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DEC. 12. 2012 FREE
Federal agents seize HB resident's boat, cars
the free ride. Page 6
evidence release in
Morris case. Page 3
Holmes Beach moves
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Startup delay for
Bridge Street pier.
Op-ed: The Islander
editorial, readers' let-
ters. Page 6
What 2 do,
HB parks b
By Kathy Prucnell
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents
seized two high-end sports cars and a luxury
boat from 5311 Sunrise Lane, Unit B, Holmes
Beach, just before sunset Nov. 30. The boat
was taken to the city's Kingfish Boat Ramp,
where FBI agents removed it to a trailer.
The seizure stems from an FBI investi-
gation and criminal complaint filed Oct. 3 in
the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of
Michigan, against Holmes Beach resident
Jason Syrek, according to public information
officer Gina Balaya with the U.S. Attorney's
Office in Detroit.
According to Florida and Manatee County
records, Syrek was registered agent of the AMI
Beach Inn LLC at the Sunrise Lane address. The
LLC purchased the property in March 2011.
Suzanne Burrow is listed as the manager
of the LLC, according to the Florida Secretary
of State. Syrek and Burrow also purchased
Unit 5 of the Mainsail Beach Inn at 101 66th
St., Holmes Beach, in February 2010.
They apparently reside at the Sunrise Lane
property and use the Beach Inn property as a
Based on the affidavit of an FBI spe-
cial agent, the complaint alleges that between
May 2008 and December 2010, Syrek engaged
in health care fraud while operating a human
resource outsourcing business, CAS Resources
Federal agents load vehicles surrendered in
a raid at 5311 Sunrise Lane, Unit B, Holmes
Beach. The seizure was part of an ongoing
federal case against Holmes Beach resident
Jason Syrek. Islander Courtesy Photo
Green turtles hatch, end record year
ce blotter. By Mark Young
J6to If a Hollywood screenwriter was tasked
to script the 2012 sea turtle nesting season
ugS on Anna Maria Island, the storyline wouldn't
openings, have turned out more appropriate than what
ients. Pages occurred Dec. 7 to signal an end to a remark-
able nesting season.
About 20 endangered green sea turtles
|OQ@Q broke free from the last known sea turtle nest
i0O0Q to exist in the state, but about 40 of the hatch-
where 2 go lings required human assistance.
12 Half of them were rescued following the
initial hatching and the remainder of the tur-
5oard to tles were dug out by hand Dec. 7 just before
park plans, sunset in Anna Maria on the beach near North
Shore Drive. The nest was laid within the root
system of a tree, which complicated the hatch-
The turtles incubated for 83 days, some-
thing Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Glenn Wise-
man had never seen in his 15 years with
's. Pages "I've never seen a nest take this long to
hatch, but they have been known to go as long
as 90 days," he said. "But for us, it's unusual
d Biz because the average incubation period is about
He said he was worried about the nest, so
Page 22 he sought and received permission from the
state to take a peek.
transitional "I dug down to the first layer of eggs and I
ugh fishing. saw a little head looking back at me," he said.
"I wasn't worried anymore and knew the nest
was about to hatch, and it did that night."
.28-31 Wiseman believes the onset of cooler
An endangered green sea turtle hatchling is
one of about 40 rescued from a nest Dec. 7 in
Anna Maria. It was the last known sea turtle
nest of any species in the state to hatch in the
2012 season. Islander Photo: Mark Young
weather over the past few weeks slowed down
"It's all temperature sensitive," he said.
There have been only four confirmed green
sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island shores in
the last 30 years, according to AMITW execu-
tive director Suzi Fox.
"We have had about 4,000 loggerhead nests
in the last 30 years, but only four green turtle
nests," she said. "The first was around 2000. We
had one last year and two this year."
The release of about 40 green hatchlings
to the Gulf was an appropriate end to a record
season that saw 12,723 sea turtle hatchlings
make it to the water from island beaches. In
PLEASE SEE TURTLES, PAGE 2
of Adrian, Mich.
Syrek, his attorney and assistant U.S. Attor-
ney Linda Aouate agreed Oct. 23 to a pre-in-
dictment protective order to preserve the two
waterfront properties, the boat, two cars and 645
Richlyn Drive, Unit 123, Adrian, Mich., a 2010
Ford Escape and a 2010 Lincoln MKX. U.S.
Magistrate Judge David R. Grand also signed
the protective order.
According to the complaint, the health care
scheme began while Syrek was jailed at Mor-
gantown Federal Correctional Facility in West
Virginia for bank fraud.
Syrek was serving 13 months for more than
$800,000 in 83 improper credits involving a
Syrek-controlled employee services company, One
Source Management of Maumee, Ohio, according
to an April 17, 2007, article in the Toledo Blade.
He also reportedly repaid the client.
According to the Manatee County clerk's
office, in August 2011, an Internal Revenue Ser-
vice notice of $11,030,158 in federal tax liens
was recorded against Jason R. Syrek.
In March 2012, another IRS notice of
$5,831,664 in tax liens was recorded against
PLEASE SEE SEIZURE, PAGE 2
HB chief resigns
By Kathy Prucnell
Leading law enforcement in Holmes Beach
for more than 19 years, Police Chief Jay Romine
has announced this week he will leave the job.
He announced his decision by letter to
Mayor Carmel Monti Dec. 7. His last day will
be Dec. 20.
"It's tough to walk away from my employ-
ees," Romine said. "I've got a lot of good
employees. Our name is known all over. We
have a great working relationship with the
county and state.
"I want to stress the fact that it was my
decision. Nobody else's," said Romine. "It's just
time. I know in my heart, it's time."
Having spent the past 25
years with the HBPD, Romine
said Dec. 10 he's exploring
options, including teaching at
Manatee Technical Institute
Law Enforcement Academy
Romine in Bradenton.
As far as his replacement,
the city charter requires the mayor to appoint a
new chief with the commission's concurrence.
Romine officially entered the Florida
Retirement System Deferred Retirement Option
Plan in August 2011 and could remain until July
Second in line behind the chief, Deputy
Chief/Lt. Dale Stephenson also entered DROP
the same day.
Romine began his career with HBPD as a
part-time patrol officer in 1979, advancing to
patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant,
assistant chief and chief, a post he was appointed
to by then-mayor, the late Pat Geyer, in 1993.
2 E DEC. 12, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
SEIZURE FROM PAGE 1
AMI Beach Inn LLC as nominee, fraudulent conveyer
and/or alter ego of CAS Resources Inc.
In the most recent scheme, according to the com-
plaint in U.S. District Court, Syrek, through his ex-wife,
Kristie Kneuve, allegedly submitted a group enrollment
form to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2008 to
secure group coverage for 10 employees of CAS, includ-
ing Syrek, Kneuve and eight fictitious employees, and
also added company clients' employees.
CAS collected $1.75 million in premiums from client
companies in November and December 2010, an amount
due to BCBSM, but never paid by Syrek, according to
Also according to the complaint, Syrek admitted to
fabricating data to qualify for a policy he sold to his client
companies and taking the premiums for personal use,
including the purchase of beachfront properties, cars, a
boat and millions of dollars worth of other investments.
Balaya said a 1 p.m. Jan. 4 preliminary examination/
probable cause hearing is set in the criminal case against
Syrek in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Not only has Jason Syrek's property on Sunrise Lane
been the subject of a recent federal protective order, its
history is checkered with state and local regulatory and
The property was the subject of warning letters in
Federal agents load
a 2009 32.5-foot Sea
Ray seized as part
of an ongoing federal
case in the Eastern
District Court of
resident Jason Syrek. -- .
Islander Courtesy W c" .\ *
February one to Syrek, and another to Unit A's owner,
although Unit A is yet unbuilt from the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection for improper spacing
between the property's two docks.
The DEP was expected to pursue a dock setback
violation, however, a question arose as to whether the
Residential-l/single-family property, which has been
divided into two condominium units, is one or two lots.
DEP spokeswoman Ana Gibbs said last week she
had expected a closure letter, which would resolve the
case, but was unsure how the matter will end if Syrek no
longer owns the property.
Sunrise Lane neighbor Judy Holmes Titsworth, now
a Holmes Beach commissioner, raised red flags about
developers using condominium ownership to skirt local
laws and expand residential-zoned properties to more
than one house and docks with reduced setbacks.
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff agreed.
"The placement of a condominium form of owner-
ship over a piece of property does not change the under-
lying zoning status or regulatory jurisdiction over the
property," Petruff wrote the DEP
Petruff also noted the "parcel width is too small to
allow to be legally subdivided into two."
Nonetheless, last week a foundation was dug for the
south unit, Unit A, with a notice of commencement filed
Sept. 24 by Agnelli Pools & Construction LLC.
DIRECTOR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
2011, there were 7,806 hatchlings, while the 15-year
average is 8,940.
There were a total of 362 nests this year. In 2011,
there were 183 while the 15-year average is 155.
It was an incredible year of ups and downs for sea
turtle nesting, "but ended with more ups," said Wise-
Tropical Storm Debby, in June, was thought to have
decimated this year's nesting season, but about half of
the total nests were laid after Debby.
'"This has been the best year we've ever had," said
Fox. "Our volunteers are a big part of that. They really
had to step it up and worked their butts off during a season
that was three times as busy as we normally are."
Fox said another important part of the year's success is
the incredible support she receives from the community.
"We have about 80 official volunteers, but we have
a whole other army of non-official volunteers," she said.
"During the season I would get about five phone calls a
day from people living near nests just letting me know
that 'their' nest was OK. The people have really taken
ownership and have come to understand that by helping,
they are doing something good. They really get that."
Wiseman said visitors to the island have been equally
supportive. He spearheads a weekly turtle walk during
season to educate people on sea turtle nesting.
"It used to be we would just show up and take who-
ever else showed up on the walk," he said. "Now, we
have to take reservations. People schedule their vacations
around these turtle walks."
He said there was a couple from Arizona who were
in their 80s and came to the island just for the turtle
walk. They arrived and were unable to find a room, so
the couple slept in their car overnight to make sure they
did not miss the walk.
Fox said the Dec. 7 hatching of a green sea turtle nest
would have never happened had it not been for the late
Dr. Archie Carr, who in the 1980s almost single handedly
led the effort to pull the green sea turtle back from the
brink of extinction.
And we can roll the film again in May 2013, near
Mother's Day, when sea turtle nesting season begins
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 12, 2012 E 3
FDLE pushes for release of evidence in Morris Case
By Mark Young
Since her daughter's death in a Bradenton Beach
motel room on New Year's Day 2009 was ruled a sui-
cide, Kelly Osbom has been on a journey to find out what
happened to Sheena Morris, 22.
She has never believed her daughter committed sui-
cide and she launched a public campaign to have Morris'
case reinvestigated. She has been successful in doing so,
but now law enforcement say it is Osbom who is standing
in the way of completing that investigation.
In October, Bradenton Beach
.. Police Chief Sam Speciale sent a letter
Sto Osborn requesting Morris' medical
Sand psychiatric records, as well as her
Morris sent a letter back to Speciale
Morris declining to do so, saying she did not
trust BBPD to continue an investigation
she believes it mishandled.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement became
involved in the case in September when a FDLE SMART
panel was convened to review the case.
While FDLE did not find fault in the BBPD inves-
tigation, FDLE did recommend further investigation.
FDLE agents have been assisting with the investigation,
but BBPD remains in charge of the investigation.
Osborn said she would only release the requested
items directly to FDLE and only if she had the names and
credentials of the agents taking possession of the items.
Osborn's refusal to cooperate with the BBPD inves-
tigation sparked a reaction from FDLE special agent in
charge John Burke.
In a letter to Osborn dated Dec. 3, Burke explained
that FDLE does not have statutory authority to assume
control of an investigation.
"The agency with the primary jurisdiction, in this
case, the Bradenton Beach Police Department, retains
control and has the ultimate responsibility to complete the
investigation, and when appropriate, submit their findings
to the proper authorities to determine if criminal prosecu-
tion is warranted."
In this case, BBPD will submit its findings to the
state attorney's office for review.
