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Terns take in fire-
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Meetings: The gov-
Anna Maria busi-
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UPS readies to
City buys out
contract. Page 14
Lower turtle num-
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from BP. Page 20
ies, business news.
fever at Center.
Fishing: Early bird
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Warning: Illegal fireworks to be confiscated
By Nick Walter
If the firework goes "zoom" or "boom,"
it's illegal in Manatee County.
Islanders and Island visitors looking
forward to shooting off fireworks on Anna
Maria Island beaches should think twice.
Law enforcement officers will con-
fiscate any illegal pyrotechnics and issue
warnings or violations that could result in a
fine or arrest. A primary or repeat offender
could be fined $500 and sentenced to up to
a year in jail.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
said about the only firework that is legal in
Manatee County is sparklers.
"Also, people need to understand the
logistics of trying to enforce that on a holi-
A display of illegal fireworks for sale in a
Manatee County store. Islander File Photo:
day where probably 1,000 people are going to
have them," Romine said. "We'll do the best
we possibly can to be as proactive as we can,
but we usually end up being reactive to it."
Last July 4, Sgt. Dave Turner, officer in
charge of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
substation in Anna Maria, mailed warnings
about fireworks and went door-to-door warn-
ing about the consequences of illegal explo-
But he won't be doing so this week.
"We virtually had no problems last year,
maybe just some sporadic incidents," Turner
said. "This year (MCSO) didn't want me to
do it. So I might have to walk them around
Turner said one of the biggest problems
with fireworks is that 80 percent of structures
on the Island are wood.
"So we can't really tolerate them," he
PAR now to challenge Anna Maria decision
By Rick Catlin
Add Pine Avenue Restoration LLC to
the list of those who have filed a legal action
against Anna Maria.
Mike Coleman of PAR advised Mayor
Fran Barford June 25 that he has directed
his legal counsel to appeal the commission's
3-2 vote May 27 to deny PAR's site-plan
approval for a retail-office-residential proj-
ect at 308 Pine Ave.
He said he "regretted filing against our
own city," but it's a "matter of last resort for
This vacant lot at 308 Pine Ave is the subject
of a potential lawsuit over a denied develop-
ment site plan. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
However, Coleman said, he has confi-
dence the commission will adopt a "sensible
parking plan" for Pine Avenue.
He said he was encouraged by a June 24
vote to approve the site plan for the Anna
Maria Historic Green Village. In that approval,
Coleman said, "Commissioners rejected the
premise that maneuvering in the right of way
was a basis for non-compliance."
Coleman said it was PAR's hope that "this
can be resolved quickly and sensibly in the
best interests of our city and its residents.
"We will certainly cooperate in that regard,
and have instructed our attorney to take only
the minimum steps required to preserve our
rights during this process."
1st tropical storm
of season named
The first tropical storm of the 2010 hur-
ricane season was christened June 26.
Tropical Storm Alex formed in the
western Caribbean and was named before it
crossed the Yucatan Peninsula with maximum
sustained winds of 40 mph.
Early June 28, the National Hurricane
Center in Miami was reporting the storm was
swirling across the Gulf of Mexico toward
northeastern Mexico, with forecasters predict-
ing it might become a hurricane by June 29.
While NHC was not forecasting direct
impact on Florida, scientists were concerned
about the storm's impact on the Gulf oil spill
at the Deepwater Horizon well leased by BP
off the coast of Louisiana.
Experts feared that a storm could slow
or stall efforts to cleanup the spill and fur-
ther control the leak in the Gulf, where a
force of ships have been deployed for skim-
ming, burning and dispersant operations, as
well as drilling relief wells. Additionally,
outerwinds from the storm could push oil
2 0 JUNE 30, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Holiday weekend brings wildlife worries
By Lisa Neff
Ashley Northfleet knows that nesting sea turtles
tend to be up and about after dark.
"They go to bed after me. My bedtime is 8
o'clock," says the 4-year-old from Ocean Isle Beach,
Often at night, the turtles have the beach to
themselves, but over the July 4 weekend holiday
revelers also will be up and about on the beach
"People mistakenly walk into the staked-
off nesting areas we have for birds and turtles,"
says Suzi Fox, executive director of Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch. "It's dark and there are a lot
of people. Everyone needs to acclimate themselves
where the nests are so they don't mistakenly run
Fox talks often about sharing the beaches, espe-
cially during the morning tours she conducts to turtle
and bird nesting sites on the Island.
On a recent tour, Ashley heard about the summer
nesting season and wildlife habits and how the
summer tourist season and beachgoers' habits can
impact turtles and shorebirds.
Ashley attended the tour with her sister and par-
ents. They were visiting the Island to spend time with
Fox, whom Ashley knows as "Nana Suzi."
"Turtles need to be protected by us," Ashley says
she learned on the tour.
She also learned about leaving a clean beach.
"Pick up every bit of trash at night and take it
home with you," Fox advises. "Don't leave it until
morning. Even if it's your own land, don't leave trash
Fox repeats the cautions on the tours, and espe-
cially emphasizes the do's and don't before major
weekends, such as this coming July 4 holiday.
Thousands will crowd the Island for beach days,
t it .
Ashley and Elizabeth Northfleet of Ocean Isle
Beach, N.C., attend a recent "turtle tour" in
Bradenton Beach. On the tour, they learned about
nesting sea turtles and hatchlings, as well as how
people, turtles and birds can share the beach.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
a parade and three nights of fireworks.
"Turtle Watch is supporting and endorsing the
Island professional fireworks shows that the Chiles
Group is putting on at their three locations," Fox says.
"They are very well organized, orchestrated and safe,
and they clean up after themselves. People can just
sit back and enjoy the evening."
Still, AMITW is preparing for problems on the
beach, especially with individuals setting off illegal
"The flash and sound of fireworks are not kind to
turtles or shorebirds, especially when they are nest-
ing," Fox says. "The real problems are people getting
too close to the birds' nesting areas and trash on the
beach. The Gulf of Mexico and the shores of Anna
Maria Island are home and feeding grounds for both
of these animals. The only time either species repro-
duce is right now. Baby chicks are being born right
To protect nesting birds, AMITW is working with
other organizations to post volunteer beach stewards,
especially on the north end of the Island.
AMITW walkers also will be collecting trash -
from discarded soda bottles to spent bottle rockets
- as well as handing out bags for others to collect
Additionally, AMITW is supporting the busi-
ness community in Anna Maria, which, through the
North End Merchants Organization, has organized
a cleanup effort on the beach at 7:15 a.m. July
5. (For more on the NEMO cleanup, see "Trash
attack," next page.)
L\ clyone should do what they can to ensure
this hatching season to be the best for our little shore-
bird chicks and sea turtle hatchings," Fox says. "It's
always a scary thing to find trash on the beach or
in the water, especially fireworks and balloons. The
shoreline is like a restaurant for birds and anything
laying in the rack line or trash looks like food to them
and can be very, very harmful."
To reach Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
executive director Suzi Fox for turtle or bird
nesting emergencies, call 941-778 5638.
Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach also
responds to wildlife emergencies. Call 941-778-
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Anna Maria business owners plan to attack the
problem of trash following the July 4 holiday.
The newly formed North End Merchants
Organization hopes to show its community
spirit with service projects and its first effort
involves the Independence Day holiday
President Barbara Sato of Sato
Real Estate in Anna Maria said,
"This is important to NEMO. It's our
first event and we really want to show
everyone that business in Anna Maria is a vital part
of the community."
NEMO plans to show its patriotic spirit by
placing small U.S. flags on the roadway, starting in
the business district on Gulf Drive and along Pine
Avenue, the morning of Saturday, July 3, lining that
portion of the route of the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers Independence Day parade.
Then on Monday, July 5, they plan to meet in
three locations at 7:15 a.m. to collect trash with
garbage bags donated by the Sandbar restaurant,
protective gloves donated by Feeling Swell and the
Anna Maria General Store, and manpower, includ-
ing owners, management and staff of the 23 business
The group plans to wear "NEMO at Work"
T-shirts to display the organization's spirit and
identify volunteers during the cleanup. Volunteers
are welcome, and can meet at one of three zoned
parking-lot locations in Anna Maria: Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.; Ginny's & Jane's
at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive; or Crosspointe Fel-
lowship, 8605 Gulf Drive. Volunteers will receive
a NEMO T-shirt, while supplies last, and cleanup
supplies at the zone locations.
The Roser zone will clean up on Pine Avenue and
on Bay Boulevard from the Waterfront Restaurant to
the humpback bridge.
The Ginny's zone will clean up on Gulf Drive
from Pine Avenue south to Palmetto Avenue, and
on the beach from Pine to the Palmetto access.
The Crosspointe zone will clean up all of
Gulf Drive from Palmetto to White Avenue,
and the beach from the Palmetto to White
For more information on \T ID or the
cleanup, call Sato at 941-778-7200.
The Florida Department of Transportation com-
pletes its repairs last week to the North Bay Bou-
levard bridge in Anna Maria. Work crews finished
by installing a support. The bridge is now open
to vehicular traffic. The DOT said there would be
intermittent lane closures from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
Tuesday, July 6, on Gulf Drive from the Longboat
Pass Bridge to Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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4 E JUNE 30, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Yet another lawsuit filed in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
The controversy surrounding the Anna Maria
land-use designation for land owned by Stephen
Walker and the Walker Family Trust at the beach end
of Park Street has yet to be resolved. It has resulted
in yet another lawsuit against the city.
Walker filed a lawsuit against the city June 24 in
the Manatee County Circuit Court asking for develop-
ment rights to the property, a monetary award, costs and
Walker's neighbor, Richard Friday, earlier filed
a lawsuit claiming the city should not allow Walker
to build in the conservation land-use zone. The city
has challenged Friday and a hearing date has been
set for Aug. 4 in circuit court.
Commissioners at their June 10 meeting had
denied Walker a replat request and, at a public hear-
ing June 24, approved a moratorium on new develop-
ment in the city's conservation land-use zone.
Walker said he was being "singled out" because
City attorney Jim Dye told the commission March
4 that site plans already submitted by PAR would
be reviewed under the old site-plan procedures, but
when Walker later asked for a replat, Dye told com-
missioners that the replat should be reviewed under
new comp-plan language yet to be passed by the
A comp-plan amendment could take up to six
months to be approved by the city and reviewed and
approved by the Florida Department of Community
Affairs, Dye said.
But Walker and the city's problem really began
at a planning and zoning hearing March 6, 2007, to
recommend to the city commission that it approve the
comprehensive plan and its future land-use map.
According to The Islander's March 14, 2007,
story, Tony Arrant, the professional planner hired by
the city to guide it through revision of the comp plan,
said he did not find any platted lots in the area to
designate conservation. He said he had checked with
the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office.
