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Island police blotter.
Center board moves forward, MCSO inquiry done
By Rick Catlin
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
closed its investigation into allegations of
sexual misconduct by former Anna Maria
Island Community Center employee Andy
Jonatzke. Still, controversy continues.
Spokesperson Dave Bristow said the
MCSO is "done for now" with its investiga-
tion into alleged sexual misconduct and no
further action will be taken.
Bristow said the MCSO investigated the
allegations filed April 1
by center executive direc-
tor Pierrette Kelly and
complainant Sandy Mat-
tick. The allegations were
that Jonatzke reportedly
had sexual contact with
Kelly a 17-year-old girl at the
center and may have sent
text messages of a sexual nature to her or other
girls at the center.
Telephone messages left for Jonatzke by
The Islander were not returned.
The MCSO division found nothing to war-
rant any charges or further investigation, Bris-
The 17-year-old denied the allegations to
MCSO detectives, Bristow said, and the text
messages were not enough to warrant any
"The investigation is over," Bristow said.
"We've closed our books. No victim, no crime.
Kelly placed Jonatzke on administrative
leave April 1 after she met with Mattick and
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby to hear the alle-
The center executive board began an inves-
tigation into the claims, but Jonatzke resigned
April 8, ending further inquiries, board chair
Greg Ross said.
Ross called a public meeting April 21 to
listen to concerns and l'"-l'-li'nl for changes
to center policies and procedures.
At that meeting, Mattick and others insisted
Kelly and the board were responsible for the
center's lack of policies to protect children.
Others supported Kelly for her 22 years in
the leadership position and the center for filling
a much-needed service to the community.
Neither board members nor attendees admit-
ted prior knowledge the center lacked guidelines
and no one claimed they had suggested improv-
ing risk management procedures.
Rather, a representative from the center's
insurance agency assured everyone at the meet-
ing that the center met the risk management
requirements for the insurance carriers.
Ross then met with Kelly and staff April 25
to discuss "stop gap" measures to implement
immediately and present at the board's May 2
A committee is working on long-term child-
protection policies and other procedures to pres-
ent to the board. In the interim, employees will
re-read the center confidentiality agreement and
PLEASE SEE CENTER, PAGE 2
Trolley numbers up, point to tourism increase
y events, By Rick Catlin
e 12 Islander Reporter
Any doubts that tourism for Anna Maria
sg Island's 2011 season was lower than last year
Were likely dispelled last week, when Manatee
O County Area Transit released passenger fig-
S ures for the Island Trolley.
The first quarter of 2011 was higher than
barbecues the first quarter of 2010.
contests. MCAT said the number of passengers
using the fare-free trolley for the first three
months of 2011 increased 2.5 percent com-
SQp pared with the first three months of 2010.
o we s That's about the same increase (plus 2.4 per-
P when sea- cent) reported for tourist arrivals during the
Page 15 first quarter of 2011.
. MCAT reported 116,252 people rode the
aj trolley during the first quarter of 2011, while
1 113,357 passengers were recorded for the
first quarter in 2010. During the first quarter
Sof 2011, the average daily ridership of the trol-
, g, ley was 1,292.
MCAT operates a fleet of five trolleys,
with two operating daily on Anna Maria Island
between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. A fleet of new
Mom trolleys is scheduled to begin operating on the
ys ... Island route as early as June.
A new advertising contract is being
S drafted, said David Teitelbaum, coordina-
o* tor of the ad program for the trolley, and
forfling, should be in place well before the trolleys
ht. Page 20 begin operating.
The contract is "about 80 to 90 percent
full swing, complete," he said, and advertisers are ready
to place their ads on the trolleys as soon as
Overall, ridership on the MCAT system
also increased, as more people chose public
transport than personal autos, primarily due
ries, moves, to rising gasoline prices, according to a news
ge 24 release.
MCAT reported 441,009 riders for the
12-month period from April 1, 2010 to March
31, 2011, a 10.1 percent gain from the previous
The Longboat Key trolley that operates
from the Coquina Beach transfer point to Long-
boat Key, St. Armands Circle and downtown
Sarasota also increased ridership during the
12-month reporting period.
MCAT said 30,016 riders used the Longboat
Trolley between April 1, 2010, and March 31,
2011, a jump of 2.4 percent from the same 12
months of 2009-2010. Unlike the Island Trolley,
the Longboat Key trolley is not fare-free.
MCAT and the Sarasota County Area
Transit have considered dropping the LBK
route, but agreed earlier this year to keep it
operating until the end of the 2010-11 fiscal
year on Sept. 30, 2011.
County commissioners will determine fund-
ing for the LBK trolley for the 2011-12 fiscal
year during budget work discussions that begin
gains sex offender
A convicted sex offender from Virginia has
moved to the 6200 block of Holmes Boulevard
in Holmes Beach.
The 28-year-old man was convicted on fed-
eral charges of possession of child pornography.
He was released from custody and probation,
but is still required to report his address to local
and state authorities.
The Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment website for sex offenders said the man
listed the Holmes Beach address as temporary,
while his Virginia address is still considered his
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2 0 MAY 4, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Island real estate
By Rick Catlin
Island real estate agents always say that the "Island
is not the mainland" when it comes to comparing prop-
erty sales between the two areas.
This time, however, the Island and mainland could
be on the same course for property sales. In fact, the
Island could be outdistancing the mainland in sales.
The Florida Association of Realtors recently
reported that home sales in the Manatee-Sarasota area
in March 2011 rose nearly 5 percent above the level
recorded in March 2010.
"That's about right for the Island, and maybe even
a bit lower than we've done," said Jesse Brisson of
Gulf-Bay Real Estate in Holmes Beach. "But, remem-
ber, those are just sales reported to the multiple listing
service, not all sales."
All real estate sales would include those sold by the
owner. Those sales are not included in the MLS figures,
but are recorded with the Manatee County Clerk of the
Circuit Court, he explained.
Brisson does his own research in compiling trans-
actions weekly for The Islander and, using local MLS
figures first, found there were 37 single-family home/
condominium sales on the Island in March 2011. That
was a gain of 15.6 percent from the 32 single-family
home sales reported for the Island in March 2010.
When Brisson included all home sales on the Island
in his search, he found 34 single-family home sales
(including condominiums) were sold in March 2010
compared with 40 single-family residences sold in
March 2011, a 17.6 percent spike.
"According to my information, either way you look
at sales, there was a good increase from 2010 to 2011
on the Island," Brisson said.
"I think it's obvious that Island real estate has
turned the corer and sales are starting to show a good
month-to-month average increase."
At the same time, however, Island real estate
remains a buyer's market, as prices have inched slowly
downward the past 12 months.
The average single-family home sold for $498,370
stats best county
in February 2011, a 3.9 percent drop from the Febru-
ary 2010 average of $518,750, according to real estate
agent John Van Zandt of Island Real Estate in Holmes
Brisson believes the slight decline in average sale
price, coupled with the increase in sales, indicates the
"bottom has been reached" and the average price of
a home or condominium sale will "inch up" the next
He does not see a return to the dramatic climb from
2004 to 2007, when Island real estate prices were rising
by 20 to 30 percent annually.
With interest rates now near 3 percent, fewer people
looking than during the season, and a buyer's market,
Brisson believes the summer months are a good time
for serious buyers to start looking.
"For buyers looking for properties this summer,
they're going to find a lot of good values out there,
especially at these prices," he predicted.
SEX OFFENDER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
He becomes the third convicted sex offender living
in Holmes Beach. One offender lives in the 6400 block
of Flotilla Drive, while another resides in the 600 block
of Dundee Lane.
A woman convicted in Ohio currently resides in the
700 block of Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, while no
convicted sex offenders are listed in Anna Maria on the
Three convicted sex offenders live in the Cortez
area, including a 71-year-old man who lives at a travel-
trailer park on Cortez Road.
Two sex offenders reside in the Palma Sola area,
one in the 9100 block of Kingfish Road and the other
in the 900 block of 82nd Drive West.
All the convicted sex offenders noted have been
released from further supervision.
Information on sex offenders listed with the FDLE
can be found at www.fdle.state.fl.us. A link is provided
at The Islander website, www.islander.org, under com-
CENTER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
attend a state seminar on working with minors.
Additionally, employees have been instructed to
terminate social-media contact with center youth, spe-
cifically on Facebook.
Kelly briefed the board on the measures May 2.
"We obviously looked for any of the gaping holes,"
Other rules include no one-on-one interaction
between either a center employee or volunteer and a
center youth, and no meetings of center employees and
youth outside the building.
More policies will be recommended by the newly
created committee of experts on youth issues, education
and the law, Kelly added.
"We have a very good team," she said, adding
that ideas for new policies may come from youth-
focused programs, including the school district and the
Meanwhile, board members during the meeting
reiterated support for Kelly and stressed the need to
continue to move forward.
In other business May 2, the board affirmed a rec-
ommendation from treasurer Randy Langley to post the
center's budget on the nonprofit's website, as well as
"It's easy. It's honest. It's out there," Langley said.
Kelly added that an audit will be available next
month, and will be posted on the website.
Also, the board unanimously endorsed a move to
refinance the mortgage loan on the center building, prob-
ably with BB&T.
The bank has offered terms of five years at 5.5
percent for a maximum $1.4 million loan. The center's
current mortgage is with Northern Trust, with about
$1,350,000 owed. The additional cushion in refinancing
would be to cover any early payment penalty to Northern
Ross, nearing the end of the meeting, said the likely
refinancing agreement is "a big one."
"It's an extraordinarily good situation," board
member David Teitelbaum said.
Overlooking Tampa Bay and The Gulf of Mexico
A crew works on a stormwater improvement project on 22nd Street North in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo:
By Lisa Neff
A contractor continued last week to make north side
Bradenton Beach better prepared for hard rains and high
A major stormwater improvement project began
earlier this spring under the supervision of the city's
public works department and capital improvements
committee, with designs by LTA Engineers.
Last week, a crew was working on improvements
along 22nd Street North near Avenue A. Work also has
taken place on other side streets, as well as Avenues B
Construction has involved the removal of some
concrete piping and the addition of bioswales, as well
as grates, cisterns and inlets.
The city secured a $300,000 three-year grant from
the Southwest Florida Water Management District
for stormwater improvements. Additional funding for
stormwater improvements comes from city-collected
The improvements should mean that water will run
off the roads and yards into the swales, public works
director Tom Woodard has said.
He expected the project to be completed by May
Meanwhile, the city will begin related work at Herb
Dolan Park, including the creation of a kayak launch
on Avenue A. That project was scheduled to start this
week and conclude May 31.
"We are very pleased with the work that has been
done thus far," Woodard said.
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Anna Maria City
* May 9, 5 p.m., code enforcement board meet-
* May 11, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
* May 12, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
* May 5, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
* May 5, 1:30 p.m., web team meeting.
* May 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* May 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
* May 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* May 11,7 p.m., planning hearing.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
* May 19, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Avenue
W., Bradenton, 941-741-3900.
* May 10, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Commis-
sioners meeting, administrative building, Bradenton.
