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Fishing with dad.
Search of Gulf for Cortez man suspended
By Nick Walter
The U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission sus-
pended their search for 20-year-old Cortez
resident Michael Taylor June 11.
Taylor reportedly went overboard
around 7:30 p.m. June 10, about 11 miles
west of Longboat Key.
A memorial ser-
vice for Taylor has been
scheduled for 7 p.m.
Wednesday on the bay
side of Longboat Pass.
The family is requesting
attendees wear board
Taylor shorts and flip-flops in
Watch-standers at Coast Guard Sector
St. Petersburg received a call from the
43-foot fishing boat Cindy Lee reporting
Taylor fell over the bow of the boat and had
The boat is owned by Steve Orlando of
Some of Taylor's family and about 20
local fishermen were still looking for Tay-
lor's body July 14.
The 43-foot commercial fishing boat Cindy Lee was docked outside the Cortez Kitchen
restaurant June 11. Michael Taylor, 20, fell off the boat June 10, about 11 miles offshore of
Longboat Key and has not been found. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
FWC boats, a Coast Guard aircraft, Cortez one of those aboard when Taylor went over.
Coast Guard and Longboat Fire Rescue ended She told Bay News 9 that Taylor tried to grab
their search late June 11. a rope when he lost his balance and fell off the
Taylor, who lived on 119th Street in side of the boat. Cantrall told the television
Cortez, was on a fishing trip with friends, station she dove in after Taylor.
Taylor's girlfriend, Alisha Cantrall, was PLEASE SEE MISSING, NEXT PAGE
cortez festival Stoltzfus cleared of ethics violation
By Nick Walter
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
held annually in February likely will change
locations from its longtime site outside A.P.
Bell Fish Co. and Star Fish Co. on the west
side of the Cortez village to the east side.
A new site could be nearer to the Florida
Maritime Museum and the Cortez Kitchen
at the dead end of 119th Street West.
Karen Bell, board member and former
treasurer of the Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage, said last week the A.P Bell
Fish Co. and Star Fish Co. property will
no longer be available for use as festival
Her decision comes after she and other
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board members said ballots for the annual
election of officers taken at an annual meet-
ing in May were accepted the night before
from new members who had not paid their
dues to Bell. Bell also said the way in which
absentee ballots and new memberships were
gathered, was unethical.
Bell said many memberships were
gained by a mass solicitation at the Cortez
PLEASE SEE FESTIVAL, NEXT PAGE
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Commission on Ethics last
week dismissed an ethics complaint against
Anna Maria Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus after the
nine-member board found
no basis for a violation of
state ethics laws.
The FCE said the
commission found the
charges brought by Holmes
Stoltzfus Beach businessman John
Cagnina were "legally insufficient," and did
not reflect "the accuracy of the allegations in
In the dismissal, FCE Chair Roy Rogers
said the committee considered the complaint
for "legal sufficiency" and its review was
limited to questions of jurisdiction and the
adequacy of Cagnina's details.
The committee's jurisdiction does not
extend to Florida's Sunshine Law. Cagnina
had alleged Stoltzfus had violated the law
through various e-mails.
The FCE concluded that the complaint
describes an "alleged situation susceptible
to a possible remedy," rather than alleging a
"corruptly motivated use of office."
Remedies to the allegations made by
Cagnina are available "through the courts,
prosecutors, local government board consider-
ations, recall efforts or the standard elections
"Accordingly, this complaint is dismissed
for failure to constitute a legally sufficient
complaint," concluded Rogers.
In a press release from the Allen Dell, PA.
law firm in Tampa, Stoltzfus expressed his
gratitude to the FCE and its prompt action.
"I certainly appreciate the diligence and
speed with which the commission disposed
of these baseless allegations. I knew in my
heart I had not violated any ethics laws, and
now everybody else knows it, too," Stoltzfus
Stoltzfus' attorney, Richard Harrison, said
Anna Maria is "now responsible for payment
of the legal fees incurred by Stoltzfus in suc-
cessfully defending himself in the ethics case.
Stoltzfus may also seek to recover his legal
fees from Cagnina," although "no decision in
that regard has been made," the release said.
On June 11, Harrison e-mailed the city
that Stoltzfus intends to bill the city for his
legal expenses in fighting the ethics com-
Efforts to reach Cagnina for comment
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye has
said the city might be obligated for a portion
of Stoltzfus' legal fees estimated at $7,500
-but any decision on fees and amounts would
be up to the Florida legal system.
2 E JUNE 16, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
Members of a Bradenton Beach advisory com-
mittee are interested in embarking on a process to
create a brand identity for the city.
The ScenicWAVES Partnership Committee
met June 7 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., to dis-
cuss a variety of issues related to the city's scenic
highway corridor, Gulf Drive and waterfronts pro-
At the top of the agenda was a discussion about
branding with marketing expert Caroline McKeon
of Florida Journeys Communications.
McKeon's company helped Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program create a marketing campaign
and a brand identity, so she was invited to a Sce-
nicWAVES meeting to talk about marketing the
McKeon said the brand identity could be
culled from Bradenton Beach's vision statement,
which reads, "Bradenton Beach is a small, friendly
island community that values the civic pride of
both permanent and seasonal residents, maintains
its Old Florida charm, and respects its bountiful
"History, hospitality and spirit are the hall-
marks of our thriving waterfront, offering ease of
mobility by land and sea."
A branding campaign could help guide the city
as it works to improve its website, purchase ban-
ners for Bridge Street, pursue a gateway project
at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive, update a visitors'
guide and design a new logo.
"We have all these different projects," said city
project/program manager Lisa Marie Phillips.
"Branding is important," said ScenicWAVES
The clocktower at the end of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier is an iconic structure that Scenic-
WAVES members said could be used to help
establish a brand-identity for Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
member David Teitelbaum. "I feel what we are
about to do is very complicated and very wel-
ScenicWAVES chair Pat Gentry asked commit-
tee members to think about a branding program.
And, she said, "keep in mind that this group
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Kitchen. She added those members had little, if any,
interest in FISH.
Bell retained her spot on the board but was
replaced as treasurer by former Manatee County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann.
"The way the election was conducted was
wrong," Bell said last week. "It was basically cheat-
ing. It seems the new office is just ... corrupt. It's just
Kim McVeigh, FISH's newly elected president,
said the festival had been held around the grounds by
the Cortez Kitchen in the past and she plans to stage it
there for the 29th annual festival in February 2011.
"We'll make it work," McVeigh said. "It's too
early to figure out the logistics, but we' 11 get everyone
together and figure it out."
Bell said she does know how the festival will be
affected by a likely move.
"Maybe they'll do great," Bell said. "Maybe
they' 11 make a lot more money."
The move east will put the festival in closer
proximity to the Florida Maritime Museum on the
corner of Cortez Road and 119th Street West, and
the adjoining grounds of the 90-acre FISH Preserve
that the festival has funded from proceeds.
MISSING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"I tried swimming out there to all the blood and
everything. There was nothing there," she said in the
interview. "He never came up."
Taylor's mother, Susan, told BN9 that Taylor was
hit by the boat's propellers after he fell in.
Several people in the Cortez village said Taylor
was a "good kid."
"He was just one of the neighborhood kids," said
Kim McVeigh, president of Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage. "In this community, everyone knows
each other so it's like everyone's related. It's just a
The incident remains under investigation.
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County puts off pier replacement
By Nick Walter
When the Manatee Public Beach pier was demol-
ished earlier this year, Manatee county commission-
ers said it would be replaced.
But economic hardships and a lack of storms since
the pier was removed led county natural resource
department director Charlie Hunsicker to postpone
the pier in the county's five-year capital improve-
ments plan released at a June 6 budget meeting.
Hunsicker said in order for a new pier to be
funded by tourism money, it must help curtail beach
erosion but the lack of storms since the pier was
demolished has not allowed the county to test the
extent of erosion.
The county is in the process of obtaining a permit
for a 23-foot-wide, 300-foot-long pier without rail-
ings. But county attorneys were concerned about no
railings because of possible law suits if someone were
injured after diving off the pier.
And if the county determines a pier would be
built only for recreational purposes, a separate fund-
ing source must be found.
Former Holmes Beach mayor and County Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore was not pleased with the
lack of funding for the pier, although she was in favor
of a low-profile pier that she said would fit in with
Anna Maria Island's character.
A T-end 312-foot pier was preferred by a majority
of Holmes Beach city commissioners.
County Commission Chair Donna Hayes does
not think a pier would affect tourism. "I don't think
people pull out their travel plans and see if a certain
beach has a pier," she said at the meeting.
County Commissioner Joe McClash and Hun-
sicker also think the pier would be a safety hazard
because fishing would take place in a swimming
For economic purposes, Hunsicker said funds
from state and federal grants, as well as tourist devel-
opment taxes, should be spent on beach renourish-
ment needed to protect public infrastructure and rec-
One of the plan's projects would be a renourish-
ment of 1.6 miles on Coquina Beach, .5 miles on
Anna Maria beaches and construction of six acres
of an artificial mitigation rock reef off Anna Maria
Island. The project will be financed with $13,000 in
Another project, financed with $16,000 in funds,
would renourish about 9 miles of beaches from Anna
Maria to Coquina Beach and reconstruct the Long-
boat Pass jetty.
This beach renourishment would begin January
The plan also calls for replacement of two ero-
sion-control groins at Coquina Beach and one at
County administrator Ed Hunzeker reminded
those attending the meeting how fickle a five-year
plan can be.
"The plan could change at any old board meet-
ing," Hunzeker said. "The only thing we know for
certain is that we're probably wrong."
The Manatee beach pier was closed to pedestrians
due to safety concerns before it was removed from
the beach. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
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Subpoena sought for Stoltzfus' corporate e-mails
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria public records requests made by
legal consultant Michael Barfield of Sarasota to Anna
Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus is growing.
Barfield, through attorney
Valerie Fernandez, filed a notice
of intent last week in Manatee
County Circuit Court to subpoena
Stoltzfus' e-mails on his company
account at Harcon Corp.
Harcon Corp. is based in
Barfield Pennsylvania and is owned by
Fernandez, who also represents Pine Avenue Res-
toration LLC, wants to subpoena the e-mails to and
from Stoltzfus and Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Dave Turner, former Anna Maria Commissioner
Duke Miller, Commissioner Dale Woodland, Attorney
And yet another
By Rick Catlin
The long trail of records requests in the city of
Anna Maria grew longer this week.
The latest records request came from attorney
Bill Yanger of Tampa, who requested all documen-
tation to and from the city related to a "request by
anyone for a legal opinion from city attorney Jim Dye
concerning the procedure for reconsideration of the
commission's May 27,2010, vote on PAR's 308 Pine
Ave. site plan."
PAR is Pine Avenue Restoration LLC, the com-
pany that submitted the site plan.
Yanger also asked for any and all documents and
communications "received, forwarded or maintained
by the city" that contain any information related to
a request by anyone that a "reconsideration" of the
commission's May 27 vote on the PAR site plan for
308 Pine Ave. "be placed on the June 10, 2010, city
Yanger, whose parents live in Anna Maria, is a
regular contributor to the blog site OurAnnaMaria.
blogspot.com. The site may be viewed by anyone
who logs on, but contributors are limited to approved
The commission voted 3-2 at its May 27 meeting
to deny the site plan.
Dye sent Commission Chair John Quam a letter
June 2 stating that Robert's Rules of Order allow a
motion for reconsideration, as long as the motion is
made by someone who voted with the majority in a
Quam said at the June 10 meeting that he
requested the opinion from Dye.
Most contributors to the blog have opposed
PAR's site plans for Pine Avenue retail-office-resi-
The Anna Maria public records requests began
March 10 when attorney Valerie Fernandez, repre-
senting legal consultant Michael Barfield of Sara-
sota and PAR, requested the e-mails pertaining to city
business to and from Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus
and then-planning and zoning board member Jim
William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue,
through attorney Jeremy Anderson, submitted a
public records request for the e-mails of Mike Cole-
man of PAR, along with other members of the city's
parking safety committee.
That request has since been revised to add more
people to the request, as has the request from Bar-
Various e-mails pertaining to public business
have been requested from former City Commissioner
Duke Miller, Robin Wall, Nicky Hunt, Cathy Stoltz-
fus, Larry Albert, Terry Schaefer, Tom Aposporos,
Mayor Fran Barford, Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick,
Dye, Alan Garrett, Bob Welch and P&Z member
Sandy Mattick, among others.
Jeremy Anderson, the blog Our Anna Maria, attor-
ney Bill Yanger of Tampa, and Anna Maria residents
Robin Wall, Terry Schaefer, Larry Albert and Nicky
Fernandez gave Stoltzfus 10 days to respond
to her notice, but a response will likely be quicker,
according to attorney Richard Harrison, who repre-
sents Stoltzfus, along with Wall and Miller.
"We will be filing an objection," Harrison said.
"Fernandez can't issue (the subpoena) until the court
resolves the objections," he said.
