Best in state
Islander at FPA.
appreciate the recogni-
tion. Page 6
Alleged Key Royale
$485,000. Page 4
The government cal-
endar. Page 5
The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
BB commission sinks
policy. Page 8
delays decision on lot
purchases. Page 9
Island police blotter.
BB budget review
continues. Page 18
Investigations continue in parasailing death
By Lisa Neff
Federal and state investigators continued
to look into the death of a South Carolina
man who had joined his family June 27 for
an evening parasailing adventure in the Gulf
David Richard Sieradzki, 31, an IT expert
from Fountain Inn, S.C., was pronounced
dead at 5:55 p.m. at a dock on the bayside of
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
For 30 minutes prior, life-saving measures
were performed by a Manatee County Emer-
gency Medical Services team, a U.S. Coast
Guard rescue crew and the small crew aboard
Almost Heaven, a 28-foot vessel operated by
Fun N Sun Parasailing out of the Bradenton
urge care for wildlife.
Sports: Coed football
at center. Page 24
Fishing: High temps,
hot sport. Page 25
Island Biz: PAR certi-
fied green. Page 26
When Almost Heaven headed out to the
Gulf of Mexico that Monday evening there
were eight people aboard - two crewmembers,
Sieradzki and wife Stephanie and four others.
Stephanie Sieradzki went up first on the
Then came David Sieradzki's turn under the
According to Fun N Sun, the Coast Guard
and FWC, the out-drive on the boat failed, caus-
ing the propeller to stop turning and the boat to
"It was able to make a bare-steerage way,"
said Coast Guard Cmdr. Peter Martin, deputy
commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Peters-
The line slackened and Sieradzki, who was
Ann Howard of Braden-
ton is this week's winner
in the newspaper's six-
week Top Notch contest.
Howard's entry - a
sharp, candid image
of a squirrel with its
snack at Coquina Beach
- poses the age-old
question, "How many
licks does it take to
get to the Tootsie Roll
center of a Tootsie
Pop?" Howard earned
a ./, ,.,. - tl n-,- mullet-
wrapper" prize T-shirt
and her photograph will
go into a pool of weekly
- " winners eligible for the
grand prize of $100
from the newspaper and
wearing a life vest, came down, landing in the
water about 400 feet from the boat. The boat was
about 1.5 miles off the coast of Longboat Key.
Witnesses told investigators that Sieradzki
waved as he touched down. FWC spokesman
Gary Morse said Sieradzki seemed to indicate
to those on the boat that he was fine when he
But at some point, Sieradzki became unre-
sponsive. The crew pulled him to the boat,
which took about two to three minutes. By then,
Sieradzki was unconscious, with a faint pulse.
The Almost Heaven crew began CPR and
sent out a distress call via VHF radio at 5:30
A 25-foot response boat and crew from Coast
Guard Station Cortez launched and arrived to aid
Almost Heaven at 5:48 p.m. The Coast Guard
crew transferred Sieradzki and his wife to its
PLEASE SEE PARASAIL, PAGE 3
Stephanie and David Sieradzki. David
Sieradzki, 31, died June 27. He was parasail-
ing about 1.5 miles off the coast of Longboat
Key when the boat's motor malfunctioned and
he made an emergency landing in the Gulf
of Mexico. The cause of death, as of Islander
press time, remained unknown. Islander
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2 0 July 6, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
It might have taken eight months, but the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce has been reim-
bursed by Manatee County and the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau for most of the money
the chamber has spent since November 2010 while
serving as a county tourist information center.
Chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said
BACVB executive director Elliott Falcione personally
brought a check last week to the chamber for $24,495 to
cover the chamber's tourist information expenses from
November 2010 through May.
The hang-up in payments the past eight months
[: l was due to the need for a con-
tract to allow the disbursement of
* _ county funds between the BACVB
and the chamber. The chamber
operated as a tourist information
center for Manatee County for
nine years and routinely received
Brockman its monthly payments under a
verbal agreement with former
BACVB executive director Larry
County attorneys, however,
told Falcione and Brockman in
January that until a contract was
signed, no further payments would
be made. Brockman said she origi-
Falcione nally thought it would only take
a few weeks to put a contract
together, but a few weeks turned into four months.
After the BACVB payments stopped, Brockman
said she was forced to borrow funds from the chamber's
money market account to meet payroll and pay other
The first agreement took the county three months
to prepare, Brockman said, and was rejected by the
Boardwalk construction resumes
Woodruff & Sons Construction, following a short break for the July 4 holiday, resumed building the shelters
at the entrance to the Anna Maria City Pier, part of the Florida Department of Transportation's 800-foot-long
boardwalk project along the shoreline. The DOT said motorists could expect intermittent flagging when driv-
ing in the construction area. The north half of the project should be completed in August. The pier restaurant
remains open and fishers are welcome. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
chamber's lawyer, forcing the county to rewrite the
The chamber agreed to a recently revised contract
and signed the agreement three weeks ago. Brockman
said she's positive ( . il ing will now run smoothly
for future reimbursements.
"It's been tough the past eight months. We had
budgeted those funds as revenue for payroll, postage,
rent and other miscellaneous items. Several times
we had to borrow against other accounts to make
Brockman said the amount paid to the chamber
from the BACVB is usually about $3,500 per month,
or around $42,000 annually.
In return for the dollars, the chamber distributes lit-
erature by mail on county attractions, events and places
to stay to names accumulated on an inquiry list.
The chamber also provides county tourist informa-
tion at its office at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and
presents similar information on its website.
The chamber files expense reports monthly for the
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boat, is parked on
a trailer at the U.S.
Coast Guard post
in Cortez. Both the
Coast Guard and
the Florida Fish and
are investigating the
death of a man who
from Almost Heaven
on June 27. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
PARASAIL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
boat, where CPR was performed on the man on the way
to the Coquina Bayside boat ramp in Bradenton Beach,
said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
Upon arriving at the boat ramp, Coast Guard crew-
members continued to perform CPR on Sieradzki until
the arrival of the EMS crew, which also performed CPR
before pronouncing Sieradzki dead.
"Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with
the friends and families of the deceased," said Martin.
The next morning, Almost Heaven rested on a boat
trailer outside the Coast Guard station in Cortez and the
Fun N Sun operation was voluntarily closed, with crew
and staff mourning the loss.
"We're all deeply saddened," said Fun N Sun
manager Louis Mandel. "And we're praying for the
"Our captain, he's traumatized," Mandel continued.
"He did i\ h Iiing he was supposed to do.... He shot
the flares. We had ( ,. i. tiiing on board. They performed
Meanwhile, the investigations continued, with offi-
cials saying such reviews generally take months.
Details on the height Sieradzki was at when the
engine malfunctioned or how fast he came down were
not immediately known.
Also unknown was the cause of death. Manatee
County Medical Examiner Dr. Russell Vega told the
press June 30 that the initial autopsy was inconclusive
as to the cause of death and that his office was con-
tinuing to investigate. That investigation would include
interviews with witnesses, as well as reviews of a bat-
tery of pathology tests.
Sieradzki's family, including his wife, father and
sister, returned to South Carolina last week.
Relatives described Sieradzki as outdoorsy, fun-
loving, adventurous and super nice.
He was bom in South Bend, Ind., graduated from
ITT Tech and was enrolled in a bachelor's degree pro-
gram while also working with students at the South
1st 2011 tropical
The first tropical storm of the 2011 season,
Arlene, formed June 28.
The storm formed in the southwestern Gulf and
took a westward path, never threatening Florida but
hitting Mexico's coast with "large and destructive
waves," winds of 50 mph and 4-8 inches of rain,
according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm also sent rain bands across the Gulf
and the Sunshine State, bringing some relief after a
long dry spell on the west coast.
Government forecasters have predicted an above-
normal hurricane season for the Atlantic basin.
The Climate Prediction Center of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has pre-
* 12 to 18 named storms with winds of 39 mph
* Six to 10 of those storms could become hur-
ricanes, with winds of 74 mph or higher.
* Three to six of those hurricanes could be cat-
egory 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher.
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Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina,
Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.
The Atlantic season began June 1 and continues
Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.
Sieradzki's interests included playing the tuba in his
hometown's Brass Ensemble, rooting for Notre Dame
and Clemson teams, playing softball, cooking, hunting
A celebration of life took place July 2 in South
Sieradzki is survived by his wife, parents Rich-
ard and Cindy Sieradzki, paternal grandfather Rich
Sieradzki, sisters Erin Sieradzki and Ashleigh Sieradzki,
two nieces and a nephew.
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4 0 July 6, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Key Royale president estimates $485,000 embezzled
Key Royale Club's president has estimated that
about $485,000 was embezzled from the private, mem-
ber-only club in Holmes Beach.
The amount was noted in the president's letter
to members in the club's July newsletter, Tee Time
To date, letters from the pres-
ident and several statements from
S the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment are the only publicly released
details of the situation at the club,
which operates the Island's only
Humphreys Club officers and members
have repeatedly declined to com-
ment to The Islander.
Word of an embezzlement first came in mid-May
in a "Dear members" letter from club president Craig
Humphreys. He said that there had been an embezzle-
ment of club funds, there was an ongoing police inves-
tigation and that there were requested subpoenas of
HBPD Chief Jay Romine has confirmed a "finan-
cial-based investigation" at the club led by Detective
"We're basically just looking into what happened
up there. But we are not identifying a suspect right
now," Romine told The Islander previously.
Humphreys, in his public pronouncements, has
described the financial-based matter repeatedly as
In his July letter to members, Humphreys said, "We
are finally beginning to see some 'light at the end of
the tunnel' regarding our embezzlement problem. It has
been a very slow, frustrating, and complicated process,
and I'd like to thank all of you for your support, patience
Humphreys said that by the time the letter arrived
County creates Segway pilot program
By Lisa Neff
Fasten the helmet. Step up. And cruise - in low
gear - on the Coquina Beach multi-use path.
The Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers June 21 approved a pilot program providing for
Segway use on the multi-use path at Coquina Beach.
Segway ridership already was allowed on the por-
tion of the path at Cortez Beach, as well as in beach
The resolution the commission approved does not
allow Segways in the Leffis Key preserve on Coquina's
Commissioner John Chappie, who represents
the Island and west Bradenton, offered the motion to
approve the pilot program, observing that Bradenton
Beach officials endorsed a laissez-faire approach to
Segway use in the park.
Such an approach was not initially proposed by
the county parks and recreation department, which
earlier this year recommended that the commission
approve an exclusive agreement with an Island busi-
ness to conduct tours at Coquina Beach but prohibit
all other Segway use in the area.
Parks officials, concerned about the increased
number of Segways on the path and with Segway com-
panies soliciting business on the beach, began discuss-
ing a contract with a concessionaire in late 2009.
The parks code prohibits solicitation on the beach,
as well as vending and peddling without a county-issued
license or concession agreement. With the exception of
baby carriages, mobility equipment for people with dis-
abilities and bicycles, the code also prohibits vehicles on
the path, including the two-wheeled Segways, though they
are not considered "vehicles" under state law.
When the parks department proposal reached a
workshop in late April, the commission applied the
brakes. Commissioners had many questions and con-
cerns about over-regulation of Segways.
In late-May, parks staff met with Island officials
and law enforcement officers and reached a consensus
- the county should allow Segway use at Coquina for
a six-month trial. Tour operators would have to get a
concession agreement with the county to operate by the
beach, and personal Segway use would be allowed.
The commission, last week, unanimously endorsed
that approach. The only debate at the dais was over
whether a speed limit should be set, with Commis-
sioners Donna Hayes and Larry Bustle emphatically
objecting to a maximum mph.