* May 16,2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
* May 17, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners work meeting, administrative building, Bra-
* May 18, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials,
Anna Maria City Hall.
* May 30 is Memorial Day. Government offices are
closed, as is The Islander office.
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4 0 MAY 4, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Mighty moose planted atop lodge, celebrated
By Lisa Neff
Moose are known to possess super strength. The
mighty moose standing tall over the Island Moose
Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, can take
wind speeds up to 130 mph.
The new moose is made of aluminum, with a height
of 6 feet and a full frame of antlers that spread like the
palm fronds of nearby trees, said Ernie Casali, admin-
istrator of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188.
The moose was installed on the lodge roof about
a week ago, and was unveiled May 1, with Bradenton
Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt and Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale removing a tarp to reveal the statue
to a cheering, applauding crowd.
In the parking lot, the lodge served barbecue ribs
and sausages, with proceeds benefiting the organiza-
tion's Christmas fund for the Safe Children's Coali-
Casali encouraged the crowd to eat, and guests to
visit inside the lodge.
The lodge was once adorned with a real moose head
that was encased in fiberglass, but still not resilient to
the salty air. Casali said the head was refurbished twice
before it was removed.
"He was too far gone to finish again. He was sent
to the bone yard," he said.
Other changes have occurred to spruce up the
Moose lodge, including a new railing along the west
side of the parking lot, which will curb people from
leaping from the lot to the back patio.
Inside, the dining room has been decorated in Key
West colors, with new tablecloths added.
Also, said Casali, "We are adding tiki poles."
Earlier this year, Casali told city officials, several
of whom are members of the 42-year-old lodge, about
long- and short-term plans.
Eventually, the membership might pursue adding
a second story.
"We are seeking advice from an experienced builder
on the Island for a price guestimate," Casali said.
He added, "We are not going to sit idle. We are
constantly doing some sort of improvement."
A new moose
is raised to
the roof of the
Lodge in Bra-
i denton Beach.
May 1, with
Standing tall - and built
to last - a new aluminum
moose is planted on the
roof of the Moose Lodge
in Bradenton Beach. A
celebration to unveil the
statue took place May 1 in
the lodge parking lot.
Islander Photo: Courtesy
Moose Lodge/Ernie Casali
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Local law enforcement agencies participated April
30 in the second annual Prescription Drug Take-Back
Day, collecting unused and expired medicines on the
Island and on the mainland.
On Anna Maria, the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment collected prescription drugs, depositing items in
a lock box for disposal.
HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson said this collection was
"triple last year." He said the HBPD collected medica-
tions with expiration dates going back as far as 2005.
Stephenson said the results were so good, they
will now accept unwanted medications year-round at
the HBPD during business hours, and hold the items in
evidence for the annual collection.
The MCSO collected medicine at two locations,
one in Ellenton and also at the department's crime pre-
vention office in Bradenton.
Last year's "take-back" campaign resulted in the
collection of 242,00 pounds of prescription drugs from
4,100 drop-off sites in the United States.
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Holmes Beach sees
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach City Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
announced some recent changes in city staff, as well as
changes in board members at the April 26 commission
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nancy
Hall has given notice of her retirement. She will take
vacation leave beginning May 5 and will retire May 31.
Bohnenberger said Hall would not be returning to work
after taking her vacation time.
Dave Forbes will be moving from the public works
staff into the code enforcement position. Bohnenberger
said Forbes has been cross-trained and is anxious to get
City clerk Brooke Bennett's retirement will be
effective May 11 and deputy city clerk Stacey John-
ston will take over the position. Bennett is on leave and
Johnston is currently the acting city clerk.
Assistant deputy clerk Lori Kee will be promoted
to the deputy clerk position.
Bohnenberger also announced that Barbara Hines
resigned from the code enforcement board.
Also tendering his resignation is parks and beau-
tification committee chairperson Fred Heger. Heger's
resignation will be effective June 1, when the committee
takes leave for the summer months. Marilyn Shirley
will serve as an alternate until Heger's term expires in
Parks and beautification committee member Caro-
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staff, board changes
line Molyneux also is leaving, and alternate Jim Dunne
will fill out the rest of her term, which ends in May
Residents of Holmes Beach interested in volunteer-
ing for board positions may contact the city at 941-708-
5400, or stop by city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, and apply
with the clerk's office.
The commission will meet again at 7 p.m. May 10
at 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Rezoning of Kingfish
on planning agenda
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission will meet
at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, to consider an ordinance
to apply zoning to Kingfish Boat Ramp.
On April 12, the Holmes Beach City Commission
approved the first reading of a comprehensive plan
amendment adding Kingfish County Park to accom-
modate the annexation from Manatee County and to
add the area to the future land-use map.
Kingfish currently has no zoning and the ordinance
to be considered by the planning commission will apply
the public recreation/open space zoning to Kingfish
County Park on the city's zoning map.
The planning commission will meet in city hall
chambers, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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You hear the little voice over and over, replaying in
your mind. The thought gives you the warm and fuzzy
feeling you so desired in seeing your child - or in this
case, a grandchild - so very happy.
My daughter, granddaughter, 6, and myself were
at the door of Toys-R-Us at Times Square. Just steps
inside the door, she looked up to see the four-story-tall
Ferris wheel, Jesse's eyes went very large, and then it
came: \\,,n mama!"
It happened another time with my other grand-
daughter. On this occasion, I had hidden two Halloween
costumes in my closet -beautiful, pink, fluffy, ballerina
dresses. Josey was about 4 years old. I forgot, of course,
the dresses were there as she tailed me to the bedroom
to look for something else, and as I opened the door,
she exclaimed: "Oh, Abuelita, my pink dress!"
It was as if she'd dreamed of that pink dress forever,
and it had magically appeared.
Those are the Hallmark moments. The treasures.
The lifelong memories for grandmothers, mothers and
That must be why there's a Mother's Day, so we
can recollect, laugh and cry, and share the moments.
Thankfully, there are many moments.
Like many of you, one of my granddaughters lives
with me part-time and now, age 13, she's full-on with
texting, Facebook and an iPod touch.
It's a challenging time for some parents, but I choose
to embrace it. I want her to have and understand all the
tt.hnliotlo,'\ and all the communication skills available,
and to use them wisely. It takes monitoring and guid-
ance, but she's also learning responsibility. There are
important lessons ahead, but there's no denying our
children and grandchildren live in a different world.
Some of us spent so much time on the telephone as
teens, our parents put in a separate "teen line" phone.
We talked. They text.
It doesn't mean there shouldn't be rules. I was pleased
to find a guide for teen texting online, of course.
In the case of counselors, coaches, teachers and
other adults communicating directly with children, I still
say, "no." Kids know to go on their school Facebook
page for notices and scheduling. And so it seems adult
leaders can post information related to team practices
and teen events where kids can retrieve it, and return to
the practice of notifying parents if there's a more urgent
It's still up to us to build the future for the next
generation. And to watch over them.
And to create our Hallmark moments.
Happy Mother's Day.
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The allegations of misconduct at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center may reveal a painful tragedy
for the families involved. F\ i. i l in l should be done
that can be done to alleviate their suffering and prevent
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that any set of proce-
dures would have prevented it.
It remains important that we maintain some long-
The center is an important and productive part of
our lives and it has been for a long time. It has been
wisely, unselfishly and capably guided and grown
by Pierrette Kelly. She is the best person to guide it
It would be despicable for any group to use the pain
of recent events as a tool to advance their own leader-
Let us give our full support to the families that have
been hurt and to Kelly, Greg Ross and our board of
Sean Murphy, Holmes Beach
In light of the recent allegations and the onslaught
of negative attention the Anna Maria Island Community
Center has been getting, I thought it necessary that a
family that participates in activities held at the center
on a regular basis give an opinion.
My wife and our four children are active at the
community center. There are few places that my wife
and I feel our kids are completely safe. One is the
center. Inside the center's boundaries including the
building and fields our children are protected. Those
of us who use the center regularly know each other's
families and are always looking out for one another.
That includes the terrific staff headed by Pierrette
Kelly and Scott Dell.
Kelly as executive director and Scott Dell as her
assistant have done a great job in making the center a
family-friendly place for the members of our commu-
I have heard people calling for them to resign and
I know that would be a grave injustice. Kelly and Dell
are truly passionate and sincere about the success of the
center. They understand how to make the community
The center has rules and regulations in place. In
light of the recent allegations they may need to be
updated. I'm sure the leadership will do that if given
a chance. No matter how strict the rules, an incident
could take place. Don't blame the leaders for allegations
against one individual.
The real injustice here would be to change the
leadership and take the center in a new path. For the
sake of the families use the center, I implore you to do
i \c) thi i n in your power to keep the current leadership
in place. We need them.
David Johnston, Holmes Beach
Those of us who consider this Island a permanent
home have great respect for the opinion of our Island
newspapers, whether or not we agree with the opin-
They have a right, just as the writer of this letter
has, to have an opinion and print it. After all, Florida
is our home and each of us concerned about our poli-
Last time I looked this was a democracy.
It was the tone of a recent letter in the April 27
issue, not the writer's opinion, that was offensive. Rude
and demanding, with no civility.
Does he think our newspapers only print what
people want to hear? That is insulting. So I would
,',I_' - he cancel his subscription to this newspaper
and subscribe to one that only panders to his points of
Denise Johnson, Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant, the Anna
Maria Island Privateers and The Islander newspaper
are planning a couple of big parties May 14 to cel-
ebrate the 100-year anniversary of the pier.
City Pier manager David Sork will co-host with
The Islander and the Privateers a VIP reception and
dinner at the restaurant starting at 5 p.m. Saturday,
May 14, and lasting until the grand finale of the fire-
works show in the bay.
Sork said the menu will include hors d'oeuvres
at the reception, a main coarse of filet mignon and
Florida lobster, a champagne toast, and plenty of other
The $10,000 fireworks show has been funded by
the sale of commemorative planks for the pier, many
of which are being installed in the next two weeks.
The planks, fireworks sponsorships, and VIP seat-
ing for dinner May 14 were sold exclusively by The
Islander newspaper on its website.
The Privateers are expected to arrive at the pier
for the celebration in a centennial parade from Cros-
sPointe Fellowship May 13, when they will join the
City Pier Restaurant and The Islander in hosting a
reception for the parade participants and officials in
the north parking lot under a large tent.
Saturday will kick off the all-day centennial cel-
ebration in the parking lot, with loads of fun, food,
beer and other refreshments provided by both the
Privateers and the City Pier Restaurant. The Island
Rockers will strike up their band on the Privateer
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T e Islander
In the May 3, 2001, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Organizers of the Island Middle charter school hit
a roadblock after leasing a building in Holmes Beach
to begin classes in August. City building official Bill
Saunders said the property was not zoned for a school,
but for professional services such as a lawyer or doctor.
Saunders said the school would need a special exception
approved by the city commission. The school's attorney,
Chuck Webb, said he would research options.
* The Manatee County Commission unanimously
approved a fare-free trolley for Anna Maria Island that
would cost $3.78 million to operate for three years. Five
trolleys would be purchased to run from 6 a.m. to 11
p.m. as part of the Manatee County Area Transit and
was scheduled to begin in August. Funding for the trol-
ley came from state and federal grants.
* Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh took excep-
tion to Commissioner Jay Hill's appointment of a com-
mittee that would make recommendations on the day-
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AM denies another refund plea from Hunts
By Rick Catlin
Nicola "Nicky" Hunt, Anna Maria resident and
owner with husband Robert Hunt of vacant property at
303 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria, has plenty of tenacity.
At an April 28 meeting, Anna Maria commissioners
rejected for the second time in the last 12 months a plea
from Hunt that the commission refund all or most of
the $10,400 the Hunts paid in 2010 for a retail-office-
residential building permit at 303 Pine Ave.
The Hunts paid for the permit in January 2010, but
Hunt said they halted development of the project until
the city solved its Pine Avenue parking issues. They
were concerned because their parking plan, although
legal when the site plan was approved, would not con-
form to the city's new Pine Avenue parking require-
The permit, which required work to commence
within six months, lapsed in July 2010 because there
was no "good faith" work, building official Bob Welch
Welch said the request is the "first time I ever had
someone ask for a refund and I've seen many building
Hunt asked for at least a portion of the money
because, in her opinion, the city has done very little
work on the project.
Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested the city
"do what's fair" and approve a 50 percent refund.
Commissioner John Quam suggested a 10 percent
But Commission Chair Chuck Webb said it was the
Hunts who opted not to begin development after they
got their permit. The city was not at fault and did not
owe a refund, he said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick agreed with Webb,
Anna Maria post-
Kincaid's last day of
work was April 29.
The 31-year veteran -
of the U.S. Postal
Service retired that
day and her friends ?*
at the Islander news- -
paper brought her
a cake to celebrate
and share with staff
and patrons. Kin-
caid was replaced
by Linda Shannon,
is the postmaster in
saying the city did not arbitrarily decide to halt the
Mattick's motion to deny the request was approved
4-1, with Woodland voting no.
No also to boat dock variance
Commissioners unanimously rejected a variance
request by Edwin and Karen Hasler to extend their boat
dock at 517 Blue Heron Drive into Bimini Bay by 66
feet beyond the legal limit to allow a boat to reach the
dock at low tide.
The dock issue began in 2008, when then-owner
Jake Martin submitted a variance request for the
extended dock. But the city learned its jurisdiction
ended at the water's edge and it was up to Manatee
County to permit the boat dock.
It took the city nearly two years to get legislative
approval to incorporate portions of Bimini Bay into the
city limits. In the interim, Martin constructed a short
boat dock on the property and sold the house to the
Martin disclosed the outcome of his appeal for a
longer dock when he sold the house, and the problem
of docking or returning to the dock after time on the
At low tide, said engineer Jeff Hostettler, there's
not enough water in the bay to lower a boat from the
present dock location and maneuver the boat without
damaging seagrasses in the area.
Hostettler's arguments about the riparian rights of
the owners were heard, but commissioners still denied
Webb said that there was no hardship - a require-
ment for a variance - because a dock already exists on
the site and everyone with a dock has to deal with tides
and Mother Nature.
Commissioners agreed the Haslers would have to
wait for a high tide to launch their boat, just like many
others living on Blue Heron Drive and in adjacent areas
of Bimini Bay who have a boat and dock.
The planning and zoning board had recommended
against the variance.
In somewhat of a unique request for Anna Maria,
the commission unanimously approved a request by
David and Candace Ridley of 109 and 111 Sycamore
to lower density on their property by reducing the four
lots there into two lots.
Attorney Ricinda Perry said there is now one house
on the property.
The request was unanimously approved without
Tax incremental funding
Former Mayor Fran Barford returned to the city
hall chambers to discuss tax incremental funding with
commissioners following a discussion with Manatee
County administrator Ed Hunzeker, who told her an
interlocal agreement on TIF "is do-able" between Anna
Maria and the county.
Barford noted that in her four years as mayor, she
often heard complaints that much of the property tax
money paid by city residents to Manatee County never
comes back to the city.
While the normal solution is a community redevel-
opment authority to direct tax money paid in a munici-
pality toward specific projects, Barford suggested the
city can work with the county on an agreement.
Under TIF, the city earmarks specific projects and
the county takes money directly from the city's tax base
and places it into a restricted account for city use.
"It sets aside specific Anna Maria tax money for
specific Anna Maria projects," the former mayor said.
Bradenton Beach has a CRA plan in place and Bar-
ford noted how many improvements and projects that
funding plan has accomplished.
Commissioners approved the suggestion to have
Barford meet with Mayor Mike Selby to develop the
goals, objectives and specific projects of a city TIF plan
and report back to the commission.
If approved, Barford would take the proposal to
Hunzeker for county approval.
Cell tower solution
Selby noted that there has been considerable dis-
cussion recently on both sides of the issue about a cell
tower in Anna Maria.
The mayor said it's only a matter of time before a
company becomes serious about building a tower.
Selby said he spoke recently with Bradenton Beach
Mayor Bob Bartelt and that city has retained a company
called the Center for Municipal Solutions to handle cell
The company earns payment from the fee paid by
a communications company and from the carriers that
apply for a tower location.
Commissioners unanimously agreed to have Selby
set up a presentation as soon as possible. The mayor said
he was "shooting" for a May 12 work session with the
ME changes 'manner
of death' in BB case
By Lisa Neff
The medical examiner for Manatee County has
changed from "suicide" to "undetermined" the manner
of death for a Tampa woman found in a Bradenton
Beach resort room on New Year's Day in 2009.
At that time, Sheena Lee Morris, 22, of Tampa, was
said to have committed suicide by hanging. She was
visiting Bradenton Beach with her boyfriend.
In late March, medical examiner Russell Vega said
his office changed the manner of death from "suicide" to
"undetermined" after reviewing information presented
by Morris' family, which has challenged the Bradenton
Beach Police Department's conclusions in the case.
The family, in a push led by mother Kelly Osbom,
has appealed for the BBPD to reopen its investigation
or to request a Manatee County Sheriff's Office review
of the case.
In recent weeks, the city told Osbom the BBPD will
not reopen the case but that the MCSO could request
a review. But the sheriff told Osbom that it would not
investigate Morris' death unless asked by BBPD.
The family, which believes Morris was killed, has
maintained that the medical examiner's amendment of
its records is significant, proof a review is warranted.
Vega said when his office viewed Morris' death,
"Our opinion at the time ... was that the evidence sup-
ported it being a suicide. We still find that most of the
evidence points that way."
The medical examiner said " a lot of information"
was presented since Morris' death independent of the
"Those things played some role in our taking a second
look at this," Vega said. "We always keep an open door.
... We're always willing to look at new information."
He said that it is conclusive that Morris died by
hanging, but that the information her family provided
created "a degree of uncertainty."
He added, "It doesn't mean that things have changed
dramatically in the case."
In Florida, by statute, a manner of death can be
natural, suicidal, homicidal or undetermined.
On April 28, BBPD Chief Sam Speciale reiterated
that his department would not change the status of its
"Unless we receive any new credible evidence, the
status of this case will not change," he said.
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Crime rates drop in 2010
By Lisa Neff
The crime rate dropped in Holmes Beach and Bra-
denton Beach in 2010, according to a newly released
Uniform Crime Report from the Florida Department of
The report, released April 26 with a statement from
Gov. Rick Scott, showed an overall decline in in the
state crime rate of 6.7 percent. The rate was the lowest
in Florida in four decades.
There are multiple statistics in the crime report,
which the FDLE prepares using data on arrests and
offenses provided by local law enforcement agen-
Holmes Beach Police Department reported to the
FDLE a 41 percent decrease in the crime rate from
2009 to 2010. Statistics in the state report show HBPD
reported 154 crimes last year, including two robberies,
three aggravated assaults, 53 burglaries, 95 larcenies
and one motor vehicle theft.
Bradenton Beach Police Department reported a
68.5 percent decrease in the crime rate. The department
reported 35 crimes in 2010, including one robbery, one
aggravated assault, six burglaries, 26 larcenies and one
motor vehicle theft.
"It's because of our auto burglaries" decreasing,
said BBPD Chief Sam Speciale. "The guys have been
very diligent in our patrols. I think they did a great
The Longboat Key Police Department reported a
30.2 percent decline and the Bradenton Police Depart-
To report information on a felony crime, call
Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on an Island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
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778-6311; Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5807.
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ment reported a 9.8 percent decline in offenses. The
Palmetto Police Department reported a 4.2 increase.
Specific statistics forAnna Maria were not available
in the report because the city is policed by the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office. Overall, the MCSO reported
a 4 percent decrease in offenses last year.
The crime report also contains arrest statistics.
HBPD made 114 arrests - 107 adults and seven
juveniles - last year, including three arrests for rob-
bery, two for aggravated assault, seven for burglary,
eight for larceny and one for motor vehicle theft.
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Bradenton Beach police arrested a 16-year-old from
Holmes Beach for allegedly burglarizing a vehicle.
The teenager, according to a Bradenton Beach
Police Department report, caught the attention of a
patrol officer on April 27.
The 16-year-old matched the description of a teen
being sought by the Holmes Beach Police Department
for possible auto burglaries and allegedly was seen peer-
ing into a car in Bradenton Beach.
Police found the teen in possession of a cell phone,
which did not appear to be his. The report indicated he con-
fessed to removing it from a car with New York plates.
He also had $54 in cash and a $50 gas card, which
he told police he found by the roadside.
Island police blotter
* April 22, North Shore and Bay Boulevard, miss-
ing-found child. A Bradenton Beach woman called the
MCSO to report that her teenage daughter went miss-
ing from Bean Point. Deputies began searching for the
girl, including a call to local police departments and an
MCSO helicopter crew for assistance. The girl, who had
hitched a ride from her sister, was found at home.
* April 24, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard,
animal complaint. The MCSO responded to a call about
a dog left in a truck parked at Bayfront Park, where dogs
are prohibited. A deputy said the animal had water and
the truck was ventilated, but the owner was asked to
take the dog home.
* April 27, Avenue E, burglary. BBPD arrested a
16-year-old from Holmes Beach for burglarizing an
auto. The teen matched the description of a suspect
being sought by Holmes Beach Police Department and
was found peering into a car. He was carrying a cell
phone, which he allegedly said he removed from a car,
$54 in cash and a $50 gas card.
* April 23, 4500 block of 123rd Street, battery. The
MCSO arrested a Cortez man for allegedly repeatedly
striking another man, pinning the man against a wall and
flii>o ini, around his belongings. The victim ran from
the home to a neighbor's and called 911.
* No new reports.
Carolyn St. Clair Seymour
Carolyn St. Clair Seymour, 65, of Bradenton,
and formerly of Elkton, Va., died April 25.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to honor Mrs. Seymour
and her contribution to cancer research to Tidewell
Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. Seymour is survived by her mother, Mar-
guerite St. Clair of Silver Springs, Md.; daughter
Rebecca A. of Bradenton; son Brian F. of Anna
Maria; grandchildren Amanda, Brittany and hus-
band Chris Green, Kevin Millsap and J.T. Millsap;
great-grandchildren Emilee, Eli, Hailey, Christina
and Madison; and sister Jane Bortoa of Arizona.