"There is no owner other than the city," Arrant
said at the hearing.
And moratorium for coastal zone approved
Anna Maria commissioners voted 3-1 June 24
to enact a temporary moratorium on new develop-
ment within the conservation land-use zone noted
on the future land-use map of the comprehensive
City attorney Jim Dye said the moratorium is
needed to allow a review of the comprehensive plan
language regarding that land-use category and to
determine the "intent" of the original plan for that
The review will include platting of property
and the issues as to "exactly what activities are
allowed in that land-use," he said.
The need for a moratorium arose when the
Walker Trust, which owns property at the beach
end of Park Street, applied to subdivide two lots in
the conservation zone. The moratorium puts a hold
on that application.
But Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick questioned
why this issue was different than Dye's previous
opinion on PAR site plans. He said previously that
anything "in the pipeline" should be reviewed under
the old rules.
The difference, said Dye, is that the moratorium
is for a land-use category, while PAR's issue was
with the land-development regulations.
"Yes, but (the Walker Trust) just wanted a plat,
not to build," replied Mattick. "A plat is a form of
development," Dye responded.
Mattick contended there had been an error and
some property already platted in the conservation
land-use zone was not listed when the commission
approved the plan.
Whether or not there was an error, the city has
to proceed with what is written, Dye said.
"Platted or not, the real question is whether it
was privately owned or not," Dye said.
A comp-plan amendment could take up to six
months, Dye said, but he hoped to complete the
process in four months.
But businessman John Cagnina told Arrant and the
board that he remembered a house at that location.
If it was on land legally platted for development
at that time, the city could not take away those devel-
opment rights through a land-use change, Cagnina
To be safe, board chair Doug Copeland "asked
Arrant to re-investigate any possible private owner-
ship," according to the Islander story.
"If Arrant does discover any platted lots, the
board requested Arrant to change the land use on the
future land-use map in the affected area to residen-
tial," the story concluded.
Fast forward to October 2007, when the city com-
mission adopted the comp plan and its accompanying
future land-use map.
No properties were designated as residential in
the conservation land-use area bordering the Gulf of
Mexico on Park, Maple, Beach and Oak, the streets
the P&Z board had asked Arrant to investigate.
Walker said he and his family have been paying
taxes on the two lots for nearly four decades and he
can't understand how Arrant could have missed the
lots. They are easy to find on the Manatee County
Property Appraiser's website, he said.
Fast forward again, this time to February 2009.
The city commission approved the plat of two
lots owned by Walker that are within the conservation
land-use zone. Walker was reducing the density from
eight units per acre to six units and followed city code
to obtain the plat.
Attorney Ricinda Perry said the city then told
Walker he needed to replat the two lots into a subdi-
The plat was recorded at the Manatee County
Clerk of Courts on Feb. 27, 2009. The replat process
began at that time, Perry said.
Dye informed city commissioners of the dilemma
several months ago and the city began preparing a
construction moratorium in the zone that would
amount to a "time-out," according to Dye.
Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve the morato-
rium, with Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick opposing
the moratorium. Commissioners John Quam, Dale
Woodland and Harry Stoltzfus approved the measure,
while Chuck Webb was absent from the hearing.
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Anonymous strikes anger Anna Maria businesses
By Rick Catlin
At least one Anna Maria business owner received
an anonymous notecard from someone indicating he
or she would no longer do business with the company
because the owner had signed the petition to recall
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus from office.
The unsigned card was postmarked in St. Peters-
burg and read, "I saw your name on the list of people
to recall our City Commissioner. Couldn't believe
you would join the gang to ruin our city.
"I have used your company for years and recom-
mended you to others, but no more.
"Stoltzfus is doing what we elected him to do -
save our city from PAR."
The names of the Anna Maria registered voters
who signed the first Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus
petition became public record when the petition was
submitted, according to Manatee County Supervisor
of Elections Bob Sweat.
Stoltzfus has publicly opposed Pine Avenue Res-
toration LLC site plans and has condemned already
Stoltzfus said in an e-mail released to the public
through a public records request earlier this year that
he'd like to raise the idea of taking a bulldozer to
PAR's projects on Pine Avenue.
The business owner declined to be identified for
fear of further retribution, but resolved to sign the
second petition to proceed to remove Stoltzfus from
Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus committee chair
Robert Carter said the anonymous note to the Anna
Maria business owner is another example of Stoltz-
fus-supporter scare tactics against those who signed
the first recall petition.
"Such tactics are not unexpected when the real
legal issues of the recall are uncomfortable for these
people. As more business owners, individuals and
their livelihoods are threatened, our resolve and sup-
Kleuy Aary at ner business, uOve Oun uupost on
Pine Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
port grows," Carter said. He said Sunday the signa-
ture count on the second petition has grown to 250.
Carter noted that the recent spate of anonymous
complaints to code enforcement officer Gerry Rath-
von were all directed against Pine Avenue business
owners and city residents who signed the first petition
or lease space from PAR.
Tammy Anzalone of Pine Avenue's Timeless
Treasures, who rents from PAR, said she received
several code enforcement letters in early June and
she believes Stoltzfus is behind the complaints.
She said she called Stoltzfus June 4 and he didn't
deny that he made complaints.
"He told me he felt sorry for me because my
business was never going to survive in Anna Maria.
He said the community had no desire to have retail
businesses and would never support my business,"
She said Stoltzfus advised her to "disassociate
myself from Ed Chiles and Mike Coleman" as a
means to prevent further code complaints.
After she explained to Stoltzfus that she had
moved her business from Holmes Beach to Anna
Maria, she said Stoltzfus told her she would have
been "better off staying in Holmes Beach, that I did
not have a chance here. The community is not in
favor of retail business and I was going to fail."
Frustrated, Anzalone said she finally asked the
commissioner if he was against retail business in
Anna Maria and, she said, he "stated that he was."
Anzalone said Stoltzfus also commented that he
"felt really bad for the owner of the Anna Maria Olive
Oil Outpost" because they were "in the same posi-
tion" as her business.
Outpost owner Kelly Kary, who also leases a
storefront from PAR, said she wished Stoltzfus would
stop talking about her behind her back. At one recent
public meeting, Stoltzfus said the store was not doing
very well, an allegation that Kary flatly denies.
She said she called him up and said, "I hope you
don't feel too sorry for me. We are doing quite well
She said Stoltzfus then retracted his statement
about her business, but said he felt sorry for other
Pine Avenue businesses.
Kary said she then asked Stoltzfus if he was
behind the anonymous complaints and he told her
he didn't know who was complaining.
Efforts to reach Stoltzfus for comment on the
statements made by Anzalone and Kary and the post-
card were unsuccessful.
E-mails sent to attorney Richard Harrison, who
represents Stoltzfus, were not answered by press
Harrison sent an e-mail to The Islander last week
stating he would be out of his office until June 29.
Stoltzfus has directed all media inquiries about
the recall effort, public records requests and other
legal issues involving him to Harrison.
6 E JUNE 30, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Kaboom, boom, boom
Yes. Things will go "boom" this week.
"Kaboom." Fireworks in three cities, all provided
at waterfront restaurants owned by architect of pyro-
technic marketing Ed Chiles.
Sure, it's good business for the Chiles Group of
grouper sandwich specialists, and, yes, they have
sponsors, but considering you can easily explode
$10,000 worth of aerial sparklers in under three min-
utes, it's an extraordinary undertaking. It's spectacu-
lar entertainment for the thousands who will experi-
ence the patriotic highlight to the Independence Day
Bravo. And thanks. If only that would be suf-
ficient to halt the inexhaustible exhibitions of illegal
fireworks by private parties on the beach and the pro-
lific amounts of litter left behind by revelers.
"Kaboom." The fireworks continue in the city of
Anna Maria. This week the attacks on people who
are seeking to remove Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus from office hit a new low although, the way
things are going, likely not an all-time low with
the recent accusation made in a note mailed to at least
one business owner that anyone who signs the recall
petition is joining a gang intent on ruining the city.
Is this not the country that celebrates its free-
dom and the rights of individuals to hold differing
opinions? And this finger-pointing was made just
before the July 4 "independence" celebrations began.
Well, if you add up the behind-the-scenes smears, the
snipes on the Stoltzfus-supporter blog and the rash
of anonymous code and parking violation claims, it
appears something will burst.
The attack has added new resolve to the fight -
which this week appears to be clearly Stoltzfus and
gang vs. business. We may need to send up a flare for
help during the upcoming election qualifying period
starting mid-July. Will Stoltzfus resign, escape the
recall and run for the mayor's seat? "Kaboom."
"Kaboom." We are proud to announce a bomb-
shell! A new alliance between the Historic Anna
Maria City Pier and The Islander that will serve to
preserve the nearly 100-year-old structure, enhance
the centennial events May 13-14, 2011, and bring joy
to patrons who participate in a recognition program,
gala dinner and fireworks celebration.
Starting this week, you can get an Anna Maria
City Pier plank engraved with a personal message
or memorial and show your community spirit. More
information? Look online, of course, for the Islander-
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ment director/contact person for the Cortez Commer-
cial Fishing Festival or the Cortez Folk Festival.
For the past 26 years I have had the pleasure
to carry on the family music tradition of the Moras
(since late 1800s), and the Culbreaths (since 1921)
by playing music at these festivals.
During that course of time, I've met and worked
with a lot of great musicians and dancers, and it has
been a wonderful experience. Thank you for helping
the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival to become
such a popular event.
However, I will not continue to volunteer my
services for the current FISH board of directors, who
have conspired to carry out a vendetta against another
board member and fellow Cortezian.
Using questionable and unethical voting proce-
dures, they also had two board members who were
instrumental in festival planning and activities voted
off the board and two individuals who have never
done any previous work for the organization voted
on the board.
Richard Culbreath, Cortez
The recent announcement that the pier in Holmes
Beach would not be replaced in the foreseeable future
made me smile.
When the old pier was demolished, it revealed
something that was hidden from view for as long
as I have been coming to and living on Anna Maria
Island an unobstructed beauty as far as the eye
can see. Nowadays, a walk along the beach is almost
meditative as one's steps can proceed uninterrupted
for miles. Gulf waters glisten as the setting sun closes
the day, kept pure by the absence of any man-made
I understand when people speak with nostal-
gia about the pier, as my own two children loved
fishing from the pier and watching the ocean
However, I now have come to enjoy our pris-
tine beach in its natural form. Please know, that as
you hear opinions to express the opposite, there
are others like me who find pleasure in our new
Victoria M. Edwards, Holmes Beach
Pine Avenue subterfuge
The continuing argument over parking safety on
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria seems grossly unsubstan-
No one has presented data showing the accident
history of any parking plan.
