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VOLUME 20, NO. 46

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SEPT. 19. 2012 FREE


Astheworldterns look
forward. Page 6

Pier parking problems
emerge. Page 3
New business coali-
tion forms. Page 4
Keep Manatee Beauti-
ful announces awards.
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One-way traffic pro-
posed in Anna Maria.
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Cortez Bridge replacement-

rehab talks on DOT horizon

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter

Several Cortez residents reported receiv-
reports ing phone calls from excited developers and
. Page 9 contractors wanting to be a part of community
J6 Discussions regarding the possibility of replac-
*M ing the Cortez Bridge.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
11 board member Linda Molto said Sept. 10
mtjlf at the nonprofit's monthly meeting, that she
received a letter from the Florida Department
13 of Transportation asking for the community to
a sets tax consider holding a public meeting.
Solmes DOT said in the letter that a meeting of
Holmes .
residents, engineers and environmentalists
uces taxes.
15 would be prudent in discussing the possible
rehabilitation and replacement of the bridge.
Beach day The DOT letter states a project consultant
rs, funding, is being selected to determine the best options,
according to Molto.
"We've had this happen a couple of times
. Page 19 before," said Molto. "If we allow them to put
in a larger bridge, depending on the height,
S they will have to start the entrance to the
Game! bridge as far back as 123rd Street, so it would
dead-end every street in between."
Molto said she didn't know if that was
Ld B1Z still an option, but Cortez residents know their
rights as a registered historic village.
Page 23 "A federal project cannot impact another
federal project and we are a national registered
historic district, and that's how it stopped the
last time," she said. "We need to have every-
body give us input on how they feel before we
set up a meeting."
tie FISH treasurer Jane von Hahmann sug-
rs: gested contacting DOT to first determine its
rented timeline, and that no one should think con-
, 329 struction would begin any time soon.
Is, 50 "They will be doing a project develop-
?sts, 10,553 ment and environmental study first and those
to the sea studies take a long time, so I don't think any-
orientations thing is going to happen anytime soon," said
14. von Hahmann. "We have time to get a little

more information before we set that meeting,
but we should probably think about doing it
before November."
A PD&E study was reported to be ongo-
ing earlier this year, according to the Sarasota
/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.
MPO reported in January that the study would
focus on rehabilitating the 55-year-old bridge to
give it another 10 years of life, if possible.
A second $1.65 million study planned for
the 2012-13 fiscal year will consider the overall
replacement of the bridge.
A study completed in the early 1990s called
for a larger, higher fixed-span bridge, but public
outcry, as well as the impact it would have on
the historic village of Cortez, brought that pro-
posal to a stop.
DOT announced a new study in February
and garnered immediate feedback from Mana-
tee County Commissioners Carol Whitmore and
John Chappie, who opposed a resurfacing of the
1990s proposal.
Chappie said such a project would destroy
two communities, referring to Cortez and
Bradenton Beach, whose residents also have
expressed opposition to a larger bridge at pre-
vious public meetings.
No date has been set for public meetings.
Molto said DOT only expressed interest in
having the meetings begin in the near future.

Cortez Bridge links Bradenton Beach to the
mainland. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Murder defendant David Viens wheels him-
self into court for the first day of his jury trial
in Los Angeles Sept. 12 on charges of kill-
ing his wife, Dawn Viens. Defense attorney
Fred McCurry is at left. Photo Courtesy Sean
Hiller/Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.

Former HR resident's

LA murder trial begins
The murder trial began Sept. 12 for former
Holmes Beach resident David Viens, 48, in Los
Viens is facing second degree murder after
testimony in a preliminary hearing in April in
which several witnesses said Viens admitted to
them he killed his wife, Dawn Viens.
He attended the trial in a wheelchair.
Viens, a former Holmes Beach resident who
al ng \\ itl wife Dawn owned Beach City Market
on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, allegedly
killed his wife in October 2009 by taping her
mouth shut, according to his daughter.
Viens' daughter from a previous marriage,
Jacqueline Viens, testified Sept. 14 that after
both had been drinking vodka, her father broke
down and told her he had taped Dawn's mouth
shut and tied her up, and when he woke up,
Dawn was dead.
Jacqueline Viens also testified her father once
told her how to get rid of a body cook it.
Her testimony set off wire stories from LA
to New York City.
David and Dawn had operated the Thyme
Contemporary Cafe in Lomita, Calif., at the time


Tree house owner to DEP: Reconsider removal order

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Angelinos Sea Lodge, ordered by the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection to remove or modify
a beachfront tree house built without permits, appealed
the directive in an Aug. 30 letter from its attorney.
David Levin of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen
& Ginsburg, P.A., Sarasota, wrote on behalf of Angelinos
owner Richard Hazen to DEP regulator of coastal con-
struction James Martinello, noting "critical errors which
would substantially affect the Department's assessment
of the structure."
Levin reiterated Hazen's engineer's report indi-
cated the deck is structurally supported by two wooden
piles, 12 inches in diameter, and, two additional six-
inch piles did not provide structural support and could
be removed.
"In contrast," Levin wrote to Martinello, "your letter
dated Aug. 6 states 'the tree house structure, in addition to
being partially supported by an existing Australian pine
tree, is also substantially supported by four 12-inch diam-
eter wooden pilings and two six-inch wooden pilings.'"
He continued, "It would appear that the department
staff's assessment was based upon the false assumption"
regarding the tree house's structural support.
Last week, DEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller wrote
in an email, "We are currently reviewing and will be
responding in the near future."
Martinello, environmental manager of the DEP Divi-
sion of Water Resource Management Bureau of Beaches
and Coastal Systems, previously concluded the tree house
may not be exempt from the department's permitting
The state requires permits for building seaward of
the coastal construction control line to protect the coastal
system from improper structures that can destabilize or
destroy the beach and dune system.
While the Martinello Aug. 6 letter identified two six-
inch pilings as part of a description of what supports the
structure, a similar description in Martinello's April 4
letter said no such pilings were included.
Martinello's most recent letter warned Hazen if he

Angelinos Sea Lodge tree house, 103 29th St., Holmes
Beach, constructed on the beach without permits,
remains standingfollowing the Department of Environ-
mental Protection Sept. 6 deadline to remove or modify
its installation. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

chose not to resolve within 30 days, the department may
remove the tree house.
The DEP's August letter followed a series of letters
between Hazen's attorney and engineer.
Levin contended in February that the structure consti-
tuted a minor activity, with no measurable impact on the
coastal system because the structure, but for four wooden
pilings, was supported by an Australian pine tree.
In April, Martinello responded that the structure is
supported by four 12-inch diameter wooden pilings with
concrete-type foundations and invited Levin to submit
information from a professional engineer in support of

the owner's position.
The tree house was first reported to the city of Holmes
Beach last November.
The city referred the complaint to the DEP and
advised the owner of its engineering and survey require-
ments if Hazen would seek permitting from the DEP
The city's concerns over the construction relate to
the building's stability, safety and ability to withstand
hurricane-force winds.
Angelinos includes four vacation rentals and,
according to Hazen's wife, Huong Lynn Tran, the tree
house was built as a private place to read, write, relax
and dine.

of her disappearance.
But Viens has not yet revealed what he did with the
The couple owned a home in Holmes Beach and
operated the Beach City Market in Bradenton Beach from
In January 2005, police raided the Viens home and
arrested David Viens on suspicion of possession of more
than 1,000 pounds of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a
school Anna Maria Elementary School possession
of opium, possession of marijuana with intent to distrib-
ute and possession of a firearm.
His wife was not charged in that case, saying at the
time her husband was just the "middle man" in a nation-
wide drug muI''lin, operation.
In April 2005, the Florida state's attorney dropped all
charges against Viens in exchange for evidence against
others involved in the ,nI'.ulin' and sales operation.
The trial continues this week.
For reporter Larry Altman's comprehensive cover-
age of the trial and David and Dawn Viens in the Daily
Breeze, Torrance, Calif., go online at www.islander.org
for a link. Altman includes a timeline of events in the
case and related stories, including David Viens suicide
attempt, a 100-foot cliff jump that followed a high-speed
chase by law enforcement prior to his arrest on the charge
of murder.

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Anna Maria City Pier tenant claims parking lot rights

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The city of Anna Maria appears headed into a dis-
agreement with its city pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder
over parking at the pier and a proposed parking lot
In a Sept. 5 letter to Mayor Mike Selby, Schoenfelder
claims that after reading the minutes of the Aug. 15 com-
mission meeting, he feels he must exercise control of the
parking at the pier.
Further, Schoenfelder wrote in his review of the meet-
ing, he understands Commission Chair Chuck Webb to
say, "therefore (the tenant) should do whatever is needed
to ensure their use for their customers."
Schoenfelder claims the lease gives him the authority
to do that, adding, "Webb says he sees the gate request
as a tenant issue."
In another letter to Selby in early August, Schoen-
felder said he would put up a gate at the city pier park-

A plan to limit
entry to the
Anna Maria
City Pier park-
ing lots with a
gate could elim-
inate the trolley
stop there. Pier
Mario Schoen-
felder claims in
a letter to Anna
Maria Mayor
Mike Selby that
as the tenant,
he has authority
to fence the pier
parking lots.
Islander Photo.
Rick Catlin

ing lot to ensure he had the required number of parking
spaces allowed by the lease. He said there are too many
times the lot is full and his customers can't find a parking
The situation worsened, Schoenfelder wrote in
August, after the city closed the Pine Avenue-Bay Bou-
levard lots across from the pier to parking.
In Schoenfelder's Sept. 5 letter, he said that since
he saw no further reference in the minutes to city pier
parking, "I understand Commissioner Webb's statement
as the city's official position."
He wrote his understanding of the city's position is
that it's the tenant's business and it is the tenant's discre-
tion to install or not install a gated parking system.
"The tenant has the right to do whatever is needed to
ensure parking for city pier visitors, including, for exam-
ple, the installation of a gated parking system," wrote
Further, he wrote, it is his understanding that the city

has no objection if and when his corporation, TCPR Inc.,
installs such a system and the city "will not prohibit the
installation of such a system."
Schoenfelder requested a letter of no objection from
the city before starting the parking lot project.
One new problem for Schoenfelder, however, is the
island trolley, which did not exist when the lease was
signed in 2000.
"Since this service started 'our' parking lot has been
used as a bus stop, although there is no such regulation
in the lease," wrote Schoenfelder.
He said the current situation with the trolley stopping
at the pier entrance is "unacceptable" and called for a new
Webb said he read Schoenfelder's letter and will

FBI raids Islander-owned

medical supply business
The FBI and other federal and local law enforcement
officers served a search warrant Sept. 13 on Suncoast
Brace and Limb at 1878 59th St. W., Bradenton. The
company is registered to JoAnn Manali of Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria.
FBI officials on the scene were reluctant to discuss
an ongoing investigation, saying only that it was a health-
care fraud issue, according to the Bradenton Herald. No
one was arrested during the search, and agents would not
comment on any material taken from the office.
The FBI office in Tampa declined to comment on
the investigation, other than to say it also involves other
medical facilities in the Manatee area.
According to the Florida Department of State Divi-
sion of Corporations, Suncoast Brace and Limb Inc. was
formed in 1995. For a time, the company was inactive,
but was reinstated as an active company on Feb. 13,
Manali is listed as both the registered agent and offi-
cer/director of the company.



