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19, NO. 34
JUNE 29, 2011
prepare for July 4.
BB commission mulls
Center board reviews
First Top Notch
contest deadline this
week. Page 4
The government cal-
endar. Page 5
The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
What's going on.
Businesses for good
causes. Page 18
Island police blotter.
Fishing in full swing.
By Rick Catlin
The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal
on June 22 dismissed the case filed by former
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus to
appeal his recall from office.
The recall was brought by the Recall
Stoltzfus Committee formed by Robert Carter
in May 2010.
In a brief order, the court said the appeal
was "dismissed as moot," with all appeal
judges assigned to the case concurring.
Efforts to reach Stoltzfus to learn if the
ruling would be appealed were unsuccessful,
as were efforts to reach his attorney, Richard
Harrison of Tampa.
Stoltzfus was recalled 362-331 in a special
election Sept. 7, 2010, after the 12th Circuit
Court upheld the legality of the recall commit-
tee's effort that obtained the required number
of petition signatures to hold the vote.
It was the first-ever recall vote in Manatee
County history, according to the supervisor of
After the committee submitted its first
set of signatures to the supervisor of elec-
tions office in May 2010, Stoltzfus sued the
committee and Carter, claiming the petition
was not legally sufficient and the court should
declare the recall invalid.
The local court held several hearings on
the matter, but eventually ruled the committee
was legal and the recall election should take
son, all of
join in Hands
Then-Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus campaigned to keep his seat in September 2010.
Stoltzfus appealed the decision to hold the
election to the Florida 2nd DCA on the grounds
he was not given due process, but the appeal
court allowed the election to proceed as sched-
uled on Sept. 7, 2010. The results were not
announced immediately under a court-ordered
stay, but were released Sept. 13.
In the same recall election, Gene Aubry was
elected 363-333 to serve the remainder of Stoltz-
Woman found in Coquina waters dies
A woman was found unresponsive in the
water off Coquina Beach at about 11:30 a.m.
An Island vacationer walking on the beach
saw something floating in the water and ven-
tured out. She found a woman on a floatation
noodle, face down, and unresponsive.
The county's marine-rescue lifeguards,
who monitor Coquina, were the first on the
scene. Chief Jay Moyles said the lifeguards
removed the patient from the water and began
life-saving procedures until a county emergency
medical services team arrived.
Ron Koper, the county emergency medical
services chief, said the EMS performed CPR
and other advanced procedures and briefly
resuscitated the woman.
Koper said the woman died, and the initial
report indicated that a natural cause, not drown-
ing, was suspected.
However, he said the cause of death would
be determined by the medical examiner.
In an ironic twist, Florida law allowed
Stoltzfus to seek election to the seat he held
in the same election that voters were deciding
whether he should be recalled. The possibility
existed that Stoltzfus could have been recalled
from office, but elected to complete the remain-
der of his own term.
PLEASE SEE STOLTZFUS, PAGE 3
Scheduled celebrations for the long
July 4 weekend include:
* July 1, 4:30 p.m., the Anna Maria
Island Privateers seize Bradenton Beach
City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., and hold
Mayor Bob Bartelt for ransom.
* July 2, dusk, the Chiles Restaurant
Group sponsors the Boom Boom by the
Bay fireworks display near the Mar Vista
Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St.,
* July 3, dusk, the Chiles Restaurant
Group sponsors the Fireworks Extrava-
ganza near the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
* July 4, 10 a.m., AMIP presents
the annual July 4 Parade, which begins
at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach
and continues to Bayfront Park in Anna
* July 4, noon, AMIP hosts a scholar-
ship awards barbecue at Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe/Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
* July 4, dusk, the Chiles Restaurant
Group sponsors the Grand Finale Fire-
works near the Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
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2 E June 29, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
BB commission mulls budget options
By Lisa Neff
Faced with several crumbling seawalls holding
back Sarasota Bay, Bradenton Beach commissioners
June 23 began scouring the city's preliminary 2011-12
budget for possible cuts.
The commission and Mayor Bob Bartelt met with
city clerk Nora Idso and other staff
at city hall last week, where the dis-
cussion focused on how to pay for
seawall replacements and still bal-
ance the next fiscal budget, which
begins Oct. 1.
Another meeting is scheduled
Bartelt for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Idso drafted a preliminary
budget for the new year based on
estimated revenues derived from
various government reports and
estimated expenditures based on the
current spending plan, forecasts and
The basic forecast, without
any seawall improvements, showed revenues falling
about $18,000 short of expenditures, in large part due
to another predicted decline in ad valorem taxes based
on this year's tax rate - from $873,808 to $858,339.
"Property values," Bartelt said, "have gone down
That complicates matters for the city, which needs
to replace seawalls at Sixth Street South, Seventh Street
South and 13th Street South.
"We have two or three seawalls that are in distress,"
Bartelt said. "We have to plug the holes in the dike."
Public works director Tom Woodard said at least
two of the three locations of top concern are "health,
safety and welfare" hazards and the third seawall
"wouldn't hold in a Cat 3" hurricane.
He estimated seawall repair and replacement at
about $600 a linear foot.
The needed seawall improvements and the $18,000
projected shortfall in the basic budget means commis-
sioners must figure out how to come up with about
"We have to make up that $109,000," Bartelt said,
and then he outlined three options:
* A. Increase the millage rate.
* B. Cut the budget.
* C. A combination of A and B.
"It's going to be up to us now," he said. "It is up to
us to dig through this."
Bartelt, Idso and commissioners spent about an
hour reviewing expenditure and revenue estimates, and
noted several matters for future discussion.
* Commissioner Gay Breuler suggested, to save
money, the city hire a building official rather than con-
tinue contracting for building department services.
However, Idso, Bartelt and Commissioner Janie
Robertson expressed concerns that hiring a new
employee may not be cheaper and that the city's experi-
ence with past building official hires was not positive.
"In the past, before we contracted this job out, we
had lawsuits coming in, coming in, coming in," Robert-
son said. "Since we've contracted that out, we've had
no lawsuits coming against the city."
* Robertson suggested reviewing code enforcement
expenses to enforce the turtle-protection ordinance and
exploring whether the city might employ more volun-
teers to monitor beach lighting.
Robertson said the city spends $40,000 a year to
enforce the ordinance protecting endangered sea turtles
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Hands Across the Sand, a global event to promote clean energy alternatives to oil exploration, extraction and
consumption. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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that nest and hatch on the beach.
"To me that is way too much money to spend on
one ordinance every year," she said, adding that code
enforcement salaries are "going to this unfunded state
She suggested that if code enforcement officers
spent less time on the turtle ordinance, they might focus
on other enforcement matters that could generate addi-
tional income for the city.
* Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she wanted to
investigate seawall replacement costs because $600 a
linear foot seemed high. Perhaps, she said, the capital
improvement costs could be much less.
* Vosburgh suggested a discussion of personnel
benefits, and possibly changing the benefit plan for any
STOLTZFUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The Recall Stoltzfus Committee was formed in
April 2010 after Stoltzfus' personal e-mails that per-
tained to city business were made public following a
public records request from legal consultant Michael
Barfield of Sarasota.
Those e-mails contained several statements by
Stoltzfus that were derogatory to then-Mayor Fran
Barford, including one in which he called Barford a
In another of the more than 800 e-mails released,
Stoltzfus discussed how a group of residents could sue
the city. Stoltzfus also said he had some sources to fund
the litigation against the city and asked that his name
be kept anonymous.
Stoltzfus consistently has denied any wrongdo-
Holmes Beach resident Pete Gross, right, who coordi-
nated Hands Across the Sand at 52nd Street June 25,
talks with Bradenton resident Mary /i ',p" , about
an initiative to amend the state constitution to ban oil
exploration and drilling in state waters.
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4 0 June 29, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Center child-protection policies near completion
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island Community Center board
member Scott Rudacille told board members at their
June 27 meeting that new policies on child protection
being drafted by his committee are almost ready for the
"We can have something to the board in the next few
weeks," Rudacille, a local attorney, told the board.
Rudacille chairs a committee of volunteers that has
been meeting since early April to review and rewrite
policies after a police report was filed March 31 against
staff member Andy Jonatzke, for inappropriate contact
with a teenage girl at the center. The allegations included
text messages of a sexual nature from Jonatkze to the
girl and a claim that Jonatzke had sexual contact with
Center executive director Pierrette Kelly immedi-
ately suspended Jonatzke and the center launched its
own internal investigation, but Jonatzke resigned April
8. The center then halted its investigation. At the same
time, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office closed its
investigation saying the alleged victim denied having
sex with Jonatzke.
But the fallout surrounding the allegations and
alleged inappropriate text messaging between staff
and teens prompted the board to institute short-term
measures relating to child-safety and staff interaction
with youth at the center. At the same time, Rudacille
and his volunteer committee of child-care professionals,
teenagers and other volunteers began meeting to draft
The short-term measures included no texting or
social messaging between staff and center youth except
for official center activities, no after-hours interaction
between staff and youth, a review of the staff code of
conduct and an outside counseling program for youths
involved in the April incident.
Staff are now required to sign a document that
they have read and understand the center's behavior
requirements for staff-youth interaction, submit to a
background check and agree to abide by all center poli-
The committee planned to have a draft of its policy
recommendations ready by the June 27 board meeting,
but Rudacille said the committee's work got "pushed
back" because Cindy Thompson, a child-care and pro-
tection professional, took a new job and was unable to
attend several meetings.
"She was our child-care professional," he said.
Shore work completed at BB park
Work is now complete on the living shoreline
restoration project at Herb Dolan Park in Bradenton
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program partnered
with the city, the Southwest Water Management Dis-
trict, Woodruff & Sons, Scheda Ecological Associ-
ates, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and LTA engineering on
,.. the project.
