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Stoltzfus appeals judge's recall decision


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge
Edward Nicholas ruled Aug. 24 that a recall
petition against Anna Maria Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus was
"legally sufficient" to
proceed. The recall vote
would, therefore, proceed
Sept. 7.
Stoltzfus quickly
appealed the decision,
Stoltzfus although a hearing has
yet to be scheduled by the appeal court.


Stoltzfus first filed a motion to have the
recall petition against him declared "legally
insufficient," but Nicholas ruled against the
motion and affirmed the Recall Commissioner
Stoltzfus Committee's petition for a special
recall election. Nicholas did not rule on the
committee's allegations, just whether the peti-
tion statements fit the petition criteria.
Prior to Nicholas' ruling, 12th Circuit
Court Senior Judge Lee Haworth certified the
recall petition and ordered a recall election
be held Sept. 7, pending the outcome of the
hearing.
On Aug. 25, the day after Nicholas


announced his decision, Stoltzfus planned his
appeal to the Second District Court of Appeal in
Lakeland, and requested an expedited hearing.
His attorney, Richard Harrison, said he
believes "the trial court's order is inconsistent
with the controlling precedent as established
by the appellate courts in Florida and the
Florida Supreme Court.
"Commissioner Stoltzfus has authorized
us to commence an appeal immediately. We
will do that and the case will now proceed to
the Second District Court of Appeal for fur-
ther review," Harrison said.
PLEASE SEE STOLTZFUS, NEXT PAGE

AM special

election Sept. 7,

stay requested
Barring approval of an 11th hour emer-
gency stay order requested by Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus that awaits a hearing from
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Edward
Nicholas, voters in the city of Anna Maria will
decide Sept. 7 on the recall of Stoltzfus.
The election is the result of efforts by the
Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus Committee
formed in April, which met the requirements
for a recall vote to end the term of Stoltzfus
that began in November 2009.
Nicholas has ruled the recall petition is
legally sufficient and the recall may move
forward.
The recall committee, with Bob Carter
as the chair, was organized after some resi-
dents read more than 800 Stoltzfus e-mails
pertaining to city business. Stoltzfus wrote the
e-mails from his private e-mail account.
Those e-mails were disclosed after a
public records request in March, and they
contained numerous statements by Stoltzfus
that the recall committee believes constitute
misfeasance and malfeasance by the commis-
sioner and, under Florida law, are grounds for
a recall.
The committee was required to submit
two petitions to eligible Anna Maria voters
for signatures. The first needed a minimum
of 136 signatures, while the second required
204 signatures.
After the first petition was certified,
Stoltzfus filed a motion in circuit court to dis-
miss the recall on the grounds it was "legally
insufficient" to warrant a recall vote.
Nicholas eventually forwarded both peti-
tions to 12th Circuit Court Chief Judge Lee
Haworth, who certified them and ordered a spe-
cial recall election Sept. 7, pending the outcome
of the motion to dismiss from Stoltzfus.
On Aug. 12, a hearing was held on the
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, PAGE 4


A high tide and heavy rainfall left some of Anna Maria Island's beaches under water Aug.
23. Water reached the beach access at the end of Sycamore Avenue in Anna Maria, and, in
parts of Bradenton Beach, water flooded beach-access points. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


h. By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
ifeA record rainfall was recorded in Mana-
tee County Aug. 23.
lice Rain began early and continued into
23 the next day, sometimes falling in heavy
downpours and moving slowly across the
lament NManatee-Sarasota county area.
r: The National Weather Service in Ruskin
reported that 4.61 inches of rain fell at the
L Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Aug. 23, making it the wettest Aug. 23 in
recorded history for the county.
snook The old record had been set at 4.14
tion. inches in 1977.
The rainfall Aug. 23 also doubled the
Biz total for August the first 22 days saw only
4.62 inches of rain.
The rainfall, at high tide, made some
roads on Anna Maria Island difficult to navi-
id con- gate for most vehicles and impassible for
e 26 those on scooters or motorcycles.


The weather was a factor in some minor
accidents, but local law enforcement agencies
did not report any major emergencies.
With the rain falling on the first day of
school, some students arrived to class soggy,
and some students arrived home later than
expected due to traffic delays.
And, with the rain continuing on Primary
Tuesday, election officials speculated that the
weather might have been a factor in a low -
24 percent voter turnout.
The overcast skies and raindrops also kept
people off the beaches, where water at high
tide reached some beach access points in Anna
Maria and Bradenton Beach.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive
director Suzi Fox said some loggerhead sea
nests were washed over last week, but none
were washed out.
Sea turtle eggs are water permeable and
hatchlings can drown in their shells if the nest
remains flooded for extended periods.


Record rainfall recorded


Pier centennial to
feature Taste event,
plank sales, more.
Page 12


What's going on -
and when. Page 13


Nesting by the num-
bers: Turtle season
update. Page 19





2 0 SEPT. 1, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


Drownings spur safety talk


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Summer vacationer Angela Schoenwether regu-
larly checks the Web before heading out with her two
children to Anna Maria's beach.
She's not looking for the UV index or the rain
forecast. She's looking for rip-current advisories.
The Michigander, who is renting a home on
Coconut Avenue in Anna Maria, made the safety
check part of her routine following the Aug. 12 deaths
of two people caught in a rip current just yards off
the beach near Sycamore Avenue.
Gerardo Hernandez and sister Josefina Pardo died
and several relatives suffered injuries in the late-after-
noon incident. "The family was standing together in
waist-high water when the riptide drug them under

STOLTZFUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
As of The Islander's press deadline Monday, Aug.
30, the appeals court had not acted on the request.
Should the recall vote proceed, the city electorate
will on the same ballot as the recall vote to fill
the remainder of Stoltzfus' term.
Architect Gene Aubry is running to fill the
15-month remaining term, as is Stoltzfus. Florida law
does not prevent a commissioner subject to a recall
vote from running to fill the one-year, two-month
remainder of his own term.
If the recall votes fails, Stoltzfus retains his seat,
regardless of the outcome of the vote for the term
remainder on the same ballot.
The city has mailed out more than 200 absentee
ballots that must be returned to the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Office by Sept. 7 to be
included in the tally for the special election.
The recall election wil be the first such election
in Manatee County, according to Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat.
For more on the recall, see page 4.


suddenly and rapidly carried them away from shore,"
reads a family statement released from Blake Medical
Center in Bradenton, where Hernandez and Pardo
were pronounced dead and others treated.
"We don't want people to think, 'Oh, they were
too far out, that couldn't happen to me,'" Al Pardo,
who was caught in the rip current, says in the state-
ment. "It happened so suddenly."
Struggling back to shore severely fatigued the
swimmers.
"We were just too tired," Pardo says.
Earlier this summer, a man drowned while wade
fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway, apparently after
being caught in a current under the Anna Maria Island
Bridge.
A rip current or riptide is a narrow, powerful cur-
rent of water that runs perpendicular to the beach, out
into the ocean. The current may extend 200 to 2,500


When at the beach...
Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard-
protected beach.
Never swim alone.
Learn how to swim in the surf. It's not the
same as swimming in a pool or lake.
Be cautious at all times, especially when
swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt,
don't go out.
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and
jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist along-
side these structures.
Consider using polarized sunglasses when
at the beach.
Pay especially close attention to children
and elderly when at the beach. Even in shallow
water, wave action can cause loss of footing.
Source: Florida Division of Emergency
Management


feet lengthwise, but it is typically less than 30 feet
wide. Also, rip currents can often move at more than
5 mph.
In Florida, rip currents kill more people annually
than thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes com-
bined.
"It's not something I was even aware of. I'd never
even heard of a riptide," says Schoenwether, who
grew up swimming in pools and in a deep but calm
man-made lake.
Others, residents and visitors, also say the deaths
caused them to be more cautious, but not afraid, when
swimming the Gulf.
"Accidents, tragedies, will happen anywhere,
anytime," says frequent beachgoer Pete Taylor of
Anna Maria. "I'm aware of the dangers of riptides.
So I never swim alone."
Swimming with a buddy is a good precaution,
according to water-safety experts.
"Swim with someone who can help," says Mana-
tee County Marine Rescue Chief Jay Moyles.
Moyles' team responded to the Aug. 12 drown-
ings, along with West Manatee Fire Rescue and Long-
boat Key Fire Rescue firefighters, Manatee County
Emergency Medical Services paramedics and the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Moyles also endorses Schoenwether's practice
of checking for rip current advisories, as well as the
habit of designating one person in a group of beach-
goers to keep an eye on swimmers, especially chil-
dren.
Swimmers should also know their abilities,
Moyles says.
"One thing people really must do, for their
safety and their family's safety, is understand
their own swimming capabilities," says the rescue
chief. "Most people over-estimate their swimming
skills."
PLEASE SEE DROWNINGS, NEXT PAGE


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Water-safety experts say the safest place to swim is where a lifeguard is present. Manatee County Marine
Rescue lifeguards are stationed at Coquina and Manatee Public beaches on Anna Maria Island. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff


DROWNINGS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
At the top of Moyles' precaution list is swimming
at a public beach staffed with lifeguards. There are
two such beaches on the Island Coquina Beach
and Manatee Public Beach, both operated by the
county and staffed with marine rescue guards from
about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Rip currents are the No. 1 concern for beach
lifeguards, according to the U.S. Lifesaving Asso-
ciation, which reports that 80 percent of surf rescues
are attributed to rip currents.


says. "They are trained to observe.... We task them
with watching the water, watching the people, inter-
vening for safety."
Much of the Island's Gulf shore is open to beach-
goers, but the county's lifeguards are stationed only
at county-operated beaches.
The county lacks the authority to station life-
guards or even post signs outside its property,
says county spokesperson Nick Azzara.
To assign guards outside the county beaches
"would require a vast amount of money on the cities'


"Lifeguards are trained water-watchers," Moyles parts," Moyles adds.


THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 1, 2010 E 3


Meetings
Anna Maria City
Sept. 2, 6 p.m., commission special meeting.
Sept. 7, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., recall election, Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.
Sept. 8, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 8, 6:15 p.m., commission work meeting
on parking.
Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m., commission "shade" meet-
ing.
Sept. 9, 6 p.m., commission work meeting.
meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
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.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 14, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Sept. 8, noon, "stakeholders" meeting, Palma
Sola Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6510
Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Sept. 6 is Labor Day.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
org.


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4 0 SEPT. 1, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


Aubry seeks 'calm,' Stoltzfus seeks to retain seat


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria resident Gene Aubry said he is run-
ning in the Sept. 7 recall election because he wants to
bring a calming influence to the city commission.
Aubry said he never intended to seek public
office, but was drawn into the Pine Avenue parking
issue when Commission Chair John Quam presented
him with the problem of vehicles backing out across
sidewalks. Quam asked Aubry, an
architect, to help solve the situa-
tion by drawing up a Pine Avenue
parking plan that would eliminate
back-out parking.
Aubry drew several plans
for Quam that have been both
Aubry criticized and praised, but Aubry
said it was never his intention to
present any plan as his own.
"I want to make it clear that these are not 'my
plans' as some have suggested. I never volunteered
to solve the parking problem," he said.
"I'm only running because I volunteered my ser-
vices to help the city when asked. Now, I think I can
offer some help to the city and bring stability and
calm to the commission."
He agreed that backing out of a parking space
onto Pine Avenue is unsafe, but there's little the city
can do about already-approved projects that have that
parking arrangement. His concept drawings elimi-
nated future back-out parking.
When the petition to have a recall election for
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus was approved by the
courts, he qualified to run to fill the remainder of
Stoltzfus' term.
Aubry said he would bring to the commission
his 55 years experience as an architect who has dealt
extensively with public bodies and building codes, his
ability to listen to other points of view, his patience
and his willingness to compromise.
"I'm going to sit on the dais and listen to a prob-
lem. I think I do that very well because of my expe-
rience. And, you take an oath to uphold the law and
this city operates by law," he said.

