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cern for crime. Page 4
Op/ed: The Islander
editorial, reader let-
ters. Page 6
HB commission sched-
ules votes. Page 8
ments. Pages 13-15
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AME: Play time on
campus. Page 20
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ter. Page 22
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Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, far left,
at the dais in March 2010. He soon became the subject
of a recall movement. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Compiled by Lisa Neff
The past year brought rancor and respect,
turmoil and triumph, fear and fighting spirit on
Anna Maria Island.
Islandwide, residents, business owners
and elected officials spent much of the spring
and summer on guard, fearing any impact from
a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, even
as they unified to spread worldwide a mes-
sage that AMI still boasted pristine beaches
and clean water.
In Anna Maria, citizens said farewell to
a proud and respected mayor, re-elected a
new city leader and, making Manatee County
history, ousted a commissioner accused of a
Michael Pierce passes the gavel to Bob Bartelt after resigning as
mayor in Bradenton Beach June 3. Commissioner Janie Robertson,
appointed vice mayor, looks on. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
variety of misdeeds and shortcomings.
In Bradenton Beach, citizens learned of the
abrupt resignation of their mayor but quickly
embraced his stand-in, who was elected to the
post in November, as were two new commis-
Meanwhile, citizens in Holmes Beach
spring of 2010, two Anna Maria Island
ds died. Pat Geyer, politician and proprietress
ffy's Tavern, died May 1. W.H. Snooks Adams,
peering Island law enforcement officer and
ler of an annual children's party, as well as
vned storyteller, died April 27.
retained status quo in their municipal govern-
ment, but bid farewell to two Island legends
pioneering law enforcement officer W.H.
Snooks Adams and former mayor and commis-
sioner Pat Geyer, long the proprietor of Duffy's
PLEASE SEE 2010, PAGE 5
MPO: Water taxi lacks needed traction
By Rick Catlin
While the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization includes a water-taxi
operation in area coastal waters as a long-
range goal, there's been "no movement" on
the idea since an initial study was completed
"The water-taxi idea doesn't have much
traction right now," said MPO director Mike
W The preliminary study of a water taxi
ng and along the coastal waters of Sarasota and Man-
24 atee counties and up the Braden River identi-
fied tourism potential, but recommended an
in-depth study and analysis. Since then, no
local jurisdiction has stepped forward to apply
for a federal ferryboat grant or provide any
.. funding for further analysis, Howe said.
fishing. "The MPO doesn't have any funding to
move forward with an in-depth analysis. All
of our allocation money (state and federal)
Biz is going toward roads" and related improve-
ments, he said.
A federal grant for an in-depth study and
possibly some infrastructure funding might
ents. be available from the federal ferryboat grant
fund, but it's not the MPO's role to apply.
"That would have to come from a local
jurisdiction, be it Holmes Beach, Bradenton
Beach, Manatee County or a combination,"
"There's been no interest among our mem-
bers to get together, move the idea forward and
apply for a grant," he added.
"The bi'_ 'I problem facing a water taxi is
the operational startup costs. The grant would
not cover all of that, and the jurisdictions back-
ing the taxi would eventually have to provide
some funding to get the taxi operational."
The in-depth study would, however, provide
startup cost estimates, Howe said.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol
Whitmore said that budgets are so tight there's
little interest on the commission in applying
for a grant for a water-taxi study that might go
nowhere for lack of additional funds.
"There are so many other issues ahead of
a water taxi," she said. "It's just one of those
things that will have to wait."
Howe noted that the MPO's five-year plan
PLEASE SEE WATER TAXI, PAGE 3
Future regional trans-
portation plans call
for the rehabilitation
of the Cortez Bridge
Bay on Cortez Road.
also includes the goal
of establishing a water
taxi for the region,
although there is no
for such a project.
2 0 DEC. 29, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
holiday tourism mixed for Island
By Rick Catlin
For some Anna Maria Island accommodation
owners and managers last week, reservations for the
Christmas-New Year's period were off by 10 percent
from last year. Others, however, said this is just a typical
holiday week for visitors.
The cold weather in Florida and a national economy
that has not recovered from a recession might be fac-
tors keeping some vacationers away from Anna Maria
Island, noted several accommodation owners.
"We're normally booked solid for this week, but
we've got a few vacancies," said Jeff Geary of White
Sands Resort in Holmes Beach.
"It's been colder than usual here, and I think a
lot of people are taking a second look at spending the
money. But we usually have some walk ins that we
refer elsewhere. This year, we've got room for a few,"
At the Club Bamboo Resort in Bradenton Beach,
manager Dan Conrad echoed that statement.
"We' re down about 20 percent from last year for
Christmas week," he said last week. "But we tradition-
ally get a lot of walk-in traffic, so we're keeping our
Conrad blamed the drop in reservations on cold
weather the past two weeks.
"People want to come here when it's in the 70s and
80s, not 50 degrees," he said.
"If it warms up, they'll start showing up," he pre-
Mother Nature may not be in a cooperative mood.
The National Weather Service in Ruskin predicted
daytime temperatures in the low 60s and upper 50s
on the Island by early this week, but a warming trend
would begin mid-week, extending into the new year.
Not all Island accommodations, however, are
reporting a downturn in visitors for the holidays.
"The weather is not a factor for the holiday vaca-
tioner," said hotelier David Teitelbaum, owner of the
just fine for
mas week at the
taurant on the
Gulf of Mexico
in Anna Maria.
Tradewinds, SeaSide and Tortuga inns in Bradenton
Beach and a board member of the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council.
"Many people anticipate a little cool weather at
Christmas, even in Florida. Our guests don't seem to
mind, and it's a lot warmer here than up north," he
Also, the guests have been coming, although not at
the pace of previous holiday seasons.
"It's been a good Christmas for us. There are a few
available units, but I wouldn't be surprised to see those
taken by the end of the week," Teitelbaum said.
Marianne Norman-Ellis of Mike Norman Realty
in Holmes Beach said agency vacation rentals are up
for the Christmas-New Year's week compared with the
same week last year.
"We've jumped 20 percent. We've still got a few
units left, so we can help a walk-in this week. But our
rental business has been very good," she said.
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Stephanie Bell at Fran Maxon Realty in Anna
Maria also has seen a jump in vacation rentals from
"Christmas is a family holiday and I think families
like the larger houses to accommodate everyone, rather
than renting several rooms at a motel. We've been get-
ting a lot of calls for a large house," she said.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said this Christmas season is
unusual because some motels have one- and two-night
vacancies this week, while weekly vacation rentals are
in high demand.
"Several members have vacancies this week for a
short stay, rather than a one- or two-week reservation.
That's unusual for the holidays. It could be the weather
or it could be the economy. I'm hoping it picks up this
week with some good weather."
Brockman agreed the tourism occupancy outlook
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Manatee County elected officials will meet Jan.
4 in Palmetto to discuss derelict and abandoned ves-
sels in local waters.
The meeting, a Manatee Council of Govern-
ments gathering, is scheduled for 4 p.m., Jan. 4,
at the Manatee Civic Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Pal-
Bradenton Beach recently received a $25,000
TOURISM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
for the holiday season is mixed, with motels doing OK,
but not the complete sellout of past years, while occu-
pancy of vacation rentals (houses and apartments) is
"If I had the answer to why that happens, I could
name my price," she said. "Still, we're in better shape
than a lot of other destinations."
Brockman said visitors to the Island this week
looking for a room or vacation rental can come by the
chamber office at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, to
see which chamber members have vacancies.
"We keep track of what our members have avail-
able, so it's real easy for us to match the party to the
best accommodation," she said.
Potential visitors can reach the chamber at 941-778-
While Island accommodations are reporting a mixed
bag of occupancy levels, Island restaurants that offer
outdoor dining are feeling the bite of cold weather.
"Outdoor dining is down with this weather, espe-
cially in the evenings," said Ed Chiles of the Sandbar,
MarVista and BeachHouse restaurants. "Our indoor
dining is very good, and we've been real busy there,
but it's a bit cool for the outdoor crowd."
Last year, Island weather during the Christmas
season was good enough to draw outdoor diners during
evening hours. But that was last year.
"You have to take the good with the bad at this time
of year. Daytime, however, people are eating outside,"
grant for the removal of problem vessels in an
anchorage area south of the Historic Bridge Street
Pier. The grant, approved by the county commission
earlier this month, came from West Coast Inland
Navigation District funds.
The meeting also will include a presentation on
the county's natural resources program by director
Dave Russell of Rotten Ralph's, with waterfront loca-
tions at Galati Marine in Anna Maria and on the Historic
Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, agreed that cool
weather is hurting the outdoor dining industry.
"We're very dependent on the weather. Both res-
taurants are on the water, and people like to sit outside.
When it's windy and cold, they'll go into town to eat,
rather than dine inside," Russell said.
That's not to say the holidays have been a bust.
"We're doing real well, especially at the pier. I'm
expecting warmer weather later this week, and I think
we'll be packed by then."
WATER TAXI CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
from July 2010 to June 2015 has $5.8 million to reha-
bilitate the Cortez Bridge. The two-year project would
begin in 2012 with initial surveys and minor repairs,
then begin in earnest in 2013. The project would be
completed in 2014, according to the plan.
Other MPO projects for Anna Maria Island and
nearby areas in the five-year plan include $315,350 for
a bike path and nature trail at Neal Preserve on Perico
Island, $1 million to refurbish the Palma Sola Causeway
portion of State Road 64 (Manatee Avenue), $600,000
for landscaping of State Road 789 (Gulf Drive), and
$4,500 for maintenance of the traffic signal at the Man-
atee Avenue-East Bay Drive intersection in Holmes
Officials to discuss abandoned boats
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Anna Maria City
Jan. 4, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m., pier centennial committee
Jan. 13, 6 p.m., city commission work ses-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Jan. 3, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Jan. 6, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Jan. 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
Jan. 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
New Year's is Jan. 1. Many government offices
are closed Dec. 31.
The Islander will be closed Dec. 31.
Jan. 4, 9 a.m., Manatee County commission
work meeting, administrative center, 1112 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton.
Jan. 4, 4 p.m., Manatee County Council of Gov-
ernments meeting, Manatee Civic Center, 1 Haben
Jan. 9, 9 a.m., Manatee County commission
meeting, administrative center.
Jan. 17 is Martin Luther King Junior's birth-
day, federal and state government offices, schools
and some business establishments are closed.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
4 0 DEC. 29, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
BB mayor raises concern for crime
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach's mayor is pressing for increased
policing in the city's downtown district.
Mayor Bob Bartelt discussed his concerns recently
with Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, as
well as expressed them in a memo to city commissioners
and city attorney Ricinda Perry.
Bartelt said he has fielded
complaints about possible illegal
activity specifically illicit drug
transactions taking place on
Bridge Street, a center of commer-
cial activity in Bradenton Beach.
