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VOLUME 20, NO. 24
APRIL 18. 2012 FREE
DEP issues findings, fines for mangrove trimming
consider their parking
choices. Page 6
Former Islander Viens
heads to trialfor
wife's murder. Page 3
Holmes Beach down-
town redo proposed.
Tingley Library read-
ies for readers.
to Bradenton Beach
By Kathy Prucnell
A large swathe of mangroves was ille-
gally trimmed on the bayfront at 28th Street in
Holmes Beach without a permit, violating the
state statute that protects the shore-lui_' ._'iill'
The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection issued its findings in two letters,
one April 4 to Roderick L. Parsons of Ripley,
W.Va., proposing a settlement of $2,000 plus
$250 in costs and, a second similar letter April
5 to Sunset Tree Service of Bradenton, propos-
ing a payment of $1,000 plus $250 costs to
settle the violations.
"Although there are no actions to correct
the violation, you remain subject to civil pen-
alties as a result of the violation," as well as
the costs incurred in the DEP investigation,
according to letters signed by Gary S. Colec-
chio, DEP southwest district director.
Approximately 6,600 square feet of
mangroves were altered "within the land-
ward extent of Grassy Point Bayou," accord-
ing to the DEP correspondence. The figure
was reduced from its original 9,500-square-
foot estimate after DEP officials checked
the measurements with a global positioning
system, according to DEP spokesperson Ana
An inspection report dated Feb. 15 states
that Parsons hired the Bradenton contractor
to cut mangroves across the street from his
28th Street property on land owned by Cedar
Hames of Tierra Verde.
Letters dated Feb. 29 warning of the
possible violations were sent to Parsons and
Hames. A similar letter was sent March 21
to Miguel Guevara of Sunset Tree Service,
according to Gibbs.
She said the investigation concluded,
"based on our conversation with Mr. Hames,
it appears he was unaware of the trimming of
She said the DEP would not pursue Hames
for the mangrove trimming.
The recent letters to Guevara and Parsons
refer to the proposed settlement as a "short-form
consent order" and, if signed, would "acknowl-
edge and waive" rights to an administrative
HB tree house
rejected by DEP
The Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection rejected the "minor activity"
argument posed by Angelinos Sea Lodge,
103 29th St., Holmes Beach, and determined
a tree house built at the lodge on the beach is
not exempt from state environmental laws.
Angelinos owners now have two choices
and a week to resolve the matter, according
to the DEP
See story, page 2.
Approximately 6,600 square 6,600 square feet
feel of Irimrrmed marngrc, e; of mangroves were
illegally cut on the
bayfront at 28th
ing to the Florida
., Protection. Origi-
nally thought to be
a larger area, the
s. DEP concluded
Sthe illegally cut
S a mangroves were
Sas shown here.
hearing otherwise available to appeal the DEP
Parsons was given until May 18 to pay
$2,250 to the DEP
Guevara and Sunset Tree Service were
given until May 9 to pay the first $250 install-
ment of five consecutive monthly payments.
State law prohibits a person from altering or
trimming any mangroves "within the landward
extent of wetlands and other surface waters"
except by permit.
No such permit had been obtained for the
mangrove work performed on 28th Street.
After DEP's inspection of the unauthorized
mangrove trimming, it reported the "impacted
fringe was approximately 16-20 plus feet in pre-
trimmed height. At the completion of the altera-
tion, it appears the trees were reduced to a final
height of approximately 5 feet."
The Feb. 15 report also described the fringe
as comprised of mostly black mangroves and
white mangroves with an average diameter of
PLEASE SEE MANGROVES, PAGE 2
Arizona crime suspect arrested in Anna Maria
WWII vets ret
Anna Maria 6
starts up. Pag
By Rick Catlin
A reputed Phoenix gang member was
turn from arrested last week in Anna Maria by Manatee
.Page County Sheriff's Office Deputy Matt Kiernan
of the MCSO-AM substation for three war-
BiZ rants out of Arizona after a routine traffic stop
,, ,rf's Office
Deputy Matt Kier-
iner. nan of the MCSO
Anna Maria substa-
tion talks April 11 to
discusses Juan Carlos Her-
lems. nandez-Rafael, 32,
(inside vehicle) after
arresting Hernandez -H
Page 23 on several Arizona
warrants following 15
ball a routine traffic stop
ge 24 in the 9400 block of
Gulf Drive. Islander
. Page 25 Photo: Rick Catlin
led to discovery of the warrants.
MCSO Sgt. Dave Turner, who heads the
substation, said Juan Carlos Rafael-Herandez,
32, is wanted in Arizona for human trafficking,
money laundering and possession of narcotics.
Hemandez was stopped by Kieman around
4 p.m. April 11 in the 9200 block of Gulf Drive
for transporting a large load of landscape refuse
piled high and over the sides of a pickup truck.
Turner said that when Kiernan ran the man's
name and fingerprint through a law enforcement
7 computer, it returned three
outstanding warrants in Phoe-
S nix (Maricopa County), along
S* with information that Hernan-
dez is a known gang member
and an illegal immigrant from
Hernandez Kiernan then arrested Hernan-
dez, who did not have a Flor-
ida driver's license, and took him to the Manatee
County jail, where he was booked pending noti-
fication of Arizona law enforcement officials.
Turner said Hernandez would be extradited
to Arizona, and would not be granted bail while
in Manatee County custody.
Kiernan said in his report that at the time of
the arrest, Hernandez said he was working for
a construction company on Anna Maria Island.
The company was not identified.
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2 0 APRIL 18, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
DEP rejects lodge owner's beachfront tree house
By Kathy Prucnell
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
has rejected the "minor activity" argument of Angelinos
Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, and determined
a tree house built fronting the lodge on the beach is not
exempt from state environmental laws.
"It is the department's charge or responsibility to
determine whether specific activities are exempt from
the department's permitting requirements," DEP bureau
of beaches and coastal system environmental manager
Jim Martinello wrote in an April 5 letter.
"Thus, neither you nor your client can determine that
certain activity is exempt and does not require department
approval prior to construction," Martinello wrote.
To resolve the matter, Martinello told Angelinos'
attorney, David M. Levin, "your client must either apply
for and be granted an after-the fact permit or remove the
structure from the area seaward of the coastal construc-
tion control line." The letter also states the application
must be received within 21 days or the structure is to be
The recent DEP letter also invited Angelinos to pro-
vide any information from a qualified professional engi-
neer, adding that "at this time the department does not
agree that the structure is exempt."
The DEP advised the owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge
Dec. 14 to voluntarily remove the resort's wood-frame
deck structure and restore all affected dune areas within
30 days. That DEP warning letter advised after-the-fact
permitting was unlikely.
DEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller characterized the
warning letter as "preliminary," and "if an application is
submitted, it will be reviewed and processed to determine
whether the structure is permissible or not."
Levin had responded to the December letter in Febru-
ary, saying there was no measurable impact on the natural
function of the coastal system because the structure, but
for the wooden pilings, was supported by an Australian
Martinello's letter says, "the structure also is sup-
ported by four 12-inch diameter wooden pilings with
Following a complaint about the structure this fall,
the city of Holmes Beach referred the matter to the DEP
The city also advised Angelinos' owner, Richard Hazen,
that engineering plans and a survey would be required
before it would consider a "letter of no objection" from
the city, typically required before a DEP permit applica-
tion is considered.
The city's concerns over the construction relate to
the buildings stability, safety and ability to withstand
hurricane-force winds, according to David Forbes, city
code enforcement officer.
Angelinos includes four vacation rentals and, accord-
ing to Hazen's wife, Huong Lynn Tran, the tree house was
built as a private place to read, write, relax and dine.
S' Supported by
a tree house
on the beach
t ,,103 29th
MANGROVES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
5 inches, an average depth of 75 linear feet and length of
126 linear feet.
The mangrove alteration was first noticed by Janet
Fitzgerald, who regularly walks her dog on 28th Street.
She noted a marked difference in the mangroves, and
told Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen in January
about her discovery.
Fitzgerald has lived on the Island since the 1970s,
and said she values the mangroves "for the shade, wildlife
nesting and spawning areas, and the coastal protection
On learning of the DEP findings, Fitzgerald said
April 10 that while she didn't wish the neighbor any ill
will, she was glad to see DEP's enforcement can "really
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Witness says ex-Holmes Beach resident killed wife
By Rick Catlin
A Los Angeles County judge has ordered former
Holmes Beach resident David Viens, 48, to stand trial
for second degree murder after hearing testimony in a
preliminary hearing April 11 in which several witnesses
said Viens admitted to them he killed his wife, Dawn
Viens, 48, a former Holmes Beach
resident who along with his wife owned
4m S-p the Beach City Market on Gulf Drive
in Bradenton Beach, killed his wife in
October 2009 by taping her mouth shut,
Viens' girlfriend said in the Los Angeles
Viens County courtroom last week.
The girlfriend, Kathy Galvan, told the
court she became involved with Viens in 2009 after he
told her Dawn had left him and was not coming back.
Viens' daughter from a previous marriage, Jacqueline
Viens, testified in court her father also told her Dawn had
left him and returned to Florida. She said he made her
send text messages to Dawn's friends stating "This is
Dawn. I'm OK."
One night after both had been drinking vodka, Jac-
queline Viens said her father broke down and told her
he had taped Dawn's mouth shut and tied her up one
night because she wanted to talk, while he was trying to
"He said when he woke up, Dawn was dead. He was
But Viens did not reveal what he had done with the
body, Jacqueline Viens said.
David and Dawn had operated the Thyme Contem-
porary Cafe in Lomita, Calif., at the time of her disap-
Viens original story to police in 2009 was that Dawn
had left him. After he was arrested in 2012, he admitted
killing his wife to police, but has claimed it was an acci-
dent and he was drunk at the time.
He told police he fell asleep drunk one night after
taping her mouth shut when she refused to be quiet. When
he woke up, she had apparently vomited, but was unable
to breath, he told investigators.
Viens was not arrested during initial interviews with
police in 2009 when he said his wife had left him, but two
years later, after a newspaper reported he was the prime
suspect in the case.
Viens then attempted suicide by jumping off a
100-foot-high cliff following a high-speed chase by
police looking to arrest him for the murder. Viens later
claimed he became distraught after reading the report that
identified him as a suspect, Galvan said.
He survived the fall and is now confined to a wheel-
While he was in the hospital recovering from the
suicide attempt, prosecutors said he admitted killing his
wife, but said it was an accident.
Viens has declined to tell police what he did with
the body. His attorney, Fred McCurry, had argued for a
charge of manslaughter, but the request was denied by
Judge Maria Villa de la Longoria.
The couple owned a home in Holmes Beach and
operated the Beach City Market in Bradenton Beach from
In January 2005, police raided the Viens home and
arrested David Viens on suspicion of possession of more
than 1,000 pounds of marijuana within 1,000 feet of
(Anna Maria Elementary) school, possession of opium,
possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and pos-
session of a firearm.
His wife was not charged in that case, saying at the
time her husband was just the "middle man" in a nation-
wide drug inul,'lin, operation.
On April 25, 2005, the Florida state's attorney
dropped all charges against Viens in exchange for his
cooperation in giving evidence against others involved
in the inu,_'lini' and sales operation.
No trial date was set after de la Longoria issued her
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4 E APRIL 18, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
HB mayor announces re-election bid M aeetIlgs
By Kathy Prucnell
Saying April 10 he's "no longer undecided" at a
work session of the Holmes Beach City Commission,
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger declared his intent to run for
re-election in November.
Bohnenberger said last month
he did not yet know whether he'd run.
He has since received phone calls
from supporters and decided to run,
The mayor is a non-voting
member of the commission and
serves as the chief executive officer
of the city.
Bohnenberger has been mayor since 2006, and previ-
ously served both as a city commissioner and mayor.
He was first elected as a city commissioner in 1993,
elected as mayor in 1994 and served until 1996. He ran
HB resident confronts commissioners
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach resident Judy Titsworth confronted
the city commission April 10 asking why the city
allowed the construction of two docks on property
neighboring hers in the single-family residential zone
of the city.
Titsworth said she came to the meeting because her
e-mail to commissioners inquiring about the docks at
5311 Sunrise Lane was unanswered.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger replied, saying it's
"because it's in the hands of the DEP right now," referring
to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
which has jurisdiction and requires permits for docks in
Anna Maria Sound.
"Why did the city issue permits when it's against the
state setbacks?" Titsworth asked.
