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BB ponders fate of
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series. Page 10
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Island police blotter.
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On 66th Street in Holmes Beach, two three-
story residences, each with six bedrooms,
four baths and a pool are under construc-
tion. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
By Kathy Prucnell
Twenty lots left?
It was a comment that reverberated at the
Feb. 28 work session where a residential mor-
atorium on building was regarded and rejected
by the Holmes Beach City Commission.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said
"a couple of builders" told him only 20 duplex
lots 8,712 square foot lots, the minimum
size to support a duplex remain in the city,
and what followed was a reaction of disbelief,
and a directive to the mayor to check the accu-
racy of the claim.
Holmes Beach resident Barbara Marcheck
said, "I don't believe it," and she didn't trust the
source. A builder had told her and neighbors
on 66th Street he would build three-bedroom
homes but eventually constructed two homes
on one duplex lot with 12 bedrooms, eight baths
and two swimming pools, she said.
Patty Sabo of 68th Street also said at the
February meeting she didn't understand how
only 20 lots could be left in the city.
Commissioner Jean Peelen agreed the
number provided by Zaccagnino didn't seem
Following the meeting, Mayor Rich Boh-
Snenberger set the public works department
,B onto the accounting task, and building inspec-
g'e 22 tor Bob Shaffer performed an informal survey
of R-2 zoned duplex lots earlier this month.
"It's purely guesswork" what lots will
champs actually build out, said public works superin-
tenhamps dent Joe Duennes last week.
tendent Joe Duennes last week.
crowned. Page 24
Kings of the beach
arrive. Page 25
Obituaries, Page 26
The mayor said last week that 20 build-
able lots could mean 40 vertical units.
From Shaffer's survey, Duennes estimated
a remaining three to five vacant lots; 10-12
lots with an existing residence and lot space
PLEASE SEE LOTS, PAGE 2
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Two docks at 5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach, line the bayfront after last year's construction
and permitting by the city. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has visited the
site, measured and found improper spacing between the docks, and is investigating. Islander
Photo: Kathy Prucnell
DEP warns two dock owners
By Kathy Prucnell
Warning letters were issued Feb. 29 by the
Florida Departmental of Environment Protec-
tion to the owners of 5311 Sunrise Lane for
constructing docks within 65 linear feet of each
other in Anna Maria Sound without a proper
The letters warn Jason Syrek of AMI Beach
Inn LLC and Neil Sivyer of By the Shore Invest-
ment LLC, of the possible violations and request
they reply to the DEP within 15 days.
A DEP general permit is required when
building a dock in an "outstanding Florida
waterbody" unless the construction fits within
exceptions for a single-family dock of 500
square feet or less, or is a repair or replacement
of a functional dock, according to Ann Gibbs,
"Considering the fact that the property
appears to be operating as a multi-family prop-
erty," a DEP enforcement report states, "the
docking structures would not have qualified for
the statutory exemptions."
According to the letters, DEP requires "a
permit prior to dredging or filling in, on, or over
wetlands or other surface waters."
Two DEP site inspections Feb. 15 and
March 7 "revealed the construction of two docks
totaling 750 square feet in size on the shore of
5311 Sunrise Lane," according to the inspection
"Further, it appears the structures are
approximately 28 linear feet from each other and
are approximately 18 and 38 feet respectively
from the property lines," the report stated.
A minimum 25-foot setback from adjacent
property is required if the length of the shoreline
is 65 feet or more. At press time, it is unclear
whether a setback violation occurred.
The owners applied for DEP exemption cer-
tification prior to the dock construction, accord-
ing to Gibbs. However, the certification "does
not appear to apply in this case."
"We are continuing to work with them
toward a resolution," Gibbs said.
Also interested in a resolution are Judy
and Steve Titsworth, adjacent homeowners on
Sunrise Lane. Judy Titsworth has been asking
officials about the dock setbacks for several
"I have no problem with the person who
bought this. They're really fine people," said
Judy Titsworth. She added, however, the owner
she spoke with "doesn't know she bought a land
condo. She thought she bought a single-family
Still, Judy Titsworth says, the dock "needs
to be ripped out. I won't be happy until it is."
PLEASE SEE DEP WARNING, PAGE 5
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2 0 MARCH 28, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Fate of Australian pines at stake in BB park
By Mark Young
For now, the Australian pine trees at John Chappie
Gulfside Park will be trimmed.
At the March 21 capital improvement projects/city
commission meeting, the future of the trees at the park,
four lots on the Gulf of Mexico in the 1400 block of Gulf
Drive, was handled in a sensitive manner with possible
public input sought in the future.
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby had brought
the pine tree issue to the forefront of the CIP committee in
February with initial discussions on how to enhance the
park and also create an area for public beach access.
However, the discussion stalled with commissioners
disagreeing on whether to remove the trees, listed as an
invasive species and a nuisance by the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection.
Cosby returned the commissioners to the discussion
at the March 21 meeting.
"We talked briefly about cutting some of the saplings
back, and you can see the ones that are growing on the
dune area by the roadway," said Cosby. "Right now, it's
not an issue, but depending on how fast they grow, it
Cosby said Australian pines grow very fast, have no
solid root support and can fall over during a light storm,
creating a public danger.
"All of the smaller saplings are starting to grow, so
if you don't want to do an\ thini.i, that's fine. Our thought
was an living under 4 feet, we should eradicate," he said.
Cosby wanted to remove four mature trees from the
dune, "but honestly I'm not concerned about those. I'm
more concerned about the new ones coming up."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said the pines are a
safety issue and should be removed, "because of any
potential hurricane problem, and the expense of clean-
ing them up later. I recommend we take them out."
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse and Vice Mayor Ed
"I'm in agreement to take out the saplings, even
though I can tell you from talking to people that they
don't care about any studies (on Australian pines)," said
Straight. "They are just against trees going down, so I'd
be in favor of taking out the small ones."
Cosby said DEP's minimum recommendation is to
trim them down and remove any deadwood from the
"If we did that, it would be the minimum, and this area
can stay the way it is until you come back with a type of
plan for what you want to do with the park," he said.
"If we don't do this, it's still going to be up to the
city to maintain this," he said.
Cosby said the matter could wait for commissioners
to decide what to do with the park, and suggested that a
public hearing be held to determine the park's future, as
well as the future of the trees.
The commission agreed to begin with the minimum
CIP members also agreed to accept the lone bid
from Duncan Seawall to begin seawall improvements at
Sixth Street South, Seventh Street South and 13th Street
The city put the project out for bid, but only Duncan
had submitted a bid in February. The commissioners
opted to stall the project for an additional 30 days in an
attempt to get more bids, but none were submitted.
Six seawalls and associated docks have been selected
for improvements, but due to budgetary limits, three proj-
ects were deemed a priority.
The project has been on the city's radar dating back
to the previous administration, and a $37,000 budget was
established last year. The lone Duncan bid came in at
$43,642, leaving the city with a $6,642 shortfall.
"Here's the problem," said Cosby. "If we don't act
on this sometime soon, the next time we go out for bid,
Duncan's not going to put a bid in either and then we
won't have anyone."
Commissioner Gay Breuler asked city clerk Nora
Idso if there was a way to get an additional $6,000.
"We can always take it out of the reserves, but you all
know how I feel about that," said Idso. "It's unfortunate
this was done at budget time, and when it came back to
bid, (the amount budgeted) didn't come to fruition. The
short answer is yes."
Cosby said the additional costs were likely due to the
project being budgeted more than a year ago.
"This is another one of these projects that have been
put off, and put off, and we talked ourselves right into a
rate increase," he said. "Sometimes it's better to bite the
bullet and get it done before it gets worse."
"We've put this off long enough," he said. "We are
going to get nickeled and dimed to death. It's only going
to come up again. It's a $7,000 shortfall and if we have
to kick the money in, then we have to kick it in. I hate to
put projects off that need to be done and I would love to
get this done before hurricane season."
Breuler motioned to accept Duncan's bid for $43,624
for the three prioritized seawalls. Vosburgh seconded the
motion, which passed 5-0.
LOTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
for a second unit; and roughly 40-50 existing duplexes
that could be demolished and replaced with two land-
According to city code, new construction is restricted
to no more than 30 percent of the property land mass, and
a maximum of two stories of livable space, Duennes said.
A third story is permissible if the living space is elevated,
leaving garage and storage on the ground level, with or
without continuous walls.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
restricts buildings to no higher than 36 feet above the
10-foot mean-high sea-level line, measured from the
crown of the street to the roof.
The majority of the new land condos are three-story
buildings within the 36-foot height limit in compliance
Duennes added the average property in Holmes
Beach is only 6 feet above sea level, and another option
for home designs other than building a first floor of stor-
age is building up the property some 4 feet to meet FEMA
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BridgeTender forced to halt outdoor expansion
By Mark Young
The BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar, 135 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach, has been issued a stop work order
for unpermitted work to expand its outside seating capac-
ity in its bayfront parking area.
According to Bradenton Beach building official
Steve Gilbert, BridgeTender appropriately applied for
an expansion of their outdoor dining area, "but jumped
the gun" on its actual construction.
"What they wanted to do is allowable under the
outdoor dining codes, but they built a bar, which is a
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structure and requires very specific items for approval,"
he said. "It took awhile to get a site plan put in place and
documented, but they jumped the gun with the service
deck they were building."
Gilbert said the work on Bay Boulevard has stopped
and the city is attempting to work with the establishment
to keep the service deck, but without the structure.
"They are going to have to modify what they have,"
he said. "It can be something portable, because then you
don't have to deal with setback issues."
Posts have already been placed in the ground, which
designates it as a structure and a roof was being planned,
which Gilbert said has brought the health department into
the equation, as well.
"The health department has strict requirements about
having a roof over those types of structures," said Gil-
bert. "We are trying to get it figured out so they can have
service folks there to take care of customers, but I wish
they hadn't put the structure up ahead of time."
Gilbert said he is working with the owner, their plan-
ner, and their attorney to put in a site plan, "but I guess
someone wasn't aware of the fact they had to do that,"
"A structure can't be more than 3 feet above grade
and you can't put in posts before a design review," he
said. "Now they are talking about putting up a fabric
canopy, but fabric then requires involvement from the fire
marshal, and whatever they eventually do, has to meet
wind-speed requirements as well."
Gilbert said he doesn't believe anything intentionally
wrong was done, which is why the city will work with
BridgeTender to come back into compliance with city
and state codes.
"We are working on it," he said.
De Soto National Memorial Ranger Scott Pardue, rear, takes spring break with Manatee County high school stu-
dents to the White House in Washington, D.C. The students, who represent their schools on the De Soto National The BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar, 135 Bridge
Memorial Youth Advisory Council, visited memorials managed by the National Park Service for the launch of the St., Bradenton Beach, started to build a service area
National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride," a program to provide student transportation to America's national in its bayfront parking area, but that work has been
parks. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love halted by the city. Islander Photo: Mark Young
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Stingray victim thanks Samaritan
By Rick Catlin
Registered nurse Glenna Miller figures she was just
in the right place in Bradenton Beach at the right time
around 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15.
She and husband Phillip were walking on the beach
near the Gulf Drive Cafe when she heard some scream-
ing, "I've been bitten."
She turned to see a young man running out of the
water with blood pouring from his ankle. The man stum-
bled and fell, and Miller's medical training took over.
Realizing the man was losing a lot of blood, she
quickly applied a tourniquet with a handkerchief, told
her husband to call 911, and asked someone in the crowd
for a larger piece of clothing to use as a tourniquet. A
large T-shirt was provided.
"There was a lot of blood. I had to get a larger tour-
niquet on him for more pressure. I wasn't sure what had
happened, but he had been wading in shallow water, and
the medics later said it appeared he got the barb of a
stingray right in a vein or artery," Miller said.