Certainly drivers must look more carefully and
back up slower, but these actions may compensate
and render backing over sidewalks equal in safety to
I am surprised that no one has provided data
to substantiate his or her claim, nor have I heard of
police accident records being requested.
I suspect that Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus'
real objective is to stop Pine Avenue Restoration, but
he knows he can't do that straight forwardly and is
resorting to subterfuge.
When an elected official resorts to subterfuge, he
is no longer representing the public and needs recall-
John Adams, Holmes Beach
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Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohenberger pro-
claimed June 27 as Harry Parsell Day in honor of
Rev. Harry Parsell at his retirement party June 27 at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Bohnenberger may soon issue another proclama-
tion, this for the Rev. Robert Mongiello of St. Bernard
Catholic Church, also in Holmes Beach. Mongiello
has submitted his resignation to his parishioners.
In his proclamation for Parsell, Bohenberger
noted that Parsell has been an "outstanding citizen"
I during his seven years of service to
the church and the Holmes Beach
community, aiding such programs
as the Island Food Bank.
L. ."' He also highlighted Par-
\- sell's efforts in his seven years
at Church of the Annunciation to
Mongiello beautify the church property and
for allowing community organizations, such as All
Island Denominations, Alcoholics Anonymous and
others, to meet at the church.
"Reverend Parsell has enriched the life in the
Holmes Beach community by opening the church to
activities such as the annual Mardi Gras celebration
to groups other than the congregation of Annuncia-
Parsell's final service at COTA was Sunday.
In a letter to parishioners June 27, Mongiello,
who has been at St. Bernard for six-and-a-half years,
said that health issues prompted him to consider
"I feel it is best for our parish and myself that I
retire," Mongiello said, and the bishop has agreed.
Mongiello assured parishioners he will continue
to celebrate Mass at various local churches.
"So, I still look forward to seeing you at Mass,"
"Thank you for your most generous support
and kindness shown me over these past years. Rest
assured, you, St. Bernard's and your new pastor, will
always be in my prayers," he concluded.
The Rev. Harry
Parsell receives a
proclamation in his
honor naming June
27 Harry Parsell Day
from Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Boh-
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 30, 2010 U 7
In the June 28, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole suggested the
Florida Department of Transportation install a flash-
ing light crosswalk at Gulf Drive and Ninth Street
North that would be pedestrian activated, rather than
erect a traffic signal. The Sarasota-Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization had approved $94,625
for the traffic light, but agreed to study Cole's pro-
posal. Cole said many opposed a traffic light so close
to the one at Gulf Drive and Cortez Road.
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh met with
officials of the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District in an effort to salvage some portion of
the funds from a $500,000 grant for stormwater drain-
age that the city halted after Spring Avenue residents
complained the construction work was unnecessary.
Deffenbaugh said he asked Swiftmud to provide
funds from the uncompleted areas to fill in the swales.
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-graders
earned the highest score of all Manatee County fourth-
grade classes on the reading section of the Florida Com-
prehensive Achievement Test. Fifth-grade students at
AME placed second among all county fifth-grade
classes in the math portion of the FCAT.
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June 26 76 94 trace
Average Gulf water temperature 860
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By Nick Walter
United Parks Service will begin its operation of
the concessions at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach July 21.
UPS officials have said they will maintain the
popular all-you-can-eat specials at the restaurant in
Holmes Beach. The UPS contract with Manatee
County protects against price increases and, for the
first time, the restaurant there will accept credit-card
Plans call for a Key West-style look makeover
and two phases of capital improvements.
UPS financial officer Mark Enoch said the com-
pany would like to add a tiki awning on the pancake
house, ideally making it both a pancake hut and a
convenient stop for beer and wine, but not until 2012.
UPS will need local and the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection approvals.
Enoch said UPS also will renovate in accordance
with public opinion.
"We want to see what the people want," Enoch
said. "If it's not something the community wants,
we're not going to do it."
The company's conceptual rendering shows a
mural on the exterior of the building and vivid colors
in the dining room. The company also announced the
addition of an ice cream-coffee shop with wireless
Both UPS renderings depict vivid colors, a con-
trast to the current pastel decor.
Enoch said the gift shop will see new fixtures and
will be stocked with towels, souvenirs, rafts, floats
and beach balls. "We'll also focus on some Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach souvenir shorts and hats,"
He said the first renovation will be a new furni-
ture package inside the concession. The second will
be moving some of the gift shop into the dining room
for about two weeks, while the gift shop is reno-
The first phase of improvements, estimated at
$108,000, will include turning the indoor dining area
into an ice cream-coffee shop, paint, signage, and
The second phase, to be completed within the
second year and estimated at $50,000, would include
renovation of the pancake station, rest-room rehabili-
tation, more landscaping and improvements to the
patio and pavers.
Enoch said he is negotiating the purchase of Cafe
on the Beach equipment and plans on holding an open
interview process with cafe employees.
He said UPS plans on retaining those employees
at Cafe on the Beach interested in staying.
"I just talked to a couple employees already, but
right now we're mainly talking with Tommy (Vayias)
and having him as a liasion with the employees," said
Enoch, who has visited Cafe on the Beach numerous
times the past couple weeks.
Vayias, meanwhile, said he is trying to ensure a
smooth transition for UPS.
UPS finalizes Coquina concession
Manatee County commissioners June 22 adopted
a concession license agreement with United Parks
Services for operations at Coquina Beach.
The Coquina agreement is for an initial five-year
term with the option of renewal.
The 3,280-square-foot Coquina Beach facility
lies in Bradenton Beach, but is managed by Manatee
According to a county recommendations com-
mittee, UPS proposed the highest compensation
plan to the county, including profit sharing. UPS's
capital investment offer at Coquina includes interior
renovations, addition of exterior signage and outdoor
furniture, a kayak outpost rental facility, a shipwreck
playground, a patio cover and a roaming beach cart
Cindy Turner, director of the county's parks and
recreation department and a member of the recom-
mendations committee, said Coquina Beach has the
potential to become one of the top beach vacation
destinations in the world.
She said the county will renovate the Coquina
concession building within the existing footprint
starting July 21, and UPS will be responsible for the
inside of the building. "Basically, they'll have a shell
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Attorney says city doesn't owe Stoltzfus legal bill
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye sent the city
a letter June 22 stating that the city does not have to
pay the legal fees incurred by Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus regarding a complaint by a private citizen
to the Florida Commission on Ethics.
The complaint was filed by
Anna Maria businessman John
Cagnina against Stoltzfus, but the
COE dismissed the case in early
June without investigation, stating
it did not have jurisdiction regard-
ing the accusations.
S1, d1 i, After Cagnina submitted the
complaint to the COE, attorney
Richard Harrison, representing Stoltzfus, claimed the
city would be liable for the legal fees of the commis-
sioner. Harrison later sent the city a bill for $7,223
for services rendered in the ethics commission com-
Dye, however, said he reviewed the cases cited
by Harrison and talked to the COE's general coun-
sel about the commission's rules of procedures for
Dye agreed that a public official "has a right
to reimbursement of attorney's fees if they must
defend themselves against litigation," but there was
no defense involved in the COE complaint and thus
Because the COE dismissed the complaint "based
UPS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
"All those improvements will just continue to make
the beach more of a destination," Turner said.
There was no date provided for when the Coquina
concession will reopen.
UPS has pledged in its contract to relocate the
residences of its key operators to Manatee County.
solely on its internal review, any fees incurred by
Commissioner Stoltzfus did not accrue to his defense
because they did not affect the commission's decision
to dismiss the complaint," he said.
The COE never got to the defense phase of any
The city would only be liable if "litigation" arose
"out of, or in connection with, (his) official duties and
(the litigation) served a public purpose," Dye said.
Neither was the case in the COE dismissal.
"Any work done by Mr. Harrison for Mr. Stoltz-
fus" was not used by the COE because it had not yet
declared the complaint legal, Dye wrote.
Dye said he spoke with a COE attorney who
"informed me the material filed by Mr. Harrison did
not reach the commission until the staff's recom-
mendation for denial had been drafted for consider-
This first step by the COE in determining juris-
diction does not even consider the "pros and cons of
the allegations," and does not involve any investiga-
tion or defense, Dye said.
No valid legal complaint, no litigation, no need
for a defense, and no need to pay the bill, Dye indi-
Since the work done by Mr. Harrison could not
be considered by the COE, "It is my view that (Har-
rison's work) did not serve a public purpose and I
recommend against expending public funds to pay
the bill," Dye concluded.
Harrison said he has not yet had an opportunity
to discuss Dye's letter and options with Stoltzfus.
Attorney Kerry Stillman of the COE said she
could not comment on Dye's letter, but she agreed
that the first thing the COE does with any complaint
is "determine if we have jurisdiction."
That determination "does not include an investi-
gation of what is alleged," she said.
The claims against Stoltzfus might be true and
they might not, but the COE determined it did not
have jurisdiction to make any decision, she said. The
COE dismissal of the case did not prove innocence
or guilt, Stillman stated.
Other legal remedies are available to Cagnina to
determine the facts in his allegations, she said.
Anna Maria election
By Rick Catlin
If any Anna Maria resident plans on running
for mayor in the November 2010 election, he or she
hasn't made those plans known to the public.
SMayor Fran Barford has said
she will not seek another term.
She was first elected in 2006 and
had previously served as mayor
of Temple Terrace for 14 years
before moving to Anna Maria.
Barford Chuck Webb and Jo Ann Mat-
tick, whose terms are both up in
November, are seeking re-election.
The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Office said that, as of June 25, only Webb had picked
up an election packet, formed a campaign committee
and opened a bank account.
Mattick has said she will seek another term, but
has not yet had an opportunity to get the packet.
Election qualifying packets also are available
at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, said city clerk Alice Baird.
Qualifying for the two commission seats up for
election and the office of mayor is from July 16 to
July 30. The election is Nov. 2.
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Saving Island beaches
Members of the Save Our Beaches group formed by Holmes Beach teen Matt Danziger (blue shirt in
center) assemble at Kingfish Boat Ramp June 18 to seek support from passing motorists and invite people
to visit their Facebook page. Danziger said the group usually rallies Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the boat ramp.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Palma Sola park hosts
The Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave.
NW., will host a program on creating a treefrog-
friendly habitat outside the home, as well as how to
identify the non-native Cuban treefrog.
The program, presented by the Manatee County
Extension Service, will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday,
July 10, at the park in northwest Bradenton.
The cost to attend is $5.
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center and
Island Discount Tackle are holding fishing classes for
children ages 5-12.
Enrollment is $15 for members, $20 for non-
Classes are taking place July 10 and July 17.
A second session will be offered July 24, July 31,
Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.
For more information, including registration
details, call the Center at 941-778-1908.
