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7 weeks to Stoltzfus recall election
By Rick Catlin
There will be a lot of activity in Anna
Maria the next seven weeks, now that Chief
Judge Lee Haworth of the 12th Judicial Cir-
cuit Court has set Sept. 7 as the date for the
recall election of Com-
missioner Harry Stoltz-
Haworth set the
date for the recall elec-
tion after receiving and
accepting the Recall
St. .h:fi, Commissioner Stoltz-
fus petition from Mana-
tee County Supervisor of Elections Bob
Sweat certified the signatures of 259 reg-
istered Anna Maria voters, amounting to 19
percent of the eligible 1,362 voters in the city.
The recall committee was required to submit
two petitions to Sweat. The first petition had
241 signatures. The second petition, which
included a defense statement by Stoltzfus,
was required to have a minimum of 204 voter
Stoltzfus was allowed five days to resign
from office after the recall petition was cer-
tified. He was notified of the petition at his
Pennsylvania home, and later, through his
attorney, announced he would not resign.
But the recall election date is still in
Stoltzfus has refiled his motion to dismiss
the recall petition on the grounds it is "legally
Judge Edward Nicholas has yet to make a
ruling on that motion, but a hearing is sched-
uled for Aug. 12, according to attorney Rich-
ard Harrison, who represents Stoltzfus. How-
ever, the hearing for the case was not on the
Manatee County Clerk of Courts website as
of the press deadline July 19 for this week's
Haworth indicated in his order that the
election date might be amended, pending the
outcome of any decision by Nicholas on the
PLEASE SEE STOLTZFUS, NEXT PAGE
Turtle watch awaits
hatchlings. Page 12
HB mayor proposes
budget status quo.
for Coquina. Page 18
Goings on on AMI.
Island police reports.
Fishing: Trout takes
Sports: Key Royale
golfer shoots hole-in-
one. Page 24
Realty raves, beach
aid. Page 26
Friction pervades beach shop transition
By Nick Walter with UPS, began writing down information on
Islander Reporter items, and, after Schaefer ordered the man out
Dee and Gene Schaefer plan to move of the shop, came back to take pictures of the
heir Beach Shop at Manatee Public Beach store inventory.
o Cortez before Aug. 1, but they're not This, Schaefer said, he believes to be a
happy that someone has allegedly been most unethical business practice. He sent a
making notes and photos of their inventory. report to the Manatee County parks and rec-
United Parks Service will take over reaction department July 16 requesting no one
operationss of the concession and gift shop from UPS be allowed to enter The Beach Shop
uly 21. Mark Enoch of UPS said the con- until the Tampa-based company, which runs
session will be called the Anna Maria Island a concession at Fort DeSoto State Park, offi-
3each Cafe. Movers Mike Servidio, left, and Bryan cially takes over operations at the beach.
The Schaefer's held the concession con- Wahat make a delivery to the new Beach "This guy was taking pictures, rack by
ract for 18 years, until the county sought Shop in Cortez. Islander Photo: Nick Walter rack and shelf by shelf," Gene Schaefer said.
bidders and in May awarded the operation "They're obviously trying to duplicate every-
f the restaurant and shop at MPB, as well as Gene Schaefer said that during the last thing we've got. Yet, according to the criti-
he concession at Coquina Beach, to UPS. couple weeks, someone, presumably affiliated PLEASE SEE BEACH-OP, NEXT PAGE
image of a
bait thiefat -
at the office, 5404 MAarina Drive, Holmes Beach. Shilling also is a nominee for the
Top Notch grand prize, which includes $100, advertiser prizes and placement in Jack
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Anna Maria to have
slate of candidates
It now appears there will be a campaign
for the city commission seats up for election
Nov. 2 in Anna Maria.
Although only incumbent Commissioner
Chuck Webb had filed qualifying paperwork
July 19, eight election packets were handed
out by city staff last week to people either
interested in seeking office, or collecting a
packet for someone who is considering a
Picking up an election packet does not
mean a person will seek office, noted assistant
city clerk Diane Percycoe.
The commission terms of Webb and Com-
missioner Jo Ann Mattick are up for election,
as is the post of mayor. Mayor Fran Barford
is not seeking a third term in office.
Mattick has said she will seek re-election,
but had not qualified by The Islander's press
deadline this week.
The qualifying period began July 19 and
ends at noon Friday, July 30.
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Gulf Drive paving
The Florida Department of Transportation
said resurfacing would begin this week for the
ongoing Gulf Drive/State Road 789 Roadway
Improvement Projects and motorists can
expect delays in traffic.
The work this week will include removal
of old asphalt -milling and resurfacing of
the roadway as part of an ongoing construction
project from Cortez Road to Manatee Avenue/
State Road 64.
Motorists can expect to see temporary lane
closures and nighttime work between the hours
of 6 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Improvements also will include base work,
shoulder treatment, curb and gutters, signaliza-
tion, highway signing and pavement marking,
sidewalks and traffic monitoring. Weather per-
mitting, the project is anticipated for comple-
tion in the fall.
Additional traffic delays may result from an
ongoing DOT maintenance project on the S.R.
684/Cortez Road bridge draw.
Motorists can expect eastbound and west-
bound intermittent 10-15 minute delays, much
like a normal bridge opening, controlled by a
fl,,'iin,' operation from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. July
Another project will take place on Cortez
Road/S.R. 684 from Gulf Drive to U.S.
41/14th Street West Bradenton. Motorists can
expect intermittent eastbound and westbound
lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. July
19-July 30 for edging and sweeping of curbs and
For additional project information, call DOT
public information officer Darren Alfonso at
STOLTZFUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
recall petition and/or the public records request filed
by Michael Barfield of Sarasota against Stoltzfus.
Nicholas also is the judge in that case.
The chief judge ordered
Nicholas to move "promptly" on
S the cases and provide him with
any ruling as soon as possible.
Harrison said he believes
Nicholas will move quickly on
the motion to dismiss the recall,
Carter and there likely would be no recall
election until the judge issues
a decision. If Nicholas determines the petition is
invalid, Harrison said there would be no recall elec-
Recall committee chair Robert Carter has retained
counsel from the Bradenton law firm of Blalock, Wal-
ters, Held and Johnson to represent him at the hear-
The Florida statute on recall provides for the
election of a commissioner to succeed the recalled
commissioner at the same time and location as the
If the recall vote fails, Stoltzfus retains his seat,
and any election of a commissioner to replace him
Candidates who seek to fill the remainder of
Stoltzfus' term, should the recall pass, have from 9
a.m. July 21 to noon July 30 to qualify. Qualifying
is done at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
If the recall is successful, but no candidate quali-
fied for the vacancy, the city commission would vote
on a qualified resident to fill the remainder of Stoltz-
fus' term, which expires in November 2011.
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Gary Holland, assistant general counsel of the
Florida Department of State, issued a ruling to Sweat
that a candidate cannot qualify for both the recalled
seat and for a commission seat up for election in Nov.
2. Florida law prohibits a candidate from qualify-
ing for "more than one public office if the terms or
any part thereof run concurrently (overlap) with each
other," the state statute reads.
Holland said the Florida recall statute provides that
a recall election be run exactly as a normal election.
"Nothing should be different regarding candidate
qualifying or reporting procedures," he said.
Holland said campaigning prior to the recall elec-
tion is allowed.
The polling is scheduled to take place at the Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.
Public records request
Haworth also is following the public records case
of Michael Barfield v. Stoltzfus and has indicated a
decision by Nicholas could affect the recall election
Barfield's attorney, Valerie Fernandez, has filed
a writ of mandamus to have Stoltzfus' computer and
hard drive examined for any further e-mails Stoltzfus
might have pertaining to public
Stoltzfus already has pro-
vided four collections of e-mails
to the city and Fernandez and he
maintains there are no further
e-mails on his computer that relate
Barfield to city business.
Nicholas rejected a motion
by Harrison to dismiss the writ of mandamus.
The court date for the public records case is Sept.
21, but could be held sooner if Nicholas determines
to advance the hearing.
Leonara vMangus, leJt, rary ivayior ana uana
Kamp are just three of the workers at The Beach
Shop at Manatee Public Beach who will be working
at the new Beach Shop in Cortez.
BEACH-OP CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
cism of this store by the county's recommendation
committee, this store needed to be re-branded."
Enoch said UPS had a graphic designer show up
to The Beach Shop to take pictures for layout work
outside the concession, but that he was unaware if the
graphic designer, or anyone else, was taking pictures
or writing down stock numbers of items inside The
"No one told me they were," Enoch said. L\ c. -
body buys their stuff from a few different places
Enoch said he has begun interviewing some of
the restaurant employees.
Cafe on the Beach manager Tommy Vayias said
Enoch told him he would return the afternoon of July
16 to interview more employees. Vayias is staying
on with UPS after the changeover.
Gene Schaefer, meanwhile, said he is perturbed
and disappointed because he believed a main reason
UPS was chosen to take over the concession is what
the county called its "creative vision."
"I'm terribly disappointed for the taxpayers
because I don't think these people are creative at all,"
Schaefer said. "I hope for the county's sake (UPS) is
who they say they are."
Dee Schaefer agreed about the ethics of UPS's
alleged attempt to copy The Beach Shop inventory.
"I think it's the most unethical thing to be doing,"
But the Schaefers were kept busy last week pre-
paring to move their multi-million item inventory and
updating their new location at 11904 Cortez Road W.,
They plan to vacate the beach location before the
July 21 deadline and reopen in Cortez by Aug. 1.
Most of the present Beach Shop staff will move
to the new shop, formerly the home of Simply Put
"We're Dee's kids," said Beach Shop employee
"I've been here 15 years," said Patty Naylor, also
a Beach Shop employee, "and I wouldn't think of not
going to the new store."
Alan Kahana, left, and Mark Enoch, of United
Parks Service, talk in the Cafe on the Beach
dining room with Tommy Vayias, manager of the
cafe, about operations at Manatee Public Beach.
Islander Photos: Nick Walter
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July 21, 6:30 p.m., budget session.
July 22, 6 p.m., city commission.
July 26, 3 p.m., city pier centennial com-
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July 19, noon, budget meeting (public
July 19, 1 p.m., budget meeting (library/
July 20, 1 p.m., budget meeting (facili-
July 21, 1 p.m., budget meeting (adminis-
July 22, 1 p.m., budget meeting.
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July 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement
July 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
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Gulf oil well capped, watch begins
By Lisa Neff
For the first time in 86 days, oil was not gushing
from the ruptured BP Deepwater Horizon underwater
well off the coast of Louisiana.
And, on Anna Maria Island, which has not been
directly impacted by the spill and is not forecast to
see oil, there was guarded joy July 15.
"I'm overjoyed, but I hope it works," said Bra-
denton resident Samantha Eager as she joined friends
for margaritas on the deck at the Sandbar restaurant
in Anna Maria.
Hours earlier the news was printed, e-mailed,
televised, tweeted, facebooked and posted that the
sealed cap on the ruptured well had stopped the flow
of oil. An estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil
had been leaking per day since April 22.
"It felt very good not to see any oil going into
the Gulf of Mexico," BP senior vice president Kent
Wells said in a statement to the press July 15.
The reaction from the press to the White
House to the Gulf beaches was consistent: Great
news for now.
