
drivers are supposed to wear a helmet.
Barlow said he went to a local Segway dealer and
learned the company has a minimum age and weight
requirement, along with a liability agreement and a
signed pledge for the renter to abide by local laws.
That's the problem, Stover said. "There are no
local laws in the city on Segways."
Contacted after the meeting, Julie Kirkwood of
Segs by the Sea rentals in Anna Maria said the city
might not have regulations, but she does. Kirkwood
said she requires each Segway renter to sign a rental
agreement before stepping on a vehicle.
"Everyone goes out of here with a helmet on, it's
a requirement. But we know a lot of them take it off,"
Additionally, anyone under 18 has to be accom-
panied by an adult. However, parents can sign a
waiver that allows them to let someone under age
14 operate a Segway.
"It's at the parents discretion in the agreement to
let a youngster operate one," she said. The parents
take full responsibility and liability for this, Kirk-
And every renter has to have insurance or sign a
waiver stating he or she has applicable insurance that
will cover any liability, she said.
Although Kirkwood's agreement informs the
renter to obey all local laws, there also is no local
ordinance prohibiting a Segway from operating on
Stover also was concerned with someone driving
a Segway at night, a "dangerous situation," he said
because Segways don't have lights.
Kirkwood said that if anyone sees a Segway
operating at night, it didn't come from her store.
"We close about 5 p.m. and all Segways have to
be back. We don't rent them out at night," she said.
The board agreed to continue its discussion of
a Segway ordinance at its June 15 meeting, when
Turner will report on insurance requirements for a
Board members approved a moratorium on new
construction in the area designated for conservation
land use on the city's future land-use map, which is
part of the comprehensive plan.
City attorney Jim Dye said the moratorium is
needed while the city sorts out the meaning of the
language in the comprehensive plan regarding the
The comp plan prohibits construction in the zone,
Dye said, but the actual zoning ordinance does not.
In addition, there are houses in the conservation zone
that would be non-conforming and could be affected
if the current comp-plan language remains in effect.
The board voted 6-1 to recommend the mora-
torium to the city commission. Pytel cast the lone
Dye said he hoped to have the problem solved by
the end of the summer, but the moratorium ordinance
has no specific date for termination.
Turner informed Dye and the other P&Z board
members that the day he was appointed to the board
by Mayor Fran Barford, he had a talk with devel-
oper Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
about parking on Pine Avenue.
"I made it plain to Mr. Coleman that I was not
committed either way to any plan, that I would look
at both sides. I also made it clear I don't do e-mails
and any correspondence from me will be handwritten
and given to the city clerk."
Dye said that's a good way to answer questions
from the public, and it's OK for board members to
talk about regulations that would affect everyone in a
district. However, members should avoid discussing
a specific project, he said.
'Top Notch' photo contest under way June 30
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest will begin pub-
lishing weekly winning photos on June 30. Six weekly
winning pictures will be featured on the cover of The
Islander and one photo will be a grand prize winner with
$100 cash prize from The Islander and other prizes and gift
certificates from local merchants. Weekly winners receive
a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the first deadline June 25.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pic-
tures that may include family, landscapes and scenics,
candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid
pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal
triumph. This year judges will also be looking for beach
scenes that highlight the Island's oil-free beauty.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper Top Notch Photo Contest
is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur photographers
are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2009, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any
format/media) or entered in any Islander or other competition
are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-
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Kim Klement ofBradenton won the weekly contest in
2006 with this photo of an emerging hermit crab.
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or multiple print images will be accepted. Digital photos must be
submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or CD). Prints
from digital or film are accepted. Slides are not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be writ-
ten clearly on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print
submitted, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the
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enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed.
And while digital entries are encouraged, you
may send or deliver your favorite prints weekly to Top
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each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
information in the e-mail text and the signature is
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limit to the number of weekly entries. Entries need not
be repeated weekly, as any photos preferred by the
judges but not selected are moved forward each week
of the contest.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional labels are available at the newspaper office
or they may be copied.
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the original negative or original digital image if requested by the
contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of The
Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islanderand contest
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or photo prints.
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of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 9, 2010 E 9
Bradenton Beach rejects mooring field money
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners formally voted
to rescind a contract for a $165,000 state grant to
establish a mooring field.
The vote came June 3 at city hall.
The commission had approved the contract with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion earlier this spring. And, in late May, the FWC
executed the contract.
City attorney Ricinda Perry said the state was
readying to disperse the money.
"The grant has been executed by FWC," Perry
said. "The only way we can pull this back is if the
commission itself would cancel the grant contract....
If you do wish to have that contract rescinded ... I
need a motion."
Commissioners and Mayor Bob Bartelt, who
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could ameliorate the problem," Mayers says. "Obvi-
ously it's best if no oil comes here."
Mayers' proposal involves installing filters or
absorbent curtains under local bridge spans imag-
ine absorbent volleyball nets hung low, from column
to column, on the Manatee, Cortez, Longboat Pass,
New Pass and Ringling bridges and dipping, 4-8 feet
into the water.
"The bridges really are where the water comes
and goes," he says. "So, we can use the structures we
have to collect the oil."
An area under the bridges could be left open for
boats to pass, and marine life could pass below the
Plus, says Mayers, commercial fishers idled by
fishery closures in the Gulf of Mexico could be hired
to erect and maintain the filters.
Mayers grew up at Lands End, the family Long-
boat Key property since 1913 that is accessed from a
shell drive just south of the Longboat Pass Bridge.
"We are surrounded by water, and the bays here
are the nursery ground of the Gulf," he says, sitting
in an Adirondack chair looking north to Anna Maria
Island. A few feet from Mayers' chair stands a great
blue heron that he has nicknamed "Big Bird." Both
bird and man watch the silvery flash of hundreds of
fish in the water.
"This is one of the most beautiful spots in all of
Florida," Mayers says, assessing his view.
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stepped into the post last week after the resignation
of Michael Pierce, agreed last week that they can't
accept the grant at this time.
The most pressing concern, said Bartelt, is the
city must complete a financial feasibility study for
a field before possibly moving forward with other
aspects of the project.
"I just don't see any way with the time constraints
within the grant that we could complete an accurate
financial risk-assessment," the mayor said.
Commissioner Gay Breuler said, "We' re needing
for that mooring committee to get up and running
Earlier that day, the commission-appointed moor-
ing field committee met to prepare to revisit the proj-
But the group needs more members and, until last
week, had not met for months. It also lacked a chair
sultant, working with property owners and developers
on protecting and maintaining mangroves.
In the fifth week of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico,
an acquaintance of Mayers asked him for his thoughts
about protecting the Florida coastline.
At first, he says, he thought to leave the problem-
solving to the hired specialists.
But with the repeated failed efforts of BP to close
the leak and contain the spill and with forecasters pre-
dicting oil would soon hit Pensacola, Mayers decided
it was time for American ingenuity.
Filters on the bridges may be a better option than
boom in some locations, such as Longboat Pass, he
"Have you seen the current here?" Mayers asks,
gesturing toward the pass. '"That's a 2-knot current....
You can't swim against 2 knots."
Mayers detailed his proposal in a letter he sought
to share with the president, congressional members,
emergency planners and BP.
Mayers is not alone in offering suggestions to
help minimize the damage of the largest oil spill in
U.S. history. A BP spokesperson said the company
has received more than 20,000 formal recommenda-
tions on how to stop the flow of oil or contain the oil
spill. Ideas have come from people around the world
and in many languages from English to Arabic to
What happens to the ideas?
BP maintains each "alternative response tech-
and other officers.
The committee voted member William Shearon
as the temporary chairman responsible for organizing
the next meeting.
The committee only briefly discussed its work,
which includes conducting the feasibility study.
