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By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
While Holmes Beach residents have been
packing city meetings in the past year to com-
plain about huge houses, investors moving
residents out of the city's housing stock and
renter-related problems, at a Dec.11 meeting,
it was the turn of new owners, contractors and
others to voice their opinions about a proposed
building moratorium.
About 20 peaceful protesters wore green
imprinted shirts, stating "No Construction
Means No Jobs," and two Holmes Beach
police officers monitored the Dec. 11 meet-
A draft ordinance to stop tear downs,
rebuilds and new construction for six months
in the R-2 district was discussed. It included
a Dec. 6 retroactive date so as not to cause a
rush on building permits.
Fourteen contractors and owners voiced
their opinions mostly against the retroactive
date and six-month provision and by the
meeting's end, the commission was swayed
to take out the retroactive date and replace it
with Dec. 25, a "Christmas present," as sug-
gested by Commissioner David Zaccagnino,
and change the draft moratorium's duration to
"up to" six months.
Along with these revisions, at a second
meeting last week, a consensus of commis-

Beach to Bay Construction project manager
Ryan Moss talks with Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner Marvin Grossman outside the cham-
bers after a Dec. 11 meeting at city hall, 5801
Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

sioners agreed to limit the impact of the mora-
torium to future construction equivalent to 50
percent of a home's existing market value.
The proposed moratorium is expected to be
up for a commission vote at the meeting at 7

p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Jack Sandleman of Gulf Drive spoke to
the duration issue. "Perhaps six months is a bit
too long," he said, suggesting a 90-day morato-
Janice Martinez said she'd begun demolish-
ing a home Dec. 11. "And now I found out we
can't start construction for six months. What's
up with that?"
She told commissioners she wants to live in
Holmes Beach with her children who have
been coming to the island every summer and
her grandchildren.
"Be fair to people like us. We're not build-
ing a home to rent," Martinez added. "Can you
make an exception for people who want to live
in this community and be part of this community
and help this community grow?
"What about our economy? And all the
people out here in green shirts who earn their
living on the island, in a very honorable and
noble profession? Think about that before you
start taking away our rights, please."
James Martin, a contractor from Bradenton,
said, "We're a small company and don't have a
lot of employees, but they have families. To stop
all construction for six months is too much. It's
tough enough with the economy as is."
Code enforcement board member John Wise
said, "You're talking only about 10 houses" and

Osborn fails to cooperate with BBPD-FDLE HB cart crossing

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Kelly Osborn isn't saying if she will coop-
erate with a Florida Department Law Enforce-
ment request to release items in her possession
to conclude the investigation into her daugh-
ter's 2009 death in Bradenton Beach.
Sheena Morris, 22, was found dead in a
S. BridgeWalk Resort motel
room hanging from the
shower head by her dog's
leash. Her death was ruled a
suicide, but later changed to
undetermined in 2011 after a


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duties. A storage unit belonging to Berkland
also was found to have human organs being
announce- stored in common household containers.
nmerce and Osborn's contention is that her daugh-
ter was murdered and a public campaign to
have her daughter's death investigated further
street map. came to fruition in September when an FDLE
7B SMART panel recommended that the Braden-

ton Beach Police Department take additional
steps in its investigation.
BBPD Police Chief Sam Speciale admin-
istratively reopened the case, and FDLE agents
were assigned to assist the department.
The investigation stalled last month when
BBPD at the behest of FDLE requested
Morris' computer, medical and psychological
records. Osborn refused to release the items -
which she claims to possess to BBPD.
She has maintained that BBPD botched her
daughter's death investigation and, in a letter
back to Speciale, said she had no intention of
releasing an thiing to his department.
Her refusal to cooperate spurred a Dec. 3
letter from FDLE Special Agent in charge John
Burke to Osbom asking for her cooperation in
releasing the requested items.
Osbom has insisted that BBPD be removed
from the investigation and that FDLE take
charge, but Burke again explained in his letter to
Osborn that FDLE has no jurisdictional author-
ity and that BBPD remains in control of the
investigation with FDLE assistance.
Although The Islander obtained Burke's
letter by a public records request, Osborn
expressed displeasure over it being released,
and other communications between Osborn and
BBPD also have been made public.
Following The Islander Dec. 12 report on
Burke's letter, Osborn sent an email to the city
of Bradenton Beach, again calling for FDLE to
take over the investigation. She also called for

fails funding
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Transportation's
tentative five-year work plan for traffic enhance-
ments from 2013-2018 for Manatee County was
presented by Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization director Mike Howe at
the Dec. 10 Island Transportation and Planning
Organization meeting.
The MPO's priority plan is sent to the
DOT to determine if funding is available, then
returned to the MPO as the DOT's tentative
five-year plan. The DOT also can rearrange the
The five-year plan presented to the ITPO
does not include as the city of Holmes Beach
had hoped a crosswalk for unlicensed golf
carts at the State Road 789/East Bay Drive inter-
section with Gulf Drive.
The project has previously been listed on
five-year plans.
DOT representative Roxanne Lake attended
the ITPO meeting and said the DOT wanted to
fund the project, which the MPO recommended,
but it came in third on its priority list for Anna
Maria Island. There is only enough money in
the projected DOT budget to do the first two
projects, she said.
Those two projects include landscaping East
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach from 31st Street to
State Road 64/Manatee Avenue and updating

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the traffic signal at Marina and Gulf drives in downtown
Holmes Beach.
The DOT estimated the landscaping project at
$515,457, while the signal cost estimate is $137,370.
Lake said the crosswalk project could be put back on
the MPO list next year.
However, she said the DOT's main priority now is
fixing the 1-75 corridor.
Howe explained the DOT is always "crunching num-
bers" to get as many projects as possible funded from
among the 11 counties in District 1 of the DOT.
The MPO sends the DOT a list of priorities each
July, then has to wait until the following July to learn
how much state and federal money is available.
He reminded the ITPO this was a "tentative" work
Newly elected Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti
did not attend the meeting.
The ITPO is composed of representatives the
mayors of the three island cities, who discuss the MPO
agenda in order for the appointed ITPO representative to
vote accordingly. The ITPO's current representative is
George McKay of Anna Maria.

The Florida Department of Transportation lacks funds
in its tentative five-year plan for a cart crossing at the
State Road 789/East Bay Drive and Gulf Drive inter-
section in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

listening "only to the squeaky wheel," not a satisfied
majority of citizens.
Scott Boyd of Baronet Lane told commissioners to
consider the possible cost of litigation.
Eric Yonkee, who's been building a home for the
past several months, feared he'd be held to the backdated
However, Commission Chair Jean Peelen said so
long as a permit is filed with the city building depart-
ment before the moratorium effective date, he would not
be affected.
Bradenton attorney Louis Najmy, representing Beach
to Bay Construction, among other contractors, businesses
and property owners, next approached the podium.
"I get that you want to ensure the island isn't over-
built," he said, adding he understood the big house
Najmy told Peelen, "I can't stop connecting your
manifesto to this ordinance that is solely targeted to
demolitions in R-2 district properties and a potential goal
to stop one builder Beach to Bay Construction."
Najmy suggested the city "do it for all zoning dis-
tricts," and only for three months.

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Holmes Beach
meeting looks
on Dec. 11 as
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Islander Photo:
Kathy Prucnell

Resident and contractor Darrin Wash of Wash Family
Construction said he understood the moratorium was
about duplexes and underground footers, but asked why
six months. "It's going to hurt the green shirt people here.
It's going be a big impact on us contractors," he said.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said the planning com-
mission needed time for its review, and both the city and
planning boards had to follow legal requirements for
public hearings and notices.
Peelen said, "Our commitment up here is that we'll
do it absolutely as expeditiously as possible."
Wash continued, "Six months to you is like business
as usual for you guys. We aren't coming to your jobs and
saying you can't work for six months."
Commissioner Judy Titsworth said, "This issue is not
just about the duplexes. We have a developer, developers,
who haven't been looking at the comprehensive plan.
"The multi-family seasonal tourist has crept into our
R-2 district while we were sleeping," she added, referring
to the change from small rental houses for one family to
many families sharing the new multi-story homes.
David Scott of Palm Drive added another consid-
eration, "The moratorium is going to discourage people
from buying because of the uncertainty."

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disciplinary action against Speciale.
Osborn complained that the letter was "confidential"
and it should not have been released.
However, in spite of Osborn's protest, the letter was
not marked confidential and FDLE also has confirmed
that the letter was not confidential.
Osborn would not answer questions from The
Islander if she would cooperate and release the requested
items to BBPD.
Burke further offered to have FDLE agents pick up
the items, but Osbom cited a request from Burke to limit
her public comments on the investigations.
Burke explained in his letter to Osbom that her con-
tinual public appearances discussing the investigation
could be harmful to the investigation.
However, on learning of The Islander's Dec. 12 story,
she contacted other media outlets insisting to them that
Special released a "confidential" letter.
She also accused The Islander of wrongdoing in
reporting FDLE's push for her cooperation.
"Your paper will reap the repercussions of your
actions," she said in a Dec. 11 email to The Islander.
In regards to whether she will comply with the FDLE
request, Osborn said, "I cannot respond at this time,"
saying the release of the letter is under review, although
she would not say by whom.
"You will be hearing plenty about this article that
was published, and it won't be from me," Osborn wrote
to The Islander.
Osbom accused The Islander of misleading the public
by reporting that the investigation is an "administrative"
action, but Speciale remains in charge and he can and
has termed the reopened case as being administrative in
In a Dec. 13 email, Osbom backed away from her
statements, saying, \ ly issue isn't with you publishing
the article. My issue is with the chief releasing it ... the
chief knew or should know as law enforcement that this
is an open investigation."
However, according to Speciale, it is not an open
As of press time for The Islander, BBPD and FDLE
say there was no release of the requested materials.


HB mayor names interim police chief

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Second in the hierarchy of the Holmes Beach Police
Department, Lt. Dale Stephenson will be the city's interim
police chief while the city undergoes a search for a per-
manent replacement.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti announced his
decision Dec. 17.
"Naturally, I'm honored," said Stephenson, adding
he thanked the mayor for the appointment and for HBPD
S Chief Jay Romine for his past years of
SStephenson was offered the posi-
i i tion Dec. 14, and accepted that day, he
S said.
,l Monti said last week he expected
Monti to conduct a formal search through the
Florida Police Chiefs Association, and
Stephenson expressed interest in retaining the position
until his retirement date of Aug. 1, 2016.
Romine announced in a Dec. 7 letter to the mayor
Dec. 20 would be his last day.
Romine said after 26 years in the department, he felt
it was time to explore other opportunities.
There are 21 full-time employees and one part-time
employee in the HBPD.
Romine described his philosophy "is to get compli-
ance with the smallest hammer possible." Romine called
it community policing "policing with empathy."
"I really hope they find somebody to continue the
kind of policing we've started," Romine said, "because
it works."
Monti emphasized the city now has time to do a
search for a replacement, and Romine "volunteered to
be there for as long as I needed."
The city charter requires the mayor get concurrence
from the city commission on department head appoint-
ments, and the commission is expected to concur on Ste-
Monti and two new commissioners took office Nov.
19 following the Nov. 6 election.
Although Romine's last day will be this month, he

retired Aug. 1, 2011, when he entered Florida Retirement
System Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP). Ste-
phenson also entered DROP the same day.
Public employees who elect the DROP can continue
on the job for up to five years in the incentive program
while accumulating monthly retirement benefits in a FRS
trust fund, earning tax deferred interest. Employees in
the DROP program must leave by the last day or lose the
accumulated contributions.

City to honor police chief
The city commission of Holmes Beach was to hold a
reception for retiring Police Chief Jay Romine after press
time for The Islander, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in city
hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Romine will retire Dec. 20 after 19 years in the top
law enforcement spot.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen welcomes all to
attend the gathering as well as a formal presentation in
Romine's honor immediately following the reception and
during the 7 p.m. commission meeting, also in city hall.
At the time of his appointment, Romine was the
youngest police chief in the state. He served the city more
than 26 years, beginning as a patrol
officer in 1979, and advancing to patrol
sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant,
assistant chief and chief.
Romine also chief contributed his
expertise and experience to numerous
Romine local, state, national and international
associations and boards.
He currently serves as secretary/treasurer for the
Florida Police Chiefs Association; a member of Florida
Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Exec-
utive Institute Policy Board; state representative to the
State Association of Chiefs of Police; member of Tampa
Bay Chiefs of Police Association; chair of the Mana-
tee County Law Enforcement Council; and chair of the
Manatee Technical Institute Criminal Justice Academy
Advisory Board and Board of Governors.
For more information, call Peelen at 941-896-5827
or email at jpeelen@holmesbeachfl.org.


