MCSO excavates Anna Maria beach for clues, body BB to save for pier rebuild. Page 3 The government calendar. Page 3 The Islander editorial, reader letters. Page 6 What to do on AMI. Page 10 BB to raise business tax 5 percent. Page 12 Island voter registration declines. Page 14 Island police blotter. Page 15 Expansions, anniversaries. Page 16 New trolley to roll out mid-August. Page 17 Sports: Indoor soccer, continue at center. Page 20 Fishing: As good as it gets. Page 21 Astheworld Terns look for respect for the environment. Page 6Turtle time. Pages 18-19The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.orgPier project progress. Page 4 Surfs up. Page 11 PLEASE SEE MUSIL-BUEHLER, PAGE 4$$$$$$$$ Streetlife Meetings OpinionsRanked Floridas Best community weekly by FPA VOLUME 19, NO. 38 JULY 27, 2011 FREE Top Notch: Comin atchaPenny Frick of Bradenton is this weeks winner in the newspapers Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an and the Anna Maria City Pier in the background. Her photograph will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 By Lisa Neff Islander Reporter With his team nearing the end of four days of excavation work on an Anna Maria beach, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube vowed July 22, Were not done yet. The sheriff said the MCSO would continue this week to search for clues in the disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler, the co-owner of Haleys Motel who is presumed dead. She has been missing since Nov. 4, 2008. Last week, following the July 9 discovery of some of Musil-Buehlers possessions in an overgrown area of City Park near Willow Avenue, the MCSO conducted a massive search of the beach. A four-day excavation campaign followed a three-day scouring of the area that involved MCSO corrections cadets, crime-scene technicians, metal detectors and cadaver dogs. The excavation work began July 19, after the MCSO received permission from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to dig on the beach during turtle nesting season. A condition for the permit was that Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, which monitors nesting activity, have someone at the scene to safeguard nests and collect eggs in the event the MCSO uncovered an unmarked nest. So for the duration of the operation, which continued through July 22, AMITW volunteers shared the shore and conversation with MCSO detectives and technicians. During that period, the focus of the search shifted from the open beach, where tractors operated July 19 and July 20, to lines of sea oats, where digging took place July 21 and July 22. The dig, day 1 buckets of sand July 19, AMITW executive director Suzi Fox was talking with Sgt. John Kenney, formerly in charge of the MCSO command on Anna Maria and now a homicide investigator. Both are convinced Musil-Buehler, once a volunteer with AMITW, is dead. I truly feel she is gone, Fox said. Now this whole Island needs closure, needs to be able to rest over this. Kenney said, We know shes gone. But Kenney probably will be one of the two investigators who soon will travel to a Panhandle prison to talk with William Cumber, MusilBuehlers boyfriend and the last person known to see her alive. Cumber has said that he and Musil-Buehler, 49 at the time of her disappearance, spent most of the night of Nov. 4, 2008, in their apartment on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria watching the presidential election returns on TV. The two argued, he said, over his smoking cigarettes after promising to quit. Cumber said Musil-Buehler left in her car. She was not seen again, but her car was ticketed early Nov. 5, 2008, near Gulf Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, about 300 paces from where the search took place last week and 300 paces from the apartment. Investigators, reporters and bystanders spoke often of Cumber last week he is the only person of interest in the case. On July 19, a woman who said she was close to Musil-Buehler told investigators at the excavation site that Cumber and Musil-Buehler often hung out on the beach near Willow Avenue. The woman also said she was on the telephone with Cumber after Musil-Buehlers their special place. July 19, at the couples supposed special place, two farm tractors and a heavy-duty frontloader, were employed to dig up large sections of open beach. To the south and north of the operation, beachgoers erected colorful umbrellas and went on with plans to sunbathe and swim. Its kind of grisly but interesting, said beachgoer Greg Jones of Tampa. And it isnt intrusive. Crime-scene technicians use a groundpenetrating radar device to search a site for the remains of Sabine Musil-Buehler, missing since November 2008. Related stories: AMITW meets CSI; Farm team draws beach duty, page 4.
2 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER Flag lowered for dispatcher half-staff July 21, due to the sudden death of Holmes Beach police dispatcher Dan Defee. Defee, 38, who died suddenly of an apparent aneurysm, had been remain lowered until after a July 25 memorial service for Defee. See page 22 for more on Defee. Islander Photo: Rick CatlinRetiree rescues man found in pool Manatees meet swimmers by R&R Holmes Beach resident Dr. Saul Ladd rescued a man from his pool July 14. The incident occurred on a Thursday afternoon at Ladds residence in the 600 block of Foxworth Lane in Holmes Beach. I was about to go out to play golf, Ladd said. He looked out to his pool and saw a man, face mans back. Ladd said he asked his wife to call paramedics by dialing 911 and the doctor dove into the pool. When he reached the man, who had been assisting on a lawn care job, he found the man was not breathing. I got him to the shallow end, Ladd said. I dont know how long he had been in the pool. Manatee County Emergency Medical Service paramedics arrived and worked to revive the man. The EMS crew also showed concern for Ladd, whose pulse rate was low. I started to have a heart block, the doctor said. Both men, the 83-year-old rescuer and the rescued, were rushed to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. Ladd said, My cardiologist came to check me out. He said, you are going to need a pacemaker. But, said Ladd, he never hesitated to dive into his pool. I didnt have to think about it, he said. I wasnt put on Earth to watch somebody drown. I forgot that I was 83. The man, whose identity was not released in accor and admitted to the intensive care unit at Blake, according to EMS chief Ron Koper. Left: Swimmers and manatees near the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria July 19. Islander Photo: Courtesy Shay Rustam July 19 to Anna Marias bayfront, where people had raised concerns about swimmers touching manatees. agencies have issued repeated cautions this summer about observing the protected species from a distance. Witnesses said that a herd of manatees was seen near the Rod & Reel Pier early July 19, and that some swimmers refused to heed even a warning from the MCSO not to touch the animals, which are an endangered species. Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota encourage people to: Getting any closer can disrupt the animals natural mating behavior, or put people in harms way. Adult manatees weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds. Manatees, as well as dolphins, can be injured when people push them along the sandy shore. and state laws prohibits such. against harassing the animals includes a prohibition against touching them.
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 3 MeetingsAnna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-7086130, www.cityofannamaria.com. Bradenton Beach amendments. Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org. Holmes Beach ing. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941West Manatee Fire Rescue District WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-741-3900. Of Interest ing, county administration building. ernments meeting, Bradenton City Hall, 101 Old Main St., Bradenton. Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander. org.City to save for pier rebuildBy Lisa Neff Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach commissioners, while budgeting for 2011-12, also are budgeting for a major capital improvements project the reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Commissioner Janie Robertson won the full commissions support for her recommendation that 92 percent of the newest round of community redevelopment agency money be earmarked for the pier project. What I am suggesting that we do with what CRA monies we get this year is we designate a percentage to be put in escrow and earmarked for pier revitalization, Robertson suggested at a recent meeting. We need to start saving for that. The CRA district, established about 18 years ago, includes the area from Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, and from Cortez Road to Fifth Street South. The CRA generates dedicated property tax dollars for projects to boost business, promote recreation and preserve and revitalize the community. CRA money is being used to pay off a loan taken out to add amenities and rebuild the restaurant portion of the pier after it was damaged by a storm in 2004. City clerk Nora Idso said the loan a payment of $550,000 a year would be paid off in December 2012. Then the city plans to rebuild the portion of the pier seaward of the restaurant. The reconstruction would cost more than $500,000, possibly as much Woodard. Robertson cautioned that if the city encountered a structural problem with the pier and had zero dollars set aside for its rebuild, the structure would have to be closed. Mayor Bob Bartelt said if that happened we would look like weve got an awful lot of egg on our chin. We obviously need to keep this on the front burner. be known until later this summer. The pier costs the city about $30,600 a year to ing kiosk leases are about $113,000. The Historic Bridge Street Pier will need to be rebuilt within the next several years. The cost likely will exceed $500,000. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Photos without the required entry information will Top Notch past winner by Penny Frick. PLEASE SEE MUSIL-BUEHLER, NEXT PAGE The tractor drivers, who work for the MCSO at the jail farm, dug a trench until they reached water. Then to repeat the process on another strip of beach. The work was laborious, and the sun scorched. day, when a tractor driver hit something buried about 3 concrete. Later, a resident told the MCSO a volleyball and pleasantries despite the grim task. AMITW coordishade a tractor driver. Homicide investigators escorted families carting toys and chairs to the shore. One nearby resident offered to make a cooler of iced tea and another offered the press, AMITW volunteers and MCSO team the use of his bathroom. And everyone, it seemed, was willing to share sunscreen SPF50. Day one of the dig concluded after more than nine remains of a buried sea turtle, and with investigators making plans to resume early July 20. The dig, day 2 The MCSO team resumed excavation of the beach but then continue to work until dusk. While the three tractor drivers worked on the beach, crime-scene technicians began searching in the sea oats. The search was prompted by a question investiga tors were trying to answer: What did the beach look like on Nov. 24, 2008? They knew that in April, the beach was renour ished with sand from Tampa Bay, which complicated the excavation because crime-scene technicians could not identify disturbances in the layers of sand. Also, a number of residents suggested to investigators that the sea oats werent as plentiful and thick in 2008, and the beach was narrower three years ago. Aerial photographs provided by Island photographer Jack Elka also suggested a narrower beach and fewer sea oats in the fall of 2008. sibility of digging up the sea oats, which could have been open sand in November 2008. If so, the City Park tree line could have shielded someone digging there from the homes nearby, said MCSO spokesman Dave Bristow. By the end of the second day of the excavation, the MCSO was working with the DEP to expand its search MUSIL-BUEHLER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1into the dunes. Weve got to look, Bristow said. The dig, day 3 On July 21, the tractor drivers were on standby at the excavation site as they awaited the arrival of DEP agent Steve West. MCSO investigators wanted to talk with West about digging up the sea oats, plants that are protected by law and are a natural tool against beach erosion and storm protection. The meeting took place mid-morning on the wooden walkway at the Willow Avenue access, with West talk ing with detectives, crime-scene technicians and Maj. Connie Shingledecker, the head of the MCSOs investigations division. Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby also talked with West. The mayor said he wanted to help in any way I can. West, after a brief discussion, authorized the search in the dunes. His instruction to the MCSO was to replace the sea oats after the search. They have been very accommodating, very gra cious, Bristow said of the DEP. The cooperation has been fantastic. Selby said, Im very happy that Mr. West is going to allow them to do what they need to do. With the expanded search approved, Selby called Island horticulturist Mike Miller to the site, as well as Anna Maria public works director George McKay. The two men took investigators through City Park, providing a course in Island vegetative, invasive species and beach formation. Meanwhile, a crime-scene team from the Sarasota radar, equipment purchased several years ago with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grant. After an area of sea oats was cleared, the radar which looked like a cross between a push-mower and Segway was rolled over the area. radar and send it back, said MCSO crime-scene technician Jason Smith. The MCSO had used radar on the beach before in December 2009, when it searched the Magnolia Avenue area in the Musil-Buehler case. But technicians had problems with the radar because it was sensitive to the salt water just a few feet underground. yards from where Musil-Buehlers possessions were found, and at the end of a closed beach path. Over the next several hours, the excavation turned up shells, turtle remains, trash and a toy soldier. At about 8:30 p.m., the operation shut down for the night. The dig, day 4 On July 22, the fourth day of the excavation work, MCSO Detective Jeff Bliss arrived to Willow Avenue with the sun still rising. Resident and former city Commissioner Chris Colate what you guys are doing out here, Collins said. Knowing the heat would intensify and the work hours had been long, Collins added, It must be hell. Bliss thanked the commissioner, and they talked the detective walked out to monitor the tractors already moving earth. It has to be done, Collins said of the search. The fourth day continued like the third, with the tractor drivers digging up the sand and sea oats, and then watching for anything unusual as they emptied the buckets. At about 11:30 a.m., the MCSO closed the Willow Investigators dig into the sand at the Willow Avenue crete, possibly used to hold a volleyball net. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 5 WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Farm team takes on beach duty, crime scene search AMIT W meets CSIBy Lisa Neff Islander Reporter Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers routinely can be found at sea turtle nest excavations in July, when nests begin hatching. But last weeks excavation was a rarity for AMITW, which served as a consultant to the Manatee County the beach for missing motel-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler. The Florida Department of Environmental Protec tion issued a special permit for the activity, which likely will continue this week. From July 19-22, the MCSO excavated the beach near Willow Avenue in Anna Maria, searching for clues in the November 2008 disappearance of the Holmes Beach woman, who is presumed dead. With the possibility of MCSO uncovering an unmarked nest, AMITW executive director Suzi Fox and a series of volunteers remained on the scene from a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22. a thunderstorm several weeks earlier that washed out some nests, drowned some black skimmer chicks and MUSIL-BUEHLER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Avenue walkway and erected a shield for two crimescene technicians used hand tools to excavate a small site next to the footbridge. The dirt was loose and in a long, narrow shape, catching an investigators eye, but nothing was found. Steube, who made several visits to the site last week, arrived about noon on the fourth day and watched the technicians work near the walkway. The sheriff said the search would resume this week, after the investigative team met to strategize. And so, early July 25, the MCSO was back at the site, excavating, searching, for Musil-Buehlers remains. By Lisa Neff Islander Reporter David Livingston can make his heavy-duty John Deere loader dance, walk and, of course, dig. Livingston, along with Dale Hancock and Mark Stanton, were reassigned last week from their work at the Manatee County jail farm to the Anna Maria shore. There, on the beach, the men drove two farm tractors and a massive loader borrowed from Manatee County, for four days. The work was part of the Manatee beach for clues in the disappearance and likely death of Sabine Musil-Buehler. Musil-Buehlers last known whereabouts were provided by her boyfriend, William Cumber, who is serving 13.5 years in prison for violating his probation on a 2005 arson conviction. Cumber, a person of interest in Musil-Buehlers disappearance, told authorities that he and Musil-Buehler were watching the results of the 2008 presidential election on Nov. 4, 2008, when they argued over his smoking cigarettes. Musil-Buehler left their Magnolia Avenue apartment, he said, and was not seen again. On July 9, while clearing out an overgrown area of City Park in front of his family home, Ed Moss found items belonging to Musil-Buehler. His discovery prompted an MCSO search of the Willow Avenue beach that likely will continue this week. Key to the search is the support staff from the farm, working with detectives and crime-scene technicians with the MCSO and also technicians with the Sarasota Livingston, Hancock and Stanton spent about 40 hours last week operating the tractors on the beach, with temperatures in the 90s and feeling even hotter. As they emptied each bucket, they watched the sand shells, animal remains, trash and one miniature toy soldier. MCSO Capt. Doug Baird said Livingston, Stanton and Hancock got the beach assignment because they are the farms best tractor operators. It would be nice if they were successful in the search, Baird said mid-morning July 22, as he watched the drivers dig into a line of sea oats west of City Park, where Musil-Buehlers possessions were found. Others in the farm division will assist later on the case by trying to generate new plants from sea oats col lected from the Willow Avenue beach. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which permitted the excavation of the beach and dunes, asked the MCSO to groom the beach and replant the dunes. So crime-scene technician Jason Smith collected oats July 22, which MCSO Detective Jeff Bliss said jail horticulturists could try to regerminate. Livingston endorsed that idea. He opened the door to his cab long enough to shout above the loaders engine, And we can save the taxpayers some money. Crime-scene technicians with the Manatee County The MCSO cleared at least two blocks of beach in the search for clues to Sabine Musil-Buehlers disappear ance. PLEASE SEE AMITW CSI, PAGE 9
6 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our Opinion Your Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, email@example.com Editorial Joe Bird Diana Bogan, firstname.lastname@example.org Kevin Cassidy, email@example.com Rick Catlin, firstname.lastname@example.org Jack Elka, email@example.com Lisa Neff, copy editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Contributors Jesse Brisson Capt. Danny Stasny Edna Tiemann Mike Quinn | NewsManatee.com Advertising Sales Toni Lyon, email@example.com Accounting Services firstname.lastname@example.org Production Graphics email@example.com Classi eds & Subscriptions Lisa Williams, classi firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Distribution Urbane Bouchet Ross Roberts Lisa Williams (All others: firstname.lastname@example.org) JULY 27, 2011 WEBSITE: www.islander.org Share the causeway The concern of the public for horses at Palma Sola beach is that people might get sick because of the horse droppings in the water. There seems to be no concern about the dog poop. However, there is actually no problem with horse manure, but the larvae left from dogs who have hookworm can penetrate the skin of humans and animals. By way of the bloodstream, it moves into the lungs, the digestive tract and then the small intestine, where the worm hooks onto the intestinal wall in order to suck blood, causing anemia. My suggestion is to keep all animals on the north side of the causeway and people who want to be careful can stay on the south side of the causeway. On the north, it would then be advisable for people to keep the soles of the feet covered. Charlotte Barnes, Holmes BeachSocializing The Islander has an active Facebook community of more than 1,300 users, so were sharing some of the conversations weve been having with our fans. If you would like to join the conversation, become a fan of The Islander on Facebook. We provide a direct link to our fan page from www.islander.or g. How hot is it? How are you keeping cool on the Island? Sitting at the wonderful community center. Allison Fusaro Well, Im not staying cool myself, but my husband and little boys played at the Manatee Public Beach while I was a work. Natasha Thompson Island. Terry AlbrittonMid-season review I love my life today. Most of you know thats my favorite saying. I say it today because we have a green turtle nest and because I have 82 of the worlds best volunteers. We care for each other. We help each other on the beach when we are on your survey walks. We are a compassionate group that cares for the Earth, community and especially our sea turtles and shorebirds. As humans when we are in trouble and we need something we speak up. When an animal has a problem, it cannot speak up. It has no voice. We are the voice. AMITWs members have a legacy 21 years of data collection, 198 days per year for just monitoring, 4,158 days this island has had a turtle watcher watching turtles nests and watching our nesting shorebirds, which is beyond amazing to me. All of this started with teachers. All of you have heard me say how many teachers we have in this program, and that teachers are my favorite people. So we honor them.5 feet high and rising ters that caused his family to leave home. We often recall the chorus when water and temperatures are rising, rising, rising. And its been nice and toasty here of late, both air and water the Gulf of Mexico and the bays temps have been rising steadily. This week we hit over 90 degrees on both counts. The water temp at the nearest NOAA reporting station, the St. Petersburg pier, was 91.4 on July 24. around it by wetting their lines early in the morning or they might like to bite and how to get them churning by reasonable deduction. Its the same for living in Florida, especially on Anna Maria Island, where a few of the natives will All the TV media seems to be focused on a dome of heat in the midand northeast states. And granted, the temps are rising daily above 100 degrees up there. Theyre cooking eggs on sidewalks and cookies on the car dash in an effort to demonstrate the heat. Is it really so different from past summers, or do they just get worked up when the temperature hits that elusive 100-degree mark? Maybe the folks up north need to take a page from the South, where weve become accustomed to dealing with heat. For most of us, its all about air-conditioning tion and timing exercise in the morning, beach walk in the evening. and adapt to the conditions at hand. It seems we also might have to do some adapting are seemingly more adventurous than our customary winter visitors. If the lines at Publix are any indication, we are swarming with touists. And they are looking for things to do, places to go and, sometimes, environmental adventures. And with that, sometimes comes a learning curve for what our area has to offer. Theres a wrong way to observe sea turtles, nesting birds, mating manatees and other Florida creatures and a good way, from a distance. Its not cool to mess with Mother Nature. Its up to us to stay cool. At the annual AMITW awards banquet July 23, we honored early turtle watch teachers Ed Callen and Lois Finley; our board members Debbie Basilius and Ed Sterba and our section coordinators; and our rookies of the year Summer Sines, Lynda Davis, Laura Marie Koitsch and Michael Lunn. Our hanky award winner for the most tears shed over hatchlings went to Marie Masferrer and our longest crawl award went to Rhonda Bailey, who drives from St. Petersburg to volunteer. And the Sadie award went to Carol Soustek, Section 3 long time walker and wonderful person. This award goes to a person who has endured long, hard hot times on the beach, who goes the extra mile and gives up her time and sweat for sea turtles. Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring
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The storm caused an estimated $60,000 in damages and forced closure of Gulf Drive in both directions while Florida Power & Light cleared downed power lines. appealed the ruling of Judge J. Lawrence Johnston that upheld Bradentons comprehensive plan amendment that allowed the Arvida Corp. to obtain approval for its planned 898-unit condominium project on Perico Island. The CCMC had challenged Bradenton to prevent construction of the project, which CCMC members claim is a threat to their health, safety and welfare, and would seriously damage the Perico Sound environment. ordinances that were needed by Tidemark Resort developer Nick Easterling before he could present his site plan for a proposed 40-unit hotel/condominium/marina complex on the site of the former Pete Reynards Restaurant. Easterling said the site-plan would be presented to the commission in August. Islanders bin Laden song rocks onTim Sheffstall, owner of Island Tattoo in Holmes Beach wrote a song nearly 10 years ago about Osama bin Laden and the events of Sept. 11, 2001, that rose in popularity. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Islander Tim Sheffstall, who owns Island Tattoo in Holmes Beach, grew up on Anna Maria Island and has played and sung in local and national rock bands most of his adult life. Two days after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, his band Cold Static was in California to record a CD. Sheffstall said he felt like many Americans at that time depressed. Just before the recording session was to start, he sat down in the studio and in about 10 minutes, wrote the words to Bin Laden, We Will Get You on a paper napkin. I was upset like everyone and I just wanted to write what was in my heart, that this guy had attacked the wrong people, Sheffstall said. He convinced the CD producers to include the song in the recording session and it was well received by Sheffstalls recording company, ECR. The song was on Cold Statics 2004 CD, Cold Static, which Since the songs release, about 25 documentary projects. They liked the song, but didnt want to use it because we hadnt gotten bin Laden, he said. The song was re-released on Cold Statics 2009 CD, Surviving in a Dying World, which sold nearly 300,000 copies. Additionally, Sheffstall and the band sent 100,000 free copies to U.S. forces overseas, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq. Interest in the song spiked immediately after the news that bin Laden was dead. starting to get back in touch with me. Im sure it will get picked up, Sheffstall said. Every time I hear the song, I get goose bumps remembering 9-11 and what I felt. I really hope a very good documentary producer picks it up for a movie. Sheffstall also sings with local bands such as Deja Vu and Hung Jury. He said hell be appearing Friday, Aug. 5, with Deja Vu at D. Coy Ducks in the Island Shopping Plaza, Holmes Beach. Cold Static usually appears on tour with groups such as Shinedown and other similar artists. The band genre. It was formed in Bradenton in 2001, several months before Sept. 11, 2001, with Sheffstall as the lead vocalist. The bin Laden song can be heard at www.cdbaby. com/coldstatic, Sheffstall said.
8 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER Bishop named to WMFR commission Architect John Bishop of Palma Sola was selected by the West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commission to complete the remainder of John Rigneys term. Rigney resigned in May after he moved out of the district. One of the requirements to be a WMFRD commissioner is to reside within the district. Commissioners decided on Bishop at their July Maria public works director George McKay and former WMFR commissioner Mike Mulcyk. Holmes Beach residents Dennis McElwaine and Robert Kelly also submitted applications. Bishop will serve until November 2012. The job of WMFRD commissioner is unpaid, although commissioners by law could vote for compensation. missioners voted not to accept any payment.BB closes dock, reviews policyBy Lisa Neff Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach commissioners agreed July 21 that a deteriorated bayfront dock must be closed for safety reasons, but the structure may not be repaired. The commission is considering multiple options for the Eighth Street South dock, as well as a couple other public docks on city property that have been both privately and publicly maintained. The dock might be repaired or rebuilt, possibly with support of neighboring property owners, or torn down. during a meeting on capital improvements projects July 20. At that meeting, commissioners agreed to have the city close the dock and post a safety warning. Its not even a little broke, said public works director Tom Woodard. Its a lot broke. Its a safety hazard. Woodard estimated the cost to repair the dock would be $430 and the cost to replace the dock would be about $1,400. Commissioners, however, delayed a vote on spending any money, with Commissioner Jan Vosburgh stressing that a repair would only be needed again in a few years. issue. side docks on Seventh, Eighth and 12th streets on city property that have, at times, been maintained under private-public handshake agreements. Gilbert suggested the commission take any emer gency precaution needed to deal with the Eighth Street dock but hold a town meeting with neighboring property owners to discuss a policy for maintaining, rebuilding or removing the structures. The commission agreed, and a town meeting or workshop probably will take place next month. Meanwhile, the commission also directed Woodard to remove the unsafe portion of the Eighth Street dock so it cannot be used. The shelters at the entrance to the Anna Maria City Pier were almost ready last week, but roofing for the two structures wont be installed until mid-August. The north boardwalk and parking lot opened to the public Monday, July 25. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Despite the Florida Department of Transportations optimistic July 13 press release that the north portion of the boardwalk at the Anna Maria City Pier would be open last week, it didnt happen. Anna Maria public works director George McKay, who is overseeing the project for the city while the DOT has overall supervision, said one holdup was the need for more wheel bumpers in the north parking lot. McKay said crews from Woodruff & Sons, the general contractor for the project, worked this past weekend to complete the north boardwalk and parking lot. McKay said Monday morning the north parking lot and boardwalk were open to the public. DOT spokesperson Trudy Gerena said the anticipated opening last week was temporarily postponed, while wheel bumpers along the road side to ensure a safer parking area. Once the parking decision has been made, the parking area will be open to the public, Gerena said. Lighting for the north boardwalk is on back order, of August. While the loading space for the Island trolley is nearly complete, the truncated dome mats cant be installed until the concrete for the loading space has been cured for 28 days, Gerena said. The trolley stop should be operational by late August. Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who was instrumental in obtaining the grant that funded the that the opening was delayed. Were not talking about a grand opening or ribboncutting, but I expected to see people on the boardwalk this week, so I was disappointed, Mattick said. to fruition, however, Mattick said she could wait a few more days. You can see that its coming along, and when the landscaping grows in, its going to look very attrac tive. Mattick said the 850-foot-long boardwalk would be particularly helpful for people in wheelchairs to visit the pier or take in the sights. The boardwalk is only 8 inches above ground and people in a wheelchair can easily enter the walkway. They can get on the boardwalk anywhere and there will be some areas on the boardwalk set aside for those in wheelchairs to view the pier and waters, said Mattick. Last week, the commissioner expressed some concern that installation of the shelters roofs at the pier entrance was delayed. We really need to have the trolley shelter covered and ready as soon as possible, Mattick said. Woodruff & Sons Inc. began construction in midMay, concentrating initially on construction of the north portion of the boardwalk, the shelters at the pier entrance and the northernmost pier parking lot. Both the north and south sections of the project should be completed in October, the DOT said. Funding for the boardwalk is from a federal grant administered by the DOT through its maintenance of Neighbors to meet about developmentBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Betty Yanger of Park Avenue in Anna Maria invited her neighbors and adjacent residents to meet with devel opers of Banyan Tree Estates in the 100 block of Park Avenue at 5 p.m. Monday, July 25, for an update on the project status. A press release from David Teitelbaum of Anna Maria Island Resorts, developers of Banyan Tree Estates, said refreshments would be served and discussion welcomed at the meeting, which took place after The Islander went to press. Parts of Banyan Tree Estates are owned by the Steagainst the city in March 2010 by Richard Friday of 104 Park Ave. In his complaint, Friday claimed two of the lots owned by the trust for the proposed Banyan Tree Estates plan future land-use map as in the conservation land-use struction in the conservation zone. the comp-plan was approved, that it saw no obstacle for him to build single-family homes on those two lots. This statement to Walker was inconsistent with the comp plan, Friday maintains in his suit, and the city should never The city has countered that the environmental zone information received from the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, and that the city should have used language in its 1989 comp plan to create the district. a number of privately-owned lots in the environmental zone including some owned by the Walker Trust that were grandfathered for use before World War II. Lawyers for the city claim that buildable right cannot be taken away by any subsequent action by the city. The city is in the process of passing a comprehensive plan amendment to rectify the error and create a new conservation zone allowing some construction on grandfathered lots. No building permit has been issued by the city for construction on the two lots in question, but other properties involving Banyan Tree Estates are not in the environmental zone and construction on those properties can proceed, according to the city building department. A hearing on the Friday lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Manatee County Circuit Court. Friday already has lost one legal battle against Walker. After Walker received a Florida Department of Envi ronmental Protection permit in 2008 to build seaward of the coastal construction control line, Friday appealed the ruling. His appeal was denied as without merit and the presiding judge ordered Friday to pay $2,000 of Walkers legal fees. The banyan tree on Park Avenue.