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who reside near
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she helped a
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by a stingray.
Emergency medical staff arrived within five minutes,
Miller said, and treated and transported the injured man
to Blake Medical Center.
While that was certainly Miller's good Samaritan act
for the day, it was not the end of the story for her and the
young man she helped.
The next day, she and her husband were walking
in the same area about the same time when they heard
people from a nearby condominium calling for them to
"We went to the condo, and we knew Bob Coswell,
who was there. He said the college student had come by
and said if he ever saw the nurse who saved his life, he
was to give her this," Miller said.
The young man had provided a thank you card and
a pot of flowers for Miller, even though he had no name
His card reads, in part, "To the unknown nurse who
saved me the other day," and was signed "Kyle."
Miller learned "Kyle" received several stitches in his
ankle and was released by the hospital.
What struck Miller was the thoughtfulness of a young
man on spring break who would take the time to buy
something and try to thank her.
"Of all the negative things we hear about young
people, it did my heart good to get this thank-you card
and the flowers," said Miller, who has six children of her
"I don't really think I saved his life, but I'm glad I
was there and knew what to do.
"And I really appreciate his thoughtfulness," she
Ironically, Miller learned the injured man also was
vacationing on Anna Maria Island from her home state of
Michigan and is a college student at Oakland Community
College near Pontiac, about 70 miles from her hometown
"That's all I know about him, but God bless him,"
The Millers own a condominium at La Costa in Bra-
denton Beach where they spend winter vacations.
Anna Maria City
April 6, offices closed.
April 12, 6 p.m., work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
April 2, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves partnership.
April 5, 1 p.m., city pier team.
April 5, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 6, offices closed.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
March 28, 9 a.m., zoning and permitting focus
March 29, 10:30 a.m., rental agents and contracts
April 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
April 6, office closed.
April 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
April 10, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
April 21, 6 p.m., district commission.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.
Easter is April 8 and some government offices will
be closed April 6.
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Next door to Titsworth one-story ranch home on
Sunrise Lane, fronting on Anna Maria Sound, an old
ground-level residence was demolished and construction
was completed last year on a new three-story home.
Titsworth, who works in the building trade she
and husband Steve Titsworth own and operate Shoreline
Builders watched while the home at 5311 Sunrise
Lane rose three-stories tall and so near her lot line that she
planted bamboo as a screen, and then more bamboo.
Soon a dock was built on the shore, and then another,
and eventually a dock extension was added.
A large boat on a lift on the dock nearest her dock
obscured the Titsworths' view. That's when Judy Titsworth
began questioning the dock setbacks and permits.
She took her concerns to city and state officials.
Public works superintendent Joe Duennes said Tits-
worth's concern is "another one of those situations" where
there is sufficient land to support two houses. Although
originally platted as one parcel, it was split into two lots
using condominium law, he said, allowing for two sepa-
And, according to Duennes, two docks. Every
waterfront home on a "legal lot" is entitled to a dock, he
Sunrise Lane is zoned R-1, single family, residential,
but the parcel was more than 15,020 square feet, suf-
ficient to allow the lot split and enough land to provide
for two homes, according to Duennes.
While only one residence has been built so far,
another is anticipated.
"The owners have been contacted by the DEP and
Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of Miami
want you if you have asthma.
The two entities are asking residents or part-time
residents in the area from three to six months to partici-
pate in a one-time survey regarding Florida's red tide.
As part of the survey, asthma sufferers will be asked
about their seafood consumption habits and beach-going
Willing participants can sign up now to take the one-
hour survey as part of an ongoing study investigating how
people make decisions during red tide.
This two-year study is funded by the National Insti-
tute of Environmental Health Sciences, and is designed
to provide information to resource managers and health
officials in regards to public perception about red tide and
seafood consumption. The study is designed to improve
public information and help people to safely enjoy Flor-
ida's beaches and seafood.
According to Mote environmental health program
manager Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, the mitigating effects
of red tide are important to understand.
"We've developed a unique survey that doesn't just
ask whether you say yes or no to visiting the beach,"
said Kirkpatrick in a prepared statement. "We're trying
to tease out the specific reasons people stay away from
beaches or decline to eat seafood during red tides."
there is an issue," Judy Titsworth said.
"We're giving parcel rights to units and making
developers a lot of money," she said.
During the survey, scientists present participants with
scenarios, such as reports of dead fish on the beach, but
with little respiratory irritation. They ask how these sce-
narios affect decisions about the participant's activities.
"We did a pilot survey to find out which aspects of
red tide affected people's behavior the most, and we're
focusing on those issues," said Kirkpatrick.
Anyone over the age of 18 with a physician's asth-
matic diagnosis may participate.
Participants will be accepted through the end of April,
and will receive $50 for their effort and travel expenses.
For enrollment pre-screening, e-mail decisionmak-
Anna Maria Island Historical Society docents gather
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Countdown to Easter
As we look ahead, it seems Anna Maria Island and
many of its inhabitants will be working double time to
accomplish all the fun events planned ahead and many
religious services and events offered by the churches
- not to mention the Kiwanis Club-sponsored sunrise
service at the beach.
Yes, our tourist season, whether you call it winter
season (hey, it's spring), high season or tourist season,
is peaking. Soon most Islanders will have house guests
if they don't already. The area's accommodations will
be bursting. There will be no room at any inn. The shops
will be bustling. The restaurants will enjoy crowds and,
in some cases, long waits for a table. And many resi-
dents will wait for the calm to return to enjoy our favor-
But wait. Too often the visitors are here to see
friends and family and the beaches, boating, sight-see-
ing and attractions are secondary. Some 80 percent of
the guests on Anna Maria Island may be here visiting
Islanders. The state used to keep stats to that effect,
and the No. 1 reason to visit FLA was "friends and
Yep, that's right. Not Disney, SeaWorld or Busch
Gardens ... but friends and family. That's what makes
catering to residents the folks who live here year-
round, so valuable to businesses on and around Anna
Those who live here recommend your business and
the services you offer on more occasions than you may
realize. That's what makes us valued customers, even
though we may not wish to wait in line in season.
On the other side of the tourism coin, many busi-
ness owners also are Islanders and understand the value
of tourism and the residents who offer tuIi.litOnN for
where to go and what to do.
It's the value of tourism that makes it hard to appre-
ciate complaints about curbside garbage, too many cars
or noise from the pool. Yes, visitors need to be reminded
they are not at the Holiday Inn, but rather they are stay-
ing in a neighborhood of friendly hosts.
While both Anna Maria and Holmes Beach look
into means to better relate the nature of neighborhood
rentals and their terms, tourists are wondering if they
are welcome here.
Let's make that clear. Anna Maria Island has always
been a tourist destination and it has always been a gra-
Well mannered visitors and Islanders, of course, are
welcome. No one would have it any other way.
We're glad you're here.
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I was glad to see Island Real Estate evict inappro-
priate renters from a residential resort housing unit, but
I'm wondering if anyone questioned the agent as to why
he rented to this large group of college students to begin
According to Section V. 1 of the supplementary
use regulations, city of Holmes Beach municipal code:
"Resort housing dwelling units may be occupied only
by a family as that term is defined in this [land develop-
How on earth does a bunch of unrelated college
students (18, as reported by local papers) constitute "a
family" by even the most modern of definitions?
Isn't it the rental agent's job to ensure the property
is rented in accordance with local regulations? Are they
not performing the most basic tenant screenings?
Laurel Nevans, Holmes Beach
A year ago I wrote, 'Bad Dream,' an opinion piece
about overdevelopment in Holmes Beach. This year
has seen that dream become the nightmare of others as
Now I sense d6ja vu. We moved here 11 years ago
from a picture perfect town of Princeton, N.J. When
I first went to college there 35 years ago, it was truly
picture perfect. Local shops were run by townspeople.
Restaurants were modest and truly fit the character of a
college town. Back then you could walk the streets after
a fresh snow and leave the only prints in the street. No
one clamored for progress.
Slowly times changed. It became increasingly chic
to live in Princeton. Local stores became the likes of
Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic. Fancy restaurants
took up residence. New Yorkers discovered Princeton
and began moving into the area. Prices boomed, taxes
skyrocketed and innocence was lost. Having lived there
a long time, I felt it no longer was the people's town. It
became 'other' people's town.
Parking was impossible despite the construction of
numerous parking garages. A rapid growth of popula-
tion and tourism filled the squares every weekend. But
just who was this good for?
My thoughts turn to Holmes Beach and I .' I., I
a parallel. Many will argue that the influx of tourism
supports the town. But one could also argue that we will
of necessity change to support this influx. More parking,
infrastructure, regulations, restaurants and shops will
spring up to accommodate the crowds.
Perhaps it is time to step back because everyone
seems stressed out. One should question who this all
benefits. Are we losing our paradise to create someone
George Myers, Holmes Beach
Thank you to the Island Players board of directors;
director Mike Lusk; the cast and crew of "The Solid
Gold Cadillac" and all the Island Players volunteers
who made the recent cancer benefit performance pos-
Special thanks go to Dottie Mizzi for selling tickets
and hosting the North Beach Village cocktail party and
to those who attended the party and the play. Thank
you to Creations by L, 5500 Marina Drive, for selling
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Maria, celebrates its March 23 grand
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SMaria Mayor Mike Selby, and owners
Rita Payne and Lex Halakan. The
people's choice miniature art award
went to Chas McMullenfor his cork
turtle. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
twins Kolbe and
jam out on state
during the March
24 Music on the
concert series at
the Florida Mari-
time Museum, in
Cortez. The events
are free to the
Soupy Davis, center, performs at the March 24 Music
on the Porch monthly concert series at the Florida
Maritime Museum, in Cortez. Davis is a retired fisher
and is wearing his trademark white fishing boots,
better known as "Cortez Nikes." Islander Photos:
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T e Islander
Headlines from the March 27,
2002, issue of The Islander
A new 21-foot-high Anna Maria Island Bridge to
replace the current structure linking Holmes Beach to
Perico Island could be built for $29.6 million, according
to a Florida Department of Transportation study. The
study said a new bridge would last 75 years, while a
$9.7 million rehabilitation of the bridge could add 15-20
years of "effective life" to the span. The DOT planned
to host meetings in Holmes Beach to take public input
and hear recommendations.
Six years after all three Island cities approved
some portions of beach renourishment on the Gulf of
Mexico shore, Great Lakes Dock & Dredge began a
$9.6 million project to pump sand from a borrow area
about 1 mile off the northwest corner of Anna Maria
Island to a .6 mile portion of Anna Maria beach as the
first phase of beach renourishment.
Sandpiper Resort mobile home residents in Bra-
denton Beach had until April 20 to purchase the $9.648
million property from owner Vorbeck Enterprises or
start looking for new homesites. Vorbeck had received
a purchase offer for that amount but, under Florida law,
the property was first offered to park residents, who
vowed to raise the funds to buy the park.
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Anna Maria commission tackles various projects
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners were busy at their March
22 meeting, passing a new stormwater ordinance, con-
tinuing an ordinance on residential docking and parking,
and holding the first hearing of an ordinance establishing
Commissioners agreed to postpone and continue the
second hearing of an ordinance establishing a special
magistrate for code enforcement cases to April 26.
The stormwater ordinance was one identified by the
land-development regulations committee that needed
improvements to match other ordinances and the city's
master stormwater plan.
The new ordinance requires rain gutters discharge
directly into either a detention-retention pond or cistern,
and all water must be evaporated by 72 hours after the
Additionally, the ordinance gives the city the right
to inspect a structure to determine if the property owner
has failed to maintain the stormwater drainage system
according to the master plan.
