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Happy 2013 from
Joe Bird's AsThe-
World Terns and The
Islander. Page 6
HB mayor to look
locally for chief.
HB building permits
flood city. Page 4
The government cal-
endar. Page 4
Op/ed: Our opinion,
your opinion. Page 6
ring in 2013. Pages
What to do, where to
go. Page 12
Where's Tuna ?r,, t '
Island street map.
New York Times
Crossword. Page 18
Island police blotter.
for ex-islander Viens.
Fishing: Cold fronts
bring tough times for
anglers. Page 25
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VOLUME 21, NO. 9
From The Islander archives
The year 2012 began with Anna Maria's
commission working on a moratorium and
ended with Holmes Beach's commission work-
ing on a moratorium. Island officials, through-
out the year, struggled with balancing progress
and preservation, green and growth, residential
There were other major developments in
the news, including the arrest of boyfriend Wil-
liam Cumber in the 2008 slaying of Holmes
Beach businesswoman Sabine Musil-Buehler
and the conviction of an ex-islander who killed
his wife and cooked her remains in Califor-
L rJLA There was the election in Holmes Beach
that resulted in a change of leadership at city
Pages hall. There was the non-election in Anna Maria
26-27 that also brought a change in leadership and
then the non-election in Bradenton Beach that
g, net- kept the status quo.
learning. And there was the continued boom in
island commerce largely resulting from
age increased tourism that ran counter to the
The islands celebrate July 4 with fireworks at
Mar Vista on Longboat Key, the BeachHouse
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach and the Sand-
bar in Anna Maria, and with the annual Anna
Maria Island Privateers Parade. Islander File
Photo: Karen Riley Love
A glance back at the second half of 2012,
from July through December, on Anna Maria
JAN 2. 2013 FREE
Rare bird makes rare AMI appearance
By Mark Young Razorbills made an appearance at the Anna
Islander Reporter Maria City Pier beginning around Dec. 21.
There's an estimated 500,000-700,000 The razorbill looks a lot like a penguin
razorbill breeding pairs in the world, but a because of its black and white coloring, but gets
Florida sighting of the penguin-looking sea its name from its thick, black bill.
bird is rare. According to bird experts, the rarity of sight-
brothers, Cody, 9,
and Colton, 5, of
a sandy snowman
on Christmas Day
on the beach in
Anna Maria. The
boys said tourists
pictures with their
ings in Florida stems from the fact that razorbill
breeding habitat is typically cold water coast-
lines with rocky shores and cliffs. Their habitat
range typically does not run south of Maine in
About 65 percent of the bird's population
nesting is in Iceland, hence the rarity of Florida
appearances from the razorbill.
The word of razorbills at the pier spread
rapidly and birders already within driving dis-
tance soon packed the pier to get a sighting.
Theories of why the razorbills are making
a South Florida appearance vary. Cornell Uni-
versity reports above average sea surface tem-
peratures in the northeast Atlantic while others
believe it's possible that Superstorm Sandy dis-
rupted the birds' food supply.
According to statewide media reports,
razorbill sightings are being reported in record
numbers across the Gulf of Mexico coast, and
ornithologists are saying because the razor-
bill is primarily a coastal bird, the birds in
the Gulf flew all the way to the tip of South
PLEASE SEE RARE BIRD, PAGE 2
Sea-turtle nesting season on record path:
Tropical Storm Debby disrupted sea-turtle nest-
ing season on Anna Maria Island, but by early
July nature was back on track and volunteer nest
monitors were predicting a record season.
BB attorney seeks help with suits: Bra-
denton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry July
5 asked for and received a consensus from city
commissioners to hire a special litigator to
help with two lawsuits, one filed by the city of
Holmes Beach over a right-of-way dispute and
another filed by former planning and zoning
board members over a proposed parking lot-
Chickens come to roost: Domesticated
chickens were abandoned near the border of the
cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. It was
the second time in less than a month that hens and
roosters were left on the island and later captured
HB code officer visits rental agents:
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David
Forbes continued his folksy-styled enforcement,
PLEASE SEE 2012, PAGE 5
Island flashback: 2012 in review, part two
2 E JAN. 2, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
HB mayor to look locally for permanent police chief
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti announced Dec.
26 he had switched from his prior plan to conduct a state-
wide search to a closer-to-home search for a permanent
police chief for the department now headed by interim
Chief Dale Stephenson.
About a week after former HBPD Chief Jay Romine
announced on Dec. 7 his last day would be Dec. 20,
Monti named Stephenson to the position, and Stephenson
asked to be considered for the permanent position until
his retirement date of July 31, 2016.
Romine's last day was Dec. 20, following 19 years
in the city's top law enforcement spot and 26 years in the
department. He and Stephenson came to the HBPD at
the same time, and both filed for retirement on the same
Rather than the statewide or national search by the
Florida Police Chiefs Association previously announced
by the mayor, Monti decided to cast a more local net to
find a department head for the 21 full-time employees
and one part-time employee in the HBPD after talking
to area local law enforcement officials.
"There're a lot of known quantities
locally," he said. "I think I should do a
S more local search."
S Mayor for a little more than a
... month, Monti's been trying to talk to
S". nthe entire department, he said. He's
Monti also spoken with officials in Braden-
ton Beach, Anna Maria, Longboat Key
and Manatee County, including Sheriff
j "I'm in no rush," Monti said.
"I think it's well under control with
Stephenson Stephenson, who filled the position
Dec. 21 on an interim basis, said Dec.
26 he was looking forward to continuing as police chief,
and that there'd be no personnel changes from Romine's
administration and the community style of policing under
Romine also would continue.
Stephenson said he told the mayor that the most
important asset he could provide the city would be "sta-
Like Romine, Stephenson elected to participate in
the Florida Retirement System Deferred Retirement
Option Plan and has a retirement date no later than July
Romine is officially still on the city payroll until Feb-
ruary, which is the effective date of his resignation.
Monti said a number of candidates for the chief posi-
tion have offered their resumes for consideration, and
he's been asking each one to provide an outline of what
they'd accomplish in their first year as the Holmes Beach
The city charter provides that the mayor appoint the
police chief as well as other department heads, on the
condition that the city commission provides concurrence
before a department head is hired.
Dec. 28 was a
busy day on the
hoping to get
a rare sighting
of a razor-
bill sea bird,
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-1^A i f Florida and up the west coast to their current positions
S in Tampa Bay and beyond.
a The razorbill only comes ashore during breeding
S" season and they rarely fly over land.