Shearon said he expected the committee would
request that city staff collect a lot of information from
other cities that operate mooring fields in its attempt
to determine whether one will work in Bradenton
Beach, and how best to operate the field.
Mooring field committee
Bradenton Beach commissioners are seek-
ing volunteers to serve on the city's mooring
field committee, which is tasked with determin-
ing if and how the city can operate a designated
mooring field south of the Historic Bridge Street
To apply, go to city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
nologies" recommendation is entered into a database
for review by a team of 30 technical and operational
personnel for feasibility and application. The sugges-
tion gets placed into one of three categories:
From the 20,000 suggestions sent to BP in the last
month, 100 were still under review as of June 3.
Perhaps the highest-profile submission to the uni-
fied command handling the oil spill response was from
Kevin Costner, who has invested millions in a powerful
centrifuge that the actor claims can separate oil from
water, and dump the oil into a holding tank.
Mayers says he hasn't had any official response
to his recommendation. A Panhandle congressman
said he only reads letters from his constituents.
And, Mayers says, "I tried to send it to President
Obama because I figure he's a nice guy, but there's
a filter that will not allow more than one page to
For more information on the Louisiana oil spill,
including effects on fishing, a Manatee County Cham-
ber of Commerce meeting on local response, maps
and website links, go to www.islander.org.
10 0 JUNE 9, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Chamber plans golf outing
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold a golf outing at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27.
The outing will take place at the Bradenton
Country Club, beginning with registration at 11:30
a.m., a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and play through
A dinner will follow.
The price for dinner is $35 per person.
The price for the golf and dinner package is
The chamber also is offering sponsorship pack-
ages for $1,000 and $500.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-
Island library to host
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host the Origami Mini-Conven-
tion from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12.
Attendees can visit to learn about, with hands-on,
the art of origami.
For more information, call 941-794-1414.
Islander starts local Dining
for Women club
A Holmes Beach resident is organizing a local
chapter of Dining for Women, a nonprofit national
giving circle with more than 150 registered chap-
Dining for Women empowers women living
in extreme poverty by funding programs fostering
good health, education and economic self-suffi-
ciency and cultivates educational dinner circles,
said Holmes Beach resident Jean Peelen.
Chapter members meet for dinner in someone's
home rather than at a restaurant, and they donate the
money they would have spent dining out to interna-
The first Dining for Women meeting was held
Jan. 20, 2003, in Greenville, S.C., where 20 women
donated $750. Since then, more than $600,000 has
The first local Dining for Women event, a potluck
dinner, will take place at Peelen's home at 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 17.
For more information or to join the inaugural
event, call Peelen at 941-896-5827.
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Artist featured at Bradenton gallery
Holmes Beach retailer Sara Gafvert at the Manatee
County Cultural Alliance, 926 12th St. W., Braden-
ton. A reception for Gafvert took place in the Vil- Flip-flop not
lage of the Arts venue. Gafvert also sells her work Islander Rik Johns makes a transition from flip-
- which she describes as "American batik" at flops and sandals to winter gear, donning snow-
her store, The Color of Coconut, in Holmes Beach. shoes for a walk in Gattineau Hills in Quebec.
Ed Straight of Wildlife Inc. and his screech owl pal Hollywood greet donors at the 10th annual Island
Blood Drive, held June 5-6 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. The event helped raise money
for Wildlife Inc., Anna Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club and West Manatee Fire Rescue Association. See story, page 12. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold the
Independence Day Parade July 3 not July 4 as
The July 4 date is an AMIP tradition, but orga-
nizers said a Sunday event could have created com-
AMIP president Randy "Turkey" Schwartz
said the organization had fielded some concerns
that a Sunday event, in addition to "church traffic
and visitor traffic, might create problems."
"Never were we told to change the date," said
Schwartz. But, "to be a good neighbor and work
with all cities, we voted to change the date to Sat-
Sun House hosts AGAMI artists
The Sun House Restaurant will feature the
work of Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island mem-
bers during dinner hours 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this
The restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach, will feature:
Through June 10, Dee Pastorius, showing her
watercolors and glass and tile painting.
June 13-17, Joan Voyles, known for her print
series featuring many of her favorite Anna Maria
Island and Cortez places.
June 20-24, Barbara Hines, showing her water-
colors and oils.
June 27-July 1, Mariarosa and Roger Rock-
efeller, showing their watercolors, colored pencil
works and photographs.
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a
talk May 29 with Rose Quin Bare of the Manatee
Operation Military Troop Support. Islander Photo:
urday the third.
"The Privateers love the Island and all the sup-
port we receive. If there is something we can do
to ease any problems, we will always try to help."
The parade usually begins at about 10 a.m. at
Coquina Beach on the south end of the Island and
travels north along Gulf Drive/Marina Drive and
then east along Pine Avenue to the Historic Anna
Maria City Pier.
Organizers, however, were still working on
parade details as of June 1.
"As yet, details are still being worked out,"
said Lisa "Lash" Ritchey, AMIP press liaison.
For more information about AMIP, go to www.
Privateers hold wheels show
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a car,
truck and bike show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,
June 13, at Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road
The show will raise money for AMIP's nonprofit
For more information, including registration
details, go to www.amiprivateers.org.
Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A board meeting will take place.
For more information, call Ralph Bassett at 941-
Gloria Dei selling cookbook
A cookbook compiled by members of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church is available for purchase.
Order forms can be picked up at the church office,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
Rotary club to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria will meet at noon
Tuesday, June 15, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
A club assembly will take place.
For more information, go to www.annamariaro-
A caption in the June 2 issue of The Islander
contained an incorrect amount for the Kiwanis Club
of Anna Maria Island's donation to the food pantry
at Roser Memorial Community Church. The club
Privateers to hold parade July 3
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Look what's happening
Blood drive boosts life-saving supply
By Lisa Neff
"Repeat," Kelly Joseph said, indicating she knew
the routine for the 10th annual Island Blood Drive,
held last weekend in Holmes Beach.
Joseph turned out to donate blood and help
raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community
Like many others, she stretched out her arm and
gave up a pint of blood for double causes to help
Florida Blood Services boost its supplies of blood
and to benefit an Island nonprofit. An anonymous
foundation pledged $100 to charity for each "good"
unit of blood collected by FBS June 5-6 at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church.
Joseph selected the Center in Anna Maria, where
her children play and learn.
Others selected Wildlife Inc., the education and
rehab clinic based in Bradenton Beach; the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island, the service group that
supports a number of local projects; the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, the charitable group that raises
money mostly for scholarships and other youth pro-
grams; and the West Manatee Fire Rescue Associa-
tion, which supports a number of programs in the
FBS staff spent the better part of June 4 turning
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Beside him, wife Karen Hood, also donated a
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Family adopts first turtle nest
By Lisa Neff 'Turtle
Islander Reporter Girls Rule'
Four-year-old Bailey Scott likely will never see Jordan Scott
her adopted loggerhead hatchlings, but she says she'll examines the
love them as much as she loves her pet snail, hermit commemora-
crabs and frogs. tive adoption
"Just as much," said Bailey. She and sisters certificate
Taylor, 7, and Jordan, 9, are the honorary adoptive at a turtle
caretakers of the first turtle nest documented on Anna nest in Anna
Maria Island in 2010. Maria. The
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch monitors sea Scott sisters
turtle nesting on the Island. On May 23, on the ofNew Tampa
beach near Willow Avenue in Anna Maria, AMITW are the honor-
walker Jeannie Deam found the first nest of the ary adoptive
season, which began May 1 and continues through caretakers of
October. the nest moni-
The Scott family has adopted the nest through tored by Anna
AMITW's program that involves a $100 per nest Maria Island
adoption fee, a donation to the nonprofit. "d Turtle Watch.
After New Tampa residents Steve and Jackie Islander
Scott and their three girls bought a vacation home in Photos:
Holmes Beach, Steve's brothers decided to get the Lisa Neff
family an adopted nest for Christmas.
