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identon Beach OKs $375k settlement
BB mooring field
on the government
calendar? Page 3
extended on Bridge
Street. Page 12
Anna Maria contin-
ues comp-plan con-
versation. Page 14
A Russian savior, a
U.S. pilot. Page 16
The police blotter.
Section 3 leader.
Calling on volun-
teers. Page 23
Sports: Islander in
Colombia. Page 24
Biz news and dogs at
work. Pages 26-27
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted
to settle a long-standing legal dispute Aug.
31, but they did not lay grievances to rest.
The commission, by a 3-2 vote, agreed
to accept an offer from Island Inc./Beach
Development Inc., the owners of a half-
acre of beachfront property that the city has
The vote followed nothing short of a
plea from acting city attorney Greg Hoot-
man, who said he has spent "thousands and
thousands" of hours on the case, which dates
back to the late 1990s.
"This case needs to be settled and it
needs to settle for $375,000 payable over 20
years," said Hootman during the afternoon
meeting at city hall.
"There comes a time to have to pay the
piper," he added.
The meeting came weeks after a com-
mission "shade" meeting on the subject.
Commissioners scheduled the Aug. 31
session to hear from the public, but the only
attendees, other than Commissioners Gay
The Bradenton Beach City Commission last week agreed to settle a long-standing dispute
with a development company. The agreement will involve the city's purchase of beachfront
property in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive North for $375,000. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
meeting's purpose "to consider a settlement
in a long-standing piece of litigation" and
then revisited the long history in the dispute
over development of bayside and Gulfside
PLEASE SEE SETTLEMENT, PAGE 3
Breuler, Bob Connors, Janet Vosburgh and
Janie Robertson and Mayor Bob Bartelt, were
Hootman, Island Inc. attorney Mark Bamebey
and two reporters.
Hootman reminded commissioners of the
Stoltzfus recall: Election yes, results no
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge
Edward Nicholas ruled last week that the
Sept. 7 vote on the recall of Anna Maria
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus will proceed
as scheduled, but he also ordered the ballots
sealed and that no results be announced.
Nicholas ordered Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat to with-
hold certification of the election until the
Second District Court of Appeal further
stays the election, rules on Stoltzfus' appeal
of his Aug. 24 order to proceed with the
recall, or his stay ruling expires.
"I understand the import and impact of
this decision," Nicholas said after hearing
oral arguments by attorneys representing
Stoltzfus and the Recall Commissioner
Stoltzfus Committee. "But it is not a dif-
ficult decision. It is a balance of rights,"
between Stoltzfus and the citizens of Anna
Nicholas said his stay order is effec-
tive until 5 p.m. Sept. 24 unless extended
by the appeal court or the appeal is heard
and resolved. The ruling includes absentee
ballots, the judge said.
He made it clear that the ballots and
results would be open to the public if his
order sealing the vote expires without an
extension or other ruling by the appeal
Stoltzfus appealed Nicholas' Aug. 24
be announced after the poll closed. Because
the ballots are public records, the vote should
be made available to the public immediately,
Attorney Andrea Flynn Mogensen, rep-
resenting the Citizens for Sunshine Inc., a
public interest group dedicated to transpar-
ency in government, was allowed by Nicholas
to present an amicus, or "friend of the court,"
brief. Mogensen said the votes should be
made public immediately after the election.
LE\ .ly citizen has a right to inspect the
public records and there is no exception in this
case," she argued.
"Nothing could be more obvious (a public
PLEASE SEE RECALL, PAGE 4
Attorneys for the
parties in the Harry
Stoltzfus v. the Recall
Harry Stoltzfus Com-
mittee case confer
with Manatee Circuit
Court Judge Edward
Nicholas at the
Sept. 3 hearing that
resulted in the Sept.
7 election proceed-
ing, but a stay on the
certification of the
results and sealing of
all ballots. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
ruling, but the court responded it needed a
final order to have jurisdiction. The appeal
court said the problem could be resolved with
some word changes by Nicholas to his origi-
At the Sept. 3 hearing, Nicholas agreed to
add "the magic words" to the Aug. 24 order
that would allow the appeal court to pro-
Harrison said he would like to see an expe-
dited hearing from the appeal court, although
the scheduling is "out of my hands."
Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus Com-
mittee chair Bob Carter had argued through
attorney Fred Moore that the election should
proceed as scheduled and the results should
2 0 SEPT. 8, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Bradenton Beach mooring grant terminated
By Lisa Neff
A state agency has formally terminated a
$165,000 grant to Bradenton Beach for a mooring
field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted to rescind
a contract for the grant in June, then asked the city
attorney and city clerk to make sure FWC canceled
The city commission had approved the contract
with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission earlier in the spring. And, in late May,
the FWC executed the contract.
By late May, FWC was prepared to disperse the
money, according to city attorney Ricinda Perry.
But Bradenton Beach elected officials decided
the city didn't want the money, because it wasn't
prepared to move forward with establishing a formal
The concern, said Mayor Bob Bartelt, is the city
had not yet conducted a financial feasibility study for
Instead of accepting the grant, Bartelt and com-
missioners agreed that the city needed to reactivate
a mooring field committee to continue studying the
In late August, Tim Woody, administrator of the
Florida Boating Improvement Program, informed the
city that the grant had been terminated.
The advisory committee is expected to resume
its work this fall, after some members return from
Members are expected to examine the costs and
benefits associated with operating a managed moor-
ing field versus managed anchoring versus maintain-
ing the status quo.
Bartelt encouraged people interested in serving
on the committee to apply at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
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discussions about establishing a formal mooring field in the area, but officials now seem to be leaning
toward managed anchorage. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
WMFR stakeholder's meeting set for Sept. 8
West Manatee Fire Rescue will be holding an
External Stakeholder's Meeting at noon, Sept. 8,
at the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd
Avenue West in Bradenton.
WMFR Chief Andy Price said a cross-section
of the community, including business owners, home
owners, doctors, lawyers, and such, will gather to
give WMFR input on how it can improve.
"We' 11 take time to explain all the things we do,"
Price said. "We what them to tell us what is important
He said those who show up will complete a
survey that includes questions regarding WMFR's
Anna Maria public works director George McKay
has returned to work following triple-bypass heart
Mayor Fran Barford said McKay is working on
a part-time basis and making a good recovery.
He should return to full-time status in the near
future, she said.
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property in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive.
Back in the 1990s, Hootman said the developers
acquired 2.6 acres of property, most on the bayside,
some on the Gulfside, with Gulf Drive bisecting the
He said the developers knew when they pur-
chased the property that a portion of it was identified
for preservation in the city's future land-use map and
Further, Hootman said, the developers were
aware when they purchased the land that the city
had committed to allow for a higher density in the
bayside project because it had deemed the Gulfside
property undevelopable. The city, Hootman said, had
made the concession because it did not want to "take"
But as the project moved forward, developers
encountered a hitch. Other city regulations, specifi-
cally height restrictions, got in the way of a what
they hoped would be a more dense development by
Their effort to build a smaller project on the Gulf-
side also hit a roadblock.
But a legal battle has slowly moved forward, with
the parties focused on a half-acre of preservation land
on the Gulfside and what should or could happen
with 10 units provided for, according to city planning
documents, but not built.
"Time has marched on," Hootman said.
The dispute has involved the developers, the city,
state agencies, a number of attorneys and a judge who
nudged the parties into mediation and encouraged a
In the last couple of years, several offers have
The city came closest to an agreement to settle
when it seemed a state grant might help purchase the
preservation land. At the time, Island Inc.'s price was
$2 million and the city commission was considering
contributing $600,000, with the remainder to come
from the state grant.
When the grant fell through, Island Inc. amended
its settlement offer $600,000 payable by the city
over 20 years but the commission declined.
Last week, Island Inc. dropped the price to
$375,000, probably payable over 20 years, and com-
missioners, reluctantly, accepted.
Robertson, Vosburgh and Connors voted to
accept the offer; Breuler and Bartelt voted against
Hootman said in addition to a clear title to the
preservation land, the city would have 10 units of
"density" that might be sold or used elsewhere.
"The city is not just purchasing a half-acre of
sand on the beach," he said.
Commissioners and the mayor, however, ques-
tioned whether those unbuilt units have value.
"I didn't think it could be hopscotched," Bartelt
Near the end of the meeting, after some confusion
about whether the commission should delay a vote,
Robertson motioned to accept the offer.
"The city is still culpable for mistakes that were
made in the beginning. We should share some part
of the responsibility," she said, noting, as did other
commissioners, that the case dates back to a time
when none of them held office.
Breuler seconded the motion for the sake of con-
tinuing the discussion. She said she wanted to settle,
but she wanted to offer less $187,500.
But Hootman urged the commission to accept
the offer, which they eventually did with the split
vote that also directed the attorney to work out the
agreement, which would detail a payment plan.
After Bartelt closed the meeting, Hootman con-
gratulated the mayor and commissioners for bringing
to an end the city's longest-running lawsuit.
"You did it in the city's best interest," Hootman
To Bartelt, the settlement acceptance seemed a
"We adopted this beehive, as you will," he said.
"We just have to deal with it."
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Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m., commission shade meeting.
Sept. 9, 6 p.m., commission work session.
Sept. 14,6:30 p.m., planning and zoning hearing.
Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m., Lake LaVista dredge project,
Sept. 21, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 23, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Sept. 7, 7 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 13, 1 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 16, 1 p.m., commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 14, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., commission meeting.
Sept. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Sept. 8, noon, "stakeholders" meeting, Palma
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Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Sept. 16, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
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f ill Anna Maria election canvass-
ing board members Sherry
.1 -v ~ Oehler, left, city clerk Alice
S' Baird, public works super-
visor George McKay and
SManatee County Supervi-
-' _--" sor of Elections Bob Sweat
-ML- discuss acceptance ofabsen-
tee votes in the recall elec-
tion of Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus. The board met at
the county SOE office Sept.
3, prior to the recall hearing
that allowed the election to
proceed, to review absentee
ballots. Also attending were
city attorney Jim Dye and
Harrison. Islander Photo:
RECALL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
record) than a ballot, and a request to seal (the ballots)
is contrary to law. We request the court not seal the
ballots," Mogensen said.
In his ruling, Nicholas said there is "little harm"
to the citizens if the election takes place and the
results are withheld pending Stoltzfus' appeal.
Moore argued that the announcement of the elec-
tion results could be delayed for months, possibly
until the summer of 2011. If Stoltzfus is eventually
recalled, he said, what happens to commission deci-
sions during that time?
That also was the claim by Anna Maria city attor-
ney Jim Dye, representing city clerk Alice Baird, who
is a defendant because of her official duties.
"Like the supervisor of elections, the city is main-
taining neutrality," Dye said.
But if the results of the election become known
before certification, and Stoltzfus was recalled by the
voters, but still on the commission, it might create
chaos for the commission, particularly in any 3-2
vote, Dye said.
"The commission could be sitting and possibly
knowing that one commissioner should not be on the
board," he said.
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob
Sweat said, after the ruling, that the voting machine
used for the recall election would be sealed after the
poll closes at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The ballots are fed into
the machine by the voter, the machine tabulates the
results and the SOE staff feed in the absentee ballots,
he said, for a final tabulation.
