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By Mark Young
Past firings and a gruesome discovery of
preserved human organs found in a Pensacola
storage unit last week have raised concerns
regarding Dr. Michael Berkland's involve-
ment in the investigation of the 2009 death
of 22-year-old Sheena Morris at a Bradenton
The storage unit previ-
S- .- ously belonged to Berkland,
but the unit at Uncle Bob's
Self Storage in Pensacola
was auctioned to the highest
bidder for nonpayment by
Morris Berkland. The new owner
was sifting through items
when he reported to investigators that he was
overwhelmed by a strange odor.
He found a 32-ounce drinking cup con-
taining a human heart and leaking formalde-
hyde. Investigators from the Pensacola Dis-
trict 1 Medical Examiner's Office also found
hearts, lungs and sections of brains being
preserved in everyday household plastic food
containers in the storage unit.
Previous to the gruesome discovery, Berk-
land played a pivotal role in the decision by
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
to review Morris's death.
Morris was found dead New Year's Day
2009 in her BridgeWalk Resort bathroom,
hanging from a dog leash in the shower. The
case was initially ruled a suicide after the Bra-
denton Beach Police Department and Manatee
County Sheriff's Office found no evidence of
Most beach 1
By Rick Catlin
Tropical Storm Isaac appears to have done
Sh a good deed for Anna Maria Island.
8 Sand on Anna Maria Island beaches is
now "about 99 percent of what is was before
20 Tropical Storm Debby," said Charlie Hun-
sicker, Manatee County Natural Resources
own. Department director.
TS Debby made a glancing blow on Anna
Maria Island in late June.
BiZ He said he reviewed the island beaches
following the passage of Isaac and found
re 23 "The canals of water created by Debby
along the beaches have been filled in and
much sand has been added. It's also smooth
j& sand," he said.
Problems with erosion, however, remain
at several Coquina Beach groins and at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach
turtle nests, 330false
crawls, 50 hatched
nests, 3,135 hatchlings
to the sea and 9
of Aug. 31.
"But those are always tough locations to
keep sand," Hunsicker said.
He said it might be possible to get money
for immediate beach nourishment at Coquina
Beach under a Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency funding plan.
Additionally, Hunsicker has hopes that
Kelly Osborn, mother of S-h, ni Morris, 22,
found dead in 2009 in a Bradenton Beach
motel, pickets Aug. 16 in front of Bradenton
Beach City Hall. Osborn hired Dr. Michael
Berkland to investigate her daughter's death,
once ruled a suicide. Berkland now is under
scrutiny. Islander Photo: Mark Young
In 2011, Berkland was hired by Morris'
mother, Kelly Osborn, to further investigate her
daughter's cause of death. Berkland determined
from photos of the crime scene that it could have
been staged to look like a suicide. It was his
opinion that swayed the medical examiner to
change the cause of death from suicide to unde-
But that opinion is being questioned after last
week's discovery and new information that Berk-
land has twice been fired from medical examiner
jobs, including a 2003 dismissal from the Pensa-
cola District 1 Medical Examiner's Office, which
now is involved in investigating the macabre dis-
covery in Berkland's storage unit.
Berkland was fired for not completing
autopsy reports properly and accurately. He was
fired for the same thing in 1996 as a contract
medical examiner in Jackson County, Mo.
He began a private practice after being fired
from the Pensacola office, conducting private
autopsies. It is unclear if any of the organs that
were discovered belonged to the deceased indi-
viduals Berkland was hired to investigate.
The Pensacola office is investigating that
possibility, and law enforcement officials are
determining if any criminal acts may have
occurred, but no charges had been filed as of
The Islander press time.
But for those who first investigated Morris'
death, the impact of last week's find and the
information regarding Berkland's employment
history is clear.
"I'm very concerned about this because
this is the 'expert' that convinced everybody the
crime scene was staged," said Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale, whose department
has taken criticism from Morris and her support-
Osborn has accused BBPD of reaching the
wrong conclusion through poor investigative
"They have been telling us for three years
that he's an expert to base facts on, and here he
PLEASE SEE MORRIS, PAGE 2
)st to Debby revived by Isaac
some of the funds Manatee County eventually The BP funds can be used for certain proj
obtains from the BP oil spill settlement might ects and the Florida Counties Association i
be used for emergency beach renourishment, but recommending each of the 23 Florida counties
that's a long way down the road, he added. receiving BP money form a disbursement corn
"It is an option, but something we'll need mittee to prioritize those projects.
to get public input for," he said. See more on Isaac, pages 2-3.
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MORRIS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
is falsifying documents," said Speciale. "This guy's word
is totally discredited."
Special said he was stunned at the turn of events,
"But I'm sure we will find out more in the coming days.
The basis of his opinion is what started this and he has
Special said the Pensacola investigation won't
change FDLE's review process of the Morris case.
FDLE sealed the case file last month and is assembling
a team that is expected to begin reviewing the case next
"FDLE is not using his opinion in their review," said
Special. "It was Berkland's opinion that is the basis of
this process, but his opinion has no credibility. FDLE will
base their review solely on the facts of the case."
Osborn retains confidence
Osborn said she previously knew of Berkland's
With the exception
of the BeachHouse
Coquina Beach in
Tropical Storm Isaac
restored much of the
beach sand eroded
by Tropical Storm
Debby earlier in the
hurricane season. .-
The area by the
restaurant is always
a problem for ero-
sion, according to
director Charlie .
Hunsicker of the
Islander Photo: Rick
employment history and now has been made aware of
the discoveries in his storage unit, but neither has caused
her confidence in him to waiver.
"We did know about his background when we
checked him out before hiring him," said Osborn. "We
looked at both sides of the story and we believed his
dismissals were politically motivated, as he has stated in
Osborn said the recent discovery of organs in Berk-
land's storage unit took a little more time to digest.
"I had to let the news sink in for a day," she said.
"After thinking about it, I feel bad for the families whose
family members may have organs in that storage unit,
but it's no different than my daughter's body parts rot-
ting away in the Bradenton Beach Police Department's
non-climate controlled evidence room."
Morris' fingernails were clipped at the crime scene
and retained as part of the case file. Osborn believes her
daughter was murdered and has questioned why Morris's
fingernails have not been tested for DNA.
\ly understanding is that Dr. Berkland used
organs in his teaching, as well, which is why he had
them stored," she said. "At this point, I have no reason
not to believe he is a professional criminal pathologist
and what has happened hasn't changed my opinion of
him, and hasn't changed the fact that my daughter was
Osborn did not receive the news FDLE was review-
ing her daughter's case with much enthusiasm. She said
previously that a review is not an investigation, but she
said that's not why she's frustrated.
"I'm frustrated with the lack of communication from
FDLE, and the Bradenton Beach Police Department,"
she said. "There has been no communication at all. Chief
Special made a comment he won't talk to me because I
berate him. That is absolutely not the case. I am capable
of having an adult conversation when it comes to my
Osborn said BBPD is incapable of handling a homi-
cide investigation, "but Dr. Berkland is a criminal pathol-
ogist and is qualified to make this determination. And the
fact hasn't changed that three other pathologists agreed
with Dr. Berkland's findings."
Three forensic experts were contacted by Berkland
to review the crime scene photos.
Berkland's attorney, Eric Stevenson, told the Sara-
sota Herald-Tribune that Berkland's storage of organs
is no different than a lawyer storing case files. The only
difference, he said, was the differences in profession and
that this incident has no bearing on the Morris investiga-
As of press time for The Islander, Stevenson did not
return Islander requests for an interview.
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The red flag on the lifeguard tower at Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach Aug. 25 warns beachgoers of
then-Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm bypassed Anna
Maria Island, but still brought high winds, rain and
surf to the area. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, enjoy the wind and Storm Isaac's presence in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 28.
waves as then-Tropical Storm Isaac churned Aug. 29 in Isaac provided several days of top surf conditions in its
the Gulf of Mexico. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell wake. Islander Photo: Mark Young
Ready-made sandbags and make-your-own sup-
plies await residents at Anna Maria's Bayfront Park.
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Anna Maria stocks up for Isaac sandbaggers
By Rick Catlin Anna Maria residents were prepared for Isaac, which
Islander Reporter at one time was forecast to strike Tampa Bay.
Wnna Maria had its share of sandbaggers and not McKay said that during the days when Isaac was
Golfing variety in the days leading up to Aug. forecast to head toward Florida's west coast, he had 1,500
d the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac. sandbags and a large stock of sand.
publicc works superintendent George McKay said he Even then, he had to bring an additional 2,000 sand-
ot want to be caught off-guard, so he arranged for a bags late in the week to the park to keep up with demand,
supply of bags and made them available to residents but by Aug. 25 the sand and sandbags were gone.
north end of Bayfront Park before the passage of "Not knowing what is left in this hurricane season, I
ordered an additional 8,000 sandbags and will be restock-
le also had more than 2,500 pre-made sandbags ing the sand that we usually get from local pool compa-
ible earlier in the summer, although only 1,000 were nies that need a place to unload," said McKay.
when Tropical Storm Debby brushed the island in He was, however, pleased with the large turnout of
residents who took precautions to protect their homes and
"Thanks to everyone for their help and support during
this event," McKay said.
The hurricane season typically reaches its peak in
storm activity on Sept. 1, and does not officially conclude
until Nov. 30.
4 E SEPT. 5, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach resident summarizes records research
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach resident Mary Buonagura has com-
piled her findings from six months of study of building
department files in a one-page memo to the city.
Buonagura was a member of the zoning-permitting
focus group headed by Commissioner John Monetti, one
of several city groups headed by commissioners that were
formed in January to address renter, construction, gar-
bage, noise and parking complaints.
The focus groups were named in February shortly
after Buonagura made her initial records request.
In a one-page memo dated Aug. 28, Buonagura sum-
marized her findings, but does not provide substantiating
evidence or a report to document her claims.
She noted that she requested an examination of the
building department's records in January and she com-
pleted her research July 10.