Barfield began his public records request for
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Community Affairs
completed its investigation into a complaint by
Robert and Nicky Hunt of Anna Maria that the
city's method of calculating density is not in com-
pliance with the comprehensive plan or land-devel-
James Miller of the DCA said the department
is "working on the decision and will issue it as
soon as possible, hopefully within the next few
Once the DCA reaches a decision, it will be
forwarded to the city, the Hunts' attorney and the
Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.
Miller said that regardless of whether the DCA
agrees with the city or finds density is inconsistent,
the ruling goes to the division of administrative
hearings in the event either side wants to challenge
the DCA decision.
The DCA ruling is not the final answer, Miller
The Hunts and their attorney, Jeremy Anderson
of the Law Offices of Lobeck & Hanson in Sara-
Stoltzfus' e-mails March 10.
Since then, other public records requests have
come from attorney Jeremy Anderson representing
William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue, and
revised requests from Barfield. Anderson also has
revised his records request.
Mayor Fran Barford said city staff has processed
more than 40,000 pages of records, including docu-
ments for the recall. The second petition amounted to
430 two-sided copies of 47 pages on legal-size paper.
She said she would present a preliminary cost esti-
mate to the commission for handling the responses.
Coleman retains personal e-mails
By Rick Catlin
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
has denied a public records request made by attorney
Jeremy Anderson for all of his e-mails related to city
Valerie Fernandez, an attor-
ney representing Coleman and PAR,
responded to Anderson that Cole-
man has provided all his e-mails to
the city relating to his three months
on the city's parking safety commit-
tee. Fernandez wrote Anderson that
Coleman's personal e-mails are not
subject to Florida's public records
Anderson alleged Coleman
"may be communicating with city
representatives or staff by e-mail,
or other written communications,
as either a private citizen or rep-
Fernandez resentative of local businesses."
Even if that's correct,
replied Fernandez, Coleman is
not subject to public records laws
when he's acting as a private citi-
zen and sends communications to
city representatives or staff.
"Your request is denied,"
Anderson wrote Fernandez.
The public records request battle in Anna Maria
began March 10, when Fernandez, representing con-
sultant Michael Barfield, requested the public records
of Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus and planning and
zoning board member Jim Conoly.
She later requested the e-mails relating to the
public business of former Commissioner Duke Miller,
Robin Wall, Nicky Hunt and Cathy Stoltzfus, wife of
Commissioner Stoltzfus. Fernandez also sought the
public e-mails of safety committee members Larry
Albert and Terry Schaefer.
Anderson then requested the e-mails relating to
public business of Coleman, former Commissioner
Tom Aposporos and Gene Aubry, along with those
of planning and zoning board members Sandy Mat-
tick and former Commissioner Bob Barlow, Com-
missioner Jo Ann Mattick, Mayor Fran Barford,
city attorney Jim Dye, city planner Alan Garrett and
building official Bob Welch.
Stoltzfus has on several occasions, followed
by more submissions said he has supplied all his
e-mails related to public business and Conoly signed
an agreement with Fernandez to allow inspection of
his computer's hard drive for any pertinent e-mails.
According to city staff, they have received
e-mails relating to public business from most of the
people in the various requests, including Schaefer and
Albert. The staff had not received any e-mails from
Wall or Hunt as of May 21.
Hunt did not respond to e-mails asking for com-
Coleman has provided his e-mails relating to the
public business of the parking safety committee, a
staff member said.
Harrison has supplied the public e-mails of Miller
and both Cathy and Harry Stoltzfus, but has e-mailed
Barfield that Wall is a private citizen and not subject
to the public records laws.
Anderson has now sent a revised public records
request for the e-mails of Coleman, Aubry and Apos-
poros during their time on Anna Maria's parking
safety committee for Pine Avenue and two weeks
after the committee concluded its business.
Anderson said he is "concerned that Mr. Coleman
may have purged his accounts."
Fernandez said she would reply to Anderson after
a thorough study of the case he cited as the basis for
sota, have claimed the city's method of calculating
gross density in the retail-office-residential district
violates the comp plan, which calls for a density
of six units per acre. Using the gross density, the
city can come up with 8.7 units per acre.
The city has responded that the six units per
acre in the comprehensive plan is for new devel-
opment and any new development needs 7,500
square feet of land for construction.
Many platted lots of records accepted by the
city since 1913 are only 5,000 square feet in
size. To apply the six-units-per-acre rule to those
lots would mean those lots are "unbuildable,"
according to city attorney Jim Dye, and results
in a "taking" by the city that might not stand up
It was never the city's intention to make those
small-size lots unbuildable, Dye told the DCA.
The Hunt complaint came after the planning
and zoning board approved a project in the ROR
district by Pine Avenue Restoration LLC on a lot
that measures 52 feet by 104 feet. The city used
the gross acreage method to compute density for
DCA completes AM review
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 16, 2010 5 5
Historic house gets change of address
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's Pine Avenue early June 8 had all
the flavor and atmosphere of a July 4th parade.
Crowds began gathering at 308 Pine Ave. with
digital cameras and video recorders as early as 7 a.m.
to watch as the historic kit-house was moved to its
new location at 503 Pine Ave., site of the planned
Anna Maria Historic Green Village.
It was the first house-moving in Anna Maria since
the Belle Haven cottage was moved in 2002 to the
city-owned historical park.
The house, built from a kit in 1937 from Sears,
Roebuck and Co., will now reside on property owned
by Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher to be part of the
historic village they plan to develop in the 500 block
of Pine Avenue.
Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island Preserva-
tion Trust has designated the house as historic to the
Two other historic Anna Maria homes on site and
two new retail-office-residential structures will make
up the village.
The village project encompasses the parcels the
Thrashers own at 501, 503, 505 and 507 Pine Ave.
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board was
to hold a public hearing June 15 on the village site-
A truck haul-
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out of a lot in
the 300 block
of Pine Avenue
June 8 to
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drive to the
home in the
500 block of
plan and make a recommendation to the city com-
The cottage sits
at its new rest-
ing place at the
proposed site of
the Anna Maria
Village on Pine
Contractor Dan Gagne makes sure Pine Avenue is clear as the move begins.
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Take it to the streets
Score one for Harry.
The complaint filed last month with the Florida
Commission on Ethics with regard to Anna Maria
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus was examined and
determined not to be an ethics violation.
The complaint may not have hit the mark for
the ethics examiners, and maybe it was deficient in
some way, but the ethics commission is obviously not
the venue to air a complaint on the Sunshine Law.
Had the courts said the law was violated, that may
be cause for an ethics complaint, and so maybe that
horse got before the cart.
While Stoltzfus may be high on the decision
favorable to him, the struggle over whether he should
retain his seat on the Anna Maria City Commission
hit a new low this week.
It seems that some overzealous supporters of
Stoltzfus, whether friends, family or the commis-
sioner himself, have resorted to making complaints
on petty code enforcement violations and frequent
calls to law enforcement to ticket parked cars.
(Rumor has it that Commissioner Stoltzfus
received a parking ticket. And how silly is that in
small town USA?)
The backfire will be relaxed code enforcement
rules thankfully. We hope that includes the all-
four-tires-on-the-road rule for parked vehicles.
Now how great is that?
No oil, no oil, no oil
It bears repeating. If friends, clients or prospec-
tive visitors are calling you about oil on Anna Maria
Island's beaches, ask them to tell everyone they know
that it's a big Gulf of Mexico, the Panhandle's a long
way from here, and NO, there's no oil here.
Fish are still jumping onto hooks, kids are still skim-
ming on the waters edge, turtles are nesting in the white
sand, and, while we're mobilizing and preparing for the
worst, our glass is half full. There's no oil spill here and
there may never be oil in our waters.
Just keep spreading that word around.
We' 11 see you at the grassroots meeting to discuss
a prevention effort at 7 p.m. June 17 at the AMI Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Happy Father's Day to all of y'all June 20 and
welcome to the first day of summer June 21. We also
say hello this week to a storm system in the tropics
that could be named Alex.
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What about Harry?
Harry Stoltzfus wants the legal recall attempt
seeking to remove him as one of the Anna Maria's
commissioners stopped because he thinks the charges
of misfeasance and malfeasance in office are "too
vague" and handicap his ability to defend himself.
My, such semantic mischief from someone who
appears to be such an accomplished inciter of quar-
But misfeasance and malfeasance both can
describe how one performs his job or duties, and
in this case they imply one has performed badly,
wrongly, maybe injuriously and even, perhaps, ille-
The judge didn't buy the argument and so the
recall moves on to its second phase of signature gath-
Semantics aside, the tone of bickering and the
unfair public remarks directed at hard working
city officials and employees has become a serious
Harry Stoltzfus wasn't displaying fiscal respon-
sibility when he set up Anna Maria for high litiga-
tion costs due to law suits he promoted. I also seri-
ously wonder about someone who seeks to disrupt
a friendly arrangement between the business com-
munity and residents.
I am old now and am happy I bought a home in
Anna Maria to call my last home What I don't need,
though, is a mischief-maker-in-chief to mislead the
good people of this wonderful community.
Jean Cole Harris, Anna Maria
There is a place that the sand is as white as snow.
And the water is as clear as glass. This place I've
been going to ever since I can remember. This place
is Anna Maria.
Some fish blend right into the sand.
My favorite time to come here is May.
This is where my great grandmother lives. She
was the first in our family to come here. First Eta.
Then my grandma Delia. Then me and many more
to come. I hope that our family will be coming here
Helena Rodriguez, 7, Anna Maria
Disappointed in county board
My family and I have been coming to Anna Maria
Island for a number of years. We have come to love
the island and its small town charm and relaxed life-
Cafe on the Beach was just one of the many things
we looked forward to each year. The food was always
very good and the staff always pleasant. I was dis-
appointed to learn that the county commission went
against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of
the people who elected them and decided for very
unclear reasons to rule against the existing vendor
who has been providing such excellent service. It's
a sad state of affairs that such things are allowed to
Robert Ableman, Burlington, Ontario
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The qualifying began at noon June 14 and was
to conclude at noon Friday, June 18. Qualifying will
not take place in Anna Maria until July.
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for the municipal elections, but generally a candidate
must be a U.S. citizen, registered to vote and meet
the residency requirement of his or her city.
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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.
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Bradenton. Papers also are filed with the supervisor's
office after they are notarized at Bradenton Beach
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November are the mayoral post held by Rich Boh-
nenberger and the commission seats held by Sandy
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Drive, Holmes Beach.
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by Fran Barford and city commission seats held by
Jo Ann Mattick and Chuck Webb are up for elec-
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tion at the supervisor of elections office, however, the
qualifying period is not until late July.
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election Nov. 3.
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As of June 11, there were two active candidates
in the city.
The mayoral post is up for election as a result of
Michael Pierce's resignation earlier this month. Cur-
rent Mayor Bob Bartelt is an active candidate for the
Bartelt's former Ward 4
commission seat also is up for
election in November. Janet
Vosburgh, appointed to the seat
June 3 by commissioner, is an
active candidate for the post.
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Bartelt no one was an active candidate for
the Ward 2 seat currently held by
Bob Connors. Connors, as of Islander press time, had
not announced his intentions.
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elections takes place this week. Qualifying began
June 14 and concludes at noon Friday, June 18.
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In the June 14, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law May 30
allowing the Anna Maria and West Side fire districts
to merge. The new district was titled the West Man-
atee Fire Rescue District and was provided a five-
member board. Two board members came from Anna
Maria, while three were from West Side. Chief Andy
Price of the Anna Maria district was named to head
up the West Manatee Fire Rescue.
The environmental group ManaSota-88
announced it was suing Bradenton for approving a
686-condominium unit project on north Perico Island,
claiming the city erred because required amendments
to the city's comprehensive plan were not approved
and the city approved the project before the 353-acre
parcel was properly zoned. The Island cities joined
ManaSota-88 in the lawsuit.
Sarasota theater director Jamie Brown, 57, was
found stabbed to death at his north Longboat Key
home after reportedly befriending a young man and
allowing him to stay at his house, Longboat Key
police said. Police were circulating pictures of Brown
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Dead zone draws ire of neighbors
By Nick Walter
There's a brown patch of dead plants off the
28th Street beach-access path in Holmes Beach, and
neighbors there are perturbed.
In early March, Whitehead Construction began
renovating a house on 28th Street on the beachfront.
To transport materials, a worker operating a forklift
pulled onto an area of vegetation, according to two
28th Street neighbors who asked to remain anony-
mous. Last week, construction continued although
the forklift is no longer on the city-owned path, which
has scarcely grown back.
Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer
looked at a photo of the dead vegetation and said it
did not appear to be an endangered species, such as
sea oats. Instead, he said, it looked like mostly sea
grapes, which could grow back in a month.
"It's something that should not have happened,"
Shaffer said. "If we try to recoup the damages, I'm
not sure how far that would go."
Shaffer said he would call a representative at
Whitehead Construction and ask the company to
remove the dead plants so new plants can grow. He
said vegetation helps with beach erosion control.