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 9 CHECK US OUT A T WWW.ISLANDER.ORG kept AMITW walkers off the beach for a day. Additionally, there were several marked turtle nests in the excavation area for the MCSO to avoid. One nest, just south of Willow thats set to hatch in early August, received special attention, with a babysitter squatted alongside it for the duration of last weeks search. Musil-Buehler, an ardent animal-lover, had been an AMITW volunteer and the nest guardians reminisced about her as they watched the MCSO excavation. She once chased a gull that had a hatchling, AMITW coordinator Glenn Wiseman said, adding that Musil-Buehler trained him and his wife for the volunteer program. Fox, taking a turn monitoring the excavation site, summarized, This is a week for weird beach activity. nest made July 18-19, a rare occurrence for the Island. The loggerhead is the sea turtle most likely to nest on Anna Maria Island beaches as of July 22, AMITW had documented more than 120 loggerhead nests. But the last known green turtle nest was laid in July 2002 near 10th Street South after the turtle crawled ashore twice and took an arduous trek through an obstacle course of beach furniture, according to Islander archives. The green turtle is an endangered species, protected by federal and state law, as well as international accords. This seasons green turtle nest was moved north of Coquina, because of another rare circumstance. While tractors were excavating the beach in Anna Maria as part of a homicide investigation, construction equipment on Coquina Beach was removing rocks from the beach. They pumped rock through the pipeline down there, Fox said, referring to this springs beach renour ishment work at Coquina. In April, Manatee County oversaw a $6 million beach project that involved pumping sand and water from a borrow area in Tampa Bay through tubing and metal pipes to the Island shore. The project renourished a small section of shore in Anna Maria, partly where the MCSO Green marks the spotThe Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitor ing crew at a green turtle nest on Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: Cour tesy AMITW AMITW CSI CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring leaders gather near the Willow Avenue beach access July 19 to discuss unusual developments in the nesting season the emergence of a green sea turtle and a renourishment project at Coquina Beach and Islander Photo: Lisa Neff An aerial of the Manatee County Sher search July 18 in Anna Maria. The image, and others by Island photographer Jack Elka, were used by the MCSO to examine the differences in the beach from 2008 to 2011. Islander Photo: Jack Elka dug last week, and much of Coquina Beach. With the sand-sifting last week at Coquina, AMITW, which holds multiple permits from the state to monitor nesting activity, was under orders to relocate new nests, including the green turtle nest. Seventeen marked nests, laid before the re-renour ishment work began, remained at Coquina Beach last week.
10 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER Island happenings iSlAnDeR cAlEnDaRWednesday, July 27 5 to 7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at Sunrise Garden Resort, 512 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies. Monday, Aug. 1 2 to 4 p.m. Young at Art youth camp begins at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies. Wednesday, Aug. 3 1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers will meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-496-4462. Ongoing: BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044. hosts a sunset party with entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941448-5798. Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-7781908. the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130. and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906. tions. Information: 941-962-8835. at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789. kids departing from the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies. the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Off-Island: Friday, July 29 Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies. Coming Up: Clam Factory. Save the Date: Send calendar announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone. Island Views featured at IGW Shirley Rush Deans acrylic painting exhibition, Island Views, will be displayed at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for the month of August. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 6648.Summer rhythmYoungsters get some hands-on experience with the Japanese style of drumming presented by Ron Collins of Tampa, during a summer childrens program hosted by the Friends of the Island Branch Library.Holmes Beach student makes deans list Allison Solberg of Holmes Beach earned a place on the deans list for the 2011 spring semester at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average as a full-time student in order to be named to the list. Solberg is a liberal arts and sciences senior. Island Daybreak by Shirley Rush DeanTeen beatTiako drummer Ron Collins leads a group of teens from the Anna Maria Island Community Center through a drum rhythm during a childrens presentation hosted by the Friends of the Island Branch Library. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 11 Island happenings On Vacation! Returning at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 Political open houseState Rep. Jim Boyd, District 68, poses with Islander Nancy Ambrose, an American Cancer Society volunteer, and Gabrielle Goldin, a 12 year-old aspiring to work as a page at the Florida House, at Boyds Bradenton open house July 20. Gulf Coast Writers meet at library The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m. Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to share their work. For more information, call Judy Domienik at 941496-4462.Privateers plan Walk the Plank event to raise funds The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a Walk 4, at the Cortez Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road. fund. Entertainment will be provided by Steve Arvey and friends, and there will be prizes, games and a live auction. Welcome to AMI familyHolmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti and wife Rejane welcomed 7 pound 14 ounce baby boy John Alves to the family at 8:11 a.m. Friday, July 8. Baby John joins siblings Joey, Anthony and Angela. Camp, Island-styleWhat better camp could kids attend on an Island surrounded by water and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico? This summers surf camp attendees gather on the beach near the West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach for a lesson that takes them from lessons on shore to the waves. Waves arrive for the fourth day of surf camp hosted by the West Coast Surf Shop. Camp sessions took place on the beach near the surf shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy West Coast Surf Shop
12 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER need a good laugh? visit the emerson quillin signature store. humor, art, gifts www.emersonshumor.com Looking for the perfect outing? Look no further Look for the blue button to order photos and full-page reprintsshop photos online at www.islander.org New contractor to pull permits, complete resort renovationsRenovations at the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort in Holmes Beach, including a chickee hut encroaching on the setback, remain under a stop work order from the city building department. A new contractor is expected to complete the project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter stop-work order at the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort on 39th Street will likely be lifted this week with the hiring of a new contractor to complete the work. Shaffer said contractor Don Meilner is now in charge pull building permits this week. The chickee huts and hot tub at the resort were originally constructed without permits, prompting Shaffer to put up a stop work order at the site on June 2. Shaffer said he initially red-tagged the work in January because the contractor failed to pull a building permit or construct the chickee huts and hot tub according to code. After assurances were made by John Tate, a landscape architect overseeing the renovations, to submit building cost estimates, obtain permits and comply with the building codes, Shaffer allowed the work to continue. On reinspection, however, Shaffer discovered the project still violated city code and permits were needed. That prompted the stop-work order in June. Shaffer said Tate is out of the picture and Meilner is in charge. Shaffer said the chickee huts and hot tub wont have to be torn down, but permits are still needed, as is an accurate cost estimate of construction to determine the permit fees. I should have the numbers in about a week to issue the permits, Shaffer said.Bradenton Beach raising business fees 5 percentBy Lisa Neff Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach commissioners July 21 scheduled The vote was 4-0, with Mayor Bob Bartelt absent. Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said her vote last week was not for the ordinance, but rather to send it to a second reading. State law provides for the collection of the local business tax, which varies depending on the type of a business. State law also allows the city commission to raise the tax 5 percent every other year. The annual tax or fee, if approved next month, would companies. City clerk Nora Idso said the 5 percent increase would amount to about $1.38 more a year for a rental. In other business, commissioners: Causley for building department services. Commissioner Gay Breuler, objecting to overtime in the bill, voted no. time hours. Gator Grading and Paving for stormwater improvements on Avenues A and B. Engineers for design work for stormwater improvements on Fifth Street South. to a diesel truck used by the sanitation department. Engineering for work on planning documents, including the comprehensive plan and land-development code. The next regular commission meeting is scheduled The commission was scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. July 25 to discuss the tentative millage rate for the 2011-12 budget, which would take effect Oct. 1.