A code is needed to open the machine and view
the tabulated results. Sweat said no code will be
issued until the appeal court rules or Nicholas' stay
order expires without a stay from the appeal court.
No one at the elections office or from the Anna
Maria Canvassing Board will see the results, said
canvassing board member Sherry Oehler.
After the Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus Com-
mittee delivered its two required petitions to the SOE
and the circuit court, Stoltzfus filed a motion to have
the recall dismissed on the grounds the petition was
Prior to Nicholas hearing the Stoltzfus dismissal
motion on Aug. 12, Twelfth Circuit Court Chief Judge
Lee Hamond ordered the recall election be held Sept.
7, unless Nicholas ruled in favor of Stoltzfus.
Nicholas denied the Stoltzfus challenge in an
Aug. 24 decision and upheld the petition, which
allowed the recall to proceed.
Stoltzfus immediately appealed to the Second
District Court of Appeals and sought an expedited
hearing, but the court dismissed that request, saying
Nicholas' Aug. 24 order was not in proper form.
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Prior to the start of the
Anna Maria commission's
Sept. 2 public hearing, Anna
Maria city attorney Jim
Dye held a shade meeting
with the commission about
the Sept. 7 recall election
of Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus attended the
shade meeting, which was
not open to the public.
Dye declined to com-
ment on the discussions at
the shade meeting.
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That technicality was solved when Nicho-
las added the correct language to his order at
the Sept. 3 hearing, and Harrison said he would
immediately seek an expedited hearing with the
After court was adjourned Sept. 3, Harrison said
he was satisfied with Nicholas' ruling.
Nicholas "had to strike a balance," and he did,
Harrison said. The order allows his client time to
file an appeal and preserves the integrity of the elec-
Mogensen, however, said she was "not pleased"
with the ruling and would consult with her client -
Citizens for Sunshine Inc. about any further course
"I would think my client will exercise authority
to appeal," she said. "I don't think they want to wait
a month" for an answer.
The ruling was a "surprise" to Mogensen because
Nicholas had indicated Aug. 24 that the election
should proceed as scheduled.
"I'm also not sure (Nicholas) has the authority
to seal ballots," she said.
Mogensen indicated that following the vote on
Sept. 7, she will likely make a public records request
to review the ballots.
Moore indicated he would discuss the ruling with
Carter to determine if any further action is necessary,
but Carter said the committee will await the appeal
court ruling before making a decision.
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Chiles drops bid for Fla. governor
By Lisa Neff
Lawton "Bud" Chiles III dropped his Indepen-
dent bid for governor last week.
Chiles, a 57-year-old Tallahassee businessman,
is the son of Rhea Chiles, former first lady of the
state and a Holmes Beach resident. He is the brother
of Anna Maria resident and Island businessman Ed
Chiles. His father Lawton was a popular Democratic
governor and U.S. senator.
Bud Chiles entered the governor's race in early
June as an Independent.
He limited campaign contributions to $250 per
person and focused on the problems of big money in
politics. "Elections not auctions" became a battle cry.
Last week, following the Aug. 24 primary that
nominated Rick Scott on the Republican side and
Alex Sink on the Democratic side, Chiles decided to
step out of the gubernatorial race.
Ed Chiles, last week, said, "I am very proud of
Bud. Running for office is daunting in itself. Doing
it the way Bud did it is incredibly tough. He took a
tremendous amount of heat, some of it from people
who have been long time friends, but he was willing
to stand up to all of that and raise his voice to speak
about important issues that affect all of us in Florida.
I believe he has advanced those causes and that will
be born out in the future."
Bud Chiles announced his decision Sept. 1, in
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of the race.
time for his name to be left off the Nov. 2 ballot.
Of strong Democratic lineage, Chiles had con-
sistently said he did not want to become a "spoiler."
Polls were showing the contest between Sink and
Scott to be close, and Chiles' support was as much
as 12 percent of the vote.
He and his brother are supporting Sink.
"I have always supported Alex," Ed Chiles said.
"I supported her before Bud entered the race and I
will support her now that he is out."
And, he added, "Bud will continue to work on the
issues he is concerned about and, I believe, he will
continue to have a positive impact on our state."
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Did you vote?
If you're reading the early online distribution of
The Islander, you probably already voted if you live
in Anna Maria.
The election to recall Anna Maria Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus could break records for the volume
of turnout, especially considering a record number of
315 absentee ballots were requested among the city's
If you are among the many readers who are not
eligible to vote in Anna Maria, you won't be any
more frustrated by the election than the voters.
That's because it could be from three weeks to
six months or more before the results which were
ordered sealed Sept. 3 are known. And equally as
long before the election is certified.
Meanwhile, Stoltzfus retains his seat. The voters'
choice to recall or retain him will for now -
remain secret. And, likewise, the results of the chal-
lenge by candidate Gene Aubry remain unknown.
It recalls the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential deba-
cle, when hanging chads ruled the election and the
results were delayed by more than a month.
It prompts new arguments on whether the cir-
cuit court has authority to seal the ballots unques-
tionably public record. No doubt the court could
have withheld certification of the election, but the
You, the voter, have a right to know the outcome
in a timely manner, and this decision will likely see
The city needs to move forward. But, as the
city attorney stated in court, having a seated but
recalled commissioner voting on matters could
No doubt. The same is true if a new commis-
sioner were seated to fill the recalled commissioner's
term, and the city learned the vote to recall failed.
Likewise, the vote on matters before the city would
come into question.
While it was right to proceed with the election,
to give voters their say "as promised," there may be
unintended repercussions to depriving or delaying
unnecessarily the public's right to review the vote.
However, because the decision to proceed with
the recall is being appealed, it's right to allow the
higher court its determination on hearing the appeal,
and, if so, a ruling.
And it's right to wish the conflict was ended.
The vote will be finalized Sept. 7, allowing both
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Stoltzfus and the challenger for his remaining term,
Gene Aubry, a fair chance to campaign and offer their
positions to the voters.
We can't say the campaign by Stoltzfus has been
a positive one. His voluminous campaign literature
is rife with misstatements, both of his own actions as
well as falsehoods lies about Aubry. And appar-
ently campaigners most notably Cathy Stoltzfus
- have been confrontational with undecided voters.
In short, Harry Stoltzfus' efforts have echoed his
caustic manner in public office. It also may mirror his
lifestyle, starting with scrapping among 16 siblings.
Meanwhile, Aubry continues to talk one-on-one
with voters about his ability to bring calm and com-
promise to the dais. Only a one-page letter with a
personal note went out in the mail and he's made
no attacks on Stoltzfus. He offers his experience
and years of negotiation skills resulting from the
design of projects such as the Aspen Ritz-Carlton,
Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, the Sarasota
Selby Library, and other notable homes, libraries and
schools across the United States.
We hope Aubry gets a chance to bring his intel-
lectual abilities to the city of Anna Maria.
But, thanks to Nicholas, this election story is "to
Passing the torch,
As I'm sure you know, after 20 years we are pass-
ing the torch for the O'Connor Bowling Challenge to
my nephew Michael.
People ask me how it became such a huge success
- always filling all the lanes. I tell people that suc-
cess came when Bonner Joy of The Islander started
sponsoring the event and giving us full-page ads.
Remember when we had the sign up at the local
bars before bowling?
We were at the Bridge Tender restaurant and I
went up to Joy and said we were sold out for the
event. I couldn't believe it 300 people bowling.
That's when it really took off.
Thank you to The Islander for being such a big
part of the success of the challenge, for making it
possible for so many Island children to benefit.
I also want to thank Kevin Cassidy of The
Islander. Not only has he never missed a bowling
challenge, he never forgets to mention us in his sports
God love you all.
Bill O'Connor, Cortez
There is nothing better than a good laugh, and boy
I have to thank The Islander. The Labor Day issue all-
out attack on Harry Stoltzfus is precious in that regard.
Imagine: Harry is anti-business, anti-single moms and
anti-democracy. Does he hate kittens, too?
Thank goodness The Islander published some of
the submissions under "opinion," instead of under,
say, "bias." Otherwise, I'd think Stoltzfus a proven
businessman and committed public servant. I'd think
of him as the guy standing up to the bullies crapping
on our front lawn.
But no. Thanks to six Sept. 1 articles, I now know
that the (Pine Avenue Restoration LLC) monstrosities
signify beauty and will benefit all- not leading to just
another trashed Florida beach town. But, Islander, if
you'd like to demonize him a little more: I hear Harry
Stoltzfus is responsible for global warming.
Rock DeAugustine, Anna Maria
Museum 'banks' on shell
By Nick Walter
A small sticker is stuck to each shell and sponge,
and penned on the stickers are dates, species names,
locations and depths found in the Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Blake Banks, a Cortez commercial fisher-
man who died in 2004, paid attention to every detail
that would accompany his collection. In March, his
wife Betty donated about half of Banks' collection
to the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
"It's the most extensive collection I've ever seen,"
said Ted Adams, an event organizer at the museum.
The collection will be on display at the Burton
Store during the Cortez Village Folk Arts Festival, set
to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 outside
the museum, 4415 119th Street W., Cortez.
Adams said museum representatives had been
trying to get Betty Banks to donate the collection
for years, but the collection was tied-up in Banks'
The collection includes bills from sawfish, sail-
fish and swordfish, and shells such as queen conchs,
helmets, whelks, murexes and worms. There also are
a variety of sponges, spiny oysters and crabs. That's
just for starters.
Robin Schoch, a museum volunteer, said Banks'
collection was from commercial long-lining and
dredging. The shells were a bycatch of the grouper
or snapper Banks would haul to his boats.
Here's an example of how detailed Banks would
get with his collection: He caught a slit shell and
recorded a date of August of 1994, as well as the
coordinates of the shell's original location, and when
he won an award for the shell at a Sarasota Shell
Competition in 1998, he scribbled the details of his
medal in his log.
Banks' logs of his fishing trips go back to the
For 20 years, Betty wrote information from con-
versations she had with her husband via ship-to-shore
People can see the logs, as well as 12 books of
photos from Banks' fishing days, at the museum.
Although shell collections are relatively common,
Banks' shells were admitted to the Maritime Museum
because of Banks' history as a Cortez commercial
"There's so much about Banks," Schoch said,
"it's hard to express e \ i thing "
A collection of shells from more than 25 years of
the Cortez commercial fishing life of Capt. Blake
Banks is being organized for display at the Nov. 20
Cortez Village Folk Arts Festival. Islander Photo:
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stopped feeding the birds. The board had received a
complaint from neighbors that Hodge's daily feed-
ing prompted pigeons to remain in nearby and make
messes and were a health hazard.
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agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
for the planned 2001 Islandwide beach renourishment
project that gave the county control over the design
and renourishment of a 4.7-mile section of Island
beach in exchange for a $10 million advance payment
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federal government at the end of the project.
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Bradenton Beach patrols waterfront
By Lisa Neff
By squinting in the sunlight, the small tag on the
big boat becomes clear: 4-11.
This sailboat, one of about 30 anchored to the
south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier Sept. 1, is
properly registered in the state.
Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer Gail
Garneau notes the tag and other details about the boat
as Bradenton Beach Police Officer Tom McGill steers
the police motorboat to the next anchored vessel.
Garneau and McGill are running a routine check
of the mooring area, with Bradenton Beach Mayor
Bob Bartelt along for the ride.
McGill picked up Garneau and Bartelt from the
dock at the pier. Garneau had plans to check boater
registrations and to follow up on concerns about pets
aboard at least one sailboat. Bartelt had hopes for a
new perspective of the city from the water.
Earlier this summer, Bartelt and the city com-
mission rejected a grant to create an official mooring
field south of the pier.
The mayor maintains that more research needs to
be done, especially regarding the costs of operating
a mooring field or a managed anchorage area.
Last week, he decided to take a close-up look at
conditions in the mooring area.
"This is the city," the mayor says as the police
boat motors away from the pier. "This adds a certain
charm to the city. It's kind of what makes Bradenton
Beach Bradenton Beach."
Several years ago, Bradenton Beach, under
a state statute, secured jurisdiction of the bay and
Gulf waters extending 500 feet from shore. Now code
enforcement and policing in those waters falls to the
city, though there is assistance from the U.S. Coast
Guard and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and
Bartelt, Garneau and McGill do not board any
vessels on the two-hour excursion, and they come
across only one boater. At least 10 liveaboard boaters
appear to be away for the morning, their dinghies tied
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She says after she made a similar inspection
earlier this summer, several boaters renewed their
"When I' m on the water, it is partly about vis-
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McGill, a part-time officer, adds, "And it's edu-
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McGill spends most of his duty time on the police
boat, especially on weekends and holidays. He grew
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Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt views the city
from a boater's perspective.
Garneau asks the officer to steer the boat toward
a sailboat that she's heard is housing several cats.
"I want to look at the conditions of these ani-
mals," Garneau says, adding that she has to look
As they get closer, the three can see a black-and-
white cat peering from an opening in the cabin. Pho-
tographs submitted to the city two weeks ago showed
three other black-and-white cats aboard the vessel.
The observation leaves Garneau with questions.
She says she plans to contact Manatee County's
animal services division about the animals. She wants
to know whether the cats have adequate food, water
She also has a question that requires a review
of the city ordinances and a call to the city attorney:
If the boat is home to the cats, but not home to their
human, is it an illegal kennel?
Nearby, Garneau sees a small dog perched on the
stern of another sailboat. And, looking through the
cabin window, she sees several birds inside.
"I' ve got to more to do with this," says Gar-
neau, after taking several photographs with a digital
The mayor says he has some concerns about the
animals' welfare. "I hope they are being properly
taken care of," he says.
From the mooring area, McGill navigates the
police boat south to look at the new county marine
rescue building going up at Coquina Beach Bay-
Garneau checks the registration of about a dozen
anchored boats in the waters there, all of which are
McGill then navigates the boat under the Long-
boat Pass bridge into the Gulf so the mayor and Gar-
neau can view Bradenton Beach's shoreline.
"When we patrol the beach, I stay outside the
buoys," McGill says.
In Longboat Pass, he says he looks to make sure
there are no swimmers.
On the Gulf, McGill says he mostly looks for
boaters or swimmers in distress.
From the boat, Garneau counts turtle nests yet to
hatch and makes note of a questionable business sign
on the beach.
Bartelt looks for landmarks and watches some
"It's a pretty city," the mayor says, adding, that
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Concerts will take place at 2 p.m. at Cros-
spointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The schedule includes:
Nov. 14, selections of Broadway show
tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Irving
Dec. 19, the holiday concert, featuring selec-
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9 to 11:30 a.m. Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Noon St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women's luncheon in the
church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
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. Information: 941-
*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 horseshoes in
the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
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:
Friday, Sept. 10
5:30 to 8 p.m. Reception and open house for "AShining LightAcross
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mances by the 2010 Young Artist Solo Competi-
tion winner/finalist and a performance of perform
John Rutter's "Brother Heinrich's Christmas."
Feb. 13, 2011, An Island Valentine, featuring
solos by members of the orchestra and chorus.
March 20, 2011, the season finale featuring
Johann Strauss Jr.' operetta, "Die Fledermaus."
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torical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-721-2034.
Saturday, Sept. 11
9:30 to 11 a.m. DeSoto ranger led kayak tours at DeSoto Memo-
rial Park, 8300 DeSoto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buckler's Craft Fair at the Manatee Conven-
tion Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Manatee Players luncheon and fashion
show by Restyled Rags at IMG Golf and Country Club, 4350 E. Con-
quistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Sunday, Sept. 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buckler's Craft Fair at the Manatee Conven-
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Sept. 16, Circus Pages Circus, Manatee Convention Center.
Sept. 17, Reels at Rossi Park presents "Race to Witch Moun-
Sept. 18, MCAT hybrid bus presentation, Cafe on the Beach.
Sept. 22, Einstein discussion group, Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Sept. 22, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business
Save the Date:
Sept. 23, "Sunday in the Park with George" opens, Manatee
Sept. 24, Friday Fest on the Bay, Van Wezel lawn.
Sept. 25, Children's Summit, Manatee Convention Center.
* Sept. 25, Inquiring Minds resumes meeting, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Sept. 27, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing,
Bradenton Country Club.
Oct. 8, Anna Maria Island Community Center Golf Outing, IMG
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Oct. 7, "Ladies of the Camellias" season opening, Island Players
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John Kamin of Anna Maria takes up his harp to play "Onward Christian Soldiers" for Anna Maria Olive
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years." Kamin says he started playing at age 8 and he's now 88. He has lived in Anna Maria 30 years, and
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Organizers of the 11th annual Canine Christmas
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The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3
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Labor of love
The West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary raises
money with a yard sale Labor Day weekend at the
old fire hall, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
The two-day sale featured furniture, household
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Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The club plans to hear from a representative from
Manatee County Area Transit about the Handy Bus
Service, which is available for riders with disabilities,
and to see a new hybrid bus.
The name of a band playing for the Cortez Folk
Art Festival was incorrect in the Sept. 1 edition of
The Islander. It is the Main Hatch Motleys.
Student researcher seeks
A British university student is seeking to
interview people about the "impact vacation rent-
als and second homes are having on the Island
and the local community."
Jenny Hall, pursuing a degree at Lancaster
University in England, decided to study the topic
after her parents purchased a second home on
Anna Maria Island.
"This led me to consider how this was affect-
ing the locals both positively and negatively,"
she said. "Having visited the Island regularly for
10 years before this, I had noticed many changes
on the Island and had discussions with locals
about these and similar issues, as well as reading
several articles in the papers."
Hall conducted some interviews earlier
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BB commish extends Bridge Street parking limits
By Lisa Neff
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stocking up on chalk.
And the Bradenton Beach Public Works Depart-
ment will be commissioning some new signs.
That's because the Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission established new parking restrictions for
Bridge Street during its regular meeting Sept. 2 at
The commission unanimously voted to set a
three-hour limit on public spaces on Bridge Street and
put the enforcement period from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Signs on Bridge Street currently limit public
parking to two hours.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale
sought the commission's review of parking limits on
Bridge Street, the city's central shopping district.
"Whatever you guys decide," Speciale told com-
missioners. "I just need definite direction."
Parking in the area has long been an issue.
Over the years, business owners and city officials
have considered a variety of ways to expand park-
ing opportunities or reduce the need for parking
Most recently, the focus has been on reconfig-
uring city-owned property between Highland and
Church avenues to provide more public parking,
probably for employees in the area, and the creation
of a park-and-ride shuttle from Cortez and Coquina
beaches to Bridge Street.
Additionally, city officials and members of the
Bridge Street Merchants have discussed stepping up
enforcement of parking regulations on Bridge Street,
while increasing the time limit.
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Maria and the south side of the Palma Sola Causeway
remained in effect.
EHS director Tom Larkin said marine water bac-
terial indicators at Coquina Beach "currently comply
with those recommended by the Environmental Pro-
The water at all 10 water testing sites in Manatee
county will be tested Sept. 7, Larkin said. All 10 sites
are tested weekly, he added.
Generally, enteric bacteria levels rise because
of several factors, Larkin said, including human and
animal waste and stormwater runoff that brings fertil-
izer and other waste products used on land into the
The presence of high levels of bacteria in waters
pose a risk to swimmers and people susceptible to
disease, he said. Skin rashes and itching are not
uncommon when bathing in waters with high bac-
teria levels, and the risk of infection also increases,
Bacteria levels often increase after heavy rainfall
due to stormwater runoff, but pinpointing a specific
reason for the increase in enteric bacteria is "beyond
the reach of our testing equipment," he said.
The federal government has the type of test
equipment that can accurately determine where the
bacteria came from, but such tests are expensive and
lengthy, he explained.
"We can't do that with the type of testing equip-
ment we have currently, and those tests are usually
done in a research setting," Larkin said.
He said he's had several people call him about
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Signs such as this
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side of the Palma
Sola Causeway warn
swimmers to use
caution when enter-
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of high levels of
enteric bacteria. A
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animals in the water off the Palma Sola Causeway,
particularly horses on the north side.
"We' ve had conversations with the people who
own the horses and they are very conscious to shovel
up fecal matter from the horses and return that to the
barn," Larkin said.
He noted that the area is in the city of Bradenton,
which allows the animals on the beach. The owner of
the horses has a permit to operate at the Palma Sola
North site, he said.
"But a lot of people on the north and south side
(of Palma Sola) allow their dogs to play in the water.
They are supposed to clean up after their animals,"
"What we'd like people to know is that we have
eight other locations (for swimming) that are not
under an advisory."
Bacteria levels along the Gulf of Mexico gen-
erally dissipate quicker than in Palma Sola Bay or
Tampa Bay, he said, because the flow of tides and
currents is faster.
Water quality criteria is based upon standards set
by the EPA, Larkin said, and the testing program is
funded by both federal and state funds.
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studies under way
By Rick Catlin
Marine biologists, surveyors and divers from
Coastal Planning and Engineering Inc. of Boca
Raton were on Anna Maria Island and in the Gulf
of Mexico waters last week to inspect a borrow area
for the planned renourishment of Coquina Beach
beginning in January next year or February.
Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment director Charlie Hunsicker said the team
was performing a biological assessment at the
borrow area, which is off the north end of the
Island. The team also will assess rocks near the
perpendicular jetties on Coquina Beach.
The arrival of the team is the "steady pro-
gression toward beach renourishment of Coquina
Beach," Hunsicker said.
There has been a lot of erosion at Coquina
Beach the past decade, he said, and this renourish-
ment project has been planned for several years.
Divers studied both the borrow area and the
area near the Coquina jetties to determine how
the renourishment project may impact the sites.
Hunsicker said the plan is to build a limestone
reef offshore of Coquina Beach as mitigation for
any damage to the rocks or borrow area.
"The divers and surveyors will take their data
back to begin the construction plans" for the reef,
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More info sought on AM comp-plan change
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed at a
Sept. 2 public hearing that they needed more infor-
mation on what the 1989 comprehensive plan said
about preservation and conservation districts before
proceeding with an amendment to the conservation
land-use category in the 2007 comp plan.
