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Tourism survey, bed
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Jose Bautista, two-time American League home run champion, originally from the
Dominican Republic and now at home in Bradenton, greets fans in the dugout during
the Feb. 18 Pros vs. Girls softball game at Birdie Tebbetts Field, 62nd Street and Flo-
tilla Drive, Holmes Beach. Bautista primarily plays right field, but also serves
as versatile utility player for the Toronto Blue Jays. The event raised $3,000 for the
Twisters and the Women's Resource Center. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell
Twister's 8-and-under teammates Cassie Leal, front,
Lyndsay Yingling, left, Ashley Lyerla, Alexandra Texi-
dor-Abel, Joceyln Leal and Allie Jacobsen, pose with
mascot Marty of the Bradenton Marauders before the
Feb. 18 Pros vs. Girls softball game at Birdie Tebbetts
Field. The girls outplayed the big bats 17-3.
Dog walker, HBPD report mangroves cut
By Kathy Prucnell
A woman who walks her dog twice every
day noticed a marked difference in scenery on
one of her walks last month to the bayfront
end of 28th Street, and reported it to Holmes
Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen at one of her
coffee-with-commissioner events in January.
"I saw a yard guy cutting down trees at
least two and also saw the mangroves had
been cut," said Janet Fitzgerald of 29th Street,
who said she has been walking the same route
for two years.
Construction trailers from a stormwater
project had been parked there, she said, but
once removed, she saw the clearing.
And now there's a view over the cut man-
groves on the stretch of vacant land at the end
of the street, and an extensive clearing across
from the last house on the street, she said.
"It gets me very upset when I hear the
chain saws going," she said. Fitzgerald has
Recently trimmed mangroves on vacant
property line 28th Street and the shoreline.
Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
lived on the Island since the 1970s, and appreci-
ates mangroves for the shade, wildlife nesting
and spawning areas and the coastal protection
Fitzgerald said she thought the property
might have been city owned, and did not know
who to report to on the matter.
Holmes Beach Police Department Lt. Dale
Stephenson filed a police report Feb. 3, stating
he spoke with one neighbor who said, "new
owners of 418 28th St. had a crew cut back the
Stephenson said the mangroves were cut
across from the last house on the south side of
the street, and possibly also on the city's right
of way at the end of the street. He said the state
may share jurisdiction of some of the property
seaward of the mean high water line.
The police report states that the Manatee
County Property Appraiser lists a new owner
with a West Virginia address for the property at
the bayfront end of the street.
Stephenson has since referred the matter to
the Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection for investigation.
PLEASE SEE MANGROVES, PAGE 3
Crews from Florida Dock & Dredge spread
needed sand on the Tampa Bay shoreline
alongside the Anna Maria City Pier. The
sand was dredged from Bimini Bay, then
pumped north by pipes to the pier area. The
renourishment operation was to move north,
putting sand between the pier and the Lake
LaVista Inlet, once the job wraps up on the
south side of the pier. The project is funded
by a West Coast Inland Navigation District
grant to keep Bimini Bay pass open for
marine navigation, and the city requested
the dredged sand to renourish the shoreline.
A WCIND press release said the project,
which began Feb. 9, should be completed
in two weeks, and at no cost to the city.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
2 0 FEB. 22, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Bradenton Beach to move forward on cell tower proposal
By Mark Young
The city of Bradenton Beach is taking the next step
to install a cell tower.
Plans are for the tower to be located at the city's
public works building, and commissioners agreed to
move forward at their Feb. 16 meeting at city hall.
The commissioners heard a Jan. 12 presentation on
the tower proposal from the Alpha-Omega Communica-
tions chief officer Jimmy Eatrides.
Eatrides, as well as Ridan Industries II president
Kevin Barile, discussed options regarding types of cell
towers, and improving quality of life and public safety
for Bradenton Beach residents, some of whom reside
in areas with poor cell phone reception.
Before moving forward and directing city attor-
ney Ricinda Perry to prepare a request for proposal on
the communications tower, Mayor John Shaughnessy
opened the floor to public comment.
No one spoke on the subject at the Jan. 12 city
commission workshop meeting, and no one addressed
the commission on the subject at the Feb. 16 meeting.
Vice Mayor Ed Straight motioned to authorize
Perry to proceed with preparing the RFP, and the motion
In other matters, Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John
Cosby requested a fuel services contract with Wright
Express. Cosby said city police officers presently use
Manatee County as a fuel provider.
\\n glu Express got exclusive rights in the state for
municipalities and counties for fuel use," said Cosby,
"where it will save us is in man hours. We can get gas
locally instead of driving out to the county."
Cosby said the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
and Florida Highway Patrol are currently using Wright
Express, "and they are loving it," he said. "It also gives
us a better tool to monitor and more leeway on what we
Commissioner Gay Breuler motioned to authorize
the mayor to sign the contract with Wright Express.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh seconded the motion,
which passed 5-0.
Commissioners voted to adopt a resolution
amending the city of Bradenton Beach's employee
Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a payment
of $2,039 for electrical repairs at 2402 Ave. A and 2411
Ave. A, Bradenton Beach.
There was some discussion by Breuler after public
works director Tom Woodard reported the invoice
included replacement wire, some of which was
destroyed during pavement resurfacing for the Avenue
A stormwater project.
"A resurfacing milling machine grabbed up some
wires that were jetted just under the road that was
feeding three individual docks," said Woodard. "The
depth was reported inaccurately. I was obligated to fix
Breuler asked why the city was responsible.
"It was our project," said Woodard. "All of our con-
tractors did what they were legally required to do."
Breuler motioned to table the payment until Perry
could investigate the city's culpability, but the motion
failed to gain a second.
"I don't see any way around it," said Shaughnessy.
"The work is done, it has to be paid."
The commissioners voted to approve payment, with
Breuler voting nay.
The commissioners then approved payment of more
than $83,000 for phase 2 of the stormwater project,
which is taking place on Avenues A and B, as well as
Shaughnessy complimented the efforts thus far.
"This was a tough project," he said. "It turned out
pretty good. It didn't solve all the problems, which is
impossible to do, but I think you guys did a good job
Vosburgh motioned to approve payment. Breuler
seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
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THE ISLANDER U FEB. 22, 2012 E 3
Resort tax proven barometer for area tourism
By Rick Catlin
Islanders in the accommodation business say the
resort tax collection figures published monthly by the
Manatee County Tax Collector's Office are a good indi-
cation of how tourism fares.
January resort tax collection figures the 5 per-
cent collected by Manatee County on all rentals of six
months or less should be good news for the Island's
The resort tax collections division reported Janu-
ary 2012 collections the tax is paid one month in
arrears were $534,489, a 24.9 percent increase from
the $428,028 collected in January 2011. And collections
for fiscal year 2010-11 were $7.1 million, a record year
for resort tax collections and a 7 percent jump from the
2009-10 record total of $6.64 million.
Resort tax collections for 2011-12 are 22 percent
ahead of fiscal year 2010-11 after three months, the
As if to confirm the relation between the resort
tax and tourism, survey results released last week by
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
show area tourism for 2011 was up 6.7 percent when
compared with 2010 numbers. The BACVB reported
492,300 visitors to the area for 2011, while 2010 records
show 461,600 visitors.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman noted the relationship between
resort tax collections and tourism is often a good way
to gauge tourism. The resort tax results are provided
within the first 10 days of the month.
"If resort tax collections are up, tourism is usually
up," she said before the BACVB released its year-end
figures Feb. 14. Tourism figures are usually released
about six weeks after the end of a reporting month,
while the resort tax collected in a particular month is
what rental properties paid the previous month.
The $534,489 collected in January 2012 was the
tax paid for December 2011 rentals.
Officially known as the Manatee County tourist
MANGROVES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
DEP external affairs manager Ana Gibbs said the
agency has not issued a permit for mangrove trimming
in the 28th Street area. She also said an inspector has
visited the site and determined the affected area consists
of 126 linear feet of shoreline, although there is yet no
report from the DER
Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe
Duennes said the vacant land on the north side of the
street are platted lots. A check of Manatee County
records indicates the properties are in private owner-
Duennes said the dead end of the street is either
under state or county control. The city's jurisdiction
is within the 50-foot-wide 28th street right of way, he
Two areas appear to be trimmed, one near the dead
end and across from the last house on the south side of
the street, and another in a stretch of vacant bayfront
lots on the north side.
The trimmed area, which includes mangroves of
approximately 3-4 foot height, is reportedly part of a
maintenance agreement provided by a landscape archi-
tect, also a neighbor, who has been caring for it for
That neighbor declined comment.
The city public works department reportedly main-
tains some areas and mows the rights of way on 28th
Peelen pointed out the 28th Street property is near
Grassy Point, the city's 34-acre bayfront preserve. She
said the mangroves are important to the Island they
"hold it together."
"DEP always prefers to provide compliance assis-
tance," said Gibbs about mangrove trimming. "Our goal
is to keep applicants and homeowners in compliance
with the rules of the state of Florida. We encourage them
to come in for a pre-application meeting with one of our
permit processors, which is free of cost. This helps the
homeowner know what authorizations may be required
for the proposed project."
In the event of cutting without a permit, Gibbs said,
"violations are evaluated on a case by case basis. Some
cases involve restoration, however, depending on the
circumstances, sometimes administrative costs and pen-
alties are imposed."
development tax, and often called the bed tax or resort
tax, about 60 percent of the collected resort tax annu-
ally comes from Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key
For January 2012, the Island and Longboat Key
collected $288,757 in resort taxes, or 54 percent of the
Tourism arrivals and resort tax collections usu-
ally follow the same path, but it's not always apples to
apples, said Sue Sinquefield of the MCTCO resort tax
"Generally, when resort tax collections are up for
the month, visitors to the area are about the same," she
When some property owners pay large past due
bills, however, the comparison between resort taxes col-
lected and visitor arrivals can be apples to oranges.
As an example, Sinquefield said, the 24.9 percent
increase in resort tax collections reported for December
2011 does not compare equally with the 10.2 percent rise
in tourism reported by the BACVB for that month.
For the past year, her office has been targeting those
property owners who had short-term rentals, but had
failed to register with the tax collector and had not paid
the required resort tax.
Area tourism up 6.7
percent in 2011
By Rick Catlin
Tourism to the Bradenton area increased 6.7 per-
cent in 2011 compared with 2010, according to figures
released Feb. 13 by Research Data Services Inc. of
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau retains RDS to report monthly, quarterly and
annual visitor information to the BACVB. The reports
typically are provided six weeks to two months after a
Walter Klages of RDS delivered the annual report
at the Manatee County Tourist Development Council's
Feb. 13 meeting.
The report stated 492,300 visitors came to the area
in 2011, a 6.7 percent climb from the 461,600 reported
by RDS in 2010.
For December 2011, RDS reported 31,000 visi-
tors for the month, up 10.6 percent from the 28,400 for
The fourth quarter of 2011 also saw an increase in
visitors to the area. RDS reported 102,300 visitors to the
area in the fourth quarter, a 12.2 jump from the 91,200
reported in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The total economic impact of visitors for 2011 was
also up from 2010. RDS said total economic spending
impact for 2011 was $511.5 million, compared with
$472 million for 2010.
Internet use for reservations also increased, with
RDS reporting 58.9 percent of visitors booked online,
a 14.1 increase from the 51.6 percent of visitors who
booked online reservations in 2010.
The 6.7 percent increase of visitors nearly matched
the hike in resort tax collections the 5 percent col-
lected on all county rentals of six months or less -
which increased 7 percent for fiscal year 2010-11 com-
pared with 2009-10 fiscal year. The fiscal year ends
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Some owners have charged the renter for the resort
tax, then pocketed that money, as well as the 6.5 per-
cent sales tax on the accommodation rental, Sinquefield
When caught, the offender must pay the past due
amount of resort and sales tax, plus a penalty, she
Investigators visit Island accommodations and
vacation rental properties on an irregular basis to ensure
those locations are properly registered and paying the
5 percent tax. They also work closely with the Mana-
tee County Property Appraiser's office, which last year
found a number of Island property owners who had
failed to register or pay the tax.
Finding unpaid resort tax has been "the major
reason we've been ahead of last year's collections, but
certainly increased tourism has helped," Sinquefield
The resort tax funds the BACVB, the Manatee
County Convention Center, and the county's share
of beach renourishment funding, among other county
Resort tax collections for the first quarter of the 2011-
12 fiscal year were $1.346 million, 22 percent ahead of
first quarter 2010-11 collections of $1.101 million.
Coffee talk planned
Residents are invited to join Holmes Beach
Commissioner Jean Peelen from 10 a.m. to noon
Thursday Feb. 23, at Paradise Cafe, 3220 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Peelen said recently her January talks were pro-
ductive, and she again invites residents to "coffee
with the commissioner" to share concerns or chat
about "life in Holmes Beach."
For information, call Peelen at 941-896-5827.
Anna Maria City
Feb. 23, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
March 1, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
March 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 22, 10 a.m., code enforcement focus group
Feb. 23, board of adjustment meeting.
Feb. 23, 10 a.m., rental agents and contracts focus
Feb. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
Feb. 28, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, mymanatee.org.