The mayor replied the dock in question "was not in
Titsworth pointed to the city's website as suggesting
the city polices for state compliance.
Last year, the one-story home next door to hers
was demolished and a new three-story home was con-
structed on one portion of the lot. After the home, came
a new dock, then another. Then an extension was added
to the second dock. For all of the construction, permits
were issued by the city, not the DEP, she said.
Titsworth's dock issue includes questioning whether
the development at 5311 Sunrise Lane supports two sepa-
"In the practical sense, there are really two lots here,"
public works superintendent Joe Duennes said, "I suspect
not all attorneys would agree."
According to DEP spokesperson Ana Gibbs, the
investigation is ongoing and "setbacks from the riparian
lines may potentially be an issue."
Gibbs wrote, "Docking facilities on sovereign lands
need to comply" with state administrative code rules.
"There are exceptions, such as getting waivers from the
adjacent property owner."
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again for commissioner, and served in this capacity from
1999 to 2006.
In addition to the mayor, the terms of two commis-
sioners, John Monetti and Sandy Haas-Martens, also will
expire this fall. Both have previously said they intend to
run for re-election.
Any candidate seeking election in the Nov. 6 general
election must first "qualify" by an in-person visit between
noon June 4 and noon June 8 with city clerk Stacey John-
ston at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Candidates must reside in the city for two years prior
to qualifying for office, be a voter and present a petition
of 15 city voter signatures. In addition, state election code
requires certain forms and pay an assessment fee equal
to 1 percent of the annual salary of the office $120 for
the mayor and $60 for commissioner or file an "undue
Holmes Beach commissioners and the mayor are
elected for two-year terms.
Anna Maria City
April 18, 2:30 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Offi-
April 26, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
April 18, 1 p.m., community redevelopment
April 18, 1:30 p.m., CIP/city commission.
April 19, 10 a.m., city pier team.
April 19, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
April 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board.
April 24, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 26, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
April 24, 9 a.m., county commission.
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.
April 28, 9 a.m., pension board meeting.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
April 23, 9:45 a.m., Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation, at University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee
campus, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sara-
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2012 5 5
Business owner offers HB downtown remake
By Kathy Prucnell
It's about making Holmes Beach more walkable, and
"eat, play and stay" not just increased tourism.
Amy Welch, Holmes Beach Merchants Association
president and owner of Acqua Aveda hair salon, intro-
duced a concept plan to remake the downtown commer-
cial district April 10 to the Holmes Beach City Com-
mission, and a consensus of commissioners agreed she
should continue working on the plan.
"I'm not trying to make it what it's not," Welch said.
"I'm just trying to love it."
Welch said the plan grew out of"jealousy," watching
other Island cities develop their business districts and
thinking, "why aren't we paying more attention to what's
happening in our own backyards?"
The plan proposes changes in city-owned property
and rights of way, starting north from Sunrise Lane at
Gulf Drive to past Island Real Estate on Marina Drive.
Welch told commissioners her plan calls for a water-
front park, green areas, benches, lighting, sidewalks and
a traffic circle. It looks to connect shopping areas and
improve traffic flow.
"I know you've all noticed how bad the traffic has
been," Welch said.
Commissioned by the merchants association, the plan
was designed by Gary Hoyt of Hoyt Architects, Sarasota,
whose work includes the Main Street project at Lake-
Landscape architect Peter Keenan, also of Hoyt,
The business association's plan for downtown Holmes
Beach includes more green space and a roundabout at
Marina and Gulf drives. Islander Courtesy Photo
engineer Christopher Bolyard of Bolyard Consulting also
contributed to the project, Welch said.
"This is a real drawing," she said, adding the group
is "ready to hit the trail for money" and listed numerous
entities as potential grant sources, including the Metro-
politan Planning Organization, Florida Scenic Highway
Program and BP "I'm writing grants right now."
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he spoke to the MPO
and, "just like the bicycle path," the possibility of future
funding would be several years out, although the city
could consider allocating its gas-tax revenue.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said "maybe
we should start the process to get on a list."
Welch said she's taken input from HBPD Police
Chief Jay Romine, the mayor and other officials, and is
now looking to the commission for direction.
Commissioner Jean Peelen complimented her on
taking on the project, indicating she's disappointed by
downtown's current condition.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens voiced a con-
cern about the proposed two-lane roadway absent
turn lanes and the traffic circle to replace the existing
intersection at Gulf and Marina drives.
She pointed out the fire department might have diffi-
culty turning in a smaller roadway, and suggested talking
with West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price.
"I'm not saying it's not a good plan," Haas-Martens
said after the meeting, adding "it's just there are questions
on logistics and feasibility."
After the meeting, Welch said her next step will be
to prepare a budget.
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Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.
Stop already. Put the gear in neutral and take a
moment to think.
There's an old Yogi Berra-ism that goes, "When
you come to a fork in the road, take it."
So here we are. It's a good point in the journey to
look back and think about how far we've come.
Reporter Rick Catlin used to say Anna Maria had
been having parking problems since the first car drove
across the bridge to the Island and headed north.
And while that may be true, the issue hasn't been
raised since the northernmost city approved beach street
parking on alternate sides of the street on alternate
Still other parking problems on a small island with
narrow, short streets and the jewel of Manatee County
- the beach are to be expected.
In Anna Maria, the city bought six vacant lots across
from the city pier where cars had historically parked
even before the city purchase although commissioners
had no clear purpose for the property's eventual use.
For some time now, parking has been limited to
about half the open space, and the result is people driv-
ing around and looking for a parking spot.
We have long advocated for a park with picnic
tables on the northeast side of the pier where now it
would front the new boardwalk and parking on the
larger area, the vacant lots.
It may be too late. The six city lots may no longer
be sufficient to meet the public parking need.
Moving down to Holmes Beach, parking at the
Manatee Public Beach is under stress, as evidenced by
frequent days with cars parked along the approach to
the beach on Manatee Avenue.
It seems improvements to the city-owned, county
run beach gobble up parking, a little bit at a time, such
as the expanded trolley turn-around. This parking lot
could benefit from engineering with an eye to increase
parking and eliminate accessory uses. And it needs
some tender-loving care and landscaping in place of
hundreds of gray bollards.
Moving to Bradenton Beach, where much talk has
centered on solving parking problems for the historic
business district Bridge Street the most recent
solution was thwarted by one business owner.
At some expense for their business, Bridge Street
Bistro proposed to back a valet parking plan to benefit
all area merchants and then its landlord, after all the city
planning and wrangling, said no. No valet parking. No
test for the valet plan. And no valid reasoning.
And that put the gears of progress in park.
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Open letter to
Anna Maria Island:
We started coming to Anna Maria Island about eight
years ago. We have fallen in love with this quiet, rest-
ful and historic community. One of the first things we
noticed was the historic homes. Some were close to
100 years old. They had a charm and heritage that is
being lost every day in other places around the United
Even as I write this letter, it is my understanding
that these homes are under attack. These extraordinary
homes are being torn down in order for three-story rent-
als to take their place. Not only does this affect the sight
lines around the Island, it also destroys the history and
beauty of the island.
Communities are created by their history and Anna
Maria Island is known for "cracker box" homes, the
wonderful clean and quiet beaches and the city piers.
In destroying these homes, you also attack the vegeta-
tion and habitat of the creatures that live on Anna Maria
As someone who works daily with the preserva-
tion of history, it would be our desire to see the historic
traditions of Anna Maria Island preserved.
We see your Island as a pleasant family-centered
community, someplace where you would want to return
on regular basis.
To try and turn this beautiful place into a spring
break-party destination would totally destroy the appeal
of the Island.
It is our opinion that the quiet family-centered
neighborhoods are the real draw of the Island.
The people living on the Island are friendly and
very respectful of us visitors to their little piece of
We understand the reason these homes are pos-
sibly being destroyed are overly strict building codes
that make it almost impossible to renovate them for
rental cottages or resale. We are hopeful the city,
community and contractors can come to some agree-
ment to save these historic homes.
Debra Loguda Summers, president Missouri Asso-
ciation for Museums and Archives; curator, Museum of
Are you kidding me?
I was recently in a mansion on Bimini Bay on the
Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes. It was the tallest
house on the block except for another mansion being
built by the same builders.
Touring this house made me realize the building
codes on Anna Maria Island have become very lax.
Some builders are re-interpreting height restrictions,
setbacks, lot coverage, the 50-50 rule and creating living
space on FEMA-restricted first levels. Some builders
on this island must feel they can interpret the codes for
their own purposes (i.e. making a quick "buck"). It is
unfortunate that these mega-mansions will ultimately
ruin our Island.
If these builders are not stopped, there will be
dire consequences for Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
This will devalue homes, increase taxes and
increase insurance rates. A number of these proper-
ties have been and are being built as multi-family
Please, tell the city staff to get new glasses and an
accurate measuring tape. Let's form a committee to help
restrict and tighten up the building code language before
our quaint little Island ends up wall-to-wall vacation
Debbie Danziger, Holmes Beach
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Tingley Library ready for overflow
By Mark Young
Island residents won't go without satisfaction for
their need to read.
With the announcement that the Manatee County
Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach is closing
May 1 for renovations, the Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, is preparing to
welcome Island Branch Library regulars.
"We welcome everybody to come and see our
library, which is run by friendly and helpful volun-
teers," said library clerk Eveann Adams. "We don't
know how many new visitors to expect, but I hope they
will come and like the quaint look of our library."
Tingley Memorial Library is not part of the county
library system, so is not dependent on tax dollars. It is
run mostly by volunteers and exists off the interest of
a $500,000 foundation established by Beulah Tingley.
The money was left in Tingley's will to build a reading
room, which has evolved into today's modern library
over the decades.
Adams said that with the temporary closing of the
Island Branch Library, "It would be nice for people
on the Island to see ours. Summer is usually our slow
time once the snowbirds are gone, so I don't know
what to expect, but we will be prepared."
The Island Branch Library will undergo $200,000
in renovations and is expected to be closed through
Tingley is often called one of Bradenton Beach's
best-kept secrets, but Adams hopes the secret is out.
"A lot of people still aren't aware of us," she said.
"Not a week goes by that someone comes by and says,
'I didn't know this was here.'"
The library, located just off of Gulf Drive behind
Bradenton Beach City Hall is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday.
"We usually close a little earlier during the summer,
but we want to be prepared for an influx of people so
we don't have plans to close early at this point," said
Tingley Library in Bradenton Beach hopes to fill the
gap while the Holmes Beach Island Branch Library
is closed. Islander Photo: Mark Young
Adams. "We hope people will find our surroundings
pleasant and I've been told that we often have books
here that people can't find at the other library."
Membership is $3 a year. With that small fee,
library-goers can check out up to three books at a time.
The maximum check out does not include puzzles,
magazines and paperbacks. Children under 14 are free
with a sponsoring adult.
The library has \c llthingi today's library-goers
expect from all genres, to movies, audio books, local
newspapers, tourist information, copier services, free
Internet access and more. Computers also are offered
for those without one.
The library also has a conference room. One that
can be reserved at no cost.
The Island Branch origami group will continue
their activities at Tingley, as well, according to
"We are hoping more people will be made aware
that we are here and come help support us," said
For more information on Tingley, call 941-770-
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Headlines from the April 17,
2002, issue of The Islander
An informal public meeting in Anna Maria to dis-
cuss the city resuming control of Bayfront Park from
Manatee County ended in a slew of accusations against
Commissioner John Michaels. Resident Rick DeFrank
accused Michaels of wanting to build condominiums at
the park. Former Commissioner Tom Skoloda suggested
the city would rezone the park commercial, allowing
Great Lakes Dock & Dredge completed beach
renourishment of more than half the shore in Holmes
Beach in less than a week, said Manatee County natural
resources director Charlie Hunsicker, and the project
was nearly three weeks ahead of schedule. He antici-
pated renourishment in Bradenton Beach would begin
in a few days.
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye sunk a pro-
posal by Hovercraft Inc. to operate a shuttle between
Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County and Anna Maria
because it would operate in an area Bayfront Park
- zoned for open space and recreation. Dye noted the
company could still operate from a commercial entity,
such as the Rod & Reel Pier, but would need to negoti-
ate for landing rights and apply for a city permit.
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BB P&Z shoots down ELRA-city dune agreement
By Mark Young
At its April 10 public hearing, the Bradenton Beach
Planning and Zoning Board voted to recommend the city
reject the proposed joint development agreement with
ELRA, the corporation which owns the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The JDA was entered into March 1 when city com-
missioners approved the agreement designed to construct
a protective dune system across from city hall, 107 Gulf
In exchange for the agreement, ELRA agreed to pick
up the lion's share of the project's costs, which includes
the creation of a parking lot. ELRA would gain additional
parking spaces for the restaurant, and the city also would
have some added parking.