Hayes said a speed limit was over-regulation and
Bustle added that it was unenforceable.
Chappie agreed that Bradenton Beach Police
Department officers will not be using speed guns to
ticket riders on the multi-use path, but he said at least
a limit would guide riders. He added that tour operators
would be required to follow the speed limit as a part of
the concession agreement.
After several rounds, the vote was 5-2 for the
trial period, which would end Dec. 31, and to require
Segway riders to travel on the multi-use path in the
lowest of three possible gears.
to members, "the state attorney's office should have
issued a warrant for the arrest of the primary suspect in
HBPD has not publicly identified a suspect or
person of interest, and a review of online court records
did not find a warrant on July 2, when the newsletter
was delivered on the Island.
To represent the club at the courthouse in either
criminal or civil matters, Humphreys said a legal firm
The president praised club treasurer Tim Friesen
for diligence in uncovering the alleged embezzlement
of funds, which Humphreys said began in mid-2008 at
a slow pace, but escalated "in terms of both the amount
and in the frequency of activity until discovery by Tim
in March 2011."
McKay, others apply
for WMFR vacancy
Anna Maria public works superintendent George
McKay is one of five people to apply to fill a vacancy
on the West Manatee Fire Rescue District board of com-
The vacancy occurred when John Rigney moved
out of the WMFR district in May and was required to
resign. Under WMFR's charter, commissioners appoint
a qualified applicant to complete the remainder of the
term, which expires in November 2012.
Also applying for the vacancy is former WMFR
commissioner Mike Mulyck, who was defeated in the
November 2010 election by Scott Ricci.
WMFR Chief Andy Price said applicants must
reside in the district, be eligible to vote and be able to
attend monthly board meetings at 6 p.m. on the third
Thursday of every month at the WMFR administration
center, 6477 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
The deadline for submission of applications is July
10. The commission will review the applications and
appoint a new member from the qualified applicants at
its July 21 meeting.
WMFR commissioners are not paid, although the
WMFR charter allows for a stipend to commissioners.
Since it was formed in May 2000, the WMFR district
commission has consistently down salaries, making it
the only fire district board in Manatee County whose
members do not receive compensation, Price said.
Other applicants are Robert Kelly of Holmes Beach,
Dennis McElwaine of Holmes Beach and David Bishop
of northwest Bradenton.
Anyone interested in submitting an application for
the vacancy should call the WMFR at 941-761-1555.
'Top Notch' deadline Friday for July 13 cover spot
've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest Entries need not be repeated weekly, as any photos
win. . . preferred by the judges but not selected are moved for-
lander Top Notch photo contest will began pub- . - ward each week of the contest.
;kly winning photos July 6. Six weekly winning . " Photos without the required entry information will
e featured on the cover of The Islander, and one .. 2 . * / A be disqualified.
photo will be a grand prize winner with $100 cash prize
from The Islander and other prizes and gift certificates
from local merchants. Weekly winners receive a "More
Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The second of six weekly deadlines is noon Friday,
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pic-
tures that may include family, landscapes and scenics,
candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid
pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal
triumph. This year judges also will be looking for
photos in a category of its own: Pets. First- through
YOUR ENTRY MUST INCLUDE:
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
I have read the contest rules and affirm that this entry is
in compliance with them.
Top Notch past winner by Carolyne Norwood.
third-place pet photos will earn special prizes appropri-
ate to the pet from Perks 4 Pets.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in origi-
nal camera format via e-mail to email@example.com
or on a non-returnable disc.
Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed.
Digital entries are encouraged, but contestants may
send or deliver an entry to Top Notch Contest Editor,
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
found here and online at www.islander.org.
E-mail entries must include required information in
the e-mail text. One photo attachment/entry per e-mail.
There is no limit to the number of weekly entries.
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper Top Notch Photo
Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur
photographers are those who derive less than 5 percent
of their income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken
after Jan. 1, 2010, are eligible. Photos previously pub-
lished (in any format/media) or entered in any Islander or
other competition are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is
permitted; no composite or multiple print images will be
accepted. Digital photos must be submitted in original
file format. Prints from digital or film are accepted. Slides
are not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must
be included either in the e-mail or affixed to the back of
each print submitted. One e-mail per photo submission.
E-mail single entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail or
deliver print entries to The Islander Top Notch Photo
Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may
publish their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be
able to furnish the original negative or original digital image
if requested by the contest editor. All photos submitted
become the property of The Islander. Photos will not be
returned. The Islander and contest sponsors assume no
responsibility for materials submitted.
Entrant must provide the name and address of any
recognizable persons appearing in the picture with the
6) Employees and paid contributors to The Islander
and their immediate family members are not eligible to
enter the contest.
1V � 'Art'
The Islander newspaper was named one of the
three Best of Show winning newspapers for 2010 at
the annual Florida Press Association awards banquet
July 1 at the Vinoy Renaissance hotel in St. Peters-
The Best of Show is the highest honor awarded
to a newspaper by the FPA at its annual convention.
Islander publisher Bonner Joy accepted the award
for the newspaper.
The Best of Show award is presented annually
by the FPA to one newspaper in each of the three cir-
culation divisions that had the best overall showing
for the annual FPA Better Newspaper Contest. The
results of the 2010 contest were announced before
In addition to the Best of Show award, The
Islander was named first place in its circulation cat-
egory for Overall Excellence, the top honor awarded
in each circulation division at the awards presenta-
During an awards program, The Islander won
four first-place honors, four second-place awards and
four third-place certificates. The Best of Show honors
were announced at the banquet following the awards
The newspaper also won first-place in the Com-
munity Service category for its annual Wish Book,
a compilation of community agencies and their
Reporter Rick Catlin received first-place awards
for Best News Story and Best Investigative Report-
Reporter Lisa Neff won second place in the Best
Sports Picture category and second place for Humor-
Sportswriter Kevin Cassidy received the third-
place and second-place awards for Bests Sports
The Islander's website took a second-place
award, with web director Wayne Ansell of Baldock,
England, along to receive the honor. The newspaper
also received second place in the Headline Writing
Islander staff also won a second-place award for
Front-Page Makeup, while Joy and the newspaper
took home a third-place certificate for Best Editorial
The newspaper received third-place awards for
both Newspaper Promotion and Special Issue or Sup-
Joy thanked the entire Islander staff for the awards.
It was the first time since Joy began The Islander in
1992 that the newspaper received Best in Show.
"I'm extremely humbled and grateful for a dedi-
cated top-notch staff, many wonderful contributors and
the community involvement in the newspaper. It is
indeed an honor," she said.
Islander named 'Best' in state
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Anna Maria City
* July 5, 9 a.m., LDR meeting.
* July 5, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
* July 12, 9 a.m., LDR meeting.
* July 13, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
* July 14, 6 p.m., city commission work meeting.
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, 6 p.m., city commission meeting on EAR.
* July 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* July 12, 1 p.m., city commission budget meeting.
* July 12, 3 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
* July 13, 10 a.m., special master hearing.
* July 13, 1 p.m., city commission budget meet-
* July 14, 1 p.m., city commission budget meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* July 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* July 13, 7 p.m., planning commission 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 Ave.
W., Bradenton, 941-741-3900.
* July 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
6 0 July 6, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
It's hard not to be proud of our accomplishments
for the past 19 years.
One measure of success is provided by the Florida
Press Association. The Islander joined the organization,
which represents and supports some 75 or so weeklies,
as well as a group of daily newspapers, nearly 19 years
ago. We started taking part in the annual Better News-
paper Contest in 1994, with submissions from our first
full year of publishing, which was 1993.
We've had some amazing, positive results from the
years of contests, including an award for First Amend-
ment defense that was an accomplishment for The
Islander - "the little engine that could."
Last year was tough, what with a precedent-setting
recall election in Anna Maria and an overwhelming
amount of information, legal dockets and court pro-
ceedings to review and report.
It wasn't easy to cover a story with the subject,
former Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, unwilling to
communicate with us.
Rick Catlin did a remarkable job of accounting for
the flow of information with regard to Stoltzfus. The
two awards credited to his effort - best news story and
in-depth news reporting - were earned for stories on
Of course, it's not hard to impress judges with such
blatant misuse of office and violations of the Sunshine
Law. Still, we were not alone in reporting the subject.
And we are not alone in the state of Florida when
it comes to excellence in journalism.
We also gathered awards at the convention, held
this year at the Vinoy Renaissance hotel in downtown
St. Petersburg, with thanks to reporter and copy editor
Lisa Neff. We received a first place for community ser-
vice for our Wish Book, a holiday section highlighting
the Island's nonprofit organizations and their needs to
serve the community in the upcoming year, compiled
She also earned a second place for humorous
column with a special story she wrote for our visitor
guide, "Living like an Island local."
And much credit goes to her journalism skills and
high standards for our first-place award - the No. 1
category we can enter among more than 30 in the con-
test - in General Excellence.
In all, we had 14 awards. Some for photography,
writing, editorial page, front-page makeup, sports
column, headline writing, website in-house newspaper
promotion ... all across the board.
Everyone who labors with love for The Islander
contributed to our success at the FPA awards this year.
Award No. 15: Best of Show. An incredible
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Centennial committee salute
On behalf of the Anna Maria City Pier Centennial
Committee, I would like to thank The Islander work-
ing with The City Pier Restaurant and the Anna Maria
Island Privateers for hosting the dinner and fireworks
the evening of the centennial.
The earlier rain did not dampen our spirits as the
evening was fortified by the exceptional food, spirits and
gaiety of those of us lucky enough to be special guests
at this exceptional end of two years of planning.
The festival would have been a sell-out had the
rain not ended the day earlier for the vendors and art-
ists on Pine Avenue. The Chiles Group had the finest
restaurants from the area assembled the length of Pine
Avenue, along with quality wines, beers, and music
tastefully arranged and planned so that one heard music
from each group as they strolled the street.
Jane Coleman and Tina Fusaro took the artists and
the thespians in hand to create a walking play of the his-
tory of Anna Maria Island, and all who saw the young
unicyclists do their routines that day were thrilled.
Unfortunately the flash mob dance they had planned
got washed out with the rain.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society volun-
teers outdid themselves with their city jail float and the
cracker horses in the parade on May 13, along with a
fine collection of historical artists around Belle Haven
on May 14.
Special thanks go out to ourAnna Maria city public
works crew, headed by George McKay, for hanging ban-
ners and readying the city for the historic day.
I also was proud of our community of volunteers -
the North End Merchants Organization, the Roser and
CrossPointe Fellowship churches and the Anna Maria
Island Community Center - for making our committee
look good, complete with a "Tom Sawyer" fence for the
kids to paint May 14. This was "smalltown USA" at its
finest. We are so very proud.
Additionally, we are glad to report a final tally of
the special Pier Centennial bank account after expenses
of more than $4,500 to be divided evenly among the
center, AMIHS and the Anna Maria Island Preservation
Sissy Quinn, Anna Maria Pier Centennial chair-
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"Do you think the City of Anna Maria should pur-
chase the six vacant lots at Pine Avenue and Bay Bou-
"I would bet that a study by an outside company
would recommend the purchase of those lots for any
future development of parking needs. The city would
be remiss in not purchasing those lots.... Hopefully they
will be proactive and purchase them instead of looking
back later and lamenting about a lost opportunity."
- Deborah Lewis Serban
I.li.,, Id horses be banned from the Palma Sola
"They should ban horses because they poo on the
beach. They should also ban fish, sea-faring birds,
turtles and especially whales, because they are the big-
gest culprits. Save the beaches for the people with their
plastic garbage, beer cans, broken glass, oil for their gas
engines, pesticides, runoff, cigarette butts and condo-
- Wes Cameron
"If they ban horses, then they'd better get ready
to ban the dogs, too. Not to mention the inconsiderate
people who leave soiled diapers on the beach."