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 13 budget talks Budget work lies ahead for AM commissionersBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Anna Maria city commissioners reviewed the pro posed 2011-12 budget prepared by city treasurer Diane Percycoe at their July 21 budge workshop that was based on a higher 2.0 millage rate than the current At a 2.0 millage rate, ad valorem revenues would be Total revenues in the draft budget were put at $2.198 million, while total expenses were projected to be less, $2.13 million. The estimated $62,000 difference could go to the citys reserve account, which has fallen below 35 percent of its operating budget. The city has tried to maintain a 35 percent reserve account, and has taken money from reserves the past four budget years to maintain a City auditor Ed Leonard has told commissioners previously that a 35 percent reserve fund should be the absolute minimum for the city. budget, the city maintained a 2.0 millage rate. Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, said he would prefer to see the budget presented at the current to raise the budget by 10 percent and not discuss it, Woodland said. Commission chair Chuck Webb reminded Woodland that this was a budget work session and the commission can change the millage rate and reduce expenditures. Percycoe defended presenting the proposed budget at 2.0 mils. I wanted to present a workable and honest budget. Weve already exceeded what we budgeted for this year and thats not how you do it. You can cut and cut, but you come to a point where you cant cut anymore without getting into a loss of services. Mayor Mike Selby agreed that the number of city staff and the budget is already bare bones. apparent to him that each staff member helps other departments to keep the city running at minimal cost. We have people who routinely do someone elses job when needed, he said, adding that the city operates as cheaply as possible to the taxpayers. Percycoe noted the citys salary scale is in the lowest category possible under the Florida retirement system. be down a projected $59,000 in revenues for the 201112 budget. At the rollback rate of 1.881 the tax rate needed to bring in the same amount of ad valorem tax revenues as generated in the 2010-11 budget, the city would be short $5,161 to meet its expenses. enue than its projected expenses. Commissioner John Quam said hes more concerned with expenses than revenues and wanted to look at line what the millage rate would be. Quam said a tax increase might be the thing to do to maintain city services, but a thorough examination of expenses is needed. Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick noted dramatic increases in legal and consultant fees during the 2010-11 those fees would be reduced in the coming budget year and Percycoe agreed. Percycoe said the city could explore options for additional revenue such as fees for water and propane gas, while Selby said the city does not charge a communica tions tax to Manatee County as other municipalities do because the county passes that fee back to the taxpayer. But it would be revenue for the city, he noted. Percycoe said Bradenton Beach recently imple mented a number of revenue-producing measures such as a propane franchise fee, but Anna Marias main source of revenue is still from ad valorem taxes. She also reminded commissioners that the city only gets back 9 percent of a property owners tax bill from the county. The school district takes 42 percent, the Manatee and navigation districts get 12 percent. At their July 28 meeting, commissioners will establish a tentative millage rate. The tentative rate cannot be raised at subsequent budget hearings, but can be lowered. Discussion of purchasing the six vacant lots across from the city pier also is on the July 28 agenda. The next budget workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at city hall, with another workshop at 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Millage One mil in ad valorem taxes is equal to 1/10th of 1 percent, or 1/10th of a penny. For every $10 in assessed value of a property, the tax would be one cent. An Anna Maria homeowner with a home valued at $500,000 and with homestead exemptions of $50,000 would pay taxes on $450,000. At a 2.0 millage rate (2/10th of a percent), the property tax would be $900. Of that amount, Anna Maria would receive 9 percent, or $81. $450,000 homeowner would pay $805. At the rollback rate of 1.881 the tax rate that would generate the same amount of ad valorem revenues as in the 2010-11 budget the same homeowner would pay $846.AM attorney-commissioner to head bar association Attorney Charles H. Chuck Webb of Anna Maria was voted the president-elect by members of the Mana2012. Webb is the chair of the Anna Maria City Commission and the citys deputy mayor. He recently retired from the U .S. Marine Corps and U .S. Army Reserves as a colonel after 31 years of service. of Webb, Wells and Williams, P.A., 3909 E. Bay Drive, No. 115, Holmes Beach. land-use law, in addition to wills, trusts, estates and business litigation. Before moving to Anna Maria in 1999, Webb worked as an attorney with the Charlotte and Broward county governments, in addition to a private practice. Webb and wife Flora have two children. Webb Click! The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of the milestones in readers lives. Send notices and photographs to email@example.com or 5404 Marina Drive,
14 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER 2011 ELECTIONSOne vacancy certain on AM commissionBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Anna Maria City Commissioner Gene Aubry said he has not changed his mind since he ran in September 2010 to complete the remainder of former Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus term. At that time, Aubry said he would only serve until re-election. said No, no and no. He said emphatically that he will not seek another term in the November election. Commissioner John Quam was ambivalent about term, Quam said he was undecided, but he noted a lot of qualifying time remains. sioners. One commissioner who has no trouble deciding is Commissioner Dale Woodland, who has served four consecutive terms. Im running, Woodland said when 3 for 3 seats in HB All three incumbent Holmes Beach city commissioners say they plan to seek another term in the November 2011 elections. First-term commissioner Al Robinson said he would probably seek re-election, but added its too early to make Qualifying to run for election as a commissioner in Holmes Beach takes place from noon Monday, Aug. 29, to noon Friday, Sept. 2. Candidates may pick up an election packet at Holmes Island voter registration spirals downwardBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter There will be fewer voters and people, and more vacation homes for the Anna Maria Island of the future, if the migration trend of Island residents continues. The number of registered voters on the Island has fallen 18.5 percent since 2000, according to the latest population of Anna Maria Island dropped 21.2 percent between 2000 and the 2010 census. Holmes Beach lost the most voters but did not see the highest percentage loss on AMI, dropping from 3,928 registered voters for the 2000 election to 3,224 in June ate. Anna Maria lost 302 registered voters between 2000 and 2011, falling from 1,615 voters at the turn of the century to 1,311 for June 2011, an 18.8 percent loss. Bradenton Beach suffered the biggest percentage loss, declining 20.2 percent from the 1,136 registered voters in 2000 to 906 for June 2011, down 230 voters. is losing population. In the 2000 census, Anna Maria Island had 8,262 Many Island politicians in the mid-2000s predicted the population decline, saying that Islanders were cashing out. The investors would, in turn, convert their AMI properties to vacation rentals. If Anna Maria Island continues to lose 20 percent of its population in the coming decades, the Island would be all rental and vacation properties by the 2060 Census. asked if he would seek another term. sion, the city held its elections in February. A 2003 charter of every November to coincide with county, state and national elections. Three commissioners are elected in odd-numbered years and two commissioners and the mayor in evennumbered years. Qualifying in Anna Maria is from noon Aug. 15 to noon Aug. 26, according to the election supervisor website. Packets for prospective candidates are available from city clerk Alice Baird at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. No one has requested an election packet, Baird said last week. Aubry Quam Woodland
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 15 Streetlife Island police blotterAnna Maria in the seizure of four motorcycles from a residence. The MCSO responded to the beach, where a woman seashells. The bone was collected by MCSO. chief. The MCSO responded to a complaint that someone had damaged the front door to a residence. complaint. A Florida Fish and Wildlife, with assistance to a complaint about an alleged intoxicated boater. The boater was not ticketed, but was warned about staying away from protected marine animals. responded to a complaint about a suspicious person, who turned out to be impaired. stopped a motorist for allegedly speeding. A records check revealed that the vehicle tag was altered. The tag was seized and the vehicle towed. MCSO responded to the White Egret, which reported that someone removed a purse from the store. erty. A wallet, hat, medication vial, lighter and sunglasses were found at a construction site. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach disturbance. The Bradenton Beach Police Department responded to a call about a domestic disturbance. A man she wanted to leave, and she did. The BBPD responded to a report of a vehicle burglary at tion, credit and gift cards and $20 in cash. adults complained to BBPD about four Segway riders on the multi-use path at the beach. Two of the riders were young, and one was going too fast, lost control and fell. The complainants said they could have been seriously injured. Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD. Cortez Cortez is policed by the MCSO. Holmes Beach cle. The Holmes Beach Police Department responded to a report that someone smashed the window on a vehicle and removed a GPS device. dispute. The Holmes Beach Police Department and the in reference to a domestic matter. responded to a report that someone took a refrigerator, air-conditioner and copper from a construction site. resisting arrest. The HBPD responded to a residence, where officers arrested a man for allegedly striking, pushing and spitting on another person. The man also The HBPD responded to a report that someone removed a chair valued at $40 from outside a shop. took a report of a bicycle theft from outside a home. ing. The MCSO and the Holmes Beach Police Department responded to the area and found several teenagers with alcohol on the roof of a residence. The HBPD reported that someone damaged the fence at the city skate park. The HBPD investigated a report that someone broke into a van and removed one of three purses. The purse contained credit cards and other items. One credit card was used at a Home Depot, where merchandise was purchased and an attempt was made to use the card at another Home Depot. The card also was used at a Macys and Best Buy. responded to a report of a beverage alcoholic energy drinks theft at the Citgo service station. Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO. AM staffer achieves new levelDiane Sacca of the Anna Maria building department has received a Level III designation for legal issues in code enforcement from the Florida Code Enforcement Association. City clerk Alice Baird said Sacca is believed to be the only Anna Maria Island to hold the designation. Islander Photo: Rick CatlinNorway to AMI note: Islander Else Hellum Brusso and her sons are visiting her homeland in Norway for the summer. Husband Michael of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney spends what time he can with them. Else responded last weekend to our e-mail from the Arctic Circle. Temp 50 degrees F. She wrote of the killing July 22, saying it was a terrible tragedy for such a peaceful nation. The whole country is in mourning. Oslo was horrible, but the island of Utoya was unfathomable. Children from all over Norway were there for a political youth camp. Love, Michael, Else, William & Henrik
16 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER PLEASE SEE CO-OP SPACE, NEXT PAGE Bridge Street Bistro adds al fresco dining The Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, recently opened the Island Time Bar and Grill, an al fresco street-level bar and dining area at the corner of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street. Restaurant owner Bill Herlihy said people are really enjoying the casual, outdoor atmosphere and he hadnt yet announced the opening. Its something we always wanted to put in for people strolling along Bridge Street in beach or casual wear. Its perfect for them, plus it gives a view of the water and people passing by. Were really pleased with its success, even with no advertising, Herlihy said. Island Time was the right choice for the Sheppard family visiting the Island from England. We came in wearing our swimsuits and shorts and it was great to sit down in the open-air atmosphere and feel comfortable, said mom Lisa Sheppard. Plus the food was great. The whole Island is great. said, accompanied by agreements from husband Chris and children Natt and Abi. Herlihy said more renovations and improvements to Island Time are planned to make it an Island-style showcase for Bradenton Beach at the roundabout. Island Time provides an Island-style menu and childrens menu during the day, with full liquor and umbrella drinks. After 5 p.m., full service from the bistro menu is available. And live music will begin this weekend, Herlihy said, with Matt Goattes entertaining Saturday evening. Island Times hours are from 11:30 a.m. to whenever, said bartender Jason Sleight. Beach cafe celebrates 1-year anniversary The Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee day July 21. Manager Ed Meehan said hes been amazed at the success of the operation. There was some initial resentment when we replaced the former tenant, Meehan acknowledged, but were past that now and people have really come to enjoy the positive changes. He said he understood that anytime there is something new, people are a bit wary, but weve made an incredible amount of friends. People who have been coming to the cafe for years now say they really enjoy the food and atmosphere. Among the changes were an ice cream parlor, an outdoor bar, new menu items and the acceptance of credit and debit cards. still got some improvements and ideas to put in place to make the cafe even better. The cafe is operated by United Park Services of Tampa, which also has the food and beach rental concession at Fort Desoto Park. year exceeded expectations. He believes the introduction of credit cards was a factor. People dont usually bring a lot of cash to the beach. Weve had people tell us they now spend a lot more because they can use their credit card, and its safer than bringing money, he said. Co-op space offered at PAR operation on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, but thought that the rent might be too high, Susanne Arbanas of Anna Maria Island Concierge Services may have a solution. Shes created a co-operative arrangement for her location at 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and is searching for businesses or individuals to divide and share the 1,100 square feet of available retail space. The co-op arrangement has the approval of the The Sheppard family from Rugby, England, enjoys the new streetlevel Island Time Bar and Grill at the Bridge Street Bistro, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. From left are Lisa, Chris, Abi and Natt Sheppard. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe manager Ed Meehan with staff member Mikayla Perora enjoy the outdoor atmosphere of the cafe and working on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin LIVE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT!NEW! FUN! STREET-LEVEL ON BRIDGE STREET! Live music with Matt Goattes 7-10 Saturday, July 30.ISLAND TIME BAR AND GRILL offers AL FRESCO dining at the BRIDGE STREET BISTRO daily from 11:30. Join us for fun, music, drink specials, delicious appetizer, lunch and dinner menus and awesome Gulf views. Whats up at BSB?
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 17 CO-OP SPACE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 owner, Pine Avenue Restoration LLC, said Mike Coleman of PAR. Susanne@amiconciergeservices.com.Biz mixer this week The monthly business-card exchange sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will be Garden Resort, 512 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. The cost is $5 per person and members are urged to bring guests. Reservations are requested, but not required. For more information or to sign up for the event, call First new Island trolley expected to roll out Aug. 14By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board trolleys is due to begin service Aug. 14, and some space for advertising remains available on the trolley. Teitelbaum, who is in charge of ad sales on the trolleys, said at the chamber boards July 20 meeting there The second trolley is scheduled to be in service on Sept. 3. Each trolley is custom-made and many of the main tenance issues with present and former trolleys will be eliminated with the new ones, he said. Additionally, there is room on the new trolleys for an Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce brochure stand. Imagine, we can target from 300,000 to 400,000 people every year, said Teitelbaum. The chambers ad sales program for the trolleys helps offset the annual trolley maintenance cost by the Manatee County Area Transit, and helps keep the Island trolley fare-free, one of the major selling points for tourism to Anna Maria Island, he noted. In other business, board chair Cindy Thompson said seven businesses were nominated for the chambers three Business of the Year awards, and nominations are still open. The awards and the announcement of new board members will be at the chambers annual installation Also, Larry Chatt said the chambers new website is operational, but there have been a few glitches. Teitelbaum, who also serves on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council, said hes worked with the countys new tourism website and the chambers is way better than the countys and cheaper to install and oper ate. Under the chambers website, each member essen tially has a mini-website, Teitelbaum noted, something that the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau site doesnt offer. It looks great, said Teitelbaum and the board congratulated Chatt for his voluntary contribution to get the website up and running. There will be no chamber board meeting in August, but chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said the election committee should meet to identify candidates for the Board members whose terms expire this year are eligble for re-election, Brockman said.Its ofcial Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board members and president Mary Ann Brockman, right, host a ribbon-cutting cer emony July 21 to the Village Cafe at Rosedale and Relish Boutique in Anna Maria to their ranks. The two businesses held open house for 100 or more guests to celebrate the occasion. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
18 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER CHECK US OUT! www. islander.orgUseful tools and links, fun stuff, and important info and important info Nesting by the numbersAs of July 22, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring was reporting: Number of turtle nests: 129 Number of false crawls: 140 Number of hatchlings to the sea: 629 Number of skimmer chicks: 32 Read The Islander each week to follow developments during nesting season. AMITW honors walkerAnna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring presents volunteer walker Carol Soustek with its top annual prize the Sadie Award during a banAMITW executive director Suzi Fox said Soustek always is there when shes needed. The award is named for a rescued sea turtle and is presented each year to the AMITW volunteer who goes above and beyond for sea turtle conservation. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff Volunteer Carol Soustek reacts to learning she has received Anna Maria Island Turtle Watchs top honor for 2011 the Sadie Award. High hatch hopesAs a hatchling is found in a loggerhead nest July 18, the crowd closes in to peek. The nest was one of two excavated last week near the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 19 A crowd gathers for one of two loggerhead turtle nest excavations July 18 near the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. Donna and Bill Puchalski excavate a loggerhead nest in Bradenton Beach on July 18. They found 79 hatched eggs and four unhatched. A loggerhead hatchling. The excavations typically take place three days after the eggs in the nest hatch. Excitement builds as attendees at a loggerhead nest excavated in Bradenton Beach anticipate lingering behind those who already have made their path to the Gulf waters.