ELECTION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


Election stay requested
Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus has asked the Manatee County Circuit Court
to issue an emergency stay for his recall elec-
tion.
Richard Harrison filed the motion for Stoltzfus
as The Islander was headed to press.
The request went to Judge Edward Nicholas'
office, where his law clerk said it typically takes
one to two days to schedule "even an emergency
hearing."
Stoltzfus already has appealed Nicholas' deci-
sion allowing the Sept. 7 recall to go forward.
The new motion argues that a stay "is required
... to preserve the status quo to the extent neces-
sary to permit Stoltzfus to obtain the meaningful
appellate review to which he is entitled."

motion to dismiss and Nicholas issued a decision
Aug. 24, in which he said the petition was legally
sufficient and the recall would proceed.
He did not rule on the allegations, just that the
petition met the Florida Statute recall requirements.

Recall committee allegations
The recall committee in its petition claimed, as
grounds for recall, that Stoltzfus violated Florida's
Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, some of his e-mail
communications "contained libelous and inflamma-
tory remarks concerning city staff, citizens and pro-
fessional consultants," in violation of the city's policy
against personal attacks, violated the requirement for
a "fair hearing in a quasi-judicial proceeding" and
this was "abusing his authority" to achieve his desired
result.
The committee also contended that Stoltzfus used
"evasive devices" to circumvent state statutes and
"conspired with others to deceive citizens and bring


If people don't like the law, they shouldn't panic,
but get the law changed. And laws should be tested
before implementation, he said.
"Because these (parking) laws were not tested
is why we are in this argument about sidewalks and
safety."
Before he presented the first parking design to
Quam, Aubry said he reviewed it with the city's plan-
ning, building and legal staff to ensure it complied
with the law.
Some land-development regulations need to
be changed to match the comprehensive plan, and
the city needs clear definitions of what commission
policy encompasses, Aubry said.
He said he is willing to work toward compromise
on any issue and said people could come to him with
any problem.
Aubry said he hoped voters would not see the
recall vote as a vote for or against Stoltzfus, but
agreed that Stoltzfus is the reason for the recall elec-
tion.
"I have no pre-set agenda. I'm not interested in
confrontation or suing anybody. I'm old-fashioned.
I'm not going to e-mail my comments about city
business to others," but, Aubry said, he would talk to
people face-to-face or via telephone about problems.
"I just w ant thi ng, to be nice and look nice, and I'm
not confrontational. I just want to operate under the law.
I support Anna Maria first as a residential city that has
a viable, small business district," Aubry said.
Aubry has served on several city boards and com-
mittees, in addition to providing voluntary architec-
tural plans to the city. He said that, if elected, he
would continue to draw plans for the city if asked.
Aubry and his wife Janet moved to Anna Maria in
1986. They lived in Holmes Beach for several years,
then returned to live in Anna Maria in 2004.
He is a semi-retired architect and enjoys enter-
taining people by playing guitar, but never for hire.
He has not previously sought public office.

Stoltzfus seeks recall seat
Harry Stoltzfus is on the Sept. 7 ballot to fill the
remainder of his term in office, should the recall vote


financial harm to the city of Anna Maria."

Recall memorandum
With the assistance of attorney Fred Moore, the
committee submitted a memorandum of law to the
court providing more detail on the grounds for the
recall.
The memorandum allegations arose from the
Stoltzfus e-mails, in which, the committee claimed,
among other reasons:
Stoltzfus pledged to kick the "asses" of Mayor
Fran Barford and planning and zoning board member
Bob Barlow.
Stoltzfus asked Robin Wall to file a lawsuit
against the city and offered financial backing for the
effort.
He provided individuals with information on
how a lawsuit could be successfully prosecuted
against the city.
Stoltzfus said he'd like to see two Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC projects on Pine Avenue bulldozed,
although the projects were approved by the city and
constructed.
He made allegations that city planner Alan Gar-
rett and Dye are on the PAR payroll.
And he told Nicky Hunt that her planned,
already-approved retail-office-residential project that
does not comply with current city code would not
have a problem when construction began.

Response
Stoltzfus responded that he has "done nothing
wrong" and the allegations are coming from the
losing side in the November 2009 election.
He said he has been targeted for his positions
on parking and safety and his opinion that the city
has approved retail-office-residential projects that are
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, NEXT PAGE


against him succeed.
Florida law allows candidates for a recalled seat
to be on the same ballot as the recall vote. If the recall
vote fails, the commissioner retains his seat. If voters
elect to recall him, Stoltzfus could potentially win his
seat back in the race against Gene Aubry.
Stoltzfus has said the entire recall and election
are about parking on Pine Avenue, and the complaints
of those who lost the November 2009 election. Some
people who opposed his election and position on the
issues have been unhappy. The
recall effort against him was delib-
erate, he indicated.
"There's no question I was
targeted by (Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC)," Stoltzfus said.
PAR didn't like his opinion
.i.h:f,, on parking and unsafe develop-
ments and "they targeted the mes-
senger," he alleged.
Stoltzfus said he decided to qualify for the com-
mission term to finish the job he started. He said the
city has not implemented land-development regula-
tions consistent with the comprehensive plan, and is
not following portions of the comp plan.
So he plans to finish what he began when he
decided to commit two years to public office.
"I won't back down. My positions on the issues
have not changed," he said.
The city has approved projects in the retail-office-
residential district on Pine Avenue that are inconsis-
tent with the comp plan, the city's 2002 vision state-
ment and some LDRs, Stoltzfus said.
The LDRs state that all parking for ROR proj-
ects should be on the development site, he said, and
vehicles should not back out across a sidewalk.
Stoltzfus said he supports the parking initiative
circulated recently in the city because it "leaves the
commission with a choice."
He noted that "250 people have expressed dis-
pleasure" with the current parking proposal before
the commission originated by Quam.
Even if the initiative is "legally insufficient" to
be an ordinance in its present form, as city attor-
ney Jim Dye has said, Stoltzfus said the commission
could adopt the language it contains without an ordi-
nance.
Because so many residents have signed the peti-
tion, Stoltzfus would prefer the commission halt dis-
cussions on a new parking plan until it deals with the
initiative. "We can certainly work together and be
effective," he said.
He contends the city is "not even close" to com-
plying with what a majority of residents want done
about parking and safety.
Stoltzfus said the initiative would control parking
for future developments and put all parking on the
development site, but there's not much that can be
done about already approved projects.
"Voluntarily complying" with new parking regu-
lations would be good, if it happens, he said.
But the city has been "dealing with the parking
issue since last November and has gotten nowhere."
It's time to get something done about parking and
move on, he said.
The reality, however, is "no matter what plan is
adopted by the commission, someone is going to be
screaming and someone will be disenfranchised,"
Stoltzfus said.
The commissioner would like the city to move
past parking, but he knows that's not likely to happen
soon.
The city has other issues to deal with such as the
control of Segway rentals and rewriting a few LDRs,
Stoltzfus said.
Stoltzfus and his family have lived in Anna
Maria since 2003. He and wife Cathy have a daugh-
ter attending Manatee High School.
They bought property and vacationed in Anna
Maria several years before making the move, and
they also maintain a home and business in Pennsyl-
vania.
Stoltzfus owns a company specializing in provid-
ing equipment for bridge construction companies.




THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 1, 2010 U 5


Primary: School races, party nominations decided


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Island voters headed to the polls Aug. 24 to mark
ballots for school board candidates in three races, as
well as join other citizens in nominating candidates
in county, state and federal races.
In the District 3 race for the Manatee County
school board, incumbent Jane Pfeilsticker and Julie
B. Aranibar are headed for a run-off Nov. 2. The two
each received about 41 percent of the vote in a race
too close to call. Albert G. Yusko, receiving about 18
percent, is out of the race.
In the District 5 school board race, Karen Car-
penter defeated Jennifer Radebach in a race with a
four-point spread Carpenter had 52 percent to
Radebach's 48 percent.
In the District 1 race, incumbent Barbara A.
ELECTION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4


Harvey held her seat in a race against David M.
Bailey. Harvey received 53 percent of the vote.
School board members there are five total -
are elected districtwide, but each is assigned to rep-
resent schools in a specific geographic area. Board
member Bob Gause, whose term is up in 2012, repre-
sents District 4, which includes Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School.
In the primary upset of the day, Michael Gallen
defeated incumbent Gwen Brown in the District 2


Democratic race for the Manatee County Board of
Commissioners.
Gallen, a newcomer to politics, received 56 per-
cent of the vote; Brown, 44 percent. With no Novem-
ber opponent, he is the county commissioner-elect.
In the District 4 race for the Republican nomina-
tion, Robin DiSabatino received 36 percent of the
vote, defeating Norm Luppino at 33 percent and Tim
Norwood at 31 percent.
There were no primary contests for the at-large
commission seat up for election this year. Incumbent
Republican Carol Whitmore will face Democratic
challenger Sundae Lynn Night in November.
On the Democratic ballot, voters nominated Ken-
drick B. Meek for U.S. senator. He defeated Glenn
A. Burkett, Maurice A. Ferre and Jeff Greene.
PLEASE SEE PRIMARY, PAGE 8


inconsistent with the city's comprehensive plan and
land-development regulations.
In his opinion, those projects do not comply with
the city's parking requirements and should never have
been approved.
Since the recall started, Stoltzfus has maintained
he would not resign and that he had committed him- -
self to two years of public service when elected last .
November.
Attorney Richard Harrison of Tampa, represent- ''
ing Stoltzfus, said the commissioner has not broken ,
Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, or any
other law. -'
Harrison said Stoltzfus is entitled to a personal
opinion, even as an elected official.
Stoltzfus and Harrison also maintained the alle-
gations in the recall petition were too vague for a
proper response. .
Some Stoltzfus supporters have displayed signs
in their home and car windows that state "Stoltzfus
Supporter."


ATTENTION: CITY OF

ANNA MARIA VOTERS



Please vote in the Sept. 7
RECALL ELECTION


for Eugene E. Aubry,
City of Anna


Ge.-e Aubry


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Commissioner
Maria


VOTE FOR

Honesty, Integrity

and Experience.




Political advertisement paid for and approved by Eugene E. Aubry,
candidate for commissioner, city of Anna Maria.


Election deputy
Jan Barnhart
greets Pamela
Smith, the first
voter at Anna
Maria's precinct
91 for the Aug. 24
primary. "I have
to get to work,"
said Smith, who
arrived at about
6:50 a.m. to the
polling place,
Roser Memo-
rial Community
Church on Pine
Avenue. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff


ATTENTION: CITY OF

ANNA MARIA VOTERS


OFFICIAL BALLOT
CITY OF ANNA MARIA
RECALL ELECTION
MANATEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010


RECALL QUESTION

Shall Harry Stoltzfus be removed
from the office of Anna Maria City

I Harry Stoltzfus should be removed

Harry Stoltzfus should not be
removed from office.


