Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992). January 5, 2005.
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Poll: No consensus on
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BB makes plans to
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2011 hurricane season
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State moves to protect
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HB seeks owners of
impounded items.
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What's going on.
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Island police blotter.
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Food pantry meets
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By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners heard
impassioned pleas of residents to address
enforcement issues relating to multi-unit and
short-term rental properties following a two-
hour regular commission meeting Nov. 22.
A consensus of commissioners advised
residents that Commissioner David Zaccag-
nino absent from his first meeting as the
newly elected chair for medical reasons can
be asked to set a single-topic work session to
address the hot-button issue.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens
chaired the meeting in Zaccagnino's absence.
Commissioner John Monetti suggested
Dec. 13 as the date for a workshop.
The multi-use complaints stem from the
issuance of occupancy permits based on affi-
davits provided the city by the owner that the
property being built will be for single-family
use. Widespread parking problems, construc-
tion traffic and reports of numerous renters
residing in the properties are some indicators
of a higher multi-family use.
"Right now we have a serious problem,"
Renee Ferguson of 77th Street said of the 22

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HB V. BB dispute resolution begins Bed tax revenue

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The conflict resolution process initiated
by Holmes Beach against Bradenton Beach
over its 2008 quitclaim of 27th Street east of
Gulf Drive to the Sandpiper Resort will begin
at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Holmes
Beach city commission chambers, 5801
Marina Drive.
Officials of both cities have said previ-
ously they hoped the issue could be resolved
without escalating. Bradenton Beach city attor-
ney Ricinda Perry, however, said at the Nov.
3 Bradenton Beach city commission meeting
she was not confident, and observed that the
dispute is "moving toward litigation."
Holmes Beach commissioners passed
the conflict resolution motion at their Sept.
13 meeting after discussing a fence along the
boundary line. The commission, however,
tabled the resolution to give the mayors of
both cities the opportunity to resolve the issue
At the same meeting, Holmes Beach com-
missioners asked city attorney Patricia Petruff
to look into the quitclaim and a fence installed
in August by the resort.
Petruff cautioned that conflict resolution

could be expensive for both cities.
Several Holmes Beach commissioners said
the fence restricted public access and lowered
property values in the area for Holmes Beach
property owners.
Sandpiper officials and then-Bradenton
Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt maintained the fence
did not restrict public access to public lands.
Sandpiper resident John Shaughnessy, then
mayor-elect of Bradenton Beach, told Holmes
Beach commissioners Sept. 13 that conflict
resolution will do nothing but "create ill-will"
between two neighbors.
Shaughnessy said the fence was constructed
to keep out unlicensed golf carts from using the
resort as a thoroughfare, not to restrict pedes-
trian traffic on 27th Street.
Until the fence went up, no one had com-
plained about public access to 27th Street, he
However, Holmes Beach did send a letter
of complaint to Bradenton Beach in 2008 when
the quitclaim was approved.
Bohnenberger reported to the commission
on Oct. 25 that he was unable to resolve the
dispute after meeting with Bartelt.
And Petruff reported she could not find

tops record
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Thanks in part to improved collection meth-
ods and an increase in tourism, resort tax collec-
tions in Manatee County for fiscal year 2010-11
set a record. The tax office reports $7.104 mil-
lion was collected for 2010-11, representing a
seven percent increase from the previous record
of $6.64 million set a year earlier.
The resort tax is the 5 percent assessed on
homes, condos, duplex units or hotel-motel
rooms that are rented for six months or less.
The tax is included in the guest's bill and then
paid monthly by the owner to the tax office.
Susan Sinquefield of the resort tax collec-
tions division of the Manatee County Tax Col-
lector's Office said collections for September
2011, the last month of the fiscal year, were
$419,608, a 32.5 percent increase from the
$316,626 reported in September 2010.
Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton
said September's increase was the ninth straight
month that collections of the resort tax often
called the bed tax have rose.
Although Manatee County tourism is up

2 0 NOV. 30, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER

Poll: No consensus on dog-friendly beach

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
There's no formal proposal to establish a dog-
friendly beach on Anna Maria Island, but Islanders are
barking about the concept.
An informal Islander survey, conducted on Face-
book and randomly at local events in recent weeks,
found a lack of a majority consensus about a third
are enthusiastic about strolling the beach with their pup,
about a third are opposed to sharing the beach with a
mutt and about a third lack a definite opinion.
"We need a dog beach closer to our area," said
Connie Schuessler Alkire, posting a vote in the "yes"
column. "I'm tired of driving 30 minutes north or south

J.D. and Big, canine companions from Holmes Beach,
enjoy their time allocated hours in summer season
and anytime the rest of the year at Virginia Beach.
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to get to one."
In the "no" column, SheilaAnn Kellogg said, "I like
dogs, but people do not clean up after their animals."
Meanwhile, undecided voter Ricky Lannon said,
"I'd have to know about any environmental conse-
quences first."
There was a super-majority opinion, however. Most
people surveyed were surprised to learn that there are
no state or federal prohibitions against dogs on Anna
Maria Island beaches. The Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection, for example, is not involved with
permitting dogs on beaches other than at state parks.
The prohibitions or allowances are estab-
lished at the local level in municipal ordinances. Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach all have
ordinances prohibiting dogs on the beach, while dogs
are allowed on the Palma Sola Causeway beach, which
is regulated by Bradenton.
Longboat Key also has an ordinance prohibiting
dogs on the beach, but town officials are awaiting find-
ings from a citizens advisory committee on the matter.
The Longboat Key committee is being chaired by
an advocate for a dog-friendly beach as well as a repre-
sentative from the town turtle-watch program, who has
raised concerns.
On Anna Maria Island, turtle watch volunteers also
have concerns, but executive director Suzi Fox said
she's not opposed to a dog-friendly beach.
"The main thing that I have is a concern about the
birds," Fox said, referring to resting, roosting and nest-
ing shorebirds and migratory birds on the shore. "I'm
not so worried about the turtle nests as the birds that
need to rest and roost."
Fox said in two decades she hasn't documented
a dog disturbing a turtle nest on the Island. However,
she has seen dogs flush birds from the beach, activity
that the National Audubon Society says can destroy a
nesting colony.
An option would be to study a location not popular
with birds, perhaps on the bayside, Fox said.
Several Bradenton Beach dog owners have sug-

gested using the area near the boat ramp at Coquina
Bayside, which is managed by Manatee County and
policed by the Bradenton Beach Police Department.
"I think if there's a place where people aren't sun-
bathing and birds aren't foraging, I'd go for it," said
Bradenton Beach resident Dave Elliott, who for now
remains in the "undecided" column.
a recorded quitclaim to the Sandpiper, but did find a
locked gate on her inspection.
Holmes Beach commissioners then voted 4-0 to
proceed with conflict resolution. Commissioner John
Monetti recused himself because he owns property near
the boundary line between the two cities and could have
a financial interest in the outcome.
At their Nov. 3 meeting, Bradenton Beach commis-
sioners voted unanimously to stand by their quitclaim
deed of 2008.
The Dec. 7 assessment meeting is open to the
public, although public comment does not have to be
taken, according to the Florida statute on conflict resolu-
tion between municipalities.
If a solution is not reached at that meeting, the
two cities can schedule further conflict resolution meet-
According to the Florida statute on conflict resolu-
tion, the two sides can also schedule a meeting with a
mediator to find a solution, or select a mediator to hear
the conflict.
If no tentative resolution is reached, the two cities
draft a statement and "schedule a joint public meeting,
or several meetings" between the two city commissions,
the statute states.
If the two sides still can't reach an agreement, the
issue then must go to mediation. The cost of a mediator
is divided equally between the two parties, the statute
states, and each side must bear its own legal expenses.
Finally, if no suitable agreement is reached, the
statute states the governmental entity "may avail them-
selves of available legal rights and remedies."
There is no time limit to reach an agreement.

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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 30, 2011 E 3

BB reviews plans to gussy up gateways

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners may decide as
early as December which of several proposed signs they
welcome for installation at the north and south gateways
to the city.
At the Cortez Road entrance, city officials favor a
low, horizontal sign with a white background and
dark lettering that allows arrivals a view of the beach
and Gulf of Mexico.

At the north entrance near the Holmes Beach border
and the south entrance at the Longboat Key bridge,
the signs would measure about 72 inches wide and 48
inches high, and be placed on poles.
All the options read "Welcome to BRADENTON
BEACH," a departure from the existing "welcome" and
"obey our rules" sign near 27th Street.
Former Mayor Bob Bartelt and former Commis-
sioner Janie Robertson championed gateway improve-
ments this past year.


properties under construction she had counted. She
described the city as appearing "like a hurricane just
went through" and "a war zone."
While complimenting the city on the responsive-
ness of the code enforcement officer to complaints about
parking and other violations, Ferguson said "he is only
one man," and the magnitude of the problem requires a
group to address it. She said the city has "great build-
ers, Realtors and residents with integrity" who want to
attend a meeting to address the issue.
"We're talking about total neglect from the com-
missioners to enforce these codes and municipal ordi-
nances," said Ron Travis of 68th Street, who identified
himself as a real estate agent, developer and owner.
Travis asked the commission to "stop these short-term
party houses." He asked the city to "close the barn door
now." He suggested the city begin revoking permits.
"You know they lied to you."
Commissioner John Monetti took exception to the
commission being blamed for the problems, saying all
of the commission members want to help residents on
this issue. He favored the single-topic work session to
address the matter.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger pointed to questionable
builder affidavits as the root of the enforcement prob-
lem. The mayor also said city staff is combing rental
property records, and letters are going out addressing
known violations.
Additionally, he said, the city is researching a new

ordinance that would require one parking space for each
bedroom in a rental home.
Newly elected Commissioner Jean Peelen initi-
ated talk on the multi-family issue, requesting a special
public meeting, publicize it and specifically ask resi-
dents to bring possible solutions to resolve the problem
of "multi-family homes destroying Holmes Beach."
City attorney Patricia Petruff advised that recent
state legislation has preempted the local regulation of
short-term housing with the exception of local laws
already in existence. The city has such an ordinance,
but "if we change the ordinance we will lose it all,"
Petruff said. "Our hands are tied."
Peelen also introduced the possibility of a city mor-
atorium on construction until a solution can be found.
While some residents and commission members
voiced support for a moratorium, Petruff suggested she
should first research other such ordinances that have
been challenged, and report back to the commission.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens favored a
single-topic work session to address both issues, but
warned, "We can't take away people's property rights,"
and there's not much the commission can do "if they
are allowed by our comp plan and codes."
Petruff agreed with Haas-Martens, saying "at the
end of the day there may be little that can be done."
But Petruff added, calling a topic specific meet-
ing might elicit "some ideas out there" that hadn't yet

The Cortez Road gateway might also include native
landscaping, such as beach daisies, and possibly a side-
walk on the west side of Gulf Drive.
In May, the city commission halted the practice of
nonprofits hanging vinyl banners at the Cortez Road
entrance to promote events. The decision was a step
toward reclaiming the location for gateway work.
In June, a city public works crew removed posts
and cleaned up at the site.
The city has about $3,000 set aside for the work.
The city also recently completed another capital
improvement project, opening a new public parking lot
between Highland Avenue and Church Street near the
public works and police departments.





