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Meetings: The gov-
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ing closes July 30.
Beachgoers to report
UPS takes over
Pine Avenue plan
denied. Page 15
way. Pages 18-19
historical trust lodge
offer Page 22
What to do, where
to do it. Page 22
Sports: In the gym,
on the field. Page 24
Fishing: Stinking bait,
DCA clears Anna Maria in density complaint
By Rick Catlin
Score a victory for the city of Anna
Maria and city attorney Jim Dye.
The Florida Department of Community
Affairs issued a ruling July 20 that deter-
mined Anna Maria's method of computing
density "is consistent
with its comprehensive
Robert and Nicky Hunt,
through attorney Jeremy
Anderson of Lobeck and
Barford Hanson PA of Sarasota,
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt
wants a streamlined process for updating the
city's land-development code that makes the
most of digital technologies and the required
City commissioners agree with the
mayor's plan, which involves city staff,
the planning and zoning commission
and ZNS Engineering, a consulting firm
hired to help with the updating the land-
development code. The LDC is a single
document containing a variety of land-use
Earlier this year, the commission voted
to award ZNS a $20,000 contract to assist
with a major update of the LDC. The timing
seemed right, since the LDC already must
be amended to sync with the city's revised
filed a complaint to the DCA Feb. 11, alleging
that the city's application of gross-density in
the retail-office-residential district conflicted
with the comprehensive plan policy adopted
Mayor Fran Barford and Dye had long
maintained the city calculated density appro-
The DCA ruling came after a four-month
DCA investigation into the Hunt complaint.
The Hunts alleged in the DCA complaint that
the city's formula resulted in a density of 8.7
units per acre in the ROR, well above the
comp plan's maximum stated density of six
units per acre.
In its eight-page decision, the DCA noted
that the majority of the 5,000-square-foot lots
in the ROR were platted and accepted for use
by the city before World War II. The city
amended its land-development code to grand-
father these lots for use, but requires other lots
be a minimum of 7,500 square feet.
The DCA said the Hunts' method of cal-
culating density is "irrelevant in that the den-
sity limit does not apply" because the lots,
although nonconforming, have been accepted
by the city for use and "the size of the lot does
Further, said the DCA, "The petitioners
PLEASE SEE DCA, NEXT PAGE
The expansion continues at Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, where a
chickee hut is completed and a tiki hut will be built. Rules for such outdoor structures will
be reviewed as the city updates its land-development code. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
comprehensive plan. "While input from the public and our land-
"The city ... has contracted for profes- planning agency/planning and zoning board is
sional services to revise and rewrite the land- welcome, the city commission had determined
development code of the city," Bartelt said. PLEASE SEE CODE, PAGE 3
2 0 JULY 28, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Early voting to begin
Early voting for the statewide primary begins
Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 22.
The primary date, in which Island voters can
go to the polls to vote in Manatee County school
board races and nominate candidates in state and
federal races, is Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Early voting hours are:
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Early voting takes place at the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301
Blvd. W., Suite 118, Bradenton.
Absentee voting also is under way. To request
an absentee ballot, go to www.votemanatee.com
or call 941-741-3823.
The name of the Top Notch photo contest winner
for week four was misspelled in the July 21 issue. The
winner is Pat Schilling.
DCA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
have not submitted any information that shows that
any of the 5,000-square-foot lots in the ROR were
Barford said the ruling is confirmation that the
city has been approving projects correctly.
"I was thrilled when I read the DCA ruling," she
said. "We always believed that the way the ordinance
was being interpreted was correct. Now, it's docu-
Barford said the DCA ruling means prior approv-
als for Pine Avenue projects were done with the cor-
rect density and those projects are consistent with the
Barford said the ruling also validates the votes
of those planning and zoning board members and
commissioners who approved ROR projects with the
city's density calculations, despite some opinions to
Commissioners Dale Woodland and Jo Ann Mat-
tick were pleased with the ruling.
Woodland said he was glad because there are
some property owners in the city with lots less than
3,500 square feet. He was thankful those lots are
Mattick said Dye did "a great job" in defending
the city against the complaint.
But Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus had opposed
approval of the ROR projects on Pine Avenue and
maintained, among other objections, that the density
for those projects was inconsistent with the comp
Stoltzfus told other commissioners in January he
agreed with attorney Dan Lobeck, then representing
the Hunts, who claimed the city's density computa-
-- approving the
site plan for
this 216 Pine
o c-l Restoration
tions in the ROR conflicted with the comprehensive
Lobeck had written to the commission "demand-
ing" the commission change its ROR density require-
ments or face a complaint to the DCA.
I think they are right," Stoltzfus said at the Jan.
28 commission meeting. "If they proceed, we are
going to end up with egg on our face," he said.
The DCA ruling could affect other legal actions
against Anna Maria that have challenged the city's
method of calculating ROR density.
William and Barbara Nally, owners of vacation
rental property on Spring Avenue, filed a lawsuit
March 22 against the city's approval of an ROR proj-
ect by PAR at 216 Pine Ave. Lobeck, who filed for the
Nallys, claimed the approval was inconsistent with
the city's comp plan and its density calculation.
The Hunts and Nallys have 21 days from the July
20 date to file an appeal of the DCA decision. Any
appeal would go to the Florida Division of Adminis-
trative Hearings, according to the DCA.
Efforts to reach the Hunts for comment through
their attorneys were unsuccessful prior to The Island-
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licensed and professional planners and engineers
hired to perform the task of developing a set of codes
for our community."
The mayor proposed guidelines for the revision
project to "streamline the process" and "alleviate
strain on our limited staff and hopefully save costs
to the city."
The plan outlined by the mayor assigns ZNS the
task of writing an initial update to the LDC, which
will be broken down into three to four sections for
The draft documents will be posted to the city's
website, cityofbradentonbeach.com, for the commis-
sion, the P&Z, city staff and the general public to read
and make comments for consideration.
A series of meetings and hearings will follow
"to address any issues presented during the online
comment period and to finalize the drafts for adop-
tion," Bartelt said. "Because of the limited number
of meetings and the large amount of information to
review, discussions on the proposed drafts shall be
limited to the comments presented online."
City building official Steve Gilbert said ZNS
already is at work on its comprehensive review of the
LDC. He met with consultants in mid-July to discuss
concerns and questions raised by commissioners and
P&Z members over the past year related to signs,
newsracks, chickee and tiki huts and other issues.
Meanwhile, commissioners have issued a call for
people interested in serving on the P&Z.
"They need members," said Ward 3 Commis-
sioner Janie Robertson. "We're putting out the word
that P&Z is looking for new members."
Residents can apply at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
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Anna Maria City
Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m., budget work session.
Aug. 11,6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
education committee meeting.
Aug. 12, 6 p.m., city commission workshop.
Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m., budget work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Aug. 5, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Aug. 5, 1:30 p.m., website team meeting.
Aug. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Aug. 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Aug. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Aug. 19, 6 p.m., WMFR commission meet-
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Aug. 11, 3 p.m., Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau meeting on oil, Holmes Beach
Aug. 16, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council meeting, Florida Maritime Museum,
Aug. 23, first day of school for Manatee County
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Days remain to qualify for recall election seat
By Rick Catlin
With the recall election for Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus set for Sept. 7, the Anna Maria City Com-
mission, in a special meeting July 20, unanimously
approved a resolution setting the qualifying dates
for candidates seeking to run for
the remainder of the term held by
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Qualifying began at 9 a.m. July 21
and concludes at noon July 30.
The election will run con-
currently with the vote on the
, .h:', petition to recall Stoltzfus from
Florida 12th Circuit Court Chief Judge Lee
Haworth ordered the recall election for Sept. 7, bar-
ring complications from any decision rendered by
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Ed Nicholas
in two separate cases that involve Stoltzfus as the
plaintiff in one, and the defendant in the other.
City attorney Jim Dye said the commission reso-
lution is a requirement of the Florida recall statute,
which establishes that an election to replace a recalled
official will be held at the same time and location as
the recall vote itself.
But Dye said, "There are a lot of' ifs' in this."
Not the least of which is "if" the recall is
defeated, Stoltzfus stays in office and there would
be no vacancy, and thus no candidate would win the
Another "if' is what happens if the recall passes,
but nobody qualified to run for the seat.
"If' that happens, Dye said, the vacancy would
be filled by a vote of the remaining commission mem-
bers following the recall vote.
Also on the "if" list is that a candidate cannot
qualify to run for a commission seat in both the recall
Recall petition hearing Aug. 12
By Rick Catlin of legal issues and discussion. He gave the hearing
Islander Reporter three-and-a-half hours on the court calendar.
a Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus Chief Judge Lee Haworth of the 12th Circuit
e his day in court Aug. 12, when Manatee Court has already given Nicholas orders to move
Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas will promptly with a decision.
ltzfus' motion to dismiss the recall petition Haworth has scheduled the Stoltzfus recall elec-
rim. tion for Sept. 7, depending upon Nicholas' ruling.
tzfus attorney Richard Harrison filed the Regardless of the decision, it's likely the losing
day 25 to dismiss the petition by recall com- side will file an appeal.
mittee chair Robert Carter on the grounds that the
petition is "legally insufficient." Harrison claims the
petition does not prove charges of misfeasance or
malfeasance as alleged.
Along with Carter, Anna Maria City Clerk Alice
Baird and Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Bob Sweat and named by Harrison as defendants in
the case. Both will be represented at the hearing by
counsel for the city and county respectively.
Nicholas scheduled the hearing for 1:30 p.m. Aug.
12, in courtroom 5E, and apparently expects plenty
Carter has retained pro bono attorney Rebecca
O'Dell Townsend to represent him, along with the
Bradenton law firm of Blaylock Walters Held &
Fred Moore of Blaylock Walters is counsel for
Carter and said he anticipates a ruling by Nichols "as
soon as possible" after the hearing.
The recall committee was required to file two
petitions with Sweat. Harrison appealed the first peti-
tion to the Florida Second District Court of Appeals
in Lakeland, but was denied an expedited hearing.
Hunts lose building permit appeal
By Rick Catlin
If Robert and Nicky Hunt plan to build their
retail-office-residential complex at 303 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, their site-plan approved in 2005 will
have to be reviewed under the current city ordi-
Building official Bob Welch wrote the Hunts a
letter July 14 denying their request for an extension
of the building permit for the planned development.
Welch said he regretted denying the appeal, but
the Florida Building Code states, L\ c.ly permit issued
shall become invalid unless the work authorized by
such a permit is commenced within six months after
The Hunts received a building permit in Janu-
ary and had asked for an extension past the July 18
The Hunts could proceed with their project, which
was approved with back-out parking, but, according
to Welch, for the site plan to be reapproved, it would
have to go through a new review "under city codes
and ordinances as they exist at this time."
After a new review, the Hunts could apply for a
new building permit.
The Hunts responded to Welch with a letter stat-
ing they delayed the project because of concern for
the safety of the project's parking arrangements and
noted the current city discussions about Pine Avenue
parking and safety.
They requested a refund of all but 10 percent of
the $11,000 they have spent on project fees. They also
proposed the city use the money already paid as credit
on a future site-plan application and building permit.
Stoltzfus questioned on bias
By Rick Catlin
At the start of the Anna Maria commission's public
hearing July 22 on a Pine Avenue Restoration LLC site
plan for 216 Pine Ave., PAR attorney Ricinda Perry
asked each commissioner if they had engaged in any
ex-parte communication about the site plan.
Each commissioner replied in the negative.
According to the laws that govern public hearings,
any discussion or communication on the subject prop-
erty must be disclosed at the quasi-judicial hearing.
However, after hearing Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus say he had no such communications, Perry
presented him with e-mails of March 1 and March
10 that Stoltzfus either sent or received in which he
wrote about PAR plans. In one e-mail, he wrote he
could "look at the plan and in 10 seconds tell you it's
Stoltzfus said he was referring to the planning
and zoning board's approval of PAR's 216 Pine
Ave. project, but Perry said that the e-mail indicated
Stoltzfus was opposed to all PAR projects that "look
like" 216 Pine Ave. and he'd like to "bulldoze" all
"This correspondence leads me to believe there
is a presumption of bias and prejudice" on the part
of Stoltzfus against PAR projects, Perry said.