CITY COMMISSION

(Vote For One)


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What if...?
What if Harry Stoltzfus survives the recall elec-
tion or fails the recall vote but retains his seat on the
Anna Maria City Commission?
If Stoltzfus retains his commission seat, nothing
changes as far as the division on his issues among
the commissioners and city residents. In fact, the line
drawn in the sand may run even deeper. After all,
there's a mayoral election in November and the same
underlying issues will continue to darken the city.
The mayor can and if it comes to a vote before
November, likely will veto any plan to halt devel-
opment and require on-site parking for developers.
What's the point? You might ask.
Well, first you must understand that Stoltzfus is
not about parking. He's about halting business in the
city, ending any future retail development and main-
taining a resident-only nouveau riche environment.
He had the audacity to confront merchants on Pine
Avenue and tell them they're not wanted there.
Nevermind the majority of businesses in the city
are owned by residents who much deserve to support
their families.
Still, what this recall is about is more serious.
At the root of it all is Stoltzfus' breach of the
public trust he earned in the November election. It's
about the wanton violations of the Sunshine Law.
And it's about his egregious behind-the-scenes effort
to secretly promote, join and fund a lawsuit already
in the making against the city.
We may never know if he signed on with the
parties in the density lawsuit, which now has been
proven unfounded. But because we can't know if he's
a party to the lawsuit, we can't prevent him from
participating in mediation.
It's just wrong on so many levels.
Stoltzfus took an oath and swore to represent the
public trust in the city of Anna Maria, but he clearly
had ulterior motives. He's caused the biggest rift ever
seen on Anna Maria Island.
Gene Aubry, candidate for the commission seat if
the recall vote proceeds and succeeds, promises to close
the gap, bring compromises and calm to the dais, and
work for the best future for the residents and yes -
the small business community that now thrives there.
It's not a war, it's an election.
To the voters in Anna Maria, we say restore the
public trust and vote for integrity.
First enjoy the Labor Day holiday.
Then, on Sept. 7, vote to recall Harry Stoltzfus.
And vote for Gene Aubry

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Weighing in
I'll be voting for Gene Aubry for Anna Maria
City Commissioner Sept. 7. I do so looking forward
to a common sense, unselfish, fair and balanced
approach to government.
That is what Aubry is about.
For all the years he has lived in Anna Maria, he
has been a giver to our city, and a generous one.
He has never held public office, but has certainly
had life experience that makes him able to meet the
responsibility of such service. He brings a positive
and fresh perspective at a time when our city can best
use it.
I heard him say, "A lot of stuff has boiled up and
it is time to calm down, look at the facts and make
good decisions."
Good decisions come from an adherence to fact
and law. Let us all pay attention to both of them.
Tom Aposporos, Anna Maria

Retain Stoltzfus
We have a critical election in Anna Maria Sept.
7 that will affect our city for many years.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus has been falsely
maligned, subjected to attack by rumor and innuendo
- and all for exposing aspects of local developments
that were and are being hidden from the public.
So now we the voters have a chance to reaffirm
our concerns.
Vote no on recall and yes for Stoltzfus.
Ed and Dianne Ice, Anna Maria

Pier, please
I believe the Manatee County Public Beach pier
would have been an attraction that would have rated
among the tourists, as it always did.
Please, erect a new pier as soon as possible.
We miss it.
Delores Alia, Holmes Beach


Stoltzfus betrayed trust
Having been one of the citizens who experienced
Stoltzfus harassment campaign, I look forward to
voting him out of office.
I see recently he has tried to change the topic to
"parking" once again, his old standby mask.
It's not about parking, it's about his betrayal of
the public trust. He offered to fund and encourage
lawsuits against the taxpayers he was elected to rep-
resent.
We'll likely never know how he contributed, but
we do know the suits he encouraged were filed at
significant expense to the city. One already has been
found to be without substance. Likely the second one
will fail due to its lack of merit.
How can he attend shade/mediation meetings
regarding city legal issues when no one knows
whether if he represents the opposition? If Harry
wants to throw in with a narrow group in opposition
to the city, he has every right to do so as a private
citizen. Hopefully, by next Wednesday he will have
that opportunity.
Recall Stoltzfus, he violated the public trust.
John Donovan, Anna Maria

In reverse
Considerate motorists activate their blinker, stop
on Pine Avenue and back into the parking space.
It's disruptive, but no more so than in many down-
town areas where parallel parking is the norm.
Properly signed, over time, it may prove to be
an improvement over pulling in and backing out.
Bill Murrell, Anna Maria

Thomas is found
Thank you, thank you to the Island and the people
who called me about my lost cat, Thomas.
He is home.
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Recall Stoltzfus
As I sat thinking about the best way to make my
feelings known regarding the recall of Anna Maria
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, it occurred to me that
my words don't matter nearly as much as Stoltzfus'
words.
I urge anyone who is still in doubt to go to The
Islander online, www.islander.org/archives/stoltzfus.
php, and begin reading what he said and did. You'll
know soon enough whether he was honestly pursuing
"safety" or secretly pursuing an agenda to destroy
private individuals and business owners.
Whether we agree or disagree about business,
parking or what time the sun should rise, certainly
we can all agree that discourse ought to be civil and
agendas should be out in the open.
When a commissioner conspires to sue his own
city and deceive us as to his role in that matter, that's
crossing the line. When a commissioner targets and
harasses small business owners including single
mothers trying to keep food on the table simply
as an indirect way to cause trouble for his true target,
that's crossing the line. When a commissioner misses
more meetings than he attends except when they
are about his only agenda item that's cheating the
voters. When his only contribution to the difficult
budget dialogue is to suggest a toll booth at the gate
to the city, that's just wrong. Still, that's probably not
"legal enough."
Here is the case describing the accurate lan-
guage the recall petition direct from the mouth of
Stoltzfus' attorney, Richard Harrison, in open court
Aug. 12:
"It would be that the commissioner should be
recalled from office for violating his oath of office,
violating the model of excellence, violating the city's


code of conduct, prejudging quasi-judicial proceed-
ings, lobbying against parties in quasi-judicial pro-
ceedings, failing to disclose ex-parte communications
in the context of quasi-judicial proceedings, in viola-
tion of the statute and the resolution, and for violating
the city of Anna Maria code of ethics."
Stoltzfus did each one of these things, which is
why he has never addressed or answered them. He
knows if he were to testify otherwise he would be
guilty of perjury.
Recall him because of what a group of average
citizens have said. Recall him because of what his
attorney has said. Mostly though, recall him because
of what he has said.
Recall Harry Stoltzfus.
Jane Grossman, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
property owner

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The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach resident Patrick Mills, 17, was
killed along with three of his friends when the van
they were in crashed head-on into another vehicle on
State Road 70 near the Desoto-Highlands county line.
The four were returning from a weekend of surfing
in Fort Pierce. Mills attended Manatee High School
and was a top local surfer.
The Bradenton Beach planning and zoning com-
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Village project presented by Barbara and Angela
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and 30 motel units. The project was sent to the city
commission for approval.
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official position. Deffenbaugh said English was the
first applicant who did not have a salary requirement
beyond what the city could pay. English agreed to a
salary of $44,000 and a take-home city vehicle. The
mayor said English had to be confirmed by the city
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BB stormwater work to begin in fall


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
On the gray, wet Aug. 23, heavy rain met high
tide and many Island roads held stormwater like tubs
hold bathwater.
"It was definitely a good day to discuss storm-
water projects," said Bradenton Beach public works
director Tom Woodard.
City hall stayed open after hours Aug. 23 for an
open house on stormwater improvements planned for
north Bradenton Beach this fall, with funding, in part,
to come from a Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District grant.
At the open house, city officials, including Woo-
dard, building official Steve Gilbert and Mayor Bob
Bartelt, talked with citizens about the projects.
A representative from Swiftmud also attended, as
did three employees of LTA Engineers, the Bradenton
firm that designed the project.
The initial work will take place "along both
Avenues A and B along 25th Street and 22nd Street
respectively," said Matt Morris of LTA Engi-
neers.
Morris said the area experiences localized flood-
ing, which, in addition to disrupting households, can
put pollutants into the bay.
'The remedy ... is to increase the amount of stor-
age for stormwater," said Morris, adding that work
will take place in the city rights of way and involves
adding bio-swales, new inlets and new pipes, as
well as repairing and modifying existing drainage


Bradenton
Beach
officials
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storm-
water
improve-
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project in
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City"
around
Avenues
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and 25th
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features.
For the Avenue B Basin, LTA also is proposing
the installation of two underground cisterns.
Ten citizens attended the open house, most of
them residents in the "North City" project area. They
came with several basic questions:


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Problems shared at League of Cities


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and
City Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens were
among the 700-plus elected officials at the Florida
League of Cities conference Aug. 19-21 in Holly-
wood.
The theme of the conference was "Creating Com-
munity in Tough Times," and the event included
workshops, seminars and roundtables to discuss
government issues.
Haas-Martens said the main point she took home
is Holmes Beach is far from the only city that has
looked for ways to trim its budget.
L\ _.lybody has the same concerns," Haas-Mar-
tens said. "It didn't matter the size of the city, there
were the same problems."
She said ideas were shared and city leaders empa-
thized with each other's problems.
L\ N.iybody just took a hard look at plans and
benefits," she said.


Haas-Martens attended a campaign and public
fund expenditures meeting. She said that in 2009,
the state no longer allowed political advertising that
presented just one side. This applies to issue-oriented
advertising using government money.
"So if you wanted to put an ad in the newspaper
saying vote 'no' against Amendment 4, you couldn't,"
she said. "Basically our hands were tied. Now we can
do a 'pros versus cons' advertisement. But you can
pay the advertising with city funds."
Finally, Haas-Martens said she learned Holmes
Beach seems to be in a better financial position than
many cities.
"A lot of people I spoke to had to raise their mill-
age," Haas-Martens said. "I said, 'We lowered ours. It
only went down .0049, but it went down.' They were
all going, 'How did you do that?'"
Haas-Martens said she left the conference with
new ideas and a sense that Holmes Beach has main-
tained an effective government compared to other
cities.


"Will this solve the flooding problems?"
"No," answered Woodard. 'This is a multi-phase
project. But this is a great start to improving the prob-
lems."
"Will the roads be torn up?"
"No, not completely, but there will be some exca-
vation in the city rights of way and in certain city
alleys," answered Woodard.
"How long will the job take?"
"The grant funding is through 2014, so at least
that long since the grant and the proposed project are
multi-phase," said Woodard.
"When will it start?"
"The proposed projects are multi-phase and
should begin before the end of the year, hopefully
November," said Woodard.
A construction contractor has not yet been
selected. The city, working with LTA, is finalizing
the open bid process, Woodard said.

PRIMARY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
Charlie Crist is running as an Independent in the
race.
For U.S. representative in the 13th Congressio-
nal District, Democratic voters choose between Rick
Eaton and James T. Golden. They nominated Golden,
who received 57 percent of the vote.
Republican voters nominated incumbent Vern
Buchanan in the 13th Congressional over Don
Baldauf. Buchanan received 83 percent of the vote.
For governor, the Democratic nominee is Alex
Sink over Briane P. Moore.
In the GOP gubernatorial primary, Mike McCal-
ister and Bill McCollum lost to Rick Scott, who col-
lected 46 percent of the vote.
For Florida attorney general, Dan Gelber received
59 percent of the vote to defeat Dave Aronberg in the
Democratic race. Pam Bondi got the GOP AG nomi-
nation, defeating Holly Benson and Jeff Kottkamp.
Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in much
of the state, including Manatee County.
On the Island, voters cast ballots at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church in Anna Maria, St. Bernard
Catholic and Gloria Dei Lutheran churches in Holmes
Beach and Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton
Beach.
Election judges described the balloting as slow,
but not unexpected since turnout is typically low for
local primaries. Voter turnout in the county was 24
percent 48,843 of the county's 202,436 registered
voters.
Election judges throughout the day had hoped
for a higher turnout. "Primaries are important," said
election deputy Jan Barnhart, who was assigned to
Anna Maria's polling place at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church.
The general election, which includes the non-
partisan races for the three Island cities, will take
place Nov. 2.





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Newcomers impressed with cafe changes


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Kay Cox stepped into the dining room Aug. 26 at
the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe restaurant for the
first time since it was remodeled. She paused, then
smiled.
"It was a lot more cheerful," the Bradenton resi-
dent said. "And it's classier. The floor is different.
The place wasn't dirty before, it was just old."
It's been little more than a month since United
Park Services took over the restaurant and gift shop
at Manatee Public Beach, and many of the improve-
ments are finished, including new furnishings and an
ice cream stand. Also wi-fi Internet access is avail-
able.
Mark Enoch of UPS said he noticed that some
locals in the first weeks after UPS took over did not
show up. But, he said, they have begun to trickle
back.
Enoch is hoping those customers realize many
aspects of the restaurant are unchanged, such as the
all-you-can-eat pancake special.
Enoch said the most popular additions have been
the restaurant's fresh-squeezed lemonade, and the
option to pay with a credit card.
Enoch said customers have been mostly support-
ive.
"I can't tell you how many people have said,


'Wow, you're doing a great job. We were real hesitant
about you, but now that we see what you're doing,
we're going to give you a chance,'" he said.
Enoch said UPS retained 29 of the original 32
employees from Cafe on the Beach.
UPS also kept musicians Mike Sales, Karen
Greenley, Tony Squirrel and Tom Mobley, while
adding Tanya and Mike Coates. The musicians play
from about 5:30 p.m. to sunset.
Ed Meehan is the new restaurant manager. He
was formerly at The Renaissance Golf and Country
Club in Sun City.
"I love working here," Meehan said. "The view,
you can't beat it. The beach is great. Everybody out
here has been real nice actually."
Meehan has introduced food tacos and wraps to
the menu.
Last weekend, UPS began painting a mural on
the outside of the building.
Enoch hopes the new look will entice people.
"I think if the building looks pretty, they'll stop
and see what's going on," he said.
UPS's proposal for the inside dining room
depicted tropical colors, but UPS softened the colors
for weddings and baby showers, Enoch said.
Cox certainly noticed the interior last week as
she ate a club sandwich.
"The food's good, too," she said. "Still."