"My daughters are absolutely insane about girls said they'd check it every weekend they visit the
nature," Steve Scott said. Island.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox recently met Taylor Scott said she wanted to name at least one
with the Scotts and the sisters' best friend, neighbor of the hatchlings Xavier. "That was going to be my
Lauren Sklet, 8, at the nest. name if I was a boy," she said.
There Fox gave the four girls black "Turtle
Girls Rule" T-shirts, temporary turtle tattoos, color-
ing books and other goodies. Fox also presented the
Scotts with an adoption certificate that was placed at
"In about 55 days you're going to be mothers,"
Fox told the girls.
The family should expect about 100 hatchlings
to emerge from the golf-ball sized eggs buried in the
"Cool," said Jordan Scott.
Fox promised to monitor the nest closely, but the
SLauren Sklet and friends Jordan, Taylor and Bailey
Scott on the beach in Anna Maria. The Scott sisters
Taylor Scott and her neighbor Lauren Sklet cel- are the honorary adoptive caretakers of the first
ebrate at the Scott family's adopted sea turtle nest sea turtle nest found on Anna Maria Island this
in Anna Maria. season.
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Moving on up to
Myriah Deal and Danielle Capparelli enjoy one
of their remaining days of school. "I'm going to
King Middle School," said Myriah. "I will miss
everything here." Danielle said, "I'm going to miss
all these teachers we've had since we are little ...
and at King you can't look out and see the bay."
Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon
move on, up
As the school year comes to an end, Anna Maria
Elementary fifth-graders prepare for a new journey
- to middle school.
While AME is all that some students have known
in their school careers, much adventure awaits them
The fifth-graders will be attending bigger schools
off-island with many new classmates. Public school
classes will start up again Aug. 23, but starting June
9, there's summer vacation.
As the 2010 fifth-grade class of AME moves on,
some were anxious to chat with The Islander about
what they will miss the most.
Good luck AME grads, from a fellow alumna....
Kimberly Kuizon, school reporter
Jack Coleman, left, Jacob Talucci, Jack Laviolette and Anthony Cucci excitedly await the last day of school
at AME. Jack Coleman and Jacob agreed they will miss recess the most. Jack Laviolette said he'll miss his
Connelly, left, Valerie
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at AME is over. "I'm
excited to get done with
school, but I don't want
to get older," said Val-
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going to miss the most.
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has attended AME since
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whole school. I've been
here so long." "I'll miss
all the fun activities ...
like estuary walks. I
know we won't get to do
that," said Cortni.
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Thrashers 'heartsick' about palm sacrifice
By Rick Catlin
Mike Thrasher said he had no choice but to
sacrifice a few cabbage palm trees last week at 503
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, to make room for the historic
Sears cottage at the project he and wife Lizzie Vann
Thrasher are developing on Pine Avenue.
The relocation of the cottage from 308 Pine Ave.
to 503 Pine Ave. is part of Mike and Lizzie Vann
Thrashers' Anna Maria Historic Green Village, a
retail-office-residential complex on the parcels they
own in the 500 block on the south side of Pine.
"If we could have, we would have saved the palm
trees," Mike Thrasher said. "It breaks my heart to
lose even one tree, but we will replace those trees
and bring another 10 cabbage palms to the project."
Thrasher said he, contractor Dan Gagne and the
landscaping company were at the historic village site
June 2 discussing the trees. In the end, they decided
there was no way the trees could be saved.
"We are as concerned as anybody with saving the
trees. Unfortunately, we had no choice in this if we
were going to save the Sears cottage," he said.
Thrasher noted that he and his wife had already
relocated one cabbage palm from the front of the
He also pledged that there would be a number of
royal poinciana trees in the plan for the village, along
with a host of native plants and trees.
At least two Australian pines in the village will
be removed, Thrasher said. Also, an unidentified tree
that is damaging the foundation of the Rosedale Cot-
tage in the village will likely have to be cut down.
"We are terribly sorry about the cabbage palms,
and any tree that has to be removed. We are trying
not to damage or destroy any tree unless it's abso-
lutely necessary. I'm heartsick" about the lost trees,
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Plans for the historic village call for three of
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They also are considering relocating the general
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Anna Maria's planning and zoning board will
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Florida, Island election qualifying to begin
By Lisa Neff
Candidates for nonpartisan municipal races in
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach will file qualify-
ing papers next week, as will candidates for county
Qualifying also will take place next week for
special district, legislative and other state offices.
The qualifying is from noon Monday, June 14, to
noon Friday, June 18. Qualifying will not take place
in Anna Maria until July.
The details of qualifying differ from city to city
for the municipal elections.
In Anna Maria, the mayoral post currently held
by Fran Barford and city commission seats held by Jo
Ann Mattick and Chuck Webb are up for election.
Qualifying requirements in Anna Maria include
U.S. citizenship, Manatee County voter registration
and Anna Maria residency for at least two years.
In addition to filing oaths and financial papers, a
candidate must submit to the supervisor of elections
a petition with 10 voter signatures or pay a fee $96
to run for mayor and $48 to run for commissioner.
Qualifying takes place at the supervisor of elections
office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108, Bradenton.
In Bradenton Beach, offices up for election are
the mayoral post now held by Bob Bartelt and the
commission posts held by Bob Connors in Ward 2
and Janet Vosburgh in Ward 4.
To qualify to run for commission in Bradenton
Beach, a candidate must:
File a signed candidate oath, a loyalty statement
and financial disclosure documents.
Pay a filing fee $48 or submit petitions
containing the signatures of 10 registered voters.
Submit affidavits of 10 registered voters attest-
ing to a candidate's residency.
A candidate in Bradenton Beach must also meet
a few basic requirements. A candidate must be a:
Registered Manatee County voter.
Resident of Bradenton Beach for at least nine
months prior to the qualifying date.
Resident of the ward in which he or she is run-
By Lisa Neff and Rick Catlin
Lawton M. "Bud" Chiles III officially
announced June 3 that he is an independent candi-
date for governor in the 2010 general election.
The 57-year-old Chiles, a Tallahassee business-
man, was widely expected to make the announce-
ment, having devoted the past year to walking more
than 300 miles in the Sunshine State to talk with its
The frontrunner for the Democratic nomination
is Florida CFO Alex Sink.
The frontrunner for the Republican nomination
is Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.
Bud Chiles is the son of the late Gov. Lawton
Chiles II, who in 1970 embarked
upon the 91-day walk from Pen-
sacola to Key West that earned
him the nickname "Walkin'
Lawton," and former First
Lady of Florida Rhea Chiles,
who lives in Holmes Beach
Chiles and owns the Studio at Gulf and
Pine in Anna Maria. Bud Chiles'
brother is Ed Chiles, a resident of Anna Maria and
owner of the Chiles Group restaurants on the Island
and Longboat Key.
"I admire his courage and commitment," Rhea
Chiles said of her son's decision to enter the race.
On the Web
For details about becoming a candidate or
registering to vote, go to the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections website at www.vote-
A mayoral candidate must also meet the general
requirements, as well as either pay a $96 qualifying
fee or submit a petition.
Candidate packets can be picked up at the super-
visor of elections office. Papers also are filed with the
supervisor's office after they are notarized at Braden-
ton Beach City Hall.
In Holmes Beach, offices up for election in
November are the mayoral post held by Rich Boh-
nenberger and the commission seats held by Sandy
Haas-Martens and John Monetti.
Requirements for candidacy include U.S. citi-
zenship, county voter registration and residency in
Holmes Beach for two years.
To qualify, candidates must submit financial
documents and oath statements, as well as pay a fee
and submit petitions. The fee is $120 to run for mayor
and $60 to run for commission. The petitions need to
include the signatures of 15 registered voters.