Holmes Beach commission seeks Mainsail update

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
There were more questions than answers for Holmes
Beach commissioners Dec.11 on the future of the pro-
posed Mainsail Anna Maria Lodge at the corner of Marina
and Gulf drives.
Earlier in the day, Mainsail Lodging and Develop-
ment president Joe Collier and two others showed Mayor
Carmel Monti, Commissioner Judy Titsworth and the
city building staff a site plan for a 120-seat restaurant,
bar and lodging complex of 20 buildings, including 31
townhomes and nine hotel units at 5325 Marina Drive.
The project also includes a marina that has operated for
several years, with the city leasing a portion of the docks
to Mainsail.
In 2001, the commission approved the proposal for
the property known as Tidemark Lodge, when Carling-
ford Development Company was the developer.
It was linked to a commercial zoning change, with
special exceptions and conditions, including 111 parking
spaces, lodging limited to transient guests of no more
than 120 days and an Old Florida architectural style. The
Tidemark property was sold after a bankruptcy in 2004
and, according to county records, is now owned by Main-
sail AMI Marina LLLP of Tampa and George Glaser of
Commission Chair Jean Peelen said the ownership
has changed numerous times.
Peelen and Commissioner David Zaccagnino said
Mainsail should have made a presentation before the
commission. Zaccagnino asked whether Mainsail knew
it needed to be briefed with their plans, and was respon-
sible for approving any site plan changes.
Monti said he wasn't sure the current developer knew
the politics of the city. He said he agreed to Collier's staff
visit to discern the developer's intentions, although the
developer advised he was unable to make the commission
"Frankly I'm glad they didn't waste the city coun-
cil's time because it was not a very meaningful meeting,"
Monti said, referring to the city commission and adding
there are complicated site-plan expiration issues the city
needs to fully understand.
Later in the meeting, Titsworth reported Mainsail
representatives showed the group a site plan, but not floor
plans. They want to move slowly, building-by-building as
units sell, she said. Titsworth questioned how that would
work with a resort community.
The city's 2001 resolution approving the develop-
ment tied the site plan to elevations, special exceptions
and parking requirements, and there's no longer a valid
lease for parking with the bank, she added.
Commissioner Marvin Grossman said he is "very
concerned" about the parking.
Titsworth said she had a "ton of questions" Main-
sail representatives weren't prepared to answer, but they
offered to make a future presentation to the commission.
She asked Monti to make sure that happens.
While she hoped the city could work with Mainsail,
she said if the commission is not satisfied, she favored
moving to revoke or amend the site plan.
Building inspector David Greene said he expected to
be working with the old site plan's footings, foundation,
building location, height and design.
At the staff meeting, city officials asked for Main-
sail's civil design plans and a current schedule of pro-

Maintenance engineer George Knocklia points to
mowing and cleanup his crews completed Nov. 26
behind Mainsail Anna Maria Lodge & Marina, 5325
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Kathy

posed construction, he said.
The developer's most recent project schedule called
for a Nov. 1 "start date" for site cleanup as well as for site
and civil designs plans for two buildings, and set Nov.
26 and Dec. 15 for architectural designs and Dec. 1 for
permit submission and review.
None of these items have been submitted, according
to city building officials.
After the meeting in a phone interview, Collier said
Mainsail would be revising the project schedule. He
blamed the recent change in the city building depart-
ment staff for delays, but said he was "ready to march
"We're spending money for engineers and architects
and pre-development sales and marketing," he added.
He expected construction to begin in the first quarter
of 2013.
A Nov. 27 meeting had been set for the Mainsail
presentation before the commission, but the city resched-
uled the meeting to Nov. 20. Monti said two dates for a
commission presentation had been canceled by the devel-
Collier said he's waiting to hear back from the city
staff to arrange a meeting after the holiday "so their archi-
tect and project manager can walk through the sequenc-
ing," and then, he said, Mainsail will be ready to submit
for permits.
He said he did not know a n) Iluii about the city com-
mission wanting a presentation.
In September, then-Mayor Rich Bohnenberger asked
the commission to begin a revocation process for the
project, calling it an abandoned construction site, and
commissioners agreed.
City officials then said the sales trailer permit expired
and the condition of the site amounted to a code viola-
In October, the developer told Bohnenberger Main-
sail intended to kick start the project, and if need be,
defend its right to the entitlements with litigation.
The commission agreed to back off revocation pro-
ceedings, and instead called for sunset provisions for
future site plans.
Those provisions were on the Dec. 11 agenda, and
commissioners unanimously approved them as an amend-

A model of the Main-
sail Anna Maria
Lodge & Marina
depicts the proposed
commercial develop-
ment with entitle-
ments for a 120-seat
restaurant, bar and
lodging complex of
20 buildings, includ-
-- (ing 31 townhomes
""' and nine hotel units
..at Marina and Gulf
drives. Not depicted
are other commer-
cial or residential
properties in the

ment to the land development code.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said developers will
now be required to show "reasonable continuous prog-
ress" and clarifies current requirements for site plan expi-
The amendment also requires:
A building permit applied for within 90 days of
site-plan approval, with a one-time 90-day extension.
Additional extensions approved by the commis-
If an active permit is not maintained, the site plan
will be voided.
Site plan shall expire three years after the date of the
site plan unless decided otherwise by the commission.
Giving an example of the new law, she said, "It
doesn't allow someone to get a building permit for an
underground sewer connection, and that be the only
permit they would receive for five years."
Petruff added, however that for the amendment to
make sense, additional proposed LDC changes adopt-
ing the state building code as required by the state's Emer-
gency Management Division were needed. She said
she'd left with the city's building department for review
a couple months ago, and they were never returned and
added to the code.

ei tings

Anna Maria City
Dec. 19, 4 p.m., sunshine law training meeting.
Jan. 2, 4:30 p.m., charter.
Jan. 8, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Jan. 9,6:30 p.m., environmental education enhance-
Jan. 10, 6 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 22, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Jan. 24, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 3, 1 p.m., pier team.
Jan. 3, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 7, 3 p.m., scenic waves.
Jan. 16, 1 p.m., community redevelopment
Jan. 16, 1:30 p.m., capital improvement projects.
Jan. 17, noon, pier team.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 20, 7 p.m., work session.
Dec. 27, 7 p.m., work session CANCELED.
Jan. 3, 7 p.m., work session.
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 10, 7 p.m., work session.
Jan. 16, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials.
Jan. 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
Jan. 17, 7 p.m., work session.
Jan. 22, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board.
Jan. 31, 7 p.m., work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Jan. 8, 9 a.m., county commission.
Jan. 29, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Dec. 20, 6 p.m., fire district commission, including
swearing into office of elected officials.
Jan. 24, 9 a.m., fire pension board.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
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holiday, Dec. 24-25, New Year holiday, Jan. 1., Martin
Luther King Day, Jan. 21. The Islander office will close
Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Delivery will occur over-
night Sunday Dec. 23 and Monday Dec. 24, and Dec.
Send notices to news@islander.org.


Mainsail residential neighbor again expresses objections

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach resident Lance Spotts points to sev-
eral 20-foot Australian pines between his 14-year home
on Sunrise Lane and a proposed hotel/condominium res-
taurant mixed-use project, and says with a sigh, "That's
how long this has gone on."
Spotts has been interested in the project from its
inception. He's watched the trees grow from seed since
the Tidemark Lodge now Mainsail project began.
Spotts recently viewed a Mainsail model, and it
prompted him to write city commissioners and the mayor
a Nov. 30 email. "It looked like public housing in some
ghetto, cramming as many buildings and people into as
tight a space as could be allowed," he wrote.
With voters choosing a new mayor and commis-
sioners in the Nov. 6 election, he wrote, "I think we
should take this public sentiment out for a test ride and
stop the jewel of downtown Holmes Beach from being
As he recalls earlier times, Spotts tells how city com-
missioners in 2001 decided to change two lots adjacent

WMFR shares holiday
tree safety tips
Caution is the watch word in holiday decorating.
The long-standing traditions of the Christmas tree,
candles and electric lights increase chances of fire,
according to the West Manatee Fire and Rescue and
the U.S. Fire Administration.
To prevent the ever-popular Christmas tree and
other decorations from catching fire, WMFR and other
fire officials offer the following advice:
Fresh-cut Christmas trees should not be left up
longer than two weeks.
Trees should be kept away from heat sources,
including fireplaces or vents, because the heat further
dries out trees, causing easier ignition.
Trees in stands should be kept filled with water.
Only nonflammable decorations should be
No more than three strands together unless oth-
erwise indicated safe.
Strings of lights should be connected to an exten-
sion cord before it's plugged into an outlet.
Lit candles should be avoided. Consider using
battery-operated, flameless candles.
Christmas trees and other holiday decorations
should be kept from blocking access to exits.
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to his home from residential to commercial zoning.
He remembers telling the commission then, "You're
putting money into (the developers') pockets and taking
it out of mine," and one commissioner responded, "You
make a great argument, Spotts, but we're going ahead
Spotts and other Sunrise Lane property owners Dan
and Tina Howe sued the city of Holmes Beach in July
2001 for its site plan approval and the rezoning, and in
the same year, settled with its first developer, Carlingford
Development Company, for a revised site plan.
Spotts and the Howes dismissed the lawsuit with a
settlement agreement that granted them deed restrictions
to curtail future nuisances, rezoning and expansion. It
also required the developer to make site plan changes,
including prohibiting outdoor dining and beverage ser-
vice and outdoor music, except for special events with
24-hour notice to them, and limits on the hours of use at
the development's swimming pools.
Other requirements, according to the settlement
agreement, included a 50-foot setback for one Tidemark
building, construction of a 6-foot concrete block stucco
wall along the easternmost side of Sunrise Lane, a con-
tinuous vegetative screen of cedar trees, and a 4-foot high
sound baffling between the pool area and boat basin.
While there's uncertainty about what is enforceable
today, Spotts maintains his concerns over parking, traffic
and noise issues.
And in his recent email, Spotts points out a section
in the city's land development code that requires the city
to rescind the approval of the special exceptions due to

Peaceful '
greetings -
The city of
Holmes Beach
Public Works
raises a holi-
day "Peace"
sign Nov. 29 at
55th Street and
Holmes Boule- '
vard as part of its a
streetside holiday
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"Why should they get exemptions when everyone
else has to play by the rules," Spotts says.
And, when asked what he'd rather see the property
used for, he went for a home run over the 20-foot Aus-
tralian pines, saying, "I'd like to see a moratorium on it,
and the city buy it as a park."

HB car fire damages home
A car fire in Holmes Beach during the early morn-
ing hours of Dec. 15 resulted in more than $100,000 in
damage to a car, carport and home in the 600 block of
Dundee Lane on Key Royale, according to West Manatee
Battalion Chief Richard Jasinski.
No one was injured. The two occupants of the home
were alerted by a smoke detector and evacuated.
The fire started in a late model Acura parked in the
driveway, spread to a carport and into the house at about
3 a.m., according to Jasinski. The vehicle was determined
to be a complete loss.
"Crews got there within three minutes of the call
coming in and put it out within one minute," he said. "It
spread quickly because of the close quarters."
Nine firefighters extinguished the fire with two fire
trucks and one engine at the scene.
The home had a new hurricane garage door, which
slowed down the fire somewhat, according to Jasinski's
The cause of the fire is remains under investiga-

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Yes, it's nearly Christmas
As we wind down to Christmas, just a week to go
and, while next week's dateline is Dec. 26, in order for
Islander staff to celebrate the holiday with their families,
the newspaper will arrive early to homes, racks and
businesses overnight Sunday and Monday.
Your "best news" will arrive just in time for you to
check out the local advertising and do some last-minute
LOCAL shopping for holiday gifts.
Sorry, shameless plug. But our advertisers and all
the local businesses in our area mom-and-pop shops
mostly and even their local suppliers, artists and crafters
- have far more appeal in their offerings than big-box
stores and deserve the boost in their cash registers.
In the spirit of the holiday, The Islander will again
sponsor the Where's Woody local artists sidewalk sale
in the Island Shopping Center. For a little history, the
event became an annual Christmas effort when the city
of Anna Maria shut down then-resident artist Woody
Candish for lack of an (expensive) special event permit
to host a yard sale at this home.
It seems a jealous shop owner in the city was upset
over Woody gathering his artist friends at his home to
sell their works directly to holiday shoppers.
Which led Woody to the newspaper, asking, "What
can I do?"
Which led us to say, "Have the sale here."
And Woody's artist friends and their artist friends
and our artist friends and members of the Guild Gallery
and other art organizations joined us.
There's no fee to the artists, of course, and they
offer unique gifts and exceptional bargains, and bring
traffic to the stores in the center.
It's a win-win.
It wouldn't be a holiday without Woody's sale in
the nick of time for gift-giving.
And what about Woody? The first couple of years
he brought sculptures to sell, and then he only came to
say hello. And then he moved to the Village of the Arts
and we see less and less of him.
But you can come and say, "Merry Christmas."
After all the fun events in all three cities and the
Anna Maria Island Privateers parade and party, this will
be a day to wish your neighbors a happy holiday and
pass some time and shop.
It's 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, and all around us on the sidewalk.
In view of world events tragedy for so many
in a small town in Connecticut we have much to be
thankful for on Anna Maria Island.
We wish you all glad tidings. Hug your loved ones
and remember those less fortunate in your hearts.
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S society awards Islander
-iwinners at
,I Studio
Nancy Colby stands by Headlines from the Dec. 18, 2002,
her first-place winner, issue of The Islander
"Purple Pedigree," in
Sthe Florida Suncoast Holmes Beach Commissioner Roger Lutz called
Watercolor Society the proposed interlocal ~agiInit nt itll Ii L.iiilee County
i i. signature show at the regarding the proposed skate park in the city a "sham."
Studio at Gulf and Lutz said all the county is required to do is pay $5,000.
Pine, 10101 Gulf There also were a number of ambiguities in the agree-
Drive, Anna Maria. ment, Lutz said, but the motion to accept the agreement
Islander Photos.: Edna passed the commission 4-1.
Tiemann A group of seven Anna Maria residents said they
____ formed the Residential Community Association of Anna
Maria to help the city commission accomplish goals and
solve problems, rather than hinder its progress. Orga-
nizer Duke Miller said parking would be the focal point
J he / .... t. E to start the association. Miller said his group opposes
S ,,, ..,,public parking on residential streets.
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State of Tourism: locally strong despite economy