Send notices to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 E FEB. 22, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
'Common sense' flagged as key to road safety
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By Mark Young
Whether you travel Island roads by foot, by bike
or by motorized vehicle, Bradenton Beach Police Chief
Sam Speciale said common sense will ensure safety for
A Dec. 8 crosswalk fatality in Bradenton Beach was
just the second in 10 years but, "We've been fortunate not
to have more," said Speciale. 'There are a lot of people
coexisting on our roads and everyone needs to understand
what role they play in staying safe."
Antoinette Pruss, 65, of Sarasota, lost her life Dec.
8 while in a crosswalk in the 900 block of Gulf Drive
North. A 1998 GMC Yukon, driven by Kathleen Benison,
of Cortez, struck and killed Pruss.
An investigation into the death is ongoing. According
to Bradenton Beach Police Sgt. James Gill, investiga-
tors are waiting on the results from blood and toxicology
reports that were sent to a laboratory to close out the
Special said everyone understanding their roles on
the road has been especially true the past 10 years as the
Island benefits from more tourism.
'The crosswalks were put in by (the Department of
Transportation) over the last 10 years," he said. 'Those
exist today because DOT did their pedestrian counts
during peak season. It's fortunate, because now we have
more tourists than ever, and we don't really see a lull like
we used to."
Understanding of what an individual's responsibility
is as a pedestrian, bicyclist or driver is what will prevent
future tragedies, he said.
Complaints from citizens about close calls on the
TDC member says
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Tourist Development Council
member David Teitelbaum said he was "outraged"
after reading a story in a Bradenton-area daily news-
paper about Anna Maria Island rental issues dis-
cussed at the TDC's Feb. 13 meeting.
The story said "flocks" of "party-first" visitors
were coming to the Island and renting "shabby"
vacation homes and duplexes from property owners
and developers looking to "make a buck."
"The story was a gross c \ia~.,I liin of the
facts," said Teitelbaum, who owns four resorts in
Bradenton Beach and serves on the board of the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
"I was appalled to read the story and learn it
had been picked up by a national wire service."
Teitelbaum said the writer failed to mention that
he and TDC member Ed Chiles had said only a few
renters were party-goers who were interfering with
the residential character of some neighborhoods.
He said he probably would not likely contact the
publication to express his disappointment with the
impression the story created about Island tourism.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce pres-
ident Mary Ann Brockman also was disappointed
with the story. She said the real Anna Maria Island
vacationers are nothing like the story indicated.
"We don't have 'flocks' of 'party first' visitors
coming here," she said. The number of visitors who
rent a single house for a crowded, late-night party
is minimal. But when they do disturb the neigh-
bors, the neighbors complain to their city officials
at public meetings.
The few complaints get all the attention, while
nearly 500,000 visitors to Anna Maria Island in 2011
had an "enjoyable, peaceful vacation" and they are
ignored, Brockman said.
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
executive director Elliott Falcione said Island cities
should just ignore the story and "work together and
Island roadways are commonplace, highlighted by a letter
to the editor in The Islander this week from Melanie
Owens who points out her daily observations while work-
ing in various locations on the Island.
Special said it might surprise some people to learn
the bi .'~., 'I safety offenders are not out-of-town visitors.
"A lot of the people who visit the Island are from big
cities and they are used to a lot of crosswalks," he said.
"We do see more of a problem from locals."
Special said his department enforces road rules.
"We do special enforcement where our guys will
specifically watch the crosswalks," he said. "We also
have pulled over numerous bicyclists to remind them
what their obligations are in sharing the road. We rarely
cite them, but we do stop them as a reminder that there
are a lot of people who have to coexist on these roads."
The state of Florida outlines a pedestrian's responsi-
bility when approaching a crosswalk. The law states that
once a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, traffic must come
to a stop, but caution and a clear intention of crossing the
street must be the goals to ensure safety.
"If someone is just standing by a crosswalk, traffic
does not have to stop," said Speciale. "Your intention to
enter the crosswalk has to be clear, but at the same time
you have to be vigilant to make sure traffic has stopped
Special said some people have a tendency to assume
that they have the right of way upon entering the cross-
walk, but that kind of assumption can lead to tragedy.
"That's basically what happened with the fatality in
front of the Gulf Drive Cafe," he said. "The woman was
clearly in the crosswalk, but assumed she had been seen
by a driver, who was distracted."
A crosswalk at
Gulf Drive and
Cortez Road is
just a few feet
cross Gulf Drive
at their own risk,
although the key
to road safety,
police say, is the
ers and bicyclists
the obligations of
sharing the road.
Distracted driving is a problem in a tourist area where
pedestrians are window shopping on one side of the road,
and the Gulf of Mexico is on the other. Special said Bra-
denton Beach is promoted as a "walkable community."
'That's what we tell people and we try to tell drivers
how to be aware of that," he said. You can tell drivers
who live in an area with a lot of crosswalks from those
who do not, because they don't stop, he said.
Special said distracted driving issues are a big con-
cern on the Island because there are so many things to
"But that's not all," he said. 'There are the physical
distractions of storefronts, the Gulf and seeing all the
people walking around. But you also have the mental
distractions of people trying to find their resort or look-
ing at directions. Everybody has to be aware of their
Bicyclists are vehicles on the roadways in Florida,
meaning vehicles must treat bicyclists as other vehicles,
and bicyclists must adhere to the rules of the road.
"And that doesn't happen as much as it needs to,"
said Speciale. "I think it starts from people riding bikes as
kids and they don't pay attention to rules. Now they are
riding as adults as a legitimate means of transportation,
but they can get reckless by riding the wrong way on a
bike lane or not using the bike lane."
Special said a common problem is groups of bicy-
clists who ride together two or three abreast.
"You are not supposed to ride even two abreast," he
said. "We see that a lot and what happens is traffic starts
to back up because vehicles can't pass them, and that
creates a dangerous scenario."
By Kathy Prucnell
Thanks to the grant-writing skills of West Manatee
Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Brett Pollock, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency awarded an $800,000
grant this month to improve Manatee County fire-rescue
"Brett Pollock should be congratulated on this," said
WMFR Commission Chair Randy Cooper at the district's
Feb. 16 meeting. "I'm really impressed with his effort.
His grant writing makes us look very good."
Cooper also credited U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan,
R-Sarasota, and the Manatee County Fire Chiefs Asso-
ciation for their support in obtaining the grant.
Although Pollock wrote the regional application,
all fire districts and departments in Manatee County
will benefit with funding to help replace some 286
portable and mobile radios. Depending on pricing, Pol-
lock hopes the grant will allow for even more radio
"Radios are a vital part of what we do," he said,
"having our radios function properly (is vital) to our job
as emergency responders."
FEMA used the peer-review process to award the
grant, the largest awarded to the department and the only
regional grant, according to Pollock.
WMFR Chief Andy Price said the district was look-
ing at doing its own radio replacements, and the grant has
provided a "tremendous cost savings."
Pollock said West Manatee will realize $97,000 in
The funds are limited to replacing obsolete equip-
"I couldn't have written the grant without the coop-
eration and data input from all the departments," Pollock
In other matters, with the dissenting vote of Com-
missioner Scott Ricci and absence of Commissioner
Jesse Davis, the commission approved 3-1 a motion to
seek requests for proposals from contractors to remodel
Station No. 2, 10350 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Ricci said he wants commissioners to explore
options for the station's parking lot, possibly obtaining
more land or moving the cell tower, before undertaking
the RFP process.
Other commissioners said those options could still
be explored during the process.
Chief Andy Price said, "Personally, I feel the need
to get the project off the ground."
At the commission's December meeting, Cooper
indicated a consideration for remodeling Station #2,
which was not part of the 2011 project, is the pos-
sibility of the firefighters' living quarters being relo-
The remodeling of Station No. 2 is similar in scope
to the 2011 remodeling of Station No. 1, both having
a projected cost of $150,000-$200,000, according to
FEMA awards fire agencies $800,000
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 22, 2012 U 5
Island beach renourishment in federal budget for now
By Rick Catlin
The good news for Anna Maria Island's planned
2014-15 islandwide beach renourishment project is that
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has placed the project
in its section of the federal budget, said Charlie Hun-
sicker, director of Manatee County's natural resources
Additionally, the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection has placed AMI beach renourishment as
its "No. 1 project," Hunsicker said, and the county has
secured funding support from the U.S. Army Corps of
"It's one of the Top 5 Corps projects" in the fed-
eral budget for the Corps' Jacksonville district office, he
"I believe the Board of County Commissioners has
positioned the project well" with the Corps and DEP."
As with any federal budget, however, it sometimes
"We have to be sure we still have full support in
2014. Partial funding for beach renourishment is like no
funding," Hunsicker said.
He and Coastal Planning and Engineering of Boca
Raton, the marine engineering firm retained by the county
for renourishment and dredging projects, have estimated
the project cost to be $20 million-$25 million, with the
USACE share at $13 million and $6 million from both the
DEP and Manatee County's beach renourishment fund.
Hunsicker said he and county commissioners have
lined up support for full funding, as he believes the fed-
eral funds will eventually be challenged.
He's obtained the backing of U.S. Senators Mark
Rubio, R-Fla., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., along with U.S.
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, to support the
"Getting it put in the budget was accomplishing the
impossible," Hunsicker said, and the budget estimates
were on the high side for a reason, which also is part of
the bad news.
"Now (Congress) can only subtract" from the amount
budgeted, Hunsicker said, and he still plans a 2014 start
date for the project.
Hunsicker also spoke Feb. 14 with Longboat Key
town officials and residents about the joint Longboat Pass
management plan. He presented suggestions from a West
Coast Inland Navigation District study of the pass along
with those from a Coastal Planning and Engineering
study. CP&E is Manatee County's consultant for marine
and dredging projects.
There were several options to make it easier to keep
the pass open for safe navigation without dredging it
Those options include realigning the authorized
channel, using sand from navigation dredging for beach
renourishment, modifying dredging to address shoaling
problems along the north end of Longboat Key, managing
erosion "hot spots" with renourishment, structures such
as groins, and adding more sand along the existing jetty
at the south end of Coquina Beach/Anna Maria Island to
tighten the structure and/or add to its length.
There also was discussion of building a terminal
groin on the Longboat Key side of the pass. Another
option discussed was to build a breakwater in the Gulf
of Mexico, or build permeable, adjustable groins from
north Longboat Key into the Gulf of Mexico.
Hunsicker presented computer models showing
that the tidal flow through Longboat Pass moves to the
south, where the permeable, adjustable groins would be
The final recommendations of the various studies of
the pass resulted in a CP&E report stating a combination
of alternatives are needed to achieve the objectives of an
inlet management plan.
The best objectives and options are:
Tighten and extend the terminal groin at the south
end of Coquina Beach.
Build a Longboat Key terminal groin.
Place two permeable adjustable groins on Longboat
Maintain the navigation channel in its authorized
position with advanced maintenance.
Share dredged sand.
The group agreed, concluding the meeting with
Longboat Key officials planning to present the options
to its town commission for approval, while Hunsicker
will present the same to the Manatee County Commission
for approval at its March 13 meeting.
The cost of the project would be evenly split by
Longboat Key and Manatee County, Hunsicker said.
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The monsters among us
It's coming down to residents vs. visitors in the
heated battle over the infiltration of motel-like accom-
modations in some residential neighborhoods on Anna
Maria Island. And it ain't pretty.
But don't say we didn't tell you so.
Back in 2006 we pointed to the concerns of a
former Anna Maria commissioner, who lamented that
folks would buy two homes, tear them down and build
one big trophy home that we'd soon be a community
of trophy homes. Not so much, it turns out.
We warned that we were seeing investors, build-
ers, developers and speculators buying up any speck
of property they could find that could be "upgraded."
And by upgraded, we didn't just mean improved.
It amounted to adding to two or more units where often
there had been one.
We asked then how in 20-30 or so years down the
road, the popular quick-build, duplex-turned-condos in
the form of two skinny three-story homes, too close
together, would shape Anna Maria Island.
Oops. It seems the monster duplexes are shap-
ing into problems sooner than we thought. We're just
saying, it didn't just begin last year. The investor-driven
mega-accommodations that are being accused now for
the problems began encroaching on our lifestyle long
before last year.
It was an inevitable evolution for old, ground-level
duplexes to be improved, upgraded and put to better use,
not for snowbirds to live in part of the year, because the
mortgages had gone up with the turnover in sales, and
the bubble-boom prices dictate higher rents.
Any improvements to ground-level properties were
also inevitable due to the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency mandates for elevation.
We recall a long ago resort operator who also rented
four duplexes in the residential zone from his motel.
He sold the duplexes, and the new owners were
turned away from city hall on inquiring about their
motel license. They were told to remove the sign and
the office. It was not a motel.
Is it too late to require accommodations in residen-
tial zones be limited to 30-day rentals a proposal long
fought by rental agents and real estate sales people?
Maybe, but somehow, sometime soon, we have to
address the fact that the problems eminate from rental
businesses motels operating in neighborhoods.