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Property rights coalition forms to address rental problems

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Property rights are on the front burner for Diana
McManaway and Anna Maria Coalition LLC a
recently formed organization picking up where an earlier
consortium of rental agents left off earlier this year.
McManaway of 66th Street gained the consensus of
about 30 builders, rental agents and others who met Sept.
10 at Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive, to bring AMC LLC's
good-neighbor policies to city commissioners.
"I saw what they were proposing would affect your
property rights," she said. "We need to have a voice."
Before the meeting, McManaway a former Ocala
businesswoman who moved to Holmes Beach about three
years ago said AMC will help address and monitor
rental agent best practices.
Larry Chatt, broker at Island Real Estate, told the
commission in December he'd been meeting with five
of the island's largest property management companies
to address renter-related trash, parking and noise prob-
Chatt continued promoting best practices with focus
groups and in the community, but now appears to prefer
a lower profile. In July, his agency was sent a violation
notice for an alleged illegal first-floor game room at 203
69th St.
Asked for an update on his group, Chatt said they've
only met informally, and while he hasn't audited the
others about the best practices, he believes "everyone's
using them."
According to Chatt, Island Real Estate provides its
renters with information about city rules, and has given
Holmes Beach Police Department its list of rentals with
instructions to call immediately if there are complaints.
McManaway said she decided to form AMC Sept.
4 after learning commissioners were considering new
living-area building restrictions that she believes will
discourage desirable full-time residents who want more
living space.
After explaining the coalition's focus to the attend-
ees, McManaway introduced city code enforcement offi-
cer David Forbes.
Forbes identified top issues in code enforcement as
ground-level game rooms and rentals under the seven-day
or 30-day minimum zoning restrictions.
For both issues, he told the group, "the easiest fix
in the world" is for the property agents and owners to
change advertising.
Even though the ground-level game rooms are not
allowed, he said advertising could indicate pool tables or
other amenities are provided.
"It's not supposed to be a finished product," he

On the zoning-restricted rentals, he said, "What I
boil it down to is one rental for the seven-day period.
One rental for a 30-day period.
"I understand everyone wants to maximize their
income. But there are rules to playing in Holmes Beach,"
Forbes said.
He also discussed parking and trash.
"Right now we have people parking on lawns and
rights of way. And the crazy thing is they can. You can
park out there indefinitely. But I don't think you want to
see that up and down your streets," he said.
Forbes encouraged rental agents to enforce a one-
space-per-bedroom parking rule.
As far as garbage, trash and noise, Forbes and Tom
Rushmore of Gulf Drive emphasized renters need to
know the rules and regulations.
Many attendees expressed confusion about Waste
Management's side-door trash pickup service.
Forbes also said he's hearing from tenants, cleaning
crews and others saying they don't know city rules even
though a one-page list was distributed to rental agents.
"I highly advise you use it," Forbes said. "Put it on
your refrigerators." He also suggested the list be posted in
places people frequent in community complexes, includ-
ing pools.
"You have to have face-to-face contact with the
renter," Rushmore said. "Then you take the ammunition
from the other side."
McManaway and others said many noise complaints
fail to amount to violations, and police and rental agency
resources are wasting time responding to them.

HB commissioners hear more complaints

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
At their Sept. 11 meeting, Holmes Beach commis-
sioners heard a variety of complaints from a builder,
a business owner interested in a downtown redo and a
new property rights organization all seeking to steer
the city in their direction.
Steve Titsworth of Sunrise Lane and Shoreline Build-
ers sought a response from Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
and public works superintendent Joe Duennes and some
city commissioners to his concerns with the way the city
enforces its building code.
By email Sept. 4, he requested permit applications
and associated documents for recent substantial improve-
ments at 302 67th St. and 303 68th St., but had not yet
heard back from the email, he said.
He criticized the city for continuing permitting what
he says is work in violation of building codes.
He said other property owners are put at risk by non-
conforming properties that may not qualify for mortgages
or insurance.
"It's apparent the work on these has reached a near
panic pace in order to finish before sanctions can be
enforced," Titsworth said.
FEMA guidelines are just one of the concerns Diana
McManaway of 66th Street, who told commissioners a
newly formed Anna Maria Coalition wants to address and
monitor rental problems.
"We are a community group who have come together
to preserve a balanced city of residents and renters, and
preserve property rights," she said.
She asked commissioners to table living-area to
lot-size ratio restrictions to allow the coalition's good-

neighbor policy a chance to work and because property
rights belong to everyone "long-term residents and
new home residents and investors.
"Restricting floor area or living area will do more harm
than good," she said, "by discouraging full-time residents
the opportunity to build home large enough in which to live,
and significantly decrease revenues to the city."
Her group hopes to tackle problems of noise, parking,
trash, overcrowding and enforcement of existing codes.
The community also is among the concerns of Amy
Welch, Holmes Beach Merchants Association president
and Acqua Aveda Salon owner.
She approached commissioners in April with her
concept to remake the downtown commercial district.
Last week, however, she told them the effort had
reached a stalemate. She said the lack of city support is
lli\\l alin grant-writing attempts.
"I'm very serious about this," Welch said, adding
stores are going out of business and people can't cross
the street.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the plan's proposed
traffic circle and lane closures will require funding
because no one on staff can perform a traffic study and
previous requests for studies from the county have been
Resident Mary Buonagura suggested Welch needs a
letter from the city endorsing the plan.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore told
commissioners the county is working on plans for the BP
oil spill recovery funds, which will offset the county's
loss of tourism and environmental issues.
"When that BP money comes in, grab some of it for
the island," said Zaccagnino.

Holmes Beach code
enforcement officer
David Forbes and
Diana McManaway
of the newly formed
Anna Maria Coali-
tion talk with rental
agents, builders and
concerned residents
at a Sept. 10 meet-
ing at Eat Here,
5315 Gulf Drive,

Islander Photo.
Kathy Prucnell

Forbes said there are people who "don't want the
rental community here."
Anna Maria Vacations principal Joe Varner agreed,
saying "that is the problem here."
McManaway suggested coalition members "let
everybody know we're working on it with the rent-
ers, the builders. It's bricks and sticks, guys. It's not
the building that is the problem. It's the people in the
She then concluded the meeting with a fist pump after
getting a consensus from attendees to carry their message
of trying to create a balance for residents and visitors.
Forbes added, "Can't we all just get along?"
McManaway agreed, "There you go. Can't we all get
McManaway said the coalition did not form for a
business purpose, nor was it a political group supporting
any candidate or political cause, but rather a solutions-
oriented entity for the betterment of neighborhoods.


Anna Maria City
Sept. 19, 6 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., charter.
Sept. 27, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Community Redevelopment
Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m., capital improvement projects
SSept. 19, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials -
Sept. 19, 5:15 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 20, 10 a.m., shade.
Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m., shade.
Sept. 20, noon, city pier team.
Sept. 20, 1 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 25, 9 a.m., land-development code joint work-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Sept. 25, 9 a.m., county 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 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization, USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus,
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Send notices to news@islander.org.

THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 19, 2012 5 5

Holmes Beach attorney directed to answer citizen's questions

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commission candidate Judy Holmes
Titsworth should be getting answers soon from city attor-
ney Patricia Petruff to her questions about past building
department practices.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino directed
Petruff to respond to Titsworth following a request to do
so by Commissioner Jean Peelen at the Sept. 11 commis-
sion meeting.
Titsworth submitted her questions to city officials
in a Sept. 4 email that criticized building department
practices resulting in half completed duplexes, setback
encroachments, plans without stormwater retention and
extensive ground-level remodeling.
"They were all good questions," said Peelen. "They
were solution kinds of questions, not objections, but how-
can-we-fix-this kind of questions and legal questions."
Anticipating a forthcoming city policy limiting
builders from constructing only one of the two planned
units on a duplex lot is built, Titsworth asked whether
the second structure can be added later, and whether it
would be required to be attached to the existing unit. She
also asked whether half-duplexes should be reclassified
as single-family homes.
Titsworth also sought answers about properties where
homes were built without plans to collect stormwater, but
a another new department policy will require drainage
plans with erosion control permits before construction.


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Judy Holmes Titsworth says this Key Royale Drive home
was built without ground-level breakaway walls and
flow-through vents. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

And she asked about a new affidavit policy in light of
the city's problems enforcing Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency guidelines, including the 50 percent rule
and V-zone breakaway walls and fl'\\ -tlnhouglh vent.
Commissioner Pat Morton, Peelen and Zaccagnino,
agreed that Petruff should respond to Titsworth's ques-
tions. Commissioner Sandy Haas-Marten was absent.
Commissioner John Monetti said he had no comment.
Titsworth is running for city commission in the Nov.
6 election and owns Shoreline Builders with her hus-



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Holmes Beach-FEMA 50 percent rule
For coastal cities such as Holmes Beach, FEMA
issues guidelines to ensure homes are built with safe-
guards against flooding.
"There are some who think that FEMA's the law.
FEMA is not law," said Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger. "The city adopted its guidelines to provide
flood-insurance discounts for residents."
According to building inspector Bob Shaffer, FEMA
doesn't mandate what the city regulates, but "does an
end-around," tying a city's insurance rating to enforce-
ment of FEMA guidelines.
The city adopted a new FEMA flood plain ordinance
in 2007 after FEMA visited the city for an audit, accord-
ing to public works superintendent Joe Duennes.
The so-called 50 percent rule is based on FEMA
guidelines adopted in the Holmes Beach land devel-
opment code.
An exception to the rule allows replacement if the
home is elevated above the base flood level.
In implementing the 50 percent rule, Holmes Beach
allows remodel projects if the cost does not exceed 50
percent of the home's structure value.
City FEMA consultant John Fernandez said there's
probably no two cities that use the same procedures to
implement the 50 percent rule.
Holmes Beach provides owners and builders a packet
with affidavit forms and instruction sheets.
See more on the FEMA-HB guidelines online at www.

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Looking forward
I can't tell you much about what inspires me. I can
tell you what it's not. It's not a sunset. A pod of dolphins
passing in the bay. Nor is it a passing manatee, a snook
on a hook or a surfer riding a wave. It's so much of all
those things. It's having kids grow up on Anna Maria
Island and two granddaughters in their teens.
It's all the triumphs and great moments that bring
inspiration to our lives.
One such moment for me was a single day in New
York City in the 1980s, and among all the myriad and
wonderful choices for how to spend that day, my driv-
ing force took me to the Whitney Musuem of American
It was there I went, knowing a personal friend had
a sculpture on display, a work that had become part of
the Whitney's permanent collection.
I was greeted by an entire floor of the Whitney
dedicated to a Red Grooms exhibit. You can Google him
to see the work he creates. It was so much fun, I recall
asking one of the security guards how he managed to
keep a straight face.
But onward, to the next level, where the collec-
tion was displayed, a collective of incredible, important
work by American artists, I arrived in front of John
Chamberlain's work.
It was gripping. Unusual. Not the fractured, welded,
crushed, colorful car hoods and bumpers I had grown
accustomed to in his Sarasota studio, but skinny and
pale. It was moving. It brought me to tears thinking my
friend had created this important work.
I was captivated in that moment of wonder.
It wasn't awe, but appreciation that I experienced
during the Democratic National Convention, when I
heard the speakers compelling their audience with
Barack Obama's message to move forward.
I sensed Holmes Beach and Anna Maria need to put
the petty complaints and issues with rental properties
behind them and move forward.
We need to resolve and solve matters in city codes
to prevent future problems and move forward.
No good can come of rehashing and harping on
groups vacationing in one rental home or trash at the
curb, too many cars parked on the street, past stop work
orders and home designs not built to everyone's taste,
Easter egg colors on houses or any of the other petty
We can't change FEMA, tourism or the economy.
What matters is to embrace the future.
Move forward.
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Enjoy AMI quietly
I would like to compliment The Islander on its
Aug. 22 editorial. Your approach to the problems
facing Holmes Beach and forthcoming problems to
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach were clearly stated
and didn't take 14 pages of insults to citizens and city
I have lived on this island for 68 years and I don't
necessarily like what it has grown into. I have my fond
memories of the past. I hope, after some 68 years, those
who are making this island their home will have fond
memories of this era as well. The two memories may
not be the same, but we must realize, civilization does
change year to year.
We have about four people who are trying to make
money as fast as they can, with no respect to the quality
of life we have been experiencing. We could get along
very well if they would scrutinize more closely their
place in the community.
My solution: Don't treat tourists like we can't sur-
vive without them. If they break a law, even one of
common courtesy, ticket them.
Let's face it, it's not the builder, owner or man-
ager who makes the noise, mess or civil infractions,
it's the people residing in that location. An owner or
manager wouldn't put up with it, so it must be the
renters. Most renters, if they like it here and want to
rent again, will obey the civil and community rules.
It's not the number of bedrooms, but the quality of
the tenants.
I would like to congratulate Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger as well as most of the commis-
sioners and property managers, for working together
to inform the visitors of our concerns and desires for
their good behavior.
It's working.
This is beautiful Anna Maria Island. Please, enjoy
our quality of life quietly.
Billie P. Martini, Holmes Beach, former Holmes
Beach city commissioner

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From The Islander Facebook page: What are
your thoughts on beer and wine sales at the Coquina
Beach concession stand?
Paul Foerster: All the provincial, narrow-minded,
outdated, prohibitionist teetotalers should move to a
place where they would feel more comfortable. Afghan-
istan, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United
Arab Emirates, Yemen and Pakistan are some of the
countries that have comprehensive prohibitions on alco-
hol. If you don't like American freedom, why don't you
move to one of these paradises for those that like being
told what to do.
Nance Goppert-Oakes: I see nothing wrong with it
as long as it's after 5 p.m. with a.little music. Holmes
Beach does it and has no problems there.
Beverly Ginn: Yes. Do it.
Sherry Rapson: It's 5 o clock somewhere.
Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost: No, not a good
Jim Mullhaupt: Definitely, let them do it.
Brenda J. Jones: Not a good idea ... a GREAT
Dawn Kozash: I used to live here but not anymore,
they have ruined the island for the locals and only care
about the tourists! I used to walk the beach every week-
end in that area and the amount of cups and other gar-
bage was insane. It's bad enough that people bring their
own glass bottles on the beach to drink and leave the
mess for someone else to pick up or step on.
Elizabeth Thebodo: So why sell more booze on the
beach? It's for families to spend time at the beach, not
to get drunk.
JoAnn Miller: I say no way.
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KMB recognizes efforts, AME, Green Village

Keep Manatee Beautiful recognized businesses,
organizations, government agencies and individu-
als for their efforts in keeping with KMB's goals
Sept. 13 at Pirate City in Bradenton.
Fresh Light was the first organization to be
recognized in the Adopt-a-Highway program.
Fresh Light adopted two miles of Gulf Drive
from Cortez Road to Manatee Avenue in 2004.
According to KMB executive director Ingrid
McClellan, Fresh Light has, "steadfastly been doing
four cleanup a year since 2004."
Women of Moose Chapter 1601 was recog-
nized for being stewards of Bradenton Beach in the
Adopt-a-Shore program. In a KMB press release,
McClellan said the organization has been doing
shore cleanup since 2003.
Anna Maria Elementary School at 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, was recognized with a
Green School award. To be eligible as a Green
School, it must have a litter-free and graffiti-free
campus, native landscaping, conserve natural and
i nil, i' resources, improve water quality and con-

tribute to the enhancement of the community's
physical environment.
Only one Manatee County elementary school
is chosen each year for an award from KMB.
Landscaping awards were given to the Anna
Maria City Pier in the public building category and
Florida Power & Light won the award in large busi-
ness for its Cortez substation.
McClellan said landscaping awards are given
to those who "surpassed the norm for design, main-
tenance, neighborhood enhancement, community
awareness and use of native and drought tolerant
Public service awards were the final category of
the night for honors, given to those who demonstrate
leadership in cleaning up and improving the com-
munity through litter prevention, preventing illegal
dumping, beautification and minimizing impacts of
Anna Maria Historic Green Village on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria was recognized with a public
service award in the small business category.