Stoltzfus denied that he was "predisposed" to a
particular opinion about 216 Pine Ave., and had no
bias against the site plan. "I have no bias except the
comp plan," he said.
The site plan was denied in a 3-2 vote, with
Stoltzfus and Commissioners John Quam and Dale
Woodland denying the application. Commissioners
Chuck Webb and Jo Ann Mattick opposed denial.
See related story, page 15.
and general election "if' the terms overlap.
Stoltzfus' term expires in November 2011, and
that term would overlap with two-year term of the
mayor and commissioners that will be elected Nov.
The resolution passed 3-0 with Commissioners
Stoltzfus and Jo Ann Mattick absent.
Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 2 general elec-
tion began at 9 a.m. July 19 and concludes at noon
Qualifying for the general election is done at the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 305
15th St. West, Bradenton, while qualifying for the
recall election is at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Aubry to seek
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria architect and 24-year Island resident
Gene Aubry said last week he plans to qualify as a
city commission candidate on the Sept. 7 ballot for
the recall election of Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
Under Florida law, any can-
didate seeking to fill the remaining
term of a recalled commissioner
runs for the office on the same
ballot as the recall vote. If the
recall effort is defeated, Stoltzfus
A retains his seat, regardless of the
Aubry number of votes any candidate
"I was thinking, if nobody else runs, I might run,"
Aubry said, but he has now firmed up his decision.
"A number of friends and acquaintances sug-
gested I consider seeking a commission seat. I thought
about it and am going through the first steps to be a
candidate," he said.
He picked up his qualifying papers from city hall
last week and has until noon July 30 to submit the
Although active in the city since he moved to
Anna Maria in 1986, Aubry has never sought public
office. He has served on several city committees and
recently volunteered at the request of Commission
Chair John Quam to design a parking plan for Pine
Aubry said he is seeking the possible unfulfilled
term of Stoltzfus because "the city is in a mess, no
thanks to him. Stuff has boiled up and it's time to
calm down, look at the facts and make good deci-
Aubry said he would dedicate himself to "making
building codes and ordinances and the land-develop-
ment regulations simplified, clarified and compatible
with the comprehensive plan."
He also gave the "assurance that all development
in the ROR district is done in strict accordance with
the comp plan and maintains a lower density than
what is allowed.Aubry said it's time to "mend fences
by listening to everyone with an open mind."
He said his goal is to "maintain the residential
areas of the city as they are and to support and respect
the property rights of all, whether single-family,
duplex owners or vacation rental properties."
Aubry said he also would bring stability to the
"I don't like to make hasty decisions. I like to
ponder all sides of a question," he said.
Aubry has a strong interest in history, Island
living and historic buildings, a professional knowl-
edge of building codes and an "enthusiasm" for work-
ing as a "team member with everyone involved in all
levels of city government to serve the people of the
city of Anna Maria," he said.
Aubry is a licensed architect in both his native
Texas and Florida.
He and wife Janet reside on Spring Avenue.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 28, 2010 5 5
Holmes Beach cart-path project a step closer
By Nick Walter
Golf-cart drivers near East Bay Drive might see
some relief from a prohibition against golf carts on
major streets in Holmes Beach.
A proposed golf-cart crossing would involve
installing a path/boardwalk that would begin at the
northernmost end of Avenue C behind Mike Norman
Realty at the entrance to Grassy Point Preserve and
go westbound on preserve land to the intersection of
Gulf and East Bay drives.
The path would cross the intersection, allowing
golf-cart drivers to access the businesses along East
The project is third on the Sarasota/Manatee Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization's 2010 enhancement
project priorities list for Manatee County.
The first on the list is a $300,000 project at Rye
Preserve Trail from the preserve to Lake Manatee
The second, a $630,000 project, adds trails with
rails to the Willow-Ellenton trail.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the Holmes
Beach golf-cart pathway would allow those in the
south end of the city to legally drive their golf carts
from residential neighborhoods to the Publix and
But that $90,000 project, said MPO representa-
tives and Bohnenberger at the July 19 Island Trans-
portation Planning Organization meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall, might be a year away.
"That would be super if they could do that," said
John Evans, a Holmes Beach resident who used to
drive his golf cart two blocks to Publix. "But the
police say we can't do that anymore."
Golf carts in Holmes Beach are prohibited on
major streets, including Gulf, Marina and East Bay
drives and Manatee Avenue. In addition, a driver
must be over the age of 14 to operate a golf cart on
A Holmes Beach
hood south of
Grassy Point to
East Bay Drive
run west from
the Avenue C/
public land near
M ike Norman
Realty to the
East Bay and
J Gulf drives.
other "side" streets. Carts also are not allowed on
State law requires on-road carts to have Flor-
ida Department of Transportation-approved tires, a
rearview mirror, reflectors, efficient brakes and reli-
able steering. At night, the cart must also have head
lights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.
In addition, Florida law states operation of a golf
cart is prohibited unless a county or municipality has
determined that "carts may safely travel on or cross
the public road or street, considering factors includ-
ing the speed, volume and character of motor vehicle
traffic using the road or street."
Florida also allows for carts to cross a state road
after the DOT "has reviewed and approved the loca-
tion and design of the crossing and any traffic-control
devices needed for safety purposes."
Bohnenberger said the golf-cart policies in
Holmes Beach regarding driving on major streets
changed about five years ago. Prior to that, he said,
golf-cart owners had to live within a mile of a golf
course in order to use golf carts on streets.
Evans said prior to that time, when his chil-
dren would arrive on vacation, he packed up his
golf cart with rafts and drive to White Avenue
with his kids to play on the beach.
"Can't do that anymore either," Evans said.
"There are a lot of senior citizens here who don't
drive and they ought to at least be able to take their
golf cart to Publix with a golf cart."
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Good news, bad news
Tropical Storm Bonnie crossed the Florida Keys
last week, bringing little more than a breeze and thun-
dershowers to Anna Maria Island.
Bonnie, sadly, prompted a temporary halt to work
in the northern Gulf of Mexico to prevent more gush-
ing oil and cleanup what's already spilled.
It now appears there will be two elections in
Anna Maria. The qualifying is ongoing for both the
general election and a recall election, the latter of
which allows a candidate to run for the term remain-
ing if the commissioner is recalled.
However, two complaints will soon play out in
court that may delay or halt the recall election, and
there is no judgment that will satisfy everyone in
Anna Maria. The hostilities likely will continue.
Another Anna Maria tiff got its start on a gossip
blog that took malicious aim at the generous offer,
long in the making, to donate and relocate the
Angler's Lodge to the city-owned historical park.
The good news? We feel confident the lodge would
better serve the public by replacing the horseshoe pits,
and the pits could easily relocate to the historical park.
Angle parking on Pine Avenue could eliminate the exist-
ing parking area and make room for the pits.
While we find little "historical" in the plants and
paths, the city has long had an active horseshoe area,
and the passive games are more fitting in the park.
The city maintenance garage should move to a
storage building at city hall, and the Lake LaVista
waterfront at the historical park can truly become a
vista for picnics and fishers.
City hall can be host to the functions of city gov-
ernment and, possibly, increased parking, and the
park will be greatly enhanced.
It's just too bad the parties didn't come to the
table for open discussions before blo, '.inll, it all up.
Lastly, Bradenton Beach is poised to do what
Anna Maria needs to do, by allowing a consulting
company to review, revise and remove ambiguities
in its land-development code.
It's a giant leap forward for the city to trust the
job to professionals.
But, while the plan calls for officials and the public
to streamline the review of the LDCs online, it sends the
wrong message to limit public comments to online users.
Why do city officials continue to look for ways to
limit public comment at meetings and workshops?
We say, the more time and sunshine allowed in
discussion, the better.
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Attack of the blog
It is a sad situation when an individual cannot speak
out at a commission meeting and fight for what she
believes in without being made the subject of a mean-
spirited, hateful diatribe on a blog that has turned a "dif-
ference of opinion" into a personal attack.
This is the kind of character assassination that
says more about the character of the people who write
and disseminate it than the individuals they choose to
denigrate. These people build up their own self-esteem
by ripping apart another individual. In this case, while
hiding behind a blogsite that protects them from having
to face the person they are attacking.
No wonder there have been reports that people are
afraid to sign petitions and speak out. I can tell commis-
sioners they are not hearing from a number of constitu-
ents because this city's citizens are not able to function
as if they were living in a democratic system. Rather,
their freedoms are being oppressed by the "tyranny of
a minority" that sets themselves up as judge and jury
in terms of what you can and cannot believe and pub-
licly support in this city. If you do not support their
cause, then you may be harassed or become the object
of another vicious rant on the blog.
I suppose the individual who wrote this tirade
and the people who distributed it feel smug that they
won as a result of the Anna Maria Island Preservation
Trust's withdrawal from moving the Angler's Lodge to
city property. As far as I am concerned, they should be
embarrassed, ashamed and apologize for the malicious
attack that has been made against a woman who simply
want to preserve a piece of Island history and put it on a
site where it could be available to the city and the public
for their use and enjoyment.
SueLynn, Anna Maria
Thank you, HBPD
I would like to take this time to personally thank
the Holmes Beach Police Department for all of its
Without the HBPD, the man who burglarized my
shop would not be in prison right now.
The department did a great job and I am happy
to have them looking out for us.
Laura '/,.. I/, Tide & Moon Jewelry, Holmes
Goodwill, good luck
In the spirit of goodwill and good luck, let me say
the new concessionaires at Manatee Public and Coquina
beaches have been friendly, courteous and cooperative
with Dee and myself during the transition.
We have made every effort to do the same.
As the outgoing concessionaires, we are saddened
to leave so many loyal customers and friends.
It's been a pleasure to serve you and to get to
know so many of you these past 18 years.
But change is inevitable and not always bad.
Some of you will like and some of you may not
like the change, but the intentions are good and with
the county's strong support the operations should
smooth out quickly. You will be the ultimate judges,
but I believe the concessions are in good hands.
We wish them well.
Gene Schaefer, P.S. Beach Associates, Bradenton
I just feel compelled to write this letter. My wife
and I are leaving your wonderful little paradise and
we want you to know how much we appreciated your
island and our vacation.
We spent a great deal of time here getting tanned and
just enjoying and relaxing and riding your trolleys.
We had a couple of rainy days, a lost room key, a
late agent and a little sunburn. It was all made fun due
to your loving and charismatic trolley drivers. What
a great lot they are. We want to say, they are truly the
greatest ambassadors for Anna Maria Island.
We will be back.
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Why is our government so reluctant to let us speak? T1 i Isl and e r
By Barbara A. Petersen
Special to The Islander
Historically, Floridians have placed great signifi-
cance on their right to access the records and meet-
ings of government. The state's first public records
law was codified in 1909, and the Sunshine Law,
which requires that government meetings be open
and noticed to the public, was passed in 1967, one
of the first such laws in the nation.
This long tradition of open government cul-
minated in the 1992 general election when Florida
voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional
amendment guaranteeing access to the records and
meetings of government.
Access to records and meetings ensures the public
has oversight of government. The importance of govern-
ment oversight is based on core democratic principles
and is critical to our ability to govern ourselves, to main-
tain civil liberties and historic freedoms.
The right to oversee and hold our government
accountable for its actions is fundamental, and intri-
cately woven into the fabric of our nation. We are,
after all, a participatory democracy, a "government of
the people, by the people, and for the people." There
is a reason why we refer to our elected and appointed
government representatives as public servants they
work for us, the electorate who put them in office to
represent our interests.
