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times. Page 6
S*'' Islanders anxiously await recall decision
Primary voting offi-
Aug. 24. Page 4
Trail of gunk triggers
unfounded oil wor-
ries. Page 8
Bradenton Beach to
fund dunes project.
activities. Page 14
work. Page 18
Scallop seekers take
census. Page 21
Island police blotter.
Sports: Flag football
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Beach shop invita-
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria residents are asking just
about everybody they meet if they've heard
whether Circuit Court Judge Edward Nich-
olas rendered a decision on the motion to
dismiss the recall petition against Commis-
sioner Harry Stoltzfus.
All answer the same: "No."
Nicholas was expected to make a
prompt decision after hearing arguments
in the case Aug. 12 and is under orders by
12th District Circuit Court Chief Judge Lee
Haworth to promptly provide a decision.
But no announcement had been made by
The Islander's press deadline Monday, Aug.
25 13 days after the hearing.
Nicholas' administrative assistant said
last week the judge was in court every day
and she did not know when a decision would
Haworth scheduled the special elec-
tion for the recall vote Sept. 7, and city and
county officials need to know how to pro-
Nicholas' decision has far-reaching con-
sequences for the city, both officially and
As Commissioner Dale Woodland said,
"The city is divided" over the recall and the
related parking issue.
Still No. 1
By Rick Catlin
The Historic Anna Maria City Pier
remains the No. 1 attraction for visitors to
the Manatee County area.
In the April-June study by Research
Data Services of Tampa for the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 29.2
PLEASE SEE PIER, PAGE 4
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus,
far left, and the gallery await the hearing by
Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas Aug.
12 at the Manatee County Judicial Center in
Bradenton. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
"Ray Charles could see that," Woodland
said at a recent commission meeting.
If Nicholas dismisses the recall, Stoltz-
fus maintains his seat and the election is can
Should Nicholas find for the recall com-
mittee and committee chair Bob Carter as the
defendant, the election proceeds as planned.
Also named as defendants by Stoltzfus
in his motion are Anna Maria city clerk Alice
Baird and Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Bob Sweat.
Stoltzfus' attorney, Richard Harrison, said
the two were named because of their official
functions as clerk and elections supervisor.
Baird is represented by city attorney Jim
Dye, while Sweat's counsel is county attorney
Carter has retained Fred Moore to repre-
sent him and the committee.
The recall effort against Stoltzfus began in
April after a group of residents led by Carter
formed a recall committee upon learning the
details of more than 800 e-mails on Stoltzfus'
private computer that pertained to city busi-
Those e-mails were provided by Stoltz-
fus following a public records request. The
e-mails contained numerous statements by
Stoltzfus that the committee believes con-
stitute misfeasance and malfeasance by the
PLEASE SEE STOLTZFUS, PAGE 3
bargains, sales expert: Move
inch up past oil spill
By Rick Catlin
Buyers thinking about purchasing a piece
of paradise on Anna Maria Island should be
aware that now may be one of the better times
in the year to make a move.
"There are a lot of bargains out there in
the market," said Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay
PLEASE SEE BARGAINS, NEXT PAGE
Pier was voted
stayed in the
area during the
By Rick Catlin
There's no question that the Gulf oil spill
indirectly affected tourism to the Bradenton
That's the opinion of Walter Klages,
whose company prepares the quarterly tour-
ism surveys for the Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau.
But it's time to move past the oil spill,
Klages said at the Aug. 16 meeting of the
Manatee County Tourist Development Coun-
cil in Holmes Beach.
Klages recommended business owners
stop talking about the oil spill and "just tell
everyone how beautiful Anna Maria Island is
and you are what you have always been."
What the Island has always been is "the
real, old Florida," he said.
Klages said he's been to every Florida
destination and he "can't find another with
the ambiance, beach and atmosphere" of Anna
But the oil spill is still causing concern
PLEASE SEE TOURISM, PAGE 4
2 E AUG. 25, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
BARGAINS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Realty. "And the next two months are traditionally
the slow period for agents. We can spend a lot of time
working with an individual buyer."
Prices have remained fairly stable, despite the
uptick in buying the past 12 months, said John Van
Zandt of Island Real Estate.
"We've had an incredible amount of activity the
past 12 months" when compared with the past several
years, Van Zandt said.
He recently examined figures from the MyFlor-
idaRegional listing service website that show the
number of real estate sales on the Island between
Aug. 1, 2009, and July 31, increased 56 percent to
271, when compared with the 174 sales recorded in
the previous 12-month period.
Just because sales jumped doesn't mean prices
have responded accordingly, Van Zandt said.
The listing service reported the average selling
price per square foot for a single-family residence
increased 5 percent during the 12-month reporting
period, going from $315 to $331.
At the same time, the average-square-foot price
of a condominium declined by 14 percent, falling
from $319 to $273.
"That's not much of a rise" for a single-family
home, Brisson said, particularly when compared to
20 and 30 percent annual price increases observed in
"We're still way below those prices. Prices now
are like they were in 2002," he said. "And the con-
dominium prices are incredible."
Brisson and Van Zandt agreed: Bargains can be
found in just about every category of real estate, but
condominiums and canalfront properties can be spe-
Brisson said he's seen some condominiums for
under $100,000, something not seen on the Island in
The condo bargains include several at Gulffront
complexes, and some at inland condos that are adver-
tised for around $90,000. "That price was unheard of
five years ago," Brisson said.
That's one reason why now is the time to buy,
Van Zandt added.
The typical Island real estate buyer comes to
Anna Maria Island on vacation, falls in love and then
looks for a share of "paradise," he said.
Now's a good time for a prospective buyer to
get off the fence because September and October
are traditionally slower periods in the market. Sell-
ers are more likely to offer a good deal during the
slow season, Van Zandt indicated.
"The smart buyers are snapping up those good
deals," he said.
As an example, Van Zandt recently sold a two-
bedroom canalfront home in Holmes Beach for
$380,000, while it's appraised value was around
During the boom years of 2005-07, the same
home would have sold for more than $600,000, Bris-
But sales did slow a bit in June and July, Brisson
front home on
Beach is for
sale. It is just
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noted. He and Van Zandt agreed the oil spill near
New Orleans contributed to buyer reluctance to pur-
"There was a lot of uncertainty" about buying on
the Gulf of Mexico, Brisson said. "It's understand-
able, but we've passed that stage."
Brisson, who also handles vacation rentals, said
he lost a few rentals from regular European visitors
because of the oil.
"I had a couple of cancellations from Europeans
because of concern about oil, and I'm sure others did,
too," Brisson said.
"With prices fairly stable, we should see a lot of
activity this season," Brisson predicted.
Van Zandt also was optimistic about the next
three months and the coming winter real estate sales
season, which traditionally begins in late December
"It's still a buyer's market. Serious buyers are
grabbing good deals right now, and there's plenty of
them out there," he said.
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commissioner and, under Florida law, are grounds
for a recall vote.
The committee was required by law to submit two
petitions signed by eligible Anna
Maria voters. The first needed a
minimum of 136 signatures, while
the second required at least 204
After the first petition was
certified by Sweat's office, Stoltz-
i. *.i:fi fus filed a motion with the court
to dismiss the recall petition on
the grounds it was "legally insuf-
ficient" to warrant a recall vote.
Nicholas eventually for-
warded both recall petitions to
12th Circuit Court Chief Judge
S Lee Haworth, who certified them
Aubry and ordered a special recall elec-
tion Sept. 7, pending the outcome
of Stoltzfus' motion to dismiss.
Nicholas held a hearing on Stoltzfus' dismissal
motion Aug. 12. He said he would announce his deci-
sion as quickly as possible.
Recall election: Stoltzfus vs. Stoltzfus
Meanwhile, Stoltzfus is running to fill the remain-
der of his own term if he is recalled from office.
Gene Aubry also has qualified to fill the remain-
der of the term. Voting for both the recall and the
commission seat will be done on the same ballot.
Florida law allows both the recall election and the
election to fill the remainder of the recalled official's
term should the recall be approved to be on the
same ballot. The law also does not prevent the subject
of a recall vote from seeking the remaining term of
his or her own office.
Absentee ballots already have been mailed by
the city to ensure they are returned in time for the
election, according to city clerk Alice Baird.
"It's frustrating," said Mayor Fran Barford. "We
just need to know one way or the other what to do.
We don't want to spend a lot of money if there's not
going to be an election."
Aubry said he would like to speak about his cam-
paign and views, but wants to know the election is
on for Sept. 7 before proceeding.
\ ly comment is I'll comment when I know the
election is going forward," he said.
Aubry said when he announced for the race that
he would "bring stability" to the commission, ensure
the land-development regulations are consistent with
the comprehensive plan and clarify codes and land-
He said it's time to "mend fences by listening
to everyone with an open mind." His goal will be
to "maintain the residential areas of the city and to
support and respect the property rights of all."
Stoltzfus made parking safety on Pine Avenue
and compliance with the comprehensive plan for
ROR projects his priority when he was elected in
He maintains the city has approved a number of
projects on Pine Avenue that are unsafe and incon-
sistent with the comp plan and the LDRs.
Stoltzfus has opposed a parking plan brought for-
ward by Commission Chair John Quam, although the
commission and planning and zoning board voted
11-1 in a joint session to move discussion forward
on the plan.
Stoltzfus also maintains the density of several
recently approved ROR projects on Pine Avenue is
inconsistent with the comp plan, although the Florida
Department of Community Affairs has ruled the city's
density rules have been computed correctly.
The commissioner has said several times he will
"not back down" from what he believes he was elected
to do, and he will not resign his commission seat.
If the election is held, polling will be at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.
The rules for campaigning and political activ-
ity on the day of a regularly scheduled election will
apply to the special election, Sweat has said.
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Anna Maria City
Aug. 26, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 2, 6 p.m., city commission special meet-
Sept. 7, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., special election, Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Sept. 8, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 9, 6 p.m., city commission work meet-
Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m., LaVista pre-construction
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Aug. 31, 3 p.m., public hearing on Island Inc.
Sept. 2, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Sept. 2, 1:30 p.m., website team meeting.
Sept. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Sept. 16, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
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Health warnings posted for local waters
The Manatee County Environmental Health Ser-
vices department issued a health advisory Aug. 12
for the waters on the south side of the Palma Sola
Causeway near the mainland and for Coquina Beach
north in Bradenton Beach.
The advisory said marine water bacterial indica-
tors show that contact with the water in either area
may pose "an increased risk of infectious disease,
particularly for susceptible individuals."
Health services director Tom Larkin said it is
"not uncommon" for bacteria levels to increase after
heavy rainfall due to stormwater runoff.
Water-quality criteria is based upon standards set
by the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Tests were conducted last week to determine if
the high levels remained at the two locations, but
the results were unavailable at deadline for The
Anna Maria Island voters were set to head to
the polls Aug. 24 to vote in the state primary.
Ballots for Islanders include school board
races, as well as contests for party nominations
for statewide and federal offices.
Polls on Tuesday were to open at 7 a.m. and
close at 7 p.m.
Polling places include:
Anna Maria: Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave.
Holmes Beach: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive; St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive. Voters should check voter ID
cards for their precinct.
Bradenton Beach: Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St.
With local officials predicting low turnouts,
final results were expected by 9 p.m.
Local municipal elections do not take place
until the Nov. 2 general election.
For more information about the primary or
general election, visit the manatee County Super-
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percent of visitors rated Anna Maria's pier their
favorite attraction in Manatee County.
The second favored county attraction was the
Prime Outlet Mall in Ellenton, while the Rod & Reel
Pier, also in Anna Maria, came in third with 21.7
percent of the votes.
The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton
Beach continued to climb in visitor approval rat-
ings, earning fourth place among county attractions
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she's not
surprised the city pier remains the top attraction.
"It' s no surprise to see that people want to come
to our city. All the brochures on tourism show Bean
Point and the Island beaches. And the city pier is just
a slice of old Florida that you can't find anywhere
else," she said.
"Even though Anna Maria is the smallest accom-
modation market of the three Island cities, we provide
a quality experience for the visitor," she said.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick,
who spearheaded a grant for a planned boardwalk
project at the pier, said the survey confirms that the
city pier and Rod & Reel piers are integral parts of
the tourist experience.
"I think it's wonderful to have two such popular
attractions in our city," she said.
St. Armands Circle in Sarasota County was No.