After more than two hours of discussing an
amendment that would eliminate the "no develop-
ment" clause of the conservation land-use category
in the 2007 comp plan and allow development or
home repairs on a case-by-case basis, commission-
ers continued the public hearing to 6 p.m. Sept. 16.
The delay was to give city planner Alan Garrett and
building official Bob Welch time to research the 1989
The problem with the current language, Garrett
said, is that houses already built in the conservation
land-use category cannot get a building permit, even
for a new roof or to remodel a porch.
Likewise, said city attorney Jim Dye, someone
who owned a metes-and-bounds lot in the zone can
no longer build because of the 2007 comp-plan lan-
guage, but that owner was allowed to build under the
1989 comp plan.
"That's called a 'taking,"'" Dye said, and that
could result in serious litigation.
Already, the city is in litigation from opposing
sides of the issue.
Dr. Richard Friday sued the city earlier this year
because it issued Walker a letter two years ago that
stated there were no zoning problems for construction
of a residence on Walker's property. Walker's subject
property is in the conservation zone.
And, if Walker builds his subdivision, it would
block the beach view from Friday's beachfront house
at 104 Park St.
Friday claimed he never would have bought the
property if he knew the zoning would change. Ironi-
cally, it was sold to Friday by Walker.
Stephen Walker of the Walker Family Trust sued
the city in June after the commission failed to enact
an ordinance allowing him to subdivide two lots he
owns that are platted under metes and bounds in the
The city's land-development regulations require
such subdivision, attorney Ricinda Perry representing
Walker, argued to the commission in June.
Commissioners appeared to agree on other
aspects of the amendment, including creation of two
new land-use categories and one marine-use category
to deal with the city's expanded limits.
Prior to recent legislative approval to expand the
city limits, the city had no jurisdiction over the water
around the city pier, the Rod & Reel Pier, Galati
Marine and a nearby spoil island and the waters of
Bimini Bay within the city.
Those waters were part of Manatee County, but
the county agreed to relinquish jurisdiction and con-
The city received jurisdiction from the Legisla-
ture for the waters along the beach from the mean-
high-water mark to about 10 feet into the water, Dye
Welch prepared a slide presentation that showed
commissioners where the affected areas are, includ-
ing the conservation land-use area.
Commissioners discussed an amendment that
would create a preservation land-use category in
addition to the conservation land-use category.
That's how the 1989 comp plan operated, Welch
But Commissioner Chuck Webb, who proposed
the two land-use categories, was unable to attend the
hearing and commissioners agreed to wait for his
They also asked Welch and Garrett to provide
specific language from the 1989 comp-plan on the
two land-use zones.
The 2007 comp plan eliminated the preservation
zone and changed all lands in that land-use category
to conservation land-use. The 1989 comp plan had an
E-1 district (preservation) and an E-2 district (con-
servation), but E- 1 was eliminated when the commis-
sion and Florida Department of Community Affairs
approved the 2007 comp plan.
Eliminating the E- 1 was based upon information
supplied by comp-plan facilitator Tony Arrant that no
platted lots existed in the area at either the beach end
of Park Street or other nearby streets.
Planning and zoning board members had asked
Arrant to check for platted lots in that area because
some members believed a house owned by Walker
existed more than two decades earlier in the conser-
Arrant said the only owner in that zone was "the
But that information turned out to be incorrect as
Dye found at least 12 lots accepted by the city under
metes and bounds when he examined the records ear-
lier this year.
Commission Chair John Quam explained that the
commission was not passing a comp-plan amend-
ment, just preparing one for transmittal to the DCA
for review, comments and suggested changes.
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Steff's Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza is closed
for vacation and remodeling Sept. 7-Oct. 15. But no
worries for those of you who have to get your shop-
ping fix on. You can find all kinds of things on Ebay,
Starfish Alley on Cortez Road is full of antiques,
art, and stained glass. It's a new stop on the Tiki &
Kitty scene, but the store has all the collectibles and
curiosities that you've come to expect from us.
The Sea Hagg has nauticals, antiques, curiosities
and mermaids. There is so much to see when you're
shopping here that you must plan on staying a while.
Plus Sizes and More has moved from 26th Street
and is now at 1910 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton. Mary
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takes consignments by appointment.
And if you haven't yet checked out Retro Rosie
Vintage Clothing, you must. Rosie just returned from
a big buying trip. Come see all the new goods she
Next door, Cobwebs Antiques is cool, with lots
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A Russian savior
for a U.S. pilot
Bradenton Beach resident Tara Walker has read
and heard the story about her dad, Warren Mauger,
during World War II many times. She can't help it
when she comes to the end of the story and says a
prayer of thanks to a Russian soldier captured by the
Germans during the war.
Andre, the small Russian peasant, would save her
father's life, allowing Warren to return to the United
States, marry his girlfriend Lovina, raise a family that
includes Tara, and eventually retire to Florida.
Without Andre, Tara might not be here.
Warren's story began in Kenosha, Wis., where he
grew up and graduated from high school in 1942.
With the war already under way, Warren had a
choice of waiting for the draft or enlisting.
He opted to join the U.S. Army Air Corps for
flight training or navigation.
"I wanted to be a pilot and I passed all the tests.
It was just something I wanted to do for my country.
There was no way I was going to sit out the war or
wait for the draft," he said.
He was called for active duty at 19-years-old and
attended and passed pre-flight, basic flight and flight
After graduating from flight school and being
commissioned a second lieutenant, Warren was sent
for training as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot.
The "Fort" as it was nicknamed, was the primary
bomber used by the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England
for daylight bombing of Europe.
Sent to the 303rd Bomb Group just outside
London in late 1944, Warren started as a co-pilot and
soon became a seasoned veteran.
"There was flak on every trip," he remembered,
and Warren's B-17 took plenty of shrapnel and a few
near misses during the crew's first 24 missions.
By late April 1945, everyone knew Germany was
finished, but still the Nazis refused to surrender.
On April 25, 1945, Warren, now a first lieuten-
ant and pilot, woke at 3:30 a.m. for his 24th mission
of the war. It was like the day of any other bombing
mission, he remembered as he headed for the briefing
Everyone hoped the mission would be a "milk
run" a mission to a lightly defended city or indus-
trial complex, but not that day.
"Plenty of groaning was heard when the target
turned out to be Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. The par-
ticular target was the Skoda munitions factory. The
anti-aircraft fire was expected to be intense."
It was the honest truth.
The flight to Pilsen was uneventful. By this time
in the war, the famed Luftwaffe the German Air
Force was a shell of its former self and no fighters
appeared to attack the bombers.
Eleven minutes from the target, however, the
bombers began to line up for their bombing runs.
Warren could see the formation approaching the most
intense anti-aircraft fire he had seen in he war.
"The run to the target was always a tense time
for all the crew. You were like ducks in a shooting
gallery. This time, we could see black clouds all over
the sky The closer we got, the more I realized we
would never get through this one."
But Warren and the other pilots stayed on course,
despite the certain knowledge that some of the planes
and crews would not return to England that day.
After the war, Luftwaffe commander Hermann
Goering described the 11-minute bomb run by the
U.S. Army Air Corps pilots as "the greatest display
of raw courage I ever witnessed."
On that day, Warren's bomb run lasted 10 min-
utes and 59 seconds.
Just after Warren heard "bombs away," from the
bombardier, the plane was hit by flak and exploded.
With fire in the cockpit, little control of the plane
and smoke everywhere, Warren ordered the crew to
Just as he was ready to be the last man out, the
B-17 disintegrated and Warren found himself free-
falling to Earth.
As he floated down, Warren took a quick moment
to thank God for deliverance. He got out just in time,
although his face, hands and arms were burned.
After landing, Warren headed toward a wooded
hill when he saw a farmer approaching. The farmer, a
Czech, was waving a white flag and signaled Warren
to follow him.
The farmer gave Warren some food and a change
of clothing. Warren's uniform had turned to rags and
would be a sure sign to the Germans he was a downed
Although he spoke no English, the farmer was
able to convey to Warren that the American lines were
to the west, many miles away. He had no choice but
to head in that direction.
He had many encounters with German sol-
diers the first day of his journey. On one occasion,
a German came out of a bomb shelter and stared at
Warren. Luckily, Warren had ditched his uniform and
his farmer friend had given him some old clothes and
a jacket to wear.
"I sat down by a stream and began throwing
stones. I guess the soldier thought I was nuts, so he
walked on by."
Warren had also thrown his away his pistol, as
carrying a weapon was a sure sign you were not a
There was gunfire in the woods all afternoon, and
Warren assumed correctly that other crews had bailed
out and were trying to make it to safety.
After the war, Warren learned that he had really
gotten lucky. The Nazi S.S. (Schutzstaffel) troops
loyal only to Adolf Hitler shot 12 downed U.S.
airmen that day, rather than take them prisoner.
Warren headed away from the firing and walked
down a footpath. Suddenly, he saw a German soldier
who, luckily, was with his girlfriend.
"I just strolled by them practically unnoticed,"
Warren continued walking west during the night,
and passed a German airfield. The guard dogs began
barking furiously, and Warren moved rapidly away,
but no one came to investigate.
Warren walked by night and hid by day. He
would approach isolated farm villages and was aided
by sympathetic Czechs who gave him pieces of black
bread, some sour milk and vegetables for food.
Adding to his problems, he noticed a wound on his
knee had become infected and he worried about blood
poisoning. He had difficulty walking on the infected
Warren Mauger is 87-years-old
and he and his wife live in Valrico.
The above picture was taken at a
Veterans Day ceremony in Brandon
last year. His daughter Tara Walker
lives in Bradenton Beach and works
in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Tara Walker
One morning while trying to hide in a hay barn,
he dug out a hole only to discover a German soldier,
alive but sleeping, buried in the hay. Warren made a
And there were the inevitable German check-
points. Without any documents, Warren was sure to
be arrested, so he gave those places a wide berth
or joined a group of peasants who usually passed
unchecked by the Germans.
At one checkpoint, however, a German motor-
cyclist eyed him suspiciously and Warren took off
running to the hills and made if away safely.
In another city, Warren took shelter in a church.
After the service, he approached the priest and identi-
fied himself. The kindly priest gave him several loafs
of bread and guided him out of town.
Several days later, passing around a dense
forest, Warren was in a field when two farm hands
"Judging by their gestures, they were friendly
and I successfully identified myself. One was about
15, but the other was in his mid-20s and named Andre
Warren followed Andre to a small village of
about 15 houses and hid in a haystack. Andre said
he would be back later with food and Warren slept
fitfully to the sound of distant artillery to the west.
As promised, Andre returned with food. They
communicated in sign language and both quickly
learned a few words of Russian and English.
"I discovered he had been captured on the Rus-
sian front and he and his wife and child shipped to
this small village to work on the farm. He was a joy
to have around," Warren said.
With his spirits up and the sound to the west get-
ting closer, Warren slept until about 2:30 p.m. the
He awoke to find a well-dressed elderly man
looking at him through the hay, and "it wasn't my
little Russian friend," Warren recalled.
