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MAY 16, 2012 FREE
HB woman guilty of Key Royale Club embezzlement
Angry birds arrive in
Holmes Beach has
lenger. Page 2
Teens rescued from
stormy kayak trip.
trolley use up. Page 8
Holmes Beach tackles
building regs. Page 9
Police Beat. Page 10
Chamber break fest.'
'Fools' theater review.
Skimmers return to
nest. Page 21
Page 26 coast to ensure there is no harmful bacteria or
red tide algae hidden in the substance.
Obi*|4tuva MWhen Trichodesmium washes ashore with
... ordinary seaweed, Rutger said, it can give off
Page 27 a "rotten odor" as it decomposes.
testimony from Connelly's family and friends
and from the victims.
Connelly faces a maximum sentence of
30 years in prison on the first-degree felony of
defrauding her former employer. She was the
bookkeeper for the Holmes Beach club between
June 2008 and April 2011.
Connelly pleaded not guilty in August of
2011 and originally demanded a jury trial.
The plea heads off a May 21 trial date. The
case was set for hearing May 7, but then was
continued to May 11.
An affidavit of Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment Detective Michael Leonard indicates Con-
nelly embezzled $387,181 during three years of
employment by writing checks to herself and by
forging and depositing checks directly into her
own bank account.
By Kathy Prucnell
Holly Connelly was found guilty May
11 of charges she schemed to defraud more
than $50,000 from the Key Royale Club by
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Thomas
Krug at the Manatee County Judicial Center,
e f "It was an open plea to the
court," said assistant state
attorney Christopher Nigro.
"She pleaded no contest"
and the court adjudicated the
embezzlement charges with
Connelly a finding of guilt, he said.
hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 27. At
the sentencing, Nigro expects the court to hear
The brown im,, -hlhi
ashore recently on
Anna Maria Island
beaches is partly non-
toxic algae known as --- 7 .--
Trichodesmium. At -
the same time, brown
seaweed also is drift-
ing ashore, scientists .
say, and combined,
the two substances
may appear to some
people as the result
of an oil spill or
dumping in the Gulf
of Mexico. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
By Rick Catlin
That brown-looking scum that some
Island beach-walkers recently reported seeing
washed up along the shoreline is not from an
oil spill, as some think, but is an alga common
in the Gulf of Mexico that has mixed with
ordinary reddish-brown seaweed.
Hayley Rutger of Mote Marine Labora-
tory on City Island in Sarasota, said scientists
at the laboratory have identified the algae as
Trichodesmium. Although it is generally found
farther out in the Gulf of Mexico, Rutger said
its appearance is not unusual.
"Although for many years we don't see
any along the beach," she said.
At the same time as the brown Trichodes-
mium algae is washing ashore, so is common
reddish-brown seaweed. When the two com-
bine on the shore, it appears much like that
from an oil spill, she said.
The algae is not considered harmful to
humans, but Mote scientists are studying sam-
ples from several beaches along Florida's west
A Holmes Beach police investigation into
embezzlement at the club, 700 Key Royale Drive,
Holmes Beach, led to Connelly's arrest.
Following her June arrest and detention
in Manatee County jail, she was released on
$15,000 bond, after the original $500,000 bail
was reduced by an Aug. 31 court order.
Connelly was required to surrender her
passport, live in Manatee County, and observe
a curfew that prohibited her from leaving her
residence 7 p.m.-7 a.m. except for work pur-
poses. She also was required to wear an ankle
monitor 24 hours a day until the disposition of
On another Connelly court matter, a child
support enforcement matter case, a notice of
delinquency was filed May 1 against Phillip D.
Connelly, charging him with $1,337 in child
Holly Connelly is represented now by assis-
tant public defender Jennifer Fury. At Islander
press time, Fury had not returned calls for com-
Krug will preside over the Connelly sen-
tencing at the Manatee County Courthouse,
Room 6A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Anna Maria city
begins May 29.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby said last
week he will not seek a second term in the
November city election.
The mayor said it took him longer than he
expected to make his decision, but believes it
is the right choice for himself, the city and his
"I took this on in 2010 with
the idea of bridging the gap. I
think things have toned down
a bit and people are dealing
with the issues that face the
Cityy" he said.
Selby Getting people to discuss
issues rationally was one of the
reasons he sought the office in 2010, he said.
"It's been an interesting time for me person-
ally and I have been blessed with a phenomenal
staff that helped and supported me through the
past year and a half.
'There are several things I want to see move
forward during my remaining time in office, and
then I know there will be someone who will step
in and continue to move the city in the right
direction," Selby said.
When he ran for office in 2010, the city was
PLEASE SEE MAYOR, PAGE 3
es on beaches
Rutger said red-brown seaweed is common
along area beaches this time of year, but
Trichodesmium usually stays further out in the
Gulf unless currents carry it to shore.
Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment director Charlie Hunsicker said Trichodes-
mium is "not a prelude to red tide" because of
different conditions in the water.
County work crews will be cleaning the
algae and seaweed from county beaches, but not
from areas where private homes and businesses
front the Gulf of Mexico.
He said the algae should not leave behind
"large masses of decaying vegetation," but a
"fine particle residual."
Although the Trichodesmium algae is not
harmful to bathers or beach walkers, Hunsicker
said it's always possible someone might have an
allergic reaction because of their own physiol-
ogy. "But I'm not a medical doctor to comment
on that," he said.
Rutger said red tide usually produces sore
throats and sinus issues in people who have been
in or near water containing the red tide algae.
Red tide, known scientifically as Karina Brevis,
kills fish when it forms in the Gulf, she said.
Mote scientists will continue to monitor area
Gulf waters for the next few weeks for any algae
problems, including red tide, Rutger said.
Tarpon on! Page 25
2 E MAY 16, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Challenger to seek Holmes Beach commission seat
By Kathy Prucnell
Hoping to replace one of two Holmes Beach commis-
sioners whose terms are expiring in November, 13-year
resident Marvin Grossman announced May 9 he will run
Grossman, 74, was appointed as an alternate to the
city's code enforcement board earlier this year.
His vision for the city is to maintain the "old Florida
"It's not too late to keep our lifestyle," according to
Grossman. "I don't want to lose this to party houses and
water parks as neighbors."
Grossman believes new blood is needed on the com-
mission. "Often, after a number of years, people don't
look at it with the same enthusiasm," he said.
Grossman is challenging incumbent commissioners
Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti, both of whom
have announced they will run for re-election. However,
before any candidate's name will appear on the Nov. 6
ballots, they must first be a registered voter, two-year
resident and file qualification papers with the city clerk
Important election dates
Candidate qualification periods:
Anna Maria: May 29-June 8
Bradenton Beach: June 4-8
Holmes Beach: June 4-8
Election dates upcoming:
Primary election date: Aug. 14
Last day to register for primary voting: July 16
General election: Nov. 6
Last day to register for general election voting:
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May 9 about
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v Holmes Beach
Sto issues during
for the city
between noon Monday, June 4 and noon Friday, June 8,
at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
"We have very fine people on this Island," said
Grossman of the current city commission. "It's just that
they've let it go by without doing a) thing for too long.
People have complained for several years this didn't
all start in the past year."
While unsatisfied with the current rental situation,
he compliments the commission on not raising taxes and
its recent use of local focus groups to attack the rental
"I believe one of the few ways we can stop the mon-
ster homes is by adopting one of the FAR ratios," he
added, referring to building focus group recommenda-
tions to adopt floor-area ratios to limit the square footage
of a new home in relation to lot size.
And he believes the city's vision statement for the
community should be posted on its website.
Grossman criticized the city's plan to take legal steps
to resolve its claim in the 2008 Bradenton Beach 27th
Street quitclaim to the Sandpiper Co-op Inc., saying a
compromise should be worked out.
Grossman favors a "bottom-up" solutions-oriented
management style for the city. For example, he said,
with the seasonal traffic problems, "which will only
get worse unless we do something about them," police
and others dealing with problems firsthand should be
solicited for input.
Regarding recent plans announced by some Holmes
Beach merchants to remodel the business district, Gross-
man said, "It's a proposal, something to begin with.
"At least someone is looking at
the business district and how it's going
to fit into our old Florida lifestyle."
But, he said, "a lot of people don't like
roundabouts," which are part of the
Haas-Martens Grossman is a retired art teacher, a
painter and artist. He's a licensed real
estate broker at Tivoli Realty Inc., owns
some rental properties and volunteers
for Harvest Tabernacle Church, helping
people find affordable housing.
Holding a doctorate in educational
research from the University of Geor-
Monetti gia and both a master's and bachelor's
degree from the University of Miami,
Grossman has taught art at both universities, and also in
Florida elementary and secondary schools.
Originally from Philadelphia, Grossman has resided
in Florida since age 13.
"I'm at a point in my life that I have the time and
iit Ir'. and no hidden agenda," he said. "I'd just like to
do the best job I can for my community."
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THE ISLANDER U MAY 16, 2012 E 3
Two teens rescued May 11 from stormy Tampa Bay
By Mark Young
Two teenage boys were rescued from Tampa Bay
waters May 11 after setting off from Anna Maria Island
to Egmont Key in kayaks.
A sudden storm developed over the Gulf of Mexico
late in the afternoon, forcing the boys to seek help on
Egmont Key. They knocked on the door of a building
with a sign that said "Park Manager," but the man who
answered the door, instead of providing assistance, told
the boys they needed to leave.
According to the mother of Jerry Mayer, Melissa
Lazzara, the manager put the boys' lives at risk. The boys
were originally going to paddle only a short distance,
MAYOR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
in turmoil with supporters of then-Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus on one side, and those who supported develop-
ment of Pine Avenue on the other side.
The dispute sparked a number of lawsuits against the
city, and eventually hundreds of Stoltzfus' e-mails were
uncovered, including some unflattering to then-Mayor
Fran Barford. Some people suggested Stoltzfus' previously
undisclosed e-mails to citizens about city business may have
violated Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws.
Stoltzfus was recalled from office in a special elec-
tion Sept. 9, 2010, and Selby was convinced by support-
ers just before the deadline for the regular city election in
November to register as a candidate for mayor. Barford
did not seek a third term in office.
Had Selby not sought the office, planning and zoning
board chair Sandy Mattick would have been the only
candidate to qualify and she would have taken office.
Selby maintains he only considered serving one term
when first elected, but reviewed his position after encour-
agement from a number of voters.
No one has yet announced plans to seek the mayor's
post or a seat on the commission in the Nov. 6 election.
Sandy Mattick said she would not run again for
mayor as she has a new job that would interfere with the
duties of mayor, she said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, whose third term
to where Bird Island used to be, but decided instead to
extend their trip to Egmont Key.
Rough weather caught the boys by surprise and they
struggled on their way to Egmont Key where they asked
for help, according to Lazzara.
"The boys first tried the park ranger, but didn't get
an answer" at the door of that building, said Lazzara.
\ly son knocked on the door of the park manager and
he turned them away. The boys told him the weather
was getting rough and he told them then they better get
The trip began around 3:30 p.m., at which time the
weather was clear. Lazzara said she watched her son and
his friend, Tegan Purill, with binoculars until she couldn't
expires in November, said she has not given any serious
thought to a fourth term. "It's too early to think about
running again," she said.
Likewise, Commission Chair Chuck Webb, who also
is up for re-election in November, said it's too early to
make a decision.
Planning and zoning board member Nancy Yetter
was defeated in November 2011 in her bid for a commis-
sion seat, and had said then she would likely run again in
2012. Efforts to reach Yetter for comment prior to press
deadline for The Islander were unsuccessful.
But Webb, Jo Ann Mattick, and anyone considering
a run for municipal or county office must decide soon.
The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office
has set qualifying for city and county candidates from
noon Monday, June 4, to noon Friday, June 8, although
Anna Maria is qualifying candidates May 29-June 8, in
order to prepare for primary voting in August, although
the city elections do not take part in the primary.
In previous election years, qualifying did not begin
until July or August.
Elections in all three Island cities for a commission
seat or the mayor's office are non-partisan.
The terms of all Anna Maria elected officials are for
two years. A commissioner is paid $400 per month, while
a mayor's salary is $800 per month.
see them anymore.
'The weather started getting rough and waves were
getting high," she said. "It was taking too long and it
was going to be getting dark soon, so I called the Coast
The U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez responded
promptly with search and rescue personnel, utilizing sea
and air assets, and putting out a call for two lost teenag-
A good Samaritan answered the call, telling the Coast
Guard he and his wife had just passed by the boys about
15 minutes earlier. He turned his boat around and picked
up the boys not far from Bean Point in Anna Maria.
"It was scary," said Lazzara. L \ i) btdy acted great,
and then I found out later about what the park manager
did and I'm really angry."
Lazzara credited the relationship the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office has with the youth of Anna Maria in
teaching youngsters not to be afraid to ask authorities
"Which is why I'm so disappointed about this park
manager," she said. "It was rough and windy, and they
were nervous about trying to make it back. That's why
they were seeking assistance and they were turned
From the time Lazzara contacted the Coast Guard
until she received news the boys were safe was approxi-
mately 15 minutes.
'The Coast Guard was great and I'm grateful," said
Lazzara. "I just wish I knew who the good Samaritan
was, so I can thank him, too."
According to Lazzara, the man and his wife were on
the water in a boat with no name on the transom. They
did, however, have their yellow lab with them, and they
identified themselves over the radio to the Coast Guard
as Yellow Dog.
She hopes Yellow Dog will contact the newspaper
when they read the young men's story and get in touch
"It was a frightening couple of hours," said Lazzara.
"They came home shivering and cold, but at least they
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4 E MAY 16, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Third Bradenton Beach P&Z board member resigns
By Mark Young
A third member of the Bradenton Beach Planning
and Zoning Board has resigned following a contentious
May 3 city commission meeting laden with accusations
and arguments aimed at P&Z members.
Longtime board member and former city commis-
sioner Bill Shearon submitted his resignation May 4,
while P&Z chair Rick Bisio, after having served for 10
years, also submitted his resignation following the May
At the meeting, Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse accused P&Z of presenting a "colored and
tainted" recommendation swayed by personal bias in its
decision to deny the city's joint development agreement
with the BeachHouse Restaurant to build a dune and
parking lot across from city hall and next to the restau-
P&Z outlined eight violations to the city's land devel-
opment code in reaching its decision.
The Commission disregarded the P&Z recommenda-
tion to deny the project and approved it following Gate-
house's accusations and city attorney Ricinda Perry's
claims that P&Z qualifications were substandard to city
In a letter dated May 10, P&Z board member Joyce
Kramer cited her reasons for resigning, noting that stay-
ing on the board would serve no purpose.
'The work and time demanded of the P&Z board is
not valued and taken seriously," Kramer wrote. "Com-
missioner Gatehouse made this clear in his comments to
the public at the commission meeting."
Planning and zoning board member Joyce Kramer, far
right on the dais, prepares to hear testimony during an
April public hearing. Kramer became the third P&Z
board member to submit her resignation following
a contentious May 3 city commission meeting where
P&Z recommendations were ignored and attacked.