County issues water

advisory for Bayfront

Park
Manatee County Health Department officials on
Aug. 27 issued a water-quality advisory warning for
the waters at the north portion of Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria.
Health advisories for the waters on the south side
of the Palma Sola Causeway near the mainland and
the north end of Coquina Beach remain in effect.
The Bayfront Park advisory was issued after tests
revealed the level of bacteria in the water is above
the minimum level set by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmen-
tal Protection Agency.
A press release from the department said that
water contact may pose an increased risk of infectious
disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.
The waters were to be tested again Aug. 24.
Manatee County environmental manager Tom
Larkin said in the release that the advisory would
remain in effect until marine water bacterial indica-
tors are within guidelines.
Larkin said the health department has been
conducting coastal beach water quality monitoring
weekly since August 2002 through the federally
funded Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.


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'go-to guy' for real budget facts at the local, state and
federal levels. Patrick believes that each American
should be able to support themselves financially and
enjoy a strong faith and relationship with God. He
lives on Anna Maria Island with his wife, Kaye."
For more information about McConnell or his
book, go to www.govdeceit.com.

Artists guild announces
new season
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will kick
off its fall/winter season with a general meeting at
6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The speaker will be Suzi Fox of Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch.
AGAMI also will showcase members' "sunset"
works in an exhibit at the Sun House, 111 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach, Oct. 10-31.
For more information, call the Artists Guild Gal-
lery at 941- 778-1788 or go to amiartistsguildgallery.
com.

WMFR group holds fire sale
The West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary will
hold a fire sale Labor Day weekend at its Bradenton
Beach station house headquarters, 201 Second St.
The event will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 5.
Shoppers will find furniture, appliances, lamps,
fishing poles, jewelry, clothing, toys, bikes, TVs, ste-
reos, VCRs, vintage albums, antique books, tools, tool
cart, plants, housewares, holiday wear and more.
For more information, call 941-720-0426.
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The program includes a presentation from mem-
bers on social networking.


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Island women to
address AARP
Islanders Joyce Kramer and Jean Peelen will
address the 2010 American Association of Retired
Persons Convention in Orlando this fall.
Kramer and Peelen, along with friend Renee
Fisher, co-wrote "Saving the Best for Last: Creat-
ing Our Lives After Fifty." The AARP talk, set for
10:45 a.m. Oct. 1 at the convention, will be based
on the book.
Islanders can find the book at The Back Alley
in Bradenton Beach and The Color of Coconut in
Holmes Beach.
For more information, go to www.invisible-
nomore.com.
"Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives
After Fifty." Islander Photo: Courtesy

Elks to host Labor Day event
The Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511, 2511 75th St.,
Bradenton, will host a series of events Labor Day
weekend, including:
Lodge tours, cake walks, buffet dinner and
cheesecake contest Saturday, Sept. 4.
An Island Getaway BBQ Sunday, Sept. 5, that
benefits the Harry Anna Foundation. There will be
music indoors and outdoors at the lodge beginning
at 3 p.m., as well as swimming in the lodge pool.
Barbecue will be served from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Classic car display, lodge tours, music, food and
awards presentation Monday, Sept. 6, beginning at noon.
For more information, contact Kristin O'Brien
at 941-704-9565 or okristin6112@aol.com.

Privateers plan poker run
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will cruise to
the mainland Sunday, Sept. 26, for the fourth annual
Shiprek Poker Run.
The event will begin at Peggy's Corral, 4511 U.S.
Hwy. 41, Palmetto, and end at Mexicali Border Cafe,
5502 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Stops will include
the Tip Top Tavern, Scalawags, Clam Factory and
D.Coy Ducks.
Registration which costs $10-$20 will take
place at 10 a.m. at Peggy's.
For more information, call Jake "Klondike" Wal-
dron at 941-723-3043.


From the front
Army Spc. Gabriel R. Buky Jr., who grew up on
Anna Maria Island, sent a dispatch from Al Asad,
Iraq, informing friends and family, especially par-
ents Patricia and Gabe Sr. and wife Martha, that
he is "doing fine" and sends his love. Buky wrote,
"I am currently in Iraq, and my job is very
demanding infantry so it does not leave me
as much time as I would truly like to get to talk
to everybody back home. Also ... sometimes the
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and volunteer, and we wish her the best as she
steps down to spend more time with her family
and pursue other interests."
Collier, according to a news release, has
15 years in nonprofit management and grant-
writing experience, including work for Catholic
Charities, the Diocese of Venice, the University
of South Florida and Florida State University.
She has a bachelor's degree in history from
the University of South Florida and a master's
degree in clinical social work from Florida State
University.
Collier, whose favorite medium is water-
color, said her interest in the fine arts was cul-
tivated at a very early age through the loving
support of her mother and grandmother.
She said she will continue AMIAL's agenda,
which includes offering classes, workshops,
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The slate of musicians is full for the Cortez Folk
Arts Festival set to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nov. 20 outside the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415
119th St. W., Cortez.
Eric von Hahmann will return along with The
Motley Crew and Myakka Bluegrass band.
Also playing on the deck of the Burton Store will
be guitarist Andrew Eddie of Sarasota. Eddie wrote
the Cortez Village FISH Song, which is traditionally
sung with audience participation.
Mike Jurgensen, who has lived in the Tampa Bay
area since 1968 and won a competition for the best
Florida song two years ago at the Will McLean Fes-
tival in Brooksville, will perform.
Country music performers Bee & Boo of Canada
will perform with vocals, harmonica and guitar.
Finally, Brian Smalley of Clermont, a guitarist
and songwriter, will take the stage.
Admission will be free.
The outdoor event also will feature a boat-build-
ing shop, where volunteers will work on boats.
In addition, organizer Ted Adams plans to add
a storyteller, a commercial fishing net-mender and
other activities that were common to the Cortez vil-
lage in the early 1900s.
Adams said there are a few vendor spots open,
mostly for arts and crafts.
Interested vendors can apply by calling Adams
at 941-708-6120.


Motorcycle parade
riders to remember 9.11
Island motorcyclists are encouraged to register
for Let's Ride, a motorcycle ride starting at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11, at Bayshore High School and
ending at Coquina Beach. Let's Ride commemorates
those who died on the Sept. 11, 2001, in the terrorists
attacks on the United States.
There is no charge to register, which takes place
at Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Braden-
ton from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
The ride also is a tribute to the "brave men and
women of the Armed Forces who are fighting for us
today to keep us safe," a press release stated.
Riders are asked to wear patriotic colors and dis-
play American flags on motorcycles.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office will escort
the riders.
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travel from Bayshore HS west on 53rd Avenue
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where the riders will make a left turn onto Cortez
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Centennial plans to include 'Taste'


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Plans for the Anna Maria City Pier Centennial
got a major boost when Sandbar restaurant owner Ed
Chiles offered to organize a Taste of Anna Maria.
The taste will feature cuisine from 20 top food
vendors from Anna Maria Island and the nearby
area.
Chiles told the centennial committee at its Aug.
23 meeting that he plans to organize the event annu-
ally to benefit Anna Maria nonprofits.
Restaurants will be invited to participate in the
"upscale event showing only their best," Chiles
said.
He said the event will be similar to Longboat
Key's St. Jude Festival and the Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival. Participants will bring "local and
seasonal items," such as stone crabs, grouper, fruits
and vegetables.
Several beer and wine distributors also will set
up booths for tasting.
Committee chair Sissy Quinn liked the concept
of musicians performing at various locations during
the taste to entertain diners.
Chiles suggested the committee seek permission
to block off Pine Avenue so people could walk to the
various vendor locations.
"We want to involve as much of the street as
possible," he said.
Chiles envisioned the event could eventually
bring in $60,000-$70,000 annually for the Island
community.
Anna Maria Island Privateer Terry Gritzmacher
told the committee that the Privateers met and agreed
to take part in a Friday night parade from CrossPointe
Fellowship to the pier. The next day, the Privateers
will host a family picnic-style event at Bayfront Park
- a follow-up to the "Taste" event and a prelude to
the fireworks on the bayfront.
"We are doing this for the kids and community
and it's a benefit to everyone," Gritzmacher said.
The parade will be at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13.
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p.m. to 7 p.m. Fireworks are planned by the city pier
to be launched from a barge in Tampa Bay on the
north side of the pier.
Quinn said money raised by the various events
and sales will be pooled. First the city and law
enforcement will be reimbursed any expenses. The
remaining funds will be donated to various Island
nonprofit organizations.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she will
talk to MCSO Sgt. Dave Turner about a master plan
for law enforcement, crowd and traffic control.
Also, The Islander newspaper is co-sponsor with
the Anna Maria City Pier of engraved plank sales
for the pier with a person's name, message or com-
memoration for $100 per plank. Sales are under way
on the newspaper's website, www.islander.org.
One planned promotion includes Pier Centen-
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Lori Kee.
Committee volunteer Jane Coleman has begun
contacting artists for participation in the Taste
event, an art contest, and a display of work fea-
turing the pier, possibly at the Studio at Pine and
Gulf.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society plans
to have members in period dress at its museum on
Pine Avenue, and will sell quilt chances and demon-
strate period crafts.
A fireworks event sponsored by the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant and The Islander will cap off the
celebration. The pyrotechnic display will be visible
from Bayfront Park, where music and food will be
offered by the Privateers leading up to the finale at
7:30 p.m.
The Roser Memorial Community Church plans
to hold a pancake breakfast on the second day of the
event, Quinn said.
Pendants, medallions and T-shirts commemo-
rating the centennial will be on sale several months
before the celebration, Quinn said.
The centennial committee will have a booth at
Bayfest in October, selling some commemorative
items and distributing information. The committee
also plans to host a prize raffle with donations orga-
nized by \N\ '0.
One issue that concerned the committee is the
planned boardwalk project at the pier.
Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said
she contacted one of the bidders for the construction
project and she was assured that, if chosen, they could
finish the project by December.
The project includes a 400-foot-long wooden
boardwalk that will be built along the waterfront
north and south of the pier.
Quinn said the committee is looking for more
volunteers, but she is pleased with the number of
people involved. Several months ago, the committee
had only a few people to organize the event, but now
has about 15 people assisting.
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Friday, Sept. 3
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception for watercolor artist Barbara
Orear at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6648. Exhibit runs through September.

Saturday, Sept. 4
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yard sale at the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue auxiliary, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-720-0426.

Sunday, Sept. 5
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yard sale at the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue auxiliary, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-720-0426.

Monday, Sept. 6
Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Noon Members discuss social networking at the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-
7785.

Ongoing:
Through Sept. 5, "South Pacific" at the Manatee Players,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee
applies.
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 Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 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.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna


Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 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 meets at Cafe on the
Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS
Saturday, Sept. 4
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reception for watercolor artist Bernice
Gaines at the All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Art Gallery,
563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8161.
4 to 9 p.m. Family night at the museum presents "Gone
Batty" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Sunday, Sept. 5
2 to 8p.m.- "An Island Getaway BBQ" featuring food, music,
swimming at the Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511, 2511 75th St., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-704-9565. Fee applies.
Monday, Sept. 6
Noon Classic car show, barbecue and social at the Bra-
denton Elks Lodge 1511, 2511 75th St., Bradenton. Information:
941-704-9565.

Wednesday, Sept. 8
7 to 9 p.m. "Exploring the Future of Energy: The Future
of Oil" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-941-746-4131.

Coming Up:
Sept. 8, "Exploring the Future of Energy: The Future of Oil,"
South Florida Museum.
Sept. 9, Blood drive, Anna Maria Island Community
Center.
Sept. 10, History of Scouting opening reception, Palmetto
Historical Park.
Sept. 10, Bob Sayles artist reception, South Florida
Museum.
Sept. 11, Manatee Player's Ladies' Day Out Luncheon.

Save the Date:
Sept. 27, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf


Parrish resident Polly Tetrault is the featured artist
at the Manatee County Cultural Alliance Gallery,
926 12th St. W., Bradenton, Sept. 3-27. Tetrault
works mostly in pastels. /,..- is self-taught and
works plein-aire, or from photographs she takes.
For more information, call 941-746-2223.

