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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: December 15, 2010
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turns the tables on
Wile E. Coyote.
Page 6

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3

Op/ed: The Islander
editorial, reader let-
ters. Page 6


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the news ...


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LBK to help fund
trolley. Page 7

HB seeks Grassy
Point funding.
Page 8


Right: Santa Claus waves to his fans at the stern of the Privateers Christmas Parade. For
more on the Christmas Parade and Santa's visits, go to pages 18-19.


Paddling, cycling, Segway Anna Maria


rentals proposed for Coquina


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County parks and recreation
department is working with its beach con-
cessionaire to bring kayak and bicycle rent-
als to Coquina Beach.
A discussion on rental operations took
place Dec. 7 during a meeting of the ad
hoc Preserve Our Beautiful Beaches Task
Force at the Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The restaurant is at the county-operated
Manatee Public Beach.
The task force, formed several years ago
and consisting of government representa-
tives from Manatee County, the Island cities
and Longboat Key, meets periodically to
discuss plans for the beaches.
Earlier this year, the county awarded
the concession operations for Manatee
Public and Coquina beaches to United
Park Services, which took over operations
in July.
Last week, UPS's Alan Kahana told
the task force the company would like to
add kayak and two-wheel and four-wheel
bicycle rentals at Coquina.
Additionally, the county plans to con-
tract to bring Segway tours to Coquina as
early as February 2011.
County parks and recreation direc-
tor Cindy Turner said several businesses
are renting Segways on the Island. The
county, through a bidding process, likely
will award an exclusive contract for tours
on the paths alongside the public beach


and the bayfront.
Turner added that county staff would
work with Bradenton Beach officials on the
Segway project.
The city also will need to review any plans
for kayak and bicycle rentals, which accord-
ing to Kahana would take place on Coquina
Bayside.
"You're going to have to have a site plan,"
said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale, the city representative at the Dec. 7
meeting.
County Marine Rescue Chief Jay Moyles
added that any kayak rentals should take place
at the north end of the park, not the south,
where many people launch motorized per-
sonal watercraft and where the current can
be dangerous.
"I have concerns with the safety aspect,"
Moyles said. "We have to look at it."
The group also discussed:
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus
and Orchestra performing a concert at the
Manatee Public Beach.
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer
Nancy Hall said a city temporary-use permit
would be required if electrical service is
needed on the beach.
Placing five-10 dining tables on the sand
just beyond the patio at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe.
"There are people who want to sit with
their feet in the sand," Turner said.
Hall said the city's board of adjustment
would need to review a site plan because
PLEASE SEE COQUINA, PAGE 3


pier tops

list again

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria City Pier remains the
No. 1 visitor attraction in Manatee County,
according to the most recent visitor study from
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau.
The July-September 2010 visitor pro-
file report by Research Data Inc. of Tampa
for the BACVB said 34.2 percent of visitors
named the 100-year-old wooden pier their
most favored Manatee County attraction, up
5.9 percent from the 32.3 percent figure in the
June-August 2009 study.
Although St. Armands Circle in Sara-
sota is the top area attraction among visitors
to the Bradenton area, Anna Maria's historic
pier owned by the city has been ranked
the No. 1 Manatee County attraction since the
quarterly surveys began in 2008. St. Armands
Circle has headed the attractions list in each
survey.
The latest report showed the Rod & Reel
Pier, also in Anna Maria, was the third most-
favored county attraction, behind the Ellenton
mall.
Visitors gave the privately-owned Rod &
Reel Pier a 27.8 favorable vote, down from
the 30.6 percent for the same quarter in 2009.
Retail shopping at the Prime Outlet Mall in
Ellenton climbed from 30.6 percent in the 2009
study to 35 percent for July-September 2010.
The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Braden-
PLEASE SEE PIER, NEXT PAGE


Anna Maria ii Getin

merry- the game.

making. Page 25
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$50 BUCS CONTEST
DEC. 15, 2010


County to improve
causeway-preserve
parking. Page 11



Community events,
announcements.
Pages 12-15



What to do, where to
go. Page 14

Tampa family sues
BBPD. Page 16


Island police blotter.
Page 20


Fishing: Islanders
undaunted by cold
weather. Page 23
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New to the commu-
nity. Page 24

S h@el
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PIER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ton Beach gained in popularity among visitors, rising
from a 13.3 percent favorable rating in the 2009 quar-
ter to 17.5 percent for the same quarter this year, a
31.6 percent increase.
Multiple responses were permitted in all voting
categories of the survey.
Going to the beaches on Anna Maria Island was
the most favored activity among visitors with a 90.2
percent rating, followed by dining out (83.3 percent),
relaxing (78.3 percent) and walking on the beach (78
percent).
Anna Maria Island also gained the top three spots
in attributes that best describe the area.
Beautiful, clean beaches headed the list with a
92.8 percent vote, while clear, blue water was next
at 86.5 percent and sunning on the beach third with
an 86.3 percent rating.
Also in the Top 10 of attributes for the area were
family friendly at No. 6 (63.5 percent), ease of travel-
ing at No. 7 (63.5 percent), good food and restaurants
was No. 8 (61.8 percent) and No. 9 was good value
for money (61.5 percent).
The survey reported $48.4 million in direct
expenditures during the quarter, an increase of 5.5
percent from the 2009 figure, and a total economic
impact of $76.5 million from July-September 2010,
up 5.5 percent from the same quarter in 2009.
Average visitor spending during the summer
quarter was listed at $466 per person per trip and
$75.50 per day. The average tourist party budgeted
$1,424 for their vacation in the area, according to the
survey. Out-of-state visitors budgeted an average of
$1,721 for their vacation, while Florida visitors had
a budget average of $977.
The average visitor party stayed 8.1 days, spent
$610 on accommodations, $423 on food and bever-
ages and $158 on retail purchases.
Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they
planned to return to the area, 81.1 percent said they
were "very satisfied" with their vacation time, and
13.7 percent said they were "satisfied."


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The Anna Maria City Pier. Islander File Photo

Visitors to the Island in May 2011 will have even
more reason to visit the pier.
In recognition of the 100 years the pier has been
operating, the city is holding a pier centennial cele-
bration May 13-14. Pier committee chair Sissy Quinn
said the celebration would be "befitting of the old
Florida charm of the pier."
Quinn, an Island history buff, has headed the
committee since its 2008 inception and plans a
spectacular affair. She's always known the pier
and the Island are the driving force behind area
tourism.
"The pier is old Florida. It's a piece of Island his-
tory that's been around for 100 years. Visitors realize
an old wooden pier is something they won't find at
other Florida resort destinations. This is a piece of
history, and I'm delighted to be a part of the celebra-
tion."
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,


a former Holmes Beach mayor and current Island res-
ident, said the pier and the Island are "the engine that
drives tourism." The BACVB survey on what attracts
people to the area confirms what's she's known since
she moved to the Island as a teenager.
But occasionally during budget discussions,
some county staff don't always view the Island and
its attraction as "the engine" for tourism, she said.
One example is the fare-free Island trolley.
"When the bean counters look at numbers, they
just say 'let's charge for a ride.' They have no under-
standing that the free trolley is part of the Island's
attraction, an amenity that draws visitors and keeps
cars off the Island streets, especially during the winter
season. Thankfully, the commission understands we
have to take care of the Island. It's what runs the
economy," she said.
Whitmore observed that pictures of the Island
beaches are always featured in advertisements, bro-
chures and on websites for home-buying in Manatee
County, especially in the eastern county region.
"The Island and beaches are what sell those
homes out east. Sooner or later, every person who
moves to Lakewood Ranch or east Manatee County
is going to visit the Island. Unfortunately, some
people have a hard time understanding the strain
this puts on Island infrastructure and the Island
way of life," she said.
Another example of the Island's perception
among some officials could easily be the demolished
Manatee Public Beach pier.
County commissioners have pledged to rebuild
the pier, but there has been difficulty fitting the esti-
mated $3 million cost into a departmental budget.
L\ c lybody loved that pier," Whitmore said.
"The commission promised Holmes Beach a new
pier, but it's moving slowly. But it will happen."
From the latest tourism survey report figures, it
would appear the Anna Maria City Pier, the Rod &
Reel Pier, the Historic Bridge Street Pier and Anna
Maria Island are selling the Bradenton area rather
well.


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COQUINA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
adding the tables would be an expansion of a non-
conforming use.
An expansion also would need to comply with
requirements in the city's outdoor dining ordinance,
Hall added.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection also might need to review a proposal, although
Turner said in preliminary talks state officials indi-
cated "it's not really any different than adding picnic
tables."
Installing a new sign near the entrance to Mana-
tee Public Beach to advertise the restaurant and other
concessions.
Kahana proposed a sign that included a digital
reader board, which Hall said likely would conflict
with city regulations. Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson said such a sign might interfere with traf-
fic operations at the busy Gulf Drive-Manatee Avenue
intersection.
"It's something the city doesn't like," Hall said.
Stephenson said, "I'd worry about the inten-


Manatee County
project manager
Mike Sosadeeter
discusses proposed
changes to the
county-operated
Coquina and
Manatee Public
beaches during a
Dec. 7 meeting at
the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff





sity."
Kahana quickly agreed that a digital reader
board would be eliminated from his proposal. He
also agreed that any sign should match the aesthet-
ics of new signs the county is planning for Coquina
Beach.
The conversation then turned to the placement of
banners near the entrance to Manatee Public Beach,
which have been allowed by the county and are
approved by the city.
Turner said people placing banners have tread on
plants and punctured irrigation systems.
Others noted that Bradenton Beach officials are
planning to cease authorizing banners at the intersec-
tion of Cortez Road and Gulf Drive as part of an effort
to improve aesthetics at the gateway intersection.
The task force agreed that wooden posts similar
to the bollards used in the beach parking lots might
be used for banner posts, helping to consolidate the
placement of the temporary signs.
"Banner pollution is not what we want," Turner
said.


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 15, 2010 E 3


Meetings
Anna Maria City
Dec. 16, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
Dec. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
CANCELED
Dec. 17, 12 p.m., city hall holiday party.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Dec. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Dec. 16, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third
Avenue W., Bradenton, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Dec. 15, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key.
Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Hall.
Christmas is Dec. 25. Many government offices
are closed Dec. 24-27.
New Year's is Jan. 1. Many government offices
are closed Dec. 31.
The Islander offices will close Dec. 24 and Dec.
31.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
org.