Islander File Photo: Mark Young
Kramer said Gatehouse's perception of P&Z having
a preconceived notion based on personal opinions was
"I can attest to the fact that we came to the meeting
having done our homework and knowing that this pro-
posal was in violation of a number of land-development
code regulations," she said.
Kramer said Gatehouse's comments were "inap-
propriate, as well as being disrespectful, dismissive, and
arrogant. It is not the way to treat volunteers who have
devoted much time to this issue."
Kramer next noted Perry's comments dismissing the
BB scenic waves chair resigns, too
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Scenic Waves Corridor Manage-
ment Entity chair Pat Whitsel presided over the May 7
meeting where she announced her resignation from the
board, leaving interim chair Carl Parks in charge of the
When asked if there was a specific reason why Whit-
sel was resigning, she said, "Yes," but also declined to
'This committee performs a valuable service to this
community and I'm proud of that," said Whitsel. "I'd like
to thank the committee for being a small part of moving
forward, but this will be my last meeting."
Scenic waves has found itself at odds with the city
commission due to procedural issues and a lack of com-
munication in regards to the city's joint development
agreement to construct a dune and expand parking at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
The committee has maintained the development plan
is for an area of Gulf Drive designated as a Florida Scenic
Highway, therefore should be reviewed by the committee,
but the city bypassed that procedure before later back-
"I made a presentation to the city commission
regarding Arbor Day and had a lively discussion with
the mayor," said Parks. According to him, part of the
problem has been that some procedures are misunder-
stood, "but at the same time, the commission was not
going through this committee."
Parks said, as a result, he suggested the committee
members undergo a presentation on city procedures.
"We have a lot of new people on this committee and
the commission," said Parks. "I would also like to meet
with planning and zoning in a public format, as there are
many issues where we have the same thoughts and same
visioning statement, so we don't lose sight of what this
whole thing is about."
Parks also suggested a class on the Florida Sun-
shine Laws to "make sure everything we do is honest
and above board. This was part of my complaint with
e-mailing everyone. It's supposed to go through the city
clerk, but no one knew what the e-mail address was
after it had been changed and the website had not been
The commissioners later found themselves at odds
with the planning and zoning board over the same agree-
ment in which P&Z recommended the city deny the
Accusations from Commissioner Ric Gatehouse
that P&Z presented a recommendation based on per-
sonal bias led to the resignation of two long-time P&Z
members, including chair Rick Bisio, who served the
Scenic Waves chair
Pat Whitsel, left,
announced her resig-
nation from the board
at its May 7 meeting
at Bradenton Beach
City Hall. Whitsel
finished the meeting
as chair and declined
to elaborate on why
she resigned. Islander
Photo: Mark Young
city for more than 10 years.
Parks will lead the scenic waves committee into a
future that lacks funding and faces possible new federal
It was announced at the May 7 meeting that other
scenic highway committees are lU_'.'lin_'. and the
scenic highway research center in Tallahassee will close
However, it wasn't all bad news.
The committee received a report regarding Flor-
ida Scenic Byways inviting the state's scenic highway
committees to advertise for free any festivals and other
events that occur along their designated highway on its
A report also was presented that the federal scenic
byways program is considering requiring local scenic
highway committees change their identity to scenic
byways to coincide with federal and state programs.
Local scenic highway committees have a lot of
money invested in signage and logos, which raised
the question who would pay for new signs, if that sug-
gestion became a requirement, especially at a time
when state funding for scenic highway committees is
A Florida Department of Transportation representa-
tive reported there might be good news as far as funding
is concerned, telling the committee an effort by the state
legislature to renew funding is currently under way.
Scenic waves committee members also motioned to
put a plan together to present to the city commission that
would place more native vegetation at the roundabout on
Bridge Street and Gulf Drive.
Committee member Jake Spooner said the plan
would be structured to minimize costs to the city, report-
ing the Bridge Street Merchants Association has funding
available to contribute to the project.
Parks scheduled the next scenic waves meeting for
3 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Bradenton Beach City Hall,
107 Gulf Drive N.
expertise of P&Z members.
"(Perry) made it clear that the fact finding and deci-
sions of the P&Z board are not of any value when she
pointed out at the meeting that commissioners must base
their decision on the word of 'experts' and the staff," said
"So what is the point of the P&Z work?" she
Kramer said based on the comments of Gatehouse
and Perry, P&Z "does not matter" and the existence of a
P&Z board is simply "going through the motions."
While P&Z was accused of making a baseless deci-
sion, Kramer said it is commissioner decisions that are
being made without considering the P&Z findings.
"Not only was (the May 3 decision to approve the
project) woefully inadequate, it did not list our finding of
facts for our denial," she said, noting that Commissioner
Gay Breuler admitted she bases her decisions on staff
recommendations first and foremost.
Kramer said she is concerned about the future of
P&Z and what, if any impact, it will have on the city.
"When I applied to serve on the board in 2011 my
application was approved by the commissioners," she
said. "I wasn't even interviewed about why I wanted to
She said no formal training was offered, and new
members were left to learn from experienced members.
Kramer wonders how new board members can
learn with the loss of such experience, pointing to P&Z
member Jo Ann Meilner as the last board member with
Meilner has not gone on record as announcing a res-
ignation, but also has not said she will remain.
"I am deeply disappointed with the tone and conduct
of the (commissioners), but I am far more dissatisfied
with the manner in which the interests of our citizens are
treated and the decision-making process is conducted.
Our city deserves better," Kramer said.
HB commissioner offers
If there's a concern you'd like to share about the
city, Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen hopes to
hear it at her next Coffee with the Commissioner event
10 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 24, at Paradise Cafe, 3210
E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
She welcomes the public to join her over coffee to
share ideas and discuss city issues.
For more information, call Peelen at 941-896-
Anna Maria City
May 24, 6 p.m., city commission.
May 28, offices closed.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
May 16, 1 p.m., community redevelopment
May 16, 1:30 p.m., capital improvements project/
May 17, 10 a.m., city pier team CANCELED.
May 17, 1 p.m., city commission.
May 28, offices closed.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
May 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board.
May 22, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 28, offices closed.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
May 22, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
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West Manatee Fire Rescue
May 17, 6 p.m., district commission.
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AM plant expert to
Anna Maria native plant expert Mike Miller will
make a presentation on planting and growing native
vegetation, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, as part of
the three-day 32nd annual Florida Native Plant Society
Convention at the Trickle Center, 1206 N. Park Road,
Plant City. The convention is May 17-20.
Miller, who helped design native landscaping for a
number of Anna Maria projects such as the Pine Avenue
Restoration developments and the city pier boardwalk,
will speak on "Design Your Native Plant Landscape."
This will be the first time the FNPS has opened its
work sessions to the public, Miller said.
"With the recent interest in going green, native land-
scaping has moved to the forefront of projects such as a
new home or building. The work sessions help the hom-
eowner or landscaper design using only plants, trees and
vegetation native to Florida, and provides tips and sug-
gestions that are easily understood," Miller said.
Miller said his work session will involve hands-on
demonstrations of growing techniques and anyone, from
amateur gardener to professional landscape architect, can
learn something during his session. He also plans to intro-
duce his recent development of an interactive native plant
Following his session, native plant vendors will offer
their products for sale to the public. Miller's session is
free to FNPS members and $25 to the public.
For more information on the convention, e-mail the
FNPS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2012 5 5
HB to seek out special magistrate
By Kathy Prucnell
A special magistrate to hear code enforcement matters
of the city of Holmes Beach was recommended May 8 by
Commissioner Pat Morton, and a consensus was reached
by the commission that now has the city attorney and may-
or's office advertising for a person to fill the position.
Morton suggested the commission "go forward" with
o- a special magistrate system of code
enforcement, adding he attended a prior
code board hearing and described it as
"not a pretty sight."
I Recent matters have been "pit-
S. u ting friends against friends," he said, and
Morton some members already have recused
themselves from the upcoming meet-
According to city officials, although two members
have recused themselves, there is a quorum for the May 17
code board hearing where Barefoot Bungalows and Beach
to Bay Construction will be heard for alleged violations
of state building codes for continuing work after the city
issued a stop work order related to flood-zone remodeling
Commissioners concurred with Morton, favoring the
system to meet the needs of a changing Island and the
public demands for a speedier, more efficient process.
The city has previously looked into this system, and
an ordinance was drafted several years ago, according to
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens suggested the
city "dust it off," and begin to search for a special mag-
Zaccagnino said the commission had voted against
the magistrate system by a 3-2 vote based on the argu-
ment, "who's better to police Islanders than Islanders."
A typical year for code enforcement might require two
or three hearings, according to commissioners, but Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger said there's already been "four or so"
code enforcement matters going to hearing this year.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said a licensed attorney
or retired judge would be likely candidates for such a
position, and anticipated mid-June as the earliest a mag-
istrate could be appointed.
With regard to already-scheduled matters, she advised
the city hearings should continue unless the city and the
violator agree to postpone the matter until the new system
is up and running.
The city's code enforcement board hears land-devel-
opment and building-code violations that are not resolved
by compliance. It is a seven-member board and two alter-
nate members comprising citizens, all appointed by the
mayor and approved by the city commission.
"It's nothing against the people serving on the code
enforcement board," Morton said.
In other matters at the meeting, commissioners unan-
imously passed a new oath ordinance exempting people
speaking to the commission at a work session from taking
an oath to "swear or affirm that any evidence or factual
representations made are truthful."
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Pack light, short
trip to November
I guess you knew it was going to be a heated elec-
tion consuming your television enjoyment with mad
ads, signs on the roadside spoiling the vistas everywhere
you turn, daily campaign funding requests and accusa-
tions and heated conversations running right up to the
polls opening Nov. 6.
Welcome to Anna Maria Island. You may have been
thinking presidential, but we think local.
It's about to heat up, and we don't mean the sunny
days, we mean dispositions.
In Anna Maria there's an opening for a mayor -
strong work ethic required in a city where there's no end
to the minutia. In Holmes Beach, one commissioner is
seeking opposition for the incumbents and, in Braden-
ton Beach, we're on the verge of a "throw-the-bums-
out" campaign for any open seats from any number of
And it's about time.
First and foremost, we see some changes are needed
in Bradenton Beach. Too many mayors down the line
have been willing to leave the job of running the city to
the clerk, counsel and chief. The elected officials have
become woefully dependent on the trio of city manag-
ers. It's time for a change, yes, a shakeup in how the
city does business.
One strong mayor stood up, made a difference,
and reluctantly stepped aside. But he was more likely
pushed aside, opting for a quiet retirement over badger-
ing. And he can't yet say why or how.
The clerk is CFO, there are questionable ethics on
the part of the attorney, and the chief, well, how do the
citizens relate their need for a fulltime chief of police
who doesn't bully folks without feeling threatened.
Can we turn the commission heads to focus on the
problem? After all, they didn't listen to the folks on the
planning and zoning board about their issues. The com-
mission did listen to staff, who appear to have devised
a "done deal" to create a parking lot on the beach under
the guise of hardening against storms with a mini-dune
that will likely only wash onto Gulf Drive.
Who could stand back in this go green, environmen-
tally conscious time and say with plenty of ammuni-
tion to the contrary that allowing a parking lot on the
beach is a good thing?
Get busy folks. Get running.
Election qualifying starts May 29 in Anna Maria,
and June 4 in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
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End the influence
As a former Bradenton Beach commissioner and
an owner of a mobile home in the Sandpiper Resort
mobile home park, I am writing to express my deep
concern that Holmes Beach is intending to sue either the
Sandpiper Resort Co-op or Bradenton Beach or both. A
lot has been said and written about this topic, but what
no one has brought up is some background that bears
on the issue.
The Holmes Beach commissioner who has most
pushed for Holmes Beach to move toward litigation is
John Monetti. Mr. Monetti was required to recuse him-
self from formal votes because he owns a rental house
on the border of the disputed 27th Street and thus has
a financial interest in the outcome of the 27th Street
issue. What Mr. Monetti has not revealed is the history
of enmity between him and the Sandpiper.
In August 2010, Mr. Monetti accused the Sandpiper
of using water from his rental house to water grass in the
park. This made no sense, since Sandpiper's residents
have their water paid for by their HOA fees. Mr. Monetti
confiscated Sandpiper property (water sprinklers and
hoses). The Sandpiper was forced to have police assist
them in having these items returned.
InAugust 2011, Mr. Monetti agreed to have a fence
removed that was determined to be on Sandpiper prop-
erty. The Sandpiper removed the fence and stored it in
a shed. Later, at a public meeting, Mr. Monetti said the
Sandpiper removed the fence and did not return it. The
Sandpiper then brought the fence to his yard, using a
police escort so as not to be accused of trespass.
It is outrageous that Mr. Monetti should be allowed
to use his office to accomplish his personal agenda.
Holmes Beach should accept an agreement with the
Sandpiper to allow Holmes Beach residents to use 27th
Street as a beach access. It should not be influenced by
a commissioner who has financial and personal interests
in the issue.
Bob Connors, former Bradenton Beach commis-
sioner, Bradenton Beach
NOW YOU'VE DONE
IT. MY FEATHERS ARE
As a resident of Holmes Beach, I have attended a
dozen recent meetings and listened to commissioners
tell us about the "What Ifs."
When the citizens of Holmes Beach voted, I think
they made it loud and clear they were not happy with
the status quo. Changes needed to be made in the way
we did business. We wanted elected officials that were
ready and willing to take on that assignment.
If we listen to those that are only concerned about
people that may object to change or may be inconve-
nienced, we will continue on the same destructive path.
Look around commissioners. Do you see those
people attending your meetings every week? Or are
those who fill the room the ones that are asking for you
to keep your promises and stop benefiting a few at the
expense of many? If doing what the people ask is too
controversial, perhaps you should not be sitting as the
voice of authority.
"What if is just not going to work anymore. "What
if' does not meet the growing problems that are run-
ning rampant on Anna Maria Island. The people coming
out to meetings are bill'' for solutions. They need
to know that their officials are behind them. Yes, there
may be some challenges but those are the "what ifs"
and can be dealt with in time.
Renee Ferguson, Holmes Beach
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By Kathy Prucnell
"This defines community," said local restaurant-
owner Ed Chiles to the more than 500 people who
attended the May 3 Georgia Gibbons benefit and
buffet at his Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
The 20-year-old Gibbons was severely injured in
April by a car while crossing a street in Tallahassee
where she goes to college.
The Sandbar and Ed Chiles provided the venue
for the community to help the Gibbons family pay
for expenses associated with the tragedy.
Gibbon's mother, Robyn, also spoke to the hun-
dreds in attendance. While the road ahead is uncer-
tain, she said, "this is my new journey."
Georgia worked at the Sandbar as a hostess for
several years, and her family lived in the community
for more than 20 years.
Numerous items and gift certificates were
donated by local merchants for auction at the
Organizers declined to say how much money
was raised by the fundraiser, but one source said it
was more than $40,000.
Donations are still being accepted at Wells Fargo,
Holmes Beach, where an account has been established
in the name of Georgia Gibbons.