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WMFR plans citizen-firefighter training MallgS
By Kathy Prucnell as the former vice chair, and was commended for his .ig,'
Islander Reporter volunteer work by other commissioners. Anna Maria City
Firefighter wannabees and fans of "Rescue Me" take Cooper said it was "a labor of love," and thinks "it Dec. 6, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
ote. The West Manatee Fire Rescue District is planning will knock people's socks off." Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Citizen Fire Academy at various locations in Manatee Cooper added this program will operate "at no cost Dec. 15, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
county, tentatively set to begin Feb. 21. The academy to the district." Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
ill run evening classes for six weeks in conjunction Business and other organizations are expected to 6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

with training for the district's 43 firefighters.
Selected students will be part of an interactive forum
designed to share fire safety and risk awareness informa-
tion, as well as offer students a chance to wear and handle
bunker gear, thermal imagers, axes, pike poles and other
While plans are not yet finalized and applications not
yet available, interested citizens will be asked to agree
to certain background checks and sign liability waivers.
Attendees will not be expected to perform strenuous
activities, such as climbing ladders or handling charged
Any participant under 18 will be required to be
accompanied by an adult.
Appointed the new commission chairperson on Nov.
17, Randall Cooper has overseen the academy planning

Flushing out
West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighter Josh Adkins
takes on the job of flushing out hydrants this one on
Marina Drive near 75th Street in Holmes Beach as
part of the district's routine maintenance. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

donate refreshments, T-shirts and certificates, and a nomi-
nal fee may be charged to the participants.
Cooper said he was currently attending a similar
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy program, which
has been a source for his planning work with the WMFR
public/firefighters training program.
Instructional sessions are expected to be held one
evening per week for six weeks and run from 6:30 p.m. to
9 p.m. at the district's administration building, 6417 Third
Ave. W., Bradenton. Other sessions are being planned for
the training area behind Station 2 on Cortez Road and at
the Manatee County Emergency Communications Center
in Bradenton. Classes will be limited to 30 students.
Applications and additional information is expected
to become available from the WMFR after the first of the

Newly appointed West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Chair Randal Cooper displays the commission's most
recent award for outstanding landscape in a public
building from Keep Manatee Beautiful Committee.
Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 1, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Dec. 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Dec. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. CAN-
Dec. 21, CRA and CIP meetings. CANCELED
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
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.
Dec. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

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.

Manatee County
Dec. 6, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Dec. 12,9 a.m., tourist development council meet-
ing at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 20, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, mymanatee.org.

Of Interest
Dec. 25 is Christmas. Most government offices,
including Island city halls, will be closed Dec. 23 and
Dec. 26.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.org.



Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester are again offering up to $50,000
in matching funds for any contribution postmarked by Dec. 31, 2011, to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. And your contribution is tax deductible.

Children and families in our community count on the Center...

The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and annually
serves more than 3,480 individuals and family members, providing
more than 1.2 million hoursk-service to change and enrich lives.
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THE ISLANDER U NOV. 30, 2011 E 5

Free parking
Bradenton Beach public works director Tom Woodard,
Mayor John \lii~,giihl .. engineer Lynn Townsend-
Burnett and Commissioner Gay Breuler gather Nov. 21
to open a public parking lot between Highland Avenue
and Church Street. Islander Photo: Courtesy BBCH

about 5 percent compared with the same month last year,
Sinquefield said resort tax collections exceed that amount
because investigators have been targeting property owners
and rental managers who have failed to comply with the
requirements and also have been collecting monies owed
from past months.
In addition to better collection methods, Burton has
installed a tax fraud hotline that allows someone to report
a possible resort tax fraud and remain anonymous.
Additionally, resort tax investigators work with offi-
cials of the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office
to target tax cheaters and homestead exemption fraud,
Sinquefield said.
Anna Maria Island and the Manatee County portion
of Longboat Key together bring in about 62 percent of
all resort tax revenue each year, according to the annual

BB commission to meet
The Bradenton Beach City Commission will meet at
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The agenda includes a public hearing on a request
for a special exception to erect a dock on Sarasota Bay
at 500 Bay Drive S.
The planning and zoning board did not recommend
approval because of concerns about boater navigation at
the location.
The agenda also includes:
Consideration of an agreement between Manatee
County and the city for the policing of Coquina Beach.
Final reading of an ordinance repealing the city's
firearms rules to comply with a new state law.
Final reading of an ordinance that prohibits over-
night parking in public lots and also prohibits the parking
of RVs and other large vehicles in the lots.
Consideration of a proposal to tent Tingley Memo-
rial Library to eliminate termites.
Discussion on the color of parking wheel stops in
a city parking lot at Highland Avenue.
Discussion on trimming 10 Australian pine trees
along the shore at Herb Dolan Park. Property owners in
the area offered to pay for the trimming.
The commission will not meet again in December,
according to the city schedule.

resort tax collection figures.
For October 2011, the first month of the new budget
year, Sinquefield reported resort tax collections at
$348,421 an increase of 21.2 percent from October
2010, when $287,379 was collected.
Of the $348,421 received in October this year, 57.1
percent ($199,222) was collected from Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key combined.
In September, Island and Longboat Key collections
together totaled $249,709, or 60 percent of the $419,608
total resort tax revenue.
Holmes Beach was the No. 1 municipality for resort
tax revenue, collecting $108,716 in September 25.9
percent of all collections.
In October 2011, Holmes Beach resort tax collections
totaled $87,829, or 25.2 percent of all bed tax revenue.

Prized pier
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce announced a
beautification award to the city of Bradenton Beach
for the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The chamber will
present the award at a morning meeting Dec. 14 at the
Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 Barcarotta Blvd., Braden-
ton. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Revenue from the resort tax is used to fund the Bra-
denton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing
budget along with beach renourishments projects on
Anna Maria Island and other projects in the area. The
resort tax fund is controlled by the county commission
and the BACVB, Sinquefield said.
The next major Island beach renourishment project
is planned for 2015-16, although some smaller renour-
ishment projects may occur before the Islandwide
event. Some renourishment is under way on Coquina
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman said she was confident, after seeing
the bed tax increase, the number of visitors to the area
surveyed by the BACVB would also show a jump when
those figures are released.


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Welcome to the other
season holiday season
Of course, Anna Maria Island has changes in the
weather and changes in the season, from summer tourist
season to snowbird season, from winter season to high
With Thanksgiving and turkey leftovers behind us,
we're heading full steam into the Christmas season.
There's plenty of ways to catch the spirit detailed
in this week's news ... from holiday open houses to
parades and art shows. There will be no excuses when
it comes to filling the calendar.
When it comes to shopping, I can recall many years
ago telling my then-young kids to forget planning a
shopping trip to the mall. 'They have nothing we want
or need at the mall," I would exclaim.
Why get malled when there is plenty to wish for
from stores on Anna Maria Island. From baubles to
burgers, certificates to fancy wrapped packages, flip-
flops to custom crafts, we have it all.
When I saw promotions on TV for Shop Small
Business Saturday, I wished I'd thought of it first. Buy
"c \ ding" local becomes more than a mantra, it's a
way to avoid the dreaded trip to town, over the bridge
and into the fray of traffic and the big box stores.
That's why we say: Octopie AMI.
That's not to say we can buy c \ lliing we need to
exist on Anna Maria Island. And sometimes big chain
stores don't offer Islanders the best prices, even when
compared to their own outlets over the bridge. Some-
times, you gotta shop around.
Do your best to support the cause, small local mer-
chants, locally-owned businesses, including, of course,
I only recently discovered the fun to be had at the
Red Barn Flea Market. It's a trip to the candy shop, a
bargain-hunting day, and there's some delicious finds in
the produce markets, as well a tasty breakfast or lunch
to be had. Lots of small merchants.
But when it comes to "Octopie AMI," you gotta
love the Bridge Street market on Sundays, fresh seafood
selections in the Cortez markets, and the plethora of art
and consignment shops and boutiques.
You gotta appreciate the new Pine Avenue. The
entertainment and special events hosted by local eater-
ies. The special welcome of Islanders in business.
Please, join us Friday night in downtown Holmes
Beach for an old-fashioned holiday open house. We'll
turn on the snow, and Santa will greet the kids, and most
every shop in the district will put out their welcome mat.
Then don't miss Lester Fun Day Dec. 3.
Hey, 'tis the season. Ho, ho, ho. Bonner Joy

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don't need to be adding more issues.
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By Lisa Neff
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The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season that reached
an end Nov. 30 was the costliest and deadliest in three
years for the United States, but had minimal direct
impact on Florida.
Two of the season's 17 storms Hurricane Irene
and Tropical Storm Lee caused most of the damage
in the United States.
The deaths of 45 people were tied to Irene, which
caused an estimated $7 billion in damages, drenching
the Eastern Seaboard in torrential rains and causing
severe flooding.
Tropical Storm Lee killed 13 people and caused
about $1 billion in flood damages in the Northeast.
National Hurricane Center records show 2011 was
the seventh busiest season for the Atlantic region since
1851 the season with the most named storms was
in 2005, followed by 1933, 1995, 1887, 2010, 1969
and 2011.
An average season produces 10 named storms,
including six hurricanes.
The forecast for 2011 was for an above-average
season, with 12-18 named storms, including 6-8 hur-
The season, which began June 1, yielded 17
named storms the first was Tropical Storm Arlene,
which formed June 29 and made landfall near Vera-
cruz, Mexico, and caused 25 deaths and $233 million
in damages.
For the first time since 1851, none of the first
eight tropical storms Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don,
Emily, Franklin, Gert or Harvey reached hurricane
The first hurricane of the season, Irene, formed in
late August, followed by a tropical depression, TS Jose,
Hurricane Katia, TS Lee, Hurricane Maria, TS Nate
and Hurricanes Ophelia, Philippe and Rina. Emily
took five lives and Harvey killed three people.
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of thunderstorms July 8, did not involve a tropical
storm. Hard wind and driving rain eroded beaches
and flooded some streets.
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Scott Scranton of Holmes Beach was charged with
aggravated assault and attempted murder of Matthew
Denham and Matthew Scott, both of Bradenton Beach,
after an altercation outside Hurricane Hanks. According
to police, an argument began inside the bar. The argu-
ment then moved outside and concluded with Denham
being shot by Scranton. Denham was taken by helicop-
ter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where
he was upgraded from critical to stable condition.
A group of more than 100 people who gathered to
watch the Leonid meteor shower during early morning
hours on Coquina Beach were told by Bradenton Beach
Police to leave the area or have their cars towed because
the beach was closed. "We should have taken it up as a
commission to waive the closing times (for the meteor
shower)," said Mayor John Chappie.
Anna Maria city commissioners unanimously
voted for a moratorium on applications for cell tower
construction while the city looked for consultants to
create a master cellular communications plan. The deci-
sion effectively brought to an end an agreement between
Roser Memorial Community Church and Tech Tower
Inc. to build a tower on church property.