Candidate packets can be picked up and returned
to the clerk's office at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
The county commission races also will be set
with next week's filing deadline.
The at-large seat now held by Carol Whitmore,
a Republican from Holmes Beach, is up for elec-
tion, as are the seats in District 2 held by Democrat
Gwen Brown and in District 4 held by Republican
Brown already is an active candidate. Also run-
ning in District 2 is Democrat Michael Gallen. If both
qualify, there will be a primary Aug. 24.
Getman has announced he will not seek re-election
in District 4. Active candidates for his seat are Democrat
Roger C. Galle and Republicans Timothy Norwood,
Norm Luppino and and Robin DiSabitino.
Whitmore, a former Holmes Beach mayor, is
an active candidate for re-election. One other candi-
Ed Chiles said, "My brother is extremely
concerned about the serious issues that our state
faces. He has a passion for public service that he
has exhibited throughout his life. Like many of us,
he is very concerned about our political system,
which favors those who fund huge campaign bud-
gets, while failing the ordinary citizens that our
public officials are sworn to serve."
Bud Chiles had planned to run for governor
in 2006, but had to drop out of the race when he
learned he didn't meet the residency criteria.
Until recently Bud Chiles was president of the
Lawton Chiles Foundation. He resigned to cam-
paign for governor.
"I'm running for governor to speak for a mil-
lion Floridians who are out of work right now," he
said. "I'm running to help nearly a million children
who have no health care and for the millions of
people who, like me, believe Florida can and must
do better by its families and communities."
The candidate pledged to refuse party money.
He also said he would refuse donations from politi-
cal action committees and companies, as well as
limit individual contributions to $250 per person.
"Bud is betting that his message of people over
money will resound with average citizens," said Ed
Chiles. "If he is successful, he will be beholden to
no one, except the citizens of this state. I think that
would be quite refreshing."
date has announced for the at-large seat Democrat
Sundae Lynn Knight.
Three at-large school board member seats are
up for election. They are seats now held by Barbara
Harvey, Jane Pfeilsticker and Walter Miller. Harvey
faces a challenge by David Bailey. Pfeilsticker faces
two potential opponents Julie Aranibar and Albert
Yusko. Currently, the only active candidate in Mill-
er's district is Karen Carpenter.
Three seats that carry four-year terms on the West
Manatee Fire Rescue District Board of Commission-
ers are up for election posts now held by Mike
Mulyck, John Rigney and Larry Tyler Jr.
Candidates in the district also must file oath
and financial documents, as well as pay a $25 fee or
submit a petition.
State and federal
At the statewide level, voters will elect a gov-
ernor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, chief
financial officer and agriculture commissioner.
In local legislative races, a new representative will
be elected from District 67 because Republican Bill
Galvano has reached his limit on terms in the House.
Candidates include Republicans Jeremiah Guccione,
Robert McCann, Marie Nisco and Greg Steube, Demo-
crat Z.J. Hafeez and Independent John Studebaker.
In the governor's race, frontrunners are Democrat
Alex Sink and Republican Bill McCollum. Also, last
week, Tallahassee businessman Lawton "Bud" Chiles
III, who has relatives on the Island, entered the race
as an Independent.
Voters will decide whether to retain judges at the
district appeals court and state supreme court levels,
as well as decide a number of circuit court posts.
At the federal level, the frontrunners for U.S.
Senate are Democrat Kendrick Meeks, Independent
Charlie Crist and Republican Marco Rubio.
The 13th District congressional seat held by
Vern Buchanan is up for election. Democrats James
T. Golden and Rick Eaton have qualified, as have
Republicans Buchanan and Don Baldauf.
Mattick to run again
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said last week she
plans to seek re-election in the Anna Maria general
election in November.
However, qualifying in the northernmost city
does not take place until July.
Two commission seats and the mayoral post are
up this year.
Incumbent Commissioner Chuck Webb, whose
seat is up, was not reached for comment as of The
Islander press deadline.
Mayor Fran Barford has said she does not plan
to run for re-election.
Qualifying takes place at the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W.,
Suite 108, Bradenton.
3 BB seats up for vote
Qualifying for two non-partisan commission
seats and the mayor's post in the Island's southern-
most city is from noon Monday, June 14, to noon
Friday, June 18.
The commission seats up for election Nov. 2 are
for Ward 2 and Ward 4.
Bob Connors, who currently holds the Ward 2
seat, has not announced his plans. He is completing
his second term on the commission.
Bob Bartelt, until last week, held the Ward 4 seat.
But with the abrupt resignation of Michael Pierce as
mayor, Bartelt became vice mayor and the commission
appointed Janet Vosburgh to serve out the remainder
of Bartelt's term, which ends in November.
The city charter allowed for Bartelt to step in as
mayor June 3, but only until the next election.
Bartelt, until last week, had been planning to run
for a second term as commissioner. He is now plan-
ning to run for a first full-term as mayor.
"It came up really fast," Bartelt said of the oppor-
tunity. "But I intend to run for mayor."
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Meanwhile, Vosburgh said she planned to qualify
to run for the Ward 4 commission seat.
Candidate packets can be picked up at the super-
visor of elections office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108,
Bradenton. Papers also are filed with the supervisor's
office after they are notarized at Bradenton Beach
Ward 1 in Bradenton Beach is represented by Gay
Breuler and Ward 3 by Janie Robertson. Both were
elected last November.
HB incumbents run
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and
Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Mon-
etti say they will seek re-election in the Nov. 2 gen-
Qualifying for the nonpartisan municipal seats
begins Monday, June 14, and ends Friday, June 18.
As of June 3, only Bohnenberger, Haas-Martens
and Monetti had picked up qualifying packets.
Packets are available at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, or at the Manatee County Super-
visor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite
108 in Bradenton. Packets can be submitted at either
To qualify for a seat for Holmes Beach mayor
or commissioner, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen,
a registered Manatee County voter and resident of
Holmes Beach for two years prior to qualifying for
A candidate can qualify by payment of an elec-
tion assessment fee equal to 1 percent of the annual
salary of the office (mayor $120, commission $60)
and collection of 15 petition signatures of voters
residing in the city and a candidate's affidavit.
Or, a candidate can collect the petition signatures
and fill out a candidate's residency affidavit along
with an undue burden oath, which waves the fee.
Terms are two years; annual salaries are $12,000
for mayor and $6,000 for a commission seat.
THE ISLANDER U JUNE 9, 2010 19
Traffic signal construction begins
By Nick Walter
A corkscrew churning a hole for a new traffic
signal mast arm last week marked the beginning of
a project at the intersection of East Bay Drive and
Manatee Avenue, against the wishes of Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and some city commis-
The traffic signal is part of the Florida Department
of Transportation's statewide goal to install mast-arm
signals at intersections within 10 miles of coastlines.
Cindy Clemmons, public information director at the
DOT, said signals supported with mast-arm poles
withstand weather events such as hurricanes better
than signals supported by cables. The mast arm is
estimated to withstand 130-mph winds.
The mast-arm pole and traffic signals are part
of DOT's $1,331,950 project to resurface roadways
and install sidewalks on S.R. 789 from the Longboat
Key Bridge to State Road 64. DOT workers are con-
ducting concrete work, such as installing driveway
aprons, repairing sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and
Whitmore fundraiser planned
A fundraiser for Manatee County Commis-
sioner Carol Whitmore, R, will take place at 5
p.m. Monday, June 14, at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The qualifying period for people seeking to
run for the county commission also begins that
day and continues through noon Friday, June
Whitmore is running for re-election as an
She currently does not have a primary oppo-
One person has announced on the Demo-
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putting up ditch barriers. Beginning July 12, workers
will begin milling and resurfacing the roadway.