According to the master plan, any rainfall event is
one in which at least 5 inches of rain falls in the city.
The ordinance clarifying residential docking and
the maximum width of a driveway was continued to
City planner Alan Garrett proposed a maximum
driveway width of 24 feet, or 12 feet going in and 12
feet going out. This limitation would prevent hom-
eowners from maintaining front yard of crushed shell
and claiming it as a driveway, also eliminating parking,
The driveway will have to be identified on future
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he thought much
of the parking provisions in the ordinance had been previ-
ously clarified. He said he would sit down with Garrett
this week and review his concerns.
Woodland said the city was not minimizing access
points as required by the comprehensive plan.
Commissioners also discussed the definition of a
sleeping unit as defined in the city code for motel-hotel
Garrett said each "sleeping unit" needs one parking
space and Commission Chair Chuck Webb wondered if
that could apply to vacation rentals as well.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick noted that if a bed-
room is one sleeping unit, then a four-bedroom house
needs a lot more than a 24-foot-wide driveway.
Garrett said he and Webb would come up with a better
definition for discussion when the hearing resumes.
Commissioners also discussed requiring a verified
survey for a boat dock in a navigable canal, suggested
owners be allowed to have more than one boat at a dock,
and looked at provisions limiting the size of a boat house
at the dock.
Also continued to the April 26 meeting was the
second reading of an ordinance establishing the conser-
vation districts, E-1 and E-2.
The districts are required to pair the comprehensive
plan amendment the city adopted to replace the preser-
vation zone in the 2007 comprehensive plan, when no
construction was allowed in the preservation zone. But
that was before the city learned it did not own all the
property in the preservation zone.
After city attorney Jim Dye discovered a number of
platted properties with buildable rights, the city had to
change the comp plan or face accusations of taking away
an owner's legal rights to build.
But it won't be easy to build in the E-l, even if a
property owner has a platted lot.
Because most of the platted lots are seaward of the
coastal construction control line, an owner planning to
build would first have to obtain a Florida Department of
Environmental Protection permit.
Following that, the city would require the property
owner pay for several studies of the proposed construc-
tion by experts, including one hired by the city to deter-
mine the size of the structure.
"You may find you can only build a 1,000 square-foot
house," Dye said.
The proposed ordinance also eliminates a property
owner from owning two lots and replatting them into
three lots to get more room to build a house.
Commissioners also continued the public hearing on
establishing a special magistrate for code enforcement
Under a bad news heading, Mayor Mike Selby said
the Florida Legislature has taken away some of the com-
munications tax money the city receives annually for tele-
phone, television and cell phone service.
Unfortunately, the mayor said, the communica-
tions tax revenue is used as collateral on the loan the
city obtained to purchase six lots at the east end of Pine
The mayor said he did not know "how this will play
out" with the lenders, but he would advise the commis-
sion after making contact.
Commissioners also agreed to further discuss the spe-
cial event permit fee at a future work session. Although
the commission recently increased the fee to $1,000
for an event with alcohol service at the end of Pine, the
permit fee to use Pine Avenue is $200.
The first event to decline the $1,000 fee and use of
the vacant lots at Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard is the
May 5 Food and Wine on Pine event. Organizers told
the mayor they would hold the event without the vacant
Webb said he would not be surprised if Bayfest an
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce event also
decides $1,000 is too high a price.
Public works supervisor George McKay said a new
Waste Management Inc. contract goes into effect in April
and requires all non-homesteaded properties to have rear
or side-door trash pickup. Recycling and yard waste will
continue to be curb-side pick ups.
There also will be a new collection schedule, with
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board
members learned at their March 21 meeting the city of
Anna Maria has implemented new special event permit
fees and Bayfest was not granted an exemption.
The cost is $1,000 for a special event permit with
alcohol, said Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn, who
attended the chamber meeting as the city liaison to the
chamber. She was one of two commissioners who voted
against the fees when the commission adopted the new
schedule in February.
"I tried to get Bayfest and Food and Wine on Pine
grandfathered, but that was voted down," she said.
Board member David Teitelbaum suggested the
chamber move Bayfest to Holmes Beach if it doesn't
have the money for the fee.
Chamber president MaryAnn Brockman said she would
ask Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby to allow a presentation
to the commission for an exception to the fee.
"Going to Anna Maria saves a lot of headaches, but
if we have to go elsewhere, we will," Brockman said.
Chamber board chair Karen LaPensee said Bayfest
has been held in Anna Maria for 11 years without issues
with the city.
"We promoted that city," she said, well before there
was an historical village, before Pine Avenue was devel-
oped and before Bayview Plaza was built.
She agreed with Brockman it was worth the effort to
ask that Bayfest be granted an exception.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 28, 2012 0 9
BB committees organize, address pier issues
By Mark Young
The Bradenton Beach City Pier Committee will
spearhead the proposed project to replace degrading pil-
ings under the Historic Bridge Street Pier, but will have
help from other city committees and staff.
At the March 21 community redevelopment agency/
city commission meeting, the city pier committee, facili-
tated by Police Chief Sam Speciale, will develop a plan
for the piling replacement project.
At the meeting, Police Lt. John Cosby asked the CRA
to come to a consensus on which committee would spear-
head the project, or if the focus would be a joint effort.
The city's pier team is responsible for pier activities, but
the funding for projects comes from the CRA, and must
be approved by the city commission.
Special addressed the CRA at its Feb. 29 meeting,
asking for all committees to coordinate a workshop to
begin moving forward with the project. Decisions had
to be made on materials and possibly reconfiguring the
pier to keep the project under a $400,000 budget cap.
"We want a consensus of whether you want the pier
team to handle that, (capital improvement projects) to
handle that, CRA to handle that, or do you want them to
work together," said Cosby. "The pier team is in place to
handle it. The only difference is that the finance officer
is not on the pier team and the main thing going forward
is the money."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh suggested the project
would benefit from everyone's input.
"I think it would be better if (all of the committees)
are involved," she said.
Mayor John Shaughnessy said the pier team is capa-
ble of handling the issue, "but I think in conjunction of
selecting materials and it being a matter of money," CRA
should be included.
The commissioners concluded that all committees
would be involved as the project moves forward, but the
city pier committee would chair joint meetings.
Special has said the number of pier team meetings
would increase from once a month to twice a month,
while also scheduling joint workshops with the other
committees to expedite the planning process.
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in 1903. Leonardo Da Vinci dreamed of flight in the late
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As part of a Let's Go Flying promotion for the March
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the thrill of flying firsthand. It was a challenge I happily
Flying a Cessna 172B out of Sarasota/Bradenton
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of the USS Enterprise, but for the first-time flyer greeted
Islander reporter Mark Young stands ready for a
March 20 challenge issued by the Fun N' Sun Airshow
for reporters to get firsthand experience flying an
airplane. Young flew this Cessna 172B out of Sarasota/
Bradenton International Airport to view Anna Maria
Island from the sky. Gulf Coast International Flight
Academy provided the plane and instructor for the
introductory flight lesson.
by a bevy of strange instrumentation, it can be just as
Only at first.
As the instructor explains each instrument, they
become less intimidating and it's not long before one
understands, while the checklist before taking off is more
comprehensive than pulling your car out of the driveway,
it can become equally routine with a little time.
The airshow features veteran pilots performing amaz-
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Whether it's a 747 commercial aircraft, a small rec-
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Stufft is a former policeman turned fulltime pilot who
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"I was the guy stopping by the airport watching the
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Stufft. 1 1 iin was something I always wanted to do."
He acknowledges his former profession, but doesn't
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"The whole time I was a cop, all I thought about was
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being a cop, so I think I made the right decision."
Flying begins with classes to obtain a private pilot's
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Julius said there are plenty of options when want-
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"We also offer an accelerated program that will have
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Prices of lessons vary, but most schools, including
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Anna Maria Island from a bird's eye reporter's view.
but soon handed me control of the aircraft, as we turned
north toward Anna Maria Island. There before me, the
waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico could only
truly be appreciated from the air.
The Island's sparkling white beaches are a sharp
contrast to the green and blue waters that surround this
beautiful Island. I am already proud to call this piece of
paradise my home, but on March 20, my chest swelled
with pride as I took in her beauty from 1,000 feet.
For that brief experience alone, I am grateful.
Flying the airplane is the easy part. Taking off,
learning how to communicate with air traffic control,
understanding what each instrument does, and landing
the plane are the hard parts, but that's what flight school
Even harder is climbing back into your vehicle at the
conclusion of the flight. My Ford Explorer has power, but
after piloting the Cessna to 120 mph, I felt as though I
left the airfield in a golf cart.
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peace is quite satisfying. It's not the same as climbing
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If you've ever wondered what it would be like, choose
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The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a car,
truck and motorbike show noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April
7, at the Island Shopping Center, 5400 Marina Drive,
The event features 22 categories and prizes aplenty,
including first and second in each category, five best of
show, Islander's Choice, Pirate's Pick and Best Club
participation award. Registration is $10 and the first 50
entries receive a complimentary dash plaque.
The Privateeers will be selling "scurvy dogs" hot
dogs to landlubbers and corn on the cob for a "bucc-
an-ear." There will be raffle prizes and door prizes. Music
will be provided courtesy of D.J. Hoodie J.
As always, pirate attire is encouraged and the Priva-
teer ship "Skullywag" will make an appearance. Some
shopping center merchants will host "Pirate Specials" on
the day of the show.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers is a nonprofit that
contributes to a variety of community projects, and grants
scholarships to local high school students.
For more information, call Roger "HooDat" Mur-
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Author to autograph
book at two stores
Island snowbird and Canadian author George Slater
will sell and sign copies of his book, "Along Comes God,
Miracles in Everyday Life," at two Island shops Thurs-
day, March 29.
Slater will appear 1-4 p.m. at Ginny's and Jane E's
at the Old IGA, and 5-8 p.m. at Back Alley, 121 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach.
The book, a collection of first-hand accounts of
divine intervention in the lives of 39 people, includes
hockey legend Don Cherry, and the faith stories of two
Island locals, Earl Mowry and John Kamin.
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Anna Maria Island resident and award-winning author
Chip Gilbertson will make an appearance at Restless
Natives, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11 a.m.-2
p.m. Friday, March 30, to sell and autograph copies of
his recently published children's book Fly Danny Fly.
Gilbertson was named a distinguished honoree by
the Mom's Choice Awards for writing excellence in a
He supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida after
being inspired to write the book after meeting a young
person who battled the disease.
For more information, call 941-779-2624.
Sandbar, Pine Avenue to
host Easter activities
A morning of Easter activities will be hosted by
the Sandbar Restaurant and various businesses on Pine
Avenue Saturday, April 7.
First, a search by youngsters is planned for slightly
hidden brightly colored eggs in the 26th Annual Easter
Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. on the restaurant grounds, 100 Spring
Ave., Anna Maria.
Next, participants are invited to follow the Easter
Bunny from the Sandbar to Pine Avenue and the third
annual Easter Egg Roll, where there will be lots of activi-
ties, prizes and surprises.
At 11 a.m.,Anna Maria Island Accommodations, 315
Pine Ave., will host the second annual Easter Bonnet Con-
test. The prize for an adult winner is a weekend stay at
an Anna Maria guest house. The prize for a child winner
is lunch at the Sandbar, including ice cream sundaes for
the winner and three friends.
Snacks and refreshments will be served to Easter fes-
tivity participants by the Sandbar restaurant until noon.
For more information, call 941-778-0444.
Conga for animal rescue
Guitar in hand, entertainer Mike Sales will host the
second annual "Conga on the Beach" with other free-spir-
its 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 7, on the sandy shore at
the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Sales will be recording a video during the conga
event for a single on his newly released album, "Girl in
The public is welcome to participate in the free fun,
family event. Suggested attire is anm Illing blue.