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
"You have done exceptionally well despite the econ-
omy," said Walter Klages of Data Research Services,
who presented a State of Tourism report to the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council Dec. 10, at Bra-
denton Beach City Hall.
"The reality of the economy is not exciting," said
Klages. "At best, it's luii'in through very rough waters.
Unfortunately, the recovery is slow. There is no inflation
yet, but if you go into the grocery store, you probably
have a different opinion and gas prices are so volatile no
one can predict prices for tomorrow."
Despite a li.'.'lini' economy, Klages reported
increased tourism throughout the county, especially on
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
Through 2012, visitation to the county was up 9.9
percent from 2011, and the total economic impact to the
area was up 12.9 percent. Occupancy in area hotels was
up 8 percent.
Visitor origin was up across the board, especially
from Europe. Klages said European visitors to the county
rose by 23.3 percent in 2012. European visitors to the area
in 2011 were 53,296 compared to 65,720 this year.
Florida and Midwest visitors remain the highest per-
centage of visitors, accounting for more than 100,000
people from each area.
"What is most impressive of all is how well we have
marketed into the off-season," said Klages. "There's no
secret in marketing the high season. The trick is driving
the other side of the shoulder."
Klages said the sports marketing effort in the county
is paying dividends.
"It's the sports market that has been the key to driv-

-Walter Klages of
Data Research
Services updates
the Manatee County
Tourist Development
Council on the State
of Tourism for 2012.
Islander Photo: Mark

Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid
McClellan and chairman Thomas Hovanec address the
Manatee County Tourist Development Council during
a Dec. 10 meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall in an
attempt to gain support for the 2013 Sandblast compe-
tition canceled in 2012. Islander Photo: Mark Young

ing those numbers in the off-season," he said. "It's been
a fabulous year in spite of the economy."
Bradenton Area Sports Commissioner Joe Pickett
told the TDC board he is "very excited about where
we've been and where we are going, as we continue to
Pickett said it's important to understand the value of
sports, youth sports in particular, "because sports isn't
going to go away."
And in Manatee County, the effort is to attract a vari-
ety of sporting events. Pickett said the county offers a
"totally balanced sports schedule."
Baseball and soccer represent the two largest cat-
egories making up 40 percent of events recruited by the
sports commission.
The remainder of the events recruited are from a
variety of sports from softball to bowling.
"For the most part, we are a youth type sports area,"
said Pickett. "We have 84 events secured for 2013 and
we have already secured 64 events for 2014. We also are
already booking events into 2017."
Pickett said the county should understand its weak-

nesses, too.
"Some of our weaknesses include transportation
issues, more team-suited hotels and our BASC budget,"
he said. "We just lost a bid to Polk County that we worked
on for 18 months because of transportation. It's our No.
1 factor for losing bids."
Pickett did have good news. Manatee County will
host the baseball Travel Ball Select World Series in
"And US Soccer will see a lot more things going for-
ward, and the same with USL Soccer," he said. l'ii ling
also has had a tremendous impact to our communities."
TDC vice chair and local businessman David Teitel-
baum said he would like to see TDC be more proactive
in assisting BASC with securing bids on events to make
Manatee County more competitive.
The bi.''.I sporting news came from Elliott Fal-
cione, who announced the effort to secure the 2017 Inter-
national Rowing Federation world championship took
another positive step forward.
"Manatee County was well represented when we met
with the federation in Switzerland," said Falcione. "The
U.S. rowing director joined us."
Falcione said the event would draw competitors from
more than 100 countries, "So this isn't a Manatee County
or Sarasota County event, this is a USA event."
The United States has not hosted a FISA world-
rowing championship event since the 1990s, so "FISA
is ready to have this in the U.S., and we are as well."
He said test events are planned in 2015 and 2016.
"This is a branding opportunity that our aquatics
center can host a major world event," he said.
Hotel space remains a concern, but Falcione said,
with events such as this, "the hotels will come. This is
an eight-day event, so hoteliers will gain 500 rooms by
2015 or no later than 2016."
He expects a minimum of 2,000 hotel rooms will be
needed for the eight days of the world championship.
Falcione said he would address the TDC again to
discuss a travel budget for as efforts to secure the FISA
world championship continues.
"Some of us will have to go to South Korea for the
championships, because they will award the 2017 games
there," he said, and we will need to be there to accept.



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Holmes Beach commissioners set LAR limits in motion

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners tasked their plan-
ner to take the first stab at writing an ordinance to limit
construction to a .34 living area ratio in the Residential-2
zoning district after they reach a consensus to forge ahead
on the new building scheme.
At a Dec. 13 work session, each commissioner -
with the exception of Commissioner David Zaccagnino
- agreed to a .34 ratio as supported by city planner Bill
Brisson's report on oversized dwellings and associated
problems in the R-2 district.
The LAR ordinance will change the land develop-
ment code to restrict the square footage of homes in pro-
portion to lot sizes.
Zaccagnino agreed with imposing a LAR to address
oversized houses, parking, trash and noise issues that
started in his Avenue E neighborhood, but noted there
are fewer small homes due to lack of a market or profit.
"There's a happy medium in there. To me I think that
happy medium is between .35-.45."
He favored a mixture of opportunities for builders
and architects to design within a general concept like
LAR. In September, Zaccagnino favored a .30 ratio.
Brisson of LaRue Planning & Management Services
updated commissioners with his Dec. 12 report on the
R-2 district. He said while the LAR recommendations
were the same as reported in a Sept. 20 memorandum,
the new report contained data adjustments based on the
county property appraiser's office research and changes
resulting from a legal review.
Brisson also spoke to three setback issues and recom-
mendations from his research on the daylight plane and
wedding cake land planning concepts.
On the three setback issues, Brisson said he did not
recommend any further study, but rather that the city
clarify misinterpretations and stop misapplication of the
code with ordinance or policy changes.
On whether one or two 20-foot front yard setbacks
should be permitted on corner lots, he recommended the
commission change its code to clarify the issue.

Brisson said the intent of the code when he wrote it
was to require front-yard setbacks on the primary streets
because they were expected to carry more traffic.
He suggested a policy to stop allowing open porches
and similar structures to encroach in setbacks.
On elevator shafts encroachments into setbacks, he
called the past interpretation "off-the-wall," and agreed
with a former public works superintendent Joe Duennes'
policy to eliminate such future encroachments.
As far as daylight plane and wedding cake concepts
to stop construction of large infill homes from dwarfing
smaller homes, he discouraged the daylight plane con-
cept, calling it a "complex issue," workable only if tai-
lored to a community by staff planners and architects.
Brisson said the wedding cake setbacks are easier to
implement, adding they could "give you more light and
air" between buildings. As previously proposed in July by
Duennes, the concept would give additional setbacks of five
feet for a second story and three feet for a third story.
Commissioner Judy Titsworth asked Brisson how the
city could promote "a story and a half." She described
the design as living space over a garage and a porch six
steps up from ground level.
Brisson asked Titsworth to send him pictures, and
he'd look into it.
Titsworth also asked Brisson, "In your opinion, which
do you like better, the wedding cake or the LAR?"
\\.Idduing cake is really more flexible and doesn't
reduce the building size so much," he replied, but added
that the two concepts could be used together.
Zaccagnino favored a mixture of housing. He said
LAR would give builders and architects the opportunity


to freely design.
\ly feeling is you start putting more and more
restrictions on things, we're going to end up with more
monolith structures or just wedding cake designs," he
Commission Chair Jean Peelen asked Brisson to pro-
vide a draft LAR ordinance for the commission meet-
ing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, after press time for The

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mobile home clubhouse party Dec. 3 in Cortez. Goush
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friends. She was born Dec. 3, 1922, in Clinton, Mo.
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Organizers of the
Cortez Commercial
IFishing Festival are
seeking volunteers
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which takes place Feb.
16-17 in the historic
fishing village. The
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volunteers this year.
Last year 's crowd
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enjoy the atmosphere,
food and music.
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Volunteers needed for 2013 Cortez

Commercial Fishing Festival

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
From its 1981 humble beginnings with about 500
attendees, to the modem day Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival that draws an estimated 25,000 people, preparing
and putting on the annual event takes many dedicated
And more volunteers are needed for the 2013 festi-
val, which launches Feb. 16-17.
According to Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage festival committee chair Linda Molto, volunteers are
needed to staff ticket booths, T-shirt booths, the informa-
tion tent and parking lots, and as runners, people who
check areas of the festival for supply needs.
Molto said FISH is offering volunteers something
new this year.
"This year, for the first time, volunteers will be given
a choice of $10 in food tickets or a festival T-shirt as a
thank-you gift," she said.
But the real reward, she said, is a volunteer knows
they are helping FISH achieve its important goals.
The festival is the primary FISH fundraiser that pur-

Clancy's plunges into 2013
with Shamrock Shiver
The fifth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge
will take place at noon Jan. 1.
Clancy's Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton, is
organizing the annual trek to the beach for the New Year's
Day wade into the chilly waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The plunge some will swim, some will dance,
some will barely step in the Gulf will take place in Bra-
denton Beach near Gulf Drive and 12th Street South.
The post-plunge party will take place at Clancy's and
feature door prizes, refreshments and music by the Jack
Tamburin Band.
The event will benefit Caring for Children Charities,
an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged chil-
dren in Manatee and Sarasota counties. To date, the shiver
has raised more than $80,000 for Caring for Children.
For more information, call 941-794-2489.

Island Library offers
'tween' book club
The Manatee County Public Library System has
started a series of book clubs for "tween" readers ages
8-12, including an island club. Each month, the Mana-
Tween Book Club will explore a book, meeting for an
hour at a local library.
The meeting schedule in 2013 includes:
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, first Wednesday,
Central Library, third Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Braden River Library, first Thursday, 6 p.m.
Palmetto Library, second Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Rocky Bluff Library, second Wednesday, 6 p.m.
South Manatee Library, first Thursday, 6 p.m.
For more information, call the main library at 941-
748-5555, ext. 6318, or go online to www.mymanatee.

chased the 95 acres of preserve land to buffer the village
from development, and proceeds now benefit the orga-
nization's effort to rehabilitate the preserve, as well as
efforts to preserve the historic fishing village's way of
"This is a busy event, but we always stress that our
crews have fun," said Molto. "Smiles are contagious."
This year's festival motto is, "Better fish to fry."
Each year, student artists of all skill levels are
encouraged to submit an illustration to be used as the
festival's official artwork in advertising and on products
such as T-shirts. Almost 60 artists from Manatee County
high schools and college students have submitted their
A student's work from the State College of Florida
has been selected for this year's festival, but Molto isn't
telling whose work until the official release of the logo
takes place in January.
To volunteer for the festival, email Molto at vil-
lagelady27@verizon.net or call and leave a message
with contact information at the FISH office at 941-254-

Apast A1-iii,., 'A i 1, plunge, celebrating the new
year and raising money for Caring for Children Chari-
ties. Islander File Photo

Astronomy club invites
island stargazers
The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, Manatee-
Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will station
telescopes at Holmes Beach city field at sunset Saturday,
Dec. 22, for island stargazers.
The group's calendar for 2013 includes stargazing
Jan. 19 and April 20 on Lakewood Ranch's Main Street,
Feb. 16 and May 18 at Riverview High School in Sara-
sota and March 16 in Holmes Beach.
Participation is free.
For more information, call Brian Hawkes at 941-342-
9632 or go online to www.lgdso.com.

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Home chefs dominate mac 'n' cheese

challenge on
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Home chefs holding up ribbons even the occa-
sional blue one at the Bridge Street Market food
challenges isn't uncommon, but at the Dec. 2 mac 'n'
cheese challenge it was home chefs taking the top two
The first Sunday of every month, the market plays
host to a food challenge designed to raise money for
local charities and give marketgoers a taste of local
For a $5 donation, participants taste all of the
entries and vote on their favorite.
Home chef Kim Batchhelder claimed the blue
ribbon and bl.-'i.i' i _ll, for the mac 'n' cheese chal-
lenge, an event that started last year and has quickly
become a foodie favorite.
Jake Spooner claimed second place and Island
Time Bar and Grill was the only local restaurant to
claim a ribbon with third place. Enzio Piccione of
Island Time was on hand to accept his prize. He won
the event last year.
Eight local restaurants and home chefs vied for
bl.'inI' rights. Displaying their flavors side by side
with the eventual winners were Banana Cabana Carib-
bean Grille, The Back Alley, BridgeTender Inn and
Dockside Bar and Island Gourmet Grill.
Market manager Melissa Enders said it was good
to see the home chefs representing themselves well
among the chefs of local eateries.
"The best part was the top two are not affiliated
with local restaurants," she said. I \'.),>tl. really
stepped the competition up this year. Island Time had
mac n' cheese in an ice cream cone. There was lobster
mac 'n' cheese, as well, but it was the traditional style
mac 'n' cheese dishes that won the day."
The real winners are the charities, however, and
this year's beneficiary of the mac 'n' cheese challenge
is Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, operated by
Islander newspaper office manager Lisa Williams.
The event raised more than $300 for Moonracer,
which will help the Moonracer pay veterinarian bills
to get sick animals healthy and ready for adoption to
forever homes.
"I chose Moonracer because I have great respect
for what Lisa does," said Enders. "Anyway I can help
animals I'm up for the challenge because I can't adopt

Local Democrats
celebrating inauguration
Local Democrats will celebrate the inauration of
President Barack Obama with a brunch, 10:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Longboat Key Club and
Resort, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, Longboat
The celebration in the Harbourside Dining Room is
being organized by the Longboat Key Democratic Club
and will include a screening of the live ceremonies from
Washington, D.C.
The brunch costs $26.
For more information or reservations, call Jane
Albaum at 941-362-0520.