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Headlines from the May 15,
2002, issue of The Islander
The $9.3 million Anna Maria Island beach renour-
ishment project finished May 10, three weeks ahead of
schedule. Manatee County ecosystems manager Charlie
Hunsicker said good weather, competent engineers and
work crews and the cooperation of beachfront landown-
ers combined for a quick ending.
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye told city com-
missioners they could not approve a moratorium on new
construction because they didn't like some of the plans.
"You have to first establish what is the problem you are
trying to fix," and there must be a time frame for conclu-
sion of the moratorium. Commissioner John Michaels
said the city had yet to prove a problem exists. Resident
Jim DePoore said the commission was trying to impose
illegal restrictions on construction.
Deposits to purchase units at the planned Tide-
mark hotel/condominium/marina project in Holmes
Beach began after developer Nick Easterling said he
had received all the documents needed for a condomin-
ium association from Florida officials. Easterling said
sales of the 44 units would be quick, and he expected
construction to begin in four to six weeks. Prices were
$400,000-$750,000, he said.
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Lenobel seeks TDC seat 'for Longboat Key's sake'
By Kathy Prucnell
"We've never had someone from Longboat Key,
and it's about time," said Hal Lenobel, commissioner
and former mayor of Longboat Key, May 1 of his quest
for a spot on the Manatee County Tourist Development
Lenobel and two Holmes Beach commissioners,
Sandy Haas-Martens and Jean Peelen, have applied for
the TDC seat required to be filled by an elected municipal
official from Manatee County.
Haas-Martens currently holds the TDC seat, and has
served the board since 2000.
Applications closed May 1, and no other applicants
submitted for the seat, according to Monica Luff of the
BradentonArea Visitors and Convention Bureau, admin-
istrative liaison for the TDC.
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners is
expected to appoint one of the three city commissioners
May 22 to the four-year term that begins June 1.
Luff said commissioners also will look to appoint
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston to fill a second required
seat from county municipalities. One of the two city seats
must represent Bradenton.
The TDC makes recommendations to the county on
how to spend the 5 percent tourist development tax col-
lected on short-term rental properties.
Haas-Martens filed her application for reappoint-
ment with the TDC in March. She recently said she's
provided fair Islandwide representation. Her seat on the
TDC will soon expire and her Holmes Beach commission
seat expires in November 2012. She also has announced
her intent to run for another term as a commissioner in
the November city election.
Hal Lenobel talks at home May 1 of his interest in
the Tourist Development Council, an application he's
had on file since July last year. Islander Photo: Kathy
Peelen was elected in 2011 to her first two-year
term on the Holmes Beach Commission. She hopes to
be appointed to the TDC to encourage some tax dollars
be spent on infrastructure on Anna Maria Island. At the
previous meeting of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce, she favored the Island being promoted as a
year-round place to live.
"But I'm not against tourism," she said. "Tourism
is our industry. We just want to do that, have tourism,
and maintain the character that the residents and tourists
Peelen filed her application for the TDC spot in
March, and has since criticized Haas-Martens for not
keeping the Island commissions abreast of what is going
on at the TDC.
As a commissioner on Longboat Key, Lenobel also
has served as the town's mayor. A retired dentist from
Long Island, N.Y., he is a golf columnist with the Long-
boat Key News. He also serves on a Sarasota County
judiciary committee, he said.
"I have the time and inclination," he added. Lenobel
said he agreed to pursue the position after being asked
"by someone from the county" last year. His application
was filed in July 2011.
Lenobel also said he plans to seek one more term on
the Longboat Key commission.
He said Haas-Martens is doing a "fine job" represent-
ing the barrier islands, and had no complaints about the
current allocation of the TDC funds. If appointed, and
after learning the job, he said he "could do even better"
at preserving the county's "huge asset," its beaches.
In addition to beach renourishment projects, the
resort tax revenue supports the activities of the Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau including
the Manatee Convention Civic Center, Crosley Estate,
McKechnie Field and a host of publicity and marketing
The TDC is a nine-member board, which in addition
to Haas-Martens, includes at-large county Commissioner
Carol Whitmore as chair; Bradenton city commissioner
Harold Byrd; Bradenton Beach motel-owner Barbara
Rodocker; Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach and Anna
Maria restaurant-owner Ed Chiles; Sarasota-Manatee
Airport Authority Commissioner Jack Rynerson; Island
motel-owner David Teitelbaum; Bradenton hotelier Tom
Jung; and Vernon DeSear of Manatee Memorial Hospi-
Island Trolley sets record, concerns raised
By Rick Catlin
Many Island residents and accommodation industry
owners, managers and rental agents are thanking their
lucky stars for the fare-free Island trolley.
Ridership of the trolley, which began operating in
2002, set a one-month record in March 2012 with 64,663
passengers. That outdistanced March 2011 the previ-
ous one-month record by 21.5 percent, when 53,238
passengers boarded the trolley.
The trolley carried 172,549 passengers in the three-
month period from February-April 2012, an increase of
24.8 percent from the 138,238 passengers who rode the
trolley during the same three months in 2011, according
to figures on the Manatee County website.
Without the fare-free trolley, a lot more cars and driv-
ers would be on Island roads every day, said Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.
He said that without the trolley the Island might have
had serious congestion on its roads many days during the
season. Additionally law enforcement officers from all
three Island cities might have been pressed into service
as traffic control officers on many occasions, were it not
for the trolley taking vehicles off Island roads.
'Thank you trolley," said Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman.
\\ ialiut the trolley, it would have been extremely
project to begin
Manatee County Natural -
Resources director Char-
lie Hunsicker presents a
seagrass plan May 10 to
members of the Palma 1
Sola Scenic Highway Cor-
ridor Management Entity -
Committee. The project is
expected to start in about a S
month. According to Hun-
sicker, an area of Perico
Island will be excavated to
form a lake bed where sea-
grasses will be planted in
accordance with a mitiga- k .- -
tion plan to improve Port
Manatee with additional
slips. Islander Photo:
Ridership of the fare-free Island Trolley increased 24.8
percent for the period February-April 2012 compared
with the same three months of 2011, an increase of
34,311 passengers. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
difficult to move around the Island this past season,"
said David Teitelbaum, owner of four Bradenton Beach
"And it appears this was the best season on record. I
would not be surprised if we had nearly 150,000 visitors
for that three-month period," he said.
Brockman said the fare-free trolley is one of the
major boosts for Island tourism, allowing people to come
to the Island, park their car, and just use the trolley. It
keeps cars off Island roads, provides a safe environment
for travel and has become somewhat of a tourist attraction
in its own right, she said.
Without the trolley, the Island might not have been
able to sustain its tourism growth the past four years, she
'The trolley kept the Island moving this past season.
So many people come up to me and say the free trolley is
one of the reasons, often the major reason, they decided
to come to the Island. I shudder to think where we would
be without it," he said.
With all four properties booked solidly from Feb-
ruary through April and from what other accommoda-
tion owners, managers and agents have said, Teitelbaum
believes it was a record three months for visitors to the
Teitelbaum's prediction of a record appears to be
backed by the trolley passenger figures.
In February 2012, trolley ridership was reported at
49,044, an increase of 40.1 percent from the 35,012 for
the same month in 2011.
April 2012 was also a busy month. The county web-
site reports 58,842 riders took advantage of the free ser-
vice that month, an increase of 17.7 percent from the
50,025 trolley passengers reported for April 2011.
"It all points toward a record year for tourism," Teit-
At the same time, however, some believe the Island
should be careful it can accommodate continued growth
in the tourism industry.
Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn said everyone
in the tourism industry property owners and manag-
ers, developers and builders of vacation rentals, rental
agents, and marketing specialists at the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau need to stop and take a
"Please, don't' misunderstand me. I love tourism. It's
the lifeblood of our economy. But we only have a finite
amount of space on the Island, and only so many parking
spaces," she said.
"We have to ask if we are over-selling tourism to the
Island to a point where we can't accommodate everyone?
Our advertising is doing a wonderful job of drawing visi-
tors," she observed.
However, she said, as elected officials, she and her
colleagues need to take a long look at where Island tour-
ism is headed, "not just in Anna Maria, but throughout
THE ISLANDER U MAY 16, 2012 E 9
HB commissioners to limit 1 pool per lot
By Kathy Prucnell
An extended dialogue between Holmes Beach com-
missioners May 9 ended in an agreement to limit the
construction of swimming pools in the city to one per
platted lot. The commission also settled on a June 1 effec-
tive date for the new pool limitation.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said the
change would limit builders to "only one pool," and
owners of the two homes on duplex lots "are going to
have to share it."
Commissioners also agreed to new rules requiring
pool setbacks of 5 feet from adjoining lot lines.
Support for the change in current laws came during
a work session where commissioners sorted through
numerous focus group recommendations, hoping to find
consensus on how to alleviate problems related to the
city's influx of multi-level, multi-unit rental properties.
Zaccagnino appointed commissioners to lead focus
groups in January after more than 100 residents turned
out with complaints relating to duplex construction and
short-term rentals, including problems related to parking,
garbage and noise.
Introducing the pool setback issue, Commissioner
Jean Peelen said the city presently requires the water's
edge of a swimming pool to be 18 inches from neigh-
boring property lines.
She told commissioners that while her building code
focus group initially recommended a 10-foot setback, she
was curtailing the recommendation to 4 or 5 feet due to
her concern that pools may not fit on some of the city's
standard 50-by-100-foot lots.
Commissioner John Monetti described the problem
as "where the kid does a cannonball" and the "neighbor
New rules will limit future duplex developers to one
pool per platted lot. Swimming pools have become
common at rental properties, and many such as this
one, are situated close to the property line.
Peelen also advised of unacceptable noise due to pool
filter equipment being located near adjacent properties.
Monetti agreed to a 5-foot restriction, saying "it's
something more than nothing, and nothing is what we
Commissioners next addressed the building focus
group's recommendation to limit the number of pools to
one per lot. Peelen said her group was not unanimous
in the recommendation. A builder in the group, she said,
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duplex has two owners.
City attorney Patricia Petruff interpreted the builder's
concern as being related to duplex marketability, saying
a home that shares a pool "no longer looks, smells and
acts like a single-family home."
According to Petruff, pools are typically a common
element in duplexes formed under condominium law, and
the state is not reviewing the small condominiums for
compliance to the law. Condos are "supposed to have an
association started by the initial owner," she said.
However, several years after the condo is set up, the
two owners may not understand condo law and the asso-
ciation frequently becomes inactive.
"In other words, they have no clue. No meetings. No
budgets. No reserve," said Petruff.
Petruff will be drafting an ordinance to include the
new pool limits and other regulations, according to Zac-
cagnino, which will be voted on in the future.
At the work session, a consensus was reached by
commissioners on the following:
Issuance of citations to owners and rental agents as
well as renters who violate city laws.
Increasing business tax receipt fees and code viola-
tion fines to the maximum allowed by law.
Improving recordkeeping systems to provide for
better coordination between law enforcement and rental
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 22 at city
hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
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Residents on alert after coyote sighted
By Kathy Prucnell
While there's been no recent confirmed reports of
coyotes, unconfirmed sightings of a coyote or an
animal that may look like a coyote have been on the
rise in the past six months, said Holmes Beach Police
Officer Rob Velardi.
One such sighting occurred last weekend.
"We were on 82nd Street where it meets Marina
(Drive) and the critter was in the mangroves to the left
of Marina Isles Drive," said West Manatee Fire Rescue
Commissioner Scott Ricci about an animal sighting at
approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
"We watched as it went onto the left shoulder of
Marina Isles Drive and down that road until it was able to
slink into the underbrush and out of our sight," he said.
"This critter was the general size of a small German
shepherd, but slimmer build. It was gray with either no tail,
or its tail between its legs. It had the attitude of not wanting
to be seen, not at all like a domestic dog," Ricci said.
Velardi said the police department has heard of "sev-
eral sightings over the past six months," but could not
confirm "whether or not they've been coyotes."
"I haven't seen any," said County Commissioner
Carol Whitmore who lives near Marina Isles, and walks
her dogs in the area at night.
Whitmore said it's important not to leave your dogs
out without supervision, and not to leave any food out-
By Mark Young
There are no leads in the search for paddleboarder
Jeffrey Comer, 50, who went missing April 29 while
paddleboarding in Gulf of Mexico waters off shore of
Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County.
f Comer's paddleboard was
found adrift by a boater near Holmes
Beach, his wallet and keys tucked
safely aboard the craft.
The board was discovered
late April 29 and reported the fol-
Comer lowing morning. Rescue agencies,
including the U.S. Coast Guard,
launched a search-and-rescue effort, but suspended
the search later that day.
Police still have not ruled out any possibilities in
the case, but with no new information or leads, have
Coyotes are looking for food, and "if they don't find
any they'll move on," she said.
Marina Isles resident Dr. Bill Bystrom, veterinarian-
owner of Island and Palma Sola animal clinics, concurs.
Bystrom said he hasn't seen "any strong evidence" of
coyotes on the Island, or near Marina Isles, and the adja-
cent 26 acres of mangroves.
"We definitely have raccoons, opossums and squir-
rels," he said. About 10 years ago, Bystrom saw a red fox
in the neighborhood he's lived in for 25 years.
\y, wife and I are wild-animal friendly," he said.
His wife, he added, often rehabilitates injured animals,
and releases them when healthy back into the wild.
While he acknowledged recent unconfirmed reports
of possible coyote sightings on the Island, he hasn't heard
of a confirmed report.
But from nearby areas off the Island, he has heard
A year ago when missing pets were reported in the
Cortez area, a woman from Palma Sola brought in the
remains of her cat to his office, he said. It was just a head
and tail the rest of the cat had been consumed.
A "confirmed report," he said, also came from a
Palma Sola Park woman who saw two coyotes in daylight
stalking her cat. People who live near 99th Street and the
Robinson Preserve tell him they "hear coyotes howling
ceased providing updates. The last update provided
on the missing man was April 30, the day the search
began and ended.
The competitive paddleboarder was described as
being fit, with no medical conditions, and his vehicle
was discovered near Fort De Soto at Mullet Key where
he apparently set off into the Gulf waters on his board.
There was no evidence at the site of his vehicle of foul
While the waters off Fort De Soto Park are a popu-
lar spot for water enthusiasts, those same waters are
said to be dangerous, known for high waves and strong
Comer is described as 5-feet-8-inches tall, bald
with blue eyes.
Anyone with information on the missing paddle-
boarder, is asked to call the Tampa Police Department
at 813-354-6600 or dial 911.
"I have a theory," Bystrom said, "about why coyotes
end up in Robinson, FISH Preserve and Palma Sola."
He said there's a creek that begins around 43rd Street
on the west side of Bradenton, runs west through G.T.
Bray Park, under 59th Street, south of the hospital, and
under a bridge on 75th Street. From a trench there, he
said "they can go either north or south."
"It would be interesting to get a night camera set up
under the bridge there and just watch," he added.
Bystrom said he's seen coyotes travel alone or in
pairs. They live in dens, under wood piles, burrow holes
in the ground to hide, he added.
For pet owners, Bystrom warned coyotes are look-
ing for food, including small animals. "Don't leave your
animal out at night. Don't leave your dog out with his
"When taking walks, you might want to take a walk-
ing stick along, just in case, to scare them away. They're
shy animals," he said.