Wilma J. Warren
Wilma J. Warren, 80, died April 30. She was
born September 2, 1930, in Lexington, Ky. She
moved to Manatee County from Indianapolis in
Mrs. Warren was manager of Alamanda Villa
Motel in Holmes Beach. She was congressional sec-
retary for Congressman Andy Jacobs Jr. of Indiana.
She was active in the Democratic Party, serving on
the Manatee County Democratic Executive Com-
mittee. She was a member of the Manatee Women's
Democratic Club and the Anna Maria Island Demo-
Mrs. Warren was the first recipient of the
Lawton Chiles Outstanding Service award to the
Democratic Party. She was honorary secretary of
state for Indiana and a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednes-
day, May 4, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes &
Crematory 26th Street Chapel. There will be a
graveside service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at
Skyway Memorial Gardens in Palmetto. Brown &
Sons is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association, 1230 South Tuttle Avenue,
Sarasota FL 34239, Alz.org, or Tidewell Hospice,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34236.
Mrs. Warren is survived by four sons, William
E. and wife Marsha of Greenwood, Ind., Robert
A. and wife Ruby of Indianapolis, James R. and
wife Janet of Cape Coral, Fla., and Thomas and
wife Sandy of Bradenton; 12 grandchildren and 14
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Islanders commemorate Arbor Day
By Lisa Neff
Two members of the Tree Cities USA club and one
budding member-to-be observed National Arbor Day on
Anna Maria Island.
Four Island ceremonies took place April 29 -
in Bradenton Beach, which is applying for Tree City
USA status and in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, both
already Tree City USA designees.
The first ceremony was in Bradenton Beach's Lou
Barolo Park near the corner of Highland Avenue and
Fourth Street North, where three sabal palms were
Keep Manatee Beautiful donated the trees for the
ceremony, one of several requirements that the city
needs to meet this year to become a Tree City USA.
After remarks and the reading of an Arbor Day
proclamation, Mayor Bob Bartelt, Commissioners Jan
Vosburgh, Gay Breuler and Ed Straight, public works
director Tom Woodard, Manatee County Commissioner
John Chappie and National Park Service representative
Jorge Acevedo stood alongside trees for a photo op.
KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan said the
palms, the official state tree, were a fine choice for the
"They should be well established in a year," she
At Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach, represen-
tatives from city, county and state governments along
with KMB and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce gathered for a ceremony.
Grants from the Florida Division of Forestry and
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program are providing for the
addition of 64 native trees, 664 wildflowers and 243
Three green buttonwoods were added to Anna Maria's Bayfront Park for the National Arbor Day celebration
attended by city officials, as well as Keep Manatee Beautiful, Florida Division of Forestry and Manatee County
grasses at the ramp site, which is managed by Manatee
Trees to be planted for the project, which will con-
tinue this month, include Jamaican dogwood, gumbo
limbo, tamarind, live oak, buttonwood, dahoon holy
and sabal palm.
"All these stakes are going to be trees," Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said, gesturing toward
numerous wooden stakes just west of the Island wel-
"It's really a great improvement for our commu-
nity," the mayor added.
Manatee County parks designer Candie Pedersen
said the goal was to "put back the coastal maritime ham-
mock, which is what everyone came to Florida for."
The Arbor Day ceremony took place beside a live
The third ceremony took place at 40th Street
between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Holmes Beach,
where the city has created a pocket park. A donation by
the F William Petring family supported the project.
Widow Marjorie Petring said her husband was a
great supporter of Arbor Day and that his family had
ties to the holiday's founder, J. Sterling Morton.
Bohnenberger said in recent years Holmes Beach
has created seven pocket parks.
Chappie told the mayor, "What you have done with
pocket parks is tremendous."
In Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, KMB donated
three green buttonwoods that were planted by public
works employees Gary Thorpe and Peter Piir during
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby welcomed a crowd
and read a proclamation urging citizens to plant more
Landscaper Mike Miller said the hardy buttonwood
is "the best tree for the Island. You cannot plant too
Ceremonies also took place in Bradenton and Pal-
metto, as well as in Robinson Preserve.
National Arbor Day originated in the late 1800s, the
idea Morton, who was living in a tree-less community
in the Nebraska Territory.
The Arbor Day Foundation, the chief proponent
of the holiday, formed in 1972, 100 years after the first
Arbor Day and two years after the first Earth Day.
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Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays,
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sundays.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-77
Melody Ajmo, a
native of Anna
Maria Island, is
engaged to Nick
Hall. She is the
daughter of Craig
and Melinda Ajmo
of Anna Maria
and he is the son
of Debi Boccard
and Larry Hall
of Orlando. The
couple lives in the
Tampa Bay area,
where she teaches
and he recently
graduated with a
master's degree in
wedding will be
held on the
Island in June.
Student seeks volunteers for
American Bake Sale
Nine year-old Piper Hansen, daughter of Koko Ray
Hansen and Islander reporter Diana Bogan, is organiz-
ing a Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale
event Saturday, May 21, at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is
a national campaign that mobilizes Americans to hold
a community bake sale to end childhood hunger. All the
proceeds go to Share Our Strength, a nonprofit with a
mission to end childhood hunger by 2015.
Piper says she learned about community service and
why it's important in her third-grade class at Wakeland
Elementary School. Each student in her class was asked
to participate in a volunteer project.
"I decided to organize my own Great American
Bake Sale event because it sounded interesting and it
helps a lot of kids," Piper said. "I'm starting my own
team, called 'Piper's Island Sweets' because there isn't
already a team in the area."
Piper said she learned from Share Our Strength that
k one in four kids in America face hunger. She has set a
ise goal to raise $500, which will pay for 12 low-income
ast families to attend a six-week nutritious cooking and
food budgeting course.
L, She is looking for volunteers and businesses to join
hs, For more information about joining Piper, call her dad
at 941-524-7426 or e-mail her mom at email@example.com.
:m Tingley to host book club
8- Tingley Memorial Library will host its After-Hours
Book Club at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.
The club will discuss Meg Waite Clayton's 'The
Wednesday Sisters" at the library, 112 Second St. N.,
For more information, call the library at 941-779-
-ry Off Stage Ladies host luncheon
ed The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players will
he meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the
Gulf Drive Cafe Tiki Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
en Lunch is $15 per person. Guests are welcome.
For more information or reservations, call 941-518-
Church hosts family dinner
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will
host an Italian family dinner night at the church, start-
ing at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7.
The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad,
ies garlic bread and dessert.
The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
11 The church is at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
For more information, call the church office at
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Robin Rhodes, Emily Snyder, Brian James Dennis and Russ Carthy are in the cast of "Lend
Me a Tenor" at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, May 12 to May 22.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Theater presents final season production
The Island Players will present "Lend Me a
Tenor," the last play of the 2010-11 season, May
12-22 at the Anna Maria theater, 10009 Gulf Drive.
Jim Thaggard is directing the farce written by
Ken Ludwig. The stage manager is Mike Lusk.
"Lend Me a Tenor" opened in London's West
End in 1986 and then on Broadway in 1989, receiv-
ing seven Tony Award nominations.
Here's the essence of the plot: Tenor Tito Merelli,
known to fans as "I1 Stupendo," is the lead in a gala
production of "Otello" for the benefit of the Cleve-
land Opera Company. Merelli becomes distraught
over a "Dear John" letter left him by his wife, who
wrongly suspects the singer of adultery. A double
dose of tranquilizers takes II Stupendo to II Stupedo
and beyond, and the question becomes: Will the show
The play - with Rik Robertson, Emily Snyder,
Russ Carthy, Mark Woodland, Judy Glynn, Brian
James Dennis, Diana Shoemaker and Robin Rhodes
in the cast - opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12,
and continues through May 22. Performances are at
8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sun-
The box office is open Mondays through Satur-
days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, including ticket details,
call the box office at 941-778-5755.
Festival, tour feature Bradenton gardens
The Manatee River Garden Club will host a garden
festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the
garden clubhouse, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton, as
well as a tour of five home gardens.
The festival is free and will feature garden and gift
vendors. Tickets for the garden tour will be sold at the
festival for $15.
The garden tour features five homes with landscap-
ing styles ranging from a small zen garden to a six-acre
estate. The tour features the following gardens:
* The Romanik family's zen garden at 327 30th St.
* Maria and Mike Horning's tropical garden at 701
29th St. W., Bradenton.
* The Murray family's whimsical garden at 1307
63 rd St. N.W., Bradenton.
* The Robinson family's six-acre garden at 7000
Riverview Blvd., Bradenton.
* Ginny and Clyde Dutton's courtyard garden at
11101 Belle Meade Court, Bradenton.
For more information, call 941-745-3665.
SBEP launches webpage
connecting art, nature
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program launched a new
page on its website promoting creative expression and
The page features photographs, poetry, cartoons
and essays from local artists known for their passion
for nature and wildlife.
To view the page visit sarasotabay.org.
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'Que-ing for causes, contest, centennial
By Lisa Neff 1
To rub sweet-tempered John Swager the wrong
way, ask the man known to big eaters as "Big John"
and to his pirate crew as "Redbeard" if he serves a saucy
"I take offense at that statement," Swager will
Then he'll boast, "While I do make some of the best
sauce around, Big John's Texas BBQ is not cooked or
served with any sauce on it. I use only dry rubs on my
brisket, chicken and ribs."
Swager, a familiar privateer figure, is one of the
Anna Maria Island Privateers' regular chefs.
The group is known for its spreads at its party
with Santa Claus, its post-parade July 4 celebration,
the regular Thieves Markets at Coquina Beach and the
upcoming Snooks Adams Kids Day. Hungry kids, who
usually eat free, and ravenous adults can find hot dogs,
hamburgers, roast corn on the cob, smoked mullet and
barbecue on event menus.
Swager, the proprietor of Big John's Texas BBQ,
brings professional skills to the work. And early May,
he plans to prove his abilities at one of the better known
barbecue contests in the country, the Whistle Stop Festi-
val and Rocket City Barbecue Cook-Off in Huntsville,
In mid-April, before he departed for Alabama, The
Islander interviewed Swager about cooking, competing
and his cause.
The Islander. You were doing Big John's Texas BBQ
before you were with the privateers.
Big John "Redbeard" Swager: Way before becom-
ing a privateer. It started in my parents' backyard in
Texas some 40 years ago, with my first professional
contest around 30 years ago.
The Islander. Has there been more than one varia-
tion of your barbecue?
JS: Not really, I've been doing it pretty much the
same way. The bi,_ .,- 'I thing I had to learn was how to
cook a whole pig. I never cooked pork in the smoker
until moving to Florida in 1986.
The Islander. How is preparing the barbecue for
a competition different than serving the barbecue at a
JS: Cooking to vend for the Thieves Market means
' ci d ill thing is prepared before you serve it to the people.
In competition, cooking timing is ( \ .L i) lhing Most chefs
know exactly when each product is perfectly cooked,
but it has to be perfectly cooked and presented to the
judges at an exact time. That's what makes it fun and
exciting - because every time is totally different.
