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AMI to join nationwide anti-drilling demo
By Lisa Neff
Grassroots organizers hope to hold the
nation's largest anti-drilling demonstration
June 26, when protesters gather for Hands
Across the Sand.
On Anna Maria Island, Hands Across
the Sand coordinators, using social media
and online mapping at www.handsacross-
thesand.org, hope to draw enough people
to line long stretches of the beach.
"I saw this as an opportunity to do a
very small something with this helpless feel-
ing that we all have," said Joanne Brown,
who is coordinating protesters meeting on
the beach near White Avenue at the border
of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. "I was
always concerned about oil in the water,
from drilling and ship spills."
Brown said she remembered when she
was a child that there was oil along the New
Jersey coast. "How hard it was to get off
your body," she said.
"Just as we bought our dream house on
Anna Maria this past March, my great fear
happened," said Brown. "I spent much time
on the beach before the leak in the company
A nationwide Hands Across the Sand demonstration is scheduled to take place at noon
Saturday, June 26, including on the shore ofAnna Maria Island. A similar demonstration
took place in February, drawing about 200 people on AMI. For more details, go to www.
handsacrossthesand.com. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
of the awesome wildlife, marveling at how
beautiful the sand and water were. After April
20, I could not help the sick and helpless feel-
ing that I had."
Shannon Ulholland also is coordinating
PLEASE SEE ANTI-DRILL, PAGE 3
3vie for 2 Bradenton
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach has three offices up
for election in November but only one
race will require any votes.
Neither psychic nor odds-maker nor
political pundit is needed to forecast the
outcome of the general election for mayor
3 vy for 2 Holmes
or Ward 2 commissioner.
Incumbent Mayor Bob Bartelt will be
elected to the post that he stepped into earlier
this month following the abrupt resignation
of Michael Pierce.
PLEASE SEE BB ELECTION, PAGE 4
By Nick Walter
Qualifying for the
Nov. 2 general election in
Holmes Beach ended June
In Holmes Beach,
offices up for election are
the mayoral post held by
Rich Bohnenberger and
commission seats held by
Sandy Haas-Martens and
All three filed quali-
fying papers for re-elec-
unopposed for mayor and
will serve another two-year
Monetti will be joined in
the race for two commis-
Monetti sion seats by Jean Peelen.
Peelen, 68, had hoped to
run for a commission seat last year but did
PLEASE SEE HB ELECTION, PAGE 4
2 mayors unopposed, re-elected in 2 cities
. iSolemn oath
and Bob Bartelt
S take their oaths of
office June 17. The
Vosburgh to the
Ward 4 commis-
sioner after Bartelt
vacated it to step in
,Biz as mayor follow-
ing the resignation
of Michael Pierce
earlier this month.
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Supreme Court rules on beach nourishment
By Rick Catlin
The U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling
June 17 upheld a Florida Supreme Court decision that
the state did not take private property without just
compensation when it renourished private beaches
in Walton County.
Representing the state before the Supreme Court
was Florida Solicitor General Scott Makar, who grew
up in Holmes Beach and graduated in 1977 from
Manatee High School.
The case began in 2004, when Stop the Beach
Renourishment Inc. and Save Our Beaches Inc. filed
for an administrative hearing that challenged the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection's
permit for Walton County to nourish its beaches.
The two groups combined to appeal the case to the
Florida Supreme Court in late 2008. That court also
ruled against Stop the Beach Renourishment Inc. with
Makar representing the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court took the case in August
2009, and Makar made the state's case for defense
Dec. 2, 2009.
Manatee County natural resources director Char-
lie Hunsicker said a ruling against the state would
have had disastrous effects for future county beach
"It would have meant we would have had to pay
property owners a lot of money to renourish their
beaches. It would have meant we would renourish
less beach and less often," Hunsicker said.
With the favorable ruling, Hunsicker said prop-
erty owners might be less inclined to challenge a
future beach nourishment project, including the
county's planned 2014 effort.
Makar said he was glad he had a personal con-
nection with Florida beaches when he argued the
"The beach nourishment case was definitely one
of personal interest to me. I still recall growing up
with the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island, so
it was very special for me to be involved and defend
the case," Makar said.
Makar married Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogs-
head, who won three gold medals and one silver
medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Florida Solicitor General Scott Makar, pictured
with his family in Washington, D.C., grew up on
Anna Maria Island and recently argued a success-
ful case for Florida beach nourishment before the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Makar and his family now reside in Jacksonville,
where his wife is a law professor.
He was appointed solicitor general in February
While his family no longer resides on the Island,
Makar does have a brother living in Cortez and Maker
frequently vacations on Anna Maria Island.
The Second District Court of Appeal based
in Lakeland has denied a request by Anna Maria
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus to hear his argu-
ment for an expedited hearing for his motion to
have the recall effort against him dismissed.
Stoltzfus, was denied an
expedited hearing in Mana-
tee County Circuit Court to
declare the recall effort "not
Stoltzfus Harrison next went to
the appeals court in Lake-
land and asked to be heard on the expedited
Appeals court clerk James Birkwell said
that the court had turned down Harrison's
request for a hearing.
The Second District Court of Appeal allows
time for Harrison to appeal its decision not to
hear the matter, but nothing further appears on
its calendar as of this week.
The Manatee County Clerk of Courts web-
site does not yet have a hearing date listed for
the motion to dismiss the recall.
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Caryn Hodge sells anti-drilling T-shirts at a town meeting on the Deepwater Horizon disaster June 17.
Hodge also is coordinating the local gathering of Hands Across the Sand scheduled to take place nation
wide June 26. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
ANTI-DRILL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
for Hands Across the Sand on the beach in Holmes
In addition, Shane Catts and Holly and Heather
Rolls are coordinating the demonstration at Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Caryn Hodge also was coordinating for Hands
Across the Sand, hoping to draw enough demonstra-
tors to line the beach from the south end of the Island
to the north end.
"We've seen overwhelming interest in this event,"
said Michael Brune of the Sierra Club. "Americans
are tired of letting oil companies like BP call the
shots. We're hungry for leadership that will stand up
to the oil industry and protect coastal communities
and jobs. We're ready to move America off of oil and
into a clean-energy future."
A similar Hands Across the Sand demonstration
took place in Florida in February and involved thou-
sands of protesters, including about 200 who gathered
at Manatee Public Beach.
"I knew when I went to that demonstration that
it wouldn't be the last," said Bradenton Beach resi-
dent Barbara Jenkins. "But I didn't expect to have
to have another one so soon, and to have an actual
Anna Maria City
June 24, 6 p.m., city commission.
July 8, 6 p.m., city commission.
July 12, 5 p.m., code enforcement. TENTA-
July 22, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
June 29, 1 p.m., city commission on police
department and project/program manager budgets.
June 30, 10 a.m., city commission on public
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 13, 7 p.m., city commission.
July 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
July 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board.
July 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
July 15, 6 p.m., WMFR commission.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
June 28, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropol-
itan Planning Organization, New College/Sudakoff
Center, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota.
July 4 is Independence Day. Island government
offices and many other offices, including The Islander,
will be closed July 5.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
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And Ed Straight will succeed Bob Connors as
Ward 2 commissioner.
But incumbent Janet
Vosburgh, appointed to complete
Bartelt's term as Ward 4 commis-
sioner, will face Michael Har-
rington in that district.
Vosburgh took her oath of
office June 17 to complete Bar-
telt's commission term.
She most recently served on
the city's charter review commit-
tee, which made a series of rec-
ommendations that will be on the
She and her late husband
Ray purchased a home in Braden-
ton Beach as an investment prop-
erty in 1986, and Vosburgh moved
to the city about eight years ago.
"I love living in Florida," she said. "I wake up
every day and go for a walk on the beach. I'm awed
by the water and the birds."
Vosburgh has ties to Milwaukee, where she
worked for General Electric, and to Boston, where
she also worked for GE. And she lived for years in
Utah, where she owned and operated a furniture and
appliance store for 28 years, taught a business course
at a community college and became involved in civic
and political activities.
"I'm very pro-business," Vosburgh said. "If busi-
ness goes well, the city goes well."
She decided to seek a two-year term on the
commission because, she said, "you have to do your
Harrington was a late entry
into the mix, dropping off his can-
didate papers June 17 and qualify-
ing June 18.
He has served on the city's
mooring field committee, which
was formed to work on estab-
Straight lishing an official anchorage and
mooring field south of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
Harrington and his wife moved to Bradenton
Beach in December 2007. He is a retired law enforce-
ment officer from Michigan.
"I decided to run for city commissioner because
I am very interested in keeping Bradenton Beach in
the theme that it is now, and felt the best way would
be to become a city commissioner," Harrington said.
"Being retired now gives me the time to devote to
Election roster set for most offices
By Lisa Neff
Carol Whitmore of Holmes Beach faces no
primary opposition in her bid for re-election to the
Manatee County Board of Commissioners.
Whitmore is the District 6 at-large commissioner
and last week qualified to run again for the four-year
So did Democrat Sundae Lynn Knight, setting
the stage for a November contest.
In a District 2 commission race, incumbent Gwen
Brown faces a challenge from Michael Gallen in the
In District 4, Republicans Robin DiSabatino,
Norm Luppino and Tim Norwood are running in the
August primary for the office currently held by Ron
Getman, who decided not to seek re-election. The
winner of the primary will face Democrat Roger C.
Qualifying for nonpartisan posts in Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach also concluded June 18.
Qualifying in Anna Maria, where two commission
seats and the mayoral office are up for election, will
be from noon, July 19, to noon, July 30.
In Holmes Beach, three candidates incum-
bents Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti and
newcomer Jean Peelen are vying for two commis-
sion seats. Mayor Rich Bohnenberger is unopposed
In Bradenton Beach, incumbent Mayor Bob Bar-
telt is unopposed, as is Ed Straight in the election for
Ward 2 commissioner. Incumbent Janet Vosburgh and
Michael Harrington are running for Ward 4 commis-
is running for
For Manatee County School Board District 1,
Barbara Harvey is seeking re-election, campaigning
against David Bailey.
In District 3, incumbent Jane R. Pfeilsticker faces
Albert Yusko and Julie B. Aranibar.
In District 5, Karen Carpenter faces Jennifer
For West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commis-
sion, incumbents Mike Mulyck, Larry Tyler and John
Rigney faces opposition in District 4 from
Monther Kobrosly and Tyler faces Michael Carle-
ton in District 3. In District 2, Mulyck faces Scott
Elections also will take place this year the
primary is in August and the general is in Novem-
ber for U.S. senator and representative, governor,
other statewide offices, state rep and judicial posts
and municipal seats.
Primary voter registration closes July 26
By Lisa Neff
Voter registration is open for the August pri-
mary election until 5 p.m. Monday, July 26.
The ballot for the primary, which is Aug. 24,
will contain county commission, federal and state
legislative and statewide primaries, as well as
school board contests.
Races for Island offices, which are nonparti-
san, will take place in the general election Nov.
2. Registration for the general election will close
To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a
person must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident,
18 years of age, and not have a record of a felony
conviction in the state or currently considered men-
Registering to vote can be simple potential
voters complete applications available at most gov-
ernment offices, banks, libraries, chambers and some
businesses, including The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Additionally, residents can download applications
from www.votemanatee.com, where they can also
check their registration status or update a registra-
tion if they have moved from one address to another
within the county.
Registration applications must be mailed or deliv-
ered to the Supervisor of Elections Office, Suite 108,
600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.
The application process takes about two
Voter registration surged in Manatee County
for the 2008 election, as it did across the country.
The latest statistics for Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria has 1,365 active registered
voters, including 415 Democrats and 627 Repub-
Bradenton Beach has 916 active registered
voters, including 296 Democrats and 338 Repub-
Holmes Beach has 3,286 active registered
voters, including 961 Democrats and 1,514 Repub-
In Ward 2, Connors chose not to seek re-election.
He said last week he needed to devote himself to
other interests, specifically career interests.
"I need to pursue some activities that would take
me away from the office," said Connors, who added
that he was excited about Straight's decision to seek
Straight and wife Gail run Wildlife Inc., an animal
rehab clinic and educational organization based out
of their Avenue B home.
They moved into their home in 1973 and gradu-
ally created the a seven-day-a-week wildlife operation
funded solely with donations and
aided by more than a dozen volun-
teers who arrive for early morning
and late afternoon feedings.