Still, Bystrom "kind of doubts there's a coyote" near
Marina Isles because his neighbor's two cats have been
Then again, considering reports like Ricci's, he says,
"you want to be alerted to keep a close watch out."
Roadwatch, May 16-23
Marina Drive from 59th Street to 62nd Street in
Holmes Beach will be closed from May 16-23 for con-
struction of stormwater drainage lines by the city, accord-
ing to Bob Shaffer of the building department.
A detour will move traffic on 59th, 60th and 62nd
streets to Holmes Boulevard and back onto Marina
Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive
at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria by the Manatee County
Utilities Department is ongoing and the project should
last several months, according to the department.
Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected
by the work, a MCUD press release.
Daytime-only repairs to the Longboat Key Bridge/
State Road 789 are continuing, a Florida Department of
Transportation press release said.
The east sidewalk of the bridge and Greer Island
- often called Beer Can Island near the bridge are
closed. The draw will open for boaters on demand.
Completion of the project is expected at the end of
May and no construction activity is planned for Memorial
More information on the bridge project is available
online at www.mySR789.com.
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Island police blotter
May 5, 200 N. Shore Drive, criminal mischief. A
group of adults and teenagers became involved in a verbal
dispute at the Anna Maria City Pier, but separated without
incident. Later that day, the two groups came into contact
again and another dispute ensued. One of the teens mali-
ciously damaged a vehicle owned by one of the adults,
however, the man refused to press charges, telling the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy he would pursue
the matter in civil court.
10005 Gulf Drive, battery. A 20-year-old Anna
Maria man was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge
in Holmes Beach following an argument between he and
his father that turned physical. According to the report,
the father questioned his son about money that had gone
missing while he was in jail. The son became upset and
wanted to leave in his dad's car. The father grabbed a
screwdriver to remove the license plate to prevent his
son from taking the car, at which time the son allegedly
attacked his father, shoving him repeatedly and punch-
ing him. During the scuffle, the son cut his hand on the
screwdriver, and told law enforcement that his father had
stabbed him. The investigation concluded the son was the
May 5, 800 block of North Shore Drive, domestic
disturbance. While on beach patrol, a MSCO deputy was
flagged down by a female, who reported she had just
swam from Egmont Key following an argument with her
boyfriend. The woman reported she had taken the boy-
friend's boat keys because he was too drunk to operate
the craft. The boyfriend then was alleged to have knocked
the woman's cellphone from her hands, after which she
said she jumped overboard to avoid further confrontation.
Deputies were unable to make contact with the boyfriend
by Islander press time.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
May 2, 2502 Gulf Drive, disturbance. Police
responded to the Dream Inn in response to a disturbance.
A male complainant said his female companion was caus-
ing problems due to being "too intoxicated," according
to the report, and he wanted her to leave.
May 4, 2600 block of Gulf Drive, felony warrant.
Police arrested Jill Rickerson, 36, on a felony warrant for
failure to comply with a summons.
May 5, 2600 block of Gulf Drive, domestic distur-
bance. Police responded to find a couple arguing. Police
reported both people were intoxicated, but no physical
altercation occurred. Domestic packets were issues.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
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May 4, 4400 block of 123rd Street, information. A
complainant reported he sold a trailer, which contained
his tools. The man reported he had been in contact with
the buyer, who promised to return the tools, but had yet
to do so. The complainant was advised that since both
parties were aware the tools were on the trailer at the time
of purchase, the matter would have to be taken up in a
May 7, 4400 block of 123rd Street, domestic dis-
turbance/Baker Act. A mother and her adult son became
involved in an argument, at which time the son began
to break things in their home. A deputy reported the son
also had punched the wall, injuring his hand. The mother
reported she was "very afraid" of her son, according to
the report. The son was reported to say he may harm
May 9, 4000 block of 129th Street, theft. A com-
plainant reported a stolen kayak. According to the report,
the kayak was stored in a shared garage, hanging from
the ceiling by ropes, which were cut.
May 10, 11900 Cortez Road, vehicle theft. A golf
cart was reported stolen from the Holiday Cove RV
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
May 3, 200 block of 82nd Street, theft. A female
complainant reported a male juvenile had stolen her debit
card from her purse and ran away from home. Further
investigation revealed the juvenile is on probation. The
complainant was advised to cancel her bank cards and
the juvenile's probation officer was contacted. At press
time, police were searching for the juvenile.
May 2, 3000 block of Avenue C, domestic distur-
bance. A couple became engaged in a verbal argument.
The woman called 911, saying she was concerned the
argument was escalating, but told police she only called
because the man said she wouldn't. Police advised the
woman that 911 is not to be used as a threat. Domestic
violence packets were issued.
May 1, 5400 Marina Drive, criminal mischief.
Police responded to a criminal mischief complaint at the
Sand N Sudz Laundromat and discovered a broken plastic
chair, and a shattered sliding-glass window. The estab-
lishment has video surveillance, which recorded three
males entering the business. Video showed two of the
men exited while one remained inside. The suspect inside
the business then threw a book through the window. He
was shown entering a vehicle with the other two men.
The investigation continues.
May 5, 200 block of 84th Street, petit theft. A man
reported his garbage can stolen. He told police that he
happened to notice his neighbor had two trash cans, but
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atee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on an Island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
6311; Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5807.
Regardless of location, in the event of an emer-
gency, call 911.
did not want police to interview the neighbor.
May 5, 600 block of Gladstone Lane, vehicle bur-
glary. A man reported someone had entered his boat,
stealing custom-made fishing gear valued at $300. The
man told police his residence and dock are under video
surveillance and he would turn the video over to police.
The investigation continues.
May 8, 1400 Cortez Road, failure to report found
property. A Holmes Beach man was arrested for failure
to report found property, after a MSCO deputy made con-
tact with him on Cortez Road. According to the report,
the man was riding a girl's blue bicycle with a flow-
ered basket. Upon making contact with the suspect, the
deputy asked why he was riding a girl's bike. The man
said he had borrowed it from his girlfriend's sister, but
the deputy noted the bike still had a price tag affixed to it.
The suspect then changed his story, saying he had found
the bike. He was taken into custody for failing to report
May 9, 300 block of 67th Street, vehicle burglary.
A woman complainant reported someone had entered
her unlocked vehicle. Approximately $10 in change was
reported stolen. Finger prints were taken at the scene.
May 9, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, domestic distur-
bance. A mother and her adult daughter became involved
in an argument when the daughter became upset that
her mother brought home a "strange man" from a bar.
Police observed the "strange man sitting peacefully on
the couch," while the mother and daughter continued to
argue, the report stated. Domestic violence packets were
May 8, 600 Manatee Ave., larceny. A male complain-
ant reported a stolen kayak valued at $350. According to
the report, the man returned from a fishing trip and locked
his kayak with two others. On his return, he found only
his kayak was missing.
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golf tourney will benefit charities
Keep Manatee Beautiful will hold its 18th annual
golf tournament and primary fundraiser for the year at 1
p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Tara Golf & Country Club,
602 Drewrys Bluff, Bradenton.
The four-person best-ball scramble will begin with
a shotgun start following an Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club-sponsored promotional fundraiser at 12:30 p.m.
Other activities, numerous contests and raffles will be
featured throughout the day.
Registration costs vary.
Proceeds will help Keep Manatee Beautiful continue
its programs, including cleanup days; pollution preven-
tion education; environment stewardship recruitment;
recovering and recycling fishing line to reduce wildlife
injuries; installing welcome signs, creating new parks,
such as Palma Sola Scenic Highway Park; and spearhead-
ing landscaping projects on Manatee Avenue and Cortez
Tournament proceeds will benefit other nonprofits,
including Feeding Empty Little Tummies and Rotary-
sponsored programs at Anna Maria Elementary School.
For more information, call KMB executive direc-
tor Ingrid McClellen at 941-795-8272 or 941-713-1763,
e-mail her at email@example.com, or go online
Ball drop also a benefit
The skies won't be falling, but golf balls will fall
from a helicopter.
Numbered golf balls will be dropped from the chop-
per onto the greens at the Tara Golf & Country Club at
12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, as part of a fundraiser spon-
sored by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at the
Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament.
The golf ball that lands closest to the pin will win
an all-expense-paid, six-night golfer's dream vacation
to St. Andrews, Scotland, including four rounds of golf
at St. Andrews Carnousitie and Castle courses, valued at
Golf ball drop fundraiser entry tickets are $100, and
can be purchased online at www.annamariarotary.org., or
in person at Just4Fun Rentals, 5354 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The Rotary plans to donate $20 to the Special Olym-
pics for each ticket sold.
For more information, call Barry Gould at 941-448-
Barry Gould of the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
and Matthew Saunders, Special Olympics gold med-
alist, hold a poster promoting the "golf ball drop"
fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics. The drop will
be one of many special events featured at the May 18
Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament at Tara Golf
& Country Club, Bradenton. Islander Courtesy Photo
De Soto Memorial invites public to art unveiling
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Artist Hermann Trappman's show "Obscured by
Time" recreates a world of Florida's Native Americans
lost to time.
A combination of paintings and artifacts includ-
ing the unveiling of a new work by Trappman, "Ponce
de Leon: The Discovery of America" will open with
a reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the De Soto
National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway,
The exhibit will run at the De Soto Memorial museum
Women dine for children
Dining for Women, a giving circle, invites interested
participants to a potluck supper 6 p.m. Thursday, May
17, at the Sandpiper Resort Co-op clubhouse, 2601 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
This month's recipient program is the Children of
Vietnam, a nonprofit that assists impoverished single
mothers and their families. The program works with
women to assess their needs, and supports them to
To attend or for more information, call organizer
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen at 941-896-
Youth art camp
to explore masters
Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse.
These fine art masters will be among the artists
explored at weekly summer camps during June and July
offered by the Anna Maria Island Art League to enrich
youths of ages 4 1/2 to 15.
Registration is open for the masters camps, as well
as camps featuring a variety of popular artists.
Camps will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
in two sessions, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. For
a complete schedule and registration forms, go online to
Scholarship opportunities also are available for stu-
For more information, call Christina Reginelli at 941-
daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. until Sept. 1.
Trappman is from Gulfport, and has previous con-
nections to the National Park Service, including work
featured in De Soto's Junior Ranger book.
His paintings are digitally rendered to create histori-
cal realism and then painted with uncountable layers of
On viewing the work in the show, the superintendent
of the park, Ranger Scott Pardue, said, "here at De Soto,
we make a constant effort to shed light on the lives of
Florida's indigenous people. Hermann's work is second
to none in achieving that goal."
Light refreshments will be served at the opening
Admission and all activities are free.
For more information, call Ranger Ben Sims at 941-
792-0458, ext. 102, or go online at www.nps.gov/deso.
Work by Hermann Trappman will be featured at De
Soto National Memorial May 17.
Solberg named to
Villanova dean's list
Allison Solberg of Holmes Beach has been named
to the dean's list at Villanova University for the fall 2011
semester. She was honored by her university dean for
earning a semester grade-point-average of at least 3.5.
A senior at Villanova, Solberg is enrolled in the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and will graduate this
month with a Bachelor's of Arts in communications with
a concentration in public relations.
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Relay teams walk for life, cancer
By Kathy Prucnell
It's a life-changing event, hearing the words, "You
American Cancer Society supporters on Anna
Maria Island are remembering those lost to the dis-
ease, celebrating survivors and hoping to benefit cancer
research with a May 19-20 event at Coquina Beach,
Bradenton Beach. It begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and ends
at 7 a.m. Sunday
Approximately 250 participants and 29 teams will
participate in this year's event, according to the local
spokesperson for the event, Nancy Ambrose. "That's
the most we've ever had. So we're real excited," she
The overnight affair features an 18-hour walk,
including survivor and caregiver laps at 1:45 p.m., the
Sara Bay Dancers at 4 p.m., silent auctions, a chance
drawing and an post-sunset luminaria ceremony.
Vendors will be selling unique items, and food and
refreshments will be offered by the teams. Mike Sales
Local cancer survivor Nancy Ambrose accepts a
proclamation supporting the May 19-20 Relay for
Life of Anna Maria from Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger May 8. Islander Courtesy Photo
UCF graduates 'Islander'
Codyann Catlin, a former hostess/receptionist at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach, graduated with honors from the University
of Central Florida in Orlando, May 5, with a degree
in inter-disciplinary studies. She worked part-time at
the BeachHouse 2006-2011. She is the daughter of
Islander reporter Rick Catlin. Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Christian Catlin
Native Anna Maria Islander
Stephen Thomas, 20, has been
Ss named to the President's Honor
S Roll at University of Central
Florida, Burnett Honors Col-
lege, Orlando, with a four-time
grade average of 4.0. Thomas
is the son of Susan and Richard
Thomas of Anna Maria. He is
a junior at UCF majoring in international finance and
will provide entertainment at the event, according to
At the relay, teams will camp overnight at Coquina
Beach, taking turns, either walking or running the path
around the tents near the pavilion. Each team will have
a representative on the "track" at all times during the
The reason the relay lasts through the night is
"because cancer never sleeps," said Ambrose.
"As the sun is setting, this symbolizes the time that
the person has been diagnosed as having cancer. As the
evening goes on it gets colder and darker, just like the
emotions of the cancer patient," she said.
"When you leave the relay, think of the cancer
patient leaving his or her last treatment. Just as you are
exhausted and weak, so is that person after treatment.
But, there is hope in the new day," she said.
All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Soci-
Cities proclaim Power of Purple
The three cities of Anna Maria Island announced
their support last week for the American Cancer Soci-
ety and the local fundraiser, Relay for Life of Anna
In Holmes Beach, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
proclaimed Saturday, May 19, P'o\ .r of Purple Day"
at the May 8 city commission meeting, saying, "the
color that represents survivors of all types of cancer is
He said "he was amazed" at finding out many of
his neighbors have struggled against the disease.
Local cancer-survivor and American Cancer Soci-
ety spokesperson Nancy Ambrose accepted the certifi-
Bradenton Beach will be the host city of May
19-20 at Coquina Beach.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy issued
a similar proclamation, and presented it to the local
Relay for Life committee members at their May 9
meeting, she said.
Ambrose said the city of Anna Maria at its May
10 meeting also supported the cause with a proclama-
Islander graduates GCU
Laura Barth of Holmes Beach graduated May 8 from
Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts
from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Florida Gulf Coast University is a public university
located in Fort Myers.
Five generations gather
Island ties and baby Parker Merritt bring five genera-
tions of family together, including Jennifer Merritt,
top left, grandmother, who lives on Anna Maria Island
and works at the Sandbar Restaurant; Tim Merritt,
top right, daddy, also works at Sandbar; great-grand-
mother Andrea Karpinski, bottom left, attended Mana-
tee High School and now lives in London; Baby Parker,
born April 12; and great-great-grandma, bottom
right, Fran Minteer 84, of Sneed Island. Not pictured.