BeachHouse booms in
to 2013 with fireworks
Fireworks will return to the sky over the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The fireworks will go off after the New Year's Eve
countdown to midnight and the arrival of the new year.
The public fireworks show is part of the restaurant's 19th
annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza, which features
a dinner buffet, dancing, music by DJ Chuck C, party
favors, Champagne and good seats for the fireworks.
The BeachHouse will take reservations for indoors
and open seating will be an option on the waterfront deck.
The restaurant's party will start at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec.
31. For more information, call 941-779-2222.

Bridge Street
them all myself."
Moonracer is a weekly market participant with a
market booth every Sunday.
"She's here every Sunday working hard to find
forever homes for some furry friends," said Enders.
"These furry friends especially need our help because
they were about to lose their lives if it wasn't for Lisa.
They were all in the pound before Lisa scooped them
up and gave them a second chance. It's why I person-
ally love Moonracer."
Enders said the Jan. 6 food challenge will raise
money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
She is considering either a chowder or a gumbo chal-
lenge, but is still working out the details.
Enders said the weekly markets are doing well,
but traffic appears to be slower than last year.
"We are trying to reach out to the locals and tour-
ists before the holidays to buy their Christmas gifts
locally," she said.

winners of me mac n cheese jooa challenge at tme
Bridge Street Market are second place Jake Spooner,
first place Kim Batchelder and, representing Island
Time Bar and Grill, third place Enzio Piccione.
Money raised benefits Moonracer No Kill Animal
Rescue. Islander Courtesy Photo

St. B's CCW cruising
from Tampa
The St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women will
sponsor Cruise into the New Year III, a cruise aboard
Holland America's Ryndam, Jan. 20-27.
The cruise will depart from Tampa for Key West;
Roatan, Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; and Costa
Maya, Mexico.
The CCW, which meets at the church on the second
Tuesday of each month September through May, has
organized bus transportation from Holmes Beach to Hol-
land's port in Tampa.
For more information, contact Barbara Murphy at
941-228-2916 or barbara@travelnowllc.com.

Museum selling ornaments
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, is selling holiday ornaments
featuring images of the old Anna Maria city jail and other
island landmarks.
The museum also is selling T-shirts, magnets and
island histories for the holidays.
For more information, visit the museum Tuesday-
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or call the museum, 941-778-

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Wednesday, Dec. 19
Noon -Anna Maria Garden Club meeting, Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-

Thursday, Dec. 20
10 a.m.- Island book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341

Friday, Dec. 21
First day of winter.

Saturday, Dec. 22
1 p.m. Teen winter crafts, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.- Where's Woody art and yard sale, The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
Sunset Stargazing, Local Group of Deep Sky Observers,
Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-342-9632.

Sunday, Dec. 23
Shop local. Buy local. Dine local.

Monday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Wednesday, Dec. 26
Kwanzaa begins.

Through Jan. 6, "Waist Watchers: The Musical," by Alan
Jacobsen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization,
Ramada Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Infor-
mation: 941-363-1727.
Through 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-
tion: 941-778-1541.
First Wednesdays, beginning in January, Mana-Tween Book
Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

At sunset Dec. 22, the Local Group of Deep Sky
Observers will set up telescopesfor stargazers at
Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy LGDSO

Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1541.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may
apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations
requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open
house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
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, 4515123rd St. W., Cortez. Informa-
tion: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club
lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-

denton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Manatee Players presents "Two on Tap,"
502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Dec. 31, midnight, New Year's Eve fireworks at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, N., Bradenton Beach.
Jan. 1, New Year's Day.
Jan. 10, 2 p.m. Friends of the Island Library lecture and
travel series presents Chuck Sidlow, a performer with Circus Sara-
sota, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Jan. 12, 2-4 p.m.- Friends of the Island Library host a 30th
anniversary celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Jan. 17, 8 p.m. The Island Players' opening of "A Little
Murder Never Hurt Anybody," which continues through Feb. 3, Island
Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

Save the date
Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach.
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Feb. 14, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Sweethearts big
band dance benefiting Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Calendar announcements
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday before publication.

The Islander hosts Where's
Woody art, yard sale
The Islander and local artist Woody Candish will
again host an annual pre-holiday art and yard sale at the
Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
The event, offering local quality art at bargain
prices in time for last-minute holiday gifting, will take
place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, outside The
Islander and other center shops. The featured artist will
be Linda Molto of Cortez.
Artists are invited to have a booth or table at the
sale they need only register, which is free, with The
To participate as an artist, contact Lisa Williams
at The Islander, 941-778-7978, lisaw@islander.org, or
stop by the office.

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De Soto memorial hosts Winter Luminary Walk
LEFT AND BELOW: De Soto National Memorial in northwest Bradenton cel-
ebrated the season with thousands of luminaries Dec. 15for a walk through the
park where guests found "re-enactors" telling stories of how the Spanish and
Native Americans celebrated winters on Florida's Gulf Coast. They also were
entertained by Native American musician Juan R. Leon on the flute and solo
violinist Amberly Waterman of Holmes Beach playing traditional European
melodies. Other entertainment included the Manatee High School Chamber
Orchestra performing seasonalfavorites, State Road 64 playing bluegrass and
more. The national park is at 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann

Bay Hollow women ring in holidays
Decked in red hat finery, women from the Bay Hollow condominiums in Cortez
celebrate their 10-year anniversary and the holidays with a Christmas tea at
the Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. They are Kathy Doddridge, from left, Gloria King, Carol Berg, Linda
Brown, Missie Brown, Jeri Zayak, Vice-Queen-Carolyn Tojek, Carolynn Johns,
Mary Breaux, Betsy Lawless, Linda Barrett, Queen-Lorri Gibson, Pat Droster
and Carol Boos. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jeff Brown

Art league offers playshops for kids, adults

Local artist Tammy Barrons is leading a series
of "playshops" for children and adults at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
The schedule includes:
Block Printing for children, 10 a.m., Wednesday,
Dec. 19, with instruction on carving a block to print
cards, shirts, bags and other items. Enrollment is $68
for members, $84 for non-members and includes mate-
Girls Night 'In' Classy Collage for adults, 7 p.m.,
Friday Dec. 21, with instruction in scrapbooking, fram-

ing and album collages. Enrollment is $54 for mem-
bers, $70 for non-members.
Monotype Printmaking for adults, 2 p.m., Satur-
day, Dec. 22. Enrollment is $54 for members, $70 for
non-members and includes materials.
Monotype Printmaking for children, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27, and 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4. Enroll-
ment is $38 for members, $54 for non-members and
includes materials.
Paper-hat making for children, 10 a.m., Thursday
Dec. 27, and 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4. Enrollment for one
session is $38 for members, $54 for non-members and

includes materials. Combine the printmaking and hat
playshops for a discounted price.
Girls Night 'In' for adults, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec.
28, with instruction in "shrink plastic" and making
jewelry. Enrollment is $54 for members, $70 for non-
members and includes materials,
Paper making for adults, 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec.
29. Enrollment is $54 for members, $79 for non-mem-
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Artspace encourages creative visions in Anna Maria

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Dreams do come true. She had a vision. She put it to
paper, and voila, it came to be.
To hear Deborah Webster's story now owner of
Artspace, a studio of artists located above the post office
in Anna Maria is to believe it.
An art teacher for 30 years in Schenectady, N.Y., she
and her and husband, Lex Halakan, a health teacher in
Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and now top golfer at the Key
Royale Club, first came to Anna Maria Island as visi-
They moved here full-time a year ago and, with artists
Joanne Taylor Brown and Rita Payne, opened their studio
and a gallery where they've worked and held classes and
shows Recycled Art for the grand opening in March,
and Black & White in November in conjunction with
Also with Artspace, Webster organized small group
trips to Asolo Repertory Theatre to see "Red," a play
about painter Mark Rothko, as well as the St. Petersburg
Clay and Morean Art Center.
Artspace is planning another show at the gallery, an
Artspace Challenge, in March 2013, as well as trips to
Naples and Sarasota cultural destinations.
Webster's inspiration to start Artspace took root in
2004 when she promoted visioning books at her school.
She encouraged her students "to put yourself there"
- wherever it was they wanted to be as they created
books, cutting out magazine pictures, illustrating and
writing about their dreams. She added to the challenge
by advising them to pretend they'd just received a very
large check to help their dreams come true.
Webster, too, started her vision book in 2004.
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relaxing and strolling.
"And then, I didn't even know this place existed,"
she said.
Her dream evolved, she said. She wanted to travel to
Australia to study aboriginal art, learn from the Outback
and explore the Great Barrier Reef.
She pasted pictures of kangaroos, koalas and Aus-
tralia's coastline in her book.
Her teaching career took her in 2006 to a residency
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aged to apply for a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. The pres-
tigious program is operated by the U.S. Department of
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and showcase differ-
ent medium, styles and
forms. Islander Photos:
Kathy Prucnell

like Malaysia and Egypt, but that was not her vision. She
put aside the application.
Her mentor again prompted her to pick up the Ful-
bright application before the deadline. She did. As she
was about to settle on Egypt and write an essay, a notice
flashed across her computer screen: "We're sorry to tell
you but Egypt's no longer available, we're replacing it
with Australia."
"I said, 'Omigosh,"' she gasped. "That means I'm
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Then in 2007, back in New York, she recalled, "One
day Lex and I were sitting in the dark in the cold weather
in New York and we got the mail. There was a big enve-
lope. I started to tear into it, thinking it was advertising.
Lex said, don't tear it, open it up."
"It said, 'Congratulations you won a Fulbright,"' she
said. "It covered i \ ) Ilinll I traveled all over Austra-
She spent the summer studying in Sydney's muse-
ums, and on a guided Outback excursion, learning from
aboriginal artists in their natural surroundings as she
watched them make their "dot" art.
"And actually, that is how I came to this style," Web-
ster said, pointing to her current work. "It's all about
movement. They use little dots. I use little pieces," she
said of her mixed media style that combines small pieces
of handmade papers with oils, glass beads and other recy-
cled objects.
After sharing her experience with a lesson plan in her
high school and publishing a booklet, Webster's visioning
and art came to Anna Maria.
She stumbled upon the space above the post office,
once a marine artifact shop that had been vacant for sev-
eral years.
"Then, when we moved here we had all this stuff in
boxes," and Webster again opened her visioning books.
And, according to her 2004 vision book, this was the
very space she envisioned: a studio with 15-foot ceilings,
French doors that opened to a garden off a balcony and
brick patio exactly what is now Artspace.
"I wrote this in 2004. And this is 2012. It came true
and I didn't even remember it was in there," she said.
"It just happened," she added.

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Artspace offers classes
Artspace offers daytime classes, evening work-
shops and Learn-to-Draw lessons at 101 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria, above the city's post office,
some free and some for a fee, and also offers drop-
in prices for attendance.
Every Wednesday afternoon, gallery owner Debo-
rah Webster opens Artspace to anyone looking to learn
to sketch.
"In three easy lessons, I can teach you to draw
anm\ 1inei." said the former high school art teacher.
Daytime classes begin in January for all skill
In Sandy Toes, 7-9 a.m. Tuesday and 6-8 p.m.
Friday, instructor Alexandra Lillis combines painting
outdoors with composition, perspective, light and color
In Palettes in Paradise, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3
p.m. on Tuesdays, Lillis guides students through color
media, care and maintenance of tools while creating
works of art.
And with Creative Artists, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3
p.m. on Fridays, Lillis teaches landscapes, portraits,

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Art League 25th annual Win-
terfest Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Festival announced Linda
Molto's silk-screen print "The Safety Meeting" as the
best of show, nine other category winners and "Young at
Art" awards.
Molto of Cortez described her winning silkscreen
print in the graphics category as "fairly abstract," but
with realistic elements. The title for the piece came from
young people who said it looked like a safe and "an inside
joke here in Cortez," she said.
Emma Thurgood of the Art Center Sarasota was the
judge of the Dec. 8-9 event at the Holmes Beach city
field, which also awarded the following:
Awards of Distinction and $250 prizes to Brian
Shope for "Cantilevered Leaf" in the wood category;
Thomas Petro "Lifeguard" in the oil/acrylic category;
Mina Heuslein for "Lantana Covered Bowl" in the pot-
tery category and Ward and Sandy Siegler for "The Mer-
maid" in the jewelry category.
Awards of Merit and $100 prizes to Ron Deel for
"Scarlett Shadows" in the oil/acrylic category; Dustin
Cole for "Sailfish Chasing Lure" in the wood category;
Kathryn Nidy-Cukier for "Butterfly Kisses Single Swal-
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illustrations and more to all skill levels.
Materials for the daytime classes can be purchased
at the studio.
Workshops, beginning in January, will be avail-
able upon request to groups or private parties at a
per-person fee that includes materials. Topics include
vision boards, palette-knife painting and mixed-media
art forms.
For more information, call 941-243-3835 or email
Webster at info@artspaceannamaria.com.