- Yvonne DeChambre Markiewicz
'Deadliest Catch' stars at Island Walgreens
By Rick Catlin
Brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the
Discovery Channel's show "Deadliest Catch" were
at the Holmes Beach Walgreens last week, signing
autographs and introducing their latest venture: Time
Time Bandit is the name of the commercial boat
they launch every October from Kodiak, Alaska, for
the king crab season.
The Hillstrands never dreamed they would
become television stars when they began a life of
crab and salmon fishing in the Bering Sea many
Thanks to the reality series about the dangers
aboard the Time Bandit and other king crab fishing
vessels, the brothers and their boat are known to mil-
lions of people around the world.
Looking for a way to take advantage of the real-
ity show's popularity, the brothers had an idea for a
vodka named "Time Bandit," and contacted an old
friend, Ken Brand of Sarasota.
Brand was in the liquor distributing and market-
ing business in Sarasota for many years and took the
Hillstrand brothers' idea to reality.
Time Bandit vodka is available at Walgreens
liquor stores in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama,
as well as at selected stores in Alaska. Brand said
the vodka would be introduced at Walgreens in Ten-
nessee next month. The company also offers a Time
Bandit bloody-mary mix.
The brothers visited the Holmes Beach Wal-
greens June 29 in their Time Bandit land vehicle to
sign autographs, meet some local Cortez and Island
anglers and pose for pictures. A Walgreens super-
visor estimated more than 300 people attended the
two-hour autograph session.
"We've been really amazed about this," said
Andy Hillstrand. "We had an idea and took it to Ken,
and it's worked out so far. The response has been
Johnathan Hillstrand said they'd like to do some
local sport fishing, but there hasn't been enough time
on this trip. They're due back in Kodiak in early Sep-
tember to prepare for the coming king crab season in
October. Next summer, he said, the brothers hope to
do some fishing when they come to the area.
The brothers are visiting as many Walgreens as
possible that carry Time Bandit vodka before they
return to Alaska.
Brand said Time Bandit rum will be introduced
within the next 45 days, and Time Bandit products
eventually will be distributed nationwide.
Time Bandit Liquors has its headquarters and
warehouse in Sarasota.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has rated crab
fishing in the Bering Sea as the most dangerous job in
the country because it has the highest mortality rate
of any occupation, ranking above law enforcement
officer or firefighter in number of deaths per 100,000
Brothers Johnathan Hillstrand, left, and Andy Hill-
strand, of the television show "Deadliest Catch," at
Walgreens in Holmes Beach June 29 signing auto-
graphs and introducing their Time Bandit vodka.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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The Islander, headlines announced:
* Holmes Beach residents Lance Spotts and Dan
and Tina Howe hired attorney Dan Lobeck to oppose
the proposed Tidemark Resort because the rezoning
and special exception approved by the city commis-
sion were inconsistent with the comprehensive plan.
Tidemark developer Nick Easterling planned a 45-unit
condominium, marina and restaurant on the site of the
former Pete Reynard', \ lIn m.ii Bay Restaurant.
* Anna Maria city commissioners in a 3-2 vote
denied a variance request from Susan Negele to build
on property she owned at 103 Elm St., although the
planning and zoning board had unanimously recom-
mended the commission approve the request. Attorney
Bill Moore, representing Negele, told commissioners
he would sue the city.
* Bradenton Beach resident David Maggar, 43, was
fatally electrocuted while trimming trees for a friend in
Holmes Beach. According to the police report, Mag-
gar's chainsaw came in contact with a branch that was
touching a live wire. Florida Power and Light Co. inves-
tigator Wally Duffy said Maggar was not a licensed
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June 27 73 91 .04
June 28 , 73 88 .37
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Commission sinks city boater registration
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach City Commission voted unani-
mously June 30 to sink a policy requiring boaters on
extended stays in the city's mooring field to register with
The policy was implemented in a resolution adopted
last October, when code enforcement and police officers
were concerned with how to remove derelict and aban-
doned vessels in the bay waters, as well as with com-
plaints of vandalism and other alleged criminal acts in
The city still faces such concerns, but a $25,000 grant
has provided money for the city to remove abandoned or
derelict boats, said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
The chief said he had advocated for the registration
because his department and code enforcement needed
to know who was on the boats and how to reach them
in the event of an emergency. Too often, the boaters or
liveaboards, were not the registered owners and there was
no mechanism to contact them.
In at least two instances, untended boats broke lose
and crashed into the pier, with the city having to pay the
bill to remove the vessels, as well as repair the pier.
Some boaters complained about the registration
policy, as well as the $15 administrative fee attached to
the registration at the clerk's office.
And, in late spring, at least one boater filed a formal
challenge, claiming that the measure was in violation of
state boating laws.
City attorney Ricinda Perry told the city commis-
sion the registration was defensible, but there was no
guarantee that the city would win a case before a special
master, who might not understand the city's unique posi-
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statute, secured jurisdiction of the bay and Gulf waters
extending 500 feet from shore.
Perry said if she went before the special master, she
had evidence from code enforcement related to derelict
and abandoned vessels, but that the police department's
"intelligence" related to the mooring field was either
under investigation or unsubstantiated, and thus not in
the form of public records.
Special has described the intelligence as field notes,
and indicated that releasing that information might jeop-
ardize cases, as well as intrude on civil rights.
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So Perry, in a meeting in mid-June, presented com-
missioners with the options of pressing ahead with the
special master case, which could be costly as well as a
gamble, or repealing the registration rule.
The commission, at that meeting, delayed a decision
until Perry and Speciale could confer.
In the special meeting June 30, the commission faced
three possible motions: to repeal the registration policy,
maintain the policy or amend the policy.
Mayor Bob Bartelt said, "I u,' .I that we would
repeal this resolution to expedite the situation and to pre-
vent any further problems."
Commissioner Janie Robertson made the motion to
repeal the registration rule, which Commissioner Gay
Breuler seconded. The vote, less than 10 minutes into
the meeting, was unanimous and negated the need for a
special master review later this month.
For the record
Bradenton Beach, by a special act of the Flor-
ida Legislature, has the authority to police waters in
Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
The law, House Bill 1217, was passed in 2006
and extended the city's boundaries 500 feet from the
The measure states that the city is "authorized to
exercise its police powers and jurisdictional author-
ity 500 feet into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico
adjacent to its established corporate limits and within
Sarasota Bay from the eastern municipal boundary
of the city to the west right-of-way line of the Intra-
The measure also states, "The exercise of such
police powers and jurisdiction beyond the corporate
limits of the city shall extend only to the abatement
of nuisances, the enforcement of sanitary laws and
regulations, the regulation of zoning and the suppres-
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AM delays decision on 6-lot purchase, uses
By Rick Catlin
With an Aug. 15 deadline for Anna Maria city com-
missioners to tell Blackhawk Bank of Iowa whether it will
purchase six vacant lots at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boule-
vard intersection, Commissioner Gene Aubry announced
he believes "time is of the essence."
Commissioner John Quam had opened the June 29
meeting with some draft drawings of uses for the six lots
and urged discussion, but Aubry was ready to commit to
Aubry said potential uses of the six lots is impor-
tant, but "we can talk about that as we go. Let's move as
quickly as possible."
Aubry was ready to vote to allow Mayor Mike Selby
to contact Blackhawk Bank immediately to say the city
would agree to purchase the lots, but other commissioners
L \ % i) ,'dIy's got to know what or how we are going
to use (the lots)," Commissioner Dale Woodland said.
"I'm not comfortable with a purchase agreement
without knowing specifics," he said, and a noticed public
meeting should be held before any vote. "We can't vote
on something and hope it comes out right."
According to the mayor, Blackhawk Bank has offered
the six lots to the city for $2.8 million at 3.75 percent
interest for 10 years, with no payments the first two years.
After those first two years, the city can pay interest only
for the next eight years while it seeks funding. If only
interest is paid until the balloon payment is due at the
end of 10 years, the total price would be $3 million. The
bank wants an answer by Aug. 15.
The bank said the terms would allow the city two
years to find funding sources, either public or private,
without having to make a payment.
But Woodland said he was not sure that was the only
financing possible, particularly after government finance
expert Jim Gollohan presented other options for the com-
mission to consider, including getting another bank to
join Blackhawk in an amortized loan for a longer term,
or asking banks to bid on financing.
Gollohan also said he considered the present Black-
hawk offer a "risky proposition" for the city because no
one knows what interest rates will be in 10 years.
However, resident/developer Mike Coleman pointed
out that the Blackhawk deal is not permanent at 10 years.
The city can always insist on a prepayment clause with
Gollohan said one option is to seek an amortized
loan. The city has enough in guaranteed revenues to make
monthly payments on such a mortgage without difficulty,
he indicated. "You just paid off a loan with a $225,000 a
month payment," he said.
He suggested the city retain his firm and financial
attorney Judson Freeman to look into other options and
attempt to structure a deal beneficial to the city, and their
fees would come from the loan proceeds at closing.
City attorney Jim Dye said the commission should
authorize the mayor to negotiate with Blackhawk and any
other financial entity and suggested retaining Gollohan
and Freeman because government financing is a "highly
specialized area and we need their advice."
Not so, indicated Aubry. "The main thing is to get
the property first, then set up a commission" to work on
uses, design and financing measures. Otherwise, com-
missioners will still be talking about the six lots "months
from now," he said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who chaired the
meeting in the absence of Commissioner Chuck Webb,
did not yet favor a vote to make the purchase.
Even though the deadline is seven weeks away, Mat-
tick believed there would be enough time to "fast track"
discussions and get an agreement by Aug. 15.
Commissioners voted 3-1 to authorize Selby to con-
tinue negotiations with Blackhawk, while at the same
time work with Gollohan and Freeman on other options.
Aubry voted against the motion.
Selby said he would call Blackhawk and ask if bank
officials were interested in a 20-year fixed-rate amortized
Commissioners agreed to hold a short meeting before
their July 7 budget worksession to hear the mayor's report
on Blackhawk and any options Gollohan and Freeman
have to offer.
By the July 14 regular commission meeting, Mattick
said the mayor "should have something we may vote on,
and we will have public discussion."
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Woodruff & Sons, a local construction company working with the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program, recently completed a restoration project at Herb Dolan Park
located in the City of Bradenton Beach. The I1 ing shoreline" project, the first of
its kind in Sarasota Bay, involved removing existing concrete rubble and replac-
ing it with a fortified, yet naturally sloping shoreline. The project was completed
by planting native vegetation. A kayak and canoe launch was also built to allow
public access to the bay.
"Over the years, the shoreline around Sarasota Bay has been hardened by
seawalls, rock revetments and other ecologically unfriendly structures," said Dr.
Jay Leverone, SBEP staff scientist. "Replacing these man-made structures with
natural shoreline features enhances the Bay in so many ways. We hope the project
inspires area residents to consider reverting their own seawall to an environmen-
tally friendly shoreline."
The Southwest Florida Water Management District and the US Fish and
Wildlife Service were major supporters of the project. Scheda Ecological Asso-
ciates prepared the plans and coordinated construction with support from Lynn
Townsend & Associates based in Bradenton.
Since its inception in 1989, SBEP has been involved with more than 200
projects related to habitat or water improvement within the Sarasota Bay water-
shed spanning Sarasota and Manatee County. A dozen projects are currently in
planning, permitting or construction phase.