Date Low High Rainfall
Nov. 20 66 87 0
Nov. 21 68 86 0.31
Nov. 22 66 82 0.11
Nov. 23 64 80 0.14
Nov.24, 61 80 0
Nov.25 58 81 0
Nov. 26 65 82 0
Average area Gulf water temperature 74.50
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8 0 NOV. 30, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER

Reluctant commissioner retires, remains active

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Gene Aubry
never planned to seek political office when he moved to
Anna Maria in the early 2000s.
An architect originally from Galveston, Texas, he
and wife Janet figured they'd work part-time while they
enjoyed the peace and quiet of Anna Maria.
But the Aubry's dream of an idyllic semi-retirement
began to change in 2009-10 after the 2008 election of
then-Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus opposed any new retail-office-residential
projects on Pine Avenue, claiming inconsistency with
the density and parking requirements of the comprehen-
sive plan. He rejected an Aubry parking design for Pine
Avenue that complied with land-development regulations
and, Aubry said, made the street safer a more walkable
By April 2010, legal actions and lawsuits against the
city and some entities involved in Pine Avenue develop-
ment had brought the commission and city to near grid-
lock and created a lot of ill will on both sides of the
Pine Avenue development issue.
"This town was very unhappy and people were not
talking to other people. Friends were former friends.
The city was split down the middle and was extremely
unpleasant for residents. Nothing was being accom-
plished by the commission because opinions and views
kept changing," Aubry said.
An effort began in April 2010 to recall Stoltzfus from
office, and Aubry, as author of the Pine Avenue parking
plan and designer of some buildings on Pine, found him-
self embroiled in the controversy.
As the recall effort headed toward a conclusion,
Aubry said several people asked him to run for the com-
mission seat that Stoltzfus would vacate if the recall were
"At first, I was reluctant to get involved, but eventu-
ally I said 'yes,' I would run because nobody else wanted
the job. I had no goal, no agenda. I was just tired of the
impasse. I just wanted to keep % \ .i 3l thing calm and bring
peace and order back to our city."
The Recall Stoltzfus Committee was successful in
obtaining a court order to hold a recall election and Aubry
qualified to run for the remainder of Stoltzfus' term.
Surprising some Anna Maria voters, Stoltzfus was
able to qualify to run against Aubry for election to the
commission seat on the same ballot that gave voters a
choice to recall or retain him in office. It became possible
he could have been recalled from office, but elected back

to his commission seat.
That potential scenario was resolved in the Sept. 7,
2010, special election when Stoltzfus was recalled 362-
331, while Aubry was elected 363-333 to complete the
remaining 14 months of Stoltzfus' term.
Aubry made it clear then he would not seek re-elec-
tion in November 2011.
\ ly whole intent in becoming a commissioner was
to bring a calming influence to the commission and get a
Pine Avenue parking plan in place. I also wanted the land-
development regulations brought up to speed to comply
with the comprehensive plan."
To those ends, Aubry succeeded, according to his
colleagues. However, he declined to take credit for the
city's accomplishments.
But he agreed the city "now has a satisfactory park-
ing plan for Pine Avenue, and the commission amended
a number of LDRs to comply with the comprehensive
plan," he said. The commission also settled the issue of
building on platted lots in the environmental zone.
"I think we accomplished a lot," said Aubry, empha-
sizing the "we" in that statement.
And it was done in a spirit of cooperation, said Com-
mission Chair Chuck Webb at Aubry's final meeting on
Nov. 10.
"Gene brought that calm confidence to the commis-
sion that allowed us to accomplish a lot of objectives,"
Webb said. "We all owe him a debt of gratitude for step-


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Aubry said the November 2010 election of Mayor
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"Mike Selby turned out to be a good friend and a great

mayor," saidAthe pubry. "He looks at both sides of issues. He
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Aubry credited a number of people for the city's
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"We had Mayor Selby, we had the right committee to
fix the LDRs and we had the right combination of com-
missioners. We moved past that period of Anna Maria
Aubry worked on city issues until his final day in
At his final meeting as a commissioner Nov. 10,
Aubry presented designs for an open space park on the
newly acquired vacant property across from the city pier
parking lot. Aubry said he would speak more about the
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Singing for supper
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Gene Aubry
plays guitar for his own pleasure, sometimes at local
restaurants for the interaction with patrons. "That's my
passion," he said. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

"I'm not retiring, just from public office. I'll be
making comments at meetings because we still have
issues to solve."
An accomplished musician and artist, Aubry also will
continue making appearances around the Island at non-
profit events.
"I'm not going anywhere, folks. I'm still here to help
the city, to give my opinions and to play my music and
I'm thankful we have moved on from the recall."

Enjoying the ride
Gene Aubry, relaxing in his 1948 MG Roadster, is no
longer a city commissioner, but he's not retiring
from helping the city or his community.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Gene Aubry works the audience at a gallery opening in Galveston, where he was born. He went on to do great
things in architecture in Houston and beyond, but his love for the Victorian buildings that line the streets of the
Texas island where he spent his childhood give his art purpose, he says, to tell the world Galveston is a treasure.
His one-man show of original drawings, "Galveston: Other Views," was held at DesignWorks Gallery, and a
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Dunes construction likely in 2012

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Legal work in advance of a major dunes project in
Bradenton Beach is continuing.
LTA Engineers of Bradenton also continues to work
on a plan for the dunes project in the 100 block of Gulf
Drive North, said John Cosby, a lieutenant with the Bra-
denton Beach Police Department and the chair of the
city's capital improvements committee.
Cosby briefed city commissioners and Mayor John
Shaughnessy on several projects during two meetings
Nov. 16 a capital improvements meeting and a com-
munity redevelopment agency meeting.
The dunes work, a CRA project, "will help save some
of the beach out there," Cosby said. 'That's going to be
City officials have long discussed the project, which
would be constructed in partnership with ELRA Inc., the
corporate entity of the BeachHouse Restaurant.
Before any site activity takes place, a plan needs to be
developed and pass reviews by ELRA Inc., the city plan-
ning and zoning board, the community redevelopment
agency, the city commission and the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection.
The city owns about 50 feet fronting the beach in the
100 block of Gulf Drive North and ELRA Inc. owns the
adjoining 200 feet of vacant beach frontage.
A portion of the ELRA property currently is used for
valet BeachHouse parking and a portion of the city prop-
erty serves as a beach access. The area also is a popular
spot for beachgoers on New Year's Eve and July 3, when
the BeachHouse sponsors fireworks shows.
Construction of dunes at the location tops the city's
hazard mitigation plan, because such a barrier would pro-
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of environmental degradation," Milton stated. "In recent
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HB seeks owners of kayak, signs, bikes

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
In the category of real life can be stranger than
fiction: A 14.5-foot blue Native Watercraft kayak on a
wheelchair was observed locked to a tree and abandoned
at the Holmes Beach 63rd Street boat ramp for more than
two weeks in September.
Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Officer David
Forbes cut the lock and impounded the vessel and wheel-
A notice of abandonment at city hall set Dec. 31
for its owner to contact the city, or the kayak will be
"destroyed, donated or sold."
"This is not a cheap piece of equipment," Forbes
said, adding if no one claims the kayak it will be up to
city commissioners to decide what to do with it next.
"It was a danger to the public, hindering pedes-
trian traffic" in the park near the boat ramp, Forbes said,
adding he found the vessel and wheelchair attached with
a bicycle lock to a Norfolk Island pine tree, blocking the
walkways alongside the ramp.
According to Florida statutes, local law enforcement
officials are authorized to remove vessels deemed aban-
doned and "an interference or hazard to public safety."
Forbes added another twist to the kayak story: One
week after the blue kayak was impounded, another kayak

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch announced
recently that the city's floodplain management plan has
again earned a Class 5 rating the highest rating possi-
ble from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The designation last year resulted in a savings of more
than $400,000 in flood insurance premiums paid by city
property owners.
In his annual Floodplain Management Plan report
to Mayor Mike Selby and the city commission, Welch
said the FEMA Community Rating System had the Inter-
national Organization for Standardization audit the plan
from September 2009 to June 2010.
The city implemented a number of ISO recommen-
dations and, by the end of the audit, Welch said, the ISO
verified the city's Class 5 rating for flood insurance pre-

showed up in the same place, locked to the same tree. A
day or so later, however, the second kayak was gone.
The blue kayak and wheelchair currently share space
with numerous signs, including real-estate for-sale signs
and various other business signs, which have been col-
lected from city rights of way.


Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David Forbes
points to a kayak found locked to a tree at the city's
63rd Street boat ramp in September. Islander Photos:
Kathy Prucnell

mium discounts.
Reviewing the city's flood plan is an ongoing pro-
cess, said Welch, which includes mailings to city residents
asking them for answers to a number of flood-related
Welch encouraged residents to respond to the ques-
tionnaire to help the city maintain the Class 5 rating. He
also recommended residents and property owners con-
tinue to plant native vegetation as required by the city's
landscaping ordinance. Adoption of the ordinance and
planting more native vegetation helped the city achieve
the Class 5 rating, he noted.
The final update of the current FMP is pending while
amendments to the city's comprehensive plan that relate
to flooding and drainage are adopted.
Copies of the FMP are available for review at Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

As to other abandoned items in the city, HBPD Lt.
Dale Stephenson advised that the city's bike barn cur-
rently holds 15-20 bicycles, which were either found by
police in rights of ways or residents reported them found
on private property.
Typically the city keeps the impounded bicycles for
about one year, after which they are given to a nonprofit
to refurbish and sell, Stephenson said.
Owners of any lost item are encouraged to contact
the city at 941-708-5800, ext. 231, to claim ownership
and collect their property.

Confiscated signs take up space in the Holmes Beach
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The exhibit is open to students in elementary,
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Only original two-dimensional art will be
Artwork must be submitted at the Art League,
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The 10th annual Lester Family Fun Day is from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The event is sponsored by Holmes Beach residents
Chuck and Joey Lester and features old-fashioned fun for
all ages.
There will be a bounce house, games, face painting,
music and craft activities.
Entertainment includes pony rides, a ballet perfor-
mance, Tony "The Balloon Guy," the Manatee High
School Drum Line and the Dickens Christmas Carol-
Santa Claus will make an Island appearance at noon,
arriving to the center by fire truck.
There will be drawings for 75 turkeys and many other
raffle prizes.
Duffy's Tavern will be selling hot dogs and burgers
at old-fashioned prices during the event.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-

Privateers plan ship derby
The kid-friendly Anna Maria Island Privateers are
taking a cue from the Boy Scouts and planning a variation
on the pinewood derby.
AMIP will hold a Blow Me Down pirate ship derby
and race party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Cortez
Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Contestants will race small, wooden pirate ships in a
trough of water. Contestants will have to blow the ships
to the finish line and the fastest time wins a prize.
Contestants can build their own ships or rent a ship
at the Clam Factory.
AMIP is asking for a $5 donation at the door.
The cost to compete is $5.
For more information, call Tim "Hammer" Thomp-
son at 941-780-1668.

Center hosts dog
obedience classes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is offer-
ing dog obedience classes for puppies who are at least 3
months old, as well as older dogs in need of better man-
Dog Obedience 101 meets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30
a.m. and will train dogs to respond to their name, focus
on its owner, to greet people properly and other simple
Dog Obedience 102, which meets from 11 a.m. to
noon, will further train dogs to walk on a leash.
Both courses are held on three consecutive Tuesdays
beginning Dec. 6.
Cheryl Brown of the Last Paw Dog Training is teach-
ing the course at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
The course is $75 and space is limited to four dogs
per class.
For more information or to register, call Sandee
Pruett at 941-778-1908.