1 in the overall survey of attractions, a position it has
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The Islander will host Popcorn & Politics at
the newspaper office Wednesday, Oct. 20, provid-
ing an opportunity for voters to meet and hear
speeches from candidates for office in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and the Manatee
County Board of Commissioners.
The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The
Islander storefront in the Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Voters are encouraged to attend, discuss issues
and participate in straw poll voting in the three
races that will be decided on election day Nov. 2.
For more information about the Popcorn &
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occupied since the quarterly surveys began several
Visitors also voted on "attributes" for the area,
and the top four involved Anna Maria Island.
The top four responses were, in order, "beauti-
ful beaches; sunning on the beach; clear, blue water;
and unspoiled environment." The No. 5 response was
"value for money," and dining out came in at No. 7
with a 55.4 percent approval response.
Multiple responses were permitted in the surveys
for both attractions and attributes.
Despite the nationwide economic slowdown and
the impact on tourism from the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico, visitor arriv-
als increased 1.7 percent April-June when compared
with the same three months last year.
The survey reported 114,200 visitors came to
the area during those three months this year, while
112,300 arrived during April-June 2009.
The total economic impact of visitor spending
also increased, climbing 2.6 percent from $103.6 mil-
lion in April-June 2009 to $106.2 million for April-
As expected, visitor arrivals from the southeast-
ern United States jumped 13.4 percent for the report-
ing period, due largely to people coming to Anna
Maria Island rather than vacationing in the Florida
Florida remained the top origination for visitors
traveling to the area, while 33.1 percent of visitors
ers along the
south side of
the Palma Sola
to the water last
week despite a
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elsewhere, particularly in European markets. "They
believe it affected all of us," Klages said.
Local tourism survived the spill far better than
other Florida destinations, particularly the Panhandle,
The Florida and southeastern U.S. markets
have been coming to the area this summer in good
numbers, he said, because they knew there's no oil
Klages also said of the current effort to get
Condor Airlines to fly from Germany to the Sarasota-
Bradenton International Airport, "if you get Condor,
you will see a jump" in European visitors.
Steve Berlin of Myles Media discussed the
BACVB website and said the "bounce" rate the
number of times people found the website and imme-
diately went to another site was 63 percent.
The website might need to be revised to lower
the "bounce" rate, Berlin suggested.
Council member Ed Chiles said the words "Flor-
ida Gulf Islands" are not a common search term com-
pared to other Florida CVB websites.
That's an issue the BACVB will examine, said
executive director Elliott Falcione.
Upcoming marketing and advertising campaigns
will include targeting European and German markets
with information about the area.
Falcione said travel experts and marketers in
Europe that the BACVB work with have said to
return to Germany in September with updated infor-
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(37,800) were from the Sunshine State.
In news that did not surprise BACVB's market-
ing director Deb Meihls, 84 percent of visitors said
they used the Internet to research Anna Maria Island.
Of those, 43.3 percent booked their accommodation
online, an increase of 6.6 percent from April-June
Meihls told a meeting of the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council Aug. 16 that 83 per-
cent of "Generation X" uses social networking on the
Internet to make travel arrangements, book meetings
or socialize with friends. Social networking sites such
as Facebook, YouTube and MySpace are the trend for
the future of advertising the Island, she said.
More than half (53.3 percent) of the visitors
during the three-month period said they considered
only Anna Maria Island for their vacation, and 67.1
percent said they had visited the Island previously.
The average family budgeted $1,590 for their
Island vacation, stayed 6.7 days, spent an average of
$697 on accommodations, $4316 on food and bever-
age and $189 on retail purchases.
Walter Klages of Research Data Services told
the TDC that Anna Maria Island is one of the most
unique destinations in all of Florida.
"And I've been to most of them. This is the only
one that is really the old Florida people talk about,"
He advised the TDC to keep that vision in
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mation and to attend travel symposiums.
He also suggested members use the Web to spread
the word about the Island and Longboat Key.
Virginia Haley, director of the Sarasota Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the time is ripe
to work together to host major events for the benefit
of tourism to Sarasota and Manatee counties.
A good example of cooperation is the upcom-
ing Ringling International Arts Festival, expected to
attract a large number of people.
Next, the two bureaus should work on an upcom-
ing major rowing event that might bring thousands of
participants and fans to the area, Haley said.
Sports coordinator Joe Pickett said there are a
number of sporting event opportunities for tourism,
including a Labor Day hockey tournament that will bring
300 players and about 750 supporters to the area.
"The goal is to make the sports visitor also a
vacationer" who will return to the area, he said.
Council member Tom Yung agreed, but said there
needs to be a way to get information to the sporting
groups about beaches, attractions and restaurants.
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"Too many people come in for these events and
don't know what to do," he said.
Yung suggested the BACVB host a booth at
sports events to give out information and provide
large groups with names of restaurants that accom-
modate parties of 30 or more people.
The council also heard a report from Falcione
that a replacement pier at the Manatee Public Beach
in Holmes Beach is not planned until after a 2014
beach renourishment project.
Also, Falcione said Manatee County Natural
Resources director Charlie Hunsicker told him that
he thinks two of the three groins in Bradenton Beach
currently off limits to the public could be converted
to fishing and walking piers.
There's a possibility those would be the replace-
ment piers, in place of a new structure in Holmes
Beach, Falcione indicated.
"There better be a pier," said Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens, a TDC member and Holmes Beach commis-
"It's been promised. And you don't want the
Island mad at you," she said.
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Bradenton Beach sets beach
settlement hearing date
The Bradenton Beach City Commission will hold
a public hearing next week to consider an undisclosed
settlement offer from Island Inc.
The city is involved in a long-standing legal dis-
pute with Island Inc. over the company's proposal for
a private beachfront development in the 1400 block
of Gulf Drive. The city has identified the property as
A circuit court judge nudged the parties to go
into mediation. However, in February the commis-
sion rejected the developer's offer to sell the property
to the city for $600,000.
The public hearing is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.
31, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The commission held a closed "shade" meeting
earlier this month to discuss an Island Inc. issue with
an attorney, but took no action following the ses-
Quinn resigns BB
Sissy Quinn recently resigned from the Braden-
ton Beach ScenicWAVES advisory committee.
Quinn, an Anna Maria resident, is president of
the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust.
In a letter to ScenicWAVES chair Pat Gentry,
Quinn wrote, "It is with regrets, because I won't be
meeting with the nicest people I have ever worked
on a committee with, that I am resigning from Sce-
nicWAVES after four years of service."
She added, "I cherish the friendships I made,
and while I live on the northern end of the Island, I
know I will always be welcome in historic Bradenton
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If you think life gets busier in the high season -
February and March think again.
Public schools are back-to-school this week. All
of us must watch out for kids on their way to and
from the classrooms on Anna Maria Island and over
In looking forward to September and the start of
fall, it's an apprehensive time for Anna Maria resi-
dents awaiting results of a hearing on the recall effort
and a possible Sept. 7 election. And it's a busy time
of year for municipalities and special districts with
tax-and-fee levying authority to plan for the coming
Don't be surprised because no one attends
budget meetings or complains if your taxes stay
near the same in spite of the slow economy, because
cities are either planning to use reserves to meet
budget needs that have changed little from the prior
years, to increase millage to keep spending the same
or to hold the line. The cuts in spending are slim, and
staff reductions come only from attrition unlike
businesses where employees often see reduced hours
in lieu of layoffs.
Just don't plan on complaining when TRIM
notices arrive in your mailbox, because it will be too
October will see the beginning ofthe event season,
starting with the annual chamber event, Bayfest, Oct.
15-16. And it really is just the beginning. There's
Halloween with the chamber's Trail of Treats, a chil-
dren's costume contest and a pet-costume contest-
parade at The Islander, as well as the school fall fes-
tival. Plus it's the beginning of a season of club and
The end of Daylight Saving Time clocks fall
back one hour comes Nov. 7, followed by Veterans
Day observances. Then it's onward to the holidays -
Thanksgiving, followed by the Holmes Beach Down-
town Holiday Open House, the Anna Maria Island
Privateers Christmas Parade, the Art League's Win-
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Hopefully we can help these two groups that give
so much of their time and love to helping animals.
Stacie Suttles, Holmes Beach
Thank you a lot
This is an open thank-you note to the man in the
red swim trunks who walks our beach in Bradenton
Beach early several mornings a week and has for
He always carries a plastic bag and picks up
trash as he walks south and then again heading back
As a full-time resident of Anna Maria Island, I'd
like him to know how much his efforts are appreci-
Camille Valley, Bradenton Beach
Regarding the article on Island developer Shawn
Kaleta and his desire to Disney-fy quaint, peaceful
Anna Maria Island with his crazy ideas:
Many of us who arrived 40-60 years ago are
appalled by the desecration wrought by developers.
This is enabled by lax zoning and code enforcement
and the chamber of commerce and Realtors.
Join us old-timers as we say, "Thanks for noth-
Alan Hoffmann, Holmes Beach
Ode to AMI
I smell sweet, salty ocean air.
Reminding me of the happy time.
Fishing off the beach, the rush of anxiety as I
in a black tip shark. Boom! Bang! Crackle!
Thunder and lighting strike the ocean.
I remember Captain Toots
as if it were yesterday.
I remember the ocean waves
crashing against the bow.
I remember the excitement of
fishing off the boat.
I remember the happy time.
Alex Myers, 15, Kentucky
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41 A 0 0io
I was out late one evening when I noticed a
huge spotlight being used on the beach. It turned
out to be an alleged research scientist, who said
he was catching various species of fish for some
form of study. He was in the process of releasing a
7-foot bull shark that he had just tagged. The shark
looked lethargic and did not appear to be moving
out to sea.
When I spoke with the man, he claimed to
have permission from a Holmes Beach city com-
missioner for this activity. When I told him of my
concern, as a member of Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, with his bright spotlight, he knew nothing
of the turtle watch activities. He assured me he
would "help the hatchlings to the water with his
light if he saw any."
Ugh. That is not what anyone should be doing
to "help" hatchlings using artificial lights dis-
orients hatchlings, attracts predator fish and, once
the turtles hit the water, they will come back out
and go to any beach lights that were originally
attracting them. Obviously he knew nothing about
Subsequently, in a local newspaper, there was
an article about a dead, tagged, 7-foot shark found
on the beach at the exact spot the very next morn-
ing. Then another issue of a local paper contained
a letter to the editor about what sounded like the
This person stated he found a dead shark. He
called the number on the tag and, to quote the respon-
dent, said he "didn't want anything to do with it."
In the meantime, I had been in contact with the
alleged researcher and was told by him that he had
sent this shark to Mote Marine. I thought it could
have been possible -not probable that we were
dealing with more than one shark.
I gave him the benefit of doubt and called Mote
to confirm his claim.
Mote responded by informing me they had
received such shark via a local police department
not a researcher and had determined the cause
of death was due to the trauma of being tagged.
The Mote representative was very upset to learn
this type of activity was being conducted by this
I am not sure what this man's game is, but he
appears to be skirting officials, giving out false infor-
mation and killing precious sea life.
I am making a plea to all Island residents and
visitors; If you see any type of questionable activity
on the beach, please, call the local authorities. Help
protect and preserve your beautiful Island ecosys-
Claudia Green-Wiseman, Holmes Beach
An irate caller to The Islander Aug. 7 said she and
her family had witnessed a fisher, who alleged to
be doing research, kill and leave this previously
..,,.... shark near 31st Street in Holmes Beach.
The caller denounced the wanton destruction of
wildlife. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kathy Caserta
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2010, 2010 7 7
In the Aug. 23, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Administrative Law Judge Lawrence Steven-
son in Tallahassee dismissed a challenge filed by the
Perico 8, a group that claimed a planned 686-unit
high-rise condominium project proposed for Perico
Island by Arvida Corp. was inconsistent with Bra-
denton's comprehensive plan. Stevenson ruled the
eight people who signed the complaint would not be
affected by the project, and that they failed to provide
arguments to substantiate their claim.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole and Holmes
Beach Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens said they
would seek appointment to the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council when it met Sept. 5
to elect a new member. Haas-Martens said no Island
elected official had ever been appointed to the coun-
cil, despite the millions of dollars the Island produces
annually in tourism tax revenues for the county.
Anna Maria commissioners voted unanimously
to give the Anna Maria Island Community Center the
$35,000 from the city's 1999-00 budget to complete
its parking plan. Some commissioners disagreed with
the Center's parking proposal, which included back-
out parking along Magnolia Avenue.
