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VOLUME 18. NO. 36
JULY 14. 2010 PR
Panhandle's tourism loss is Island's gain
fishes for pier
replacement. Page 4
continues in Anna
Maria. Page 5
Gopeds get free ride.
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Bayfront real estate
First 2010 hurricane
The Island police
reports. Page 23
By Rick Catlin
Summer tourism on Anna Maria Island
appeared to jump-start in early July and
many in the industry attribute that to the BP
oil spill that is already affecting Florida's
Panhandle resort locations.
At the Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council's July 7 meeting in Holmes
Beach, Kristen Moriarty of Almost Heaven
Kayak Adventures said her business is up 30
percent from last year at this time, thanks to
vacationers who normally head to Pensacola
and Panama City coming to Anna Maria
"I hate to say we are doing well at the
expense of others, but a lot of people are
coming here because of the oil spill," she
told the TDC.
Moriarty has a website proclaiming no
oil on Island beaches and a webcam show-
ing the clear Gulf waters.
Likewise for David Teitelbaum, a
TDC member and owner of the Tortuga,
Tradewinds and Seaside resorts in Braden-
"I' ve never seen so much walk-in traf-
fic. We've been promoting oil-free beaches
and many beaches north of us have been
hit hard. People who usually go there are
coming here. We're seeing it every day,"
He, too, has a website proclaiming the
beaches oil-free and a webcam that shows
clear waters and beaches.
Beaches on Anna Maria Island were packed last week once rain-filled skies cleared. A
number of visitors who had planned to vacation in the Florida Panhandle now troubled
by oil-spotted beaches opted for oil-free AMI. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The downside is that the European
market has been canceling, in part because
they assume the spill includes all the Gulf of
Mexico, he said.
At the Club Bamboo in Bradenton Beach,
manager Mike Dolan said he's been full every
weekend for the past month.
"We' ve gotten a lot of walk-in traffic and
they're coming from Florida and the Caroli-
nas," Dolan said.
"They're telling me they normally go
to Pensacola or Panama City, but came here
because the beaches are oil free," he said.
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contest with this
image of a spotted
eagle ray leaping
in Longboat Pass.
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mewn on the Jack
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calendar. For more
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Joe Praetor of Just4Fun rentals in Holmes
Beach agreed that the beach rental business
has been great, but the spill has hurt his Euro-
pean business. In addition to beach and bicy-
cle rentals, Praetor also has a few vacation
homes he rents on a weekly basis.
PLEASE SEE TOURISM, PAGE 18
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Bob Sweat notified Anna Maria city clerk
Alice Baird July 9 of the certification of the
second petition submitted by the committee
to recall Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus was notified later that day at
his Pennsylvania home and the recall process
will now proceed to the
According to the
Florida statute on recall,
Baird is supposed to
Stoltzfus and present him
S1. .lhfit, with the verified papers.
Stoltzfus then has five days
to resign from office or Manatee County Cir-
cuit Court Chief Judge Lee Hayworth is sup-
posed to set a date for a recall election. Sweat
has tentatively identified Sept. 21 to Hayworth
as his preferred date for the recall election.
But first there were some anxious moments
PLEASE SEE STOLTZFUS, PAGE 2
the news ...
As the World Terns
parking. Page 6
2 E JULY 14, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
By Nick Walter
Three Island projects were given the nod for
stimulus funding at the June 28 Sarasota/Manatee
Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting.
One project includes restoration of a seawall at
the humpback bridge on the Lake LaVista inlet. The
work, which is adjacent to a current American Recov-
ery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funded bridge-
repair project on North Bay Boulevard, was approved
A sidewalk in Holmes Beach would run along
the west side of East Bay Drive, from State Road 64
to the end of the Anna Maria Island Center, and is
estimated at $123,000.
Sidewalks on the north and south sides of S.R.
64 would connect the Kingfish Boat Ramp and the
sidewalk at Regions Bank to Gulf Drive and are esti-
mated at $126,000. The amount of work performed
will depend on how far the funding goes and how
much work the Florida Department of Transportation
determines can take place within city right of way.
Michael Howe, executive director at the MPO,
said the DOT first must finish its development design
plan for the projects. The scope of the projects and
contractor selection must be finalized by Sept. 1,
STOLTZFUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
while the city attempted to find Stoltzfus.
"I have not been able to locate Commissioner
Stoltzfus," Baird said last week.
The Florida statute is unclear about what Baird
should do if the recall petition couldn't be served
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird makes room
in her office for the certified petitions to recall
Commissioner Harry 'It.Ifi that were returned
by Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob
Sweat. He certified 256 of the 261 signed petitions.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Stoltzfus had notified the city he would be absent
from the July 8 commission meeting, but the clerk's
office did not know where to reach him Friday.
Stoltzfus' attorney Richard Harrison declined a
request by city attorney Jim Dye to accept the notice
on behalf of his client, saying he lacked such author-
Harrison e-mailed the city July 12, stating his
client does not intend to voluntarily resign.
Sweat certified the signatures of 256 registered
voters for the second petition submitted by the com-
mittee. The second petition required a minimum of
15 percent (204) signatures of the city's registered
eligible voters as of the most recent city election
(November 2009). The 256 voters represents 19 per-
cent of the city's 1,362 registered voters.
The Recall Stoltzfus Committee first had to
obtain a petition with the signatures of 10 percent
(132) of the city's voters before it could circulate
the required second petition containing a statement
of defense from Stoltzfus.
The recall election must be held within 30-60
days from the five-day expiration of time that Stoltz-
fus has to resign, but there's no guarantee the recall
election will be held in mid-September, if at all.
Harrison has a motion awaiting a hearing in the
Manatee County Circuit Court to have the recall
declared "legally insufficient."
When the request was denied by Circuit Court
Judge Ed Nicholas, Harrison appealed to the Florida
Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland. The
appeals court declined to hear the matter.
But the original motion remains with the circuit
court and Nicholas indicated previously he was wait-
ing for the results of the second petition before sched-
uling a hearing on Harrison's motion.
Sweat said that Nicholas must decide Harri-
son's motion before Hayworth sets an election date.
If Nicholas agrees with Harrison that the petition is
invalid, no election will be held, Sweat said. How-
ever, the recall committee could appeal an unfavor-
able ruling. If Nicholas decides the recall petition is
valid, it goes to Hayworth to officially set a date for
the recall election.
Sweat said Florida's recall statute provides that
Hayworth may allow candidates to qualify to run for
election to Stoltzfus' commission seat in the same
recall election. If Stoltzfus is recalled, his succes-
sor is simultaneously elected. If the recall fails and
Stoltzfus maintains his seat, the election of another
candidate for the office is invalid, he said.
"But it's up to the chief judge," Sweat said.
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Qualifying for the municipal election in Anna
Maria begins next week for the Nov. 2 general elec-
Qualifying will take place from noon, Monday,
July 19, to noon, Friday, July 30.
Two commission seats, both for two-year terms,
are up for election, as is the mayoral post, also a two-
Mayor Fran Barford has said she does not plan to
seek re-election, but both incumbent commissioners
Chuck Webb and Jo Ann Mattick do plan to run and
have collected qualifying papers.
Candidates file qualifying
papers with the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections, 600 301
Blvd. W., Suite 108. They can pick
up candidate packets at either the
supervisor's office or city hall,
Mattick 10005 Gulf Drive.
To qualify for elected office
in Anna Maria, a person must be a
U.S. citizen,a registered voter and
resident of the city for at least two
Several documents must
be submitted to qualify, includ-
Webb ing financial statements. Also, a
candidate must pay an election
assessment fee of $96 for mayor or $48 for commis-
sion and submit a petition signed by 10 registered
Anna Maria voters.
Qualifying for nonpartisan posts in Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach concluded June 18.
In Holmes Beach, three candidates incum-
bents Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti and
newcomer Jean Peelen are vying for two commis-
sion seats. Mayor Rich Bohnenberger is unopposed
In Bradenton Beach, incumbent Mayor Bob Bar-
telt is unopposed, as is Ed Straight in the election for
Ward 2 commissioner. Incumbent Janet Vosburgh and
Michael Harrington are running for Ward 4 commis-
Qualifying also has ended for county, special
district, statewide and federal races.
The statewide primary will take place Aug. 24.
Voter registration for the primary closes July
Details about becoming a candidate, registering
to vote, and other election information can be found
at the supervisor of election's website, www.votema-
More election news can be found this week on
Gulf Drive motorists
The Florida Department of Transportation began
milling and resurfacing State Road 789/Gulf Drive
from the Longboat Pass Bridge to Cortez Road July
A DOT advisory said there will be temporary
lane closures and nighttime work between 7:30 p.m.
and 6:30 a.m. until the project is completed in the fall
Motorists are advised to exercise caution when
driving in construction areas.
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Anna Maria City
July 14, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
July 20, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning.
July 21, 6:30 p.m., budget session.
July 22, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
July 14, 1 p.m., budget meeting (public
July 15, 1 p.m., city commission.
July 16, 9 a.m., department heads.
July 20, 1 p.m., budget meeting (facilities/
July 21, 1 p.m., budget meeting (library/
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 14, 1 p.m., city insurance meeting.
July 14, 4 p.m., planning commission.
July 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement. CAN-
July 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
July 15, 6 p.m., WMFR commission.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
July 19, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
July 21, Barrier Island Elected Officials. Details
to be determined.
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Bradenton Beach fishes for pier replacement
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city officials say in the next
few years the city will be on the hook for as much as
$735,000 to replace the fishing portion of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
The city community redevelopment agency dis-
cussed the pier project July 7 at city hall. The CRA
district, established about 18 years ago, includes the
area from Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, and
from Cortez Road to Fifth Street South. The CRA
generates dedicated property tax dollars for projects
to boost business, promote recreation and preserve
and revitalize the community.
CRA money is being used to pay off a loan taken
out to add amenities and rebuild the restaurant portion
of the pier after it was damaged by a storm in 2004.
And, according to city officials, CRA money
likely will be used to replace the fishing pier board-
walk, railings and pilings in years soon to come.
"Back when we put the pier restaurant in, we had
engineers come in and check on the pilings," said
Sam Speciale. The city police chief supervised the
construction of the pier restaurant and the addition
of the bait shop, floating dock and harbor office and
since has overseen maintenance of the structure.
Special said the pilings on the fishing portion of
the pier were given about five years life.
"We're coming up on that five years," he said.
"We've done nothing with the pilings on that pier."
Public works director Tom Woodard presented
preliminary estimates to replace the fishing pier in
the same footprint as the existing structure.
Islander photo contest grand prize addition
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The Islander 's annual Top Notch photo contest
is now under way, with the newspaper collecting
entries via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly winners in the six-week long contest
get front-page placement of their photo and an
Islander \ ,,ic-than-a-mullet-wrapper" T-shirt.
Weekly winners also become eligible for
the grand prize $100 from the newspa-
per and a bevy of gift certificates from local
businesses, including special placement on the
annual photo calendar produced by Jack Elka
of Jack Elka Photographics.
Elka is well known on Anna Maria Island
for wedding, studio, beach family portaits and
aerial photography. He is a staff photographer
for The Islander and regular contributor since
For contest details, see page 18.
The fishing portion
of the Historic
Pier east from
- will need to
be replaced in
the near future,
mates put the cost
at $500,000 to
File Photo: Lisa
The work would involve new decking, handrails
and pilings, electrical work, but not new cupolas, which
apparently are in good condition, Woodard said.
On the high end, replacement would cost
$735,000, according to Woodard.
If only half of the pilings are replaced, the cost
would be in the $500,000 range.
Woodard said the number could come down if
the city opted to keep using wood pilings rather than
concrete and rebar pilings.
"I think the pier is one of the crown jewels of
Bradenton Beach," said Mayor Bob Bartelt, who said
the city needed to get serious about plans for replac-
ing the structure.
The discussion came up as the CRA considered
a proposal from member Ed Chiles to purchase as
many as three parcels on First Street North to create
No votes were taken during the meeting.
The CRA's next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednes-
day, Aug. 18, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
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Anna Maria commission in historical dilemma
By Rick Catlin
Both the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust
and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society agree
the Angler's Lodge, built in 1913, should be pre-
served as an Anna Maria historical structure.
The problem is where to put the lodge, currently
located adjacent to the bridge over the Lake LaVista
inlet at 117 N. Bay Blvd.
Sissy Quinn of the trust said the owner has agreed
to donate the building to the trust as long as it foots
the relocation bill.