Artspace collects for FELT
Artspace is sponsoring a food and art supply drive
for Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Manatee County's
weekend backpack program to feed homeless children,
in time to add to FELT's holiday food packages.
Donations of new boxes of crayons and coloring/
activity books and food in individual-sized packages
can be dropped off at its gallery and studio, 101 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria, above the city's post office, Tues-
day through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for the drive.
For more information, call 941-243-3835 or email
Webster at info@artspaceannamaria.com.

for "Early Morning Light" in the photography category;
and Robin Zimmerman's "Big Bird" in the fiber/paper
"Young at Art" first-place winners: Noe Rodriguez
of the Manatee School for the Arts; Xiomayra Tiaseca
of H.S. Moody Elementary School and Jada Taylor of
Blackburn Elementary; and Nayelie Centeno Figueroa.
"Young at Art" second-place winners: Queenie
Zheng of Manatee School for the Arts; John Duncan of
Tara Elementary; Savannah Nolan of Blackburn Elemen-
tary; Nick Hopkins of Jessie P. Miller Elementary; Placei
Lizzie Noble of Blackburn Elementary.
This year's Winterfest brought mixed reviews as far
as attendance, according to league president and festival
coordinator Laura McGeary. While she said there were
lighter crowds on the second day of the festival, she heard
the event brought in the bipx'.I festival crowds on the
island this year.
"Because of the rough year, overall we felt it was a
success," she said.
Winterfest was the first league-sponsored festival
since the gallery closure due to financial difficulties.
The league's difficulties were blamed on a tough
economy and the temporary loss of its tax-exempt status,
which was reinstated in July.
The next league festival is Springfest, March 9-10.

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Boarding 9-Noon
Day Care
Baths Wednesday
Food & Supplies
24-Hour Eergency
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tradition of
The annual
Bethlehem Walk
begins and ends
at Roser Memo-
rial Community
Church with
the Rev. Gary
Batey presiding
as three kings
arrive bearing
gifts for Mary,
Joseph and baby
Jesus Dec. 15
at Roser fellow-
ship hall, 512
Pine Ave., Anna


Kids carol at LBK
church party
Children sing carols at
the Christ Church of
Longboat Key's annual
Christmas party for
children who show
improvement in reading.
More than 90 children
were treated with a visit
from Santa and dinner
prepared by parishio-
ners and adult "Reading
Buddies" who are paired
with a child in the read-
ing improvement pro-
gram. Islander Courtesy


Solemn onlookers learn there is no room at the innfor
Mary and Joseph to spend the night Dec. 15 during
the Bethlehem Walk at Roser Memorial Community
Church in Anna Maria.

Four generations of Hal Kesyer familyl, including
101-year-young Hal, BJ Love, Rosanne Tennyson
and Emery Vulgan, gather for the Dec. 15 Bethlehem
Walk at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna




December 23 Christmas Sunday Service 10:00 AM
December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7:00 PM

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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 19, 2012 E 17A

Island churches celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas

Christmas will be celebrated islandwide and include
candlelight services, masses and sermons Sunday
through Tuesday, Dec. 23-25.
St. Bernard Catholic Church
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, will celebrate Mass at each service,
including regular services Sunday, Dec. 23.
On Christmas Eve, a children's Mass will be held
at 4 p.m. and midnight Mass will begin at 10 p.m.
On Christmas Day, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services will
be held.
The Rev. Michael Mullen will officiate.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
Christmas Eve candlelight services at 7 p.m. and
10:30 p.m. will be held at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
On Christmas Day, there will be a 9:30 a.m. service
at the church.
The Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin will officiate.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
With worship, carols, candlelight and Holy Com-
munion, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will celebrate
Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at the church,
6608 Marina Drive.
On Christmas Day, worship service will begin at
9:30 a.m.
The Rev. Rosemary W. Backer will preside at the
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
CrossPointe Fellowship
A candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve will
be held to celebrate the holiday at CrossPointe Fellow-

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ship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, according to the
Rev. Ed Moss.
Regular Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
also will celebrate the season, Dec. 23.
There will be no service Dec. 25.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.
Roser Memorial Community Church
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will hold a Christmas Eve candle-
light celebration service and Sing We Now of Christmas
Nativity Pageant at 5:30 p.m., with music by Joyful
Noise children's choir, soloists and ensembles.
At 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, a traditional candlelight
service, will feature "Shepherd Story" and music by the
choir, soloists and ensembles.
On Christmas Day, the church will celebrate at 10
a.m. service in the chapel.
The Rev. Gary A. Batey is the pastor of the nonde-
nominational Christian church.
For more information, call 941-778-0414.
Longboat Island Chapel
The Longboat Island Chapel will feature a candle-
light service at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve at the church,
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
A Sunday worship service will be held at 10 a.m.
Dec. 23, with the Rev. Charlie Shook will preside at the
For more information, call 941-383-6491.
Christ Church of Longboat Key

ABOVE: The hayride at the CrossePointe Fellowship
holiday party Dec. 14fills up with kids and grown-
ups aboard for the ride to the Holiday of Treasures
walk-around at businesses on Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive. LEFT: Carly Kubik, left, and her sister, Sara,
get a hug from Janice 'B,,rr, itfi Behling at the
CrossPointe Fellowship community Christmas party
and hayride Dec. 14 at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

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Island C hopl The Rev. Dr.
Candlelight Service 7:30 p.m.
The Rev. Charlie Shook, Preacher
Refreshments served before and
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6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
941-383-6491 www.longboatislandchapel.org
The Lord's Warehouse Thrift Store: 9-1 Mon., Wed. and Sat.

GloiRhDei Lutlheran Church
S, Pastor Rosemary W. Backer

SCarols, Candlelight &
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7 & 10:30 pm

9:30 am
6608 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach 778-1813
"All are welcome here"

"The Wondrous Gift" will be the Christmas Eve
sermon by the Rev. Bruce W. Porter at a 7 p.m. candle-
light service at the Christ Church of Longboat Key,
6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
At 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, "One Foot in Heaven"
will be Porter's sermon at the church.
There are no Christmas Day services.
For more information, call 941-383-8833.
Harvey Memorial Community Church
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church
Ave., Bradenton Beach, will worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23.
For more information call 941-779-1912 or 727-

Longboat chapel
to hire new minister
The Longboat Island Chapel board of trustees
voted last week to hire new senior minister the Rev.
Vincent Carroll.
The chapel's search committee spent several
S months interviewing applicants, and
chose Carroll to recommend to the
congregation. He has been a guest
preacher at the chapel's Sunday ser-
vices over the past several months,
and will continue speaking through
Carroll December.
Carroll is a summer pastor at
The Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island in Mich-
igan. He lives with his wife, Molly, in Sarasota.
The congregation will vote following worship
Jan. 13 the 57th anniversary of the church's first
service at its current location, 5144 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, to accept Carroll.
For 27 years, Carroll served in the Navy Chap-
lain Corps, with assignments in Vietnam, on the Car-
rier Lexington, battleship New Jersey and at Camp
David. He was a senior chaplain at the U.S. Naval
Academy and senior chaplain for Navel Forces in
Europe. Before his chaplain military career, Carroll
was assistant pastor of First Presbyterian Church, in
Rochester, Minn.
Carroll attended the University of Iowa; United
Theological Seminary, Minneapolis; Chapman Uni-
versity, Los Angeles; and Claremont School of The-
ology, Claremont, Calif.; with graduate studies at San
Diego State University; Pacific School of Religion,
Berkley, Calif.; Iserlohn Institute, Iserlohn, West Ger-
many and Mansfield College, Oxford University.



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A non-denominational Christian church
Celebrating 100 Years of Service in 2013
Christmas Eve Services: Sanctuary
Monday Dec. 24
5:30 pm Candlelight Celebration Service
Especially for families, but welcoming all ages.
Music by Joyful Noise children's choir,
soloists and ensembles
"Sing We Now of Christmas"
Nativity Pageant
Matthew 2:1-11; Luke 2:1-20; John 3:16-17

9 pm Traditional Candlelight Service
Music by Chancel Choir, Soloists and Ensembles
"Shepherd Story"
Isaiah 40:9-11
Luke 2:8-18; John 10:11-16
10 am Christmas Day Service in the Chapel
512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
www.roserchurch.com 941-778-0414

18A U DEC. 19, 2012 U THE ISLANDER

Plaintiffs to appeal watercraft wrongful death verdict

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
A not-guilty jury verdict in the three-year-old law-
suit waged by the family of a Deltona man who died in
a watercraft accident near a staging area for an artificial
reef project at Longboat Pass at south Coquina Beach
appears headed to yet more litigation.
"We're appealing \ .ti Illini." plaintiff's attorney
Tiffany Faddis of Faddis & Faddis PA of Orlando said
last week.
As one of two attorneys for the personal representa-
tive of Jose H. Medina and Christie L. Soto during the
five-day trial ending Nov. 19, Faddis said an appellate
lawyer has been retained for the appeal in the wrongful
death case.
A week after the verdict, the plaintiff's attorneys
filed motions seeking a new trial and 12th Judicial
Circuit Judge Diana Moreland's recusal from further
An affidavit by Medina's widow claims More-
land deprived her of a fair trial, and listed 17 grounds,
including improper evidentiary rulings as well as anger,
hostility, animosity, disrespect and a demeaning attitude
toward plaintiff's trial attorney Eric H. Faddis.
The recusal motion alleges a "well-founded fear
she will not receive a fair hearing on account of the
bias and prejudice of Judge Moreland against plaintiff
and her counsel."
Earlier this month, Moreland denied Faddis' recusal
A five-day trial, alleging negligence and involv-

Island police blotter

Anna Maria
No new reports.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 6, Cortez Road at Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary.
A complainant reported from Bradenton to the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office that while his vehicle was at the
listed Bradenton Beach location, someone had entered
the vehicle and stole his wallet.
Dec. 10, 118 Bridge St., grand theft. A couple rode
their bicycles to the Sports Lounge and placed them at
a nearby bike rack. When they decided to leave, they

ing admiralty law, ended with a defense verdict that
found no negligence on the part of McMulley Marine
Services Inc. and Pine Island Towing Company. Man-
atee County awarded McCulley Marine Services the
contract for the reef project in May 2009. Pine Island
Towing operated the barge.
The judge dismissed the county from the suit on a
summary judgment motion before the jury was seated
Nov. 13. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the other
defendants, Tug Champion Inc. and captains of the ves-
sels, John W. McCulley, Michael Hollingsworth and
Roland Blakely.
Medina drowned under the barge while attempt-
ing to preserve his disabled personal watercraft July
4, 2009, after he and friends had launched recreational
vessels from Coquina Beach Bayside Park.
The tug and the barge were brought from Marco
Island to Longboat Pass July 3, 2009, and were moored
in the 530-foot channel. It is undisputed that at the time
of the accident, the tug and barge were stationary, and
the personal watercraft was drifting.
The trial included expert and other testimony relat-
ing to admiralty law and an issue about mooring in
narrow parts of the waterway on the day Medina and
friends ventured out on the watercrafts.
The appeal will seek to overturn the jury verdict, as
well as Manatee County's dismissal due to its limited
participation, according to plaintiff's attorney Tiffany
As of The Islander press time, the court had not
ruled on the request for a new trial.

discovered their bikes, valued at $700, were missing.
According to the report, the bikes were not locked.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Dec. 7, 12300 block of Cortez Road West, domestic
disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to a call of a domestic disturbance and made
contact with a man and woman arguing. The deputy
determined no criminal act had occurred, and issued the
couple domestic violence packets.
Nov. 24, 4400 block of 123rd Street West, burglary
Unknown persons gained entry into a locked utility closet
and stole an estimated $300 worth of items.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Holmes Beach
Dec. 3, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, disturbance. A