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Church in Bradenton Beach are collecting $10 and
$20 gift cards and sending them to Community Chapel
Church in Joplin, Mo., where they can be given to res-
idents rebuilding from a tornado that pummeled the
community May 23.
The Rev. Stephen King, who leads a morning
Sunday service at the Bradenton Beach non-denomi-
national church as well as an evening Sunday service
at New Horizons Community Church in Palm Harbor,
is organizing the gift card collection. Members of both
churches are participating.
"We have no personal ties to the Community
Church in Joplin," said King. \ly Sunday evening
church wanted to do something to help the tornado
victims, so we went online to find a church that was
similar in size to our own congregation.
"I called the church in Joplin and that is how the
relationship began," he said, "simply out of people
Pandamania comes to
Gloria Dei Church
Children from pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade
are invited to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for a bamboo
blast of "Pandamania" this month.
Pandamania is this summer's vacation Bible school
theme that teaches children "God is wild about you."
Each day's adventure is packed with activities designed
to help children discover more about God, said organiz-
Some activities include Bible crafts, team-building
games, songs of faith and making tasty treats.
Kids, participating in a mission project through a
program called Project Heart, also will collect new shoes
and socks for children.
Parents are welcome to join their kids at 11:30 a.m.
for the "Rowdy Wrap-Up," said organizers.
Pandamania will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the
church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from July
Registration and information is available from the
church office. Call 941-778-1813.
Wednesday, July 6
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
networking lunch at the Feast restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. - Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-496-4462.
5:30p.m. -Origami workshop for teens at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, July 12
10 a.m. - Manatee County Democratic Women's Club hosts
breakfast on the beach at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-7608.
Wednesday, July 13
7:45 to 9 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
sunrise breakfast at Rotten Ralph's on the Historic Bridge Street Pier,
200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee
5:30 p.m. - "Getting Ready for College" a workshop for teens at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
* Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
* Wednesday, 7 a.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shore-
bird Monitoring lead a turtle tour for those who gather at the Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through July. Informa-
* 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. Informa-
* Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
wanting to help others in need."
Arthur Whitacre of Bradenton is one of the parish-
ioners at Harvey Memorial Church lending a hand.
"Gift cards are an easy thing to send," said Whi-
tacre, "and people can use them to purchase what
they need most. It's a really great way to help that
doesn't break the bank. Everyone in our church has
been helping out, writing note cards to send with the
The church will be collecting gift cards through-
out the month.
Gift card donations can be dropped off when the
church is open from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each
Sunday - members usually linger after service to
chat and have coffee - or sent cards by mail to
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church
Ave., Bradenton Beach FL 34217.
For information, call the church at 941-779-
College prep workshop
for teens at Library
The Island Branch Library will host a workshop with
Debra Landesberg to help teens learn how to navigate the
college application process.
The workshop is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13.
Teens in any grade level are welcome to attend.
Landesberg will give tips on designing resumes, creat-
ing college essays, finding financial aid and choosing
the college, as well as conduct a question and answer
In 2009, Landesberg opened My College Resource in
Holmes Beach. She has guided more than 2,000 students
through the college application process.
The workshop is free, but seating is first come first
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information, call the library at 941-
* Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
* Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., practice landscape painting
techniques with Rhea Chiles 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
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
* Friday, 7to 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, Holmes Beach.
Friday, July 8
5p.m. - Splash Film Series: "180 Degrees South," at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-
4131. Fee applies.
* July 14, Anna Maria Island Privateers rum-tasting party, Gulf
Drive Cafe Tiki Hut.
* July 16, Snooty's 63rd Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival, South
* July 16, Florida Highwaymen visit Palmetto Historical Park and
* July 20, "Your Dolphin Neighbors" Mote Marine presentation for
teens, Island Branch Library.
Save the Date:
* July 23, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch banquet, Bradenton
Beach Fire Hall.
* Aug. 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers "Walk the Plank" party,
Cortez Clam Factory.
*Aug. 27, O'Connor Bowling Challenge, Bradenton.
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include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and
a contact via e-mail and phone.
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new work through-
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gallery opens from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday in the
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One special moose
Ron Luckerman, junior governor of the Anna Maria
Island Moose Lodge, will present a dozen Tommy the
Moose toys to Island law enforcement officers and West
Manatee Fire Rescue personnel at a luncheon July 8
at the Bradenton Beach lodge. Emergency respond-
ers will be able to give a Tommy to children involved
in an emergency situation. Luckerman said the lodge
is a family-oriented fraternity and hopes to continue
providing Tommy Moose to Island emergency response
teams. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Democratic women's club
hosts breakfast social
The Manatee County Democratic Women's Club is
hosting a breakfast social at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12.
The social will be at the Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For reservations or more information, call Phyllis
Verzi at 941-795-7608.
The Artists' Guild of Anna
Maria Island awarded
its 2011 Genevieve Alban .
$1,000 fine arts scholar- ,
ship to Christopher Rees,
a graduating senior from
Southeast High School.
He plans to major in corn- ..,
puter graphic design at
the Art Institute of Tampa.
Pictured with Christopher
are his parents, Cindy and ~
Ron Rees. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Karen deLeon
Privateers to host Island
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a first-
time event custom made for Island pirate lovers: a rum-
tasting from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the
Gulf Drive Cafe Tiki Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Similar to a wine-tasting, the event will feature more
than 16 varieties of rum for participants to sample. Some
varieties may include silver, gold, coconut, spices or other
flavorings from various ports of call.
For a $15 donation, participants will taste rums and
also receive a commemorative Privateers souvenir.
The event will feature live music, appetizers, Jello
shots, a treasure chest raffle, 50-50 raffle and a live auc-
tion. Appetizers and food will be offered by the cafe at
The Privateers promise a fun event and great sunset
celebration, plenty of beads and shipboard visits.
Proceeds benefit the Privateers' scholarship fund.
For more information, call Tim "Hammer" Thomp-
son at 941-0780-1668.
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Privateers storm BB City Hall, capture mayor
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt had fair warn-
ing of the attack, but he stayed to protect his city from
the band of rowdy - but charitable - ruffians.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m. July 1, Bartelt found himself
kidnapped from his city hall office and shackled aboard
the Skullywag. He was at the mercy of the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, who demanded ransom from the citi-
zens gathered outside city hall.
The Privateers' mission was to add to their treasure
chest in their 40th anniversary year - the booty to be
used for college scholarships and children's events, such
as an end-of-school party in Bayfront Park and a Christ-
mas party with Santa at Coquina Beach.
Echoing demands made in Anna Maria at the start
of 2011, the Privateers insisted on cash, but also a key to
the city of Bradenton Beach and a proclamation giving
them free reign in 2011.
The advance warning to Bartelt and other city offi-
The Anna Maria Island Privateers kidnap Bradenton
Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt from his city hall office.
The July 1 event, a "funraiser," was part of AMIP's
40th anniversary celebration and launched the July 4
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Privateer Tim "Hammer" Thompson shackles Bob
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Bradenton Beach mayor's release.
cials came June 16 during a commission meeting from
Tim "Hammer" Thompson, who struck fear and awe
when he threatened that the Skullywag would arrive
with "cannons and guns a blasting."
"Ye be fair warned of the shenanigans about to
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A press release contained a similar warning, along
with the unpirate-like note, "The Anna Maria Island
Privateers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization involved
in a variety of activities that benefit the community as
a whole, in addition to many events that are focused on
The invasion took place as promised, with the Pri-
vateers navigating the Skullywag around the corner at
Gulf Drive and Second Street and into the crowded city
hall parking lot.
There was a blast from the canon and then, with
swords drawn, the Privateers rushed into city hall, past
a group of gawkers in the Katie Pierola Commission
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The gang escorted Bartelt to the ship, chained him
and demanded the ransom.
Privateers circulated through the crowd, collecting
coins and bills in their three-cornered hats.
From Commissioner Janie Robertson, who serves
as vice mayor, the Privateers collected a gold key to the
city and the proclamation, which Bartelt read after his
After collecting their cash, proclamation and key
to the city and ransacking the commission chambers,
the Privateers sailed north on Gulf Drive.
"This city is ours," Thompson said.
But the pirates warned of another coming Island
invasion: Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger has
until Labor Day weekend to gather booty to retain the
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14 0 July 6, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
The Anna Maria Island Privateers navigate the Skullywag north
on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. The group led its annual July 4
parade, which ran from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park.
A red, white and blue entry hosts AMI teens, includ-
ing Sarah Howard and Sage Geearaerts, Adina Dicus,
Heather Howard, Joey Webb, Kelly Guerin and more.
Parade-watcher Carter Lee of Georgia
wears his beads collected in the Fourth
of July parade.
Top left: The patriot veterans of VFW Post 10141.
Top Center: Bradenton Beach Commissioners
Janie Robertson and Gay Breuler travel along
Anna Maria Island in the Privateers July 4
Top right: Bradenton roller derby skaters in the
Right: A patriotic peace sign from Irene Pearman.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
AMIP honors scholars
The Anna Maria Island Privateers planned to pres-
ent 19 local students with college scholarships during
a party July 4 at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at
Manatee Public Beach.
The scholarship winners are: Dominic Cox, Chelsea
Sloan, Kyle Messina, Sarah Beth Scott, Sarah Norris,
Kayla Kerns, Chelsea Hodges, Samantha Glodde, Chris-
topher Chawi, Sajani Patel, Hilary Hathaway, Kelsy
Braun, Sydney Clark, Brandi Ricker, Leanne Brown-
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and Ourania Lardas.
"We have a great group of students we will be help-
ing this year," said Bekka "Teach" Stasny, chair of the
nonprofit's scholarship committee.
The party, featuring music, barbecue and speeches,
was to begin at noon, after The Islander went to press.
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* June 27, 100 block of Magnolia Avenue, missing
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a report of a missing child, who was found in the 6000
block of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
* June 27, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, suspicious
circumstance. The MCSO responded to a property owner
who noticed a white truck outside his property and a man
walking from underneath his home.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
* June 24, 100 block of Seventh Street South,
domestic disturbance. The Bradenton Beach Police
Department responded twice to disturbances at a resi-
dence. A man and a woman first were found in a verbal
argument. On the second visit, the man and woman
allegedly had physically fought. Both were arrested
for domestic battery.
* June 27, Coquina Bayside, marine fatality. Local
law enforcement was on standby to assist the U.S. Coast
Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife and Manatee County
Emergency Medical Services in a parasailing accident
that occurred about 1.5 miles off Longboat Key. A
31 -year-old man died.
* June 29, 200 block of Bridge Street, disorderly
conduct. BBPD arrested a 26-year-old Sarasota man
for disorderly conduct. An officer was called to the
Historic Bridge Street Pier, where a man was alleg-
edly intoxicated and attempting to instigate fights. The
report indicated that the man also invited the officer to
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
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license. The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested a
man for allegedly driving without a valid driver's license.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office assisted.
* June 24, 3900 East Bay Drive, counterfeit bill. The
HBPD investigated a report that a customer at the Publix
Super Market passed a counterfeit $50 bill, which was
inadvertently passed to a customer as change.
* June 28, 100 block of 30th Street, burglary. The
HBPD took a report from a man who said someone the
night before broke into his van and took $1, a portable
DVD player and DVDs.
* June 28, 100 block of 30th Street, burglary. The
HBPD took a report that two cars outside a residence
were broken into and someone took about $20 in change,
an iPod, a beach bag and headphones.
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A week on Anna Maria Island rarely goes by without
a resident, visitor or retailer reporting a bicycle theft.