Last year's conga chain included more than 250
Donations will be accepted at the event for Moon-
racer No-Kill Pet Rescue, which is operated by The
Islander office manager Lisa Williams. Williams will
again sell signature "Conga" T-shirts donated by The
Islander and bottled water at the event.
For more information, call Mike Sales at 941-448-
5798 or go online at www.MikeSalesSings.com.
Art workshop features
An art products representative, Mike Grecian, will
lead a hands-on workshop for the Artists' Guild of Anna
Maria Island 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Cros-
spointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A $20 cost will include sample packets, including art
materials needed for the workshop, snacks and refresh-
ments. The workshop will be limited to 40 participants.
For more information, call Midge Pippel of the guild
volunteers, elect officers
The Friends of the Island Library held its annual
meeting March 16, electing 2012 officers, including
Christina Mason, secretary; Arla Carter, one-year member
at large; and Al Guy, three-year member at large.
The following officers will continue their roles: Thea
Kelley, president; Mary Pat Swamy, vice-president; and
David Weber, treasurer. Other continuing board members
are Pam Leckie, Judy McClarren, Kass Martin, Valerie
McGannon, Wendy Holcomb, Bev Battle, Beverly Nev-
ille, Ginny Nunn and Jolie Bell.
The Friends of the Island Library hosted a March 7
annual volunteer recognition brunch in the Walker-Swift
Room at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
where the group honored volunteers for their service.
Pam Leckie, Mary Kowalski and Barbara Stegman
received bouquets of roses for 100 or more hours in ser-
vice of the library.
In addition, the Friends honored its book sale vol-
unteers, including Joan Pettigrew, for her outstanding
organizational skills. Pettigrew has served as the Friends'
book sale chairperson for several years.
Meet new museum manager
Nancy Dorner, formerly a lawyer and teacher in
New York, whose life took her abroad to live south of
Calcutta, has joined the staff of the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The
Anna Maria Island Historical Society's board of direc-
tors recently selected Dorner as its new Island museum
manager. Islander Courtesy Photo
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CityFest seeks classic cars
Classics, antique and custom cars, street rods and
muscle cars will be a featured event 10-3 p.m. Saturday,
April 14, at CityFest, a Holmes Beach Founders Day
The two-day CityFest event is being organized
April 13-14 for the city by the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce.
The car show is open to all makes and models, cars
and trucks, and more entries are welcome. Registration
for car show entries is required by April 10.
About 100-125 entrants are expected at the show
to be held within the fences at Birdie Tebbetts Field
behind West Manatee Fire Rescue District Station 1,
Flotilla Drive and 62nd Street.
Some vehicles already registered for the show
include a 1936 Cord Westchester, 1934 Ford Woody
Wagon, 1963 Corvette, 1964 Plymouth HEMI Savoy
and a 1969 Camaro SS convertible.
The show is limited to pre-registered vehicles.
To register or for more information, call car show
organizer Bill Mergens at 941-920-2277, or e-mail him
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Gallery features Masur's
art in April
Kathleen Masur will be the featured artist in April at
the Artists' Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Her work will enjoy a feature spot in the gallery
window and an artist's reception in her honor will be held
5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the gallery. Masur will
be on hand to speak about her work.
Masur's work includes watercolors, and a recent
focus on colorful, floral, animal designs on silk, includ-
ing pillows, scarves and purses.
Her artwork also can be viewed at the Longboat Key
Art Center and by the Associated Artists of Butler County
in Pennsylvania, where she spends summers.
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at 941-
Writers to meet in Cortez
The annual meeting of Gulf Coast Writers, an orga-
nization of writers and authors, will be held at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 4, at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th
St. W., Cortez.
Those planning to attend are to respond in advance
to Sylvia Price at 941-778-3209.
More than 100
such as the 1936
will be featured
April 14 City-
Fest events in
at email@example.com, or call the chamber at 941-
Playtime returns to fest
Bounce houses, games, rides and more will be
ready for youngsters to enjoy April 13-14 at the chil-
dren's play area at Island CityFest, a Holmes Beach
Founders Day Celebration.
The event is being organized for the city at the
Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, by the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
The play area is sponsored and organized by Anna
Maria Island Health & Fitness, and will be located at
the north end of the field near the baseball field.
Also known as "Kids Zone," organizers are expect-
ing large crowds of young people again this year. Last
year, the attraction sold 4,000 tickets, according to Kip
Lalosh of the fitness center.
Volunteers are still being sought for the event.
For more information, call Lalosh at 941-778-5446
or the chamber at 941-778-1541.
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Oil painter hosts demo
Patricia Sorg will demonstrate "Oil Painting Tech-
niques" 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 31, at the Island
Gallery West in the S & S Plaza, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The demonstration is one in a series of Saturday
morning demonstrations at the gallery.
No reservations are required, seating is on a first-
For more information, call 941-778-6648 or go
online at www.islandgallerywest.com.
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5368 Gulf Dr.,Holmes Beach (West of the P.O. & Minnies)
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Tuesday, March 27
6 a.m.-"36-Hour Challenge," Anna Maria Island Community
Center 36-Hour Challenge call drive for donations. Computers and
refreshments available through 2 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at 408
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9203.
Wednesday, March 28
1-3 p.m.-Mike Grecian hands-on art workshop at Crosspointe
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information:
Thursday, March 29
1-4 p.m.-George Slater book signing and sale, "Along
Comes God," at Ginny's and Jane E's, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
5-8 p.m.-George Slater book signing and sale, "Along
Comes God," at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Friday, March 30
.8 a.m.-Community Coffee Club with host Edward Jones
financial advisor Danny Wood, Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2499.
Saturday, March 31
10 a.m.-noon-Patricia Sorg demonstrates "Oil Painting Tech-
niques" at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10:30 a.m.-I p.m.-Longboat Key Fire Rescue Open House,
Longboat Key Fire Station, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Information:
5 p.m.-Pre-Affaire VIP "Surprise Party" and champagne
reception, followed by Affaire to Remember fundraiser for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9203.
Through April 1-Island Players perform "The Solid Gold Cadil-
lac," 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-
Third Mondays, noon, September through May, Anna Maria
.P.ser Communi& Curch
Gary A. Batey, Pastor
A non-denominational, traditional church
S., Celebrating 100 Years of Service in 2013
Sunday 9 & 11 AM Traditional Worship
10 AM Adult Sunday School
9 AM Children and Youth Church School
512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
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Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
North, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564
for further information.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets 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
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
atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street
Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-
Thursday through March 29, Bingo at Annie Silver Commu-
nity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-
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-
April 7, Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant; Easter
Egg Roll, Easter Bonnet Contest on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: call 941-778-0444.
April 12, "Paint the Town" reception and art sale, ArtCenter of
Manatee, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.
April 7, Second annual Mike Sales Conga on the Beach at
the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Benefits Moon-
Racer No-Kill Pet Rescue, sponsored by The Islander.
April 7, Anna Maria Island Privateers Car Show at the Island
Shopping Center, 5400 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hosted by
The Islander. Information: 214-714-3953.
Save the Date:
April 13, Artist reception, Kathleen Masur, watercolors and
silk art, Artists' Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
*April 13-14, Island CityFest-a Holmes Beach Founders Day
Celebration, Holmes Beach city hall field, 5801 Marina Drive.
April 21, Hibiscus Festival, Family Life Center, First Baptist
Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
April 28, Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Orga-
nization Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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.
Dale Redeker will call the final bingo game of the
season March 29 at Annie Silver Community Center,
103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo. Edna
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donation as part of a "36-Hour Challenge," beginning at
6 a.m. Tuesday, March 27.
AMICC encourages its donors or anyone who would
like to learn more about Anna Maria Island Community
Center to go online and view profiles at the "giving part-
The Center will be hosting an open house with food
and beverages to coincide with the challenge, starting
at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, and ongoing until 2 a.m.
March 28. It will have computers set up for the public
use for donations, and team members to provide technical
support for the online challenge.
Or, according to AMICC, you can stay home and
donate by following these online instructions:
Go online at www.givingpartnerchallenge.org.
Type in Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Enter donation and personal information on the
The 36-hour event will feature a variety of incentives
and donor matches, including:
A match for donations up to $1,000 per individual
donor, first come first served until matching funding is
Tiered matches based on the number of individual
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Grants to the first 20 nonprofits to provide 50
donors, each who donate $50 or more.
One donor per hour to receive an additional $250
added to their contribution.
The Patterson Foundation and Community Founda-
tion of Sarasota, Manatee Community Foundation and
other local foundations are expected to match dona-
Grants also will go to the two nonprofits having the
most individuals who visit their profiles on the Giving
All online donations for the 100 participating chari-
ties will be matched up to $501,000.
AMICC is asking residents to consider at least
making a one-time donation of $25 to $1,000.
AMICC expects to receive immediate notification
of donations. Donors who wish to remain anonymous
may do so by checking the box provided on the donation
All donations benefit programming at the center. The
center each year serves more than 1,200 youths and fami-
lies and 2,300 adults.
For more information, call Sharen Pittman at 941-
778-1908, ext. 9203, or e-mail her at sharen@myamicc.
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Art League offers classes
There's art for everyone in April.
The Anna Maria Island Art League will offer a wide
array of April classes and workshops to encourage both
beginners and advanced artists to be creative.
Classes include watercolor, colored pencil, pen and
ink, mixed media, oil painting and photography for adults
Workshops consist of ceramics, matting and fram-
ing, various drawing workshops, photography, and oil
painting. Also, there will be open studios 6:30-8 p.m.
the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Fees apply for the April classes, which begin on vari-
ous days of the week and run throughout the month.
Adult classes, with various levels of experience
required, include the following:
Exercises in Freedom of Expression.
Pen and Ink: The World in Black and White.
Introduction to Colored Pencils.
Drawing the Clothed Model.
Fundamentals of Photoshop.
Learning to Light (The Art of Seeing).
Children's classes, with various age restrictions,
Intro to Black-and-White Photography
April workshops include:
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing & Hand Building.
For more information, call Christina Reginelli at 941-
778-2099 or go online at www.IslandArtLeague.org.
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of
the milestones in readers' lives. Send notices and pho-
tographs to email@example.com or 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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Rental owner claims good faith
By Rick Catlin
The owner of the vacation rental at 2911 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, that a Canadian couple recently reported
was not the same house they viewed and rented through
an online rent-by-owner website, has responded to the
March 14 Islander story.
The owner says the complaint is the first time she's
ever had any problem with her vacation unit or renters.
Dawn Hauser of Kansas City, Mo., who owns the
house with Don Hauser, said the couple, John and Holly
Gazy of Canada, reserved the house in August 2011 for
March 2012. The reservation kept the house from being
rented to anyone else for that period.
When the Gazys arrived in Holmes Beach, they
claimed the house was not the same as advertised, had
not been cleaned, and was unsatisfactory. They called
Hauser and asked for a refund. The Gazys had said they
paid $6,000 to Hauser.
Hauser said it's the first time anyone has ever asked
for a refund or complained about the accommodation.
And, she said, the amount involved was $4,387, not
$6,000 as the Gazys claimed.
She said the Gazys called her when they arrived at
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the unit and said they were planning to have guests. This
was the first time the couple ever mentioned there would
be more than two people staying in the three-bedroom
unit, Hauser said.
Hauser said she tells all renters that the house is
"comfortable and beachy," and well worth the price for
a 30-day winter rental on the Island.
"And it wasn't filthy or disgusting as (Holly Gazy)
said," Hauser responded.
She said her cleaning company had been in the unit
earlier that day, ensuring % \ .I) Ill il was clean and tidy.