The cap on the well was to be tested for several
days to make sure it could remain until a permanent
fix involving the drilling of relief wells was in
"I know we've been watching it all from afar,
but I don't have a lot of faith and trust in BP," said
Longboat Key resident David Hawkins after tying
up his boat near Rotten Ralph's on the Pier in Bra-
denton Beach July 15. "And I don't want anybody
to think, 'Oh, the leak is plugged. It's over.' It's
With the earliest reports of the spill, which began
following an explosion on the Deepwater Oil Rig that
killed 11 workers, Anna Maria Island businesses and
residents feared oil reaching local beaches and pol-
luting local preserves.
That did not happen, and the spill the largest
in U.S. history is not forecast to reach the Island
or any nearby shore.
And, while local businesses have seen some
vacationers cancel reservations 422 room nights as
of mid-July there has been an upswing in tourism
Do people say you have an eye for composi-
tion? A way with a camera?
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 \ hI, c-than-a-mullet-wrapper" T-shirt.
Weekly winners also become eligible for
the grand prize $100 from the newspa-
from surrounding states. Families that traditionally
vacation in the northern Gulf looked elsewhere and
some headed to Anna Maria Island.
"We're getting a lot of people who normally go
to the Panhandle," said Bradenton Beach Police Lt.
John Cosby, who has been monitoring the spill, local
readiness and contingency plans. "We have had a
Island vacationer Nicole Ross of Nashville,
Tenn., said her extended family usually meets mid-
summer in Pensacola, where a sister lives.
"That seemed iffy," Ross said. "So we decided to
go somewhere else and give my sister and her family
a vacation from everything, too."
Last week, the extended Ross family spent days
at Coquina Beach, at the city piers and dining out on
They also joined a number of other vacationers
July 14 for an early morning Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch tour. Educators Claudia and Glenn Wiseman
led three dozen people, most of them tourists, to see
three turtle crawls in Bradenton Beach.
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 14.
Rise and see
an Anna Maria
July 14 stop to
look at a log-
conducts the tours
at least once a
week. A number
of people on the
tour said they had
Maria Island as
an alternative to a
As she listened to the Wisemans talk about nest-
ing sea turtles and their relationship to the Gulf of
Mexico, Ross said, "With what's been going on, you
really appreciate this all the more."
Sidney Witt and Lauren and Michael Scott of
Clarksville, Tenn., join an Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch tour July 14. The Island has seen an
influx of vacationers from surrounding states this
summer, in part because of the oil pollution along
beaches in northern Gulf states.
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No decision on parking
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Commission Chair John Quam reit-
erated last week that the commission has made no
decision on any parking plan for Pine Avenue.
The commission has been studying a plan first
proposed by Quam in early June and has forwarded
that plan to the planning and zoning board for review
Before any changes can be enacted, both the
P&Z and commission must hold public hearings
and the plan has not yet reached those stages, Quam
In a July 7 letter from Frank Pytel and Diana
Milesko to Mayor Fran Barford and city commis-
sioners, the pair assumes the commission has already
made its decision.
Pytel and Milesko said the letter was to
"express our strong disagreement with the com-
mission's recent decision to allow business park-
ing on city rights of way to meet on-site parking
Their letter concluded by asking the commission
to "reconsider and reject this decision."
Quam reiterated that nothing in the plan is final
and commissioners have only voted to move forward
with studying the plan.
"This is a plan that is only under examination.
No decision has been made," Quam repeated.
Parallel parking is already permitted on some
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 21, 2010 U 5
in Anna Maria
.- -.-. is permitted
the city pier.
blocks of Pine Avenue and along Gulf Drive in the
retail-office-residential and commercial districts.
The P&Z board was scheduled to hold its initial
review of the parking plan at its July 20 meeting.
AM commission to hear priority issues
Anna Maria city commissioners will have
a number of issues to consider at their July 22
meeting, not the least of which is the review of
the Pine Avenue Restoration LLC site plan for
210 Pine Ave.
The original hearing date for 210 Pine Ave.
was June 24, but PAR attorney Ricinda Perry
requested a continuation because a full commis-
sion was not present.
Commission Chair John Quam also has
scheduled further discussion of the commission's
policy to allow anonymous complaints to the code
enforcement officer, and the second reading of
an ordinance revising the site-plan procedures
to exempt developments already approved by
the planning and zoning board from commission
Commissioners also will discuss how to proceed
with a study on the future layout/use of the Anna
Maria Historical Park and the adjacent city prop-
Commissioners will hold a budget work ses-
sion at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at city hall,
where city auditor Ed Leonard is scheduled to
present the annual audit and Mayor Fran Barford
is expected to introduce her proposed 2010-11 city
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News alert: Oil-free guarantee
Someone call the worldwide media and tell them
that not all of Florida is devastated by the oil spill in
the northern Gulf of Mexico.
They' re killing us.
Send them a map with a big red pin on Tampa
Bay and Anna Maria Island and a bright, screaming
yellow sticky note that says, "NO OIL."
BP's spilling oil, and hurrah for stopping the leak.
But CNN is white-washing us in calamity.
It is costing every manner of business a loss of
revenue every time it broadcasts the broadest-possi-
ble oil swath in the Gulf of Mexico without saying
- Hey, it's not affecting the entire Gulf!
We came across a gentleman from Canada over
the weekend, here to see if there's anything remaining
of the beach communities and the real estate market.
His son's a golf prot6g6 at IMG, and he and his
friends in Brampton, Ontario, also Florida property
owners, were convinced they'd have to sell, take a
great loss and move on.
This man and his family got in a cab at the airport
and immediately asked the driver, How bad is the oil
here? They were shocked by the answer: There's no
They were in such disbelief, led to their worst
fears by "steady reports on CNN, especially Ander-
son Cooper," he said, that they immediately went to
the beach to be sure.
Yep. No oil. And there hasn't been any oil in
our near or distant waters not for more than 340
miles. No oily birds. No tar balls. No sheen on the
But we surely are painted with the broadest pos-
sible oily brush.
Now we' re not saying to put a happy face on the
news broadcasters, but somehow responsible news
media need to isolate the problem it's a very large
Gulf and be clear and specific about the areas
affected by the oil spill.
It may be the worst-ever environmental disaster for
the United States, but our beaches are no more affected
by the oil in the Gulf than the Chicago lakefront or Long
Island's shoreline. Except economically.
And that wouldn't likely be the case if there were
clarity in the news.
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In spite of a disinformation campaign by Com-
missioner Harry Stoltzfus encouraging locals to boy-
cott us, businesses at Pine and Crescent are enjoying
good local support.
In fact, Kelly Kary reports a surge in sales at
the Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost after reports of
harassment by Stoltzfus caused angry citizens to
I have had the same experience at my shop, Pine
Avenue Timeless Treasures. Stoltzfus told me that I
should move my business out of town, and that locals
would never support me as long as I did business with
PAR. Contrary to Stoltzfus' remarks, my business
has enjoyed great local support. I find that people are
glad we are here and they love to see what is happen-
ing with the project. The other businesses all work
together to make things better and look forward to
what Lizzie and Mike Thrasher have planned for the
village project as well.
I don't know why Stoltzfus wants to see retail
banned from our city, but he sure seems intent on
stopping new business in the business district by
any means possible. These are small businesses
that fit in very well in our community.
Perhaps Stoltzfus has not looked up lately and
seen the terrible decline in jobs and commerce that
our bay area is going through. Most of us who work
to make a living in these buildings are local residents
with mouths to feed. Every time someone shops here,
that's one less car traveling to Holmes Beach or far-
As we celebrate the season of freedom and Inde-
pendence in our little piece of paradise, I am thankful
for the support of my community and that I am free
to operate my business and provide for my family.
Thanks to everyone who supports and frequents our
Tammy Anzalone, Timeless Treasures
On relocating the lodge
I' d like to take a moment and thank Rick Catlin
for his well thought article about the Angler's Lodge,
117 N. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria.
All too often AMIHS is seen as not wanting to
preserve Angler's Lodge when, on the contrary, we
most certainly do.
We have pledged a $1,000 donation toward the
cost of relocating the structure and have been seeking
advice from the other Island cities to see if space is
available for relocating the lodge.
While it is unfortunate the city of Anna Maria
sold 14 feet of the 52.1-foot-wide lot at some point
in time (thus making the remainder of the lot only
38.1-feet wide), we honestly do not feel it will do the
lodge or the historic native park any good destroying
one historic Island vestige to preserve another.
It's not just a matter of replanting trees: a
two-story, slightly elevated building would totally
encroach and destroy the old Florida ambience our
park manages to emulate so perfectly.
So again, I thank Catlin and The Islander for
such brilliant coverage of the July 8 work session up
in Anna Maria.
Melissa Williams, president, Anna Maria Island
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County runs hurricane drill
By Lisa Neff
About 100 people assembled in Manatee Coun-
ty's emergency operations center July 15 to respond
to a faux crisis a fictional category 4 hurricane
that devastated the area.
"I think it went very well," said Bradenton Beach
Police Lt. John Cosby, who heads up the city's emer-
gency management division.
The county hosted the drill to help emergency
responders from city officials to police officers,
doctors to firefighters get a feel for the EOC and
the various stages of disaster response.
Such drills, said emergency management chief
Laurie Feagans, are important.
Participants in the drill included representatives
from municipal and county governments, police and
fire departments, the U.S. Coast Guard and a number
of service groups, such as the United Way and the
In the drill scenario, the responders were dealing
with the recovery a week after Hurricane Edward
walloped the county, sending storm surge of more
than 15 feet over Anna Maria Island and bringing
sustained winds of 160 mph.
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler,
who attended the training for the first time, said there
was little left of the barrier island just the tip of
The six-month Atlantic hurricane season began
Hurricane forecasters Philip Klotzbach and
William Gray of Colorado State University have
predicted an active season, with 15 named storms,
including eight hurricanes four of them major.
Hurricane Alex made landfall June 30 near the
The remaining storm names for 2010 are: Bonnie,
Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor,
Laurie Feagans is the chief of Manatee County's
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 21, 2010 7 7
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The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria Commissioner Jay Hill accused city
attorney Jim Dye of L, in,' in preparing a new lease
for the city pier. Dye said the new lease for the pier
was awaiting a review of the title because of submerged
Mote Marine Laboratory founder Bill Mote died
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Mote Marine Laboratory in 1965 after becoming
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Marine Laboratory. In 1977, Mote Marine Lab moved
to City Island Sarasota, and gradually expanded its
research and exhibit facilities.
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and homes and capsizing several small boats. West
Manatee Fire Rescue shut down all three bridges to
the Island, primarily to keep sightseers from adding
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near the draw on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, but
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By Lisa Neff ees who started with the
Islander Reporter remained at the minimum
Bradenton Beach commissioners are eying a "I really don't think
proposed 2010-11 budget that would provide for the said.
same millage rate applied this year and a raise for city Commissioners did n
employees, had questions and concern
The commission, which has been discussing Should the newest er
budget issues for months, met July 13 to review budget percent? asked Commissi
proposals for the police department and two public "I don't think that's f
works operations sanitation and streets and roads. Bartelt replied that the
Both departmental budgets, in addition to other the lowest paid workers a
city department budgets, provide for a 5 percent raise A 5 percent raise foi
for city employees, said Mayor Bob Bartelt. city's minimum wage wo
The overall budget also hour or $22.80 more for
proposes a 2.1539 millage rate, "Do you think that
the same rate as for the 2009-10 said.
budget and the same rate applied Other governments ar
for the 2008-09 budget. Commissioner Gay Breu]
If the city levies the pro- "Throughout the cou
posed 2.1539 millage rate, the taking cuts in salary, tal
Bartelt local tax on a $400,000 home, said.
without taking exemptions into "I'm not saying I don
account, would be $861.56. A mill is $1 for every "I want to know how."