I Experts say there have been about 15 sightings in the
S last 100 years in Florida, and only a handful of the birds
i r appear at a time. Ornithologists are reporting thousands
of razorbills this year.
While the arrival of the razorbills has created a lot
Sl of excitement, it also has created a lot of concern.
1 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
is reporting about two dozen dead razorbills have been
nm found at Honeymoon Island State Park, Naples, Fort Lau-
T'^"J -a derdale and Anna Maria.
sFWC post death examinations of the birds are
i showing the razorbills died with mostly empty stom-
achs. Whether it's from a loss of food supply or the
inexplicable long migration, experts are not yet sure.
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 2, 2013 E 3
No sign of mother's cooperation in Morris death investigation
By Mark Young
Kelly Osbom has demanded progress in determining
how her daughter Sheena Morris, 22, died in a Bradenton
Beach motel room, but has become the focus of why the
investigation has stalled.
As of Islander press time, Osbom has not announced
her intentions to cooperate with an investigation into her
daughter's 2009 death.
Morris was found dead in Bridge-
Sg, Walk Resort motel room on New Year's
,/ ". Day hanging by a dog leash from the
Initially ruled a suicide, a forensic
pathologist hired by the Osborn family
Morris convinced the medical examiner to
change the cause of death in 2011 to
"undetermined" based on his examination of case photos
that the crime scene could have been staged.
The hired pathologist was later discovered to have
been twice fired from medical examiner duties and a Pen-
sacola storage unit in Dr. Michael Berkland's name was
found to have human organs being stored in household
Osbom has maintained that her daughter was mur-
dered and has accused the Bradenton Beach Police
Department of botching the investigation.
In September, a Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment \ I \ R 1 panel found no wrongdoing in the BBPD
investigation, but did provide about 15 recommendations
for investigators to follow up on, and offered the local
department FDLE agents and equipment to assist the
Among the recommendations was to obtain Morris'
medical and psychological records, as well as her com-
Chief Sam Speciale asked Osborn for those items
in October at the behest of FDLE, but Osbom refused to
relinquish the items to BBPD.
Her refusal to do so spawned a letter from John
Burke, FDLE special agent in charge, asking for Osborn's
cooperation. He also reminded Osborn that BBPD is the
FP" a D 1 Kelly Osborn,
mother of S', ,,,11
SMorris, who died
S in 2009, talks to
reporters in Octo-
ber outside the
S Police Department.
S Islander File Photo.
agency with investigative control, but has FDLE assis-
Following a Dec. 12 Islander story about Osborn's
lack of cooperation, she expressed outrage over the
letter's release, claiming it was a "confidential" letter.
However, the letter was not marked confidential and
both BBPD and FDLE have confirmed the letter was
not marked confidential.
In a follow-up letter to Speciale dated Dec. 12,
Osborn disregarded Burke's explanation about FDLE's
role in the investigation and again called on BBPD to
Special said BBPD will remain the lead investiga-
Osbom has again admonished BBPD for the release
of the FDLE letter to the press.
"Your department released a letter that was addressed
by John Burke ... to me," she wrote Dec. 12. "This case
is an open investigation and correspondence between
FDLE and myself, who is the mother to the deceased
and a witness in this investigation, should have never
been released to the media."
However, previous communications between Osborm
and law enforcement were released to media outlets.
Osborn also has taken her daughter's case on the national
stage by making appearances on the "Dr. Phil" show and
the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show, as well as held
numerous press conferences.
Osborn's only explanation as to her outrage is her
insistence that the letter was a confidential.
Special has maintained that he would keep the
public informed as to the progress of the Morris investi-
gation, without getting into the specifics of the investiga-
tion itself until its conclusion. Communications thus far,
including the letter, were not case specific, he said, but
"You have shown that the BBPD cannot handle
this case objectively or confidentially," Osborn wrote in
her Dec. 12 email. "This is outrageous behavior by law
Osborn threatened to levy charges against BBPD
for the release "of confidential information on an open
Osborn targets The Islander
In communications between The Islander and Osbom
following the release of the FDLE letter, Osborn accused
The Islander of misleading the public by reporting the
reopening of her daughter's death investigation.
Osborn accused The Islander of misleading the
public because the newspaper reported the reopening of
her daughter's death investigation was administrative.
Special repeatedly stated it is an administrative
reopening according to FDLE recommendations. He
stands by his department's initial findings.
In Osborn's Dec. 12 email to the city, she accuses
BBPD of releasing the FDLE letter only to The Islander.
However, The Islander requested the public record.
Osborn complained that the FDLE letter was not
meant for the press. However, immediately after learn-
ing of The Islander's Dec. 12 story, she contacted other
media outlets, informing them of the letter.
Osborn sent an email to the city Dec. 26 asking
Special to release any emails between himself and
The Islander, but The Islander has no emails related to
the Morris investigation between the newspaper and
Osborn again asked by The Islander if she intended
to cooperate with the investigation Dec. 26.
"That is between FDLE and me," she said.
4 E JAN. 2, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach building permits flood city, break record
By Kathy Prucnell
The city of Holmes Beach issued the most building
permits in its 62-year history as contractor applications
flooded the city's building department to meet a Dec. 26
deadline of a planned moratorium.
As the city commission, its planner and attor-
ney worked in December to prepare for the morato-
rium expected to halt new construction and substantial
improvements Residential-2 district for six months, 90
applications came in for a variety of permits for 1,228
in 2012 breaking last year's record of 960 building
applications, according to building clerk Susan Lonzo.
Mayor Carmel Monti estimated "about 75 came in
under the wire," in the two weeks before the moratorium
"Last year was the most ever," said public works
clerk Susan Corsi about 2011 building permits, adding
that 2012 applications had surpassed 2011.
Since Dec. 1, the submissions included applications
for 20 pools, 11 erosion control permits, seven remod-
els and six new construction projects submitted by local
contractors including Beach to Bay Construction, Ross
Built Construction Co., Agnelli Pools and Construction,
American Beauty, Wash Family Enterprise and White-
head Construction, according to Lonzo.
The vast majority of the permit applications were for
R-2 zoned properties, she said.
The R-2 district became the focus of a committee
headed by Commissioner Jean Peelen, as assigned by
By Kathy Prucnell
Former Holmes Beach resident Joe Kennedy who
owns a vacant lot in the city submitted a public records
request Dec. 21 aimed at receiving documents to study
the reasoning behind the city commission's plans to enact
a building moratorium for the city's Residential-2 zoned
The city is on the brink of imposing a halt to new per-
mits for construction, demolition and substantial improve-
ments, which will be retroactive to end of the business
day Dec. 26, and last no longer than six months.
