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Bradenton Beach looks to fill Ward 3 seat
By Kathy Prucnell
Almost like they're family, Bradenton
Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy can't say
enough about his pride in the city and the
people he works with in his job as the city's
He looks at the appointment of the next
city commissioner in a similar way. Asked
what kind of person would make a good com-
missioner, the mayor said: "Someone genu-
inely interested in Bradenton Beach.
"Also, you can't let your personal stuff
get in the way," he added.
Because no candidate came forward to run
for the Ward 3 commission seat in the Novem-
ber election when former commissioner Janie
Robertson's third and final term had run out,
the Bradenton Beach City Commission is
expected to appoint a person to fill the vacancy
at its Jan.5 meeting.
At press time Dec. 22, only two candi-
dates had shown interest in the appointment,
Richard Gatehouse and John Tillison. Gate-
house sent a letter of interest to city clerk Nora
Idso, and Tillison submitted a three-page list
of references to city hall.
Shaughnessy, a former six-year Ward
1 city commissioner, was elected mayor in
November. No one else ran for the seat. He is
now in his fifth week of his two-year term.
"The big thing coming up this year is the
budget," not having enough money to provide
city services. L\ i.1) city in the U.S. is having
that problem," Shaughnessy said.
He acknowledged that the city's population
is dwindling, and because "we make decisions
for the entire city, not just a single ward," the
mayor favors changing the city charter to an "at-
large" representation. However, that requires
changing the city charter and will require a
One issue facing Bradenton Beach in the
near future is the ongoing dune project in part-
nership with ELRA Inc., owners of the Beach-
house Restaurant. The project will create a line
of dunes and landscaping to protect the shoreline
across from city hall from erosion.
Another issue is providing services for the
community. Everyone, from the members of
commission to city hall, the police, building
department and public works, "does 150 per-
cent" and, also important is that everyone con-
tinues to "keep communication lines open," said
PLEASE SEE WARD 3, PAGE 2
Flashback 2011: Year in review
Compiled by Lisa Neff
The year began with frigid temperatures
- for Florida, fireworks over the Gulf of
Mexico and frenzy at Anna Maria city hall,
where a band of 40 pirates kidnapped the
The second half of the year, to be reviewed
next week, began with steamy temperatures,
but also fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico
and frenzy at another city hall, where a band
of Anna Maria Island Privateers kidnapped
Bradenton Beach's mayor.
rrives. Fair warning: The Anna Maria Island
Privateers, energized to celebrate the 40th
S anniversary of the nonprofit, threatened to
kidnap the Island mayors and lay siege to
each city. The first city to come under attack
was Anna Maria on Jan. 3. The Privateers held
Mayor Mike Selby for ransom after finding
ans. him hiding under his desk at city hall.
Be it resolved: Island officials ushered in
2011 with a series of resolutions and wishes.
BiZ Some wished for world peace, others for a
cessation of leaf blowing and still others for
common-sense judgment and clarity as they
tackled municipal business.
Go-ahead for gateway: Then-Braden-
ton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt announced he
would drive forward the long-discussed plan
to improve the city gateway at Cortez Road and
Gulf Drive. "I can get the clout of this office
behind this," he said.
Partnership floated: Manatee County offi-
cials discussed with Island officials a proposal
for the removal of derelict and abandoned ves-
sels, especially those found offshore of Cortez
and Bradenton Beach.
Listen up: Then-Anna Maria City Commis-
sioner Gene Aubry raised concerns about poor
mobile phone communication in the city and the
possible need for a cell tower. "The world now
is all about communication, and we don't have
a cell tower in Anna Maria," Aubry said.
Dolphin Dash runners get their instructions
before taking their marks Jan. 15for the 5k
race that began at Anna Maria Elementary
School. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
Parking on Pine: The first of many meet-
ings about parking on Pine Avenue took place
early in 2011. City commissioners focused on
proposals to prohibit motorists from backing
out of parking spaces over a sidewalk on Pine
Panty theft arrest: A Holmes Beach man,
Ernest Kendler, was arrested for allegedly steal-
ing underwear from two female neighbors. By
the end of the year, after much legal wrangling,
the state attorney's office had announced it
would not proceed with prosecution.
Hail for holiday: Rain, wind and hail hit
Anna Maria Island on Martin Luther King Jr.
Day, damaging structures at the Gulf Drive Cafe
and flooding some roads.
Trash collecting: Bradenton Beach com-
missioners agreed to seek bids for trash-hauling
services. The city, at the time, had an in-house
sanitation department, but officials were con-
cerned about the costs associated with maintain-
ing and replacing equipment.
Station remodel: West Manatee Fire
Rescue commissioners voted to remodel Sta-
tion No. 1 on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
The projected cost was $150,000-$200,000.
Cottage to Cortez: An older cottage was
relocated from Bradenton Beach, where it was
owned by the city but in the way of a parking
PLEASE SEE FLASHBACK, PAGE 9
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New restaurant, radio
launch, real estate
sales. Pages 26-27.
2 0 DEC. 28, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
Gatehouse seeks Ward 3 commission seat
By Kathy Prucnell
Richard Gatehouse, 60, a resident of the 100 block
of Third Street North in Bradenton Beach, is seeking
appointment to the vacant Ward 3 city commission
Gatehouse is a volunteer member of Bradenton
Beach's mooring field committee and the board of
adjustment, and he earns income as the city's web
"It's a good community," Gatehouse said. "I believe
every ward needs representation. Seeing my ward has
none, I'm willing to be it. My philosophy is to meet
every issue head on, and deal with it with common
A Bradenton Beach resident for 20 years, Gate-
house is a retired merchant marine, and has 25 years
experience in the dredging industry, he said.
Gatehouse describes himself as a "renaissance
man," working as a tugboat master, website designer
and junk hauler.
He did not see any problems holding the Ward 3
seat while maintaining his paid position as the city's
webmaster, because, he said, he could recuse himself
from voting on related city business.
As far as matters he thinks may come before the
city commission, he said the mooring field issues may
resurface. The matter previously had been tabled by the
city, he said, after the state had a conflict with what the
city planned to do to protect the seagrasses and waste-
WARD 3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The mayor said he did not know either Ward 3 can-
didate, but believed the new commissioner should have
good judgment, along with a genuine interest.
"Bradenton Beach is the star of the island," said
Shaughnessy. "There's more beach area, lots to do, very
close between the Gulf and the bay. I love it here.
"You know the city is going to be here long after
we're gone," he added.
"There're always challenges in the city," Gatehouse
said. \ ly approach is to protect the citizens."
With respect to the ongoing dune project, he said,
"as far as flood mitigation, we can save a lot of money
for homeowners. If it's done properly, planted with
indigenous plants, I think that it's the way to go." Gate-
On the issue of whether the beaches should be
opened to dogs, he said, "It would be great to have a
section of beach where it would be allowed." However,
he added "strict rules" need to be imposed on dog-waste
On the budget, he said, "I don't want to see us start-
ing to cut services." If it comes to a choice between
cutting services or a new capital improvement project,
he favors retaining existing services.
"I think what we need to do is balance the benefit
with maintaining the quality of life for our year-round
residents," he said.
house, the city's
S i provider, says
m is hhe's interested
-in attaining the
S t mission seat.
Gatehouse is a member of the Sarasota and St.
Petersburg chapters of Harley Owners Group. Riding
motorcycles is his hobby, and the charities he rides for
are important to him.
"Mostly I like to do it for the kids," he said.
Road construction on hold
The Florida Department of Transportation
announced that all construction activities on Anna Maria
Island are suspended for the holiday season.
Construction of the East Bay Drive sidewalk in
Holmes Beach will resume Jan. 3, the DOT said in a
Construction on the Longboat Pass Bridge also
will be suspended until Jan. 3, but some maintenance
activities may occur. This project is ongoing through
For project information, contact Trudy Gerena,
DOT public information officer, at 813-299-3579 or
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Tillison seeks Ward 3 commission seat
By Kathy Prucnell
"I'm not a politician," says Johnny "Scooter" Tilli-
son, 71, who hopes to gain the appointment to the vacant
Ward 3 seat on the Bradenton Beach City Commission,
"but I love this little Island.
"There's some things that need fixin', the park-
ing everyone wants to park on Bridge Street and
rental problems," said Tillison of the 400 block of
Second Street North.
"They need a commissioner with experience," he
said, and he feels qualified to sort through the issues,
especially those that are budget-related.
Tillison was a cost accountant in the 1960s for
Rockwell Standard Corp. in Oklahoma and Geor-
gia where he analyzed the burden of labor and other
expenses of the aeronautics industry.
Originally from Turner Falls, Okla., Tillison also
worked with Zales jewelry stores as a store opening
coordinator when he moved to Bradenton Beach in the
early 1970s. From 1976 to 2009 he lived in California
and Nevada, operating a limousine business. In 2009,
he returned to Bradenton Beach for retirement.
He couldn't be happier to be back, he said, because
he's a "water guy" having lived much of his life by
the water. He is now retired, but works occasionally at
CostaVille restaurant. He said he has time on his hands
and wants to give back to the city he loves.
As to issues facing the city commission, he's con-
cerned with the dune project, because "if you don't
protect it you're going to lose it."
"We have spent millions and we need to keep it up.
We have to because that is why people come here."
As a dog lover and pet owner, Tillison said, "I'd
say yes, bring on the dogs," favoring a change in the
current laws prohibiting dogs on the beach. He also said
he supports city-sponsored transportation between the
beach parking areas and shopping district to alleviate
the traffic and parking concerns of business owners.
And Tillison favors a charter change to an "at large"
form of representation on the city commission.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers warned last
week they will capture Holmes Beach City Hall at
approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, and hold
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger ransom.
Islanders are urged to attend and contribute to
the Privateers demands to help secure the release
of the mayor and the return of the city to normal
Any donation to the Privateers will go to the
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During an interview last week, Tillison pointed out
his concern with the city's mooring field, the bay waters
south of the pier where people live aboard boats and run
dinghies back and forth from the boats to the shore.
Tillison said he also likes helping merchants during
festivals and the like. "They just say 'Scooter, can you
help me move this or that,' and I do it."
nonprofit's 40-year war chest, which funds college
scholarships for local students.
The Privateers will offer attendees food and grog
after securing the key to the city and other demands,
and The Islander will contribute a champagne toast
for the conclusion of the Privateers 40th anniversary
For more information, call Privateer Tim
"Hammer" Thompson at 941-780-1668.
to the moor-
ing field south
of the His-
the city Dec.