So why is our government so reluctant to let us
In construing the right of the public to partici-
pate in meetings subject to the Sunshine Law, the
Florida Supreme Court has stated that the public has
an "inalienable right to be present and to be heard
at all deliberations wherein decisions affecting the
public are being made."
There has been some confusion, however, regard-
ing the scope of the right and how it is to be applied,
and subsequent court decisions have stated that the
public's right to participate in all open meetings is
Yet, according to a 2009 report by Florida's Com-
mission on Open Government Reform, local govern-
ments routinely prohibit public comment during work-
shops, and many don't provide citizens with "a mean-
ingful opportunity to participate" at regular meetings.
The open government commission found that
citizens are frustrated by the inability to address
elected representatives at public meetings, and some
are intimidated or harassed when they insist on exer-
cising their right to speak within the guidelines set
out by the governing body.
Clearly, government agencies have the authority
to adopt reasonable rules regulating a citizen's right
to speak at public meetings in order to assure the
orderly progression of public meetings reasonable
time limits, for example and to require orderly
behavior. But those rules should be reasonable and,
in a democracy such as ours, must allow reasonable
opportunities for public participation.
A meaningful opportunity to speak at public meet-
ings, to participate in the deliberations of government,
is critical to a democratic society and, according to a
study conducted by Florida State University, fosters
increased public trust in government. The study found
a direct correlation between the public's perception
of government transparency and the level of public
participation allowed by government, which in turn
directly affects public trust. In other words, operating
in the sunshine fosters public trust and confidence.
Democracy is often messy and allowing for
public participation is not always convenient, but
how else can our government representatives know
what we think and what we want them to do on our
behalf, if they won't allow us reasonable opportuni-
ties to speak?
Barbara Petersen is president of the First Amend-
ment Foundation and former chair of Florida's Com-
mission on Open Government Reform.
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Blimey: Privateers sail into 40 years
By Lisa Neff
Yo, ho, ho, it's the pirate's life for Robert "Bob"
Yo, ho, ho, it's the pirate's life for John "Capt.
Red Beard" Swager.
Yo, ho, ho, it's the pirate's life for 56 other
members of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, the
merry and rowdy crew that plunders festivals and
markets to bring home riches for Island youth and
In the coming year, the organization will mark
its 40th anniversary.
Boyd and Swager, who have held numerous posts
on the board, were around for a number of those
The privateers' lore goes back to 1971, formed,
according to a published history, by "a small group
of individuals interested in being a support group for
needed Island youth programs."
The charter goals were to "promote activities for
the betterment of youth, to render service to the com-
munity and to participate in area events."
"It's still about kids and community," said
Swager, noting the organization has invested hun-
dreds of thousands into both in the past 10 years.
"We've kept the tradition."
In the earliest years, members parlayed in an
office at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, as
would another longtime Island group, the Pier
Boyd, at the risk of throwing down a challenge,
recalled that the privateers were "like the Pier Regu-
lars on steroids."
Boyd was invited to check out the privateers in
1976, when there was a 30-day probation for prospec-
tive members. After he proved his merit and might,
he became member No. 39 before privateers got
pirate names, they got numbers.
And before they wore the full pirate garb, they
wore cut off blue jeans, bandannas, satin shirts and
"We were a roughshod outfit," Boyd said, remem-
bering nights when the privateers locked bartenders
into their poky and seized taverns.
"We'd help ourselves in the joint," Boyd
remembered. "A lot of people didn't know what
we were. We'd come in. Lock up the bartender.
Other crews existed back then the DeSoto
crew had been around for about 20 years when the
privateers formed and the Gasparilla crew dates back
But the privateers were unique, in large part
because of the charitable commitment to kids and
community and, also, in part, because of members
who celebrate individuality hence the name. A
of the Anna
at the ship,
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privateer, according to Webster's dictionary, is a self-
employed soldier or sailor with a letter that allows
the plundering of an enemy nation's ship and sets the
sailor above being tried for piracy.
Swager became associated with the privateers
in the 1980s, but didn't become a member until
"I was like a gray shirt for a year and a half," he
said, referring to the color of the T-shirts probationary
privateers wear. When they become members, they
get black shirts.
Since Swager's joining, the membership has
expanded and the composition of the organization
Originally membership was limited to those who
lived and/or worked on the Island. These days, people
apply from all over the region, and membership is
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"We were starting to limit ourselves," Swager
Women, who haven't always been associated
with the group, began to become card-carrying voting
members in 1999, Swager recalled. Now, with the
installation of new officers for 2010-11 next week,
A "capture" on the Island in 1978 involves mem-
bers of the DeSoto and Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers. Islander Photo: Courtesy University of South
Florida Librar; ... \ ........' County Public Library
Historic Photograph Collection
the group will have its first female captain Deby
"Hun" Kuederle take charge of its ship.
As the membership has changed, so has the pri-
vateer mode of travel.
The first privateer float consisted of decorated
Styrofoam on a trailer. Then there was a step up with
a towed boat-float that is now operated by a women's
crew in the Tampa Bay area. And then the privateers
built ,kull \\i'g-
"It started life as a school bus," Swager said of
the boat-float that Islanders can see moored near
Holmes Beach City Hall.
The group also has traded up on its pirate wear
and accessories. The torn and cut blue jeans are
gone, as are, for the most part, fake swords and
Boyd's pirate hat was commissioned from a shop
that makes costumes for Hollywood.
Swager carries flintlock pistols and custom-
built swords and his pirate clothes are "not off the
"We try to make it as real as possible," he said.
"I don't carry the guns because of the noise. I carry
the guns to be as close to period as I can."
Both men were interested in the pirate life long
before they became privateers.
I' ve always loved everything pirate-wise,"
said Boyd, who grew up in Ohio, where he attended
a school that had a pirate for a mascot. "I always
thought I was a pirate in a past life."
Swager's roots are in Texas, where he fed on the
legend of pirate Jean Lafitte.
"I've been hooked since I was a kid," he said.
Boyd collects pirate-themed movies. Swager col-
lects pirate-themed books and has about 700 volumes
in his library.
The privateers use their knowledge and enthusi-
asm to delight children and adults at annual July 4
and Christmas parades, a barbecue table at the thieves
markets, late-fall mullet smokes, as well as car shows
They expect expanded opportunities to suit up
in 2011, when they celebrate four decades of ser-
"Our calendar gets bigger every year," said
"And next year will be bigger still," Swager
Possibly ahead is the return of the privateers'
popular captures, in which they battled another crew.
Those events took place on the Island years ago at
haunts such as the piers and Trader Jack's, Pete Rey-
nard's and Fast Eddie's restaurants.
"They brought out all the Island people," Swager
said. "But we just don't have those big restaurants
anymore.... We want to start them back up, but we
need a lot of space."
Additionally, said Swager, members are inter-
ested in holding a big birthday bash.
"Really big," he said. "Because we have a lot to
Privateers to install
new 2010.11 officers
Come Aug. 1, a new group of officers will
be steering the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
The president will be Roger "HooDat" Mur-
Vice president will be Owen "Big O"
Michelle "Tink" Delibert will serve as sec-
retary, and Deborah "Mai Tai" Nelson as trea-
The captain will be Deby "Hun" Kuederle.
Past president on the board is John "Capt.
Red Beard" Swager.
Lisa "Lash" Ritchey will remain in the liai-
The officers will serve for 2010-11 and lead
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The Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, will host a benefit for the Island Rockers at
6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.
The Island-based youth band is raising money
to perform at another benefit a National Kidney
Foundation Surf Festival run by a Rockers' two uncles
and a band mom's brothers in Cocoa Beach over
the Labor Day weekend.
The Island Rockers also are selling band mer-
chandise at various Island locations, including the
Back Alley and The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
For more information about the Back Alley ben-
efit, call 941-778-1800.
Center dance party Aug. 14
The Anna Maria Island Community Center and
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
co-host a dance party from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Satur-
day, Aug. 14, at the Center gym.
The Sizzling Summer Dance will include a cash
bar and snacks.
DJ and musician Mike Sales will perform.
Tickets cost $12.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, call
the chamber at 941-778-1541.
Looking for a ride
The Ministry of Presence Inc., with board members
and associates on Anna Maria Island, is looking for a
reliable, inexpensive used vehicle to transport donations
to and from its storage facility in Bradenton and also to
the port near Palm Beach for shipment to Haiti.
The Islander newspaper has collected large
amounts of donations, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island has donated a large volume of food that is
packaged in Naples, and moving the materials has
become burdensome for the ministry volunteers.
The vehicle also would provide transportation for
the Rev. Ronald Joseph, who founded the ministry
and volunteers in Haiti, on his U.S. visits. Joseph has
delivered almost all the donations, including those
left at The Islander, to the port for shipment to Haiti,
and he frequently picks up and delivers items to stor-
age. He is now without a car.
To offer a vehicle donation, or a reduced-price
vehicle for sale, call ministry president Dennis
Schuermann at 727-742-0762 or e-mail him at
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15
p.m. Wednesday, Aug 4, at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Members will read their writings.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at
The 20th annual O'Connor Bowling Chal-
lenge will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28,
at AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road,
The event will benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Registration will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., fol-
lowed by bowling at 6 p.m.
An after-party will take place at the Anna Maria
Oyster Bar, 6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
The $30 ticket price includes shoes and three
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The speaker will be Brian MacNeel, a specialist
in crime prevention.
For more information, e-mail Sandra Ashbrook
at email@example.com or call 941-962
The Islander welcomes
Attention community organization repre-
sentatives: The Islander welcomes notices of
your events and projects on Anna Maria Island
and encourages you to submit photographs on
a regular basis. Send press releases and photos
with detailed captions to firstname.lastname@example.org or
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Remember to include complete contact informa-
tion, including a phone number.
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Turtle watchers cheer, thank Basilius
By Lisa Neff
Each year before Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch's volunteer-appreciation banquet, executive
director Suzi Fox shares a secret with coordinator
and friend Debbie Basilius.
This year, however, Fox didn't tell Basilius in
advance who would be named the nonprofit's top
annual volunteer and receive the Sadie Award.
That's because Basilius received the prize during
the mid-season awards banquet and auction July 24
at Dandrea's Cafe in Bradenton.
As Fox presented her the award, Basilius, also an
AMITW board member, wiped tears from her eyes
and the dozens of others that make up the AMITW
family clapped and cheered.
The award is named for a 325-pound loggerhead
sea turtle rescued in 1999 in Bradenton Beach, and is
presented to the AMITW volunteer, who, like Sadie's
rescuers, gives everything to the organization and its
The award, said Fox, stands for "endurance,
jumping high hurdles, community effort, love and
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A female loggerhead turtle crawls to the Gulf of
Mexico after nesting in the 1800 block of Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach July 22. Her early-
morning arrival on the beach attracted some
onlookers and made it easy for Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch volunteers to verify a nest.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Suzi Fox
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive direc-
tor Suzi Fox, right, congratulates Debbie Basilius
as the winner of the annual Sadie Award. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff
Basilius said the award, to her, means "every-
"I love the turtles," she said. "I love turtle watch.
I love working with Suzi."
An auction opened the early evening affair, fol-
lowed by some speechmaking and honors and then a
buffet-style dinner that included Caesar salad, baked
ziti and garlic bread.
Fox welcomed AMITW members and their fami-
lies to the cafe.
"We sure could have picked an easier program
to volunteer for ... couldn't we?" she said.
Monitoring and collecting data on sea turtle nest-
ing season, as well as monitoring the bird nesting
grounds in Anna Maria, is a dirty job, Fox said.
But, she added, she and the dozens of volunteers
with AMITW love to do it.
