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Long-awaited results, Stoltzfus out, Aubry in
By Rick Catlin
Voters had their say Sept. 7 in the special
election to recall Anna Maria Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus, with the results announced
at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13. Anna Maria
voters chose 362 to 331 votes to remove
Stoltzfus from office.
On the choice of who should serve his
remaining term, Gene Aubry won the balloting
with 363 votes to 333 votes for Stoltzfus.
At least, the results are certain, finally,
after six days of waiting.
Manatee County deputy chief supervi-
sor of elections Sharon Stief tabulated the
results that were announced by Anna Maria
city clerk Alice Baird at the SOE office in
Bradenton. Others present included Mike
Barfield and Sandra Mattick.
Voter turnout for the recall election was
"very good," according to volunteer election
workers at the Roser Memorial Community
Church polling station.
"It's been steady and heavy all day,"
said one election volunteer, and that's "good
for a special election."
All parties to i
By 10 a.m. Monday, all involved par-
ties in the special election had filed either
motions or responses demanding the imme-
diate release of the voting results from the
Sept. 7 election on the recall of Anna Maria
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
At 1:52 p.m., the notice came from the
Second District Court of Appeal that "all
ballots, including absentee ballots, cast
in the recall election of Sept. 7, shall be
unsealed and open for public inspection."
The Manatee County Supervisor of Elec-
tions office arranged to tabulate the results
at 4:30 p.m. and announced the results with
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird present,
along with Michael Barfield and Sandra
Mattick. Neither Stoltzfus nor Gene Aubry,
the candidate for his remaining term, were
The election had finally ended, but the
certification did not take place. The Second
DCA made no mention of certifying the
election in its order.
Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas
had ordered the recall to proceed, allow-
ing the election to take place, but he also
ordered the ballots sealed and the election
certification stayed until 5 p.m. Sept. 24.
Nicholas' decision allowing the recall
to proceed was followed by an appeal from
Stoltzfus to the Second DCA, but on Sept.
3, at an emergency hearing requested by
Sept. 7 his-
Although the voting appeared to go
smoothly, the results were ordered sealed.
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Bob Sweat reported a total of 698 ballots were
cast, including absentee votes.
The ballot contained two questions:
Stoltzfus in circuit court, Nicholas ordered the
ballots sealed and the certification of the elec-
tion stayed until the matter could be reviewed
by the DCA.
Last week, attorney Andrea Flynn
Mogensen, representing the Citizens for
Sunshine Inc., filed a notice with the DCA
to intervene as a friend of the court, and a
motion for an emergency hearing to have the
stay order lifted and the ballots the voting
results made public. Mogensen said CFS
has been following the events related to the
recall closely the past seven months.
Mogensen maintained a ballot is public
record according to Florida law, and that
Nicholas did not have authority to seal a
County attorney Jim Minix, represent-
ing Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Bob Sweat, filed a response to the CFS motion
seeking to allow Sweat to count the ballots.
His response further requested that Sweat be
allowed to certify the election.
But announcing the voting results and
withholding certification doesn't sit well with
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford.
If Stoltzfus were recalled by citizens, but
remained on the commission until an appeal
ruling, that could create "chaos," she said.
"What would happen later to a 3-2 vote"
on a motion, ordinance or resolution, if Stoltz-
PLEASE SEE APPEAL, NEXT PAGE
Should Stoltzfus be recalled? Who should be
the replacement commissioner, Stoltzfus or
Aubry said Monday, while on his way
to join his wife in Michigan, when asked for
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, PAGE 3
Motorcyclists cross the Cortez Bridge and
turn into Bradenton Beach during the Sept.
11 Remembrance Ride. The event began at
Bayshore High School in Bradenton and
traveled to Coquina Beach. From there
cyclists went to an after-party at a Braden-
ton restaurant. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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Save the date for
Popcorn and Politics
The Islander will host Popcorn and Politics at the
newspaper office Wednesday, Oct. 20, providing an
opportunity for voters to meet candidates for office
in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and
the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.
The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The
Islander storefront in the Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Voters are encouraged to attend, discuss issues
and participate in straw polls in the three races that
officially will be decided on election day Nov. 2.
For more information about the Popcorn and Pol-
itics forum, call the newspaper at 941-778-7978.
Island driving alerts
The Florida Department of Transportation
will have daytime construction on State Road 789/
Gulf Drive from the Longboat Pass Bridge to State
Road 64/Manatee Avenue from Sept. 13 to Sept.
17, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
BrightHouse Networks will be conducting
operations along the Cortez Bridge on Cortez
Road/State Road 684 to install an underwater
cable from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday,
Sept. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 15. Any possible
lane closure will be on the westbound right-turn
lane, the DOT said.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution in
APPEAL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
fus was recalled by the vote, but remained on the
commission pending appeal?
Barford said the commission would be stuck
knowing that one member has been recalled pending
appeal. If that's the case, any decision the commis-
sion makes by a 3-2 vote could be challenged, she
City attorney Jim Dye filed a response Monday
on behalf of city clerk Alice Baird and the city asking
the court to release the ballots.
Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus Committee attor-
ney Rebecca O'Dell filed a response for the com-
mittee Monday as well, asking the court to order the
ballots be released.
Stoltzfus also filed a response agreeing that the
results of the recall election should be made public,
but maintaining that certification should be withheld
The Anna Maria Election
Canvas Board meets Sept. 7
at the city's polling location,
S Roser Memorial Community
Church, to review absentee
ballots in the recall elec-
tion held that day. Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections
Bob Sweat, second from left,
announced the total number
of votes cast and guided board
members %/I.. i iy Oehler, left,
George McKay and Alice
Baird. The board meets to
review ballots and accept or
reject any problem ballots. A
meeting requested by Sweat on
Sept. 8 was canceled for lack of
proper public notice. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
until the DCA rules on his appeal.
All the involved parties and attorneys appeared to
agree that the vote should be announced immediately,
but differ on when certification should take place.
The DCA has scheduled a "show cause" hearing
for Stoltzfus' appeal of the recall process for Sept.
The Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus commit-
tee effort began in late March, following the public
release of Stoltzfus' private e-mails concerning city
Recall committee chair Bob Carter said that
after he and other concerned citizens read the more
than 800 e-mails Stoltzfus submitted under a public
records request, the recall movement began in ear-
nest, eventually leading to the Sept. 7 recall vote.
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Nicholas entered an order to seal the ballots of Sept.
7, and delay the election certification until 5 p.m.
Sept. 24, allowing Stoltzfus to seek an expedited
hearing before the DCA.
On Aug. 24, Nicholas held a hearing on Stoltzfus'
objection to the recall, at which time Nicholas entered
an order allowing the recall, and subsequently, the
election to proceed.
Stoltzfus appealed that decision, but then filed for
a hearing and won his motion to stay the order and
have the court seal the ballots and delay certification
of the election.
Stoltzfus sought to keep the results of the election
from the public by saying he could suffer irreparable
harm before the matter could be heard on appeal.
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus was on
Pine Avenue Sept. 7, asking people to vote to retain
him in the recall election.
Meanwhile, Citizens for Sunshine Inc., a public
interest group in support of transparency in govern-
ment, intervened in the Sept. 3 hearing, saying the
ballots are public record.
So, the election was held the first-ever recall
vote in Manatee County history according to Sweat.
And for six days, only the voting machine knew the
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P&Z: 'No,' Commish: 'Yes' to Sandpiper
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board mem-
bers Sept. 7 recommended the rejection of a proposed
land-development amendment for the former Sand-
piper Inn between North Shore Drive and North Bay
Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing owner
Sandpiper LLC, said the proposed amendment was
necessary to renovate and bring the property into
compliance with the city commission's April 1, 2009,
ordinance making all duplexes built prior to that date
legal, non-conforming structures.
Because the Sandpiper's two duplexes are con-
nected by a breezeway across the lot line rather than
separated on the two lots, the complex is not a legal
Rudacille said his client would pay all costs asso-
ciated with the amendment, and that the amendment
would apply only to the Sandpiper.
City planner Alan Garrett said he checked 15
other duplex properties in the city and none had the
Sandpiper configuration across lot lines.
Without the amendment, Rudacille said, the
owner could only sell the lots as single-family resi-
dences and a new owner would have to tear down the
existing duplexes and build single-family homes in
accordance with the Federal Emergency Management
Agency's rules for construction in a flood plain.
Rudacille said the owner's want to retain the
units as unique duplexes in the city, rather than have
a "mega-mansion" dominate the area, which consists
of ground-level single-family residences.
P&Z board member Tom Turner disagreed.
"The amendment changes nothing," he said.
Turner said the owners needed to provide a
better survey and more details of their plans before
Attorney Scott Rudacille addresses the Anna Maria
planning and zoning board Sept. 7, seeking an
amendment to bring his clients' non-conforming
duplex into compliance with city land-development
regulations. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
he approves the amendment.
"You need a lot more detail than you have," he
Acting-chair Sandy Mattick observed that the
applicant is not yet in the site-plan stage, and the
board is not meeting to review what should or could
be built on the property.