. .--.. SBEP described the project as a "first of its kind"
_ - for Sarasota Bay that involved removing concrete
t. *: ' .rubble, creating a stronger but naturally sloping shore-
.. .- line, adding native plants and installing a kayak and
" " canoe launch.
"Over the years, the shoreline around Sarasota
S. Bay has been hardened by seawalls, rock revetments
.. . " and other ecologically unfriendly structures," said
... . . . - Jay Leverone, SBEP staff scientist. "Replacing these
man-made structures with natural shoreline features
' ' - .-"" . enhances the Bay in so many ways.
Workers add native plants in the "living shoreline
.-., restoration" project at Herb Dolan Park in Bra-
Board member David Teitelbaum wanted a com-
munity meeting as soon as possible to update people
on the committee's work, but chair Greg Ross said it
would be better if the board looked at the draft first,
made changes and then held a community meeting.
Board members agreed with Ross, and a commu-
nity meeting will be held in September after all board
members have met and reviewed the committee's pro-
Rudacille said the committee is composed entirely
of volunteers who have been spending three to four
hours at each meeting discussing risk management poli-
"It's important that we get this right," he said.
Ross suggested Rudacille e-mail board members
when the committee has completed its draft, let board
members review the recommendations, hold a special
board meeting to discuss the policy recommendations,
then hold a community meeting. Board members
In other business, the board approved a 2011-12
operating budget of $1.04 million for the center with
expenses projected at $973,000.
Kelly told board members the staff was being reor-
ganized to "do more with less." One position would
be eliminated, essentially returning the staffing level to
its 2009 level, saving the center an estimated $60,000
"We've restructured. We can manage the center
with less managers and less expenses," she said.
Kelly also informed the board that about $25,000
in pledges from the Affaire to Remember have not been
honored and she'll be contacting those people.
"This is the first year this has ever happened," she
Teitelbaum said the party may have started too
early, many people became inebriated and left without
paying, and a lot of people somehow got in without a
ticket to hear Lee Greenwood perform.
Kelly agreed and measures will be in place at next
year's event so pledges are honored, and everyone pays
to get in.
Accountant Robert Lane said the 2009-10 audit of
the center's books was "clean," but noted the center
is currently renegotiating its mortgage with Northern
Trust and BB&T. The center did not make the balloon
payment, but has made every monthly principal and
interest payment, he noted.
Money is definitely tight, but the center will con-
tinue to offer its full complement of programs and
scholarships, Kelly pledged.
"The real goal of \ ill ding is to pay off the mort-
gage," she said.
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The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program announced the
award of 13 grants totaling more than $30,000 for proj-
ects that benefit the Sarasota Bay Estuary.
The SBEP awarded grants to:
* The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee for landscape improvements.
The city will use the $3,000 for Florida-friendly
landscaping at the Grassy Point restoration area, as well
as the installation of plant-identification signs.
* The Cortez Village Historical Society to support
the development of a film - "The Kitchen of Cortez"
- about fish harvesting. The movie, according to the
SBEP, will include a description of the Sarasota Bay
estuary and its role in providing food, as well as debunk
myths on harvesting seafood.
CVHS said the film would be distributed to local
schools, as well as employed in campaigns to promote
the proper cutting of mangroves and to discourage fertil-
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* Rogers Garden Elementary for an eco-festival.
* Sunbow Bay condo association in Holmes Beach
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* Beachplace Association Inc. for upgrading a
stormwater detention pond.
* ELM West Coast Inc. for an expo focused on low-
* Mote Marine Laboratory for support of marine
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* Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation for
enhancement of foot/wheel chair pathways.
* South Gate Community Association Inc. for inva-
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* Windward Bay Condominium Association for a
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Anna Maria City
* June 30, city commission workshop, 6 p.m.
* July 5, LDR meeting, 9 a.m.
* July 5, planning and zoning meeting, 6 p.m.
* July 11, pier centennial committee meeting, 3 p.m.
* July 12, LDR meeting, 9 a.m.
* July 13, EEEC meeting, 6:30 p.m.
* July 14, city commission work meeting, 6 p.m.
* July 19, LDR meeting, 9 p.m.
* July 19, TIF meeting, 2 p.m.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
* July 7, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
* July 7, 1:30 p.m., web team meeting.
* July 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* July 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* July 13, 7 p.m., planning board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
* July 21, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Avenue
W., Bradenton, 941-741-3900.
* July 4 is Independence Day. Government and The
Islander offices are closed and for Waste Management cus-
tomers, collection is delayed a day throughout the week.
* July 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
* July 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
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recycling Monday, July 4, in recognition of Independence Day.
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EXAMPLE: Monday's pickup will be Tuesday; Tuesday's will
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Thursday's will be Friday; and Friday's will be Saturday.
Thank you and enjoy a safe holiday!
6 E June 29, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
July 4. On this day in 1776, the Continental Con-
gress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting
the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign
You probably know the standout phrases, if not all
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men
are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator
with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...."
That sentence is one of the best known in the Eng-
lish language, and one of the most significant in U.S.
Some 2.5 million people lived in the newly inde-
pendent nation in 1776.
Today, some 311.7 million live in the United States.
Over the long holiday celebrating U.S. independence,
Islanders might feel that all 311.7 million residents are
here. With the breeze off the Gulf of Mexico, the broad
beaches, the Anna Maria Island Privateers' siege at Bra-
denton Beach City Hall and annual parade and three
nights of fireworks courtesy of Ed Chiles' restaurants,
Anna Maria Island may offer one of the bi','l July 4
celebrations in the state.
Some locales have downsized their holiday celebra-
tion, but the Island's has grown.
Welcome to AMIndependence Weekend.
We encourage Islanders and guests to savor this
weekend's offerings, to patronize our shops, dine and
wine, scoot, Segway, trolley bicycle, paddle, surf and
We also encourage all to respect the Island, the Gulf
and its inhabitants - humans, wildlife and marinelife.
Easy-to-follow rules don't dampen the hurrahs,
they guarantee the best of times for all.
So some general considerations and local regula-
* Don't drink and drive. In fact, over the busy holi-
day it's not a bad idea to drive as little as possible.
* Don't leave furniture, umbrellas or toys on the
beach overnight. They can disrupt sea-turtle nesting
* Don't leave lights on in beachfront properties.
Artificial light can disorient nesting and hatchling sea
* Don't flush shorebirds, who might leave eggs and
chicks unprotected in the hot sun or vulnerable to preda-
* Don't leave litter on the beach, which will find its
way into the dunes, the water or an animal's belly.
* Don't bring personal fireworks that go "boom" or
shoot into the air to the beach, as such are illegal in Mana-
tee County, as well as threats to health and safety.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
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It helps a lot to have the community and The
Islander support us.
Acolytes, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
I recently had the extraordinary experience of
bringing my 80-year-old mom to Bradenton to have
the adventure of riding horses on the beach at Palma
Sola Causeway. This had been something my mom had
always wanted to do, and when I found this place in
Bradenton, I signed myself, my mom and my sister-in-
law up of the adventure.
We were all so happy we came. The horses were
wonderful, the people running the business were won-
derful and we are planning on bringing back several
friends to have the same experience.
We live in Naples and hadn't spent much time in
Bradenton. We rode up several hours early and found
the Bradenton area to be a great place. We look forward
to many more trips to Bradenton to discover more to
do. We would not have done this, had it not been for
the beach horseback-riding trip.
It is such a small area that this business uses to
provide such a unique experience in Bradenton. They
don't bother anyone and it provides such a great reason
to come to Bradenton. I would hope that they would be
allowed to continue to use this small little beach area
to continue to run their business and provide jobs for
local young people who need the work.
If I would have been able to do this in Naples, I
would have. But, Bradenton offered this special experi-
ence and we came.
There are so many beaches for people to choose
from, but this little inlet is the perfect hideaway for
riding these horses and they're tucked away from the
vast population of beachgoers.
Please, I am asking the Bradenton City Council
from my heart: Please vote no on banning horses from
Palma Sola Bay.
Kathy I Johnson, Naples
Regarding reversing from parking on Pine Avenue:
If you are a European tourist, I truly advise you that if
you wish to shop on Pine Avenue you either take the
trolley or have a minder see you safely out on to the
avenue, because the alternative is not pleasant.
This is my story: On June 10, I popped into the
Anna Maria General Store for the English newspaper.
I sadly reversed into a car while we both were in the
store's parking lot.
Upon hearing my accent, the driver immediately
called the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. So I now
possess a citation and a $166 fine.
An acquaintance of the driver approached me, pre-
sumably to appease me, saying the other driver is a nice
person and u'l 'llin' that my car was a rental so it
didn't much matter.
I did hit the other car. Wrong place at the wrong
time. But did the MCSO really have to be called? It
honestly was horrid.
So please, you money-spending tourists, be careful
out there and be warned, for it can happen to you.
The reason I was on Pine Avenue was I had vol-
unteered that day at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society as a favor to a friend whose family was on a
visit. I am not a tourist.
Christie "Gusti" Stephens, Bradenton
Editor's note: Florida law requires that any vehicle
accident that involves injuries or property damage over
$500 be reported to law enforcement, according to the
Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.
By Diana Bogan
Adam and Emily Holwerda are brightening up
the homes and lives of cancer patients through a new
partnership between their Anna Maria business, Mr.
Spiffy Cleaning, and the Cleaning for a Reason Foun-
dation, a national nonprofit that matches residential
cleaning providers with cancer patients undergoing
As a partner of Cleaning for a Reason, Mr. Spiffy
Cleaning commits to providing house-cleaning ser-
vices once a month for four months to women under-
going cancer treatment.
Cancer patients register their request for cleaning
services through the Cleaning for a Reason website
or its call center, and they are quickly matched with a
local cleaning service.
Cleaning services also are vetted by Cleaning for
a Reason to ensure the providers meet muster.
"The donation of time and materials is a cost to
our company," said Emily. "We pay our staff - it's
not a volunteer effort on their part.