However, Shaffer said, "We' 11 probably take little
action if any at all."
Shaffer added if any construction company dam-
ages someone's private property, the construction
company is liable.
Neighbors, meanwhile, are still fuming over the
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In what he said was an effort to avoid a
costly lawsuit, Anna Maria City Commission
Chair John Quam held a special commission
meeting at 7 p.m. June 10 to reconsider the
commission's denial of a site plan for 308 Pine
Quam said he asked city attorney Jim Dye
if there were options for the commission to stay
out of court. Dye's response was that the city
could reconsider its vote if a commissioner who
voted to deny the approval made a motion to
A reconsideration could lead to another
public hearing, Dye said.
"It's a lengthy process," he added.
Quam had suggested the city could place the
denial "on hold" while the commission revises
its parking regulations on Pine Avenue. Revi-
sions are under way, he said.
Unfortunately, Dye said, there are no rules
in place to put a site plan on hold after it's been
denied. The city eliminated that in its site-plan
procedures several years ago.
Quam, along with Commissioners Harry
Stoltzfus and Dale Woodland, voted May 27
to deny the site plan submitted by Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC, while Commissioners Chuck
Webb and Jo Ann Mattick favored the plan.
When Quam asked if any commissioner who
voted to deny wanted to reconsider, it was one
of the few times a commissioner had nothing to
"Then it will stand as it is," Quam said after
a lengthy silence.
PAR can re-submit its site plan at a later
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BB commissioners hold early budget review
By Lisa Neff I I One idea, said Robertson. would be to cut unnec-
Bradenton Beach officials plan an intensive
month of budgetary meetings as they prepare to con-
sider a 2010-11 budget.
Commissioners and Mayor Bob Bartelt met June
8 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., for a preliminary
discussion on the commission budget, as well as an
hour-long talk about whether contracting for recy-
cling services would save the city money.
The recycling discussion came first, and resulted
in a commission request for more information, spe-
cifically about the number of recycling customers in
A division of the city's public works department
currently collects solid waste as well as recycling
from residential and commercial properties.
Commissioners, searching for savings, wondered
whether it would be economically beneficial to con-
tract with a company such as Waste Management
or Waste Pro for recycling pickup, but not garbage
Public works director Tom Woodard said the
city's current cost for recycling is about $61,000 a
year, which includes payments on a 1998 recycling
truck. Fees for recycling are currently charged to cus-
tomers in an overall sanitation bill from the city.
Waste Pro representative Andy Toller said his
company could provide recycling service to a resi-
dence for about $3 a month and a commercial prop-
erty beginning at about $25 a month, which, roughly,
would total about $54,000 a year for all the recycling
customers in the city.
Toller also said the company would negotiate a
franchise fee that would result in Waste Pro paying
the city a percentage of its revenues from Bradenton
"We want your business," Toller said. "We really
Commissioners agreed that they are interested
in learning more about contracting for recycling, as
well as the impact on eliminating the city's program
on the public works department.
"We would need to know the impact to our staff,"
said Commissioner Janie Robertson.
Woodard said two employees currently work
about 12 hours a week on the recycling program,
and devote their other hours to other duties in public
"These two guys are very valuable in a lot of
other places," Woodard said.
If the commission decides to go with a contractor
for recycling, they would have to collect bids on the
work through a request for proposals.
The commission next turned to its department
"I thought we would be an example," Robertson
said, suggesting that the commission might consider
trimming some money from its next budget, or real-
A 2010-11 budget will not be presented until next
month. The 2009-10 budget contains $149,954 for the
commission. However, that includes the $106,000
community redevelopment agency ad valorem rev-
enue, which can only be used for specific purposes,
and $28,800 in regular salaries and $2,204 in taxes.
After looking at the commission budget, Com-
missioner Gay Breuler commented, "I don't see how
we could cut much of this budget.... We're hardly
talking about any money here."
Robertson replied, "No Gay, there isn't a lot, but
I think it's the process that is important."
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Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt on
June 8 wrote a memo to commissioners and
city department heads regarding rumors about
staff being dismissed.
Bartelt, who became mayor June 3 follow-
ing the resignation of Michael Pierce, said false
rumors were circulating about staff cuts.
"As of this date no employee has been fired
nor lost their job," Bartelt wrote.
However, he continued, "During the
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Also, she suggested that the next commission
budget might not need to include $8,000 for main-
taining a fare-free Island trolley.
Perhaps some of that money might be redirected
to paying for a redesigned city website, Robertson
City clerk Nora Idso suggested that the commis-
sion and mayor also examine in detail the 2009-10
budgets for the other departments, possibly reviewing
some portions of the budget line by line.
Agreeing, the commission set a schedule with
Idso. The administration and building department
budget will be reviewed on June 22, the police depart-
ment and project/program budget on June 29 and the
public works department budget on June 30.
Hunts seek build extension
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch
asked the city commission at its June 10 special
meeting for guidance on the permit for a retail-
office-residential development at 303 Pine Ave.
Developers Robert and Nicky Hunt received
site-plan approval in 2005. In January 2010,
Welch issued a building permit for 303 Pine Ave.,
which expires July 18, unless "good faith" work
that which generally requires some stage of
inspection has been done at the property.
Welch said there has been no good-faith
work performed at 303 Pine Ave., but he asked
the commission if he has the power to determine
if an extension should be granted.
The Hunts claim they want their site plan to
conform to whatever the city decides about park-
ing regulations on Pine Avenue.
"Why is this so complicated?" asked Com-
mission Chair John Quam.
Indeed, said Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick.
"They have an approved plan. They can build now."
It's not up to the commission to determine
good faith," it's a building official's decision,
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By Lisa Neff
The 10th annual Island Blood Drive was one for
the record books, according to representatives with
Florida Blood Services.
The drive, held June 5-6 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach, resulted in 392 successful
donations of blood.
That means five Island nonprofits will be splitting
more than $39,000 in donations from an anonymous
foundation. Year after year, the foundation awards
$100 for each unit of good blood donated to FBS
during the drive. During the drive, blood donors fill
out cards designating their nonprofit choice.
The donations are:
Anna Maria Island Community Center,
Anna Maria Island Privateers, $6,715.
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, $1,750.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Volunteers, 7,482.
Wildlife Inc., $16,615.
"What a spectacular event," said FBS coordinator
Wanda K. Read-Burke.
Read-Burke said the weekend was "one for the
record books," with "a lot of lives saved by these dona-
tions and a lot of dollars for your organizations."
She said the tally from the drive was delayed
because some blood donors did not complete cards
designating a favored nonprofit. There also were non-
profit cards with the names of people who did not
Library hosts teen series
The Friends of the Island Branch Library
will host a summer series Make Waves @
the Library for teens.
Programs will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
The schedule includes:
June 16: "Making Sense of Sharks," pre-
sented by Mote Marine Laboratory, about all the
senses sharks use to navigate the depths.
June 23: "Origami with Judy," in which Judy
Pruitt teaches the ancient art of folding paper.
June 30: "Manga, Anime, and Cosplay,"
about Japanese cartoons and TV shows.
July 7: "DIY T-Shirt Surgery," about updat-
ing, modernizing and customizing an old shirt.
July 14: "Lions and Tigers and Bears and
a Fennec Fox," about Elmira's Wildlife Sanctu-
July 21: "Giving Tree Drum Circle," a hands-
on musical experience.
July 28: "Photography with James Corwin
Johnson," about the tips and tricks of shooting
like a pro.
For more information, call the library at 941-
Ed Straight of Wildlife Inc. at the blood drive. His
organization received $16,615 from the event.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Read-Burke also thanked St. Bernard Catholic
Church for providing space for the drive.
"We could never attain these results on bloodmo-
biles," she said.
While a date for next year's blood drive has not
been set, Ed Straight of Wildlife Inc. said his Braden-
ton Beach-based group began promoting next year's
donations to their group June 7.
Representatives from each of the groups said the
donations are important for them to carry out their
Center to host fishing class
The Anna Maria Island Community Center and
Island Discount Tackle will hold a fishing class for
children ages 5-12.
Enrollment will be $15 for members, $20 for
The class will take place at 9 a.m. Saturdays June
19, June 26, July 10 and July 17 at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
A second session will be offered July 24, July 31,
Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.
For more information, including registration
details, call the Center at 941-778-1908.
Chamber organizing Bayfest
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce offi-
cials want Islanders to save the dates Oct. 15-16.
That is when the chamber's annual Bayfest celebra-
tion takes place along Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
The chamber also is seeking volunteers to help
with the event.
A Bayfest planning meeting will take place at 4
p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at the chamber office, 5313
Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
right, president of the
Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island, presents
Ava Ehde of the Island
Branch Library with
$500 to use for chil-
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Holmes Beach institution.
Islander Photo: Ralph
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Library presents Make a Splash
The Island Branch Library will host Make a
Splash, a series of young children's programs at
10:30 a.m. Thursdays, beginning June 17 and con-
tinuing through July 29.
The first program will feature John Mallory pre-
senting Geddy the Gecko at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
The Center also will be the location for the Giving
Tree Drum Circle on July 15.
The other programs will take place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
including the Earthlings H20 Show June 24, a Yo-Yo
demonstration July 8, a juggling and laser show July
22 and storytelling July 29.
The programs are sponsored by the Friends of
the Island Branch Library and Bishop Foundation.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Robinson hosts Hula-Hoop jam
The Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment will hold a Hula-Hoop Jam at 6 p.m. Wednes-
day, June 23, at Robinson Preserve in northwest Bra-
Participants will meet at the kayak launch near
the entrance to the preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bra-
denton, and then hike to an observation tower. There,
participants will hoop it up.
For more information, including registration
details, call the NRD at 941-748-4501, ext. 4605.
Rotary club to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria will meet at noon
Tuesday, June 22, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Becky Karras of Family Resources Inc. will talk
about how the nonprofit helps runaways.
For more information, go to www.annamariaro-
Art league holding
The Anna Maria Island Art League will hold
summer classes for adults and children.
Offerings include drawing, oil painting, photog-
raphy, watercolors, colored pencils, pen and ink and
For class schedules, go to www.islandartleague.
org or call 941-778-7099.
Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Diana Dill of Take Stock in Children is the sched-
For more information, call Ralph Bassett at 941-
Center planning golf outing
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, has set the date for its
2010 golf outing.
The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 8, at the IMG Golf and Country Club. A four-
some will cost $600. A single player admission will
cost $175 and includes green fees, cart rental, refresh-
ments, dinner and a gift bag.
Non-golfers can attend the dinner for $45.
For more information, including sponsorship
details, call the Center at 941-778-1908.
The Islander welcomes photographs and
notices of the milestones in readers' lives wed-
dings, anniversaries, travels and other events.
Please send notices and photographs with detailed
captions along with complete contact infor-
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don Flowers, 14, of
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 16, 2010 0 13
Anna Maria special meeting takes up land use
By Rick Catlin
A special commission meeting June 10 was called
by Anna Maria City Commission Chair John Quam
with numerous topics on the agenda.
One agenda item for the meeting was a request
by the Walker Trust to have the commission approve
a plat of two lots in the planned Banyan Tree Estates
housing project on Park Street.
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing Banyan
Tree, said she has been working with the city for
more than a year to get all the plats approved, and all
that's left is for Quam to sign a document that will
legally plat two lots.
But the issue is more complicated than a signa-
Although the two lots collectively are just 15 feet
wide and about 50 feet long, they are part of some
of the Walker property that is within the conserva-
tion land-use designation of the comprehensive plan
adopted in 2007.
The comp plan prohibits development in the con-
servation land-use category, but commissioners have
agreed that was not their intent when the comp plan
was adopted in November 2007.
The city is enacting a moratorium while it sorts
out the meaning of the comp-plan language.
City attorney Jim Dye said the commission has
to decide if the Walker plats are "far enough along
that you don't have to send them back through the
Commissioner Chuck Webb said approving the
plats would be the "wise thing to do."
But Dye said platting lots is the same as devel-
oping real estate, which is prohibited by the comp
plan. Webb didn't agree, saying a plat is just a piece
of paper allowing someone to legally sell property.
Dye said his advice is that the city should wait for
the moratorium to be in place, revise the comp-plan
language, then approve the plats.
Perry said she "can't get much closer than this
to the finish line," and indicated her clients will sue
the city if denied the plats.
But commissioners agreed in a 3-2 vote to side
with Dye and hold off on approving the plats.
Quam, along with Commissioners Dale Wood-
land and Harry Stoltzfus, agreed to heed Dye's advice,
while Webb and Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick were
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contract for sale, awaiting plat approval. "These will
now be terminated and that's the basis for a lawsuit,"
Commissioners then considered and voted 3-2 to
approve the first reading of a moratorium to prohibit
development in the conservation land-use category
of the city's comprehensive plan.
The issue is not without problems.
A conservation land-use category was not desig-
nated in the 1989 comp plan.
