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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: 12-05-2012
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MCSO finds 5 firearms in Anna Maria felon's home


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Acting on a CrimeStoppers tip, Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies at the Anna
Maria substation discovered five firearms and
a laroe nnantitv of ammunition in an anart-


block of Pine Avenue in Anna

One occupant was
arrested.
The MCSO report said
deputies suspected Roberta
Lea Conley, 54, who lives in
the apartment, of possessing
an assault rifle that belonged
to her son, Robert Conley,
address.
so learned Roberta Conley had


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been convicted of a felony DUI and was on pro-
bation for the offense.
The MCSO contacted probation officer
Aaron Lages, who went to Conley's residence
for an inspection.
Inside the apartment, he said he saw a tacti-
cal 12-gauge shotgun and anAR-15 assault rifle
in plain view and called MCSO Deputy Steve
Ogline of the Anna Maria substation.
Ogline and other deputies arrived a short
time later to search the apartment.
Deputies also found rifle cases containing
another AR-15 assault rifle, an AK-47 and a
30/30 rifle.
According to the report, Robert Conley
said he owned all the firearms. The younger
Conley also provided deputies with more than
10 magazines for ammunition, a rifle converter


Quam compromises, breaks

deadlock on 5th AM commissioner


Gene Aubry
is sworn in as
Anna Maria's
newest com-
missioner
by city clerk
Alice Baird
Nov. 29.
He took the -
vacant seat
on the board
at thefar left
of the dais.
Islander
Photo: Rick
Catlin


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Saying it was irresponsible for the Anna
Maria City Commission to wait four months
or longer to elect a commissioner, Chair John
Quam announced he would change his vote at
the Nov. 29 commission meeting for former
Commissioner Gene Aubry to take the seat on
the dais vacated when the commission voted
SueLynn to be mayor.
The vote was unanimous among the four
commissioners.
The deadlock over a replacement commis-
sioner began at the city's Nov. 15 organizational
meeting when SueLynn, then a commissioner,
was elected chair. Since no one ran for mayor
in the Nov. 6 election, the charter requires the
commission chair to act as mayor.
That left just four commissioners to nomi-
nate and elect her replacement. The mayor has
no vote on the commission.
Aubry, a former commissioner, and Carl
Pearman, a member of the city's planning
and zoning board, were both nominated and
seconded Nov. 15. Each vote ended 2-2, with
Quam and Commissioner Dale Woodland
favoring Pearman, and Commissioners Chuck


Webb and Nancy Yetter voting for Aubry.
None of the four commissioners said they
would change their vote. Webb then asked city
clerk Alice Baird to check into the cost of a spe-
cial election for a commissioner.
But city attorney Jim Dye reported Nov. 29
that the earliest special election date was March
26 and it would likely cost the city a maximum
of $5,000.
Quam said he was not prepared to wait four
months to elect a commissioner or spend the
money.
"This can't go on. Someone has to com-
promise tonight," Quam said, adding that for
$5,000, the city might just as well wait until
November 2013 for the regular election.
After asking both candidates if they wanted
a special election and further discussion, Quam
said he was going to "break the tie" and vote for
Aubry.
Aubry was a commissioner from September
2010 to November 2011, but did not seek re-
election.
Aubry was immediately sworn into office
and the full board of five commissioners took
up city business on the meeting agenda.
PLEASE SEE STALEMATE, PAGE 2


that allows the AR-15s to shoot a .22 LR round
and 321 rounds of various ammunition for the
weapons found except the AK-47.
Deputies confiscated all the firearms and
charged Roberta Conley with possession of fire-
arms by a felon, in addition to violating terms
of her probation.
Robert Conley, who has no criminal history,
was cooperative, the report said. He was not
found to have violated any criminal statutes.


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Firearms and ammunition were seized by
Manatee County Si ,if's Office deputies from
the Anna Maria substation on Nov. 20 at an
apartment in the 100 block of Pine Avenue.

'Above average'

'cane season ends
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Despite Hurricane Sandy's mergence with
a powerful northeaster causing what has been
termed Superstorm Sandy, the 2012 hurricane
season ended Nov. 30 with an "above average"
listing.
According to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, a season's rating
is based on the number, intensity and duration
of storms.
NOAA reports that most of this year's
storms were short in duration, weak in inten-
sity "and went largely unnoticed to the public
because they remained over open water."
A persistent jet stream pattern over the
eastern United States helped steer many of this
year's hurricanes away from land, but there
were more storms this year than forecasters pre-
dicted in May. NOAA reports the pre-hurricane
season predictions were made with an antici-
pated development of an El Nino pattern, which
never happened.
An El Nino weather pattern will typically
suppress the development of storms.
The absence of El Nino allowed the 19
storms to develop, 10 of which became hurri-
canes. The only major hurricane to develop this
year was Hurricane Michael, a Category 3 storm
that never threatened the United States.
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2 0 DEC. 5, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
DEADLOCK FROM PAGE 1
Building official Bob Welch proposed new hours for
construction work in the city.
The proposed hours are until 6 p.m. Monday-Friday,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and no construction allowed
Sunday.
Welch noted these are the same hours used by the
other two island cities for construction work.
"But the ordinance still needs some work," he said.
Quam said it must be clear to Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office deputies at the Anna Maria substation about
what is unacceptable noise and what is a nuisance.
Welch said all the deputies are trained and all officers,
including code enforcement officers, have discretionary
powers to issue a citation or warning.
If a property has two or more violations in one year,
the city can get an injunction that would halt future rent-
als, Welch said.
If the property owner was making all the noise, he or
she could be issued a citation and be required to appear
before the city's special magistrate.
Welch said a code enforcement officer could issue a
citation to the tenant, rental agent and owner of a prop-
erty. He proposed a $100 fine for a first noise or nuisance
violation.
SueLynn said MCSO deputies have a cellphone to
call rental agents or property owners when they go on a
nuisance or noise complaint.
"Getting a phone call to the appropriate agent, owner


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or manager is really important on these complaints," she
said.
Commissioners agreed and Welch will have the ordi-
nance ready for the Dec. 13 commission meeting.
The commission also dealt with a code violation
against Mary Lease of the 100 block of Palmetto that
dates back to 2004.
Commissioners agreed to reduce the $8,200 fine she
received from the code enforcement board to $4,100, but
were not willing to waive the full amount.
The code board had found Lease guilty of not hiring
Waste Management Inc. for weekly garbage and trash
collection, which is required by city ordinance.
At that time, Lease did not have Waste Management
Inc. service. The code enforcement board voted for her to
become current with WMI or face a $100 per day fine.
Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon said she
didn't think Lease understood the severity of the penalty
at that time.
When commissioners turned to amending the parking
ordinance to place "no parking" signs on some streets,
they agreed to remove Tarpon Avenue and Jacaranda
Street from the "no parking" list.
Webb said commissioners should first observe those
two streets and, if they see a problem, they could amend
the "no parking" ordinance.
SueLynn said some people on those streets live close
to Pine Avenue and when there's a crowded event, people
park their cars in their driveways and on their lawns.


Full board
Anna Maria Commi-
sisoners Gene Aubry,
left, Chuck Webb,
John Quam, Dale
Woodland and Nancy
Yetter, and Mayor Sue-
Lynn. Islander Photo.
Le -ad Rick Catlin


Subscribers 'best of

the best' ballots due
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Some readers of The Islander newspaper have
received ballots with their newspaper for voting on the
"best of the best" awards for Anna Maria Island: "The
Islander Star, Best of AMI Award."
Distribution of the ballots is random to home sub-
scribers, and voting is available only to those readers
who receive home delivery on Anna Maria Island, postal
subscribers and registered online
subscribers.
Web voting by subscribers
J* will be limited to registered web-
site subscribers with only one

lots will not be provided in bulk
quantities to any source in order to
provide the most credible prefer-
T P ence contest, with secret balloting
and accountability by an outside
agency.
Publisher Bonner Joy said the
paper is celebrating 20 years of weekly news by rec-
ognizing the island business community and allowing
loyal readers the choice in what will be reliable results,
not skewed by bulk entries, advertising dollars spent or
solicited, or questionable balloting.
The awards will be announced at a red carpet event
in late January 2013.
Event tickets will be limited to finalists, and winners
will be announced in a special section that will include
photographs of the winners at the event.
Balloting began Nov. 21 in a special section included
in limited numbers of papers, and continues this week.
Ballots should be returned to The Islander office in
person or by mail to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
FL 34217.
For more information on the Best of AMI, call 941-
778-7978 or email news@islander.org.


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HURRICANE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The average number of storms per season is 12, and
the average number of hurricanes is six, so NOAA reports
2012 as above average season.
2012 is below average for the number of major
storms Category 3 or higher with only one major
storm.
It is the seventh straight year that no major storm has
made U.S. landfall.
The most storms in a season occurred in 2005 when
28 named storms formed, including 15 hurricanes. It was
the year of seven major storms, including Category 5
Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 4,000 people
and caused $160 billion in damages.
Hurricane Wilma also was a Category 5 storm at
one point, and came across central Florida late in the
2005 season as a Category 3. Five storms during the 2005
season reached a Category 4 level at some point.
NOAA reported a busy 2012 season, but there have
been 10 hurricane seasons in the past 30 years that have
recorded more overall storm activity.
This year does stand out, however. It marked the
second straight year a named storm impacted the north-
east United States and there also were two named storms
before the official June 1 season startup.
Hurricane forecasters say the United States remains
in a well-established climate pattern conducive for busy
hurricane seasons.
This pattern began in 1995, but forecasters say the
climate pattern has a history of remaining in place 20-40
years.
The previous cycle of busy storm seasons began
around 1935 and lasted until 1970.
NOAA will release its 2013 hurricane season predic-
tions in May 2013.


Citizen fire academy

announced
Fire safety is the No. 1 priority for the West
Manatee Fire District.
To spread the word and to share how the
district operates, trains firefighters and prepares for
emergencies the WMFR will hold a Citizen Fire
Academy for six weekly sessions at 6:30 p.m., begin-
ning Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Four sessions will be held at the administration
building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton; one ses-
sion at WMFR station No. 2 training facility, 10350
Cortez Road W., Bradenton; and one session at the
Manatee County Emergency Operations Center,
2101 47th Terrace E., Bradenton.
The academy is free, but registration is
required.
Participants will tour WMFR facilities and the
EOC. Sessions will cover fire prevention, adminis-
tration, suppression and emergency medical service
delivery.
There will be demonstrations on operating fire
extinguishers, as well as mock fire and emergency
medical incidents.
For more information, call Sherry Vetter at 941-
761-1555 or go online at www.wmfr.org.