Longtime Cortez Market
Longtime patrons of The Cortez
Market honored Lou and Nancy
Sassar,; pictured here on a
cruise, June 27 at a retirement
party at the Cortez Schoolhouse
and Museum on 4523 123rd St.
Court W. The Sassars retired
after 31 years of running the
market at 12203 Cortez Road.
The market is now operated
by Lou's brother, Ed, who the
couple say will carry on their
president of the
Kiwanis Club ofAnna
Maria Island, accepts
a plaque from Diane
Dill of Manatee Take
Stock In Children
During one the club's
:. Saturday morning
meetings at Manatee
Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes
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for its support of Take
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July 4 brings boom, bang, blast
By Lisa Neff
The July 4 holiday weekend will feature three
nights of professional pyrotechnics on local shores
and a parade punctuated with the Anna Maria
Island Privateers' trademark canon-booms.
On July 3, the Privateers' July 4 parade will
take place, beginning at about 10 a.m. at Coquina
Beach and traveling north on Anna Maria Island,
mostly along Gulf and Marina drives, before trav-
eling east on Pine Avenue to the Anna Maria City
The Privateers will continue to accept parade
entries until about 9:30 a.m. July 3, when staging
is required at Coquina Beach.
"Last year's final count was 128 applications,"
said parade coordinator Tim "Hammer" Thomp-
son, adding that applications were ai ,._,_*in ii' this
year, possibly because entrants are scrambling to
adjust to a date change for the parade from July
4 to July 3.
Entry is free. "The Privateers motto is 'Kids
and Community,' so this is just one of the things
we do to support the three communities and all
the business and individuals we hound all year for
donations," Hammer said.
"The parade is free to all participants. It's our
way of saying 'thanks' and bring people to our
Island to enjoy the Fourth of July."
Following the parade, the Privateers will
hold a lunch and party at Cafe on the Beach at the
Cropper, Richardson July's
featured artists at IGW
Fiber artist Gloria Cropper will be the featured
artist at Island Gallery West in July. So will
mixed-media artist Cecy Richardson, whose work
is shown in the photograph. An exhibit will run
throughout the month at IGW, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-
778-6648 at visit www.islandgallerywest.com.
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
There the group will present more than
$25,000 in college scholarships.
The party will take place from about noon to
L\ clyone is welcome to be in the parade,
watch the parade and be at Cafe on the Beach
following the parade," Hammer said. "We' re cel-
ebrating the good old U.S. of A."
The holiday festivities will begin with fire-
works Friday, July 2, on Longboat Key at the
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway
Longboat Key's fireworks are co-sponsored
by Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant, Cannons
Marina, the Longboat Observer and Longboat
On July 3, in Bradenton Beach, the Beach-
House Restaurant will present a fireworks show
shortly after 9 p.m.
The restaurant will hold an Independence Day
party, but many celebrants will watch the display
on the beach nearby.
On Sunday, July 4, the Sandbar Restaurant,
100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, will present a fire-
works show shortly after 9 p.m.
The display will take place near the restau-
rant, which will host a party.
For more information about the fireworks,
call the Sandbar at 941-778-8710.
For more information about the parade, call
Thompson at 941-780-1668 or e-mail him at tlt_
Center, Big Brothers
Big Sisters partner
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is partner-
ing with the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
BBBS is seeking mentors for about 90 children
associated with the Center.
"There are many options available to mentors,
such as meeting with a child for one hour each week
at the community center or the traditional commu-
nity-based program where you spend an hour a week
with the child out in the community," states a notice
from BBBS. "Both programs are flexible and work
with all schedules."
For more information, call BBBS representative
Alison Kerwin at 941-746-7000.
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15
p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Members will share their work.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord
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Hands joined across Anna Maria shore
By Lisa Neff
Palm to palm, hundreds of people joined hands
on Anna Maria Island's shore June 26, forming a
human boom in a symbolic stand against an expan-
sion of offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters.
Protesters lined up on the shore in Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. They did
not form a chain the entire length of the Island, but
they did form long ribbons, especially at weekend
hotspots, including the Pine Avenue beach in Anna
Maria and Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
"I' m here because this beach, the Gulf of Mexico,
this world is as important to me as my family," said
Shelly Fischer of Bradenton.
The Island demonstrators were among the hun-
dreds of thousands involved in Hands Across the
Sand, a global demand for clean e nc .Iv policies and
reduced reliance against oil and other fossil fuels.
Organizers said the demonstration was the largest
anti-drilling protest in history.
"The message is simple," said Hands Across the
Sand founder Dave Rauschkolb. "The images are
powerful. We are drawing a line in the sand against
offshore oil drilling along America's beaches and in
solidarity events across America and the World."
In February, Hands Across the Sand was an event
isolated to Florida's beaches.
In June, with tens of thousands of barrels of oil
spewing daily into the Gulf of Mexico in the Deepwa-
ter Horizon disaster, Hands Across the Sand became
Volunteer activists began coordinating more than
700 demonstrations all for June 26 in every
U.S. state, Puerto Rico and two dozen countries.
At the stroke of noon rain or shine in many
time zones, demonstrators assembled.
Some demonstrators gathered in town squares
and at capitol buildings. Hundreds gathered at the
Morgan Kneifel of Palmetto, right, joins in the Hands Across the Sand protest June 26 in Anna Maria.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
White House and in London, where they marched
from the Houses of Parliament to British Petroleum's
Most demonstrations took place on waterfronts.
In Brooklyn, N.Y, protesters gathered at Coney
Island. In Asbury Park, N.J., they gathered on the
famed boardwalk. In California, demonstrators gath-
ered in the shade of San Francisco's Golden Gate
Bridge and on the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
In Florida, demonstrators joined hands along long
stretches of the state's Atlantic and Gulf coasts, includ-
ing northwest areas of the state stained by oil from the
Deepwater Horizon spill. Locals and visitors stood
along the shore on much of Anna Maria Island.
Island demonstrators emerged from beach
accesses onto the sand beginning at about 11 a.m.,
but many arriving just before noon.
"We are, after all, on Island time," said demon-
strator Peggy Shepard of Palma Sola.
As they waited for the protest hour, Hands Across
the Sand participants took walks along the shore,
waded into the water, sunned themselves and wrote
statements in the sand "United States of Clean
At Manatee Public Beach, dozens of people
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City buys out department manager contract
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners accepted a deal
that trims the city's 2009-10 budget by eliminating
costs associated with the operation of the project-
program management department.
Mayor Bob Bartelt estimated that the city will
save at least $10,000 for the remainder of the fiscal
2009-10 year, which ends Sept. 30.
The deal was offered by project-program man-
agement director Lisa Marie (Phillips) Allen and
considered during a June 24 meeting.
Allen, in a June 22 letter to Mayor Bob Bartelt,
city commissioners, city clerk Nora Idso and city
attorney Ricinda Perry proposed that, as a cost-saving
measure, the city "buy out the rest of my services
through the end of the fiscal year."
The letter, citing Bartelt's message that "difficult
decisions" loom for the 2010-11 budget year, said "the
city could save a tremendous amount of money via
the following suggested scenario: pay me my wages
through Sept. 30, 2010 ... to include retirement funds
due ... and unused vacation and sick time."
The savings for the city, Allen wrote, would
come from the elimination of costs associated with
her employee medical coverage, payroll taxes, work-
ers compensation insurance, as well as costs associ-
ated with operating the project-program management
office, a city SUV and cell phone and "the rest of this
year's fiscal budget for my department."
Allen stressed she was not resigning.
"If the city is inclined in any way to keep me in
my current position, this offer is null and void," she
wrote. "Again, I do not wish to leave the employ of
The annual salary for Allen's post was budgeted
this year at $55,100. The total budget for project-
programs for 2009-10 was set at $115,394. As of June
10, 37.55 percent of the budget $72,058 had
Bartelt estimated that the city will spend about
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach elected officials will crunch
numbers with the police chief and public works
director this week as they continue a preliminary
review of the city budget.
Last week, city commissioners and Mayor Bob
Bartelt reviewed the 2009-10 administration and
planning budgets with city clerk Nora Idso, con-
tinuing a series of informational sessions to pre-
pare for the 2010-11 budget process that begins in
earnest this week.
The total planning budget for 2009-10 is
$360,169, with about $242,949 spent so far.
The total administration budget for 2009-10 is
$356,303, with about $245,178 spent so far.
Reviewing expenses, commissioners identified
a couple areas to trim next year the city is not
spending as much as it forecasted for legal fees,
overtime and temporary hires.
After a lengthy discussion, the board voted
against Commissioner Janie Robertson's sugges-
tion to consolidate legal fees and website costs
from department budgets into the administration
Robertson proposed that moving the line items
into one department's budget would make it sim-
pler to see how much the city was spending on
Robertson said not until she added up the legal
budgets for each department could she see that the
total annual allotment was $75,000 and that the city
was spending about $20,000 less than that each
"If we put attorney fees for the entire city
at $55,000 under administration, that makes it
cleaner," Robertson said.
She suggested a similar approach to budgeting
for the city's website. Currently each department
$13,000 to buy out the contract and save about
$10,000 over the next several months.
During the meeting, the commission briefly dis-
cussed a question from Commissioner Gay Breuler
about a counter-offer paying Allen for one month,
not three months, effective June 30.
Allen replied that such a deal was not on the
table and that if the commission moved to fire her,
"there are legal issues ... that you'd rather not go
Breuler said she had no intention of firing Allen,
but she noted that with grant opportunities drying up,
Allen's workload has been depleted.
"There really is no more work for her to do....
People are laid off when there is no work," Breuler
She added, "I'm not saying that's the best thing
to do.... Am I opening up a bad can of worms here,
"I think you are," Bartelt said.
The commission voted 4-1, with Breuler casting
allocates money for the site operation and mainte-
But Bartelt said removing legal fees and website
costs from department budgets seemed "counter-
productive" to the commission's effort to closely
Bartelt and a majority on the commission
agreed to leave the expenses with each depart-
ment rather than move them to the administration
Additional department budget reviews were
scheduled for this week, with a look at the police
department budget at 1 p.m. June 29 and a look at
the public works budget at 10 a.m. June 30.
Both meetings will take place at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Idso said, an intensive period of preparing and
adopting the new budget will begin this month.
Key dates in the budget process are:
July 1, when the property appraiser certifies
the taxable value for taxing districts.
Aug. 4, when each taxing district provides
the county property appraiser with its prior year's
millage rate, current year proposed millage rate,
current year rolled-back rate and the time, date and
location of budget hearings.
Aug. 24, when the property appraiser must
send property owners TRIM notices.
Sept. 3-18, the period during which a public
hearing must take place to review and adopt a tenta-
tive budget and proposed millage rate.
Sept. 18-Oct. 3, the period for adopting a final
budget for the new fiscal year, as well as a millage
The crunch period is in July, the few weeks
between when the property appraiser issues its
notice of taxable value in a district and when the
city must notify the property appraiser of its pro-
posed millage rate, Idso said.