"We should advertise 'Like to \% ca ,t 'Love to
drink a little sand with your morning coffee? This is
the program for you. Our office window looks out at
... the Gulf of Mexico, dolphins, rays, fisherman, bait
fish, shorebirds, manatees and occasionally a nesting
Fox praised the volunteers for their efforts
walking the beach, verifying turtle nests and staking
"You all are here volunteering for this program
because ... something in your heart brought you
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AMITW specifically honored Basilius, long
associated with the program as a walker, coordina-
tor and board member. Fox said she comes "almost to
tears when" she thinks of how Basilius starts her day
at 6 a.m., performs her AMITW duties, then "goes
to a regular job and after work she helps an ailing
After the award presentation, Basilius laughed
at how surprised she had been with Fox's announce-
"All the years she's mentioned who it is," Basil-
ius said of the winner.
Then she re-read the inscription on the plaque:
"For giving of her glowing spirit, her never-ending
smiles, e i .\ ., and undying dedication to help save
sea turtles on Anna Maria Island."
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Number of false crawls: 117
Number of disorientations: 0
Number of hatchlings to the sea: 0
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Beachgoers asked to report banded birds
By Lisa Neff
The BP oil plume remains 350 miles from Anna
Maria Island's coast, but biologists have put local
beachgoers and boaters on watch.
Scientists monitoring the impact of the spill,
which began in April at the Deepwater Horizon well
off the coast of Louisiana, are asking the public to
report sightings of banded birds.
In this area, wildlife rescue workers have released
a number of birds, including six brown pelicans at
Egmont Key and at Fort De Soto Park.
Releases also have taken place in other locations
in Florida and Texas.
All of the rescued and relocated birds have been
fitted with metal leg bands that provide identifying
information to assist scientists from the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey and other
organizations in studying the birds.
Among other information, scientists hope to
learn the extent to which released birds return to
their original habitat, according to an FWS spokes-
Other questions scientists seek to answer from
the banding survey:
How long do rehabilitated oiled birds sur-
Where do the birds travel?
Do immature birds select locations different
than breeding-age adults for habitat?
Do captured birds return to the area where they
Do rehabilitated birds breed in future nesting
Amanda Dolinski of Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami examines a baby pelican transported to Peli-
can Harbor after its rescue from the BP oil spill. The bird has two bands red band on one leg, metal ID
band on the other. Islander Photo: U.S. Coast Guard/Krystyna Hannum
seasons and where?
The public can identify the rehabbed birds by
the metal bands. Additionally, the public can identify
rehabbed and released brown pelicans by a second
large leg band that may be orange, red or pink.
To report a sighting, go to the National
Bird Banding Lab at www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/
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UPS takeover official at public beaches
By Nick Walter
Mark Enoch of United Park Services noticed a
couple groups of people in the Manatee Public Beach
parking lot July 21 snapping pictures of the conces-
Curious, Enoch asked them why they were taking
pictures of the building.
"We want to take pictures before the building is
demolished," Enoch said he was told.
Although the empty gift shop confused some
beachgoers as to the future of the concession and
shop, Enoch reassured them the building will remain
open for business.
July 21 marked the first day of operations for
UPS of the concessions at Coquina and Manatee
beaches, and the official name change from Cafe on
the Beach to Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the
Manatee Public Beach.
County improvements at the Coquina concession
will cost about $60,000 and include renovating the
interior and replacing the roof.
At Manatee Public Beach, improvements also
will be noticeable. The former gift shop is a shell,
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Employee Dana Kamp relocates a ladder for her
work at The Beach Shop, at Manatee Public Beach,
where she and others helped move merchandise and
displays to the store's new location at 11904 Cortez
Road W., Cortez. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
with much of the new shop inventory in the dining
room, where staff created a smaller, temporary gift
Enoch said the merchandise will only be in the
dining room for about another week, at which time
it will be moved back into the store.
UPS last week added dozens of new lounge
chairs for the beach, and soon will be unveiling new
outdoor patio furniture.
Enoch said the transition has been challenging,
"The biggest challenge is trying to get all the
loose ends together," he said.
Debbie Enoch, Mark's wife and associate at UPS,
said she's been reassuring people at the concession
that everything will soon return to normal.
"We're enjoying this. Everybody is passing by
and saying 'hi,'" she said July 21. "We just want
people to know that everything will return to normal
in 10 days."
Tommy Vayias, owner of Cafe on the Beach and
operator of the restaurant for the last seven years, is
staying on to run the business through July 31 and
help UPS make its transition.
"I want to make it as smooth as possible for
(UPS)," Vayias said, "and I want to make sure the
people are served properly during the transition."
Vayias, an Island resident, will then be taking
some time off to relax and contemplate his next busi-
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But first, while he's still at the helm, he plans
to have a celebration to thank, along with his staff,
the loyal supporters and the regulars at Cafe on the
Vayias plans to have entertainment and refresh-
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from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Ricki & Frankie,
Mike Sales and Karen Greenley will entertain.
Dee and Gene Schaefer of PS. Beach Associ-
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beaches since 1992, have moved their gift shop, The
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PAR plan denied, code discrepancies discussed
By Rick Catlin
Commissioners July 22 voted 3-2 to deny a Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC site plan for a retail-office-
residential project at 210 Pine Ave.
But the two-hour debate during a public hearing
on the plan exposed more city ordinances and comp-
plan wording as vague or that could be interpreted in
a variety of ways, commissioners said.
Specifically the city's parking circulation ordi-
nance states that sidewalks "shall be required" on
both the north and south sides of Pine Avenue, but
does not say whether the city or the property owner
The 2007 comprehensive plan states the city
should build the sidewalks.
To add to the confusion, the city's site-plan pro-
cedures do not mention sidewalks and do not require
that developers provide sidewalks to obtain site-plan
At present, there is no sidewalk fronting the 200
block of Pine Avenue. PAR principal Mike Coleman
offered to build sidewalks at his expense wherever
the commission wants them placed. He also said he
would provide sidewalks in front of parked vehicles
to ensure no vehicle had to back-out across the pedes-
He also offered a bond to the city for sidewalk
construction that it could use if it approves a new
parking plan for the Pine Avenue corridor.
Coleman said installation of sidewalks is about
eight months away in the development and he has
no problem waiting for the city to make a determina-
tion on Pine Avenue parking and sidewalks. He said
he will comply with whatever Pine Avenue parking
regulation is adopted.
Stoltzfus, however, said any future parking plan
is in doubt.
"There is no guarantee this corridor study is
going to pass. There is an initiative out there now
that says sidewalks should remain where they are. If
that passes, this site plan would be illegal," he said.
But sidewalk construction is not part of the
site-plan requirements for developers, noted Com-
missioner Chuck Webb, a land-use attorney. He
maintained the commission is considering denying
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mentioned in the site-plan rules.
Denial of the plan is an "invitation to a lawsuit,"
Webb said. The city should "pick its battles" and this
isn't one of them.
Stoltzfus responded, however, that the codes
indicate there is a "presumptive sidewalk in the right
of way" and backing out across a sidewalk violates
city code and is a safety hazard.
Stoltzfus has long opposed other ROR projects
by PAR on Pine Avenue, citing safety and density
concerns with the land-development regulations.
In particular, Stoltzfus has said parking that must
cross a sidewalk a city right of way is prohib-
ited in the land-development regulations. Stoltzfus
told PAR attorney Ricinda Perry at the start of the
hearing he could make an unbiased decision.
City attorney Jim Dye said the commission has
a "lot of leeway" in its decision and can add stipu-
lations about parking and that sidewalks could be
provided between vehicles and the buildings.
Engineer Lynn Townsend Burnett pointed out the
city has recently approved a number of site plans with
back-out parking, including the city pier, the Anna
Maria Island Community Center and several other
ROR projects on Pine Avenue.
But Commissioner Dale Woodland was uncon-
"The argument is that it's been done before,
but our obligation is to take another look and make
another conclusion. I don't think we are meeting our
existing codes," he said.
The stipulation is irrelevant and the site plan fails
to meet existing codes, Woodland claimed.
But the code is about sidewalks, which are not the
responsibility of the developer, noted Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick. She pointed out the city had a duty
to install sidewalks when the ordinance was adopted
sometime around 1996.
"We should have done this many years ago, but
we didn't," Mattick said. "It makes sense to wait (on
sidewalks) until the corridor plan is adopted."
Commission Chair John Quam said he had dif-
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It's another example of a confusing regulation,
he indicated. Without the sidewalk issue clarified, he
could not support the site plan. Quam asked for a con-
tinuation, but there was no second to the motion.
Commissioners then voted to deny the plan, with
Stoltzfus, Woodland and Quam in the affirmative, and
Webb and Mattick opposed.
After the hearing, Coleman said PAR is "com-
pelled to appeal the decision. We can only hope the
city would resolve their issues without incurring fur-
ther legal expense."
PAR already has a lawsuit pending against the
city over its May 27 denial of an ROR site plan for
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Tourism bureau to host oil meet on AMI
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau will hold a meeting to discuss the local eco-
nomic impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday,
July 28, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
At the last CVB meeting to discuss the spill -
the plume is some 350 miles from Anna Maria Island
in the northern Gulf of Mexico officials reported
the loss of 422 room nights.
However, tourism officials and business owners
also reported a surge in guests who had decided to
vacation on Anna Maria Island rather than visit the
Panhandle this summer.
The marketing from the CVB emphasizes, "our
beaches are oil-free." Its website www.annamar-
iaisland-longboatkey.com states, "There have
been no physical impacts to the Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key area from the Deepwater Horizon
Oil Spill and none are anticipated, according to the
Some local tourism materials also now refer to
the spill as the "Deepwater Horizon Louisiana Oil
The spill began April 22 with the explosion of an
oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. Until July 15, when
a cap was placed on the deepwater well, an estimated
35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil were gushing daily
into the Gulf of Mexico.
As of July 21, 34.5 million gallons of oil had
Sunset park gets spruce-up
The Bradenton Beach public works department is working on Katie Pierola Sunset Park in the 2200 block
of Gulf Drive. There are plans to cut back some overgrowth and repair the tiki-style umbrellas. Resi-
dents also may notice tree-trimming taking place on other public property this week in Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
been recovered and more than 1.84 million gallons
of dispersants had been used to break up the oil in
Oil continued to wash up last week on the north-
ern Gulf coastline in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama,
Louisiana and Florida. The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection said tar balls, tar mats and
oil sheens continued to be reported from northwest
areas of the state.
As of July 21, the Deepwater Horizon Incident
Command Center had reported, from five states, the
recovery of 1,334 live birds, 2,432 dead birds, 227
live sea turtles, 482 dead sea turtles, five live mam-
mals, including dolphins, and 62 dead mammals.
Most of the dead birds and dolphins were found
on the Louisiana coast and most of the dead turtles
on the Mississippi coast.
Environmental activists noted that the command
statistics showed that zero birds alive or dead -
have been recovered on the water. Activists said this
means the number of actual wildlife casualties from
the spill is much higher than reported.
TS Bonnie fizzles
Tropical storm Bonnie proved a tropical fizzle
over the weekend.
A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean
became Tropical Storm Bonnie at about 6 p.m. July
22, according to the National Hurricane Center.
NHC issued a tropical storm warning for the
Florida Keys, the Florida East Coast from Golden
Beach south and the Florida Gulf Coast north to
Bonita Springs. NHC also issued a tropical storm
watch for the East Coast from Golden Beach north
to Jupiter Inlet.
But Bonnie the second named storm of the
Atlantic season caused no reported in Florida,
blowing over the southern tip of the state and into
Meanwhile, the oil cleanup efforts in the northern
Gulf of Mexico, which had been disrupted due to the
approaching storm, resumed by July 26. Skimming
vessels were removed from the Deepwater Horizon
Well area, as well as crews working on relief wells
at the site about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
Last week to enter Top Notch photo contest
If you've captured a great moment with your
camera, we've got a contest you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest will publish
weekly winning photos through Aug. 4. Six weekly
winning pictures will be featured on the cover of The
Islander and one photo will be a grand prize winner
with $100 cash prize from The Islander and other prizes
and gift certificates from local merchants, including a
feature spot in Jack Elka's annual Anna Maria Island
photography calendar. Weekly winners receive a "More
Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the final deadline July 30.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of
pictures that may include family, landscapes and
scenics, candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor
and animal pictures. Nothing is overlooked, includ-
ing great kid pics, sentimental moments and moments
of personal triumph. This year judges will also be
looking for beach scenes that highlight the Island's
Becky Cosgrove of Bradenton won the weekly contest
in 2009 with this shot taken in Granada, Nicaragua.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.
org or on a disc.
Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed.
And while digital entries are encouraged, you
may send or deliver your favorite prints weekly to Top
Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label infor-
mation in the e-mail text and the signature is waived,
one photo attachment per e-mail. There is no limit to the
number of weekly entries. Entries need not be repeated
weekly, as any photos preferred by the judges but not
selected are moved forward each week of the contest.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional labels are available at the newspaper office
or they may be copied.
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper Top Notch Photo Contest along with the digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo
is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur photographers submission. E-mail digital entries to topnotch @ islander.org.
are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from Mail print entries to The IslanderTop Notch Photo Contest,
photography. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after 5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may
Jan. 1, 2009, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any publish their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to
format/media) or entered in any Islander or other competition furnish the original negative or original digital image if requested
are not eligible. by the contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera. The Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and con-
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit- test sponsors assume no responsibility for submitted negatives,
ted of negatives, prints or electronic photos; no composite pic- CDs or photo prints.
tures or multiple print images will be accepted. Digital photos Entrant must know and submit the name and address
must be submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
or CD). Prints from digital or film are accepted. Slides are not must be enclosed/attached with the entry
accepted. 6) Employees and paid contributors to The Islander and
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be their immediate family members are not eligible to enter the
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 28, 2010 0 17
Center campers speak out on BP-gulf oil spill
by Kimberly Kuizon Mexico has stopped. Kids taking part in the summer their views about the affects on the environment.
Islander Reporter camp program at the Anna Maria Island Community The campers were all in agreement on one thing,
The recent capping of the Deepwater Horizon oil Center last week voiced their thoughts over the recent that the oil has not yet had a direct affect on their
well has many hoping that the oil flow into the Gulf of progress of BP on capping the oil well, and shared summer plans at the Center.
NONEMMMM"....... .. .
Annie Walter, 9, Tori Walter, 9, and Jack Walter 12. Annie says, "I think it's bad.
It could kill all the animals and I hope it doesn't come here." Tori says, "I hope
it's all done. If it came here the water would be oily and it would smell terrible."
Jack says, "I'm not too worried about it. I don't get all of my food from the
water, but I think it could maybe come here. I would still go to the beach unless
there were buckets full of oil. Even then I would just play in the sand."
Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon
Marley Mapp, 11, says,
"I don't like it. I have
thought if they don't
have a cap that really
fits it would go all over
the world. I really am
worried about all the
animals it is going to
affect. I hope this cap
will keep the oil out."
Izzy Gomez, 10, says,
"It's really horrible. It's
ruining the ocean. They
are spending enough
time making sure it
really is shut off. I surf
and I'm in the water
a lot. We were doing
surf camp and my
mom thought she could
actually smell the oil. I
hope it doesn't
Tara Garner, 9, says,
"When Ifirst heard about
the oil spill I was devas-
tated. All I could think
about is all the wildlife
and have wondered if
they could stop the oil
flow. I'm glad it's under
cap now, and I'm hoping
and praying it will be
stopped. I also hope they
will stop all future
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Island cities-WMFR budget plans take shape
)00 decline in revenues for the
na Maria city commissioners
established a tentative millage for the coming budget
year at 1.8665, a rate that is actually a 4.4 percent
increase from the current 1.7882 millage rate.
The 1.8665 rollback rate allows the city to meet
the same budget as last year.
The rollback is the rate projected to produce the
same revenue and spending as the previous fiscal year
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach's public works department will
undergo a realignment in 2010-11 under a proposed
budget for the coming fiscal year.
The department will forego its assistant director
position in lieu of a field supervisor, resulting in a
salary savings of about $19,000, according to PW
director Tom Woodard.
The figures were presented to the city commis-
sion last week as it completed its two-week review
of preliminary budget calculations for the fiscal year
that begins Oct. 1.
Woodard had first presented the realignment to
commissioners two weeks ago, drawing some heated
criticism from Gay Breuler and questions from Janie
Robertson and Janet Vosburgh.
But last week commissioners tentatively approved
the streets and roads budget that was based on the
"I've listened to Tom.... I hear his needs. I would
prefer to see his budget adjusted," Robertson said.
Woodard said the change would save money, as
well as provide for improved department operations
- with more employees in the field.
"There has to be some correction," Woodard
He had the support of Mayor Bob Bartelt, who
said he worked with city department heads to pres-
ent what taxpayers and commissioners wanted "a
bare-bones, streamlined, efficient budget."
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approve the final budget, but it can't be raised, said
city treasurer Diane Percycoe at the commission's
July 22 meeting.
Percycoe presented the city's proposed 2010-11
total budget of $2.137 million at a budget work ses-
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The total proposed budget is a 26 percent
decrease from the $2.885 million the city spent
s public works
added, "There is a national and global trend to down-
size and streamline, both in the business community
and government. Manatee County just cut 20 jobs....
The newspapers are filled with stories of job cuts and
downsizing. Sometimes cuts are uncomfortable, but
necessary to survive in today's financially challeng-
In addition to changes in the public works depart-
ment, the overall proposed 2010-11 budget for Bra-
denton Beach eliminates the project/program depart-
The savings from the elimination of the depart-
ment estimated at $115,000 will help fund a
proposed 5 percent pay raise for city employees, who
have not received a raise in three years, the mayor
The overall budget also proposes a 2.1539 mill-
age rate, the same rate as for the 2009-10 budget and
the same rate applied for the 2008-09 budget.
If the city levies the proposed rate, the municipal
property tax on a $400,000 home would be $861.56.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property, less any exemptions.
The proposed rate is lower than the rollback
rate, which, according to the Manatee County
Property Assessor's Office would be 2.4868 mills.
The rollback rate is the tax rate that would bring in
the same amount of property tax dollars from the
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last year, although a large portion of that was from
the city's line of credit to pay for capital improve-
ments projects and grant money from the South-
west Florida Water Management District for storm-
The city would have a reserve of about $470,000,
or 43 percent of the total operating budget of $2.1
million in the 2010-11 budget, Percycoe noted.
City staff will get an across-the-board 2.5 percent
pay raise in the budget, their first salary increase in
Mayor Fran Barford said that while this is a
"bare-bones budget and more," it is enough to ensure
the city will operate at the present level and provide
for the "health, safety and welfare" of residents.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus praised Percy-
coe's work, saying it was a "pleasure" to see such
City auditor Ed Leonard presented some good
news to the commission, stating the audit of the city's
2008-09 budget showed no deficiencies. Leonard
gave the city a "clean, unqualified" rating, the high-
est an auditor can give a budget.
The commissioners set the date for the first public
hearing on the 2010-11 budget for 6 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 8. Several budget work sessions are scheduled
before the hearing.
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If Anna Maria adopts a 1.8665 millage rate for
2010-11, it will be a 4.4 percent increase from the
current 1.7882 rate that was first adopted in the 2007-
One mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of
assessed valuation on a property.
An Anna Maria homeowner with an assessed
value of $425,000 and claiming a $25,000 homestead
exemption paid Manatee County $715.28 under the
current 1.7882 ad valorem millage rate.
By comparison, a 4.4 percent increase in 2010-
11 would result in the same property owner paying
$746.60 in ad valorem taxes to Manatee County, an
increase of $31.32.
Anna Maria's ad valorem millage rate was 2.0
from the 2001-02 budget until the 2007-08 budget,
when it was lowered to the current 1.7882.
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Bradenton Beach commissioners signed off on
the proposed budget for Tingley Memorial Library
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The library, 111 Second St. N., is funded in
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Tingley, and is a non-profit where patrons pay a $3
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By Rick Catlin
Property owners in the West Manatee Fire Rescue
district can expect to see an increase in fees for ser-
vice on their tax bills this year. For the 11th consecu-
tive year since the WMFR was formed in 2000, the
annual assessment for fire services is going up.
WMFR Chief Andy Price told district commis-
sioners at their recent meeting that the minimum
annual assessment for fire services is increasing by
about 4 percent in the 2010-11 budget. The raise will
bring in an additional $251,000 in revenue, he said.
More money is needed because the district lost
$1.3 billion in property values the past year that
resulted in a corresponding drop in the number of
properties that pay a fire assessment.
According to the chief's budget, the annual fire assess-
ment fee for a residence starts at $159.22 up $6 from last
year plus 9.4 cents per square foot for every square foot
over 1,000. The minimum business assessment is $375.22,
a jump of $15 from last year's rate.
Businesses with more than 1,000 square feet have
the same assessment as residences, Price said.
A 4 percent increase is less than the maximum
6.9 percent allowed by Florida law, he said.
The 2010-11 budget was presented at $5.29 mil-
lion, only a slight increase from last year $5.203 mil-
lion, Price said.
The budget has $4.7 million scheduled for sala-
ries and benefits, or 88.9 percent of the total budget.
Staff did not get a cost-of-living-allowance increase
in pay because the cost of living did not go up in
2009, Price said.
However, Price said he has been advised that the
district can expect a double-digit increase in health
insurance rates in the coming fiscal year, and that
increase is figured into the budget.
20 E JULY 28, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Cold case: Kingfish slaying unsolved in 30 years
By Lisa Neff
The reward for information leading to an arrest in
the Kingfish Boat Ramp slaying stands at $5,000.
If the reward had been accruing interest since the
date of the killings, it might have doubled.
The killings took place 30 years ago Aug. 1,
On that day, a Friday, an unknown assailant shot
five people in Holmes Beach. Four died of their inju-
ries Tampa pediatrician Juan Dumois, 47, his sons
Eric, 13, and Mark, 9, and Holmes Beach resident
Robert Matzke, 60, a retired Air Force officer. The
fifth victim, Raymond Barrows, the doctor's brother
in law, died of natural causes two years later.
Multiple agencies and multiple investigators have
been involved in the case over the years. Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay Romine, for example, was
the case investigator from 1998 to 1993.
But, noted Romine, a lot of change comes in
departments over three decades. "There is no one
here now that was on the department at the time,"
Romine said, referring to the date of the slaying.
The shooting began shortly after 5 p.m. that
Friday night. Barrows, Dumois and the boys had
just returned to the boat ramp at the Holmes Beach-
Manatee County boundary on Manatee Avenue after
a day of boating and fishing.
The extended family had been vacationing in
Holmes Beach since July 21, staying at a rented a
home on 78th Street.
Barrows, Dumois and his sons embarked for the
boating adventure at about 8:30 a.m., while Dumois'
wife, her sister and her daughter stayed home, plan-
ning a beach day.
Later that day, at about 5 p.m., Dumois was driv-
ing away from the ramp when a man with a bicycle
approached. He said he had injured his ankle and
asked for a ride, according to information from the
Manatee County Gold Star Club, which is offering
the $5,000 reward.
Apparently welcomed by Dumois, the man put
his bike in the boat and climbed into the back seat of
the station wagon, sitting beside Eric and Mark.
Dumois was driving on Manatee Avenue when
the man fired the shots with a .22-caliber handgun,
striking all four victims in the back of the head.
Barrows later told police he thought another vehi-
cle had rear-ended them, but then he saw his blood
and blood on the boys. The shooter, he recalled, did
not speak a word after he climbed into the station
The wagon veered onto the north shoulder of
Manatee Avenue west of the boat ramp near the
entry to Westbay Cove North condominiums. Wit-
ness accounts said the vehicle jackknifed, but police
reports state that the shooter steered the vehicle to
When the wagon came to a stop, the shooter
An unknown man shot four people in this station
wagon as it left the Kingfish Boat Ramp Aug. 1,
1980. The vehicle and the boat trailing it came to a
stop nearby the ramp and the entrance to Westbay
Cove North condominiums. Islander Photo: Uni-
versity of South Florida Librar;. .\ ..m..i...., County
Public Library Historic Photograph Collection
grabbed his bicycle and rode off.