Bartelt "It has been brought to my
attention that there are some concerns and issues
regarding the possibility of unlawful behavior on
and around Bridge Street," Bartelt said, adding that
he talked with Speciale about protecting the health,
safety and welfare of citizens, visitors and business
The chief and the mayor agreed to what Bartelt
described as a "more pro-active" approach to policing
Bridge Street, with a heightened law enforcement pres-
ence at certain hours.
Bartelt said he was confident the police department
would address his concerns "in the most expeditious
Years ago, the Bridge Street area had a reputation
for rowdiness and illegal activity, which was a catalyst
in the early 1990s for the creation of a tax-increment
financing district to fund improvements in the historic,
Police in more recent years have dealt with drug
dealing, vandalism and criminal mischief in the area,
but authorities, business owners and residents in the
area said illegal activity had greatly diminished.
"Bridge Street is a good, wholesome boutique dis-
trict now," said Katy Merman, who lives a block from
Bridge Street. "But certain hours as the bars are let-
ting out you see some stuff."
Resident Hank Sears said, "I'm on Bridge Street
and the pier a lot and always feel safe. But I know
late at night, there can be some unsavory characters
Local legislative agenda to be set
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County's state legislative delegation will
hold an annual hearing Jan. 18 to learn what agenda
local elected officials and citizens want pursued in Tal-
lahassee in 2011.
The hearing will take place at 8 a.m. at the Manatee
County Administrative Building, 1112 Manatee Ave.
The delegation is chaired by state Sen. Mike Ben-
nett, R-Bradenton, who requested that people planning
to speak at the hearing register with his office at 941-
727-6349 before Jan. 11.
In years past, the delegation during the hearing
received numerous requests for funding allocations for
projects and programs in Manatee County, especially
social service programs.
However, Bennett stressed that 2011 will be a lean
year for the state.
Earlier this year, Senate President Mike Haridopo-
los notified lawmakers that "given the continuing fiscal
challenges our state is facing and our need to focus
efforts on solutions to balance the state's budget, we
will not be opening the community budget issue request
system this year. With the further decline in state rev-
enues, it is my desire to avoid creating unrealistic fund-
Bennett said that means the local legislative delega-
tion "will not be receiving or hearing any requests for
appropriations and there will be no CBIR requests filed
Manatee County commissioners already have
agreed on the recommendations they'll make to the
The commission's top priorities for 2011 include:
Beaches: Continued dedicated state funding for
beach renourishment "at or above statutory levels" and
In the delegation
Manatee County's legislative delegation
includes state Sens. Mike Bennett, Nancy Detert
and Arthenia Joyner and state Reps. Jim Boyd, Ray
Pilon, Greg Steube and Darryl Ervin Rouson.
Bennett and Boyd, who is succeeding Bill Gal-
vano in the House, represent Anna Maria Island.
legislation that protects "the sovereign immunity of
counties with regard to beach mitigation liability."
Transportation: Accelerated construction of the
Port Manatee Connector Road to better accommodate
large shipments from the Panama Canal expansion
and the rejection of "raids" on the Florida Transporta-
tion Trust Fund to subsidize other areas of the state
Taxation: Passage of a requirement for out-of-state
vendors specifically Internet retailers to collect and
remit Florida's state and local option sales taxes; a review
of sales tax exemptions and the rejection of revenue and
expenditure caps on local taxing authorities.
The county commission also will request the del-
egation oppose both further funding cuts to the public
library system and expanded drilling for oil and gas in
the Gulf of Mexico, and support the continued operation
of the Florida Department of Community Affairs, as
well as renewed funding for the derelict vessel removal
Commissioners also endorsed placing a constitu-
tional amendment on the state 2012 ballot to ban oil
drilling near Florida's shores.
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And now, a month-by-month look at the first half
Possible loss of groins makes surfers groan:
Wave-chasers learned in early January that three groins
on the Gulf shore in Bradenton Beach might be removed
during a 2014 beach renourishment project.
HBPD sounds 'wakeup call': More than 100
Island residents concerned about recent burglaries
filled the Holmes Beach City Hall chambers Jan. 7 for
a crime prevention forum. Holmes Beach Police Chief
Jay Romine called it a "wakeup call."
"The bottom line is this is not the same county we
lived in 30 years ago," Romine said. "It's certainly not
the same Anna Maria Island we had 30 years ago."
New year brings cold temps: Beach blankets were
tossed aside for down comforters as cold, dry air lin-
gered over the area the first two weeks of January.
Colder weather arrived with the new year and con-
tinued through the first weeks of 2010 and the last
week of a winter holiday for some Island vacationers.
Grouper supply runs short: Terry Fannon pre-
pared his 52-foot Broadfire commercial fishing boat Jan.
14 outside the A.R Bell Fish Co. for a planned 20 days
More than ever, Fannon and the other offshore
fishers in Cortez need grouper. That's because there
was little fresh grouper to be had at large markets, only
"We don't have any fresh grouper right now," said
Karen Bell, office manager at A.R Bell Fish Co. and
owner of Star Fish Co. Restaurant and Market. "We're
not harvesting nearly what we can sell."
PAR sells project: Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC sold its project at 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, to
Topazfish LLC, registered in Florida as a limited liabil-
PAR's plan had called for a retail-office-residential
complex resulting in six retail units and three residences
built around an existing single-family residence.
An Islander report indicated the sale price was
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 29, 2010 U 5
on the Anna
Pier Jan. 6,
and heated -
The new year
brought a big
S File Photo:
Large yacht grounds in Longboat Pass: The Sir
Winston out of Miami was stranded in Longboat Pass
Jan. 23. A salvage operation Jan. 24 freed the 128-foot
commercial yacht, which was towed to the Tampa
Seven uninjured people were rescued from the
vessel after the agency received a distress call from
Capt. Winston Knauss, who owned the yacht that was
bound for Fort Myers.
Pier debris removed: The remaining debris of the
Manatee Public Beach Pier, as well as demolition equip-
ment, vehicles and a fence were removed Jan. 28.
For about a month, crews worked to remove all
signs of the pier.
Beach searched for body: Detectives, forensics
experts and a farmer plowed the sand on the beach in
Anna Maria in February as the search for clues in the
disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler continued.
On the scene the beach between Magnolia
Avenue and Spring Manatee County Sheriff's Office
detectives said they were searching for evidence in the
case, which dates back to November 2008.
City OKs county's marine-rescue HQ: Bradenton
Beach commissioners gave Manatee County an all-clear
to build a headquarters for its marine rescue division on
The county awarded a $1.1 million contract for
Zirkelbach Construction Inc. of Palmetto to build the
headquarters to provide work space for marine-rescue
personnel, storage space for gear and vehicles, a con-
ference room, a computer center, training facilities and
Protesters join hands against drilling: More than
200 protesters stood hand-in-hand Feb. 13 on Manatee
Public Beach to create a 100-yard-long human line in
the sand against drilling for oil or gas in state waters.
The Holmes Beach protest was part of a statewide
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High tide on AMI
On the kinder, gentler news show CBS Sunday
Morning, columnist Ben Stein pleaded for bipartisan-
He might just as well have been talking to the two
sides of the issue in Anna Maria that led to the recall
Stein said Americans are too busy to hate. We will
not preach hate, sell hate or try to get elected by hate.
We can and will disagree about just about anything, but
we will not do it in a spirit of hatred.
We will live by love of our fellow man. Those who
hate will not stop us.
It's not original, but we hope to follow his creed.
To put aside prejudice and hatred developed last year
in Anna Maria, where neighbors grew to disrespect one
another based on one misguided official's desires.
They disrespected neighbors and all those who dis-
Their issues were founded in hatred, and pitted resi-
dents against businesses. And never mind the businesses
were owned by neighbors.
It was a long year of hatred. And it was for
Not surprisingly, people also took sides against the
But lest anyone be mistaken, it's not about taking
sides or hatred for the media. It's about writing a true
and faithful story, telling others what happened, how
and why it happened, when and where it happened.
It's plain and simple. Some of the hatred was fueled
by misstatements and lies on a manipulated blog by
folks who have no ethics, no credentials, and, frankly,
by folks who didn't even have a dog in the fight.
It reminds us of an old saying, one that boasted,
"Obviously, you've mistaken me for someone who
gives a s***. It's just not the media's place to choose
The whole twisted argument reaked of hatred.
It was directed toward individuals, rather than
ideals or pursuits for a better government. It had one
side claiming their leader was Jesus. Really.
But like the name-callers, the bloggers were far off
their marks and buried in hatred.
So we say: Be neighbors. Or be gone.
This is Anna Maria Island, where we don't tolerate
hatred. We come here to live in peace and enjoy every
day in paradise to pass the time like the tides.
It is, however, high time we change the minimum
residency to run for political office to five years.
We have opinions on this page, but hatred? No.
Never. Welcome to Island time.
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Call it fate, or call it good fortune, but as one edito-
ral cartoonist became overly enamored with the battle
to rid Anna Maria of commercial business and develop-
ment, he fell victim to his opinions and was no longer
viable to the newspaper.
But up sprang an old friend with a penchant for two
vital areas: Anna Maria Island and graphic arts.
And it doesn't hurt that he's younger, more timely
and has a keen sense of satirical wit and political
He also was raised on Anna Maria Island. His dad
was a world-class marine mechanic, having consulted
for Volvo and a James Bond movie or two.
Mom was an endearing, quirky woman who kept a
big family of big eaters happy, and tales of her exploits
kept friends in stitches.
He made his way through Ringling School of Art
and Design by working on the press crew at the former
Islander newspaper and drawing illustrations.
He is.... Joe Bird, AKA The Bird. Great friend and
Islander cartoonist, creator of Astheworld Terns.
He may live with his twin boys in Mississippi, but
he frequently visits Anna Maria Island, keeps up on all
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What do you think was the No. 1 story of the year
the news via The Islander, and his heart remains here.
"Anna Maria Commissioner Stoltzfus recalled."
Marlane Kraemer Wurzbach
"I was going to say the same thing!"
"No hurricanes a calm, lazy summer."
Which Island holiday event do you look forward to
"The AMI Privateers Christmas procession!"
"The sand castles."
Stacy Barr White, referring to SandBlast
"Fourth of July."
Local census data due in February
By Lisa Neff
Newly released 2010 Census data shows a surge in
Florida's population, which will result in the state gain-
ing two more representatives in Congress in 2012.
Local data from the U.S. Census conducted this past
year will not be available until February, according to a
spokesperson with the bureau.
The bureau plans a series of data releases:
Block-by-block population numbers in Febru-
Demographic profiles of communities in May.
Minority population and demographic profiles
throughout the summer.
Native American counts and profiles in Novem-
The data released earlier this month focused on
apportionment population and House of Representative
allocations based on national and state counts, which is
the constitutional purpose of the citizen survey.
Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution calls
for a census of the nation's population every 10 years
to apportion U.S. House seats among the states.