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24. Allen proposed
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the no vote, to accept Allen's offer.
Bartelt praised Allen for her work for the city.
"You did a marvelous job for the city ... and I'd
like to commend you for your years of service," he
said. "It was very generous of you to bring forward
Commissioner Janie Robertson said, "This is not
a resignation but a cost-saving measure for the city
of Bradenton Beach."
Bartelt, after the meeting, said the move likely
will mean even greater savings in the 2010-11 budget,
which will be put together over the next month and
likely not contain a project-program department.
HB road resurfacing
to begin in July
By Nick Walter
Certain Holmes Beach streets will soon receive
Holmes Beach city commissioners at their June 22
meeting at city hall agreed to a contract with Superior
Asphalt for the city's annual resurfacing project.
Superintendent of public works Joe Duennes said
the project is mostly about improving drainage.
The project, which Duennes expects to begin July
12, does not include any major streets, so he does not
foresee problems with traffic congestion.
The city will contract with Superior Asphalt to
complete the project for $71,779.66. The money is
from a portion of the city's gas tax.
"That's about $50,000 less than an average year
for this project," Duennes said. "Our streets are in
pretty good shape."
In other business, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
said thanks to building clerk Susan Corsi's efforts,
the Community Ratings Service, which rates com-
munities for their ability to manage storm water and
control floods, will provide Holmes Beach customers
a 20 percent discount on flood insurance rates.
The CRS rates a city every five years unless
the city calls for an audit sooner. Last year, Holmes
Beach had a rating of 7 and residents saw 15 percent
savings. Now the rating is 6.
Bohnenberger said he thinks the city is close to
a 5 rating, which would amount to a 25 percent dis-
count. "But we need to figure out how we'll achieve
that without negative impacts on the community and
making sure it would be sustainable," he said.
The commission also discussed the city's 2010
storm-debris management plan. Bohenberger summed
up the information, saying, "Some of the stuff seems
absurd to me, but when you deal with (the Federal
Emergency Management Agency), it is absurd."
Finally, the commission announced city hall
offices will be closed July 5 in observance of the
Fourth of July holiday.
The next city commission meeting is scheduled
for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at city hall, 5801 Marina
BB budget review continues
By Rick Catlin
The final site plan for the Anna Maria Historic
Green Village on Pine Avenue sailed through the
Anna Maria city commission's June 24 meeting with
only Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus voting to deny
the retail-office-residential project.
Engineer Lynn Townsend Burnett presented the
site plan on behalf of developers Mike and Lizzie
"This is a project the city can be proud of," Bur-
Plans call for the preservation of three older struc-
tures the Sears Cottage, the Rosedale Cottage and
an older structure already on the site on the five lots.
Two new ROR buildings will be added, each with one
residence over office or retail space. No other residential
space is on the site plan, Bumett said.
Commissioners seemed impressed when Burnett
said the lots could never be sold to individuals.
"The property will remain as a whole," she
Public rest rooms will be available at the vil-
lage and native landscaping and vegetation will be
The Thrashers also will construct a 3-foot-wide
walkway along Tarpon Street to make it easier for
people to exit their vehicles and walk to the front of
the village on Pine Avenue.
Only retail-office operations and the two resi-
dences are planned at the village and all parking will
be on-site, Burnett said. The Thrashers said they
would modify the site-plan if any Pine Avenue park-
ing plan is adopted by the commission, although this
was not a stipulation in the commission's approval.
However, Stoltzfus objected to the parking
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nity center and the Studio at Gulf and Pine have back- ing.
out parking that has been approved by the city.
"This is a commonly accepted pattern," she said,
but Stoltzfus disagreed.
"Again we have parking spaces in the right of
way, which is prohibited by the land-development
regulations," he said.
Other commissioners did not see a problem with
the proposed parking and voted 3-1 to approve the
plan. Commissioners Dale Woodland, John Quam
Representatives of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
then asked the commission to continue to another
date the public hearing on the agenda for a site plan
for 210 Pine Ave.
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing PAR, said
that, with Webb absent, she would prefer to hold the
hearing before the full commission.
Commissioners agreed to continue the 210 Pine
hearing until 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8.
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BB to explore land purchase, expand parking
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelop-
ment Agency is collecting details about how much it
would cost to purchase one or two First Street North
properties and convert them into parking lots.
The CRA committee, meeting June 23 at city
hall, voted 4-2 to press forward with reviewing the
potential property purchase using CRA money.
CRA members Janet Vosburgh, Gay Breuler, Bob
Connors and Ed Chiles voted to move ahead with the
project suggested by Chiles.
CRA members Bob Bartelt and Janie Robertson
voted against Chiles' motion, raising concerns about
funding given that a portion of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier will need replacing within the next five
Chiles first suggested the CRA consider purchas-
ing the First Street property at a meeting earlier in
June, then requested a special meeting to discuss the
plan in detail.
Chiles said the city has the opportunity to pur-
chase the property at 102 First St. N., which is owned
by Scott and Tammy Barr, for $250,000. Chiles said
another parcel is available for about $350,000.
The two properties might provide about 20 public
parking spaces. Additionally, 102 First St. N. is just
to the south of city hall, as well as across the street
from another public parking lot.
"We' ve talked a long time about parking," said
Chiles. "It's the No. 1 problem that we've got in the
downtown core.... This group has prioritized parking
as one of our objectives. And we've got an opportu-
nity that I hope we'll take advantage of."
Chiles said the property was available at a "heck
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the potential purchase of property on First Street
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of a price" and that the parking lots could be estab-
lished for a lot less than $100,000.
Vosburgh endorsed the proposal. "I don't see how
you could lose," she said. "As long as this money is
not going to put a burden on the city, it wouldn't scare
me one iota to do it."
But Bartelt and Robertson questioned whether
that much money should be spent for parking acqui-
sition when the fishing section of the city pier will
need replacing in the next 3-5 years.
Public works director Tom Woodard said con-
crete pilings and hand-railings on the pier "have been
Band-Aided to the point where they can't be Band-
The city currently is paying off a $1.2 million
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"To me it is a matter of priorities," Bartelt said
of future CRA spending.
Breuler responded, "I don't think it's a matter of
one or the other."
The meeting lasted for more than an hour, with
the committee eventually deciding to investigate
costs associated with both a pier project and a park-
ing lot project.
The CRA tasked Woodard with looking into how
much it would cost to replace a section of the pier.
Meanwhile, following the 4-2 vote to pursue
more information on property acquisition, city clerk
Nora Idso said she would check into financing pack-
ages and Chiles offered to collect cost estimates for
demolishing structures, designing parking and put-
ting down a shell mix and landscaping.
"Let's move forward so that we're prepared,"
The CRA district was established about 18 years
ago to revitalize the area from Sarasota Bay to the
Gulf of Mexico, and from Cortez Road to Fifth Street
The CRA became a mechanism to generate ded-
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bring people to Bridge Street, attract new business
investment, promote historical and recreational pro-
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Center on stage for song and dance
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summer camp for drama students. A second drama camp session will be held Aug. 2-13.
Center youngsters do summer camp 'my way'
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School is out for summer, but the fun doesn't
have to end for students on school break. The Anna
Maria Island Community Center is offering varied
summer camps for children to expand or enhance
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pick a focus. Camp options vary from athletics to
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Historical society seeks preservation alternatives
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Historical society pledged
June 23 to assist with the preservation of two old
But AMIHS members did not endorse the reloca-
tion of either property to the city-owned grounds on
Pine Avenue that currently house the AMIHS museum,
the Belle Haven cottage, the old city jail, a shady park,
and a waterfront dock and public works facilities.
A decision on how to use the public property, how-
ever, rests with the Anna Maria City Commission.
There are multiple lots at the site in the 400 block
of Pine Avenue, with the museum and public works
on lot one, the jail and parking on lot two, the cottage
and landscaping on lot three and native landscaping
and city storage on lots four and five.
Both Anna Maria property owner Joe Chiles and
Anna Maria Preservation Trust president Sissy Quinn
have suggested relocating properties to lot five, the
easternmost lot at the site.
Quinn has secured a commitment from the owner
of the two-story Angler's Lodge on North Bay Boule-
vard that, if she can come up with the funds required
to move it, the trust can have the lodge.
Quinn has proposed that the lodge be moved to
the city's Pine Avenue property.
Chiles, meanwhile, has proposed that his resi-
dence at 759 North Shore might some day be relo-
cated to the city park for preservation purposes.
AMIHS president Melissa Williams said there
was agreement at a members meeting June 23 that the
of the city
city park "is too small for either structure and would
subsequently warrant the destruction of much of the
vegetation we've received grant money for and planted
ourselves along with volunteers through the years."
Williams, referring to the recent relocation of a
cottage on Pine Avenue, said, "Both the property it
left and the property it arrived at has been wiped
of all vegetation.... we would be in anguish to lose
what's become of the city park from what used to be
the Anna Maria city dump."
She said members agonized over the decision,
but eventually agreed that the integrity of the park
- as well as the possible expansion of the park -
would be jeopardized.
The park, in the 1920s, was used by day-trippers
who arrived to Anna Maria Island by steamboat and
picnicked in the shady spot.
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"It has historical significance," Williams said.
"And I think it would be improper for us to turn a
blind eye to it just to fit a structure on the property.
Preservation is not just about preserving structures -
it's a way of life, it's about the space they occupied
and things they did or used.... The park encompasses
all of this."
Members 27 attended the meeting reviewed
a detailed four-page report before reaching a vote.
The report stated that "because of the highly sensitive
nature of these two proposals, the city has come to us
and asked the society how we would feel about the
relocation of either [and/or both] properties to this
vacant lot next to the park."
The members agreed that rather than add struc-
tures, the city should increase the park space.
The AMIHS vision statement, agreed upon last
week, reads, "We think that not only will this pro-
posed expanded green space better compliment the
park, we also think it will enhance the quality of peo-
ple's visits and our surrounding community on Pine
Avenue. It will also compliment the various activities
we as a society provide to our community. Such as the
chamber's Bayfest, our very own Heritage Day Fes-
tival, our members meetings and society mixers."
Williams said that AMIHS was committed to
helping find new homes for both the Chiles property
and the Angler's Lodge.
"L\ Ni.y one of us wants to help save Angler's
Lodge and Joe Chiles' beach cottage."
This week, AMIHS representatives plan to pres-
ent Quinn, who previously served as the historical
society's director, with $1,000 toward the preserva-
tion of the lodge.
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AMITW: Lower nesting numbers no concern
By Lisa Neff
Early nesting numbers for sea turtles are down on
Anna Maria compared to last year, but Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch representatives are not con-
The numbers vary from year to year, said AMITW
executive director Suzi Fox.