Last year's WMFR academy participants saw
action in a mock emergency training scenarios.
Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell


THE ISLANDER U DEC. 5, 2012 E 3

HBPD seek suspects in

armed home invasion
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Police Department investigators are
seeking three suspects in a Nov. 21 armed home invasion
in the 3600 block of Sixth Avenue.
According to the police report, an HBPD officer
was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by a
woman who was visibly upset. The woman said she and
her roommates were just robbed at gunpoint while in their
residence.
The victim said she was in the front room looking at
her new cellphone while two females and a male were
either sleeping in other rooms or watching television.
She heard a knock and opened the door.
Three masked men forced their way into the home
and pushed her to the ground. According to the report,
one man was armed with a shotgun and at least one other
man had a handgun.
The men, she said, demanded the whereabouts of
money and drugs they apparently suspected were in the
home.
Two men entered the back bedrooms and forced all
the residents into the bathroom. The male victim tried to
resist and was hit in the head with the butt of the shotgun
by one of the suspects, causing a small laceration and the
temporary loss of consciousness.
The suspects rummaged through the house while the
victims remained in the bathroom and left a short time
later on foot, according to the victims, who reported they
did not hear a vehicle start up when the suspects fled.
Bradenton Beach Police Department officers, as well
as Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies, responded
to the scene to establish a perimeter. An MCSO helicopter
also circled the area, but no one suspicious was located.
The victims told police they would not be able to
identify the men because the suspects all wore masks.
The suspects made off with two purses, a wallet and
two cell phones, all valued at $1,011.
Anyone with information regarding the incident
should call HBPD at 941-708-5804.





4 E DEC. 5, 2012 U THE ISLANDER

Former HB building inspector files discrimination claim


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Three weeks after former Holmes Beach building
inspector Bob Shaffer leveled a charge against the city
claiming he was fired due to his age, it has been dismissed
by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commis-
sion.
Shaffer was fired Sept. 18 following disciplinary
action in April for mismanagement and
leniency to contractors.
"Based on its investigation, the
SEEOC is unable to conclude that the
information obtained establishes viola-
tions of the statutes," according to the
S/rt, ,' EEOC's Nov. 21 dismissal and notice
of rights.
Shaffer, 72, filed the discrimination charge Nov. 7
with the EEOC and Florida Commission on Human Rela-
tions.
Shaffer alleged the city forced him out of his job
due to "unfounded complaints" and replaced him with
a person in his late 30s in violation of the federal Age
Discrimination in Employment Act.
The EEOC closed its investigation with the Nov. 21
notice from the Tampa field office and advised Shaffer of
his right to sue within 90 days in federal or state court.
Shaffer's charge stems from his termination by
recently retired public works superintendent Joe Duennes
and then-Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
Last week Shaffer, now a self-employed building
consultant in Bradenton Beach, said he would be talking
to an attorney.
"I want to keep all options open," he said.


Mayor Carmel Monti said he didn't know the details
of the matter and had no comment.
According to Shaffer, in January the city began
receiving what he called an unusual amount of citizen
complaints about two or three per month about the
land development code not being enforced.
"These complaints were investigated and most of
them were found to be unfounded and a few were ambig-
uous," he said.
Shaffer was put on probation in April following a
two-day suspension and written reprimand from Duennes,
according to Shaffer's personnel file at city hall.
An April 20 memorandum from Duennes in Shaffer's
file, also signed by Bohnenberger, indicates to Shaffer he
was disciplined for "exaggerated leniency to marginal
and over-the-line practices by some contractors."
Duennes' memo also documents "contractor mis-
management issues," including ongoing forgiveness of
late or improperly ordered inspections, failure to require
proper construction site permit cards and failure to issue
stop work orders for improper construction at two resi-
dences.
The memo stated Shaffer would be given a written
opinion each month on his job performance and warned,
depending on his progress, the process could lead to ter-
mination.
No subsequent written opinions were in Shaffer's
personnel file before his termination.
A Sept. 19 letter from Duennes and Bohnenberger
states Shaffer was terminated in accordance with the
city's policy designed to correct improper behavior,
improve services and maximize productivity.
In October, the city hired an electrical engineer,


David Greene, to perform building inspections.
Since Duennes' last day in November, Greene has
been working under the department's consultant, former
Longboat Key building official John Fernandez, who pre-
viously held Duennes' position in Holmes Beach. Feman-
dez is providing limited services to the city only about
20 hours a week according to a contractual agreement.
He is licensed and can approve building permits.
Greene is expected to receive his state plans exam-
iner/inspector license this week.

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The Islander welcomes news of the milestones in read-
ers' lives. Send notices and photographs to news@islander.
org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.


Me eings

Anna Maria City
Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m., charter.
Dec. 6, 2 p.m., historical preservation.
Dec. 10, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization.
Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
education.
Dec. 13, 6 p.m., city commission.
Dec. 27, 6 p.m., city commission CAN-
CELED.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 6, 1 p.m., city pier team.
Dec. 6, 7 p.m., city commission.
Dec. 10, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council.
Dec. 19, community redevelopment agency -
CANCELED.
Dec. 19, capital improvements project CAN-
CELED.
Dec. 20, city pier team CANCELED.
Dec. 20, city commission CANCELED.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification.
Dec.6, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Dec. 11, 6 p.m., city commission, shade meeting
on Holmes Beach vs. Bradenton Beach and Sandpiper
Resort Co-op Inc.
Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m., city commission shade meeting,
Agnelli Jr. vs. Peelen CANCELED.
Dec. 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
Dec. 13, 7 p.m., work session.
Dec. 19, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials.
Dec. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement CANCELED.
Dec. 20, 7 p.m., work session.
Dec. 27, 7 p.m., work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m., Manatee County Legislative Del-
egation.
Dec. 11, 9 a.m., county commission.
Dec. 18, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Dec. 20, 6 p.m., fire district commission, including
swearing in.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Dec. 12, 4 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic Highway Cor-
ridor Management Entity Committee, ninth-floor confer-
ence room, Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112
Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton.
Dec. 17, 9:30 p.m., Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation, Sudakoff Center at New College, 5845 General
Dougher Place, Sarasota.
Dec. 24-25, government offices and The Islander
will be closed for the Christmas holiday.
Send notices to news@islander.org.


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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 5, 2012 5 5

Holmes Beach mayor announces interim building official


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti announced Nov.
29 his selection of Tom O'Brien as an interim supervisor
in the city's building department.
At the commission work session, Monti recom-
mended O'Brien be hired on a four-month contract to
allow him and the commission time to evaluate the build-
ing department situation before the permanent position
is filled.
With Commission Chair Jean Peelen absent, Vice
Chair Judy Titsworth polled the commissioners for their
opinions, and commissioners Marvin Grossman and Pat
Morton agreed.
"I think it's a very smart idea," Morton said of
O'Brien's hiring on an interim basis.
"I think it's a good direction," Commissioner David
Zaccagnino said. "I think we do need an interim build-
ing inspector and building official to head that depart-
ment."
Zaccagnino, however, questioned whether O'Brien
was properly certified as a building official and able to
sign off on permits. He said by checking the Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
website, he was not able to find O'Brien as a building
official or as having taken the required exam.
O'Brien is an architect in Florida and California,
according to his resume. He also lists Florida building
official and structural inspector credentials.
O'Brien said he took the test in 1986, and is exempt
under state law from any new examination.
The building official test was one of the requirements
for his past employment as a Manatee County deputy
building official, he added.
According to his resume, O'Brien worked for the
county 1986-1990, and has operated O'Brien Architects,
P.A., 1990 to present.
"He's actually more qualified as an architect, and
also an engineer," Titsworth said.
Zaccagnino also said he was concerned with a pos-
sible ethics issue, saying he'd heard Titsworth retained
O'Brien as a consultant in her election campaign.


Tom O'Brien is Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Mon-
ti's choice for interim building supervisor. Monti
announced the recommendation Nov. 29 at a commis-
sion work session. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Titsworth said she hired O'Brien as a fact finder, and
asked if she needed to recuse herself from voting on the
matter.
Attending the meeting for city attorney Patricia
Petruff, Stephen Dye, also of the Dye, Deitrich Petruff
and St. Paul, PL., recommended his law firm research
O'Brien's exemption from the building official exam as
well as the campaign issue.
He said the interim position being considered is
"basically just engaging services just providing the
services of building official" but, "to cover all bases" he
recommended the mayor make the decision subject to the
commission's vote at a regular meeting.
The commission tabled the matter for its Dec. 11
meeting.
Further discussion on the building official arose out


of commissioner's reports and public comment.
Resident John Hutcherson of Gulf Drive voiced sup-
port for the O'Brien recommendation. He favored the city
moving forward on the hiring, saying the city's building
official John Fernandez could sign permits until Zacca-
gnino's questions were resolved.
Greg Ross of Ross Built Construction Co. said he
objected to a fourth person being added to the building
department, and he saw no reason to add to the depart-
ment since the city has caught up with the summer back-
log.
O'Brien will be joining recently hired full-time elec-
trical engineer David Greene part-time building official
Fernandez, who works on a contract, not as an employee.
Retired public works superintendent Joe Duennes is no
longer working but remains on the city's payroll until
February.
Monti pointed to several reasons for the O'Brien
decision: Fernandez is not interested in the supervisor's
job, and Greene is at least three months away from certifi-
cation. He said the city needs to be responsive to residents
who want a building official who can properly interpret
building laws.
In the past year, residents have complained, focus
groups have studied and reports have been written about
the department being lax on building inspections and
interpreting the codes in favor of builders who develop
investment properties those that create excessive trash,
noise and parking problems.
"I would like to get this done as soon as possible,"
Grossman said of the O'Brien hiring. "There's a lot of
building out there. Who's minding the store?"
After the meeting, Monti said there will be further
consideration on whether the building supervisor also will
take on the code enforcement and public works depart-
ments or whether the current department heads will report
to the mayor's office.
Duennes headed the city's building, public works
and code enforcement for more than 15 years.
A resident, architect and member of the building code
focus group, Terry Parker, told commissioners "it's like
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Making a list
Either it's been a long, long time since you heard
folks speak of the late former Anna Maria Mayor Ray
Simches, or you haven't lived here long enough to
remember.
Don't forget, there's a pecking order on Anna Maria
Island and it goes by how long you've lived here. Born
here? Top of the order.
Well, former Mayor Simches and myself once had
a conversation where we envisioned a future on the
island long beyond our years, when there would be a
huge 7-mile long the length of Anna Maria Island
- roller coaster with convenient stops to hop on and
off along the way in all three cities.
And once there's a coaster, we envisioned a canopy
- a big top to cover it all because folks would want
to use the AMI roller coaster all year long in all kinds
of weather.
And we thought it should be cheap not free to
ride the AMI Coconut Coaster, with funding going to
upkeep, innovations and conveniences for everyone.
Simches is not the only one who thought we should
accommodate visitors.
But looking back to other old-timers, you can see
some believe one way and others believe the opposite.
Heck, the roller coaster is already here. It's called
the trolley.
And there's plenty more vacation rentals now than
when Simches and his gang of good old boys ran the
north end. In fact, there's plenty more of most every-
thing since they ruled the bar stools at places like Rotten
Ralph's, the city pier and Cafe Robar.
But as I thought what would I put on a wish list for
Anna Maria Island, I think I'd go with what I've learned
in 37 years of living here.
More of what we have is just fine by me. More
residents. More visitors. More beautiful sunsets and
sunrises and days to enjoy them.
And my wish list for Santa would include more kids
at Anna Maria Elementary, a baseball league for kids of
all ages, beach volleyball and swim teams, and for all
the kids to go to college and return to contribute to the
economy and lifestyle that we cherish on AMI.
And no need for a food bank or aid for needy people.
All of Santa's wishes would already be granted.
And thanks to the good folks who live here now, the
Anna Maria Island Privateers and all the clubs, churches
and organizations that serve the island it's almost like
wishes and the Coconut Coaster have come true.
It's paradise, and no matter what comes, believe
me, it will still be paradise, roller coaster or no.
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Who's checking on boaters?
Does anyone care about the bay? As we come over
the Cortez Bridge, we see many live-aboard boats that
have made the bay home. There are several sailboats
that never move, so where is their sewage going?
Then there are the sunken boats which have been
lingering in the same area near the Bradenton Beach city
pier for months. These should be a pollution concern, if
nothing else.
With such a beautiful resource in our Bradenton
Beach neighborhood, cleaning it up should be a prior-
ity. I know the legal process to get this cleaned up can
take time, however, I think the process would be much
quicker if these boats were littering the waters on Long-
boat Key.
Kate McCann, Bradenton Beach and Massachu-
setts