The Islander. Barbecue contests take place around
Big John "Redbeard" Swager takes on a heaping
helping of food at last year's Privateers July 4 party.
Swager plans to compete in a barbecue contest in
Huntsville, Ala., in May, as well as sell his barbecue
to benefit the Privateers at the Anna Maria City Pier
Centennial Celebration May 14. Islander File Photo:
the country. Is there one you like better than any
JS: We have several great competitions in central
Florida each year - the Lakeland Pigfest in January
and the Plant City Pig Jam in November.
Right now, I'd have to say my favorite has to be
the Rocket City BBQ Cook-off in Huntsville, Ala. I've
been going to the Rocket City BBQ for over 10 years
now, and enjoy the gathering of people that come to the
The very first year I was at the competition a local
TV station interviewed me live on the 5 o' clock news
the day before the competition, and then before the
interview ended my phone started ringing. Come to
find out that I have two cousins that are really rocket
scientists that live in Huntsville, and that they got my
phone number off the banner behind me during the
The Islander: What is a must-serve side with Texas
JS: For me it's Texas ranch beans - kind of like a
chili without meat.
Texans don't mess up a great chili by putting beans
in it and these pinto beans are better than any baked
beans you'll ever have. I like mine spicy, with lots of
onion and jalapefio peppers in it. A perfect side for bris-
ket dinner, slaw and a glass of sweet tea.
The Islander: A highlight at most privateers events
is food - hot dogs, hamburgers, smoked mullet, bar-
becue. What menu item do you think the group is best
JS: Over the years it's changed, I guess. I don't
have a clue as to the amount of hot dogs I have person-
ally served at privateer functions. I know the kids love
The privateers have always done a great job with
the barbecue, as well. Back when I joined the organi-
zation we served an average of 750 barbecue chicken
dinners at the July 4 celebration and picnic at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center each year.
The mullet smokes are great, and we still have a
reputation of doing some of the best smoked mullet
We'll let the people decide.
The Islander: Are menu offerings a substantial
source of income for the privateers? Or, since kids usu-
ally eat free, are menu offerings really to enhance the
JS: All the effort and hard work pays off for us. The
monies raised at the Thieves Markets go toward our
general funds, which are used for the Privateer scholar-
The mullet smokes we try to put toward the general
scholarship fund, as well as the Shiprek scholarship, and
for the past 11 years I've donated all the profits from the
Big John's Texas BBQ sales at the Thieves Market and
other events to the Whitey Horton Scholarship Fund.
The rest is for the kids - all the hot dogs and Cokes
they want at Snooks Adams Kids Day and after the
Christmas Parade during our gifts from Santa.
The Islander: Last question. You've barbecued on
the Food Network. When are you going to pitch a new
show? It could be "In the galley" or maybe "Captain
Cook." Or what would you call your show?
JS: I found that I enjoy cooking for people, you
can't smell or taste food you see on the television - yet.
I've had my time, now I'm just looking to help some
future stars. Let's just say I'm Q'uen for kids.
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Wednesday, May 4
1:15 p.m.- Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-496-4462.
Saturday, May 7
8 a.m. - Island 5k Run and 1-mile Fun Run to benefit the Children's
Academy of Southwest Florida departs from Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-527-1453. Fee applies.
9:30 a.m. - Mother's Day brunch and fashion show at CrossPointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
6 p.m. - Italian night family dinner at the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
1638. Fee applies.
6 to 11p.m. -Anna Maria Elementary School Giddy-Up Gala at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Wednesday, May 11
11:30 a.m. - Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players lunch at the
Gulf Drive Cafe Tiki Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-518-4431. Fee applies.
* Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
* 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: 941-383-6491.
* Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
* Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
* Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Friday, May 6
6p.m. - London Calling Film Series: "To Sir, With Love" at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
6 to 9 p.m. --Artist reception at the Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019
10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-1333.
Saturday, May 7
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Cleanup of Sister Keys departing from the
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4 to 8 p.m. - Family music night at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Monday, May 9
8 p.m. - "The Passion of the Crawford" performed by John "Lyp-
sinka" Epperson at the Asolo Repertory Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 941-351-9010. Fee applies.
Wednesday, May 11
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Courthouse concert featuring acoustic
blues by Michael Mac at 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
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* May 13-14, City Pier Centennial Celebration, Anna Maria.
* May 13, London Calling Film Series: "Peeping Tom," South Florida
* May 15, Manatee rare fruit tree sale, Manatee Convention
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16 0 MAY 4, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
First sea turtle nest is earliest nest for AMI
By Lisa Neff
The sea-turtle nesting season has only just begun
for Anna Maria Island, but already it is a record-setting
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch walker Jimmy
Kosco found the first nest of the season - just south
of 25th Street in Bradenton Beach - on April 27. That's
the earliest recorded nest in three decades of data col-
lection for the Island. The prior record was set in 1997,
with the first nest found on April 29.
When AMITW volunteers gathered in mid-April
for an orientation session, they buzzed about a warm
Gulf of Mexico and the possibility of an early start to
the nesting season.
The water temperature then was fluctuating in the
high-70s, and loggerheads begin to nest when the water
temperature reaches 80 degree.
Additionally, turtles began nesting on the Atlantic
Coast in early April.
By April 24, with word of nests in Englewood
Beach and Fort Myers, AMITW executive director
Suzi Fox announced that the Island walkers would begin
their regular dawn patrols.
Still, when Kosco took his first walk of the season
April 27 in section 7, he didn't expect to come across
the unmistakable tractor-like tracks left by a nesting
"I thought, it's too early," Kosco said. "This was
just a test walk - the first walk of the year."
He studied the turtle's tracks, which showed a labo-
rious night of nesting. The turtle emerged from the Gulf
of Mexico, crawled in a straight path toward the dunes
and dug a nest to deposit eggs. A female can deposit
100 eggs in a single nest, and likely will nest multiple
times during the summer.
After creating the nest, the loggerhead turned to
return to the Gulf. The tracks showed the turtle traveled
back toward the water, until it bumped into a plastic
stool left on the sand. From there, the turtle crawled
as of April 29
Number of turtle nests: 1
Number of hatched turtle nests: 0
Number of turtle hatchlings: 0
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The Island cities have regulations requiring the
removal of beach furniture and other items that might
disrupt nesting, as well as turning out waterfront lights.
However, the regulations run May 1 through Oct. 31 -
the first nester arrived early.
AMITW coordinators Glenn and Claudia Wiseman
verified the nest shortly after dawn April 27, di '- in '
into the sand near the dunes until they found an egg -
about the size and color of an aged Ping-Pong ball.
With Fox looking on, the Wisemans staked the nest.
The coded script on one of the stakes included the date
and location of the nest, the estimated hatch date of June
22 and credited Kosco with the find.
An egg in the first loggerhead nest of the season.
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Beach on April
It was not the first nest for the volunteer, who has
been walking for AMITW in section 7 for about eight
"I think last year I had about 11 nests," he said,
adding, \ ly best was three nests in one day."
Fox guessed, "I bet he's found 100 nests over the
years. I believe he's found more than anybody."
The loggerhead that made the first nest of the season on
AMI took a bumpy route off the beach. She crawled back
from the dunes toward the Gulf of Mexico and bumped
into a plastic stool and a couple of plastic Adirondack
chairs before reaching the water. The crawl occurred
before May 1, when a city ordinance requires the
removal of beach furniture at night.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 4, 2011 0 17
Seasonal changes seen on AMI shore
By Lisa Neff
Many migratory birds - feathered and otherwise
- have flown off, heading for a cooler summer climate.
But the seasonal change brings an influx of others to the
Sea turtles, for example, already have begun to visit
Florida's beaches to nest - the first loggerhead nest on
Anna Maria Island was found April 27.
And there are others vacationing on the shore -
some to celebrate, some to tolerate, some to avoid, and
most of them feeling amorous.
* Black skimmers, terns, plovers, oyster catchers
and other threatened shorebirds are on the beach prepar-
ing for their nesting season.
On April 25, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring officials observed more than 300
black skimmers near 25th Street in Bradenton Beach.
Hundreds also are on the beach in north Anna Maria
near Seagrape Lane, where two areas have been staked
off to protect nesting zones.
"There are more numbers every day," saidAMITW
executive director Suzi Fox.
In April, AMITW documented three snowy plover
nests, though crows poached two of the nests.
AMITW is readying a bird steward program in
which walkers will monitor the beach daily to note
nesting activity, said Fox.
* On April 24, the Island hummed with chatter
about an invasion of lovebugs, those insects that like
to frolic in the breeze.
The lovebug is found throughout the state. Contrary
to widespread rumors that it was concocted in a uni-
versity lab, the lovebug probably arrived in the United
Lovebugs, contrary to rumors and conspiracy theories,
are not the result of a scientific experiment or a bio-
hazard accident. The bugs likely arrived in the United
States via a ship from Central America in the 1920s.
Islander Photo: Courtesy University of Florida
States in the 1920s on a ship from Central America.
The insect's mating season lasts about four weeks
in May and four weeks in September, when the bugs
often are seen attached to a mate.
Because the bugs are drawn to diesel and gasoline
exhaust fumes and are most active when temperatures
are in the mid-80s, the insects can cover cars, reducing
visibility, etching paint and overheating engines.
This last week, deceased bugs floated en masse
along the bay and Gulf shores.
* Horseshoe crabs are gathering on sandy shores to
mate. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission wants people who observe spawning horseshoe
crabs to take notes and file a report at myfwc.com/con-
tact for a long-running study.
mate in the
best time to
is around a
full or new
Black skimmers and other shorebirds are back on
Anna Maria Island, readying for the nesting season.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
FWC biologists want to know the date, time, loca-
tion, habitat type and environmental conditions, such
as tides and moon phase.
The best time to see such activity is at high tide
just before, during or after a full or new moon. The new
moon was May 3 and the next full moon is May 17.
* Stingrays began an early migration along Flori-
da's West Coast this spring, leading state wildlife and
county marine rescue officials to remind waders to do
the "stingray shuffle."
This time of year, stingrays migrate north, some-
times coming just a foot from the shore.
So, officials encourage people going into the Gulf
to shuffle their feet in the sand of the shallow water to
scare off any stingrays.
Mote to host
Mote Marine Laboratory will host scientists, envi-
ronmentalists and political leaders at a three-day confer-
ence on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The event, Beyond Horizon, will take place at the
Sarasota institution, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., May
11-13. Reservations are required.
Participants include Mote, Harte Research Institute,
the University of South Florida College of Marine Sci-
ences and the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation.
The focus will be on "protecting and preserving the
Gulf," with discussions on "the mechanisms that can
be used to develop a more comprehensive approach to
managing the Gulf and its resources."
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Happy Mother's Day: Mom always says...
By Lisa Neff
i.\ . talk to strangers," Mom said earnestly and
And I listened, even when I had to run counter to
other her rules, such as "Respect your elders."
She read regularly to us from \N \ . i Talk to Strang-
ers" by Irma Joyce: "If you are hanging from a trapeze/
And up sneaks a camel with bony knees/Remember this
rule, if you please/Never talk to strangers."