Tillison speaks with pride of his affiliation as
a trustee on the board of directors for the Bradenton
Beach Moose Lodge. He said the organization has about
1,600 local members who support the area's economy
and serve the community.
"We raise money for the underprivileged," he
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4 0 DEC. 28, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Sandpiper Resort lands in
dispute between cities
By Rick Catlin
The Sandpiper Resort in Bradenton Beach is caught
between two cities regarding a solution to the 2008 quit-
claim of 27th Street east of Gulf Drive along the mobile
home park's northern boundary with Holmes Beach.
And the Bradenton Beach City Commission might be
in a quandary, unable to move forward with any solution
offered by Holmes Beach because it lacks a quorum for
After the 2008 quitclaim deed was issued to the
Sandpiper Resort Co-Op Inc., no one had expressed a
concern or complaint to Sandpiper for restricting access
to the mobile home park, 27th Street or Gulf Drive, Sand-
piper management said.
Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti, who
owns property on the Holmes Beach side of 27th Street
- an unplatted and unimproved street reported to his
commission in August that the Sandpiper Resort was build-
from Michigan to
her residence in the
and is unfamiliar
with the issues
Beach and Braden-
ton Beach on the
north side of the
mobile home park.
ing a fence along its boundary. He claimed the fence would
restrict public access to the beach and other public facilities
and lower property values in that area of Holmes Beach.
Holmes Beach commissioners agreed with Monetti
and subsequently voted to proceed with a state process
for conflict resolution against Bradenton Beach over the
At the initial conflict resolution meeting between the
two cities Dec. 7, Holmes Beach presented a potential
solution to Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry
and Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Ed Straight.
The Holmes Beach proposal calls for Sandpiper
Resort an owner co-operative to quitclaim back to
Bradenton Beach a 30-foot-wide portion of the boundary
along the length of 27th Street. That would return some
of the street to the public, Petruff said.
Perry said she would present the proposed solution
to the commission at its Thursday, Jan. 5, meeting. If the
PLEASE SEE SANDPIPER, PAGE 5
Anna Maria City
Jan. 9, 5 p.m., code board meeting.
Jan. 10, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m., environmental education com-
Jan. 12, 6 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Jan. 5, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Jan. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Jan. 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Jan. 10, 7 p.m., city commission 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.
Jan. 1 is New Year's Day. Because the holiday falls
on a Sunday, government offices will be closed Monday,
Jan. 2. The Islander office will close at noon Dec. 30 and
reopen Jan. 2.
Jan. 3, 4 p.m., Manatee Council of Governments
meeting, Longboat Key Room, Manatee Civic Center,
Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schools, many
government offices and some businesses will be closed.
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SANDPIPER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
commission approves, it would then request the Sand-
piper Resort proceed with the quitclaim.
The Bradenton Beach commission, however, has
only four members, and two have recused themselves
from voting because they reside at the mobile home
In the meantime, Sandpiper Resort Association board
president Doug Le Fevre said that although his board will
meet Dec. 28, it won't yet have an official proposal from
"We're the ones being asked to do something. We
need to see the proposal, discuss it and make an official
response," he said.
However, Le Fevre might also have a problem get-
ting a quorum for his board's Dec. 28 meeting, as several
members have not yet arrived at their winter homes in
The board won't hold its next meeting until Feb. 1.
Le Fevre said he didn't want to give the newspaper
his personal opinion on the quitclaim matter, but would
rather the board issue a collective response.
A few Sandpiper residents were willing to express
their opinions, but several asked to remain anonymous
because, they said, they are friends with Monetti.
Resident Kay Williams, who does not know Mon-
etti, said she just returned from Michigan and was not
completely familiar with the issue, although she had been
reading The Islander online.
"I just think when you're here in person, you're better
able to understand and give an opinion," Williams said.
She indicated the only ones likely to come out ahead
are the lawyers, who will be paid regardless of the out-
come. The Holmes Beach action appears to be a "waste
of taxpayer money," she said.
One man who said he's lived at the park for 22 years
and he knows Monetti. He said Monetti wants to be able
to go fishing at the bayfront end of 27th Street.
"That property belongs to the Sandpiper," he said.
"It's never been part of 27th Street or a public access."
Another couple, who also requested anonymity, said
they've lived in the Sandpiper 28 years and as far as they
are aware, there has never been a problem with pedes-
trian access from Holmes Beach to 27th Street and the
F 1i A fence, gates and
erected by the Sandpiper
SResort at its property line
where it borders Holmes
Beach, are at least partly
to blame for a com-
plaint made by Holmes
Beach against Braden-
ton Beach. Sandpiper
residents park vehicles
on the adjacent property
and claim some people
Suse the area to tres-
pass through the park.
One man, who identified himself only as Meade,
said Holmes Beach is making a "mountain out of a mole
He also said the property at the east end of 27th Street
on Sarasota Bay belonged to the Sandpiper before the
"So the argument that the fence restricts public access
to the bay is ridiculous, because that's not public property
by the bay," Meade said.
While Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy
said he was not in a position to give his opinion of the
conflict resolution proposal, he did note that no part of
27th Street is within the Holmes Beach city limits.
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New year, new you?
Having arrived on Anna Maria Island 40 years ago,
I can honestly say I've seen some changes.
Having owned and managed The Islander newspa-
per for 19-plus years, I've noted and recorded an evolu-
I believe many people come to "love" Anna Maria
Island and, while they appreciate progress, few want
anll\ Iilln to change.
My late friend Snooks Adams, who had lived here
all his life his folks were early settlers of Cortez
- and who spent his career in law enforcement, saw
The beaches were natural barren of buildings -
in his youth. He swam in Anna Maria's Lake LaVista,
which flows into Tampa Bay, as a youth and noted he
saw plenty of sharks and gators, but never heard of
manatees. And he spent many years fishing on com-
mercial boats, sometimes worked building seawalls and
jetties, and knew the Gulf like the back of his hand.
The present arguments against change remind me
of a story he once told. He said, while being interviewed
by a television reporter who was looking for both sides
of an argument against a proposed high-bridge replace-
ment in the 1990s, he was asked what he thought of all
the changes he'd seen here and the influx of people to
AMI since his childhood.
His answer? "Hell, I didn't want you to come
But, Snooks went on to tell that reporter, "Since
you're already here, we have to accommodate you." We
have to have housing, roads and bridges and ( \ thi) Iliii'
that goes with people living here.
The AMI of 1972 when I first arrived was
only 20 years or so after the three Island cities incor-
porated. The fire department was all volunteer. Anna
Maria's police force was in a scandal. And the Mar-
tinique the first and only "high-rise" condos were
completed and a furor ensued over that caused the cities
to enact height restrictions.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency man-
dated building elevations in 1975, and it suddenly if
was as if Chicken Little was running up and down the
Island, squawking about how the Island would be ruined
by ugly houses and duplexes on stilts.
Now the shouting is about tourism ruining neigh-
borhoods. But when the real estate market tanked, it
was tourism that spared the economy on AMI.
And we're living in the wake of that success.
AMI is evolving. We trust it will be for the best.
So let's make a toast to progress and look ahead.
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Brawn on the Beach an amateur strongman
competition Dec. 4 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach sent a clear message that genuine
strong men are not violent and support those who need
a lift due to abuse.
All those who supported this event have shown
their strength, too. Although supporters may not have
pulled a tractor, thanks to their generosity those people
living at HOPE Family Services Shelter can enjoy a
brighter holiday season.
Just this year, the shelter has provided sanctuary
to nearly 400 individuals. Brawn on the Beach helped
raise more than $7,000, which will help provide new
playground equipment at the shelter.
For more information about HOPE, call Laurel
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Stop the party
In 1989, my late husband and Bradenton Beach
commissioner, Richard Shure, and myself drove
to Tallahassee to ask for a grant to restore Bridge
We got our grant and were joined by John Chap-
pie now our county commissioner in planning
At that time, Bridge Street was a drunkards' haven,
so a law was put into place to limit the number of bars
allowed to serve alcoholic beverages. It worked for a
few years, but I recently counted seven bars two
open-air and five indoor bars all actively serving
alcohol on Bridge Street.
The drunks are back. One relieved himself in front
of me at a trolley shelter, and these did not appear to be
Alcohol should not be sold as the answer to our
economic problems. Why does Bradenton Beach have
to encourage this lifestyle on our Island?
Eileen Suhre, Bradenton Beach
Do you understand this?
Holmes Beach is adding sidewalks out of concern
for pedestrian safety and Bradenton Beach is trying to
get a new sidewalk.
And up in Anna Maria they ripped up sidewalks for
Matt Carlson, Anna Maria
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Cold can nudge manatees, stun turtles
By Lisa Neff
Wildlife experts are cautioning boaters to watch
for cold-sensitive manatees migrating to warmer
waters this month.
Also, with chillier water temperatures, wildlife
rescuers and doctors are preparing for cold-stun vic-
tims, especially sea turtles.
Cold-blooded sea turtles thrive in waters about
70 degrees. So a cold snap, causing a rapid drop in
temperature to 50 degrees or less, can send a turtle
seeking shallower, warmer waters, where it can
become trapped, inactive, almost comatose. Smaller
turtles are the first to suffer.
In January 2010, more than 5,000 cold-stunned
sea turtles were rescued during an unusually long
spell of cold weather in Florida, including on and
around Anna Maria Island.
Wildlife officials urge beachgoers and boaters
who find a cold-stunned or stranded sea turtle to call
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission hotline. Locally, people also can call Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch, which can dispatch a
volunteer to help rescue the animal.
Meanwhile, the FWC wants people on alert
for lumbering, slow-moving manatees migrating to
warmer waters. The manatee, an endangered species,
generally begins swimming to warmer water when
the air temperatures drop below 50 degrees and water
drops to 68 or below.
The recent start of the annual 2011-12 migra-
tion prompted the state to urge boaters to slow speed
zones in rivers, canals and waterways.
"If you think you see a manatee, please slow
For wildlife that appear sick, distressed,
injured or entangled, call the state hotline at 888-
404-3922, text firstname.lastname@example.org or dial #FWC
from a mobile.
down and give the animal plenty of room because it
may not be alone. It may have a calf or be traveling
with other manatees," said FWC imperiled species
management chief Kipp Frohlich.