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8 0 AUG. 25, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Trail of gunk triggers unfounded oil worries
By Lisa Neff
A slick stream of gunk off Anna Maria Island in
the Gulf of Mexico triggered a torrent of worries last
week, but local, state and federal officials say fear is
There is no Deepwater Horizon oil in the vicinity,
according to the Manatee County Natural Resources
Department, the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit research
institute, also confirmed that no oil from the Deep-
water Horizon well off the coast of Louisiana has
reached the area.
Oil began leaking from BP's Deepwater Hori-
zon well April 22, after an explosion at the site some
130 miles southeast of New Orleans that killed 11
workers. More than 28,000 people have been directly
involved in the onshore and offshore cleanup and
The leak was stopped earlier this summer, though
work continues to permanently close the well and
remove oil from the Gulf and northern Gulf shores.
A trail of brown gunk in the Gulf of Mexico that
Anna Maria resident Richard Thomas saw near
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tinue to study the impact of the spill long-term
Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration continues to forecast that
southwest Florida, the Florida Keys and the East
Coast are unlikely to experience any effects from
the remaining oil on the surface of the Gulf.
Authorities said there are various explanations
for the material seen off Anna Maria Island, Long-
boat Key and Lido Key in late August. The stream
of stuff prompted a flurry of questions from local
residents and boaters to local media and government
"It does not appear to be oil," Amy Graham of
the DEP said, referring to a photograph submitted
for review that showed trails of slick brown matter
on the surface of the Gulf near 3-Mile Reef. Anna
Maria resident Richard Thomas took the photo-
graphs Aug. 15.
"It is very unlikely that the photo represents oil
from the Deepwater Horizon site," Graham said.
"Time, distance, oceanographic currents and meteo-
rological conditions do not support the transport of
oil from the Deepwater Horizon site to the west coast
of Florida at this time."
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of algae and gulf weed sargassum has been
coming ashore recently. This is normal for this time
Scientists with the Mote Center for Ecotoxicology
reviewed photographs of the concern-causing mate-
rial and also concluded the substance was algae.
"We can't say that with 100 percent certainty
because our researchers haven't sampled that water,
but based on their experience studying ocean phyto-
plankton, they do believe it's an algae," said Hayley
Rutger of Mote Marine.
This explanation doesn't mean that oil-based sub-
stances are not found in the waters off Anna Maria
"Petroleum spills and discharges from passing
vessels occur frequently and are an unfortunate real-
ity," Graham said. "DEP and the U.S. Coast Guard
prepare for and respond to such spills and discharges
on a regular basis."
Thomas, an avid fisher, conceded that maybe
what he saw wasn't Deepwater oil.
However, he said, "I have fished weed lines of
sargassum. It was not sargassum. I don't care what
some government official says."
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BBCRA money to fund dunes project
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach is planning a new walkover to
halt the treading of the dunes at the Bridge Street
The city, using community redevelopment agency
funds, also is planning to improve the beach access
at Third Street South.
The CRA committee gave the go-ahead for
design and construction Aug. 18 when it accepted a
proposal from LTA Engineering of Bradenton. ZNS
Engineering also bid on the job.
LTA's bid included $10,000 for design and per-
mitting work and $5,000 for construction services.
The firm proposes to prepare site plans for the
Bridge Street walkover and Third Street access,
obtain field permits from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, issue a request for propos-
als on construction and oversee construction.
"We should be able to start construction toward
the end of the year," said Bradenton Beach Police
Lt. John Cosby, who, as the chair of the city's capital
improvements committee, has been working on the
Cosby said the plans for a simple walkover design
should streamline the permitting process.
LTA also is working on a project in the CRA
district downtown from Cortez Road south to
Fifth Street South that involves reconfiguring city-
owned properties on Church and Highland avenues.
The city property in the area includes a corner
park, a public works shed, the police department, the
Monroe Cottage and accessory buildings and two
The CRA committee is focusing on expanding
public parking opportunities in the area by rede-
signing the two parking lots and parking sanitation
vehicles on county property on the mainland to yield
at least 62 parking spaces.
There are some other possibilities before the
committee, including removing the accessory struc-
tures at the Monroe Cottage, relocation of the cottage
and possibly reducing or eliminating the park, which
was described as under-utilized.
"There are seldom people at the park," public
works director Tom Woodard said.
CRA committee member Ed Chiles observed,
"Our playground is the beach.... We should have
facilities for our kids, but we don't need multiple
ones where none of them are getting used."
The committee did not make any decisions on
changes to city property last week, but instead asked
LTA Engineers to continue working on the project,
which also would involve landscaping.
The CRA district was established about 18 years
ago to revitalize what was deemed a blighted area of
the city. The CRA is a tool to dedicate certain prop-
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The CRA committee consists of the mayor, com-
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a team from Florida Blood Services for a blood
drive from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.
The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
Religion group to
Inquiring Minds, the cross denominational study
group, will resume meetings in late September at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Biblical studies for the fall season will focus on
the less familiar books of the Old Testament.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com
or call Frank McGrath at 941-778-4579.
All Angels hosts art show
All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Art Gal-
lery on Longboat Key willfeature watercolor artist
Bernice Gaines in a solo exhibition opening Sept.
4. A reception for the artist will be from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the exhibit, 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat
Key. For more information, call 941-383-8161.
Folk festival set for November
The fourth annual Cortez Village Folk Arts Festi-
val will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20, the fes-
tival committee announced at its Aug. 19 meeting.
Admission will be free, and the event will take
place outside the Florida Maritime Museum. 4415
119th Street W., Cortez.
The outdoor event will feature a small boat-
building shop, where boats will be worked on. In
addition, the committee hopes to add a storyteller,
a commercial fishing net-mender and other period-
activities that were common to the Cortez village in
the early 1900s.
Ted Adams, one of the event organizers, said that
once again there will be an ice cream-eating con-
The Motley Crew and Myakka Bluegrass bands
will be playing on the deck of the Burton Store, but
the committee is still planning the event entertain-
Adams said the Cortez Village FISH Song, which
is traditionally sung by an on-stage musician and
the audience, will be performed by Andrew Eddie
of Cortez. The song is typically sung during band
Besides the usual artifacts found inside the
museum, Adams said the Banks Shell Collection, a
collection of shells of every description, will be on
Adams said there are a few vendor spots open,
mostly for arts and crafts. But the committee is no
longer looking for musicians.
Interested vendors can apply by calling Adams
Bootleg to perform at
Bootleg, an Island-based reggae band, will
perform at an All Children's Music Foundation/
Sunshine From Darkness fundraiser Tuesday, Aug.
31, at the 5'0 Clock Club, 1930 Hillview St., Sara-
The event will begin at 9 p.m.
The program includes an auction of a rare Beat-
les' photograph, as well as performances by Bootleg
and The Cherry Bombs.
Admission is free.
For more information, call Marlene M. Hauck at
Barbara Orear, a local
will be the September
featured artist at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Orear is a longtime
member of the artists'
co-op, which is cele-
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her display will be "The
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Power squadron holds
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold boating courses in September at 1200 71st
St. N.W., Bradenton.
The America's Boating Course is a two-part
boating safety course held at 8:30 a.m. two Saturday
mornings. The upcoming dates are Sept. 11 and Sept.
The fee is $35.
Registration is required.
For more information, call 941-383-1269.
Center seeks golfers, sponsors
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
seeking golfers and sponsors for its annual outing,
which is set for Friday, Oct. 8.
The outing will take place at the famed IMG Golf
and Country Club in Bradenton, with registration at
11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The club plans to hear from Lorraine Berry about
moving into assisted living situations.
Claudia Pascual applies make-up as Care
Plus spokeswoman Leticia Callava pre-
pares to go before a film camera Aug. 20 in
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, recently announced a
new set of courses and classes.
There are fees for members and non-members
- to enroll.
The schedule includes:
Dokuritsu martial arts with sense Bob Miller
beginning Sept. 1. Children meet at 4 p.m. and adults
at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Scrapbooking class at 6:30 p.m. the second and
fourth Thursdays of the month, beginning Sept. 9.
All That Jazz dance class, a six-week workshop
at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday beginning Aug. 25.
Spanish workshops at 2:30 p.m. Monday
beginning Sept. 13.
Computers for seniors at 10 a.m. Saturday
beginning Sept. 4.
Dog obedience with Cheryl Brown at 10 a.m.
Saturday beginning Sept. 4.
For registration details, call Sandee Pruett at 941-
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The program includes a club assembly.
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Relaxed AM workshop produces dialogue
By Rick Catlin
With only three of five Anna Maria commission-
ers at the Aug. 18 work session, Commission Chair
John Quam said dialogue might be meaningless.
Commissioner Chuck Webb e-mailed the city he
had a death in the family and could not attend, while
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, long an advocate of
safe parking on Pine Avenue, was absent for unknown
But Commissioners Dale Woodland and Jo Ann
Mattick wanted to proceed with the planned agenda.
Quam suspended the rules of order and commis-
sioners met in a roundtable format of open debate over
three suggested parking options for Pine Avenue.
Woodland had said at the start of the meeting,
"We are not on the same page from the start, and
we' re not going to get much done with two commis-
He suggested the commission wait and see what
happens with the citizen's parking initiative, unaware
the initiative had been certified.
The initiative, which was certified by the Man-
atee County Supervisor of Elections Aug. 17, will
later come to the commission for discussion and will
require an eventual vote as an ordinance.
Mattick said any parking plan or change to the
parking ordinance is not going to affect 98 percent
of Pine Avenue.
"Pine Avenue is basically built out," she said.
"But if we leave parking the way it is, it's the most
Any new ordinance is not going to affect already
approved projects and back-out parking, although one
developer has said he would rearrange sidewalks at
his company's complexes to keep pedestrians in front
of parked vehicles, Mattick noted.
"We' re bogged down again," she said.
City planner Alan Garrett presented three options
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The first, Plan A, puts sidewalks between park-
ing and a building with easements provided by the
property owner to the city.
The second option, Plan B, is a "compromise,"
he said, with half of parking on city property and the
remainder on the development.
In Plan C, Garrett said all parking would be on the
site with no easements granted. While that's similar
to what the citizen's initiative committee proposes, it
retains "parking backing out across a sidewalk" that
currently exists on Pine Avenue, he said.
And that's the problem, said Mattick.
If back-out parking remains, there is still a safety
concern, she said.
"We're still a divided city," Quam said. "We
could ramrod this through, but is that the only way
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issue dividing the city is on-site parking."
Then Garrett came up with a suggestion that, at
the least, was not immediately dismissed.
Garrett suggested that all parking be on the site
of a development, but the property owner would
give the city an easement for public parking on the
site. That way, a motorist would not have to drive
from complex to complex to park while shopping or
attending to business on Pine Avenue, and the city
would not give up any rights of way.
That seemed to strike a chord among commis-
"We alleviate concerns the city is giving up rights
of way," Mattick said. "This actually looks good."
Quam also liked the compromise, and Woodland
did not offer serious objections, although he wanted
to give the public more time to understand the pro-
posal. Quam noted that existing parallel and back-out
parking would not be affected.
But he appeared pleased with the debate.
"We have batted this around and gotten things
off our chests. Is this a possibility?" Quam asked.
It's a policy decision, said Mattick. "I'm willing
Quam said if there isn't agreement on the next
proposal, there's no point in continuing.
Woodland, however, said he believes residents
won't be happy with the plan because they already
Mattick thought some people who signed the
initiative might be relieved to know the city has no
plans to give up any right of way under this latest
"All we can do is make decisions as best we can
and I think this plan does that," she said.
While Quam said he's not ready for a public hear-
ing, he's not going to continue to have meetings that
go nowhere. At the Aug. 26 commission meeting,
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Anna Maria keeps rate, lowers spending
By Rick Catlin
All three Anna Maria commissioners at the Aug.
19 work session on the city's 2010-11 budget reached
consensus on the proposed $2.1 million operating
budget that will keep the ad valorem tax rate at
1.7882 mils, the same as the past four years.
Because of the recent decline in property values,
a 1.7882 ad valorem rate will actually reduce a prop-
erty owner's tax bill, city treasurer Diane Percycoe
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he and Garrett will bring forward a draft proposal of
Plan C for discussion.
If that's rejected, that's it for parking, he said.
Mayor Fran Barford said, while the "dialogue
tonight was one of the best discussions ever," it's
troubling when commissioners are absent without
informing the city.