AGAMI features
Ackerman, Flores
The Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host a reception to welcome Decem-
ber featured artists Janne Ackerman and Jose Flores from
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2.
Ackerman is a jewelry designer and Flores is a nature
For more information, call 941-778-6694.
Mixon shopping event
benefits heroes
Mixon Fruit Farms will open its doors from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, to holiday shoppers with an
event that benefits the Healing Heroes Network.
For a $15 entry fee, shoppers can enjoy food and
wine, raffle items and gift bags.
Proceeds will benefit HHN, which provides financial
assistance and medical resources to military personnel
injured in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Mixon, owned by Islanders Janet and Dean Mixon,
is at 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton.
For more information, call 941-748-5829.

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Islander hosts Pet Angel
Tree for holiday giving
Maybe your pet is looking for the perfect gift this
holiday season a gift to give to help others.
The answer to Mr. Wizard or Miss Kitty's quest
could be the Angel Tree at The Islander newspaper.
This giving tree will help remember some less fortunate,
but no less precious dogs and cats during the holidays.
The Islander Angel Tree will host names and photos
of homeless pets and some items that they need for
"happy days" with special notices for loving families
looking to adopt a pet.
Many of the pet photos will include a note to take
shopping for pet needs, which can be returned to The
Islander office. Staff at The Islander will ensure your
gifts to these sweethearts will be put to use by MoonRacer
No-Kill Rescue, Royal Pet Rescue and animals hoping
for adoption at Manatee County Animal Services.
And if you'd like to adopt or provide temporary
foster care, we can help accomplish that, too.
The Pet Angel Tree will be on display at 5 p.m. to
8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday
Open House at The Islander office in the Island Shopping
Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For MoonRacer and Angel Tree information, call
Lisa Williams at 941-896-6701 or 941-778-7978.

Jazz brunch
benefits pet rescues
A Holiday Jazz Brunch at the Daiquiri Deck Res-
taurant, 325 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle,
Sarasota, will benefit Royal Pet Rescue and In Defense
of Animals.
The brunch is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
11, and will feature music by the Michael Royal Trio.
Royal Rescue, a pet adoption agency for homeless
cats and dogs, is operated by Julie Royal of SunCoast
Real Estate, 5402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the
For more information, call 941-552-6865.

Author announces
Island author Alice Moerk will sign copies of "Ain's
Song" at the Joan Peters Gallery from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2, during the Village of the Arts holiday
The book follows the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine
through the eyes of her cousin, Ain of Poitiers.
Moerk recently earned awards in both the music and
letters categories at the National League of American Pen
Women in Sarasota conference.
The music awards were for "Gloria Dei," composed
for the dedication of the church's new organ; a musi-
cal, "A Mountain Mother Goose;" and for "The Wheel
of Life." The text from the latter composition is from
Moerk's novel, "Ain's Song."
The gallery is at 1210 11th Ave. W., Bradenton.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-365-

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Organist Thorn Tenny plays the Pettus organ at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. The organ will
be dedicated during a special concert Dec. 4. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Terry Hussey
Church dedicates organ
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, invites the public to attend a
dedication for its new organ during a concert performance
at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.
Playing the organ will be Carol Hawkinson, an
organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota since
1997 and former organist at Christ Episcopal Church of
The Renaissance Organ has two manuals, the Swell
and Great Divisions, and a Pedal Division. It has 35 built-
in stops, which are electronically reproduced voices of
a pipe organ, including strings, flutes, mixtures, reeds,
chimes and trumpet.
A digital interface adds an additional 100 voices,
which can be coupled to the sound of the basic organ
For more information, call the church at 941-778-

Logical Infusion
comes to AMIAL
The Anna Maria Island Art League welcomes Richard
von Ende for a month-long exhibit of three-dimensional
abstract color field optics beginning Dec. 2.
An artist's reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and is open to the public.
Von Ende's inspiration comes from abstract expres-
sionists such as Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, Ellsworth
Kelly and Kenneth Noland.
The league gallery is at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-

Church hosts bazaar
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation holds its
Holly Berry Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
3, at the church hall, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Shoppers will find crafts, jewelry, baked goods,
books and the church's "famous pickles."
For more information, call the church at 941-778-

Natural grads
Holmes Beach residents Bob Rosas and Jerry Lavelle
receive plaques recognizing their graduation from the
adult-based Florida Naturalist Program during a Nov.
8 Manatee County Commission meeting. The extension
program was developed by the University of Florida.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Betty Rosas


Rock beats scissors,
strength helps Hope
Muscle and brawn will provide heightened awareness
for Hope Family Services Dec. 4, when amateur strong-
men gather for the first Brawn on the Beach strength
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
the beach at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach. The BeachHouse and City Fitness
of Bradenton are organizing sponsors for the event.
Proceeds will benefit Hope Family Services, a Mana-
tee County nonprofit that provides shelter and services to
survivors of domestic violence.
Organizer and spearhead of the event, BeachHouse
general manager Rebecca Shannon, has worked to bring
together more than 30 sponsors and plans for Brawn on
the Beach.
Shannon said, "It's all about hope.
"You don't need to hope that you're not alone. You
don't have to hope that you will have dinner on Christ-
mas. You don't have to hope that you will have a gift to
open on Christmas. You don't have to hope that your
community will lift you up.
"There is always hope in this community. Christmas
is a time for hope.
"This event was meant to help the women and chil-
dren to have a better Christmas than they would have
without our help."
Competitive events, including a truck pull, log lift
and weight-lifting, are planned to showcase the Island's
muscle beach strongmen and entertain spectators.
In the truck pull, a contestant will pull a truck weigh-
ing about 7,600 pounds for 40 yards. The fastest time
In the log lift, a contestant will hoist a 205-pound log
above his head. The most repetitions wins.
At stake are cash prizes: $500, $250 and $125 for the
top three strongmen.
For information on sponsoring or entering the event,
call Shannon at the BeachHouse at 941-779-2222.

Tropical light
illuminates opening
Terry Denson's watercolors will be the focus of the
"Tropical Light" exhibit at Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, in December.
An opening reception for the artist will be held from
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.
Denson is known for her use of strong southern light,
dramatic shadows and vibrant colors.
IGW is a nonprofit co-operative of local artists who
display in the gallery.
For more information, including gallery hours, call

Peelen to speak
to writers group
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen will speak
to the Gulf Coast Writers at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7,
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Peelen is co-author of "Invisible No More: The Secret
Lives of Women Over Fifty." She will speak to the group
about her experience writing and publishing the book.
For more information, call Sylvia Price at 941-778-

Candish village exhibit opens
An opening reception
for sculptor-artist and
former Islander Woody
Candish will be from
6p.m. to 9:30p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2, at Still
Life in G gallery, 1014
12th St. W, Village of
the Arts, Bradenton.
Candish will exhibit
his work through Dec.
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Wednesday, Nov. 30
6 to 9 p.m. Fundraiser to benefit student Raven Smith's
travel to Italy at 207 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach. Information:

Thursday, Dec. 1
8 p.m. Opening night of "Those Crazy Ladies in the House
on the Corner" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Runs through Dec. 11. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 2
5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday open house
and tree lighting. Information: 941-778-9679.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Artist reception for Richard von Ende's
exhibit "Logical Infusion" at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -Artist reception for Terry Denson at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception for jewelry designer Janne
Ackerman and photographer Jose Flores at the Artists' Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Saturday, Dec. 3
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
Holly Berry Bazaar, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lester-Islander Family Fun Day at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908.

Sunday, Dec. 4
10 a.m. "Brawn on the Beach" amateur strongman competi-
tion at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.
4 p.m. Organ concert at the Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
1:15 p.m. Author and Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean


Seasons greetings
Director Russ Carthy and the Island Players cast of "Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner" before a
rehearsal last week. The play, written by David Patrick Cook, opens Dec. 1 at the Island Players theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, and continues through Dec. 11. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays
and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an hour before

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Peelen speaks to the Gulf Coast Writers at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
3 to 5 p.m. Island Christmas concert with Gulf Drive Solo
at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria to benefit
the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Information:
941-778-8585. Fee applies.
5 to 8 p.m. Women on Wine gathering at the Beach Street
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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.
Information: 941-794-8044.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for
seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
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Information: 941-778-4400.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens gather at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday deals from
merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
Every third Friday, 5:30 p.m., Porch Party on Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.
Friday, SeniorAdventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, drum circle with Mike Sales at Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 1
6 to 8 p.m. Healing Heroes Network benefit evening of shop-
ping and wine tasting at Mixon's Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829. Fee applies.
8 p.m. State College Florida Jazz Band performs at Neel
Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton. Information:
941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 2
6 p.m. Winter Story Film Festival presents "Desk Set" at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Island author Alice Moerk signs "Ain's Song"
at the Joan Peters Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1210 11th Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-365-9960.

Saturday, Dec. 3
4 to 8 p.m. Holiday-themed family night at the South Florida

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Roser Church welcomes Thanksgiving dinner guests

Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Fee applies.
6 p.m. Manatee High School Centennial Celebration at the
school, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton. Information: 941-714-
7300. Fee applies.
7p.m. SweetAdelines Chorus performs at Bradenton Chris-
tian High School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
722-9665. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
8 p.m. Holiday Choral Concert at State College of Florida's
Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

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Dec. 9, Winter Story Film Fest: "Fargo," South Florida
Dec. 10, Privateer Christmas parade and party for kids at
Coquina Beach.
Dec. 10, REAL Women's Ministry Christmas brunch, Cros-
sPointe Fellowship.
Dec. 11, Holiday Jazz Brunch benefit for pets, Daiquiri Deck
Restaurant, St. Armands Circle.

Save the Date:
Dec. 17, Where's Woody? Holiday Sidewalk Sale at The
Islander and Island Shopping Center featuring local artists.
Dec. 17, Bridge Street Open House, Bradenton Beach.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please
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Commercial fisher faces sentencing, plans appeal

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Commercial fisherman John L. Yates returns to a fed-
eral courtroom in December for sentencing for taking
under-sized grouper and destroying evidence.
Yates, 59, of Holmes Beach, fishes out of Cortez. He
plans to appeal the conviction after sentencing, contest-
ing the government's case against him. He maintains he
neither destroyed evidence nor took short fish.
"It's been rough getting through this," Yates said last
week. "I don't understand what they're trying to do."
In August, a federal jury in Fort Myers convicted
Yates on one charge of disposing of evidence to prevent
seizure and one charge of destroying evidence to impede
or obstruct a federal investigation. The jury did not con-
vict Yates on a third count, lying to a federal agent.
The Justice Department touted the conviction in a
press release. In the statement, National Oceanic Atmo-
spheric Administration special agent Tracy Dunn said
the agency "takes acts of destroying evidence to impede
an investigation very seriously, and will take appropriate
measures to bring violators before the criminal courts."
But Yates said government officials made mistakes

Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach
Nov. 17, 100 block of 12th Street North, bb, war-
rant. The MCSO arrested a Bradenton Beach man on a
warrant for alleged violation of probation on petit theft
No new reports.
Holmes Beach
Nov. 11, 3500 block of 2900 block of Avenue E,
strong armed robbery. The Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment searched for a male who knocked someone down
and then stole his skateboard. The board was recovered
along with a purse stolen from a vehicle in the 3500 block
of Sixth Avenue.
Nov. 11,3400 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The HBPD
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their case in Fort Myers.
Agencies involved in Yates' prosecution and arrest
include the FWC, the Justice Department, the U.S. Attor-
ney's Office, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Admin-
istration and the Coast Guard.
The case dates back several years to when Yates was
captaining a small crew fishing for grouper. An FWC
officer boarded the vessel to examine Yates' catch. After
a k giilih inspection that involved unloading about 1,700
pounds of fish from the boat's freezer onto the deck, he
cited Yates for 72 short fish.
The officer left the catch with Yates, and another
review took place in Cortez. In that inspection, officials
alleged Yates had 69 short fish.
The discrepancy between the number of short fish
counted at sea, 72, and the number counted on the shore,
69, would lead to the destruction of evidence charge.
But Yates denies the government assertion that he
took short fish. The fisherman said there's no incentive to
take short fish because the fish house won't buy them.
He also says the fish were improperly measured -
measured in contradiction to federal law.