Holmes Beach Police officer made contact with a man
and woman arguing in front of their residence. The man
said he recently discovered his fiance had been unfaith-
ful and wanted to leave, but the woman refused to give
him the keys to their only vehicle. A friend was called to
pick up the man, who was advised to call HBPD before
returning to collect his belongings. He returned two days
later without first calling HBPD, and the woman who said
she did not want him there called police. Officers stood
by while the man collected his belongings.
Dec. 3, 5337 Gulf Drive, theft. An employee at
Lobstah's Restaurant reported someone had stolen pre-
scription medications from her purse while it was locked
inside the manager's office, but video surveillance had
no clear view of the alleged theft.
Dec. 4, 200 block of North Harbor, trespass warn-
ing. Police responded to a possible disturbance and made
contact with a man sitting in the backyard of a residence.
A female complainant told police the man was her ex-
boyfriend and he was not supposed to be there. The man
was issued a trespass warning.
Dec. 8, 5900 Flotilla Drive, theft. A vendor at
Winterfest reported to police that he had dropped off his
tent with numerous supplies the previous night. When
he arrived the day of the festival his materials, valued
at $1,900, were missing. Police walked the grounds and
found several supplies were undisturbed.
Dec. 8,3000 Gulf Drive, traffic. An HBPD officer
working traffic control at the Christmas parade observed
a vehicle attempting to gain access to the parade route.
The officer stopped the driver and told him to back up, at
which time the vehicle almost hit the officer. The officer
observed the same vehicle attempting to do the same
thing a block from his location. The officer entered his
patrol vehicle and attempted to the stop the driver a few
blocks away. The driver stopped, but then continued for
several more blocks. The officer made contact with the
driver, who appeared to be confused. The driver did not
remember his name or address. A neighbor was even-
tually contacted, who confirmed that the man has been
confused. The officer issued a mandatory driver's license
examination. The neighbor drove the man home.
Dec. 8, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, distur-
bance. Police arrived to find a man and his adult daughter
arguing. The man has recently undergone some mental
evaluations and the daughter had legal control over his
actions. She wanted her father's live-in girlfriend to leave
the home. She did so after police arrived.
Dec. 9, 500 block of 71st Street, vehicle burglary.
Police responded to a complainant who reported someone
had stolen fishing poles from his boat. Police searched

LO AND BEHOLD! By Steven E. Atwood / Edited by Will Shortz

1 [It's gonel]
5 A pop group might
have one on
12 Pouch
15 64 or 1,000
19 Head of a family
20 Woodcutter of
21 Rings
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
stand-up routine?
29 Camouflage
30 Sharpness
31 French wave
32 Pallid
35 Laundry basket of
just colors or just
41 _-Pei (dog breed)
42 Reqmt for certain
graduate studies
44 Get an effort
45 Actress Sommer
46 Wise lawmaker most
likely to be re
51 Miniature

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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?
64 Levels
66 Thrust upward
67 Causing Election
Day delays?
73 Car category
77 Skin growth
78 Negatives
79 Time
80 Mideast capital
81 Dallas player, for
82 Jungle critter
84 Chart indicating the
progression of
darkness after
87 Disturb
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
103 Paintball

107 Voluminous ref
108 Comes by
112 Salsa specification
113 When there might
be a two-for-one
special on ice
cream drinks?
116 Beat in a price war
117 Props for Mr
Monopoly and Mr
118 Make
119 Building support
120 Some printers
121 Curse
122 Mil awards

1 Loan figs
2 Nuuanu Pall Lookout
3 Grp that has held
summit meetings in
Caracas and
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
12 Quarantine
13 Composer Salieri
14 1957 #1 R&B hit for
Chuck Willis
15 Or or nor Abbr

16 "Let good unto
all men" Galatians
6 10
17 Suffice
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
Tyrrhenian Sea
43 Attic's purpose
47 Sport involving
48 Olive
49 Grazing area
50 "Wise" one
51 Patronized, as a
55 Fr title
56 Unyielding
57 Lunatics' outbursts
60 Denver-to
Albuquerque dir
61 Paulo
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
74 Permeate
75 Jewelry chain

76 Turn inside out
80 Separate out
83 Braves'div
84 High-performance
85 Bond girl Adams
86 Given enough to be
88 Out around midday,
89 Emphasize
90 Some car radio

94 B-baller
95 Small rented farms,
in Britain
96 Keep out of sight
97 High, in a way
98 Pay for a hand
101 Terra
102 "Aristotle
Contemplating _
of Homer"
103 Certain bra

104 Legal scholar
105 Quaintly antique
106 German quaff
109 Actress Lupino and
110 Undercover agent
111 Bits and pieces,
eg Abbr
114 "That's itl"
115 Roofing material






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Bustle elected Manatee

County commission chair
The new Manatee County Commission began to
take shape at a Nov. 27 meeting with the election of
Larry Bustle of Palmetto as commission chair. The
commission unanimously voted for him to serve a one-
year term.
Also at the meeting, newly elected County Com-
missioners Betsy Banac at large and Vanessa
Baugh, District 5, were sworn into office.
Commissioner Mike Gallen, District 2, was elected
first vice chair of the board, while Benac was elected
second vice chair. Commissioner John Chappie, Dis-
trict 3, who chaired the commission the past year, was
elected third vice chair.
Commissioners also voted on liaison positions.
Commissioner Carol Whitmore at large was
re-elected chair of the Tourist Development Council
and the Manatee Port Authority. Chappie was voted
first vice chair of the authority, with Gallen and Baugh
second and third vice chairs respectively.
Also re-elected was Commissioner Robin DiSa-
batino, District 4, who remains chair of the Manatee
County Civic Center Authority. Benac will be first vice
chair, with Baugh as second vice chair and Bustle as
third vice chair.
Benac also will serve as chair of the Community
Redevelopment Agency, while Gallen will be vice
Whitmore is a former city commissioner and
mayor of Holmes Beach, and Chappie held the same
seats in Bradenton Beach before election to the county

the surrounding area and discovered the poles had been
thrown into the water.
Dec. 9, 3900 East Bay Drive, suspicious incident.
Customers at Publix called police to report a woman in her
20s was panhandling in front of the store. When people
did not give her money, she screamed obscenities at them.
The suspect left the area before police arrived.
Dec. 9, 2900 block of Avenue B, assist WMFD.
Police assisted West Manatee Fire District firefighters
after a palm tree caught fire. Investigators on the scene
determined Florida Power & Light power lines caused
the tree to catch fire. FP&L was contacted.
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 ',, ,rf's Office.




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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 19, 2012 19A

New Cortez Bridge study to begin

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Transportation will
begin a study in January for a replacement of the Cortez
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion executive director Mike Howe told members of the
Island Transportation and Planning Organization Dec. 10
that the study would take about a year.
He said public meetings will be held after the study's
completion to discuss options, much as they were in 2006,
when the DOT began discussing the possible replacement
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on State Road 64/Mana-
tee Avenue.
The DOT study will look at all possible scenarios
for the bridge on State Road 70/Cortez Road, Howe said,
including cost of a major rehabilitation of the bridge, if
During DOT public meetings in 2009 for a new Anna
Maria Island Bridge, residents gave opinions of the vari-
ous options presented by the DOT. The majority of writ-
ten comments favored a new, two-lane, low-rise bascule

bridge with emergency traffic lanes. The public rejected
a high-rise bridge. The DOT has yet to include the new
bridge in a five-year plan.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy said the
type of bridge is not as important as where the DOT puts
"Right on to Longboat Key," he said tongue-in-
L\ .il) afternoon rush hour, all the Longboat Key
traffic backs up in Bradenton Beach," Shaughnessy
Politicians have discussed a bridge direct from the
mainland to Longboat Key for more than 40 years with-
out success.
The DOT has one bridge project for Anna Maria
Island in its tentative five-year plan for capacity, resur-
facing and bridge projects.
Rehabilitation and repair of the Cortez Bridge for
an estimated $6.1 million is in the plan, but no start date
for construction was listed. The repairs would be for the
bridge and State Road 684/Cortez Road to just west of
127th Street, Cortez.

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20A 0 DEC. 19, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

Surprise school district visit celebrates AME custodian

New to Anna Maria Elementary School this year,
Todd Persinger says he's like "the glue," loves working
with children and it shows.
FromAME's principal to the cafeteria manager, and
now the district it's been recognized.
Persinger is one of four finalists in the EdVantage
Education Award Program chosen by the Manatee County
School District. One will go on to compete in the state-
wide contest that recognizes exemplary teachers and sup-
port staff.
"He's very experienced and extremely friendly," said
AME principal David Marshall, who worked with Pers-
inger while he was principal at Palma Sola Elementary.
Persinger spent 12 years at Palma Sola as head custodian
before coming to AME.
"He's very proactive," Marshall said, adding he
stepped forward when they needed a "Zero the Hero"
for International Peace Day. "He puts himself out there
and does whatever needs to be done."
He's also turned heads by saving the district $6,600
in trash costs this year, according to Marshall and pro-
gram coordinator and Manatee Education Foundation
Development Director Tricia McKay Powers.
Persinger noticed that Waste Pro was picking up

trash from the school daily when the trash bin was not
nearly full. He informed the school district's i i. i *\ and
recycling specialist, and pickups were reduced to twice
a week.
McKay Powers said there will be a March 3 pro-
gram for district winners. A teacher from Manatee County
School District also will be recognized. AME fifth-grade
teacher Heather Nyberg had been in the running until the
most recent cut, Marshall said.
Marshall explained the staff support statewide winner
will be awarded a $5,000 savings account. He expected
the state to announce a winner by the end of the school
Cafeteria manager Annie Mousseau also attests to
Persinger's resourcefulness.
"He thinks of things before you ask for them," she
Persinger previously had worked in car detailing
business, but when his children started school he wanted
to help with whatever Daugherty Elementary School
"I started this for my two kids," he explained. "And
now I have a whole school of kids. I just love being
around them. I feel like I'm kind of the glue."

Anna Maria Island
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EdVantage finalist Todd
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for an interview with the
School district TV program
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Marauders Marty mascot
in Santa attire at the
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Manatee County School District interim superintendent
David Gayler congratulates Anna Maria Elementary
custodian Todd Persinger for being named a district
finalist in the EdVantage Education Awards Program.

AME Calendar
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Tuesday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 7, winter break con-
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Saturday, Jan. 12: Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m.
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School Choice registration

opens in January
Parents can sign children up to attend a school other
than the neighborhood school assigned by the Mana-
tee County School District in the School Choice Open
Enrollment Period.
The choice period begins Tuesday, Jan. 22, and ends
Friday, Feb. 8.
It is the only time the district allows parents to choose
a school without a reason or need.
In the 2012-13 school year, Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School enrolled 94 students who do not live on the
island, including Choice Program students, 36 percent of
its 256-student population, according to AME registrar
Amy Slicker.
AME principal David Marshall invites anyone
interested in the program to tour the school, which has
consistently ranked as an "A" school based on Florida's
Comprehensive Assessment Test.
In 2011-12, the choice program contributed 88 stu-
dents to AME, 30 percent of its 290-student enrollment
that year, according to Daniel Lundeen, district supervi-
sor of student demographics.
Also, last year, the program enabled 10 island chil-
dren to choose an elementary school other than AME.
According to the district, School Choice options can
be important for parents of students who are making the
transition from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten, elemen-
tary school to middle school, or from middle school to
high school.
However, parents must arrange for transportation to
and from the choice school. It is not provided by the
Manatee County public schools offer a variety of
academies, access to international baccalaureate programs
from first to 12th grade, and art and music options.
Approval of School Choice applications is subject to
enrollment capacities and other demographic criteria.
For more information, call 941-708-4971, visit the
district's Parent Information Center, located at 234 Mana-
tee Ave. E., Bradenton, or go online at www.manatee-

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Moose Lodge popularity booms with Gulf views, fun shows

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
In the midst of a major remodel that promises to
enhance the view of the beach from the Bradenton Beach
Moose Lodge 2188, organizers are selling out Las Vegas-
style performances as fast they can schedule them.
Administrator and manager Ernie Casali attributes the
lodge's popularity to ( \ i. fi ling they're doing to enhance
what it offers members incredible food, shows and
new ways to reach the members.
"We started the shows," he added. "This is the first
year we did it this big."
The five tributes three Neil Diamond shows
starring Holmes Beach's Tim McCaig in October and
November and two Elvis Presley shows with Billy C &
His Legends in December were sold out.
More mostly sold out winter shows include Donna
Moore's Diva Legends Show, tributes to Patsy Cline,
Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Matt
and Tanya, entertainment for the Moose Valentine's Day
dinner dance, as well as Del and Gary's Doo-Wop. And
McCaig will return for a Feb. 2 performance.
With the Del and Gary Jan. 26 and March 16 shows,
Casali said, "I sold the first one out in two hours, a second
show in 24 hours, and a third I haven't put out yet."
Each show at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach, translates to increased dinner sales, he said. The

lodge typically serves 40 dinners, but, with entertainment,
the lodge serves up to its 142-seat capacity.
Along with the shows' popularity, there's a backdrop
of climbing membership since the lodge prohibited smok-
ing four years ago. Membership rolls have swelled from
1,700 to 6,000, according to Casali and lodge Gov. Ron
"We can't keep members from signing up they're
coming through the doors on a daily basis," said Casali.
With only 22 parking places, Luckerman said with a
laugh, "Hopefully they don't all come at the same time."
Lunch runs five-six hours on the weekend, and dinner
is served five nights a week.
"People love the emails," Casali says of his regular
announcements to the membership. "And we shake it up. A
lot of the other Moose Lodges, they just have fish fries."
"Our menu is second to none to any restaurant in
town," Casali says, including prime rib, mahi, salmon,
baby back ribs and peel-and-eat shrimp. "We have the
whole nine yards."
Other features attracting members are reasonable
dues and food prices. And there's the Moose's charitable
emphasis, Casali explained.
He said the fraternity including Women of the
Moose donates $100,000 annually to Moose chari-
ties, Mooseheart, a residential child-care facility in the
western suburbs of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a nursing
home and assisted-living center in Orange Park.
Other recipients of Moose donations include Special
Olympics Manatee, Safe Kids, the Anna Maria Island

Community Emergency Response Team, the Salvation
Army and Roser Church food bank.
"We give it away all the time. There's four families
we support at Christmas," Casali said.
"We're doing a lot of things to bring people in. We've
been contracting artists," including island artists, Chad
"Cheeta" Ruis and AnnMarie Nicholas to help with the
Ruis will be painting a mural, "floor to ceiling, top
to bottom" in the front section of the building, he said.
Nicholas already has started her work.
"And we're probably going to contract more. We've
got contractors everywhere," Casali said.
They'll be taking down walls, he explained, "So
when you walk in the front door, all you're going to see
is beach." The dining room will include a new horseshoe-
shaped bar, and new offices will be configured.
"We don't have enough room for duct work and our
electrical and ceiling is too low, so we're going to rip it
all out, and we'll be putting it back new," he said.
While currently there are no plans for more seating
or a second story, the lodge wants to be ready. "We're
making sure the structure is sturdy enough for two
Along with all the new activities, the membership is
changing, Casali said.
"Ten years ago, the age was much higher here," he
said, adding the Moose is now attracting working people
in their 40s and 50s with children. "We even have a kids
menu now.

