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Business of the Year
Island flashback: 2012 in review, part one
Merry Christmas from
Joe Bird's AsThe-
World Terns. Page 6
Roser pastor asks city
to reduce resident's
fine. Page 2
Fire district commis-
sioners switch chairs.
Op/ed: Our opinion,
your opinions. Page 6
ments, events. Pages
What to do. Where to
go. Page 12
Puzzler: NY Times
Crossword. Page 16
The island police blot-
ter. Page 18
Hearing set in libel
suit against Peelen.
From AME garden
to AMI table. Pages
produces action for
anglers. Page 25
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From The Islander archives
Some days on Anna Maria Island drift
by in a mellow haze of sunshine and balmy
breezes. These are the days residents and vaca-
tioners might chat about paradise, drink in a
sunset, notice the breeze swaying a palm tree
or plump plovers darting on the sand.
And some days on Anna Maria Island,
there are storms natural, political, economic
- that cause some turbulence, agitate, irritate.
And still, these also are the days that vaca-
tioners and residents might talk of paradise,
catch the sunset and take notice of the snowy
plovers racing across the sand. That's life on
Anna Maria Island.
A look back at "those days" of 2012, part
With a bang at the BeachHouse: The
new year began with countdowns to Jan. 1 in
island restaurants and residences and a fire-
works display at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Aye, me mates: The Islander newspaper
ushered in 2012 with a look back at 2011 and
Home for holidays
Former Anna Maria
resident and artist Mark
Alonso, left, and wife
Miren, second from left,
now residing in Michigan,
visit the Where's Woody
art show at The Islander
newspaper Dec. 22. They
visited for the holidays
Thanksgiving to Christ-
mas along with lots of
family, kids and grandkids.
They are pictured with
daughter Ginny Alonso
and artist Linda Molto,
right. Islander Photo:
Island fills u
By Rick Catlin
As the late Bing Crosby would croon,
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."
At least for Anna Maria Island it is -
without the snow.
As more and more out-of-state vehicles
show up on island streets and people flock to
local restaurants and beaches, that's what an
island Christmas looks like, said Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce vice president
But with Christmas and New Year's Day
both falling on a Tuesday, it makes for an odd
week, she said.
Many people were waiting until schools
let out for winter break to make a reserva-
tion, she said, which only gave them a few
days until Dec. 25. It appeared some people
were waiting until the last minute to make a
reservation, Wing said.
"Our resorts are filling up fast," after a
slow start in early December, said David Teit-
Islanders celebrate New Year's Eve in style
on the beach with a Cracker Jack display of
pyrotechnics over the Gulf of Mexico waters,
offered for all to enjoy year to year by the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
naming the Anna Maria Island Privateers the
Islanders of the Year. The crew celebrated its
40th anniversary in 2011 with a series of events
that raised money for student scholarships and
Cue the 'loud noise' conversation: The
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning board met Jan.
p for holiday
p for holiday
elbaum, owner of the Tortuga Inn, Tradewinds,
SeaSide and Tropical Isle motels in Bradenton
He said reservations for the Christmas-New
Year week were a bit slow a few weeks ago, "but,
now, reservations are through the roof. Tuesday
is an odd day for a holiday and for visitors to
arrive. They prefer a Friday or Monday holiday,
but we'll be full by the weekend."
Some people plan Christmas at home when
it's mid-week, and then take a weekend holiday
to Anna Maria Island, he noted.
At the Harrington House Bed & Breakfast
Resort, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, co-
owner Mark Davis was excited about the bump
in reservations for the week.
'We are really doing well. It looks like we're
going to be full for the week and our phones
keep ringing," Davis said.
"We'll try to help everyone who calls," he
The Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages, 2710
PLEASE SEE HOLIDAYS, PAGE 2
10 to discuss complaints about loud noise after
10 p.m. from vacationers in rental properties. It
was the first such discussion of 2012 but far from
the last. The message to the P&Z from Manatee
County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dave Turner: "All
we can do is tell them to turn the noise down."
Canines, companions converge on Teb-
betts Field: Fewer and fewer ballplayers have
made use of Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes
Beach in recent years. And, with increasing
numbers of people with pups using the green
space, the residents were approaching the city
commission in mid-January about allowing a
"dog park" in the absence of organized base-
Bradenton Beach lacks commissioner:
The new year's resolution at Bradenton Beach
city hall was to find a commissioner to complete
the board. The Ward 3 seat had been vacant since
November because no one ran for the office held
by Janie Robertson, who had reached the end of
her term limit. In mid-January, Ric Gatehouse
got the appointment.
Water taxi seeks stop: Capt. Tracey Dell
told officials he'd like to include the island in
PLEASE SEE 2012, PAGE 5
H8 prepares for
By Kathy Prucnell
By a 4-1 vote, Holmes Beach commis-
sioners stayed on course to enact a moratorium
effective Dec. 25 to halt new permitting for con-
struction, demolition and substantial rebuilds for
up to six months in the city's rental district.
A motion by Commissioner Marvin Gross-
man and second by Commissioner Judy Tits-
worth led to a Dec. 18 vote on the moratorium's
first reading. Commissioner Pat Morton and
PLEASE SEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 4
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie
compliments retiring Holmes Beach Police
Chief Jay Romine on a job well done during
a presentation at the Dec. 18 Holmes Beach
commission meeting. Islander Photo: Kathy
sion. Page 13
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2 0 DEC. 26, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Roser pastor asks city for resident's fine reduction
By Rick Catlin
The Rev. Gary A. Batey of Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church is asking Anna Maria commissioners to
reduce a $4,100 code fine against Mary Lease, or elimi-
nate the fine altogether.
The code enforcement board imposed the original
$100 per day fine against Lease in 2007 because she did
not have garbage collection service with Waste Manage-
ment Inc. as required by city code. The board fined Lease
the $100 per day until she came into compliance with
WMI. The fine had grown to $8,200 by the time Lease
informed the city she was current with WMI.
Lease told commissioners at their Nov. 29 meeting
she did not realize she had to inform the city when she
became current with WMI.
'I thought once I was current, that was all I needed
to do," she said.
But the $100 per day fine continued to grow because
Lease failed to tell the city she was current with WMI.
The city eventually placed a lien against the property in
the belief Lease had failed to pay WMI.
Batey said that if he understands the situation cor-
rectly, the city was acting as WMI's collection agency.
Additionally, Batey said, the matter should have been satis-
fied when Lease settled her past due account with WMI.
Lease said she only learned of the lien when she
applied to refinance her house this year.
At the Nov. 29, meeting, commissioners voted to
reduce the fine by 50 percent, although Commissioner
Dale Woodland favored a waiver of the entire amount.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, however, said Lease
could pay the $4,100 from the proceeds of the new loan.
He told Lease to have the closing officer for her mortgage
contact the city. A check for $4,100 could be available to
the city at the closing.
The motion to reduce the violation amount to $4,100
was 4-1, with Woodland dissenting.
Batey said that even a $4,100 fine was a "severe
penalty for a past due account." The city's fine was only
because it believed Lease had been late in paying the
He also said the fine amount was "excessive," espe-
cially "since the required arrangements for paying the
past due amount had apparently been made before the
lien was filed.
"Mary Lease is a person of modest means," Batey
continued. I \ i. by including the fine in her loan, the
$4,100 plus interest and out-of-pocket expenses is bur-
densome for her.
"I hope you will reconsider your prior action and
agree on a more equitable alternative," Batey said.
Lease told commissioners she grew up in Anna Maria
and her father at one time was pastor of the Roser Memo-
rial Community Church.
Since the code enforcement board action against
Lease, the board has been replaced by a special magistrate
to settle code disputes between the city and residents.
Commission Chair John Quam said commissioners
had made their decision for Lease to pay $4,100. The
issue could be put forth on a future agenda by a commis-
sioner for further discussion, he said, but he has received
no such request.
HOLIDAYS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, owned by chamber member
Eric Cairns, also started slow for holiday week reserva-
tions, but the "phones have been ringing off the hook the
past week and we're filling up fast," said a reservationist
at the resort.
"It's going to be a great Christmas, which means a
full house," she said.
Ken Gerry at the White Sands Beach Resort, 6504
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, said anyone looking for a
reservation after Dec. 25 will be taking "potluck."
He said a number of reservations recently came in
for Dec. 26-Jan. 1, and he was expecting a full house.
"I've got a few rooms available Dec. 26, but I'm
hoping they'll be gone very quickly," he said.
Jeff Gerry, Ken's brother and co-owner, asked island
residents not to be discouraged by the expected increase
in traffic during the holidays and the season.
"Our winter visitors spend a lot of money on the
island, and keep a lot of people employed. We can put up
with the traffic increase for a few months," Gerry said.
The hope for an accommodation rental for the holi-
day week at AMI Accommodations in Anna Maria -
with more than 200 options in its rental stable does
not appear promising, said Rebecca Barnett.
She said there were still a few of the smaller prop-
erties available, but accommodations for families are
"If it's just a couple, we'll be able to find something,"
Even if a family walks in looking for an accommoda-
tion rental, the AMI Accommodations staff will do their
best to find a location, even if it's with another agent,
"We all try to help each other," she said.
And if the good weather continues through the holi-
day week, restaurants, particularly those with outdoor
dining, should do well, said Ed Chiles, owner of the
Sandbar, BeachHouse and MarVista restaurants on AMI
and Longboat Key.
"If the weather holds and the people come as
expected, all the restaurants should do well. We should
be fine as long as the sun is shining and we don't get a
freeze," he said.
While restaurants and accommodations were gearing
up for the holidays, retailers said it's often hit or miss if
visitors go shopping or go to the beach.
"It's hard to predict," said Linda Clayton, co-owner
of Mister Roberts Resort Wear, 5330 Gulf Drive, Holmes
"One day, we'll have a flood of walk-in traffic, and
the next day nobody will show up. But if the weather's
good this week, we should be fine," she said.
All-in-all, it appears the holiday visitors this year
will be arriving a bit late on Anna Maria Island, but stay-
ing for the full week of vacationing.
Chamber offers help
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, maintains a list
of available rooms and accommodations for those
arriving without a reservation or coming after Dec.
25. Call 941-778-1541 for more information.
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Newly elected fire district commissioners switch chairs
By Kathy Prucnell
The gavel soon will pass from West Manatee Fire
Rescue Commissioner Randy Cooper to fellow Com-
missioner David Bishop.
By unanimous voice vote, the commission selected
Bishop to chair the commission that provides oversight
for the 18-square-mile district with 44,828 residents,
including Anna Maria Island.
An architect and life-long district resident who's
served on the WMFR commission since July 2011,
Bishop was first appointed to replace former Commis-
sioner John Rigney, who moved out of the district. Bishop
ran unopposed in the Nov. 6 election to fill the remainder
of Rigney's term.
Cooper and seven-year resident Larry Jennis, who is
new to the commission, also ran unopposed in Novem-
All three were sworn into office Dec. 20.
It is Jennis' first public office, and he replaces 20-year
veteran Jesse Davis, who stepped down last month. Davis
decided not to run for another term following heart sur-
gery last spring.
Jennis was unanimously voted in as the commis-
sion's secretary/treasurer, replacing Commissioner Scott
Ricci moved to vice chair of the commission, also
by unanimous approval of commissioners.
In other business, upon the recommendation of Chief
Andy Price, the commission unanimously approved par-
ticipation in a $20,000 Commission on Fire Accreditation
Price told commissioners it will make WMFR a better
fire district as it will assess such criteria as how quickly
firefighters can leave the station, arrive on a scene and
what level of support is sent to what types of scenes.