The primary sticking point for the zoning board was
the parking lot, which the majority of the members felt
violated the city's comprehensive land-use plan, and a
city ordinance which denies development on renourished
After a kn gil) question-and-answer session with
building official Steve Gilbert and project engineer Lynn
Townsend-Burett, the board recommended rejection of
the project 4-1.
Board member Patricia White, who voted against the
rejection, was not necessarily for the project, but didn't
want to cast a vote without more information.
P&Z board member Bill Shearon motioned to table
the issue to continue discussion on the project, but that
motion failed 3-2 with White also in favor of a continu-
"I feel it's not as simple as accepting or rejecting,"
said Shearon. "I can't vote for or against recommendation
without all my questions answered."
Board member Jo Ann Meilner said there was noth-
ing further to discuss, saying the project was a clear viola-
tion of the city's land-use codes.
"I think it violates too many sections of the code to
be approved," she said.
P&Z chair Rick Bisio said the dune restoration part
of the project was a positive, but the proposal to eliminate
or relocate the park to make room for a parking lot was
not. Bisio said any intention to move or eliminate the
park area would require a referendum.
"I look at it and two things are clear," he said. "Dune
P&Z recommends, city
final say on plan.
restoration is a positive. I think it's something we want.
Converting the city park to a parking lot is a big negative
and that's fairly clear."
Bisio said, "What we are looking at here is a single
proposal. I don't think we can vote on these pieces sepa-
rately, because it's been presented as a single project. So
we accept, deny or feel additional time will make a differ-
ence to our opinions and continue this to a later date."
Meilner moved to reject the project.
"I don't think we can find any new information that
would change that this land use is (zoned) preservation,"
she said. "You can't convince me that you can build a
parking lot on preservation."
White brought up the existing BeachHouse valet
parking, saying parking already exists on the beach.
"It does exist," said Meilner, "but that doesn't mean
it's a legal parking lot. You can continue to run a red light,
Steve Gilbert and
gI project engineer
I Lynn Townsend-
to the April 10
public hearing to
Review the dune-
Beach City Hall.
but that doesn't mean it's going to eventually be legal.
That (existing) parking lot is illegal."
Bisio said there were too many concerns to warrant
"I personally don't think city property should have
a) Illill to do with this," he said. "If it came back in a
different form, I might look at it differently."
With Meilner's motion to recommend denial on the
table, the board voted to reject the project proposal.
The P&Z board is a recommending board and the
matter will next be taking up by city commissioners at
their May 3 meeting.
Several factors can take place before the commission
vote. Those involved with planning the project can work
on the concerns of the P&Z before presenting the plan to
The commissioners have the right to disregard P&Z
recommendations completely, or take into account those
concerns in either approving or denying the project.
"I sure hope the mayor and commissioners will listen
to the tape of this meeting, take into account documents
presented, and consider the reasons why we are rejecting
this," said Shearon.
Sea turtle group also opposes ELRA-city dune project
By Mark Young
A key selling point in the city of Bradenton Beach's
partnership with ELRA, the corporation headed by Ed
Chiles and owner of the BeachHouse Restaurant, to con-
struct a dune across from city hall has been enhancing
sea-turtle nesting habitat.
During the April 10 public hearing on the joint
development agreement between the city and ELRA
of the planning and zoning board, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive
director Suzi Fox said the city's
argument for the dunes should not
be made in the name of sea-turtle
Fox spoke at the hearing and
told P&Z board members that this is
not the first time this project has been
"The initial dune project came about
in 2007 and I was at that meeting with the city," said Fox.
"This dune was thought up so we could have parking on
Fox said that since AMITW began collecting data,
there have been 88 nesting sites and false crawls at the
proposed development site.
"I felt then that parking in that area was not a good
thing," she said. "We are talking about sacrificing 88
habitats for a private restaurant to make more money.
I want to see businesses expand, but it reaches a point
where you can't do it anymore."
Fox said there were two recorded nests in the pro-
posed development area last year.
"Be cautious about what you are doing," she said.
The city's argument for sea turtle protection has
been that the dune would provide more protection by
shielding headlights from Gulf Drive that may cause
hatchlings to be disoriented, and the dune would pro-
vide a barrier from foot traffic that could encroach on
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A turtle nest shares the beach in Holmes Beach.
And still more opposition
Fox wasn't the only person who spoke out against
the project during public comment at the P&Z meeting.
Former city commissioner Janie Robertson also
opposed the plan. Robertson said the city may not be
able to afford the long-term costs of the dune system.
"I have a history of planning, zoning and develop-
ment in this city," she said. "I also have experience look-
ing at dune projects and what happens to them."
Robertson said the dune would become a budget-
ary concern to the city and cited those concerns "among
many of my objections to this project. (The city) would
be responsible for maintaining their portion of the prop-
erty for at least 10 years. I feel it would be impossible
for the city to maintain it for that amount of time."
Robertson said dunes shift and move and what's
not being taking into account are additional expenses of
having to install retention obstacles to keep shifting sands
off of the proposed parking lot.
"And you wouldn't be able to use (Community Rede-
velopment Agency) funds," she said. "CRA funds can only
be used for the creation of a project, not to maintain it. The
city would have to budget money every year to maintain
something that is alive and moving on its own."
Robertson also said she was not in favor of giving
city property to allow the flow of traffic through a com-
mercial parking lot.
Building official Steve Gilbert reiterated the city's
position that parking is secondary to the project's main
goal of the dune project which is designed to protect
city hall and Gulf Drive from storm surge.
P&Z member Bill Shearon said the design of the
dune system may or may not protect city hall, but it
wasn't going to protect private citizens on Gulf Drive.
"The dunes running south aren't connecting to other
dunes," he said. "All that's going to happen is the flow
would take water (away from city hall) and impact private
Shearon also objected to the project, saying it con-
flicts with the Scenic Waves committee's "vision plan,
which spent $25,000 on that plan."
Shearon said BeachHouse Restaurant owner Ed
Chiles was on the committee when the vision plan was
created. Shearon also said $4,000 was spent by CRA in
creating the small park in the proposed development area
and the project would require CRA to spend city tax dol-
Dune project engineer Lynn Townsend-Burett said
the city's position was not to expand parking, but to
enhance public safety.
"It's about enhancing turtle and public safety," she
said. "You have the ability to address the parking con-
cerns in your recommendations, but that's not what this
project is about."
P&Z chair Rick Bisio said the way the project was
presented as a complete project, including parking, the
board had no choice but to address the parking, "which
is obviously against the comprehensive land-use plan."
The P&Z board voted to recommend the city deny
the agreement, but commissioners will have the final say,
as the P&Z is a recommending board.
The city commission will address the agreement at its
May 3 meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2012 0 9
City argues dune project not about parking lot
By Mark Young
The proposed dune creation across from Braden-
ton Beach City Hall has been viewed as a positive step
toward protecting not only city hall, but Gulf Drive, the
city's primary evacuation route during severe storms.
The sticking point in the joint development agree-
ment between the city and ELRA, the corporation that
owns the BeachHouse Restaurant across from city hall,
has been to include a parking lot.
The agreement would create easements for both par-
ties, allowing ELRA to expand parking for the restaurant,
provide five parking spaces to the city and open the door
for dune construction.
Building official Steve Gilbert and project engineer
Lynn Townsend-Burett argued the city's position at the
April 10 planning and zoning board public hearing.
"There are several components making up this appli-
cation," said Townsend-Burett. "The major element is
the dune system. A local mitigation strategy was put
together by the county and cities several years ago, but
the funding has never been in place."
ELRA is proposing to pay more than $200,000 to
the city's $46,000 to construct the dune system. What it
wants in exchange is additional parking, she said.
"(Florida Department of Environmental Protection)
had already adopted the mitigation strategy and has
encouraged local entities to continue working on it," said
The P&Z board did not object to the dune system,
but some members had objected to the parking lot, and
ultimately recommended the city reject the JDA by a 4-1
vote, citing violations of land-use codes and city ordi-
nances that prohibit development on renourished sand.
Gilbert said the land is zoned E-l, and while there
isn't language that allows a parking lot, there also isn't
language that prohibits it. However, Gilbert has repeat-
edly stated the parking is secondary to the coastal protec-
tion goals of the project.
"The land-use plan doesn't talk about parking, but
it's not expressly prohibited," said Gilbert. "The com-
prehensive plan is used for guidance because it's more
restrictive, but the comprehensive plan allows for other
uses not contemplated in the land-use code."
However, Gilbert reiterated the project is not about
parking and said the P&Z board could certainly make its
recommendations on parking to the commission accord-
"This is a dune-protection project," he said. "What
you choose to recommend as far as parking is strictly up
Gilbert faced tough questions from the board,
whose members cited land-use codes verbatim. Jo
Ann Meilner said allowable uses in E-1 "shall not be
physically developed unless in conformance with the
intent of preservation. I don't think a parking lot is
Meilner said she hasn't found anything that says a
parking lot is ani telling other than development and she
opposed the city's partnership with ELRA.
Meilner said she opposed the project, but called res-
taurant owner Ed Chiles a good man and good citizen to
"Ed Chiles is one of the most involved and generous
businessmen toward the city," she said. "But I'm opposed
to this parking lot."
Elizabeth M. Erckert
Elizabeth M. Erckert, 93, of Bradenton, died April
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 19, at St. Bernard Catholic Church 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is
in charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family
may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Erckert is survived by son Richard of Hunting-
ton, N.Y.; daughter Denise Dawson of Bradenton; two
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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60-year-old arrested for battery
By Mark Young
A 60-year-old woman Anna Maria woman has
been arrested on felony domestic battery of a pregnant
According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
arrest report, Irene Hernandez was arrested April 9 at
205 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, following a physical
altercation with her pregnant 19-year-
\ old daughter.
L i. Mother and daughter became
Engaged in a verbal argument and,
according to the report, at some point
in the argument, Hernandez ended up
Hernandez sitting on top of her daughter.
It was at this point the daughter
informed her mother she was three months pregnant. Her-
nandez allegedly became more enraged, according to the
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report, telling her daughter she hoped she lost the baby.
The mother let her daughter up and headed for the
front door. The daughter tried to stop her from leaving by
standing in front of the door, at which time Hernandez is
alleged to have grabbed her daughter by the hair to pull
her out of the way.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call and made
contact with the mother outside the residence. The report
states Hernandez admitted she grabbed her daughter after
she learned she was pregnant.
The alleged victim is reported to have a high-risk
pregnancy, so emergency responders were called to the
scene by deputies. She was then medically cleared, and
the report states there were no visible injuries to the
daughter, however based on the mother's admission, she
was arrested on the felony battery charge.
As of press time, Hernandez remained in custody on
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Island police blotter
April 7, 300 block of Palm Avenue, burglary/van-
dalism. According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
incident report, an unknown person entered a duplex
under construction. The suspect defecated and stuffed
a hand towel in the toilet, causing it to overflow. Water
damage occurred to several walls.
April 7, 100 block of Palm Avenue, possible
cyber bullying. A MSCO deputy responded to an Anna
Maria residence regarding a threatening phone call. The
deputy learned the call originated from Holmes Beach
and HBPD was contacted. Further investigation revealed
the complainant's daughter was having a hard time with
some classmates. The deputy learned the threatening call
was made by one of the juveniles, and one of the class-
mates is alleged to have posted a degrading comment
on Facebook. The post was removed when the mother
complained. The deputy documented the investigation
and sent the information to the MCSO resource officer
where the girls attend school.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
March 31, 304 Church Avenue, burglary. At some
point in the afternoon, an unknown person entered the
complainant's boat and stole a pair of rods and reels.
Police reviewed a security camera, but could not deter-
mine a suspect due to the camera pointing in the opposite
direction. The investigation continues.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
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arrest. A man entered the Island Publix and left without
paying for a bag of rolls, according to a MSCO arrest
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side to the parking lot, where the suspect began eating
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argumentative. When the suspect attempted to leave, the
manager tried to stop him and was pushed aside. The
suspect was arrested for petit theft and resisting arrest of
March 15, 200 block of 64th Street, theft. Police
contacted a male complainant who reported his 15-year-
old daughter's surfboard had been stolen from the front
yard. The white and blue board was valued at $400.