Finally, we have arrived
As I worked this weekend in the beautiful new art
gallery on Pine Avenue that I co-own with artist Bob
Brown, I thought about the past four weeks since we
opened and all the people who have come in and com-
mented on what a great street this has become.
The community spirit is abundant and there is a
tremendous amount of foot traffic for businesses. Best
of all, locals, visitors and winter residents are outside
strolling, enjoying themselves, meeting each other and
visiting the shops. There have been many comments
about the variety of shops and galleries and the high
quality of the merchandise offered and, often specifi-
cally mentioned, the absence of "cheap T-shirt and trin-
ket stores" often found in resort getaways.
We've managed to develop Pine Avenue at just
the right level. We are fortunate that Ed Chiles and the
Lizzie and Mike Thrasher had the vision and the means
to maintain and preserve our quaint atmosphere, and to
prevent the type of developer who might have created
a canyon of tall buildings and vacant stores.
I believe we have a small business district as quaint


and charming as the rest of the city. It is understandable
that there was apprehension along the way. But many
who voiced concerns are among the friends we see now
in the shops and attending the porch parties.
As with all growth there are issues but the city is
hard a work solving them. Mike Selby and Gene Aubry
led the way as the "Peace Party" after the recall turmoil
and their efforts continue.
Gene Aubry was reappointed commissioner at last
week's meeting because Commissioner John Quam was
willing to compromise.
Mayor SueLynn sacrificed what no one else would
when she gave up her vote and took on the daunting
task of mayor.
I'd like to thank everyone in the community who
has offered their time and service to helping the city
adapt to the new Pine Avenue.
It feels really good to be part of this community.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria

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Privateers readying
Christmas parade
Anna Maria Island Privateers are polish-
ing sleigh bells and decorating their float for the
annual Christmas parade and holiday party.
This year's event will be Saturday, Dec. 8.
The parade begins at about 10 a.m. at Bay-
front Park in Anna Maria and travels south,
mostly along Gulf Drive, to Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach.
Entries must be motorized or peddled no
walkers and decorated for the holidays, will
assemble at Bayfront Park at 9:30 a.m.
At Coquina at about 11:30 a.m., AMIP hosts
an open house and party, with Santa handing out
presents to children and pirates serving grilled hot
dogs and soda free to kids and for a modest
donation from adults.
To register for the parade, go to amipriva-
teers.memberlodge.org.
For more information, call parade chair Greg
"Wig" Luzier at 941-752-5973.

The view of Santa in a year past from inside
the Skullywag. Jolly St. Nick greets kids one by
one to offer a gift and hear their wishes at the
post-parade party at Coquina Beach. Islander
File Photo: Lisa Neff

Mote welcomes new sea critters
Bob Carter, chair of the Mote Marine Labora-
tory and Aquarium board and a resident of Anna
Maria, welcomes the nonprofit's newest guests
- sea lions Stella, Rose and Kitty. Mote offered
the public a sneak peak at the new feature attrac-
tion sea lions at a Nov. 30 Sea Lion Soiree. The
next day, Sea Lions: On The Water's Edge opened
to the public. It will run through the spring at the
aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sara-
sota. For more information, call Mote at 941-388-
4441 or go online to www.mote.org.


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Headlines from the Dec. 4, 2002,
issue of The Islander
Renzo Rivolta submitted plans to the Manatee
County Planning Department for a 20-unit boatel at the
Cortez Cove Marina, 4522 121 St. W., Cortez. Plans
also called for a 40-seat floating restaurant and three
townhouses at the former Albion Inn. Rivolta said the
project was a "boat-hotel" concept and many restaurant
customers would come by boat.
Anna Maria Island's annual Christmas Lighted
Boat Parade was canceled because of forecasts for "hor-
rendous weather" the night of the parade. The forecast
called for east-northeast winds of 13-18 knots and heavy
rain the evening of the parade, deemed "too dangerous"
for the boats, organizers said.
Some Anna Maria residents protested Mayor Sue-
Lynn's decision to limit public comment at commission
meetings to one person per topic for three minutes. Resi-
dent Rick DeFrank said the mayor was doing away with
"meaningful comment," while resident Diane Caniff
said residents should be able to respond to commission
statements, to citizen comments and to ask follow-up
questions. Commissioners, however, supported Sue-
Lynn's ruling, noting that some people often spoke at
great length on topics unrelated to agenda items.

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Nov. 29) 54 80 0
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Average area Gulf water temperature 70.50
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Obituary


John A. Bacich
John A. Bacich, 93, of Anna Maria and Minneapolis
died Nov. 25 in Minneapolis. He was born in Duluth,
Minn., to George and Victoria Bacich, the youngest of
five children.
F He spent his childhood in Oliver,
Wis., until the family moved to St.
Paul. There he graduated from Cretin
I High School in 1937 and attended St.
Thomas College. He enlisted in the U.S.
Army and was stationed in several states
Bacich prior to the outbreak of World War II. He
fought in Europe during the war, being
promoted to lieutenant. After the war, he continued in the
army reserves for more than 20 years, retiring with the
rank of major.
He married Barbara Madsen in 1965 and they win-
tered in Anna Maria, where they eventually made their
permanent home.
Mr. Bacich owned a number of businesses in Min-
neapolis including real estate investments. He belonged
to the Minneapolis Business Forum, Shriners, VFW and
American Legion. In Florida, he was an active booster
of Anna Maria Island, supporting many public interests.
He was a founding member of the Pier Regulars, and
also was a member of the Key Royale Club, the Minne-
sota Club and others. He attended St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach, and was a faithful member of
Church of Annunciation, Minneapolis, for 65 years.
He will be long remembered by many good friends
for his kind heart, generous nature and loyal friendship.
He was especially willing to help young people in
need, both on Anna Maria Island and in Haiti.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Dec. 4 at Church
of Annunciation, Minneapolis. Interment will be at Lake-
wood Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorial donations may
be made to Salvation Army or Peace House, 512 E.
Franklin, Minneapolis MN 55404. Gill Brothers Funeral
Home of Minneapolis was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences for the family may be made at www.gill-
brothers.com.
Mr. Bacich is survived by Barbara, his loving wife
of 47 years and family.


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Nov. 23, 500 block of Spring Avenue, Baker Act.
A house cleaner found a man unresponsive and called
911. EMS and law enforcement responded. According
to the report, the man had taken an unknown number of
anti-depressants and prescription sleeping pills. He was
transported to the hospital, where the investigating officer
initiated a Baker Act.
Nov. 27, 700 block of Fern Street, burglary. A
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a
complaint of a burglary. According to the report, an entry
point was discovered at the bathroom window where the
screen had been cut and the window pried open. There
were no items reported missing.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
Nov. 28, 2407 Gulf Drive N., theft. Unknown per-
sons gained access to the storage shed of Vera Roma and
stole lawn tools valued at $600. Police believe the suspect
may possess a key to the shed because once removed, the
locks were taken.
Nov. 19, 200 Gulf Drive N., theft. An employee at
the BeachHouse Restaurant placed her purse in a "cubby"
where other employees place personal property during
BUILDING OFFICIAL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
the fox watching the hen house" to have a public works
supervisor oversee a building department.
After the meeting, Monti said that he and Petruff
will be drafting the interim contract for O'Brien, and
he will start work as the building supervisor as soon as
possible.
In the meantime, the commission will be looking at
the possibility of a moratorium.
On that possibility, Titsworth said the city is trying
to avoid it, but the commission "needs to do something"
to deter projects that displace whole blocks of residents
with rentals such as one proposed on 77th Street that
includes the re-development of seven duplexes.
A commission work session to discuss the morato-
rium is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at city hall, 5801
Marina Drive.


their shifts. Upon the conclusion of the complainant's
shift, she discovered $75 worth of items missing.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Holmes Beach
Nov. 26, 400 block of 39th Street, petit theft. A
52-year-old homeless man was arrested after stealing a
pool lounge chair valued at $300. According to the report,
the man was trespassed from the property Nov. 6, so he
was also charged with trespass after warning. Police say
the man took the chair to use as a bed in a nearby wooded
area where he was sleeping.
Nov. 19, 200 block of 83rd Street, information.
A complainant reported he was having problems with
a neighbor next door to his vacant lot. He told police
the woman keeps coming onto his property to trim palm
trees. He said he wouldn't mind, but she leaves the palm
fronds on the ground, making it difficult for him to mow
the property because he has to first clean up her trim-
mings. The officer attempted to make contact with the
woman, with no success. He advised the owner to post
"No Trespassing" signs on his property.
Nov. 19, 500 block of 67th Street, theft. A woman
reported the theft of earrings valued at $1,000. She told
police she typically locks them away, but had accidently
left them out on a day when her son had a few friends
over.
Nov. 19, 600 block of Dundee Lane, burglary. The
property owner reported someone had used a shower
while the owners were gone. The couple told police they
had an Internet camera set up to check on their house
from time to time, but that it had been stolen.
Nov. 20, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A com-
plainant reported someone stole a pair of bicycles valued
at $40. Police later located one of the bikes and returned
it to the owner.
Nov. 23, 5410 Marina Drive, theft. A woman com-
plainant reported someone stole her purse from the back
of a bar chair while at D. Coy Ducks. Total value of the
missing items is $451.
Nov. 23,611 Manatee Ave. W., disturbance. Police
responded to a male complainant, who reported a woman
in a golf cart was circling the parking lot at CVS Phar-
macy. He rolled down his window to ask the woman to