Kennedy is seeking historic housing records, living-
area ratio research, complaints regarding mass, scale or
incompatibility of structures and bills from the city plan-
ner related to his research in preparing the draft morato-
He also asked questions within his records request,
such as why buildings are considered historic, whether
the city planner was asked to investigate any other zoning
district, and who made compatibility determinations.
"I would expect this information in a reasonable time
frame, as this information is time sensitive to the issue
of the proposed moratorium and the second reading in
January 2013," Kennedy wrote in his request.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti said Dec. 26
the city will prepare an estimate of what it will cost to
answer Kennedy's request, research what can be charged
and advise him of the costs.
Monti noted a reasonable time frame is subjective.
"We're not going to drop \ i) Illhinig in city hall and
answer it," he said. "It will get in line with everything
else. A lot of building permits came in under the wire this
The open government and public records laws the
Government-in-the-Sunshine Law provide that readily
available documents be provided for review or copied in
what judges have ruled in the past as the amount of time
it takes to go to the file drawer and produce or copy the
Holmes Beach public works clerk Susan Corsi looks
over permit applications filed in the weeks before the
Dec. 26 building moratorium date. Islander Photos:
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino last January, after
residents packed the city commission meetings in late
2011 to complain about the proliferation of multi-unit
homes in the district and related noise, garbage and park-
Since then, the building department has worked to
keep up with inspections while fielding record requests
Behind stacks ofplans
and applications, Holmes
Beach building clerk
Susan Lonzo works to
control the influx of per-
mits and other requests in
the city's building depart-
ment Dec. 26, the last
day to submit plans under
the expected retroactive
State law also provides fees for the cost per page of
copies 15 cents per 8.5 by 11 inch pages and in
the instance where producing records requires extraordi-
nary search or recovery effort, the city can charge for the
actual time spent at the pay rate of the person providing
the records search.
For the past year, residents and city commissioners
have discussed and studied the issues relating to noise,
parking and garbage associated with R-2 properties, as
well as a trend of large rental homes replacing single-
The moratorium is based on a historic and recent
development study in the R-2 zone by Bill Brisson of La
Rue Planning & Management Services, Inc., the city's
contracted planner since about 2003. In September, he
reported that the scale of the structures and occupancy
potential of homes built since 2000, and especially since
2009, is "out of character" for the beach community.
After the Nov. 6 election when voters elected new-
comers Monti and Commissioners Judy Holmes Tits-
worth and Marvin Grossman, commissioners set the
course to enact the moratorium to avoid a flood of permit
applications while they make changes aimed at resolving
At the city's Dec. 18 meeting, Kennedy told com-
missioners he owns waterfront property on a small lot in
the R-2 zone that can only be developed with a single-
family home. A sale of his property was supposed to
close by Dec. 31, but it already fell through because of
the expected moratorium, he said. He also told commis-
sioners the moratorium unfairly targeted construction of
single-family residential homes in the district that are not
part of the problem.
Kennedy is a current member of the Manatee County
Historical Commission and one-time member of the city's
Before the second reading and vote on the morato-
rium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, the public will be allowed
to comment at a public hearing at city hall, 5801 Marina
from residents, commissioners and candidates for elec-
tion, some of who criticized the department and poli-
cies under former public works superintendent Joe
Overdevelopment was blamed on lax interpretations
of the land development code, which allowed alleged
encroachments in setbacks and took in questionable
affidavits and appraisals for remodeling under Federal
Emergency Management Agency related rules.
In April, Duennes disciplined then-building inspector
Bob Shaffer for contractor favoritism. Shaffer was fired
by Duennes and Bohnenberger in September.
David Greene, electrical engineer and inspector,
stepped in to fill Shaffer's position, as he was in the pro-
cess of receiving the necessary state certification as a
plans examiner and inspector.
Duennes left the city in November following the
election of a new mayor and two new commissioners.
Former Holmes Beach and Longboat Key building
official John Fernandez was hired in June as a consultant
to assist with FEMA issues, perform inspections and plan
reviews for the approximately 300-375 ongoing proj-
Monti hired architect Tom O'Brien as interim build-
ing inspector in December on a four-month contract to
essentially replace Duennes in the building department,
but without the public works and code enforcement
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.
Jan. 17, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Jan. 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
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.
Jan. 24, 9 a.m., fire pension board.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.
Government offices are closed for the New Year holi-
day, Jan. 1, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21.
Send notices to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Builder wants city to justify moratorium
2012 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
visiting each rental agent in the city to deliver a "regula-
tions reference" sheet.
Stop work order posted at builder's home: Anna
Maria building official Bob Welch posted a stop-work
order at the home of Shawn and Jennifer Kaleta at 101
Willow Ave. Welch said he ordered work stopped July 5,
after observing work being done in excess of the permit
he issued for the property.
World-class surfer, crusader dies: Rich Salick, who
grew up on the smooth, glassy waves of the Manatee Public
Beach, died in July. Salick struggled with kidney disease
and survived for years after three kidney transplants -
donations from siblings, including twin Phil, Channing
Ex-privateer claims ownership of Santa's sleigh:
Former Anna Maria Island Privateer Rick Maddox, a long-
time resident of Cortez and former Holmes Beach chief
of police, sued the nonprofit claiming he owned the sleigh
they used for Christmas celebrations with Santa and he
wanted the vehicle returned.
Gene Aubry interested in appointment: Former
Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry expressed an
interest in being appointed to a city commission vacancy
that will exist following the November election. The
vacancy was anticipated because a commissioner would
be promoted to the mayoral post that would be vacant after
the Nov. 6 election.
AM puts hold on some tear downs: Anna Maria
commissioners at their July 12 meeting agreed to have
building official Bob Welch halt administrative approval
of permits to tear down homes built before 1968 while
city attorney Jim Dye prepared a moratorium ordinance.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb raised the issue of the
administrative moratorium to avoid problems for the city
until a moratorium could be approved.
BB discusses budget shortfall: Most Bradenton
Beach department heads submitted proposed 2012-13
budgets that exceed last year's budgets and commission-
ers already faced a $104,000 shortfall in 2012-13.
Connelly sentenced to prison: Ex-bookkeeper Holly
Connelly was sentenced July 27 to three years in state
prison and 25 years of probation by 12th Circuit Court
PLEASE SEE 2012, PAGE 9
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 2, 2013 U 5
of Deck Dock-
tors prepares a
piling on Bra-
Street Pier for
mt repair, while city
-- workers begin
work on the
railings. The city
reopened the pier
July 27, a month
after it closed
due to damage
caused by the
-- passing of Tropi-
cal Storm Debby.