'"The role of the FDLE in this case is to assist BBPD
with those tasks outlined by the panel; to facilitate inves-
tigative activity beyond BBPD jurisdiction, as well as
provide additional forensic analysis where applicable,"
Burke explained the process being followed is to
conduct follow-up interviews and examination and re-
examination of evidence.
He said he understands Osborn's frustration, but she
must understand the lawful process of an investigation.
"I must be clear that the only criminal investigation
into your daughter's death is being conducted by BBPD
with the assistance and support of FDLE," he wrote.
"Your cooperation will be essential in fully examining
the circumstances of your daughter's death."
Special previously told The Islander the items held
by Osbom were requested of the BBPD by FDLE and that
Osborn has refused to release them, but his department
remains in charge of the investigation, which is why the
request came from him.
Burke explained the reasons for the request, saying
Morris' physical and mental condition prior to her death
is an important part of finding out what Osborn is trying
to dispute, which is to see if there was any indication that
Morris was suicidal.
Burke said an investigation is not only about finding
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new evidence, but ruling out possibilities and asked once
again for Osborn to cooperate with the investigation.
"It would be my hope that you would cooperate with
us in making the medical records available, as well as the
other requested items," he wrote.
Burke offered to facilitate the process and send an
FDLE agent to her Tampa home to retrieve the items.
Burke also reminded Osborn that her public cam-
paign to have her daughter's death looked into further
was successful, but that further public revelations about
the investigation "has consequences."
Osborn recently appeared on the "Dr. Phil" Show
and last month she was a guest on the on the "Bubba the
Love Sponge" radio show.
"It allows those with a motive to fabricate additional
time and information in which to craft responses to ques-
tioning that, while untrue, incorporates the known facts,"
He said it also allows "those without any direct
knowledge to feign awareness of relevant facts and con-
sumes investigative resources and possibly provides false
or misleading information."
Burke said cI .\ lii n that can be done in investigat-
ing Morris' death is being done, but Osbom's cooperation
is needed to conclude the investigation.
Morris was found hanging by a dog leash in the
shower stall of a room at the BridgeWalk Resort, 100
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Her cause of death was
initially ruled a suicide, but was later changed after a
forensic pathologist was hired by the family.
He managed to convince the medical examiner that
the crime scene may have been staged based on his obser-
vation of the crime scene photos.
His reputation has since been questioned when infor-
mation was discovered that the family's "expert" had
twice been fired. A storage unit rented by Dr. Michael
Berkland also was found to contain human organs in
Morris' cause of death was changed to undetermined
The Islander was unable to reach Osborn for com-
ment by press time.
4 E DEC. 12, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
HB commission proceeds toward R-2 building moratorium
By Kathy Prucnell
Ten months after the Holmes Beach commission
rejected imposing a building moratorium, the panel,
including two new commissioners, readied for a Dec. 11
vote on the measure.
The stage was set Dec. 6 by new commissioners Judy
Holmes Titsworth and Marvin Grossman, together with
Commission Chair Jean Peelen previously the lone
voice on the commission seeking a "pause" in building
in February to revisit the issue at their next meeting.
Peelen first proposed a three-month, Residential-2
zone moratorium limited to new construction to address
the proliferation of huge houses a problem studied
by focus groups and debated at city meetings beginning
December 2011 and continuing through the Nov. 6 city
Even before the election, the building department
began implementing policy changes and the city planner
had been tasked to review proposed code changes.
Peelen solicited comments from the commission,
Mayor Carmel Monti and city attorney Patricia Petruff
about her proposal. At the end of the meeting, she asked
Petruff to draft language for a six-month moratorium
designed to halt teardowns, rebuilds and new construc-
tion in the R-2 district.
'"The purpose is to stem a potential rush for permits
when you're trying to revamp or contemplate changes to
your zoning code," Petruff told commissioners.
"Quite frankly, you probably would want the mora-
torium to be as narrow as appropriate to reach whatever
your public purpose goal there is to establishing the mora-
torium," she said.
Petruff agreed to Peelen's suggested R-2 geographi-
cal scope and suggested a six-month moratorium limited
to construction passing a certain dollar threshold, perhaps
"You don't want to stop people from remodeling a
kitchen. You don't want to stop someone from putting
on a new roof if they need a new roof. But you certainly
do want to stop someone from doing a demolition and
starting over," Petruff added.
She recommended a six-month moratorium rather
than a three-month halt to allow time to change land
development laws, including planning commission
review, public hearings and notice requirements.
Commissioner Pat Morton said, "That being said, I
have no problem with a moratorium as long as we have
a start and finish date." He agreed with imposing it on
teardowns and new builds.
Grossman said a moratorium was a good idea, and
believed its purpose was not to stop existing construction,
but "to give us a chance to get going." He liked the idea
of a $25,000 or even $50,000 improvement threshold.
Titsworth said, '"The reason I'm considering a mora-
torium is not just for new construction and not just for
FEMA, I'm looking at it as the whole R-2 district.
"We've got so many issues we've got to deal
She listed problems such as land condos not acting
as associations; half duplexes; duplexes built close
together, creating fire hazards; and illegal lot splits. She
also pointed to possible ongoing solutions, such as floor-
and land-area ratios; daylight plane; including pools in
lot coverage requirements; and a one-pool one-lot rule.
There's also a problem of numerous homes being
bought for future resort housing, such as where seven
duplexes are proposed on 77th Street.
"It's not just the duplexes," Titsworth said, adding
with other homes, rooms are being labeled sleeping rooms
rather than bedrooms to get around the one-bedroom,
one-onsite-parking space rule.
She said the footer problem "may just go away"
with the new building official's interpretation. The joined
footer allowed duplexes to connect underground, allow-
ing two homes, each with a single-family home appear-
ance to multiply over the past several years.
"There's already been a major effort in the depart-
ment with denying building permits," Monti said, adding
that more scrutiny is now being given to new permits
and plans coming through the process, as well as those
currently in progress.
He favored a moratorium to give the building
department more time to evaluate policy and ordinance
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said the building
department's new interpretations and scrutiny were the
reasons why he didn't believe a moratorium was needed.
He said his priorities as a commissioner are first to safety,
then to fiscal responsibility, and then "to listen to the
He said his research showed moratoriums are upheld,
not for "feel-good issues, and not because you don't like
the look of a building," but for "blatant safety issues,"
or because infrastructure provisions for utilities, phone
lines and streets hadn't caught up with housing. He said
he feared the city's liability if contractors sue.
Grossman took issue with Zaccagnino's comments,
saying Titsworth's concerns were not frivolous and he
did not consider the moratorium to be about aesthetics.
Morton pointed to the safety issue of the unrestricted
parked cars blocking emergency vehicle access on some
streets at certain times of the year.
Resident and builder Greg Ross, who operates Ross
Built Construction, said as a taxpayer he didn't agree
with having four building department employees during
a six-month moratorium.
The city currently employs full-time inspector David
Greene, new building official Tom O'Brien and part-
time, contractual building official John Fernandez. Joe
Duennes, who recently retired as public works superin-
tendent and building official, although no longer at work,
is on the payroll until February.
Ross said new homes meet fire codes and are safer
than the homes being torn down, and agreed with Mor-
ton's parking issue. He also warned the commissioners
that the effects of a moratorium could be "very far reach-
ing," impacting the many people contractors employ,
unless it could be narrowed to a specific type of unwanted
Another construction worker nabbed with fake IDs
By Mark Young else to gain employment at Beach to Bay Construction
Islander Reporter in Holmes Beach.
investigators from the Florida Department of Finan- According to the probable cause affidavit, Burgos-
Services Insurance Fraud Division arrested another Mendoza used fake Social Security identification and a
ican national Dec. 4. fake Alien ID card Feb. 8 on an employment applica-
Alejandra Burgos-Mendoza, 31, was arrested at her tion.
letto residence after DFS was contacted by the Social Her arrest is another in a string of arrests
rity Administration that Burgos-Mendoza had pre- of Beach to Bay construction workers
-d a Social Security number belonging to someone dating back several weeks in what has
been termed an ongoing investigation.
S Burgos-Mendoza was booked into the
AM Sunshine class Burgos- Manatee County jail on felony use of
Mendoza false identification. She was initially
to convene arrested for using the fake Social Secu-
Anna Maia city attorney Jim Dye will host a rity card, but DFS was contacted by the U.S. Homeland
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye will host a
overnmentintheSunshine" training session at Security Department and informed that Burgos-Mendoza
rovernment-in-the-Sunshine" training session at
m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, for elected officials i also was using an alien ID card belonging to someone
.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, or elected officials in
, . .. . .. else.
Anna aiana and other island cities. Ivembers of city
committees also are invited to attend.
An email from city clerk Alice Baird said the
meeting would be "informal" and questions would
be "encouraged" by Dye.
The invitation was sent to the elected and
appointed committee/board members from the island
cities and the West Manatee Fire Rescue District.
According to the affidavit, she admitted to investiga-
tors that she was aware she was using false identification
to gain employment.
She was being held on $1,500 bond, but posted bail
the same day.
Burgos-Mendoza was scheduled to be arraigned at
9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Manatee County Judicial
Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Also speaking against a moratorium, real estate agent
and resident Don Schroder said he agreed with Ross. He
added O'Brien should be allowed to do his job, and that
the commission was moving too quickly and did not have
the expertise to make the moratorium decision.
"A moratorium is almost always upheld if reason-
able in duration and scope," Petruff said, and pointed to
a recent court case upholding a six-month moratorium in
Moratoriums are a planning tool used by munici-
palities while formulating a regulatory scheme, she said,
adding Holmes Beach is looking to formulate such a
scheme after 'lh u,'lin' with solutions for almost year.
"If she feels comfortable defending this in court, I'm
fine with it," Zaccagnino said.
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
Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
Dec. 13, 6 p.m., city commission.
Dec. 27, 6 p.m., city commission CAN-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Dec. 6, 1 p.m., city pier team.
Dec. 6, 7 p.m., city commission.
Dec. 10, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
Dec. 19, community redevelopment agency -
Dec. 19, capital improvements project CAN-
Dec. 20, city pier team CANCELED.
Dec. 20, city commission CANCELED.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
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-
Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m., Manatee County Legislative Del-
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
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
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 email@example.com.
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 12, 2012 U 5
BB historic pier reconstruction project faces startup delay
By Mark Young
The old adage, "If it's not one thing, it's another,"
could be applied to the effort to begin rebuilding the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach.
The hope was to have the project completed before
the upcoming tourist season, but that hope appears to be
dashed after an estimated timetable to begin the project
was pushed back as far as April.
The project hit a significant snag when negotiations
that went on for weeks with Sago and Sago Engineering
came to an impasse over insurance concerns.
With no appearance of wiggle room from either
side of the negotiating table, city attorney Ricinda Perry
recommended that commissioners renew the request for
proposal several weeks ago to find an engineer.
ZNS Engineering responded to the RFP last month
and commissioners authorized contract negotiations to
begin. Commissioners questioned building official Steve
Gilbert on a new estimated timetable.
At the Dec. 6 city pier team meeting, Gilbert said the
engineering contract was expected at any time and the
engineering study would take no more than a couple of
weeks, but they were only the first steps in the process.
"We still have to do an RFP for a contractor for the
construction once we have the engineering reports. Then
we are looking at a 30-day mobilization period," he said.
"So, I'm thinking it's going to be around March or April
before the actual construction begins."
That puts the project into peak tourism season and
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she didn't like the pros-
pect of closing the pier during season.
"The restaurant is already hurting from the floating
dock being closed," said Vosburgh. "They would really
be hurting if we did this during season. I think we should
wait until season is over."
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse also wasn't thrilled
with the potential start date, but no decision was made
with so little information.
The reconstruction project's major components con-
sist of replacing 151 pilings and the wood deck. Exact
costs of the project have not been discussed, as the city
struggles to get past the initial phase the engineering
study that will determine the scope of work.
The scope of work will then determine what goes
in the RFP when the city begins to seek a contractor and
pricing for the project.
Floating dock repairs also facing delays
The floating day dock adjacent to the pier has been
closed since May due to a design flaw in the hinges caus-
ing the sections to separate.
Tropical Storm Debby's June arrival caused further
damage and ensured an indefinite opening for the dock.