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arrested on felony battery
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 69-year-old Holmes Beach man faces a felony
domestic battery by strangulation charge after being
arrested Nov. 27 at his residence in the 6800 block of
Marina Drive.
According to court records, Ronald Scharff has a his-
tory of domestic violence arrests dating back to 2010.
According to the probable cause
affidavit, Scharff and the victim dated
for a couple of years, and recently were
wed. Police responded to a 911 call
made by the victim while she hid under
the bed, alleging he attacked her.
Scharff The victim told police that Scharff
punched her in the face, choked her,
dropped her to the ground and kicked her.
She alleges that she briefly passed out from Scharff
choking her, but regained consciousness when he punched
her in the back. It was at that point, she was able to crawl
under the bed and call 911.
Police arrived to hear Scharff yelling at the victim.
Officers observed marks on the victim that included
scrapes, bruising and what appeared to be a hand print
on the victim's arm.
Scharff was placed into custody and booked into the
Manatee County jail on the felony strangulation charge.
As of press time, no bond had been set and Scharff
remained in custody.
According to a state's attorney questionnaire, the
victim reports Scharff held a gun to her head two years
ago and has repeatedly threatened her by "putting her in
the drink," while pointing to the Gulf of Mexico.
Prior to the alleged attack, the victim states that
Scharff told her throughout the day he was sharpening
his knives.
Scharff was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 28, at the Manatee County Judicial Center,
1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

make up her mind where she was going so he could park.
He alleges the woman then began yelling and cursing at
him. Police interviewed the woman who told a similar
story, but claimed the man had yelled and cursed at her.
Both parties were advised to go their separate ways.
Nov. 24, 6200 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft. A


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 5, 2012 0 9

Bradenton Beach man's trial postponed


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Whether a Bradenton Beach man is fit to stand trial
will be determined by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court
following a psychologist's evaluation a doctor hired
by the state.
Joseph Edmund Chiquet is in his third year in Mana-
tee County jail awaiting trial on charges of having sex
with a minor, child pornography and witness tamper-
ing.
Chiquet's doctors questioned his fitness to stand
trial in a report filed June 27 with the court. According
to defense attorney Mark Lipinski they found Chiquet
incompetent.
A Nov. 21 hearing was set for the judge to determine

variety of chairs were left out overnight from the previous
day's wedding. At some point during the night, the chairs,
valued at $688 were stolen.
Nov. 25, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, suspicious
incident. A complainant called to report he had received
two phone calls that the motel's office power had gone
down. The caller needed the guest's financial information
to resubmit into the computer, and offered a 25 percent
discount for the inconvenience. The man refused to give
his information over the phone. An investigation revealed
that several of the motel's guests had received similar
calls, which did not come from motel staff.
Nov. 25, 6200 Flotilla Drive, criminal mischief.
Five flower pots at the dog park were damaged and
thrown over the fence.
Nov. 25, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary. A
woman said she left her purse on the kitchen counter
while she and her friends "went about their business"
for the day. When she returned, she went to her purse to
retrieve some money and found $250 was missing. She
told police the sliding glass door of her rental unit does
not lock. One of the friends did report she heard a loud
noise at about 3 a.m., but didn't hear anything else, so
she went back to sleep.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.


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the issue, but a snafu in paperwork caused a postpone-
ment for about 30 days, according to assistant state attor-
ney Anthony DaFonseca.
"(Chiquet's) attorney didn't file the appropriate
motion," he said. "He needed to have an order signed
by the judge. There was nothing in the file allowing the
state to evaluate him."
The prosecutor said after the state-retained psycholo-
gist submits the evaluation, the attorneys could stipu-
late to the admissibility of the doctors'
reports or an evidentiary hearing with
their testimony could be required.
"That's the only thing stopping it.
I've been ready to go to trial," DaFon-
seca said.
Chiquet Chiquet, now 37, was arrested in
2009 after police were alerted to his
alleged sexual relationship with a teenager, and that he
took sexual photographs of her in his Bradenton Beach
apartment. Search warrants allegedly yielded additional
child pornography from Chiquet's computers.
While out on bond in 2010, Chiquet was charged
with offering $10,000 to a former girlfriend to tell police
she was depicted in the photographs and not, as prosecu-
tors allege, the 15-year-old girl.
After adding the bribery charge, the court revoked
Chiquet's bond.
Further prolonging the case has been two appeals,
one by the defense and one by the prosecution, regarding
the discovery of evidence.
Phone records of an assistant state attorney previ-
ously handling the case were sought as part of a defense
that points to possible illegally taped discussions with
the defendant, according to Lipinski. Some records were
found admissible.
At a November court date, the case originally sched-
uled for a July trial was postponed to Jan. 28, 2013. A
Jan. 16, 2013, docket sounding also is scheduled.
The hearings will be held before Judge Thomas Krug
at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee
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The Brawn on the Beach amateur strength contest
will return Sunday, Dec. 9, to the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The event raises money for Hope Family Services of
Manatee County, which assists and empowers survivors
of domestic violence.
The contest is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with the Beach-
House and City Fitness of Bradenton as hosts and The
Islander as a sponsor.
"The proceeds from this worthy event will allow a
little more hope over the holidays for the families in need
of food, clothing and a place to stay over the holidays,"
stated BeachHouse general manager Becky Shannon.
"Counseling and educational training to help turn the
corner in such trying times is also offered to the fami-
lies."
Organizers hope to raise at least $10,000. Last year,
the first year for the event, they pulled in $7,000.
Competition categories include truck pull, log lift,
farmer's walk, Atlas lifting stone and the Husafell stone,
named for a legendary lifting stone in Iceland.


For contest observers, there also will be live music,
food and drink concessions and raffles.
Shannon said, "Anyone who has a moment to stop
by the day of the event can support the cause by enjoy-
ing the incredible strong men compete while they pull
trucks, lift hundreds of pounds of stone and carry logs
until they expel every ounce of I i i.'\ they have. It is
quite an exciting and entertaining event."
She said proceeds from the sales at the barbecue con-
cession, beer and wine tables, a 50/50 raffle and bids on
a beach cruiser bike will go to Hope Family Services.
"Stop by and say hello, all in the spirit of supporting
our women and children for the holiday season," Shan-
non said, adding, with a reference to restaurant owner
Ed Chiles, "Who knows, maybe Ed will be lifting some
barbells?"
For more information, call Shannon at 941-779-
2222.


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The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, has a 12th month schedule that includes a variety
of programs.
On the calendar:
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m., a knitting clinic.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m., a family origami pro-
gram.
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m., the library book reading
club.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m., teen winter crafts.
The library is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursdays-Saturdays, and noon-8 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.
Guild Gallery exhibits
painter's works
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island features the
work of painter Patricia Curtis in December at the Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A reception for the artist will take place 5:30-7:30
p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the gallery during the annual holi-
day open house in downtown Holmes Beach.
Curtis, of Longboat Key, plans to donate a portion
of sales during the reception to the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society.
The artist, who grew up in the Miami area, paints in
"bright, bold colors," said a news release. "Colors meld
and play throughout her canvases, giving the viewer a
sense of adventure and playfulness."
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at 941-
778-6694 or visit www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.


The mixed media work of artist Brenda Alcorn is
featured in December at Island Gallery West. Islander
Courtesy Photo

IGW features
mixed-media artist
The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will feature the work of mixed media artist Brenda
Alcorn in December.
A reception for Alcorn's Treasures of the Sea exhibit
is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the gallery. The event
coincides with the Holmes Beach Downtown Holiday
Party.
Alcorn is a native of Florida and retired Manatee
High School English teacher. IGW, in a news release, said
collage, photography and gyotaku fish printing are
her favorite mediums.
Treasures of the Sea opened Dec. 1 and continues
through Dec. 31.
IGW hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
For more information, call 941-778-6648 or go to
www.islandgallerywest.com.

Off Stage Ladies hold
gift-exchange
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players will
meet Wednesday, Dec. 12, for lunch and a holiday gift
exchange.
The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Diners are asked to bring a "crazy gift exchange"
item that costs $10, as well as non-perishable food items
for an Anna Maria Elementary School food drive cam-
paign.
Reservations must be made by Friday, Dec. 7, by
calling Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181.
Moose making merry with
Christmas party
The Women of the Moose No. 1601 will present the
annual Children's Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 15,
The party is noon-2:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island
Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Braden-
ton Beach, with lunch for kids, games and visits with
Santa.
Registration is required at the lodge by Friday, Dec.
7.
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By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
A staple on Anna Maria Island at the start of outdoor
festival season, Winterfest is expected to bring in about
100 art and craft exhibitors and thousands of visitors to
Holmes Beach.
Now in its 25th year, the show featuring a variety
of oils, acrylics, watercolors, graphics, pastels, jewelry,
photography, glass, mixed media, pottery, fiber, paper,
wood, metal and sculpture will be held 10 a.m.-4:30
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, in the city
field, 59th Street and Flotilla Drive.
"We do our best to have a variety of quality exhibi-
tors. We've got some new artists. We've got the regulars.
And we've got blasts from the past," said Anna Maria
Island Art League president Laura McGeary.
Winterfest is the first league-sponsored festival since
its gallery's closure due to financial difficulties.


Anna Maria Island Art League president Laura
McGeary shows the 2012 Winterfest logo at the gal-
lery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The design is
by Anna Maria artist Richard Thomas. Islander Photo.
Kathy Prucnell

Solo showing 70 Santas
Solo Gallery of the Manatee County Cultural Alli-
ance is showing 70 Santas, as well as ornaments, in a
holiday exhibit through Dec. 7-28.
Displays will include sunbathing Santas on Anna
Maria Island, a Santa blues band and a toy-making work-
shop.
Also, the gallery, 926 12th St. W., Village of the Arts,
Bradenton, will feature ornaments from last season's
Christmas at the Crosley celebration.
A reception for the exhibit will take place 6-9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7, during the First Friday Artwalk in the arts
village.
For more information, call 941-746-2223 or go
online to www.manateearts.org.