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Headlines from the Sept. 18, 2002,
issue of The Islander
Data from the Manatee County Tax Collector's
website showed ad valorem taxes paid in 2001 by each
Anna Maria Island resident averaged nearly double what
mainland residents paid in property taxes. Longboat
Key residents paid about four-and-a-half times more
than mainland counterparts. Island residents averaged
$358.31 in ad valorem taxes paid for 2001, mainland
residents averaged $174.63, Longboat Key residents
averaged $814.29. The survey averages included all
men, women and children.
Holmes Beach City Commissioners Sandy
Haas-Martens and Roger Lutz were unopposed in
the November election and automatically returned
to office. Two candidates for mayor qualified for the
election: incumbent Carol Whitmore was opposed by
political activist Joan Perry. Holmes Beach elections
are nonpartisan.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive director
Suzi Fox said a rare green sea turtle nest hatched with
126 of the 132 eggs producing a hatchling. Fox said a
normal loggerhead turtle nest might hatch 65 percent
of the eggs. She said, to her knowledge, it was the first
green sea turtle nest on the island.

Date Low -High Rainfall
Sept. 9 78 86 0.68
Sept. 10 77 ,89 trace
Sept. 11 75 91 0.23
Sept. 112 74 91 0
Sept. 13' 75 88 0.13
Sept. 14 75 90 0.15
Sept. 15 75 89 0
Average area Gulf water temperature 84.60
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Parking, one-way traffic ideas top AM discussion

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Seems like parking is an Anna Maria issue that will
never be solved to everyone's satisfaction.
Not with thousands of visitors on holidays and during
the winter-spring season, said Commissioner John Quam
at the commission's Sept. 13 meeting.
"When Bayfront Park fills up, they all go up on North
Shore and park. Every weekend and holiday and every
day in season it's the same," he said.
Parking has become more of a problem now that
the city has closed its vacant lots at the east end of Pine
Avenue to parking, said resident Mike Coleman.
People park everywhere along Pine Avenue, even on
the sidewalks, he said. But instead of using a sidewalk,
they walk down the middle of Pine Avenue to get to the
city pier or elsewhere, he claimed.
Commissioner SueLynn said there is an accident
waiting to happen at the Magnolia Drive-Gulf Boulevard
intersection because of poor visibility.
"It's a health-and-safety issue now," she said.
Resident Sabrina Paulk said she's seen kids playing
on Magnolia and was concerned for their safety with all
the cars that use Magnolia in and out of season to
use the beach or view sunsets.
Quam suggested the city look at making a one-way
horseshoe drive from Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA, west on Magnolia Drive to Gulf Boulevard then
south to Palm Avenue and east back to Gulf Drive.
Commissioners asked city attorney Jim Dye to pre-
pare a draft ordinance for the Sept. 27 meeting to make
several streets one-way.
They also discussed no parking enforcement and
determined more signs might be needed.
Acting Commission Chair Dale Woodland urged the
public to attend the Sept. 27 meeting and provide input.
He said this ordinance not might be the final answer,
but it's a step in the right direction.
Commissioners also discussed developing a floor-

Burglaries decline
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Following a rash of burglaries in Anna Maria in June
and July, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said six
burglaries were reported Aug. 10-Sept. 10, and three of
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area to lot-size ratio ordinance to limit the amount of
livable space in a house.
The concern, said Woodland, is the increasing number
of homes being built with a large number of bedrooms
for vacation rentals.
Coleman said the concern is the number of people
in a house. He said the only way to limit the number of
people is to put the maximum height of new construction
at 27 feet.
"Bite the bullet," he said. "This will eliminate the six-
bedroom homes everyone worries about that eventually
become motels."
After several minutes of discussion without agree-
ment, city planner Alan Garrett said he would look for
cities with minimum and maximum amounts of livable
space in a house and report back at the next commission
Commissioners agreed to wait for Garrett's informa-
tion before moving forward.
Commissioners also spent considerable time discuss-
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commissioner and the length of term for the vacancy that
will be created after the Nov. 6 election.
The problem is that no one stepped up to run for the
office of mayor to replace outgoing Mayor Mike Selby.
The city charter calls for the commission to first hold
an organizational meeting to elect a chair, who automati-
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provides that the newly sworn board appoint a replace-
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in becoming a commissioner gets a chance to speak to
the commission.
Commissioners must then elect a new chair and
vice-chair, and select someone to fill the vacant com-
mission seat created when the commission chair becomes
Woodland wants the organizational meeting on Nov.
8, two days after the general election, but the election
may not be certified by then.
Commissioners agreed that anyone interested in
being a commissioner should fill out the application for
appointment to a city committee and provide a resume.
Woodland said he hopes commissioners will give
each person interested the opportunity to speak to the
new commission before a vote is held.
In other business, commissioners were undecided
about what uses should be allowed for the city property
on Pine Avenue across from the city pier.
Commissioners wanted more public input so discus-
sion was moved to the Sept. 27 meeting.
In a matter related to cell-phone use, Woodland said
he found that Verizon, a common cell phone carrier in
Anna Maria, is not aware of cell phone service prob-
lems in Anna Maria because it lists Anna Maria users as
Holmes Beach residents.
Woodland said he learned that if people call 800-
922-0204 and press option 3, they can initiate an "open
trouble report" with Verizon tech support and get their
addresses changed to Anna Maria.
If Verizon gets enough trouble reports for Anna
Maria, the tech support person told Woodland the com-
pany could increase capacity on the Holmes Beach cell
tower and this would help service in Anna Maria, Wood-
land said.
"They didn't even know we existed," he said.

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Holmes Beach mayor offers state-of-city report

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
As the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of
September, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
last week announced the state of the city.
"I am pleased to report that our city is closing out
the year under budget and without debt and, for the first
time in our city history, we have five consecutive years
without a tax increase," he wrote Sept. 14.
Bohnenberger, who is running for
a fourth-term Nov. 6, said in the report
that the city has a healthy reserve fund,
and that Holmes Beach received $3.9
million in public and private grants in
the past six years.
Bohnenberger Even in the economic downturn, he
said the city has not reduced services.
The city built a new public works building and the
Veterans Memorial Pavilion on the city field at 59th Street
and Flotilla Drive. A stormwater project to improve the
city's drainage to help alleviate flooding and comply with
the Federal Clean Water Act was completed, he added.
"Recently our building department underwent two
independent audits," Bohnenberger continued.
A community rating service audit upgraded the city
in the category of floodplain management and "our resi-
dents are now eligible for an increased flood insurance
discount," he wrote.
The second audit rated the department staffing, plans
review and inspections. According to Bohnenberger, it
scored above most departments in the state.
During the past year, he continued, the city oversaw
a road resurfacing and curb replacement program funded
by the gas tax, was recognized by Tree City USA as a
Tree City "due to our park expansion using unopened
rights of way and donated land" and authorized a city
dog park.
"Recently there has been much criticism of our build-
ing department for allowing larger homes to be built,"
Bohnenberger continued.
"The city codes have limited the size of homes to 30

percent lot coverage since the 1950s. What is now being
built still is limited to the 30 percent rule. Keep in mind
that the founding fathers established the zoning we have
today and the R-2 district was always intended to be no
less than 50 percent rentals.
"The city commission in recent years limited the R-2
short-term rentals to no less than one week." However,
he said, the Florida Legislature last year "imposed severe
restrictions on our ability to address some of the current
Bohnenberger also pointed to 2011-12 upgrades in
digital recording equipment and software systems, audio
systems, the city's server and a new email system.
He commended the police department for its work in
processing more than 100 felony charges and receiving

Holmes Beach hopeful re
By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Campaigning for the seat of three-term Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger in the Nov. 6 election,
Carmel Monti wrote a response last week to the mayor's
state-of-the-city report.
The political newcomer wrote, "I
guess the best statement I can make is
S that there seems to be a strong response
of late on the part of the city to com-
plaints from the citizens of Holmes
y Beach concerned about a variety of
Monti issues, i.e., out-of-control and or non-
regulated rentals and buildings not con-
forming to laws on the books."
Monti recently released a one-page campaign flier
after several months of researching at city hall, knocking
on doors and phone calls with community members.
He summarized his campaign in three points:
Tighten laws on building to eliminate loopholes
allowing builders to find ways around the intent of the
Enforce the laws on the books or modify to stop
laws from being bent or broken.

several honors.
In code enforcement, he said maintenance workers
and police officers are now carrying citation books to
enforce noise, trash and parking infractions if matters
cannot be resolved amicably.
Looking to the next fiscal year, "I will be asking the
commission to support placing newly hired police into the
state pension plan. This action will in the long term save
our tax payers a significant amount of money and protect
the current plan for those on pension."
Other plans include making stormwater improve-
ments to 30th and 31st streets, opening Grassy Point
Preserve to the public as soon as pathways are shelled,
and advancing a Grassy Point boardwalk project on the
Florida Department of Transportation grant list.

spends to mayor's report
Hold public officials accountable for tightening and
enforcing laws.
The mayor is elected for a two-year term and receives
a $12,000 annual salary.
There were 3,259 registered voters in June, according
to city clerk Stacey Johnston.
Voter turnout for the previous election was 28 per-

Islander plans political rally
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Candidates in the Nov. 6 Holmes Beach election,
island elected officials and voters are invited to The
Islander newspaper office Oct. 19 for a chance to meet
and mingle at the annual Popcorn & Politics event.
"It's an old-fashioned political rally," said Islander
publisher Bonner Joy. "We have live music mingled with
speeches, plenty of popcorn and refreshments, kissing
babies and handshakes."
The League of Women Voters will conduct a straw
poll during the event. All attendees will be allowed one
ballot for their candidate of choice in both the Holmes
Beach commission and mayoral race.
Winners are announced the following week.

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"Postmortem" directed by Gareth Gibbs opens Oct.
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denton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564.

Saturday, Sept. 22
*2-6 p.m., Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Grog Party and
Tasting Competition, Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Fee
applies. Information: 941-650-8673.
7:30 p.m. or sunset, Sidewalk Astronomy, Local Group of
Deep Sky Observers, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street and Flo-
tilla Drive. Information: 941-342-9632.

Thursday, Sept. 20
*7:30 p.m., "Evita," opening night, Manatee Players, Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:

Friday, Sept. 21
5:30-7:30 p.m., Artists reception, Ringling College of Art and
Design alumni Mark Humphrey and Dustin Juengel, Longboat Key
Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Informa-
tion: 941-383-2345.

Sunday, Sept. 23
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Gordon's Touch a Truck Day with Anna Maria
Island Privateers, Gordon Food Service Marketplace, 460514th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-650-8673.

Monday, Sept. 24
11:30 a.m., 13th Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
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Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-
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*Tuesdays through Oct. 2, Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines,
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Through Oct. 7, "Evita," Manatee Players, Riverfront Theatre,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-794-8044.
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 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.
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Thirsty Thursdays, hosted by Bridge
Street Merchants, The Fish Hole, Bradenton Beach, Information:
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-962-8835.