$1,000 of assessed value of property less any exemp- The how, said Bartel
tions. nation of an entire depal
The proposed rate is lower than the rollback rate, program management de]
which, according to the Manatee County Property "That's $115,000 rigl
Assessor's Office would be 2.4868 mills. The roll- There are other deer
back rate is the tax rate that would bring in the same budgets, added Speciale.
amount of property tax dollars from the prior year. The proposed police 1
The overall proposed budget does not propose decreases in fuel and ove
spending any of the city's reserves, which was "I assure you ... their
required this year.
The commission and mayor spent 90 minutes
reviewing budget details with city clerk Nora Idso, Early pr
BBPD Chief Sam Speciale and public works director Bradenton Beach ha
Tom Woodard. sheet for the 2010-11 n
Much of the discussion focused on personnel In preliminary nu
and compensation specifically Woodard's idea ects:
to realign the public works department that involves Total revenues: $:
creating a field superintendent post and eliminat- $2,729,975 for 2009-1(
ing an assistant director post and the proposed pay Property tax revel
increase, with $1,070,800 for 20
Bartelt said, "Employees have not received a Proposed total e
raise in three years. ... If we spread this out over four compared with $2,847,
years, it would come out to be about 1.245 percent Proposed millage
a year. The employees that we have, I would like to as for 2009-10 and 200
retain." Rollback rate: 2.4
Bartelt, noting that the city does not have a policy The new fiscal yea
for merit pay or longevity raises, said some employ-
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and roads and sanitation.
ot object to a raise, but they Streets and roads is proposed at $207,169 com-
ns. pared with $190,150 for this year. Salaries and wages,
nployees receive the full 5 as well as related personnel costs, would go up in the
ioner Janie Robertson. new budget; professional services, attorney fees and
air," she said. operating expenses would go down.
newer employees are likely The proposed sanitation budget is $299,372 com-
and "need it the most." pared with this year's $296,369.
r an employee earning the
uld mean 57 cents more per
a 40-hour week.
's excessive?" the mayor
e still cutting back, observed
entry, we are seeing people
king cuts in benefits," she
't want to do this," she said.
t, is in part from the elimi-
rtment the city project/
ht there," Bartelt said.
eases within departmental
budget, for example, shows
e isn't an\ Lhingl in here that
as published its first work-
mbers, the budget proj-
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The budget does not take into account any
changes that might come if the commission out-
sources its recycling collection. The commission last
week authorized city attorney Ricinda Perry to write
a request for proposals for recycling services.
The proposed spending plan for public works
also does not deal with Woodard's suggestion that
the city eliminate the assistant public works director
post and instead create a field foreman position.
"I used to have that," Woodard said. "I need a
go-to-person in the field."
Public works is currently down two staffers, but
the assistant director post is held by Char Patterson.
Woodard's suggestion drew a strong objection
from Breuler, as well as resistance from Robertson
and Commissioner Janet Vosburgh.
"I have a big, big, big not liking of this," said
Breuler, noting that Patterson has "picked up the ball
and run several times and has got nothing but excel-
lent recommendations for what she's done."
Most recently, Breuler said, Patterson proved
herself when she assumed director responsibilities
while Woodard served a 30-day suspension.
She said if the city acted on the proposal, it could
result in a demotion for the acting director, as well as
be construed as retaliation or discrimination.
"If it were me, I would be to a lawyer in less than
a second," Breuler said.
Woodard said, "This is not a personal issue."
Bartelt added, "We're talking about the budget....
This is a city of less than 1,500 people with a total
department of seven employees. I don't know how
many supervisors we need."
"For the last four years it was OK," Breuler said.
"Now we're saying it's not."
"A lot of things came when there was a time of
fluff," the mayor replied.
Eventually, there was an agreement to postpone
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ISLANDERS RCK 'W' SURF FOR WKF
By Lisa Neff
Decades ago, two young brothers twins Rich
and Phil Salick left Anna Maria Island bound for
the East Coast and surfing glory.
This summer, another group of Island kids will
leave for the East Coast seeking rock 'n' roll glory
and performing a good deed.
The Island Rockers will perform in September
at the 25th annual NKF Pro-Am Surfing Festival
co-founded by the Salick twins in 1975 and locally
promoted by their sister Joanie Shymanski Mills
of Holmes Beach. It's not a coincidence that Mills
is the mother of Island Rockers guitarist Brandon
Mills, who also has earned his own share of surfing
Proceeds from the surf festival in Cocoa Beach
raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. The
Salicks describe the festival as the largest charitable
surfing event in the world, having raised millions
for the foundation's patient services and advocacy,
public education programs and research work.
Phil Salick is a member of the NKF of Florida
board of trustees, as well as a member of the Surf-
ing Hall of Fame. He's also a kidney donor, having
donated an organ in 1974 to Rich, a three-time kidney
transplant recipient, as well as the director of com-
munity relations for NKF of Florida and a member
of the Surfing Hall of Fame.
The brothers are lining up support for the foun-
dation and the festival around the state dozens
of sponsors and donors for auctions as well as
event. ( ,I
Meanwhile, Mills and the Island Rockers are
working for the cause on Anna Maria Island and
trying to raise at least $1,000 for the band's travel
expenses. The band features students of Scott "Mr.
A" Achor's Island Rock School Lexi Achor, 13,
on lead vocals; Abbey Achor, 9, on bass; Ethan Ber-
trand, 9, on drums; and Brandon Mills, 10, on guitar
and Mr. A.
"What I'm trying to do ... is provide accom-
modations for them for the weekend," said Mills.
"Imagine the band playing on the beach in front of
thousands of people who have come out to support
the NKF... The Island Rockers are going to play for
the largest charity surfing event in the world."
The band is selling merchandise T-shirts and
beverage koozies to raise money, as well as auto-
graphed band photographs.
Island Rockers' merchandise outlets include:
Holmes Beach: The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, Duffy's Tavern, 5808 Marina
Drive and West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive.
Bradenton Beach: Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.
Anna Maria:School For Constructive Play, 304
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Mills suggested that Islanders also set aside some
travel money for themselves. "Anyone who has never
been to one of these surf festivals should consider
coming over to Cocoa Beach for Labor Day week-
end to see some of the worlds best surfers compete,"
she said. "It's three days of professional and amateur
surfing, lots of vendors on the beach and the Taste of
Brevard Silent Auction on Sunday night, where you
can bid on some fantastic items while dining on deli-
cious foods provided by local restaurants."
Save the date
The 25th annual NKF Pro Am Surf Festi-
val will take place in Cocoa Beach Sept. 2-6, the
Labor Day weekend. For details, go to www.nkf-
To support the Island Rockers' road-trip to
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For more information about the National
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mural at Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Cake sketched from bird photographs
by Mary Lou Johnson of Longboat Key and then began painting the Florida scene at the bird rescue/rehab
facility. For more information, go to www.saveourseabirds.org.
Island chamber announces
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold a series of events in August, beginning
with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4,
at the Sun House, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Other events on the chamber calendar include:
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, the Sizzling Summer
Dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Tickets, which cost $12, can be purchased at
the Center or the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive,
7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, a breakfast
meeting at The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St.,
The cost to attend is $8 per person.
5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, a business card
exchange at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The cost to attend is $5 per person.
For more information or to reserve space at an
event, call the chamber at 941-778-1541.
Thieves market schedule set
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold
Thieves Markets at Coquina Beach Saturday, Nov. 13
and on Saturdays in 2011 on Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March
12 and April 9.
The markets take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Proceeds from the markets go AMIP's charita-
ble programs, including its scholarships awards and
Snooks Adams Kids Day.
For more information, go to www.amiprivateers.
WMFR auxiliary collecting
for Labor Day sale
The West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary is
collecting donations for its annual Labor Day yard
Donors will receive tax receipt letters for their
Donations can be dropped off at the old fire hall,
201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Pickups also can be arranged.
Call 941-720-0426 for more information.
Scallop search set
The third annual Sarasota Bay Watch Scallop
Search will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug.
Volunteers for the event will meet at 8 a.m. at the
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, 760 Broad-
way St., Longboat Key.
From there the searchers will head out on boats
to count scallops in the bay.
For more information or to register, e-mail
email@example.com or call 941-953-
Registration will be limited to 150 people.
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, July 27, at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The speaker will be Ingrid McClellan of Keep
The club's speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 3, will be
Rotary district governor Don Thomas.
Hot spots for computer
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.
Island Flea, 5704 Marina Drive.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive.
Sand-N-Sudz Coin Laundry, 5400 Marina Drive.
The Islander is compiling a list of locations offer-
ing free wireless Internet service to computer users
on the Island. If you offer this convenience, please,
e-mail reporter Lisa Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and include a name and telephone number with the
location of the hot spot and a password if needed.
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Library and sponsored by the Bishop Foundation and the Friends of the Island Library. Another drums
program will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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AMI turtle nests approach hatch day
By Lisa Neff
The first hatchling sea turtles of the 2010 season
were due to make that big crawl from their nest to
the Gulf of Mexico this week.
The first nest was established May 23 on the
beach near Willow Avenue in Anna Maria. Its approx-
imate due date was July 17.
Elsewhere in the state, nests are hatching early,
so Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch walkers were on
guard last week.
"We sure don't want to miss hatchling tracks and
have them covered up," said AMITW executive director
Suzi Fox, noting some of the sections of the beach are
raked beginning about 7:30 a.m. so walkers must have
their sections checked by then.
Meanwhile, the pace of nesting was expected to
pick up on the Island, according to Fox.
"In the next few weeks our nesting 'normal' starts to
peak and then starts to wind down," she said. "I' m not
sure what 'normal' is this year. We may be surprised."
By mid-July, nesting this season was still down from
2009 83 this year compared with 117 last year.
In section 1, which is from Magnolia north on the
bayside in Anna Maria, there were four documented
sea turtle nests in the first 10 weeks of the season
compared with six last year.
In section 2, from Bean Point to Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria, there were seven nests this year com-
pared with 13 last year.
In section 3, from Pine to 66th Street in Holmes
Beach, there were 18 nests this year compared with
25 last year.
Nesting by the numbers
As of July 16, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch reported:
Number of turtle nests: 99
Number of false crawls: 101
Number of disorientations: 0
Number of hatchlings to the sea: 0
Jeannie Deam found the Island's first turtle nest
of the 2010 season. Islander File Photo: Lisa
In sections and 4 and 5, from 66th Street to
Manatee Public Beach, there were six nests this year
compared with nine last year.
In section 6, from MPB to 26th Street, there were
16 this year and 16 last year for the same period.
In section 7, from 26th to Cortez Road in Bra-
denton Beach, there were 15 nests this year compared
with 24 last year.
In section 8, from Cortez Road south to 13th Street,
there were five nests this year, one more than last year.
In section 9, from 13th Street to Longboat Pass,
there were 12 nests this year compared with 20 nests
last year for the first 10 weeks.
"Nesting numbers are down in Holmes Beach
from 66th to 81st and in Bradenton Beach from 26th
to Cortez and then again in Coquina," Fox said.
"Obviously for Bradenton Beach, at Coquina, there
is habitat loss. The area between Cortez and 26th
Street has lost sand, too, but not as much as Coquina.
And in Holmes Beach, 66th to 81st has a big slope,
but loads of sand."