Quam said consultant Tony Arrant, who facili-
tated the city through the 2007 comp-plan revision,
had put in the conservation land-use category. Some
properties were placed in that category by mistake
and this was pointed out to Arrant at one of the many
meetings held on the comp plan, and Arrant said he
would take care of it, Quam said.
"But he didn't," said Quam.
Now, the city is stuck with a proposed project -
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two properties that
the city has not yet
Photo: Rick Catlin
conservation category, but the comp plan prohibits
Dye said the city needs a "time-out" while it
determines the intent of the comp-plan language.
That's why he gave no expiration date for the mora-
Stoltzfus had Dye add the word "plat" after
development, although Webb disagreed.
"Platting is not development," Webb said.
Dye said he wanted the word "plat" in the mora-
torium so someone doesn't buy a property, then come
down to city hall complaining they can't build.
Perry said this was nonsense.
Most of the lots for Banyan Tree Estates were
platted in February 2009, she said. Only two more
plats remain. The moratorium will put those plat
applications back to the beginning of the process,
Stoltzfus, Quam and Woodland were unswayed
and voted to approve the moratorium.
The final reading will be at 7 p.m. June 24.
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Turtle watch tours draw vacationers
By Lisa Neff
Tour guide Suzi Fox raised her right arm, holding
up the golf-ball sized egg for her audience to see.
Sue Van Den Bosch clapped her hands and
smiled. "This is wonderful," she said. "I'm going to
The tour June 9 took vacationers, by auto, from
the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach to a
newly discovered loggerhead turtle nest in Braden-
ton Beach. From there, the more than a dozen tourists
drove to Anna Maria Island's north end to see nesting
black skimmers, snowy plovers and least terns, as
well as chicks.
Fox, executive director of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, is conducting regular tours, part of
AMITW's effort to educate the public about the wild-
life that shares the local beaches and area waters.
Last week's tour began at about 7 a.m.
"That's early for me when I'm on vacation," said
tourist Dan Hicks. "But this is really special. And,
well, my wife promised breakfast after."
Greeting the tourists at the public beach, Fox
explained AMITW's purpose. From May 1 through
Oct. 31, volunteers walk sections of the beach just
after sunrise documenting for signs of nesting and
That morning, Fox had received reports of four
new turtle nests and she discussed how AMITW veri-
fies each nest, records data about the nest and site and
stakes off the nest for monitoring.
"That's a high number for us," she said of the
The caravan of autos then headed from the Mana-
tee Public Beach to the 1800 block of Gulf Drive
in Bradenton Beach, where the group observed Fox
verifying a nest.
At the nest, she pointed out the turtle's tracks,
which went up from the water to the dunes, where
the turtle dug into the sand and deposited her eggs in
a narrow pit, and then went back to the water.
"A loggerhead turtle pushes sand back with her
flippers," said Fox, before she knelt on the sand and
began digging to locate the eggs.
"I'm looking for a soft spot," she said. "And we're
not allowed to dig with anything but our fingers."
Ten-year-old Kathrine Solano studied Fox's
work. "I wanted to come over here because it sounded
interesting," said the Mississippian. "And I've always
wanted to see how a turtle's life is."
Father James Solano stood behind her. He said
they joined the tour because his daughter "is a big
animal fan." But, he added, "I'm enjoying this."
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"I've never seen anything like this before," said
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Chicks learn to fly
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria's north beach became a proving
ground last week, as snowy plover chicks tested
their flight abilities.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch's shorebird
monitoring program confirmed that chicks recently
hatched in the protected nesting ground on the
beach are jumping and stretching their wings.
"The little cuties are jumping up and flying a
bit, then playing and back down on the ground,"
said AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
She encouraged beachgoers to remain cautious
in the area, which is several blocks north of the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
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they pay no attention to anything on the beach
around them," Fox said.
The snowy plover chicks also can be difficult
to see on the sand.
Fox and others recently conducted a bird nest-
ing survey on the north end, where several areas are
cordoned off to protect the birds.
In addition to the snowy plover chicks, AMITW
reported four snowy plover nests; 220 least terns,
including 72 adults on eggs and 18 brooding chicks;
and 290 black skimmers on nests.
"The least terns are hatchling daily and love to
run out of the rope area to the water line," Fox said.
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By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach man
is 'super' lawyer
H. Hamilton "Chip" Rice Jr. of
Holmes Beach has been named a 2010
Florida Super Lawyer in a vote by attor-
neys in the Florida Bar Association.
Rice is an attorney with the Braden-
ton law firm of Lewis, Longman and
Only 5 percent of Florida attor-
neys receive this designation, a press
release from Lewis, Longman & Walker
Rice received his award in the area
of city and municipality government.
For more information, e-mail kbol-
Scott Brockman, son of Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman, was
recently elected president of the South-
east Chapter of the American Associa-
tion of Airport Executives.
He is the chief operating officer of
the Memphis-Shelby County Airport.
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Rotary Club ofAnna
Maria Island fourth-grade
essay-contest winners Luke
Valadie, left, and Isabelle
Hyman display awards they
received from Rotary. Their
names will be added to a
plaque of winners in the
AME lobby and, in thefall,
they will attend a Rotary
luncheon and read their
essays on the Rotary Four-
Way Test. Islander Photo:
'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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entry is in compliance with them.
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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
digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. E-mail
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Beach FL 34217.
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org or on a disc.
Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed.
And while digital entries are encouraged, you
may send or deliver your favorite prints weekly to Top
Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
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
waived, one photo attachment per e-mail. There is no
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.
their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish
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 Islander and contest
sponsors assume no responsibility for submitted negatives, CDs
or photo prints.
Entrant must know and submit the name and address
of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
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their immediate family members are not eligible to enter the
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Oh yeah! School's out for summer
class built sand
on the beach
June 8. Sackett
AME at the end
of the school
AME staff says goodbye
Anna Maria Elementary School teachers Joan
Sackett and DeAnn Davis show off gifts they
received at their retirement party June 9 at the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Cindi Harrison
Students in Toni Lashway's second-grade class start summer
with a pajama party. Students went to school June 8 in their pjs
to wind up a class reading project.
Anna Maria Elementary School kindergartners dine before school let out June 8.
Students'summer plans were the main discussion in the lunchroom.
One last time
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders dine together one last
time at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Students
enjoyed hamburgers at the fifth-grade luncheon June 8. Islander
Photos: Kimberly Kuizon
AME fourth-grader Abi
Fritz enjoys a bowl of
tom yum soup.
Thailand lesson, luncheon plan
Susan Timmins and son Ben Murphy, an alumnus of AME, serve a traditional
Thai soup. Heather Nyberg's fifth-grade class and Taylor's fourth-graders have
been writing pen pals in Thailand, thanks to an exchange arranged by AME
alumna Lexa Murphy, daughter of Beach Bistro's Timmins and husband Sean
Murphy. Lexa was teaching there earlier this year. Students were treated to an
array of Thai dishes prepared by Susan, who took a cooking class while visiting
Lexa in Thailand. Islander Photos: Courtesy Pidge Taylor
18 0 JUNE 16, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach winter resident Harry McCal-
lister likes to call himself one of the lucky combat
pilots who survived the aerial war over Europe during
World War II.
He didn't always call himself lucky.
On his 35th bombing mission of the war, Harry's
B-17 bomber was shot down April 9, 1945. It was to
have been his final mission, but Harry and his crew
members became prisoners of war.
Harry did not consider himself lucky that day.
If his B-17 had made it safely back to England,
Harry, who was the co-pilot, and those crew mem-
bers who also had completed 35 missions would have
been taken off combat duty and returned to the United
It was not to be.
Harry's journey to England and the air war began
in Philadelphia when he turned 18.
"I had a choice. I could enlist or be drafted. If I
enlisted, I would get to be an aviation cadet because
of my test scores, so I went to flight school."
Following more than 12 months of training
at various U.S. Army Air Corps bases, Harry was
assigned to bomber pilot training at Del Rio, Texas.
He trained on the B-26 twin-engine bomber,
dubbed "The Flying Prostitute" because it had no
visible means of support, Harry said with a laugh.
But in typical Army fashion, as soon as he and
his crew became qualified in the B-26, they were sent
Holmes Beach winter resident Harry McCallister
with a copy of the book written about his B-17
and its crash on what was supposed to be his 35th
and final combat mission World War II. A picture
of McCallister in flying gear is on the cover of the
book. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
to Nebraska to pick up a B-17, a four-engine bomber
called the "Flying Fortress."
"We had no training in a B-17, but those were
the orders. The pilot's name was Ted Williams, not
the ball player, and luckily he had some B-17 pilot
experience. There was no training for me as co-pilot.
It was on-the-job training."
In October 1944, Harry, Williams and the crew
went on a troop ship to Scotland as a replacement
crew for the 8th U.S. Air Force. They were assigned
to the 548th Squadron of the 385th Bomb Group at
Great Ashfield, England.
"I remember Ted flew one training mission in a
B-17 and then we were assigned to fly combat. We
were on our own."
On the first mission to Karlsruhe, the anti-aircraft
fire was intense.
"We were all nervous, but we did our jobs and
got back in one piece. After that, we felt like seasoned
After a number of missions, the ball-turret gunner
on the B-17 brought a friend of his in the infantry to
"The guy said we had a cushy job and that he'd
swap places with us any time. He flew with us on
one mission and, after that, said he'd never complain
about the infantry again. I don't know why he com-
plained. It was a milk run with normal flak," Harry
recalled with a laugh.
On his 26th mission, one of Harry's crew went
berserk after watching the two B- 17s collide in mid-
air and both exploded.
"He cracked up. He started telling us how to fly
the plane. When we got back, they took him to a
mental hospital. We never saw him again."
Harry didn't have such problems, but after his
30th mission, he began thinking about making the
required 35 missions to finish combat.
"I knew we were getting close. I started to think
about it and, like everybody else, did some praying.
I never met an atheist who flew a B-17."
On his 35th and final mission on April 9, 1945,
the group was to bomb Schrobenhausen in Bavaria
Harry's plane, "Always Available," did not live
up to her name that day as she was unavailable. The
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crew had to fly a replacement aircraft.
"Nobody liked it, but what could we do? We
all had a bad feeling about not flying Always Avail-
Sure enough, the anti-aircraft fire was the worst
he'd ever seen, Harry recalled.
"After we dropped our bombs, we saw aviation
gas blowing out of the engines and we knew we had
been hit bad. It was the wrong plane at the wrong
Pilot Williams tried everything to get the fires
out, but with two engines in flames, he gave the order
to bail out. Harry was the next-to-last man to jump
and he couldn't get out fast enough.
Floating down to Earth, Harry was worried that
the S.S. (SchutzStaffel troops loyal only to Adolph
Hitler) would capture him.
"We had heard the S.S. used guys who jumped
from their planes as target practice. I saw a big
red barn and headed for that. I had never jumped
Six local German youths came up to him as Harry
watched his B-17 fly overhead at about 200 feet of
altitude. It crashed in a nearby field and one engine
fell off and nearly hit a house.
He started walking down a path to the nearby
town as women and old men shouted curses at him in
German and made threatening gestures. In Schroben-
hausen, a Luftwaffe (German Air Force) motorcycle
came up and took him away.
"I was never more glad to see someone as that
Luftwaffe sergeant. He was a decent guy and gave
me some food."
Harry was taken to the local jail, where he met
up with the other crew members, then transported to
a nearby Luftwaffe base.
"I spoke some German, so they talked to me in
By Rick Catlin
Now that many readers in The Islander circu-
lation area have returned north to cooler climates,
it has become difficult to locate Korean War or
World War II veterans of Allied countries for The
Islander's Greatest Generation and Forgotten Gen-
The fraternity of WWII and Korean War vet-
erans is not accepting any new members, and each
year, there are fewer and fewer stories.
We believe every veteran of both WWII and
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an office. I was looking out the window when I saw
a cigar-shaped plane take off. It was an experimental
jet, the ME-263 and it took off in about three seconds
with an incredible roar. I'm glad they didn't make any
more of those."
Harry and the crew were taken to Moosberg
prisoner-of-war camp near Munich. The compound
was supposed to hold 10,000 POWs, but had 80,000
by this time in the war.
With almost no food and only boiled water on
the daily menu, Harry knew he and a lot of others
wouldn't survive long. Luckily, some Red Cross par-
cels arrived and Harry and the other prisoners had
something to sustain them. Still, Harry lost 20 pounds
in his nearly three weeks of captivity.
Ironically, Harry met six guys in the camp who
had gone to high school with him in Delaware, and
he also found his brother-in-law in the compound.
On April 29, 1945, Harry's ordeal ended when
tanks from Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army drove
up to the camp and rammed the gates.
"Patton was driving the lead tank. He came in and
told somebody to take down that German flag and put
up the American flag. They were a lot of tears that
Harry returned to the States and was discharged
as an ex-POW.
Harry thought his last mission was finally over.