She called lack of code enforcement by the city
"egregious" and alleged malfeasance on the part of
Though Buonagura complimented the building
department staff as efficient and for professional and
accurate recording of "what is in each property file," she
also noted missing information on the building inspec-
"In virtually every case of records I searched," wrote
Buonagura, inspection reports were noted "acceptable,"
adding there were no comments or instructed "redos."
The inspection reports did not track with what I wit-
nessed in my drive-by site inspections, she said.
Buonagura continued, "In one case I reported a
reconfigured roof line and encroachment onto the neigh-
bor's property," adding that her report led to an almost
immediate stop work order.
In addition to looking at the files and various con-
struction sites, her research with county, state and local
codes and other public records was aimed at determining
who was at fault for homes being illegally built for eight
years, according to her memorandum.
"Clearly, the research points to an egregious lack of
enforcement by the city," she concluded.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said last week he and
public works superintendent Joe Duennes were study-
HB makes planning commission choice
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach commissioners voted 3-2 to appoint
local attorney Scott Rudacille over two other applicants
to fill a vacancy on the city planning commission.
The appointment fills the unexpired term of Mike
Snyder, who died in May. His term would have expired
in December of 2012.
In addition to Rudacille of 85th
Street, Karin Rusin of 77th Street and
Barbara Hines of 81st Street submit-
ted applications for the volunteer posi-
Commissioner Sandy Haas-
Rudacille Martens made the motion, support-
ing Rudacille, who "grew up on the
island, knows the area and is a pretty
Her motion was seconded by Com-
mission Chair David Zaccagnino.
-Zaccagnino, Haas-Martens and
Hines Monetti voted in favor of Rudacille's
appointment. Commissioners Pat
Morton and Jean Peelen voted no.
Before the vote, Morton said, "I'm looking at some-
body that is super qualified and that is Barbara Hines. I
think it would be a very bad thing to bypass the experi-
ence she has versus that of somebody a lot younger."
Peelen also voiced support for Hines' appointment,
saying she didn't know her politics, but was "blown away
by her resume."
Hines was the only applicant who spoke to the com-
She told commissioners she's been a full-time
active resident for more than 11 years. She previously
represented the city of Muncie, Ind., and its planning
commission, and wrote numerous zoning and planning
"It is important to be fair and impartial," Hines
said. "And I don't have clients who may have their own
agenda. I practiced law for a long time. I served as a judge
for a short time.
"I know the law. I own one house. I have time, and
I would like to give back to the city," said Hines.
In support of Rudacille's appointment, Monetti said
he serves on the Anna Maria Island Community Center
board of directors.
Zaccagnino added that Rudacille serves on the board
of directors of the Florida Planning and Zoning Associa-
tion, however, his online profile does not include mem-
bership in that association. It lists instead a credit for the
Florida Planning and Zoning Association under the title
"news and presentations."
After the vote to appoint Rudacille, the commission
voted to appoint Hines as an alternate planning commis-
sioner, pending a review of state law on alternates.
Holmes Beach city
Aug. 28 about her
SBe desire and quali-
1'-iicates; 1 pefications for an
P I ii I appointment to the
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IM Photo: Kathy
employees draw gifts
Gift certificates donated by merchants to recognize
Holmes Beach city employees were presented Aug. 14
following a random drawing.
Certificates were presented to:
Patty Duck, police department.
Henry Frappier, police department.
Joel Pierce, police department.
Karen Redicker, police department.
Chris Hanula, police department.
Joe Duennes, public works superintendent.
Beach Bistro, Eat Here, Acqua Aveda and Mote
Marine Laboratory provide certificates.
Holmes Beach treasurer retires
Holmes Beach treasurer Rick Ashley finishes his work
last week in his city hall office. He retired Aug. 31
after 14 years in the position. Ashley plans to relax,
travel and enjoy his retirement. Islander Photo: Kathy
ing Buonagura's memorandum.
He said because it only sets out general allegations,
without specific addresses, it was difficult to know what's
being claimed as problem properties.
Nonetheless, Bohnenberger said he is researching
the issues raised by Buonagura, and will provide a more
thorough response at a later date.
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Holmes Beach resident Mary Buonagura, right, and
architect Terry Parker work earlier this year on
research for the focus groups aimed at identifying
problems and solutions within the Residential-2 district
for the Holmes Beach City Commission. Islander
Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Anna Maria City
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.
Sept 17, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Sept. 19, 6 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., charter review committee.
Sept. 27, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Sept. 5, 5:15 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 6, 1 p.m., city pier team.
Sept. 6, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 10, 3 p.m., scenic waves.
Sept. 11, 9 a.m., planning and zoning/commission
joint work session.
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.
Sept. 20, noon, city pier team.
Sept. 20, 1 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 25, 2 p.m., land development code work-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Sept. 11, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
Sept. 11, 9 a.m., commission.
Sept. 25, 9 a.m., commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
Sept. 20, 6 p.m., district commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
Sept. 24,9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization, USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus,
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
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No interviews, no replacement yet for Kelly at center
By Rick Catlin
The search for a replacement for retiring Anna Maria
Island Community Center executive director Pierrette
Kelly continues more than four months after she sub-
mitted her resignation.
Greg Ross, president of the center board of directors,
said the executive board was scheduled to interview five
finalists from the second round of applicants on Aug.
25, but those plans were canceled due to Tropical Storm
Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center assistant
executive director Scott
Dell, left, wife \iNI,,-
non Dell and Greg Ross,
president of the center
board of directors, meet at
the farewell party held in
July for outgoing center
executive director Pierrette
Kelly. Islander Photo:
Ross said he has not set dates for the board to inter-
view the candidates or the next board
meeting, but he hoped to have the board
S- interview the five finalists within the
next two weeks. Those interviews will
be closed to the public.
Kelly submitted her resignation
Kelly in late April and planned to leave the
center by June 30. She also agreed to
stay until the board selected a replacement.
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Chief Andy Price was appointed by the executive board
to review applications for the job and submit a short list
In early July, the board rejected everyone on the com-
mittee's short list and again called for applications.
As previously reported, among the rejected appli-
cants were the center's assistant executive director Scott
Dell and board secretary Monica Simpson, and Simpson
was restricted from the executive board review.
The review committee again began the process of
reviewing the second round of applications and preparing
a new short list.
The committee has now submitted a second priority
list of five prospective candidates to the board, but Ross
said scheduling difficulties and Isaac prevented a special
meeting from taking place to interview finalists.
The board "usually takes off in August," Ross said,
and a number of board members were unavailable for a
meeting earlier that month. Then came TS Isaac.
Ross said the board officers now plan to interview the
five candidates individually, then discuss each candidate's
merits and take a vote. The name of the new director will
- hopefully be announced at the next board meeting,
probably in early October, said Ross.
The board usually meets at 8 a.m. at the community
center on the first Monday of each month, although in
September, that day was Labor Day.
Kelly resigned after more than 22 years as execu-
tive director of the community center, which is at 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
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6 E SEPT. 5, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Seeing dollar signs
A week or more has passed since county officials
announced they learned the county's share of the BP oil
spill settlement may be $3.1 million or more.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire April 20,
2010, resulted in 11 dead workers on the oil rig where
a failed blowout preventer is blamed.
The quest for compensation began before the plume
was finally capped July 15 and oil had spoiled fishing
and beaches in the northern Gulf Coast shores.
The Louisiana tourism office said some hotels were
filled with people dealing with the problem in May
2010, but none were coming for tourism. They weren't
sport fishing, buying fuel at marinas, or staying at small
motels on the coast and eating at restaurants.
BP soon gave $25 million to Florida to promote its
clean beaches, those unaffected by the oil spill.
Florida and Anna Maria Island vacation resorts and
rentals began offering guarantees for oil-free beaches.
By November 2010, the first emergency claims
were being processed, and, in April 2011, a long series
of lawsuits and legal maneuvering among BP, Trans-
ocean, Halliburton and the blowout preventer manu-
The final settlement to the Gulf Consortium has yet
to be determined, but BP has accepted a court order to
pay $7.8 billion in private claims, not including the sum
BP will pay to the five Gulf Coast states impacted by
the spill possibly upward from $10 billion.
So you can see, there's a lot at stake.
The payoff is intended to fuel future tourism.
What better way to start than to replace the Manatee
Public Beach pier lost to neglect and storm damages that
were never repaired?
The pier was removed during the winter of 2009
because of safety concerns and had been closed many
There were promises all around it would be replaced
and the county showed off artistic renderings for a 312-
foot pier and a 700-foot pier, but no funds have yet been
found to provide for the structure.
We see no better way to improve the lure of Mana-
tee County and the beach than to replace the long-prom-
ised pier and improve all the beach facilities to become
first-class amenities diamonds in the crown jewel.
For those who recall the rooftop parties and dances
at the MPB, we feel certain the county can restore what
it lost due to its negligence and storms over the many
years and make even more improvements with what
may prove to be $19 million.
Keep the promise.
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No room for residents
If anyone on Anna Maria Island needs a perfect
example of the total disregard one builder has for this
island and it's people, look no farther than the new proj-
ect in the 200 block of 65th Street.
I happen to live on 64th Street next to a rental
property owned by builder Shawn Kaleta's brother and
father. They took an old rundown, ground-level duplex
and turned it into a lovely rental that poses no problems
in the neighborhood.
But a new Kaleta project on 65th Street directly
behind his relatives' property and partly behind mine
demonstrates the disrespect Shawn Kaleta has for
people and property on this island. From what we can
determine, plans call for two six-bedroom units on this
property with two swimming pools, including tiki bars
If he will do this to his father and brother, when
will he stop? Only when he has torn down every old
Florida property on this island and made it into a tourist
community with no year-round residents.
Melissa Snyder, Holmes Beach
Published letters from the Hinelines have made it
clear to me this couple does not have the best interests
of the island at heart.
These developers and investors are like termites. If
left alone, they will systematically destroy this island.
We can try to change this by voting in the next election
for the two new commissioners and replacing the mayor.
Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman both appear to be
on the side of residents and have to be better than what we
have right now. Jean Peelen is fighting an uphill battle all
by herself and is getting no help.