Straight, a reservist with the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office,
is retired from a career in public
Harrington safety. He's a former paramedic,
emergency management chief,
public safety division chief and 911 center chief.
"I've worked with pretty large budgets and so
forth," Straight said of his government experience.
He said he'd previously considered getting
involved in municipal affairs, but the timing wasn't
Then Connors, who lives next door to Straight,
decided not to run again.
"I wanted to get more involved," said Straight,
who moved quickly to complete his paperwork last
"Everybody seems to be congratulating me and
saying we thought you should be involved in some-
thing like that," he said.
Bartelt, a retired firefighter and paramedic from
Wisconsin, was planning to run for Ward 4 commis-
sion until June 3, when Pierce resigned, citing family
"I really am looking forward to it all," Bartelt
said of the job.
Prior to his election to the city commission, Bar-
telt served four years on the ScenicWAVES advi-
sory committee, as well as on the board of the Pines
Trailer Park Homeowners Association and as U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 8 finance officer.
He moved from Milwaukee to Bradenton Beach
about a decade ago.
Bartelt took his oath of office as mayor June 17,
though he will need to do so again in November.
The other commissioners, elected last fall, are
Gay Breuler in Ward 1, and Janie Robertson in Ward
3. Robertson also is vice mayor.
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sion seat last year but did yet not
have the required two years of
"I'm running basically
because I have never held an
elected office, and I'm trying to
think of a way I can give back to
Peelen the community," Peelen said. "I
love this Island, and now that I've
been here three years, I think it's a magical place and
I just really want to serve."
Peelen said she is not opposed to anything
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2010 U 5
Cortez mourns, remembers Taylor
By Nick Walter
The June 16 crowd spilled from under a pavilion
at Coquina Beach to shallow, sunset-crested waters
by Longboat Pass, the same pass Michael Taylor
exited before he fell from a fishing vessel into the
Gulf of Mexico June 10 and never resurfaced.
Friends and family of Taylor tossed flowers
into Sarasota Bay and raised crosses in honor of the
20-year-old resident of Cortez and lifelong fisher-
man.gged and cried,
They hugged and cried,
Friends shared stories about Taylor. One speaker
told about a time when Taylor's baby brother Tyler
once was hysterical and would not stop crying. Tyler's
parents were hysterical as well. Yet, as soon as Taylor
walked in the room, his baby brother stopped crying.
Taylor, it seems, had that effect.
He had three brothers and a load of friends who
spoke through tears to the gathering under the crowded
pavilion about shrimping, crabbing, catching catfish
off the docks or hauling in mullet with Taylor.
Friends say it didn't matter who you were to
Taylor. If he knew you were a good person, he treated
you as a friend. And he typically greeted friends with
a smile and hug.
Once the stories were over, the crowd of about
300 shouted in unison, "We love you, Michael."
In memory of Taylor, friends asked that whenever
a boater leaves Longboat Pass, they think of Taylor
in his board shorts and flip-flops, triggering smiles
wherever he went.
Left: Friends and family of 20-year-old Michael
Taylor, who died this month after he fell from a
fishing boat into the Gulf of Mexico, gather under
a pavilion at Coquina Beach June 16for his
memorial. Right: A bamboo cross is placed in the
waters of Longboat Pass. Islander Photos:
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Rest assured, act now
Government, business and residents came
together last week to consider "what if" the oil spill
makes its way here, and what we're prepared to do
in that event.
Being informed is the first step toward protect-
ing our assets. And we also can't wait for oil to start
spoiling our waters and beaches before putting plans
The reality is we can sit and wait forever because
oil may not come here.... Or we can take immediate
and appropriate action: Demand a change of policy
on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
One grassroots campaign is hoping to do just that
and it's making its statement June 26 with Hands
Across the Sand. The national event will protest drill-
ing for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
We need to resolve our minds and resources on a
new path that will lead to finding alternatives to fossil
fuels and limiting our reliance on oil and petroleum-
based products at home and in the big picture -
for our future.
We found it poignant that a lot of people at the
town meeting said they wouldn't spend time placing
blame because everyone knows who's to blame.
Of course, it's British Petroleum in the Deepwa-
ter Horizon disaster, but each of us makes demands
to use the oil BP is drilling to provide.
We noted, for example, that the town meeting
started late because so many people were still trying
to park their gas-guzzling cars. Our reliance also
was evident in the water consumed from plastic (oil
byproduct) bottles at the meeting.
The fact is, if it weren't for this oil spill, we'd
likely continue consuming oil in some form in large
quantities without such a profound effect on our con-
At the least, any oil spill headed to our shore
will meet a united front, where money and resources,
boats and boaters, wildlife and environmental friends
will protect our beaches and our values.
Maybe speaker Charlie Hunsicker said it best. He
said there will be a measured and deliberate response
to fight oil if it hits our area, but, he stressed, the best
strategy is to wage war against the oil while it is still
out in the Gulf, before it impacts another shore ...
beach ... pass.
We need to wage war on oil before it gets to our
gas tank or into the drink cooler.
Let's join hands and shake on it.
In an opinion letter in The Islander June 2, Steven
Doyle said there's a danger of "cashing in on paradise."
As he sees it, developers get money by building
and selling, the feds get tax revenue, etc., and "all the
locals get is the traffic."
He also accuses the mayor and commissioners
of being too friendly with the developers.
Well, my husband Mike and I are developers.
We feel fortunate to be developing here, working
with an excellent local architect who has an interna-
tional reputation and a great builder who has a history
of sensitive local restoration.
We are given access to city officials to ensure
we meet city ordinances and, without their time and
patience, we would make mistakes as we go along.
About a year ago, almost one-fourth of Pine
Avenue was empty lots and run-down buildings,
but we believe we can provide a better Main Street
through our projects Beach Bums, the General
Store and the Historic Green Village.
We believe beautiful buildings, native trees and
landscaping and good planning will result in a better
place for us all to live and share together.
We also believe any city needs an economic base
where locals earn a decent income. For example,
Doyle was employed by us as a carpenter at Beach
Bums for seven weeks last year. That's seven weeks
of local, well-paid work at a small business. Another
way we contribute to the local economy is to pass
the businesses we develop to local people who work
there a pattern we began at Beach Bums and intend
to follow elsewhere.
And we don't do it to make money. Our calcula-
tions show that eventually, maybe in five years, we
could make a return on our investment of around 1
percent per year.
We could do better elsewhere, but we believe we
are blessed with money to spend, and our first prior-
ity should be to invest it locally, making this a better
place for everyone.
And yes, if the stores are appealing and locals
and visitors alike have their bikes repaired, buy milk,
beer and other goods and services, it will generate
traffic people on foot, on bikes and in cars -
to local stores, which will save people from driving
longer distances and keep local people working. It
will contribute to city and state funds. It will build
community that thing that draws us all here.
We are not evil profit-hungry developers. We envi-
sion Pine Avenue as a better place for everyone.
Perhaps it is time for some to rethink old preju-
Lizzie Vann Thrasher, Anna Maria
My family lived in Tampa and owned the home at
117 N. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria from 1972 to 1992.
It was perfect for two large families to spend lots
of beach time and the location on the canal made
it convenient for the boaters and fishermen in the
family. My fond memories in that house are too vast
Even after the Hebebrands bought it from us, we
rented it back several times.
I am now thrilled that Mrs. Hebebrand is donat-
ing this wonderful old place to the city. I'm sad it will
be moving, but am thrilled that it will be preserved.
Thank you, Mrs. Hebebrand!
Vickie Scott Horowitz, California
On behalf of myself, Ed and the entire volunteer
staff of Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Inc.,
we would like to thank you for your contribution at
our 10th annual blood drive June 5-6.
The blood donations will help many people, and
the monetary donations will keep us working and
caring for our native wildlife for months to come.
This is our biggest fundraiser and much needed
Thank you again for your support, and, please,
come enjoy our educational program at Mixon Fruit
Farms in east Manatee County.
Gail Straight, Wildlife Inc., Bradenton Beach
For more than two years we have been work-
ing with the city of Anna Maria to develop our lots
between Beach and Park avenues. Our goal has been
to protect the unique character of the area through
deed restrictions, mitigating environmentally sen-
sitive issues, protecting the banyon trees, reducing
density and creating a family-friendly neighborhood.
We have worked hard with the neighbors in the area,
and have tried to work within the process outlined by
Unfortunately we have been dealt a double blow
- a midstream change in the city approval process,
and a careless rewrite of the comprehensive plan.
The process to re-plat our lots began well -
we received great service from the city planner and
building official. We had gotten far enough along in
the process to receive an E-1 designation on our Gulf-
front parcels, a letter of no objection from the city,
permits from the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection and commission approval of our plat
for the Gulffront parcels.
Then, for some reason, the city attorney became
involved and the process abruptly stopped and has
since become frustrating, expensive and intermina-
Last March, city attorney Jim Dye presented the
commission with case law on behalf of Pine Avenue
Restoration, which also got caught in a rules change.
He then argued PAR should be allowed to continue
under the old rules with no changes to any ordinance.
We have not received similar consideration. We
would appreciate hearing from Dye as to why this is
Now the city has enacted a moratorium while
it straightens out the language in its comprehensive
It was pointed out to the commission in 2007 that
there was a problem concerning our lots. Yet neither
the city attorney nor its consultant followed through
as directed by the commission to properly investigate
ownership of these lots and what effect the rewritten
plan would have on us.
As a taxpayer in the city of Anna Maria, I ques-
tion the value Dye brings to the city. Why is the city
having to pass a moratorium? Is it not the job of the
city attorney to review these documents to prevent
just such a situation from occurring? Now the city is
going to have to spend considerable time, and money
to correct these problems. Will Dye be charging legal
fees to the city while he works to correct the prob-
The actions of Dye and the city are pushing us
to give up on our project, and go back to selling the
multiple small lots with no protective covenants to
whatever developer will pay our asking price. Does
the commission think that such a group will protect
the banyan trees, add to the value of this area, or work
respectfully with the neighbors as we have?
Our intention for this project was to create a
beautiful and valuable addition to the city. Unfortu-
nately, we have gotten caught up in a catch-22 with
no relief in site.
Stephen and Mary Walker, Oregon
No new pier?
I cannot believe this.
Another great decision by our county with regard
to Anna Maria Island.
Not replacing the pier?
The tourist fishermen loved that spot.
The Islanders loved that spot.
Anna Maria visitors and residents are always on
the short end of the stick.
Wake up, Ed Hunzeker.
Respect our community.
Delores Alia, Holmes Beach
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In the June 21, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Marina Bay Restaurant at the corner of Gulf
and Marina drives in Holmes Beach ceased operation
after owner Bill Zalla admitted he was $3 million in
debt and could not keep the doors open. The restau-
rant opened in the 1950s as Pete Reynard's Yacht
Club Restaurant and was a premier dining and danc-
ing establishment on the Island for many years.
Manatee County commissioners unanimously
approved a motion to apply to the Florida Department
of Transportation for a $1 million annual federal grant
to operate a free Island trolley system. The grant would
require the county to pay $220,000 annually as its share
of the operating costs. No Island city was asked to con-
tribute to funding. Previous proposals for a free Island
trolley had been rejected by the Island cities because
each city was required to provide some funding.
A Bradenton man was sentenced to 30 years in
prison for sexually battering two female juveniles
in Holmes Beach. James A. Straitwell, 30, was to
serve a minimum of 25 years before being eligible
for parole. Straitwell twice entered unlocked vacation
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Retiring pastor flips church from fizzle to sizzle
By Nick Walter
During his first day as rector of the Episcopal
Church of Annunciation, the Rev. Harry Parsell
scanned the faces of the congregation. They looked
hurt, as though joy had been drained from their
"Man," Parsell thought to himself, "I've got to
wake these guys up."
Over the next seven years, Parsell would provide
energy drink-like invigoration to waken the congre-
Now soon the church and Anna Maria Island will
be without one of its more scintillating personalities.
Parsell is retiring after 30 years of ministry, all of
them within 40 miles of Holmes Beach, including
seven years at Annunciation.
Parsell's final service will begin at 9 a.m., Sunday,
June 27. He will soon move from the rectory to St.
"We're going to miss him immensely," said Faith
Peterson, who routinely drives with husband Barry to
Annunciation from Lakewood Ranch. "We're going
to miss his compassion, his personal care and just his
The church has yet to find a new pastor.
After graduating from Stetson University in
Deland in 1975, Parsell interned at churches in Wis-
consin and California. In 1980, he became an assis-
tant to the pastor at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in
St. Petersburg. From 1983-88, Parsell held the same
position at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samari-
tan in Clearwater.