Quinn and the trust made a presentation to the
city commission July 8, pro posing to place the lodge
on city property on Pine Avenue where the public
works department is located.
The trust's proposal is to convert the downstairs
portion of the lodge for use by non-profit organiza-
tions for meetings or as a rental for birthday parties,
garden parties and other events. The upstairs would
be divided into five offices that could be leased to
Income from rentals would be used for mainte-
nance and upkeep of the property, Quinn said. The
trust would raise all fees associated with moving the
lodge and Quinn said an engineer has indicated there
will be no problem moving it on city streets to the
All well and good, said Commission Chair John
Quam, but the city needs more information before it
can move forward with a decision. A lot of questions
remain unanswered, he said.
"You need to check what uses are allowed on
city property. This would be something new, and I'm
concerned this does not appear to be compatible with
the comp plan and uses on public property," Quam
Commissioner Chuck Webb was concerned the
lodge might not fit on the property. But building offi-
The Angler s Lodge, 11/ N. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria, would be preserved as a historical
structure and moved to city property on Pine
Avenue under a plan proposed by the Anna
Maria Island Preservation Trust. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
cial Bob Welch responded that the structure would
fit, although there would be issues.
"A lot of reconfiguration would be needed,"
including moving the nature trail and removing some
vegetation, Welch said.
Melissa Williams of the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society said her organization is all for saving
the Angler's Lodge, it just doesn't believe it should
go on the suggested property.
"We see this area as historic. We are all for pre-
serving historic homes and for preserving the historic
gardens" adjacent to the public works department,
The society's opinion is that the area mentioned
for the lodge should be a continuation of the histori-
cal park and the city should expand the park and its
uses. Williams said the society will cooperate in any
way possible to find another location for the lodge.
Quam said he could see Williams' point and also
the point of preserving the lodge.
"What a wonderful dilemma to be in," Mayor
Fran Barford said.
In addition to preserving the Angler's Lodge, Joe
Chiles has spoken to the city about donating his house
on North Shore Drive to the city and placing it on the
same property proposed for the lodge.
Barford suggested one structure might be moved
to city hall for use as an administrative annex.
"We are desperate for space at city hall. To have
an annex here that's a historical building would be
wonderful," the mayor said.
Quinn said she was open to suggestions, but indi-
cated the lodge owner has given her only six months
to find a location.
"Time is short," she said. "How do we save it?"
Webb suggested commissioners visit the lodge
before making any decision.
Quam said he'd like to see an engineering study
of how the public works department and lodge would
both fit on the property.
"We can't just jump in. We need to have a study,"
he said, noting the historical park is the responsibility
of the commission.
"It's way too early for a decision. To be clear,
we are making no commitments tonight," he con-
Quinn said she would attempt to bring some
reports and designs for review and discussion to the
commission's July 22 meeting.
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Candidates will begin qualifying next week for
Anna Maria's Nov. 2 commission-mayor vote, while
the ballots in the other Island cities, county and state
elections have already been finalized.
But the second petition in the ongoing recall of
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus was certified July 9.
It sent folks scurrying to find the commissioner.
And some folks in Anna Maria experienced a few
hairy pardon the pun moments last week when
it was thought they might not find him.
According to the governing statute, Stoltzfus
must immediately be notified the second petition has
been certified. The city clerk also must deliver to the
commission a certificate as to the percentage of voter
petitions certified by the supervisor of elections.
Stoltzfus had missed a meeting earlier in the
week, adding to the anxiety, but the city was noti-
fied in advance he wouldn't be attending. Meanwhile,
his attorney for the recall matter declined to accept
the recall notice, and the angst accelerated. Would
the commissioner be served notice "immediately,"
But Stoltzfus was located and notified later that
same day, apparently at his Pennsylvania residence,
and so the process continues.
Tick. Tock. Stoltzfus now has up to five days
- make that Wednesday, July 14 to file a notice
of resignation with the clerk. If not, the chief circuit
court justice sets a date for the recall election.
The supervisor of elections is requesting the
election be held Sept. 21, within the required 60-day
If the election is held and we say "if" because
there is yet a challenge to the recall awaiting hearing
in the circuit court the ballot will be simple.
The voter will mark his or her appropriate choice
from either Harry Stoltzfus should be removed from
office, or Harry Stoltzfus should not be removed from
Any candidate wishing to succeed Stoltzfus will
have an opportunity to qualify to fill the vacancy and
will be elected on the same ballot if the balloting
results in the removal of Stoltzfus.
And to think this all started last November, when
Stoltzfus was elected and struck out to eliminate busi-
nesses and parking on Pine Avenue.
There are indeed a great deal of ifs, whatfores and
steps to come before we reach that point, if ever.
No doubt it's bound for the history books.
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Commissioner on parking
I recently learned of a parking initiative petition
making the rounds in Anna Maria. It's great to see pure
democracy in action. However, inaccurate statements
are being made concerning the Pine Avenue parking
plan that is being considered by the city commission.
The statements are: 1) the city is selling or giving
public property to developers and 2) tax dollars are
going to be used in a private property owner's develop-
ment. Both of these statements are false and have not
been discussed by the commission. City property will
not be given to developers and tax dollars will not be
spent on private development. What the commission
is considering is being misrepresented.
About eight or nine months ago, the commission
was approached about a perceived safety issue con-
cerning backing out over the sidewalk from parking
spaces. The city created a parking committee to look
at this and the committee determined there was no
current safety issue. The commission has since spent
months evaluating a parking plan for Pine Avenue.
The plan has not been finalized, but is heading
in a direction that the proponents of the initiative do
not like. They have demanded, throughout the pro-
cess, that each property have on-site parking with
driveways and travel lanes. If their demands are put
in place, the end result would be strip development,
which is prohibited by the comprehensive plan.
Imagine convenience stores stacked end to end
with the lot in front of each building covered with
pavement. The properties along Pine Avenue would
become one continuous parking lot. Recognizing this
negative impact, the commission is considering a dif-
What would you think of green space in front of
the buildings instead of parking lots? Would trees,
grass and vegetation be better than pavement? This,
along with safety, is what the commission is consid-
ering. The current city code requires that all proper-
ties have off-street parking. This makes sense for a
Wal-Mart. However, there is enough current public
parking along the Pine Avenue right of way to meet
future parking demands. There will be no parking
overflow into residential areas. The area currently
used or proposed to be used for off-site parking would
be better used as green space and the commission can
ensure this by moving away from on-site parking, by
decreasing the amount of lot coverage allowed for
development and by requiring additional landscap-
ing. This is a win-win for everyone.
The property owner is relieved of the parking
burden, while the citizens of Anna Maria receive
increased green space and a more attractive Pine
Please, don't just take someone's word for what
is happening. Review the parking plan at city hall
and come to the meetings on the plan. Also, look at
everyone's motives. Anna Maria has always been a
village with a commercial Pine Avenue. This is part
of the charm of Anna Maria.
The opponents to the parking plan seem to want
to destroy the charm and character of our town.
Please, make your own decision on the parking plan
for Pine Avenue.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, Anna Maria
From the hand that feeds
To the person who came into our sanctuary and
home and stole our donation money:
Not only did you break the law a police report
was made you stole money that was donated to care
for the wildlife. These are injured and orphaned birds
and mammals that need to be fed. The money that was
stolen was to pay for their food and their medication.
We can only assume that you feel you are more
entitled to use that money to feed your drug habit
than the purpose for which it was donated.
Ed and Gail Straight, Wildlife Inc., Bradenton Beach
tO p inion
Doing our part
We are now told that Anna Maria has less than a
1 percent chance of seeing any oil from the BP Gulf
disaster. If our beaches and waters are spared, we are
more than fortunate.
Of course, this means that the oil is washing
up elsewhere damaging ecosystems, threatening
wildlife and destroying businesses and lives. Ulti-
mately all will pay the price.
Before the recently constructed models brought
us the news of being spared, I heard many local resi-
dents talk about what we can and should do to protect
our beautiful island from the potential hazards of the
oil. Good that we are thinking proactively and creat-
ing schemes to ward off potential disaster. But what
are we doing to address our day-to-day responsibili-
ties regarding the preservation of our island and our
One glaring example is our inadequate efforts
with recycling. Currently, we have no community
recycling on Anna Maria. The regular trash pickup
for residents is solid, but we still need to provide
community recycle bins for those residents who do
not have curbside pickup. Many of the condo asso-
ciations on our island do not make efforts to provide
for recycling. I know many part-time residents who
make valiant efforts to schlep bottles, cans and paper
home, but many others cannot. We need to provide
for these folks and provide centrally located recycling
bins for those residents who do not benefit from curb-
Scott D. Laird, Tampa and Anna Maria
To retail or not to retail? That is the question.
I have been a regular reader of The Islander for
the last two years and the conflict over how much
retail to have in Anna Maria seems to be a consistent
irritant in the political arena.
The question that comes to mind is: Has there
been a survey of all property owners in Anna Maria
concerning this issue?
I know surveys cost money, but so do lawsuits.
Government is meant to be for the people and by the
My opinion is less retail is better, but I do believe
in the democratic process and am willing to live
according to the greater good of all.
Let us all strive to be open, honest and account-
able and at the end of the day let us agree to disagree,
resolve to live in respect of one another and unite to
serve and share together.
My wife and I have visited Anna Maria for 25
years, and last year we became property owners. We
visit almost weekly and hope to retire here. We love
the Island atmosphere.
Anna Maria has the opportunity to be a shining
example of all that is good about America or just
another black eye on the sun coast.
Mike Oney, Anna Maria
Fourth of July thanks
I want to thank Tim "Hammer" Thompson, parade
chairman, and all the Anna Maria Island Privateers
for the great Fourth of July Parade.
How brilliant you were to switch the parade to
July 3 to avoid a morning of rain so that Islanders
and all our visitors could come out and enjoy.
The parade gave us a real sense of community
and was fun for all ages.
Seeing the smiles on all the kids and my 90-year-
old father beside me it was wonderful.
Thank you all for all your effort to bring joy to
so many and to help us remember why we celebrate
And God bless America.
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 14, 2010 7 7
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The Islander, headlines announced:
Phil Charnock resigned as Anna Maria build-
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Pinellas County. Charnock was expected to resign
after he asked Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh to determine
his severance package. Charnock at one time was
both building official and public works director, but
the city commission stripped him of the public works
job and his salary was lowered.
SFlorida Department of Transportation officials sched-
uled a meeting with Cortez residents to discuss construc-
tion of a middle lane on Cortez Road to provide a turn
lane for motorists and ease traffic congestion. A survey
showed 62 percent of Cortez residents opposed the addi-
tional lane. The project cost was estimated at $780,000,
including pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths.
Anna Maria Commissioners Bob Barlow, Jay
Hill and Tom Skoloda wrote Mayor Gary Deffen-
baugh demanding an ap, ,' for remarks he made
following a commission meeting at which he said city
commissioners were unprepared and came "empty-
handed." Deffenbaugh said later he meant the city
staff was unprepared for the meeting and his remarks
about commissioners were "totally an error."
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By Nick Walter
The Beach Shop is moving.
Dee Schaefer, owner of The Beach Shop at Man-
atee Public Beach, will relocate her shop to 11904
Cortez Road W., nearby Tyler's Ice Cream.
Her final day at the Manatee Public Beach loca-
tion will be July 19. United Parks Service will begin
operations of the Manatee concession July 21 and
plans to renovate the gift shop.
PS. Beach Associates, owned by Schaefer and
husband Gene, had operated the Manatee Public
Beach concession for 18 years. They started the
Cafe on the Beach restaurant, but had leased that
operation in recent years.
The new beach shop in Cortez will be owned by
the Schaefers, and Dee's daughter, Dori Reynolds.
Dee said she's excited to have a new home for the
store and that most of the employees from the beach
shop will transfer to the Cortez shop.
And Dee said the new gift shop will carry the
same, simple name: The Beach Shop.
The shop will move to the two-story building
that was most recently a Simply Put home furnish-
ings store, and was previously home of Surfing World
West for 34 years.
Gene Schaefer said the shop will offer many of
the same items as the Manatee beach shop. "It will
have unusual gifts," he said, "things other people
don't have in stock."
The shop will have items such as hats, sandals,
T-shirts, skimboards, beach toys, fashion jewelry and
nautical gifts and souvenirs.
The Schaefers are excited about relocating to the
Cortez fishing village.