Harry's dad and uncle had a catering business
and he went to work there. His dad was killed in a
car accident shortly thereafter, and he didn't get along
with his uncle, so he became a carpenter in Swarth-
He married his high-school sweetheart in 1947
and he and his wife had three sons and two daugh-
Harry eventually became a contractor and worked
full-time until 1987, when he and his wife began
coming to Holmes Beach for the winter. Harry still
of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, but
spoke very little about his experiences.
Sadly, my dad is no longer around to tell me
what he did in the war, and I'm determined to not
let that happen to others.
I'm also a veteran, although my war was 25 years
after Bastogne in the jungles of southeast Asia.
The point is simply to tell your story as an
ordinary person in extraordinary times, so that you
can give something personal of yourself to your
children, grandchildren and great-grandkids.
It is your story. Nobody is looking for heroes.
As Marine Corporal Ralph Bassett of Perico Island
told me, the heroes are still over there.
If you are a WWII or Korean War veteran,
or have a friend who fits that category who has
not had his or her story printed in The Islander,
please contact me at 941-778-7978, or e-mail me
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 16, 2010 19
does carpentry jobs, although he admits that, at 86
years, he gets a little stiff sometimes.
"But I was one of the lucky ones. I came back.
A lot of guys I knew over there didn't make it back.
I wasn't a hero, I just did my job. Those other guys
that are still over there are the real heroes. I still think
about them to this day."
Harry remained active in veterans affairs and
corresponded regularly with his crew members
from Always Available. He harbored a secret desire
to return to Germany to where his plane crashed and
he had parachuted.
In 2003, Harry got a letter from a former Ameri-
can soldier involved with the history of the air war
in Europe who said a German writer was looking
for the crew members of the plane that had bombed
Schrobenhausen on April 9, 1945.
Harry made contact with the writer, Bernard
Rodig, and they exchanged e-mails. Harry went
to Germany that summer with his family to meet
That meeting led to several return trips to Ger-
many for Harry, and he introduced Rodig to Joe
Dreher, who had been Harry's radioman on that last
On his second trip to Germany, Harry was given
the red carpet treatment by the people of Schroben-
hausen and Bavaria. He met some of the young boys
who had greeted him on the one and only parachute
jump of his life.
Rodig's book, entitled "McCallister's Last Ride,"
was published in 2004 in both English and German.
Rodig wrote in his foreword:
"This book is dedicated to Harry McCallister,
the former co-pilot, and Joe Dreher, the former radio
operator, of the B-17 that crashed on April 9, 1945,
close to Schrobenhausen in Bavaria. During my
inquiries into this occurrence, Harry and Joe became
my very good American friends."
"Everyone should be so lucky," concluded
A proud member of The Greatest Generation.
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
new owner of
the Anna Maria
on Pine Avenue,
this winter to col-
lect a green card
- and pay a visit
to Big Ben and
the Thames. She
reported, a "very
cheery day today,
despite the cold.
We miss AMI."
Holmes Beach resident Harold "Chip" Sears, a
U.S. Navy diver during World War II, met current
Navy dive team member Christiane Miller March
19 at a Sea Service dinner in Tampa. Sears was a
guest of Anna Maria resident Capt. George Bar-
ford, USNR-retired, and was given a standing ova-
tion and commemorative Navy Challenge coin by
the divers for his WWII service. Sears was featured
in a March 2007 "Greatest Generation" column
in The Islander. Islander Photo: Courtesy George
Seeking Korean, WWII vets
20 0 JUNE 16, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Complaints spark change in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Following a recent rash of anonymous com-
plaints in Anna Maria about sandwich-board signs
and merchandise displays at businesses, commission-
ers at their 6 p.m. June 10 work session agreed to
write more business-friendly ordinances.
The sign ordinance currently allows a business
to have one A-frame sign in front as long as it has a
chalkboard that can be cleaned daily, said building
official Bob Welch.
Although none of the signs he and code enforce-
ment officer Gerry Rathvon investigated are "totally
compliant," they have been allowed for "many
years," he said. There had been no complaints until
"We' ve never had this before and I'm just asking
for direction from the board," Welch said.
He asked the commission to change the ordinance
and commissioners agreed.
Commissioner Dale Woodland favored remov-
ing the chalkboard restriction, while Commissioner
Chuck Webb said businesses should be given a choice
between chalkboard or plastic.
Commissioners also agreed to allow the name of
the business at the top of the sign.
City attorney Jim Dye cautioned that any time
the commission regulated language on a sign, he said
there is a chance that "you would trigger the first
amendment because it's a type of speech. Whatever
you do, try to get there without regulating what the
Commission Chair John Quam directed Dye to
prepare the appropriate ordinance amendment.
Welch said the city also recently received a
number of anonymous complaints about outdoor
He said there's confusion between two retail-
Pytel resigns from
Anna Maria P&Z
Frank Pytel resigned last week from the Anna
Maria Planning and Zoning Board, the second board
member to resign in the past six weeks.
Pytel gave no reason for his resignation.
Jim Conoly resigned from the board in May.
Mayor Fran Barford said she would examine the
list of applicants for the board and make a recommen-
dation to the city commission as soon as possible.
Anyone interested in serving on the P&Z board
may apply at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, or call 941-708-6130 for more information.
This A-frame sign at Sato Real Estate on Pine
Avenue is prohibited because it's not a chalkboard,
but commissioners agreed at their June 10 meeting
to amend the ordinance to allow this type ofpor-
table sign display. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
office-residential district ordinances that regulate
accessory uses and outdoor storage for businesses,
and the display of goods.
The problem is "we don't have anything to guide
us on how a business can display merchandise on
their property. What is prohibited? We' ve created
an accessory use within a prohibited-use category,"
Welch said. "There is a dichotomy. We need help and
guidance in determining what is allowed."
He said one location has been displaying bicycles
outdoors since a business began operating there in the
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick agreed there is a
problem. "We have to clarify between equipment and
merchandise," she said.
Webb suggested the commission establish a new
accessory use, with some limitations for storing busi-
ness merchandise and products, so the merchandise
doesn't take over all of the outside of a business.
Stoltzfus said there appears to be a "division of
use." He said renting a bike such as at Beach Bums is
appropriate, but to have retail outside, with merchan-
dise on the porch and in the parking lot is a "different
Woodland chimed in that the city is being overly
Featured sale: This home at 206 67th St., Holmes
Beach, sold in April 2007for $550,000 and in
May 2010 for $590,000. The cost per square foot
is $275. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
/ 1,980 sfur 3bed/2bath/ car canalfront home built
in 1953 on a 73x90 lot was sold 05/24/10, Macholtz
to Mitchell for $440,000; list $449,000.
318 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 600 sfla / 856
sfur Ibed/ Ibath home built in 1930 on a 62x145 lot
was sold 05/26/10, Pedota to Grant for $340,000;
6 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,840
sfla / 2,932 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1993
on a 78x121 lot was sold 05/27/10, Morequity Inc.
to Laarman for $322,500; list $349,900.
106 55th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,024 sfla / 1,360
sfur 2bed/Ibath home built in 1955 on a 77x96 lot
was sold 05/28/10, Aurora Loan Services LLC to
Cayo for $300,000; list $294,900.
1000 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Beach House Resort,
Bradenton Beach, a 450 sfla Ibed/lbath Gulfront
condo built in 1983 was sold 05/27/10, Sammer to
Zirm for $189,000; list $199,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
restrictive. "Unless we have a problem, just cor-
rect the language to make (business items outside)
He said he had faith that business owners would
not put too much outside and would bring everything
inside at night.
Quam directed Welch and Rathvon to prepare
some simple ordinance changes for the commission
to examine at a future meeting.
Commissioners agreed the city needs an ordi-
nance regulating the use of Segways and three-
wheeled motorized vehicles.
Although the planning and zoning board is look-
ing into such an ordinance for the commission to
review, Dye said it's not a land-use issue and the
commission should deal with the matter.
Commissioners plan to review the Segway ordi-
nance for Sanibel Island and have Sgt. Dave Turner
of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria
substation give an overview at the next meeting
before asking Dye to prepare a draft ordinance.
Several members of the public objected to the
commission's policy of allowing anonymous com-
plaints to the code enforcement officer.
Lisa Moreau of Sato Real Estate read a statement
from owner Barbara Sato that the recent anonymous
complainer about signs and outdoor business items
is "mean-spirited and hurting business."
She asked the anonymous complainer to "come
forward" and be identified.
Gene Aubry suggested the commission abandon
its anonymous complaint policy, and Webb agreed.
"We should require an affidavit with each com-
plaint. We will cut down on complaints and save
Gerry (Rathvon) a lot of time," Webb said.
Quam said the policy has been discussed each
year for the eight years he's been on the commission,
and each year the commission voted to continue the
policy, but he agreed to place the issue on the com-
mission's agenda for its next meeting.
"I'11 bring it up again," Quam promised.
AM code, parking
complaints on rise
By Rick Catlin
"The number of code complaints on Pine Avenue
has increased significantly in the past month," Anna
Maria Mayor Fran Barford said at the city commis-
sion work session June 10. "We never used to see any
about the businesses, but we do now."
All of the alleged violations are at Pine Avenue
businesses, and five of the businesses are in buildings
developed by Pine Avenue Restoration LLC.
Mike Coleman of PAR said he is being targeted
by someone in Anna Maria.
"This is a select group of citizens targeting
a group of businesses" on certain ordinances, he
And complaints on parking violations to the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation in Anna
Maria also have increased, particularly before and
during the Memorial Day weekend.
The MCSO identified one such call May 27
about a violation at 410 Pine Ave. from a person
named Catherine at area code 717-368-5393. The
area code and exchange are from the Lancaster,
Another call came a few minutes later the same
day from "Kathy" at 941-779-9893, regarding a park-
ing violation at 418 Pine Ave.
Islander calls to the Anna Maria number were
not answered. A woman who answered a call to the
Pennsylvania number hung up the phone after hear-
ing it was The Islander newspaper calling.
The Anna Maria Island telephone book lists the
telephone number for the local caller as that of John
Stoltzfus, brother of Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Island real estate transactions
206 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,139 sfla / 2,184
sfur 5bed/3bath pool home built in 1958 on a 75x105
lot was sold 05/28/10, Hanson to Boyd for $590,000;
516 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,135
sfla / 2,996 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool
home built in 1973 on a 100x106 lot was sold
05/26/10, Yudofsky to Hanson for $550,000; list
806 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 1,285 sfla /
1,838 sfur 3bed/3bath/lcar home built in 1951 on a
50x90 lot was sold 05/26/10, Cibischino to Holw-
erda for $465,000; list $489,000.
221 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,524 sfla
Island police blotter
No new reports.
June 4, 100 block of Fourth Street South, grand
theft. An officer met with a woman who said she had
allowed a man to live with her who had just got out
of prison and needed somewhere to stay. The woman
told the officer when she returned from vacation she
noticed missing property, including her purse con-
taining $400. The officer called the man, who denied
stealing any property.
June 9,400 block of Gulf Drive South, domestic/
injunction violation. A man was arrested for violat-
ing a domestic injunction stemming from domestic
June 11, 100 block of Bridge Street, domestic
disturbance. A man was charged for battery at the
No new reports.
Bradenton woman arrested
for assaulting BBPD officers
It wasn't until the Bradenton Beach Police
Department officers tried pepper spray, a Taser and
handcuffs that Kellie Baker, 39, of Bradenton, was
controlled and arrested June 5.
Baker allegedly threw sev-
eral punches and kicks at officers
before she was arrested on five
counts of battery on a law enforce-
ment officer, resisting arrest with
violence, disorderly conduct and
Baker BBPD officers responded to
a call of a domestic dispute in the
block of 1200 Gulf Drive South. When they arrived,
officers heard Baker screaming at people in a Ford
Expedition, according to a BBPD police report.
According to the report, Baker walked away
from officers as they tried to speak with her. When
an officer tried to escort Baker to his patrol car,
Baker punched the officer. She was then taken to
the ground, according to the report. After the officer
placed Baker in a patrol car, she began punching the
Baker was pepper-sprayed, but she kicked the
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 16, 2010 0 21
Qualifying begins in Holmes Beach
There are three positions up for election in
Holmes Beach the mayoral post and two com-
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and commissioners
Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti are seeking
re-election in the Nov. 2 election.
Jean Peelen, 68, of Holmes Beach, also is run-
ning for commissioner. She had sought to run for
commissioner in the last Holmes Beach election,
but did not meet the residency requirement.
"I'm running because I've never held an active
office, and I'm trying to think of a way I can give
back to this community," said Peelen, who has
lived on Anna Maria Island for three years after 25
years in Washington D.C., where she was a civil
pepper spray can from an officer's hands. That when
officers Tasered Baker.
Baker continued to strike officers as she was
cuffed, the report stated.
Baker was released from the Manatee County jail
after posting $1,200 bond.
Mike Quinn, publisher of www.newsmanatee.
corn, contributed to this report.