20 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER July 27 9:15 2.6 5:24 0.0 July 28 1:12 1.5 10:09 2.7 3:07 1.4 6:05 -01 July 29 1:28 1.5 10:59 2.8 4:09 1.4 6:42 -0.2 July 30 1:43 1.5 11:47 2.8 5:05 1.3 7:17 -0.1 New July 31 1:58 1.6 12:36 2.8 5:59 1.1 7:50 0.0 Aug. 1 2:16 1.7 1:26 2.7 6:55 1.0 8:23 0.2 Aug. 2 2:37 1.8 2:19 2.5 7:53 0.8 8:54 0.4 Aug. 3 3:03 2.0 3:17 2.2 8:55 0.7 9:24 0.7 Kevin Cassidy Islander Reporter Indoor soccer action continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with three games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Though Mr. Grout is clearly the top team in the 10-12 age division with a 5-0 record, Pink & Navy Boutique the only all-girl team is tough competition. The Boutiques tied LaPensee Plumbing 3-3 July 19 in an exciting game that went down to the last second. Both teams battled hard throughout the game. First-half goals by Ryan Fellowes and Carlos Cruz matched goals by Brooke McIntosh and Sydney Morrow for a 2-2 tie after 25 minutes of action. The second half was more of the same with good scoring opportunities for both teams. Emma Monuese was outstanding in goal, especially in the 10th minute, when she blocked a Robbie Fellowes shot, only to have to come off her line and smother the rebound that went straight to Cruz on the left side of the goal. Ryan Fellowes gave LaPensee Plumbing a 3-2 lead 5 minutes later, when he got loose up the right side and With time winding down, Pink & Navy took advantage of a three-line violation by LaPensee to tie the score at 3-3. Gillian Cassidy hammered the indirect kick on for a goal. Both teams continued to battle to the end when with 35 seconds left to play, a three-line violation by LaPensee Plumbing occurred. The Boutiques hustled to set up the indirect kick and Morrow managed to unleash a rocket that appeared to graze LaPensee Plumbing goalie James buzzer sounded on an exciting game. Other members of Pink & Navy Boutique include Shelby Morrow, Morgan Burns, Grace Bowers, Brooke Capparelli and Jessica Schafer. Pink & Navy Boutiques second game of the week saw them defeat Sandbar 4-1 July 20. Sydney Morrow led the way with a pair of goals, while McIntosh and Burns notched one goal apiece. Aiden Grumley scored the lone goal for Sandbar in the loss. Mr. Grout showed why its undefeated and sitting in Plumbing. Dylan Joseph, Michael Latimer, Jake Miller and Javiar Salgado each notched three goals while Sydney Cornell and Ethan Jenkins each scored one goal to round out the Mr. Grout scoring. Gavin Sentman and Stephen Whyte each scored one goal for LaPensee Plumbing in the loss. In an earlier game July 18, Mr. Grout rolled past goals, while Jake Miller, Nico Colacci, Ethan Jenkins and Dylan Joseph scored three goals apiece. Javiar Salgado goal in the victory. Jean-Paul Russo led the Sandbar with two goals, while Nico Calleja added one goal. Island Dental Spa continues to lead the 6-9 age division with a 4-0-1 record after edging Fran Maxon Realty 4-3 July 18. Luke Marvin led the way with two goals, while Ryan Joseph and Charlie Halfacre scored one goal apiece. Sam Bowers, Elizabeth Laviolette and Ozzy Lonzo scored one goal apiece in the loss. The second game of the evening saw Southern Greens defeat Beach Bums by a 4-2 score. Julius Peteriet scored all four goals to lead the way for Southern Greens. Tyler Brewer scored both goals for Beach Bums in the loss. Southern Greens and Fran Maxon Real Estate battled to a 5-5 tie July 19. Elizabeth Laviolette scored three goals to lead Fran Maxon Real Estate, which also received one goal each from Bowers and Lonzo. Julius Island Dental Spa took an 8-4 victory over the Beach Bums July 20 behind six goals from Luke Marvin. Joseph and Devin Calderon added one goal each in the victory. Brewer scored two goals to lead the Beach Bums, which also received one goal each from Samantha Burgess and Ashton Pennell in the loss. Flag football standings heat up Anna Maria Island Community Center continues and it appears Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins and MartiniVille Saints are on a collision course to the Super Bowl. on top with a 5-0-1 record, while Agnelli Pool & Spa claims 5-1. Following the top two, the closest teams in the standings are Tylers Ice Cream Steelers and Beach to Bay Construction Bucs with matching 3-3 records. Beach to Bay defeated Sato Real Estate Browns 25-6, while Tylers Ice Cream blasted Slims Place 20-8. Agnelli Pool destroyed Integrity Sound Redskins tiniVille Saints stay on top thanks to a 40-34 overtime win over Sun Panthers during July 21 action. The Saints were led by quarterback Ryan Moss, who down passes, while also adding 48 receiving yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Moss chipped in with a 3-for-3 passing day that included one touchdown pass, while also rushing for 31 yards in addition to catching six passes for 86 yards and four touchdowns. Ed Moss added 111 receiving yards and a pair of two-point conversions in the victory. Ryan Moss also paced the defensive effort with four tributed an interception in the victory. and three touchdown receptions and an extra point. Kevin for the Patriots, which also got 68 receiving yards and an extra point from Morgan Bekkerus in the loss. pulls and an interception. football standings, go to www.islander.org. Emma Monuese, shown here distributing the ball, has been outstanding between the pipes for her Pink & Navy indoor soccer team at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 21 PLEASE SEE FISHING, PAGE 23Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter the cooler parts of the day. Fishing pre-dawn until shortly after sunrise is providing great spotted sea trout action gator trout lurking in potholes and on edges of troughs and ditches. on the beaches, too, especially close to the passes on the north and south ends of the Island. For best results with these catch-and-release snook, you want to use live Yozuri Pins Minnow in a greenback-silverside pattern. long distances into the Gulf of Mexico, where reports water depths of 150-180 feet. To get in on this action, look for schools of bonito crashing the surface, and put a bait right in the school. If you can get a bait past the bonito, you have a chance are catching limits of mangrove snapper as well as red grouper. Catch-and-release gag grouper is still as good Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says ing upper slot-size spotted sea trout on top water plugs. Wading is the best approach to sneak up on these sum and along mangrove edges. Gold spoons and Berkley Gulp shrimp are two good options to try on the shallow water reds. Keyes is hearing about good catch-and release snook action on the beaches around Longboat Pass and at Bean Point. mangrove snapper on both the nearshore and offshore structure. The same is true of the red grouper. Frozen sardines and or frozen squid are working well in water deeper than 100 feet. Heading out to depths of 180 feettuna. Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper being caught on live shiners. The bite has been early in the morning, says catch. There are still a lot of bait stealers around the pier, says Cassetty. They make it tough to get your shrimp to the bottom where the drum are, so bring an ample amount of bait. shrimp or cut pieces of blue crab. targeting bull reds in Sarasota Bay using slab white 30-inch range. Eight-year-old Kai Hunkeler of Bradenton Capt. Mark Howard, left, and Ralph mills of Palmetto trip with his daughter Peggy Mills of Bradenton. ing with Johnston. It took a little while for Kai to reel him in, says Johnston, but he stuck with it and landed he says bigger white bait is catching the bigger trout. He Capt. Warren Girle is targeting spotted sea trout along the eastern shoreline or Sarasota Bay. The shal these shorelines. He suggests looking close to the shoreRapala Skitterwalk, a top-water plug, are working well just after dawn. Plastic baits on a 1/8-ounce jig head also are producing, but be careful not to make a big splash close to schooling reds. Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is having edges on the higher tides. On a recent charter, Gross Gross also is catching trout in these same areas, although he says theyre not as abundant as redfish. numbers of Spanish mackerel with a few blacktip sharks in the mix. On the outgoing tides, Gross is targeting catch-and-release snook using small shiners for bait. The hookup ratio has been better using the smaller shiners, says Gross. The snook have been averaging 22-25 inches Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Charters says he mackerel are some of the varieties landed. He notes that the abundant small shiners in area waters are the bait of choice. He recommends using a 1/4inch net to get these smaller baits and down size hooks and leaders to pait the tackle to the bait. Speckled trout and mangrove snapper are feeding heavily on the smaller shiners in 4-6 feet of water with abundance and vigor. Just throw a handful of shiners water, Howard says, The mangrove snapper are per Justin Tsikererdanos of Kissimmee caught this monster red grouper offshore of Anna Maria Island in 130 feet of water on a sardine while on a charter trip with Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Char ters.
22 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER Note: Obituaries are provided as a free service in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present. Obituaries Claude L. Red Barron was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Andover, Ohio. Mr. Barron was a graduate and football player at Niles McKinley High School. He worked at Copperweld Steel as a crane operator. He served in World War II. He was member and past zations, including the Eagles, Sons of Italy and Army/Navy. A celebration of life is being planned for a later date on Anna Maria Island. Mr. Barron is survived by daughter Claudia of Holmes Beach and several nieces and nephews.Daniel Defee Daniel Defee, 38, of Palmetto, died July 20. Mr. Defee was employed as a dispatcher for four years at the Holmes Beach Police Department. Its just tragic to lose someone that young who was not only a good employee, but a husband, son, brother and father, said HBPD Chief Jay Romine. The HBPD attended the service in full dress, and an honor guard and HBPD vehicles led the procession from the funeral service to the cemetery. Visitation was held July 24 at Mansion Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Ellenton. The funeral Mass was held July 25 at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, Parrish. Burial was at Manson Memorial Cemetery. A memorial fund for Mr. Defees children has been established at Bank of America and donations may be made at any branch of the bank with the account number Ann Kip Newell She was born in Ware, Mass., and moved to Bradenton in 1995 from Bow, N.H. She was a lifetime director of Manatee Childrens Services and a member of the Key Royale Club. A memorial service was held July 22 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Manatee Childrens Condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.co m. Mrs. Newell is survived by her husband of 59 years, Isaac L. Jr.; daughters Elizabeth and husband Jon Thompson of Shutesbury, Mass.; and Jennifer and husband Steve Bouchard of Alexandria, Va.; brothers Paul and wife Judy Kip of Plant City, Fla., and Peter and wife Sally Kip of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren. Jay Allen Pritchett Jay Allen Pritchett, 82, of Wilmington, Del., died July 9. Mr. Pritchett served in the U.S. military from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War. He returned to work in the Wilmington area and later became owner of several gas stations. He was owner of rental properties in Bethany Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and also in the Bahamas. Mr. Pritchett moved to Anna Maria Island at approximately age 40, and enjoyed gardening and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Pritchett is survived by his godson, Glen Purves, of Holmes Beach, and many friends in Florida and Delaware. Barron family, 2815 94th St., Palmetto FL 34221. Mr. Defee is survived by wife Janet and children Matthew and Abigail, as well as other family members. Island real estate transactionsBy Jesse Brisson Special to The Islander 612 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,051 ardson for $545,000; list $595,000. for $360,000; list $399,900. Willow LLC for $360,000. for $315,000; list $334,900. 2bed/2bath condo with shared pools built in 2005 to Elgamil for $295,000. 1,824 sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex built in 1962 on Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-7787244. Community notices, events Attention community organization representatives: The Islander welcomes notices of your club and organization events, happenings and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages you to submit photographs. Send press releases and photos with detailed captions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes information.