The Rev. Harry Parsell looks over the grounds at
the Episcopal Church of Annunciation in Holmes
Beach. He is preparing for retirement after seven
years at the Island church and a career spanning
30 years of ministry. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
He was the pastor of St. Bartholomew's Episco-
pal Church in St. Petersburg from 1989-2002, prior
to his position on the Island.
At Annunciation, Parsell helped accomplish
endless improvements over the years, including
supporting migrant families, starting daytime
summer camps and completing a $50,000 renova-
tion of the rectory.
But some who attended services say the real
renovations came from Parsell's sermons and self-
"He was willing to do whatever needed to be done
and that included washing dishes, cleaning floors,
cutting grass and vacuuming," said the church's
senior warden, Dick Hussey. "If he saw somebody
struggling in the kitchen, he'd dive right in."
Parsell also was known for his openness to new-
"We don't care if you're black or white or gay or
straight," Parsell said. "Everybody has to find their
way to heaven."
Parsell wasn't a stern pastor or predictable
preacher. The Christmas in July event he held last
year was out of the ordinary.
"He's also a very social person and still loves
to have a lot of fun," Hussey said. "And with his
personality, I think he's brought a lot of new people
into our parish. He has a very warm and humorous
attitude toward life."
That attitude energized the church.
"He turned the church around from one that
was losing membership and appeal to people, to one
that really had a lot of enthusiasm," member Barry
Peterson said. "People come here because it's such a
welcoming place. And Harry makes it that way."
The congregation, it's safe to say, is finally
City Pier celebration pushed to mid-May
By Rick Catlin
In an effort to have as many Anna Maria busi-
nesses and residents as possible involved with the city
pier centennial celebration, the celebration committee
at its June 14 meeting changed the dates of the event
to May 13-14, 2011.
The celebration had been scheduled for April
15-17, but pier committee chair Sissy Quinn said
many city businesses and the newly formed North
End Merchants Organization indicated they would
be unable to participate that weekend.
Quinn said during a June 14 meeting that busi-
nesses, especially restaurants, are busy in mid-April
with seasonal visitors and Easter falls on the follow-
ing weekend, April 24. The celebration needs plenty
of food vendors, Quinn said, and that's a major reason
to move the celebration dates.
With Mother's Day on May 8, committee mem-
bers agreed to hold the celebration the following
weekend to avoid conflicts.
The committee also agreed that its major events
would be on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14,
but some events might take place Sunday, May 15.
Committee members heard a presentation from
Islander publisher Bonner Joy about a joint project
by the newspaper and the City Pier Restaurant to sell
engraved planks that would be installed on the city
pier walkway in advance of the celebration.
Joy said the planks would be routed with personal
messages that will be marketed exclusively on The
Islander website and installed prior to the centennial
celebration at the pier. The promotion and sale of the
planks will launch with the newspaper's July 4 edi-
tion, she said, and continue until all 1,000 planks are
Joy said she is working with pier manager David
Sork, who managed a similar project at the Rod &
Reel Pier in Anna Maria. The R&R pier is owned by
Mario Schoenfelder, the lease-holder for the Anna
Maria City Pier.
"We're very excited that this project one we've
been working on behind the scenes for some time -
will coincide with the centennial celebration," Joy
said. The newspaper will work with the centennial
committee to promote the celebration events along
with the plank project.
Joy said the city pier-newspaper plank project
the city pier
a sketch shown
them by artist
Lori Kee of
tion logo. Kee
is also a
for the city of
will dedicate a portion of its proceeds for an evening
fireworks show at the pier May 14, to coincide with
planned committee events.
Some proceeds from the plank sale are being
earmarked for charitable projects.
Artist Lori Kee made a presentation of her pre-
liminary sketch for the pier logo that will go on
T-shirts, posters, postcards and other promotional
Committee members were pleased with her draw-
ing that shows people walking and fishing, along with
plant life, bathers and birds.
The sketch announces "Anna Maria City Pier,
1911-2011" and "celebrating 100 years."
Kee, who serves the city of Holmes Beach as a
deputy clerk, will return with a completed drawing
to the committee's July 26 meeting.
Committee members plan to have promotional
items ready for sale by Bayfest in October.
Next up, Roy Jurs of Metro Bench Inc. said his
company will do public service announcements about
the centennial on its benches in Anna Maria at no cost
to the committee.
"We do a lot of public service ads for nonprofit
groups, and I thought the centennial was a good idea,"
Jurs, who lives in Bradenton but covers a five-
county territory, said he would have the company's
graphic artist prepare a promotional bench-back
design to review at the July committee meeting.
"At no fee to the city?" questioned Quinn.
"No fee," Jurs responded.
Committee members were pleased with the
Quinn said the committee has to begin prepara-
tions for the celebration in earnest, and it will have
to start meeting twice a month in September.
Additionally, businesses and organizations that
want to be involved should designate a representative
to attend each meeting.
"We need to start meeting with everyone now to
make sure we are all on the same page. We need to
discuss involvement, how big do we want this to be
and get the activities organized thoroughly," Quinn
The next meeting was scheduled for 3 p.m. July
26 at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2010 0 9
Chiles unveils plan to preserve family home
By Rick Catlin
If everyone in Anna Maria believed like Joe
Chiles, and if everyone had the funding or access to
it, every older home in the city could be preserved
for another 50 years, perhaps longer.
Joe Chiles and his brother Alfred inherited the
house at 759 N. Shore Drive from their parents, who
had the home built in 1953.
Chiles had hoped his extended family would be
able to continue managing the home, which is rented
to vacationers when the family isn't on the Island, but
that has become "impractical," he said, considering
taxes and other costs, and the low rental income they
collect from visitors who have been renturning for
When Joe and Al put the house on the market sev-
eral years ago, they came face-to-face with reality.
"Sooner or later, after a sale, the home would be
replaced with a large, elevated house like those north
of us on Bean Point," said Chiles.
"This is a good home," Joe said. "It's just about
the same as when it was built. There's so much his-
tory here and inside."
That's when Chiles decided on a bold plan that he
presented in a letter last week to Anna Maria Mayor
He will sell the house with the condition that he
has the right "to move the house ... during a 10-year
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period from the date of the sale," he said.
He's agreed to pay the city a maximum of
$100,000, if necessary, "to pay for the costs of moving
the house to a site on Pine (Avenue) and placing it
securely on a conventional foundation similar to what
we have now.
"From my career in various aspects of real
estate, with an interest in community planning, may
I observe that my house, with its simple exterior
appearance, should fit very nicely into the cityscape
on Pine Avenue. I think it will look like it has always
been there," wrote Chiles.
"Further, it will provide a transitional buffer to
the large residence(s) adjoining to the east" on Pine
Chiles said he wrote Barford to inform the city
of his plan, and for the city to decide if it would want
the house on public property.
But another valued, old structure is presently
looking for a new home.
Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island Pres-
ervation Trust has secured the donation of the old
Angler's Lodge adjacent to the North Bay Boulevard
She's hoping and planning to raise funds to
float the lodge on a barge via Lake LaVista, where
it would be towed to the vacant property adjacent
to the historical society being eyed by Chiles, to
Quinn, however, has the same problem as Chiles.
There are not a lot of funds available to move histori-
cally relevant homes to a preservation site.
Barford said she will forward Chiles' letter to city
commissioners and Chair John Ouam.
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It's a study of mother nature and human nature against
the backdrop of southwest Florida's pristine Gulf of
Independence Day parade
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are seeking
entries in the nonprofit's Fourth of July Parade, which
will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at Coquina
The parade route runs north to Anna Maria, where
the procession ends at the city pier at the east end of
AMIP's directions to parade participants: Down-
load an application at www.amiprivateers.org and
remember that entry is free, all units must be self-
propelled or motorized and staging is required by
9:30 a.m. at Coquina Beach.
AMIP's directions to parade watchers: Bring a
chair and prepare to catch and collect beads.
The parade generally lasts until noon, when
AMIP will gather at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, for a scholarship awards pro-
gram and party.
AMIP plans to present about $29,500 in college
scholarships to local youths.
The Cafe on the Beach party will last until 4 p.m.
and feature live music and food and drink specials.
For more information, call Tim "Hammer"
Thompson at 941-780-1668 or e-mail him at tltflor-
Gloria Dei to host vacation
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host vacation Bible school from
9 a.m. to noon July 12-16.
Classes are for children 3-12 years old.
Attendance is free.
To register, call the church at 941-778-1813.
LBK church shows paintings
The work of Bradenton painter Madelaine Ginsberg
will be exhibited in the Gallery of All Angels Episco-
pal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, during
July and August. Ginsberg studied at the Art Students'
League, American Art School and the Silvermine Col-
lege of Art. She has exhibited in galleries and museums
throughout Connecticut and Florida. For more informa-
tion, call the gallery at 941-383-8161.
Bill Goldschmitt tells his
story in "The Sharkman
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Goldschmitt's story is one of an escape from the
cold climate of Pittsburgh to Siesta Key Beach, the
haze of beach life in the 1960s, a devotion to fishing
and a love-hate relationship with sharks.
For more information about the "Shark Man of
Cortez," go to www.sharkmanofcortez.com or call
Goldschmitt at 941-330-7502.
Senior Adventures Group
The Senior Adventures Group continues
to meet in the summer for meetings and out-
ings at various locations on Fridays.
The group recently marked its one-year
anniversary, when about 25 people gathered
for a luncheon at the BeachHouse Restau-
There are no dues or membership
fees associated with Senior Adventures
For details about events, call coordinator
Pat Gentry at 941-962-8835.
Art Escape for kids planned
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host the
Great Island Art Escape, a summer camp, for children
Camp will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday from June 21-25 and Aug.
The fee per camp session is $75 for members and
$90 for non-members.
Applications for art camp can be found at www.
islandartleague.org or the studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
For more information, call 941-778-2099.
Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Attorney David Miner is the scheduled speaker.
For more information, call Ralph Bassett at 941-
Rotary club to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria will meet at noon
Tuesday, June 29, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Ken Ruskin, a past Rotary district governor, will
talk about legislation before the Rotary council.
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2-4, with each of the group's restaurants hosting
a pyrotechnical show.
The first celebration will take place after dark
Friday, July 2, at the Mar Vista Dockside Restau-
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Longboat Key's fireworks are co-sponsored by
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On Saturday, July 3, the BeachHouse in Bra-
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The general public will watch the show on
the beach near the BeachHosue, 200 Gulf Drive
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For more information, call 941-778-8718.
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria, will host the fireworks finale after
dark on Sunday, July 4, with public viewing on
the beach and VIP viewing at the restaurant.
Also July 4, the Sandbar will open its patio
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Cats, dogs disturb nests, nesting sea turtles
By Lisa Neff
Tracks in the sand are telling Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch representatives that prowling cats and
dogs are disturbing nesting sea turtles.
The problem, said AMITW executive director
Suzi Fox, is not widespread. AMITW monitors 9
miles of beach each day to document the activity of
nesting and hatchling sea turtles.
Fox said dogs have been a problem in two loca-
tions one at the north end of Anna Maria and
another in Holmes Beach and a cat a problem at
a third in Bradenton Beach.
People also have interrupted nesting sea turtles
on several occasions, according to Fox, who said that
six weeks into the 2010 nesting season AMITW had
documented 34 nests and 40 false crawls.
"That is very high," Fox said. "This is an endan-
The number of false crawls, incidents in which
turtles retreated from nesting, should equal, not
exceed, the nest number, she said.
At a spot in the 800 block of Gulf Drive North in
Bradenton Beach June 16, Fox pointed out cat tracks
mingling with turtle tracks.
"You can see the cat tracks," Fox said. "She
spooked the turtle back into the water."
Sea turtles and especially hatchlings are victims
to natural predators crabs, raccoons, birds, sharks
- around the globe.
But domestic dogs and cats are not considered
natural predators regulations actually prohibit
them on many beaches, including in all the cities on
Anna Maria Island.
"The threats of predation increase when human
development reaches nesting beaches," according
to a FAQ from the Sea Turtle Conservancy, which
maintains that about 40 percent of loggerhead and
green turtle nests in the United States are destroyed
A domestic dog, unattended, can dig up several
Nesting by the numbers
As of June 18, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch reported:
Number of turtle nests: 34
Number of false crawls: 40
Number of disorientations: 0
Number of hatchlings to the sea: 0
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sea turtle nests in a night, as well as attack both hatch-
lings and adult turtles.