Hauser also noted that the rental agreement states
no refund unless written cancellation is made at least 90
days before the arrival date. However, she has refunded
the $150 cleaning fee to the Gazys, and will consider an
additional refund amount.
Hauser said she believes the Gazys didn't think the
unit was fancy enough to impress their friends and needed
an excuse for why they didn't take the rental.
"I feel like the victim here. I offer my home in good
faith and people come and bad-mouth me and my home,
and (now) everyone will be in my personal business in
high season," Hauser said.
Editors note: In the March 14 story, a photo of the
vacation property depicted afor sale sign. However, that
company is not associated with the rental of the prop-
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Manatee County Utilities Department crews are pre-
paring trenches for pipeline installation along Anna
Maria's North lsh..- Drive and nearby side streets, and
positioning equipment on the rights of wayforfurther
portions of the project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Anna Maria utility
The Manatee County Utilities Department is continu-
ing installation of new sewer lines along North Shore
Drive in Anna Maria. Motorists are advised to use caution
when driving near the construction.
The project area is between Cypress Avenue and
Palm Avenue, a MCUD press release said, and should
not impact traffic in the area for any extended periods.
There will be intermittent lane closures on State Road
684 at the Cortez drawbridge, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. beginning
Monday, April 2, through Thursday, April 5, according
to a Florida Department of Transportation press release.
The closures will be controlled by a fl.a,'iin,' operation.
In an ongoing maintenance project on the Cortez
Bridge, sidewalk closures are anticipated this week. No
lanes will be closed to traffic, the DOT said.
The DOT repair project to the Longboat Pass Bridge/
State Road 789 is continuing.
Any lane closures will be 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday
through Thursday, the DOT said.
The west sidewalk of the bridge is closed, and the
DOT also has closed an area on Greer Island often
called Beer Can Island near the bridge to pedestrians
and boaters during the project. The DOT cited safety con-
cerns and liability as factors in its decision to close that
part of the shore.
Construction is expected to end in late spring.
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Island police blotter
March 15, 400 block of Alamanda Road, dis-
turbance. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to a 911 call in regards to two groups of
people arguing over a traffic incident. The deputy made
contact with people yelling and cursing at one another,
"and accusing each other of reckless driving," the report
stated. The deputy documented the verbal argument and
no further action was taken.
March 17, 300 block of Tarpon Avenue, noise. A
MSCO deputy responded to a noise complaint and made
contact with the home's occupants, who were on the back
porch listening to music and talking loudly. The deputy
informed the men of the city's noise ordinance and issued
a final warning. The occupant said he was not aware of
the ordinance, but would comply.
March 17, 100 S. Bay Blvd., theft. While fishing on
the Anna Maria City Pier, a man reported he fell asleep.
Upon waking, the angler discovered his three fishing
poles and tackle had been stolen. The missing items were
valued at $820.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
March 13, 2600 Gulf Drive N., vehicle burglary. A
complainant reported someone had entered his unlocked
vehicle and ransacked his glove box. Papers from the
glove box were scattered and $5 was missing.
March 17, intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez
Road, domestic battery. A female complainant reported
she and her boyfriend had argued over him leaving her
in a vehicle "for several hours," according to the report.
As the vehicle arrived at the intersection, the complainant
said her boyfriend exited, came around to the passenger's
side, opened the door, grabbed her by the arm and forced
her to the ground. He then drove away, leaving her by
the roadside. Police contacted the boyfriend, who said he
was defending himself because she had been hitting him.
Both parties asked to press charges.
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March 16,403 Highland Ave., fraud. A female com-
plainant arrived at the Bradenton Beach Police Department
to report a credit card fraud. The woman said she was in
possession of her card, but that it had been used to make a
$2,000 shoe purchase. Police advised the woman to imme-
diately cancel the card and they are investigating.
March 14, 403 Highland Ave., theft. A male com-
plainant arrived at BBPD to report a stolen bicycle. The
Sun Beach Cruiser with black handle bars is valued at
$80. The complainant said he saw other bicycle thefts
reported in the local newspapers and wanted to report
the theft in case anyone should see his bicycle.
March 13, 2600 Gulf Drive N., vehicle burglary. A
male complainant reported his vehicle was broken into, but
he thought all that had been stolen was a pair of prescrip-
tion glasses. He later received a call from his bank that
a man had attempted to cash one of his checks for $700.
When he was denied, the man fled, but left behind the ID.
A similar description of the man was provided to police
as someone who was walking through the beach parking
lot, peering into vehicles. Police later made contact with
the suspect, but witnesses were not immediately able to
positively ID the man. The investigation continues.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
March 13, 700 block Manatee Avenue, battery.
Holmes Beach police responded to a road-rage incident
where officers were advised by a complainant and two
witnesses that they had been cut off in traffic by a driver
in a white Sierra pickup. A verbal confrontation ensued, at
which time the female suspect allegedly slapped the com-
plainant before driving away. The witnesses had recorded
the vehicle tag number and another officer located the
suspect on the beach. The suspect denied the incident,
but was charged with misdemeanor battery.
March 13, 500 block of 65th Street, theft. Police
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suspect met the complainant at her home, but the engine
did not start. She then put a battery charger on it. They
completed the transaction for the boat, but the buyer left
with the battery charger.
March 17, 200 block of 66th Street, domestic bat-
tery. Police responded to a man and his girlfriend who had
questions about the woman's son, and what they could do
about his drug abuse. The mother overheard her son on
the phone saying he was earning a lot of money by doing
something illegal. After overhearing the conversation, the
woman asked her boyfriend to take her out for a drink. The
boyfriend stated she had three to four glasses of wine and,
while driving home, she shifted the vehicle into park three
times while it was moving. While attempting to stop her
a fourth time, the boyfriend said she bit him on his right
and left forearm. Police observed the bite marks and inter-
viewed the girlfriend, who reported the boyfriend threw
her to the ground upon arriving home. Police observed
she was intoxicated, and had a large bump on her head.
Police interviewed the boyfriend again. He said she had
attempted to bite him again and he had pushed her away
when she lost her balance and fell. Thus far, the female has
been charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.
March 14, 300 block of 60th Street, theft. A com-
plainant came to HBPD to report an unlocked bicycle
stolen from the beach access. The complainant valued
the bicycle at $100 and provided a detailed description.
March 17,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
larceny/theft. Police received multiple complaints of
stolen property, including cell phones. A third complaint
provided a description of two males seen stealing the
complainant's bag. The victims gave chase, but lost the
suspects near 38th Street. With a description of the sus-
pects and stolen property, police located the suspects and
detained them for identification. The stolen property was
recovered and it was determined that the two suspects
were juveniles. They admitted to the crimes and were
placed under arrest for larceny/theft.
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Easter services planned for AMI, LBK worshippers
Palm Sunday and Easter week services will be offered
islandwide at churches, including special events during
the holy week, beginning with Palm Sunday services and
ending Easter Sunday, April 8.
The annual Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island sun-
rise Easter nondenominational observance will begin at
6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
All Anna Maria Island churches will participate in
the 48th annual Kiwanis service, including an invocation
by the Rev. Dee deMontmillion of the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation and sermon by the Rev. Rosemary
Backer of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Also on Easter Sunday, Longboat Island Chapel
offers a 7 a.m. sunrise service at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, with the Rev. Charlie
Other Easter observances include:
St. Bernard Catholic Church
Services are planned for Palm Sunday, beginning Sat-
urday, March 31, and continuing through Easter Sunday,
April 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday,
Masses also will be celebrated at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and
5 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 1.
The Mass of the Lord's Supper will be offered at 7
p.m., followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
until 10 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 5.
The Passion and Veneration of the Cross will be held
at 3 p.m. Good Friday, April 6.
The Blessing of Easter Food is at 10 a.m., and
an Easter Vigil will be 8:30 p.m., on Holy Saturday,
Easter Sunday mass will be at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
Holy week begins at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with
April 1 Palm Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
There will be Stations at the Cross 5:30 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-4; Holy Eucharist and
Healing will be held at 9:30 a.m.; Foot Washing and
Stripping of the Altar at 6 p.m.; and Vigil Watch follow-
ing in the church's memorial garden Maundy Thursday,
The church focuses on Jesus' Seven Last Words,
beginning at noon Good Friday, April 6.
On Easter Sunday, April 8, services begin with a Rite
I service at 7:30 a.m., followed by 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Rite
II Festival Eucharist services accompanied by choir and
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services are
added to the regular services during Easter week at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Regular services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Palm Sunday, April 1.
A Maundy Thursday service will be held 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 5.
Two Good Friday services are offered, at noon and
7 p.m., Friday, April 6.
Gloria Dei encourages early risers to attend the 6:30
a.m. sunrise service at Manatee County Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, and their regular services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Easter, Sunday, April 8.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Regular services continue for Easter week at Cross-
Pointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, at 9
a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 1 and April 8.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.
Harvey Memorial Community Church
Regular services at Harvey Memorial Community
Church, 300 ChurchAve., Bradenton Beach, will be held
Easter week at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1 and April 8.
For more information call 941-79-1912.
Roser Memorial Community Church
Easter week services will be held at the Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, at 9
a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 1 and April 8. For more
information, call 941-778-0414.
Longboat Island Chapel
The Longboat Island Chapel will hold special ser-
vices and a children's Easter egg hunt during Easter
The chapel's Palm Sunday service will be at 10 a.m.
A Maundy Thursday supper will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The church's Easter sunrise service will be held at 7
a.m. at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Also
on Easter, a 10 a.m. service of worship will be held at
the church, followed by a children's Easter egg hunt in
the garden. All services, with the exception of the sunrise
service, are held at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
For more information, call 383-6491.
Christ Church of Longboat Key
Christ Church of Longboat Key will hold Palm
Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. April 1, at the
church, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
A Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service will be held
at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
Easter Sunday services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10
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They go with honor
Island vet takes 'honor' trip
World War II veteran Dr. Oscar Walker of Holmes
Beach is on the April 3 day-trip Honor Flight to Wash-
ington, D.C. Walker is pictured at the American Legion
Post 116 veteran monument in Zearing, Iowa, where he
had his veterinary practice for many years before retir-
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By Rick Catlin
For Anna Maria Island, Perico Island, Longboat Key
and west Bradenton World War II veterans, the national
Honor Flight program may be a final opportunity to be
honored by their country for their service, and to visit
with others who served during the war.
Honor Flight organizes free day-trips for veterans to
Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII memorial and other
memorial sites in the nation's capitol.
The program began in Ohio in 2005, and now has
volunteer organizers nationwide, with flights taking
place almost weekly from various cities across the
On the April 3 Honor Flight from St.Petersburg-
Clearwater International Airport, veteran Dr. Oscar
Walker of Holmes Beach will join 73 WWII veterans on
The public is welcome to take part in the "heroes
welcome home" celebration in the arrival area near bag-
gage claim at the airport that evening.
Island WWII veteran Jim Finn is planning a June
Honor Flight organized by the Rotary Club's Florida
West Coast District. The Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Mayors bring meals on wheels
Local mayors participate, including Anna Maria
Mayor Mike Selby, right, serving a client lunch, in the
national "Mayors for Meals" day March 21, deliver-
ing hot meals to homebound seniors. It is sponsored .
locally by Meals on Wheels PLUS and the Food Bank
of Manatee. Islander Photo. Courtesy Laura Coyle
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Island Rotary member Barry Gould said the June
flight is booked to capacity, but the district is making
plans for another flight later this summer.
"What we really need are guardians to go with the
veterans," Gould said. "Many of them are just physically
unable to go alone."
According to the Honor Flight website at www.hon-
orflight.org, more than 80,000 WWII veterans have taken
an honor flight.
