Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992). January 5, 2005.
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AUG. 29. 2012 FREE

Islanders prepare, avoid TS Isaac's wrath

Astheworldterns enjoy
the weather. Page 6

Islanders prepare for
Isaac. Pages 2-3

Seaweed problems.
BB looks for FEMA
help. Page 4

s', irf showdown,
BP dollarsfor county.
Page 5

Peelen's 'crisis'
creation. Page 8

Titsworth works for
change. Page 9
Pages 10-11

AM finds help from
FEMA, moratorium
ends, police blotter.
Pages 12-13

BB reviews LDC,
obstacles. Page 14

AM reviews charter,
homeowners fight
back. Page 15

Band inspired by HB
ghost. Page 18

Top Notch honorable
mentions. Page 19-20

Lucky dogs. Page 21

Super bowl winners
celebrate. Page 24

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356 documented
turtle nests, 332false
crawls, 50 hatched
nests, 3,135 hatchlings
to the
sea and 9 disorienta-
tions as of Aug. 24.

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island residents took a collec-
tive sigh of relief when starting the day Aug.
27, as Tropical Storm Isaac's feeder bands
largely missed the island area.
Heavy rains from TS Isaac tracked up the
center of Florida while the Florida Keys took
a lashing from tropical storm force winds, but
the storm's west-northwest track spared much
of the mainland and barrier islands.
Manatee County Emergency Operations
Center lowered its activation level Monday
morning as the storm moved further into the
Gulf of Mexico, but kept a handful of county
officials on hand just in case.
EOC announced all government offices
would resume business Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Storm surge was predicted to be light
throughout the storm event and as of Islander
press time, no major issues were reported on
the island. However, waves up to 6 feet high
were expected by late Monday afternoon, rais-
ing some concern for beaches already eroded
from Tropical Storm Debby in late June.
The National Hurricane Center also lifted
tropical storm advisories Monday in the Tampa
Bay area as Isaac continued tracking toward
New Orleans as of press time.
Isaac's winds remained steady at 65 mph
and the storm shifted from a west-northwest
track to northwest as of 10 a.m., Aug. 27,


according to a National Weather Service advi-
All three island cities issued state of emer-
gency declarations Sunday, Aug. 26, and closed
regular business operations Monday, Aug. 27.
Those declarations have been lifted and city
business was back to normal Tuesday, as emer-
gency operations were suspended.
As of press time, tropical storm watches
and warnings remained in effect for much of
the Florida panhandle.
TS Isaac is predicted to intensify to a Cat-
egory 1 hurricane, with a possibility of turning
into a Category 2 storm before it makes landfall,
according to forecasters.
The storm also is predicted to slow down

Sand box
Holmes Beach city
hall, public works
and the police
department report
handing out 1,150
sandbags last week
to residents prepar-
ingfor the predicted
arrival of Tropical
Storm Isaac in the
Tampa Bay area.
Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

from its current speed of 14 mph before land-
fall, raising concerns for the flood-prone New
Orleans area due to a prolonged rain event, and
severe storm surge.
Isaac is predicted to make landfall in New
Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane
Katrina's landfall, which is estimated to have
killed thousands of people.
An accurate death toll from Katrina's dev-
astation of New Orleans has never been deter-
Officials expressed confidence that the for-
tified levees, which broke during Katrina will
hold up against Isaac, but much of the area is
still prone to flooding and evacuation orders have
already begun in some areas of the city.

Precautions taken to prevent boats from hitting pier

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
More than a half dozen boats broke anchor
in Sarasota Bay and crashed into the Historic
Bridge Street Pier during June's island brush
with Tropical Storm Debby.
In all, 27 boats were reported sunk or
destroyed across Manatee County following
Debby, according to Bradenton Beach Police
Department Lt. John Cosby.
As Isaac approached the Tampa Bay area,
Cosby called an emergency city meeting Aug.
24 to discuss storm preparation.
TS Debby's overall damage on the island
was minimal, but an exception was the pier,
which sustained enough damage to force the
city to close it for several days, although the
restaurant remained open.
The city did not want a repeat of the TS
Debby event during TS Isaac.
"We went out to speak to the boat owners
and had a good meeting with them," said
Cosby. "They all had a lot of questions and
we had our concerns, as well."
Cosby said the boat owners, many of
whom live on their boats, were taking pre-
"Many of them were actually diving down
to secure their anchors further into the muck
or double anchoring," said Cosby. "It was the
boats that had deeper anchors that didn't go
anywhere during Debby."
Cosby said before TS Debby there were

several boats anchored just south of the pier that
had been secured and left by their owners.
'"The difference is that the people who are
living on their boats are there to prepare for a
storm," he said. '"Those who anchored and left
the area without preparing for a storm are the
ones who lost their boats."
Cosby said every boat currently anchored in
the pier area was occupied and being prepared
for the storm.
"Any boat that wasn't being occupied prior
to Debby is basically no longer there," he said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission was advising all boat owners to
prepare for Isaac.
FWC recommended that if people trailer
their boats to secure the vessel in a safe location,
let the air out of trailer tires, block the wheels,
and if possible, anchor the boat down or add

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weight to help keep it in place.
FWC also advised "thrill seekers" to avoid
high waters created by the storm.
"Please, keep in mind that when people
choose to act irresponsibly, they jeopardize
others," said Capt. Tom Shipp, with FWC's Boat-
ing and Waterways Section in a statement.
"They cause law enforcement officers,
rescue workers and other emergency personnel
to risk their lives unnecessarily," Shipp said.
FWC reminded all boaters that tropical
storms and hurricanes are unpredictable.
For more information on how to properly
anchor or store a vessel, visit myfwc.com/boat-
ing. Click on Safety and Education and select
After the storm, boaters who observe dam-
aged waterway markers are asked to call 866-

High surf
Scenes like this at Cortez
Beach in Bradenton Beach
in June during Tropical
Storm Debby were avoided
as Tropical Storm Isaac
passed north in the Gulf
of Mexico. Officials warn
that the unpredictability
of storms require caution
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Holmes Beach prepares, fire district ready for Isaac

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city and West Manatee Fire Rescue
district officials prepared last week for the worst and
hoped for the best in the forecast of Tropical Storm
According to building inspector Bob Shaffer, the city
was asking contractors, real estate agents and anyone
having signs on the rights of way and other property to
remove them because of the potential for objects turning
into projectiles in high winds.
He said code enforcement officer David Forbes was
sending out emails to those likely to have such signs.
The building department also was monitoring work
sites to ensure all construction materials and equipment
were adequately secured, he said.
Most people are compliant, he said, but if items
remained on work sites Monday, Shaffer said the city
would remove and place those items in its storage shed.
"Other than that, we sit and wait, and hope for the

Tyler Pearson, left, .
12, holds a sandbag .
Aug. 26 for friend
Zack Fernandez,
11, while Zack's dad -
John, right, and his
grandfather John .
Fernandez, center, of IV
56th Street in Holmes
Beach, use teamwork
to fill sandbags in
the parking lot at
Holmes Beach city
hall, 5801 Marina
Drive. The sandbags
went to the elder
Fernandez' house to
fortify entry doors.
Islander Photo:
Kathy Prucnell \

best," Shaffer said.
Public works staff delivered several loads of sand to the
city hall parking lot, where residents were filling fill bags.
Sandbags were available from the police department
- 10 free bags were being offered to residents.
"We're prepared. We've been prepared long before
this weekend," Star McNatt, cashier at the Home True
Value Hardware Store, Holmes Beach, said Aug. 25.
"The power's going to go out at one time or another,"
she predicted.
McNatt said people were buying lots of batteries,
flashlights, lanterns and candles and the store had run
out of one type of battery-powered lamp.

WMFR ready
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price attended
the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center brief-
ing Aug. 24 related to TS Isaac.
He hoped weather projections at the briefing would
hold up and the storm path would veer west of Manatee

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County. Price said he expects heavy rain and high winds,
but not a local landfall.
"We've already done our preparations," he said.
In June, WMFR district commissioners unanimously
approved a new West Manatee Fire Rescue District Hurri-
cane Plan, updating a 10-year-old plan to reflect changes
in state and county emergency preparedness plans to
handle emergencies more efficiently and effectively.
The plan includes incident planning and detailed
check lists, and updated resource lists for emergency
supplies and agencies, such as the American Red Cross
and all Manatee County fire departments and emergency
management services.

AM declares emergency
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria commissioners declared a state of emer-
gency Aug. 26 at a special commission meeting called
late Saturday, following the state and county in making
declarations as Tropical Storm Isaac was approaching the
Gulf of Mexico.
City treasurer Diane Percycoe sent the meeting
notice, saying that declaring a state of emergency allows
the city quicker access to reimbursement from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency for costs of preparation
and cleanup after Isaac.
Public works superintendent George McKay said the
city's entire supply of 3,000 sandbags was distributed by
Sunday morning.
Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant manager Dave Sork
closed the restaurant at 4 p.m. Sunday and will "play it
by ear" for reopening Monday.
"A lot depends upon how much flooding there is on
the island," Sork said.
By Monday morning, it was evident there was little
rain and no flooding that would prohibit business as usual
on Anna Maria Island.
Anna Maria City Hall was closed Monday due to
early predictions of TS Isaac's path near the coast.

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Caution advised for Isaac, but impact to be light

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
On the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew Aug.
24, Manatee County emergency management personnel
held a briefing with local officials to address Florida's
newest threat.
As of The Islander publication deadline, Tropical
Storm Isaac was expected to head northwest in the Gulf
of Mexico, brushing Florida's West coast with the storm's
western most feeder bands.
But the unpredictability of the storm had emergency
management officials taking no chances, from state to
local levels.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Aug. 24 activated the state's
emergency operations center. As of press time, Manatee
County was standing by to await further information on
Isaac's forecasted track.
Bradenton Beach city officials called an emergency
meeting Aug. 24 to discuss the county's emergency man-
agement meeting, hoping for the best-case scenario, while
preparing for the worst.
Bradenton Beach Police Department Lt. John Cosby
asked commissioners for an emergency motion to autho-
rize Mayor John Shaughnessy to sign a declaration of
emergency, should the need arise. Such a declaration
within the city would put city staff into emergency opera-
tions mode.
The motion was approved, but Cosby said he was
hopeful the action wouldn't be necessary.
"This isn't going to be like TS Debby where we had
days of rain and wind," said Cosby. "It's expected to be
more of a feeder-band event, where we get waves of rain,
but not the steady rain we saw with Debby."
Cosby said storm surge also was not expected to be
as severe as it was with TS Debby, "but the beaches are
already in terrible shape."
Forecasters were predicting as much as 8 inches of
rain over the storm's entire cycle, but direct hits from
feeder bands could produce heavy downpours.
TS Debby's rainfall was sporadic across the west
coast, with Pinellas County receiving upwards of 10

inches of rain. Total rainfall across the island was about
3.5 inches and local street flooding was an issue, so cau-
tion was being taken with Isaac.
"Public works has the high-water signs out and ready
to be placed, should it be necessary," said Cosby.
Cosby suggested residents also prepare.
"These storms, especially tropical storms, can be
very unpredictable," he said. "And tropical storms tend

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird
Monitoring volunteers were bracing during the past
weekend for another potential weather impact on sea
turtle nesting.
In late June, Tropical Storm Debby destroyed
an estimated 60 nests on Anna Maria Island and 950
nests from Longboat Key to Venice, according to Mote
Marine Laboratory.
Sea turtle researchers and volunteers were hope-
ful TS Isaac would not be as severe, but were brac-
ing for full-scale recovery efforts should the storm
have a bigger impact on the Gulf Coast than what was
expected as of The Islander press deadline.
TS Isaac was expected to continue a northwest
trek into the Gulf of Mexico and begin impacting the
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water and waves
during a previous
storm. Turtle eggs
absorb water and
the hatchlings can
drown before they
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to give us more troubles than hurricanes as far as predict-
ability goes, so the best thing people can do is prepare
Isaac was expected to begin impacting the area with
wind and rain as early as Aug. 26. As the storm eye
passes the Tampa Bay area Monday afternoon, winds
are expected to shift to the southeast, and onshore waves
are predicted to be 6 feet.

island with feeder bands by Aug. 26, with effects last-
ing tlllniu'gh \ut. 28.
Forecasters at press time were predicting the storm
to produce potentially heavy rain and high wind speeds
within the bands, but storm surge was expected to be
That's good news to the turtle groups, but no one
was taking any chances.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox shared a
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
release with her volunteers Aug. 24 in anticipation of
having to do recovery work post storm.
"Hang in there," Fox told her anxious volun-
FWC reminded the public that sea turtle eggs
might be found on the beach following a storm. Dis-
covered eggs should be turned over to AMITW as soon
as possible, but people are not encouraged to take it
upon themselves to salvage a washed out nest.
Only state-permitted volunteers may do so under
Florida and federal law. Those laws pertaining to
marine life and threatened sea turtle protections remain
in effect before, during and after a storm event.
Mote advised beachgoers to be on the lookout for
washed out nests, but to report those findings to local
sea turtle groups or authorities as soon as possible.
If you see a washed out nest or turtles in distress
after the storm on Anna Maria Island, contact Fox at


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4 E AUG. 29, 2012 U THE ISLANDER

Seaweed is tough battle for county, beachfront owners

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County Tourist Development Council
at its Aug. 20 meeting heard a report from county parks
and recreation department head Cindy Turner and natural
resources department director Charlie Hunsicker about
the influx of seaweed on Anna Maria Island's Gulf of
Mexico shoreline and the subsequent cleanup.
Turner said she's taken numerous calls from people
the past few weeks asking why the county can't simply
pick up the seaweed from the shore.
"It's not that easy," Turner said. "We've already
taken tons of seaweed off the beach, but I've never seen
an\ llill like this. And it's not that easy to go out to the
beach with a cleanup crew."
Hunsicker said permits from the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection are required for cleanup.
Additionally, the county needs approval from Suzi
Fox, executive director of Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch and Shore Bird Monitoring, to pick up seaweed
near known turtle nests.
And the county is not allowed to clean up any private
areas on the beachfront.
"We can rake from the high-water mark to the water's
edge, but the erosion control line is like an easement.
Private property owners have a right to accretion, but
they also have to maintain their portion of the beach,"
Hunsicker said.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
chair of the TDC board, said she has taken some calls
from irate citizens demanding action.