An amendment to allow the Sandpiper to replat
the structures on the same lots "is just the first step
in the process," Rudacille said.
Board member Bob Barlow was unconvinced
that the amendment would not affect other properties.
He wanted a review of configuration on all duplex
He said he checked with the property appraiser's
office and the valuation is $20,000. Under FEMA's
50 percent rule on rebuilding non-conforming struc-
tures, the owner would have $10,000 for repairs and
renovations. He doubted that amount could turn the
property into a viable entity.
Rudacille said the value used for rebuilding and
remodeling under FEMA is not the same as the prop-
"We don't know what can be done yet, but there
is a process to move forward with remodeling under
FEMA," he said.
But nothing can move forward without the
amendment allowing the owner to bring the property
up to compliance, Rudacille said.
Rather than continue the public hearing for two
more weeks, the board voted 4-2 to recommend the
city commission deny the amendment application.
City commissioners held their first reading of the
amendment requested by Sandpiper LLC Sept. 9.
Rudacille, representing the owner before the
commission, said he did not realize the commission
wanted a presentation at the first reading.
He said he has a lot of legwork and information
gathering to perform, but he could be ready by the
commission's Sept. 23 meeting.
Quam agreed to hold the second reading on that
P&Z board member Tom Turner noted that earlier
in the week, the board recommended against approval
of the ordinance.
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Islander Reporter "doable.
Anna Maria city commissioners at their Sept. 9
work session studied a proposed ordinance that would
regulate the rental and operation of personal vehicles
such as Segways, three-wheeled GoPets and similar
motorized vehicles in the city.
Commission Chair John Quam said some type of
ordinance is long overdue because Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies on duty in Anna Maria have
no enforcement powers over vehicles operating on
The proposed ordinance was submitted by Sgt.
Dave Turner of the MCSO's Anna Maria station, and
contained more than 13 pages of regulations, includ-
ing requirements for insurance, education and train-
ing of renters and tour guides.
The proposed ordinance also calls for a $10 regis-
tration fee paid to the city for each rental of a personal
Commissioners, however, quickly rejected that
suggestion as impractical and discriminatory. Other
sections of the proposed ordinance appeared "burden-
some and unenforceable," said Commissioner Jo Ann
"We need to make this as simple as we can," she
Commissioner Dale Woodland agreed.
Quam noted that Segway and GoPet rental loca-
tions already have policies and procedures in place
for renting the vehicles.
He said he would meet with Turner and shop
owners to refine and shorten the ordinance.
Quam said he will bring the issue back to the
commission's Oct. 14 work session.
Commissioners also heard a proposal from Mau-
reen McCormick of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society for a new lease. The current lease expires in
December, she said.
McCormick proposed a 10-year lease with an
automatic option to renew for another 10 years.
A vacationer operates a Go-Pet on the roadside in
Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
AMIHS also asked to use a lot adjacent to the public
works department by the historical museum, but that
would involve moving the PWD operation.
Mayor Fran Barford said she and public works
department supervisor George McKay have talked
several times about moving PWD to other city prop-
erty closer to city hall, but she has not moved forward
with any master plan because she is not seeking re-
election this November.
"I feel the new administration should consider
At present, the city needs the lot to operate the
PWD, but that's not going to last forever, Barford
Right now, however, it's not feasible to put it in
the lease, she said.
McKay, who sits on the AMIHS board of direc-
tors, agreed that the lot should not be part of the lease.
The public works department situation, however,
could change in the future, he added.
McCormick was agreeable to leaving the lot out
of the lease. The city could later allow the AMIHS to
use the lot by license agreement, she said.
She also agreed to a five-year lease with an auto-
matic five-year renewal, rather than 10 years as origi-
"We have no problems with that, but we would
like something in writing about the future of the lot,"
The new lease would combine two current leases
- one for Belle Haven Cottage and the other for the
Anna Maria Island Historical Museum into one
Quam directed city attorney Jim Dye to examine
the proposed lease and make the appropriate changes
by the commission's Oct. 28 meeting.
In other business, commissioners agreed with a sug-
gestion by Commissioner Chuck Webb that the com-
mission needs a deadline for submission of backup
material for an agenda item at meetings.
Rather than allowing documents and papers to be
brought to the city at the last minute, commissioners
agreed to a deadline of Friday before the next week's
Thursday commission meeting.
"Give us an opportunity to read c i \ thing and
let's be fair to others," Webb said, including city
Woodland said people with an agenda item should
"not rush things ahead that are not important and
don't make an exception when it's not important."
If the Friday deadline does not prove viable, com-
missioners will revisit the issue, Quam said.
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Viens' disappearance becomes homicide case
By Lisa Neff
The disappearance of a former Anna Maria Island
woman nearly a year ago is now being investigated
as a homicide.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
began searching for ex-Islander Dawn Marie Viens,
37, of Lomita, Calif., after she was reported missing
Oct. 18, 2009.
The case, for close to a year, has been pursued as
a missing person investigation by a detective in that
division of the department.
But last week the sheriff's department con-
firmed that two homicide detectives are now
reviewing the case files and looking into Viens'
Viens was last seen leaving work at the Thyme
Contemporary Cafe in Los Angeles County, which
she was operating with husband David Robert Viens,
according to the sheriff's department.
She did not take her car or more than $600 in
cash she had asked a friend to hold.
The Viens lived on Anna Maria Island several
years ago. They owned a home in Holmes Beach
In 2005, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office led a
raid at the market and home.
David Viens was arrested Jan. 6, 2005, on sus-
picion of marijuana possession with intent to sell or
distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession
of opium and possession of a firearm by a convicted
felon. He also was arrested on suspicion of trafficking
Dawn Viens, at the time, described her husband
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to law enforcement as a "middle dealer," according
to newspaper archives.
On April 5, 2005, the state attorney dropped all
In Los Angeles County, the Viens had been oper-
ating Thyme Contemporary Cafe for less than a year
before Dawn Viens disappeared.
She is described as having red hair, brown eyes,
a tattoo of a yellow butterfly on her right hip, a star
tattoo on an ankle and is about 110 pounds. She is
about 5 feet 7 inches tall.
The sheriff's department is asking that informa-
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We haven't yet researched how many other times
the results of an election were put on hold or for how
long, but we can rely on the memories of a few old-
timers on Anna Maria Island and say with confidence,
it's never happened here. Until now.
Now the results of the Sept. 7 special election are
known and it's official.
Harry Stoltzfus has lost the confidence and trust
of voters in Anna Maria, just as he betrayed their trust
early on in his job as commissioner.
Secret e-mails that were made public and prom-
ises by the commissioner to assist, fund and join law-
suits against the city he represents fueled the public's
sense of his betrayal of his public trust.
We' ve gone from a controversial 2009 upset elec-
tion to a litigious form of governance and an unprec-
Finally, Monday, the Second District Court of
Appeal ordered the ballots released that Stoltzfus first
sought to have sealed by 12th Circuit Court Judge
Edward Nicholas. The day after the election, likely
boosted by ego, Stoltzfus reversed himself and made
a plea to have the ballots unsealed.
The special interest group Citizens for Sunshine
filed the motion, and Stoltzfus, the supervisor of elec-
tions, city of Anna Maria and the recall committee
all agreed in their responses. Stoltzfus, however, also
asked to withhold certification.
It all seemed to run amuck, at least until we knew
the winner and the loser.
But this was not just about the recall commit-
tee vs. Harry Stoltzfus, it became a city divided. It
focused an unwanted spotlight on the northern end
of this 7-mile strip of waterfront real estate.
The focus went from recall to the public's right
to know. From covert e-mails and possible Sunshine
Law violations to a sealed election. Now, finally, with
the results in hand, we can only wonder where it will
There are at least two possible paths: Stoltzfus
will appeal the recall process, and will likely ask tax-
payers to bear both his costs and those of the city.
The focus will go from recall to money.
It all brings to mind a quote from one of those
exposed e-mails, in which Stoltzfus said of himself,
"I'm haughty, arrogant and dangerous."
Yep, now we see clearly who's been had.
We' re really glad to see some closure on this
episode of Anna Maria' s history.
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Perplexed on Pine
How is it possible that a minority of noisy people
can cause grownups to give up on reason and the
responsibilities of their elected office and sell out
on what is best for our city and the majority of its
From my perspective the reason is that people
with good reason, the majority, do not speak up.
Sadly, I have been in that category. I have believed
that common sense will always prevail. Not true.
The parking plan known as the Quam/Aubry plan
was a brilliant plan that artfully served the needs of
our Pine Avenue-ROR area.
I am a resident of Pine Avenue and specifically
chose the street because of its ROR zoning.
We are the city of Anna Maria, not a resident-
only bedroom community. Cities have shops, diver-
sity, offices and businesses.
Pine Avenue was designed to be such an area.
The parking issue represents far more than a parking
issue. How the parking goes, so will Pine Avenue
No resident of the city would allow Pine Avenue
to become a strip mall, but on-site parking would
cause a strip mall look and feel.