Parker's mother, Jama Jean White, who also works at
the Sandbar. Islander Photo: Karen Riley Love
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Thursday, May 17
6p.m. Dining for Women potluck supper, Sandpiper Resort
clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
6-8 p.m. Hermann Trappman Obscured by Time, Ponce
de Leon: The Discovery of America, opening reception, De Soto
National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 102.
Friday, May 18
12:30 p.m. Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island golf ball
drop, Tara Golf& Country Club, 602 Drewrys Bluff, Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information: 941-448-5500.
1 p.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament, Tara
Golf & Country Club, 602 Drewrys Bluff, Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-795-8272 or 941-713-1763.
Saturday, May 19
9 a.m.-noon Islander pet photo-rescue fundraiser, Moon-
racer No Kill Animal Rescue, The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-6701.
Saturday May 19-Friday May, 25
11 a.m.-3 p.m., National Safe Boat Week, Anna Maria Power
Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81, free vessel checks
all day except Wednesday, May 23, at Coquina South ramp, Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach, and Kingfish Boat Ramp, Manatee Avenue,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-895-6189.
Saturday May 19 Sunday, May 20
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2p.m. Sunday-Longboat
Key Challenge, a Regatta-Island Style, Bayfront Park and Recre-
ation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies.
Through Sunday, May 20, "Fools," Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.
Through May 24, "Artists and Animals of Myakka" exhibit,
Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for
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the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.
Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Demo-
cratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Tuesday, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversation 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, Rod & Reel Pier,
875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets
at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street
Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-
IRepresentatives of Relay For
Life teams display a banner
S at Coquina Beach, Bradenton
Beach, where this year's relay
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relay event begins at 1 p.m.
A. FC, L FE Saturday, May 19, and ends
at 7 a.m. Sunday, May 20.
It features an 18-hour walk
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laps, contests, silent auctions,
drawings and a post-sunset
luminaria ceremony, and
vendors will sell food and
refreshments. Islander Cour-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
May 24, Coffee with the Commissioner, Paradise Cafe, 3210
East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-5827
May 26, Anna Maria Island Privateers 58th annual Snooks
Adams Kids Day, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
May 26, Bradenton/Sarasota Deep Sky Observers, Sidewalk
Astronomy, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Save the Date:
June 2-3, AMI Privateers, Wildlife Inc., Rotary Club ofAMI and
AMI Community Center blood drive, St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-1577.
June 9, Big Brothers Big Sisters Cooking for Kids/Summer
Nights, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-488-4009.
June 9, Scallopalooza, Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ring-
ling Blvd., Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-953-5333.
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include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.
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Watch fundraiser that sold out in 2011 promises a
unique environmental event 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota,
to support scallop restoration.
Scallapalooza will include cocktails, dinner, an auc-
tion, entertainment and presentations.
Tickets are $75 per person. A table of 10 costs
To save a dwindling scallop population, experts
are recommending a multi-year program of raising
scallops in shellfish hatcheries, and releasing larvae
to local sea grass beds to grow to adulthood and self-
Sarasota Bay Watch is a nonprofit organization
formed to protect and restore the bay's ecosystem through
community education and citizen participation.
Proceeds from the event will support the effort.
For tickets or more information, call 941-953-5333
or go online at www.Sarasotabaywatch.org.
spring has sprung and it feels like summer! It's the
perfect time, before school's out and the kids are home,
to take a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip. And these
stores are offering fresh, fun items you won't find any-
where else. It always feels good to shop local and buy
local. So stop in and get shopping!
Steff's Stuff has moved to the Centre Shops on
Longboat Key. She's excited about the new digs and has
many new selections. Make sure you stop in say, "Hello."
You can find her at 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more than
50 quality dealers offering vintage toys, furniture, col-
lectible glass and everything antique. This Ellenton
hot spot is one of the area's top stops, and we always
enjoy our stroll among the unique offerings.
Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs
Antiques are having their annual storewide sale Friday
and Saturday, May 25-26. There's a minimum 20 per-
cent off and other specials throughout the store for
LBK paddle sport
The 2012 Longboat Key Challenge, a Regatta Island
Style, will offer two days of paddle sports at Bayfront
Park and Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
First in store 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, is an
opportunity to discover rowing, sculling, boarding and
boats at Family Fun Day and Expo with ongoing water
demonstrations, instruction and safety lessons.
Also on this first day of the Challenge, a half-mile
course and 1-mile sprint competitions will be held, with
start times at approximately noon.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, pad-
dleboard enthusiasts, including kayaks, surf ski paddlers
and racers, will compete in 6-mile and 24-mile races.
Approximate start time for the 6-mile race is 1 p.m. and,
for the 24-mile race, 10 a.m.
A $45 race fee applies. Participants are asked to reg-
For more information call 941-383-2466, and to reg-
ister, go online at www.longboatkeychallenge.com.
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Pet photos, bake sale to
benefit 'no kill'
Have a picture taken with Fido, and be a voice for
animals who can't speak for themselves.
The Islander newspaper is hosting a pet photo fund-
raiser to benefit MoonRacer No Kill Animal Rescue 9
a.m.-noon Saturday, May 19, at the office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event also will include a sale of homemade
baked goods and rescue T-shirts and artists will provide
face painting for youngsters.
MoonRacer rescue helps homeless dogs and cats
regardless of breed or size to find suitable homes with
loving people, provides sensitive care for abused and
shelter pets who have been traumatized by their experi-
ence, and helps Manatee County Animal Services with
a pet photography program that helps show off shelter
animals in the best form with professional photogra-
For more information, call Lisa Williams at 941-896-
6701, e-mail Islandlisa44@aol.com or visit facebook:
Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue Inc.
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16 0 MAY 16, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
BP claims should surge, scammers expected
By Rick Catlin
Following the creation of a new system to pay claims
arising from the BP Oil Ltd./Deepwater Horizon oil spill
on April 20, 2010, attorneys and independent claims con-
sultants along the Gulf Coast recently began actively
seeking business owners who can show a loss of income
Because the new system identifies the Tampa Bay
area as a primary loss zone, claims specialists have begun
looking at Anna Maria Island as a new client base.
At least one law firm and an independent consultant
have been on Anna Maria Island recently seeking clients,
and some attorneys are advertising in Tampa Bay media
outlets for clients who may have a claim against BP.
Attorney Tom Young of Tampa spoke to a group of
Island business owners last week about filing a claim
against BP. He said the recent increase in attorneys seek-
ing clients in the area is a result of the dismissal of attor-
ney Ken Feinberg from the BP case in early March, and
the inclusion of Tampa Bay as a primary loss area.
Feinberg was hired by BP to pay claims from a $20
billion BP fund. He established the Gulf Coast Claims
Fund and allowed people to file their claims, or retain an
attorney to handle the claim.
However, Young said so many claimants were
rejected that a Louisiana federal judge dismissed Fein-
berg from the case.
"People with legitimate losses were having their
claims rejected over and over for ridiculous reasons. Now,
we expect a new claims system will be signed this week
in federal court and we can begin processing claims much
faster. It's going to be numbers-based," Young said.
Essentially, Island businesses that can show a decline
in income in 2010 when compared with 2009 or 2008, or
the average income from 2007-09, may be eligible.
Business owners and others can still file their own
claim, Young said.
"But the process is difficult for a non-attorney. A
lawyer will understand the numbers. You are more likely
PAR champions tourism
By Rick Catlin
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC was presented a
"Champion of Tourism" award May 10 by the Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at a luncheon
in honor of National Tourism Week.
The BACVB said PAR's development on Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria, compliments the ambiance of the
city, is tourist-friendly and in keeping with the old Florida
ambiance of the Island.
Principals Ed Chiles and Mike Coleman were present
to receive the award.
"It's nice to be honored for our vision and it's
extremely pleasant to be recognized by the tourism indus-
try," Chiles said.
Coleman said PAR's final retail-office-residential
complex in Anna Maria is under construction at 210 Pine
Ave. The company has no plans at this point for further
developments, he said.
The luncheon was held at the Manatee County Con-
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to be successful and get a larger settlement with an attor-
ney," he said.
Young said lawyers representing clients with claims
against BP don't get paid unless the claim is approved
He advised business owners who believe they have
a legitimate claim not to pay up front.
Additionally, several websites and news stories have
warned against scammers using the oil spill to collect
money from people for a claim.
The website lawyers.com -an association of liabil-
ity lawyers is advising people that some consultants
might be looking to file a fraudulent claim, one that either
over-represents the loss amount, or is a non-existent loss.
Or, they might just be planning to collect an upfront fee,
According to a March 8 Reuters News story, the
Federal Trade Commission warned that with billions of
dollars remaining, more scam artists are getting involved
in BP claims.
The scammer typically wants to collect an upfront
fee, claiming it's a donation to the environmental cause,
or plans to file a false claim and collect a fee.
Scammers are likely to use e-mail, solicit door-to-
door, or make harassing telephone calls and other high-
pressure means to entice an individual to file a claim, the
FTC said. In addition, a scam artist might tell a client that
paying a processing fee will speed up payment.
"If you have a claim connected to the oil spill, you
can use the established claims process," and not go
through a consultant or attorney, the FTC said.
"There is no charge for filing a claim, and there are
no legitimate 'expedited' claims services," said lawyers.
The FTC said an estimated 1,000 lawyers in the Gulf
region have begun advertising for clients who may have
a claim against BP
Approximately $8 billion already has been paid,
according to an April 21 Reuters News report that said
Feinberg underpaid claims by $64 million, a charge he
With more claims expected when the new payout
system is approved, federal authorities also expect more
scam artists to get involved, cnn.com news reports.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said he
hasn't had any complaints of scams related to BP, but
noted it's still early for the new system of filing claims.
He advised against paying an upfront fee to an attor-
ney, consultant or independent adjuster to process a BP
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of
the milestones in readers' lives. Send notices and pho-
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Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
113 Hammock Road, Anna Maria, a 2,366 sfla
3,630 sfur 3k1,d 3.illi 2car pool home built in 2003 on
a 56x113 lot was sold 04/27/12, Mock to Thompson for
$645,000; list $679,000.
243 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 2,240 sfla / 3,826
sfur 41).d 3Ih.lli 2car canalfront pool home built in 1983
on a 77x100 lot was sold 04/25/12, Shields to Dale for
$605,000; list $649,000.
5804 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,494 sfur
service station built in 1965 on a 214x150 lot was sold
04/24/12, Saugatuck Properties Inc. to Hula Properties
LLC for $600,000.
302 74th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,038 sfla / 2,884
sfur 4bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 1986 on a 95x85 lot
was sold 04/24/12, Turley to Valentine Enterprises LP for
211 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 974 sfla / 1,877 sfur
2bed/ 1bath home built in 1959 on a 90x70 lot was sold
04/19/12, Adams to May for $295,000; list $327,000.
301 29th St., Holmes Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,048 sfur
2bed/l bath home built in 1969 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 04/18/12, Roosa to Stephens for $187,500; list
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Pine Avenue Restora-
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Coleman and Ed Chiles,
at left, accept a "Cham-
pion of Tourism" award
from the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau May 10, at
a luncheon in honor of
National Tourism Week.
Also receiving awards
were Vernon DeSear of
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tal and John Horne, right,
of Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2012 0 17
Villagers receive top environmental awards
By Rick Catlin
Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher of Anna Maria were
always concerned with the environment during the devel-
opment and creation of their Anna Maria Historic Green
Village, 501 and 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The two sought environmentally friendly prod-
ucts and mechanicals at the village as it gradually took
On Thursday, May 10, those efforts were rewarded
when the U.S. Green Building Council presented the
Thrashers and the village with its highest designation
for environmentally friendly construction the Plati-
num Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
In presenting the honor, Jennifer McCallister of the
USGBC noted the village also is a Net Zero Energy com-
plex. The NZE designation means the village produces
more ( IK'l .'\ annually than it consumes.
McCallister announced the village is one of only 100
facilities in the world to have both the NZE and Platinum
"It's such an honor to receive the LEED award, and
also be named a net-zero n i '\ user. It's been a labor of
love for us," said Lizzie Vann Thrasher.
"From the start, we wanted a village that would pro-
tect the environment and have as little impact as pos-
sible on the environment. To receive these honors makes
' > i hing' worthwhile," she said.
The Thrashers didn't skimp on using environmen-
tally friendly products at the village, which is composed
of historic Anna Maria houses that have been refurbished
and remodeled for retail-office-residential use.
All insulation materials are graded at the highest
possible level. They installed solar panels to generate
electricity for the complex, a water pump that runs on
ground heat to bring water from well below-ground to the
village, and rainwater cisterns were built. They recycle as
much water as possible, and they added native landscap-
ing around and through the village.
The n. i.' \ created by the solar panels produces elec-
tricity that drives the air-conditioning units, and excess
electricity is stored in a system of batteries.
All those measures and a few more combined to
bring the village the NZE designation.
Although there's not a trophy or plaque, the NZE
along with the LEED award mean a lot to the Thrash-
"To be one of only 100 buildings in the world that are
NZE and Platinum LEED-certified is certainly special,"
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Raymond Kaiser of Stewart
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the U.S. Green Building
Council's LEED plati-
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McCallister of the USGBC
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She said she and her husband hoped to create a com-
plex of historic structures that could be sustained through
environmentally friendly products, and be a credit to the
ambiance of Anna Maria, she said.
The Anna Maria Historic Green Village presently
has several historic structures, including the 1913-built
Anglers Lodge, now housing the Relish boutique; the
Rosedale Cottage, now the Village Cafe at Rosedale,
constructed before World War II; and the Sears cottage,
built around 1935 from parts and materials ordered from
the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue.
The only residence at the village is above the Relish
boutique in the building renamed Thelma by the Sea
in honor of Thelma Wood, the daughter of the original
owner, and the original name of Anglers Lodge.
Vann Thrasher said the surge in going green has
resulted in a waiting list of prospective tenants for the
village, a luxury they hoped would occur in time, but
already exists thanks to the desire of others like them-
selves, hoping to lessen their footprint and operate envi-
ronmentally responsible businesses.
The Thrashers have further plans for the village,
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Anna Maria gives AMI chamber a break Festt'
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners passed, 3-1, a resolution
at their May 10 work session requiring the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce to pay only $250 for a
special event permit for Bayfest this year, and exempted
the chamber from the new $1,000 fee for an event with
However, the resolution is only for Bayfest 2012 and the
chamber will have to reapply for a permit and exemp-
tion in 2013. Commissioner John Quam voted against the
measure. Commissioners Dale Woodland and SueLynn,
along with Commission Chair Chuck Webb, approved
the resolution. Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick was absent
from the meeting.
In other business, parking continued to be a discus-
sion topic, as some long-time residents believe it has been
since before the city was incorporated.
Commissioners discussed what to do with the six lots
the city owns at the east end of Pine Avenue. Part of the
property was used for public parking during the winter
visitor season, but the lots are now closed for parking
except for a small area along Pine Avenue.
Former Commissioner Gene Aubry presented a
design for the property that provides about 40 parking
spaces surrounded by trees and a walking path.
Aubry said he did the design only as a favor to the
commission, and was not presenting the drawing as his
plan or one he supports.
Commissioners, however, were divided about
whether to have parking on the property, develop it as a
city park, or a combination of the two.