"We both have family members, a grandmother
and an aunt, who have fought cancer," said Adam.
"I know what it would have meant to them to get
this kid of personal in-home help," said Emily. "When
you're sick and don't feel well, the last thing you want
to do is get your house in order. This is what we do on
a daily basis so it was just natural for us to offer, and
it really does make someone feel better."
The Holwerdas agreed to take up to 10 patients
in Manatee and Sarasota counties, far more than
required by the nonprofit. They are currently the only
residential cleaning company in the area participating
in Cleaning for a Reason.
Mr. Spiffy is presently helping five cancer patients
and hopes to get the word out. "Since it's a national
organization we want to pass the word along that
providers are available for friends or family in other
areas," said Adam.
Joanna Hickman, a Mr. Spiffy cleaning-for-a
cause recipient, said the service "has been a great
help to me, but also takes some of the pressure off
"This gives us an opportunity to do something
for women in need," said Emily. "As we grow, we
hope to help more and more women."
Mr. Spiffy Cleaning is at 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. For more information, call Mr. Spiffy Clean-
ing at 877-677-7339, or register through Cleaning for
a Reason online at www.cleaningforareason.org.
Adam and Emily Holwerda have made Anna Maria
the new home for their family, as well as their busi-
ness, Mr. Spiffy Cleaning, which offers residential
cleaning services, hospitality linen services and a
special service package for women undergoing che-
motherapy treatment. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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BACVB to Island chamber: Let's work together
By Rick Catlin
For tourism to continue its upward trend, Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director
Elliott Falcione said the BACVB and the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce need to continue to "work
together" for the benefit of all.
Falcione made his comments June 20, when the
BACVB's 2011-12 budget of $4.9 million was endorsed
by the Manatee County Tourist Development Council.
The chamber's request for $10,000 in the budget
to market its 2012 wedding festival was rejected by the
TDC, but Falcione said if the BACVB and the chamber
"came up with a partnership plan" for joint advertising
and marketing, it would mutually help the chamber and
The BACVB endorses the wedding festival, Falcione
said, but separate advertising doesn't' "get good bang for
the buck," he said.
It would be better to have chamber executive assistant
Deb Wing and BACVB marketing director Deb Meihls
work to combine advertising for the wedding festival
with other BACVB advertising plans. The budget allo-
continues this week
Crews from the Manatee County Utilities Depart-
ment will continue to flow fire hydrants on Anna
Maria Island this week, from State Road 64/Manatee
Avenue in Holmes Beach to the Pine Avenue-North
Bay Boulevard intersection in Anna Maria.
A press release from the department said flush-
ing will occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. through
Friday, July 1, and some customers might experience
low water pressure during these periods.
cates $45,000 in advertising funds to the chamber and
that figure could be "stretched" with a joint marketing
"We can reach more markets together, so let's work
together on this," he said.
TDC Chair and County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more agreed, but added that the wedding festival needs
more "visibility" on the BACVB website.
Wing suggested a direct link on the BACVB website
to the chamber's wedding festival site.
Falcione said a marketing plan that includes the
wedding festival would be ready by mid-August. The
chamber's 2012 wedding festival is scheduled for the
first weekend in May.
Wing said the festival was moved to early May to
ensure "heads in beds" at Island-area accommodations.
The 2011 festival was in late February, so many who
came stayed on the mainland because it was high season
and the bulk of Island accommodations were booked.
There were no changes to the proposed BACVB
spending plan, which the TDC unanimously recom-
mended be forwarded to the county commission for
"We may still be tweaking along the way," Whitmore
A lot of tweaking, however, may not be needed,
suggested Walter Klages of Research Data Services, the
company that does the BACVB's monthly and quarterly
Klages reported to the TDC that visitors to the area,
including Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, are
"upscale clientele" who are "more stable" economically
than other tourist destination visitors, and more likely to
continue vacationing in the event of another recession.
The average daily room rate in the BACVB area is up
3.5 percent to $121.98, but it's still the lowest rate among
Florida Gulf coast destinations except for Clearwater,
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Occupancy of area accommodations in May 2012
was 58.7 percent, up 3.5 percent from the same month
in 2010. And May is generally one of the slowest visitor
months of the year, he noted.
Overall tourism for 2011 was up through May with
228,000 visitors to the Bradenton area compared with
221,700 through May 2010.
Direct expenditures also showed a gain, climbing
4.7 percent to $19.255 million for the first five months of
2011, while just $17.899 million was reported January-
"In short, we have an opposite view of where the
industry is going" in many destinations, Klages said.
He predicted summer tourism would be better than
last year and he dismissed u'i'' p. ii,n that another reces-
sion might come this year. "Not in my opinion," Klages
Meihls agreed that visitors to the area are upscale cli-
entele, and that ties in with the "branding" for the area.
"We are going forward with Anna Maria Island,
Longboat Key. A lot of people don't know who we really
are yet," Meihls said, but they soon will.
She said the BACVB has a marketing plan in place
to ensure that when the Republican National Conven-
tion meets in Tampa in summer 2012, people attending
the convention will know about Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key and how to get here.
Meihls also stressed the importance of social net-
working, including on the BACVB's Facebook page.
"When something happens we need to know about
it and put it on the page," she said.
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Bradenton council seeks to ban horses on causeway
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton City Council's move to ban horseback
riding along the Palma Sola Causeway has some gallop-
ing mad and others perplexed.
Only a few causeway regulars surveyed last week
endorsed the recent 4-1 council vote for city attorney
Bill Lisch to draft an ordinance prohibiting horses on the
causeway, a main route from Bradenton to Anna Maria
Councilman Gene Gallo proposed the ban during a
meeting June 22. He said horses on the causeway create
a health and safety issue and that he had received com-
plaints about horse waste on Palma Sola's beach and in
One councilman, Bemis Smith, opposed the move
with the explanation that he's a "small government con-
servative." He predicted public response would be against
The day after the vote, the proposed prohibition trig-
gered a buzz in online forums, at city hall and especially
on the causeway. An unofficial survey of beachgoers
there found about nine in 10 opposed a ban.
"I think the horses on the beach give it character,"
said Amelia Turner of Anna Maria. "It creates a beautiful
scene. I come here about every day with my dog. I spend
more time here than on the beach in Anna Maria."
Vacationer Henry Ryman of Belleville, Ill., said, "But
I was thinking it would be a fun thing for the family to
Horse-surfing in Palma Sola Bay with Great World
Adventures'BeachHorses operation. The Bradenton
City Council wants to prohibit horses on the causeway.
Islander Photo: Courtesy BeachHorses.com
try. What's the problem? I sure don't see logic in banning
horses and allowing dogs."
Another vacationer, Elaine Abrams of Paterson, N.J.,
wondered about domestic animals on the beach and in
the water. "We stopped for lunch," she said. "But I don't
think I'd go swimming in there."
During the council meeting, public works director
Claude Tankersley said that horses contribute to the fecal
coliform in the Palma Sola water and that feces and urine
contribute to algae growth.
The irony of that concern about animal waste didn't
Kiwanis to pay tribute to Olson
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will hold a
tribute at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, for longtime club
member and Holmes Beach resident Russ "Grumpy
Old Man" Olson, who died last year at the age of 87.
In memory of Olson, club members will gather at
the new Holmes Beach park on 52nd Street behind the
post office and dedicate a plaque and bench to Olson.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, also a
Kiwanis member, will read a proclamation.
Prior to retiring to Holmes Beach in 1989, Olson
was involved in Wisconsin state and local politics for
many years and was lieutenant governor of Wisconsin
from 1978-82. He was an agent for International Har-
vester and owned a farm in Wisconsin prior to retire-
As a Holmes Beach resident, he served at vari-
ous times on the city's board of adjustment and code
Olson organized and headed up the Kiwanis pro-
gram of Salvation Army bell-ringers at the Island
Publix at Christmas for many years.
He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during
World War II and was among the first wave of troops
that invaded Okinawa on Sunday, April 1, 1945. Olson
was the only man in his platoon who survived the Oki-
nawa invasion with getting wounded, hospitalized or
His WWII story appeared in the Islander's Greatest
Generation column on Oct. 24, 2003.
For several years, Olson occasionally wrote a guest
column for The Islander newspaper entitled "Grumpy
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escape some causeway regulars, as well as Timothy A.
Mattox, CEO of Great World Adventures, which operates
BeachHorses.com to provide opportunities for horseback-
riding on the causeway.
For about 13 hours June 14-15, an estimated 3.5 mil-
lion gallons of sewage spilled into the Manatee River
from a broken pipe at Bradenton's wastewater treatment
facility. Mattox said it was "almost laughable" that a
city official could maintain that dumping raw sewage
has "zero impact but a little horse poop in Palma Sola
Bay is a health and safety issue."
He added that his company endorsed the city's ordi-
nance requiring people to pick up after their animals,
that the BeachHorses.com crew always cleans up after
the horses. Also, he said, horses are herbivores, so their
waste might be nitrogen-rich but it "dissolves quickly."
Mattox said he was blindsided by the council vote,
which he claimed was based on misinformation and
The proposed ban would bring the BeachHorses.com
business to a halt, as well as stop individual horse-owners
from riding along the causeway.
"It's the only public beach south of Jacksonville
that permits horseback riding," Mattox said. "This is not
only an issue for business. The causeway is an impor-
tant venue for all horse-owners throughout southern and
central Florida. That little strip of sand is the only one
around. There are horse-lovers throughout the state who
are up in arms."
Patrons of BeachHorses.com, from travel writers to
vacationers, have posted raves about the Palma Sola expe-
rience, and local tourism officials encourage visitors to take
rides. Horse-surfing on Palma Sola is the No. 1 tourist activ-
ity in Bradenton, according to TripAdvisor.com.
