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Zaccagnino confronts TDC, seeks tourism help
spreads holiday cheer.
WMFR honors rescu-
ers. Page 3
Area tourism trends
up. Page 5
Twas night before
Christmas on AMI.
Road work setfor
Island. Page 8
BB park proposals
sought. Page 10
BB beefs up dining
regs. Page 11
Holiday spruce up set
for Robinson Pre-
serve. Page 12
Center passes on cell
tower issue. Page 18
AME Christmas joy.
6 It's like you're inviting everyone to
Disney World.... You're going to ruin the
Island character that has attracted every-
Holmes Beach Commissioner David
Zaccagnino to the Tourist Development
10 percent for the quarter ending Sept. 30, and
in a third quarter comparison from last year, up
Latest figures released by Manatee County
Tax Collector's office for November indicate
I revenues from the tourist
development tax, also know
as the bed tax, increased by
45 percent from Anna Maria,
decreased 2.6 percent from
Ol Bradenton Beach and are up
Zaccagnino approximately 35 percent from
Holmes Beach, as compared to
a year ago.
TDC Chair Carol Whitmore, a county com-
missioner and former mayor of Holmes Beach,
said she wants to continue to share the Island
with others, but added, "If people are abusing
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach Commission Chair David
Zaccagnino faced off with the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council Dec. 12, asking
for help with problems created by "the won-
derful job it's been doing" to bring visitors to
Anna Maria Island.
"There's an extreme amount of pressure
on our infrastructure," Zaccagnino said during
the TDC meeting at the Holmes Beach city
"It's like you're inviting everyone to
Disney World" without responsibilities, he
said. "The tourism board should help. You're
going to ruin the Island character that has
Zaccagnino invited the TDC to attend a
city commission meeting Dec. 13 to address
residential complaints about the proliferation of
multi-unit and short-term rentals, and the cor-
responding noise, trash and parking complaints
considered linked to the growth of tourism.
At the meeting, the TDC released figures
compiled for the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau that indicate tourism for
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key is up
at HB meeting
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach commissioners heard a
multitude of .t I loiinI Dec. 13 from resi-
dents and business people regarding com-
plaints related to the city's short-term rental
policies and duplex construction.
Attended by more than 100 residents,
about 20 property managers, real estate pro-
fessionals and others spoke before a packed
chamber in what Holmes Beach Commission
Chair David Zaccagnino introduced as "not a
gripe," but rather "a brainstorming session."
The discussion came at the beginning of
the evening in response to residents who had
waited more than two hours at the previous
city commission meeting to voice their con-
First at the podium, Holmes Beach resi-
dent and Island Real Estate vice president
Larry Chatt said he was committed to staying
proactive as one of "five of the seven larg-
est property managers on the Island." He said
the group had been meeting over the past
five weeks, and each manager had agreed to
support the following "best practices" and
Encourage rear-door trash service and a
central recycling center.
Request that Waste Management provide
units with four or more bedrooms with two or
more trash cans.
Require at check-in that rental agents or
PLEASE SEE SOLUTIONS, PAGE 2
it, that has to stop." She said the council would
try to come up with ways to support the cities.
TDC member David Teitelbaum, Island
resort owner, said rental agents are licensed by
the state, and abuses in the market can be met
"The TDC is generating millions of dollars
but not giving back anything but marketing,"
Zaccagnino said, adding that the "TDC could
be a hidden resource." He asked the council for
lr.'- Ii.'lii or solutions to the short-term rental
problems stemming from the influx of tourism.
The TDC is a nine-member board that
makes recommendations to the county regard-
ing the BACVB budget and use of 5 percent bed
"Each cent" of this tax appears to be ear-
marked for marketing or beach renourishment,
said Zaccagnino. However, whether the Island
cities could receive any part this revenue to
address the impact of tourism on infrastructure
in the future was something Zaccagnino said he
is still investigating.
Zaccagnino said he was speaking to the
TDC as a concerned citizen and had not been
asked by city commissioners to address the
Ward 3 voters:
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners will
enter the new year still minus a colleague on the
Since Nov. 8, the date of the general elec-
tion, the city has lacked a Ward 3 commissioner.
That's because no one filed to run for the office
vacated by Janie Robertson, who, due to term-
limit rules, could not seek a fourth term on the
The charter leaves to the
commission the responsibility
of nominating and appointing
a successor. That could happen
as early as Jan. 5, the date of
their next regular meeting.
As of Islander press time,
Robertson two people had shown interest
in representing their ward -
Richard Gatehouse and John Tillison.
Commissioners said last week that others
interested in the seat should offer their names
at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., in the next two
The city's largest geographic ward, Ward
3 is generally bordered by the Gulf of Mexico
on the west, the bay on the east, the center of
Second Street North on the south and about
1800 Gulf Drive North on the northern end.
Throughout her last term, Robertson
repeatedly raised concerns about a lack of civic
involvement from her ward, which has a large
PLEASE SEE WARD 3, PAGE 2
A fence and gates have been erected at 27th
Street on Sandpiper Resort property, limiting
access to the mobile home park at the Holmes
Beach-Bradenton Beach border. Islander
Photo: Kathy Prucnell
HB makes offer
to settle dispute
By Kathy Prucnell
To settle the recent dispute between the bor-
dering cities of Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach over public access the Sandpiper Resort
mobile home park, Holmes Beach commission-
ers voted Dec. 13 to seek a settlement that would
restore access to a 30 foot wide swath of what
once was 27th Street.
The platted, but unimproved street was 50
feet wide and about half a mile long between
the Sandpiper Resort and Holmes Beach at the
border with Bradenton Beach.
In 2008, the city of Bradenton Beach quit-
claimed the right of way to the Sandpiper Resort,
to help the resort clarify ownership of land in
order to finance some improvements.
PLEASE SEE DISPUTE, PAGE 3
Mullet run a Cortez
Fishing docks, struc-
ture heats up. Page 25
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SOLUTIONS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
owners hand a note to guests stating that "the goodwill
of our neighbors is important," underage drinking is not
tolerated, parking shall not occur other than as permitted
and excessive noise is not allowed, especially after 10
Require at check-in that agents confirm with
guests the number in the party and how many vehicles
will be parked at the accommodation.
Recommend all rental agents give police dispatch
a list of properties under their commission so that in
the event of an incident, the agent can be contacted and
immediately call the guest. Chatt suggested that agents/
owners should be required to provide this information
on obtaining a business license.
Recommend absentee owners meet their neigh-
bors and introduce their renters.
"I live in Holmes Beach. The last thing I want to do
is walk down the street and have people think I don't
care about the Island," Chatt said.
Ron Travis of Remax Alliance Group and a Holmes
Beach resident said, "There're no teeth in best prac-
tices." He suggested warnings for first offenses, fol-
lowed by $250 fines for second offenses to each prop-
erty owner, real estate agent and tenant.
Jeff Gerry, owner and manager of White Sands and
Tropical Breeze, suggested that the city's "first line of
defense" against overcrowded rentals should be regulat-
ing overnight parking or establishing "tow zones."
"As a property manager, we have to police our own
property," Gerry added.
Residents also pointed out land-use issues at the
"If it's not residential, it's commercial, and there
are different regulations," said David Teitelbaum, motel
owner, in reference to different code requirements for
residential and commercial accommodations.
"Anna Maria Island has a wonderful mix of residents,"
he said, but, if laws are broken, evictions can be enforced.
Teitelbaum suggested a rental agreement written in confor-
mance with state, federal and local laws in which "people
will get evicted" if certain violations occur.
Holmes Beach resident Jayne Christensen said "the
root of problem lies" from the fact new duplexes are
built on a single lot and slab, but are sold to two unre-
"We run the risk of losing our residential neighbor-
hoods," said Sue Normand, business owner and chair of
the Holmes Beach Planning Commission. She favored
forming a committee to identify the applicable codes
and recommend enforcement measures with "teeth."
Other u'Ir'-i.liOii, from residents at the work ses-
More ticket-writing for nuisance complaints,
and police calls to property owners as well as rental
Creating revenue sources in addition to the busi-
ness tax receipts to cover the cost of stepped up fire
inspections, police calls and code enforcement.
Reviewing setback, parking, building code restric-
tions and corresponding enforcement measures to
resolve the problem of stagnant "construction zones."
Forming ad hoc committees to research problems
and solutions and otherwise assist city officials.
Determining the cause of problems and addressing
WARD 3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
number of rental accommodations and a large popula-
tion of seasonal occupants.
Anticipating there would be no candidate in
November, Robertson suggested either going to an at-
large election of commissioners, which is how Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach officials are seated, or creat-
ing three small wards and one at-large ward for Braden-
ton Beach. Either change would require a city charter
Robertson and other commissioners also raised con-
cerns about the number of residents and eligible voters
- in Ward 3. In the late summer, when preparations for
the Nov. 8 election were under way, a general survey in
Ward 3 found a scarcity of occupied housing.
And the 2010 Census suggests a citywide change in
population more snowbirds than in 2000. The city's
population in 2010 was 1,171 people. The census count
showed 643 households. The 2000 census count put
Cortez Coast Guard
crew rescues three
A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Station Cortez
rescued three people from the Gulf of Mexico
about two miles south of Longboat Pass Saturday,
Dec. 17, after their 17-foot-long boat capsized in
choppy seas, a Coast Guard press release said.