The first police officer dispatched to the scene
was expecting to deal with a car accident, which is
what the first witnesses to reach the station wagon
thought they saw.
Matzke, working outside his condominium at
W\,ltiu)y, got into his sports car and followed the man
on the bicycle. In the parking lot of the Foodway
grocery story, currently the site of a Publix, Matzke
and the unknown man exchanged words.
And then, as Matzke went to his car, the man
shot him in the head, climbed into what witnesses
described as a tan or brown car and sped away, trav-
eling east on Manatee Avenue over the bridge.
The Holmes Beach Police Department took the
lead in the investigation, with assistance from the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office, federal agents and
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Barrows provided authorities with the details of
the shootings. And he and other witnesses provided
a description of the killer light-skinned, about 160
pounds, 6 feet tall with dark bushy hair and wearing
white tennis gear.
More than 130 suspects were interviewed in an
investigation that involved hundreds and hundreds
of police hours, but the gun was never recovered.
Neither were the bicycle, nor the escape vehicle.
Federal authorities focused for a while on Chi-
The interior of the station wagon, where two men
and two boys were shot Aug. 1, 1980. The shoot-
ings took place near the Kingfish Boat Ramp in
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: University of
South Florida Librar;.. \ .\ I.,1. ..... County Public
Library Historic Photograph Collection
cago-native Richard Lee Whitley, who was arrested
in Tampa shortly after the killings and was wanted
by the FBI in connection with a homicide in Falls
Church, Va. Whitley, however, provided a confirmed
alibi for Aug. 1.
Former Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells,
an investigator for the state attorney's office when the
slaying took place, once said he thought he knew the
identify of the killer, but he lacked proof.
Local authorities had focused on William Peter
Kuhlman, a man charged and acquitted in the shoot-
ing of a Bradenton Beach woman and convicted in
the killing of an Ocala teenager.
However, authorities have never filed any charges
in connection with the boat ramp slaying that, 30
years ago, True Police magazine deemed the "Most
Baffling Mass Murder Ever."
In the press coverage that followed the incident,
witnesses and law enforcement officers referred to
the assailant as a hitchhiker, an assassin, a hitman
and an executioner.
Speculation about a motive was wide-ranging.
The late Snooks Adams, who served as a Holmes
Beach police chief, once told The Islander he knew,
in his heart, what happened. He theorized and he
wasn't alone that Dumois and Barrows, Cuban-
Americans, were hit by the Cuban mafia.
However, an FDLE agent assigned to profile the
incident told the press in 1989 that the crime was a
"random act of lunacy."
The scene of a shooting 30 years ago in the parking lot of the Foodway in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 28, 2010 0 21
Islander looks back on Kingfish killings
By Lisa Neff
Ed Straight was off-Island and off-duty when
he heard the Manatee County emergency radio call
about a car accident at Manatee Avenue and East Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach.
Then he heard another radio report about a car
accident in the parking lot of the nearby Foodway
Two accidents so close to one another in Holmes
Beach? Not likely in the sleepy resort town, espe-
cially in August.
It turned out there was no vehicle accident that
day Aug. 1, 1980.
That day, an unidentified man shot five people -
four of them would die of their wounds and the fifth
would die just two years later of a heart attack.
The shootings of Dr. Juan Dumois, his young
sons Eric and Mark and his brother-in-law Raymond
Barrows, took place at about 5 p.m. as Dumois drove
his station wagon away from the Kingfish Boat Ramp
near Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive.
The shooter raced away on his bicycle to the
Foodway parking lot, currently the site of a Publix,
where he was confronted by Westbay Cove resident
Robert Matzke. After words, Matzke was shot in the
back of the head as he returned to his sports car and
the shooter escaped in a tan or brown car.
Straight, a Bradenton Beach resident, was a cap-
tain of the Manatee County Emergency Medical Ser-
vices at the time. Within a year, he would be EMS
"I was not a first responder," he said. "I actually
wasn't on duty. But I kept my radio on. The call went
down as a vehicle accident."
A 911 system wasn't in place in Manatee at the
time and Straight, who was in Bradenton when he
heard the first call, remembered a lot of chatter.
When another call came in, reporting a second
accident, EMS responders assumed some witness
confusion and that there were two calls reporting a
Straight said, "It was several minutes before they
realized what they had."
What they had was two crime scenes and five
"About then," Straight said, "everybody thinks
they are under fire. There were concerns about
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Straight, listening to the radio, called his wife,
who was at home on the Island. "I called Gail and
told her to get the kids inside," he said.
He also drove back to the Island, arriving to the
boat ramp about 30 minutes after the shootings.
"The story, as I heard it, the first part, was based
on the person who survived," Straight said. \ ki1)
he was telling the truth, maybe not."
Barrows would tell authorities that a man with
a bicycle approached Dumois at the boat ramp and
hitched a ride.
"He has a .22-caliber and shoots all four quickly,"
Straight said. "He casually gets out of this car, rides
Straight said he couldn't make sense of why
Matzke pursued the man. If he heard gunshots, why
would he have followed the man? If he saw the sta-
tion wagon on the shoulder of the road, why would
he have followed the man?
"That, to me, is part of the puzzle," said Straight,
whose recollection is that Matzke was on the move
when he was shot, suggesting to him the gunman had
some skill with the handgun.
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Others have shared that thought.
And, like others, Straight continues to suspect that
the Cuban mafia ordered the shooting of the doctor, his
sons and his brother-in-law. Both Dumois, of Tampa,
and Barrows, of Miami, had come from Cuba.
\ ly theory, or, well, let's say rumor had it, is that
maybe the underground had put him through medical
school and he was to go back to Cuba," Straight said.
"He double-crossed them.... The Cuban mob was
quite active back then."
Straight offered another angle that Barrows
was supposed to be shot and survive.
"Of course," Straight said, "t \c i) li ig after that
day is just hearsay... By the time that everyone here
realized what had happened and put out a BOLO
on a brown car, the man was long gone out of the
And the Island would have five unsolved shoot-
ings, four of them fatal.
"It was a definitely a shock in this place," Straight
said. "That kind of thing, it just didn't happen
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Trust withdraws lodge offer, cites 'malicious' blog
By Rick Catlin
The Angler's Lodge in Anna Maria likely
won't be moved to the city's historical park on Pine
Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust presi-
dent Sissy Quinn withdrew her offer to the city to
move the historic house to public property on Pine
Avenue, claiming a "slanderous blog" has spread lies
and untruths about her, the Angler's Lodge project,
trust members and the aims of the
Quinn told Anna Maria com-
missioners at their July 22 meet-
ing that "becoming the topic of a
slanderous blog, which the presi-
dent of the historical society saw
Quinn fit to spread throughout the Island
by e-mail, is about as aggrieved as
it gets. It seems our city has been poisoned by people
who will have their way at any cost."
Quinn said she knew it was only a "matter of
time" before she would see her name on the blog,
"given the cyber bully from Tampa and his relation-
ship to the director of the historical society."
The blog ourannamaria.blogspot.com is
reportedly administered by former Commissioner
Duke Miller and written by Bill Yanger. Yanger,
who does not live in Anna Maria, is the son of Betty
Yanger, director of the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society. Melissa Williams is the president of the
"We have all been taken hostage by this mali-
cious blog, no matter what side you are on," Quinn
"I was hoping that the lodge could become a
positive and friendly place for adults to gather on
But the blog's reports on the Angler's Lodge
and a few negative people have "poisoned" the city,
alleged Quinn. The blog writers will "have their way
Wednesday, July 28
11 a.m. Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio
and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Business
Card Exchange at First Bank, 9819 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Photography tips and tricks teen program at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Thursday, July 29
10:30 a.m. Storytelling at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, July 30
6:30 to 9 p.m. Skate night at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Saturday, July 31
9 a.m. Fishing class for kids at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee
Tuesday, Aug. 3
Noon District governor Don Thomas will speak at the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
6 p.m. Opera on the Island DVD viewing and discussion at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday, Aug. 4
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111, Gulf Drive S.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies. RSVP
1:15 p.m.- Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library,
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at any cost," she said.
Quinn concluded that she is now looking for
"other arrangements" for the lodge."
Bill Yanger wrote two blog reports about Angler's
Lodge. The blog suggested Quinn and others had an
ulterior motive for moving the lodge to city property.
Betty Yanger did not apologize for her son's blog
writings, but told commissioners that the society has
"supported Angler's Lodge" from the beginning.
She said the society "offered an alternative spot
behind the jail" adjacent to the park.
"We thought we could move ahead with that,"
Betty Yanger said, and she and the society were pre-
pared to discuss the issue at the commission meet-
Following Quinn's statement, however, the com-
mission declined to discuss the future of the Angler's
Lodge and moved to other business.
at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, July 29
7p.m. Life on Earth Film Series: "For All Mankind" at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
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on three lots.
to allow the
to find it a
Former Mayor SueLynn, a member of the trust,
expressed her dissatisfaction with the blog and its
impact on Quinn and other city residents.
"This is frustrating," SueLynn said. "I find it's
a sad situation when Sissy Quinn can't come before
this commission because of a hateful dialogue on a
She told commissioners a lot of their constituents
are "afraid to speak out because of harassment" from
the blog writer. People do not want to see their name
run through the mud and printed on the blog, she
"This city is not able to function as a democracy
because someone has set themselves up as judge and
jury, and if you don't support their cause, you are
harassed by malicious attacks. It's a sad situation. I
don't know how you can address it because the blog
is vicious," SueLynn said.
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7 p.m. Manatee Players' Broadway Bootcamp presents "Seus-
sical" at 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Aug. 1. Information: 941-
749-0985. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Aug. 4
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Manatee Chamber Power Connection Lun-
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tion: 941-748-4842. Fee applies.
* Aug. 5, Life On Earth Film Series presents "Deep Blue," South Florida
* Aug. 6, Island Rockers benefit concert, Back Alley.
* Aug. 6, "Kung Fu Panda" film, Anna Maria Island Community
Aug. 14, Sizzling Summer Dance, Anna Maria Island Community
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James Lee Boersma
James Lee Boersma, 50, of Crown Point, Ind.,
died July 17.
He was employed by SACO Industries of Lowell,
Ind., as vice president of operations for Hallmark Prop-
erties, owner of the Rod & Reel Motel, Anna Maria.
Funeral services were in Indiana with arrange-
ments by Gelsen Funeral-Cremation Centre.
Mr. Boersma is survived by his wife of 21 years,
Jill; daughters Jenny and Jill Maynard, parents George
and Hazel; brother George, sister Alva De Vries; and
many in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Ronald J. Bouse
Ronald J. Bouse, 82, of Anna Maria died July 17.
He was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Paterson, N.J.,
and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1989.
He was a Golden Gloves boxer, referee and writer
for The Ring magazine. He served in the Merchant
Marines and U.S. Army. He was a member of the N.J.
Boxing Hall of Fame, American Legion Post 82 and
three law enforcement honor legions. He eventually
became a lieutenant in the sheriff's department of
Passaic County, N.J.
Donations may be made to TideWell Hospice,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. A memorial
service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
He is survived by his companion of 20 years, Kay
Pruden; daughters Renee Bouse and husband Dave
O'Brien and Mary Bouse and husband Mark Flan-
nery; grandchildren Ronald O'Brien, Dan O'Brien
and Aimee O'Brien Murphy; and goddaughter, Dolo-
res Pruden and husband Brandon Hiott.
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He is survived by his former wife of 36 years,
Raun; daughter Keli Graham of Illinois; and lifelong
"First Mate" Deena Armstrong.
Nicholas G. Patsios Sr.