-- Mark Young
Penny Frick of
Bradenton is the top
winner in the six-week
contest with her photo
of a searing sunset
captured in May at
Siesta Key Beach.
Frick received a grand
prize that included
$100 from The
Islander, framing of
the winning photo by
Carly Carlson Fram-
ing and gift certificates
from Duffy's Tavern,
Kitchens, The Feast,
Hurricane Hanks Pub
& Grill, Bridge Street
Bistro and Mister Rob-
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6 E JAN. 2, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
If wishes were fishes
If so, oh the riches we see in our crystal ball.
An old, old Islander newspaper from the 1950s once
had as its slogan on the masthead, "Where Life Is Peace-
ful ... and Fishing is Good."
The precursor dated Sept. 9, 1954, is headlined with
a story about the Anna Maria City Pier and the houses
that once stood alongside the pier that even then had
washed out due to storms and rotten pilings. It notes a
line of "piles in the water" that once stood as a break-
water for safe mooring of vessels "until it met the
same fate as the houses."
With no byline, we're left to assume editor Harry
Varley wrote the article, attributing "tremendous senti-
mental value" to the pier "for old-timers, but a constant
headache to successive administrations."
It's come to be a tremendous asset for the city, as
is the city pier in Bradenton Beach.
Another predecessor dated Feb. 20, 1969 editor
Steve Kimball at the helm cost 10 cents, and claims
on its masthead to be "The voice of the islands ... Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Shores, St. Armands
Key, Coon Key, Bird Key and Lido Key."
It was far reaching for certain, and someone older
than myself is going to have to tell me where the heck
Coon Key is on the map.
This edition of our predecessor is headlined "Tidal
Wave Hits Beaches," and the story and photos show
many hard hit locations, homes and businesses, and
washed out roads.
"The giant wave swept across sections of Anna
Maria Island, Longboat and Lido keys Saturday morning,
causing damage estimated in the millions," it says.
In hindsight, we've had a very good 2012. Ups and
downs, yes. We had a brush with a tropical storm, and
some turmoil developed in the complacency that had
become Holmes Beach. We saw officials and staff of
long tenure swept out and it remains to be seen what
good or damage will be done by the new officials' com-
plaints about rental housing.
Bradenton Beach has its share of upsets, a lawsuit
or two to deal with and a new squabble over attaining
a cell tower.
Anna Maria appears to have hit a calm spot, but
we still stress over some overheard comments about
commissioners owing to developers.
Next week, wishes for the future from the island city
officials and our naming of "Islander of the Year."
And maybe some wishes from you.
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I felt like someone punched me in the stomach and
I have felt that way since the tragic event of Sandy
Hook Elementary. It left me thinking and searching for
First, I want to thank the Holmes Beach Police
Department and Officer Brian Copeman for being a
constant visible presence at Anna Maria Elementary
School. We are truly blessed to have such an outstand-
ing police department that caters to the needs of our
residents, and you don't always get that with a con-
tracted sheriff's department.
As a father of small children and an elected offi-
cial, I think it is my responsibility to lead by example
in any way possible. This morning I went to the police
department and turned in my rifle for them to destroy.
I am not against our Second Amendment rights or the
use of responsible owners. However, I questioned my
own possession of a firearm. Why do I have it? God
forbid, it ends up in the wrong hands and is used for
I hope that others will feel the same as I, and volun-
tarily turn in an unwanted and unneeded firearm. If so,
please, call our police department at 941-708-5807 to
make arrangements. I hope that this small gesture will
have a domino effect and others will do it in our commu-
nity and other communities as well. Sometimes a small
act takes hold and has an overwhelming outcome.
David Zaccagnino, Holmes Beach Commissioner
Attention HB property owners
Attention, all owners of residential homes and
duplexes in Holmes Beach: You could lose at least 33
percent of your available area on your properties if you
expand by remodeling or demolish and rebuild. This
also applies to vacant property.
Not being able to build as others before you, and
mandating future residential units (homes and rentals)
be smaller in living area, will cost all owners dearly.
The Holmes Beach City Commission proposed
a moratorium to solve what they claim are problems
involving trash, noise, parking, excessive traffic, flood-
ing, loss of privacy, non-compatibility of housing,
destruction of historic structures and the catch-all of
public health, safety and welfare on residential housing
in the Residential-2 zone, and to some degree on homes
built since 2008 in the R-1 areas.
Where are the facts? No research + no data + no
statistics = no proof.
The commission's targeted approach is a vendetta
against a select few people/builders and/or their proper-
ties. What about the rest of the people?
Not one commissioner lives in the R-2 district, so
where is our representation? And how can residents
present any reasonable or logical approach to these
problems when they are held to three minutes at a com-
mission meeting and two minutes at a work session?
This moratorium is supposed to be in the best inter-
est of the city, its residents and citizens. There is no
mention of the property owners, who have vested inter-
ests here and pay taxes. More than 50 percent of Holmes
Beach properties are non-owner occupied.
Do the commissioners want to know why? The
commission's actions based on what they assume are
facts, in my opinion constitutes misfeasance, malfea-
sance and/or non-feasance depending which commis-
sioner you cast this net over.
Joe Kennedy, Bradenton
Editor's note: Kennedy is presently owner of a
Holmes Beach vacant R-2 property. He was a 20-year
resident of Holmes Beach and former 4 1/2 year
member Holmes Beach Planning Commission, current
three-year member of the Manatee County Historical
Commission, 16-year resident and former Bradenton
Beach commissioner and a 31-year Florida certified
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By Kathy Prucnell
Rick Curd of Bradenton Beach is fascinated by
It seemed he could even set his clock by it.
An osprey has been landing on his boat hoist at
about 2 p.m. for the past couple weeks, and staying
perched for up to an hour.
"It figures as soon as I tell someone about this, it
won't come anymore," said Curd.
The bird perches facing the water, atop of the
guide, 13-15 feet above the water depending on the
tide, he said.
Curd guesses the osprey is looking for prey or it
is camera shy. But, he said, the bird "tolerates a fairly
close approach by a photographer, turning its head
from side to side, monitoring the threat posed by the
Rick Curd of Bradenton Beach washes off the evi-
dence of an osprey he's seen landing almost daily
on his boat hoist in November. Islander Photo:
The osprey will sit on the guide looking around,
preening its feathers and uttering its sharp, single-note
whistle from time to time.