The 2010 census was the 23rd in the nation's his-
tory, with surveys collected beginning in the spring and
census-takers following up with residents through the
Anna Maria, where there is no mail delivery to resi-
dents, was one of the first communities counted in the
Florida's new congressional districts there will
be 27 will be determined by Florida legislators.
The census data also will be used for state legislative
redistricting, as well as applied in formulas to allocate an
estimated $400 billion a year in federal money for pro-
grams and projects from education to senior services
and law enforcement grants to road improvements.
'Our business colleagues also benefit enormously
from Census data," stated U.S. Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke. "It provides vital information that they
use to identify new markets, to decide where to make
major capital investments, and ultimately to create jobs
and grow our economy."
Florida's population, as of April 1, was 18,801,310,
an increase of 17.6 percent from 2000.
The state's most significant population climb was
from 1950 to 1960, when the census showed a 78.7
percent jump in the population.
Gordon Scott of Arling-
ton, Va., son of Donna
and John Scott of Holmes
Beach and East Lansing,
Mich., took The Islander
with him in August when
he visited Sri Lanka
with girlfriend Niranjali
Amersinghe, who grew up
in Sri Lanka. Scott and his
vacation reading mate-
rial are near the Temple
of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri
Lanka. Islander Photo:
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In the Dec. 27, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Officials with the Florida Institute of Saltwater
Heritage said FISH would purchase 95 acres of unde-
veloped waterfront property in Cortez for $250,000
from the estate of Robert Shewe. FISH president Blue
Fulford said under the terms of the contract the property
would remain undeveloped to provide a buffer against
An investigation by the state attorney's office into a
Sunshine Law complaint against Anna Maria Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh and Commissioner Bob Barlow was on hold
for the holidays, said a spokesperson for assistant state
attorney James Rawe. Rawe was investigating the com-
plaint filed by Commissioner Jay Hill that Deffenbaugh
and Barlow discussed remodeling city hall outside of a
An 8-year-old Holmes Beach boy was seriously
injured when a van struck the in-line scooter he rode
from his driveway into the street. Nick Galati was run
over by the van and dragged about 40 feet, according to
the police report. He was sent by helicopter to All Chil-
dren's Hospital in St. Petersburg with a broken pelvis,
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Nally hearing postponed to January
By Rick Catlin
A scheduled Dec. 22 court hearing in the lawsuit
brought by Anna Maria property owners William and
Barbara Nally against the city for approval of the site
plan for 216 Pine Ave. was postponed by the Nallys the
day before it was to be heard.
The Nallys' attorney, Mark Hanson of the Sarasota
law firm of Lobeck & Hanson, amended the hearing
date to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, before 12th Cir-
cuit Court Judge Peter Dubesky. The Nallys will seek
a summary judgment against the city at that hearing,
according to a document filed with the court.
The Nallys sued the city March 22 after the plan-
ning and zoning board approved a site plan submit-
ted in February by Pine Avenue Restoration LLC for a
retail-office-residential project. The Nallys then argued
the approval was inconsistent with the city's method of
calculating density as stated in the 2007 comprehensive
City attorney Jim Dye has submitted a July 15
ruling by the Florida Department of Community
Affairs that determined the city's method of calcu-
lating density in the ROR district is consistent with
the comp plan. The DCA ruled the city accounts for
the fact that many of the ROR lots were platted and
accepted for use by the city prior to World War II,
but are smaller than a standard-size lot under current
The DCA said that to deny construction on the
smaller lots would be a "taking" of development rights
given when the city accepted the lots.
The ruling came after Anna Maria residents Robert
and Nicky Hunt filed a complaint to the DCA about the
city's density calculation method in the ROR.
Dye also has submitted an affidavit to the court
from building official Bob Welch that the Spring Avenue
property owned by the Nallys is a vacation rental, not a
While the Nallys apparently do not reside in the
city, they argued in their March petition that they are
aggrieved by the site-plan approval.
HB moves police pension, T-end canals to Jan. vote
By Diana Bogan
Two items from the Holmes Beach Commission
work session will move forward to the Jan. 11 commis-
sion meeting for a first reading and public comment.
The first item to move forward is the amended
police pension fund. Adjustments to the ordinance
have been made to bring it into compliance with Inter-
nal Revenue Service codes and regulations, as well as
changes to state law.
The amended ordinance also includes two new ben-
efit options for retirees: the deferred retirement option
plan and the partial lump option plan.
If a police department employee elects to enter the
DROP, he or she represents a cost savings by ending the
city's retirement contribution. However, the employee
may continue to work and draw a salary for up to five
years after entering the DROP.
Descending from their 60-foot ship, Skullywag,
the Anna Maria Island Privateers plan to kidnap Anna
Maria Mayor Mike Selby, take him aboard ship and
shackle him to the ship mast at 4:30 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 3, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
A list of ransom demands is being drafted. It
calls for city commissioners to declare a "Decree of
Privateering" to be valid for all of 2011. In addition
a key to the city will be required in order to pillage
and plunder all year long.
All common folk, landlubber and dignitaries are
invited to join the invasion as they celebrate with
The PLOP provision allows a retiree to receive 5,
10 or 15 percent of the total value of his or her retire-
ment benefit as a lump sum. The remaining value of the
benefit would be used to determine monthly payments.
There is no funding impact and it serves as an alterna-
tive to the DROP. Employees may not enter both
the DROP and PLOP.
City attorney Patricia Petruff advised the commis-
sion during a Dec. 13 work session that she had "got
lost in the language of the ordinance" and was awaiting
feedback from city treasurer Rick Ashley to confirm that
points of concern have been addressed. Otherwise she
foresaw no legal reason not to approve the plan.
Commission Chairman Sandy Haas-Martens ques-
tioned where the ordinance spelled out how unused sick
time would be handled.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said
sick time is to be handled in the same manner as with
music by Mike Sales and refreshments.
"Ye be fair warned of the shenanigans about to
happen," said Tim "Hammer" Thompson, the Priva-
teer's 40th anniversary chairman.
general city employees any unused sick time would
be calculated at the time of retirement and paid out the
day an employee leaves.
However, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he wasn't
sure that provision was explained in the ordinance.
The commission agreed to move the pension fund
amendment to a first public reading, with references to
unused vacation and sick leave time noted in the final
A second work session item, an amended ordi-
nance defining what types of boats or watercraft can
be moored at city-owned docks in T-end canals, also is
ready for a first public reading.
The amendment defines "boat" and "watercraft" as
a vessel more than 16 feet in length requiring registra-
tion with the state in order to be legally operated.
While the amendment to the ordinance is limited to
the definition of a boat, questions regarding who quali-
fies to register for a dock have come into discussion.
Petruff stated that the ordinance gives a Holmes
Beach resident or property owner the right to register
for a city owned dock. It does not allow the registered
party to rent out the dock for personal gain.
Under public comment, a question arose regarding
whether the owner of the property has to be the sole
owner of the boat, and if the boat has to be registered
in Florida. For example, would a property owner who
only lives part-time in Holmes Beach and brings a boat
registered in another state qualify?
Petruff said she didn't know the answer, but would
look into registration requirements for snowbirds before
the Jan. 11 meeting.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the city hall
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demonstration called Hands Across the Sand, which
organizers said would be the largest single-day dem-
onstration in the state's history. Demonstrations took
place at about 80 beaches from the Panhandle to the
State investigates heron death: Florida Fish and
Wildlife law enforcement officers investigated the death
of one juvenile great blue heron and the injury of two
other herons at the Kingfish Boat Ramp Feb. 14.
The death and injuries were tied to the cutting of
two Australian pine trees near the seawall at the boat
ramp, which lies just west of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge at the Manatee County-Holmes Beach border.
The incident remains under investigation.
Stoltzfus seeks moratorium: Anna Maria City
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus asked the commission
to declare a moratorium on site-plan approvals, fearing
that plans already submitted to the city will be approved
before the site-plan ordinance, which was under review,
Stoltzfus made his plea at the commission's Feb.
18 special meeting that was called to review changes to
the site-plan procedures and discuss the city's traffic-
Cortez hosts fishing fest: The Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival, an annual celebration of the fishing
way of life in the historic village, took place in mid-
The two-day festival, held in the heart of the vil-
lage, featured an array of seafood, non-profit booths, art,
music and more. It drew an estimated 12,000-15,000
people Saturday and 10,000-12,000 Sunday.
AM P&Z approves site plan: Anna Maria's plan-
ning and zoning board at a Feb. 23 hearing narrowly
approved Pine Avenue Restoration LLC's site plan for
216 Pine Ave.
The 4-3 vote came after nearly four hours of testi-
mony and opinions on the plan, and with board mem-
bers split evenly, the deciding vote came down to that
of newly elected P&Z chairman Randall Stover, who
voted to approve.
Cumber's appeal lacks support: Lawyers for a
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 29, 2010 0 9
former Islander returned to prison for violating proba-
tion disputed his reasons for appealing his sentence.
William J. Cumber, formerly of Anna Maria and the
last known person to see Sabine Musil-Buehler before
she disappeared, was sent back to prison in May 2009
to serve a 13.5-year sentence for violating probation on
a 2006 arson conviction.
Island showcases wedding amenities: The Island
Wedding Festival Feb. 28 drew 900 people and featured
a fashion show outside the Anna Maria Island Cham-
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ber of Commerce and Acqua Aveda salon in Holmes
The festival concluded with a mock sunset wedding
at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Court upholds Koenigs' conviction: A Florida
appeals court has upheld the conviction of the Braden-
ton Beach man who shot Island businesswoman Sue
Normand in December 2007.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued its opinion
without comment. Koenigs was sentenced to 40 years
Anna Maria divided over moratorium: The battle
against commercial development in Anna Maria came to
the forefront at the city commission's March 4 special
Following a k ngiltli discussion on a possible mora-
torium, three commissioners Chairman John Quam,
Harry Stoltzfus and Dale Woodland agreed to pro-
ceed with an ordinance calling for a 90-day moratorium
on site-plan approvals and building permits in the retail-
Census surveys arrive: Anna Maria residents were
among the first in the area to receive U.S. Census ques-
tionnaires because Anna Maria residents collect their
mail at the post office.
Most of the nation's 120 million households -
about 90 percent of the U.S. population received
the 10-question forms by mail later in March.
Sunshine expert seeks e-mails: A consultant who
helped lawyers win a $1 million lawsuit against the
Venice City Commission asked Anna Maria for all
e-mails pertaining to city business that were sent and/
or received by Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus and plan-
ning and zoning board member Jim Conoly.
Michael Barfield asked for "all e-mails, including
attachments, regardless of whether on a personal or
private e-mail account" from March 1, 2009, through
March 10, 2010.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration said "no
comment" when asked if he or his legal team had hired
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a budget discussion March 9, but they did begin an
exploration of choices and decisions to come for fiscal
Planning for the new fiscal year began early in Bra-
denton Beach, where Commissioner Janie Robertson
repeatedly said she wanted to have more than a few
days to analyze a spending plan and identify potential
WMFR considers building proposals: Five com-
panies, selected from dozens of applicants, presented
proposals March 10 to remodel the newly acquired West
Manatee Fire Rescue administrative headquarters in
A committee of three recommended three appli-
cants to the district's board of commissioners, which
was to then decide its preference.