The website says it will begin flights for Korean and
Vietnam veterans in the near future.
For more information about Honor Flight, call the
national headquarters in Springfield, Ohio, at 937-521-
2400, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honor Flight of West Central Florida has two repre-
sentatives that help organize flights and coordinate with
non-profit groups to fundraise.
Don Vecoli handles the flights from the Tampa area
and he can be reached at 941-889-8119. Fred Olson
coordinates Honor Flights from Fort Myers. He can be
reached at 941-896-6576.
For information on the welcome home celebration,
call 727-512-4973 or e-mail email@example.com.
A contract for the sale of the
Sunset Beach duplexes, 7501
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
has been signed, with a clos-
ing scheduled in mid-April,
according to a letter tenants
received several weeks ago
from rental managers at Mike
Norman Realty. If the sale goes
through, the new owners have
allowed tenants four months
oi to find new accommodations.
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By Rick Catlin
Bridge Street Merchants
elect 2012 board
The Bridge Street Merchants Association met
recently and elected new officers for 2012-13.
Julie Kirkwood of Segs by the Sea was elected
president, while Adam Jenkins of Edgewater Realty was
Retaining his position as treasurer was Jake Spooner
of Island Bazaar/Fish Hole, and Amanda Lewis of Searen-
ity Spa was elected secretary.
The BSM sponsors the seasonal Sunday markets on
For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants
Association, call 941-209-5970.
The monthly Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce business mixer will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday,
March 28, at Big Fish Real Estate, 5351 Gulf Drive, No.
4, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the event is $5 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest. Reservations are not required.
At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, the chamber's
monthly networking lunch takes place at the Bridge
Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and the lunch is open
to members and their guests. Reservations and entree
selection are required for this event.
For more information or to make a reservation, call
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junction with the Anna
Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce, had a
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22. Cutting the ribbon
are, center, owners Ron
Travis, Peter Crowley
and Dave Coupland,
along with chamber
executives Mary Ann
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HB makeover plan presented to chamber execs
By Rick Catlin
Amy Welch ofAcqua Aveda Salon and president of
the Holmes Beach Merchants Association March 21 pre-
sented her plans to makeover downtown Holmes Beach
at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board
meeting, noting the plan was 'just a concept."
Welch said the design, prepared by architect Gary
Hoyt for the merchants association, brings more walkable
space to the Gulf and Marina drives intersection, more
trees and green space, more crosswalks, and is the first
phase of "bringing Holmes Beach businesses together."
The concept provides "walkability" to the east side
of Marina Drive from the marina to city hall.
She said she has discussed the initial design with
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and public
works director Joe Duennes and she hopes to have dis-
cussion of the concept on a future city agenda.
"We're trying to achieve walkability and shopability
in the downtown district. Right now, we're just a collec-
tion of shopping centers," Welch said.
Many shoppers drive from one shopping plaza to
another without thinking of walking because of the dif-
ficulty in crossing both Marina Drive and Gulf Drive, she
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Hoyt's concept calls for use of the marina, the green
space at city hall and the adjacent field as a focal point
for walking from the business district.
It also incorporates a roundabout for traffic at the
Marina-Gulf drives intersection.
"It's not about what the city can do, it's about our
group pulling together to keep what we have and maintain
a beautiful area," Welch said.
Welch said the merchant's association would be more
active once the winter season ends and members have
more time to devote to develop and promote projects.
In other chamber business, Deb Wing reported adver-
tising for the May 5-6 wedding festival has begun in
target markets. including Tampa, Clearwater, St. Peters-
burg and Orlando, as well as Bradenton and Sarasota.
BrightHouse cable network will begin airing a video
promotion in April at no charge to the chamber, and the
bridal magazine Nouveau Bride will have a color adver-
tisement for the festival in its April issue.
"We're hoping to be in more bridal magazines," she
Wing also plans a bridal fashion show as part of
cancer awareness and many of the models will be former
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
is advertising the festival online and on billboards in the
Tampa Bay area.
As part of the ongoing promotion of the festival, the
chamber has stayover specials on its website for wedding
prospects planning to spend the weekend on the Island.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
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Ron and Carol Clifford, owners of Restless Natives gal-
lery in Holmes Beach, will soon take over ownership
of the Back Alley Boutique in Holmes Beach from Jo
Ann Meilner, center, and her daughter, Amy Talucci,
not pictured. The matchup is a "natural," according to
Carol Clifford, as both galleries now feature a col-
lection of similar local artists' work for sale. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Joan Voyles captured this morning moment as Princess
Diana looks over the shoulders of Linda Scott, Elaine
Vandeman and Mary Zion, all reading the "best news
on Anna Maria Island" (The Islander) last week at the
counter at the Village Cafe at Rosedale on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria.
Tennis volunteers needed
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Circle
Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to assist with
the April 14-22 Sarasota Open professional tennis tourna-
ment at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.
A training session for volunteers is scheduled for 11
a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the club.
Volunteers and their families receive free tickets to
the first three days of the tournament.
To become a volunteer, call 941-809-8996.
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Zita Kollar and Amy Talucci, parents of students and
volunteers at AME, enjoy tea and cakes at the AME-
PTO March 21 tea recognizing school volunteers.
Monday, April 2
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, M&B Breaded Beef Patty,
Baked Fries, Baked Beans, Pineapple.
Tuesday, April 3
Breakfast: Omelet & Hash Browns.
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Mac and Cheese, Green Beans,
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Wednesday, April 4
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, Biscuit and Gravy.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marina, Mixed Veggies,
Baby Carrots, Fresh Fruit, Gold Fish.
Thursday, April 5
Breakfast: Biscuit Sandwich, Smucker's Waffle.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Turkey Gravy, Roll,
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Melanie Moran, left, talks with parent Zita Kollar at
an afternoon tea March 21 sponsored by the schoolfor
its volunteers in the media center at AME, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
AME talent reminder
The AME Talent Show will take place at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27, in the school auditorium, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The AME-Parent Teacher Organization dinner spon-
sored by Domino's Pizza will be served in the cafeteria
at 5 p.m. prior to the school talent show.
For audition information, call the school administra-
tion office at 941-708-5525.
9:15 a.m. April 3 PTO board meeting in the school
5-7 p.m. April 10 PTO dinner followed by first
grade play at 7 p.m.
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Kindergarten Roundup.
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April 30-May 4 Scholastic Book Fair
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NFL Super Bowl, more golf champs crowned
By Kevin Cassidy
Super Bowl winners in the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center NFL Flag Football League were crowned
March 24 in three exciting games, each decided by six-
points or less.
Walter & Associates Bears came from behind to
defeat Integrity Sound Redskins 31-28 to win the 13-16
division title. The Redskins had taken a 28-25 lead with
2:30 left to play on a spectacular catch by Joseph Andru-
zzi on a Joey Carder pass.
Undaunted, the Bears got the ball back and drove the
length of the field. With 24 seconds to play, the Bears had
first and goal. Seth Walter dropped back to pass and found
brother Jack Walter to give the Bears a 31-28 victory.
Seth Walter finished with five touchdown passes,
including one to Derek Polch and two each to Max Miller
and Jack Walter. Other members of the Super Bowl cham-
pion Bears are Madison Driscoll, Keegan Murphy and
Carder paced the Redskins with a pick six, two
touchdown passes and a 45-yard touchdown run. Justin
and Andruzzi each finished with one touchdown in the
Ross Built Broncos outlasted Mr. Bones Colts 26-20
to win the 10-12 division Super Bowl. The Broncos
jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 45-yard touchdown run
by Jake Ross and an 11-yard run by Javan Vasquez.
Mistakes and penalties were killing the Colts,
although they escaped a situation when Jake Ross inter-
cepted Rory Houston, giving the Broncos the ball on the
Colt 8-yard line.
The Colts finally got on the scoreboard when Hous-
ton got loose on a 45-yard touchdown run with just under
six minutes left in the half. Houston then connected with
Ben Connors for a two-point conversion to cut the Bronco
lead to 14-8.
Gavin Sentman intercepted another Houston pass,
sparking a scoring drive that ended with a touchdown
pass from Andrew Ross to twin Jake Ross and a 20-8
The Colts refused to go away and scored to pull to
within 20-14 on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Houston
to Malachi Goode as time expired.
Slow starts by both teams whittled away the second
half. The Broncos finally got going when Andrew Ross
connected with Jake Ross for a touchdown pass and a
26-14 lead. Back came the Colts, as Houston scored from
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Dennis Schavey, left, lost a close match March 20 to
Mike Gillie, right, who went 1-up to win the 2012 Key
Royale Club men's handicap tournament. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
30 yards out to pull to within 26-20 with five minutes
The Colts got the ball back and managed first and
goal with 27 seconds left when Jake intercepted a Hous-
ton pass to close out the victory.
Other members of the Super Bowl champion Bron-
cos are Corbin Gregg, Hannah McCracken and Griffin
Beach Bistro Vikings slipped past Beach Bum Steel-
ers 13-12 in the 8-9 Division Super Bowl. Sean Rodri-
guez got things started for the Vikings with a 44-yard
run to the 1-yard line, as Tuna McCracken made a touch-
down-saving flag pull for the Steelers. However, Nate
Hyman completed the scoring play, finding Rodriguez
on a 1-yard touchdown pass. Morgan Horesh caught the
ensuing extra point for a 7-0 Viking lead.
Andrew Austin got the Steelers on the scoreboard
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Ken Rickett wins the Key
Royale Club President's
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Jimmie McSwain cel-
ebrates with winners of her
senior tennis tournament
at the Sandbar Restaurant.
with a 30-yard catch-and-run play to pull to within 7-6,
which is how the half ended.
Hyman gave the Vikings a 13-6 second-half lead
when he connected with Horesh for a touchdown pass.
The Steelers came right back and pulled to within a point
on McCracken's 15-yard touchdown run.
The Steelers had one last chance when Tyler Brenner
intercepted Hyman with just under five minutes to play,
but the Viking defense held on for the victory.
Other members of the Vikings are Tony Rappold,
Adam Oulddaba and Roman Langley.
Unlike the youth Super Bowls, the adult flag football
Super Bowl March 22 was a yawner in which Florida
Discount Signs 49ers rolled over Coastal Orthopedic
Matt Kretzman led the way by completing on 24 of
26 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns. Hampton
Harrison was his go-to guy, finishing with 11 catches for
111 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of extra points. Tim
Tedesco finished with three catches for 12 yards, includ-
ing a touchdown and an extra point. Sean Sanders added
three catches for 31 yards, including a touchdown, two
extra points and an interception return for a touchdown
on defense. Other members of the Super Bowl champion
49ers are Amy Talucci, Aris Thompson, Nate Talucci and
Kevin Austin led the Raiders with 110 passing yards
and a pair of touchdown passes to Chuck McCracken,
who finished with four catches for 37 yards.
Key Royale golf news
The golf action is peaking at the Key Royale Club,
where the women's handicap championship is being
played through the end of March. Brenda Soloveld will
take on Kris Landkammer and Sue Hookem will face
Mary Selby in round three matches
Mike Gillie defeated Dennis Schavey 1-up March 20
to win the 2012 men's handicap tournament.
The March 22 President's Cup included 48 players
teeing it up in a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Ken Rickett carded
a 7-under-par 25 to take first place and now will have his
name engraved on the cup. Larry Pippel was low-gross
winner with a 3-over-par 35.
The men played a best-ball-of-foursome match
March 21. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Dave Kruger,
Jim McVicar and Bob Dickenson set a season record
with a 30-under-par 98. The team of Dick Eichorn, Tom
Lewis, Danny Hayes and Gino DiClemente were alone
in second with 27-under par.