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
After more than two months of being closed, the
Bradenton Beach day dock, which allows boats to dock
passengers adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier,
may get the needed repairs to reopen.
Bradenton Beach Police Department Lt. John Cosby
announced Aug. 24 that the city is receiving cooperation
with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on
plans for repair.
FEMA already has approved 75 percent of funding
for the city to repair a seawall at 12th Street South and
the dingy dock across from the BridgeTender Restaurant
on Bridge Street. FEMA determined TS Debby damaged
Cosby said the hold up with the day dock has been
the city's plans to reduce the size of the dock. FEMA
grants are only applicable when an organization's plans
are to return a structure back to its original form.
But the city has hesitated in replacing a dock that
has a design flaw related to the hinges that hold the sec-
tions of the dock together. Discussion has taken place for
weeks to reduce the size of the dock to keep costs down,
and to fix the design flaw to prevent future problems.
"The bid we've received to repair the dock is
$120,000 and the bid to replace the dock is $264,000,"
said Cosby. "FEMA is saying they are willing to do 75
percent of the $120,000 with the city picking up the
remaining 25 percent."
Cosby said the FEMA team is knowledgeable and
has been helpful.
"We had a really good FEMA team," he said. "Two
of them are engineers and recognized the design flaw in

the dock we have been talking about. They told us that
this kind of dock doesn't work on ocean waters. It's great
for lakes and rivers, but not for here."
Cosby said FEMA will consider an alternate plan for
the city because the dock cannot be restored to its original
"Once we get the public works worksheet put in for
the alternate project, if approved, will allow us to do what
we want to do, which is to take out the bad sections and
put the good sections back in after we replace the hinges
and broken ballasts," he said.
"The cost to fix the design flaw is about $41,000, but
if we are staying with the plan to reduce the size, then the
$120,000 we get from FEMA should pay for the whole
project and not cost the city a dime," he said. "We may
even have money left over to give back to FEMA."
Cosby said the city needs to get an engineer to for-
mally say the dock cannot be replaced as is because of
the design flaw.
The repairs will require each section to be lifted out
of the water by crane, the ballasts repaired and the hinges
There are nine sections on the day dock. An esti-
mated four or five sections cannot be repaired due to
extensive damage. The new makeup of the dock under
the city's plan would be approximately five sections. City
staffers say it will be large enough to accommodate boats
dropping off passengers.
"Once we have what we need, we can probably get
approval in a couple of weeks," said Cosby. "The seawall
is ready to be repaired, the dingy dock is next and as soon
as we write up the specifics, we will bring it forward to

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"People are just flipping out, but this is nature. The
seaweed has been coming here for years," she said. "We
do the job as best we can under the given conditions."
Turner said crews have been working "around the
clock, but we have to work with turtle and DEP guide-
lines. And we can rake it up and in 20 minutes, it will be
She said she's visited beaches north and south of
Anna Maria Island that are worse off.

Seaweed collects
on the beach
near the Beach-
House Restau-
rant in Bra-
denton Beach.
County officials
at the Aug. 20
Tourist Develop-
ment Council
meeting say they
worked around
the clock to
clear the worst
areas. Islander
Photo: Rick

Hunsicker said he's gotten reports from the county's
marine engineering firm that some cities on the Atlantic
coast had to bulldoze through seaweed to create paths to
the beach.
"It's Mother Nature, but I've never seen it this bad,"
he said.
Hunsicker said he asked Coastal Planning and Engi-
neering of Boca Raton if the county could bulldoze the
beach, but was told federal agencies are refusing because
sea turtle nesting and hatching season is ongoing.
He said another tropical storm might restore the
beach to its previous condition, but Mother Nature will
eventually redistribute the sand.
Turner said the good news is that the seaweed is not
harmful and visitors have been coming despite the sea-
weed. Many major areas where seaweed collected have
been cleared, she said, and the amount washing ashore
appears to be dissipating.


Anna Maria City
Sept. 4, 2:30 p.m., historical preservation.
Sept. 4, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Sept. 5, 11 a.m., citizen recognition committee.
Sept. 11, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
and education committee.
Sept. 13, 6 p.m., work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 5, 5:15 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 6, 1 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 10, 3 p.m., scenic waves.
Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Community Redevelopment
Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m., capital improvement projects.
Sept. 19, 5:15 p.m., final budget hearing.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 11, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Sept. 11, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Sept. 20, 6 p.m., district commission.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Sept. 3, Labor Day. Most government offices and
The Islander will be closed.
Send notices to news@islander.org.

FEMA likely to help with BB day dock

THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 29, 2012 5 5

Anna Maria heading toward sheriff showdown

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby told commissioners
at their Aug. 21 budget work session he has no intention
of approving the proposed $2.3 million city budget until
differences are resolved between the city and the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office-Anna Maria substation regarding
the contract to provide law enforcement to the city.
City officials believe MCSO deputies should do
more code enforcement, but Sgt. Dave Turner, head of
the MCSO-Anna Maria substation, has said his deputies

for noise ordinances, although he claimed this is above
the duty required by the contract.
A meeting of all parties was originally planned for
this week, but Selby said Sheriff Brad Steube wanted
to wait until after the Republican National Convention
in Tampa as the MCSO is on call for backup.
Selby said the conference would be scheduled as
soon as possible after the convention, but before Sept.
11, the date of the first public hearing on the budget.
At issue is whether the city's $675,000 contract for
MCSO law enforcement services in the city calls for

are investigating such complaints and issuing notices deputies to enforce Anna Maria codes.

Scheduled to attend the private meeting are Selby,
Steube, Turner, city attorney Jim Dye, MCSO attor-
ney Michelle Hall and Anna Maria Commission Chair
Chuck Webb.
"I will not sign the budget until I know what we are
paying for" in the MCSO contract, Selby assured the
The $2.3 million budget calls for a millage rate of
2.05, the same as last year's budget.
Commissioners agreed to schedule the first public
hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

County could see $3 million from BP settlement

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
There was plenty of worry about seaweed among
Manatee County Tourist Development Council members
at their Aug. 20 meeting, but county natural resources
director Charlie Hunsicker offered some unexpected
good news.
Hunsicker said he attended a meeting in west Flor-
ida to discuss the upcoming BP settlement to the states
affected by the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
offshore of Louisiana. While Manatee County was not
a heavily impacted county, Hunsicker said he was told
to "easily expect" more than $3 million as the county's
share of the settlement.
"We should know more around Sept. 11 or Sept. 19,"
Hunsicker said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office was instrumental in
getting the settlement distributed to each county, not the
state treasury, he said.
While other states receiving funds from the BP set-
tlement are having the money sent directly to the state,
Florida will have its share allocated directly by pro-
portion of loss to the counties. The Florida Legislature
wanted the money put directly in its general fund, but
Scott declined.
Each county that suffered a loss of business or infra-

structure from the spill is in the settlement plan. Not all
counties were accepted into the settlement. About 25
of 63 counties will receive a share of the state's overall
settlement from BP, according to a previous press release
from the Pensacola law firm that heads the litigation team
against BP.
Manatee County and municipalities joined the litiga-

tion after receiving a signed contract from the lead law
firm confirming the county and cities were not obligated
for any payment if the suit against BP failed.
With the county expected to get at least $3 million,
"that means the county commission and TDC will have
to decide where the money should best go," Hunsicker

Manatee County
Tourist Development
Council members
David Teitelbaum,
from left, Chair Carol
Whitmore, Bradenton
Mayor Wayne Poston
and Holmes Beach
Commissioner Jean
SPeelen talk Aug. 20 at
their meeting about
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along with news the
County may get $3

oil spill settlement.
L Islander Photo:
,1 Rick Catlin

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6 E AUG. 29, 2012 U THE ISLANDER


All psyched up, nowhere to go
It's somewhat like the excitement for a teen with
a date to prom, only to learn the school canceled the
dance. Or there's the prep and anticipation for a sports
player leading up to a big game or contest, only to find
out it's been forfeited.
Or there's the scurry and worry of preparing all
the emergency needs for a hurricane kit, moving all the
lawn furniture and planted pots to safe storage, securing
the boat, stocking up the batteries and water supply in
anticipation of a big storm hit, and there is none.
Wait. That's a good thing.
But it's at someone else's cost at best, and so the
worry barometer goes up. Maybe you have friends or
family in the new projected path of the storm.
But for folks from Key West north to Anna Maria
Island and Tampa Bay and yes, the RNC there's
a big sigh of relief.
There may yet be bands of rain passing through
and the wind will blow and gust, but we dodged a bullet
from Isaac.
One only need look south to Haiti where The
Islander has friends to see the devastation a tropical
storm can do. The profoundly poor nation still has
people living intent cities, 100s of 100,000s of people,
since the January 2010 earthquake. And again they
suffer from renewed devastation.
They struggle to find a daily meal and purpose in
life, and so we struggle with how we can help them.
The juxtaposition of people on TV in Miami load-
ing plywood and groceries in their trucks and people in
Port-au-Prince only 800 miles apart staring from
behind tattered tarps is hard to comprehend.
So we really do have much to be grateful for in the
westward trajectory of what will be the northern Gulf
Coast's problem.
You know people seven years to the day after
Katrina from New Orleans to Biloxi to Mobile and
Pensacola who are in that path.
You wouldn't wish this on anyone, but this is one
path that only the elements of nature can choose.
And for the nesting sea turtles that visit our shore,
the heavy surf that will come from the bands of weather
on the bottom side of the storm and the southwest winds
will likely wreak havoc on the nests on the beach.
Once again Mother Nature shows her wrath.
As William Congreve wrote in 1697 in the play,
"The Mourning Bride," "Heaven has no rage like love to
hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."
None of us can reason, as the balladeer Jimmy Buf-
fett says, with hurricane season.

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Neighborhood pleas for help
Throughout the drama playing out in the Holmes
Beach Residential 2 district, I have kept quiet.
I felt, let the voters of Holmes Beach decide what
they want for their city. However after reading the opin-
ions in the Aug. 22 edition of The Islander, I now must
speak out.
Many cities have neighborhood associations that
see that residents wishes are respected. Our R-2 district
is over built, out of scale and over developed with 12
bedroom duplexes, two pools and water slides. These
duplexes rent to some 32 people at one time, some daily,
most weekly. It looks like a party motel, but motels
close their pools by 10 p.m.
And as to teamwork on the commission, are you
joking? For more than two years, residents of the R-2
zone have written letters, with little to no reply to their
questions and complaints. They attend meetings, voice
their problems, and get no help as to noise, parking,
garbage blocking their mailboxes, stormwater drain-
age problems, pools not emptied correctly, work sites
a mess, and the list goes on and on.
Jean Peelen is not on a witch hunt. She named
Shawn Kaleta because he is the one who has built 90
percent of the 12-bedroom resort rentals, where 90 per-
cent of our complaints originate.
I have never seen such disregard for property
Now is the time to form a vision for Holmes Beach
as a gem, a beautiful barrier island. Let's get to work
and solve the pressing violations.
What is the future of Holmes Beach? Let the citi-
zens decide.
Jane Grossman, Holmes Beach

Dirty laundry
I find it appalling that we are airing our dirty laun-
dry in Holmes Beach and giving credence to Holmes
Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen for her report.
She must be thrilled with the resulting front-page

It's also amazing that she can write a report so
unsubstantiated and receive so much attention.
Let's place things in perspective: Squeaky gears get
the oil, and Peelen believes she is holding the can.
Let's not continue to publicize her pet peeves, but
instead work on real solutions to our problems and stop
blaming a builder.
The Islander states in its editorial opinion that there
are "four areas of focus: Economy, market, FEMA and
Let's stop giving Jean Peelen the headline. These are
real and meaningful areas to work on, not pet peeves.
Diana McManaway, Holmes Beach

Point, counterpoint
The method by which Commissioner Jean Peelen
has tried to stop the madness is alarming.
How could any attorney disregard the need to
work constructively with peers and within the well-
established confines of governmental processes?
I agree our mayor and commissioners are too slow
and I share Peelen's frustration. But to attack them and
to risk unnecessary lawsuits does everyone who pays
taxes here harm, because, ultimately, if there is a bill to
pay, we pick up the tab for her missteps.
To preserve paradise, there may come the day we
risk being sued. But if that day comes, that's an explicit
decision for the city to make, not one commissioner.
As a counterpoint to the minority but growing
number of rental properties with overflowing garbage,
excessive and after-hours noise and parking problems
- a visitor who spends a large sum of money to travel
and stay here does not have permission to transform this
city and island into party town.
However much a visitor spends on a vacation here,
we who live here year round spend considerably more
every year. We came here because it was old Florida, and
whatever shreds remain, we'd like them to remain.