One day he watched the osprey catch a 10-12 inch
fish with its talons, after diving from about 50 feet in
"It struggled to gain altitude with the added weight
of the fish but it did, and flew out of sight," he said.
He knows the osprey has returned when he hears
"eek, eek, eek for a long time," said Curd.
Recognizing the birdcall, Curd said he's recently
heard an osprey on morning walks with his wife at
An osprey lands on Bradenton Beach resident Rick
Curd's boat hoist at about 2 p.m. each day for an
hour or more, he says. Islander Photo: Rick Curd
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Gordon Cleland, president of the Sandpiper
Mobile Resort Homeowners Association in Bra-
denton Beach, said the association was short about
$600,000 of the $9.6 million needed to buy the resort
from Vorbeck Corp., which had announced plans to
turn the resort into a condominium development.
Former Holmes Beach Commissioner Billie
Martini was named Islander of the Year. Martini came
to the island in 1944 and first lived in Bradenton
Beach. After college, she married Bob Martini and
they opened the first motor court on the island. She
was a leader of Save Anna Maria, the organization
that prevented the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion from building a 65-foot-high bridge to replace
the Anna Maria Island Bridge
The Rev. John Ellis of St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach was featured on a segment
of the CBS television show "60 Minutes" as a married
Episcopalian priest who was allowed by the Vatican
to enter the Catholic priesthood. The Roman Catholic
Church changed its policy in 1981 to allow already
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2013 Sandblast competition moves to Coquina Beach
By Mark Young
The annual Sandblast sand-sculpting competition will
return to Bradenton Beach in 2013, according to Keep
Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid McClellan.
The event has moved around over the past dozen years
from the beach area of the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bra-
denton Beach to Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
The 2012 competition did not take place, but McClel-
lan said Coquina Beach will be this year's site for an
event she expects to be bigger than ever.
McClellan addressed the Manatee County Tourist
Center announces cornhole
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is launching a cornhole
league beginning this month.
Cornhole is the trendy old name for the old-fash-
ioned lawn game in which points are earned for toss-
ing bags of corn or beans into a raised platform with
The coed league competes on Wednesdays, 6:30-9
p.m., for eight weeks beginning Jan. 16.
The cost per teams of two is $40 for members,
$50 for non-members.
There are no age or skill requirements.
Registration is under way at the center.
Also, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, the center
will host an adult coed cornhole tournament to ben-
efit the nonprofit's children's programs. The cost to
compete is $20 per two-person team.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
1908, ext. 9205, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sailing squadron offers
boating courses, seminars
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold a boating education course and seminars
in January at the squadron building, 1200 71st St.
The two-part America's Boating Course will take
place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan.
Development Council Dec. 10 at Bradenton Beach City
Hall. She told the council KMB and the Anna Maria
Island Privateers are expected to join forces to combine
the annual Sandblast competition with the November
McClellan was seeking assistance from the TDC to
help Sandblast overcome competition from other counties
that she said were having more success.
McClellan invited TDC to become a partner in the
merger between KMB and AMIP to do "a combined
event to network and make it bigger."
She said the move back to Bradenton Beach returns
12, with attendance required on both dates to receive
a boating education certificate.
The course fee is $35 per person or $50 per
The course covers boating safety and Florida
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 admis-
sion cost is $10.
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. Tues-
day, Jan. 29.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
For more information, contact Gloria Potter or
Walter Haug at 941-795-0482.
Manatee parks department
seeks softball players
The Manatee County Parks and Recreation
Department is organizing a 2013 Spring Adult Soft-
The open league will play 14 regular season
games Monday-Thursday nights and a coed league
will play 10 regular season games on Sunday eve-
The season will begin Monday, Feb. 14.
the event to the city.
"It's been on the scenic highway for 10 years, and
when we look at parking, Coquina is better suited, as we
look to grow," she said. "It's a four-day event that attracts
thousands of people and brings attention to our beautiful
beaches while teaching students the beauty of our island
and the benefit of giving back."
The first three days of the event are for professional
sand sculptors, who build an exhibit and provide clinics
to anyone interested in learning their techniques, includ-
ing the amateurs who compete on day four.
"So this event really starts drawing in crowds on the
Registration will be Jan. 21-27, after an infor-
mational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at G.T.
Bray Park Recreation Center within the park, 5502
33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
Team registration is $350-400, plus a $20 associa-
For more information, contact Ashley D'Arpino
at 941-742-5923, ext. 6062, or ashley.darpino@
spring training schedule
The MLB Pittsburgh Pirates announced its spring
training schedule for 2013, with home games taking
place at Bradenton's McKechnie Field.
The stadium, 1611 Ninth St. W., also is home to
the Bradenton Marauders minor league team, which
moves in at the start of the regular season.
The spring training season opens for the Pirates
on Friday, Feb. 22, with an intrasquad game at noon
The first home game will be Sunday, Feb. 24,
against the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m.
The last day of spring training for the Pirates is
Saturday, March 28, with a game against the New
York Yankees in Tampa.
The last home game is Wednesday, March 27,
with the Minnesota Twins in the away dugout.
For more, call 941-747-3031 or go online to http://
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first day, because people really want to see the profes-
sionals do their work," said McClellan. "We raise funds
that are then spent to enhance our parks and beaches, so
a partnership with TDC makes sense."
McClellan said other counties are having better suc-
cess in less time and she would like to see that trend
She asked the TDC to sponsor the $6,000 fee paid
to professionals for sculpting the exhibits, coaching the
teams and putting on the clinics.
TDC chair and Manatee County Commissioner Carol
Whitmore said it would be better to move the process
through the city of Bradenton Beach first since the part-
nership with the Privateers has not been finalized.
I u\ i lung as far as the event and your partner-
ship with the Privateers' event has to go through Bra-
denton Beach first," said Whitmore. "This would be a
great economic boost to Bradenton Beach. I'm OK with
what you are proposing," but there are details left to be
"I just want to make sure everybody is on the same
page," she said. "We have a whole year to get this done.
Please work with Bradenton Beach because they can
market it, too."
Other TDC members volunteered to help.
The Sandblast competition has always been free to
the public to attend, but some TDC members suggested
finding a way to charge admission, or at least create a
special, up-close touring section for a fee. The suggested
amount was $5.
TDC member David Teitelbaum said the $6,000
sponsorship of professionals wasn't a lot to ask and he
would support the idea.
Barbara Rodocker said a suggested $5 entry fee was too
minimal, while Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen
said she would not support any entry fee.