"People would come to this (Manatee) store
from Lakeland and Pasco County and other counties
because of the items we carried," Gene Schaefer said.
"And we hope to attract that clientele as well as local
Last week, the Schaefers were discussing with
UPS's Mark Enoch and Alan Kahana what items
would remain at Manatee Public Beach, and what
p finds new digs in Cortez
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would be moved to the Cortez store.
Enoch said UPS is changing the name of Cafe
on the Beach, but that the company has not decided
from among its final two or three choices.
Dee Schaefer, meanwhile, is relieved she has a
location for her gift shop.
"I'm so excited I can hardly stand it," she said.
"Do you know what a relief this is?"
Taing steps toward a better Anna Maria
Taking steps toward a better Anna Maria
By Dan Burden
Special to The Islander
More than 30 years ago, I discovered why
we were losing our footing in our American com-
In America we didn't walk as much, we didn't
know as many people. We were over-designing
our towns and cities for our cars, for speed and
free movement, building ugly places to park our
cars and not focusing on our people. The social
life of our streets was eroding.
Children were no longer getting to school on
their own. Many of us were get-
ting fat, and too many down-
towns had lost their unique
character. Trade was siphoned
off to ugly strips, hard to get to
by foot, surrounded by moats
of ugly gray; there was no
Burden public realm intended. People
were not supposed to linger.
In recent months, when Gene Aubry, a per-
sonal friend, and Commission Chair John Quam
asked if I could come to Anna Maria to shed some
light on a thorny issue about exclusive private
versus inclusive public parking. I came, observed,
interviewed a number of folks, then assembled
my ideas. Many who care about the character of
Anna Maria are sometimes confused, bewildered
and ... well, conflicted. Do we want our town to
contribute to our parking? Do we want this to be
the responsibility of the developer? Do we want
to use on-street parking to help slow down our
To me the answers are simple. I have applied
these parking and traffic calming and walkability
measures and watched them work in hundreds of
towns, without fail. Parking must be part of our
streets in order to have healthy streets. But each
town has to discover these answers. This will not
happen if there are sides that develop, with winners
and losers. We no longer can ask either the private
developer or a town to build anything alone.
As I have now worked in 3,000 towns in
North America, working on livability, prosper-
ity of towns, protecting them from a loss of
character and uniqueness, several things surface.
Those towns that become the best protected, most
diverse, most interesting, most prosperous, have
one common thread their people have learned
to work together.
Do their streets have parking issues? Do
people care? You bet they do.
Many people come and spend time and
money in these towns because they are authenti-
cally what they are. Parking is as tough of an
issue for them as it is in Anna Maria. They have
been working on this problem over the years, and
as the towns evolve they have added public, off
street, parking to make way for beautiful green
space and walkable community centers. It was
something that they had to do, and they did it
because they loved their town.
That is what I love about this issue you are
facing. People appear to be fully together on what
they value. It is time, and it is necessary, to work
cohesively as one people. Don't take up sides. If
we are to continue to love our cars and our towns
at the same time, then parking will settle itself out,
and not when it becomes an issue that divides the
town; but, instead, one that unifies and unites the
I have tried to keep this piece short, for clar-
ity's sake, but for the love of Anna Maria, what it
is and what it can become, make this a unifying
discourse and exploration, and stop the madness
of making this a dividing issue.
Harmony, creativity, cohesion, discourse, trust
and relationship building will build this town.
Communicating is hard, but it is the only thing
that works. Petitions and fear campaigns can and
will shred this town. Tear up the petitions, roll up
your sleeves and go to work, please.
Dan Burden has spent decades developing,
promoting and evaluating transportation systems
and sustainable communities at national, regional,
state, and local levels. He served for 16 years with
the Florida Department of Transportation as the
state bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. He is the
co-founder of Walkable Communities and in 2001
was named by Time magazine as one of six most
important "Civic Innovators in the World."
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 14, 2010 0 9
P&Z rejects PMV ordinance, mulls parking plan
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board had
two new members at its July 5 meeting, along with a
request from Commission Chair John Quam to have
a number of recommendations finalized for presenta-
tion at the commission's July 8 work session.
The request from Quam meant P&Z Chair Randall
Stover had to bring new members Mike Pescitelli and
Carol Yetter up to speed on regulations for Segways
and other personal motorized vehicles, in addition to
the Quam parking plan proposed for Pine Avenue.
While Yetter and Pescitelli were aware of the
parking plan, the Segway issue was new to them.
The board had spent the past few months inves-
tigating current industry standards for renting a
Segway or Goped personal motorized vehicles
- and whether or not Anna Maria needed to regulate
such off-road recreational vehicles. Members studied
the Sanibel Island ordinance as a potential model.
P&Z member Bob Barlow said he found the
Sanibel ordinance too restrictive and he was not in
favor of any recommendation to the commission.
"We should go with what the Florida law
requires," he said.
Stover was concerned about the potential for a
serious accident, but member Tom Turner, who vis-
ited the rental shops, said the companies require an
signed agreement to cover any damages.
Turner said he is satisfied with their requirements
and conditions. The problem comes when a parent
signs for a vehicle, then allows a youngster to get on
the Segway or Goped.
All riders are supposed to wear a helmet and be old
enough to drive the vehicle, he said, and the city just
needs to be "more affirmative" with the state statute.
Most board members voted 5-1 to inform the
commission it was not interested in developing a local
regulation for personal motorized vehicles. Stover cast
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board discussed
further regulating personal motorized vehicles,
such as pictured here. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
the lone vote against the motion, and board member
Sandy Mattick was absent from the meeting.
Pine Avenue parking
Stover said he had a long meeting with Mayor
Fran Barford and Quam about the role of the P&Z
board in the city and the board's duties are much
Board members reviewed the parking plan for
Pine Avenue, making a number of recommendations.
The board unanimously agreed to recommend
that no vehicle should back across a sidewalk, paral-
lel parking spaces on Pine Avenue should be 9 by
25 feet, and driveways for residences should be a
minimum 5 feet from the property line.
Members were stuck on a recommendation that
all vehicles should exit from a parking space in a for-
ward motion. The board tied 3-3 on the recommenda-
tion and also tied on a recommendation lowering the
maximum building coverage on Pine Avenue from 40
percent to 35 percent.
Yetter and Pescitelli both voted to retain the cur-
rent 40 percent requirement.
When the board considered a recommendation
that business employees could park off site, member
Margaret Jenkins noted that everything being dis-
cussed was "against the current ordinance."
"That's why we are talking about changes,"
responded city planner Alan Garrett, reminding the
board members they are considering recommenda-
tions on ordinance changes to the commission.
The board unanimously agreed to remove the
requirement that employee parking be on-site, and
that owners of new projects on Pine Avenue be given
the option to have all parking on-site or not.
Members voted to recommend the maximum
impervious-surface coverage be 50 percent after Garrett
observed that most projects were around 42 percent.
Garrett suggested the board might want to look at
the city's definition of a restaurant because that use is
still subject to more stringent parking regulations. Is a
coffee shop on Pine Avenue the same as a restaurant,
"It's the only use (on Pine Avenue) that you still
have to look at in the parking regulations."
The board agreed to look at the definition of a
restaurant and re-examine exiting forward from a
parking space at its July 20 meeting.
Remember, Garrett said, "this is a public park-
ing plan" and there are a lot of questions yet to be
Garrett said Quam had postponed commission
discussion of the parking plan until July 22, giving
the P&Z time beforehand to consider all the recom-
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The Anna Maria Island Chapter of Dining for
Women will meet Thursday, July 15, from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. at the Sandpiper Resort Co-op Clubhouse, 2601
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Dining for Women is a pot-luck supper giving
circle in which participants bring a dish and donate
what they would have spent if they had gone out for
The money goes to benefit women and children
around the world.
For more information, call Jean Peelen at 941-
Wednesday, July 14
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
sunrise breakfast at Paradise Cafe & Bagels, 3220 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. "Lions and Tigers and Bears" teen program
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, July 15
6 to 8p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chapter of Dining forWomen
pot-luck supper at the Sandpiper Co-op Clubhouse, 2601 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.
Saturday, July 17
9 a.m. to noon Kid's fishing class at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Wednesday, July 21
5:30 p.m. "Giving Tree Drum Circle" teen program at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
First Monday of each month, 6 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna
Maria at the Sun House, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for
the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-0504.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
*Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support
group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource
Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to
various locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes
Wednesday, July 14
7 to 9 p.m. Save Our Seabirds Wildlife Rescue presentation at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Informa-
Thursday, July 15
10:30 a.m. Giving Tree Drum Circle children's program
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
2 p.m. Conversation with photographer Mary Lou Johnson
at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.
7p.m. Life on Earth Film Series: "The Unforeseen" at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
LBK arts center hosts talks
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, will host a con-
versation with photographer Mary Lou Johnson at 2
p.m. Thursday, July 15.
The center will host a conversation with artist Ed
Parker at 2 p.m. Friday, July 16, and photographer
James Corwin Johnson at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 22.
For more information, call 941-383-2345.
Islander named to dean's list
Amber Wright of Holmes Beach was among the
Florida Institute of Te 1 hn< ,1 ,'\ students named to the
dean's list for the spring semester.
Wright is an aerospace engineering major at the
To make the dean's list, a student must complete
12 or more graded credits in a semester with a grade-
point average of at least 3.4.
Boating classes planned
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold boating classes this month at 1200 71st St.
The America's Boating Course, a two-part boat-
ing safety course, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Satur-
day, July 17, and Saturday, July 24.
A fee is charged. To register or for more information,
Kiwanis hosts candidate
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island recently
hosted Dave "Watchdog" Miner at its Saturday
morning meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miner is an Independent
candidate in the 68th Legislative District for the
seat being vacated by Bill Galvano. The Kiwanis
group meets at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the restau-
rant at Manatee Public Beach. Islander Photo:
Friday, July 16
2 p.m. Conversation with artist Ed Parker at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key.
Sunset- Reels at Rossi Park presents "Monsters vs. Aliens"
in the park downtown on Third Avenue West between Ninth Street
West and U.S. 301, Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366.
Saturday, July 17
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Snooty the Manatee's birthday party at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Informa-
July 22, Juggling and laser show, Island Branch Library.
July 22, Opera discussion, The Studio at Gulf and Pine.
July 22, Conversation with photographer James Corwin
Johnson, Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
July 22, Life On Earth Film Series presents"Winged Migra-
tion," South Florida Museum.
July 23, "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" film screening,
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
July 23, Friday Fest music series, Van Wezel lawn.
July 24, Save Our Seabirds fundraiser, Old Salty Dog Res-
July 28, Photography teen program, Island Library.
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10:30 a.m. Thursday, beginning through July 29. The other programs will take place at the Island
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Bayfront real estate tempts turtles
By Lisa Neff
Waves often bump, knock, crash against the sea-
walls of the homes on the bayside in Anna Maria.
Last week, a loggerhead sea turtle swam in the bay
surf right up to a seawall in the 700 block of South
Bay Boulevard, south of the Anna Maria City Pier.
A possible second nest also has been marked in
the 800 block of South Bay Boulevard.
"We have increased nesting over there," Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi
Fox said of the bayside.
To deal with the turtles' interest in South Bay
real estate, AMITW has intensified its monitoring on
Anna Maria's eastern shoreline.
The organization puts dozens of volunteers on
the beach on mornings from N ti\ lh 1i 'ugh October to
monitor nesting sea turtle and shorebird activity, but
mostly along the Gulf of Mexico. AMITW generally
monitors 11.7 kilometers of beach from Longboat
Pass north along the Gulf and around Bean Point to
the Anna Maria City Pier, where sand nourishment
from the Lake LaVista Inlet has helped create habitat
in recent years.
Now, with the activity along South Bay,
AMITW's Section 1 volunteers have added some
paces to their morning walks and neighbors have
been recruited to keep watch from Magnolia south
to the 800 block of South Bay Boulevard and
Goodbye, Matey "
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rehabilitated at Mote Marine
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sea July 2 at Longboat Pass.
Mate was successfully treated "
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"I had to go back to the state and stretch my area
a bit," Fox said. "Most of the land from Magnolia to
820 South Bay is under water more than it is out of
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AMITW advises care
in nesting season
Two nesting seasons that of sea turtles and
shorebirds are under way on Island shores, lead-
ing Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch to encourage
people to take care on the beach.
Remain quiet and observe from a distance if
you encounter a nesting turtle or bird.
