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Astheworld Terns and
bird friends plan a
thankful day. Page 6
Meetings: The gov-
BB OK's new beach-
tiki market. Page 5
The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
ABOVE: Sandblast, in the final hour, at
Manatee Public Beach. About two dozen
teams competed in the annual classic ben-
efiting Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Islander Photo: Jackie Mutter
RIGHT: Sandblast eve, the beach sunset
takes on the appearance of a moonscape.
Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Performing a tune as the hit Motown group
the Supremes are AME fourth-graders Tori
Coover, Sierra Walther and Ava Zink. They
took the stage for the fourth-grade rock 'n'
roll play Nov. 15 in the Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School auditorium. More play photos and
school news, page 22. Islander Photo:
Contest to build shel-
ter strength. Page 7
AM commission votes
against tree removal.
ments. Page 12
Island police blotter.
raisers, five stars.
embark on odyssey.
Fishing: Gag grouper
season closes, others
to target. Page 25
KMB hosts Sandblast 2011 HB Officials
By Lisa Neff
With rakes, spoons, garbage cans and
other odd tools, about two dozen teams com-
peted Nov. 19 in the annual Sandblast sand-
sculpting contest held to benefit Keep Manatee
Beautiful, an anti-litter, pro-green nonprofit.
A change of venue took place for the 2011
event, with sand-sculpting teams gathering at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, instead of on the shore in Bra-
Organizers said the location proved so
popular with contestants, exhibitors and view-
ers that plans are already being made to return
for Sandblast 2012.
Teams for 2011, sponsored by local busi-
nesses and representing school groups and
nonprofits, selected plots measuring about 15
by 15 feet. The sculptors arrived with tools -
shovels, spray bottles, buckets, garbage cans
- and plans for sculpting along a nautical,
holiday or free-form theme.
The building began at 9 a.m. and contin-
ued to 1 p.m., when judges circled the sculp-
tures to decide the winners.
Sandblast coincided with Keep Manatee
Beautiful's celebration of America Recycles
Day. KMB presented artists showing recycled
art at the cafe, as well as showed off the mas-
sive, 80-ton sand-sculpture created by Team
Sandtastic last week.
The professional sculptors arrived Nov.
17 to begin building the sculpture, conduct
clinics in sand-sculpting and help judge the
The Islander caught up with Mark Mason
of Team Sandtastic, which holds a Guinness
World Record for the tallest sandcastle, with
some questions about sand, sculpting and tips
for Thanksgiving vacationers spending a lot of
time on the shore.
The Islander: You have a different venue
this year Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach. Where's the most interesting location
that Team Sandtastic has worked?
Mark Mason: We craft sculptures all over
the globe love the travel, even to a new venue
on Anna Maria Island. Just two weeks ago I
was carving in Cape Town, South Africa, and
an annual event each January in India has been
quite fun. But Abu Dhabi was one of the top
spots it is where we carved 1,400 tons into a
display for the Red Bull Air Races.
The Islander: People will be visiting your
sculpture at Manatee Public Beach for a month.
What kind of process is involved in the team
deciding what it will build?
MM: This is our 11th Sandblast, and by now
the client is comfortable letting the sculptors go
carte blanche. And I do believe you get the best
sculptures from a team of seasoned sculptors
when you allow them a lot of artistic license.
The Islander: What does it take to be a pro-
fessional sand-sculptor? Knowledge of sand?
MM: A little bit of column A. A little of
column B. All combined with a passion to stick
it out through the grunt work shoveling and
The Islander: When you see severe weather
PLEASE SEE SANDBLAST, PAGE 2
ponder tree hut
By Kathy Prucnell
Heads were shaking at Holmes Beach City
Hall last week over reports of a nearly com-
pleted Robinson Crusoe-style tree house on the
south part of Holmes Beach near Avenue E.
Bob Shaffer, city building inspector,
explained that Richard Hazen, co-owner of
Angelinos Sea Lodge, contacted him last spring,
and asked whether the city had any permitting
regulations for a tree house. Shaffer advised of
no such regulations, but stated Nov. 17 it "was
not supposed to be there to the extent he built
"I didn't expect this to happen," said Lynn
Hazen of the now developing controversy
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103 29th St., Holmes Beach, prompts city
officials to look for state permitting direc-
tion. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
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HB TREE HUT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
around the hut. "It was just built for the private use of
guests and my own use." The lodge includes four vaca-
tion rentals, and Lynn Hazen expects it to be used as a
private place to read, write, relax and dine.
The idea of the tree hut came from her research
into the Tahitian and Swiss Family Robinson tree-house
concepts, she explained. A builder then assisted her with
the project, which, she noted, is 95 percent done.
No plans or drawings were presented to the city of
Lynn Hazen recounted her research into the pos-
sible need for a permit: Her husband had contacted the
city and was told "there are no written rules regarding
tree houses." She said they also spoke to Holmes Beach
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, as well as other offi-
cials, trying to make sure they got whatever permit they
Last week after an anonymous call to the city of
Holmes Beach, David Forbes, city code enforcement
officer, contacted Steve West of the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection Bureau of Beaches and
Coastal Systems. The local bureau in Sarasota regulates
construction on the beach.
Whether permitting will be required for the tree hut
will depend on West's recommendation, according to
Forbes and Shaffer.
West said Nov. 18 he had received the city's mes-
sages, and would likely be out this week for a look. "If
it is made of wood, glass and is two stories, it probably
should've been regulated."
According to Forbes and Shaffer, proper zoning and
building permits are required for "accessory structures,"
which the tree hut may be.
The city concerns over the construction relate to
the building's stability, safety and ability to withstand
the hurricane-force winds of the coastal area, and West
added another possible damage to dune vegetation.
A juvenile bald eagle rescued and rehabilitated by
Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach after the bird was
struck by a car in east Bradenton was released Nov.
17. The bird was released at the Mixon Fruit Farm in
east Bradenton, where Wildlife Inc., operated by Ed
and Gail Straight, run a wildlife education center.
The release was a success. But the Wildlife Inc. crew
on the ground suffered a scare when a mature bald
eagle attempted to scare off the younger bird. "Luck-
ily the adult only scared our juvenile out of his space
and the dispute ended without physical contact," Gail
Straight of Wildlife Inc. said. Islander Photos: Cour-
tesy Gail Straight
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'Free Ride' films in
The "action" in Cortez Nov. 14 wasn't just on the
fish docks where stone crab claws and other catches were
unloaded. Filming for "Free Ride" took place in Cortez
Filming also has taken place in Sarasota.
"Free Ride" stars Anna Paquin of "True Blood"
fame, along with Brit Morgan, Cam Gigandet and Drea
SCAMP, the production company founded by Paquin
and Stephen Moyer, is behind the picture, which is set
in 1970s Florida and is about the mother of two girls
who flees an abusive relationship and gets involved in
A casting call for the extras in the area requested "all
types, all sizes, all ages, all ethnicities. Really unique
faces a bonus! This is set in 1978 men N ilh l ngi r hair
and facial hair a plus! Tough biker types, clean-cut types,
kids, teens, families, and seniors. This will be a very fun
project with well known industry professionals!"
Cortez isn't known for Hollywood-like glamour,
which is why multiple movies have filmed in the loca-
tion including "Out of Time" starring Denzel Wash-
ington and Eva Mendes and, the best of the offerings,
the 1998 version of "Great Expectations" starring Robert
DeNiro, Anne Bancroft, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke
and Chris Cooper.
AM banners come
down, go on sale
Former Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Com-
mittee chair Sissy Quinn is planning a Dec. 10 sale
of the pier centennial banners that hung from utility
poles along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Quinn said quite a few people expressed interest
in purchasing one of the 30 banners that promoted
the centennial year of the Anna Maria City Pier.
Following removal and cleaning of the banners,
the public sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur-
day, Dec. 10, at the foot of the pier at Pine and Bay
Artist Lori Kee, who provided the art for the
banner, will be on hand to autograph banners.
The cost of each banner is $100, and the pro-
ceeds will go toward purchasing banners for Gulf
Drive, Pine Avenue, and Bay Boulevard that will
depict the history of the north end of the Island, as
well as Anna Maria structures of historical interest.
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the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anniver-
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Dec. 6, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Dec. 15, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Dec. 1, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Dec. 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Dec. 14, 1 p.m., CRA meeting.
Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m., CIP meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Dec. 1, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Dec. 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Dec. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Dec. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Dec. 15, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.
Nov. 29, 9 a.m., county commission work ses-
Dec. 6, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Dec. 12,9 a.m., tourist development council meet-
ing at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
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BB commission OKs beach market
By Lisa Neff
A proposal for a beach market won temporary
approval from Bradenton Beach commissioners Nov.
17, following some hl'liin' on conditions and a debate
on free enterprise.
The commission voted 3-1 to approve a special event
permit for the Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive
N., to hold a Sunday market.
Commissioners Ed Straight and Gay Breuler, along
with Mayor John Shaughnessy, voted yes. Commissioner
Jan Vosburgh voted no.
The approval came with a couple of stipulations,
agreed upon after a kn gIl) discussion on the dais and
numerous comments for and against the proposal -
from the public.
The conditions are that the Gulf Drive Cafe hire two
police officers to assist with vehicle and
pedestrian traffic and to prevent people
from leaving the business with open
containers of alcohol.
The police chief still must OK
that requirement, which developed from
Vosburgh Shaughnessy's concern about alcohol
sales during the event and city attorney
Ricinda Perry's review of alcohol codes
and ensuing, emphatic recommendation
that such a requirement was needed to
protect the city.
Additionally, the commission
approved the market for 60 days, not
Robertson the requested six months, to make sure
problems do not develop.
The commission began discussing the market
proposal under a motion from Vosburgh to deny the
Vosburgh raised concerns about the impact the
market would have on Gulf Drive/State Road 789 traf-
fic. The restaurant is about two blocks north of the Cortez
"I can see such a bottleneck there," she said. "I can
see all kinds of problems.
Vosburgh also questioned the impact on residents
near the restaurant.
"I'm extremely pro-business," she said. "I ran on
pro-business. However, I just think ... it's not fair to the
residents that live there. ...I just think it's a very bad
Janie Robertson, who this month completed her final
term as commissioner, took a turn at the citizen's podium.
Robertson lives near the restaurant, and she also raised
concerns about traffic backups, especially when the market
shuts down and vendors load and exit
onto Gulf Drive.
"In high season, Gulf Drive
is jam-packed," Robertson said. "The
traffic there would be absolutely hor-
Breuler Robertson said the market
would be detrimental to businesses
and residents in the immediate area
I and "hopefully it will not be approved,
especially not for six months."
Others objected to the market
because it is scheduled for the same day
and similar hours as the Bridge Street
\li/,glis/, \ Market, which was established several
years ago by the nonprofit Bridge Street
"The merchants are strongly opposed to this," said
BSM president Jo Ann Meilner.
Meilner read several opposition letters from mer-
chants, who said the city about 2 miles long and a
couple blocks wide doesn't need two Sunday mar-
The Bridge Street Market, which this year has a new
manager, Melissa Enders, is focused on booking vendors
that sell handcrafted and unique items that complement
rather than compete with Bridge Street merchants.
"We wanted to keep it fresh. We wanted to keep it
new. That was our goal," said Meilner.
BS\M vice president Caryn Hodge added, "We
heard from people coming to the market. They wanted
to upscale the quality of the vendors."
Hodge said Gulf Drive Cafe's proposal went against
the "nice and respectful" spirit of cooperation that the
Island cities and businesses encourage.
Two former Bridge Street Market vendors, who plan
to set up at the Gulf Drive Cafe, encouraged the commis-
sion to approve the permit request.
Both said they had stayed with the Bridge Street event
through its fledgling early seasons, but were pushed out
this year after BSM and founding market manager Nancy
Ambrose failed to negotiate an agreement. Ambrose has
since proposed a Sunday market in Holmes Beach, which
commissioners there turned down, and has talked with
the Gulf Drive Cafe about the beach market.
Jewelry vendor Val Gratias said she was at the Bridge
Street Market "rain or shine" for three years and hopes
to return to Bradenton Beach at the Gulf Drive market.
"This is free enterprise," she said. "Nobody needs to
have a monopoly, and I feel strongly about that."
Bradenton Beach resident Dale Redeker also spoke
in favor of the market. "I feel as though competition is
good for business," he said, adding that if Ambrose is
involved "it will fly, and it will fly right."
Representing the restaurant, Pete Barreda said he and
the owners had talked about a market "for quite some
time," but the plan was delayed due to a major renovation
and construction project.
"I didn't realize this was going to create a big tizzy
to be honest with you," he told commissioners.
But, Barreda continued, "everybody has a right to
conduct their business. Competiveness is good. It makes
businesses do more. Thrive. That's what we've been
raised with. That's what our country is based on. Free
Breuler said she had mixed feelings when she
received the permit application regarding logistics, but
observed that the police department was prepared to deal
with traffic issues and that the restaurant has more park-
PLEASE SEE BB MARKET, PAGE 8
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)1111011 ASTHEWUORLD TERNS 7
We have much to be thankful for in this idyllic
island paradise. We're seemingly immune to much of
the woes besieging the rest of the country, where media
reports this weekend clouded the possible recovery with
news that one-in-six people don't know today where
their next meal will come from.
The news of the economy is not good except for
here where visitor numbers keep increasing and the
outlook for a good tourist season is running high.
Never mind the complaints about vacation rentals
overtaking residential neighborhoods. This is the result
of market demand, of aging duplexes and small homes
suited for weekend visits being replaced with more posh
It is the times that are a changing.
Or to coin another popular phrase, them that has ...
well, they're having their way.
The problem is, the guests who come to visit don't
respect the home environment where they're lodging.