Station Cortez was first notified of the incident
early that evening by a Longboat Key beachgoer
who observed the boat capsize. At the same time,
according to the press release, the boat's captain
was able to call Station Cortez from his cell phone
while hanging on to the boat's hull.
A Station Cortez rescue boat was patrolling the
area and was immediately diverted to the scene.
The three individuals were soon aboard the rescue
vessel and taken to the Coquina Beach boat ramp,
where EMS personnel were awaited, said spokes-
person Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios of the Coast
Guard's Miami headquarters.
The entire rescue took only a few minutes,
from pulling the boaters from the water to arrival
at Coquina Beach. All three rescued were wearing
life jackets, which aided their recovery from the
water, Rios said.
Rios said he could not release the names of
those rescued as they had already been transferred
to EMS control. He had no information on the
origin of the rescued boaters, or if the capsized
boat was a commercial or pleasure craft.
Bradenton Beach's population at 1,482 people.
In its 2010 housing count, the census bureau
reported 1,859 housing units in Bradenton Beach, with
just 35 percent of them occupied full-time. Of the 1,216
"vacant" housing units in the city, more than 700 38
percent were for seasonal or occasional use.
In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau counted 1,762
housing units in Bradenton Beach. At that time, 45.6
percent were occupied by residents.
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Correction for great-
The Islander reported last week that Holmes
Beach Commissioner Pat Morton is a new great-
grandparent, but wife Gailene, great-grandmother,
was erroneously omitted.
Olivia Joy Black, born Nov. 21 to parents
Dustin and Shannon Black. Olivia weighed in at
8 pounds 12 ounces and was 21 inches in length.
The Morton's daughter Tina Black is Dustin's mom
and Olivia's grandmother.
DISPUTE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
A dispute arose in 2011 after a fence and gates were
erected, and signs posted to keep people from trespass-
Having attended the initial assessment meeting
that is required by the state for conflict resolution,
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff requested
that the commission consider a settlement discussed
with Bradenton Beach representatives, with the added
knowledge from two surveys of the 27th Street property
she recently received.
She said the surveys indicate only 20 feet of the
prior public right of way is encumbered by encroach-
ments of mobile homes, porches and possible other
improvements, and thus, the 30-foot proposed settle-
ment would pose no interference.
"I'm concerned that our residents have full access
to what they have always accessed before," said Holmes
Beach commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens.
Other terms of the proposed settlement include:
Setting a date for a joint meeting that satisfies
what Petruff described as the "deadline intensive" con-
flict resolution statute.
Retaining the white fence.
Removing "do not enter" and "no trespassing"
signs from the fence near the border between Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach at 27th Street.
Removing any and all gates so the alleyways can
The vote was 2-1 with two members abstaining.
WMFR honors rescuers
West Manatee Fire Rescue honored the friends of C.J. Wickersham Dec. 15for their actions that saved his life
after a shark attack off the shore of Anna Maria Sept. 24. Fire Chief Andy Price, right, presented civilian ser-
vice awards and commemorative coins to the rescuers, Connor Bystrom, left, Max Gazzo, Lee White, Oceanna
Beard, Kiera Dunn and Katie Mattas. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Commissioners David Zaccagnino and Haas-Martens
voted in favor, while Commissioner Pat Morton voted
no. Two commissioners abstained due to previously
identified conflicts, John Monetti because he owns
property bordering the area being disputed and Jean
Peelen due to an ownership interest at the Sandpiper
Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry said
at the dispute resolution meeting Dec. 7 that with a pro-
posal from Holmes Beach, she could bring the matter
up at the next Bradenton Beach commission meeting,
which will be Jan. 5.
However, Bradenton Beach lacks a quorum of
elected officials who can vote on the topic.
The city must appoint a new Ward 3 commissioner,
for which a search is under way, before a quorum will
be restored. Mayor John Shaugnessy and Commissioner
Gay Breuler are residents of Sandpiper Resort and have
recused themselves from voting.
If Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach fail to reach
an agreement in the conflict resolution process, a special
magistrate could resolve the dispute.
Prior to the Holmes Beach commissioners' vote
on the settlement, Douglas LeFevre, president of
Sandpiper Resort board of directors, was asked for
Zaccagnino asked LaFevre whether the Sandpiper
Resort would agree to the Holmes Beach settlement
proposal, asking,"Are we 80 percent there?"
LaFevre responded, "No."
\ ly concern is whether Sandpiper will quitclaim
it back," Zaccagnino said.
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By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger was
given "fair warning" at the Dec. 13 city meeting.
"Privateers run this town," Tim "Hammer" Thomp-
son told the commission, wielding a sledge hammer
and pointing to the mayor. "Our demands will be met
or you will pay!"
The Anna Maria Island Privateer decreed that the
mayor will be shackled to the Skullywag and held for
ransom on at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Among the Privateers' demands are a key to the
city, a proclamation in support of the Privateers, and a
Thompson is the Privateers' 40th anniversary
events coordinator. He said that the ransom would be
reached with community donations to be collected at
the close of the business day Dec. 30.
He added the mayor's release from the Skullywag,
or his continued capture depending on one's politi-
cal bent has the ransom as its fundraising goal.
The capture is one of more than 75 events orga-
nized in 2011 by the Privateers in support of its schol-
arships and community programs, including the Christ-
mas and Fourth of July parades on the Island.
Thompson said $29,000 in scholarships were given
this year to 15 area students to further their education
in their selected fields.
The Privateers' city captures have taken place
across the Island to celebrate its 40th year as a non-
profit community organization with a motto of "Kids
and Community." Mayor Mike Selby of Anna Maria
and former Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt were
held for ransom by the AMIP in January and July,
After the Dec. 30 capture and ransom collection in
Holmes Beach, the Privateers will celebrate with food
and grog, as well as a champagne toast courtesy of The
Islander to conclude the 40th year celebration.
law to Holmes
Beach city com-
missioners at a
Dec. 13 work
Beware Holmes Beach:
Privateers run this town
TO BID A BETTER FUTURE!
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 hours-service to change and enrich lives.
A community service sponsored exclusively by Tfhe Islander
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Anna Maria City
Jan. 10, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Dec. 21, 1 p.m., CRA meeting. CANCELED
Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m., CIP meeting. CANCELED
Jan. 5, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Jan. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Dec. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. CAN-
Jan. 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Jan. 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Jan. 19, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.
Jan. 10, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, mymanatee.org.
Dec. 25 is Christmas. Most government offices,
including Island city halls, will be closed Dec. 23 and
Dec. 26. The Islander office will be closed from noon
Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.
Jan. 1 is New Year's Day. Because the holiday
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Tourism continues upward trend
By Rick Catlin
While October is considered a transition month in the
Island tourism industry, it's difficult to make that asser-
tion when recent tourism figures show visitor arrivals in
the Bradenton area for October 2011 were up 12 percent
from the same month last year.
Research Data Services Inc., the Tampa company
that compiles tourism data for the Bradenton Area Con-
vention and Visitors Bureau, reported the October figures
at the Manatee County Tourist Development Council's
Dec. 12 meeting in Holmes Beach.
RDS said 32,600 people visited the BACVB area in
October 2011 compared with 29,100 for October 2010.
October's tourism increase put year-to-date arrivals
at 422,600, a 10.9 percent rise from the 381,230 recorded
through the first 10 months of last year.
RDS also presented its quarterly tourism report to
the TDC and said the total economic impact of tourism
to the BACVB area through the first nine months of 2011
was $431.6 million, up 7 percent from the $403.3 million
impact reported through September 2010.
The top five attributes given by October visitors for
their area stay were, in order, beautiful beaches; clear,
blue water; sunning on the beach; good food and res-
taurants; and a clean, unspoiled environment. Other top
attributes included value for money, safe destination and
family-friendly, reasonably priced accommodations.
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Resort tax collections also rise
As tourism increased 12 percent in October, collec-
tions of the tourist development tax also known as
the resort tax and bed tax also rose, and at a higher
percentage than tourism.
A March crowd enjoys the Manatee Public Beach in
Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
ind us on
The Manatee County resort tax collection office
reported collections of $337,969 in October 2011, a
17.7 percent gain from the $287,636 taken in for October
For November 2011, the increase in collections was
even greater, climbing 27 percent compared with Novem-
The office reported November 2011 collections
at $385,177 compared with $306,567 for November
The tourist development tax is the 5 percent charged
on all rental accommodations of six months or less in
Revenue from the tax is used for the BACVB budget,
including beach renourishment projects and other tourist-
Sue Sinquefield of the resort tax office said better
collection methods and streamlined efforts to locate and
receive past-due or unpaid resort tax payments have con-
tributed to the surge in collections.
The office collected slightly more than $7 million
in tourist taxes for fiscal year 2010-11, a record year for
And bed tax collections are a good indication of tour-
ism, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman said.
Although RDS did not have November's visitor
report, with resort tax collections up 27 percent, that's a
"fairly good indication" of a tourism increase for Novem-
ber, Brockman said.
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lot like Christmas
The Christmas season is a long one on Anna Maria
Island, 'Lanling itl one city's business community offer-
ing open houses, holiday fare, gifts, games, fun and mer-
riment for all ages, and working weekend by weekend
through the other cities, until, finally, it's Christmas.