Holmes Beach downtown
delivers holiday cheer
Holmes Beach businesses in partnership with the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will host the
annual holiday open house Friday, Dec. 7.
The event is 5-8 p.m., with shops, offices and res-
taurants in the downtown area of Marina and Gulf drives
staying open to usher in the season and galleries hosting
receptions for artists and patrons.
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, in the Island Shop-
ping Center, will welcome the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers and Santa Claus, who will visit with children and
update his naughty and nice list. Look for the ship and
the sleigh and falling "snow."
For more information, call the chamber at 941-778-


The league's difficulties were blamed on a tough
economy and the temporary loss of its tax-exempt status,
which was reinstated in July.
The league returned in the summer with new work-
shops and classes and Art in the Courtyard events, as well
as office hours at the gallery.
Several sponsors, including Bluegreen Vacations,
have been added to the league's list of donors, McGeary
said.
New to this year's Winterfest will be fine artist,
instructor and face-painter Dawn Gurtner, who will
offer face paintings and henna tattoos, according to
McGeary.
A "Young at Art" booth will feature a children's
exhibit and offer art activities.
Live music will be provided by Anna Maria String
Band, 1k 4, Gumbo Boogie Band, The Hurricanes, Howie
Banfield & Scott Blum and The Bontrager Sisters.
The festival also will include booths for community
groups, including the Cortez Village Historical Society,
Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron, Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring and Wildlife
Education and Rehabilitation Center Inc.
According to McGeary, food vendors include Mr.
C's of Word of Mouth BBQ of Palmetto, Coastal Crab
of Bradenton, Tyler's Homemade Ice Cream of Cortez,
K&K's Kettle Corn of Winter Haven, Yada Yada Crepes
of Naples, Aunt Ruthie's Zesty Mustard of Merritt Island,
Just Thirsty Tea of Port Charlotte and Shadrach's Wood-
Fired Pizza of Eustis.
McGeary said art and craft entries are screened for
original designs, although prints and digital prints are
allowed. Exhibitors will come from throughout Florida,
as well as Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut and
as far as Washington, she said.
There will be $2,500 in prizes, including best of show
and awards of distinction and merit.
Returning artists include AJ Farrell, Jay Canter-
bury, Autumn DeFrank, John Hi','.inii. Eric Abraham,
Tim Bailey, Sara Aune, Alexis Barbeau, Douglas Bran-
dow, William Cantwell, Dustin Cole, Cantave Casseus,
Ron Deel, Anne Derwent, Mina Heuslein, Linda Heath,
Jim Hogan, Nanette Hopkins, Robert Johnson, David
Martin, Robin Zimmerman, Nels Johnson, Linda Molto,
Debbie Hagstrom, Doug Cavanah, Jean Murray, Don
Nichols, Shawn Robbins, Shekina Rudoy, Joyce Slate,
Linda Soderquist, Anne Marie Solomon, Ward and Sandy
Siegler, Susanna Spann, Kathy Sparks, Susan Sorrentino,
Lori Rosenberger, Cathryn Nowicki, Kathryn Nidy-Cuk-
ier, Richard Stewart, Geoff Walsh, David Martin, Richard
Kausalik and Allen and Mumin Jacobsen.
Proceeds from Winterfest, as well as the league's
Springfest, support the league's activities, including pro-
gramming, workshops and scholarships.
For more information, call 941-778-2099.

'The Nutcracker's' lead
dancer competes
For the fourth time in recent years, nowl4-year-
old Mattison Bedinghaus will take the stage as Clara in
Dance Theatre of Bradenton's production of "The Nut-
cracker."
Mattison, the granddaughter of David and Ruby
Wicklund of Holmes Beach, also will compete in the
2013 Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition.
This year in "The Nutcracker," Mattison will dance
alongside David Barocio, a principal dancer in the Okla-
homa City Ballet. Allison Norton is the principal chore-
ographer and director.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 2
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Manatee High School Davis
Center for the Performing Arts, 902 33rd St. Court E.,
Bradenton.
Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults. For
tickets or more information, call 855-222-2849, or go
online at www.dancetheaterofbradenton.org.

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11:30 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce net-
working luncheon, Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet, Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

Thursday, Dec. 6
2 p.m. Knitting clinic, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341

Friday, Dec. 7
5:30-7:30 p.m. Island Gallery West reception for featured
artist Brenda Alcorn, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-6648.
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. -Artists' Guild ofAnna Maria Island recep-
tion for Patricia Curtis, Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
5-8 p.m. Holmes Beach Downtown Holiday Open House,
Marina and Gulf drives, Holmes Beach. Features visits with Santa
and the Anna Maria Island Privateers at The Islander. Information:
941-778-1541.

Saturday, Dec. 8
9:30 a.m. REAL Women Christmas Brunch, CrossPointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
0719.
9:30 a.m. Family origami, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341
10 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade, from
Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, to Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, Bra-
denton Beach, parade route is mostly along Pine Avenue/Gulf Drivel
Marina Drive and back onto Gulf Drive. Information: 941-752-5973.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest
arts and crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Party with
Santa, gifts for children, lunch and refreshments free. Adults: dona-
tion for lunch, refreshments. Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, 2650
Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-752-5973.

Sunday, Dec. 9
Hanukkah.
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Brawn on the Beach amateur strength
competition to benefit Hope Family Services, BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-
2222.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest
arts and crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

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High School. The performances feature Mattison
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pre-selected daycare, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
7:45 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast, Sign of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee
applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon
and gift exchange, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181

Off-island
Friday, Dec. 7
6:30-9:30 p.m. Reception for Joan Peters' exhibit "Sea-
shores of the Suncoast," Joan Peters Gallery, Village of the Arts,
1210 11th Ave. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-365-9960.

Saturday, Dec. 8
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Magic Box Theatre presents "Rumples-
tiltskin," Ramada Waterfront, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee
applies. Information: 941-363-1727.
7 p.m. Dance Theatre of Bradenton performs "The Nut-
cracker," Manatee High School Davis Center for the Performing
Arts, 1902 33rd St. E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 855-








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Sunday, Dec. 9
4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Jazz at First Church featuring Johnny
Moore, Dominic Mancini, Tommy Goodman and Bob Switzer, First
United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 941-955-0935.
2 p.m. Dance Theatre of Bradenton performs "The Nut-
cracker," Manatee High School Davis Center for the Performing
Arts, 1902 33rd St. E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 855-
222-2849.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
7 p.m. PLATO's byKids4Kids presents "The Twelve Days
of Christmas," Ramada Waterfront, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
2 p.m. Christmas with the Ditchfield Family Singers concert,
Manatee Players, 10212th St. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-748-5875.
7 p.m. PLATO's byKids4Kids presents "The Twelve Days
of Christmas," Ramada Waterfront, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.

Ongoing
Through Jan. 6, "Waist Watchers: The Musical," by Alan
Jacobsen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization,
Ramada Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Infor-
mation: 941-363-1727.
Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the
Water's Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-708-6130.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
*Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1541.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may
apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations
requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open
house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
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Theatergoers drink in 'Dixie Swim Club' laughs


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
The theater was abuzz w ilhi Lit liu i, smiles and posi-
tive vibes at the opening night performance of the Island
Players in "The Dixie Swim Club," as directed by Kelly
Wynn Woodland.
"The faster we swim the sooner we win" became
the rallying cry in feel-good dramatic comedy about five
women and their relationships. It runs through Sunday,
Dec. 9, at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
Through April 10, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street
Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include
a food challenge.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
tion: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club
lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m., Artists' reception, Signature Show exhibit,
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Dec. 14, 5-8 p.m., the Anna Maria businesses host a Christ-
mas Walk, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Dec. 15, noon, the Women of the Moose No. 1601's annual
Children's Christmas Party, Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188,
110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Dec. 15, 3-7 p.m., Christmas on Bridge Street, Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach.
Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., Bethlehem Walk, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra concert, Island Holidays, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Save the date
Dec. 25, Christmas.
Dec. 29, the Manatee Players' presents "Two on Tap."
Dec. 31, New Year's Eve.
Jan. 17, the Island Players'opening of "A Little Murder Never
Hurt Anybody."
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday before publication.


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Though the play explores the complex subject of
women aging from 44 into their 70s, it is kept upbeat with
the on-target performances of five Southern women who
first met on a college swim team and spend summers on
the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Judy Glynn plays Sheree, a super-organized team
captain, to a tee. Even as Glynn hobbles as a believable
70-something, she provides consistency and direction to
the friends' activities.
Diana Shoemaker plays Dinah, an overachieving
lawyer with a brash exterior. She delivers on cue.
Linda Dickson plays the injury-prone, Iluniliii'

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The Island Players'comedy production "The Dixie
Swim Club" continues through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the
theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. A group hug
includes college swim team members Judy Glynn as
Sh, ..i, left, the energetic team captain; Melissa Ander-
son as Jeri, Jennifer Eddy as Lexi, Linda Dickson as
Vernadette and Diana 1h.,, ',, ii, s- as Dinah. Tickets
are available from the box office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and one hour before performances.
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Charlie Brown of the group, Vernadette. Dickson puts
in a stellar performance with an on-the-mark Southern
disposition especially notable in her defense of bis-
cuits.
And it's Melissa Anderson, almost always smiling
as Jeri, who shines and shows the audience the moral
compass for the group.
Jennifer Eddy is Lexi, whose portrayal of a beauty
with face-lifts, tummy tucks and men-chasing ways was
a crowd favorite.
The set changes were of interest different hats, dif-
ferent flowers and furniture changes. Although changed
up in the dark, the audience was brought into the careful
set design that marked the passage of years at the Outer
Banks cottage to the credit of Phyllis Elfenbein, stage
manager; Diane Phinney, assistant stage manager; Jack
Abene, construction chief and Jan VanWart in charge
of set design. Susan Turner and Marsha Lindsey were
responsible for props.
Costume designer Don Bailey and Rita Lamoreaux,
with hair and makeup, brought the style, glamour and
aging to the stage in proper measure.
Sound designer Mike Lusk and light designer Brad
Pattison worked tg 1L1,th, 1 ilth Bobbie Berger at the light
board and Barb Gusie at the soundboard to help pull
together a technically seamless production.
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie
Wooten, "The Dixie Swim Club" swam fast and won fans
on opening night.
For tickets or more information, call the box office
at 941-778-5755 or go online at www.theislandplayers.
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The box office is open one hour before performances
and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


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Attention community organization representa-
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and organization events, happenings and projects
on Anna Maria Island and encourages you to submit
photographs.
Send press releases and photos with detailed
captions to news@islander.org or 5404 Marina
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By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
ArtsHOP reported a successful fifth year with 11
venues in Anna Maria, five in Holmes Beach and an esti-
mated $1,000 in proceeds realized by its sponsor Cultural
Connections, the island's cultural and arts promotion
group.
"The whole event was great," ArtsHOP organizer
Marsha Bard said of the Nov. 9-11 event.
The Nov. 9 Gallery Walk brought attention "to the
diverse and creative art in our island galleries and places
of business that sell local art," Bard said.
Among the activities featured on the walk in Holmes
Beach were outdoor painting at the Island Gallery West;
the Artists' Guild Gallery chalk paintings and the Anna
Maria Island Art League chair-painting demonstration,
which included the music of Howie Banfield and Scott
Blum.
President Laura McGeary reported a disappointing
turnout at the league gallery. Even with the music, the
area experienced light foot traffic Friday, not nearly as
good as previous years, she said.
At the other end of the island in Anna Maria, Artspace
owners and artists Deborah Webster and husband Lex
Halakan packed in more than 400 guests for an artists'
reception for the Black & White Small Works Show.
Friday night at Artspace included a people's choice
award, "Cheeta Art" by Chad Ruis and giveaways,
according to Webster.
Bard said people in Anna Maria were drawn to art
and bluegrass music at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, as
well as other Pine Avenue locations, including the new
Bob Brown Art, Anna Maria Island Historical Society,
Relish Cafe, Arts for the Earth, Shiny Fish Emporium,
Tide & Moon Jewelry.
Other artsHOP Anna Maria participants were Three
Island Monkeys and Ginnie's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA, as well as Restless Natives and Libby's Jewelry
and Gifts in Holmes Beach.
On Nov. 10, galleries and stores showcased the public
art painted-chair theme.
"The auction was a wonderful success at the Studio at