"While sea turtles have developed special adapta-
tions that allow them to be agile in water, they remain
clumsy on land," states Sea Turtle Conservancy.
"They are not fast enough, or agile enough to escape
these predators. Unable to retract their heads and flip-
pers into their shell, like land tortoises, sea turtles are
very vulnerable to these invasive predators."
STC suggests that people take steps to help
reduce predation by following several "do and don't"
Don't feed wildlife animals will make a habit
of returning to coastal areas in search for food, creat-
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Don't leave dogs and cats unattended.
Don't bring domestic animals to beaches where
they are prohibited.
Do not leave trash, especially garbage contain-
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Support spay and neuter programs near coastal
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Family adopts site for birds, honors mom
By Lisa Neff
Black skimmers buzzed the water.
Least terns and snowy plovers trotted here and
there, there and here.
A solitary oystercatcher ambled along the shore-
And, hundreds of shorebirds, several of the spe-
cies on endangered lists, nested in the hot sun in a
protected area on Anna Maria's north end.
"Mom would have loved this," said Jane Lang, an
extended Island vacationer from Devon, England.
Lang's sister nodded. "She loved nature," Sue
Van den Bosch, of Hampshire, England, said. "She
realized that we are all custodians of the planet."
And, Lang and Van den Bosch agreed, their
mother Anne Ryan, who died six years ago, would
have loved Anna Maria Island.
So in mid-June, the British family adopted
the bird-nesting area in north Anna Maria in
Ryan's name. They adopted the site through
a $100 donation to Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, which has built up its shorebird monitor-
ing program and this season has been collecting
data and maintaining the protection zone for the
birds in Anna Maria.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said the
nesting area is one of the largest of its kind on Flor-
ida's west coast.
"We don't have this every year. And we're pretty
proud of what's up there," Fox said of the nesting
area, where already least tern and snowy plover
chicks are learning to fly and where, last week, sev-
eral skimmer eggs hatched.
A small wooden plaque at the nesting site, located
north of the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.,
honors Ryan, "who would love to know her family
has found paradise."
Her daughters visited the nesting area recently
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Breiter to Barford:
By Rick Catlin
Tom Breiter of Anna Maria's Bayview Plaza
management team has apologized to Mayor Fran
Barford for asking her to tell political candidates and
members of the Recall Stoltzfus Committee that the
plaza is off-limits for campaigning.
Even before she received Breiter's apology letter
on June 15, Barford said she told Breiter that the issue
"is between the (recall) committee and the plaza, not
Breiter's first letter to Barford was sparked by an
alleged incident between members of the recall com-
mittee and a member of the public while both were on
Bayview Plaza property in front of the post office.
According to Breiter, federal statutes prohibit
campaigning on post office property.
Breiter wanted the mayor to notify commission-
ers and future candidates that the plaza is private
property and "is not intended for the self-promotion
of any political candidate for election or for one
trying to avoid recall."
He also asked Barford to insert a notice about
the plaza position into packets for candidates seeking
office, a request the mayor declined to consider.
"That's not our problem," she said then.
Breiter's attorney has agreed.
"After talking with our attorney," Breiter wrote
to the mayor June 15, "I've been advised that the city
of Anna Maria should not be involved in the legality
of the postmaster's decision. The recall committee
needs to respond to this matter if they wish to pursue
Recall Stoltzfus Committee Chair Robert Carter
said this is an issue of free speech that is protected
by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
"However, this detracts from our main focus, the
recall effort," Carter said.
Committee members will continue their efforts
this week to obtain signatures to the recall petition,
but not on Bayview Plaza property, he said.
The committee reported having about 120 signa-
tures as of June 20, and has until Aug. 3 to obtain the
required 204 signatures of registered, certified Anna
Maria voters for the recall effort to proceed.
If they meet the required goal with the petition,
the next step in the process will be to send the recall
petition to Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Ed
Nicholas, who will set a date for the special election.
However, there remains a motion pending with
Nicholas for a hearing requested by Stoltzfus to halt
the recall process.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus is
asking the city to pay $7,500 for legal expenses he
incurred in defending a complaint to the Florida
Commission on Ethics filed by Holmes Beach busi-
nessman John Cagnina.
The FCE denied the complaint on the grounds
that it did not have jurisdiction in the matter and that
Cagnina had "other avenues" to seek relief.
Attorney Richard Harrison, representing Stoltz-
fus, wrote city attorney Jim Dye on June 13 that
if the city pays $7,500, Stoltzfus won't seek resti-
tution from Cagnina and won't bill the city more
money in connection with the ethics complaint. He
gave the city until June 25 to make a decision, and
30 days after that to pay the bill in full.
Dye has said previously that the city is not liable
for all of Stoltzfus' legal fees, if any.
He responded to Harrison that he needed a com-
plete accounting of the Stoltzfus fees and would then
study the issue and advise the city.
Harrison said Stoltzfus' legal expenses to date in
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The city was not involved in filing the ethics
Mayor Fran Barford said she would forward Har-
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John Quam for inclusion on the commission's June
24 meeting agenda.
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Chickee hut happenings raise policy questions
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach is streamlining its special-
events policy to ease the process for applicants and
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale
and building official Steve Gilbert are tasked with
overseeing an update to the administrative policy for
handling the special-events applications.
"We don't need to have all these events come
through the city," Speciale said during a commission
work meeting June 16 at city hall.
Speciale and Gilbert requested the meeting to
address questions about the process, specifically
questions about events in a chickee hut.
Presently there is only one chickee hut in the city,
built as part of the expansion of the Gulf Drive Cafe,
900 Gulf Drive N. But other business owners are inter-
ested in building chickees, according to Gilbert.
"Chickee" or "chiki" is the Seminole word for
house and the structures are considered by many
Florida engineers to be among the simplest yet most
durable in hurricane-force winds.
A part of Native American tradition and culture,
chickee huts built by members of the Seminole or Mic-
cosukee tribes of Florida are exempt from the permit-
ting process, though rules such as setbacks do apply.
State and federal policies define a chickee hut as an
open-sided wooden hut with a thatched roof of palm or
palmetto fronds or other traditional materials, devoid
of electric, plumbing or other non-wood features and
constructed by the Miccosukee or Seminole tribe.
Gilbert said the chickee is not considered a struc-
ture in the statutes or building codes, but instead is
shade covering and, at the Gulf Drive Cafe, it is not
attached to the restaurant but rather is an accessory.
"It would equate to having a tent," Gilbert said.
The uniqueness of the chickee has created ques-
tions for the city in dealing with events that, if held at
other restaurants, might not require city approval.
"What's happening," Speciale said, "is when the
Gulf Drive Cafe does any kind of event, it's falling
within the criteria for having a special event.... If
they serve alcohol, that clicks in that part of the spe-
cial event packet that you have to have police. We
don't think that's right."
Earlier this year, the Gulf Drive Cafe needed
to get approval from the city to hold Mother's Day
and Father's Day brunches in the chickee, as well
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work meeting to discuss how to permit events in chickee huts, as well as how to deal with the huts in the
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as a Memorial Day picnic. Last week the restaurant
needed to secure commission approval for a three-
day July Fourth celebration.
The commission voted 4-1 to approve the appli-
cation, with Janie Robertson casting the no vote.
The commission, last week, also agreed to the
review of the special-events process.
On a related matter, planning and zoning board
chair Rick Bisio has suggested the board begin work-
ing on adding criteria for thatched-roof structures to
the land-development code.
Bisio, in a memo to commissioners, said the
P&Z's review for the Gulf Drive Cafe project was
challenging in part because "the construction of a
chickee hut, or any other thatched-roof structure of
this type, had not been addressed in our code."
The P&Z recommended approval of the hut with
Now, said Bisio, the P&Z should work on criteria
for future projects.
"Seeing as the first chickee hut has been com-
pleted, and no other chickee huts are in application, I
would suggest that the city commission immediately
instruct staff and P&Z to begin to work on criteria for
the LDC that would address all thatched roof struc-
tures, including chickee huts," Bisio said.
Gilbert said such work is planned as a priority in
an upcoming update of the LDC, a process that will
involve a consulting firm, city attorney Ricinda Perry,
the P&Z and the commission.
"That will be on an agenda for probably a joint
workshop meeting," Gilbert said.
Island motoring cautions
The Florida Department of Transportation said
this week that the State Road 789 construction project
would start night operations from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30
a.m. Monday through Friday beginning in mid-June
from the Longboat Key Bridge to Cortez Road.
From Cortez Road to Manatee Avenue/State
Road 64 work will take place from 6 p.m. to 6:30
a.m. Monday through Friday.
Completion of the Gulf Drive project is expected
in mid-August, the DOT said.
Also during the week of June 21-25, repairs will
continue to the Crescent Drive and the North Bay
Boulevard bridges in Anna Maria, but both bridges
remain open to vehicular traffic.
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Commission to consider 2 site plans June 24
By Rick Catlin
If the Anna Maria city commission's May 27
denial of Pine Avenue Restoration's site plan for
308 Pine Ave. is any indication, residents who want
to attend the commission's public hearing at 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 24, might want to get to city hall early
for a seat.
That's when the commission will consider another
PAR site plan, this for a retail-office-residential proj-
ect at 210 Pine Ave. It is the site of a former home
and rental unit owned by the late Mike Haupt, now
being developed by his daughter, Jenae Rudacille, in
partnership with PAR.
The planning and zoning board in a 3-2 vote at
its June 15 public hearing on the PAR plan recom-
mended the commission approve the project.
P&Z members unanimously recommended
approval of a site plan submitted by Mike and Lizzie
Vann Thrasher for the Anna Maria Historic Green
Village on the lots at 501, 503, 505 and 507 Pine
The commission also will have the public hearing
for that project at its June 24 meeting.
For 210 Pine Ave., P&Z board member Tom
Turner disagreed with the parking arrangements, par-
ticularly the tandem parking for residents that puts
those spaces adjacent to the neighboring property
line. Turner said there should be a 5-foot setback.
Engineer Lynn Townsend Burnett argued that
the 5-foot requirement is for a driveway, not a park-
ing space at a residence. She also noted that the city
approved tandem parking for the Betsy Hills Real
Estate office on Pine Avenue, but Turner was uncon-
He said the intent of the ordinance regulating
parking spaces has "been argued time and time
again," and he believed the plan should "give some
leniency to adjacent property owners."
Mike Coleman of PAR said the parking plan is
By Lisa Neff
Voters in November may be asked to consider a
change in how commissioners are elected to office
in Bradenton Beach.
The city charter review committee already has
made a series of recommended changes that the com-
mission has endorsed and asked city attorney Ricinda
Perry to draft for the November ballot.
But last week, during the June 17 commission
meeting, Perry said she had noticed some areas of the
charter that might need addressing this fall and she
suggested the charter committee might reconvene.
Gay Breuler, who represents Ward
3, asked whether the charter provi-
sion dividing the city into wards
might be re-evaluated.
In the upcoming November
election, there are three seats up for
Breuler election but just one contested race
for commission in Ward 4.
"We have so few people who will serve," Breuler
She noted the city's size about 1,500 and
that voters in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach elect
their commissioners at-large.
Newly appointed Commissioner Janet Vosburgh,
who served on the charter committee, said she favored
the ward form of government.
"I love having my representative," she said.
Perry suggested further discussion.
'This has surfaced and resurfaced," she said. "I
think it is going to come up again with the election....
I think I would like this commission to grapple with
it a little bit."
Commissioners agreed to place the item on the
agenda for the July 1 commission meeting.
identical to previously approved ROR projects on
Pine Avenue, along with the parking plan approved
several years ago by the city commission for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center and recently for the
Attorney Jeremy Anderson, representing William
and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue, claimed the two
units on the 210 Pine Ave. parcel exceed the city's
density limit. In addition, he indicated the 10 parking
spaces require backing out across a sidewalk.
Burnett replied that Anderson is not an expert
traffic engineer or city planner and the board should
reject his testimony as "not substantial, competent
The city has been approving projects in the ROR
since 2004 that allow a vehicle to back out across a
sidewalk, she said. Back-out parking exists at the city
pier, the community center, and other locations in the
city, she said.
Coleman agreed to a stipulation to build side-
walks in accordance with any future parking plan
adopted by the city.