The Quam/Aubry plan is for historic little cities
such as ours. I have been following all of the contro-
versy, and it appears to me that the on-site parking
proposal is simply a mask for halting business on
Pine Avenue. Altogether. Think it out. Historic areas
don't have on-site parking. Walmarts and strip malls
have on-site parking.
With the Quam/Aubry plan, pedestrians can
meander along Pine's sidewalk without concern for
cars. Residents will have the pleasure of their private
back yards. Vehicles will have ease of ingress and
There is additional parking by city hall for over-
It is ideal if a healthy, functional retail, office-
and-residential area is the goal. After all, Pine Avenue
is an ROR area and we are a city, albeit a little city.
Julie Donovan, Anna Maria
Why is it that the city of Anna Maria hasn't had
the canals dredged?
Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Longboat
Key have had their canals dredged at least twice in
past 10 years.
Our canal on Periwinkle is so shallow you can't
come and go at low tide.
Sam Garber, Anna Maria
I have read a lot about my attempts to slow
government spending of taxpayer money. It seems
many believe I am the enemy and want to "shoot
Before you decide, at least know my points:
1. The folklore that firefighters and police
have an extra-hazardous job is untrue. Check the
U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. These are national
rankings that include New York, Los Angeles and
Detroit. It is more hazardous to be a fisher, truck
driver, steelworker or sanitation worker than a fire-
fighter or police officer. Firefighters are not even
in the top 10 of the lists I've seen.
There also is the mistaken perception that fire
or police employees have shorter lifespans and
should therefore be paid more. The statistics don't
back either of these perceptions up.
2. The pension accounts of our fire district
and the Holmes Beach Police Department have
unfunded liabilities. These liabilities are growing
every year $2.4 million and $667,000 respec-
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tively. And those numbers might be higher, but
the red ink appears as low as it is because they've
projected a return of 7.5 percent and 8 percent for
the fund investments.
Maybe too optimistic? Did you get near those
percentage of returns on your investment last
Consider that the WMFR's unfunded liabilities
(UAAL) as a percentage of payroll have risen from
zero in 2006 to 149.75 percent in 2009.
It's stats like these that keep me asking ques-
3. The fire district has 16 supervisors (with an
average gross wage of $85,000 plus) and an office
staff of six to support 19 firefighters. They just
acquired an office building at a cost of $1.6 mil-
lion. Please keep in mind this was a volunteer fire
department until around 1980. The budget this year
is more than $5.5 million.
4. The average annual cost of employment per
Fire district: $106,000.
Holmes Beach Police Department: $106,000.
Teacher at our local school: $65,000.
5. Retirement after 30 years, estimate based on
last/best five-year average wage: (Note variables,
such as does the spouse receive the pension after
Firefighter: 90 percent of their last/best five-
year average wage for life. (If the chief doesn't
get a raise, his pension will be about $110,000 a
HBPD officer: 100 percent of their last/best
five-year average wage. (If the chief doesn't get a
raise, he will get about $85,000 a year.)
Local teacher: 48 percent of five-year average
wage. Assuming he or she is making $45,000/year,
retirement would be about $22,000.
6. Cost to put local law enforcement on
HBPD: 12 on patrol. $2,000,000 department,
Anna Maria deputies: seven on patrol.
$700,000 department, $100,000 per person.
Bradenton Beach: 10 on patrol. $900,000
department, $90,000 per person.
7. The WMFR $5 million-plus 2010-11 budget
passed with only two "yes" votes at the previous
once-per-month meeting. Two board members
missed the meeting, two voted "yes" to approve
the budget, and Jesse Davis voted "no."
That seems a lot of tax money spent on the
vote of only two people. Think about all this as
you open your tax bills this week, and when you
vote in November.
Join me at the Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 WMFR
commission meetings at 6 p.m. at Station No. 1 in
Holmes Beach to learn more.
Al Robinson, Holmes Beach city commis-
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AM budget hearing attracts little interest
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria taxpayers appear pleased with the
city's proposed $2.1 million budget for 2010-11, and
with the city commission's decision to retain the cur-
rent 1.7882 ad valorem tax rate.
Only one member of the public, planning
and zoning board member and mayoral candidate
Sandy Mattick, showed up for
the Sept. 8 hearing on the 2010-
Commissioners dealt swiftly
with one new item in the proposed
budget, a request from Sgt. Dave
Turner of the Manatee County
Barford Sheriff's Office Anna Maria sub-
station for two new laser guns to
track vehicle speeds.
City treasurer Diane Percycoe said the MCSO
has eight such lasers, but two of them are beyond
repair. The lasers were purchased in 2000, she said.
The commission approved a budget item for
the purchase of two lasers at $2,250 each, with the
money coming from the city's contingency fund.
The fund would then be reduced to $70,000 in the
Staff members will receive an across-the-board
5 percent pay raise, the first pay increase for the staff
in five years, Mayor Fran Barford said.
Commissioners unanimously agreed to retain the
1.7882 ad valorem millage rate, although it would
take a rate of 1.8665 to collect the same amount of
ad valorem tax revenue property taxes as in the
HB budget review Sept. 14
By Nick Walter
The first Holmes Beach hearing on the proposed
2010-11 budget was to be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
14, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger called the budget, in
which there is no proposed tax increase and a 9.64
percent reduction in tax revenue
to the city, "lean and mean."
-- e're all facing cutbacks
in the future," Bohnenberger said.
S "The real estate market is not turn-
ing around. It's not what you're
reading in the media and what
Bohnenberger you're seeing on TV. The real
estate market is going to continue
to suffer, in my opinion."
The final public hearing on the budget will be
held Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Bohnenberger said for the third consecutive year
city employees will not receive a pay raise based on
a pay-scale plan.
The city proposed to forgo the roll-back rate of
1.9369 mills. The roll-back rate is the millage rate
needed to generate the same tax dollars from fiscal
Instead, the city decided to propose a rate for the
coming budget year of 1.7500 mills, a 9.64 percent
decrease from the current 1.7549 millage rate.
That 9.64 percent reduction results in a $224,621
decrease from last year in local tax dollars to the
If the city levies the proposed 1.75 millage rate,
the local tax on a $350,000 home, without taking any
exemptions into account, would be $612.50. A mil is
$1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of property.
The commission voted unanimously to take the
estimated $45,000 shortfall to meet projected expense
requirements in the proposed budget from the city's
$990,000 reserve fund.
The city would have a reserve to operating budget
percentage of 44.7 percent, well above the 35 percent
level recommended by the city auditor.
Because of the recent decline in property values,
a 1.7882 ad valorem rate will actually reduce a prop-
erty owner's tax bill, Percycoe said.
One mil equals 1 percent (1/10 of 1 percent). A
person with a home at an assessed value of $300,000
without exemptions, and at an ad valorem tax rate of
1.7882 mils, would pay $536.46 in property taxes for
fiscal year 2010-11.
The final public hearing for the Anna Maria
2010-11 budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 22.
Anna Maria budget by the numbers
Category 2009-10 20 10-
Millage 1.7882 1.7882
Rollback 1.9450 1.8665
Ad valorem taxes $1.106m $1.110m
Total revenues $2.95m $2.14m
Total expenses $2.885m $2.14m
Administration $481,591 $489,596
Commission $33,600 $33,600
Police $659,000 $665,000
Emergency Ops. $7,000 $6,000
Roads, streets $6,000 $3,500
Stormwater $0 $24,100
Capital projects $225,000 $225,000
The city proposes total revenue and spending
limits of $8,413,450, up from $7,865,490 last year.
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By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted last week
to move forward with a $2.66 million spending plan
for 2010-11 and likely will adopt the budget this
The commission, meeting Sept. 7 at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N., also unanimously adopted a resolution
setting the proposed millage rate the rate used
to collect property taxes for the city at 2.1539
The rate is the same as the
rate for the 2009-10 budget and
13.39 percent less than the roll-
back rate, which, according to the
'K Manatee County Property Asses-
sor's Office is 2.4868 mills.
Florida's Truth in Millage
Bartelt or TRIM law defines the roll-back
rate as the millage rate, which,
when multiplied times the tax base exclusive of
new construction added to the tax roll would yield
the same amount of revenue for the taxing authority
as was yielded by the millage rate levied in the previ-
In stronger economic times, the tax base rises by
virtue of assessment, causing the roll-back rate to be
lower than the previous year's millage rate. But the
tax base has declined in Bradenton Beach, and many
other Florida municipalities. So, for the upcoming
budget, Bradenton Beach would be raising taxes if it
used the roll-back rate.
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The mayor said he welcomes citizens to the
meeting, but he does not expect them to have com-
"It's a lean, mean budget as it is, unless you want
to learn what's in it," Bohnenberger said.