Senior Adventures, a social group that
meets at Annie Silver Community Center
in Bradenton Beach, took a Nov. 30 tour of
Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, 2229
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Artist and col-
lector Marietta Lee, left, is founder and
curator. The museum is free Thursdays,
Friday and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., October
through May. Some of the critter sculptures
are comprised of horseshoes such as
an elephant among the museum's many
whimsical art objects. Islander Photos:
Edna Tiemann

Gulf and Pine, with 32 of the 44 chairs sold," Bard said.
"There were several bidding wars going on at the end."
Fifty percent of auctioned price went to the artists
and 50 percent to Cultural Connections. The funds will
help the group continue its efforts to promote local art
and culture, she said.
Winners of the artsHOP raffle baskets at the silent
auction were Karen Stuart and Vince Cirqui of Anna
Maria.
The Island Players had two sold-out performances
of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" Nov. 9-10, Bard
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"AMICCO is an incredible asset to this island and
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 5, 2012 0 15

'Annie Silver' Senior group attracts adventurers


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
It started as an AmeriCorps Vista project.
With only a stipend, volunteer Pat Gentry was sent
to the Anna Maria Island Community Center in 2009 to
assess the needs of the poor on the island. The island was
targeted for the project because of its 13 percent poverty
rate.
She surveyed island elders and others and found
seniors looking for a social group things to do
together.
"Obviously there was a need. Every week we had
scores of people," Gentry said.
The people surveyed told her, "We do not want to
sit, drink coffee or play cards."
And this led to Gentry facilitating Senior Adventures,
which meets for weekly outings or events at Annie Silver
Community Center, a longtime Bradenton Beach neigh-
borhood center, a building bequeathed by a trailblazing
go-getter, the first woman to cross the Cortez Bridge, said
Gentry.
Gentry disconnected from AMICC, she said, because
"it turned out their goals and our goals were different,"
and it didn't have room for her group.
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Gentry contacts potential sites for field trips to make
sure they accommodate groups, puts them on a schedule
and emails or snail mails it to a group list of about 150
adventurers.
A core group of 12-20 regulars meets 9-11 a.m. Fri-
days, but the day and time may change, depending on the
event.
The events are free or low cost.
"That's huge to me because we have seniors on a
fixed income," Gentry said.
People come by walking, bicycle, auto or trolley and
then the group will carpool to its destination. Other times,
there's a speaker, a potluck meal or other community
center activity.
The group tours such attractions as the John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Palma Sola Botanical
Park, GWIZ, A.P Bell Fish Company, the Van Wezel Per-
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The group's favorite so far has been touring the U.S.


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"They love going to the Coast Guard. I always have
a big crowd at the Coast Guard," Gentry said.
But she added, I \ .l) Ii iing we do, they love it."
She emphasized there are no dues, reservations or
commitments.
I \ i though they have good intentions of attend-
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get sick. When you get older you can't be and shouldn't
have to be tied to schedule so strictly," Gentry said.
"They look forward to it every week," Gentry
said.


Seniors announce plans
The Senior Adventures' calendar through mid-Janu-
ary includes nature hikes, potlucks, picnics and tours.
The group, which meets weekly on Fridays, is open
to those 50 and older, with meet-ups taking place at the
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton
Beach.
The calendar includes:
Dec. 14, 10 a.m., meeting at Annie Silver Com-
munity Center to decorate buttons.
Dec. 21, 9:15 a.m., meeting at Annie Silver to car-
pool to a horse farm.
Dec. 28, 11 a.m., meeting at Annie Silver to carpool
to the De Soto National Memorial in west Bradenton for
a hike and picnic.
Jan. 4, 10 a.m., meeting at Annie Silver to carpool
to Tampa Bay Electric to watch manatees swim in the
warm power plant waters and visit the nature center and
butterfly garden.
Jan. 11, 8 a.m., meeting at Annie Silver for a book
sale and, at 11 a.m., a potluck lunch.
Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m., meeting at Annie Silver to car-
pool to the Manatee County Fair in Palmetto.
While reservations are not needed, organizer Pat
Gentry would like to know how many people to plan for
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be found elsewhere in the grid.


Across
1 It might appear on a
spine
6 In the thick of
10 The "C" of FDIC
Abbr
14 Muslim moguls
19 "The Wrestler"
actress
20 Trio on camels
21 The brother in "Am
I my brother's
keeper?"
22 Monosyllabic state
23 Bialys
25 Fussy about rules
27 Wrestling
achievement
28 Cup holder
29 Rain-forest flora
30 Contrail source,
once Abbr
31 Jurassic suffix
33 Novel writing, e g
34 Key in a chain,
maybe
35 Two of them make a
sawbuck
36 Having everything
one needs
38 Victoria's Secret
purchase
39 Walk, e g
40 Whiz
41 Tormentors of a sort
44 Goat's cry


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45 Carrier letters?
46 Je ne sais quoi
49 His tomb is a
pilgrimage site for
both Muslims and
Jews
51 Occupy, as a booth
53 To whom it is said
"Something is
rotten in the state
of Denmark"
54 Danish, e g
56 Grave letters
57 Big Red Machine
hustler
58 Four-time role for
Patrick Stewart
60 Almost every man in
the world has one
62 Myrna of "Cheaper
by the Dozen"
64 Indeed
65 Followers of a
boom?
72 More precise
alternative to
scissors
80 Largest moon in the
solar system
81 Bottom line, maybe
83 "You tryl"
84 Decrees
85 Neighbor of Niger
87 One of a pair of
drums
88 Lunar mission
commanded by
Thomas P Stafford
89 Ad
90 Frat 's counterpart
92 Cousins of honey
badgers


93 Morgan le _
(Arthurian
sorceress)
94 "The Labors of
Hercules" painter
Guido
95 Marquee name
97 Kaualan ring
98 Mmes of Espania
100 Wipe out, in
surfing lingo
101 Converted into
bundles for a loft
103 Thwarter of HAL
106 Spank but good
107 Allure
108 1970s-'80s F B I
sting
110 Xanthippe, e g
111 A spy will often
cross them
113 Widely used term
declared
"undignified" by
John Paul II
115 Liquefy
116 Part of N B
117 Squared up
118 Nutcases
119 Centuries, e g
120 Grab, with "onto"
121 "What ?"
122 Wield, as influence

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1 Features of some
sports cars
2 Area conquered by
Alexander the
Great
3 Liftoff point


4 Excommunicator of
Martin Luther
5 German one
6 Dangerous liaisons,
often
7 1992 Denzel
Washington title
role
8 Spanish churches
9 Sorry state
10 Script writer's
study?
11 Like a good butler
12 King's things
13 Quest of the
astronomer
Percival Lowell
14 Athos, Porthos and
Aramis, e g
15 Beano competitor
16 Reaches a nadir
17 Ouzo herb
18 Quakers and
Shakers
24 Snoop Lion's genre
26 Muscle below a delt
32 Smell like
35 Triple Crown
jockey Eddie
37 Rubbish
40 Cuts back on
41 Dickens schemer
42 Shade of bleu
43 Dates
46 Pic
47 Seine tributary
48 Sushi bar topping
50 Part of U N L V
52 One of the X's in X
XX
53 Hesitate in speech
55 Nick of "Cape Fear"


57 Hunt in the wrong
place?
59 Revolution target
61 Actor Stephen
63 Mustachioed
cartoon character
65 Fictional writer in a
John Irving best
seller
66 Historical transition
point
67 South African
antelopes


68 Simon &
Garfunkel's "For
Whenever I
May Find Her"
69 City near Virginia
City
70 YouTube video lead
ins
71 Hebrew N
73 Bit of ink, slangily
74 Sheep's genus
75 Turkey's Ataturk
76 Caught


77 Summer cooler
78 Cliched prison
contraband item
79 Verb with "vous"
80 Indian tourist haven
82 Malformed
85 Pamper, say
86 Willing to consider
89 Vitamin A
91 Novelty glasses
94 G's opposite
96 Fresh


98 Measures
99 Accumulated
100 Print option Abbr
102 Part of a horse's
pedigree
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105 Discharge
107 Observes
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 5, 2012 19

Public records request vexes Bradenton Beach officials


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
No one claims to know why a public records request
was submitted to the city of Bradenton Beach to garner
city-related emails from four former planning and zoning
board members, and the expert legal consultant special-
izing in email public record requests isn't saying.
"As you know, the public records act does not require
a citizen to reveal the purpose of making a public records
request," stated Michael Barfield, of Sarasota, who sub-
mitted the request.
Barfield was asked what his intentions were by
making the request, but declined to answer.
"To do so would not advance transparency laws
because the next time a reporter or citizen makes a
request, they might think they are required to reveal a
purpose," he stated.
The request includes city-related emails pertaining to
former P&Z members Jo Ann Meilner, Rick Bisio, Joyce
Kramer and Bill Shearon from Jan. 1 through their final
day as members of P&Z.
Barfield has a history on the island after submitting
public records requests before the 2010 successful recall
effort of former Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus.
Emails obtained by Barfield determined that Stoltz-
fus secretly agreed to seek funds for a lawsuit against
the city and to see Pine Avenue Restoration buildings
bulldozed.
One of the people Barfield was assisting in the Anna
Maria case was Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restau-
rant in Anna Maria and the BeachHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach.
The BeachHouse Restaurant is at the center of a law-
suit filed against the city, though Chiles is not a defendant
in the case.
Ajoint development agreement between ELRA Inc.,
the restaurant corporation spearheaded by Chiles, was
entered into by Bradenton Beach commissioners in May,



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but not before the P&Z recommended the agreement be
rejected.
Meilner, Shearon, Bisio and Kramer resigned in the
days and weeks following a contentious May commission
meeting. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the P&Z mem-
bers were not qualified to make such a recommendation
and Commissioner Ric Gatehouse accused the members
of presenting a "tainted and biased" recommendation.
Bisio resigned immediately after the meeting.
Shearon resigned the following day. Kramer resigned
later that week and Meilner asked for an ap'olo,'y\ but
did not receive one from commissioners at the next
commission meeting. She submitted her resignation the
following day.
P&Z recommended denial due to a parking lot expan-
sion for the BeachHouse Restaurant being included in a
dune construction project. The agreement calls for ELRA
to pay for the lion's share of the project and, in exchange,
about a dozen extra parking spaces would be created for
the restaurant.
P&Z said in their recommendation a parking lot on
the beach violates the city charter and land development
codes.
While Barfield and Chiles have a history together,
Barfield told The Islander he is not representing Chiles in
his request to seek emails from Meilner, Shearon, Bisio
and Kramer.
"I was not retained by Ed Chiles or anyone connected
with him to make the request," said Barfield.
Perry said she was as surprised as anyone to see the
requests and said the city had nothing to do with it.
Barfield confirmed that statement.
"I am not involved w\ illh making the request on behalf
of the city or connected in any way with making the
request on behalf of the city," he said.
The city is currently in discussion about an option
brought forth in October by Meilner to settle the lawsuit
via binding mediation. Perry said arbitration is not an
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a difference between the two.
In November, commissioners held a shade meeting to
discuss the offer, but did not release any new information
as to their intentions.
As of press time, only Meilner had responded to the
public records request.
Thus far, the only email submitted for review is Meil-
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Breakfast: French Toast Sticks or Super Round.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marinara, Breaded Chicken Patty
Sandwich, Sliced Pears, Fresh Veggie Dipper, Broccoli,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Breakfast: Burrito or Biscuit and Gravy or Waffle.
Lunch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger on Bun, Mini Corn Dogs,
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Wednesday, Dec. 12
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Change in weather signals start of camping season