AME students take FCAT: Students at Anna
Maria Elementary School took the Florida Compre-
hensive Assessment Test or FCAT.
"The first day went without a hitch. We only had
four absent students and no tardies," said principal Tom
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Stoltzfus offers to help sue city: Anna Maria City
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, in e-mails obtained
through a public records request, stated that he wanted
to secretly contribute funds to a lawsuit against the
city and to see Pine Avenue Restoration buildings bull-
The records produced raised issues with Florida
open-government laws, as well as defined Stoltzfus'
opposition to development in the ROR district on Pine
AM Pier boardwalk plan approved: At a March
25 commission meeting, Anna Maria commissioners
unanimously approved a federally funded project to
build a 450-foot boardwalk along the bayfront at the
Historic Anna Maria City Pier.
The project was spearheaded by Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick, who applied for the $358,000 grant in
2004, before she was elected to the commission.
The grant was raised to nearly $900,000 by Flor-
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Stoltzfus asks for apology: Anna Maria City
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus said he had no plans to
quit the city commission over accusations that he used
private e-mails to discuss city business with other city
"There's much more to this story than what you've
read in the paper," the commissioner said.
Race canceled at Coquina: Delays in securing
approval for a personal watercraft race set for April
prompted organizers to focus instead on an event in
The race, part of the Hydro-X Tour circuit, would
have brought dozens of racers and the Jet Ski-type
machines to Bradenton Beach for a three-day event at
Coquina Beach in late April.
But Bradenton Beach commissioners denied a
special event application for the race, citing lack of
information and a conflict with a city code banning the
launching of boats or other watercraft from the beach.
Nallys sue Anna Maria: William and Barbara
Nally of Spring Avenue filed a claim March 22 that the
approval of a site plan for 216 Pine Ave. was incon-
sistent with the city's comprehensive plan and land-
The planning and zoning board approved the site
plan for Pine Avenue Restoration Feb. 23.
Holmes Beach wrestles garbage issue: Holmes
Beach commissioners at their March 23 meeting at city
hall discussed possible solutions to keep garbage cans
from being left out at the curb too long and over week-
Commissioner David Zaccagnino suggested that
the city have Waste Management move its garbage col-
lection day from Tuesday to Monday. He referred to
problems with garbage left out by renters on Saturdays.
"And it sits out all day," he said.
BB committee recommends annual report: A
state-of-the-city address was recommended as a man-
date in Bradenton Beach's city charter.
Members of the charter review committee,
meeting March 23 at city hall, agreed that an annual
address from the mayor would be a positive addition
to the charter.
Above-average hurricane season expected: Fore-
casters Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray look
at the season analytically and historically.
Their initial forecast for the 2010 season states, "We
foresee an above-average Atlantic basin tropical cyclone
season in 2010 and anticipate an above-average probability
of U.S. and Caribbean major hurricane landfall."
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Center schedule features
bridge, yoga, tapas
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
three adult classes set to begin in January.
Bridge lessons will begin Jan. 7 with professional
bridge player Larry Auerbach instructing. The class will
meet at 10:30 a.m. Friday for eight weeks.
Auerbach will teach new players basic skills, rules
and strategies. The fee is $25 per class or $115 for the
full eight weeks.
Natalie Monti will teach a traditional series of
Asana yoga designed to revitalize the body and energize
the mind from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The fee
is $12 per class.
On Jan. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Fatima Soriano
will host a cooking class that promises to be a Spanish
fiesta, featuring tapas. The public is invited to learn how
to prepare a traditional Spanish omelet and gazpacho
Pre-registration for the tapas party is required by
Jan. 7, and the fee is $35. Space is limited to five stu-
The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information about adult programs, call
Sandee Pruett at 941-778-1908.
Artist Guild to dedicate
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will host a
dedication ceremony for its mural at 5:30 p.m. Friday,
The mural on the exterior of the Island Shopping
Center, Holmes Beach, was originally painted in 1994.
In April, a small group of AGAMI artists restored
the mural, which features a man seated in a beach chair
along the Gulf shore. Two honorary guild members are
included, the pets of original mural artists Ginny Alban
and Art Ballman, dogs Muffy and Hurricane.
AGAMI thanked True Value Home Hardware of
Holmes Beach for supplying the paint for the original
mural, as well as the restoration project.
The dedication ceremony will welcome back AGA-
MI's winter members, some of whom helped with the
Following the dedication, AGAMI will host a
reception for artists Mariarosa and Roger Rockerfeller
at the Guild Gallery.
The public is invited to attend both events.
The Artists' Guild Gallery is at 5414 Marina Drive,
Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.
Mystery author speaks to
Gulf Coast Writers
Longboat Key author H. Terrell Griffin, whose
latest mystery novel is "Bitter Legacy," will speak to
the Gulf Coast Writers at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.
5, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
"Bitter Legacy" is the fifth book in the author's
Matt Royal series featuring adventures that often spill
over from Longboat Key onto Anna Maria Island.
Members of the Gulf Coast Writers also will share
their writing. Anyone interested in writing is welcome
For more information, call 941-778-7631.
The Lifelong Learning Academy recently announced
its winter program in Anna Maria.
The schedule includes winter courses, which cost
$65 per course and take place at either the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, or the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., both in Anna
The Craft of Writing on Mondays beginning Jan.
10 and continuing for eight weeks at the Studio. The
instructor will be David Rice.
Spiritual Psychology on Mondays beginning Jan.
10 and continuing for eight weeks at the Studio. The
instructor will be Peter Mermin.
Great Books: Great Conversations on Tuesdays
beginning Jan. 11 and continuing for eight weeks at the
Center. The instructor will be Charles Sprandel.
History of Western Art on Wednesdays beginning
Jan. 12 and continuing for eight weeks at the Studio.
The instructor will be Joel Tanner.
Pathway to Musical Understanding on Fridays
beginning Jan. 14 and continuing for eight weeks at the
Center. The instructor will be Joy Yellin.
The schedule also again includes a free discussion
group series at the Studio at 11 a.m. Jan. 12, Jan. 26,
Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 23 and March 2.
The academy also will present three lectures at the
Alice Newlon and Tom Skoloda discussing their
bicycle trip from Virginia to Oregon at 11 a.m. Jan. 5.
Kevin Sontheimer lecturing on Nobel prizes for
behavioral economics at 11 a.m. Jan. 19.
Jan Skalny lecturing on scientist/philosopher Niels
Bohr at 11 a.m. Feb. 16.
For more information or to register for a program.
Call the academy at 941-359-4296 or go to www.lla-sm.
Guild seeks exhibitors
for 'Florida Charm'
The Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island will sponsor
its second annual all-media juried art exhibit Jan. 7-28
at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W.,
The theme is "Florida Charm," which may include
images of beaches, boats, docks, birds and fish. There
is a $15 entry fee for non-guild members.
Artist entries will be received from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The opening night reception for the exhibit will be
held at the museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.
Artist Linda Molto of Cortez and Socko Pearson of
Holmes Beach wear similar rain gear at the Dec. 18
sidewalk sale at The Islander. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Where's Woody redo
The Islander will mark the new year with an art-
ist's yard sale Dec. 29, outside the office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Local artists will sell their work, including some
discounts and bargains, and The Islander will organize a
rummage sale, where the office's "old" can be someone
For more information, call 941-778-7978.
By Lisa Neff
"Three, two, one..."
"... Happy new year."
The celebrating begins Friday and 2011 arrives
Local businesses will help celebrants mark the
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, will present fireworks on the beach
at the conclusion of the midnight countdown to the
The restaurant also will host a VIP party featur-
ing a buffet dinner, party favors, music, dancing, a
Champagne toast at midnight and a premium view of
the fireworks display.
For details and reservations, call 941-779-
Many Island restaurants and bars probably
your favorite will ring in the new year, and some
have announced special plans, including:
The DT's perform Dec. 31 at Slim's Place, 9701
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. For details or reservations,
Larry Rich performs at Feeling Swell, 9903
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on New Year's Eve. For
details, call 941-896-7879.
Jay Crawford will perform at Rotten Ralph's
Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. For details and reservations, call
MartiniVille, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
will host a party Dec. 31. For details, call 941-779-
Mike Sales performs at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe's early New Year's Eve party. For details,
Old Hamburg, 3246 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach, will celebrate on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. For
details and reservations, call 941-778-1320.
Sharky's, 2519 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts a New Year's Eve party with favors and cham-
pagne. For details, call 941-779-9151.
Doug Bidwell performs at the Dec. 31 party at
Banana Cabana, 103 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
The restaurant will host an open menu from 5 p.m.
to 7 p.m., then a five-course dinner and party from
9 p.m. For details and reservations, call 941-779-
The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bra-
denton Beach, will offer a special menu Dec. 31 and
Jan. 1. For details, call 941-779-0313.
Harry's Continental Kitchens on Longboat Key
celebrates with a prix fixe dinner New Year's Eve. For
details, call 941-383-0777.
Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez,
caters to the celebrating crowd with dinner on New
Year's Eve. For details, call 941-792-4822.
Clancy's in Bradenton will host the third annual
Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge at noon Jan. 1 on
the beach at Gulf Drive and 12th Street in Bradenton
Beach. The bar also will host a new year's eve party.
For details, call the bar at 941-794-2489.
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An example of work by Dee Pastorius for her "Floats
and Boats" exhibit at Island Gallery West.
Floats and boats exhibit
opens in January
Dee Pastorius' watercolor exhibit "Floats and
Boats" will be featured at Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, throughout January.
A reception for Pastorius will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.
Pastorius is a longtime member of the gallery and
of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. fo 1nlii ihu'uglh
For more information, call 941-778-6648.
Gloria Dei offers
blessing Jan. 5
The third annual Epiphany Eve service at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5, will close the Christmas season
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
The ecumenical celebration, which concludes the
12 days of Christmas, is sponsored by Inquiring Minds
and will include a traditional blessing of chalk.
An ancient custom from Central Europe calls for
the equation "20+C+M+B+I 1" to be written with the
blessed chalk above the entrance to one's home.
The digits designate the new year, and the letters
stand for the traditional names of the Magi Caspar,
Melchior and Balthasar. The letters also signify the wish
for Christ to bless the dwelling.
For more information, call 941-778-4579.
Asian export ceramics topic
of Guild meeting
Benita Stambler, Asian art coordinator at the
Ringling Museum, will speak about Asian export
ceramics at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
meeting Jan. 7.
The guild meets for fellowship at 6:30 p.m. and
Stambler will begin her program at 7 p.m. at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Book club focus: 'Plain Truth'
The Tingley Memorial Library After Hours Book
Club will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 to discuss
"Plain Truth" by Jodi Piccoult.