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Anyone interested in purchasing a commemo-
rative or memorial plank to be placed on the Anna
Maria City Pier should act now. The project is in its
last ordering phase and the final 50 planks are now
being sold, according to The Islander plank orga-
nizer, Janice Dingman.
The Islander, along with the Anna Maria City
Pier Restaurant, sponsored the plank purchase and
the total number of planks that will be installed
is 1,000. The 900 mark in sales was recently
Orders for planks were completed in batches of

This includes the very real sense of the island
as a community of caring neighbors. Anyone who
sees this island primarily as a source of invest-
ment income where you feel entitled to trample our
rights, please change your attitude or sell. Good-
ness knows, there are many pretty, hollow places
that better suit your objectives where you will be
greeted with open arms.
Lisa Pierce, Holmes Beach

A crew from the pier
contractor, James Annis
Marine Construction,
continues work that
began last year to install
planks and repair the
understructure at the
Anna Maria City Pier
last year. The plank
memorial project at the
Anna Maria City Pier is
drawing to a close with
the last group of orders
being accepted on The
Islander website at www.
islander.org. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

75-100 for each manufacturing cycle. Planks on the
pier are numbered near the side rail, and the instal-
lation is finished for about 750 boards. Numbers
750-900 are currently being crafted.
The base cost is $100, including a 12-character
inscription carved in the plank.
The memorial plank project helped launch the
100-year celebration of the Anna Maria City Pier,
which was held in May 2011. The pier opened in
Planks are available exclusively through The
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Headlines from the Aug. 28, 2002,
issue of The Islander
Beachfront property owners and Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox squared
off at an Anna Maria commission meeting, with some
owners claiming a proposed turtle protection lighting
ordinance was too restrictive. Commissioner Chuck
Webb said the ordinance was more restrictive than the
Florida statute and should be revised. Further discussion
was tabled until after a work session.
Manatee County ecosystems manager Charlie
Hunsicker was named Environmentalist of the Year
by the nonprofit Florida Shore and Beach Preservation
Association for spearheading a beach renourishment
project on Anna Maria Island. Hunsicker said he was
surprised and pleased by the honor.
Island elected officials questioned Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau officials on why none
of the resort tax collections were returned to individual
island cities for use, yet more than 60 percent of the
resort tax collected comes from Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key. Susan Estler of the BACVB said the
county commission allocates the tax to promote tourism
and any change in distribution of the tax would have to
come from the county.

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Aug.(23 73 91 0.00
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Aug.25 74 92 0.00
Average area Gulf water temperature 85.5
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City, builder, business respond to Holmes Beach 'Crisis'

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Some of the powers that be in Holmes Beach disagree
with Commissioner Jean Peelen's assessment in "Crisis
in Holmes Beach," a report she wrote and presented at
the Aug. 14 city meeting.
In "Crisis," Peelen blames builder Shawn Kaleta,
rental agency Anna Maria Vacations, city commission-
ers, the mayor and the building department for short-
term rental problems, and she calls for
Immediate action to correct problems,
k including a .30 floor-area ratio, the per-
cent of living space based on lot size,
for new construction, stepped-up code
enforcement and changes in the build-
Peelen ing department.
While some defend her right to
expression, others say she's not accurate.
I\ %.t) n i's entitled to their opinion even though it
may be wrong," said Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino wrote a letter
Aug. 16 to Kaleta and Anna Maria Vacation principal
Joe Varner stating that Peelen's report was her opinion,
and that it was not discussed, agreed upon or voted on
by the commission.
Reading the report into the record Aug. 14, Peelen
criticized Kaleta for creating an out-of-state, investor-
driven rental market by building 64-100 rental homes in
the city since 2004.
At the meeting, Kaleta's attorney, Louis Najmy of
Najmy Thompson in Bradenton, labeled Peelen's com-
ments as "libelous and slanderous" and asked that she
retract the statements, cease from making such statements
and disclose public records in her personal email.
Najmy had not returned a call for further comment
before Islander press time.
Kaleta told The Islander, "I'm going to take a back
seat for now. Obviously a lot of (the report) was inac-
Peelen's report alleges Anna Maria Vacations allowed
rentals of less than seven days called "gap filler" rent-
als in violation of city law.
Varner responded to that part of the report.
"I bought the company in April of 2011," he said,
adding that the former owner had operated it for seven
to nine years.
Varner continued the former owner's online advertis-
ing of the "gap filler" Holmes Beach properties, he said,
as well as Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach properties
that are not restricted by the minimum seven-day rental

There was an error in a story in the Aug. 22 edition
of The Islander about a proposed two-story commercial
building at 3004 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, being devel-
oped by building official Bob Shaffer and his business
partner, Luigi Cibischino, of Holmes Beach, whose name
was misspelled. The error occurred in the source, the city
meeting agenda.

Peelen brews controve
Commissioner Jean Peelen held a Coffee with
the Commissioner event Aug. 23 at Paradise Cafe,
and vacation rental issues dominated the discussion
among about 15 people.
Among the residents were Beach Bistro owner
Sean Murphy, who's lived in Holmes Beach for 32
Peelen reported the residents attended to learn of
reactions to the "Crisis in Holmes Beach" report she
presented at the Aug. 14 city commission meeting.
She said some people were concerned about whether
she or the city would be sued.
And, she said, Murphy attended to defend builder
Shawn Kaleta.
"I went to listen," Murphy said. "Finally I had
to say something, because I heard such outrageous
information, c \'._,_-. lili iin, based on falsehoods and
He said he was dismayed and disappointed to

rule, without knowing there was an issue.
Learning recently of the issue and even though adver-
tising does not violate any regulations, Varner said he
removed Holmes Beach property offers from that area
of the website.
Peelen's report also blames the mayor, building
department and city commissioners, except for Pat
Morton, for allowing noise, garbage, parking and con-
struction problems to continue.
"I have great problems with the building department,
particularly the building inspector," Peelen said.
In response, building inspector Bob Shaffer said,
"Given time, the air will clear. E\ I) lthingi the city's been
doing has been by the rule book."
Public works director Joe Duennes, who heads the
building department, said the city's problems are due to
the burgeoning vacation rental market.
"The rentals in Holmes Beach are much more exagger-
ated and concentrated on a short-term basis than they ever
have been before. And that's come about largely because
of the increase in size of the rental units," said Duennes.

SHolmes Beach
SCity Commis-
sioner Jean
M h Peelen met
with constitu-
Sents Aug. 23 at
Paradise Bagel
Cafe to discuss
p her recently
report, "Crisis
in Holmes
Islander Photo:
Kathy Prucnell

.rsy at coffee gathering
hear allegations of developers and city officials in
collusion, and of building department records being
grossly mismanaged.
"We have a great administration very profes-
sional and accomplished," said Murphy.
Murphy said Kaleta is a nice man, and "I don't
believe he has done anii Idil illegal.
"There were some very nice people there who did
their best to listen," he added.
Murphy acknowledged the residents' complaints
about rental properties, including a need for better gar-
bage removal, and a solution for parked cars where they
shouldn't be, and issues of disruptive renter behavior.
In addition to enforcing codes already on the
books, Murphy favors the city implementing recom-
mendations of Commissioner Pat Morton's rental agent
focus group, of which he was a member.
Peelen has held periodic gatherings to hear resi-
dents concerns since April.

"I know the building department has been the focus
of the problem, and I consider that unfair and incorrect.
We've been under a microscope," he said.
"There're errors that have been made," continued
Duennes, "but none that affect the substantial construc-
tion practices. E \ r t illi that's been built has been built
within the land-development code of Holmes Beach, and
certainly the Florida building code."
Duennes said the problem lies with landlords and the
rental agents, not with the building department.
Regarding the report's allegation that Kaleta invaded
and transformed the city with out-of-state investors,
Duennes didn't know about his investors and would not
endorse Peelen's term "invade."
Duennes, however, agreed Kaleta has built more
homes than any other builder in the city.
"He was doing what was available to do," Duennes
said. "Others had the ability to do what he did for
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HB commission candidate working on change

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Judy Holmes Titsworth is not waiting for an election
before trying to improve building regulations in Holmes
Titsworth is a candidate for commissioner in the
Nov. 6 election and owns Shoreline Builders with her
husband. Marvin Grossman also is a candidate, along
with incumbent Commissioners John Monetti and Sandy
In July, Titsworth lobbied the city commission to
change setback rules and revisit the one-lot, one pool
rule to curtail construction of multi-story duplexes. She's
received positive feedback on the setback recommen-

offended him, he said, adding that the code has been the
same for years.
"The glitch is that a very attractive rental market was
recognized," he said. "It's the new market that's driven
the whole thing.
"The opportunity to rent one week at a time doesn't
blend well with the people who've always been here,"
said Duennes, adding, it's "like moving a commercial
area into a residential area."
As to Kaleta's interaction with the building depart-
ment, Duennes said, "He's aggressive and, in some cases,
we have to rein him in.
"He's building a lot, coming in a lot," and like
other builders, he wants his permits as soon as possible,
Duennes said.
Asked about the city's investigation of complaints
of contractors working late, early and in violation of the
LDC, he deferred comment to code enforcement officer
David Forbes.
Forbes had not returned calls for comment as of The
Islander press time.
In June, Forbes sent out 18 letters to owners and
rental agents that he said would lay the foundation for
future code violations based on noise complaints to the
Holmes Beach Police Department.
The letters were sent to five property owners and
their agents, according to Forbes.
In July, Forbes sent out a ground-floor living vio-
lation letter to the owner of 203 69th St., Unit B, and
the rental agent. Also in July, Forbes began alerting the
city's 34 rental agencies and numerous vacation property
owners of rental regulations, including noise, trash, park-
ing and turtle nesting/beach rules.
Zaccagnino said what happens next depends on
Peelen. He said she could bring up issues during her
reports, attempt to obtain consensus on her u'i,.i lins.
as well as request topics be included on future agendas.

dation for second- and third-level construction, but no
consensus on a new pool rule.
More recently, Titsworth randomly selected about
seven construction sites, then added
two at the request of Commissioner
Pat Morton, and pulled the building
department files to review how the
land-development code was followed.
She's been meeting and cor-
Titsworth responding with Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger about her findings, and is encour-
aged to hear Bohnenberger favors new policies to enforce
the city's code. She also has been corresponding about the
issues with public works superintendent Joe Duennes.
"The mayor said at the end of the meeting, he was
going to look at policy changes for a lot of them because
they can already be enforced with the land development
code on the books," said Titsworth.
In a 14-point email dated Aug. 17, Titsworth sum-
marized her concerns for Bohnenberger and city com-
missioners and made some recommendations:
Underground footers. She recommended the city
stop misinterpreting the code to allow the construction of
two residences without minimum spacing when attached
by an underground footer. Titsworth blamed such duplex
construction for the continued loss of ground floor cot-
tages in the R-2 district.
Surveys. She recommended final surveys be
required to include pools, pavers, driveways and all set-
back dimensions.
Parking plans for rentals. Titsworth recommended

the city require surveys showing parking plans for all
short-term rental properties or deny a business tax receipt
to rentals without such plans. Titsworth called for stricter
enforcement of landscape, buffering and screening
requirements for properties needing five or more park-
ing places.
Pool slides. She asked the city to consider requir-
ing new safety specifications and a certified inspector to
examine accessory structures.
Third-level setback encroachments. She noted
an elevator shaft violates the 15-foot setback at 203
N. Harbor Drive. She identified third-floor, living-area
encroachments at 308 68th St., 310 68th St., 405 74th
St. and 407 74th St.
Missing lot calculation worksheets. Titsworth noted
this is a requirement that gives the city the ability to check
Land planner input. She suggested the city's land
planner be consulted about a solution for preventing land
condos in the R-1 and R-2 districts.
Water retention issues. Titsworth noted an absence
in files showing that the city checked on stormwater
retention and recommended a policy that these engineer-
ing reports be required.
Docks. She recommends Florida's Outstanding
Waterway regulations be incorporated into the LDC.
Public works superintendent Joe Duennes said Aug.
23 that he had not been provided a copy of Titsworth's
14-point email.
As of Islander press time, neither Duennes nor Boh-
nenberger had returned calls for comment.

Holiday closures, trash pickup shifts, trolley rolls on

Manatee County and Anna Maria Island city gov-
ernment offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in
observance of Labor Day.
All trash, recycling and yard waste collections for
the week will be postponed one day Tuesday through
Saturday for residents in Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach and unincorporated Manatee
Manatee County parks and beaches will be open
to the public.
Manatee County and Buffalo Creek golf courses
also will be open.
G.T. Bray recreation facilities will be closed, but

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be open.
Manatee County's publicly owned nature pre-
serves will remain open.
Central Library, the only county library normally
open on Mondays, will be closed.
Manatee County Area Transit will operate only the
Anna Maria Island Trolley and Beach Express service
Sept. 3.
Fixed route, para-transit service and the Longboat
Key-Sarasota Trolley service will resume Sept. 4.
For more information on Manatee County, call
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All materials are provided.
Parents or caregivers are expected to remain at
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Giving Back the shop where proceeds are dona
to charitable causes will be holding its first sumr
clearance sale.
Between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, and S
urday, Sept. 1, already low-priced merchandise will
reduced to sell. Except furniture, stock is being offe
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Giving Back will be closed in September and Oc
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them collected on travels in North Carolina.
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Mattick named to dean's lisi
Erin Mattick, of Holmes Beach, was named to
Eckerd College dean's list for the spring semester.
Mattick is majoring in environmental studies.
The dean's list includes students who complete
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and lecture, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. Reservations requi
Information: 941-358-8511.

Through Aug. 31, Maro Lorimer's abstract acrylic exhibit,
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informat
Through Sept. 2, "Legally Blonde," Manatee Players Ri'
front Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Informant
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeti
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Be;
Information: 941-794-8044.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 7 a.m., weather permit
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Man2
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 2


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IGW features artist's
'Beach Life' in September
Acrylic and oil artist Shirley Rush Dean and her
exhibit, "Beach Life," will be featured at Island Gallery
West in September.
Dean is a longtime member of the gallery at 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
She is known in Manatee and Sarasota counties for
bold but tranquil landscapes.
Dean taught design, drawing and color theory at
the University of Maryland and design at the Corcoran
School of Art in Washington, D.C.
IGW is a cooperative of 25 local artists offering
original, affordable fine art and crafts.
Dean's exhibit runs Sept. 3-29.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Satur-
For more information, call 941-778-6648 or go
online at www.islandgallerywest.com.