Acrylics artist Nancy Law of Bradenton displays a
painting from her "Palette Petals" exhibit at Island
West Gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Botanical artist's florals
featured in October
A reception for an artist known for her acrylic paint-
ings and teaching in floral botanical studies will be held
5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Island Gallery West.
Nancy Law of Bradenton will be the featured artist
for October at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Island Gallery West is a co-operative of 25 local art-
ists offering fine art at its gallery. The theme of her exhibit
will be "Palette Petals."
The exhibit runs from Oct. 1-31.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through
For more information, call 941-778-6648 or go
online at www.islandgallerywest.com.

Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit
Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and bou-
tiques. Information: 941-896-3132.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.

Coming up
Sept 29, Fourth annual Sarasota Bay Fishing Line Cleanup
Day, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway,
Sarasota. Information: 941-232-2363.
Oct. 6, Florida Produce Crate Label Swap Meet, Carnegie
Library Basement, Palmetto Historical Park, 10th Ave. W., Palmetto.
Information: 941-776-9444.
Oct. 5-7, "A River of Art in Blue," featuring art, music and food,
Village of Arts, four blocks south of Manatee Avenue between 9th
and 14th Avenues West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8056.
Oct. 7, History of Bowed String Instruments, free concert
and lecture, Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota.
Information: 941-358-8511.
Oct. 25, Fourth Annual Chowdown for Charity, Manatee Chap-
ter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Riverhouse
Banquets and Weddings, 955 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Informa-
tion: 941-545-3620.

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. 9, ArtsHop Gallery Walk, Information: 941-243-3818.
Nov. 10, ArtsHop silent auction, The Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3818.
Nov. 10-11, Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden Arts and
Crafts Fair, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street and Flotilla Drive.
Nov. 11, ArtsHop drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-243-3818.
Nov. 11, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra per-
forms Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Classics. Fee applies. Information: 941-
Nov. 17, Enjoy the Bay, Sarasota Bay Water Festival, City
Island, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-
Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.

the store!

Privateers announce grog
party, tasting competition
Ahoy, sailors and landlubbers!
Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold its Pirate Grog
Party and Tasting Competition 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
22, at the Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
The public is welcome to consume and judge. There
will be music, a treasure chest raffle, a 50/50 drawing and
pirates and wenches will be pillaging, plundering and
passing out beads.
And there will be grog. For a $10 donation, buckos
will sample and vote for a favorite grog.
Grog, a mixture of water, beer and rum, was drunk by
sailors on extended voyages because fresh water quickly
turned stagnant.
By concocting their own signature grog, island
watering holes will compete for the Best Pirate Grog
Mixologist trophy.
Businesses interested in entering the competition
should call Mary Ann "Maz" "Bootstrap" Zyla-Smith at
The Anna Maria Island Privateers is a nonprofit group
that raises funds to support the community and provides
scholarships for Manatee County college students.
For more information, call 941-650-8673 or go
online at www.amiprivateers.org.

Monofilament cleanup slated
Sarasota Bay Watch will host its fourth annual Sara-
sota Bay Fishing Line Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 29,
at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota.
Sponsored by the squadron, Audubon Florida and
Save Our Seabirds, the monofilament cleanup begins with
training at 8:30 a.m.
Teams will deploy at 9 a.m. and return by 12:30 p.m.,
when a free lunch will be offered by the squadron.
Lee Fox of Save Our Seabirds will demonstrate safe
handling and line removal techniques with a live peli-
The cleanup event helps to reduce the threat of muti-
lation or death while recycling fishing line. Volunteers
with powerboats, kayaks, cars or on foot are encouraged
to attend.
Each year thousands of feet of fishing line becomes
snagged on the islands, shorelines and bridges of Sara-
sota Bay. When birds and other wildlife are entangled in
abandoned line, the results are often fatal.
Participants should bring eye protection, sun block,
proper footwear and gloves. Sarasota Bay Watch is offer-
ing participants free annual memberships.
The event is free, but registration is required.
For registration, go online at www.sarasotabaywatch.
For more information, call 941-232-2363 or email

Show me the money!
Lori and Nicolas Cutler, left, Kathy Splawn and
CocoBella count up birthday donations $152.80 -
received at a Sept. 15 celebration for pretty-in-pink
CocoBella at Dogs For The Earth, 308 Pine Ave, Anna
Maria. The donations are for the Manatee County
Humane Society. Islander Photo: Annie Weir


And Touch a Truck Day
will feature Privateers
Kids of all ages are invited to touch, sit and play on big
rigs, monster trucks and other vehicles at Touch a Truck
Day 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Gordon Food
Service Marketplace, 4605 14th St. W., Bradenton.
There will be food, prizes and music.
As an added attraction, the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers will attend with their ship and Santa's sleigh, and
pirates and wenches will be pillaging, plundering and
passing out beads.
The AMI Privateers is a nonprofit group that supports
the community and provides scholarships for Manatee
County college students.
For more information, call 941-650-8673 or go
online at www.amiprivateers.org.

Eaterie sponsors 6-course
wine dinner benefit
Beach Bistro and Eat Here will team up with a Cali-
fornia winery to present two dinners benefits.
A six-course presentation of Beach Bistro and Eat
Here menu selections and wine pairings from J. Peron-
celli Winery will be served starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 26, at Eat Here, 1888 Main St., Sarasota, and at 7
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The Pedroncelli winery, a four generation family-
owned and operated vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek
Valley, uses sustainable practices to produce fine wines.
The cost is $35 per person.
A portion of the proceeds from the Holmes Beach
event will benefit the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, and the Sarasota event will benefit the American
Cancer Society.
For reservations at the Eat Here-Holmes Beach, call
941-778-0411. For Eat Here-Sarasota reservations, call

Astronomy enthusiasts
welcome Mars viewers
After a summer hiatus, Sidewalk Astronomy events
will return to the open skies at the Holmes Beach city
field, north of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, Saturday, Sept. 22.
Weather permitting, the local group of Deep Sky
Observers will be focusing on Mars and the first-quarter
moon 7:30-10 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to the monthly Sidewalk
Astronomy events to observe the k\) tlluillh the group's
high-powered telescopes.
The observer events for 2012 include Oct. 20 at Main
Street, Lakewood Ranch; Nov. 17 at Riverview High
School, Sarasota; and Dec. 22 at Holmes Beach.
The free sessions begin at sunset, and the time
For more information, call Brian Hawkes at 941-342-
9632, or go online at www.LGDSO.com.

100th birthday celebrated
Former Holmes Beach resident Walter Petlowany,
born July 28, 1912, in Cleveland, celebrates his 100th
birthday with 30 friends and family members, includ-
ing daughters Marie Pettis and Judy Denaleck at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach. A retired
carpenter, Petlowany came to Florida in 1980. He now
resides at Heritage Park, Bradenton.

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Former Holmes Beach Mayor
Van Wagoner dies in Sarasota
Robert E. "Bob" Van Wagoner, 89, of Sarasota,
former mayor of Holmes Beach, died Wednesday, Sept.
12, after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 24, 1922, in
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Ag I Mayor Rich Bohnenberger com-
mented on Van Wagoner's time in
SG office, saying, "Bob served as mayor
from March 1996 to March 1998. It was
a time of much controversy, as the cell
tower was coming. The population was
Van Wagoner divided, was it a good thing or would
ruin our community? Time has passed
and the tower has been accepted, not only by our resi-
dents, but also by nesting ospreys."
Mr. Van Wagoner grew up in Niagara Falls, spending
summers on Lake Ontario. He loved living near water,
was an avid swimmer, and relished the sunsets over Sara-
sota Bay. He was an avid runner, and completed the New
York marathon on his 60th birthday.
He was a 1940 honor graduate of DeVeaux Military
School in Niagara Falls, and a political science honor
graduate in 1944 from Princeton University. He served
in the U.S. Army Air Corps 1943-45.
He was a newspaper reporter in New York City for
almost 30 years, representing press and public relations
for numerous private and public businesses. He had a
column on the joys and challenges of aging in the Sara-
sota Herald-Tribune, and frequently had opinion letters
published in other newspapers, including the New York
He managed political campaigns, ran for several
offices successfully, negotiated labor contracts as a
newspaper union leader, and headed a number of civic
He moved in the early 1990s to Longboat Key and
became active in community affairs. He served as mayor
of Holmes Beach 1996-98 and worked diligently to pro-
tect the integrity and charm of the island.
He was instrumental in the fight to block the pro-
posed Anna Maria high-bridge, as well as other environ-
mental issues, including hurricane preparedness.
Bob lived 2003-06 in Morehead City, N.C., and
then Yorktown, VA., to be close to his children and then
returned to Sarasota.
His daughter said he will be remembered for his love
of jazz, the ocean, and writing, but most importantly for

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Hall rearrested on
new burglary charge

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Just a few weeks after being arrested on a felony
gun theft charge, Erik Hall, 24, of 510 67th St., Holmes
Beach, was arrested on a new misdemeanor attempted
burglary charge.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Hall was
arrested Sept. 10 for attempted vehicle burglary in the
100 block of 81st Street in Holmes Beach.
The report states Hall broke into a
vehicle he thought was unoccupied. As
Hall was gaining entry into the vehicle,
he realized someone was in the car and
fled the area.
The victim was able to describe
Hall the suspect and Holmes Beach Police
Department officers caught up with Hall on Marina
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held
on $5,000 bond, which he posted the following day.

the impact he had on so many lives.
The family plans to hold a private memorial cer-
emony on Oct. 27 to honor Mr. Van Wagoner's 90th birth-
day. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society.
Mr. Van Wagoner is survived by his children, John
and wife Wendy of Bluffton, S.C., Lauren and husband
Frank Rotella of Bluffton, S.C., and David and wife The-
resa Lally of Yorktown, Va.; grandchildren Kenny, Paul,
Amy, David, Carolyn, and Jenny; and great-grandchildren
Aiden, Emily, Kaitlin, and Ellie.

Russell Lee Cripe
Russell Lee Cripe, 63, of Holmes Beach, died Sept.
8. He was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Mansfield, Ohio.
He started a family in Pennsylvania, and eventually
moved with his family to Holmes Beach. He was a long-
time restaurateur, known locally for his cooking skills,
especially his potato leek soup and chicken salad.
A memorial service was held Sept. 14, at the King-
dom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 3915 26th St. W., Bra-
denton. Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall.
Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuner-
Mr. Cripe is survived by his children, Marc, Matthew,
Meagen Jones, Seth and Micolaus; sisters Lynda Stricker
and Jennifer Little; and five grandchildren.

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On Aug. 3, Hall was arrested with Holmes Beach
resident Jacob Mackinlay, 19, for allegedly stealing a 9
mm handgun from a roommate during an argument.
Police found the handgun in Hall's backpack when
officers pulled the pair over a short time
after they left the residence. Mackinlay
S allegedly assaulted the victim when the
S victim saw him take the gun.
According to court records,
Mackinlay pleaded not guilty Aug. 30
Mackinlay to felony theft of a firearm and conceal-
ing a firearm. Court records state the
same charges against Hall in the August incident were
He is scheduled to be arraigned on the attempted
burglary charge at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Mana-
tee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W.,

Pier employee arrested
for fraud, fake ID
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 33-year-old Mexican native was arrested Sept.
11 at the Anna Maria Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore
Drive, for felony use of personal identification and felony
worker's compensation fraud.
Detectives from the Florida Departments of Financial
Services and Insurance Fraud placed Jamie Mejia under
arrest, and he was booked into the Manatee County jail.
He was released the following day on $3,000 bond.
According to the probable cause
affidavit, Mejia applied Feb. Ifor a job
at the Rod & Reel Pier. In the course
of his application, Mejia allegedly pre-
sented a Social Security card containing
the number of a woman who reported
Mejia her card stolen in November 2010.
Law enforcement learned of the
number's use when Mejia allegedly filed a worker's com-
pensation claim, and the Social Security number used in
the claim came up belonging to the 2010 victim.
Mejia, of 613 21st Place E., Bradenton, was sched-
uled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the
Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W.,

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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
Sept. 7, 1600 Gulf Drive S., suspected vehicle bur-
glary. While on routine patrol a Bradenton Beach Police
Department officer spotted a vehicle at Coquina Beach
suspected to be involved in several vehicle burglaries in
the area. The officer began to follow the vehicle, but the
suspect vehicle crossed the Longboat Key Bridge. Long-
boat Key Police Department was notified and the BBPD
officer returned to Coquina Beach. He was flagged down
by a woman there, who reported someone had tried to