Board members Sandy Mattick, Bob Barlow and
chair Randall Stover voted to recommend approval
of the plan, while Turner and Margaret Jenkins voted
Burnett also presented the Thrasher site plan for
the Anna Maria Green Village, which includes a park-
like area and public rest rooms. All parking will be
on-site and the parking circulation provides an exit
onto Tarpon Street.
Five buildings are planned at the site, but three
will be older homes that will be renovated. Two new
ROR structures will be built, but the complex will
have only two residences, Burnett said.
Turner was concerned there was not enough room
for motorists to exit a parked vehicle properly and
walk unimpeded to a building. Burnett and contrac-
tor Dan Gagne alleviated the problem by agreeing
to locate one of the planned buildings farther from
By Lisa Neff
A landowner's large-scale comp plan amendment
for waterfront property in Bradenton Beach is cycling
through a review process in Tallahassee.
The proposed amendment is before the Florida
Department of Community Affairs, which oversees
a review that involves numerous state departments.
The amendment is for waterfront property in the
1400 block of Gulf Drive with a long history involv-
ing a legal dispute between the city and Island Inc.-
Beach Development Inc. dune protection versus
development. The dispute is so involved that related
documents fill 11 file boxes at city hall and date back
more than a decade.
The developer had sought to build residences on
property that the city deemed preservation land. The
dispute cycled through city and state reviews, and
also went to court, where the city won the first round
but the developers won a second round. A judge
eventually pushed both sides into mediation, which
resulted in the developer's offer to sell the property
to the city for $600,000.
The city rejected the offer in February.
That decision triggered the state review of the
developer's large-scale plan amendment.
About five years ago, the city commission was
presented with the large-scale plan amendment,
which it neither approved nor denied but agreed to,
as required, transmit the proposal to DCA for an ORC
- objections, recommendations and comments -
'"The city commission said let's see what DCA
says," said building official Steve Gilbert.
The transmittal was delayed until this spring
because the city was in the process of developing its
evaluation and appraisal report, part of the comp plan
process overseen by DCA.
To transmit the plan amendment ahead of cycling
through the EAR process would have been prema-
ture, Gilbert said.
'That would meet the intent of getting out of a
car and safely walking to the front of the property,"
said city planner Alan Garrett.
Burnett said the project calls for 25 parking
spaces, although only 24 are needed to meet the
requirements of the ordinance.
Each building will require a building permit, she
said, and the three older homes will be renovated
before the new buildings are constructed.
The city and the public will be able to observe
each step in the process of creating the historic vil-
lage, she said.
The Thrashers also agreed to a stipulation to
change parking at the project to accommodate any
future parking plan for Pine Avenue approved by the
Several people spoke in favor of the project and
there was no opposition from the public.
Board members voted 5-0 to recommend approval
to the city commission.
Turner congratulated the Thrashers and architect
Gene Aubry for "putting together a great plan," which
Anna Maria commission
The Anna Maria City Commission will now
meet at 6 p.m. on Thursdays for both regular
meetings and work sessions. Meetings were
formerly scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Commission Chair John Quam said special
meetings also would begin at 6 p.m. unless oth-
The commission will next meet at 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 24.
In April, "the applicant said go ahead and trans-
mit it," Gilbert said. 'The city hasn't signed off on
it.... And we'll get a substantial number of comments
Former Bradenton Beach Commissioner William
Shearon filed a complaint at city hall over a notice
for a city commission work meeting held June 16.
Shearon said the public notice, which announced
a meeting on the special-events application process,
seemed insufficient, lacking details.
Shearon, in a letter to city hall, also complained
about a lack of back-up material on the subject.
He was informed that the notice met require-
ments for such meetings and that there was no backup
materials because the work meeting only involved a
Shearon also registered a concern with The
Islander over a city department head meeting held
June 18 at city hall that was attended by city employ-
ees, as well as commissioners and the mayor.
Shearon also questioned whether that meeting
was properly noticed to the public.
The event a round-the-table meeting for the
city's department heads was noticed on the city's
calendar of public meetings and on the website and
was open to the public, said city clerk Nora Idso.
Following Shearon's inquiry, Idso issued a memo
stating, "Since this is reoccurring monthly meeting
and is a question-and-answer period for the depart-
ments with no motions or direction being given by the
commission and no possible way to anticipate subject
matter the city saves money on paper costs and staff
time by posting just the calendar. As with anything
the public is welcome if they so desire to attend."
She said the clerk's office would proceed with
noticing the department head meeting in such a
manner unless the commission directed otherwise.
State reviewing proposed land plan
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2010 19
Preliminary parking plan in design phase
By Lisa Nefl
An effort to meld a new parking plan with a
stormwater improvement design has shifted from
first gear to second in Bradenton Beach.
The city community redevelopment agency com-
mittee and city staff are working with LTA Engineers
on improving the use of city-owned property between
Church and Highland Avenue near Fourth Street
A parking lot off of Highland is used for public
works department vehicles and a lot off Church adja-
cent to the city-owned Monroe Cottage, which houses
the project/program department, is used for public
parking and some city employee parking.
The CRA committee, which consists of the com-
mission, mayor and appointed business representative
Ed Chiles, unanimously agreed last week to direct
staff to develop a plan to "maximize" use of the city
That planning involves LTA Engineers, which
currently is researching stormwater issues in the
area so that a parking design can be created that
reduces puddling and more significant stormwater
During a CRA meeting June 16 at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N., Lynn Townsend Burnett of LTA Engi-
neers said a plan likely would involve a sand-shell
mix for parking and bio-retention swales.
"There is a real opportunity to do something
there," she said, adding that the city might also
want to provide
number of public
may also con-
ing property for
parking in the
explore working with property owners in the area to
create angled parking.
Chiles suggested that the planning also involve
improving the use of a corner park at Highland and
Fourth Street North.
"There's a chance of tying that in, trying to make
the park better," Chiles said.
Additionally, Chiles requested a special CRA
meeting later this month to discuss the possibility of
purchasing property in the district for more public
"I've been working with a Realtor to see if we
could find something," Chiles said. That work led
to the possibility of purchasing a parcel owned by
Scott and Tammy Barr in the 100 block of First Street
"I think there's a potential to do something that
we've talked about doing," Chiles said.
The committee set a meeting for 9:30 a.m. June
23 at city hall.
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publishing weekly winning photos June 30. Each
week for a six-week period, one picture will be fea-
tured on the cover of The Islander. Also one photo
will be a grand prize winner with $100 cash prize
from The Islander and other prizes and certificates
from local merchants. Weekly winners will receive
an 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 also will be looking for beach scenes
that highlight the Island's oil-free beauty.
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Hundreds assemble for oil spill meeting
By Lisa Neff
Paula Shortz prays nightly that when she takes
her morning beach walks she sees only black skim-
mers, not skimmer vessels.
"I'm just horrified at the thought of oil off our
beach," said Shortz, a resident of Longboat Key.
Shortz gathered with hundreds of people in the
Anna Maria Island Community Center gym June 17
for a town meeting on the Deepwater Horizon oil
"I've been reading, of course," Shortz said of
news accounts of the British Petroleum Deepwater
Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "But I wanted
to hear information first-hand and I wanted to say,
'I'm ready to do whatever needs to be done to mini-
mize this disaster.'"
The town meeting, held on the 58th day of the
spill, was sponsored by Keep OFF Manatee, a grass-
roots group founded by Mike Shannon, manager of
the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Welcoming the crowd to the Center in Anna
Maria, Shannon said he wanted to call a meeting to
make sure that Manatee "is the most well-prepared
Panelists included Manatee County Commis-
sioner Carol Whitmore, county emergency manage-
ment chief Laurie Feagans, county natural resources
department director Charlie Hunsicker, business
owners Ed Chiles and Karen Bell, homeowner Peter
Clark, convention and tourism bureau executive
Elliott Falcione and Mote Marine Laboratory senior
scientist Richard Pierce.
Many people in the audience wanted to express
their anger over the spill and the delays in containing
the leak and cleaning up the oil, and their opposition
to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Late in the evening an anti-oil protester was
escorted from the hall for disrupting the program.
Another protester stood outside the Center hand-
ing out leaflets for an anti-oil demonstration June 26
on the beach.
"What's crazy about all this is we have a disas-
ter and we still have people who aren't for banning
deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico," said Joe
Hernandez of Bradenton. "Wake up America. Wake
up Manatee. What's it going to take?"
Many others, in the audience, shared an anti-
"The Gulf of Mexico is what brought me and my
sign up for
to a town
on the oil
State Rep. Bill Galvano,
R-Bradenton, talks about
legislative work to stop further
drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The crowd for
the June 17 town
meeting on the
zon oil spillfilled
more than 200
chairs and the
bleachers at the
Anna Maria Island
Ave., Anna Maria.
The newly formed
Keep OFF Mana-
tee organized the
Photos: Lisa Neff
family here," said Sandy Hewitt of Bradenton Beach.
"It's precious. And this disaster means we all have
to change the way we live and the way we conduct
business and the way we make energy policy."
The town meeting, however, was not a forum for
protest but a forum for information and education
about the local response to the current situation.
The audience was particularly attentive when
Pierce, who discussed the nature of the spill and the
science of the oil and its course in the Gulf, spoke.
Many also listened closely to Hunsicker, who
discussed the contingency plan for responding to oil
in local waters and on local shores.
While the county is on watch, Hunsicker said the
area's waters are being sampled and tested to docu-
ment conditions to determine any oil impact in the
In the event oil makes its way to Manatee County,
Hunsicker said the "response will be measured and
Charlie Hunsicker, director
of Manatee County's natu-
ral resources department, Cortezian Karen Bell provides perspective
stresses the importance of from the fishing village.
cleaning up the oil before it
reaches more shores.
The plan would involve placing boom to direct
oil away from the most fragile environmental areas,
such as the mangrove preserves of Leffis Key and
Grassypoint and Robinson Preserve.
"What is the value placed on birth of a brown
pelican?" Hunsicker said. "Not all values are traded
on Wall Street."
Town meeting attendee Bonnie Kennedy said
Hunsicker's report moved her to tears.
"This is breaking my heart," said the Bradenton
resident. "All the money in the world won't make it
As of June 17, federal authorities had reported
oiled brown pelicans, herons, egrets, spoonbills,
stilts, terns, gulls and sanderlings, as well as oiled
sea turtles, dolphins and fish.
Bell discussed the impact of the spill on Cortez's
commercial fishers and the seafood industry.
"We are holding our own," she said, but noted
the closure of some deepwater fishing grounds in the
Gulf of Mexico and a misconception outside the state
about the safety of seafood.
From Feagans, the audience heard of daily brief-
ings for the county's emergency response team.
"We are organized," said Feagans.
She added, "It hurts me so bad that we have to go
through this.... It's 366 miles away. We hope it stays
Oil however, has hit Florida's northwest coast.
"I don't want to see what happened in Perdido
Bay happen here," said Chiles, encouraging Islanders
to remain invested in a local response.
Tar balls ranging from dime-sized to softball-
sized were found widely scattered in on the northwest
Florida coast last week.
In some areas of the Panhandle, oil washed over
and under boom, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard
to authorize the closure of Perdido and Pensacola
passes and prompting citizen complaints about a lack
Areas of Louisiana and Alabama continued to
report more extensive damage and again, a lack of
preparedness to stop the oil.
Hunsicker said local officials were urging an
aggressive cleanup effort in the Gulf to keep oil from
polluting more coasts.
"We can and will intercept this oil at sea," Hun-
Galvano, referring to the Deepwater damage, said
the Deepwater spill is a call to action not just of
containment and cleanup, but to end the debate about
oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Contacts and connections
For the Manatee County Oil Spill Watch
Hotline, call 941-749-3547.
For state warning lines, call 850-413-9900 or
To reach British Petroleum to volunteer, call
For details about the local situation, go to
For details about the Gulf situation, go to
THE ISLANDER U JUNE 23, 2010 E 21
Island catching tourists from northern Gulf
By Lisa Neff
Deepwater Horizon oil hasn't drifted in the direc-
tion of Anna Maria Island, but some tourists are drift-
ing in from the northern Gulf Coast.
"A lot of businesses have said they are picking up
people," said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce president Mary Ann Brockman.
In mid-May, with the leak continuing at British
Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon well and the spill
growing at a rate of about 2 million gallons of oil a
day, Island businesses and Florida tourism bureaus
were inundated with questions about the impact.