AMICC launches Zumba class
Zumba Toning promises to be a way to unwind after
work and enjoy fitness on Anna Maria Island.
The one-hour, Tuesday evening Zumba classes will
begin at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 4, with instructor, Esther Fore-
standi at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Zumba Toning blends body-sculpting techniques and
specific Zumba moves into a calorie-burning, strength-
training class.
The pay-as-you-go classes cost $6 for members and
$12 for non-members.
For more information, call Sandee Pruett at 941-778-
1908, ext. 0.

Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, Sept. 6-Dec. 20, except Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m.,
Make a Child Smile story and craft hour, Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Braden-
ton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-962-8835.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit
Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and bou-
tiques. Information: 941-896-3132.
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.

Coming up
Sept. 13, St. Bernard Catholic Church Council of Catholic
Women, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Sept. 24, 13th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholarships, Bradenton Country
Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-
224-1337 or 941-284-2523.

Save the Date
Nov. 3, Nautical and Landlubber Treasure Show, Anna Maria
Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton.
Information: 941-761-1860.
Nov. 11, Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Classics. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-8585.
Nov. 17, Enjoy the Bay, Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Sara-
sota Bay Estuary Program, Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thomp-
son Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-955-8085.
Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach singer/guitarist RJ Howson
describes his music as "Chicago-flavored blues rock with
a jam-band influence."
After listening to Howson talk and play, it's appar-
ent there's more to the self-styled musician cut from The
Allman Brothers mold and said to echo Jimi Hendrix and
Johnny Winter.
It's rooted in deep respect and love for nature, world
music and different cultures.
Howson has been inspired by many, including Chi-
cago blues greats Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and
Buddy Guy, as well as Ravi Shankar, Hendrix and his
His mother is a poet who inspired his song-writing,
he says. His father is a musician who plays guitar, piano
and drums, a member of "the very first Army rock band
that actually toured," Howson adds.
His father's military career took the family around
the world. Howson has lived in Europe, the Middle East
and United States including Germany, Holland, Turkey,
Iran, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, California and Hawaii.
He says he was hugely influenced by two years in
Iran, listening to Muslim prayer calls twice a day, as well
as the sounds of nature forms of "drone" music that
he integrates into his work.
And Howson likes to think of himself as an "ama-
teur ethnomusicologist" who studies social and cultural
aspects of music in a global context.
"It's not a coincidence that the word 'guitar' sounds
like sitar," he says, estimating sitars date back 5,000-6,000
years, while the earliest guitars go back 1,400 years.
Howson's been self-educating recently but, at one
point, he had the choice between a full-ride in engineering
to Purdue University or attending The Julliard School.
He ended up going to Purdue for a year, "didn't like
it," and then got caught up in what he calls "economic
slavery," building circuit boards with robotics companies

RJ Howson, foreground, plays with Brian Byrd on lap
guitar and Gregg Voorhees on bass Aug. 15 at Ace's
Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton.

in the biotech medicine research industry.
"I got really distracted for a really long time," he says
of his career in the biotech field.
Howson, now 41, played music all his life, but he
never put it first until he moved to Chicago in 2004.
Once in Chicago, he was playing so much, it enabled
him to quit the robotics job that brought him there.
As a sideman on the Chicago blues circuit for six
years, he played almost every night, meeting the best
players in such blues clubs as Kingston Mines and Buddy
Guy's Legends.
The highlight in Chicago, he says, was "being on
stage with Buddy Guy."
Two years ago in April, Howson's life and career
turned south. After vacationing with friends, he decided
to make the move for the great weather, year-round fes-
tivals and blues community he'd found in Bradenton
Inspiring him here is his friendship with his neighbor,
musician Damon Fowler, as well as meeting Dickey Betts
and jamming with Dan Toler and others from the Gregg
Allman Band contingency.
So what's next for Howson?
His view of a musical career is that it takes time. One
starts as an apprentice, progresses to a journeyman and,
"if you're lucky," becomes a master.
He counts his years in Chicago as his apprenticeship
and believes he's still working as a journeyman.
"I think music is music. It's a product. You have to
think about your fan base," he adds.
His Florida fans are lining up for his gospel, blues-
rock fusion, integrated with the "bending strings," "pitch
bending," and "shifting pitches," played mostly with his
B.B. King Lucille electric guitar.
"When I first got down here, I was playing traditional
Chicago blues. But I found that when I changed it up,
people dug it more," he said.
He's begun recording CDs, including live shows with
a mixture of original music and adapted blues standards,
hoping his music will create the merchandise, "not the
other way around.
"I'm committed," says Howson of his career.
"Music's my passion.
"I've always heard if you work your passion, you'll
never work a day," he adds.
He chuckles and says there's always an off-chance
he'll get hooked up, flown out to Los Angeles and make
it big time, but he's "banking on being a blue-collar musi-
Asked what he sees going forward with his music,
Howson is reminded of a conversation he had years ago
with B.B. King.
"He told me, you've got to take what you love of the
old stuff and mix it with what's going on to create your
own thing, if you want it to go on," he says.
Howson looks to be following B.B. King's advice at
gigs in Cortez, Sarasota and Bradenton.
He will be performing 6-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at
Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez; 6-10 p.m. Sat-
urday, Sept. 1, at Straggler's, 5580 Swift Road, Sarasota;
6 p.m. Wednesday at Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola
Blvd., Bradenton; and 7-10 p.m. Thursday in October
at the Blue Marlin, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Howson also will be headlining at Art Slam Festival
2012, Saturday, Nov. 10, Riverwalk Park, 808 Third Ave.
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Anna Maria to save historic properties through FEMA

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's historic preservation committee might
have only a short way to go before it can declare ground-
level homes as historic, allowing the owners to make
repairs and renovations without rebuilding the entire
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
requires ground-level homes that are rebuilt to more than
50 percent of the appraised structure value to rebuild with
the living space elevated above the flood plain.
However, there are exemptions and one of those is
to have single-story houses built before 1975 declared
historic by the city commission.
To do that, the city has to have a certified local gov-


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Aug. 7, 600 block of Gladiolus Street, recovered
property. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was con-
tacted regarding a found purse. Deputies were able to
identify the property from an April 29 vehicle burglary
in Anna Maria. The owner of the purse was notified. She
told deputies she would collect her property when she
returns to the island.
Aug. 19, 600 block of South Bay Drive, theft. A
complainant reported someone stole a kayak from his
Aug. 14, 200 Lakeview Drive, loitering/prowling.
A MCSO deputy was patrolling due to recent burglaries
and observed three men in dark clothing. The men spot-
ted the deputy and fled. Additional MCSO units, a K-9
unit, two Holmes Beach Police Department units and a
Bradenton Beach Police Department unit were called to
assist in setting up a perimeter to locate the subjects. The
search lasted about 30 minutes, but the subjects were not
located. According to the report, the deputy suspected the
men ran into a nearby home.

ernment historical committee approved by FEMA, said
historic committee chair Sissy Quinn at the committee's
Aug. 21 meeting.
"Step one is to apply to FEMA as a certified local
committee. If we get certified, it enables the city to get
certain exemptions from the 50 percent rule," she said.
The problem for the Anna Maria committee is that
the Florida Historical Commission advised them to use
the Boynton Beach ordinance as a model, but Quinn says
they don't yet have copies of the ordinance.
What she does know is that historic sites have to be
City planner Alan Garrett said he would streamline
the Boynton Beach ordinance for Anna Maria as soon as
it's available.
FFN11\ alo, w ant to kniio their qualifi ation of the

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Aug. 22, 4500 block of 123rd Street, criminal mis-
chief. A male complainant reported someone cut a deco-
rative fishing net on his carport and broke a piece of art in
his backyard. A MCSO deputy viewed a neighbor's video
recording, but reported the video was of poor quality and
only allowed him to identify the suspect as a "slender,
white male." The victim said he suspected a neighbor.
The deputy made contact with the neighbor, who denied
having knowledge of the incident, but admitted to dislik-
ing his neighbor, according to the report. The deputy then
told the man he was going to review video of the incident,
at which time the man said, "I'll be honest with you, I did
it. I cut his net." According to the report, the man said
he was mad at the victim for harassing him. The damage
was estimated to be $40.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO

committee members, but Garrett said FEMA will allow a
historic preservation committee to be as few as four mem-
bers. In addition to qualifications, the FEMA application
for historic designation is 35 pages long, he added.
Garrett has discovered that churches are not consid-
ered historic unless they are in a historic district.
"But there are some exceptions and I'll check those
out," he said.
Quinn said creating a historic district just for Roser
Memorial Community Church would "raise a lot of hack-
les" in the city.
Commissioner SueLynn noted that there are some
developers who have plans for new houses, but are sty-
mied by the current administrative moratorium on the
demolition of ground-level homes.
Quinn said she understood the problems presented
by the moratorium, but the committee needed the road-
"But we have to do this right. We are moving as
quickly as possible," she said.
When the Boynton Beach ordinance becomes
available, Garrett will email each committee member a
Homework for committee members is to read the
ordinance and mark out the "good, bad or indifferent"
for Anna Maria, Quinn said.
"We have to get our ordinance correct and state what
is a historic building," said Garrett.
The committee's next meeting is 2:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 4, at the Anna Maria City Hall.

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of a "deranged" man at Manatee Public Beach. The man
told police he and a group of other homeless men had
gone to the beach from the homeless shelter. He had put
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Anna Maria halts demolition moratorium

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Recognizing that demolition of any ground-level
home in Anna Maria is always going to be voluntary,
commissioners at their Aug. 23 meeting voted unani-
mously to end the moratorium on such demolitions.
At the same time, commissioners voted 3-1 to take
no further action on an ordinance limiting the demolition
of ground-level homes. Commissioner SueLynn voted
against the motion, while Commission Chair Chuck
Webb was absent.
Eliminating the moratorium, however, does not mean
the city should stop drafting a historical preservation ordi-
nance, said acting Commission Chair Dale Woodland.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick agreed.
The purpose of the ordinance is to give people
incentives such as more building coverage to construct

man requested transport to Manatee Glens, but was told it
was full. Police took the man to Blake Medical Center.
Aug. 17, 100 block of 75th Street, suspicious
incident. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported that
wooden marker stakes around a loggerhead sea turtle nest
were knocked down for a second time. Nearby residents
reported juveniles were partying in the area. HBPD said
it would patrol the area.
Aug. 17, 7500 block of Marina Drive, suspicious
vehicle. A woman complainant contacted HBPD regard-
ing several vehicles coming and going to a nearby resi-
dence. The woman insisted drug deals were occurring
and told police, "Either you do something about it or I
will with a crowbar," according to the report. Officers
made contact with two adult parents, who told police
they were fliino\ illn a back-to-school party for their son
and his friends. Police reported no alcohol consumption
or suspicious activity was taking place and cleared the
Aug. 17,4000 Gulf Drive, trespass warning. While
on routine patrol, a HBPD officer observed an empty
truck at the beach playground. He continued to observe
from a distance and noticed a group of seven young
people returning from the beach and placing a Manatee
County beach sign into the back of the truck. The offi-
cer made contact with the group and issued all seven
a trespass warning. Three of the seven members were
juveniles. Their parents were contacted.
Aug. 18, 5401 Marina Drive, disturbance. HBPD
responded to D.Coy Ducks regarding a fight. Upon
arrival, police observed several people scattered across
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ground-level homes, she said. The ordinance is meant to
be voluntary.
SueLynn expressed concern that developers would
begin buying ground-floor homes and demolish them in
favor of two-livable floors over parking.
City attorney Jim Dye said "mandatory prohibitions
on demolition give me heartburn. That's a higher risk of
going to court."
The incentives to keep a ground-level home are
what the historical preservation committee is trying
to establish in its ordinance, he observed. Among the
incentives are more building coverage for a ground
level home.
In other business, commissioners finally passed an
ordinance changing a number of issues in the residential,
commercial and retail-office-residential areas.
The ordinance amended the lot, yard, bulk and park-
ing regulations in those zones, reduced the maximum
building coverage from 35 to 30 percent for a single-
family residence built higher than 27 feet and allows
ground-level homes to have 40 percent building cover-
Commissioner John Quam questioned the ordinance
if the commission was going to discuss a floor area ratio
ordinance, but Mattick said that's a discussion for another
The ordinance passed 4-0.
Commissioners also established the procedure for
people interested in being appointed a commissioner after
the November election.
Any interested party must meet the two-year resi-
dency requirement, submit a resume and a list signed
by 10 eligible voters supporting that person's candi-
Mayor Mike Selby chose not to seek re-election and
no one filed to run for the post, leaving the commission

determined the instigators had fled the scene. No one
wished to pursue charges, so police cleared the scene.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County Si,, i rf's Office.
In the Aug. 22 edition, The Islander incorrectly
referred to Karen Bell as former president of the Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage. Bell is a former treasurer
for the nonprofit board in Cortez. Current president Kim
McVey was referred to as the head of a local restaurant.
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with only the city charter to deal with the issue.
The charter states that when the new commission
is sworn in after the November election, one commis-
sioner is elected as chair and that commissioner automati-
cally becomes the mayor in the absence of a duly elected
That leaves a vacancy on the commission that must
be filled by commission appointment.
Dye said appointment procedures had not been estab-
lished, but suggested the commission could adopt a reso-
lution allowing presentations by those who filled out an
application and met the requirements. He also suggested
the commission could pass an ordinance to define the
term length of the appointed commissioner to keep the
election cycle balanced, with three elected positions in
each election year.
"Right now, there's nothing in the charter about the
term length," said Dye.
Commissioners also approved a contract with attor-
ney Mike Connolly to be the city's special magistrate in
code violation cases.
Welch told SueLynn that code enforcement officers
could now issue violation notices that might require an
appearance before the magistrate.
With the establishment of the special magistrate
system, the city will no longer have need for a code
enforcement board, Dye said.