By Kevin P. Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The cooler weather that signals the beginning of
our winter also kicks off camping season. This writer
and several dads typically take our kids camping around
Thanksgiving and Christmas and the area boasts sev-
eral nice parks fantastic for family camping.
If you have never been camping, don't worry, these
parks are close enough to civilization that you can aban-
don the plan if necessary. But for around $200, you can
be geared up and ready to camp. Just remember don't
skimp on the air mattress and don't go crazy buying a
multiroom tent.
A short drive across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is
Fort De Soto Park, which offers a camping experience
for all experience levels, including a youth campground.
The campground provides lighted rest rooms, campfire
circles, cold-water showers and it is free.
The natural beauty is breathtaking. The area is a great
spot for fishing, kayaking and biking among the 1,136
acres that make up the park. Fort De Soto beach also
comes in near the top in the America's Top Beach awards
from Trip Advisor.
While camping at De Soto, visit the historic fort that
guards the entrance to Tampa Bay and was built as a
defense during the Spanish American War.
This writer and three friends recently spent two
nights at the park with our children and some of their
friends. The 15 kids in attendance ate us out of tent and
home, but mostly played tag in the woods, although we
did also manage to wet some fishing lines. Tommy Fel-
lowes was the only one to land a fish when he hooked up
a small sheepshead.
The weather was perfect and everyone had a fantastic


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Emma Horne, Gillian Cassidy, Kyle Guet, Liam Allen
and Conal Cassidy in the Fort De Soto brig. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Lance Bieker


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While team sports at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center are in the process of registering and trying
out for new leagues, there's action on the links at the Key
Royale Club in Holmes Beach.
Golf action at KRC is heating up as winter brings
cold weather to the north and members returning from
summer in northern states.
The women and men joined up for a nine-hole, two-
best-balls-of-foursome match Nov. 30. The team of Jerry
and Joyce Brown and Nell Bergstrom rode two chip-ins
by Bergstrom to a team score of 13-under-par 49 and a
runaway victory.
The men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-foursome
match Nov. 28. First-place team Pieter Thomassen, Neil
Hammer, Jim McVicar and Dave Kruger combined to
card a 9-over-par 265, four shots over Joe Dickinson,
Gerry Taylor, Art Hibbs and Andrew Barber.
The women took the course Nov. 27 for a nine-hole,
low-net-in-flight match.
Helen Pollock fired a 4-under 28 to take first in Flight
A, while Marilyn Thorton and Marcia Helgeson tied for
second with matching even-par scorecards.
There was a battle for the top spot in Flight B as
Joyce Brown, Terry Westby, Heather Pritchard and Renee
Allan each carded 2-under-par 30s. Joyce Lathrop was a
shot back in second place, while Christina Mason finished
third with an even-par 32.


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Kevin Cassidy, Neil
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Cassidy around the
campfire circle at
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time.


Myakka River State Park, within an hour of the


Fort De Soto Park is in Pinellas County at 3500
Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde.
Another park close by for camping is the Little Man-
atee River State Park in Wimauma, offering kayaking,
canoeing and fresh-water fishing. Wildlife enthusiasts
can enjoy a 6.5-mile trail through the wilderness area and
the park offers a 12-mile equestrian trail, as well as four
equestrian campsites. The park also offers a >3'lalh gi iup
campground that can accommodate up to 20 people. The
only downside with the group site is no running water
and no bathroom.
Little Manatee River State Park is at 215 Lightfoot
Road, Wimauma.


island, also provides a camping experience. The area is
shaded and campgrounds include running water, picnic
tables, grills and a fire circle. There is no electricity to
sites, but there are bathrooms and hot-water showers.
The park provides a multitude of activities, includ-
ing biking, hiking and a canopy walkway 25 feet above
ground, extending about 100 feet. Visitors can also climb
the observation tower, which soars 74 feet for a spectacu-
lar view of the treetops and wetlands. The park also offers
airboat rides and tours, canoeing, fishing, equestrian trails
and cabin rentals.
Myakka State Park is 9 miles east of Interstate-75 at
13208 State Road 72, Sarasota.


Kathy Porter rode a chip in on hole 7 to win Flight
C going away with a 5-under-par 27, four shots ahead of
second-place finisher Barb Lindwall.
Sally York had the round of the day with an 8-un-
der-par 24 to grab first place in Flight D. Marty Clark's
4-under par-28 gave her second place, while Trish Kruger
took third with a 1-under-par 31.
The men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford -
quota points game Nov. 26. Art McMillan and Tom
Nelson tied for first place N ili mnalk ling plus-four scores
in the individual competition. Nelson and McMillan
teamed up with Lex Halakan and Barry Anderson to also
take the team event with a combined plus-10 score.

Horseshoe news
Two teams advanced to the knockout round at the
Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Dec. 1. Gene
Bobeldyk and John Crawford blitzed the team of Tom
Skoloda and Bob Heiger 22-0 to earn the day's bia'in_'
rights.
Two teams also advanced to the knockout round
during Nov. 28 horseshoe action. The team of Norm
Good and George McKay defeated Paul Sheatler and
Hank Huyghe 22-15 to earn the day's championship.
Free play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
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Cooler weather prompts changes in bait choice


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
The combination of full moon tides and a break in the
cold weather, this week looks prosperous for backwater
fishers.
Extreme low tides in the morning hours are a great
time to find concentrations of backwater species waiting
to move back on the grass flats to feed. For success, target
edges of channels and ditches or look for deep sandy
potholes adjacent to or smack in the middle of shallow
flats. These areas of deeper water create safe havens for
snook, redfish and trout on full moon low tides.
Once you get dialed in on where to hook up, you can
rely on these spots all winter.
With falling water temps, now may be the time to
switch to live shrimp instead of shiners while fishing
the backcountry. Although hungry pinfish that inhabit
the flats can make fishing with live shrimp difficult, it's
good to know you have some when the fish you're stalk-
ing turn their noses away from a live shiner.
Redfish, spotted seatrout and snook will readily slurp
up a select shrimp if placed in front of their noses as
well as every other species you encounter on the flats.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business fishing charters
is fishing the backcountry in search of redfish, spotted
seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Gross is fishing
mangrove shorelines adjacent to lush grass flats to locate
reds and snook. For the spotted seatrout, Gross is looking
toward deeper grass.
Gross feels the fishing could be better. "Hopefully the
warmer weather and strong tides will improve the fishing
this week," says Gross. "A couple of degrees warmer for
the water temps would do wonders."


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Due to the cooler water temps, Gross agrees with
switching from shiners to live shrimp for bait. He says
artificial such as DOA Cal jigs are a good option, too.
Finally, Gross adds that location is a key factor as the
water temps drop. He suggests working the back bays,
canals and creeks.
For the spotted seatrout, Gross is using DOA Cal jigs,
resulting in slot-size fish as well as a couple of whoppers
measuring close to 30 inches.
For the catch-and-release snook and reds, Gross is
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Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier says sheepshead are the highlight of the week.
Keeper-size fish are being caught by pier fishers using live
shrimp or fiddler crabs for bait. Average size of the sheep-
shead is ranging 1-3 pounds, although the Skyway fishing
piers are known for attracting some very large sheepies.
While targeting sheepshead, expect to catch black sea bass,
small grouper and even a few porgies.
Capt. Warren Girle is working Sarasota Bay for red-
fish and spotted seatrout. Girle is using live shiners or
artificial such as MirrOlure Lil Johns or Mister Twister
Exude Darts to get the bite.
For the trout, Girle is fishing deeper grass flats that
contain scattered sandy potholes. Girle is drifting the
flats, working soft plastics through the potholes to find
concentrations slot-size fish.
Redfish are gathering around sandy potholes in
water depths of 3-4 feet and around docks in residential
canals. For these fish, Girle is using live shiners to get
the bite. Slot-size fish up to 25 inches are the norm this
past week.
Off the beaches, Girle is targeting Spanish mackerel
and black tip shark. For the macks, Girle is using live
shiners. For the black tips, he is putting out chunks of
mackerel.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says he's
seeing shrimp sales on the rise as water temps drop.
"More and more people are switching to shrimp rather
than shiners," says Oldham. "And it seems to be working
for them, too."
Reports of sheepshead, black drum and redfish fre-
quenting local docks in Anna Maria Sound are increasing.
Especially through Bimini Bay and Lake LaVista. Spot-
ted seatrout also are frequenting these waters. Oldham
suggests fishing the mouths of canals or deeper grass beds
to find some tasty fish.
Finally, Spanish mackerel are still being reported
from bait masters at the local piers. Gotcha plugs, silver
spoons or white crappie jigs are getting the job done.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing is a
little slow, although pier fishers with a little determination
and patience are managing to catch something for dinner.
Live shrimp are the bait of choice this past week since
the mackerel bite is sporadic at best.
Pier fishers using live shrimp are bottom fishing to
target a number of species with success, including sheep-
shead, black drum and redfish in the keeper-size range.
Try casting your bait under the pier around the structure
to get a chance of catching these fish.
Flounder also are being caught by bottom fishers
using live shrimp. Fishing under the pier, as you would
for the drum and sheepies, is a good idea although you
can also find these tasty, flat fish around the edges of the
pier and hiding in the sand just away from the pier.
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Fire & Stone readies
restaurant for season
The Fire & Stone pizza and Italian restaurant, 10519
Cortez Road W., Cortez, is ready for the winter season.
Owners Craig and Radka Watson recently acquired
a new oven for baking Italian foods and pizzas.
Craig Watson said the oven has all the newest tech-
nological advances and makes cooking easier and faster
and better overall.
As winter visitors return, "We're providing them the
best Italian food and pizza with our new oven."
While Fire & Stone still serves the pizza made
popular by former owner Mike Capalbo, the menu now
includes more Italian-style dishes and sandwiches and
some American-style food.
The luncheon pizza buffet is open daily at 11 a.m.
and remains popular, Radka Watson said.
Fire & Stone is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sat-
urday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 941-792-5300.

Chamber calendar events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly networking luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki, 900


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and pizzeria 10519 Cortez Road W., Cortez, display
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restaurant. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the event is $15 and reservations are
required.
And also on Wednesday, Dec. 5, the chamber will
hold its monthly business card exchange 5-7 p.m. at the
Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast Inn, 5626
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. No reservations required.
Cost of the mixer is $5 and members are encouraged
to bring guests.
On Dec. 12, the chamber will hold its monthly sun-
rise breakfast event 7:45-9 a.m. at the Sign of the Mer-
maid, 9707 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
required.
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Chamber seeks storage
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
looking for a temperature-controlled storage space for
its guidebooks, maps and other items.
A chamber press release said the storage space should
be about 8 by 10 feet and available for frequent access.
The chamber needs the space by Dec. 15.
If you have space available, call 941-778-1541.