The city has been working with the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency, which has determined the
dock's damages are related to Debby, thus eligible for
FEMA reimbursement even though the city plans to
modify and shorten the dock. Because there were design
flaws, FEMA has allowed the plans to move forward.
Gilbert said, however, a new challenge has sur-
"We received Florida Department of Environmental
Protection approval, which is something we were waiting
on to be signed off," said Gilbert. "But DEP no longer
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does the Army Corps of Engineers review of the permit-
ting, so now we have to wait on that approval."
Gilbert doesn't anticipate a problem in getting the
approval, but "DEP forgot to send our application to the
Corps during this separation process between the two
Gilbert said the Corps does now have the application
and it should be completed in another week or two.
"The good news is that FEMA has approved the proj-
ect, but the bad news is it has to be resubmitted to them
as a formal mitigation project," cited Gilbert, posing yet
another delay. "We've put the paperwork together for
Gilbert said FEMA's approval of the modified dock
plan means that the agency will pay 75 percent of the
total cost, and because the city's plans are less expensive
than replacing the original dock, FEMA's reimbursement
should be enough to pay for the entire project.
"The holdup is the mitigation paperwork and the
Army Corps of Engineers signing off," said Gilbert. "At
that point, we should be good to go."
Repairs to the floating dock will not impact the fish-
ing pier or the restaurant operations.
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Lions, tigers and bears ...
Oh my. What a month. On the heels of an investiga-
tion into immigrant employees working with false IDs
on Anna Maria Island, maybe we shouldn't be surprised
to learn federal agents seized some fancy cars and a
boat from a Holmes Beach resident and put two of
his properties under protection?
Well, no. It was to be expected. It just doesn't pay to
move in next door to a future Holmes Beach city com-
missioner and granddaughter of the city's namesake
- and possibly violate a list of city, county and state
laws, especially with a record and judgments like this
subject. A person can't expect to stay under the wire for
long, or to live at one location and give their permanent
address as a nightly beach inn. Or park a block away
and walk to an accountant's office.
No one really realizes what a small island this is
until it turns around and bites him or her in the (you
Well, good for us we've had darn good chief of
police, lieutenant and police force for about 20 some
And isn't it just too ironic that the chief is leaving
that job just after the Nov. 6 city election that put the
subject of the fraud case on his radar and a trio of com-
missioners in city office.
Well, we know the chief and city business well
enough to know he's eligible for retirement, and that it
was touch and go whether he'd stay after the election.
The change in administration may not be the cause, but
it surely is part of the reason that we are losing valuable
people at city hall in Holmes Beach.
To wrap it all up with a bow, the bonded trio of new
- dare we say naive? commissioners are seeking a
building moratorium to resolve their issues with tourist
A moratorium when almost all the rest of the
country is suffering from economic depression, slow
housing starts and real estate sales, and too many people
now upside down on their mortgages.
After all the national election rhetoric about jobs,
creating and keeping jobs, these commissioners want
a six-month building moratorium to prevent builders
in Holmes Beach from constructing the very type of
housing that safeguarded our economy the island
economy from disaster during the recession.
Let's just say it one more time... stop blaming the
buildings. It's people who make too much noise and
cause neighbors to complain, leave their trash out on the
wrong days, and park what to some may be too many
cars on the street.
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Fun day, good cause
The largest crowd ever attended the 11th annual
Lester Family Fun Day held Dec. 1 at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
People of all ages came from near and far to wel-
come the holiday season. There were smiles and laugh-
ter and holiday cheer good tidings for friends old and
There was old St. Nick's arrival by fire truck, the
ever-popular fish pond, talented ballerinas performing
scenes from "The Nutcracker," artistic face-painting,
holiday card-making, a creative balloon artist, pony
rides and a very upbeat drum line. But most of all, there
was a feeling of good old-fashioned fun with great old-
fashioned prices -just what the Lesters wanted.
The center extends a heartfelt thanks to our wonder-
ful sponsors, Chuck and Joey Lester, whose continued
support over the years has been just incredible; and to
the media sponsor, The Islander, for its terrific coverage
of the event.
We also would like to thank Polli Stroup and the
Duffy's grill team, John Home of the Anna Maria Oyster
Bar, our fantastic winter wonderland "set designer"
Nancy Thibault and the Manatee High School Drum
Thanks also to Santa for generously giving his Sat-
urday to listen to the good children's Christmas wishes
and thanks to West Manatee Fire and Rescue for provid-
ing Santa's "sleigh."
An extra special thanks to the Lesters for providing
75 turkeys, a flat screen TV and lots of other awesome
raffle prizes and gift certificates for so many lucky win-
We'd like to also acknowledge all of the awesome
volunteers who so graciously gave their time, rolled up
their sleeves and made this event happen, including the
teen volunteers and the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Sandee Pruett, Anna Maria Island Community
Center programs coordinator
We've all heard of the expression when people get
Alzheimer's disease: I am not losing my mind, I just
think I am. Now I find I'm losing my home.
I am not into a pity party, but since Bradenton
Beach has raised taxes once again, I am going to bid
farewell to my home and my dreams of island living.
I moved here in 1995 for peace and a healthy envi-
ronment. I became disabled, and nearly lost \ (. i il in
before the state approved my disability earnings. Now
I find my benefits will not pay my higher taxes.
You are pushing all the folks of average means from
this place. My home was in a trust, and there are no
breaks for the disabled on homeowner taxes.
My long goodbye is sad, because I am losing my
best friend since I was age 4 Anna Maria Island. I
may return to Missouri, where there are no property
taxes for the disabled. I will miss my friends at Wal-
greens, Publix and all the others I have met and come
to know over the years here.
My pain is nothing compared to leaving Anna Maria
Island and my dreams.
Next time those of you who sit on the commission
decide to again raise our taxes, maybe you will think
of me and the other people of limited means you are
I worked all my life, as did my parents, so I could
reside here in peace. I will miss you all.
Virginia Neill, Bradenton Beach
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Anna Maria commissioners and Mayor Sue-
Lynn worked together to hold the annual staff and
volunteer appreciation party Dec. 6, with cash
contributions or by providing refreshments.
SueLynn praised volunteers and staff for
accomplishing so much with so few people.
The party is an annual event for the city
and local restaurants donate refreshments. Com-
missioners, the mayor and staff usually prepare
homemade treats and appetizers for everyone to
LEFT: New Anna Maria Commissioners Gene
Aubry and Nancy Yetter enjoy the city's volun-
teer and staff appreciation party Dec. 6.
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Headlines from the Dec. 11, 2002,
issue of The Islander
Gordon Cleland, president of the Sandpiper Mobile
Resort Homeowners Association, 2602 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, said residents had raised nearly $7.6
million of the $9.6 million needed to buy the property from
the Vorbeck Corp. The company planned to sell the resort
to a condominium developer. However, under Florida law,
the residents had the right of first refusal. The deadline to
raise the money was Jan. 27, 2003.
Anna Maria code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon
reported to Mayor SueLynn and city commissioners she
found no code violations at the Tip of the Island Pub at the
comer of Palmetto Avenue and Gulf Drive. Rathvon told
Commissioner Linda Cramer, who asked for the investiga-
tion, that the pub's permit was grandfathered even though
it was near a number of residential dwellings.
Although organizers canceled the annual Island
Lighted Boat Parade because of expected bad weather,
Sam and Piroska Planck held their annual party at their Key
Royale home in Holmes Beach the night of the planned
parade, and five decorated, lighted boats cruised the waters
near the house in the protected waters of Bimini Bay.
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Island police blotter
Nov. 15, address unlisted, lewd behavior. A com-
plaint was made to the abuse registry regarding two
juveniles who apparently pretended to have sex. The
two did engage in other intimate activities that were not
necessarily sexual in nature. According to the report, two
other juveniles were present and may have participated,
but no criminal acts were committed and the abuse was
determined to be unfounded.
Dec. 1, 300 block of South Bay Boulevard, tres-
pass. A Lakeland man and woman were arrested on mis-
demeanor trespass charges after being found in a home
belonging to a couple who live out of the country. The
probable cause affidavit did not state if the Lakeland
couple were known to the homeowners, but did state they
did not have permission to be in the home.
Nov. 30, 8700 Gulf Drive, Marchman Act. A
Holmes Beach man was taken to the hospital for treat-
ment after being found "very intoxicated" by a Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputy at a trolley stop. The man
said he had no one to act as a guardian on his behalf, so
the officer initiated the Marchman Act for treatment.
Dec. 4, 500 block of South Drive, information.
Deputies responded to a complainant at the Anna Maria
City Pier and observed a man who appeared to be intoxi-
cated. The man said his residence was burglarized by a
female neighbor and that she had admitted as much to
him. Deputies drove the complainant to his residence so
he could show them where the suspect had gained entry,
but he changed his story, saying everything was locked,
nothing was missing, but the sliding-glass door was open.
Deputies made contact with the neighbor who said she
noticed his dog at the door and knew he was not home.
She assumed the dog needed to go to the bathroom so
she let him outside, but never entered the residence. She
assured the deputies she would not help her neighbor
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 2, First Street North and Church Avenue,
domestic battery. Police responded to a domestic battery.
The woman said she and her husband had been drinking
that night and became engaged in a verbal dispute upon
arriving home. The argument escalated and the man alleg-
edly pushed her to the ground. When she attempted to use
her cell phone to call 911, he reportedly knocked it out of
her hand and then fled the home. A Holmes Beach Police
officer, who had assisted on the initial call, spotted the
man a short time later back at the residence and took him
into custody. The woman did not wish to press charges.
According to the report, she said, "This happens often
back in Ohio." Domestic violence packets were issued
to the couple.
Dec. 2, 100 block of 10th Street, stolen vehicle. A
woman reported she woke up to go to the store to get a
newspaper and discovered her van was missing. Accord-
ing to the report, she had $250 in Christmas presents
inside the van when it was stolen. She told police she left
the keys overnight in the center console.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Nov. 26, 400 block of 39th Street, trespass/theft.
Police made contact with a male complainant, who
reported a homeless man had stolen a pool lounge chair
valued at $250. The complainant said the man went into
some nearby woods. Police entered the woods and found
the man sleeping on the chair. According to the report,
the man admitted the theft. He was taken into custody on
a misdemeanor theft charge. The chair was returned.
Nov. 26, 400 block of 62nd Street, suspicious cir-
cumstance. Police responded to a report of a possible
theft and made contact with a female complainant. The
woman said someone had been trying to make her crazy
for the past 12 years. She said someone had stolen her
property, but did not know what was taken. The woman
said she was being tormented because someone entered
her home every time she left. She said she always returns
home to find her phone unplugged, photos turned upside
down and seat cushions burned. Police found no evidence
of forced entry.
Nov. 28, 400 block of 74th Street, disturbance.
Police responded to a male and female arguing. Accord-
ing to the report, the two were drinking all day and the
male had hid the woman's computer cord, which sparked
the argument. Police advised that one of them should
leave for the night, and the female did.
Nov. 29, 4000 Gulf Drive, disturbance. Police
responded to the trolley pickup/drop off area at Manatee
Public Beach where a female reported that her ex-boy-
friend had refused to let her leave the area. Police made
contact with the male at a different trolley stop. He said
the two had been arguing because he just found out she
had been arrested for prostitution. He said it was only an
argument and that he left her to do whatever she wanted.
Nov. 30, theft, 600 block of Emerald Lane, theft. A
complainant told police that over the last few weeks sev-
eral items had disappeared from his property. The items
included a wrought iron table, ladder, potted plants and
more valued at $600. Police returned on Dec. 1 when the
man reported a mower valued at $250 had been stolen
from his property.
Dec. 1, 600 block of Foxworth, suspicious persons.
Police made contact with three juveniles wearing back-
packs. The officer reported the three males tried to quickly
walk away when they spotted his patrol vehicle. With
several burglaries being reported in the area, the officer
stopped the juveniles and asked them why they were in the
area. According to the report, the juveniles were unable to
give a concise answer. The officer contacted the parents
of each juvenile, who all said their children had lied about
where they were supposed to be. A marijuana pipe was
found in one of the juvenile's backpack. All three were
released into the custody of their parents.