BB budget by the numbers
Category 2009-10 2010-11
Millage: 2.1539 2.1539
Roll-back rate: 2.304 2.4868
Ad valorem taxes: $1.07m $873,808
Total revenues: $2.72m $2.68m
Total expenses: $2.84m $2.66m
Administration: $360,503 $362,293
Project manager: $115,394 0
Commission: $43,954 $34,200
CRA: $106,000 $105,000
Police: $897,650 $937,226
Emergency Ops: $24,935 $21,000
Planning: $360,169 $26350
Streets/Roads: $190,150 $188,426
Stormwater: $168,300 $159,564
Facilities: $134,700 $140,577
Sanitation: $296,639 $299,372
Capital projects: $112,707 $37,500
Source: Bradenton Beach budget worksheet
"We sure wouldn't want to go to the roll-back
rate," Mayor Bob Bartelt said at the Sept. 7 meet-
The meeting began shortly after 7 p.m., with the
mayor and three of the four commissioners at the
dais Gay Breuler was absent and city clerk
Nora Idso at the clerk's desk.
The audience consisted of a reporter and Manatee
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore.
Idso commented, "This is my 10th budget. This
is my sixth one as city clerk. The most we've ever
had in a budget audience is three people and two
When Bartelt opened the budget hearing and
invited public comment, there was silence, so he
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 15, 2010 E 9
The meeting lasted 13 minutes and included
three unanimous votes: adoption of a resolution
setting the proposed millage, adoption of a budget
resolution and approval of a first reading of an
ordinance for the 2010-11 budget, which would
take effect Oct. 1.
The commission, working with the city clerk and
other department heads, held numerous meetings to
prepare the budget, beginning in the spring and con-
tinuing through July.
From the start, the commission was using a pro-
posed budget that set the tax rate at 2.1539 mills per
$1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate used
in financing the 2009-10 and 2008-09 budgets.
If the city levies the proposed 2.1539 millage
rate, the local tax on a $400,000 home, without taking
exemptions into account, would be $861.56.
The overall proposed budget does not call for
spending any of the city's reserves, which was
required this year.
It would provide for the elimination of the pro-
gram/project management department, which would
yield a savings of about $115,394.
Some of the cost savings would be used to finance
a 5 percent pay raise for city employees.
The mayor has said that employees have not
received a raise in three years.
A 5 percent raise for an employee earning the
city's minimum wage would mean 57 cents more per
hour or $22.80 more for a 40-hour week.
The budget also contains decreased estimates for
fuel costs, employee overtime, professional fees and
Overall, the proposed budget is $2,667,114.40
compared with $2,847,301 for 2009-10.
The budget year is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30; the
tax year is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
The final budget hearing was set for 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Sept. 14, at city hall.
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Fall semester begins
"Back to school" isn't just for the kids.
The Lifelong Learning Academy begins its fall
semester in October, offering a series of programs in
Anna Maria, including several fee-based courses:
Opera on the Island, which involves six nights
of watching opera on DVD with discussions after-
ward, beginning Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Life: A History of Life on Earth, with Jeff
Rodgers of the South Florida Museum/Bishop
Planetarium. Rodgers will explore with students
such questions as "Life, What is it?" and "How did
it get started?" during Monday sessions that will
begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The cost per course is $65.
Free lectures include:
Saturday, Sept. 18
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at the
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A talk
on the county's bus system, including the handi-bus, will not take place
Noon-- Spanish Fiesta at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Monday, Sept. 20
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch with guest
speaker Richard O'Brien, from the Manatee County Democratic Executive
Committee, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Wednesday, Sept. 22
11 a.m. Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-
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 at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, Sept. 16
4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Circus Pages International Circus per-
forms at the Manatee County Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.
Friday, Sept. 17
6 p.m. Reels at Rossi Park presents "Race to Witch Mountain"
downtown in the park on Third Avenue West between Ninth Street West
and U.S. 301, Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366.
Sept. 23, "Sunday in the Park with George" opens, Manatee Play-
Sept. 24, Friday Fest on the Bay, Van Wezel lawn.
Sept. 25, Neal Preserve bike tour.
Sept. 25, Manatee County Audubon tour of Robinson Preserve.
Sept. 25, Children's Summit, Manatee Convention Center.
* Sept. 25, Inquiring Minds resumes meeting, Gloria Dei Lutheran
* Sept. 26, Privateer's Shipwrek Poker Run, Peggy's Corral.
* Sept. 26, "Art After Dark," Manatee Players.
for Lifelong Learning
The History of Cortez with Sam Bell at 11
a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Studio.
Marie Curie the Matriarch of a Nobel
Family with James Vartuli at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 20, at the Studio.
Galapagos: Nature, History, Darwin, with Jan
Skalny at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1.
Evolution: Only a Theory? with Joe Kerata
at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Also, the Einstein Circle discussion group -
participation is free will meet at the Studio at
11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov.
3, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1.
The academy is affiliated with the University
of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.
For more information about the programs or to
register, call the academy at 941-359-4296 or visit
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Spanish
The event, scheduled for noon Friday, Sept. 18,
at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will
feature Fatima Soriano of Tapas and Fun creating a
paella mixta. The dish will sell for $5 per serving.
Additionally, Jessica Perez-Maqueda of the Span-
ish Academy of Bradenton will host two workshops
on sevillanas, a traditional Spanish dance.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
Democratic Club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, Sept. 20, at the BeachHouse
restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The club will discuss the upcoming 2010 elec-
tion with Richard O'Brien of the Manatee County
Democratic Executive Committee.
For information, call Harry Kamberis at 941-779-
Robert B. Peck and Miriam A. Nelson met in
Evanston, Ill., and married Sept. 9, 1950, at Trin-
ity Lutheran Church in C /,,. .. They raised four
children in Colorado Springs, Colo., from 1953 to
1977, and then retired to Anna Maria Island, where
they've spent the past 30-plus years.
Sept. 27, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing,
Bradenton Country Club.
Save the Date:
Oct. 8, Anna Maria Island Community Center Golf Outing, IMG
Golf and Country Club.
Oct. 7, "Ladies of the Camellias" season opening, Island Players
Oct. 15-16, Bayfest.
Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
Nov. 13-14, Disvoer Egmont Key.
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Island Players ready
for new season
The Island Players will return to the stage for the
2010-11 season with "Ladies of the Camellias."
The play opens Thursday, Oct. 7, and runs
through Sunday, Oct. 12, at the theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Performance times are Tuesday through Saturday
at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The box office will open Sept. 27. Box office
hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
Gareth Gibbs is directing. His cast includes Bar-
bara Fleming, Robin Rhodes, Mark Woodland, Jim
Thaggard, David Ohlson, Peter Ruscoe, Mary Jo
Johnsson, Vinnie Conte and Heiko Knipfelberg.
For more information, call the box office at 941-
for Center classes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is reg-
istering students for a variety of classes on its early
fall calendar, including:
Dog obedience classes: Tricks 101, Sept. 11-Oct.
23 at 10 a.m. Saturday, and basic skills, Sept. 11-Oct
23 at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Spanish dance class: Sevillanas traditional dance
with instructor Jessica Perez-Maqueda of the Span-
ish Academy of Bradenton, starting Sept. 13 and on
following Mondays at 4 p.m.
The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
Longboat Key Education Center
announces fall classes
The Longboat Key Education Center, which
is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, has
announced its fall schedule.
Courses, which begin Oct. 18 and continue to
Dec. 17, range from a study of Alfred Hitchcock to
learning mah jongg to practicing yoga.
Meanwhile, the center is planning a concert
series, with programs taking place on Friday and
Sunday afternoons in January 2011 and February
The center also is planning to hold an anniversary
brunch at the Lazy Lobster restaurant Jan. 30, 2011.
For more information, call the center at 941-383-
8811 or e-mail email@example.com.
Audubon hosts Robinson tour
The Manatee County chapter of the Audubon
Society will host a birding tour of Robinson Preserve
in northwest Bradenton Saturday, Sept. 25.
The tour will begin at 8 a.m. at the preserve.
The cost is $3 for non-members, no fee for Audu-
For more information, call 941-729-2222 or visit
www. manateeaudubon. org.
Egmont volunteers plan program
The Egmont Key Alliance is at work planning
its annual Discover Egmont Key weekend, selling
tickets and recruiting volunteers for the event.
Discover Egmont Key will take place Nov.
Egmont, which can be seen from the north end
of Anna Maria Island, can be reached only by boat.
Shuttle boats during Discover Egmont Key will
depart from Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County at
regular intervals from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Egmont, visitors will tour the grounds, an old
lighthouse and see demonstrations.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the gate
or on online at www.egmontkey.info. The website
also is a resource for potential volunteers.
County offers Neal Preserve
Manatee County will host a sneak peak of the
Neal Preserve at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
The event a bicycling tour of the preserve on
the east side of the Anna Maria Island Bridge will
last about two hours.
Reservations are required.
For more information or to book space, call the
county natural resources department at 941-748-
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HB commissioner miffed over lifeguard duties
By Nick Walter
When Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson
was elected almost a year ago, he said his soapbox
was wasteful spending.
Well, he's found what he sees is more wasteful
Robinson said he was at the
Manatee Public Beach on Labor
Day, and at 5 p.m., he noticed the
beach's lifeguard shifts were over.