Nicholas G. Patsios Sr., 79, of Holmes Beach,
died July 18. He was born May 21, 1931, in Chicago
and moved to Florida in 1976. He worked as a real
estate broker at Island Real Estate.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, July 31, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations
may be made to the National Kidney Foundation
of Florida Inc., 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119,
Orlando FL 32803, or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home,
Westview Chapel, Bradenton. Online condolences
may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Mr. Patsios is survived by wife Gail; son Nick Jr.
and wife Brenda of Bradenton; daughter Linda and
husband Michael West of Bradenton; sister Patricia
Oarbarino of Illinois; grandchildren Kimberly, Dar-
lene, Jerry and Monica West and Dustin and Kaci
Patsios; and his beloved beagle Sally.
William C. 'Bill' Sawyer
William C. "Bill" Sawyer, formerly of Holmes
Beach and Palmetto, died July 15. He was born in
Philadelphia Jan. 17, 1923.
Mr. Sawyer was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air
Corps during World War II.
No services are planned.
He is survived by daughters Gail and husband
Jim Husbands of Bradenton, Dawn and husband
Reds Livingston of Prospect Park, Pa.; son William
C. Sawyer Jr. and wife Meredith of Mantua, N,J.; four
granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.
Kevin J. Shonkwiler
Kevin J. Shonkwiler, 49, of Holmes Beach, died
July 7. He came to Anna Maria Island in 1994.
Mr. Shonkwiler was an experienced jeweler and
managed Jess Jewelers of Bradenton for many years,
and most recently worked in sales at Bridge Street
Jewelers in Bradenton Beach.
A gathering in his honor will be held at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 7, at the home he shared with his part-
ner of 17 years, C.D. Dashiell. For information, call
Dashiell at 941-713-4086.
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HB waste collection to
change pickup days
Waste Management's trash and recycling collec-
tion schedule in Holmes Beach will change beginning
Garbage and recycling pick up both will be
collected Monday, yard-waste pickup will remain
Wednesday and garbage-only pickup will be
Waste Management asks that trash and recycla-
bles be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the
day of the pickup.
Wash offers reward
for sign return
Darrin Wash of Wash Family Construction is
offering a reward for information regarding the theft
of three signs he said were taken
July 16 from the 7100 block of
Palm Drive in Holmes Beach.
Wash, a contractor for 23
years in Holmes Beach, said
he's lost six signs in the past two
months. He estimated he's lost
Wash $800 in signage.
"If somebody has a problem
with me they should just call me," Wash said. "At
least let me know, because then, hopefully, there's
something I could do about it."
Wash asked that anyone with information on the
signs call him at 941-725-0073.
A story in the July 21 edition of The Islander
regarding the sentencing of Derek Lauterbach for the
December 2009 break in at Tide & Moon Jewelry,
Holmes Beach, incorrectly identified store-owner
Laura Shely. We regret the inconvenience.
Island police blotter
No new reports.
No new reports
July 19, 300 block of 58th Street, burglary of
a residence. A man said someone entered his home
and stole a Nintendo video game system valued at
$250, and various electronics. Holmes Beach Police
Department officers obtained fingerprints.
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Ties show competitive nature of soccer
By Kevin Cassidy
Three out of the four indoor soccer league games
played last week ended in ties, showing just how
competitive the games are in the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Summer Indoor Soccer League.
The only victory of the week came when Action
Kawasaki Yamaha defeated Anna Maria Oyster Bar
3-1 in the second game of the evening July 19.
Sydney Cornell opened the scoring in the fourth
minute when she found some space up the left side
and found the back of the net with a nice left-footed
shot for a 1-0 Oyster Bar lead.
Action tied the score in the 12th minute when
Javier Solgado cleared the ball up the middle to
Michael Latimer. Latimer carried the ball right at
Oyster Bar goalie Seth Katzenberger, who came off
his line to deny Latimer. Unfortunately for Katzen-
berger and his teammates, Ben Connors swept in and
deposited the loose ball into the vacated goal to tie
the score 1-1.
Action took the lead late in the first half when
Dylan Joseph toe-poked a soft shot that scooted
underneath the Oyster Bar goalie for a 2-1 lead.
The teams battled back and forth in the second half,
but Action was the only team that managed to find the
back of the net in the second half. It occurred in the 32nd
minute when Solgado picked off an attempted clearing
pass at mid-court and finished far post to complete a 3-1
victory for Action Kawasaki Yamaha.
The opening game of the night saw still unde-
feated Sparks Steel Art forge a 2-2 tie with Ross Built.
Ryan Fellowes notched a pair of goals to lead Sparks,
while Aiden Grumley and Andrew Ross scored a goal
apiece for Ross Built.
Ross Built and Action Kawasaki Yamaha battled
to a 4-4 tie July 21. Ross Built, which played most of
the game with the minimum five players, took a 2-0
lead, but couldn't hold onto it.
Jake Ross led all scorers with three goals, while
twin Andrew Ross added one goal. Action was led by
Javier Solgado's two goals and a goal each by Nico
Colacci and Zach Stewart.
The second game of the evening saw Sparks Steel
Art battle to a 2-2 tie with Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
Ryan Fellowes and Robbie Fellowes each notched
single goals to lead Sparks, while Gillian Cassidy
and Sydney Cornell scored for the Oyster Bar.
Adult playoffs loom in flag football
With only two season games left to play, playoff
seedings are still up in the air in both the AFC and NFC
divisions of the AMICC NFL adult flag football league.
The Bills currently lead the AFC, but with two straight
losses and an upcoming game against second-place Jag-
uars, first place is not exactly set in stone.
The Vikings hold on first place in the NFC is also
up for grabs, but it's a little more complicated than
the AFC race. The Giants would need to defeat the
suddenly hot Bucs in their July 29 match, and follow
that with a victory over the Vikings Aug. 5 to take the
top spot in the division.
Speaking of the Bucs, they opened their season with
four straight losses, including a 53-6 loss to the Jaguars
July 7. Since that embarrassing loss, they've won two
straight games, including a 25-13 victory over the first-
place Vikings July 22. Quarterback David Johnston had
a huge game, completing 18 of 27 passes for 238 yards
and four touchdown passes. Two touchdown passes
went to Robbie Bennett, who finished with 88 receiving
yards, while Bobby Gibbons finished with 84 receiving
yards, a touchdown and an extra point. Heidi Johnston
completed the Buc scoring with one touchdown recep-
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tion in the victory.
The Vikings were led by Paul Kurtz, who threw
for 131 yards and a pair of touchdowns. One went
to Jordan Pritchard, who finished with 74 receiving
yards and an extra point. Lance Plowman added 39
receiving yards and a touchdown. Plowman and Prit-
chard paced the Viking defense, finishing with six
and four flag pulls respectively. Pritchard added an
interception in the loss.
The second upset of the evening came when the
Giants rolled past the first-place Bills 21-7 behind a
defense that produced three interceptions, a safety
and three quarterback sacks. Emily King led the Giant
defense with three flag pulls and an interception that
she returned for a touchdown. Jimmy Thomas also
had three flag pulls to go along with a safety and three
quarterback sacks, while Tyler Bekkerus had a pair
of interceptions and three flag pulls in the victory.
Bekkerus played a big role offensively for the
Giants, completing 14 passes for 136 yards and two
touchdowns. Jeremy Jackson was on the receiving
end of one touchdown and finished with 66 receiving
yards, while Mark Anderson added 48 receiving yards,
a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.
The Bills were led by Scott Dell's 128 passing
yards and one touchdown pass to Chris Jones, who
finished with 54 receiving yards and an extra point.
George Imes led the Bills on defense with four flag
pulls, while Brian Moorhead and Jones each finished
with three pulls.
The Broncos got back on the winning track with
a 25-6 victory over the Jaguars behind a total team
effort that saw four players complete at least one pass
and there were touchdowns by another four players.
John Pace completed seven passes for 59 yards and
one touchdown, while also scoring an extra point.
Mike Walter completed five passes for 47 yards and
a touchdown, while Robert Cornell completed three
passes for 50 yards and one touchdown, while also
adding a touchdown reception. Brent Moss led the
Bronco receivers with 47 yards and a touchdown,
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an extra point. David Zaccagnino finished with 31
receiving yards and a touchdown and Shandi Austin
added 12 receiving yards and a touchdown to round
out the Bronco scoring.
Cornell paced the Bronco defense with a pair of
interceptions and one flag pull, while Moss and Zac-
cagnino each added an interception in the victory.
The Jaguars finished with 51 passing yards and
53 rushing yards. Clay Orr led the way with 25 yards
on the ground and 23 receiving yards, while Dustin
Swain added 30 rushing yards. Orr scored the only
touchdown for the Jaguars when he returned an inter-
ception for a touchdown.
Check www.islander.org for AMICC game sched-
ules and standings.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, individual-low-net golf game July 20.
Joyce Brown captured first place in Flight A with a
3-over-par 35, while Nancy King took second with
a 41. Flight B winner was Kris Landkammer with a
2-under-par 30. Terry Westby and Meredith Slavin
tied for second with matching 34s, while Dorothy
McKenna finished alone in third place with a 35.
Only two teams managed the three requisite pool
play wins during July 24 horseshoe action at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits. The team of Steve Doyle and
Tom Pechous rolled past Jerry Bennett and Steve
Grossmann by a 23-9 score.
Three teams emerged from pool play during July
21 horseshoe action. Jerry Bennett and Tim Sofran
eliminated Steve Grossman and Sam Samuels 21-8
to advance to the finals. In the finals, Bennett-Sofran
defeated Bob Heiger and Norm Good 21-14.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm
ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
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Stink baits key in scorching temperatures
By Nick Walter
The stinkier the better.
Although some big, full moon tides should get
inshore fish biting better this week, inshore game fish
such as snook, redfish and trout have been somewhat
slow to bite and lethargic. The best remedy for this
summertime lull is to chuck out oily stink-bait such as
cut mullet, ladyfish or a mashed-up shiner. Let the bait
sit in an ideal spot, such as a pot hole, during low tide
and redfish, especially, will drift toward the scent.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said the bait fish have been small, but are
getting bigger. Howard said he's been downsizing his
tackle to No. 1 hooks, and has been fishing in deeper
water. Howard said on a charter last week he saw a
ton of sharks in the bay.
"I was fishing 3-4 foot drop-offs and sharks were
crossing the bar in 6-8 inches of water," Howard
On a positive note, Howard did some scouting in
the bays last week and saw some snook where they
traditionally are this time of the year. In light of the
massive snook kill during the extreme cold weather
earlier this year, seeing snook in their traditional spots
was encouraging to Howard.
Howard estimated the freeze killed about 80 per-
cent of snook in the area.
Capt. Warren Girle reported fishing a nighttime,
negative tide last week and, as water was dumping
off the flats, leaving pot holes full of fish, his clients
were catching snook from 26- to 29-inch lengths,
redfish around 29 inches and trout to 17 inches on
cut ladyfish. "We knocked them silly," he said.
JoAnn Manali of Holmes Beach caught these red
snapper using dead bait while fishing offshore of
Anna Maria Island with husband Capt. Anthony
Manali in 130feet of water.
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for bait. The Brown were fishing offshore of Anna Maria Island in about 100 feet of water with Capt. Larry
McGuire of ,i. i Me the Fish Charters.
On July 23, he reported that a family fished water
depths of 4-5 feet in north Sarasota Bay, catching jack
crevalle, bluefish, ladyfish and trout to 18 niches that
were ganging up on bait pods. Later in the afternoon,
on a high tide, they fished tight to mangroves for
redfish to 30 inches.
Girle said offshore, over a 7-mile reef, a charter
produced a goliath grouper of 150 pounds, a bunch of
sharks, mangrove snapper to 18 inches and a 38-inch
Annamae Lahay from Corky's Live Bait,
Tackle, & Thrift Shop reported Palma Sola Bay and
Sarasota Bay have been holding spotted sea trout and
redfish, some of the reds running to 30-plus inches.