Boaters should scan the water near or in front of
their vessels, looking for nearby manatees signs
include swirls resembling a large footprint, a repeti-
tive line of half-moon swirls, a mud trail, or a snout
or fluke breaking the water's surface.
FWC also cautions that boaters should keep
to marked channels, wear polarized sunglasses to
improve vision and, if a manatee is near, use poles,
paddles or trolling motors.
A green turtle named 3-Pete gets some needed
R & R at Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle
Rehabilitation Hospital, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. The turtle has been rescued
three times in recent years, including a cold-stun
rescue involving Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
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T e Islander
Headline news from the Dec. 26,
2001, issue of The Islander
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh chose not
to seek re-election, leaving SueLynn and Vice Mayor
Tom Skoloda to run for the seat. Both candidates said
they were looking forward to the race. Deffenbaugh said
he'd made the right decision in not seeking re-election.
"I'm leaving the city in excellent condition and I'm
proud of my accomplishments as mayor, rebuilding the
city from scratch after the previous administration."
A 2000 Jeep Wrangler, which had been reported
stolen, was found in nearly 8 feet of water about 40 feet
off the shore of the Gulf of Mexico near Cyprus Street in
Anna Maria. By the time a tow truck arrived, the incom-
ing tide had covered the vehicle. After a 90-minute
struggle, the Jeep was hauled ashore. A Manatee County
Sherrif's Office deputy suggested the vehicle had been
driven on the beach at low tide the previous evening.
Plans to begin construction of the Tidemark hotel
and condominiums were set in motion after legal objec-
tions posed by neighbors of the project were withdrawn.
While official sales had not yet begun pending site-
plan approval, real estate agent Brenda Boyd May said
she had received about 50 calls from interested people,
about half of which were from Island residents.
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Center responds to neighbor's complaints
By Kathy Prucnell
A residential neighbor of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center recently lodged complaints about
people drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking, as well
as loud noise and field lights left on late at night during
a center-hosted dodge ball tournament Nov. 26.
But the complaint has been met with "99 percent"
Greg Ross, chair of the center board, was contacted
By Thomas Aposporos II
Although some concerns were voiced during a
review of the newly drafted Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center child protection policy at a Nov. 28 meet-
ing of the board, a majority of members' opinions of the
policy were positive.
"It addresses all appropriate protections for clients
and staff. I like it a lot," said board member David Teit-
In a line-by-line review, focused around the center's
definitions of abuse, harassment and violence, board
member and former police officer Andy Gidus noted
some examples from the policy where definitions seemed
lacking or unclear.
"What exactly is meant by 'inappropriate touch or
verbal exchange'? If we're charging someone with some-
thing, we want to be very clear as to what it is," Gidus
said, referencing the definition given for sexual abuse in
Concerning an example of mental abuse, Gidus asked
a similar question.
"What constitutes 'withholding kindness'? A term
like that can very easily be twisted. In some instances, it
by the Islander for a response to Hal Badger's letter,
which was published by the newspaper Dec. 14.
Ross said Badger's letter to the editor was a misrep-
resentation of what happened at the center. The trouble,
he understands, occurred in the city-owned parking lot,
according to Ross. He also said that Randy Langley,
another board member, attended the event, and told Ross
the complaints in Badger's letter were "almost completely
He said the police came out and walked the property
may be best to leave things undefined in the policy. That
way, it is left up to the board to determine how severe
something is," Gidus said.
Gidus also said that while the descriptions of abuse
raise some red flags for him, harassment seems ade-
quately defined. He noted that charges of harassment and
verbal abuse will not usually be investigated by police,
those typically being matters of an internal nature. But,
he said, charges of sexual and physical abuse would be
investigated by law enforcement.
Board member Scott Rudacille, who did most of the
policy writing, said the section on harassment was taken
from the center's previous policy, which was geared more
toward employer-employee relations.
\ 11) la we should consider removing the harass-
ment section from this protection policy. It would still
be part of the center's policy, of course, just not part of
this specific one," Rudacille said.
Gidus concurred with Rudacille, saying harassment
most often occurs between staff, whereas incidents
involving children are considered abuse.
A board consensus concluded that more time is
needed for review of the policy, postponing further dis-
cussion to their next meeting Jan. 16.
and "didn't find an i1 dliig wrong, nothing illegal.
"But whether people stopped doing whatever it was
when they saw the police, I don't know," Ross added.
According to Badger, he and his neighbors "were sub-
jected to four hours of profane language, loud music" and
"drinking and intoxicated behavior of dodge bailers."
Dave Bristow, public information officer for the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office which provides law
enforcement to the city, said the only incident responded
to by the sheriff in the 400 block of Magnolia Avenue on
Nov. 26 was in reference to a noise complaint. According
to the report, an officer responded to the center at about
The deputy wrote that he "observed a large group
of adults, and juveniles in the parking lot, playing music
and talking loud." The report states that the officer "spoke
with the supervisor, Sharon Pittman," and she advised
that the event was "a dodge ball contest."
The officer indicated he instructed the "subjects to
leave the area." No other action was taken, the report
The only other sheriff's report from the vicinity of
the center Nov. 26 was labeled "criminal mischief' and
was apparently unrelated to center activities.
Ross said the lights at the center are required to be
off by 10 p.m. unless an event runs over a short time. He
added that no event during the soccer season ran later
than 10:15 p.m. He also said no drinking or smoking is
allowed at the center, and that anyone engaging in that
activity would be asked to leave the grounds immedi-
"At the community center, we just want to take the
high road," said Ross, "and not get into a public debate
with one person.
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grams to serve as many people as we possibly can and
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lot, to the FISH Preserve in Cortez, where it will be used
by the historical society for a family-life museum.
Tower talks: The Anna Maria Island Community
Center board resumed exploration of the possible place-
ment of a telecommunications tower on the center field.
The board agreed that such a facility would provide
much-needed revenue but the talks would have to move
Beach budget: Manatee County officials learned at a
state conference of insufficient state and federal funding
for future beach renourishment, possibly threatening an
Service cut: With funding concerns and low rider-
ship, county officials reduced the Longboat Key trolley
service from every 30 minutes to every hour.
on the set
Final take: Holmes Beach commissioners approved,
on a second and final reading, a film ordinance that added
a commercial film production wording to the city land-
Animal activism: Animal rights advocates intensi-
fied a campaign to make Manatee County a no-kill com-
munity. Activist and animal rescuer Lisa Williams, who
works for The Islander, called for "powerful, fast change
in Manatee County."
Counting cormorants: Winter birdwatchers con-
ducted a count of shorebirds on and just off Anna
Maria Island. The tally was 3,013, about half as many as
counted in 2010.
Battling bullying: Anna Maria Elementary School
students got a lesson about bullying and intimidation with
a visit from Manatee County safe schools expert Skip
High-rise, high cost: Island mayors questioned the
Florida Department of Transportation plan to spend about
$1.5 million on a project development and environmental
study for the Cortez Bridge. The mayors argued that prior
studies already indicated that a high-rise bridge at the
location was not workable. The DOT said if that's the
case, that's what the study will show.
Concession consumerism: Manatee County officials
reported that new concessionaires at the Manatee Public
Beach, operators of the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe,
were generating higher revenues than were reported by
former operator P.S. Beach for Cafe on the Beach. The
county commission reported that United Park Service
outperformed P.S. Beach by about $44,000 for a five-
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the Rally for the Cure celebration Feb. 22. Harrold
helped organize the annual event at the Holmes Beach
club to raise money for Susan G. Komenfor the Cure,
which invests in breast cancer research and education.
Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
Telecom consensus: Bradenton Beach commission-
ers and planning board members reached a consensus on
a proposed telecom ordinance that would comply with
federal law but prohibit the construction of a cell tower
anywhere other than government property.
Pipe lined: Great Lakes Dock began preparing for a
major beach renourishment project on Anna Maria Island,
positioning 9 miles of pipe in Tampa Bay and the Gulf
of Mexico. The first stage of renourishment was to be at
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severely eroded Coquina Beach.
Pier pride: Area tourism officials informed Braden-
ton Beach officials that the Historic Bridge Street Pier,
an anchor in the city's commercial district, was tops with
tourists. The pier ranked No. 1 with tourists in the fourth
quarter of 2010.
Kingfish cosmetics: Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger and other officials visited the county-man-
aged Kingfish Boat Ramp, where a series of landscaping
and lighting improvements were proposed. Plans showed
native trees and flowers adding color to the Manatee
Avenue facility. City officials and Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch reps would later object to elements of the
Rape report: The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
investigated a report that an Anna Maria woman was
chased from her home to Bayfront Park, where she said
she was sexually assaulted and beaten.
Pro hired: Bradenton Beach commissioners approved
a contract for WastePro to begin collecting recycling in
the city. Later commissioners would contract with Waste
Pro for trash collection and eliminate the city's sanitation
Traffic tie-up: The Florida Department of Transpor-
tation apologized for severe traffic backups March 7 on
the Island, Perico Island and the Palma Sola Causeway
because of roadwork.
Suit settled: Island Inc. and Bradenton Beach settled
a longstanding lawsuit over development or prohibited
development of Gulffront property. The settlement
required the city to purchase the property in the 1400
block of Gulf Drive for $350,000.
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fundraiser hosted by the St. Bernard Council of Catho-
lic Women at the Holmes Beach church. The event took
place Jan. 27. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Angling for Angler's: Anna Maria developers Mike
and Lizzie Vann Thrasher announced the planned relo-
cation of the historic Angler's Lodge from North Bay
Boulevard to the Anna Maria Historic Green Village on
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lodge, built circa 1914.
Free ride: Manatee County administrator Ed Hunze-
ker said the Island trolley could continue to operate as a
fare-free service with some grant funding and advertising
sales through an Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce program. I 'u\ i luiin is good for the trolley as
long as grants keep coming from the state," he informed
Bird beach: Researchers participating in a national
study set up a safe zone on an Anna Maria beach to moni-
tor and protect red knots. The monitoring work lasted
several weeks and then resumed in the fall.
Census count: Preliminary numbers from the U.S.
Census Bureau for the biennial 2010 population count
showed a decline in Island residents. Anna Maria's popu-
lation declined 21.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, Holmes
Beach's 22.8 percent and Bradenton Beach's 21 percent.
Island mayors questioned the findings.
Pension plan postponement: Holmes Beach com-
missioners postponed a second reading of proposed
changes to the police pension plan. One reason for the
deferment was Florida Gov. Rick Scott had unveiled a
plan to reform the state pension system.
