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MARCH 21. 2012 FREE
Astheworld Terns find
turtles in a jam a
traffic jam. Page 6
Bradenton Beach park
huts to be removed.
Merchants to start up
Bridge Street shuttle.
HB homeowner fined
for unpermitted roof
repairs. Page 4
BB ready to roll out
new trolley shelters.
2002 headline news.
AM commission ends
moratorium. Pages 8
What's up on AMI?
Holmes Beach park-
ing issues debated.
Island Pearl debuts.
BB crash results,
police blotter. Page 19
new owners, events.
Sports news. Page 24
Fishing turns to
spring. Page 25
Obituaries. Page 26
Celerating 'green' on
March Madness grips Island
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island had its own version
of March Madness last week as many area
students were on spring break and headed by
car, van and SUV to the Island for some fun
in the sun.
Families with younger kids out of school
also flocked to AMI to visit the beaches and
other family members.
With exceptional weather and the usual
winter visitor traffic already peaking on the
Island, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine said a few motorists became irate in
traffic jams and called the HBPD demanding
something be done to relieve traffic conges-
"Area spring break is always the worst
time of the year driving on the Island if the
weather is nice. Last week was pretty much a
matter of having more cars than the roads can
handle," Romine said.
He had two officers manually controlling
traffic signals at both the East Bay Drive-Man-
atee Avenue intersection, and at the East Bay-
Gulf Drive intersection to allow more time for
vehicles exiting the Island.
"That seemed to help," said Romine, adding
that officers will be particularly alert for any
recurrence of traffic volume. Once area spring
break students return to school, Romine said,
traffic levels on the Island will be back to that
of a normal winter season.
"It's the price we have to pay at this time of
the year, and people really need to understand
it doesn't help to call in and scream at our dis-
patcher because they are stuck in a traffic jam,"
He asked all motorists to exercise patience
with other motorists, and particularly with law
"They are just doing their job and don't
deserve the abuse from frustrated drivers," he
The effects of spring break for area students last week, coupled with normal winter visitor
traffic to Anna Maria Island and good weather, resulted in this traffic congestion at the Mana-
tee Avenue-Gulf Drive intersection, and beachgoer vehicles parked along Manatee Avenue.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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By Kathy Prucnell
The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection issued warning letters Feb. 29 to two
property owners on 28th Street in Holmes Beach
for trimming mangroves without a permit.
The mangrove alteration, which topped
approximately 5 feet from the 12- to 16-foot
tall trees, and the possible violation of Florida
law protecting the trees, occurred in an area of
9,500 square feet "within the landward extent
of Grassy Point Bayou," according to the DEP
The DEP inspected the 28th Street site Feb.
An inspection report states that Rod Par-
sons of Ripley, W.Va., and a homeowner on
28th Street, hired a Bradenton contractor to cut
PLEASE SEE MANGROVES, PAGE 3
An area of 9,500 square feet of cut mangroves
on the bay at 28th Street, Holmes Beach,
has resulted in warning letters to two prop-
erty owners from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and a continuing
investigation. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
2 0 MARCH 21, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Huts at Katie Pierola Park to be removed
By Mark Young
Seven small tiki huts at Bradenton Beach's Katie
Pierola Park, 2200 Gulf Drive N., will be removed by
the city due to safety concerns.
At the March 15 city commission meeting, public
works director Tom Woodard showed photos of the
deteriorating huts. Woodard said he was directed by
the previous administration to remove the huts, but he
still needs direction from the commission.
"I was requested to remove the tiki huts, but it never
came before the commission for approval," said Woo-
dard. "Now it's getting to the point where they are in
pretty bad shape."
Woodard said he has neither the expertise on staff
nor the funds to repair the huts. Funds also are not avail-
able through the community improvement projects com-
mittee, which has its budget tied up in other projects.
The photos also show a healthy growth of sea oats
around the huts.
"I can't remove sea oats without (Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection) approval and I won't
get that," said Woodard. "You can also see sand is rising
around the huts from previous storms."
Mayor John Shaughnessy said he visited the park
and noticed the condition of the huts.
"I went down there and took a tour of them," he
said. "They are in bad shape. There are nails sticking
out and the boards are warped. There is another concern
also. I found blankets and pillows stuffed up under-
neath the roofs, probably from homeless people sleep-
ing underneath them at night."
Shaughnessy suggested removing the huts and
replacing them with benches or picnic tables, "which
would be less costly to the city," he said.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said it was the safety
concern that bothered her the most. "Someone can get
hurt there," she said.
Commissioner Gay Breuler noted that even if they
could be repaired, the sea oats are making them virtually
Vosburgh motioned to have the city public works
department remove the seven huts, and the motion
was seconded by Breuler. The motion passed unani-
Also approved by the commissioners was a resolu-
Good weather and spring
break, along with the normal
flow of visitors at this time of
year, brought large numbers
of people to the Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, last
week. While the higher-than-
normal crowds probably put
a smile on the faces of area
business owners, Holmes
Beach police officers were
busy keeping traffic flow-
1 ing smoothly on and off the
Island. Islander Photo.: Rick
tion allowing for elected officials and city board mem-
bers to attend public meetings via electronic devices
- either by conference call or webcam in cases of
There were concerns expressed on the potential to
abuse the system.
"I don't want people getting used to 'oh, I don't
have to go,'" said Shaughnessy.
Gatehouse asked city attorney Ricinda Perry, who
drew up the resolution, if there were any ways to moni-
"Absolutely," she said. "If we find abuses down the
road, then we can come in and redefine it."
Perry also recommended that the resolution be for-
warded to every city department so that all city staff
could see there are requirements that must be met before
remotely attending a meeting.
Breuler moved to adopt the resolution, to include
all city boards, which was seconded by Vosburgh, and
In other city matters, former city commissioner
Janie Robertson questioned commissioners on the
request for proposal, previously approved by the com-
mission in regards to the cellular communications pro-
Robertson wanted clarification on a time window.
Perry answered for the commissioners, saying the
RFP was supposed to be on the March 15 agenda, but
didn't make it.
And Shaughnessy reported the Historic Bridge
Street Pier won a Manatee Chamber of Commerce
award, "which was very nice," said Shaughnessy. He
also updated commissioners on his discussions with the
county regarding the trolleys.
"I suggested to them that kids are indoctrinated to
walk out in front of their school bus because they know
it's safe, but they are doing the same things with the
trolley. The trolleys now have signs on the back glass to
warn people about passing. Also, (the county) is going
to put a speaker system in the trolleys in order for the
drivers to ask people not to walk in front of the trolley,
and to wait until the trolley has departed."
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MANGROVES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
mangroves at 418 28th St., across the street from his
The DEP sent a warning letters to Parsons and
another 28th Street property owner, Cedar Hames of
Tierra Verde. The letters request Parsons and Hames
cooperate in resolving the matter, and asks for a response
"within 15 days to arrange a meeting to discuss the
At press time, according to DEP spokesperson Ana
Gibbs, inspectors had spoken to both Parsons and Hames.
No written response has yet been provided to the depart-
ment, and the investigation is ongoing, she said.
The Florida DEP "is working with all the poten-
tial parties associated with this incident to gather the
necessary information to make a final determination
as to what happened in this case," stated Gibbs in an
The inspection report states: "It is unclear at
this point if Mr. Hames was aware of what occurred
at the site since his primary residence appears to be in
State law prohibits a person from altering or trim-
ming any mangroves "within the landward extent of
wetlands and other surface waters" except by permit,
according to the DEP.
No permit had been obtained prior to the February
inspection, according to Gibbs.
"Based on a review of the remaining unaltered man-
groves," the DEP reported the "impacted fringe was
approximately 16-20-plus feet in pre-trimmed height. At
the completion of the alteration, it appears the trees were
reduced to a final height of approximately 5 feet."
The DEP reports that the fringe is comprised of
mostly black and white mangroves with an average
diameter of 5 inches. The average fringe depth is 75
linear feet and its length is 126 linear feet, according to
the DEP inspection report.
The cutting was first reported by a dog walker,
Janet Fitzgerald, who routinely walks 28th Street and
noticed the marked difference in the mangroves at the
shoreline. She then told her findings to Holmes Beach
Commissioner Jean Peelen at one of her coffee-with-
commissioner events in January.
Construction trailers from a stormwater project had
been parked there, she said, but once removed, she saw
the extensive clearing across from the last house on the
Holmes Beach Police Department Lt. Dale Ste-
phenson filed a police report Feb. 3, stating he spoke
with one neighbor who said, "the new owners of 418
28th St. had a crew cut back the area."
Stephenson referred the matter to the DEP.
Peelen pointed out this 28th Street property is near
Grassy Point, the city's 34-acre bayfront preserve. She
said the mangroves are important to the Island, and
"hold it together."
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4 E MARCH 21, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Bridge Street-Coquina jitney to start up soon
By Mark Young
Saul Perlmutter, a noted American scientist who
gained fame and accolades for his work in studying the
universe once said, "The one achievement everyone can
look forward to is getting the perfect parking spot."
For the person who has an understanding of unlim-
ited space, parking issues, especially for drivers visit-
ing and living on Anna Maria Island, bring everyone to
Parking issues and potential solutions were discussed
at the March 15 Bradenton Beach city commission meet-
ing at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Two options were highlighted. The first came with an
announcement from the Bridge Street Merchants Associ-
ation, whose members will move forward with a planned
jitney shuttle system, taking people from Coquina Beach
to Bridge Street and back. The second was an approval
from the commissioners for a temporary-use permit to
the Bridge Street Bistro for valet parking.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh, a liaison to the Bridge
Street Merchants, announced that the jitney service
appears to be "moving forward."
BSM representative Jo Ann Meilner said the plan is
to designate two drop-off locations, complete with sig-
nage letting visitors know they can take the jitney from
the beach to Bridge Street and catch a ride back when
they are done with their visit.
"All it really will be is using golf carts to transport
people from the beach, where there is ample public park-
ing, and bring them to Bridge Street," she said. "We'll
By Kathy Prucnell
More than an hour into a code enforcement board
hearing, and after the testimony of several witnesses, Wil-
liam Sorg acknowledged he was "apparently" in viola-
tion of city and state building codes for roof repairs he
performed on his fourplex.
The board then unanimously found Sorg in violation
of codes requiring a city permit and a licensed contractor
to perform work that he performed last month at 3707
The order requires Sorg to complete the following
by 4 p.m., March 21:
Pay the City of Holmes Beach fines and penalties
due as a result of "substantially altering a structure upon
the real property without a building permit and continu-
ing said work after having been served with a stop work
Obtain a valid building permit for roofing shingle
installations that comply with all applicable regulations,
or otherwise "demolish and completely remove" them.
Pay the city's costs incurred in this action in the
amount of $88.
Code enforcement officer David Forbes said Sorg
William Sorg points to an example inside his fourplex
at 3707 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, where a faulty
roof has caused water damage, which he was trying to
prevent in February by doing his own roof work. The
matter was the subject of a code enforcement action
last week. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
start with two locations, one at the beach and one on
Bridge Street. What we hope to do is get a couple of
golf carts just to get it started, and if it works, we will
Meilner said the merchants are looking into insurance
requirements, and have found a company that customizes
"If we end up expanding, we'll customize the golf
carts to look just like the trolleys," she said. "As soon as
we check on the insurance, we hope to start this within a
At the same time, the Bridge Street Bistro is propos-
ing to implement a temporary valet parking service to
help alleviate parking issues on Bridge Street.
Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert said
the restaurant has submitted a traffic plan, but there were
Bridge Street Bistro planner Bruce Franklin presented
the plan on behalf of the restaurant owners to address the
Franklin said a circular pattern of traffic flow would
be implemented, with use of a nearby lot where hired
valets would park the cars.
"We're confident that we have plenty of space to
do this, and we will be using a professional valet ser-
vice," said Franklin. "(Traffic) backup is a concern, but
it's a mute issue because it can happen on any given day.
People are getting more discombobulated (looking for
parking) than if you would have an organized, profes-
Franklin argued that a professional valet service
will be required to pay triple the normal fee, which is
based on the monetary value of the project, for his permit,
which must be submitted by a licensed roofing contrac-
Because Sorg maintains the fourplex as a rental, the
city required a state licensed, insured roofing contractor
for the work.
Upon discovering Sorg's roofing work, the building
department also required inspection and approval by two
professional engineers of the work already performed.
The city recently received these reports, according to
Forbes at the hearing.
The order stems from a series of events to which
Forbes and building official Bob Shaffer testified, includ-
ing a delivery of materials to the site Feb. 10 when no
permit had been issued, working through a Feb. 14 stop-
work order and Sorg performing the work himself Feb.
18 and Feb 26.
The seven-member board also heard the testimony
"I only wanted to protect my property," Sorg said,
due to a severe "imminent weather threat" for which tor-
nado warnings had sounded.
"The last thing I wanted to do as a 69-year-old man
was go onto the roof," he added.
Sorg said he believed that as a result of the mediation
that settled a prior code enforcement case brought by the
city against work on the same fourplex, he could perform
the needed repairs.
Jim Dye, attorney for the city, however, provided
testimony and the settlement agreement from the prior
case, and said it required work to be performed by state
licensed contractors, and permits also were required.
Code enforcement board attorney Michael Connelly
also was present, and provided the board with a prepared
After the hearing, code enforcement board chair
Donald Schroder said the Sorg enforcement is not just
about an $88 fine.
"It's more than that. People have to understand, there
are rules and statutes for the protection of all citizens, and
laws that have to be complied with."