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Cortez coyote crisis draws crowd


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Scream "ahhhhhhh!"
That's one suggestion to scare off a coyote, said
Manatee County naturalist Lisa Hickey.
That's also the response of some frustrated Cor-
tezians who say coyotes are preying on domestic pets
and feral cats.
Residents of the fishing village and other nearby
communities gathered Dec. 9 at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez to discuss with county and state
wildlife experts what appears to be a growing coyote
population.
Village resident Linda Molto, who has reported
the loss of cats to coyotes, moderated the 90-minute
meeting.
About 50 people packed the former schoolhouse
to listen to representatives from Florida Fish and
Wildlife and the Manatee County Extension Office,
but also to voice their grievances and express their
fears about coyotes roaming back yards, parking lots
and wooded areas.
Sometimes people shouted from the audience,
asking whether there is in \ thing government can do
to control the coyotes.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Lt. Tom Ware said per-
mits are issued to control the coyote population, gen-
erally to farmers and ranchers whose stock is being
attacked.
Ware said he wasn't aware of any trappers remov-
ing coyotes, but that the animals, introduced by hunt-
ers to the state in the 1920s for sport, are tracked and
hunted.
The option of trapping and hunting coyotes
intrigued some at the meeting, who wondered whether
coyotes could be shot on the 100-acre Florida Insti-
tute for Saltwater Heritage Preserve on the east side
of Cortez.
Ware said that might be up to FISH, but he


expressed a number of safety concerns about such a
strategy.
A simpler response to the situation, which likely
would yield more success, would be to eliminate
what's drawing coyotes into the village water and
food sources, officials said.
Coyotes, like raccoons, eat what they can find
and go for the easiest food source.
With development boxing coyotes into residential
neighborhoods, the easiest food source can be gar-
bage and small pets, said Hickey, a naturalist with the
Manatee County Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department.
"Coyotes are very intelligent animals," Hickey
said. "But also very lazy. They will go for the easiest
meal first pets and feral cats. And that's why you


Audience
members
listen to
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meeting Dec.
S9 at the Flor
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Museum in
Cortez, where
residents are
concerned
about coyotes
preying on
pets and feral
cats. Islander
Photos: Lisa
Neff



are seeing them in this community."
Hickey said she received a call last week from a
woman who witnessed a coyote attack her small dog,
which had been let outside at about 5 a.m.
Florida, Hickey said, has a leash law that helps
pet owners control their animals, as well as protect
their animals.
Hickey also stressed that coyotes about as big
as a medium-sized collie generally fear humans, and
can be scared off with a wave of the arms or a scream.
If not, she cautioned, the animal might be sick.
About 18 months ago, Hickey said residents in
the Palma Sola area reported a problem with coyotes
that had possibly moved into neighborhoods during
the construction of Robinson Preserve.
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Residents committed to removing food and water
sources and the problem seemed to subside.
Several representatives from wildlife organi-
zations said keeping domestic pets indoors and on
leashes while working to control the feral cat popula-
tion was the best solution to the problem.
Shooting coyotes might actually result in an
increased population, said Becky Pomponio of Proj-
ect Coyote. As some animals are put down, that cre-
ates an opportunity for more to move in from outside
the range.
"If you hunt and trap, you will increase their
numbers," Pomponio said. "If you disperse their
families by randomly killing them, you are going to
end up with more coyotes."

Coyote conflicts
What attracts coyotes to residential areas?
Food, shelter and water.
Animal experts recommend:
Avoid feeding animals outside.
Remove outside water bowls.
Never compost fish scraps or meat.
Keep trash in closed containers.
Remove fallen fruit.
Keep domestic pets indoors and, when
outdoors, keep them on leashes.
What should a person do when facing a
coyote?
Yell or make another noise.
Stand tall and wave arms.
Do not run away.
Are coyotes a threat to people?
Hardly ever. Incidents of coyotes attack-
ing people are rare. There has been one human,
a 3-year-old child, killed by a coyote. By com-
parison, domestic dogs kill as many as 30
people a year in the United States.
Sources: The Humane Society of the United
States, Manatee County Extension Service


Plus, dogs and cats prey on native wildlife, said
Pomponio, Manatee County Audubon Society repre-
sentative Nancy Dean and Wildlife Inc. co-founder
Gail Straight.
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Say it ain't so
Get ready for a new Warner Bros. cartoon adventure
series to be titled, 'The Big Match: Cortez vs. Coyote."
Yep. It's Looney Toons. It's Wile E. Coyote against
the villagers, who apparently are defenseless against the
wit and wiles of the coyote.
The coyote invited himself to the small fishing vil-
lage, where one side is wooded preserve, a buffer to
development and a welcome home to wildlife.
And Cortez was caught unaware by the hungry coy-
otes.
But being somewhat lazy, the coyotes found the
waterfront fish houses and the village residents' pets more
than accommodating to their diet.
The coyotes found a menagerie of feral felines and
domestic cats and dogs, all freely roaming the streets and
prey to their needs, as well as the food left outside for the
Cortez critters.
But the coyotes are doing what comes naturally, hunt-
ing their prey from among the pets and feral communities
in the village.
And that allows the coyote population to grow and
gain a sense of comfort.
Wile E. Coyote has outsmarted the more free-living
of villagers, who by some sense of their nature seem reluc-
tant to compromise and bring their animals indoors.
Some of the folks there say they prefer to form a
possey to trap or kill the coyotes.
We can only imagine what sly devices the refined
Wile E. Coyote would employ to outsmart the villagers
and entice them to shoot and injure one another.
Wildlife experts say to remove the food supply -
keep pets and their chow indoors and the coyotes will
move on.
Beep, Beep.
It's a no-brainer, even for a bunch of roadrunners.

Perico startup
The company that snagged the development plans
and property, including the marina, on Perico Island for
about $8 million will soon open a sales office to market
its first phase of housing construction. The company is
Minto Properties LLC.
The farm land changed hands first to Arvida the
developers that built numerous dredge-and-fill projects
of the 1960s and '70s before the state limited that sort of
environmental damage.
Now gone are the protests and lawsuits that Arvida
spawned with plans for high-rises and 686 condomini-
ums.
Minto's first phase calls for two- and three-story units
in multi-housing clusters. A far cry from Arivda's planned
10- and 12-story towers.
Thankfully.





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Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
"Yeah Getting out of 2-3 feet of snow and
coming to your Island!" David Turiciano
"Caviar and blinis and Champagne on Christmas
morning!" Janet Arfin Kingan
"Christmas cookies every year with my daddy,
28 years." April Jonatzke
"Orphan's Christmas dinner for musicians and
friends who have no family here and no place to
spend the holiday." Loretta Lynne James
"After all the baking is done for everyone else,
we make my grandmother's rum cake that marinates
until New Year's." Grannie Annie of Philly Finest
Bakers

Wish answered
The Islander "Wish Book" gives wonderful
insight into the goals, missions and needs of the many
organizations on Anna Maria Island.
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, sponsor
of the Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center
in Holmes Beach had a quick response to one of our
wishes.
Dr. Heather M. Murray of Palmetto donated a
media projector and digital movie camera to AGAMI.
She is a recently retired medical instructor who was
no longer using her presentation equipment. She was
happy to donate the media projector to us for use


in monthly educational arts programs and we are
delighted to make use of the equipment.
Thank you to the doctor for the generous gift,
and thanks also to The Islander for providing this
opportunity to make our wishes known.
We hope the other organizations also experi-
ence similar success and that their wishes also will
be granted.
Midge Pippel and Joan Voyles, co-presidents,
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island


Fun day thanks
What a fantastic turn out for the ninth annual
Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
There were smiles and laughter and holiday
tidings for friends old and new. There was old St.
Nick's arrival on the fire truck, the ever-popular fish
pond, the very talented ballerinas performing "The
Nutcracker," artistic face-painting and holiday card-
making, just to name a few events.
But most of all, there was a feeling of good old-
fashioned fun with great old-fashioned prices, which
is just what the Lesters wanted.
The Center would like to extend a heartfelt
thanks to event sponsors Chuck and Joey Lester,
whose continued support over the years has been
incredible, and to co-sponsor The Islander for its
terrific coverage.
Another thanks to the Lesters for providing 25
turkeys to some lucky winners.
We'd like to acknowledge all of the wonderful
volunteers who so graciously gave their time, rolled
up their sleeves and made this event happen.
The Lester Family Fun Day is a great opportunity
for everyone to come out and visit our Center to see
what we do and meet our staff. We wish you all a
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LBK to help
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Longboat Key trolley service will roll along
for another year with funding commitments from
Longboat Key and Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Longboat Key commissioners committed to pro-
viding $41,000 to help support the transit service,
which loops from Coquina Beach on Anna Maria
Island to downtown Sarasota, collecting riders and
75-cent fares.
The service has operated for three years with
grant funding and contributions from both counties.
With grants expiring, Sarasota County committed
to $300,000 to continue the trolley service through
2011 and Manatee County committed to $200,000.
Longboat Key initially was facing a request from
the counties for $100,000, but planned changes in
service announced earlier this month reduced the tab
to $41,000.
Beginning Jan. 1, the Longboat Key service will
run on an hourly schedule rather than every 30 min-

Pavilion readied '
A pavilion has sprung up '.
on Perico Island on the
south side of Manatee
Avenue near the east end
of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge. The nearly
completed structure is
part of Neal Preserve -
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Manatee County in 2005
for recreational use. The
county will soon begin
trail construction in the
passive park.
Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan


fund trolley
utes. Also, the service will run from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
daily rather than 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The town commission approved the funding Dec.
6 and informed Manatee County commissioners of
the vote the next day.
"We have a unanimous vote," Longboat Key Vice
Mayor Jim Brown told the county board during a
meeting in Bradenton.
Longboat Key and officials from both counties
plan to develop a campaign to increase ridership, as
well as promote the trolley service in the business
community.
Anna Maria Island's model for maintaining a
fare-free trolley may be employed to market the ser-
vice and possibly raise money.
Island businesses, working through the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, have bought
into an advertising campaign on the Island trolley.
Additionally, the Island cities have in past years
contributed money, as well as sponsored marketing
campaigns.


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In the Dec. 15, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The state attorney's office said it would investi-
gate a complaint filed by Anna Maria Commissioner
Jay Hill and resident Ed Rost that Mayor Gary Def-
fenbaugh and Commissioner Bob Barlow violated
Florida's Sunshine Law when they discussed remod-
eling city hall. Deffenbaugh and Barlow said the brief
conversation was held at city hall and was only a
request, not a private discussion.
Anna Maria Island's planned $9.5 million beach
renourishment scheduled to start in February 2001 was
delayed six months because county officials feared they
had not received any competitive bids. Ecosystems
administrator Charlie Hunsicker said major companies
that do beach renourishment were involved elsewhere.
He said the county would wait until mid-summer 2001
before putting the project out to bid.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Doug Wolfe
announced he would not seek a seventh term in office
because of perceived "animosity, hatred and distrust"
on the commission. He claimed he was unable to
sleep nights because of the "paranoia" brought by
commissioners Jay Hill and Tom Skoloda, both in
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8 0 DEC. 15, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