Nov. 12, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, lewd and las-
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gated a report of a 16-year-old minor having consensual
sex with an 19-year-old adult.
Nov. 12, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. The HBPD
responded to a noise complaint and requested that the
management of Martin Bistro close the door.
Nov. 13, 6800 block of Marina Drive, code com-
plaint. The HBPD responded to a complaint of commer-
cial construction work taking place on a Sunday. The
workers were sent home.
Nov. 18, 5600 block of Guava Drive, sexual bat-
tery. The HBPD reported that a woman reported a sexual
battery that occurred June 10-11, but she did not want to
complete a police affidavit.
Nov. 20, 200 block of 69th Street, domestic distur-
bance. The HBPD responded to a call about a husband
and wife who were intoxicated and arguing. The caller
was the son, who also was involved in the dispute. A
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In March 2010, a couple years after the initial inci-
dent, Yates was indicted and arrested.
The trial took place in August.
The original sentencing date was delayed from Nov.
14 to Dec. 5.
Wife Sandy Yates said, "We are preparing for the
worst and hoping for the best. If they can put Martha
Stewart in jail for obstruction of justice, what do you
think they will do to a regular Joe?"

HB man faces
obscenity charges
A Holmes Beach man faces 13 felony charges in
DeSoto County in connection with a telecommunications
sting operation.
Ronald Littlehale, 64, was arrested sev-
eral weeks ago in Manatee County on a
DeSoto County warrant.
He faces three felony charges of
obscene communication/use of com-
Littlehale puter service to seduce. He also faces 10
felony charges of transmission of mate-
rial harmful to minors.
Investigators with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
allege that Littlehale had illegal, sexual communications via
the Internet with someone he believed to be 13 years old.
Littlehale, who was released on bail, was scheduled
for arraignment in DeSoto County on Nov. 29.

Island road advisory
Nov. 30-Dec. 6
Construction of a new sidewalk from Gulf Drive to
State Road 789/East Bay Drive and from 31st Street to
State Road 64/Manatee Avenue continues this week in
Holmes Beach.
A Florida Department of Transportation press release
said motorists might experience occasional lane closures
on East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue during the proj-
ect, which is expected to finish in January 2012.
Flaggers will be present to direct motorists and pedes-
trians should plan alternate routes during construction.
On State Road 64 Manatee Avenue from east of
the Harbour Isle entrance to Bristol Bay Drive, construc-
tion involves removal of old asphalt, resurfacing, drain-
age improvements and a new sidewalk and bike path.
The project should be completed by the end of 2011.
InAnna Maria, the North Shore Drive-Palm Avenue
intersection remains closed as Manatee County Utilities
installs new sewer lines. Detour signs are posted to alert
motorists to the alternate routes.
The project is expected to finish in early December,
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Defunct Rosa Del Mar has new owner, 'no' condos

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Five vacant beachfront lots in the 2500 block of
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, that once were planned
for development as Rosa del Mar, a 14-unit luxury con-
dominium, have been sold to Anna Maria businessman
Steven Hanson and some partners.
Along with the sale to Hanson went the dreams of
Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega, former principals in
GSR Development LLC, the company that owned Rosa
del Mar. The company announced plans for the condo-
minium project in 2003, but went into bankruptcy in
Hanson, however, said banks still consider condo to
be a "four letter word" and, regardless, he's not interested
in condominium development.
Hanson envisions five luxury beachfront houses, all
designed with a "Caribbean" theme, but the plan is still
in the visioning process.
"We have a long way to go before we're ready to
present site plans," he said.
He's been involved in real estate development on the
Island four years, since his move here from Great Britain,
following his parents, who moved to the Island 10 years
GSR Development LLC, and Byrne and Noriega,
had a number of real estate investment projects on Anna
Maria Island from 2003-2006, including Rosa del Mar
in Bradenton Beach and the ill-fated Villa Rosa housing
project in Anna Maria.
GSR reportedly paid $6 million for the Bradenton
Beach property in 2003 and refinanced it for $8.6 million
based on a $12 million appraisal.
The GSR real estate empire collapsed in July 2006
when the company went into bankruptcy. The Rosa del
Mar property was put up for sale, but without success.
Eventually, the federal bankruptcy court hired Island real
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lion mortgage on the property. Since then, the Federal
Deposit Insurance Company took over the property.
The $9.2 million asking price, however, drew little
Hanson said that when he first saw the lots were for
sale, he was intrigued with the possibilities for vacant
beachfront property. He went to Gould, thinking he might
be able to put together a good investment for single-fam-
ily homes on the Gulf of Mexico.
"When Barry said '$9.2 million,' I politely said 'no
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But he remained "in the loop."
He formed 9Solutions LLC and began purchasing
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By mid-2011, the asking price of Rosa del Mar had
dropped to what Hanson believed was close to a reason-
able figure. Negotiations began with the federal bank-
ruptcy court in Tampa and the FDIC and eventually they
agreed to Hanson's offer.
Gould said that because of FDIC confidentiality
regulations, he couldn't reveal the price at this time, but
Hanson said it was definitely less than $9.2 million.
Hanson said the 9Solutions LLC group that pur-
chased the property includes contractor-developer Shawn
Kaleta of Holmes Beach.
With five lots on the Rosa del Mar property, Hanson
can build five single-family residences, but is opting
for the slow approach. He plans to build one house at a
Hanson said he plans to challenge five architects
to design a beachfront house in what they consider a
"Coastal Caribbean" style. The winning designer will
choose the name of the subdivision, Hanson said.
Hanson and Gould plan to host on-site reception
at the newly acquired beachfront lots in the 2500 block
of Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, from noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4.

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This is the fourth year Elka has compiled a cal-
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Elka said the calendar is popular with Island
visitors because the images help them continue
enjoying their Island vacation.
Calendars are available at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in addition to a
number of local retailers. Signed copies may be
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AMI ushers in Christm:

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
'Twas the month before Christmas, when all across
the Island organizers were stirring, preparing for holiday
St. Nicholas soon will be here and will return most
weekends in December.
A glance at Anna Maria Island's holiday calendar:
Through the holidays, the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will
collect donations for Toys for Tots.
Dec. 1-11, at8 p.m. M foiinlidnd) iluih Saturday and
2 p.m. Sunday, the Island Players presents performances
of the holiday-themed comedy 'Those Crazy Ladies in
the House on the Corner," written by David Patrick Cook
and directed by Russ Carthy.
The theater is at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, including box office details,
go to \\\\ it. i intnidpli)\ i'i1
Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Holmes Beach mer-
chants and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
host a holiday open house.
Most of the activity will take place in the city's

Santa's Island vacation prize
Planning to attend Anna Maria Island's holiday
The Islander has a challenge: How many events
can you attend with Santa on Anna Maria Island in
Take a Santa photo at each, be sure to note the
event, location and date, and post to The Islander's
Facebook page.
At the end of the month after St. Nick's final
visit late Dec. 24 or early Dec. 25 The Islander will
tally up the photographer who visited with Santa at
the most events.
The winner receives an Islander More-Than-a-
Mullet-Wrapper T-shirt and $50.

Santa Claus greets a shy Carly Wade, 3, at last year's
Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade &
Party. The AMIP parade is at 10 a.m. Dec. 10, begin-
ning at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and ending again
with the party at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Santa will be hanging out at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, with the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
At the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, merchants
and the chamber board will light a Christmas tree at about
5 p.m.
Additionally, Holmes Beach arts groups Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island, Island Gallery West and the
Anna Maria Island Art League will be open extended
hours for receptions with artists.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, is the site of the annual Lester-Islander Family
Fun Day.
The event features Duffy burgers and other lunch
items, plus games and activities for children and raffles
for adults. Santa will arrive by fire truck at about noon.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.

Food pantry meets increasing needs

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Hunger-fighters are hoping that as residents shop for
stocking stuffers this season they also can help stock the
Island food pantry.
A team of volunteers operates the Roser Food Pantry,
located in a renovated building across from Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Donors drop off cash or groceries for the pantry,
either at Roser or any of the Island churches.
Volunteer Pam Leckie, chair of the food pantry,
arranges the goods on shelves by expiration dates, and
other volunteers package canned fruits, vegetables, meats,
meals, as well as cereal, snacks and other items.
People pick up groceries Mondays through Fridays,
usually about 3 p.m., at the pantry after first tele-
phoning the church office. The pantry provides a bag of
groceries per week for each person in a household.
Families with children also receive a gift card to pur-
chase fresh produce, meats and dairy at Publix.
'That card is really, really helpful," Leckie said.
Pantry supplies run high at the end of the high tourist
season, when seasonal residents clear out cupboards and
head north for the summer.
Supplies run lowest in the summer, when the need
is greatest. This year, with the economy still in turmoil,
was particularly difficult, according to volunteers.
"Summertime the donations are the lowest and the
need is the bi_-. I because the temporary workers are
cut back," Leckie said. "We have layoffs in the summer.
And we have need."
Demand also can run high during the holiday season,
especially during Christmas vacations, when children are
home and not eating school lunches.
Across the country, anti-hunger programs have docu-
mented an increase in need in recent years.
The Feeding America Network, which operates food
banks throughout the United States, provided food to 37
million Americans in 2010, including 14 million chil-
dren that figure has increased 50 percent in the past
five years. The demand for food has increased 46 percent
overall since 2006, when FAN food banks fed 25 million
Americans, including 9 million children, each year.
Among those served, 36 percent of households have
at least one person working, and more than one-third

Pam Leckie, chair of the food pantry at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, in the storage room. "I love it,
it's a real neat thing to do," she says of the volunteer
work. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

report having to choose between food and other necessi-
ties rent, utilities and medical care.
Surveys also document a decrease in donations of
more nutritious food items, especially proteins and fruits,
mostly due to higher prices at the super market.
Leckie, surveying the shelves at the Roser pantry,
notices a dwindling supply of canned fruits and just a
few jars of peanut butter.
"Peanut butter, meats, fruit always we're in need,"
she said.
For the AID/Roser pantry program, there is a request
for an ID showing Island residency, but there are no
financial rules, no demands for paycheck stubs.
People turn to the pantry when there's a need, and
support the pantry when they can, Leckie said.
She recalled a relationship the volunteers had with a
commercial fisher hit hard last summer by the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill.
"We had a lot of fisherman out of work," she remem-
bered. 'There was one who came to the pantry who when
he finally got paid he was leaving for work somewhere
else. Before he left, he brought a check for $1,000."