X eels we're starting to get a break from all that
summer heat. Time to get going on all the shopping and
fall projects you've been waiting to do. So, get out of
the heat-induced rut you've been in and duck into these
boutiques for a great time and fresh, fun items you won't
find anywhere else. It always feels good to shop local
and buy local.
Just Beachin' is having a make-room-for-new
inventory sale. They've got great, fun stuff up to 50
percent off during the sale. Stop in and see Susan to see
all of the goodies she has in store for you.
Really Relish is our newest shop on the Tiki & Kitty
scene. Rhonda says stop by Relish Marketplace in the big
yellow house and say, "I love vintage," and you'll get $5
off any one article of vintage clothing.
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has new merchandise
every week. And remember, when you shop at Giving
Back, you get some awesome deals but also give back,
because all proceeds go to local charities.
Steff's Stuff is on vacation and will be back in the
shop Oct. 15. After that, look for her great antique and
arts fairs to start up again. They'll be even better than at
her old location, and if you've forgotten Steff's stuff is
now in the Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
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break into her vehicle. BBPD again contacted LKPD and
requested the vehicle be stopped and found a 29-year-old
man and 39-year-old woman. Police also found several
tools, including a pair of slimjims in the vehicle. Police
found a purse containing a handgun, as well. No items
tagged in recent burglaries were discovered in the vehicle
and the couple was released.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Aug. 28, 600 block of Emerald Lane, credit card
fraud. A woman contacted the Holmes Beach Police
Department on receiving an unsolicited Sears credit
card. The woman called Sears and learned $900 worth
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to an address in New Hampshire.
Aug. 30, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary.
Unknown suspects gained entry to a vacant rental home
by breaking out a rear-door window. A flat-screen TV and
DVD player valued at $450 were reported missing.
Aug. 29,3300 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Three
flat-screen TVs valued at $1,848 were reported stolen
from a house. Police say the suspect gained entry by
breaking out a small window on the front door. Finger-
prints were secured at the scene.
Aug. 30, 200 block of 82nd Street, disturbance.
Police responded to a disturbance call and made contact
with a man who said his intoxicated girlfriend was trying
to leave in her vehicle. He told police he was trying to
keep her safe by not allowing her to leave. The woman
was advised not to drive in her condition. She agreed.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.


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one of the area's top stops, and we always enjoy our stroll
among the unique offerings.
Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs Antiques
are announcing Rosie's retirement. Please, join them at the
shop for an open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 22. Come as
you were (vintage-style) or come as you are for a celebration
of a lifetime. Come say "welcome" to Chris, the new owner.
It's bound to be a lot of fun.
Tide and Moon jewelry boutique welcomes you to visit
Pine Avenue. Paradise is best remembered with the Anna
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14 0 SEPT. 19, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

Anna Maria proposes tax increase, 2.05 millage

By Rick Catlin .
Islander Reporter 30 .
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed at their Sept. "
11 budget hearing to a 2.05 ad valorem millage rate for
the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, an increase of 1.41 per-
cent from the rollback rate of 2.0214 mills. i
The rollback rate is the millage rate needed to pro- i'
duce the same amount of income to the city as the current
year's budget.
The 2.05 millage rate amounts to a budget increase,
although it is the same rate as in the 2011-12 budget. If
approved, the 2012-13 budget would be $2.3 million. L /
City treasurer Diane Percycoe said good news came
from the city's auditors, who said that the city's reserve
account climbed from less than 30 percent of operating ^ -
expenses in the 2011-12 budget to 35.9 percent in the
proposed budget.
"That made me very happy because last year it was Private funding is expected to make up the majority, if
below 30 percent for the first time I can remember," Per- not all, of the payments, Percycoe said.
cycoe said. Commission Chair Chuck Webb said he didn't want
The 2012-13 budget accounts for $98,000 in pay- to rely totally on private donations and said the city should
ments on the city property at the end of Pine Avenue. put some funding in the 2013-14 budget. By next year's

Code enforcement/MCSO work for compliance

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The effort by Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Steve Ogline of the MCSO's Anna Maria sub-
station and the city's code enforcement officers to get
vacation property owners to comply with state and city
laws appears to be working.
Building official Bob Welch, also authorized as a
code enforcement officer, reported that the owners of 211
Willow Ave., who received a compliance notice from
his office, have registered and complied, and also have
applied for the required Florida Department of Business
and Professional Regulation vacation rental license.
The original list of potential violators of city and state
laws contained 12 rent-by-owner vacation homes.
Code enforcement officer Diane Sacca said the
owners of the property at 123 Hammock Road also have
now applied for their DBPR license and are no longer on
the list.

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role of deputies in issuing code citations, failure to have
a DBPR license is a criminal offense.
MCSO attorney Michelle Hall and Anna Maria City
Attorney Jim Dye are still discussing the issue of code
enforcement by deputies.
Anna Maria deputies have, however, been respond-
ing to nuisance and noise complaints and have been suc-
cessful in getting most, if not all, of the partygoers to
quiet down.
In one loud noise incident in which MCSO deputies
responded, the renter apparently wasn't aware the city
had a noise ordinance.
Vacation property owners and rental agents who
follow the list of best practices, give a list of dos and
don't to tenants when they arrive for a vacation. On the
"don't" list is no loud noises, particularly after 10 p.m.,
when the city's noise ordinance takes effect.
Commissioner SueLynn, who initiated the best-
practices list along with rental agents Larry Chatt and
Jim Brinson, said the few renters who want to party and
spoil the night for nearby residents and other guests are
not going to disappear immediately.
But the MCSO/code enforcement cooperation is a
"good start," she said.

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SAnna Maria public
works superinten-
S -dent George McKay
suggested the city
purchase a 2005
electric truck for
$4,600. McKay
bought the truck
himself after he
found it for sale.
.r.. He hopes the city
Swillfollow through
with the purchase
at the price he paid.
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Rick Catlin
budget cycle, the commission should have approved a
usage for the vacant land and determined if any revenue
could be derived from its use.
"We'll at least have a backup plan," Webb said.
Private donors already have pledged $100,000 in
2012-13 toward the mortgage on the land.
In other budget business, public works superinten-
dent George McKay is proposing the city purchase a used
electric truck for $4,610. McKay bought the truck for that
price after finding it for sale and realizing someone would
grab the bargain before the city could take action.
The truck is a 2005 model with 7,000 miles. Simi-
lar trucks were priced in the book of used car values at
$8,000, McKay said.
The funds would come from the 2011-12 budget,
which has $3,000 budgeted for such purposes, leaving
$1,610 to come from the 2012-13 budget.
McKay estimated that without the need for gasoline,
it will take the city two years to recover the cost of the
City attorney Jim Dye said he didn't think ani) 1il
was improper about the purchase, but would check
to ensure McKay is within the bounds of proper staff
Percycoe also added that the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office-Anna Maria substation has asked the city to
purchase a $1,600 laser gun to track speeders. The current
gun needs repairs, according to Sgt. Dave Turner.
Webb asked Percycoe to have Turner bring backup
information to justify the request to the final budget hear-
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Holmes Beach lowers spending at first of 2 budget hearings

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
The 2012-13 budget hearing Sept. 11 drew only two
members of the public who made no comments.
City treasurer Lori Hill presented a proposed 1.75
millage rate and $8,394,950 budget for the fiscal year
beginning Oct. 1.
The budget was $535,096 more than the $7,859,854
budget proposed by outgoing treasurer Rick Ashley in
July, and slightly less than the $8.67 proposed spending
The increased revenue comes from a $525,000 storm-
water reimbursement received from Southwest Florida
Water Management District and $11,000 from T-end dock
The city raised its dock fees from $50 to $425 for
users of 60 refurbished slips at three T-end canals between
72nd and 77th streets.
Swiftmud's reimbursement is now part of the
$4,266,194 total carryover reserves and the T-end dock
revenue is part of the $3,305,70 in local source revenue.
In addition to those revenues, the budget includes
$2.08 million in local property taxes to be derived from
the 1.75 millage rate, the same rate imposed last year.
The proposed tax rate is lower than the rollback rate,
which is 1.7553. The rollback rate is the tax rate that
would bring in the same amount of property tax dollars
as the current year.
One mill is equal to $1 of property taxes for every
$1,000 of taxable value of property. At the 1.75 millage
rate, a homeowner with a house appraised at $500,000
and a maximum of $50,000 in homestead exemptions
would pay $787.50 in city tax.
Ashley, who retired Aug. 31, told commissioners in
July that Hill, on staff since May 31, had made all the
calculations for the new budget.
The final budget hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Tues-
day, Sept. 25, at city hall chambers, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
After the second reading of the ordinances, the mill-
age rate will be certified by the Manatee County Property
Appraiser's Office, and tax notices are expected to be
mailed by the tax collector on or about Nov. 1.

Mayor offers appreciation
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger read a pre-
pared statement at the Sept. 11 budget hearing and
then again at Commissioner John Monetti's request for a
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"The 2012-2013 budget has been drafted to meet the
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By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
The city of Holmes Beach last week canceled a code
board hearing set for alleged pool violations at 5311 Sun-
rise Lane against Agnelli Pools & Construction.
"In trying to gain compliance which is the name of
the game the accord was reached," said code enforce-
ment officer David Forbes.
Attorneys for the city and the contractor resolved
the matter, according to Jan Gorman, code enforcement
The contractor complied with city code, Forbes said,
by submitting a professional engineer's report that certi-
fies the safety of the pool and its enclosure and by paying
$1,179.44 in fees.
Forbes noted Agnelli's repeat offender status, saying
"going forward, there will be no more slaps on the wrist.
I don't think the city will be forgiving and allow contrac-
tors to make amends after the fact."
He said the city is "tightening its building practice
and playing by the rules."
Agnelli had previously been issued stop work orders
for a 66th Street duplex, and for work performed before
a demolition permit was issued on 77th Street.
The 66th Street issue was resolved by a $1,500 fee
and the 77th Street allegation went before the code board
in April and a violation was found.
The code board hearing on the most recent Agnelli
matter had been set for August and then postponed to
Sept. 20.
At issue was a pool constructed and issued a certifi-
cate of occupancy in 2010, but red-tagged by the city July
17 after it was alerted to a missing permit.
Frank Agnelli of Agnelli Pools & Construction dis-
puted the violation, saying a former building official had
signed off on the pool permit, which was paid for along
with other permits in a lump sum before the certificate
of occupancy was issued.
But Forbes said there had been a misunderstanding
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budget that will provide five consecutive years with no
tax increase.
"Our residents can be proud of our city government
and our commitment to provide city services in a safe
and cost-effective manner.
"I thank the commission for their support in this pro-
cess," Bohnenberger concluded.

The Sunrise property is owned by AMI Beach Inn
LLC and By the Shore Investments LLC, according to
county and city records.
In 2010, a one-story house on a lot zoned for a sin-
gle-family home was demolished and a new residence,
pool and two docks were built there. A second residence
is planned, but the property since converted to condo-
minium ownership in March 2011.
The same property also is the subject of a Florida
Department of Environmental Protection investigation
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struction on Anna Maria Sound. Notices were sent to the
owners in February.
Earlier this summer, DEP officials indicated a con-
sent order was expected. However, in an email to the
city attorney last month, DEP specialist Ryan Greenawalt
wrote that the department may issue a notice of violation
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Final plan approved for Bradenton Beach pier day dock

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners approved a final
plan Sept. 12 to go to the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency for repairs to the day dock next to the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier.
The dock has remained closed for months due to
maintenance issues caused by wave action and blamed
on a manufacturer's design flaw in the hinges that hold
the dock sections together.
In June, Tropical Storm Debby ensured the dock's
closure as rough Sarasota Bay waters made temporary
"Band-Aid" repairs impossible, according to public
works director Tom Woodard.
Commissioners learned Aug. 24 that FEMA would
likely fund 75 percent of the cost to repair the dock. Details
on how to approach those repairs were ongoing, as com-
missioners and city staff discussed the dock's future.
FEMA will typically only fund a project to restore a
structure to its original design, but because FEMA engi-
neers have acknowledged the dock's design flaw, they
approved moving forward with an alternate plan.
The cost to repair the dock is about $120,000 with
an additional $41,000 to fix the design flaw. FEMA has
approved 75 percent of the $120,000, with the city pick-
ing up the remaining cost.
Commissioners had eyed the possibility of reduc-
ing the dock's size from nine sections to four or five
because the remaining sections were thought to be beyond
In August, Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby
said if the city still wanted to reduce the dock size, the
FEMA reimbursement would pay for the repairs and fix
the design flaw without cost to the city.
Cosby said Sept. 12, at a one-agenda item commis-
sion meeting at city hall to address the day dock, the

The day dock next to the Bradenton Beach Historic
Bridge Street Pier has been closed for months due to
wave damage. Islander Photo: Mark Young

city had to approve the mitigated repair plan with an
understanding that it was likely a permanent solution.
"You already voted that you want to reduce the dock,
but FEMA has thrown in a monkey wrench," said Cosby.
"Once we remove the three sections, they can't be put
back for five years unless the reason is an act of Mother
Cosby said he didn't believe replacing the removed
sections was part of the city's plan, but FEMA wanted
city commissioners to take action by stating they under-
stood the requirements.
"An) iing\ we receive from FEMA is considered a
grant, and a grant is good for five years," said Cosby.
"Another catch is that the Florida Department of Environ-

mental Protection is not going to give us another permit
for those removed sections."
Cosby said once they are gone as part of the city's
plan, they cannot be replaced as part of a new plan, where
replacement sections will block the sun from hitting the
bottom of the bay, inhibiting seagrass growth.
Cosby said commissioners need to know that if the
plan is to remove those sections to reduce the dock size,
"they are gone for good."
The fact that FEMA was even considering reimburs-
ing the city for repairs to the day dock, as well as the
dingy dock near the BridgeTender Restaurant, came as a
surprise to city staff after TS Debby.
Cosby said the city has always been told a structure
over water would not be considered by FEMA.
"But the reason why FEMA is covering this is
because we have never had a claim before, so it's not
being looked at as a repetitive action," he said.
Cosby said he needed another motion from the com-
missioners to move forward with the plan to reduce the
dock's size with an understanding that the dock cannot
be changed for five years from FEMA's perspective, and
that it is likely permanent from DEP's perspective.
Mayor John Shaughnessy wanted to know if the costs
approved by FEMA covered the removal of the four or
five sections of dock.
Cosby said no, but he expects the city's public works
department to find a way to include those costs into its
operating budget.
Cosby said the public works department can float the
docks to a marian, use a lift to remove them and recycle
most of the material.
Commissioner Ed Straight motioned to approve the
final plan to be submitted to FEMA. Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse seconded the motion, which passed 3-0. Com-
missioners Jan Vosburgh and Gay Breuler were absent.