Realty raves
Island resident Barry Grooms and Stafford Starcher,
both sales associates at RE/MAX Alliance Group, 5316
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, recently graduated from
the Florida Realtors Leadership Academy.
For more information, call 941-778-7777.
Wagner Realty, with offices at 2217 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, and 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, recently announced that real estate agent Wil-
liam VanArtsdalen Jr. has joined the Longboat Key staff.
He was a real estate agent for 20 years in New Jersey
before moving to Longboat Key several years ago.
For more information, call 941-383-5577.

Correction
A story in the Nov. 28 edition of The Islander may
have appeared to indicate otherwise, but Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive
officer Tom Aposporos confirmed he is leaving his posi-
tion with the chamber by the end of December, he said.
Aposporos, an Anna Maria resident, is an adviser to
the Anna Maria Charter Review Committee chaired by
Howard Payne.
Got business news from Anna Maria Island or Long-
boat Key, Cortez, Palma Sola or west Bradenton? How
about new owners or an award? Call Island Biz at 941-
778-7978 or e-mail news@islander.org.





28 E DEC. 5, 2012 U THE ISLANDER

Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sand's Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
SFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
778 345 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
Lic#CBC056755

RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
o Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
S* References available 941-720-7519


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


- Bed: A bargain!
I'i K!!!in._ Q'oii Fu!! & Twin,
r:i .lli.-,, ii.l 111 i,,n, ,0 new/used.
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359-1904
"Movers Who Care"
STWO MEN AND A TRUCK,

HURRICANE

Windows & Doors
941-730-5045
WEATHERSIDE LLC


Window Covering Solutions
Blinds, Shades & Shutters
Shop at home service Free measure
AFFORDABLE, STYLISH DESIGNS
941-345-4907
WWW.4MYWINDOWS.COM


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We Come To You Full Warranty
*Antennas Mirrors T-TM
Power *Locks
Trunks Door Handles 941-780-1735
ALLPOWERAUTO.COM SINCE 1995 FREE ESTIMATES FL MV-46219


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BIKE: MEN'S BEACH cruiser brand, nice, simple.
941-518-6024.

FOR SALE: 48-inch oak table with 17-inch leaf,
$150, six wicker chairs and two matching bar
stools, $45 each. One 36-inch long matching
credenza, $100, 941-795-5864.

TWO BIKES: MENS/womens, $75, cheaper than
renting. 941-896-5775.

FUTON: LIGHT COLORED, hardwood, excellent
condition, $100. Wood coffee table, $100. 941-
778-3920.

HOLIDAY DISHES: EIGHT-place settings, three-
pieces each. Pfaltzgraaf "Winterberry" design,
$40, eight-piece holiday mugs, $10. Call 941-
737-9173.

WHITE BED TRAY, $25, white coffee table, 36
x 36, $35, portable crib, new, $30. 941-778-
1264.

TWO YELLOW HUMMER kid bikes, $60/each or
two for $100. 941-778-7978.

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.

FOR SALE: LATERAL file cabinets: 2 HON
2-drawer black and 4 attractive 2-drawer wood
files. One legal and one letter-size regular 2
drawer files. Various office supplies. Also selling
antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collect-
ible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home
decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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)


THE HIVE: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Locally hand-
made jewelry, imported jewelry, Buddha-related
stuff, illustrated cards, artistic T-shirts, South Afri-
can gifts and much more.

ANY LOCAL ARTIST/band looking for beginner
singer for a few months for Anna Maria gigs? I
live on Island mid-December-February. 917-363-
4084.

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.

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

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

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

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting fishing poles to give
to children. Donate 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.


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
116 Pelican Drive, Anna Maria. Living room set,
maple double bed set, mahogany desk, sofa
bed, small tables, server, swivel rockers, sofa
table, china cabinet, mysteries and cook books,
Christmas items, pictures, garage miscellaneous,
dishes, glassware, linens, kitchen. Pictures: www.
appraisals4u.biz or www.estatesales.net. Sale by
Julie McClure.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Donation drop-off Wednesday. 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Half-price clothing sale in December. 511 Pine
Ave. Anna Maria, 941-779-2733.

CENTRE SHOPS HOLIDAY Festival: Antiques,
art, wine tasting, live music, food, sales and
more. 5380 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Benefits the LBK Historical Society. For informa-
tion, call Steff's Stuff Antiques, 941-383-1901.

HUGE FIVE-FAMILY garage sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, Dec.7. Household, jewelry, tools. Loaded.
2818 Ave C, Holmes Beach.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. Everything must
go! 502 72nd St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. No
early sales, please! Lots of household furnish-
ings, five-piece sofa set, dining room table and
six chairs, miscellaneous bath and bedroom
items. 522 70th St., Holmes Beach.


LOST: BOX OF very large canvas prints, corner of
Marina Drive and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Lost
Monday morning, Nov. 19. Jay, 941-243-4303.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.

WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs are look-
ing for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.


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

CORTEZ DIVING COMPANY: Underwater boat
maintenance, power or sail. Barnacles removed,
monthly contracts, local. 941-792-7595.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for
fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in
really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone
who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mer-
cury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery.
Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street.
Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins
and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real
Estate, 941-778-8104.

LIMOUSINE DRIVER: BRADENTON area. Con-
tract position. Call for details. 941-870-7010.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
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.

More ads = more readers in The Islander.


Anderson & Associates Insurance
Your Island Insurance Specialist
WORKING TO SAVE YOU MONEY
941-729-7355











RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
5051.
BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trust-
worthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student.
Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-
7981.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references,
30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
941-545-7114.


TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
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.
AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION:
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-
6688.
ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for
your wedding, home and special events. 941-
345-4727.
KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our ser-
vices. We now offer residential cleaning. Family
owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and
service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.
SEWING AND ALTERATIONS for clothing, bridal
wear, home decor. Tuesday at Timeless Trea-
sures 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade.
Hardware, software and network repair. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-
1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, 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.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
MA#0017550.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
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ads.


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MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL
PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!
We provide design plans-You preview 3-D drawings

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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
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 II'i" Sat.

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
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

AN'S RESCREEN IN!
C-:*L *:-.GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C.:1 :*P
Nj: .:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108

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

"- HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
HHandyman Service
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesph LaBrecaue *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
941.896.5256-office Free Estimates Licensed
941.807.5256-cell Ask about our 10% guarantee & Insured

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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.


NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
6600.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
ing.net.

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

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-730-7479.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.


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www.gobiglishreally.com 941-779-2289


GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
447-6747.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.



WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.


HAROLD SMALL REALTOR
Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com


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FLORIDA DREAMS REALTY
of Ami,INC
5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,FL 34217
941.462.4016


Check out our online vacation rental
catalog on Anna Maria Island and
at Heron's Watch, Bradenton.
www.Florida-Dreams.com

We speak English, German,
French and Hungarian


VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
and condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlooking golf course.
Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesre-
alty.com.

ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-
720-2418.

3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach.
$2,500/month. Sleeps eight, available Septem-
ber through June. Contact Dave, 407-927-1304.
dvanworm@earthlink.net.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA cottage. Gulffront
location. $1,500/month plus utilities. Call for
details. Anna Maria Realty Inc. 941-778-2259.
amrealty@verizon.net.

RENTAL WANTED: EFFICIENCY for single male
retiree. Non-smoker, Jan.15-March 15. 941-778-
4389.

CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch,
near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.

SEASONAL: LAKE-VIEW single-family house,
2BR/2BA, sunroom, laundry, garage, deck. Like
new. Five minutes to beach. 941-587-4675.

RESPONSIBLE COUPLE SEEKS annual rental on
Anna Maria Island starting May/June. 2-3BR/2BA
furnished, ground level, desirable. Consider six
months. Local references. 207-669-5353.


For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
Marianne Norman-Ellis
at Mike Norman Realty,
778-6696.

Mike
Norman
Realty


EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
-a ,on. RESULTS
37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
RENTALS
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. S1,200/month
BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
HOLMES BEACH* 941-778-0807
tdollyl@yahoo.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


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SEASONAL RENTAL, ANNA Maria, 200 feet to
Rod & Reel Pier, 2BR/1 BA, newly refurbished
ground-floor duplex with all amenities, Decem-
ber, January still available, $1,800/month plus
tax, 941-387-8610.
OVERLOOKING TENNIS COURTS at IMG,
2BR/2BA furnished condo, garage, seasonal
three-month or annual. Call 941-778-3926.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Available December-February, 2013.
Call 818-620-3543.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/1 BA: 210 Haverkos,
Holmes Beach, $1,175/month includes utilities,
210 Haverkos, Holmes Beach, 1 BR/1 BA, $900/
month includes utilities, 3BR/2BA 3227 First
Ave., Bradenton single family home, $1,100/
month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or
800-367-1617.
2BR/2BA: 1,441 sf. Unfurnished on canal with boat
lift $2,200/month includes garbage. Pets welcome
under 25 Ibs. 1 -car garage. 941-779-9320.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA home on canal with
pool, $2,200/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc. at 941 -
778-7200 or email: rentals@satorealestate.com.


SEASONAL RENTAL: NORTH Holmes Beach.
Quiet location, close to beach, January-March.
Ground levels, 1BR/1BA, $1,690 plus tax and
security, 2BR/2BA, $1,950 plus tax and security.
Private patio, cable TV, washer, dryer, utilities
included. 941-778-5338, 516-526-5628.


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.

DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton
Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.
flipkey.com/124227. $259,000. By owner, 941-
962-8220.
FOR SALE BY owner: Spacious 2BR/2BA, 1,400
sf, 55-plus condo, first floor, partially furnished,
enclosed lanai, separate porch and covered car-
port, 3 miles to Gulf beaches. Call 941-896-8686,
bring all offers!

FOR SALE BY owner: 1 BR/1 BA 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.com.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal home FSBO. 1,818
sf, 3BR/2BA home with garage, terrazzo floors,
enclosed porch, well on property. Very large lot
(10,000-plus sf). New sea wall and cap. 519 72nd
St., Holmes Beach. $525,000. 863-660-8366.
WANTED: RENT-TO-own or owner financed, 2-3
bedroom, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Braden-
ton. 941-567-6724.

OPEN HOUSE: BRADENTON Beach condo
1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. 2BR/2BA, den, dock,
pool. Patios on Gulf and bay provide spectacular
sunrise and sunsets. 1407 Gulf Drive, S. #201.
Peggy, 941-650-3069.
DEEP WATERFRONT WITH dock: 1 BR/1 BA.
Give-away at $62,000 or best offer. Totally
updated, better than new. 941-721-7725.

RUNAWAY BAY CONDO: One bedroom condo,
ground floor, updated, attractively furnished,
washer and dryer, screened lanai/patio, near
pool and exercise room, 1801 Gulf Drive, #117,
Bradenton Beach. $239,000. 941-778-9378.


icank yo-for'your support in making our family
o. I in sales in Manatee and Sarasota counties!


Charles Buky
Cell: 941-228-6086



www.teambukyrealestate.com
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