HB seeks planner
A volunteer is being sought to serve on the
Holmes Beach Planning Commission.
The planning commission is responsible for
reviewing proposed land-development regulations
and codes. It also is charged with making recom-
mendations to city commissioners consistent with
the adopted comprehensive plan.
Down a commissioner on the five-member vol-
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Serving on the board are chair Sue Normand
and members Gary Hickerson, Sylvia Harris and Ed
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Bradenton Beach LDC gets further review

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A fictional Marvel character once uttered the phrase,
"All words are part true and part false."
Words sometimes need to be all true, however, and
that is evident in the ongoing work to revise the Braden-
ton Beach land-development code, because the goal is to
leave as little interpretation as possible.
City commissioners, staff and members of the plan-
ning and zoning board met Aug. 21 at city hall to continue
to ensure the revision of the LDC complies with the city's
comprehensive plan.
The city has until October to meet a state-mandated
deadline to have the revisions completed and work is
"At our last meeting we almost finished Chapter 3,"
said Tom McCollum, of ZNS Engineering, who is under
city contract to complete the LDC revisions. "We are
down to special permit uses, which now replace special
exception permits, temporary uses and other things."
McCollum said special permit uses encompass two
important things.
"First, if you have a previously approved special
exception permit, it's still valid," he said. "The second
thing we are looking for is if you have to say 'yes' or 'no'
on some decisions, you'd probably say 'no' without the
guidelines of the special permit use."
McCollum said, "It's the kind of thing for a small
town that gives the city commissioners a little more flex-

Bradenton Beach commissioners and planning and
zoning board members gather Aug. 21 at Bradenton
Beach City Hall to continue revising the city's land-
development code. Islander Photo: Mark Young

ibility," while also saying it's similar to current city pro-
cedures, but more efficient.
Anyone operating under a current special-exception
permit won't have to reapply for a special-use permit,
according to building official Steve Gilbert.
"You either come in under new conditions or abide
by the old stipulations," said Gilbert. "But what won't
change is the original process for reviewing a permit."
McCollum said the only real difference is that the
definition of a special-use permit gives commissioners
more options while meeting the primary goal of stream-

lining the LDC.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse gave an example of
how important language is in revisiting a portion of Chap-
ter 3, which addresses open-air dining. Gatehouse said
language concerning open-air dining and parking spaces
needs to be clarified in the LDC.
"The issue I see with this has come to light when
local restaurants eliminated parking spaces to make room
for open-air dining seating," said Gatehouse. "It's been
taken to its ultimate conclusion, and there is a potential
we have for no parking at any restaurant because we'll
have all open-air dining."
Gatehouse said the language currently in the LDC
will produce a "double whammy that not only increases
seating with outdoor dining, but eliminates parking. I'd
like to see language that allows for outdoor dining unless
it eliminates parking."
McCollum said he would add language to clarify the
LDC regarding open-air dining and ensuring additional
seating won't eliminate parking.
The group continued to review McCollum's changes
to ensure interpretation of the LDC is as clear as pos-
Another joint meeting was to be held at 9 a.m. Tues-
day, Aug. 28, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The joint meetings will continue until the LDC revi-
sions have been reviewed and approved. The LDC then
goes to city attorney Ricinda Perry for review, and then
must be approved by the city commission.

BB commission, P&Z work to resolve obstacles

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A proposed change to the Bradenton Beach land-
development code is to reduce the planning and zoning
board to five members, but a sixth member was sworn in
before an Aug. 21 joint meeting between P&Z members
and city commissioners.
The suggested change includes appointing alternate
members, although it does not go into effect until a long
list of LDC revisions are approved by the commission.
Until then, the P&Z board has seven seats, six of which
are filled.
Barbara Curtis became the sixth member before the
LDC revision joint meeting, and the third new member
to be appointed since four people resigned in May.
A battle broke out between the former members and
city commissioners, which led to the resignations.
The P&Z majority rejected a joint-development
agreement in April between the city and ELRA, the cor-
poration headed by Ed Chiles, owner of the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The city then approved the agreement to move for-
ward with constructing a dune and additional restaurant
parking on the beach.
The May commission meeting turned contentious
after P&Z members were accused by Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse of presenting a biased recommendation and
heard their qualifications to interpret codes questioned
by city attorney Ricinda Perry.
The city's decision to move forward with a project
that P&Z said did not comply with the city's compre-
hensive plan led to a lawsuit filed in June by two former
board members and a third party.
Since then, commissioners have appointed John
Burns, Dan Debaun and Curtis, bringing the member-
ship to six.
Curtis joined Burs, Debaun, Patricia Whitesel and
Dakota Matthes for the Aug. 21 joint meeting with city
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P&Z members have played a pivotal role in the LDC
revisions, catching language in codes that could cause
future issues.
While clear language can prevent interpretation
issues that lead to disagreements between city staff and
P&Z, communication between the two boards remains
an issue.
Before the May commission meeting that led to the
departure of the P&Z members, ways to improve com-
munication and ensure commissioners were receiving
necessary information from P&Z were discussed.
Mayor John Shaughnessy revisited that issue Aug.
"One of the concerns P&Z had previously is there
wasn't enough time to present their full review between
their meeting and ours," said Shaughnessy.
The mayor previously suggested a P&Z member
attend commission meetings to summarize the board's
reviews. But that huo'.'I-liin was shot down by former
P&Z members, who said one member's opinion may vary
from the remainder of the board.
Commissioner Gay Breuler suggested planning more
time between the two meetings, so P&Z minutes could
be included in the packet that goes to the commission-
ers, rather than the brief staff summary they now receive
explaining why P&Z voted one way or the other.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said if commission-
ers were to receive draft minutes, that would be more
information than what they currently get. But, he said,
commissioners and P&Z board members should be more
proactive in attending one another's meetings.
"The simpler solution is for commissioners to attend
P&Z meetings," he said. "If you want to know the tone
and background of a subject, then attend the meetings."
Gatehouse attended the April P&Z meeting where the
board rejected the ELRA agreement. His opinion follow-
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Shaughnessy said he wants the process to be fair.
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get them a fair shake on this," he said. "We don't want to
sit down with just a recommendation. We weren't getting
the whole story. We were only getting portions. Some-
thing ought to be done where we get the whole story."
Breuler suggested commissioners and P&Z schedule
work sessions before commission meetings after the P&Z
has issued a recommendation, so commissioners could
hear the board's reasoning.
Issues with scheduling and advertising public meet-
ings stonewalled her 6u0'.-p liin
Tom McCollum, of ZNS Engineering, who is work-
ing to revise the LDC under contract with the city, said
procedures already were in place.
"You can do whatever you want, but if you want
to make procedural changes, that has to be done in the
LDC," he said. "Remember, there are consequences for
\ iullinlg you do."
Gatehouse said the goal of the LDC meetings was to
streamline the process, not complicate it.
"Our goal is to streamline the process to make things
easier to navigate and faster to accomplish," he said. "Put-
ting in more steps will counteract what we are trying to
do here."
Gatehouse said copies of the draft minutes and a
willingness to attend the P&Z meetings should solve
communication issues.
"If we can improve without making it more of a
lengthy process, let's not shoot ourselves in the foot,"
Gatehouse said.
Commissioners agreed to leave the LDC procedural
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Anna Maria charter review to address mayoral issue

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Charter Review Committee came
away from its first meeting Aug. 22 with a clear mission:
To review how the charter deals with the office of mayor
when no one runs for the office.
That's what happened this year in qualifying for the
November general election, said Mayor Mike Selby, and,
although the charter does have a procedure in place, it
might not be the right procedure.
The current charter states that if no person runs for
mayor, the person elected as chair of the commission
automatically assumes the position of mayor.
Following each election, the commission elects a
new chair. In this case, lacking a candidate for the vacant
office of mayor, he or she becomes mayor and the com-
mission must then appoint someone to serve the remain-
ing term of the newly vacated commission seat.
Howard Payne, who was elected charter review com-
mittee chair, said the problem is no elected commissioner
wants to become mayor and give up a vote on the com-
"We might want to consider a temporary ordinance
giving the mayor the right to vote," he said.
A good point, said TomAposporos, a former city com-
missioner, former charter review committee chair and ex-

Howara fayne, an attorney and residentfor many
years, was elected chair of the Anna Maria Charter
Review Committee at its Aug. 22 organizational meet-
ing. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

officio member of the new review committee. But, he said,
such a move would, under the Sunshine Law, prohibit the
mayor from privately discussing issues with individual
commissioners that would come up for a vote.

The city presently has a mayor-commission form of
government in which the mayor is the city administrator,
sits on the commission but does not have a vote, Apos-
poros said.
The present system allows the mayor to talk with
commissioners on an individual basis, which is some-
thing to consider in the planning process, he said.
Payne instructed members to read the charter and
"see if there is anything there that might give us an
Payne said he would talk with city attorney Jim Dye
about the issue.
"We have a problem now. Perhaps we can solve it
with an ordinance, even if that can be overturned in the
future," he said.
Other members of the charter review commission
are vice chair Tom Breiter, Larrie Mercadante, Jim Ben-
nington and LuAnne Collins.
Selby apologized for not appointing Aposporos to the
review committee, saying previously that he incorrectly
believed Aposporos lived on Longboat Key.
Committee members said they welcomed Aposporos'
experience and advice at the meetings. Aposporos, who
chaired the 2002 and 2007 charter review groups for the
city, was designated an ex-officio member of the com-
mittee by Selby.

BING seeks calm solutions to Anna Maria's rental issues

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
There's a new organization in Anna Maria looking to
help residents and visitors alike bring a halt to rowdy ten-
ants and partygoers and the rental agents who know-
ingly put partying guests in a residential neighborhood.
Gerry Slavin of Bayview Place in Anna Maria is one
of the organizers of Bayview Place Invested Neighbors
Group, or BING, and he says their website is a practical
solution for problem rental agents and properties.
"It's a website where someone can log in a com-
plaint and show the date, time and location," Slavin said.
This information will help law enforcement, real estate
agents and new visitors find locations where nuisances
have occurred in the past.
BING's website allows anyone to view a list of rental
agents or owners that follow the good neighbor practices,
which vacation rentals generate complaints and it pro-
vides a way for "people to move forward with solutions,"
Slavin said.
Anyone accessing the website will be able to read
the reports.
"This is not a witch hunt. We are trying to identify
the problem areas and people in a proper manner. Our
idea is to show cooperation with the city and law enforce-
ment and show which rental agents are ignoring the best
practices and which ones are adhering to the list," Slavin
It is not a place for someone to vent anger with rent-
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"That's not our purpose," said James Ellmore, who
also helped organize BING.
The organization began informally after Slavin, Ell-
more and several of their friends were talking about how
the vacation rental industry has changed in Anna Maria
the past year. That led Slavin to create the website.
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The website welcomes visitors to Anna Maria and
presents a list of "Good Neighbor" practices that, if fol-
lowed, should allow guests to enjoy their Anna Maria
vacation, said Ellmore.
Anna Maria rental agents are being asked to distrib-
ute BING's Good Neighbor Policy similar to the list
of best practices created by Anna Maria Commissioner
SueLynn and members of the real estate offices that spe-
cialize in rentals to clients upon arrival.
The policy list on the website includes clauses in the
rental agreement that address the number of occupants,
the number of cars at the property, unreasonable noise
and litter, and that any violation of these terms "could
be considered grounds for immediate eviction."
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Bali Hai ghost inspires Sarasota musicians

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Erik Miller of Sarasota was in a quandary last
A guitar and bass player, Miller was forming a new
band, but had difficulty coming up with a band name
that would be both unusual and easily recognizable. He
wanted the name to have something to do with ghosts.
Browsing the Internet one day, he was looking
for Florida ghosts when he came across a story in the
Islander's Aug. 3, 2011 issue titled 'Bali Hai ghost.'
The story centers on an urban legend that a bride
dressed in white walks the beaches at night in August at
the Bali Hai Beach Resort, 6900 Gulf Drive N., Holmes
Beach, searching for her sailor husband who, according
to the legend, she believed was lost at sea.
Miller thought the Bali Hai would be the perfect
place to record a few songs, and the band's name soon
became "House of Ghosts."
Intrigued by the article, the band went to the Bali
Hai one night this August for a jam session on the
"For some reason," said Miller, "everyone started
feeling uneasy. We didn't see anything, we just felt
something come over us, like a cold spell on the beach
in mid-August. It was just odd and we decided that was

Thus ended that session, but the band vowed to
return. They re-visited the beach Aug. 23, but, alas, that
strange feeling did not reoccur.
Miller said the band is not giving up. He and his
band members, Thom Kumingz and David Wright, hope
to record a song at the resort later this month.

Members of the
Sarasota rock band
House of Ghosts
have been jam-
ming on the beach
at night near the
Bali Hai Resort in
Holmes Beach in
hopes of discover-
ing the Ghost of
Bali Hai said to
inhabit the beach
.. at night. From left
are Thornm Kum-
ingz, David Wright
and Erik Miller.
Islander Photo:
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In the meantime, the band is getting ready for a
studio session to record an album.
"We're going to think up a song about the Bali Hai
ghost," Miller said.
The following is the Bali Hai ghost story as it
appeared in the Aug. 3, 2011 issue of The Islander.