Dec. 2, 725 Manatee Avenue, vehicle burglary. A
fisher at the Kingfish boat ramp told police he had been
fishing all day. When he returned to the boat ramp, he
saw his passenger side window had been broken. He then
observed about $300 in car stereo equipment had been
Dec. 2, 5337 Gulf Drive, theft. An employee at Lob-
stah's Restaurant reported another employee had stolen
cash and several items from her purse while it was in the
manager's office. The complainant said the suspect was
seen entering the office and locking the doors, which she
described as very unusual. After the employee unlocked
the doors and left, the complainant discovered the items
missing from her purse. The office was under video sur-
veillance and police were able to observe a recording of
the incident. The suspect had left the building, and she
was being sought as of press time.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County SI, ,rf's Office.
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New Holmes Beach building supervisor starts work
By Kathy Prucnell
Tom O'Brien began serving the city Dec. 4 in the
Holmes Beach building department which had been
targeted for change by two new commissioners and the
mayor in the November city election with a chord of
dissension from one commissioner.
Mayor Carmel Monti contracted O'Brien, a licensed
architect who has operated inspection services and per-
formed code compliance consulting since 2002, for
four-months, a 40-hour workweek and compensation of
$5,000 per month beginning Dec. 3.
"It's my 'u-Ih. I i' n that we hire him," Monti told the
commission Dec. 6. "I've talked to the city commission-
ers and asked them to confirm the move."
Monti said he's happy with how O'Brien is working
out as a supervisor of the department, which includes
John Fernandez, working part-time, also on a contractual
basis. He is licensed by the state to sign permits.
The confirmation vote was set for Dec. 11, after The
Islander went to press.
O'Brien is licensed as an architect in Florida and
California. His resume also lists Florida building official
and structural inspector credentials, work for Manatee
County District Schools and Manatee County deputy
building official 1986-90.
"They needed someone to take the reins immedi-
ately," O'Brien said, adding he understands the position
to be temporary until a permanent supervisor can be
vetted through the application process, but he expressed
confidence he would prove himself, and make the transi-
tion to the full-time position after March.
At a Nov. 29 city meeting, Commissioner David Zac-
cagnino questioned whether O'Brien was able to sign
permits and properly certified as a building official. He
said the Florida Department of Business and Professional
Regulation did not list O'Brien as a licensed building
official or as having taken the required exam.
Dec. 4 at
O'Brien said the building official certification was
unnecessary because state law makes it "within the scope
of a practice of an architect to provide the services," but,
he said, if need be, he'd take the test.
"I don't think there is any issue," Monti told com-
missioners Dec. 7. "Mr. O'Brien's role is to help out the
department. We don't need him to sign off on permits."
City attorney Patricia Petruff said she asked O'Brien
to get a letter of interpretation from the DBPR, adding
there is a distinction between a building official and those
who provide inspections and review services.
The Nov. 6 election that ushered in the new mayor
and two new commissioners also culminated in the retire-
ment of public works superintendent Joe Duennes -
which spawned the search for a new building official.
Duennes is presently taking vacation and compensa-
tory time. According to treasurer Lori Hill, he will be on
the city payroll at about $6,630 per month until approxi-
mately Feb. 19.
Zaccagnino asked Nov. 29 if Commissioner Judy
Holmes Titsworth has a possible ethics issue because
O'Brien was a consultant on her election campaign.
Titsworth asked if she should recuse herself from
voting on O'Brien's confirmation.
But Zaccagnino also pointed out Dec. 6 another pos-
sible issue for Titsworth, that her husband was in business
with O'Brien in the past. Judy Titsworth denied O'Brien
is a partner in their present business.
Petruff told Zaccagnino it would be up to Titsworth
to decide whether there was a conflict of interest that rose
to the level of impacting her or her immediate family
financially, and then she should recuse herself. Otherwise,
she is required to vote, Petruff said.
Monti said he took umbrage with Zaccagnino's com-
ments in the public forum, and was disappointed that
Zaccagnino was not working as a team player.
"I think you need to be respectful of each other,"
said resident and local builder Greg Ross during public
comment. "You were elected to represent the public. To
come together as a team, but you also need to respect
each individual's comments and thoughts.
"I respect the fact (Zaccagnino) brought up some of
the issues because I think they were legitimate issues," he
added. Ross said he took Zaccagnino's comments not as
accusatory, but issues that should be researched "before
we go further."
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The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orch
tra presents its annual Island Holiday concert at 2 p
Sunday, Dec. 16.
The concert, taking place at CrossPointe Fellowsl
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, includes a holiday si
along, along with performances from George Fride
Handel's "Messiah" and a Tchaikovsky selection.
Featured vocalists include Joy Leitner, Meg
Schmidt, Martha diPalma, David Kessler and Jir
AMICCO's 2012-13 schedule also includes a 2,
anniversary concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Cr
sPointe and an afternoon of opera at 2 p.m. Sund
March 24, at CrossPointe.
For ticket information, call 941-778-8585.
Bethlehem Walk re-enacts
Each holiday season Roser Memorial Commur
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, re-enacts the h(
journey of Mary and Joseph searching for lodging bef
the birth of their child.
The annual event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sal
day, Dec. 15, beginning and ending at the church.
Participants some will dress in biblical costu
- will join church members portraying Mary and Jose
along with a parade of donkeys, goats and a llama, in
search for shelter along a block of Anna Maria near
The journeyers will go from "inn to inn" sing
carols, then return to the church to hear Scripture, p
and celebrate the birth of Jesus, as well as gather
For more information, call the church at 941-7'
Democrats survey fiscal clif
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, with
national focus on a deadline for a federal spending a
revenue deal, will explore the "fiscal cliff' and other e
nomic issues on Monday, Dec. 17.
The club meets monthly at the BeachHouse Rest
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, with lui
and politics on the agenda.
This month's speaker will be Tarron Khemraj,
economics professor at New College of Florida in Sa
Lunch costs $12 for members, $15 for non-mem-
For more information, call Harry Kamberis, club
president, at 941-779-0564.
Studio hosts watercolor show
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will host the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Soci-
ety's Signature Exhibition through Jan. 4.
A reception for the artists and the public will take
place 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.
A press release promised "fabulous watercolor paint-
ings created by locally and nationally recognized artists,"
refreshments and a talk by juror Pat Joiner.
For more information, call Roger Parent at 941-966-
1397 or go online to www.suncoastwatercolorsociety.
Audubon chapter offers
The Manatee County Audubon Society will offer a
beginning bird-watching course in January.
The chapter's course involves four class sessions:
Friday, Jan. 18; Monday, Jan. 21; Thursday, Jan. 24; and
Thursday, Jan. 31.
The course fee is $50, plus a 2013 membership in
the chapter, which costs $20. Each session begins at 6:30
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Palmetto,
330 11th Ave. W., Palmetto.
There also will be two full-day field trips, one at 7
a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and another at 7 a.m. Saturday,
For more information, contact Nancy Dean at 941-
792-9235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alfred Gershfeld is the artistic director and maestro for
the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Rick Pickwick
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The Island Players will offer theatergoers additional
opportunities to see Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap,"
which the theater presented in two sell-out shows during
artsHop weekend in November.
The performances take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec.
14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at the theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
The Friday night performance coincides with the
holiday walk in Anna Maria's Pine Avenue/Gulf Drive
For general admission $15 tickets, call 941-778-5755
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student Daniel Martinez and Artists' Guild of Anna
Maria Island member Mary Hamilton. Islander Photo:
AGAMI recognizes art student
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island recognizes
Palmetto High School art student Daniel Martinez this
month in the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Each month, AGAMI recognizes a local student with
an exhibition of his or her work.
The 18-year-old Martinez is a senior focusing on
art and design in Palmetto High's Advance International
Certificate Diploma program for college-bound students.
He plans to pursue a career in interior design.
The Guild Gallery also features the sale of "Best of
Anna Maria Island" 2013 calendars to benefit AGAMI's
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-
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the signature bird in the Felts Audubon Preserve in
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sings a carol at a past
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celebration. The choir also .
performs at this year's
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15. The event features
Santa and Mrs. Claus, raf-
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and wreaths, craft-making .
and a special Bridge Street
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Bridge Street Merchants members plan to rejoice
with holiday cheer during their annual Christmas cel-
ebration, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 15.
Christmas on Bridge Street taking place mostly
on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach but also at some
locations on Gulf Drive will be from 3-7 p.m.
Plans for Christmas on Bridge Street include "snow
fall" and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, raffles for gift
baskets and holiday wreaths, a children's gift bazaar, car-
oling and other live music, including the Rowlett Magnet
Elementary drama and choir students.
Earlier, beginning at 10 a.m., Bridge Street visitors
will find special sales.
The Bridge Street celebration also features craft-
making for children, a holiday bazaar and a special
Bridge Street Market.
And, at 7 p.m., the ninth annual Holiday Lighted
with hayrides, carols
CrossPointe Fellowship will celebrate the winter
season with music, hayrides and children's games on
Friday, Dec. 14.
The activities begin at 5 p.m. at the church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, and the hayrides carry passengers
to Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, where local businesses
are holding a holiday walk.
CrossPointe also will celebrate the Christmas holi-
day "the Reason for the Season" with a service on
Christmas Eve, which is Monday, Dec. 24. The service,
with carols, begins at 7 p.m.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
De Soto memorial hosts
Winter Luminary Walk
De Soto National Memorial, to celebrate the season,
will light its trail with thousands of luminaries on Satur-
day, Dec. 15.
The fourth annual Winter Luminary Walk takes place
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the national park, 8300 De Soto Memo-
rial Highway, Bradenton.
The event features Native American musician Juan
R. Leon playing the flute on the Manatee River shore,
solo violinist Amberly Waterman of Anna Maria playing
traditional European melodies, the Manatee High School
Chamber Orchestra performing seasonal favorites, as
well as State Road 64, Bluegrass and G man and Steel
The entire De Soto National Memorial trail will be
lined with luminaries and "re-enactors" will tell stories
of how the Spanish and Native Americans celebrated
winters on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Jose's Real Cuban Food is providing a "unique local
menu," according to a news release.
Organizers are offering a free shuttle service to those
who park at nearby King Middle School, 600 75th St.
NW, Bradenton, in partnership with the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
For more information, call the park at 941-792-0458
or visit www.nps.gov/deso.
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Boat Parade organized by the Cortez Yacht Club will
take place in the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats will travel
from Mar Vista on Longboat Key to the Seafood Shack
Marina Grill in Cortez, passing by the Historic Bridge
Street Pier and through the Cortez Bridge.
Christmas on Bridge Street benefits All Island
Denominations and the Roser Food Pantry, the Food
Bank of Manatee and Manatee County Animal Services.
Also, Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue will be at the
market with pets for adoption.
BSM, which is a nonprofit, encourages Christmas on
Bridge Street celebrants to bring donations for the food
bank, as well as pet food and contributions to the Toys
for Tots campaign.
For more information, call Caryn Hodge at 941-778-
8705 or go online to the BSM site at www.bridgestreet-
Anna Maria hosts
Holiday of Treasures
Seasonal cheer comes to Anna Maria's main streets
- Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard Friday,
Dec. 14, with the annual Holiday of Treasures.
The Anna Maria celebration each island city hosts
a seasonal event in December will take place 5:30-
8:30 p.m., with galleries, restaurants, retailers, offices,
churches and nonprofits hosting open houses.
The Roser Memorial Community Church Chil-
dren's Choir and Bell Ringers will perform at 6 p.m.
at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum,
402 Pine Ave. The event provides AMIHS to showcase
the renovated museum and holiday decorations on the
Also, Santa Claus will visit with celebrants amid
"snow flurries" at the Sun Plaza, 9801 Gulf Drive.
Holiday of Treasure walkers will be encouraged to
vote for their favorite decorations and, at participating
businesses, collect a "bingo" card for stamps from each
open house. Bingo players are eligible for a "Celebrate
Anna Maria Style" T-shirt.
For more information, call Kandi Kerekes at 941-
779-0709 or Valerie Wilson at 941-779-0785.
Island enlists in Marine
Corps' Toys for Tots drive
Island Vacation Properties, 3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, is leading the campaign on Anna Maria Island to
collect donations for the Toys for Tots effort.
Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the real
estate-rental office, as well as at Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach; Joe's Eats & Sweets, 219 Gulf Drive S., Braden-
ton Beach; and Anna Maria Island Sun, 9801 Gulf Drive,
For more information about the campaign, call Island
Vacation Properties at 941-778-1000.
Garden club to gather Dec. 19
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon,
Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The event will include a performance by the bell
ringers from Roser Memorial Community Church.
Club meetings, which take place monthly during the
winter season, are open to the public.
For more information, call 941-778-2607.
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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.
6:30 p.m. Vitamin Seas Health Food Store wellness seminar
on strong immune systems, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, Dec. 13
2-4 p.m. -Artists' reception, Signature Show watercolor exhibit
by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.
Friday, Dec. 14
5:30-8:30 p.m. The Anna Maria businesses Holiday of Trea-
sures walk, featuring a visit with Santa and merchant open houses,
Pine Avenue, Gulf Drive and Bay Boulevard. Information: 941-778-
5 p.m. CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, celebrates the winter holiday season with hayrides, music
and children's games. Information: 941-778-0719.
8 p.m. Island Players performance, Agatha Christie's "The
Mousetrap," 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information:
Saturday, Dec. 15
10 a.m. Bridge Street holiday sales and open houses a
prelude to Christmas on Bridge Street, Bridge Street, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-8705.
Noon The Women of the Moose No. 1601's annual Chil-
dren's Christmas Party, Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188, 110
Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Pre-registration required. Informa-
1-8 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers' Rescue the Sleigh
benefit, Drift-In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
3-7 p.m. Christmas on Bridge Street celebration with Santa
and merchant open houses, Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-8705.
6:30 p.m. Bethlehem Walk, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
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7 p.m. Cortez Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade, Intracoastal
Waterway from Mar Vista on Longboat Key to Seafood Shack Marina
8 p.m. Island Players performance, "The Mousetrap," 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.
Sunday, Dec. 16
2 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
concert, Island Holidays, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.
Monday, Dec. 17
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting and
lunch, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Noon -Anna Maria Garden Club meeting and holiday cel-
ebration, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
2 p.m. Christmas with the Ditchfield Family Singers concert,
Manatee Players, 102 12th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Informa-
Thursday, Dec. 13
11:30 a.m. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
holiday luncheon, Holiday Inn Lido Beach, 233 Ben Franklin Drive,
Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.
Saturday, Dec. 15
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Florida Cracker Christmas celebration, Mana-
tee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information: 941-741-4075.
6:30-8:30 p.m. De Soto National Memorial, fourth annual
Winter Luminary Walk, with music, food, activities, 8300 De Soto
Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.
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-
Through Jan. 4, Signature Show exhibition, Florida Suncoast
Watercolor Society, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.
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:
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
First Wednesdays, beginning in January, Mana-Tween Book
Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
*Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Bridge Street, Bra-
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.
Through May, third Sundays, 9-11 a.m., Jr. Audubon, Mana-
tee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E.,
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, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
Dec. 20, 10 a.m., Book club, Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Dec. 21, first day of winter.
Dec. 22, sunset, stargazing, Holmes Beach City Hall field,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Dec. 25, Christmas.
Dec. 31, New Year's Eve.
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Privateers continue fundraising for Santa sleigh, Skullywag
By Kathy Prucnell
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa. And, on Anna Maria
Island, there's also Santa's sleigh.
Popular Christmas folklore from the infamous New
York Sun editorial about Santa Claus is spilling over for
the Anna Maria Island Privateers the crew of modern-
day pirates known for its college scholarships, holiday
parties and parades, and since July, as a defendant in a
civil suit seeking custody of Santa's sleigh, which has
been used by the group since the early 1990s.
Former Privateer Richard Maddox, who's claiming
he owns the sleigh and wants it returned, filed the suit in
Maddox alleges that he modified the boat trailer and
loaned it to the Privateers for parades and other events.
According to Maddox's complaint, the Privateers
either failed or refused to return the sleigh trailer, which
he has valued at $4,500.
The group has retained possession of Santa's sleigh
during the current holiday season despite the ongoing
lawsuit, and is continuing to raise funds to meet its legal
bills in the dispute.
The Privateers recently announced a "Help Rescue
Santa's Sleigh" fundraiser to be held 1-8 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 15, at the Drift-In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
The event will coincide with Christmas on Bridge Street
The Lester Challenge continues throughout the
month to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey Lester have
issued a challenge again to the island community.
The couple put up $25,000 to benefit the center money
they hope the community can match by Dec. 31.
A fundraising appeal from the center, signed by
interim executive director Scott Dell, noted that an
annual audit showed .91 cents from every $1 donated
to the center goes to programs, that the center provided
$294,000 in program scholarships last fiscal year, and
that the center served more than 4,000 people last year.
"We are committed to you and every person in the
community," Dell said in the statement. "Please help
us to continue with our mission to provide quality pro-
gramming and build healthy lives. Your donation makes
a world of difference."
The Lesters have issued similar challenges in years
past to raise money for the nonprofit, always with spon-
sorship from The Islander newspaper.
Last year, the campaign raised more than $100,000.
Since the campaign began, challenges have raised more
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A summer fundraising effort for the sleigh was held
at the Drift-In and Fish Hole Adventure Golf.
"We hope to have it resolved soon," said Lonergan,
but she can't yet discuss the fundraising results.
"It's our busy season, and the sleigh is going every-
where," she said. On Nov. 24, the sleigh was in the
Christmas parade in Venice, and last week the Privateers
took the sleigh to G.T. Bray Park for a Santa visit, and
to Jessie P. Miller Elementary School to boost tree sales
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The center provides more than 1.5 million hours of
service to more than 3,400 Island residents each year.
To contribute to the campaign, mail tax-deductible
donations to the Lester Challenge, P.O. Box 253, Anna
Maria FL 34216, payable to AMICC.
Donations may also be made at the center.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
for the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee.
Also last week, Santa and the sleigh were at The
Islander for the Holmes Beach Downtown Holiday Open
House, and in their own Christmas Parade and Party at
Coquina Beach for Santa's visits with kids.
Another fundraiser is planned Feb. 3 by the Bridge
Street Merchants, Lonergan added.
In addition to the sleigh fundraising, this summer
the group sought funds for repairs to its boat/float, the
Skullywag, which, like the sleigh, travels in parades and
to other festivals and events. It is parked at the Holmes
Beach public works area when not on a merry-making
As an update on the Skullywag repairs and fundrais-
ing, Lonergan said since August, $1,900 had been spent
on repairs, including brakes, lights, tires and other safety
matters, as well as a new tow bar.
She said the tow bar came in handy in November
because the ship had to be towed after it broke down
while in transit to the Venice parade.
Donations for either Santa's Sleigh legal fees or the
Skullywag can be made online at www.amiprivateers.
org, or mailed to AMI Privateers, P.O. Box 1238 Holmes
Beach FL 34218. The group asks that donors specify the
donation's purpose on the check.
Vitamin Seas hosts
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Vitamin Seas Health Food Store, 3228 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host a discussion on building a strong
immune system naturally.
Personal health and wellness coach Alec Grae will
lead the free discussion on a range of topics flu shots,
nutrition, natural supplements and remedies at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.
For reservations and more information, call Vitamin
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HB parks committee to look into dog park planning
By Kathy Prucnell
There's a new decision-making process for one of the
most popular and controversial places in Holmes Beach
- HB Scentral, the city dog park on the perimeter of the
Birdie Tebbetts Field at Flotilla Drive and 62nd Street.
Acting upon Mayor Carmel Monti's recommendation
at the Dec. 5 parks and beautification committee meeting,
Chair Melissa Snyder agreed to begin looking at recom-
mendations for a dog park master plan.
Snyder agreed the committee would take on the dog
park issues on a two-month trial basis. If there's not a
proper fit, Monti said another direction will be consid-
The park was named HB Scentral by city commis-
sioners in July on the recommendation of resident Bar-
bara Parkman, one of several citizens on an ad hoc com-
mittee formed to manage and develop the park in April
under then-Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
In the first 10 days of his administration, Monti said
dog park issues had taken a considerable amount of his
time, with ad hoc members complaining about Parkman's
decisions and spending.
Parkman told the committee that Rex Hagen gave
the funding and "told me to go get estimates." She said
former public works superintendent Joe Duennes allowed
her to choose the location of items she added to the park.
"And frankly, I don't think you can design by commit-
Monti disagreed, saying the best plans are developed
by a team.
The decisions relate to a $10,000 donation to the city
in October by the Rex Hagen Family Foundation Inc.
The foundation letter requested $8,000 be allocated
to the dog park and $2,000 to the parks and beautification
committee, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston.
According to city officials, $7,104 has been spent on
park signs, benches, a table and a decorative fountain at
the dog park. While a dog fountain was initially sought,
the one purchased and installed is purely decorative.
In addition to $2,395 spent on the fountain, the dona-
tion funded the following Parkman requests: $1,200 for
tile; $988 for plumbing; $850 for electrical work; $323
for a bronze plaque; $720 for a wood sign and $628 for
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benches and a table, according to city staff.
Snyder and the committee will now work with Com-
missioner David Zaccagnino with a view toward future
planning at the January and February meetings.
The agreement came after several committee mem-
bers voiced concerns that dog park issues would over-
shadow the group's broader mission.
P&B committee member Dennis Groh said he did
not support the addition of the dog park if its many issues
take an inordinate amount of time in comparison with
other city beautification projects.
"This is just an issue outside of our scope," said
member Marilyn Shirley. "The dog people are a separate
entity, and they have their own voices, their own leader-
Dog park user Liz Carlson, a resident of Westbay
Point & Moorings condominiums, adjacent to the park,
suggested the mayor appoint a separate dog park com-
mittee, with a liaison to the parks committee.
Monti said he'd considered it, but it also would take
time to appoint members and familiarize them with the
laws and practices of a city committee.
He said he favored the existing park committee's
history and leadership.
Also discussed were possible plans for an area for
small dogs, which according to Monti, are on hold.
"But come up with a plan that you agree with that
has benches or doesn't have benches, that has plants or
doesn't have plants," said Monti. Then, he said, it would
be up to him, public works and volunteers to implement
it within budget restraints.
After the meeting, Parkman and two other dog park
users in attendance, Carlson and Cathy Weber, said they
were happy with the new direction.
The dog park was sectioned off from the outfield of
Birdie Tebbetts Field a baseball park in April after
commissioners decided to spend about $8,300 to separate
the dogs and the ball park with a fence across the outfield.
Dog owners had previously used the field to exercise their
dogs when ball players were not active.
While there was no team assigned to use the field,
some parents and youths used the field for practice, which
sometimes caused problems for dog park users.
Dog park users first approached the city asking for
permission to use the baseball field to exercise their dogs
in the absence of planned baseball activities practices
and games. They requested a signup board at the field to
alert them when the field was being used for baseball.
But Zaccagnino proposed the fenced dog park to the
commission, saying he had liability concerns with the
Since its formation, the city added a shelter to the dog
park area, which during the summer saw softball players
competing, and hitting home runs into the dog park and
onto the shelter roof.
Another controversy swelled over plants commonly
accepted as toxic to animals that Parkman chose and had
installed in the dog park.
Parkman again said Dec. 5 the hollies she chose for
the park were low in toxicity. She also reported that van-
dals recently destroyed some potted plants at the park.
The next parks and committee meeting is set for
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Census: Anna Maria vacation properties climb, population falls
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn's concern that the city
could be losing its old Florida character with increasing
vacation rentals appears to have merit.
The city population fell from 1,814 residents in
2000 to 1,503 in the 2010 census, a 17.1 percent decline,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau's online figures.
Yet the number of vacation rentals and adding more
bedrooms at vacation rentals is growing, SueLynn said.
Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon has docu-
mented 452 vacation rental properties in the city in a
database, and she is still adding to the list. She said many
properties rented out by owners are not in the database
because they are difficult to track.
The 452 documented vacation rentals represent 27.7
percent of all buildings commercial and residential -
in the city.
Code enforcement and Manatee County Sheriff's
Office deputies at the Anna Maria substation use the
database when they respond to a complaint or incident
at a rental property. The database gives them the name
and phone number of the responsible party.