City in search of Grassy Point funding


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Grassy Point preserve in Holmes Beach stretches
along East Bay Drive from Sunbow Bay to Mike
Norman and east to Anna Maria Sound a total of
34 acres waiting to be discovered by nature lovers.
However, the project has yet to reach its full potential
and open to the public. The primary issue holding up
plans is funding.
Original plans for Grassy Point called for a nature
trail with signage to highlight the natural habitat, an
observation tower, raised boardwalk leading over
the wetlands to an elevated observation deck, picnic
tables and parking.
The preserve presently has a clearing and path that
could be walk-able, but the area remains closed.
The city of Holmes Beach initially received fund-
ing from the Florida Community Trust to purchase
the land. Two years ago, the city completed clear-
ing the exotic plants from the land and restoring the
landscape by planting more indigenous species.
Since 2008, the city has been maintaining the
land with an annual clearing of any g i -'; lth, a task
usually undertaken in late winter or early spring.
Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The owner of a lingerie and novelty shop
vowed last week to remain on Cortez Road despite
opposition from her landlord and Cortezians, code
enforcement complaints and her husband's state-
ment that they're leaving.
"I ain't moving," said Debbie Sumner, who owns
the retail shop at 12207 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Signs
on the exterior of the shop advertise novelties, adult
fun, lingerie, romantic gifts and videos.
Roy Sumner also operates a golf cart sales and
repair business at the location.
Earlier this month, Roy Sumner told The
Islander that the couple would be relocating opera-
tions because of complaints from neighbors and
their landlord, Lou Nassar, who also owns the
building next door and initiated eviction proceed-
ings against the Sumners.
But last week, Debbie Sumner said she planned
to stay.
"It's going to be a d,'_,n, fight," she said.
"He told us we can move in there.... I'm going to
stay here until I have to move."
Roy Sumner also said his wife would not open
the retail shop, but Debbie Sumner said the shop
already is open and isn't closing.
If that's the case, Manatee County will be
investigating to determine whether the shop is


Duennes said he would like to see the original plans
for Grassy Point come to fruition. The holdup is find-
ing funding.


a sexually oriented business and, if so, whether
it complies with the county's SOB and land-use
regulations, said Joe Fenton of the code enforce-
ment division.
"I'll be sending an officer back out to the
address," he said.
Fenton said the code enforcement department
already has issued notices of violations at the site,
including for unpermitted work and golf carts posi-
tioned in the right of way.
"We're looking into whether they are living
there," he added.
It the code enforcement notices are challenged,
Fenton said the process first involves a review by
a special magistrate and then, if the challenge goes
forward, a hearing before the county code enforce-
ment board.


This shop on Cortez Road is the subject of com
plaints. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff


Grassy point
connection
The next step in
transforming Grassy
Point into a public
preserve with an
accessible nature
trail is the installa-
tion of a boardwalk
connecting to the
crosswalk at the
corner of East Bay
and Gulf drives.
The city of Holmes
Beach is seek-
ing grant funding
to continue work
on the preserve.
Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan


At the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee
meeting Dec. 8, Duennes and project engineer Lynne
Townsend Burnett of LTA Engineers shared plans for
obtaining funding.
Duennes said the next step required for Grassy
Point is to build a boardwalk connecting the new
crosswalk at East Bay and Gulf drives to Avenue C,
where a parking and picnic area at the entrance of the
preserve is proposed.
Duennes said before the Florida Department of
Transportation will make the crosswalk functional,
the boardwalk connection needs to be in place.
Burnett has applied for funding from the South-
west Florida Water Management District. The grant
application is primarily for stormwater retrofits for
Basin 2 on the corner of East Bay and Gulf drives
adjacent to the shopping center. Flooding in the area
consistently backs up onto 34th Street. The grant
would allow engineers to create a retention area for
stormwater and direct the outtake through Grassy
Point to the bay. Given that Grassy Point is a factor
in alleviating the drainage issues at Basin 2, Burnett
hopes to obtain enough funding to build the board-
walk connection.
Burnett also noted that Grassy Point falls within
the proposed plans to extend the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway along East Bay Drive to the Bradenton
Beach city limit, and connectivity to the new side-
walk will be part of the intrinsic value.
Duennes and Barnett, confident about funding,
would be prepared to start work in October 2011.
Duennes said funds might also be available from the
DOT. And during discussion at the scenic highway
meeting, Mark Alderson of the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program offered to look into any funds that the SBEP
might be able to make available.


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 15, 2010 0 9

HBPD issues grand theft warrant


DCA support coming

in Nally lawsuit
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye next week
will argue against a complaint filed March 22
by William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue
alleging that the city's density calculations for
approving a site-plan at 216 Pine Ave. violated
the comprehensive plan.
Although the city responded May 17 to the
complaint, Dye recently submitted to the court the
Florida Department of Community Affairs review
of the city's density calculation as an affirmative
defense.
Judge Edward Nicholas will review Dye's
submission at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, to
determine if it should be allowed as part of the
city's answer to the charges.
The DCA response was made in February to
a complaint filed by Robert and Nicky Hunt.
The DCA reviewed the complaint and ruled
the city's calculation of ROR density was compat-
ible with its comp-plan.
Dye noted that the Nally's issue is the same as
the Hunt complaint, and the two parties are using
the same law firm.


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Police Department issued a
warrant Dec. 1 for the arrest of a woman suspected
of stealing from a home where she was hired to
clean and pet-sit.
The suspect is identified in a probable cause affi-
davit from HBPD as Catherine Theresa O'Malley, 48.
Her last known Island address was in the 200 block
of 77th Street in Holmes Beach.
The affidavit stated that O'Malley "cannot be
located but is supposed to be living in numerous
places within Sarasota."
O'Malley, in the document signed by HBPD
detective Michael Leonard, is accused of grand theft,
a felony.
"The defendant knowingly obtained the property
of another with the intent to temporarily or perma-
nently deprive the owner of their right to the prop-
erty," the report stated.
O'Malley allegedly stole from Barbara and
David Hines, who hired the former Haley's Motel
employee to take care of their pets and clean their
Holmes Beach home while they vacationed in
Italy.
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when they began to have trouble with their bank
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When they returned, they learned of checks
cashed on their accounts and found numerous items
missing from their residence, including a car, which
is still missing.
"The defendant was not given permission or
authorization to take or use any of the victim's
belongings," the police affidavit stated. "The defen-
dant stole the victim's vehicle and a large amount of
property from the victim's house."
HBPD also reported that a witness said O'Malley
bragged to her about the theft and selling the belong-
ings at antique stores "so that she could obtain money
to buy crack cocaine."
Stolen property includes jewelry, art, a purse,
checks, credit cards, cash and coins, CDs, dishes,
crystal, statues, a GPS device, miniature col-
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ings.
"The victim's bank fraud department has images
showing the defendant cashing and attempting to
cash the stolen checks throughout the area," HBPD
reported. "The total amount for the items that were
stolen is $23,213."
If arrested, O'Malley's bond has been pre-deter-
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10 0 DEC. 15, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER

FDEP OK with dunes walkover


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection has approved a plan for a dune walkover to
the Gulf beach at the west end of Bridge Street.
Still pending is an OK from the DEP for improve-
ments at a beach access at Third Street South in Bra-
denton Beach, said Lt. John Cosby of the Bradenton
Beach Police Department, who is the head of the
city's capital improvements committee.
Cosby, during a Dec. 8 meeting of the Braden-
ton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency,
requested and received permission to move forward
with soliciting bids for the work, which would be
installed in phases.
The authorization means the CRA can review
bids in January and award a contract to begin work
at Bridge Street in early 2011.
Meanwhile, Cosby said, the DEP will have the
two months it needs to complete a review of the Third
Street South plan, which does not involve a walkover
or any significant construction but does include a pro-
posal to place some dune-protection bollards seaward
of the erosion control line.
LTA Engineers, which has worked with the city
on a number of projects this past year, designed the
dunes protection plans, which went to the DEP to
review any issues with erosion, beach intrusion or
stormwater pollution.
The total project will cost about $43,420, based
on an estimate from LTA Engineers.
The boardwalk construction at the Bridge Street
access, which includes an elevated structure leading
over vegetation to the beach, will cost about $35,000.
Additional costs will include $3,000 for grading,
$2,000 for plants, $620 for a temporary silt fence,
$200 for sign relocation. The budget includes $2,100
for other possible costs.


Cosby said the project will not consume any
parking space at the beach access points, and should
improve access for the nearby Moose Lodge.
"It will be more clearance," he said.
The CRA, which consists of the city commission
and mayor, unanimously approved a total project cost
not to exceed $44,000.
Commissioner Janie Robertson cheered at the
conclusion of the meeting, noting that she began
working on the dunes protection projects six years
ago as a member of the advisory ScenicWAVES com-
mittee.
"This is really wonderful," she said. "Our dunes
are out there, and we need to protect them."


Holmes Beach to
hold workshop
Holmes Beach will hold a public informa-
tion workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16,
at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, on stormwater
retrofits.
The project locations are Basin 9, from 58th
Street north to 63rd Street, and Basin 11, from
71st Street north to 79th Street.
The project includes the design, permitting
and construction of stormwater improvements
in city rights of way for the two sub-basins that
discharge to Sarasota Bay. The objective is to
improve quality of runoff into the bay and reduce
the impact from flooding.
Residents are invited to the workshop to
address city consultants and representatives from
the Southwest Florida Water Management District
with questions and concerns.
For more information, call the public works
department at 941-708-5833.


Commission confirms

Falcione at CVB
He's held the job for months, but on Dec. 7 Elliott
Falcione went from interim to confirmed direc-
tor of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau.
Falcione fills the post vacated earlier this year by
longtime director Larry White, who retired in June.
"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work
with our local tourism industry in promoting our
beautiful destination to the world," Falcione said. "It
will be our job to build partnerships within our com-
munity and with Sarasota Convention and Visitors
Bureau and the Sarasota Bradenton International Air-
port. These partnerships will help us to gain market
share both domestically and internationally that will
hopefully result in increased tourism in our commu-
nity."
Manatee County commissioners unanimously
approved the appointment of Falcione during a regu-
lar meeting last week in Bradenton.
"I've worked with Elliott over the years, and
I appreciate his professional demeanor," Commis-
sioner Joe McClash said. "He's also a very good col-
laborator. One of his greatest assets is his ability to
bring people together. He's eager to learn."
Commissioner John Chappie, who represents
Anna Maria Island and other west county areas, said
Falcione "hit the ground running" and supervises "a
great team."
Falcione went to work for the county 20 years
ago as operations manager with the CVB. In 1996,
he began managing the Powel Crosley Estate and the
Manatee Convention and Civic Center.
He became CVB administrator in 2004.
Before working for the county, Falcione worked
for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, which holds
spring training in Bradenton.