McClellan acknowledged that the November event
was a long way from starting.
"That's why I'm addressing you now," she said. "I
want to get the ball rolling."
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Judge Thomas Krug for scheming to defraud more than
$50,000 from her former employer, the Key Royale Club
in Holmes Beach.
HB proposes budget: A $7.86 million proposed
budget lower $805,255 from the current $8.67 mil-
lion budget was presented by treasurer Rick Ashley
and the commission unanimously approved a rolled back
maximum millage rate of 1.75.
Cell tower ordinance: Anna Maria commissioners
voted 4-0 July 26 for a new cell tower ordinance.
IRS reinstates art league charity status: The president
of the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, announced the Internal Revenue Service rein-
statement of the organization's nonprofit tax status.
BB pier reopens: Fishing lines were cast from the
Historic Bridge Street Pier for the first time since June 25
when Tropical Storm Debby forced a closure.
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2009 death was initially
ruled a suicide, pickets
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S Osborn resumed her call
for an investigation into
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Photo: Mark Young
Primary voters head to polls: Local voters headed to
the polls Aug. 14 to mark primary ballots for candidates in
county, state and federal races. Voters re-elected Manatee
County Sheriff Brad Steube because no one filed to oppose
him in the general election.
DEP orders removal or modification of tree house:
Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, was
given 30 days to remove a tree house or submit a modified
design and location for the structure that was built on the
beachfront without permits.
AM rejects center cell tower: Anna Maria com-
missioners rejected a request from the Anna Maria Island
Community Center to sublet its lease with the city to
accommodate a cell tower.
AM, MCSO squabble over code enforcement: Anna
Maria commissioners and Mayor Mike Selby were headed
for a showdown with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
over the duties of deputies assigned to the local substation.
The city wanted the MCSO to handle code complaints
dealing with residential noisemakers.
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Members of Island
Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, plan for a
new year and new
activities. The sched-
ule includes public
art receptions and
that commence on
Saturday, Jan. 5.
Island Gallery West
lines up 2013 events
The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, announces its schedule for 2013, which begins
with a reception for artist Barbara Orear. IGW will fea-
ture the work of Orear, who lives on Longboat Key, in
"Around the World in Acrylics" in January and host a
reception for the artist and the public 5:30-7:30 p.m.,
Friday, Jan. 11.
Additional featured artists are:
In February, painter Terry Denson, I \ .i) .i)
Delights," with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb.
In March, acrylics artist Anne Abgott, with a recep-
tion 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.
In April, photographer Richard Stewart, with a
reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12.
IGW also plans free art demonstrations through the
winter and spring Saturdays at 10 a.m., including:
Jan. 5, Dee Pastorius, "Cards Created with Water-
Jan. 12, Caroline Whitmore, "Watercolor Painting
Jan. 19, Barbara Hines, "Painting Wild Animals in
Jan. 26, Betsy Kennedy, "Hand-Stamping Silver
Feb. 2, Nancy Law, "Acrylic Painting Tech-
Feb. 9, Roger Rockefeller, "Watercolor Painting
Feb. 16, Shirley Dean, "Acrylic Painting Tech-
Feb. 23, Carole Dougherty, "Creating Mixed-Media
Painter and Longboat Key resident Barbara Orear at
Island Gallery West, where she is the featured artist in
January. Islander Photo: Courtesy IGW
March 2, Pam McMillen, "Chainmail Jewelry."
March 9, Janice Campbell, "Painting Tech-
March 16, Lee Mears, "Kid Stuff for Grown-
March 23, Nancy Faris, "Fiber Art Techniques."
March 30, Don Pulver, "Acrylic Painting Tech-
April 6, Caroline Whitmore, "Watercolors."
For more information, call 941-778-6648.
Classes, concerts at center
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Island Plaza 2501 Gulf Drive N. Suite 103
Bradenton Beach 941-782-8339
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, is offering a season of classes.
Offerings include an adult ballet and pointe work-
shop, "bare bones" ballet, bridge lessons, computers for
seniors, dance aerobics, iron yoga, jazz and tap, knitting
lessons, crafting beaded jewelry, "muscles and more,"
one-stroke painting, pickleball, Pilates and yoga for
beginners, "sit and be fit," Spanish language lessons,
Off Stage's T
Members of the Off Stage
Ladies collect non-perishable
food items for a campaign
at Anna Maria Elementary
School during their Decem-
ber luncheon. In addition to -
packing food into boxes, OSL
member Irene Pearman and
friends raised enough money to
provide nine Christmas din-
ners to localfamilies in need.
Off Stage Ladies will next meet .
Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Moore's
Stone Crab Restaurant, 800
Broadway St., Longboat Key.
For more information, call OSL
president Nancy Ambrose at
tennis, "vino and Van Gogh," watercolor, yoga for relax-
ation and Zumba.
The center's calendar in 2013 also includes a series
of dinner shows in partnership with Talk of the Town
Catering: Night with Neil Diamond featuring Bobby
Palermo Jan. 19; Sinatra Sings with Rob Satori Feb. 9;
Memories of Elvis March 2. Tickets are $30, including a
buffet dinner. For more information, call 941-778-1908.
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"Flowers" by Nancy Law. Islander Photo: Courtesy
New year brings new
classes at artists guild
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria will offer a new
series of classes and workshops with the new year's
The calendar for AGAMI's lessons begins Jan. 7 and
continues through April at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The schedule includes:
Monday, beginning Jan. 7, 1:30 p.m., "You, Me
and Acrylics" with artist Nancy Law.
Wednesday, beginning Jan. 9, 10 a.m., \\i. il-
ors: Putting Values into Your Paintings" with artist Cheryl
Guild Gallery books
receptions for 2013
The Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, celebrates the arts in 2013 with a series of Friday
night artist receptions, including:
Jan. 11, for watercolorist Wendell Graham.
Feb. 8, for photographer Chris Collins.
March 8, for watercolorist Debbie Rankin.
April 12, for watercolorist Joan Voyles.
The receptions are 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Also, looking ahead on the calendar in 2013, the
artsHop Gallery Walk is Nov. 8.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-
Island Players acting
out season in 2013
The Island Players' 64th season continues in 2013
with three plays at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Jan. 17-Feb 3, "A Little Murder Never Hurt Any-
body," directed by James Thaggard.
March 7-March 24, "'Til Beth Do Us Part," directed
by Mike Lusk.
May 9-May 19, "Postcards," directed by Phyllis
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and
2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets sell for $20. For more information, call the
box office at 941-778-5755.