Also in these waters, fishermen are reporting catching
ladyfish, bluefish and some large pinfish. She said
the fishermen are having luck with redfish using live
Inshore fishermen have reported some nice
catches of black drum, flounder, mangrove snapper
and Spanish mackerel. She said some fishermen are
saying the Spanish mackerel are rather picky, some
days preferring the silver spoons and the next day
only going for gold spoons. "Sounds like the Spanish
mackerel like to test the fisherman's patience," Lahay
She reported Longboat Pass is another great
spot where fishermen are catching w hilin.ii snook,
mangrove snapper, some flounder and shark. "Seems
like the sharks are popular wherever one fishes these
days," Lahay said. "Shark are good eating when of
the smaller size."
The tarpon are w anin,. she said, and there have
Captain Mark Howard
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been hardly any reports of hook ups with the silver
kings, except by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
"Seems the fishermen on boats by the Skyway Bridge
are seeing some tarpon, but not in the numbers that
they were a month ago," she said. "Spanish mackerel
are plentiful in this area some days and other days
they have moved elsewhere."
Ted Pafquantonio from the Rod & Reel Pier
said fishing has been slow at the pier. He reported
seeing anglers catch about 10 Spanish mackerel daily,
a couple mangrove snapper and an occasional black
drum. "But there's a lot of bait fish, snake fish and
lizard fish," he said.
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway
south fishing pier said anglers have caught a few
Spanish mackerel, a lot of small grouper to 19 inches
and some mangrove snapper. He said he is still seeing
tarpon roll under the pier.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said he's
been catching keeper gag grouper 16 miles offshore,
along with goliath grouper, mangrove snapper and
"I'm still using pinfish," McGuire said. "That's
my best bait of all. We catch some sand perch and
grunts to go along with that, and also squid and sar-
dines. The red snapper bite better on a squid-and-
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Fat Cat has new
Fat Cat carpet-tile-upholstery
cleaning in the Island Shopping Center,
5400 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
has expanded its services to include the
latest techniques for cleaning natural
stone surfaces and restoring them to
their original beauty and shine.
Owner Larry House and his service
representatives recently completed the
SpiI.c .'y Stone Care Solutions semi-
nar conducted by Interlink Supply in
The seminar teaches the latest solu-
tions for cleaning travertine floors, gran-
ite countertops and bathroom shower
enclosures, among other varieties of
stone and hard surfaces. The Fat Cat
team learned the techniques and solution
mixtures required to bring those surfaces
back to their original condition.
"It was a very good seminar," Larry
said. "We all did hands-on training
taught by their professionals. We stud-
ied the various treatments, mixtures and
cleaning methods to learn what works
best with each surface. I was impressed
with how clean the granite and stones
looked after treatment."
Fat Cat has more than five years
experience in cleaning ceramic/porce-
lain tile and grout, and has provided
restorative and maintenance programs
for upholstery and carpets for clients on
Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and
the Bradenton-Sarasota area for the past
The company offers a free in-house
evaluation of cleaning stone, tile, grout
and upholstery items.
For more information, go to
Larry House, owner
of Fat Cat carpet,
upholstery and tile
cleaners in the Island
/f, y'"',, Center,
5400 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, offers
for stone and hard
surfaces such as
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The Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce will hold its monthly Net-
working@Noon luncheon from 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 29, at
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine
Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota.
Marnie Matarese of RE/MAX
Excellence is sponsoring the lun-
cheon and members are urged to bring
Cost of the luncheon is $20 for
members and $25 for non-members.
Reservations are requested by July
For more information, call 941-383-
Susan Thomas will reopen the
Giving Back collectibles shop at the
Anna Maria Island Art League building
in Holmes Beach Aug. 3.
Susan said she and husband Rich-
ard have just returned from North Car-
olina with "lots of great stuff" for the
The shop is at 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
For more information, call 941-778-
Island resident Dan Parsons, owner
of Daniels Travel Co. on Anna Maria
Island, recently returned from Vacation.
come's annual trade show in Orlando and
brought back a portfolio of special cruise
packages and prices offered by the vari-
ous cruise lines.
Dan said he spoke with so many
cruise lines that he now has a complete
list of what's available for any particu-
lar cruise, including the best price for
the best amenities and the best ports-of-
The company has been serving
Island residents for more than 12
For more information, call 941-
737-9143 or go to the company web-
site at www.danstravelco@yahoo.
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., Bradenton.
The cost is $5 per person and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests.
Reservations are not required for the
On Wednesday, Aug. 4, the chamber
will hold its August luncheon at 11:30
a.m. at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the lunch is $15 for both
members and guests and reservations
For more information, call 941-778-
Chamber seeks wed-
ding fest interest
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce is preparing for the fourth
annual Island Wedding Festival, which
is set for Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011.
In advance of the event, the cham-
ber is recruiting vendors, hosts, sponsors
For more information, call Debo-
rah Wing at the chamber at 941-778-
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 anniversary, a new hire,
or an award-winning staff member?
Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
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Island real estate transactions
514 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,699 sfla /
2,570 sfur 4bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 1969 on a 83x100 lot was sold 07/09/10,
Webster to Leep for $490,000; list $534,900.
1469 Gulf Drive, Unit 3, Bermuda Bay
Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,524 sfla / 2,622 sfur
3bed2/2bath condo with shared pool built in
1999 was sold 07/09/10, Laipply to Smyth for
5400 Gulf Drive, Unit 17, 5400 Condos,
Holmes Beach, a 968 sfla / 996 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1964 was sold
07/06/10, Koehnke to Gilbert for $315,000.
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worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
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etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
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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.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Clothing sale.
Closed August. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941 -
FOUND: SMALL KEY, tiki with graduation cap key
chain. Found near Holmes Beach library. Claim at
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FOUND: GLASSES, BROWN frames, in water
at beach, 56th Street, Holmes Beach. Claim at
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
BRONZE 4-FOOT MERMAID fountain stolen July
4. Cash reward, $200 for safe return. 941-778-
LOST CAT: 77th Street area, Holmes Beach.
Rudolph, very small, black and white with black
spot on chin and has no claws. Rudolph. 863-
FOUND: KEYS AT Coquina Beach, July 11. One
brass and two small silver keys. Call 941-330-
LOST CAT: Spring Avenue area, Anna Maria.
Black, young, with collar and bells. Call 941-778-
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES. North
end of Anna Maria, Sunday, July 18. Claim at
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
LOST: MANS GOLD ring. First Watch restaurant,
75th Street, Bradenton. Sunday, July 25. 941-778-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
FOR SALE: 2002 Ford Escort. Automatic, air
conditioning, custom stereo, new transmission.
Runs great. A bargain. $1,800. Call Rick, 941-
1998 CHEVROLET CAVALIER: Automatic, air
conditioning, four-door, auto-lock, power win-
dows. Ideal for student car. $1,250. Rick, 941-
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: email@example.com 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.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 941-778-7978.
ATTEND, ASSIST, INSPIRE: Live-in muse for hire.
Robin, 941-730-4230. Island only.
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-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.
DAVE'S CURB APPEAL: Paint, landscape, light
repair, remodel, cleanup. Affordable Island work,
$75 per four hours. Island owner, resident, with
tools. Dave, 715-418-3531.
OUTTA SIGHT OUTTA Mind: Carpet, upholstery,
tile, grout cleaning, clean ups. Elsa, 941-312-
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
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HOUSE AND PETSITTER: 35 years. References.
Bonded. Light housekeeping, gardening. Sheila,
DINNERS DELIVERED: CHEF-inspired from-
scratch recipes. Call 941-448-4294.
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: 28 years experience.
Assist in bathing, appointments, shopping, cook-
ing, housekeeping, etc. Call 941-761-1419.
CLEANING FAIRIES: LONG-time resident,
weekly, biweekly, reasonable rates and attention
to detail. Free estimates. 941-778-5717.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046 or 941-580-4487.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at 941-545-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: $15 per hour. No job too
small. One call does it all. Call Arthur, 941-301-
0624. Quality satisfaction guaranteed.
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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
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
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RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home,
northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings,
all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
LONGBOAT KEY SEASONAL rental: 2BR/2BA
condo. Washer and dryer, beautifully decorated,
gorgeous bay views, two pools, beach, tennis
court, exercise room, clubhouse. Available
November. $3,500/month plus electric. Owner,
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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-
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.
WOULD YOU LIKE to work on the beach? Three
executive offices available 200 steps from beach.
Great visibility on Gulf Drive, perfect for real estate
agent, accountant, anybody working from home.
$300-$500/month, utilities included. Call today,
move in this week. 941-746-8666.
ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria canal home.
2BR/2BA with dock and lift. Unit is largely fur-
nished with washer and dryer provided. Rate is
$1,600/month plus utilities. 1,600 sf. 813-245-
APARTMENT IN HOLMES Beach. 2BR/2BA on
canal, space for boat. No pets. Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED GROUND-level duplex.
2BR/1BA, north Holmes Beach. $925/month plus
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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344 FT. OF WATERFRONT IN KEY ROYALE On over
1/2 acre, 3BR/3BA at the point of two canals. Updated
kitchen & baths, huge 30' X 78' screened lanai, large pool,
wet bar, 20K lb. boatlift. $795,000
"CASA DEL SOL" NEIGHBORHOOD within 15 minutes
to the beach. 90 x 100 corner lot.New Roof, New Interior
Paint, "move-in" ready. Caged pool with large bonus room
for storage or entertaining. Under assessed value and offered
Norman I 941-778-6696
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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-
PRIME COMMERCIAL CORNER property with
extra lot. Great traffic and visibility. $340,000. Man-
atee Avenue West, Bradenton. 941-920-3603.
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Island since 1992.
Spectacular water views from over 60ft of deck. Dock your
boat here! Unusually spacious family home in Anna Maria City
(2500 SF+) Three bedroom includes two full master suites,
plus an office 3 garages and plenty of bonus space downstairs
$689,000. Call Robin Kollar 941-713-4515.
Enjoy Positive Cash flow Now! Or build 2 new Townhomes.
No common walls, 400 SF screened and tiled Lanai divides
the units. 2/2 and 1/1 duplex with French doors, tiled floors
and a very private setting with a large Poinciana and fenced
backyard. Very short walk to the Beach. $389,000. Call Shan-
nnn AAMrnnell QAI1-7-4.AtA4
BAYFRONT: PANORAMIC VIEWS, charming
renovation. 2BR/1 BA, office, pool, garage, screen
room, mature landscaping. $795,000. 941-778-
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale. Get your E2/
EB-5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635.
NEW CANALFRONT BEAUTY: 4BR/4.5BA. 3,350
sf under air, pool. Realistic at $1,450,000. View-
able through Aug. 19. 215 Chilson Ave., Anna
Maria. Owner Jeff Endean, 941-567-6600.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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COSTA RICA: PUERTO Viejo, Codes. Me, Tarzan,
you, Jane. Play in this dollhouse in the jungle.
Minutes walk to beaches, stores, restaurants.
2BR/2BA, new construction, positive cash flow
as vacation rental. $165,000. 941-713-4515.
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HISTORIC ANNA MARIA HOME
Known as the
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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.
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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DIRECT WATERFRONT with sandy beach! Only
$34,900. Wooded, park-like setting with gorgeous
sandy shoreline on one of Alabama's top recre-
ational waterways. All amenities completed. Boat
to Gulf of Mexico! Save $15,000 and pay no clos-
ing costs. Excellent financing. Call now, 866-952-
5302, ext. 5462.
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NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Best land buy,
2.5 acres. Spectacular views, gated, paved road.
High altitude. Easily accessible, secluded. Bryson
City. $45,000. Owner financing, 800-810-1590.
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8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA family room and garage.
FOR SALE: CANALFRONT LOT, holmes Beach $400,000
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
IN PRIME LOCATION
LARGE LOT, CAN BUILD TWO LAND CONDOS
SHORT STROLL TO GULF BEACH
SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA HOME $399,000
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