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 15, 2010 0 11

County to improve causeway-preserve parking
By Diana Bogan I .NO I


Islander Reporter
The Palma Sola Causeway entrance to Robinson
Preserve is a popular gateway to discovering Mana-
tee County's natural landscape, however there is no
designated parking for nature seekers.
Cars are often parked on the shoulder of the road,
within the rights of way.
Manatee County is working on a plan for a Perico
Bayou parking area on the south side of the hump-
back bridge to alleviate parking issues.
Manatee County public works project manager
Salvatore Bordonaro and engineering specialist
Alidys Alicea-Monsantos on Dec. 8 gave the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway Committee a status update on
the proposed parking project.
Plans include shell parking to accommodate 30
vehicles, a 280-foot right-turn lane, a 235-foot left-
turn lane, a retention pond, access road and a pedes-
trian boardwalk looping under the humpback bridge
to connect with the existing sidewalk and the preserve
entrance.
Bordonaro said the team is at least one year away
from beginning construction. The Florida Department
of Transportation requires structural calculations and
details for the boardwalk footing, he said. And the
DOT needs to see how the boardwalk ties into the
sidewalk.
Bordonaro said property management is pursu-
ing a lease agreement with the DOT to acquire the
land needed, a process that can take six months to a
year.
Scenic highway committee members raised con-
cerns about disruptions in traffic patterns when construc-
tion begins, but Bordonaro assured them that construc-
tion wouldn't begin until the end of tourist season.
Other business discussed by the scenic highway
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dredge operation to renourish the Palma Sola Cause-
way.
The committee expects 30,000 cubic yards of
dredge material to be hauled to a loading zone at the
Seafood Shack in Cortez.
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie
raised concerns, not only about the number of trucks
that would be needed to haul the dredge material,
but also the weight of the trucks as they traverse a
bridge.
Former Manatee County Commissioner Jane Von
Hahmann, a resident of Cortez and a scenic high-

Whitmore elected chair
Holmes Beach resident Carol Whitmore will
chair the Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers in 2011.
Whitmore, a former mayor of Holmes Beach
who is beginning her second term as an at-large
county commissioner, was elected to the chair-
manship Dec. 7.
Whitmore also will chair the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council.
Commissioner John Chappie, who represents
the Island, will serve as first vice chair.


i


Preserve
parking to
improve
The south side
of the hump-
back bridge on
the Palma Sola
Causeway/
State Road
64 will be
turned into a
parking area
for visitors to
Robinson Pre-
serve. Islander
Photo: Diana
Bogan


way committee member, also voiced concern for the
potential for environmental damage.
Chappie said he planned to take a closer look into
the matter and report back to the committee.
The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee
meets quarterly at the Manatee County Administra-
tion Center in Bradenton. The next meeting is sched-
uled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.


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reception held for her Dec. 5.


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CrossPointe offers
contemporary worship
CrossPointe Fellowship has expanded to include
a new contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. Sun-
days.
The contemporary service features a worship
band playing modern, upbeat music similar to that
heard on Christian radio stations, according to Sandy
Watts, secretary at CrossPointe. Depending on the
topic, the pastor's message may be presented slightly
differently at a contemporary service, generally to
appeal to a younger congregation.
The contemporary service will be followed at
10:15 a.m. by CrossPointe's traditional worship ser-
vice. The change allows parishioners the ability to
attend the style of service that best suits them.
CrossPointe Fellowship is at 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.

Artist 'yard sale' offers
holiday bargains
Artist Woody Candish and The Islander will
again host an annual pre-holiday "yard sale" at the
Island Shopping Center in the 5300 block of Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18. For holiday shoppers, it's a chance
to purchase quality, original art and crafts some at
bargain prices from local artists.
Artists are invited to have a booth or table at the
sale they need only register with The Islander.
There is no fee to enter and all area artists are wel-
come. The deadline to register is noon Dec. 17.
To participate, contact Lisa Williams at The
Islander, 941-778-7978, lisaw@islander.org, or stop
by 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


Aid from AID
Cornelia Zanetti, treasurer
for All Island Denomina-
tions, presents the Rev.
Rosemary Backer, president
of AID and board member
of Our Daily Bread, with
a check to help feed the
hungry in Manatee County
during the holidays. The
offering collected during
AID's Thanksgiving Eve
service at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church will go to Our
Daily Bread. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose


Volunteers sought for
chilly plunge
Clancy's Irish Pub is sponsoring the third annual
"Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge" at noon Jan. 1,
2011. Volunteers will brave the chilly Gulf of Mexico
waters at 12th Street South and Gulf Drive in Braden-
ton Beach to raise money for disadvantaged children
in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Proceeds will be
distributed through Caring for Children Charities.
A post-plunge party will follow at Clancy's, 6218
Cortez Road W., Bradenton, with door prizes and
music by the Jack Tamburin Band.
To plunge for pledges or make a donation, call
Clancy's at 941-794-2489.

Author signs book of rhymes
Author Mary Erickson will sign copies of her
new children's book, \ ly Wee Book of Rhymes,"
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Restless
Natives, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The book combines action and education written
in a back-to-basics style.
The book will be available in bookstores Dec.
21.

Kiwanis to learn about
Earthboxes
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets
weekly on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, Holmes Beach.
On Dec. 18, Melissa Snyder will talk to the Island
Kiwanis club about the Anna Maria Elementary
School's use of EarthBox planters on the campus.
This year because Christmas Day and New Year's
Day fall on Saturday, there will be no meeting on the
holiday.


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Christmas on Bridge Street benefits area food banks
The Bridge Street Merchants is hosting a to exchange for items and discounts at partici-
Christmas celebration from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. pating Bridge Street shops.
Saturday, Dec. 18, on historic Bridge Street New unwrapped toys will be collected for
in Bradenton Beach. local families in the annual Marine Corps Toys
The celebration is an opportunity to meet for Tots program.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit with the Anna There will be a special children's gift
Maria Island Privateers and enjoy live music bazaar where school-aged children will be sell-
by Mike Sales and DJ Tom Barrons. The cel- ing handmade crafts, baked goods and holiday
ebration also presents opportunities to help items. Rowlett Magnet Elementary school stu-
those in need this holiday season. dents will have a display featuring Christmas
The B\, I will raffle wreaths and holiday around the world, while other school students
baskets filled with gifts. Proceeds will benefit will carol.
the Manatee County Food Bank and the Roser The Cortez Yacht Club will present its
Memorial Community Church Food Bank. annual lighted boat parade, viewable from the
The merchants also will collect canned Bridge Street Pier at dusk.
goods. For every five items donated a person For more information, call 941-778-
will receive one Bridge Street wooden nickel 8705.


Estuary group hosts kayak trips
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will host 20
free kayak excursions through April 2011.
The first will take place at Neal Preserve, the
Manatee County property southeast of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge on Perico Island.
SBEP will lead a Bay Wise Kayak Tour to the
preserve, which is not yet open to the public Saturday,
Dec. 18.
Additional kayak tours are planned for Leffis
and Jewfish keys on Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, the South
Lido mangrove tunnels Feb. 5 and Feb. 19, Whitaker
Bayou March 5 and March 19 and Lyons and Black-
burn bays April 9 and April 23.
For more information or to make a reservation,
go to www.sarasotabay.org or call 941-955-8085.


Orchestra to perform
Christmas concert
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra will perform its annual holiday concert at
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at Crosspointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program will feature holiday favorites, with
Alfred Gershfeld as artistic director.
For more information, call 941-778-8585.
Book club meets
The Friends of the Island Library book club will
meet at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to discuss D.
Isay's "Listening is an Act of Love."
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Wednesday, Dec. 15
Noon -Anna Maria Garden Club Christmas program and meeting
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
5 to 7 p.m.- Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-
card exchange at LaPensee Plumbing and Pools, 401 Manatee Ave.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Thursday, Dec. 16
6 to 8 p.m. Dining for Women potluck at the Sun House Restau-
rant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.
Proceeds benefit the BOMA Fund in Kenya.

Saturday, Dec. 18
8:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meeting with guest
speaker Melissa Snyder at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where's WoodyArt Sale on the sidewalks of the
Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
1 to 3 p.m. Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge children's holiday
party at 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4110.
1 to 3 p.m. Author Mary Erickson will sign copies of "My Wee
Book of Rhymes" at Restless Natives, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-798-9692.
3 to 7 p.m. The Bridge Street Merchants Christmas on Bridge
Street celebration on Historic Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, followed
by the Lighted Boat Parade. Information: www.bridgestreetmerchants.
com.

Sunday, Dec. 19
2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
performs its annual holiday concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

Ongoing:
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the
public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study
group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Com-
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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-
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Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Open air market on Bridge Street in
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10 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild membership meeting featuring
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Thomas Cooley and Luke Marvin, both 7, decorate Santa
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house in Anna Maria.


Merry and bright
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Tampa family sues BBPD


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Tampa family is suing the Bradenton Beach
Police Department alleging that an officer violated
a brother's and sister's constitutional rights when he
arrested them during an incident at Coquina Beach.
The case, filed at the Manatee County Judicial
Center in Bradenton, also names as defendants former
Officer Tim N Lilthl s, and Chief Sam Speciale, who
referred questions to attorneys for the city.
Matthews, a 13-year police veteran at the time of
the incident, resigned shortly after and went to work
for the Palmetto Police Department, where he was
reprimanded for anti-transgender comments during
a service call.
The lawsuit, filed by Tampa attorney Alex V.
Hajaistron, claims that Matthews violated the Fourth
Amendment rights of siblings Lance and Veronica
Lewis when he arrested them April 20, 2008, on
charges of battery on a law enforcement officer.
The incident, according to court documents and
police reports, escalated after Lance Lewis, then 14,
blew a kiss toward Matthews, who was in his patrol
car.
"Officer NM ,tth used, as probable cause, the
act of Lance Lewis 'blowing a kiss at him' to confront
Lance Lewis and his sister, Veronica Lewis, (and then
to) investigate, seize and arrest the plaintiffs for crim-
inal activity," Hajaistron wrote in the complaint.
After seeing the blown kiss, Matthews stopped
and approached the Lewis siblings. The officer asked
Lance Lewis if he's "retarded," according to the com-
plaint.
The Lewis complaint alleged, "Officer Matthews
jumped on Lance Lewis, thereby taking him by force,
injuring the juvenile and cuffing him. Lance Lewis
had a cast on his arm when Officer Matthews affected
the arrest."
The complaint continued, "Officer Matthews fur-
ther pushed Veronica Lewis to the ground, cuffed,
arrested and charged her with battery on a law
enforcement officer as she attempted to ascertain
why Officer Matthews was battering and arresting
her brother."


A police affidavit filed by N lilthl u in April 2008
provided a different account of the incident. The offi-
cer wrote that he asked Lance Lewis if he "had a
problem" after he saw the youth blow him kiss.
Lance Lewis allegedly replied, "I don't have a
problem" and then used a racial slur. He also alleg-
edly told the officer, "(expletive deleted) you," in the
presence of a number of children, according to the
police report.
The report said when Matthews attempted to
arrest Lance Lewis, Veronica Lewis pushed the offi-
cer and Lance Lewis kicked him.
A witness, in a court document, stated that he saw
an officer approach a boy, who pushed the officer, as
did a girl. The statement also said the "boy appeared
to be drunk."
Another witness documented that he saw "this
girl push an officer. The officer asked her to step back.
She said back to the officer, 'No, I am not going to
get the (F***) back' and was very mouthy to him."
Matthews took the siblings to BBPD headquar-
ters. From there, Lance Lewis was taken to a juvenile
detention center, where he was booked, and Veronica
Lewis, then 18, was taken to Manatee County's cen-
tral booking center.
In a September 2008 hearing for Veronica Lewis,
Circuit Court Judge Diana Mooreland dismissed a
charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.
That same month, Lance Lewis appeared before
Judge Marc Gilner on charges of disorderly conduct
and battery against an officer and was acquitted.
The Lewis complaint stated that Matthews vio-
lated the siblings' Fourth Amendment rights to be free
from unreasonable search and seizure and asked for
unspecified monetary damages.
"A teenager blowing a kiss at the officer in no
way amounts to probable cause to confront the defen-
dants nor does having a kiss blown at Officer Mat-
thews create a reasonable suspicion that the defendant
or her brother were involved in criminal activity or
that the defendants were armed and or dangerous,"
the complaint stated.
At Islander deadline, cut attorney Greg Hootman
had not been reached.