Sorg apologized to Schroder after the hearing, and
said, "Hopefully, this will be the end of problems."
The prior code enforcement action against Sorg
was a 2004 order relating to faulty balcony work at the
same site and a 2007 court action, which settled in May
The settlement required Sorg pay a $2,800 fine to the
city, and to hire a licensed contractor to perform certain
work on the residence. The fine was paid and the work
performed, according to city and court records.
would not increase traffic concerns, but would decrease
them. Bridge Street Bistro will be paying $1,500 a month
to lease the vacant lot, as well as paying for the valet
And the service is not planned to provide only for
Franklin said the valet service would be available for
anyone wishing to peruse Bridge Street businesses.
"Anyone who wants to use it, can," he said. "It's not
just for Bridge Street Bistro. Parking is probably some-
thing you see on your agenda every week, and we are
trying to do something to alleviate that. I think it will be
a benefit not only to our business, but the area as well,
and at no cost to the city."
Franklin didn't convince all of the commission-
ers that the traffic-flow plan would work. Both Mayor
John Shaughnessy and Commissioner Ric Gatehouse
"I have a problem with this," said Shaughnessy. "It's
a very, very short distance from the roundabout to the
entrance where you want to go. My bi_.,__.t *I concern is
there will be stacked cars on Gulf Drive and we can't
The commissioners discussed the issue further and
came to a consensus to approve the permit, but for 30
days instead of the requested 90 days. The commission-
ers felt more comfortable testing the service for a shorter
time and agreed to revisit the issue in a month to see if
it's working as planned.
Commissioner Gay Breuler motioned to approve
the temporary-use permit for 30 days, which passed 3-1.
Shaughnessy, Vosburgh and Breuler voted for the permit,
while Gatehouse voted against it. Vice Mayor Ed Straight
was excused from the March 15 meeting.
Whether the permit is extended for future use or not,
it cannot be permanent, according to Bradenton Beach
building official Steve Gilbert, who explained that such
a service that creates a parking lot is against the city's
"It's not a grant of rights to develop rights as a park-
ing lot," said Gilbert. "It's the same as granting a flea
market to operate on a piece of property not zoned for it.
Anna Maria City
March 22, 6 p.m., city commission.
March 29, 6 p.m., special meeting, city commis-
March 29, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
March 21, 1 p.m., community redevelopment.
March 21, 1:30 p.m., capital improvement projects,
city commission work meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
March 22, board of adjustments.
March 27, 1 p.m., building code focus group.
March 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting and
March 28, 9 a.m., zoning and permitting focus
March 29, 10:30 a.m., rental agents and contracts
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
March 13, 9 a.m., county commission.
March 27, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
March 21, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Longboat Key town hall.
March 26, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropol-
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Pay fines, costs, get permit
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Bradenton Beach trolley shelters await final approval
By Mark Young
Shelter is one of the three basic needs of humans -
and a want for trolley riders.
Four of Bradenton Beach's free trolley stops now
offer shelter from the elements for those people awaiting
a ride on the Manatee County transit trolley system.
It was announced during a January capital improve-
ment projects/city commission meeting that installation
of four shelters would be completed by the end of Febru-
ary. Delays in the project did arise, but according to Bra-
denton Beach building official Steve Gilbert, the project
is now all but completed.
"There are a couple of them that are still going to get
some decorative items and handrails installed, but they
are 99 percent complete," said Gilbert. "All we have to
do now is get final (Florida Department of Environmental
Protection) approval, which should take place in the next
week or two."
Students from Manatee Technical Institute were ini-
tially designated to do the woodwork for the shelters, but
spring break slowed the project down.
"They prefabricated the wood at the school and they
did complete two of them," said Gilbert. "But it appeared
it was going to get dragged out beyond our timeline, so
the city authorized the remaining two to be contracted
The shelters were paid for through a Manatee County
transportation grant. Gilbert said the county's goal is to
shelter all of the bus/trolley stops within the county "for
convenience" to riders, he said.
"But the city is a little different," he said. L\ .i) -
thing that is done on the Island has to have DEP approval
first. While that process doesn't take a long time, it does
slow things down, and it means we have to make sure
we have all of our I's dotted and T's crossed before we
Not yet ready for trolley time
Still secured by construction tape, this trolley shelter
on Gulf Drive awaits final Florida Department of
Environmental Protection approval before riders can
enjoy relief from the elements while waiting to catch a
ride on the free Island trolley. Three other new trolley
shelters stand ready for use after being renovated
through a Manatee County transportation grant.
Islander Photo: Mark Young
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Gilbert said the four new shelters were part of a two-
year process, and there are no plans for shelters at the
remaining trolley stops in Bradenton Beach.
"This project was funded through a grant, and right
now, we don't have funding to do anymore," he said.
Trolley riders can now enjoy shade and shelter from
the elements at 27th Street and Gulf Drive; Katie Pierola
Park at 2200 Gulf Drive N.; 1801 Gulf Drive N.; and
Ninth Street South at Cortez Beach.
Bring your own instrument or just your singing
voice and join in the fun at the "Music on the Porch"
1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Florida Maritime
Museum, Burton Store, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
The Florida Maritime Museum is celebrating
March Heritage Month with the musical program and
an open-air market. More than 15 local arts and craft
vendors will offer unique local treasures for sale.
Food and refreshments will be available for pur-
chase, and the day will include guided tours of the
Florida Institute for Saltwalter Heritage Museum,
FISH Boatworks and FISH Preserve.
There is no charge for admission, and plenty of
free parking will be available.
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6 E MARCH 21, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Spring comes early
Spring break is definitely a "break dance" on Anna
We don't get the legendary throngs of college-
age partiers like Fort Lauderdale, or the onslaught that
Panama City Beach "enjoys," although we have our
share of kids.
On Anna Maria Island, it's more likely grandkids.
The Island has historically had breakers come for
the rites of spring which officially began March 21
- families enjoying the school break with their kids.
However, with Easter still three weeks off, it's surpris-
ing to see high-season numbers on the roads, packed
beaches, crowded stores and bulging restaurants.
But it's all good fun when you're with friends.
We've said it before just relax and go with the
flow of the party or traffic.
So what if traffic crawls like a nesting mother sea
turtle trying to make it back to her Gulf of Mexico
home? So what if you sit on the bridge not a bad
view, at least for longer than you expected? And who
minds if you're fashionably late for a very important
We all have to plan accordingly, and display maxi-
mum patience in stores and while awaiting the perfect
table at our favorite eatery.
Remember that this will soon pass, and in a
couple of months we'll look around and ask ourselves,
"Where's the party?"
So enjoy the party while it lasts, and thank all the
winter friends for spending time with us. And spending
Lest we forget, amid all the talk of mega-rental
homes and too many bedrooms, and the new homes
that tower over old and crowded accommodations, this
is not the first time folks have cried foul over changes
How about when the three cities were called on to
halt high-rise condos? And think of the changes that
came about after the Federal Emergency Management
Agency passed rules to encourage elevated "stilt" homes
in the 1970s.
The ,.-,'ii economy and rising popularity of Anna
Maria Island bring younger families, who vacation for
shorter periods, and demand high-quality accommoda-
tions. Some day it will be their Anna Maria Island, too.
As we like to say, most Islanders want progress, but
they don't want change.
Regardless of that, we still pass the "I love Anna
Maria" credo from generation to generation.
And damn it, traffic is NOT that bad.
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Time to Step Up
Last night the Anna Maria City Commission decided
not to pursue a moratorium on residential construction.
They determined the issues we are seeking to resolve were
better and more efficiently addressed through enforcement
of our existing codes.
Commissioner SueLynn's commendable work with
property managers to develop "neighbor friendly" prac-
tices, coupled with the sting of a citation and fine system
for the thoughtless few disturbing the peace of the many,
is very likely to significantly mitigate the situation.
However, it is important that the message sent by those
calling for moratorium not be lost on builders, rental property
owners or the agencies who represent them. A significant por-
tion of the property managers have already stepped up with
voluntary "best practices" and enforcement solutions.
Time for the rest to join in, or risk losing clients who
want the most responsible representation. Owners not
currently represented by management would do well to
consider the benefits of having local, responsible represen-
tation in order to help protect their investments and make
sure the neighborhood they have invested in remains one
worth living in. This also will ensure that the twin respon-
sibilities of bed tax and licensing are properly handled.
As to the builders: "I just build what the client wants"
doesn't hold water. Consider the benefits of advising cli-
ents as to the history, culture and character of Anna Maria
before scraping a single-story home to make way for all
the law allows.
Finally, it's time for our city to get serious about incen-
tives for maintaining what we do want. A halt on further
demolition of the homes that have historically populated
our neighborhoods could be made palatable if increased
lot coverage and other incentives were available to allow
an extra bedroom, bath or expanded kitchen. This makes
it possible to maintain the historic character of our neigh-
borhoods, while not overly burdening property owners. It
encourages the behavior we do want and has the potential
to reduce the number of new "McMansions" so many of
us rightly abhor.
I think it could work.
Micheal Coleman, Anna Maria
What's in a bedroom?
As a proud 20-year resident of Holmes Beach (and
25-year homeowner), I never thought I'd see the day when
the leaders of Anna Maria would make a better decision
than would our commission members here. Well, I have
Why in the world would Holmes Beach not at least
consider a temporary moratorium on building permits, as
Anna Maria is? This would give the present Holmes Beach
study committees time to make some thoughtful decisions
and recommendations affecting our city's future.
The now infamous 66th-Street duplexes loom over
my back yard. Not only are they large, but they boast
mini-Splash Mountains. There are two pools, two water
slides (one reaching up to the house balcony) and a tiki
hut overlooking my little one-story duplex. My longtime
(and very upset) tenant has already had to call the police
about nighttime noise.
I am surprised the builder, Shawn Kaleta of Beach
to Bay Construction, was quoted in a recent article stat-
ing that for the past two years he has been building only
three-or-fewer-bedroom properties. How does it happen
that each of these units on 66th Street has six bedrooms?
Maybe they don't count as bedrooms because they
don't have closets. They certainly have people sleeping
in them. Sounds like bedrooms to me.
Decision-makers, please, listen to what our former
mayor, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
had to say: "Give these people (citizens) what they
Gretchen Edgren, Holmes Beach
Editor's note: The Islander reported: "more than 90 per-
cent of homes (Kaleta's) company built in 2011 some
40 projects were four bedrooms or less."
Where's the fire?
What a joke! One of your lead stories in the March 14
edition of The Islander, titled "Partygoers get boot from
Holmes Beach rental," is straight out of the script of small
town fire departments, starting fires and rushing to put
them out to become the town heroes.
Mike Norman, Bradenton Beach
Wakeskating movie premieres at Seafood Shack
Integrity and Mutiny Wakeskates, a team of new
action sport enthusiasts who combine wake and skate
boarding, present "Ride Among Us," a movie pre-
miere, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Seafood
Shack Restaurant, 4110 127th St., Cortez.
The full-feature film directed by Mitchell Cobb
showcases two Island locals, Andrew Fortenberry
and Nick Taylor, as well as other wakeskate riders
Featured wakeskater Andrew Fortenberry, Integ-
rity and Mutiny Wakeskates will host a premiere
at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, for "Ride Among
Us," at the Seafood ho,, restaurant, 4110 127th
St., Cortez. The video debuted last week in Baton
from across the country, including Ryan Lemons,
Blake Steele, Josh Norman, Collin Gee, Jen Gilan-
Farr and Gabe Paulson.
It debuted at a Hollywood-style opening at the
Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, La., March 14, and
the Cortez viewing is only the second "premiere"
showing of the movie.
Wakeskating is a small but growing action sport,
Two young talents featured in the film, Forten-
berry and Taylor, learned the sport while growing
up on Anna Maria Island. Fortenberry has a website
with tips and lessons and plenty of footage shot on
the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island.
They both have attracted the sports' star sponsors
for products and endorsements.
Food and drink will be available at the Seafood
Shack. Copies of the DVD also will be available for
purchase at the event.
For more information, call Fortenberry's dad,
Nick laylor on board.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 21, 2012 E 7
Headlines from the March 20,
2002, issue of The Islander
Florida Department of Transportation officials
admitted that rehabilitation of the 45-year-old Anna
Maria Island Bridge that connects Perico Island to Anna
Maria Island was an option in an engineer's report of
the bridge's condition. A DOT spokesperson said the
agency would hold a public meeting April 4 to discuss
the engineer's report.
After nearly six years of planning, Manatee
County Area Transit introduced a fare-free Island
trolley for Anna Maria Island that was expected to
relieve traffic congestion on the Island. A federal
grant paid for the five trolleys, including labor and
maintenance through 2003. County commissioners
pledged to keep the service operating free if it proves
Anna Maria city commissioners gave a chilly
reception to a presentation by Hover USA of Pinellas
County to operate a hovercraft tour from Egmont Key
and Fort DeSoto Park daily to Anna Maria. Company
president Bob Wagner said the craft would use a 200-
foot strip of beach at Bayfront Park to conduct land-
ings, but commissioners noted the park is managed by
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Anna Maria commission votes 3-2, halting moratorium
By Rick Catlin
Contractors and builders inAnna Maria can now have
their building permit applications reviewed and approved
as city commissioners voted 3-2 at their March 15 meet-
ing to lift the administrative moratorium in place since
The decision came after Commissioners Dale Wood-
land, Jo Ann Mattick and John Quam said they believe
stricter code enforcement would eliminate many of the
problems being experienced at vacation rental properties,
not a moratorium on construction.