Holmes Beach man
arrested for assault
The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested
Dustin Lee Hatcher, 21, June 5 for domestic assault
and criminal mischief.
Hatcher allegedly attempted to punch his mother,
but the punch was blocked by his father, according
to an HBPD police report.
Hatcher punched holes in
walls and grabbed a telephone
from his mother and threw the
phone against the wall. He also
allegedly tore a shelf off the
Hatcher is on probation
Hatcher stemming from a driving under
the influence charge and a resist-
Qualifying for the nonpartisan municipal seats
began Monday, June 14, and ends at noon Friday,
June 18. Candidate packets can be picked up at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
That's also where people qualify for office.
Holmes Beach announces
employee service prize
The winners of the June 8 Holmes Beach
Employee Service Prize drawings were: Chip
Frappier, Holmes Beach Police Department, $125
gift certificate to Beach Bistro; Nancy Hall, code
enforcement office, $50 Beach Bistro gift certifi-
cate; and Lorenzo Rediker, public works, $50 Mote
Marine Laboratory membership.
BBPD arrests 2 in 1 stop
The Bradenton Beach Police Department tracked
down a woman fleeing from an altercation June 9,
and in doing so arrested a second man for violating
a pre-trial, no-contact order.
Christy Northington fled the 3700 block of 116th
Street Court West near the Cortez village after assault-
ing a victim at her home. Both had been drinking,
according to the BBPD report.
BBPD Officer Michael
Bazell was looking for North-
ington when he spotted her in a
vehicle on Gulf Drive South. The
driver, later identified as James
Sullivan, 40, of Bradenton Beach,
was driving in a manner as though
he were trying to avoid the officer,
according to the report.
The officer pulled the
vehicle over and learned Sulli-
van, the driver, had been arrested
two weeks earlier for battery on
Northington. Because they were
together, Sullivan was arrested for
violating a pre-trial, no-contact
ing arrest conviction. Northington was arrested for battery and was
He was arrested June 5 for domestic assault and released from the Manatee County jail on her own
criminal mischief and was in the Manatee County jail recognizance.
on $620 bond as of June 8. Sullivan remained in jail on $11,000 bond.
Mike Quinn, publisher of www.newsmanatee. Mike Quinn, publisher of www.newsmanatee.
corn, contributed to this report. corn, contributed to this report.
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F. Patrick Cronin
F Patrick Cronin, 75, of Bradenton, died June 3.
He was born May 3, 1935, in Hartford City, Ind.,
and came to Florida from Delaware, Ohio.
Mr. Cronin was an educator in Ohio, having
completed a 30-year career in public education,
Ohio government and at Ohio State University. He
received his bachelor's and master's degrees from
Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and received
an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Ball State in
1980. He was honored for establishing the state of
Ohio prison school district on its 25th anniversary
He authored numerous publications while at Ohio
State and was a member of OSU Phi Delta Kappa.
He was a member of Peridia Golf and Country Club.
He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
A memorial mass was celebrated at Our Lady
Queen of Martyrs on June 14. Memorial donations
may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or Father
Flanagan's Boys Town.
Survivors include wife Barbara; son Kevin
Cronin and daughter Kristin Cronin of Delaware,
Ohio; daughters Kelly Cronin of Palm Springs, Calif.,
and Kay and husband David Russell of Holmes
Beach; brothers Michael Cronin of Peachtree City,
Ga.; Timothy Cronin of Las Vegas; Joseph Cronin
of Georgia; sister Kathleen of Ontario, Canada; and
grandsons Dakota, Tyler and Cameron.
Fran Kerr, 80, of Holmes Beach, died June 7. She
was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Jackson, Mich. She came
to Anna Maria Island in 2001.
Mrs. Kerr was a nurse for more than 30 years in
the Detroit metropolitan area. She was a volunteer
for the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
and an Island Players Backstage Ladies volunteer.
She was a member of the Bradenton Beach Moose
Lodge and the Bradenton Elks Club.
A celebration of life is will be held at 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 26, on the beach near the 67th Street
beach access. Donations may be made to Tidewell
Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara-
sota FL 34238.
She is survived by niece Carolyn Beck of Holmes
Beach; step-sons Brian of Dallas and Brad of Dolo-
res, Colo.; and niece Penny Mierau of West Bloom-
Laura Spaulding, 88, of Bradenton, formerly of
Chicago Heights and Park Forest, Ill., died June 9.
She was born Sept. 21, 1921, in New Orleans
and was raised in Chicago. She resided in Southern
California and Arizona before moving to Anna Maria
Island in 1993.
She married in 1945 and moved to Chicago
Heights where she and husband Richard raised their
two sons and were foster parents to five Sadikowskes
Mrs. Spaulding was a member of St. Bernard
Catholic Church and St. Bernard Council of Catholic
A memorial Mass was to be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, June 15, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Arrangements
by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Donations may be
made to St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217, or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. Spaulding is survived by son Jerry; grand-
children Mary Margaret, Aubrey, Faith, Joseph Jr.;
cousin Dolores Harrell and numerous nieces and
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Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell
Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara-
sota FL 34238. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline
Mr. Weismiller is survived by his wife of 62
years, Thelma; daughter Carol Reeves; grandson
Scott and wife Kelly Franklin; and great grandson
William J. Wesner
William J. Wesner, 85, formerly of Bradenton
Beach, died June 8 in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born July 15, 1924, in Linton, Ind., and
attended the University of Louisville. He served as
a U.S. Navy medical corpsman during World War II
and worked as a salesman.
Memorials may be sent to New Haven/Adams
Township Park Dept., 1125 Hartzell St., New Haven
Mr. Wesner is survived by his wife of 65 years,
Jo Ann; four daughters, including Jan and husband
Mark Childs of Fort Riley, Kan.; eight grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
Community notices, events
Attention community organization representa-
tives: The Islander welcomes advance notices and
news of your events and projects on Anna Maria
Island and encourages you to submit photographs
on a regular basis. News about Islanders involved off-
Island in worthwhile events also is welcome. Please,
send press releases and photos with detailed captions
to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. Remember to include complete
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Wednesday, June 16
5:30 p.m. Making Sense of Sharks teen program at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Thursday, June 17
10:30 a.m. "Geddy the Gecko" children's program at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
6 p.m. Dining for Women event at Jean Peelen's Gulf Drive
residence. Information: 941-896-5827.
7p.m. Oil spill information and preparedness community
meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-713-2432.
Saturday, June 19
9 a.m. Fishing class for children ages 5-12 at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Monday, June 21
2 to 4 p.m. "Great Island Art Escape" children's camp
begins at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
Tuesday, June 22
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria presentation about
Family Resources Inc with Becky Karras at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
6p.m.- "Opera on the Island" video viewing and discussion
at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Wednesday, June 23
11 a.m. Einstein Circle Discussion Group at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-
4 p.m. Bayfest planning meeting at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Infor-
5:30 p.m. Origami teen program at the Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild ofAnna
Maria at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Lunch & Dinner 11am-lOpm
Happy hour Daily 2-6pm
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. Information: 941-778-0504.
Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
*Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support
group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource
Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Beach, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, June 17
5 to 7 p.m. Opening reception for Island photographer
Mary Lou Johnson at the Ringling Longboat Key Center for the
Arts Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
Saturday, June 19
8 a.m. Sun Style Tai Chi at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th
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"Morning Ritual" by
Mary Lou Johnson.
The photograph will
be featured at an
exhibit at the Ring-
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Center for the Arts,
6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key,
June 18-July 31. A
public reception will
take place June 17.
For more informa-
tion, call 941-383-
St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4605.
Wednesday, June 23
6 p.m. Hula Hoop Jam gathers at the kayak launch in
Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W, Bradenton. Information:
941-748-4501 ext. 4605.
June 24, Intergenerational Garden volunteerwork meeting,
Annie Silver Community Center.
June 24, "Earthlings H20 Show" for children, Island Branch
June 26, Seafood Fest Biker Bash benefit for the Maritime
Museum, Cortez Kitchen.
June 26, Wagon Tour, Robinson Preserve.
June 30, "Manga, Anime and Cosplay" teen program, Island
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July 2, Fireworks, Mar Vista Restaurant.
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24 E JUNE 16, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Spring basketball ends with championship games
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center spring
youth basketball season came to a close June 12 with
championship games in Division II, Division III and
the Premier Division.
The Center gave season-ending, individual
awards June 7 for female and male most-valuable
players, defensive MVP and sportsmanship.
Thomas Pears earned the sportsmanship award
in the Premier Division, while Brandon Gengler is
the defensive MVP Premier MVPs are Rainia Lardas
and Kyle Aritt.
Division I sportsmanship winner is Alexia Yava-
lar and Lauren Sapienza took home the defensive
MVP award. Mikayla Kane and Jake Parsons are
Division I MVPs.
Ethan Bertrand captured the sportsmanship award
for Division II. Moriah Goode took home both the
defensive MVP award and the female MVP award.
Cameron Brauner earned male MVP
Division III sportsmanship winner is Maya Sapi-
enza, while Joey Stewart took home the defensive
MVP award. Brooke Capparelli and Dylan Joseph
are Division III MVPs.
The Gathering Place rolled to a 41-25 victory
over Rotten Ralph's June 12 to take the Premier
Division title. Ralph's had a cold shooting hand and
could not keep Kyle Aritt, Chandler Hardy and Jerry
Mayer off the boards as they routinely earned second
and third shots thanks to some relentless offensive
Aritt led the way with 13 points, while Hardy fin-
ished with 8 points. Wyatt Hoffman and Mayer both
finished with 7 points for The Gathering Place, which
also received 4 points from Patrick Edwards and 2
points from Helio Gomez in the victory. Other mem-
bers of Gathering Place are Denver Hardy, Daniel
Doyle and Sheldon Phillips.
Rotten Ralph's was led by J.T. Goode's 11 points
and Forrest Schield, who finished with 7 points.
Daniel Janisch and Blake Rivers added 2 points each,
while Brandon Gengler finished with 1 point in the
The Gathering Place advanced to the champion-
ship game thanks to a 58-38 romp over Tortilla Bay
Club June 10. Kyle Aritt led all scorers with 22 points
and Patrick Edwards added 11. Jerry Mayer, Wyatt
Hoffman and Chandler Hardy scored 6 points apiece,
while Helio Gomez added 5 points in the victory.
Tortilla Bay Club was led by Christian Hight-
ower's 11 points and 9 points from Kyle Parsons.
Daniel Pimental added 8 points, while Travis Bel-
sito and Thomas Pears finished with 6 and 4 points
Walter & Associates rolled to a 19-6 victory over
Ross Built in the Division II championship game as
Moriah Goode showed why she won both league
and defensive MVP Goode scored a game-high 16
points, most of them coming on offensive rebound
put-backs. Her biggest impact on the game came on
defense as she blocked, altered or denied shot after
shot from Ross Built. Ross trailed 17-0 before Jake
Ross connected on a bank shot from the foul line late
in the second half.
Seth Walter scored 3 points to complete the scor-
ing for Walter & Associates in the victory. Other team
members are Jordan Cooley, Zachariah Goode, Madi-
son Gunn, Lexi Selleck and Jack Walter.
Ross Built was led by Jake Ross' 4 points and
brother Andrew's 2 points in the loss.
Walter & Associates advanced to the Division II
championship game by squeaking past Beach to Bay
Construction 25-23 June 11. Moriah Goode domi-
nated, scoring 20 points to lead all scorers, while Seth
Walter added 5 points.
Cameron Brauner led Beach to Bay with 14
points, while Michael Latimer added 9 points in the
Ross Built moved on to the championship game
on the strength of a 15-12 victory over Anna Maria
Oyster Bar June 10. Jake Ross led the way with 10
points, while Andrew Ross added 4 points. Luke Vala-
die completed the Ross Built scoring with 1 point.
Reese Helvey scored 6 points to lead Anna Maria
Oyster Bar, which also received 5 points from Brad-
ley Duffman and 1 point from Tyler Yavalar in the
Beach to Bay Construction defeated Bob Vita
Lawn Service 23-14 June 10 in Division II playoff
action behind 11 points from Cameron Brauner.
Michael Latimer added 4 points, while Edward Cul-
linan, George Lardas, Matt DeNigris-Menger and
Dayton Modderman each scored 2 points.
Bob Vita Lawn Service was led by Adam Clark's
6 points and 3 points apiece from Gavin Sentman and
Mikey Ellsworth. Sarah Quattromani scored 2 points
to complete the scoring for Vita.
Connie's Landscaping jumped out to a 8-4 lead
in the first half, then held on for an exciting 14-12
victory over the Sandbar in the Division III champi-
Connie's extended its lead to 14-6 in the third
quarter as Clayton Wilkinson scored 4 points and
Dylan Joseph added 2, but the Sandbar staged a furi-
ous fourth-quarter rally behind 4 points from Brooke
Capparelli and 2 points from Joe Rogers.