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
has a new brand for the area and a new name for the
convention center.
At a grand opening Sept. 12, BACVB executive
director Elliott Falcione introduced about 200 local tour-
ism and business executives to the recently remodeled
convention center, which is now named the Bradenton
Area Convention Center.
It was known as the Manatee Convention Center, but
Falcione said research found that the name Bradenton is
better known than Manatee. The renovations cost about
$1.8 million.
In addition to the remodeled convention center, Fal-
cione introduced a rebranding effort for the area aimed
at highlighting its "old Florida authenticity."

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the opportunities available in Manatee County for large-
scale groups and events, yet keep the area known as the
authentic old Florida of the West coast.
The area is now being marketed as the "Bradenton/
Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key-Florida's West Coast,"
said Falcione.
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availability of the convention center for major events will
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FISH board moves back on track, returns civility

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
After a few hours with a facilitator Aug. 10, Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage board members, at their
next meeting, put aside personal differences and returned
to business.
"Dedicated to the promotion, education and preser-
vation of Cortez and Florida's commercial fishing and
other traditional maritime cultures, including the envi-
ronment upon which these communities depend," the
FISH mission statement, is now a permanent fixture atop
the organization's meeting agenda, which also has been
changed to accommodate a time-sensitive priority listing
of topics.
FISH board members were previously known to shout
one another down and jump from one topic to another at
meetings, which led to a contentious atmosphere.
Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B.
"Chips" Shore brought in a facilitator after last month's
meeting, when accusations of board members vandal-
izing fence work in the FISH 95-acre preserve led to
At the board's Sept. 10 meeting, the agenda was
changed to help organize the discussion, but attitudes
toward one another and behavior at board meetings also
were addressed.
"A lot was accomplished with the facilitator," said
president Kim McVey. "You'll see some immediate
results in the time-sensitive agenda. During this meet-
ing, we will use two other tools."
Board members were given the authority to call a
timeout on any other board member who strays off the
agenda topic being discussed. Board members were to
respect the timeout and bring the focus back to the topic
at hand.
"Secondly, we will use a parking lot system, which
is a place to talk about ideas that weren't on the agenda,"
she said.
The "parking lot" system amounts to the creation
of a list of topics that board members bring up during
their discussion that are not on the agenda. The item is
shifted to the list and retained as an agenda item for the
next meeting rather than an off-topic, off-agenda item at
the current meeting.
"We also talked about priority communication tools,"
said McVey. "At this time, we want to discuss setting a
date for priority communication tools to begin setting
priorities for this organization."
McVey said it would be better if the facilitator could
return to help the board with that process, and Shore
agreed to set a date to bring the facilitator back.
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"Board members need to have an expectation for
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McVey said the Aug. 10 meeting with the facilitator
was a good day for FISH.
"Many of us saw it as a new beginning," she said.
Secretary Joe Kane wanted to be a part of that new
beginning. Kane resigned along with board member Bob
Landry following the vandalism last month and a subse-
quent contentious FISH meeting where accusations flew
around the room.
Kane rescinded his resignation before the Sept. 10
meeting and was back at his post.
McVey said there was nothing in the organization's
bylaws to address either a resignation or a subsequent
rescinded resignation between two official meetings.
"So we reverted to Robert's Rules of Order that states
as long as he rescinded before the next meeting, he's
automatically reinstated," said McVey.
Turner Mathews said the reinstatement is in conflict

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage took the
first step in securing a $250,000 grant Sept. 10, passing
a motion to create a conservation easement in the FISH-
owned 95-acre preserve in Cortez.
"This is an important, very urgent item," said FISH
board member John Stevely at the board's monthly meet-
ing at Fishermen's Hall. Stevely chairs the nonprofit's
preserve committee.
"It's something we have discussed for well over a
decade," he said.
Stevely urged board members to move forward on a
$250,000 grant opportunity from the Southwest Florida
Water Management District. The offer is contingent on
FISH's willingness to create a conservation easement
within the preserve.
According to FISH president Kim McVey, the exact
amount and location of the easement has not been deter-
mined, but the preserve committee will meet this week
to work out details.
In the meantime, Stevely said all Swiftmud wants
is for FISH to take official action showing the board's
The easement will create a joint ownership between
FISH and Swiftmud, but FISH will retain management

with the board's standing rules that say if at least two
members received the resignation, "you can't withdraw
Board treasurer Jane von Hahmann said every other
resignation that has occurred in the past has come before
the board for acceptance.
"But this board has never accepted Joe's resignation,"
so officially it never took place, said von Hahmann.
Mathews said the process was a mess and needed to
be cleared up.
"I don't know who is on the board and who isn't
anymore," he said. "If anybody takes the time to write
a letter, they should put it in a drawer for a few days. If
they still send it, then it should be a resignation. People
need to think about the consequences."
A motion was made under the board's review of its
bylaws concerning resignations, but bylaws can only
be changed at the board's annual election meeting in
In the meantime, the motion was accepted and car-
ried to write a new standing rule that if a board member
submits a written resignation, it has to be voted on at the
next board meeting.
FISH meets once the first Monday of the month at
Fisherman's Hall, 4515 124th St. W, Cortez.

Turner Mathews motioned to agree to the easement,
which was seconded by board secretary Joe Kane. The
motion passed unanimously.
Not everyone agreed, but Mathews' motion included a
stipulation that the authority to grant the easement include
a board-approved management plan. Preserve committee
members said the details could be completed within 60
days and presented to the board for final approval.
FISH member Allen Garner cautioned against the
board moving too quickly due to a clause in the Swiftmud
grant that excludes building any structures on the ease-
Garner said FISH's goal is to construct walkways
and observation towers and the clause could prevent that
from happening.
Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. "Chips"
Shore said it's a standard inclusion and if the board did
not move forward it would lose the grant opportunity.
Karen Bell said the easement simply protects the
property and FISH only needs look at other preserves in
Manatee County to know that walkways and observation
towers can be included in a management plan.
"We need to do this now," she said. "It makes it look
like we are moving forward in the right direction as a
cohesive board with a plan."

FISH moves forward on $250,000 grant opportunity

18 0 SEPT. 19, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

BB Scenic Waves chair: cell tower is committee business

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Scenic Waves Partnership Committee chair Carl
Parks said Sept. 10 that a proposed cell tower in Braden-
ton Beach is Scenic Waves' business, despite objections
from committee members.
Parks provided committee members with a timeline
of the ongoing cellular communications tower process,
saying it's been committee business since 2009.
"At that point, we found our city ordinance was very
weak," said Parks. "We did not have things showing a
specific need for a cell tower."
Parks was questioned by other committee members
as to the purpose of the presentation.
"Is this related to Scenic Waves?" asked committee
member and Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director
Ingrid McClellan.
Parks said the committee has an overall concern with
parking and beautification issues in certain parts of the
city, and he believed a proposed cell tower at Bradenton

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mission of Scenic Waves.
Parks acknowledged the mechanics of the proposal
belonged to the city and its planning and zoning board,
"but we can say anil) lling related to the aesthetics of it,"
as committee business.
Committee member David Teitelbaum disagreed.
"We have a role that is confined, and as a group we
should be focused on issues that are important to us," he
said. "At this point, this goes out of our jurisdiction."
Parks said the committee acted as a subcommittee
when three companies began looking to install a cell
tower in 2009.
"So historically we do have an involvement," said
Teitelbaum said he supported Parks' pursuit of the
issue on a personal basis, "but as a group, we don't have
a standing position. This is not our group issue. You have
a commission, which is duly charged in making these
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Parks said he was not asking for committee action,
but felt it was important to keep members updated on the
process. If necessary, he said, he would stand alone in the
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an old Western who has run out of bullets," he said.
Parks also briefly addressed comments made by
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meeting. Gatehouse admonished Parks for an August
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Parks implied city officials may have been paid off
following a land-lease agreement between the city and a
cellular communications company, one of several steps
needed to open the door to a contract.
Parks accused the city of violating its ordinance, but
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Gatehouse responded that the ordinance itself,
adopted in May 2011 during former Mayor Bob Bartelt's
administration, appeared to be written to financially ben-
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Tree City USA sign locations offered
In other Scenic Waves matters, McClellan showed
photos of possible locations for the city's Tree City USA
McClellan is recommending locations either across
the street from city hall or at 11th Street South. The city
received two signs and McClellan said Waves could place
one sign in each location or a double-sided sign at one
Commissioner Gay Breuler, liaison to the committee,
said she preferred the location across from city hall.
Committee members agreed and unanimously
approved a motion to set the location priorities and to
present the recommendation to the city commission.
In liaison reports, Teitelbaum said the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce will be introducing a new
phone application to let trolley riders know how many
minutes until the next trolley arrives to their location.
Teitelbaum also said the chamber has provided
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McClellan said Keep Manatee Beautiful will par-
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which will take place across the island, in Cortez and
along the Palma Sola Causeway.
In closing, Breuler said a $2,500 landscaping budget
for the city's gateway between the Gulf Drive Cafe and
BeachHouse Restaurant has been in place for years, and
asked the committee to release the funding for the proj-
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the $2,500 that has been sitting there for years and let's
just use it," said Breuler. "Let's just do some planting."
Breuler said the delay was due to a possible sidewalk
plan by the Florida Department of Transportation.
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have to move the plants in five years, we'll move them."
She said the project would consist of small, native
McClellan motioned to release the funds, which
passed unanimously.
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Monday, Oct. 3, at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 19, 2012 19

AME enrollment drops, 1 teacher to transfer

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Declining enrollment at Anna Maria Elementary
School is resulting in the loss of one teacher.
Manatee County School District spokesman Mike
Barber said that the 2012-13 enrollment is down 45 stu-
dents from last year, and AME is not meeting its projec-
tions to support its current teacher allocation.
"They will be losing one teacher unit," said Barber.
The teacher chosen to leave Anna Maria will be reas-
signed within the district, he said, "and will not be losing
her job."
AME principal David Marshall said more details
of the adjustments for the school at 4700 Gulf Drive,

Monday, Sept. 24
Breakfast: Pizza or Super Round.
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mandarin Oranges,
Potato Smiles, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and Biscuit or Waffle.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Shrimp Poppers, Warm Roll,
Applesauce, Carrot Coins, Mini Romaine Salad,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese
Bagel or Proballs.
Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Ham and Cheese on Goldfish Bread,
Peach Cup, Mixed Veggies, Cucumber Coins with Dip,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Thursday, Sept. 27
Breakfast: Biscuit Sandwich or Ultimate Breakfast Round.
Lunch: Tacos, Pizza Bagels, Strawberry-Banana Cup,
Lettuce-Tomato Cup, Refried Beans, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Friday, Sept. 28
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick or Super Round.
Lunch: Pizza Choice, Fish Sandwich, Sliced Pears, Frozen Fruit
Slushie, Corn, Sweet Potato Fires, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

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Holmes Beach, due to the low enrollment numbers should
become known in the next week.
"I have recommended that a Various Exceptionali-
ties teacher be moved from AME to another school,"
Marshall wrote in a Sept. 14 email. "We are in the middle
of the process, and I do not know which teacher will be
moved at this time.
"We follow the union contract for this process and
the process began last Friday and should be completed
by the end of next week."
There are currently two VE teachers at AME, Betsy
Kern and Kathy Houston. Houston is new to AME this
At the 10-day benchmark for district administrators,
AME had 250 students enrolled, but 289 students had
been allocated by the district. Final enrollment numbers
are expected in October.
Last year's enrollment was 295 students.
Marshall said the news that the school would lose a
unit was shared at the student advisory council meeting
Sept. 10.
In his Sept. 14 email, he indicated enrollment is down
due to attrition that followed the graduating fifth-grade
"We had 68 fifth-graders last year and 38 fourth-
graders. This was a natural loss of 30 students. We were
looking to replace them with our new kindergarten class.
We have 39 kindergarten students at this time."
He said the school lost another nine or 10 students
due to families moving.
Marshall previously attributed decreased enroll-
ment to dwindling School Choice numbers. However,
he said in his email that this year's loss is not due to
the choice program.
The School Choice program was first introduced
to Manatee County elementary schools in 2000, and it
allows for students to choose any district school, academy
charter or private school.