Of brides in white, and things that disappear in the night

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
On warmAugust evenings on Florida's Anna Maria
Island after sunset, as the gentle, cooling breezes engulf
beach walkers and waves lap gently at the water's edge,
the vision of a young lady in a wedding gown walk-
ing the beach in front of the Bali Hai Beach Resort in
Holmes Beach seems out of place.
Bali Hai co-owner Al Bouziane thinks "urban
legend" might be a better choice for the description of
the strange tales of the bride on the beach.
The bride of Bali Hai has no name, but some ghost-
hunter websites say she's a soul in mourning, forever
searching the seas for her sea-faring husband, who was
reportedly lost at sea.
Bouziane and brother Dave have never seen the
Bali Hai ghost, but have heard plenty about it, espe-
cially since the appearance of numerous ghost-story
\ly mom built this place in 1971. It was nothing
but vacant land and no one had heard of any ghost sto-
ries," said Al Bouziane.
In the late 1970s, he and his brother first heard the
story of the ghost bride of Bali Hai. They dismissed it
as just another island legend, but the story never died.
With the advent of the Internet in the mid-1990s, the
story found a home on many websites devoted to ghost
According to the website hauntedflorida.com, a
man and woman got married on Anna Maria Island
many years ago. The man was a sailor who went to sea
one day and never returned. His bride has been looking
for him ever since.
She's described on the website as appearing only
in August, wearing a white wedding dress, walking
the beach in front of the Bali Hai in the late evenings.
According to the legend, she's usually observed out of
the corner of the eye. When the person looks directly
at the figure, she vanishes from sight.
Al Bouziane said a woman staying at the resort to
the south of Bali Hai told him several years ago she had
seen the ghost bride walking the beach late one August
But no one else has ever come to him claiming
they've seen the woman in white.
Word of the Bali Hai ghost, however, has spread
"I get about a hundred calls a year from people
asking about the ghost bride. We've had ghost-hunters
come in August, stay for a week, and walk the beach
at night. One August, we had a group of women who
held a seance on the beach, and, another time, a group
of motorcyclists came for a week to see the ghost," he
The story has grown so much that a New York
daily newspaper Bouziane can't remember which
one sent a reporter to Bali Hai several years ago to

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The bride of Bali Hai roams the beach in August at
the resort looking for her groom.

Bouziane is happy to talk about the Bali Hai ghost
story, but believes it's just a story that started many
years ago and developed into an urban legend.
Both Bouziane and his brother said they have never
read an) dilng about a man drowning or lost at sea and
never seen any official report about a drowning.
"But we're happy to tell people what we know. Just
walk the beach late at night in August and maybe you'll
see her. A lot of people come every year looking for the
bride," Al Bouziane said.
Hauntedflorida.com and other ghost hunter web-
sites all report on the ghost of Bali Hai.
"It's just a good story that's grown over the years,"
said Kimball McKay of Sebring, who comes with his
wife Marillyn often in summer to stay at the Bali Hai.
"Al told us the story, but we've never seen an) killing
strange. But we don't make it a habit to walk the beach
late at night looking for her," he said.
Whatever or whomever the bride of Bali Hai is,
she's not the only ghost known to Anna Maria Island.
Hauntedflorida.com also reports that on Coquina
Beach near the Longboat Key Bridge, a hotel was torn
down there many years ago.
According to the website, "On the beach, a male
figure in black clothing walks from the picnic area to the
shoreline and vanishes. This particular area has a lot of
wandering spirits at night, but this male ghost has been
seen in daylight and looks totally out of place."
Retired Manatee County marine rescue chief Jay

Moyles, who was in charge of the lifeguards at Coquina
Beach, said he's heard of the "man in black" apparition
over the years, but none of the lifeguards ever reported
to him that they saw an) Ililln resembling the figure.
And no member of the public has ever reported a "man
in black" walking on Coquina Beach, and then disap-
pearing into the water.
Moyles offered a possible explanation for the ghost
bride of Bali Hai, a story he heard about 30 years ago,
when he first went to work for the county.
Many years ago, according to the story Moyles
related, a sea captain built a house for his new bride on
the Gulf of Mexico in Bradenton Beach just north of
Cortez Road.
No one knows what happened to the couple, but
after the house was sold 30-40 years ago and torn down
for construction of a new residence, some workers
reported hearing strange noises and voices and smelling
cigar smoke. Some of the workers reportedly refused to
re-enter the house to continue working.
When a real estate agent was showing the new
house, a woman interested in buying walked through
by herself. When she returned to the agent, she asked
about all the gowns in a closet. The agent said there's
been nothing in the house for years.
Of course, when the agent and buyer went to inves-
tigate, there was nothing in the closet.
A true story or an urban legend?
If you meet the ghost bride of Bali Hai, maybe she
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WMFR's deputy fire marshal and arson dog to retire

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal
Kurt Lathrop began as a volunteer for the West Side
Fire District in 1981, and was hired five years later as a
Lathrop was promoted to deputy fire marshal in
1998. And this week will be Lathrop's last day of his
career with the district.
But it won't be the last day for what he voluntarily
made part of his job he will continue training police
and arson dogs.
Lathrop is a dog handler and trainer. He's had more
than 90 dogs go through his house and his training for a
police dog training academy.
"I'm definitely staying involved with the program,"
says Lathrop, who recently moved to a new home in Lake
County on a four-acre tract with a small kennel.
Lucky is the third arson dog he's shared with WMFR,
and she retired about a month ago. A yellow lab and
almost 10 years old, Lucky is slowly adjusting to her
new home with Lathrop's children in Bradenton.
The dogs he trains are "food-reward dogs," Lathrop
explains. They "work to eat," and are fed by their trainers
only if they work. The dogs are trained to uncover the
scents of arson and for other police purposes.
He acknowledges it's been difficult for Lucky and
his other trained dogs to adjust to retirement.
Oftentimes, they'll struggle with "doggy depres-
sion," no longer having the rigorous routine of working,
"learning how to eat out of bowl" and spending time
without him, he says.
Lucky came to Lathrop through a Southeastern
Guide Dogs program, "as part of what they call their
career-change program," he says.
If the nonprofit identifies behaviors, such as squirrel,
food or "other dog" aI.',_t.-in1N that make it incompat-
ible as a guide dog, the group gives the dog to the Maine
Criminal Justice Academy, creating the opportunity for
Lathrop to work with them because such behaviors don't
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Yet Lathrop says Lucky is "the best," and adds,
"she's just a working machine. It's all about work with
her," and she's one of three he's trained that he's kept.
"They're awesome dogs. We have a good working
relationship with our dogs," says Lathrop.
His first dog, Allie, was a black Labrador retriever,
and he worked with her from 1990 until she retired in
1996. The second was a chocolate Labrador retriever,
she worked 1998-2005, when she died.
Lathrop's been in charge of the first two weeks of
the dogs' training and this will continue, he says, after
his retirement.
WMFR Chief Andy Price says the district has always
supported the deputy fire marshal's choice to have the
arson dogs, but because it's a 24-7 "total commitment"
it's never been required. He said he has no plans to replace
the dog.
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investigations," and also the "fire prevention side of it."
He's most proud of never having a child injured in
a fire, or anyone in the district ever being sentenced to a
juvenile intervention program.
Lathrop chalks it up to getting the word out, not only
in October which is fire prevention month but year
round. He and others in the district will speak for any
condo association, civic or educational group on fire
"I always liked the public education side of it," he
says. After working his way from a firefighter, he adds,
"when the opportunity came up, I jumped on it."
Price says Lathrop will be missed, that he's earned
the respect of everyone he's worked with while at the
district. Lathrop was recognized as the 2008 Florida Fire
Investigator of the Year, and received numerous other
awards for his 25 years of service, including four excep-
tional duty awards.
"We're happy for him, and his changes in his life.
He's had a very successful career," Price says.

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AME welcomes students back to school

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School principal David Mar-
shall greeted an auditorium full of parents, caregivers,
teachers and children Aug. 20 the first day of school
for the 2012-13 year.
After his short welcome, ending with "it's going to be
a great day," kindergartners lined up behind their teachers
as the theme music from "Welcome Back, Kotter" played
over the loud speaker.
After a few tears, last-minute hugs and kisses, stu-
dents calmly followed their teachers to their first class at
Parents remained to listen to Marshall, art teacher
Gary Wooten, physical education coach Eric Boso,
music teacher Catherine Miller, media specialist Lynne
McDonough, guidance counselor Cindi Harrison and
PTO representatives.
While there are no longer early-release Wednesdays,
Marshall announced there will be two early outs each
quarter to coincide with evening events for teachers to
meet parents.
He invited parents to come to school for lunch with
their children. New this year with lunch, he said, "teach-
ers are going to lunch with the kids" as part of a relation-
ship-building initiative, he said.
Marshall also advised on after-school pickups, saying
that if there's a change in the way a child goes home, a
written note is requested before 2 p.m. A phone call to
the school will no longer suffice, he added.
Photo identification is needed to visit the school, and
"it's very important to get a badge every time," Marshall

New staff serving at AME
New faces were seen in the halls of Anna Maria
Elementary as teachers and students began the 2012-13
There are three new teachers and several new staff.
Nick Leduc is the new fourth-grade teacher and
Kathy Houston is new to the Various Exceptionalities
There's a new music teacher, Catherine Miller, on
Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Also new on staff are paraprofessional Emily Moss,
custodian Todd Persinger and Belkiss Delgado in the caf-

Monday, Sept. 3
Tuesday, Sept. 4
Breakfast: Burrito or Biscuit and Gravy or Waffle.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marinara, Burrito, Strawberry Cup, Mini
Romaine Salad, Mixed Veggies, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Wednesday, Sept. 5
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Patty and Toast or Prob-
Lunch: Seasoned Pasta, Applesauce, Green Beans Fresh
Veggie Dipper, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Thursday, Sept. 6
Breakfast: Chicken Patty Biscuit or Ultimate Breakfast Round.
Lunch: Hot Dog on Bun, Tangerine Chicken with Confetti Rice,
Fresh Fruit Cup, Baked Beans, Oriental Veggies, Assorted
Fresh Fruit, Birthday Ice Cream Cup.
Friday, Sept. 7
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes or Super Round.
Lunch: Pizza Choice, Chicken Quesadilla, Sliced Peaches,
Corn on Cob, Sweet Potato Fries, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

told parents.
Wooten reminded parents not to send students to
school with good clothes on art day, and said the popular
Art-to-Remember program will be back this year.
Boso reported, "We're going to have PE every day,"
and parents responded with applause.
\ ly plan right now is to organize half of the days,
and on the other half, let them decide," he said.
He asked parents to send students to school in closed-
toe shoes.
Miller told parents to expect "a lot of movement" in
music classes, and echoed Boso's recommendation on
McDonough highlighted AME's birthday book club
that recognizes children and "gets more books in the
library," the Rotary Reader program with sashes and
badges to promote book reading, the book fair and a
guide-dog reading program.
She said local Audubon Society members will con-
tinue to help with a bird-identification program, and a
watercolorist will assist with an art program.
Harrison said she's in her 38th year as an educator,
and that she still wakes up wanting to go to school.


Dawn Rappold, front, signs up to be the Box Tops
program coordinator for the Anna Maria Elementary
School Parent Teacher Organization as PTO vice-pres-
ident Amy Talucci, back, looks on at the Aug. 25 AME
PTO volunteer welcome event at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

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l and bags in
tow, follow their
Teacher Aug. 20,
the first day at
Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School,
T 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo.
Kathy Prucnell

Harrison introduced the Kelso program, featuring
a frog that teaches problem-solving techniques, such as
how to "wait and cool off"' and making apologies.
In addition to initial counseling assessments, Har-
rison said preventative services to promote student aca-
demic achievement and responsive services for students
needing social or other assistance will be offered through-
out the year.
L\ .) IbId) 's settled. Everybody's happy," she said.
"They're going to have a great day today."

Amy Tobin and daughter Addie arrive at AMEfor
Addie's first day of school.

Parent involvement key to AME
An invitation to get involved was given Aug. 20 by
the Parent Teacher Organization during the welcome and
orientation at Anna Maria Elementary School.
"The PTO is very involved here," said AME PTO
president Sue Carroll to parents and caregivers.
Carroll said the PTO focus is making sure kids have
"a phenomenal education.
"We want them to have more, to do more and
learn more," she added. "Please, please, please, get
Carroll said she's a resourceful delegator and she'd
make sure to find something for interested volunteers,
even those with full-time jobs.
Vice president Amy Talucci said, "Come out, it's
fun." She invited all to join the PTO with its year of
Homeroom mom Karen Riley-Love encouraged par-
ents to get to know other parents and caregivers, and high-
lighted the importance of filling out the directory forms.
Because the directory doesn't come out until mid-year, she
urged everyone to exchange contact information.
Riley-Love also announced the annual Spring Fling
fundraiser and the morning running club with parent
Jesse Brisson.


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24 0 AUG. 29, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

Duffy's Tavern wins NFL flag football Super Bowl

Kevin P. Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag
Football League saw its coed adult season came to an
end Aug. 23 in a Super Bowl match up between Duffy's
Tavern Raiders and Agnelli Pool and Spa Dolphins.
The shorthanded Raiders, able to dress only five
players for the game, jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the
first 10 minutes of action and held on for a 21-19 vic-
The Raider defense played a huge role in the vic-
tory, holding Dolphin quarterback Tim Shaughnessy
to an 8-for-20, 99-yard passing performance and three
interceptions, including first-quarter interceptions from
Raider defenders Tyler Redmond and Chris Gillum that
spearheaded the 21-point scoring run.
Offensively, quarterback Chris Gillum played mis-
take-free football for the Raiders, completing 16 of 27
passes for 205 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
Mike Gillum was his favorite target, with eight
catches for 106 yards and one touchdown. Dustin Swain
added three catches for 39 yards, including a touch-
down and a two-point conversion. Redmond scored on
a 10-yard run and added an extra-point reception to
complete the scoring, while Jamie Gregorich finished
with one catch for 7 yards in addition to making two
flag pulls on defense.
Pat Calvary had a huge game for the Dolphins with
a 13-yard touchdown run and six catches for 64 yards,
including a touchdown reception and a 2-point conver-
sion. Mike Shaughnessy completed three passes for 50
yards and a touchdown pass, while FrankAgnelli caught
three passes for 55 yards to complete the Dolphin scor-
ing. Defensively, the Dolphins were led by Calvary,
Shaughnessy and Sean Sanders with four flag pulls each
in the loss.