The library is at 111 Second St. N., Bradenton
For more information, call 941-778-1208.
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Wednesday, Dec. 29
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Outdoor sidewalk art sale and Islander yard
sale at the Island Shopping Center, Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
5:30 p.m. "Old Junk to New Treasures" craft program for
teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Friday, Dec. 31
9 p.m. New Year's Eve celebration and midnight fireworks
display at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Reservations: 941-799-2222. Fee applies.
Saturday, Jan. 1
8 a.m. Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9806 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, hosts its annual New Year's Day flea market.
8 a.m. Rader's Reef, 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts a flea market.
9 a.m. to 3p.m. Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, hosts an antique and art fair. Info: 941-383-
Noon Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge on the beach at
12th Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-
Sunday, Jan. 2
9 a.m. to 3p.m. Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, hosts an antique and art fair. Info: 941-383-
Monday, Jan. 3
4:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers kick-off their 40th
Anniversary with an invasion of town hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, and a party. Information: 941-780-1668.
Wednesday, Jan. 5
1:15 p.m. Mystery book author H. Terrell Griffin speaks to the
Gulf Coast Writers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. After Hours book club members discuss Jodi
Picoult's book "Plain Truth" at Tingley Memorial Library, 111
Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
7p.m. -Third annual Epiphany Eve service concluding the 12
days of Christmas with a traditional blessing of chalk at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
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, 11:30a.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information:
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.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group
at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center,
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-
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11 a.m. church service
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Friday, SeniorAdventures 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., Bridge Street Market, outdoor
shopping in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
1 and 2:30 p.m. Wagon tours of Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.
Thursday, Dec. 30
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Naturalist-led family hike through Robin-
son Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-
Tuesday, Jan. 4
9:30 a.m. to noon--The Manasota Genealogical Society pres-
ents "The Spanish Influence in Florida" with Dr. Daniel Stephens
at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.
Jan. 7, "Florida Charm" opening art reception, Florida Maritime
Kathy and Vic Caserta
of Holmes Beach vaca-
tioned their way through
the Russian River Valley
with stops at several
wineries in California
Wine Country to cel-
ebrate Kathy Caserta's
birthday. "Was it the
big one? What is the big
one?" she asks.
Jan. 7, Sunshine State Film Series: "The Greatest Show on
Earth," South Florida Museum.
Jan. 7, Artinsight-Sarasota wine reception, Dancing Crane
Jan. 8, Privateers Thieves Market and Mullet Smoke, Coquina
Jan. 10, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation.
Jan. 11, Inquiring Minds resumes meetings, Gloria Dei
Save the Date:
Jan. 13, "Hairspray" opening night, Manatee Players.
Jan. 14, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island mural dedication,
Island Shopping Center.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander. org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.
The Islander wants to know your resolution
for 2011, as well as your wish for the soon-to-be-
here new year.
E-mail Lisa Neff at email@example.com
with your name, contact, city of residence and
resolution by Dec. 31.
The Artists Guild
of Anna Maria
Island will feature
"The Journey," an
acrylic 3-D paint-
ing by Bayshore
High School senior
during the month of
January at its Guild
are guild member
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G Ginny's & Jane E's at the old IGA
Furniture, antiques, collectibles,
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All are welcome to attend ...
The Gulf Coast Flute
7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 6 with dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Please, call for reservations.
Saturday 5 p.m. Celebrate!
9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship and
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Model fundraiser planned with 'Fabio'
Fabio Lanzoni will participate in an Island-based
fundraiser in March. Islander Photo: Courtesy www.
Book club calendar set
The Friends of the Island Library book club calen-
dar is set through May.
The club, which meets at 10:15 a.m. the third Thurs-
day of each month at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will be discussing:
Kathryn Stockett's "The Help" Jan. 20.
"Half the Sky" by W. Kristoff and S. WuDunn
John Burnham Schwartz' "The Commoner" March
Penny Vincenzi's "The Best of Times" April
Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" May 19.
For more information about the book club, call the
library at 941-778-6341.
He once appeared in "Son of the Beach" and has
modeled in numerous fashion shoots on beaches. In
March 2011, Fabio Lanzoni will share the beach and
other Island hot-spots with participants in a fundraiser
for The Myositis Association.
The Italian actor, adventurist and model he's
perhaps best known for his appearance on the cover of
hundreds of romance novels and for his long locks -
will be the main attraction at a weekend fundraiser for
TMA's Southwest Florida chapter.
A weekend raffle.
A poker run and barbecue Sunday, March 20.
A cocktail party with Fabio at the Gulf Drive Cafe
chickee hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, Sat-
urday, March 19.
Tickets, which recently went on sale, are limited to
115 and cost $50. Admission includes an opportunity to
meet and pose for a photograph with Fabio.
A VIP dinner for five guests and Fabio at the
Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Satur-
day, March 19.
Dinner guests will be the highest bidder in a seating
auction on the TMA website, www.myositis.org. There
are five seats at the table with the celebrity, with bidding
starting at $125.
Tickets to other events may also be purchased on
the TMA website.
Jack Elka is providing photography for the event cock-
tail party and dinner. Eric Cairns of Cedar Cove is provid-
ing accommodations, and Sean Murphy of Beach Bistro
donated dinner for six at the Beach Bistro. Other donations,
including service by Island Limousine, are helping to make
the fundraiser possible. The Islander newspaper is an event
Myositis describes a number of rare inflammatory
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2010 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11I
Business tax on hold: The Manatee Economic
Development Council secured $400,000 in one-time
funding for its outreach work from a Manatee County
government reserve fund.
The budget allocation allowed the Manatee County
Board of Commissioners to put a hold on an EDC
request for an annual $35 tax on county businesses.
Easter celebrated at sunrise: The Kiwanis Club of
Anna Maria Island hosted its 46th annual nondenomi-
national sunrise service April 4 at the Manatee Public
Club member Larry Fowler said the service attracted
the largest ever number of worshipers to the event in
All Island churches, as members of All Island
Denominations, participated in the service with read-
ings from Scripture and songs.
Scenic highway extension on hold: The Florida
Department of Transportation put a hold on recognizing
new or existing scenic highways, including a proposed
expansion of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway.
"I think the idea is we have applied for these exten-
sions and the applications are frozen, but at some point
Jimmy Buffett likes his
cheeseburger "with let-
tuce and tomato, Heinz
57 and french-fried pota-
toes, big kosher pickle
and a cold draft beer."
Those who attended the
Buffett-inspired Parrot- l l
head Dance at the Anna
Maria Island Community
Center April 17 had their
by Scott Dell and Andy
Jonatzke. The dance was
part of the three-day Real
Florida Festival. Islander
File Photo: Lisa Neff
we hope they'll be unfrozen and we can go ahead and
make those extensions formal," said Molly McCartney,
chair of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee.
BB group seeks role in bridge design: Bradenton
Beach's ScenicWAVES committee is seeking a role in
the process to replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Members of the advisory committee discussed the
replacement process during a meeting April 5 at city
The current drawbridge, connecting Anna Maria Island
to Perico Island on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue, was
built in the late 1950s and refurbished over the years,
but identified for replacement.
PAR attorney seeks computers: Attorney Valerie
Fernandez, representing Michael Barfield of Sarasota,
filed an emergency motion with the Manatee County
Circuit Court asking that the court seize the comput-
ers of Harry Stoltzfus and planning and zoning board
member Jim Conoly to allow for "inspection of public
United Park Service gets nod: A Manatee County
committee April 7 recommended that United Park Ser-
vices Inc. operate the concessions at both Manatee
Public Beach and Coquina Beach.
First shorebird nesting area marked: Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch's shorebird protection program
marked off a nesting area on the beach in Anna Maria.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said four
snowy plovers and one piping plover were observed on
the beach behind North Shore Drive near Linda Lane.
Island Gallery West turns 20: Island Gallery West
marked its 20th year in operation in April.
IGW opened in April 1990 at its current location,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The gallery which operates as an artist co-op, with-
out paid employees. Members take turns staffing the
store and help run the business.
AM citizens undertake election recall: A com-
mittee to recall the November 2009 election of Anna
Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus was formed in
The grounds for recall were described as malfea-
sance and misfeasance.
Park opened in Holmes Beach: A new park was
taking shape at 6807 Holmes Blvd., where the Holmes
Beach Parks and Beautification Committee added nine
fishtail palms, three areca palms and one Christmas
The property was condemned under U.S. Federal
Emergency Management Agency regulations and the
residence on it was demolished.
Keep Manatee Beautiful donated the trees.
Former AME teacher sues: A former AME sec-
ond-grade teacher sued the School Board of Manatee
County and Anna Maria Elementary School principal
Tom Levengood for damages in excess of $15,000.
Catherine Boesen, 59, and attorney Richard Brad-
ford alleged that during the 2007-08 school year, Lev-
engood removed Boesen as a teacher to meet budget
The complaint alleged Levengood attempted to
convince parents and teachers Boesen was an incom-
Historic village announced: Lizzie Vann Thrasher
and husband Mike Thrasher announced a retail-office-
residential project at 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, that
would retain the historic flavor and style of "old Anna
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Join us at the The Islander office and on the
sidewalks of the Island Shopping Center ...
1 -2 Wednesday Dec. 29
This fantastic outdoor sale features works by the area's
finest artists, including Linda Molto and Barbara Hines.
Pottery, sculpture, paintings, jewelry and more!
a J Another Islander newspaper sponsored event.
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Lynda Hicks wel-
comes attendees to
the annual Spring
Fling fundraiser and
dance May 1 at the
Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School parents,
faculty and staff
spirit and the 1980s
during the Anna
by the PTO. Islander
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Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques!
Vust a few more days and it'll be 2011. Happy New
Year! While a lot of things change year after year, you
can count on the best shopping at all of The Islander's
featured shops. They always have new things arriv-
ing that are unique things you won't find anywhere
Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs
Antiques are teaming up for a big sale with 50 percent
off all winter coats, 20 percent off all linens and 20-50
percent off select hats and handbags.
Steff's Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza is
always looking for estate and vintage Florida collect-
ibles. Check out the antique and arts fair Saturday and
Sunday, Jan. 1-2. It's a perfect way to ring in the new
year. Call Stephanie for information or to reserve space
The Sea Hagg has( \ i hii ng you want, and didn't
get for Christmas. So head in, and buy yourself a little
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The "Anna Maria Historic Village Green" would
cover four lots 501, 503, 505 and 507 Pine Ave. -
and three old Anna Maria homes will be refurbished
there as part of the complex.
Recall campaign collects signatures: The Recall
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus committee in Anna
Maria reached the minimum of 136 signatures needed
to present the petition to the clerk of the circuit court.
Committee member Sandy Mattick said the volun-
teers would continue to collect more signatures.