How do we embrace the new tourism?
What can we do to save neighborhoods, accom-
modate tourists and keep the golden goose happy?
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Every Tuesday some 40 people Anna Maria
Island Rotary Club members and friends gather
for lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton
The room is always filled with friendly smiles and
positive vibes. I always feel better after these meetings.
It is not just the fellowship, it's what happens between
meetings that is amazing.
"Service Above Self" is the motto for about 1.2 mil-
lion Rotarians worldwide, and our little club on Anna
Maria Island is recognized for living up to that motto.
Our partnership with Anna Maria Elementary
School was once featured in Rotary's international
magazine. Our club funds such projects as clean-water
systems in Haiti, Peru and Mexico. We buy comput-
ers for remote schools in Guatemala. We contribute
to ShelterBox, a disaster relief program. In Manatee
County, we package meals for the hungry and support
"Feeding Empty Little Tummies. "We do more than our
part to fund the worldwide initiative to eradicate polio.
We fund local scholarships for academic and musical
achievement. Many local arts organizations depend on
This is only a part of what we do, and some may
wonder where we get our funding.
Our primary fundraiser is Rotary Casino Night,
which this year is Saturday, Feb. 25.
It is a fun-filled evening with great, food, cocktails,
and, of course, casino games. There will be a live auc-
tion of a Harley Davidson Sportster. One attendee will
win a 50-inch TV. With only 48 chances at $50, some-
one will win a one-week stay at a luxurious vacation
home in Las Vegas.
As you read this, maybe you will think about join-
ing us Saturday night. It's a way to not only have great
fun, but also to help many in need. Admission is $50.
Call me, Barry Gould, at 941-448-5500. I also can
tell you about the many rewards of being a Rotarian.
Barry Gould, Holmes Beach
Looking for recourse
The city of Anna Maria has spent years and 10s of
thousands of dollars on issues such as the cell tower and
It is unbelievable that the city allows a builder to
secure a building permit whose application declares the
construction to be a single-family residence and then
have the facility function as a vacation rental.
This is a major concern on Anna Maria Island and
the only solution brought forth is more workshops to
"study the problem."
Is there no legal recourse on the part of the city of
Anna Maria for false declarations in the building permit
without more delays on such an important issue?
Arthur Noriega, Anna Maria
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Feb. 24 will mark Mike Sales Day, who was
named as "Official Balladeer of Bradenton Beach"
in a proclamation by former Mayor Bob Bartelt in
August of 2011.
The day marks Sales' birthday, but it will be
celebrated by the entertainer offering his talent at
the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
While Bradenton Beach bestowed the honor,
Sales is an entertainment staple throughout Anna
Maria Island. He is the featured performer at the cafe
every Friday night.
Included in the night's celebration will be the
Restless Natives Band and a drum circle at 7 p.m.
Special guests also are scheduled to appear and
honor Sales' birthday, and Sales says everybody can
share his birthday cake.
Besides his work as a professional musician,
Bartelt arranged for Sales to put on a free sunset gig
last spring and summer at Bradenton Beach's Katie
Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 Gulf Drive N.
Sales' loyalty to Bradenton Beach and Anna
Maria Island were highlighted in the proclamation
presented Aug. 18 at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
The former mayor singled Sales out for his devo-
tion to numerous nonprofits across the Island. Sales
was present for the proclamation, as was former
Mayor Katie Pierola, who had been instrumental in
the acquisition of Sunset Park, which now bears her
Pierola said she attended the meeting to show her
support for Sales and her appreciation of his weekly
performances at the park.
At the time of the proclamation, Bartelt said,
"(Sales) has always been to me the epitome of a gen-
tleman, and always there to lend a helping hand."
It's the birthday
singer, Feb. 24,
and birthday boy
Mike Sales will be
providing the gift
of his talents 5:30-
9:30 p.m., at the
Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe at the
Sales and his Restless
Natives band perform at
a pet rescue benefit in the
courtyard at AMI Concierge
Services and AMI Sarong
Co., both in Anna Maria.
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2002, issue of The Islander
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission decided
to begin a visioning process without a Manatee County
initiative, making plans to identify and schedule public
meetings in Holmes Beach neighborhoods. The next
comprehensive plan review was not due until 2006, but
commissioners felt it was good to begin the process
early as the county had $40,000 budgeted for visioning
and would eventually inquire about the city's needs.
A slight downturn in January tourism cost Island
businesses approximately $5 million, but things looked
up for February and March. Most restaurant and accom-
modation owners concurred that, considering 9/11 had
taken place a few months prior, the Island economy
was doing pretty well. Many felt the Island's relative
success compared to other Florida destinations was due
to being less of a "fly-in" spot, with many longer-term
vacationers driving instead of flying.
SueLynn was sworn in as the new mayor of Anna
Maria, while John Michaels was appointed vice mayor.
The mayor began her first commission meeting with
an announcement of a return to commission workshop
sessions, suggesting that some new interpretations of
the city charter might also be in order.
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Feb. 13 37 67 0
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The Islander and Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe host vows on the beach on
Valentine's Day, and promises "to love and cherish" were plentiful among the
90-plus participants, including the center couple above, and pictured below,
Mary Ann and Stuart McArthur, of Wisconsin, who were betrothed at the event.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 22, 2012 0 9
30th annual fish fest 'success'
This afternoon crowd, surrounded by food booths and the main music stage near the working waterfront
in Cortez, appears to take in the flavors offish frying and all the festival offers -from smoothies to rum
served in coconuts, and Jamaican patties to fried fish fingers. Early indications Saturday at the two-day
Feb. 18-19 30th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival were the event was again a success. There
appeared to be more oft i ,i i tin ,, including food, fun, music, crafts, vendors, festivalgoers and sunny
weather. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Not to be outdone at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val, the Anna Maria Island Privateers staged their ship at the
intersection of food and beer vendors, some environmental-
outdoor displays and rows of artists' booths, and attracted
an ever-changing crowd of bead beggars.
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Island officials share rental problems, solutions
By Kathy Prucnell
The city of Holmes Beach has broken down its rental
problems into focus groups, which began meeting to dis-
cuss five topics. And the focus on rentals may prompt
the city to once again consider a special master code
The city of Anna Maria is talking about replacing or
adding a special magistrate to consider the outcome of
code violations, and also is considering forming focus
groups or combining efforts with Holmes Beach.
These ideas were among some topics to deal with
rental problems of noise, trash and parking on Anna
Maria Island at the Feb. 15 Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Holmes Beach commissioners have each taken a focus
area and formed a committee, Holmes Beach Commis-
sion Chair David Zaccagnino told the BIEO members. The
committees are meeting on building code, rental contracts,
code enforcement, zoning/permitting and licensing.
Commissioner Jean Peelen explained her group
is looking at a proactive approach to rental problems,
with brainstorming sessions including an architect who
helped write the code, a builder, two residents "seriously
affected" by rental property problems and an expert
researcher. She expected to hold weekly meetings for
two months before she brings her committee's recom-
mendations to the commission.
Longboat Key representatives pointed out they have
a minimum 30-day rental restriction in effect for 30 years,
and most people don't come to party for a whole month.
They don't share the issues now being experienced on
Recently enacted state law is limiting the ability of
municipalities to change existing rental restrictions and
prohibits creating new regulations that single out rent-
als, according to the findings of the Holmes Beach city
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said
"we don't have homes big enough" to have the sort of
problems that are causing concern in Anna Maria and
But, Peelen said, "they're tearing them down" and
building new, bigger properties in Holmes Beach. She
pointed to a "monstrosity" on 66th Street. It was two
two-bedroom, one-bath ground-level residences, now
replaced by two three-story units that total 12-bedrooms,
eight-baths and two pools. Unless there is some kind of
freeze on permitting, Peelen said, this type of rental home
will continue to be built.
Zaccagnino also pointed out the difficulty of dis-
couraging such overbuilding, while encouraging desir-
able ground-level duplexes.
Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland said "one
of the things" to be discussed in his city is the question of
whether to break out in small groups like Holmes Beach,
or "do we want to pi[_'.ki baik and combine" efforts.
Also under consideration is how the complaints
Food bank, fishery partner on mullet runs
By Kathy Prucnell
It was a problem brought to last month's Barrier
Island Elected Officials coalition: dead mullet litter-
ing the shores of Longboat Key during the two-week
mullet run in late December and early January, creating
an expensive cleanup effort.
For the next mullet harvest, "an old solution to a
new problem" may be the coconut telegraph.
After consulting with Karen Bell of A.P Bell Fish
Co., Holmes Beach Commission Chair David Zaccag-
nino and Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more passed along Bell's ideas about the problem at
the Feb. 15 BIEO meeting.
"It's a naturally occurring event," Zaccagnino
explained, "once every 10 years or so" when the mullet
runs with such velocity, the fish houses don't have
room to handle the large haul of fish. The fishermen
hear from the fish house it's closed, and then dump
excess fish the male fish mostly because the female
fish bring a higher price resulting in fish washing
up on the shores.
While the Food Bank of Manatee County would
like the extra fish, he said, it doesn't have capacity for
a large quantity.
Bell's idea as relayed by Zaccagnino and Whit-
more goes like this. Once the fish house has closed
off the fishers, it will let them know they can ice and
drop fish at the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
preserve, 4425 119th St., W., Cortez. In turn, FISH
will alert the food bank.
Next, the food bank can blast a notice by e-mail to
organizations that serve needy people to quickly pick
up the free fish.
And the fresh catch will make its way to dinner
tables instead of being wasted or left to nature.
Whitmore also suggested talking to the sheriff,
who has access to refrigerated vehicles.
"Thanks to Karen Bell and the Cortezians for
coming up with a solution," she said.
about the rental properties in residential neighborhoods
Bradenton Beach adopted a special master system
that takes code enforcement issues to a single decision-
maker, rather than a committee of volunteer citizens.
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria have citizen volunteer
boards, but Anna Maria has begun discussing a change
to a special magistrate.
"We tried that several years ago," said Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, adding it was dropped after
a second reading. It could be looked at again, because
it's hard to get neighbor against neighbor."
Anna Maria Comissioner SueLynn said she's work-
ing with real estate professionals Larry Chatt and Mike
Brisson, who have put together a list of best practices.
That list will be available to all rental agencies and
accommodation owners to incorporate in the contracts
they offer renters. SueLynn also said the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce is encouraging commer-
cial businesses as wedding party hosts over home rentals
in its promotions.
Anna Maria Gulf Coast Rentals has developed a good
lease, according to several city officials, in which renters
have to initial specific provisions relating to the rules
governing noise, trash and parking.
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby said the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office, which provides law enforcement
to the city, has started compiling lists of accommodation
owners and property managers, so the office will have
contacts if needed.
Zaccagnino pointed out that some owners are off
the radar, not trackable, renting over the internet and not
with local real estate agents. He said for noise and code
enforcement issues in Holmes Beach, the police depart-
ment will be involved in the rental solution efforts.
Ticketing owners as well as the offending renter was
discussed by the coalition.
Bohnenberg said that since November, the Holmes
Beach police department has received only three noise
Manatee County Commissoner John Chappie said
homeowners need to take responsibility for policing their
neighborhoods, reporting offenders to police or talking
with either the offending renters or property owners.
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Church cell tower not likely in proposed ordinance
By Rick Catlin
If Anna Maria commissioners adopt the proposed cell
tower ordinance presented at their Feb. 16 meeting, Roser
Memorial Community Church would not be considered
a strong candidate for a tower.
The church sent Mayor Mike Selby a letter earlier
this month asking it be considered a site for a future cell
But the cell tower ordinance being prepared by city
attorney Jim Dye and consultant Rusty Monroe to replace
the 2003 tower ordinance does not list church properties
as preferred sites.
No. 1 on the list of preferred sites are existing, city-
owned properties such as city hall. The No. 2 location is
publicly owned facilities and No. 3 is existing facilities
on privately owned property.
As Commission Chair Chuck Webb pointed out,
however, the 150-foot fall zone requirement eliminates
'The only place I know is the Galati spoil island" at
Galati Marine in Bimini Bay, Dye said.
"So we are writing an ordinance that is wasted?"
asked Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick.
Dye responded, however, that the commission is in
charge of the restrictions, indicating the city can change
requirements in the ordinance.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said city hall should
be the No. 1 location for a cell tower.
"If you can't get one there, forget it," he said. "None
of the other locations would work either."
"We'll hear from the public" about locating a tower
at Roser, and "consider that input" at the commission's
March 8 work session, Webb said.
Commissioners also agreed to continue working
with consultant Rusty Monroe of the Center for Munici-
pal Solutions. Monroe wrote the recently adopted cell
tower ordinance in Bradenton Beach, and Dye said Anna
Maria's ordinance would have similar language, although
individually crafted for Anna Maria.
The ordinance requires an applicant to show there is
a need for a tower in Anna Maria, but it's not too restric-
tive, Dye said. It does limit the height of a cell tower to
Kevin Barile of Ridan Industries of Tampa, a com-
pany that builds towers in conjunction with Jim Eatrides
and Alpha-Omega Communications of Longboat Key,
have met with the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter's board of directors and have a tentative agreement
Manatee county administrator Ed Hunzeker, at left,
and Island resort owner David Teitelbaum attend the
Anna Maria commission Feb. 16 work session on deal-
ing with rowdy renters and loud parties at residential
accommodations. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
for a cell tower.