AM P&Z looks at reducing

required parking
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board is
giving a Pine Avenue parking solution a good old
college try.
After months of debate on parking safety along
Pine Avenue and several decades of parking dis-
cussions P&Z members last month agreed to bring
new ideas to the table at their Dec. 7 meeting.
Members agreed perpendicular parking was an
unsafe condition and limited discussions to solving
that issue without putting parking in the rights of
way.
City planner Alan Garrett presented several
suggestions, including one requiring all parking
at any new retail-office-residential complex to be
on site.
To create enough parking, building coverage on
an interior lot would be reduced to 20 percent and
27 percent for a corner lot, P&Z board chair Sandy
Mattick suggested.
This might result in angle parking on the prop-
erty, Garrett said.
Mattick emphasized that any P&Z suggestions
are "not a parking plan. All parking would solely be
on the owner's property," and, except for restaurants,
parking ratios would be eliminated.
ROR property owners would grant an easement
to the city for a sidewalk between parking spaces
and the building. Establishing the easement would
allow owners of current ROR properties to "ret-
rofit" the sidewalk from alongside Pine Avenue to
the area between parked vehicles and the building,
Garrett said.
Mattick said the overriding concern is the safety
issue of cars heading straight in and backing out on
Pine Avenue.
If the city passes an ordinance requiring that new
sidewalks on Pine Avenue be located between park-
ing and the building, Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC said his company would move the
sidewalks at its sites at company expense.


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Report: Fire district consolidation saves money


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A Florida legislative committee report requested
by Florida Senate President pro tem Mike Bennett
(R-Bradenton) says consolidation of nine of Manatee
County's 11 fire districts into one district would save
taxpayers money.
However, the committee on community activities
report also acknowledges that a number of previous
consolidation attempts have failed and the legislative
process for voluntary consolidation can be cumber-
some and time-consuming.
After reading the report, Bennett called on the
county commission or the electorate to place fire dis-
trict consolidation on the ballot as soon as possible.
The report said consolidating nine fire districts
- excluding the Bradenton and Longboat Key fire
services would give taxpayers considerable cost
savings through "volume purchasing, standardiza-
tion of procedures, pooled investments and retirement
funds, joint training, personnel reduction and cost
control." The report gave no specific dollar figure on
the amount for annual savings.
Bennett questioned why Manatee needs nine fire
chiefs, nine vehicles for chiefs, a lot of unnecessary
overhead, and nine fire district boards, each with five
commissioners.
On average, the report said, each commissioner
makes about $500 per month in salary.
But Bennett wants the county to take the initia-
tive, while he'll work with the Legislature to smooth
the process. Only the Legislature can approve volun-
tary consolidation.
"I'm not going to force it, it's their call," he
said.
Bennett has a personal interest in the consolida-
tion issue. His wife Dee was recently elected to the
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue district board.
The report also noted that several previous merger
attempts in Manatee County failed for a variety of
reasons, although the Anna Maria Fire Distrct and
Westside Fire Service consolidated in 1998 to form
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governments meetings, but no one knows who would
pay for the feasibility study," Price said. Additionally,
he said, there hasn't been a lot of enthusiasm among
the fire chiefs for consolidation.
Price said he favors an all-encompassing fea-
sibility study on consolidation that would compare
"apples to apples" and include not just cost savings,
but levels of service, training, equipment, pay scale,
retirement, how to implement consolidation and a
host of other issues.
"I'm all in favor of taking a good, long look at
consolidation, but any study has to look at every-
thing involved. I need to see that before I could say
consolidation is a good idea. It's not something that
could happen overnight," Price said.
Presently, the fire chiefs are divided on whether
to pursue a study and who should pay.
"I estimate it would cost about $125,000-
$150,000 for a really thorough study. I think the dis-
tricts should pay for it, but we haven't even agreed to
move forward, let alone how to pay," the chief said.
The consolidation issue remains on the table, with
no hint of any progress, but will be on the agenda at


Fire service budgets
The Florida Legislature's committee on
community affairs recently reported the follow-
ing amounts for the annual budget of the nine
Manatee County fire districts surveyed:


East Manatee
South Manatee
Cedar Hammock
WMFR
North River
Myakka City
Parrish
Duette
Trailer Estates


$17.3 million
$12.6 million
$ 7.6 million
$ 5.2 million
$ 5.1 million
$ 1.2 million
$ 1.0 million
$145,000
$50,000


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million for the 2009-10 fiscal year and served
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the next council of governments meeting Jan. 4.
Bennett hinted that if the county doesn't put the
issue to a vote, he might introduce such a measure in
the Legislature.
"We need a way to merge," he said.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore
agreed, but said the public, not the county commis-
sion, should present the issue. She preferred a citi-
zen's initiative to put the measure on the ballot.
"I'm all for streamlining costs, but I wouldn't
want to get into consolidation unless I knew the
public backed the idea. It's a very touchy issue, and
I don't want to waste money on a study unless a lot
of people back the idea," she said.
Whitmore said the public also could bring the
issue to a commission meeting for discussion.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson, long
a WMFR budget critic, said consolidation is a good
idea, but would take too long.
'The simple, quick answer is have WMFR give
a better account of its spending," he said.
Robinson said he favored consolidation, adding he
wouldn't be surprised to find all county fire districts
"top-heavy" with administrative personnel, many of
them making more than $100,000 annually.
The report listed each district's annual budget,
which collectively total $50.2 million for the 2010-11
fiscal year, exclusive of Bradenton and Longboat Key.
The nine fire districts serve about 270,000 people.
By comparison, Sarasota County's fire service,
which serves all of Sarasota County except for Venice
and Longboat Key, has an annual operating budget of
$50.1 million and provides service for about 350,000
people.

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Records sought in witness.tampering case


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Dec. 2, 400 block of Pine Avenue, informa-
tion. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation
received a report about a recreational vehicle parked
on a vacant lot.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 1, 700 block of Gulf Drive North, theft.
Bradenton Beach Police Department investigated a
report that someone stole a donation box from a sou-
venir shop.
Dec. 2, 2500 block of Avenue A, burglary.
BBPD investigated a report that someone entered a
residence and removed a wallet case.
Dec. 5, Cortez Beach, theft. A woman reported
that when she returned from the beach she found a
car window broken and personal belongings removed
from the vehicle.
Dec. 5, 100 block of Bridge Street, trespass.
BBPD issued a trespass to a woman for allegedly
harassing patrons at a bar.
Dec. 5, Cortez Beach, warrant arrest. BBPD
arrested a 39-year-old woman on a federal warrant for
contempt of court. Police noticed the woman because
she was parked at the beach after hours.
Dec. 8, 2500 block of Avenue B, stabbing.
BBPD officers arrested a man for allegedly stabbing
another in the back. The man was taken to the police
station, where he escaped, but was recaptured.
Cortez
Dec. 6, 4500 block of 119th Street West. The
Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigated a
reported burglary to a seafood and bait shop. The
early-morning theft of three fishing nets valued at
about $3,000 was reported.
Holmes Beach
Dec. 5, 400 block of Clark Drive, loud noise.
The Holmes Beach Police Department responded to a
complaint about excessive noise from a residence and
observed from outside what appeared to be juveniles
drinking inside the residence. Police officers waited
outside for people to exit. HBPD called for rides to
transport several intoxicated adults and notified the
parents of several juveniles who had been drinking
alcohol.
Dec. 5, 5900 block of Flotilla Drive, loud party.
HBPD responded to a complaint about a loud patio
party and ordered the residents to turn down the
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raphy and witness tampering is requesting records
detailing any communication between a former assis-
tant state attorney and a prosecution witness.
The Bradenton Beach man, Joseph Edmund
Chiquet, 35, was arrested in July 2009 for allegedly
engaging in sexual activity with a minor.
Chiquet is facing 27 counts of possessing and
promoting child pornography that involved a teenage
girl he met in January 2009 at a Bradenton skateboard
shop.
A police report said the teenager said she and
Chiquet had a sexual relationship, and that he took
sexual photographs of her in his apartment that were
downloaded to his computer.
Earlier this year, authorities accused Chiquet
of witness tampering in the porn case. He allegedly
offered an ex-girlfriend $10,000 if she told police
she was depicted in the photographs and not, as pros-
ecutors allege, a 15-year-old girl, according to the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
In a motion filed with the circuit court in Bra-


Island watch
To report information about a felony crime,
call Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-
TIPS.
To report information about an Island crime,
call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office (for
Anna Maria), 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach
police, 941-778-6311; Holmes Beach police,
941-708-5807.

Dec. 6, 200 block of 73rd Street, theft. HBPD
received a report of a bicycle stolen from a carport
sometime Dec. 5-6. The blue women's Electra with
"I heart my bike" on the handlebar bell was valued
at about $229.
Dec. 7, 100 block of 48th Street, theft. HBPD
responded to a report of a tandem bicycle stolen
from a residential back yard. The bicycle had been
engraved with identification details to assist the
investigation.
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denton, Chiquet defense attorney Mark Lipinski
demanded records e-mails, telephone call logs or
other documents between a former prosecutor on
the case, Tony Casoria, and the witness, Else Torres,
or between an MCSO investigator and Torres, who
has a child with Chiquet.
Lipinski also asked for the records of any com-
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Lipinski, in the motion, said the taped telephone
conversations between Torres and Chiquet there
were four were initiated by Torres, who asked
Chiquet for money to claim she was depicted in the
alleged porn images.
The telephone conversations were "intercepted"
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communications, Lipinski stated.