Some weeks, the logbooks from the Island law enforce-
ment offices contain multiple reports of bicycle thefts, with
two-wheelers, tandems and three-wheelers taken from car-
ports, yards, beach accesses and bike racks.
Local police emphasize that the bikes most likely
to be swiped are the ones that thief can quickly ride off
on - unlocked bicycles left leaning against a building
or parked in a bike rack.
So police urge bike owners to:
* Lock the frame and wheels, as well as remove any
easily detached items - such as bags and quick-release
wheels or seats.
* Store a bike indoors when possible.
* Make a record of the serial number, as well as
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Richard Wayne Baker
Richard Wayne Baker, 73, of Bradenton, died June
22. He was born in Atwood, Ill., and moved to Bradenton
in 1976 from Tuscola, Ill.
Mr. Baker was a sergeant in the Illinois National
Guard and an accountant for A. Paradise Realty in
Services will be a private. Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was
in charge. Memorial donations may be made to R.H. Prine
Elementary School Library, 3801 Southern Parkway W.,
Bradenton FL 34205. Online condolences may be made
Mr. Baker is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy;
sons Robert and wife Evelyn of Bradenton; Douglas of
Altamonte Springs; sisters Nancy Knapp of Elkhart, Ind.,
and Sue Sadler of St. Joseph, Ill.; grandchildren Zach,
Rachel, Christopher, Aubrey, Abi, Mia, Jeremiah, and
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BB commission's budget scrutiny continues
By Lisa Neff
Everything is up for discussion - from consolida-
tion to cake sales - as Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners continue to examine revenues and expenses in
advance of adopting a 2011-12 spending plan.
The commission met June 30 in a workshop with
Mayor Bob Bartelt and city clerk Nora Idso. An audi-
ence included several city employees, as well as two
The commission's focus was how to adjust a pre-
liminary budget estimate so that revenues meet expendi-
tures, and still cover the replacement of three crumbling
seawalls and a projected drop in ad valorem taxes due to
declining property values.
With Bartelt leading the meeting, each commissioner
took a turn at asking questions and offering uP'.'.liOnIN
based on Idso's budget worksheet, which she and Bartelt
emphasized was based on estimates from various govern-
ment agencies, as well as income and expenses so far this
"This isn't the final budget proposal," Bartelt empha-
sized. "This isn't chiseled in stone.... This process is
going to take until July 29, when we have to set our final
The worksheet had been revised from a budget meet-
ing June 23, and included a $12,000 increase in the pro-
jected revenue for 2011-12 because a waste-hauler now
wants to buy the city's retired recycling truck.
The worksheet also showed $120,000 for capital
improvement projects, which would include the replace-
ment or repair of seawalls at Sixth Street South, Seventh
Street South and 13th Street South.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh contacted several com-
panies that work on seawalls for estimates, which ranged
from about $30,000 to $53,000 for all three seawalls and
were substantially lower than the estimates previously
provided to commissioners.
The preliminary budget overview puts revenues at
$2,374,764 and expenses at $2,442,295.38. So the com-
mission has to account for at least $67,531 by cutting
expenses, increasing revenues or a combination of the
During last week's meeting, there was very little dis-
cussion of a possible property tax increase.
Instead, commissioners discussed possible short-
term expense adjustments, including eliminating over-
time for city employees, and possible long-term expense
adjustments, including changes for law enforcement and
consolidating services with other Island cities.
The expense side
Commissioner Janie Robertson asked whether there
were potential savings in the city's take-home vehicle
There are 11 vehicles in the take-home pool, most of
them used by the police department.
Commissioner Ed Straight, a former public safety
official and reserve deputy with the sheriff's office, said
studies show "in the long-run take-home vehicles are
more efficient moneywise, especially with law enforce-
Commissioner Gay Breuler suggested a review of
overtime costs. \ laI) x the mayor could put out an edict
... and just not allow overtime this year," she said.
Vosburgh also expressed concern with overtime, with
a focus on the police department.
To Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale,
Vosburgh said, "Sam, I have a hard time looking at your
budget - paying a million for a police department in a
town that's not a half-mile square."
Special answered that unlike the other city depart-
ments, his operates 24 hours a day, 365 days.
Vosburgh asked whether there were too many admin-
istrative posts, and Speciale replied, "All of us go on the
road.... There isn't anyone that just sits in the office all
at the east
end of 13th
is in need
... of repair
... ..." ..... .. accord-
..... - . ing to city
Vosburgh next asked, "Why do we need a detec-
"We have crime," Speciale replied.
With the commission planning to review each depart-
ment's budget later this month, Speciale suggested a line-
item review of the proposed PD budget.
Vosburgh mentioned that other municipalities have
successfully eliminated police departments and con-
tracted with sheriff's offices for law enforcement.
"It's a much better and cheaper way to do it," she
Straight, however, said, "One of the unique things in
Bradenton Beach is having our own police department
that we can rely on.... Having viewed it from being on
the sheriff's reserves for many years, I wouldn't want to
see anything change. We have better service than prob-
ably the county or other cities."
The discussion then turned to consolidating services
on the Island, including law enforcement. Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach each have public
works, building and planning and city clerk departments.
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach also have police
departments, while Anna Maria contracts with the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement.
Breuler asked how seriously consolidation had been
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discussed in the past.
Special, with a chuckle, said the issue came up
about every 10 years, if not more often.
Bartelt and Commissioner Janie Robertson identified
the major obstacles - three cities with different ordi-
nances and regulations and distinct identities.
"Consolidation would be very, very practical, but, as
a matter of reality, I don't ever see it happening," Bartelt
said. "The faces of the three cities are so different."
The revenue side
Breuler emphasized boosting city revenues, perhaps
by allowing concessions on newly acquired, city beach-
front property on Gulf Drive.
"I thought we might think about ways to use our
newest property, to see if there is a way we can have
that generate some money for us," she said. "We are in a
crunch, as is our whole country. We need to keep looking
at more ways to generate income."
Bartelt said the city attorney was drafting a request
for proposals from vendors for the parcel. He also said
an RFP might be drafted for management of the anchor-
age and mooring field south of the Historic Bridge Street
Breuler added that the city might also hold fundrais-
ers, mentioning a cake sale as a light aside.
"There is more than one way to look at a budget,"
Other commissioners didn't dismiss the concept, and
Bartelt observed, "We would have to be addressing a
special project. We can't say, 'Hey, how would you like
to come to our bake sale to balance our budget?"'
But, he continued, a fundraiser for improvements
During his turn at questions and comments, Straight
asked about the city's collection rate on licenses for prop-
erty rentals. He said constituents had asked him whether
some property owners and agencies were skirting the
rules, renting accommodations without paying the fee.
Idso said the preliminary budget contained an
increase from $35,000 to $52,000 in projected revenue
for occupational licenses because clerk Brenda Meh-
ringer "is a pit bull with that," as well as at collecting on
past-due accounts for stormwater and sanitation fees.
The commission took no action during last week's
meeting, which was scheduled as a workshop.
But votes are likely at several upcoming meetings
that will involve line-item reviews of preliminary 2011-
12 budgets for the administration, planning, public works
and police departments, as well as for the maintenance
of the city pier and community redevelopment projects.
Meetings are scheduled for 1 p.m. July 12, July 13
and July 14 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
THE ISLANDER U July 6, 2011 U 19
�Z-Kiwanis, city of Holmes
Beach honor Olson
The Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island pays tribute July 2
--* to longtime member and Holmes
Beach resident Russ "Grumpy
Old Man" Olson, who died last
year at the age of 87. Daughter
Robin Kinkopf and wife Fran
,r Olson accept a proclamation
from Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger honoring
Olson at the park on 52nd Street
behind the post office. A marker
and oak tree were dedicated
r there. Olson was a watchdog
for Holmes Beach government
after retiring from Wisconsin.
"He served on the city's board of
J.adjustment and code enforce-
ment board. Islander Photo:
Holmes Beach enforcing trash pickup regs
By Rick Catlin
Officials with Holmes Beach and Waste Management
Inc., the city's contracted waste collection service, hope
they've found a solution to WMI crews forgetting loca-
tions that have rear-door pickup.
WMI will have a color-coded bin at the rear-door
pickup location. Instead of the familiar green of WMI
bins, the rear-door pick bins will be orange, an easily
identifiable color. When crews spot the orange bin at a
pickup, they'll know to walk up to the house to get the
At the same time, said code enforcement officer Dave
Forbes, property owners or rental agents who continually
fail to put their trash curbside on pickup days, may be
required to pay an additional fee for rear-door pickup.
"I'm trying to keep this friendly and nice," Forbes
said, but failure to place garbage curbside on collection
days has been an ongoing problem in the city for many
Forbes said he met recently with WMI officials, who
acknowledged that crews sometimes forget which proper-
ties have rear-door pickup.
Forbes and WMI believe the color code will work.
Although the workers won't go over a fence or all
the way to a back door, they will know that orange waste
bins don't have to be curbside, as required by city ordi-
Then there's the problem of rental properties, Forbes
Too many vacationers don't know the garbage col-
lection days and will simply stuff everything in the bin
and leave. It's a particularly bad problem on Monday
mornings because many weekend visitors head home on
The trash is supposed to be placed on the curb by
Monday morning, but renters either forget or don't know
"Ninety percent of places where the trash isn't curb-
side on Monday are vacation rentals," Forbes said.
Change, however, is on the way.
If Forbes gets a complaint that trash is not being
placed on the curb for collection, he writes the hom-
eowner a "friendly" reminder of the correct days for col-
"Most of the places are owned by absentee owners
or managed by a rental agent," he said. "And most
agents and owners do a great job of getting the garbage
If the letter doesn't produce the desired results within
30 days, Forbes said he writes a second letter that requires
the property owner or the rental agent to get rear-door
pickup from WMI - and pay the additional fee.
After 30 days from the second letter, if there is no
color-coded rear-door receptacle at the property, a cita-
tion is written and the issue goes to the code enforcement
Under the city's trash-collection ordinance, property
owners could be held responsible by the code board if a
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Mote: some sharks endangered, vulnerable
By Rick Catlin
The debate continues over whether great hammer-
head and tiger sharks should be added to Florida's pro-
tected species list.
Marine scientists who routinely study Florida
sharks say some species are endangered and should be
protected, while other shark populations are in good
shape in Florida waters.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission is considering a ban on harvesting of great ham-
merheads and tiger sharks and is holding public forums
statewide for input before any decision. The FWC also
is considering a ban on chumming within 100 yards of
a public beach, and requiring shark anglers to use circle
The FWC contacted experts such as Dr. Robert
Hueter of Mote Marine Laboratory Shark Research
Center in Sarasota for comment on the proposals and
he indicated agreement with most of the FWC recom-
Hueter said he's seen the great hammerhead popula-
tion "significantly depleted in the western NorthAtlan-
tic" the past few years.
He noted that the National Marine Fisheries Service
is calling for implementation of recommendations by
the International Commission for the Conservation of
Atlantic Tuna that "prohibit retention of hammerheads"
by commercial fishing boats that accidentally catch a
"This demonstrates the rather dire status of this
group of sharks," Hueter said.
"Although hammerheads might appear to be abun-
dant in certain locations, such as Boca Grande Pass
during tarpon season, these sharks are depleted across
much of their range in Florida waters," he said.
Tiger sharks, however, may be making a come-
back, Hueter said, although more study is needed on
the impact the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had on the
tiger shark population in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hueter sided with the FWC proposal and said he
sees "no reason to justify possession of them at this
He and his research associates are conducting a
study on the "health and abundance of sharks in the
Gulf" following the oil spill. "Until we have more infor-
mation, a risk-averse approach to tiger shark conserva-
tion is appropriate," he said.