It also will aid in succession planning for the expected
retirement of himself and Deputy Chief Brett Pollock, he
Price also updated the commission on the remodel
of Station 2, 10350 Cortez Road, Bradenton, which is
budgeted for $900,000-$1.25 million.
He said the district is waiting on a lease to be signed
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November meeting, Price reported the district's ISO
rating remained at 4, following participation in the review
process earlier this year.
After further review of the rating, Price said they
have decided to challenge it due to the score received in
a training category. He suspected a misunderstanding or
a mistake by the ISO evaluator. About 15 years ago, Price
said the district challenged a rating issue and won.
ISO rates communities from 1-10, with 1 being per-
fect, based on quality of fire department, water supply,
hydrant locations, communication systems, building
West Manatee Fire Rescue Commissioner
David Bishop is sworn into office Dec. 20.
He ran unopposed for a two-year term.
codes and inspection programs. Insurance companies
use the ratings to set premiums.
"We're still working on it. We're not satisfied with
it. And we're hoping we change that 4 score down to a
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17,
at the WMFR Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W.,
4 E DEC. 26, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
MORATORIUM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Commission Chair Jean Peelen joined Grossman and
Titsworth in favor, and Commissioner David Zaccag-
The moratorium, which has been debated and stud-
ied for more than a year, is aimed at putting a halt to the
large rental homes and related noise, garbage and parking
problems in the city's Residential-2 zone.
Zaccagnino asked city clerk Stacey Johnston to add
to the city website the land development code definition
section on substantial improvements the limit to which
construction will be impacted by the moratorium for
A substantial improvement is when future construc-
tion or replacement costs 50 percent or more of the struc-
ture's market value.
According to the proposed ordinance, exceptions
to the moratorium are "interior demolition for purposes
such as remodeling" and "maintenance of existing houses
which does not result in total demolition such as replace-
ment of siding or windows."
Interim building inspector Tom O'Brien wrote a
memorandum Oct. 16 pointing to state laws that say
repairs are considered substantial improvements or dam-
ages regardless of the actual repair work performed if
major components are replaced, such as the roof or exte-
City attorney Patricia Petruff said for "the purposes
of the moratorium" the limit of improvement or damage
will be the 50 percent mark, despite O'Brien's interpreta-
tion. She noted he is checking on the interpretation with
a state building official.
Petruff also advised the legally effective date will be
the end of business following the Dec. 25 holiday.
The commissioner's vote to approve its first reading
of the proposed six-month moratorium, which drew a
roomful of owners and builders to a prior meeting, saw
one proponent and one objector speak.
Dave McKeever of Marina Drive told commission-
ers, "After watching a sea of green-shirt people derange
you publicly, I felt that someone needed to speak up on
'There will always be unfortunate individuals caught
up in the timing of municipal ordinances," he added. "I
sympathize with them. But I have no sympathy for specu-
lative carpetbaggers who hope to make a quick buck by
building a rental McMansion."
McKeever said the builders "remain focused on the
R-2 district for one reason. It's ripe for picking."
Builders have other options off the island and in other
Holmes Beach districts, he added.
One-time resident and planning and zoning com-
missioner Joe Kennedy first asked whether the proposed
moratorium is applicable to single-family homes on R-2
lots, and what it is based upon.
Peelen told Kennedy, yes, and the basis is city land
planner Bill Brisson's study.
Later in the meeting, Kennedy voiced his opposition,
saying he still owns waterfront property on a small lot
that can only be developed with a single-family home
- not a duplex, and he suspects others are in the same
category. He said a sale of his property was supposed
to close by Dec. 31, but it fell through because of the
"A moratorium that would include these particular
R-2 properties, improved or vacant, is unwarranted and
unjustified since they can have a single-family home built
upon them or remain upon them," Kennedy said. 'These
are not the properties that are causing the problems, and
you are inadvertently targeting them."
He called the moratorium's findings of fact "findings
Bradenton Beach ponders: Is it street or avenue?
By Mark Young
There is a saying in Christianity that asks, 'Will the
road you are on get you to my place?"
If you are on Church Street in Bradenton Beach, it
will indeed take a traveler to Harvey Memorial Com-
munity Church, but the listed address for the church and
several residences isn't Church Street.
It's Church Avenue, according to Google Maps,
Manatee County Traffic Operations and Manatee County
However, according to the city of Bradenton Beach,
it's Church Street, although it is the only road in the city
that runs north and south to be named a street instead of
avenue, said Bradenton Beach public works director Tom
Woodard, who was with the county's traffic opera-
tions for 15 years before coming to the city to work in
2004, said the city's streets run east to west while avenues
run north to south.
"It's just the opposite from the county," said Woo-
dard. "One of the first things I did when I came to work
for the city is drive around to familiarize myself with the
streets and that's when I noticed the Church Street sign
Woodard took it upon himself to change the sign,
replacing it with one that read Church Avenue, but was
ordered in 2005 by former Mayor John Chappie, now
a county commissioner, to change it back to Church
The long-standing issue of whether it is a street or
avenue arose for the first time in many years during the
Dec. 6 city commission meeting. Commissioner Ric Gate-
house said he was approached by a constituent regarding
the street name.
"It's actually Church Avenue," said Gatehouse.
"Obviously, the street sign is wrong."
Woodard told The Islander it's not necessarily a law
that requires Church Street to be Church Avenue, "it's
just that the city should have some continuity for emer-
gency services. But, there has never been an issue with
an emergency or the mail that I am aware of, everyone
knows it as Church Street."
While Woodard agrees that Church Street is incor-
The street sign reads Church Street, but according to
Manatee County traffic operations and emergency ser-
vices and the U.S. Postal Service, it's Church Avenue.
Islander Photo: Mark Young
rect, he told commissioners Dec. 6 that he would change
it to Church Avenue or leave it as Church Street at their
Commissioners had a brief discussion on the topic
and it appeared the consensus would be to have Woodard
change the sign to Church Avenue.
But Mayor John Shaughnessy said everyone knows
it to be Church Street and that it should be left as it
is Church Street.
Commissioners ultimately agreed with the mayor and
Church Avenue will remain at least until there's some
impetus to change it -Church Street on the sign.
The Islander welcomes stories about islanders
and island life, as well as photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings,
anniversaries, travels and other events. Send notices
and photographs with detailed captions along
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islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Police Lt. Dale
to be interim
retiring Chief Jay
Dec. 18 reception
presentation at city
hall, 5801 Marina
of opinion,"and said problems involving parking, noise,
safety, flooding and privacy are caused by people, and
could be solved with existing laws.
'There will always be rude and inconsiderate people
to exacerbate these problems," he said.
Before the second reading and final vote at the hear-
ing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, the public will be allowed
The moratorium, if approved as proposed, will be
retroactively effective, as allowed under a 1980 case,
Smith v. City of Clearwater, according to Petruff.
Anna Maria City
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-
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-
SJan. 2, 7 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
tee. Jan. 3, 7 p.m., work session.
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 9, 7 p.m., planning 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-
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
Jan. 17, 6 p.m., fire district commission, including
Jan. 24, 9 a.m., fire pension board.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
Government offices are closed for the Christmas
holiday, Dec. 24-25; and will be closed the New Year
holiday, Jan. 1 and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21.
Send notices to email@example.com.
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2012 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
a water taxi route but needed stopping points, such as
the Anna Maria City Pier and the Historic Bridge Street
AM mayor proposes special master: Anna Maria
Mayor Mike Selby said he'd look into costs associated
with hiring a special master to handle code enforcement
violations. Selby said each time the code board meets,
it costs the city $1,130 for staff, utilities, the code board
attorney, a court reporter and a city attorney.
BB man guilty in stabbing: A Manatee County
jury Jan. 25 found a Bradenton Beach man guilty of the
2010 stabbing of another local man following two and
half hours of deliberation.
Coquina concession opening delayed: Hopes were
high to have the renovated Coquina Beach concession
building in Bradenton Beach open by the end of January
to greet beachgoers through the tourist season. However,
ongoing renovations to the 40-year-old structure and a
need to train staff pushed the grand opening into tourist
No permit for Gulf Drive Market: Repeated
attempts to gain approval to continue the Gulf Drive
Market at the Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive
N., failed, with the Bradenton Beach city commission
rejecting applications. There was considerable public
concern about traffic congestion.
Renourishment funds off limits for HB pier:
Manatee County officials said that beach renourishment
money can't be used to build a proposed recreational pier
at Manatee Public Beach. If studies show a structure at
the Holmes Beach site could control erosion, the funding
would have to be for an erosion control groin.
Bimini Bay dredging begins: A West Coast Inland
Navigation District project to dredge the Bimini Bay/Key
Royale channel near Galati Marine in Anna Maria began
Feb. 9. The dredged material was pumped to the shore
near the Anna Maria City Pier.
Cortez fishing festival celebrates 30 years: There's
something fishy in Cortez. That was the theme of the 30th
annual Commercial Fishing Festival, which drew 25,000
people to the historic village Feb. 18-19.
PLEASE SEE 2012, PAGE 9
CLOCKWISE from top
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Dolphin Dash 5k run/
walk Jan. 14 in Holmes
Beach. Twisters team-
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and Allie Jacobsen strike
a pose during practice
for the Pros vs. Girls
Charity softball event at
Birdie Tebbetts Field.
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Just in time
Just in time for the holidays. Gosh, in 20 years of
publishing, do you think we'd figure out how to deal
with holiday deadlines?
Well, this holiday, Christmas falls a day before our
"dateline," which is always Wednesday.
But being a community-minded community paper,
we don't want folks working to print and deliver your
news on Christmas Eve and Christmas. So .... It's the
early news for you.
The paper you're reading was printed Sunday and
distributed overnight and early on Christmas Eve.
It truly is tomorrow's news, today.
The same is true next week. Early deadlines for us,
early to press, and early delivery to you.
All that said, it really isn't Christmas yet, and so
again this week, we wish you all a very merry Christ-
mas. The weather is a bit chilly, but as I listened to
folks who came to our Where's Woody sidewalk art
sale at The Islander in the Island Shopping Center, no
one seemed to mind.
The sun was shining. And for hardcore islanders,
yes, there were folks on the beach. Hard to believe, eh?
Undoubtedly, the water temperature in the low
70s was a tad warmer than the air. And once those
toes get wet, there's a chill factor to deal with and, the
result: Popsicle toes.
Well, that's what Christmas and holidays on Anna
Maria Island are all about. Some family members visit
and, of course, they need to go to the beach, regardless
of the weather, and kids run in and out of the small lap-
ping waves and squeals of joy ring out.
Anna Maria Island at night is lit up like, well, a
It's exciting to drive around and see everything
So as we close out the year 2012, we hope you've
given a thought to a f, \\ li ni' that will help make Anna
Maria Island a better place to live an even better
community in 2013.
We put out our Wish Book with the needs of nearly
all the community organizations in late November, and
we ask every year to put something on your shopping list
for them. They work hard at making AMI a better place,
so if you haven't yet, it's something to consider.
And there's the Lester Challenge for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Chuck and Joey Lester are
offering $25,000 in matching funds, and it's up to all
of us to see the center gets that match. Sounds like this
year, they need it.
Thanks for reading The Islander. It's the best gift I
could receive. And merry Christmas to you all. And a
happy and prosperous new year.