Petitions circulate for Cafe on the Beach: A bar-
rage of support to keep Cafe on the Beach on Manatee
Public Beach led to more than 1,000 online and hand-
written petition signatures.
A recommendations committee appointed by Mana-
tee County administrator Ed Hunzeker reviewed four
companies' proposals and recommended the county
negotiate with United Park Service of St. Petersburg.
Snooks Adams dies: W. H. Snooks Adams died
April 27. A memorial for the early Island law enforce-
ment officer took place May 1 at CrossPointe Fellow-
ship in Holmes Beach.
Pat Geyer dies: Pat Geyer, a former Holmes Beach
mayor and city commissioner and the longtime propri-
etor of Duffy's Tavern, died May 1. A service for Geyer
took place May 6 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Manatee on coast watch: Tourism officials and
emergency responders focused on containment as a
deepwater well continued to leak oil into the northern
Gulf of Mexico.
Tourism officials sought to cap misconceptions that
Florida's Gulf beaches were closed, while emergency
responders worked to contain the oil. They tried various
methods to close the leak in the Deepwater Horizon well
about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana and to corral
and remove the oil already spilled into the Gulf after
an April 20 explosion at the rig owned by Transocean,
leased by BP and worked on by Halliburton.
Renourishment to trump pier plan: A concern
for renourishment funding threatened to derail a county
plan to build a new pier at Manatee Public Beach.
County Commissioner Joe McClash, chair of
the Manatee County Tourist Development Council,
informed other TDC members May 10 that the county
administrator's office would recommend that a pier not
be rebuilt at the popular Holmes Beach facility.
The old pier, which was closed due to structural
problems, was torn down last year. The debate among
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch coordinator Debbie
Basilius and executive director Suzi Fox dig at the
Island's first turtle nest of the 2010 season. The first
nest was found near Willow Avenue in Anna Maria
May 23. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
county and Island officials had been over whether to
build a long or short pier at the site.
Anna Maria business group forms: The North
End Merchants Organization in Anna Maria held its first
meeting May 10 at the Anna Maria Island Community
NEMO organizer Barbara Sato of Sato Real Estate,
who was elected president of the fledgling group, said
the goals of the organization are to "connect the com-
munity and businesses of our city and to celebrate the
centennial of our pier."
Recall committee completes step 1: The recall of
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus Committee
presented city clerk Alice Baird with a recall petition
May 14, as part of the process to have the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections hold a special recall
The petition contained the signatures of 247 of the
city's 1,362 registered voters.
Baird forwarded the petition to the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Office.
UPS wins Manatee Beach contract: Manatee
County commissioners voted 4-3 to award a contract
to United Park Service of St. Petersburg to operate the
concession at Manatee Public Beach.
Hundreds of people, mostly Cafe on the Beach
supporters, filled the first-floor chamber at the County
Administration Center in Bradenton and dozens spoke
in favor of the current operators, Cafe on the Beach and
P.S. Beach Associates.
Bradenton Beach pulls mooring field grant: Bra-
denton Beach commissioners put the brakes on execut-
ing a contract for a $165,000 grant from the state to
establish an official mooring field south of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
Commissioners also agreed they wanted an advisory
committee revived to review the financial feasibility of a
managed mooring field at the popular anchorage site.
Turtle troops celebrate first nest: On May 23, on
the beach near Willow Avenue in Anna Maria, Jeanie
Deam found the first loggerhead turtle nest of the 2010
There had been false crawls the days before.
Stoltzfus seeks to halt recall: Anna Maria Com-
missioner Harry Stoltzfus filed a motion May 24 with
the Manatee County Circuit Court asking the court to
declare the recall petition against him "not legally suf-
Attorney Richard Harrison, representing Stoltzfus,
submitted the complaint, along with a motion seeking a
hearing before May 28 the deadline for Stoltzfus to
provide a 200-word statement in defense of the accusa-
tions made in the recall petition.
Anna Maria commission rejects PAR plan: The
Anna Maria City Commission voted 3-2 at its May 27
public hearing to deny a Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
site-plan application for 308 Pine Ave.
Dissension erupts at FISH meeting: The guide-
lines on the agenda for the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage special meeting May 25 read, "Focus on FISH
business, agree to disagree, be courteous and civil."
The meeting, however, was mostly lacking in cour-
tesy and civility.
The meeting was peppered with accusations stem-
ming from FISH's May 4 annual meeting at which some
100 absentee ballots were tallied for the election of offi-
cers that resulted in the replacement of treasurer.
Lawyers seek to unite fishers: There was no Deep-
water Horizon oil on the local shore, and there may
never be any oil from the ruptured British Petroleum
well on the local shore.
But the massive oil spill still threatened a way of
life in Cortez, according to the estimated 40 people who
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gathered May 27 at the Florida Maritime Museum in
The audience assembled at the schoolhouse to hear
from attorneys with an influential, Miami-based firm,
Alters, Boldt, Brown, Rash and Culmo, P.A., about
potential litigation against BP and other companies over
what President Barack Obama termed "an economic and
Pierce resigns as mayor: Michael Pierce resigned
his mayoral post in Bradenton Beach June 3 citing
Pierce had won a second two-year term in Novem-
With Pierce's resignation, Bob Bartelt stepped out
of the vice mayor role and Ward 4 commission seat to
serve as mayor.
Anna Maria board reviews Segway rules: The
popularity of Segway motorized vehicles prompted the
Anna Maria planning and zoning board to begin review-
ing statutes and ordinances on their operation.
At the board's June 1 meeting, chair Randall Stover
said Segways are popular with visitors, and the city has
no regulations controlling their use. Without an ordi-
nance, Segway driving could easily result in "chaos,"
Search for Cortez man suspended: The U.S.
Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission suspended their search for 20-year-old
Cortez resident Michael Taylor June 11.
Taylor reportedly went overboard around about 11
miles west of Longboat Key at 7:30 p.m. June 10.
Cortez festival to move: The Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival announced it would change locations
from its longtime site near A.P. Bell Fish Co. and Star
Fish Co. in the Cortez village to the east side.
The new site would be nearer to the Florida Mari-
time Museum and the Cortez Kitchen at the dead end
of 119th Street West.
The change was required because the A.P. Bell Fish
Co. and Star Fish Co. property was no longer available
for use as festival grounds.
Old house gets change of address: Anna Maria's
Pine Avenue early June 8 had all the flavor and atmo-
sphere of a July 4th parade.
Crowds of people, with cameras at the ready, began
gathering at 308 Pine Ave. as early as 7 a.m. to watch
as an old kit-house was moved to its new location at
503 Pine Ave., site of the planned Anna Maria Historic
The house was built from a 1937 kit from Sears,
Roebuck and Co.
Island drive raises $39,000 plus: The 10th Island
Blood Drive was one for the record books, according
to representatives with Florida Blood Services.
The drive at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
Beach, resulted in 392 successful donations of blood.
That meant five Island nonprofits split more than
$39,000 in donations from an anonymous foundation.
Supreme Court rules on beach nourishment:
The U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling June
17 upheld a Florida Supreme Court decision that the
state did not take private property without just compen-
sation when it renourished private beaches in Walton
Manatee County natural resources director Charlie
Hunsicker said a ruling against the state would have had
disastrous effects for future nourishment projects.
Hundreds assemble for oil spill meeting: Hun-
dreds gathered at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center June 17 for a town meeting on the Deepwater
Government, wildlife, emergency and tourism offi-
cials made presentations, which were followed by lots
of questions from the audience.
PAR challenges Anna Maria decision: Mike
Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration advised Mayor
Fran Barford June 25 that he directed his legal counsel
to appeal the commission's 3-2 vote May 27 to deny
PAR's site-plan approval for a retail-office-residential
project at 308 Pine Ave.
Coleman said he "regretted filing against our own
city," but it's a "matter of last resort."
1st tropical storm named: The first tropical storm
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of the 2010 hurricane season was christened June 26.
Tropical Storm Alex formed in the western Carib-
bean and was named before it crossed the Yucatan Pen-
insula with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
While the National Hurricane Center did not fore-
cast direct impact on Florida, scientists were concerned
about the storm's impact on the Gulf oil spill at the
Deepwater Horizon well leased by BP off the coast of
Hands joined on shoreline: Palm to palm, hun-
dreds of people joined hands on Anna Maria Island's
shore June 26, forming a human boom in a symbolic
stand against an expansion of offshore oil drilling in
Protesters lined up on the shore in Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. They did not form a
chain the entire length of the Island, but they did form
City buys out contract: Bradenton Beach commis-
sioners accepted a deal that trimmed the city's 2009-10
budget by eliminating costs associated with the opera-
tion of the project-program management department.
Mayor Bob Bartelt estimated the city would save
at least $10,000 for the remainder of the fiscal 2009-10
year, which ended Sept. 30.
The deal was offered by project-program manage-
ment director Lisa Marie Allen and considered during
a June 24 meeting.
Anna Maria approves green village: The final
site plan for the Anna Maria Historic Green Village on
Pine Avenue sailed through the Anna Maria city com-
mission's June 24 meeting with only Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus voting to deny the retail-office-resi-
Engineer Lynn Townsend Burnett presented the
site plan for developers Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher,
saying, "This is a project the city can be proud of."
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FST inspires AME students
to write plays
Florida Studio Theatre actors Bess Eckstein, left, Sean Griffin,
Marjorie Southerland and Ben Davis visit Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School to encourage students to let their imagination loose
and write a play for the 2011 Young Playwrights Festival. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth- and
fifth-graders got an entertaining course in setting,
character, conflict and dialog key ingredients in
dreaming up a play when actors from Sarasota's
Florida Studio Theatre set up shop in the auditorium
The troupe of four thespians performed three
short plays written by children and submitted to the
theater's annual playwriting festival. The selected
plays demonstrated different genres and character
types. For example, the main characters in "You
Don't Scare Me Cow" are blades of grass, and the
play showcases how humor works in writing.
A second play, "I Feel Invisible," featured only
one character, a girl who spoke about how she felt
when her grandmother died. The play showcased
how emotion can be expressed in writing.
FST actors Bess Eckstein, Sean Griffin, Mar-
jorie Southerland and Ben Davis also involved
members of the student audience with an improvi-
sational learning experience. Students collaborated
to create an original play on the spot. The process
hinted at how one might move a story forward with
action and dialogue, as well as how an author can
bring the story to life with details.
Following the presentation, the actors went to
classrooms to further discuss the writing process.
The goal of the visit was to inspire students to
write a play for the 2011 Young Playwrights Fes-
tival, open to students in kindergarten through the
Each student who submits a play will receive a
certificate of achievement. A select number of plays
will be produced at FST.
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Man arrested for neglect seeks visitation
Island police blotter
No new reports.
No new reports.
Dec. 17, 400 block of 28th Street. theft. Holmes
Beach Police Department responded to the reported
theft of an outside air-conditioner unit.
Earlier in the month, an HBPD officer made note
of a man driving a pickup truck with a trailer attached.