AME zone shows decline
Anna Maria Elementary School counted 210 elemen-
tary students living in its zone in 2011-12, and a prelimi-
nary count this year is at 180 students.
"The number of elementary students living on Anna
Maria Island has declined in recent years," reported
MCSD supervisor of student demographics, projections
and assignment Daniel Lundeen.
"Preliminary counts this year indicate 180 compared
to 210 last year. This would account for most of the
decline in enrollment this year," according to Lundeen.
Of those living in the AME zone last year, 193 ele-
mentary students attended the school. Of the 17 students
who opted out, Lundeen wrote in a Sept. 14 email, 10
attended other district schools, six are home-schooled
and one attends Horizons.
I gui) -eight students are choice into Anna Maria
from other zones. That's a net gain of 78 in the choice
program," Lundeen continued.
Lundeen also provided a 12-year history of enroll-
ment at AME that showed a decline in student enrollment
since 2009.
He also noted out-of-zone students are allowed to
choose AME unless it has a negative impact on another
district school. Transportation is not provided to AME's
choice students.


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Runner sets record, adult sports on scoreboard

By Kevin P. Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey
Hooke competed in the ninth annual Broward County
Firefighters 5K Sept. 9 in Hollywood Beach. With only
four months of training under his belt, Hooke finished first
in the Grandmasters division, setting a new Grandmasters
course record and winning the 2012 RRCA Florida state
championship. He ran a 17:33 to finish fourth overall out
of about 1,000 runners.
This 5K state championship goes along nicely with
the 10K RRCA state championship Hooke captured in
February in Eau Gallie. Hooke set two grandmasters
records there and finished in third overall.
At age 51, Hooke is dominating the grandmasters
division and making some of the younger division run-
ners look over their shoulder for Hooke making a pass
on them.

Adult soccer, basketball games under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed
soccer and basketball leagues got started last week.
Basketball got under way with three games played
Sept. 11 in the center gym. The back-to-back games are
played every Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m.
Best Buy opened with a 77-65 victory over Eat Here
behind 34 points and 16 rebounds fromAntwann Jackson,
and 23 points, four rebounds and five assists from Bran-
don Kern. Tyler Bekkerus added 12 points and Chuck
McCracken contributed seven rebounds for Best Buy in
the victory.
Dominic Orloff paced Eat Here with 17 points and 11
rebounds, while Emmanuel Abraham hit five 3-pointers.
RJ Mizel added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Eat Here
in the loss.
Agnelli Pool & Spa edged Island Real Estate 67-65
behind 26 points and eight rebounds from Chad Woods.
Jonathan Moss chipped in 17 points and six boards
for Agnelli, which also received 12 points and seven

Mickey Hooke shows off his new hardware from the
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rebounds from Jordan Demers in the victory.
Matt Ray's 24 points and 12 rebounds paced Island
Real Estate, which also received 11 points from Ian Fet-
ters and 9 points each from Eric Gledhill, Matt Dwyer
and Teagan Purtill in the loss.
Gatorman Pools slipped past The Feast 48-42
in the last game of the evening behind 22 points and
six rebounds from Evan Wolfe, and 13 points and 13
rebounds from Sean Hubbard.
Michael Haynes led The Feast with 12 points and
seven rebounds, while Nate Coleman added 11 points in
the loss.
Adult soccer got started Sept. 13 with four games
played on the center field. Adult soccer matches start
at 6 p.m. Thursday. Wash Family Construction got
its season off to a good start with a 4-2 victory over
Sato Real Estate behind a hat trick from Zoran Kolega
and one goal from Greg Ross. Kris Yavalar and Damir
Glavan each added an assist, while Don Purvis made
10 saves in goal.
Lexi Braxton and Jeff Christianson scored a goal
each and Kim Christianson added an assist to lead Sato
in the loss.
Florida Discount Signs earned a 5-3 victory over
Moss & Bernard Construction in the second game of the
evening. Chrissy Rice led the way with a pair of goals,
while Tim Tedesco and Rich Bell each added goals in
the victory. Troy Shonk made five saves for Discount
Omar Polar paced Moss & Bernard with two goals
and an assist. Brent Moss added one goal, while Jonathan
Moss made 17 saves in the loss.
Island Pest Control outlasted Pink & Navy Bou-
tique 7-6 in the third game of the evening. Austin Wash
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Lindsey Weaver scored three goals and Aaron Parkin
scored twice to lead Pink & Navy. Josh Petit added a goal
and an assist, while Scott Rudacille finished with 14 saves
in the loss.
Slim's Place earned a 3-0 win over Jessie's Island
Store to close out the night's action. Sean Sanders, Tyler
Krauss and Nate Coleman each scored a goal, while
Danny Anderson and Gina Anderson had assists. Josh
Peurifoy finished with six saves in the victory. Nate
Talucci made 20 saves to lead Jessie's Island Store in
the loss.

Horseshoe news
Before horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall horseshoe pits got under way Sept. 12, the horse-
shoe players donated $250 to the Food Bank of Manatee
Once the games began, Hank Huyghe and Sam Sam-
uels weren't giving an) diing away, earning the day's only
3-0 record.
Sept. 15 horseshoe action saw Bob Heiger defeat
Steve Doyle and Jerry Disbrow 21-18 in the last pool
play game, ending their chance for a 3-0 record on the
day and forcing a four-team playoff.
Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda defeated Jay Dis-
brow and Dom Livedoti 21-15 in the first semifinal while
Jerry Disbrow and Steve Doyle also advanced to the
finals with a 21-15 victory. Disbrow-Doyle then rolled
past Huyghe-Skoloda by a 21-12 score to earn the day's
bi .',in,' rights.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
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Flats, structure, reefs great fishing action awaits

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Flats fishers this past week are reporting good action
on the grass in southern Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay.
Using live shiners for bait, fishers caught good numbers
of redfish as well as spotted seatrout and catch-and-re-
lease snook.
If you're looking for fast action, try fishing around the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge for Spanish mackerel, bonito,
jack crevalle and blue runners. These species provide
good action on light tackle and will readily hit live bait
or artificial. Look for diving birds to locate the fish.
Mangrove snapper are beginning to feed on near-
shore structure. To get in on the frenzy, once anchored,
try dropping a chum block over the gunwale to get the
fish in the mood. Small live shiners fished toward the
bottom should get you into the action.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing
decent numbers of Spanish mackerel, blue runners and
jack crevalle being caught during the early morning hours
or before sunset. Pier fishers using white jigs or silver
spoons are getting the bite. When this trio is feeding,
it's a toss up as to what you will catch. No species will
dominate, as they all feed together. This at least provides
some variety as well as drag-screaming action on ultra-
light tackle.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing most
fishing action occurring in the early mornings. Pier fish-
ers targeting bottom species such as redfish, flounder and
black drum are getting action on live baits such as shiners
and shrimp. For the black drum, live shrimp fished far up
underneath the pier are getting the bite. If you want to
catch redfish or flounder, try using the same techniques,
only switch from baiting shrimp to a live shiner.
Spanish mackerel are still being caught around the
pier, although the bite is sporadic at best. Small white
jigs, especially those on a speck rig, are getting results
when the macks are present.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fish-
ing for redfish in southern Tampa Bay with good results.
Using live shiners for bait, Gross is catching reds in the
20- to 25-inch range. On the lower tides, Gross is having
good luck fishing outer edges of bars and grass flats.
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cover on high water, Gross is able to follow them to the
mangrove edges and keep the bite going.
Moving to deeper water in Tampa Bay, Gross is find-
ing small structure to target mangrove snapper. Again
he's using live shiners for bait. Once anchored, Gross is
dropping either whole live shiners or fresh-cut shiners to
the bottom to catch the tasty little snappers. Along with
mangoes, Gross is catching a few keeper-size flounder.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore with good
results on mangrove snapper. Using live shiners for bait,
Girle is pulling up limits of mangrove snapper that aver-
age 16 inches. Girle suggests fishing structure in depths
of 30-50 feet.
In these same areas, Girle is catching good numbers
of undersized red and gag grouper. Expect to catch a few
keeper fish in the mix, although the majority are small.
Again, live shiners are producing the bite, but a large
pinfish may entice a bigger grouper to bite.
In the upper water column, Girle is finding Spanish
mackerel, bonito and small sharks. For the macks and
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Moving inshore, Girle is catching keeper-size redfish
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Casting live shiners into these holes allows his clients
some great flats action.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says Spanish mackerel and
bonito are corralling bait schools during the early morning
tides. Look for diving birds or skyrocketing macks and
bonito, crashing the w \.i dniiughi schools of frightened
baitfish. Gotcha plugs are the lure of choice, although
white jigs and silver spoons also are producing. Expect to
catch jack crevalle and blue runners on the same lures.
Mangrove snapper are producing good action for
Skyway fishers using live greenbacks for bait. Try using
enough weight to keep the bait close to the structures
around the pier. According to Medley, the outgoing tides
are resulting in the most numbers of fish caught. Average
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Chamber golf tourney
heads weekend events
The 13th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce golf tournament is named "Lucky 13" by the
chamber. This year, the chamber is hoping to get lucky
and set a record for entry fees that go toward the cham-
ber's scholarship fund.
Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at
the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bra-
denton, with a shotgun start scheduled for 12:30 p.m.,
and the chamber is looking for more players.
Advance signup is required.
The tournament is a four-player scramble and the
$125 entry fee includes gift bags, dinner and various
awards. Single players will be placed with a team having
a vacancy, and all players who sign up will be included
in the tournament.
The option to skip golf and attend dinner is $35.
Proceeds benefit the chamber's scholarship fund,
which awards three scholarships a year to Manatee
County students continuing their post-high school study
in a business field.
Deb Wing of the chamber said sponsorship positions
at three levels are available, and members may donate to
the scholarship fund without playing in the tournament.
For entry, sponsorship or more information, call 941-

Chamber mixer scheduled
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce busi-
ness-card exchange this month will be 5-7 p.m. Wednes-
day, Sept. 26, at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Cost of the event is $5 and includes appetizers and
door prizes.
Reservations are requested.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.

LBK chamber
plans golf benefit
The Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road,
Longboat Key, will hold its second annual charity golf
tournament for first responders with a shotgun scramble

start at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Harbourside Golf
Cost of the tournament is $135 and includes a conti-
nental breakfast, beverages during play, an awards lunch
and prizes. Proceeds will be donated to the Police Athletic
For more information, call 941-387-1631.