They jump in and out of the pool, screeching with joy
at all hours of the day and night. They come and go late
at night. They just don't make good neighbors.
But hey. They are paying to stay here. And paying
the bed tax (hopefully). And dining out, shopping and
attending events. They're riding the trolley. Hurrah.
They are our guests and they are to be appreciated.
Let's just be thankful. Those folks who sold their
duplexes, lots, homes, condos ... they're thankful. The
restaurant and retail store owners are grateful.
And the people who built the vacation accommoda-
tions and hired subcontractors and laborers are grateful.
The buyers are happy they're living their dream.
The ad valorem tax revenues minus some dis-
counted homesteads are increasing city, county and
state coffers. They should be grateful.
It seemed the blight of brown, elevated duplexes
and unkempt ground-level villas was only becoming
more unattractive with time.
Surely, there's something here for which we can be
Maybe time will tell in this small-town cottage-
style community where everyone wants progress and
no one wants change.
It's just another evolution in Island time.
There really is much for which to be thankful.
The fishing is great. The weather is beautiful. Life
And Roser Memorial Community Church is serving
another great Thanksgiving meal Thursday with all the
tasty trimmings and all the thankful blessings.
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The awards earned by The Islander this past year
are richly deserved.
As a customer, a member of the same community
and a friend of everyone at the paper, I can say that
everyone there is dedicated to tirelessly and consistently
producing a top-notch publication, serving their custom-
ers and serving the Island with news, entertainment,
sponsorships and active participation.
As an advertiser, I know that my little ad will be
seen, because Anna Maria residents and visitors read
The Islander just like you are now. It's been an
invaluable marketing tool that's helped me go from
completely unknown, to.... well, known, on the Island.
If you're not a customer and seek more market share
on the Island, I recommend it.
On a more personal note: I often find myself walking
into the office in Holmes Beach, taking a seat and chat-
ting it up. It doesn't matter if my visit lasts for five min-
utes or 50, whether I'm there to pay my bill or brainstorm
my latest idea, I always leave the office feeling like the
people in there care. I leave there feeling a little smarter
for having received their input. I leave there wondering
how they manage to do what they do, every week!
Congratulations everyone, keep up the good
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I own a rental home and visit often.
When I visit, I consider myself a guest. I am con-
cerned that if vacation home owners do not self-regulate
and work with the residents, all of us will lose.
If Anna Maria becomes a less desirable destination,
rental income will fall, restaurants will lose patrons,
local shop owners will suffer, property managers,
housekeepers, pool and lawn service providers will lose
earnings and income for the municipalities from resort
taxes and sales taxes will fall.
Instead of rental homeowners and local residents
having a go at each other, we need to work together to
increase the benefit both offer the area.
Perhaps each mayor could organize a team of rental
homeowners and local residents to identify problems
and create solutions.
We could all benefit from a common code of practice
regarding visitors to the Island. I take my responsibility
to the local residents seriously, and I hold myself and
my property manager, who lives on the Island, account-
able should any issues arise. I have been renting for
more than three years and have been extremely pleased
by the courtesy my guests have shown and all have had
nothing but praise for Anna Maria.
Ann Chappell, Anna Maria
for dogs on
I was recently in Orange County, Calif.
The beach was spectacular and free of litter and
poop, although dogs are allowed.
I especially enjoyed watching the dogs loving their
times of the day, romping, swimming and running.
If California can manage it with its large population
of people and dogs, I think Anna Maria can, too.
It's a matter of enforcement of the rules.
Cindy McClure, Cortez
Editor's note: The same is true on the Atlantic
beach in Virginia Beach, where the volume of two- and
four-legged beachgoers also is quite large.
Strength contest benefits shelter
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach becomes Muscle Beach on
Dec. 4, when amateur strongmen gather for the first
Brawn on the Beach strength contest.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in the 100 block of Gulf Drive North at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. The BeachHouse and City Fitness of Bra-
denton are organizing the contest.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Hope
Family Services, a Manatee County nonprofit that
provides shelter and services to survivors of domestic
"The whole idea is that the strong men of Mana-
tee County and beyond will be lifting up the women
and children of Manatee," said BeachHouse general
manager Rebecca Shannon. "This event was meant to
help the women and children to have a better Christ-
mas than they would have without our help."
A truck pull, log lift and other weighty, muscles-
required events are planned.
In the truck pull, a contestant straps a harness
around his shoulders and pulls a Chevy 3500 diesel
dual Silverado truck weighing about 7,600 pounds
for 40 yards. The fastest time wins.
In the log lift, a contestant will hoist a 205-pound
log above his head. The most repetitions wins.
In another competition, the farmers walk, a
contestant, with 105 pounds of weight in each hand,
walks a straight course for 75 feet and then returns.
The longest distance wins.
In a fourth competition, the atlas stone, a contes-
tant hoists a 200-pound stone from the ground and
lifts the weight over a bar set at 42 inches. The most
At stake is a $500 first-place prize, $250 second-
place prize and $125 third-place prize.
Shannon said in late November that organizers
were still lining up contestants, as well as sponsors
providing a minimum of $250 in cash, products or
"It is heartwarming to see the generosity of so
many of our local merchants," Shannon said of the
sponsors support for the event.
The event also will feature musical performances,
prize giveaways, a 50-50 raffle and food and drink
"We will be cooking up some delicious and, of
course, strength-building food to serve and sell at the
event," Shannon said.
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T i Islander
Headline news from the Nov. 21,
2001, issue of The Islander
The cost of expanding the Anna Maria Island
Community Center was estimated at $2.1 million, but
would likely see adjustments. The two-to four-year
construction project was being planned in phases so
as not to interfere with any center programs. "We
want to make sure what we build fits the needs of the
community," center board chair Andy Price said.
Following a small tourism drop in the two
months following Sept. 11, Islanders prepared for the
arrival of holiday visitors. AMI hotels were booked
at roughly 80 percent capacity and increases were
expected to follow. "We anticipate a near normal
Thanksgiving," said Susan Stoepker of the Manatee
County tourist agency.
Discussion became heated at a special meet-
ing of the Anna Maria City Commission dealing
with the charter review. Disagreement was rampant
until Commissioner John Michaels told everyone to
"stop beating around the bush" and suggested a "full-
scale review," including "our form of government."
Commissioners agreed a charter review commission
should consider alternatives for the city's form of
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"Bay Friendly Retrofit" demonstration garden of native
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ing than any other business in the city.
Breuler returned to the free enterprise argument. "I
don't think we have a right to legislate against free enter-
prise," she said. "I would like to give them an opportu-
nity, and if it doesn't fly, it doesn't fly."
If the best happens, she said, the beach market will
be a boost for citizens and commerce on Bridge Street
and Gulf Drive.
Straight, before indicating his position, asked city
building official Steve Gilbert, who presented the permit
application to the commission in a memo, a couple of
"I wonder," Straight said, "what Steve Gilbert has to
say about this."
Gilbert said the application was complete and noted
that even the Bridge Street Market was established after
other markets at Coquina Beach, including one operated
by the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
He said if commissioners identified traffic or safety
issues with the Gulf Drive Cafe market, those would be
valid concerns, but "when it comes down to competing
events, I don't know from a staff perspective if we have
a say on that."
Shaughnessy concluded the discussion and asked
for a vote on Vosburgh's motion, which failed 2-2. The
mayor and Vosburgh voted to deny the permit.
A second motion made by Breuler to approve the
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final 3-1 vote.
The beach market was approved for Sundays, from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from Dec. 4 to Jan. 31.
After the decision, several residents near the Gulf
Drive Cafe complained that the vote occurred without a
commissioner representing their ward.
Robertson had held that seat and, based on her com-
ments and past concerns with the Gulf Drive Cafe's spe-
cial events and expansion, she likely would have been a
But Robertson could not seek re-election because
of a city charter-imposed term limit, and no one from
the ward filed to run for the office in the Nov. 8 election,
creating a vacancy.
The commission will appoint someone to fill the seat,
probably in December.
In other BB business...
In other business Nov. 17, the Bradenton Beach City
Passed a first reading of an ordinance amending
parking rules at municipal lots to deal with overnight
The amendment prohibits parking in city lots from
midnight to 7 a.m. and the parking of trailers, RVs, buses
and other large commercial vehicles in municipal lots,
and prohibits parking in street ends.
A second reading was set for Dec. 1.
Discussed trimming Australian pines, repairing
private-public docks and clearing alleys blocked with
landscaping and other materials.
Commissioners approved a proposal to remove trees
and landscaping in the alley between avenues B and C
and 23rd and 24th streets north.
Approved a special event application to hold a haz-
ardous waste and electronic-scrap collection at Coquina
Beach Jan. 28. Manatee County organizes the annual
event with support from Island public works depart-
Approved the mayor's recommendation to appoint
Ed Straight as vice mayor.
Received instruction from Shaughnessy on com-
missioner conduct during meetings and outside of
The mayor reminded commissioners that they make
up a board and should not "be running around making
individual decisions on our own.... This has happened
in the past."
Shaughnessy also asked commissioners to place calls
to the city clerk or mayor's office before contacting the
city attorney. That rule, he said, "has not been adhered
to," costing the city money on frivolous matters.
Canceled the regular city commission meeting set
for Dec. 15.
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AM commission pardons pines in park
By Rick Catlin
Despite reports from plant experts that Australian
pines are an invasive species and a Florida Department
of Environmental Protection directive that trees should be
removed from public property whenever possible, those
in Anna Maria's park fronting the Gulf of Mexico aren't
going anywhere at least for now.
Commissioners voted 4-1 at their Nov. 17 meeting
not to remove any Australian pines in the park, even
though plant consultant Mike Miller and forestry expert
Tim Eiseler recommended removal.
The vote also was contrary to a DEP order several
years ago that municipalities remove Australian pines
from public property "wherever possible."
But commissioners Nov. 17 were in a dilemma.
The vote came after a litany of residents spoke in
opposition to the city's proposal to remove 6-8 Australian
pines in Gulf Park between Willow Avenue and Cedar
The tree proponents were vocal in their opposition to
Commission Chair Chuck Webb's call for removal. One
tree proponent suggested Webb had an ulterior motive in
changing the date of the meeting from Nov. 10 to Nov.
In early September, commissioners discussed
removal of the trees based on a master plan for the park
by Miller, but first asked public works director George
McKay to survey nearby residents on Willow and Cedar
avenues for their opinion on removal.
McKay reported Nov. 17 that of the 67 opinion letters
sent, 30 came back opposing removal of the trees.
Commissioners agreed they faced a dilemma.
Residents want the trees to stay, said Commissioner
On the other hand, said Webb, experts say the pines
create a dead zone for und. igi'\ i th and are harmful to
"I like the way the pines look," Webb said, but the
city has a responsibility to all 1,300 residents to "do the
He said the city should remove the trees and replace
them with native trees that provide shade and allow native
plants to grow in the surroundings.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick observed that a
number of environmental groups have said the trees are
invasive and should be removed, including the Sierra
Club and the Audubon Society.
But those arguments were ignored.
Former City Commissioner Carol Ann Magill said
there's nothing wrong with the park the way it is, and the
commission should not remove trees.
Chris Collins said if it's working fine, don't try to fix
Diane Caniff said an environmental expert six or
seven years ago reviewed the park and said don't remove
About 20 people were at the meeting to protest
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removal of the trees and about half voiced their opposi-
But when David Rogerson of Gulf Drive suggested
Webb had changed the date of the meeting in order to get
a 50-50 chance of a new commissioner siding with him,
resident Mike Coleman reacted.
"We just went through a period when we couldn't
rationally discuss issues and people attacked people pub-
licly. This mayor and commission have done a great job
of bringing us back together. It's totally inappropriate to
be judging motives and intent," Coleman said.
Miller defended his plan, saying the Australian pines
create a dead zone under the limbs that kills the habitat
of the gopher tortoise.
"There's nothing left for them to eat," he said.
Miller added that keeping the mother-in-law tongue
plants in the park also was a danger.
"They will completely consume native vegetation,"
He predicted all of Gulf Park would be a dead zone
within a few years if the trees and mother-in-law tongue
were left untouched.
Magill was upset that native buttonwood trees had
been accidentally removed from the park by a Manatee
County Sheriff's Office bulldozer looking for evidence
in an ongoing homicide case.
Miller said the MCSO had permission from the DEP
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Thankful Island readies busy holiday
By Rick Catlin
Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of
the Anna Maria Island winter tourist season.
Judging by the influx of advance reservations at a
number of Island accommodations and predictions, it
should be a busy and thankful week.
At the Cedar Cove Resort in Holmes Beach, owner
Eric Cairns said advance reservations for the Thanksgiv-
ing week were "off the charts."
Even better news is that quite a few visitors have
already booked a reservation for Thanksgiving 2012.
"I've been here 12 years and I can't believe it. That's
never happened before," Cairns said.
"It seems like everyone is coming this week. We have
quite a number of Europeans here and many people plan
to cook in their unit on Thanksgiving."
While he does have a few open nights left, Cairns
predicted those would likely be gone by Thanksgiving
on Nov. 24.
There are always a few walk-ins Thanksgiving week
and Cairns said if the resort fills up, he'll work to find an
accommodation for any late arrivals.
"We have about six other places we work with, or
we call the chamber and see what's available," he con-
Chamber members with rooms available Thanksgiv-
ing weekend usually report them to the chamber in the
days before the holiday. Quite a few visitors call or visit
the chamber looking for a room, said chamber adminis-
trative assistant Deb Wing.
"I haven't had anybody call to say they've got a lot
of empty rooms," Wing said last week. She said she'd
have a better idea of available rooms by Nov. 22.