The trailer contained what appeared to be old, rusted
Dec. 18, 5000 block of Marina Drive, lack of valid
ID. An HBPD officer stopped a motorist in a pickup truck
for driving without valid identification.
Dec. 19, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, noise
complaint. HBPD responded to a complaint about loud
music from vehicles in the neighborhood.
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police departments and the Manatee County S'h, turf's
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A Bradenton Beach man arrested on charges of
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with the child.
Lance Aaron Blaylock, 24, and Phaedra Christina
.. Brace, 30, of Second Street North
were arrested late Nov. 6 after a
neighbor called the Bradenton
Beach Police Department to report
a crying child wandering in the
Both Blaylock and Brace
face charges of child neglect with-
out great bodily harm, a third-degree
Brace has not appeared in
Blaylock, meanwhile, has
pleaded not guilty and demanded a
He also sent the court a letter
Brace asking that a "no contact" order be
lifted so he could visit his child.
In the one-page letter, Blaylock wrote, "There was
no violence involved in this matter, nor was it inten-
tional. This was a very avoidable accident which will
never happen again."
A police report stated that a neighbor alerted police
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alarm sounding at a nearby home.
When BBPD officers arrived to a residence in the
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The report stated that food burning on the stovetop
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Alleging inaccuracies in the police report, Blay-
lock said he and Brace did not fight and "there was
absolutely no drinking on my behalf at the house with
my son. I simply came home from a party that way,
making the bit...,'I mistake of my life (being) unable
Bond set in stabbing case
A Bradenton Beach man arrested for the Dec. 8
stabbing of a man in the 2500 block of Avenue B in the
city faces a $35,000 bond.
Jacob Stephen Gennell, 20, was arrested for alleged
aggravated battery and escape.
Bradenton Beach police also arrested a second
person, a 17-year-old male, in connection with the stab-
BBPD responded early Dec. 8 to Avenue B, where a
man told officers he was lured outside a home, hit with
a bat and stabbed five times. The man suffered broken
ribs and a punctured lung.
That morning BBPD arrested Jacob Stephen Gen-
nell, 20, of Bradenton Beach, for aggravated battery.
Gennell was arrested and taken to BBPD, where
a police report stated that he escaped through a bath-
room window. He was captured soon after with the
assistance of a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
In addition to setting bond, the court ordered
Gennell to have no contact with the stabbing victim,
described in police documents as an acquaintance.
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found on LBK
Area law enforcement officers joined in a
countywide search Dec. 20 for a 76-year-old man
found unharmed on Longboat Key.
The man went missing from a Target store
on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail. Surveillance video
showed the man walking out of the store at 12:50
p.m., according to the Manatee County Sheriff's
He was found hours later on Longboat Key,
where police received a call at about 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 about a man lying on the ground along
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By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
209 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 960 sfla / 1,718
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1988 on a 52x110 lot
was sold 12/06/10, Bowers to Pichette for $415,000;
6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 42, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was
sold 12/07/10, Stabeck to Goldsmith for $350,000;
304 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,015 sfla / 2,055
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1969 on a 75x100 lot
was sold 12/10/10, Vayias to Welch for $285,000; list
6108 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,112 sfla
/ 1,569 sfur 2bed/lbath/Icar home built in 1960 on
a 90x101 lot was sold 11/30/10, Saunders to Kaleta
for $235,000; list $299,900.
502 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,540
sfla / 2,313 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1959 on a
85x 116 lot was sold 11/29/10, Jacobs to Mitchell for
$207,000; list $299,000.
5807 De Palmas Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,038
sfla / 1,328 sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1969 on a
50x100 lot was sold 12/09/10, Brown to B&B Rentals
AMI LLC for $200,000.
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denton in 1979 from the Cleveland area, where she
Mrs. Kubik was known for interior decorating and
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held
in January 2011. Donations may be made to Tidewell
Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home is in charge of arrange-
Mrs. Kubik is survived by sister Eileen Pailey of
Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; five children, Laurie and husband
Jim Meagle of Marietta, Ohio, Tom and wife Carol of
Anna Maria, Craig and wife Donna of Conifer, Colo.,
Susan and husband Jim Budde of Beaufort, S.C., and
Claire Hickman of Bradenton; 10 grandchildren; and
Wolf Mason of Pennsylvania died. He was born
Sept. 14, 1945, in Cortland, N.Y. He was owner and
operator of four Machine Heads Tattoo Shops.
He previously owned and operated the Bradenton
Beach Bait and Tackle Shop for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1965-
1967. He pursued religious studies and was ordained a
Interment will be at a later date. Memorial services
were held Dec. 28 at Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home
in Harrisburg, Pa. Condolences may be made at www.
He is survived by his mother, Vivian Mason
of Fayetteville, Pa.; spouse Beverly of Bradenton;
longtime girlfriend Sherry Sears of Newport, Pa.;
brother Donald and wife Janice of Gettysburg, Pa.;
sister Sharon Griffie of University Park, Fla.; three
daughters, Torrene Sears of Newport, Pa., Cindy
Capner of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Lori Silva of
Newton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-
Note: Obituaries are provided as a free service
in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of
residents, both past and present. Content is edited for
style and length. Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries
are available by calling 941-778-7978.
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Golf, horseshoes lone holiday sports
By Kevin Cassidy
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, individual-low-net golf game and a two-best-balls-
of-foursome match Dec. 21. Helen Pollock captured
Flight A with a 1-under-par 31, two shots ahead of
second-place finisher Cindy Miller. Marcia Helgeson
took third place with a 35.
Sandy Dahl and Nancy King each carded 3-under-
par 29s to tie for first place in Flight B by one shot over
Joyce Brown and Sue Wheeler, who tied for second.
Flight C saw Terry Westby take first place with a
3-under 29, two shots better than Denise Burckhardt,
who finished alone in second place. Barb Lindawall
carded an even-par 32 to finish in third place.
Luanne Collins' 6-under-par 26 was the low-net
round of the day and earned her first place in Flight D.
Jane Winegarden finished at 1-under 31 to take second
place, while Frankie Smith-Williams took third in Flight
D with an even-par 32.
The foursome of Marcia Helgeson, Cindy Miller,
Mary Selby and Penny Williams won the team event
with an 86. Luanne Collins, Helen Pollock and Mary
Selby all won closest-to-the pin shots.
No teams emerged from pool play during Dec.
22 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits,
which resulted in a four-team playoff. Gene Bobeldyk
and Herb Puryear downed the Disbrow brothers, Jay
and Jerry, 23-10. The other semifinal game saw Art
Kingstad and Al Forgue defeat Norm Good and Dave
The finals saw Bobeldyke-Puryear rolling to an
easy 21-5 victory over Kingstad-Forgue.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
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Power squadron offers boating courses
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold several boating-education seminars in Janu-
A charting seminar is scheduled from 6:30 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, to teach how to read
A seminar to learn the basics of using GPS device
for safe boating will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19.
The fee to attend either the GPS or charting semi-
nar is $10 and covers the cost of materials.
A two-part boating-safety course will be held
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, and
Saturday, Jan. 29. The course provides an overview
of boating safety, Florida boating rules, weather, rules
of the road, boat handling and distress signaling. This
course qualifies participants for a Florida boating edu-
The America's Boating Course costs $35 per
person or $50 per couple and covers the cost of all
All classes are held at the squadron building,
1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
Pre-registration for any of the courses is required;
call Gloria Potter at 941-795-0482 for information or
to sign up.
Herb Puryear takes aim during horseshoe practice at
the city hall pits. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Left and above: Doug and Nick Terry landed these
over-sized redfish using Island Discount Tackle live
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Winter fishing thrives in area waters
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Special to The Islander
With the gag grouper bite in full swing, Island fish-
ers hope for light winds and calm waters to improve
their fishing days. We have until Dec. 31 to fish federal
waters for gag grouper, so plan accordingly.
Best baits this week seem to be a mix of frozen
and live. Sardines, threadfins, squid and octopus for
frozen baits, and pinfish, grunts and sand perch for
live bait. Starting Jan. 1, gag grouper will be closed
in federal waters. The closure will last for 180 days.
Moving inshore, sheepshead and redfish seem to
be the targets species this week. Shrimp, fiddler crabs
and sand fleas are the way to go for natural baits, while
soft plastics on a jig head will suffice for an artificial
offering. Don't forget spotted sea trout will be back
in season beginning Jan. 1 in the region. Target deep
potholes and sheltered areas such as canals and creeks
to catch these "fattened up" winter trout.
Happy new year!
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle reported
that with calmer waters, beach fishers were targeting
pompano, jacks and ladyfish. Best scenario is to pack
light and walk the beach so you can fish a greater area
of water. Keyes suggested using jigs and silver spoons
for best results.
The sheepshead bite is growing around docks,
piers and bridges. "Fishers using live shrimp and fid-
dler crabs seem to be producing the most fish," Keyes
said. Keyes recommended using a No. 2 or No. 4 hook
with a No. 2 split-shot set about 12 inches from the
hook. "Throw a shrimp under a dock and retrieve real
slow," Keyes added.
In the local canals, fishers have been catching
redfish and trout. Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head
has been the most productive offering. A light twitch
combined with a slow retrieve seems to work well.
Moving offshore, Keyes said the gag grouper catch
is in "full force." Best baits include frozen sardines,
squid, octopus and fresh-cut mullet. While fishing for
gag grouper, fishers are catching red grouper, man-
grove snapper, lane snapper, triggerfish and banded
rudderfish. "Don't forget," Keyes added, "gag grouper
closes in federal waters starting Jan. 1."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Char-
ters reported limits of gag grouper this week on the
nearshore ledges starting at about 50 feet of water.
McGuire referred to the bite this week as "gags gone
wild" which should give you an idea of how good
the bite has been.
Moving out into depths of 115 feet, McGuire's
charters reeled up red grouper, scamp, mangrove snap-
per and amberjack. Large baits such as pinfish, sand
perch and grunts are producing the larger catch.
In closing, McGuire added, "This time of year we
have to be flexible and fish between the cold fronts.
Doing this could produce the fishing trip of a life-
Brad Williams at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
South Fishing Pier said fishers this week have been
catching keeper gag grouper and sheepshead. Drifting
a piece of cut mullet under the pier has been a good
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bet. Remember, stout tackle is required for this kind of
fishing, you never know when you might catch a big
gag grouper. The sheepshead bite has been good with
fiddler crabs, shrimp and tubeworms being the best
bait. "At night, we've been catching bluefish, too,"
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters
took advantage of the calm waters this past week
to fish for gag grouper on the nearshore reefs and
ledges. After the winds calmed down, Genthner
said the grouper bite "went crazy." Genthner fished
"deeper ledges" in water depths of 40 to 50 feet for
best results. "We limited out on gag grouper in 30
minutes," Genthner added.