Today, references to the little Golden Book on the
Web refer to its vintage, psychedelic '60s artwork. But
that's not what I remember. I remember deranged char-
acters - a nightmarish animal cast on the hunt for kids,
especially a creepy purple llama that I watched for on
my walk to kindergarten.
Forty years later, my mom still advises and has
sayings, but no longer cautions me to "never talk to
strangers." In fact, I earn a living talking to strangers,
though reporting for an Anna Maria Island weekly is
a vastly cozier experience than reporting for a metro
But I grew up safe, secure, happy, in part because
of what Mom always said...
In observance of Mother's Day, which is celebrated
nationwide Sunday, May 8, The Islander asked readers
to share their mother's favorite sayings, and admit to
whether they listened.
Sarah Jardine of Bradenton: "'Turn the light on
when you read, you're going to go blind.' I never lis-
tened, and I have great vision."
Carol DeForge of Bradenton Beach: "Her favorite
saying was 'Go ask your father.' So I would. His favor-
ite saying was 'Do you think I'm made of money?'"
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach resident and animal advocate Jean
Peelen organized a meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall
April 25 to address the need for more foster homes for
abandoned cats and dogs.
The meeting was well attended by representatives
from local animal rescue groups.
Mary Lupi from Safe Haven said her rescue group
is located in east Manatee County, where it takes in
senior cats to live out their lives. "Our cats also need
volunteers to stop by to hold and pet them," she said.
Peelen said the she fosters one dog at a time and told
possible foster families that most rescue organizations
provide i\ thlliiin needed for a successful transition
into the foster home. In most cases, the only expense a
foster family incurs is for pet food.
Shona Otto of Underdog Rescue said that snow-
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Marlane Kraemer Wurzbach of Holmes Beach:
"'You could use a little lipstick.' Seriously. She said
that from the time I was about 11 and for the rest of her
Courtney Call of Longboat Key: "Stop climbing on
t \ . Ii iing or you will fall and break your neck.' I never
listened, and still haven't broken my neck - knock on
Paul Gillford of Anna Maria: "Her saying? 'Always
wear clean underwear.' I followed it, except in col-
Judy Hoppe of Anna Maria: "Oh! I can't tell you
how many times I heard 'Do you think this is a hotel?'
when I was growing up. I guess I did think it something
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like a hotel."
Lisa Marie Allen of Buffalo, N.Y., and formerly
of Bradenton Beach: \ ly mother always said, 'If you
can't say an) thing nice, don't say an) thin at all.'"
Michael McGuire of Holmes Beach: "She had one
she could make fit every situation. She'd say, 'If so
and so jumped off the bridge, would you do that, too?'
Really, she still says that."
Mary Neff of Madeira Beach: "'Don't slam the
door!' 'No you did not!' There were so many, and it
would depend on the age. If it was before 13, I definitely
did listen to her. If after, I definitely did not."
Hmm, growing up, Mom never said anything about
not listening to her mom.
needed for no-kill pet progress
birds are eligible to be foster families. "We'll take the Lupi added that if a volunteer agrees to foster a pet
pet back if it isn't adopted before a snowbird leaves," with a treatable illness, that animal can then be put up
she said. for adoption center rather than it be killed.
Otto said several high-kill shelters call Underdog Participants discussed ways to recruit new foster
to take in pets. "We have 50 to 100 dogs at any given homes and confirmed the goals of a no-kill community.
time in need of a home." Peelen said, "What has changed is attitudes at the
One of the 11 tenets of a no-kill community is to use county have really shifted, but it takes all eyes from the
foster care volunteers. It's a low-cost and sometimes no- community to keep them there."
cost means of increasing a shelter's capacity for caring Holmes Beach resident Lisa Williams began circu-
for sick, injured or behaviorally challenged animals. lating the no-kill primer and a petition to make Mana-
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore tee County a no-kill community in January and will
said the county has had an interest in becoming a no-kill continue to do what she can to hold animal services
community for the past five years. accountable. She announced she is starting a rescue
"We can't spend one red dime so we have to make organization, Moonracer No-Kill Rescue, to save "as
the transition with no money," she said. "That's where many pets as I can."
fosters come in. Manatee County Animal Services can't For more information on no-kill, rescue organiza-
turn away animals that come to them, and foster families tions or to foster pets, call Williams at 941-345-2441
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AME students plan for stormy weather
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders waded
into floods, lightning and hurricanes as they followed
American Red Cross volunteers through a lesson on
Students in three AME classes assembled April 26
in the school auditorium for a forum, part of the local
American Red Cross push to prepare Anna Maria Island
for a storm.
Routinely AME students run through exercises to
deal with emergencies - lockdowns in the event of an
intruder and drills in the event of a fire or a tornado.
"We do so many each month," said AME media-
specialist Lynne McDonough.
The Red Cross course was different, not a drill
but an effort to teach fifth-graders so that they might
become "disaster masters" and teach others - specifi-
cally their parents and younger AME students.
"There's nothing to be scared about if you're pre-
pared," Tracey Rosa of the Red Cross told students in
the late-morning session.
Anna Maria Elementary School's fifth-grade classes attend a forum April 26 on disaster preparedness. Repre-
sentatives from the American Red Cross conducted lessons on flooding, lighting, hurricanes and how to spread a
message of "be prepared." Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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And, she encouraged, "There is no one better
prepared to teach other students. You're fifth-graders.
People look up to you."
The students listened to instructions on what to
pack in a storm evacuation kit. '"Think about it," said
Debbie Tapp of the Red Cross. "You have to live for
three or four days on your own, without electricity."
The students also listened to discussions on the
types of floods and tropical storms and what to do when
a severe thunderstorm blows in.
At the end of the session, each class created a public
service announcement to broadcast in the school later
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AME to host book fair, science, family night
Family night is Wednesday, May 4, at Anna Maria 4 in the school auditorium.
Elementary School. There also will be environmental displays through-
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the campus will be brimming out the campus and a marine display in the art room.
with activity. The hallways will be lined with activity tables
The Parent-Teacher Organization will host a carni- where children can create make-and-take projects fea-
val-themed book fair in the media center. turning butterflies, plants and weather.
Students will have an opportunity to preview the Pizza, dessert and soft drinks will be sold under the
book fair during school and prepare a wish list to share oak canopy on the front lawn.
with parents. The book fair will remain open the rest of AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
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the corner, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
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The menu includes salad and chicken Marsala from
the Sandbar Restaurant, smoked salmon and beef ten-
derloin from the Waterfront and shrimp scampi from
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant. There also will be
assorted sushi from Ocean Star, peel-and-eat shrimp
from the Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant, seafood
gumbo from the Rod & Reel Pier, and appetizers from
Tortilla Bay, Lee Roy Selmon's and Mar Vista.
More dishes and desserts will be provided by The
Feast, Ezra, BeachHouse, Ginny's and Jane E's, Harry's
Continental Kitchens and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
DJ Chris Grumley will entertain and the Billy Rice
Band will be the featured performer.
The evening also will feature a silent auction of gift
baskets, as well as student art.
Auction packages include a two-night stay at the
Embassy Suites and four tickets to Busch Gardens, a
deep-sea fishing trip, wine in a painted wheel barrel and
a jewelry basket.
Student art projects include a driftwood mirror, hand-
painted pottery, Adirondack chairs and a quilt.
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AME fourth-grade teacher Pidge Taylor points to features that
make the one-room Bunker Hill School House different from
modern day. In addition to the hurricane lamps, Taylor pointed
out a dunce chair, hickory stick, old globe, lack of bathrooms and
individual chalkboard slates.
Old-time spelling bee
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April 28 with a trip to the Manatee Historical Park in East Bradenton. Pictured, AME fourth-graders
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Lots of roundball action on center court
By Kevin Cassidy
Basketball season at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center brings a plethora of exciting games. A
game of the week in age divisions will be highlighted
here with an emphasis on each team in the league at
least once during the season.
This week's game of the week saw a 10-1, fourth-
quarter run by Holy Cow Ice Cream break up what
had been a close game as Holy Cow defeated Eat Here
28-16 in Division I, ages 12-13, basketball actionApril
30. Mikayla Kane led Holy Cow with 10 points and,
along with Joely Hernandez, was a force on the offen-
sive glass. Hernandez finished with 6 points, while Pres-
ton Home added 8 points. Zach Stewart finished with 4
points in the Holy Cow Ice Cream victory.
Levi Lengel led Eat Here with 7 points, while Jacob
Sperounes added 4 points. Savanah Sandstrum contrib-
uted 4 points and Kieran Grumley finished with 2 points
in the loss.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar defeated Agnelli Pool
Service 22-15 in Division III, ages 8-9, action April
30 behind 10 points from Taro de Haan. Hannah
McCracken added 8 points and absolutely dominated
the offensive boards. Griffin Heckler and Daniel Sent-
man each finished with 2 points in the victory.
Luke Marvin ledAgnelli Pool Service with 8 points,
while Franklin Valdez added 4 points. Shelby Morrow
scored 2 points and Conal Cassidy finished with 1 point
in the loss.
Southern Greens edged the Sandbar 13-11 in Divi-
sion II action April 25 behind points from Corey Jaques.
Connor Johnson, Dayton Modderman and Leo Tilelli
scored 2 points apiece to round out the scoring for
Gavin Sentman led the Sandbar with 5 points, while
Truman Carlson, Jean-Paul Russo and Tyler Yavalar
each added 2 points in the loss.
Sun defeated Rotten Ralph's 43-38 in Premier Divi-
sion action April 25. Julius Gomes led all scorers with
20 points, including three, 3-point baskets, while Blake
Wilson added 13 points. Taylor Wilson scored 4 points,
while Carolyn Cullinan, Connor Field and Joey Salinas
each added 2 points in the victory.
Forrest Schield scored 15 points to lead Rotten
Ralph's, which also received 6 points apiece from
Daniel Janisch and Kaitlyn Gibson. Kyle Parsons added
5 points and Amanda Gibson finished with 2 points in
League schedules and standings - if available -
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The members joined up for a nine-hole, coed team
low-net golf game April 23. The team of Tom Warda,
Dennis Schavey, Bob Dickenson and Paulette Proxy
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to edge Tom Lewis, who was one shot back in second
place. Danny Hayes took third place with an 8-under-par
56, while Vince Fanton and Ernie Hauser were another
shot back in a tie for fourth place.
The KRC women played a nine-hole, individual-
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Cindy Miller's 4-under-par 28 was good enough to
take first place in Flight A with Lynn Dailey and
Jean Holmes tying for second place at even-par 32.
Miller's 6-over-par 38 was the low-gross round of
Ginny Nunn's 4-under-par 28 gave her a one-shot
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Sue Little and Jan Turner tied for first place in Flight
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Live bait such as shiners - white bait or scaled
sardines - and threadfin herring are the baits of choice
this time of year. You can't beat using either to target
almost all the species that swim in local waters. But
what do you do when the live bait is hard to come by?
We're going to look at some options that may help you
out when that prized live bait gets scarce.