"It's not just an attraction for tourists who are here,"
Mattox said. "It attracts tourists who are visiting other
parts of the state - Daytona, Miami, Orlando. Someone
goes to maybe South Beach or Disney, but drives four
hours to here to go to Palma Sola. We are putting heads
in beds.... And with the horse-surfing, made this a unique
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Setting sail with scholars July 4
The 2010 Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day parade - featuring the Privateers and their scholar-
ship winners - motors north to Anna Maria. This year's parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, at Coquina
Beach and travels to Bayfront Park. At noon, AMIP will host a scholarship awards ceremony and barbecue at
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
19 students earn AMIP scholarships
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will help send 19
buckaroos to college campuses this fall.
The nonprofit that's celebrating its 40th anniversary
this year exists to serve kids and community. At noon
July 4, during an awards ceremony at Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive at Manatee Public Beach,
AMIP will present college scholarships to 19 students.
Privateer Bekka "Teach" Stasny, chair of the group's
scholarship committee, said more than 60 students applied
"It was very difficult narrowing down the applicants
to the 19 that we chose," she said. "We look at students'
grades, community service as well as need. We have a
great group of students we will be helping this year."
The total scholarship award was to be announced at
the ceremony, but Privateers said the amount fell short of
the $40,000 goal established in January. That's because of
two factors, said Tim "Hammer" Thompson, who chairs
the anniversary committee.
First, AMIP is only halfway through its fundraising
year. "We still have another half-year," Thompson said.
"So it's hard to tell exactly where we are.... We can still
meet and exceed $40,000."
Second, in the down economy "it's been really tough
to raise dollars," he added.
The group planned a record number of events this
year - some are standards, such as the thieves markets
at Coquina Beach; some are new, such as an upcoming
rum-tasting party at the Gulf Drive Cafe; and some are
revived old traditions, such as the July 1 siege of Bra-
denton Beach City Hall.
At each, the Privateers encourage contributions and
sell food, beverages and merchandise to benefit their kids'
programs, including the scholarship campaign.
"People and businesses on the Island have really been
supportive of our 40th, but it's not necessarily money. It's
goods and services...." Thompson said. "The Privateers
have worked really hard to turn contributions into dollars,
but it's been tough."
Still, Thompson and Stasny said awarding scholar-
ships to 19 students is significant.
"I think that is something that the Privateers and our
supporters throughout the year can be very proud of,"
AMIP consists of members of varied interests and
backgrounds - college degrees, high school diplomas,
trade certificates. A sampling:
Suzanne "Boom-Boom" Olsen attended Manatee
Community College and holds a nursing degree.
"I was a single mom as I put myself through school,"
she said. "It was a hard, hard time. But I am now a reg-
MaryAnn "Maz" Zyla-Smith, the director of adult
services at Easter Seals Southwest Florida, earned a bach-
elor's degree in human resources from Oakland Univer-
sity in Rochester, Mich.
\ly education and work experience have helped me
become the pirate that I am," she said.
Annette Stahl Maddox, a teacher at Orange Ridge-
Bullock Elementary School in Bradenton, earned a "Dr."
before her name after graduating a series of post-second-
She earned a pirate name, "Riff Raff," when she
"Education is very important for pirates and non-
pirates," the teacher said. "Because it is the only thing
that helps you secure a good job that will pay a decent
salary - just in case there is no ... treasure map."
"Yars ago," Dee "Seawitch" Baker attended Sin-
clair College and University of Dayton, both in Ohio,
to study art and computer science and "use both sides
of the brain." The computer studies led to a job in data
management and the arts studies led to membership in
Ron "Candyman" Fisher, a pharmacist with Winn-
Dixie, graduated from the University of Cincinnati, and
Roger "Hoodat" Murphree, who works in IT at Tropi-
cana, graduated with a bachelor of fine art's degree from
the University of North Texas.
Murphree, AMIP's president, said his college years
prepared him for his professional life and his pirate life:
"Getting a degree in fine arts does exercise creativity and
free-thinking - thinking outside the box, as they say.
Also, an appreciation for the rebellious outsider sort of
Stasny, a teacher, earned a bachelor's of science
degree at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., and
then a master's degree in education.
Thompson, meanwhile, graduated from what he
referred to as the "school of hard knocks."
After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and, at
17, was dispatched to Vietnam.
"I didn't attend college," Thompson said. "I didn't
have the finances. ...But I understand how important it
is - even back then. So I got involved with kids to help
them make it in life. I guess that's why I've always been
Privateers agree that college may not be everyone's
goal, but AMIP is committed to helping local kids who
want to attend college get to campus.
"It's very, very important in today's world, in today's
economy ... for kids to get to college," Thompson said.
Of pirates, pomp and circumstance
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Privateers will wave the Ameri-
can flag July 4, then they'll wave some checks.
After the Independence Day parade motors from
Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park, the charitable krewe
of pirates will gather at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe,
4000 Gulf Drive at Manatee Public Beach, for the annual
scholarship awards, a pirate barbecue and some fun and
entertainment. The party begins at noon Monday.
In late June, The Islander checked in with Bekka
Stasny, a teacher, a Privateer and the chair of the non-
profit's scholarship committee.
Anna Maria Island Privateer Bekka "Teach" Stasny
holds the checks to be presented to a past class of
scholarship recipients. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
Thanks, from AMIP grad-scholar
It has been two years since I graduated with my bach-
elor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University
of Florida. I know that I couldn't have accomplished that
without help from the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
The Privateers had been in my life since I was little.
I would see them at parades. I remember dressing up as
a pirate for Snooks Adams Kids Day, and I would always
enjoy 'i \ ii iig they did for the community. And when I
graduated from Manatee High School in 2005, I received
a scholarship from the Privateers to help me during my
four years of college.
Their scholarship enabled me to work my way to my
goal of becoming a broadcast journalist. The support this
group gives young people is amazing. During a time that
seems confusing and fast paced, the scholarship helped
to relieve some of the stress.
The group also gives students the personal connec-
tion of having someone nearby to talk with about what
they are experiencing. The Privateers let you know they
are there for you if you ever need anything.
Even now after I have graduated and have gone to
work as a multi-media journalist at ABC Action News in
Tampa, I still have contact with AMIP and some mem-
bers. To this day, when I see them out at an event, they
will stop, talk to me and ask me how everything is going
in my life.
I know that I can never say "thank you" enough to
this group for (. i) llilng they have done for me. I just
hope one day I can give back to our community as they
have been doing for so many years.
- Kimberly Kuizon
AMIP's class of 2011
The winners of Anna Maria Island Privateers
scholarships include: Dominic Cox, Chelsea Sloan,
Kyle Messina, Sarah Beth Scott, Sarah Norris, Kayla
Kerns, Chelsea Hodges, Samantha Glodde, Christo-
pher Chawi, Sajani Patel, Hilary Hathaway, Kelsy
Braun, Sydney Clark, Brandi Ricker, Leanne Brown-
ing, Alexander Chawi, James Campbell, Jennifer
Luong and Ourania Lardas.
Islander: The scholarship awards celebration is
coming up. What can you tell us about the applicants
Bekka Stasny: We had more than 60 applicants this
year. The applicants varied as to the high school they
graduated from, what college they are going to, as well
as their intended major.
It was a great representation of the types of students
that go to school in Manatee County.
It was very difficult narrowing down the applicants
to the 19 that we chose. We look at students' grades, com-
munity service as well as need. We have a great group of
students we will be helping this year.
Islander: Are you seeing a greater need for scholar-
BS: Each year the number of applicants seems to
Islander: I know that for the 40th anniversary year,
AMIP was really hoping to award a record amount or
record number of scholarships. Is that going to happen?
Or do you need a surge in contributions in the final
BS: Unfortunately we were not able to reach our goal
of awarding $40,000 to local students for scholarships.
Although we didn't reach our goal, we were still able to
help 19 students. I think that is something that the Priva-
teers and our supporters throughout the year can be very
Islander: You've been involved in the scholarship
program for a while now. How did you come to be
involved in this aspect of the Privateers' work?
BS: As a teacher, education is near and dear to my
heart. The Privateers are all about kids and the commu-
nity, and the scholarship committee embraces the Priva-
teers' entire mission.
I was on the scholarship committee the first year that
I was in the club, and then eventually became the chair-
person. It's very rewarding to read applications, meet
the students we choose for awards and then follow their
successes while they are in school.
Islander: Was there m,, iii,-, like the Privateers oper-
ating in your community when you were putting together
your college plan?
BS: No. I wish that there was. I'll be paying off col-
lege loans for a while.
Islander: Where'd you go to school? And your
BS: I went to Roger Williams University in Bristol,
R.I. I have a BS in marine biology. I have an MS in edu-
cation with a specialization in integrating t.,l hnl>_. in
Islander: Any pirate advice for college-bound stu-
BS: Work hard and have fun. When you are finished
with college, come back and join the Privateers!
Kimberly Kuizon on graduation day at the University
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paradise' July 4
National recording artist Eddie Money will perform a
free Independence Day concert at Lamb and Sutton Park,
700 10th St. W., Palmetto, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 4.
Money is known for his hits "Two Tickets to Par-
adise," "Shakin," "Take me Home Tonight" and "If I
Could Walk on Water."
The concert will begin at 5 p.m. with two opening
acts - three time Super Bowl veteran and local son
Henry Lawrence followed by Scholar's Word, an origi-
nal Reggae band.
After the concert fireworks will light up the night
above the Manatee River. Fireworks can be viewed from
Unlike previous years, the city of Palmetto will not
have a festival featuring carnival rides.
For more information, call the Palmetto Community
Redevelopment Agency at 941-723-4988.
Hoops, origami for teens
The Island Branch Library will host two programs
for teens this week - hula-hooping demonstration and
an origami workshop.
The Hoola Monsters Hoola Hoop Troupe will per-
form at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the library. Advance
registration is required.