Fox planned to review mid-season statistics
during AMITW's annual banquet July 24 at Dan-
drea's Cafe, 9516 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Italian food is on the menu and the activities list
for the banquet includes an awards presentation, a
silent auction and director's comments about three
decades of sea turtle conservation on the Island.
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North-end skimmers approach 1,000
By Lisa Neff
The binoculars went up.
The lens was focused.
Another count took place mid-month at the Anna
Maria Island Rookery on the beach near Cypress
Avenue in Anna Maria.
The count included 119 black skimmer chicks
and 832 adult black skimmers.
Some nests remain at the staked-off, protected
area, and at least one pair of mating black skimmers
was spotted, according to Suzi Fox, executive direc-
tor of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, which heads
up a shorebird-monitoring program.
"So the party's not over yet," said Fox.
The count also included four least terns and five
The skimmer population is much higher in Anna
Maria than in other designated nesting areas in the
state, according to statistics from the Florida Shore-
The skimmers, which nest in colonies, are usu-
ally in numbers of 100 or 200 birds, but the numbers
A recent count from the Cayo Costa Lagoon
in Lee County included 50 adult skimmers and 25
A count from a nesting area near Jacksonville
included 56 adult skimmers and 14 nests.
A count near Merritt Island on the East Coast
included 99 adult skimmers.
A count from a nesting site in Pinellas County
south of Clearwater, meanwhile, included 550 adult
skimmers and 30 chicks.
All birds are protected under federal law. Addi-
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Black skimmers' population status has varied
from "endangered" in New Jersey, to "threatened"
in New York, to "species of special concern" in
North Carolina and Florida, mainly due to loss of
breeding habitat, according to the National Audu-
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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is crediting
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Public works employees typically deal with
fallen tree branches, clogged stormwater drains,
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By Nick Walter
Holmes Beach city commissioners are pushing
to make parking additions easier and cheaper for
businesses and the city.
Commissioners, meeting July 13 at city hall, dis-
cussed proposed land development code changes,
including the possibility that an incoming business
owner wanting to add parking spaces would not be
required to submit a site plan to commissioners.
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bypass commissioners in the parking-lot develop-
A site plan to the commissioners would not be
By Nick Walter
For the first time in the city's 60 years, there
will be no tax increase in Holmes Beach for the
third consecutive year, according to Mayor Rich
SUnfortunately for city
employees, there also will be
Bohnenberger and city
treasurer Rick Ashley will
finalize the city budget July
But Bohnenberger has a
tentative budget that indicates a steady tax rate,
which Bohnenberger said is possible because the
city did not replace the position of building offi-
cial, which was held by the late Bill Saunders,
and because the city has not purchased any new
public works vehicles. Instead, the city has been
operating used vehicles from the police depart-
ment, Bohnenberger said.
"Even if the air conditioning isn't n oikin'.
it's not that important," Bohnenberger said. "The
proposes parking changes
ssary if the amount of additional parking spaces Commissioners agreed a fixed number of 20
eded 20 spaces and 35 percent of the existing allowable parking spaces would prevent a large busi-
city. ness, such as a shopping center, from adding parking
For example, if a business owner wanted to that might overflow into residential neighborhoods.
to the maximum amount of parking spaces to a Commissioners also agreed on putting a cap
vith a capacity of 100, the owner would not be on the number of additional parking spaces would
npt from submitting a site plan to commission- encourage shoppers and diners to travel by means
or 35 additional spaces, because, although the other than their personal vehicles.
vould increase by the maximum of 35 percent, it "We want this to remain a alkin_'. biking and
ld exceed the 20-space limit, trolley community," Chair Sandy Haas-Martens said.
If a proposed change in lot spaces did meet the "And I think this is along those lines."
ria of less than 35 percent and 20 spaces, the "Let's face it, this is a 60-year-old city, and the
er would still submit a site plan to superintendent city planning back in the day when this was laid out
public works Joe Duennes, who would have the is not as sophisticated as it is now," Duennes said.
)n of sending the site plan to commissioners. "We want to keep, as much as we can, the old city
of Holmes Beach."
But Duennes and commissioners also want the
Sk eeps HR B city to be "business-friendly," because, as Duennes
and Commissioner John Monetti pointed out, a suc-
in g level cessful business could be penalized by its need for
ce) just drive to the job site and get out." So applicants may have the option of submitting
He added that the city also is no longer hiring to Duennes a parking-lot study that documents their
private landscaping or cleaning services.
"By cutting a little here and a little there,
we're doing OK," Bohnenberger said. "Unfor-
tunately for employees, if they don't get enough
initiative, we've got to give them something next
year. The cost of day-to-day lives goes up, too,
and I don't want to see anyone laid off."
He said the city's work load seems to be
"And now that we have the Kingfish Boat
Ramp (annexed into the city)," Bohnenberger
said, "the parking is something that will have to
The rollback rate, or rate required to generate
the same amount of tax dollars the jurisdiction
received the previous year, will drop from 1.9368
mills to 1.75 mills for a 9.64 percent reduction.
If the city levies the proposed 1.75 millage
rate, the property tax on a $350,000 home, with-
out exemptions, would be $612.50. A mill is $1
for every $1,000 of assessed value of property
less any exemptions.
parking needs are justified.
The commission also asked that the current park-
ing-lot requirement for a restaurant, bar or cocktail
lounge be changed from one parking space per three
seats to one parking space per five seats. This, com-
missioners said, would encourage car-pooling.
Regarding lots without a house or other primary
structure, the commission agreed on a land develop-
ment code proposal that would allow a resident to
construct a boat dock and 10-by-8-foot storage shed
on such a remote lot.
Duennes proposed the commission allow a 20-to-
25-square-foot garage. However, commissioners
agreed such a garage would be ideal for partying
instead of storage.
In other business, the commission approved an
interlocal agreement for public school facility plan-
ning, adopted its debris management plan, appointed
Andy Sheridan as an alternate on the code enforce-
ment board and appointed Jim Dunne as an alternate
to the parks and beautification board.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 27, at
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 21, 2010 0 15
Villa Rosa may make comeback
By Rick Catlin
Development of the long-dormant Villa Rosa
housing project on South Bay Boulevard in Anna
Maria might soon move closer to reality, according
to city attorney Jim Dye.
At the least, the vacant lots on the property could
be put up for sale. Only the model home was ever
built on the site.
Dye told city commissioners at their July 8 meet-
ing that Horizon Bank has settled its lai -uiil \ ilh Bon
Eau Enterprises LLC of Sarasota, the current owners
of the property. The lawsuit had included the city, but
most of the "fireworks" were between the bank and
Bon Eau, Dye said.
"They have reached a settlement and nothing is
required from the city except final approval of the
settlement," he added.
If approved, Dye said the agreement allows the
owners of the Villa Rosa model home to obtain a final
certificate of occupancy from the city.
And, if everything else "goes down the way it's
supposed to," Dye said, \ 1, ic than likely, we will
soon start seeing lots sold."
The original developers of Villa Rosa, Steve
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neighbors if a lawsuit blocking the sale of vacant lots at the site is settled. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Noriega and Robert Byrne of GSR Development
LLC, first obtained the property in 2001 and received
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Villa Rosa which was not without its contro-
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Landscape enhancements in store at Coquina
By Lisa Neff
Add "king me" and "checkmate" to the sounds
to be heard someday at Coquina Beach.
Manatee County last week debuted a plan for
more amenities at the county-operated Coquina
Beach, including enhancing six rest stops along the
multi-purpose path with benches, plants and game
People walk, jog, bicycle and Segway along the
path. Now, with the county's latest plan for the beach,
people also will be playing checkers and chess.
"With six of them you can have a tournament out
there," Candie Pedersen of the county's parks and
recreation department said of the game tables.
She shared the county's plans July 12 with the
Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES committee, which
makes recommendations on projects on the city's
waterfronts and along the Gulf Drive/State Road 789
"This is something ScenicWAVES has been
talking about for a long time," committee chair Pat
Gentry said of the game tables, adding that her group
would like to see them in the city's downtown, too.
ScenicWAVES members found no flaws with the
Coquina plan, which shows the addition of a variety
of native plants to the park, including beach sunflow-
ers, palms and grasses.
The plan also shows recycling bins in addition to
the trash cans and cigarette-butt containers already in
Coquina, as well as solar-powered and turtle-friendly
lighting in the parking lot.
"I love this," said Gentry.
"I' m impressed," said committee secretary Nancy
Pedersen said the enhancements will be phased
One phase, which involves the installation of the
six rest stops along the multi-purpose trail, will cost
about $66,000 $11,000 for each rest stop will
be completed by the end of September, according to
In reviewing the proposal for the new landscape,
she fielded a few questions about existing plants in
the park specifically the invasive and non-native
Australian pines, which provide shade but also crowd
out native plants.
In past projects, the county has removed a number
of the trees, prompting protests.
"People have tied themselves to the trees," Ped-
Now the county removes the trees when they
develop problems or when they interfere with a
project. For example, some Australian pines were
removed earlier this year to enhance an Americans
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HB's Grass Point stuck in funding quagmire
By Nick Walter
Some construction and removal of exotic spe-
cies at the Grassy Point Preserve, a 32-acre tract of
wetlands and mangroves off the 3200 block of East
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, has stalled because of
a lack of funds.
Holmes Beach superintendent of public work Joe
Duennes is working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary
program to find possible grants to complete a nature
trail, boardwalk, observation tower and an observa-
tion pier at the water's edge.
Holmes Beach treasurer Rick Ashley received a
state grant in 1990 for the tract that is bordered by
East Bay Drive on the west and 3,000 feet of water-
front on Anna Maria Sound to the east. Sunbow Bay
Condominiums border the north, and 31st Street is
the approximate southern boundary.
In 1997, the city commission acquired the
parcel of vacant land. The city's ownership of the
parcel was an opportunity to restore a coastal ham-
mock community and provide a rare habitat forum
for the education and enjoyment of future genera-
In 2000, the Florida Trust Corporation funded
the purchase of Grassy Point under an agreement
whereby the city would remove all exotics within 10
years. After the 2000 purchase, the city spent $7,500
for the required survey, signage and access.
But 10 years later, some exotics remain. Ashley
This Jack Elka aerial photo shows the location of Grassy Point in relation to the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
said seeding causes the exotics to occasionally sprout,
so city workers continue to look for Australian pines
and Brazilian pepper trees.
Holmes Beach is responsible for $40,000 of
the grant project to remove exotics. The remaining
$20,000 balance is to be paid by the SBEP and its
"That property supposedly is to be mostly pre-
served," Ashley said. "There's not supposed to be a lot
of public access in there. But that could change."
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 21, 2010 19
Am commission eyes street-sale ordinance
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners at their July 8 work
session gave preliminary approval to an ordinance
proposal presented by building official Bob Welch
that would regulate the sale of food and goods from
carts and vehicles and by peddlers and solicitors.
The four commissioners at the work session told
Welch to discuss the legality of the ordinance with
city attorney Jim Dye and report back at the August
work session with a draft.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, who was absent
from the meeting, sent a written memo to commis-
sioners that he thought the ordinance was a "bad
idea." He said the ordinance "places local businesses
at an unfair advantage."
In other work session business, commission-
ers unanimously gave attorney Scott Rudacille the
go-ahead to prepare a land-development regulation
amendment for the Sandpiper Inn duplexes between
North Shore Drive and North Bay Boulevard just
south of the Rod & Reel Pier.
The two duplexes are unoccupied and in need
of repair and upgrade, but because they do not con-
form to city code, the owner is unable to perform the
needed improvements, Rudacille said.