Staffer suspended: The Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center suspended staffer Andy Jonatzke over allega-
tions that he had inappropriate relations with female teen
members. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office investi-
gated allegations but did not make any arrest or pursue
charges. Jonatzke, who ran the center's teen and athletic
programs, later resigned and the center board began craft-
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Living memorial: The Holmes Beach Parks and
Beautification Committee planted a Southern magnolia
in Spring Lake Park in honor of former committee chair-
man John Molyneux.
Channel conditions: Bradenton Beach commission-
ers asked county officials to look into concerns about
navigation in Sarasota Bay, specifically from First Street
South to Longboat Pass.
Parking on Pine: After about 11 months of debate,
Anna Maria commissioners voted for a parking plan on
Pine Avenue that requires new development to construct
sidewalks between parking spots and buildings rather
than along the street.
HB beginnings: Holmes Beach celebrated Founder's
Day with a reception, art and history exhibit and festival
at city hall and in the city hall field.
Renourishment wrap: The Massive California
dredge moved on from the Gulf of Mexico to Port Mana-
tee, signaling to Islanders that a major sand renourish-
ment project was completed. The county-supervised work
added sand in Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria and cost
about $6 million.
Island Wedding Festival attendees gather Feb. 20 for
sunset at the chickee hut at the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bra-
denton Beach. The two-day festival, organized by the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, featured
more than 70 vendors at 14 locations. Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff
Walk this way: Bradenton Beach completed con-
struction of a dune walkover at the access to the Gulf
beach on Bridge Street. Additional dune protection
improvements were made to the access at Third Street
Sunset songs: Singer/songwriter Mike Sales, in part-
nership with the city of Bradenton Beach, began a series
of sunset performances in Katie Pierola Sunset Park. The
event steadily increased in popularity through the spring
'Cane campaign: The American Red Cross in Mana-
tee County launched the AMI Ready Hurricane Aware-
ness Campaign to promote preparedness on the Island.
The campaign began as forecasters were predicting an
above average storm season.
Crime decline: Island police officials learned that,
according to a uniform crime report from the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement, the rate of crime
dropped locally. There was a 41 percent decrease in
Holmes Beach, a 68.5 percent decrease in Bradenton
Beach and, for Manatee County, which polices Anna
Maria, there was a 4 percent decrease.
Tree time: The Island cities, in partnership with Keep
Manatee Beautiful, celebrated National Arbor Day. Three
sabal palms were planted in Bradenton Beach. Holmes
Beach hosted a ceremony at Kingfish Boat Ramp, where
dozens of trees and hundreds of wildflowers were planted.
In Anna Maria, three green buttonwoods were planted.
Nest No. 1: The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of
the season was documented April 27 just south of 25th
Street in Bradenton Beach. The nest was the earliest on
record in three decades of data collection for the Island.
Mating manatees: Holmes Beach police officers
guarded manatees on the shore from a crowd of curi-
ous people, some of whom wanted to get too close to
the protected animals. The incident prompted reminders
from state wildlife officials about how to steer clear of
Dock decision: Holmes Beach commissioners passed
the final reading of an amendment to the city's dock ordi-
nance that included a changed definition for "boat." A
"boat" is 16 feet long, at least, and requires a Florida
Chickee checkup: Holmes Beach officials deter-
mined that the palm frond covering had to be removed
from three huts that were built without proper permis-
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A cartoon map of the Cortez village promotes the
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in February. The
event, held on village streets and on the shore, fea-
tured music, history lessons, children's rides, artists,
craftspeople and seafood.
Re-election run: Manatee County Commissioner
John Chappie, a former commissioner and mayor in Bra-
denton Beach, announced he would seek re-election to
a second term in 2012. As of last week, Chappie did not
face any opposition in either the Republican primary or
the general election.
Pier party: The 100th anniversary of the Anna Maria
City Pier was celebrated May 13-14 with a parade, a
memorial dedication, a street festival and fireworks.
Marauders meet Islanders: The Bradenton Maraud-
ers minor league team joined in the pier centennial cele-
bration in May. And, later that month, the Marauders wel-
comed Islanders to McKechnie Field for Island Night.
Paying payroll: The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce borrowed to make payroll because of a
delayed payment of more than $40,000 from the Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The delay was
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tler's Bread" at the museum shop. A single loaf is $4.
Only offered during the winter tourist season, custom-
ers fond of the bread often line up when the doors open at
10 a.m. and the loaves tend to sell out early, too.
Historical society volunteers not only devote their
time to preparing dough and baking the bread, but also
fund their bread-making. The proceeds go to AMIHS.
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Studio accepting work
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The Studio at Gulf and Pine will accept submissions
for its third annual all-media juried art show from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Sponsored by the Artists' Guild
of Anna Maria Island, will run through Jan. 28.
The theme of the exhibit is "Paradise on Parade," a
reflection of life on Florida's west coast.
A reception and awards presentation will be held at
the studio from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.
The studio is at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.
Celebrating 100 years
Harriet "Hal" Keyser, a 35-year Island resident, celebrates her 100th birthday with 120friends and family mem-
bers at the Sandbar Restaurant. A buffet, live entertainment and a champagne toast marked the occasion. Several
people came from across the country to celebrate the day. Keyser also received a greeting from President Barack
Obama congratulating her life accomplishments. Keyser's family is already planning the 101st birthday party.
She is the parent offour children, 15 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Beryl Love-Rosche
Sign up now for boating
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron is
offering a boating-safety education course in January in
America's Boating Course is a two-part course held
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays,
Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. Participants must attend both dates to
The fee for materials is $35 per individual or $50 per
The course provides an overview of boating safety,
including Florida boating rules, weather, rules of the
water, boat handling and distress signals. The course
qualifies participants for a Florida boating-education
Classes are held at the squadron building, 1200 71st
St. N.W., Bradenton. Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, call Gloria Potter
or Walter Haug at 941-795-0482.
Roll up sleeve, give
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host
a blood drive from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 3.
All donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, as well
as a wellness checkup and cholesterol screening.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
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The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach will host its 18th annual New Year's
Eve party for patrons of the beachfront restaurant,
and the midnight fireworks show will again provide
free entertainment to the crowd that assembles on the
The restaurant offers a package that includes
prime seating for the pyrotechnical show, as well as
dinner, entertainment and a champagne toast and
Friday, Dec. 30
3:45-5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers Capture
Party at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5600 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Info: 941-760-1668.
Saturday through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon,
Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations
for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia 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. Information: 941-778-4400.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday
hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street,
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for out-
ings 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, Mana-
tee 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.
Wednesday, Dec. 28
1 to 4 p.m. Robinson Preserve holiday paddle
and volunteer cleanup, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton.
even includes valet parking but, warns spokesper-
son Shawn Rhoton, it's best to call ahead because the
restaurant party sells out every year.
For beach viewing of the fireworks, arrive early
with a blanket or beach chairs for seating, but don't
make plans to ride the free trolley home, as the ser-
vice ends Dec. 31 at 11 p.m.
For more information or reservations at the
BeachHouse, call 941-779-2222.
Susan Thomas presents Ginger Braune of Roser
Memorial Community Church with $1,000 for the
Island Food Pantry. The funds are the result of sales
at Thomas' Giving Back boutique, 5412 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. All proceeds from the store are donated
to local charities.
Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4616.
Thursday, Dec. 29
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Robinson Preserve wagon
tour, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
748-4501 ext. 4605. Fee applies.
Jan. 5, Blessing of Chalk, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Jan. 6, And the Winner Is Film Series: "It Happened
One Night," South Florida Museum.
Jan. 7, Paper-making demonstration, Island Gallery
Jan. 7, Crochet coral reef exhibit, Robinson Pre-
Jan. 9, Artists' Guild Gallery of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
Save the Date:
Jan. 13, Manatee County Fair.
Jan. 14, Dolphin Dash, Anna Maria Elementary
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Anna Maria Island Historical Society volunteers Beau The Sarasota Pipe Band colors one of Holmes Beach's
and Ellen Aquilina and Frank Williams grill Jailhouse busiest thoroughfares green during the annual St. Pat-
Dogs during the nonprofit's 20th annual Heritage Day rick's Parade March 13. Sean Murphy's Beach Bistro
Festival March 5. The event, featuring music, arts and and Eat Here restaurants sponsored the event, which
crafts, tours and other activities, took place on the began in the 5400 block of Marina Drive and contin-
museum grounds, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander ued north to Crosspointe Fellowship. Islander File
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due to a county attorney decision that a formal contract
between the chamber and the county was needed.
Resort tax rises: County officials reported a jump in
resort tax or bed tax revenues, in large part because
of increased government efforts to identify which prop-
erty owners and managers were renting accommodations
and required to pay taxes.
Lodge located: The Angler's Lodge moved in May
from North Bay Boulevard to its new home on Pine
Avenue, where renovations are under way.
Studying surge: Manatee County revised its storm
surge maps following a detailed state study of elevation,
geography and development. The maps, officials said, are
more accurate, showing expected surge in hurricanes -
from Category 1 to Category 5 disasters.
Incoming at AME: David Marshall was named the
new principal at Anna Maria Elementary School. He suc-
ceeded Tom Levengood, who retired at the end of the
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Dear members: Officers at the private Key Royale
Club, in a letter to members, detailed the alleged embez-
zlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars in club funds
and an investigation of a single suspect, former employee
Seawall work: Bradenton Beach's mayor warned
commissioners that the city would need to dedicate fund-
ing in 2012 to the repair of several crumbling bayside
Ascending assessment: West Manatee Fire Rescue
commissioners voted, reluctantly, for an increase in the
annual assessment fee for the district. The board voted for
a 3.75 percent increase less than requested by WMFR
Chief Andy Price but more than recommended by one
All aboard: Manatee County commissioners
endorsed the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
ad campaign for the fare-free Island trolley. The com-
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Heavy equipment is used to move sand and pipes in
the first stretch of Coquina Beach to be renourished in
2011. Renourishment work began April 2. Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff
mission approved an agreement for the sale of ads on the
trolleys operating 365 days a year from the Anna Maria
City Pier to Coquina Beach.
Diluted ban: Manatee County commissioners, in a
divided vote, diluted an ordinance that restricts certain
fertilizer use in the summer months. The ordinance is
slightly stronger than state regulation of fertilizers.