Both men spoke briefly at the work session and
Barile emphasized he's built more than 300 cell towers
in conjunction with Alpha-Omega.
Commissioners agreed to continue cell tower discus-
sion at their March 8 work session.
Commissioners delved into the growing number of
rental properties in the city and concerns that a few rowdy
partygoers are ruining the peace and quiet of some resi-
Commissioner SueLynn, who was asked by the
commission to look at the problem and potential solu-
tions, said she's talked to Sue Sinquefield at the Manatee
County Tax Collectors Office and the city could "solve
a lot of problems" by working with the tax collectors'
resort tax collection division.
Sinquefield is looking for property owners renting a
house without a state or county license and not paying
the required resort and sales taxes.
"We need to find violators and give their names to
Sinquefield," SueLynn said.
Identifying unlicensed owners will allow SueLynn
to invite them to join with real estate agents and prop-
erty managers to adopt the "best practices" policies being
prepared by rental agents Larry Chatt and Mike Brinson.
Those policies include declining to rent to large groups
or those who plan a party for a few days or a weekend.
The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 per-
cent charged by Manatee County on rentals of six months
She said Sinquefield has a list of websites used by
individuals to advertise their rental properties. She said
the resort collections office watches those sites, and the
city could do the same thing.
Webb and Woodland agreed, and Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick said the commission should also work on
Enforcement of state law and city codes is becoming
an issue in Anna Maria, Webb said.
Mayor Mike Selby said he met with county admin-
strator Ed Hunzeker and Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione earlier
that day to discuss the growing problem of rowdy rent-
Hunzeker was at the commission meeting, and said
he would cooperate by providing whatever service the
county can, including a code enforcement officer if nec-
Commissioners agreed to look at a number of options
to control loud, rowdy renters and overcrowded rentals.
Among those options are fire codes that limit occu-
pancy of a structure, adoption of a citywide maximum
number of tenants-per-bedroom ordinance, and having
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies from the Anna
Maria substation start checking for the state license
required of all property owners who rent homes or apart-
"If you dig deep, you will find they have to present
this license on demand," Webb said.
David Teitelbaum, owner of four resort properties
in Bradenton Beach, agreed with Webb that people who
rent vacation properties must be licensed.
"You are on the right track," he said.
Teitelbaum said a few misguided renters are ruining
a great vacation destination for people looking for peace
and quiet. A proactive approach like Anna Maria's will
get the word out quickly that Anna Maria Island is not
for partygoers or the "South Beach" crowd, he said.
Dye said the city also has a citation clause in its noise
ordinance that might help with noisy renters.
SueLynn said the city has to get law enforcement to
start issuing citations for noise problems after 10 p.m.
Discussion of the rental issue is expected to continue
at the March 8 work session.
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We'll cater your affair with
Caribbean flair! 941-779-1930
Bridge Street Jewelers
The Island's full-service jewelry store.
129 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
The Beach Shop
11904 Cortez Rd W.
Pretty white dresses for a
casual Island wedding.
Dresses for moms, too!
Rotten Ralph's Restaurants
Now offering catering
and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
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Private beach weddings, reception
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Rotary Club to host Ve
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will hold its
ninth annual Casino Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sat-
urday, Feb. 25, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
"An Evening in Las Vegas" will include 15 casino-
style tables featuring a variety of real Vegas games.
Each table is sponsored by a local business. There
will be food, an open bar, live music and a door prize
drawing for a 50-inch flat-screen TV.
One highlight of the event will be a live auction,
including a 2007 833-CC Harley Davidson Sportster
motorcycle. The motorcycle is on display at Just4Fun
Rentals, 5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Event tickets
may be purchased at Just4Fun Rentals in advance of the
The Rotary Wheel of Hope also will be available, and
$50 donations will be accepted for a space on the wheel.
By the party's end, someone will win the grand prize
on the wheel, a seven-day stay at a large three-bedroom
vacation house, valued at $1,600 in the real Las Vegas.
The rental home is 5 miles from the Vegas strip, and
features a large pool, hot tub, sauna and exercise room.
Tickets for the event are $50, which covers costs
of admission, food and more. All proceeds go to Rotary
humanitarian projects and programs, locally and interna-
Lgas-style casino night
For more information, visit www.annamariarotary.
org or call 941-448-5500.
Rotary Club members Michael Klotz, Joe Praeter and
Barry Gould admire the prize 2007 Harley Davidson
Sportster motorcycle that is being offered in a live auc-
tion at the Rotary Club Casino Night party Feb. 25 at
St. Bernard Catholic Church. Tickets to the event are
available from Gould, 941-xxx-xxxx.
BYOB: Bring your own blankets and beach chairs
De Soto National Memorial will host a concert-on-
the-lawn at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, with a perfor-
mance by the Amernet String Quartet.
The group performs music from Spanish and Latin
League calls for
'Young at Art'
The Anna Maria Island Art League is putting out a
call for young artists to participate in its March 10-11
Springfest "Young at Art Exhibit."
The league is looking for elementary school-aged
children in Manatee County to submit two-dimensional
works of art for the exhibit. Middle school and high
school students are encouraged to submit matted art-
Student artists must provide an index card containing
the artist's name, age, school, medium and its title with
The artwork may be submitted to the AMI Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Times for
submission are 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
Schools may collect multiple pieces from students, and
can arrange for the art to be collected by calling the
Deadline for submission is March 6.
Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in elementary,
middle and high school categories, and all submissions
will be displayed at the event. Young at Art is sponsored
in part by the Edward E. & Lillian H. Bishop Foundation
and Keeton's Office and Art Supply.
For more information, call 941-778-2099 or visit
They have won world accolades, including a gold
medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition
and first prize at the Banff International String Quartet
Competition. It is the resident quartet at Florida Inter-
national University. A touring schedule takes them all
over the world, including a four-day stop at the Colima
International Music Festival, Mexico, just before they
arrive in Bradenton.
The concert, like all events at De Soto National
Memorial, is free of charge and open to the public.
Ranger Ben Sims suggests guests bring a blanket or
chair, but not food or refreshments the Ocean Harvest
Grill will operate a concession of "seafood and more."
The park is at 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway,
For more information, call the park office at 941-
792-0458, ext. 107, or go online to www.nps.gov/deso.
ABOVE: Amernet String Quartet will perform in an
outdoor concert Feb. 25 at De Soto National Memo-
rial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Women are welcome to
bistro wine gathering
Women on Wine will resume monthly networking
gatherings 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 22, at the Bridge
Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
WOW is a social networking group and the person
who brings the most friends to the gathering will win a
For more information, call WOW organizer Marian
Jones at 941-779-2132.
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By Mark Young
The king of rock-n-roll is coming to Anna Maria
Elvis Presley may have left this Earth many years
ago, but his music, his spirit and his fans live on in the
legacy left behind, and in the form of talented imper-
sonators like Billy Lindsey.
Lindsey, "Tampa's Elvis," is an award-winning
impersonator whose show features both the young
Elvis and the dramatic later years of Vegas Elvis. Lind-
sey will perform Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
According to event organizer Nancy Thibault, the
recent success of a similar show featuring a Frank Sina-
tra impersonator has inspired more shows, an ongo-
ing series of Vegas-style acts combined with buffet
"We are putting together Vegas-type entertainment
and dinner buffets for the community center," she said.
"We recently did Sinatra and had a full house of 300.
Everyone loved it and complimented the food."
As part of each show, Talk of the Town Catering
features a menu themed to the entertainer. In honor
of Elvis, the menu will feature southern-style, baked
chicken, pineapple glazed baked ham, meatballs in
country gravy, a special Elvis dessert, and more.
"Billy Lindsey is a dynamic Elvis, extremely hand-
some and sings like the King himself," said Thibault.
"It is for fun, but much of the proceeds go to the com-
munity center to help with children's programs, which
is a great cause."
The show is by reservation only. Dinner begins at
6 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. The cost is $35,
and guests may bring their own beer or wine.
As for future shows, Thibault plans to have a Patsy
Cline impersonator April 21. Next year's shows are
Mac-and-cheese tasting to
benefit children's services
The Bridge Street Market is issuing a "Mac &
Cheese Challenge" to cooks in order to raise funds for
Manatee Children's Services. Everyone is welcome
at the tasting event, where votes come in the form of
Contestants in the Sunday, Feb. 26 event will
offer samples of their mac-and-cheese, and the Bridge
Street Merchants will provide prizes and top "b_.-''ini'
honors," as well as top prize, a coveted Bridge Street
Cooks are encouraged to serve portions to the public,
who pay to vote for their favorite entry.
Warm, prepared entries should be brought the day
of the event to 107-111 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Taste-testing and voting begins at 11 a.m. and, at 2:30
p.m., winners will be announced.
For more information, call 215-906-0668.
Church plans white
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold their annual White
Elephant Sale 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
The sale will include nearly new clothing, shoes and
hats, as well as jewelry, collectibles, tools, toys, kitchen
wares, glassware, linens, and books.
Lunch will be available, along with baked goods and
the church's locally famous pickles.
Parking is available at the rear of the church.
Call the church office at 941-778-1638, 9 a.m. 2
p.m. Tuesday through Friday for more information.
Plein air painters meet
The plein air painters of the Artists' Guild of Anna
Maria Island will gather to paint at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 22, at the Seafood Shack restaurant/marina in Cortez.
Painters are welcome to join the group session.
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at 941-
being booked now with a Neil Diamond impersonator
scheduled to open next year's season.
According to Thibault, the motives for the shows
are twofold. One, she said, is to help the community
center, but her choice of entertainers is to help "keep
the memories alive."
For reservations or information, call the center at
Billy Lindsey, "Tampa's Elvis," is an award-winning
Elvis Presley impersonator. Lindsey will perform
in a dinner-theater setting Saturday, Feb. 25, at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria.
Manatee Players features
Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, is
mounting a production of Elton John and Tim Rice's
AIDA, featuring Islander Trina Rizzo in the role of
The show's run is Feb. 23-March 11. Performances
are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Sat-
urday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $11 for students, and
may be reserved by calling the box office at 941-748-
5875 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour before
curtain on performance days. Reservations can also be
made at www.manateeplayers.com.
For more information, call Manatee Players at 941-
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Maria. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Karen
LaPensee of Anna Maria. The groom is the son of Phil
and Candy ,"i, isl. also of Anna Maria. The newly-
weds honeymooned in Ireland, and currently reside in
Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Wednesday, Feb. 22
11 a.m. Einstein Circle discussion on "Why We Worked:
The needs that jobs have fulfilled throughout history" at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Saturday, Feb. 25
9 a.m.- p.m. White Elephant Sale at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m.-noon -Acrylic demo with Nancy Law at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Free and open to public. No
reservations. Information: 941-778-6648 or www.islandgallerywest.
10 a.m.-noon Painting acrylic palette petal demonstration
with Nancy Law at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
6-9 p.m. "Memories of Elvis" dinner show at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
Sunday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. Public vote for Bridge Street Macaroni-and-Cheese
Challenge at the Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Feb. 29
11 a.m. Einstein Circle discussion on "Things We Can't Live
Without: Recent Inventions" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
Saturday through March 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Tuesday, 1-2 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
Palette petals demo offered
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
will host an art demonstration by Nancy Law 10 a.m.-
noon Saturday, Feb. 25. Law will demonstrate how
leftover acrylics can be put to use as palette petals.
The event is open to the public and no reservations are
required. For more information, call 941-778-6648.
at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street
Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Thursday through March, Bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23 St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Friday, SeniorAdventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party
in Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.
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A SERMON SERIES BY DR. BRUCE PORTER
Come and join us for an engaging series of sermons based on Martin
Thielen's best selling book. This series is sure to be a help to seekers and
a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning assumptions
from their past. Join optional small groups to discuss topics
at the heart of the Christian Faith. Through Sunday, March 4th.
Sermon on Sunday, February 26:
"What About Suffering? Jesus' Death"
Located at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by
Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
Thursday, Feb. 23 Sunday, March 11
Times vary -AIDA at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St.,
downtown Bradenton. Tickets: $25 for adults and $11 for students.
Information, tickets, call 941-748-5875.
Saturday, Feb. 25
5:30 p.m. Concert-on-the-lawn with Amernet String Quartet
at De Soto National Memorial Park, 8300 De Soto Memorial High-
way, Bradenton. Admission is free. Blankets and chairs suggested.
Concessions available. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 107.
Wednesday, Feb. 29
1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. "Hear the stories behind the
quilts" with Quilt Storyteller, Jeanne Wright at Manatee Village His-
torical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Free admission,
donations appreciated. Register: 941-741-4075.
March 2, reception for March featured artist, Barbara Hines,
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-6648 or visit www.islandgallerywest.com.