As of mid-June, AMITW had documented 36
nests on the Island in 2010, 74 in 2009 and 43 in
"You can see how they fluctuate year to year. I
have included a spread sheet for section by section,"
Fox recently informed AMITW volunteers, who each
morning from May 1 through October walk sections
of the beach looking for signs of sea turtle nesting
The first months of the season, walkers focus
on documenting nests. By mid-July, walkers also are
looking for signs of hatched nests and hatchlings
that have crawled to the Gulf of Mexico.
Last year, nesting was strong early and then
tapered off, according to AMITW statistics.
May 1-June 19, 2009, AMITW documented
74 sea turtle nests. Then June 20-June 30, 2009,
AMITW documented another 30 nests, followed
by 54 in July and three in August for a total of 161
In 2008, AMITW documented 147 nests, includ-
Nesting by the numbers
As of June 25, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch reported:
Number of turtle nests: 45
Number of false crawls: 52
Number of disorientations: 0
Number of hatchlings to the sea: 0
ing 43 May 1-June 19, followed by 38 June 20-30,
61 in July and five in August.
"I see no abnormal trends at this time," Fox
Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, which
monitors sea turtle nesting in Sarasota County and
on all of Longboat key, also is reporting fewer nests
for the first weeks of 2010 compared with 2009.
As of June 12, 2009, Mote had documented 345
County beaches as far south as Venice.
As of June 12 of this year, Mote had documented
236 loggerhead nests.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion officials have suggested that this winter's cold
weather might be impacting early nesting, in part
because of a scarcity of food in the Gulf of Mexico
in the first weeks of the season.
Also, the severe cold in January and February
loggerhead nests on Longboat Key and Sarasota sickened thousands of sea turtles in Florida waters.
Scenic highway gains ground
By Nick Walter Florida Scenic Highways by adjusting the current
Islander Reporter program focus and realigning its resources to pro-
An extension in Holmes Beach for the Palma Sola viding more training, and supporting the needs of
Scenic Highway, stalled because of a Florida Depart- existing Corridor Management Entities. In addition,
ment of Transportation freeze on recognizing new or the National Scenic Byways Program would like all
existing scenic highways, is gaining support from the the state programs to focus more on the sustainability
N Linat Sarasota Metropolitan Organization. of byway organizations."
Bob Herrington, MPO planning manager, said at In other business, MPO executive director
a June 21 Island Transportation Planning Organization Michael Howe said he expects three projects on Anna
meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall that as soon as the Maria Island planned with surplus American Recov-
freeze is over, the designation of the scenic highway to ery and Reinvestment Act funding could be approved
the Manatee Public Beach and southward on East Bay at the June 28 MPO meeting.
Drive to the Bradenton Beach boundary will be on the One is a request for seawall restoration on the
"front burner" of the MPO's suggested projects. Lake LaVista inlet at the humpback bridge. The work,
"I'm getting ready to send an e-mail to (the DOT) which is adjacent to a current ARRA funded bridge-
asking, When are you folks going to look at this repair project on North Bay Boulevard, is estimated
again?' There are a lot of people locally and across at $60,000.
the state pursuing this designation," Herrington said. Also, a sidewalk in Holmes Beach to run along
Herrington said the extension is pivotal to the the west side of East Bay Drive, from Manatee
state's economy because the National Scenic Byway Avenue to the Gulf Drive intersection at the Mike
program attracts tourists. Herrington said the program Norman Realty office, is estimated at $123,000.
recently received state grant funding. He hopes the Another sidewalk, on the north side of S.R. 64/
freeze is lifted within a year. Manatee Avenue West, would connect the Kingfish
DOT explained the freeze in a letter to district Boat Ramp sidewalk westward to the crosswalk to the
scenic highway coordinators, saying: "the department Manatee Public Beach at Gulf Drive and is estimated
believes it can better serve the current collection of at $126,000.
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Manatee seeks marketing money from BP
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners want British
Petroleum to pump $600,000 into marketing Anna
Maria Island's and Longboat Key's clean beaches.
Commissioners, meeting June 22, also approved
a resolution calling for a special legislative session to
place a state constitutional ban on offshore oil drilling
on the November election ballot.
The consensus came as the commission was
briefed on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in
the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, a rig at a deepwa-
ter well off the coast of Louisiana exploded, killing
11 workers. The rig sank and, two days later, the
world learned of a massive leak from a well at the
The local Deepwater response has involved
planning for the potential arrival of oil, which is not
currently in any forecast; lobbying for an aggressive
cleanup at sea; and spreading the word that Manatee
County beaches have not been directly impacted by
Larry White, retiring director of the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, suggested
county commissioners draft a letter requesting adver-
tising money after learning that Pinellas County
sought marketing funds.
The Pinellas tourist bureau requested $1.8 mil-
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that BP presented the state for marketing earlier this
Charlie Hunsicker, director of the county's nat-
ural resources department, also addressed commis-
sioners, describing the regular meetings to monitor
the Deepwater spill polluting the northern Gulf and
its shores and passes.
"It's up to us to get out the word that Mana-
tee County and all of Southwest Florida is still
untouched," Hunsicker said.
County emergency management director Laurie
Feagans said the message to the world is that Manatee
County is not dealing with an oil spill, but rather is
While local officials are seeking to spread the
word about clean local beaches, state officials are
seeking to strengthen the cleanup campaign in north-
As of June 25, 25 skimmer boats were operating
off Florida's coast.
Twenty had been deployed in the operations over-
seen by BP and the Coast Guard, but Gov. Charlie
Crist wanted more. So the state leased five skimmers
to operate at the passes in Escambia, Okaloosa, Bay,
Gulf and Franklin counties.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection, the agency commanding the state's Deep-
water response, reported weathered oil tar balls,
tar patties and a pudding-like oil called mousse -
continued to be found in northwest Florida, with the
heaviest impacts reported between Escambia and
To reduce the amount of oil entering inland state
waters, the U.S. Coast Guard closed Perdido, Pensa-
cola and Destin passes.
Meanwhile, in the Gulf, efforts to burn off oil
continued, as did efforts to collect oil from the well
and drill relief wells.
However, daily, an estimated 35,000 to 60,000
barrels of oil continued to spill from the well.
New Anna Maria board
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford nominated
Nancy Yetter and Mike Piscetelli at the commis-
sion's June 24 meeting to serve on the city planning
and zoning board. She also nominated Tina Fusaro
to serve on the capital improvements advisory com-
While the mayor makes the nominations, the city
commission must agree and appoint.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus asked about
appointing Carl Pearman to the P&Z board, but
Barford said applications to a city board have to
be renewed every 45 days based on the city char-
ter. Yetter and Piscetelli were the only two current
applicants, she said.
In addition, Pearman serves on the city's capital
improvements advisory committee and code enforce-
ment board and his work is extremely valuable to the
city, she said.
"He's very busy and invaluable to the city.
I don't want to lose him from those positions. He
is extremely important and I thank him for all his
work," she said.
Jeanie Chavell and Betty Yanger were named
to the citizen of the year committee, and Barford
reminded commissioners of the budget work session
at 6 p.m. July 22.
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Bridge Street introduces
Wooden Nickel program
The Historic Bridge Street Merchants Associa-
tion recently introduced a Wooden Nickel program
offering discounts on dining, accommodations and
shopping on and around Bridge Street.
The nickels were introduced in late May during
an Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce event
on Bridge Street hosted by the association, where
merchants began handing out wooden nickels to
shoppers in their stores, restaurants and resorts.
They also will be tossing them to spectators in
the upcoming July 3 parade.
The redemption value of the nickels will vary by
Visitors to Bridge Street are encouraged to look
for the "Dine Shop Play" signs indicating participat-
Information on how to collect wooden nickels
will also be posted on the association's Facebook
page and www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.
Chamber activities for July
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will host several events for members and
guests during July.
The chamber's business luncheon is from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at The Gathering
Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Reservations are required and the cost is $15 per
person. Members are welcome to bring guests to the
From 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14,
the chamber's Sunrise Breakfast will be at the Para-
dise Cafe and Bagels, 3220 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
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The chamber's July business card exchange will
be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at First
Bank, 9819 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Reservations are requested and the cost is $5 per
person for members and guests.
For more information on any AMI chamber event
in July, call 941-778-1541.
Fish Market gets organic
Tony and Danielle DeStefano have always had
an interest in fresh seafood and organic produce, and
when they opened The Fish Market at 5604 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, those were staple items for
Beginning June 30, the DeStefanos expanded
their inventory to include grass-fed beef steaks and
patties, organic dairy products and free-range chicken
Free-range chicken and eggs do not contain
antibiotics or other chemicals used to promote quick
growth in chickens and to produce eggs faster.
Adding these items shows the Fish Market com-
mitment to good health and eating, and answering
customers' requests and needs.
For more information, call 941-567-6130.
Fish market adds stock
Tony and Danielle DeStefano of the Fish Market,
5604 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, recently intro-
duced new items, including organic dairy products
and free-range chicken and eggs. Islander Photo:
Steve a winner
Steve Schewe, right, owner of Steve's Fitness, was
recently named winner of the Longboat Key Cham-
ber of Commerce's 2010 Small Business of the Year
award. He received his award from 2009 winner
Dennis Hassell and Nancy Taussig of the chamber.
Island real estate transactions
205 North Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,194
sfla / 2,554 sfur 4bed/3bath canalfront pool home
built in 1956 on a 50x119 lot was sold 05/11/10,
Clayton to KPI Holdings LLC for $775,000.
114 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,010 sfla /
4,310 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1998 on a
50x110 lot was sold 06/11/10, Gardner to Dickey for
$635,000; list $695,000.
514 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a 1,944 sfla / 2,368
sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1967 on a 68x105
lot was sold 06/09/10, Brown to Dohner for $499,000.
207 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,593 sfla / 1,953
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1968 on a 87x98 lot
was sold 06/10/10, Diaz to Raye for $375,000.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 225, Club Bamboo
South, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sflur
1bed/1 bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was
transferred 06/10/10, Girard to Landmark Bank of
Florida for $341,200.
678 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,160
sfla / 2,828 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1973
on a 87x115 lot was sold 06/07/10, Citibank to RC\ 1
Developments LLC for $315,000; list $348,000.
2311 Canasta Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 577 sfla
/ 657 sfur Ibed/ Ibath home built in 1952 on a 50x100
lot was transferred 06/07/10, Williams to Federal
National Mortgage Association for $155,100.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 225, Club Bamboo South,
Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sflur Ibed/lbath
condo with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 06/09/10,
Lewison to By the C LLC for $155,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
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Wednesday, June 30
5:30 p.m. "Manga, Anime and Cosplay" teen program at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Thursday, July 1
10 a.m. Shallow water shelling at the 48th Street Beach Access,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-794-8873. Fee applies.