Now is the time the Island churches step up to offer
the "reason for the season." Services for the holiday are
increased and the worshippers at each of the churches-
celebrate with music, song and stories of their beliefs.
Some folks may say it doesn't seem like Christmas
amid warm temperatures and palm trees, but many who
weather the balmy holidays for years and years on Anna
Maria Island simply smile and nod.
It's not the weather that makes Christmas merry.
Christmas, wherever and however you choose to cel-
ebrate it, comes from the spirit in your heart.
So whether friends and family are far or near, or
as often is the case here, the holiday is celebrated on
various days as people come and go over the course
of the weeks ahead, it's a celebration in the spirit of
For many years, The Islander has celebrated the
"season of giving" by seeking donations for the Island's
community service agencies, starting with the Thanks-
giving issue and a special section titled "Wish Book."
It's nothing like the old Sears catalog, and it doesn't
compare to shopping shoezilla.com, Amazon or the
other online stores for gifts.
It lists the needs, from pencils for the elementary
school to nuts for the wildlife rescue group, and it's
up to all of us to help fulfill those needs, thus ensuring
the community agencies continue to make Anna Maria
Island a better place to live.
If you haven't reviewed the Wish Book, you can do
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a small contribution can make a big difference.
We hope to spread the joy of giving.
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Baloney in HB
Builder Shawn Kaleta commented Dec. 14 about
finding common ground? You think living in what used
to be a quiet, enjoyable residential Island community
should be mixed up with noisy, obtrusive and inconsid-
erate resort behavior is common ground?
How many more fine residents do we need to
We need a rezoned and separate residential com-
munity apart from resort hubbub and offensive noise
Case in point: In one of the big box monstrosities,
we witnessed an adult jumping from the balcony into
a mini pool amid other raucous noise and ill behavior.
The next day my first stop to report this incident was
city hall, and I was told I should call the Holmes Beach
Police Department regarding such behavior.
I also was told to report it to the property agent.
When I called about the incident and other disturbances,
I was told they'd look into it.
What rules or ordinances are in place and what
consequences do rental agents and owners face when
It's gotten way out of hand.
We are all aware of this problem.
Commissioners, get on with a crackdown with
some real meat in your needed measures.
Gather knowledgeable people to help since you are
looking to our community for resolutions.
There have to be answers to bring us back to liv-
able, enjoyable neighborhoods again.
Ralph Sandberg, Holmes Beach
I walked into the Holmes Beach CVS with my
American Express card, my CVS card and a discount
coupon in my hand.
When I checked into the pharmacy I realized I had
managed to drop my credit card somewhere in the store.
After going back to the areas I had been and letting the
managers know of my problem, I was not able to locate
I checked out with another card and when I got
home, I was told that CVS had called to say that another
customer had found my card and turned it in to them.
Husband Dale kindly went to collect the card and
asked if they happened to have the name of the person
who had turned it in to the cashier. Unfortunately, they
said they had never seen this person before.
I would like to thank the individual who was so
kind to turn in my card. I am just sorry that I cannot
express my gratitude more personally.
I do thank God for their kindness and wish them
the happiest Christmas season.
Marcia Powers, Bradenton
Merchants make merry
Leslie and I want to thank The Islander and the
Holmes Beach merchants who donated the great Ster-
ling Vineyard wines, Island cookbook and gift certifi-
cates for the Holmes Beach holiday walk gift basket.
Such a nice surprise, in addition to a very enjoy-
able visit to the galleries and stores.
We also enjoyed the musicians, the wine and the
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"What helps you get into the holiday spirit?"
"Snow. I'm from Hew Hampshire and have been
living here a year to help my parents. Snow always
got us in the spirit back home." Sue Stewartson
"I really get inspired by the Trans-Siberian Orches-
tra." Theresa Ryan Jenks
'Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the isle,
No noses were frozen, no snow fluttered wild
No children in flannels were tucked into bed...
They all wore their shorty pajamas instead
To find wreaths of holly was not very hard,
For holly trees sprouted right in the back yard!
In front of the houses were Daddys and Moms
Adorning the bushes and coconut palms!
The slumbering kiddies were dreaming in glee
And hoped they'd find water-skis under the tree!
They all knew that Santa was well on his way
Riding in a golf cart instead of a sleigh!
And soon he arrived and started to work
He hadn't a second to linger or shirk.
He puttered up the highway and zipped up the roads
in a souped up electric vehicle delivering his loads!
The tropical moon gave the Island a glow
And lighted the way for old Santa below.
As he jumped from the cart he gave a weak chuckle
He was wearing surf shorts with a shark tooth
There weren't many chimneys, but that caused no
gloom, for Santa came in through the Florida room.
He stopped at each house, stayed only a minute
And emptied his sack of the stuff that was in it!
Before he departed he treated himself
To the glass of papaya juice left on the shelf.
Then he did a 180 and bounced back to the cart,
Remembering he still had to go very far.
He stomped on the pedal and turned up the tunes
And across the bridge he flew like a beach tern
And I heard him exclaim as he went on his way
"Merry Christmas, Anna Maria ... I wish I could
Editor 's note: With slight alterations, thanks to
Tjet Martin ofBradenton Beach, who found the poem
in the Christmas 1974 edition of the Beachcomber, a
former Anna Maria Island publication.
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Headline news from the Dec. 19,
2001, issue of The Islander
SIn a 4-1 vote, Anna Maria city commissioners
approved two ordinances granting permitting and zoning
for the Anna Maria section of the Manatee County
Beach Renourishment Project. Commissioners also
voted 5-0 to approve an interlocal agreement with the
county addressing parking, beach access and extension
of Anna Maria city limits to include any added beach. A
small group of opponents of the project continued to cite
possible reasons to put the project on hold to no avail.
The commission agreed to let the project proceed.
Both Anna Maria Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda and
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh opened campaign accounts to
run for mayor, suggesting they were ready to fight one
another for the city's top political position. Neither of them
had yet qualified for the 2002 election, and less than three
days remained to do so, leaving SueLynn as the only can-
didate who had met the qualifying criteria.
After much debate, Anna Maria city commission-
ers approved 14 trolley stops, but opted to omit signage
rather than the original proposal of 18 stops with MCAT
signs. However, the commission did approve a sten-
ciled trolley logo for the back sides of the trolley-stop
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Dec. 12 66 81 0
Dec. 13 64 81 0
Dec. 14, 59 80 0
Dec.15 57 80 0
Dec.16 62 81 0
Dec. 17 61 80 0
Average area Gulf water temperature 71.10
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8 E DEC. 21, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
DEP issues tree hut warning
By Kathy Prucnell
The state agency that regulates coastal construction
issued a warning and violation report Dec. 9 to the owner
ofAngelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, for
erecting a "roofed elevated wood frame deck seaward of
the CCCL without a permit."
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems report describes
possible further violations as an "alteration of an existing
sand dune system by creating/sculpting cleared pathways
and viewing areas through the dune area for use by visi-
Last month after an anonymous caller alerted the city
of Holmes Beach about the structure, the city contacted
Steve West of the local DEP field office.
West's department visited the site Nov. 29.
The city of Holmes Beach in a letter dated Dec. 6
advised owner Richard Hazen of engineering and survey
requirements that should be satisfied before a "letter of
no objection" will be considered.
The letter of no objection will be required of Hazen
if he seeks permitting from the Florida DEP The
city is requesting a "sealed drawing from a professional
engineering firm outlining the work completed, as well as
all proposed future work which would bring the structure
The city also has asked the owner to submit an "as
built" survey, including property and erosion control
lines, a description of materials used and requirements
to meet hurricane-force wind regulations.
The lodge includes four vacation rentals, and the tree
hut was built as a private place to read, write, relax and
enjoy dining, according to Huong Lynn Tran, wife of
Hazen contacted city officials last spring and asked
whether it had any permitting regulations for a tree house.
At the time Bob Schaffer, city building inspector, advised
of no regulations.
However, city officials now say they did not expect
the extent of the two-story, enclosed structure on the
K'SIS'tUrf 5 4'". .. 4, -. m_
The Angelino Sea Lodge is underfirefor a tree house
built on the beach without permits. Islander Photo:
Matt Klym, left, and Bob
McLoughlin of the Holmes
Beach Public Works
Department work from a
crane bucket above the
street to attach a lighted
snowflake to a utility pole
Nov. 28 on Gulf Drive for
the city's holiday welcome.
The six-story Martinique
condo is in the background.
Islander Photos: Kathy
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Work crews were on State Road 789/East Bay Drive in
Holmes Beach, last week preparing for construction of
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of the year. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Island road advisories
The Florida Department of Transportation announced
it has begun repairs to the Longboat Key Pass Bridge on
State Road 789 from north of Northshore Road on Long-
boat Key to south Coquina Park in Bradenton Beach.