March 28,5600 block of Carissa Lane, theft. Police
responded to a report of a theft. A male complainant
reported his utility trailer, carrying a lawnmower, had
been stolen. According to the police report, the trailer
hitch was not locked. The stolen items were valued at
March 28, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A female com-
plainant reported a stolen Coach wallet from her towel
while at Manatee Public Beach. She reported that all of
her identification and $17 in cash were taken.
April 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A male complainant
filed a theft report at the police department regarding a
bag that was stolen at Manatee Public Beach. The com-
plainant reported he had left the bag unattended and his
wallet was inside the bag. According to the report, there
was no money in the man's wallet, but his identification
and food stamp card were taken.
April 3, 5608 Marina Drive, burglary. A male com-
plainant at Island Auto Repair reported to police that his
tools and multiple office scanners had been stolen over-
night. Police could find no points of forced entry. The
complainant then reported that spare keys to the build-
ing are hidden outside. The stolen items were valued at
April 4,4000 Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. A female
complainant reported she left her vehicle unlocked while
at Manatee Public Beach. Upon her return, she discovered
her wedding ring set and earrings had been stolen. The
items were valued at $5,200.
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Hawkins Construction Co. has begun installation of
new sewer pipes in Anna Maria on North Shore Drive at
A Manatee County Utilities Department press release
said the work is not expected to impact traffic in the proj-
ect area, which is between Cypress and Palm avenues on
North Shore Drive.
The Florida Department of Transportation main-
tenance project on the Longboat Key/State Road 789
bridge will be operational both day and night this week,
including some nighttime temporary lane closures that
will last no more than 15 minutes. A fla.'iin' operation
will control traffic during lane closures, a DOT press
No closures will be permitted from 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
Friday evening through Monday morning.
The east sidewalk of the bridge is now closed, but
the west sidewalk is open. The draw will open for boaters
The DOT has closed Greer Island often called
Beer Can Island near the bridge to pedestrians and
boaters, citing safety concerns and liability during the
Completion of the project is expected in late
More information is available online at www.
A routine bridge maintenance project has started on
the Cortez Bridge/State Road 684.
No lane closures are expected, but some sidewalk
closures will take place this week, a DOT press release
The project is expected to end by April 30.
A male complainant reported his yellow kayak had been
stolen from the dock. The man told police he had tied
up the kayak with yellow and black rope. The rope was
missing as well. The kayak was valued at $800.
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all ages to show they love where they live by vol-
unteering for the 2012 Great American Cleanup 9
a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.
The Great American Cleanup is taking place
this spring across the country in urban areas, rural
hamlets and beach communities. An estimated 3.8
million volunteers are expected to produce more
vibrant, beautiful, cleaner and safer towns and cities,
shorelines and roadways.
Local sponsors are inviting volunteers to clean,
beautify and improve just such areas, including road-
sides, shores, parks, preserves and neighborhoods in
Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-
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adopted sites starting at 9 a.m.
Volunteers are asked to check in at 9 a.m. at
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Organizers ask that volunteers bring gloves, and
wear sunscreen and closed-toe shoes.
On Anna Maria Island, there will be a special
Earth Day Party at the newly remodeled conces-
sion stand at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach,
compliments of Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at
the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. The
concessionaire is the same for both beaches.
Tropicana will provide beverages for local Great
American Cleanup volunteers. Other companies and
brands support the campaign.
For more information, contact Keep Manatee
Beautiful at 941-795-8272 or e-mail the agency at
keep @ manateebeautiful. com.
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Have a tasty salsa recipe? It's time to chop, chop and
test it out at the Bridge Street Market Salsa Challenge.
The open-air market on Bridge Street in Bradenton
Beach will spice up its cooking competition 11 a.m.-2
p.m. Sunday, April 22, to benefit Manatee PACE, an orga-
nization dedicated to improving girls' placement in the
state's criminal justice system.
PACE began in 1985 with one center in Jacksonville,
has grown to 17 centers including Manatee PACE and,
according to its website, is recognized as a national model
for reducing recidivism and improving school success,
employment and self-sufficiency among girls.
For more information on the Bridge Street Market
Salsa Challenge, call Melissa Enders at 215-906-0668.
Local artist featured at
Come enjoy local art, listen to jazz music, and sip
wine in the corer garden 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at
the Artful Eyeland, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Guests are invited to join the gallery in welcoming
local artist John Allinson, an acclaimed muralist and
painter originally from Wales, now residing in Anna
Allinson will be showing his "Jazz" series at the open
For more information, call 941-567-0157.
FISH recognizes Baums
Florida Institutefor Saltwater Heritage board member
Bob Landry, center, recognizes Miriam Baum, left, and
Dr. Bill Baum, recipients of the FISH Volunteer Service
Award for their dedicated service to FISH and the
Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 199th St. W., Cortez.
The Baums are long-time volunteers of both organiza-
tions, and Bill is the museum's model builder. Islander
Photo: Karen Riley-Love
Join arth Day 'force for nature'
A new Pine Avenue business is celebrating a grand Dogs, Arts for the Earth are new to Pine Ave
opening with an appropriately planned day of festivi- and Anna Maria Island, although not new. Spawn
ties on Earth Day and challenging everyone pets behavior and nutrition expert with master's degree f
included to be a "Force for Nature." the University of South Florida. She says the hear
Dogs for the Earth and Arts for the Earth will host a her behavior training is seeded in a "deep belief in p
Family Earth Day Festival noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April tive reinforcement." Dogs for the Earth specialize
22, at their store, 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. all natural products and treatments, eco-friendly organ
Dogs and Arts For The Earth, along with other local products and spa-style grooming using natural, org;
eco-friendly businesses, will be provide guests with free products.
S native sunflower seeds, an eco-friendly art experience, Spokesdog Tiffany, a perky Yorkshire terrier, s
recycling information and more. "Can't wait to see you."
The festival will also feature winners of the Earth For more information, call 941-243-3818 or
Day Dogs, Arts & Science contest deadline for entries online at www.dogsfortheearth.com.
is Friday, April 20 which allows youngsters grades
K-5 to submit Earth-friendly artwork and science projects pokesdog
of any kind paintings, sculptures, drawings, poetry, Tirttay of Dog
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Prizes include a Beach Bums' surrey ride and ,,,i of Eart
kayaking, Tom Shoes from Pink & Navy Bou- 'y. April
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youngsters or a family of four at Island Gourmet, 0 ,ore on P
gift certificates from Hurricane Hanks, The Feast \venue in
and the Sandbar Restaurant, and more. Winners will Inna Ma
be published in The Islander. .
An announcement from Dogs for the Earth, Arts IDtWC' I tNJ
;h for the Earth owners Ann Weir and Kathy Splawn
says well-behaved kids, adults and dogs on leashes
are welcome to the celebration. Refreshments and
| Earth-friendly sample products will be served.
Women invited to potluck
The Anna Maria Island Chapter of Dining for Women
will host a potluck supper 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at
the Sandpiper Resort clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N.,
Dining for Women is a women's giving circle that
helps lift women and children around the world out of
This month the group will donate to girls' schools in
Afghanistan areas still terrorized by the Taliban.
Everyone is welcome to bring a dish to share and
participate in the giving circle. Attendees are asked to
donate the cost of a typical meal out at a restaurant.
For more information or reserve a spot at the table,
call Jean Peelen at 941-896-5827.
Wine tasting set to
benefit LBK library
Come, learn, taste and benefit the community.
A wine tasting will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, April 18, at Harry's Gourmet Deli and Take-Out.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Longboat
Key Library, which is supported only by membership
fees and donations.
A $10 donation for the tasting includes appetizers
paired with a variety of wines. Harry's also will offer a
20 percent discount for wines purchased in the deli at the
For more information, call Harry's at 941-383-
Spaghetti to be served
at LBK chapel
Longboat Island Chapel invites the community to its
annual spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at
the chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The suggested donation is $10 per person for dinner,
and wine will be offered for $2 a glass.
To make a reservation or for more information, call
Coast guard offers
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 81 and 85 are
offering anABS boating course at 8 a.m. Saturday, April
21, at Flotilla 81 training center in G.T. Bray Park, 5803
33rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
The $35 fee covers the cost of materials.
For more information or reservations, call Lillian
Revor at 941-758-5500 or Fred Kermode at 941-723-
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Small vessel festival begins
Some boaters will paddle furiously in competition,
yet others will be letting the wind do their work.
From racing events to boat construction includ-
ing wooden boats in all their faded glory will be
featured at the two-day seventh annual Great Florida
Small Craft Festival 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, April 21,
and Sunday, April 22.
Sponsored by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of
the Traditional Small Coast Association, boaters will
be bringing their traditional small crafts to the docks
in the village of Cortez to compete in various catego-
ries, including racing over a course and construction
The main day of the event, according to organiz-
Small crafts line the docks in Cortez for last year's
festival, this year on April 21-22. Islander File Photo
LBK team walks for a cure
Team Euphemia Haye Walk to Cure Juvenile Dia-
betes will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Joan
Durante Park, 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
For the 10th consecutive year, D'Arcy and Raymond
Arpke, owners of Euphemia Haye restaurant, 5540 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, next door to the park,
have participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation's "Walk to Cure" event.
This year, the couple will host a community walk,
having both a daughter and cousin with the autoimmune
"We are really looking forward to doing the walk
at the Durante Park. It's one of Longboat Key's hidden
gems and allows us a glimpse into the natural side of the
island," says D'Arcy Arpke.
"We like to offer something a little special for people
who are walking with us," says Ray Arpke about the
"Yeah, Ray always whips up something yummy,"
This year, Team Euphemia Haye's goal is to raise
$15,000 for juvenile diabetes research.
Walkers will organize at the restaurant, where a
select group will be treated to Chef Arpke's famous
"pre-walk" breakfast provided to the first 50 walk-
ers who both raise a minimum of $100 and pre-register
by April 18.
For more information or to sign up, call 941-383-
3633 or go online at www.euphemiahaye.com/give
Art event draws
on inner artist
Participants in the first Art
Island Style last year show
off their work, while artist
Cecy Richardson behind them
instructs, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. The
second annual event will be
6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18,
at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. The hands-on art
event will include an interactive
art experience and demonstra-
tions and benefit the education
programs of the Artists' Guild,
Art League and the center. For
$3, attendees will sample various
media and discover their inner
artist. Islander Courtesy Photo
ers, will be Saturday, with boat races throughout the
day, organizing from the docks at Taylor Boatworks on
119th Street West, and in the Sarasota Bay area known
as the Kitchen.
Boats, including those belonging to TSCA mem-
bers, will be displayed at the Florida Maritime Museum,
Cortez, 4415 119th St. W., and at the new Florida Insti-
tute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks, 4404 116th St.
Other festival events include a craft sale, a mari-
time flea market, and the monthly Music on the Porch
event on the museum grounds.
There's no cost to be a spectator.
For more information, call Cindy Pitt at 941-704-
2074 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music jam feature of
Cortez small boat event
It's just not music at Music on the Porch.
Bring your own instrument and jam, purchase
organic produce and maritime art, come for kids' activi-
ties and crafts, enjoy wooden boat exhibits, and tour
the Florida Maritime Museum at Music on the Porch
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the museum,
4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
The event is free and vendors are welcome to reg-
ister for the event.
For more information, call 941-708-6120.
Benefit planned to
Anna Maria Island is coming together to help a
family and their daughter, Georgia Rose Gibbons.
Georgia Gibbons, 20, grew up on the Island, was a
student in Tallahassee when she was critically injured
A benefit buffet and silent auction will be held at 6
p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion
to assist the family with medical costs and other expenses
of an extended stay with their daughter in Tallahassee.
There will be a cash bar and entertainment at the
The Sandbar and owner Ed Chiles have provided the
venue for friends and the community to come together
and provide support for the Gibbons family.
Georgia Gibbons worked at the Sandbar as a hostess
for several years, and her family has lived in the com-
munity for more than 20 years.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Advanced tickets are available at Rudy's, 9906 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th St.,
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island Accommodations,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A bank account has been established for donations in
the name of Georgia Gibbons at Wells Fargo Bank, 5327
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Silent auction items also are being accepted.
For more information, call Dave Bouchard at 941-
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Wednesday, April 18
6-8:30 p.m. Second Annual Art Island Style, Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee
applies. Information: 941-778-1908.