An origami craft workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6.
The events are free, but seating is on a first-come
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information, call the library at 941-
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happenings and projects on Anna Maria Island and
encourages you to submit photographs.
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Holmes Beach FL 34217. Remember to include com-
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5:30 p.m. - "T-shirt surgery" craft workshop for teens at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Friday, July 1
7:30 a.m. to noon -Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch garage sale at
214 69th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.
4:30 to 7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Privateers will capture the city
of Bradenton Beach at City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Saturday, July 2
10 a.m. to 2p.m. - Turtle Watch Kids Club at Coconuts Beach Resort,
100 73rd St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.
7:30 a.m. to noon -Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch garage sale at
214 69th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.
Sunday, July 3
After dark- Annual fireworks extravaganza over the Gulf of Mexico at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
Monday, July 4
9 a.m. - Flag-raising, music and 21-gun salute at the Key Royale
Club, 700 Key Royale Club, Key Royale. Information: 941-920-3147.
10 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July parade departs
from Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.
Noon to 4 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Privateers annual scholarship
award ceremony and holiday picnic at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe,
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
After dark - Fourth of July fireworks over the Sandbar Restaurant,
100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.
Wednesday, July 6
1:15 p.m. - Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library,
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* Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
* Wednesday, 7 a.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird
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* Wednesday, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach
hosts a sunset picnic with entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset
Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
* Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
* Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
* Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rhea Chiles hosts a class in the
history and works of French and American art movements at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
* Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various loca-
tions. Information: 941-962-8835.
* Friday, 7 to 10 p.m., drum circle with Mike Sales and Scott Blum
at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
* Saturday through Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., fishing excursions for
kids departing from the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
* 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,
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* July 11-15, PandaMania Vacation Bible School, Gloria Dei Lutheran
* July 12, Democratic Women's Club social, Manatee Public Beach.
* July 13, college entrance preparation workshop, Island Branch
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Protected skimmer breeding ground struck by vandals
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird
Monitoring members early June 22 celebrated the arrival
of hatchlings - fluffy little black skimmer chicks seen
nestled under the breasts of parents.
Early June 23, AMITW executive director Suzi Fox
stood outside the skimmer nesting area on the beach in
Anna Maria talking on a mobile phone with the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
At some point overnight, the stakes and rope cordon-
ing off the protected nesting ground for the skimmers
were knocked down. Tracks - prints of the bare feet of
a human and the paws of a dog - could be seen in the
sand, going about 25 feet into the nesting area.
Not far from the footprints was a discarded ice pack.
And several yards from the ice pack were the broken
remains of a hatched skimmer egg.
Along the back of the nesting grounds, inside the
protected area, were wheel tracks, probably made by a
Fox first filed a report with the MCSO. Then she rang
the hotline for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
The vandalism to the zone was the third incident in
a week, Fox said. Stakes and rope were knocked down
overnight June 23, overnight June 20 and overnight June
Skimmers nest on open sand above the high-tide line;
their nests no more than scrapes on the beach.
To protect their nests and the chicks, skimmers rely
on two techniques - they mob a potential threat or they
may use camouflage.
Florida had listed the black skimmer as a species of
concern, but a recent review of the population conducted
by the FWC recommended the state elevate the status to
threatened, covered by the state endangered species act.
The skimmer is not on the federal endangered species
list, but the species is protected under the U.S. Migratory
Bird Treaty Act.
Some 70 years ago, a single breeding colony in the
state consisted of 2,000 birds. These days, a large colony,
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A skimmer protects her chick on the beach in Anna
Maria north of the Sandbar Restaurant. Islander
Photo: Courtesy AMITW
such as the one in Anna Maria, consists of about 600
Statewide, the sizes of breeding colonies are decreas-
ing, as is the success rate, due to development, beach
recreation, pollution, climate change, invasive species
and predatory animals. "Recreational activity, shoreline
hardening, mechanical raking, oiling of adults or breed-
ing areas following spills, beach driving and increased
presence of domestic animals are all examples of human-
induced negative impacts to coastal habitats critical to
roosting and breeding skimmers," the FWC biological
During the breeding season, flushing birds off eggs
or away from chicks can result in thermal stress and the
destruction of both.
Such flushing is the primary concern for AMITW in
Anna Maria, where the nesting area was staked off about
a month ago. The "keep out" signs generally are respected
by beachgoers and nearby residents, but AMITW empha-
Tracks going into the black skimmer nesting area in
Anna Maria. The protected zone was vandalized three
times last week. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
LBK reports first hatchling
Longboat Key's turtle-watch team reported its first
hatched nest of the season June 21.
Meanwhile, walkers with Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch continued, as of Islander press time, to await
AMI's first hatchlings. Several nests had been expected
to hatch as early as last week.
The first hatched nest on Longboat Key also brought
the first disorientation for hatchlings, reported Mote
Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Some hatchlings became
lost due to artificial lighting, a statement said.
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ground for 600 birds.
As of Islander press time, the vandalism remained
Intentional harassment under the federal Migratory
Bird Treaty Act is punishable by a maximum fine of
$5,000 and a six-month jail sentence.
Violations under the state endangered species act can
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Turtle beach patrols ready for busy, long Fourth
By Lisa Neff
Celebrate independence, freedom and liberty, but
don't tread on chicks, frighten turtles or threaten people
or property. That's a message from varied interests for
the July 4 weekend.
Parties - from the state division of forestry to local
law enforcement to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring - want people to enjoy the holiday,
but also to respect the rules protecting nesting turtles and
shorebirds and restricting personal fireworks use.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox promotes shar-
ing beaches, but stressed that crowds, litter, abandoned
beach furniture and personal fireworks can disrupt nest-
* Flushing nesting birds, such as the black skimmers
breeding on the beach in north Anna Maria, can cause
damage to eggs and chicks, and possibly destroy the habi-
* Frightening a sea turtle can cause her to abort her
* Late-night lights on the beach can draw hatchlings
away from the water, and possibly to death.
Fox said AMITW volunteers, as well as Manatee
County Audubon Society members, would be on the
beach over the weekend to talk with people about nest-
ing turtles and breeding birds.
"Probably we'll be here late," she said.
Personal fireworks - the random flashes and loud
As of June 24, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring was reporting:
Number of turtle nests: 70
Number of false crawls: 77
Number of turtle hatchlings: 0
Read The Islander each week to follow devel-
opments during nesting season.
noises - on the beach can be one of the most serious
problems over the July 4 holiday, which is why AMITW
encourages people to forsake their fireworks and enjoy
the three nights of professional displays sponsored by
the Chiles Restaurant Group. Fireworks shows will take
place after dark near the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
on Longboat Key on July 2, near the BeachHouse Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach on July 3 and near the Sandbar
Restaurant in Anna Maria on July 4.
Other groups last week issued additional concerns
for the unpermitted use of fireworks.
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Glenn Wiseman of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
S/i. /" ./I I Monitoring posts a sign cautioning beach-
goers to watch for black skimmer chicks on the beach
north of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
With a drought and more than 3,000 wildfires burn-
ing in the state June 23, the Florida Division of Forestry
reported fireworks bans - both professional displays and
personal use - in more than 20 counties, including Pasco
and Polk. In other counties, the forestry division, as well
as local fire districts and departments, urged caution.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office also is remind-
ing people that local regulations on personal fireworks are
stricter than in some other Florida counties: Sparklers and
pop caps are allowed, but not firecrackers, bottle rockets
or roman candles.
kids turtle club
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird
Monitoring is piloting a new program: Turtle Watch
The first session will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur-
day, July 1, on the beach at Coconuts Beach Resort,
100 73rd St., Holmes Beach.
In announcing the junior beach-steward program,
AMITW said, "Kids can take an oath and get certi-
fied in our friendly nesting beach steward program."
With every promise to be good stewards on the beach,
AMITW will award free goodies.
The organization, which monitors sea turtle and
shorebird nesting, also hosts free turtle tours on Wednes-
days beginning at 7 a.m. at Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other events on the AMITW calendar:
* 7:30 a.m. to noon, July 1-2, a garage sale at 214
69th St., Holmes Beach. Sales benefit the nonprofit's
* July 23, 3:30 p.m., the group's annual banquet
at the old Bradenton Beach Fire Hall, Second Street
North and Highland Avenue. Donations for silent auc-
tion items are being sought.
For more information, call AMITW at 941-778-
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AM speculates on uses for 6 lots
It may not have been No. 1 on the
agenda, but it topped the conversation for
Anna Maria commissioners at their June 23
The discussion was on how or whether
to buy six vacant lots at Pine Avenue and
Bay Boulevard that often are used by civic
groups and the city to facilitate t \l ) th in
from festivals to parking to a trolley stop.
Commissioner John Quam suggested
the city should decide how it would use the
lots before asking its taxpayers to consider
funding the purchase - which is estimated
to cost $3 million.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said she
wants the city to buy the lots "before they're
gone forever," and houses or other develop-
ments are built.
The board seemed in agreement over
the purchase, but some commissioners were
unhappy that the bank's asking price may
be over fair-market value.
Pine Avenue Restoration developer
Mike Coleman, however, differed with that
opinion. He announced prices paid in the
$300,000-$400,000 price range for various
PAR lots on Pine Avenue.
But for lots with unobstructed views of
the water, Coleman said the price should be
Coleman said PAR would contribute
$100,000 toward the city purchase.
Mayor Mike Selby had done some
research on the values, as well as limits
on the amount the city could borrow
before exceeding the limit on its debt
service. He also noted the city's reserve
fund is down to 20 percent.
City attorney Jim Dye suggested
that rather than financing a traditional
mortgage, the city consider a land con-
If the city purchases the land for $3
million, the bank holding the property has
offered financing and to withhold pay-
ments for two years to allow the city to
obtain alternative funding, such as grants
from state and federal agencies.