March 2, reception for March featured artist, Ginny Eitman, at
the Artist's Guild of Anna Maria Island Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
March 2, artAppreciation night at the Florida Maritime Museum
at Cortez, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
March 3, 36th Annual Longboat Key Garden Club Home
March 4, Courtyard fundraiser for American Cancer Society
Relay for Life atAMI Concierge office, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Save the Date:
March 13, Island Players benefit "Solid Gold Cadillac," for
American Cancer Society.
March 17, 19th annual Anna Maria Island Community Center
Chapel supper planned
Longboat Island Chapel will hold its first of
planned monthly Sunday Simple Supper events,
including entertainment, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
26, at the chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
The cost for the supper event is $5, and everyone
is welcome. Guests are encouraged to make reserva-
tions by calling 941-383-6491.
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Olivia Gruen offers advice on caring for orchids to
Anna Maria Garden Club members at their Feb. 15
meeting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Gruen, who has grown some
450 orchid plants, gave advice and demonstrated how
to pot, plant and care for orchids to about 60 members
and guests. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
Tour of Homes.
March 17, St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance, St. Bernard Catho-
March 17, Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and
crafts sales event.
March 18, St. Patrick's Day parade in Holmes Beach.
April 13 and April 14, Island Cityfest- A Holmes Beach Found-
ers Day Celebration, Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Send calendar announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.
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Sunday 9 & 11 AM ~ Traditional Worship
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A Family's Testimonial
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Relay team hosts fun,
Team Divine will hold a yard sale and a courtyard
party to raise funds for the upcoming American Cancer
Society Relay for Life of Anna Maria.
The yard sale will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb.
25, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Items that are clean and in good working order
will be accepted for donations to the sale and pickup can
be arranged. Call Ann Morris, 941-348-3292, for dona-
The courtyard party will be held outdoors 8 a.m.-
noon Sunday, March 4, at the AMI Concierge Services
office, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information on the fundraisers or the relay,
contact Aly Kerwin, ACS community representative, at
941-328-3775,941-465-0714, or e-mail Alyson.Kerwin@
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Squadron offers boating
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will
offer a boating-safety education course this month.
America's Boating Course is a two-part boating-
safety course held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on consecutive
Saturday Feb. 25 and March 3. Participants must
attend both dates. The fee, to cover materials, is $35 per
individual or $50 per couple.
The course provides an overview of boating safety,
including Florida boating rules, weather, rules of the
water, boat handling and distress signals. This 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 information or to register call Gloria Potter or
Walter Haug at 941-795-0482.
--' Colorful eyeful
Jacqueline Peters-Cully, left, is
the featured artist at a reception
Feb 17 in her honor. Pictured
here with some of her work,
and 1,, i Urbano, co-owner of
Artful Eyeland, 5312 Holmes
Boulevard, Holmes Beach.
Artful Eyeland has a range
of her works for sale. Peters-
Cully trained at the Art Institute
of Chi ... g, and broke racial
barriers while designing textile
prints in the 1950s and '60s,
working in Paris and New York
City. Born in Key West and now
S residing in Sarasota, she contin-
z. ues her colorful modern art in
various media, including batik
> scarves, clothing, paintings and
books. Islander Photo: Kathy
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Island police blotter
Feb 4, 200 block of Elm Avenue, disturbance. A
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy, while on patrol,
heard a car horn blaring and stopped to investigate.
According to the report, a tenant was upset that another
renter was moving into the residence before she moved
out. After contacting the rental agency, the complainant
discovered she had confused the dates and was supposed
to have moved out the previous day.
Feb. 11, 100 block of Peppertree Lane, burglary.
Unknown persons entered the residence of a man visiting
from West Virginia. The victim reported a Toshiba laptop
computer and a mouse, and a Motorola cellphone, valued
at $500, were taken while he was sleeping.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
No new reports
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Feb. 11, 12506 Harbour Landings Drive, burglary
and vehicle theft. Unknown subjects entered the home of
an elderly couple during the night by cutting the screen
of the couple's pool enclosure, then entered the residence
through an open window on the second floor. Several
items were reported stolen, including the victim's car.
Fingerprints were taken at the scene.
Feb. 11,4334 127th St., vehicle recovered. A busi-
ness owner contacted MSCO in regards to an improperly
parked vehicle in his parking lot. It was discovered that
the vehicle had been stolen out of Pinellas County.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Feb. 9, 100 block of 50th Street, burglary. Renters
reported they watched television on their back patio until
midnight. Upon waking, one renter joked they should
check to see if they still had a TV, as one was stolen next
door the previous day. The TV was stolen.
Feb. 10, 200 block of 69th Street, burglary. Police
responded to the report of a stolen TV from the back
porch. While investigating, police determined that a TV
also had been stolen from the neighboring residence.
Feb. 9, 100 block of 78th Street, burglary to
vehicles. A complainant reported that her vehicle had
been ransacked overnight. The victim reported she left
her vehicle unlocked. The only item missing was a pair
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5 pm Song Service
Sunday 8 & 10:30 am Traditional Worship
10:30 Sunday Church School
Fellowship follows 10:30 Sunday service
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BB store clerk charged
with child abuse
By Mark Young
A Bradenton Beach store clerk has been charged with
According to an arrest report filed by the Braden-
ton Beach Police Department, Barbara Ann Szabo, 59,
206 Archer Way, Anna Maria, was arrested Feb. 11 and
booked into the Manatee County jail.
Szabo posted a $2,500 bond and was released the
following day. According to the report,
a juvenile male was with his mother at
the Shell Land store, 301 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach, where Szabo was
Si "The report states the young boy was
Szabo standing at the counter when Szabo told
him to move out of the way, at which
time, Szabo is reported to have shoved the boy.
The victim's mother reported Szabo shoved her son's
"head very hard," according to the report. The mother
told police she asked Szabo why she shoved her son, and
Szabo reportedly said, "It was done out of love."
Police responded to the mother's complaint and
reported they observed several red marks on the boy's
neck that appeared from fingers and part of a hand.
Szabo was taken into custody, after police determined
there was enough evidence to substantiate the mother's
Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.org, con-
tributed to this report.
of sunglasses. A second victim in the same block also
reported a vehicle burglary. He reported to police he also
left his vehicle unlocked. Stolen items were a black case
with classical music CDs, a Garmin GPS unit and pre-
scription eye drops.
Feb. 9, 100 block of 50th Street, burglary. A TV
was reported stolen from the owner's back porch.
Feb.12, 6000 block of Flotilla Drive, elderly
abuse. A Department of Children and Families adult
protective investigator contacted police over possible
abuse to an elderly woman. The investigator reported
that a 90-year-old woman had suffered abuse at the
hands of her 25-year-old grandson, and that he had
stolen money, according to the report. The woman
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The draw will open for boaters on demand.
Completion of the project is expected in spring
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To report information on a felony crime, call
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 22, 2012 0 17
BB says 'No" to alcohol at Coquina Beach concession
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach commissioners at their Feb. 1(
meeting voted down a conditional-use application t(
permit beer and wine sales at the renovated Coquin
Beach concession building, which is due to reopen some
time in early April.
The application was made by United Park Services
president Alan Kahana, and supported by Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department director Cindy
Manatee County manages Coquina Beach and its
concessions, although it falls within the city of Braden
Turner reminded the commissioners of the county's
partnership role with the city in turning around Coquin
Beach's image over the years.
"A number of years ago we had a horrific shooting
on Coquina Beach," said Turner. "Since then, we've had
a partnership with you. We've come a long way from
beach that was once considered a gang beach."
Turner said that endeavor included putting out pro
posals for concessions at Coquina and the Manatee Public
Beach In Holmes Beach.
She touted the ongoing concession renovation work
with United Parks Services, which was selected for the
project "based on 25 years of experience in restaurant and
concession business, which includes alcohol sales."
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"Obviously, I have some concerns about this," he
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done, but there are a couple of things. Manatee (Public
Beach) is a different animal. It sits in (Holmes Beach),
whereas Coquina sits at the southern end of our city."
Special said enforcing regulations and alcohol use at
Coquina Beach would be difficult if a serious issue arose
due to its location.
"Alcohol is alcohol, and there are always going to
be problems," he said. \ ly issues are that the footprint
of that building is small. It's an open beach on the other
side and, logistically, it's a problem for me. I don't like
what ifs, but I have to deal with what if on this one."
The city contracts with Manatee County for daytime
patrols along Coquina, but Speciale said the times are
restricted and, "If I have a problem, I might have to have
Longboat (Key Police Department) come over and help.
It's just an added stress put on the department having it
that far away from us."
Special said his officers are busy patrolling the
city, especially the Bridge Street area, and if a problem
arose at Coquina, only one duty officer would be able to
Turner also offered to work directly with Speciale to
address his concerns.
However, when Mayor John Shaughnessy called for
a vote on the motion to approve the permit, the vote was
unanimous in opposition to alcohol sales at the beach.
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18 0 FEB. 22, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
By Kathy Prucnell
It's the eyesore of new construction in the lot down
the street. It's the headache from the hammering, the buzz
of saws, and trucks blocking the street. It's the lot next
door littered with building materials, and more.
The first Holmes Beach short-term rental focus
groups have begun meeting, and thus far members have
explored the issues related to the building code, permit-
ting and zoning.
The building code focus committee, chaired by Com-
missioner Jean Peelen, met Feb. 14. Peelen said her mem-
bers are brainstorming, reading the building and zoning
codes and the city's comprehensive plan.
Her group is scheduled to meet again after press
time Feb. 21. Peelen said she hopes to encourage out-
of-the-box thinking, such as the idea of new restrictions
requiring consistency with trends and the character in
Peelen said her group consists of Terry Parker, an
architect who, in the past, helped write uniform building
codes; Greg Ross, a local builder; Barbara Marcheck, a
researcher, Jane Leckie, a former mayor in another state,
and Jim Plath, from a neighborhood with rental issues.
Joe Duennes, public works superintendent and build-
ing department supervisor, also joined Peelen's group at
its first meeting to discuss the city's building process.
Commissioner John Monetti's zoning and permit-
ting group, resident Mary Buonagura, Larry Chatt of
Island Real Estate and builder Steve Titsworth met with
Duennes Feb. 8 and Feb. 15.
Buonagura told members at Monetti's first focus
group meeting, required inspection cards cannot be
located on some construction sites, and Duennes sug-
gested an additional $25-$50 fine to encourage compli-
At Monetti's second focus group meeting, Buo-
nagura said she was addressing complaints that people
seldom see a city inspector on site. Duennes countered
that doesn't mean there never was one. He also said the
issue of missing inspection cards had been addressed with
a new policy of "no card, no inspection."
Also at this second meeting, Buonagura told Duennes,
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"I want to go on the record that you need more people in
the department." Buonagura Jan. 17 made a city records
request pertaining to a number of construction sites.
Monetti suggested if there is an employee needed,
which amounts to an expense of about $60,000, it might
better be added to code enforcement. Chatt and Titsworth
agreed that code enforcement may be where additional
staff is needed to address rental-related problems.
A discussion ensued about the public needing to
come forward to report code violations.
"It should never be left up to the public," Buonagura
said. "There should be something in" the process to catch
violators and abusers.
"Riding past open job sites, (inspectors) will see what
I'm seeing when I walk the dogs. A trench not marked,
no tape," she said. "If I can see it, they can, too the
messy construction or the construction workers urinating
in plain sight."
After a certificate of occupancy is granted, Duennes
said, building issues become code enforcement issues.
And code enforcement is Commissioner Sandy Haas-
Martens focus group topic.
Monetti told his focus group he plans to report to the
commission on the following:
The city's permitting process follows state code.
The posting of the inspection cards on construction
Inability of zoning to restrict rental properties.
Monetti said, "I don't want to say it's done," and will
also mention the group's desire to listen to other commit-
Focus groups planned
Next on the calendar at Islander press time are the
first meetings of the Holmes Beach focus groups relating
to issues of code enforcement and rental agents.
Commissioners were assigned groups by Commission
Chair David Zaccagnino at the Jan. 17 work session.
Code enforcement focus group meets at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22. The group is chaired by Commis-
sioner Sandy Haas-Martens.
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Commissioner Pat Morton, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday,
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see one thing," but it "doesn't match what's in the
Buonagura is reviewing the records provided from
Holmes Beach building department files and compar-
ing them with what she sees on the street.
Her initial record request was extensive, but she
now has narrowed her focus to 10-12 ongoing con-
struction projects in various stages of completion.
She said what the records show is "absolutely
nothing. "While the proper boxes are checked and the
reports signed, she said there is little as far as narrative
on any of the construction site reports.
"It appears they all passed (inspection) with flying
colors," she added.
Buonagura's original Jan. 17 records request cov-
ered six years worth of projects, including building
permit applications and all documents pertaining to
codes and inspections, completion of new construc-
tion up to and including the issuance of certificates of
occupancy, and complaints made to the city of Holmes
Beach regarding land use and new construction.
At a Feb. 8 permitting and zoning focus group
meeting, Buonagura brought up examples of construc-
tion sites she has reviewed since Jan. 17.
On the properties with accessible on-site per-
mits, the sites were kept in organized condition, but
those without ascertainable permits had problems, she
She said her interest is motivated by wanting
"everybody to follow the same rules."