I read with interest about the woman from Lakeland
who had a bad experience. She rented a home and had
15 people at a party when it was stopped at 10:30 p.m.
Maybe she wasn't advised of the curfew rules. On the
other hand, she may not have rented here if she knew
the rules in advance.
So who's wrong?
I say blame the unscrupulous rental agent who has
likely been advised to disclose only what is required
by law. Requiring owners and rental agents to disclose
regulations is not law but why isn't it, commission-
The renter says "this is a 15-person house; there
will be some noise."
Fellow residents, that is the MAIN problem: a
Residents who would not call the police before are
finally standing up for their rights. We should fine an
owner every time the police have to respond to a valid
Put that on a ballot and see what kind of vote you
Finally, at the commission meeting, Joe Varner,
a partner with Shawn Kaleta, has the audacity to say
"it's becoming a regular thing to have to apologize to
Who's apologizing to the beleaguered long-time
residents who put up with this nonsense?
Greg Paszko, Holmes Beach
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By Rick Catlin
A nationwide study of water quality at public
beaches released July 2 by the nonprofit Natural
Resources Defense Council found the quality at Anna
Maria Island public beaches for 2011 was better than
that of Sarasota County public beaches.
The NRDC report said waters off Florida's more
than 600 public beaches, the most of any state tested,
collectively ranked fifth in the nation in 2011 for best
In a breakdown by Florida counties, the NRDC
listed all public beaches on Anna Maria Island in its
"Tier 1" category. Tier 1 water is the best quality of
any water tested.
Anna Maria Island beach water quality was
ranked ahead of the water quality at the Siesta Key
public beach, which was recently named the nation's
best beach by a national travel publication.
The NRDC study, however, was not for sand
quality or ambiance, but for bacteria, chemicals and
other pollutants that can be found in the waters used
by swimmers and bathers at a beach.
The Manatee Public Beach waters on the south
end were tested 34 times in 2011 and none of the tests
found the water quality failed to meet state standards
for healthy water.
Coquina Beach (south) was tested 43 times and
never failed a water-quality test.
Siesta Key public beach in Sarasota County was
tested 56 times and on four occasions the water qual-
ity failed to meet state standards for clean water. Lido
Key public beach in Sarasota was tested 53 times and
twice failed to meet Florida water quality standards.
Venice beaches, also in Sarasota County, fared
poorly in the water quality tests of public beaches in
the two-county area.
Venice public beach was tested 60 times and 10
tests revealed excess pollutants, while Turtle Beach
in Venice was tested 57 times with six results that
contained more than the allowed pollution levels.
Water quality tests along the Palma Sola Cause-
way did not help Manatee County's overall stand-
The Palma Sola North beach waters were tested
36 times and twice the results failed to meet Florida
state standards for clean water. For Palma Sola South,
the beach waters were tested 47 times, with four test
results failing to meet the state minimum require-
Tests of water quality at Sarasota County public
beaches were considered unhealthy in 4 percent of the
tests, while Manatee County tests at public beaches
found 2 percent failed to meet state standards for
healthy water, according to the NRDC 2011 report.
Nationwide, no Florida public beach was in the
Top 12 for best water quality, according to the NRDC
report, and none were on the NRDC list of the Top 15
worst beaches for water quality.
Bathers enjoy the turquoise waters at the Manatee
Public Beach, where the quality of beach water has
been judged better than at Siesta Key, according
to a 2011 study by the Natural Resources Defense
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Headlines from the Sept. 4, 2002,
issue of The Islander
Then-Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was forced to
relieve George McKay of his duties as the city's build-
ing official after learning the Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation had denied him
a temporary license. The city temporarily would use ser-
vices of Holmes Beach's building department, she said.
McKay would remain the public works superintendent,
the mayor said.
Members of the Holmes Beach chapter of the
Sierra Club objected to a Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection permit issued to Bob Fluke so he
could build a single-family residence over wetlands he
owned on Sarasota Bay near Grassy Point if the city
were to accept Fluke's mitigation offer of $3,125. The
DEP permit also required Fluke to obtain state and
local permits. Commissioners continued discussions
to a future meeting.
The Rex Hagen Family Foundation donated
$10,000 to Holmes Beach for a proposed skateboard
park on Marina Drive just north of city hall. The Hagens
previously contributed to a number of Holmes Beach
projects, including $10,000 for irrigation and bleachers
at nearby Birdie Tebbetts Field.
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Holmes Beach planner details FAR vs. LAR ratios
By Kathy Prucnell
When Holmes Beach planner Bill Brisson came for-
ward to speak on an Aug. 28 city commission agenda
item about short-term rentals, he steered commissioners
to take a different focus on anticipated changes and
spoke mostly about possible living-area to lot-size ratio
limits on new construction.
"Let's not talk about short-term rentals," he said.
Though acknowledging they are part of the prob-
lem, he recommended a decade-by-decade study on the
problems that have been arising and the character of R-2
single-family and duplex homes.
At a city meeting earlier this month, the city planner
was asked to begin a comprehensive study to support
new measures brought forward by focus groups on build-
ing codes, rentals, zoning, permitting and code enforce-
The commission formed focus groups after residents
packed city hall chambers in November and December
with their problems about garbage, noise and parking
and also relating to construction and short-term rental
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Holmes Beach planner Bill Brisson reports Aug. 28 to
commissioners his preliminary analysis of the Residen-
tial-2 district. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Based on his preliminary research and analysis, Bris-
son said there had been "a dramatic change" in living-
Holmes Beach proposes more code changes
By Kathy Prucnell
Following citizen reports of utility theft and inconsis-
tencies in city and state dock setback regulations, Holmes
Beach city commissioners began Aug. 28 to look at more
changes to the land-development code.
A consensus at the meeting was to have city attorney
Patricia Petruff draft new rules along with those already
in the works.
Commissioners also directed the planning commis-
sion to review pending ordinances with city planner Bill
The commission consensus to regulate utility theft
comes on the heels of citizen complaints voiced by Com-
missioner Jean Peelen in her Aug. 14 "Crisis in Holmes
Petruff said if there is a pattern established, commis-
sioners might consider a revision to the city code that
"I know there have been other instances," said Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger, adding he recommended such a
regulation, but he would consult with HBPD Chief Jay
Romine and get back to the commissioners.
The proposed change in dock setback regulations
came during the commissioners Aug. 28 work session
that followed the city meeting when Commission Chair
David Zaccagnino directed Petruff to draft an ordinance
to ensure the city's dock setback regulations follow the
regulations established by the Florida Department of
The DEP requires 25-foot setbacks if a property is
65 feet wide or wider, and no less than a 10-foot setback
for narrower properties.
Commissioners asked that Petruff be mindful of
the rules already established for small properties in the
Seaside Court area of the city.
Commission candidate Judy Titsworth reported the
inconsistency earlier this year to the city and DEP due
to the construction of two docks and a dock addition on
a single property neighboring hers on Sunrise Lane.
While the 25-feet setback was not alleged as a DEP
violation against the owners, the state regulators for the
Florida Outstanding Waterways issued violation notices
to the subject property owners about illegal dock spac-
ing, noting the setback and other issues.
A proposed consent decree was reportedly close to
resolving the Sunrise Lane matter, but is still pending
agreement of all parties.
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Setting a floor-area to lot-size ratio to limit large
duplex units was a primary recommendation of the build-
ing code focus group.
In June, commissioners voted in favor of a .30
Brisson reconciled "living-area ratios" with "floor-
area ratios," explaining he regarded FAR as a measure-
ment of the total space "under roof," and the LAR as a
measurement of the space generally thought of as air-
He added the focus group recommendation to the
city appeared to use the I ing area" calculations.
Commissioner Jean Peelen, who headed the building
code focus group, confirmed that the FAR report used
In his preliminary LAR findings for the R-2 district,
Brisson used data from the Manatee Property County
Appraiser's Office and Geographic Information System
maps of the city.
He said "the changes were most dramatic from 2009
on" in what is the city's R-2 district, consisting of about
463 single-family homes and 601 duplex units.
As for single-family homes constructed from the
1920s through 2005, Brisson identified two-thirds that
range between .22-.27 LARs. Of those constructed
between 2006-2008, two-thirds were built at a .34 LAR,
and for new homes built between 2009 and 2011, he cal-
culated a .39.
He also noted an average of three bedrooms in single-
family homes before 2009, but after 2009 the average
jumped to 4.6 per home.
In 2009-2011, he said there were 15 single-family
homes constructed, seven of which had five or more bed-
With respect to duplex units, he said before 2006,
two-thirds were built with a LAR of .33 or less. For units
built between 2006-2008, he calculated a .46 LAR, and
for those built between 2009-2011, a .51 LAR.
Of 27 duplexes constructed between 2009-2011, he
had told commissioners there were five homes with six
bedrooms, but later revised that number to four.
He pointed out four duplex homes with four bed-
rooms built during this period.
The other 19 were constructed with three bedrooms
Brisson said, "The most significant changes are
between 2009 and 2011, but changes began in 2006."
He also emphasized more research results to come,
but his initial findings were given to assist commissioners
in understanding his studies and the process.
Brisson has been contracted as the city planner since
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Holmes Beach also plans pool 'slide rule' ordinance
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff drafted
a new ordinance for review by the planning commission
that may include one of the most restrictive swimming
pool slide rules in the country.
Some newer vacation homes have pool slides that
allow the users to enter the pool from the second-floor
balcony and neighbors have complained about noise and
safety issues at those locations.
Commissioner John Monetti previously was tasked
with the job of consulting a well-known pool builder as
to what constitutes a standard slide for pools as the com-
mission continued its quest to address short-term rental
problems in Holmes Beach.
"At the same time the general feeling was we didn't
want to prohibit all slides because there are a lot of fami-
lies with little kids," Monetti said.
Monetti's research found that a 6-foot-tall slide is
standard for a residential pool.
In addition, the city is looking to restrict connecting
slides and ancillary structures to second-floor porches
and encroaching on setbacks.
So commissioners next discussed grottos, fountains,
waterfalls, and how best to prohibit setback encroach-
ments. They also received their planner's input.