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School budget woes
The door of the financial mess at the Manatee
County School District has cracked open and thus far
revealed unbudgeted funds were spent without board
Doing something dishonest the first time is the
hardest. Once that first decision has been made, the fol-
lowing decisions are generally easier because they are
just a continuation of the first. Soon, you have a slippery
slope and most anything goes. We need to know what
Historically, the district has spent more and
achieved less. The following is derived from published
Operating expenses for 2009-10 equaled $11,000-
plus per student. Depending on class size, only 21-30
percent ended up in the classroom. Where did the rest
of the money go? Overhead.
Capital spending from 2000-10 equaled $2.5-plus
billion, or $60,000-plus per student. Only about a third
was spent on capital items, leaving roughly $1.7 billion.
Where did the money go?
But some school leaders don't want to spend the
money to find out. Could it be that some people got rich
at taxpayers' expense?
The district is at an interesting place high costs,
bad results, but new leadership, which should take the
district in a direction to become a model for the state.
It should put the emphasis where it belongs in the
classroom so students would be better prepared,
overhead could be slashed and the tax burden cut dra-
Patrick D. McConnell, Holmes Beach
An appeal to WWII and
Korean War veterans
In recent weeks, I have received several phone calls
asking me when I will have another Greatest Generation
or Forgotten Generation column in the newspaper.
Since the newspaper began the series in 2003, we
have written stories on more than 200 veterans of these
But this is a fraternity that is not accepting new
With the winter season beginning, I am sure some
proud veterans of the Greatest Generation and Forgotten
Generation will spend the coming months in the area.
The columns are not limited to just U.S. service
men and women, but anyone who fought for the Allies
in those wars.
Veterans from Great Britain, Canada, Norway, the
Philippines, France, Belgium, the Netherlands or any
Allied country are welcome to call.
So while there is still time, while there is still some-
one around who was in WWII or Korea, or someone
you know who was in the military during either war,
please have them contact the newspaper at 941-778-
7978. I would love to talk with that person about the
ordinary people in those extraordinary times.
Rick Catlin, Islander
reporter and Viet-
nam War veteran
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Subscribers 'best of the best' ballots due
By Rick Catlin
Some readers of The Islander newspaper have
received ballots with their newspaper for voting on
the "best of the best" awards for Anna Maria Island:
'The Islander Star, Best of AMI Award."
Distribution of the ballots is random to home sub-
scribers, and voting is available only to those readers
who receive home delivery on Anna Maria Island,
postal subscribers and regis-
tered online subscribers.
Web voting by subscrib-
.* ers will be limited to regis-
tered website subscribers with
only one vote allowed per IP
address. Web votes are due by
Jan. 5 and printed ballots must
be delivered to The Islander by
Ballots will not be pro-
vided in bulk quantities to any
source in order to provide the
most credible preference con-
test, with secret balloting and accountability by an
Publisher Bonner Joy said the paper is celebrating
20 years of weekly news by recognizing the island
business community and allowing loyal readers the
choice in what will be reliable results, not skewed by
bulk entries, advertising dollars spent or solicited, or
The awards will be announced at a red carpet
event in 2013.
Event tickets will be limited to finalists, and win-
ners will be announced in a special section that will
include photographs of the winners at the event.
Balloting began Nov. 21 with distribution in a
special section included in a limited numbers of news-
paper deliveries, and continues this week.
Ballots should be returned to The Islander office
in person or by mail to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
For more information on the Best of AMI, call
941-778-7978 or email email@example.com.
Keep Christmas on AMI
Whether it's the annual Christmas parade, or
Christmas in July, the nonprofit Anna Maria
Island Privateers, sponsors of the annual Christ-
mas parade and party for kids, among many
other community events, is raising funds to fight a
lawsuit over ownership of the sleigh/trailer. Look
online at www.amiprivateers.org to lend a hand
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T e Islander
Headlines from the Dec. 25,
2002, issue of The Islander
Holmes Beach commissioners rejected a plan
by the parks and beautification committee to build a
gazebo adjacent to city hall, despite the two years it
took members to put the plan together. Commission-
ers held a special meeting Dec. 18 to avoid losing a
$97,000 Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection matching grant, but the motion to accept the
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said Dr. Robert
Dean of the University of Florida's coastal engineer-
ing department were to inspect the city's bayfront by
Dec. 30, then present the city with options to prevent
erosion north of the Rod & Reel Pier to Bean Point.
The DEP said the area does not front the Gulf of
Mexico, so it would not provide beach renourishment
for the area.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mittee officers seized fish from a Cortez boat alleged
to have been caught using an illegal gill net. The
officers also arrested two men for illegally fishing in
state waters. An FWC spokesperson said officers also
found the boat used was undersized.
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Dec. 17 60 .78 0
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Dec. 19 46 79 0
Dec. 20 53 81 0.25
Dec. 21\ 53 70 0.04
Dec. 22 50 61 0
Average area Gulf water temperature 69.60
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 pm
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Holmes Beach commission focus: fixing problems
By Kathy Prucnell
At their Dec. 20 work session, Holmes Beach com-
missioners explored illegal lot splits, underground foot-
ers, noise problems and other rental issues with an eye
to fix problems as soon as possible.
They outlined objectives to accomplish during the
expected six-month building moratorium in the R-2
zoning district, and talked about implementing a living-
area ratio an ordinance set to be reviewed by the plan-
ning commission in January as a solution.
They also recognized that some problems, such as
alleged abuse of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency remodeling guidelines, stretch beyond the rental
'We still have Realtors on this island who are sell-
ing half of duplexes," said city attorney Patricia Petruff,
adding that many of the lot splits are illegal.
Commission chair Jean Peelen and Commissioner
Judy Titsworth said they suspect that condominium own-
ership is being used to circumvent illegal splits.
\ ly first thought is with all of these FEMA renova-
tion duplexes that have just popped up, I'm wondering
if they're in condo ownerships and they do not have the
two-hour fire separation," said Titsworth.
Petruff said the fire district had inspected the duplexes
for the required separation and they passed fire codes.
But interim building inspector Tom O'Brien dis-
agreed with Petruff, saying fire inspections are only per-
formed on commercial properties.
"Are they condominiumizing them or are they selling
them to one buyer?" Titsworth asked.
Petruff said the city would only become aware of
condominium ownership if it is identified on business
Mayor Carmel Monti asked O'Brien about his inter-
pretation of the slab used as the underground connecting
O'Brien said the building code defines a footing as
a structural member, and the piece is not "structural."
He also told the commission that setbacks between
the duplex units could be changed "to define what you
want" and "let that be an affirmative statement."
Commissioner Pat Morton called the city's use of
the "so-called footer" an "atrocity," and said a couple
builders have told him "there's really nothing there."
Commissioners also discussed changing the defini-
tion to allow no longer private appraisals on renovations,
and imposing a formula based on that used by the county
property appraiser's office.
Titsworth favored changing the fee structure for
building permits to be based on square footage because
affidavits on cost "were not passing the smell test."
O'Brien suggested the re-activation of the board of
adjustments, which looks at variances, and an additional
review board for building code appeals.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino turned the discus-
sion to LAR.
"I really think that the LAR, for me, accomplishes
what we're trying to accomplish, the smaller sizes of
house regardless of whether they're connected by a
shared party wall or footer," he said.
'What I don't want to see happen is limiting the looks
and architectural style," he added, pointing out the added
green space the underground footer separation affords.
He also feared losing affordable housing.
Titsworth said, "I think that's the problem. Mr. Woo-
ten's house 'was'. . Mr. Kittle's house 'was.'All over
the R-2 district is where a resident's house 'was.'And
now it's been replaced. E i\ ) thing has turned into short-
'That's why the underground footer has to go away.
It's changed the face of the R-2 district," she added.
Large scale rental homes that lack adequate parking
for the number of guests they accommodate, such as
these properties on 74th Street in the Residential-2
zone, are one target of the commission's identified
problems. Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Peelen said she didn't want the commission to focus
on solutions aimed at resort housing because that runs up
against state law. She viewed LAR as a solution. "I think
it takes us a long way down the road," she said.
Resident Maggie Plath pointed out that the R-2 zone
doesn't require a duplex. 'There's been single-family
homes that are torn down and two go up in their place,"
she said, which adds to the city's density.
Petruff suggested commissioners consider a Fort
Lauderdale case that she previously cautioned a prior
commission about, and was told "it won't happen here."
Dock owners started renting their extra dock space, and
people began living aboard their boats.
Then, "there was a problem with sewage," and "then
there was a problem with parking" and "then a problem of
more children in their schools than they expected. And it
just mushroomed like crazy, and by the time the problem
was noticed, it was pretty much too late to do an) thing
about it," Petruff said.
Titsworth said she continues to be a believer in the
one-pool-per-lot solution to discourage investors and
bring back residents, and Morton agreed.
Zaccagnino said, "I'm the only one who lives in a
rental district" and, in his experience, he said if they share
a pool or have separate pools, they make just as much
Peelen directed the clerk to add the one-pool-per-lot
issue to the Jan. 8 meeting agenda.
She also introduced her draft objectives to be accom-
plished during the moratorium. After discussing them,
commissioners identified the following as R-2 issues:
Size of houses.
Underground connection of duplexes.
Number of pools per lot.
Building department written policy on docks.
Building department written policy on corner
Building department written policy on elevator
Appraisal methodology changes.
The following were identified as citywide issues:
Police procedures for noise complaints.
Policies for ticketing/fining for noise complaints.
Legal construction workers.
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in matching funds for any contribution postmarked by Dec. 31, 2012, to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. And your contribution is tax deductible.
Children and families in our community count on the Center...
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and annually
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2012 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
Roser seeks cell tower: Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, informed Anna
Maria Mayor Mike Selby that it wanted to be considered
as a site for a future cell tower in Anna Maria. The Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, also wanted to host a tower.
Coyote sighted in Key Royale: Several Holmes
Beach residents reported seeing a coyote on the island
- maybe. One woman said she saw an animal running
down the middle of Key Royale Drive that she described
as an "extremely large fox or small coyote" with "a cara-
mel brown body and cocoa brown markings."
Tourism up in 2011: Tourism to the Bradenton area
increased 6.7 percent in 2011 compared with 2010. A
report stated 492,300 visitors came to the area in 2011, a
6.7 percent climb from the 461,600 reported in 2010.
Island renourishment in federal budget: The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers placed beach renourishment
for Anna Maria Island in its section of the federal budget
for 2014-15. Also, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection made AMI renourishment its "No. 1
Anna Maria authorizes moratorium: In late Feb-
ruary, the Anna Maria City Commission passed a build-
ing moratorium, halting construction of new residences
and remodeling to add bedrooms. The moratorium was
enacted to avoid the controversies in Holmes Beach,
where citizens have complained about the construction
of super-size homes as lodging for multiple families.
City pier, shoreline work completed: A West
Coast Inland Navigation District dredging of Bimini Bay
resulted in expanded bayside beaches to the north and
south of Anna Maria City Pier.
Copeman is HBPD Officer of the Year: Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay Romine named Brian L. Cope-
man the city's officer of the year. Copeman is the Anna
Maria Elementary School resource officer, as well as a
BB pier team eyes added renovation: Bradenton
Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale told the Community
PLEASE SEE 2012, PAGE 14
A boy plays a game designed to promote recycling at
Earth Day festivities at Dogs and Arts for the Earth, Kindergartner Kylie Huffan and father Gary Huff-
308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Karen man enjoy the Feb. 15 Father-Daughter dance at Anna
Riley-Love Maria Elementary School. Islander Photo: Karen
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Anna Maria Island Privateers sail into 2013
Islanders can know when the Anna Maria Island
Privateers are up to good or not when the Skully-
wag isn't anchored in "park" in the Holmes Beach public
works lot on Marina Drive. Or they can check AMIP's
calendar for 2013, which includes the following:
Saturday, Jan. 19, Thieves Market at Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach.