But there might not be many open rooms.
David Teitelbaum, owner of the Tradewinds, Seaside
and Tortuga resorts in Bradenton Beach, said advance
reservations for the week are "excellent."
He expected to be fully booked by Thanksgiving
Day. "It's a great start for the season," he said.
But there always will be a few people who decide to
come at the last minute. Teitelbaum said he also tries to
find something for the walk-in traffic, even if it's not at
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"We'll find them something," he promised.
Likewise, said Jeff Geary of the White Sands Resort
in Holmes Beach.
"We're pretty busy this week. We have one single
left for this weekend. If it's gone when a walk-in arrives,
we'll call around to help them."
Even vacation rental properties are having a solid
Thanksgiving week of requests and reservations.
Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Real Estate said reserva-
tions are "normal for Thanksgiving." That means families
can still pick their dates for the week, but rentals are
"We don't require a one-week minimum during
Thanksgiving and we have a lot of guests visiting family
in the area. There are always a lot of last-minute walk-ins
to help," Brisson said.
The Harrington House Bed & Breakfast in Holmes
Beach expects to be full this weekend as many regular
Thanksgiving vacationers are returning, said owner Mark
There are a few open days this weekend, but they
traditionally go quickly in the days before Thanksgiving,
The news from the accommodation industry for
Thanksgiving appears to be nothing but good, said
"It looks like it's going to be a great week. It should
be a very good start for the season," she said.
Chamber helps find rooms
During busy holiday periods, such as the four-day
Thanksgiving weekend, the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, keeps a
list of members that have accommodation vacancies.
Chamber administrator Deb Wing said anyone arriv-
ing on Anna Maria Island for the weekend who can't find
an accommodation can call the chamber at 941-778-1541,
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By Rick Catlin
Gary McMullen of Cedar Avenue in Anna Maria
learned that barking dogs can be expensive.
At its Nov. 14 meeting, the city code enforcement
board found McMullen had not complied with its May
directive to control his dogs or face a fine.
Board members unanimously approved an $850 fine
after hearing testimony from code enforcement officer
Gerry Rathvon, McMullen and McMullen's neighbor
McMullen said he was unaware of any further prob-
lem until he received a notice from Rathvon that he was
not in compliance with the board's directive.
Rathvon presented a letter of complaint from Kath-
ryn Gilbertson, a neighbor of McMullen's, and a list from
Collins of seven dates fromAugust through October when
the dogs barked for more than 10 minutes.
McMullen, however, said he was surprised when he
received the notice: "I thought we had been complying.
We bought new shock collars that are very effective."
He presented statements from five neighbors who
said they had no problem with McMullen's two dogs.
"We've taken care of the problem and it's the same
people who complained the last time. It's the Gilbertsons,
and this is a witch-hunt. I'll be cooperative, but this was
a total surprise to me," he said.
Board chair Bill Iseman said the board had found
non-compliance in May and that any further complaint
would bring the violation back to the board.
The board could have fined McMullen up to $500
a day for each violation, but choose the $850 amount to
cover the city's cost in pursuing the case.
"I am not a rich man. I inherited the house. This
is really going to hurt. You are taking the word of two
people over five," McMullen said.
In other business, Iseman was unanimously elected
to another one-year term as chair, while Maureen
McCormick was elected vice chair. Iseman, a retired
lawyer, said he would like one of the newer board
members to become chair. He has been chair of the
board since 2002, but there were no other nominations
for the position.
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clerk Alice Baird. From left are John Quam, former
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Commissioner John Quam suggested no one should
be allowed to work in the park unsupervised or without
permission of the public works director.
Quam's motion to halt plans to remove the trees
passed 4-1. Webb made the opposition vote.
After the vote, SueLynn said the city must address
the mother-in-law tongue plants.
McKay said he would look for information on meth-
ods to remove that species and report back to the com-
In other business, the commission:
Approved a request by Mayor Mike Selby for
$20,000 in a matching grant to the Southwest Florida
Water Management District to begin drainage improve-
ments on some streets.
Asked Dye to review changes to the cell tower ordi-
nance presented by consultant Rusty Monroe.
Agreed to send out a request for proposals to other
waste and trash hauling companies, while at the same
time negotiating with Waste Management Inc. on a new
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The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board
decided Nov. 15 against a special exception request for
a replacement dock on Sarasota Bay.
The board vote, an advisory to the city commission
that meets Dec. 1, was based on concerns that the dock
would interfere with navigation.
A decision was delayed for months, with several
continuances of the meeting for the applicant to provide
information requested by the board.
The request was for two special exceptions from 500
Bay Drive S. to build a private dock that exceeds the
65-foot length limit in the city's land-development code.
Former Holmes Beach City Commissioner Al
Robinson, who was defeated in his re-election effort
Nov. 8, congratulated Jean Peelen for gaining the seat
he held for two years.
"I would like to congratulate Ms. Peelen and I know
she will fill my vacant seat voting on social issues as I
did: in lockstep with the other four commissioners and
with the community's best interests at heart.
"I know the recurring city expenditures can be
reduced by 20 percent ($1 million) without sacrific-
ing any city services, and my only regret in not being
re-elected is in not being able to bring that to fruition
and it is my hope that Ms. Peelen will look at the
expenditures of the city with the eye of a business
person and do a better job in selling her position to her
fellow commissioners, the newspaper and the voters
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The proposed dock would extend 176 feet beyond the
mean high-water line and the overall size would be 777
The planning board has recommended such requests
in the past without much debate or discussion. The exten-
sions have been required by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, which wants the replacement
docks to extend beyond beds of seagrasses.
Boaters and planning and zoning board members
raised questions about whether a longer dock at the loca-
tion would interfere with navigation on the water.
Representing the applicant, Jeffrey Hostetler pre-
sented data and maps and said the water depth was ade-
quate for the dock and that boaters could make their way
around the spot. He said with the dock, there remained
"a reasonable line of navigation."
City building official Steve Gilbert, however, raised
concerns and suggested perhaps shortening the proposed
structure, a replacement for an existing dock.
The board voted against the special exception.
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front row, from left, Caroline
Sparks with Wyatt, Nancy Scott.
with Cassie and Karen Sparks
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Barbara Curtis with Seymour, .
Renee Ferguson with Reese and .
Doug Radkte with Olaf. Islander .
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the Painting with a Twist fundraiser to benefit Golden f
Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida.
Paint With A Twist in St. Petersburg agreed to assist
the rescue by offering its facility and staffing the event.
Paint With A Twist artists create an outline sketch
of each participant's dog before their arrival. During the
event, more than 20 participants painted pet sketches.
The rescue provided wine, cheese and desserts. Dog
owners enjoyed socializing and exchanging stories about
Center starts Vino-Van
Gogh painting class
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is launch-
ing a new art class, Vino and Van Gogh, which will meet
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each"
month, starting Dec. 7.
Artist Sue Lynn Cotton will teach participants to
paint with watercolors in a relaxing environment. Stu-
dents can enjoy a glass of wine while learning the steps Volunteer Betty Yanger collects bids for "Doors II,
of painting various subjects. Think Outside the Door" during an auction Nov. 18 at
The $35 fee includes paper, a palette of colors and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. The event, to
brushes. benefit Cultural Connections and conclude artsHOP,
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By Lisa Neff
When Cultural Connections went calling for volun-
teers and participants, local artists, businesses and non-
profits opened their doors.
And some artists painted their doors as well.
ArtsHOP, the three-day celebration of Island arts and
culture that took place Nov. 11-3 organized by Cultural
Connections, featured a gallery walk, a concert, a boat
show, an arts and crafts festival, a drum circle and a one-
The celebration also showcased "Doors II, Think
Outside the Door," an art exhibit at multiple venues on
Cultural Connections had issued a call to artists in
September: "Doors II will be another Islandwide project
with doors being the basic concept. In 2009, we had large
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By mid-November, artsHOP organizers had collected
more than two dozen doors full-sized doors and gates,
cabinet and closet doors, and even a tiny fairy door, said
coordinator Marsha Bard.
On Nov. 18, in the courtyard at the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Cultural Connections
hosted a silent auction of the doors that coincided with
the monthly Pine Avenue Porch Party.
Proceeds from the auction were to be shared by Cul-
tural Connections and participating artists, with an artist
earning 40 percent from the sale of a door.
Some artists, such as Ted Baird of Bradenton Beach,
donated their split back to the group.
Baird created two doors, including "Kids at the
Aquarium," which was displayed at the Island Players
theater during artsHOP.
He said, "I just do it for fun and a good cause."
The Manatee County Audu-
bon Society is accepting
students for its 2012 bird-
watching courses, which
are taught by Nancy and
S Bob Dean. Students learn
how to locate and identify
birds during classroom ses-
sions and on field trips. For
more information, contact
Nancy Dean at 941-792-
9235 or nancybobdean@
juno.com. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Nancy Dean
'Crazy Ladies' bound for Players' stage
The Island Players continues its 63rd season with
"Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner" Dec.
1-11 at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Russ Carthy is directing the play written by Texan
David Patrick Cook.
Production notes describe the play as a heart-warm-
ing comedy loaded with one-liners and wisecracks.
The Island Players offer a teasing synopsis: "What do
you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients,
and all they want to do is sit at home and talk (all at the
same time) to each other? You move another person in
with them. At least that's what Doc Lomax does when he
has a new nurse needing a place to live a nurse with a
secret. Nurse Jean soon has the sisters planning parties,
pulling pranks and j in. around town. But, when the
nephew shows up with plans to sell the house, things get
complicated again, especially with Christmas just around
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday throughout the production schedule, as
well as one hour before curtain.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark on
The 2011-12 Island Players schedule also includes:
"Art of Murder" written by Joe DiPietro and to be
directed by James Thaggard, Jan. 19-Feb. 5.
The Island Players is casting for "Art of
Murder," directed by James Thaggard.
Auditions will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 4, at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
"The Solid Gold Cadillac" written by Howard
Teichmann and George F. Kaufman and to be directed
by Mike Lusk, March 15-April 1.
"Fools" written by Neil Simon and to be directed
by Kelly Winn Woodland, May 10-20.
For more information, go to www.theislandplayers.
org or call the box office at 941-778-5755.
Sweet Adelines plan
Island residents and Magic of Manatee chorus mem-
bers Bunny Kline, Ellen Linsley, Marge Malin, Judy
McClarren, Pam McMillen, Sharon Rogers-Barron, Jea-
nette Rothberg and Claudette Welch invite people to start
off the holidays with a little bit of "Christmas Magic."
The holiday season begins with song as the Magic
of Manatee Sweet Adelines Chorus presents its annual
Christmas Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
The show will be at Bradenton Christian High
School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton.
General admission seating tickets are $10. For tickets
and information, call 941-722-9665 or 941-756-3047.
offers turkey dinner
The Longboat Island Chapel will host Thanksgiv-
ing dinner at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 24, at 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The chapel will provide turkey, dressing and pota-
toes. Guests are asked to bring a salad, vegetable or des-
sert to share.
A $10 donation per person is suggested.
For more information or to make a reservation, call
the chapel at 941-383-6491.
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The Anna Maria Garden
Club draws a crowd to its
U annual plant sale Nov. 16
at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. The
club sold native plants,
perennials, annuals and
baskets. For more informa-
tion about the club, which
meets monthly at Roser
during season, call Mau-
reen McCormick at 941-
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Thursday, Nov. 24
10 a.m. Service of Thanksgiving at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
2 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
Friday, Nov. 25
11 a.m. Dodgeball tournament at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, Nov. 26
11 a.m. Dodgeball tournament at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday through Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn to fish
excursions for kids ages 5-12 at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Saturday through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for
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Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets
at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday deals from
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Friday, sunset drum circle with Mike Sales at Manatee
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A fundraiser to benefit student ambassador Raven
Smith is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 207
Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach.
Organizer Pam McMillen will host a home-shop-
ping party with Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Miche
Bags and Silpada Jewelry. A portion of the sales will
benefit Raven, recently chosen as a student ambas-
sador to travel to Italy and Greece next summer.
For more information, call McMillen at 941-753-
Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., children's story and craft
hour at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton
Beach, through Dec. 10. Information: 941-779-1208.
Thursday, Nov. 24
2p.m. -Thanksgiving dinner at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491. Fee
Wednesday, Nov. 30
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Festival of Trees begins at the Crosley
Estate Mansion, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through Dec. 7.
Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.
Dec. 2, Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House.
Dec. 3, Sweet Adelines concert, Bradenton Christian High
Dec. 3, Manatee High School Centennial Celebration.
Dec. 3, Lester Family Fun Day, Anna Maria Island Community
Dec. 4, Brawn on the Beach contest, BeachHouse Restau-
Dec. 7, Island Christmas concert with Gulf Drive Solo, Sand-
Dec. 7, Gulf Coast Writers, Island Branch Library.
Save the Date:
Dec. 9, Holiday walk, Anna Maria.
Dec. 10, Privateer Christmas parade and party for kids at
Dec. 11, Holiday Jazz Brunch benefit for pets, Daiquiri Deck
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Roser gives for Thanksgiving
By Lisa Neff
Sixty pounds of boiling potatoes scented the air at
Roser Memorial Community Church on the Wednesday
In the kitchen of the fellowship hall, volunteers
assembled early Nov. 9 to prepare a dish for the ninth
annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The veterans of many family Thanksgivings washed,
peeled, chopped, boiled and mashed about 60 pounds of
spuds. Then they mixed in salt, butter and sour cream
before preparing to freeze the potatoes.