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Brawn-BeachHouse competition benefits Hope services

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
In discussing domestic violence against women,
actress Nicole Kidman once said, "This is an appalling
human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible
and under-recognized pandemics of our time."
From community grassroots groups, to state and
federally-funded organizations, an awareness and sup-
port effort has been under way for years to bring out of
the darkness the light of truth about domestic violence.
While the public is becoming more exposed to the
suffering of women, children and some men, the struggle
continues in reaching the victims of domestic violence,
who often are caught in a cycle of abuse that becomes
their normal.
According to Hope Family Services executive direc-
tor Laurel Lynch, research has shown that 95 percent
of domestic violence homicide victims in Florida never
reached out for the help available to them.
Hope Family Services, in Bradenton, offers emer-
gency safe shelter, counseling, prevention programs,
safety planning and more.
The Dec. 9 second annual Brawn on the Beach
strongman competition next to the BeachHouse Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach was a benefit to raise money
for the organization that offers its services to domestic
violence victims free and is confidential.
"The money this event raises is incredible and obvi-
ously, the more money we have the more good we can
do," said Lynch. "However, the whole notion is aware-
ness. Awareness in reaching the victims, and also to
change the perspective that people being victimized by
domestic violence are somehow weak."
Lynch said the psychology of becoming caught in an
abusive relationship runs much deeper than what is on
the surface.
"We can help," she said. "But when you look at 95
percent of Florida homicide victims in domestic violence
never reach out for help, then we must continue to raise
awareness and find ways to reach out to them."
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vied for bl,.--in- rights, medals and cash prizes in gruel-
ing competition with one another, but the real winners
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selves from abuse.
"Last year we raised almost $7,000 and we hope to
do at least the same this year," said BeachHouse Restau-
rant general manager Rebecca Shannon before Sunday's
The BeachHouse and City Fitness of Bradenton were
the primary sponsors of the event, which feature multiple
partner sponsors and drew hundreds of spectators.
Shannon said the concept started with a simple con-
versation with a member of City Fitness.
"We were discussing domestic violence and we then
talked to Ian Harrison at City Fitness and he mentioned
that we should do a strongman competition," said Shan-
non, who noted she brought the idea to BeachHouse
owner Ed Chiles.
"We became associated with Hope because helping
families has always been near and dear to Ed Chiles,"
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walked a course for as long as they could carrying a com-
bined 300 pounds in weight.
The atlas stone event featured competitors lifting a
200-pound stone over a 51-inch bar as many times as
possible while being timed. The competitors closed out
the competition by carrying a 280-pound coffin-shaped
stone as far as possible.
The BeachHouse offered drinks and food with all
proceeds going to Hope Family Services. Other busi-
nesses offered raffle items, there was a 50/50 drawing
and many businesses made donations to the event.
The competitors were there to not only raise a lot
of weight, but to help raise awareness about domestic
violence. They also were competing for cash prizes.
Tim Pritchard won the overall competition and col-
lected $500 for first place. Brandon Hardy placed second
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Dec. 15 Christmas on Bridge Street holiday bazaar. Islander Photos: Mark Young

Santa visits with afan during the Dec. 15 Christmas on Bridge Street
celebration in Bradenton Beach. Santa rode in on the Anna Maria
Island Privateers sleigh and the Privateers joined this year's festivities
to raise money for their ongoing effort to save Santa's sleigh.

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Joy Leitner, left, conducts the informal Anna Maria Island choir, concert and opera
singers performing Christmas carols at the Relish Cafe, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
during the business' holiday open house Dec. 14. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin
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Members of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society serve warm apple cider to
thirsty visitors on Pine Avenue at the Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures Dec. 14.

Anna Maria City Commissioner Gene Aubry autographs his recent book,
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Islanders take gold at FL State Senior games

By Kevin P. Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Two runners with island ties took part in the Dec. 8
2012 Florida International Senior Games State Champi-
onships in Lakeland.
Islander Erma McMullen grabbed a gold medal in
the 5K Road Race in her 70-74 age group. McMullen's
time of 31:19 around the paved course that circled Lake
Hollings\, nhll was a new personal record.
Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey
Hooke also ran the 5K Road Race around the lake. Hooke
posted a 17:24 to grab first place overall by more than
two minutes over the next senior competitor. His finish
time was the fastest 5K in the history of the race.
As if that weren't enough for Hooke, he spent his
52nd birthday competing in the 2012 Florida Senior
Games 10K Road Race in Lakeland Nov. 17. His time
of 35:40 was three minutes faster then the next finisher
and set a new masters and grandmasters record for the
course. For his efforts, Hooke received a gold medal and
a trophy.
Hooke now has more than 100 first-place finishes
in Florida races since 1998, along with 55 records set in
2012. Hooke has finished in first place overall in four of
the six championship races he's run in 2012.

Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole,
shotgun-start mixer Dec. 11, followed by lunch in the
Gloria LaDue grabbed first place in Flight A with
a 2-under-par 30 to edge second-place finsher Tootie
Wagner by one shot. Penny Williams and Helen Pollock
tied for third place with matching 33s.
Flight B went to Barb Estok, who carded a 2-under-
par 30. Beatrice Friebe was alone in second with a

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1-under-par 31, while Liz Lang, Terry Westby and Joyce
Brown tied for third at 1-over 33.
Shue Wheeler captured Flight C with the low round
of the day. She torched the course with a 5-under-par 27,
a 5-shot victory over Judy Ward in second place.
Markie Ksiazek fired a 1-under-par 31 to to grab a
2-shot victory in Flight D over Sally York. Erma McMul-
len and Eunice Warda tied for third place with matching

Horseshoe news
Four teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 15

horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. In the first semifinal, Norm Good and Karl Thomas
rolled past Tim Sofran and Dom Livedoti 23-7.
The second semifinal match saw John Crawford and
Bruce Munro annihilate George McKay and Steve Gross-
man 21-4. Good-Thomas defeated Crawford-Munro
23-11 in the finals.
Norm Good and Rod Bussey were champs for the
day after being the only team to post a 3-0 pool play
record during Dec. 12 horseshoe action.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-

Register now for Gulf Coast Senior Games
Registration has begun for the 24th annual Gulf Coast
Senior Games, a series of athletic competitions held in
Manatee and Sarasota counties Feb. 19-24, 2013.
Sixteen sports and competitions include golf, archery,
shuffleboard, basketball, bocce, bowling, cribbage,
cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, swim-
ming, table tennis, tennis, a 5K-road race and assorted
track and field events.
The registration fee is $12 and includes an event
T-shirt. There is a $3 fee for each event and the top-five
finishers in each event advance to the Florida State Senior
Games in December 2013.
Participants can register by mail or by going online
at www.mymanatee.org/parks and clicking on Register
Now. Registration must be completed by Feb. 1, 2013.
There is no day-of-event registration.
For more information on the 24th Annual Gulf Coast
Senior Games, call Jalwan at 941-742-5932, ext. 6023.

Holmes Beach parks board approves bat house at preserve

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Not to compete with Batman's digs but to protect
a mammal on the decline and provide educational oppor-
tunities in Holmes Beach a bat house at Grassy Point
Preserve passed muster of the city's parks and beautifica-
tion committee Dec. 5.
Motioned by Marilyn Shirley, and seconded by Jim
Dunne, the parks committee unanimously recommended
it pursue Christine Callahan's request to place an educa-
tional bat house on the 34-acre nature preserve.
Callahan, a volunteer at Anna Maria Island Elemen-
tary school, would provide the bat house and signage,
and asked for the bat house approval to provide teach-
ing opportunities, according to committee chair Melissa
Proposed is a wooden bat house on a post about
12-15 feet above the ground "in a place where bat poop
is not a problem," Snyder said.
She said the city would need to provide and install a
base, either a pole or several poles.
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Grassy Point, she added.
Committee member Dennis Groh said he would share
a photograph of a well-done, triangular-style bat house.
"There are bats in the area," said Snyder. "If we put
a bat house out there, we may not get bats immediately.
But eventually you will have a colony of bats.
"While we may not like them and people may be
afraid of them, bats are a very beneficial mammal. They
are also on the decline because of the loss of habitat. And
they are good pollinators," she said.
Other members added that bats will use the houses
to sleep during the day and eat mosquitoes when they're
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino,
liaison to the parks committee, said bats need a clear
entryway and a close water source, which Grassy Point
has, located on Sarasota Bay near East Bay and Gulf
The preserve was purchased in 2000 with a grant
from the Florida Community Land Trust and over the
years has been improved and managed through a part-
nership between the city and the Sarasota Bay Estuary
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Rich Bohnenberger announced the Florida Department
of Transportation was planning a $533,000 project with a
boardwalk that will cross the property's water features.
He said it was "No. 3" on FDOT's priority list, and
funds were expected to be released in 2013.
City officials also have talked about a lookout tower
in the preserve, and an improved intersection and cross-
walk at East Bay and Gulf drives.
Grassy Point's only entrance has limited on-street
parking on Avenue C. Zaccagnino said the former mayor
had begun talks aimed at acquiring nearby vacant lots for
In other parks matters, action was taken on the fol-
*Groh reported six to eight trees nii ilnith\ iin at King-
fish Boat Ramp. The committee unanimously agreed to
have Groh make a list of what needs to be done and
schedule a workday.
Members agreed to replace dead trees at 77th Street
on Jan. 6 at a National Arbor Day ceremony.
A community garden proposal at Flotilla Drive
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Warmer water, hot fishing action with shiners

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
With a slight warming trend, water temps are climb-
ing into the upper 60s, which in turn is proving prosper-
ous for flats fishers who are still using shiners.
Although baiting shiners during cooler weather a
couple of weeks ago was hit or miss, using them now is
a good bet. You may still want to carry some live shrimp
just in case especially if you plan on fishing any docks
or around inshore structure.
Good numbers of black drum and sheepshead are
frequenting local docks and canals around Bimini Bay
and Key Royale. Live shrimp is a must for targeting either
of these tasty striped fish. You can also expect to catch
flounder and redfish while working these docks.
In southern Sarasota Bay, good action is occurring
on deep grass flats for migratory fish, including pom-
pano, bluefish and ladyfish. The pompano are sporadic at
best, although the bluefish and ladyfish will fill in the idle
time between pompano bites. Either style of pompano jig
will work, although anglers are favoring small cannonball
head jigs.
Finally, near-shore structure is still producing rod-
bending action for anglers in search of bonito and shark.
Try chumming with live shiners to get the bonito to rally.
Once you catch one, cut a nice chunk from it and hook it
on a shark rig. Black tips in the 50-pound range are the
norm right now.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is tar-
geting spotted seatrout on the flats of Sarasota Bay with
decent results. On recent charters, Gross managed to put
his clients on limits of spotted seatrout using live shiners
on the grass flats. "With the water temps slightly rising,
the fish are eating white bait," says Gross. "Although, it's
still good to carry some select shrimp just in case."
Also while fishing the flats, Gross is catching some
keeper-size flounder. "We were having trouble with the
birds trying to eat our shiners," says Gross. "So I added
a split shot to try to keep our baits a little deeper. When
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Harrison King of Montana holds one of eight catch-
and-release oversized redfish caught on a charter fish-
ing trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Fishing Pier says although there are large numbers of
sheepshead around the pilings, the bite is a little off.
"Either people aren't fishing for them," says Medley, "or
they're just not biting real good yet."
Fish that are biting include pompano, bluefish, Span-
ish mackerel and bonito. For the pompano and bluefish,
Love's lures pompano jigs are the ticket. Pompano in the
2-pound range are hitting these small jigs with a purpose.
The bluefish are a bycatch for fishers targeting pompano.
Pier fishers using live shrimp and working on the
bottom around the pilings of the pier are catching good
numbers of flounder, mangrove snapper and black sea
bass. These three species are some of the best tasting fish
you can find on our waters, so if you're looking to fill the
freezer, you may want to head to the South Pier.
On a final note, Medley warns that the bite has been
sporadic but, when it happens, it's game on. "There's
no rhyme or reason to it this week," says Medley. "You
may catch nothing but pinfish for an hour and then all of
a sudden % \ d. iinig changes and you fill your cooler."
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structures
for bonito. These fish provide drag-screaming action on
medium-weight spinning gear. Using live shiners, Girle
is chumming these fish to the boat and then casting free-
lined baits into the frenzy. Average size of the bonito is
7 to 10 pounds.
Once Girle's clients have caught enough bonito,
they're targeting black tip sharks by cutting a six-inch strip
of bonito belly and placing it on a shark rig. The black tips
are coming to the boat in the 50- to 80-pound range.
Finally, while structure fishing, Girle is dropping live
shiners to the bottom on a knocker rig and reeling up
keeper-size flounder. After all of that action on bonito and
sharks, Girle's clients are keen on reeling up fish they can
take home for dinner.
On the deeper flats of Sarasota Bay, Girle is drifting
andji ''in'' with pompano jigs. Not only is he managing