Shield or turn off outdoor lights visible on
the beach from May through October.
Close drapes after dark and put beach furni-
ture far back from the water.
Fill in holes on the beach that may entrap
Approach nesting turtles, hatchlings leaving
nests or chicks exploring the beach.
Make noise or shine light at turtles.
Encourage a turtle to move while nesting
or pick up hatchlings that have emerged from a
Remove stakes, either from the bird nesting
ground or staked turtle nests.
Enter the bird nesting grounds.
Use fireworks or leave trash on the beach.
Turtle nesting by
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"Anna Maria Island Rookery." Islander Photo: Courtesy AAMITW
By Lisa Neff
Black skimmers and their chicks took refuge
on higher ground last week, when rain soaked their
beach rookery in north Anna Maria.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, which has
stepped up its shorebird monitoring program this
year, reported the likely loss of some skimmer eggs
in the area near the Cypress beach access, possibly
as much as 50 percent of unhatched eggs.
"We will keep checking," said AMITW execu-
tive director Suzi Fox.
Still, the nesting area is now home to many
skimmer chicks of various sizes, as well as some
snowy plover chicks. The site also has proved
popular this year for nesting least terns.
"I think it's wonderful to see this here this
year," said vacationer Gladys Young of Detroit as
she stood outside the staked-off nesting grounds.
"It gives me new respect for the birds."
"I wanted to come out with an umbrella for
them," said Gill Young, looking at the large pools
of water on the beach on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.
"But they know how to take care of themselves in the
rain, I'm sure."
Black skimmers generally nest in colonies of
100 to 200 birds the one in Anna Maria has been
estimated at more than 200 birds. Their egg clutch
usually consists of four to five eggs identifiable
by brown and black blotches that take about 25
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Gubernatorial candidate campaigns on AMI
By Lisa Neff
Ed Chiles celebrated the setting Florida sun with
about 60 guests at his Sandbar restaurant in Anna
Maria July 7.
And he encouraged those guests to get behind
the rising campaign of a Florida son his brother
Bud, who is running as an Independent candidate for
Lawton "Bud" Chiles III, a 57-year-old Tallahas-
see businessman, entered the governor's race June 3.
He had made an effort to run as a Democrat for the
office in 2006, but dropped out because of a provision
in the state constitution requiring residency for seven
years prior to the campaign.
On July 7, Bud Chiles joined his brother, who
lives in Anna Maria, and his mother, Rhea Chiles,
former first lady of the state and a resident of Holmes
Beach, in the pavilion at the Sandbar.
There the trio welcomed about 60 people, most
of who contributed $250 to the candidate's campaign
and enjoyed a buffet-style dinner that included stuffed
oysters, grouper, shrimp and corn on the cob.
Bud Chiles greeted arriving guests with hand-
shakes and pats on the shoulder.
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leader Florida needs."
limiting campaign contributions to $250.
"It's d6ji vous all over again," said Rhea Chiles,
introducing her son at the fundraiser. Her husband,
Lawton Chiles II, was a widely popular two-term
governor who limited his campaign donations to
$100 per person.
Rhea Chiles said her son is "is the leader Florida
Accepting the microphone from his mother, the
candidate began with ajoke: "I usually say I wish my
mom was here to hear that introduction."
He then honored his father as a great man "who
really did a great job holding up the banner for aver-
Bud Chiles said his dad "did not raise me to have
faith in the Democratic Party ... he raised me to have
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He denounced the big money in campaigns and
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"Our legislators are so addicted to cash they are
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No 'go' for BB parking lot purchases
By Lisa Neff
Options to purchase property for public park-
ing in Bradenton Beach's downtown district will be
allowed to lapse.
The city community redevelopment agency com-
mittee did not move forward July 7 with the options
for the parking proposal brought to the table by com-
mittee member Ed Chiles.
Chiles had recommended purchasing at least
two properties in the 100 block of First Street North
and adjacent to the city hall and Tingley Memorial
Library. And, last week, he said a third property had
"I thought it was a great project," he said.
But, toward the end of the meeting at city hall,
Chiles acknowledged the lack of support for the proj-
ect: "We'll let these contracts lapse."
In recent months, the CRA committee set a list of
priorities that included improving parking opportu-
nities in the CRA district, which was established 18
years ago to revitalize the downtown area by using
dedicated property tax dollars for projects that stimu-
late commercial growth and recreational opportuni-
ties and other civic improvements.
Last month, Chiles presented the committee with
an opportunity to purchase two properties on First
Street North each measuring about 100 feet deep
and 50 feet wide. One property was available for
$359,000 and the other for $245,000.
Chiles said the purchase was in keeping with the
recommendations of a master parking plan for the
Demolition of the structures on the properties
would cost about $11,000 and grading and landscap-
ing to create parking for about 30 vehicles would cost
Chiles said the prices were "good" and "I don't
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know if you can do any better than that."
Bradenton Beach business-owner David Teit-
elbaum, at the meeting last week, endorsed Chiles'
proposal. He said a benefit would be the proximity
of the properties to city hall, which must be hardened
in the future.
"The city does have a parking problem, but it
has a future city hall hardening problem as well,"
But business owners Barbara Rodocker and Jo
Ann Meilner said the price for the parking lots was
"I know the need for parking," said Rodocker.
However, she said the city would be paying $42,000
per space and that was too pricey.
Plus, she said, the parking problem would remain
because the spaces would quickly fill with day-park-
ers bound for the beach or work.
Meilner said, "We're always going to have a
parking problem, even if we get 40 more spaces or
50 more spaces.
The rest of the CRA committee also was not
interested in buying the property, at least not now.
CRA member Janet Vosburgh, also a city com-
missioner, said the properties were "good buys," but
economic hard times remain ahead and "we've got
to tighten our belts."
Commissioner and CRA member Gay Breuler
suggested a renewed effort to promote trolley rid-
ership and create a park-and-ride tram system that
would run from the public beaches to Bridge Street.
"We have parking," Breuler said. "We just have
to utilize it."
Mayor and CRA chair Bob Bartelt agreed. If the
city built a parking garage, it would still have a park-
ing problem, he said.
CRA member/Commissioner Janie Robertson
raised concerns about spending money on parking
lots when a major replacement project is ahead for
the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The cost to replace the
fishing portion of the pier is $500,000 to $735,000.
Chiles said with the CRA pot of money about
$250,000 a year for the next eight years the com-
mittee didn't need to view projects as "either or."
"We can accomplish all of our objectives,"
he said. "The CRA is to lift the boat, be the rising
But, in the end, there was no action on Chiles'
"I'm disappointed," Chiles said. "I think the city
is losing a great opportunity."
The committee did agree that a plan to improve
public parking between Church and Highland ave-
nues by the city-owned Monroe Cottage and public
works garage should be pursued.
The city is working with LTA Engineers on
the redesign, which could yield about 30 parking
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Anna Maria considers 'anonymous' policy change
By Rick Catlin
For at least a decade, Anna Maria city commis-
sioners have on numerous occasions reaffirmed the
city's policy of allowing anonymous complaints
about code violations.
But following a rash of anonymous complaints
in late May and early June, the commission, at its
July 8 meeting, took another look at that policy and
is considering a variance.
Commissioner Dale Woodland referred to an
anonymous complaint June 10 sent to code enforce-
ment officer Gerry Rathvon that was "clear harass-
He proposed changing the policy to have the
person complaining be required to speak to the code
officer personally. If Rathvon decides an investiga-
tion is necessary, she'll sign the complaint, but she
will know who the person filing the complaint is and
know that it's not a "frivolous" action.
Woodland said he understands people make
anonymous complaints because they fear retaliation.
Under his proposal, the city protects the identity of
the person bringing the complaint, but weeds out the
unnecessary and "frivolous" complaints.
Commission Chair John Quam disagreed.
"Our city would not be as clean as it is" if anony-
mous complaints were prohibited, and an anonymous
complaint prevents "harassment," he said.
But Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said anony-
mous complaints are a serious issue. She agreed with
Woodland, that a complainant should go in person to
"They don't have to sign the complaint, just come
to Gerry in person so she knows this is a real com-
plaint," Mattick said.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, an attorney, said
he's been dealing with anonymous complaints since
1988, and the anonymous system is often used as
"harassment" by the person making the complaint.
But he would also like to have Rathvon be pro-
active in finding code violations, rather than reactive,
Noise, weddings stir up Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners were concerned
about too much noise at a wedding on Fir Street in
late May that resulted in a complaint to the city. The
commission asked Sgt. Dave Turner of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substation to
provide advice at their July 8 work session.
His response was a 51-page document about
noise ordinances, enforcement of noise ordinances
Turner said deputies are not code enforcement
officers and a noise ordinance is one of the hardest
to enforce. And MCSO policy is that shutting down
a wedding is not good police work, he added.
If it's a loud party, however, deputies will ask for
the noise to be turned down and that illegally parked
vehicles be moved.
Turner said there have been nine complaints to
the MCSO the past year about loud noise and each
"Noise ordinances are notoriously hard to
enforce," said building official Bob Welch, who is a
certified code enforcement officer.
Regarding weddings in the city, Turner said the
sheriff is "not going to want me running out and shut-
ting down a wedding. No one does that. We are not
going to become the gestapo of Anna Maria. We use
the' best practice' method for weddings and (shutting
it down) is not the way to go."
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their home, but the problem arises when homes are
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Commissioner Chuck Webb said that a person
renting a house for a wedding is a code violation,
but enforcement is difficult. He didn't think the city
wanted a code enforcement officer on duty every
weekend to hand out citations.
Webb agreed with Welch and Turner that noise
ordinances are difficult "if not impossible" to
Turner said deputies would respond to complaints
of loud noise after 10 p.m., but someone has to make
a complaint. "We will shut down an out-of-control
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Woodland suggested the commission should return
to the noise and wedding issue at a future meeting.
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as the current commission policy requires.
Quam, however, said it's a policy issue for the
commission to have Rathvon be reactive rather than
pro-active, and he's not ready to change that policy.
Resident Michael Coleman agreed with Wood-
Coleman said that when Rathvon has 21 anony-
mous complaints about the same issue in seven days,
"Many of us don't call in when we see a code
violation, but anonymous complainers can call in
about people they don't like," and Rathvon has to
take action, he said.
When Quam suggested a vote, Woodland said
there's no real emergency and the commission should
not yet make a final decision.
"We' ve been talking about this for six years at
least. Let's vote on it at the next meeting," he said.
Building official Bob Welch, who supervises
Rathvon, said she did a study of how other munici-
palities in the county handle code complaints and all
of them allow anonymous code complaints.
Commissioners agreed to bring the issue forward
for further discussion at the commission's July 22
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Sometime between the night of July 4 and the
morning of July 5, a burglar found a visitor's key
outside the Wildlife Inc. center and stole a donation
jar, according to co-founder Gail Straight.
Straight said Wildlife Inc. had just set the jar out
for donations. Even worse, the burglar kept the key,
and so Straight and her husband Ed, who live at the
center, replaced all the locks at a cost of $250.
"For three days I slept with pepper spray,"
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and I don't trust people who are on drugs."
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visitors, but now will leave the key with a neighbor
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HB commission: Island library sign to stay
By Nick Walter
Holmes Beach city commissioners have spoken.
The library sign is not their problem.
In late April, Beverly Neville, president of the
Friends of the Island Library, requested city funding
to move the library's marquee sign from behind the
trolley stop on Marina Drive.
She said that not only is the sign almost directly
behind the trolley stop, it gets lost among other dis-
tractions, including turn arrows, merge lanes and
pedestrian signs near the corner of Marina Drive and
56th Street. Neville wanted to move the sign about
50 feet to the east.
But city commissioners will not put the issue on
an upcoming work session.
Neville told commissioners at an April meeting,
"This is the only sign that advertises all the chil-
dren, teen and adult programs that are happening at
the library. During the past year many community
members and Island visitors have mentioned that
they cannot see the sign when they' re driving by
the library, especially when driving north on Marina
Neville said she hadn't heard back from the city
on the issue until about two weeks ago, when she
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said the city declined to put the issue on an upcoming
workshop session agenda.
"I got no feeling or direction from commission-
ers that they were even interested in funding that,"
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said. "The commissioners
were of the opinion that if they trim the one bush in
front of the sign there'd be no problem. But we're
short on money at this time, and we' re not about to
give money away for something like that. It's not a
city issue, really."