Woodland reminded his colleagues they had all
agreed at the time the lots were purchased in Septem-
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Woodland was opposed to the property being used
for public parking, or even paid parking for city rev-
Commissioners did agree that visitors to the city first
look for parking at the city pier, or as close as possible,
but won't park at Bayfront Park just across the humpback
bridge. They will fill parking spaces toward the west on
Pine Avenue, including those at Roser Memorial Com-
People want to park as close to the pier as possible,
said Dave Sork, manager of the City Pier Restaurant.
Sork has concerns that people do not visit the pier or
restaurant often use parking spaces designated for the
Webb said he has observed days when there were
many empty parking spaces along western Pine Avenue,
while the city pier parking lot, the Bayview Plaza parking
lot and other parking spaces near the pier were full.
Commissioners were divided that the parking issue
might only be a problem during the winter season, and
agreed they had some time to study the issue further.
Parking also affects Roser and the church has indi-
cated to the city it does not want the liability of public
parking in its three lots.
Commissioners agreed to discuss the issue again at
the June 14 work session.
In other business, city attorney Jim Dye presented a
draft cell tower ordinance that was prepared with the help
of consultant Rusty Monroe, who crafted the cell tower
ordinance for Bradenton Beach.
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Any cell tower in Anna Maria, however, is revenue-
driven, city planner Alan Garrett indicated.
Garrett said Verizon and AT&T could tell the mayor
in 24 hours if a cell tower would be profitable in Anna
Maria. Other wireless phone carriers might take consider-
ably longer, he said.
Dye said the city cannot prevent construction of a cell
tower, but can have some say in its location and appear-
Any new cell tower would not look like the Holmes
Beach cell tower, Garrett said, as the t> l hin 4'\ for that
tower is more than 10 years old.
With new k >. lin 1 .', cell towers now look like flag-
poles, with all the equipment inside the pole, he said.
Dye reminded commissioners this was only a draft,
not even the first reading. The commission agreed to fur-
ther discussion at its June 14 work session.
SueLynn asked when the commission will discuss
the vacation rental issue, and tackle the question of how
many unrelated people can occupy a vacation home.
Webb said there are a number of pressing issues in
the city, but that issue would be on the June 14 work ses-
sion agenda, he promised.
The story in the May 2 issue of The Islander about
the March 19 Island Transportation Planning Organiza-
tion meeting needs correction.
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion executive director Mike Howe said he was discuss-
ing difficulties with the Fort Hamer public bridge project
at the meeting, not the Manatee Public Beach pier, as the
Howe said the Fort Hamer Bridge will cross the
Manatee River, and would probably not have a signifi-
cant effect on relieving traffic congestion on the DeSoto
Howe said he believes a third bridge across the Man-
atee River is needed.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger discussed
preparing a list of disabled people on the Island who
might have to be evacuated in an emergency. David
Hutchinson of the MPO said the idea did not succeed
well when he worked in Collier County.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2012 19
'Fools' prompts laughter, pleases many
By Kathy Prucnell
"Kulyenchikov. I like it. Just as I pictured it," young
schoolmaster Leon Tolchinsky announced May 10 to
theatergoers at the Island Players' opening night perfor-
mance of "Fools."
A comic fable written by Neil Simon, it's the last play
of the community theater's 63rd season, and is directed
by theater veteran Kelly Wynn Woodland.
Woodland took the stage to introduce the play, saying
the entire theater would be used as the stage. And soon a
receptive crowd was enjoying the interaction of an enthu-
siastic cast and the comedic shtick of the 1981 short-
running Broadway play.
Upon arriving to a remote Ukraine village, Leon
expects to teach the classics Greek, astronomy, lit-
erature. He soon discovers his superior teaching abilities
challenged by villagers, who are all stricken by a 200-
year curse of extreme stupidity.
Leon's first encounter is with Snetsky, a shepherd,
or rather, a sheep loser, who can't find his "ships" or
remember his first name. "No town is more stupid in all
of mother Poland," says Snetsky.
"You mean mother Russia," corrects Leon, eliciting
laughter from the audience.
Theatergoers are introduced to Yenchna, a peddler
who sells flowers as fish, and then Dr. Zubritsky, the town
doctor who can't read his own eye chart.
Dr. Zubritsky hires Leon to teach his beautiful
19-year-old daughter, Sophia. Once at Zubritsky's home,
Leon meets both the doctor and his wife.
Although unable to remember which way the front
door opens, the simple Lenya Zubritsky enjoys the beau-
tiful questions posed by Leon. However, neither she nor
the doctor care to "think" about the answers.
Leon falls quickly and deeply in love with the beau-
tiful Sophia, all the while facing the dreaded curse -
which as an educated school master he professes not to
believe. Yet the curse may overtake him as well, that
is, unless he can educate one person in 24 hours or if a
Zubritsky becomes weds to a Yousekevitch.
Leon says, "to educate is one thing. To break curses
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Gregor Yousekevitch is the evil count villagers fear.
They believe he throws water on them from his castle
when, in reality, it rains. Fear causes the villagers to
tremble at any mention of his name.
Count Yousekevitch proposes to Sophia twice a
day. Sophia declines the count's interest, but encourages
Leon's love in spite of the curse that also has left the vil-
lage without love.
Played by James Thaggard, the swashbuckling
Yousekevitch is one of the play's most enjoyable char-
acters. And his lines were some of the most memorable:
"There's no fool like a new fool.... I may be a villain, but
I don't fool around."
Yousekevitch yearns for Sophia, although he's
one of the villagers supposedly afflicted by the curse.
When Leon steps in with his own plan to marry Sophia,
Yousekevitch concocts a scheme to turn the tables.
Anna Trinci plays the part of beautiful Sophia to per-
fection. A Manatee High School student, Trinci's acting
maturity far surpasses her age.
As the young school master, Richard Robertson also
does well with a large part. He engenders the believability
necessary to allow the fable through to its unraveling.
Herb Stump as Dr. Zubritsky may be the most enjoy-
Island Players per-
form in Neil Simon's
"Fools," a fabled
comedy set long ago in
a village afflicted by an
extreme curse of stupid-
ity. Performances are 8
p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m.
Sunday through May 20
at the Island Players,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Islander Photo:
able of all the "Fools." Maybe it's his quick and resonant
delivery, or the way he shakes his head or raises his eye-
brows. Or, maybe, it's the way he pushes his face onto a
window pane. The audience is charmed.
Robin Rhodes as the doctor's wife is convincingly
innocent. Her artwork in the lobby and choreography in
one dance scene also are featured during this final produc-
tion of the Island Players season.
All the supporting actors Kim Moroz Albers as
"something something" Snetsky; Laura Morales as the
magistrate; Bruce Witton as postman Mishkin; Brian
James Dennis as butcher Slovich; and peddler Mary Jo
Johnson clearly love to perform.
Woodland complimented her experienced cast. And
thanks to stage manager, Phyllis Elfenbein, and her sup-
porting crew of set, light, sound and costume designers, a
seamless performance and a light-hearted message from
"Fools" is going out to Island theatergoers.
That is, just like Leon, if you believe in education
and love, don't let a little curse get in your way.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Satur-
days and 2 p.m. on Sundays flun 7ui;h N lay 20 at the Island
Players playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For tickets or information, call the box office at 941-
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County libraries to forgive fines
By Kathy Prucnell
Fines will be forgiven by Manatee County libraries
the week of May 14-19.
During fine-forgiveness week, the library also will
pardon patrons who owe late fees or fines on lost, dam-
aged or overdue library books or materials. A replacement
library card also may be obtained during the amnesty
week at no cost.
To participate, bring damaged or overdue materi-
als along with charitable donations of food, toiletries or
pet items to one of the Manatee County library system
branches during its regular hours of operation.
Items put in library drop boxes will not be eligible
for the forgiveness program.
Because the Island Branch Library is presently closed
for renovations, "the library system kindly asks Island
Branch patrons to take part in Fines Forgiveness Week at
mainland branches," said county spokesperson Nicholas
The county website identifies the following Bra-
denton locations, South Manatee Library, 6081 26th
St., and Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., as
nearby options for regular users of the Island Branch
South Manatee hours are noon- 8 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Fridays and Sat-
Central Library hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat-
Accepted donations include nonperishable food items
and general household supplies such as, blankets, towels,
diapers, laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant and pet
food. Donations will be given to Hope Family Services,
One Stop Resource Center and Manatee County Animal
Library services manager Ava Ehde calls the program
"a win-win situation.
"If someone comes in and returns a lost book, we're
going to be happy to get the material back and make it
Tingley fills branch library void
While the Manatee County Island Branch Library be reserved at no cost.
in Holmes Beach is closed for renovations, the Tin- Membership is $3 a year.
gley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton For more information on Tingley, call 941-779-
Beach, is prepared to welcome library users. 1208.
The private library is run mostly by volunteers and -
exists off the interest of a $500,000 foundation estab-
lished many years back by the late Beulah Tingley.
The library, located just off of Gulf Drive behind / L IS
Bradenton Beach City Hall is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday.
The library has (\ .i hling today's librarygoers
expect from all genres, to movies, audio books, local
newspapers, tourist information, copier services, free i
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"But if they can't find the material or it's damaged,
instead of paying a $45 fine, they can bring in a 20-pound
bag of dog food or some blankets or towels" or other
Ehde said that if an account has been sent to a
debt collection agency, the patron must pay a $10 fee
in addition to making a charitable donation to clear the
Items returned after 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, are not
For more information, call 941-748-5555 or go
online at www.mymanatee.org/library.
Remodel on schedule
Island Branch Library patrons may keep books due
after May 11 until the library reopens in the fall without
risking fines or penalties, according to Manatee County
Neighborhood Services Department director Cheryl
The Holmes Beach library has been closed since May
1, while the book drop closed May 11.
Remodeling work is on schedule, set to begin in June.
It is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, she said.
During May, the county property management
department, library staff and volunteers will move a
large portion of library materials to a climate-controlled
warehouse in downtown Bradenton, according to Coryea.
Some materials will be placed in storage, or loaned out
to other branches, she said.
In June, electrical work expected to expand the
library's Internet connectivity, and carpeting, ceiling
tiles and lighting will be replaced. The project also
involves interior painting, and replacement of the cork-
board in the community room, as well as Americans
with Disability Act renovations in the bathrooms.
Until the work is finished, Coryea said, Island Branch
Library users are encouraged to use, and return their
books to any other library in the county system. "Or,
they can keep them and we'll forgive the fines until the
date we announce the Island library is reopening," she
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Busy week of sea turtle nesting on AMI shores
By Mark Young
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Mon-
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on 13 false crawls and documenting 11 loggerhead sea
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said the second
week of nesting season was slow, but "as the Gulf tem-
perature moved up to the 80-degree mark, it opened the
Fox said Bradenton Beach had several false crawls
between Third Street South and Cortez Road.
'Two of them crossed over the top of each other in
one night," said Fox, who noted AMITW volunteers also
were busy marking off shorebird nesting areas.
AMITW volunteers Pete and Emily Gross also
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Things to remember during
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It is against the law to disturb sea turtles, hatch-
lings or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by both
the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida
Marine Protection Act.
If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, report
the incident to an Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
volunteer or staff, or call the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC.
Avoid going to the beach at night during sea
turtle nesting season. If you do, avoid using flash-
lights and never use flash photography.
If you see a mother turtle coming onshore,
give her complete right-of-way. Steer clear of her
and remain as far away as possible.
Residents near the beach are reminded to keep
outside lights off and shield interior lights by closing
drapes and blinds.
Respect marked nests and do not disturb nest-
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important, it is especially so during nesting season.
Pick up your litter and dispose of it properly.
If you see anyone disturbing a nest or harassing
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6:30 p.m. May 15, Mother-Son Luau at the Sandbar
May 18, Sunshine Math Ice Cream Party sponsored
by Tyler's Ice Cream at AME.
May 21, Battle of the Books qualification test in
the media center.
May 22, PTO dinner at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and
kindergarten play at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
May 23 Birthday Book Club party.
May 24, Hall of Presidents third-grade presentation.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2012 0 23
Islander heads county's family mediation program
By Mark Young
Sandra Victor first visitedAnna Maria Island in 1995.
Five years later, she would call AMI home.
She once owned a private investigating firm, but with
the continued advancement of the Internet, search engines
and online kt. lin> 1>h she found she needed a new direc-
"In 2008, I knew I had to reinvent myself, and over
the next two years I became certified as a county media-
tor, a circuit civil mediator, and ultimately, a family
mediator," said Victor. "For two years I traveled all over
the state mediating foreclosure actions and, when I was
in town, I volunteered for the 12th Judicial Circuit Court,
mediating small claims."
The 12th circuit's programs include family media-
"The family mediation program mediates court-
referred family cases," Victor said. And she now heads
The fees are far less for mediation than if a case goes
to court, she said.
"Litigation can become expensive and lengthy,"
she said. "Mediation isn't about proving who is right
and who is wrong. It's about a self-determined agree-
ment. Because everything is confidential, it allows the
parties to work on issues without fear of repercus-
Victor said no one is forced to make decisions, "only
asked to consider options. Mediation allows the parties
to create a settlement that is tailored to their situation
because it's an agreement the parties themselves put
together," she said.
Family cases can involve highly charged emotions,
and those involved may not think there is a chance for
mediation to be successful. However, Victor said her
department has a 60 percent success rate.
Victor says people should not assume a case is too
difficult to be spared the expense of going to court. Some-
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someone to feel comfortable enough to trust another
person to explain, and negotiate a very important issue
on their behalf."
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Basketball tops youth sports, Dips unchallenged
By Kevin P. Cassidy
Dips Ice Cream appears unchallenged in the Anna
Maria Island Community Center Youth Basketball League
and continues to control the 14-17 division with a perfect
6-0 record. Anna Maria Oyster Bar is four games back in
second place, closely followed by Integrity Sound.
The 11-13 division remains extremely competitive
with Ross Built holding onto a one-game lead over Holy
Cow Ice Cream, Sandbar Restaurant and Walter & Asso-
ciates, all sporting 3-2 records. Eat Here is another game
back in fifth place followed by Southern Greens.
Previously undefeated Beach Bistro dropped a
22-20 overtime decision to Gettel Toyota to tighten up
the 8-10 division, moving Gettel into a tie for first place
with Bistro w iIl mnilihing 4-1 records. Island Real Estate
follows at 2-3, while Walter & Associates is still looking
for its first win.
Island Real Estate got the week's basketball action
started with an 8-5 victory over Walter & Associates May
7. Six points and six rebounds from Alex Rodriguez and
2 points and three blocked shots from Conal Cassidy
led IRE's effort, which also included six rebounds from
Tori Walter scored 5 points and grabbed seven
rebounds to lead the Walter & Associates effort that also
included five rebounds apiece form Katie Krokroskia and
Javier Rivera in the loss.
Hannah McCracken's overtime basket propelled
Gettel Toyota to a 22-20 victory over Beach Bistro in the
second 8-10 division game of the evening. The victory,
which included 8 points and eight rebounds from Hannah
McCracken, moves Gettel into a tie in the standings for
first place with Beach Bistro. Andrew Austin added 6
points, while David Daigle finished with 4 points and
seven rebounds in the victory.