Saturday, Jan. 26, a pirate capture at the Sandpiper
in Bradenton Beach.
Saturday, Feb. 9, Thieves Market at Coquina
Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17, Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival on the Cortez waterfront.
Sunday, Feb. 24, the Rubonia Mardi Gras Parade.
Friday, March 2, a pirate capture at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society in Anna Maria.
Saturday, March 9, Thieves Market at Coquina
Lesters Challenge for
community center nears end
The Lester Challenge benefiting the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, is approaching the deadline of Dec. 31.
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey Lester put
up $25,000 to benefit the center money they hope the
community can match by the end of 2012.
The center provides more than 1.5 million hours of
service to more than 3,400 Island residents each year.
The Lesters have issued similar challenges in years
past to raise money for the nonprofit, always with spon-
sorship from The Islander newspaper.
Last year, the campaign raised more than $100,000.
Since the campaign began, challenges in past years have
raised more than $800,000.
To contribute to the campaign, mail tax-deductible
donations to the Lester Challenge, P.O. Box 253, Anna
Maria FL 34216, payable to AMICC.
Donations may also be made at the center.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
Shamrock Shiver set for Jan. 1
The Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge will take place
at noon Jan. 1. Clancy's Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez
Road, Bradenton, is organizing the trek to the beach for
the New Year's Day wade into the Gulf of Mexico.
The plunge some will swim, some will dance,
some will barely step in the surf 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 disadvan-
taged children in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
For more information, call 941-794-2489.
The Islander welcomes stories about islanders,
photographs and notices of the milestones in readers'
lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other
events. Send your news with detailed captions and
contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Saturday, March 30, the Easter Seals Easter Egg
April 13, Thieves Market at Coquina Beach.
Saturday, April 20, the International Coastal
Cleanup, Anna Maria Island.
April 25-28, DeSoto celebration in Bradenton.
Sunday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo celebration, Mexi-
cali's Restaurant in Bradenton.
Sunday, May 18, Snooks Adams Kids Day, Anna
Saturday, June 1-Sunday, June 2, Islandwide Blood
Drive, Anna Maria Island.
Wednesday, July 4, the annual Independence Day
Parade from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park and the
Scholarship Awards Party at Manatee Public Beach.
For more information, contact Dee "Patch" Lonergan
at 941-798-9266 or email@example.com.
Bobby Palermo will perform a tribute to Neil Diamond
at afundraiser for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The concert
and dinner is Jan. 19. Islander Courtesy Photo
Neil Diamond tribute at center
Sing along, "Good times never seemed so good."
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host
Neil Diamond tribute performer Bobby Palermo in a ben-
efit performance Saturday, Jan. 19.
The fundraiser at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, will feature a Vegas-style buffet dinner by
Talk of the Town Catering and Palermo performing Neil
The center says Palermo, from Las Vegas' Legends
in Concerts, has been voted the United States' No. 1 Neil
Diamond impersonator, as well as a Tampa Bay Enter-
tainer of the Year.
Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. The
menu includes "Banana Bay" chicken breast, stroganoff
and meatballs, baked tilapia Florentine, green beans and
toasted onions, rice pilaf, salad, rolls, baguettes and Black
The cost to attend is $30 per person, $240 per table
Reservations are required by Wednesday, Jan. 16.
For more information, call the center's Sandee Pruett
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Redeker gets ready
to call bingo on a
new sound system
at the Annie Silver
103 23rd St.,
The winter bingo
season begins at 7
p.m. Thursday, Jan.
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In the field across from
Ginny's & Jane E's at the old IGA
Furniture, art, antiques,
collectibles, nauticals, linens,
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8 am Tuesday Jan 1
Rain Date: Sunday Jan 6
9806 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
Winter brings bingo season, more at Annie Silver
By Kathy Prucnell
Annie Silver Community Center will soon open its
doors for the popular winter-spring bingo nights and
low-cost dinners and remain open year-round with
its many other activities at the center named for a Bra-
denton Beach legend.
Bingo nights begin Jan. 17 and run through March
on Thursday, with board member Dale Redeker calling
the numbers. Redeker admits he'll be adding his usual
"I just love calling, how the people react," says
Redeker who has called bingo at the center for the past
eight-10 years. 'They have a good time. And that's what
it's all about."
Redeker now shares the bingo microphone with his
son, Dave, because the crowd can get rough if he tires
or calls a wrong number, he jokes.
In addition to bingo nights, the center will offer
monthly dinners the fourth Fridays January through
March. Each dinner includes drinks, desserts and salads
at a reasonable price to take out or to enjoy with others
expected to pack the house 5-7 p.m., Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and
In January, the dinner features pork and sauerkraut
for $7. On Feb. 22, spaghetti is on the menu for $5 per
And it's fish night March 22. The price depends on
the deal Sam Bell of A.P Bell Fish Co., one of the board
of directors, can strike with Cortez fishers, according to
center president Linda Yarger.
Not only does the center offer activity within its
walls, the center has made recent additions outdoors.
Shuffleboard used to be the game of choice out-
side and while there's some talk about using it for
corn-hole games others have begun planting gardens
alongside the blacktop.
Vegetable and butterfly gardens are in bloom, having
been planted and tended by the community. "And if they
need a salad for dinner they just come by and pick it,"
says vice president Jim Hassett who got involved with
the center about a year ago because he wanted to learn
about native plants.
Hassett and Yarger point to a former Bradenton
Beach project manager and neighbor Lisa Marie Phillips-
The Artist's Guild of Anna
Maria Island recently made
two $200 donations to art
departments, including one
to Manatee Elementary
School. Principal Helen
Abernathy and art teacher
Rob Malecki accept a
check from AGAMI educa-
tion committee member
Mary Zion. Zion also
presented a check to art
teacher Valerie Borstel-
mann and Ballard Elemen-
tary School principal
Allen, who promoted the gardens and brought in grants
to help with development. The Anna Maria Island But-
terfly Garden Club also provided $200 seed money to
get the butterfly garden off the ground, they say.
Hassett and Yarger credit the center's previous lead-
ers Lynn Blackwood, Gloria Mayfield and Dale and
wife Kit Redeker for recent improvements including a
new roof, refurbished chairs and a HVAC system, allow-
ing the building to remain useful year-round.
Blackwood says he's glad to be involved as a direc-
tor, but happy the reins have switched to Yarger, Hassett
and others to lessen his load.
Redeker compliments the new leadership on the gar-
dens, rain barrels and grants.
The community center was named for Annie Silver,
"a pants-wearing, cigar-smoking son of a gun," says Has-
According to the Anna Maria Island Historical Soci-
ety, Silver was the first citizen to cross the first bridge
to the mainland in 1922. AMIHS also chronicles her
owning a taxi business, selling it and buying property in
Bradenton Beach. Silver donated property for the Annie
Silver Community Club, which was founded in 1952.
She died in 1958.
Blackwood says local builders provided the labor
and community businesses donated materials to build
The center started as a bingo parlor and canasta club,
according to Hassett.
Asked whether the canasta club is still active, the
answer was no, "but there could be if someone starts
one," says Hassett.
He says the new leadership wants to continue its
low-key focus and offer the building to the community
for whatever it wants it to be.
It provides a meeting place for the Senior Adventures
group and the Anna Maria Island Privateers, training for
U.S. census workers, anniversaries and birthdays.
Out of respect, the center directors say, everyone
cleans up after events.
Everyone is welcome to reserve the room that holds
75 people for any community purpose, says Yarger, and
donations to the nonprofit are accepted.
For reservations or more information, call Yarger at
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Monday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve.
Midnight Fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
New Year's Day.
Noon Clancy's Irish Sports Pub annual Shamrock Shiver plunge
benefiting Caring for Children Charities, Gulf Drive and 12th Street
South, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-2489.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
1 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet with local author Diane Rob-
ertson, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Saturday, Dec. 29
8 p.m. Manatee Players presents "Two on Tap," 502 Third Ave.
W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
Sunday, Dec. 30
2 p.m. Manatee Players presents "Two on Tap," 502 Third Ave.
W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
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 Jan. 6, "Waist Watchers: The Musical," by Alan Jacob-
sen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization, Ramada
Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-
*Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600
Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the Water's
Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information:
First Wednesdays, beginning in January, Mana-Tween Book
Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information:
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m.,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
3, 2, 1 ... Happy new year!
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., will
again celebrate the arrival of the new year with a
public fireworks display and a restaurant party. The
light show takes place at midnight on New Year's Eve
on the Gulf of Mexico shore with viewing all along
the beach near the restaurant. Islander File Photo:
Dara Caudill of www.islandphotography.org
Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Friday, SeniorAdventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply.
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 meet-
ing, 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, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
Through May, third Sundays, 9-11 a.m., Jr. Audubon, Manatee
Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto.
Through April 10, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street
Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a
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. Information:
Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
STuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Jan. 5, The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts a free demonstration, "Cards Created with Watercolor Pencil."
Jan. 9, Off Stage Ladies meeting and luncheon, Moore's Stone
Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-
Jan. 10, Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series
presents Chuck Sidlow, a performer with Circus Sarasota, Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Jan. 12, Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniversary
celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Jan. 16, Anna Maria Garden Club meeting with speaker Jim
Boyer, president of the Tampa Bay African Violet Society, Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Jan. 17, The Island Players' opening of "A Little Murder Never
Hurt Anybody," which continues through Feb. 3, Island Players theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.
Save the date
Jan. 21, Longboat Key Democratic Club Inauguration Brunch,
Longboat Key Club and Resort. Information: 941-362-0520.
Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra con-
cert, 20th anniversary celebration, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.
Feb. 14, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Sweethearts big band
dance benefiting Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
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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.
Writers explore goal-setting
For the new year, the Gulf Coast Writers group
will explore setting goals with local author Diane E.
The group will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.
2, at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
The meeting is open to the public.
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Aubry pursues passion, reflects on historic hometown
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry, an architect
nearly 50 years, never dreamed he would ever write a
But he has, although almost by accident.
"Born on the Island" consists of drawings and
sketches of the historical homes on Texas' Galveston
Island that Aubry made over two years.
'It started as just something to do in my spare time
while I was handling a family matter," Aubry said.
'I would just be driving around Galveston and I began
to notice all these old, Victorian homes built between
1860 and 1900. They all had withstood the great hurri-
cane in 1900. So I began to get out and walk around these
houses and I started drawing them just to stay active."
Aubry is most happy when he is playing guitar, or
drawing something. Along with the older Galveston
homes, including several built from steel, Aubry saw
and drew his grandmother's house, which is still in use
Another drawing is of the U.S. Customs House built
in 1861, just before the Civil War began.
One of Aubry's favorite drawings is a hotel built
years ago, but never opened.
'The house is haunted,"Aubry said. "I know because
I've stayed there on a few nights, the only person in the
Eventually, his drawings came to the attention of the
Texas A&M Publishing Co., and architect Steve Fox, a
Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry, at home in
Anna Maria, looks through his book "Born on the
Island," which contains drawings, sketches and com-
ments on historical homes in Galveston Island, Texas,
where he grew up. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
professor at Rice University in Houston.
"Fox is known as an expert in historical drawings and
history,"Aubry said. "His 'ur''I.liOnii was to not write a
history of the house, but he would write of the emotions
one felt when viewing the house and landscape."