She complimented the commissioners for their
exchange of views and said she hoped something
would move forward. But if a commissioner can't
attend Aug. 26, "let the city know," she said.
Parking initiative certified
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob
Sweat certified the Anna Maria citizen's parking ini-
tiative submitted to the city several weeks ago by the
The committee had to obtain a minimum of 204
signatures of eligible city voters. The committee
submitted 250 signatures and Sweat certified 236 as
qualified electors in Anna Maria.
The initiative, which calls for clarifying language
to Chapter 90 of the land-development regulations,
will now go back to the city where it will be placed
on an upcoming commission agenda.
According to the city charter, if the commission
fails to adopt the initiative, the commission must hold
a special election for the voters to decide the issue.
The proposed addition to Chapter 90 is that
"all developed lots shall have at a minimum one
driveway, in no case shall public rights of way
or city property be used to accommodate parking
needs generated by private new development or
re-development, direct access shall be provided
by way of a driveway, and parking and driveways
in the mixed-use and commercial zoning districts
shall be designed so vehicles re-enter the street in
a forward motion."
Only three commissioners attended the session:
Commission Chair John Quam along with commis-
sioners Jo Ann Mattick and Dale Woodland. Com-
missioner Chuck Webb e-mailed the city that he had
a death in the family and could not attend. Commis-
sioner Harry Stoltzfus also was absent.
Percycoe said at a prior work session that the
budget needed $40,000 from
t 1 reserves to maintain the 1.7882
4P- rate. Otherwise, the city would
Shave to increase the millage rate
to 1.8665 mils to raise enough rev-
enue to meet spending needs.
.- JOne mil equals. 1 percent
Jo Ann Mattick (1/10 of 1 percent). A person with
a home at an assessed value of
$300,000 without exemptions at a
tax rate of 2 mils, would pay $600
in property taxes.
At the Aug. 19 session,
Percycoe proposed an additional
$5,000 for attorney fees in the
Woodland 2010-11 budget and commission-
S ers agreed. That brought the total
r i shortage to meet the proposed
' budget to $45,000.
': Mattick, who had originally
S favored the 1.8665 rate, said she
had changed her opinion.
d "I'm willing to agree to
Quam the 1.7882 rate," she said, and
draw the needed $45,000 from
the $990,000 in the city's reserve
Taking $45,000 from
S reserves would still leave the city
with a reserve rate of about 45 per-
cent when compared to the $2.1
Barford million budget, Percycoe said,
well above the 35 percent minimum reserve that city
auditor Ed Leonard said should be the city's goal.
Percycoe did sound a warning that even a 45
percent reserve fund of about $950,000 might not be
enough in the event of a major disaster in the city,
such as a hurricane.
"If a hurricane destroyed the city, (the reserve
fund) is not going to be enough to run the city," she
Woodland admitted the city is "vulnerable," but
commissioners "can't sit and worry."
Mattick agreed. "We can't predict the unpredict-
able. We have to do city business."
Quam said he liked a reserve fund between 35
percent and 45 percent for a city the size of Anna
Woodland, who had originally proposed taking
from the reserve fund to meet the budget, said keep-
ing the 1.7882 ad valorem rate would give city tax-
payers a reduction on their property tax bill.
Commissioners also gave consensus approval to
a 5 percent increase in staff salary, the first increase
for city staff in three years.
Quam previously proposed that 2.5 percent of the
increase be in the form of a bonus, such as Holmes Beach
gives its staff, but Percycoe learned it's too late this fiscal
year to establish a bonus, adding she'll have the informa-
tion ready for commissioners well in advance of budget
discussions for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Percycoe noted that the 5 percent increase is about
1.66 percent annually over the past three years.
Quam said staff members were "well deserving
of a raise," considering the amount of money they
have saved the city in recent years.
Mattick said the staff has "saved us much more
than the increases," with their hard work and the 45
percent reserve fund is proof of sound financial man-
Woodland favored a 2.5 percent pay increase
with a 2.5 percent bonus, but said 5 percent "is not
a deal-breaker," and gave the staff high praise for
saving the city a "quite a lot of money."
Although two commissioners were absent from
the session, Woodland noted that "if the three of us
agree," there might not be much discussion among
commissioners at the public hearing.
"And everybody will be happy," Mattick added,
signaling with fingers crossed.
There was no public comment as no members of
the public attended the work session, which prompted
Mayor Fran Barford to observe that's always that way
at budget time, even when she was mayor of Temple
The budget "is the most important thing we do,"
and the planning meetings are the "least attended,"
Barford said she hoped taxpayers would come to
the Sept. 8 public hearing and express their views.
Quam scheduled the first public hearing for the
2010-11 budget for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8.
14 0 AUG. 25, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Salicks: Riding the
By Lisa Neff
A longtime Island surfing family will unite on the
East Coast over the Labor Day weekend to do some
good work the hosting of the annual Pro-Am Surf
Twin brothers Phil and Rich Salick, both former
Islanders, founded the festival in Cocoa Beach, which
will take place this year from Sept. 2-6.
"We expect surfers from all over," Rich Salick
The festival featuring a surfing competition
for pros and amateurs, meet-and-greet sessions with
surfing legends, music concerts and bikini contests -
raises money for the National Kidney Foundation.
The family affair also involves sister Joanie Mills
of Holmes Beach and her young son's rock 'n' roll
band, the Island Rockers. The AMI-based group of
Island kids is raising $1,000 for the cross-state trip.
As of Aug. 5, the travel fund contained about $350.
In addition to the band, the family hopes to host
a number of people from the Island.
"We have a ton (of Islanders) coming and, as
busy as Phil and I are, we are trying to spend time
Wednesday, Aug. 25
11 a.m. Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio
at 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 Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Thursday, Aug. 26
6:30 p.m. Gold Party fundraiser to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce at 231 Lakeview Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
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at the 'Anna Maria East Camp' on the I
Rich Salick, who serves as the communi
director with NKF-Florida.
Salick was at the peak of his pro surfi
1973, when his kidneys failed. He had bee
of the original Dewey Weber Surf Tean
1960s and the U.S. Surfing Team in the
went on dialysis eight hours a day, t
week and waited for a kidney transpl
Saturday, Aug. 28
8:30 a.m. Lorraine Berry speaks to the Kiwan
Maria Island about moving into assisted living situations a
Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 p.m. O'Connor Bowling Challenge at AMF Br
4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-778-19(
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beac
5p.m. Open house and new menu launch at Fee
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-7879.
6 p.m. "Opera on the Island" DVD viewing an
the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Ma
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Phil Salick, proving an excellent tissue match,
donated his kidney to his brother in 1977.
Rich was told he' d never again surf a passion
since his first ride on a homemade wooden board
in 1963. But he eventually returned to surfing after
Developing a groundbreaking padding system to pro-
tect his transplanted kidney.
In 1986, Rich again suffered kidney failure and
his brother Channing donated a kidney.
In 1999, Rich again underwent a kidney trans-
plant, with his younger brother, Wilson Shymanski,
donating a kidney.
As the family fought Rich Salick's health battles,
they grew the surf festival to help chronically ill dial-
ysis patients. The brothers organized a competition in
1976 that raised about $125. The contest continued
and, in 1985, became a nationally sponsored event.
Today, with a long line of sponsorships, the festival is
the largest charity surfing competition in the world.
urtesy Rich In mid-August, The Islander caught up with Rich
Salick to discuss the surf competition, family, Island
life, charitable work and rock' n' roll.
)each," said The Islander: You grew up on the Island? Is this
ty relations where you learned to surf?
Rich Salick: I clearly remember the first wave that I
ng career in caught on the north side of the jetty at the Manatee Public
n a member Beach. It was on Mike Jenkins' shop-class wooden surf-
i in the late board, and it was a life-changing wave. I was hooked.
S1970s. He You can see the appeal. We just needed more surf, but
hree days a Cocoa Beach was only three hours away.
ant. The Islander: What was it like surfing as a kid?
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First Monday of each month, 6 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the AMI Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
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RS: It was so cool during high school....
All my pals surfed Mike Giltner, Jerry Lewis, Allen
Clenney, Gary Price, Ted Thompson, Gary "Mumphy"
Mumford, Skip Jacks, Rick Henry, Greg Hartmeyer, Larry
Garrison, Hugh Catts, Gary Olin, Sam Smith and Chris
Rogers and Joel Bader just to name a few.
Jim Brady was here first, and we were mentored
earlier by the best surfer in those days from Cocoa
Beach, Bob Carson.
The Islander: Have surfing conditions changed
much on Anna Maria Island?
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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, Aug. 26
7 p.m. Life on Earth Film Series: Encounters at the End of the
World at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, Aug. 27
5 to 9 p.m. Friday Fest on the Bay featuring The Big Z Band on
the Van Wezel lawn, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: www.
Sunday, Aug. 29
2 to 3p.m. Jewish meditation service followed by a dessert buffet
RS: Less good surf. I can't put my finger on it, but
when there are good waves, I would rather surf there
than anywhere. I hated leaving there, but we were called
out apparently and now it is being fulfilled. I believe that
we made some great choices and only a few bad ones.
The Islander: You left the Island to seek surfing
RS: Phil was already a member of the Dewey
Weber Surf Team out of Venice, Calif. I was invited
to join later. Phil was the better surfer. I just carried
it a bit farther in worldwide competition. We are both
Surfing Hall of Fame members, so I am sure that we
with the Ner Tamid congregation at the Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817
40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-1231.
7 p.m. -Auditions for "Nunsensations" at Manatee Players, 102
Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875.
Monday, Aug. 30
7 p.m. -Auditions for "Nunsensations" at Manatee Players, 102
Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875.
Sept. 4, Buffet dinner, Bradenton Elks Lodge.
Sept. 4, Art reception for Bernice Gaines, Angels by the Sea Epis-
copal Church Art Gallery.
Sept. 4, Night at the Museum: Gone Batty, South Florida
Sept. 5, Island Getaway BBQ, Bradenton Elks Lodge.
Sept. 6, Classic car display, Bradenton Elks Lodge.
Sept. 8, Exploring the Future of Energy: The Future of Oil, South
Save the Date:
Sept. 27, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing,
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2010, 2010 0 15
did something right.
My mom was a huge reason that we did so well.
She was so supportive, and we just loved doing stuff
around her and so did all our friends. Mom used
to have us round up all our stray friends who had
nowhere to go on Thanksgiving and Christmas. That
has stuck with us....
The Islander: Tell us about the surfing competi-
tion that's coming up. Top-level?
RS: Professional and amateur. We expect surfers
from all over and many Surfing Hall of Fame mem-
bers. My two sons will be there. They are red-hot
surfers. Both are at the professional level.
The Islander: Your family has close ties to the
National Kidney Foundation.
RS: Three transplants from my three brothers -
Phil, Chan and Wilson. Yup, I would say that we have
some very close ties. I am one of the state of Florida
directors of the National Kidney Foundation and have
been on the staff for 27 years. I travel all over the
country for the NKF
The Islander: Your nephew and his band will be
performing at the event. What do you think of that?
RS: I am so proud of Brandon. He is a great
young talent in so many areas. Tony and Sweet -
my sister Joanie are the coolest parents.
Brandon is a major talent on land or sea. We love
spending time with him.
The Islander: What's the trip like for Islanders
thinking about attending the event?
RS: We have a ton coming and, as busy as Phil
and I are, we're trying to spend time at the Anna
Maria East Camp on the beach.
The Islander: What's the best way to spend Labor
RS: Duffy's (on the Island) or the 25th annual NKF
Pro-am Surfing Festival in Cocoa Beach Florida at the
world famous Canaveral now Cocoa Beach Pier.
For more information
For more information about the National
Kidney Foundation, go to www.kidney.org.
For more information about the Pro-Am
Surf Festival, go to www.nkfsurf.com.
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Starting a new year
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Elementary School during Back to School Night
Aug 19. "She's excited to go to school with her two
older brothers. \i... wishes today was the first day
of school," said mom Denise Reo.
411 on AME reduced
Parents and guardians of students enrolled in
Manatee County public schools may apply for the
district's free or reduced lunch and breakfast pro-
Only one household application needs to be
completed per family, with the exception of foster
children, who must provide separate applications.
Applications can be submitted at any time
during the school year.
*Once an application is processed, the district's
food and nutrition services will mail a letter notifying
the parent/guardian of the student's lunch status.