Governor's go: Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the
state 2012 budget and, while striking more than $615
million, he left intact funding for 12 beach renourish-
ment projects, including money for an Anna Maria Island
Not chummy: Some Anna Maria residents, con-
cerned about sharks in nearshore waters, asked city offi-
cials and the state to prohibit chumming, especially from
the Rod & Reel Pier and Anna Maria City Pier. State offi-
cials responded that regulations for shark fishing already
were under review.
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Fireworks shower the Anna Maria City Pier
in color for the May 14 finale of the pier cen-
tennial. Islander File Photo: Jack Elka
removed vinyl banners and banner poles near the inter-
section of Cortez Road and Gulf Drive. City commis-
sioners eliminated the practice of hanging banners at the
location, part of an effort to beautify the gateway.
Super promotion: Ava Ehde was promoted from
the supervisor of the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, to library services manager for
Transport test: A task force made up of Island and
county staff involved in maintaining Island beaches
agreed to test Segway tours at Coquina Beach for a trial
period. County regulations generally don't permit Seg-
ways in county parks or preserves, but there was an inter-
est in testing use of the personal transports on the beach
Boardwalk's beginning: After a lengthy planning
period, construction began on a boardwalk at the Anna
Maria City Pier. The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion supervised and funded the project, which was largely
driven by a volunteer city committee and Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick.
Dollars and donors: Hundreds of donors lined up
at St. Bernard Catholic Church to give blood to Florida
Blood Services and, through an anonymous foundation,
help raise dollars for Island nonprofits.
Reversing registration: Bradenton Beach offi-
cials decided to revoke a requirement that boaters in the
anchorage field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier
register at city hall. The decision followed objections
from some boaters, who said state law prohibited such
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Children rush the beach in search of treasure in the
annual Easter egg hunt held April 16 at the Moose
Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
The event was organized by the Women of the Moose.
Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
A line of conga dancers looped around sunbathers near the
Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach April 23. Musician Mike Sales,
in partnership with The Islander, the city of Bradenton Beach and
other Island entities, sought to set a world record for the longest
conga line on sand. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy
Case dismissed: A Florida appeals case dismissed a
complaint from former Anna Maria Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus, who wanted to appeal his recall from office.
The court said the complaint was moot. Stoltzfus was
recalled in September 2010 and his seat filled by election
winner Gene Aubry.
No horsing around: The Bradenton City Council
moved to ban horses from the Palma Sola Causeway,
sparking debate on both sides of the issue. The council
later decided not to ban horseback riding and horseback
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Anna Maria Elementary School students and staff are currently enjoying
winter break from classes. Work resumes Monday, Jan. 2, for Manatee County
School District staff and classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 3, for students.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
AME first-grader Katie Burgess shows off a wide smile and a milk mus-
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cans of healthy food she
selected as a donation to
the Salvation Army during
the school's food drive.
AME collected 1,046
cans, while Laura Rede-
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Big Gobbler Award for the
most items donated. Rede-
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principal David Marshall
and counselor Cindi Har-
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Breakfast Scrambled Eggs. Sausage Patty.
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Lunch Popcorn Chicken, Fries Broccoli
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Breakfast Chicken Patty Biscuit 'ogurt
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Breakfast Mini Pancakes. Bagel. Cereal. Toast
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Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love
Pee wee coaches
Juliet Greene and Payton Murphy redeem their prize to
fill the shoes of Anna Maria Elementary School Coach
Eric Boso for a day. The students won the coach-for-
a-day prize at the dunk tank game at the school's fall
festival. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love
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Marine vet seeks
World War II Marine Corps veteran Jim Finn of
Holmes Beach has no regrets about his World War II
Now he would like to visit the National World War II
Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the nearby Iwo Jima
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is raising
money for Finn and other World War II and Korean War
veterans to take an Honor Flight an all expenses paid
day-trip to the memorials in June 2012.
"That and the Iwo Jima memorial are the two things
I'd like to see while I still can," Finn said.
Just 17 and right out of high school when the United
States entered WWII in December 1941, Finn knew he
would soon be drafted into the Army.
Preferring a warmer climate than his native Findley,
N.Y., about 80 miles south of Buffalo, Finn enlisted in
the U.S. Marine Corps.
"I heard the Marines were going to fight in the Pacific,
so I enlisted in the Corps to stay warm," he recalled with
Little did he know how difficult fighting in the jun-
gles of the South Pacific would be for the Marines.
He survived Marine Corps boot camp and, because
he had worked at a Chevrolet garage before the war, was
sent to Camp LeJeune in California for training as a diesel
"I trained on Jeeps, tanks and heavy equipment and
spent three more months in Ohio for extra training," he
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At that time in 1942, the Marines were fighting for
their lives on Guadalcanal, and Finn figured that's where
he would be sent.
Instead, he was sent to New Zealand to the 2nd
Marine Division and was assigned to motor transport.
There, he met a lot of guys who had just come off
the Canal, and they had some tough stories to tell, Finn
recalled. "It was no picnic, they said."
Finn trained in an amphibious tractor battalion, but
by mid-1943, the battle for Guadalcanal was over. The
next island for the Marines was Tarawa in the Marshall
What the weather experts in the Navy never checked
was that the lowest tide of the year at Tarawa would be
on Nov. 20, 1943, the day the Marines landed. The coral
reefs were so high out of the water the Landing Ship
Tanks carrying the Marines, tanks and amphibious vehi-
cles couldn't get over them, Finn remembered.
"So guys had to jump over the side and wade about
a thousand yards to shore while the Japanese just picked
them off one-by-one. It was a slaughter."
The battle for Tarawa lasted three days, and more
than 1,000 Marines were killed. Of the 4,600 Japanese
defenders, 17 survived.
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"They didn't want to be taken prisoner," Finn said.
Once ashore, Finn's unit set up a motor pool to repair
and issue new vehicles. He carried a Springfield bolt-
action rifle everywhere because the Japanese had snipers
hidden among the trees.
After Tarawa was secure, the 2nd Division was
shipped to the King Ranch on Hawaii Island to get ready
for the next invasion.
"The big island wasn't an island paradise. There was
no nightlife, unless you went into Hilo, and it was packed
with just sailors and Marines, and no girls. It wasn't any-
thing like Pearl Harbor," Finn said.
In May 1944, the division boarded troop ships and
headed to Saipan and Tinian. These were two Japanese-
held islands just 1,300 miles from Japan.
With the capture of the two islands, the Allies would
begin bombing the Japanese home islands with the new
B-29 bomber, which had a range of more than 3,000 miles
and could carry 12,000 pounds of bombs.
Then, Finn was a sergeant, an NCO in charge of a
heavy maintenance platoon. Its job was to get ashore and
fix trucks, tanks and Jeeps as fast as possible.
"We went in with the second wave. The Marines hit
one side of Saipan and the Army the other. The Japa-
nese refused to surrender. The civilians women and
children had been brainwashed to believe we were
barbarians, murderers and rapists. So they jumped off
these cliffs onto the coral rather than surrender," Finn
Once ashore, Finn and his platoon set up shop in an
old sugar mill and began repairing vehicles.
By this time, he and his men had been together almost
two years. They had learned to trust each other and knew
their lives depended upon that trust.
"They were the greatest bunch of guys I would ever
meet. You trusted the guy next to you. He would save
your life if he had to, and you would save his."
Finn stayed on Saipan until March 1945, when he
boarded another troop ship, this time for the invasion of
That invasion was the bloodiest battle of the war
for the Allies, with more than 60,000 men killed or
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Finn's ship stayed offshore until the island was
secure, but there was a constant threat from kamikaze
His ship was anchored next to a hospital ship, but
the kamikaze pilots cared little for the large red cross on
the side of the ship, he said.
"One came in and almost struck the hospital ship,
but the gunners shot it down just before it would've hit.
That saved a lot of lives," Finn said.
"But I was one of the lucky ones. I didn't go ashore
with the invasion. I could have been ordered to the front
lines, but my training as a mechanic kept me aboard the
ship. In the Corps, you don't ask questions, you just do
what you're told."
After the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan in
early August 1945, Finn and his fellow Marines and saw
first-hand its devastation.
"We were sent to Nagasaki for guard duty, and I was
just amazed at the destruction. There was nothing left
standing within 2 miles of where the bomb hit."
The atomic bombs ended World War II as the Japa-
nese officially surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945 six years
and one day after the war began.
In early December 1945, Finn returned to the United
States and was discharged from the Marines.
"The Marines made me a man. I spent from 17
years old to 20 years old as a Marine. I was just a kid
when I went in. When I got out, I had a little trouble
adjusting to civilian life, but I had confidence I could
Back in Findley, Finn got a job with a photo engraver
and worked there for 17 years, then went into sales.
In 1963, a friend started an ad agency and he was
hired as production manager. Three years later, he and
three partners bought the agency, which is still in busi-
He married a Pennsylvania woman in July 1950 and
first came to Anna Maria Island in 1978. They purchased
a vacation home from Jean Holmes, never dreaming that
they would retire to the Island.
In 1987, Holmes Beach became their permanent resi-
Jim Finn of
as a member
of the U.S.
Today, Finn has no regrets about his service as a
Marine. He just hopes he can make the Honor Flight to
the National WWII Memorial to honor all the men who
didn't come back.
"After my marriage, the Marine Corps was the great-
est experience of my life."
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten Gen-
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Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bradenton and
Cortez veterans, man or woman, who served in the armed
forces during World War II or the Korean War. We'd like
to hear from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-
With so few living World War II veterans and many
Korean War veterans dying each week, veterans have
formed an organization called Honor Flight. The group
offers flights and day-trips, taking veterans to the National
WWII Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial
in in Washington, D.C., among other stops.
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is provided at no charge for those veterans who need
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closes Jan. 3 for
Voter registration for the Florida Presidential Pref-
erence Primary closes at 5 p.m. Jan. 3.
To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a
person must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident, 18
years of age, and not have a record of a felony con-
viction in the state or currently considered mentally
Registering to vote can be simple potential
voters complete applications available at most gov-
ernment offices, banks, libraries, chambers and some
businesses, including The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Additionally, residents can download applications
from www.votemanatee.com, where they also can
check their registration status or update a registration
if they have moved from one address to another within
Registration applications must be mailed or deliv-
ered to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Office, Suite 108, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.
The application process takes about two weeks.
Early voting in the presidential primary begins
Jan. 21. The presidential preference primary is Jan.
meals also are supplied at no charge.