Aubry sent Fox 67 drawings along with his com-
Community center to work off 2012 deficit
ments, and within a week Rice had written his emo-
tional responses to the works. The writings, drawings
and sketches were sent to the publisher.
"And that's the short version of how 'Born on the
Island' came to be," said Aubry.
"It's the Galveston I remember as a kid. Some of
these homes are almost 150 years old and still in use.
The drawings and book were a joy to put together while
I attended to other matters," Aubry said.
He thinks it might be a nice idea to chronicle the
old-Florida homes of Anna Maria, which were built in
a style seldom seen in a Florida community. Aubry has
already begun a few sketches of the city's older homes,
and these eventually may become the basis for a book.
Asked why he continues to work past the average
retirement age, Aubry said it's in his blood to draw, to
make sketches, to prepare drafts and plan.
'It's what I love. It's my passion. I'm always drawing
something," he said.
"Born on the Island" is available at Relish Cafe, 503
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and online at Amazon.com.
All proceeds benefit the Galveston Historical Soci-
By Rick Catlin
Auditors for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center told the center's board of directors at their Dec.
10 meeting that the center ran a deficit in 2012.
At the same time, however, auditor Eric Troyer gave
the accounting by the center a clean audit, the highest
rating he could give.
Board of directors president Greg Ross said the
$20,000 deficit can be made up with an outstanding
Affaire to Remember fundraising event and other fund-
raising projects planned for 2013.
Interim executive director and chief operating officer
Scott Dell said the Affaire to Remember should bring in
$200,000-$250,000 in revenue for the center.
This year's event has some special surprises and
should be the bi~.,lI and best ever, he predicted.
Dell said planning began after the 2012 event and he
is confident the 2013 gala will be a major success.
Additionally, the ongoing Lester Challenge is
expected to raise about $50,000, Ross said.
In other business, Ross said Stuart Moon Jr. and
Cindy Thompson have been nominated for membership
on the board. Election of new members and officers for
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Chuck and Joey Lester of Anna Maria are offering
their annual $25,000 challenge to raise funds for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
The Lesters match donations from individuals and
companies up to $25,000, said Sharen Pittman of the
center staff. The donation period ends Dec. 31.
"I'd like to remind people that their donations are
tax deductible, and I've sent out a number of reminders
to people to remember the challenge. It seems like some
people have forgotten the challenge and how much it
helps the center," she said.
Donations are running a bit behind where they nor-
mally are at this time, Pittman noted.
Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry sells and signs
his books at the annual street fair, Dickens on the
Strand, in Galveston, Texas. He traveled there earlier
this month for the event. His book sales benefit the
Galveston Historical Society. Islander Photo: David
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Redevelopment Agency at its Feb. 29 meeting that
degraded pilings at the Historic Bridge Street Pier must
be replaced. "We need to discuss changing pilings out,
whether we will use wood, try to sleeve them or put con-
crete pilings back in there," he said.
HB commission says no to moratorium: Despite an
impassioned plea from one commissioner and numerous
residents to consider "a pause" in duplex construction,
a majority of Holmes Beach commissioners opposed a
moratorium during a work session on the matter. Com-
mission Chair David Zaccagnino said a moratorium is the
"most extreme" action a municipality can take, because
it suspends property rights and, if enacted, he feared
"threats of lawsuits."
Partiers get boot from rental: A group of 18 col-
lege students spending spring break in a Holmes Beach
vacation rental were evicted for violating the terms of
their lease. Police were called to the 73rd Street property
because of noise complaints.
AM halts moratorium: Anna Maria city commis-
sioners voted 3-2 on March 15 to lift the administrative
moratorium in place only since Feb. 23. The vote came
after Commissioners Dale Woodland, Jo Ann Mattick and
John Quam said they believed stricter code enforcement
would reduce vacation rental problems.
March madness grips island: With exceptional
weather and the usual winter visitor traffic already peak-
ing on the island, HBPD Chief Jay Romine said a few
motorists became irate in traffic jams and called the
HBPD demanding something be done to relieve traffic
congestion. "Area spring break is always the worst time
of the year driving on the Island if the weather is nice.
Last week was pretty much a matter of having more cars
than the roads can handle."
BB removing huts at Sunset Park: Seven small
tiki huts at Bradenton Beach's Katie Pierola Sunset Park,
2200 Gulf Drive N., were removed by the city due to
safety concerns. Public works director Tom Woodard
said, "It's getting to the point where they are in pretty
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agents and vacation property owners in Anna Maria and
throughout the island.
BridgeTender halts outdoor expansion: The
BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar, 135 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, received a stop work order for unper-
mitted work to expand its outside seating capacity in its
bayfront parking area. Bradenton Beach building official
Steve Gilbert said the restaurant applied for an expansion
"but jumped the gun" on construction.
Twenty lots left in Holmes Beach: Twenty vacant
lots left? Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said "a
couple of builders" told him only 20 duplex lots 8,712
square foot lots, the minimum size to support a duplex
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of disbelief, and a directive to the mayor to check the
accuracy of the claim.
DEP warns dock owners: The Florida Departmen-
tal of Environmental Protection issued warning letters to
the owners of 5311 Sunrise Lane for constructing docks
within 65 linear feet of each other in Anna Maria Sound
without a proper DEP permit. A DEP general permit is
required when building a dock in an "outstanding Florida
water body" unless the construction fits within exceptions
for a single-family dock of 500 square feet or less, or is
a repair or replacement of a functional dock.
Renourishment exceeds permit: The Florida
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allowed by its permit during the Bimini Bay dredging
project. The DEP ordered the city to remove the excess
HB commissioners to seek re-election: Two
Holmes Beach commissioners, John Monetti and Sandy
Haas-Martens, following the March 27 city commission
meeting, declared their intent to run for re-election in
November more than seven months before the general
Island celebrates Easter: "Love Wins" was the
sermon by the Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church at the nondenominational Easter sunrise
service held April 8 at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club sponsored the event.
Cityfest celebrates HB founding: The Island City-
Fest Holmes Beach Founder's Day Celebration in mid-
April featured music, food, arts, crafts and more with
sponsorship by Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and The Islander.
Below-average hurricane season forecast: Sci-
entists at Colorado State University predicted a below-
average hurricane season. CSU scientists predicted only
10 named storms would form in the tropics this season,
compared to the seasonal average of 11 named storms.
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cept plan to remake the downtown commercial district to
the Holmes Beach City Commission, and a consensus of
commissioners agreed she should continue working on
the plan. Welch said the plan calls for a waterfront park,
green areas, benches, lighting, sidewalks and a traffic
circle at Gulf and Marina drives.
BB P&Z rejects dune-parking agreement: At an
April 10 public hearing, the Bradenton Beach Planning
and Zoning Board voted to recommend the city reject the
proposed joint development agreement with ELRA, the
corporation which owns the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. City commissioners in
March approved the agreement designed to construct a
protective dune system in the 100 block of Gulf Drive
North. ELRA agreed to pick up the lion's share of the
project's costs, which includes the creation of additional
parking spaces for the restaurant and the city.
DEP issues fines for mangrove trimming: A large
swathe of mangroves was illegally trimmed on the bay-
front at 28th Street in Holmes Beach without a permit,
violating the state statute that protects the shore-lhuii .. in ll
trees. The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion issued its findings in two letters, one April 4 to Rod-
erick L. Parsons of Ripley, W.Va., and another to Sunset
Tree Service of Bradenton.
HB mayor announces bid for re-election: On April
10, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger declared his intent to run
for re-election in November.
Alleged gang member arrested in Anna Maria:
A reputed gang member was arrested in Anna Maria
after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation by
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Matt Kiernan.
The deputy, checking records, found the man wanted on
warrants out of Arizona for human trafficking, money
laundering and possession of narcotics.
HB leads in resort taxes paid: With monthly Manatee
County resort tax collections surpassing $1 million for the
first time ever in February, it also was a record month for
resort tax collections in Holmes Beach. For February col-
lections, Holmes Beach accounted for a record $266,627,
or 25.5 percent of the $1.047 million collections.
Challenge on for TDC seat: Two Holmes Beach
commissioners were vying for a four-year term on the
Manatee County Tourist Development Council. Com-
missioner Jean Peelen announced she was seeking the
advisory board position held by fellow Commissioner
CRA votes for pier study: The Bradenton Beach
Community Redevelopment Agency at its April 18 meet-
ing unanimously approved an engineering study for the
Historic Bridge Street Pier piling and decking replace-
ment project. The project involves replacing 151 pilings,
and includes replacing the pier's aging planks.
First sea turtle nest found: Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteers on May
4 identified the first loggerhead nest of the 2012 sea turtle
nesting season on the island.
LBK chief killed in crash: Al Hogle, Longboat Key
police chief, died May 14 in a motorcycle crash in North
Carolina. Hogle was on vacation and riding with a group
of friends in the mountains of North Carolina when the
AM mayor decides against re-election bid: Anna
Maria Mayor Mike Selby said he will not seek a second
term in the November city election. "I took this on in
2010 with the idea of bridging the gap. I think llii n- have
toned down a bit and people are dealing with the issues
that face the city," he said.
Island trolley sets record: Ridership of the trol-
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record in March 2012 with 64,663 passengers. That
outdistanced March 2011 the previous one-month
record by 21.5 percent, when 53,238 passengers
boarded the trolley.
Four BB P&Z members resign: Four members of
the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board after a
contentious May 3 city commission meeting laden with
accusations aimed at the volunteers. The board mem-
bers resigned after they were accused of letting personal
bias sway their votes against the city's joint development
agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant to build a
dune and parking lot across from city hall and next to
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Art league closes: The Anna Maria Island Art
League closed its doors May 15 without warning. A sign
on the door at the league's gallery and facilities at 5312
Holmes Blvd. stated, "Closed Until Further Notice."
WMFR approves assessment hike: West Mana-
tee Fire District commissioners increased the district's
assessment roughly $4 per household in mid-May.
WMFR Chief Andy Price recommended the rate hike
to meet rising operational costs and put away funds for
expected increases in insurance costs.
HB keeps code board: Holmes Beach commission-
ers May 22 went against a prior consensus to move for-
ward with an ordinance to implement a special magistrate
system of hearings for code violations. Commissioners
voted 2-3 to deny the special magistrate ordinance.
Demi Wing offers to share her heaping helping of
funnel cake at CityFest held in Holmes Beach and
hosted by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
County names new TDC members: The Manatee
County Board of Commissioners voted May 22 to appoint
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen to the Tourist
Development Council. Peelen challenged Holmes Beach
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens for the seat.
Center director resigns: Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center executive director Pierrette Kelly resigned,
saying it was time for her to take on new challenges.
Andy Price, chair of a search committee, said, "Pierrette
will be hard to replace. She made the center what it is, and
her ability to forge relationships was immeasurable."
Dog park improvements continue: A month after
the city erected a fence on the outfield perimeter of Birdie
Tebbetts Field, separating a dog park, improvements were
planned shade trees, a gate, a bench.
Bradenton Beach commissioners downsize P&Z:
At a May 29 joint meeting of commissioners and planning
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & SI/. hin I Monitor-
ing volunteer Glenn Wiseman shows off a sea turtle
egg May 4 from the first confirmed nest of the nesting
and zoning board members, a consensus was reached to
reduce the P&Z from seven members to five members.
"As you all know, we've had some turmoil in the P&Z
board," said Commissioner Ric Gatehouse.