If you're going offshore to target bottom-dwelling
species, you can take frozen baits with you and most
likely come home with dinner. Frozen threadfin herring,
sardines and squid are the most-used baits around here.
Grouper, snapper and grunts will usually take frozen
bait without being too picky. You may want to do a little
chumming first just to get the fish in the mood.
If you're fishing the backwater, you can use some
artificial lures. Most of the species we target in the
backwater are highly active fish. They like to chase or
ambush their prey. Frozen bait probably isn't a good
choice for these species because they want to hit some-
thing that is moving.
There are, however, a number of artificial that do
just that. Whether you're working a jig, top-water lure
or sub-surface lure, the movement of the lure attracts
fish. You may also find that you'll catch more fish on
artificial simply because you can cover more area with
a lure than you can fishing live bait. Don't think you'll
always catch more on artificial though, because that's
not how it works. Sometimes the fish only want live
bait. And if that's the case, try changing locations.
Whether you're fishing offshore or inshore, there
are always options for bait. Frozen-bait methods for off-
shore fishing follow suit with live-bait techniques. Fish-
ing artificial in the backwater may take a little practice.
You need to learn how to work the baits properly for
best results. If you need help choosing lures, colors and
how to work them, stop by your local tackle shop for
advice. Store staff can usually tell you what's working
and what's not.
Good luck getting live bait out there. And if you
can't, try some frozen alternatives or artificial.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says bay
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says, "and chumming with live bait." Redfish also have
moved onto the flats and live shrimp or shiners are the
bait of choice for the reds.
Moving over to the beaches, anglers are catching
a variety of species. Spanish mackerel and ladyfish are
cruising the beaches chasing schools of bait. "Silver
spoons, white jigs and Gotcha plugs are the lures to
carry if you're beach fishing," Keyes says.
Also on the beaches, fishers are catching pompano
and whiting using live shrimp and pompano jigs.
Offshore fishers are still targeting kingfish and
gag grouper within 9 miles of shore. For the kings, live
threadfin herring on a flat line behind the boat is work-
ing well. You may find that the gag grouper are coming
up and hitting the flat lines as well. If not, try a 1/2-
ounce jig head baited with half a threadfin for the gag
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says pier fish-
ers are catching Spanish mackerel on crappie jigs and
silver spoons. On these same lures, fishers are reeling up
ladyfish and blue runners. Fishers opting to use cut bait
on the bottom are catching plenty of small bonnethead
and black tip sharks. Live shrimp fished on the bottom
are producing pompano.
Capt. Steve Salgado of the Compleat Angler Fishing
B Captain Mark Howard
Snook * Trout * Redfish
Tarpon * Grouper * Shark
Charters says kingfish in the 15- to 20-pound range are
still available on the nearshore and offshore structures
around Anna Maria Island. Salgado likes to anchor up
around the structure and throw out "live chummers" to
attract the king macks. Threadfin herring and white bait
are the baits of choice. Salgado is catching keeper gag
grouper and mangrove snapper at these same structures.
"Use the same bait, just fish it on the bottom," Salgado
Moving inshore, Salgado is targeting spotted sea
trout and redfish in Sarasota Bay. Live bait, includ-
ing shiners, is the way to go. While fishing the bay for
trout, Salgado also hooked a cobia that was cruising the
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters
says, "Action on the water had been red hot this week
- a multitude of species have been on the chew." The
speckled trout bite has been exceptional and continues
to "sizzle" with limit catches of quality-size fish. How-
ard's clients reeled in gator trout on every charter last
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Back Alley backs
up the street
The Back Alley boutique and coffee shop on Bridge
Street is changing locations beginning May 13, but the
move is only from 121 Bridge St. to 108 Bridge St., a
short hop from the current address, owner-operator Amy
In celebration of the move, Talucci plans a "moving
party" Friday, May 13, with the band State Road 64
playing. She expects to be operating in the new store
by Monday, May 16.
The Back Alley phone number will remain 941-
778-1800, she said.
Tortilla Bay is
uno, dos, trey
The Tortilla Bay Tex-Mex restaurant in the Island
Shopping Center, 5318 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
had its third anniversary May 2.
Owners Zoe and Perry Pittman took time from their
busy day to thank the Island community and visitors for
"We really want to thank everyone who has come
by to enjoy our food. It's been a lot of fun the past three
years and we have met so many wonderful people. The
restaurant has succeeded because the local community
has supported us," Zoe Pittman said.
For more information on Tortilla Bay, call 941-778-
3663, or visit the website at www.tortilla-bay.com.
LBK chamber in the swing
The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Circle
Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Chamber
Invitational Golf tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, May
27, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort golf course.
Cost of an individual entry is $125, while a four-
some entry fee is $400.
The tournament is open to all golfers, regardless of
chamber membership or handicap, and those without a
partner or foursome will be paired with other golfers.
The format will be a scramble with handicap.
Dawn Mims of the chamber said sponsors, volun-
teers and prizes are still needed.
Anyone interested in donating, volunteering or
participating in the tournament, should call her at 941-
383-2466. Registration can be done online at www.
Plaza plans antique, art fair
Merchants at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, will host their final antique and
art fair of the tourist season from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8.
Local artists will be featured, along with organic
produce, exotic orchids and antiques, event organizer
Stephanie Claussen of Steff's Stuff said.
Proceeds from the fair will be donated to a local
Parking is free and there is no charge for admis-
For more information, call Claussen at 941-383-
Big open house set in Cortez
The Hunter's Point house, 4510 125th St., Cortez,
will be the site of a broker open house by Signature
Sotheby's real estate from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday,
Terry Hayes of Sotheby's is one of the selling agents
sponsoring the event and gift certificates for dining at
the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach and cruising aboard
the Kathleen D sailing catamaran will be awarded to
The Back Alley,
121 Bridge St.,
recently held a
plete with a sumo
tion. In the photo,
Back Alley owner
Amy Talucci is
knocked down by
son Evan Talucci.
The Back Alley is
celebrating a move
to 108 Bridge
St. with a party
May 13. Islander
Jo Ann Meilner
Reservations are requested by calling 941-302
AMVI chamber plans events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly business luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Gathering Place, 101
Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the lunch is $15 and members are encour-
aged to bring guests.
From 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, the
chamber will hold its Sunrise Breakfast at the Gulf
Drive Cafe and Tiki Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
The cost of the breakfast is $8 per person and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests.
For reservations or more information on either the
luncheon or breakfast, call 941-778-1541.
The monthly business card exchange and mixer will
be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Wagner
Realty, 2727 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
New to the chamber
New members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce for April were:
* A Lime Cottage, 2111 Ave. B., Bradenton Beach,
* Village Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, Kate Wight.
* Wash Family Construction, 407 72nd St., Holmes
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for more than 27 years.
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FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23
week. Redfish and snook have been actively feeding
during the moving water periods. Both species have
been staging in potholes close to the mangroves. Shin-
ers, pinfish and cut bait are working. Flounder have
been hitting well on deep sandy-bottoms adjacent to the
grass flats. \ly charters have been catching flounder
up to 5 pounds," Howard says. "Use a split-shot to get
the bait down to the flounder strike zone."
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good
results. Kingfish in the 15- to 20-pound range have been
abundant on offshore structures. Girle is using thread-
fin herring to target these high-speed predators. While
targeting kings, Girle is catching Spanish mackerel and
bonito. Mangrove snapper are being caught in the same
areas, only you have to drop a bait down to the bottom
to get a bite.
The most apparent bite offshore is from the abun-
dance of sharks. "There are so many sharks out there,
it's unbelievable," Girle says. Most fish Girle is encoun-
tering are in the 100-pound range, although he recently
caught and released a 200-pound bull shark.
Moving inshore, Girle is catching redfish up to 30
inches. Select shrimp and shiners are working well for
the bull reds. Also on the flats, Girle is catching spot-
ted sea trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on white
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters says both
half- and full-day fishing trips are producing a variety
of species. On Kimball's half-day charters, fishers are
catching king mackerel in the 15-pound range on live
threadfins. Kimball is bottom fishing on the near shore
structure catching Key West grunts, porgies and trig-
gerfish. Live shrimp and cut bait are working well for
the tasty little reef dwellers.
On Kimball's full-day offshore trips, fishers
are catching all of the species mentioned. as well as
amberjack, mangrove snapper and cobia. Live threadfin
herring, white bait and select shrimp are the baits of
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says fishing is getter better
by the day. Fishers using live threadfins are still reel-
ing in keeper kingfish. "We had a 32-pound king and a
35-pound king landed within 10 minutes of each other
the other day," Medley says.
Keeper-size gag grouper are still being caught on
large pieces of cut bait fished on the bottom. Both pom-
pano and jack crevalle are being caught consistently
around the pier using Love's lures tipped with pieces of
shrimp. The pompano have been on the smaller side, but
the jacks are averaging 4-5 pounds. Bonito are begin-
ning to appear but have not yet made a strong showing.
He recommends using small jigs and spoons to catch
these football-shaped cousins of tuna.
If you're into night fishing, try targeting mangrove
snapper using small pieces of cut bait under the pier.
"You can't throw your bait far enough under the pier,"
Medley says. "When you get your bait under there, hang
on. There's some nice-size snapper down there."
Also, pier fishers are targeting blue crabs on the
incoming tide. Get a 20-foot handle and attach a decent-
size net in order to target these tasty crustaceans. You
can just keep scooping and fill a 5-gallon bucket.
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Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
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of water. Trout up to 26-inches are being caught on
free-lined whitebait and also on whitebait fished under
a Cajun Thunder cork. Along with the trout, Gross is
catching Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snook flounder and
a stray tarpon. "There's not much you can do when you
hook into a 120-pound tarpon while using trout tackle,"
Gross is taking advantage of the offshore bite on
days when the winds are light. Kingfish in the 10- to
15-pound range are being caught on live whitebait and
Power squadron offers
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will host two boating education seminars this month.
A charting seminar to learn how to read and use
charts will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday,
A GPS seminar will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. Tuesday, May 17.
All classes are held at the squadron building, 1200
71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Pre-registration is required,
and each course costs $10.
For more information or to register, call Walter
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bottom." The bite out there has been good, as long as the
bull sharks and goliath grouper don't show up," Gross
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Kiwanis Easter service
collects for churches
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island col-
lected more than $5,300 for Island churches during
its annual non-denominational Easter sunrise ser-
vice April 24.
The service took place at Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with the
support of all the Island churches and All Island
Kiwanis members collected $5,301.76 in dona-
tions, according to club member Ralph Bassett. That
means the six Island churches will each receive
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man and son
birthday at Skin-
ny's Place, the
burger joint she
lish in Holmes
Beach with her
Skinny, in 1952.
BIZ NEWS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
Beach, Dawn Wash.
* Longboat Key Hilton, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, Jen Bartolone.
The Bradenton Marauders baseball team will host
Anna Maria Island Night Saturday, May 21, at McKech-
The Marauders play the Dunedin Blue Jays under the
lights, with the game starting at 7 p.m. Gates will open
at 6 p.m.