Work this week will include repairs under the bridge
with no impact to traffic, the DOT said. Plans call for
repairs and painting, as well as sidewalk reconstruc-
During the repair period, motorists will encounter a
35-mph speed limit, but the bridge will remain open to
motorists and the draw will continue to be operated for
Quinn Construction Inc. is the contractor for the
$1.1 million project, which is expected to finish in the
DOT work will continue on Manatee Avenue on
Perico Island between Perico Harbor Marina and Bristol
Construction of a new sidewalk also continues in
Holmes Beach on East Bay Drive/State Road 789 from
the Manatee Avenue intersection south to Gulf Drive and
from 31st Street to Manatee Avenue. A fl,_ 'in 'i' operation
will be in place if any lane closures are necessary, the
This project should be completed in January, accord-
ing to the DOT.
All DOT construction will be suspended from Dec.
23 through Jan. 2 and Jan. 13 through Jan. 17.
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Cortez fisher finds tractor work rewarding
By Kathy Prucnell
It was a typical sunny morning last week when Mark
Taylor appeared on a tractor at the juncture of Coquina
and Cortez beaches where joggers ran, a woman leaned
against the pier, porpoises swam in the Gulf of Mexico
and a calm wind blew inland.
A Cortez fisherman turned beach maintenance
worker, Taylor said he didn't think he alone deserved
recognition for doing his job.
Manatee County Tourism Development Council,
however, brought him into the limelight with special
recognition at its Dec. 12 meeting.
Taylor rakes the sand, trims trees, keeps the beaches
trash-free, protects the turtles and keeps the rest rooms
clean "day in and day out" at the public beaches, said
Cindy Turner, Manatee County Parks and Recreation
"I can't believe how fortunate I am to work here,"
said Taylor, who grew up in Cortez and first worked as
commercial fisherman, like his father and grandfather
before him. In 1995, when Florida banned commercial
net-fishing, that way of life ended.
Asked what he missed about fishing, he answered,
"Literally being on the water and my independence. But
it's nice to have security and sleep in my own bed at
night." Taylor added he also drove semi-trailer trucks for
\ ly title is equipment operator," Taylor said about
his county job. "So the days I'm not running the rake, I'll
run other equipment, like roll-off Dumpster trucks and
"I work closely with Suzi Fox of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch and talk to her most every day during turtle
"She'll tell me areas to avoid, and I will point out
turtle nests they might have missed," he said. Taylor
added that AMITW volunteers walk up and down the
beach during season and mark nests with metal poles and
banners. "I applaud what they do," he said.
The most prevalent trash Taylor finds on the beach
is water bottles and other plastics, Styrofoam cups and
beverage cans. He said he also sees items left after par-
vMark laylor, rignt, of Manatee county rarks ana Kec-
reation Department, is honored as a model employee
Dec. 12 by the department and Tourist Development
Council. Colleagues Cindy Turner, Mark Parsley and
Carmine Demilio join Taylor.
ties and remnants from fireworks. He pulls items from
the surf as well, such as abandoned buoys, crab traps,
boards, flotsam and jetsam.
He separates garbage from recyclable materials and
the seagrass raked from the beach is sent for recycling to
Geraldson Community Farm in Bradenton.
Taylor said that during red tide outbreaks "we've
been lucky, it's been a couple years" he collects tons
of dead fish.
"It's about a team," said Taylor, who added that he
works with nine other employees.
"We've got a lot of good people," Taylor said. "I'm
not the only guy. I consider it a privilege to be doing what
I'm doing because it's in my back yard."
The team maintains about 3 miles of beaches at
Coquina and Cortez in Bradenton Beach, Manatee in
Holmes Beach and Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
Mark Parsley, Taylor's superintendent, said he likes
to honor all his hard-working employees, and encourages
them to ask people who compliment them to write letters
to their supervisors.
In Taylor's latest recognition before the TDC, Turner
described him as a model employee who had seen 18
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"I hate trash," Taylor told the TDC. "It's a pleasurable
job, and I didn't think ani lingIl could replace fishing."
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Proposals sought to purpose beach park
By Lisa Neff
Less than a month remains for entrepreneurs to
submit proposals for an income-generating use of the
beachfront property now known as John R. Chappie Gulf-
In mid-August, city commissioners issued a request
for proposals for the parcel in the 1400 block of Gulf
Drive North in Bradenton Beach.
At the recommendation of city attorney Ricinda
Perry, commissioners agreed to a lengthy RFP period,
setting the closing date at 3 p.m. Jan. 16.
A month before the closing, no proposals had been
filed at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., where proposal pack-
ets are available.
The RFP sets some basic parameters for bidders -
they must comply with city codes and the comprehensive
plan, unless they can successfully secure a plan amend-
"In an effort to provide for a broad range of options,
the city is not placing any limitation on proposed uses
other than the requirement that the proposed use shall be
in compliance with the city's comprehensive plan and
code of ordinances," the RFP reads.
John R. Chappie Gulfside Park consists of about
9,700 square feet and is identified for preservation in city
planning documents. Any use likely will require develop-
ment approval from the city.
The property is on Gulf Drive and thick with Aus-
tralian pines, shrubbery and grasses, but also boasts open
sand nearer the Gulf. The land was acquired in the settle-
ment of a longstanding legal dispute with Island Inc. over
development. The commission spent $350,000 to acquire
Almost immediately after buying the parcel, commis-
sioners and then-Mayor Bob Bartelt began talking about
how they might recover some of the money, possibly by
contracting with a concessionaire or renter.
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and other city officials visited the former Island
Inc. parcel in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive North in
Bradenton Beach. Commissioners are seeking propos-
als for an income-generating operation at the site.
Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
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Pierrette Kelly, executive director at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The donation was made to the
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Bradenton Beach beefs up outdoor dining regs
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach is adding some meat to its outdoor
dining regulations, beefing up the rules from five to 20.
Following a public hearing Nov. 29, the city planning
and zoning board voted to recommend the city commis-
sion approve a proposed outdoor dining text amendment
to the land-development code.
The P&Z decision followed a 60-minute review of
the amendment drafted by staff.
The city commission had asked staff to draft the
amendment following a request from the Bridge Street
Bistro/Island Time Bar and Grill to allow improvements
to its outdoor dining area at the corner of Bridge Street
and Gulf Drive.
Existing rules allow for outdoor dining on patios and
decks, require a fence or wall at least 5 feet tall as a buffer
between a residence, require landscaping or a fence at
least 3 feet tall between other commercial properties,
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The bistro/grill had sought a change to allow for the
cooking of food, specifically to allow for an outdoor pizza
So city staff, while reviewing the outdoor dining
requirements, proposed a series of changes.
Building official Steve Gilbert said the outdoor dining
regulations had been in the LDC for years without review
P&Z member Jo Ann Meilner, who chaired the meet-
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according to Gilbert.
The amendment would maintain the buffer rules, pro-
hibit a restaurant from moving outdoor chairs indoors to
increase seating, require that seating and tables be kept
out of rights of way and egresses, prohibit the use of dis-
posable items at tables and prohibit the use of permanent
outdoor heating or air-conditioning.
The draft also states that no open flames are permit-
ted, but restaurants could secure a special exception for
heating or cooking food outdoors.
The P&Z did not support a staff proposal to prohibit
microphones, loudspeakers and amplifiers, with most
members agreeing that the city's noise ordinance covers
problems with sound.
"We have a noise ordinance on the books. If you are
in a commercial district and having music and dancing
... I think it should be all right," Meilner said.
The provision also drew an objection from Bruce
Franklin, a planner from Sarasota working for the Bridge
Street Bistro. "Quite frankly we can't live with that," he
The P&Z also did not recommend set hours of opera-
tion for outdoor dining. Staff had suggested 7 a.m. to 10
p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday.
"Why have a time limit?" Meilner asked.
City planner Tom McCollum said other cities set
hours of operation to prevent disrupting the quiet.
Meilner replied, "For years and years and years
we've had outdoor dining.... And we don't have outdoor
diners yelling and screaming and thiiw\\ ing food at each
other after midnight. We have not had a real issue with
The city commission likely will take up the proposed
outdoor dining text amendment in January. The commis-
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cies currently visiting the preserve during their winter
A small number of canoes and kayaks will be avail-
able on a first-come, first-served basis for participants
who don't bring one of their own.
Safety gear also will be provided to individuals using
county boats. Those who bring their own kayak, also
must use safety gear.
Reservations are required for the paddle trip.
For more information or to make a reservation, call
Aedan Stockdale at 941-748-4501 ext. 4616.
The preserve is at 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton.
Manatee County's Natural Resources Department
is offering a canoe and kayak safari around Robinson
Preserve from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28.
"Take a break from the hectic holidays with a relax-
ing paddle through Robinson Preserve with our volunteer
tour guide Wayne," said NRD naturalist Melissa Cain
"Along the way, we will clean the waterways of Rob-
inson Preserve, paddling in and collecting trash to take
out," Nell said.
Each day, the waters of Tampa Bay, Palma Sola Bay
and Perico Bayou and any trash that may have blown
or been thrown into the waters converge in Robinson
Preserve. The preserve is cleaned both by rangers and
volunteers, but it's a job that requires constant attention,
By using kayaks to move through the preserve, volun-
teers can reach areas that might otherwise be ignored.
This paddle isn't just a trash safari, though. It will
be an opportunity to scope out the wildlife that hides
along the water's edge, including many of the bird spe-
Roser Food Pantry needs donations of cash and non-
A spokesperson said the food bank is most in need of
canned baked beans, peanut butter, fruit drinks, canned
fruit and tuna.
Donations boxes are located at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and
food also may be delivered to any Island church.