Some accommodations reported canceled reser-
vations and others reported a drop in bookings. To
date there have been 42 canceled reservations in the
"We've had three cancellations altogether," said
Amy Talucci of Spinnakers Cottages in Holmes
Beach. She also reported that bookings for July, usu-
ally a no-vacancy month, are down. But her partner
and mom, Jo Ann Meilner, said walk-ins were up.
Ken Gerry of White Sands Beach Resort in
Holmes Beach reported cancellations, including that
of a wedding party and a family reunion, due to con-
cerns about oil.
Real estate agents also shared reports of con-
cerned potential buyers, including one Island agent
who said the sale of a condo fell through because the
buyer was worried about oil.
Yet the business outlook is a lot brighter on Anna
Maria Island than is the murky oil 366 miles away in
the Gulf of Mexico.
May was a strong month for home sales on the
Island despite the expiration of the popular first-time
homebuyers tax credit and the expanding Deepwa-
ter disaster, according to statistics from the Manatee
Association of Realtors.
Twenty-four single-family homes sold on the Island
Ed Chiles of the Chiles Group, which operates
waterfront restaurants on Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
last month compared with 13 single-family homes sold
in May 2009. Condo sales the number and the price
- also went up from May 2009 to May 2010.
May, the month during which news of the oil
spill dominated newspaper headlines and opened TV
newscasts around the world, also was a busy month
for the Island chamber.
Brockman reported 1,278 visitors to the chamber
and 738 requests for packages from potential vaca-
tioners in May.
"And May is a slow month for us," she said. "But
we're doing well."
Additionally, would-be northern Gulf vacationers
are checking out Anna Maria Island.
"We' re gaining a lot of people from the Panhan-
dle," said Island businessman David Teitelbaum, who
owns several resorts on the Island.
Gerry reported just one vacationer had drifted
down from the Panhandle to his resort, but, he added,
"We're still running pretty full."
To spread the message about the Island's condi-
tions, the chamber and the Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau are directing advertising to
the northern Gulf, Brockman said.
The marketing campaign is getting an assist
from Island businesses, including Anna Maria Island
Resorts, Cedar Cove Resort, the BeachHouse Restau-
rant and the Beach Bistro, which have installed web
cameras to show beach conditions on the Internet.
"We want to get the word out," said Ed Chiles,
who owns the BeachHouse, Sandbar and Mar Vista
restaurants. "Our water is clean. Our beaches are
sugar white. Our business is good. We're open for
The campaign also is getting an assist from
Island cheerleaders from elected officials such as
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore to beachfront
residents such as Victoria Jones who are posting
"beautiful beach" photographs and videos to Face-
book and YouTube.
"A picture is worth 1,000 words," said Whit-
"I take a sunset photo a day," said Jones. "Then
post to Facebook. My friends know what's here."
The unified response is "wonderful to see," com-
However, she is concerned about fall tourism.
"September bookings have started to cancel," she
Gerry said, "We're doing OK now. Right now
the impact is minor, but the potential is great."
To address tourists' concerns, the chamber is
encouraging its members to offer guarantees similar
to those offered for hurricane season returns on
deposit in the event disaster strikes.
Teitelbaum said he's doing just that.
"We' ve adapted our hurricane policy and that's
convincing people," he said.
"It is working," said Brockman.
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P&Z tasked to drive home parking plan
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria planning and zoning board and
city commission, at a joint work session on Pine
Avenue parking June 17, voted 8-1 to have the P&Z
board thoroughly examine the latest revisions to the
parking plan and present recommendations to the
It was the thirdjoint session on the plan presented
by Commission Chair John Quam, and the second
time the joint session agreed to move forward.
The plan is a concept that eliminates all back-out
parking across a sidewalk and has the city own the
parking spaces, according to city planner Alan Gar-
But not every commissioner was in agreement
with the concept for the ROR district that would
create city-owned parking spaces that could be par-
allel, back-in or straight-in parking for motorists.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus cast the dissent-
ing vote, claiming that Quam's parking plan is "not
the concept in the comprehensive plan" for the city.
Stoltzfus was also the lone opposing vote at the pre-
vious joint-session to move forward with the Quam
Stoltzfus said that, in his opinion, the concept of
Quam's plan was "changing the focus of our comp
plan" and moving away from focusing on Anna
Maria as a residential community and moving toward
a mixed-use business district.
"This is a quantum leap," he said.
Not so, responded Commissioner Jo Ann Mat-
"When we did the comp plan, we agreed to have
a mixed-use district and walking district. I don't think
this goes against our comp plan. Every commissioner
at that time said we want a mixed-use business dis-
trict. It's not a quantum leap," she said.
Wednesday, June 23
11 a.m. Einstein Circle Discussion Group at The Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
4p.m. Bayfest planning meeting at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
5:30 p.m. Origami teen program at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, June 24
10:30 a.m. "Earthlings H20" children's program at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
5 p.m. Intergenerational Garden volunteer work meeting at the
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
Saturday, June 26
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.
9 and 10:30 a.m. Wagon Tours through Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4591, ext. 4605. Fee
11:30 a.m. Hands Across the Sand anti-oil drilling demonstration
on the beach of Anna Maria Island. Information: www.handsacrossthe-
12:30 p.m. Seafood Fest Biker Bash at Cortez Kitchen, 119th
St. W., Cortez, featuring musical guest Razing Cane, classic bike show
and a Poker Walk through the village benefiting the Maritime Museum.
Tuesday, June 29
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria presentation about the
Rotary Council of Legislation with past District Governor Ken Ruskin at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, June 30
5:30 p.m. "Manga, Anime and Cosplay" teen program at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
Stoltzfus claimed the plan would not eliminate
all back-out parking that would cross a sidewalk, and
might eliminate some parking spaces on undeveloped
lots along Pine Avenue. He has advocated that all
parking should be on-site.
Aubry said the plan would create 262 parking
spaces for the ROR district. Parking could be parallel,
straight-in or at an angle, he said.
The plan calls for the land-development regu-
lations to be amended to change the maximum lot
coverage from 40 percent to 35 or 30 percent. This
allows more flexibility for the ROR structures, Gar-
rett said, and at the same time creates the parking
needed on Pine Avenue.
Sidewalks would be placed between parking and
businesses and landscaping and crosswalks would be
added. Sidewalk construction costs would be borne
by the developer.
Developers would have to prepare diagrams of
parking spaces around the project and submit those
with the site plan. In some instances, the developer
might have to grant the city an easement for parking,
while in other cases, the city might have to give an
Garrett said the concept is "common parking,"
where the city owns the spaces, but they are used by
people going to the ROR district, not a specific retail
He cautioned that the work session should not
address too many specifics. Those questions and solu-
tions will come later, when the P&Z board begins its
detailed examination of the plan.
Although Commissioner Dale Woodland and
board member Tom Turner, among others, had sev-
eral questions about specifics of the plan, both were
in agreement with the concept and voted to send the
plan to P&Z.
"I'm pleased we are doing something," said
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group
at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center,
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
P&Z Chair Randall Stover. "It might not be perfect.
It might not give everyone everything they want, but
we are doing something," he said.
Quam had said previously that he was "frus-
trated" at the lack of movement toward agreement on
any Pine Avenue parking plan, but following the vote
said he was pleased the city is moving forward.
Garrett and Stover agreed to prepare a draft of
the plan, including specific issues, for board mem-
bers to discuss. Stover did not set a date for the P&Z
workshop, but Quam asked him to provide recom-
mendations by "some time in August."
There has been some division in Anna
Maria recently regarding the 2007 Compre-
hensive Plan's goal for the future of the city.
Some say the goal is to maintain the resi-
dential character of the city, while others say
it's to maintain the residential character of the
city and, at the same time, support a business
Here is the exact wording of Goal No. 1
in the goals, objectives and policies section
of the Future Land-Use Element of the 2007
"Goal 1: Ensure that the single-family
residential character of the city of Anna Maria
is supported and protected, while supporting
commercial uses in the commercial and ROR
land-use categories, while maximizing the
enjoyment of natural and man-made resources
by the citizens and minimizing the threat to
health, safety and welfare posed by hazards,
nuisances, incompatible land uses and envi-
on Anna Maria
Island and roots
in Southern rock,
Andrew Van Hook,
and Lenny Brooks,
will perform at the
Seafood Fest Biker
Bash June 26 at
4528 119th St. W.,
Cortez, to benefit
the Florida Mari-
time Museum. The
band also will play
at the Anna Maria
benefit June 29 at
Aces Lounge, 4343
Palma Sola Blvd.,
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.
July 2, Fireworks, Mar Vista Restaurant.
July 3, Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade.
July 3, Fireworks, BeachHouse Restaurant.
July 4, Fireworks, Sandbar Restaurant.
July 4, Fireworks, Manatee Riverside, downtown Bradenton.
July 7, DIY T-Shirt Surgery teen program, Island Branch Library.
July 7, Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Branch Library.
July 8, Yo-Yo demonstration, Island Branch Library.
Save the Date:
July 10, Intergenerational Garden grand opening, Annie Silver
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.
Island police blotter
June 16, 400 block of Spring Avenue, informa-
tion. Someone called the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office about witnessing a segway accident. The caller
said a boy fell off a segway onto the shoulder of the
road, and neither the boy nor the other three in the
group were wearing helmets.
June 14, 300 block of North Bay Blvd., burglary.
A complainant said someone entered her home and
stole a leather recliner, ottoman and wooden shelf.
June 12, 900 block of North Shore Drive, suspi-
cious circumstance. The complainant said someone
pulled a sailboat owned by his mother into the bay.
He added the sailboat sustained damage.
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach
No new reports.
Trial for home-invasion
The trial of two men accused of the April 2008
home invasion and beating of former Anna Maria
Commissioner Linda Cramer is scheduled to begin
at 9 a.m. June 28, according to the Manatee County
Clerk of the Circuit Court website.
The incident took place at the home of Joe Pan-
dolph of Crescent Drive in Anna Maria. But the trial
has been delayed seven times previously and it is
unknown if another postponement will occur this
Defeandants Christopher Drescher and Michael
Gambuzza are charged with one count each of
home invasion and robbery. Both men have entered
not guilty pleas to the charges, and Gambuzza has
requested he be allowed to act as co-counsel in his
The two are both in the Manatee County jail on
bond of $175,000 each.
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Robert A. Fazioli
Capt. Robert A. Fazioli, 55, of Bradenton, died
Mr. Fazioli was born in Troy, N.Y., and moved
from Niskayuna, N.Y., to Manatee County in 1976.
He was a fishing captain and operated Captain
Crunch Fishing Charters. He was a former distribu-
tion manager for the St. Petersburg Times in Braden-
ton, owner/operator of a semi-truck, was published
by Florida Sportsman magazine and was a featured
speaker on Captain Mel's radio program.
Memorial donations may be made to TideWell
Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes, Bradenton, was in
charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be
made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
All are welcome to a celebration of his life at 1
p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Bridge Church at Palma
Sola Bay, 4000 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Mr. Fazioli is survived by wife Tammy; step-
son Michael O'Neil; step-daughter Mindy and hus-
band Justin O'Neil; mother Anne of Bradenton; three
brothers, Francis G. and wife Diana of Homosassa,
Capt. William J. of Bradenton Beach and Joseph M.
and wife Margarita of Bradenton; grandchildren,
Kaylee, Abbie, Shian, Darian and Tyler O'Neil; and
several nieces and nephews.
Diane Birdsall Oler
Diane Birdsall Oler, 52, of Bradenton, died June
Mrs. Oler was born in El Paso, Texas. She came to
Manatee County in 1970 from the Florida Panhandle.
She was retired from the former Doghouse Restaurant
in Bradenton where she served for many years.
Private family services are being planned for a
later date in Tennessee. Memorials may be made to
the Manatee County Humane Society. Condolences
may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.
com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town
Mrs. Oler is survived by her children, son Donald
Winneberger of Bradenton and daughter Marie and
husband James Willis of Bradenton; mother Mary
Bechtel Stephens of Bradenton; brother William
Birdsall of Jacksonville, Ark., two sisters, Alice Triv-
ett of Holmes Beach and Elaine Birdsall-Moore of
Jacksonville, Ark.; three grandchildren; Briana and
Deanna Willis and Jonathon Winneberger; several
aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends.
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seven FPA awards
The Islander newspaper collected seven awards
for excellence in journalism at the annual Florida
Press Association awards assembly and luncheon
June 18 at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton.
In the FPA list of winners announced for work
submitted from 2009, The Islander and its staff
received third place in community service for news-
papers in its circulation category for its Wish Book
2009. The annual special section allows limited
sponsor-advertising in order to feature the needs of
community organizations serving the Island.