Historical society selling
fresh-baked settlers bread
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will sell
fresh-baked settlers bread at the museum on Wednesday
mornings during the winter-spring season.
Customers will find the bread at the museum, 402
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, beginning in January.
Other highlights on the AMIHS calendar in 2013
Feb. 27, the members luncheon, with details to be
March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the AMIHS Heritage Fes-
tival, with tours, music, arts and crafts and food on the
May 15, the annual members meeting and scholar-
ship awards, museum grounds.
The museum is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-1
For more information, call the museum at 941-778-
A detail from a painting by artist Cheryl Jorgensen.
Islander Photo: Courtesy AGAMI
AGAMI's Thursday workshops include:
Painting Parrots in Watercolors" with Mark Polom-
chak, Jan. 31, "Weave Your Own Basket" with Kay John-
son Feb. 7, "Adventures in Watercolor Painting on Yupo"
with Jim Ladd Feb. 21 and "Painting a Silk Scarf" with
Kathleen Masur March 14.
Fees vary for the classes and workshops and registra-
tion is required.
For more information or to register for classes and
workshops, call 941-778-6694.
LBK arts center
announces 2013 season
A new year brings a new season of education, exhib-
its and receptions at the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key.
An opening reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18, in the center's gallery and cultural media
In the Durante Gallery, "Florida's Highway Men"
will feature Florida landscape artists who once sold their
paintings door-to-door and from the trunks of their cars in
the 1950s through the '80s from the Lawrence Helmuth
In the cultural media room, contemporary Sarasota
artist Syd Solomon's work will be featured.
From 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, "South of the
Border," a Latin Samba jazz party and fundraiser for
LBKCA will feature music by the Tom Carabasi Samba
Cocktails and a light buffet will be served.
Classes also begin in January. For novice or expe-
rienced artists, there are a variety of drawing, painting,
jewelry and photography classes in four-to-eight week
sessions, each for a fee.
Master classes, offering one day or one week of
instruction in watercolor, oils or special techniques, also
begin in January.
Lectures and "Right Mind" series, including topics
to boost individual creativity or relationships, in January
through April are open for registration.
To register, call 941-383-2345, visit online at ring-
ling.edu/lbkca or email email@example.com.
treasure for markets
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will resume the
monthly "thieves markets" in January.
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features lunch and breakfast fare, the sale of fresh pro-
duce and flea market vendors.
Vendor registration begins at $25. Market dates are
Saturday on Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13.
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1 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet with local author Diane
Robertson, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Thursday, Jan. 3
5-7 p.m. Thursdays, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activi-
ties, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3400.
Saturday, Jan. 5
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria meets for break-
fast and a program Wendy Webb talking about "property tips,"
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
10 a.m. Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts a free demonstration, "Cards Created with Watercolor Pencil."
Sunday, Jan. 6
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Braden-
ton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge. Information:
Monday, Jan. 7
6:30 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria meeting and program,
"What is it like to travel to Cuba Now?" Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Noon Off Stage Ladies meeting and luncheon, Moore's
Stone Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Infor-
Friday, Jan. 4
6:30-9 p.m. Opening reception for "Florida Winter," the Joan
Peters Gallery, 1210 11th Ave., W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton.
Also, the First Friday Art Walk in the Village of the Arts. Information:
Sunday, Jan. 6
4 p.m. New Year's Romance on the Piano concert, Eleonara
Lvov, Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-358-0235.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
8:30 a.m.- Manatee County Audubon Society field trip, Emer-
son Point, 5801 17th St. W, Palmetto. Fee applies for non-members.
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
Jacobsen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization,
Ramada Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Infor-
Jan. 8-25, Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island art show, the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
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:
Wednesday through the spring season, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
sells settlers bread. Information: 941-778-0492.
Wednesday through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555.
Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m.,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Thursday, Jan. 17-through the spring, bingo games, Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may
apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations
requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.
Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open
house, 9:30 a.m.Audubon Walk, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon,
Manatee Audubon Society, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24thAve.
E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
Sunday, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street
Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include
a food challenge.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
On the art walk
Painter Joan Peters will exhibit her
work, "Florida Winter," original plein
air paintings, Jan. 4-31 at the Joan
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Friday, Jan. 4. For more information,
call 941-365-9960. Islander Courtesy
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
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-
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
Jan. 10, 5-7 p.m., Artists' Guild ofAnna Maria Island reception
and awards ceremony for Inspirations all-media juried show, the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Jan. 12, 8 a.m.-noon, Roser Thrift Shop yard sale, 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2733.
Jan. 12, noon-4 p.m., coed adult cornhole tournament, Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Jan. 12, 2-4 p.m., Friends of the Island Library host a 30th
anniversary celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.
Jan. 17, 8 p.m., the Island Players'opening of "A Little Murder
Never Hurt Anybody," which continues through Feb. 3, Island Play-
ers theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
Save the date
Jan. 17-27, Manatee County Fair: Manatee Goes Hollywood,
Palmetto. Information: 941-722-8951.
Jan. 19, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
Jan. 19, Night with Neil Diamond supper and show, Anna
Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
Jan. 21, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club inauguration and
viewing celebration, Cortez. Information: 941-794-2571.
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Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday before publication.
AGAMI issues call for Studio at Gulf and Pine show
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will host
Inspirations, an all-media juried show, at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Jan.
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Charities and taste buds benefit from the Bridge
Street Market's monthly food challenges.
According to market manager Melissa Enders, there
is no better way to raise money for a good cause than
to delight marketgoers by having restaurants and home
chefs put together their best dishes.
The market opens every Sunday at 10 a.m., but on
the first market of each month, chefs battle one another
for bil.',inii' rights. And marketgoers are the judges.
For a donation of $5, marketgoers get to sample each
dish and pick their favorite. Proceeds go to a different
charity each month.
Enders said this month's challenge will feature vari-
ous kinds of chowder and the chosen charity is the Ameri-
can Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Several local restaurants will compete for bl.-''ini'
rights and there are always home chefs who like to test
their mettle against professional chefs. Home chefs do
very well in the competition and won last month's mac
'n cheese challenge outright.
To enter, chefs must provide two gallons of their
chowder for the Jan. 6 competition. The competition will
begin at 11 a.m. on Bridge Street, at the market venue.
Island Library announces
season of lectures
The Friends of the Island Library announced the
2013 lecture and travel Series at the Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The schedule includes:
Thursday, Jan. 10, Chuck Sidlow, lecturing on "A
Wednesday, Jan. 16, Melissa Cain Nell, lecturing
on exploring Emerson Point Preserve.