Stabbing suspect nabbed
Bradenton Beach police arrested a man suspected
of stabbing another man in the back in the 2500 block
of Avenue B early Dec. 8.
Later that morning, the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office arrested the same man, after he escaped from a
window at the BBPD station, according to an MCSO
report.
Jacob Stephen Gennell, 20, of Bradenton Beach,
faces charges of aggravated battery and escape, both
felonies.
BBPD responded at about 2 a.m. Dec. 8 to
Avenue B, where a man told police that he had been
lured outside a home, hit with a bat and later discov-
ered he'd been stabbed as many as five times.
A report filed by BBPD Lt. Lenard Diaz said one
stab wound punctured the victim's lung.
The man, taken to an area hospital, identified his
assailant as Gennell, who was taken into custody by
BBPD.
At the BBPD station, Gennell escaped through a
window in the rest room, but after a brief foot chase
was caught in the 100 block of Gulf Drive by an MCSO
deputy, according to a sheriff's office report.
The report stated that Gennell fell to the ground
as the deputy and other officers approached him.
Gennell's first court appearance will be Jan. 14.
As of Islander deadline, Gennell remained in the
Manatee County jail without bond.
Mike Quinn, publisher ofnewsmanatee.com, con-
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Atlanta. She was born in Cincinnati April 19, 1921.
She graduated from Withrow High School in 1939
and the University of Cincinnati in 1943. Ruth married Dr.
Joseph F. Downey March 20, 1946. They lived in Japan
in the post-war years, eventually returning to Cincinnati
where they raised their children.
In their later years, she and her husband traveled the
world from their home on Anna Maria Island, where the
family joined them in 1996 to celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary.
Mrs. Downey pursued hobbies centered on nature.
She was instrumental in planting a butterfly garden,
volunteered at the Mote Marine Science Center and for
Anna Maria's turtle watch patrol. She amassed a vast shell
collection from years of beach walks and more recently
enjoyed nature walks at the Robinson Preserve. Her great-
est joy may have been fishing, a lifelong skill she taught
her children and grandchildren to love.
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Dec. 12. Memorials may be made to Mote Marine Labora-
tory & Aquarium, Development Office, 1600 Ken Thomp-
son Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236, or Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation International, 26 Broadway, 14th
Floor, New York NY 10004. Condolences at rohdefuneral.
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of Cincinnati; and seven grandchildren, Laura Ansley,
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1925.
On graduating St. Teresa College (now Avila Univer-
sity), Louise married James Burton Kring. She earned a
master's degree from Southern Connecticut State Univer-
sity in 1965. She was an educator at Holy Trinity School
and at Cook Hill Elementary in Wallingford, Ct.
The couple lived in Wallingford for many years before
moving to Amherst, Mass. In 1981, they moved to Anna
Maria where she worked with her son Stephen at his busi-
ness, Horizon Realty.
Mrs. Kring was a member of St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednes-
day, Dec. 15, at St. Bernard Church, 248 S. Harbor Dr.,
Holmes Beach. The family will receive friends at 9:30
a.m. at the church. A private interment will be held at the
Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Donations may be
made to a charity of one's choice.
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band Keith Brockhaus, Stephen and wife Dee, Michael and
wife Margaret Publicover, Dr. Anne and husband Keith
Rowley, Dr. Timothy and wife Wendy; grandchildren Allen
Hubener, Jennifer Cart, Rebecca Kring, Patrick Kring,
Hannah Roth, Matthew Roth, Sarah Brockhaus, James
Kring and Angela Kring; and great-grandchild Brendan
Cart.
Edward 'Ned' Foote Perkins
Edward 'Ned" Foote Perkins, 95, of Anna Maria
Island, died Dec. 3. He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
March 23, 1915.
He was a 1937 graduate of the University of Michi-
gan, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. He
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retiring in Lakeland in 1972. His work with IMC took him
all over the world, while the Perkins family made their
home in Lausanne, London, Zurich and various places in
the United States.
Mr. Perkins also traveled extensively for pleasure, vis-
iting every continent other than Antarctica, as far north as
the Arctic Circle in Finland and south to New Zealand's
South Island.
Mr. Perkins joined Rotary Club in Chicago in 1954
and maintained perfect attendance for 50 years. He was a
member of the Lakeland South Rotary Club for 36 years
before joining the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island in
2004. He loved Rotary for the service performed by the
organization and for the lasting friendships. He was an
active volunteer with the American Red Cross Lakeland
Chapter for 10 years and also served as a board member.
He served on the Polk Museum of Art board of trustees
and board of governors and on the Lakeland community
services planning board. For the past two decades, he vol-
unteered at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
The family plans a spring 2011 celebration of life
in Anna Maria. Condolences may be made to Barbara
Sheridan, 18494 Cameron Road, Gordonsville, VA 22942.
Donations to the Rotary Foundation at www.rotary.org
or 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago IL 60693.
Arrangements by Heath Funeral Home, Lakeland.
Mr. Perkins is survived by sister Elizabeth Myers Bain
of Bloomington, Ind.; daughter Barbara Sheridan of Gor-
donsville, Va.; grandsons John Potter and Bill Sheridan of
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Islander Jones runs Palm Beach marathon


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
She started running for her health. Now she runs
for health but she's grown to be competitive.
Holmes Beach resident Ellen Jones recently com-
peted in the Palm Beaches Marathon Dec. 5 in West
Palm Beach and finished a very respectable eighth
place in the 55-59 age group.
Her official time of 6:07:07 wasn't quite the time
she expected as she battled a foot issue that flared up
at the 18-mile mark. Up to that point, Jones was on
pace for a 5-hour finish.
She first took off her shoes and tried running
barefoot, which didn't help, and next covered her
feet with biofreeze to numb the pain. She then put
on her shoes and made it to the finish line.
Jones trained for 18 months to compete in the
marathon, including once-a-week workouts with the
Manatee High School girls' cross-country team and
their coach Rae Ann Darling Reed.
She did core training and gradually added mile-
age each week, building to 20 miles while running
mostly on soft flat beach sand to avoid injuries.
Jones' feat is even more impressive when you
consider, according to 2009 statistics, less than 3
percent of women her age are able to finish a mara-
thon.
Congratulations Ellen, keep it on track.

Islanders medal in pickleball
Six regular pickleball players from the Anna
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Florida Senior Games in Estero, Fla., over the Dec.
4-5 weekend. The group managed quite a haul of
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Jim Teasdale and Bob McClure brought home a
gold medal in men's 75-79 doubles. Toni Teasdale
and Barb Smith took silver in ladies' doubles, while
Humpheys and Smith picked up a bronze medal in
mixed doubles.
For more information about getting joining Island
pickelball, call Bob Taylor at 941-778-6465.

MAYSO offers spring soccer
Island soccer just ended, but Manatee Area
Youth Soccer Organization is offering a chance for
prospective players. Players ages 4-18 can register at
the MAYSO clubhouse from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 15,
Jan. 29 and Feb. 12.
Practices start at the end of February with the
schedule of matches March 19-May 28.
For more information, go to www.mayso.org or
e-mail registrar@mayso.org.

Manatee hosts beach volley
Manatee Area Volleyball Club is hosting a beach
volleyball tournament at the Manatee County Public
Beach Saturday, Dec. 18, for juniors and adults.
Check in starts at 8 a.m. and play gets under way
at 9 a.m.
To register, e-mail Nancy Cothron at tcothron@
tampabay.rr.com, or call her at 941-748-1093.
Or stop by the beach to catch the action.

More sports, including golf and horseshoe news,
can be found online at www.islander.org

Bob McClure, Jim
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Island fishers undaunted by cold weather


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Special to The Islander
With water temperatures dropping into the upper
50s, don't be discouraged to go fishing, just change your
tactics. Changing strategies may consist of changing
locations, switching bait and slowing down with artifi-
cials. Keeping these three options in mind might help
you catch more fish on those chilly days ahead.
Changing location: When water temps drop below
the fish comfort zone, they tend to search out warmer
water. Our job as fishers is to find those warmer areas
so we can find the fish. Where do you find warmer
water? Well, there are a number of indicators. Objects
in our environment that generate heat are a good start.
Things such as a black muddy bottom in the bay or
areas sheltered from wind could allow for a couple
of degrees higher water temp.
Another good place to find warmer water is in
canals. The concrete sea walls on either side get
warmed by the sun and that warms up the surround-
ing water. You may also find fish in deeper water, as
well as warmer water. Water temps in deeper water
tend to stay consistent, whereas shallow water can be
quickly affected by air temp and wind.
Switching baits: Yes, we all know that shiners, in
most scenarios, are the best bait for inshore fishing.
But as the water temps drop, shiners get harder to
find. You may also find they don't work as well. Live
shrimp is a likely alternative. Cooler water temps tend
to make some of our inshore species lethargic. Instead
of chasing down a shiner, using a lot of e nii.i ,', these
fish choose to conserve e nii.i ,' and become opportu-
nistic in their feeding habits. A live shrimp is much
easier to capture than a shiner or pinfish. Shrimp are
readily available at any bait shop, plus they stay alive
long periods of time if handled properly.
Slow it down: Generally, in the wintertime we
use a lot of soft plastics for trout, redfish and snook.
We've already established that the fish are lethargic
and they don't want to work too hard to eat. So you
need to put your jig in the strike zone for a longer
period of time. Slowing down the action of your jig
will increase your chances of hooking up. Also, try
the new scented plastics. They seem to work best in
a cold-water scenario.
With these three examples in mind, your next
cold-water fishing trip might turn out better than you
expected.
Until next week, think like a fish and seek warmer
water.
Capt. Warren Girle reported that "before the cold
hit" he was catching nice flounder off the structure
just off the beaches. Also in the same areas, Girle
encountered some keeper cobia. "There are still a
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Doug Peterson shows off a gag grouper he caught
using a live pinfish in about 60 feet of water off-
shore of Anna Maria Island. Peterson and his dad,
Jim, caught their limit of gag grouper, plus some
red grouper and snappers on a charter with Capt
Larry McGuire of '/. -,i Me the Fish Charters.

In the backwater of Sarasota Bay, Girle has been
catching keeper redfish, but the fish scattered once
the water temperature dropped. Girle said he's been
fishing the deeper potholes for the redfish. "They're
like little ice blocks out there," Girle said.
Bluefish in the 2- to 4-pound range are still abun-
dant in Sarasota Bay. Girle has been hooking up blue-
fish while working the deeper flats for trout. "The
trout bite has been pretty good," Girle said. "If you
can get past the bluefish."
Jonny Keyes of Island Discount Tackle said, "It's
time to start fishing the bridges, docks and piers."
Species such as black drum, sheepshead and flounder
are being reported, as well as small grouper and red-
fish. Best baits for these fish have been fiddler crabs,
live or frozen shrimp and Berkley Gulp.
"Use stout tackle," Keyes said. "You need to
be able to get these fish away from the structure as
quickly as possible, or they cut your line on it."
Wade fishing has been good this week. "Try
fishing the deeper pot holes and drop-offs," Keyes
suggested. Live shrimp and soft-plastic baits in char-
treuse or root beer have been producing small floun-
der, sea trout, ladyfish and "rat reds."
Keyes said he's anticipating the pompano bite
will turn on any day now. "Keep a pompano jig
ready," Keyes said. "In case you skip some behind
the boat as you' re running the flats."
He also suggested a stinger hook added to your
pompano jig could result in multiple hookups, as
well as multiple species. "Those pompano jigs catch
everything." Keyes said.
Offshore reports have been hard to come by this
week due to the weather, although, Keyes said, "The
bite should really turn on once the seas calm down."