Bohnenberger said the library, 5701 Marina
Drive, would have to find a way to fund moving the
Neville said library workers had trimmed a bush
in front of the trolley stop. But her primary concern
is that during tourist season, an influx of pedestrians
awaiting the trolley will once again block the sign.
"It's a sad situation," she said. "We really did
receive quite a few complaints last year that people
just can't see the sign quick enough. They're watch-
ing for trolley people standing there."
She said the Friends of the Library board meets
again in September.
"I think we'll try to ask the city for funding
again," she said. "We need the sign to be more vis-
ible. Maybe things will ease up financially on the city
side and maybe they' 11 help us with the cost in the
future. Even if they split it, it would be helpful."
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Island fishing captains see hone on horizon
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By Nick Walter
Some Anna Maria Island charter boat captains are
anticipating they will dodge the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill and, in turn, possibly benefit from an increase
With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration recently releasing a study that pro-
jected the Island has a 1 percent chance of seeing any
oil, the captains think visiting fishers will funnel to the
area from the Panhandle and other Southern states.
Some captains, such as Capt. Warren Girle,
already have noticed increased clientele. He said
three out of his six charters last week were from
anglers who normally book fishing trips in the Pen-
sacola area, which has been touched by oil.
"The fishermen said, 'We found Anna Maria
Island on the Internet and it's one little gem,'" Girle
said. "And they said now they'll be back every year.
This may create a new clientele base down here."
Capt. Craig Madsen, left, baits his hook July 8,
while Capt. Mac Gregory flips bait out of the well
outside the Mainsail Marina in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Nick Walter
Girle hopes an increase in sport fishers to the
Island boosts revenue increases at hotels and restau-
rants. "It could put a lot of money into the commu-
nity," he said.
Capt. Craig Madsen, who charters out of Main-
sail Marina at Holmes Beach, said he recently booked
two groups of fishers from Alabama and Mississippi
who would have fished in Louisiana.
But Madsen isn't completely sold on the idea of
a noticeable increase in fishing clientele here.
"I think if the oil hits the keys, it affects all of
us," Madsen said. "Because if it hits the keys, people
are just going to assume it hit us all here."
NOAA has said its models do not account for
hurricanes but, at the worst, a hurricane would scatter
But some visitors may be missing that message.
"We have a lot of people scared to come fish
because of the oil," said Capt. Larry McGuire out
of the Cortez Fishing Center. \ly take is, if the
oil doesn't hit us, which I don't think it will, and
it may stay in the Panhandle, Texas and Louisiana,
and maybe miss west central Florida, we're going to
have a lot more business here."
The Florida Department of Agriculture, mean-
while, continues to report Florida seafood is safe,
plentiful and available.
Oil still far off in Gulf
Efforts to contain and clean up the massive
oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico continued
As of The Islander's press time, the oil plume
remained about 345 miles from the Tampa Bay area,
according to the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, the lead state agency for response
to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.
A computer model developed by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration using
historical wind and ocean currents has indicated
little likelihood of oil reaching AMI.
The report indicates that much of the west
coast of Florida has a low probability 20 per-
cent down to less than 1 percent of oiling.
For this area, the probability is 1 percent or less,
according to the NOAA model.
Last week, he lost a $16,000 booking from Ger-
"All they see is the spill on TV," said Praetor.
"They ask me and I tell them there's no oil here, but
they're not close to the scene like we are."
Praetor is hoping he can make up the lost revenue
with a walk-in looking for a nice vacation home.
That just might happen.
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
executive director Elliott Falcione, who took over
from Larry White July 1, said the BACVB advertis-
ing campaign is aimed at the southeastern United
States, and it appears to be working.
BACVB representative Kerry Alderson said she
recently made calls to AAA offices in Georgia, Ala-
bama and Tennessee and they were "thrilled to learn
that Anna Maria Island was free of oil."
Alderson said most of their members head to the
west Florida beaches in the summer, but are asking
them for a new destination.
"They're very happy to learn about the Island,"
"It's an easy sell and the drive is not bad," added
He urged members to "work together" with
the TDC. "It's not about us, it's about all of us," he
Although the National Oceanographic and Atmo-
spheric Administration, based on computer modeling,
says there's only a 1 percent chance any oil reaching the
Island, Falcione said he's not telling anyone there won't
be any oil on the shores.
"Be positive. Don't talk about estimates. Talk
about what is now, and that's that there is no oil on
our beaches," he said.
Falcione asked Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for
$600,000 from BP for advertising to inform summer
vacationers that the area is free from any oil.
The TDC also has a cancellation website and
needs to know when a member gets a cancellation
due to the oil spill. BP has set up a program for reim-
bursement for lost business, and the Island has taken
a hit from Europe.
Falcione said TDC members to date have lost 422
room nights and $790,000 as a result of the oil spill.
"At some point, we will ask BP for compensa-
tion," he said.
3 weeks more to enter Top
If you've captured a great moment with your
camera, we've got a contest you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest will publish
weekly winning photos through Aug. 4. Six weekly
winning pictures will be featured on the cover of The
Islander and one photo will be a grand prize winner
with $100 cash prize from The Islander and other prizes
and gift certificates from local merchants, including a
feature spot in Jack Elka's annual Anna Maria Island
photography calendar. Weekly winners receive a "More
Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the final deadline July 30.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of
pictures that may include family, landscapes and
scenics, candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor
and animal pictures. Nothing is overlooked, includ-
ing great kid pics, sentimental moments and moments
of personal triumph. This year judges will also be
looking for beach scenes that highlight the Island's
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Year's first Gulf hurricane stirs up questions
By Lisa Neff
Alex didn't stir up strong surf along Anna Maria
Island beaches, but the first hurricane of the 2010
season did stir up some questions.
As Alex churned in the Gulf of Mexico, build-
ing from a tropical storm into a hurricane before it
made landfall June 30 near the Mexico/U.S. border,
Islanders explored two common questions:
What will happen to a hurricane that runs
through the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
What will be the impact of a hurricane on the
growing spill, which remains 250 miles from the
Tampa Bay area, but has impacted the northern Gulf
coasts in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Missis-
"I've got to say it's my greatest fear right now,"
said Diana Ross of Perico Island. "How far can a
hurricane carry oil?"
In the case of Alex, the storm pushed oil over
booms and further into coastal zones of the Missis-
sippi Delta and skimming operations offshore and
nearshore were halted June 30 for several days.
Incident reports from the Deepwater Horizon
command center indicated 10-foot waves rose over
the site of the leak, about 40 miles off the coast of
Louisiana, and there were winds as high as 29 mph.
Last week, the command center faced another
situation as a tropical wave formed in the western
Gulf of Mexico and became the season's second
tropical depression July 7.
The depression made landfall in Texas July 8
before developing into a tropical storm, but the severe
weather did generate 2-4 feet waves along the Pan-
handle coast, and offshore waves of 6-8 feet.
In general terms, a hurricane could mix and
weather the oil, possibly accelerating the biodegra-
dation process, according to the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.
However, high winds could distribute oil over a
wider area and storm surge could carry oil into the
coastline and inland as for as the surge reaches.
In the most general terms, a hurricane's winds
rotate counter-clockwise, so a hurricane passing to
the west of the spill could drive oil to the coast and a
hurricane to the east of the spill could drive oil away
from the coast, according to NOAA.
Scientists with the federal agency said hurricane-
related rains would not be oily. Hurricanes draw water
vapor from a large area and rain is produced in clouds
circulating around the hurricane.
Forecasters have called for an active six-month
Atlantic storm season, which began June 1. Research-
ers Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado
State University, home to one of the leading forecast
institutes, predicted 15 named storms, including eight
hurricanes four of them major.
The remaining storm names for 2010 are: Bonnie,
Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor,
Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Rich-
ard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie and Walter.
The height of the hurricane season generally is in
August, the same month BP hopes to have completed
the drilling of two relief wells intended to stem the
flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon site.
Brown pelicans are
released July 7 at Fort
De Soto Park in Pinellas
County. The birds arrived
at the U.S. Coast Guard
center in Clearwater
aboard an Ocean Sentry
airplane. They were found
oiled near Louisiana's
coast and rehabilitated at
Fort Jackson, La., before
being released in Tampa
Bay. Islander Photo: U.S.
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How proudly she served
In today's world of equality and diversity, it's
quite common to hear about women serving in the
U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast
Guard. From flying F-18 fighter jets to front-line units
in Iraq and Afghanistan, women are now an integral
part of the U.S. Armed Forces.
It was not always the case, as World War II vet-
eran Francis O'Brien recalled from her Longboat Key
Prior to WWII, women only served in the mili-
tary as nurses or volunteers, and nurses were paid
half of what men of the same rank earned.
The war would change that and Francis was
one of those early pioneers for women in uniform,
although at the time, she only wanted to do something
for her country.
Born on a farm in western North Carolina, Fran-
cis Stafford had graduated from high school and was
working as a lab technician for a paper company on
Dec. 7, 1941.
"I remember how shocked we were, but listen-
ing to Roosevelt's speech the next day seemed to
rally everybody. We all wanted to do our part," she
Although her brothers went into the U.S. Army,
there weren't a lot of choices early in the war for
women to serve in uniform.
In 1942, Francis began to hear about the Wom-
en's Army Corps that was accepting women to per-
form duties in the military that would relieve a soldier
for combat. The organization was initially called the
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, but later became
the Women's Army Corps or WAC.
"The more I heard about it, the more I liked the
idea. It was something to do for my country, some
way to do your part for the war. All the guys were in
the service, so why not me?"
In the summer of 1943, she was inducted into
the WAC and sent to basic training with about 600
other young women. By the end of the war, 150,000
women served in the U.S. military, and about 1,200
died because of the fighting.
"We were of different ages and backgrounds from
everywhere in the country, but we all seemed to get
along. Our company commander was 1st Lt. Gladys
Glidden of the Glidden Paint Company."
As a farm girl, Francis had no problems getting
up before dawn and doing physically demanding
work. So the obstacle course, the running and march-
ing and the exercises were no problem during her 13
weeks of basic training.
She even learned to field-strip an M-1 rifle, but no
WAC was allowed to fire the rifle, a practice Francis
found odd at the time.
After basic, Francis trained in Army administra-
tion, got promoted to sergeant and was assigned to
Camp Gordon in Georgia.
She was only making $68 a month as a WAC ser-
geant, but she got an after-duty job in administration
at the officer's club that paid an extra $75 a month.
She handled ration cards and officer assignments, and
also scraped the swastikas off the furniture that the
German prisoners-of-war painted when nobody was
Francis went overseas to Cheltenham, England,
in April 1944 with about 1,000 other WACs. She was
assigned to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expedi-
tionary Force ordinance department (artillery shells,
ammunition) to track where the supplies came from,
what units got what ordinance and what remained in
the supply depots.
It was a busy time as everyone in uniform was
preparing for the invasion of Europe D-Day -
that was expected soon, she recalled.
At Cheltenham, Francis and her sister WACs
didn't have to go far to meet the guys.
"We were very popular with the officers, even
though dating between an enlisted person and an offi-
cer was against regulations. We didn't care, we were
having fun," she said.
One officer, a first lieutenant, had a lot of dark,
curly hair and worked in the same office building as
Francis. At first, she thought he was Italian.
Late one c \c .ni n. Francis and another WAC got
caught outside camp in a rainstorm. A passing jeep
with three officers from her department stopped to
give them a lift. One of the officers was the curly-
in New York
haired first lieutenant. He told her to duck when pass-
ing the guards at the gate because officers weren't
supposed to fraternize with enlisted WACS.
The officer was 1st Lt. Charles "Chuck" O'Brien,
U.S. Army, and Francis was a bit embarrassed to learn
he was not Italian. He later asked her for a date to
the movies, and a few more dates after that. It was a
promising start for a lasting relationship, but the war
would often interfere with romance.
Francis remembered one evening in early June
when she saw the sky filled with airplanes. She knew
the next day would be D-Day, the day the Allies had
been planning for more than three years.
"It was an exciting time. Everyone was talking
about the invasion and how the troops were doing.
But it was awful to listen to the radio and hear live
reports of guys getting killed. It hurt and made you
appreciate their sacrifice."
By late August 1944, the Allies had liberated
Paris and SHAEF, along with Francis, moved to the
City of Lights.
"There was still fighting in the nearby country-
side and Paris was considered a war zone, so I got a
battle star to wear on my uniform for the liberation
It would later be a bone of contention between
her and Charles O'Brien after they married.