The duplexes were connected by a breezeway
that stretched across each lot line.
Rudacille's amendment would change the con-
nection to be between units on the same lot, thus
conforming to city code.
Commissioners reaffirmed that all costs for the
amendment must be borne by the owners of Sand-
piper Inn LLC. The corporation lists Erik Abraham-
son of Clearwater as the registered agent and manager
of the property.
Commissioners unanimously approved the first
reading of an ordinance amendment that would
exempt developments from a commission review that
were already submitted to the city when the com-
mission changed its site-plan review procedures in
The second reading will be July 22.
Stoltzfus has said previously he wanted those
projects to be reviewed and approved by the com-
mission under the new procedures, but city attorney
Jim Dye's opinion is that any project "in the pipeline"
at the time the ordinance change began should be
exempt from commission review.
Prior to the commission amending the site-plan
Rainfall made things easy for Island law
enforcement officers during the July 4 holiday
Officers in the three cities had little problems
confiscating illegal fireworks because the rain
stopped many from shooting them off.
"We had some fireworks complaints around
the city," said Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Ste-
phenson. "We just basically told people what the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dale
Turner, head of the Anna Maria substation, said
there were only a couple calls of fireworks-related
"It was extremely slow because it was rain-
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on duty, and we had a couple calls, but by the time
we got there, they were gone."
Turner said on July 5, he caught two people at
review procedures, projects such as a retail-office-
residential complex on Pine Avenue received site-
plan approval from the planning and zoning board.
The commission also approved a draft of an
amendment to the sign ordinance that would allow
businesses to have an A-frame sign in front of the
business to advertise goods and services, including
The amendment removes the requirement to have
a chalkboard message sign.
Dye said the amendment does not restrict the
businesses from putting its name on the A-frame sign,
which he said earlier could be a free-speech issue.
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BB seeks money-saving recycling proposals
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach commission is going shop-
ping for a contractor to collect recyclables in the
The commission, earlier this year, reviewed a
preliminary proposal suggesting that there may be
some cost savings in out-sourcing the collection of
recyclables. The commission is not considering out-
sourcing trash collection handled by the public works
During its July 15 meeting, the commission asked
city attorney Ricinda Perry to draft a request for pro-
posals for the recycling job.
Also during the July 15 meeting, commission-
ers accepted a proposal to work with the Center for
Municipal Solutions/Monroe Telecom Associates on
updating the city's telecommunications ordinance, as
well as reviewing proposals for telecommunication
"I can't wait to have these guys on board," said
Commissioner Gay Breuler.
Mayor Bob Bartelt said, "I think we are lucky to
have them available to us."
Part of the appeal is that the city is not looking
at any expenses.
A portion of any permit fees charged to a tele-
communications company for a new project in Bra-
denton Beach would cover the center's costs.
"They make their money when a company if
and when does come in," said the mayor.
The center, based in Wake Forest, N.C., also has
worked on telecommunications issues with a number
of other municipalities, especially in the South.
"They've been very, very effective," he said.
The center's proposed scope of services includes
three phases: customize a model ordinance for Bra-
denton Beach, draft or review land leases for tele-
communications installations and review applications
from telecommunications companies.
The city went looking for a consultant such as the
center not to solicit a telecommunications installa-
tion a cell tower or antennas but because it was
faced with some proposals and some commissioners
said they felt unprepared.
In other business July 21, the Bradenton Beach
Approved a special event application for the
Anna Maria Island Thieves markets to take place at
Coquina Beach Nov. 13, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12
and April 9.
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Approved a special event application to kick
off the fall Bridge Street Market, scheduled from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, on Bridge Street and
at the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Commissioner Janie Robertson questioned whether
Bridge Street businesses had enough notice for the clo-
sure, but the vote to approve was unanimous.
Approved a contract with city attorney Ricinda
Perry for legal representation in 2010-11. The agree-
ment includes a 2 percent increase in the rate for a
cost-of-living adjustment, raising the hourly fee from
$160 to $170.
"I've not increased my rates for the past three
years," Perry said.
Commissioner Janet Vosburgh commented,
"Ricinda, I've known you for three years, and I think
you do a fabulous job."
Bartelt said, "I second that.
"I third it," added Breuler.
Robertson motioned to approve the contract, and
the vote was unanimous.
Re-branded the managed anchorage and moor-
ing field committee into a mooring field fact-finding
committee, which will study the feasibility of a moor-
ing field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Appointed carpenter Mark Gilford to the man-
aged anchorage and mooring field fact-finding com-
mittee and financial planner Timothy J. Shaughnessy
to the ScenicWAVES committee.
Approved the first reading of an ordinance that
would send proposed charter amendments to the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections for place-
ment on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
The second reading will take place at the next
regular commission meeting, which is at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 5, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive.
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Volunteers at the intergenerational community garden at the Annie Silver Community Center share a pot-
luck lunch July 10 at the center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. The volunteers, who already have contrib-
uted 400 work hours, hosted a grand opening of the garden that day, and plan another celebration later
this year, with the first fall harvest. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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By Lisa Neff
The advisory committee that has steered improve-
ments along the Gulf Drive scenic highway and on
Bradenton Beach's waterfront is uncertain of its
"There's been changes in the city," said Pat
Gentry, who chairs the ScenicWAVES committee,
which was formed with the merger of scenic highway
and waterfronts groups to recommend projects, poli-
cies and programs to the city commission.
For the past several years, the citizens' group
had worked closely with the city project/program
management department, which is eliminated in the
proposed 2010-11 budget. The department lost its
manager earlier this month.
"The fact is, we need some of the support that we
got from our staff, our project/program manager," said
Gentry at the start of a committee meeting July 12.
"I'm not a grant writer. I'm not a website person."
"The bottom line is I don't think we could func-
tion without a staff person," said committee member
Committee members then discussed Scenic-
WAVES' purpose and mandate from the city com-
mission, as well as state requirements for the city to
retain the scenic highway designation for Gulf Drive/
State Road 789 from Longboat Pass to the Holmes
Gentry said there are practical questions for the
committee its papers and supplies were stored in
the city project/program office that no longer exists,
its grant applications and reports were largely written
by a city staffer but the position no longer exists, and
little funding exists for future projects.
VES seeks dire
"Grant-writing is a big deal," said Bob Her-
rington, the committee liaison for the Manatee/Sara-
sota Metropolitan Planning Organization.
And, said Herrington, "It's a lot of work for a
committee to run itself."
But, he urged, "I advise you not to quit. I hold
you up to every single scenic highway (entity) in
the state of Florida. ... I don't want this group to just
throw in the towel."
Herrington and Manon Lavoie, the committee
liaison from the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, offered some guidance.
Lavoie said some grant applications are sim-
pler than others and can be completed by committee
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 21, 2010 0 21
Earlier this year the
tee, which is currently
evaluating its direc-
tion, helped organize a
celebration of Scenic
Highway Day in Bra-
denton Beach. Rep-
resentatives from the
city, Anna Maria Island
( hI,.",,,O. of Commerce
and the various entities
involved in improve-
ments to Gulf Drive/
State Road 789, the
city's designated scenic
for a ribbon-cutting.
Herrington suggested requesting that the com-
mission appoint a city staff liaison to work with Sce-
nicWAVES, a recommendation that was drafted into
a motion and unanimously approved by the commit-
Herrington also suggested the city consider
contracting with a consultant to work with Scenic-
WAVES and he offered his assistance on projects
such as drafting the state-required annual report on
the city's scenic highway work.
Gentry said she planned to take the Scenic-
WAVES request for staff support to the commission
at its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.
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No ward changes for BB voters
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach voters will not be asked to con-
sider changing the city's ward structure on the Nov.
2 general election ballot.
The idea had been raised to include a ballot
question on revamping the ward representation
for elected officials. Currently commissioners
are elected to represent four geographic wards.
The commission was looking into a proposal that
involved redrawing four wards into three, elect-
ing commissioners from three wards and electing a
fourth commissioner in a citywide vote. The ques-
tion would have been included with other proposed
amendments to the city charter.
But city attorney Ricinda Perry said last week
that time was short and the Manatee County Super-
visor of Elections Office is busy with a primary
election, a general election and a possible recall elec-
tion so the concept would have to wait.
A hitch was that the ballot question would have
to be filed with the supervisor's office by early
"We cannot meet that requirement," said Perry.
One holdup is redrawing the wards with equal
populations but also with equal beachfront prop-
"It's not something we could do for this upcom-
ing election," said Perry, adding that she had been
working with the elections office on the issue for the
past two weeks.
Commissioner Janie Robertson had pressed the
idea of redrawing the wards. Her concern is that next
year, when the city's term-limit rule prohibits her
from seeking re-election, there may not be anyone
interested in the Ward 3 seat.
Robertson wondered last week whether the wards
had to be mapped before the issue was put to a vote.
She suggested that the ballot question could simply
ask whether voters favor electing three ward commis-
sioners and one at-large commissioner, in addition to
the at-large mayor.
Perry said the ballot could include that general
question. However, she said, voters likely would
want to see the proposed ward boundaries before
voting on the issue.
"Unfortunately," Perry said, "that's not feasi-
of Anna Maria Island
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Wednesday, July 21
5:30 p.m. Giving Tree Drum Circle teen program
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, July 22
10:30 a.m. Juggling and laser show for kids at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
6p.m. Opera on the Island DVD viewing and discus-
sion at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
Friday, July 23
6:30 p.m. Movie night featuring "Percy Jackson & the
Olympians" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Saturday, July 24
9a.m. Fishing class for kids at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Tuesday, July 27
Noon- Ingrid McClellan of Keep Manatee Beautiful will
speak at the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Wednesday, July 28
11 a.m. Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at
the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Business Card Exchange at First Bank, 9819 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541.
5:30 p.m. Photography tips and tricks teen program
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
First Monday of each month, 6 p.m., Artists Guild of
Anna Maria at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S.,
The first and third Mondays of each month, theAmeri-
can Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts
dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna
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Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
*Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss sup-
port group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise
Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes 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.
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings
to various locations throughout the summer. Information:
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island meets at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach,
Thursday, July 22
2 p.m. Conversation with photographer James
Corwin Johnson at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts,
6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-
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Friday, July 23
5 to 9 p.m. Friday Fest on the Bay presents Black
Swamp Gypsies on the Van Wezel lawn, 777 N. Tamiami
Saturday, July 24
2 to 5 p.m. Fish Fry fundraiser benefiting Save Our
Sea Birds at Old Salty Dog, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
July 29, storytelling, Island Branch Library.
July 29, Life On Earth Film Series presents "For All
Mankind," South Florida Museum.
July 30, Skate night, Anna Maria Island Community
Aug. 3, Opera discussion, The Studio at Gulf and
Aug. 4, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
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Patricia A. (Shean) Ronan
Patricia A. (Shean) Ronan, 58, of Bradenton, died
Mrs. Ronan was born Oct. 3, 1951, in Boston,
and moved to Bradenton in 2001. She was a member
of the Women of the Moose.
A memorial Mass was held July 16 at Saints Peter
& Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, Bradenton.
Contributions may be made to Tidewell Hos-
pice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory was
in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may
be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Ronan is survived by husband David T. of
Bradenton; son Ernest J. Casali Jr., Bradenton; sis-
ters Virginia Johnston and Ellen Keane; and broth-
ers Richard Shean of Bradenton and Kevin Shean of
LeeAnn Smith, 49, of Bradenton Beach, died
Donations may be made to TideWell Hospice
Survivors include daughters Jeweleeann Marti-
nez, Brittany Sconyers and Tiffany Sconyers; sons
Richard Sconyers, Marthy Nieto, Petro Marin and
Miguel Marin; sisters Stacy Mead and Rae Gaylon;
mother Sandra Austin; and four grandchildren.