And artist Barbara Hines earned the newspaper
an honorable mention in the individual graphic cat-
egory for her special section cover artwork of a "fun"
trolley loaded with Island critters and wildlife.
Islander reporter Lisa Neff was recognized with
five second place awards excellence in the categories
of photo series, sports column, outdoor writing, envi-
ronmental writing and criticism, which was for last
year's collection of reviews of Island Players produc-
The Islander newspaper has earned more than
50 FPA awards the past 10 years, including special
recognition for its work to protect First Amendment
rights for its readers.
Island real estate transactions
208 56th St., Unit A, Sea Breeze, Holmes Beach,
a 1,914 sfla / 3,145 sfur 3bed/2/2bath/2car land condo
with pool built in 2005 was sold 06/02/10, Marsh to
Dougherty for $630,000.
606 Ambassador Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,380
sfla / 1,912 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1966
on a 85x105 lot was sold 06/04/10, Westray to
Slivonik for $360,000; list $399,000.
3003 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,040 sfla
/ 1,674 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1979 on
a 50x100 lot was sold 06/02/10, Dagenais to Gentry
for $258,000; list $279,000.
107 Eighth St. S., Unit 6, Island Getaway, Bra-
denton Beach, a 570 sfla / 650 sfur 2bed/ Ibath condo
built in 1940 was sold 06/02/10, Wells Fargo Bank
to Cagliostro for $80,000; list $79,000.
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World Cup game draws crowd to Tequila Beach
By Kevin Cassidy
About 30 die-hard supporters of the U.S. National
soccer team, including some members of the defunct
Island Football Club, converged upon Tequila Beach
restaurant in northwest Bradenton June 18 for the
kickoff against Slovenia, played in Pretoria, South
U.S. fans were disappointed early on with the
play of their team and more disappointed later, when
referee Koman Coulibaly inexplicably reversed what
should have been a goal to complete a historic come-
back from a 2-0 deficit.
Slovenia, the smallest nation in the tourna-
ment with slightly more than 2 million citizens,
took the lead in the 13th minute when Valter Birsa
curled a left-footed shot that caught U.S. keeper
Tim Howard flatfooted. Late in the first half, the
U.S. looked to be in good position to tie the game
when Clint Dempsey's cross appeared to find
Landon Donovan on the back post, but a Slovenian
defender slid in to deny the goal. Slovenia went on
a quick counter attack and beat Howard for a 2-0
Donovan halved the score for the U.S. team in
the 48th minute when he roofed a shot from 5 yards
out. Michael Bradley then tied the score when he
volleyed Jose Altidore's header into the goal, setting
the stage for the ref's major gaffe.
Donovan curled a free kick from the right side
of the penalty area in the 85th minute that midfielder
Maurice Edu volleyed into the back of the net to
complete the unbelievable comeback, but Coulibaly
blew his whistle and called off what would have been
the game-winning goal, stunning the Tequila Beach
crowd and the rest of the world.
Coulibaly would give no explanation for his call,
further miffing soccer fans across the globe.
Despite the referee's call, the U.S. is still in good
position to advance to the knockout round of 16 with
a victory over Algeria in the game set for 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 23. Everyone's invited to join me
and fellow die-hard soccer fans at Tequila Beach to
help cheer the U.S. team to victory.
Youth baseball season closes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
baseball season came to a close June 5.
Though it was a last-minute league put together
when a new board of directors couldn't be formed to
continue play under their Little League charter, about
50 kids participated in T-ball and pitching machine
There were no standings kept in either league
with the focus being on making sure the kids had fun
while learning the basics of the game.
Adult flag football action
The NFL flag football summer league for coed
adults is off and running at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center with six teams taking part. The
teams are split into two conferences, AFC and NFC,
with winners of each conference meeting later in a
Super Bowl match.
The league got started June 17 with the Bills
taking a 13-12 victory over the Bucs. Chris Jones led
the way for the Bills with 45 yards rushing, including
a touchdown and an extra point, while also passing
for 41 yards and a touchdown. Brian Moorehead was
on the receiving end of Jones' touchdown pass and
finished with 41 receiving yards while passing for 37
yards. Ryan Hogan added 37 receiving yards for the
Hogan played a key role on defense for the Bills,
intercepting a pair of passes and recording one flag
pull. Jones led the Bills with three flag pulls, while
David Bishop and Moorehead each finished with two
pulls apiece. Nikki Bekkerus and George Imes fin-
ished with one flag pull each in the victory.
The Bucs were led by David Johnston, who com-
pleted eight passes for 109 yards and a pair of touch-
downs. Scott Eason was on the receiving end of one
TD pass, while Billy Malfese, who ran for 21 yards
and 36 receiving yards, was the recipient of the other
Defensively the Bucs were led by Chris Grum-
ley's interception and a flag pull by Shawn Kaletta
in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw the Broncos
overcome the Giants 13-7 behind the passing of Mike
Walter. Walter completed 11 of 14 passes for 164
yards and a touchdown. One touchdown pass went to
Robert Cornell, who finished with 98 receiving yards
and an extra point, while also finding time to pass
for 34 yards and a touchdown to David Zaccagnino.
John Pace added 64 receiving yards for the Broncos,
which also got 12 receiving yards from Denise Brigg
in the victory.
The Bronco defense was led by Zaccagnino's
five flag pulls and an interception and three flag pulls
from Walter. Pace and Brigg rounded out the Bronco
defense with one pull apiece.
Jeremy Jackson paced the Giant offense with 94
yards passing and 54 yards rushing including a touch-
down run. Tyler Bekkerus added 82 receiving yards
and an extra point. Ben Stewart with 19 receiving
yards, April Jonatzke with 12 receiving yards and
Mark Anderson who had 11 receiving yards rounded
out the Giant offense.
Bekkerus had three flag pulls and an intercep-
tion to lead the Giant defense that also had two flag
pulls from April Jonatzke while Anderson, Jackson,
Stewart and Jimmy Thomas each finished with one
flag pull apiece in the loss.
The final game of the evening saw the Vikings
pillage the Jaguars 25-12 behind a defense that inter-
cepted three passes, two of which were returned for
touchdowns. Jordan Pritchard led the defensive effort
with two picks one he took to the house while
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also recording two flag pulls. Todd Zawistoski also
intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Phelps Tracy added two flag pulls and Plowman fin-
ished with one pull.
Offensively the Vikings were led by Paul
Kurtz, who completed 11 passes for 114 yards and
a pair of touchdown passes. One TD pass went to
Lance Plowman, who finished with 45 receiving
yards and the other was caught by Zawistoski, who
finished with 69 receiving yards, including an extra
The Jaguars were led by Jason Sato, who completed
five passes for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns to
Clay Orr, who finished with 78 receiving yards. Michael
Durrance added 65 passing yards for the Jaguars, which
also got 36 receiving yards from Bob Vita and 10 receiv-
ing yards from Aris Thompson in the loss.
Durrance and Scott Rudacile paced the Jaguar
defense with two flag pulls apiece, while Orr added
an interception and a flag pull in the loss.
Three of the six teams advanced out of pool
play during June 19 horseshoe action at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits. John Johnson and Jerry Bennett
defeated Norm Good and Jay Disbrow 21-17 in the
semifinal match. The championship match saw John-
son and Bennett roll past the team of Hank Huyghe
and Tim Sofran by a 21-4 score.
Two teams emerged from pool play during June
16 horseshoe action. John Johnson and Sam Samu-
els defeated Norm Good and Steve Grossman in the
championship game by a 22-17 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Key Royale news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine hole, individual-low-net golf game on June
15. Flight A went to Tootie Wagner, who carded
an even-par 32 to finish one shot ahead of Diane
Flight B winner was Terry Westby, who torched
the course to the tune of a 4-under-par 28.
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2010 0 25
Area anglers enjoy nearshore fishing frenzy
By Nick Walter
With waters offshore of Anna Maria Island still
clear of oil, anglers are enjoying supreme action on
line-burning species such as tarpon, kingfish, cobia
Tarpon remains anglers' No. 1 target, as some
anglers are reporting more silver kings than they've
seen in some time.
Capt. Warren Girle said a pair of anglers last
week landed the biggest grouper that's ever been to
Girle's boat, a 350-pound goliath grouper that hit a
chunk of bonito in 38 feet of water. Girle said it was
landed with the same spool of 195-pound Dacron
line he used to catch the International Game Fish
Association all-tackle world record 764-pound dusky
shark off Longboat Pass in 1982. "I pulled that old
spool out of my closet," Girle said. In addition to the
monster grouper, Girle said his anglers have had great
action on tarpon, cobia, kingfish and bonito.
Jesus Rosario from Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers have caught a couple cobia, a couple keeper
flounder and a lot of Spanish mackerel. He said a lot
more mangrove snapper are starting to show up, and
tarpon are thick early in the mornings. He added there
are a lot of sheepshead but anglers aren't targeting
the convict fish.
Bob Kilb from Rod & Reel Pier said the man-
grove snapper bite is turning on, there are some big
redfish around, large numbers of Spanish mackerel
are running through and there are plenty of snook.
"But I'm trying to keep everybody from fishing for
the snook," Kilb said.
John O'Grady from Sarasota landed a 54-inch
cobia while angling from the Anna Maria City Pier
May 30. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kelly Agnes
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Kyle Dodrill from the south Sunshine Skyway
Fishing Pier said anglers have caught Spanish
mackerel, a lot of big mangrove snapper, occasional
grouper, cobia and quite a few pompano. Tarpon, of
course, are loaded under the bridge.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said he's been having
some of the best tarpon-fishing action he's ever had,
averaging about 15 hook-ups a day off the beaches.
"We just keep getting more and more tarpon every
year," Bystrom said. "There's just been tons of fish."
Bystrom said there were some big dropping tides last
week so he's been using only threadfins. Bystrom
has been drifting into schools of tarpon with shin-
ers at various depths under corks. He also reported
good action on offshore grouper over rock piles and
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center fishing
said 40-50 feet of water depth has been good for king-
fish, sharks, keeper gag grouper, mangrove snapper,
triggerfish and purges. He said tarpon are tick off
Egmont Key, under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and
around Longboat Pass. Farther out, in 150-160 feet of
water, McGuire has been getting red and gag grou-
per, black grouper, amberjack, American red snapper,
mangrove snapper, porgies, sharks and barracuda. He
said he's catching more kingfish now than in April
because it was an extremely cold winter. He starts
targeting kingfish in 40-50 feet of water. On June 12
he reported catching a 40-pound kingfish on a free-
lined sardine in 45 feet of water. Three days later, he
said it was so calm he never anchored the boat. "I
think that's the first time I never anchored the boat,"
he said. "If you can handle the heat the fishing's great.
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And no signs of oil at all."
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he is highly anticipating
the onset of the summer rainy season, which helps to
moderate the water temperature.
"We have gone from the coldest on record a few
months back to the warmest for mid-June," Zacharias
said. "Bait is starting to transition to a summer pattern
where the larger spring white bait has spawned and
is schooling to migrate out of here."
He said tons of small pinfish and grunts are
invading the shallow grass and is a productive bait
in the hot summer conditions.
Zacharias is finding that big trout, Spanish mack-
erel, bluefish, jack crevalle and ladyfish are providing
fast action all over the open bay grass beds in 4-6 feet
of water. Tarpon are thick as well. "The silver kings
can be found all along the oil-free beaches of Long-
boat Key and Anna Maria, Egmont Key, Tampa Bay
and near the mouths of the Manatee River and Terra
Ceia Bay," he said. "I've noticed a marked increase of
mangrove snapper in the bays over the past week."
He said a trip out to various reefs last week con-
tinued to give up good catches of mackerel, school-
ing kings, grouper, snapper, shark and lesser amber-
Capt. Steven Salgado said he's been fishing off
the beaches for some small sharks and mangrove
snapper. He added that he's taken advantage of a lot
of tarpon off Bean Point.
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Could the nine-year wait for the development of
the Tidemark Lodge now Mainsail Marina Lodge
- in Holmes Beach be winding down?
Joe Collier of Mainsail Development LLC in
Tampa, owner of the property, said the wait is nearly
In August 2001 yes, 2001 Holmes Beach
city commissioners approved the controversial
Tidemark hotel-marina-condominium project pro-
posed by developer Nick Easterling. The 40-unit
project would be on the site of the former Pete
Reynard's Yacht Club Restaurant at the north-
east corner of Gulf and Marina drives adjacent to
Easterling told residents and commissioners
alike he would be open for business in three years or
Alas, it was not to be.