For more information, call 941-778-0410.
Friday, Dec. 23
5:30 to 8p.m. Holiday music performed on piano by Stephen
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Saturday through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria
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Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for
seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod
& Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets
at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by
Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Friday, SeniorAdventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
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.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by
Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
Tuesday, Dec. 27
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wagon tour through Robinson Pre-
Julie Boyd of the Florida Baptist Children's Homes and
her puppet, Mildred, provide humor and inspiration
in a presentation of "Christmas Joy, Joy, Joy," at the
REAL Women of CrossPointe Fellowship's Christmas
brunch. Islander Photos: Courtesy Sandy Watts
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Village Cafe offers free
The Village Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, is holding a free Christmas concert from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23.
"Christmas for the Soul" will feature pianist and
composer Stephen Jacob from Australia.
The cafe also is offering a menu including mulled
wine, soup, home-baked bread and seasonal cup-
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748-4501 ext. 4616.
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The reason for the season:
churches celebrate Christmas
Churches on Anna Maria Island are offering
expanded services for the Christmas holiday.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will host two Christmas Eve pro-
grams in the sanctuary a celebrational candlelight
service with music and prayer at 5:30 p.m. and a tradi-
tional candlelight service at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will celebrate on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will celebrate on Christmas Eve with
bells and candlelight services at 7 p.m. and 10:30
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate on Christmas
Eve with services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and the singing
of carols at 10:30 p.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, will hold a children's Mass at 4 p.m.
on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Mass at 10 p.m.
The choir will sing carols at 9:30 p.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church
Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold a service at 7 p.m.
On Christmas, which is Sunday, Dec. 25, Roser
will hold a service at 10 a.m.
Gloria Dei will hold a worship service at 9:30
Annunciation will hold a service at 10 a.m.
St. Bernard will hold Christmas Day mass at 8 a.m.
and 10 a.m.
Harvey's Christmas Day service is at 9:30 a.m.
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Startling news came over a loud speaker to the crowd
at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria,
just before noon on Dec. 13.
Santa's sleigh had broken down somewhere in the
Gulf of Mexico waters, but a rescue was in progress,
according to the speaker.
Santa arrives Dec. 13 to the Sandbar Restaurant and
the Lawton Chiles Christmas Party via a Jet-Ski driven
through the Gulf of Mexico waters to the shore by a
Manatee County Marine Rescue lifeguard. In other
years, Santa arrived to the Sandbar on afire truck, in
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mas for Kids Party, a Jet-Ski roared to the shore, driven
my a marine rescue worker and carrying Santa in a life-
jacket and hauling his bag full of toys.
Jubilant kids, hands waving in the air, smiles on their
faces, ran to the shore, all shouting, "Santa!"
And all was well with partygoers at the Sandbar.
Each child received a personalized gift, a new outfit
of clothes and pair of shoes, and gift certificates for a
complete holiday dinner for their family.
The party featured a crew from the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, greeting guests with goody bags and
shiny beaded necklaces, Spiderman, who "took a day
off from fighting crime to come to the beach," Frosty
the Snowman, Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Sponge Bob
SquarePants, Winnie the Pooh, Big Bird, other kid-
friendly characters, and, of course, Santa's elves.
The party also included lunch for the kids, games,
rock-climbing, face-painting, craft-making and merry
Those invited included 56 children from Healthy
Families of Manatee County, a nonprofit serving fami-
lies with children from prenatal age and up, and about
35 from Headstart programs and other special invitees.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and son of the
late Gov. Lawton Chiles, also attended the event, and
described it as a "fun, fun thing."
Chiles said the event, now in its 18th year, was named
for his father after the 13th year.
"He was all about kids. He was in politics to help kids
from start to end," he added. Chiles said his father sup-
ported prenatal care for moms, helping the less fortunate
and measures to stem infant mortality.
"The economic challenges we all face are felt much
deeper by many of these families, so this year's party
will provide some relief for families trying to provide a
semblance of Christmas for their children," according to
a Sandbar press release.
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Santa and t Pier, where crafts, a raffle for wreaths, entertainment
the Christ- -a and refreshments were offered. BELOW. Holiday boat-
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Islander Reporter City attorney Jim Dye presented his review of the Waste Management Inc. for trash-hauling services
islandd Community Center officials told ordinance along with suggested changes offered by cell after the company said it would change solid waste and
commissioners Dec. 15 that any decision tower consultant Rusty Monroe of the Center for Munici- recycling pickup days to Monday and Thursday, offer
the center is up to the commission and pal Solutions. 64-gallon containers that would hold all waste, including
not pursuing applications for a tower. In Dye's opinion, the ordinance should be amended recyclables, provide two free days each year to pick up
ey, treasurer of the center board of direc- to make some steps "mandatory" for a cell tower com- anything other than hazardous materials, require side-
ed to clear up any misunderstanding or pany, not just a "recommendation" on what it should yard pickup from non-homesteaded properties, and give
bout a cell tower at the center. do. the city $5,000 for advertising the new services. WMI
four companies have made presenta- Dye also said the telecommunications standards of will remove recyclables from the 64-gallon containers.
,but the center has informed each com- today need to be reviewed and added to the ordinance Approved a request by the Anna Maria Island His-
owns the property and any decision on to ensure the city does not violate federal law. The city torical Society to move at its expense the late Warren
he city. cannot prohibit wireless services, he said. Spahn's "Infield" house to the historical park on Pine
let everyone know that the lease does The city's ordinance currently has numerous restric- Avenue.
iblet. We are simply coming to you and tions on where a cell tower can be placed, and "it's hard Informed Capt. Tracey Dell that his proposal for
nt to talk about a site in the future, we to get to the end point" of building a tower under the a water-taxi service from Pinellas County to the Anna
ordinance because of "too many dead ends," he said. Maria City Pier should first be discussed with pier lease-
i's property and any revenue goes to the While Dye said he'd heard some members of the holder Mario Schoenfelder and any agreement with him
public want the cell tower ordinance reviewed by Ted should be provided to the city.
a cell tower is approved at the center Kreines, who helped write the 2003 ordinance, commis- Dye said Schoenfelder maintains 95 percent of the
rational, the center would like to share sioners favored using Monroe to review and rewrite the pier and the commission would have to review any agree-
angley said. ordinance. ment to see if it is permissible under the current lease and
Chair Chuck Webb clarified that no Dye was directed by the commission to contact if it adds any liability.
mitted an application for a cell tower. Monroe and return a draft amended cell tower ordinance Approved the first reading of ordinances granting
ers did, however, discuss the need to to the commission. Manatee County the right to provide potable water and
wer ordinance, which was adopted in In other business, the commission granted a vari- sewer and wastewater removal to the city.
ance to Penelope Naylor of 204 Elm Ave. to construct
an 8-foot-high fence to reduce noise problems she expe-
rienced from a neighboring property.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said the variance
doesn't solve the problem of renters violating city codes
and suggested the commission devote a work session to
examine those issues.
Planning board chair Sandy Mattick said the P&Z
plans to hold a work session Jan. 3 on those same issues,
and Webb suggested it would be better to wait until after
the P&Z meets on the subject.
Other commissioners agreed, but noted the problem
of un-neighborly renters is starting to become serious in
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Dec. 13, 300 block of Tarpon Street, suspicious
person. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded
to a complaint about a woman stumbling down the
middle of Magnolia Avenue. The woman was found by
the deputy on Tarpon and escorted to her home.
Dec. 10, 1900 Gulf Drive, disturbance. The Bra-
denton Beach Police Department received a report of a
disturbance in the area. Responding officers checked the
area, but did not find any disturbance.
Dec. 9, 10000 block of Cortez Road, battery. The
MCSO arrested a 40-year-old homeless man for allegedly
punching another man.
Dec. 9, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, battery. The
Holmes Beach Police Department responded to Island
Mail & More, where the owner reported that a customer
became argumentative over a $10 transaction and then
struck her in the face.
Dec. 10, 64th Street and Marina Drive, fireworks.
The HBPD received a complaint of fireworks being set
off. The MCSO, covering for HBPD, responded.
Dec. 10, 6400 block of Flotilla Drive. The HBPD
received a missing person report. The person was found
several hours later.
Dec. 12, 3700 block of Fifth Avenue, robbery. The
HBPD reported a robbery. The report released Dec. 15
contained redactions because of an ongoing investigation.
The report listed two witnesses and a victim, who said
a male in a dark hooded-sweatshirt and dark jeans had
robbed him of $250.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 21, 2011 19
No contest plea made in HB theft case
By Lisa Neff
A woman accused of ripping off a Holmes Beach
couple away from home on a European vacation pleaded
Arraignment delayed in
Arraignment again was delayed for a 64-year-old
Holmes Beach man accused of using Facebook to solicit
a child for unlawful sexual conduct.
Ronald Littlehale was scheduled to answer allega-
tions of sexually-related crimes in DeSoto County on
SDec. 12, a court date delayed from Nov.
29. On Dec. 12, the arraignment was
again postponed until 9 a.m. Jan. 10.
Littlehale was arrested in Manatee
County on Nov. 9 on a warrant from
DeSoto County, where the sheriff's office
Littlehale worked the case against him.