Inshore, Genthner put his charters on sheepshead,
redfish, flounder and some small snook. He uses a
14-pound fluorocarbon leader when fishing this time
of year in the bay waters. "With the water being so
clear," Genthner said, "you have to scale down your
leader to get a good bite going."
Capt. Warren Girle reported fishing in Sarasota
Bay was a little tough this week. "The fish are really
sluggish in this cold water," Girle said. "You need to
put your bait right in front of their noses."
Girle managed to produce nice catches of sheep-
shead, black drum, redfish and flounder. He suggested
fishing backwater bays and creeks for best results.
Girle said water temps in Sarasota Bay have been
on average in the low 50s, but fishing backwater areas
made it possible for him to find water temps as high
as 58 degrees, which is where he's finding the bite.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers
this week have been catching some nice sheepshead,
black drum, flounder and a few redfish. Most pier
fishers are targeting sheepshead, using baits such as
fresh-cut shrimp, fiddler crabs and tubeworms. "The
sheepshead bite should only get better as the winter
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progresses," Cassetty said. Most sheepshead, as of this
week, have been in the 12- to 16-inch range. Bigger
fish and greater numbers of fish are expected soon.
Cassetty added, "The fishers at night are catching
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Char-
ters reported the wintertime fishing pattern is in full
effect and the redfish are being cooperative. Howard
said his charters were able to hook up with redfish
to 13 pounds by fishing close to deep-water docks.
Howard used "a lot of meat on the hook" this week.
His bait of choice was select live shrimp, or two small
ones rigged tandem on the hook with a split shot.
The extra low tides also provided excellent
opportunities to wade fish for redfish and speckled
trout. On the extreme low tides, Howard suggested
wading to potholes surrounded by exposed sea-
grass. He said to use artificial baits or live shrimp
and slowly work your rig through the pothole for
Sheepshead fishing is starting to come on and will
only get better as the wintertime pattern advances,
Remember speckled trout fishing season opens
Jan. 1, Howard added. "This past year bodes well for
the opening of the speckled trout season, as my parties
have been having a banner year catching a lot of over
"Tight lines and have a safe and fun-filled holi-
day," said Howard.
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By Rick Catlin
Harbour Isle open
The sales office for Mangrove Walk,
the first phase of the Harbour Isle on Anna
Maria Sound condominium project on
Perico Island, is open for visitors.
Brad Anderson of Harbour Isle said
brochures are available detailing the four
models in Mangrove Walk, including floor
plans and options.
"We had a soft opening last week and
I was pleasantly surprised at how many
people have come by to take a look. Once
the model home is available, people will
be able to make solid decisions about a
purchase," he said.
Owner Minto Properties of Fla. Inc.
plans a grand opening for the office around
Feb. 1, hopefully in conjunction with the
completion of a model home, Anderson
Each structure in Mangrove Walk has
four residences with two floors of living
space and an option for a third-floor porch/
For more information, call 813-440-
7407 or e-mail banderson@mintofla.
LBK plaza has
Tina Rudek of Engel & Volkers Real
Estate, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
recently teamed up with sales agent Shelly
Crofut of Signature Sotheby' s to close the
sale of the Whitney Beach Plaza at 6828
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Former owners Dawn and Andrew
Hlywa sold the commercial property
for $3.5 million to an investment group
headed by Brian Kenney, an Engel &
Volkers press release said.
Kenney said he is working with sev-
eral potential new tenants for the plaza to
offer a "more vibrant consumer venue" for
north Longboat Key.
For more information, call 941-538-
Red Barn hosts
The second annual Red Barn Travel
Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5, in the food court at the
Red Barn Flea Market, 1707 First St. E.,
Cruise lines and tour company repre-
sentatives will be available to discuss the
s .p',i'" An artist's rendition
S of one of the four-
plexes being offered
c at Mangrove Walk
at Harbour Isle
on Perico Island.
TThe sales office is
open to preview the
models, which are
specials available on vacations this winter
and into the summer.
A door prize of a $500 travel gift cer-
tificate will be awarded to one attendee.
There is no charge for admission.
For more information, call 941-747-
Plaza hosts antiques
and art fair
The Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will host an
antique and art fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 1, and Sunday, Jan. 2.
Local artists will be featured, along
with organic produce, exotic orchids
and antiques, event organizer Stepha-
nie Claussen of Steff's Stuff at the plaza
Proceeds from the fair will be donated
to the Longboat Key Turtle Watch.
Parking is free, and there is no charge
For more information, call Claussen
MartiniVille, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, is helping the Anna Maria Island
Community Center this holiday season
by donating $1 for each new person who
signs up as a friend on Martiniville' s Face-
Mike Hynds of MartiniVille said the
goal is to get 1,000 people to become
friends of the restaurant-bar on Facebook
by Dec. 31.
"We really want people to join our
Facebook page, and let their friends know
about joining, so we can make this contri-
bution to a very worthwhile cause," Hynds
There is no cost to join Facebook or
the MartiniVille page, Hynds noted.
To join the MartiniVille Facebook
page, go to www.martinivillefl.com and
click on the Facebook race icon at the
bottom of the page.
Call 941-779-1600 for more informa-
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staff member? Call Island Biz at 941-
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Left: Workers and chef "Gator"
Thomas, left, were busy last week getting
ready to open Eat Here. We are "hope-
ful we can open Wednesday," Thomas
said. The new eatery is at the site of the
former Melinda's Cafe, 5315 Gulf Drive,
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OCCASIONAL TABLE, GLASS, bronze base,
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BIRD CAGES: ONE parrot size, one cockatiel
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$1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles
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5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
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GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
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CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private
parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through
March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.
THE ANNA MARIA Garden Club will hold its Jan-
uary meeting at noon Jan.19. Meeting will be at
Roser Church and a speaker from Selby Gardens
will be speaking on African Violets (Gesneriads).
Public is welcome. 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Sidewalk pre-Christmas
sale at The Islander newspaper. Co-sponsor
sculptor Woody Candish. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednes-
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by 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to register
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Looking back over 2010, we
wish to thank all of you who
made this a wonderful year. We
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forward to 011. We wish you a
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Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
77 1345 Hauling tree trimming
11 78-35Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Full; Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Windows & Doors
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
SCarpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
ortez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.
Providing Islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins 941-778-6201
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, ,7
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779
ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Jan. 1-2. Take the trolley! Quality
artists and antique dealers, organic produce
and exotic orchids. Benefits LBK Turtle Watch.
For information, call Steff's Stuff, 941-383-1901.
6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Plaza,
GIANT YARD SALE: Art and artists sale hosted
by The Islander in the Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29. Bargains and fun shopping.
ISLANDER STORE SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29. Tie-Dye Mullet T-shirts,
AMI stickers, collection of art, mirrors and Island
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Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
LOST CAMERA: Panasonic Lumix, small black
camera in pink neoprene-style pouch. Call 941-
778-7978 if found.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
MAINSAIL MARINA BOAT slip rentals: Monthly
boat slips for rent starting as low as $225 per
slip. Please contact Margo or Tay, 941-201-3222.
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SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
EXPERIENCED MOTIVATED REAL estate sales
associate for Island office. High splits, low fees.
Call Lynn, 941-730-1294.
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-
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,
LET US DRIVEYOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete
computer solutions for business and home.
Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web
services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell,
network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small.
Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling,
listing, buying, market analysis. Listings needed,
present inventory sold or under contract. 941-
592-8373, or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.
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.
Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES.Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-
certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-
2830 or 941-730-5693.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
INDEPENDENT POWER WASHER: Anna
Maria resident. $15/hour, $50/minimum. Ser-
vices include houses, trailers, pool and wood
decks, store fronts. Removes stains and mildew.
Free estimates. Please, call Bill, 941-896-6788
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Last-
minute Christmas gift certificates! 36 years
of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch,
storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-
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ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I Owant to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941 -928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
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.
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
$1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $1,500-$2,200/week. 559-
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
DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home,
3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished.
$3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.
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.
BEACHFRONT HOME. Spectacular water views,
private beach. Ground-level 2BR/1 BA, garage.
CANCELLATION AVAILABILITY. WESTBAY
Cove, Westbay Point, 2BR/2BA, tennis, pools.
January and February openings. Sharon, Old
Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
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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
SEASONAL: PARTIAL-TO-turnkey furnished.
1BR/1BA off Cortez Road. One mile from
beaches. Call Pat with Florida Real Estate team,
ESCAPE WINTER: MARCH available, 1BR,
across street from beach, washer, dryer, cable
TV, Internet. 888-841-8474.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE February and
April. 1BR/1BA apartment west of Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria City. $1,200/month plus tax. 941-
2BR/2BA condominiums for rent. Harbor Pines.
$650-$750/month. No pets. Call 941-524-5577.
LARGE REMODELED 2BR/1BA, garage and
deck. Walk to beach. $1,100/month includes
water, sewer, garbage. First, last and security.
FOR RENT: ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA. $700/month plus
utilities. Perfect for quiet couple. Anna Maria City.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units
available for office/commercial spaces from 750-
2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units
and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA. $875/
month plus utilities. 941-778-4498.
NEWYEAR'S WEEKEND: 2BR/2BA townhouse.
Pool, dock. $350/weekend, $500/month. Call 941-
356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
VACATION HOME: 3BR/2BA northwest Braden-
ton, three blocks to bay. Eight minutes to Anna
Maria, small pet considered. January, $1,500,
February, $2,200, March, $2,400. Realtor, 941-
356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PLANTATION GROVE: ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA. $600/
month, gated community, 55-plus. Available now.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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,
I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites!
Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, www.every-listing.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
NICE 2BR/1.5BA DOUBLEWIDE, at Bradenton
Tropical Palms senior park. 15 minutes to beach.
Big pool, sauna, recreation hall seats 1,000.
Lease option, $45,000 with lot, lots alone are
$38,000. Great deal. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-
CUSTOM BUILT BY owner: Elevated 3BR/2.5BA,
four-car garage. Top-of-the line construction with
elevator, lush private gardens and pool. Quiet
street, walking 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 Hol-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-378-9100.
Also have a like-new 3BR/3BA ranch in northwest
Bradenton only $165,000. All by owner.
SMALL HOME AT Bradenton Beach Pines Trailer
Park. 55 and older. Lot rent, $392/month. $12,900.
61 N. Bay Drive. Call Bryan, 941-737-7759.
FORTY-THREE WEST 2BR/1 BA, one-car garage
villa. Modern cathedral ceiling, caged courtyards,
exclusive, $120,000. Realtor, Call 941-356-1456.
Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $335,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
2BR/2B condo with loft.
Pool and spa on bay
with fishing pier.
CALL Laurie Fox, Realtor
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3101 Gulf Drive.
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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CONDO FORECLOSURE! OWN for pennies on
the dollar. Spectacular brand-new 3BR/2.5BA
condo, 2,262 sf on Amelia Island, Fla. Prime loca-
tion, upscale amenities, only $249,900. Own for
less than half price! Includes private beach club
membership! Must see. Call now, 877-888-6381,
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