Outing, Bradenton Country Club.
Oct. 8, Anna Maria Island Community Center Golf Outing,
IMG Golf and Country Club.
Oct. 7, "Ladies of the Camellias" season opening, Island
Players theater.
Oct. 15-16, Bayfest.

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HB post office-sign shop dogs like work


By Gillian Kendall
Special to The Islander
Some people come to Anna Maria Island to
relax on the beach, swim in the Gulf, spot dolphins
and eat seafood. Others come for two wrinkled
dogs.
Shar peis Rugy, 9, and Izzy, 4, along with their
friends Peggy Meyers and Jack Jackson, run the inde-
pendent post office and sign-making business at 5354
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The dogs' main duty is
greeting people, and they get as many 20 visits a day
from people who come in just for them.
"Some people on the Island come in every day
just to see the dogs and bring them a dog biscuit,"
said Jackson. "The dogs recognize the sound of the
car driving up, and they recognize some people by
their footsteps, or the sound of the keys of people that
feed them."
"One lady from New Hampshire comes down
three or four times a year to her condo. I'm pretty sure
she comes here before she goes to her condo, to see
the dogs," said Jackson. "We have people who come
from Germany who tell us they were told to see the
dogs first."
The dogs' favorite treats are food. "We have two
people that make the biscuits for them," Meyers said.
"In season, we know they get at least 10 biscuits a
day, but they could have as much as 20 or more visi-
tors. People hit town and come in and say, 'Are the
dogs still here?'"
But according to Meyers, "You don't have to
bring food to visit the dogs. One family comes from
Vermont every year with about six kids. They come
right in, and the dogs seem to remember. That's one
family they just love to death. They're here for the
week and they come in every day, and they don't even
feed them they just get loved."
The shar peis' responsibilities include watching
the door, sniffing packages and cleaning up spills and
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Meyers, "She's sniffing for the smell of the human, or
to see if there are cookies inside." Izzy's head rises
at the word "cookies."
"We think a lot of older people here on the
Island can't have animals, and they miss their
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"They're so cute," "A face only a mother could love"
and "So ugly!"
There have been no problems with having
the dogs at work, Jackson said. "Neither one of
them has been destructive chewer-uppers. People
would bring soft plush toys in for Rugy and he
never chewed them up, except one. He flattened
it, chewed it up right away." Two collections of
gifts one pile of bones, and one of toys lie
in neat stacks on the floor.
Each dog started work right after being weaned
and learned the rules and daily routine without train-
ing.
Izzy wakes Meyers up at 6 a.m. by licking her
hand. Both dogs then go out for a run. Then, Jackson
said, "I open the garage door and the van door, and
the dogs make a beeline and jump in."
At the office, the process is reversed, and the
dogs come in and take up their positions at the gate
in the doorway of the sign shop at the back of the post
office, past the mail slots.
Even when the gate is opened for a visitor, the
dogs stay within the boundary. Rugy lies with half his
body behind the line. "He knows he can't go past,"
Meyers said. "A lot of times he'll lay so his back foot
is over the line. It's a magic thing."
Despite their friendliness, the popular shar pei
breed is not generally known for being good for
kids. "We were warned," Jackson said, smiling,
"that shar peis are a one-family, one-person dog.
But ever since they were weaned, they've been at
that gate."
"They are very loving, especially to us," Meyers
said, patting Izzy. "To us, personally, Izzy is the most
loving one, but she is a little standoffish with the
customers. We have some people who see her every
day, and she'll run up and grab the biscuit and run
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Most government offices, including Island
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Sept. 6 for the Labor Day holiday.
Waste Management of Manatee County will
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Bradenton Beach will not alter its waste collec-
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Monday.
In addition to changes in government schedules,
banks and some business offices, including The
Islander, will close for the holiday, but a random
check of Island shops and restaurants found many
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The first observance of Labor Day is believed
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passed a bill to establish a federal holiday in 1894.
President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon
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The 2010 Census will provide new statistics for
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Feds sample AMI turtle nests


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A downpour slowed to sprinkles long enough
Aug. 24 for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch to assist
a federal effort to collect samples from hatched log-
gerhead sea turtle nests.
AMITW volunteers excavated two nests Aug.
24 and three more Aug. 25 under the watch of U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service technician Ann Marie Lau-
ritsen.
The AMITW representatives followed their stan-
dard protocol, except that the diggers wore gloves so
they wouldn't contaminate the samples that Lauritsen
packed into a blue cooler.
Lauritsen is part of a federal team collecting sam-
ples from sea turtle nests in five states Florida,
Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
On Anna Maria Island, Lauritsen collected sam-
ples from two nests in Bradenton Beach, two nests
in Holmes Beach and one nest in Anna Maria.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said the
organization was eager to assist the federal effort.
In Anna Maria Aug. 24 at the White Avenue
beach, Fox talked with onlookers about the nesting
season as AMITW volunteers Claudia Green-Wise-
man and Glenn Wiseman dug into a nest that had
hatched out earlier in the month.
The Wisemans removed and counted eggshells
broken apart by hatchlings, as well as some unhatched
eggs.
Lauritsen took notes in her orange hardbound
field journal and collected some nest material into
jars for testing in a lab setting.
"It's for a pre-assessment plan," she said, adding
that from Anna Maria Island she planned to travel to
10,000 Islands.
The assessment program is being conducted in


the states affected by the oil spill from the Deepwater
Horizon well about 135 miles from New Orleans. The
well that began leaking April 22 has been capped, but
the cleanup effort and assessment continue.
The purpose of the assessment program, accord-
ing to the FWS, is to determine the extent of damage
to natural resources during an incident such as the oil
spill, and make sure that the resources are restored.
To do that, the government needs to make a com-
plete study of the Gulf states, including conducting
research in Gulf areas that the spill did not reach.


U.S. Fish
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life Service
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Marie
Lauritsen
and Anna
Maria
Island
Turtle
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volunteers
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Wiseman
work at a
sea turtle
nest on
the Island.
Islander
Photos:
Lisa Neff


The program operates under the Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability
Act of 1980, the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution
Act passed in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill.
The study involves technical working groups
studying the extent and severity of the injury to
migratory birds, fish and sea turtles.
"It will be decades before we understand the full
impact of the spill on the region," said FWS contami-
nants specialist Pete Tuttle. "In terms of monitoring, I
wouldn't be surprised if we're looking at 30 years."


Soph season for AMITW coordinator


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Maureen McCormick works the dawn patrol.
She's nudged from sleep to meet the demands of
her two dogs and a cat. Then she goes on turtle watch
or, rather, turtle wait.
McCormick is a section coordinator for Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch. Her charge is section one,
which includes Bayfront Park, the Anna Maria City
Pier area and, this year, a stretch of the bay shore to
the south of the city pier.
Morning after morning, beginning in late April
and continuing into October, it's McCormick's job
to wait for an AMITW walker to telephone to report
finding a new loggerhead nest, signs of a false crawl,
signs of a hatched nest or signs of nothing. Other
coordinators await calls from walkers assigned to
other areas of the Island.
McCormick is a sophomore on the AMITW team,
as well as a two-year resident of Anna Maria.
She and husband David moved to the Island
from Toledo, Ohio, where they lived after a decade
in Colorado.
"We've always loved the Gulf Coast," says
McCormick. "And when we went looking for a
(retirement) home, we just fell in love with Anna
Maria. We thought, it's a great place to settle for
retirement."
McCormick worked in a business that supplied
public safety equipment and she traveled often.
With retirement came the opportunity to volun-
teer.
And with the relocation to Anna Maria came the
opportunity to join turtle watch.
"I started with it last summer, and I've been
involved ever since," McCormick says over coffee
one weekday at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA
in Anna Maria.
She no longer was awaiting a walker's call that day,
but still had to go out to the bayfront to tie green ribbons
marking the nests set to hatch within the next week.
Section one typically does not get as many turtle
nests as Gulf shore sections, but McCormick is partial


to her ward.
"It's really one of the prettiest," she says. "You
get the sunrise there, on the bay."
McCormick enjoyed w walking. but she says was
eager to say "yes" when AMITW executive director
Suzi Fox asked her to serve as section one coordina-
tor this year and will do so again if asked.
"I think it's fascinating, the work," McCormick
says of the coordinator's role, which involves over-
seeing the walkers for a given section, collecting data
for the section, verifying and marking nests and exca-
vating hatched nests.
"We keep a lot of data," she says.
Various agencies use the data for different pur-
poses. Fish and wildlife agencies at the state and fed-
eral levels use AMITW data to help chart the status of
loggerheads in Florida. Other agencies at the county,


.Maureen
McCormick of
Anna Maria is
the coordina-
tor for Anna
S h Maria Island
Turtle Watch's
section one,
which is along
the bayfront in
Anna Maria.
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state and federal level use the data in determining the
impact of sand renourishment on the beach. Addition-
ally, the data is used by agencies involved in oversee-
ing waterfront construction.
"It's imperative that it be accurate, that we are
trending what's happening.... The data is an impor-
tant part of turtle watch."
While the data collection is vital, McCormick
says the hands-on work is a thrill.
In mid-August, she excavated her first nest and
held a hatchling in the palm of her hand. The turtle
had not emerged with the dozens of others that
crawled to the Gulf several nights earlier.
'That was something," McCormick says. "It's so
satisfying to be able to volunteer for something you
believe in, to be involved in something that in some
way has an impact."




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3 Island cities, 3 parking issues


Bridge Street

parking on agenda
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale is
seeking direction from city commissioners about how
to deal with parking time limits on Bridge Street.
The short east-west street, which runs from the
Gulf of Mexico beach to the Historic Bridge Street
Pier, is the city's central shopping district.
During the fall-winter season, parking can be
scarce on the street and in nearby public lots. So turn-
over of parking spaces is important, agree Bridge
Street merchants and city officials.
But how quickly should the spaces turn over?
And how should the city deal with motorists who
violate time limits? These are two questions Speciale
likely will explore with Mayor Bob Bartelt and city
commissioners during a regular commission meet-
ing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N.
Special raised the questions during a commis-
sion meeting in August that followed a meeting of the
Bridge Street Merchants, when members discussed
parking time limits the current limit on Bridge
Street public spaces is two hours.
Merchants have discussed possibly asking the
city commission for a three- or four-hour limit. Last
week, commissioner Janet Vosburgh, liaison to the
merchants group, said the Bridge Street business
owners seem to favor a three-hour limit.
Merchants also have discussed ticketing for park-
ing violations.
Special said the message he's picked up is "they
want me to enforce, but they don't want me to give
tickets."
But that's not likely to happen.
'The problem I have is, we're spending staff time
and resources to chalk and go back, but not to give
tickets," the chief said.
Such a system likely won't deter parking viola-
tors, said the chief.
\ly feeling," said Commissioner Gay Breuler,
"is you should enforce parking ... or there is no point
at all."
Special also said issuing warnings in some situ-
ations, but not others, would be "selective enforce-


ment."
Bartelt said the questions will be decided soon
- at the commission level.
"It's the age-old problem," the mayor said. "You
can't make everybody happy. Some are really want-
ing that enforcement, and it's very, very understand-
able. Then you have other merchants who want to
have their personal private parking spot at their own
business at the peril of their own customers. ... I
cannot make everyone happy."
"Bridge Street parking" is listed at a mid-point
on the Sept. 2 agenda.