Favoring continuation of the moratorium were Com-
missioners SueLynn and Chair Chuck Webb.
The administrative moratorium to halt review and
approval of building permits passed 5-0 after SueLynn
expressed concern at the Feb. 23 commission meeting
that construction of more large, multi-bedroom homes
would lead to larger vacation rentals, and that would pres-
ent a problem.
Other commissioners also had concerns at the Feb.
23 meeting that more rentals could create problems in the
City planner Alan Garrett agreed that the city is
"seeing more home (applications) coming with larger
square footage, more bedrooms and the potential for a
greater number of occupants."
But regulation of rental homes is difficult. He can't
look at a building permit application and determine if
it's for a rental or residence. An application for a 4-5
bedroom house could well be for a permanent residence,
"Trying to limit the number of bedrooms is not easy,"
he said, "and you can't single out short-term rentals" for
restriction in an ordinance.
Commissioners listed problems such as loud noise
after 10 p.m., loud pool parties day and night, curbside
trash, excessive parked cars, the number of bedrooms in
rental houses and the "box-like" appearance of the second
floor of new homes.
Woodland said there was nothing on the problems
list that warranted a moratorium. The solution is code
"I am opposed to t \ .ilinig you have on the board.
Telling people how to shape their house is going too
far. The same applies for the number of bedrooms," he
Building official Bob Welch said that in his experi-
ence the issue of tear-down and rebuild as a single-family
with numerous bedrooms is about the money.
"Island living is money driven. You are always going
to have investors looking to maximize their investment
by adding rooms or gaining height," he said.
Welch suggested discussion was moving away from
the problem of "late-night revelers" and large homes
being turned into rentals.
"That should be our focus," he said.
Woodland said he didn't think the commission was
the appropriate venue to handle vacationers who cause
problems. The rental agents are the first line of defense,
and they seem to have more authority in a lease than a
commission ordinance or code, he said.
Dye agreed, saying that property managers with a
signed lease from the tenant, could act faster than the
city in getting a rowdy renter evicted.
Webb, however, said what property managers are
doing is not something the city is regulating.
"We are talking about do we have a problem, and
what can the city do about it?" said Webb.
Commissioners discussed enacting a license ordi-
nance requiring all city businesses to register with the
city, and Webb said he had asked the Florida Department
of Business and Professional Regulation if the city could
take over that duty from the DBPR. All rental properties
must be registered with the DBPR.
SueLynn favored some form of licensing for the data-
base of information on vacation rental property owners.
Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon has a current list
of 80-90 percent of vacation property owners/managers
in the city provided by Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate
and Mike Brinson of AMI Accommodations, two of the
larger property management companies on the Island.
Based on the discussion, Dye said there are two
issues: structural and behavioral. The rental agents and
code enforcement can deal with bad behavior. The struc-
tural issues might need more examination by the city.
Mattick said code enforcement is the proper solu-
tion for vacation rental issues, and will be effective over
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration, which
manages vacation rentals, agreed. He said passing a mor-
atorium because of issues at rentals with loud noises,
trash left curbside too long and excessive parking is not
sufficient to "punish everybody."
Contractors and builders have laid off employees
because permits can't be issued, even for remodeling or
improvements, he said.
Webb and SueLynn suggested the city advertise the
second public hearing of the moratorium for March 29,
but Quam said the commission could decide that now.
"I guess it comes down to me. I don't favor advertis-
ing for the moratorium. I support lifting the administra-
tive moratorium," he said.
The vote was 3-2 to halt the second reading. Webb
said that meant the moratorium was no longer on the
Welch asked Dye for clarification to ensure that he
could resume issuing building permits and inspecting and
Dye said he could.
Although the moratorium was lifted, SueLynn said
she still has her concerns about "my city."
There are too many rentals, not enough parking and
too many people leaving, she said.
"I am worried about this city. I'm concerned we're
fast becoming another Fort Lauderdale," she said.
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The owners at Sunbow Bay condominiums will
host an open house 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, to
show off their bay-friendly landscaping.
The outdoor open house along Sarasota Bay will
showcase the association's updated landscaping and
gardens, 3805 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Some of the funding for Sunbow Bay's retro-
fit came from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program,
an intergovernmental partnership including state
and federal environmental protection agencies and
SBEP supported the project with $5,500 in Bay
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Neighborhood Program, and Jim Derwenko, a green-
Resident Denise Elliott led the association in its
bay-friendly landscaping goals, according to Sara
Kane, SBEP public outreach coordinator.
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For more information, contact Kane at the SBEP,
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 21, 2012 0 9
AM code enforcers will seek violations
By Rick Catlin
With Anna Maria's adoption of a special magistrate
to hear code enforcement violations, Mayor Mike Selby,
code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon and building
official Bob Welch presented commissioners last week
with a list of violations that soon will be routinely
enforced by the city.
Rathvon, Welch and building department adminis-
trator Diane Zacca, are licensed code enforcement offi-
The commission's current policy is for code enforce-
ment to be pro-active for right-of-way violations, and
re-active to other perceived violations when a complaint
Diane Zacca and Bob Welch. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Offenses that could lead to a code violation notice
requiring a fine or appearance before the magistrate
include violation of beach regulations, abandoned rec-
reational vehicles, disabled and illegally parked vehicles,
improper lighting during sea turtle nesting season, fences,
signs, unauthorized fill on property, abandoned property,
noise, visibility triangle obstruction at intersections, work
done without a permit and violations of the flood-protec-
Rathvon, Selby, Welch and Zacca are still refining
the list and more violations requiring immediate action
may be added before the special magistrate system is
Rathvon said under the current policy, a warning of
a code violation is issued before any code enforcement
notice is presented to the alleged offender.
The city commission sets policy for code enforce-
ment officers. For many years, the policy was re-active
- to address only those complaints made to officials, and
a mayor-appointed code enforcement board addressed
Anonymous code enforcement complaints made to
city officials will continue to be accepted.
Commissioners at their March 8 meeting adopted a
special magistrate ordinance for code violations.
A special magistrate is a non-resident, independent
attorney and is usually board-certified as a special mag-
istrate. His role is similar to that of the old-time city
magistrate, said city attorney Jim Dye.
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Racing, marketing, Anna Maria Island inspire artist
By Kathy Prucnell
Engines are revving for emerging contemporary
abstract painter Bob Brown who once drag-raced
professionally and later brought Fortune 500 sponsors
to NASCAR, Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.
Born in New York City, raised in East Lansing,
Mich., with stints in Houston, and Charlotte, N.C., and
art school in San Francisco and Boca Raton, Brown is
back at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, for his second year of exhibition.
He is one of four featured artists at the Studio's
March 21-April 16 exhibit, Appreciating Abstract. An
opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March
23, with an out-of-the-ordinary technique demonstration
5-6 p.m. (See related story.)
After his show "Have You Tried Abstract?" last year,
Brown apparently found his audience. He sold 65 pieces
of his art.
His work has been acquired by private and corporate
collectors, both in the United States and abroad.
Brown drag-raced professionally after high school
before friends persuaded him to concentrate on art.
In 1979, he quit the drag racing circuit and began
road racing, where he "made it to the minor leagues."
The next turn for Brown came in sports marketing
company startup in 1992, landing sponsorships deals for
He did marketing for Porsche and Red Lobster at Le
Mans, and for RCA, Penzoil and others while involved
with NASCAR, Indy 500 and other motorsport events.
After 12 years of 12 hour days, he sold his company
Art lovers: Stroll 'End to
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It's an evening of events for contemporary art
lovers in Anna Maria, Friday, March 23.
At one end, opposite the city pier and above
the Anna Maria Post Office, 101 S. Bay Blvd., art
enthusiasts can check out the 5-7 p.m. grand open-
ing of Artspace, including four studio artists: Debo-
rah Webster, an abstract painter who uses recycled
materials; Lex Halakan, a pastel artist; Rita Payne,
a palette knife oil painter; and Joanne Taylor Brown,
Also on display at Artspace will be artwork
from the studio's recent "call for artists."A "people's
choice" award will be announced at the reception.
At the other end, at the Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, there will be a reception for four
artists, contemporary painter Bob Brown, photogra-
pher Alyssia Lazin, abstract painter Paul Kapic and
watercolorist Jim Ladd. Brown will host a "ticketed"
demonstration at 5 p.m. The public is invited to hear
architect-art collector Gene Aubry will speak at 6
p.m. on collecting art, and a wine cheese reception
begins 6:30 p.m.
and started to seriously pursue art.
All along he'd been painting, Brown says. But
not until being encouraged by a friend to sell paintings
on e-Bay, and taking more art classes, did he start think-
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He then reconnected through a class reunion with a
friend from high school, Janet Aubry of Anna Maria. He
reached out to her one Saturday about two years ago with
an e-mail that included some pictures of his work.
Aubry, working in interior design consulting on the
Island after a career in marketing for a large Houston
architectural firm, also was an award-winning founding
member of the Society for Marketing Professional Ser-
vices, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Her husband, former Anna Maria Commissioner
Gene Aubry, is an acclaimed architect, also recognized
for his contemporary art works.
On opening Brown's e-mail, she shared Brown's
work with Gene. As she did so, one by one, he became
more and more impressed, and finally asked what Brown
was doing for a living. When Janet said she didn't know,
her husband replied, "Whatever he's doing he should
stop, and do this full time."
Brown's work is all about bold colors, but, he points
out, sometimes with soft colors laid on top.
He likes painting birds, palm trees and abstract faces.
He is quick to make comparisons between his art and
"In the races, I saw all these colors and that sort
of struck me," he says of how he first got interested in
modem art. "I think it comes from my racing. It's like a
Super Bowl every weekend."
His father, too, inspired and instructed him in art
"He was a cop" and a police sketch artist, he says.
Brown tells a story of how a woman once described a
suspect to his father, whose detailed sketch made it to
the front page of the local paper. Due to the remarkable
resemblance, he says, the suspect turned himself in.
Anna Maria Island, he says, also inspires.
"It's very serene. It's like stepping back in time.
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contemporary artist noO irown displays one of
his abstract paintings. His work will be on display
March 21-April 16 with other artists in "Appreciating
Abstract" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria,
10101 Gulf Drive. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell
People still drive 10 miles under the speed limit. It's
quiet, not like living in a metropolis."
Brown compares art to sports marketing, "I was
asking for multi-millions of dollars. I can't just say, I'm
a good guy, give me that kind of money.
"It's a lot like the art industry," and about "waiting
on the investment to mature.
"Racing is the same way, people invest money and
expect to get a return."
Brown warns others who may look to sell their art,
to remember it's important to have time to paint. If an
artist spends 80 percent of his time selling and only 20
percent painting, he says, it won't work.
"You have to have people who believe in you and
what you're doing ... to help you sell yourself," he
What's next for Brown?
In addition to the Anna Maria studio, he continues
to be represented by Florida galleries in Delray Beach,
Dania Beach and Key West.
"I'm a marketing person by nature," Brown explains.
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"I'm researching by reading magazines and collaborating
with other artists.
"I try to figure out what wave of paintings will be
appreciated," he says.
Art demo, reception, talk
At 5 p.m., Friday, March 23, when Brown demon-
strates painting at the Studio of Gulf and Pine, Anna
Maria, it won't be a typical artist's demonstration.
Rumor has it, his tools may include more than the
usual paint brushes.
It costs $100 to attend, and only 20 seats are avail-
able. And one lucky ticket holder will take home the art-
work created by Brown during the event.
Proceeds will benefit the Studio, which Brown and
Janet Aubry, his marketing professional, consider instru-
mental to encouraging the Island's art community.
Brown will show his techniques, including applica-
tion of thick impasto paint laid with a palette knife to
He also expects to give each observer insight into
the creative process. "You can almost say I paint by mis-
"I've never done this before," Brown says, "in front
of people," that is.
He's put together a 17-song playlist to accompany the
demonstration, which he hopes will "elevate my creativ-
And yes, there's more. He plans to use squirt guns,
ketchup bottles, and a spatula, and more.
The exhibit of four abstract artists, "Appreciating
Abstraction," will open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23,
with a reception featuring the Manatee High School
Island Jazz Combo.
Featured will be the work of Brown, artists Alys-
sia Lazin, photographer and her husband Pavel Kapic,
an expressionistic painter, and Jim Ladd, professional
The reception is sponsored by the Anna Maria Olive
Oil Outpost. The show is sponsored by The Islander.
Prior to the reception, former Anna Maria City Com-
missioner Gene Aubry will host a talk on "The Art of
Collecting Art." He is the architect for the Rothko Chapel,
board member of Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,
and 45-year collector of contemporary abstract art. Aubry
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will discuss collecting for enjoyment and investment.
The exhibit will be on display 1-5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturdays, March 21-April 16 at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
MORE: For profiles on Lazin, Kapic and Ladd, go
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await customers at Artspace. The studio will host
an opening and reception 5-7 p.m. March 23. It is
above the post office at 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
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Bring your dancing shoes or just plan to relax a
enjoy the beach dance 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27
benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert & Chorus Orchl
tra at the Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring Av
Bill Bowdish and Ted Young will perform a mix
oldies from the 1950s and '60s, as well as swing, ja
country and popular music. Local musician Koko I
also will entertain, according to the AMICCO.
After expenses, proceeds will benefit the orches
which hosts concerts for community entertainment.
Beach dance tickets are $10 at the door or $8
advance before noon March 27. The Sandbar v
provide refreshments for an additional fee.