Friday, July 2
8:30 a.m. Beach nesting baby bird walk at the Tuna Beach
Access, Tuna and Cypress Streets, Anna Maria. Information: 941-794-
8873. Fee applies.
6:30 to 9 p.m. Skate night at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee
Saturday, July 3
10 a.m. to noon Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence ,
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celebration featuring live music, food and drinks at Cafe on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
After dark-- Fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-8718. Information: 941-778-0504.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Sunday, July 4 Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Afterdark-Fireworks at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., 778-1908.
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8710. Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Wednesday, July 7 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631. the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
5:30 p.m. -"DIY T-Shirt Surgery" teen program at the Island Branch tion: 941-708-6130.
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dip netting in the grass flats Coquina Beach Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Bayside, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794- Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
8873. Fee applies, locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Ongoing: Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
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
Beach. OFF-ISLAND EVENTS
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Friday, July 2
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee After dark- "Boom Boom on the Bay" Fireworks and music by Koko
applies. Information: 941-794-3390. Ray at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat
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Brenda Alcorn from
July 2-31. Alcorn's
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11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Independence Day Festival with live music,
games and evening fireworks over Manatee River, Downtown Pal-
5 to 10 p.m. Independence Day block party Old Main Street in
Downtown Bradenton. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. over Manatee
July 8, Yo-Yo demonstration, Island Branch Library.
July 10, Intergenerational Garden grand opening, Annie Silver
July 10, Fishing class, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
July 10, Creating a tree frog friendly habitat, Palma Sola Botanical
July 14, Lions and Tigers and Bears teen program, Island Branch
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Larry Edward Jennis
Larry Edward Jennis, 59, of Bradenton, died June 18.
Born in Darby, Pa., he came to Bradenton in 1965.
Mr. Jennis received a bachelor's degree from Eckerd
College and retired after 25 years of service with GTE/
Services were to be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, with
a celebration of life to follow at Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Survivors include wife Karen; daughters Kisha and
husband Brian Hollifield of Parrish and Leah of Denver;
grandchildren Aubrey, Hannah and Wyatt Hollifield of
Par-rish; sisters Stephanie and husband Ed McGroarty of
Lans-dale, Pa., and Kathleen Benison of Cortez; brother
Mi-chael and wife Cindy of Holmes Beach; step-brother
Chuck Tonkin; step-sister Jenny and husband Andy Morel
of Reddington Beach; and many nieces and nephews.
Gerhard G. Ogon
Gerhard G. Ogon, 56, of Bradenton, died June 11.
Mr. Gerhard worked for the Longboat Key Club for
15 years and was assistant superintendent of the Islandside
A celebration of life was held June 24 at Covell
Funeral Home Bradenton.
Mr. Gerhard is survived by wife Michelle; his chil-
dren, Hildergard, Robert, Erika, Wener, Konrad and Ana;
and step-son Elijah.
Albert Anton 'Al' Wiedorn
Albert Anton "Al" Wiedorn, 84, of Holmes Beach,
formerly of E. Granby, Conn., died June 26.
Mr. Wiedorn was a U.S. Army
infantry veteran who served in the
10th Mountain Division in World
War II. He was a native of Waterbury,
Conn. He lived and taught in Connect-
icut, Maine, the Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, Honduras and Brazil before
Wiedorn settling in Holmes Beach in 1995.
Wiedorn Mr. Wiedorn was active in civic
affairs in Holmes Beach, having served as president and
vice president of the Holmes Beach Civic Association
before it disbanded. He was known for his "Rain Can Be
A Pain" campaign and brochure, an effort to encourage a
drainage-system cleanup that earned the HBCA a grant
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He worked tirelessly to keep Holmes Beach residents
informed of important issues.
Visitation and a service were to be held from 6 to 8
p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at Toale Brothers Funeral Homes,
Bradenton Chapel. A sunset celebration of life will be held
at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the 71st Street beach,
Holmes Beach. A service will be held in Maryland fol-
lowed by internment in Arlington National Cemetery July
Mr. Wiedorn is survived by his wife of 56 years, Clare;
daughter Cathy Camille Mazurek of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son
Paul of Saverna Park, Md.; brother Fred of Nokomis; and
Island police blotter
June 22, 300 block of Crescent Drive, information. A
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to
meet with a woman who said the father of her boyfriend's
granddaughter may try to kidnap the granddaughter. The
woman planned to obtain a picture of the father and possibly
supply more information.
June 23, 100 block of Palm Avenue, criminal mischief.
According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report,
someone walked up to a man's vehicle that was parked in
the driveway and sprayed white paint on the vehicle.
June 24,400 block of North Bay Boulevard, burglary.
A rental agent told a MCSO deputy a house had been bur-
glarized. The officer noticed someone had come in through
the garage door. The agent said around $400 worth of fish-
ing rods and reels were missing. The agent thinks someone
broke in June 18-23.
June 20, 100 block of Sixth Street South, domestic
disturbance. An officer was dispatched in reference to a
domestic dispute where a man said he was arguing with
his fiancee. The officer issued domestic pamphlets to the
couple and the woman left to stay at a friend's house.
June 22, 1300 block of Gulf Drive North, trespass warn-
ing. A suspect was visiting some friends at the Tortuga Inn and
had been warned earlier in the day to stop speeding a moped
on the property. Later, the suspect left the motel and was
walking down the stairs to get his moped when the elevator
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next to the stairway began billowing with smoke. From video
and the suspect's statements, Bradenton Beach police think
the suspect ignited a pack of smoke bombs in the elevator.
An officer later gave the man a trespass warning.
June 21,3900 block of East Bay Drive, petit theft. An
officer reported a theft at Publix. The complainant stated
he had placed a backpack full of items at the front entry-
way and returned from inside Publix to find the backpack
missing. Surveillance video showed the thieves to be a
male and female of about 20 years of age, according to
the Holmes Beach Police Department report.
June 23, 200 block of 81st Street, burglary of a resi-
dence. An officer was dispatched in reference to a bur-
glary. A woman said she returned home to find her laptop,
computer speakers, medication and digital camera were
June 23, 4900 block of Fourth Avenue, burglary of a
residence. An officer spoke to a theft victim who said when
she returned from the post office she noticed someone had
broken into her home and stolen an antique bowl and pos-
sibly some jewelry.
HBPD officers make
Holmes Beach Police Officers June 21 arrested two
Manatee County residents on robbery charges, according
to an HBPD report.
Toni Gilletto, 25, of 34thAvenue West in Bradenton, was
charged with principal to robbery by sudden snatching and
was transported to the Manatee County jail.
Thomas Wogatzke, 26, of Ellenton, was charged with
accessory to robbery by sudden snatching and also was
taken to jail.
HBPD officers responded to Jessie's Island Store,
5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in reference to a stolen
purse complaint June 21.
Someone entered the store and reached behind the
service counter, stole a purse and fled the store, according
to the report.
Alert witnesses obtained a vehicle description and tag
number. HBPD officer Brian Copeman stopped the vehicle
later that day and made the arrest.
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Center sets up cool, indoor soccer league
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center held
tryouts for its summer indoor soccer league which
will be played in the Center's cool gym on Monday
and Tuesday evenings for the next several weeks.
There are two age groups, one for players 5-8 years
of age and one for players in the 9-12 age group.
Prospective players participated in drills to assess
their trapping, passing, dribbling and shooting before
coaches select team members and form competitive
League play gets started July 5 at 6 p.m., so go
on out and check out the cool, fast-paced, end-to-end
action that is characteristic of indoor soccer.
Adult gridiron action continues
Adult flag football action continues on Thurs-
day evenings with three games starting at 6 p.m. at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. So far it
appears the Bills and the Broncos are the teams to
beat, but it's still early in the season.
The Bills defeated division-foe Jaguars 15-6 to
open the June 24 games and remain undefeated in
their division and overall. Defense was the story for
the Bills as they collected four interceptions. Brian
Moorehead led the way with three picks, including
one he returned for a touchdown to go along with two
flag pulls. Ryan Hogan added a pick and a flag pull,
while Chris Jones and David Bishop each finished
with two flag pulls for the defensive effort that also
added a safety.
Bishop was a big contributor on offense as well,
completing eight passes for 88 yards and a touch-
down pass to Hogan, who finished with 44 receiving
yards. Nikki Bekkerus added the extra point for the
Michael Durrance paced the Jaguars on offense
with six completions for 112 yards and a touchdown
to Clay Orr, who finished with 35 receiving yards.
Bob Vita added 28 receiving yards, while Charles
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Association has opened more than 8,000 square miles
of previously closed fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
These areas were initially closed as a precaution
because oil was projected to come in those areas.
However, satellite imagery, radar and aerial data indi-
cated oil has not polluted the areas, according to a
NOAA press release.
The largest opening is an area due south of Mis-
sissippi. Also, some smaller areas were opened off
the Louisiana and central Florida coasts.
The closed area now encompasses 78,597 square
miles, or about 35.2 percent of Gulf of Mexico fed-
Fishers wishing to contact BP about a claim
should call 800-440-0858.
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Colston finished with 20 receiving yards.
Scott Rudacille paced the Jaguar defense with
four flag pulls and an interception, while teammates
Jason Sato and Orr finished with three and two pulls
The second game of the evening saw the Giants
route the Bucs 35-13 behind a huge day from Jeremy
Jackson. Jackson completed 11 of 17 passes for 150
yards and three touchdown passes, while also rush-
ing for 78 yards including a touchdown and a 2-point
conversion. Tyler Bekkerus also had a big day, com-
pleting four of five passes for 35 yards, while also
contributing with 62 receiving yards including a
touchdown and a pair of extra points. Andy Jonatzke
was Jackson's favorite passing target with 82 receiv-
ing yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Jimmy Thomas and Jackson led the defense with
two pulls apiece, while Mark Anderson added one
pull and an interception in the win.
The Bucs were led by Billy Malfese, who passed
for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Scott Eason,
who finished with 109 receiving yards. David John-
ston finished with 37 receiving yards and an extra
point in the loss.
Mike Walter completed eight passes for 98 yards
and a pair of touchdowns to help lead the Broncos
to a 19-6 victory over the Vikings in the final game
Thursday night. Brent Moss contributed 78 yards of
total offense, including a touchdown and an extra
point, while Denise Brigg caught a pair of short
touchdown passes in the victory.
Kevin Austin and Moss paced the defense with
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Paul Kurtz completed 10 passes for 115 yards and
a touchdown to Phelps Tracy, who finished with 34
receiving yards to lead the Vikings. Lance Plowman
finished with 45 receiving yards and Jordan Pritchard
added 36 receiving yards to round out the Viking
Plowman made three flag pulls and Todd Zawis-
toski added one to lead the Viking defense in the
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
individual-low-net golf game June 23 with Bob Dick-
inson taking first place with a 5-under-par 59. Second
place went to Danny Hayes, who carded a 1-over 65,
while Bob Elliott, Pieter Thomassen and Don Led-
ford tied at 66 for third.