"And the beach was still
packed," Robinson said. "These
people are making $45,000-
Robinson $50,000 with full retirement and
full pension, and that's not right.
College kids ought to be having that job at mini-
mum wage. That beach ought to be patrolled at night.
All this whining that's going on about the riptides
and how we've got to protect our citizens, and at 5
o'clock I guess the citizens at the beach are on their
Robinson said the county should contract cheaper,
younger lifeguards who can work through the busy
But Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more, a former Holmes Beach mayor, did not agree
"Obviously (Robinson) hasn't lived here long,"
Whitmore said. "IfAl, as a representative of Holmes
Beach, would like to ask the city of Holmes Beach to
pay for more hours, then the county would be willing
to discuss that."
Whitmore added that lifeguard requirements
cannot be filled by minimum-wage college stu-
"It's more than just hiring a kid," Whitmore said.
"You have to be certified, you have to know advanced
life support, you have to be in shape to pull a 200-
pound man out of the water," she said. "I thank him
for his advice, but if he'd like the city of Holmes
Beach to do that in their budget, I'm sure the county
would love to talk to him."
Robinson said he was concerned that swimmers
might assume lifeguards are on duty after 5 p.m.
"Nobody looks up at the (lifeguard tower)," Rob-
inson said. "When I was a lifeguard on the beach, I'd
get down and talk to people and tell them that your
kids are your responsibility. I'm up here surveying
this whole place, so you've got to look after your own
kids. But here, at 5 o'clock, everybody walks out the
door. There's no lifeguard flag indicating whether it's
safe to swim or not."
Robinson said the city and county should blame
"We've met the enemy and it's us," Robinson
said. "We made it that way and we are their boss. The
county is just letting people do what they want to do.
Here we are, we've got the lifeguard stand closed at
5 o'clock, yet the beach was full."
Manatee County Marine Rescue Chief Jay Moyles
was not available for comment. A staff member said no
other person in the division could comment.
Bradenton Beach couple avoid scam, share lesson
By Nick Walter
The excitement, Nancy Eastman said, lasted
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Then the Bradenton Beach resident began to sus-
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last week was a fake.
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But the Eastmans, who make a living by trans-
porting neighborhood residents and vacationers to
the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, said the
letter containing the check arrived in an envelope
with no return address, only a Canadian postmark.
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Beach massage service generates complaints
By Lisa Neff
Some Bradenton Beach vacationers and a busi-
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venture in the city massages under a thatched and
curtained canopy on a private beach.
The massage service is operated by Amanda
Escobio at the Silver Surf resort, 1301 Gulf Drive N.,
under a special exception application recommended
by the city planning and zoning board and approved
by the city commission last November.
Escobio, last week, emphasized she has approval
from the city for her activity, including a business
"I do have a legal right to have my business on
the beach," she said.
Angela Rodocker of the Silver Surf added:
"Amanda is a great business person, and she provides
a great service to the Island."
Escobio had shared a business location on Bridge
Street. She requested city permission to move to the
Silver Surf to provide health and wellness services
to vacationers primarily massage therapy in a
treatment room at the resort, as well as on the resort's
The relocation request was put into the special
exception process because Escobio was moving from
a commercial zoning district that allows for mercan-
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to an R-3 district, which allows for higher-density
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"I hope at least one person reads the (Islander)
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The heartache, she said, came from the emotional
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But earlier this month, the city received com-
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Though the massage activity takes place behind
drapes, one complainant reported seeing a butt
Another person, Silver Surf neighbor David Teit-
elbaum of Tortuga Inn, complained about both the
beach massage service, as well as signs on the beach
and along Gulf Drive that promote Silver Surf sub-
tenants, including the massage service and Jet-Ski
Teitelbaum, in an e-mail to city officials, said
the signs on the beach were illegal, as well as
"There is absolutely no private signage on the
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partly exposed to other beachgoers.
"It's just not the type of activity that is appropri-
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"I must insist that the activity be discontinued on
the Silver Surf beach," he continued.
Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer Gail
Garneau, who took note of some signs at the Silver
Surf beach earlier this month, said the beach signage
was removed following city hall contact with the
City officials last week also reviewed records
from last year's planning and commission meetings
on the special exception, as well as city regulations
on beach activities.
City building official Steve Gilbert said Silver
Surf/Island Wellness followed the city's procedures
for obtaining a special exception, that the meetings
on that application were duly noticed and that the
planning and zoning board and the city commission
agreed there was no problem with massage activity
on the beach as long as it was properly shielded.
"It's a little late at this point to go back and revisit
the issue," Gilbert said, referring to the role of city
He said he could not comment for elected offi-
Meanwhile, Commissioner Janie Robertson,
whose ward includes Silver Surf and Tortuga Inn,
said Sept. 10 that she was aware of the complaints
and was monitoring the situation.
From Rodocker's perspective, there are no plans
to change the operation.
"It's a business, a legitimate business, legal by
special exception," she said. "And we have absolutely
no intention of making any changes whatsoever."
Escobio, when she appeared before commis-
sioners last fall, said resorts in other areas from
St. Petersburg to Key West in Florida, as well as in
Hawaii and Mexico offer massage services on the
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AME to celebrate peace
On the grounds of Anna Maria Elementary
School stands a white pole that holds one message:
"May peace prevail on Earth."
The message is written on all sides of the angular
pole in various languages. The goal: To spread peace
throughout the world.
Each year students at AME prepare for Peace
Day. The special day is celebrated throughout the
world during September. The United Nations estab-
lished Sept. 21 as Peace Day to give all nations and
people a day of unison to demonstrate peace.
This year's Peace Day celebration at AME is set
for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.
AME celebrates a new theme of peace each year
to deliver its message to students and the community.
This year's theme is footprints. "Alex Dodson a stu-
dent at Booker Middle School in Sarasota helped sum
up the message to me." said AME guidance counselor
Michelle Savchuk. "People don't judge footprints.
They show no color, no religion, no race.They simply
show that someone has walked before you."
"So, as we celebrate this day and all the days to
come, leave peace prints everywhere you go. Peace
can start with you," said Savchuk added.
Classes and students will be making footprints
and flip-flops, decorating them with peace themes.
AME school calendar
Sept. 14, Parent Teacher Organization meeting
8:45 a.m., Sept. 14, Fall Festival kickoff meet-
5-7 p.m., Sept. 21, Parent Teacher Organization
Sept. 22, Peace Day celebration.
Sept. 23, progress reports go home.
For more information, call the school office at
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A footprint mural will be created outside at AME on
one of the walls.
"Peace day is used to recognize the efforts of
those who have worked hard to end conflict and pro-
Student gardeners at AME
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NOAA expands fishing area
By Lisa Neff
The federal government continued expanding the
open fishing waters in the Gulf of Mexico, another
indication that the impact of the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill is diminished.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis-
tration recently reopened 3,114 square miles of Gulf
waters offshore of the western Florida Panhandle to
commercial and recreational fishing. The reopening
was announced after consultation with Food and
Oil from the well that ruptured in late April
remained hundreds of miles from the Tampa Bay
area, but local fishers remained concerned about
So, last week, Cortez fishers and crabbers said
the continued reopening of water is a positive for the
entire Gulf fishing industry, strengthening the mes-
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stone crab season Oct. 15 approaches.
NOAA experts have said that fish caught in the
recently reopened area showed no signs of contami-
nation and trajectory models showed the area is at
low risk for future exposure to oil, according to a
"We are pleased to continue moving forward
with reopening portions of Gulf federal waters to
recreational and commercial fishing," stated under
Secretary of Commerce Jane Lubchenco. 'T d like
to thank everyone for their patience throughout this
process, as we work to ensure seafood safety remains
our primary objective."
At its closest point, the area recently reopened
is about 55 miles northeast of the Deepwater/BP
wellhead. The total area is about 1 percent of federal
waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
During a four-day period in August, NOAA
sampled the area for tuna, swordfish and mahi mahi.
A sensory analysis found no detectable oil or disper-
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were "well below the levels of concern," according
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Anna Maria public works director George McKay
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Dredging the Lake LaVista inlet is performed
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tion District to fund the dredging, he said. The city's
share for this year's project is $44,691, according to
the proposed 2010-11 budget.
"This is something we do at about 18-month
intervals to keep the inlet open and navigable for
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Loggerhead status under review
By Lisa Neff
Federal agencies have begun reviewing state-
ments on whether the loggerhead sea turtle an
Island icon should be classified as "endangered"
in certain regions under the U.S. Endangered Species
A lengthy public comment period on the change
in status proposed by the National Marine Fisher-
ies Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in late
February closed Sept. 13.
Now the agencies begin the work of sifting
through the record, which contains more than 120
filings, many of them from the government agencies
involved in the status review.
"Endangered," under federal law, means "an
Nesting by the numbers
As of Sept. 9, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Number of turtle nests: 140
Number of false crawls: 133
Number of disorientations: 18
Number of hatchlings to the sea: 4,577
Wi-fi hot spots
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bra-
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive.