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Young Tampa player makes national baseball team
John Killichowski, a long-time island visitor who
was featured in an Islander story earlier in the summer,
has recently been named one of the 20 members of base-
ball's Team USA and will compete starting Aug. 30 in the
2012 IBAF 18U/AAU World Championships in Seoul,
South Korea.
The roster was whittled from 27 players to 20 during
four exhibition games against some of the top baseball
players from California.
Kilichowski pitched three innings in the exhibition
games, allowing no hits, while fanning six and walking
only two.
Team USA played three exhibition games against
Chinese Taipei, Aug. 25-27 before heading to Seoul,
where pool-play games against Australia, Netherlands,
Korea, Columbia and Venezuela await.
Good luck and congratulations to John and the rest
of his proud family from The Islander.

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play during Aug. 22
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall pits, ending

Duffy's Tavern Raid-
ers hold the Super
Bowl prize Aug. 23,
winning the Anna
Maria Island Com-
munity Center NFL
Flag Football cham-
pionship game 21-19
over the Agnelli Pool
and Spa Dolphins.
Pictured are, left to
right, Jamie Grego-
rich, Cih, Gillum,
Tyler Redmond,
Dustin Swain and
Mike Gillum of the
Duffy's Tavern team.
Islander Photo:
Courtesy Troy Yh, ',k

a string of outright winners. The team of Jerry Disbrow
and Sam Samuels pulled away from what was a tight
match on the way to a 22-12 victory.
Hank Huyghe walked out of pool play with the
only 3-0 record and was the day's outright winner.
Huyghe dominated, throwing three six packs and three
single ringers in one game on the way to an easy 22-3
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-

Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played an individual-
low-net golf match Aug. 21. Former Anna Maria Mayor
Fran Barford fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in
Flight A by two shots over a trio of women, including
Joyce Brown, Sue Wheeler and Christina Mason.
Liz Lang's 2-under-par 30 was good enough for first
place in Flight B. Kris Landkammer and Terri Westby
were two shots back in second place at even-par 32.

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Fishing peaks in advance of Isaac's glancing blow

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island remains
consistent, although with Tropical Storm Isaac heading
into the Gulf of Mexico, expect to see a slight change in
Redfish, trout and catch-and-release snook are abun-
dant on grass flats in water depths of 2-4 feet. Try looking
for the redfish and snook along mangrove shorelines adja-
cent to lush grass flats with good tidal flow. You'll also
encounter some over-slot trout in these areas, although
if you're looking for sheer numbers, you'll need to move
to deeper flats.
Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle are
making daily appearances, feeding in the morning around
the Rod & Reel and Anna Maria piers. With vast amounts
of small baitfish at the piers, these migratory fish come
in quick, feed and then are gone, almost as quickly as
they arrived. Live shiners on a long shank hook or lures,
such as Gotcha plugs or spoons, will get you in on the
Mangrove snapper are making a strong showing,
especially around the south side of the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge fishing piers. Whether you're fishing from a boat
or directly from the pier, you can drift live or fresh-cut
shiners around the pilings to hook up with these tasty
snappers. Remember, fluorocarbon leader and a small
live bait hook are a must to catch these leader-shy fish.
Shark fishing is still going strong in all of Tampa Bay
and southward. Bull, blacktip, lemon and nurse sharks
are being caught on chunk baits fished on the bottom.
Try using mullet, mackerel, ladyfish or jack crevalle for
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing good
numbers of Spanish mackerel being caught on both arti-
ficials and live bait. To catch live shiners, Sork suggests
using a Sabiki rig.
If you're not familiar with a Sabiki, stop by a tackle
shop for advice. Once you have some live shiners in your
bait bucket, tie a long shank hook on some 30-pound
fluorocarbon leader, bait your hook, and you're ready to
Mangrove snapper are being caught under the pier
and live shiners and shrimp on a No. 2 live bait hook are
producing. Add a split shot about 12 inches above your
hook and cast a shiner as far up underneath the pier as
you can. Average size of the snapper is 12 inches.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says Spanish
mackerel are swarming the pier at sunrise to feed on small
baitfish, which are schooling around the pilings. Most
pier fishers are using Gotcha plugs or white jigs to get in
on the action, although a small long shank hook baited
with a live shiner will work, too. Macks up to 20 inches
to the fork were the norm this past week, but bigger fish
were in the mix.
Pier fishers using live bait shrimp or shiners -
are reeling up a variety of species from under the pier.
By bottom fishing with shrimp, pier fishers are reeling
up mangrove snapper and a few flounder. Those fishing
with shrimp are catching black drum and sheepshead.
Lastly, pier fishers using small chunk baits, such as
squid or mullet, are catching plenty of bonnethead sharks.
Most are in the 24-inch range, but don't be surprised to
catch them up to 40 inches in length.

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Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
of good action coming from the piers and from the grass
Oldham is hearing of good catch-and-release snook
action. Live shiners, or "snook candy," as Oldham refers
to them, are a surefire way to put your tackle to the test
against a big snook. But handle these fish with care, they
are still making a comeback from the cold 2010 winter.
Oldham is seeing fishers coming to the docks from
the grass flats with respectable catches of redfish and
spotted seatrout. Live bait, such as shrimp or shiners,
are getting good results. And artificial like the Rapala
Skitterwalk or the Sebile Stickshad are catching fish. If
fishing artificial, Oldham suggests fishing low-light con-
ditions early morning or sunset.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters
says this past week has been action packed, resulting in
some excellent catches of spotted seatrout, redfish and
catch-and-release snook.
Spotted seatrout were feeding with vigor, chewing
on the shiners this past week, including some catches
measuring up to 27 inches.
Redfish were more scattered, but still providing
excellent action. Howard says the reds are roaming flats
in smaller schools, feeding on the moving tides.
He says to look for the snook up in the mangrove
bushes on a high tide and following the tide as it runs off
the flats.
Shiners have been easy to find, and many of the tra-
ditional bait spots are holding bait. "Use caution in over-
loading your live wells, as the summer heat will stress
your bait, resulting in a loss," Howard says. Look for the
bait game to only improve as the hatch from June grows
to the more preferable 3-4 inch size.
Looking forward, low tides in the morning hours will
lead fish to the potholes and edges and away from the man-
groves. "Some excellent opportunities will present them-
selves with the low-water periods," Howard predicts.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is
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After snapper fishing, Johnston is moving to the lush
grass flats of the bay in search of spotted seatrout. Again,
Johnston is using small live shiners to entice the bite. For
i i''inii'. Johnston is either free-lining shiners or using a
popping cork with a couple of feet of fluorocarbon leader
under it. Either way, Johnston is producing good numbers
of trout averaging 18-23 inches.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business is working the
back country of south Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound
with good results. Adding variety to the spots he fishes
allows Gross to bring numerous species back to the fillet
To start, Gross is fishing shallow grass flats adjacent
to mangrove shorelines in search of redfish and catch-
and-release snook. Free-lining shiners over the flats
and under the mangroves is providing Gross' clients the
opportunity to catch numerous slot-size redfish. The same
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Bsla d Biz

By Rick Catlin

AMI chamber inaugural

biz expo a success
The inaugural Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Business Expo Aug. 21 at CrossPointe Fellowship
in Holmes Beach turned out to be a great success, said
chamber president Mary Ann Brockman.
"We had about 40 vendors and several hundred
people visited the show. A lot of people commented
they'd like to see one next year," she said. "I think it
was very successful."
The expo allowed businesses to display their prod-
ucts and services as chamber members and guests strolled
through the church's meeting hall.
"It was a great way to meet a lot of people," said Don
Schroder of RE/MAX Alliance. "I made some very good
contacts from the people there."
Likewise for Amy Welch ofAcqua Aveda Salon.
"This was a great idea. We got to showcase a lot of
our products and services," Welch said.
The expo also included seminars by industry experts
on the use of tl.lhnibolo'\ by a small business, how to
market a business and how to retain customers.

Got breakfast?
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
welcome guests at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, to celebrate
an open house and ribbon-cutting for one of its newest
members, Fastsigns.
The 5-7 p.m. Fastsigns party is for chamber members
and guests, and RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.
Refreshments and light bites will be served.
Fastsigns is at 4874 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, at
51st Street and Cortez Road in the Pinebrook Shopping
The September breakfast networking event of the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is set for 7:45
a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Gulf Drive Cafe
and Tiki Bar, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 for members and $10 for
non-members, and reservations are requested. Members

Banana Cabana will host
Labor Day eating contest
The Banana Cabana Caribbean Restaurant and Grill,
103 N. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, will hold its inau-
gural hot dog eating-contest at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3,
and owner Chris Smargisso is looking for contestants.
"There is no charge to enter and the hot dogs are free.
In fact, everyone at the contest will get a free hot dog,
whether they enter or not," he added.
The contest is open to everyone, and there are no
separate categories for men and women, or by age.
The rules are simple Smargisso said.
"Eat as many hot dogs as you can within a 10-minute
time frame and you win the trophy and as many hot
dogs as you want to take home," he said with a laugh.
Contestants are asked to pre-register by calling the
restaurant at 941-779-1930, obtaining an entry from the
restaurant, or by sending an email to bigsmar@comcast.

are encouraged to bring a guest. "We're hoping for a really big turnout, and we'd love
For more information, call 941-778-1541. to make this an annual event," Smargisso said.

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The fourth annual Longboat Key/Lido Key/St.
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business expo will be held 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5,
at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota.
The networking event is co-sponsored by the Lake-
wood Ranch Business Alliance, the Gulf Coast Latin
Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce and the Dining Partners of Visit Sarasota
Refreshments will be served courtesy of the expo
restaurant partners and there will be a cash bar available.
The first 500 people to attend will receive a goody bag.
Cost of the expo is $8 in advance and $10 at the
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 29, 2012 0 27

TDC reinforces island's brand: 'Quaint, quiet atmosphere'

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It's no secret that many people on Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key are worried that the old Florida charm
of the barrier islands is gradually disappearing.
Take into consideration the limits put on rental
restrictions in the state statute passed June 2, 2011, and
there's a real concern about tourism, said Ed Chiles at the
Aug. 20 Manatee County Tourist Development Council
Chiles' comments followed the presentation by
Walter Klages of Research Data Services, the company
hired by the TDC-operated Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau to compile area tourism data.
Klages said area tourism has done incredibly well in
a down economy.
For the first six months of 2012, he said, tourism was
up 6.5 percent compared with the same period in 2011.
Chiles said this shows that even with the slow econ-

Next, Gross is moving to deeper grass flats in search
of spotted seatrout. By chumming with live shiners, Gross
has a target as the trout come to the surface to feed. By
sight casting, his clients are reeling in limits of spotted
To finish out the day, Gross is anchoring over small
structure and wrecks in the bay to find mangrove snapper
and macks. Keeper-sizes of both species are being caught
on live and fresh-cut shiners.
Capt. Warren Girle also is fishing the grass flats of
Sarasota Bay in search of the bay trio, redfish, spotted
seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Using live shiners,
Girle is catching some of all three, depending on where
he is in the bay.
For the spotted seatrout, Girle is finding grass flats
with a depth of 3-5 feet. Next, he finds the sandy potholes
that are scattered throughout the flat. Once he finds one
with trout in it, he anchors and chums with live shiners.
Girle's clients are then casting free-lined shiners, which
are resulting in trout up to 26 inches.
For the reds and catch-and-release snook, Girle is
fishing slightly shallower water. Again, he's chumming
with live shiners to get the fish in a feeding mood. On
the high tides, Girle suggests fishing along mangrove
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers is seeing a variety of spe-
cies being caught both day and night. Pier fishers are
having good results on migratory and reef species.
To start, the early morning mackerel bite is in full
swing. Pier fishers using live greenbacks under a pop-
ping cork are catching macks in the 20-inch range.
Those opting to use artificial, such as Gotcha plugs or
silver spoons, also are catching good numbers of these
high-speed predators. While targeting macks, expect to
encounter jack crevalle, ladyfish and, possibly, bonito.
If you're fishing for something to put on your dinner

omy, people are satisfied with their vacations on Anna
Maria Island, with getting value for their dollar.
"But we don't want to lose site of that ambiance, the
beaches, the clean water. We don't want to go into the
tank," he said.
If you do, added Klages, "You become what I call
the other Florida." The other Florida, said Klages, are
those tourist destinations in the state dotted with 30-story
condominiums and hotels.
"You have a quaint, quiet atmosphere and that's your
brand," Klages said.
"Above all else," Chiles said, "we have to protect
that. Otherwise, we're just like everybody else."
Where else can an actress such as Cameron Diaz
come for vacation, Whitmore said, and not be recognized
and bothered by people.
Diaz, whose father is originally from Tampa, has
been known to visit the island and has relatives in Anna
Maria, Whitmore noted.

plate, try live bait fishing for gag grouper and mangrove
snapper. Both species are taking up under the pier and
around the artificial reefs that surround the pier. Live
greenbacks will work for the snapper, and if you're in
search of grouper, try using a live pinfish.
Finally, night fishers are catching good numbers
of shark. Bull, blacktip and nurse sharks are the usual
suspects at the pier. Any chunk bait the favorites are
mackerel, bonito and stingray wings fished on the
bottom should get a bite.
On a final note, we heard last week the reports of
a giant mysterious fish pictured this week being
caught off of the city pier.
According to Dr. Bob Hueter, director of the National
Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in
Sarasota, the fish is "a good-sized smalltooth sawfish (Pris-
tis pectinata) whose saw (rostrum) has been cut off.
Hueter says the saw is a prized collector's item, and
people think it's OK to cut off the saw and throw the fish
back. But the sawfish, a type of large ray related to sharks,
need their saws to feed, according to Hueter, and "the
sawfish in the photo looks a bit skinny, suggesting that it
might be having some trouble getting enough food."
Hueter reminds us that "this animal is an endangered
species, and any handling or harassment, much less muti-
lation or killing, of this protected species can bring severe
federal and state penalties."
Hueter says if you're fishing the pier avoid catch-
ing this or other sawfish and, if caught, release the fish
He says to cut the leader as close to the hook as pos-
sible if you can't remove the hook itself. Never remove
the saw.
For more information, go online at http://www.flmnh.
ufl.edu/fish. To report sawfish sightings, email sawfish@
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