Applications are not available online, but can be
picked up from the Anna Maria Elementary School
office at 4700 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
Student meal prices are $1.10 for breakfast and
$1.90 for lunch.
Parents can pay for cafeteria fees in person, send
money in a marked envelope to the school or pay
online at www.manatee.kl2.fl.us.
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to school. Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon
Back to the grind Finding the teacher
First-grade student Chloe Domion stands at her AME students Evan and Olivia Pasik search for
new desk with mom Valorie during AME's Back their names on the class list outside AME's doors.
to School Night. "I'm excited to see my friends "I want to go to school badly," first-grader Evan
again," Domion said. said. Sister Olivia is starting kindergarten.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2010, 2010 0 17
AME first-grade and kindergarten teacher Laura
Redeker walks new kindergarten students to their
Back to school at AME
As summer winds down, students on Anna Maria
Island start a fresh school year.
On Aug 23, students woke to get ready for their
first day back to school.
Parents said "goodbye" and gave hugs to children
as they watched them enter their new classrooms.
And Anna Maria Elementary's educators and
staff said: Welcome back.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive in Holmes
For more information, call 941-708-5525.
AME's Harrison takes leave
As students and parents gathered at Anna Maria
Elementary School's Back to School Night many
familiar faces greeted them. One was missing.
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison was
nowhere to be found.
A one-page letter awaited parents and students.
The letter welcomed all back to school and contained
a simple explanation of Harrisons' absence.
"I would have preferred speaking to each and
every one of you personally, for obvious reasons, this
letter will have to suffice," Harrison wrote.
She has taken a position counseling children with
TideWell Hospice in West Bradenton.
"I have worked for TideWell's counselors for
over 20 years when I have had students with the
unfortunate and difficult circumstance of experienc-
ing a death.... I have always admired the work these
folks do.... the short story version is, that is where I
am," Harrison wrote.
Tidewell hired Harrison as a grief specialist. She
will be assigned to all of the Manatee district schools
in west Manatee County, including AME.
Harrison will work with children experiencing a
life-threatening illness or death of a family member
New faces at AME
Michelle Savchuk and Eric Boso join the staff of Anna Maria Elementary. Savchuk takes over
the guidance counselor position while Cindi Harrison takes a years leave of absence. Boso was
hired as AME's physical education teacher.
AME welcomes new faculty
When students start to settle into their new
schedules at Anna Maria Elementary School
they will notice two new additions to the AME
Michelle Savchuk joins the AME team as
the new school guidance counselor. Cindi Har-
rison took a leave of absence for a year. To work
with children dealing with loved ones in Hospice
Savchuk was busy moving into her new
school on Aug 18. "Its been busy," she said. "
I'm learning a whole new routine. AME is a lot
smaller. It has about half the students and teach-
ers I have worked with."
Before transferring to AME Savchuk worked
at Oneco Elementary School for four years and
at Daughtry Elementary for six years.
"I'm still in my planning stage," said
Savchuk. "I'm not going to make a lot of changes.
I'm going to keep most of the programs students
and staff are familiar with."
This year, for the first time in several years,
AME also hired a full-time physical education
L\ .clyone here at AME is really nice and
helpful. I can't wait to meet the students," said
Eric Boso, who joins AME after working at the
Police Athletic League and Gulf Gate Elemen-
tary School in Sarasota. Boso graduated from
the University of Michigan. After graduation, he
worked as a strength and conditioning coach for
the UM football team.
"I never really got to spend a whole lot of
time with my family. That's when I decided to
turn to teaching."
"I have two sons and I understand how much
pressure are on our students," he said. "I want the
kids to have fun. I want this to be a nice time, and
a good release of pressure- while also helping
them get into shape,"he said.
Meeting the teacher
AME kindergarten teacher Maureen Loveland meets new students Evan C Ir tI.. i ., ii and Lance Valadie.
"I'm excited about going to school and learning to read," Lance said.
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18 E AUG. 25, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Major helped save
Korean War lives
Major Leckie of Holmes Beach had a little
difficulty with his name during basic training in 1951
at the U.S. Navy Great Lakes Training Base in Chi-
"I was using my middle name to avoid any confu-
sion until one day the drill instructor found out my
first name was Major and said nobody was to laugh or
joke about it or he would have their you-know-what,"
he remembered with a smile.
Major, from Saginaw, Mich., had been in col-
lege in Albion in 1950, but didn't feel he belonged
"I wanted to take some time off. My dad was a
corpsman in World War I, and I knew if I left school
I would be drafted, so I volunteered as a corpsman
for the Navy."
After basic training, Major went to corpsman
school, where the training was similar to what a
physician's assistant would undergo today. Major
enjoyed the classes, especially since there were a
few WAVES female Naval personnel at the
The top graduates from corpsman school got to
pick their assignment. Major and a buddy wanted to
go to Pensacola for training as a flight medic, but the
guy just ahead of Major took one of the two remain-
ing places at flight school.
Not wanting to be separated from his pal, the
two opted for the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, where
Major worked in primary patient care in the medical
He signed up for surgical training, but a few days
before school started, he received orders assigning
him to Japan for duty with a hospital ship.
The Korean War was under way, and Major had a
pretty good idea of what the ship's duty would be.
Major sailed to Yokosuka, Japan, where his first
sight upon landing was the battleship Missouri, the
ship that Gen. Douglas MacArthur used to sign the
peace treaty with Japan that officially ended WWII.
At Yokosuka, he joined the USS Haven, a hospi-
tal ship that brought wounded from Korea to Yoko-
"We were replacing the WWII guys that Truman
had recalled to active duty when the Korean War
started. I'd say they were pretty happy to see us,"
His first assignment was ward duty, giving pri-
mary care to the wounded the ship picked up in
"Our first trip to Korea we went directly to Pusan,
which at that time was the only port the United
Nations forces controlled."
Major was introduced to the war by treating some
seriously wounded soldiers, including those with
abdomen wounds, torn chests, and amputations.
"You just did your job. You didn't want to stop
and think how bad it was for the troops at Pusan.
They were surrounded by the North Koreans."
The Haven was a designated "primary" hospital
ship, meaning the wounded aboard were expected to
Major and his shipmates never got shelled at
Pusan, but they could hear artillery coming from the
front just a few miles away. Corpsmen going ashore
wore a .45-caliber pistol as the North Koreans were
known to care little about the Geneva Convention
rules on non-combatant medical personnel.
"We were told the NK's would shoot the corps-
man because one corpsman could save a lot of lives,"
Although there was no alcohol allowed aboard
Major Leckie of Holmes Beach on graduating from
U.S. Navy basic training during the Korean War.
a Navy ship for personal consumption, the doctors
could use it for medicinal purposes.
"The officers would go ashore at Pusan and pick
up some Scotch and other stuff and put it in a medi-
cine bottle written in Latin before returning to the
ship. Then, we'd all go down to the pharmacy and
enjoy ourselves," he recalled with a smile.
There was little of the strict discipline between
officers and enlisted personnel on the hospital ship
that was observed on other Navy ships.
"We were friendly with all the doctors and nurses.
We knew our jobs and didn't goof off when it came to
duty. They respected us and we respected them. The
doctors were medical men first and officers second.
They ignored the rule that said officers and enlisted
men should not fraternize."
Major recalled that the doctors would go out of
their way to talk medicine to the corpsmen and Major
gained a very good understanding of operating tech-
"It was like a lecture during your first year of
medical school," he said. "We had to know a lot of
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things in case the doctor wasn't around in an emer-
Major always wanted to be in surgery and one
day he asked the head surgical doctor if he could be
a "surgical striker," a corpsman who did odd jobs for
"I started with cleaning and sterilizing gloves
and instrument packs and worked my way up to
assisting with surgery. I really enjoyed the duty."
Major's ship returned to the states in late 1950.
"We dropped off the wounded at Pearl Harbor,
then headed to San Francisco. From there, we went
to Long Beach for refitting and resupply."
At Long Beach, Major was given a 30-day leave
and headed back to Michigan, where he met a girl
named Pam Price, who was working at the local
Republican Party headquarters. Major knew her
brother, who told Pam to go out with him while he
was on leave.
"We started dating and by the time I had to return
to the ship we had decided we would get married
when I got out of the Navy."
Returning to Korea, the Haven was based off-
shore of Inchon, where MacArthur had pulled off his
spectacular invasion in September 1950 to relieve the
"We had Marine choppers at Inchon, so we had to
build a helicopter platform on the ship. They would
bring in six to eight wounded at a time and radio
ahead when the wounded needed surgery. We were
getting guys directly from the MASH units and right
into surgery. The system worked really well."
Major remembered that a high percentage of
casualties survived once they reached the Haven.
His worst operation was a Marine with a belly
full of shrapnel.
"We had to pull out his intestines and find the
holes, take out the metal and sew the intestine back
up. To my knowledge, we never lost a soldier on the
operating table. Some died before surgery."
One day, a Marine Corps pilot with 25 combat
missions in Korea came and visited the wounded. He
was Ted Williams, the famous ballplayer, but Major
remembered he behaved like a regular pilot.
Major was impressed when he met the Navy
corpsmen who were on the front lines with the
Marines. The Navy provided the Marine Corps with
"They had a tough job, while we had it pretty
easy. We had good food, a bed to sleep on every
night and we weren't getting shelled every day by
the enemy. Those guys earned my respect."
Later in the Korean War, Major heard that the
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French were fighting the communists in southeast
Asia. The Haven went to Saigon as a hospital ship
to pick up the wounded from Dien Bien Phu.
From Saigon, the Haven sailed through the Suez
Canal to Marseilles, France, where the wounded were
taken to local hospitals. The ship stayed in port for a
few days and the men got liberty during this time.
"We did some things there you don't write home
about," Major laughed. "Let's just say the French
enjoyed the Americans who had brought home their
By this time, the war in Korea had become a
stalemate, and the Haven returned to Long Beach
rather than Korea.
"I was now a short-timer, meaning I had only a
few months left in the Navy. I went back to Saginaw
and married Pam and she came back with me to Long
Major requested an early discharge to return to
college, something that was normally given automati-
Instead, an armchair Navy officer sent him to
back to Great Lakes to wait for his discharge.
"I entered the University of Michigan in January
and was still in the Navy. Pam had to stand in for me
in class for the first two weeks, and she had already
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Major studied business administration and he
and Pam had two children while he was at U. of M.
They got by with help from the G.I. Bill and from
the people of Michigan.
"They did not forget Korea like a lot of other
people. They voted for benefits for the Korean War
veterans like me and that came in handy during col-
Following graduation, he went to work as a pur-
chaser for a Saginaw hospital, then went into medical
and orthopedic equipment sales.
He and Pam had visited Florida several times and
one of their daughters purchased a condo in Holmes
Pam didn't like Florida because of the heat, but
after one trip to Anna Maria Island, "she fell in love
with the place," Major said.
They moved here permanently three years ago.
The Leckies have three daughters, five grand-
children and soon will be great-grandparents. One
grandson is in the Marine Corps.
As for his first name, Major said it often comes in
handy when he makes a reservation and says, "This
is Major Leckie."
Although his name caused a bit of difficulty at
first in the Navy, Major has no regrets about his ser-
vice and joining the U.S. Navy.
"Absolutely none. Going into the Navy was
something I wanted to do and I have never had a
single regret about my service. I went to a July 4
parade with my Korean War veterans hat and I could
not believe how many people came up and said 'thank
you for your service.' It was really touching and won-
And it's been a wonderful life for the Leckies.
"We've been blessed. Looking back, I realize I
really grew up in the Navy. I went in as a kid who
didn't know an\ Lthing and came out a man.
"The Navy was time well spent and I'm proud to
say I'm a Korean War veteran."
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20 0 AUG. 25, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Turtle watch urges 'lights out'
By Lisa Neff
More than 1,000 hatchlings have trekked from Anna
Maria Island to the Gulf of Mexico in recent weeks, but
the number would be much higher had artificial lighting
not disoriented turtles from 14 nests.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported those
statistics Aug. 20, along with tallying the total number
of laid loggerhead nests since May at 136. There also
have been 137 false crawls incidents in which a
female sea turtle aborted a nesting attempt.
The lighting situation improved last week, said
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
'They're getting lights under control," Fox said
last week. "Lights, some that have been out of com-
pliance since May 1, are coming into compliance....
It's much better now."