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Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said black
drum and sheepshead are being caught in the morn-
ings and early afternoon. The black drum have been
hitting on shrimp and fiddler crabs, fished under the
pier. "The sheepies are being caught on fiddler crabs,"
Cassetty said.
Other catches at the pier include redfish up to 22
inches, flounder and bonnethead sharks in the 3-foot
range. Cassetty suggested using fresh-cut mullet or
ladyfish for the sharks.
Jamie Forster at the south pier on the Sunshine
Skyway Fishing Piers reported an array of spe-
cies being caught. "A lot of keeper gags are being
caught on free-lined pinfish and grunts," Foster said.
"They're also being caught on mackerel heads."
There is still bait around the piers, which has
been a food offering for mangrove snapper, flounder
and silver trout. "Doc's Goofy jigs are working good
for the silver trout, too," Foster said.
Bonito and bluefish have infested the waters
around the pier, feeding on threadfins and whitebait.
Gold spoons have been the lure of choice, but live
threadfins have been producing fish as well.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Char-
ters reported that in spite of the cold weather, he's
been able to catch some nice fish this past week.
Howard reported that trolling for grouper, using Gold
Long A Magnum Bomber lures rigged on planers, is
producing some nice keeper-sized fish. "Grouper to
12 pounds have been chewing inside Tampa Bay and
on the nearshore artificial reefs," Howard said.
Last weekend, Howard used shiners he netted
at the Skyway Bridge and was able to have some nice
action using a small split-shot and 2/0 hooks. "The
redfish, flounder and speckled trout bite was good in
spite of some tough conditions," he said.
Looking forward, Howard said, the use of shin-
ers for flats fishing is giving way to live shrimp and
artificial baits like Berkley Gulps, DOA shrimp and
other soft plastics.
"The mullet fisherman on the water are working the
schools hard, and the cold temperatures also have sig-
naled the arrival of the winter pattern." Howard added.
"A change in tactics from the fall pattern will produce
some nice fish for fun and dinner."
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters
reported that the black drum and redfish were on the
move this week into the backwater. Genthner said his
charters brought in nice catches of flounder caught
on jigs, shiners and live shrimp, sheepshead up to 4
pounds and redfish in the 20- to 26-inch range.
Genthner used 1/0 circle hooks and 14-pound
leader. "You have to downsize your tackle in order to
hook up with fish," Genthner said.
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By Rick Catlin





Sarong song
A chance meeting between two
vacationers on the Indonesian island of
Bali six years ago led to romance, mar-
riage and now the opening of the Anna
Maria Island Sarong Co. at the Dream
Inn, 2502 N. Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach.
Australian-born Leesa Schilling was
vacationing on Bali in 2004 when she
met long-time Island resident Christian
Schilling. The two shared an interest in
Bali art, culture and clothing.
Romance bloomed long distance
and the couple married in 2007.
Their mutual interest in the islands
and culture of the Southwest Pacific lead
them to open the store. It's chock-full of
sarongs and other items from Bali and
other exotic islands.
Anna Maria Island Sarong Co. also
has a number of rental bicycles and hun-
dreds of rental sarongs available for a
beach party or wedding.
Stock for the store is arriving almost
daily, Leesa said. She's got Indonesian
jewelry, antiques, and religious artifacts
from Bali's Buddhist community on dis-
play. The store also will sell beachwear
and beach items, such as suntan lotion
and sunglasses.
"I love sarongs and all the intricate,
beautiful patterns," Leesa said. "It's
what I like to wear for work and leisure.
They're so relaxing."
The Schillings also have a booth at
the Sunday Bridge Street Market in Bra-
denton Beach.
Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday.
For more information, call 941-778-
4747.


Grooms is tops
Barry Grooms of RE/MAX Alli-
ance Group, 5316 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, was recently honored with "Real-
tor of the Year" award from the Manatee
Association of Realtors.
In addition to being named top real


Sarongs,
love find
AMI
Christian
Schilling,
left, and wife
Leesa opened
the Anna
Maria Island
Sarong Co.
at the Dream
Inn, 2502 N.
Gulf Drive,
Bradenton
Beach. Leesa
is wearing a
sarong from
Bali, while
Christian dis-
plays a men's
lava-lava from
Fiji. Islander
Photo: Rick
Catlin


Grooms


estate agent, Grooms
also received the
2010 President's
Appreciation Award
from MAR for his
"outstanding sup-
port, guidance and
positive influence"


on area real estate.
For more information, call 941-778-
7777.

Rudacille in
the 'Pink'
Janae Rudacille recently opened
the Pink & Navy clothing, jewelry and
gift boutique at 216 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.
Rudacille, who owned the former
residential property at the same loca-
tion, said she plans on carrying a vari-
ety of items for boys and girls, men and
women, young and old, and everyone in
between.
Growing up on Anna Maria Island,
she dreamed of one day opening a store
on what had been her father's land, her
childhood home.
The dream has come true.
"We already have casual clothes,
candles, books and personal items, and
a lot more is on the way," she said.
But Pink & Navy is more than just
clothing.


Rudacille will carry lotions, antiques,
beach items, handbags, jewelry, men's
and women's fragrances and furniture,
among other items.
"We're adding new products and
items to the shelves just about every day.
I like to think this is an eclectic bou-
tique with something for everyone," she
said.
Rudacille said she plans a grand
opening party in January, and will have
received all her orders by that time.
For more information on Pink &
Navy, call 941-567-4000 or e-mail jesi-
nael43@aol.com.


Mixon donates
Island residents Dean and Janet
Mixon of Mixon Fruit Farms, 2712
26th Ave. E., Bradenton, recently
donated more than 432 gallons of
fresh-squeezed orange juice to four
local food banks.
"It's a great way to spread a little
holiday cheer," said Janet Mixon.
"There's a need for people to have
vitamin C to keep healthy during the
holiday season and, with the spectacular
year that we've had gwi<, inc. the dona-
tion made sense," Dean Mixon added.
The four food banks were the Salva-
tion Army, Our Daily Bread, All Faith's
Food Bank Sarasota and Meals on
Wheels.
For more information, call 941-928-
2795.


Life-long Island resident Janae
Rudacille was busy last week getting
her Pink & Navy eclectic boutique
open at 216 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Top cat
Anna Maria Island
( 1,.. 1...I of Com-
merce members gather
Dec. 9 at the Twin
Dolphin Marina in
Bradenton, for the
grand opening of the
Kathleen D catama-
ran cruise excursions.
Celebrating are, front
row, from left, Don
and Jo Ann Meilner,
Eric Cairns, first mate
Kate Brogan, Capt.
Tracy Dell, Linda Pel-
letier and Jill Salazar.
In the back row, right,
is Eric Grocher, and
the man at the back
left is unidentified.


I Tie Hiarbour isle sales office readies.

Perico sales
on course
The sales office for Harbour Isle on
north Perico Island was expected to open
this week, but any contracts won't be
written until January.
Mike Belmont of Minto Properties
Inc., owners of the project, said a grand
opening would take place Feb. 1.
Phase One of Harbour Isle is Man-
grove Walk, a 98-unit subdivision that
will include two-story town homes,
with an option for a third floor of living
space.
Prices will begin around $320,000,
Belmont said.
Harbour Isle's site plan is approved
by Bradenton for 686 units, but Bel-
mont said the second phase of the proj-
ect would not begin until the company
determines the success of Mangrove
Walk. The entire project will be done in
phases, Belmont said.
Future plans for Harbour Isle call for
a private beach club adjacent to a 110-
slip marina that will be built at the site
of the former Perico Harbor Marina.


Chamber exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce will hold its monthly busi-
ness card exchange from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at LaPensee
Plumbing and Pools, 401 Manatee Ave.
W., Holmes Beach.
Cost of the exchange is $5, and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests.
Reservations are requested, but not
required.
For more information, call 941-778-
1541.

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Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Palma Sola,
west Bradenton or Longboat Key? Call
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AME calendar
Save the date for the following Anna Maria
Elementary School happenings:
Dec. 15, 9 a.m., Florida Studio Theater
visits AME.
Dec. 16, Holmes Beach Domino's pizza
orders benefit AME PTO.
Dec. 17, Santa Claus might stop by for a
visit.
Dec. 20-Jan. 4, winter break.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.




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Hawk tales
Jacaranda, a red-tailed hawk, shows off his
wingspan to a gathering of Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School second-graders. Jacaranda
was hit by a car and cannot fly. He is one of
the birds that Wildlife Inc. is licensed to use in
educational programs. In an AME presenta-
tion Dec. 3, students learned about the wildlife
cared for at the Bradenton Beach center, as
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Help AME: Eat pizza
Domino's Pizza in Holmes Beach has teamed
up with Anna Maria Elementary School for a deli-
cious Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser eat
pizza and the PTO earns money.
Order lunch or dinner from Domino's Pizza on
specified Thursdays and 15 percent of the order will
be donated to the AME PTO. The fundraiser dates
are Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 24, March 24, April 21
and May 19.
The class with the highest order value receives
a free pizza party.
To place an order, stop by Domino's, 5606
Marina Drive, or call 941-778-6641.


Dolphin dash design winner
Anna Maria Elementary School third-grader
Kamron Reo, designed the winning artwork for
the Parent-Teacher Organization's Dolphin Dash
T-shirts. Kamron will receive a free shirt. So will
the first 300 people who register for the Dolphin
Dash 5k and 1-mile fun run. The event will take
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Island real estate transactions
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
101 66th St., Unit 8, Mainsail Beach Inn, Holmes Beach, a 1,248 sfla / 1,337
sfur 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in 2008 was sold 11/24/10, Mainsail AMI
Beach Inn LLLP to Powell for $852,200; list $852,200.
2319 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,720 sfla / 3,744 sfur 4h1d 4xiihi duplex built
in 1983 on a 50x100 corner lot was sold 11/24/10, Riley to Jacobsen for $449,000.
102 43rd St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 65x110 single land condo lot was sold
11 /22/10, Oceanside Oasis LLC to Holmes Beach Investments LLC for $400,000;
list $429,000.
1429 Gulf Drive N., Unit 19, Bermuda Bay Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,524
sfla / 2,622 sfur 3bed/2/2bath/2car condo with built in 1999 was sold 11/23/10,
Skerrett to Herrington for $330,000; list $375,000.
6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 25, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a
985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold
11/19/10, Beckman to Savas for $240,000; list $269,900.
304 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,015 sfla / 2,055 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in
1969 on a 75x100 lot was sold 11/17 10, Wells Fargo Bank to Vayias for $215,000;
list $234,900.
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www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289


SPOTLESS, Gulf-view
232BR/21B condo with loft.
Pool and spa on bay
with fishing pier.

CALL Laurie Fox, Realtor
941-730-7635

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[FABULOUS VIEW ot Anna Maria Sound And Sportsmans
Harbor. Windows fill almost the entire east side of this beauti-
ful home with cathedral ceilings and open floor plan with
2br/3ba. Dock Davits, 700 sqft hobby shop & 2 car garage.
Move in perfection $598,000

Mike 4. 800-367-1617
Nom n 941-778-6696
, 1Norm an 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com


Win this bike Enter by Dec. 1 5
Anyone who donates new or gently used shoes for Haiti will
be entered in a drawing for this great bike! The shoe
collection will be delivered by the Ministry of Presence to fami-
lies in Haiti. Cash chance: $5. The winner will be
announced in The Islander newspaper Dec. 22, just in time for
Christmas! Shoes collected and tickets offered at
Anna Maria Elementary, King Middle and The Islander office.
Many thanks to the Jake Ross, his family, Ross Built Construction and a gener-
ous anonymous donor for the bicycle. All shoes and proceeds to Haiti in care
of the Ministry of Presence in Haiti. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978


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SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sands Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
778.1345 Hauling tree trimming
1Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F-- l Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755


Windows & Doors

941-730-5045

RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
** References available 941-720-7519

PLANET STONE
Marble & Granite Inco
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
Cortez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Handyman Service
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesoh LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
941.896.5256-office Free Estimates Licensed
941.807.5256-cell Ask about our 10% guarantee & Insured


ING- -Bed: A bargain!
P.c r14M-'.R K il.lcci Fi!l & Twin,
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s.. 1F l .-..... 'ir.d lii ", 00 new/used.