The men's nine-hole, modified-Stableford match
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Kings of the beach arrive with spring
By Capt. Danny Stasny
If you haven't yet heard, the spring kingfish run is
in full swing.
Numerous kingfish are being caught as close as a
half mile off the beach all the way out to 7 miles. Most
fish are in the 10- to 15-pound range although fish in the
30-pound range are not uncommon.
To hook into the kingfish action, you need to be ready
to handle these toothy monsters. The first item to consider
is bait. On my charters, we're using live shiners, live
threadfin herring and small blue runners to get the bite. I
like to catch a slew of shiners and threadfins to have an
ample amount to chum as well as for bait.
Use a powder chum to get the bait to congregate
behind the boat, then when you have schooled bait
feeding in the chum, throw your cast net out. Once you
have enough bait, you're almost ready to head out and
Next is ri__i When targeting kings, you'll want to
use about 12 inches of hardwire at the end of a fluorocar-
bon leader before tying on your hook. I use about 3 to 4
feet of 40-pound fluorocarbon leader and then tie on 12
inches of 29-pound hardwire. To the hardwire, I attach a
2/0 long shank hook with a haywire twist.
Once you're at the spot to target kings, try chum-
ming some live bait behind the boat. Typically the
kings will skyrocket out of the water while eating the
chummers. Once you see this, it's time to cast your
bait. Generally, in this scenario, your bait shouldn't
be in the water for more than a few minutes. If a king
doesn't bite right away, you may want to reel up and
check the bait. The kingfish bite is quick and, if it's
not, you've either gotten cut off, or your bait has been
slashed in half and is no longer useful. Make sure you
always have a lively bait in the water.
Now that you know how to target kingfish, it's time
to get out and catch some. Remember, king mackerel
have to be 24 inches to the fork of the tail and you can
Dr. Stephen Lowe and son Amit Lowe, visiting from
New York, hooked up and released this nice snook
while charter fishing with Capt. Warren Girle. Girle
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Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers is seeing good numbers
of Spanish mackerel being caught on a variety of baits.
Pier fishers using live baits, such as threadfin herring
or shiners are steadily hooking up macks in the 20-inch
range. "They're even catching them on live shrimp," says
Medley. For artificial, try using silver spoons, Gotcha
plugs or small white jigs.
Along with Spanish mackerel, pier fishers are catch-
ing a few schoolie kingfish in the mix. Most are being
caught on live bait.
Pompano are being caught in the early morning by
fishers using Love's lures pompano jigs. Try dropping
your jig directly under the pier until it hits bottom. Then,
jig up and down until you get a bite. You can also try
using sand fleas or shrimp if you're not into jigs.
Lastly, pier fishers bottom fishing with cut green-
backs under the pier are catching mangrove snapper.
Most are in the 12- to 13-inch range, although Medley
says he's seeing some fish up to 16 inches. He says to use
20-pound fluorocarbon leader with a small live bait hook
to get the snapper to bite. Only use enough weight to get
your bait to the bottom. Snapper have excellent eyesight,
so you want to be stealthy.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says ladyfish are
dominating the bite for fishers using artificial such as
jigs, spoons or Gotcha plugs. L\ ,.i) time you cast a
plug or jig, you catch a ladyfish," says Kilb. "They're
everywhere out here."
For fishers using lures, Spanish mackerel are being
caught sporadically. You just have to weed through the
ladyfish to get a bite. You can use live shiners to catch
the macks, although with the amount of ladyfish grazing,
you may want to stick with artificial.
Sheepshead are still being caught at the pier, although
Kilb says the bite is winding down. Now that the fish are
thinning out, it's critical to have the best baits to get the
bite. Make sure you have some sand fleas, fiddler crabs,
oyster crabs or tubeworms. When the bite slows, you
want to have the best bait to increase your chances of
getting a hit.
Black drum are frequenting the Rod & Reel Pier,
feeding on live shrimp fished around the pilings. Some
of these fish are topping 10 pounds, so make sure to have
heavy gear. If you don't control them, they'll wrap the
line around a piling and cut it off.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says fishing
this past week was exceptional. Whether you're working
the backcountry, the beaches or the Gulf fishing is as
good as it gets.
Starting in the Gulf, fishers targeting king mackerel
are catching as many fish as they want. Anywhere from
the artificial reefs, 7 miles out, to just off the beaches,
king mackerel are ravaging bait schools. Keyes likes to
use hardware for leader with a No. 4 treble hook for his
bait. He then slow trolls around bait schools to get the
bite. Keyes is having success with live threadfin for her-
ring, live shiners and even blue runners for bait. Fish in
the 10-pound range are the norm, although fish up to 30
pounds are not uncommon.
Fishers targeting pompano are flocking to the beaches
of Anna Maria Island. Keyes is hearing daily reports of
pompano being caught on sand fleas or pompano jigs.
Most fish being caught are just above the minimum size
of 11 inches to the fork of the tail.
While targeting pompano with jigs, beach fishers
are catching plenty of ladyfish, blue runners and even
a few Spanish mackerel as a by-catch. Don't forget to
carry numerous pompano jigs if you plan on spending
the morning on the beach. When the macks and ladyfish
show up, you're sure to get cut off and lose a few jigs.
Finally, fishers in the backcountry are having good
results on redfish, spotted sea trout and catch-and-release
snook. Using live shiners for bait, you can chum the fish
you're targeting to the boat. Once you see a fish boil on
a chummer, cast your bait to that area and hang on.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is fishing
nearshore structures and targeting kingfish with thread-
fin herring or live shiners. Kimball likes to use about 12
inches of hardwire connected to a 4/0 long shank hook
to target these toothy fish.
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Harriet Ronan Carlson
Harriet Ronan Carlson, 88, of Bradenton and for-
merly of Anna Maria and Highland Park, Ill., died March
17. She was born Aug. 3, 1923.
Mrs. Carlson worked 28 years for Highland Park
Hospital. In 1985, she retired with husband Don to Anna
Maria, where she became an active member of Roser
Memorial Community Church. On moving to Bradenton
in 1997, she continued her work with the church.
A service was held last week at Roser Church. Memo-
rial donations may be made to Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or
Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. Carlson is survived by brother David Gourley of
Nags Head, N.C.; son John "Andy" and wife Mary Ronan
of Lake Villa, Ill.; daughter Ann Owens of Jackson, Ga.;
and two grandchildren.
Raymond R. Garant
Raymond R. "Frenchie" Garant died March 1. He
was born April 2, 1927, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Garant retired after 30 years at Pontiac Motors
in chassis design and was instrumental in the initial CAD
system program. He was an avid golfer, who also enjoyed
dancing, fishing, cars and spending time with family and
friends near the water.
A memorial Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday,
March 25, at St. Bernard"s Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. A Michigan memorial ser-
vice will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday June 30. Memorial
donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative
Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mr. Garant is survived by wife Evelyn; daugh-
ters Lynn and husband Ron, Laura and husband Doug,
Luanne and Lana; grandchildren Julie, Andrew, Brad-
ley, Raymond, Samantha and Brittany; brother Roger
and wife Jacky; and sisters-in-law Barbara, Yvette and
George M. McDonald
George M. McDonald, 97, formerly of Anna Maria
Island, died March 20. He was born in upstate New York
near the Canadian border and moved to Florida in the
He was a glider pilot stationed
in France while serving in the U.S.
Army Air Corps in World War II.
After the war, Mr. McDonald
had a varied career path, starting out as
an electrician then moving on to become
McDonald an entrepreneur, building and operating
diners and motels in both New York and
FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25
After Kimball's charters have caught numerous king-
fish, they're moving out to depths of 40 feet of water to
target porgies and Key West grunts. By putting cut squid
on the bottom, Kimball is catching plenty of these tasty
fish to bring home for the deep fryer.
Capt. Warren Girle fished offshore this past week for
king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia. In depths of
30-40 feet of water, Girle is getting good action on all
of these migratory species. For the macks, Girle is using
live shiners or threadfin herring to get the bite. As for
the cobia, live shrimp fished on the bottom is producing
Moving inshore to Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting
redfish. Using his trolling motor to run the shallow flats,
Girle is fishing sandy potholes, where free-lined shiners
are producing redfish up to 29 inches.
For the spotted seatrout, Girle is fishing slightly
deeper grass flats with soft plastics on a jig head. Girle's
preference is the MirrOlure Lil John in golden bream
color. Most of the trout are in the 18-20-inch range,
although Girle's clients are reeling in fish up to 25
Finally, Girle is excited to see some snook on the
end of his line. Girle says while targeting reds and trout,
he's hooking up and releasing an occasional snook the
bi.'.'I was 26 inches.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fish-
ing southern Tampa Bay catching a variety of inshore
species. Gross' charters are using live shiners to catch
migratory species, such as ladyfish and Spanish mackerel,
as well as inshore species like snook, redfish and spotted
For the macks, Gross is fishing outside Terra Ceia
Bay in depths of 5-7 feet of water. Chumming with live
shiners is bringing the macks within a targetable distance.
Once a hooked shiner hits the water, it's game time. He
says the average size on the macks is 20 inches to the
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Florida. Upon moving to Anna Maria Island in the early
'60s, he didn't find a place to open a diner, and he and
wife Vera instead opened what became one of the first
arts and craft stores in Florida and, eventually, the bip.''I. I
in the United States.
Mr. McDonald had countless close friends that
spanned his life, including Earl Mowry of Holmes Beach,
his good friend of more than 50 years.
A service was held March 23 at Serenity Gardens
Mr. McDonald is survived by son John and wife
Dixie of Gulfport, Jerry's wife Holley McDonald in
Issaquah Washington, grandchildren Kent and wife
Leah of Trussville, Ala., and Kerry and husband Tom of
Renton, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Miles, Madaline,
Sam and Molly.
SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
March 19 produced a four-way tie for first place at plus-4
between Barry Izzard, Al DiCostansa, Tom Nelson and
Bob Soos. The team of Blake Ress, Gary Silke, Dick
Mills and John Purcell won the team title at plus-5.
The day's morning match was a nine-hole, indi-
vidual-low-net match that saw Vince Mercadante, Fred
Meyer, Al Pollack, Bob Schultz and Mike Conlon finish
at 4-under-par 28in a five-way tie for first.
The women played an individual-low net-in-flight
match March 20. Sandi Tocco grabbed first place in Flight
A with a 3-under-par 29, one shot under Helen Pollack.
Joyce Brown carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first
place in Flight B. Christina Mason and Heather Pritchard
tied for second at 1-under-par 31.
Sally Keyes and Judy Ward both carded 2-unde-par
30 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Joyce Reith
took second place with an even-par 32.
Sandy Burrell's 4-under-par 28 was the low-net
round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D.
Marty Clark and Barbara Renk finished in a tie for second
place with matching 30s.
The team of Marcia Helgeson, Cindy Miller and
Mary Selby won the two-best-balls-in-play team game
with an 80 and Sue Christianson had a chip-in birdie on
McSwain tennis tourney scores love-all
The fifth annual Jimmie McSwain Mixed Doubles
Tennis Tournament was played on the Rex Hagen Courts
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center March
19 and March 20. The competition was keen and Ms.
McSwain directed another outstanding tournament.
Vance Dixon took first place in the men's division,
while Paul Phillips took second place. Peter Horrocks
and Bill Walls finished in a tie for third place.
Mary Hunter grabbed first place in the women's divi-
sion with Rosie Sizemore taking second place. Kathy
Rose, Mary Merkle, Shirly Wisniewski and Beth Wolf
tied for third place.
Special thanks from all of the attendees go to Mark
and Jean Swift for arranging the awards banquet at the
Sandbar Restaurant pavilion.