Roswitha Fowler of Holmes Beach died July
She was born in Germany and came to Anna
Maria Island 35 years ago. She was a longtime,
founding member of the Key Royale Club.
There are no services planned. Her internment
will be at Barrancas National Cemetery at Pensacola
Naval Air Station with her late husband, Archie.
Mrs. Fowler is survived by her sister, Elke Fren-
zel of Germany, stepchildren Diane, Jean, Alan and
Dale and their families.
Island police blotter
July 10, 150 block of Crescent Drive, burglary to
a vehicle. Someone stole a GPS unit and car stereo.
July 10, 140 block of Crescent Drive, burglary to
vehicles. A man reported various items were stolen
from four vehicles.
July 10, 600 block of North Bay Boulevard, bur-
glary to a vehicle. Someone entered a vehicle, stole
a wallet and iPod and fled.
July 12, 400 block of Church Avenue, burglary.
A man burglarized the Bradenton Beach Marina.
July 12, 100 Gulf Drive N., burglary of a vehicle.
Someone stole items from a vehicle in a Circle K
convenience store parking lot.
July 13, 1700 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Park,
domestic disturbance. A Bradenton Beach Police offi-
cer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance
at Coquina Park and issued a trespass warning to a
July 13, 2400 block of Avenue C, trespass warn-
ing. A woman was given a trespass warning for tres-
passing on a residence.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 21, 2010 0 23
Tide & Moon burglar pleads no contest
By Nick Walter
Derek Lauterbach, 27, pleaded no contest July
13 for burglarizing the Tide & Moon jewelry store
in the AMI Plaza in Holmes Beach.
Lauterbach, of Holmes Beach, at a Manatee
County docket hearing, pleaded no contest to a
second-degree felony charge of burglary to an
unoccupied structure while wearing a hooded mask
or other device that concealed his identity, and was
sentenced to two years in prison and 13 years of
probation. After Lauterbach pleaded no contest,
Judge Diana Moreland found him guilty. In addi-
tion, Lauterbach was ordered to pay $28,000 in
restitution to Tide & Moon's Lara Schely.
"But I'll never get it," Schely said. "A cop
told me the officers don't have time to hunt these
people down after they get out of prison and make
sure they're working to pay the money back. (Lau-
terbach) would have to get out of jail and commit
another felony and go for 15 years."
Moreland dropped another count of burglary
against Lauterbach, who also allegedly targeted
other retail stores Dec. 18 near the corner of
Gulf and Marina drives. Cash and merchandise
was taken from AMI Fitness, Mister Roberts
Resortwear and the Color of Coconut, across
Gulf Drive from Tide & Moon. All were burglar-
ized before 7 a.m.
At the time he pleaded no contest, Lauterbach
was in the Manatee County jail for an April 13,
first-degree misdemeanor charge of possession of
Lauterbach will get credit for time served on
his burglary conviction from the date of his July
According to the Manatee County clerk of
courts, Lauterbach has been charged with five
felonies, including the Tide & Moon burglary.
"He also can't come within 500 feet of the store
or wherever I am for 15 years," Schely said.
The Holmes Beach Police Department on
March 18 arrested Lauterbach as a result of DNA
July 8, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, assist other
agency. The Holmes Beach Police Department
requested the Manatee County Sheriff's Office's
assist in finding an 8-year-old missing child. A
deputy found the child wandering in the area within
July 9, 4000 Gulf Drive, burglary of a vehicle.
A Holmes Beach Police Department officer was dis-
patched in reference to a burglary. The complainant
said someone stole her purse from a friend's vehicle.
She said the purse contained $90, a Florida driver's
license, a Canon PowerShot camera and her Social
July 10, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, drugs.
An HBPD officer observed a man in a truck head-
ing eastbound on Manatee Avenue at a high speed.
The driver passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone.
The officer stopped the driver, Ryan Sikkema, of
the 4600 block of 66th Street West, in Braden-
ton. The driver said he did not have his driver's
license or registration, and the officer noticed the
driver had blood-shot eyes. The officer reported
he smelled marijuana and later saw a pipe, which
allegedly contained a small amount of marijuana.
Sikkema was released with a notice to appear in
July 12, 600 block of North Point Drive, theft.
An HBPD officer responded to a theft report and
spoke to the complainant, who said his wallet was
Lara Schely and her hi, I Tzu "Soka" await
customers at the new storefront of Tide & Moon
jewelry store in the AMI Plaza in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Nick Walter
evidence that identified him as the perpetrator of
On the morning of Dec. 18, Schely's store
was broken into and numerous items were stolen.
Also, there was damage to her fixtures, displays
and other items.
Schely said she has a pending civil law suit
for $26,410 against Lauterbach's mother, Debbie
Lauterbach, for allegedly helping her son get rid
of the stolen items and for not turning him into
Debbie Lauterbach on March 9 signed an affi-
davit to the county, saying she walked into her
son's bedroom and saw jewelry on his bed. "When
I asked where he got it," Debbie wrote, "he told
me he broke into jewelry store while unoccupied
and took jewelry. He gave some to his girlfriend
... Derek told me to get rid of what was left so I
did because I was scared."
Schely said she's glad Derek Lauterbach is in
jail. "But it doesn't help me," she said. "Let's hope
it helps him."
Schely said she is celebrating his sentence with
a "The creeper is in jail sale," where she's offering
a discount on the purchase of an item.
missing. The complainant said he had put the wallet
in his shorts, and then left his house briefly to go to
a neighbor's house. He added that he and his wife
had been in the swimming pool several times. The
only people who went in the house were his son, his
girlfriend and another friend. The complainant said
the wallet contained $680.
July 13, 2700 block of Avenue C, battery. A
man came to the HBPD in reference to a fight
that the man said occurred because of drinking
and an argument over the previous eviction of the
two men. The fight went from the residence to
the nearby sidewalk and involved two men and a
woman, who was attempting to break-up the fight.
The window of one of the men's cars was shattered
when another man threw a drinking glass at it. All
parties signed affidavits.
Alles hat seine Zeit.
eine Zeit, geboren zu werden, eine Zeit zu sterben;
eine Zeit zu suchen, eine Zeit zu verlieren;
eine zeit zu lachen, eine Zeit zu weinen'
eine Zeit zu reden, eine Zeit zu schweigen;
eine Zeit, beisammen zu sein;
eine Zeit, sich zu trennen.
Everything has its time,
a time to be born, a time to die;
a time to seek, a time to lose;
a time to laugh, a time to cry;
a time to speak, a time to mention;
a time to be together;
a time to separate.
In memory of
July 14, 2010
Sister Elke, stepkids Dinae, Jean, Alan and Dale
and their families.
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Kids get 'cool' in soccer, KRC g4
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
summer indoor soccer league is up and running with
some serious, end-to-end action and excitement in two
age divisions and it's all played in the cool comfort
of the gym.
The instructional league for players ages 6 to 8 is a
non-competitive league and no standings are kept. The
players simply get out on the court, have fun and learn
to play the game.
Division I for players 9 to 12 years of age has four
teams in a battle for first place. If the first week is any
indication, this division will be extremely competitive.
On July 12, Sparks Steel Art took on Anna Maria
Oyster Bar. Robbie Fellowes opened the scoring for
Sparks when he dribbled up the left side, cut back and
beat Oyster Bar goalie Emma Moneuse at the far post for
a 1-0 lead. Oyster Bar came back to tie the game when
Sydney Comell pounced on a loose ball and beat Sparks
goalie James Richards.
The teams traded goals with the score going back
and forth until late in the second half, when Sparks
received goals from Ryan Fellowes and Robbie Fel-
lowes to take a 6-4 lead with just over two minutes left
A hand ball outside the box gave the Oyster Bar
a penalty kick, which Gillian Cassidy blasted into the
upper right comer to pull to within one at 6-5, which is
when it got crazy.
Sparks struggled to clear the ball, giving the Oyster
Bar several clear shots on goal. Comell hit the post twice
before Syndey Morrow finally found the back of the net
to tie the score at 6-6.
Cassidy looked like she scored the game winner
when her shot beat Sparks goalie Carter Remelin, hitting
the under side of the cross bar and bouncing behind him,
but the ball never crossed the goal line and the game
ended in an exciting 6-6 tie.
Robbie Fellowes finished with four goals to lead
Sparks on the evening, while Ryan Fellowes and Gavin
Sentman each notched one.
Oyster Bar was led by Cornell's four goals while
Cassidy and Morrow each scored one goal in the tie.
Moneuse was strong in the goal for the Oyster Bar and
made several outstanding saves.
The second game of the evening saw Action Kawa-
saki Honda defeat Ross Built 7-4. Dylan Joseph led the
way with three goals, while Nico Colacci and Javier
Solgado each notched two goals in the victory.
Ross Built was led by Andrew Ross, who scored all
four goals in the loss.
Indoor soccer action July 14 saw an exciting finish
between Action Kawasaki Honda and Sparks Steel Art.
The teams battled to a 3-3 tie at halftime on single goals
from Nico Colacci, Ben Connors and Dylan Joseph,
Sparks Gavin Sentman put up a pair and Carter Remelin
\ fid\ \ i thll ugh the second half, Sentman notched
a goal to give Sparks a 4-3 lead, but Javiar Solgado
scored for Action to tie the game with 58 seconds to
play, making it likely that Sparks would tie its second
match of the week.
Ryan Fellowes, however, had other ideas. He found
some space up the left side and fired a left-footed shot
from an awkward angle that somehow found the back of
the net for the game winner with 22 seconds to play.
Sentman finished with three goals to lead Sparks,
which also received single goals from Fellowes and
Remelin in the victory.
Colacci, Connors, Joseph and Salgado each notched
goals for Action in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw Ross Built
earn its first victory on the young season, defeating Anna
Maria Oyster Bar 5-2. Christian Daniels, Sarah Quat-
tromani, Jake Ross, Andrew Ross and Jean Paul Russo
each scored one goal in the victory. Anna Maria Oyster
Bar was led by Syndey Comell's two goals in the loss.
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Football action continues
There was plenty of excitement during the July 15
adult flag football contests at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. The Buccaneers got off the snide
and won their first game of the season in exciting fash-
ion as they edged the Broncos 28-25, thanks to a strong
defensive effort that saw four interceptions, two sacks
and a safety.
Bobby Gibbons led the way with five flag pulls and
three picks including one he took to the house for a
defensive touchdown. Scott Eason added a pick of his
own to go along with two flag pulls, while Shawn Kaleta
added a safety and a quarterback sack. Heidi Johnston
also contributed a quarterback sack in the victory.
Offensively, David Johnston led the way with two
touchdown runs to go along with 111 passing yards.
Kaleta helped out in the passing game as well, throw-
ing for 52 yards and a touchdown, while also catching
an extra-point pass. Eason led all receivers with 101
yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while
Gibbons added 36 receiving yards in the victory.
The Broncos moved the ball c ffl. tlit i \ 1lhiough the
air as quarterbacks Mike Walter and John Pace com-
bined to complete 15 of 27 passes for 192 yards and
three touchdowns. Two of the touchdowns went to Brent
Moss, who finished with 99 receiving yards and an extra
point. Robert Cornell added 55 receiving yards and a
touchdown, while Kevin Austin finished with 34 receiv-
ing yards and a touchdown.