"I had a sinking feeling in my stomach," he
remembered. When he told Andre about the man,
Andre wasted no time moving Warren to a new hiding
place. The man was the town burgermeister (mayor)
and was sympathetic to the Germans.
Andre and Warren ran from the haystack to a new
hiding place, a one-man bomb shelter in the ground.
Andre placed logs over the shelter and left.
Feeling safe, Warren was surprised the next day
when some children came to play in the shelter. When
they discovered him, they fled back to the village.
Andre reappeared and quickly took Warren back
to the first haystack.
"He explained that when the burgermeister had
called the authorities, they searched the haystack and
found no trace of me. They assumed I had left, so this
was the best place to hide. Good thinking for that
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Children's books to help kids in disputes
By Nick Walter
Next time a Holmes Beach Police Department
officer responds to a domestic dispute, the officer
will carry more than a gun and a badge on the
The officer will have children's books.
Peggy Sammons, whose husband is a Manatee
County Sheriff's Office lieutenant, has started a pro-
gram to get community businesses to donate money
for age-appropriate reading materials. When an offi-
cer responds to a domestic dispute in which a child
is present, the officer will give the child a book to
distract the child from fighting adults.
Sammons, who owns Creative Kids Pre-School
in northwest Bradenton, said she's seen many
domestic dispute cases and she's always saddened
by how the incident affects children.
So far, the HBPD, MCSO and Cedar Hammock
Fire District have participated in the program.
Sammons said five businesses have committed to
donating $200-$450 a year. The Early Learning
Coalition of Manatee County donated $3,200 to
cover the cost of 1,980 books.
"The program is almost a bridge for law
Anna Maria deputy
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy
Brian Cherry took the call Aug. 12: Swimmers
Cherry, who patrols Anna Maria under a
contract between the city and the MCSO, rushed
to the beach near Sycamore Avenue.
There, he saw four swimmers in trouble.
Two of the swimmers, Gerardo Hernandez
and sister Josefina Pardo, were later pronounced
dead at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
Two others, taken to Blake suffering injuries,
The swimmers, all relatives, were in water up
to about their waist when they became caught in
a riptide a narrow, powerful current of water
that can move at more than 5 mph. In Florida,
rip currents kill more people each year than thun-
derstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
Beachgoers alerted the 911 center to the
emergency. West Manatee Fire Rescue and
Longboat Key Fire Rescue firefighters, Manatee
County Emergency Medical Services paramedics
and Marine Rescue lifeguards responded along
with the MCSO.
Cherry, for his response, was honored last
week by Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube
with the agency's Deputy of the Month award.
"Deputy Cherry assisted to pull the swim-
mers out of dangerous rip tides, started CPR
rescue efforts and continued rescue efforts with
paramedics for approximately an hour," read the
honor from the sheriff.
"Deputy Cherry's prompt response and
quick reactions saved the lives of two people,
for which he is awarded Deputy of the Month
for August 2010."
MCSO Sgt. Dave Turner, who oversees the
substation in Anna Maria, nominated Cherry for
Turner emphasized when the emergency call
came in, Cherry was the only deputy on duty.
Typically that kind of call would be handled by
at least two deputies.
Turner's notes indicated that Cherry pulled
one swimmer from the water and assisted in
pulling others out of the water. On the beach,
the deputy, who has medical training, performed
Turner, who has worked with Cherry for
about 25 years on anti-narcotics and anti-gang
task forces, described the deputy as skilled, dili-
gent and smart.
Chief Jay Romine,
left, and Peggy
books Sept. 1 at
the Holmes Beach
a program provid-
ing law enforcement
officers and fire-
ing books to give
children when they
respond to domestic
Photo: Nick Walter
enforcement and the county," Sammons said. "You
present a child with a colorful book and it helps
take them away from the arguing."
HBPD Chief Jay Romine added, "When some
guy is 6 foot 5 or 6-6 and in uniform, that's going
to be pretty intimidating to a kid."
Romine said he hopes the program helps estab-
lish a positive relationship between law enforce-
ment officers and children. "We're always look-
ing at ways of strengthening our relationships,"
he said. "And what better time than at that age?"
Sammons pondered the idea for the book pro-
gram for about four years. Because she and Romine
attended Southeast High School together, it made
sense to Sammons that the program include the
HBPD officers will carry the books in their
vehicles. Each book is marked with an age that is
appropriate for the book.
For inquiries or to make a donation, e-mail
Sammons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-
MAUGER CONTINUED FROM PAGE16
little Russian. The rumble to the west was louder now
and I fell asleep very easily."
That night, Warren stayed in his haystack, listen-
ing to the sounds of the retreating German Army and
the advancing American artillery.
Around daybreak, the artillery suddenly stopped
and Andre again came to Warren's hideout. Andre
and his family had been hiding in the hills to avoid
"This time, Andre motioned me to get out. He
said there were Americans in the village." The two
ran down the hill to find two U.S. Army Jeeps and
"I approached the last jeep carefully. I had
misgivings because I didn't recognize the helmet,
but a G.I. spotted me and tossed me two packs of
Camel cigarettes. That's when I knew he was an
American and I identified myself as a shot-down
bomber pilot. Thank God it was over, finally. I
wanted to cry.
"I turned to Andre to thank him, but how do
you thank a man who has probably saved your life.
We exchanged words of farewell and I gave him
my watch. What a small price to pay for his great
Warren was shot down on April 25, 1945, and
reached the American lines May 11, 1945, two days
after World War II in Europe was officially over.
He never saw Andre again, but thinks often about
Warren heard that after the war a lot of Russian
prisoners were returned to Russia against their will
and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had them shot as
traitors. Warren has hoped for 65 years that Andre
and his family weren't in that group.
Warren was eventually sent back to England,
then the United States, and was discharged from the
Sex offender moves to
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement
reported last week that a convicted sex offender
moved to Bradenton Beach from Tampa shortly
before Aug. 30.
The offender required by law to notify the
FDLE of any address change is a 64-year-old man
living in the 1600 block of Gulf Drive North.
In 1995 in Polk County, the offender was con-
victed of sexual battery by an adult on a minor
under the age of 12 and sexual battery with solici-
tation of a minor.
The offender has since been released from
At present, the FDLE reports two convicted
sex offenders live in Bradenton Beach, two reside
in Holmes Beach and four live in the Cortez area.
The FDLE did not report any sex offender with an
Anna Maria address.
He returned to Kenosha and married Lovina, a
girl he had known in high school, but had not dated
until he returned from the war.
Warren worked as tool engineer for the K.I.
Kayce Co. in Racine. He and Lovina had one son
and two daughters, including Tara. The couple moved
to Florida 30 years ago and Tara has lived on Anna
Maria Island for the past 10 years.
Warren and his son returned to Pilsen in 2000 and
visited a WWII museum that had a piece of Warren's
plane. They also retraced the steps Warren took on
his 16-day journey to freedom.
It was hard for him to remain calm as he walked
the same trail as 55 years ago, recalling how close he
had come to death on his escape.
While Warren and Lovina live in Valrico, Tara
is an Islander. Her father and mother love coming to
the Island whenever possible.
"He's just an ordinary guy who did his duty
for his country, and had a miraculous return to
freedom," Tara said. She is, naturally, extremely
thankful to Andre for helping her dad, and for her
dad not giving up.
"I'm so proud of my dad and he is proud of his
service and proud to be a veteran," she said.
Warren Mauger is a proud member of the Great-
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
Adam Dean Arling
Adam Dean Arling, 22, died Aug. 31.
Adam was a carpenter who helped build unique
and beautiful homes on Anna Maria Island. He was a
great cook. Adam loved the sea and frequently enjoyed
fishing, diving, snorkeling and spear fishing.
A memorial Mass was to be celebrated Sept. 4 at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
Mr. Arling is survived by his mother, Tammara
Liston of Chiefland; maternal grandmother Carolann
Pulizzi of Old Town; aunt Barbara Douville of Craig,
Alaska; uncles Edward Arling of Denver and Charles
Jagade of Old Town; cousins Raymond Douville of
Craig, Alaska, Heather Douville of Sarasota, Victoria
and Dana Arling of Denver, Jennifer Oestriecher of
New Orleans and Amy Cross of Columbus, Ga.
Edward C. Banas
Edward C. Banas, 71, died Sept. 1. He was born
July 2, 1939, in Buffalo, N.Y. He lived in Cheek-
towaga, N.Y., for many years and was employed by
General Motors at the Harrison Radiator Division.
Mr. Banas moved to the Manatee County area
more than 21 years ago and resided on Anna Maria
A committal service for Mr. Banas was to be held
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Skyway Memorial
Gardens Committal Chapel. Visitation will take place
Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.
Mr. Banas is survived by his loving wife of 49
years, Shirley, and son Edward A. of Oviedo, Fla.
He will also be missed by his two miniature poodles,
Roulette and Nickels.
Frances Mischler, 83, of Holmes Beach, died
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept.
9 at Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial donations
may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34231.
Mrs. Mischler is survived by her husband of 63
years, Frederick; son Bruce of Long Island, N.Y.;
daughter Denice Dunne of Long Island, N.Y.; sister
Terry Schumann of Massapequa, N.Y.; grandsons Jef-
frey and Graig Mischler, Jason and Matthew Dunne;
granddaughters Brooke Lopez and Erin Dunne; and
great-grandsons Ryan, Shaun and Liam Mischler.
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Witness tampering alleged in porn case
By Lisa Neff
Local authorities allege a Bradenton Beach man
charged with a series of porn offenses tried to bribe
Joseph Edmund Chiquet, 35, of Bradenton Beach
was arrested a year ago and faces 27 counts of pos-
sessing and promoting child pornography.
Chiquet is now also accused of witness tamper-
ing. He allegedly offered an ex-girlfriend $10,000 if
she told police she was depicted in the photographs
Catherine Elizabeth Ord
Catherine Elizabeth Ord, 66, of Bradenton Beach,
died Aug. 29. She was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Asbes-
tos, Quebec, Canada.
Mrs. Ord began a career in education in 1964 in
London in a private school. She moved to Freeport,
Bahamas, where she helped open and operate Sylvia
Gill Secretarial College, and later she was head of the
business department of Mary Star of the Sea School. In
1973, she founded Lehigh School of Business in Lehigh
Acres, which later became Fort Myers Business Acad-
emy and now is Southwest Florida College.
The remainder of her career was spent in Tampa
as a top-ranked college admissions/educational
representative for several large colleges and trade
In 2003, she gained international notoriety,
appearing on the NBC Today show, "The Montel
Williams Show," and in other media after being
confronted by an armed intruder in her home. By
keeping her wits about her, she gained the intruder's
trust, plied him with kindness, a ham sandwich and
a bottle of rum, until he eventually passed out, thus
allowing a SWAT team to come into the house and
She then came from Tampa to Anna Maria Island
and the Sandpiper Resort Mobile Home Park in Bra-
A memorial service is planned for the fall.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hos-
pice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
Mrs. Ord is survived by daughters Elizabeth Ord,
U.S. Air Force, Albuquerque, N.M.; Cindy Ord-Mur-
phy of Orlando; sisters Sandra King of Bradenton,
Janet Matthews, Martha Middleton and Priscilla Rat-
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and not, as prosecutors allege, a 15-year-old girl,
according to the Manatee County
Chiquet, according to a
police report from the initial arrest,
allegedly met the teenager at a
skateboard shop he was operating
in Bradenton in January 2009.