"He got to Paris four days after they lifted the
war zone declaration," Francis said with a laugh. "He
never got the battle star that I did, and I would always
bring that up when we argued about what we did in
But despite regulations, she and Chuck were a
"He would always introduce me as the person he
was going to marry, although I don't think I ever got
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a formal proposal. It was just something that seemed
natural. We both loved each other, but we had to be
careful not to be seen together in public by the mili-
Paris was an exciting city for Francis. She got
promoted to staff sergeant and Chuck was in charge
of the motor pool for SHAEF ordinance. There was
no trouble getting a jeep on weekends to tour the
One night in Paris, Francis heard the sound of
an aircraft overhead, but it didn't sound like any
Allied plane. About 20 second later, she heard a loud
"It scared the daylights out of me," she admitted.
A few minutes later, everyone was put on alert.
Francis learned the Nazis had somehow man-
aged to get a bomber through Allied air space to blow
up Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's train. The bomb
worked, but Eisenhower the supreme commander
for SHAEF had elected to spend the night in his
quarters and was not on the train.
She also saw German V-1 rockets heading across
France at night to bomb London, and on one trip with
Chuck to an Allied airbase, confronted the dark side
"We went there to visit some friends, but when
we arrived, the airplanes were returning and we could
see some of them had been badly damaged and some
were on fire."
The bombers had run into a lot of German flack
and Francis later met one guy who saw his twin
brother's plane go down on the mission.
"It was very sad. I had tears in my eyes. It made
me appreciate the sacrifices these boys made and I
was just glad I was doing my small part to help."
Back in Paris, SHAEF had begun hiring civilians
to help with office work.
Two young French women would come to work
every day wearing a heavy scarf over their heads,
scarves they wore all day, Francis remembered. She
wondered why they wore a scarf all day.
She learned later that their heads had been shaved
because they were Nazi collaborators. She wondered
why they were even hired if they had worked for the
But the French women were lucky, Francis
recalled. French men who collaborated with the Nazis
were either shot or hung.
A real scare developed when the Germans
launched the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.
Francis and the other WACs were told where to go
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O'Brien at the Eiffel Tower in Paris during the war.
in the event Paris had to be evacuated.
"That got our attention real quick, but (Gen.
George S.) Patton saved everyone by breaking through
at Bastogne and that was the end of our alert. After
that, we knew the war couldn't last much longer."
On May 9, 1945, Eisenhower declared the war in
Europe was over. Francis, Chuck and all their friends
had saved their Class VI (liquor) ration for a party
when the war ended.
"It was one big party with a lot of champagne,"
Francis recalled. But when everyone sobered up, a
few guys, including Chuck, realized they could still
be sent to the Pacific.
Even worse, when the Army said any WAC with
44 points or more could return to the States, Francis
and Chuck knew she would soon be ordered home.
Francis recalled that Chuck didn't waste much
"He called me up one morning and said'We've
got to get married.'" It was the only proposal she ever
got, but it was good enough.
Getting married in the service overseas was a
long process of forms, approvals, questions and more
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couple only had a few weeks before Francis would
be sent home.
Eventually, love conquered all and Francis
Stafford married Charles O'Brien on Aug. 22, 1945,
at the American Cathedral in Paris.
They had a two-night honeymoon before Francis
began the process to return to the Zone of the Interior,
meaning the United States.
She came back on the Queen Mary with about 700
other WACs in early September, and was honorably
discharged from the military at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Francis then traveled to St. Louis, Chuck's
hometown, and visited his folks and family. When
he returned, they lived in St. Louis briefly before
moving to Detroit and ultimately settling near Mil-
waukee, where their son and daughter grew up.
Chuck was a salesman for the Emerson Electric
Co., eventually becoming a district sales manager.
They first came to Longboat Key in 1970 as
snowbirds and purchased a condominium in 1976.
Francis has returned to Paris three times since
her wedding day. Her children also have visited the
place where mom and dad were married. Chuck died
Francis now enjoys playing bridge, socializing
with her friends, charity work and visiting her chil-
dren. She can't help but note how far women have
come in the military since 1941.
"I'm absolutely proud of my service. I'd do it
again, but at the time I didn't think it was an l\ hing
special, just doing what one could. I served my coun-
try, got to see Europe and met my husband.
"I think if I could have gone into combat, I would
have. But at a time when some people thought the
WACs wouldn't fit in the Army, we proved them
wrong. We did our duty without complaint and paid
our way. We showed people that women could serve,
and serve proudly, so I guess we were pioneers for
women in the military today."
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Defendant changes plea in
Cramer home invasion
Christopher Drescher, 30, entered a guilty plea
in Manatee County Circuit Court July 6 to charges
of home invasion robbery and false imprisonment in
an April 17, 2008, incident involving former Anna
Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer.
Drescher's plea came a few days after the long-
awaited trial began June 28.
Drescher and co-defendant Michael Gambuzza
were arrested a few days after the incident took place,
and both originally entered not guilty pleas. Gam-
buzza maintained his not guilty plea after Drescher
changed his mind.
Following Drescher's plea, Gambuzza's trial was
moved to Aug. 30.
Drescher and Gambuzza remained in custody
since their May 2008 arrest.
Drescher received a 15-year sentence for the
home invasion and robbery charge and a five-year
concurrent sentence for false imprisonment. He was
given credit for the more than two years he has been
imprisoned since his arrest.
Gambuzza and Drescher were arrested May 3,
2008, and charged with home invasion and robbery
at the home of Cramer's boyfriend, Joe Pandolf,
on Crescent Drive in Anna Maria. Pandolf was not
at home when the suspects entered the house with
Cramer was beaten and left tied up on the floor.
She suffered multiple facial bruises and some minor
injuries in the incident.
She declined to make a statement on Drescher's
plea and sentence, opting to withhold any comment
until Gambuzza's trial is over.
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If a property address is even-numbered, watering
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Patrick John Burns
Patrick John Burns, 81, of Bradenton and for-
merly of Holmes Beach, died July 8. He was a
longtime resident of Anna Maria Island. He was
born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and moved to Fort
Lauderdale as a child and graduated from high
Mr. Burns did undergraduate and graduate work
at the University of Detroit. He was a member of
Alpha Sigma Nu and Alpha Kappa Psi fraternities. He
served as regional director and national vice president
of alumni for Alpha Kappa Psi.
Mr. Burns served as a Ranger in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War. He was vice president of
Lawrence Nathan & Associates.
He is survived by his wife, Markianne C. Wil-
liams; son Patrick Sean; daughters Maureen and
husband Scott Williams and Kimberley and husband
Rich Jasinski; and many grandchildren.
Lorraine Ellen Dujardin
Lorraine Ellen Dujardin, 70, died June 30. She
was born Lorraine Ellen Withrow, Sept. 30, 1939.
Memorial donations may be made to Manatee
County Humane Society, 2515 14th St. W., Braden-
ton FL 34205.
Mrs. Dujardin is survived by husband James San-
ford; sons Derek of Sedona, Ariz., Greg and wife
Trisha of Bradenton, and Jeff of Seattle; brother
Larry and wife Cheryl; grandson Max; nieces Stacy,
Ericka and Sarah; grand-nieces Abby and Riley; and
Kevin J. Shonkwiler
Kevin J. Shonkwiler, 49, of Holmes Beach, died
July 7. He was born Oct. 25, 1960, in Ashland, Ohio,
and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1994.
Mr. Shonkwiler was an experienced jeweler and
managed Jess Jewelers of Bradenton for many years,
and most recently worked in sales at Bridge Street
Jewelers in Bradenton Beach. He was known by
many people by the marketing campaign he created
that promoted him as the "King of Diamonds."
A celebration of life will be announced in the
He is survived by his partner
of 17 years, C.D. Dashiell; sister
Teri Schockman and husband Greg
of Lima, Ohio; niece Alexandra;
nephews Eric and Ryan; and his
four best friends, Scottie, a Scot-
si /..,ti '.i. r tish terrier, West Highland white
terriers Sammy and Max, and his
newest companion, Casey, a lab-mix.
Edward Dennis Theriot Jr.
Edward Dennis Theriot Jr., of Bradenton, for-
merly of Longboat Key, died July 5. He was born
March 19, 1938, in Baton Rouge, La.
Mr. Theriot graduated in 1960 from Duke Uni-
versity and received a doctorate in physics in 1967
from Yale University. He served on the staff of Fermi
National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illi-
nois for 24 years before his retirement in 1993 as
associate director for tc clliil .'y. His professional
achievements included participation as deputy proj-
ect manager in the construction of CDF, or Collider
Detector at Fermilab. After retirement, he served on
review committees for the U.S. Department of Enl i _.'
and the National Science Foundation, overseeing the
construction and management of other large physics
research detectors at the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center, Fermilab, Brookhaven National Laboratory,
Jefferson Lab and CERN.
There were no services. Condolences may be
made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview
Mr. Theriot is survived by his wife of nearly 50
years, Lee Day; two daughters, Sharon Gail of Natick,
Mass., and Julie Anne of San Mateo, Calif.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 14, 2010 0 23
Island police blotter
No new reports.
July 10, 100 Bridge St., reckless driving. A Braden-
ton Beach police officer observed a man driving 70 mph
in a 35-mph zone, northbound on Gulf Drive. As the
officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle, the driver
passed numerous other vehicles and continued at high
speed. The officer pulled the vehicle over and found the
driver allegedly had been drinking alcohol. The subject
was transported to the Manatee County jail.
July 4, 100 block of 47th Street, burglary of a
residence. A Holmes Beach police officer was dis-
patched in reference to a burglary. The victim said
someone entered the residence and took a leather
purse containing five credit cards, checks, reading
glasses, check holder, wallet and $300.
July 4, 100 block of 51st Street, petit theft. An offi-
cer responded to a reported theft. A woman said her
family was renting a beach house for the weekend and
she left a float behind at the residence. She later noticed
the float missing. However, the woman called the HBPD
to report her children found the float in some sea oats.
July 5, 200 block of 56th Street, theft. An officer
was dispatched to a residence in reference to the theft
of a bicycle that had been left in a front yard. The
officer could not locate the bicycle.
July 7,300 block of 58th Street, burglary of a resi-
dence. A man reported the theft of his stored gasoline
container from under his carport. The man said while he
was on his boat, someone emptied five gasoline contain-
ers. The cost of the gas was estimated at $74.25.
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of the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events. Please send notices
and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina
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Adult flag football action heats up
By Kevin Cassidy
With the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter's adult flag football season at its half-way point,
the Bills have established themselves as the team to
Not only are they the only undefeated team, they
are the only team with a winning record. Conference
foes the Jaguars and Broncos are in second and third
place with 2-2 records.
Over in the NFC, the Vikings are on top of the
conference with a 2-2 record, while the Giants are
in second place at 1-3 and the Bucs remain winless,
though they came painfully close to their first win
while dropping a 20-19 decision to the Vikings in
flag football action July 8.
The Buccaneer offense is still a work in prog-
ress, as the Viking defense held them to only one
touchdown, but the Buc defense came through with
interceptions that were returned for touchdowns by
Shawn Kaleta and Bobby Gibbons. Gibbons also
came through with seven flag pulls, while Billy Mal-
fese added an interception to go along with one flag
Offensively, the Bucs were led by quarterback
David Johnston, who completed 12 of 23 passes for
130 yards including a touchdown to Kaleta. Kaleta
finished with 39 receiving yards and eight rushing
yards for the Bucs, which also received 56 receiv-
ing yards from Gibbons and 25 receiving yards from
Heidi Johnston in the close loss.
The Vikings were led by the all-around play of
Jordan Pritchard, who led all receivers with 112 yards
and a touchdown, while also rushing for another 41
yards. Defensively, Pritchard had a pair of intercep-
tions and three flag pulls. Other offensive contribu-
tions came from quarterback Paul Kurtz, who passed
Sydney Cornell carries the ball along the wall as
Ryan Fellowes defends during a soccer scrimmage
to prepare young players for summer indoor soccer
league action at the Anna Maria Island Community
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for 149 yards, and Lance Plowman, who had 28 yards
of total offense and a pair of touchdown runs in the
Todd Zawistoski led the defense with five flag
pulls and an interception, while Phelps Tracy added
a pair of flag pulls.