About three months ago, Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner Al Robinson said he was against the East Bay
Drive-Manatee Avenue signal project, which will cost
about $200,000. He said the thick mast pole would be
an eye sore in a traffic island that last year received a
beautification award from the Manatee River Garden
Club would be in the line of sight for drivers heading
east off the Island from East Bay Drive as they yield
to traffic on Manatee Avenue.
Robinson was discouraged no one on the com-
mission backed him up until the May 25 city com-
"They didn't get on board until the last meeting,
and then half were on board," Robinson said. "I just
do what I can do and plug along."
Clemmons said DOT engineers determined the
mast pole would not affect the sight distance for
"At the point where drivers begin to make a deci-
sion to yield or stop," Clemmons said, "the driver's
line of sight has already passed the mast-arm pole,
and therefore the pole does not factor into the deci-
sion-making process on whether to yield to eastbound
Manatee Avenue traffic. The proposed pole location
has been implemented at other intersections with
similar designs. This design has not resulted in sight
distance issues at these locations. Therefore, we do
not expect this design to be a concern."
"They can come up with any justification for it,"
Bohnenberger said of Clemmons' explanation.
Bohnenberger said he has recently tried commu-
nicating his displeasure for the project to the DOT.
"The bottom line is it's the intersection of two
state highways and we have little say about it," Boh-
nenberger said. "I expected a call back a week ago on
it and I haven't got a call back. The verbal commu-
nication is apparently being ignored because they' re
out there drilling a hole for it right now."
20 E JUNE 9, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
John Ganfield had spent 51 win-
ters in Michigan until he came to Anna
Maria in March this year.
Like many people who visit the
Island for the first time, it was love at
"I absolutely fell in love with this
place," he said.
"It was the first time I'd ever been
here. I'd been up in Treasure Island
and Indian Rocks Beach a few years
ago looking around for something, but
when I came here, I knew this was the
place and these were the people. I knew
it was time to move."
He'd been a Michigan banker for
25 years and had been thinking about
moving to a warmer climate.
When he heard that Feeling Swell,
the popular Anna Maria surf bar and
restaurant at 9903 Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria, was for sale, he didn't need to
think any longer.
Within two weeks of first setting foot
in Anna Maria, John had a purchase agree-
ment with then-owners Jeff and Roberta
Levey John drove back to Michigan on a
Wednesday and by Friday was back on the
road to Anna Maria.
He took ownership a few weeks
ago and hasn't looked back.
"We've still got the same great
food, the same great staff and the same
atmosphere," he said.
Any changes at Feeling Swell will be
minimal, he pledged, and he' 11 discuss his
ideas with the staff and clientele before
implementation. He's taking the month
of June to learn the people, the city and
the Island, and he's looking forward to
the summer tourist season.
"They tell me it gets hot here in the
summer. So it's hot. I'm not going to
complain. There's no place I'd rather
be than Anna Maria," he said.
Feeling Swell specializes in seafood,
Island-style sandwiches and unique foods,
including fried pickles, which are new to
the menu. The restaurant also offers fresh
salads and imported and domestic beers and
And live music will continue, John
Feeling Swell is open from 11 a.m.
to 10 p.m. weekdays and Sundays, and
from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight on
Friday and Saturday, depending upon
how busy Feeling Swell is, he said.
"I'm feeling pretty swell right
For more information, call 941-
Martini bar planned
Sean Murphy, owner of the Beach
Bistro restaurant in Holmes Beach, said
he is not part of the Murphy Property
Group that reportedly will own the
Martiniville bar and grill under con-
struction in the AMI Plaza on Gulf
Drive at Holmes Boulevard in Holmes
Murphy said he previously offered
the developers some advice, but is not
involved in ownership or manage-
A sign in front of the Martiniv-
ille location said the business plans a
tomer to his
Deborah Hynds of Holmes Beach,,
co-owner of AMI Plaza, AMI Real
Estate and Murphy Property Group
LLC with husband Michael is han-
dling development of Martiniville LLC.
Hynds said she would provide informa-
tion about the business at a later date.
Deborah Thrasher of Wagner
Realty's Anna Maria Island office,
2217 Gulf Drive
sold the Palma
Sola Estates home
of former U.S.
Rep. Dan Miller.
built in 1926, was
on the market less than two months before
Thrasher completed the transaction.
Thrasher, a native of Bradenton,
has been a licensed real estate sales
agent for more than 25 years and lives
on Anna Maria Island.
For more information, call 941-
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its June Sun-
rise Breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Wednesday, June 9, at Cafe on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The cost of the breakfast is $8 per
person and reservations are required.
Members may bring guests and pro-
spective members are welcome.
For more information on the lun-
cheon and breakfast, call the chamber
Got a new business going up on
Anna Maria Island or Longboat Key,
or in Cortez, Palma Sola, or west Bra-
denton? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, or an award-
winning staff member? Call Island
Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your news to
866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
Island real estate
101 Sunset Lane, Anna Maria, a
2,507 sfla / 4,013 sfur 4bed/2/2bath/3car
Gulffront home built in 2002 on a
121x100 lot was sold 05/20/10, Cul-
lerton to Miller for $1,300,000; list
2509 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach,
a 3,120 sfla / 4,437 sfur 6bed/4bath
duplex built in 2009 on a 50x100 lot
was transferred 05/19/10 Sun West
Homes LLC to First Federal Bank of
Florida for $869,950.
102 55th St., Unit 1, Sunfish,
Holmes Beach, a 1,143 sfla / 1,285 sfur
2bed/212bath condo with shared pool
built in 1957 was sold 05/17/10, Sun-
fish Development Partners LLC to Fritz
4300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 2,247 sfla / 2,403 sfur 4bed/3bath
duplex with pool built in 1950 on a
112x100 lot was sold 05/20/10, Moore
to Oceanside Oasis LLC for $467,500;
2311 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach, a 2,975 sfla / 4,330 sfur
4bed/4bath duplex with pool built in
1998 on a 50x 100 lot was sold 05/20/10,
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Federal National Mortgage Association to Wells for
105 12th St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,242 sfla
3bed/1 bath home built in 1949 on a 55x103 lot was
sold 05/17/10, Hyland to Schemel Properties LLC for
$379,000; list $429,000.
2101 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,695 sfla /
1,830 sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1958 on a 60x 100
lot was sold 05/17/10, Sunningdale Ventures Inc. to
Gray for $370,000; list $379,900.
201 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,354 sfla / 1,790
sfur 3bed/2bath/ Icar home built in 1971 on a 90x100
lot was sold 05/18/10, Thompson to Ferguson for
$305,500; list $349,900.
213 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,008 sfur / 1,296
sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1969 on a 52x110 lot
was sold 05/18/10, Suter to Becker for $260,000.
416 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 50x155
lot sold 05/19/10, Moden to Twait for $200,000.
5400 Gulf Drive, Unit 27,5400 Gulf Drive condo,
Holmes Beach, a 968 sfla / 996 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1964 was sold 05/19/10,
Howell to Gilbert for $195,000.
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-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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Ella Botkin Winchester Briggs
Ella Botkin Winchester Briggs, 84, of Lake
wood Ranch, died May 31.
Mrs. Briggs was born in Plain City, Ohio,
July 14, 1925, and moved to Florida in 1962.
She graduated from Mount Carmel School of
Nursing and was retired from Manatee Memo-
rial Hospital. She was a member of the Church
of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.
Services were June 5 at Manasota Memorial
Park. Memorial donations may be made to Tide-
Well Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34238. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline
Mrs. Briggs is survived by brother Wenner
'Budd' Botkin Jr., daughter Cathy Winchester
Morillo and granddaughter Ella Maria Morillo.
Ron Johns, 52, of Sarasota, died May 21.
Memorial donations are suggested for a local
food pantry or homeless coalition.
Mr. Johns is survived by son Joshua of Bra-
denton, sister Pamela Dixon of Wisconsin, and
brother Rik of Anna Maria.