"As far as actual regulations of slides, we did global
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2 arrested in HB for purse-snatching attempt
By Mark Young
Two men were booked into the Manatee County jail
on felony grand theft charges after a failed purse snatch-
ing in Holmes Beach.
Mathew Foster, 24, of Parrish, and Ian Beck, 22, of
Bradenton, were arrested Aug. 25 near the 100 block of
According to the arrest report,
Foster tried to steal a purse belonging
to a woman on the beach, but was spot-
ted by the victim, who yelled "thief" and
then gave chase.
Foster dropped the purse and
Beck attempted to jump into a nearby truck
being driven by Beck, but failed to gain
entry. Beck drove away from the scene, while Foster fled
in the same direction on foot.
Holmes Beach Police Department officers responded
and observed Foster running, as well as Beck's vehicle,
which had been identified by the victim.
One officer pursued Foster and quickly subdued him
in the 4600 block of Second Avenue. A second officer
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initiated a traffic stop on Beck. According to the report,
Beck quickly implicated Foster, by saying, ly friend
took the purse."
According to the report, Beck later admitted he
brought Foster and another man to the beach to steal
Foster allegedly admitted to stealing the purse.
Upon further investigation, police learned Beck's
driver's license was suspended.
Both men were arrested on felony grand theft charges
and Beck's vehicle was towed.
The vehicle allegedly contained bolt cutters and
numerous cut locks in the vehicle. Police also found a
jewelry box containing a pearl necklace, bank cards, a
glass pipe, hammers, two syringes and a metal spoon.
Both men were booked into jail on $1,000 bond and
were scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 21, at the Manatee
County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
Beck, however, was rearrested Sept. 1 on a charge
of burglary to an unoccupied structure and his bond was
He now remains in custody.
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such," said Bill Brisson, the city's contracted planner.
He said the only ordinance found was in Fontana,
Calif., which restricted slides from encroaching into set-
"I'd say, yes, you wouldn't want any of the pool
accruements to intercede in the setbacks," Brisson said.
Commissioners agreed that nothing would be allowed
in the 5-foot setback.
"So if we pass this, what will be recorded is we will
have the most restrictive slide rule in the country," Mon-
In addition to the 6-foot maximum height require-
ment on pool slides, the ordinance includes:
Two parking spaces for each dwelling unit and one
parking space for each additional bedroom.
Four-foot fences to surround existing pools.
No pool in any front yard or facing a street.
Enclosures to baffle pool equipment noise.
Five-foot setbacks for pools, decks and ancillary
structures, such as fountains, grottos and slides.
This water slide is feature for a six-bedroom, three-
story vacation home on 66th Street in Holmes Beach
advertised online. The feature allows users to slide
from the second-story balcony into the pool. Much of
the pool, spa and water slide are in the unit's side and
rear setbacks abutting the fence.
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offering free vocal lessons Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 2, at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Braden-
ton. Islander Photo: Courtesy Diana Milesko
Chorus offers free vocal
Learn about posture and breathing, resonance,
vowels and diphthongs and other vocal dynamics in the
free sessions offered by the Magic of Manatee Sweet
Adelines Chorus of Bradenton.
The group is offering four free vocal lessons at 7:30
p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 2, at Bradenton Christian
School, 3304 43rd Street W., Bradenton.
The Magic of Manatee comprises women includ-
ing eight islanders who sing barbershop harmony, and
is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
Directed by Lois Van Beek, the local group sings for
civic, charitable, church, community and private events
For registration and information, call Ellen Linsley
at 941-778-6222 or go online to www.magicofmanatee.
Thursday, Sept. 6
6 p.m., Captain's meeting, Galati Yacht Sales
Labor Day Billfish Tournament, Galati Yachts, 900 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-
Friday, Sept. 7
6 a.m., fishing begins, Galati Yacht Sales Labor
Day Billfish Tournament, Galati Yachts, 900 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-
Saturday, Sept. 8
1-3 p.m., Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish
Tournament fishing ends 8:30 a.m. Weigh-in for dol-
phin, tuna and wahoo begins at 1 p.m. The public is
welcome. Galati Yachts, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-
Wednesday and Saturdays, 7 a.m., weather per-
mitting, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird
Monitoring, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 248-982-5600.
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 through Dec. 20, except
Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m., Make a Child Smile story
and craft hour, Tingley Memorial Library, 111 2nd St.
N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips
from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 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 boutiques. Information: 941-896-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach
St. Bernard opens religious
St. Bernard Catholic Church religious education pro-
gram registration for grades kindergarten through eighth-
grade is open.
The 2012-13 program classes begin Tuesday, Sept.
11, at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Kindergarten through fifth-grade classes will be held
3:30-5 p.m. Sixth- through eighth-grade classes will be
held 5:30-7 p.m.
Registration forms are available at the religious edu-
cation office at the rear of the church.
For more information, call 941-896-4842 or 941-
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San August hike
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Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
Sept. 13, St. Bernard Catholic Church Council
of Catholic Women season welcome meeting, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Sept. 24, 13th annual Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholar-
ships, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-224-1337 or
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 Fes-
tival, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Ken Thompson
Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Infor-
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Trial set in lottery theft, charges added
By Kathy Prucnell
October court dates have been set for the former clerk
of a Holmes Beach convenience store who allegedly stole
$2,223 in Florida lottery tickets.
Jeanna Mehrhoff, 29, of 7504 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, was arrested Feb. 1 by the Holmes Beach Police
Quick thinking halts
By Mark Young
William K. Young, 21, of Bradenton, was booked
into the Manatee County jail Aug. 26 on a charge of
felony domestic battery with strangulation.
It was quick thinking by Young's victim that pos-
sibly staved off a more severe situation.
According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
probable cause affidavit, Young and his girlfriend were
at a party on Anna Maria Island. The victim reported
she did not like Young's friends and wanted to leave.
The couple left, but Young allegedly became upset
that the victim did not like his friends. They were argu-
ing when they stopped at an island gas station, at which
time Young allegedly choked the victim.
The report states the victim remained quiet after the
initial assault, but became upset over her boyfriend's
actions as the couple was leaving the island via the
Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue.
Young allegedly reached over and put the victim in
a chokehold. The victim said Young cut off her ability
to breathe and she began to scratch and hit at his face
to try and get free, but could not.
According to the report, the victim was able to
reach the gearshift and put the vehicle into park, which
forced it to lock up and stop.
A passerby witnessed the car screech to a halt and
stopped to see what was wrong, at which time Young
asked the good Samaritan to call 911.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies
responded, and Young was arrested on the felony charge
and booked into jail on $5,000 bond. He posted bail and
was released the following day.
Young was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 21 at the
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allegations that she printed and failed
^ d < to pay for Florida lottery tickets while
S working as a cashier for two months at
Timesaver, 5353 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Mehrhoff Timesaver provided HBPD with
detailed records supporting the allega-
tions, according to the police report.
Shelly Safford, public affairs specialist with the
Florida Lottery, said that while the lottery may assist
local law enforcement in investigations, there was no
such assistance provided in the Mehrhoff incident.
The 12th Judicial Circuit Court State Attorney's
Office filed third-degree felony grand theft/embezzle-
ment charges Feb. 8 against Mehrhoff.
There have been depositions taken in the felony case,
according to Timesaver representative Mondher Kobro-
Judge Janette Dunnigan will hold a docket sound-
ing Oct. 10, and a trial is set for the week of Oct. 22 at
the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave.,
According to public defender Anne Hunter's office,
the trial will be a non-jury trial.
After posting bond and being released from the
Manatee County jail on the theft charges in February,
Mehrhoff was again arrested March 3 by HBPD. She was
stopped for driving erratically on Gulf Drive, according
to the police report.
She was charged with first-degree misdemeanor
marijuana possession in connection with a search of her
In the March 3 affidavit signed by Mehrhoff that is
filed in the Manatee County circuit court records, she
admitted that a pipe, a bag of marijuana and a grinder
found by HBPD police were hers.
A misdemeanor charge on the possession of 2.2
grams of marijuana was filed April 4.
Mehrhoff's assistant public defender, William
Sheslow, on June 6 filed a motion to dismiss the charges
as "facially unconstitutional."
Sheslow argued in his motion that Mehrohoff's
charges should be dismissed because a 2002 state mari-
juana possession law did not require her to know the
illicit nature of the crime.
A notice of hearing and status conference on the mis-
demeanor drug charges will be held Oct. 5 at the judicial
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A 27-year-old Bradenton woman allegedly blamed
being a bridesmaid for the reason she had been drinking
alcohol, which subsequently led to her arrest for driving
under the influence.
A Holmes Beach Police Department officer Aug. 24
observed Lesley Falcone driving 65 mph in a 45-mph
zone while crossing the Anna Maria Island Bridge on
The officer initiated a traffic stop but, according
to the report, Falcone continued driving for several
blocks before she stopped in the 700 block of Manatee
The officer observed Falcone placing several candies
into her mouth as he approached the vehicle and observed
Falcone "fumbling" through papers when she was asked
for her vehicle registration.
The officer, at one point, had to let Falcone know
that she had the registration in her hand as she continued
to search for it.
According to the report, the officer determined Fal-
cone's "ability to concentrate was clearly impaired."
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy also had
observed the vehicle speeding and stopped to assist the
HBPD officer. Because there was a suspicion of driving
under the influence, the deputy took over the investiga-
According to the sheriff's office report, Falcone had
trouble standing once she exited her vehicle to begin a
sobriety test. She allegedly admitted to having several
drinks and provided the deputy a reason for her impair-
"This is what I get for a being a bridesmaid," she
said, according to the report.
Falcone was arrested for misdemeanor first offense
DUI and booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,500
bond. She posted bond the same day and was released.
She was to be arraigned Sept. 24.
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Island police blotter
*Aug. 21, 100 Spring Ave., vehicle blig1.11 llh fi of
a firearm. A complainant contacted the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office to report someone entered his vehicle
and stole a firearm.
Aug. 24, 700 block of North Shore Drive, vehicle
burglary. A complainant reported someone had entered
and ransacked his unlocked vehicle, although nothing
was reported missing.