"She told my friends who talked with her on the
beach one day that she loves it here because she looks
just like everybody else. She comes here because of the
way we are," Whitmore said.
To lose Anna Maria Island to developers, builders
and partygoers would destroy the "bread and butter" of
the area economy, she added.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen, a TDC
board member, agreed. The island cities are in a tight
spot to slow development and halt the influx of the party
"We have our issues in Holmes Beach, but we are not
anti-tourist. We just want to maintain our tourist market,
what we have, our brand of being a quaint, old Florida
island," said Peelen.
That's why it's important to focus on developing
tourism in other areas of the county, said BACVB sports
director Joe Pickett. He said the growth of sporting events
coming to the Bradenton-Sarasota area is phenomenal.
"We're having back-to-back-to-back events coming
up," he said.
This includes the United Soccer League holding
seven major events between now and December. He
anticipates about 7,000 people for each tournament,
people who will need accommodations.
Pickett also said he has the national figure skating
qualifying tournament scheduled for the ice rink in Ellen-
ton and 46 other sports events are planned during the next
four months, including 10 in Sarasota County.
BACVB executive director Elliott Falcione sug-
gested a bi-county committee could collaborate on
bringing sporting events to the area and give everybody
a "heads-up" when a major event is coming, even if it's
a year away.
Falcione also mentioned the "rebranding" of the con-
vention center, which takes place Sept. 12, but he assured
islanders in the tourism business that the "rebranding"
will focus on convention center business, getting a major
hotel built adjacent to the convention center, the opportu-
nities to hold major sporting events in the bi-county area
and bringing more overseas visitors looking for the peace
and ambiance of the area.
Marketing director Deb Meihls assured attendees the
rebranding is intended to market all of the Bradenton
area and "protect the character and authenticity of the
If the BACVB "screws this up, people will go else-
where, so when we show the brand, everyone needs to
back this and support it," she said.

Island real estate transaction
reporter Jesse Brisson noted this
week that transactions were not
available for his report on Friday.
His report will return in the next

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$349,000. Fabulous, newly painted, 3BR/2BA, lake-
front, pool home in Perico Isles. Only minutes from
Floridas most beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island.
Many upgrades in March 2012, new pool heater,, new
pool cage, new hardwood floors, new washer-dryer, 5
new TVs, new ceiling fans and new dishes in kitchen,
all included. Maintenance-free community offers gym,
tennis courts, pool and clubhouse. Enjoy nearby Rob-
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ing. Call today, 941-447-1506.

$375,000. If you're dreaming of a beautiful home, you'll
enjoy Florida living at its finest in Palma Sola Sound,
offering 3BR/2BA in an easy flowing floor plan. Relax
and appreciate the tranquil view from the backyard.
Solar and pool heating system, travertine pool deck.
This elegant turnkey home is ready for your family's
full enjoyment. Located close to Robinson Preserve,
Palma Sola Harbor, near private A-rated schools, and
only minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches on
Anna Maria Island. Call today, 941-447-1506.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
SFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
778.1345 Hauling tree trimming
11Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

\ Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
SCarpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
I References available 941-720-7519

Marble & Granite Inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
tez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

"Movers Who Core"

Windows & Doors

941-7305047 545

SPA FOR SALE: 6x6-foot, six-person, three
years old, well-cared for, $1,400. 941-447-

(installation instructions included), excellent
condition, $100. Anna Maria Island. Call 305-
607-0329. Great buy!

bottles, $50. Slow cooker, 5.5 quart, manual,
cookbook, $10. Marion, 941-761-1415.

POOL STEPS, 3-up, $50, mulch barrel, cedar
base, turns, $25, Easy-Fold high chair, vinyl,
$25. 941-778-2901, leave message.

ROUND PATIO PVC-pipe table with four chairs,
$30 or best offer. 941-567-4203.

SKIL SAW: 10 inch, portable stand with extra
blade, seldom used, $50. 941-778-5665.


MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at dis-
counted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collec-
tion $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs,
collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com

Individuals may place one free ad with up to
three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words
or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
online. Email classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please
call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadei-
lutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of
Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org,
urgently needed for local representatives to aid
homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.
com. Discoverannamaria.com.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for
boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Pick up at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.

More ads = more readers in The Islander.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Closed in August, but
accepting donations 9 -11 a.m. Wednesday.
Store reopens in September, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Sat-
urdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-

FIRST-EVER SUMMER clearance sale: 11
a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Aug
30-31 and Sept.1. Already low-priced mer-
chandise will be buy one item, get one free
of equal or lesser value, except furniture.
Giving Back, the shop where all proceeds are
donated to charitable causes. 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Owner, Susan Thomas,

FOUND: DUFFEL BAG with fishing equipment,
Sunday, Aug. 12 at Rod & Reel Motel, call to
identify. 941-778-2780.

LOST: SILVER WEDDING ring and band while
fishing on Holmes Beach. Please, call 941-
201-5515, if found!

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, 941-720-1411.

ing for great new homes or fosters. Larger
dogs. Please, call for information, 941-896-

FOR SALE: 1994 Mazda van, automatic V-6,
power windows and locks. Cold air condition-
ing, good condition, $2,900. 941-778-6464.
2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only one-
year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.

BOAT DOCK FOR rent: 85th Street and Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. $150/month, available
immediately. Call 941-243-0432.



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removed, monthly contracts, local. 941-792-
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing-stand on the side without tipping,
go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for
anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001
25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,

ferred. Care for an active paraplegic women.
Also need to help in the housekeeping. Must
like little dogs. Both day and night shifts avail-
able. Fingerprinting and background checks
will be required. Please, call 941-795-1603 or
real estate licensee for busy Island office.
Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood
development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
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

shop, appointments, four hours minimum.
References, 28 years experience. Diana, 941-
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-
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, 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.
Island resident, references. The Flying Dutch-
man LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior,
carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on
your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to
dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to
the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates.
Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
Doors and windows, impact rated screen
installs easily on inside, see-through, leave-
up. Free estimate. Registered and insured.
Island discount. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-

September summer rates. Tampa and St.Pete,
$70, Sarasota, $30, local on-Island, $15 flat
rate. Mike, The Island Guy, 941-730-8803.

Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals
our specialty. 941-778-3046.

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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn-:, 'I:l .I li Sat.

Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

rN: .:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, f '
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Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301.

and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

TIM'S LAWN Care: Light hauling, most lawns,
$25. Call 941-807-2537.

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
Call 941-807-1015.

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TWO BEACHFRONT HOMES. Great quiet side
street, two 2 BR/2BA homes located directly on the
beach. Huge patio for entertaining, garage, great rental
history. $2,200,000.

KEY ROYALE. Outstanding 5,000 SF 4BR home
with 3 full baths and 2 half-baths, two fireplaces,
elevator, heated pool, dock and loads of privacy.
Truly a gorgeous home! $1,250,000.

2BR/2BT house at south end of Island. Unob-
structed view will never change. Direct beach views.
Mike 800-367-1617
Norm an 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
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$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.

and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and
commercial. For all your landscaping needs.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handy-
man, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack
of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-

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2BR/2BA Gulffront turnkey
condo. $519,000. Call Realtors
Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415, or
Carmen Pedota, 941-284-2598.

Rare buildbable lot in exclusive
Harbour Landings Estates.
$199,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker, 941-773-3966.


Bayfront 3/2 with beautiful
updates. Easy to see.
$317,000. Call Josh Petitt,
Realtor, 231-330-2083.

3BR/2BA updated, light and
bright. Fenced yard. A steal at
$105,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker, 941-773-3966.

Pretty Gulf views from light, 6BR/4BA, boat lift and
bright, updated 2BR/2BA dock. Newer construction,
condo. Turnkey furnished, spectacularbayfront.$749,000.
priced to sell at $285,000. Call Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415
Call Nicole Skaggs, Broker, or Carmen Pedota, 941-284-
941-773-3966 2598, Realtors.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289

stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured.

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

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-

homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo,
1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-
794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo.
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi,
tennis. Boat dock available. $1,795/month,
yearly, $3,400/month seasonal. Call 818-620-

ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-

AUGUST SPECIAL: 2BR canalfront with boat
slip, turnkey furnished with utilities, $499/
week. 941-538-8622.

pool. September, October and November dis-
counts available. 941-795-3778.www.perico-

able 2BR/1 BA, three-day minimum, 100 feet
from Gulf. Email: Mememersh@aol.com for

Jesse 9 Biion 4 r4 -ssociate, GJ
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

turnkey condo with good rental history. Pool,
tennis, covered parking, bay access, water
views, elevator, future bookings, and new
A/C and new roof are just some of the fea-
tures of this condo. Just bring your flip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.


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CUTE OFFICE FOR rent: 315 58th St., Holmes
Beach. 941-794-8202.

2BR/2BA, lanai, fully applianced, carport, pool,
spa, tennis, new clubhouse, fitness room.
$1,100/month. Call 603-969-6840.
tage. Washer and dryer, central air condition-
ing, $615/month. Call 941-545-9025.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 1BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

FOR SALE BY owner: Canal home in Bay
Palms community, Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA,
1,818 sf, well, garage, new seawall and cap,
large lot (almost 11,000 sf). $525,000. 519
72nd St. 863-660-8366.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-

CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending.
Call 941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hot-

ton Beach. Excellent investment income.
$259,000. By owner, 941-962-8220. www.

FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA, beautiful
canal condo in Runaway Bay provides the
peace, quiet and serenity desired for "Island
time." Tastefully furnished, totally updated.
Pool, tennis court, fishing pier, steps to beach,
$289,000. 847-308-2366.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal home for sale by
owner. 3BR/2BA home on large 10,000-plus sf
lot. 1,818 sf home with garage, terrazzo floors
and enclosed porch. 519 72nd St., Holmes
Beach. $525,000. 863-660-8366.



Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.

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'OH, REALLY?' By Freddie Cheng / Edited by Will Shortz











1 Polo need

7 Some ballroom

14 Go by again

20 Figures in TV's "V"
21 Acid, e g
22 One-two wager

23 Ultranationalism?

25 Sunday best

26 Keep on hand
27 View from une
chalet, maybe

28 Reforms?

29 Scream, so to speak

31 Gray shades
35 Mil stat

36 Dame Everage
39 "Thriller" Grammy

44 Appear that way
46 Zero

47 More than dislike

48 Speed at which the
apocalypse is

51 Having allegorical

56 43-Down follower

57 Brought in
61 Gold-compound salt
62 Balkan native


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64 Obsessive
compulsive soap
66 Source of indigo
70 Kate who married a
73 Classic Jags
74 Big gambling loss in
the Biggest Little
City in the World?
77 Venetian strip
80 Louis Armstrong
played one
81 More gung-ho
84 Excitement
89 Former Treasury
secretary Paul and
former Yankee Paul
91 Bad precept for U S
foreign policy?
93 Spa item
97 L-P center
98 Non compos mentis
99 Not a happy ending
on the yellow brick
105 Choice word
106 "Are you out?"
107 Do a hula, e g
108 Swerve
110 Goes (for)
112 Nastily slander
116 Wrong
120 What a chair may
121 TV detective with
his unbalanced
125 Solemn pieces

126 Like the Boston
Tea Partiers
127 Whence the phrase
"Beware of Greeks
bearing gifts"
128 Opposite of
129 Big name in pasta
130 Curses out?

1 Some mil brass
2 Settled down
3 Lead-in to type
4 Bikers'woes
5 Japanese mushroom
6 J F K search party?
7 Clandestine group
8 Link letters
9 Joint concern
10 Opposite of flat
11 Part of a bray
12 Santa
13 Dump
14 Dump
15 Red-letter word
16 Article of apparel
that's not made
where you might
17 Like CH3CO2H
18 Run
19 Asserts something
24 Plaster support
28 1980s New York
30 Peter of "The Last

32 Part of some e-mail
33 Radar anomaly
34 Class action grp 9
36 Spanish 101 word
37 Many-layered
38 "Little" comics boy
40 Rear
41 J'adore perfumer
42 Perennial succulent
43 Religious figure
45 Sandbox frequenters
49 Manhattan Project
50 Jazz vocalist Shaw
52 Antelope related to
the gemsbok
53 Cram
54 "Am __only one?"
55 Mitt Romney and
others, once
58 Pizzeria order
59 "The Lord of the
Rings" tree
60 U K mil
63 Con
65 China's Zhou
66 With the bow, in
67 Really bright
68 Memo intro
69 Blonde Anderson
71 Appropriate
72 Death Row Records
75 Chap

87 A long time
88 Big vein
90 Some Blu-ray
92 Louis XIV, for one
94 Wreath source
95 Solution reaction
96 Miss's partner
99 It might result in a
100 Tchaikovsky's
"Eugene _"

101 Bag handlers
102 House of
103 Broadway smash
starting in '87
104 Pizzeria need
109 Chart holder
111 Spark, so to speak
113 Consort of Zeus
114 Big oil exporter
115 Mini's counterpart
117 Summer cooler

118 Record problem

119 Lays the
groundwork for?

121 Half a laugh

122 New element in
each of this
puzzle's theme

123 Geog abbreviation

124 Tiny application

76 "Finallyl"
78 Like election laws,
79 Ugly one
82 Watson of the Harry
Potter films
83 Musical with the
song "Seasons of
85 Sabotage
86 Dump, say