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to put his fishers on some keeper pompano, but various
other species as well. Spanish mackerel, bluefish and
ladyfish are biting in between pompanos, which supplies
good variety and constant action.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
of decent action on the flats of Anna Maria Sound, where
spotted seatrout are being caught on deeper flats of 5 to 7
feet. While targeting trout, expect to also catch ladyfish
and Spanish mackerel. You can either use artificial like
DOA Cal jigs or suspending baits, such as the MirrOlure
MirrOdine. If using live shrimp or shiners, try using a
popping cork and drift over the flats and retrieve the cork
slowly while popping it to cover more area.
Sheepshead are arriving on the flats and around
local docks. Oldham suggests trying a fresh-cut piece of
shrimp to start. If the sheepies won't bite the shrimp, try
fiddler crabs or sand fleas.
While fishing docks for sheepies, Oldham says to
expect to encounter black drum, redfish and plenty of
spot tail pinfish
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing decent
action for pier fishers using live shrimp as bait. Using
a small, stout hook and a half-ounce sinker, fishers are
bottom fishing around the pilings and under the pier. As
of this week, keeper-size redfish are being caught, as well
as flounder and black drum.
Schools of baitfish such as shiners are still being seen
around the pier, al llt1 ugih M il l,. se feels that the better bite
is occurring on live shrimp. If you choose to use shiners,
try bottom fishing as if you're using shrimp. Generally,
flounder and redfish will readily take a shiner if it's put
in front of their nose.
On a final note, we wish Jim Malfese's canine com-
panion, Malcolm, who also works daily at the pier, a
happy birthday.
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Environmental groups

release scallop larvae
Mote Marine Laboratory and Sarasota Bay Estu-
ary Program, in partnership with Sarasota Bay Watch,
released about 3 million scallop larvae into the bay in
December in a continuing effort to bring stability to
the scallop population.
The 10-year restoration project is powered by the
scientific expertise of Mote and SBEP, as well as vol-
unteers and donors of partners such as Sarasota Bay
Since December 2011, SBW and partners have
released about 12 million scallop larvae in an effort
to build self-sustaining populations in the bay.
"Today's release illustrates what can be achieved
when the spark of a worthy cause is fueled by the
eii i.. of our community," said SBW president Larry
Stults. "Look how much we've accomplished in just
two short years."

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Holmes Beach seeks volunteer board applicants

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Like Uncle Sam, the city of Holmes Beach wants
The city is accepting applications for openings on the
planning commission, code enforcement board, board of
adjustments and upcoming openings on the police retire-
ment board and the parks and beautification committee.
The planning commission an advisory committee
to the city commission that makes recommendations on
whether proposed land development laws and regulations
are consistent with the city comprehensive plan has
an immediate opening for a board member and an alter-
nate. The alternate is required to attend all meetings. The
members serve a three-year term.
The board of adjustments a board that decides on
variances has two alternate openings.
The code enforcement board also needs an alternate
to replace Marvin Grossman, who resigned after winning
a seat on the city commission in the Nov. 6 election. The
code board is a quasi-judicial body that holds hearings,



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makes findings and imposes penalties for violations of
city codes and ordinances. The appointed member will
fill a term that expires in April 2015.
The police retirement board which administers
and manages the police officers pension trust fund will
need to fill two private citizen spots in March 2013.
There are two positions open on parks and beautifica-
tion committee, which serves as a recommending body on
citywide parks and beautification projects. The two-year
appointments will begin in April 2013.
The city will accept applications through Dec. 14 for
the immediate openings.
Applications can be picked up from the city clerk,
5801 Marina Drive, or downloaded from the city website
www.holmesbeachfl.org, under forms/misc forms.

Island real estate transactions
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
642 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 4,252 sfla /
5,079 sfur 4bed/51/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
2009 on a 97x130 lot was sold 12/05/12, Sun Coast Property
Group LLC to Lipskind for $1,100,000; list $1,189,000.
1900 Gulf Drive N., Unit 7, Marbella, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,320 sfla 1,425 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 200 was
sold Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Leestma for
520 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,720 sfla
5,114 sfur 5bed/21/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1959 on a 100x107 lot was sold 11/20/12, MEK Properties
LLC to Lee for $790,000; list $859,000.
105 Tern Drive Anna Maria, a 1,705 sfla 1,981 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar canalfront home built in 1976 was sold
11/30/12, Duncan to Duffy for $650,000.
104 23rd St. N., Holmes Beach, a 2,088 sfla 2,112
sfur 4-Plex with pool built in 1954 on a 58x100 lot was sold
11/16/12, Davis to Kennedy for $555,000; list $597,000.
309 59th St., Unit B, Waldo's Paradise, Holmes Beach,

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2007 was sold 11/16/12, Simpson to Russel for $480,000; list
211 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,344 sfla 1,472 sfur
2bed/2bath pool home built in 1982 on a 54x 105 lot was sold
11/16/12, Kaleta to Jones for $475,000; list $499,000.
5802 Imperiore Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,020 sfla /1,320
sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1970 on a 47x 101 lot was
sold 11/21/12, Davis to Arnold for $445,000; list $449,000.
771 Jacaranda RoadO, Anna Maria, a 1,447 sfla 1,744
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1979 on a 52x98 lot was
sold 11/15/12, Gottschalk to Island Savvy Ventures LLC for
$442,500; list $475,000.
205 77th St., Unit A, 205 77th Street, Holmes Beach,
a 900 sfla 1,373 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with pool built in
2012 was sold 11/26/12, Sato to Hansen for $429,000; list
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 253, W; il~ai\ Point & Moor-
ings, a 1,622 sfla 1,793 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1979 was sold 11/21/12, Blevins to Deschutter
for $420,000.
5704 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,678 sfla 1,962
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1959 on a 82x117 lot was sold
11/23/12, O'Brien to Clark for $398,600; list $419,000.
251 17th St. N., Unit 14, Bradenton Beach Club, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,722 sfla / 2,156 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built I 2003 was sold 11/21/12, Earnhardt
to Studee for $373,000.
523 South Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,736 sfla 2,861 sfur
3bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1976 on a 60x110 lot
was sold 11/26/12, Christie to Trivento for $350,000.
2407 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,650 sfla /2,711 sfur
4bed/4bath duplex built in 1995 on a 50x100 lot was sold
11/19/12, Reemelin to Ivers for $320,000.
306 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,674 sfla 1,722
sfur 4bed/3bath triplex built in 1957 on a 5 x 120 lot was sold
11/20/12, Webster to Greer for $320,000.
205 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,653 sfla
4bed/3bath duplex built in 1973 on a 43x87 lot was sold
11/16/12, Almengual to Peacock Palms LLC for $305,000;
list $335,000.
3607 E. Bay Drive, Unit 105, Sandy Pointe, Holmes
Beach, a 976 sfla 1,065 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1996 was sold 11/20/12, GBA Fidu Inc to White
for $165,000; list $179,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of
Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

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Banana Cabana offers
Cuban Christmas fare
The Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, 103 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach, is celebrating a traditional Cuban
Christmas Eve dinner with an all-you-can-eat pig roast
for $24.95.
Included are all the trimmings and family-style side
Seatings are 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24,
and reservations are required.
For more information, call 941-779-1130.

Chamber advises members
on proposed law
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sent
members an email about proposed congressional legisla-
tion, but made it clear the chamber was informing mem-
bers, not attempting to influence opinion.
The email said proponents of the Reforming and
Consolidating Government Act of 2012 "believe it will
streamline government agencies by reducing duplication
between agencies and consolidating some agencies into
one to reduce fragmentation.
"It would aid in helping American businesses suc-
ceed, especially small businesses, by helping them to
more easily and seamlessly access services in support
of exports, domestic competitiveness and job cre-
Opponents of the bill, the email said, "believe it will
dismantle several long-standing federal programs aimed

at helping small businesses, such as the Small Business
Administration, including minority-owned, women-
owned and service-disabled, veteran-owned small busi-
More information on the proposed legislation is
available at www.beta.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/
senate-bill/2129, the release said.

Manatee chamber hosting
Pancakes and Politics
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host state
lawmakers for Pancakes and Politics, a preview of the
2013 legislative session with a focus on business-related
The event will be 7:30-9 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Bradenton
Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
Invited speakers include state Reps. Jim Boyd, Darryl
Rouson and Greg Steube and state Sens. Bill Galvano and
Arthenia Joyner.
The cost to attend is $25 for chamber members, $20
for nonprofit chamber members and $35 for non-mem-
For more information or reservations, call 941-748-
4842 or email lisar@manateechamber.com

A crab trap Christmas
The Blue Marlin restaurant, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, constructed a Christmas tree resembling a crab
trap. Islander Photo: Courtesy Will Corr

welcomes new
Island Gourmet
The Island Gourmet,
5312 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, was
officially welcomed by
the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce
and Holmes Beach
Mayor Carmel Monti
Dec. 13 with a ribbon-
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720-0089. #M5833321. $775,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND condo with pool
and one short block to the beach. Top
floor end unit, well maintained, new impact
glass windows in 2011, and turnkey fur-
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across from the beach, beautiful Gulf view.
Beautiful furnishings, totally updated. Atrue
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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SET OF EIGHT crystal holiday gourmet coffee
mugs, $15, Barracuda 63-inch pool worm/
cleaner, $100. 941-737-9173.

CANTON HOME THEATER speaker system. Four
cubed surround sound speakers, one center
channel speaker and subwoofer, $1,850, new,
now, $475.

FUTON: LIGHT COLORED, hardwood, excellent,
$75, wood coffee table, $90, screen doors, com-
plete, $25. 941-778-3920.

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
classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-
9821. (limited time offer)

classified ads for the Dec. 26 edition is 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20. The Islander office will be
closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25.

I WANT TO return to paradise: Looking for a
business opportunity where I contribute solid
real estate and property management experi-
ence, a strong work ethic, and success-focused
approach as my investment. References pro-
vided. 205-531-0820

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.

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

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

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

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

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

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
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Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
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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.

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

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
Some Christmas items, antiques chest, this and
that. 512 69th St., Homes Beach.

WHERE'S WOODY ART & Yard Sale at The
Islander, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Local
artists offer bargains. Come see if namesake
Woody Candish will appear! The Islander will
host its annual yard sale. Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

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-

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

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.

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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.
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs
easily on inside, see-through, leave-up. Free esti-
mate. Registered and insured. Island discount.
TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-1399.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
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.
APPLIANCE REPAIR: ALL makes and models.
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I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade.
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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
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778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn-:, 1.' i* Ii"i Sat.

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941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

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mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-

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

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

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

man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

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

37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. S1,200/month
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

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

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-

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

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Available December-February, 2013.
Call 818-620-3543.

We listen.
We list.
We sell.
Call the Neelys for a private showing
of this unique property. 941.809.5565,
941.807.6220. cellwithmelandbarb.com

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VACATION "- 3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
PROPERTIES, LLC 941.778.6849, toll free 800.778.9599

retiree. Non-smoker, Jan.15-March 15. 941-778-

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.

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
and April still available, booking now for 2013-14.
$1,800/month plus tax, 941-387-8610.

2BR/2BA furnished condo, garage, seasonal
three-month or annual. Call 941-778-3926.

PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA private pool, com-
munal pool, gym and tennis. Available December
and January. 941-795-3778. www.pericoholiday-

2BR/2BA: 1,441 sf. Unfurnished on canal, $1,800/
month includes garbage. Pets welcome under 25
Ibs. 1-car garage. 941-779-9320.

1 BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo,
heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month,
$1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.

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RENT: $2,700/MONTH. Bradenton/Anna Maria
Island area. 3BR/2BA home located on deep-
water canal. This home has lovely, unique fea-
tures, open space, in-ground pool, boat dock/lift,
patio room, two-car garage and so many other
amenities, why wait? Call us today for the special
on the monthly rent. Close to many restaurants,
shops and the beaches ... you don't want to miss
out on this! 614-486-9833.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 1 BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

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

Happy holidays from your friends in classified!

classified ads for the Dec. 26 edition is 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20. The Islander office will be
closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25.
Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.
flipkey.com/124227. $269,000. By owner, 941-
FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1 BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hotmail.
WANTED: RENT-TO-own or owner financed, 2-3
bedroom, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Braden-
ton. 941-567-6724.

WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn
at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
WATERFRONT: M.D. FROM Norway with wife
and teenage daughter are looking for a cash
deal on a 3-4BR house on Anna Maria Island,
in Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch. Call Helmer,
Licensed Realtor, 941-592-8853.
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close to
the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No

$259,000. Owner financing or rent short/long
term. Furnished completely remodeled, new
appliances, washer, dryer, professionally deco-
rated. 941-778-1410.
LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola
Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground ser-
vices. 941-792-8826.

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