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is joining
other groups to raise money to place as many World War
II and Korean War veterans as possible on an Honor
To contribute to the Island Rotary Honor Flight, go
online to www.annamariarotary.org.
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flight.org, or call 941-889-8119. In Tampa, call 727-498-
20 0 DEC. 28, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach opens city course to golf carts
By Kathy Prucnell
Golf cart drivers in Holmes Beach will motor with
less of a handicap in the wake of an ordinance approved
unanimously by commissioners Dec. 13 allowing golf
carts on more city streets.
The new law allows golf carts to be driven on any
street in the city with a speed limit of less than 35 mph.
The city's first golf cart ordinance was enacted in
2000 and amended in 2002. The new law, instead of carv-
ing out cart-legal streets, allows golf carts on all city
streets with the following exceptions:
State Road 64/Manatee Avenue.
State Road 789/Gulf Drive.
Gulf Drive, north of State Road 64.
Marina Drive from Gulf Drive to Palm Drive.
"I've publicly made no bones about it from the very
beginning," said HBPD Chief Jay Romine. "I'm not in
favor of it from a public safety point of view."
Romine maintains golf cart travel on city streets is
risky to drivers and passengers.
"We have been lucky" that no golf cart related acci-
dents have occurred in the city, said Romine.
The new ordinance, which included the chief's input,
also requires street-going golf cart drivers possess a valid
In addition, street-driven golf carts must comply
with state laws. Such laws regulate the hours of opera-
tion between sunrise and sunset and equipment, including
windshield, rear-view mirrors, front and rear reflectors,
headlights, brakes, brake lights and turn signals.
Commissioner John Monetti said the ordinance had
been "one of my concerns," and that he had been hoping
his "neighbors would be able to tool around."
While most city crossroads pose no barrier for carts,
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger told commissioners the carts
may not cross at intersections involving state roads unless
they are signalized and approved as golf-cart crossings by
the Florida Department of Transportation. State law oth-
erwise prohibits golf cart operation on state highways.
"The state will not give us a permit to cross the state
highway," he said of East Bay and Gulf drives, a signal-
ized intersection considered important for the city's carl
traffic. Such a pathway could open up the southwest com-
mercial area of the city to cart motorists from the east.
"We need to create a pathway that dead ends behind
Mike Norman's" real estate office and provides safe pas-
sage from the east to west side of the road before the
DOT will consider approving a golf-cart crossing, Boh-
The mayor indicated a DOT plan included a proposed
path through Grassy Point, a designated preserve, but goll
cart use would not be permitted there, he said. Another
pathway would be necessary to open up the southwest
side of the city to golf carts, he said.
In closing the discussion at the commission meeting,
Monetti said, "one day we're going to be able to cross
But no permit application is pending for a golf cart
crossing in Holmes Beach, according to Lauren Hatchell
of the DOT public information office. She said the city
submitted a permit for a golf-cart crossing at Gulf Drive
and State Road 789 in 2009, but that application became
"null and void" once the DOT's signal project, including
a pedestrian crossing and crosswalk, was completed.
"Because of the condition of the roadway" after the
project, a new application would need to be submitted,
"They never submitted one. I don't know whether
they were satisfied with the improvements," she said.
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Tax collector resorts to tax-evader hotline
By Rick Catlin
With the coming of the winter tourist season, the
Manatee County Tax Collector's resort tax collection unit
has issued a notice reminding property owners renting a
property for six months or less of its tax obligations.
The 5 percent resort tax commonly called the bed
tax applies throughout Manatee County, the notice
Additionally, the collections unit has established a
Rental Tax-Evaders Hotline that people can call anony-
mously and report suspected bed tax violations. Anony-
Island police blotter
Dec. 15, 800 block of North Shore Drive, informa-
tion. A woman visiting her aunt and uncle told a deputy
that she believed some prescription drugs, including Fen-
tanyl and Hydrocodone patches, were missing.
Dec. 16, 800 block of North Shore Drive, informa-
tion. A man reported an alarm sounding in a residence.
Deputies found a smoke detector going off and called the
property manager to reset the alarm.
Dec. 18,500 block of Loquat Drive, civil dispute. A
couple reported damage to their 2009 Toyota. According
to the report, a scrape was observed on a side panel of the
Dec. 19, 100 block of Hammock Road, open door.
While on patrol, deputies found a rear sliding-glass door
unlocked. The property manager was called to service
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 15, 2400 block of Avenue C, felony burglary.
A resident reported that sometime during the night, an
unauthorized person entered an unlocked vehicle. Noth-
ing was reported missing.
mous tips also may be made online at www.taxcollector.
com, the notice said.
Property owners who collect and remit the resort tax
must be registered with the tax collectors office. Registra-
tion also can be completed online at www.taxcollector.
Resort tax collection methods have improved sig-
nificantly the past year, said Sue Sinquefield, head of the
collections unit, and a number of rental property owners
who had not been paying the tax were identified and have
paid past due amounts.
For fiscal year 2010-11, the unit collected more than
$7 million in resort taxes, a record amount. The total
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Between Dec. 12 and Dec.18, 100 block of 13th
Street South, felony theft. A man reported his boat stolen
upon finding it at the Holmes Beach Kingfish Boat Ramp.
Items reported stolen from the boat were a Mercury 25-hp
motor with propeller valued at $3,000, a red plastic fuel
tank valued at $50 and a multi-colored life jacket valued
Dec. 18, 2200 block of Avenue A, criminal mis-
chief. Several residents reported hearing what they
thought were cats outside, but upon inspection found
broken eggs on the outside walls, windows and concrete
walkway. Ketchup and mustard also were discovered on
the walls, windows and a nearby wooden fence.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach Police Department, Holmes
Beach Police Department and Manatee County S' 1 ,rf's
received during 2009-10, Sinquefield said.
Approximately 62 percent of all resort tax collec-
tions derive from Anna Maria Island and north Longboat
Key, according to Sinquefield's research, including a
large portion of the past-due collections received during
Sinquefield credited much of the increase to new
investigative methods to find tax avoiders, the addition of
more resort tax investigators, better cooperation with the
Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office, the hotline,
and public education and awareness.
Property owners who are caught avoiding payment
must also pay a penalty, in addition to any past due
amounts, Sinquefield noted.
The resort tax hotline is 941-741-4809. Resort tax
questions can also be submitted by e-mail to resorttax@
Trolley keeps routine
for New Year's weekend
The fare-free Island Trolley will operate its
normal schedule on New Year's Eve and New Year's
Day, Jan. 1, said Nick Azzara, spokesperson for Man-
Trolley passengers can expect regular service
until 10:30 p.m. New Year's Eve. The Island Trol-
ley will resume service at 6 a.m. Jan. 1 from its
Coquina Beach and Anna Maria City Pier trolley
Beach Express, providing free bus service from
Manatee Avenue at 75th Street, Bradenton, will oper-
ate New Year's Day.
The trolley schedule was altered for Christmas
Eve, Dec. 24, but no changes to the schedule are
planned for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, he said.
22 E DEC. 28, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
Chappie to chair county commission
By Lisa Neff
John Chappie, who represents Anna Maria Island and
west Manatee, is the 2012 chair of the Manatee County
Board of Commissioners.
Chappie, who lives in Bradenton Beach, will suc-
ceed in the chairmanship Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
who lives in Holmes Beach. Both are former Anna Maria
Island city mayors.
Chappie was elected to the post
during the commission's Dec. 6 meeting
in Bradenton, and his term begins Jan.
1, 2012. Commissioner Joe McClash
nominated Chappie for the job, and the
vote was unanimous.
Chappie Commissioner Larry Bustle
will serve as first vice chair, Michael Gallen as second
vice chair and Robin DiSabatino as third vice chair.
Whitmore, after the election, expressed relief that
her chairmanship was concluding.
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Mote's caviar comes to the table
By Thomas Aposporos II rear
Islander Reporter d E aro
For more than a decade, Mote Marine Laboratory E
has been developing environmentally friendly ways to h it
improve aquaculture and enhance the stocks of some spe- e
cies at Mote Aquaculture Park, its 200-acre farm in east viar
While the inland location may not sound ideal for is o s ,I,,al the
the work, Mote uses innovative t hnrol o ry ce and recycles.1 ria
at its aquafarm. ii. ih / open
Mote's saltwater supply is 100 percent recycled, and i. [ec. 9
its freshwater supply, which many traditional aquaculture "' u, porch
facilities replace every five to seven minutes, is recycled t, Olive
and re-used for five to seven days. (i ( ,, post,
A main goal of Mote's work is to create a more i.
secure and sustainable food supply one not so reliant under
on foreign and over-fished waters. In 2005, Mote became B.toy
the first aquaculture facility to prepare Siberian sturgeon -. ,,,, oy
The sturgeon population had been in decline for some
time, and Mote is playing a major role in bringing it back,
while also producing farmed seafood.
Mote produced its first batch of Siberian sturgeon "
caviar in 2006 and, within the past year, Whole Foods \ .t I 1,n '.mn.Ii%'. ItI iI lit d Iht101%.- ItL l ti LI t
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and gourmet food stores throughout the state, now includ-
ing the Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Mote's Siberian sturgeon.
"Mote's caviar is of the highest quality, and it's great Chiles was instrumental in bringing Mote's caviar to
to know that it's being produced right here, following the Olive Oil Outpost.
strict environmental regulations, rather than being trans- Learn more about the caviar at the website www.
Mote's caviar is rinsed, strained and undergoes a ported to us from around the world," said Ed Chiles, mote.org/caviar.
salting process on it's way to being packaged for sale. owner of the BeachHouse, Sandbar and Mar Vista res- Editor's note: Reporter Thomas Aposporos II also
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Looks a lot like Christmas, golf week on AMI
There was a lot of golf during the week leading up
to Christmas at the Key Royale Club. The action got
started Dec. 18 with the men playing an 18-hole individ-
ual-low-net match. Earl Richie carded a 7-under-par 57
to take first place, while Bob Elliott took second place at
Dec. 19 saw the men play a nine-hole best-ball-of-
partners match. The team of Earl Huntzinger and Dick
Eichorn torched the course with a 13-under-par 19. Dave
Kruger and John Kollieski took second place with a
The men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford
match Dec. 20. Jim Helgeson took individual honors with
a plus-4, while the team of Dick Eichorn, John Estok, Bill
Melvin and Merrit Fineout won the team title.