The commission agreed to fast-track
the matter in a workshop on the subject
of the six lots at 6 p.m. Thursday, June
In other business, commissioners
gave unanimous approval to the Anna
Maria Historic Green Village to con-
struct stairs that will encroach on the
front setback, but will resemble the
original entry and steps for the Village
Cafe at Rosedale.
The commission also authorized a
change to the village site plan to allow
more seats at the cafe, 16 parking spaces
for the complex across the street at Roser
Memorial Community Church and the
addition of solar panels over approxi-
mately seven parking spaces onsite.
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fabulous beaches, eclectic restaurants and shop of artist Emerson Quillin making
quiet residential neighborhoods provided the point that almost anything can be
the perfect mix for family reunions. We improved with his signature sketches
spent our days walking, playing or just and designs.
relaxing on the beach and our evenings Now moving to the art of food
gathered at the restaurants, pot lucking at - Kelly Kary's Olive Oil Outpost is
one of our vacation houses, and going for a foodie's dream. Her oils, balsamic
ice cream later in the evening with the vinegars, salts, spices, pastes, pastas,
kids and grandkids. cheeses, olives and breads give shop-
This year, happily, there's more. The pers reason to take their time linger-
shops on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria are ing over espresso, latte and chai tea
up and operating in sufficient numbers offered at her coffee bar. Heaven on
and quality to make a quiet stroll or bike your palate. Just down the broad plank
ride from Gulf to bay more interesting and porch is Island Cabana with bedding,
rewarding than it has been in the past. home goods, accessories and gifts.
Just a few steps from the beach, the Finally, down by the Village Cafe at
Studio at Gulf and Pine is a gathering Rosedale, with it's expansive deck
place for local and national artists. Next, and fresh sandwiches, is Relish, re-
Pink & Navy is the expressed dream of purposed clothing and gifts perfectly
owner Janae Rudacille, who resided in a situated in a re-purposed old house
home on the property as a girl. Her offer- donated by Pine Avenue Restoration
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friend" shower soaps to designer lighting lage, where Relish is located.
and furniture. Add books, children's toys Wow, so much more to do and see
and men's and women's upscale clothing, since the last time many of us were
and it becomes clear this is an "outside- here. Did I mention the historical soci-
the-box" experience. Bella by the Sea, ety museum and park and the new city
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with beach wear, jewelry and wicker to struction?
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two shops provide a gallery of sorts with still No. 1, but just to break up the day,
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Further on, just past the Anna Maria shady, respite for shopping and brows-
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Island teen 'in space' this summer
By Diana Bogan
Dalton Hicks, the son of Lynda and Robert Hicks of
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant on Longboat Key and
longtime supporters at Anna Maria Elementary School,
recently arrived home on Earth from his weeklong trip
to space camp.
Hicks attended camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket
Center, which is the home of Space Camp and NASA's
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18 0 June 29, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
mount trash attack
Some Anna Maria business owners plan to attack the
problem of trash following the July 4 holiday and show
their community spirit.
The North End Merchants Organization has orga-
nized a patriotic holiday display that includes merchants
placing small U.S. flags on the roadway in the business
district on Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue the morning of
the Anna Maria Island Privateers July 4 parade.
The merchants also have organized for the second
year to collect trash along the roads and on the beach after
the holiday celebrations fade on July 5.
Volunteers are welcome and can meet at 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 5, at one of three locations in Anna Maria:
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.;
Ginny's & Jane's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive; and
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive.
For more information on NEMO or the cleanup, call
president Barbara Sato at 941-778-7200.
Upcoming chamber events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6, at the Feast Restaurant, 5402 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, adjacent to The Islander newspa-
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Cost of the lunch is $15 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest. Reservations are required.
The AMI chamber is registering players for its annual
golf tournament Monday, Sept. 26, at the Bradenton
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the chamber's
scholarship program, which this year awarded three
$1,000 scholarships to Manatee County high school
seniors planning to major in business at college.
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Island police blotter
* June 23, north beach, vandalism. Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch reported to the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office a series of incidents causing disturbances in a
shorebird nesting ground.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
* June 22, Coquina Beach, medical emergency.
Manatee County Marine Rescue and Emergency Medi-
cal Services responded to the beach, where a swimmer
was found unresponsive in the water.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
* No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
* June 15, 300 block of 58th Street, burglary. The
Holmes Beach Police Department received a report that
someone removed items from a rental property, and pos-
sibly was squatting in the property.
* June 18,3600 block of East Bay Drive, theft. HBPD
arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly stealing a T-shirt
and four pairs of shorts from a store. The man was appre-
hended in the 4000 block of Sixth Avenue after allegedly
fleeing the store. He faces a misdemeanor charge.
* June 18, 300 block of 62nd St., theft. HBPD
received a report of a bicycle theft from an open garage.
The bike was a blue women's Huffy beach cruiser.
* June 18, 100 block of 50th Street, burglary. The
HBPD received a report of a vehicle break-in. Some-
one used a large rock to break a passenger window and
remove a wallet and mobile phone from the vehicle.
* June 18,300 block of 62nd Street, theft. The HBPD
received a report of a bicycle theft from outside a home.
The bike was a purple girl's bike with a basket.
* June 21,6500 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The HBPD
received a report that someone removed several items left
overnight on the beach, including six chairs, a canopy
and an umbrella. HBPD informed the complainant that
the city's turtle protection ordinance prohibits leaving
furniture and toys on the beach overnight.
* June 21, 7700 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The
HBPD received a report of a bicycle theft. The bike was
described as green, old and rusty, with three wheels.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.
THE ISLANDER U June 29, 2011 19
Prosecution proceeds with neglect case
By Lisa Neff
State prosecutors will proceed with a child neglect
case against a Bradenton Beach mom arrested by police
in November 2010.
The prosecution previously dropped a felony child-
neglect charge against the woman's former boyfriend.
Both Phaedra Christina Brace
and Lance Aaron Blaylock were
arrested Nov. 6, 2010, in Bradenton
Beach after a neighbor complained to
police about a crying child.
A Bradenton Beach Police
Department report said that when
Brace officers arrived Blaylock was lying
in a puddle of vomit in the back yard
and a pan of food was burning on the stovetop. A neigh-
bor had found the child crying and naked.
Brace, according to the report, arrived home shortly
Elizabeth Pierce Moss
Elizabeth Pierce Moss, 93, of Anna Maria, died June
25. She was bomrnAug. 23, 1917, in Bartow. She first came
to Anna Maria with family on vacation when she was
4 years old. Her family purchased the home where she
resided on the beach end of Willow Avenue in 1943.
WNW She earned her bachelor's and
- master's degrees at Florida State Col-
lege for Women (later Florida State
She moved to Anna Maria in
P9: the 1950s where she met and married
' her late husband Eugene. They taught
Moss at Anna Maria Elementary School.
The couple was named Anna Maria
Citizens of the Year in 2003.
Mrs. Moss was a charter member of the Anna Maria
Historical Society and, according to long-time friend Car-
olyne Norwood, "gave the best tours of the museum of
anyone they ever had." She was assistant city clerk inAnna
Maria during the years when Ernie Cagnina was mayor.
She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church
for more than 50 years, a member of the Daughter's of the
American Revolution and the League of Women Voters.
She was co-grand marshal with Carolyne Norwood of the
Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Parade.
after an ambulance took Blaylock to the hospital for alco-
hol poisoning. She told police she went for a walk after
an argument with Blaylock.
A probable cause report filed with Manatee County
Circuit Court quoted her as saying she thought Blaylock
"was OK to watch the child and not that drunk."
Brace, who has pleaded not guilty, has requested a
A disposition report from the state attorney's office
explained the prosecution's decision to proceed with the
case against Brace but not with the case against Blaylock.
Blaylock, the state indicated, was heavily intoxicated
after drinking all day. Therefore, it would be difficult
for the prosecution to prove he "willfully" neglected the
Brace, however, was not intoxicated. Brace, the state
alleged, "made the conscious decision to leave the child
in care of a person whose impairment was such that she
should have reasonably expected his inability to care" for
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday,
July 1, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to
Meals on Wheels or Manasota Buds (www.manasota-
Mrs. Moss is survived by her children, Jim, Ed and
Beth Waters; grandchildren Ryan, David, Brent, Amy,
Jonathan, Matthew, Greg, Melanie andAlyssa; and great-
Bette C. Riordan
Bette C. Riordan, 89, of Bradenton, formerly of Anna
Maria, died April 24.
Mrs. Riordan was a longtime member of Key Royale
Club and 70-year member of the Daughters of the Ameri-
Memorial donations may be made to the Madame
Brett Homestead, in care of Daughters of the American
Revolution, Melzingah Chapter, 50 VanNydeck Ave.,
Beacon NY 12508, for the continued preservation of the
Mrs. Riordan is survived by daughter Elizabeth Davitt
and husband Robert L. McDermott of Maidens, Va.;
grandsons Peter D. McDermott of Bradenton and Kevin
M. McDermott of Maidens, Va.; and great grand-daugh-
ter Kaitlyn E. McDermott of Maidens, Va.
SAY WHAT?! By Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Nursery sounds
6 Bates's "Misery"
15 Having more than
19 Weapon, e.g., in
21 Something well-
23 "I've heard
25 "I agree
eared bit of
27 What you might
get by moving a
28 "Stop right where
you are, picture
30 "One if by land,
two if by sea"
33 Spots before your
34 Alaska Purchase
35 Symbol of
royalty in old
36 Skunk, e.g.
40 Jeans brand
41 The majority
on page 24.
44 "You're in
49 Surname in a Poe
51 Check out
52 Like racehorses
53 Objectivist Rand
54 "The chair
59 Before, to Byron
61 Lift provider
62 Vessels with
65 Light TV fare
67 Sticky seedcase
68 Explorer Richard
70 Writing surface
71 Make nonsensical
73 Roast V.I.P.
75 Work in the field
76 "I'd be miserable
80 D.C.-based news
82 Australia's Lake
83 See 93-Across
84 Inasmuch as
85 "Goodbye, place
I used to live!"