Fun Map continues
Libby Combs, wife of the late Pierce "Fun Man"
Combs, publisher of the Anna Maria Island Fun Map,
said the 13th edition of the Fun Map will be distributed
the week of Sept. 24.
Combs said her husband worked on the Fun Map
through his illness and until he was no longer able
to help. He was out making calls on his friends and
clients as recently as a month before his death Sept.
4. She plans to keep up the Fun Map tradition that her
husband began in 2002.
"I will continue publishing the Fun Map. The tour-
ists say they absolutely love it and the advertisers are
extremely happy with the results.
"The map has almost doubled in size since its first
publication, an incredible feat when you think of the 2008
recession and the decline in the economy," she said.
Combs thanked people for the cards, letters, emails
and tributes following her husband's death.
For more information about the Fun Map, call 941-
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height of luxury, not to mention being pretty good at
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modate six people for an overnight trip.
Galati said the boat has all the latest fish-finding
equipment, air-conditioning, heads, and a galley to cook
the day's catch.
"It's really a treat to go on this boat," said Galati.
Gag grouper, mangrove snapper, king mackerel,
black-fin tuna and amberjacks are just some of the fish
the Miss Anna Maria can find.
Capt. Mike Kasten runs the fishing charters, while
Galati manages the overall operation of the charters.
"Mostly, we're chartering for offshore and deep sea,
but we also enjoy trips to Egmont Key or the (Sunshine)
Skyway Bridge for sight-seeing or shark fishing," said
Galati, as well as sunset and night charters.
"We'll also do some bay fishing if the conditions are
right and the bay fish are biting," Galati said.
The Miss Anna Maria also offers a new innovation
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Fishing kites are launched and retrieved on reels, and
quickly, too. It can be effective and exciting.
"That's going to be fun," Galati said.
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This elegant turnkey home is ready for your family's
full enjoyment. Located close to Robinson Preserve,
Palma Sola Harbor, near private A-rated schools, and
only minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches on
Anna Maria Island. Call today, 941-447-1506.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
SFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
11Licensed & Insured

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

SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
SCarpentry* Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
S* References available 941-720-7519

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

:KIING j Bed: A ,bargain!
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NEW ELECTRIC HOSPITAL bed with extras for
sale, $400. 941-792-3980.

Z-Boy twin sleeper sofa, $50. 941-778-4588.

tank with artificial sea life on sewing machine
base, $50. 941-778-6766.

DEWALT SAWZ-ALL Skilsaw circular saw, almost
new, $100 for both. Janet, 770-286-5644.

TWIN BEDS: FRAME, mattress, box springs,
excellent condition. 941-795-6286.

FLOOR LAMP WITH reading light, $5, Cuisinart
wine cooler, holds six bottles, $40. 941-761-

TWIN BED, MATTRESSES and box spring, nearly
new, $100. 941-778-3920.

DELL COMPUTER SYSTEM: Two years old, flat
screen monitor, new speakers, head phones,
camera, loads of programs, completely over-
hauled, new condition, $195. 941-952-7952.

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

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

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.

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,
Holmes Beach.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

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

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

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-

MOVING SALE: 9-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Fur-
niture, kitchen and household items. 2210 Ave.
A., Bradenton Beach.

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

LOST: BORDER COLLIE, black and white, Lyllie.
Lost Saturday, Sept. 15 on Fern Street, Anna
Maria. 941-524-9605 or 941-778-5448.

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 RESCUE dogs are looking
for YOU. Please, call 941-896-6701.

Island real estate transactions



By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
8401 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,376 sfla/5,407 sfur
4bed/3/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2006 on a 94x100
lot was sold 08/21/12, Fairchild to RJH Family Holdings LLC for
$1,365,000; list $1,499,000.
865 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 900 sfla/1,248 sfur
2bed/1bath bayfront home built in 1950 on a 54x125 lot was
sold 08/22/12, Dickinson to Erbella for $650,000.
212 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,819 sfla/2,983 sfur
3bed/2/2bath/2car home built in 2002 on a 52x110 lot was sold
08/27/12, Predd to Minnebo for $600,000; list $649,000.
311 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a 1,022 sfla/1,698 sfur
2bed/2bath/1 car canalfront pool home built in 1970 on a 75x100 lot
was sold 08/15/12, Brinson to Arini for $565,000; list $589,000.
207 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,070 sfla/1,746 sfur
2bed/2bath/1 car home built in 1951 on a 75x100 lot was sold
08/22/12, 207 77th Cottage LLC to Martinez for $528,500.
504 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,540 sfla/1,951 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1962 on a 85x100 lot was
sold 08/22/12, Blackston to Smith for $460,000; list $489,000.
7001 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,324 sfla/1,704 sfur
2bed/2bath/1car lakefront home built in 1954 on a 88x112 lot
was sold 08/22/12, Schlesinger to Preston for $427,900; list
517 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,859 sfla/4,542 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1982 on a 90x121 lot
was sold 08/24/12, Potter to Closing Bell LLC for $400,000; list

306 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,616 sfla/3,240 sfur
6bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 1977 on a 90x85 lot was sold
08/28/12, Aston to Kaleta for $386,000.
231 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,441 sfla/2,373 sfur
2bed/2bath/1 car pool home built in 1954 on a 79x90 lot was sold
08/24/12, Huston to So for $382,000; list $389,000.
3803 East Bay Drive, Unit 9A, Sunbow Bay, Holmes
Beach, a 1,949 sfla 3bed/3bath condo with shared pool built
in 1977 was sold 08/17/12, Walker to Frenchak for $329,000;
list $349,900.
7201 Palm Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,134 sfla/1,766 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1960 on a 103x85 lot was sold 08/23/12,
Wright to Fronk for $290,000; list $317,000.
2711 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,350 sfla/2,090 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1987 on a 50x100 lot was sold 08/17/12,
Fannie Mae to Stepan for $269,900; list $269,900.
741 Manatee Ave., Unit 31, Westbay Cove South, Holmes
Beach, a 1,179 sfla/1,567 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1977 was sold 08/20/12, Tennison to Irwin for $265,000;
list $279,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 206, Runaway Bay, Bradenton
Beach, a 691 sfla/771 sfur 1 bed/1 bath condo with shared pool built
in 1978 was sold 08/22/12, Schmitt to Gocher for $158,000.
1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 28, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach,
a 380 sfla 1 bed/1 bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was
sold 08/22/12, Blue Water Condo's LLC to St Jean for $125,000;
list $125,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna
Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


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Your Island Insurance Specialist
Working to save you money


2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only one-
year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing-stand on the side without tipping,
go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for
anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001
25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,

JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street.
Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins
and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real
Estate, 941-778-8104.
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

SITTER FOR ELDERLY: Will sit with and provide
care, four hours minimum. References, 28 years
experience. Diana or Gary, 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.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
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-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs
easily on inside, see-through, leave-up. Free esti-
mate. Registered and insured. Island discount.
TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-1399.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
cleaning needs! Reasonable rates, senior dis-
counts available. Residential and commercial.
HAPPY HOME, PET visits: Home sitting, secure
your home. Loving and reliable, 732-995-4670.
KEY CLEANERS & Linen on Longboat Key is now
offering residential cleaning as a new service.
Call 941-383-1222 for more information.
ing needs jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty
windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.
laundry, ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc.
Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/ years on AMI. Call for an appointment, 941-518-
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag- 8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn-:, 1 .i":l i Sat.

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

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Call Dan, 941-713-3108

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, if> '
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.. "
Call Junior, 807-1015

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Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
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scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -

$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

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

installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-


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Real Estate Professionals
%4 301 Manatee Ave W Holmes Beach FL 34217
Cell: 941-780-8000

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
Neil, 941-726-3077.

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

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.

tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-

37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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Spacious 2 BR/ 3BT Gulf Front home on North
Shore Drive in the city of Anna Maria. Exceptional
views, large screened beach-side porch & open deck.

Mike 800-367-1617
Norman-' 941-778-6696


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/
week. 941-720-7519.

CUTE OFFICE FOR rent: 315 58th St., Holmes
Beach. 941-794-8202.
2BR/1 BA, three-day minimum, 100 feet from
Gulf. Email: Mememersh@aol.com for details.
3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach.
$700/week, $2,500/month. Sleeps eight, avail-
able September through June. Contact Dave,
407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.

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dryer, new carpet, no pets, central air. $615/
month. Call 941-545-9025.
carport, large covered deck, walk to beaches,
completely remodeled, new wood and tile floors,
newly painted, new ceiling fans, new bathrooms,
$1,095/month. Annual 941-713-6743.
CORTEZ/SUNNY SHORES 1BR, washer, dryer,
central air conditioning, new carpet, no pets,
$615/month. Call 941-545-9025.
Maria Island. Professional non-smoking couple
seeks annual rental. 941-348-7688.
LOOKING TO RENT beachfront home or side-by-
side condos. Dec. 22-Jan. 5. Must have at least
six bedrooms and heated pool. Some flexibility
on dates. 330-231-1271.

WANT TO RENT: 1-2BR February. Gulf or bay
view. 515-231-9742. sstollsummerc@aol.com.
beach, clean and comfortable. First, last plus
deposit. Background and security check $1,100/
month. 813-672-1481 or 813-270-8956.
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
site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA, beautiful canal
condo in Runaway Bay provides the peace, quiet
and serenity desired for "Island time." Tastefully
furnished, totally updated. Pool, tennis court,
fishing pier, steps to beach, $289,000. 847-308-

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
FOR SALE BY owner: 1 BR/1BA mobile completely
remodeled with share, beach and bay access.
Call 941-224-1652 for more information.
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hotmail.
Excellent investment income. $259,000. By owner,
941-962-8220. www.flipkey.com/124227.
CASH BUYER: DOCTOR and family from Ger-
many are looking for a 3-4 BR house on Anna
Maria. Call Helmer, Realtor, 941-592-8853.

['anik u r-:or your support in making our family
No. I in sales in Manatee and Sarasota counties!

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Cell: 941-228-6086

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Longboat Key FL 34228


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CIRCLING THE JOB LISTINGS By Kevin G. Der / Edited by Will Shortz










1 Elvis's "Can't Help
Falling In Love,"
6 Scuba tank parts
12 Famous lawmaker?
18 Big fairy
20 Nazareth's locale
22 Cheap cigar, in
23 and 33-Across
"must wear gloves
in the field"
25 Causing a stink,
26 Mrs
("Entourage" role)
27 Penguin's spot,
28 Aviator's guide
30 Jazz's Simone
31 Solzhenitsyn novel
33 and 50-Across
"experienced in
conducting surveys
for sites"
37 Peculiar
39 Groucho's real name
41 "Hogwashl"
42 Friends' feud
43 Of greatest interest
to a bibliophile,
44 Space traveler?
50 and 62-Across
"may be tasked
with generating
53 Control


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54 Potsdam attendee
55 Actress Myrna
56 Viracocha worshiper
58 "Finnegans Wake"
59 Shout from a field
60 Highballs?
62 and 69-Across
"excellent filing
skills required"
65 Mythical figure
represented in
Vermeer's "Art of
66 paradox
68 Bet on
69 and 86-Across
"focused on
73 Integral course,
74 Elided preposition
77 "Desperate
Housewives" role
78 Ring toss activity?
79 Whoop
81 Careful writer's
83 One down in the
86 and 96-Across
"willing to open
chests and work on
89 Settled things
91 Jewelry item
92 Remain true
93 Mendes of
94 Abbey Road, e g
95 Wi-Fi connection

96 and 112-Across
disciplined hands a
102 Dance with a
"casino" style
104 "Rubaiyat" poet
105 Walsh with three
golds in beach
106 Tenant's contact,
107 Rescuer of Mowgli
in "The Jungle
110 Cleanup hitter, say
112 and 23-Across
"should be
comfortable sitting
on the bench"
117 Find, as a station
118 Herbalist's drink
119 1972 Jack Lemmon
120 Sonnet part
121 Chivalrous
122 Break up

1 Japanese bowlful
2 Skyscraper support
3 Cause of a product
recall, perhaps
4 'Fore
5 Fishing line
6 Perform a body scan
7 Punishment on the
8 Awesome, in slang
9 Actress Vardalos
10 Some ancient
11 "Peacel"

12 It might say
"A T M Here"
13 Antiquity, once
14 Worth no points, say
15 Shinto temple
16 Bids one club, say
17 Silently greet
19 Pride Lands queen
21 First name in
24 Legislative holdup
29 Fumble follower
32 "___then (on
air sign-off)
33 Bygone sedan
34 Like some
35 Cherubic
36 What the French
once called "la
Belle Riviere"
37 Many pledges
38 Utah's National
40 Mount Narodnaya's
43 "Dance at Bougival"
44 What 99" may
45 School bully?
46 Co-explorer of 1804
47 It can be smoothed
48 Cause of some teen
49 Oenophile's
51 Nabisco brand
52 Seating area
57 Troubadour's love
61 Word before and
after "will be"

73 Four seasons, e g
74 Incomparable
75 Where enfants learn
76 Divides
79 Mars atmosphere
80 Japanese bowlful
82 Turkish leaders
84 Player of TV's Det
85 Decorative
Valentine's Day

87 Pollster's need
88 Arranges a blind
date for
90 Easter egg roll, say
94 Like Shylock
95 Divide
96 Dessert wines
97 Saturate
98 Boons for farmers
99 Medieval helmet
100 Typical golf shots
101 Golf event
103 Pacific capital

106 Lab order
108 Dessert wine
109 Causing trouble
111 Took in
113 "Pinocchio"
114 Letter that's an
anagram of 111
115 Something you
might turn on
116 Tikka masala go

62 Fannie
63 Brown shade
64 Become part of
65 Peppery herb
66 Dharma teachers
67 Borodin's "Prince

69 Goddess pursued by
70 Superstar
71 Sticky situation
72 Purplish shade