The Bills remained undefeated with their 21-15
victory over the Giants. Quarterback Scott Dell paced
the offense with 144 passing yards and three touch-
down passes, two of which were to Ryan Hogan, who
finished with 51 receiving yards and a 2-point conver-
sion. Brian Moorhead added 45 receiving yards and
a touchdown, while David Bishop finished with 38
receiving yards and an extra point.
Nate Talucci paced the Bills defense with three
flag pulls, while Hogan, George Imes and Moorhead
added two pulls apiece. Chris Jones rounded out the
defensive effort with an interception to go along with
one flag pull.
The Giants were led by quarterback Mark
Anderson, who completed 16 of 20 passes for 152
yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Jackson added a
touchdown and 82 yards of total offense, while
Jimmy Thomas added 59 receiving yards and 34
rushing yards. April Jonatzke finished with 13
receiving yards and a touchdown, while husband
Andy Jonatzke added 24 receiving yards and an
Thomas made two flag pulls, forced a safety and
had a quarterback sack to lead the Giants defense that
also received two pulls from Jackson and a flag pull
each from April Jonatzke and Anderson in the loss.
The Jaguars won their second straight game, a
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27-15 victory over the Broncos behind another big
game from quarterback Jason Sato. Sato completed
11 of 19 passes for 165 yards and a pair of touchdown
passes to Clay Orr, who finished with 71 receiving
yards and a pair of extra points. Dustin Swain added
55 receiving yards, including an extra point and
Michael Durrance finished with 32 receiving yards
in the victory.
Sato and Swain paced the Jaguar defense with
interceptions that they returned for touchdowns,
while Monica Simpson and Scott Rudacille each
pulled off a quarterback sack.
The Broncos were led by quarterbacks Mike
Walter and Robert Cornell. Cornell passed for 60
yards and a touchdown pass, while also adding 53
receiving yards and nine rushing yards. Walter passed
for 74 yards and a touchdown. Brent Moss contrib-
uted a touchdown and an extra point to go along
with 26 receiving yards, while Kevin Austin added
a touchdown and 28 receiving yards.
Kevin Austin also added a pair of flag pulls and
a safety to lead the Bronco defense that also received
flag pulls from Shandi Austin, Cornell and John Pace
in the loss.
Only two teams emerged from pool play during
July 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits. John Johnson and Sam Samuels edged
Tim Sofran and Norm Good by a 21-17 score.
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Fast-dropping tides create opportunities
By Nick Walter
The new moon this week is a welcome phase for
inshore anglers. High, afternoon tides of around 2-3
feet will be dropping quickly to almost a negative tide
most days. By the late evenings, the tides will be low
enough to congregate fish such as redfish and trout
in potholes and swashes. The water movement will
get bait active for most inshore predators.
In particular, if winds are from an easterly direc-
tion, look for redfish to be plentiful and tight to man-
grove shorelines on the tip of those afternoon high
Action off the beaches remains steady with some
big cobia, Spanish mackerel, grouper, mangrove snap-
per and an occasional kingfish. Tarpon are becoming
Keith Parent from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier said fishing was slow last week because
of the hot water temperatures. He said a few Spanish
mackerel and sharks were caught, and tarpon are still
milling around the pier.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said the tarpon bite has
slowed but should be picking up any day. "There just
hasn't been that many fish around," he said. He said
off the beaches he's been catching mangrove snapper,
small grouper, Spanish mackerel and a few sharks.
He said shiners have been small, but anglers should
have no problems if they get bait early.
Capt. Warren Girle said he's been hooking up a
handful of tarpon, including one at 60 pounds on July
8, but the silver king action has been nothing like it was
the beginning of the summer. Girle last week saw about
40-50 tarpon per day moving in schools of one or two.
"They just haven't come back from the spawn," Girle
said. "I think they've just moved on."
Erin Hunter, left, with a trout, and Josh Hunter
with a redfish, both of Virginia visited Anna Maria
Island to fish with Capt. Warren Girle over the July
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But the inshore bite in Sarasota Bay has been
hot for Girle. He said surface-running fish, such as
bluefish, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish are jumping
all over jigs. Trout are deeper, he said, and it can be
tough to get a jig through the aforementioned surface
species. The fish are following pods of half- to one-
inch minnows. He said tarpon seem to be feeding
on the ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. "We
threw a 10-12-inch ladyfish back and a tarpon flashed
on it and took it," he said. Girle also reported redfish
to 30 inches.
Annamae Lahay from Corky's Live Bait &
Tackle has heard reports that in Sarasota and Palma
Sola bays there are quite a few redfish, trout, ladyfish,
mangrove snapper and bluefish on the grass flats. She
said anglers are having good luck on redfish with select,
live shrimp. In the Gulf, she's getting reports of grouper,
snapper and pompano. In Longboat Pass, there are a lot
of snook, a few tarpon and quite a few sharks.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said
quality offshore action has started at about 125 feet
of water depth using live baits. He said the larger
red grouper are moving into that depth and should
continually improve as the summer progresses. On
his half-day trips, in around 50 feet of water depth,
his clients are catching smoker kingfish, keeper gag
grouper and lots of sharks. Nearshore, he reported
tarpon are thick around all the passes, Egmont Key
and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. He said pass crabs
have been working great and anglers can dip up lots
of them on the outgoing tide in the Intracoastal Water-
way and the passes.
He said on one offshore trip, he was catching big
amberjacks on a large ledge when a 50-pound cobia
Captain Mark Howard
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using a live
swam up to the boat. He said his first mate put a live
grunt by the cobia and the cobia grabbed the bait, spit
it out and circled the boat before eating it again. "This
cobia didn't realize he was hooked up and gave very
little fight until the gaff hit him," McGuire said. "I
already briefed everyone to stand clear when a green
cobia comes aboard. We scrambled when this wild
and crazy fish hit the deck thrashing violently. The
party said they knew it was a serious situation when
the captain and first were running for cover. That was
almost as much fun as wrestling large sharks for a
photo before a release."
Rocky Corby from the Anna Maria City Pier
said anglers have been catching pinfish, Spanish
mackerel and sharks at night, and that's about it. He
said the water looks brackish and murky. "It's looking
like there'd be a gator out here," Corby said.
Brett Lance from the Rod & Reel Pier said
anglers there have been catching some big black
drum, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, flounder
to 25 inches and a couple redfish.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fish-
ing Charters said the fishing around Anna Maria
Island has been good with a variety of fish chewing.
Speckled trout have moved into deeper grass areas.
Redfish are cruising the mangroves during the high
tide periods. His charters last week hooked into some
nice blacktip and lemon sharks using cut ladyfish and
Spanish mackerel. "Because there was a recent hatch
of bait during the last full moon, I down-sized my
hooks and leaders to accommodate the small baits,"
he said. "I am also using small pinfish due to the ease
of netting them."
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26 0 JULY 14. 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
When Joe Praetor first opened
Just4Fun in the S&S Plaza in Holmes
Beach next door to Minnie's, he was
determined to offer nothing but fun, safe
water rides and accessories.
Now, Joe has added paddleboards
to his line of fun rentals. It's the latest
in water ports, and perfect for paddling
Anna Maria Island' s canals and bayways
and the Robinson Preserve in northwest
To let the public and vacationers
in on the fun of paddleboarding, Joe is
offering a 10 percent discount to cus-
tomers who bring in his advertisement
in this week's issue of The Islander.
"We wanted to do something to get
people interested in this paddleboard,"
Joe said. "It's a great way to travel along
the canals or see the nature preserve."
Joe also has kayaks, motorboats,
bicycles, sunloungers and other water-
related fun items for rent at the store,
5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Customers can make a reservation
for equipment through the Just4Fun
website at rentjust4fun.com, or e-mail
him at email@example.com.
Just4Fun is open daily and week-
ends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 941-896-
planned for July
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its July Sunrise
Breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednes-
day, July 14, at Paradise Cafe and Bagels,
3220 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
The cost is $8 per person and res-
ervations are required. Members are
invited to bring guests to the breakfast.
The chamber's July business card
exchange is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 28, at First Bank,
9819 Cortez Road W., in Bradenton.
Reservations are not required for the
business card exchange. The cost is $5
per person and members are encouraged
to bring guests.
For more information on any cham-
ber event, call 941-778-1541.
East meets west
The East Meets West II business
event sponsored by the Lakewood
Ranch Business Alliance, the Gulf
Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce
and the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St.
Armands Circle Chamber of Com-
merce will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Polo Grill
and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop at
Main in Lakewood Ranch.
More than 60 exhibitors will show-
case their business goods and services
and complimentary appetizers will be
served. A cash bar will be provided.
The cost of the event is $10
in advance and includes a chance
to win one of a number of raffle
Participants or attendees are asked
to pre-register at www.lwrba.org, www.
latinchamber.org or www.longboatkey-
The East Meets West event in 2009
drew more than 600 people.
For more information, contact Robin
Parsons at 941-757-1664 or e-mail her at
Invitation to cruise
The public is invited to cruise
aboard the "Floating Chapel on the
Bay" July 18. From its home port the
om the S&S
..T... .e i Beach.
Seafood Shack in Cortez, the chapel
will depart on the free cruise at 10:30
A presentation will be followed
by a tour of the area' s beautiful water-
front scenery. Writer and inspirational
speaker Gloria Ponziano will speak
before the cruise.
The floating chapel is U.S. Coast
Guard certified and is commanded by
owners Orca Fisher and Jill Chandler
For more information, call 941-
379-7327 or visit the website at www.
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Spiritual medium seeks clues at Sun House
By Lisa Neff
On the menu: Grassy Key grouper,
roasted almond berry basket, fine wine
and a slightly spooky story.
The Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach, recently
hosted two day-trippers from Venice -
ghost story-writer Kim Cool and spiri-
tual medium Rosemary Altea.
Cool, a journalist at a Venice
newspaper, writes about ghost stories,
especially stories from Florida's Gulf
Altea too is an author her books
have made The New York Times' best-
seller list and she's a spiritual medium
She and Cool were called upon -
a friend-of-a-friend situation to look
into some odd occurrences at the Sun
House. They conducted their investiga-
tion June 15-16.
Over the years, management and
staff at the Sun House, formerly the site
of some rowdy bars, have noticed some
"We have these weird things," said
co-owner Angela Rodocker. "Things
that we can't explain."
Alarms sound for no apparent
Locked doors swing open.
Voices overhead when no one else
Shadows move without people to
And once there was "the fog."
Manager Chris Fielder was in the
restaurant the afternoon of "the fog," or
what he called "the cloud."
"It was a little bit unsettling," Fielder
said. "The room just fogged up."
His first thought was "fire," but there
was no odor, no heat and "the fog" was
contained to the dining room.
The fog set off the fire alarm and
responding firefighters speculated that
the incident was caused by sea fog.
But Fielder remained unsettled.
"There wasn't any fog anywhere else,"
he said. "No where."
There have been jokes over the years
about the "ghost of Key West Willy," the
name of the bar that once occupied the
The jokes were set aside for a seri-
ous exploration of the occurrences -
and the negative, disturbed energy
Altea sensed at the Sun House.
"I think there is much going on
here," said the British-born Altea, though
she does not believe the Sun House is
haunted by a ghost.
"I actually don't think there are any
specific ghosts," she said. "There are
always people coming in and out....
Always people in the spiritual world
Sun House man-
Al ager Chris Fielder,
author Kim Cool
and Sun House
where Altea and
Cool were looking
into curious hap-
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Photo: Lisa Neff
who come around to visit." even before there was a bar.
Their first night in Bradenton "I get a very strong pirate connec-
Beach, Altea and Cool dined at the Sun tion," Altea said.
House. She suggested the Sun House hold a
After dinner, they remained in the cleansing ceremony, which might involve
restaurant, where Altea said she got a prayers and the burning of sage.
clear impression of what the old bar But, she stressed, there is no
looked like. danger, no haunting at the restaurant
"I'm able to move back in time," and no reason to stay away or be
said Altea. afraid.
She described the bar for Rodocker, "This is not an evil c Ili. ,_'. in any
who was surprised at Altea's accuracy. way," Altea said. "This is a good place,
And Altea described a disruptive a nice place.... I don't think you've got
n I. iv, possibly associated with "bad a ghost."
men, bad deeds and bad goings on" in But, Fielder said, "We have bone-
the past, possibly in the bar, possibly chilling great food."
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Fernandez for $410,000;
518 69th St., Holmes
Beach, a 1,259 sfla /
1,860 sfur 2bed/2bath/1 car
canalfront home built in
1969 on a 80x107 lot was
sold 06/24/10, Gryboski
to Sato for $385,000.