The FWC has 21 shark species on its banned-from-
harvest list, including lemon sharks, which were added
Mote Marine spokesperson Hayley Rutger said pre-
vious research along Florida's west coast found bonnet-
head sharks - a member of the hammerhead species
- fairly common year-round, while blacktips, bulls,
nurse and lemon sharks are more abundant in warmer
"You can also see tigers and great hammerheads,
but they're not considered common," she said. Neither
species is found to the same degree as blacktips. And
along with her
vacations in Anna
Maria and fishes
- at the Rod & Reel
- - Pier. Alvarez,
of Miami, said
- - sshe's never seen
a shark while day
fishing, but has
heard of anglers
who fish there at
night for shark.
some species are in a population decline, she said.
"Declines vary by species. The blacktip shark popu-
lations are in relatively good condition," said Rutger,
but not so for the sandbar and dusky shark.
Sandbar shark populations have shown "serious
decline" the past few decades and the dusky shark popu-
lation declined so much it is now "rarely seen and has
The dusky shark is one of 21 sharks the FWC bans
While Mote Marine's primary mission is research,
Rutger said the laboratory collaborates with "conser-
vation organizations that promote catch and release in
recreational shark fishing."
A majority of anglers at a recent FWC public forum
on its proposed shark-fishing regulations favored catch
and release, a practice they already use, many said. They
did not favor a ban on fishing for great hammerheads
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Conservationists urge caution on water
By Lisa Neff
Mote Marine Laboratory offered a tragic tale last
week about a young dolphin that's believed to have
perished in Sarasota Bay.
The dolphin, a 1-year-old calf known as C797
with fishing gear in its mouth and fishing line wrapped
around its body, was seen periodically this spring swim-
ming with its mother in the bay.
Rescue teams dedicated about 160 hours on the
water trying to locate the dolphin and then to disen-
tangle it from the fishing gear, according to the Sarasota
Dolphin Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory
The line and gear were cut free June 17. Mote rescu-
ers, who removed fishing line, lead weights, a lure and
multiple hooks, estimated the dolphin was entangled in
the gear of at least five anglers.
But June 22, when researchers next saw the calf's
mother, the calf was not swimming with her, and had
likely died, according to Mote.
"This young dolphin's death is not an isolated
incident," said Dr. Randy Wells, who works in Mote's
dolphin program. "Right now, we're also watching
a second yearling dolphin calf that we saw with its
mother on June 10. The calf was trailing fishing line
from its tail. Our team has been able to remove some
of the line and we will continue our efforts to remove
the remaining line. We hope that this dolphin stands
Myrtle, a loggerhead sea turtle, was snagged by a
fisherman. The turtle recovered after care at Mote
Marine Laboratory and was released into the Gulf of
Mexico in April. Islander Photo: MML
SHARKS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
or tiger sharks because they already practice catch-and-
But the anglers and charter boat captains also said
a lot of public education is needed on the proper way
to release the hook from a shark to return the fish to the
water unharmed, particularly when a shark is caught on
a circle hook.
The FWC wants circle hooks mandatory for shark
Many amateur fishermen rip out the circle hook,
not realizing this will harm the shark and it will likely
die, Capt. Shawn Paxton said at the FWC meeting.
Capt. Robert Lavewa said the use of circle hooks
is not "catch and release," but "catch and kill" due to
improper release procedures.
Boat captains and anglers were nearly unanimous
in agreeing that large-scale chumming from a pier or
shore is a waste of their time and money. Many people
think chumming is fish blood and guts, such as they see
on television programs, one captain said. But here it's
no more than a few pieces of cut-up fish.
Paxton and other anglers said they never chum for
sharks from shore or a pier and a law banning chum
would be unenforceable. It's almost impossible to define
chumming and FWC and law enforcement officers have
better things to do than writing tickets for chumming,
Rutger said Mote is not advocating a ban on chum-
ming from Florida's piers and public shores and has not
done any research on the issue.
Some data has been received from other research
organizations indicating shark concentrations and feed-
ing behaviors can increase because of chumming, but
Mote does not have its own corroborating informa-
According to Hueter, however, it's usually a good
idea to avoid going in the water when large groups of
anglers are nearby or where chumming is under way.
The FWC will make no decision on the recom-
mendations until its November meeting in Key Largo.
A dolphin known as C797 is wrapped in fishing gear. Researchers spent nearly 160 hours trying to remove the
gear and save the dolphin, but they believe the animal eventually perished. Islander Photo: Mote Marine/Sara-
sota Dolphin Research Program
a better chance at surviving its brush with fishing
Mote last week joined state and federal agencies
and local groups such as the Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch and Shorebird Monitoring in offering a series of
tips for people to follow as they fish, boat, swim and
sunbathe this summer.
The calls came as there were reports along the coast
of swimmers attempting to pet mating manatees, sea
turtle hatchlings disorienting on their way to the Gulf
of Mexico and, on Anna Maria Island, vandalism at a
black skimmer breeding ground.
Some recommendations for sharing the water and
* Keep a distance from wildlife and marinelife.
* Do not feed, water, touch or otherwise harass
wildlife and marinelife.
* Do not litter, especially plastic bags and fishing
* Shield lights from the beach at night.
* Fill in holes on the beach that might entrap ani-
* Do not use fireworks on the beach.
* If there is a stranded animal, do not touch the
animal. Call Mote's stranding investigations program
. A manatee mating
- herd. While the herds
might look like they're
. beached, they're not.
People should stay at
least 100 feet away and
not try to push mana-
tees into deeper water,
according to Mote
.. Photo: MML
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby received a letter in
mid-June from 10-year-old Okie Sharma of Virginia,
whose family recently vacationed in Anna Maria.
The youth wrote that she was worried after she
saw a picture of a bull shark in the June 6 issue of The
Islander that was caught at Anna Maria's Rod & Reel
Bayfront Park, a quarter mile south of Anna Maria's
Rod & Reel Pier, is a popular bathing and wading
location for families. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
"I don't think it's a good idea to fish for sharks so
close to where we swim. It's very scary to think that the
sharks are so close and so big. Please, try to keep Anna
Maria safe because I love it there.
"Sincerely, Okie Sharma, fourth grade."
Selby said he was writing Okie a "thank you" letter
and would explain the circumstances of fishing in the
"I will tell her, or him, I agree about safety, and that
I and the city will do everything possible to keep our
beaches and swim areas safe for everyone," the mayor
He said he also would include an explanation that
fishing is controlled by the state, and it requires a state
law to stop shark fishing or chumming from the pier.
The mayor said he has young grandchildren who
often visit Anna Maria and love to swim in the sur-
rounding waters. He shares Okie's concerns, he said.
Anglers at the Rod & Reel Pier say parents occa-
sionally come out to the fishing area and ask about
"I tell them there has never been one incident of
a shark attack along this coast," an angler named A.J.
But he also said he tells parents there are sharks in
the waters by the end of the pier, usually at night. The
pier restaurant building, where most people fish, is 300
feet from shore.
Longtime Anna Maria angler John Fara also said
he's never heard of a shark attack near the city's two
piers. Fara has fished from both the Rod & Reel Pier
and the Anna Maria City Pier for more than 50 years.
The two piers are about a quarter-mile apart on Anna
Maria's east coast.
But that's not to say a shark incident could never
happen, Fara observed.
"Sharks live in saltwater. If you want to avoid them,
don't get in the water," he said.
Young letter writer has shark interest
22 0 July 6, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
AMI Turtle Watch debuts kids club
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Mon-
itoring didn't recruit walkers for the 2011 season, but the
nonprofit is recruiting beach stewards through a series of
On July 2, with the Island beaches crowded for the
long July 4 holiday, AMITW volunteers set up a tent on
the shore near 73rd Street in Holmes Beach and recruited
junior beach stewards.
For about four hours on the hot and humid Saturday
- felt like about 98 degrees, according to AccuWeather.
com - AMITW volunteers awarded kids such turtle-
themed goodies as coloring books, temporary tattoos and
The volunteers also trained kids in how to care for
the beach to protect nesting habitat for loggerheads - to
turn out artificial lights, clean up litter and remove toys
and beach furnishings at the end of the day.
"You are our bip'.I hope to save these turtles," said
AMITW coordinator Claudia Wiseman. "Because you
guys are going to be here for a long time."
The first group of recruits numbered 11 children,
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After the brief training sessions, the children took
oaths to protect the turtle habitat and received certificates
and memberships in the AMITW Kids Club.
Meanwhile, other educational efforts took place
on the north end of the Island, where volunteers with
Manatee County Audubon set up scopes so beachgoers
could observe the black skimmer breeding ground from
Volunteers, with both Audubon and AMITW, were
Kids pledge to do their part to protect sea turtles
during a program July 2 on the beach.
By Lisa Neff
The first loggerhead hatchlings of Anna Maria
Island's 2011 turtle nesting season emerged overnight
June 30-July 1 and made their way to the Gulf of
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Mon-
itoring executive director Suzi Fox said the nest - near
Club Bamboo in the 2400 block of Gulf Drive North,
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Maria for 12 hours a day July 2-4 so people could watch
the nesting skimmers, as well as chicks.
AMITW also conducts weekday educational pro-
grams at the skimmer nesting area, as well as weekly
Wednesday morning "turtle tours" for the public. The
tours depart from Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
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"I have to tell you that as many times as I have seen
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The flurry of nest-making activity in May and June
should make for a busy month for AMITW walkers moni-
toring hatchling nest emergences. Several nests are over-
due, and two have due dates this week.
Fox stressed that with female loggerheads continuing
to nest and hatchlings emerging, keeping lights out along
the beaches is critical. Artificial lights can draw the turtles
away from the Gulf. Disorientation for the hatchlings can
be fatal - they might crawl into the road, fall into a pool
or become lost in dunes and die of dehydration.
The first nest hatched without incident, Fox said, with
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owners and managers in the area, as well as Bradenton
Beach's code enforcement officers, who distribute "lights
out" reminders throughout the season.
The survival rate for hatchling loggerheads, a pro-
tected species under both state and federal law, is one in
1,000, according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
A female loggerhead will drop 80 to 120 eggs into a
single nest, which hatches in about 60 days, though incu-
bation depends on the temperature. The hotter the sand
around the nest, the faster embryos develop, according
to the STC.
The hatchlings' emergence from a nest might take
days. The emergence generally is at night, and instinct
sets them on a course to the brightest horizon, which
should be the twinkle of moon and stars on the sea.
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several miles offshore, where they find seagrass and cur-
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Keep beaches clean,
clear at night
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Dave
Forbes said he sometimes walks the beach in the
afternoon, advising beachgoers with umbrellas, chairs
and other accessories to take them home when they
leave that day.
Items left on the beach overnight is an ongoing
problem during turtle nesting season, Forbes said, and
many visitors don't realize a beach chair or umbrella
can be an obstacle to a turtle 'i li'.'-.lini'- up the beach
to build a nest, or a hatchling trying to find the Gulf
"I try to tell them in a friendly way that the stuff
has to be off the beach by nightfall because of turtle
season. A lot of them don't know about the rules. I
try to keep it casual, but it's always a problem during
the nesting season," Forbes said.
He also tells beachgoers that leaving items on the
beach at night is a good way for them to disappear by
"Things on the beach do get stolen," he said.
Forbes also has contacted rental agents to encour-
age them to inform renters about the night restrictions
for items on the beach.
Another problem during turtle nesting season is
lights along the beach at night that affect turtles.
Most homeowners and rental agents are aware
of the restrictions on lights during the turtle season,
but there are always a few people who either don't
know the law, or forget to turn off the lights, Forbes
Education is the key to protecting turtles, and
Forbes has been working closely with the Anna Maria
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the lights turned off at night.