Thursday, April 19
2-4 p.m. Friends of the Library knit and crochet gathering,
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
*6 p.m. Dining for Women potluck supper and giving circle,
Sandpiper Resort clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
5-7 p.m. Open house reception for local muralist and
painter John Allinson's Jazz series, Artful Eyeland, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-567-0157.
Saturday, April 21
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Seventh annual Great Florida Small Craft
Festival, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Traditional Small Coast
Association, various locations in Cortez, including Taylor Boatworks,
119th Street, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., and
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks, 4404 116th St.
W. Information: 941-704-2074.
*9 a.m. Team Euphemia Haye Walk to Cure juvenile diabe-
tes, Joan Durante Park, 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime
Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
10 a.m.-noon Barbara Hines demonstration, "Mermaids
Watercolor," Island Gallery West in the S&S Shopping Plaza, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
11:30 a.m. Titanic 100th anniversary historical fashion show
and luncheon, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.
9 a.m.-noon- 2012 Great American Cleanup: three check-in
centers, Anna Maria City Hall, 1005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, King-
fish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach and Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage, Cortez. Information: 941-795-8272.
Sunday, April 22
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Seventh annual Great Florida Small Craft
Festival, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Traditional Small Coast
Association, various locations in Cortez, including Taylor Boatworks,
119th Street, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., and
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks, 4404 116th St.
W. Information: 941-704-2074.
5 p.m. Italian night, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-
5:30 p.m. -Annual spaghetti dinner, Longboat Island Chapel,
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information:
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bridge Street Market Salsa Challenge, at
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Bridge Street and Gulf Drive. Information: 215-906-0668.
Noon-4 p.m. Earth Day Family Festival, Dogs For The
Earth, 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3818.
Friday, April 20
10 a.m.-7p.m. -30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show at Marina
Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 954-764-
Saturday, April 21
1-4 p.m. Hibiscus Festival at Family Life Center, First
Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
10 a.m.-7p.m. -30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show at Marina
Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 954-764-
Sunday, April 22
10 a.m.-5 p.m. 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show at Marina
Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 954-764-
Through April 27, "Paint the Town" exhibit, ArtCenter of Mana-
tee, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.
Through May 24, "Artists and Animals of Myakka" exhibit,
Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for
the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.
Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Demo-
cratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
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Small Craft Fest
Folks are invited to Cortez and the
Maritime Museum and its Burton
Store, 4415 119th St. W.,for a
craftfestival and music jam from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
Food and refreshments as well as
music will be plentiful, promised
organizers, and the Small Craft
Festival will take place nearby
Saturday and Sunday. Pictured
here, the B eu Singers perform
on the porch at a past Cortez Folk
Festival. Islander File Photo
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
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street
Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-
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. Information: 941-761-8834.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by
Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
April 28, Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Orga-
nization Spring Fling at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Save the Date:
May 5, Island 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, Bayfront
Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-747-8726.
May 3, Georgia Gibbons Benefit, Sandbar Restaurant pavil-
ion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3232.
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Sandpiper Resort: no response, no Holmes Beach offer
By Kathy Prucnell
While Holmes Beach city commissioners and their
attorney appear poised to take the ongoing 27th Street
boundary dispute to court, the bordering mobile home
park is saying they have no offer from the city.
At the commission's April 10 meeting, Commission
Chair David Zaccagnino said the Sandpiper Resort Co-op
Inc. had not given him any indication of settling the dis-
Doug LeFevre, Sandpiper's association president,
said April 13 that when discussing the matter with Zac-
cagnino last month, he asked for Holmes Beach's formal
offer, but has not yet received one.
The border issue began with Bradenton Beach's
2008 quitclaim of the 27th Street right of way a plat-
ted, unimproved street to the Sandpiper.
The city of Holmes Beach contended the convey-
ance was improper in 2008, but dropped the matter until
the Sandpiper erected a fence, installed gates and posted
signs last summer along the approximate 1,000-foot-long
Gulf Drive to Sarasota Bay boundary.
In October, Holmes Beach instituted a state-autho-
rized dispute resolution process to settle the matter with
"There's nothing in there that says what Holmes
Beach wants now," said Tracy Moon, manager of Sand-
piper Resort, referring to the correspondence delivered
March 29 to the resort by Zaccagnino.
Moon points out there are 120 Sandpiper sharehold-
ers who need to be notified of any proposed settlement.
"All we've got are two letters from 2008," Moon
Zaccagnino agreed the package he delivered did not
include the city's current position, but, he said, he had
discussed it with Sandpiper president Doug LeFevre.
A Dec. 16 proposal by Holmes Beach was made to
Bradenton Beach, asking the city to broker a Sandpiper
agreement to quitclaim a 30-foot portion of the 50-foot
right of way to Bradenton Beach and restore public access
by removing gates and signs.
Holmes Beach has maintained since 2008 that Bra-
denton Beach improperly quitclaimed the public street
to Sandpiper, which lies fully in Bradenton Beach's city
limits, and Holmes Beach attorney Patricia Petruff out-
lined this position in her December 2008 correspondence
to the Bradenton Beach City Commission.
At the March 27 city meeting, the consensus of
Holmes Beach commissioners was to give Sandpiper
two weeks to notify its residents, hold a meeting and
make a decision as to whether it will pursue the quitclaim
FISH reports $68,000 in
By Mark Young
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Fishing board of
directors reported the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival in February raised $68,000.
According to board treasurer Jane von Hahmann,
festival earnings were down this year, but "considering
the rain on Sunday and the lower attendance, we did
really well," she said.
The $68,000 is a net gain for the nonprofit agency
responsible for organizing the annual festival, as well as
restoring and maintaining the 95-acre FISH preserve.
According to financial statements released last week,
the festival earned more than $203,000 before expenses.
Festival ticket sales brought in more than $185,000, with
the next highest income generator being T-shirt sales at
more than $14,700.
More than $144,000 in expenses were incurred to
put on the festival. More than $106,000 in expenses were
The FISH board managed to cut some $34,000 in
expenses compared to last year, and generated almost
$60,000 less than last year in overall income.
The effort to lower costs helped overcome an inclem-
ent day to net the $68,000 profit.
The festival generates income for FISH projects and
expenses. Each of the past two years, FISH has put more
than $11,000 into continued restoration of the preserve.
Other expenses include putting on the annual Folk Festi-
val, Small Craft Festival, the Turner youth boat program,
paying on loans and maintaining a FISH home office,
among other costs.
Zaccagnino reported to Holmes Beach commission-
ers in April that after speaking to LeFevre he understands
the resort is "not interested in any interpretation of our
Commissioner Jean Peelen said she's "extremely
opposed" to the city litigating this matter because of
the costs, including attorneys fees, which she estimated
already are $6,000, and the hostility with a neighboring
But Commissioner John Monetti disagreed, saying
"We're the victims here something's been turned
around. It was dedicated to the public good and to
anyone who doesn't want to push their stroller down Gulf
Peelen and Monetti, however, are not participating in
any vote the city takes regarding the matter. Peelen has
recused herself because she owns property in the mobile
home park, and Monetti has recused himself because he
owns nearby property.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he considered the
2008 deed in which Bradenton Beach quitclaimed the
27th Street property "fraudulent."
No interest can be conveyed by a deed if no interest
is owned by the grantor, according to Petruff.
"If I were Sandpiper," Zaccagnino said, "I'd go talk
to Bradenton Beach, because they gave them a bad piece
Peelen suggested a memorandum of understanding
between the city and Sandpiper.
Petruff, however, said litigation would be more expe-
dient and less costly.
\y concern is that the Sandpiper people believe
they own that property," Petruff said, adding that the
expense involved in trying to settle with so many owners
could exceed that of litigation. Also, it's possible the
matter could "come to blows" between neighbors over
the property rights, she said.
"It seems relatively easier to have a judge weigh in"
on the deed and ownership interest, she said.
After Holmes Beach city officials invoked the reso-
lution process last fall, the parties met several times but
reached an impasse at the Jan. 18 joint meeting when
the Bradenton Beach attorney advised the city could not
proceed to a settlement.
In addition to the Holmes Beach two-week time
limit for a decision from Sandpiper, the city also gave
the co-op 60 days to pursue the quit-claim process.
Cortez picnic includes honors
Green of Cortez
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Center fundraising peaks
By Kathy Prucnell
More than $250,000 has been added to the Anna
Maria Island Community Center coffers from March
From the March 31 Affaire to Remember the cen-
ter's bi'~.il fundraiser of the year executive direc-
tor Pierrette Kelly said the center netted $191,832, after
The new March 27-28 36-hour Giving Challenge
brought in about $23,875, she said. And Kelly also
recently announced $42,000 raised from the 19th Annual
Tour of Homes.
The recent fundraising success comes on the heels
of the November-December Lester-Islander newspaper
challenge, which most years raises more than $100,000.
Kelly said the end-of-the year giving also satisfies a need
"Our community responds so generously," she
Kelly described the 36-hour challenge as "phenom-
enal," with most donors using the convenience of their
own computers to make donations.
"We were recognized and truly it is quite an honor
- to be one in about 100 community organizations to
participate in the first giving challenge," Kelly said.
"They're not necessarily all Island residents," she
said, pointing out challenge donations came from other
areas, including Tampa, Sarasota, Tennessee, Wisconsin,
Indianapolis and California.
People hear about the center online, Kelly said, and
donate without ever visiting Anna Maria Island.
Anna Maria Island Community Center's 36-hour
event was part of a larger challenge a first of its kind
online for fundraising in Southwest Florida sponsored by
Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast
Community Foundation, Manatee Community Founda-
tion and the Patterson Foundation.
The fundraiser brought in a total of $2,401,601 from
10,705 donations in support of 109 area charitable orga-
nizations, according to the Community Foundation of
Sarasota County website.
The website also reported the sponsor foundations
provided $501,000 in matching dollars and special
grant prizes. The one-to-one match, up to $1,000 per
donor per organization was met in the first four min-
utes, it stated.
"They gave whatever they wanted," Kelly said of the
donors who chose the community center as their benefi-
ciary. Approximately 25 percent of the center's donors
pledged between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. the first day of the
event, she added.
On the heels of 36-hour Challenge, the center
hosted the Affaire to Remember, Once in a Blue Moon,
a dinner-auction, that was "truly full of surprises" from
the moment the doors opened for about 300 attendees,
according to Kelly.
"In the lobby, there was a champagne reception. A
fabulous entertainer who does Frank Sinatra sang for the
first two hours," she said.
"Harry's catered a sit-down dinner and that was a
first and one reason for the theme 'Once in a Blue
Moon,'" Kelly said.
Three waiters, three tenors from France, Germany
and the United States, sang beautiful classical music, she
Center events support scholarships for those who
need services but can't pay, center programming, and
helps pay down the mortgage of about $786,000, she
The center is a private nonprofit organization serving
people of all ages since the 1960s.
16 0 APRIL 18, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
HB resident shares ties to Titanic survivor, Astor family
By Kathy Prucnell "a "lover of things nautical and student of technological
Islander Reporter progress" and was "naturally excited at the possibility of
Almost everyone finds the Titanic epic tragically crossing the Atlantic on the world's newest, most luxu-
fascinating, thanks to James Cameron, Celine Dion, TV rious and up-to-date liner, which was about to make its
documentaries and a few history assignments. But few .. maiden voyage."
can say they're related to one of the most celebrated of 1 When disaster overwhelmed the vessel in the early
all Titanic survivor stories. hours of April 15, 1912, Col. Astor was reportedly one
One of those few is Holmes Beach resident Fran of the first passengers to be informed.
Williams Fletcher. From several accounts, he calmly helped Madeleine
It's a remote relation and one she confesses, although .to a lifeboat and valiantly helped to save the lives of other
true, to know little about. Nonetheless, according to I women and children. One account said he was last seen
research by her cousin, Treacy Galton Cantwell, aunt smoking a cigarette on the deck of the Titanic.
Peg Troxell, and a best friend from high school, Fran "- -- Madeleine's son, John Jacob Astor VI, was born four
Wood, who writes book reviews for The Star-Ledger of months after the April disaster. His multi-millionaire
New Jersey. father's remains were found in wreckage, and buried in
Fletcher's family tree, her 94-year-old aunt's New York.
accounts and her cousin's research, all point to Fletcher's Another son from his previous marriage, Vincent,
great uncle being an uncle of Titanic survivor Madeleine -- inherited $87,218,000, while John Jacob received a $3
Force. million trust fund. Madeleine also lived comfortably on
Fletcher's mother was Helene Force, whose father $1.65 million estate, plus the interest on the $5 million
was Frank Force. And according to Fletcher's aunt, sur- trust fund left to her only as long as she remained unmar-
vivor Madeleine was Frank Force's cousin. tried, according to Wilson.