The team is inviting baseball fans to join in "an
Island-themed evening at the ballpark" that will show-
case Island businesses.
Islanders are eligible for a special package: a $5
ticket, with a dollar from each sale donated to the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, a souvenir cup and a
voucher for a cup filler.
For tickets and more information, call 941-747-3031,
Also, go to www.bradentonmaraders.com.
Attention businesses: Your news is good news
Got a new business opening on Anna Maria Island or
Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola, or west Bradenton?
How about a new product, anniversary or an award? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, send afax to 866-362-9821,
or e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sandy Haas-Martens, president of Anna Maria Kiwanis
Club presented a $500 check to Thea Kelley, president
of the Friends of Island Library, and Beverly Neville
former president of the Friends of the Island Library.
Islander Photo: Ralph Bassett
Island real estate transactions
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
210 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,528 sfla
3,217 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car pool home built in 1998
on a 52x110 lot was sold 04/07/11, Bode to Zecho-
ernig for $680,000; list $725,000.
748 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,100
sfla / 1,533 sfur 2bed/ Ibath home built in 1949 on a
100x107 lot was sold 04/11/11, Robertson to Ocean-
side Oasis LLC for $575,000; list $625,000.
2412 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,984 sfla
/5,375 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 2001 on a
50x100 lot was sold 04/08/11, Central Mortgage
Company to Juma for $400,400.
533 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,739 sfla / 2,180
sfur 2bed/2bath/ car canalfront home built in 1968
on a 85x122 lot was sold 04/08/11, Simon to Kaleta
for $385,000; list $429,000.
225 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,236
sfla /1,704 sfur 2bed/12bath home built in 1959 on a
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For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
at Mike Norman Realty,
69x82 lot was sold 04/08/11, Napalitano to McFarland
for $300,000; list $314,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 228, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 04/12/11,
Loudner to Venn for $206,000; list $209,000.
105 Seventh St., Unit D, Markise Condo, Braden-
ton Beach, a 900 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 2001
was sold 03/31/11, Federal National Mortgage Associa-
tion to Waller for $178,000; list $180,000.
1003 Gulf Drive S., Unit 1, Coquina Beach Resort,
Bradenton Beach, a 667 sfla 2bed/lbath condo built
in 1981 was sold 04/14/11, JP Morgan Chase Bank to
Bolus for $110,000.
1003 Gulf Drive S., Unit 3, Coquina Beach Resort,
Bradenton Beach, a 667 sfla 2bed/lbath condo built
in 1981 was sold 04/14/11, Guarino to Bolus for
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
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pool, tennis, upgrades, furnished. Auto negotiable. $125,000.
SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
2BR 1.5 BA, 2nd story $2,200 per month. Weekly rates.
CHARMING 1/1 + sun porch w/bed. Steps to beach. Red tidewater
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DESK HUTCH, FORMICA, 40x30, $20. 941-
COMPUTER EMACHINET1120 with new load
of Windows XP-Home, $65. 941-756-6728.
101 DALMATIAN FIGURES: 10 pieces, $5,
talking Elmo, $5, Kellogg's cereal bowls, new,
four for $3. Call 941-795-8734.
BLACK PATIO TABLE: Five-foot square, glass
top, with four chairs. Very good condition. $295.
HANGING FIXTURE: GLASS sections, wooden
trim, $15. 941-795-8459.
QUEEN BEDROOM SET, dresser, etc, nice.
$100 or best offer. 941-778-3920.
YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for
sale. 2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great con-
dition. $1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only
850 miles and in great condition. $1,050 or
best offer. Great gas mileage, 35 mph-plus,
easy to ride, and really great fun on the
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collec-
tion $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique
burl-wood rocker and more. View atThe Islander
store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may advertise up to three items,
each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free
1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please
call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloria-
deilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothe-
bys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First
Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fel-
lowship with like-minded professionals. Club
projects offer opportunities to benefit the com-
munity locally and worldwide.To attend a meet-
ing as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More
WANTED:YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Depart-
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Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry,
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779
ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday, May 7-8. Take the trolley!
Quality artists and antique dealers, organic pro-
duce and exotic orchids. Benefits LBK Turtle
Watch. For information, call Steff's Stuff, 941-
383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney
Plaza, Longboat Key.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. 7200
block, on beach. Call to claim. 941-896-7196.
FOUND: PURSE WITH initials on it. Found
Sunday, April 17, on Second Street, Holmes
FOUND: MANATEE HIGH School class of 2007
ring. Contact Holmes Beach Police Depart-
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time year-round resident of Bradenton Beach.
Call Russ, 775-772-7537.
KEY ROYALE GOLF course: Part-time experi-
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KEYBOARD AND SAXOPHONE player needed
for working reggae band. Call 941-779-5246.
A HELPING HAND: Could you, mom or dad be
in need of a Holmes Beach resident offering
help with home care, errands, appointments,
companionship? Please, call Rhonda, 941-405-
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experi-
enced real estate licensee for busy Island office.
Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood
development 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
ROTTEN RALPH'S RESTAURANT/bar busi-
ness opportunity, $299,000. One of the last with
waterfront dining. Sharon Villars, 941-920-0669.
Erlene Fitzpatrick, 941-224-6339. Remax Alli-
HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E.
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handy-
man work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc.
Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too
small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
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.
PRESSURE WASHING SPECIAL: Driveways,
swimming pool decks, docks and trailers, $45/
each. All other services $18/hour plus chemicals.
Cortez resident. Call Bill, 941-896-6788.
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, 941-448-4100.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
CATCH-UP HANDYMAN: Yard work, house
repairs. "You fish, I work!" Hugh Holmes III,
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
ELDERLY COMPANION CARE: Home health
aide, errands, appointments, meals, light
housekeeping, many references. 508-901-
GUITAR LESSONS:YOUR home or mine, $25/
hour. Call Mark Jasper, 941-228-2955.
MOBILE GROOMING: 30 percent off dog
baths/nail trim, first-time customers. Call 941-
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in alge-
bra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and sci-
ence. Special needs students welcome. Grades
3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. Free estimates, references. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers.
Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rent-
als our specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301.
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 mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and
installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch
and anything else. Please, call David at 941-
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home like mine. Free estimates. Call Kenny,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
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 experi-
ence. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/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.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or
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SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residen-
tial. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access
control. Contractors you can depend on. Call
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder.
New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call
941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/
week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in
season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-
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-
HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1 BA. North-
west Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma
Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals:
ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level,
pool, 55-plus community $1,000/month. Gulf-
Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
BRADENTON BEACH WATERFRONT SMALL
one bedroom cottage. $950/month, annual
lease, no pets. 941-779-0289.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Clean 2BR/2BA
with garage. Nice quiet area, references
required, no smoking/pets. $950/month. 941-
SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA WITH sunroom.406A 71st
St., Holmes Beach. Mike Norman Realty, 941-
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $750/week. 941-778-
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BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $750/week. 941-778-
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners
with exceptional rental references looking for
2BR/2BA (or possibly 1BR) home on Anna
Maria. Trying to sell your house? No problem,
we'll take excellent care of it. Showings not
a problem. Prefer two-year lease. Have two
mature polite dogs, guarantee no problems.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with
boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio,
cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months
plus, $950/month unfurnished, $1,000/month
furnished. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH: Furnished, one
long block to beach. Large kitchen, dishwasher,
disposal, microwave, washer and dryer, central
air conditioning, lanai, pool. Fans in every room.
$990/month plus utilities. June 1 through Dec.
31. Cell, 847-769-6175.
ANNUAL WATERFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA,
sunroom, dock, swimming pool, walk to beach.
WEEKLY RENTAL HOME: 3BR/2BA, minutes
to beach, small pet-friendly, $750/week. 941-
356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.
BEACH FRONT CONDO. 2 BR/ 2BT updated condo
with heated pool. Located near historic Bridge Street,
shops and restaurants. Strong rental history. $465,000
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WATERFRONT WITH FABULOUS VIEW of the bay.
Meticulously cared for inside and out. Open design with
cathedral ceilings and fireplace 2BR/2BA. Boat davits and
700 sf hobby shop and 2-car garage. $585,000.
M ike 800-367-1617
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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.
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.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immac-
ulate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architec-
ture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146
sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,400,000. Contact
owner, broker, 941-920-1699.
DIRECT BAYFRONT HOME: 170-feet on water,
2,600 sf of living, extensive remodeling, pool,
lift, dock. Accepting offers over $750,000. Jim,
FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper
Resort, 1 BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps
to beach. 813-458-3875.
FOR SALE: TRAILER. Pines Park, Bridge
Street. $45,000. Updated, furnished, three
blocks to beach. Park manager on-site. Boat
dock possibility. Owner, 603-508-2039. Cell,
1-4 Sunday, May 8
693 Key Royale Drive
SIMPLY THE BEST!
& Rose Schnoerr
ALMOST-NEW CANALFRONT luxury home.
4BR/4.5BA, den, pool, high-end appliances.
3,350-sf. under air. $1,450,000. 215 Chilson
Ave, Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
SUNBOW BAY (across from Publix) for sale.
2BR/2BA, renewed, furnished, equipped!
Asking $289,000. Call 941-778-9684.
CENTRAL HOLMES BEACH house: Less than
one block to beach, two bedroom. $399,000.
Call Shawn, 941-778-8660.
BAYFRONT POOL HOME on half-acre in
Holmes Beach. $675,000. Call Shawn, 941-
WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/BA,
heated pool, and boat slip outside your door.
$138,000. 941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate
CONDO DEALS: CUSTOM3BR/2BA, two-
car garage villa, $126,500. Perico Bay Club
2BR/2BA, garage, turnkey furnished, gated
community, pet-friendly, heated pool and spa.
941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.
37-ACRE MIDDLETennessee farm with 13-acre
lake, nice home. Selling at Absolute Auction,
Memorial Day. Van Massey Auction, Lic. 1711.
931-433-8686. Visit: vanmassey.com.
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% - 70% off "2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
O i ,/ I Luxurious 2/2 apts..
1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/ffrom $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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Large lot, pool, dock on deepwater canal,
quiet dead-end street, close to the beach are
just a few of the features to this 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 1-car garage canalfront home in Anna
Maria. Currently the least expensive canal-
front home in Anna Maria. $549,900.
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"ARE THESE AMI CANAL HOMES ON YOUR
RADAR? Deep sailboat water, priced right!"
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MAY 7, REFRESHMENTS SERVED
Open House: 514 71st St.
3BR/2BA light, bright and nicely updated.Huge
lot, plenty of room for pool or expansion. No
bridges to the bay. Priced to sell at $478,000.
Call Nicole Skaggs or Wendy Gaudioso 941-
Open House: 509 59th St.
2BR/2BA contemporary with a mid-century
modern vibe. Some updates, and plenty of
potential. Privacy, excellent bay views. The
location and views are a steal at $463,000.
Call Nicole Skaggs or Wendy Gaudioso at
5386 Gulf Drive, Ste. 102, Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com * 941-779-2289
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OWNER SAYS 'MAKE OFFER!'
Own a small piece of paradise, only a short
walk to the beach. 2BR/1 BA half duplex.
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