Aug. 24, 100 S. Bay Blvd., criminal mischief.
Unknown persons removed two benches from the Anna
Maria City Pier and threw them into Tampa Bay. Damage
was estimated at $100.
Aug. 23, Hammock Road, child neglect. A man
observed a young boy walking down the road in his paja-
mas. The man attempted to find the boy's family, and
having no success, he contacted the MCSO. A deputy
searched for the residence the boy wandered away from
and, while walking down the road with the boy, the family
spotted them. They said they were unaware that the child
had walked away.
Aug. 25, intersection of Jacaranda Road and
Newton Lane, information. A complainant reported a
male jumped out of the bushes and grabbed him by his
shirt, causing it to tear. The suspect fled without saying a
word. MCSO deputies searched for the suspect, but were
unable to locate him.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Aug. 25, 110 Bridge St., domestic battery. A couple
was reported to have been arguing for three hours, cul-
minating in a misdemeanor domestic battery arrest in
the parking lot of the Drift In bar on Bridge Street. The
woman wanted more money from her boyfriend, who
refused her request. According to the probable cause
affidavit, the woman began to hit, scratch and bite her
boyfriend. Bradenton Beach Police Department officers
observed two scratches on the man's neck and a bite mark
on his arm. The woman was arrested.
Aug. 28, 200 Bridge St., property damage. BBPD
responded to a boat striking the Historic Bridge Street
Pier after it broke from its anchor in Sarasota Bay. The
boat was towed. Police report the collision caused an
estimated $1,000 in damage to the pier.
Aug. 29, 2400 block of Gulf Drive North, burglary.
BBPD responded to a burglary call and found a window
at the residence had been broken. A list of items valued
at $525 included two TVs, a microwave and a DVD
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Aug. 24, 4500 block of 124th Street, petit theft. A
female complainant reported someone had entered her
yard and stole a bike.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Aug. 24, 500 block of 71st Street, vehicle burglary.
Holmes Beach Police Department officers responded to
a double vehicle burglary where a complainant reported
both of his vehicles had been ransacked. Items reported
missing were two pair of sunglasses valued at $300.
While investigating, police observed a third ransacked
vehicle, but no items were reported missing.
Aug. 24, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, assist/
WMFR. A HBPD officer responded to a call regarding the
smell of propane. Upon investigating, the officer found a
propane tank had been struck and the valve was broken,
causing the gas to leak. West Manatee Fire Rescue was
called and the street was temporarily closed. The leak
Aug. 24, 100 block of 81st Street, assist/Marine
Rescue. Emergency personnel, including HBPD,
responded to a report of a 7-year-old boy who had
stranded himself about 200 yards offshore in the Gulf of
Mexico while paddle boarding. Several people, including
lifeguards swam out to the boy and returned him safely
Aug. 25, 3600 block of East Bay Drive, domestic
disturbance. Police responded to a disturbance call to find
a mother, her adult daughter and a female friend engaged
in a verbal argument. The mother wanted her daughter's
friend to leave the property. The unrelated woman told
police the mother shoved her during the argument, but
the mother denied the claim. The complainant agreed to
leave the property and domestic packets were issued to
Aug. 24, 100 block of 68th Street, alcohol/beverage
law. Police responded to a report of several people drink-
ing and swearing on the beach. Upon arrival, the officer
observed the drinking and issued citations to all parties.
One 20-year-old also was issued a notice to appear in
court for underage drinking.
Aug. 25, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. The
complainant reported he went to his girlfriend's residence
to feed her rabbit while she was out of town. Upon enter-
ing, he told police he discovered a TV valued at $200 and
a surfboard valued at $600 were missing. The man said
the TV was a gift to his girlfriend by her former boyfriend
and the complainant said he suspected the former boy-
friend in the theft.
Aug. 25, 100 block of 51st Street, theft. A woman
reported she had left her backpack on the beach while
she went for a short walk. When she returned, the back-
pack was gone. The bag and its contents were valued at
Aug. 26, 2900 block of Avenue F, criminal mischief.
Vacationers reported seven beach chairs at the property
where they were staying had been splashed by an "oily
substance," according to the report. The chairs were
valued at $500.
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 I, ,rff's Office.
To report information on a felony crime, call
Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
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MCSO now investigating AM rental property owners
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies stationed
in Anna Maria have been begun investigating rental prop-
erties in the city in search of unlicensed or unregistered
An Aug. 28 memo from Sgt. Dave Turner, head of
the MCSO substation, gave approval to Deputy Steve
Ogline to investigate suspected violators as a criminal
- felony offense if they are not registered with the
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regula-
tion as required by statute.
Ogline is using a database prepared by Anna Maria
Cortez loses member of
Calvin Edison Bell, 82, died Aug. 31. He was born
Nov. 14, 1929, in Cortez Village to Aaron Parx Bell and
Jessie Blanche Fulford Bell.
Mr. Bell was part owner of A.P Bell Fish Company
and a proud commercial fisherman. He also was an avid
collector of all things nautical. Most of his years were
spent on the surrounding waters or working on his many
boats in the village.
Mr. Bell served in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War. Upon comple-
tion of his duty, he returned to the vil-
lage and way of life he loved.
He often devoted his c ni. i\ and
vigilance toward educating Manatee
Bell County Code Enforcement officials
about the differences between salvaged
marine equipment and what the officers often considered
He also had a deep appreciation for God's many
creatures, raising greyhounds in his younger years and,
in more recent times, he fed and cared for wild birds and
Known to be strong and healthy, he was as hard
worker and could typically be found dl.,'ini' pilings
around his yard, moving nets from one corer to the other
or scraping and cleaning boat bottoms. He spent most of
his days keeping up a fleet of historic wooden fishing
When diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago, he
continued to ride his bike daily to the shoreline to keep up
with what was going on among his friends the village.
As his health deteriorated in the past month, one
family member said his dear friend Junior Guthrie told
him \ i) lthingl was going to be all right.
In good humor and like a true Cortezian, he replied,
"How ya reckon?"
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 7, at Manasota Mermorial Park in Oneco.
Calvin Bell is survived by brothers Walter, Ches-
ter and Doug and a host of family members throughout
Cortez and beyond.
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code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon that lists the
owner and/or rental agent responsible for a vacation
rental if available. Vacation rentals not in the database
will be noted by Ogline as well as other deputies and
code enforcement officers.
Rathvon said she has about 500 properties in the
database for Anna Maria vacation rentals and she expects
more to be added in the future. Anna Maria Commission
Chair Chuck Webb has said he believes there are nearly
700 vacation rentals in the city.
State-backed criminal charges can be initiated by the
state attorneys office against the homeowner based on
the MCSO report should the report show the homeowner
Calvin Bell and his boat Jewel Ann were featured in the
former Islander newspaper in 1985.
Margaret Elaine Cox
Margaret Elaine Cox, 77, died Aug. 29. She was born
July 19, 1935, in Dallas.
She was a proud fifth generation Texan and member
of the Mayflower Society.
She graduated Southern Methodist University in
1956, married Floyd DeVine Cox and moved to his
hometown of Bradenton, where she began her 35-year
career as a teacher at Anna Maria Elementary School,
Walker Junior High and Manatee High School.
She was an active member of Christ Episcopal
Church, a Steven's Minister, past president of StAnne's,
past officer of the Manatee County Republican Women's
Club, past officer of the Manatee County Historical Soci-
ety, and a sustaining member of the Junior League.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at
Westminster Towers, Bradenton.
She is survived by her husband since 2008, Robert
"Bob" Leonard; children Susan and husband Mark Schef-
fer, M.D., of Concord, N.H., and Scott and wife Elizabeth
of Schertz, Texas; stepchildren John Leonard and wife
Debbie of Palmetto, Bob Leonard and wife Mary of Pal-
metto, Laurie Kline of Anna Maria and Ron Leonard
of Bisbee, Ariz.; and grandchildren William Matheson
Scheffer, Benjamin Cox Scheffer, and Victoria Margaret
using a home or unit that is not licensed by the DBPR as
a vacation rental. Failure to have a proper tax collection
license issued by the Manatee County Tax Collector's
office is a misdemeanor governed by county law.
In a memo to code enforcement officer Gerry Rath-
von, Ogline said he started his investigations with 12
properties on his suspect list, including seven not in Rath-
These are all homes that law enforcement and code
enforcement officers have identified as possible vaca-
tion rental properties operating without the required state
Ogline plans to send the homeowner's name and
property address to the DBPR for the agency to deter-
mine if a license to use the house as a vacation rental was
"There are some others I plan to start investigating,
but I figured these 12 would be a good start," Ogline told
He said there is no indication any of the 12 suspect
properties use a local rental agency.
If any name or address comes back from the DBPR
as unregistered for a vacation rental, Ogline said he will
write a report on the violation and forward it through
MCSO channels to the state attorney's office for further
City Commissioner SueLynn, who has been advocat-
ing for control of rowdy tenants who rent from owners
who ignore established rental "best practices," said this
is a "significant first step" in getting a handle on keeping
Anna Maria a quiet and peaceful destination.
"We still have a long way to go," she said, but added
that finding unlicensed operators is a start.
The vacation rental issue came to the forefront in
Anna Maria after the Florida Legislature passed a bill
stating that cities could no longer limit vacation rental
zoning beyond previously established regulations. The
legislature required residential and rental properties be
regulated the same in the future.
Many cities were unaware of the legislation, said
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, and the statute
passed quietly before the Florida League of Cities could
organize an effort to halt the bill.
The state statute literally blind-sided SueLynn, Mayor
Mike Selby and other Anna Maria commissioners.
"I was stunned when I learned we could no longer
control our own zoning," said Selby.
SueLynn agreed: "It's like being able to build a 7-11
on North Shore Drive, or put in a pizza delivery store on
Magnolia Avenue, and the city can't stop it."
Selby is still working to have deputies issue code
violations to nuisance tenants or noisemakers.
Turner has said issuing citations is not the job of
Negotiations between city attorney Jim Dye and
Michelle Hall, attorney for the MCSO, are ongoing.