Madeleine was the second wife of John Jacob Astor Not to be tied to the fortune, Madeleine went on to
IV, an American businessman, real-estate baron, inven- marry a childhood sweetheart, William Dick, which she
tor, writer, colonel in the Spanish-American War, and later divorced following a sordid affair with an Italian
member of the prominent Astor family. He was reportedly Fran Williams Fletcher of Holmes Beach shares her boxer who reportedly married her for money. That mar-
the richest man in America in 1910. family ties to one of the most famous Titanic survivor riage dissolved a year before Madeleine died. She died
Madeleine and John were engaged in August 1911. stories. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell at age 47 in Palm Beach in March 1940, and Vincent
They married in September. reportedly arranged her burial next to his father's grave
According to several historical accounts including family was a member of the Episcopal Church, which in New York.
research by Fletcher there was considerable opposition also was the church of the Astor family. Like Madeleine, Florida and New York connect with
to the marriage because John had divorced his first wife Episcopalian ministers, however, refused to perform Fletcher.
only two years prior, and because Madeleine was nearly the ceremony. The couple eventually were wed at Beech- Fletcher was born in Morriston, N.J., and raised in
30 years his junior. wood, John's mansion in Newport, R.I., by a minister of the neighboring town of Madison, N.J., both small towns
Madeleine's father, William Hurlbut Force, had the Congregational Church. near New York City. She moved to Bradenton Beach
owned a successful shipping business, and William's John and Madeleine then went abroad on an extended about 33 years ago, and Holmes Beach 14 years ago.
father prospered in manufacturing. In 1889, William mar- honeymoon. In January 1912, they left New York on the She keeps close tabs on her roots, including her Aunt
ried Katherine Tulmage, the granddaughter of Thomas Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic, and toured Egypt and Peg, who lived next to Fletcher's family while she was
Tulmage, a former mayor of Brooklyn. Europe. growing up in the 4-square-mile town of Madison.
According to Fletcher and several historical accounts, When Madeleine became pregnant in March 1912, After her high school friend wrote in The Star Ledger,
Madeleine's mother, Katherine, encouraged the interest her husband decided they should return to New York and mentioning Fletcher's comments about Madeleine from a
of JohnAstor in their young daughter. Unlike the Roman booked the couple's passage on the Titanic. recent visit, Fletcher and her aunt chatted about the day
Catholic side of Fletcher's family, Madeleine Force's "The birth of another Astor was an important event. Madeleine's father was buried in Madison in 1917.
If the baby turned out to be a boy, he would stand to "There was a huge car that came in from New York
inherit half of his father's fortune," estimated at $90 mil- because she was loaded," she said. "Aunt Peg said her
P lion, according to "The Astors: 1763-1992, Landscape mother told her this.
OPEM with Millionaires," by Derek Wilson. "I guess this branch of the family moved away (from
TO T Not only was a return trip desired due to the pending Madison) but they buried him there."
Fl PUl C birth of an Astor child, according to Wilson, Astor was Fletcher shakes her head about all of the Astor
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 18, 2012 0 17
WWII vets honored to view monuments
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach resident Kevin Fitzgerald said he was
"honored" to be the attendant for former World War II
naval aviator Tom Anderson of Ridge Manor, Fla., on a
recent three-day Honor Flight tour to Washington, D.C.,
for more than 70 honored WWII veterans and attendants.
On the flight was Dr. Oscar Walker of Holmes
Beach, who was accompanied by his daughter, Nancy
Fitzgerald said none of the veterans complained when
the return flight was delayed overnight due to mechanical
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Islanders will have an opportunity to partake in a
100-year remembrance of the sinking of the Titanic by
way of a vintage fashion show, featuring styles celebrat-
ing the early 1900s from Past and Present Creations.
The event will be Saturday, April 21, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
"This is a first-time event for the community center
and for the Island," said organizer Nancy Thibault, who
noted the show would benefit the center's many com-
Thibault said the idea for the show came from a
Christmas festival in Bradenton where the organization
Past and Present Creations had fashions on display.
Past and Present Creations hand makes period repro-
ductions, authentic in preparation and detail.
The presenters at the center show will provide a his-
toric journey of fashions in the Titanic time period.
"This commemorative event of the anniversary is
being experienced throughout our country," she said. "We
will now have some small part in this remembrance."
Tickets for the April 21 event are on sale for $25.
Talk of the Town catering will provide a full luncheon.
The event will include a historical discussion, and
door prizes will be awarded. Attendees are welcome to
wear period outfits.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon
beginning at noon, followed by the show.
For more information or tickets, call the center at
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it was to see their WWII monument, the other monuments
to our veterans and to talk with other veterans of the war,"
"It was an honor for me to be with the men and
women who served our country," he said.
Walker said it was his dream to see the WWII monu-
ment, which was completed in 2005.
"Just to go and be with the guys and know that they
understood how you felt during the war and now -
was a blessing. It's always hard to talk about the war to
someone who wasn't in the service then. I recommend this
trip to any WWII veteran who can make it," he said.
Walker said there were few dry eyes at the WWII
memorial as the veterans thought about all those who
never came back, all their buddies who are still over
there, and how lucky many of them were to survive.
Honor Flight is a national volunteer group formed
in 2005 that organizes free day-trips for WWII veterans
to Washington, D.C. The tour takes them to the WWII
memorial and other memorial sites in the nation's capi-
tol. Each veteran is accompanied by a volunteer to assist
with their needs, according to the Honor Flight website
For World War II veterans of Anna Maria Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island, west Bradenton, Cortez
and Palma Sola, the Honor Flight is an opportunity to be
honored by their country for their service, visit with their
comrades, and tour the monuments.
Island WWII veteran Jim Finn is scheduled to be
on a June Honor Flight organized by the Rotary Club's
Florida West Coast District. The Rotary Club of Anna
Maria Island is sponsoring Finn on the trip.
However, the June Honor Flight is booked to capac-
ity, said Island Rotary member Barry Gould, and they
cannot accommodate additional passengers.
Gould said Rotary is looking at the prospects for
another flight this summer, but much depends on whether
the district Rotary organization believes it can raise
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The program really needs volunteer guardians to
accompany the veterans, Gould said.
"Many of the veterans are just physically unable to
go alone," he added.
National Honor Flight has two representatives on
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By Kathy Prucnell
The city of Holmes Beach honored three community
partners and past city officials shared memories of
days gone by at the 62nd anniversary celebration of
the city's incorporation April 13.
"I guess I'm the founder of Founder's Day," Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger said in welcoming approximately 50
people to the reception and ceremony.
The mayor announced this year's community partner
awards: Otis Rothenberger, Jeb Stewart and Gary Taylor,
all of Bradenton.
"These three people have made significant contribu-
tions to the city even though they don't live in the city,"
Rothenberger, a former Islander, was chosen for his
contributions to youth activities on the Island, the mayor
said. Stewart was honored for beautification and mainte-
nance projects, and Taylor and his company were honored
for their recent donation of 145 palm trees.
Also during the ceremony, Paulette Webb, former
city clerk in 1971, shared her memories dating to 1953
- including her mom, then-city clerk, making her deputy
clerk Snook Adams, the first police chief, giving her a
valuable police identification card, and the politics of the
time, including her resignation due to a $1,200 pay
cut and coffee duties.
Former Commissioner Jeff Asbury, now of Ellenton,
also recounted stories of the past. He served the city as
an official 1975-78 and throughout his 31 years on the
Island. He told tales of affordable taxes, insurance less
than $300 -and low property prices. He mentioned how
the peacock population swelled, the popularity of Pete
Reynard's Restaurant, and how developers wanted to
make Holmes Beach like St. Pete Beach.
He shared memories of the worst storm in 1972 when
"the city lost 28 houses, mostly because they built too
close to the water."
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine, who's been
with the city 19 years, also told stories passed to him by
his father, who built the Key Royale Bridge and much
of the city's infrastructure. He described the first police
station a former sewage pumping station, evidence
room and shooting range, and how one telephone line at
the station was so commonly mistaken for the number
to Pete Reynard's that police officers sometimes took
The event began with a meet and greet in the lobby
with books of historical newspaper clippings. Music was
provided by the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
& Orchestra. There was a posting of the colors by the
American Legion Post 24, and entertainer Mike Sales
sang the national anthem. The reception was sponsored
by The Islander.
The ceremony kicked off the 2012 Island CityFest,
a Holmes Beach Founder's Day Celebration, April
Proceeds from the CitiFest go to the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce youth scholarship fund.
The event included a classic car show, arts and craft
vendors, food and beverage sales, and a lineup of bands
and music throughout the two-day event.
Paulette Webb, former city clerk for Holmes
Beach, and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, pose Jeff Asbury, former city alderman, now known as com-
Friday after the ceremony commemorating the missioner, shares memories of early days in the city at the
city's incorporation 62 years ago. mayor's reception.
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Saturday night headliner Billy Rice croons a tender
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Island Pearl launches from the city basin, treating passengers who pur-
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of $25 or more when you mention that you saw
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Relish for angler's
Rhonda Grote of the Relish Vintage & Artisan Bou-
tique, 505 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, opened her upcycled
boutique less than a year ago in the Anna Maria His-
toric Green Village, but she's already expanding and
She's planning a move to Angler's Lodge at 503 Pine
Ave. also part of the historic development as soon
as reconstruction of the lodge is complete. A grand re-
opening party for Relish is planned May 5.
Relish sells upcycled and repurposed vintage items,
such as 1970s-era clothing, 1950s furniture and 1940s
Grote says upcycling is recycling items from the past
that have been discarded and restoring them to their vin-
tage quality, but often with a different use. As an example,
she said, a 1940s ashtray can be upcycled into a dinner
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Premier Sotheby's International Real Estate following
completion of a merger between Sotheby's and Premier
that began in November 2010.
The new company will serve Manatee, Sarasota and
Charlotte counties. Company offices are located at 50
Central Ave., Sarasota, and 546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat
Terry Hayes, who specializes in Anna Maria Island
properties, continues to be a lead sales associate for Pre-
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She can be reached at 941-302-3100.
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AM chamber plans mixer
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its monthly business card exchange 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, at the recently opened Steam
Designs, 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the event is $5 and reservations are not
required. Chamber members are invited to bring a
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
Pet's Life is a natural
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and anyone interested in pets and pet foods.
Food and beverages will be served and all store mer-
chandise will be discounted 15 percent.
Owner Patricia Castaneda says it's her way of thank-
ing the community for all the support she's received the
past four years.
The store carries a full line of natural pet foods and
products, and Castaneda uses her background knowledge
in conservation to advise pet owners on the best foods
for a particular animal.
For more information, call 941-723-1715.
Sterling Anvil will soon close
Although the Sterling Anvil jewelry store, 5508
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will permanently close
its doors May 1, co-owners Mary Norman and Roxanne
Reid have agreed some operations, such as participating
in art shows and other venues would continue, a press
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Patricia Castenada invites pet lovers to a party 10
am.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, celebrating the fourth
anniversary of Pet's Life Naturally, 523 Eighth Ave. W.,
Palmetto. Islander Photo: Toni Lyon
and was opened by Norman in 1971. Reid later joined
the store as a co-owner.
The two said in a January statement that they both
feel it is "time to retire."
There will be no clearance sale or goodbye party,
LBK Challenge rescheduled
The Longboat Key Challenge and Family Fun Day
has been rescheduled for May 19-20, according to the
Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Circle Chamber
of Commerce, organizers of the event.
The two-day water-paddle contest and related events
will be held at Bayfront Park and Recreation Center, 4052
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
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dealers at the 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show April
20-22 at Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota.
From 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, the show will feature hundreds of
boats from well-known manufacturers, such as Sea Ray,
Tiara, Viking, Cruisers, Grady-White, Boston Whaler,
Everglades and Jupiter, along with a full range of marine
electronics, products and accessories.
"We are looking forward to celebrating 30 years in
Sarasota and are happy to report that the show is on track
to sell out," said Dane Graziano, senior vice president of
the show organizer, Show Management.
"We've expanded the in-water display area to accom-
modate all the exhibitor requests we have been receiving
and we are expecting a very solid show this year."
The show location boasts restaurants, plenty of parking,
convenient access and a floating-dock with a deep-water
harbor and no-bridge access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Marina Jack also offers dining with panoramic views
of the marina, downtown, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass and the
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for advance tickets online. Kids under 15 are free.