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Adult coed flag football sizzles at center field
It was a sizzling week for adult coed flag football
players at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
where temperatures rose above 90 degrees on the football
The MartiniVille Saints continued to lead the summer
pack with an undefeated 3-0 record, which put them alone
in first place with Tyler's Ice Cream Steelers and Agnelli
Pool & Spa Dolphins on their heels, both at 2-1. All other
league teams were 1-2 before the June 30 games fired
up and the previously winless Integrity Sound Redskins
defeated Slim's Place Patriots 21-20.
The Redskins were led by quarterback Danny
Murphy, who threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns,
while also rushing for 53 yards. Ryan Hogan was on the
receiving end of all three touchdown passes and finished
with 126 receiving yards and a pair of extra points. Brad
Lowery added 15 receiving yards and an extra point in
Murphy also paced the defense with six flag pulls,
while Lowery added three. Hogan added two pulls, while
Jeanie Chamberlain and Scott Rudacille each finished
with one flag pull apiece.
David Johnston led the Patriots with 149 passing
yards and three touchdown passes to three receivers.
Dustin Swain caught one and finished with 49 receiv-
ing yards and a pair of extra points, while Heidi John-
ston and Maria Grumley each caught a touchdown pass.
Ben Conlon led all Patriot receivers with 72 receiving
Tommy Hutchinson led the defense with two flag
pulls while Conlon, Chris Grumley, David and Heidi
Johnston and Swain each finished with one flag pull
apiece in the loss.
Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins again put up some mad
scoring, defeating Sun Panthers 48-33 in the second game
of the night. Quarterback Tim Shaughnessy was on fire,
connecting on 14 of 15 passes for 285 yards and five
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touchdown. Frank Agnelli was his favorite target, catch-
ing three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion,
finishing with 185 receiving yards. Pat Calvery added
40 receiving yards, a touchdown reception and a pair of
extra points, while Brianna Shaughnessy finished with a
touchdown reception and a two-point conversion. Eric
Gledhill completed the Dolphin scoring with a touch-
down reception and 45 receiving yards in the victory.
Gledhill paced the Dolphin defense with seven
flag pulls, while Tim Shaughnessy added two. Brianna
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Austin led the defense with six flag pulls, while
Kevin Gregorich added three pulls. Dell and Bekkerus
each added interceptions in the loss.
Tyler's Ice Cream Steelers edged Beach to Bay
Construction Bucs 25-19 in overtime behind 193 pass-
ing yards and three touchdown passes from Paul Kurtz.
Jason Garden was the favored receiver with 117 receiving
yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while
Alan Conley finished with 79 receiving yards and a pair
of touchdown receptions.
Garden added five flag pulls and an interception,
while Hampton Harrison finished with three pulls and
an interception return for a touchdown in the loss.
The last game of the evening saw the undefeated
MartiniVille Saints take a close 26-21 victory over Sato
Real Estate Browns. Ryan Moss led the way with 147
passing yards and four touchdown passes, two went to
David Moss, who finished with 28 receiving yards. Jona-
than Moss added 28 rushing yards, 71 receiving yards and
a touchdown reception, while Amy Talucci contributed a
six-yard touchdown reception.
Jonathan Moss paced the defense with three flag
pulls, while Ed Moss added two and Rich Bell finished
with one flag pull in the victory.
The Browns were led by quarterback Jason Sato's
189 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Tommy
Tyrell, showing a nose for the end zone, scored two
touchdowns and finished with 69 receiving yards, while
Greg Ross added 24 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Former Manatee High soccer standout Lexi Braxton fin-
ished with 55 receiving yards and a pair of extra points
in the loss.
Robert McLaughlin paced the Browns defense with
three pulls, including two quarterback sacks, while Trevor
Bayer added two flag pulls in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, low-
net-of-partners golf match June 27. The team of Charlie
Knopp and Dennis Schavey combined on a 2-under-par
62 to take first place for the day. Pieter Thomassen and
Hugh Holmes Jr. carded an even-par 64 to match the
score of Omar Trolyard and Bob Dickinson and finish in
a tie for second place.
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, indi-
vidual-low-net golf match June 21. Erma McMullen took
top honors with a 5-under-par 27 for a two-shot advan-
tage over Mary Selby, who finished in second place with
a 3-under-par 29. Kris Landkammer was alone in third
place with an even-par 32, while Jane Winegarden and
Fran Barford tied for fourth place at 1-over-par 33.
Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe were the only team
to earn three wins in pool-play and were declared the
day's outright champs during horseshoe action June 29
at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
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High temps set inshore, offshore fishing on fire
Capt. Danny Stasny
Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is heating
up along with the 90-plus degree days we're having. As
it gets hotter, start focusing on fishing the early morning
and late evenings for best results. Spotted sea trout and
redfish will be lurking on the edges of flats that empty
into deeper water on the out-going tides. Live bait and
artificial work well in these situations.
Pier fishing also is beginning to pick up due to the
flux of new bait that is gathering around the piers. The
bait is small, so if you are using spoons or jigs, scale
down the size. Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish are
the usual suspects this time of year.
Offshore fishing for all the snapper species is in its
beginning stages. Reports are good for mangrove, red,
mutton, vermillion, yellowtails and lane snapper cruising
in water depths of 50 feet and more. Catch-and-release
gag grouper action is still hot at depths of 100 feet plus.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says the shiners are
all around the pier, which in turn has brought in migra-
tory species such as Spanish mackerel, king mackerel,
ladyfish and jack crevalle. "They're catching most of
the Spanish mackerel on live shiners," says Kilb, "but
you can catch macks on Gotcha plugs and crappie jigs,
If you noticed, king mackerel is included, thanks to a
kingfish measuring 48 inches that was caught off the pier
last week. Also around the pier, mangrove snapper are
starting to show but not in large numbers - not yet.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says the off-
shore bite seems to be getting better and better, offering
more variety of species. Reports of mangrove, yellowtail
and vermillion snapper are being caught in 80 feet of
water while fishing hard-bottom and ledges. When fish-
ing these depths, Keyes suggests throwing out a flat line
Dean Franklin caught this 47-inch king mackerelfrom
the Rod & Reel Pier. He was on vacation from London.
baited with a live shiner or threadfin herring. Kingfish,
barracuda and cobia can be caught using this method.
Moving out to depths of 120 feet or deeper, offshore
fishers are limiting out on red snapper.
Tarpon are still the main focus for inshore fishing
around Anna Maria Island, although the numbers of silver
kings we were seeing the past couple of weeks have
thinned out considerably. Spanish mackerel are being
caught on the nearshore reefs, as well as the deeper grass
flats. Reports of catch-and-release snook are starting to
come in from beach fishers. If you find some structure
along the beach, you stand a chance of catching some
Lastly, shark fishing off the beaches is proving pros-
perous for a variety of species. Bonnethead, black tip,
bull and sandbar sharks all are being caught using cut-
bait fished on the bottom. Mackerel, ladyfish, bonito and
mullet are the top choices for bait.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is tar-
geting mangrove snapper around the nearshore reefs and
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Gross is using smaller-size
shiners, or "hatch bait," to entice these little snappers into
biting his hook. "At times you have to scale down your
leader, especially when fishing clear water to get a good
bite going," says Gross. Average size of the mangrove
snapper being caught is 12-18 inches.
On the deeper flats of southern Tampa Bay, Gross is
catching spotted sea trout using shiners under a popping
cork. Also along the edges of the deeper flats, Gross is
producing silver trout. "They're really tasty," says Gross.
"But you have to catch a bunch of them to make a meal."
There is no size or bag limit for silver trout, so take only
what you need. They are best eaten fresh because they
don't freeze well.
Richard Leitz at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says a lot of bait is begin-
ning to show around the pier. "Schools of greenbacks
are moving in and out with the tides, bringing Spanish
mackerel, bonito, ladyfish and jack crevalle along with
them," Leitz says.
Gotcha plugs, silver spoons and crappie jigs are
working great for artificial, but you still can't beat a
SCaptain Mark Howard
Snook * Trout * Redfish
Tarpon * Grouper * Shark
Team Galati receives
the first-place team
award at the 28th
Cay Billfish Tourna-
v. .. ment June 12-17 in
i': Abaco, Bahamas.
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live greenback on a long shank hook for instant success.
If you're in hunt of tastier fare, try fishing a greenback
under the pier for mangrove snapper. Increasing numbers
are being caught day to day.
Catch-and-release gag grouper also are lurking under
the pier, although most are in the 12-15 inch range. Leitz
mentioned that the fishing seems to get better after the
big rainstorms. He feels that after the storms, the water
temp drops a little, which triggers a better bite.
Send fishing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Galati first in
Treasure Cay tourney
Team Galati took top honors in the 28th annual Trea-
sure Cay Billfish Tournament June 12-17 at Treasure Cay
Hotel Resort & Marina, Abaco, Bahamas.
Chris Galati's team out of Anna Maria's Galati Marine
caught four blue marlin and a sailfish, winning Top Team,
Top Release Team and other honors. TG released a blue
on Monday, a blue and a sailfish on Tuesday and two
blues on Thursday, beating out 11 other teams and 60
Team Galati's Joe Galati, Jr. won Top Junior Angler
for releasing one blue. Team Galati's second junior angler,
Christian Hightower of Holmes Beach released a blue but
was trumped by time for the Junior Angler award.
The TCBT is a modified-release tournament with
four days of fishing, parties, dinners and fun competi-
tions. A highlight of TCBT's social events was a dock
party, including fried lionfish cooked by the anglers on
the lay day. On one day, children from the Treasure Cay
Primary School, a beneficiary of the TCBT, performed.
As winner of the TCBT, Team Galati receives an
invitation to fish the IGFA Offshore World Champion-
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26 0 July 6, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
The idea of many Anna Maria residents that one
day the city might be considered an environmentally
friendly "green" city is gradually nearing reality.
Last week, the Florida Green Building Council
awarded Pine Avenue Restoration LLC two 2010 plati-
num level-green certifications for the residences PAR
built at its retail-office-residential complex at 401 and
403 Pine Ave. Each residence was rated in the Top 10
list of homes receiving a platinum designation, a FGBC
The awards come just three weeks after PAR
received platinum certifications from the FGBC for its
residences at 216 and 218 Pine Ave. And PAR residences
at 315 and 317 Pine Ave. have been certified green by
the FGBC, but the certification level has not yet been
PAR principal Ed Chiles said using green technol-
ogy for PAR projects has been a goal from the outset of
the company's founding in 2006.
"We have worked since the beginning to preserve
and enhance out city's small business district in a way
that reflects the unique character of our community.
"A core principle has been to employ the latest in
green technologies and land-use in hopes that others
would follow suit. We are pleased to be recognized by
the FGBC as among the Top 10 projects in the State of
Florida for 2010," he said.
Chiles' partner, Mike Coleman, was equally enthu-
siastic, but noted the award is just part of making Anna
"Obviously, we are pleased that our core philoso-
phy of practical, affordable and repeatable applications
focused on storm strength, ii , i .' \ management and water
management are being recognized at this level," Coleman
"However, the goal isn't recognition. The goal is to set
an achievable standard so that the "Greenest little Main
Street in America" can become the "greenest little town
in America," he concluded.
The platinum level is the highest green certification
offered by the FGBC.
In its certificate award to PAR, the FGBC said PAR
has shown "responsive and responsible development" to
obtain "yet another platinum award" from the FGBC.