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BB asks for
By Mark Young
An attorney for the city of Bradenton Beach Aug. 27
responded to a lawsuit seeking to stop the development
of a dune and parking lot at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The city's response to the suit filed with the 12th
Judicial Circuit Court of Manatee County by Charles
Johnson of Blalock Walters in Bradenton denies accu-
sations by the three Bradenton Beach
residents who filed the suit June 4.
Johnson is seeking a dismissal.
Former planning and zoning
L board members Jo Ann Meilner and
Bill Shearon, also a former city com-
Meilner missioner, are plaintiffs, along with
Shearon's partner, Tjet Martin.
The suit asks the court to void a May 3 joint devel-
opment agreement between the city and ELRA Inc., the
HB records await
By Kathy Prucnell
The attorney for builders and owners who leveled
allegations of libel and slander against the city of Holmes
Beach earlier in the month also made a public records
request for personal emails sent and received by their
But as of Aug. 31, the records provided by Commis-
sioner Jean Peelen to the city clerk had yet to be collected
by the attorney.
Louis Najmy, the attorney for builder Shawn Kaleta,
Anna Maria Vacations' principal Joe Varner and an Anna
Maria Island coalition of property owners, first made the
request before the Aug. 14 meeting where Peelen read her
"Crisis in Holmes Beach" report.
City clerk Stacey Johnston said last week she com-
piled the electronically stored records, including those
provided on a thumbdrive by Peelen, and advised Najmy
of the $66.98 fee and that the records were ready at city
Najmy had expected the data compilation would take
a couple of weeks.
With the public records request, according to Najmy,
he's looking for misstatements of fact and violations of
law rising to the level of libel.
He said he is looking at a possible lawsuit against
Peelen and "the city as a whole" for allowing her to state
what she stated "since they were aware of the comments
before they were made.
"Both can and should be held accountable, not for
the entire report, but for those comments that dealt with
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corporate entity for Ed Chiles' BeachHouse Restaurant. hensive plan in trying to develop
The agreement calls for the construction of a 4-foot-high designated as preservation.
dune across from city hall, while expanding parking on Development of the area, the
the beach for the restaurant. ordinances. Th
P&Z recommended the city reject the agreement in begin in Octob
April, making several objections, but commissioners dis- The ci
agreed with the board and approved the project. entering the d(
Meilner, Shearon and two other P&Z members but denies all cl
resigned following the May commission meeting where violates city co
P&Z board members were accused of presenting a si,,,,,, Johnsc
"tainted recommendation based on personal bias," by ical use of the 1
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse. City attorney Ricinda the comprehensive plan, which
Perry also questioned the qualifications of P&Z board uses. It was the same argument
members in interpreting city codes, saying only people May 3 meeting, when she showed
with lettered degrees or certifications, such as city staff, showing cars parking on the be,
were capable of doing so. decades.
The three plaintiffs, represented by former Bradenton Historical use of an area,
Beach city attorney Ralf Brookes, filed a 20-point claim allowable action that supersede
against the city, citing violations of the city's compre- plan, although the number one o
pickup at city hall
inaccuracies and falsities, direct accusations and charges
without substantiation," he said.
"Freedom of expression is not unlimited," Najmy
added. "There are countervailing due process rights."
Asked if there would be any other possible cause
of action, he said, "perhaps tortious interference with
contracts," if it turns out, for example, one of his clients
had a land transaction pending and it fell through due to
publication of the report.
Najmy requested the city require Peelen "turn over
all of her records from her home computer that deal with,
arise from, or are related to her position as a city com-
missioner," including personal emails.
The request was part of an Aug. 14 email from
Najmy to city attorney Patricia Petruff that also asked
for a retraction, a public ap'olo.'y and that Peelen be pro-
hibited from reading the report.
Petruff responded to Najmy's email, saying, "I will
not be prohibiting Ms. Peelen from any action that she
feels falls within her responsibility as an elected offi-
Petruff also advised Najmy she was forwarding the
public records request to the city clerk.
City clerk Stacey Johnson also provided the records
to The Islander on request, however, neither a CD con-
taining copies of Peelen's emails nor a thumbdrive Peelen
made containing the records could be reviewed by staff
at the newspaper before press time. The documents are
in an unreadable format.
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protect and restore its beach, du
and establish construction stand
impacts of man-made structures
Johnson calls for a dismissal
ing the plaintiffs were supposed
the city "for a period of time pr
this litigation ... and, therefore.
Johnson also argues that the
tion" in interpreting and implen
argument the plaintiffs disagree
the city must abide by its own la
p beach property that is
ey say, violates the city's
e project is expected to
ty's response admits to
claims that the agreement
on also argues that histor-
beach property predates
Perry presented at the
d historical aerial photos
ach for the past several
the city argues, is an
les the comprehensive
objective of the compre-
Bradenton Beach shall
nes and natural systems
irds which minimize the
al of the lawsuit, claim-
to file a complaint with
rior to the institution of
,this lawsuit should be
e city has "broad discre-
nenting its laws. It is an
with, previously saying
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Renourished AM bayfront-city pier beach recedes
By Rick Catlin
Mother Nature apparently did her part to keep Anna
Maria from getting a citation from the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection for exceeding its permit on
how much sand could be added to the shore at the Anna
Maria City Pier in February.
After the Bimini Bay-Key Royale dredging was com-
pleted, DEP inspectors said the beach by the city pier
extended into Tampa Bay 60 feet farther than the 100
feet allowed by the permit.
Investigators also said the beach stretched some 300
feet more along the shore than the permitted 200 feet.
The beach by the
Anna Maria City
Pier is receding after
in March as part of
the Bimini Bay-Key
project. The beach
reached into Tampa
Bay around 150feet
at the time renour-
ishment was com-
pleted, but the beach
now extends about
70feet more than the
But at an April 4 meeting between city officials and
DEP investigators to discuss a possible violation, public
works supervisor George McKay and West Coast Inland
Navigation District consultant Sam Johnston both pre-
dicted the beach would erode to be within the permit
A recent re-inspection by a DEP team found both
Johnston and McKay made good predictions.
Ana Gibbs of the DEP's Tampa office said that, fol-
lowing a re-inspection, the DEP is not issuing a citation
or fine. Instead, it will require the city to prepare a new
permit application with the current beach measurements
and a complete set of drawings to "ensure better compli-
MCSO notes burglaries on rise in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
A rash of burglaries has struck Anna Maria in recent
weeks, and they're mostly occurring when one deputy
is on duty and answering another call, said Sgt. Dave
Turner, who heads the Manatee County Sheriff's Office-
Anna Maria substation.
"It's all local people, younger people. We know who
they are. They ride around on their bicycles or are on foot
late at night and know where the night deputy is, then
they find an unlocked car or house," Turner said.
Only one MCSO deputy is scheduled for the late-
night to early-morning shift, but Turner said he asked his
supervisor for additional support for those hours.
While most of the burglaries reported in August were
from unlocked vehicles, some occurred at unoccupied or
vacant homes and one was at a garage where the door
was left open overnight.
For August, Turner said he had eight reports of bur-
glary to an unlocked motor vehicle and several reports
of breaking and entering a residence.
In one vehicle burglary, a .25-caliber loaded handgun
was stolen. In another burglary, an automatic shotgun was
stolen from an unlocked truck. Turner said the shotgun
was on a storage rack in full view of the outside, and the
sliding glass door to enter the truck through the rear was
North Shore Drive appears to be a popular location
for auto burglaries, according to Turner's report, while
automobiles on Gladiolus Street, Lakeview Place and
Oak Avenue also were burglarized. Unlocked houses on
Oak Avenue also were targeted by the criminals, Turner
"Burglars are stealing guns, cash, jewelry, tools and
drugs, and most crimes are crimes of opportunity, where
a car or home is left unlocked," he said. "We only had
one burglary with forced entry."
Turner said the best advice is "Keep your car locked
and your home secure when you're away."
Investigations are ongoing and several juveniles are
Anyone with information on any burglary is asked to
call 911 or 941-708-8899. The information can be given
anonymously, Turner added.
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will provide improved protections to the environment."
The beach now extends about 70 feet into Tampa
Bay, below the DEP allowance, while the beach extends
about 300 feet on the shore, still about 100 feet more than
allowed by the DEP
McKay said he's relieved the DEP listened to what
he and Johnston said in April, to wait and revisit the
"It's always like that, even on the Gulf side. You
renourish out to 300 feet and end of up with 150 feet of
beach," McKay said.
The DEP resolution letter had not yet reached city
hall, McKay said. Mayor Mike Selby will bring it to the
city commission as soon as it's received.
BB budget public
hearing Sept. 5
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach commissioners will open the first
of two public hearings on the 2012-13 budget beginning
at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Bradenton Beach City
Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Commissioners held several public work sessions in
July with city department heads in an attempt to over-
come a $145,479 shortfall in the budget.
It's a budget that promises an employee raise and
across the board increases in department operations. It
also addresses city infrastructure needs that commission-
ers said have been neglected in recent years.
The budget process, at times, brought commissioners
into head-to-head disagreements, but continued pledges to
work together for the betterment of the city concluded the
process with commissioners in agreement on a solution.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse offered the final solu-
tions. Either pay the entire budget shortfall out of the
city's $2 million reserve fund, he said, or split the short-
fall between the reserve fund and taxpayers by increasing
the millage rate.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value on
a property. Commissioners agreed July 25 to increase
millage from 2.1359 to a tentative rate of 2.3329, which
for a property valued at $450,000 would be about $85
for a year.
After setting the tentative millage rate, it cannot be
raised, but it can be lowered before commissioners final-
ize the budget during public hearings.
The tax increase is expected to raise $75,000 and
commissioners also approved the release of $75,000 from
the reserve fund. The combined $150,000 will cover the
The 2012-13 budget calls for $2.421 million in
spending with an estimated $2.275 million in revenue,
accounting for the more than $145,000 deficit.
The first reading of an ordinance adopting the
2012-13 budget will take place at the Sept. 5 meeting,
at which time public comment on the budget will be
One more public hearing will be scheduled before
the budget is finalized.