Jeanne M. McGrath
Jeanne M. McGrath, 84, died June 3.
Mrs. McGrath was a member of the Anna
Maria Garden Club, Woman's Club and the
League of Women Voters.
A funeral service and visitation were held
June 7 and June 8 at Mansion Memorial Park
and Funeral Home.
Mrs. McGrath is survived by four chil-
dren, Veronica McGrath, Mary Ellen Frisoli,
Terrence McGrath and Peter McGrath; brother
James Young; seven grandchildren and three
22 0 JUNE 9, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Wednesday, June 9
7:45 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast
at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
778-1541. Fee applies.
Friday, June 11
5:30 p.m. Reception for artist Barbara Hines at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
Sunday, June 13
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
Monday, June 14
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Vacation Bible school begins at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, through June 18.
Tuesday, June 15
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria club assembly at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, June 16
5:30p.m. -Making Sense of Sharks teen program at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
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Parish in Sarasota) led a pilgrimage and tour through Europe in May that included a stop in Oberammer-
gau, Germany, for the Passion Play, which is performed only once every 10 years. Showing The Islander
at L'eglire des Invalides in France (which holds the tomb of Napolean Bonaparte) are Barbara Murphy of
Anna Maria's Travel Now and Evanofski at her right.
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Saturday, June 12
10 a.m. to 5p.m. St. Armands Circle Craft Festival at St. Armands
Circle, Sarasota. Information: 954-472-3755.
Sunday, June 13
10 a.m. to 5p.m. St. Armands Circle Craft Festival at St. Armands
Circle, Sarasota. Information: 954-472-3755.
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June 17, Dining for Women potluck event, Jean Peelen's Holmes
June 17, Art reception for Mary Lou Johnson, Ringling Longboat
Key Center for the Arts.
June 22, "Opera on the Island," Studio at Gulf and Pine.
June 23, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf and
June 23, Origami teen program, Island Branch Library.
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June 26, Seafood Fest Biker Bash benefit for the Maritime Museum,
July 3, Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade.
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May 28, 100 block of Maple Avenue, domes-
tic disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputy responded to a verbal domestic disturbance.
Upon arrival, the deputy learned a juvenile had fled
May 29, 100 block of Sycamore Avenue, burglary
to an unoccupied dwelling. A deputy responded to a
residence for a past burglary. The caretaker found two
teenage girls in the home. The caretaker confronted the
girls, who said they were friends of the family. The girls
wrote information on a sheet of paper for the caretaker
and then fled. No property was missing.
May 29,400 block of North Bay Boulevard, aggra-
vated assault. A deputy was dispatched regarding a
verbal dispute that ensued when the complainant said
she was hit by another vehicle. According to the incident
report, the complainant was attempting to prevent the
other vehicle from entering a parking space.
May 30, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, lost
child. A deputy was dispatched in reference to a lost
child. The deputy met with the mother, who said she
left her child with a cousin. According to the report,
the cousin told the deputy she was only responsible
for her own kids. A boater found the child floating
about 200 feet from shore and brought him back to
land. The child was reported to be in good condition.
The deputy contacted an abuse hotline.
June 1, 753 North Shore Drive, assistance. A
deputy reported finding a dark brown substance in
the water and could not confirm or deny the substance
was an oil-based material. The U.S. Coast Guard
determined it was algae.
June 1, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, domestic
disturbance. Two people got into an argument that
reportedly became physical. The deputy interviewed
both and did not see any signs of physical violence.
The deputy issued domestic pamphlets.
May 30, 1900 block of Gulf Drive South, dis-
orderly intoxication. Bradenton Beach police offi-
cers responded to a report of a group of intoxicated
people bothering patrons at Coquina Beach. Officers
observed three people being vocal and intoxicated.
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of whom cussed at the officer. The officer wrestled
the person's arms behind him in order to handcuff
him. He was taken to the Bradenton Beach Police
Department and then to the Manatee County jail.
May 31, 1800 Gulf Drive South, criminal mis-
chief. An officer was dispatched to an attempted
burglary in a vehicle parked in the lot of Coquina
Beach. The officer spoke with the complainant and
determined someone had tried to pry open the lock.
No items were missing.
June 2, 900 Gulf Drive North, disorderly intoxi-
cation. An officer was dispatched to the Gulf Drive
Cafe in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The officer
saw an unoccupied vehicle in the cafe lot with its win-
dows down and the radio blaring. A man approached
the vehicle and the officer reported he told the man it
was illegal to leave the radio turned up with the keys
in the ignition. The man appeared to be intoxicated
and ignored the officer. He was arrested and trans-
ported to the Manatee County jail.
June 3, 2400 block of Avenue C, battery. An offi-
cer was dispatched in reference to a fight. One person
said a man came onto his property and punched him
in the face and left. He said he did not know the man
but gave the officer a description.
May 28, 7100 block of Gulf Drive, vehicular
theft. The officer spoke to the victim, who said some-
one had entered her car and taken some change
May 28, 7100 block of Gulf Drive, vehicular
theft. The complainant said someone stole a GPS
unit, iPod and an iPod adapter from her vehicle.
May 28, 300 block of 73rd Street, vehicular bur-
glary. A complainant called the HBPD to report his
vehicle was burglarized. He said someone took sun-
glasses, coins, bed sheets, ink cartridges and a house
May 29, 100 block of 36th Street, armed burglary.
A complainant said someone broke into a vehicle and
stole a pair of diamond earrings, a Saks hand bag,
Oakley sunglasses, two pair of Nike sunglasses, one
pair of Rayban sunglasses, a medical wrap, medicine
and two pair of headphones.
May 30, 3900 block of Gulf Drive, petit theft.
An officer responded to a call from the West Coast
Surf Shop where the owner said someone tried to
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by the crash of a Verizon telephone utility pole over
the rear of their Ford Focus while waiting at 11:30
a.m. June 6for traffic to clear at the stop sign at
Marina and Palm drives in Holmes Beach. The
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custody and transported to the HBPD. The sandals
were valued at $36 each. The person was issued a
notice to appear in court.
May 31, 6900 block of Gulf Drive, fraud. An
officer was dispatched in reference to a guest at the
Bali Hai Beach Resort who left without paying. The
total amount due was $323.35.
June 3, 8100 block of Marine Drive, larceny/
theft. The complainant said his sister stole his dog.
He said she stole the dog because he owed her $85.
The Jack Russell/beagle mix was valued at $700.
June 4, 600 block of Foxworth Lane, vehicular
theft. An officer responded to a report of a stolen
golf cart. The complainant stated he parked his cart
on the side of his residence. When he woke up the
next morning, he said, the cart, valued at $5,000, was
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Islander runs into healthy lifestyle
By Kevin Cassidy
Holmes Beach resident Ellen Jones has put
together a couple of impressive 5K runs recently,
winning the Lakewood Ranch YMCA 5K May 22
and a ninth-place finish at the 5K Sammy's Run in
Sarasota May 29. Her times of 30:18 at the Ranch 5K
and 28:41 at the Sarasota run are impressive enough
in the 55-59 age group, but you have to know how
far Jones has traveled to get a clear picture of her
dedication and perseverance.
In her own words, Jones says her family tree is
a history of medical maladies. Her mother, both of
her sisters and her aunt all battled breast cancer, and
diabetes runs in the family as well. A running family
joke is to ask which wing of the hospital will the
family reunion be in this year?
Jones almost died of a colon blockage mainly
from not eating enough fiber in her 20s and she
experienced calcifications of her arteries and high
cholesterol in her 30s. Oh, and let's not forget the
brutal joint pain exacerbated by being years of being
Seven or eight years ago, Jones made a decision
to change her life and it started with eating more
plants. That decision resulted in a loss of almost 30
pounds, which helped reduce the pain in her joints.