Chiquet The report indicated that
the teenager said she and Chiquet
had a sexual relationship, and that he took sexually-
themed photographs of her in his apartment that were
downloaded to his computer.
A trial is set for the week of Sept. 7 in the por-
Chiquet's ex-girlfriend contacted authorities after,
she said, Chiquet contacted her at home in Tucson,
Ariz., last month.
The woman assisted authorities in setting up
another call with Chiquet, during which he allegedly
told the woman what to say and offered assurances
that she wouldn't get caught.
Chiquet, who had been out of jail on bail, was
arrested in late August in Bradenton Beach.
Island Police blotter
Aug. 26, 300 block of Pine Street, information.
The complainant said someone had placed yard debris
on his lot and he had observed someone cleaning land
on an adjacent lot. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputy saw a small pile of yard waste and it was
removed at the deputy's request.
Aug. 30,9800 block of Gulf Drive, Wellness Spa,
burglary to a business. Someone gained entry to the
business by smashing a window, then removing a
computer valued at about $150.
No new reports
Aug. 29, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, bur-
glary. The complainant said while he was at work
somebody broke into his house and took his laptop.
Aug. 29, 4000 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. A
Holmes Beach Police Department officer spoke to
a complainant who said someone took his trash can
valued and a ladder valued at $50.
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Section 2 leader is turtle watch veteran
By Lisa Neff
John DeFazio lives a quiet life.
So he chuckles he inwardly laughs, not loud,
not boisterous, but often.
He smiles a lot too not a toothy grin, but a
slight good-natured upward curve of the lips under a
The retirement years 22 1/2 years, DeFazio
quickly calculates seem to have been good for the
He plays with his black lab, Marla.
He reads, currently a non-fiction book about the
Comanche and next a non-fiction book about early
And he volunteers for Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, the nonprofit group that monitors sea turtle
nesting on the Island. DeFazio is the coordinator
for section 2, the area from Pine Avenue northward
around Bean Point in Anna Maria.
DeFazio's time as a retiree pretty much coincides
with his time as a volunteer with AMITW. He started
volunteering with the organization in 1989 making
him a senior member of the group and he became
a section coordinator in 1991.
"It's gotten a lot bigger and a lot more formal"
since his induction, DeFazio says of AMITW.
DeFazio, who lived in Holmes Beach through the
1990s, came to the area after careers as a chemist, a
schoolteacher, an environmental consultant and an
With his interest in the environment, he con-
nected with AMITW, as well as the local Audubon
Society chapter, for which he monitors eagle nests.
Nesting by the numbers
As of Sept. 3, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Number of turtle nests: 140
Number of false crawls: 133
Number of disorientations: 14
Number of hatchlings to the sea: 3,636
"I enjoy being outdoors and working with the
animals," he says.
Though AMITW volunteers do not have a lot
of interaction with sea turtles typically moni-
toring involves identifying tracks and counting
hatched eggs DeFazio has had his share of turtle
encounters. He's gotten close enough to know that
a female turtle "sighs" when she's nesting and to
know that hatchlings seem to bubble up from the
sand when leaving the nest.
Remarkable is an appropriate characterization for
these sights, DeFazio says.
He describes section 2 as the "most natural" sec-
tion on the Island. \ d.iy rarely do we have any light-
ing problems," he says. "We don't have the hotels or
condos .... So we rarely have to rescue hatchlings.
Ours just go out naturally."
When DeFazio first began monitoring section
2, walkers could make their way from Pine Avenue
around Bean Point on the beach. In more recent years,
with changes in the shoreline, some areas are impass-
SEWVING Watch's sec-
Sm f tion 2, which
runs from Pine
n around Bean
Point in Anna
Photo: Lisa Neff
able, so part of the walk takes place on North Shore
Each morning, from May 1 into the fall, DeFazio
awaits an early call from a walker reporting a new
nest, a hatched nest or any other development. Last
Friday, the section 2 walker informed DeFazio about
"a lot of ants at nest No. 6." He makes note of such
His job, as section coordinator, is to keep track
of nest dates, locations and numbers and hatchlings
to the sea.
With six nests still to hatch in section 2, DeFazio
expects to be monitoring into the first weeks of Octo-
"The numbers how many nests, how many
hatchlings really are important," he says.
And, for a volunteer with 20 plus years in the
organization, they add up.
In the years that DeFazio has worked with
AMITW, as many as 225,000 AMI hatchlings have
hit the water swimming.
KMB's anti-litter program expands
By Lisa Neff
Keep Manatee Beautiful is expanding its ciga-
rette litter prevention program with added cigarette
bins and education signs at public beaches.
Meanwhile, beachgoers such as Cecilia Woadie
and Mike Barton are trying to help bin the butts.
Woadie makes a habit of collecting cigarette butts
in a 15-foot radius of her beach chair in Anna Maria.
Then she sunbathes.
"I guess I can't do anything about smoking on
the beach, but I don't have to let that stuff lie about
to pollute our beach and our Gulf," Woadie said.
Barton decided he'd seen too many butts in the
sand in Holmes Beach. He installed a bin planting
a stake with metal can attached by a bench for the
collection of butts.
"After being impressed by the new butt bins, I
decided to help," Barton said, referring to KMB's
program at county-maintained beaches and parks on
the Island. Barton installed his bin beside a bench
near the 30th Street beach access in Holmes Beach.
He told The Islander there would be "more to
come as I.... I'd eventually like to see them beside
every bench along the beach."
But Barton will have to leave the installation of
bins to KMB and other entities partnering with local
governments. Local code enforcement departments
say unauthorized and unpermitted fixtures are not
allowed on the beach.
KMB's anti-butts program began a year ago,
when the nonprofit, a chapter of the national Keep
America Beautiful, used $4,500 in Keep America
Beautiful grants to install 55 cigarette bins with
educational signs at Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach,
Manatee Public Beach and Bayfront Park on Anna
More recently, KAB awarded the local chapter Cigarette butts make up about 34.4 percent of
$4,000 to expand its prevention program. The money the litter in the United States the next highest on
is being used to install 74 cigarette bins with educa- the list is food wrappers and containers at 10.11 per-
tional signs on Anna Maria Island, the Palma Sola cent.
Causeway and the city of Palmetto's Green Bridge The plastic pieces of cigarette butts have been
Fishing Pier. found in the stomachs of fish, birds, dolphins, whales
This week, KMB volunteers will continue dis- and other marine creatures that mistake them for food.
tributing pocket ashtrays at Island piers, resorts, boat Butts contain residual alkaloids, such as nicotine, that
ramps and on the causeway as they talk with people can be ingested by wildlife, causing digestive prob-
about cigarette pollution. lems.
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 8, 2010 0 21
Hurricane Alley warms up, storms churn
By Lisa Neff
Activity in Hurricane Alley is heating up, with
forecasters warning that the three months remaining
in the Atlantic hurricane season will be active.
On Sept. 1, Tropical Depression No. 9 became
Tropical Storm Gaston. Distant from the United
States in the Atlantic, forecasters with the National
Hurricane Center said Gaston's power and trajectory
seemed uncertain, but by Sept. 5 it had dissipated.
Gaston formed as forecasters were still watch-
ing Hurricane Earl, which was plowing toward North
Carolina, and TS Fiona, which was gaining strength
but heading out to sea.
Hurricane Danielle, meanwhile, had dissipated
after showing up on the radar in late August, as the
nation remembered five years earlier, when Hurricane
Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast
as a devastating Category 3 storm.
An explicit "urgent weather message" from
the National Weather Service, issued Aug. 28, warned
of Katrina's threat.
The bulletin stated,"... DEVASTATING DAMAGE
EXPECTED.... HURRICANE KATRINA... A MOST
POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECE-
DENTED STRENGTH ... RIVALING THE INTEN-
SITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.
\ lOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHAB-
ITABLE FOR WEEKS ... PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL-CONSTRUCTED
HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAIL-
URE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL ... LEAV-
ING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED OR
The message from federal, state and local emer-
gency management officials on the anniversary of
Katrina is: Be prepared and heed the warnings.
"Now is the time for everyone living in hurricane
prone areas to be prepared," said National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration administrator Jane
A top forecasting team continues to predict the
2010 hurricane season now in its fourth month
with three months remaining will be an active
one, with 18 named storms, 10 hurricanes and five
major hurricanes, of those Category 3 or higher on
the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The historical 1950-2000 average is 9.6 named
storms, 5.9 hurricanes and 2.3 major hurricanes.
The Colorado State University team that pub-
lishes one of the major forecasts for the Atlantic hur-
ricane season opted not to revise its predictions last
week, when NOAA published its new forecast for the
On the Web
For developments and information on hurri-
cane season, go to the National Hurricane Center
For additional information, visit:
NOAA storm tracker: www.stormtracker.
Weather Underground: www.wunder-
Manatee County Emergency Management:
Florida Division of Emergency Manage-
remainder of the storm season.
In continuing to forecast an active season, the
Colorado State experts cited two factors unusually
warm tropical Atlantic surface temperatures and the
development of La Nifia.
"We have witnessed the development of La Nifia
conditions over the past couple of months, and we
believe that a moderate La Nifia will be present over the
next several months, which is associated with decreased
levels of vertical wind shear and increased hurricane
activity," said CSU forecaster William Gray.
NOAA has announced that it too is continuing
to predict an active season, though less active than
forecasted in May.
The May forecast called for 14-23 named storms,
8-14 hurricanes and three-seven major hurricanes.
In August, as many as 20 named storms, 12 hur-
ricanes and six major hurricanes were predicted.
La Nifia and warmer-than-average water also
were factors in the NOAA forecast.
"All indications are for considerable activity
during the next several months," said Gerry Bell, a
NOAA hurricane forecaster. "As we've seen in past
years, storms can come on quickly during the peak
months of the season. There remains a high likelihood
that the season could be very active, with the poten-
tial of being one of the more active on record."
The season began with the development of Hur-
ricane Alex, the first Atlantic-basin hurricane in June
since 1966 and the only tropical cyclone this June.
Alex made landfall along the northeast Mexico coast
In July, the hurricane center tracked Tropical
Depression 2 and Tropical Storm Bonnie, which
interrupted the oil cleanup in the northern Gulf.
August began with the formation of Tropical
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AME PTO: Calling all volunteers
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent
Teacher Organization is the backbone of parent sup-
port on the campus.
PTO president Monica Simpson started the count-
down of her last year as president with the start of the
2010-11 school year.
"Our goal is always to help in providing the best
educational and learning experience for both the
students and the teachers," Simpson said. "We are
so blessed to have our little school by the bay, and
with the budget cuts of the school district and hard
economic times, the role of the PTO in raising funds
for necessities grows to be even greater."
The PTO runs with the help of parent and com-
munity volunteers. Volunteers, said Simpson, are key
to achieving PTO goals.
There are no new projects planned for the PTO
this year, but Simpson said she is focused on making
the yearly fundraisers, specifically the Spring Fling,
better than ever.