The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
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Manatee-BP settlement amount could max out to $19M
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County officials last week learned the county
may receive $3.1 million in BP settlement funds.
But the Florida Association of Counties has revised
its estimate of Manatee County's minimum share of the
proposed BP oil spill settlement from $3.1 million to $4.8
Manatee County natural resources director Charlie
Hunsicker attended a meeting with the lead attorneys in
the suit for the Gulf states the Gulf Consortium -
against BP several weeks ago and was given the $3.1
But that was only a preliminary estimate, Hunsicker
The Gulf Consortium hired an accounting firm
to review the proposed settlement offer from BP and
reported Manatee County could expect at least $4.8 mil-
The same report said Manatee County's maximum
share could reach $19.1 million.
The final settlement to the Gulf Consortium has not
been determined, but BP has accepted a court order to
pay $7.8 billion in private claims. That figure does not
include the amount BP will pay to the governments of
the five Gulf Coast states impacted by the spill, which
could reach more than $10 billion, according to a recent
Reuters news story. There is no cap on the amount of BP
liability, a federal court has ruled.
The group of lawyers representing Florida in the con-
sortium is still in court, attempting to reach a settlement
figure before trial.
Some estimates of the settlement to coastal state gov-
ernments have been as high as $13 billion.
Florida is the only Gulf Coast state where all set-
tlement funds are being appropriated directly to the 23
affected counties. Louisiana is giving 30 percent of its
settlement to its affected counties, while keeping the
remaining 70 percent in the state treasury.
Texas, Alabama and Mississippi are planning to put
any settlement funds in the general treasury for later dis-
The federal court in New Orleans hearing the law-
suits has ruled that any funds received from the settlement
must be used by the affected governments for specific
Those include "restoration and protection of natu-
ral resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife
habitats, beaches and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast
Other allowed projects, among others, are workforce
development and job creation, coastal flood protection
and related infrastructure, promotion of tourism and the
consumption of seafood.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
who was recently appointed to the FAC committee that
will advise Florida counties on how to set up disburse-
ment accounts, said the commission has not discussed
where local settlement funds will be spent.
"We are waiting to see what the final disbursement
is and when it will be received before proceeding," she
Once the amount is known, Hunsicker said he will
meet with stakeholders to discuss potential projects.
Eventually, he hopes a working group can be orga-
nized to prioritize projects and bring them to the com-
However, Hunsicker added, it's a "long way away"
before the county receives any settlement, particularly
if BP decides to fight the Gulf Consortium in federal
"We're just going to wait and see what happens.
These are funds we never expected, so we want to manage
them wisely," he said. "And it's going to take some time
before they are used. We want as much public input and
public meetings as possible on this."
A meeting with Florida lawyers in the Gulf Con-
sortium is planned for Sept. 12 at the Manatee County
administration building, he added.
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill began April
20, 2010, on an oil rig about 40 miles southeast of New
Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.
An explosion killed 11 people and the cap on the
sea bottom to seal the pipeline failed. This resulted in an
estimated 4.9 million gallons of oil seeping into the Gulf
of Mexico before the leak was contained.
Additionally, 1.9 million gallons of oil dispersant
were dumped on the slick.
Beachgoers were out
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Public Beach, Holmes
Beach, on Sunday, Sept. 2,
as Mother Nature pro-
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SDay weekend. Manatee
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as a $19 million settle-
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Holmes Beach city ducks quack, waddle, eat well
By Kathy Prucnell
As the Nov. 6 city election approaches, Holmes
Beach City Hall could be a natural lightning rod for poli-
tics and controversy, but people-in-the-know also know
city hall attracts some quacks.
Yes, ducks are quacking around city hall.
"It's so bizarre," said code enforcement clerk Jan
Gorman. "About three years ago, they just showed up."
Four female ducks nest in the bushes and, at times,
waddle around city hall at 5801 Marina Drive, the Island
Branch Library at 5701 Marina Drive, homes on Flotilla
Drive and the gazebo on the city field.
Gorman named the white ducks Huey and Louey;
the brown, gray and white duck is Marshmellow (sic);
and the light-brown duck, Speedracer.
Speedracer often sits on a nest of eggs in the center
median of the front driveway at city hall, while the others
mingle with people going in and out of city hall.
The ducks are fed a cracked-corn mixture by duck-
loving city employees.
Gorman regularly feeds the ducks at breakfast and
lunch. On the weekends and when Gorman vacations,
other city workers volunteer to feed the birds.
"They're very well taken care of," she said.
An odd thing about the ducks, according to Gorman,
is that for the past three years they've left city hall when
the tourist season starts up in October or November.
But they'll return again in the spring, she said.
"I don't understand why they're sticking around and
Huey and Louey, two
of thefour ducks that
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why they go away," said Gorman.
"We originally had six ducks," Gorman added.
The ducks originated as pets of a resident on Sunrise
Lane, who soon learned they couldn't be contained in her
back yard, and they multiplied.
Gorman noted that one of the male ducks was killed
in traffic about two years ago. A couple months later, the
other drake was found dead near city hall.
Last week, Gorman reported another tragedy beset
one of the ducks.
She was on her way out of city hall to feed them when
she saw what looked like a black raptor with Marshmel-
low in its mouth, dt.a-iniw her around.
Responding, Gorman scared off the predator by yell-
ing and 1111I' i g i kL,, and it dropped Marshmellow and
A day after the incident, Marshmellow went into
hiding, and city hall employees debated whether the
ducks were traumatized.
"I," emphasized Gorman, "was traumatized."
A happy ending was reported the next day.
"All of the ducks are back, safe and sound," said
assistant deputy clerk Robyn Kinkopf.
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AME remembers 9/11, zeros in on Peace Day
By Kathy Prucnell
"All people have value and can add value," is recog-
nized as a core concept by the Manatee County School
Anna Maria Elementary School with the help
of"Zero," a children's book written by Kathryn Otoshi
- is helping the district communicate the concept to
students and the community as it prepares for the 11th
annual AME Peace Pole Project and International Peace
Day celebration Sept. 21.
In addition to reading "Zero" and classroom activi-
ties, AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison said stu-
dents will get a paper bracelet and be asked to write on
it one thing they can do to make the world, community
or school a better place.
Harrison said students will go to the AME ceremony
wearing their bracelets and each class will go with paper
chains. Members of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island will link the AME class chains to form a "big
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She said they might also form a peace sign.
"It's going to be a very simple event compared to last
year," she said.
People will begin gathering in front of the school,
4700 Gulf Drive, at 8:45 a.m. There will be an open-
ing bell, lighting of a candle and a flag procession in
which 108 nations will be represented, as well as a special
"It's a happy event," said Harrison. "The students
dance and sing."
Harrison, AMI Rotary Club president Lynn Zemmer,
principal David Marshall and students will speak at the
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national Peace Day in 2002 first recognized in 1981
by the United Nations when Jim Dunne of the Rotary
Club went to Harrison with a little money and a desire to
partner with the school.
Harrison researched the possibilities and discovered
Masahisa Goi, a Japanese philosopher, poet and author
whose dedication to peace and humanity inspired a move-
ment of "more than 200,000 peace poles being planted on
With Goi's message of "May Peace Prevail on Earth"
on the poles, Harrison decided to tie a Peace Pole project to
the character-building education program at AME which,
like the rest of the country, was looking to adjust after the
Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
"Just as all this was happening, there were two little
kids who were from New York City enrolling here. They
were from a school very close to the harbor, P.S. 69. They
were their kids, and now they were ours." she said. "We
wanted to connect with that school."
It was decided that rotary's funds would purchase a
peace pole for AME's first ceremony in 2002, and a peace
pole for P.S. 69.
So along with then-AME principal Tim Kolby, Har-
rison flew to New York City in April 2002 and helped
dedicate the AME-AMI Rotary peace pole at the 1,300-
"Those kids told us what they wanted," Harrison
said, pausing. "The same thing that we all want. No more
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Center readies for fall sports leagues
By Kevin P. Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center finalized
tryouts for its fall sports league last week.
The center's youth recreational soccer league held
tryouts Aug. 29-30. The players were put through a series
of drills to assess dribbling, trapping and shooting skill
level, which enable the coaches to draft equitable teams
for the challenge ahead.
This year's league will have four teams each for the
age 4-5 and 6-7 instructional divisions as well as the
11-13 division, while the age 8-10 division is set for six
teams. The 14-17 division currently managed to field only
two teams, but the Center is actively looking for a few
more players so to round up three teams for that age
The season will kick off Sept. 22 with "spirit week,"
which gets everyone players, parents, family members
and rowdy extras ready for the season.
At the spirit event, teams will play a rotating schedule
of mini games in a jamboree-style format. Here coaches
can experiment with different lineups and player combi-
nations, while the players themselves will get a chance
to test their competitive skills against another team.
Last, but not least, it gives fans a chance to show
who has the most team spirit by wearing team colors
and accessories, which, in the past, have included some
pretty wild combinations of wigs, hair color and pom-
Next up at the center will be an adult coed basketball
league, with games on Tuesday evenings starting Sept.
11, and an adult coed soccer league starting Sept. 13 and
set to play Thursday evenings.
Four teams emerged from pool play with 2-1 records
to advance to the knockout round during Sept. 1 horse-
shoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits.
In the first semifinal, the team of Hank Huyghe and
Tim Sofran defeated George McKay and Steve Gross-
man 22-9, while the second semifinal match saw Sam
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By Capt. Danny Stasny
Due to remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac, most
island fishers were forced to wait out the storm and its
Poor conditions on our surrounding waters have
made it tough to target both inshore and offshore spe-
cies. Offshore is unattainable due to high seas, while
inshore areas are disrupted by muddy water and windy
conditions. Also, during these conditions the fish seem
to bunker down and wait for better conditions to start
It's best to allow a few days to let things settle back
to normal. Once the waters clear up, the fish should be
back on their regular feeding patterns.
Out of the normal lineup of fishing reports, only one
Galati billfish tourney
A Labor Day weekend fishing tournament has been
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former Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac pushing north this
week, the fourth annual Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day
Billfish Tournament.is bound to happen Sept. 6-8.