Tickets are available on a first-come basis at wv
amicco.org, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Cc
merce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and at the Sa
bar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information and tickets, call Caryn Hod
of the Sandbar at 941-778-8585.
Guild meets to hear
The Anna Maria Island Artists' Guild will m
Monday, April 2, featuring as speaker Melissa Williai
president of the Anna Maria Historical Society, at
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 West G
Dr., Holmes Beach.
Williams will talk about the early history of
Members gather at 6:30 p.m. to socialize and
program starts at 7 p.m.
The public is welcome to attend.
For more information, call Midge Pippel of the gt
Easter arrives early for
The featured guest at the annual Easter event put
by the Women of the Moose will have long ears an
basket filled with goodies.
An Easter party, Easter egg hunt, baskets and lui
for children, ages 2-10, will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturd
March 24, at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, S., E
For more information, call 941-778-4110.
Artsy garage sale set
The Anna Maria Island Art League will hold
"ART Garage Sale," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March
at the League headquarters, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holr
The sale will offer art supplies, office supplies a
art work, and feature raffle prizes.
Organizers will accept donations of art suppli
materials, and art work for the garage sale at the Leag
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 23.
All proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island
For more information, call Christina Reginelli at 9,
St. Bernard church
to host reflection
St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women will hos
half-day of Reflection following Mass at 8:30 a.m. Sal
day, March 24, in the conference room of the St. Bern
activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Bridget Olson will speak on "Mary at the Foot of
The public is welcome, and a continental break
will be served.
For more information, call the church office at 9,
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
the milestones in readers' lives. Send notices and phi
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Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Roger Rockefeller's art features fine details in water-
color painting. He will demonstrate techniques of the
medium at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 24, at the Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
IGW hosts watercolor demo
"Watercolor Painting Techniques" will be presented
by artist Roger Rockefeller 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March
24, at the Island Gallery West in the S&S Shopping Plaza,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
As part of its weekly Saturday morning art demon-
strations at the gallery, Rockefeller will be showing his
experience in watercolor art techniques.
The demonstrations are free and open to the public.
Seating is on a first-come basis. For more informa-
tion, call 941-778-6648 or go online at www.islandgal-
Weekend art show to
Furry creatures are set to benefit from an Anna Maria
Island arts and crafts festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, March 24-25, at the field on Flotilla Drive
behind Holmes Beach city hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Featured will be exhibits from artists and crafters of
12 states, and on-site displays and lectures by the Wildlife
Education Rehabilitation Center.
For information, call 941-379-0951.
Guerra, Huffman wed
Amanda Guerra and Aaron Huffinan were married Jan.
21, and held their wedding and reception at Pier 22,
Bradenton. Parents of the bride are Nick and hl .... ,
Guerra of Holmes Beach. Barbara and Charles Palmer
and Bill and Diane Huffinan are parents of the groom.
The bride's sister, Emily Guerra of Bradenton, and
the bride's best friend, Lynndsey Wilson of Bradenton,
served as bridesmaids. Long-time friends of the groom,
Jack Azbell of Sarasota and Eric Marshall of Sebring
were groomsmen. The groom manages the Barefoot
Beach Hotel on Madeira Beach in St. Petersburg.
The bride manages Anna Maria Beach Cottages, Oak
Avenue, Anna Maria.
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Eileen Micho of the guild style show committee presents ,
Margaret Art with an orchid for 15 years of dedicated _
service to the Roser Guild Thrift Shop at the March 13 Diane Gladsden shows off a 'thrift' blue
thrift store fashion show. Art has managed the shop since dress, pearls and purse at the Roser Wom-
it opened in 1997. en's Guild fashion show.
Concert set to benefit
Mix Sarah Brightman with Celine Dion. Add a pinch
of Bach and Bernstein. Sprinkle a dash of jazz and con-
temporary love songs. It's a recipe for a concert to benefit
facility and roof improvements at the Longboat Island
Classical pianist and vocalist Katherine Alexandra,
with a three-and-a-half-octave vocal range, and keyboard
virtuoso, jazz arranger and composer Alex Dilan will per-
form at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at Longboat Island
Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
A wine and cheese reception follows the concert.
Tickets a $20 donation is requested are avail-
able at the chapel or by calling 941-383-6491.
Cortez Baptists celebrate
pastor's 60 years
Cortez Road Baptist Church invites the public to a
60th anniversary celebration of the ordination of Pastor
Roy E. Bruce.
The kick-off event features the Sunshine State Gospel
Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the church, 4411
100th St. W., Cortez.
Also planned at 10:30 a.m. March 25 is I hIgh \tt, n-
dance Sunday," which will include celebration of wor-
ship, prayer and fellowship and a free dinner.
For more information, call J. Cook at 941-792-3279
or e-mail email@example.com.
Celtics to play concert
Roser Memorial Communtiy Church will host an
Irish and Scottish folk band, the Wyndbreakers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
The concert marks the third in a series of freewill
offering performances produced by the Rosers.
The Wyndbreakers, donning kilts and tams, play
Celtic; traditional Scottish and Irish tunes on a variety
Attendees are invited to the Village Cafe at Rosedale
for a "Meet the Artists" after the concert for $5. Coffee,
tea and dessert will be served. Tickets for the cafe event
will be sold in the church foyer before the concert.
For more information, call 941-778-0414.
Roser plans breakfast,
'thrifty' yard sale
Pancakes, sausages, syrup, melted butter, apple
sauce, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee will be offered
by the Roser Men's Club 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 24,
in the Roser Memorial Community Church Fellowship
Hall, 512 Pine Ave.
At the same time, the Roser's Women's Guild will
host a yard sale across the street in the parking lot of the
Roser Thrift Store.
Donations of $5 for breakfast are suggested.
Proceeds will support Roser's vacation Bible school
attend coffee talks
Anna Maria Island Community
Center seniors meet March 3 for
coffee and conversation. Facilitator
Tina Fusaro, seated between partic-
ipants, invites all seniors to join her
group, including Kenneth Marshall,
left, and Paul Van Zytveld. Stand-
ing are, from left, Marlene Dickie,
Bill Bunting, 1lin,/, Kutz, Marian
Eriksen, Barbara Nowacki and
Bonnie Ryan. The Olive Oil Outpost
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Wednesday, March 21
6 p.m. -All-Island Denominations Lenten program, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, March 21
10 a.m.-5 p.m Coquina Beach Arts & Crafts Festival to ben-
efit Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park at Coquina Beach, Gulf Drive
South, Bradenton Beach. For more information: 352-344-0657.
1-3 p.m. Anna Maria Garden Club Penny Flower Show,
Roser Memorial Community Church Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Ave.
Thursday, March 22
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Coquina Beach Arts & Crafts Festival to ben-
efit Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park at Coquina Beach, Gulf Drive
South, Bradenton Beach. For more information: 352-344-0657.
Friday, March 23
5-7 p.m. Artspace grand opening and reception for artists
at gallery, 101 South Bay Blvd.,B #2, Anna Maria. Information: 941 -
5-8:30 p.m. -Appreciating Abstraction, contemporary artist
Bob Brown, photographerAlyssia Lazin, abstract painter Paul Kapic
and watercolorist Jim Ladd; 5 p.m. art demonstration; 6 p.m. Gene
Aubry art collecting presentation; and 6:30 p.m. reception at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies.
Saturday, March 24
8-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast by Roser Men's Club, and
Roser Women's Guild yard sale, Roser Memorial Community Church
Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Ave. Information: 941-778-0414.
8:30 a.m. St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women, Half-day
of Reflection after Mass, 248 S. Harbor, Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Show
to benefit wildlife at the Holmes Beach city field, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m.-noon "Watercolor Painting Techniques," a Roger
Rockefeller demonstration, at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, S&S Shopping Plaza, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Book signing, "Nathan and Stone Crabs,"
by author J.B. Crawford at the Florida Maritime Museum, 415 119th
Street W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.
1 p.m. 3 p.m. Easter party, ages 2-10 and parents, at the
Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
1-4 p.m. Monthly Cortez concert series Music on the Porch,
live music, open-air market at the historic Burton Store at the Florida
Maritime Museum, 415 119th Street W., Cortez. Free. Information:
2-4 p.m. Sunbow Bay condo association open house show-
casing its eco-friendly landscape project, 3805 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-955-8085.
7-11 p.m. Wakeskate movie premiere, "Ride Among Us,"
Seafood Shack Top Deck Restaurant-Dolphin Lounge, 4110 127th
St., Cortez. Free. Information: 941-778-0436.
Sunday, March 25
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Show
to benefit wildlife at the Holmes Beach city field, Holmes Beach.
4 p.m. Katherine Alexandra classical piano and vocal con-
cert to benefit Longboat Island Chapel, Longboat Key. Fee Applies.
Tuesday, March 27
3-5 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Concert & Chorus Orchestra
oldies dance on the beach at the Sandbar Pavilion, 100 Spring
Avenue, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.
8 p.m. weekdays, 2 p.m. Sunday through April 1 Island
Players perform "The Solid Gold Cadillac," 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.
Third Mondays, noon, September through May, Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
North, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 779-0564 for
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Tuesday, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod
& Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets
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.
Wednesday, March 14-May 2, 2:30-4 p.m., Meditation
classes, Lifelong Learning Academy on Anna Maria Island, Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
Information: 941-359-4296 or Sanchia: 941-779-1392.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street
Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-
Thursday through March, Bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23 St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by
Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
1-5 p.m. Manatee County Department of Historical
Resources and Island Pearl Excursions tour Shaw's Point, Emerson
Point Preserve and Portavant Temple Mound to benefit Manatee
Village Historical Park. Tour begins at Pier 22, 1200 1st Ave., W.,
Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-780-8010.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. -Artful Purpose Art Show and the Bradenton
Farmers' Market sponsor Paws in Motion Walkathon, a 1.1 mile
pledge walk beginning at Manatee River riverfront. Proceeds ben-
efit Manatee County Animal Services, Humane Society of Manatee
County and Manatee County No-Kill movement. Information: 941-
March 31, Longboat Key Fire Rescue Open House, Longboat
Key Fire Station, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
March 31, Affaire to Remember, a fundraiser for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
April 7, Second Annual Conga Line on Sand, Bridge Street
and Gulf Drive, on the beach at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Benefits MoonRacer No-Kill Pet Rescue.
Save the Date:
April 13 and April 14, Island Cityfest a Holmes Beach
Founders Day Celebration, Holmes Beach city hall field, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
*April 28, Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Orga-
nization Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Send calendar announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.
Janet Aubry will introduce the work of Bob Brown
beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at a recep-
tion and show at the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
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'The Solid Gold Cadillac' hosts sell-out opener
By Kathy Prucnell
Every seat was filled at the Island Players' March 15
opening night performance of "The Solid Gold Cadil-
lac" the final production for the theater group's 63rd
And the audience at the theater responded with
delight as the Cinderella story unfolded under the expert
narration of James Thaggard.
Mike Lusk, in his first director's role for the Island
Players, staged a well-organized, quick and light-hearted
Running through April 1, "The Solid Gold Cadillac"
is a love story woven into a tale of a fictional corpo-
ration's board of directors General Products and
how they deal with a minority shareholder who aims to
do right by the little guy. Set in the 1950s, the company
manufactures ( i filing from locomotives to clocks to
Robin Rhodes charms the audience as minority
shareholder Mrs. Laura Partridge, or Cinderella, if you
follow the narrator's back story. She's most believable
as an upstart actress rattling the cages of the corporate
directors all the while evenly dealing with "the four ugly
directors," who contrive to keep their cushy jobs and pil-
lage the corporate bank accounts.
The play begins in the boardroom at the annual meet-
ing, following the resignation of Edward L. McKeever,
played by Mark Shoemaker, the company's founder,
president and chairman of the board. Shoemaker per-
forms several scenes with bravado, and a very memorable
one about Sparticus. The story begins just as McKeever
leaves General Products to take an important federal gov-
Four scheming directors are played by actors Rick
Copp, as the "keep-the-lid-on-it" chairman of the board
John T. Blessington; Vinnie Conte, as a sometimes-
ethical ukulele-playing Metcalf; Herb Stump convinc-
ingly plays Cliff Snell, the villainous treasurer; and
Tal Reeve plays the mild-mannered, quirky secretary,
Conte and Reeve, along with Laura Morales, who
acts her several parts with much enthusiasm, keep the
audience entertained with sound bites about the headline
news made by Mrs. Partridge and McKeever after the
two meet in Washington and, together, stage McKeever's
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On stage in the Island Players current production of
"The Solid Gold Cadillac" are secretary Diane Phin-
ney, left, and "Cinderella" shareholder Robin Rhodes,
in the office of General Products. The production runs
through April 1 at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
come-back to rescue the corporation from the ugly direc-
Other players whose roles add flavor are Rita Lam-
oreux, as a little old lady and Blessington's bombshell;
and Diane Phinney, who adeptly takes on the role of the
helpful Miss Shotgraven. Shotgraven, hired by General
Products in an attempt to silence Mrs. Partridge in the
boardroom, is assigned as her secretary.
Blessington instructs Miss Shotgraven to help Mrs.
Partridge to do as little as possible, but says she may
respond to shareholders letters. Her small job, however,
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pays big dividends in the end.
Scenes changed seamlessly, and lights, sound and
costumes stood up in the community theater to the credit
of numerous crew members, including set designer Jan
Van Wart, light designer Brad Pattison, sound designer
Bob Grant, costume designer Don Bailey, and co-stage
managers Bobbie Berger and Ruth Stevens.