Sour cream, said volunteer cook Marcia Powers, is
the key to making sure the mashed potatoes aren't watery
when they are thawed and re-heated for Thanksgiving
Plus, said volunteer Jean Knopp, "they're deli-
Roser may host as many as 200 people at the 2 p.m.
dinner Thursday, Nov. 24. The menu is a traditional one
- roasted turkey, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet
potatoes, baked green-been casserole, relishes and pies
- typically pumpkin, apple, pecan and key lime.
Preparations for the dinner begin with committee
chair Edna Sinnott, who organizes the volunteers, sets
the schedule and shops for ingredients.
On Nov. 9, volunteers prepared the mashed pota-
A week later, in accordance with Sinnott's plan, they
prepared the sweet potatoes.
On Nov. 23, the volunteers were planning to return
to the kitchen to prepare the stuffing and the casserole.
Then, on Thanksgiving morning, volunteers were to
arrive with pies and other desserts, as well as the home-
roasted turkeys. The first volunteer to arrive at the church
- about 8 a.m. must turn on the warming ovens.
"We have 13 turkeys," Sinnott said, planning on a
crowd, as well as some diners who would savor left-
Last year, reservations for the Roser dinner exceeded
200 and the fellowship hall was over-crowded. Organiz-
ers were hoping seating could be limited to 200 diners
About 70-80 people help prepare and serve the
Volunteer cook Suzanne Pescitelli said when she
became involved, she was impressed and thought, "I'm
going to love this. It's so organized."
Sinnott doesn't hesitate to agree the effort is well
And that's helped the kitchen crew avoid the culinary
casualties that are part of so many holiday traditions in
so many homes.
"We've never had a real disaster," she said. "We have
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from the mainland attend. Vacationers who want a tradi-
tional Thanksgiving attend.
Some drop donations in the free-will basket. "I know
one man who leaves a $100 bill," said Powers.
And all, added Sinnott, give thanks.
"It's very meaningful," she said.
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Smoking mullet, music
Cortez celebrated village traditions with folk art, folk music and folk fish mullet smoked and fried
and whipped into spread Nov. 19 during the Cortez Folk Art Festival at the Florida Maritime
Museum and the FISH Preserve. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Above and left, Passerine takes the stage Nov. 19 at the Cortez
Folk Art Festival in the old fishing village. The lineup also
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Andrew Eddie & Friends, Soupy Davis and Friends and Main
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A dream job in paradise
By Kathy Prucnell
I began in the newspaper business in what seems like
a different world before the Internet during the 1970s and
1980s first as a journalism major at Ohio University,
the school's paper and magazine, the community news-
paper in Athens, Ohio, and then at The Cleveland Press.
My first full-time newspaper job was for the Free Press
Newspapers in Chicago.
All that matters now, though,
is I am the newest reporter on the Anna
CMaria Island block.
Most recently I come by way a
small community about 40 miles west
S of Chicago. There, for the last 20 years,
&Prucnell the hats I wore were many, including
parent, attorney and public official.
My adult life was pretty much all about that com-
munity, including school, village, township and county
Attending school board meetings led to meeting par-
ents of my children's friends and like-minded commu-
nity-oriented neighbors. We banded t g ll'. i t l% h nii wells
for 21 private residents went dry for more than a week.
Then, as cornfields became subdivisions at a rate recog-
nized by the local paper as the "fastest growing county
in Illinois," we petitioned the public for support and the
township passed two referenda that ultimately preserved
more than 1,300 acres of natural areas and parks.
This led to more years of volunteering on planning
boards and open space projects and eight years as an
My most important job was raising my two kids.
They are all good kids. In fact, I've recently pulled the
\ IOM University of Illinois" sticker from my car wind-
shield because both have graduated from Uofl and are
working in their fields.
Among the life changers in my book is a second mar-
riage to a wonderful man with family in the Tampa Bay
area; layoffs in 2009 and his transition to a new business
But if life is about living your dreams and coming
full circle, at present I may be rounding a bend on both
accounts. In my past I've taken many a Florida vacation,
but living and writing in or near a beach community is
truly a dream of mine.
All it took was answering an advertisement in the
local paper: Seeking new journalism grad or experienced
reporter. Work in paradise for the newspaper ranked No.
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Morton and Jean Peelen, left to right, pose Nov. 21 at
city hall after taking the oath of office following the
Nov. 8 election. Zaccagnino and Morton take office as
incumbents, winning with 696 and 651 votes respec-
tively, and Jean Peelen is a first-time commissioner
with 575 votes. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
While my first couple days have been a whirlwind
of information and introductions, I have noticed many
smiling people, read lots of stories about community
volunteerism and seen examples of what Islanders do
for each other and the greater good.
I'm happy to report as I come full circle, this new
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Nov. 11, 100 South Bay, theft. The Manatee County
Sheriff's Office took a report from a woman who said
someone stole medication from her baby bag while she
was on the Anna Maria City Pier.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Nov. 12, 600 block of Gulf Drive North, driving
under the influence. A Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment officer coming off-duty saw a vehicle hit a raised
median. He also saw smoke coming from the vehicle, as
well as a flat tire. The motorist was stopped and ticketed
Nov. 15, 2400 block of Avenue B, domestic distur-
bance. The BBPD responded to a complaint and found a
father and daughter arguing about her drinking alcohol
in the presence of a minor. The daughter left.
Nov. 15, 200 block of Bay Drive North, burglary.
A man said $350 in cash that he had stashed in a shav-
ing kit was stolen by someone who climbed through a
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Nov. 12, 10300 block of Cortez Road, vehicle bur-
glary. The MCSO took a report that someone broke into
a vehicle and removed a set of keys.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Nov. 12, 5100 block of Fifth Avenue, theft of motor
vehicle tag. A motorist stopped for a traffic violation said
she did not have a license plate because it was stolen.
Nov. 14, 3100 block of Gulf Drive, driving on a
suspended license. The Holmes Beach Police Department
arrested a man for driving on a suspended license. The
man had been stopped for a seat belt violation.
Nov. 14, 5100 block of Gulf Drive, warrant. The
HBPD arrested a man wanted on a warrant from Pasco
County. The man was a passenger in a vehicle stopped
for a seat belt violation.
Jailed BB man
A Bradenton Beach man accused of stabbing another
man and escaping from police custody is asking the court
to dismiss his attorney.
The man, Jacob Gennell of Bradenton Beach,
recently lost his petition to have the charges dismissed
in the case.
Bradenton Beach police arrested Gennell for alleg-
edly stabbing a man Dec. 8, 2010, in the 2500 block of
The police report stated that a man told officers he
was lured outside a home, hit with a bat and stabbed five
times. The man suffered broken ribs and a punctured
Gennell was taken to BBPD, where, according to
police, he escaped. He was captured soon after with the
assistance of a Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Gennell has been in the Manatee County jail since
May, after a judge issued an order to revoke his bond.
Gennell asked the court to dismiss the case, claiming
someone else had confessed to the crime.
When that request was denied, he asked the court to
dismiss his attorney, a public defender.
To report information on a felony crime, call Man-
atee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on an Island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
6311; Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5807.
In emergencies, call 911.
Nov. 16, 4200 block of Gulf Drive, warrant. An
HBPD officer stopped a motorist for a seat-belt violation
in the vehicle and learned that a passenger was wanted on
an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support in
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.
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BB woman pleads not
guilty of abuse
A Bradenton Beach woman recently pleaded not
guilty to allegations she abused two children.
The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested
Laura Campanello, 44, Oct. 16 in the 1800 block of
Gulf Drive North. She faces two felony charges of
A police report stated that a
relative visiting Bradenton Beach
became concerned for the children's
well-being after witnessing Campan-
ello's verbal abuse.
In interviews, investigators
were told that Campanello had repeat-
Campanello edly slapped, punched and kicked the
children, leaving them bruised and
Investigators also were told that the woman verbally
abused the children and abused drugs.
Campanello was released from the Manatee County
jail on $2,500 bond.
She demanded a jury trial.
Authorities identified the deceased man found
Nov. 12 floating in the water near the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge. The dead man is Bang Quoc Luon, 35, of Pinel-
Boaters found Luon on the Saturday afternoon.
His body was transported by boat to the Kingfish
Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach, where he was taken into
the custody of the county medical examiner for an
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said there was
no indication of foul play.
Luon, who suffered from schizophrenia, had been
missing since Nov. 7 and had a history of wandering off
from his home.
20 0 NOV. 23, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
Skinny's celebrates No. 9
Skinny's Place at the corner of Gulf Drive and Man-
atee Avenue in Holmes Beach will celebrate its ninth
anniversary with a party from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sat-
urday, Nov. 26, featuring reggae, steel drum and Island-
Jahfari, Tampa's No. 1 reggae band is the headline
act from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. First up is the G-Man Sound/
Steel Drum Band from St. Petersburg from 11:30 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m., and Colton McKenna of St. Augustine, for-
merly of AMI, will play acoustic guitar and jam from
3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Skinny's menu of burgers, grilled chicken, sand-
wiches, corndogs, French fries, onion rings and much
more will be available, along with a kid's menu.
Guests are invited to bring a chair for the outdoor
music. A tent will be set up to keep performers and guests
in the shade during the festivities.
Located at 3901 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, the
Freeman family first owned and opened a drive-in res-
taurant at Skinny's location in 1952.
The restaurant was leased for nearly 30 years and
run by the Geyer family as "Duffy's" until the Freemans
returned in 2002 to open Skinny's Place.
For more information, call 941-778-7769.
Meaney's return to
Red Barn shop
Anna Maria Island residents Lindsey and Vince
Meaney have been getting their famous Meaney's Mini
Donuts shop at the Red Barn Flea Market on U.S. 41 in
Anna Maria Island resident Lindsey Meaney, manager
of Meany's Mini Donuts at the Red Barn Flea Market,
1707 First St. E., Bradenton, displays the store's straw-
berry cream cheese and confectioner's sugar dough-
nuts. Islander Photo: Courtesy Vince Meaney
Bradenton ready for the winter season.
"This will be our third year at the Red Barn and we're
looking forward to serving a lot of people. They really
love our fresh-baked doughnuts," Vince Meaney said.
Among the variety of doughnuts to choose from
are powdered sugar, Bavarian cream, strawberry cream
cheese, peanut butter cup and chocolate and the shop also
serves fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade.
The shop is outside the main building near the pro-
duce stand, and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call 941-315-1501.
Fins for fun, fundraiser
The good times and fun haven't changed at the Mar-
tini Bistro since its recent name change from Martiniville.
The adjacent Fins sports bar more resembles a fishing
dock and it's host to music and fun fare.
A Nov. 10 fundraiser to help shark-bite victim C.J.
Wickersham with underinsured medical expenses raised
more than $1,500 and owners Debbie and Mike Hynds
matched the amount of bar and food sales raised to
increase Wickersham's share of the "bite" to $3,000. A
50/50 raffle for door prizes resulted in the winner handing
his cash to Wickersham another win-win.
The Martini Bistro/Fins features live music Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, including entertainers
and bands, including Mike Sales, Larry Rich, the Dr.
Dave Band and Island Swing Band, among others.
Martini Bistro/Fins at 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, has a variety of specials, including $1 beer nights,
pizza specials, rum promotions, a wine tasting event and
specials at Fins.
Fins opens at 11:30 a.m. and offers daily lunch spe-
cials, as does the bistro.
Cannons gets five stars
Cannons Marina, 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, has received Five-Star Dealership Certifica-
tion for 2011 from the Marine Dealers Association of
The award is presented to marinas that follow
an industry standards program for customer service,
employee development and technical training, in addi-
tion to adhering to a customer "Bill of Rights," a Cannons
press release said.
NEMO moves to Studio
The North End Merchants Organization will be hold-
ing future meetings at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna
Board members agreed at their Nov. 15 meeting to
move meetings to the studio-gallery after board president
Tina Fusaro said there would be no cost to meet there,
saving NEMO $300 in annual meeting room fees.
Board members also agreed for NEMO to participate
in or sponsor a number of events in 2012, including an
Easter egg roll, Halloween trail of treats, and the Food
& Wine on Pine restaurant show May 13-14.
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Thomas Aposporos, right, a resi-
dent of Anna Maria and president
of the Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce, helps cut the official -i.
ribbon last week for the open-
ing of AMI Concierge Services
and Anna Maria Island Sarong
Company in the Anna Maria -
Plaza, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. From left, Ruth Uecker, |
Anna Maria Commissioner Sue- i
Lynn, Susanne Arbanas, Leesa
Schilling of Sarong Co. at the
same location, David Teitlebaum,
Aposporos, and, rear, C, -
Schilling, also of Sarong Co. AMI ';.
Concierge and Sarong Co. both
meved last month to the plaza.
ISLAND BIZ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
The board plans to organize a scavenger hunt in 2012,
and Lauren Sato suggested the date coincide with Flori-
da's annual Tax Free Day, which is usually in August.
In other actions, the board planned:
A float in the annual July 4 parade organized by
the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
Volunteer clean up after the July 4 festivities.
Buy generic banners for street posts in Anna Maria,
limiting the expense to no more than $2,000. NEMO
plans to ask members to each sponsor a banner.
Purchase a plaque to honor Anna Maria City Com-
missioner Jo Ann Mattick for her efforts in achieving the
city pier boardwalk.
NEMO's next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 13, at the Studio at Gulf & Pine, Anna Maria.
Loft plans tapas party
Executive chef and owner Ray Arpke of Euphemia
Haye Restaurant and the Haye Loft bar, 5540 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, is holding a Tapas Tuesday
wine tasting from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29
in the Haye Loft lounge and bar.
Cost of the wine tasting is $20 per person and reser-
vations are requested.
For more information, call 941-383-3633.
Got a new business opening on Anna Maria Island or
Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola, or west Bradenton?