City treasurer Diane Percycoe said Anna Maria has
1,647 parcels with structures on them and 186 vacant
The mayor is concerned that as more homes become
vacation rentals, more visitors who do not know the city's
noise, nuisance and parking ordinances will come.
The mayor and several property managers and rental
agents in Anna Maria have established a list of best prac-
tices that are given to tenants when they register, but
there are a few owners and rental agents who have yet to
subscribe to the recommendations.
A major problem with uninformed vacationers is loud
noises and partying after 10 p.m., SueLynn said. It's just
a few people who don't know the code who can ruin the
vacation and residential experience for their neighbors,
"Please, understand, I am all in favor of tourism and
growth, but it must be managed tourism and growth. We
must keep the residential character of our city," SueLynn
"We are a small, old-Florida city that draws a lot
of visitors every year. I'm happy people can see what a
wonderful city we have, but we have to ensure it's here
for future generations," the mayor said.
The Legislature passed a bill in June 2011 allowing
any homeowner to rent his or her home. The bill did
not affect grandfathered city codes that restrict rentals to
specific areas of a city, but Anna Maria had no such code
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The mayor wants to do all she can to ensure Anna
Maria remains old Florida for residents and visitors, but
the continued loss of residents is a growing concern.
And it's not just Anna Maria that is losing people and
adding vacation rentals, she said.
According to the 2000 census, Holmes Beach had
4,966 residents and the 2010 census reported 3,836 resi-
dents. In Bradenton Beach, the Census Bureau reported the
population went from 1,482 in 2000 to 1,171 in 2010.
The bureau reported Anna Maria Island's three cities
had a total population in 2000 of 8,262 people. That figure
dropped to 6,510 in the 2010 census, a decline of 21.2
"Think about that," SueLynn said. "In 10 years, this
island lost more than 20 percent of its residents. Think
of the reasons why this has happened."
She hopes there will be some old Florida left onAnna
Maria Island for future generations.
The mayor said she would like the commission to
look at the number of parking spaces allowed at all resi-
dences, including vacation rentals.
"Right now, people can park on the lawn of a house.
It's legal," she said.
The mayor also would like commissioners to consider
that there is no restriction on the number of bedrooms that
can be constructed, or added to a current dwelling if other
codes are met.
County resort tax collections top $8M, set record
By Rick Catlin
Resort tax collections for fiscal year 2011-12 set a
record of $8.1 million, surpassing the previous record of
$7.01 million set in 2010-11.
The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 per-
cent collected by the Manatee County Tax Collector's
office on accommodation rentals of six months or less.
It's official name is the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Tax. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
Sue Sinquefield, head of the office that oversees col-
lection of the resort tax, said the team never planned to
set a record.
"We're just doing our jobs," she said.
Better collection methods, increasing tourism, a good
tip line for reporting violators, and the number of people
who have come forward to register and pay tax on accom-
modations all contributed to the increase, she said.
To rent out an accommodation, an owner or rental
agent must be registered with the Florida Department of
Business Regulation and then receive a license from the
county tax collector, Sinquefield said.
Her office also has field agents who conduct inspec-
tions of accommodations in areas known for having high
numbers of rental properties.
If agents don't find the proper documents at rentals,
the owners or agents may be liable for resort taxes that
should have been paid during the time the owner/agent
had no license, but was renting the property anyway, Sin-
And the 2012-13 resort tax collections already have
begun to come in ahead of last year's record pace.
Resort tax collections for the first month of the fiscal
year, October 2012, were $426,289, while collections in
October 2011 were $397,000, according to the MCTC
website. The tax is collected one month in arrears.
Sinquefield said increases in resort tax collections
appear to mesh with increased tourism reports for Mana-
The year-to-year resort tax increased 15.5 percent
from 2010-11 to 2011-12. Area tourism in 2011 was up
6.7 percent, according to the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau, and the BACVB reports tourism is
up about 6.5 percent for 2012.
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key accommoda-
tions contribute about 62 percent of the annual resort
taxes collected, according to information on the MCTC
website. That equates to about $5 million generated for
the 2011-12 resort tax fund by the barrier islands.
The resort tax is used to fund the BACVB, the Bra-
denton Convention Center, the county's share of beach
renourishment projects, the Crosley Mansion, McKech-
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is an annual
treat for kids
at the news-
Chloe Fulton, 8, of Bradenton Beach chats with Santa and looks
over her gifts in Santa's sleigh Dec. 7 during the Downtown Holi-
day Open House at Marina and Gulf drives in Holmes Beach.
One reindeer and lots of holiday walkers stroll Dec.
7 near Sun & Surf at the Island Si,. 'j11'1' Center in
Holmes Beach, during the Downtown Holiday Open
clerk greets shop-
pers Dec. 7 with
the shop, 5416
during the Down-
Island Gallery West showcase artist Brenda Alcorn tells Bill
Wamester about gyotaku, and how she created the hogfish
painting displayed at the Dec. 7 reception for Alcorn and
holiday open house at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
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After arriving secretly at The Islander office, Santa
steps out to greet the awaiting children and take his
place on his sleigh Dec. 7 at the Downtown Holiday
Open House at Marina and Gulf drives in Holmes
Featured artist Patricia Curtis isfeted
at a reception and holiday open house
Dec. 7 showcasing her work at the Guild
Gallery, operated by the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island in the Island Shop-
ping Center, 5412 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 12, 2012 0 17
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Ann Vanderbush, the lone female competitor in the Brawn on the Beach strong-
man competition Dec. 9, lifts a 200-pound stone over a 51-inch bar.
Todd Nolan's intensity
helps him in the Farmer's
Walk portion of the Brawn
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Aaventures in onopping ...
Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques!
W ell here it is, two weeks before Christmas
and you're still scrambling around wondering what
you're going to get people on your list. You know, you
don't want to head to the big box stores because they
just aren't going to have exactly what you where look-
ing for. Scramble no more! These shops have so many
unique items you'll be sure to fund the perfect gifts. Plus,
it always feels good to shop local and buy local.
Really Relish in Anna Maria is our newest shop on
the Tiki & Kitty scene. Rhonda says, "Stop by Relish
Marketplace in the big yellow house and say, 'I love
vintage' to get $5 off a vintage clothing item!"
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has expanded its space
and offers new merchandise every week. And remember,
when shopping at Giving Back, you get awesome deals and
give back proceeds go to local charities.
Steff's Stuff will stay open late Thursdays for your
holiday shopping needs until Dec. 27. Steff's has new,
fun inventory daily, come find that special gift that you
won't find anywhere else.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more than 50
quality dealers offering vintage toys, furniture, collectible
glass and other antiques. The Ellenton hot spot is one of the
area's top stops and we always enjoy a stroll.
Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs
Antiques. Don't want to give just another gift card? Pick
out a one-of-a-kind gift at Retro Rosie's and Cobweb's
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Tide and Moon is celebrating five years on the island
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get something for yourself or that one of a kind gift for
What a Find! is a fabulous quality consignment shop
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Canons roared and beads flew through the air Dec. 8 as the Anna Maria Island Privateers lead
their parade through downtown Holmes Beach, while Santa, below, as is the tradition, brings up
the rear in the Privateer sleigh, ho, ho, ho-ing all the way. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
The Hernando De Soto's Conquistador Crew takes a regal ride
on Anna Maria Island in the Dec. 8 Anna Maria Island Privateer
Parade. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Staff and officials from Bradenton Beach are towed in the city boat
by the police department in the Dec. 8 Anna Maria Island Privateer
Parade. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
LO AND BEHOLD! By Steven E. Atwood / Edited by Will Shortz
1 [It's gonel]
5 A pop group might
have one on
15 64 or 1,000
19 Head of a family
20 Woodcutter of
23 Consideration in
choosing a dell?
25 Without rhyme or
26 Baby pig, e g
27 Name part meaning
28 Part of a butcher's
31 French wave
35 Laundry basket of
just colors or just
41 _-Pei (dog breed)
42 Reqmt for certain
44 Get an effort
45 Actress Sommer
46 Wise lawmaker most
likely to be re
52 Protestant denom
53 Anthony Eden, Earl
54 Red-berried tree
55 French spouse
58 Rock's __Fighters
59 Seeks, as office
61 Artistic expression
on the slopes?
66 Thrust upward
67 Causing Election
73 Car category
77 Skin growth
80 Mideast capital
81 Dallas player, for
82 Jungle critter
84 Chart indicating the
88 Sched listing
91 Eve preceders
92 Boy Lat
93 Power in
98 "Don't be
99 Caught in
100 Thick skin
101 Prop for Mr
Monopoly or Mr
107 Voluminous ref
108 Comes by
112 Salsa specification
113 When there might
be a two-for-one
special on ice
116 Beat in a price war
117 Props for Mr
Monopoly and Mr
119 Building support
120 Some printers
122 Mil awards
1 Loan figs
2 Nuuanu Pall Lookout
3 Grp that has held
summit meetings in
4 Paul Bunyan, e g
5 Used a FedEx Office
6 Actress Woodard
7 Actress Vardalos
8 Source of northern
9 Belarus neighbor
10 Old minelayers
11 Critic Clive
13 Composer Salieri
14 1957 #1 R&B hit for
15 Or or nor Abbr
16 "Let good unto
all men" Galatians
18 Salinger girl
22 Like superhighways
24 Actress Lena
30 Counter orders
32 To the same extent
33 SeaWorld attraction
34 Offshore bank, eg ,
for tax purposes
35 Normandy campaign
36 Writer Fleming
37 Writer Wallace
38 11th-century king of
39 City on the Little
40 Clear, in a way
42 Italian port on the
43 Attic's purpose
47 Sport involving
49 Grazing area
50 "Wise" one
51 Patronized, as a
55 Fr title
57 Lunatics' outbursts
62 Quaker cereal
63 Contents of jewel
65 Ones going through
67 Fencing unit?
68 "Vive I"
69 Kind of personality
70 Up to, briefly
71 Brian of ambient
72 Big maker of 65
75 Jewelry chain
76 Turn inside out
80 Separate out
85 Bond girl Adams
86 Given enough to be
88 Out around midday,
90 Some car radio
95 Small rented farms,
96 Keep out of sight
97 High, in a way
98 Pay for a hand
103 Certain bra
104 Legal scholar
105 Quaintly antique
106 German quaff
109 Actress Lupino and
110 Undercover agent
111 Bits and pieces,
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115 Roofing material
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Kids and their escorts line up to visit Santa Claus at the Privateers
Christmas Party at Coquina Beach Dec. following the parade from
Rick Catlin- -
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t,, ir butterfly art,
pi ,,,chased Dec. 7 at
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Island Library decorates
Origami artists who take part in classes at the
Island Library, Holmes Beach, created ornaments
for this Christmas tree at the library. Islander
Photo: Edna Tiemann
Kaley Brennan admires her new look the work
offace-painter Dawn Gurtener of "Splash of Sun-
shine," Bradenton, at the Dec. 7 Winterfest arts and
crafts show in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Edna
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Wednesday, Dec. 12, fifth-grade musical performance
at 6 p.m. at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach.
Through Friday, Dec. 14: 8-8:30 a.m., Holiday Shop-
per, school store.
Monday, Dec. 17-Tuesday, Dec. 18: kindergarten and
first-grade holiday decorating centers, K-1 classrooms.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m., PTO dinner by Moore's
Stone Crab in the cafeteria followed at 7 p.m. by the
fifth-grade play, "The Legend of the Poinsettia," in the
Monday, Dec. 24-Monday, Dec. 31, winter break.
Tuesday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 7, winter break con-
tinued, and Tuesday, Jan 8: students return.