However, she said, problems remain at waterfront
Gulf Drive properties, where indoor or outdoor light-
ing conditions exist that can draw hatchlings away
from the water and to their death.
Of the first 17 nests that hatched on the Island
this summer, 11 involved disorientated hatchlings,
affecting an estimated 1,100 hatchlings.
\ lonc sea turtles have run away from the sea
than toward the sea," Fox wrote in an Aug. 8 report
to city officials.
The hatchlings get navigational cues from light
at night. Their instinct is to travel away from the
dark silhouettes of the dune vegetation and toward
the brightest horizon, what nature provides with the
moon and the stars reflecting on the water.
Maureen McCormick ofAnna
Maria Island Turtle Watch A
checks a hatched nest in the
1100 block of Gulf Drive North ,,
in Bradenton Beach. U J
Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch sec-
mick excavates a
nest Aug. 21 in the
1100 block of Gulf
Drive North in
as AMITW walker
Ben Dalto looks on.
With coastal development, artificial lighting can
disorient turtles, sending them in the wrong direc-
tion. Sometimes the disorientation has led to turtle
dehydration and death.
To prevent disorientations and protect the endan-
gered species, regulations require beach lights out
from sunset to sunrise on the Island, and many other
coastal locations in the state.
That isn't always the situation, according to Fox,
who said AMITW walkers have observed lighting
problems at the break of dawn.
Other volunteers visiting the beach at night also
have reported seeing lighting problems, more fre-
quently in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach than
in Anna Maria.
Additionally, AMITW reported a concern about
a man fishing at night on the Gulf shore in Holmes
Beach under a canopy and using a spotlight. The inci-
dent occurred earlier this month.
Night-time fishing is allowed, but fishers still
must comply with lighting regulations during nest-
"When I told him of my concern, as a member
of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, with his bright
spotlight, he knew nothing of the turtle watch
activities. He assured me he would 'help the hatch-
lings to the water with his light if he saw any,' said
AMITW representative Claudia Green-Wiseman,
who encountered the man on the beach and also
expressed concern that the man was ti ._. in .' sharks
and possibly faked a story about being a research
"I am not sure what this researcher's game is, but
he appears to be skirting officials, giving out false
information and killing precious sea life," she said.
Fox said that in addition to disorienting hatch-
lings, artificial light on the beach can distract nesting
sea turtles. Though it is late for nesting, AMITW is
still documenting new nests, meaning the season will
stretch into October.
On Aug. 21, AMITW excavated two nests in the
1100 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach.
Hatchlings tracks went to the Gulf from one nest, but
showed a disorientation at the other.
"It's real important we keep the lights out," Fox
said. "Real important."
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Number of turtle nests: 136
Number of false crawls: 137
Number of disorientations: 14
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150 volunteers found 15
scallops, far less than
last year's count of 180.
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week. In recent years,
the search has yielded
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22 0 AUG. 25, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach commissioner blasts WMFR spending
By Nick Walter
Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson
sounded off about overspending once again at West
Manatee Fire Rescue District commissioners during
their Aug. 19 meeting at WMFR Station No. 1.
Regarding WMFR's retirement program, Rob-
inson said, "No one on this planet with any financial
background would estimate a return on investment
of 8 percent in this economy. Someone is living in
la-la land. Could it be this is to cover the fact that the
retirement fund is sucking air?"
That was about the last comment Robinson made
regarding what he called WMFR's "out-of-control
spending and waste of the taxpayers' dollars." WMFR
commissioners allow a maximum of three minutes
for each speaker during public comment.
Anna Maria contractor Kevin Hutchison fol-
lowed Robinson in public comments. Hutchison
began asking questions, but commissioners told him
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he was not allowed to ask questions during public
"This is the USA," Hutchinson said. "We have
the right to assemble and the right to free speech, and
for you to limit Mr. Robinson to three minutes to get
his point across. I don't think that's fair."
The self-dubbed Al "Lower Taxes" Robinson
handed reporters and commissioners a 12-page packet
filled with complaints. He attacked the district's capi-
tal spending, saying, "Last year you bought that cute,
little, narrow fire truck for over $100,000 that can go
into the jungle to fight fires. I'm still trying to find the
jungle. Now, however, it is a nice toy to take to all
the craft shows and fishing festivals as a conversation
piece. How many times have you heard, 'What is that
cute little thing?' And, by the way, how many trips to
Phoenix did it take to make sure it was the right color
and had all the right bells and whistles."
Robinson compared compensation to education,
pointing out that no WMFR jobs require a college
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"The blame lies at the feet of the elected com-
missioners," he added.
Chief Andy Price defended the firefighters and
He concluded the meeting, talking about the
increased number of rescue calls to WMFR. He said
WMFR played a crucial role in last week's incident
where two people drowned in rip currents in Anna
Maria. Price said WMFR firefighters helped pull two
of those in distress to shore.
"The thought some people have that we stand
around and do nothing is ridiculous," he said. "These
people work their butts off."
The chief also spoke about how firefighters often
suffer heart attacks due to job stress.
"It's not a fun job," Price said. "You don't come
back and laugh about it. It's very serious."
"These guys have to put their lives on the line
every day," Price said, before picking up Robinson's
12-page packet. "And then we have to deal with this
New pastor serves
By Nick Walter
The Rev. Michael Mullen celebrated his first
Mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church Aug. 17.
Mullen was named pastor at the church, 248
South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, following the
retirement of the Rev. Robb Mongiello July 31. Mon-
giello served the parish for seven years.
Mullen was born in Galway,
: He later worked as a mis-
S sionary in east Africa for 12 years
and in Florida was assigned to
Blessed Sacrament Church in
Seminole, Sacred Heart Church
Mullen in Bradenton, and most recently
St. Francis Xavier in Fort Myers.
"I am looking forward to meeting with all the
heads of ministries at St. Bernard," Mullen said.
"And I look forward to being a spiritual leader here
for years to come. I don't know how many."
Mullen said he loves the Island.
"I am very excited about being on the Island," he
said. "And it's a beautiful parish."
The Rev. Jean Woady Louis, who served as the
temporary priest after Mongiello retired, will con-
tinue to serve the parish.
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Island intersections included in county project Streetlife
By Nick Walter
Two Island intersections are included in a roughly
$50 million Advance Traffic Management System
that will affix cameras to various intersections in
Manatee and Sarasota counties.
The project could be completed by November
The system operates from the Manatee County
Emergency Operations Center near U.S. 301 and 38th
Street in Bradenton. It will include cameras placed
on poles at various, high-traffic intersections to alert
the center's dispatchers to vehicle accidents, enabling
a quicker response to an accident. Also, information
boards will be used to notify drivers of an accident,
so motorists might bypass a traffic jam.
"Let's say there's a bad accident on the (Anna
Maria) bridge," MPO executive director Michael
Howe said. "That information will flash back to the
operations center, and an information sign can hope-
fully be placed at a reasonable distance back, say to
75th Street West, where someone can take an alterna-
The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization approved a report on the system at the
MPO's July 26 board meeting. Sage Kamiya, Mana-
tee County's advance transportation system manager,
provided the details.
The MPO and the Florida Department of Trans-
portation funded the project in 2002. On Anna Maria
Island, the project will include the intersections of
Cortez Road and Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach,
and East Bay Drive at Manatee Avenue in Holmes
Howe said the project's first phase will take
place in downtown Bradenton and is scheduled to
be completed by January 2011. The second phase
will include Bradenton, the Island intersections and
"This is a nice way to help the traveling public
without building 20,000 roads that cost $20 million,"
Because the cameras will be live-feed only, and
will not record, they will not be used for law enforce-
Howe said MPO's reasons for not using the cam-
eras for law enforcement were privacy issues, and to
avoid law firms from requesting video copies.
In other business, the board re-appointed Robert
Engle as the Island Transportation Planning Organi-
zation's Citizen Advisory Committee representative.
Engle will continue to be the only CAC representa-
tive for the Island cities at MPO meetings and CAC
Robert Emil 'Bob' Kral
Robert "Bob" Emil Kral of Bradenton died Aug.
He was Born in Ohio, served in the U.S. Army,
and was involved with his church and local gov-
ernment. He in helped to establish a civic center in
Mentor, Ohio. He served his communities as a trusted
pharmacist, including many years at Walgreens in
Holmes Beach. He was a longtime member of Key
Royale Club, and volunteered to report weekly scores
to The Islander.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Aug. 20 at Ss
Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, Bra-
denton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crema-
tory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge
of arrangements. Donations may be made to Ameri-
can Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas TX
75284-0692. Online condolences to www.brownand-
He is survived by wife Bettylee; brother Laverne
Schneider; children Robert Michael, Ginger Marie
and husband Mark Hamersley, and Jeffrey Allen and
wife Susan; grandchildren Robert, Jason, Matthew,
Shaun, Brenton, Kristin, Gunnar and Emma; and
great-grandchildren Kaylin and Cade.
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Catholic Church and the Anna Maria French Club.
She enjoyed retirement from teaching by spending
time on the beach and traveling.
A visitation was held Aug. 18 Shannon Funeral
Home, Westview Chapel, Bradenton. A funeral Mass
was celebrated at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach, Aug. 19. Memorial donations may
be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238, or the American Cancer Soci-
ety 4955 State Road 64 E., Bradenton FL 34208.
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home, West-
view Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed
Mrs. Robinson is survived by sons Mark and
wife Kathy of Brandon and Paul and wife Laura of
Minneapolis; daughter Kathleen and husband Robert
Greenberg of Brandon; and five grandchildren.
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No new reports.
Aug. 11, 1700 Gulf Drive S., burglary. Someone
kicked in the door in at a lifeguard stand and shuffled
through items. Nothing was stolen.
Aug. 13, 200 Bridge St., trespass warning. A man
was issued a trespass warning for not paying his bill
at Rotten Ralph's restaurant at the city pier and caus-
ing a disturbance. The man's bill was later paid for
by an unknown person.
Aug. 13, 400 block of Highlands Ave., warrant. A
woman came into the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment to get her purse, and it was discovered she had an
outstanding warrant for her arrest in Charlotte County.
Aug. 14,4000 Gulf Drive, warrant. While on patrol,
a Holmes Beach Police Department officer noticed two
men hanging around the Manatee Public Beach picnic
area. The officer later saw one of the men sleeping
on a picnic table. He woke the man up and asked for
identification, which the man did not have. The officer
discovered the man had an outstanding warrant for his
arrest and placed him into custody. The other man who
was earlier hanging (i \\ ith the arrested was discovered
to have a warrant out for his arrest as well. Both were
taken to the Manatee County jail.
Aug. 17,2700 block of Avenue C, theft. A woman
reported that bicycle, valued at $250, was stolen. The
officer later said he discovered he found a bicycle
matching the description of the woman's missing
bicycle. More information on the brand and model
number of her bicycle was needed in order for her
to claim the stolen bicycle.
Aug. 17, 6400 block of Marina Drive, theft. An
officer was dispatched in reference to the theft of
some potted plants. The complainant said five mango
trees were taken from the rental property.
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Bucs rally to win Center Super Bowl
By Kevin Cassidy
The Bucs win in the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center adult flag football Super Bowl Aug.
20 was a microcosm of their season. They got off to
a slow start, but poured it on in the end, defeating the
Early in the game, the Bucs had trouble catching
the ball and stopping big plays by the Broncos. After
a couple of short passing plays by the Broncos, they
broke out a razzle-dazzle play that caught the Buc-
caneer defense napping.
Quarterback Mike Walter took the snap from
Denise Brigg and handed off to Kevin Austin. who,
running to his left, drew the Buc defense toward him
to stop an apparent running play. But Austin shov-
eled the ball forward to Robert Cornell, who broke
outside and outran everyone down the left sideline
to complete a 34-yard touchdown play.
Once again, dropped passes plagued the Buc
offense, often giving the ball back to the Broncos.
With just under seven minutes left to play in the
first half, Cornell took a handoff from Walter, but
was sacked by Heidi Johnston on the two-yard line.
Undaunted, the Broncos called the exact same play,
but this time Cornell eluded Johnston and hit Walter
down the left sideline to complete a 48-yard touch-
down play and the Broncos a 12-0 lead.
Late in the half, following another stalled Buc-
caneer drive, the Broncos started to drive again. On
third down, Walter threw a wounded duck toward
Austin, who made a spectacular diving catch to
give the Broncos a first down. On the following
play, however, Walter dropped back to pass, and his
attempt was tipped in the air. Scott Eason made a
diving interception to give the Bucs the ball as the
half came to a close.