Luke Marvin led Beach Bistro with 8 points, while
Franklin Valdez added 6 points and a game-high 14
rebounds. Jack Groves finished with 4 points and Ava
Zink added 2 points in the loss.
Dips Ice Cream earned a hard-fought 45-42 victory
May 7 over Integrity Sound in 14-17 division basketball
action. Connor Field scored 18 points and grabbed 14
rebounds to lead Dips, which also received 15 points, 10
rebounds and five assists from Tegan Purtill. Jerry Mayer
added 8 points and six rebounds, while Justin Gargett
completed the Dips scoring with 4 points in the victory.
Burke McCampbell-Hill scored 15 points and Pierce
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lead Integrity Sound. Joey Carder added 8 points, five
rebounds and three assists in the loss.
Tegan Purtill exploded for 31 points, six rebounds
and five assists May 8 to lead Dips Ice Cream to a 70-38
victory over Anna Maria Oyster Bar in 14-17 division
basketball action. Jerry Mayer added 14 points and seven
rebounds, while Justin Gargett finished with 11 points and
10 rebounds in the win.
Ryan Gilman scored 10 points and brother Alex
Gilman finished with 9 points for Anna Maria Oyster
Bar, which also received 9 points and 19 rebounds from
Max Miller in the loss.
Holy Cow Ice Cream got the 11-13 division action
started May 9 with a 45-36 victory over Eat Here. Trent
Boring scored a game-high 17 points, while teammate
Rory Houston finished with 13 points, five rebounds and
Adam Clark scored 16 points and grabbed 17
rebounds to lead Eat Here, which also received 12 points
from Michael Latimer in the loss.
The second 11-13 division game of the evening saw
Ross Built take a 42-36 victory over Sandbar Restau-
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rebounds to lead Ross Built, which also received 7 points
from Matthew Manger and 6 points from Jake Ross in
Jean-Paul Russo led Sandbar with 22 points, while
Dayton Modderman scored 14 points and grabbed 22
rebounds in the loss.
Seth Walter's 15 points and 10 rebounds and 12
points and nine rebounds from Jack Walter led Walter &
Associates past Southern Greens 42-20 in the last 11-13
division game of the evening. Mark Fields' 6 points and
six rebounds and 5 points from Robbie Fellowes rounded
out the scoring for Walter & Associates in the victory.
Andrew Zink's 11 points and five rebounds, along
with 3 points and six rebounds from George Lardas led
Southern Greens in the loss.
The 11-13 division action continued May 11 with
three games, starting with Sandbar's 31-21 victory over
Southern Greens. Jean-Paul Russo's 16 points along with
12 points and 12 rebounds from Dayton Modderman led
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9 points and five rebounds from Jake Ross during Ross
Built's 48-23 victory over Eat Here in the second 11-13
division game of the evening. Andrew Ross finished with
8 points and Mathew Manger added 5 points and eight
rebounds in the victory.
Michael Latimer led Eat Here with 11 points, while
Brooke Capperelli, Edward Cunihan and Jordan Cooly
each finished with 4 points in the loss.
Walter & Associates earned a 41-32 victory over
Holy Cow to finish the week's basketball action at the
Center. Mark Fields led the way with 15 points and seven
rebounds. Jack Walter added 12 points and Tren Shack-
leford finished with 7 points in the win.
Trent Boring scored 17 points and Rory Houston added
8 points and six rebounds in the Holy Cow loss.
Island Pest Control continues to lead the pack
Island Pest Control remains atop the Anna Maria
Island Community Center's coed adult soccer league
with a 5-1-1 record. Slim's Place is only 3 points behind,
while Florida Discount Signs and Don Meilner & Son
Construction are tied for third place with 10 points each.
Best Buy, Pink & Navy, Agnelli Pool and Wash Family
Construction follow in the standings.
Island Pest Control and Slim's Place battled to a 3-3
tie to highlight May 10 action. Adam Bujarski scored 2
goals and Oliver Petereit added 1 goal in the tie. Brent
Laudicina finished with six saves and Blair Schlossberg
added four saves in goal.
Tyler Krauss, Aaron Parkin and Sean Sanders each
scored 1 goal while Adam Mott made 20 saves for Slim's
Place in the tie.
Florida Discount Signs opened the night's action with
a 4-3 victory over Meilner. Discount Signs received 2
goals from Matt Kretzman and a goal apiece from Daniel
Anderson and Hampton Harrison. B.J. Grant finished
with an assist, while goalie Josh Peurfoy came up with
eight saves in the victory.
Matt Plummer, Tim Tedesco and Lindsey Weaver
each notched goals for Meilner, which also received five
saves in goal from Nate Talucci.
Wash earned its first victory of the season in easy
fashion, defeating Best Buy 6-0. Hayley Sousa's hat trick
and 2 goals from Kris Yavalar and 1 goal from Austin
Wash pace WFC. Norman Fleet contributed seven saves
to the WFC victory.
Damir Glavan's 2 goals and an assist by Larry Water-
man paced Pink & Navy to a 2-0 victory over Agnelli
Pool. Goalie Jason Sato finished with seven saves in the
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Megalops atlanticus tarpon return to Tampa Bay
By Capt. Danny Stasny
There's big news in the waters off the beaches of
Anna Maria Island the tarpon have arrived. Anglers
fishing just off the beaches have been rewarded with
hookups of silver kings in the 50- to 80-pound range.
Inshore fishing remains consistent for flats fishers
targeting redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and release
Live baits such as shiners, threadfins or shrimp are
producing a good bite during higher tides. If you're
using shiners or threadfins, you can free-line them with
20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a small live bait
If you opt to use live shrimp, I _'. tI using a Cajun
Thunder popping cork to aid in keeping the bait out of
the grass. Pinfish are abundant on the flats right now and
they will nibble your shrimp away the second it hits the
seagrass. When using the Cajun Thunder, try twitching
the cork every so often. These corks emit a sound when
twitched on the surface of the water that attracts preda-
tors. When a trout or snook comes to investigate the cork
noise, they inevitably discover your shrimp and eat it.
Offshore action is heating up in water depths starting
around 100 feet. Limits of red grouper are being reported
as well as good catch-and-release gag grouper action.
Mangrove snapper also are being caught in these depths.
For either of these species, you can't beat a live shiner,
although threadfin herring are producing, too. If you can't
get live bait, try frozen sardines or squid.
But it was Capt. Warren Girle who managed the first
report this week that tarpon season is upon us. He has
been fishing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island in
search of the first arrival of the silver king and now
reports in the past week averaging five or six hookups
per trip and landing about half as many. Average size is
60-80 pounds, although larger fish have been seen.
Girle also is fishing shallow grass flats of Sarasota
Bay in search of redfish. To successfully stalk these fish,
Girle is wading to sandy potholes where the fish are holed
up. Wading not only enables you to get to an area that
is too shallow for the boat, but it also aids in stealth.
When in shallow water, redfish can become extremely
spooky. Sometimes wading is the only way to get close
enough to cast to them. For bait, Girle is using artificial,
like topwater plugs or Berkley Gulp shrimp. Most reds
being caught are in the slot, although larger fish are in
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says things were
a little slow for fishing there. "We're seeing a stray cobia
swim by now and again," says Malfese. "Other than that,
it's been small red grouper and a few mangrove snap-
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Generally at this time of year, there is a noticeable
lull in the fishing around the piers. The vast schools of
shiners that congregate there move out to spawn, and
with them go the predators. Once the bait returns, you'll
notice the return of migratory species, including Spanish
mackerel and ladyfish.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
reports of good action occurring offshore on mangrove
snapper and red grouper. "I'm hearing about mangrove
snapper in the 3- to 4-pound range," says Keyes, "and
limits of red grouper."
Live bait is surely the way to go for the snapper,
although frozen sardines and squid are working for the
red grouper. Most offshore fishers are finding the bite in
100 feet of water or deeper.
Moving closer in, fishers targeting migratory species
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surprised to get some good catch-and-release action on
lemon and black tip sharks, too.
Fishing the beaches is resulting in pompano and
spawning seatrout. These fish are just off the beach in
the trough. Free-lined live shrimp will get anglers into
Remember, when spotted seatrout become abundant
on the beaches of the Island, it's because they are spawn-
ing. This is a great opportunity to catch a trophy-size
trout, although you want to practice catch-and-release
so these trout can spawn.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fish-
ing the backcountry for the usual suspects, finding spot-
ted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook action
consistent in both the waters of southern Tampa Bay and
Sarasota Bay. Gross is anchoring and chumming on shal-
low grass flats where good water flow helps produce the
bite. When chumming with live shiners, Gross' clients
are able to site cast to feeding fish.
Spotted seatrout in the 16- to 18-inch range have
been the norm for Gross. Slot-sized redfish are being
caught. For the reds, Gross feels the bite is steady but
the fish are not bunched up. As for snook, the largest this
past week came in at 36 inches.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charter
is catching limits of spotted seatrout in and around the
deeper grass at Longboat Pass. Johnston is using either
live shrimp or live shiners free-lined behind the boat to
get the bite. Most trout being caught are in the slot of
15-20 inches, although Johnston says he's releasing a lot
of larger, roe-filled fish.
Redfish are in Johnston's sights. By fishing close to
mangrove islands on the higher tides, Johnston is lead-
ing his clients to steady redfish action. Again, Johnston
is using either live shrimp or live shiners to get the bite.
For the reds, 18-22 inches has been the norm, but larger
fish are occasionally being caught.
Send fishing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.
Free safety vessel checks will be offered during
the week, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. each day except Wednes-
Anna Maria Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 will be on hand to assist
boaters at Coquina South boat ramp, Bradenton Beach,
and at Kingfish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
announced the city's support of Safe Boating Week
at the May 8 city meeting and, in accepting the procla-
mation, a squadron representative stressed the impor-
tance of life jackets.
The vessel check is offered as a public service.
For more information, call Joan Morello at 941-
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By Rick Catlin
Libby's returns to
It's been 63 years since Elizabeth Thorval opened
Libby's Jewelry in Holmes Beach, and after an absence of
nearly 50 years, Libby's Island Jewelry & Gifts reopened
its doors in Holmes Beach at 5337 Gulf Drive.
The store is owned by the Andy Thorval Co. of
Winter Haven. The company is named after the son of
the original owner, said co-owner Scott Hart, who plans
to move to Anna Maria Island with his wife and family.
"I always wanted to live on the Island and with the
closing of the Sterling Anvil, wanted to keep that family-
style jewelry store idea going," Hart said.
He, wife Rusty, and other partners will feature hand-
made sterling silver and gold jewelry, but one of the best
parts of their service is watch repair and battery replace-
"Our goal is to fill the shoes of the Sterling Anvil,
although I don't think they can ever be replaced. We just
hope we will enjoy the same great reputation the owners
of the Anvil had when it closed," he said.
Libby's also offers Island-style jewelry, goldsmith-
ing services, jewelry repair and hundreds of originally-
designed rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, pins, lockets
and chains, said Hart.
"It's a dream come true for us to come to Anna Maria
Island and live and work here," he added.
For more information, call 941-779-0999.
Kids eating healthier
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria, has added items to its children's menu that are
considered healthier and less fattening for youngsters.
Now on the kid's menu are children's size portions of
Scottish salmon, yellowfin tuna and grouper sandwiches,
a Sandbar press release said.
"Of course, you can't really eliminate the old stand-
bys from the kids menu," said Sandbar marketing director
'There might be a mutiny among the kids if chicken
fingers were removed," Hodge said.
"Healthier menu options lead to healthier choices for
our kids," said Hodge.
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The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole,
low-net-in-flight match May 8. Helen Pollack carded a
2-under-par 30 to take first place in Flight A over Marlyn
Thorton and Penny Williams, who both matched par 32
to finish in a tie for second place.
Tootie Wagner fired a 4-under par 28 to take first
place in Flight B. Kathy Porter's 2-under-par 30 was good
for second place, while Sue Christianson was one shot
back in third place.
MAYSO announces soccer tryouts
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is hold-
ing tryouts for its traveling soccer program, Manatee
Tryouts will be held May 29-June 6 at G.T. Bray Park
soccer fields, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
There will be two tryout dates for each age group and
players are encouraged to attend both sessions. Players
will register 5-6 p.m. and tryouts will be 6-7:30 p.m. The
schedule is as follows:
May 29: U9-U10 boys and U9-U11 girls.
May 30: Ull-U12 boys and U12-U14 girls.
May 31: U13-U16 boys and U15-U16 girls.
June 4: U9-U10 boys and U9-U11 girls.
June 5: Ull-U12 boys and U12-U14 girls.
June 6: U13-U16 boys and U15-U16 girls.
Mayso invites all area players to participate in its
competitive soccer program. For more information, go
online at www.mayso.org or e-mail Kevin Cassidy at
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Marilyn Jean Bradow, 84, of Bradenton, died May 5.
She was bom in Hinsdale, Ill., and moved to Bradenton
in 1957 from La Range, Ill.
Mrs. Bradow was a Lutheran.
Services will be private for the family.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd
Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences
may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Bradow is survived by sons Lance of Coleman,
Ala., Stuart of Deltona, Fla., and Mark of Bradenton;
seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Derek Freno, 28, died April 29. He was a longtime
resident of Bradenton, and formerly lived on Anna Maria
Island. He was born April 6, 1984, in Wheeling, W.Va.
He loved animals, enjoyed fishing and was an avid
Miami Dolphin fan.
A service was held in Bellaire, Ohio, May 3, and a a
memorial service will be held at a later date in Bradenton
for family and friends
Mr. Freno is survived by his mother, Kelly Dobbins
Freno of Bradenton; father, Don and wife Mitzie of Ohio;
brothers Dustin and Dylan Dobbins; stepbrother Randy
Ramsey, stepsisters Denise Ramsey and Tammi Warner
of Ohio, and Michelle Trinkeller of North Carolina; and
many aunts, uncles, neices, nephews and cousins.
Alma 'Amy' Kennedy Hook
Alma "Amy" Kennedy Hook died Nov. 29, 2011,
in Houston. She was born Oct. 1, 1922, in St. Albans,
Mrs. Hook spent her retirement years in Bradenton
with her husband, Ted. Her many interests included golf,
Methodist Womens church circle, AAUW, and volunteer
work at the Island Branch Library.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thurs-
day, May 24, with a reception to follow at Faith United
Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton.
Maynard V. Pinkham
Maynard V. Pinkham, 71, of Anna Maria, died May
12. He was born June 8, 1941, in Village of Freeport,
Mr. Pinkham served two years in the U.S. Army and
was stationed in Germany. As a young man, he worked in
the resort industry and managed a hotel in Great Exuma,
He was a union carpenter and master craftsman for
21 years, and was in charge of construction for Harrah's
Hotel and Casino in South Lake Tahoe. He was presi-
dent of the South Tahoe Swim Team for several years
and enjoyed traveling and officiating at the swim meets.
After retiring to Anna Maria 15 years ago, his hobbies
included building furniture, fishing, boating and driving
his yellow Corvette.