"I'm not through," Buonagura said. "I'm not done
by a long shot."
The next permitting and zoning group meeting will
be at 9 a.m., Wednesday March 7.
As of press time, no meeting of Zaccagnino's Licens-
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 22, 2012 19
BB, publishers iron out newsrack concerns
By Mark Young
Area publishers met with Bradenton Beach building
official Steve Gilbert and planning and code enforcement
officer Gail Garneau Feb. 15 at Bradenton Beach City
The meeting was organized after the city commis-
sion heard concerns from Islander publisher Bonner Joy
Jan. 5, regarding a proposed city ordinance to improve
newsracks in the city.
Commissioners postponed the first reading of the
ordinance to allow Gilbert to meet with local publishers
to address those concerns.
"We are here to solve two issues," said Gilbert. "One
is choosing locations as the publishers agree are appropri-
ate, and iron out some differentials as far as height and
Gilbert said the initial ordinance proposed to the
commission was based on ordinances in other commu-
nities, but the concern surfaced that the city's plans "may
not fit what your machines do," he said.
Representatives from area publications were present
for the meeting, which Gilbert said was "very produc-
Gilbert revisited the suggested dimensions and set
forth two proposed standards, one for modular news-
racks, those which incorporate multiple publications, and
single newsracks, some of which exist in the city's rights
The typical measurement, Gilbert said, for standalone
racks is 48-50 inches high. Gilbert asked the publishers
if that height was adequate and those present agreed.
In the initial ordinance changes, the height of stand-
alone racks was reduced to 39 inches. Gilbert struck that
measure and inserted 50 inches, "to give a couple of
inches of leeway."
Modular heights also were changed to satisfy the
needs of local publishers who rely on standard manufac-
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The publishers were then asked to view an aerial
map of the city, which pinpointed existing rack locations
in order to either move, eliminate or consolidate loca-
"I'm asking this group of publishers to take a critical
look at city streets, roads and parks to see where the most
important areas to put newsracks are," he said. "Since
most of Gulf Drive is in (Department of Environmental
Protection) territory, permits are required. If we can settle
on locations, the city can take care of the slabs and leave
enough room to get a fair amount of participation."
The ordinance will apply only to city-owned prop-
erty. Many publishers also depend on private properties
for rack placement, "and those would be exempt from
the city ordinance," said Gilbert.
"The only requirements are that they are fastened in
place and have clearance from the fire marshal regarding
accessibility," he said. "If you have a deal with someone
(for a rack location), just check with our office and we'll
run it by the fire marshal for you."
The goals of the ordinance, said Gilbert, are to
streamline publication placement that would be cleaner
for the city, and also to provide the most benefit to the
The group reviewed the city maps and agreed on
several location changes. The proposed changes will
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The racks on 10th Street South will be relocated
to 12th Street South, and a new modular rack will be
installed on Ninth Street South near a new trolley shelter,
which is expected to begin construction Feb. 27.
Newsracks at Coquina Beach will remain where they
are, with the exception of the racks on the north side of
the concession building. Those racks will be moved to
the new rest room/gazebo area.
An abandonment clause within the ordinance also
was a concern for Joy. Presently, the city's proposed
changes classified an abandoned newsrack with publi-
cations that are older than 15 days.
Joy previously pointed out there are some racks for
monthly publications. Gilbert addressed those concerns
by changing 15 days to 30 days.
Garneau said she isn't concerned with publications
being a few days old.
"We can tell when a rack has been abandoned," she
said. "It's more of a maintenance issue."
With primary concerns from area publishers being
addressed, the meeting was adjourned.
Gilbert will now finalize revisions accordingly and
present the revised ordinance to the commission at a later
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20 0 FEB. 22, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
McClash brings 'natural' erosion solution to BIEO
By Kathy Prucnell
At-large Manatee County Commissioner Joe
McClash promoted a sand-harvesting solution with-
out the expense of manmade structures to redirect the
Longboat Pass channel from its erosion-causing colli-
sion course at the Feb. 15 Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting in Holmes Beach.
For the past several years, Manatee County and the
city of Longboat Key have jointly commissioned consul-
tants, Coastal Planning & Engineering, to study the chan-
nel and erosion problems at the inlet between Longboat
Key and Anna Maria Island.
McClash's recommendation to Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island officials came on
the heels of a presentation Feb. 14 on the CPE manage-
ment study to a joint meeting of the county board and
Longboat Key. See Island Beach Renourishment by Rick
Catlin, page 5.
At the Feb. 15 meeting, County Commissioner John
Chappie, a former mayor of Bradenton Beach, called the
CPE study "one of the best management plans, probably
in the state." He added that one of the options provided by
CPE includes the re-channeling component of McClash's
McClash is a boater, landlord, Bradenton Times pub-
lisher and former chair of the West Coast Inland Navi-
gation District and the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
The CPE study recommends a management plan
estimated to cost more than $10 million: $4.25 million
to rebuild the Coquina Beach jetty; $4.25 million for the
new Longboat Key jetty; $1.4 million to construct the
sausage groins; and $500,000 for periodic dredging with
beach compatible sand removed and placed on the adja-
cent Coquina Beach and Longboat Key shorelines.
County commissioners are expected to vote on the
plan March 13.
McClash criticized the March vote as a "rush to start
permitting" before all stakeholders, including boaters and
environmentalists, have been solicited for input.
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie, a
former mayor of Bradenton Beach, addresses the Bar-
rier Island Elected Officials meeting Feb. 15 in the
Holmes Beach city chambers.
Chappie disagreed with this characterization, saying
boaters, including McClash, have been at meetings. He
stressed the science behind the CPE study.
McClash described his "personal recommendation"
as a program of harvesting sand from the existing chan-
nel, placing it in offshore areas near Longboat Key, and
maintaining the inlet's appearance "as natural as pos-
"Why should this work?" asked McClash, who
answered, 'There is a concern that the natural channel
is moving too close to shore and is causing erosion. By
harvesting the sand, the channel is moved away from
shore and the erosion should be reduced."
According to McClash, advantages of his plan over
the CPE's plan are lower costs and a reliable deep-water
channel for navigation that won't impact manatees, sea
turtles and recreation.
Citing a disadvantage, McClash said, "it may not
work" and, if that happens, "we can go back to hardened
shorelines." He said the jetties and hardened shores pro-
posed in the CPE study don't preserve the natural shore-
line and create additional safety and liability issues.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said, "We
thought jetties were the answer to everything, but then
we find we're passing the problem somewhere else."
Additionally, the north end of Longboat Key, known
as Greer Island or Beer Can Island, may have deed restric-
tions that prohibit such structures, McClash said.
The county and Longboat Key split the $300,000 cost
of CPE study, with 1 cent of the 5 cent tourist develop-
ment tax funding the Manatee County portion.
Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown said "nobody's
spent more money" on this issue than Longboat Key.
He said the town once put in permanent groins that
Commissioners have taken the advice of consultants
and "made all the mistakes," Brown said, but his com-
mission now is "stable" and "questioning \ i lling "
Sand moves, he acknowledged, but with planting of
sea oats and native plants, they've held the sand. And
since the first beach re-nourishment in 1993, Longboat is
starting to see benefits. Its shoreline is gaining sand and
"taking care of itself," he said.
Not only are the results seen on shore, he said, but
"actually the sand offshore is protecting the shore. "And
now it's only "hot spots," such as the inlet that need to
Chappie said he's ready to move on the consultant's
recommendations. He voiced his concern about the "eco-
"Are we going to have money there to help keep our
beaches as nice and pristine as possible" if the county
does not act quickly, he asked.
"There's a high risk that the federal dollars will go
away," agreed former Holmes Beach mayor Carol Whit-
more, now county commissioner, after noting some $15
million in federal dollars are in jeopardy in a separate
beach renourishment project.
Both Chappie and Whitmore said the CPE study has
been discussed for several years at public meetings, and
the comprehensive study of erosion and other environ-
mental impacts builds on a navigation-based study three
years ago by Humiston & Moore Engineers.
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Tropic Isle opens March 1
The 14-unit Tropic Island resort at 101 N. 22nd St.,
Bradenton Beach, is scheduled to receive its first guests
March 1 following a 10-week makeover by new owner
Teitelbaum, who also owns the Tortuga, Seaside and
Tradewinds resorts in Bradenton Beach, said a grand
opening celebration is scheduled March 14.
For more information, call 800-883-4092.
Chamber events planned
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its monthly business card exchange 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Harbour Isle reception center
on Perico Island.
Located on Manatee Avenue about 200 yards east
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge approach, Harbour Isle
is a townhome condominium development of Minto
Communities, which has offices in Fort Lauderdale and
Cost of the event is $5 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest. Reservations are recommended, but not
At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, the chamber's
monthly business luncheon will be held at the Gathering
Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
For more information or to make a reservation for
either event, call 941-778-1541.
Got a new business opening on Anna Maria Island or
Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola, or west Bradenton?
How about a new product, service, anniversary, new hire,
new owners, or an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978 or e-mail news@islander.
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state of city
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger ear-
lier this month issued his annual report for the city's
fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011.
"Our residents should be pleased to know that
for the first time in the 62-year history of our city, we
have had no tax increase in four consecutive years,"
Bohnenberger also reported:
The city is debt free, and maintains a reserve
of restricted and non-restricted funds.
A new public works building was funded by
motor fuel taxes that "we all pay at the pump."
The city resurfaced 10 percent of its roadways
with funds from fuel tax revenues.
Florida Department of Transportation installed
sidewalks on the north and south sides of Manatee
Avenue, and on the west side of East Bay Drive.
Florida Forest Service provided a $18,350
grant to plant trees at Kingfish Boat Ramp.
The city completed its first phase of the storm-
water project in the 62nd Street area, and then saved
costs by moving directly to Phase 2. The cost of the
drainage improvements needed to meet federal man-
dates was split between the Southwest Florida Water
Management District and the city N\ illi fundiniig from
the stormwater utility fund.
Infrastructure improvements were made at the
63rd Street boat ramp and a footbridge connecting
the city park to the trail system to the south.
A pavilion was constructed in the city field.
Going forward, Bohnenberger noted projects
slated for the current 2011-2012 fiscal year, which
began Oct. 1, will include replacing city-owned
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Anna Maria Elementary School principal David Mar-
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on iTunes, but he has hit a homerun with his idea to host
a father-daughter dance for the young female students at
And don't worry, a mother-son dance is yet to
The Valentine's Day Father-Daughter Dance Feb.
15 was well attended and it seemed everyone had a great
time dancing, enjoying the music and refreshments and
celebrating one another's company.
The dance at the invitation of teachers, staff and
Marshall at AME's auditorium was open to a "daugh-
ter," according to AME parent Karen Riley-Love, who
attended to take both candid photographs for the school
as well as for The Islander, and "the special man in their
lives dad, father, uncle, grandfather."
Music was provided by AME parent Chris Grumley,
a professional at the DJ mic, and corsages and couple
photos were offered for sale. The event was free.
AME first-grader Katie Burgess and father Gordon
Burgess enjoy the father-daughter dance. Find more
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the aquatic fun as little Tiger Shark and his unique col-
lection of friends discover how their differences make
them each special.
It's all part of a seafood sampler featured in the Anna
Maria Elementary School second-grade play, "Go Fish,"
staging in the school auditorium at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, post-
deadline for The Islander.
The Parent-Teacher Organization invites playgoers
to arrive early for a fundraising dinner provided by Lee
Roy Selmon's restaurant, including barbecue ribs and
chicken served with baked beans and cole slaw.
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Colts undefeated in AMICC NFL 10-12 division action
By Kevin Cassidy
Mr. Bone's BBQ Colts showed why it's the team to
beat in the 10-12 division with a convincing 44-29 victory
Feb. 18 over the Sand Dollar Steelers, which fielded only
Substitues may not have figured in this game, as Mr.
Bones' Rory Houston ran wild. Houston had runs of 34,
43 and 45 yards, and it appears nobody on the Steelers
team, or in the league for that matter, can run with him.
He also threw for 145 yards and finished with 101 rushing
yards on only four carries in the victory.
The other side of the 10-12 division also had a first-
versus-second place matchup as the LPAC Cardinals took
on Ross Built Broncos. The second-place Broncos took
it to the Cardinals 44-20 to move into a tie for first place,
and few games remain before the playoffs.
The 8-9 division is a wide open affair as evidenced
by Gettel Toyota Texans and Pink & Navy Boutique
Cowboys the two teams in a tie for last place beat-
ing the first and second place Beach Bistro Vikings and
Waterfront Restaurant Raiders last week.
The 13-16 division is a two-horse race between
Integrity Sound Redskins and Jessie's Island Store Steel-
ers, but the Redskins one-upped the Steelers with a close
25-22 victory Feb. 18 to almost lock down the top seed
for the playoffs.