"The Solid Gold Cadillac" was a 1950s Broadway hit
written by Howard Teichmann and George F. Kaufman,
and a 1956 full-length movie starring Judy Holiday.
"The Solid Gold Cadillac" runs through Thursday,
April 1, at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8
p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information or tick-
ets, call the box office at 778-5755.
The box office is open Monday through Saturday 9
a.m.-1 p.m. and one hour before performances.
Island players advance
Aspiring actors and actresses, take note. There's a
new audition date for the next Island Players production,
"Fools," by Neil Simon.
The auditions will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25,
at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
It will be the fifth play of the Players' 63rd season.
"Fools" will be directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland,
and will run May 10-20.
The story line goes like this: The residents of a myth-
ical Ukrainian village live under a 200-year curse of stu-
pidity. Leon Tolchinsky, a schoolteacher, has been hired
to enlighten them, and a parable evolves from there.
For more information, call Woodland at 941-794-
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HB hears business
By Kathy Prucnell
"You gave me a great opener," said Birget Sester-
henn, of the Island Florist, before telling Holmes Beach
city commissioners March 13 of parking and traffic prob-
lems that have "severely affected" her business in the
Island Shopping Center, 5312 Marina Drive.
Referencing earlier comments made by Commission
Chair David Zaccagnino on civility at the meeting, Ses-
terhenn made the connection to the lack of respect shown
for her at her business in the shopping center.
Sesterhenn told commissioners of construction, park-
ing, traffic and civility problems due to the expansion of
Martini Bistro restaurant and bar on Holmes Boulevard,
directly behind her business.
She said her loading area was frequently blocked by
construction trucks throughout the summer, and now by
patrons and staff of the restaurant and bar.
She said she didn't say anything at first, thinking
problems would resolve once the construction ended.
However, they have not.
"I've encountered the situation of people pulling into
my parking space" while out on deliveries, and returning
to find no place to park. On confronting the offenders,
she said, "I'm getting yelled at."
Sesterhenn said one patron told her, "Your shop is
closed, why do you need parking?"
As to the traffic in the area, she said, "I personally
think it's dangerous," considering the many bicyclists,
golf carts, cars and kids with skate boards that frequent
the area, especially now, during tourist season.
"I need to be respected," Sesterhenn said, agreeing
with Zaccagnino. She said city people "all need to work
At previous commission meetings, Commissioner
owner on parking,
Pat Morton raised the issue of parking at Martini Bistro
and its accompanying outdoor bar, Fins Bar. He asked
to see the outdoor dining ordinance and the parking pro-
vision reviewed in view of complaints he said he had
received from merchants in the area.
New restaurant owner Jeff Levey said he thought
any parking situation had been resolved. Because he
only started operations March 13 at the Martini Bistro,
he had no knowledge of parking problems behind the
Island Shopping Center. Nonetheless, he understood the
parking behind the center to be public parking.
As for trucks making deliveries on Holmes Boule-
vard, he expects that to continue, adding that both the
Island Shopping Center and Lobstahs have deliveries.
Also at the March 13 meeting, commissioners
approved an ordinance updating the schedule of capital
improvement projects in the city's comprehensive plan.
At a work session last month, the city's planner, Bill
Brisson, said the ordinance update is required annually
by state law.
In other business, the commissioners voted 5-0 to
approve the following mayoral appointments:
Ruth DeHann to serve on the parks and beautifica-
tion committee until August 2014.
Thomas Creed to serve on the code enforcement
board until April 2015.
The city commission also unanimously reappointed
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson and appointed
Officer Brian Hall to the police retirement board, both to
two-year terms expiring April 2014.
Holmes Beach city commissioners March 13 also
gave the go-ahead to move forward on a claim against
the BP oil spill recovery fund based on economic losses
sustained by the city from the 2010 Gulf disaster.
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Hinkle of Hinkle & Foran, a Tallahassee law firm,
Holmes Beach commissioners at their March 13 meeting
revisited the issue of seeking compensation for damages
recommended in the fall of 2010 by Commissioner John
Monetti, a board member of the Florida Restaurant
and Lodging Association, attended meetings with the law
firm Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty &
Proctor PA. of Pensacola, handling similar claims on
behalf of the association.
"The Gulf Coast claims facility reported on Feb. 29,
2012, that 2,065 claims were paid in Manatee County
totaling $28,780,508," wrote Hinkle.
Petruff told commissioners it was the second time the
firm has solicited the city, and those numbers "astounded
me, quite frankly."
Monetti estimated lost profits of 15-20 percent from
unrealized tourist dollars.
Petruff pointed out recovery may be available to the
city for indirect costs, such as losses due to vacant rentals
and diminished gas tax revenue.
Hinkle's letter pointed to "significant developments"
since his last letter:
The state of Florida has taken the position it
will not pursue local option taxes, even while seeking
recovery of statewide collected revenue sharing and
In December, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of
(appointed to hear Deepwater Horizon cases) specifically
found the Oil Pollution Control Act, under which local
government claims can be made, "does not require physi-
cal damage by the oil."
Monetti said he recently spoke to the Levin-Papan-
tonio law firm about the possibility of a city claim.
"Municipalities and counties are doing this and
they're reaping rewards," Monetti said. "And it costs us
Petruff pointed out she is "always reluctant to get
into a lawsuit you have no control over."
However, she added "at the end of the day, it's money
you don't have now."
A downside to the filing could be additional work for
city staff, and the pay off not being worth time spent on
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said although the city had
no oil on the beach, "the perception was there was."
If tourism was "flat in 2010, I think it is an easy one
to win," Monetti said. And, he said, Holmes Beach "could
use the money."
The April 10, 2010, drilling rig explosion killed 11
people, injured 17, and is estimated to have spewed 400
million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the
leak was contained in mid-July 2010.
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Happy 60th to Bradenton Beach center
Dorothy Fenton Wagner, granddaughter of the center's namesake,
serves as the official "cake cutter" at the event to celebrate 60
years of service to the community for the Annie Silver Community
Center. Many memories were shared at the event, which featured
a display of photographs from the past, games, food and refresh-
ments, and more. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
Attending the March 16 60th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Annie Silver Commu-
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Dorothy Fenton Wagner, front row, left, great-greatgrandson Brenden Fenton and Amy Fenton
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a spring is here, so it's time to spring into some of
these stores for fresh, fun things that you won't find
anywhere else. It always feels good to shop local, and
buy local. So stop in and get shopping!
Just Beachin' is our newest pick to join Tiki &
Kitty, and Susie has all kinds of gifts and vintage col-
lectibles waiting to be discovered. Mention you saw her
ad in Tiki & Kitty and get 20 percent off one swimsuit
with the purchase of another. (Equal or lesser value,
but you already knew that didn't you?)
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has expanded her
store and her inventory, and she has loads of new stuff.
And remember, when you shop at Giving Back, you
get some awesome deals and all proceeds go to local
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key has moved to the
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The Feed Store Antique Mall features more than 50
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and \ i thing antique. This Ellenton hot spot is one of
the area's top stops, and we always enjoy shopping the
Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs
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need to check out the garden area and bridal boutique for
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Tide and Moon has moved to a new location on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria. If you haven't been there to see
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The Anna Maria City Pier at the bottom of this aerial photo taken last week now boasts a
beach suitable for beachgoers. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
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The recent dredging of the Bimini Bay-Key Royale channel by the West Coast
Inland Navigation District pumped enough material to the designated shore-
line by the Anna Maria City Pier to create a beach estimated to be about 500
feet wide that extends into Tampa Bay 100-150 feet. A few beachgoers last
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'Best Practices' list compiled for rental agents
By Rick Catlin The policies proposed for rental property owners and Have no groups exceed the allowable occupancy
Islander Reporter managers include: limit per the lease agreement.
aria Commissioner SueLynn, working with Provide a list of rental addresses to the city. Have no improper signage.
of Island Real Estate Inc. and Mike Brinson Provide a semi-annual update of new and changed Have no violations of turtle regulations.
)mmodations Inc., has completed the list of rental addresses to the city. Agree to have properties registered as rental units
es" she hopes will be adopted by all rental Respond to complaint calls from citizens/deputies with the Florida Department of Business and Professional
action property owners in Anna Maria and within a reasonable amount of time 15-30 minutes. Regulation and with the Manatee County Tax Collector's
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The list includes what Chatt first termed as "best
practices," saying the terms of Island vacation rental con-
tracts should include what's best for the property owners,
managers and the community.
Brinson, Chatt and Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue
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December fatality called 'tragic accident'
Island police blotter
March 6, 100 Spring Ave., information. Three
employees of the Sandbar Restaurant were working in
the kitchen when the kitchen manager ordered another
employee to get more plates. The employee left the
kitchen without saying an\ ilhin. at which time the man-
ager is alleged to have thrown a plate at the door where
the employee had exited. The plate shattered, but did not
strike anyone. A witness reported the incident happened
"so fast," he or she could not verify if it was intentional.
The restaurant owner reported the matter was resolved
internally. No further action was taken.
March 13, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, vehi-
cle burglary. The complainant reported that sometime
between March 12 and March 13, someone entered his
vehicle through an unlocked door, stealing several items
valued at $900.
March 13, 98 Sycamore Ave., found property. A
deputy responded to a call of three kayaks resting unse-
cured in a bed of sea oats. The responding deputy towed
the kayaks to the west end of Pine Avenue, and con-
tacted the Anna Maria public works department. City
staff secured the kayaks in storage. The deputy ran the
identification numbers of the kayaks, which were neither
reported stolen nor registered.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
March 8, 12000 block of Cortez Road. A male
driver reported he had been driven off the road by another
vehicle. He pursued the vehicle to the next stoplight, at
which time the suspect put his car in reverse and quickly
backed up to the complainant's vehicle, "as if to hit"
him. The suspect then turned off the road and entered the
parking lot of the laundromat. The victim reported the
suspect's tag information but, according to the report, the
tag number provided did not match the vehicle descrip-
tion. The suspect was not located.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
March 10, 4900 Fourth Avenue, drugs. While on
patrol, a MSCO deputy observed a red Toyota truck,
driven by Phong Dinh of Bradenton, driving aggres-
sively behind other vehicles. Upon attempting a traffic
stop, Dinh did not immediately stop, according to the
report. After several attempts to get Dinh to pull over, he
finally did, at which time the deputy saw him hunching
over the steering wheel, "as if trying to reach under the
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Kathleen Benison of Cortez has been cited with fail-
ure to yield right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk
for the Dec. 8 death of Antoinette Pruss, 65, of Sarasota,
in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North.
Benison was driving when she collided with Pruss,
who was in the crosswalk near the Gulf Drive Cafe.
Bradenton Beach Police Sgt. James Gill responded
to the crash and concluded his investigation March 12.
Gill was waiting on the final blood tests of Benison to
conclude the investigation.
According to the police report, Benison did not have
driver's seat," the report said. The deputy reported on
approaching the car that he smelled the odor of burning
marijuana. Dinh admitted his license was suspended, and
when he reached for his registration in the glove box, the
deputy observed a "very large amount of money." The
deputy then observed a knife in the driver's side door.
Further investigation revealed that Dinh is a habitual traf-
fic offender. The deputy checked under Dinh's seat and
discovered three bags of marijuana and a machete, and
a second knife was located in the passenger side door.
The deputy also found rolling papers and discovered
the license plate on Dinh's vehicle had been reported
stolen. The amount of marijuana was determined to be
15.3 grams. Thus far, Dinh has been charged with mis-
demeanor drug and traffic violations.
March 9, 3600 block of East Bay Drive, petit theft.
Police responded to a report of retail theft. A female
employee reported a customer had told her he overheard
in the parking lot a young man daring his passenger, "take
it." The young man entered the store and ran out with
a beer bong in his hand. The store's video surveillance
system captured the theft. A young man wearing a dark
tank top, dark shorts and flip-flops was shown entering
the store, grabbing the beer bong and running out.
March 11,5500 block of Marina Drive, theft. Police
responded to a call where the victim reported 70 gal-
lons of fuel had been siphoned from his boat. The esti-
mated value of the fuel was $280. The victim reported
he had filled the vessel March 9, left the boat docked,
and returned March 11 to discover his fuel gauge was on
empty. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.
March 12, 752 Manatee Ave. W., vehicle burglary.
Police responded to a vehicle burglary call at the Kingfish
Boat Ramp. The complainant reported that although he
had left his vehicle unlocked while out fishing, a rear
window had been broken. Several items were reported
stolen. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.
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any alcohol in her blood, but did have 8.8 nano-grams of
hydrocodone per liter of blood.
However, the painkiller was prescribed to Benison,
and the report said the trace amount was "below normal
therapeutic standards," indicating Benison was not likely
impaired at the time of the accident, according to Gill.
Gill said there would be no criminal charges filed,
and that this incident was a tragic accident.
"There was nothing criminal to it," said Gill. "Unfor-
tunately it was just a case of not paying attention, which
seems to be the norm for people driving these days."
Gill said it was likely a case of both the driver and
pedestrian not paying attention.
"When you look at Pruss, you have to ask why would
she step out," he said. \ 1I) \ she was thinking the car
was slowing down and maybe it was because Benison
said she was looking at the water. So maybe she did start
to slow down and Pruss thought she saw her. But even
being at a crosswalk, you have to make sure cars are
going to stop for you."