The Islander is compiling a list of locations offer-
ing free wireless Internet service to computer users on
the Island. If you offer this convenience, please, e-mail
reporter Lisa Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a
name and telephone number with the location of the hot
spot and a password if needed.
animal or plant species in danger of extinction
throughout all or a significant portion of its range."
"Threatened" means "an animal or plant species
likely to become endangered within the foreseeable
future throughout all or a significant portion of its
Currently, throughout the species' U.S. range, the
loggerhead is classified as "threatened."
A change in designation would trigger a legal
requirement for proposed critical habitat, a step
in achieving improved protections for key nesting
beaches and migratory and feeding habitat in the
The scientific basis for the uplisting proposal
is a 2009 status review of loggerhead sea turtles
worldwide by the Fisheries Service. It identified nine
distinct population segments and found both North
Pacific and Northwest Atlantic loggerheads "cur-
rently at risk of extinction."
Loggerheads have declined by at least 80 percent
in the North Pacific and could become functionally or
ecologically extinct by the mid-21st century if addi-
tional protections are not put into place, according to
On Anna Maria Island, where members of Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch walk the beaches to moni-
tor nesting activity from May through October, the
proposed rule change was viewed favorably.
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"I see the walkers out here in the mornings and
from them I've learned a lot about the turtles," said
Sue Stratham of Anna Maria. "I think that we should
do anything and e .) ti \ hi ng to protect them."
Several weeks ago, Jake Hart watched the release
of hatchling loggerheads that had been rescued after
becoming disoriented by artificial light and lost on
"It was a profound event," said Hart, who was
back on the beach last week. "Nobody who saw
something like that could think we should do any-
thing less than protect them to the most."
The two populations that would be identified
as "threatened" are in the South Atlantic Ocean and
the Southwest Indian Ocean. The seven populations
proposed as "endangered" are in the North Pacific
Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southeast Indo-Pacific
Ocean, North Indian Ocean, Northwest Atlantic
Ocean, Northeast Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean
The comments in the public record related to the
status proposal are highly technical and scientific and
deal with a variety of issues related to the health of
the loggerhead population, including the impact of
long-line fishing, red tide, oil and dredging in the
water and the impact of development, beach renour-
ishment, loss of habitat and industrial operations on
Mike Steach found this dead
hatchling near 66th Street
in Holmes Beach Sept.
8. Hatchlings have a low
chance of survival at sea,
but they also face numer-
. 1 ous risks trying to reach the
water. Predators such as
birds, raccoons, crabs and
domestic dogs and cats can
kill hatchlings. More often,
turtles become disoriented
by artificial light and drawn
Saway from the water to die
,:, ,from dehydration or injury.
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Calling all high school athletes
By Kevin Cassidy
The 2010 school year is back in session, which
means the beginning of another great year of high
school sports. Fall sports include volleyball for girls,
cross-country, golf, swimming and diving for both
boys and girls and, of course, the king of high school
Winter sports include basketball and soccer for
boys and girls in addition to girls weightlifting and
boys w itlingi
The sports seasons wrap up in the spring with
weightlifting for boys, coed track and field, tennis,
and girls softball and baseball for boys.
If you're an Islander and are participating in prep
sports at your school, please, call 941-778-7978 or
e-mail email@example.com, so we can highlight your
exploits in The Islander.
Two teams managed to emerge from pool play
with the prerequisite three victories during Sept. 11
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horse-
shoe pits. Tim Sofran and Tom Pechous rolled the
team of Hank Huyghe and Ron Pepka by a 25-6 score
to take the top spot for the day.
It was the same story for pool play during Sept.
8 action as only two teams made it out of pool play
and the final match was a blowout. Norm Good and
Tim Sofran blitzed walker John Johnson 21-4 to win
the day's bi ''inii' rights.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selec-
tion. There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
Key Royale news
The ladies of the Key Royale Club in Holmes
Beach played an individual low-net golf game on
Sept. 7. Powered by a chipin on number nine, Nancy
King took first place in Flight A with a 3-over-par 35,
while Penny Williams, who finished second was two
Joyce Brown took top honors in Flight B with
a 1-under-par 31, two shots ahead of second-place
finisher Markie Ksiazek. Jane Winegarden, Terry
Westby and Joyce Rieth finished in a three-way tie
for third place.
Golf tourney news
The 10th annual Anna Maria Oyster Bar golf
tournament, will be held at the IMG Academies Golf
& Country Club Friday, Sept. 24, and, unlike past
sell-outs, there tourney is still open for registration.
For $1,000 a foursome, you can register for the
tournament that benefits the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, Pace Center for Girls and United Way
of Manatee and includes dinner, golf, use of the driv-
ing range and some beverages. Also on tap are tons
of raffle prizes as well as longest-drive and closest-
The fun gets going with a 1 p.m. shotgun start
with dinner following play at approximately 6 p.m.
To sign up or for more information, call the
Oyster Bar at 761-7797.
Surfin' and postin'
Above left: Christian Daniels, 9, (far left in red holding up his trophy)
posted a third-place win in his division at the Pro Am Surf Festival
benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. The compe-
tition took place over Labor Day weekend in Cocoa Beach and is
organized by former Islanders and pro surfers Phil and Rich Salick,
far right. Christian's division is the super menehuene.
Above right: Izzy Gomez, formerly of Anna Maria Island now living
in Jupiter, won a second-place in the girls super menehuene division.
The surf festival has raised more than $4 million over the years.
Left: Christian Daniels takes a wave in the NKF Pro Am Surf Festival
held on the Atllantic shore in Cocoa Beach. Islander Photos: Tom
sfur 4bed/4bath/3car duplex with pool buil tin 1980 on
a 70x111 lot was sold 08/18/10, Alvarez to Palm Pelican
Inc. for $480,000; list $519,000.
522 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,314 sfla / 2,160 sfur
2bed/2bath/ lcar canalfront home built in 1972 on a 80x 111
lot was sold 08/25/10, Curtin to Hood for $400,000; list
519 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,573 sfla / 1,906 sfur
3bed/ 11bath/lcar canalfront home built in 1960 on a
90x104 lot was sold 08/18/10, FV Bradenton Residental
Properties LLC to Handley for $400,000; list $449,900.
333 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a vacant 75x110 canal-
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to Martin for $300,000.
2903 Avenue B, Holmes Beach, a 1,464 sfla
4bed/4bath duplex built in 1971 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 08/16/10, Lehmer to Gibbs for $278,000; list
3702 Sixth Ave., Unit 4, Beach View of Manatee,
Holmes Beach, a 1,047 sfla / 1,264 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 08/26/10,
Schmidt to Giammatteo for $230,000; list $259,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
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Island real estate transactions
528 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 4,014 sfla / 9,061 sfur
4bed/312bath/4car bayfront pool home built in 2008 on
a 105x112 lot was sold 08/25/10, Walding to Overstreet
for $1,450,000; list $1,850,000.
512 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a 1,512 sfla / 2,273
sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar built in 1967 on a 79x135 lot was
sold 08/25/10, Boyle to Mintfish LLC for $800,000.
612 North Point Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,383 sfla
2,993 sfur 41kd 31Sh ili 2. r canalfront home built in 1993
on a 83x100 lot was sold 08/26/10, Sheffield to Fetters
for $525,000; list $549,000.
209 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,950 sfla / 3,763
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 15, 2010 0 21
Area anglers see schools of red
By Nick Walter
Some Li clinii 1 news of redfish has come in
from various captains, with reports of 100-fish
schools and daily catches of 50 fish in local bays
and beach waters.
In the late summer, redfish begin schooling up
and moving inshore. Various CAL shads and Mir-
rOlures or MirrOdines have been doing the trick for
anglers. Anglers can take advantage of some of the
big breeding redfish that have come from offshore.
There was even a report of a 45-inch redfish caught
last week in Palma Sola Bay.
Capt. Mike Greig said he's been catching his
share of redfish, which have been schooled up in local
bays. He reported days of 30 and 50 reds caught on
live shiners, while chumming with live and dead
baits. He said chumming with dead shiners seems to
work better because the redfish search in the grass
beds for snacks. Greig said he also had been catching
Spanish mackerel and sharks right off the beaches.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said fishing around the Island was good
this past week, with many varieties of fish. He said
the redfish have been feeding in the mangrove bushes
on the high tides "I've been tail-hooking the shiners
and casting up into the open area of the bushes and
letting the baits swim underneath the root systems,"
Howard said. "The redfish like to hide under the man-
grove canopy for protection and comfort due to the
hot temperatures. On the falling tide, the reds have
out of their shoreline haunts and into the potholes on
the edges of the flats."
He said the speckled trout bite has been good
with a lot of little ones, as well as a few keepers.
"I've been fishing in 2-8 feet of water to find these
dependable and tasty fish," he said.
Also, Howard noticed the mangrove snapper bite
is starting to get hot. They have moved into the bay
and around docks. Howard said dead shiners have
worked well. "A tip to catch these tricky feeders is
to let them have the bait when you feel the thump,"
Howard said. "Let them pull your line tight and then
set the hook."