No candidate for AM mayor: For the first time in
memory, no one filed to run for Anna Maria mayor in the
November election. That raised the question: How should
the seat be filled? And when? Only two people filed for
two commission seats incumbent Chuck Webb and
political newcomer Nancy Yetter.
BB commissioners unopposed: Incumbent City
Commissioners Janet Vosburgh and Ed Straight were
the only people to file for the November city election in
Newcomer challenges Bohnenberger: Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger qualified early for his
fourth consecutive run as the city's top administrator. And
the race was uncontested until minutes before the close
of qualifying week, when Carmel Monti, 65, of 530 Key
Royale Drive, filed.
Two challenge HB commissioners: Marvin Gross-
man and Judy Holmes Titsworth, along with incumbents
John Monetti and Sandy Haas-Martens, qualified to for two
commission seats in Holmes Beach's general election.
HB man arrested for killing bird: A 75-year-old
Holmes Beach man faced felony cruelty to an animal
charge after what police say was a deadly attack on a great
heron. Laurie Pardee, 671 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach, was arrested June 16 after allegedly shooting the
heron with a .22 caliber handgun from his porch and then
stomping the bird to death before lthii\\ iln it into Tampa
BB commissioners prepare for budgeting: Whis-
pers about raising taxes for Bradenton Beach homeown-
ers and staff pay raises abounded as Bradenton
Beach commissioners spent the first preliminary budget
Monti entered the
race for Holmes
Beach mayor in
ing a challenge to
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Eight roosters and hens appear at the Anna Maria Island Historical Park, 402
Pine Ave. Someone apparently dropped the birds off during the middle of the night
and also left some feed. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Smoke and flame billow from a boat fire at 5601 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach,
around 10:45 a.m. June 11. The fire destroyed the boathouse and demolished the
24-foot Grady-White boat docked there. Only minor smoke damage was caused to
the house. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
meeting June 11 discussing how little of the tax pie city
residents see from their tax dollars.
HB votes for FAR limits: Holmes Beach city com-
missioners June 12 took a step closer to implementing
floor-area ratio requirements in Holmes Beach. Three of
five commissioners agreed that FARs should become part
of the city's land development code.
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night of June 23 and then parked about 190 miles south-
east of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The storm's
most severe weather was to its southwest and, from where
the storm stalled June 24, sent bands of heavy rains and
tropical storm force winds across Anna Maria Island.
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Island police blotter
Dec. 17, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, vehicle bur-
glary. Unknown persons gained entry into an unlocked
vehicle, accessed the trunk and stole hair cutting equip-
ment valued at $1,300.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 13, 4500 block of Gulf Drive North, suspi-
cious circumstances. Bradenton Beach police officers
responded to assist the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment regarding an incident that occurred at the listed
address. Police made contact with a man who appeared
to be intoxicated and was having trouble clearly stating
his complaint. However, the man told police he was visit-
ing a friend and, when he was ready to leave, a neighbor
exited his residence and pointed a shotgun at him. The
complainant said the neighbor had done so because "he
doesn't like me." The man told police that he told the
neighbor to shoot him.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy also was
called to assist and made contact with the neighbor,
who said the complainant had been on his property in
the past and was arrested for trespassing after "causing
problems." He said he heard the man yelling and came
outside to remind him that he had been trespassed from
the property and told him to leave.
Another neighbor became involved in the dispute, at
which the time the complainant allegedly threatened to
a throw brick through his window. The second neighbor
responded he would use deadly force if needed.
Both men denied pointing a shotgun at the complain-
ant, but the first neighbor did admit to having his neigh-
bor's shotgun and returned it to him during the argument.
A third witness reported seeing the argument, but told
police he never saw a weapon pointed at the complain-
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Reports not submitted.
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 h,,' ,rf's Office.
An Oct. 16 story identified an alleged burglar as a
Holmes Beach man residing in Bradenton Beach. While
the incident occurred in Holmes Beach, the suspect, iden-
tified as Roger Clibur, 47, resides on 17th Avenue in
Bradenton and not in the 2700 block of Avenue C.
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Special master for Bradenton Beach resigns
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Special Master Harold Youmans
has submitted notice to terminate his contract with the
Since 2005, when Bradenton Beach opted to hire a
special master to hear code enforcement cases, Youmans
has been called in to conduct quasi-judicial hearings for
In a letter dated Dec. 11, Youmans provided the
60-day notice required to terminate his services.
Youmans complimented the city's professionalism
and wrote, 'Thank you for the privilege of serving the
citizens of Bradenton Beach."
The city issued a request for proposal a few weeks
ago to hire a secondary special master because of You-
mans' limited availability from his Orlando residence.
City clerk Nora Idso told The Islander that the hiring
of a secondary special master was not mentioned in You-
mans' resignation. The retention of a secondary special
master was to ensure that hearings would move forward
in the event that Youmans was unable to travel to the
"He did not provide us with a reason, but I know he
had been considering retirement," said Idso. "We appre-
ciate the professionalism and fairness he brought to the
hearings for both the city and our citizens."
Idso said there are no pending hearings in the 60 days
leading up to Youmans' official last day. The search for
a secondary special master has now turned into a search
for a primary special master.
"We placed an advertisement on our website when
the city began looking for a secondary special master,"
said Idso. 'Thus far we have only had one applicant. In
the interest of fairness, we will advertise in the Bradenton
Herald until Jan. 16."
She said that should be enough time for commission-
ers to receive new applications, review them and make a
possible decision before any new hearings.
Special master hearings are fairly rare in Braden-
ton Beach. Building official Steve Gilbert, earlier this
year, said variance requests are common, but that the
city works diligently to first resolve the requests to the
satisfaction of homeowners and the city before escalating
Since the city moved away from the board of adjust-
ments in favor of a special master, there have been about
five hearings. Gilbert said board of adjustments hearings
were equally rare, but keeping enough volunteer board
members and the concern of neighbor-versus-neighbor
scenarios led the city to adopt the special master plan.
Hearing set in libel suit against HB commissioner
By Kathy Prucnell
Attorneys for John F Agnelli Jr. are pushing forward
on the libel lawsuit filed against Holmes Beach Com-
missioner Chair Jean Peelen, setting a court hearing in
February on Peelen's motion to dismiss.
'The motion is essentially a stall-
ing tactic," said Agnelli attorney Peter
B I .A. Mackey of Mackey Law Group, PA.,
of Bradenton. "In my opinion the judge
should deny the motion, and they'll
Slfinally have to respond."
Peelen Mackey said the court is back-
logged on available hearing dates, and
a motion filed without a notice of hearing further delays
Peelen is being represented by Jay Daigneault of
Frazier, Hubbard, Brandt, Trask and Yacavone, LLP,
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days after the amended complaint, and is not responsible
for any delay, he said. It was a matter of scheduling with
the coordination of the two attorneys and the court, he
The lawsuit was filed Oct. 9, after Peelen made
comments in which she confused the identity of John
F Agnelli Jr. with his son, Frank Agnelli, in an emailed
At a commission meeting the same day he filed the
suit, John Agnelli criticized Peelen for a careless lack
of regard for the truth. Peelen acknowledged the error
to the email recipients and apologized to Agnelli at
the meeting. Agnelli rebutted that Peelen's comments
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Agnelli's first complaint named Peelen as an indi-
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ing state law provides immunity to public officials acting
within the scope of their duties. Agnelli responded by
amending his complaint to specify she defamed him in
her individual capacity.
Daigneault moved to dismiss Agnelli's amended
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13 Anna Maria Elementary School fall harvest lesson at the eatery, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Edible garden partnership enriches AME curriculum
By Kathy Prucnell
Eight years and running, Anna Maria Elementary
School has taught sustainable food production and healthy
eating in a partnership with the community in its edible
garden program for fourth-graders.
Beach Bistro funds the Earthboxes, soil and seeds.
AME fourth-grade classes with help from master
gardener and volunteer Christine Callahan and others -
plant, tend and harvest their "edible garden," which grows
outdoors alongside the school cafeteria.
"From my point of view, the fourth-grade is a great
age for the program," says Callahan, a software developer
by profession who's seen the program through all eight
years, having had her two children attend AME.
She teaches the fourth-grade class once a month in
the garden, and credits other parents, gardeners, guidance
counselor Cindi Harrison and cafeteria manager Annie
Mousseau for supporting the program.
In her outdoor classroom, students learn about pesti-
cide-free sustainable planting fertilizing and treating
for insects 'without poison among other gardening
"Our bip~.'l problem that we've really been
,h uln'lini' with is mildew on cucumbers and squash,"
Callahan explains, and adds they've been successful in
treating it with an organic spray of vegetable oil, baking
soda and warm water.
The fourth-grade teachers integrate the program into
the classroom with lessons on plant cycle, nutrition and
Monday, Dec. 24-Monday, Dec. 31, winter break.
Tuesday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 7, winter break con-
tinues, and Tuesday, Jan 8: students return.
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math, including weights and measures.
"We try to connect it as a precursor to a lesson or as
a reminder, a refresher," she says.
The students' first fall-winter harvest is delivered to
Eat Here for hands-on cooking lessons.
At the Dec. 13 lesson, the students contributed broc-
coli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, lettuce and rad-
ishes from their garden.
Susan Timmins, Eat Here/Beach Bistro co-owner
and wife of Murphy, helped the kids learn to make the
wraps and vegetable pizza they dined on, all easily rep-
licated at home.
In late April, the spring harvest will be delivered to
the Beach Bistro, where chefs will create a luncheon for
the students, she adds.
"It's prepared in its finest form," says Callahan. 'The
meal is always based on what comes from the students'
Violinist joins classroom celebration
Violinist Amberly Waterman of Holmes Beach accom-
panied Anna Maria Island Elementary second-grad-
ers, including her son, Sam, and other parents who
caroled during their Dec. 20 holiday party in Karen
Newhall's classroom at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Karen Newhall
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Safety foremost at Bradenton Beach's floating dock
By Mark Young
Some public frustration is mounting over the 1k giili1
closure of the floating day dock adjacent to the Historic
Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach.
Especially for new visitors to the island, who aren't
up to speed on city news, said public works director Tom
"I had some fairly vocal complaints, especially
during the Dec. 15 lighted boat parade," he said. 'The
problem is that the floating dock looks fine by looking
at it, so people don't understand why we have it closed
Safety is the city's primary concern, he said.
'Three of the sections are completely unusable," he
said. 'The hinges are completely separated and the bal-
lasts that keep the sections afloat are broken and can't
handle any additional weight."
Woodard said people are attempting to use the dock
despite posted signs stating it's closed.
"If they step on any one of those three sections in
particular, they will go straight into the water," he said.
"It's a huge tripping hazard and the city just can't take
any chances having any part of it open."
Woodard recommends boaters use the recently
opened dinghy dock across from the BridgeTender Inn
and Dockside Bar.
Both docks were damaged by Tropical Storm Debby
in June and repairs were approved under terms and condi-
tions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The dinghy dock was repaired and reopened a few
weeks ago. But while the city has been working with
FEMA, the city's modified design to shorten the day dock
has not received an official sign off.
The city awaits one final signature to ensure funding
is in place before day dock repairs begin, but Hurricane
Sandy's collision with a Northeaster, which gave rise to
Super Storm Sandy and devastation in parts of the North-
east, has left FEMA with higher priorities.
"We are still in a holding pattern and waiting on
Bradenton Beach looks to infrastructure priorities
By Mark Young
City infrastructure was a topic often mentioned
during the Bradenton Beach budget sessions over the
summer, and listed as a primary reason to raise taxes in
the city for the first time in years.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse asked public works
director Tom Woodard to create a priority list during the
budget process, and a tentative list has been compiled.