Saturday, Jan. 12, Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 24, FCAT Parent Night, time to be
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-708-5525, www.manatee.kl2.fl.us/
Anna Maria Island
into painted lady
butterflies Dec. 5 in
front of the school as
part of their animal
life cycle studies in
Karen Newall's and
Jacque Goens' classes
at AME, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Karen Newhall P
AME fifth-graders sing,
fundraise at cafe
A serenade on the beach is in the offing and you're
Anna Maria Island Elementary School fifth-graders
will preview their play, "Fiesta: The Legend of the Poin-
settia," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, with songs from
the performance at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe
at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Manatee Ave., Holmes
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison said 10 per-
cent of the restaurant sales from diners who mention
to cafe staff they've come to see the performance will
be donated by AMI Beach Cafe to the AME music pro-
"It's a new tradition," she said. "I want to let people
know they can help us out by having dinner at AMI Beach
The fifth-grade play will be performed for the public
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the school auditorium,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Harrison at 941-708-
Literacy heralded at AME
Anna Maria Island Elementary second-grader student
Alanna Belfiore and first-grade teacher Tina Goffred
make "story hands" Dec. 5 during Literacy Night
at AME, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander
Photos: Karen Riley-Love
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First-grader Brett Balais enjoys a fourth-grade
student's literary work Dec. 5 at Anna Maria Island
Elementary Literacy Night at the school, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Moore's tradition continues at AME-PTO holiday dinner
By Kathy Prucnell
There's no doubt about it, Anna Maria Island Ele-
mentary School has its roots deeply planted.
Just how deep is evident from Moore's Stone Crab
Restaurant's 13 years of serving dinner averaging 200
diners per year- to support the AME Parent Teacher
This year Moore's, 800 Broadway St., Longboat
Key, will provide dinner in the school cafeteria at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, prior to the fifth-grade play in the audi-
torium at 7 p.m.
Lynda and Robert Hicks, whose two sons have
attended AME Dalton, 18, a senior at Manatee High
School, and Collin, 11, a seventh grader at King Middle
School started the tradition when Dalton was in kin-
Robert Hicks is one of Moore's owners, who started
washing dishes at the restaurant when it opened in 1967.
When original owners Pete and Mary Moore died, the
restaurant was turned over to their sons, Alan and Paul
Moore, and Robert Hicks. Pete Moore, known as Papa
Jack, had been very fond of Hicks, taught him to cook
and brought him into the business, according to Lynda
In the beginning, Papa Jack worked about 50 to
75 traps in the Gulf of Mexico from a rowboat. Today,
Moore's boats work as many as 140,000 traps all built
Each year the family-owned and operated restaurant
starts planning for the event a couple of weeks out.
Hicks said Moore's crabbers must first assure them
they'll have a sufficient harvest, or they'll plan to have
them shipped from the Florida Keys.
No worries this year, she added, "It's been a good
Once the stone crab claws are delivered, they'll crack
them open at the restaurant, 800 Broadway St., Longboat
Key, put them in their cooler and use the company van to
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She also won
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transport them to the school.
"They'll supply us with volunteers," Hicks said of
the PTO. "And it's always a lot of fun."
She and her husband, who for many years lived on
the island, had no doubts they wanted to continue with
the tradition even without children attending AME.
"We're all islanders at heart," she said, adding
how much she's appreciated what AME has given her
"We've always said, it's like having a private school
without having to pay for it."
And, certainly, the hungry parents coming for this
year's fifth-grade play, "Fiesta: The Legend of the Poin-
settia," after the dinner at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, will
appreciate Moores' generosity.
Reservations forms for the 5-7 p.m. PTO Moores'
dinner are available at the front desk at Anna Maria Island
Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The menu will feature crab claws or a choice of
grilled chicken and pasta, clam chowder and green salad
from Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant, now celebrating
its 45th anniversary.
Dinner tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children. All
proceeds benefit the AME Parent Teacher Organization.
If you pre-order by 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, you
will be entered in a chance to win a $25 gift certificate
The play is free.
For more information, call AME at 941-708-5525.
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Moore's celebrates 45
years of business
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway St.,
Longboat Key is celebrating its 45th anniversary this
month and that's good news for diners, said co-owner
"We're having all-you-can-eat stone crabs, and we're
rolling back some of our menu item prices to the 1970s,"
in early December, he said.
The rollback items include Moore's seafood combi-
nation platter for $12.95, among other items.
"We may even continue with the 1970s prices past
mid-December," Moore added.
Moore recalled how his grandfather started crabbing
in the 1920s.
"In those days, you had to deliver a live crab to the
restaurant. Now, you just take off the claws and put the
crab back in the water. The claws grow back," Moore
said, and the stone crab fishery can keep growing without
Uncle Pete Moore and father Hugh Moore started
the restaurant in 1967.
"We're the oldest waterfront restaurant on Longboat
Key," Moore said with pride.
The restaurant has a dock for diners who come by
boat, Moore added.
The restaurant is co-owned by Paul Moore, Ron
Hicks and Alan Moore. Restaurant hours are 11:30 a.m.-9
p.m. daily. For more information, call 941-383-1748.
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stands on the dock in front of the waterfront restau-
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celebrating its 45th anniversary in December. Islander
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David Teitelbaum, representing the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently named to the
Manatee Economic Development Corporation's board of
directors. County Commissioner John Chappie, formerly
mayor and commissioner in Bradenton Beach, also was
named to the board.
An MEDC press release said the corporation's new
"outreach strategy 'bolts on' adds to a multi-year eco-
nomic strategy development created in 2009 with broad
The release also said the corporation would soon
change its name to Bradenton Area Economic Develop-
ment with a logo depicting the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
to promote "Bradenton" area economic development.
Teitelbaum owns four resorts in Bradenton Beach.
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The dream of resident Bev Lesnick to get a great
cup of coffee in downtown Holmes Beach was realized
recently when Lesnick and mother-in-law M.J. Lesnick
opened the Island Coffee Haus, 5350 Gulf Drive.
Bev Lesnick said she and her mother-in-law had fre-
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moved to the city ready to get into a business and open
The Island Coffee Haus offers more than fresh-
brewed coffee, Bev Lesnick said.
"We have fresh sandwiches, bagels and cream cheese,
yogurt, scones, cinnamon rolls, fresh brownies and much
more," she said.
In the coffee category, all manner of espressos hot
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Monday, Dec. 17
Breakfast: Pizza or Super
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Pulled
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Tuesday, Dec. 18
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and
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Lunch: Chicken Tenders,
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Wednesday, Dec. 19
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Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Hot
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Thursday, Dec. 20
Breakfast: Biscuit Sandwich or
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Lunch: Tacos, Pizza Bagels,
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Friday, Dec. 21
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick
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Lunch: Pizza Choice, Fish
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Daniel Patrick Connelly
Daniel Patrick Connelly, 55, formerly of Holmes Beach,
died Dec. 6 in England. He was born Sept. 25, 1957.
Mr. Connelly moved to Florida from Leeds, England, with
his three children and wife Wendy Connelly.
He was a frequent visitor to the Rod & Reel and Anna
Maria City piers, and operated several online sales businesses.
He had recently returned to England, with hopes to return to
Anna Maria Island.
He will be greatly missed by his children and wife and
many locals on Anna Maria Island.
Mr. Connelly is survived by sons Philip and Daniel, daugh-
ter Louise and wife Wendy; and grandchildren Brianna, Allie,
Zachary, Jada Lark and Jacob Seim.
Jeanne Larson Finn
Jeanne Larson Finn, 87, of Bradenton and a resident of
Holmes Beach since 1987, died Dec. 2. She was born Jan. 4,
1925, in Jamestown, N.Y.
She graduated from Corry High School and before being
wed was society editor for the Corry Journal, both in Corry,
Pa. She married James N. Finn July 8, 1950.
The couple lived in Erie, Pa., and maintained a summer
cottage for more than 60 years in Findley Lake, N.Y. They
took up residence in Holmes Beach upon retirement and had
recently moved to Bradenton. Mrs. Finn enjoyed golf, reading,
sewing, knitting and card playing. She was an active member
of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, especially enjoyed the Tuesday
quilt group, and was proud of their accomplishments. She was
a past member of The Order of the Eastern Star.
A service was held Dec. 8 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The Rev. Rosemary Backer
officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes &
Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences my be
made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Finn is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim;
daughter Barbara and husband Don Proctor of Erie, Pa.; grand-
daughter Susan and husband Nick Martino; grandson Michael
and wife Gretchen Proctor of Falls Church, Va.; great-grand-
daughters Julia and Giana Martino; and several cousins.
James Jerome Jenkins
James Jerome Jenkins, 89, of Anna Maria, distinguished
Research Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida, died
Nov. 17. He was born July 29, 1923, in St. Louis, the third son
of Joe E. and Frances Reynolds Jenkins. "Jim" and wife "Win"
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After serving in World War II as an Army
Air Corp meteorologist 1942-47, Jim earned
Shis doctorate in experimental psychology
from the University of Minnesota and con-
tinued to teach and do research there until
1982, when he moved to the University of
South Florida to become chair of the psy-
Jenkins chology department.
Dr. Jenkins played a significant role in the
development of cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics
in the 1960s. He conducted research on learning, language
and memory for more than 50 years, later specializing in the
perception of speech in collaboration with his wife, Dr. Wini-
fred Strange. He mentored more than 80 PhD students at the
Universities of Minnesota and South Florida before retiring in
He joined the faculty of the City University of New York-
Graduate Center, as visiting research professor and continued
to collaborate with Dr. Strange and her graduate students.
Dr. Jenkins took up watercolors and summers were spent
at the couple's lakeside cabin in Fifty Lakes, Minn.
Dr. Jenkins is survived by wife Winifred; son Christopher;
daughter Lynn; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren;
two daughters-in-law; and three granddaughters-in-law.
John Robert 'Bob' Ware
John Robert "Bob" Ware, 59, of Jacksonville and formerly
of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 1 at his Barlow Hunting Club home
near Meredosia. Ill. He was born Oct. 28, 1953, in Joliet, Ill.,
the son of Richard and Maysel Jones Ware. He was married
Dec. 28, 1974, to Cheryl Watson.
Mr. Ware was a 1971 graduate of Jacksonville High
School, where he excelled in athletics and holds several track
and field records. He was inducted into the JHS Hall of Fame
in 1988. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he
took part in track and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
He joined his family's business, Ware Oil Company
(Wareco) in 1974, and remained there as vice-president of
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Mr. Ware spent winters in Florida with his family and
served as vice-president of the Westbay Cove South condo-
minium association, Holmes Beach. He loved golf and fishing,
and was instrumental in the development of the Barlow Hunting
Club. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and Green Bay
A celebration of life was held in Jacksonville. Memorials
are suggested to the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation or
Ducks Unlimited. Airsman-Hires Williamson Funeral Homes
in Jacksonville was in charge of arrangements. Condolences to
the family may be made online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Mr. Ware is survived by wife Cheryl; daughters Abby and
husband David Nagel of St. Louis and Kelly and husband, John
Armour of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, John Robert "Jack"
Armour and Ruth Sophia Armour, both of Nashville, Tenn.;
father Richard and wife, Anne Ware, sister Vickie and husband
Danny Brooks, brother Jim and wife, Leslie, all of Jacksonville;
several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Joseph P. Smith
Joseph P Smith, 81, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 15. He was
born Sept. 9, 1931, in Newark, N.J.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked in
sales, and moved to Pinellas County in 1969, where he owned
a restaurant. He moved to Anna Maria from Citrus County in
A private memorial gathering is planned at a later date.
Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Kathy and hus-
band Skip Long of Anna Maria, Sheila and husband Randy
Johnson of Houston, Sharon Davis of Blanchard, Okla., and
Donna and David Smith of Clearwater; four grandchildren;
one great-grandchild; and his good friends, Joe, Bob, Josh and
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Zack Fernandes of Holmes Beach and his teammates
on Tampa Bay Lightning 2001s captured first place in the
Bauer World Hockey Invitational Nov. 2-4 in Chicago.
The Bauer Invite is billed as the world's largest youth
hockey tournament. This year's event featured 424 teams,
7,632 players and a total of 946 games played across eight
age divisions, including teams from all across the United
States, Canada, Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic.
Zack plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, an inde-
pendent, Tier 1-AAA hockey team. Tier 1-AAA is the
highest level of competition for youth hockey in North
America and the Lightning is made up of 14 of the top
2001 birth-year players in Florida from as far south as
Miami and north from Jacksonville. The team is based
at the Ellenton Ice Arena.