89 Philip with a
1975 best seller
on C.I.A. secrets
90 Sistine Chapel
91 Like many
93 Is 83-Across
95 Big name in
97 Endorser's need
99 Another name for
103 Speak for
everyone in the
104 "Just keep
109 One of the
110 "I read you loud
112 "It was all my
114 Over again
115 Pop singer
116 Addition to caf6
117 Keys in a chain
118 Amount that's
120 "This looks like
121 Manicurist's aid
1 Some nest builders
2 Lacking color
3 Diesel engine
4 Rented out
6 Checked out
7 Athlete who wrote
"Off the Court"
9 "You're mistaken"
10 Certificate on a
11 "___ Pearl"
(Jackson 5 hit)
12 Gossip subject
13 One that's passed
14 Brute of fantasy
15 Sign symbol
16 Kipling poem
17 Lack of
18 James of "X-
24 Lay the
26 Great body
29 Old West
34 "Rugrats" father
36 ___ artist (film
39 Something that
shouldn't be flat
41 Patrons of the
43 Old Jewish
45 "Puss in Boots"
46 Former carrier
47 Land heavily
50 "Mr. " (1983
55 19th Amendment
56 Cable network
with the motto
64 Torch bearer
66 Key group
67 Objected to a
71 With deviousness
72 Michael of
74 Diner of 1970s-
77 Giveaway at the
79 Not just big
80 Fictional island
in two Alistair
85 Situated at the
86 Bearer of a dozen
87 A, in Arnstadt
88 Turn down
94 Person of Perth
96 Nurses old
97 Runcible spoon
98 Banks known as
99 Wayne's pal in
101 TV host with
102 Unable to relax
105 Lemon juice,
106 Home of
107 Life saver?
in chat rooms
20 0 June 29, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
FWC surveys on shark fishing changes
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion's public forum in Sarasota June 23 drew a number
of anglers and fishing guides, many of whom disagreed
with an FWC proposal to add great hammerheads and
tiger sharks to the banned fishing list.
FWC division of fisheries management analyst Aaron
Podey opened the forum by saying the FWC wanted
public input statewide on three questions before imple-
menting any new regulations:
* Should great hammerhead and tiger sharks be added
to the list of shark species prohibited from harvest?
* Should the FWC ban chumming from shore or
within 100 feet of a public beach?
* Should the FWC require the use of non-offset, non-
stainless steel circle hooks when using natural bait to
target, harvest or possess any shark, or just when catch-
ing a shark species that does not have a minimum length
At present, the FWC requires sharks not on the pro-
tected list, such as a great hammerhead, bonnethead, bull or
tiger, to be a minimum of 54 inches long for harvesting.
Podey prefaced the forum by saying Florida shark
populations are dwindling, particularly the great ham-
merhead and tiger shark numbers. And many local gov-
ernments have asked the FWC to ban chumming for
sharks, or any fish, from public beaches. The input from
the statewide meetings will be used to make final recom-
mendations to the FWC, he said.
But Capt. Bill Goldschmitt of Sarasota didn't accept
that the FWC is impartial by getting comments first
before making any recommendations. It's a done deal,
"The agenda is to prohibit shark fishing in the United
States," Goldschmitt claimed.
He said he was a commercial fisherman for 25 years
before being put out of business, attends many shark-fish-
ing tournaments and runs his own shark tournament.
There are plenty of sharks in Florida waters, he said,
but data showing shark populations increasing is never
Bill Goldschmitt, left, calls himself the "'liS io,i,, of
Cortez" and has a self-published book by that title.
published because "this would go against the agenda"
of the anti-fishing animal rights groups, Goldschmitt
"There is no credible evidence that sharks are over-
fished" in U.S. waters, he said. If the FWC adds ham-
merheads and tiger sharks to its prohibited fishing list,
Goldschmitt said he has a group of anglers ready to sue
Although only Goldschmitt discussed legal action,
some boat captains agreed there is an anti-fishing
Capt. Shawn Paxton said many anglers didn't bother
to come because "the FWC does not take into account
the word of experienced people" he claimed and this is
an "effort to advance an anti-fishing agenda."
Anna Maria Island
baseball players score
game balls from play-
ers at the Marauders
game June 25. The
Tickets for the game
were provided by
-the center to all kids
who played spring
ball. Pictured are
Tyler Brewer, Julius
Petereit, Jack Love
and Tuna McCracken.
Islander Photo.: Cour-
tesy Karen Riley-Love
Paxton said he wants "practical conservation meth-
ods," not "unenforceable laws" such as a ban on chum-
ming from shore or a ban on hammerhead fishing.
"We practice catch and release," Paxton said, and he
and his brother don't need a law to tell them to do that.
The practice should be encouraged throughout the state,
but not mandated for hammerheads and tiger sharks, he
Paxton agreed that the use of a circle hook is "very
efficient," to release a fish, but a lot of public education
is needed on how to safely remove a circle hook from a
shark, or any fish, without serious injury to the fish.
"People are trying circle hooks and finding they
work. Don't throw a wet blanket on what's working by
rushing in a law. Let people learn on their own."
Brooks Paxton, Shawn's brother, said a ban on chum-
ming from shore is a waste of money, time and paper.
"It's not practical. It's an unneeded and unenforceable
law, and I don't know anyone who chums from shore.
And my brother and I have shark fished from shore for
Many anglers and captains commented that public
education is needed on how to release a fish caught on a
Robert Lavewa, who said he owned an area bait and
tackle store for 30 years, said the easiest way to release
a shark from a circle hook is to use a pair of wire cut-
ters and cut the lead or the line, leaving the hook in the
shark's mouth. Di ii_' out the circle hook improperly
will "damage the shark," and it will die when released.
"You've got a catch-and-release program that really
is catch and kill," he said.
Additionally, some circle hooks cost up to $25,
Lavewa said, and the average person will wreck the
shark's jaw trying to retrieve that $25 hook. "In fact,
I've seen guys wreck a fish jaw for a 25-cent hook."
Other anglers agreed on the difficulty of removing
a circle hook, and a few said a j-hook is much easier to
remove from a shark's jaw.
There was consensus among the anglers that a ban
on shore chumming was unnecessary. Chumming from
shore doesn't even work, one angler said.
Podey acknowledged that shark fishing is a popular
sport in Florida, and the FWC is not trying to ban shark
fishing. The FWC is trying to find a balance to ensure
the continued survival of great hammerheads and tiger
sharks, but not by eliminating sport fishing.
The catch-and-release program and use of circle
hooks are proposals that might solve those issues.
After the meeting, Podey said he believes that what-
ever is finally adopted by the FWC must include public
education on catch and release, circle hooks, and conser-
vation of Florida's shark population.
The recommendations from the FWC's division of
fisheries management will be presented to the FWC in
September at a public meeting of the commission, but no
final action will be taken at that time.
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Warm weather, summertime fishing in full swing
By Capt. Danny Stasny
If you haven't noticed, summer is here. With tem-
peratures reaching the upper 90s, you may want to plan
your fishing adventures a little differently. This is espe-
cially important if you plan to fish from shore or on the
shallow grass flats from your boat.
Remember, the Florida heat not only affects us, it
also affects the fish. Most fish we target on the flats prefer
water less than 85 degrees. So fishing at high noon on a
hot summer day probably isn't the best choice to target
The solution is to start fishing earlier. The tempera-
tures are cooler in the morning for you and the fish. If
you're going to catch live bait, plan on being ready to
throw the net the second there is enough light to see. If
you're fishing artificial, the same concept applies. Be at
your spot and start fishing at first light. A few degrees in
water temperature can make a big difference in fishing.
Another option is to fish at night. Besides escaping
the heat, there's less pressure on the fish at night since
there are fewer anglers targeting them. Second, if you're
targeting snook, they generally feed better at night. The
same applies for spotted sea trout. At night, small bait-
fish and shrimp are attracted to lights that shine over the
water. For this reason, snook and trout will lurk on the
outskirts of a dock light, darting in occasionally for their
late-night snack. Not only can you see the fish feeding,
but they're more apt to eat your bait.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says with the hatch
bait beginning to appear, so are the Spanish mackerel.
"We're not catching great numbers yet," says Kilb, "but
they should be here soon."
Fishers at the pier also are catching some over-slot
redfish. Try catching small blue crabs and cutting them into
pieces to use for bait to catch these reds. If they're there
when you go to fish, they'll usually eat a piece of crab.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel Fishing Charters
is working Sarasota Bay for redfish and trout using live
shiners for bait. "When I'm using shiners for redfish,"
Johnston says, "I like to crush them a little. The reds seem
to hit them better that way."
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says beach
action is picking up with reports of spotted sea trout and
snook in the morning and evening. "Look for them run-
ning the beach," Keyes says.
Best bait for either species is a live shiner, although
a small ladyfish put in front of a big snook is a sure-fire
way to get into the fight of a lifetime.
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Lauren Petty of Scottsdale, Ariz., shows off the tarpon
she brought to the boat while fishing with Capt. Danny
Stasny of Legend Charters. It was Petty's first time
fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Islander Photo: Courtesy
In the backcountry, fishing the deeper flats is resulting
in spotted sea trout, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. Both
live shiners and artificial are producing good numbers.
Redfish seem to be a little scattered, although slot-size
catches are being reported.