How about a new product or service, an anniversary, new
owners, or an award? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978,
or e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 23, 2011 0 21
Islander offers deal
Son pet-friendly housing
The Islander is offering free classified ads to those
offering pet-friendly housing for rent.
LAND Ads, which will be placed in a new "pet-friendly"
category for housing, must include a statement that dogs
J and cats are welcome.
V U The initiative is part of the newspaper's support for
a no-kill community in Manatee County.
Surveys show that too often renters and residents of
B- condominium communities who would like to adopt pets
cannot because of prohibitions in leases and association
Worse, surveys also show that new residents some-
times abandon their pets, especially cats, because the
animals are prohibited in new homes.
i The free ads will be limited to 15 words, and must
'- be placed by e-mail to email@example.com.
For more information, call The Islander at 941-778-
Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
223 North Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,938 sfla
/ 3,855 sfur 4 1.d 3' -1tlih '2car bayfront pool home built
in 1954 on a 130x76 lot was sold 10/28/11, Morrison to
Harvetta for $1,150,000; list $1,399,999.
124 50th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,192 sfla / 3,225
sfur 3bed/22bath/2car home built in 1957 on a 100x100
lot was sold 10/31/11, Robb to Frank for $750,000; list
100 52nd St., Unit A, Coquina Sands, Holmes Beach,
a 2,196 sfla 31d .I3' :xibtli'lcar condo with shared pool
built in 2007 was sold 11/01/11, Seven Cats Investments
LLC to Iyer for $670,000; list $695,000.
101 66th St., Unit 9, Mainsail Beach Inn, Holmes
Beach, a 939 sfla 2bed/22bath condo with shared pool
built in 2009 was sold 10/31/11, Mainsail AMI Beach Inn
LLP to Duvall for $490,000.
203 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,620 sfla / 1,684 sfur
4bed/2bath duplex built in 1973 on a 59x 105 lot was sold
11/02/11, Lyons to Angelov for $375,000.
212 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,888 sfla / 2,410 sfur
4bed/2bath/1car home built in 1967 on a 90x90 lot was
sold 11/01/11, Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company
to Kaleta for $301,501.
4200 Gulf Drive, Unit 203, Gulf Sands condo,
Holmes Beach, a 1,008 sfla / 1,104 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 10/28/11, East-
man to Hoffman for $300,000; list $380,000.
4804 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant 50x90 lot
of Anna Maria Island
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reunions and other family milestones also are wel-
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AME students embark on odyssey
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School students have an
opportunity to stretch their problem-skills as members
of the Odyssey of the Mind after-school club.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international program pro-
viding students with an opportunity to build creative prob-
lem-solving methods and teamwork. Program participation
is open to students in kindergarten through college.
AME has three teams of students participating this
year under coaches Caroline Pardue, Amy Bayard and
Denise Reo. Pardue and Bayard work together coaching
two teams of third- through fifth-graders. Reo is coaching
first- and second-graders.
Team members work throughout the school year on
First-grade student Katie Burgess mixes her own flavor
of ice cream at Tyler's Ice Cream, 11904 Cortez Road
W., Cortez. She won the opportunity by contributing
the most bake sale items to the Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School Fall Festival. Her creation, Katie's Mint
Delight, is mint ice cream with fudge and chocolate
cookie pieces. Tyler's is donating a tub of the con-
fection to Katie's first-grade class and will have the
flavor available in the shop for a limited time. Islander
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solving problems that range from building mechanical
devices to presenting their own interpretation of liter-
ary classics. The problem scenarios are generated by the
Odyssey of the Mind parent organization and available
for review at www.odysseyofthemind.com.
Bayard says club meetings start by having students
solve a problem spontaneously. The remainder of the
time, students work on long-term team problems.
For example, Bayard's team is tackling a scenario for
"to be, or not to be," which requires they put a musical
spin in their skit on the famous line penned by William
"All the problems must be solved by the children
exclusively," said Bayard. "There is no outside assistance
allowed. So if the kids want props for a skit, for example,
as coaches we can teach them a skill, like using a drill,
but the students have to actually build the props."
Odyssey of the Mind holds a series of regional, state
and international tournaments beginning in February, for
which student teams present the solutions they've created
for their selected long-term problem.
Bayard said while the AME teams may use the
regional tournament as a way to showcase their work, it
isn't their ultimate goal.
"I introduced this program to AME three years ago
because it seemed like a good match for our school," said
Bayard. "OM is all about divergent thinking, where each
question has a million right answers and unique answers
are especially encouraged.
"I think kids need this kind of 'outside of the box'
thinking to compliment their academics."
Odyssey of the Mind meets each Monday after
school at AME and the Island teams are sponsored by
the American Academy of University Women.
Anna Maria Elementary Odyssey of the Mind club members construct a kid's car wash of PVC pipe. In OM stu-
dents must conceptualize and build items with minimal help from adults. Odyssey of the Mind is an international
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Youth soccer close out, adult roundball decided
Another Anna Maria Island Community Center fall
recreational soccer season is in the books after a week
of awards, playoff action and championship games that
culminated Nov. 19.
The week started with awards night Nov. 14 when
regular-season champs were recognized along with
individual award winners. Gettel Toyota in Division III,
LaPensee Plumbing in Division II and Autoway Ford in
Division I were champs.
The center added defender of the year to its list of
awards. Javier Rivera in Division III, Jean-Paul Russo in
Division II, Sibella Glavan in Division I and Greg Moss
in Premier Division were the worthy winners.
Division III's Tuna McCracken, Jovan Vasquez in
Division II, Max Driscoll in Division I and Premier Divi-
sion's Gabriel Salter were winners of the Pete Lannon
The Kenny Randall sportsmanship award went to
Ashton Pennell in Division III, Lindsey Smith in Division
II, Adam Tontz in Division I and JT Goode in Premier
Emilee Bell of Division III took home female MVP
honors. She was joined by Olivia Glavan of Division
II, Gillian Cassidy of Division I and Lexie Davis in the
The overall MVP for Division III was Daniel Fritz,
while Aiden Grumley took home the honor in Division
II. Michael Latimer won in Division I and Julius Gomes
brought home the MVP for Premier Division.
Gettel Toyota completed an undefeated season after
rolling over Island Pest Control in the championship
game by a 6-0 score. MVP Daniel Fritz led the way with
four goals, while Jack Groves and Ava Zink each added
a goal in the victory. Other members of the Division III
champs were female MVP Emilee Bell, Jack Barnes, Josh
Tuna McCracken, is an all-star for Island Real Estate
and won the best goalie award. Islander Photo: Karen
Calhoun, Allie Connelly, Tori Coover, Charlotte Pardue
and Daniel Sentman.
Gettel Toyota advanced to the finals thanks to a 7-1
victory over West Coast Surf Shop Nov. 18. Calhoun and
Fritz scored two goals each, while Sentman, Groves and
Barnes each added single goals. Ryan Joseph scored the
lone goal for the Surf Shop.
Island Pest Control advanced by defeating Island
Real Estate 6-1 Nov. 16. Sean Rodriguez scored four
goals to lead the way, while Julius Petereit added two
goals. Tyler Brewer scored one goal for Island Real Estate
in the loss.
LaPensee Plumbing brought home the Division II
championship trophy thanks to a 4-3 penalty-kick shoo-
tout victory over Jen Crady Massage. Adra Dupris, Sul-
livan Ferreira, Corbin Gregg and Joe Rogers each scored
goals for LaPensee during regulation play. Other mem-
bers of the team include Emmie Gallagher, Katie Krok-
roskia, Sydney Leachford, Joseph Peery, Jean-Paul Russo
and Rory Welch.
Cameron Pasco led Jen Crady Massage with two goals
while Aiden Grumley and Trent Shackleford added one
goal apiece in the loss. Crady advanced to the finals with a
5-0 win over Eat Here Nov. 18, when Olivia Glavan scored
two goals to lead. Crady also received single goals from
Abby Achor, Grumley and Shackleford in the victory.
Wash Family Construction captured the Division
I championship by defeating regular-season champion
Autoway Ford 5-2. Neil Carper and Cortni Wash scored
two goals each, while Tyler Yavalar added one goal in
the victory. Michael Latimer scored two goals to lead
Autoway Ford in the loss.
Autoway advanced to the championship game with a
7-3 win over Mr. Bones BBQ. Latimer scored four goals,
while Lilly Banyas, Kieran Grumley and Emma Peery
each added one goal. Dylan Joseph scored two goals
to lead Bones in the loss, with one goal from Madison
Wash Family Construction advanced to the champi-
onship game by defeating Spinnakers Vacation Cottages
3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout Nov. 16. Nico Calleja's
last-shot penalty kick was the game winner. Cortni Wash
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regulation play. Other members of Wash include Brianna
Connelly, Gabby Gallo, Skyler Sculco, Gavin Sentman
and Alexia Yavalar.
Jacob Talucci scored three goals to lead Spinnakers,
which also notched one goal from Henrik Hellem-Brusso
in the loss.
Adult coed soccer playoffs started Nov. 17 and will
continue until the Island Cup matchups Dec. 2. Look for
results in next week's Islander.
Agnelli takes adult basketball title
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's adult
coed basketball season ended Nov. 15 with the champion-
ship and third-place games.
The championship game saw Agnelli Pool & Spa
take a 56-52 victory over Beach to Bay Construction
behind 25 points from Aaron Duduks and 23 points from
Nate Coleman. Frank Agnelli added 4 points and Tyler
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Power squadron offers
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will
hold several boating-education seminars.
A seminar to learn the basics of using GPS devices
for safe boating will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The fee to attend the GPS seminar is $10 and covers
the cost of materials.
A two-part boating-safety course will be held from
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, and Satur-
day, Dec. 3. The course provides an overview of boating
safety, Florida boating rules, weather, rules of the road,
boat handling and distress signaling. This course qualifies
participants for a Florida boating education certificate.
The America's Boating Course costs $35 per person
or $50 per couple and covers the cost of all materials.
All classes are held at the squadron building, 1200
71st St. NW., Bradenton.
Pre-registration for any of the courses is required.
Call Gloria Potter at 941-795-0482 for more information
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Gag grouper closed but plenty of fish to target
Capt. Danny Stasny
Offshore fishing minus the gag grouper bite west
of Anna Maria Island remains good.
With a seasonal closure that began Nov. 16, gag grou-
per are now off the menu for offshore fishers. Catch-
and-release action of gags remains good, although most
fishers are targeting other species for the dinner table.
Red grouper are still showing good numbers around
nearshore structure in 40-60 feet of water. Most of the red
grouper you'll encounter in these waters will be juvenile,
so you'll want to go out to at least 80-100 feet to get
keeper-size fish. Use the same baits you would for gags,
only add frozen squid to the mix.
Mangrove snapper are another species to target now.
For mangroves, you can start in about 60 feet of water
and work your way out deeper if needed. Live shiners are
probably the best bait for these feisty snapper, although
they'll also eat an assortment of frozen baits. Using a
chum block is also effective when targeting snapper.
Once you have fish feeding in the chum slick, drift your
baits behind the boat to get on the bite.
Another option is to target amberjack. Again, water
depths around 60-80 feet are a good place to start look-
ing. Targeting wrecks and reefs to locate these migratory
fish can be productive. A number of live baits will work
to catch AJs. Live pinfish, threadfin herring, grunts and
shiners will achieve the bite. You can use heavy spinning
gear or conventional grouper tackle to whip these high-
activity reef donkeys. If you're into big fish that pull hard,
amberjack will be right up your alley.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says the bait
is beginning to thin out. With frequent cold fronts and
dropping water temps, bait is hard to come by. Pier fish-
ers still able to round up shiners are having reasonable
catches of Spanish mackerel, and shiners are producing
keeper-size flounder around and under the pier.
Pier fishers using artificial are catching Span-
ish mackerel, ladyfish, lizardfish and skip jacks. Silver
spoons, Gotcha plugs and small white jigs are the three
lures being used with good results.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing good
numbers of Spanish mackerel being caught in the early
morning hours. Fishers using silver spoons or spec rigs
are having good results on these high-activity fish. Live
shiners on a long shank hook are also producing a bite.
By using any of the baits mentioned, pier fishers are occa-
sionally catching bonito in the 5-pound range.
Fishing around the edges and under the pier is prov-
ing prosperous for fishers targeting flounder, black drum
and redfish. Most fishers are using live shrimp to catch
this trio of species. By using a size-2 hook and 1/2- to
1-ounce egg sinker, you can get your shrimp in the strike-
zone. Use either a knocker rig or a fish-finder rig to set
up your tackle.
Whiting are making a stop by the pier before they
head around Bean Point. Small pieces of shrimp on a No.
4 hook weighted with a split shot will catch these small,
feisty fish. If you can get enough, they make for a good
fish fry, too.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says he's
hearing about good action occurring at both piers on the
north end of the Island. Spanish mackerel are providing
consistent action in the early morning and evening hours.
Gotcha plugs, white crappie jigs and silver spoons are the
weapons of choice to get these toothy fish to bite.
Flounder are being caught at the piers and Bean Point
beach. Live shrimp or shiners are a great bait choice. If
you choose artificial, try a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a
1/4-ounce jig head.
Moving offshore, mangrove snapper and red grouper
have become the targeted species now that gag grouper
season is closed. Both live and frozen baits are working
for either species. When fishing for mangroves, Keyes
suggests anchoring over the structure and setting out a
chum bag to bring the fish to the boat. Once the fish start
to rise from the bottom, free-line frozen sardines in the
chum slick to get in the action.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters
says redfish, speckled trout, snook, flounder, ladyfish,
grouper and mackerel have been landed on his recent
charters. Clarisse Roy of Canada landed a nice cobia on
shiners after the fish followed the chummers to the back
of the boat. Roy and husband Martin also landed some
nice flounder to get their limit from Tampa Bay.