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Joseph and Wilkinson led Connie's Landscaping
with 6 points apiece, while Truman Carlson finished
with 2 points. Other members of Connie's Landscap-
ing are Luciano Marconi, Leo Rose, Anni Walter and
Capparelli led the Sandbar with 8 points, while
Josh Class and Rogers each finished with 2 points in
Debbie Rhodes and Sam Samuels were the only
team to earn three preliminary round victories June
12 and were the day's outright winners in horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Second place
went to Steve Grossman, who walked past Hank
Huyghe and Tim Sofran by a 21-13 score.
Two teams emerged from pool play during June 9
horseshoe action. Tim Sofran and Norm Good rolled
past John Johnson and Doug Vox 21-17 to earn the
day's bragging rights. Good was on fire, ending two
games with "six packs" double ringers -ending
the championship game with 4 points on his final
Key Royale golf news
Members of the Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, best-ball-of-foursome coed match June 11. The
team of Jane Winegarden, Earl Huntzinger Matt
Behan and Paulette Proxy combined for an 8-under-
par 24 to take first place. Second place went to the
team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Don Ledford, Jerry
Brown and Patricia Proxy with a score of 26.
The men of the Key Royale Club played an
18-hole, better-ball-of-partners game June 9. First
place went to the team of Don Ledford and Bob
Jorgeson, who combined to card a 10-under-par 54.
Bob Kral and Vince Mercadante matched the 58
turned in by Bob Dickinson and Carl Voyles to finish
in a tie for second place.
The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-
net game June 8. In Flight A, Diane Miller's 1-under
31 earned her first place by a shot over Joyce Brown.
Flight B winners Kris Lanka and Erma McMullen
also carded a 1-under-par 31. Jane Winegarden was
alone in second place in Flight B with an even-par
32, while Terry Westby took third place with a 33.
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Moon phase shouldn't faze hot fish bites
By Nick Walter
Tides should slow down a bit as anglers begin to
fish a quarter moon June 18, but that shouldn't have
a dramatic effect on nearshore fishing.
The waters off the beaches are prime for a variety
of species, including tarpon, kingfish, cobia, Span-
ish mackerel and bottom fish, including grouper and
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness out of Catchers Marina said he had been fish-
ing in 40-plus feet of water for kingfish. "There's a lot
of big sharks out there," Gross said. "I'm not messing
with the big sharks, but there's some big sharks out
there." He added that in the same areas there were
some Spanish mackerel to 5 pounds that were hitting
threadfins and cutting through his 80-pound fluoro-
For kingfish, Gross said he's using 3/0 extra
long-shank hooks and 30-pound fluorocarbon lead-
ers. "The water's so clear that if we put the heavy
stuff on, we weren't getting any luck," Gross said.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez reported action in the
Gulf of Mexico waned a little last week, but he's still
seeing good catches of jumbo Spanish mackerel. He
said a couple of kingfish came in, but the kings are really
thinning with water temperatures in the mid 80s. Sharks,
bonito, cobia, grouper, snapper and flounder rounded
out the action on a couple of trips.
He said north Sarasota Bay was on fire with
inshore action. "The entire north bay is paved with
bait," he said, "especially huge dense schools of glass
minnows." He said spotted sea trout, mackerel, hefty
bluefish, small sharks, jack crevalle and monster lady-
Logan Reiber, 13, of Holmes Beach, speared this
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fish are all over the grass beds in 4-6-foot depths.
He noted the tarpon-chasers are out in force. "We
have hooked up numerous times while not even tar-
geting the big herring," Zacharias said.
Finally, he said redfish are being tricky. Being in
the right place at the right time with the right bait is
critical when targeting redfish right now, he said.
Capt. Logan Bystrom is still fishing late-after-
noons and early-mornings for some tarpon bites in
Longboat Pass. He said threadfins have been a good
bait on the incoming tide, and the outgoing tide is
working with some big crabs for bait.
Capt. Mike Greig said he's been fishing tarpon
every trip, averaging a jump from three or four per
outing. He said the open waters of Tampa Bay have
been giving up sharks, grouper, a few kingfish and
barracuda. He reported one 40-pound barracuda being
caught in the bay. He said some mangrove snapper to
17 inches were found on the nearshore reefs.
Capt. Steven Salgado isn't going far off the
beach anymore. "I'm not trying to go far because
of fuel prices," he said. Instead, Salgado said he's
been getting a good inshore bite on a lot of trout, and
occasional redfish and some snook in the bays.
Dave Sork from Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers are catching mostly Spanish mackerel.
"There's a lot of tarpon around and a few have been
hooked," Sork said. He said a couple cobia were
cruising around the pier the afternoon of June 11,
but no anglers hooked up.
Derek Olson from Rod & Reel Pier said there
are lot of keeper Spanish mackerel, some mangrove
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snapper, and black drum. He added a few barracuda
are cruising around as well.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of Cortez Fishing Center reported
parties are catching limits of grouper and red snap-
per, as well as smoker kingfish, monster amberjack,
big barracudas and a variety of large sharks. He said
live pinfish and grunts have been working best with
the action starting at about 130 feet of water offshore
of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Closer in,
around 50 feet, there are lots of kingfish, sharks, snap-
per and a few big gag grouper. In the passes, along
the beach, and under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
tarpon are plentiful, he said.
"Don't let the oil spill spoil your vacation or fish-
ing trip on our beaches," McGuire said.
He said the Emergency Command Center for
Manatee County predicts it will not hit our area. "The
only oil I've seen was in my frying pan."
Capt. Warren Girle said on the morning of
June 12, 7 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island, his
customers caught two cobia over 40 inches. "The
interesting thing is the sharks do not attack the cobia
when you hook them," Girle said. "We landed last
month near 25-30 cobia." He said they saw a lot of
sharks offshore. Girle continues to tarpon fish with
success and noted good fishing for mangrove snapper
at various 7-mile reefs.
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All clear here, northern Gulf oil cleanup intensifies
By Lisa Neff
Robots working for Mote Marine Laboratory are
patrolling the Gulf of Mexico.
"Like sentries," Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, a sci-
entist with the Sarasota lab, said of the drones swim-
ming 24/7 north and south and east and west
in the Gulf searching for oily water.
Meanwhile, officers with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida
National Guard and the Florida Civil Air Patrol con-
ducted reconnaissance missions by land, air and sea.
They too were searching for signs of oil off Flor-
ida's west coast.
"We have a responsibility to our residents, busi-
nesses and visitors to exhaust all possible avenues
and to work to avoid the tragic scenes we have seen
along the coastline in Louisiana," said Florida Gov.
He acknowledged the U.S. Coast Guard's over-
sight in responding to the Deepwater Horizon disas-
ter, a massive and growing oil spill that began April
20 with the explosion of an oil rig off the coast of
However, the governor said, all the state's avail-
able assets must be dedicated to patrolling the coast-
line, with the focus, as of last week, from Escambia
County to Gulf County.
Manatee County continued to receive all-clear
bulletins from its unified command center in St.
Petersburg, but such recon missions could take
Wanted: Boats and captains
The Merchant Marine Captains Association
is seeking experienced boaters who could vol-
unteer, if needed, to respond to the Deepwater
Horizon oil disaster.
The organization for the Tampa Bay region
is compiling a volunteer list.
For more information or to submit a name,
Local filter idea gets notice
By Lisa Neff
A BP employee last week took notice of Long-
boat Key resident Tom Mayers' proposal to protect
fragile areas of Sarasota Bay in the event Deepwater
Horizon oil moves into the area.
Diane Haser, who owns property on Anna Maria
Island, is a financial analyst with British Petroleum,
the company that was leasing the Deepwater Horizon
well when an explosion April 20 caused a massive
Haser read Mayers' suggestion that filters -
absorbent curtains or nets be hung low on draw-
bridges in the area to keep any oil from washing into
local bays and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Mayers, an environmental consultant who spe-
cializes in mangroves care, had suggested in The
Islander June 9 that "bridges really are where the
water comes and goes. So, we can use the structures
we have to collect the oil."
Haser took notice. She is not directly involved
with the effort to close the well or clean up the oil,
but, she said she has "access to upper management
and I want to help."
Mayers told The Islander that he too hoped he
could help and planned to work with Haser.
"I have talked to friends in Pensacola and they
say that it is worse than they had imagined that it
would be," he said.
Since the spill began, BP and the federal gov-
ernment have been inundated with suggestions from
people around the world.
BP has reported receiving more than 80,000 sug-
gestions about 60 percent of them recommenda-
tions on stopping the leak and 40 percent ideas on
cleaning up the oil.
Two months into the disaster, the number of ideas
is rising, not diminishing, said a BP spokesperson.
Island meeting set
A town meeting to discuss the Deepwater
Horizon disaster and plans to respond if oil
drifts toward Manatee County will take place
at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
The newly formed Keep OFF Manatee
grassroots group called the meeting.
"Come," urged Keep OFF Manatee founder
Mike Shannon. "If you live on the Island or up
river.... This is your problem, too."
place locally if it appears oil might impact the Tampa
Bay and Sarasota Bay areas, according to the State
Emergency Operations Center. ATVs would patrol
the shore in 5-mile increments looking for signs of
weathered oil. Boats would patrol Gulf waters out
looking for oil sheen. And aircraft would fly over
waters 9 miles out.
Evidence of oil would trigger a containment and
cleanup response. The first stage would involve the use
of skimming devices, vacuum systems and booming to
remove oil from near-shore waters. The second stage,
if weathered oil in the form of tar balls washed ashore,
would involve trained personnel removing the material
by hand or using specialized mechanical equipment.
That's the kind of information Island residents
and businesses owners said they hoped to hear more
about at a town meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, June 17, at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The meeting is sponsored by Keep OFF Manatee.
The name serves as a slogan, but also contains an
acronym "OFF" stands for "Oil Free Forever,"
said founder Mike Shannon.
Shannon hosted a Keep OFF Manatee organiza-
tional meeting at his home June 8 to prepare for this
week's town meeting.
He said the purpose of the town meeting is to
get "all the major players ... together in one room to
let the people of Manatee County know ... what our
public/governmental agencies are doing to prepare
for the possibility of the oil impacting Manatee."
Also, said Shannon, he wanted government coordi-
nators to learn at the meeting that "we, the private citi-
zens of Manatee, are ready, willing and able" to help.
The response to the spill is a massive private-
public campaign that involves British Petroleum,
other contracted companies, multiple federal agen-
cies and the Armed Forces, and numerous local and
state agencies in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and
The Manatee County Unified Command alone
involves the Florida Emergency Operations Center,
DEP, the county natural resources, health, EOC,
A containment cap installed on the Deep-
water Horizon well June 3 continued last week
to collect oil and gas, which was transported to a
drillship on the surface.
Efforts to drill two relief wells continued, but
the wells will not be completed for three months.
The White House June 10 estimated that
the amount of oil that began gushing from the BP-
leased well in late April was as much as 50,000
barrels a day, far more than the first estimates.
Cleanup work continued in the Gulf of Mexico
and on shore in northwest Florida, Alabama, Loui-
siana and Mississippi.
About 3,600 vessels, some of them cap-
tained by commercial fishers, were involved in
the cleanup, including skimmers, tugs, barges and
An estimated 2.3 million feet of containment
boom and 2.7 million feet of sorbent boom was
deployed, none locally, as Manatee County con-
tinued to get an all-clear forecast.
The beach in Anna Maria draws a crowd by mid-
morning June 11. "I love this place and I hope it
doesn't get drowned in oil," said beachgoer Joy
Ouano. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
animal services, marine rescue, parks and recreation
and finance departments, as well as the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and local gov-
Shannon, manager of the BeachHouse Restaurant
in Bradenton Beach, said he invited representatives
from local, state and federal government, business-
people, residents, environmentalists and scientists.
"Every single public official I've talked to has
been extremely responsive and eager," he said.
"These people are professionals and they've been
working and working on this problem. And this is
our opportunity to hear from them."
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore
pledged her support. "This looks like a grassroots
effort to get everyone in the same room together,"
A tentative town meeting agenda includes presen-
tations from state, Coast Guard, county and Mote rep-
resentatives, followed by presentations from elected
officials, nonprofit representatives and businesspeo-
ple and then a question-and-answer session.
"This is an all-hands-on-deck moment," Shannon
Already, without oil reaching the area, the disas-
ter has had a regional impact.
Environmentalists have noted changes in wildlife
patterns already this summer, specifically a slow start
along the Gulf coast for sea-turtle nesting.
Cortez fishers said they are seeing a decline in
sales of commercial seafood because of unfounded
fears and a large area of the Gulf is closed.
The convention and visitors bureau has not
received a large number of reports that vacationers
have canceled trips to the area, but accommodations
owners have reported some dropped reservations and
real estate agents are hearing concerns from potential
More than 24,600 people either hired per-
sonnel or trained volunteers were working to
protect the shoreline and wildlife and cleanup vital
coastlines in the northern Gulf states.