HB planners review

parking changes
By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission Aug.
26 decided that the city commission's proposed land-
development code changes were consistent with the
city's comprehensive plan.
But the planning commission expressed some
concerns during the discussion meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
The changes the city commission discussed at its
meeting included the possibility that an incoming busi-
ness owner wanting to add parking spaces would not
be required to submit a site plan to commissioners.
LaRue Planning and Management Services
designed the proposal so that the applicant could
bypass the city commission in the parking-lot devel-
opment process.
A site plan submitted to the city commission
would not be required if the amount of additional
parking spaces exceeded 20 spaces and 35 percent
of the existing capacity.
For example, if a business owner wanted to add to
the maximum amount of parking spaces to a lot with
a capacity of 100, the owner would not be exempt
from submitting a site plan to commissioners for 35
additional spaces, because, although the lot would
increase by the maximum of 35 percent, it would
exceed the 20-space limit.
If a proposed change in lot spaces did meet the
criteria of less than 35 percent and 20 spaces, the
applicant would still submit a site plan to public
works superintendent Joe Duennes, who would have
the option of sending the site plan to city commis-


sioners.
City commissioners agreed a fixed number of 20
allowable parking spaces would prevent a large busi-
ness, such as a shopping center, from adding parking
that might overflow into residential neighborhoods.
They also agreed putting a cap on the number
of additional parking spaces would encourage shop-
pers and diners to travel by means other than their
personal vehicles.
Applicants would have the option of submitting
to Duennes a parking-lot study that documents their
parking needs are justified.
The city commission also asked that the current
parking-lot requirement for a restaurant, bar or cock-
tail lounge be changed from one parking space per
three seats to one parking space per five seats. This,
commissioners said, would encourage car-pooling.
This is where the planning commission had some
concerns. It will recommend to the city commission
that the comprehensive plan should allow up to four
seats per parking space instead of five.
The planning commission also suggested that
Duennes consult business owners adjacent to where
parking lot changes are made prior to allowing
changes.
"Where this will become more of an issue is
where a number of adjoining retail stores or res-
taurants might all make parking changes within the
same period of time make adjustments," said plan-
ning commission member Michael Snyder. "I think it
would be a magnification issue when the businesses
are close together and things start changing."
The planning commission Ed Kerr, Sue Nor-
mand, Sylvia Harris, Gary Hickerson and Snyder -
also was concerned that there seem to be no standards
for the parking-lot studies.
The bottom line, said city planner Bill Brisson,
is the city commission would simply need to be con-
vinced the change is necessary.
Regarding lots without a house or other primary
structure, the city commission agreed on a land-devel-
opment code proposal that would allow a resident to
construct a boat dock and 10-by-8-foot storage shed
on a remote lot.
Duennes proposed the city commission allow a
20 to 25-square-foot garage. However, commission-
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rather than storage.
The commission had no concerns to submit to
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Quam's Anna Maria parking plan out, parking initiative fails


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commission Chair John Quam
pulled the plug on his own parking plan at an Aug.
26 meeting
The agenda had called for a discussion of a draft
ordinance for parking that would incorporate some
of Plan North, a proposal brought forward by Quam
in May.
But Quam said he's revised his opinion after
studying vacant lots on Pine Avenue that would be
subject to new parking regulations. He could only
find 13 lots for development or redevelopment.
In the ROR district on Gulf Drive, he said he
found only a few lots for development.
Plan North was for Pine Avenue only, so there's
no reason to have two parking plans for so few prop-
erties, the chair said.
"I recommend that a revised Chapter 90 (city
parking ordinance) move forward, possibly with
some language from Chapter 91," Quam said.
Chapter 91 included an option to have park-
ing on-site or on the street, with a new design that
allowed increased street parking.
Speaking to a full chamber last week, Quam
said he was sorry he had put the city and volunteers
through so much trouble.
He especially thanked architect and resident
Gene Aubry for volunteering many hours to draw
the original plan, as well as revisions.
But Chapter 90 does not eliminate the safety issue
- vehicles backing out of parking spaces across a
sidewalk onto Pine Avenue Commissioner Jo Ann
Mattick said.
Eliminating the corridor plan still leaves "cars back-
ing out across a sidewalk on Pine Avenue. If we have an
accident, the blood is on the hands of those who oppose
(the corridor) plan," she said.
Sidewalks are required by the city to abut the
roadway, and the safety issue would remain at
developed properties, even if a revised Chapter 90
is adopted.
Commissioner Dale Woodland favored a revi-
sion of Chapter 90 and eliminating Chapter 91 from
consideration.
In his opinion, Chapter 91 would encourage
development of strip malls on Pine Avenue.
Woodland said the commission should proceed
with an amendment to Chapter 90 that states all park-
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should be included on the development site for new
projects, and limit the number of driveways depend-
ing upon the width of the lot.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, however, disagreed:
If proposed lot-coverage restrictions are changed in
Chapter 90, the city will have "classic 7-11-type strip
development."
Instead of supporting more green space and a
viable mixed-use business district, Chapter 90 is
going to create more commercial/strip-mall shop-
ping, he said.
Webb said he's reviewed the original city ordi-
nance that created the business district on Pine
Avenue and "that allowed everything." Through the
years, however, Pine Avenue businesses disappeared,
he said.
The Island Marina is gone, replaced by three-
story houses. The gas/service station at the Pine Ave-
nue-Gulf Drive intersection disappeared. Fast Eddie's
Restaurant at the eastern end of Pine Avenue is now
a shopping plaza.
Webb said Chapter 90 encourages residences, not
ROR complexes, in contrast to the vision in the comp
plan.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus said, "I agree with
Commissioner Woodland. I think Chapter 91 is dead
in the water."
He suggested language from a citizen's initiative
on parking be incorporated into Chapter 90 and that
there should be "no deviation" from on-site parking
requirements.
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initiative is legally insufficient because it did not con-
form to either the Florida Statutes on initiatives or the
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The initiative was the under-taking of Charlie
Daniel, Anna DeAugustine, Larry Albert, Carl Pear-
man and Judith Chable.
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proposed ordinance should be provided to petition
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That would include the ordinance title, findings
of fact, ordination language and other typical clauses
found in an ordinance, along with the "substantive
portion" of the ordinance.
"A voter could be misled or confused because of
the omissions," he wrote city clerk Alice Baird.
Other issues that caused Dye to declare the initia-
tive insufficient are the affidavit required by the char-
ter, and committee members are required to circulate
the petition. Apparently the initiative petition was cir-
culated by volunteers. According to the city charter,
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should circulate the initiative for signatures.
But Stoltzfus, during the Aug. 26 meeting, said
the city can't ignore the 250 people who signed the
initiative petition, who "do not want to see public
parking," and who would fight any attempt to add
public parking to an ordinance.
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22 0 SEPT. 1, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


50-foot boat stolen from HB mooring


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
After six hours of hail, rain and lighting pounded
his small airplane, Scott Elliott returned to Sarasota-
Bradenton International Airport Aug 21 without the
boat he had been hoping to spot from the air.
Elliott had been combing the Gulf of Mexico
waters south of Anna Maria Island, looking for his
50-foot Viking cruiser that was stolen Aug. 13 or
Aug. 14 from behind his home on Key Royale Drive
in Holmes Beach.
The weather to the north was worse, and Elliott
said he couldn't search in that direction.
"There was not one 50-foot Viking in the
water," Elliott said. "But there were 60- and 55-foot
Vikings."
The theft of Elliott's boat is just one such occur-
rence last month. On Aug. 8, the Holmes Beach
Police Department responded to a call of a stolen
31-foot Edgewater center-console from the 600
block of North Point Drive. The boat was valued at
$125,000. Also, Carmine Galati, of Holmes Beach,
had a large boat stolen from his waterfront home as
well this month. Galati is co-owner of Galati Yacht
Sales in Anna Maria.
Meanwhile, in Pinellas County, a 43-foot yacht
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on auto-pilot washed up Aug. 25 on Redington Beach.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has confirmed
the vessel had been reported missing from a marina
somewhere in the area of Yucatan, Mexico, according
to BayNews 9. Officials have no leads as to how the
yacht made it ashore at Redington Beach. Four audio
speakers on the boat were missing.
Prior to the theft of the 50-foot Viking, Elliott
had been on vacation for the summer. He said it was
awful learning his boat, worth nearly $1 million, was
gone.
"It was like someone kicked you in the stomach,"
Elliott said.
Elliott described the boat as a white convertible
with large outriggers. "The sick part is, I didn't have
any insurance on it," he said.
The vessel was so large, Elliott said, he simply
did not think anyone would attempt to steal it. "I
never dreamed anybody would steal it without taking
more precautions," he said.
He didn't even think someone could navigate it
out of the narrow canal.
"It takes darn near a captain to drive that thing,"
he said. "The canal is 70 feet wide. Even to back it
out of the canal, I figured there's no way someone
could do it without crashing or something."


Elliott said he has no neighbors who might have
been able to spot a suspicious person leaving with his
boat.
"We had been gone almost two months, and the
grass had grown up some in the yard," he said. "It prob-
ably turned out stealing the boat was easy pickings."
But Elliott didn't give up on his boat, leaving
SRQ Saturday morning and returning that after-
noon.
Elliott, for one, is hoping the Aug. 24 arrests of
four men in Punta Gorda for loitering and prowling
may lead to the return of his boat.
According to a Punta Gorda WINK News Now
Web post, the arrests were a result of criminal intel-
ligence generated by a task force that indicated a
luxury boat theft was likely to place. A Punta Gorda
Police Department officer observed one of the men
standing by a 38-foot SeaRay. The suspect jumped
into a canal in his attempt to flee law enforcement,
the article said.
"It's part of a theft ring, I think," Elliott said.
The HBPD considers the matter under investiga-
tion and declined comment.
Anyone with information about the boat theft
can call HBPD at 941-708-5804, or CrimeStoppers
at 866-634-8477.


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Roland A. Cadoret
Roland A. Cadoret, 91, of Bradenton, died Aug.
19. He was born Aug. 8, 1919, in Woonsocket, R.I.
Mr. Cadoret served as a B-17 pilot in World War II
and participated in the D-Day Invasion. He was a
German prisoner of war for almost a year. He was a
talented musician and played trumpet in many bands,
including his family's own dance band.
He married Helen Anne Hoffmann, of Richmond,
Va., in 1945 and moved in 1959 to Bradenton where
Mr. Cadoret worked in advertising for the Braden-
ton Herald. He retired from the St. Petersburg Times
advertising department in 1985.
He was a charter member of the Manasota Chap-
ter of Ex-Prisoners of War and served as chapter com-
mander. He also was a charter member of the Knights
of Columbus, DeSoto Council and the Sarasota-Bra-
denton-Venice Advertising Council. For many years,
he was a member of the DeSoto Conquistadors. He
was instrumental in assisting his wife in founding the
Manasota SOLVE Maternity Homes, where he served
as president of its board of directors and volunteered
in countless capacities. He also served for years as
president and board member of the Imperial House
Condominium Association in Bradenton Beach. He
was a self-taught computer buff and the volunteer
editor of newsletters for several community organiza-
tions.
A funeral Mass was held Aug. 28 at St. Joseph's
Catholic Church in Bradenton, where the Cadoret
family are congregants for more than 51 years.
Memorial donations may be sent to Manasota
SOLVE Inc., 1509 Eighth Ave. W., Bradenton FL
34205.
Mr. Cadoret is survived by his wife of 65 years,
Helen; daughters Carollyn Kinneer of Bradenton
and JoAnne Sheldon-Ramsey and husband John
of Sarasota; two grandchildren, Alexandra Shel-


don of Oklahoma City and Nicholas Sheldon of
Orlando.

S.M. 'Kitty' DeGraves
S.M. "Kitty" DeGraves, 73, formerly of Holmes
Beach, died Aug. 23. She was born in Burlington,
Wis., and spent all of her adult life in the South. She
was an avid animal lover and trained service dogs for
the deaf and hearing impaired. She owned, with her
friend and partner, a pet boarding facility in Myakka
City.
There was to be no service. Arrangements were
by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Memorial contri-
butions may be made Animal Network in care of
Laurie Crawford, 1201 42nd St. W., Bradenton FL
34205.
Ms. DeGraves is survived by two nieces, Linda
Wedlake Donley of Capron, Ill., and Diane Wedlake
Habeck of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; and longtime
friend Netty Yarbrough of Bradenton.