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Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
107 ElmAve.,Anna Maria, a vacant Gulffront 50x110
lot sold 03/30/12, Hanson to Hanson, $2.4 million.
307 66th St., Unit A, 66th Street Coastal Cottages,
Holmes Beach, a 3,000 sfla / 4,500 sfur 6bed/42bath/2car
land condo built in 2012 was sold 03/19/12, 66th Street
Coastal Cottages LLC to Florida Gulf Coast Vacation
Homes LLC for $775,000; list $725,000.
200 52nd St., Unit 1, Villas of Holmes Beach,
Holmes Beach, a 2,656 sfla / 3,898 sfur 4-xId 3.I11i 2car
condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 03/23/12,
Ro,1 mnu1II,\ to Greene for $500,000; list $550,000.
216 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,571 sfla / 2,157 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar pool home built in 1969 on a 90x100 was
sold 03/26/12, HSBC Bank USA to Flynn for $389,900;
6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 80, Shell Point, Holmes
Beach, a 1,023 sfla / 1,151 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1973 was sold 03/28/12, Russell to
Ellstrom for $181,000; list $189,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
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22 0 APRIL 18, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Pier, business success stresses AM parking needs
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners, Mayor Mike Selby, city
staff and experts spent nearly two years creating a parking
plan for Pine Avenue that they hoped would satisfy the
parking needs of everyone.
That plan, however, was developed before the suc-
cess was known following completion of the boardwalk
at the city pier, the Pine Avenue business district grew, the
new beach by the city pier was created, and the overall
tourism marketing of Anna Maria Island resulted in a
record tourist season this year.
Parking is again a problem in the city, particularly
on Pine Avenue and at the City Pier Restaurant.
Roger Roark of the Roser Community Memorial
Church told commissioners at their April 12 meeting
that the three church parking lots are filling up almost
daily with tourists, often leaving churchgoers to find an
alternate parking location.
"We don't know these people and there is a liability.
We are getting people who park there all day," Roark
"We don't want to chain the lot, so we're bringing
it to the city to try and work together for an agreement.
We want to be good neighbors," he said.
Roark said this past winter season has been the worst
for visitors parking in the church-owned lots.
City pier leaseholder and restaurant-operator Mario
Schoenfelder said parking has become a problem at the
pier, largely because of the success of the new boardwalk
and the Pine Avenue business district.
He pays rent for a number of spaces at the pier, yet he
still has customers complain they couldn't find a parking
Schoenfelder asked commissioners to reconsider
their prior decision to close the lots across from the pier
to parking May 7.
Pier restaurant manager Dave Sork said the pier,
boardwalk and Pine Avenue have made Anna Maria
extremely attractive to vacationers and visitors.
"We're getting squeezed out. I uii_'. ,'I adding angle
parking at the city lots. You could still build a park there
and have parking," said Sork.
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Commission Chair Chuck Webb said the city went
through two years of deliberations about Pine Avenue
parking. "Roser was never mentioned as an issue. There
was supposed to be enough parking on Pine Avenue."
There is, replied Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Res-
toration LLC, developer of a number of businesses and
rental properties on Pine Avenue. "It's just that everybody
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Coleman said he saw many days this past season
when a number of Pine Avenue parking spaces were
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Selby said he's talked to Ed Chiles of the Sandbar
Restaurant and they may have a solution.
Under Chiles' plan, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive mer-
chants would contribute $1,500 monthly to Roser for use
of its parking lot on the south side of Pine Avenue at
the church thrift shop. That would relieve Roser of the
Roark said that would work for the church, although
the church does not want to be in the paid parking busi-
Selby said neither does the city, and suggested if the
Chiles' idea is adopted, "free parking" signs could be
placed at the lot.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick suggested the city
lease the lot from the church, then sub-lease it to the
"It's only during the season we have these prob-
lems, but this year was exceptional for tourism," she
Webb said with the season winding down, the city
would have time to deal with the parking issue and be
ready for next season.
Commissioner Dale Woodland agreed.
Although he previously objected to public parking
on the city property, he had no problem with keeping the
vacant lots open to parking after May 7. "This gives us
time to do something and not make the situation worse"
by next season, he said.
Selby said he would coordinate with Chiles and the
church on leasing the lot to the city, and give the details
to city attorney Jim Dye for legal review.
Webb suggested commissioners observe parking
at the pier, the city lots, Roser Church and along Pine
Avenue for the next two weeks and report at the com-
mission's April 26 meeting.
"There's never been this much of a parking issue
before," he said. "I think it's seasonal. Let's make sure
there is a problem now," he said.
Commissioners agreed they had time to determine a
rational solution before the next tourism season.
A number of other issues will be discussed at the April
26 meeting, including Commissioner SueLynn's concerns
about parking on streets that adjoin Pine Avenue.
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April 24. AME-PTO dinner 5-7 p.m. Tuesday by the
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April 28 Spring Fling at the Anna Maria Island
April 30-May 4 Scholastic Book Fair.
May 12, inaugural AME Golf Tournament hosted
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Basketball, golf, horseshoes round out AMI sports
By Kevin Cassidy
Another season of youth basketball play got under
way April 14 at the Anna Maria Island Community
League games are scheduled Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday evenings at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, for 13 teams spread across three age divi-
The season concludes May 23 and playoffs will begin
There was some good action during the April 14
openers, especially the 14-12 double-overtime, sudden-
death victory in the 8-10 division by Gettel Toyota over
Island Real Estate.
The teams battled to a 12-12 tie through four quar-
ters and after a scoreless overtime period left the game
undecided, both coaches agreed to an unprecedented
sudden-death period. Gettel's Hannah McCracken did
the rest, scoring the winning basket with virtually the
entire IRE team draped on her to give Gettel the 14-12
McCracken finished with six points and 11 rebounds,
many of them offensive rebounds to lead Gettel Toyota.
David Daigle added another six points, while Andrew
Austin finished with two points in the win.
Alex Rodriguez led Island Real Estate with four
points and nine rebounds, while Sean Rodriguez, Griffin
Heckler, Daniel Sentman and Conal Cassidy each scored
two points in the loss.
The first 8-10 division game of the morning saw
Beach Bistro roll past Walter & Associates by a 20-9
score. Jack Groves scored eight points, while Luke
Marvin and Franklin Valdez each finished with six points.
Valdez earned a game-high 16 rebounds.
Joey Theil scored four points and added six rebounds
to lead Walter & Associates, which also received three
points from Callen Achor and two points from Katie
Krokroskia in the loss.
The next game on the boards saw 14-17 divi-
sion Anna Maria Oyster Bar take a 34-26 victory over
Integrity Sound. Ryan Gilman led the Oyster Bar with
14 points, while Max Miller added 10 points and 21
rebounds. Neahmiah Goode finished with seven points
for the Oyster Bar in the victory.
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Walter & Associates in the 11-13 division looked
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22 points, while also pulling down 18 rebounds. Seth
Walter added 10 points, while brother Jack finished with
six points and 13 rebounds.
Ross Built was led by Jake Ross with 14 points and
Matthew Manger, who finished with five points and five
rebounds in the loss.
The second 11-13 division game saw Sandbar take
a 48-33 victory over Eat Here in a battle of restaurants.
Corey Jacques led the way with 17 points, nine rebounds
and three assists. Dayton Modderman added 14 points
and 15 rebounds, while Jean-Paul Russo finished with
13 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
Adam Clark's 14 points and 19 rebounds led Eat
Here, which also received eight points from Michael
Latimer and four points apiece from Brooke Caparelli
and Edward Cullinan in the loss.
Holy Cow Ice Cream finished the day's action in
another 11-13 division game with a 34-24 victory over
Southern Greens. Trent Boring scored 11 points and
grabbed 14 rebounds, while Rory Houston added eight
points, two rebounds and two assists. Austin Morrow
and Joey Stewart added four points apiece, while Moriah
Goode finished with 13 rebounds.
Andrew Zink scored 10 points and grabbed 14
rebounds to lead Southern Greens, which also received
seven points and 11 rebounds from George Lardas in the
action in the
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Adult basketball action
Adult coed basketball started April 10 with three
games, starting with a 57-55 Sun victory over Beach-
House Restaurant in the season opener. Matt Dwyer's
23 points and 14 points from Jonathan Schneider paced
Sun in the win.
Brandon Kern scored 22 points and Antwann Jackson
scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead
BeachHouse in the loss.
Bowes Imaging earned a 59-44 victory over B.Y.
Construction in the second game behind 16 points from
Tyler Bekkerus and 14 points from Jason Mickan.
Eric Gledhill scored 16 points and Celia Ware added
12 points to lead B.Y. Construction in the loss.
The Feast earned a 45-29 victory over Beach to Bay
Construction in the last game of the night. Jonathan Moss
led the Feast with 14 points, while teammate Ryan Moss
added 13 points in the victory.
Scott Eason and Richard Atkins led Beach to Bay
with 11 points apiece in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club members teamed up on the links
for a throw-out-the-worst-two-holes match April 13.
The team of Rose Slomba, Rosemary Kinick, Jerry
Brown and Earl Huntzinger combined on a 112 to take
The men played a nine-hole, four-player scramble
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Springtime fishing inshore, on beaches red hot
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Inshore fishing and the weather remains con-
sistently good for the waters surrounding Anna Maria
Island. Numerous spotted seatrout are being reported by
flats fishers using either live bait or artificial. Fishing
lush grass flats with good water flow is producing trout
up to 26 inches.
For success fishing trout with live bait, try select
shrimp or shiners. For artificial, you can't go wrong with
a top-water plug right at sun up. Later in the morning,
switch to a DOA Cal jig on a 1/4-ounce jig head.
Redfish have been abundant this past week. Look
for these fish along mangrove edges on the high tides. If
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in the sky, try casting the bait as close to the mangrove
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tasty whitebait can lure them to bite. Don't be surprised
to also hook catch-and-release snook in these same areas.
They love to sit under the mangrove edges and ambush
On a final note, it's time to start patrolling the beaches
in search of migratory species like Spanish mackerel,
kingfish and cobia and the nearshore artificial reefs are a
good place to start. For macks, live shiners are a surefire
way to get the action started. If you happen to spot a
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Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is
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action. These fish are averaging 18 inches with the big-
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Bonito tops the pier list with an exceptional early-morn-
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Spanish and king mackerel are frequenting the pier.
Most of the macks are small, yet they provide good action
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although not many are being landed. You can fish for
either species the same as you would bonito.
Finally, in the afternoons, schools of jack crevalle
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methods to catch these migratory fish as for bonito and
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure
targeting a variety of species, ranging from migratory to
bottom fish. Using live shiners as bait, Girle's clients are
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Another species drawn to the chum is shark. A
number of lemon sharks are being caught while target-
ing the macks and bonito. Most are in the 30-pound
range, although Girle has seen a couple in the 60-pound
After working macks, bonito and shark, Girle is
switching to bottom fishing. Starting at depths of 45 feet,
catch-and-release gag grouper action is going strong,
although many at this depth are undersized. Red grouper
are making a showing, although most are under 20 inches.
Finally, Girle's clients are reeling up good numbers of
Key West grunts, which are perfect for the deep fryer.
Moving inshore, Girle's clients are having success
on redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook
on the grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Girle is pitching shin-
ers into sandy potholes on shallow grass flats to get the
bite. As the tide rises, Girle is moving closer to mangrove
edges. Once the tide peaks, he skips bait under the trees,
where the predators are waiting to ambush a bait.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a variety
of species caught in the morning hours at the pier.
Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching keeper-
size black drum and a few sheepshead, although Kilb
feels the sheepshead are on their way out. To target either
species, try a No. 2 hook tied to 30-pound fluorocarbon
leader. Add a swivel and a 1/2-ounce egg sinker to keep
the bait on the bottom and you are rigged to catch fish.
Kilb says to cast bait where the black drum and sheepies
are lurking under the pier. Let the bait rest on the bottom
until you feel a bite, then set the hook.