The Bucs' defense held the Broncos on its first
possession of the second half, giving the offense a
chance to get on track. A 7-yard run on first down
by Robbie Bennett was followed by a 22-yard Ben-
nett run, giving the Bucs a first down. On the next
play, Buc quarterback David Johnston dropped back
and threw the ball to the left corner of the end zone.
Bronco defender Brent Moss got a hand on the pass,
but it deflected to Bennett for a touchdown. John-
ston then hit Bennett for the extra point to pull the
Bucs to 12-7.
Late in the game and deep in their own territory,
the Broncos tried a hand-off, shovel-pass play that
resulted in their first touchdown, but this time the
Bucs defense was ready for it, and Bobby Gibbons
stepped in front of the receiver and intercepted the
On the next play, David Johnston hit Gibbons
with a nine-yard touchdown pass giving the Bucs a
13-12 lead. Johnston then hit Bennett for the extra
point and a 14-12 lead with a little more than three
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minutes to play. It essentially ended the game, though
there was a little more drama to come.
It appeared Austin had an interception on the Bucs'
5-yard line when the Buc quarterback couldn't find
a receiver. QB Johnston appeared to be taking off up
field with Austin charging forward. At the last pos-
sible moment, Johnston attempted a throw and Austin
was all over him, almost taking the ball out of his
hand, but the referee called an illegal rush, thereby
negating the play.
The Broncos did get the ball back with 28 seconds
to play and advanced to midfield, but time ran out. The
Bucs are summer's adult flag football champions.
Indoor soccer season ends
Mission accomplished for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's summer indoor soccer league,
which gave 60 or so kids a cool place to get in some
kicks in preparation for a full fall season of soccer.
Action Kawasaki Yamaha took first place in its
division with a 9-1-1 record, while Sparks Steel Art
and Anna Maria Oyster Bar tied for second place
with identical 3-5-3 records. Ross Built finished with
a 2-6-3 record.
Sparks, the only team to defeat Action K-Y, had
them on the ropes in their final match Aug. 16. They
took a 5-2 lead into the half, thanks to three goals
from Ryan Fellowes, two goals from Gavin Sentman
and a strong game in goal from Lane Bowers.
The second half saw Sparks fail to cover the back
post defensively, allowing Action's Dylan Joseph to
sneak in behind and score four second-half goals on
the way to an exciting 8-7 victory.
Joseph finished with six goals, while teammates
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Ryan Fellowes finished with four goals, while
Sentman had two and Robbie Fellowes scored one
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The second game of the evening also was an
exciting game of two halves. Anna Maria Oyster Bar
appeared to be on cruise control, taking a 2-0 first-
half lead on goals by Sydney Cornell and Sydney
Morrow. The second half saw Ross Built pick up its
game, receiving two goals from Sarah Quattromani
and one from Andrew Ross. Anna Maria Oyster Bar
got another goal from Gillian Cassidy as the game
finished in a 3-3 tie.
Signups start for Center soccer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
now accepting registration for its 2010 recreational
youth soccer league and a three-day soccer camp to
get kids ready to play. Boys and girls must be at least
age 4 and no older than 17 by Sept. 1 to participate.
Cost for the three-day soccer camp, which takes
place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-27, is $30.
Cost for the season of soccer for Center members is
$75 while non-members pay $105.
League players receive a team jersey and match-
ing socks. Players are responsible for their own black
shorts and shin guards.
Games will be played starting at 6 p.m. Monday
through Friday with an occasional Saturday match.
Tryouts and evaluations in age-divisions begin Aug.
31 and teams will be picked immediately following
The Center also is offering an adult coed soccer
league, which will see action on Thursday evenings.
Tryouts to ensure team equity and team selection will
be held Sept. 9.
For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus or
Andy Jonatzke at the Center, 941-778-1908.
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Despite heat, mangrove snapper bite improves
By Nick Walter
Summer anglers would still be wise to fish an
early-morning bite for inshore redfish and trout. The
bite for many anglers continues to shut off around
10 a.m. At that time, fishers might consider looking
for shark off the beaches, or in open waters of Tampa
Bay. Any cooler, deeper waters around midday and
afternoon channels or docks have a better chance at
producing a catch.
Finally, the mangrove snapper bite seems to
have picked up in the past week around the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge and near-shore reefs and wrecks.
Capt. Steven Salgado said he's been catching
mangrove snapper, grouper, sharks and trout off the
beaches, tarpon in the passes and trout, redfish and
an occasional flounder in local bays.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said he's been targeting
shark and also catching keeper mangrove snapper
and grouper on close wrecks. He also has seen
some permit at 15-20 pounds about 13 miles off-
shore. He said the redfish bite has been decent, and
bait off the beaches is starting to show back up in
Capt. Warren Girle said an offshore trip last
week to a 7-mile reef produced three keeper grouper
to 26 inches, six mangrove snapper, one triggerfish
and a ton of Spanish mackerel. "I didn't think mack-
erel stayed around that long," Girle said. "Normally
by late summer they're gone. I've been getting them
in the bay on bait schools all summer, but there's a
ton of them 7 miles out."
Annamae Lahay from Corky's Live Bait &
Tackle said spotted sea trout are quite plentiful in the
waters around the flats in Palma Sola Bay, Sarasota
Bay and the Manatee River.
The redfish are plentiful in potholes and docks
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"A lot of the redfish tend to be oversized, which, like
the spotted sea trout, must be released back into the
She said some fishers have reported seeing quite
a few snook in certain areas. "Please, do not overkill
these," Lahay said, "as they are trying to make it back
from the horrible cold winter.... Catch and release
should be everyone's motto this year."
Also being hooked in the inland waters are man-
grove snapper, ladyfish, bluefish, pinfish, Spanish
mackerel and other species.
She said Spanish mackerel chunks tend to be
great bait for shark fishing, which has been quite
good around Longboat Key Pass and the northern
tip of Anna Maria by Bean Point. There are reports
of sharks of 2 to 3 feet in length and beyond 6 feet
in length. "Shark are very challenging and fun to
catch," she said. The evening hours are the best times
to target shark.
"Make sure if you are going to keep a shark
that you know what species it is, so that you are not
caught with an illegal species," Lahay added.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said his
clients are catching a lot of gag and red grouper, large
amberjack, Spanish mackerel, lots of blacktip, lemon,
and reef sharks, big barracudas, porgies, mangrove
snappers and some catch-and-release goliath grou-
per. McGuire said that Nick Victor-Smith from Anna
Maria Island caught-and-released a goliath grouper
around 350 pounds and then quickly jumped in the
water to swam with the fish for a photo before the
release. McGuire said his parties are catching grouper
from 50-130 feet. "Going deep in the summer heat
always gets the big boy," he said.
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Phil Kurkland from the Sunshine Skyway south
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Spanish mackerel in the morning, a few grouper here
and there on an outgoing tide, some mangrove snapper
at night and sharks. He said anglers can likely find trout
in the shallows. He said the pompano have been caught
on Love's Lures and Goofy jigs with a small teaser.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said hot weather and hot fishing has been
the "flavor of the week." He reported speckled trout
fishing has been on fire with 40-fish days the norm.
"The speckled trout have been mixed in size with
some over 20 inches," Howard said. "I've been using
circle hooks so as to not gut hook the fish and using
a 'release tool' to minimize the handling of the fish."
He added live shiners have been the bait of choice.
Redfish are starting to school around their tra-
ditional gathering places, he said. Howard's been
working up in the mangroves when the tide is high
and moving out to deeper water as the tide drops.
Live and dead shiners have been working well, he
said. "Cut chunks of thread fin herring also has been
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The mangrove snapper bite is heating up, he
said, and the 1- and 3-mile reefs have been produc-
ing snapper up to 3 pounds on a variety of baits.
"The secret to catching these tasty fish is to use a
couple chum blocks to fire up the bite," he said. "Also
have a bucket of shiners to 'sweeten' the chum. A
simple rig for mangrove snapper is to use a small jig
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By Rick Catlin
Bistro takes on oil
Sean Murphy, owner of the Beach
Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, has helped create a video called
the "BP Martini" that offers a satiri-
cal look at the recent oil spill off the
The video can be viewed at www.
beachbistro.com., or on YouTube with
a search for bistro blue martini.
The video features Cheryl Martin
of Anna Maria as spokesperson for the
bistro, and she makes a great pitch for
But Gene Aubry, who frequently
plays guitar in the bistro lounge when
the mood strikes him, and never for hire
- says nothing can top the real thing,
and he's only referring to the visual pre-
sentation of the concoction.
Proceeds from the sale of the cock-
tails will be sent to the Greater New
Orleans Foundation's Gulf Coast Oil
For more information, call 941-778-
Voting for top
Voting for ABC's Nightline People's
Platelist Award for America's best res-
taurants begins Aug. 26. Euphemia Haye
restaurant on Longboat Key, with chef/
owner Ray Arpke, is a finalist.
The annual contest features chefs
whose cuisine is judged exceptionally
creative and authentic. Arpke is one
of 20 finalists chosen from more than
1,000 entries, an ABC news release
said. Arpke is the lone finalist from
Winners will be determined by a
vote of viewers Aug. 26-Sept. 26 on the
shows website, abcnews.go/nightline.
To reach Euphemia Haye, call 941-
Swell to host
Feeling Swell Surf Bar and Grill, in
partnership with the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, will hold an
open house at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31.
By Nick Walter
Dori Reynolds scans the oddball
items The Beach Shop at 11904 Cortez
Road W., Cortez, and only fears the
store's title is misleading.
It's more than The Beach Shop that
once made its home for 18 years at the
Manatee Public Beach.
She thinks it's more than any tra-
ditional beach shop around. There are
dolls, Tiffany-style lamps, carvings,
assortments of stained glass decora-
tions, and a list of oddball items so
long this shop needed a loft.
And it's open.
Owned by Reynolds, her mother
Dee Schaefer, and Dee's husband Gene
Schaefer, the shop will be the site of
a welcoming party Aug. 28 from 4
to 8 p.m. The party is for old friends
who visited the Manatee Public Beach
and for new customers. There will be
Dee Schaefer said there also will
be a grand opening sometime follow-
ing the welcome party.
"I'm so excited," she said. "You're
not supposed to brag about your own
stuff, but I just love it."
Schaefer said unlike The Beach
Shop at Manatee Public Beach, the new
shop will soon feature a big selection
of men's sportswear, boogie boards
and surf boards. "We're expanding all
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, will showcase its new
menu, as well as its "cool deck" featur-
ing heat-reducing water misters.
For more information, call Feeling
Swell at 941-896-7879 or visit www.
It's all in
Hairstylist Nancy Parsons recently
purchased Family Hair Designers,
5902 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
and created a styling section for fami-
lies and men, in addition to her regular
Nancy, who has been a stylist for
more than 30 years in the Bradenton
area, said the salon has been in the same
location for 35 years.
She and business partner Mike
Davidson purchased the salon, remod-
Gary Thorpe, 10-year member of the Anna Maria public works staff vacations
with The Islander newspaper at Cape Neddick "The Nubble" Lighthouse in
York, Maine. The picturesque lighthouse was built in 1879, and features a Victo-
rian keeper's house.
Dori Reynolds and Dana Kamp, in the loft, and Debbie Duvall, front, await
customers to an open house Aug. 28 at the new Beach Shop.
over the place," she said. "It's always a
Reynolds said some people may be
unaware the Schaefers lost their bid to
keep the shop at Manatee Public Beach.
Through an open-bidding process, Man-
atee County offered United Park Ser-
vices a five-year contract to operate the
restaurant and beach shop at Manatee
and Coquina beaches.
"It seems like more vacationers know
eled the shop, changed the name and
made the top-level for families, kids
and men who want to watch sports on
television. Kids also can watch tele-
vision or play on the newly installed
game console while a parent gets
The downstairs area remains for the
many regular customers who have been
coming to the salon for many years, she
"Some of them said they've been
coming here since the salon opened in
1975," Nancy noted.
The sections are separated to
allow all customers to enjoy their
experience at Family Hair Design-
"Our motto is 'Let us take care of
your whole family,'" Nancy said with a
And she backs up her motto with
a variety of services at great prices,
including a student haircut for $12,
while kids age 9 and under can get a
what happened more than the locals,"
said The Beach Shop employee Dana
The Beach Shop is trying to attract
new customers by offering discounts
on swimwear and clothing.