Jospeh Andruzzi led the Redskins with eight catches
for 92 yards and three touchdown receptions. Quarterback
Joey Carder completed seven of eight passes for 88 yards
and three touchdown passes. Joey Carder also caught one
The Steelers'Andrew Early makes a sliding flag pull
against Colts receiver Malachi Goode during 10-12
division NFL Flag Football action at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin
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touchdown pass thrown by brother Justin Carder, who
completed eight of 12 passes for 94 yards. Andrew Zink
added five receptions for 31 yards and an extra point in
the victory. Joey Carder paced the defense with four flag
pulls, including two quarterback sacks, while Ryan Gilman
added three pulls and Andruzzi picked off one pass.
Michael Duffman had a strong all-around game,
finishing with 52 rushing yards and 135 passing yards,
while also scoring a touchdown, a two-point conversion
and liino\\ in two touchdown passes. Nehemiah Goode
added three receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown
while Cody Tsai finished with 66 all-purpose yards and
a touchdown. Michael Duffman and Knox Wheelis paced
the defense with three flag pulls while Brad Duffman and
Evan Thompson each added two pulls in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
With the women's and men's club championships
ongoing, as well as the couple's championship, there's a
lot of golf action coming out of Key Royale Club.
However, nothing grabs the attention of golfers more
than a hole in one. Ken Rickett did just that Feb. 17 with
an ace on the 123-yard, eighth hole with a nine iron.
Congratulations on the accomplishment.
The Key Royale Club men's 18-hole golf cham-
pion will be crowned Feb. 20 after presstime for The
Islander as Tim Friessen takes on Lex Halagan. Laura
Purcell took a big step towards being crowned the 2012
women's club champ when she defeated 2011 champ
Jean Holmes. Purcell now will meet the winner of the
Liz Lange-versus-Diane Miller matchup Feb. 23.
The second round of the club couples championship,
played with a Pinehurst Handicap System, continues. Jerry
and Kris Landkammer are in first place with a 25, while
Karen Cini and Larry Pippel are at second place with a 26.
Bob and Liz Lange are in third place with a 27.
Round three action saw Heather and Ron Pritchard
finish with a 23 to take over first place, followed by Bob
and Liz Lange at 24. Sue Hookem and Merrit Fineout
came in third with a 26. The final round of the couples'
championship will be played on or before Feb. 23.
In regular men's golf action last week, an 18-hole, bet-
ter-ball-of-partners match was played Feb. 15. The team
of Don LaTorre and Jack Isherwood took first place with a
14-under-par 50. The team of Ernie Hauser and John Sagert
matched the 10-under-par 54 carded by Jim McVicar and
Andy Barber to finish in a tie for second place.
The KRC women took the course Feb. 14 for a
nine-hole, low-net-in-flight match. Judy Crowe fired a
5-under-par 27 to grab a one-shot victory in Flight A over
Helen Pollack and Laura Purcell.
Beverly Neville and Ginny Nunn both carded
4-under-par 28 to tie for first place in Flight B. Liz Lange,
Jan Turner, Margrit Layh and Beth Lindeman finished in
a four-way tie for second place at 29.
Maryanne Kaemmerlen and Judy Ward fired match-
ing 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight
C. Barb Estok was one shot back in second place.
Vicki Anderson carded a 4-under-par 28 to grab a
one-shot victory in Flight D over Shirley Cessna. Marty
Clark was alone in third place with a 2-under-par 30.
The team low-net game of the day was won by the
foursome of Judy Crowe, Jean Holmes, Margrit Layh and
Laura Purcell with a 114 total.
Rich Papini's plus-8 gave him first place in the Feb.
14 modified-Stableford match and helped his team of
Gary Alvord, John Purcell and Jack Isherwood to an
almost-perfect plus-11 total and a first-place finish.
The men played a two-better-balls-of-foursome match
Feb. 13. The team of Chet Hutton, Tom Warda and Jerry
Landkammer took first place with a 50. Second place went
to the team of Charlie Knopp and Bill Martin at 52.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net
match Feb. 11. Gino DiClemente carded a 3-under-par
61 to take first place by two shots over Earl Richie. Bob
Elliott was alone in third at even-par 64.
Two teams emerged from 16 that started pool play
during Feb. 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall horseshoe pits. George McKay and Norm Good
defeated Sam Samuels 22-20 in the finals.
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Winter sheepshead bite heats up on cue
By Capt. Danny Stasny
The beginning of the big winter sheepshead bite is
Good numbers of the convict fish are showing at
the Rod & Reel Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier, in
addition to all wrecks and nearshore reefs in Tampa
Bay and just off the beaches. Whether you are a
boater or a shore fisher, now is the time to cast to
some fierce fighting fish, not to mention the pleasure
at the dinner table.
To catch these tasty striped fish, you first need to
know what gear to use. Most pier fishers like to use a
short, stout rod and a reel spooled with heavy line. A
setup like this means business no muss, no fuss. Set
the hook and slap your fish on the dock.
The reason for using this combo is simple. When
you're fishing around barnacle-studded pilings and other
structure that can cut your line, you to have to be able to
control the fish and get it topside before it cuts the line.
If you try to play one of these fish, there's a good
chance it'll wrap your line around a piling, resulting in a
Next, you need some small, stout hooks, leader mate-
rials and lead. For hooks, a size 4 will suffice. Just make
sure it's a durable, thick gauge hook. This aids in both
the hook set and removal of the hook after the fish is
Sheepshead have an extremely bony mouth that aids
them in crushing crabs and other crustaceans. A strong
sharp hook is required to pierce through the mouth of the
Also, when removing a hook from a sheepshead's
mouth, a strong hook won't bend as easily, saving you
from having to re-rig after every fish.
For leader material, 30-pound fluorocarbon will suf-
fice. As far as lead is concerned, you'll have to evaluate
how the tide is moving to determine how much weight
Now, let's talk bait. Sheepshead can be extremely
finicky at times so make sure to carry an assortment of
favored baits. There are a number of live baits that work;
it's just a matter of having the right bait at the right time.
Some of the baits used for sheepshead can be labor inten-
sive to collect, like tubeworms or oyster crabs, while
others, such as shrimp and fiddler crabs, can be purchased
at a bait shop.
There are five proven baits for sheepshead in this
area tubeworms, oyster and fiddler crabs, sand fleas
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worms, and it takes most of a morning to dig up a suf-
The same applies for oyster crabs which are like
candy to a sheepshead, but an angler could spend a whole
morning tipping over rocks to find them. There's also
some labor involved in sand fleas. First, a sand flea rake
or sifter is needed. Sand fleas are found in the shore break
by sifting the wet sand.
But anglers can also use live shrimp or fiddlers, and
both can be purchased at bait shops, which makes things
a little easier just pull out your wallet, and you've got
Now that we've got bait and tackle taken care of,
it's time to go fishing. If you're fishing without a boat,
there are three fishing piers on Anna Maria Island. All are
holding sheepshead, so your chances are good for catch-
ing one. If you're in a boat, try fishing around bridges,
docks, wrecks and reefs to find the bite.
Remember, sheepshead have to be 12 inches in length
with the tail pinched, and you can keep 15 per day per
Good luck and happy herding.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing string-
ers of sheepshead hanging from the dock. Yes, it's that
time again. Pier fishers using live oyster crabs for bait are
reeling up sheepies in the 1- to 3-pound range. "We're
not catching our limits, yet," says Cassetty, "but we're
getting awfully close.
With the limit of sheepshead at 15 fish per person,
close is pretty good.
Along with sheepshead, pier fishers are hooking up
some flounder in the sandy bottom areas adjacent to the
pier. Live shrimp is a good offering to get these flat fish
to bite. Most of the flounder being caught are under the
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Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing good
numbers of sheepshead landed daily. Pier fishers in the
know are using live oyster crabs or tubeworms to get the
bite. The catch is averaging 15- to 18-inches in length and
weighing up to 2 1/2 pounds.
Other catches at the pier include flounder, jack cre-
valle and some blue runners. Fishers using live shrimp
are catching flounder around the edges of the pier, while
the blue runners and jacks are hitting small white jigs cast
and quickly retrieved.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure
catching a variety of species. To start, he's bringing in
decent numbers of bonito by flat-lining live shiners or
shrimp behind the boat. Bonito may not be meant for the
dinner table, but they sure provide drag-screaming action
for whoever is holding onto the rod.
Also on the nearshore structure, Girle is catching
flounder up to 18 inches. He says live shiners or shrimp
cast to the sandy areas around the structure is producing
fish for the frying pan.
To finish out the reef trips, Girle is catching near
limits of sheepshead and a few mangrove snapper. For
both of these fish, Girle is using live or fresh-cut shrimp
pieces to get the bite.
Moving to the flats of Sarasota Bay, Girle is find-
ing redfish and spotted seatrout. By fishing the sandy
potholes on lower tides, Girle is catching redfish in the
16- to 32-inch range on live shrimp. The same applies
for the seatrout, although the top length was 22 inches.
On the deeper flats, Girle is catching ladyfish, Span-
ish mackerel and an occasional pompano on a 1/4-ounce
jig head with an Exude Dart. Also, when fishing these
deeper flats, Girle likes to drift fish to cover more area
and increase the bite.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is work-
ing nearshore structure with good results. To start with,
he's catching sheepshead up to 5 pounds on live shrimp.
When targeting sheepies on the reefs, Gross likes to use
a baited knocker rig.
Along with the sheepies, Gross is catching good
numbers of Key West grunts and triggerfish by the same
method with impressive numbers of fish coming to the
Moving to the backcountry, Gross is working the
flats of Sarasota Bay for spotted seatrout. He likes
to use a 1/4-ounce jig head tipped with a new penny
MirrOlure Lil John to target these trout. His average
catch was slot-sized fish 15- to 20-inches, although his
clients reeled in a few bigger ones. While ji'..inii' for
trout, Gross is also catching pompano and keeper-size
Around rocks and docks in the bay, Gross is target-
ing redfish, with live shrimp on a knocker rig which is
producing keeper-size fish.
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Patrice Conner, 55, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 8.
Service was Feb. 16 in Tampa. Garden of Memories
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial
donations may be made to the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Mrs. Conner is survived by husband Jeffrey; sister
Linda and husband David Blatt; a step-son and nephews
and their families.
Patricia Hanahan Engman
Patricia Hanahan Engman, of Anna Maria, died
Feb. 20. She was born May 1, 1942, at Camp Stuart in
Hinesville, Ga., and grew up in Lakeland, Fla., where she
attended Lakeland Senior High School.
Mrs. Engman received her A.B. degree, cum laude,
in 1965 from Coker College, Hartsville, S.C., and her
J.D. degree from the University of Florida Law School
Following law school, she clerked for Judge David
McCain of the Fourth District Court of Appeals of Flor-
In 1970, she was assistant to the campaign manager
for Lawton Chiles during the first Walkin' Lawton Cam-
paign for the U.S. Senate. She moved to Washington,
D.C., in 1971 as a staff attorney for Senator Chiles. In fol-
lowing years, Mrs. Engman served as a congressional liai-
son officer for the Federal Trade Commission, counsel for
legislative and administrative affairs for Bristol-Myers,
and as the executive director at the Business Roundtable,
an association of CEOs of leading U.S. companies. In
2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush
to a President's Emergency Board.
She was active in numerous community and civic
affairs in Washington and in her Florida retirement.
She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in
Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C., and Church of the
Annunciation in Holmes Beach. She was a member of the
Washington Women's Forum. She served on the board
of trustees of Coker College 1993-1999 and received its
distinguished alumni award. In her retirement, she sat
on the board of Florida House and was a member of the
Suncoast Women's Forum. She was a member of Key
Royale Club and the Bradenton Country Club.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb
25, at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to
Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. Engman is survived by sons Geoffrey of Texas,
Jonathan of Michigan and Richard of Florida; brother
Dr. Ralph Bailey Hanahan IV; sisters Christy Hanahan
Powell and Elizabeth (Lisa) Hanahan Taylor; eight grand-
children; and her fiance, John Kolojeski.
Penny Anne Miller
Penny Anne Miller, 53, of Holmes Beach, died Feb.
8. She was bor Sept. 8, 1958, in Allentown, Pa. She had
moved to Florida in 1979.
Schaeffer Funeral Home, Lehighton, Pa., was in
charge of arrangements.
Ms. Miller is survived by her longtime companion,
Ben Azerli, of Holmes Beach.
Vienna E. Miranda
Vienna E. Miranda, 93, of Holmes Beach, died Feb.
Mrs. Mirande was a member of St. Bernard Catholic
Church and the Women's Auxiliary at the church.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held
at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at St Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, with burial
to follow at Mansion Memorial Park.
Mrs. Miranda is survived by sons Frank of Tampa
and Miranda of Sarasota; sister, Edwina Letteriello of
Philadelphia, Pa.; grandson Michael Miranda and two
Lynn Mason Reidy
Lynn Mason Reidy, 72, of Apollo Beach and for-
merly of Bradenton, died Feb. 10.
Services were Feb. 16 at Shannon Funeral Home
Westview Chapel, Bradenton.
Mrs. Reidy is survived by her sons, John Jessup of
Mt. Dora and Mark Jessup of Richmond, Va.; daughters
Ashley Allen of Apollo Beach and Dana Branly of Indian
Harbor; sister Alice M. Guthrie of Holmes Beach; 12
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Theresa J. Treni
Theresa J. Treni, 84, of Holmes Beach, formerly of
Bradenton and Sarasota, died Feb. 16. She was bor Sept.