Late last week, dime to 6 inch-sized tar balls
and tar patties were found in widely scattered
areas from the Alabama/Florida state line east to
Okaloosa County. Tar ball and tar patty findings
are more concentrated in the western-most Florida
*There was no significant amount of oil moving
toward the Loop Current. However, the Loop Cur-
rent Ring had begun to reattach to the main Loop
Current, creating the potential to move a small
amount of oil to the Florida Straits. An incident
command center opened in Miami to deal with pos-
sible oil pollution.
As of June 11, BP had received more than
42,000 claims and paid out about $53 million to
Gulf businesses reporting losses due to the spill.
The cost of the response to the spill, as of
June 11, was estimated at $1.43 billion.
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BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Mondays at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First
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projects offer opportunities to benefit the
community locally and worldwide. To attend
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buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your
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pre-owned from $30 new/used.
KEYS FOUND AT 30th St., Holmes Beach.
Found June 2 on bench. Dolphin key chain.
Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN'S RING: FOUND, Coquina Beach, April
23. Had spoken to retired police officer that
lost a ring. Call after seven, 912-258-1935.
FOUND: NECKLACE, MEDALLION on beach
near White Avenue. Inscribed: Proud brother
of U.S. soldier. Claim at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old
enough for adoption. All food and medical
provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma, Precision 15, Windrider 17 and
Trimaran. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experi-
enced real estate licensee for busy Island
office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter?
Call Kendall, first aid-certified. Great with kids
and animals. Four years experience, high
school student. 941-779-9783.
ISLAND TEEN WILL help with yard work,
mowing, moving furniture, garage cleaning,
window washing, more. 941-518-8841.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for
work. Ads must be placed in person at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria
Island, located in busy shopping center, large
inventory, all equipment and fixtures, com-
pletely turnkey, business growing monthly,
owners moving, great opportunity for mom
and pop. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.
GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-
ACTIVE LADY WITH spinal injury needs
LPNS to assist with personal care. A Hoyer
lift for transfers. Five-hour a.m. shifts and
overnight sleepover shifts are from 9:30 p.m.-
7a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
fessional, friendly cleaning service since
1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Long-
time Island resident, background check, pet
CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson,
941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handy-
man work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc.
Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job
too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hur-
ricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro
doors, ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com.
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: 28 years experi-
ence, top references, days or nights, personal
care, household duties. 941-545-7114.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus?
Need wireless, network setup? Web site?
Need help? Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
34 years of happy customers. Senior check,
pet-watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc.
Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046 or 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. Commercial and residential
service, repair and/or replacement. Serving
Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing
massage in the comfort of your home. Call
today for an appointment, 941-795-0887.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we
stay close to home. We provide full house
checking services to ensure your house is
secure while you are away. Call 941-928-
8735, or e-mail check.my.house@verizon.
net for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in alge-
bra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and
science. Special need students welcome.
Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Call for an appointment.
Now offering in-home services. 941-713-
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MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island
studio open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet,
saxophone, guitar and piano. 941-778-8323,
or evenings, 941-758-0395. 315 58th St.,
Studio I, Holmes Beach.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and
repair. Your complete irrigation repair com-
pany. Call 941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom land-
scapes, tree trimming, property maintenance.
Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.
Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt.
Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light
hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-
6170 or 941-447-2198.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR:
Carl V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches,
decks, remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work.
Fair price! 941-795-1947.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Resi-
dential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood,
access control. Contractors you can depend
on. Call 941-748-2700.
HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: $15 per hour. No
job too small. One call does it all. Call Arthur,
941-301-0624. Quality satisfaction guaran-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder.
New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident.
Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with
dock. Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and
shops. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes
RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
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ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront
vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home,
two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool
home, northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool
home, Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals.
Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive
prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-
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ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club. Guard-gated
24/7. Sunny bright end unit, 2BR/2BA villa
with spacious two-car garage and extra-long
driveway. Nicely furnished, new stainless-
steel appliances, TVs in living room, master
bedroom and master bath. Screened porch
plus deck overlooking small lake. Private
courtyard entry. Neighborhood heated pool
and spa, plus large community lap pool.
Available July 1. $1,350/month plus electric.
Call owner, 941-792-4767.
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For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
at Mike Norman Realty,
mr- 32 YARS
WEST OF GULF DR. Large older duplex in outstanding
condition on lot and a half. 2BR/2BA, each side with huge
Florida rooms. Furnished beachy chic, steps from the beach
on Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria. $785,000
VIN IAtE CUTI IAUE located at north end ot Island. 1UU x
105' lot. Hardwood floors & fireplace. 213 Spruce Avenue,
Anna Maria. $640,000.
Mike 4 800-367-1617
Nrman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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-
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$350/WEEK: 55-plus, Sandpiper Resort.
1 BR/1 BA sleeps four. Turnkey, walk to beach.
SPACIOUS BAYFRONT APARTMENT.
2BR/2BA, family room. Wonderful view, quiet
neighborhood. 941-795-1132 or 941-545-
BRADENTON BEACH: COZY waterfront
bungalow, perfect for one. Enjoy the sunrises
on the bay. $1,495/month. Annual lease. 941-
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BEACH TO BAY COMMUNITY!
3806 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #307,
Longboat Key. 1 BR/1 BA, nice furnish-
ings, fitness, fishing pier, heated pool &
Gulf views. $229,000
WANTED TO RENT: One-car garage to
restore small auto. Reasonable price. Call
after 4 p.m., 941-778-4345.
CORTEZ ANNUAL: CENTRAL air condi-
tioning, lanai, washer and dryer, partially
furnished. No dogs. $615/month. 941-545-
2BR/2BA MIRROR LAKE condo: First floor,
direct lake views, washer and dryer, pool spa,
tennis, $795/month. 1 BR/1 BA Holmes Beach
apartment, close to beach, $695/month. 941-
STEPS TO BEACH: Sandpiper Resort,
55-plus. Three beautiful rental units, weekly,
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Furnished 1 BR/1 BA,
June through October, $500/month. 2BR/1 BA,
view of bay, steps to beach, July through
September, $900/month. 941-778-3051 or
DIRECT INTRACOASTAL 1 BR/1 BA duplex.
Jacuzzi tub, central air conditioning, heat,
fishing dock. Annual $850/month. 941-720-
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in
HAQOLD SMALL REALTOR
Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
BritMia Ppep Hom. Sbu. 1939
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL
;P REALTOR. RESULTS
36 Years ofProfessional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview, 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. Room for a pool. $299,900.
3 MIN. TO BEACH. Perico Island 2BR/2BA, large greatroom with cathedral
ceilings, private courtyard and enclosed lanai, Jacuzzi tub & more. $259,500.
CANAL-FRONT LOT. Holmes Beach. $400,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
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HISTORIC ANNA MARIA HOME
Known as the
Clay House this
historic home sits
on a huge 11,308
sf lot in central
Close to the bay and the beaches on quiet Spring
Avenue. This property has unlimited potential.
Call Jesse Brisson at 941-713-4755.
CHOICE CANAL LOT- last in Coconut Bayou sub
division, short distance to beach and shopping.
Asking $499,00 & terms
REMOVE & REPLACE with construction on this
large 11,000 sq ft Duplex lot. Attractive Holmes
Beach area & only $379,000.
GULF FRONT LOT- Remove cottage & construct a
dream vacation home in Anna Maria. Private side
street with 63' on the Gulf. $1,900,000 .
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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ANNUAL RENTAL: VILLA close to beach.
1,300 sf. 2BR/2BA, sunroom or third bed-
room, garage, huge laundry room with room
for office. Freshly painted, yard maintained.
Reduced to $1,175/month. 941-778-1589.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to
beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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DISCOVER THE OTHER Island! Tidy Island
in Sarasota Bay. Waterfront, renovated
2BR/2BA two-car garage condo. Guards,
nature and so much more. Pet friendly!
Owner financing, $239,900. Realtor/owner,
Katharine Pepper, RoseBay Real Estate,
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 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-
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.
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 LIQIUDATION: Smoky
Mountain lake property, Tennessee. Priced
pennies on the dollar! All reasonable offers
accepted! Amenities. Closeout sale, July
9-10-11. Call map and pricing. 877-644-4647,
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Best land
buy! 2.5 acres, spectacular views, house-pad
in, gated, paved road. High altitude. Easily
accessible, secluded. Bryson City. $45,000.
Owner financing. 800-810-1590. www.wild-
Sales & Rentals
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LAKE LOT CLOSEOUT sale! June 19 only.
Two-plus acre lake access with free boat
slips only $19,900 was $34,900. Park-like
hardwood setting with deeded access to pri-
vate lake and pavilion. Quiet road frontage,
utilities, warranty deed. Excellent financing.
Bonus, pay no closing costs! Only six remain.
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OMki Kitt y Odventunet in Shopping ...
Ontique, art-OSique and Chic Boutique!
t is hot, hot, hot outside
But these stores are cool inside and chockfull of
fun, must-have items! Check out all of these fun
treasure-filled shops on your next outing....
In Palmetto, the Bag Lady tells us new bags
and purses have been arriving just in time for the
summer. And what lady doesn't need a new bag
white bag? There's big ones, little ones, fancy ones
and casual ones....there's surely one for you.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more
than 50 antique dealers and offers a wide variety of
shops and specialties, including vintage toys, furni-
ture, collectible glass and everything antique. This
Ellenton hot spot is one tremendious collection of
shops and we always enjoy shopping, shopping,
shopping their variety and unique offerings.
Beach Style Recycled in Holmes Beach has
all manner of beach treasures and finds, shabby
chic furnishings, collectibles, treasures and jewels
of Anna Maria Island. It's the "Ralph Lauren" of
bargain beach shopping.
What a Find! has all kinds of quality clothing,
furniture, accessories and a great line of vintage
Florida collectibles. Check them out and you'll be
saying, wow, what a find!
Giving Back in Holmes Beach is on vacation
for the summer, but will be reopen Aug. 3. Look
for the new treasures from a trip to North Carolina
to fill the store after the vacation.
Vintage Vagabond is a colorful shop that fea-
tures, among other things, vintage clothing, furnish-
ings and art. You name it, they've got it. It's all qual-
ity and variety here. Give them a visit.
Community Thrift Shop is closed until Aug. 9,
and when they re-open they too will have even more
goodies from which to choose.
Tide and Moon at AMI Plaza has a new store-
front, and loads more treasures, including original,
handmade jewelry, custom photography and much
Steff's Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza is
accepting estate and antique jewelry. Stephanie has
summer hours now, Monday-Saturday noon-4 p.m.,
noon-2 p.m. on Sundays and quiet Tuesdays.
On the downtown Bradenton path, we appreciate
Braden River Antiques for its amazing selection
of antique and mid-century art, furniture and home
accessories. Be on the lookout for their move around
the corner to 426 Ninth St. E.
The Sea Hagg has all sorts of nauticals, antiques,
curiosities and mermaids. Check out her vintage jew-
elry featuring what else? mermaids! Some are
adorned with emeralds, rhinestones and sapphires.
And if you haven't yet checked out Retro Rosie
Vintage Clothing, you must. Rosie just got back
from a big buying trip. Come see all the new goods
she found just for you. And Cobwebs Antiques, next
door, is so cool. It has lots of home decor and fur-
nishings, she has it all!
Rusty Crickett's has a great selection of summer
sundresses, accessories, jewelry and gifts. They have
everything for you that's casual, coastal and comfy.
Don't forget to look for a special treasure for
Father's Day! Happy shopping.
There's a full staff on Saturdays to help you find
what you're looking for at What a Find on Manatee
Avenue. Pictured front, left to right, Chyana Rios
and Sarah Cajoleas, back, owners Elaine Langford,
and Sheryl and Theo Cajoleas.
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WAntiques & Treasures
WANTED: ESTATE E& ANTIUIIE JEWELY
Located in Whitney Beach Plaza
6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key 12-4 Mon-Sat.
AntiquesCollectibs, Vintage Wares, Jelry,
Retro, Trains, Delft, Hummels, Furnituretnd IMore!
Open Tuesday Sunday 10-4j',;
1622 63rd AvenueE., Bradenfi
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615 15th St W. Downtown Bradenton
745-131 Mon.-at. lOam-5pm
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THRIFT AND CONSIGNMENTS
Quality clothing, furniture, accessories,
great vintage florida collectibles and
much more. What a find!
COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE ALWAYS BREWING!
5231 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton
941.896.8820 Mon-Sat 10-4
Beach treasures and finds,
shabby chic furnishings,
collectibles, treasures and
jewels ofAnna Maria Island.
5500 Marina Drive ~ Holmes Beach
10-4 Monday-Saturday ~ 941.504.8303
THE SEA HAGG
A Nautical Emporium
of the mermaids...
sapphires, OH MY!
Don't Forget Father's Day!
Shop the Sea Hagg
for the unusual!
9:30-5:30 Mon.-Fri. and 10-5 Sat.
12304 Cortez Rd. W. 941-795-5756
Two blocks east of the Cortez Bridge