"I just don't want people driving
by us and seeing there's this 'Beach
Shop,' and thinking beach items is all
we have," Reynolds said. "It's not just
a beach shop."
haircut for just $9. Regular cuts start
at $15, and the salon offers hair col-
oring and highlighting, among other
For more information, call 941-792-
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its monthly
business card exchange from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Whit-
ney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Cost of the lunch is $15 for both
members and guests and reservations
For more information, call 941-778-
Call slandBiz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us
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Now, online readers will be able to
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Additionally, readers will be able
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right champions after being the only team to manage
three pool-play wins during horseshoe action on Aug.
21 at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Norm Good and Tom Rhodes were the only
team to emerge from pool play on Aug. 18 with a 3-0
record and were the outright winners during Wednes-
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selection. There is no charge to play.
MHS runners start season
If you like to run or want to build your endurance
and stamina for other sports, then cross-country is the
HUGE MULTI-FAMILY yard sale: 8 a.m. -
2 p.m. daily, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 27-30.
Antiques, linens, furniture, kitchenware,
odds and ends. 4707 Second Ave., Holmes
HOUSEHOLD SALE: 9 a.m.- ? Saturday,
Aug. 28. Furniture, televisions, household
goods. 520 56th St., Holmes Beach.
SALE. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Aug. 27-28. 201 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes
LOST: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES, near
70th Street, Holmes Beach. Women's, black
rim with rhinestones. E-mail: lesliefreeborn @
FOUND: BEACH BAG in parking area, Fern
Street, near North Shore Drive, Aug. 5. (Bean
Point area). 941-538-4604, leave message
describing contents to claim.
MISSING: GRAY STRIPED cat. Thomas,
microchipped. Reward. 71st Street and
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Pat, 941-778-
LOST CAT: BROWN and black tiger with
white paws. One-year-old. If found please,
call 941-405-7350. 8000 block of Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old
enough for adoption. All food and medical
provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
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If you're a student at Manatee High School inter-
ested in becoming a member of the Hurricanes' cross-
country team, come to a practice session. Practices
begin at 3 p.m. weekdays at G.T. Bray Park, 51st
Street entrance, next to the dog park. The first event
will be held Sept. 6, the annual Canes Classic 5K,
and the season continues with weekly meets through
October. Cross-country is both an individual and
team sport. All runners help one another to become
stronger and faster. And it's a sport to compete in for
If interested please contact either girls' coach Rae
Ann Darling Reed at 941-586-9375 or men's coaches
Mike Smith at 941-730-1954 or Tom Orehowsky at
941-720-1874. There's more information at the girls
website manateecrosscountry.com, or for boys, cane-
Featured sale: This duplex at 114 Mangrove
Ave., Anna Maria, sold in May 2002 for
$380,000 and in August 2010 for $645,000, an
increase of 70 percent. The cost per square foot
is $293. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Island real estate
114 Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,200
sfla / 2,250 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1969
on a 75x110 lot was sold 08/02/10, Coleman to
Ramaekers for $645,000; list $785,000.
105 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,115 sfla
S1,463 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1962 on
a 64x80 lot was sold 08/02/10, Perk Holmes
Beach LLC to Kaleta for $575,000.
5378 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant
commercial 6587 sq ft lot was sold 08/03/10,
Signature LLC to Murphy Property Group LLC
for $300,000; list $379,999.
6812 Palm Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,352
sfla / 1,790 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car duplex built
in 1981 on a 75x104 lot was sold 08/06/10,
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to
Chin for $202,500; list $202,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at
Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Current Island real
estate transactions may also be viewed online
at www.islander.org. Copyright 2010
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Sands Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
f fC oFull service lawn maintenance
778-1345 Hauling tree trimming
VLicensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
-- Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Windows & Doors
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
S, Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
' References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
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Drywall & Texture Repairs Painting
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The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
It's a GREAT TIME to buy!
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1991 TOYOTA PREVIA: Runs good, has
issues. Perfect for utility use. $1,000. 941-
1969 CAMARO SS: Perfect condition, origi-
nal, unrestored, 396-cubic inch, 350-hp.
Asking $5,500. Details at ddy70pc@msn.
YAMAHA WAVERUNNER FX cruiser: High
output with trailer. Anna Maria Island. Like
new. $8,000. Call 303-697-1159.
BOATS UNDER $50,000 are selling quickly. 17-to
15-year Island resident and excellent sales-
man. I sell boats and yachts worldwide. Let's
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experi-
enced real estate licensee for busy Island
office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-
MAINSAIL BEACH INN is seeking a mainte-
nance technician responsible for all aspects
of ground and building maintenance. Can-
didate must have hands-on previous main-
tenance experience. Requirements include
flexibility and a valid driver's license. Please
fax resumes to 941-201-3223 or applications
can be obtained at Mainsail, 101 66th St.,
Holmes Beach. No phone calls, please.
FRONT DESK AGENT: Part-time weekend
position. Customer service and phone skills
a must. Resume to 941-778-9347.
BABYSITTER AND PETSITTER: Trustworthy
and responsible, loves animals. Three years
experience with babysitting. Call Claudia,
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Red
Cross certified. Call Kim at 941-794-8640.
YARD WORK, WALK dogs and other small
jobs. Call George, 941-778-7257.
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
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria
Island, located in busy shopping center, large
inventory, all equipment and fixtures, com-
pletely turnkey, business growing monthly,
owners moving, great opportunity for mom
and pop. $189,000. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.
GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experi-
ence. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying
assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-
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TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hur-
ricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro
doors, ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent
references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50.941-
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handy-
man work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc.
Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job
too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: 28 years experi-
ence. Assist in bathing, appointments, shop-
ping, cooking, housekeeping, etc. Call 941-
CALL CRYSTAL CLEAN for your clean-
ing needs. Rentals, ongoing, special proj-
ects. Call Jenn, 941-779-3397.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all of your real estate needs, sell-
ing, listing, buying, market analysis. 941-592-
8373, or e-mail: email@example.com.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
fessional, friendly cleaning service since
1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND HOUSEKEEPING: LOCAL girl, great
references. Openings for home and vacation
rental accounts. Deborah, 941-524-0486
CLUTTER! IF YOU do not know where to
begin to enjoy your surroundings, I can help
with great sensitivity, take to Goodwill, con-
sign or pack and ship sentimental items to
loved ones who would enjoy something from
you. I also specialize in staging homes for
sale by re-purposing what you already have
for a fresh look. Call Nancy Errico for a con-
sutation today! Insured. www.stageonede-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus?
Need wireless, network setup? Web site?
Need help? Call JC, 941-487-7487.
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Landscaping Tree-Trimmming Irrigation
Call Eddie and Gary for the best service, best deal.
E&G Lawn Service & Irrigation
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Lawn Sprinkler Services
Trouble Shooting Specialists
Old Systems Upgraded & Serviced Timers & Controllers
Pump Replacement (inground and above ground pumps)
Free Estimates 941-545-7280
Serving Manatee County Since 1979
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Available from Commercial News Providers
"Movers Who Care"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
36 years of happy customers. Organizing,
pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic
needs covered! Web design. Call Jon at
Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. 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, 941-795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing
massage in the comfort of your home. Call
today for an appointment, 941-795-0887.
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.my.house@verizon.
net for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in alge-
bra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and
science. Special need students welcome.
Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Call for an appointment.
Now offering in-home services. 941-713-
KOKO RAY'S ISLAND studio: Back to school
specials through September. Instruction in
flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315
58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-778-8323.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and
repair. Your complete irrigation repair com-
pany. Call 941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom land-
scapes, tree trimming, property maintenance.
Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
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
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet"
T-shirts. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach or order online www.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.
Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt.
Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, .
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light
hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-
6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
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FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Resi-
dential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood,
access control. Contractors you can depend
on. Call 941-748-2700.
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 guaran-
FISHING FOR a good deal? Always look in
The Islander, 941-778-7978.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off "2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
OfW r( r'(. Luxurious 2/2 apts..
1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/ffrom $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with
dock. Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and
shops. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront
vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-
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 Realty, 941-794-
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200 sf (former
salon) and 1,300 sf. 1-800-952-1206.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED GROUND-level
duplex. 2BR/1 BA, north Holmes Beach. $925/
month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.
SEASONAL SIX-MONTH rental. Ground
level cottage on Gulf side. Walk to beach.
2BR/1.5BA. $1,800/month. 941-741-6729.
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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. $695,000
M ike 800-367-1617
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
ANNUAL PERICO RENTAL: Available Sept. 3.
Single-level 2BR/2BA GATED villa with entry
courtyard, spacious lanai, one-car garage,
washer, dryer, trash, basic cable, pest con-
trol and water utilities included, tennis courts,
heated pool, community clubhouse. $1,100/
month. Call 310-971-7210.
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1BR IN HOLMES Beach. $675/month plus
utilities. Weekdays, 941-778-6541. Evenings,
ANNUAL DUPLEX IN HOLMES Beach.
2BR/2BA on canal, space for boat. Living
room, kitchen, storage, washer and dryer
hook ups. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-
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ANNUAL RENTAL: CLOSE to Island on
Cortez Road. 2BR/2BA, 55-plus. $750/month.
FOR LEASE: RESORT shop space at Anna
Maria Island Dream Inn. 14x16 space, utili-
ties and Internet access included. 2502 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, faces Gulf Drive. Call
VACATION TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA FUR-
NISHED, pool and boat dock. $399/weekend,
$599/week, $950/month. Realtor, 941-356-
1456. Real Estate Mart.
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HISTORIC ANNA MARIA HOME
SKnown as the
Clay House this
historic home sits
on a huge 11,308
sf lot in central
Close to the bay and the beaches on quiet Spring
Avenue. This property has unlimited potential.
Call Jesse Brisson at 941-713-4755.
36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA family room and garage.
FOR SALE: CANALFRONT LOT, holmes Beach $400,000
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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WEST BRADENTON 3BR/2BA $950/month.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: UPDATED
plush, professionally decorated, executive
pool home, 3BR/2BA plus outdoor pool bath,
outdoor living area, four miles to beaches,
$1,700/month with annual lease, plus utilities.
No animals, no smoking, 941-592-9270.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1 BR/1 BA or 55-plus 2BR/1 BA with pool.
Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-
778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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Call James at 941-713-0635.
DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den,
three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, secu-
rity. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-
style architecture with breathtaking Gulf
views. 5,146 sf under roof on north Anna
Maria Island, 12106 Gulf Drive. $3,500,000,
furnished. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale. Get your
E2/EB-5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office, recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo:
2BR/2BA great views, close to everything.
Call Capt. Greg, 941-592-8373, A Paradise
Walking drisciane to the beach.
remodeled kitchen and baths. Ceramic tile
throughout. New seawall. Plenty of room for
a pool. Owners motivated.
An Island Place Realty CALL CAPT.
WT BARNETT, Realtor
413 Pine Avenue Anna Maria 941.730.0516
BRADENTON BEACH: CUTE single-family
home 2BR/1BR with garden and garage,
just one block from beach with direct access.
Recently renovated and upgraded, furniture.
Must sell. $299,000. email@example.com.
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509 59th St., Holmes Beach. $490,000. 717-
SPACIOUS VILLAGE GREEN villa: 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Minutes to beach. $159,000.
Call, look, make offer. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
Real Estate Mart.
5400 GULF DRIVE #36, Holmes Beach.
ASSISTED-LIVING BUSINESS opportunity.
Ideal for nurse or caregiver. Lakefront nine-
bed facility, fully occupied. Includes real estate
with separate living, office house. $599,000.
941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
514 71st St., Holmes Beach. $470,000.717-
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-
BANK FORCED BID, offer sale! Smoky
Mountains. Lake property, Tennessee. Pick
your lot, then submit your offer! Gated with
amenities! Hurry, register now, first 75 only!
877-644-4647, ext. 302.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Brand-
new! Mountain-top tract reduced to $29,500!
Private, near Boone area, bank financing,
owner must sell. 866-789-8535.
BUY MOUNTAIN LAND now! Lowest prices
ever! North Carolina. Bryson City. 2.5 acres,
spectacular views, paved road. High altitude.
Easily accessible, secluded. $45,000. Owner
financing, 800-810-1590. www.wildcatknob.
UNBELIEVABLE COASTAL BARGAIN! Only
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