At the end of this school year, Simpson will end
her term as president. While serving on the board, she
already has learned a lot about the people who make
up the PTO.
"As my son at AME gets older, and I watch each
fifth-grade class move on to middle school, I realize
how important it is for the next group of AME PTO
volunteers to get involved now to learn the ropes,
meet new people, and develop the relationships that
I cherish," she said. "The PTO is not a clique. It is a
group of individuals who all love our school and our
kids a common bond. Each of us has our strengths
that we bring to the cause."
This school year the PTO will use 2009-10 fund-
raiser money to purchase much-needed outdoor fumi-
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Students at Anna Maria Elementary School will
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In the new program, "B" is for "butterflies, bees,
birds and bats." A grant that master gardener and
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helping fund the program.
"It's a goal for me to be able to teach students
about the environment, and I hope one day other
schools will be able to adapt this program," said Cal-
Callahan is a familiar face at AME, especially in
"She is one of our greatest assets to our kids'
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hands-on learning, including an exercise in growing
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Sept. 9, Picture day.
Sept. 14, Parent Teacher Organization meeting
Sept. 20, Peace Day celebration.
Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m., Parent Teacher Organization
Sept. 23, Progress reports go home.
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24 E SEPT. 8, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Islander gets soccer kicks in Colombia
By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Arthur Valadie doesn't lace up his boots
or tuck in shin guards, and he definitely doesn't "bend
it like Beckham," but he nonetheless plays a vital role
in a U.S. soccer team's success.
Dr. Valadie travels as team physician for the
Under-17 U.S. Soccer Team and is responsible for
treating sport-related injuries, as well as educating
athletes on how to avoid them. He traveled Aug.
7-8 with the team to Bogata, Colombia, for series of
"friendly" games to give both teams some experience
in international competition.
"It's essential to nurture the athletic develop-
ment of these young athletes," said Valadie. "It is
the priority of the medical team to keep these ath-
letes healthy and on the field so they can continue to
develop world-class skills."
Valadie, a 10-year Island resident along with wife
Kyra, daughter Madeline, 12, and sons Luke, 10, and
Lance, 5, is often seen prowling the sidelines of local
sporting events, as are his Coastal Orthopedic part-
ners Dr. Steve Shafer and Dr. Daniel Lamar.
Since the U-17 national team is based in Braden-
ton, it was a natural fit for Valadie and his associates
to offer their services. In addition to providing medi-
cal services for the U.S. Soccer Federation, Coastal
Orthopedic does the same for most of the local high
schools, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, State College of
Florida, IMG Academies and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Valadie said he's enjoyed his global adventures
with the soccer team. His favorite part is the oppor-
tunity to see other places and cultures that he might
not see on his own. Since he began his association
with the national soccer team, he has traveled with
them to Italy, England, Peru, Argentina, South Korea,
Nigeria, Guatemala and Honduras, which has truly
given him an appreciation of the global nature of
As is the case of many vacations even working
vacations Valadie said it's always good to come
home, especially when your home is on Anna Maria
The Key Royale Club celebrated its second annual
Labor Day Bash with a scramble. The first-place team
included Quentin Talbert, Jerry Landkammer, Lor-
raire Towne and Bob King. Coming in second was the
team of Terry Schaefer, Dick Wheeler, Liz Lang and
Matt Beham. Third place went to Bob Lang, Penny
Williams, Ron Robinson and Erma McMullen.
Next up, the club will host a Boys of Summer
tournament for members and guests that they also
call the "final exam," according to the club's Mike
McGowan. It will be Tuesday, Sept. 14, and Thurs-
day, Sept. 16, and will finish with prizes and a bar-
becue at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the clubhouse on Key
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Two teams emerged from pool play during Sept.
4 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horse-
shoe pits. The team of Jeff Moore and Sam Samuels
soundly defeated John Johnson and Jay Disbrow by
a 22-13 score.
Horseshoe action on Sept. 1 saw only the walker,
Sam Samuels, earn the requisite three victories and
was the day's outright champion.
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
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Register now for Center's adult soccer season
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
hosting a fall, coed-adult soccer league with a regis-
tration deadline this week.
Interested players must register by Thursday,
Sept. 9, and must be at least 20 years old. Team reg-
istration is not permitted, but pairs are encouraged.
Everyone who signs up will be placed on a team, but,
for league parity, everyone must attend the tryouts
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.
Captains and sponsors are still needed for the
league, which starts play Sept. 30.
For more information, contact the Center's Tyler
Bekkerus or Andy Jonatzke at 941-778-1908.
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New moon means new bites for anglers
By Nick Walter
New moon tides should help produce plenty of
action for inshore anglers this week, as bait should be
moving. Offshore, there are reports that the rainy and
windy weather of two weeks ago perhaps contributed
to the good grouper bite, possibly because the water
was stirred and, thus, oxygenated.
Capt. Warren Girle said he had a near-shore trip
last week that produced grouper, mangrove snapper,
and tons of Spanish mackerel and shark. Inshore, he
said he fished a morning for redfish, trout, Spanish
mackerel and bluefish. "The bay is alive," he said.
John Keyes from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said shorelines are holding a lot
of Spanish mackerel, and the Longboat beaches and
piers seem to be the best to target the macks using
white jigs and small spoons. He said a lot of man-
grove snapper are starting to show up in the bays and
on the pier. He recommends bucktail jigs tipped with
In the backwater, he said there have been reports
of big black drum, snook and trout, mostly at night
under dock lights.
For those who want to travel a bit out of the area,
there are a lot of redfish in Sarasota Bay and upper
Tampa Bay. Keyes said the best way to get the reds
is to chum them to the boat and then begin using
spoons, flies and soft plastics. Keys said he caught
some last week on a Clousser minnow.
He added that at the 1- and 3-mile reefs there are
a lot of mangrove snapper as well as Goliath grouper.
For the Goliath grouper, he recommends an 8/0 circle
hook and an 80-pound fluorocarbon leader.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters said he's been catching a lot of gag grou-
per, red grouper, mangrove snapper, various species
of sharks, barracudas and a few Goliath grouper. He
George Kyd caught this 24-inch gag grouper in
less than 20 feet of water over a rock bottom in
Tampa Bay while fishing with Gary Huffman. The
grouper was caught on a chunk of ladyfish as the
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said it seems like the grouper fishing is improving
because the water has been cooler past 100 feet, and
some nasty weather circulated and churned the water,
making for a better bite.
Closer, in around 70-80 feet of water, he reported
more gag grouper. Keeper red grouper were past 80
feet of depth, but their size increased noticeably past
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said the new moon will produce excellent
fishing opportunities on the waters of Anna Maria.
He said the moving water and big tides caused by
the new moon will be a catalyst for the fish to feed.
Howard noticed speckled trout have been feeding
on shiners in 2 to 8 feet of water, and redfish have
begun to school in good numbers with shiners and
threadfins being the premiere baits. "I like to use both
live and dead bait on these excellent fighting fish,"
Howard said. "I mash the threadfins to release the
scent into the water."
Howard said shiners have shown on the flats in large
schools and are of mixed size. He suggested chumming
with a dry powder chum for 10 minutes to draw the
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Snook season to remain closed
By Nick Walter
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission decided Thursday to continue to
prohibit the harvest of snook in Florida's Gulf of
Mexico, Everglades National Park and Monroe
County state and federal waters until Sept. 1,
The prohibition stems from the latest status
of the snook population, which suggests from
studies and surveys that snook on the Gulf Coast
were impacted much more by the prolonged cold
weather this past winter than on the Atlantic
That's why the FWC also decided to re-open
the recreational harvest of snook on the Atlantic
The FWC considered re-opening snook season
because snook are such a valuable tourist attrac-
tion. Snook are considered Florida's premiere
game fish because they are unique to Florida and
simply are not easy to catch. Snook are sensitive to
vibrations in the water, and so "spook" easily with
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sounds such as a boat motor or a hatch slamming.
The linesiders also gained popularity for their
gameness, including their finely honed instincts
for bolting to a structure after being hooked.
Snook, however, are mostly intolerant of water
temperatures under 60 degrees. Last winter, sur-
face water temperatures in local bays reportedly
reached 43 degrees.
Many area captains voiced their opinion to
keep tight regulations on snook, because many
were witnesses to the high numbers of dead snook
in canals and waterways. Also, snook have yet to
return in numbers to their traditional spots.
Snook have been strictly regulated in Florida
for 50 years with summer and winter closed-har-
vest seasons, restrictive slot limits, one-bag limits
during open season, and a prohibition on the sale
According to an FWC news release, the FWC
believes measures it took Sept. 2 helped ensure the
snook abundance was healthy enough before the
freeze to enable the fishery to rebound and grow
in spite of cold-weather impacts.
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By Rick Catlin
Lucky dog, cat
Perks 4 Pets, a fun pet boutique with items both
for pets and their owners, is offering pets a free toy
on their next visit to the store at 6745 Manatee Ave.
Along with some discounts on a range of organic
and natural pet foods, customers will find a variety
of toys, natural treats, collars, leashes and pet treat-
ments, including natural products for pest prevention,
anxiety and other pet ailments. The store also offers
a once-a-month vaccination clinic at greatly reduced
Owners Kathy Zazzaro, Ken Woods and Robin
Dale have more than 30 years of pet supply experi-
ence, and they promise more than a typical "big box"
pet store, with boutique products at great prices.
Expect to see more from Perks 4 Pets on Anna
Maria Island, as sponsors of The Islander Canine
Costume Contest and Pet Corral, part of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and business-
sponsored Trail of Treats Oct. 29.
Harry's on vacation
Harry's Continental Kitchens restaurant and
deli, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key is closed for
vacation until Oct. 8.
But owner Harry Christensen said Harry's
Corner Store will remain open.
Harry said the corner convenience store has a
"great wine selection, fresh produce and some of my
In addition to Harry's Corner Store, Harry's
catering office will remain open this month for spe-
cial events, parties and for planning the upcoming
Harry said catering reservations for Thanksgiving
and Christmas already are being received and anyone
500 Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach, a 2,265
sfla / 2,998 sfur 4bed/3bath bayfront home built in
1992 on a 50x119 lot was sold 08/11/10, Lohn to
Fletcher-Wilson for $965,150; list $995,000.
216 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,492 sfla / 2781
sfur 4bed/3bath/3car pool home built in 1998 on a
52x110 lot was sold 08/16/10, Tally to Stephens for
$699,000; list $779,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 273, Westbay Point
& Moorings, Bradenton Beach, a 1,622 sfla / 1,793
sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979
was sold 08/16/10, Jambe to Double Play AMI LLC
3706 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,150 sfla
planning a catering event on those holidays should
call as soon as possible.
For more information, go on the Internet to www.
harryskitchen.com or call 941-383-0777.
Philly Finest Bakery
nominated for award
Philly Finest Bakers, a portable food truck
owned by Karl Deans, has been nominated by The
Food Network as America's Favorite Food Truck.
Philly Finest Bakers, Karl and the truck are reg-
ulars at the Bridge Street Market and Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce events. Their hand-
made sweet and savory treats are popular at these
Karl said the Philly truck is the only food truck
from the Bradenton-Sarasota area to be nominated.