Phil Kirkland from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier said pompano, Spanish mackerel, man-
A marlin boated in the Treasure Cay Billfish Tour-
nament June 13-18 in Abaco, Bahamas.
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Daniel Munyan of Tampa, took the top prize, while Team Hooker won second-place for its catch. Islander
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grove snapper, grouper, bluefish and sharks are hit-
ting. He said the hottest bites have come from pom-
pano and mackerel. The grouper bite, he said, has
Kimberly Shearer from Annie's Bait & Tackle
said she has customers reporting that they are catching
huge sheepshead around the Longboat Key Bridge,
including grunts up to 13 inches long by the buoy
in front of Cannon's Marina and mangrove snapper
along the edges of Jewfish Key. She said the biggest
snapper she heard caught was 18 1/2 inches long and
the bait was jigheads tipped with pieces of shrimp.
Capt. Mark Johnston and Capt. Sam Kimball
of Legend Fishing Charters are both catching tons
of Spanish mackerel about 2 miles off the beach.
Kimball is also catching blacktip sharks in the same
area. Live shiners seem to be the best bait for them,
he said. Kimball, when the weather is permitting, said
he is catching a ton of red and gag grouper in about
100 feet of water.
Annamae Lahay from Corky's Live Bait &
Tackle said she has received reports of some over-
size, as well as undersize, redfish, including a report
of a 45-inch redfish in Palma Sola Bay. She also said
fishers have been catching redfish in Sarasota Bay
and in some spots near Longboat Pass. Most of the
successful reports are from fishers using live shrimp
and a light split-shot for a successful cast, she said.
Fishers have reported a lot of speckled trout being
caught in the local waters of Palma Sola and Sarasota
Bay. Most reports have been about speckled trout
over the 20-inch length.
In the bays and backwaters, reports include "quite
a few large black drum, speckled trout and snook,"
she said. "Snook have been successfully being caught
moreso at night than during the day."
She said other reports from inshore waters are
mangrove snapper, grouper, bluefish and Spanish
mackerel. Fishers are having success catching Span-
ish mackerel on gold and/or silver spoons during the
daytime because light reflection attracts Spanish
mackerel. Mangrove snapper have been attracted to
live shrimp and live shrimp used with bucktail jigs,
Capt. Warren Girle said on Sept. 10 he was
catching redfish and trout on top-water plugs. Off-
shore, over a 7-mile reef, he said there were no keeper
grouper, but there were tons of small grouper, limits
of mangrove snapper and a keeper cobia. He said
there were tons of Spanish mackerel as well. Girle
was free-lining shiners for the macks. "I must have
re-tied 50 hooks the other day," Girle said. "I use
15-pound test leader and go as light as I can and bury
He reported fishing in a nice group of 100 redfish
using a small Rapala Skitterwalk and Sebile subsur-
face lure. "It's tricky with the bluefish because the
(Sebile's) are around $15 a pop," he said, indicating
the toothy bluefish are capable of leader cut-offs.
"But they work. I'm using silver with a greenish-blue
back. They look like a pinfish and the reds really like
it." He said he also caught a couple on Exude jigs.
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book at a
Holmes Beach businessman and real
estate developer Patrick McConnell
will launch sales of his book, "Govern-
ment of Deceit," from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Time Saver
Market, 5353 Gulf Drive, Holmes
McConnell said the book is a "sober-
ing analysis of America's finances, gov-
ernance, society and how we got here."
Light refreshments will be served
and McConnell will sign his book.
For more information, call 941-778-
Tuscany at Freedom
Tuscany Restaurant at Freedom
Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton,
has received the Award of Excellence
from Wine Spectator magazine for its
wine list, which features more than 100
wines from around the world.
Tuscany's wine list is the product
of Freedom Village's director of dining
services and chef Luciano Silva. Silva
had to know the complete history of
all the wines on the list, including
vintage, growing location and wine
maker, as well as how the wines should
Silva will host the Tuscany Third
Annual Grape Escape from 7 p.m. to 10
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, featuring the
wine list with appropriate cuisine.
Tuscany is open to the public for
dining from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
For reservations and more informa-
tion, call 941-798-8122.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its monthly busi-
ness card exchange from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Regions Bank,
3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach.
Light refreshments and door prizes
will be available.
Cost of the event is $5 per person
and reservations are suggested. Mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests or
Also, the chamber membership is
nominating people for posts on the non-
For applications, contact cham-
ber executive assistant Deb Wing at
The deadline for nominations is
Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Jan "Grandma" Freeman, founder with husband "Skinny" of the original
Mid-Island Drive-In, now Skinny's Place, looks over some whopper burgers at
a previous celebration. Islander File Photo
Skinny's to host anniversary party
Skinny's Place, 3901 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will celebrate its eighth
anniversary with a tent party from 11
a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2.
Plans for the rain-or-shine event
include free giveaways, performances
by the popular local bands Bootleg and
Roadblock, chances at a dunk tank and
feasting. The festivities will take place
in the parking lot under a giant tent.
The party menu includes burgers,
corndogs, fries and onion rings.
For more information, call Skin-
ny's at 941-778-7769.
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 15, 2010 0 23
Arthur Stanley Bussey
Arthur Stanley Bussey, 95, Holmes Beach, died
Sept. 8. He was born in Turner County, Ga.
Mr. Bussey came to Holmes Beach in 1972 from the
nation's capital, where he had been a naval architect in
the Department of the Navy. He was an honor graduate
of the University of Florida and member of Tau Beta Pi,
Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma honorary societies.
He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects
and Marine Engineers, the American Society of Civil
Engineers, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Navy League
and a registered professional engineer in the District of
Columbia. Locally he was a member of the Bradenton
Yacht Club, past Flotilla commander and past division
captain of Flotilla 81 Anna Maria of the U.S. Coast
He and his wife traveled extensively to destinations
in each of the world's 24 time zones and to all seven
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be to either the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 Anna Maria, in care of Com-
mander John S. Alexander, P.O. Box 20877, Bradenton
FL 34204 or the American Red Cross. Condolences for
the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneral-
homes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home
Town Chapel, Bradenton.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years Wilma E.;
daughter Linda A. Griffin of Reston, Va.; son Arthur
S. III of Holmes Beach, sister Mary W. Whitford of
Delray Beach; four grandchildren, and six great-grand-
Mary E. Greer
Mary E. Greer, nee Newhoffer, 86, died Aug. 25 in
Littleton, Colo. She was born Sept. 30, 1923, in Phila-
Mrs. Greer was a resident of Bradenton and Perico
Island for nine years and lived in Pennsylvania, Ken-
tucky, Michigan, Colorado, New York, Illinois and
Frankfurt, Germany. She traveled the world with her late
husband, James. In addition to traveling, she enjoyed
reading, music, crafts, gardening, volunteering and pho-
tography, especially taking photos of her family and the
numerous places she visited throughout the years.
A private memorial service will be held at Bean
Point on Anna Maria Island, where her late husband also
was memorialized in 1999. Donations may be made to
a hospice of choice.
Mrs. Greer is survived by daughter Carol Greer
Siemaszko and husband Ed Siemaszko; grandson Jan
Siemaszko and wife Cat; and great-granddaughter,
Mena. She also is survived by a son and his family,
who requested they not be named.
Kris Hall, 57, of Bradenton and formerly of Bra-
denton Beach, Cortez and Fall River, Mass., died Sept.
4. He was bom Nov. 5, 1952, in Fall River. He came
to Manatee County from Fall River more than 20 years
ago. Mr. Hall worked in construction. He was a member
of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge. He was of the
Catholic faith, although he embraced the Orthodox
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home
Town Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences may be made
online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Elham Feanny-
Hall; three step-children, Nichole, Jasper and Cary
Lynn; brother Dave and sister Kathleen E. Roy, both of
Bridgewater, Mass.; step-grandson Nicolas, and many
extended family members and friends.
Herbert Dutcher Shuart
Herbert Dutcher Shuart died Sept. 6. He was born
May 29, 1929, in Mahwah, N.J. Mr. Shuart worked at
Midland Lumber Company in New York, leaving as
foreman in 1957 to offer private contracting services.
He was a self-taught craftsman and builder, leaving
behind a legacy of custom homes and woodwork. In
1966, he introduced his family to country living, farm-
ing and raising horses and livestock on homesteads near
Middletown and Thompson Ridge, N.Y. In 1970, the
Shuarts bought Jan's Hobby Shop in Holmes Beach
and moved to Anna Maria Island. The family ran the
shop together, offering craft and painting classes. After
selling the store, they moved to Bradenton, where they
were 28-year members of Church of the Cross. On Aug.