2914 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, a 1,190 -
sfla /1,462 sfur 3bed/2bath
pool home built in 1950
on a 50x100 lot was sold
06/24/10, US Bank to
Fleigelman for $333,500; Featur
list $339,900. Drive, h
206 Haverkos Court, $135,00(
Holmes Beach, a 1,682 persqua
sfla 4bed/3bath duplex Brisson
built in 1975 on a 65x98
lot was sold 06/25/10, $310,001
St. Amant to McCrae for 280
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lolmes Beach, sold in April 1991 for
0 and in May 2010 for $475,000. The cost
ire foot is $257. Islander Photo: Jesse
0; list $329,000.
9 Gulf Drive,
2bed/2bath home built in
1985 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 06/25/10, Sheffield to
Schmus for $255,000; list
1801 Gulf Drive
N., Unit 268, Runaway
Bay, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur
2bed/2bath condo built
in 1978 with shared pool
was sold 06/25/10, Amos
to Rock for $230,000; list
430 62nd St., Holmes
Beach, a 1,145 sfla /
1,161 sfur 2bed/2bath
half duplex built in 1972
on a 37x93 lot was sold
06/22/10, Riso to Van
Home for $175,000; list
1801 Gulf Drive
N., Unit 232, Run-
away Bay, Bradenton
Beach, a 691 sfla /
771 sfur Ibed/lbath
condo with shared pool
built in 1978 was sold
06/21/10, Wheeler to
Bartone for $120,000;
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ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 17.
9908 Gulf Drive at Spring Avenue, Anna Maria.
Items removed from 8,000 square foot Island home.
1800s trestle table, chest and tilt-top table, 1810
chest, 1900 oak desk and platform rocker, old and
new oriental rugs, two Bahama-style sofas, rattan
and wicker chairs and tables, Chinese alter table,
two Florida-style king beds with twin bedding, desk
and matching chair, set of six Country French dining
chairs, pair of twin beds, pine Hunt board, Chinese
bed, coffee table, mirrors pictures, TV, lamps, crib,
Tiffany-style Wisteria lamp, silk plants and more.
Sale by Julie McClure.
Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz or www.flickr.com/
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 50
percent off clothing. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
HUGE GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, July 16- 17. Housewares, furni-
ture, lights, fans, collectibles. 7808 Cortez Road
(behind Wings and Things), Bradenton.
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, July
17. Ground floor. 5400 Gulf Drive, apt. 9. Holmes
KEYS FOUND AT 30th St., Holmes Beach. Found
June 2 on bench. Dolphin key chain. Claim at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOUND: SMALL KEY, tiki with graduation cap key
chain. Found near Holmes Beach library. Claim at
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
LOST: GLASSES. FRIDAY, June 25 on Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 301-524-5650.
FOUND: GLASSES, BROWN frames, in water
at beach, 56th Street, Holmes Beach. Claim at
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
BRONZE 4-FOOT MERMAID fountain stolen July
4. Cash reward, $200 for safe return. 941-778-
LOST CAT: 77th Street area, Holmes Beach.
Rudolph, very small, black and white with black
spot on chin and has no claws. Rudolph. 863-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
FOR SALE: 2002 Ford Escort. Automatic, air
conditioning, custom stereo, new transmission.
Runs great. A bargain. $1,800. Call Rick, 941-
HARLEY-DAVIDSON SOFTAIL Fat Boy FLSTF,
6-spd, 1584cc, Fast sale, asking $5,700. More
details at tdye6t @ msn.com. 813-321-7869.
WANTED: SUV/HATCHBACK with low mileage
for part-year resident. No dealers, please. 941-
FOR SALE: 2002 Ford Escort. Automatic, air
conditioning, custom stereo, new transmission.
Runs great. A bargain. $1,800. Call Rick, 941-
17-FOOT WAHOO center-console fishing boat
with Bimini, trailer, boat cover, Garmin GPS,
100hp Mercury, recently serviced, runs great.
Boat is perfect for Anna Maria Island flats fish-
ing. $4,250. Tyler, 813-382-2520.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? Call
Kendall, first aid-certified. Great with kids and ani-
mals. Four years experience, high school student.
ISLAND TEEN WILL help with yard work, mowing,
moving furniture, garage cleaning, window wash-
ing, more. 941-518-8841.
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL student available for
babysitting. Infant and toddler CPR-certified, first
aid-certified. Emily, 941-567-9276.
BABYSITTER AND PETSITTER: Trustworthy and
responsible, loves animals. Three years experi-
ence with babysitting. Call Claudia, 941-447-
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Red Cross
certified. Call Kim at 941-592-1894.
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-
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.
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.
DAVE'S CURB APPEAL: Paint, landscape, light
repair, remodel, cleanup. Affordable Island work,
$75 per four hours. Island owner, resident, with
tools. Dave, 715-418-3531.
TIRED OF NOT enjoying your own party with your
guests? You can now! Call Cyndi Marie Brindley
at 941-447-1663 or e-mail: cyndan726@yahoo.
OUTTA SIGHT OUTTA Mind: Carpet, upholstery,
tile, grout cleaning, clean ups. 941-312-3065.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
"Movers Who Care"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046 or 941-580-4487.
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
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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 Beach.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
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-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
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Additions Remodels New Construction
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, ., I
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
Call Junior, 807-1015
Arnold's Clean Air & Heat Inc
AC Service, Repair & Installations
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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.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home,
northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings,
all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
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
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331.
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.
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, 55-plus designer
turnkey condo. $2,000/month plus utilities. 717-
CHARMING 2BR/2BA CANAL house: $2,000/
month plus utilities. No pets. 717-392-4048.
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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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach 3BR/2BA
canal home. Dock, large two-car garage, tile
throughout, very nice kitchen, screened back
porch. Utilities not included. $1,695/month. 863-
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
8803/8799 Cortez Road. 600 sf, $500/month. 1,200
sf (former salon) and 1,300 sf. 1-800-952-1206.
ISLAND BEAUTY: 2BR/2BA 2005 doublewide
manufactured home, turnkey furnished, $199,000.
727-599-4817 for appointment.
FOR RENT: 2BR duplex near beach. No pets.
$800/month plus deposit, utilities. 941-538-
CORTEZ 1BR, LANAI, washer and dryer. Water,
lawn, trash paid. No dogs. $615/month. 941-545-
2BR/1BA: Upstairs overlook pool and city pier.
$1,000/month. Cat OK. 201 south Bay Blvd., Anna
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
BUILD WEALTH through short sales and foreclo-
sures. www.AdkinsFloridaGroup.com. Call James
REDUCED TO $379,000 Duplex lot
w/structure. Remove and reconstruct.
Reasonable offer accepted.
REDUCED TO $699,000 ROR district. 3/2
"We ARE he Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
LARGE BAYFRONT Beautiful views from this 3 bedroom
home with a "mother-in-law" apt. Deep water dock & natural
vegetation. One of the least expensive bayfronts on AMI.
344 FT. OF WATERFRONT IN KEY ROYALE On over
1/2 acre, 3BR/3BA at the point of two canals. Updated
kitchen & baths, huge 30' X 78' screened lanai, large pool,
wet bar, 20K lb. boatlift. $865,000
M ike 800-367-161
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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.
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i LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
2BR TROPICAL PALM Mobile Home Park. 15
minutes to beach. Doublewide. $49,000. Rent,
$695/month.Will finance. 863-608-1833. chick-
MIRROR LAKE CONDO near IMG. 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished. Vaulted ceilings, fireplace, lake-
side. Great home or rental with eight-year rental
history. By owner, principals only. 941-758-9622
or email: tazisrose @aol.com $79,000.
VILLAGE GREEN 2BR/2BA villa: Anna Maria
Island without the expenses. Bid on eBay:
CANAL HOUSE: VERY close to bay with just-
dredged sailboat-deep water. 2BR/2BA. 717-392-
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Best land buy!
2.5 acres, spectacular views, gated, paved road.
High altitude. Easily accessible, secluded. Bryson
City. $45,000. Owner financing. 800-810-1590.
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2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL
OVERSIZED WATERFRONT LOT
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32 Years...2 Generations
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Mki & Kitt Odventune in Shopping ...
Ontique, Qnt-Siquet and Chic Boutique!
Just think if you could
really have hristmas in July!
These stores would have it all you get
all your shopping for all your friends and
family finished long in advance.
And if you haven't checked out Retro
Rosie Vintage Clothing, you must. Rosie
just got back from a big buying trip. Come
see all the new goods she found!
And Cobwebs Antiques, next door, is
cool with lots of home decor and furnish-
ings. Don't forget about their saleroom,
winter coats and furs up to half-off. She
has it all!
On the downtown Bradenton path, we
appreciate Braden River Antiques for
its amazing selection of antique and mid-
century art, furniture and home accesso-
ries. Be on the lookout for the new loca-
tion just around the corner to 426 Ninth
In Palmetto, the Bag Lady tells us new bags
and purses have been arriving just in time
Tide and Moon
O O, 20% OFF
ANY ONE ITEM
New Location! Just two doors down.
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Anfiques & Treasures
NEW INVENTORY DAILY
Located in Whitney Beach Plaza
6828 Gulf of Me\ico Dri'e /
Longboat Key 12-4 \Iln-a.l. II
for the summer. And what lady doesn't need
a new white bag for the season? There are
big bags, little bags, fancy bags and casual
bags there's surely a bag for you.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features
more than 50 antique dealers and offers a
wide variety of shops and specialties, includ-
ing vintage toys, furniture, collectible glass
and everything antique. This Ellenton hot
spot is one of the area's top collections of
shops, and we always enjoy shopping, shop-
ping and shopping the variety and unique
Beach Style Recycled in Holmes
Beach has all kinds of beach treasures
and finds, shabby chic furnishings, col-
lectibles, treasures and jewels of Anna
What a Find! has all kinds of quality
clothing, furniture, accessories and a great
line of vintage Florida collectibles. Check
it out and you'll be saying, "Wow, what a
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has gone
on vacation for the summer but will be open
again Aug. 3.
Antiques Collectibres. Vintage Wares. Jewelry.
Retro. Trains. Delft. Hummels. Furnitureand More!
Open Tuesday Sunday 10-4
1622 63rd Avenue E., Bradenton
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ANTIQUE MALL. INC.
WE BUY -
S4407 Hwy 301 Open Mon -Sat 10-5
Ellenton, FL 34222 Sun 12-5
Exit 224 1 mile West of 1-75
50 Quality Dealers 1I
THE SEA HAGG
Shop the Sea Hagg
for the unusual!
9:30-5:30 Mon.-Fri. and 10-5 Sat.
12304 Cortez Rd. W. 941-795-5756
Two blocks east of the Cortez Bridge
Vintage Vagabond is a colorful shop
that features, among other things, vintage
clothing, furnishings and art. You name it,
Vintage has it. It's all quality and variety
here. Give them a visit.
Community Thrift Shop is closed until
Aug. 9. When it re-opens it will have even
more goodies to choose from.
Tide and Moon at AMI Plaza has a
new storefront, and even more treasures
from which to choose, including original,
handmade jewelry, custom photography and
Steff's Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza
has new inventory arriving daily, so hurry
in and see what just arrived. Stephanie has
summer hours: Monday-Saturday noon-4
p.m., noon-2 p.m. on Sundays and quiet
The Sea Hagg has all sorts of nauticals,
antiques, curiosities and mermaids. There is
a HUGE summer sale going on now!
Happy shopping, even if it's not Christ-
'T4iat a Find?
THRIFT AND CONSIGNMENTS
Quality clothing, furniture, accessories,
great vintage florida collectibles and
much more. What a find!
COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE ALWAYS BREWING!
5231 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton
941.896.8820 Mon-Sat 10-4
Historic East Manatee
shops open Tues-Sat 10-4
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lid-Century Art Antiques Collectibles We Buy
426 9th St. E. 941-750-0707
Vintage Clolhes for All Ocr:asions
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a817 ChrisManatees Ave E. 94aren1-708-0913
817 Manatee Ave E. 941-708-0913
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412 10th Ave.W. Palmetto *722-9916
Beach treasures and finds,
shabby chic furnishings,
collectibles, treasures and
jewels ofAnna Maria Island.
5500 Marina Drive ~ Holmes Beach
10-4 Monday-Saturday ~ 941.504.8303