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359-1904
0 0^ "Movers Who Care"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.


4 PHIIY INNT I ll-BM S INC.
E Artisan Traditions in Scratch Baking
S.- Every Sunday at The Bridge Street Market
S.' all today for custom cakes and party platters
941-724-1901 Ii Sgok

Absolute Canvas and Upholstery
25 Years Evperience Dockside Service Any Canvas Project
-- 941.545.3409
aabsolutecanvas@gmail.com

Marianne Correll REATOR
The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
It's a GREAT TIME to buy!

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941-725-7799 941-778-6066 mariannebc@aol.com


MARK BOWERS
Electrical, Navigational Audio/Video Systems
Marine and Residential Service & Installs
Insured
PO Box 1064 Cortez, Fla 34215
941.920.1169




SPAPK(
STEEL
ART GALLERY
121-C Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
(941) 795-0076 or 685-3392


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private
parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through
March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.
WANTED: KID CRAFTERS for the Children's Gift
Bazaar at the Christmas on Bridge Street Dec.
18. Earn holiday cash! Call for details, 941-713-
3105.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @ sothe-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
dentonrotary.org.


ESTATE SALE: FRIDAY, Dec. 17. Numbers given
out at 8 a.m. 721 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. (Be
mindful of parking signs). Set of Hutschenreuter
china, coffee and end tables, books, figurines,
two sets of twin beds, chest, Gone With the Wind
lamp, figurines, patio, table, 1920s lounge chair,
dinette set, refrigerator, TV, file cabinet, sewing
machine, kitchenware, etc. Sale conducted by
Palma Sola Sales.


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.
GIANT YARD SALE: Art and artists sale hosted
by The Islander in the Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18. Bargains and fun shopping.
Artists must register by noon Dec. 17. Info: 941-
778-7978.
ISLANDER STORE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Satur-
day, Dec. 18. Tie-Dye Mullet T-shirts, AMI stickers,
collection of art, mirrors and Island kitsch. One-
day sale at The Islander in the Island Shopping
Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
PINE AVENUE WILL be having their first monthly
flea market, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Pine
Avenue stores will be open and having huge
sales! Anna Maria.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.


50-FOOT BOAT dock for rent. Prime location,
many amenities. Call 941-778-3013.
MAILSAIL MARINA BOAT slip rentals: Monthly
boat slips for rent starting as low as $225 per
slip. Please contact Margo or Tay, 941-201-3222.
E-mail: mrryder@mainsail.com or tay@mainsail.
com.


SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOOKING FOR CLEANERS: Resort on Anna
Maria Island. Must be able to work weekends and
holidays. First shift, part to full-time hours. Must
speak English. Call JoAnne at 941-232-9784.
HELPER WANTED FOR landscaping company.
Must have valid drivers license. Call Chris, 941-
704-2714.
LIVE-IN HANDYMAN to housesit in winter season.
Beachfront property, detached room. 941-779-
9781.


GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED part-time for ad/
editorial layout. InDesign and Photoshop exper-
tise a must. Advertising experience required.
Intro-resume to info@ islander.org.


LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all
ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-
2301.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
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,
941-580-0626.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
778-5476.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

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.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling,
listing, buying, market analysis. Listings needed,
present inventory sold or under contract. 941-592-
8373, or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

ISLAND TAXI
Providing Islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins 941-778-6201


We Come To You Full Warranty
* Antennas *Mirrorsm
Power *Locks k
Trunks Door Handles 941 -780-1 735
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ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
6891.
NEED NEW DOORS? Fiberglass doors and
frames, glass inserts, patio, storm and Simonton
windows. TDWS. 941-722-7507.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
4152.
LIFE LEGACY VIDEO: Document a personal his-
tory of your life. Create a video to hand down to
future generations. Include photos and memora-
bilia. Call 941-447-6228 or go to Lifelegacyvid.
com.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch,
storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-
3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I Owant to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
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.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
941-778-8323.
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381.



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

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

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

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

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
447-2198.


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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holln- v ,.:I I 'p'ii Sat.

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean* Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available


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Call Dan, 941-713-3108


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Additions Remodels New Construction
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SINCE 1966

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

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

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
2700.
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience.
New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways.
Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.


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

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
$1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
www.divefish.com.


ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $1,500-$2,200/week. 559-
760-1331. Annamariaislandbeachfront.com.
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious
3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai,
completely furnished. One house from beach.
Gulf view. No pets or smoking. 813-689-0925 or
HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.

DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home,
3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished.
$3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.

SEASONAL ANNA MARIA: Newly remodeled
2BR/1BA and 3BR/2BA houses. 200 feet to
beach. By week or month. 941-778-7933.
SEASONAL RENTAL: PEBBLE Springs 3BA/2BR
condo. Front-door covered parking, pool at back
door, tennis, clubhouse, minutes to beach,
includes water and cable. $1,600/month. Requires
application. www.macalusoproperty.com. 813-
368-7383.
FOUR-MONTH WINTER special: 2BR/1.5BA fur-
nished, senior park. 15 minutes to beach. Pool,
hot tub, recreation room. $995/month. Lease
option, $49,000 or best offer. chickenplucker@
webtv.net. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.


HOLIDAY: CHRISTMAS, NEWYEAR rental. $399/
weekend, $599/week. 2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock.
941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.
1 BR/1 BA: ONE BLOCK to the beach. All-inclusive.
Annual, $850/month, seasonal, $1,400/month.
Available now. Call 941-224-8199.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT house for rent.
Annual, unfurnished. Beautiful, tropical 2BR/2BA,
den, 1,700 sf. Great pool area, gas-heated hot
tub, on canal, two boat lifts, two-car garage. Avail-
able Feb. 1, 2011. $2,300/month. 941-730-1086.
linkconnection @hotmail.com.
SEASONAL RENTAL: AVAILABLE February,
March and April. 1BR/1BA apartment west of
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City. $1,200/month plus
tax. 941-778-4499.
SUNNY SHORES: QUAINT old 1 BR. Washer and
dryer, central air conditioning. No dogs. $600/
month. 941-545-9025.
BEACHFRONT HOME. Spectacular water views,
private beach. Ground-level 2BR/1 BA, garage.
941-348-9448.

OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space:
8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf (former salon)
and 1,300-sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.


The little beach house in the jungle! OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY
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2 BR HOME
2 tiled baths.
Large living room, dining combo.
Lovely kitchen with dining bar.
Granite counter tops.
Indirect lighting.
Tile and hardwood floors.
Wood deck just off laundry room.
Unique paver patio for sunning and dining.
Shell driveways to each unit.


1 BR LOFT
Tiled bath.
Large master bedroom
with area for office or sitting.
Loft, tiled bath.
Full kitchen with granite counters.
Tile and hardwood floors.
Wood deck off kitchen for
... outside dining or party time.
Covered parking. Central heat, air.


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LARGE REMODELED 2BR/1 BA, garage and deck.
Walk to beach. $1,100/month, includes water, sewer,
garbage. First, last and security. 941-779-2131.
REMODELED 2-3BR/2BA. Holmes Beach. $975/
month plus utilities. First, last, security. Good ref-
erences. 585-473-9361.
CANCELLATION AVAILABILITY. WESTBAY
Cove, Westbay Point, 2BR/2BA, tennis, pools.
January and February openings. Sharon, Old
Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
WAVES EDGE BEACHHOUSE: Beautiful Gulf-
front 3BR/2BA with heated pool. Newly renovated.
Great location close to shops and restaurants.
Reduced to $2,000/wk for January. 941-778-6696.
www.wavesedgebeachhouse.com.
LAZY PALM COTTAGE: Newly renovated
3BR/2BA with brand new heated pool. One house
to beach. Great location close to shops and res-
taurants. January reduced to $1,300/week. 941-
778-6696. www.lazypalmcottage.com.
SEASONAL: PARTIAL-TO-turnkey furnished.
1BR/1BA off Cortez Road. One mile from
beaches. Call Pat with Florida Real Estate team,
941-920-6637.
SANDPIPER RESORT: 2BR/1 BA, steps to beach,
bay view, dock, seasonal, annual. 941-778-3051.


EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
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36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA family room and garage.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
tdollyl@yahoo.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.


BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture,
breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under
roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker,
941-920-1699.
I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites!
Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, www.every-listing.
com, 941-730-7635.
FOUR-MONTH WINTER special: 2BR/1.5BA fur-
nished, senior park. 15 minutes to beach. Pool,
hot tub, recreation room. $995/month. Lease
option, $49,000 or best offer. 863-688-3524 or
863-608-1833.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $335,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


quffSay faty ofAnna. Maria Inc.
esse risson royrAssociate GJ,
S 941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Deep Water on Large Lot
This home is located
on a prime lot a short
walk to the beach.
The home is currently
configured as a 2
bed/2bath but can be
a 3 bedroom. Garage,
large pool and screened
lanai overlooking your dock. $539,900


CUSTOM BUILT BY owner: Elevated 3BR/2.5BA,
four-car garage. Top-of-the line construction with eleva-
tor, lush private gardens and pool. Quiet street, walk-
ing distance to beaches and available boat dock. We
have bought at Freedom Village so the opportunity to
get a great buy is now! Asking $549,000. For pictures
and information, e-mail Holmesbeachdream@aol.
com or call 513-378-9100. Also have beautiful, clean
2BR/2BA ranch for $349,000, Holmes Beach, and a
like-new 3BR/3BA ranch in northwest Bradenton only
$165,000. All by owner.
SANDPIPER RESORT: STEPS to beach, dock.
2BR/1 BA, $159,000, 1BR/1 BA, $115,000. Also,
$179,000. Owner financing. 941-778-3051.
MODERN CONDO VILLA: 2BR/2BA, one-car
garage with private, caged courtyard. Pet-friendly.
$128,000 or best offer. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
Real Estate Mart.


FACTORY DIRECT STEEL buildings: Buy at
contractors cost. Commercial, industrial, farm,
churches, hangars and all uses. Our factory rep-
resentative will visit and assist you in planning
your project in person. In-field support and erec-
tion available, 888-907-6260.









....a family favorite since 1967. Complete Interior/
Exterior remodel in 2010. Two Bedroom, Two Bath
"Vacation Rentals" with large private Sun Decks.
Free Long Distance, Wi-Fi, Expanded Cable &
Laundry facilities. Boat & Jet Ski parking available.
Free Bikes and Beach Gear usage for Registered
Guests. New heated pool with outdoor gas grills.

Gulf Drive & 41st Street at
the Manatee Public Beach
Reservations &
Information Phone:
941-201-5792
Visit us online:
Castnetters.com


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315 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
5604-B Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941-779-0733
www.annamariaparadise.com





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