Jones found she wanted to run more and run
faster, and boy, did she ever. She now is a member
of the Bradenton Runners Club, runs four days per
week and has placed in her age group several times,
including a couple of first-place finishes. She par-
ticipated in a two-week, cross-country running boot
camp hosted by Manatee High School cross country
coach Rae Ann Darling-Reed. Jones gives a lot of
credit for her improved times.
Jones has run two half marathons (13.1 miles).
The first was in October 2009 on the flat running
surface of Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County. Her
second one came in Sarasota, which included run-
ning up and over the John Ringling Bridge twice and
lowering her time by 15 minutes. She said she hopes
to keep running until she's 100.
While most folks her age are "slowing down,"
Jones is showing that one can get better with age if
one sets their mind to it.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club golfers played a team low-
net, coed tournament June 4. The team of Lorraine
Towne, Markie Ksiazek, Adam Ksiazek and Web
Cutting combined for an average score of 18.8. The
team of Terry Westby, Bob Kral, Matt Behan and Al
Guy took second place with an average score of 22.2.
Ralph Bassett won the closest to the pin contest on
the third hole, while Frankie Smith-Williams did the
same on eight.
The Key Royale women played a nine-hole, indi-
vidual low-net game on June 1. Diane Miller carded
a 1-under-par 31 to win Flight 1 by four strokes over
second-place finisher Penny Williams. Meredith
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Only two teams emerged from June 5 horse-
shoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Debbie
Rhodes and Norm Good were too "good" in destroy-
ing Ron Pepka and Steve Grossman 22-3.
Two teams managed the prerequisite three victo-
ries in pool play and were left to battle for the day's
bragging rights during June 2 horseshoe action. Sam
Samuels and Ron Pepka rolled past Jay Disbrow and
June 5 in
Jarry Martinek by a 21-10 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Youth sports lacking this week
Information on the games played in the Anna
Maria Island Community Center basketball league
was not submitted by the Center this week.
Youth basketball schedules can be found online
Will Gryboski, 13, of Holmes Beach and Atlanta, shows off a nice kingfish. The Gryboski family and friends
fished the Gulf of Mexico May 29 and reeled up a variety offish about 7 1/2 miles out on light tackle using
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Silver kings swarm beaches after spawn
By Nick Walter
A plethora of tarpon have returned to near-shore
waters from their full moon spawn. Silver kings are
said to travel far offshore to spawn before returning
to cruise the beaches.
Offshore of Anna Maria Island still is free of
oil, so anglers can get their fill of offshore species.
Fishers all along the coast are hoping winds remain
southerly. Any northerly winds could send oil cruis-
ing into our area.
Capt. Steven Salgado said there were still a lot
of kingfish, gag grouper, bonito and mangrove snap-
per in 55-60 feet of water last week. He said rigging
for bottom fishing included wire leaders with dead,
tail-pinched sardines on a 2/0 or 3/0 hook. Later in
the days, he would head to the passes for tarpon fish-
ing with pass crabs.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said, "Fishing is as hot as the weather.
Tarpon fishing has been excellent with many boats
hooking up with some monster-size tarpon in the 150-
pound range. He said Islander Tommy Price had the
drag on his reel literally melt due to a huge tarpon
pulling off 200 yards of line."
Howard said crabs, shiners, pinfish and threadfins
have been the bait of choice.
He said shark-fishing has been good inside the
bay, with blacktips, lemons and spinner sharks taking
the main stage.
"Hang a chum block over the side of the boat
and mix some cut-up shiners into the slick," Howard
said. "I also like to dole out some Purina tropical fish
food to sweeten the chum slick. A chunk of ladyfish,
bluefish or blue runners rigged on some wire or cable
leader will get the job done. Use caution as the sharks
are very agile and will try and swing around to take
a bite out of you."
Howard suggests a long-handled release tool to
help with the safe return of sharks to the water.
Inside the bays, the speckled trout fishing has
been excellent for Howard. A limit of keeper-sized
fish is easily available over the grass flats.
Capt. Mike Greig said tarpon fishing is steady
Foster Hopkins, 10, left, Will Gryboski, 13, kneel-
ing, John Hopkins, 13, and Jack Gryboski, 9, front
right, join Capt. Mike Steach on the Gryboski dock
in Holmes Beach after a successful fishing trip.
The Hopkins joined the Gryboskis for the Memo-
rial Day weekend and a day-long fishing trip in the
Gulf Will is holding a king mackerel that lost it's
tail for bait, when the group saw and tried to catch
a 10-foot shark that swam by their boat.
Kevin Hussey of Chicago landed this tarpon fishing with Capt. Warren Girle. Islander Photo: Courtesy
and lots of fish are showing up. The amberjack bite
is good offshore in about 60 feet of water, there's
mangrove snapper in good numbers and cobia to 50
pounds, he said.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said the best tarpon
bite has been during the last couple hours of an
outgoing tide, when crabs make their way to the
passes. Bystrom also has had good luck for tarpon
with shiners and threadfins. He added the grouper
bite has been good offshore and kingfish are still
scattered. Inshore, trout remain abundant on grass
Capt. Warren Girle has fished tarpon every day,
with the biggest fish being 175 pounds, another at
about 150 and the rest between 80-110 pounds. "A
lot of fish have come back from the full moon and
all of sudden there were oodles of fish," Girle said.
"There were probably 500-700 fish off the beaches
this week, maybe eight or nine schools as soon as you
go outside (Longboat) pass."
Girle said tarpon anglers have been courteous
this year. "Normally there are one or two crazies out
there," Girle said. "But it's been quiet so far. Every-
one is playing by the rules."
Girle also reported fishing 7 miles offshore for
limits of snapper, a keeper cobia at 36 inches, bonito
and tons of Spanish mackerel.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the "DEE JAY II"
out of Parrot Cove Marina said he's seeing better-
than-average angling action around the area. Bait is
plentiful and the local inshore waters are giving up
good to excellent catches of speckled trout, redfish
and catch-and-release snook. In the mix there are
ladyfish, bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel.
He said off the beaches, the reefs are giving up
multi-species catches. Bottom fishing is producing
grouper, snapper and scattered flounder. Flat-lining
live bait has produced Spanish mackerel, schooling
kings, bonito and banded rudderfish. He said a few
real tackle-busting kingfish, cobia and goliaths have
been encountered as well.
"Look for mangrove snapper to start making a
solid showing in our bays in the next few weeks,"
Zacharias said. "Tarpon are on the scene big time as
of Memorial Day. There's absolutely no impact on
our local fisheries and wildlife from the oil debacle.
Pray that remains the case."
Annamae Lahay from Corky's Live Bait
Tackle and Thrift Store said her customers are still
reporting Sarasota and Palma Sola bays are holding
Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, small sharks
and flounder. In addition, redfish and trout are in the
grass flats. She said there were more redfish reports
in Palma Sola Bay last week. She also has received
reports of tarpon and whiting in Longboat Pass and
in Gulf waters, as well as cobia around the Sunshine
Derek Olson from the Rod & Reel Pier said
anglers at night have been catching a lot of black
drum and shark, while day anglers might have a good
shot at mangrove snapper.
Dave Sork from Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers have hooked a few tarpon, but most of the
action has been with Spanish mackerel. Cobia is a
possibility there, too.
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Anna Maria resident works to explain universe
By Nick Walter
Dennis Ellsworth keeps telling NASA he forgot
That, of course, is not true.
Ellsworth, a retired NASA engineer and Anna
Maria Island resident, just says he's forgotten his
knowledge because NASA is still requesting help.
That's how good the 70-year-old was at his job.
"That just didn't interest me anymore," Ellsworth
said. "I just let the young folks have all the fun. I had
Ellsworth worked at the George C. Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., from 1963
until 1997 doing analytical work, such as computer
programming, and scribbling of mathematical equa-
tions as endless as the universe he helped explain.