Howard says the shiners are still hanging around
the flats and piers in enough numbers to fill a live well.
He suggests using tropical fish food or Capt. Vann's fish
chum to bunch the shiners up behind the boat and make
netting them easier and faster.
"Unfortunately the shiner game will be coming to
an end as the cold fronts come with more frequency."
Gregg Balance and
family caught mangrove
snapper, gag grouper
and red grouper while
S fishing with Capt.
Howard suggests switching to live shrimp and cut bait
to keep the action hot.
Howard reports good luck targeting redfish using a
fresh chunk of ladyfish or pinfish on a 2/0 hook with a
split shot tossed under a deep-water dock. "Sheepshead
will be in the same areas as the redfish, but will not eat the
cut bait," Howard says. He suggests using fiddler crabs
or fresh shrimp to get the convict fish to chew. "Look
for the sheepshead bite to get stronger as the fall fishing
pattern gives way to winter," Howard adds.
Looking forward, Howard notes the tides will be
extremely low in the mornings with a nice mid-moming
high. He suggests taking advantage of the visibility to
find natural highways thru the flats and deep potholes,
where the fish travel and stage.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the grass flats of eastern
Sarasota Bay targeting redfish using live shiners. "There
are still a good amount of reds in the bay," says Girle,
"although they've been scattered the past few days."
Girle suggests fishing the lower tides to find the reds
bunched up in pothole and ditches. This makes it easier to
hook up because there will be a lot of fish in one area.
Moving offshore, Girle is catching mangrove snap-
per on the nearshore artificial reefs. Most of the snapper
are in the 17-inch range with a few bigger ones coming
to the boat. Also on the artificial reefs, Girle is catching
Spanish mackerel, bonito and red grouper.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel charter fishing
is targeting redfish around rocks and docks with good
results. Johnston is using live select-shrimp and pitch-
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ing them around the pilings of residential docks in upper
Sarasota Bay and around Cortez. "We're catching 20-30
reds a day," says Johnston, "but a lot of them are under
the minimum size."
Also around the docks, Johnston is catching sheep-
shead and flounder using a No. 1 hook tied to a few feet
of 30-pound fluorocarbon for leader. By adding a split-
shot about 10 inches above the hook, Johnston's baits are
able to reach the sandy bottom under docks where fish
To finish out the day, Johnston is catching snook on
mangrove edges adjacent to grass flats. Both live shrimp
and live shiners are producing the bite.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says, "There's an awful lot
of species around the pier for this time of year."
Migratory species such as Spanish mackerel and king
mackerel are dominating the bite in the early mornings.
Pier fishers using silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are
catching limits of macks, mostly in the 20-inch range.
For the kings, pier fishers are using floating lipped plugs,
such as Yo-Zuri and Bomber lures. To target kings with
these lures, let your lure drift away from the bridge in the
current until you reach the desired distance, then begin
your retrieve, repeating until you hook up.
Flounder are making a strong presence under the pier.
Try using live shrimp or shiners for bait. Depending on
the current, you want to use a reasonable-size egg sinker
to get your bait to the bottom, Idi.-'_ iin'_ it along the edges
of the pier in the sand. There are some snags under the
pier, so be prepared to re-rig occasionally.
Sheepshead are inhabiting the pier, too. "We're
seeing a few sheepshead on every piling," says Medley.
With that in mind, think of how many pilings are under
the pier and the potential that represents. Pier fishers
using live fiddler crabs or sand fleas are getting the bite.
Average range in size for the striped-fish is 2-3 pounds.
Believe or not, Medley says they're still seeing and
catching tarpon around the pier. "We're seeing 80-90
pounders rolling in the bait schools during the early
morning hours," says Medley.
Pier fishers targeting the silver torpedoes are free-
lining live pinfish or ladyfish to get the bite. Most hook-
ups are resulting in a few jumps and then a break-off.
Trying to muscle fish of this size from the deck requires
extremely heavy gear and a little bit of luck. Typically
the fish will run your line into a piling and cut you off. If
you do manage to land one, take extra care to release it
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Krauss finished with 2 points in the victory. Other mem-
bers of the team include Lelani Bright, Will Langston and
Nick Diaz scored 20 points to lead Beach to Bay
Construction, which also received 18 points from Scott
Eason and 8 points from Tommy Tyrell. Chuck Bucky
scored 4 points and George Imes finished with 2 points
in the loss.
The third-place game saw Southern Greens take a 48-41
victory over Unique Mobile Detailing. Chuck McCracken
FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26
time to head to the south pier. Pier fishers using small
pieces of shrimp on a jig head are catching good numbers
of these tasty fish. Remember, there's no size or bag limit
on silver trout, so use discretion on how many you keep.
The meat on these fish is best eaten fresh or within a few
days of being caught.
Last but not least, Medley reports fishers are having
some difficulty landing their catch due to a vast number
of goliath grouper lurking beneath the decking. These
oversized grouper are opportunistic feeders. They lay in
wait under the pier until they see a fish struggling in the
current the fish you're reeling in. Once the goliath
grouper has a target, it swims up and inhales, leaving you
helpless against its enormous strength. Needless to say,
the goliath gets your fish and you wind up with a broken
lure. Remember to reel your fish up quickly, or you too
might end up feeding the goliaths.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is targeting
red grouper and amberjack. "We're catching limits of
red grouper staring at about 80 feet of water," says Kim-
Live pinfish or live shiners are getting the bite. Also
around these water depths, Kimball is catching good
numbers of jolt head porgies and Key West grunts. You
can catch either of these species on live or dead shiners,
but frozen squid will do the job, too.
Migratory species such as king and Spanish mack-
erel are abundant offshore around 60-80 feet of water.
Kimball likes to throw live shiners on a 4/0 long shank
hook tied to 50-pound fluorocarbon leader to target these
species. "Don't be surprised to catch some bonito, too,"
Send fishing reports to fish @islander.org.
scored 13 points and Kevin Austin added 12 points to lead
Southern. Troy Shonk chipped in with 7 points, while Wayne
Grant finished with 6 points in the victory. Justin Jones led
Unique Mobile Detailing with 18, while Ryan Moss finished
with 17 points in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Rose Slomba made a memorable return to her home
golf course at the Key Royale Club Nov. 15. The youthful
Justin I. Morgan
Justin I. Morgan, 62, of Bradenton, died Nov. 2 after
a lengthy illness.
Mr. Morgan was formerly a Holmes Beach police
officer and owner of a private investigation firm. He was
a mechanic, motorcycle enthusiast and an avid fisher.
A memorial service with EdwardA. Morgan III offi-
ciating was held Nov. 19 at Kingfish Boat Ramp, Holmes
Mr. Morgan is survived by son Justin A.; grandsons
Matthew and Austin; brother Edward A. III; sister Judith
Hughes; and several nieces and nephews.
Virginia Mae 'Ginny' Stiles
Virginia Mae "Ginny" Stiles, 90, of Winnebago, Ill.,
died Nov. 12. She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Rockford,
Mrs. Stiles retired after working many years at the
Winnebago County Farm Bureau.
Service and burial were in Illinois. Condolences to
the family may be made at genandtfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Stiles is survived by son Steven of Rockford;
daughters Sharon Ayersman of Rockton and Nancy Ped-
ersen of Deerfield; grandchildren Steffanie of Omaha,
Neb., Luann Pelczynski of Genoa City, Wis., Lindsey
Pedersen of Fort Lauderdale and Ryan Pedersen of Chi-
cago; great-grandson Nicholas Pelczynski of Genoa
City, Wis.; sister Lorraine and husband Carl DeMars of
Bradenton Beach; nephew Douglas DeMars of Braden-
ton Beach; niece Barbara DeMars of Bradenton Beach;
sister-in-law Mary Milanos of Rockford; and numerous
nephews and nieces.
91-year-old returned from a six-month visit with family
and friends in Minnesota and New Jersey and was anx-
ious to get out on the links.
Rose received cheers from her fellow club members,
witnesses to her chipin on holes three, six and nine. She
finished with an 8-over-par 40.
Rose stays young by playing golf, bridge, cooking
for her friends and volunteering at her church.
In other KRC news, the women held their annual
Golden Girls Golf Gala "Doe Day" Nov. 15. There were
56 women dressed in gold and bling who teed off with
a shotgun start. Play was followed by a luncheon and
awards. Sue Hookem and her committee did a fabulous
job putting the event together.
Slomba rode her three chipins to first place in the indi-
vidual low-net category. Second place went to Liz Lang.
Laura Purcell took first place with a low-gross score of 39,
while Meredith Slavin took second place at 41.
The team of Marcia Helgeson, Judy Ward, Joyce
Brown and Kathy Porter won team low net with a 118.
The team of Christina Mason, Fran Barford, Nancy King
and Shirley Cessna matched the 120 carded by Brenda
Solleveld, Mary Pat Swamy, Maryanne Kaemmerlen and
Beverly Neville to tie for second place.
Purcell won closest-to-the-pin on number one, while
Helen Pollack won on number eight. Mason won the long
drive and Maxine Mitchell won the putting contest.
The men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners
match Nov. 16. Pieter Thomasson and Neal Hammer
took first place with a 10-under-par 118. Five shots back
in a tie for second place was Joe Dickenson and Gerald
Taylor, who matched the 123 carded by Danny Hayes
and Joe Latorre.
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
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NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and mainte-
nance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant
installation. Certified horticultural professional.
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142 FEET ON ANNA MARIA SOUND with
open water views. Located in an area of finer
homes. Current home sits on both lots. Renovate
or build new. $899,000.
NORTH END OF ISLAND. Spacious 3BR/2BA
home on quiet street. Loarge lot with loads of pri-
vacy. Plenty of room for a pool and outdoor enter-
taining. Cathedral ceiling, open deck and screened
IRONWOOD GOLF COURSE Move-in ready, 2
BR/2BA condo overlooking the 10th hole. Great
recreation facilities, community pool, elevator,
shuffleboard & more. Only $95,000.
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supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
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SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
UNTENANCE FREE LIDO YACHT BASIN
vicious 3BR/2BA lush 4BR/3BA pool home. 320-ft
ntry club setting. wide basin, deep water. Walkto
5,000. Call Nicole St.Armands Circle.$1,250,000.
aggs, Broker, 941-773- Call Peggy Douglas, Realtor,
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder.
New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call
941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
PAUL FREY PAINTING, pressure wash, custom
interior and exterior painting. Insured, 20 years
JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced.
House painting, pressure washing, handy work.
Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental
units available for office/commercial spaces from
750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage
units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
VACATION RENTAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA,
DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA pri-
vate pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA
private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off "2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
,i Luxurious 2/2 apts..
1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
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ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores
mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1 BA. Call
1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus,
pool, fishing pier. $1,500/month for three months,
$1,300/month for six months and $1,000/month,
3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage, beach
three minutes, boat dock, extra. Starting $1,250/
week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage, 75 yards to
beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo Catolica, direc-
tor, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakellarides, 514-390-
5050. Facebook: Palm Pelican.
GULFFRONT VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/1BA,
sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/
night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann, 863-
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners with
excepiionai reniai references looking for 2BRi2BA
home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your house?
No problem, we'll take excellent care of it. 941-713-
VACATION RENTAL: 1 or 2 bedrooms left in 2011.
January, 2012, one bedroom monthly. New kitchen,
dishwasher, washer, dryer, cable, wireless Internet.
513-236-5091 or 888-841-8474.
ANNA MARIA SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1 BA, washer
and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941 -
BAY WATERFRONT: SEASONAL 2-3BR/2BA,
laundry room, pool, sun room, walk to beach.
DECEMBER SPECIAL: 1BR/1BA, just steps to
beach. $398/week plus taxes and fees. www.gulf-
driveapartments.info. (Mention AMI promo.) 941-
SMALL PRIVATE ROOM: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $130/week.
WATERFRONT APARTMENT: 1BR/1BA, dock,
Jacuzzi, tile throughout, gorgeous views, Bradenton
Beach, $900/month. 941-720-4475.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA, great room,
washer, dryer, duplex, no stairs, storage. All new
last year. Great location, $1,600/month. 603-969-
RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE available, up to 1,000 sf.
High visibility location along Marina Drive In Holmes
Beach. Call 941-799-9096 for more information.
SEASONAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria city. Upstairs
unit, 2BR/1BA. Available December-January.
$1,500/month plus tax. 941-778-4499
ANNUAL RENTAL: $750/month or seasonal
1 BR/1 BA, 55-and-older community. All new inside.
Bradenton Beach. 941-224-1652.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlook-
ing golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastal-
NEED 2BR/2BA CONDO or house for March rental
for two energetic senior citizens. Flexible location
but prefer Holmes Beach. E-mail: biddlebetsy@
sbcglobal.net or 860-245-0182.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA: Washer-dryer hookup, shared
pool. First, last, security deposit. $1,100/month plus
utilities. Seasonal 2BR/2BA washer and dryer, shared
pool, ground floor, $2,700/month. 941-778-9576.
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer
hookup, space for boat. No pets. Holmes Beach.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL: Beautiful, quaint efficiency
apartment. Wood floors, granite counter-tops. One
block to Gulf of Mexico, backyard dock, canal access
to Tampa Bay. One person. $645/month plus secu-
HOLMES BEACH: 1.5 blocks to Gulf, 2BR, new
bath, new carpet, 900 sf garage, no pets, no smok-
ing. Good credit only. $875/month, $875 security.
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to
sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Ques-
tions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour at www.srqvt.