Pier fishers using silver spoons or pink jigs are catch-
ing macks and a few pompano. For the macks, cast out
and then retrieve the lure quickly. Try to keep the lure
in the top couple of feet of the water column. Mackerel
PLEASE SEE FISHING, PAGE 26
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Mark Mixon, Mike Brakefield Dave Frankenfield and Jim Mixon pause before entering the clubhouse to celebrate
their combined 5-under-par 27 and first place in the April 12 nine-hole scramble at the Key Royale Club, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
bined on a 5-under-par 27 to grab first place on the
April 11 had the men in an 18-hole, best-ball-of-
partners game. The team of Joe Dickenson and Andy
Barber carded a 17-under 47 to grab a six-shot victory
over three twosomes. Danny Hayes and Larry Fowler,
Bob Landgren and John Sagert along with Bob Elliott
and Gary Harris finished at 11-under-par 53 in the
The morning of April 10 saw the men play a nine-
hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of
Dennis Schavey, Ron Pritchard, John Kolojeski and
Bill Schuman matched the 18-under-par 46 carded by
the team of Lance Lindeman, Bill Gallagher and Don
LaTorre to finish in a tie for first place.
The men then played an afternoon, modified-Sta-
bleford nine-hole match. Larry Solberg's plus-6 earned
him first place in the individual category, while helping
his team that included Jim Helgeson, Greg Shorten and
Ed Havlik to the team title with a combined plus-2.
The week of golf began April 8 when the men
played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match. Jim Thor-
ton's 5-under-par 59 earned him a two-shot victory over
second-place finishers Vince Mercadante and Bob Elliott
with matching 61s.
Only two of 10 participating teams advanced to the
knockout stage during April 14 horseshoe action at the
Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Dom
Livedoti and Hank Huyghe rolled to a 22-6 victory over
Steve Grossman and Jerry Disbrow.
Four teams qualified for the knockout round during
April 11 horseshoe action. Norm Good and Tom Skoloda
edged Herb Puryear and Dom Livedoti 25-20 in the first
semifinal game, while Rod Bussey and Marvin Gangemi
defeated John Crawford and Sam Samuels in the second
playoff game. The championship game was closely con-
tested, but Good-Skoloda outlasted Bussey-Gangemi
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
AMICC Basketball League schedule
Date Time Teams
Division II (ages 8-10)
April 23 6 p.m. Gettel vs. Walter
April 23 7 p.m. Bistro vs. IRE
Division I (ages 11-13)
April 18 6 p.m.
April 18 7 p.m.
April 18 8 p.m.
Sandbar vs. Southern Greens
Ross Built vs. Eat Here
Holy Cow vs. Walter
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
April 23 8 p.m. Integrity Sound vs. Oyster Bar
April 24 6 p.m. Dip's vs. Integrity Sound
FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25
often swim up to strike a bait at the top, so keep the bait
near the surface to mimic the action.
If you're targeting pompano, try keeping the jig
closer to the bottom, bouncing the jig on the bottom.
Pompano will generally feed near the bottom on sand
fleas and other crustaceans, so you want to make sure
your jig is in the same area where they feed.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business is flats fishing
with his clients for spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-
For the spotted seatrout, Gross is working grass flats
with water depths of 3-7 feet. He's reporting good results
on flats from Terra Ceia Bay to Sarasota Bay.
When using live shiners for bait, Gross says he likes
to first chum, then have his clients cast a bait. It's a good
way to see if there are any fish around and it also gets his
prey in a feeding mood. Most trout last week were in the
slot with the bit~.lI coming in at 23 inches.
Next, Gross is moving to shallow grass flats, adja-
cent to mangrove edges to target redfish. On the higher
tides, Gross is casting baits under the mangroves to get
the bite. As the tide reaches extremely high levels, fish
will swim under the mangrove roots to take shelter from
the hot sun. When this occurs, Gross likes to chum to
move the reds out from under the trees. Once they come
out to feed, Gross' clients can sight-cast baits to them.
While targeting reds, Gross is getting some good action
on catch-and-release snook. Average size of the redfish
is 24 inches with the bi tl,.I coming in at 31 inches.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing good
numbers of threadfin herring and shiners around the pier.
Matt Danziger holds two blackfin tuna weighing in at 27
pounds and 17pounds caught offshore of Holmes Beach
on a recent family fishing trip.
Most of the bait gathering there is big, too 5 to 6 inches
in length so anglers can expect big fish to be close
At night, after the foot traffic on the pier quiets down,
large snook are feeding on these baits under the pier and
around the lights. Gator trout also are joining in on late-
During the day, pier fishers are catching the occa-
sional Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and blue runner. To
hook up, Sork suggests using silver spoons or small white
Another species around the pier is barracuda. It seems
a large barracuda has taken up residence under the pier
and is feeding on macks. If you are fishing at the pier and
reel up half a mack, you'll know what happened.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters
says the spotted seatrout bite has been red hot, and his
clients have been limiting out on them.
Howard says redfish have been feeding aggressively
on moving tides, especially the incoming tides around the
full moon. The reds are chewing on big shiners tossed
into potholes and along the mangroves. To keep the birds
from attacking his chummers, Howard says he gives his
chum a squeeze and releases it next to the boat.
He reports seeing some snook but not in the num-
bers of years past. His charters have been catching bigger
snook and releasing them after a quick picture.
Fishing off the beach and the nearshore reefs has been
exciting and action-packed when the wind cooperates and
blows from the east, he says. Oversized Spanish mackerel
and kingfish have been burning up reels with non-stop
action. Howard suggests filling the live well with lots of
shiners and chumming to get the party started.
Cobia have made a nice showing around the artificial
reefs, too, according to Howard. "Have a heavy rod ready
to toss a nice lively bait and hold on, as a battle with a
brown bomber will ensue," Howard says.
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MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
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ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
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lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may place one free ad with up to
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or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
online. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-
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Shoshana 'Rosalie' Ladd
Shoshana "Rosalie" Ladd, 84, of Holmes Beach and
formerly of West Islip, N.Y., died April 15. She and hus-
band Saul moved to Holmes Beach in 1974.
Mrs. Ladd Rosalie was a graduate of Hunter College
and received her master's degree from Hofstra College.
She earned certification to teach science with an emphasis
on marine biology. She chaired the long-range planning
committee in Holmes Beach for nine years, and helped
develop the manual that limited building heights for the
She was a member of the Bradenton Yacht Club and
the Key Royale Club.
A memorial service will be held at noon Thursday,
April 19, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel,
5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations
may be made to Underdog Rescue, TideWell Hospice
or an organization of one's choice. Condolences for the
family may be made online at www.shannonfuneral-
Mrs. Ladd is survived by her husband of 67 years,
Saul; son Jeffrey and wife Andrea of Wethersfield, Conn.,
daughters Sandra and husband Jon Peters) of Brattleboro,
Vt., and Nancy and husband Robert) Butz of Clifton Park,
N.Y.; grandchildren Bryan, Becky, Jeremy and Kelsey;
sister Elaine Gline of West Orange, N.J.; several nieces
and nephews; and a devoted dog, Izzy.
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walk to gulf sunsets, on the beach, free fishing
on Bridge Street Pier. Reduced to $10,000, make
offer. $402 lot rent. Call Joe Webb 941-730-
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MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria
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FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Hot spots off the beach
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum,
402 Pine Ave.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807
Rotten Ralph's Restaurant at the Historic
Bridge Street Pier, Bradenton Beach.
Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive.
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St.
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf
Drive (ask at the shop for the password).
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.
Island Flea, 5704 Marina Drive.
Sand-N-Sudz Coin Laundry, 5400 Marina
Obituaries are provided as a free service in
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of residents, both past and present, and to those
people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on
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NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
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GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
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Please come in for an application.
BOOKKEEPER: FULL-TIME. Personality plus a
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KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
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SHARED COMMERCIAL SPACE on Historic
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UNIQUE ISLAND RETAIL business for sale. High-
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offer. Call Susie, 941-586-3909.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
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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
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
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HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental
units available for office/commercial spaces from
750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage
units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private
pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pri-
vate pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
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.
WATERFRONT: ONE-BEDROOM cottage,
$1,350/month. Annual lease. 941-779-0289.
BAYOU CONDO: 2BR/1 BA, furnished, assigned
dock, walk to nearby city pier, beaches, restau-
rants and shops. Contact Sandy, broker/owner,
for rates and availability. 941-376-6077 or e-mail
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA waterfront condo.
Tennis, pool, close to all services, unfurnished.
No pets, no smoking. $1,100/month. Call Sharon
at Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
PERICO ISLAND: MONTHLY rental. 3BR/3BA,
private pool, beautifully furnished. Call 941-795-
N esse jrisson B olrAssoiate, qI
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
YOUR SPOT IN PARADISE
One of our last Gulffront parcels at best
Anna Maria Beach this beach needs no
renourishment. Underground boulder revetment
has protected the structures since the 1950s.
This parcel includes cottage which is to be
donated to our Anna Maria Island Historical
Society for a baseball museum. Buyer may
construct new home. Asking $1,600,000.
All Islanders and visitors may contribute to the historical
society baseball museum. Call our office for additional details.
"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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ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5BA duplex with shared laun-
dry, fenced yard, partially furnished. $1,000/
month. Small pet considered. First, last, security.
Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton
Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: 2BR/1.5BA
elevated duplex on Marina Drive. Near beach and
trolley, carport and garage. $995/month. Avail-
able May 1. Call 770-547-6796 or 706-252-6530
after 10 a.m.
WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse
with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool,
patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months
plus. $1,000 plus utilities. No pets. Call 941-538-
SMALL PRIVATE ROOM: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $130/week.
ANNUAL: CUTE, FURNISHED 1 BR/1BA duplex.
Lakefront with dock. Walk to beach. Garage with
washer and dryer. No smoking or pets. Holmes
Beach. $900/month. 941-737-3547.
WATERFRONT: 2BR/2BA, Flamingo By The Bay,
fish from seawall, marble throughout, two Jacuzzi
tubs. Please, call 941-720-4475.
NICE TWO BEDROOM furnished single-wide.
Bradenton Tropical Palm senior mobile home
park on creek, 15 minutes to beach. $695/month,
six-month lease. Deposit, references. Utilities fur-
nished. 863-608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.
ANNA MARIA SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1BA,
washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier.
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-
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.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Saturday. 644 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach. Gorgeous waterfront
2BR/2BA, pool. James Adkins, 713-0635.
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.
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IN-NUENDOS By Daniel A. Finan / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Split the tab
15 McEnroe rival
20 Put on
21 Golfer with an
22 1997 Will
Lee Jones flick
24 Van Gogh or
25 "Frosty" air?
26 Knicks star
Anthony, to fans
27 Hikers' wear
29 General refusal?
31 Attention getter
35 Bishop's locale
41 Huge, to Hugo
42 Prima donnas'
46 Skip over water,
49 Some game
51 Headstone phrase
55 Camaro -Z
57 Fraction of a
59 Phony: Prefix
67 Athlete wearing a
69 Lurid 1979 film
76 Went downhill
77 Misses part of a
79 Letter seen twice
81 Stray sounds?
84 Blocks (up)
88 "To be on the
safe side ...
93 Bank take-back
95 Seasonal potation
96 Hook hand
99 Japanese native
101 Golf ace
109 Rogers's partner
112 Swiss cheese
114 The Royal Game
117 Russia's ___
119 "There is "
121 One who looks
friendly but isn't
126 31-Across, for
127 Like some bad
128 Hammy, say
129 Compos mentis
1 Designer Versace
2 Hoofing it
6 Do a semester's
studying in one
7 Breakfast items
often eaten with
10 "Bad Moon
11 Yellowfin tuna
12 OFF! target
13 Ex-senator Bayh
14 Reply to
15 Security crises
16 Where skaters
17 Where skaters
18 V components
23 Big name in the
28 Set (against)
30 It's often slanted
32 What [wink
34 Dungeons &
38 "Want me to
draw you ___?"
43 Certain angel
44 ___ school
45 Canonized mlle.
46 45, e.g.
47 Western U.S. gas
48 Locale for many
a lounge chair
50 Lounge lizard's
52 Sasquatch's kin
54 Does some yard
56 Pan handler
58 Virginia athlete,
62 Get ready
64 What a texter of
":-(" might be
65 "Xanadu" group,
66 "Oh yeah? ___
70 Retainers, e.g.
71 N.B.A. forward
72 "Game of
73 Father of a grand
86 Prepare, as
89 "Wake up and
90 Not kosher
91 Cockney greeting
92 Head turner
94 Cross to bear
100 Deutsch marks?
104 Wiggle room
105 "Why not?!"
106 Quits, slangily
107 Not stay the
108 Went back to
109 Make at
110 An Obama girl
111 Check for fit
115 Drink with a
116 Slips in pots
118 Bar car?
122 Onetime aid in
124 Gardner of "The
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75 Person with a
80 Run nicely
82 Home of the
Hall of Fame