On Dec. 20, the women took the course for a nine-
hole individual-low-net and low-gross-in-flight match.
Cindy Miller and Marlyn Thorton both carded 2-under-
par 30 to tie for first place, while Judy Squier was one
Heather Pritchard's 7-under-par 25 gave her first
place in Flight B. Meredith Slavin was two shots back
in second place.
Joyce Reith carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first
place in Flight C. Mardene Eichhor was two shots back
in second place.
Trish Kruger and Sally York both carded 3-under-par
29 to tie for first place in Flight D. Nell Bergstrom was
two shots back in second, while Eunice Warda took third
place with a 2-over-par 34.
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of the day and gave her first place in Flight A. Meredith
Slavin and Heather Pritchard were both a shot back at 41,
which topped the low score for Flight B. Joyce Reith's
46 gave her first place in Flight C, while Trish Kruger's
49 topped Flight D.
The men played an 18-hole individual-low-net match
Dec. 21. Dick Eichorn and Pete Weir tied for first place
with matching 6-under-par 58s, while Carl Voyles and
Dave Kruger finished tied for second at 5-under-par 59.
The men played a nine-hole team scramble Dec. 22.
The team of Rich Papinni, Mike Pritchett, John Purcell
and Tom Nelson matched the 4-under-par 28 carded by
the team of Dick Mills, Gerry Ellison, Lance Ellison and
Bill Melvin to finish in a tie.
Dec. 23 saw a coed nine-hole best-ball-of-foursome
match won by Nel Bergstrom, Jane Winegarden, Sue
Little and Tom Warda with a 5-under-par 27.
Eight teams participated in Christmas Eve horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits, where
three teams advanced to the knockout round. In the first
semifinal match, Art Kingstad and Jay Disbrow rolled
past Hank Huyghe by a 21-5 score. The finals saw Sam
Samuels and Jerry Disbrow destroy Kingstad and Jay
Disbrow by a 21-1 score.
Four teams advanced to the knockout stage during
Dec. 21 horseshoe action. Jay Disbrow and Sam Samuels
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Shiners, shrimp, artificial get the bite going
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Fishers using live bait and artificial are being
rewarded with consistent hookups in Anna Maria Sound
and the surrounding waters.
Redfish are staging on shallow grass flats adjacent
to mangrove edges to sun themselves in the late morning
and early afternoon. On charters this week, we found the
reds to be on flats with depths of 2-3 feet. Live shiners or
live shrimp seemed to be the ticket to catch these feisty
fish, although Berkley Gulp shrimp worked, too.
Catch-and-release spotted seatrout are still abundant
on deeper flats with sandy potholes. Remember, the clo-
sure for trout is over Jan. 1, so now is the time to go out
and do some homework to ensure success on opening
day. Arm yourself with some top-water plugs, some soft
plastics and maybe a suspending jerk bait to hunt these
wintertime yellow-mouthed bruisers.
It may be warm weather by day, but we officially
moved from fall to winter with the winter solstice Dec.
23, the longest night and shortest day of the year.
If it's winter migratory species, such as mackerel and
bonito, you're looking to hook up, look for diving birds at
sun up around Bean Point, Egmont Key or the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge. There are still shiners available, or you
can use silver spoons and Gotcha plugs to catch these
high-activity, toothy fish.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is still seeing
decent numbers of spotted seatrout around the pier at
night. "They're patrolling the lights looking for bally-
hoo," says Sork.
Catching ballyhoo for trout bait requires a long-han-
dled bait net and a quick hand. The pole can be as long
as 20 feet and the fine mesh net should be about 2 feet
in diameter. When a ballyhoo is spotted, simply scoop it
up and put it on a hook. Free-lining a ballyhoo is a best
bet to hook up trout that feed near the surface.
During the day, pier fishers are catching little tunny
and Spanish mackerel on white jigs and spoons. Both of
these species are great fun on light tackle and the macks
Lastly, pier fishers using live shrimp are catching
keeper-size flounder around the edges of the pier.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a vari-
ety of species caught on live shrimp. Pier fishers using a
bottom rig are casting their baits under the pier to get the
bite. Common catches there include black drum, redfish
and sheepshead. Pier fishers are catching flounder under
the pier, but most are small.
Pier fishers looking to cast their bait away from the
pier are hooking up with Spanish mackerel and ladyfish.
\ ii of the macks are coming in between 12 and 15
inches," says Cassetty. "And they're a little sporadic right
White jigs, silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are the
baits of choice.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says he's
heard of lots of black drum being caught at the local
piers. Live shrimp or Berkley Gulp shrimp are getting
the bite. Other species being caught on shrimp around the
piers include redfish, sheepshead and flounder. "They're
catching a lot of fish out there on shrimp," says Oldham,
"but the black drum seem to be the most abundant."
Moving onto the glass flats of Anna Maria Sound,
Oldham is hearing reports of some great action with
catch-and-release spotted seatrout. "To catch the trout,
boat fishers are drifting the grass flats using Berkeley
Gulp shrimp on a jig head," says Oldham. "Most people
like the new penny color, but the glow is working, too."
Flounder catches are being reported daily. Most
of these catches are occurring in canals in Bimini
Bay. Fishers using live shrimp are catching keeper-
size flounder from their back-yard docks. Remember,
when targeting flounder, try to drag your bait along the
bottom. This keeps you in the strike zone and helps
locate the fish.
On the beaches, fishers are catching the usual sus-
pects for the transition to winter fishing. Whiting are
feeding on small pieces of fresh-cut peeled shrimp on a
No. 2 hook. By using a whole live shrimp, beach fishers
are catching flounder and, if they're lucky, a few pom-
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore man-made
structure with good results on mangrove snapper. By
using live shiners for bait, Girle's charters are catching
snapper in the 16-inch range. Along with snapper, Girle's
charters are getting a workout on catch-and-release gag
Moving into Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting a variety
of species using both shiners and shrimp for bait. While
drifting deeper grass flats, Girle's charters are catching
bluefish, ladyfish and catch-and-release spotted seatrout
on live shiners. On the shallower flats, Girle is using
shiners to catch redfish in the 30-inch range, as well as
flounder up to 17 inches.
The highlight of the week for Girle is the appear-
ance of pompano in Sarasota Bay. Girles' clients are get-
ting into drag-screaming action on these golden nuggets.
Captain Mark Howard
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Using live shrimp under a cork, Girle is catching limits of
pompano with the larger fish topping out at 20 inches.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says, "If you like catching
bonito, now is the time to be out on the pier."
Pier fishers using Gotcha plugs or silver spoons for
bait are catching both bonito and Spanish mackerel as
quickly as they get their lure in the water.
To target either species at the pier, you want to find
the large schools of Spanish sardines that are migrating
out of Tampa Bay. Once the schools are located, start
working your lure around the edges. Remember, these
fish are feeding on the bait school, so as it moves along
the pier, you'll need to follow the bait to keep the bite
Fishers at the pier using live shrimp are catching a
variety of species fit for the dinner table. By bottom fish-
ing with live shrimp, fishers are catching good numbers
of mangrove snapper in the 12-inch range. Along with the
snapper, fishers are hooking up with Key West grunts. To
top things off, keeper-size flounder and sheepshead are
being caught as well.
Night fishers at the pier are still being rewarded with
an abundance of silver trout. Try using a speck rig tipped
with a small piece of shrimp on each jig to catch two
fish at once. Remember, these fish are great to eat when
they're fresh, but they don't freeze well. Only keep what
you plan to put in the pan.
Happy new year and good luck fishing in 2012.
Send fishing reports to email@example.com.
26 E DEC. 28, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
Lsyd a Biz
By Rick Catlin
Please visit '
Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Fresh fish, fresh
restaurant open in Cortez
The Swordfish Grill in Cortez opened for business
Dec. 19, replacing the Bayside Banquet Hall at 4628
119th St. W., Cortez.
John Banyas, who owns the facility as well as the
surrounding property that hosts the Cortez Bait & Sea-
food Market and Cortez Kitchen, said the new menu
"definitely features fresh-caught, local seafood.
"We're going out fishing every day possible, and
we're right next to all the other fishermen, so we're going
to have fresh fish daily," he said.
Grouper, snapper and mahi-mahi top the menu, but
the Swordfish Grill also has fresh mullet with a special
dipping sauce, said manager Mark Bartlett.
Although the menu is primarily seafood, Swordfish
Owner John Banyas, left, and general manager Mark
Bartlett pause on the outdoor deck at Swordfish Grill
in Cortez. The new restaurant opened Dec. 19 after
renovations. It was last operated as Bayside Banquet
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traditional fare, said Bartlett.
"We'll also have oysters, sandwiches and happy hour
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.," he added, and the Swordfish Grill
will have live entertainment four or five nights a week.
It also boasts an outdoor dining deck that can accom-
modate up to 150 people with panoramic views of Sara-
Boaters can pull up to the restaurant and dock for a
bite to eat or something to drink, Banyas said.
The Swordfish Grill will host private parties, both
inside and out.
A New Year's Eve party with special entertainment
and a host of other activities are planned, Banyas said.
For more information or reservations, call 941-798-
Chamber plans 8018 events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its first business luncheon of 2012 from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Fins Bar at Martini Bistro,
5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
From 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, the
chamber will hold its new year sunrise breakfast at the
Feast Restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A sign on the
9 and directs
other offices in
Soon to open
The build-out of the interior of the new Walgreens,
3200 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, is continuing. Plans
call for a January opening of the new store with added
space for merchandise. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The cost is $8 per person and reservations are
For more information or reservations, call 941-778-
Got a new business opening on Anna Maria Island
or Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola, or west Braden-
ton? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978 or e-mail news@
AGAIN? By Patrick Merrell / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Natives of the
land known as
6 One with eyes for
19 Share a view
21 Plant's grain-
22 Dislike of the
son of Mary,
Queen of Scots?
25 Prefix with bar
26 It's hard to
27 Heavy metal
30 Suffragist Carrie
31 Catwalk no-
33 March sisters'
40 Take the plunge
42 "No introduction
48 Build a
53 Mosaicist, e.g.
54 First Arab
country to have
imposed on it by
the Arab League
56 Poet Pablo
59 Mag space seller,
62 Golf cup name
63 Not just my
66 Practical joke
70 Things may be
picked up with
74 Brown, maybe
80 County on one
side of the
83 Hauled, in a way
87 What sweaty
dancers create at
an annual awards
90 Rush to get on
92 Jewish mourning
93 Dwarf with a
94 Arm part
98 Like some
collector in a
103 Where worms
don't last long?