An FGBC spokesperson in Tallahassee said the
FGBC issues certificates for new or existing homes, com-
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principal Mike Cole-
*man, Drew Smith of Two
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and PAR principal Ed
Chiles meet at PAR's
Complex at 401 and 403
Pine Ave. to examine
the 2010 Florida Green
award for energy effi-
i. be uo ciency at the residences.
,. -..-PAR also received a
d platinum FGBC award
for its residences at
216 and 218 Pine Ave.
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mercial enterprises, multi-family projects or government
action based upon the number of points acquired by the
builder or government in adhering to FGBC rules and
"You especially have to address the effects of Flor-
ida's high heat and humidity, particularly during the
summer months," the spokesperson said.
All PAR projects were inspected by Two Trails Inc.,
a Sarasota-based green- (ii,, i inspection company that
itself has been certified by the FGBC.
Two Trails Inc. also is the FGBC inspecting company
for the Harbour Isle town-home project on Perico Island,
and company president Drew Smith, was named Certified
Green Professional of the Year for 2010 by the National
Association of Home Builders.
And the move towards a greener Anna Maria con-
Developers Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher of the
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Anna Maria Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue have
incorporated a number of ( IK, . ' -efficient and environ-
mentally friendly measures at the village and are working
toward obtaining a Leadership in Energy and Environ-
mental Design platinum designation from the National
Green Building Coalition.
The Thrashers have installed solar panels at the
village and at the adjacent Beach Bums building. Vann
Thrasher said a LEED team would inspect the village in
the near future, once all IK, i I. -,iwing procedures are in
She said the eventual goal at the village is to be rated
"zero-c (i.i i'," producing more electricity than it uses.
County gets green award
The Florida Green Building Coalition presented its
Green Local Government silver certificate to Manatee
County at the county commission's June 21 meeting in
recognition of the county's efforts the past year toward
creating a green environment, a Manatee County press
FGBC executive director Dr. Jennifer Languell
presented the certificate to Brenda Rogers, Manatee
County's community services director and the chair of
the county's Green Team. The Green Team worked under
FGBC guidelines to reduce iii.,' consumption, con-
serve resources and protect the environment.
Languell said among the Green Team's notable
achievements was retrofitting the nii.'.y and lighting
systems at the county's four largest buildings to reduce
the annual electric bill at those locations by $479,309, a
major taxpayer savings.
Chamber plans feast
The monthly networking luncheon of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce will be from 11:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Feast Restaurant, 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, adjacent to The Islander
newspaper in the Island Shopping Plaza,
Cost of the lunch is $15 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest.
Look for the blue
button to order
shop photos online at www.islander.org
Janae Rudacille of the Pink & Navy boutique, 216 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, announced she will carry a fall line
of TOMS shoes for men, women and children. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Reservations are required and can be made by e-mail-
On Wednesday, July 13, the chamber will hold its
monthly sunrise breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at
Rotten Ralph's, 200 Bridge St. on the Historic Bridge
Cost of the event is $8 per person and members are
invited to bring a guest. Reservations are required.
For more information on either event, call 941-778-
Your news is our news
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By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
533 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,543 sfla / 2,457
sfur 3bed/2bath /2car canalfront home built in 1973 on
a 90x113 lot was sold 06/09/11, Young to Butler for
$452,600; list $509,900.
155 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,512 sfla
2,287 sfur 3bed/2bath /2car pool home built in 1963 on
a 72x119 lot was sold 06/14/11, Hilger to Clodius for
$417,000; list $449,000.
614 Concord Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,600 sfla
2,319 sfur 2bed/2bath lear canalfront pool home built
in 1966 on a 95x115 lot was sold 06/13/11, Lingamallu
to Hanson for $415,000; list $415,000.
102 Second St. N., Unit B, Soleil Beach House,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,695 sfla 3bed/3bath condo built
in 1974 was sold 06/10/11, Compass Bank to Miles
Family LLP for $399,000; list $439,000.
1906 Gulf Drive N., Unit 105, Coquina Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,096 sfla 2bed/2bath Gulffront
condo with shared pool built in 1985 was sold 06/10/11,
Willis to Kesner for $385,000; list $425,000.
2312 Gulf Drive N., Unit 108, Sunset Terrace, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,180 sfla /1,340 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront
condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 06/14/11,
Hubbard to Sawiani for $375,000; list $429,000.
8105 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,848 sfla
2,412 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1952 on a
90x100 lot was sold 06/14/11, Quartillo to Wien for
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 156, Westbay Point
& Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was
sold 06/15/11, Burton to Kotlarek for $250,000; list
3805 East Bay Drive, Unit 308, Sunbow Bay,
Holmes Beach, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 06/10/11,
Leggio to Ruschulte for $248,500; list $274,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
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TALL WOOD LIQUOR cabinet with ornamental
iron accents, glass shelves, mirrored back, wine
glass holder, and room for 12 wine bottles and 12
liquor bottles, $400. mirrored dressing table with
two drawers, good for a dressing table or entry
table, $175, Craftsman upright tool cabinet on
wheels, $100. Contact Gregg, 941-567-5234.
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ULTRA COMPACT MINOLTA binoculars: 8x18,
surprising power in a small package. $25. Call
BICYCLE RIDER'S HELMET, $15. Bicycle lock,
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may advertise up to three items, each
priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one
week, must be submitted online. E-mail classi-
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GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria
Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariais-
landrealty.com. E-mail: Michael @annamariaislan-
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ART STUDIO SUBLET: Through October, 2011,
all or part. Anna Maria Island Art League building,
Holmes Beach. Contact: email@example.com
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
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-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
Clearance sales. Closed August. 511 Pine Ave,
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
HUGE RUMMAGE SALE inside St. Peter and
Paul parish center. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, to benefit SOLVE. 2850
75th St. W., Bradenton.
FOUND: KITTEN, BLACK and white, near 83rd
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-
HELP WANTED: PARISH Administrator. Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach. Part-time posi-
tion managing business and administrative func-
tions, communications, and information technology.
Microsoft Office experience and web skills essential.
Experience in business and office management,
strong interpersonal and relationship skills, and
familiar with liturgy and the church year. Must be
team player and able to work independently. 20-25
hours. Application by mail only by July 15: 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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
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HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at
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HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
TAXI TAXI: CALL us anytime. Travel to any des-
tination. Car or van service. Taxi Taxi, 941-799-
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WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior,
stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match
price plus 10% off. Free estimates. 941-448-
SHOPPING, ERRANDS, ORGANIZING, house
sitting, lots more. Let me do them for you. Pricing
by job, mileage. Sue, 941-456-8310.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift
certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Orga-
nizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today
for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
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more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction * Remodeling
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778-3924 or 778-4461 * 5508 Marina Drive, Holrnl: -.1 IIpii Sat.
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941-232-9208 * Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road * 4523 30th St. W.
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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.
BEACHFRONT HOME WITH GUEST COTTAGE:
Beautiful 3BR2.5BA Gulffront home located on quiet side
street. Tastefully furnished, open-beam cathedral ceilings and
tile floors. Granite counters in kitchen amd top-of-the-line
WATERFRONT WITH FABULOUS VIEW of the bay.
Meticulously cared for inside and out. Open design with
cathedral ceilings and fireplace 2BR/2BA. Boat davits and
700-sf hobby shop and two-car garage. $585,000.
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
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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
l/r /, "Luxurious 2/2 apts..
- 1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
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Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
$1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
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/1BA. North-
west Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola
3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coas-
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.
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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)
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,
-- 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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"NS ,n .,d"AESEREAL ESTATE Continued
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.
PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished
house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent.
$3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.
LAST-MINUTE CANCELLATION! Monthly rental,
Key Royale 2BR/2BA canal home. Lets talk! Call
VACATION TOWNHOUSE RENTALS: 2BR/2BA,
pool boat dock, $695/week. 941-756-1090. Real
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 55-plus 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
FOR SALE: Heron Harbour 2/2 condo 12 min. to beaches. Heated
pool, tennis, upgrades, furnished. Auto negotiable. $125,000.
SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
2BR 1.5 BA, 2nd story $2,200 per month. Weekly rates.
CHARMING 1/1 + sun porch w/bed. Steps to beach. Red tidewater
cypress interior. Great for artists, single, couple. sm. pet.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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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: Minutes to beach,
annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financ-
ing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at
Palma Sola Trace.
PERICO BAY CLUB villa: 2BR/2BA, garage, turn-
key furnished. Price reduced, $189,500. Fred at
FOR SALE: AFFORDABLE, adorable 1BR 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.
To report information on a felony crime, call Man-
atee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on an Island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
6311; Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5807.
Located in a small, private, gated
Si . I. - community, this 3BR/3BA home is
, . spacious and airy with vaulted
ceilings and walls of glass to enjoy
sunsets every night!
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
ISLAND FACES...SELLING ISLAND PLACES
Custom 3BR/2BA. Turnkey with attractive
high-end furnishings. 450 ft. to choice
Gulf of Mexico beach. Room for a pool.
REDUCED from $995,000 to $689,500.
"We ARE the Island!"
Mare Frankln, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
I Buy Anna Maria
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T MOBILE By David Levinson Wilk / Edited by Will Shortz
1 1988 Grammy
20 Cry from a
21 ___ pork
22 Many a Nevada
23 Dance seen in a
25 Penn State
26 Also-___ (losers)
27 Prefix with
28 Baja's opposite
31 "Hang on ___!"
32 Locale for a
33 "None of the
people came in
38 With a wink, say
39 Berkeley campus
40 Celebration after
42 "You don't need
to remind me"
48 Not so big
on page 24.
49 Tampa paper,
51 Washed (down)
54 Female co-star in
57 Tolkien creatures
58 41-Down was
named after one:
59 Scarlett O'Hara's
real first name
61 Summer sign
62 Little dipper?
65 The Mavericks,
66 Up for grabs, as
70 Ending with soft
71 Decide to sleep
in the nude?
73 Drink with one's
pinkie up, say
74 Some cats blow
75 Sodium ___
76 "Around the
77 Summer treats
79 1983 #1 hit with
the lyric "Put on
your red shoes"
84 ___ Friday's
88 Response to the
query "Does Ms.
94 Summer mo.
95 "Rock 'n' Roll Is
96 Make it
97 Actress Polo
98 See 33-Down
100 They're often
said to be fair
102 Love before
107 Shocking, in a
108 Leonard of
109 Sting, e.g.
110 Team that once
played at Enron
111 Bob Evans rival
1 Former German
3 One hit by a tuba
4 Singer Grant and
5 Prefix with -lithic
6 Stuffs oneself with
7 Shot, e.g.
8 Question that may
9 Garfield's owner
10 For the most part
11 Country star ___
12 "Cosi fan
13 Agcy. with a list
14 Tree whose two-
15 A Fonda
16 Plane over
17 College town just
off Interstate 95
18 Thief, in Yiddish
19 Wolf (down)
24 When doubled, a
32 "Totem and
33 With 98-Across,
34 Story teller
37 French beings
41 Town on the
42 Filmmaker Allen
43 Pipe shape
44 Apollo target
45 Bygone hand
47 Crib items
51 Like a corkscrew
52 What Cher Bono,
e.g., goes by
55 Soap units
56 River to the
70 Didn't miss
72 Game whose
name is derived
73 Sean Connery
74 Turn brown,
77 Jazz singer
80 Doesn't miss
81 Most murky
82 It's worst when
83 High and softly
85 Alex of
92 " could have
told you that!"
93 Seven: Prefix
99 Alphabet string
101 Retired flier
103 It landed in the
Pacific Ocean on
104 Yucatan year
105 Drink with a
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59 Director of the
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63 Home to Sun
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