Gill said if there's a lesson to come out of the tragedy,
it's for pedestrians and drivers both to pay careful atten-
tion to one another, but "pedestrians especially, because
pedestrians are going to lose every time against a car."
Pruss was initially alive following the crash. Benison
struck her while driving a 1998 GMC Yukon. She cooper-
ated with police and admitted that she had been looking
at the water. She said then that she saw Pruss at the last
second, attempted to brake and steer out of the way.
Bystanders were performing CPR when emergency
responders arrived, but Pruss later died at the hospital
from "multiple internal injuries sustained from blunt-
force trauma," according to the report.
"You can drive around just about anywhere and
see people not paying attention all day long," said Gill.
"Whether they are looking around, talking or texting on
their phone or whatever else, people need to pay atten-
tion. When they don't pay attention it creates a dangerous
situation and, unfortunately, tragic accidents like this one
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By Rick Catlin
New shop is Beachin'
Susie Bassarear of Holmes Beach had never been in
the retail business until she opened, Just Beachin' at 314
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
"It was definitely an exciting day for me. This is the
first time I've ever done something like this," she said.
Just Beachin' is more than just a collectibles store,
Bassarear said. She carries a full line of low-priced swim-
wear not to be found elsewhere on the Island, she said.
She also has vintage collections of matching glass-
ware and crystal, 80-year-old bottles of Jim Beam sans
alcohol vintage books, sunglasses and beach items,
bracelets and a host of other clothing, jewelry, accessories
and gift items.
As Just Beachin' is a one-person operation, she's
hoping locals and visitors will come by to say hello.
Monday, March 26
Breakfast French Toast Slicks
Lutichl Breaded Chicken Party Sandinch Barbecue Pork
Sand.iicn Wrap. Baked Beans. Baby Carrol Dippers
Chilled Sliced Pears Assorted Fresh FrLil
Tuesday, March 27
Bieakfasi Egg & Cheese or Sausage & Cheese Bagel
Luoichl Tacos Quesadilla PBJ U1ncruslable Black Beans
Spanish Rice Lelluce & Tomalo Cup Mandarin Oranges
Assorled Fresh Frtuil
Wednesday. March 28
Bieakfast Scrainmled Eggs & Sausage Party
LulCll Popcorn Chicken Wrap Baked Fries Sleamned
Broccoli Fresh Fruil Cup Assoried Fresh Fruil
Thursday, March 29
Bieakfasi Chicken Pally Biscuil
Luncil Hot Dog. Warren Soil Preizel nith Cheese Cup.
PBJ UncrusLable. Fresh Green Beans. Fresh Veggie Cup
Frozen Fruil SluShie or Snoolhie Assorted Fresh Fruit
Friday, March 30
Bieakfast Mini Pancakes
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Susie Bassarear of Just Beachin'gifts and collectibles,
314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, is looking forward to meet-
ing city residents and vacationers as she brings more
items to her collectibles store. Islander Photo: Rick
"I love meeting people and hearing how they dis-
covered the Island. Of course, I love Anna Maria and the
Island. I thought I was retiring when I moved to Holmes
Beach," Bassarear said with a laugh.
But boredom overtook her, and that led to Just
"I love what I'm doing here and I love the people
and atmosphere," she said.
Store hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Friday,
when Bassarear is open until 8 p.m.
For more information, call 941-243-3807.
Lobsters take over martinis
The Martin Bistro-Fins Bar in the AMI Plaza, 5337
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, has been purchased by Jeff
and Mark Levey and renamed Lobstahs more suitable
to the upcoming new menu.
Jeff Levey, who along with wife Roberta ("Bert")
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operate Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, said Lobstahs' new menu won't be
available for a few weeks. In the interim, the restaurant
has an "in-process menu," featuring grouper, Kobe beef,
thin-crust pizza, crab cakes, oysters, shrimp and a host of
other seafood items.
Levey said he'll have a grand launch of their "new
i\ I.i thing" in a few weeks, along with a new name for
Fins bar. A number of people already are calling the casual
location "the Hut" and the "Lobstah dock," although no
official name has been designated by the Leveys.
Levey and Bert have brought aboard award-winning
chef Robert Brodeur as executive chef, and Richard
Badolato as general manager.
Call 941-779-1000 for further information.
Max is back
RE/MAX Alliance Group will hold a grand "Island
Style" reopening 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, of its
Anna Maria Island office in the Island Shopping Center,
5316 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Complimentary refreshments and Island fare will be
provided and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will assist with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
For more information, call 941-705-2430.
hosts fun day
Registration is still open for the March 24-25 Long-
boat Key Challenge and Family Fun Day sponsored by
the Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Circle Cham-
ber of Commerce.
The event includes food, entertainment and family-
oriented activities, along with paddle races in various
classes around Longboat Key.
The two-day event will be held at Bayfront Park and
Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Registration can be done online at www.longboat-
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and granddaughter Eva, at
his right. Assisting Teitel-
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ns Bar, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes far right, other chamber
chased by brothers Jeff Levey and members Islander Photo:
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lobsters, should be introduced -
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heads to Big Fish
t At 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, the Anna Maria
l Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly
business mixer at Big Fish Real Estate, 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Owner Nicole Skaggs said refreshments, appetiz-
ers, raffle prizes and entertainment are on the agenda. j
Cost of the event is $5 and members are encour-
S. ..aged to bring a guest. Reservations are recommended,
but not required.
For more information, call 941-778-1541. ..
HE merchants review plans
Architect Gary Hoyt presents a plan attendees a the
March 6 Holmes Beach Merchants meeting, includ-
ing options for landscaping, walking improvements
ca Preston and business part- and a roundabout at the Gulf Drive-Marina Drive
recently opened the si1,, Fish intersection and surrounding area. Hoyt was hired
Ave., Anna Maria. The store has by the association to make a presentation. Organizer
nd accessories, home decor, toys, Amy Welch said the next association meeting has not
waiian ice cream treats, all with yet been scheduled. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
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Anna Maria attorney recognized
Retired attorney George Barford of Anna Maria has been
named to the 11th Circuit Court Credentials Committee of
the college of labor and employment lawyers. His former law
firm, Carlton Fields of Tampa, named Barford to the com- 0
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22 0 MARCH 21, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Island Pearl tours to explore heritage, benefit museums
By Kathy Prucnell
A series of water excursions, exploring the history
of Manatee County, will be launched in March as part of
a county partnership with Island Pearl Excursions.
The trips will use a template titled, "Explore Mana-
tee's Past 2,000 years of Archaeology and History Map,"
according to a press release from R.B. Chips Shore, clerk
of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court and comptroller, who
oversees the program.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Florida
Maritime Museum at Cortez, Manatee Village Historical
Park, Bradenton, and the Historical Park & Manatee Agri-
cultural Museum, Palmetto, according to the release.
"We are thrilled that the Island Pearl's maiden voy-
ages will be a series of water excursions exploring the
rich heritage of coastal Manatee and benefiting historic
"Coastal Manatee waters are a precious resource
worthy of thoughtful stewardship, and the Island Pearl
intends to maintain, promote and utilize green kt. hn 1ii ,
wherever possible" to further its goals, said Capt. Tracey
Dell, owner of the Island Pearl.
The tours coincide with Manatee Heritage Days,
focusing on the county's past, and Shore's staff histo-
rian Cathy Susser will provide historical narratives on
The Island Pearl excursions are scheduled as fol-
1-5 p.m. Friday, March 23, departing from Pier 22,
1200 First Ave., Bradenton. The Island Pearl will travel
west to Shaw's Point, stop at Emerson Point Preserve,
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tour Portavant Temple Mound and surrounding areas,
cruise the Manatee River to 1-75 and back to Pier 22.
This tour benefits Manatee Village Historical Park.
1-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, leaving from Pier 22.
The excursion will benefit Florida Maritime Museum at
Cortez. It will travel along the Manatee River to Anna
Maria and Cortez, returning to Pier 22.
9 a.m. 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, leaving from
Regatta Pointe, 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. The tour
will benefit the Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural
Museum. The Island Pearl will travel from Regatta Pointe
to Terra Ceia Bay, the west end of the Manatee River, the
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Inspected, certified and licensed by the U.S. Coast
Guard, the Island Pearl is embarking on its first excur-
sion in a partnership with the Manatee County Historical
The Island Pearl is owned by Capt. Tracy Dell,
a part-time Bradenton resident, who also operates the
charter catamaran, Kathleen D. He operates locally
from Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key, and also near New York City, where he ran boat
flotillas to rescue 9/11 victims, according to Caroline
McKenon, of Florida Journeys Communications of
Sarasota, handling Island Pearl's branding and adver-
In addition to the Manatee Heritage Day excursions,
McKenon said the Island Pearl also is planning to start
up an Anna Maria Island waterway shuttle service in a
According to its website, the Island Pearl is an
ex-U.S. Navy vessel, known as Liberty Launch. Origi-
nally built in 1991 by Willard Marine in California for the
USS Essex carrier, it was first assigned as a multi-purpose
It was later re-assigned to the naval station at Pearl
Harbor where the vessel shuttled Navy personnel, and
the number 34 was painted on it.
In 2004, the Island Pearl was converted to a more
consumer-oriented passenger vessel.
Recently, the Anna Maria Island Shuttle service, with
help from its Island sponsors, Bridge Street Merchants,
Sandbar, BeachHouse, Pineapple Fish, Village Cafe,
Mike Norman Realty, Anna Maria Guest House rentals
and The Islander newspaper, have equipped the vessel
to navigate with LED lighting, recycled renewable cork
flooring, efficient waste-water systems and other state-of-
the-art environmentally sensitive equipment. The vessel
also will utilize bio-diesel fuel blends to reduce its carbon
footprint, soot and odor.
Dell said he hopes to announce plans for the launch
of the shuttle service on Anna Maria Island soon.
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KRC women's golf tourney tees off to help fill pantry stock
By Mark Young
Professional golfer Sam Snead once said, "If a lot of
people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf
club, they'd starve to death."
It's not common to equate golf and hunger, but such
was the case March 13 at the Key Royale Club golf
course, Holmes Beach, where the women of Key Royale
Club sponsored a Putting for the Pantry golf tournament
to benefit the Roser Memorial Community Church food
The nine-hole shotgun start tournament featured
dozens of competitors who paid a $12 entry fee, a $5
suggested donation and purchased raffle tickets all in an
effort to raise money to help local residents in need.
Local businesses pitched into the effort by sponsor-
ing a hole for $25. According to event organizer Mary
Selby, 75 women teed up to show their support for the
An additional 24 people attended the lunch, which
featured cans of food purchased by committee mem-
bers as table decorations which were "then donated
to the pantry," said Selby.
Participants received first-hand knowledge of their
chosen charity from pantry manager Pam Leckie, who
shared the history of the pantry and stories of those the
A silent auction and raffle also were held, and com-
Putting for pantry stock
A player at Key Royale Club golf course in Holmes
Beach lines up a putt during the March 13 Putting for
the Pantry golf tournament. The fundraiser benefitted
the Roser Memorial Community Church Food Pantry.
Islander Photos: Mark Young
petitions for participants were ongoing throughout the
day, with winners receiving additional prizes.
Judy Christensen won the longest-drive prize, while
closest-to-the-pin winner Jeanine Lyons also won a prize.
Heather Pritchard, Diane Miller and Vicki Anderson won
the day's scramble, with Phyllis Roe, Joy Kaiser, Gloria
LaDue and Jean Chappell in second place.
"It was a phenomenal day for the pantry," said Selby.
"When all was said and done, more than $5,000 was
donated to this most-worthy charity."
The pantry serves Island residents who are experi-
encing difficult times. The pantry, is a combined effort
of all the Island churches, is located at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
"The generosity of all the merchants and participants,
and the extraordinary generosity of so many members
of Key Royale was overwhelming," said Selby. "It was
so wonderful to see such an outpouring of love from
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Super Bowl matchups, champions on the links
By Kevin Cassidy
The NFL Flag Football League Super Bowl match-
ups are complete two teams in each age division are
set to face off March 24 at the Anna Maria Island Com-
The action gets started first in the 13-16 division as
Walter & Associates Bears and Integrity Sound Redskins
square off at 10 a.m. Mr. Bone's BBQ Colts and Ross
Built Broncos will meet for the 10-12 division title at
11 a.m. Finally, Beach Bistro Vikings and Beach Bum
Steelers will go head to head for the 8-9 title at 1 p.m.
The awards ceremony for the league took place
March 5, awarding season-ending trophies for sportsman-
ship, offensive MVP, defensive MVP and female MVP.
The awards and recipients are:
Offensive MVP: 8-9 division Nathan Hyman; 10-12
division Rory Houston; 13-16 division Chris Galati.
Defensive MVP: 8-9 division Daniel Fritz; 10-12
division Jean-Paul Russo; 13-16 division Joseph Andru-
Female MVP: 8-9 division Ava Zink; 10-12 division
Hannah McCracken; 13-16 division Moriah Goode.
Sportsmanship: 8-9 division Daniel Sentman; 10-12
division Jaysen Berzowski; 13-16 division Jack Shinn.
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and
family members for a great season.
Key Royale golf news
A busy week of golf at Key Royale Club was punc-
tuated by men's and women's handicap championship
action. On the men's side, Dr. Carl Voyles defeated Gerry
Key Royale Club men's 75-plus handicap champion
Carl Voyles toasts his victory with a cup of joe at the
clubhouse. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
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continues with elimination matches running through the
month of March. Sue Hookem and Mary Selby will meet
in a round-three match while Brenda Solleveld is through
to round two and will play the winner of the Laura Purcell
vs. Beverly Neville match. Kris Landkammer and Judy
Christensen also will square off in a round-two match.