Ellenton's Lightning won the 2001-AAA division
championship with a perfect 7-0 record, eventually
defeating the Soo Greyhounds from Sault Saint Marie,
Ontario, 3-2 in the finals. The Soo Greyhounds have pro-
duced some top NHL players, including Wayne Gretzky,
Joe Thorton and John Vanbiesbrouck among others.
Though this is Zack's first season with the Ellen-
ton team, he is a key contributor to the team's success,
according to coach James Carey, a former NHL Washing-
ton Capitals goalie. Zack brings a high i ni -.'\, hardwork-
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over the Vernon Hills Ice Dogs.
Day two of the tournament saw the Lightning ease
past the Dallas Penguins 4-1 before playing what was
one of the more pivotal games in the competition.
The Lightning took on the Michigan Nationals in
the round of 16. The teams battled to a 3-3 tie through
regulation play and the game was decided by Zack, who
scored the game-winning goal with six seconds remain-
ing in the second overtime.
The exciting victory propelled the Lightning into the
quarterfinals and eventually the championship game.
In the finals, the Lightning struggled early, falling
behind by a 2-0 score, but came back in the third period
behind goals from Berg Alexander, Gatto Connor and
Simpson Burke to give the Lightning a 3-2 victory.
Though the Bauer World Championship is the team's
highlight of the season, their success goes beyond one
tournament. The Lightning are ranked in the top 20 of
2001 Tier 1-AAA teams in the entire country, boasting
a 20-3-1 record against Tier 1-AAA opponents and are
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Community Center. The tournament consisted of two,
three-team pools with byes given to the teams that fin-
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FL Discount Signs captured its pool by defeating
Island Cup 5-1 in its first game and Center of Attention
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The tournament then moved to the knockout stage.
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Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net-in-flight golf match Dec. 4. Sue Little
fired a 1-under-par 31 to earn a one-shot victory in Flight
A over Helen Pollack and Laura Purcell.
Fran Barford, Barb Linderman and Christina Mason
each carded 1-under-par 31s to finish in a three-way tie
for first place in Flight B.
Judy Ward's even-par-32 earned her the top spot in
Joanne Ozdych's 2-under-par 30 was the round of the
day and gave her first place in Flight D by two shots over
Shirley Cessna. Nell Bergstrom, Bev Nevell and Warda
won the team low-putts competition with a combined
total of 59 putts.
Three teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 8
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. Hank Huyghe and John Crawford drew the bye into
the finals and watched as Sam Samuels and Dom Livedoti
defeated Rod Bussey and Gene Bobeldyk 22-16. Samuels
ended the close match with a "six pack," double ringer.
The finals saw Samuels-Livedoti ease past Huyghe-
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Transitional weather makes for tough fishing
By Capt. Danny Stasny
If you're fishing the backcountry around Anna Maria
Island and its vicinity, you may find the fishing is a little
tough. We are in a transitional place in the backwaters.
Now that water temps are consistently below 70 degrees,
the fish we target are on the move to find their wintertime
Now is the time to go out and explore your winter
fishing spots to see if you can find concentrations of fish.
Fishing around docks and canals should begin to really
turn on in the weeks to come. Also, a noticeable amount
of sheepshead are showing up on the flats, which means
they should be staging up under local docks and around
pilings very soon.
Finally, if you're looking for good action on migratory
fish, try fishing around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for
bonito and mackerel. If nothing else, these fish are worthy
of providing drag-screaming rod-bending action.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing
spotted seatrout in upper Sarasota Bay. Gross is covering
his bases during this transitional time in the backcountry
by carrying both live shrimp and live shiners. Gross is
also carrying artificial soft plastics on a jighead or
DOA shrimp in case the fish aren't responding to live
When live bait fishing, Gross is anchoring on grass
flats that are peppered with deep sandy potholes. By cast-
ing baits to the edges of the holes, Gross is catching spot-
ted seatrout up to 22 inches.
When using artificial, Gross is drifting over the
same flats and casting to the holes. Using this method,
Gross is able to cover more areas of the flat, which, in
theory, gives his clients more opportunity to get their lure
in front of the fish.
Steve VanNederynen of New York caught this redfish on
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Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier says night fishing is producing the best action.
Pier fishers arriving after sunset are being rewarded with
steady action on bluefish and flounder. For the blues, pier
fishers are using Love's lures pompano jigs to get the bite.
With a fast ri.-in-i retrieve, these ravenous bluefish are
chomping on jigs almost as soon as they enter the water.
Average size of the bluefish is 2-3 pounds.
For the flounder, pier fishers are dr.h-,in live shiners
or shrimp along the bottom under the pier. Keeper-size
flounder up to 20 inches are being caught.
During the daylight hours, Medley days there are still
a few mackerel around, but they are on the small side.
Bonito are frequenting the pier, too. Look for fish break-
ing the surface under diving birds and cast to the edges
of the school with Gotcha Plugs or small white jigs.
Last, but not least, Medley is seeing good numbers
of sheepshead around the pilings of the pier. "There are
some 6-plus pound sheepies down there," says Medley,
"but you have to be persistent. The sheepies are finicky
For bait, try live fiddlers or shrimp.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing just off the beaches of
both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key for migra-
tory species like bonito and shark. These species may
not offer much, if any, food value, but the sheer power
they have once they hit your bait makes catching them
extremely fun and exciting. For the bonito, Girle is
using live shiners for bait. For the sharks, he's using
the bonito he just caught, cut into bite-size strips and
free-lined behind the boat. The bonito are ranging
in the 8- to 12-pound class. As for the sharks, Girle
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By using live shrimp for bait on a knocker rig, Girle is
casting under docks in Sarasota Bay to locate fish. "We're
in a transition," says Girle, "but as long as you're patient,
you'll eventually find docks holding fish."
Slot-size and under is the average size of the reds
this past week.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says he's
hearing of good action on flounder and sheepshead
around the piers although the bite is sporadic at best.
Live shrimp is the bait of choice for the flounder. As for
the sheepshead, Oldham feels that since the fish are fin-
icky, live oyster crabs or tubeworms might entice them.
"If they won't hit those baits," says Oldham, "they won't
From those fishers working the flats, Oldham says
he's seeing a few redfish being filleted back at the marina,
but again it seems the bite is sporadic. Spotted seatrout
also are being caught, but no rallies are occurring. For
either species, Oldham suggests using live shrimp under
a popping cork.
Finally, Oldham is still getting reports of small shark
being caught from the beaches. Bonnet head and Atlantic
sharp nose sharks up to 40 inches are being caught on
pieces of cut fish or squid fished on the bottom in the
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says there
are some sheepshead hanging around the pilings at
the pier, and fishers using live fiddler crabs or tube-
worms are having success at reeling up some of these
tasty striped fish. Most fishers targeting sheepshead are
using small sturdy hooks in a size 2 or 4 tied to some
20-pound fluorocarbon for leader. Depending on the
speed of the tide, a half-ounce egg sinker is usually
effective to keep your bait where you want it. Sheep-
shead in the 1- to 2-pound range are the average for
this time of year.
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Lesnick said many customers have complimented
her on the coffee, baked goods and sandwiches.
"And we're getting many of the island residents
coming in every morning for coffee," she said.
Island Coffee Haus also has outdoor seating avail-
The coffee shop is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sat-
urday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 941-896-4870.
opens in BB resorts
David Teitelbaum, owner of the Tortuga Inn,
Tradewinds, Seaside and Tropic Isle resorts in Braden-
ton Beach, announced that Anna Maria Island Caterers
are now serving the resorts, as well as Anna Maria Island
and the area.
Teitelbaum said the service caters to weddings, birth-
day parties, anniversary celebrations, family reunions or
any big or small event. Catering also is provided to a
single suite if requested, he said.
"Our staff looks forward to helping you organize
your event, be it a big, smashing gala, or a more private,
intimate affair," Teitelbaum said.
The catering office is at the Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-6611.
Island chamber plans
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly sunrise breakfast 7:45-9 a.m. Wednes-
day, Dec. 12, at the Sign of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
The chamber is seeking a member to host a business
card exchange Jan. 2 in addition to the scheduled Jan.
23 exchange at Body & Sol Spa, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna
A chamber press release said there would be eight
weeks between the December and January business card
exchanges unless a member wants to host one Jan. 2.
It would be a great opportunity to introduce a busi-
ness, meet with associates and businesses, the chamber
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
LBK chamber hosts
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is holding
its annual holiday luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thurs-
day, Dec. 13, at the Holiday Inn, 233 Ben Franklin Drive,
Cost of the buffet luncheon is $25 for members and
guests, and includes a selection of adult beverages and
Members are encouraged to bring guests as well as
prizes that reflect their business for a giveaway at the
For more information, call the chamber at 941-383-
Wagner Realty, with offices at 2217 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, and 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, has named Debra Ibasfalean as the company's
top producer at the Anna Maria Island office for Novem-
ber. Dorothy Cook won the same honor on LBK.
David Moynihan garnered the top sales award at the
Anna Maria Island office, while Kelly Belisle took the
honor at the Longboat Key office.
For more information, call 941-778-2800.
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ISLAND CONDO FOR SALE: 2bed/2bath
turnkey condo with good rental history. Pool,
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views, elevator, future bookings, and new
A/C and new roof are just some of the fea-
tures of this condo. Just bring yourflip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.
Kim Dalglish, right, of the Manatee Chamber of Com-
merce, is master of ceremonies at the tri-chamber
business mixer Dec. 4 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. At left is Anna Maria Island presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman helping Dalglish announce
prize winners. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola or west Bradenton?
How about a new product, service, anniversary, new hire,
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RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
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Commercial & Residential
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green, blue. Call 941-779-0204.
WOOL-POLY LARGE blanket, horse design,
warm, new, $30, six-piece crystal salad bowl set,
LIVING ROOM SET: Two large dark brown chairs.
Top quality, great condition, $40 each. 941-565-
PINE DINING TABLE, $100, four parsons chairs
with slipcovers, $75, painted table, two chairs,
wicker chair, $40. 321-356-9579.
OFFICE CHAIR: HERMAN Miller, black mesh,
adjustable swivel chair with arms, $60. 941-779-
FILE CABINET: TWO-drawer with key, $8. 941-
BIKE: 26-INCH FUJI hybrid, like new, $90. 941-
COMPUTER: DELL, Dual 1.5 GHz processors,
refurbished desktop, $75. 941-756-6728.
BICYCLES: HIS and hers, Sears "Free Spirit"
1970s, 26-inch, 10-speed, very good condition,
COUCH/LOVE-SEAT: Over-sized, brown. No
smoking, pets or kids. $900 or best offer. Con-
tact Dan, 231-838-9930.
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 3 attractive 2-drawer wood
files. Various office supplies. Also selling antique
wood office chairs, Haitian art, collectible 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
firstname.lastname@example.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-
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,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boat-
ers. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
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.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 pm. Friday and Satur-
day, Dec. 14-15. Lots of great stuff! 2110 Ave. A,
LOST: BOX OF very large canvas prints, corner
of Marina and Gulf drives, 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,
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-
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. 2001 25-hp Mercury
2-stroke, plus trolling motor with battery. Must
see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
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.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
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-
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.
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.
JIL DE C A SIFIED.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
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.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for
your wedding, home and special events. 941-
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. Pickup and dropoff at Islander
newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, HB. If you want
it fixed for a fair price, call islander Socko: 941-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
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TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
and condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlooking golf course.
Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesre-
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-
3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach.
$2,500/month. Sleeps eight, available Septem-
ber through June. Contact Dave, 407-927-1304.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA cottage. Gulffront
location. $1,500/month plus utilities. Call for
details. Anna Maria Realty Inc. 941-778-2259.
RENTAL WANTED: EFFICIENCY for single male
retiree. Non-smoker, Jan.15-March 15. 941-778-
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.
SEASONAL RENTAL, ANNA Maria, 200 feet to
Rod & Reel Pier, 2BR/1BA, newly refurbished
ground-floor duplex with all amenities, January
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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-
VACATION RENTALS: PERICO Bay Club.
2BR/2BA, garage, kayak-friendly, $1,800-$2,800/
month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate
1 BR/1 BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo,
heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month,
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DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
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FOR SALE BY owner: 1 BR/1 BA mobile completely
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