is holiday
Dec. 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Sandbar Res-
taurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, hosts an Island
Christmas with music by Gulf Drive Solo to benefit the
Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Tick-
ets are $8 in advance at the chamber or $10 at the event
in the Sandbar pavilion.
For more information, go to www.amicco.org or call
Dec. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Anna Maria
businesses host a citywide holiday open house. Partici-
pating businesses will stay open extended hours to toast
the season.
Santa, sources say, will be out and about that night.
Dec. 10, 10 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Privateers
Christmas Parade takes place, traveling from Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach in Bradenton
All floats must be staged by 9:30 a.m. and all entries
must be motorized including Santa's sleigh.
There is no charge to participate in the parade.
For more information, call 941-752-5973.
Dec. 10, 11 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Privateers
host a post-parade Christmas party at Coquina Beach,
where Santa will visit with children and hand out pres-
Also, the Privateers will provide a free lunch of hot
dogs and soda pop for children.
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, holds the annual
Bethlehem Walk, beginning and ending at the church.
For more information, call 941-778-0414.
Dec. 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Anna
Maria Island Art League's Winterfest features a wide
variety of artists offering items to deck the halls through-
out the year.
The annual event takes place at Holmes Beach City
Field, 5800 block of Marina Drive.
For more information, call 941-778-2099.
Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m., the Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the 17th annual Lawton
Chiles Kids Christmas Party, featuring lunch and a visit
from a Santa Claus bearing gifts a holiday outfit and
toys for children.
For more information, or to help with presenting the
party, call 941-778-0444.
Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Anna Maria Island
Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach, hosts a holiday party for children 10 and under.
Santa will hand out presents and the Women of the
Moose will provide lunch.
Pre-registration is required at the lodge by Dec. 10.
For more information, call 941-778-4110.
Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Florida Maritime
Museum and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
host a Music on the Porch Christmas Celebration at the
museum's old Burton Store, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
Instrumentalists are invited to join a jam session. And
music enthusiasts are invited to applaud.
For more information, call 941-708-6120.
Dec. 17, The Islander hosts the Where's Woody
Holiday Sidewalk Sale outside its office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Local artists offer their work, some at heavily dis-
counted prices, for shoppers and art-enthusiasts.
For more information or to become a participating
artist, call The Islander at 941-778-7978.
Dec. 17, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Bridge Street
Merchants hosts the annual Christmas on Bridge Street
celebration, featuring visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, raf-
fles, a children's gift bazaar, carols and holiday specials
in the stores and restaurants, and a lighted boat parade
by members of the Cortez Yacht Club.
For more information, call 941-778-8705.
Dec. 18, at 2 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra presents "A Classical Holiday,"
featuring holiday-themed music, including portions of
The concert takes place at Crosspointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, including ticket details, visit
Dec. 27, the Audubon Society's Christmas Bird
Count takes place on Anna Maria and Perico islands and
Longboat Key, as well as Cortez.
The count is organized by the Manatee County Audu-
bon Society chapter and coordinated by David William-
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By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary is the first school in Manatee
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course. So golf is a tool that can help kids learn to handle
all those emotions. The game teaches us how to be versa-
tile and teaches us to find the courage to continue going
"How well you do on the greens depends on you,"
she said. "It builds honesty, integrity, self-esteem life
skills that can help kids. And it has been a benefit in my
Schmidt, who co-founded the Golf Boot Camp to fol-
lowup her successful amateur golf career, is volunteering
to help AME physical education coach Eric Boso teach
the sport.
She also is offering her time to others who bring the
program to their school.
Four more Golf in PE grants are available to county
schools. To qualify, a parent-teacher organization must
contribute $500 toward the program and the Florida
Junior Golf Council provides $3,000 funds derived
from sales of the Florida golf license plate.
The funding is dedicated toward equipment pur-
In Golf in PE, students use a Birdieball, which has a
taller sphere shape and can only fly 40 yards. Because the
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Blue Marlin debuts on
Bridge Street
Adam Ellis spent nearly 15 years waiting tables at
the renowned Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach, so he's well
versed in Island-style cuisine, particularly fresh fish.
When he and business partner/chef Jesse Cooper,
also a veteran of the Beach Bistro, decided to open Blue
Marlin, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, they envisioned
a cozy restaurant decorated with a nautical theme and
featuring the best fresh local seafood available.
They now have their nautical eatery, and "fresh local"
are the key words for the menu, said Ellis. All fish is pur-
chased fresh across the Intracoastal Waterway in Cortez
at Bell's Fish Market and Cortez Bait & Seafood.
The menu also will have Adam's Ribs and a few
steak and chicken selections, but grouper, snapper and
stone crab claws whatever is fresh, in season are
Behind the restaurant, a renovated cottage, Ellis and
Cooper offer the Trap Yard, an outdoor dining and play
area for youngsters.
Hours of operation are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday
through Saturday.
For more information, call 941-896-9737.

Keyes take over marina
Brothers Jim Jonny and Joe Keyes, recently pur-
chased Catchers Marina, 5503 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, from Milt and Brenda Boyd May.
Already the owners of Island Discount Tackle at the

Ron and Carol Clifford, left, are the new owners of
Restless Natives gallery in the Island '. 'pp'"g Center,
5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Mike Allaman,
right, sold the business. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

marina, the Keyes brothers didn't have to move ani) dhill_
when they made the purchase.
"We've known the family for years and talked with
them about buying the marina several times. Being so
close to the marina and knowing its operation made it an
easy transition," Jim Keyes said.
A new sign along Marina Drive will soon announce
Keyes Marina, he said.
Some additions are planned in the future but, at pres-
ent, (\ i\ ilthing remains the same, he said.
Keyes is home to a number of charter boat cap-
tains and a sightseeing charter boat. Boat slip rentals are
available, as are boat and engine repairs from Wolfgang
With the marina added to the bait and tackle shop,
"We've got a full-service operation," said Jim Keyes.
For more information, call 941-778-1977.

Eyeland new to Island
Artful Eyeland, 5312 Holmes Blvd., is the newest
boutique and art shop in the downtown Holmes Beach
area at It is owned by Julia Lombardo and Shari Urbano
and resides in the building with Giving Back and the
Anna Maria Island Art League.
Lombardo specializes in recycling old music CDs

into artwork, such as jewelry, collectibles and gift items,
but that's not all that makes Artful Eyeful unique.
The store carries a number of paintings of musicians
and entertainers, and has the original sheet music for sev-
eral songs, including one from the 1985 Broadway musi-
cal "Singin' in the Rain."
Lombardo makes men's and women's jewelry and
offers a children's section of age-appropriate jewelry and
other items for kids.
Artful Eyeland will feature new artists looking to
gain recognition for their work.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednes-
day, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday,
and noon until 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 941-567-0157 or e-mail
artfuleyeland@ gmail.com.

Art shop has new owners
When Carol Clifford first vacationed on Anna Maria
Island several years ago with then-boyfriend Ronnie Clif-
ford, she knew in her heart 'This was the place for me,"
she said.
She and now-husband Ron have moved to the
Island and own the Restless Natives art gallery in the
Island Shopping Center, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes
Ron Clifford, originally from Great Britain, had
worked on the Island for several years before returning
to the U.K., where he met his future wife.
When the couple visited Anna Maria Island, Carol
Clifford said she took one look at the beach and knew
she wanted a beach wedding on Anna Maria Island.
That happened in October.
Now, they are settling in at Restless Natives and are
looking forward to meeting artists, making new friends
and greeting customers.
"We do plan a grand opening at some point, but right
now we just want to get everything organized," Carol
Clifford said.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but those are
likely to change as the season progresses, Ron Clifford
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TOP: Jim Keyes, above, and brothers Jonny and Joe,
recently purchased Catchers Marina, 5503 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. The Keyes also own Island Dis-
count Tackle at the marina. ABOVE: Julia Lombardo,
co-owner of the new Artful Eyeland, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Agents earn awards
The Manatee Chapter of the Women's Council of
Realtors held its 2011 awards program and installation
of officers Nov. 9 with several Island real estate agents
gaining recognition.
Among winners from RE /MAX Alliance Group,
5316 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, were Barry Grooms,
who won the 2011 Humanitarian Award, while Sharon
Villars was named Entrepreneur of the Year. Terri Ayers
received the Rising Star of the Year honor, while Marie
Avery was named Member of the Year and Sherry Rich-
ardson was honored for her outstanding support, guid-
ance, knowledge and positive influence.
Other Island winners were Lori Guerin of Big Fish
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold two events Wednesday, Dec. 7.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, the chamber's
business luncheon will be held at the Gulf Drive Cafe &
Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
Later the same day, the chamber's monthly network-
ing event takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Acqua
Aveda Salon & Spa, 5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the networking event is $5. Reservations are
For more information on either event or to make a
reservation, call 941-778-1541.
Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978 or e-mail business
news to news@islander.org.

Islander receives
10 FPA ad awards
The Islander newspaper recently received honors
from the Florida Press Association, winning 10 awards
for display advertising excellence in its circulation cat-
egory and in open circulation.
The Islander won first place in the group ad promo-
tion category, open circulation division, for its Back to
School advertising. The newspaper also won Best Real
Estate ad, open circulation, for an Edgewater Real Estate
Five second place awards were presented to The
Islander, including a home builders ad for Coastal Cot-
tages; special section: Storm Avengers; automotive for
Holmes Beach Automotive; special section for Tour of
Homes, and for furniture advertising in open circulation
for Island Girl Interiors.
The Islander also garnered third place honors in
the furniture advertising category for Pamaro Shop; the
entertainment/dining category for the Tiki Bar, and best
use of clip art for the Flea Market.
In July, The Islander was named No. 1 newspaper in
the state as one of the three Best of Show at the annual
FPA awards banquet held at the Vinoy Park in St. Peters-
burg. The award is based on the accumulation of points
by every newspaper for first, second and third-place fin-
ishes in various news categories.
The Best of Show honor meant the newspaper was
named by the FPA as the best newspaper of the year in
its circulation category.