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 23 FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 fect eating size when cooked Bahamian style scaled, gutted, seasoned and heads off on the grill. Better yet, he says, take advantage of summers bounty and add some mangroves at high tide and in the potholes on low tides. the trick, he says. NOAA surveying on crab rule A federal agency is collecting public comment on a stone crab in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published the rule in the Federal Register July 20, opening a public comment period that continues through Aug. 19. The rule mostly impacts Florida commercial stone government quotas for crabbers, was implemented in crabbers and shrimpers, and only applies to federal Gulf of Mexico waters, not Florida waters. and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council examined the need for the federal stone crab management plan. The conclusion the agencies reached was that regulation is adequately managed by the state. Florida law forbids the taking of whole stone crabs. Crabbers are allowed to take claws at least 2 3/4 inches long and are required to return stone crabs safely to the water. The stone crab can regenerate its claws three to four times. NOAA Fisheries Service is considering action that would repeal the stone crab FMP and allow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to excluwaters beginning with the 2011-12 season, read a press statement from the federal agency. The stone crab season opens in Florida Oct. 15. The action, according to NOAA, would promote manner, while maintaining conservation of the resource and the ecosystem. Comments about the proposed rule to repeal the federal stone crab plan can be submitted to www.regulations. gov On the website, click on submit a comment and then enter NOAA-NMFS-2011-0140 in the keyword search and click on search. To mail comments, write to Susan Gerhart, Southeast crabRiver adventureJanet Fitzgerald brought along a copy of The Islander on a river tour in Costa Rica. She and husband Kevin saw lizards, plants, sloth and caymen on their adventure. Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters shows off a nice wahoo caught offshore of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Stone crab
24 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER ANNOUNCEMENTS ContinuedWANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dont be sorry, be safe.GARAGE SALESROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Clearance sales. Closed August. 511 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. 941-779-2733. GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, July 30. 2511 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach.LOST & FOUNDFOUND: WEDDING RING. Holmes Beach. Names on outside, dates, inside. 941-7309667.PETS PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411. I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S ANSWERS TO JULY 27 PUZZLE MORE ADS = more readers in The Islander! ITEMS FOR SALE POOL STEPS, $65, Glidemaster elevated rower, $40, 941-778-2901. COPPER SHIP LANTERN lamps, two, $40, 941-778-2901. PAC-N-PLAY Eddie Bauer complete, like new, $65. 941-795-8359. VCR: MAGNAVOX, $10. Eureka, The Boss 16.0, bagless, $20. 941-795-8359. CLOCK: GE TELECHRON, CIRCA 19451949 with alarm, perfect condition, model # 7H141, $25. 941-761-1415. CRIB/TODDLER MATTRESS, $25, BabyBjorn potty-chair, $15. Call Ray, 941-5388724. MCLANE GAS EDGER, $75. 941-3130528. BOX OF ASSORTED toys: 25 for $2.50, toy trucks, like new, 3 for $5. Call 941-7958734. MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941739-0792. ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak of ce chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.comFREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALEIndividuals 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 email@example.com g, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer) ANNOUNCEMENTSGLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.co m for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ART STUDIO SUBLET: Through October, 2011, all or part. Anna Maria Island Art League building, Holmes Beach. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-843-1615. HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.or g 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. email@example.com m Discoverannamaria.com. MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www. annamariaislandrealty.com E-mail: Michael@ annamariaislandrealty.com Your personal broker. BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattisons 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.bradentonrotary.or g Its not too late to visit www.islander.org to order a personalized plank on the Anna Maria City Pier! Sign up now to take part in the piers centennial year tribute. Adopt-A-Pet SPONSORED BY Heres Daisy, an American staffordshire/mastiff mix, female, 80 pounds, rescued from high-kill shelter with her pups.Very calm, sweet, loves other dogs/cats/kids, $50 adoption fee. Spayed/shots/ microchip, loves kids/dogs/ cats. Call Julie at Royal Pet Rescue, 941-720-1411, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots more pets are looking for you at www.royalpetrescue.com.
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 25 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Look for the blue button to order photos and full-page reprintsshop photos online at www.islander.org Dont leave the Island without taking time to subscribe. Youll get ALL the best news, delivered by the mailman every week. Visit us at 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach or call 941-778-7978. Online edition: www.islander.orgJUST VISITING PARADISE? TRANSPORTATION2003 TOYOTA CAMRY: Beige, 101,500 miles, air conditioning, CD/stereo, tilt steering. Great condition, well-maintained. $7,720. 941-778-4086.BOATS & BOATINGBOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach up to 23-foot. $140/month, three-month minimum. 941-962-6238.EMPLOYMENT WANTEDLICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE looking for part-time job on the Island. Call 813-8022756.HELP WANTEDSALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island of ce. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941778-7244.KIDS FOR HIRELOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and rst aid-certi ed, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-5679276. 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 of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.BUSINESS OPPORTUNITYHEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.SERVICESLET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476. PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945. ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place classi ed ads and subscribe online with our secure server? Check it out at www. islander.org. SERVICES ContinuedTOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/ wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069. I DONT CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message. HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941539-6891. ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certi ed, references. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693. WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152. ISLAND PRESSURE WASHING: Houses, trailers, soffets, driveways, pools, wood decks and docks. Satisfaction guaranteed or job is free. Best prices and reliable service. For estimates please, call Bill at 941896-6788. RETIRED RN IN Bradenton Beach for hire as daytime companion, caregiver. Have reference letters. 501-350-6728 or 941-5492215. HOUSEKEEPING: 18 YEARS on the Island and West Bradenton. We take scrubbing seriously. Let us make your home shine! Call 941-778-1014. ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. 27 years experience. Call 941778-1202. TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977. BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JDs Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
26 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S SERVICES ContinuedISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certicates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046. BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228. ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711. 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, 941-5188301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550. GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAYS ISLAND studio. Instruction in ute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-358-8724.LAWN & GARDENCONNIES LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294. More ads = more readers in The Islander. HOME IMPROVEMENTVAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpa per. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077. CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479. GRIFFINS HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711. JERRYS HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-7786170 or 941-447-2198. SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If its broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. Ill x it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906. FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700. J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228. CONCRETE ETCHED SIDEWALK, driveways. Looks like tile. Improve your entryway. 941-383-2269. LAWN & GARDEN ContinuedISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581. JRS LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.LANDSCAPING STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067. KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, shell phone 941-720-0770. NATURES DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch and anything else. Please, call David at 941504-7045. NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certied horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.
THE ISLANDER July 27, 2011 27 CHE CK US OUT A T WWW.ISLANDER.ORG I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S RENTALSWEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www. suncoastinc.com. HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for ofce/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled ministorage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-7782924. HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com 941-794-1515. VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA 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 Realty, 941-794-1515. TROPICAL PARADISE: 3BR/2BA canalfront home on Key Royale. Annual unfurnished. New carpet and new paint. Updated interior. Davits. $2,300/month. 941-704-2827. ANNUAL RENTAL HOLMES Beach: 2BR/2BA House with one-car garage, washer and dryer, screened lanai, big yard. Three blocks from beach! $1,250/month plus utilities. Available Sept 1. Call 813-500-2553. RENTALS ContinuedANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: $875/month including garbage/yard service, large backyard. http://goff-club.com/206A 54th Street, Holmes Beach. 941-795-0504. ANNUAL RENTAL AT Westbay Cove. 2BR/2BA second oor unfurnished, water front. Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096. SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com. REAL ESTATEDIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, ofce recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288. FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875. NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special nancing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace. DONT FORGET! The Islander has mullet T-shirts and oval AMI stickers. And all the best news on AMI weekly. Stop in our ofce at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach or order online www.islander.org. FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATEWESTERN NORTH CAROLINA mountain condo in exclusive Lake Toxaway. Superb long-range views. $68,500. 941-773-4150. 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. NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: 4.76 wooded acres with view and creek. Perfect for log cabin. Only $23,800. Owner nancing available. Call today, 800-699-1289 or www. riverbendlakelure.com.EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to adver tise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination Familial status includes children under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal oppor tunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at (800) 669-9777, for the hearing impaired (0) (800) 543-8294
28 July 27, 2011 THE ISLANDER Visit www.islander.org to buy a plank on the Anna Maria City Pier. New York Times Sunday Magazine Crossword Answers found on page 24.