The schedule of events includes:
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or Gotcha plugs. Live shrimp is a good bet for the man-
grove snapper and flounder. If you can catch live shiners,
it's a great bait, but may prove too hard to find.
While you are waiting for the calmer, clearer water
to return, stop by Galati Marine in Anna Maria to see the
results of the fourth annual Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day
Billfish Tournament, which was postponed until Sept.
6-8 due to Tropical Storm Isaac. The free weigh-in event
takes place beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Galati
Yacht Basin, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
Also, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission plans to meet Sept. 5-6 in Tampa to discuss
local issues including marinelife and saltwater fisheries.
The meeting, at the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W. Cypress
St., Tampa, is open to the public and begins at 8:30 a.m.
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component of a statewide anchoring and mooring pilot
Sept. 6 focuses on marine fishery issues, including
updates from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
meetings, possible changes to black sea bass manage-
ment in Atlantic waters and consideration of the creation
of three commercial license exemptions that will assist
Florida's veterans who want to enter into the commercial
For the full agenda, go to myfwc.com commission.
A final reminder: Sept. 1 was opening day for the
recreational harvest season for snook in Florida's Atlantic
coastal and inland waters. The season remains closed for
all Gulf of Mexico waters flului'nlh \Lu. 31, 2013.
It is illegal to possess or sell Gulf snook, but anglers
can still catch-and-release snook during the closure and
are encouraged to handle fish carefully to ensure survival
Visit myfwc.com/fishing and click on "Saltwater
Fishing" and "Recreational Regulations" for more infor-
mation on snook.
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SBy Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach puts biz
back on front burner
After a summer hiatus, the Holmes Beach Merchants
is back and organizers Amy Welch ofAcquaAveda Salon,
5311 Gulf Drive, and Jessica Holmes of 12th and East
on the Beach, 5416 Marina Drive, are gearing up the
merchants for fall season.
Judging by the nearly 50 people who showed up for
the Aug. 28 lunch at Eat Here to learn more about the
group, there are plenty of people looking to join to make
Holmes Beach a better business and family community,
"It was a fantastic turnout. We discussed a number
of ideas to promote a family atmosphere for the Holmes
Beach business district and came up with some great
ideas and a good strategy," she said.
One of the more popular ideas is a waterfront park
along Marina Drive by the city basin, adjacent to Wells
Fargo Bank, Welch said.
The first order of business, however, is a membership
drive, and Welch and Holmes organized one for 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 6, at Acqua Aveda.
Refreshments and appetizers will be served, while
Welch and Holmes will provide details on the benefits of
membership, the long-range goals of the merchants and
why the group is beneficial to business.
Welch and Holmes also are making an effort to get
businesses on East Bay Drive to join.
"We are all one community and we can both help
each other by working together," Welch said.
The fare-free island trolley makes it easier to market
the Marina Drive-Gulf Drive businesses with its East Bay
Drive counterparts, she observed.
Following the membership drive, Welch will speak to
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Holmes Beach commissioners at a Sept. 11 commission
meeting. She'll present views of the merchants and ask
for commission input on the proposed water park, among
other tuiio'._'lin from the merchants.
Welch is excited about interest in the organization,
particularly from plaza and shopping center owners.
"They want to help. Many have asked what they can
do. They want to see the businesses they rent to become
more successful, and that's a plus for us," she said.
She stressed the HBM is not a chamber of commerce
or competing with the chamber.
"We want to work with them," Welch said. "All we
want is to develop our business community into a walk-
able, environmentally friendly location that is attractive
to families and visitors alike."
The next HBM meeting will be Sept. 25 at a yet-to-
be-determined time and location.
For more information, call 941-807-1218, or email
myhbmerchants @ gmail.com.
Bistro gains RNC nod
The Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
recently gained mentions in USA Today and Zagat guides
- both provided to Republican National Convention
attendees in Tampa last week.
Zagat placed the Bistro under its "Best Bets" cat-
egories for both gourmet dining and view, while USA
Today noted the Bistro is among the highest-rated Zagat
surveyed restaurant in Florida.
In other news from the bistro, television crews from
the Discovery network filmed a segment Aug. 27 at the
Bistro for its upcoming premier "Breaking Amish."
The show looks into the lives of teenagers who leave
their horse-and-buggy Amish community to discover
the world outside, including Anna Maria Island and the
For more information, call 941-778-6444.
Chamber network opps
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
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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.
hold its monthly lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 5, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the lunch is $15 and members are urged to
bring a guest. Reservations are required.
The chamber's monthly sunrise breakfast is sched-
uled for 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the
Gulf Dive Cafe and Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Cost of the event is $8 and reservations are required.
Members are urged to bring a guest to the event.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
New to the chamber
New members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce who joined in August include:
Keyes Marina, 5501 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
Island Auto Repair, 5608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, Judi Rickerson.
Pirate Girl Events, 2120 Hopkins Way W., Braden-
ton, Mary Ann Zyla-Smith.
Wanna Go Charters, 1203 Casabella Drive, Bra-
denton, Chris Nelson.
Ugarte &Associates, 434 NinthAve. W., Palmetto,
MCS Nationwide, 1911 Lake Deeson Drive, Lake-
land, Floyd Baker.
Studio hosts private party
The Studio at Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, is hosting an exclusive invite
only social 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, for business
and social event, wedding and party planners.
Event planners who may not have received an invita-
tion are urged to call or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for reservations, due no later than Sept. 11.
For more information, call 941-778-8710.
Got a new business on Anna Maria Island or Long-
boat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola or west Bradenton? How
about a new product, service, anniversary, new owners
or an award-winning staff member? Call Island Biz at
941-778-7978 or e-mail email@example.com.
Mike Norman Realty
takes pride in announc-
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Andre with the agency
and wishes him fun and
success in his career.
Some may remember
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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 Established in 1983
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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SKitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
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Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
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HARRY POTTER HARDBACKS: Set of seven new
books, $70. 941-778-5665.
AIR STATION: BLACK & Decker, $15, Cuisinart
wine cooler, holds six bottles, $45. 941-761-
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-
9821. (limited time offer)
WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn
at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
CRAFTERS AND CONSIGNORS: Looking for a
place to sell your handmade items or collectibles?
No commission on sales. Small monthly fee of
$50 gets you your own space. Please respond:
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boat-
ers. 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 Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday. Donation drop-off 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wednesday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
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LOST: SILVER WEDDING ring and band while
fishing on Holmes Beach. Please, call 941-201-
5515, if found!
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs are look-
ing for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only one-
year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
BOATS & BOATING
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-
CORTEZ DIVING COMPANY: Underwater boat
maintenance, power or sail. Barnacles removed,
monthly contracts, local. 941-792-7595.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for
fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in
really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone
who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mer-
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Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street.
Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins
and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
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CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
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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 Beach.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Bathe, cook, shop,
appointments, four hours minimum. References,
28 years experience. Diana, 941-545-7114.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5
hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.
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TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
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. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
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AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION:
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U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
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THOMAS CLEANING SERVICES: For all your
cleaning needs! Reasonable rates, senior dis-
counts available. Residential and commercial.
KEY CLEANERS & Linen on Longboat Key is now
offering residential cleaning as a new service.
Call 941-383-1222 for more information.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
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I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
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an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
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commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
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TIM'S LAWN Care: Light hauling, most lawns,
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estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
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BEACHFRONT DUPLEX Exceptional views
from this ground level, 4 BR/2BA located on a
quiet side street. Beach-side porch & sundeck.
views from this
3101 GULF DR
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and ser-
Rare buildbable lot in exclusive
Harbour Landings Estates.
$199,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Pretty Gulf views from light,
bright, updated 2BR/2BA
condo. Turnkey furnished,
priced to sell at $285,000.
Call Nicole Skaggs, Broker,
MILLION DOLLAR VIEW!
2BR/2BA Gulffront turnkey
condo. $519,000. Call Realtors
Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415, or
Carmen Pedota, 941-284-2598.
3BR/2BA updated, light and
bright. Fenced yard. A steal at
$105,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
6BR/4BA, boat lift and
dock. Newer construction,
Call Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415
or Carmen Pedota, 941-284-
rIni.Ou nYr runI I
Bayfront 3/2 with beautiful
updates. Easy to see.
$317,000. Call Josh Petitt,
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units
available for office/commercial spaces from 750-
2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units
and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1 BR/1 BA over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.
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 818-620-3543.
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-
EARLY SEASON SPECIAL: 2BR canalfront with
boat slip, turnkey furnished with utilities, $499/
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ISLAND CONDO FOR SALE: 2bed/2bath
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
BEACHFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL: Adorable
2BR/1BA, three-day minimum, 100 feet from
Gulf. Email: Mememersh@aol.com for details.
ANNUAL RENTAL, PERICO Bay Club, gated,
2BR/2BA, lanai, fully applianced, carport, pool,
spa, tennis, new clubhouse, fitness room. $1,100/
month. Call 603-969-6840.
SEASONAL: ADORABLE STUDIO apartment
in Holmes Beach. Private patio and parking.
Available March and April 2013. No smoking,
no pets. $1,200/month. Will send photos. 908-
CORTEZ/SUNNY SHORES: Quaint 1 BR cottage.
Washer and dryer, central air conditioning, $615/
month. Call 941-545-9025.
3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach.
$700/week, $2,500/month. Sleeps eight, avail-
able September through June. Contact Dave,
BEAUTIFUL CONDO FOR rent: 2BR, two full
baths, furnished, ground floor. Five minutes from
beach. Seasonal $2,000/month, annual $1,200/
month plus utilities and taxes. 330-562-8945.
PROFESSIONAL SEEKS ANNUAL rental: One
bedroom, unfurnished, Anna Maria city. Non-
smoker, no pets. Call Gene, 941-713-5257.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1 BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach.
Excellent investment income. $259,000. By owner,
FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA, beautiful canal
condo in Runaway Bay provides the peace, quiet
and serenity desired for "Island time." Tastefully fur-
nished, totally updated. Pool, tennis court, fishing
pier, steps to beach, $289,000. 847-308-2366.
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