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Drive N., Bradenton Beach, sold in May 2000 for
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per square foot is $328. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson

Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
5501 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,184 sfla com-
mercial shop with docks built in 1965 was sold 11/10/11,
Catchers LC to Keyes Marina LLC for $2,850,000.
8319 Marina Court, Holmes Beach, a 3,383 sfla
4,209 sfur 41.d 3' luhli 3car canalfront pool home built
in 1961 on a 94x100 lot was sold 11/04/11, Mills to Rice
for $990,000; list $1,150,000.
851 N Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,487 sfla / 1,559
sfur 3bed/21/bath/2car bayfront home built in 1987 on
a 42x100 lot was sold 11/02/11, Brown to Pierce for
$950,000; list $999,000.
217 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,898 sfla / 2,488
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1956 on
a 75x148 lot was sold 11/04/11, Whalen to AMI Assets
LLC for $450,000; list $549,000.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 207, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold 11/04/11, Superior
Bank to Micha LLC for $361,000; list $399,000.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 116, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,096 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold 11/07/11, Overway
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Adult soccer playoffs, then Island Sippy Cup

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's adult
coed soccer league playoffs started Nov. 17 with four
quarterfinal matches in the chase for the Island Sippy
Cup championship. Though not quite as prestigious as
the FIFA World Cup, the players give it their all.
Top-seed Ross Built rolled into the semifinals with
a 7-3 victory over West Coast Air Conditioning. Former
Manatee High School players Emily Argeros and Chrissy
Rice led the way. Argeros scored three goals, while Rice
added two in the easy victory. Greg Ross and Kris Yavalar
each added single goals to complete the scoring. Damir
Glavan notched all three goals for WCAC in the loss.
No. 2 seed Sato Real Estate also rolled to an easy
victory, defeating Euphemia Haye 6-3. Jesse Brisson led
Sato with three goals, while Matt Plummer, Josh Sato
and Korey Rodgers each added goals in the victory. Paul
Hayward, Ryan Hogan and Tim Tedesco notched a goal
each for Euphemia in the loss.
Third-seed Jessie's Island Store edged Florida Dis-
count Sign 2-1 in the third quarterfinal match of the eve-
ning. Robbert McClaughlin and Anthony Rasulo each
scored one goal in the Jessie's victory, while Cody Sul-
livan scored the lone goal for Discount Sign in the loss.
The last game of the evening saw Island Pest Control
score a minor upset over No. 4 seed Don Meilner & Son
Construction to advance to the semifinals. Enrico Bissert
and Scott Eason each notched a goal for Island Pest Con-
trol, while Zach Gilliland notched a goal for Meilner.
Semifinal action gets started at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
1, when Ross Built takes on Island Pest Control followed

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by Sato vs. Jessie's at 8 p.m.
The two winners play for the Island Sippy Cup at 7
p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, following the third-place game at 6
p.m. between the losers of the Dec. 1 matchups.

Center sets up football, volleyball seasons
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is accept-
ing registration for adult and3 > mih flag football leagues,
as well as an inaugural adult coed volleyball league.
Cost is $75 per player.
Volleyball registration is open to the first 80 players
and tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Team selection
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Captains, coaches and sponsors also are needed.
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Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net-in-flight match and a two-best-balls-
of-foursome team game Nov. 22.
Flight A saw a tie between Christina Mason and
Maxine Mitchell, both carding even-par 32.
Sue Wheeler, Kris Landkammer and Tootie Wagner
carded 4-under-par 28 to finish in a tie for first place in
Flight B.
Roxanne Koche fired a 2-under-par 30 to take first
place in Flight C.
Pat Rice, Mary Pat Swamy and Nell Bergstrom each
shot 4-over-par 36 to finish in a tie for first in Flight D.
Wagner and Mason both had birdies on the day,
while Sara Falk, Joanne Ozdych and Marcia Helgeson
had chipins.
Hoyt Miller's plus-4 gave him first place in the indi-
vidual category during modified-Stableford golf action
Nov. 15. Miller also teamed up with Laura Purcell, Brenda
Solleveld and Terry Schaefer for a combined plus-4, which
was good for first in the team competition.

Horseshoe news
Four teams emerged from pool play to battle for top
honors in the Nov. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits.
Karl Thomas and Norm Good rolled past Sam Samu-
els and Art Kingstad 21-12 in the first semifinal match.
The second semi-final saw John Crawford and Jerry Dis-
brow easily dispatch Dave Lansaw and Bruce Munro
22-12. Crawford and Disbrow then earned the day's brag-
ging rights with a solid 21-14 victory.
Twelve teams participated Nov. 26, and two teams
qualified for the finals. In the championship game, Gene
Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels defeated George McKay and
Norm Good with a 23 to 17 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
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By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Using the right bait can translate to a productive day
of fishing.
And area waters are still producing a variety of spe-
Offshore fishing remains consistent for red grouper
and catch-and-release gag grouper. In 80-100 feet of
water, red grouper are inhaling hand-sized pinfish and
threadfin herring. Gag grouper are extremely abundant
in these same areas, so you may have to weed through
the gags to get the reds.
Mangrove snapper are inhabiting offshore ledges and
nearshore manmade reefs and wrecks. Live shrimp, live
shiners or frozen sardines are producing the bite. Average
size on offshore mangrove snapper has been 5-6 pounds,
while nearshore fish are around 2-3 pounds.
If it's explosive top-water action you seek, head for
the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Kingfish and bonito are
infesting the nearshore reefs. Live shiners on a flat line
with a 4/0 long shank hook are a sure fire way to get
yourself in a drag-screaming battle against one of these
high-activity fish. If you're looking for the amberjacks,
move out a little farther to some of the offshore wrecks.
Use the same rig and bait as for the kings and bonito.
Moving inshore, flounder are abundant around Anna
Maria Sound and adjacent waters. If you're on the flats,
target sandy potholes and ditches to find these feisty flat
fish. A Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head is becoming
the most popular way to catch flounder on the flats. Plus,
the Gulp shrimp will catch just about any other species
you might encounter there.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says he's
seeing lots of flounder coming to the deck on live shrimp
or shiners fished on the bottom under the pier.
Pier fishers targeting shark are catching bonnetheads,
blacktips and sand sharks by lnii>\ ing out cut bait on a
large circle hook on a wire leader. Most of the sharks are
in the 3-4 foot range. Cut baits, such as mullet, Spanish
macks, ladyfish and even squid, are getting the bite.
If you haven't gotten your fill of Spanish mackerel,
you can still wander out on the pier and catch a few. As
long as the bait remains, there will be mackerel. White
crappie jigs and Gotcha plugs are catching Spanish mack-
erel in the 12- to 20-inch range.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is still seeing
good numbers of fish caught from beneath the pier. By
using a knocker rig or a split-shot, pier fishers are sinking
live shrimp and shiners under the pier to get the bite.
The main species being caught under the pier is
flounder. "There are a lot of little ones down there," says
Cassetty, "but we're getting some nice keepers, too."
The flounder are hitting live shrimp and shiners. In
fact, Cassetty says the bite is better on shrimp.
Other species being caught around the pier include
black drum and sheepshead. For either of these species,
the preferred baits are shrimp, fiddler crabs or sand fleas.
You can target them with the same rig as you're using for
flounder. The thing to remember, especially when target-
ing sheepshead, is hook size. Sheepshead around the pier
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live pinfish in about 50 feet of water offshore of Anna
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No. 4 hook when targeting them due to their small mouth.
Also, if you're using sand fleas or fiddler crabs, you want
to make sure your hook size matches the bait, hence a
No. 4 hook.
On a final note, Spanish mackerel are still feeding
on the schools of small threadfin herring that are seeking
refuge around the outer corners of the pier. Silver spoons
and white speck rigs are getting the bite. Fish up to 24
inches are being caught, so it might be wise to bump
up your fluorocarbon leader to 40-pound test. For those
using live threadfin herring for bait, make sure you're
using a long shank hook.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is still nursing
a sore arm due to the hard work reeling up six amberjack
while fishing with Capt. Mac Gregory. By fishing offshore
wrecks with live shiners and various artificial, Gregory
and Keyes caught AJs in the 20-pound range. "Once we
anchored up and chummed the AJs to the boat," says
Keyes, "we would catch one every time we threw a bait
in the water."
Other offshore action includes red grouper, cobia and
kingfish. For the red grouper, locate hard bottom and
ledges and use live shiners, pinfish and threadfin herring
to get the bite. For cobia and kingfish, try the offshore
reefs and wrecks. For the kings, shiners and threadfins
are working, but if you see a cobia curiously swimming
to the bait, pitch a fat pinfish at him and hang on tight.
The inshore bite is still producing redfish, snook and
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the bite going

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore man-made
reefs with good results on kingfish, bonito and Spanish
mackerel. While anchored over the reef, Girle likes to
chum with live shiners to bring these migratory species
to the boat. Once the targeted fish are feeding within
casting range, Girle is live-lining a shiner on a 4/0 long
shank hook to get the bite.
While fishing the reefs, Girle is spotting cobia. Once
the cobia is within range, Girle casts a live pinfish to
entice a bite. Cobia in the 36-inch range have been the
average hookup.
Inshore, Girle is seeing large schools of ladyfish,
bluefish and Spanish mackerel. "Look for the birds," says
Girle. "They're diving for a reason." Try looking around
the deeper grass flats in northern Sarasota Bay.
Girle also is catching scattered redfish and "gator"
trout on the shallow flats of eastern Sarasota Bay. Live
shiners are the preferred bait, although artificial, such
as top-water plugs and plastic jigs, are working.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is fishing
offshore hard bottom and ledges targeting red grouper.
Starting around water depths of 80 feet, Kimball drops
live pinfish or shiners to the bottom to entice these hungry
red grouper to bite. "On a full day charter," says Kimball,
"we're returning to the dock with our limit of red grouper.
The bite is pretty good out there right now."
Around the ledges, Kimball is catching mangrove
snapper up to 6 pounds along with jolt head porgies and
Key West grunts. Primarily Kimball likes to use shin-
ers for these species, especially the mangrove snapper.
Frozen squid works well for porgies and grunts, but when
it comes to mangrove snapper, a shiner is usually the first
choice to be stabbed on a hook.
Kimball is catching greater amberjack around off-
shore wrecks with good success. Flat lines baited with
live threadfin herring are brining the AJs to the surface,
resulting in an explosive strike. Fish in the 25-pound
range are the average with bigger ones mixed in.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel charters is catch-
ing exceptional numbers of flounder in the backwater of
Anna Maria Sound. By using a "new penny" Berkley Gulp
shrimp on a jig head, one of Johnston's charters caught a
whopping 34 flounder on a 4-hour trip. "We hooked even
more than," says Johnston, "but we landed 34."
Flounder do have a tendency to strike bait and hold
onto it without actually being hooked. Once you reel
them up to the side of the boat, they get spooked and
release the bait. That's when you need to have the landing
net ready.
Johnston's charters also are enjoying good redfish
action on live shrimp. Johnston is dock fishing these
reds using a medium-sized split shot and a 1/0 hook. By
casting a shrimp under the dock, Johnston's charters are
catching reds up to 24 inches.
Moving onto the grass flats of Sarasota Bay, Johnston
is catching good numbers of catch-and-release trout. Live
shiners of live shrimp are producing the bite.
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95 Men in the
middle of the
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103 "I'd never have
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105 Gurus' titles
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or case
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10 Seasonal saint
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13 Fit to be called
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34 Minds
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79 Thiamine
80 Spanish bear
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for short
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name is French
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Burger lovers unite, celebrate
Skinny's Place in Holmes Beach knows good burgers
and a good time. The ninth anniversary party Nov.
26 included lots of burgers and other fare, Skinny's
co-owner Clark Freeman at the outdoor grill, and
entertainment under a tent in the parking lot. Perform-
ing is former Islander Colton McKenna, above, now
of St. Augustine. Later in the evening, Skinny's rocked
the block with Jafari, a leading area Reggae band.
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

Frank Mesa Almeda
Frank Mesa Almeda, 89, of Anna Maria, died Nov.
Almeda was a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime
resident of Anna Maria, where he was a leader of the
informal Pier Regulars group.
A funeral service and visitation will be held from
noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Hillsboro Memorial
Funeral Home, 2323 W. Brandon, Blvd., Brandon.
Entombment will immediately follow at Hillsboro
Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his children, Larry, Dennis,
Brenda and Frank Jr.; brother Law-
rence; sister-in-law Marie; grand-
children Lisa, Jessica, Dennis Jr.,
Michele, Steven and Crystal; 10
great-grandchildren, numerous nieces
and nephews and an extended loving
Almeda family and many friends.
A full obituary will appear in the
Dec. 7 issue of The Islander.