The club men's handicap tournament continued with
Dennis Schavey defeating Jim Helgeson 1-up now
awaiting the winner of the John Cassese vs. Mike Gillie
match to decide the title.
In regular golf action, the women teamed up with the
men for a nine-hole coed scramble March 16. The team of
Dick Rowse, Jim Finn, Eunice Warda and Bob Dickenson
combined for an even-par 32 to take first place. One stroke
back in second place was the team of Nell Bergstrom,
Terry Westby, Earl Huntzinger and Omar Trollard.
The men played an 18-hole match March 14 that
produced some low scores. The team of Tom O'Brien
and Paul Proxy combined on a 15-under-par 49. Three
shots back in second place were Ernie Hauser and Bob
Landgren, who finished in a tie with Dave Kruger and
John Sagert. Art Hibbs and Dick Rowse took third place
with an 11-under 53.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-four-
some match March 12. The team of Vince Mercadante,
Gino DiClemente, Earl Huntzinger and Carl Voyles com-
bined to win on a 13-under-par 51. The team of Joe Dick-
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Bob Dickenson to tie for second place.
The men came back later in the day for a nine-hole,
modified-Stableford match. Tom Nelson and Tim Fries-
sen both managed plus-5 to tie for first place in the indi-
vidual category. Four teams tied for first at plus-4.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net
match March 10. Ed Havlik's 8-under-par 56 earned him
first place on the day. Tom Lewis was one shot back in
second place, while Mark Mixon took third place with a
Three teams emerged from pool play during St. Pat-
rick's Day horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
pits. Norm Langeland and Bob Lee drew the bye and
watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Tom Rhodes defeated
Adin Shank and Bob Mason. Bobeldyk-Rhodes stayed hot
with a 22-9 victory over Langeland-Lee in the finals.
The March 14 games saw a record five teams advance
to the knockout stage. George McKay and Dave Long
rolled by Bill Wright and Joe Rush by a 22-5 score. The
second playoff saw Tom Skoloda and Marvin Gangemi
slide past Gene Bobeldyk and Bruce Copeland 23-16.
Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe stayed alive with a 21-16
victory over Bob Brown and John Johnson.
The final matchup was decided when Skolada-
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Anna Maria anglers spring into action
By Capt. Danny Stasny
As seen in recent days, springtime is settling in
around Anna Maria Island. Blue bird skies and temper-
atures in the mid-80s, combined with light winds and
clear water, amount to excellent conditions on the water.
Whether fishing from the beaches, piers, passes or in the
boat, now is the time to be out enjoying this weather.
Anglers can expect the usual species to arrive for
the springtime bite. Rumors of Spanish mackerel and
kingfish are in the air and with good reason. On one of
my charters, we caught as many Spanish mackerel as we
could boat before we got tired of catching them.
Spotted seatrout are making a great showing this
spring. There are numerous small fish, ranging from
12-14 inches, inhabiting most of the grass flats around
Redfish are staging up on shallow flats from Sarasota
Bay to Terra Ceia Bay. On some days, you can find them
schooled up, while other days they're scattered through-
out the flat. Capt. Warren Girle specializes in targeting
these shallow water reds, and his favorite method is to
wade to them. It's quieter, up close and personal, and
you don't spook the fish.
I recommend working a top-water plug early in the
morning or a Berkley Gulp shrimp later in the day. And,
of course, a live shiner is a good bet, too.
Lastly, catch-and-release snook action is heating up
the shallow grass flats and around the mangrove edges.
Numerous small fish are being spotted, although some
bigger fish are worked in. You need a 30-pound fluoro-
carbon leader and a live bait hook combined with a lively
shiner to get the bite.
Remember to go gentle on the snook, since they are
still on a comeback. We need to get them to breeding size so
our fishery will return to what it was before the harsh winter
weather killed off large numbers in January 2010.
Take advantage of the spring weather, and get fishing
while the getting's good.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is fishing
offshore with good results on a number of species. Using
a variety of baits, ranging from shrimp and squid to shin-
ers and pinfish, Kimball's clients are catching quantities
worthy of a fish fry.
To start, Kimball is using shrimp and squid for bait
in water depths of 40 to 60 feet. Key West grunts, porgies
and hogfish are readily taking these baits the moment they
reach the bottom. Once filleted, all these species are good
to eat, just bread and fry in hot oil.
In these same water depths, Kimball's charters are
testing their stamina by working out on catch-and-release
gag grouper. Using shiners and pinfish, Kimball's clients
are having knuckle-busting action on gags in the 10- to
Moving out a little deeper, catch-and-release red
grouper action is on fire. "We're hooking reds on every
drop," says Kimball. "They are prolific out there right
now." Again, these bottom dwellers provide a true test
of strength due to their size and power.
Kimball also is catching king mackerel by free-lining
shiners behind the boat. Fish in the 20-pound range are
Adam Taub, visiting from /I. t Hills, N.J., shows off
his redfish catch, the result of a recent trip with Capt.
Warren Girle. He released this 32-inch red fish, but
other catches went home in a cooler.
the norm, although a few bigger fish are being caught.
Looks as if it's time to get the smoker ready and find
your favorite recipe for kingfish dip.
Richard Leitz at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier is seeing good numbers of migratory spe-
cies crashing bait schools. Spanish mackerel are being
caught on silver spoons or Gotcha plugs, most in the 15-
to 20-inch range. The same applies for bonito. The bonito
are ranging 7-10 pounds and can be caught on either live
threadfin herring or artificial. As for the kingfish, only
a few have hooked up. To target this large mackerel, try
baiting either the bi, -t 'I threadfin you can find or a blue
Finally, pier fishers targeting flounder are having
good results on slower moving tides. Fish up to 18 inches
are being reported. Leitz suggests using a small threadfin
herring on a jig head to find the fish. Simply hook the
threadfin through the nose and let it sink to the bottom.
Then slowly reel and drag the bait, especially around the
pilings under the pier and small artificial reefs.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Char-
ters reports exceptional springtime fishing. He's seeing
redfish, spotted seatrout, snook and mackerel have been
chewing with reckless abandon.
Howard says the redfish bite is one of the best in
recent years, with big schools of bruisers coming onto
the flats at incoming tides, feeding heavily on shiners and
pinfish. He likes to use circle hooks when fishing for reds
for an easy release.
Howard said last week a 31-inch redfish bit his cli-
ent's line and that of another guide's client, too. "We were
able to land the copper-colored beauty and take a couple
of pictures and release it to fight another day," Howard
said. 'That was definitely a first."
The snook bite has finally exploded, Howard says
providing a change of pace from the redfish. Look for
snook in the potholes on low tides and in the bushes
during high tide.
"Looking forward, the new moon is next week and
the tides will be strong. Bait is in all of the regular spots
and it's not hard to black out your wells. Some of the best
fishing Manatee County has to offer is happening now,"
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters had a
good week fishing the grass flats of southern Tampa Bay,
north Sarasota Bay and all the waters between.
Using live shiners for bait, Gross is catching limits of
spotted seatrout in water depths of 3 to 7 feet. Gross likes
to use about 3 to 4 feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon tied to
a 1/0 Eagle claw live bait hook to get the bite. When the
water is as clear as it is now," says Gross, "you need to
use light leader and small hooks."
Most trout are in the 15- to 20-inch range, although
the bi..sL topped out at 27 inches, "and that's a big
trout," he said.
Redfish are making their way onto Gross' fillet table.
Slot-size fish are being caught on shallower grass flats.
Gross likes to use the same setup as he uses for trout.
Once he locates the redfish, he draws them to the boat
by chumming with live shiners. This both gets them in
the feeding mood and keeps them in the area. Gross'
charters are catching good numbers of slot-sized fish as
well as some over-slot reds the bi,-. I coming in at
To finish out the day, Gross is exposing his clients
to some catch-and-release snook action. "It's good to
see there's a few snook starting to show up again," says
Most snook are in the 20- to 26-inch range, with the
bi''. tI coming in at a whopping 36 inches. And that's a
good fish in anybody's book.
Capt. Warren Girle is putting out shiners at nearshore
structure with good results. On a recent charter, his clients
managed to reel up a 36-inch cobia as well as numerous
king mackerel up to 35 inches. Also on the reefs, Girle's
charters are hooking up Spanish mackerel, sheepshead
and Key West grunts.
Moving to the backcountry, Girle is targeting redfish
in the shallow grass flats of Sarasota Bay, using live shin-
ers with good results. Numerous slot-sized fish are being
caught as well as fish up to 33-inches.
In these same areas with the reds, Girle is hooking
up spotted seatrout. Girle's bi'._'i.,t ( trout came in at 24
inches. These can be caught a number of ways, he says,
with top-water plugs, soft plastics or live shiners.
On the deeper grass flats, Girle is catching a variety
of inshore species. Ladyfish, blue runners and Spanish
mackerel are available by jig fishing the deeper flats.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
of excellent pompano action on the beaches of Anna
Maria Island. Fishers are getting good results on both
pompano jigs and sand fleas. Keyes suggests fishing at
sunrise for a good score. Fly fishers are finding success
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Richard 'Rich' Charles
Richard "Rich" Charles Eisert, 82, of Tampa and
formerly of Bradenton Beach, died March 13. He was
born and raised in Erie, Pa. He moved in 1989 to Anna
Maria Island to manage his family's
guest house, "The Island Breeze."
Mr. Eisert is survived by com-
panion Ann Heath; daughters Caroline
and husband Ted Salchak of Erie, Pa.,
and Manatee County, and Diane and
Eisert husband Roland Vildostegui of Tampa;
daughter Debbie Salchak of Clearwater;
sons Rick and wife Paulette of Erie, Pa., and Douglas
of Tampa; and many grandchildren and great-grandchil-
Walter J. Meesenburg
Walter J. Meesenburg, 82, of Holmes Beach, die
Mr. Meesenburg retired 20 years
ago and commuted between his Holmes
Beach and Wisconsin homes.
He loved playing tennis.
His friends and family held a cel-
ebration of life March 16.
Meesenburg He is survived by wife Giesela,
sister Lisa Beesbensee of Mountain Home, Ark., sons
Stuart of Nebraska, and Pete and Sven, both of the Chi-
Florence Marguerite Woodland
Florence Marguerite Woodland, 89, of Queensland,
Australia, and formerly of Anna Maria, died Feb. 22. She
was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Fredericton, New Brunswick,
' fShe attended the Ontario College of
Art in Toronto and served in the Cana-
dian Air Force during World War II.
She was married in 1943 to Aus-
tralian serviceman Max Woodland,
who was training in Canada during
Woodland the war. They reunited in Australia and
later moved to Canada and started their
family. They moved to Bermuda and lived there for about
two years before coming to the United States in 1953,
and then to Anna Maria Island in the mid-1950s.
In the 1960s and '70s, Mrs. Woodland owned the
"Ports of Paradise" and "Spindrift" gift shops on Anna
Maria and Longboat Key. She was active in the Island
Players as a makeup artist and a member of Roser Memo-
rial Community Church in Anna Maria.
Mrs. Woodland moved to Queensland, Australia, in
1990. She embraced the Australian lifestyle and traveled
extensively throughout Queensland. She also traveled
New South Wales and Vanuatu. She was active in the
Mooloolah Valley Social Club. She had a lifelong love of
animals, always having a variety of cats, dogs and birds,
and loved gardening.
Private memorials are planned at a later date in Aus-
tralia and Florida.
Mrs. Woodland is survived by son Dale, city com-
missioner of Anna Maria; daughter Melanie Woodland
Johnson of Bradenton; grandchildren Scott and Jason and
Hunter, Travis and Cole Johnson; great-grandchildren
Jordan and Savannah and Kara and Tanna Johnson;
brother Francis Atkinson of Fredericton; half-sister Joyce
Mowatt of Ontario; cousin Stephen Harper, presently
Prime Minister of Canada; and numerous nieces, neph-
ews, and cousins in Canada, Australia and England.
FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25
using glass minnow patterns and small crab imitations
Ladyfish are schooling along the shorelines, provid-
ing non-stop action for anglers using artificial lures, such
as silver spoons, buck-tail jigs and Gotcha plugs. Look
for fish breaking schools of bait just off the beach. Keyes
says to watch out for ladyfish fraying your leader. He
suggests checking and re-tying as needed.
Finally, beach fishers using cut bait on the bottom are
hooking up small bonnethead sharks and an occasional
flounder. Try using frozen squid or shrimp to target either
of these beach inhabitants.
On the grass flats, fishers using live shiners are catch-
ing good numbers of spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-
and-release snook, and using live shiners free-lined over
shallow grass and adjacent to mangrove shorelines are
getting the bite. Try using some top-water plugs at sunrise
for exploding action on the backwater trio.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing remains
consistent. A variety of species are being caught on both
live and artificial baits.
Sheepshead are still at the top of the list. Pier fish-
ers using live oyster and fiddler crabs and shrimp are
catching good numbers of these buck-toothed barnacle
eaters. Fish up to 3 pounds are the norm. Remember to
carry some extra-small, stout hooks and, if you plan on
keeping your limit, bring a stringer so you can hang your
catch from the pier until you're ready to fillet them.