He moved to Anna Maria in 1998. Ellsworth
immediately hooked up with a group of fishing bud-
dies who would usually fish the Rod & Reel Pier
in the night or morning, and then also hit the Anna
Maria City Pier at night.
Soon, Ellsworth picked up the nickname Snook
His friends knew him for his passion of catching
the line-zinging snook.
But for about a year, they didn't know how Ells-
worth played an integral part in an 11-year project
in which NASA sent an experiment called Batsy
into space to determine the amount and location of
"Dennis doesn't like to talk about himself," said
wife Karen, an artist and teacher.
Ellsworth graduated from the University of Flor-
ida in 1963 with a degree in aerospace engineering.
He then landed ajob with NASA. The young, upstart
Ellsworth would determine the consequences of a
wrong estimation of the weight of a spacecraft at lift
off. How much extra fuel would the 7million-pound
craft need if the estimation were off by just 40,000
It was work Ellsworth loved.
In 1980, when NASA began studying gamma-
ray bursts, Ellsworth was named the expert engineer
for its experiment Batsy. It was the experiment that
would make Ellsworth's career.
Ellsworth calculated how the devices would fit
together. The equipment, which included eight crys-
tal detectors, weighed 2,000 pounds. After numerous
technical difficulties and problems that made Ells-
worth wonder if the project would ever finalize, the
equipment was launched in 1991.
Ellsworth remembers that after the launch, a sci-
entist who was the experiment's principle investiga-
tor, began bawling.
"It was a great sense of accomplishment," Ells-
worth said. "I was happy the experiment we spent so
much time on worked."
And the experiment was a success. The detec-
tors collected accurate data that indicated to NASA
that not only were there far more gamma-ray bursts
than NASA previously thought, they were well
outside the Milky Way Galaxy, and burst from all
"They were way, way out," Ellsworth said.
"Almost to the edge of the universe."
Edge of the universe?
"Well, there's a lot of debate about that," Ells-
worth said. "I always think of it as getting in a space
shuttle and traveling and traveling and traveling and
you come to the edge. What's on the other side?
Even after Ellsworth retired, the strength of his
model of the
at his home.
calculations was evident. The equipment was sup-
posed to be in orbit two years, but stayed in space
for about 10 years and had no major malfunctions.
While the devices gathered data that rewrote sci-
ence textbooks, Ellsworth retired to Anna Maria. He
had grown up in Lakeland and his mother would take
a ferry from Tampa to Anna Maria each summer.
He hooks snook whenever he can.
But that's not Ellsworth's only interest. The engi-
neer can dance.
Just ask his wife.
They met at a Holiday Inn in 1992. Rudy Mocka-
bee, one of the original Drifters, was playing live
music there. Karen and Ellsworth were with respec-
tive friends. Karen said her friends knew Ellsworth,
and told her he's a great guy.
Ellsworth wasted no time. He asked Karen to
"He's a great dancer," Karen said.
Not bad for a NASA engineer.
The couple married in 1995.
And NASA continues to ask for help.
"I've got to tell them I forgot everything I ever
knew," Ellsworth said. "We still stay in touch."
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WALK TO GULF beaches. Refurbished,
upgraded Sandpiper 55-plus 2BR/1 BA. Fur-
nished, carport, bay view. No smoking, no
pets. $650/month, $500 deposit. 941-545-
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,
BRADENTON BEACH: ADORABLE one-
room beach cottage on the bay, with dock.
$2,000/month, annual, utilities included. 941-
ONE BLOCK TO Gulf: 2BR/1 BA, 900-sf,
garage. 3008 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach.
Call Ennis, 813-244-0955.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT GROUND-
level home 2BR/1 BA. Month/week availability
May, June, July. 941-778-8356.
$350/WEEK: 55-plus, Sandpiper Resort.
1 BR/1 BA sleeps four. Turnkey, walk to beach.
BRADENTON BEACH: SANDPIPER 55-plus
resort. 1 BR/1 BA newly remodeled, furnished.
Bay view, large patio. $650/month, June-
November. $1,200, December. $1,500/month,
BREATHTAKING SUNSETS: Skip out your
front door onto the beach. Pristine, designer
turnkey condo. 55-plus, two month minimum
rental. $2,000/month plus utilities. 941-779-
SPACIOUS BAYFRONT APARTMENT.
2BR/2BA, family room. Wonderful view, quiet
neighborhood. 941-795-1132 or 941-545-
GULFFRONT VIEWS FROM newly remod-
eled 1BR/1BA duplex. New appliances, tile,
bathroom, paint inside and out. Beach across
street. $800/month, first, last, $500 deposit,
includes water and sanitation. Non-smoking,
no pets. 941-320-1284.
CHARMING CANAL HOUSE: Six-month
rental unfurnished. $1,800/month plus utili-
PALMA SOLA TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA,
pool, boat dock. Weekend, $399. Week,
$600. Monthly, call 941-356-1456. Realtor,
Real Estate Mart.
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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RoseBay Real Estate, 941-792-9459.
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2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL
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419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
ADORABLE 3 BR/2BA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach! $294,000.
roman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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ANNA MARIA HISTORIC HOME
Known as the
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home sits on a
huge 11,308 sq ft
lot in central Anna
Maria. Close to
the bay and the beaches on quiet Spring Ave. This
property has unlimited potential. $399,000
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HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview, 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. Room for a pool. $299,900.
3 MIN. TO BEACH. Perico Island 2BR/2BA, large greatroom with cathedral
ceilings, private courtyard and enclosed lanai, Jacuzzi tub & more. $259,500.
CANAL-FRONT LOT. Holmes Beach. $400,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den,
three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, secu-
rity. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-
style architecture with breathtaking Gulf
views. 5,146 sf under roof on north Anna
Maria Island, 12106 Gulf Drive. $3,500,000,
furnished. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-
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AQUARIUS CLUB PENTHOUSE! Amaz-
ing Gulf views. 2BR/2BA, light, airy, 9-foot
ceilings. New hurricane windows and doors.
$599,900. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay Real
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA: Updated home.
Pool, spa, boat dock. $439,000. Owner, Real-
tor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
2BR/2BA: LARGE LANAI, shaded deck,
garden tub, hot tub. On bird sanctuary. 941-
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PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-
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BANK FORCED LIQUIDATION: Smoky moun-
tain lake property, Tennessee. Priced pennies
on the dollar! All reasonable offers accepted.
Amenities. Closeout sale July -11. Call map and
pricing. 877-644-4647, ext. 302.
CENTRAL GEORGIA: 280 acres, $1,375 per
acre. Auchumpkee Creek, rocky shoals, sev-
eral pond sites, hardwoods and planted pine.
Pictures on website! 478-987-9700. www.
stregispaper.com. St. Regis Paper Co.
OVERSIZE LAKE LOT! Three-plus acres,
$29,900. Free boat slips. Was $49,900.
Park-like hardwood setting near lake. Enjoy
deeded access to private lake, free boat slips
and pavilion. Quiet road frontage, utilities,
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Call now, 888-792-5253, ext. 3503.
TENNESSEE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU:
945+/- acres. Great commercial or develop-
ment only minutes from new Volkswagen
plant. Will subdivide. $1,995 per acre. 931-
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PRIVATE BAY-FRONT ESTATE
For Sale By Owner
Direct Bay-front views, pool, dock, boat lift, deep
water channel, 2,600 ft. Extensive remodels.
N pa W Best Price, Best location!
S1,039,000. Buyer pays all closing costs.
Call Jim 941-580-0626
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great view, very private, big trees, waterfalls
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Lido Shores Penthouse! 2BR/2BA,
1036 sf, heated pool, furnished end
unit with covered parking. $449,000
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