Shandi Austin and Denise Brigg paced the defense
with two flag pulls and a quarterback sack each, while
David Zaccagnino and Cornell both finished with two
flag pulls in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw the Vikings run
all over the previously unbeaten Bills. Jordan Pritchard
ran for a season-high 125 yards and a touchdown to pro-
vide most of the Viking offense. Quarterback Paul Kurtz
passed for another 73 yards, including a touchdown to
Jen Crady and a touchdown and an extra point to Chris
Joseph. Lance Plowman added 28 receiving yards and
an extra point on offense, while also contributing on
defense with an interception return for a touchdown.
Phelps Tracy also came through on defense with an
The Bills were led by quarterback Scott Dell, who
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olfer hits big 1
threw for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Brian
Moorehead, who finished with 86 receiving yards. Nate
Talucci ran for 35 yards and added 46 receiving yards
to round out the Bills offense in the loss.
Moorehead led the Bills defensive effort with three
flag pulls, while Talucci added two.
The Jaguars won its third consecutive game as they
rolled past the Giants 20-6. Jason Sato led the way with
107 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Michael
Durrance was on the receiving end of one touchdown
and finished with 30 receiving yards, while Aris Thomp-
son caught the other touchdown pass. Scott Rudacille
finished with 35 receiving yards and a pair of extra
points, while Clay Orr added 47 yards of total offense.
Rudacille had a strong day on defense as he made
seven flag pulls to lead the Jaguars, which also received
three pulls and an interception return for a touchdown
from Sato. Dustin Swain also had a pick, while Monica
Simpson added a quarterback sack.
The Giants were led by quarterback Tyler Bek-
kerus, who passed for 78 yards and a touchdown pass
to Andy Jonatzke, who finished with 49 receiving yards.
Jeremy Jackson passed for another 41 yards while April
Jonatzke added 20 receiving yards for the Giants, which
also received 19 receiving yards from Mark Anderson.
Bekkerus came through with two interceptions and a pair
of flag pulls to lead the Giant defense, which also received two
flag pulls from Jimmy Thomas and Jackson.
Key Royale golf news
Quentin Talbert hit a hole-in-one on the 167-yard
seventh hole July 12. Talbert used a 7-iron, and bounced
the ball once before it rolled into the hole.
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game July 14. The team of Bob
Dickinson and Vince Mercadante combined to card a
7-under-par 57 to take first place by one shot over the
team of Don Ledford and Bob Jorgensen.
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, individual-low-net golf game July 13. Diane Miller
took top honors in Fight A with a 1-over-par 33, while
Joyce Brown and Penny Williams both carded 37s to tie
for second place.
Dorothy McKinna and Sue Wheeler both carded
1-under par 31s to tie for first place in Flight B. Second
place went to Kris Landkammer with a 33, while Frankie
Smith-Williams took third place with a 34.
Penny Williams chipped in on the first hole, while
Kris Landkammer did the same on hole seven.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-
foursome match July 12. The teams of Bob Kral, Vince
Mercadante, Chris Collins and Pieter Thomassen tied for
first with the team of Matt Behan, Danny Hayes, Peter
Proxy and Paul Proxy at the 9-under-par 55.
The monthly mixed scramble saw the team of Lois
Biel, Kris Landkammer, Dennis Schavey and Paul Proxy
card a 19.8 in the low-team-net competition. Second
place went to Rose Slomba, Bob Dickinson, Matt Behan
and Bob Elliott with a 21.7, while third place went to
the team of Terry Westby, Joyce Brown, Sally Dahl and
Fred Meyer with a 22.
Only one team emerged from pool play during
July 10 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits. Norm Good and Jeff Moore shut out
Bob Heiger and Deb Rhodes 22-0 on the way to being
the day's outright champs. Tim Sofran and John John-
son took second place, while Steve Grossman and Jay
Disbrow took third.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
AMICC schedules and standings can be found
online at www.islander.org.
INSHORE & NEARSHORE SPORTFISHING
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Red snapper season about to snap
By Nick Walter
Red snapper will be out of season beginning July
23 in all waters, so time is running out to catch the
Action last week was relatively slow, despite
Local anglers are reporting their best action has
been on sharks, which are thick in the bays, off the
beaches and around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Capt. Danny Stasny from Island Discount
Tackle at Catchers Marina said many anglers at
the shop are catching Spanish mackerel and sharks.
He said Capt. Sam Kimball reported a nice catch of
gag grouper, porgies, rudderfish, Spanish mackerel
and Key West grunts.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said he caught a few tarpon,
although that action has slowed down. He said back-
water fishing has slowed down as well. He said he's
mostly been catching sharks in the 4- to 5-foot range
in Tampa Bay, in the passes and off the beaches. He's
been spearing barracuda for shark bait.
Capt. Warren Girle said while fishing 7 miles
offshore he found bonito, barracuda, mangrove snap-
per, undersized grouper and tons of sharks. He said
the bait balls are still inshore with jack crevalle, lady-
fish, bluefish and trout to 27 inches. He said redfish
went to 28 inches, along with small redfish in north
Sarasota Bay. "I haven't looked for tarpon in a week,"
Capt. Mike Greig said he went offshore one day
last weekend and had a good day fishing for grouper
and mangrove snapper. He also reported a few good
days on trout and redfish. He saw redfish schooling
up a bit, but he hasn't got them to chew too much.
He said there is still plenty of Spanish mackerel in
Tampa Bay, and he jumped a few tarpon in the bay
as well. "We had a few slow days," Grieg said, "but
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier said last week there were a lot of tarpon
and sharks caught, Spanish mackerel were "off and
on," mangrove snapper were gone, a few grouper
were had early in the mornings, pompano were in
the shallows and an occasional cobia was hooked.
Dave Sork from the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishing has been pretty slow with the exception of
At the Rod & Reel Pier reports are that pier
anglers have caught a few black drum, one angler
brought a roughly 60-pound tarpon to the pier, and
fishers are catching the usual Spanish mackerel and
mangrove snapper, as well as a couple redfish.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said
offshore fishing has been great. "Monster red grou-
per are one of the hot species this month," he said.
"The best action you' 11 find is 120 feet and deeper for
the fire truck-red grouper. Along with these bruisers
of grouper, we're catching gag and scamp grouper,
American red snapper, mangrove snapper, yellowtail
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
Coye Bays, 7, of Georgetown, Ky., caught this speckled trout on a recent charter with his father, cousins
and uncle aboard Sumotime with Capt. Mark Howard.
snapper, lane snapper, tilefish, and mahi-mahi on the
offshore reefs and wreck. We've also been catching
amberjacks, smoker kingfish, cobia, barracudas and
a variety of large sharks."
McGuire said for his red grouper trips, he's been
starting out on broken-up, sand-and-rock bottoms in
water depths ranging from 120 to 160 feet, using dead
sardines and squid. "This combination of bait gets
the red grouper fired up and then we throw in some
dessert of live baits, such as pinfish, sand perch and
grunts," McGuire said. "That's when we catch some
McGuire said many of his parties need help, or
even a spotter, to get the big grouper off the bottom.
"Sometimes even our most fit anglers tap out and
receive some help," McGuire said.
He said July and August are great months for
deepwater pelagics, especially bull dolphin. "You can
catch schoolies in 100 feet and deeper, but the bull
mahi-mahi are usually out past 150 feet," McGuire
said. "That seems to really be the hot zone this month.
We like to troll skirted bally-hoo at about 5 knots
at this time of the year. Using the trolling method,
you can certainly catch wahoo, billfish and blackfin
tuna. It's both exciting and intense. While I troll, I'm
always watching my depth-finder and ferreting out
new grouper and snapper spots."
Annamae Lahay from Corky's Live Bait &
Tackle received reports that the waters of Palma Sola
and Sarasota bays have been good for fishermen after
redfish and spotted sea trout, which are in the grass
flats. She said fishers are having the best luck using
live select-size shrimp.
Inshore anglers have been catching black drum,
ladyfish, some bluefish, Spanish mackerel, flounder
and mangrove snapper.
"The waters around Longboat Key pass have
been holding w hiliini.', snook, mangrove snapper,
some flounder and black drum," she said. "During
the evening and night hours, fishermen have been
having quite a bit of luck catching different types of
shark. Some fishermen are still having luck catching
some tarpon, but the numbers have decreased greatly
in the last few weeks in this spot."
Lahay added there are some reports that tarpon
are still quite plentiful around the tip of the Island
and under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Send fishing news and photos to fish@islander.
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Hey, sweet pea
Sweet Pea's Samplings at 5350
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, has new
owners, but offers the same great col-
lection of Florida wines, chocolates,
cookies, teas and candies.
Bri Phelucci and Sheree White
recently purchased the store and pledged
to continue offering unique items, includ-
ing one of the most complete collections
of Florida wines.
All the wines are gold medal winners
and Sweet Pea's offers complimentary
wine-tasting to allow customers to select
the wine that best suits their palate.
Available samplings include Mango
Momma, Florida White Sangria, Black
Gold Blackberry and Orange Sunshine.
Sweet Pea's has a lot more than just
wine. There are a lot of items for the
sweet tooth, including a large sampling
of chocolates, cookies, teas and old-
fashioned candies, just like Grandma
used to make.
For more information, call 941-778-
Lauren Sato and Diane Havelka,
owners of Beach Bums Island Atti-
tude at 427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, are
having a busy summer renting bicycles,
kayaks, golf carts and other items to a
steady influx of vacationers on Anna
But they realize that, because of
the far-off oil spill, some of their new
customers would normally be renting
a bicycle, Goped or kayak in Destin,
Panama City or other Florida Panhandle
'Their loss has been our gain, and we
just don't feel right about it," Lauren said.
As a result, Lauren and Diane are
asking new customers if they nor-
mally traveled to a Panhandle beach
for a summer vacation. If the answer
is "yes," Beach Bums tracks down the
shop where the vacationer usually pur-
chased or rented beach items, and mails
a donation direct to that store.
"We just want to let those stores that
are suffering know we are trying to help
in our small way," Diane said.
Lauren said it's something that
makes them feel they are doing their part
for their less fortunate counterparts.
There is no organized effort to get
other businesses involved and it's not
a publicity stunt or promotion, the two
To reach Lauren or Diane, call 941-
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its July busi-
ness card exchange from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 28, at First Bank, 9819
Cortez Road. W., in Bradenton.
The cost is $5 per person and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests.
Reservations are not required for the
Diane Havelka, left, and Lauren Sato of Beach Bums Island Attitude at 427
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, are doing what they can to assist beach rental shops
in Florida's Panhandle that have lost business because of the Gulf oil spill.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
For more information, call 941-778-
Tina Rudek and Ray Alexander of
Engel and Volkers Real Estate, 6000
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, have been
working with Condor Air for direct flights
from Frankfurt, Germany, to the Sarasota-
Bradenton International Airport.
"Considering our company is also
based in Germany, we asked how we
could help," said Rudek.
She is coordinating an effort among
business and community leaders to use their
influence and support for the venture.
"We' re not asking for a dollar con-
tribution," Rudek said. Support for the
Condor flights could come from a pro-
motion of the air service or other value-
related program that promotes Condor' s
flights, she said.
Alexander said the company has been
getting a lot of positive interest from Euro-
peans and a direct flight will help visitors
access the lifestyle and value of Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key.