'This list isn't set on any certain priority," said Woo-
dard. "I would call it more of a project list than a prior-
ity list and it's based on things that I know need to be
addressed, commissioners have mentioned and things that
have mentioned to me by citizens."
Woodard said although there is a timetable attached
to each project, it's more of a way to put projects in
black and white so commissioners can see what the city
is addressing now and what they may want to think about
in the future.
"So they aren't necessarily in order of priority," he
said. 'They can be changed or deleted as necessary. I was
told to include \ i Ill illn I could think of, so that is what
I have done."
Woodard said an example would be that some things
like filling potholes have already been completed, while
building more trolley shelters would be something the
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more of a "wish list."
"We have 22 trolley stops and we had five shelters
built," he said. "Building 18 more would not be consid-
ered a priority, but it's on the project list as a way to just
put it out there as something we want to do, but may not
do for quite some time."
Woodard provided an estimated cost and timetable
for each project, but noted it's impossible to predict costs
into the future.
One short-term project to be completed within three
months includes stucco repairs at Bradenton Beach City
Hall with estimated costs of $500.
One project discussed during the budget process
and expected to be completed within three months is a
$35,000 asphalt resurfacing project on Second Street to
Signage, landscaping and upgrading the parking area
at Herb Dolan Park and Children's Park are expected to
be completed within six months at a cost of $2,500.
Long-term project examples include the trolley shel-
ters, which Woodard placed on a 10-year timetable, and
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'There have not been any updates since our Dec. 6 meet-
ing, but we hope to have an update after the first of the
Until then, Woodard said, patience is required.
"People are still using it because it looks fine, but it's
not," he said. "It's hazardous to use and we cannot take
the slightest risk, so it has to remain closed for now."
It may appear the floating day dock next to the Historic
Bridge Street Pier is usable, but city officials stress that
is not the case. The dock has been closed since May.
Islander Photo: Mark Young
Community notices, events
Attention community organization representa-
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and organization events, happenings and projects on
Anna Maria Island and encourages you to submit
Send press releases and photos with detailed cap-
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complete contact information.
Two-year timetable projects include replacing storm-
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Alice Christie of Anna Maria died Dec. 6. She was
born in Pierce, Fla.
On graduating in 1946 from Mulberry High School,
she settled in Lakeland, and became a loving and cher-
ished wife and mother, and a tireless and compassionate
caregiver. She retired to Anna Maria in the late 1980s.
Mrs. Christie was a Christian, a lifelong Democrat,
and, as described by her daughter, a wicked-faithful
Boston Red Sox fan and the epitome of the Irish Cladd-
agh's meaning of love, loyalty and friendship.
Arrangements were by Kicliter Funeral Home of
Mrs. Christie is survived by daughter Debera Elaine
Thompson of Anna Maria.
Jack Newton Lewis
Jack Newton Lewis, 65, of Bradenton, died Dec. 18.
He was born Oct. 22, 1947, in Houston to Louise and
Henry LaFayette Lewis.
He received a bachelor's degree in finance from the
University of Houston and a master's degree in business
administration from the University of Maryland. He was
a proud member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Following his education, he served his country in
the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves as a finance
officer. Jack worked more than 30 years for Chevy Chase
Federal Bank in Maryland, retiring as a vice president in
2005. He served his church, most recently as treasurer
and Eucharistic minister at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, Holmes Beach.
Mr. Lewis was known for his keen intelligence, wit
and charm, and was a loyal and steadfast friend.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 22, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with a celebration of life
and reception to follow the service. Memorial donations
may be made to the Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1829.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Ann; sister Boyce
Ann Miller and her two daughters; son Richard and wife
Donna Cecchetti; granddaughters Amber, Sarah and
Dominique; goddaughter Adrianne Moss Minnich and
husband Scott, and their son, Jack's namesake, Jack Min-
nich. He also was surrogate father to his godchildren,
Paul Bates, Lisa Bush and Lori Potter. He also is survived
by his extended family, Frances and Roger Chandler; Vir-
ginia and Jack Chaffee; nephews Christopher, Michael,
Justin and Jordan; and his canine friend Gaby.
John Sandberg, 83, of Viera, Fla., and formerly of
Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 24. He was born Aug. 9,
1929, in McCleary, Wash., to Einar A. and Jane (Little)
Mr. Sandberg went to Washington State College
where he received a doctorate in education in 1956.
During his undergraduate years at Washington State
College, he worked in the summer for the National
Forest Service at Lake Quinault, where he served on
fire crews and worked on the construction of roads and
He married Mollie Rehm Aug. 29, 1953. He then
joined the U.S. Navy, serving active duty in the Korean
War and two years as the executive officer of the USS
Surfbird. He continued another 24 years as a Naval
Reserve officer, retiring with the rank of captain.
In 1976, he was recognized by the University of
Guam, which he had helped to establish, for educational
and sociological work he had done for the people of the
Central Pacific. He retired in 1986 from his educational
career as dean of the School of Education at Western
Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Following retirement, the Sandbergs relocated to
Bradenton Beach, where he became active in the com-
munity. He spearheaded the construction and operation of
the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St., Bradenton
He also chaired the committee that developed the
rehabilitation plans of the historic downtown area using
a $500,000 grant awarded to the city.
In 2005, he and Mollie moved from Bradenton Beach
to the Indian River Colony Club in Viera.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mollie; chil-
dren Mike, Jill, and Julie; grandchildren John Jacob,
Samantha, Sydney and Vicki Fenton.
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Cortez woman arrested
at Bradenton rehab
By Mark Young
A 31-year-old Cortez woman was charged with mis-
demeanor possession of drug paraphernalia Dec. 13 while
at a Bradenton rehabilitation center, and more charges
could be pending.
Stephanie Lund, of the 4200 block of 126th Street
West in Cortez, was attending the rehab facility when she
went across the street to a convenience store, according
to the probable cause affidavit.
According to the report, the manager observed
that Lund was high and told her that kind of behav-
ior was unacceptable, and called the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office. According to the report, Lund turned
over a syringe, telling the deputy it had been filled with
The report states Lund was handed a "loaded" syringe
by an unidentified male. She stated she was not strong
enough to resist the temptation, and entered the store
bathroom where she "shot up" the drugs.
Lund was arrested for misdemeanor possession of
drug paraphernalia and held at the Manatee County jail
on $120 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Manatee County Judicial Center,
1017 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
However, according to court records, Lund has been
on felony probation for a trafficking in stolen property
conviction in Palm Beach County. Court records also
indicate multiple prior arrests, including drug possession,
prostitution, contempt of court and forgery dating back
Lund posted bond the day after her Dec. 13 arrest.
Frank Paul Ransom
Frank Paul Ransom, 54, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
17. He was born in Columbus, Ohio.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.
Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bra-
Survivors include his mother, Ireta Wood; and
12-year companion Kim Morgan.
24 0 DEC. 26, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Historical society drops plans for 'Infield'
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society has deci
not to proceed with raising funds to preserve a Spn
Street house in Anna Maria built as a winter home in 1
1950s by baseball player Warren Spahn.
AMIHS board president Maureen McCormick n(
fled the city along with donors and supporters of the de
sion in a letter.
The historical society had hoped to raise enou
money to have the house moved to the historic park at 4
Pine Ave., Anna Maria to become a baseball museurr
McCormick said a primary reason for the decision
that recent changes in state building codes "pushed lal
and construction costs to more than $75,000, more tl
double the initial project estimate."
She thanked the Spahn family, the city of Anna Ma
and those involved in the preservation effort. She said ,
regretted that increasing costs forced the board to can
McCormick said the board also was concerned t
rising costs associated with moving the Spahn ho:
might jeopardize the obligation of the board to presei
the museum and the Belle Haven Cottage located in
McCormick said she informed Commissioner Jc
Quam, the commission liaison to the historical sock
of the decision.
'The museum and Belle Haven are an important p
of the island we understand the decision," said Qua
on behalf of the commission.
McCormick said the historical society will contir
Kayak tours offered
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will offer
six free guided kayak tours of Sarasota Bay through
April with the Bay Wise Kayak Tour Program.
The tours include Lido Mangrove Tunnels Feb.
2 and Feb. 16, Blind Pass March 2 and March 16,
and Lyons and Blackburn Bay April 6 and April
Two trips at Leffis Key and Jewfish Key in Janu-
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The guide is Brad Tanner, an expert kayaker and
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raising money to preserve the Infield house, 203 Spruce
St., Anna Maria, which was built in the 1950s by
baseball Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn. The property
remains for sale by the Spahn family. Islander Photo.
to support and preserve the history of baseball on the
island with featured exhibits in the museum.
Spahn built a number of small homes in the city that
he sold or rented to teammates on the Milwaukee Braves
when the team trained in Bradenton.
Kevin Cassidy, sports reporter for The Islander, is
on holiday this week. His report will return to these
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p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the squadron building, 1200
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The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold boating education course and seminars in Janu-
ary at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. Northwest,
The two-part America's Boating Course will take
place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan.
12, with attendance required on both dates to receive a
boating education certificate.
The course fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple.
The course covers boating safety and Florida water-
A PaddleSmart seminar will be offered at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, with a focus on kayaking. The cost to
attend is $10.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, the squadron will host
instruction in chart-reading. The seminar admission cost
The same fee is required for a GPS seminar that will
take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 and a seminar on
knots, bends and hitches at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
For more information, contact Gloria Potter or Walter
Haug at 941-795-0482.
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Warmer days produce heat for anglers
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Since we've had warm temperatures and light winds
offshore, fishers are working as much as possible before
winter weather sets in. The first official day of winter was
Reports of keeper-size red grouper are coming in
from as close as 10 miles off shore. For bait, live pin-
fish or shiners are the best choice, although frozen baits
such as squid, threadfin herring and sardines are working,
Moving out 20 miles or more is resulting in catches of
large red grouper, plenty of catch-and-release gag grouper
and just-legal amberjack. Also, expect to encounter man-
grove and red snapper. But remember, the red snapper
season is still closed, so they are catch-and-release.
Moving inshore, flats fishers are using artificial
to target spotted seatrout. Since water temps are still
about 70 degrees, you can use topwater plugs either in
the morning or evening to get action on big gator trout
that are lurking on shallow flats. For sheer numbers of
trout, try drifting deeper grass flats with soft plastics or
Redfish and catch-and-release snook are gathering
around docks and canals. Try using live select shrimp to
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your shrimp on the bottom. For the catch-and-release
snook, simply free-line a big shrimp around a dock piling
and hang on tight.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore structure with
good results on a variety of species. Girle is anchoring
over structure and then chumming with live shiners to
attract a bite. Bonito and small Spanish mackerel are the
first to react to Girle's chum, skyrocketing and slashing
at live shiners thrown around the boat. Once this is occur-
ring, Girle is casting free-lined baits to the fish surface-
feeding. Usually within seconds of the bait entering the
water, the fight is on with either bonito or mackerel.
With all of this action going in, sharks are natu-
rally attracted. Black tips of 50-75 pounds are feeding
on chunks of mackerel or bonito free-lined on a shark
leader behind the boat. Not only do these sharks peel a
considerable amount of drag, but their acrobatic jumps
are visually impressive for the angler.
Lastly, Girle is bottom fishing in sandy areas between
structures to find flounder. By nose-hooking a shiner with
a jighead on a knocker rig, Girle is catching flounder in
the 20-inch range. He suggests carrying extra hardware
due to all of the snags.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier is seeing pier fishers using silver spoons and
white jigs for mackerel, bonito and ladyfish. Keep in mind
that the Spanish mackerel being caught are small, up to 15
inches. As for the bonito, expect fish about 8-10 pounds.