Leslie Hayden Guthrie
Leslie Hayden Guthrie, 97, of Sarasota, died Nov. 19.
He was born in Cortez and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Guthrie descended from grandparents Capt.
James Edward and Charlotte (Foreman) Guthrie, one
of five families to first settle in Cortez. The family
traces its ancestry to Forfarshire, Scotland, where
the imposing Guthrie Castle stands today. The first
four brothers arrived in the Unites States in the late
Mr. Guthrie was a commercial fisherman. He served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec.
2, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th
Street Chapel, 5624 26th St. W., Bradenton. A graveside
service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Palma
Sola Cemetery, Bradenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to TideWell
Hospice, Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Online condolences may be made at www.brownand-
Mr. Guthrie is survived by daughter Diane L.
McAnally of Sarasota and grandsons Geffrey and Jason

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William Arthur 'Bill' Riley
William Arthur "Bill" Riley, 86, of Bradenton, died
Nov. 19. He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Parkersburg,
Mr. Riley was a painting contractor, a life member
of the Painters and Paper Hangers Union and former 570
Union president for Coming Glass Works of Parkersburg.
He was an assistant Wood County tax assessor.
He was a lifetime member of the National Horseshoe
Pitchers Association, 1973 Florida horseshoe champion,
and once held the No. 5 five in the world. He won numer-
ous city, county and district titles.
Mr. Riley served in the U.S. Army during World War
II in the European Theater of Operations from 1943-46.
He was a lifetime member of the Parkersburg DAV Chap-
ter 6, VFW Post 8199 of Anna Maria Island, American
Legion Post 24 of Bradenton, and the Moose Lodge of
Bradenton Beach. He was a member and former trustee
of the Ellenton United Methodist Church.
Service and burial were in West Virginia. Memorial
donations can be made to the Tidewell Hospice & Pal-
liative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mr. Riley is survived by devoted partner of 26 years,
Phyllis Williams, of Parrish; children Janet Kerley, Bruce,
James, Brenda Sue Riester, Margaret Riester and Karen
Roman; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister
Gloria Purcell of Englewood, Fla.; nephew Danny Pur-
cell; and niece Robbie Proctor.

Donald V. Shea
Donald V. Shea, 84, died Nov. 14. He was born
March 22, 1927, in New York City.
Mr. Shea attended Fordham Prep high school and
joined the U.S. Navy Oct. 3, 1944. He served in the
Pacific Theater where he earned the Victory Medal,
American Theater Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Medal.
He loved skipping stones into the Atlantic Ocean,
carving animals out of toast for his grandchildren, tennis,
checkers, sailing and the beach.
A service was held Nov. 25 at Guardian Angels Cath-
olic Church in Kansas City, Mo. Memorial donations
may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.
Mr. Shea is survived by brother Ed of Hilton Head,
N.C.; children Patricia Shea and husband Wood Dick-
inson of Kansas City and Don Shea of Holmes Beach;
grandchildren Matt and wife Miranda, Elizabeth, Claire
and husband Kyle Perkins, Kathleen, Mary, Andrew,
Meghan and Margaret; and great-grandchildren Jordan,
Jalyn, Georgia, Piper, Lucy, Ben and Charlotte.

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It's a GREAT TIME to buy!

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CHRISTMAS DISHES: 12 dinner, 12 salad, poin-
settia, gold trim, $20. 941-795-8359.
GO-FIT STABILITY ball, 65 cm maximum diam-
eter, $5. 941-795-8359.

MEN'S COAT: LONDON Fog limited edition, 40
regular, $20, 941-795-8359.
QUEEN-SIZE BEDROOM set with new pillow-top
mattress included. $450 or best offer. Call 941-

AQUARIUM: 50-GALLON, hood, lights, gravel,
filters and stand, $100 or best offer. Call 941-
OLD GRISWOLD STOVETOP waffle iron, com-
plete, excellent condition, $65. Four oak tavern
chairs, heavy, $10 each. 941-565-0836.

FOR SALE: ANTIQUE two-runner wooden sled.
$30. 941-565-0836.
SURF ROD: FUJI F-24 9.5-feet, excellent, $20,
TV, Magnavox 19-inch, remote, great picture, $20.
Frank, 941-761-1415.

BEDROOM SET: WHITE, hardwood, inlaid, triple
dresser $99 or best offer. 941-778-3920.
KITCHEN TABLE AND two chairs, white hard-
wood, $65. 941-778-3920.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collect-
ibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART, assorted items for sale
to benefit Haiti. View at The Islander store, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com

Individuals may place one free ad with up to
three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words
or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
online. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariais-
landrealty.com. E-mail: Michael @annamariaislan-
drealty.com. Your personal broker.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. 9806
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, across from Ginny's &
Jane E's at the old IGA. Furniture, antiques, col-
lectibles, jewelry, art, nauticals, linens and more
great treasures. Rain date the following Sunday,
Dec. 11.
GARAGE SALE: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
3. Household miscellaneous, dishes, pictures,
fishing. 894 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
3. 524 56th St., Holmes Beach.
DOWNSIZING! LOTS OF great stuff, but no room!
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. One day only,
don't miss out! Artwork, furniture, decorative
items, much more. 529 68th St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: THREE FAMILIES. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. Great Christmas buys,
household items, plants. 505 69th St., Holmes
HUGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday,
Dec. 2-3. Furniture, bedroom, lounge, dining,
occasional tables, pictures, beds. 532 70th St.,
Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Furniture, bedding, miscella-
neous. 600 Manatee Ave., #206, Westbay Cove

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,

GOLF CART: EZGO, mint condition, new batter-
ies, charger, orange/white. $2,500. Call 941-357-
AVALANCHE: 2003 LTZ, Z71. 4WD, Bose stereo,
sunroof, loaded, dealer maintained. $12,900 or
best offer. 941-713-6466.

ANYONE WITH A boat or trailer stored at the
former Catcher's Marina (now Keyes Marina)
must contact Jim at 941-778-1977 immediately
to avoid default and removal of property.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot
cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid's Xmas
or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp
Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great
boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
WANTED: DOCKAGE FOR 26-foot boat in Anna
Maria for December through February. Call Mark,

BUSY AND EXPANDING Island real estate office
looking for experienced agents. High splits and
low fees. Call 941-778-8104.

real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own
transportation. 941-447-9658.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
day's classified on Tuesday at www.islander.org.

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LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5
hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-

puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network
engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
Design' and publishing in iMac and iPad App
stores worldwide. RolfBertram@me.com.
DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10
per week! 941-592-5170.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom.
Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting.
Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.
MOBILE DOG GROOMING: Bath/brush/hand
blow dry, under 30 pounds, $30, 31-50 pounds,
$40, 51-80 pounds, $50, 81-99 pounds $60. www.
furrytails4grooming.com. 941-224-8655.

ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Orga-
nizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941 -
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
GARDEN ELVES SERVING Island since 2000.
Reliable yard maintenance, tree trimming, haul-
ing. Affordable rates. 941-704-7954.
GOT STUMPS? CALL an experienced, reliable
expert. Brad Frederick's LLC Tree Stump Grinding
and surface roots removal. 941-730-0001.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -

$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.


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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, (f- .'
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup-.
Call Junior, 807-1015 ASA

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New Construction Remodeling
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Wash Down Easy Access Clean* Security Cameras
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Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

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SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-
A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"

installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

nance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant
installation. Certified horticultural professional.
Call Joan, 941-704-9025.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

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TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

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.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
PAUL FREY PAINTING, pressure wash, custom
interior and exterior painting. Insured, 20 years
experience. 941-224-8786.

JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced.
House painting, pressure washing, handy work.
Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.

SJSkipper & Associates
Real Estate Professionals
301 Manatee Ave.W., Holmes Beach
Cell: 941-780-8000
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builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

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.

vate pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA
private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal.

mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA.
Call Karen, 813-377-6864.

pool, fishing pier. $1,500/month for three months,
$1,300/month for six months and $1,000/month,
annual. 813-393-6002.
3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage,
beach three minutes, boat dock, extra. Start-
ing $1,250/week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage,
75 yards to beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo
Catolica, director, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakel-
larides, 514-390-5050. Facebook: Palm Pelican.

(941) 778-6066


37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
FOR SALE: Heron Harbour 2/2 condo 12 min. to beaches. Heated
pool, tennis, upgrades, furnished. Auto negotiable. $125,000.
VILLAGE GREEN 3/2, 2,500+ sfla, pool/spa, furnished $249,000.
Annual, Seasonal & Vacation Rentals Available, including:
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
2BR 1.5 BA, 2nd story $2,200 per month. Weekly rates.
CHARMING 1/1 + sun porch w/bed. Steps to beach. Red tidewater
cypress interior. Great for artists, single, couple. sm. pet.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/
night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann,
with exceptional rental references looking for
2BR/2BA home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your
house? No problem, we'll take excellent care of
it. 941-713-8070.
washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier.
Call 941-720-2418.

lauindiy room, pool, sun room, vwalki to beach.i
941-779-9074, 703-587-4675.

room, washer, dryer, duplex, no stairs, storage.
All new last year. Great location, $1,600/month.
RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE available, up to 1,000
sf. High visibility location along Marina Drive In
Holmes Beach. Call 941-799-9096 for more infor-
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 over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.
NEED 2BR/2BA CONDO or house for March
rental for two energetic senior citizens. Flexible
location but prefer Holmes Beach. E-mail: biddle-
betsy@sbcglobal.net or 860-245-0182.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA: Washer-dryer hookup, shared
pool. First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month
plus utilities. Seasonal 2BR/2BA washer and
dryer, shared pool, ground floor, $2,700/month.
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer
hookup, space for 28-foot boat. No pets. Holmes
Beach. 941-778-7039.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL: Beautiful, quaint effi-
ciency apartment. Wood floors, granite counter-
tops. One block to Gulf of Mexico, backyard dock,
canal access to Tampa Bay. One person. $645/
month plus security. 941-778-9158.
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short
blocks to sandy beaches. No reasonable offer
refused. Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual
tour at www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.
SEEKING ANNUAL KEY Royale rental: Minimum
3BR/2BA. Excellent credit. 407-566-1180.
WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach, Second-floor
2BR/2BA on bay and one block to Gulf! Lovely
views, pools, tennis. December-January, $2,125/
month. Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son,
1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, Jacuzzi bath, dock, AC, fridge,
$900/month. Shelley, 941-720-4475.

lanai, shed, washer-dryer hookup, $950/month.

boat slip, trolley stop on corner, fully furnished,
washer and dryer, outdoor shower, enclosed
patio, covered parking. Desirable location. $800-
$1,000/week plus tax. No pets, no smoking. 941 -

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach,
annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financ-
ing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at
Palma Sola Trace.
lot for expansion! By owner, $799,000. 941-778-
DEEP-WATER BOAT dock on Bimini Bay, no
bridges. Pam Watts, Coldwell Banker, 941-228-
HOLMES BEACH HOME: Quality built and
priced for quick sell. Centrally located, three short
blocks to sandy beaches. No reasonable offer
refused. Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual
tour: www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.
KAYAK OUTSIDE YOUR back door 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 -


Gorgeous remodeled 4BR/3BA canalfront
home with pool, huge screened-in lanai,
and dock. A very "green" home with solar
PV panels and a geothermal system.

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