25, the Shuarts celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Visitation was Sept. 9 at Shannon Funeral Home,
Westview Chapel, Bradenton. A service of celebration
was held Sept. 10 at Church of the Cross, 5051 26th
St. W., Bradenton. Internment was to be at Manasota
Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to
Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238, or to the Church of the Cross. Con-
dolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneral-
Mr. Shuart is survived by wife, Jeannette (Jan); son
Don of Decatur, Ga.; three daughters, Pat Lowenhaupt
of Palmetto, Judy Witt of Bradenton and Debbie and
husband David Cerquozzi of Myakka City; two brothers,
Arthur of Howes Cave, N.Y., Curtis and wife Regina
of Suffern, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Lisa Greenwalt,
Jamie Lowenhaupt and Andy, Ashley, Joey and
Joshua Cerquozzi; and four great-grandchildren.
Island police blotter
Anna Maria Island
Sept. 4, 9701 Gulf Drive, disturbance. The com-
plainant called the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
alleging that while he was at Slim's Place, he was con-
fronted with abusive language from a person who also
spit in his face. Both parties filed affidavits.
No new reports.
Sept. 2, 5406 Marina Drive, theft. A Holmes Beach
Police Department officer responded to The Feast,
where an employee stated someone stole a potted palm
tree from the sidewalk in front of the business. He said
the thief removed an ADT Security sign that was in the
pot and placed it next to another potted plant.
Sept. 5, 700 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary.
An officer met with the complainant, who said she was
checking on her brother's house and noticed someone
had broken in and a flat-screen TV was missing.
Sept. 7, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
An officer conducted a traffic stop and the driver admit-
ted he did not have a driver's license and was issued a
notice to appear in court for driving without a license.
The officer noticed the female passenger appeared
intoxicated. He ran a check and learned she had a war-
rant for missing a court date. She was taken to jail.
Sept. 8, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. An
HBPD officer was dispatched in reference to a burglary.
The complainants said someone broke into their home
and took a portable safe from their bedroom.
Sept. 9, Avenue E, burglary. A woman came to the
HBPD to report a burglary. She said three weeks earlier
someone entered her home and stole a computer tower,
two computers, an electric drill, a ring, a stereo and
speakers and a small leather stool.
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TABLE SAW: 10-inch with stand, $50. Large, ori-
ental bowl planter, $10. 941-778-2901.
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DESK HUTCH: CUBIX, gray. 36 x 42 x 12, $25.
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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advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
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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-
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
families and children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
WANTED:YOUR OLD cell phone, chargers and sim
cards for recycling in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and we deliver
to Ministry of Presence in Port-au-Prince.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m Friday, Sept. 17.302
and 304 74th St., Holmes Beach, Anna Maria,
Florida. Style and shabby chic, table and chairs,
sofa, chaise, etagere, two king beds, queen and
full pillow top, two twin beds, patio set, easy
chairs, yard tools, wall art, four TVs, accessories,
linens and kitchen. Julie McClure Sale. Pictures:
www.appraisals4u.biz or www.flickr.com/photos/
ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m Friday, Sept. 17.
207 55th St., Holmes Beach. Contents including
sterling, sofa bed, Lazy-boy recliner, corner curio,
occasional tables, wicker/rattan loveseat, rocker
and tables. Nice sale. Sale conducted by Palma
Sola Sales, Inc.
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.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept.18.
204 Archer Way, Anna Maria Household items,
appliances, couches, tables, chairs, lamps, plus
many miscellaneous goods. All items priced to
sell! 269-370-8386 with questions or directions.
YELLOW MAINE COON cat lost from 6600 block
of Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward offered.
FOUND AUG. 27: Camera. 941-962-7785.
FOUND: LEATHER TEVA sandals on beach near
53rd Street, Holmes Beach. Call 941-779-0210.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
121-C Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
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1999 SATURN S-SERIES coupe. 55,000 miles.
Literally driven on island by little old lady. Barely
driven last three years. Garage stored. Must sell
while we are in area, Sept. 21-30. $2,000. Excel-
lent value. 941-383-3698 or 613-256-6522.
2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON Fatboy Asking $2,930.
No trades. Nice looking bike, details and pic-
tures: email@example.com. 727-475-5405.
BOAT PROBLEMS? DON'T delay, have our boat
repair specialists fix it today. We offer free towing
from dock to marina. Call N.E. Taylor Boatworks
bottom pant specialists at 941-794-2802 or e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
FOR RENT: DEEP-water boat slip: North end of
Anna Maria, easy access to Gulf. Up to 30 feet,
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island,
located in busy shopping center, large inventory,
all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey,
business growing monthly, owners moving, great
opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim,
GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
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.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.
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: email@example.com.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND HOUSEKEEPING: LOCAL girl, great ref-
erences. Openings for home and vacation rental
accounts. Deborah, 941-524-0486
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 consultation today! Insured. www.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
ALTERATIONS AND CUSTOM home decor, Pil-
lows, cushions. Experienced, dependable. Call
Diane 941-778-6373, cell 941-724-6831.
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. Refer-
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, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call
Beach Service, William Eller, 941-795-7411.
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
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.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
at Mike Norman Realty,
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off "2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
OWf -r'( '( Luxurious 2/2 apts..
S1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
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Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
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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.
JUNIOR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
We presently have
A GREAT SELECTION
of near Gulf and Gulffront,
and canal properties.
Call Anna Maria Realty today for details.
"\Ve ARE the Island!"
MaMe Fran Li. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
JEWFISH KEY One-acre buildable lot on this 38-acre private
island located at Longboat Key Pass. Spectacular Gulf and bay
views, accessible only by boat. Total of 11 homesites on island,
half is a dedicated nature preserve. $395,000.
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
. www. mikenormanrealty.com
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
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.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED GROUND-level duplex.
2BR/1 BA, north Holmes Beach. $925/month plus
"7q gulf Bay Rafty of.Anna Maria Inc.
Jesse Brisson BrokerAssociate, GqU
Deep Water Canal
This home sits on a lot & a half. Private dock
with no bridges to the bay! This home has a large
pool and plenty of space. $599,999
This community has tons to offer, beach access,
elevator, heated pools, spa, lanai, tons of storage,
bay dock and kayak launch. Peeks of the Gulf
from the bonus room! $369,000
Call Jesse Brisson
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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 -
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-
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 1BR 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.
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA,
wireless Internet, non-smoker, no pets. beach-
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross
street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer.
Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: Room avail-
able in Bayfront home includes pool, boat dock
with lift, $800/month. 941-518-8491.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. Ground-level
2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, fully equipped
kitchen. No pets. $900/month. Call 941-778-
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious
3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai,
completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf
view. No pets or smoking. Two-month minimum.
813-689-0925 or HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.
SPACIOUS LOWER 2BR/2BA plus garage
near pool. 55-plus community. 10 minutes to
beaches. Annual, $950/month plus utilities and
deposit. Seasonal, January- April, $1,850/month.
May-December, $1,650/month. Call 941-761-
SHORT TERM: VACATION 3BR/2BA NW
Bradenton furnished home, weekly/$600,
monthly/$1,300. Townhouse, 2BR/2BA, pool, boat
slip, weekly/$550, monthly/$950. Perico Bay Club
villa, 2BR/2BA, $1,800/month. Realtor, 941-356-
1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
FREE FORECLOSURE PREVENTION, free Dis-
tressed Property Lists! Call James Adkins, 713-
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.
SANDPIPER DOUBLEWIDE: 2BR/1.5BA across
from beach. Spacious, remodeled. 2601 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call Lynne, 941-744-
CONDO BARGAINS: FORTY-Three West
2BR/2BA, one-car garage, cathedral ceilings,
screened courtyards, pet friendly, $132,000.
Custom Village Green 3BR/2BA, two-car garage
villa, $149,500. Perico Bay villa, 2BR/2BA, one-car
garage, ground floor, turnkey furnished. $229,000.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
FOR SALE: TEARDOWN large lot. 125-foot front-
age by 100-feet deep. Less than 300 feet from the
Gulf beach end of 50th Street. $600,000 or best
offer.120 50th St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-4011.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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-
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN! ONLY $44,900. Adjacent
lakefront sold for $149,900. Beautiful estate-size
homesite in prestigious, gated coastal community
with direct ocean access. Enjoy pool, clubhouse, free
boat slips, more. All utilities completed. Only one. Easy
financing. Call now, 877-888-1415, ext. 2639.
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under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly
accept any advertising for real estate which is in viola-
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dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on
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our web-site to book your
next vacation in paradise!
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5604-B Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941-779-0733
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Call Shawn Kaleta at 941-778-8660 for
your next custom home, remodel
or investment property.
6804 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
309 68th St., Holmes Beach
206 73rd St., Holmes Beach
415 Clark Drive, Holmes Beach
AMI Beaches Real Estate
2501 Gulf Drive, North Bradenton Beach.
The law firm of Najmy Thompson P.L.
is ready to serve all your legal needs at our
offices on Anna Maria Island and in
Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Sarasota.
Please, call us or visit our website,
Louis Najmy, Attorney at Law
Yaur Hametawn Bank
A locally owned and locally managed
community bank for the island.
Commercial real estate lending for owner
occupied businesses and investors.
Specializing in residential construction
lending for local and out-of-town investors.
Contact: Ross C. Hodges, 941-776-5040
5100 Cortez Road West, Bradenton FL 34210
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