A spokesman for the DCSO said
Littlehale was arrested for soliciting a child by computer
for unlawful sexual conduct, transmitting by electronic
device harmful material to a minor and transmission of
pornography by electronic device. A DeSoto County
Clerk of the Circuit Court website shows that Littlehale
faces 13 felony charges.
Authorities began investigating Littlehale after a
DeSoto County resident informed deputies of suspicious
activity on her Facebook account a stranger had con-
tacted her about a photograph of herself as a child.
Investigators with the DCSO, part of a central Florida
task force on Internet-related crimes, initiated a sting.
They created Facebook pages and profiles for 13-year-old
females and allegedly were befriended by Littlehale.
Littlehale was taken into the Manatee County jail in
an arrest that involved the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Jack-
sonville County Sheriff's Office, as well as the DCSO.
Littlehale, as of Dec. 13, remained in the DeSoto
no contest Dec. 15 to charges that she stole the couple's
car and possession.
Catherine Theresa O'Malley, 49, was arrested ear-
lier this year on charges of grand theft, a second-degree
felony, and grand theft of a vehicle, a third-degree felony,
in Manatee County.
In a courtroom at the Manatee County Judicial
Center last week, she pleaded no contest and was judged
O'Malley's sentence, handed down by Circuit Court
Judge Scott Brownell, was 194 days in the Manatee
County jail and three years probation.
SO'Malley was first taken into custody
in Sarasota, where, in an unrelated case,
she was accused of fraud, presenting a false
ID to a law enforcement officer and pos-
session of narcotics/narcotics equipment.
In the Manatee County case,
O'Malley O'Malley, who provided addresses in
Holmes Beach and Sarasota for her resi-
dency, was an early suspect. She had been hired by Bar-
bara and David Hines to watch their Holmes Beach home
while they were away.
Instead of acting as caretaker, O'Malley allegedly
stole the couples' car, jewelry and other possessions, as
well as cashed forged checks.
A probable cause affidavit filed at the courthouse
stated that O'Malley "knowingly obtained the property
of another with the intent to temporarily or permanently
deprive the owner of their right to the property."
The document also said, "The victim's bank fraud
department has images showing the defendant cashing and
attempting to cash the stolen t lh k, luti ui, uit the area. The
total amount for the items that were stolen is $23,213."
O'Malley pleaded not guilty in July and a trial date
was set for February 2012.
Had she gone to trial and been convicted, she could
have faced 10 years in prison.
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Adra Dupuis and Madison Doll are ready to take the
Anna Maria Elementary School stage as Santa Claus
BELOW: Emily Turner Leathem is a snowflake, while
Hannah McCraken is the show's "spoke's model."
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dinner and meeting Dec. 13. Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love
Griffin Heckler waves to fans as she exits the stage in
the AME auditorium. Griffin played the role of Mrs.
Claus in the fifth-grade production of "Rockin'Around
the Christmas Tree" Dec. 13.
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Manatee County School District staff and Tuesday,
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22 0 DEC. 21, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Christmas bounty: Cortez mullet run takes off
By Thomas Aposporos
Mullet season has begun and fishers are casting nets
in hopes of bringing in plentiful loads of the fish a
bounty for Christmas.
Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co. said that interest
in mullet is especially great this season because of last
year's low yield.
"We have buyers from Italy, France, Taiwan, Egypt
and elsewhere. Some buyers are flying in, and that's a
clear indication that interest is peaked," Bell said.
Many have speculated on what caused the low
number of fish last season; weather, migration and loca-
tion of predators are possible reasons. There are many
variables involved, the principal one always being
"Last season was also odd in that it ran through Feb-
ruary, where it typically runs from early mid-December
to early January. It never really picked up though, despite
the length," Bell said.
It looks like the hopes of fishers and buyers will
be rewarded this year. Bell said there have been some
good runs recently, and many report the great numbers of
mullet, as well as mullet boats, in bay and Gulf of Mexico
So what is it that makes local mullet such a highly
sought after fish, and why is Cortez the place to go to,
often from across the globe for the catch?
"The fish are plentiful, healthy and delicious, and
the size and color of the mullet in many places, North
Carolina and Louisiana for example, do not compare with
that of the mullet found here," Bell said.
There is, however, another, perhaps greater culinary
appeal to the mullet than its meat and that is mullet
At present, Bell is paying $1.40-$1.50 per pound for
female mullet, and $0.15 per pound for males. The value
of the female's eggs, the roe, amounts for the difference
"Mullet roe is a form of caviar," Bell said.
The roe, also known as bottarga, is sun-dried and
Billy Alstrom and crew return to the dock at A.P.
Bell Fish Co. in Cortez with afresh catch of mullet.
Islander Photos: Courtesy Karen Bell
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or slicing onto crackers. The technique is practiced
throughout the world, and is a process familiar to folks
"The old Southerners have done it for a long time,
just as they do in Europe and Asia," said Bell.
However, no one in the Cortez area was trained to
press the roe, so it was necessary to send it to Asia in
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Bistro is a winemaker and co-owner of LLV Vine-
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the technique of preparing bottarga.
So the effort to market mullet roe as a delicacy has
become stronger on a local basis.
"Bottarga has been very popular among Cortezians
since far back, but many Americans have otherwise not
been aware of what it is, how good it is, and how good it
is for you," said Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, Beach-
house and Mar Vista restaurants.
There's no guarantee year to year that mullet season
will be a success. One can only watch as the fishers do
their work. Bell feels confident either way, though.
"It's great to know that Cortez this tiny, little fish-
ing village is making its mark on the world with the
quality and flavor of its mullet and roe," she said.
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24 E DEC. 21, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
On being good sports, plus golf, horseshoe action
Commentary by Kevin Cassidy
It's hard to believe another year has passed and
Christmas is upon us. Since we are celebrating the season
of giving and there's time for reflection, I wanted to point
out an observation from attending so many sporting
events over the years.
That is, parents, coaches and players of all ages need
to show game officials more respect.
They are the authority figure in that given situation
and their decisions are final. In all my years I've never
seen an official in any sport change their call because a
player, coach or parent complained.
Do referees make bad calls? Of course, they do, but
to listen to fans on the sidelines of a game you'd think
they never made a good call. "We lost because of the
referee" or "the ref sucks" are comments I hear many
times over from adults and kids alike.
Referees are human and they make mistakes just
like the players make mistakes. I could see the headlines
already if a referee told a kid "he sucks," or ridiculed or
derided a player because of how they performed.
But that doesn't happen and it's because sporting
referees and officials are bound by a code of conduct.
It's too bad everyone couldn't abide by such a
Overall sportsmanship is getting watered down and
from where I stand, it starts from the top. When kids hear
their parents and their coach ripping a game official, it
sends a message that it's alright for them to follow suit.
So often we hear that sports mirrors life, and so, if
that's to be believed, disrespect for game officials can
easily transfer to parents, teachers and other authority
All I'm saying is we all need to "tone it down" and
let the kids play. For the adults in the community playing
sports or attending their kids' games, let it go and play
With that being said, I want to thank the people who
help me fulfill my reporting "game," the regular contribu-
tors to The Islander.
I want to thank folks like Ed Havlik and Sally York
of the Key Royale Club and Sam Samuels and Ron Pepka
who report from the horseshoe pits in Anna maria. Week
in and week out, I know they'll be e-mailing their weekly
took first place
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Earl Richie's 9-under-par 55 gave him first place
during golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes
Beach Dec. 10. Islander Photos: Courtesy Ed Havlik
Next I have to thank Troy Shonk, Lindsey Weaver,
Scott Dell and all of the participants in the Anna Maria
Island Community Center's sports programs. The Cen-
ter's sports leagues comprise the majority of my sports
section and have for many years.
Other contributors, including Mickey Hooke who
keeps Islanders abreast of the Florida running scene, the
Pickleball champs from the community center, senior
game participants and many others who currently elude
my memory have my gratitude.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Key Royale golf news
The men and women of the Key Royale Club have
had another busy week of golf. Members and guests
played a coed, delete-the-worst-team-ball-on-each-hole
game Dec. 16. The team of Nel Bergstrom, Terry Westby
and Tom Warda carded an 80 to take first place by one
stroke over the team of Eunice Warda, Dick Rouse and
The men played a nine-hole scramble Dec. 15 in
which the team of Quentin Talbert, Tom Nelson, John
Kolijeski and Tom McDonnell combined on a 6-under-
par 26. Two shots back at 4-under-par was the team of
Merritt Fineout, Ron Pritchard, Bob Lange and Duane
Dec. 14 saw the men play an 18-hole, two-best-balls-
of-foursome match. The team of Vince Mercadante, Jim
Mixon, Pete Weir and Dick Eichorn torched the course
with a 26-under-par 102. Ron Richard, Carly Voyles, Jim
Thorton and Bob Elliott were four shots back in second
The Key Royale women played a team and individual
low-net match over nine holes Dec. 13. Kris Landkam-
mer's birdie on the eighth hole gave her first place in
Flight B. Joyce Brown and Beverly Neville's 1-under-31
put them in a four-way tie for second place in Flight B
with Terry Westby and Liz Lang, but also propelled their
team, including Sara Falk and Nancy King, to the team
Flight A winner was Maxine Mitchell with a 3-under-
par 29, while Marlyn Thorton was alone in second place
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Joyce Reith won Flight C with a 3-under-par 29,
while Sally Keyes won Flight D with the same score.