Rudek and Alexander also helped
visitors get their share of World Cup
action. They turned the office into a
lounge for visitors to Anna Maria Island,
clients and sports fans to watch the
matches from South Africa.
Many German visitors to the office
were pleased to find a location showing
the German team in action at the Cup,
The firm also celebrated America' s
Independence Day by sponsoring one of
the offshore boat races held in Sarasota
over the July 4 holiday.
For more information, call 941-558-
The Back to the Word Church,
4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, opened in
February with a new approach to Chris-
tianity and the Bible and is inviting the
public to attend a service.
The church believes in "getting back
to Hebraic roots," said founder Jim
A "Back to the Word" service is more
about teaching Christianity through the
Hebrew perspective of the Scriptures,
He believes that Christians must
understand the basis of the Hebrew
faith to understand the Christian
"Our goal is to help people grow
in faith not in religion," he said. "We
do this by teaching from the whole
Bible, from Genesis through Revela-
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday
at a facility shared by other congrega-
Weekly Bible study is at 7 p.m.
For more information, call 941-773-
7081 or go on the Internet to the church
website at www.BacktotheWordChurch.
Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, has announced
that Donna Nelson was the top listing
agent for June, while Mike Norman
was the leading sales agent.
For more information or to reach
Mike or Donna, call 941-778-6696.
Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west
Bradenton or Longboat Key? How about
a new product or service, an anniver-
sary, a new hire, or an award-winning
staff member? Call Island Biz at 941-
778-7978, fax your news to 866-362-
9821, or e-mail us at news@islander.
CostaVille plans beachside mountain retreat
By Lisa Neff
Francesca Rossi sees people
trudging out of the hot sun and off
the hot sand into a cool mountain-like
Rossi is coordinating improve-
ments to CostaVille, 101 Bridge St.,
Her vision involves giving the res-
taurant at the corner of Bridge Street
and Gulf Drive a sort of Gulf Coast
meets mountain feel.
Rossi is inspired by the products,
personality and purpose of the Sierra
Nevada Brewing Co., based in Chico,
Calif., which was founded in 1980 with
a goal to create hoppy craft beer using
The CostaVille project is coming
together as the restaurant, open Tues-
days through Sundays beginning at
11:30 a.m., repairs the dining room
damaged when a car crashed through
a wall and window.
"I was sitting here thinking, 'What
am I going to do with the place?'" said
Rossi, who in January changed the
name of the restaurant from Maestro
to CostaVille, as well as changed to
counter-service rather than table-ser-
Rossi said her concept is to dedi-
cate the dining room and an adjacent
booth area to a Sierra Nevada mountain
colors and maybe, at some point, incor-
porating redwood into the d6cor.
"It will be ]c.li\in'. refreshing,"
CostaVille, which features a vari-
ety of import and domestic beers, also
will be a point of sale for Sierra Nevada
products on tap and in bottles.
"I was never a beer drinker," said
Rossi. "But Sierra Nevada is a great
product. I love the beer and I think it
will do well here.... I'm such a fan of
She thinks her concept is unique to
"It' s different," Rossi said. "It's fun.
It will be a nice down-to-earth space."
"Down-to-earth" is what the 30-year-
old Sierra Nevada brewing company is
known for, as well as crafting fresh,
theme, using green and rusty-orange robust ales and lagers.
Rossi at the bar
hopes to create
atmosphere in the
restaurant by the
i c.' beach. Islander
n p Photo: Lisa Neff
After the improvements to the dining
room, which will be complete within the
next month, Rossi hopesto introduce beer-
tasting and pairing events.
The bar, with its 52-inch plasma
screen televisions that recently car-
ried World Cup Soccer to patrons,
will remain the same. The selection
includes 17 bottled beers and 10 beers
on tap, numbers Rossi would like to
increase, space permitting.
"I want the customer to have a
good beer, a really good beer," she
The menu, which includes several
entrees, grinders, salads and pizzas
with a New York-style crust, also will
remain the same.
"First, we want to give people
good food at a good price," Rossi said.
"I keep everything under $10."
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IS A NDER CL SS I DS
DINING TABLES AND chairs, glass top, beveled,
72 x 48-inch. Two white designer pedestals, faux-
stone, excellent, $299. 941-545-5671.
MILANI THICK-IT INSTANT healthcare food thick-
ener, regular strength, $10. 941-761-1415.
OVER 500 BOOKS: most 25 cents. 941-794-
SAILBOAT BUMPERS:THREE-feet long, wooden.
Two, $10. 941-778-0256.
BOOKCASE: WOODEN, FIVE shelves. 30 x 72
inches, $25. 941-778-0256.
COMPUTER: 1.7 GHz, Windows XP-PRO,
POOL BAR: GLASS top, two swivel chairs, bright
colors, $40. 941-726-4929.
EUREKA SUPERBROOM: $5. 941-761-1415.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Always look in The
Island real estate
521 69t St., Holmes Beach, a 1,698 sfla /
2,248 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built
in 1974 on a 85x118 lot was sold 07/01/10, Davis
to Lyons for $477,500; list $495,000.
207 82nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,653 sfla /
2,159 sfur 2bed/2bath/ Icar home built in 1968 on
a 90x90 lot was sold 06/30/10, Elgie to Green for
$280,000; list $369,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-
Bay 941-778-7244. Current Island real estate
transactions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2010
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice
machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up,
$1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-
burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800.941-
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
A MOVEABLE FEAST of Longboat Inc. is doing
business as The Feast at 5406 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 50
percent off clothing. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
HOUSEHOLD SALE: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 24.
Dining tables, rugs, coffee table, artwork, mirrors,
household. 246 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Behind St. Bernard Catholic Church.
MOVING SALE: Friday and Saturday, July 23-24.
Golf cart (Club Car), dual-top gas grill, electric
rotisserie, 36-inch Philips HDTV, two leather
recliners, couch, bed with headboard, passion
fruit vines in Earthboxes. 305-A 64th St., Holmes
SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 24. 501 72nd
St., Holmes Beach.
KEYS FOUND AT 30th St., Holmes Beach. Found
June 2 on bench. Dolphin key chain. Claim at
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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
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awn Celebrating 25 Years of
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Windows & Doors
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
S, Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
' References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
ez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
HONEY DO HOME REPAIR it
941.807.5256-cell 941.896.5256-office & fax
Drywall & Texture Repairs Painting
Soffit & Siding Tile & Laminate Flooring
"We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home"
DAY ASSIST BY Day Planners
HOME & SPECIALTY WATCH SERVICES
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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-
FOUND: KEYS AT Coquina Beach, July 11. One
brass and two small silver keys. Call 941-330-
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: 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. Automatic,
air conditioning, custom stereo. Four-door, runs
good. $1,500. Call Rick, 941-224-4977.
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.
TWO OPEN BODY sea kayaks for sale (long,
narrow). One Seayak (yellow) and one Seeker
(blue). $200 each, $350 for both. In Anna Maria
City. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to see
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-
GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
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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
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guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings, 941-
758-0395.315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes Beach.
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Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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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
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lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
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CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA family room and garage.
FOR SALE: CANALFRONT LOT, holmes Beach $400,000
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
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WALK TO GULF beaches. Refurbished, upgraded
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bay view. No smoking, no pets. $650/month, $500
$350/WEEK: 55-plus, Sandpiper Resort.
1BR/1BA sleeps four. Turnkey, walk to beach.
LONGBOAT KEY SEASONAL rental: 2BR/2BA
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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-
ISLAND BEAUTY: 2BR/2BA 2005 doublewide
manufactured home, turnkey furnished, $199,000.
727-599-4817 for appointment.
CORTEZ 1BR, LANAI, washer and dryer. Water,
lawn, trash paid. No dogs. $615/month. 941-545-
CHARMING CANAL HOUSE: 2BR/2BA, no pets,
$1,800/month plus utilities. 717-392-4048.
FOUR-MONTH SPECIAL: August-November,
$2,400 55-plus mobile resort, 1 BR, turnkey, steps
to beach. 941-778-5152.
BREATHTAKING SUNSETS: SKIP out your front
door onto the beach, Gulf, beach views every
room. 55-plus. Annual, $2,000/month plus utili-
ANNUAL WATERFRONT: 2BR/1 BA ground floor,
private, ocean-view patio, beautifully tiled new
bath, tile throughout, pool, laundry. $1,100/month,
$1,100 security deposit. 201 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria. Reggie, 786-375-9633.
REDUCED TO $379,000 Duplex lot
w/structure. Remove and reconstruct.
Reasonable offer accepted.
REDUCED TO $699,000
ROR district. 3/2
"We AREthe Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
JEWFISH KEY One acre buildable lot on this 38 acre private
island located at Longboat Key Pass. Spectacular Gulf & Bay
views, accessible only by boat. Total of 11 homesites on island,
other 1/2 is a dedicated nature preserve. $399,000
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LONGBOAT KEY Located in "the village", recently
updated 3 BR home with lush landscaping and a private pool.
New appliances, skylights & a deck for entertaining. Great
location for the Beach and Bay! $ 749,00
M ike %O 800-367-1617
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SUMMER/FALL VACATION: 2BR/2BA pool, boat
dock, $399/weekend, $599/week. Realtor, 941-
356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
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.
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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.
2BR TROPICAL PALM Mobile Home Park. 15
minutes to beach. Doublewide. $49,000. Rent,
$695/month.Will finance. 863-608-1833. chick-
For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
Sj at Mike Norman Realty,
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.
PRIME COMMERCIAL CORNER property with
extra lot. Great traffic and visibility. $340,000. Man-
atee Avenue West, Bradenton. 941-920-3603.
BAYFRONT: PANORAMIC VIEWS, charming
renovation. 2BR/1 BA, office, pool, garage, screen
room, mature landscaping. $795,000. 941-778-
GREAT FAMILY HOME: 3BR/2BA, pool, large
yard, totally remodeled, bamboo floors. Great
schools. $235,000. 941-920-3603,
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale. Get your E2/
EB-5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635..
CANAL HOUSE: VERY close to bay with just-
dredged sailboat deep water. 2BR/2BA, $490,000.
509 59th St., Holmes Beach. 717-392-4048.
AFFORDABLE: VILLAGE GREEN villa. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, $159,000. Forty-Three West,
2BR/2BA, one-car garage, $132,500. Unique
singe-family home, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage with
condo amenities, $195,000. Call Realtor Fred Flis,
941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
CANAL HOUSE: PRISTINE, renovated. $470,000.
514 71st St., Holmes Beach. 717-392-4048.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
CROSSVILLE, TENNESSEE: Top 100 cities to
live in. Lots with spectacular mountain views,
underground utilities, cool temps, low crime,
property taxes and insurance. No state income
tax. Priced from the $20s. 931-707-0393. www.
COASTAL WATERFRONT LAND sale: July 24.
Only $89,900. Direct Atlantic Ocean access!
Adjoining lot sold for $309,900! All amenities
complete. Paved roads, underground utilities,
clubhouse and pool. Excellent financing. Call now,
877-888-1406, ext. 2619.
DIRECT WATERFRONT WITH sandy beach
shoreline! Only $37,900. Wooded, park-like
setting on one of Alabama's top recreational
waterways with gorgeous sandy shoreline. All
amenities completed. Boat to Gulf of Mexico!
Excellent financing. Call now, 866-952-5302,
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.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS closeout sale!
Cabin shell, two-plus acres with great view, very
private, big trees, waterfalls and large public lake
nearby, $99,500. Bank financing. 866-275-0442.
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