Dennis C. Duffy
Dennis C. Duffy, 55, of Robinson Township,
Ohio, died Aug. 21. He was the son of the late George
and Grace Duffy of Ingram, who took over the Mid-
Island Drive-In in the 1960s and renamed it Duffy's
Tavern prior to selling the business to the Geyer
family.
Private services were held at Schoedinger Funeral
Services, Grove City Chapel. Online condolences
may be made to www.schoendinger.com.
He is survived by wife Jackie; son Dennis Jr.;
daughters Kristin Kraus and Jamie Duffy-Keller;
sister Becky Raburn of Holmes Beach; grandchildren
Chelsey, Marissa and Devon Kraus; and many aunts,
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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Aug. 20, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, burglary.
The complainant said someone entered a shed and
took a lawn mower valued at $400.
Aug. 26, 300 block of Pine Avenue, information.
Someone called the Manatee County Sheriff's Office to
report someone placed yard debris on his vacant lot.
Bradenton Beach
Aug. 22, 1600 block of Gulf Drive South, crimi-
nal mischief. Someone damaged the door of a life-
guard stand but did not gain entry.
Holmes Beach
Aug. 20, 100 block of 29th Street, domestic dis-
turbance. An officer was dispatched to the Citgo gas
station in reference to a domestic disturbance. The
complainant said she and her boyfriend got into a
verbal argument and the man threw a foam bottle
holder at her.
Aug. 20,600 block of Key Royale Drive, theft. A
complainant said someone opened a pallet of mulch
valued at $20.
Aug. 20, 200 block of 54th Street, theft. While on
patrol, an HBPD officer was flagged down by a com-
plainant who said someone had stolen his potted tree.

HBPD seeks hit-and-run info
The Holmes Beach Police Department responded
to a hit-and-and run involving a bicyclist Aug. 19.
The crash occurred at about 12:50 a.m. at Holmes
Boulevard and 63rd Street. The vehicle struck the
bicyclist from behind, according to an HBPD
report.
The vehicle left the scene and was last seen head-
ing northbound on Holmes Boulevard. The only detail
available about the vehicle is that it is blue.
Anyone with information is asked to contact
HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson at 941-708-5804.


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Watching NFL football? Yep, it's a job

By Nick Walter


Islander Reporter
Mike Deal's job description is simple.
"I wake up and watch NFL football," he said.
The 62-year-old Holmes Beach resident has been
a scout for the Denver Broncos for five years. So to
say he's landed his dream job is to say there are fish
in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no doubt.
Deal's daily routine is much like an athlete's.
He wakes up at 6 a.m., lift weights, then studies film
at 7 a.m. For the next five hours, he might dissect
hundreds of plays that flicker on his laptop that in the
center of a living room decked out with footballs and
photographs from his playing and coaching days.
With the impending NFL regular season, Deal,
who was a defensive back at Indiana University, will
watch up to 1,000 plays a day, the equivalent of about
14 games. He'll be looking at players who will be
free agents and possible Broncos for the 2011 season.
He'll be asking: Do they tend to slack off after sign-
ing a lucrative contract? Are they technically sound?
Do they thrive off talent? Are they fading duds?
For a football fan, his is the life watching NFL
football tapes at home and getting paid for it.
"I look forward to turning tape on and evaluat-
ing players, watching schemes, seeing what works
and what doesn't work, that kind of thing," he said.
"I don't miss the coaching part of it. I don't miss
moving."
What Deal said he doesn't miss: Going from seven
years as a head coach at an Indiana high school, then
to assistant coaching positions at Davidson College,
Marshall, Kansas State, Illinois, Texas, Vanderbilt,
the NFL Europe Scottish Claymores and Arizona.
Oh, and he also doesn't miss throwing up before
games.
"If my guys played poorly we were going to


Holmes Beach
resident Mike
Deal inputs NFL
scouting reports
Aug. 24 for the
Denver Broncos.
The reports are on
pre-season NFL
players that Deal
thinks are on the
"bubble," or may
be cut from their
team and possibly
picked up by the
Broncos. Islander
Photo: Nick
Walter


lose," he said. "If my guys played well, it didn't nec-
essarily mean we were going to win. It was always,
'Did I prepare? Did I do this or do that?' It was the
emotion of the game."
Deal knew the nature of the business. One was
either fired for losing or moved on to something
better for winning. "You win and move or you lose
and move," he said.
But coaching wasn't all bad. Deal has too many
memories to stash as footballs on the shelves of his
computer desk or as picture-packed posters on his
walls.
Deal recalls George W. Bush was the governor
of Texas when he coached the Texas Longhorns in


the mid-1990s. Bush used to lift weighs with Deal at
times in the Longhorn's posh weight room.
"It was always at lunch time," Deal said. "All of
a sudden you'd see our trainer go to the side door and
open the doors up, and it was, 'OK. The governor's
coming in.' The limo had pulled up, he came with the
Secret Service."
Deal remembers Bush talking about "Dad," who,
of course was George H.W. Bush, then the nation's
president. "He just said it matter of fact-like," Deal
said. "As far as a guy, he was just a grunt. Just a
guy."
Deal, too, is just a guy.
A guy with a football fan's dream job.


20-year strike-spare sponsors roll out stops


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Aug. 28 marked the 20th O'Connor Bowling
Challenge. It's been organized by twin brothers
George and Billy O'Connor at the AMF Lanes in
Bradenton together with spouses Sharon and Sue for
20 years, and this, they said, will be their last.
They've had help many years from Peggy Dav-
enport, Jennifer and Bill Lowman, Chris Holmes and
Chris McNamara and many sponsors in raising more
than $150,000 in 20 years for sporting equipment for
youth programs at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center.
Assistant Center director Scott Dell was effusive
in his praise of the O'Connors and their crew, thank-
ing them for their many years of service during the
awards ceremony following the challenge at the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar.
During my 20 years of participating, I've taken
great pleasure in ripping my friends for their "bowl-
ing accomplishments" in this column so I guess it's
my turn. With Matt Bowers and Mark Bowers out of
town and Matt Welch too scared to show up, I was
challenged this year for lane superiority by Jen and
Joe Rogers and Bonnie Bowers and Chrissy Bowers.
Chrissy Bowers bowled a 127 in her final game of the
evening to top my rather pedestrian 105 effort, while
Joe Rogers surged ahead with a 153 in his final game
to take high game among our group.
In the actual competition (if you can call it that)
Brian Fritz was once again the bowler of the night.
His 244 earned him the high-game trophy and helped


Twins Billy and George O'Connor wind down their
sponsorship of the 20-year bowling tournament this
year, and pass the lane organizing to George's son
Michael and wife Katie.

him to a high series of 650. Aris Thompson, TLC
director at the Center, won high game for women
with a 179, while Catherine Vandergrafe won the
women's high-series trophy.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Kim Stab-
lin somehow out-dueled Stephanie Bell to take low
game among the women with a 42, while Eric Pend-
leton managed to bowl a 50 to take low game honors
among the men.
Last but not least, Katie and Michael O'Connor,
who will take over the fundraiser next year, pulled
Jake Spooner's name out of the hat to win the prized
flat-screen TV to complete a fantastic 20-year run by
the O'Connors and their crew.


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Mother Nature ruled the horseshoe pits with
rain Aug. 28, although four rough and ready tossers
showed up and got in some horseshoe action. Steve
Grossman, Jay Disbrow, Jeff Moore and Sam Samu-
els tied for first place.
Norm Good and Tim Sofran were the only duo to
earn the requisite three victories and were the outright
champs during Aug. 25 horseshoe action at the Anna
Maria City hall pits.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
welcome.

Register now for adult soccer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
hosting a fall, adult-coed soccer league. For $75,
adults now have a fun way to stay in the game.
Interested players must register by Sept. 9 and
must be at least 20 years of age. Team registration
is not permitted, but pairs are encouraged. Everyone
who signs up by Sept. 9 will be placed on a team,
but for league parity, everyone must attend the tryout
date.
Captains and sponsors are still needed for the
league, which will start play on Sept. 30.
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Captains urge snook fishery protection


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission study regarding the cold winter snook
kill is complete, showing a staggering decrease in the
number of snook caught this year compared to prior
years.
Snook season is closed to all fishers until Sept.
16, but the FWC is considering extending the closure
implemented after the winter kill. The meeting is in
Pensacola through Thursday, and those interested in
sharing opinions can take a survey at the Snook Foun-
dation website: www.snookfoundation.org.
Many charter fishing captains report they've
noticed far fewer snook in their usual holes, and so
are urging anglers to take the survey and help protect
the linesiders.
Also this week, Save the Manatee Club is urging
boaters to be wary of manatees as they cruise through
shallow waters. Free alert flags to signal other boat-
ers of the presence of manatees are available at The
Islander office in the Island Shopping Center, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
As far as fishing this week, it's the time of year
for anglers to target mahi-mahi offshore around float-
ing debris or offshore marker buoys.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Charters
is still catching a lot of trout in Longboat Pass and
Sarasota Bay. Spanish mackerel are still strong off
the beach, and oversized redfish have been caught
in the mangroves around the small islands along the
Intracoastal Waterway. Even a few sheepshead were
hooked from the pilings of Longboat Key. Johnston
said he's baiting with live shiners.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters
reported red grouper offshore along with some king-
fish. On his half-day trips he's seeing a lot of Spanish
mackerel along the beach.
Capt. Warren Girle said he reeled up redfish to
32 inches, some Spanish mackerel on top-water plugs
and trout in north Sarasota Bay. His clients saw suc-
cess when they started skipping weedless jerk baits
under the mangroves for the same species.


George Thomas, 10, from Wales, U.K., shows off his
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Howard of Sumotime Charters. Thomas and his
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cobia, Henry
Kilul of
Detroit with
an African
pompano and
Bert Rawald
of Bradenton
with a cobia
caught while
fishing with
Capt. Burt
"Backwater"
Rawald.


Capt. Mike Greig said redfish are schooling up
in Tampa Bay and have been slamming white bait.
He reported hooking up about 50 reds one day and
around 25 the day before. He said the rains have
caused an influx of tannic freshwater to the bay from
the Manatee River. Redfish don't like it, so they were
pushed out into the bay.
Capt. Steven Salgado said nearshore he's been
catching mangrove snapper, trout and some snook.
He added tarpon are lingering in the passes and snap-
per, grouper and shark are a good bet offshore.
Capt. Burt "Backwater" Rawald reported he
recently guided anglers who hooked up two African
pompano in 40 feet of water over a reef off Anna
Maria Island. He said the anglers were free-lining
large pilchards on 30-pound PowerPro with 40-pound
fluorocarbon leaders.
"Several local guides and tackle stores have told
me they've seen very few African pompano and none
this large and never in 40 feet of water," Rawald said.
"I ually much deeper."
Capt. Bill Miller reported the mangrove snapper
bite is in full swing, with the catch in good numbers
ranging from 12 inches to 5 pounds inside Tampa
Bay, he said. When the weather is right, Miller's
been fishing close-in Gulf waters, inside of 5 miles,
catching lots of mangrove snapper, grouper, flounder,
grunts, Spanish mackerel, sharks and goliath grou-
per.
John Keyes from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said people fishing from shore-
lines and at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge south fish-
ing pier have reported Spanish mackerel are hitting
well on small silver and gold spoons and Gut-Cha
lures. There also are a lot of snook on the beaches,
he said.
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boat Key by Whitney Beach are hot spots in general.
Keyes said various MirrOlures seem to be the best
artificial hard baits.
He added the 1- and 3-mile reefs are holding a
lot of mangrove snapper, and some divers have said
they're also holding hog snapper.
Some great shark fishing can be had in places
such as marker 70 in Tampa Bay, between the Island
and the Skyway Bridge, or around 1-mile reefs. Bill
Lowman from the marina suggested dropping a chum
bag to get bait congregated around the boat, then once
the chum has dissipated, lower a chunk of cut bait on
a 8/0 hook attached to a wire leader.
Also, 30 to 40 miles offshore, there are reports
of gag grouper.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said he was scouting last week when the
water temperature was 84 degrees in the afternoon,
a drop from 89 degrees before the rains. He noticed
the redfish have started to school around the waters
of Tampa Bay. "Now is the time to turn your efforts
towards redfish for drag-screaming excitement and
fast action," he said. "I will be concentrating my
efforts on the outside bars of Tampa Bay and on the
drop-offs along the Intracoastal Waterway."
He said big bait pods are starting to school up
in Tampa Bay and the tarpon are soon to make their
migration into the Gulf. In the past, Howard said he's
seen about a three-week window where baits drifted
on the bottom from 100 yards off the beach to 1-mile
offshore, making for some amazing tarpon action.
He's hoping this year will be a repeat.
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Hepler is helper
Former Anna Maria Island resi-
dent Jeanna Hepler,
a registered nurse
who specializes in
ogi 1uK.10 and bio-
identical hormone
treatments, recently
joined the staff of
Hepler internal medicine
specialist Dr. Harvey
Mishner, 11505 Palmbrush Trail, Lake-
wood Ranch. To reach Hepler's office,
call 941-747-2090.