Jane Winegarden and Rose Slomba tied for second place
with even-par 32.
The men played a nine-hole Stableford game Dec.
13. Jerry Dahl's game-high plus-6 propelled his team of
Jon Holcomb, Merritt Fineout and Larry Pippel to first
place in the team competition. Dahl's individual score
was one shot better than Earl Ritchie, who finished in
A two-best balls of foursome over nine holes was the
game of the day during Dec. 12 men's golf. Joe Dicken-
son, Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue and Art Hibbs combined to
card a 19-under-par 45. Two shots back in second place
was the team of Tom Lewis, Tom O'Brian and Harrold
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match
Dec. 10. Earl Ritchie carded a 9-under-par 55 to take first
place by two shots over Dick Eichorn. Tom Lewis was
alone in third with a 4-under 60.
Ten teams participated in the Dec. 17 horseshoe
games at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Debbie
Rhodes and Jay Disbrow were the only team to earn three
pool-play victories and were the day's outright champs.
Bob Palmer and Norm Good outlasted eight other
participants and were outright champs during Dec. 14
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
Billy Alstrom and crew return to the dock at A.P. Bell
Fish Co. in Cortez after a day of castnetting with their
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Heat up the skillet for flats, dock fishing
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Redfish are being found across the flats during after-
noon hours. As the water warms from the sun, these fish
move to shallow, calm water to bask in the sun. Gold
spoons or soft plastics are the ticket to catch these loung-
It's also a good time to target redfish around docks
and piers. When doing this, try using a live select shrimp
for bait. Add a split shot to get your bait on the bottom.
These reds usually congregate right under the dock so
making an accurate cast is imperative. The key to getting
the bite is get your shrimp as far back under the dock as
you can without getting hung up in the pilings. If you
make a short cast, you most likely won't get hooked up,
so reel in and try again.
Once you're in the strike zone, hang on tight. When
fishing docks for redfish, it is common to hook fish
exceeding 30 inches in length.
With temperatures climbing into the low 80s on
recent days, inshore fishing remains consistent for a vari-
ety of species.
Migratory species such as jack crevalle, Spanish
mackerel, bonito and ladyfish are being caught around
schools of migratory baitfish both in the bays and on the
beaches. These fish will readily take a small white jig or
silver spoon which can produce nonstop action for
anglers using artificial. Just remember, follow the bait
schools to stay on the fish.
On the flats, catch-and-release spotted seatrout
action is still good especially on mornings when
we experience extreme low tides. Try targeting larger
trout with top-water plugs in the early morning. Deeper
grass flats adjacent or an abrupt change in depth by
a sandbar or a spoil island are good areas to begin
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing spot-
ted seatrout patrolling the pier at night in search of small
ballyhoo. "It's pretty cool watching those trout come up
and inhale a ballyhoo," exclaims Sork.
Also at night, Sork is seeing numerous sharks on the
hook. Sharks ranging 2-4 feet in length are the norm. By
using cut bait such as mullet or frozen squid, night fishers
are reeling up bonnetheads and small black tips.
Spanish mackerel are being caught, although Sork
believes the bite to be a "little sporadic." Small white jigs
and Gotcha plugs are getting the bite.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a
good number of Spanish mackerel being caught by fishers
using small yellow jigs. "Most of them are small," says
Cassetty. "I'd say maybe one out of three is a keeper."
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Silver spoons or live shiners are catching mackerel,
although Cassetty says the yellow jigs catch the most.
Using live shrimp on a bottom rig is rewarded with
a variety of species. By dropping a bait directly next to
or underneath the pier, pier fishers are catching keeper-
size black drum. Redfish are inhabiting the pier with
catches up to 22 inches being landed. Sheepshead are
being caught on shrimp, although Cassetty recommends
using oyster crabs or sand fleas if you're serious about
putting these tasty striped fish in the skillet.
On a final note, Cassetty says, "We're still catching
a lot of flounder out here, but most are undersized. We
have to throw them back."
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says he's
starting to hear about sheepshead being caught both in the
canals and at the local piers. "People are using a number
of baits for sheepies," says Keyes. "So far, shrimp, fiddler
crabs and sand fleas top the list."
Most of these inshore sheepshead will range 1-2
pounds, but don't be surprised to encounter fish exceed-
ing 3 pounds.
Redfish and flounder are being caught on the grass
flats in sandy potholes and ditches. Berkley Gulp shrimp
on a jig head is producing a consistent bite as are live
shrimp fished on the bottom.
Offshore, Keyes is hearing of catches of jolt head
porgies, Key West grunts and juvenile red grouper. He
says, "For the porgies, grunts and juvenile red grouper,
try frozen sardines to get the bite."
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wrench into the typical patterns the fish follow for
December. "The warmer weather provided some excel-
lent opportunities to have an enjoyable day on the water,"
Game fish are responding to the shiners that are still
in the bay, and redfish are on the flats and in the potholes
mixed in with schools of mullet. Howard suggests setting
up in 2 feet of water and chumming the shiners into the
potholes, drawing redfish, flounder, ladyfish and speckled
trout to the back of the boat for fast-paced action. And
use a popping cork to keep the shiner out of the weeds,
The redfish, black drum and flounder have moved
toward the deepwater docks along the Intracoastal
Waterway and the Manatee River. The shiners have
not been as productive as a lively shrimp tossed under
the docks. "A tip for dock fishing is to throw the bait
in a side-arm motion in order to not snag the dock and
to get the bait way under the dock," Howard says. He
also suggests tightening down your drag when dock
fishing to work the bigger fish away from the pilings.
As long as the weather holds, the flats still will be
alive with game fish, says Howard. He reminds fishers to
keep the slack out of your line to feel the fish bite your
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing close to the beach catch-
ing bonito and Spanish mackerel. By finding migratory
schools of glass minnows, Girle is hooking up the bite.
Girle is catching migratory species on small jigs, spoons
and even a few on flies.
Moving inshore, Girle is fishing shallow grass
flats using top-water plugs. Redfish up to 32 inches
are being caught on top-water plugs during the early
morning hours. Snook of equal size are being caught
using the same method. Lastly, spotted seatrout up
to 27 inches are blasting top-water plugs in the same
areas as the reds and snook.
L\ ,l) fish we caught was on a top-water plug. For
some reason, the fish just wouldn't take a jig," Girle said
of one day's action.
Fishing the top water can produce a variety of species
and result in bigger fish. Girle's choices for top-water
plugs include the Rapala Skitterwalk and the Sebile Stick
Shadd. You may want to add a MirrOlure Top Dog and
a Zara Spook to your arsenal as well.
Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy trying out all of
the new fishing gear that Santa put under your tree.
The weather and the tides promise to be perfect for
time on the water during the holidays. So, heat up your
skillet and go fishing.
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26 E DEC. 21, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
IRE buys Betsy Hills
Island Real Estate Inc., 6101 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, purchased Betsy Hills Real Estate, 419 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, on Dec. 9 and is now operating the cottage
office as its second office.
Larry Chatt of IRE said all staff and sales personnel
have been retained, including Betsy Hills.
Hills said she was "elated to be part of the Island
Real Estate team," and the Anna Maria location will be
a "complement to Island Real Estates services."
Hills founded her agency in 1983 and said that her
"legacy is in fantastic hands with Island Real Estate."
Island Real Estate was founded in 1970 in Holmes
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Chamber guide books arrive
The new edition of the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce 2012 Official Visitors Guide and Business
Directory is available at no charge from the chamber.
Guide books can be obtained at the chamber's office
at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Publix, at most
chamber member offices or businesses, or at chamber
Chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said 25,000
copies of the new guides were delivered Dec. 15, and
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TAKING HALF STEPS By Timothy Polin / Edited by Will Shortz
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6 Jackson and Reno
12 Where a plant or
21 Wipes out
who searched for
the Seven Cities
23 Taking too much
24 Reassure that
one's joking, in
26 Little shavers at
30 Tucker out
31 Bone: Prefix
32 Just recently
39 Like trenchant
45 Paper tray size:
46 Mercedes sedan
51 Home in the
52 Kin: Abbr.
59 Play sentinel
61 Fix, as a fairway
62 "The Clan of the
campus is a
64 Table scraps
65 Economic woe
69 Burns, e.g.
73 Ones pictured in
74 Newspaper units:
75 Body of water in
crater, for one
76 Group that
82 #2 or #3
84 "Get it?"
86 Fixed price
87 Quick inning
enders, for short
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91 Modernize the
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102 Killed, as a test
106 Dangers for
117 Judge in Judges
118 Neighbor of a
119 Cactuslike plant
of the Southwest
120 Doorway jamb
121 Remark after an
122 Vocal skeptic
123 Hockey team,
124 Nobelist Bohr
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in the mouth
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8 Kid minders
9 Glacial ridge
11 Retired boomers
12 There's no foul
play when one
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16 a secret
18 Some punches
19 Slander or libel
27 Cavalry member
31 2005 biography
Making of a
32 Seasoned hand
34 Repeated film
title role for Jim
36 Organic food
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40 Orly bird?