Voting for the America's Favorite Food Truck
award is done on the Internet at www.foodtrucks.
teamdigital.com and it is under way, Karl said.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will hold its monthly sunrise breakfast from
ened but there
was no rain
to dampen the
market sale at
7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Rotten
Ralph's on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, 200
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Reservations are requested and the cost is $8 per
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
New to the chamber
New members to the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce in July and August were:
Anderson & Associates, Shelli Emsinger.
AMI Beaches Real Estate LLC, Gregg Bayer.
Green's Massage, Jessica Green.
Anna Maria Island Realty, Michael North-
Big Fish Real Estate, Nicole Skaggs.
First Family Insurance, Lauren Okenfels.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Long-
boat Key? How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-winning staff
member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
estate transactions for the past week
/ 1,540 sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1979 on a
50x100 lot was sold 08/11/10, La Mar to Verfaillie
216 Archer Way, Anna Maria, a 1,020 sfla
1,958 sfur 2bed/l bath/I car home built in 1959 on a
116x125 lot was sold 08/13/10, Welsch to Barnhart
for $332,500; list $378,000.
3703 5th Ave., Unit 3, Seacrest, Holmes Beach, a
1,172 sfla / 1,444 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1985 was sold 08/16/10, Seacrest Prop-
erty LLC to Linn for $270,000; list $309,000.
3803 E. Bay Drive, Unit 2, Sunbow Bay, Holmes
Beach, a 1,320 sfla / 1,949 sfur 3bed/3bath condo
with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 08/11/10,
Best to Freeman for $260,000; list $299,900.
2503 Gulf Drive N., Unit 305, Club Bamboo,
Bradenton Beach, a 429 sfla ibed/ bath condo with
shared pool built in 1945 was 08/11/10, Lewison
to Club Bamboo Prop LLC for $100,000; list
2503 Gulf Drive N., Unit 302, Club Bamboo,
Bradenton Beach, a 429 sfla Ibed/ bath condo with
shared pool built in 1945 was 08/11/10, Lewison
to Club Bamboo Prop LLC for $100,000; list
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
shiners close to the boat and then throw your net. "Being
patient will pay off in that the schools of bait will ball
up thick behind your boat and result in less throws of
the net to capture more bait," Howard said.
Dave Sork from the Anna Maria City Pier said
there are some nice Spanish mackerel and mangrove
snapper hooking up with fishers there.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier said mangrove snapper finally came back
last week, sharks are everywhere, and pompano have
been hot in shallow waters near the toll booth. He said
there was one report of a 23-inch pompano. On the
other hand, tarpon have left the Skyway, he said.
Jim Malfese from the Rod & Reel Pier said
there are a few oversized redfish there, some man-
grove snapper, a few flounder and some big black
drum. He added the redfish have been under and in
front of the pier.
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Dogs at work: Real estate hound lands job
By Gillian Kendall
Special to The Islander
Cracker Boy, a mixed-breed canine with an owner
in real estate, Mike Norman, may be the luckiest dog
on the Island.
Cracker was found in 2008, an apparent auto hit-
and-run victim, with a severely damaged left hip.
Although someone took the dog to a shelter, the sur-
gery was deemed too complicated for a stray, and
a vet slated the dog for euthanasia. His crate was
marked and he was in line to be put down.
But, according to Norman, "The girls who were
working in the facility thought he was so cute they
hid him away." Shona Otto of Underdog Rescue
found him at the shelter, saved his life and put him
up for adoption.
Norman recounts, "He was rescued on July 4,
which is firecracker day. We were taking him home,
and I said, "Let's call him 'Firecracker.' That got
shortened to' Cracker,' and my wife added' Boy.'"
Asked about the breed, Norman says, "He's a
'Florida cracker hound' he's the only one. He has
the hair color of miniature pinscher, but he's shorter
and stockier than a pinscher. He has the personality
of a terrier. We don't know what he is he's a good
guy, that's all we know."
The 3'2-year-old dog has accompanied Norman
to work every day for two years, often commuting
by scooter. "He loves the scooter. We go out the door
and he jumps right on it, every time. He'll stay on it
At the office, the dog has no responsibilities
except "not to bite people," according to Norman,
pointing to the dog sleeping under his desk. Cracker
Boy has never been aggressive to ,n\ thing except rac-
coons or the resident cat. L\ .clyone loves him. He's
a little dog how do you not like a little dog?"
When Norman leaves the office, Cracker Boy
accompanies him, though the dog stays in the car
when Norman enters offices that don't allow pets.
"It's against the law to leave him in there without
air or the windows open," Norman says. "And he's
so cute somebody would steal him, so I have to lock
him in with the air conditioning."
Cracker Boy has created no problems at work -
Mike Norman and Cracker Boy sit on the porch at
the Mike Norman Realty office in Holmes Beach.
except one. "I don't want to tell you what he's done,"
Norman laughs. "We protect our own."
When pressed for details, the dog owner admits,
"Let me put it this way: The girls all keep their purses
off the floor. You can determine what that means."
Did Cracker Boy get into the bags and eat some-
thing? "No, he doesn't get into them," Norman says
Did Cracker Boy chew them up? "No," Norman
says. "He peed on them. Damned if I know why."
Despite Cracker Boy's predilection to mark his
real estate, the office workers love the dog, and the
dog enjoys coming to work. He spends the day sleep-
ing in a favorite chair.
Got a working dog?
If your working dog would like to share his
or her story with The Islander, give us a call ay
941-778-7978, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"He's laid back," Norman says. "He's an Islander,
like the guys in Duffy' s Tavern you go in the bar,
and they're all laid back."
The dog's only health problem is a delicate con-
stitution coupled with a powerful appetite. "If I walk
him and he grabs something off the ground quicker
than I can reach him, then for a couple of days he has
an upset stomach," Norman says. And Cracker Boy
has shown early symptoms of pancreatitis.
Walking dogs can be challenging on the Island,
Norman says, because they're not allowed on the
beach or in Anna Maria Bayfront Park, but he walks
Cracker about a mile each morning and evening.
Norman discovered a beach path for his dog
walks. Unfolding an Island map, he points to the
frontage roads parallel to Gulf Drive on Coquina
Beach. "The lifeguards used to chase us off the service
roads," but Norman called former Bradenton Beach
Mayor John Chappie, now a Manatee County com-
missioner, and asked him to "see if we' re allowed."
Chappie brought up the topic at a meeting with
the Florida Department of Transportation and learned
that DOT has rights of way on either side of Gulf
"The county used to chase any dog out of there
until Chappie found out about it. He was the one who
really pursued that," Norman says. "That's where I
walk him now, thanks to John Chappie."
Regarding the real-estate dog's remuneration,
Norman says, "He eats well." He cannot have many
treats, but gets a dental bone at noon each day.
Also, Norman and his wife take Cracker Boy out
on the town occasionally, to the Bridgetender Inn and
the Back Alley. The dog doesn't object to the music.
According to Norman, "He likes bluegrass." He also
has no objections to thunder, although he doesn't like
the noise when the family goes skeet-shooting.
Cracker Boy has a special place to walk, his own
breed name, and a bed at the real estate office. Fur-
thermore, he spends all day with his owner. What
more could a Florida cracker hound want?
Gillian Kendall is a freelance writer based in
Holmes Beach and Australia and author of the travel
narrative Mr. Ding's Chicken Feet.
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CAMEL LEATHER RECLINER: (ordered incor-
rectly), $245; model home, cream chenille love-
seat, $125; custom metal cocktails, $55, or end
tables $40; custom bedding sets, $75. Island Girl
DELL COMPUTER: 3.06 GHz Processor, Win-
dows XP-PRO, $100.941-756-6728.
ELECTRIC PIANO: 100 rhythms, LED screen,
demos, drums and teaching application, $75.
SONY COLOR TV: Beautiful picture, 27-inch,
must sell, as we are moving. A bargain at just
$150. 941-383 5372.
WASHER: RUNS GREAT. Moving, must sell. $95
or best offer. 815-341-4294.
DRYER FOR SALE: Moving Sept. 20. $95 or best
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-
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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,
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-
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ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
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International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
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FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
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able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
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Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ESTATE SALE/PET adoption event, lemonade
and cupcakes! 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
Furniture, dishes, jewelry, linens, TVs. 102 Maple
Ave., Anna Maria.
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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.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
11. Furniture, speakers, tools, cables, toys, rugs,
pictures, electronics. 513 Loquat Drive, Anna
YELLOW MAINE COON cat lost from 6600 block
of Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward offered.
FOUND AUG. 27: Camera. 941-962-7785.
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
CLUB CAR GOLF cart for sale: Completely reno-
vated with new tires, new batteries. Firm price,
$3,500. 941-778-4502. See at 620 Foxworth
Lane, Holmes Beach.
BOATS UNDER $50,000 are selling quickly.
17-to 28-foot. 15-year Island resident and excel-
lent 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.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,
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,
GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
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PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 941-778-7978.
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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-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch,
storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-
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-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
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TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
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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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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
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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
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
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All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
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1,200 s/f from $325,000
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Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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32 Years...2 Generations
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.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
Use of bikes and kayaks 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
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331.
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
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 -
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bay dock and kayak launch. Peeks of the Gulf
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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-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. All new 3BR/2BA,
granite counters, full kitchen, washer and dryer,
storage shed, three blocks to beach, half block to
trolley. $1,600/month. 603-969-6840.
MODEST 1 BR TRAILER: 55-plus Paradise Bay,
rent $525/month or buy, $15,000 or best offer.
941-727-5201 or 941-735-1647.
WINTER MONTHS: UPGRADED mobile home.
1 BR. Carport, Paradise Bay. $975/month. Satellite
TV, utilities. Call 941-761-3341.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Seasonal or annual, two-
month minimum. Furnished or unfurnished, water
view, gated, tennis, carport, washer and dryer,
remodeled. 24-hour security. 941-545-4033.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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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.
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.
SANDPIPER DOUBLEWIDE: 2BR/1.5BA across
from beach. Spacious, remodeled. 2601 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call Lynne, 941-744-
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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WATERFRONT 152-FOOT waterfront, north
Alabama, Scottsboro. 1.8 acres, 3,000-sf home,
enclosed inground pool, boathouse, pier, electric
lifts for boat, Jet Ski. Debbie Mathis Realty, 256-
NORTH ALABAMA FARM: 33 acres, two barns,
fenced, large kennel. 3,500 sf home, sell for
appraisal price, $329,000. Debbie Mathis Realty,
NORTH ALABAMA LAND: 480 acres. Joins the
Tennessee River! Pasture, bluff, road frontage,
trees. $2,500 per acre. Close to Chattanooga,
TN and Georgia. Debbie Mathis Realty, 256-599-
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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!
Bryson City, N.C. 2.5 acres, spectacular views,
paved road. High altitude. Easily accessible,
secluded. $45,000. Owner financing, 800-810-
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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN LAND: 20 acres! Galax
area, two hours from Charlotte, views, gentle
sloping for great layout, springs, creeks, private,
reduced $199,500! Call owner, 866-789-8535.
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Please, call us or visit our website,
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