24, 1927, inAltoona, Pa.
Mrs. Treni came to Florida
in 1983 to Sarasota and Bradenton,
S and then to Holmes Beach. She was a
.t. member of St. Bernard Catholic church,
SA memorial Mass of Christian
Treni burial will be celebrated sometime after
Easter at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach. Shannon Funeral Home-Westview
Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Con-
dolences for the family may be made online at www.
Mrs. Treni is survived by husband Henry; sons
Michael of Ramsey, N.J., Stephen of Englewood, and
Henry of Venice; daughters Rebecca of Beorne, Texas,
and Tammy Riddle of Venice; sister Donna Stoltenberg
of Altoona, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great-grand-
Peter Johnson Van Pelt
Peter Johnson Van Pelt, 74, of Bradenton, died Feb.
6, after an extended illness. He was born June 13, 1937,
at Rockville Center, Long Island, N.Y.
Mr. Van Pelt served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958
to 1962 installing landing equipment. His career included
work in management for W.T. Grant, Singer, WLFH
Radio and Moval Management Corp. In 1974, he joined
a team established by U.S. Rep. Donald Mitchell (N.Y.)
to rescue the Library Bureau Inc. The team organized and
purchased the Library Bureau. Mr. Van Pelt was its sales
manager in Florida.
Mr. Van Pelt retired in 1991 to Bradenton, where he
established two businesses, Birkey's Cleaners and the
Deli and Bagel Shop at Braden River Plaza, Bradenton.
He was a member of the Herkimer Area Develop-
ment Corp., Lions Club and Kiwanis Club, a life-time
member of the Elks Lodge and Roser Memorial Com-
A memorial service was held Feb. 17 at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O.
Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mr. Van Pelt is survived by his wife of 51 years,
Louise (Smith); son Craig J. of Ilion, N.Y.; extended
family and many friends.
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-
Elm property misidentified
A photo in the Feb. 15 issue of The Islander incor-
rectly identified a house under construction on Elm
Avenue in Anna Maria as being on Maple Avenue.
The Elm Avenue house is being built as a two-bed-
room residence. It is owned by Geoff Hansen and the
contractor is Modus Operandi Construction.
Corporate managers of Modus Operandi include
Shawn Kaleta of Holmes Beach and Steven Hansen of
northwest Bradenton, according to the Florida Secretary
of State website.
Kaleta said Modus Operandi is building the house
on Maple Avenue, not MEK Properties, as was reported
last week. Kaleta is listed as a manager for MEK Proper-
Kaleta said his company, Beach-to-Bay Construction, is
developing the three platted lots at 60 N. Shore Drive, Anna
Maria, where a single, large home, used in recent years for
accommodations and parties, was demolished.
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ADORABLE GROUND-LEVEL DUPLEX located just
two short blocks to the beach. 2BR/1.5BA with large cov-
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"True Florida Living." $269,000.
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Three bedrooms, two baths on Pine Avenue,
ideally designed to include a small business.
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and two bedrooms, one bath with screened porch
for your home. For a larger home, structure will
support second story. Home was premature when
it was a business in past years and has private
parking on premises. ASKING $597,500!
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Behind the fence at 7002 Marina Drive is a
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air & heating and water heater approximately two
years old. Included are two bedrooms, one bath,
LR, FR Kitchen, garage and screened porch on
an attractive duplex-zoned lot. Other options for
this property are to add an apartment OR start
again with your choice, home or duplex. Now
priced below county assessment & REDUCED
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GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
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WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
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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 and Fridays, 9 a.m.-
noon Saturdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
LEAP INTO THE new year: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday, February 25-26. Visit Cortez
Park Tour of Homes/Sales rummage sale. New
Cortez grill, marina area. 12507 Cortez Road,
a bayfront community. www.cortezparkflorida.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.
and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 25. Household,
decorative, furniture, many quality items. 403 Ala-
manda Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
Furniture, fans, miscellaneous. 11201 Longwood
Ct., Perico Island.
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Satur-
day, Feb. 25. Appliances, large and small, furni-
ture, clothing, sporting equipment, jewelry, bikes,
plants, shells and a Broadway organ! Lunch avail-
able. Information, 941-792-3475. Palma Sola Har-
bour condos, 9400 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
WHITE ELEPHANT/CLOTHING sale: 9 a.m.-1
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Jewelry, collectibles,
toys, linens, books, glassware, kitchen items,
homemade soup, lunch, desserts and our famous
pickles! Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
THREE-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday,
Feb. 25. TV, freezer, N.I.B. items. 503 77th St.,
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
GARAGE SALE TO benefit PEO projects. 7
a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. 691 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach.
MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb.
24. Jewelry, household, books, collectibles, 1970s
wooden dollhouse furniture. 120 Peppertree Ave.,
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
Lots of furniture, garden, art, diecast cars, bikes,
beach stuff, computers, fabric, books. 150, 153
Crescent Drive, Anna Maria. Rain date Sunday,
GARAGE SALE: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 25. Art, furniture, household. 113 Los Cedros
Drive, off Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
LOST: BLACK SUNGLASSES, Costa Del Mar
with case, lost near Sandbar Restaurant. Please,
call Keith at 217-520-0613 if found.
FOUND: TIMEX WATCH, at tennis courts, Holmes
Beach. Claim at The Islander office. 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: NIKON COOLPIC digital camera, memory
cards in case. Anna Maria Island, possibly on trol-
ley, Sunday, Jan. 29. Paul, 804-901-6244.
FOUND: WOMEN' PRESCRIPTION glasses on
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. annamariachiroprac-
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drying). Personal service for you and your loved
ones. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-
1202. 5360 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
ADORABLE PUPPIES FOR adoption! Two pit
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shots. Also Lab/shepherd mix, two years old,
incredible dog! 941-896-6701.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
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DOCKSIDE SERVICE: Pontoon boat rental. Pro-
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Dan, with over 40 years in the boat business. 941 -
POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot
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or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp
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boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
NEED HELP CLEANING debris from rental unit.
$10/hour. Also handyman needed. 941-778-2311
PART-TIME HANDYMAN wanted for local area
motel. Phone, 941-778-2780.
NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and
boutique on Bridge Street. Turning appointments
down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
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KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
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custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
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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
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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
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and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year
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carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
AMI COMPUTER SOLUTIONS for computer
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training. Travis, 941-301-4726.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: We do individuals,
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in business over thirty years. Call Pat at Kenney
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DOG WASTE REMOVAL service as low as $10/
week. 941-592-5170. ScoopertrooperBraden-
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experi-
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outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.
ALL ISLAND HANDYMAN: All aspects home
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ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
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for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
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pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
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DEEPWATER JM-c within walking distance
to the beach. This split-plan home has a caged
pool, 70-foot dock with lift and 200 feet on sail-
boat water with no bridges. $659,000.
SOLD $50,000 over
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Rarely available Martinique North 3B 2B updated condo
w private 2-car garage Full GULF views! $650,000.
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Bermuda Bay Club 3B/2.5B Unobstructed amazing Gulf
KeyWest townhouse w/2 car views at Martinique South, 5th
garage bayfront property floor, NW end unit. 2B/2B with
and Gulf views. $375,000 private garage. $489,000
Call Cindy Quinn, 941-780-8000
NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and mainte-
nance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant
installation. Certified horticultural professional.
Call Joan, 941-704-9025.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
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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.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. S1,200/month
ALREADY BOOKING FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
SOME AVAILABILITY THIS SEASON
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SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, win-
dows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinnacle
Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.
JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced.
House painting, interior, exterior, pressure wash-
ing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental
units available for office/commercial spaces from
750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage
units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA pri-
vate pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA
private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.
ANNUAL CANALFRONT, BOAT slip up to 26-feet.
2BR/2BA, washer and dryer hookup, utility room.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton
Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-
SEASONAL RENTAL: $525/week, available
March 11-25. 1BR/1BA upper level with deck,
cable, Wifi. Block to beach. 941-779-1112.
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach.
2BR/2BA, $1,000/month. Three blocks from
beach. Call 813-672-1481.
PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished
house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent.
$3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.
WANTED! 3BR/2BA house on Anna Maria Island
for long-term annual rental! Prefer 1,800 sf or
more and walking distance to beach! 941-565-
PANORAMIC GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA house.
Huge deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available
January and February 2013. 813-920-5595.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 55-plus 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to
beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web
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.
FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.
LOWEST-PRICED 3BR/2BA residence with
heated pool on Anna Maria Island. New construc-
tion. Not a condo. $479,000. Call Barry, 941-448-
5500. Island Vacation Properties.
ANNA MARIA CANAL home. Walk to beach and
have your boat in the back. 2BR/2BA renovated
home with boat lift and dock. For sale by owner.
GREAT NORTHWEST LOCATION: Mint condition,
close to beach, 2BR/2BA end unit, screened lanai,
elevator, heated pool, lighted tennis, clubhouse.
Move in now! $109,500. Call 941-792-0645.
ISLAND LOTS: TWO side-by-side lots zoned R-2
with short walk to beach. Quiet location between
Manatee and Cortez bridges. $178,500 each. Call
Dave Moynihan, Wagner Realty, 941-720-0089.
WATERFRONT 55-plus trailer park, historic
Cortez. Remodeled 1 BR with two additions. Pets!
$3,500. www.BarefootOrSandals.com. 231-668-
IRONWOOD CONDO: $62,000.1 BR/1.5BA. Many
upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf
course. Clubhouse, exercise room, heated pool.
Six miles to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.
All real estate advertising herein is subject to
the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise any preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
ingly accept any advertising for real estate which
is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this news-
paper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free
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JUST LISTED TWO GULFFRONT, bank-
owned units at La Costa. Recently reno-
vated Key West-style complex with fabu-
lous views, heated pool, tennis, elevator
and weekly rentals. Units are 2BR-2BAand
fully furnished. For more information, call
Dave Moynihan at 941-720-0089. Priced
Br.ilHi reorHlt 19q39
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515 56th St., Holmes Beach
ISLAND BAYFRONT RESIDENCE Stun-
ning open water views from this 3BR/2.5BA
home loaded with historic charm, from
Australian cypress floors to knotty cypress
walls. 128' of bayfront lush tropical setting,
Tiki bar and 2 docks. Perfectly located with
Southern exposure. Dave Moynihan 941-
720-0089. #M5819584. $759,900
Anna Maria Island Beauty
Lush surroundings, nature, privacy, classic elegance,
7,000 square feet plus. Over-sized rooms or change to 7
bedrooms. 35-foot dock, gym, sunsets!
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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4 Lucky end?
7 Hyundai sedan
12 Mata ___ (spy)
16 G.P.'s group
17 Some nerve
19 They're all the
21 Send over some
24 Tour org.
25 Really want
26 Largest, as a sum
27 Things that may
have to be
29 Mark Messier,
for 12 years
30 Actress Gilpin of
33 Dolt's football
38 Bar, legally
39 Cinco follower
40 Drum set set
45 Word affixed to
web or handy
49 Comet rival
52 Curved molding
54 The truth about a
59 Reveal, in poetry
60 Put down
63 Sea of ___ (arm
of the Black Sea)
64 Stimpy's pal
65 "The gloves are
67 Jack's inferior
68 Albanian money
album and #1
73 Warden's charge
79 Velvet finish?
to a reader?
84 Tiny bits of pasta
87 Ike's W.W. II
89 ___ T. (big name
in 1960s music)
90 Like certain
96 Start of some
98 Avid reader
108 Whence Zeno
110 Cut down to
111 Best in business
115 Russian retreat
116 "The Mikado"
117 Dust cover
made of 100%
121 As previously
123 Room in Clue
126 Showed over
128 Platoon V.I.P.
1 Half of an
2 "There's a Chef in
3 Chorus syllables
5 Orch. section
8 Where the wild
9 Put an
10 Engage again for
rulers of Syria
13 Aid for record-
keeping at Mrs.
14 "Copy that"
17 Like some flights
19 Film special
22 Actresses Dana
32 1987 Broadway
34 Landed estate
35 Old Spanish card
36 The duck in
"Peter and the
41 Magic, once
43 It's measured in
46 Christina of pop
47 Get together with
your bet taker?
53 Some trains
56 Cain raiser
57 Sign the register
58 Part of Y.S.L.
61 Ship's record
66 Film whale
68 Writer Wallace
78 Opposite of
82 ___ forte (less
loud, in music)
83 Judge's order
91 "Gnarly, man!"
92 Star or wolf
94 Shooting match
95 Homer's home
97 Supply at a
101 Hail in a loud
103 Volume holder
105 Sushi bar
107 Like some
112 Bone under a
114 To be, to
118 One, in Orleans
119 Fill completely,
in a way
120 Law degs.
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69 Jeff Lynne's
band, for short
71 Start of a Vol. I
72 ___ Kennedy
Smith (sister of
74 They come from
75 Classic fragrance
sold in France as
76 Macedonian city
with Greek and