41 Pass (out)
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44 Fixed at an acute
49 Fox hunter's cry
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by Dr. Watson
and his partner
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67 Like some
68 Way to refuse
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70 Bottom dealers,
71 Cousins of
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Merchants: AM holiday walk 'best ever'
The North End Merchants Organization members
were pleased with the Dec. 9 turnout for the holiday walk
along the city's business district of Gulf Drive and Pine
"It was a great turnout for the businesses," said
NEMO board president Tina Fusaro.
Brian Seymore of the Anna Maria General Store
"There were certainly a lot more people this year
than last," he said, noting that he ran out of snacks for
Fusaro said she served caviar and Champagne, and
it was gone before the event ended at 8:30 p.m.
"That seems to happen every year," said Sissy Quinn
of the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust. "You have
the high-end items that people wanted."
Meeting at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, the board
approved a draft design by Mike Thrasher designer
and co-developer of the Anna Maria Historical Green
Village with wife Lizze Vann Thrasher of a banner
that would promote "paradise" and the city. The banners,
which will hang on utility poles, could be 5 to 8 feet high,
If approved by the city commission, NEMO plans
to purchase 25 banners to display along Gulf Drive and
Quinn said she has about 10 of the Anna Maria City
Pier Centennial Celebration banners remaining for sale
to the public. Funds from those banner sales will offset
the cost of the new ones. Quinn said $1,000 in banner
sales has been raised.
The old banners are at J&J Graphics, 9701 Gulf
Drive, for anyone interested in a purchase, Quinn said.
Fusaro updated the board on the 2012 Food & Wine
on Pine event, and said plans call for just the east end
of Pine Avenue from North Shore Drive to the pier to be
blocked to vehicular traffic.
The event is scheduled for May 5, coinciding with
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce wedding fes-
Chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said the
chamber and the Sandbar Restaurant, which sponsors the
food event, are planning a joint advertising effort in hopes
of generating more wedding festival stay-over guests -
heads in beds, as the chamber refers to its marketing for
It amounts to a win-win for the chamber and the fes-
tival. The food and wine event May 5 will give wedding
festival attendees something to do, while the main schedule
for the wedding events is May 6, Brockman said.
Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 171x155 vacant
lot was sold 11/30/11, BBHB LLC to 9Solutions LLC for
6424 Gulf Drive, Unit 7, La Plage, Holmes Beach, a
2,132 sfla / 2,442 sfur Gulfront condo with shared pool
built in 2003 was sold 11/22/11, Ruckdeschel to Rich-
ardson for $1,100,000; list $1,199,999.
417 28th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,459 sfla / 2,579 sfur
3bed/22bath/ car bayfront pool home built in 1978 on a
89x120 lot was sold 11/28/11, Rossi Family Land Trust
417 to Parsons for $700,000; list $849,500.
316 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,274 sfla / 1,694
sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1957 on a 52x145 lot
was sold 11/29/11, Eaton to Pressman for $425,000; list
244 South Harbor Drive, Unit 5, Bay Bella Vista,
Holmes Beach, a 1,154 sfla / 1,687 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1983 was sold 12/01/11, Zig-
neigo to Cogdill for $325,000; list $349,000.
2502 Gulf Drive, Unit 208, Club Bamboo, Bradenton
Beach, a 476 sfla Ibed/lbath condo with shared pool built
in 1975 was sold 11/29/11, Brown to Aqua Props LLC
2502 Gulf Drive, Unit 102, Club Bamboo, Bradenton
Beach, a 681 sfla Ibed/lbath condo with shared pool built
in 1975 was sold 11/29/11, Brown to Aqua Props LLC
600 Manatee Ave., Unit 214, Westbay Cove, Holmes
Beach, a 888 sfla / 954 sfur Ibed/lbath condo with
shared pool built in 1977 was sold 11/22/11, England to
Wardwell for $160,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Robert L. Charles
Robert L. Charles, 72, of Palmetto, died Dec. 16.
He was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Haslett, Mich. He moved
to Manatee County in June 1987 from Eaton Rapids,
Mr. Charles served with the U.S. Navy. He was
the former owner of Island Auto Body on Anna Maria
Island for more than 14 years. He was a member of Island
Baptist Church and attended the First Baptist Church of
Ellenton. He was a member of the Studebakers Driver's
Private family services with military honors by the
U.S. Navy will be held at the Florida National Cemetery
in Bushnell. Condolences for the family may be made at
www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shan-
non Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.
Mr. Charles is survived by his children, Ray and wife
Heather Schroder, Cyndy and husband Kevin Lyon, all
of Eaton Rapids, Mich., and Wayne Charles of Palmetto;
brother Jim and wife Debra of Parma, Mich.; six grand-
children; five great-grandchildren; and companion Judy
Brackin of Nokomis.
Obituaries are provided as a free service in
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of residents, both past and present, and to those
people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is
edited for style and length. Photos are welcome.
Paid obituaries are available by calling 941-778-
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SURF FISHING ROD: Fuji F-24 9.5-feet, excel-
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GE REFRIGERATOR: 21.6 cubic feet. No frost,
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MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
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HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is
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weeks for Port-au-Prince and needs to be filled
include: peanut butter, canned foods and meat,
pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning supplies such
as Pine, and bleach. Drop off to The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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-
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HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
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needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
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MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria
Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariais-
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WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
LOST: REALTORS KEYPAD. Somewhere on the
Island. Please, call Robin, 941-713-4515.
LOST WEDDING BAND: In Publix or parking lot
Friday, Dec. 16, 7310 Manatee Ave. W. (Beach-
way Plaza). 941-792-8139. Reward.
FOUND: SET OF KEYS on causeway, Saturday,
Dec. 17. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
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adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
DOCK FOR RENT: MEDIUM boat. 452 63rd St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1893.
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.
HOUSEKEEPER: PART-TIME with full-time
potential. Hotel Homes Florida Vacation Rentals
Inc. on Anna Maria Island is seeking professional,
friendly, efficient cleaning staff. Bilingual is a plus.
Must be able to work weekends. Call Missy, 941-
201-7499 or email resume to: Missy@excellen-
BUSY AND EXPANDING Island real estate office
looking for experienced agents. High splits and
low fees. Call 941-778-8104.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
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call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
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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.
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-
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
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-
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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.
DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10
per week! 941-592-5170.
MARIA'S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business
offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile
cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
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and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
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Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.
GIVE THE GIFT of organization: Home, office
and small business. Professional organizer,
Shauna Steglich. 208-284-5727.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom.
Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting.
Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
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I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
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and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County
and the Island since 1987. Call William Eller, 941-
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RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
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for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
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pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
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more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-
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kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
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installation. Certified horticultural professional.
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
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references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
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shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
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SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
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Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
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JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced.
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Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
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CHILSON AVENUE: Wonderful deep-water
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with no bridges to the bay! This home has a large
pool. Beach within walking distance. Could be
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Village Green 2,500 sq. ft. 3/2, htd. pool, furnished. $249,000.
10 Min. to beach. 3/2 Lakefront home too perfect to describe.
Bamboo firs, Extra cabinetry, Lush landscape/pool/lake views. $349,000.
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
Azalea Park Large 3/2 with pool. Very nice. $1,600/mo
Heron's Watch-10 Min. to Beach. 3/2 $1,300/mo. $1,400/mo. with pet.
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750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage
units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
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No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores
mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1 BA.
Call Karen, 813-377-6864.
3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage,
beach three minutes. boat dock. extra. Starting
$1,250/week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage, 75
yards to beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo Catol-
ica, director, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakellarides,
CA1 A_-n-Cr cnr. ook: Pa mn nPelican.
GULFFRONT VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/1BA,
sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/
night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann,
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.
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/
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer
hookup, space for 28-foot boat. No pets. Holmes
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to
sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Ques-
tions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour at www.srqvt.
DIRECT INTRACOASTAL WATERFRONT apart-
ment: 1BR/1BA, dock, Jacuzzi, tile throughout, gor-
geous views, Bradenton Beach, $900/month. 941-
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE December and
January. 2BR/1BA, west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
$1,550 monthly, $500 weekly plus tax. 941-778-
2BR/1BA FULL-SIZE apartment. Steps to Gulf in
historic village on trolley stop. Seasonal. $2,150/
month plus tax. 941-518-5026. www.atkoione.com.
OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811
Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 1,300 sf. Call
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, 941-387-3474.
Looking for the
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DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, out-
door kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished.
$3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach,
annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing
available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma
HOLMES BEACH HOME: Quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to
sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Ques-
tions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour: www.srqvt.
AFFORDABLE LIVING: HISTORIC Sandpiper Resort,
Bradenton Beach. On the Intracoastal Waterway across
the street from Gulf beaches.Your little piece of heaven
in Florida! Claudia's Real Estate 941-746-8161 or 941-
ISLAND HOME SELLERS: Find out what homes down
the street sold for. Free list with pictures of recent home
AUCTIONS! JANUARY 14 and 21. Key Royale water-
front, estimated opening bid, $275,000. Palma Sola
Park four-car garage home, estimated opening bid,
$150,000. Call James Adkins, Adkins Florida Group,
Keller Williams Realty. 941-713-0635. Happy bidding!
Located in a small, private, gated community, this 3-bed-
room, 3-bath home is spacious and airy with vaulted ceilings
and walls of glass to enjoy sunsets every night!
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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