Two teams emerged from pool play during March
24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria city hall horse-
shoe pits. Octogenerians Fritz Erdich and Marvin Gagemi
taught youngsters Dom Livedoti and Adin Shank a lesson
with a 21-14 victory in the championship game.
Three teams advanced to the knockout round during
March 21 horseshoe action. John Crawford and Dom
Livedoti knocked off Bob Mason and Bob Lee 21-4 in
the final round.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Sat-
urday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmup at 8:45
a.m. is followed by random team selection.
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ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, March 30 and 31. Woodworking shop tools,
handcrafted tables, marble-top table, assorted
woods and miscellaneous computer hardware.
Items too numerous to list here. 224 Oak Ave.,
GARAGE SALE: Saturday and Sunday, March
31-April 1. Dishes, scrubs, books, Avon, cloth-
ing and more. 10323 Kingfisher Road W., Bra-
FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. Sunday, April 1. 9806
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, across from Ginny's &
Jane E's at the Old IGA. Furniture, antiques, col-
lectibles, jewelry, art, nauticals, linens and more
great treasures. Rain date the following Sunday,
SALE: 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31.
Jewelry, art, vintage hats, frames, lamps, house-
hold, men's and ladies' clothing, miscellaneous.
692 Linley St., North Longboat Key.
VILLAGE-WIDE YARD sale! 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 31. Ten sales within a few blocks.
Come to the village on the north end of Longboat
Key; pick up your treasure map from the peacock
at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broad-
way. Have fun!
SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Miscel-
laneous household items, books. 409 74th St.,
COMPLETE CONTENTS OF two-bedroom
condo. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
March 31-April 1. Everything must go! Westbay
Cove condo, 600 Manatee Ave., #130, Holmes
FURNITURE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Satur-
day and Sunday, March 30-April 1. Rattan dining
table with six chairs, sofas, sofa beds, chairs,
microwave, refrigerator, beds, dressers, antique
iron, kitchen items, miscellaneous. Priced to sell!
303 68th St., Holmes Beach.
MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, March 30-31. Lots of fun stuff, large
plants. 505 69th St., Holmes Beach.
LOST: GOLD CHAIN and cross with red stones-
was my mothers-sentimental value. Reward.
Holmes Beach. Jim, 309-781-6182.
LOST: GLASSES IN blue case. Anna Maria beach
near Gulf Drive on March 22. Please, return to
Paradise Rentals, 5201 Gulf Drive. 941-778-
LOST CAMERA: MANATEE County public beach
rest room, Friday, March 23. Sentimental, please
return at least memory card. 262-909-0908 or
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes,
certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage
drying). Personal service for you and your loved
ones. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-
1202. 5360 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens. All food and medical pro-
vided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
NEW HOME NEEDED! Beautiful cat for adoption!
Long-hair, microchip, two years, friendly.. 941-
778-0330 or 812-219-2184.
FANTASTIC DOG! Champ is 2 years old, laid
back, sweet as can be. He's up-to-date on shots,
fixed, and chipped. Rescued, he needs a happy,
loving home. Please call Moonracer Rescue,
TOYOTA SIENNA 2000 mini van: 151,000 miles,
seven passenger, front-wheel drive, air condition-
ing front and rear, privacy glass. Interior like new,
no smoke. $4,200. 941-896-5224.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-
DOCKSIDE SERVICE: PONTOON boat rental.
Professional boat-sitting. 'Always be water-
ready.' Call Dan, over 40 years in the boat busi-
COME TAKE A leisurely cruise of the Terra Ceia,
Fla., Aquatic Preserve with SeaView Ecotours.
For more Information go to: www.seaviewtours.
org or call Capt. Charlie, 941-729-1690.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for
fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in
really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone
who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mer-
cury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery.
Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
TWO SCOOPS: ANNA Maria's favorite ice cream
shoppe and coffee cafe is now hiring part-time
associates. Varied shifts available, must be able
to work nights and weekends. A great place
to work and have a little fun. Looking for a few
friendly people. Food preparation experience
a must. Apply today: Two Scoops, located in
Bayview Plaza, 101 S. Bay Blvd unit A-2, Anna
NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and bou-
tique 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.
ATTN: AREA BUSINESSES:
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5
hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941 -
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
AMI COMPUTER SOLUTIONS for computer
problems solved at your home or office. Wire-
less networking, virus/spyware prevention and
removal, repairs, software upgrades, advice and
training. Travis, 941-301-4726.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: We do individuals, small
businesses and all states. We have been in busi-
ness over thirty years. Call Pat at Kenney Tax
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experi-
ence. Handyman home repairs. Services, kitchen
and bathroom design, 24-hour emergency call-
outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.
WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior,
stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match
price, plus 10 percent off. Free estimates. 941-
"YOUR EYES HERE While You're Away" Pro-
tection Property Watch. www.Lookwhatcanhap-
pen.com. Jon Kent, 941-920-0832.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: 28 years expe-
rience, all duties, top reference, four hours or
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
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dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
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List or Buy Your Beach Place
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showing of this unique property.
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3001 Gulf Drive,
toll free 800.778.9599
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
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 con-
trol. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-
37 Years of Professional Service
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Village Green 2,500 sq. ft. 3/2, htd. pool, furnished. $249,000.
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. $1,200/month
ALREADY BOOKING FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
SOME AVAILABILITY THIS SEASON
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50% 70% off"2004-2006" PRICES
S Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (TWp Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
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Call David Teitelbaum, Realtor 941-812-4226 or
Liz Codola, Realtor 941-812-3455
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 Pinna-
cle Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.
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 private
pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pri-
vate 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, 1 BR/1 BA over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.
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DEEPWATER JIVic 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
OWNER READY FOR BUYER!
Behind the fence at 7002 Marina Drive is a
"Diamond in the Rough!" Good beginnings to
refurbish into a charming home as roof, central
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
BY OWNER to vacant lot price. ONLY $299,000.
Quick closing possible, not a short sale.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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SA D A S I DS
WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton
Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-
ANNUAL RENTAL. 1BR/1BA, nicely furnished,
900 sf elevated duplex, wraparound deck. 1.3
miles to Anna Marie Island via Cortez Bridge.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT GROUND-floor
home: 2BR/2BA, dock. 941-779-9094 or 703-
587-4675. 109 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach.
www.annamariaislandnow.com. E-mail: bayrest@
WANT TO GET the home office out of the house?
Office suite available, approximately 250 sf, elec-
tric and water included, only $500/month, no
deposit. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-
AVAILABLE EASTER WEEK! 1 BR/1 BA apartment
directly across from Gulf in Holmes Beach. Newly
appointed, fresh and clean! $800/week plus tax.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND waterfront: Adorable
one-bedroom cottage on the bay with dock.
$1,495/month. Annual lease. Parking for one car
WATERFRONT BRADENTON BEACH: Cozy
one-room cottage, cathedral ceiling, washer and
dryer, perfect for one person without much stuff,
$850/month. Annual lease. 941-779-0289.
BEACH RENTAL: GULFFRONT complex: due to
cancellation. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, available
DIRECT GULFFRONT: RARELY available
2BR/2.5BA updated one-family residence in
north Holmes Beach. Dec.1-May 1, 2013. Call
Dave, 9414-720-0089, Realtor.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 1 BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 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/1 BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-
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.
FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA,
extra bonus room. Across the street from Bra-
denton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and bay
access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-3875.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BAtwo-car garage
with gated entry. Large "D" model. Updated
kitchen, bathroom, appliances and floors. Close
to beaches, Robinson Preserve. $120,000. Call
John Rehmann, Realtor, 941-720-7519.
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks
to sandy beaches. Price reduced to $499,000!
Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour www.
DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and fixer-
uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaForeclosures.
com for a free list of properties available now.
HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER of the lowest-
priced 3BR/2BA property on Anna Maria Island
with private heated pool, garage and new con-
struction said, "Barry, I want to sell this now ...
drop the price $30,000." Not a condo. 300 block
in Holmes Beach. Zoned R2. Now only $449,000.
Call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500. Island Vacation
EXQUISITE 1BR/1BA TRAILER near Bridge
Street. Large deck overlooking Intracoastal
Waterway, Bradenton Beach. By appointment,
INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY CONDO: Imperial
House, B-16. 1BR/1BA, 664 sf, deeded, beach
access, heated pool, clubhouse, 55-plus com-
munity. $129,900. Call 941-896-8042 or 321-
299-4344. 611 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
OPEN HOUSE CORTEZ Park: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. 12507 Cortez
Road W. Act now. Tour of homes/lots located
on the north end of Sarasota Bay within walking
distance of the beach. This 55-plus pet-friendly
co-op community in historic Cortez Village offers
fishing, boating, marina, restaurants to come and
some of the prettiest sunsets. Pricing starts at
$75,000. Lots available for new units or just add
to the charm of an existing unit. Contact Jeff or
Sue, 941-794-1221. Ww.cortezparkfl.com.
IRONWOOD CONDO: $59,999.1 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.
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Great income prop-
erty. Each unit in
this duplex offers
2BR/2BA, a laundry
room, and your own
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TWO-FOR-ONE SPECIAL By Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz
4 Black cloud
9 Unresponsive state
13 A flat equivalent
thriller set in
21 It's all downhill
22 Nation bordering
23 Ordeal that's no
25 Gaze upon
26 It's much
27 Large cloth sign
with nothing on
29 Toy hammer?
34 Ending with sex
35 Seek redress
36 "Anything ___?"
37 Potential pet
38 Smartphone buy
40 Swine's diet
42 Full range
45 "So that's your
46 Gulf of Oman
50 Soft yet easily
57 "Save Me" singer
58 Break in logic
59 Fire starter?
60 Magic, for
64 European of the
65 In days gone by
68 "Ride 'em,
70 In its current
71 "As if that
72 Perpetually, to
73 What only one
winner has had
74 In the distance
75 Dieter's target
76 "The cat's meow"
or "a dog's life"
78 "___ Eyes" (1969
hit for the Guess
79 Big house that's
not as big?
82 Site of one of the
83 Rower's need
84 "I hate the Moor"
85 Young builder's
87 Point of rotation
92 Casino souvenir
97 Back stroke?
99 Goddess of gas?
102 Get part of
one's shirt under
106 Poppies, e.g.
108 What the
does in Greek
114 Dressage gait
115 Noisy water
116 Old Soviet
naval base site
117 Vodka brand
1 Early enough
2 At the back
3 Ones going on a
4 Old machinery
5 Actress Vardalos
7 "You know
8 Belarus, once:
9 Venae ___ (large
10 It can make you
11 Yom Kippur War
14 The Andrea
Doria, for one
16 King of Naples in
17 Cheese off
18 Baseball team
once owned by
20 Like kiwi fruit
24 With proficiency
four times a yr.
31 "Lou Grant"
32 Caribbean resort
33 Army heads
38 Pledge of
39 Like most canned
41 Defensive return
42 Reacted to
43 "Watch your
44 Took a few
46 They're not
49 Phoebe of "Drop
51 Sunni sermonizer
system of old
53 Exchanged, as
54 Reckless driver's
55 Becomes clear
61 More copious
62 Wisdom tooth,
64 Caesar's first
80 Can of Newcastle
81 Young chap
82 ___ Bud,
"The Mystery of
86 M.A. seeker's
87 Director and star
of "Looking for
88 Free of creases
89 Shaw defined it
92 Holder of
93 Regarding this
94 How Sam's Club
95 Free tickets
99 George Jetson's
101 Outside shot?
103 Cry often made
105 Read but never
109 "Too many to
111 Launch platform
112 Record with
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65 Maker of Bug-B-
67 Adds, as to a
68 Print shop unit
69 Salty language
72 Interrupter of
75 Kentucky Derby
and Epsom Oaks,
76 Old sofa's
77 Concerned about