Pier fishers using live fiddler crabs are catching
good numbers of sheepshead. Most fish are 1-2 pounds,
although bigger ones are mixed in. You can also use live
shrimp, but the best bite is occurring on fiddlers.
Anglers opting to use shrimp fished on the bottom
are catching legal-size mangrove snapper and flounder.
Both species are biting well although most are barely
above keeper-size. While using shrimp, expect to catch
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Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing a
few mackerel being caught, although the better bite is
definitely for flounder. Pier fishers using small white jigs
at sunrise are getting moderate action on Spanish mack-
erel, but the bite isn't lasting. Once it ends, pier fishers are
switching to bottom rigs and Ji.t'inii' live shrimp around
the perimeter of the pier to catch flounder. Flounder up to
15 inches are keeping pier fishers busy and well fed.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackler says fishers
drifting the flats are catching decent numbers of spotted
seatrout on DOA Cal jigs or DOA shrimp under a Cajun
Thunder cork. For the bait, white is the color. If you're
using DOA shrimp, also try the glow color, which gets
the same action as a white.
Bait fishers using live shrimp are targeting docks and
piers for sheepshead. With increasing numbers of sheep-
ies appearing daily, the bite should only get better.
Lastly, reports of fish moving into the canals of
Bimini Bay and the surrounding area are increasing.
Redfish, spotted seatrout and snook are migrating into
these areas in advance of cooler weather.
Again, live shrimp is a great bait to target any of
these species. Try targeting the entrances of canals for
the trout. Add a split shot to your shrimp and let it swim
toward the bottom. For the reds and snook, try working
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says there are
plenty of shiners schooling up around the pier, but the
mackerel are not appearing. Pier fishers targeting mack-
erel are catching a stray bonito here and there and plenty
With a shortage of mackerel, pier fishers can change
tactics and bait fish with shrimp or fiddler crabs to get a
bite. Casting these baits under the pier, fishers are hook-
ing up sheepshead, black drum, redfish and flounder.
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Both Eat Here restaurants are owned by Sean
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N., Holmes Beach.
Island real estate
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
603 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,920 sfla
2,505 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1967 on a 90x114 lot was sold 11/29/12, Mischler to
Englehardt for $570,000; list $585,000.
688 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,288 sfla
2,772 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1972
on a 90x114 lot was sold 12/04/12, Murphy Property
Group LLC to Swezey for $568,000.
207 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,840 sfla / 2,586 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1971 on a 59x105 lot was
sold 12/06/12, 207 72nd Street Cottage LLC to 302 67th
LLC for $535,000.
300 67th St., Unit A, 67th Street Coastal Cottages,
Holmes Beach, a 1,300 sfla 3bed/2bath land condo built
in 1960 was sold 12/05/12, 302 67th LLC to Welch for
$520,000; list $549,000.
3804 SixthAve., Unit 3804, Village at Holmes Beach,
Holmes Beach, a 1,725 sfla / 2,593 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
condo with shared pool built in 2002 was sold 11/30/12,
Murphy opened the first Eat Here two years ago at
5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
With the success of the casual dining and Floribbean
food offered, Murphy opened a second Eat Here location
in 2011 at 1888 Main St., Sarasota. A third location is
planned to open Dec. 31 on Siesta Key.
Just this week, Eat Here in Holmes Beach began
serving lunch a first for the eaterie adding some
lunchable items to the menu, including tasty soups and
salads, sandwiches and tacos, and, yes, (finally, some
Suncoast Gulf Properties LLC to Curry for $465,000;
246 17th St. N., Unit 23, Bradenton Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,396 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pools built in 2004 was sold 12/04/12,
Ullom to Hazlett for $461,000.
212 81st St., Unit B, Tortuga Villas, Holmes Beach,
a 1,200 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 2012
was sold 11/30/12, 212 81st St LLC to Menendez for
$460,000; list $469,000.
116 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,234 sfla / 1,801 sfur
3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1945 on a 68x80 lot was
sold 11/29/12, Deblecourt to Blue Eyed Girl 116 81st
Street LLC for $416,400; list $400,000.
3103 Avenue F, Unit 22, Island Beach Club, Holmes
Beach, a 984 sfla / 1,228 sfur 2bed/ bath Gulfview condo
with shared pool built in 1974 was sold 12/06/12, Plum-
mer to Zodda for $373,000; list $397,000.
236 17th St. N., Unit 34, Bradenton Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,396 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pools built in 2004 was sold 12/03/12,
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Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND Unique 3292 sq
ft bayfront townhome. Recently updated
and beautifully renovated. Exceptional
Gulf-to-bay complex with beach, bayside
pool and dock, secured elevator. Covered
parking for 4 cars. David Moynihan (941)
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-
nished. Weekly rentals are permitted. Dave
Moynihan (941) 720-0089. #M5832341.
BRING YOUR FISHING POLE, tennis GULFFRONT COMMUNITY offering
raquet, and bathing suit to enjoy this Gulf- heated pool, tennis, tropical setting and
to-bayAnna Maria Island condo. The views on-site property manager. Well-maintained
are amazing, watch the boats on Sarasota 2BR/2BA unit, offered turnkey furnished.
Bay or stroll to the beach. Mark Reemelin Steps to prime walking beach. Complex
(941) 932-3778. #M5832476. $319,650 offers weekly rentals. David Moynihan
(941) 720-0089. #M5833708. $369,500
ISLAND TRIPLEX -This property is directly
across from the beach, beautiful Gulf view.
Beautiful furnishings, totally updated. Atrue
beachhouse with all the character of the
island. Rae Ellen Hayo (941) 920-0364.
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ISLAND DUPLEX best of both worlds,
2 units, income property and residence.
Beautifully furnished and tiled floors, granite
and SS. 3BR/2BAeach with elevators. Rae
Ellen Hayo (941) 920-0364. #M5833130.
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201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1
Longboat Key FL 34228
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sands Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
L References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
ez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
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CANTON HOME THEATER speaker system. Four
cubed surround sound speakers, one center
channel speaker and subwoofer, $1,850, new,
now, $475. 941-799-1169.
BICYCLES: HIS AND hers, Sears "Free Spirit"
1970s, very good condition, $150/pair. 813-240-
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.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
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Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
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EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline
for classified ads for the Jan. 2 edition is noon
Friday, Dec. 28. The Islander office will be closed
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-Jan.1.
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-
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,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boat-
ers. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and 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-
EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline
for classified ads for the Jan. 2 edition is noon
Friday, Dec. 28. The Islander office will be closed
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-Jan.1.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kit-
tens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters.
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-
PONTOON BOAT: 20-foot, 50-hp, hard top,
recent upholstery and carpet. Extra lines and
preservers, $2,500. 941-778-4793.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for
fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in
really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone
who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mer-
cury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery.
Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street.
Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins
and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real
CLEANING SERVICES NORFOLK Southern, a
multi-billion dollar transportation company, cur-
rently has the following opportunity at our private
oceanfront facility located in Holmes Beach, FL.
Buildings and grounds assistant. The successful
candidate is responsible for maintaining safe and
orderly buildings and grounds at the Lay-by. In
particular, the incumbent provides cleaning and
housekeeping services for guest quarters and
restocking of consumable supplies in the living
areas. The Assistant may also provide grounds-
keeping services for outside areas. For immedi-
ate consideration, please, visit www.nscorp.com/
careers and complete an online application for
the buildings and grounds assistant position.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trust-
worthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student.
Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references,
30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
More ads = more readers in The Islander.
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JIL DE C A SIFIED.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION:
Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs
easily on inside, see-through, leave-up. Free esti-
mate. Registered and insured. Island discount.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for
your wedding, home and special events. 941-
KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our ser-
vices. We now offer residential cleaning. Family
owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and
service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.
APPLIANCE REPAIR: ALL makes and models.
25 years experience. Call Jay, 720-217-2565.
ALL THE DETAILS make a difference. Getting into
the grooves of cleaning. Call 941-224-7506.
I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade.
Hardware, software and network repair. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline
for classified ads for the Jan. 2 edition is noon
Friday, Dec. 28. The Islander office will be closed
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-Jan.1.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
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And if I don't have the answer, I know someone
who will. Start to finish hardware, software,
network setup and repair, printer help, continu-
ing support... Give me a call. If it's broke, I can
usually fix it. Cell phones, too.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holln-.,:h I 'pii Sat .
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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rN: i:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, f a '
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
Call Junior, 807-1015
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Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
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ONE OF THE OLDEST BUSINESSES on Anna
Maria Island and in Manatee County. Rare opportunity,
business and real estate. Just 100 feet to the Gulf.
BAY IN FRONT, CANAL IN BACK. You won't find
many like this 3BR/3BA with 2,226 sf under roof.
Good bones, needs update $599,000.
BEACHFRONT DUPLEX Exceptional views
from this ground level, 4 BR/2BA located on a
quiet side street. Beach-side porch & sundeck.
GREAT LOCATION. Spacious 3BR/2BA home.
Wood floors, large back yard. 1 block to Lewis Park.
BEACH FRONT IN ANNA MARIA
Spacious 2 BR/ 3BT Gulf Front home on North
Shore Drive in the city of Anna Maria. Exceptional
views, large screened beach-side porch & open deck.
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
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ISLAND CONDO FOR SALE: 2bed/2bath
turnkey condo with good rental history. Pool,
tennis, covered parking, bay access, water
views, elevator, future bookings, and new
A/C and new roof are just some of the fea-
tures of this condo. Just bring yourflip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
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, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-
794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, washer-dryer,
close to beach, fishing pier. Call 941-720-2418.
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.
ANNUAL CANALFRONT, BOAT slip up to 26-feet.
2BR/2BA, washer and dryer hookup, utility room.
No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
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RENTAL WANTED: EFFICIENCY for single male
retiree. Non-smoker, Jan.15-March 15. 941-778-
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch,
near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
SEASONAL: LAKE-VIEW single-family house,
2BR/2BA, sunroom, laundry, garage, deck. Like
new. Five minutes to beach. 941-587-4675.
RESPONSIBLE COUPLE SEEKS annual rental on
Anna Maria Island starting May/June. 2-3BR/2BA
furnished, ground level, desirable. Consider six
months. Local references. 207-669-5353.
OVERLOOKING TENNIS COURTS at IMG,
2BR/2BA furnished condo, garage, seasonal
three-month or annual. Call 941-778-3926.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Available December-February, 2013.
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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Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
HOME SHARE WANTED: Female snowbird,
non-drinker, non-smoker, considerate, looking
for a bedroom/bath Feb.1-April 15. Currently on
Island, for more information, 941-201-5237 or
EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline
for classified ads for the Jan.2 edition is 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27. The Islander office will be
closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-Jan.1.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton
Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.
flipkey.com/124227. $269,000. By owner, 941-
WANTED: RENT-TO-own or owner financed, 2-3
bedroom, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Braden-
FLORIDA DREAMS REALTY
5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,FL 34217
Check out our online vacation rental
catalog on Anna Maria Island and
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FOR SALE BY owner: 1 BR/1BA mobile completely
remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call
941-224-1652 for more information.
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email email@example.com.
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.
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
WATERFRONT BAYOU CONDO: 2BR/1BA,
$259,000. Owner financing or rent short/long
term. Furnished completely remodeled, new
appliances, washer, dryer, professionally deco-
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