From Easterling's bankruptcy through two reor-
ganization and refinance efforts, Tidemark was sold
in July 2009 in a foreclosure sale to Mainsail, a com-
pany that specializes in developing resort properties.
The company paid $6 million for Tidemark's Beach
Inn property on 66th Street and $2 million for the
canal-front parcels on Marina Drive.
Collier at that time predicted good things would
soon happen at Mainsail Marina Lodge.
Mainsail even took in some local investors,
including restaurant owner Ed Chiles of Anna Maria,
and Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher, also of Anna
Maria. And Collier said then that an architect would
be selected within a few weeks and renderings of the
project would be available to the public by Jan. 1,
Alas, it was not to be.
A declining real estate market forced Collier and
his investors to concentrate on the Mainsail Beach
Inn, the 12-unit beachfront condominium complex
the company acquired when it purchased Reliance
Sales and rentals at Mainsail Beach Inn have been
great, said Collier, and he's now turned his attention
to the Mainsail Marina and Lodge.
"We haven't forgotten the Mainsail Lodge,"
Collier said. "We've been working hard behind the
scenes going through the design and development
phase," he added.
An architect has been preparing drawings, which
Collier said were about 60 percent complete, and he
expects to unveil them at the lodge on-site sales office
in about three weeks.
He said the architectural style will be in keeping
with Anna Maria Island, although the main building
will have only two floors, not three as previously
Only 37 units are planned in the new design, but
Collier said they have adhered to the original foot-
print design. "There won't be any need to change the
site plan," he said.
Plans call for a restaurant and lounge that will
likely be operated in-house, unless a local restaura-
teur presents a favorable plan.
"We are, after all, hoteliers. We think we can do a
good job of managing that part of the resort," Collier
In addition, banquet and conference rooms are
still in the plan and the main banquet-conference area
should seat up to 100 people, he said.
A former plan for fractional ownership has been
scrapped. Buyers now will own a "fee-simple" asset
that they can use as they want, either as a rental,
second or vacation home, or in combination, Collier
"We're hoping to begin sales later this year and
we've already had some advance requests for units
from people staying at the Beach Inn who have taken
a look a what we are doing."
Collier said all units at Mainsail Marina Lodge
will have at least two bedrooms-two baths and prices
will start in the mid-$400,000 range.
Several deluxe units are planned, and those will
be around $800,000, he said.
Collier noted the Mainsail Marina is filling up
Ralph's co-ops coupons
Anyone interested in eating good food and
winning prizes at the same time should plan on a
dining visit to one of Rotten Ralph's two Anna
Maria Island locations.
Owner Dave Russell just may have come
up with the win-win promotion of the summer
It's called Sand Bucket Savings and everyone
who eats at Rotten Ralph's this summer will win
something, he said.
Following a meal lunch or dinner -the
table will be offered a sand bucket containing loads
of coupons and values, and guests are allowed to
draw a slip from the bucket, he said.
The buckets contain coupon slips for merchan-
dise at various Island locations, free food from
Ralph's, T-shirts, discounts, a free month at a fit-
ness club and a host of other prizes. Each person
at the table gets to draw from the bucket.
"The kids really love this because everyone
gets to win and they can't wait to see what they
draw from the bucket," Dave said.
"We started this as a summer promotion at
both restaurants, and it's really caught on. The
merchants really like it, and some kids want to
have the drawing first before they eat," he said
with a laugh.
Among the prizes are a 20 percent discount
coupon at any Rotten Ralph's, gift certificates
and discounts from Island Bazaar, Bridge
Street Bazaar and the Fish House miniature
golf adventure, Island Fitness memberships
and Rotten Ralph T-shirts.
Along with the Sand Bucket Savings, Dave
also has senior specials every day and a batch of
$9.99 all-you-can-eat specials.
with charter boats and other slip rentals. About 20
boats are now maintained at the marina, which has
space for up to 60 boats.
The charter business will be a major draw for
people staying at the lodge, he said.
Could it be possible that the nine-years-in-
waiting project will soon have more than a sales
trailer, some marina slips and a vast lot of weeds
"We'll see in a few weeks," the upbeat Collier
Rotten Ralph's is located on the Historic Bridge
Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, and at the south
end of South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-3953.
Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf Drive
N., Holmes Beach, has named Carla Beddow
as its top sales agent for June, while Kathy
Caserta garnered the top listing agent award
at the company.
To reach either agent, call 941-778-6696.
Wifi hot spots
Internet surfing is free and easy at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive.
Ginny's and Jane E's, 9807 Gulf Drive.
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St.
N., Bradenton Beach.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf
The Islander is compiling a list of locations
offering free wireless Internet service to computer
users on the Island. If you offer this convenience,
please, e-mail reporter Lisa Neff at lisaneff
islander.org, and include a name and telephone
number with the location of the hot spot and a
password if needed.
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MOVING BOXES: WARDROBES and assorted
others. $15 total. 941-798-6969.
FOR SALE: Golf bag, like-new and golf travel
bag on wheels. $40. Call 941-737-9173.
FOR SALE: 14-inch diameter table with three
chairs. Oak top. Like-new. $40. Call 941-737-
2007 BOBCAT T300 Skid Steer. Low hours, heat,
air conditioning, 81 hp. $4,800. Details: try7cgg@
FIVE FENCE SECTIONS: 8-foot, $50. Corner
bookshelf, 22x74-inches, $75. New kitchen faucet,
DECK CHAIRS: GREAT condition, $10 each. Air
conditioner, 8,000 BTU, almost new, $50. 941-
ACCORDION DOOR: WOOD-look, new condi-
tion, $15. 941-730-7896.
BINOCULARS: Tasco 8X-16x40 with
case, $35. 941-795-1533. djrv79 @msn.com.
SLIPCOVER: SUREFIT SOFT suede, teal, fits
loveseat/sofa up to 60 inches, $35. 941-795-1533.
DRESSER WITH SEVEN drawers, 7 feet x 16
inches, $30. Formica cabinet, counter, 7 feet, lots
of storage, $40. 941-795-8359.
END TABLE WITH shelf on bottom, cherry wood.
24x28 inches, $20. 941-795-8359.
TORO LAWN TRACTOR: 120-hp, 38-inch cut.
Used one season, like new, $800. 813-545-
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice
machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up,
$1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-
burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941 -
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Mondays at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
SALE: NIKI'S TREASURES. All sterling and gold
jewelry, 50-70 percent off, select gifts, beach art,
antiques, vintage jewelry, dolls, glassware, 30-75
percent off. Open seven days, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 26.
All proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen breast
cancer research. Stuffed animals, toys, puzzles,
games, teen and 20-something's clothing, DVDs,
CDs, computer equipment, boating supplies,
sports equipment, more. 538 68th St., Holmes
KEYS FOUND AT 30th St., Holmes Beach. Found
June 2 on bench. Dolphin key chain. Claim at
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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.
LOST KODAK EASY Share camera, June 13.
Near Anna Maria Pier or shop on Bridge Street.
Pictures important. Please, call Mary, 860-202-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
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tion. Finished in pewter with Napa brown leather,
auto everything, only 33,000 miles from new,
original owner. Always kept in garage, serviced
by Mercedes. (only 1,000 of these were made!
New, $58,000). Must sell, $28,000. Call Millie for
more information, 941-737-6887.
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.
NEW 2010 AVALON-19 LS Pontoon Boat, fitted
Yamaha F90, vinyl floor, stereo, CD, Bimini top,
full mooring cover, 25-inch pontoons, black wall
skins with buckskin seating, side, front and rear
entry, with rear boarding ladder. This top quality
boat is bottom painted and ready for immediate
delivery, MSRP is $28,000-plus. Buy it now, new
unregistered and with full warranties for $19,450.
Call Brian at Morland Marine, 941-778-2255 or
mobile, 941 737 6888.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
HELP WANTED: PART-time maintenance, land-
scape, handyman. Apply in person with resume
and references at 12304 Cortez Road W., Bra-
denton. Sea Hagg.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: OUR Daily Bread. Con-
tact Penny, 941-745-2992.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? Call
Kendall, first aid-certified. Great with kids and ani-
mals. Four years experience, high school student.
ISLAND TEEN WILL help with yard work, mowing,
moving furniture, garage cleaning, window wash-
ing, 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 Beach.
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island,
located in busy shopping center, large inventory,
all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey,
business growing monthly, owners moving, great
opportunity for mom and pop. Call Jim, 941-580-
ACTIVE LADY WITH spinal injury needs LPNS to
assist with personal care. A Hoyer lift for trans-
fers. Five-hour a.m. shifts and overnight sleepover
shifts are from 9:30 p.m.-7a.m. Travel opportunity.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.941-
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ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC @ msn.com. 941-730-1399.
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: 28 years experience, top
references, days or nights, personal care, house-
hold duties. 941-545-7114.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
COMPUTER GOTYOU 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 941-580-4487.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
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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.
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TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
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years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
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TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
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. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
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Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: $15 per hour. No job too
small. One call does it all. Call Arthur, 941-301-
0624. Quality satisfaction guaranteed.
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 vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
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VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home,
northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings,
all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club. Guard-gated 24/7.
Sunny bright end unit, 2BR/2BA villa with spa-
cious two-car garage and extra-long driveway.
Nicely furnished, new stainless-steel appliances,
TVs in living room, master bedroom and master
bath. Screened porch plus deck overlooking
small lake. Private courtyard entry. Neighborhood
heated pool and spa, plus large community lap
pool. Available July 1. $1,350/month plus electric.
Call owner, 941-792-4767.
WALK TO GULF beaches. Refurbished, upgraded
Sandpiper 55-plus 2BR/1 BA. Furnished, carport,
bay view. No smoking, no pets. $650/month, $500
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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.
$350/WEEK: 55-plus, Sandpiper Resort.
1BR/1BA sleeps four. Turnkey, walk to beach.
SPACIOUS BAYFRONT APARTMENT 2BR/2BA,
family room. Wonderful view, quiet neighborhood.
941-795-1132 or 941-545-7109.
WANTED TO RENT: One-car garage to restore
small auto. Reasonable price. Call after 4 p.m.,
STEPS TO BEACH: Sandpiper Resort, 55-plus.
Three beautiful rental units, weekly, monthly. 813-
PALMA SOLA TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA, pool,
boat dock. Weekend, $399. Week, $600. Monthly,
call 941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.
LONGBOAT KEY SEASONAL rental: 2BR/2BA
condo. Washer and dryer, beautifully decorated,
gorgeous bay views, two pools, beach, tennis
court, exercise room, clubhouse. Available
November. $3,500/month plus electric. Owner,
ROOM FOR RENT: Full house privileges. Close
to everything in Holmes Beach. 941-565-0686.
/ REALTOR. RESULTS
36 Years of Professional 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.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
LARGE 2BR/2BA DUPLEX close to beach. Cov-
ered parking, outdoor storage. Newly redecorated.
CORTEZ 1BR: WASHER and dryer, no dogs.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car
garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. 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, 941-920-1699.
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.
VILLAGE GREEN 2BR/2BA. Newly renovated
home for sale at 1982 price. Move-in ready. Two-
car garage. Ten minutes to beach. Drive by 1105
63rd St., West Bradenton, then 941-792-3496 for
viewing. Asking $158,900.
10 MINUTES TO the beach. 3BR/2BA home,
maintenance-free community, lake view. Built in
2001. Mid $200,000s. 941-758-2281.
HAQOLD SMALL REALTOR
Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
Briugft P- lau Sam Shu 1939
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL
344 FT. OF WATERFRONT IN KEY ROYALE On over
1/2 acre, 3BR/3BA at the point of two canals. Updated
kitchen & baths, huge 30' X 78' screened lanai, large pool,
wet bar, 20K lb. boatlift. $895,000
roman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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RENOVATED ISLAND 2BR/1BR furnished condo.
Steps to beach. $245,000. Kathryn Sandberg,
Betsy Hills Real Estate. Cell, 847-530-8844.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON LOTS: 75x150 feet
each, by Robinson Preserve. Secluded private
drive, water, joint venture with builder available.
$95,000 or $180,000, both. 941-920-4910.
SALE: 2BR/2BA BEACH cottage. New heated
pool, three porches,
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
large corner lot, duplex deeded. $359,000. 941-
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 for map and pric-
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