SEEKING ANNUAL KEY Royale rental: Minimum
3BR/2BA. Excellent credit. 407-566-1180.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer,
$2,700/month. Annual rental, 2BR/2BA, washer and
dryer hookup, $1,100/month, first, last, security
deposit. Shared pool, ground floor. No smoking, no
WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach, Second-floor
2BR/2BA on bay and one block to Gulf! Lovely
views, pools, tennis. December-January, $2,300/
month. Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son,
DIRECT INTRACOASTAL WATERFRONT:
1BR/1BA, tile floors, Jacuzzi bath, dock, air con-
ditioning, fridge, $900/month. Shelley, 941-720-
ANNUAL RENTALS: VILLAGE Green villa, two-car
garage, updated 2BR/2Ba on lake, 55-plus, $1,400/
month. Also West Glen home near IMG. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage on lake, small pet OK, $1,300/
month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR/2BA. pool, boat slip,
$700/week, $2,600/month. Realtor, 941-756-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 55-plus 2BR/1 BA with pool. 941-778-
3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, out-
door kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished.
$3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach,
annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing
available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma
BEACHFRONT HOME FOR sale. 2BR/1 BA, large
lot for expansion! By owner, $799,000. 941-778-
DEEP WATER BOAT dock on Bimini Bay, no bridges.
Pam Watts, Coldwell Banker, 941-228-8753.
HOLMES BEACH HOME: Quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to
sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Ques-
tions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour: www.srqvt.
KAYAK OUTSIDE YOUR backdoor with storage.
Perico Bay Club villa. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA,
garage, must sell, poor health. $182,500 or best
offer. Vacant, easy to see. Realtor, Fred Flis, 941-
KEY ROYALE BEAUTY
Gorgeous remodeled 4BR/3BA canalfront
home with pool, huge screened-in lanai,
and dock. A very "green" home with solar
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This holiday season, we ask our readers to take an
extra moment to give someone a smile or send a
greeting ... pause to give a quiet hug or words of
The holidays are special for friends, family and
Islanders. In our 19th annual Islander Wish Book,
we take a moment to present stories about organiza-
tions in our community that deserve your special
These community service organizations are dedi-
cated to providing assistance to families and indi-
viduals, teaching and mentoring our children, help-
ing the elderly and less fortunate, all with the goal of
making Anna Maria Island a better place to live.
The Islander Wish Book provides a special way
for you to share the holiday spirit. We've included a
list of needs wishes from each one. Your dona-
tion, however small or grand, will be deeply appre-
Please, take a moment to select a gift from these
needs to add to your holiday shopping list.
It's The Islander's way of saying thanks for the
support we've received for the past 19 years and a
chance for all of us to give something back to our
community, where a small contribution can make a
We offer a special thanks to the generous spon-
sor advertisers for making this publication possible.
And we hope you experience the the joy of giving
through The 2011 Islander Wish Book.
Happy holidays and best wishes to you for 2012
from all of us. Bonner Joy
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Wildlife Inc.'s wish: for nuts
in shells or out.
Wildlife Education &
Bradenton Beach-based Wildlife Inc.'s mis-
sion is to rescue and rehabilitate native species
to return to their habitat, as well as promote
education on wildlife and environmental
The nonprofit's goal in 2012 is "to continue
our mission of education and rehabilitation."
Wildlife Inc. wishes for:
Dawn dish soap.
Nuts, in the shells or out, and bird seed.
Zodiac raft with a small engine.
Large fish nets.
Stainless steel exam tables.
Large dog crates, large bird cages and
First-class postage stamps.
Gift certificates to Come See Come Save,
Publix, Walmart, Home Depot or Lowes for
Large chest freezer.
Digital video camera.
Property in a central location in Manatee
County for a new rehabilitation center and
For more information, contact Wildlife Inc.
at 941-778-6324 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also,
florida Gulf Coast Maritime
Museum and FISH
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage is dedicated to the "preservation of Gulf
Coast maritime heritage."
The Florida Maritime Museum housed
in the renovated 1912 schoolhouse at 4415
119th St. W., Cortez is dedicated to preserv-
ing the history of the old fishing village, as
well as promoting the fishers' way of life.
The goal in the next year is to continue the
revitalization of the FISH Preserve.
FISH wishes for:
Tractor or Bobcat-type earth-mover.
White exterior paint.
For more information, contact the museum
Privateers wish: ""
gifts and ship
4nOna Maria Island Privateers
The Anna Maria Island Privateers the
most recognizable nonprofit on the Island
though it lacks an office exists to "develop,
promote and support activities for the better-
ment of youth and community in Manatee
The group, which turned 40 this year,
raises money for scholarships, cleans up roads
and hosts a series of events for children and
adults, including the Christmas parade and
party that takes place Dec. 10.
Anna Maria Island Privateers wishes for:
Christmas lights preferably new LED
lights and holiday decorations to deck out
the ship for the Christmas parade.
Enclosed trailer for gear storage and
New diesel engine for "one very old and
tired pirate ship/float."
For more information, contact Debbie
Murphree at 214-714-3953 or juddiwa@yahoo.
com. Also, visit www.amiprivateers.org.
Ioser Food Pantry
The Roser Food Pantry, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, is stocked largely with donations
from Island residents and Island churches
through the All Island Denominations.
Operators of the pantry provide groceries
on weekdays to Islanders in need.
The Roser Food Pantry wishes for:
Financial donations to purchase grocer-
Donations of non-perishable food items
such as canned meat, tuna, vegetables, fruit,
cereal, healthy drinks, snacks.
For more information, contact 941-778-
0410 or 941-779-9588.
FISH wishes for a Bobcat.
/as0o0 AMITW's wish:
memory cards for
1 digital cameras.
Hoonracer No Kill Animal Rescue
A new local nonprofit, Moonracer No Kill
Animal Rescue's focus is "on pets in danger of
being killed in shelters. We adore all animals
and will not turn away from any animal in
Moonracer's rescued animals leave for
permanent homes "friendly, loving and able to
Moonracer's wishes for:
Dry dog and cat food.
Blankets and towels.
And, the ultimate pet-caretaker wish, a
long-handled pooper scooper.
Donations to Moonracer No Kill Animal
Rescue Inc., 4126 19th Ave W., Bradenton, FL
For more information, contact Lisa Wil-
liams at 941-896-6701 or lisa@moonracerani-
malrescue.com. Also, visit moonraceranimal-
The Loyal Order of
Moose Lodge #2188
wishes everyone a Happy
Holiday and asks that
you please remember to
donate a TOY for a A
TOT at the Lodge.
110 Gulf Drive, S.
Anna Maria Island Resorts ...
7he Old Floridai .perience Youi're Looking For.
CJ-fHEERS to you and yours
this H-ofiday Seavn!
from the staff of
778-5788 5346 Gulf Drive
Open 11-3 Thanksgiving & Christmas
779-BEER next to Hurricane Hanks
19TH ANNUAL ISLANDER WISH BOOK 2011
Ainnna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring's duty is to collect data
for shorebird and sea turtle nesting on Anna
The mission statement reads, "In part-
nership with the Island community through
public education and cooperation, it is the
mission of the AMITW to assure a suitable
habitat for people, sea turtles and shorebirds,
the ecosystem of the Island and it's surround-
AMITW's goal for 2012 is to establish sig-
nage at the beach to discourage people from
rushing at resting shorebirds and to secure
more grant money to retrofit lighting for the
protection of nesting sea turtles.
AMITW wishes for:
Quart-sized cans of wax shellac for
Gift cards for office supplies.
Large-sized rubber gloves.
8GB or 16 GB memory cards for digital
For more information, contact executive
director Suzi Fox at 941-778-5638 or suzifox@
gmail.com. Also, visit www.islandturtles.com
and AMITW on Facebook.
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The Friends of the Island Library's wish: rent-free
storage to protect books collected for the annual
friends of the Island Library
The Manatee County Public Library
System seeks to offer a responsible, proactive,
innovative program of library service, capable
of upgrading the educational, cultural, and
recreational quality of life in the community.
The Friends of the Island Branch Library
exists to help the local library achieve its mis-
sion, providing volunteers to assist librarians,
raising money to purchase materials and spon-
soring numerous programs for adults, teens
The group's largest fundraiser is the
annual two-day book sale held in February. se
Books and other materials for the sale are col- 53
elected year round. th
To protect the materials, which were stored n
in a facility no longer available, the group has
a singular wish: b
A rent-free, humidity-controlled storage ei
For more information, call the Island
Branch Library at 941-778-6341.
KidsServe, was established by two Anna
Maria kids brothers Jermiah and Nathaniel 9
Victor to help other kids around the world.
KidsServe wishes for:
New shoes for Haitian grade-school chil-
dren, because "without shoes they don't go to
New children's underwear and socks
for Family Promise and Manatee County
School District's Project Heart. Says Jermiah,
8, "New underwear and socks are hard to get
right now. Used clothing is easier. But I know I
don't like wearing dirty underwear."
For more information, contact Jermiah
Victor at email@example.com. Also, visit
KidsServe's wish: youth shoe
to send to Hait
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qnna Maria Elementary School
Anna Maria Elementary School oper- Class prizes stickers, pencils, eras-
ates with a professional staff of teachers and ers, hand pencil sharpeners.
support personnel and a large coalition of Teachers Heather Nyberg, Sally Jackson
parents and community organizers. and Jacque Goens wish for:
AME teacher Maureen Loveland wishes Math compasses.
for: Pens red, blue and black inks.
Writing notebooks. Erasers.
Fancy pencil sharpeners. Ring notebooks.
Pencils. Paper clips.
Large primary puzzles. Two-pocket folders.
Teacher Marcia Brockway wishes for: Hand pencil sharpeners.
Expo markers. Post-It-Notes.
White Mr. Clean pads for erasers. Wide-ruled notebook paper.
Playground games Hula Hoops, Rubber bands.
Jacks, etc. Teacher Laura Redeker wishes for:
Glitter pens. Puzzles.
"Between the Lions" video series.
Teacher Karen Newhall wishes for:
School boxes for supplies.
Glue or glue sticks.
Teacher Tina Goffred wishes for:
Red pom-poms, about 2 inches, and
large google eyes for holiday crafts.
For more information, call the school at
941-708-5525 or drop off items at the school
office, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Inna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, repre-
iting 500-plus members and operating a visitors center at
17 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, helps tourists to na\ igate
Island, newcomers to settle onto the Island and busii-
sses to thrive on the Island.
The organization's mission is to "serve the mem-
rship and the community through pro-active lead-
hip by building a positive business climate while
dancing and perfecting the quality of life for all."
The chamber wishes for:
* Donations for the Toys for Tots holiday pro-
* Large coolers for events.
For more information, contact Deb Wing at
1-778-1541 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also,
Jim Mixon Insurance Inc.
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Happy Holidays to yoa and yoani
Longboat Hardware Holmes Beach Hardware
4030 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 3352 East Bay Dr.
A Longboat Key, FL 34228 Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 383-1313 Phone: (941) 778-0999
Fax: (941) 383-2170 Fax: (941) 778-1717
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US DEC. 2 STARTING AT 5 PM1 FOR THE A[MI CHA- FIBER OF CONIMMERCE HOLIDAY1
-E LIGHTING, AND THE DOWNTOWN HOLMES BEACH HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE!
The chamber will kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. with a ceremonious holiday tree lighting in
the parking lot at the office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Open house in the entire down- ,,r
\ 6 town area 5-8 p.m., with Santa visits for kids and a snow storm at The Islander F | "
office. Celebrate with the Privateers! Refreshments, entertainment throughout TI~h 11 I s.
the downtown area! Prize drawings! Don't miss this big event. 5404 Marina-Dr
A4nna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
On Saturday mornings, members and
guests of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
can be found gathered at the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public
There the group will eat breakfast, share
news, trade jokes, sing songs, make friends,
listen to speakers and plan civic projects.
Outside the 8:30 a.m. meetings, club mem-
bers organize an annual Valentine's dance,
host and coordinate the Easter sunrise service
on the beach, serve as grandparents for AME
kids and help the Salvation Army with bell-
ringing for donations at the Publix in Holmes
The Kiwanis club wishes for:
New members anyone interested in
fellowship and helping children on the Island.
Volunteers for the Salvation Army
Christmas bell ringing at Publix Super Market.
For more information, contact Claudette
Welch at 941-224-1584 or email@example.com.
JAI Island Denominations
All Island Denominations unites the Island
churches CrossPointe Fellowship, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, Harvey Memorial Church,
Roser Memorial Community Church and St.
Bernard Catholic Church -to help those in
need of emergency rental or utility assistance.
Organized and funded by all the Island
churches, AID has been serving Anna Maria
Island since 1982.
AID wishes for:
Assistance for Islanders in need of rent,
utilities, gas and food.
Donations of non-perishable food for the
food pantry at Roser Memorial Community
Church in Anna Maria.
For more information, contact the Rev.
Rosemary W. Backer at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church at 941-778-1813 or gdlami@verizon.
bridge Street Merchants
The Bridge Street Merchants, which
became a nonprofit in 2009, exists to promote
Bridge Street, the Bradenton Beach community
and its businesses.
BSM presents several signature events in
Bradenton Beach a Sunday open-air market
and a Thirsty Thursdays happy hour.
Bridge Street Merchants wishes for:
Banners for the decorative lights along
Flags to adorn Bridge Street.
Gift certificates or other donations for
the Christmas on Bridge Street celebration
Decorated holiday wreaths to raffle at
the Bridge Street holiday open house.
Canned goods to be donated to All
Island Denominations/Roser Food Pantry.
For more information, contact Jacob
Spooner at 941- 778-3388.
TH@ HaPPieST OF
HOLiDMYS TO YOU ND YOURS!
FROM THe FLiP-FLOP COMPaNY!