Black drum are hanging around the R&R in decent
numbers. Pier fishers using select shrimp are getting
the bigger-size drum. Fish in the 18-inch range are the
norm, although catches up to 24 inches are not uncom-
mon. And don't be surprised to hook up a drum while
targeting sheepies. They'll hit a crab just as quick as a
Last but not least, you can catch a few pompano from
the pier, but the bite is sporadic. Fishers using small pink
jigs are catching these sought-after golden nuggets. While
Henry James Vaccari
Henry James Vaccari, 77, died March 16.
Mr. Vaccari was employed at Massachusetts Bay
Transit Authority in Boston. He was a U.S. Army Korean
War veteran. He was a member of the Bradenton Beach
Moose Lodge and the American Legion of Somerville,
Service was to be held at 6 p.m. with rosary at 7
p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the chapel at Covell Funeral
Home, 4232 26th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations
may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard,
Sarasota FL 34238.
Mr. Vaccari is survived by wife Jeanette "Jan"; son
Richard; daughter Darlene Dwyer; six grandchildren; sis-
ters Barbara Macaluso and Betty 0' Leary; and brother
targeting pompano with jigs, also expect to catch some
ladyfish. "There's a bunch of ladyfish around the pier,"
says Kilb. "It's hard to cast a jig and not catch one."
If you're looking for rod-bending action on artifi-
cials, this might be a good option for you. Ladyfish aren't
good eating, but they're acrobatic when hooked, which
provides an enjoyable fight for the angler.
Send fishing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will Gryboski, 14, of Holmes Beach and Atlanta,
shows off a nice redfish he caught from his dock in
Anna Maria Sound and, inset, a Spanish mackerel
caught just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Islander
Photos: David (dad) Gryboski
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TV CABINET: LIGHT pine, 78x46x20-inches, $75.
WHITE KENMORE TOP freezer/refrigerator, ice-
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Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
232 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 4,238 sfla
4,395 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car bayfront duplex with shared
pool built in 1992 on a 43x159 lot was sold 02/17/12,
Merriman to Groves for $750,000; list $799,000.
107 Tern Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,131 sfla / 2,439
sfur 4k).d 3.ili'lcar canalfront home built in 1960 on a
75x100 lot was sold 03/01/12, Johnson to Rosedale for
$599,625; list $639,000.
60 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a vacant 70x150 lot
was sold 02/29/12, MEK Properties LLC to Lynch for
620 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,788 sfla
2,415 sfur 3bed/21/bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1972 on a 100x115 lot was sold 02/29/12, McKinna
to Roe for $380,000; list $475,000.
108 Ninth St. S., Bay Watch, Unit E, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,326 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1984 was sold 03/02/12, Moreno to Locallo for
6006 Gulf Drive, Playa Encantada, Unit 214, Holmes
Beach, a 1,154 sfla / 1,322 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1980 was sold 03/02/12, White to
Kosanovich for $360,000; list $389,900.
241 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,927 sfla / 2,233
sfur 3bed/2bath/ car pool home with deeded 10x20 boat
slip was sold 02/27/12, Pang to Magee for $340,000; list
5808 Gulf Drive, Waters Edge, Unit 205, Holmes
Beach, a 780 sfla / 912 sfur ibed/ 1bath condo with
shared pool built in 1975 was sold 02/29/12, Wethering-
ton to George for $310,000; list $335,000.
2415 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,560 sfla / 3,503
sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1977 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 02/27/12, Schwegmann to Cibischino for
2110 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,622 sfla
3bed/3bath duplex built in 1962 on a 50x100 lot was sold
03/02/12, Suntrust Bank to Kaufmann for $212,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
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* Tradewinds Condo IB/IB Gulf to Bay property-income
producing $27,000 gross in 2011. $175,000 turnkey.
* Bermuda Bay Club 3B/2.5B Bayfront KeyWest Townhouse
w/2-car garage. Gulf views! Turnkey frunished. Weekly
rentals-good income. $350,000.
* Martinique South 2B/2B condo w/ amazing unobstructed
FULL Gulf of Mexico views and Bay views-end unit with
private enclosed garage. $475,000.
* Martinique North 3B/2B condo-newly renovated-FULL
Gulf of Mexico views. 2 private one-car garages and 2
storage units. Low monthly fees of $261. List $650,000.
Call Cindy Quinn, 941-780-8000
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE
Individuals may place one free ad with up to
three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words
or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
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GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothe-
MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria
Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariais-
landrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislan-
drealty.com. Your personal broker.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
BEACHFRONT DUPLEX Exceptional views
from this ground level, 4 BR/2BA located on a
quiet side street. Beach-side porch & sundeck.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Stunning open water views from
this 3BR/2.5BA home loaded with historic charm, from
Australian cypress floors to knotty cypress walls. Enjoy
128' of bayfront lush tropical setting, Tiki bar, 2 docks.
Perfectly located, southern exposure, walking distance
to library, shops, and dining. Dave Moynihan (941) 720-
0089. #M5819584. $759,900
BANK-OWNED 2BR/2BA unit in newly renovated Key
West-style beachfront complex with fabulous Gulf of
Mexico views. Turnkey furnished, heated pool, tennis,
elevator, weekly rentals. Dave Moynihan (941) 720-
0089. #M5826475. $359,500
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MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March
24. 11308 Perico Isle Circle, Perico Isles. Two
king-bed sets, twin wicker bed set, Florida-style
dining set, wicker patio set, sofa, easy chair, lin-
gerie chest, TV, two bikes, rattan dinette, etagere
and server, silk plants, bar chairs, power washer,
Lauren linens. A really nice sale. Sale By Julie
McClure. Pictures: www.estatesales.net.
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
YARD SALE AT Roser Thrift Shop. 8 a.m.-
noon Saturday, March 24. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-? Sunday, March 25. 111
77th St., Holmes Beach.
ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, March 30 and 31. Woodworking shop tools,
handcrafted tables, marble-top table, assorted
woods and miscellaneous computer hardware.
Items too numerous to list here. 224 Oak Ave.,
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 24.
Furniture, fishing tackle, household items and
more. 529 67th St., Holmes Beach.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Art League sale: 9 a.m.-2
p.m. Saturday, March 24. Art supplies, artwork,
office supplies. 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
HUGE GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day
Friday through Sunday, March 23-25. Lots of
tropical theme-related theme items and much
more miscellaneous, many items new in box or
unused. 202 35th St., Holmes Beach.
SALE: 9 a.m.-? Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
March 23-25. 513 59th St. and 423 62nd St.,
LOST: LOCK AND two keys for bike carrier on
Gulf Drive about Feb. 10. Reward. 217-415-
LOST: COOLPIX SILVER camera, 300-500 block
of Spring Avenue, Anna Maria. Jake, 585-752-
7386 or Katie, 585-208-5104.
LOST: COACH WALLET, brown. Vicinity of Gin-
ny's and Jane E's, Anna Maria. 603-986-2765.
PET SITTER WANTED: In-house, last two weeks
in April. 941-778-4389.
NEW HOME NEEDED! Beautiful cat for adoption!
Long-hair, microchip, two years, friendly. Nice
carry-crate included. 941-778-0330 or 812-219-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes,
certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage
drying). Personal service for you and your loved
ones. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-
1202. 5360 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
DOG ADOPTIONS! 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday,
March 23. Find your new best friend! We will be
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Moonracer No-Kill Animal
Rescue Inc. 941-896-6701.
FANTASTIC DOG! Champ is 2 years old, laid
back, sweet as can be. He's up-to-date on shots,
fixed, and chipped. Rescued, he needs a happy,
loving home. Please call Moonracer Rescue,
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -
DOCKSIDE SERVICE: PONTOON boat rental.
Professional boat-sitting. 'Always be water-
ready.' Call Dan, over 40 years in the boat busi-
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for
fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in
really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone
who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mer-
cury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery.
Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION: A For-
tune 300 transportation company, has opportu-
nities available for engineer management train-
ees in our midtown Atlanta offices. Building and
grounds assistant, the successful candidate
is responsible for maintaining safe and orderly
buildings and grounds at our Holmes Beach, Fla.,
location. In particular, the incumbent provides
cleaning and housekeeping services for guest
quarters and restocking of consumable supplies
in the living areas. The assistant may also pro-
vide grounds-keeping services for outside areas.
As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern is able
to offer a competitive starting salary, including
bonus potential, and an excellent benefits pack-
age. For immediate consideration, please visit:
www.nscorp/careers and complete an online
application for the building and grounds assistant
position. Norfolk Southern EOE.
NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and bou-
tique on Bridge Street. Turning appointments
down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
Anderson Q Associates Insurance
Your Island Insurance Specialist
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5
hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941 -
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
AMI COMPUTER SOLUTIONS for computer
problems solved at your home or office. Wire-
less networking, virus/spyware prevention and
removal, repairs, software upgrades, advice and
training. Travis, 941-301-4726.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: We do individuals, small
businesses and all states. We have been in busi-
ness over thirty years. Call Pat at Kenney Tax
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experi-
ence. Handyman home repairs. Services, kitchen
and bathroom design, 24-hour emergency call-
outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.
WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior,
stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match
price, plus 10 percent off. Free estimates. 941-
"YOUR EYES HERE While You're Away" Pro-
tection Property Watch. www.Lookwhatcanhap-
pen.com. Jon Kent, 941-920-0832.
NANCY'S PET SITTING: Responsible, depend-
able adult to walk, feed or visit with your dogs
and cats. $15 per half hour, references available.
Anna Maria Nslogan@verizon.net. 267-247-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
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JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
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SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access con-
trol. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941 -
DEEPWATER JM- 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
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off"2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (7p Advisor)
+ Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
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372 /f I/ll from $125,000
727 /1f2.1l from $295,000
Call David Teitclbaum, Realtor 941-812-4226 or
Liz Codola., Realtor 941-812-3455
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941 -
CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, win-
dows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinna-
cle Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental
units available for office/commercial spaces from
750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage
units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private
pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pri-
vate pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1 BR/1 BA over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.
WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton
Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941 -
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-
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Behind the fence at 7002 Marina Drive is a
"Diamond in the Rough!" Good beginnings to
refurbish into a charming home as roof, central
air & heating and water heater approximately two
years old. Included are two bedrooms, one bath,
LR, FR Kitchen, garage and screened porch on
an attractive duplex-zoned lot. Other options for
this property are to add an apartment OR start
again with your choice, home or duplex. Now
priced below county assessment & REDUCED
BY OWNER to vacant lot price. ONLY $299,000.
Quick closing possible, not a short sale.
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Village Green 2,500 sq. ft. 3/2, htd. pool, furnished. $249,000.
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
ALREADY BOOKING FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
SOME AVAILABILITY THIS SEASON
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ANNUAL RENTAL. 1 BR/1BA, nicely furnished,
900 sf elevated duplex, wraparound deck. 1.3
miles to Anna Marie Island via Cortez Bridge.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT GROUND-floor
home: 2BR/2BA, dock. 941-779-9094 or 703-
587-4675. 109 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach.
www.annamariaislandnow.com. E-mail: bayrest@
PANORAMIC GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA house.
Huge deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available
January and/or February 2013. 813-920-5595.
WANT TO GET the home office out of the house?
Office suite available, approximately 250 sf, elec-
tric and water included, only $500/month, no
deposit. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941 -
VACATION RENTALS NOW: Townhouse,
2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $695/week. 3BR/2BA
home, $750/week. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
ANNUAL RENTAL HOME: 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage, updated, furnished, $1,400/month. Vil-
lage Green. Available now. Realtor, 941-756-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 55-plus 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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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: 1 BR/1 BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-
ANNA MARIA CANAL home. Walk to beach and
have your boat in the back. 2BR/2BA renovated
home with boat lift and dock. For sale by owner.
GREAT NORTHWEST LOCATION: Mint condition,
close to beach, 2BR/2BA end unit, screened lanai,
elevator, heated pool, lighted tennis, clubhouse.
Move in now! $109,500. Call 941-792-0645.
FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1 BR/1 BA,
extra bonus room. Across the street from Bra-
denton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and bay
access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-3875.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BAtwo-car garage
with gated entry. Large "D" model. Updated
kitchen, bathroom, appliances and floors. Close
to beaches, Robinson Preserve. $120,000. Call
John Rehmann, Realtor, 941-720-7519.
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks
to sandy beaches. Price reduced to $499,000!
Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour www.
EXCEPTIONAL CONDO LOT: Two houses to
beach. 114 48th St., Holmes Beach. $495,000.
DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and fixer-
uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaForeclosures.
com for a free list of properties available now.
HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER of the lowest-priced
3BR/2BA property on Anna Maria Island with pri-
vate heated pool, garage and new construction
said, "Barry, I want to sell this now ... drop the
price $30,000." Not a condo. 300 block in Holmes
Beach. Zoned R2. Now only $449,000. Call Barry
Gould, 941-448-5500. Island Vacation Properties.
EXQUISITE 1 BR/1 BA TRAILER near Bridge Street.
Large deck overlooking Intracoastal Waterway, Bra-
denton Beach. By appointment, 941-778-2720.
REMODELED 4BR/2BA HOME with marina facili-
ties and community pool. $99,500. Realtor, 941-
356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
FREE BRAND NEW kayak with your purchase of
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA furnished villa. Kayak
storage and launch in your backyard. Many other
amenities. Call Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real
VILLAGE GREEN HOME: Adorable 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage, renovated, beachy beadboad,
subway tile, granite. You will love it! 10 minutes
to beach. $164,900. 941-725-4425.
IRONWOOD CONDO: $62,000.1 BR/1.5BA. Many
upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf
course. Clubhouse, exercise room, heated pool.
Six miles to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.
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