106 It's found
108 Rubber man?
109 Lunch inits.
110 "Consider it
115 Air pump
116 What black
holes swallow to
119 "Horatio, thou
art ___ as just a
120 "_ ride"
121 10E and 40
122 Former Red Sox
123 Lines with
126 Purchase that's
2 "No guarantees"
4 Mil. unit below a
5 Give a shot
6 A to Z, e.g.
7 University of ___,
Bocelli earned a
8 Italian article
10 It may get stuck
in an eye
11 Small batteries
12 Desert and rain
13 Material in old
14 Common break
16 Less stressful
23 Trapped like _
24 Shore bird
29 Some terra cotta
32 Drink for a
34 What rakes may
36 Kind of disc
41 Marx Brothers,
44 FEMA part:
46 The Tigers of the
47 Tombstone figure
48 2000 musical
with the song
"Every Story Is a
49 Singer Anthony
51 13th, at times
52 40 million-
founded in 1958
55 Not so prevalent
58 Cleanup org.
64 "For us a
65 Rembrandt van
67 Shoe named for a
68 LAX data
69 Romance novelist
72 Geoffrey the
73 "I suppose so"
77 Paid sports
79 Title of
81 Justin Bieber and
82 Ponytail locale
84 Newsman Marvin
85 Cube creator
86 When Juno and
Gold Beach were
88 Think too much
89 "Look ___
91 They're often
sold by the
93 One who works
95 Hold back
96 It gets the lead
97 Prepares a bow,
99 Monastery heads
100 Casting locale
104 Writer Zora
105 Like much of
110 Foe in the first
112 Certain bean
113 Dutch cheese
114 Car sticker
117 Coal container
118 "Three Days of
the Condor" org.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 28, 2011 E 27
By Rick Catlin
Islanders can enjoy original music by Anna Maria
Island and local musicians from Manatee and Sarasota
counties on an Anna Maria Island low-power radio sta-
tion that is launching on New Year's Eve.
WAMi 1700 AM radio plans to start broadcasting
24/7 at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, from Holmes Beach,
said founders and Island residents Robert Herman and
The trade name of WAMi includes a small 'i' because
it is not licensed as a broadcast station by the Federal
Communications Commission. Stations that use less than
10 megawatts of power for broadcast do not have to be
licensed, Robert Herman said.
He hopes the name catches on with the listening and
The small power usage limits the broadcast area to
about 3.5-4 miles, but initial broadcast tests have found
the signal can be received in Palma Sola and Cortez.
For the first three months, the WAMi format will
be original music of any genre by musicians based
in Manatee and Sarasota counties, interspersed with
commentary on fishing, surfing, music and Island hap-
penings. The station plans no advertising during this
Around April 1, the station will switch to a music
and talk-radio format, Robert Herman said.
Response from area musicians to the local radio sta-
tion has been overwhelming, Casey Herman said. More
than 1,300 recordings from 120 area artists have been
submitted for air time.
The Hermans said they worked in the corporate world
for many years in the New York/Long Island area, but
came to Florida several years ago for a lifestyle change.
They were not disappointed with Anna Maria Island.
"We looked around at all the islands and kept coming
back to Anna Maria Island. We found it was beautiful,
laid back and there is a wealth of musical talent here.
It's perfect and a radio station like this is something we
always wanted to do," Robert Herman said.
Robert Herman and Casey Hoffman-Herman of Bra-
denton Beach are the founders of WAMi, an AM radio
station set to begin broadcasting at 10 p.m. Dec. 31.
The station will play music by local musicians. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a vacant Gulf-
front lot was sold 12/07/11, 9 Solutions LLC to Tampa
Bayshore Trust LLC for $805,000. It is unknown if this
was an arms length transaction.
2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a vacant Gulf-
front lot was sold 12/07/11, 9 Solutions to AM lot 3 LLC
for $648,000. It is unknown if this was an arms length
2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a vacant Gulf-
front lot was sold 12/07/11,9 Solutions to AMI lot 4 LLC
for $614,800. It is unknown if this was an arms length
208 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,711 sfla / 1,791 sfur
Island radio set to launch Dec. 31
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1437 Gulf Drive N., Unit 26, Bermuda Bay Club, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,524 sfla / 2,622 sfur 3bed/22bath/2car
condo with shared pool built in 1999 was sold 12/07/11,
Marks to Ward for $315,000; list $325,000.
6504 Holmes Blvd., Unit B, Pirates Pleasure, Holmes
Beach, a 684 sfla lbed/lbath half duplex built in 2011
was sold 12/09/11, Pirates Pleasure LLC to Starfish 65
LLC for $300,000; list $369,000.
2502 Gulf Drive N., Unit 210, Club Bamboo, a
681 sfla lbed/lbath condo with shared pool built in
1975 was sold 12/06/11, Harper to Aqua Props LLC for
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
George A. Morgan
George A. Morgan, 61, of Bradenton and formerly
of Anna Maria Island, died Dec. 18. He was born Sept.
Mr. Morgan was a veteran of the U.S. Army who
served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Moose Lodge
in Bradenton Beach. He worked as a cook and enjoyed
No services are planned.
Mr. Morgan is survived by his daughter, Tracy Jen-
kins, of Tampa, and many friends, including Theresa
Mapes and Daymon "Smitty" Smith.
Obituaries are provided as a free service in
The Islander newspaper to residents and family
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-
28 0 DEC. 28, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
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GULBRANSEN UPRIGHT PIANO: Good condi-
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EGG SINKERS: 8 ounce, $1.30, 6 ounce, $1.
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JVC 36-INCH TV: Remote, glass door cabinet,
works perfectly, $60.
Old shabby, wicker fernery, $10. 941-565-0836.
LARGE RECLINER, $50, white modern coffee
table, $45. 941-778-1264.
GE REFRIGERATOR: 21.6 cubic feet. No frost,
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MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may place one free ad with up to
three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words
or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
online. E-mail email@example.com, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is
preparing a large shipment destined in about
two weeks for Port-au-Prince and needs to be
filled include: peanut butter, canned foods and
meat, pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning sup-
plies 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-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothe-
MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria
Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariais-
landrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislan-
drealty.com. Your personal broker.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission 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 Sat-
urdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. 9806
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, across from Ginny's &
Jane E's at the Old IGA. Furniture, antiques, col-
lectibles, jewelry, art, nauticals, linens and more
great treasures. Rain date the following Sunday,
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 Peugeot keys on causeway,
Saturday, Dec. 17. Claim at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
2005 TOYOTA SOLARA convertible: 78,500
miles, garage kept. $11,500 or best offer. Great
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 kids 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 Rent-
als Inc. on Anna Maria Island is seeking profes-
sional, friendly, efficient cleaning staff. Bilingual
is a plus. Must be able to work weekends. Call
Missy, 941-201-7499 or email resume to: Missy@
BUSY AND EXPANDING Island real estate office
looking for experienced agents. High splits and
low fees. Call 941-778-8104.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
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CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
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BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible,
trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own
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.
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.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small.
Call Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.
GIVE THE GIFT of organization: Home, office and
small business. Professional organizer, Shauna
COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES: WILL write about
what made you or your company successful.
MORE ADS = MORE READERS in The Islander.
NOT DRIVING? Let me drive you to your appoint-
ments. Affordable rates. Seniors. Call Joyce,
HANDI HOME MAINTENANCE: Your way.
Prompt, affordable, guaranteed. I do it all. Island
local. Free estimates. 941-720-0067
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-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift
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KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
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37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Bayfront Villa 3/3 Sunny well maintained,, wood & tile firs, furnished.
$308,000 or lease at $2,800/mo.
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.
HB/Canalfront 2/2 $1,600/mo.
Gulffront Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home and Villas.
Charming. 1 BR Cottage. Steps to beach.S1,200 per month.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
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JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handy-
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SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
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FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
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SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
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pool, 70-foot dock with lift and 200 feet on sail-
boat water with no bridges. $659,000.
CHILSON AVENUE: Wonderful deep-water
canalfront home on a lot and a half. Private dock
with no bridges to the bay! This home has a large
pool. Beach within walking distance. Could be
converted to a 3BR/2BA. $549,900.
OLDFLORIDAATITSBEST! ISLAND CREAM.PUFF
3/2 canal home, large pool, Updated and extremely clean
easy to show $499,000. Call duplex on rare oversized lot.
Carmen Pedota, Realtor, $559,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
941-284-2598 or Lori Guerin, Broker, 941-773-3966
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
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HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units
available for office/commercial spaces from 750-
2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units
and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private
pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pri-
vate pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
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 Catolica, direc-
tor, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakellarides, 514-390-
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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,
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. Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual
tour at www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE December
and January. 2BR/1 BA, west of Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. $1,550 monthly, $500 weekly plus tax.
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,
JANUARY SPECIAL: ADORABLE 2BR/2BA beach
cottage newly updated, heated pool, carport, two
blocks from beach. Available month of January at
$3,500, over 20 percent off! 941-348-3292. www.
SEASONAL: MARCH-APRIL. 2BR/1 BA duplex,
clean, washer and dryer. 410 71st St., Holmes
EFFICIENCY: ONE BEDROOM, unfurnished,
close to beach. No pets. All utilities included.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach,
annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financ-
ing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at
Palma Sola Trace.
HOLMES BEACH HOME: Quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short
blocks to sandy beaches. No reasonable offer
refused. Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual
AFFORDABLE LIVING: HISTORIC Sandpiper
Resort, Bradenton Beach. On the Intrac-
oastal Waterway across the street from Gulf
beaches. Your little piece of heaven in Flor-
ida! Claudia's Real Estate 941-746-8161 or 941-
AUCTIONS! JANUARY 14 and 21. Key Royale
waterfront, estimated opening bid, $275,000.
Palma Sola Park four-car garage home, esti-
mated opening bid, $150,000. Call James
Adkins, Adkins Florida Group, Keller Williams
Realty. 941-713-0635. Happy bidding!
LIKE NEW SPANISH-style pool home. 3BR/3BA,
two-car garage. Close to beach and shopping.
Zoned for weekly rentals. $385,000. Call 941-
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Older home presently sits on both lots $899,000.
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Larger Cracker Cottage with
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situated at the quiet end of a
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