Anna Maria Islan4
315 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
5604-B Marina Drive Holmes Beach
reams of eco-
themed bool. ,
seep Manatee Beautiful
Keep Manatee Beautiful, the local chapter
of Keep America Beautiful, plays numerous
roles in Island life. KMB is fulfilling its mission
when Islanders find little or no litter on the
beaches, and are able to take notice of more
trees in public places.
KMB conducts two annual coastal cleanup
efforts in the county, including on Island
beaches and at the Cortez FISH Preserve. KMB
also is involved in beautification projects along
the Palma Sola Causeway, the scenic highways
in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach and
providing trees for Arbor Day celebrations in
This year the group's wish list contains just
one item, but in multiples:
Reams of eco-friendly paper for printing
For more information, contact KMB at 941-
795-8272 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also,
fingley Memorial Library
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St.
N., Bradenton Beach, exists to provide books
and other library services to the Island popula-
tion and the surrounding communities.
The library's goal as always is to "serve
of our patrons all year through friendly and
helpful assistance with any reading materials
and informational resources they seek."
Tingley wishes for:
Audio books on CD.
Educational or entertainment DVDs.
Current fiction and non-fiction books.
For more information, call Eveann Adams
at 941-779-1208 or eadams@cityofbradenton-
beach.com. Also, visit www.cityofbradenton-
S. Happy Holidays
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Happy Holidays from our family to yours
101 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941.778.6455
On the roundabout at Gulf Drive & Bridge Street
Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus & Orchestra
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus
& Orchestra has a long-standing history of
providing quality chorus and instrumental
music as well as performance opportunities
for professional and volunteer musicians.
AMICCO strives to broaden the public's
knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of
music and to foster the development of musi-
cally talented youth through our annual youth
AMICCO wishes for:
Chorus vocalists, especially bass and
Volunteers to serve as ushers and poten-
tial board members.
Website, social networking assistance.
Concert program advertisers.
Financial support for music programs
and youth outreach.
For more information, contact Jeanie Pick-
wick at 941-795-2370 or pickwick@tampabay.
rr.com. Also, visit www.amicco.org.
All ourl recreational rental needs
Bikes. Ka aks. Beach & Babh Supplies
and Golf Carls
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loyal Pet Rescue
Royal Pet Rescue was founded in 2009 to
rescue as many dogs and cats as possible from
RPR usually has 50-80 animals in its care,
most in temporary foster homes until perma-
nent adoptions take place.
RPR, in its first three years, rescued more
than 2,000 animals. All received vet care, were
spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, wormed
and treated with flea medications before they
were placed in homes.
The nonprofit is all-volunteer, with no
facilities and no paid staff.
Royal Pet Rescue wishes for:
Cat and dog food donations.
Gift cards for pet stores.
Pet toys, treats.
Help to help pay vet bills.
For more information, contact Julie Royal
at 941-720-1411 or email@example.com.
Also, visit www.royalpetrescue.com.
RPR's wish: for pet toys and treats.
St. Bernard Council of
Catholic Women Guild
A lot of activity takes place in St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach in the sanc-
A lot of activity takes place in the church's
fellowship hall, where volunteers, many of
them with the St. Bernard Council of Catholic
Women Guild, organize rummage sales and
bake sales, bazaars and garden parties, break-
fasts and dinners, dances and other social
The council wishes for:
Backdrop, curtains for the activity hall
Cookware for the kitchen.
Miscellaneous items no furniture or
electronics for the church twice-a-year rum-
mage sales. The next sale is in February.
For more information, contact Patricia Web-
ster at 906-420-1389.
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S00 wish: barstools, with
backs, for the box office.
Off Stage Ladies
The Sunday before an opening night at
the Island Players playhouse in Anna Maria is
known as "Long Sunday."
This is when the actors and technical crew
gather for a lengthy day of rehearsal to perfect
the production and one of the days the Off
Stage Ladies take center stage at the play-
The group exists to support Island Players,
raising money with events, serving as ushers,
helping behind the scenes and on stage at the
theater. And on "Long Sunday," when a hearty
meal might help the lead recall his or her lines
or the lighting expert hit a mark, the Off Stage
Ladies prepare and serve dinner to the starv-
Off Stage Ladies wishes include:
Flashlights for ushers.
Three-step project stool/ladder with a
For restaurants and other businesses to
help serve dinner on "Long Sundays" on Nov.
27, Jan. 15, March 11 and May 6.
Purchases of the Island Players' Cat's
Meow collectible pieces for holiday gifts.
For more information about the Off Stage
Ladies, contact president Nancy Ambrose at
941-799-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also,
The Island Cabana
Nancy, Donna, Ashley, Hallie,
Brianne, Danny and Logan
403C Pine Ave. Anna Maria 941.896.4946
VHo! Ho! Ho!
to all ...
k from Capt. Greg Burke
102 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
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TO YOU ALL!
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Rotary's wish: wti dss
R otary Club of Anna Maria Island
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island,
which meets Tuesdays at the BeachHouse
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, is a network of
business, professional and community leaders,
both active and retired.
Members network, build friendships,
develop leadership skills and satisfy commu-
nity and global service needs.
Money raised through fundraising efforts
support about three dozen projects, many of
them at Anna Maria Elementary School in
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
Wireless mouse and keyboard.
WWII veterans for the Honor Flight to
Washington, D.C., next year.
Guardian applications for the Honor
Nutritious food donations for distribu-
tion to FELT/Feeding Empty Little Tummies.
For more information about the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island, contact Melissa
Williams at 941-779-9108 or melissa@steamde-
signs.com. Also, visit www.annamariarotary.
Cortez Village Historical Society
The Cortez Village Historical Society
drives preservation and restoration in the old
fishing community to the east of Anna Maria
The historical society secured an old cot-
tage from Bradenton Beach earlier this year
and plans to restore the structure, now on
the FISH Preserve, to house its Family Life
Meanwhile, CVHS continues to collect
artifacts and documentation of old, colorful
Cortez for the museum.
The Cortez Village Historical Society
Furniture for the museum.
U.S. Coast Guard, Marine and Seabee
uniforms for the Veterans Wall of Honor in
Funding to restore the Family Life
For more information, contact Mary
Fulford Green at 941-795-7121 or maryful-
email@example.com. Or write CVHS at
P.O. Box 663, Cortez FL 34215.
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artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, supports
local artists and promotes arts education.
The guild provides scholarships, sponsors
tours to local art museums, contributes fund-
ing to school arts programs, hosts art dem-
onstrations and operates the Guild Gallery,
where local artists to display their work.
AGAMI wishes for:
Five-disc CD player for the gallery.
For more information, contact the Guild
Gallery at 941-778-6694. Also, visit www.ami-
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Anna Maria Island Art League
The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, exists to "to
encourage and evolving artist of all ages
through education through promotion and
celebration of the arts.
The Anna Maria Island Art League does
this through classes for adults and children,
workshops, and exhibits and special events,
such as the Winterfest and Springfest.
In the next year, AMIAL will host an array
of shows and exhibits, as well as grow its fes-
tivals and make improvements to the league
AMIAL wishes for:
Gift cards for hardware, office supply
and art supply stores.
For more information, contact executive
director Christina Reginelli at 941-778-2099 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit islan-
flag for the
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for the Family Life Museum.
Passionate Boating People since 1955
Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
May You Be Blessed With ,.
Joy, Peace and Love This J T
9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
778-2259 Fax 778-2250
Email: email@example.com www.annamariareal.com
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PLUMBING & POOLS
Service Repair, Showroom, Remodeling, Pool Service
401 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach, 941.778.5622
LaPenseePlumbing.com CPC1458020 CFC1426956
The Island Players is in its 63rd season
in the cozy little theater at the corner of Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
The group's mission is "to bring creative
and artistic entertainment to the Island com-
munity by offering live dramatic and comedic
The Island Players' 2012 goal is "to intro-
duce new theatergoers to our historic play-
The Island Players wishes for:
A makeup chair.
Two barstools, with backs, for box office
and prop volunteers.
For more information, contact Island Play-
ers president Dolores Harrell at 941-778-3959
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit www.theis-
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in nie Silver Community Center
In the winter, the pace of activity acceler-
ates at the Annie Silver Community Center at
23rd Street and Avenue C in Bradenton Beach.
The nonprofit center was founded by
Island entrepreneur Annie Silver in the 1950s
to promote friendship and entertainment for
neighbors and friends in Bradenton Beach and
on the Island.
That means, during the winter season, a
celebration of song and music, shuffleboard,
bingo and potluck dinners.
The center wishes for:
Earthboxes for the community garden.
Plants for the community garden.
Shell for the parking lot.
For more information, contact Dale Rede-
ker at 941-778-1915.
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Lesters' challenge benefits center
The holidays bring the season of giving
and sharing, and the Lester Challenge, a
campaign to raise as much as $100,000 for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey
Lester issue the challenge in partnership with
The Islander and encourage community mem-
bers to donate with a pledge to match up to
The challenge, which runs through Dec.
31, raises funding for the center's scholarship
program, which helps families who need some
financial assistance with enrollment in youth
programs, as well as counseling services.
Executive director Pierrette Kelly said of
the center's programs, "Many of our Island
neighbors continue to struggle in this econ-
omy and your help to these families provides
care and programs that will make a positive
difference in their lives. Youth programs pro-
vide families with more than peace of mind,
they provide child care, character-building
teen programs, community service, dance,
drama, education, life skills, music, sports
and recreation programs. These activities may
seem small, but they represent significant
investment in our future."
Kelly added, "Our family therapy pro-
gram provides resources to help families love,
respect and value each other and develop their
best potential as parents and family mem-
Donations also can be dedicated to the
center's campaign to burn its mortgage or the
To support the Lester Challenge,
A4nna Maria Island Historical Soci,
The Anna Maria Island Historic Society
operates a museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, where visitors can see old Florida
antiques and collections from the early days ot
AMIHS also recognizes preservation
achievement and sponsors a series of cultural
and historical events.
AMIHS wishes for:
Cardboard moving boxes.
$25,000 to move and build a foundation
for the Spahn house.
A volunteer to paint Belle Haven Cottage.
Vintage jewelry to sell in the museum
Food vendors for the annual Heritage Day
For more information, call AMIHS at 941-
778-0492. Also, visit www.islandhistory.us.
drop off a donation at the center or mail a
donation check to the Center, P.O. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 34216.
In addition to collecting cash donations,
the Lesters, in partnership with the center
and The Islander, will host the holiday-themed
Lester Family Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the center and feature children's activi-
ties, performances and pony rides, raffles and
refreshments, including Duffy burgers and hot
dogs for lunch.
Plans for the day include Christmas carols,
performances by the Manatee High School
drum line and the Diane Partington Studio
of Classical Ballet, and a visit by Santa Claus,
who will be transported to the center aboard a
"It's going to be bigger and better than
ever before" in keeping with the Lesters'
wishes, said center programs coordinator
Kelly said the center will celebrate heart-
felt gratitude and best wishes for 2012.
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Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, operates with the
support of donors and members.
The center hosts a variety of programs for
adults and children, from educational pro-
grams to sports leagues to therapy.
The center also hosts a series of commu-
nity events throughout the year.
To meet community needs, the center pro-
vides low-income families access to childcare,
youth programs and family therapy.
The center wishes for:
Donations to the Lester Challenge.
Planned giving donations, in which the
center is remembered through estate planning.
Equipment for the teen tech center,
including a laminating machine, laptop and
iPad and computers a server, widescreen
monitors, audio cables, hard drives and
memory upgrades to create 10 work stations.
Stage and sound equipment for the
auditorium, including a loudspeaker, input
panel, stage monitors, bass speaker, line mixer,
controller, wireless mics, walkie-talkie head-
sets and stage lights.
Equipment for the learning academy,
including a movable 4 by 5 foot dry-erase
board, Legos, bulletin board paper, art sup-
plies and board games.
Equipment for the maintenance depart-
ment, including a tractor, truck, weed trimmer,
small lawnmower, tools, repair materials and
hand-sanitizer by the gallon.
For more information, contact the center at
941-778-1908. Also, visit www.islandcommu-
inna Maria Island Butterfly Park
The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park,
located between Holmes Beach City Hall and
the Island Branch Library in the 5800 block of
Marina Drive is tended by the North Ameri-
can Butterfly Association Manasota Chapter.
The educational park is being replanted
to attract about 24 species of butterflies and
a campaign to add memorial bricks to the
park continues, as does a campaign to erect a
The AMIBP wishes for:
Orders for personalized bricks.
Volunteers to tend the garden.
For more information, contact Nancy
Ambrose at 941-799-2181 or nancy.ambrose@
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advertising sponsors and the extra effort of Islander team
members Toni Lyon, Joe Bird, Lisa Neff and Lisa Williams.
Please, join me in thanking them all ... Publisher Bonner Joy
BeST Wishes F:O,
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lay Fun Day.
Join us for the 10th Annual Lester-Islander Holiday Fun Day from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Admission is FREE! Enjoy lots of hot dogs, snacks, sodas and Duffy burgers,
all at old-fashioned prices! FUN activities for ALL ages: Pony Rides, Bounce
House, Games, Music, Face Painting, Card Making, Arts & Crafts, Tony the
Balloon Guy, Dickens Christmas Carolers, MHS Drum Line. Don't miss
Santa Claus' arrival by fire truck at noon. (B.Y.O. camera.) See spectacular
holiday dance performances by The Diane Partington Studio of Classical
Ballet. Drawings for the Lesters' 75 turkeys and lots of raffles!
Hope to see you there!
Lester Holiday Fun Day
AMICC, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
Presented annually by the Lesters, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and The Islander newspaper.