Moving offshore, the snapper bite is beginning to
pick up. All varieties of snapper are being brought to the
docks. Red snapper are being caught in water depths of
120 feet and deeper. Mangrove snapper are being caught
in as little as 50 feet of water. Live shiners and frozen
sardines are working well. Keyes says to load some live
pinfish for the bigger red snapper.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters
says he's been working overtime this last month chasing
tarpon. Howard's preferred method of fishing for silver
kings is to anchor up-tide of the rolling fish and chum
with shiners to draw them to the back of the boat. On a
recent run, Howard had the tarpon swimming behind and
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"Looking forward, the tides for next week should
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concentrate the fish in the potholes and in the passes,"
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing a variety of species
ranging from grouper offshore to trout and reds inshore.
On a full day offshore, Girle says they caught and released
tons of red and gag grouper. "Most of the fish are under
slot," Girle says," but it's non-stop action out there."
Girle reports mangrove snapper to 16 inches as well as
plenty of Key West grunts.
Moving inshore, Girle is wading the flats of Sarasota
Bay for redfish and trout. "Target the schools of mullet to
find the reds," Girle says. "The redfish are scattered, but
the ones we're catching are ranging from 15-26 inches.
Capt. Logan Bystrom also is targeting tarpon along
the beached and in the passes both north and south. While
fishing the beaches, Bystrom is using live threadfin her-
ring as an offering to entice wary tarpon to bite. He says
the water on the beachside of Anna Maria has been gin-
clear in recent days. To aide in stealth, Bystrom likes
to use 50-pound fluorocarbon tied to a 6/0 Gamakatsu
4X Strong hook. Also while bait fishing the beaches,
Bystrom opts to use a 9-foot casting rod paired with a
conventional reel for better leverage against big tarpon.
"You get optimum performance for casting when you use
a weighted cork," Bystrom says. "It's perfect for the type
of fishing we're doing right now."
Fish on the beach are averaging 80-120 pounds with
bigger kings being caught occasionally. "The fish are a
little scattered right now," Bystrom says. "On the back-
side of the full moon, the fish tend to head south," he
reasoned. On an up-note, Bystrom predicts the tarpon
will school up again around the new moon.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says Spanish mackerel are
showing in good numbers and they're big, too. "All of
the hatch bait is starting to appear," Medley says, "which
in turn brings in the Spanish mackerel."
On a final note, I want to wish Gabrielle Medley,
baitmaster Jeff's daughter, a happy eighth birthday. Keep
reeling in those mackerel off the pier, Gabrielle.
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Island real estate transactions
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
407 74th St., Unit B, Bay Breeze, Holmes Beach, a
2,098 sfla / 3,459 sfur 3bed/22bath/2car land condo with
pool built in 2005 was sold 06/03/11, Rudek to Aktiebo-
lag for $504,000; list $590,000.
712 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,562 sfla
2,572 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1983
on a 70x 116 lot was sold 05/27 /11, Nowak to Estabrooks
for $370,000; list $449,900.
205 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 816 sfla / 1,086 sfur
2bed/1 bath home built in 1950 on a 118x100 lot was sold
06/10/11, Norman to Carter & Beach to Bay Investments
Inc. for $500,000.
102 68th St., Unit 101, Seaside Beach House, Holmes
Beach, a 1,275 sfla 2bed/11/bath condo with shared pool
built in 1977 was sold 06/03/11, Perger to Crager for
$338,000; list $399,000.
241 17th St., Unit 9, Bradenton Beach Club, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,676 sfla / 2,118 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
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CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
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condo with shared pools built in 2003 was sold 06/03/11,
Mercier to Overgard Properties LLC for $335,000; list
312 64th St., Unit 308, Sixty Fourth Street, Holmes
Beach, a 2,040 sfla / 2,184 sfur 4bed/2bath condo with
pool built in 1993 was sold 05/27/11, Federal National
Mortgage Association to Bresnahan for $274,900; list
611 Gulf Drive N., Unit B 12, Imperial House, Bra-
denton Beach, a 794 sfla 2bed/lbath 55+ condo with
shared pool built in 1969 was sold 06/06/11, Staten to
Ohlman for $158,000.
2312 Avenue C, Unit 11, King of Hardts Lay Z Liv
N, Bradenton Beach, a 651 sfla lbed/l bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold 06/06/11, Perry to
Hogan for $135,000.
611 Gulf Drive N., Unit C16, Imperial House, Bra-
denton Beach, a 664 sfla ibed/lbath 55+ condo with
shared pool built in 1969 was sold 06/08/11, Reubold to
Mackay for $87,000; list $122,495.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
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ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collect-
ibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
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ART STUDIO SUBLET: Through October, 2011,
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BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
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Beautiful pool home situated on a quiet side street. This home fea-
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and recently updated landscaping. Built at an original cost of
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FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
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up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
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 -2733.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m. until we get rid of all our stuff.
Friday and Saturday, July 1-2. All proceeds go to
education fund of AMI Turtle Watch & Shorebirds.
Cool items, computer desk, office goodies, old
stuff, funky stuff, lamps, linens, books, kitchen
stuff plus you get to hang out and hear the latest
nesting beach stories and eat home made cook-
ies! Please bring coffee! 214 69th St., Holmes
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.- ? Saturday, July 2.2511
Ave. C, Bradenton Beach.
LOST: WEDDING BAND and prescription glasses
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Street, Holmes Beach, Saturday, June 11. Red
collar. Call 941-778-0821 or 941-932-0559.
FOUND: BLACK CHANGE purse and contents at
Publix, June 5. Holmes Beach Police Department,
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach up to
23-foot. $140/month, three-month minimum. 941-
DOCK RENTAL WANTED: Avid, responsible
angler/diver looking for affordable slip to keep
24.5-foot boat. 941-807-1221.
HOUSEKEEPER: MONDAY THROUGH Thurs-
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EDUCATOR LOOKING FOR part-time personal
assistant for variety of duties. Good references.
Phone number, 941-761-7472.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
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server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
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wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network
engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
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spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
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TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
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Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
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Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
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TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-
A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and
installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch and
anything else. Please, call David at 941-504-
NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and mainte-
nance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant
installation. Certified horticultural professional.
Call Joan, 941-704-9025.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction * Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 * 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn-:, 1.: I I pii Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
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941-232-9208 * Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road * 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
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Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
1 Baywatch: Bradenton Beach.
"" 1301 N. Bay Drive. Direct
bayfront condo, 2BR/2BA,
1,079 sf, nicely furnished.
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GULF VIEW HOME FOR $350,000. 100 steps to
the beach! Charming 2 bedroom/2 bath cottage. Sit
on your deck to watch gorgeous sunsets over the Gulf
of Mexico. Newer bathrooms and kitchen.
WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY to live and work on
Anna Maria Island. Just 100 feet to beach. Possibilities
are endless! Business and real estate. Call office for
Mike 4 800-367-1617
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/AN N UAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
$1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units
available for office/commercial spaces from 750-
2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units
and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1 BA. North-
west Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola
3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coas-
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Clean 2BR/2BA with
garage. Boat dock. Nice quiet area, references
required, no smoking/pets. $950/month. 941-776-
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
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OLD FLORIDA living in fabulous bayfront setting with spectacu-
lar views. Lush tropical setting, two docks, tiki bar. 3BR/2.5BA
home has cathedral beam ceilings, knotty cypress walls and
Australian cypress floors. $799,000. Call Dave Moynihan (941)
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 4F r 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/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with
boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio,
cable, washer and dryer. Annual lease or six
months plus, $950/month unfurnished, $1,000/
month furnished. No dogs. Call 941-798-3842 or
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home
NW Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home Palma Sola.
Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all
amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1 BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
TROPICAL PARADISE: 3BR/2BA canalfront
home on Key Royale. Annual unfurnished. New
carpet and new paint. Updated interior. Davits.
CHARMING 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex. High
ceilings, new carpet, clean, no pets. Bradenton
Beach. $850/month. 941-725-2549.
For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
at Mike Norman Realty,
Holmes Beach, 412 73rd Street, brand new classic
Key West-style home. This home has water views
from the living and dining rooms, kitchen, and
master suite. It's 3BR/2BA, with private pool and a
large 1 -car garage. Priced to sell at $549,000.
Seaside Gardens: This beautifully maintained villa
is an affordable and rare find at Seaside Gardens.
Spacious, bright end-unit villa. You own the lot and
building. Newer roof, A/C. Unfurnished. $190,000
3BR/2BA, split plan,
- l- huge lot, 70-ft dock
with lift. House opens
out to pool and 200
feet of canal. Sail-
.boat water, extra
- wide canal. One of
- - a kind! A success-
ful vacation rental that does $30,000 per year.
Text "CARD" to my cell phone and I'll
text you my business card.
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LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION! Monthly rental,
Key Royale 2BR/2BA canal home. Lets talk! Call
ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA. 2BR/1.5BA, sailboat
access. Dock, lift, washer and dryer. Non-smok-
ing, no pets, credit check. A-1 tenant? A-1 land-
lord. $1,400/month. 941-779-0556.
ANNUAL: 3BR, FENCED yard, $950/month.
Annual 1BR, furnished, $750/month. Big Fish
Real Estate, 941-779-2289.
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. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture,
breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under
roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. $3,400,000. Contact owner, broker,
FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper
Resort, 1 BR/1 BA, enclosed bonus room, steps
to beach. 813-458-3875.
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Three miles to
beach, seasonal, $140,000-plus. 941-773-0212.
RUNAWAY BAY RESORT: 2BR/2BA close to pool
and beach. Owner. $219,000. 1-317-437-4461.
FOR SALE: AFFORDABLE, adorable 1 BR trailer
in pretty park, bay access, one mile from Anna
Maria Island beaches, boat stake possible. 941 -
BEST BUY ON Anna Maria Island: Sandpiper
Resort. Purchase the corporation share and get
unit #507 turnkey, 1 BR/1 BA for $5,000. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 585-731-4415. www.sandpiperre-
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN lakefront lots.
New, gated waterfront community. Dockable lots
with up to 300 feet of shoreline. Low insurance,
low property tax. Call now, 800-709-5253.
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nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
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is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this news-
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