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net golf game June 22. Penny Wil-
liams topped Flight A with a 1-over-par 33, one shot
ahead of second-place finisher Diane Miller.
Flight B was captured by Dorothy McKinna, who
carded an even-par 32 to finish one shot in front of
LuAnne Collins. Jane Winegarden and Kris Land-
kammer both carded 35s to finish in a tie for third
The men's weekly nine-hole game June 21
was also an individual-low-net contest. Web Cut-
ting fired a 4-under-par 28 to finish one shot ahead
of second-place finishers Paul Keyes and Ralph
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, PAGE 26
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 30, 2010 0 25
Anglers should fill ice boxes before sun peaks
By Nick Walter
The early bird has been getting the fish.
Whether anglers are chasing tarpon or inshore
species such as trout and redfish, it seems the best
bite has been before about 10 a.m. Scalding water
temperatures, which have reached 90-plus degrees
on some flats and in the nearshore Gulf, have left fish
somewhat lock-jawed around midday.
The full moon could have chased many tarpon
away for their spawn, but expect the silver kings to
be hungry after they journey back later this week.
Capt. Warren Girle said he's been heading off
the beaches before 8:30 a.m. and usually hooks up
immediately with 2-3 inch crabs for tarpon bait. And,
he said, the tarpon-angling has been getting tougher
later in the days. He reported several double-hookups
Annamae Lahay from Corky's Live Bait/
Tackle Thrift Shop is receiving reports that redfish
and trout are plentiful in the grass flats of Sarasota
and Palma Sola bays. Also in the bays are quite a few
mangrove snapper, flounder, ladyfish and bluefish.
She reported around the area of Longboat Pass
there are numerous catches of sharks, bonito, cobia,
some grouper, snapper and flounder along with quite
a few Spanish mackerel.
The best bait, she said, seems to be live shrimp,
especially the larger select shrimp for the redfish. But
the regular-size shrimp are working quite well for all
Devon Moran of Holmes Beach caught this mantis
shrimp off Bean Point while night-fishing with Capt.
Bill Rand aboard Tricks of the Trade. Islander
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the other fish. "I guess the fish tend to like something
different from the usual bait that is always there," she
Finally, she said tarpon are being caught in the
pass and at the north tip of Anna Maria Island and
are quite plentiful this year. She said live blue crabs
have been a great bait.
Capt. Danny Stasny from Island Discount
Tackle at Catchers Marina said the inshore trout
bite has been "weird," but he's been chumming up
some of the deeper flats for them. The redfish bite has
been best early in the morning or evenings because
of the hot water temperatures. He said the evening
bite has been good on low, outgoing tides. "You find
the reds staged up," Stasny said.
He said the tarpon bite is solid. "They're pretty
much all over the beaches, in the passes on outgoing
tides, and the Skyway bite is still happening," he said.
"It's one of the best tarpon bites I've seen in awhile.
I was running up to Bean Point where that big sand
bar runs way out, and they were just stacked on that
Stasny said he's starting to see snook on the
beaches, mostly in the evenings. He suggests target-
ing them with white bait. "A lot of people think they
need to wade in to get them," Stasny said. "You basi-
cally don't want to wade. Just stay back on the beach
10-15 feet from the water's edge and sit there with a
bucket and be ready to grab a bait for when you see
twins or triplets coming down the beach."
He also said to have a flat line ready because
many anglers have been spotting whale sharks, which
have cobia gathering around them. The whale sharks
act as structure for the cobia.
Offshore, he said he's been getting a bunch of
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
Alicia Refer with
a smoker king-
fish caught on a
in about 50 feet
offshore of Anna
Refer and her
family were fish-
ing with Capt.
.. Larry McGuire
S. while vacation-
ing on Anna
triggerfgish and porgies, along with gag and red grou-
Capt. Steven Salgado said tarpon are still on
beaches and passes and he's been targeting them later
in the evenings. Also, he's been hitting an early trout
and redfish bite because he's noticed that after 10 a.m.
the bite shuts off.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
have been catching mangrove snapper, a few Spanish
mackerel, black drum and a few large snook. "We
have the largest shrimp in town and we actually have
a good fishery here," he said.
Rocky Corby from Anna Maria City Pier
said anglers are still catching Spanish mackerel, and
tarpon have been around in the mornings.
Jeff Medley from Sunshine Skyway south fish-
ing pier said mangrove snapper have been biting
at night around the pilings. "That's about all I've
noticed," he said. He said anglers have been using
cut greenbacks and pieces of shrimp.
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Bassett. Vince Mercadante took third place with a
The club in Holmes Beach is presently offering
summer memberships to golfers with no initiation
fee and low monthly dues. With this membership, a
golfer is entitled to unlimited play with no tee times
on the nine-hole walking course.
And a guest may play along with a summer
member for green fees.
For more information, stop by the clubhouse at
700 Key Royale Drive, call 941-778-3055, or visit
online at www.keyroyaleclub.com.
Two teams survived pool play with the prereq-
uisite three victories and were left to battle for first
place during June 26 horseshoe action at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits. Jerry Bennett and Sam Samuels
outlasted John Johnson and Steve Doyle 21-16 to
claim the day's bu''inii' rights.
Two teams emerged from pool play during June
23 horseshoe action. Walker Norm Good was too
"good" in defeating Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle
by a 26-7 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
Maddie Rogers traps the ball during indoor soccer tryouts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
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COLEMAN CAMP STOVE: Two burner, propane,
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RAMPS: STEEL TRUCK loading, two 6 foot x 9
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BINOCULARS: TASCO 8-16x40 with case, $35.
SLIPCOVER: SUREFIT SOFT suede, teal, fits
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
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GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
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BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday 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-
SALES & RENTALS
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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-
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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.
KEYS FOUND AT 30th St., Holmes Beach. Found
June 2 on bench. Dolphin key chain. Claim at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN'S RING: FOUND, Coquina Beach, April 23.
Had spoken to retired police officer that lost a ring.
Call after seven, 912-258-1935.
FOUND: NECKLACE, MEDALLION on beach
near White Avenue. Inscribed: Proud brother of
U.S. soldier. Claim at The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST KODAK EASY Share camera, June 13.
Near Anna Maria Pier or shop on Bridge Street.
Pictures important. Please, call Mary, 860-202-
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LOST: GLASSES. FRIDAY, June 25 on Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 301-524-5650.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma, Precision 15, Windrider 17 and Trimaran.
Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: OUR Daily Bread. Con-
tact Penny, 941-745-2992.
LAWN MAINTENANCE AND landscape worker.
Must have driver's license. Call Chris, 941-704-
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNA Maria Island Art
League non-profit. Part-time. Imaginative, ener-
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arts. Please, no phone calls. Resume, cover letter
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
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where you can read Wednesday's classified
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ISLAND TEEN WILL help with yard work, mowing,
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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL student available for
babysitting. Infant and toddler CPR-certified, first
aid-certified. Emily, 941-567-9276.
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-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
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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 hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: 28 years experience, top
references, days or nights, personal care, house-
hold duties. 941-545-7114.
GOT STUMPS? CALL an experienced, reliable
expert. Brad Frederick's LLC Tree Stump Grinding
and surface roots removal. 941-730-0001.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046 or 941-580-4487.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at 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-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
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TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
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-
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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-
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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.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. 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-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
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.
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.
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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
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ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club. Guard-gated 24/7.
Sunny bright end unit, 2BR/2BA villa with spa-
cious two-car garage and extra-long driveway.
Nicely furnished, new stainless-steel appliances,
TVs in living room, master bedroom and master
bath. Screened porch plus deck overlooking
small lake. Private courtyard entry. Neighborhood
heated pool and spa, plus large community lap
pool. Available 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
$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.
STEPS TO BEACH: Sandpiper Resort, 55-plus.
Three beautiful rental units, weekly, monthly. 813-
ISLAND BUILDING SITES
CHOICE CANAL LOT- last in Coconut Bayou sub
division, short distance to beach and shopping.
Asking $499,00 & terms
REMOVE & REPLACE with construction on this
large 11,000 sq ft Duplex lot. Attractive Holmes
Beach area & only $379,000.
GULF FRONT LOT- Remove cottage & construct a
dream vacation home in Anna Maria. Private side
street with 63' on the Gulf. $1,900,000 .
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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,
BREATHTAKING SUNSETS: Skip out your front
door onto the beach. Pristine, designer turnkey
condo. 55-plus. $2,000/month plus utilities. 941-
2BR/2BA MIRROR LAKE condo: First floor, direct
lake views, washer and dryer, pool spa, tennis,
$795/month. 1 BR/1 BA Holmes Beach apartment,
close to beach, $695/month. 941-726-0485.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT GROUND-level home
2BR/1BA. Month/week availability July, August,
CHARMING CANAL HOUSE: $2,000/month plus
ANNUAL LARGE 2BR/BA: Great view of city pier,
pool, screen porch, nice kitchen, new bath. Move
in now, $1,000/month plus $1,000 deposit. 201 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Reggie, 786-375-9633.
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SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
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.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA family room and garage.
FOR SALE: CANALFRONT LOT, holmes Beach $400,000
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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SANDPIPER RESORT: 55-plus. One and two
bedroom, furnished. 1BR, June thought October,
$500/month. 2BR, August to November, $750/
month. November to March, $1,800/month. 941-
JULY FOURTH WEEKEND special: Four days,
$399. 2BR/2BA townhouse, boat slip and pool.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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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.
WEST OF GULF DR. 2 BR condo in west building of
Palm Cay. Upstairs end unit, heated pool, turnkey furnished.
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture
with breathtaking Gulf views. 5,146 sf under roof
on north Anna Maria Island, 12106 Gulf Drive.
$3,500,000, furnished. Contact owner, broker,
10 MINUTES TO the beach. 3BR/2BA home,
maintenance-free community, lake view. Built in
2001. Mid $200,000s. 941-758-2281.
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,
large corner lot, duplex deeded. $359,000. 941-
VILLAGE GREEN CONDO: 2BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Family room, remodeled kitchen, bath,
flooring, air conditioning. Reduced, $149,300.
Call John, Real Estate Mart, 941-720-7519.
VILLAGE GREEN: CUSTOM 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage villa. One-of-a-kind. 2,050 sf. $159,000.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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COSTA RICA: 2BR/2BA vacation home. $149,000.
Positive cash flow. 941-713-4515.
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new! Great views, private, fishing in stocked trout
stream! Two acres, $159,500. Call owner, 866-
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