A service will be held in Boothbay Harbor, Maine,
at a later date. A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m.
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Mr. Pinkham is survived by his wife of 44 years,
Linda; son Brett of Anna Maria, daughter Heather
Nyberg of Bradenton; sister Janice Raymond of Cali-
fornia; grandchildren Alyssa Bosch, Amanda Bosch and
Andrew, all of Bradenton, and Adam Zell of Las Vegas;
and many nieces and nephews.
Antoinette Scanio, 97, died May 11 in her home
surrounded by family. She was born March 9, 1915, in
Tampa, and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1946, where
she co-founded the IGA Grocery Store in Anna Maria.
Mrs. Scanio was a member of the Roser Memorial
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday,
May 19, at the Roser Memorial Chapel.
Surfing shaped his life.
Wilson Shymanski, 52, died suddenly in his Bra-
denton home May 8. He was born in 1959 at Manatee
Memorial Hospital and died just two weeks shy of his
Growing up in Palma Sola Park,
mere miles from the beach, Wilson
began going to Manatee Public
Beach at a very early age. His mom,
Kay Shymanski, who died in 2007,
packed her kids in the station wagon,
\li, ,iin ; crossed the causeway, and the family
Wilson '_I nI iA, catches a wave.
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Memorial contributions can be made to the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and Tidewell Hospice.
She is survived by daughters Rosemary and husband
Roy Griscom and Marie and husband Norman Franklin;
grandchildren Dawn Bates and Dina Franklin; and great-
grandchildren Johnathon, Tiffany, Tyler and Travis.
William Harry 'Bill' Snarr
William Harry "Bill" Snarr of Hanover, Ontario, died
April 27. He was born July 13, 1930.
Mr. Snare was former member of the Lord Strathcona
Horse Tank Corp Canadian Armed Forces, former super-
intendent of the Peel Regional Police, retiring in 1982.
A private celebration of life is being planned at a later
Mr. Snarr is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doro-
thy Jean, children Wesley, Victor, Scott, Gail, Suzanne
Pearson and Kymberly; 18 grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren; sisters Joyce, Lorraine Ellis and Susan
Hookom of Holmes Beach; and brother Ken.
spent nearly every day in the sun and waves on Anna
Older twin brothers Rich and Phil Salick became
local surf legends, moving to Cocoa Beach just out
of high school, and Wilson followed their lead after
graduating in 1977 from Manatee High.
Wilson's base of friends were many and he even
held the title "Mayor of Coconuts" given to him by the
Cocoa Beach crew that frequented that famous beach
If it was physical, Wilson was good at it skate-
boarding, surfing especially anm i in- to do with the
beach. Wilson became one of the most notable surf-
ers in Cocoa Beach while managing the Salick Surf-
boards retail store at its famous Third Street North
location, home of many notable surfers, including
After living in Cocoa Beach for a number of years,
he located to Texas for a time before returning to his
home in Bradenton.
He had a keen interest in cars, and spent a lot of
time working on his 1991 Mustang. An avid keeper
of fish, his salt water tanks in his home were pristine
wonderlands, always in top condition with the meticu-
lous care he gave them.
In 1999 Wilson was the great "Hero," as he gave
the gift of life to brother Rich by donating a kidney,
thus saving his brother's life.
A private family service is planned. Memorial
donations may be made to the National Kidney Foun-
dation of Florida, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119,
Orlando FL 32803-3510, e-mail email@example.com
or go online at www.kidneyfla.org.
He is survived by brothers Richard Salick, Philip
Salick and Rosser Shymanski; sister Joanie Mills;
nephews Phil Salick, David Morgan and Brandon
Mills, and a number of extended family members.
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REMODEL SURPLUS. STOVE/oven, $75. Two
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FISHING ROD: LIGHTNING: 6.5-foot plus Diawa
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SURF ROD: 9-foot Fugi H-24, $10. Call Frank,
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newly loaded Windows XP, $100. 941-756-
FOR SALE: GIRLS very nice baby stroller, Graco,
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collec-
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collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404
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ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
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NEW ADVANCED TEACHING series starting
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BRING YOUR PET: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May
19. Pet photos! Face painting, bake sale, No-
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Animal Rescue Inc. at The Islander newspaper,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
Donation drop-off, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday.
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GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, May 18-19. Miscellaneous household items
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moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
FOUND I-PHONE. FURTHER information can be
obtained at HBPD 941-708-5804.
FOUND: SET OF Toyota keys in road on Gulf
Drive, near Circle K. 941-330-4646.
LOST ORANGE CAT: Small, friendly, yellow
eyes. Green and white collar, Last seen Friday,
April 27, Holmes Beach. 941-779-6638.
LOST NECKLACE AT beach or Fern Street, Anna
Maria. Gift from my kids. Call Karen 941-778-
ADULT MALE CAT: Free to good home. Declawed
and current shots, very sweet. 901-240-2180.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes,
certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage
drying). Personal service for you and your loved
ones. Free pick up and delivery. Call anytime for
appointments, 941-778-1202. Holmes Beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
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2010 GMW 150 motor scooter. 2,490 miles
on odometer. Excellent condition, runs great.
1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454/360HP,
red, automatic, Price $5,800. E-mail for pictures:
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -
BOAT LIFT FOR rent: 10,000-lb. capacity on 67th
Street, Holmes Beach. 941-778-9663.
FISHING BOAT: 15-foot 2004 Wagner 1500 DLX
cc. 2006 Yamaha 40-hp, four-stroke and Conti-
nental trailer. Includes Minnkota GPS iPilot troll-
ing motor. Excellent condition, $5,600. 941-323-
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing in shallow waters. Very fun boat for
anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001
25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Community Center seeks
Executive Director to lead the organization and
ensure the Center continues to provide excel-
lent youth development and adult programs.
Looking for outstanding relationship-builder, to
develop and sustain relationships with youth, vol-
unteers, community members, board members
and funders, as well as strong staff. Need orga-
nizational manager who can build and develop
systems and programs to support organization's
mission and ensure its long-term sustainabil-
ity. The Executive Director plays critical role in
organization from ground up: developing pro-
gramming, leading fundraising, maintaining and
building relationships with donors and partners,
overseeing staffing, financial and operational
management, monitoring participants to ensure
they achieve best possible outcomes and board
development. For more information and quali-
fications, view entire job posting: http://www.
EmploymentOpportunities.aspx. E-mail resume
and cover letter, outline skills and experience that
meet qualifications of position and tell how you
heard about us in Word format. E-mail: sandee@
myamicc.com. The center is a drug-free work-
place and an equal opportunity employer.
FOR HIRE: PART-time receptionist for local
area motel. Flexible hours and some weekends.
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.
BABIES, PETS, PLANTS: Responsible, trustwor-
thy, fun and reliable 17-year old. Own transporta-
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.
HEALTH CARE ASSISTED-living home includes
real estate. Established business for 10-plus
years. $399,000. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real
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.
ASSISTED LIVING FOR your loved one in our
west Bradenton personal home care, May, June.
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.
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New Construction Remodeling
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Warehouse/Workshops also available
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
Call Junior, 807-1015A N"
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Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
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WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
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.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-
certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-730-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
ISLAND PRESSURE WASHERS: Professional,
reasonable and reliable. Call Bill or Clint for free
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
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Historic Fishing Village
2/1 Well maintained cottage tucked away
on a quiet street with peeks of the bay.
Direct Beach View
2/1.5 Unobstructed views of the beach and
Gulf of Mexico. Recently renovated with top-
of-the-line appliances, granite counter tops
and newer furniture. $279,000
Second House from the Beach
Large two-story home with deferred mainte-
nance. 2BR/2.5 baths. Large Florida/Sun
room. Office/study off Florida room. Over-
sized garage. $360,000.
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
DRIVER: DRIVE YOUR car north or south. 941-
SUMMER TUTORING: CERTIFIED teacher. Read-
ing grades K-12, all subjects grades 1-6. Island
resident. All grades and special needs students
welcome. FCAT and SAT prep. Call Amy, 941-
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
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. www.jackelka.com. 941-778-
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your
home or hotel. Massage by Nadia. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
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Your Listing REALTOR
Listing all types of -
properties since 1999
5 acres in Palmetto on US 41. 941-725-7799
Beautiful trees, small creek. IS IAND
OWNER IS A LICENSED BROKER 'IEAL ESTATE
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off"2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (TripAdvisor)
+ Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
1,400 fromm $375,000
372 /f 1/1 from $125,000
727 s/f2/1 from 295,000
Call David Teitelbaum, Realtor 941-812-4226 or
Liz Codola, Realtor 941-812-3455
GATED COMMUNITY PERICO ISLAND
Rare buildbale lot in exclusive Bayfront 3/2 with beautiful
Harbour Landings Estates. updates. Easy to see.
$199,000.Call NicoleSkaggs, $317,000. Call Josh Petitt,
Broker, 941-773-3966. Realtor, 231-330-2083.
GULF-FRONT COMPLEX WILDEWOOD SPRINGS
Pretty Gulf views from light, Ground floor with no one
bright, updated 2BR/2BA above. Updated and spacious
condo. Turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA villa. Easy to see.
priced to sell at $289,000. $109,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
Call Nicole Skaggs, Broker, Broker 941-773-3966
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
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TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain
link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contrac-
tors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof
restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island
resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.
CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, win-
dows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pin-
nacle 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. 941-447-1506.
BRADENTON BEACH: CHARMING one bedroom
cottage on the bay. Clean, quiet, laundry, annual
lease, $1,095/month. 941-779-0289.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL RENTALS starting at $850/
month. Call Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or
WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse
with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool,
patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months
plus. $925/month plus utilities. No pets. Call 941-
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA. Steps
to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-4731.
CORTEZ 1 BR,LANAI, washer and dryer, new carpet,
no pets. $600/month, annual. 941-545-9025.
1BR/1BA FURNISHED TOP-floor unit. 180-degree
Gulffront view, large 10x24-foot deck. Excellent
credit only, no pets. $1,500/month plus security
NORTH END ANNA Maria Island: Efficiency room,
large deck on canal, annual rental, $575/month.
VILLAGE GREEN: 3BR/2BR, two-car garage
home, unfurnished. Available now, $1,480/month,
includes lawn service. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
Real Estate Mart.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, out-
door kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished.
$3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or
FOR SALE BY owner: 1 BR/1 BA mobile completely
remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call
941-224-1652 for more information.
FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA, extra
bonus room. Across the street from Bradenton Beach
private fishing pier. Beach and bay access, adjacent
parking. Call 813-458-3875.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Saturday. 644 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach. Gorgeous waterfront 2BR/2BA,
pool. James Adkins, 713-0635.
COMMERCIAL LOT WITH dock. Sale or lease, 4,000
sf. 407 Pine Ave Anna Maria. Will build to Suit. 2,000 sf
commercial, $ 4,000/month and/or 2,000 sf 3BR/2BA
apartment, $1,900/month. $399,000. 813-340-4420.
EXCEPTIONAL CONDO LOT: Two houses to beach. 114
48th St., Holmes Beach. $459,000. 618-334-1619.
WARM, INVITING NORTHWEST Bradenton home.
3BR/2BA split-plan. Spacious, cathedral ceilings,
tile throughout. Updated kitchen, new stainless-steel
appliances. Master suite has large bath with garden
tub, shower, dual sinks. Air-conditioned lanai includes
built-in spa. Large open patio looks over waterway.
Security and safety features. $264,400. Call 941-761 -
AMI HOMES BOUGHT so far this year? 135. Currently
under contract? 80. Left for sale? Just over 300. What
are you waiting for? Let me show you the lowest priced
3BR/2BA elevated home with garage, new construc-
tion to current codes and private heated pool. Wait!
This deal just got better! Asking price just reduced
$20,000 to $429,000. Part of a two-home project, now
only one left to sell. Not a condo. Zoned R2 for weekly
rentals. I've also listed the lowest priced Gulffront
condo and the lowest price building lot on a canal.
Read this ad again and call Barry Gould, 941-448-
5500. Island Vacation Properties.
VILLAGE GREEN LAKEFRONT: Rarely available 'D'
model. Move-in condition, $145,000. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 941-725-425.
HILTON HEAD, SOUTH Carolina home: 3BR/2.5BA,
Palmetto Dunes. Trade for home on Anna Maria Island.
SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN home: Beauti-
ful views, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Priced to sell, by owner,
ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEAUTY
Lush surroundings, nature, privacy, classic elegance.
7,000 square feet plus. Oversized rooms or change to
7 bedrooms. 35-foot dock, gym, sunsets!
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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20 Tied up
23 Have, say
25 Record collection?
26 Protector of the
dead, in Egyptian
27 As a result
28 Seek (out)
30 Easy run
33 It runs down the
35 Title role for Kilmer
37 In accordance with
38 They're likely to
44 Keglers' org
47 A state symbol
48 No laughing matter,
49 Savanna grazer
56 At a glance
58 "Friends" friend
62 Some acting awards
63 Decidedly eligible,
in a way
64 Invoice abbr
65 Not seeing eye to
68 End of the main part
of the Constitution
71 Flashed hand signal
72 Canadian Indian
73 Bit of a jam
74 "Either you do it
75 Often-dried fruit
82 Annual quartet
83 ___ Bornes (classic
84 Certain link
85 10 kilogauss
86 Sister __ 1920s-
87 Noted ring family
88 Foreign one
89 Electrical pioneer
94 Crib cry
97 Mex women
98 Bit of a jam
99 Valuable violin
109 Itinerary info
112 Old country name
117 Competitor at a
118 Speaker of the line
"He thinks too
much such men are
119 Store, as corn
120 Kind of organ or
121 Some of them are
122 Got in the end
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3 Botulin, e g
4 Record label for the
Kinks and Pink
5 Abbr to the left of a
6 Falco of "The
8 Tom, Dick or Harry
9 Part of the
10 Alphabet quartet
11 No Mr Nice Guy
12 Wyo neighbor
13 Like Quito and La
14 Place to see una
17 Greek with a storied
18 Brunch serving
19 Word often preceded
29 Bawl out
32 Kind of surprise
40 Locker rooms often
41 Romeo's "two
42 Bldg directory
44 Narc's find
45 Dickensian cry
46 Some succulents
50 Brandy, for one
51 1920s Olympic track
52 Tooth Prefix
54 Yakutsk's river
56 Newsman Roger
59 Intense hankering
60 Setup, of a sort
62 Bakery display
79 Go easily (through)
80 Hi-tech special
83 Actress Farrow
84 "Just for the taste of
it" or "Just do it"
86 ___ US atty
90 Golf pencil's lack
91 It might go up via
92 Like some garages
93 No more than
95 Not just esteem
96 "Great blue"
100 On again
101 Singer with the
albums "19" and
102 Was sweet (on)
104 CPR pros
106 Crunchy munchie
107 Beginning to cry?
108 Born's partner
113 Oklahoma Indian
115 Sussex suffix
116 Like Haydn's
Symphony No 12
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66 Portable home
67 Desktop feature
68 They come out of
69 One of Egypt's
70 Arrow shooter
73 Like a shoe
76 Cancun, por
77 Barbecue blocks
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