Fit for a year
The Anna Maria Island Health
and Fitness Center, 5364 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, celebrated its first anni-
versary Aug. 25, with Melinda from
Melinda's Cafe providing food for the
guests and Mike Sales playing his guitar
for the entertainment.
At the celebration, Sally and Wil-
liam Martin were named winners of the
team Weight Loss Challenge contest,
while Tina Husak won the individual
weight loss challenge award.
For more information, call 941-778-
5446.

Got lunch?
Breakfast?
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its monthly net-
working luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Gulf
Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bra-


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in Holmes Beach.
Attendees were
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Reservations are required and the
cost is $15 per person.
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, the cham-
ber will hold its monthly sunrise break-
fast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Rotten
Ralph's, 200 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach.
Reservations are requested and the
cost is $8 per person.
For more information on the lunch
or breakfast, call 941-778-1541.

Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west
Bradenton or Longboat Key? How about
a new product or service, an anniver-
sary, a new hire, or an award-winning
staff member? Call Island Biz at 941-
778-7978, fax your news to 866-362-
9821, or e-mail us at news@islander.
org.


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COMPUTER 1.7 GHz, Windows XP-PRO,
$75. 941-756-6728.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice
machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up,
$1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-
burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800.941 -
730-2606.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
SWING SET WITH slide, ladder, Fort Rainbow
brand. For sale: $400 obo. 941-201-9121


616 Hampshire Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,833 sfla
/ 3,686 sfur 4bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 1969 on a 95x105 lot was sold 08/09/10,
Burke to Erickson for $775,000; list $849,000.
303 61st St., Unit A, Casa Del Mare, Holmes
Beach, a 2,326 sfla / 3,058 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car land
condo built in 2008 was sold 08/11 /10, Mintfish LLC
to Tugboat Properties LLC for $510,000.
203 82nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,264 sfla / 3,264
sfur 4bed/4bath/3car duplex with pool built in 1969
on a 110x90 lot was sold 08/04/10, Willoughby to
Tiggleman for $400,000; list $429,000.
716 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,836
sfla / 4,680 sfur 3bed/2bath/3car canalfront home
built in 1987 on a 93x103 lot was sold 07/30/10,
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Chatt
for $399,900.
126 51st St., Holmes Beach, a 2,358 sfla
4bed/2bath home built in 1972 on a 100x100 lot
was sold 08/05/10, Stewart to 9 Solutions LLC for
$345,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 166, Tortuga, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 08/04/10,


ROUND OAK TABLE, four chairs two leaves, like
new, $25.
Color TV $85. 941-778-4451.
THREE-PIECE OAK coffee end tables $50, four
padded barstools $25, maple dining hutch $95.
941-778-2899.
GOLDFISH 4-7INCHES free to good home pond.
You collect. Call 941-737-6887.


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
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HPS Florida LLC to Sea Breezes North LLC for
$300,000.
1325 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 165, Tortuga, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 2006 was sold 08/04/10, Reynolds
to Blue Water Condos LLC for $300,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 164, Tortuga, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,425 sfla / 1,593 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 08/04/10, W
and H Florida LLC to Sea Breezes South LLC for
$285,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 264, Tortuga, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,425 sfla / 1,593 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold
08/04/10, Reef Florida LLC to Casa Cortez LLC
for $280,500.
1325 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 163, Tortuga, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,140 sfla / 1,280 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 08/05/10,
Casa Cortez LLC to Tortuga PBDT LLC for
$239,800.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-
7244.


BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
dentonrotary.org.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry. hayes @ sothe-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday.
Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
SWEET BAY NURSERY, native plants, 8 a.m.-
noon first Saturday of month, or by appointment,
941-776-0501.
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Full service lawn maintenance
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ANNUAL FIRE HALL Labor Day weekend yard
sale: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
4-5. Inside and outside furniture, appliances,
lamps, fishing poles, jewelry, infant to adult cloth-
ing, toys, bikes, TVs, stereos, VCRs, vintage
albums, antique books, tools, tool cart, cactus
plants, housewares, holiday wear and more.
Great deals, free coffee and all indoors. Happy
Labor Day, see you there! 201 Second St., Bra-
denton Beach. 941-720-0426.
HOUSEHOLD SALE: 9 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 4, Household items. flamingo cay 10320
Spoonbill Road W. Bradenton.
MULTIFAMILY GARAGE SALE, 9a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 4, only. 660 Gulfbay Road, Longboat Key.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified
Monday night.


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, micro-
chipped. Reward. 71st Street and Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Pat, 941-778-5791.
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.
YELLOW MAINE COON cat lost from 6600 block
of Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward offered.
941-725-4488.
FOUND AUG. 27: Camera 941-962-7785.


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.


BOATS UNDER $50,000 are selling quickly 17-to
28-foot.

15-year Island resident and excellent salesman.
I sell boats and yachts worldwide. Let's talk, 941 -
228-3489. Yachtingflorida@aol.com. Licensed,
bonded.
TWO BOAT SLIPS available, convenient location,
open water, no bridges, sailboat compatible. Key
Royale, Anna Maria. $10/foot includes wash-down
water. Call Gazella at 941-778-2803.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!


SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
MAINSAIL BEACH INN is seeking a maintenance
technician responsible for all aspects of ground
and building maintenance. Candidate must have
hands-on previous maintenance 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.


BABYSITTER AND PETSITTER: Trustworthy and
responsible, loves animals. Three years experi-
ence with babysitting. Call Claudia, 941-447-
9658.


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 Beach.
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL student available for
babysitting. Infant and toddler CPR certified, first-
aid certified. Emily, 941-567-9276.


HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island,
located in busy shopping center, large inventory,
all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey,
business growing monthly, owners moving, great
opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim,
941-580-0626.
GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-
2624.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet"
T-shirts. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach or order online www.islander.
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
778-5476.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
6891.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
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CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling,
listing, buying, market analysis. 941-592-8373,
or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND HOUSEKEEPING: LOCAL girl, great ref-
erences. Openings for home and vacation rental
accounts. Deborah, 941-524-0486
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
CLUTTER! IF YOU do not know where to begin
to enjoy your surroundings, I can help with great
sensitivity, take to Goodwill, consign 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 consutation today! Insured. www.stageone-
decluttertoo.com. 941-685-9906.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
941-920-3840.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch,
storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-
3046.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Always look in The
Islander, 941-778-7978.


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 algebra,
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. 941-713-5244.
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.
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town and the best results from classified ads and
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
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
phone" 941-720-0770.

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:":'L :-,GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C::R1
rN: :b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima :.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108


KERN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Additions Remodels New Construction
941-778-1115 kernconstructioninc.com
SINCE 1966

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION
941-580-5777
Suttl S ic t Inc Airport Permitted
L O^A Dolphin LCTiliimousines Corp. hand Livery Insured
S HCPTC #10105 www.shuttleserviceami.com

AMI TAXI
professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
www.amitaxi.com amitaxi4u@gmail.com
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
800.301.4816
airports shops dining

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, .- 'Z I
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup. ;-]
Call Junior, 807-1015 *





Advanced Drywall & Remodeling, LLC
Hanging Demolition Texture Popcorn Removal
Over 25 yrs experience Free estimates
John Diviesti 941-882-9273
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

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where you can read Wednesday's classified
Monday night.


EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
REACTOR. RESULTS
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
tdollyl@yahoo.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
447-2198.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified
Monday night.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
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 guaranteed.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!



S gfuffay sdfalty ofAnna aria Inc.
Jesse Brisson BrokrmAssociate, g STt
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

HISTORIC ANNA MARIA HOME
Known as the
Clay House this
two bedroom
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.
$359,000

Call Jesse Brisson at 941-713-4755.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
941-794-5980.
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, 941-794-1515.

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.
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. 941-778-7039.
ANNUAL RENTAL: CLOSE to Island on Cortez
Road. 2BR/2BA, 55-plus. $750/month. Keith, 941 -
792-7568.
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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Michelle M
941-809
www.michelle


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7320
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trial Palms Realty
LUsto, PA Realtor
P-3714
musto.com

SA COSTIERA Luxury condo
Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
site 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
ally furnished, wet bar, crown
ng, heated pool and spa.
9,000. ML#A3915811.
ialpalmsrealty.com


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


fOrt 2 O'i\' Luxurious 2/2 apts..
P r ." 1,200 s/f from $325,000

1,400 s/ffrom $375,000


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Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000


Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
David@AnnaMaria-RealEstate.com

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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 smok-
ing, 941-592-9270.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
MIRROR LAKE 2/BR 2/BA direct lake. First-floor
condo #795, Across from State College of Florida.
No pets. 941-726-0485.
WATERFRONT CONDO at Mariners Cove. Annual
rental with boat slip, 2BR/2BA. 2,000 square feet
with enclosed lanai. Two pools, tennis court,
washer/dryer. $1,900/month, water and standard
cable included. Call 941-920-3358.
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. Must be short
walk to water or closer. 2BR, storage for bike and
kayak, washer and dryer. 941-705-5561.


FREE FORECLOSURE PREVENTION, free Dis-
tressed Property Lists! Call James Adkins, 713-
0635. www.AdkinsFloridaGroup.com'.
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale. Get your E2/
EB-5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635.
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.



We presently have

A GREAT SELECTION
of near Gulf and Gulffront,
duplex-zoned, ROR-zoned
and canal properties.
Call Anna Maria Realty today for details.




"\Ve ARE the Island!"
SINCE 1957
Mane Framk Li. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com


LARGE BAYFRONT Beautiful views from this 3 bedroom
home with a "mother-in-law" apt. Deep water dock & natural
vegetation. One of the least expensive bayfronts on AMI.
$849,000

Mike 800-367-1617
kNorman 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com


BRADENTON BEACH: CUTE single-family home
2BR/1 BR with garden and garage, just one block
from beach with direct access. Recently renovated
and upgraded, furniture. Must sell. $299,000. hgk.
bus@gmail.com.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


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.
UNBELIEVABLE COASTAL BARGAIN! Only
$34,900 with free boat slip. Adjoining lot sold for
$99,900! Beautifully wooded building lot in premier,
gated, waterfront community. Enjoy direct access
to Atlantic! All amenities complete! Paved roads,
underground utilities, clubhouse, pool. Excellent
financing. Call Now 877-888-1415, ext. 2627.
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BUY MOUNTAIN LAND now! Lowest prices ever!
North Carolina. Bryson City. 2.5 acres, spectacu-
lar views, paved road. High altitude. Easily acces-
sible, secluded. $45,000. Owner financing, 800-
810-1590. www.wildcatknob.com.


All real estate advertising herein is subject to
the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal
to advertise any preference, limitation or dis-
crimination based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status or national origin, or
intention to make any such preference, limita-
tion or discrimination Familial status includes
children under age of 18 living with parents
or legal custodians, pregnant women and
people securing custody of children under
18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept
any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this
newspaper are available on an equal oppor-
tunity basis. To complain of discrimination call
HUD toll-free at (800) 669-9777, for the hear-
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SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
www.betsyhills.corn


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INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Sarasota, Florida 34236
t 941.364.4000
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Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com


WAGNER REALTY
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2217 GULF DIVE NOQTH BQADENTON BEACH, FL


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Real Estate ...
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Call Shawn Kaleta at 941-778-8660 for
your next custom home, remodel
or investment property.


Where customer service is our No. 1 priority. We
specialize in new construction. Don't forget to
ask about a FREE AMI Beaches golf cart with the
purchase or sale of any property ...
941-567-5234.
2501 Gulf Drive, North Bradenton Beach.


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The law firm of Najmy Thompson P.L.
is ready to serve all your legal needs
at our offices on Anna Maria Island
and in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch,
and Sarasota. Please, call us or visit our
website, www.najmythompson.com.
Louis Najmy, Attorney at Law
941-748-2216


A locally owned and locally managed
community bank for the island.
Commercial real estate lending for owner
occupied businesses and investors.
Specializing in residential construction
lending for local and out-of-town investors.
Contact: Ross C. Hodges, 941-776-5040
5100 Cortez Road West, Bradenton FL 34210


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