Saturday, Jan. 26, Paul Stonebridge, lecturing on
"Travels on Six Continents."
Thursday, Feb. 7, Jennifer Bennett, lecturing on
Wednesday, Feb. 13, novelist H. Terrel Griffin, lec-
turing on writing mysteries.
Saturday, Feb. 23, Asolo Repertory Theater Guild
Play Readers, performing a Play Reader program.
Thursday, March 7, Richard Sanchez, lecturing on
exploring Egmont Key.
Wednesday, March 13, Ellen Jaffee Jones, lecturing
on "Eat Vegan."
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Lester Challenge for center
likely to be extended
The Lester Challenge benefiting the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, was approaching the deadline of Dec. 31, as The
Islander went to press.
But the deadline may be extended, according to
AMICC assistant director Scott Dell.
"In the past they have graciously extended it," he
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey Lester will
be donating $25,000 to benefit the center and they're
challenging the community to match.
The center provides more than 1.5 million hours of
service to more than 3,400 Island residents each year.
The Lesters have issued challenges in the past to
raise money for the nonprofit, with sponsorship from The
Islander newspaper. Last year, the campaign raised more
Tax-deductible donations may be made at the center
or by mail to the Lester Challenge, P.O. Box 253, Anna
Maria FL 34216, payable to AMICC.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.
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The group will be dancing at the location 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday through March and invite new learners,
experienced dancers and anyone who wants to join in
For more information, call Judy McClarren at 941-
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The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
The upcoming program will feature Wende Webb of
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Kiwanis members from around the world and their
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Peelen reports on 'Crisis in Holmes Beach:' Holmes
Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen issued a report, "Crisis
in Holmes Beach," blaming a lax land development code
and bad contractors as well as errors by the mayor,
building department and city commissioners for a rash
Island escapes Isaac: Residents sighed with relief
when Hurricane Isaac's feeder bands largely missed the
area. Heavy rain from the storm tracked up the center of
Florida while the Florida Keys took a lashing from tropical
storm force winds, but Isaac's west-northwest track spared
much of the mainland and barrier islands.
FEMA likely to help with day dock: Bradenton
Beach Police Department Lt. John Cosby announced
Aug. 24 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency
planned to help with repairs to the Tropical Storm Deb-
by-damaged day dock adjacent to the pier, as well as the
County expecting big bucks in BP settlement: Oil
from the Deep Water Horizon disaster never reached Man-
atee County, but local officials learned that BP settlement
money in the millions probably would. Officials said
the county government could receive at least $4 million
and maybe $19.1 million.
MCSO investigating rental owners: Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies stationed in Anna Maria began
checking up on unlicensed or unregistered vacation rent-
als. It is a felony offense not to register a vacation rental
with the Florida Department of Business and Professional
Burglaries rise in Anna Maria: A rash of burglaries
struck Anna Maria in early September, mostly at night,
with authorities suspecting a group of young, locals.
HB planner reports on building ratios: Holmes
Beach planner Bill Brisson delivered a report on the pos-
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BB commissioner wants new cellular ordinance:
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse told his
fellow commissioners Sept. 6 he wanted to repeal the cell
tower ordinance, which he alleged was drafted to benefit
a consulting firm and was "obstructionist."
Ex-islander guilty of killing wife, cooking her
body: A Lomita, Calif., chef was convicted of murder
after confessing to cooking his wife for four days in a
55-gallon drum and discarding her remains in his restau-
rant's grease pit. David Viens and wife Dawn Viens both
lived and worked on Anna Maria Island before relocating
AM proposes tax increase: Anna Maria city com-
missioners agreed at a Sept. 11 budget hearing to a 2.05 ad
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who holds the lease to the Anna Maria City Pier, said he
needed to exercise control of the pier parking lot, which
was increasingly being used by visitors to Pine Avenue
HB property rights coalition forms: Diana McMan-
away in September formed Anna Maria Coalition LLC to
deal with property rights issues and represent local build-
ers, rental agents and others.
BB approves tax increase: Bradenton Beach com-
missioners on Sept. 19 passed resolutions and an ordinance
adopting a 2012-13 budget that included the first tax hike
in years. The commission raised the millage to 2.3329.
HB fires building inspector: Holmes Beach building
inspector Bob Shaffer, under fire from commissioners and
citizens looking closely at the city's past building depart-
ment practices, was terminated Sept. 18, while on vaca-
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2009 death investigation of Sheena Morris in Bradenton
Beach. The FDLE team, as well as medical examiners
from the 5th and 10th districts, found no fault with Braden-
ton Beach Police Detective Leonard Diaz's investigation.
But it did recommend that BBPD follow up with some
areas of the investigation.
Cortez crabbers move traps to water: Oct. 5 sig-
naled the first day for fishers to sink their crab traps. So it
was a busy day in Cortez. "It gets more competitive every
year," said Trek Hackney, a six-year veteran of stone crab
season. "It's very competitive out there." The season con-
tinues until May 15.
Plaintiffs offer arbitration in dunes-parking lot
suit: Resident Jo Ann Meilner offered Bradenton Beach
commissioners an unexpected deal to go to arbitration
instead of court at an Oct. 4 meeting. Meilner is one
of three plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit that demands an
end to the city's joint development agreement with ELRA
Inc., the corporate entity of the Ed Chiles' BeachHouse
Restaurant, for a dune and beach parking lot in the 100
block of Gulf Drive North.
Coquina vendor meets BB requirements: The sell-
ing of beer and wine at the Coquina Beach Park Cafe took
another step forward in October with a letter from Mana-
tee County Parks and Recreation director Cindy Turner to
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy Turner said
the vendor had met the city's requirements to sell beer and
wine at the site.
Contractor sues HB Commissioner Peelen: On Oct.
9, general contractor JohnAgnelli Jr. filed a libel suit in the
12th Judicial Circuit Court naming Holmes Beach Com-
missioner Jean Peelen as the defendant. Agnelli sued over
errors in Peelen's newsletter that confused the builder with
his son, Frank. Agnelli also called for Peelen to resign.
Ice investigation leads to multiple arrests: The first
in a series of arrests involving alleged worker's compensa-
tion fraud took place in Holmes Beach, carried out by state
and federal agents.
Cumber arrested for Musil-Buehler murder:
Nearly four years after Sabine Musil-Buehler disappeared
and was presumed killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office
detectives arrested William Cumber, the man who was the
Holmes Beach woman's boyfriend at the time. Cumber
was arrested in prison, where he's been since December
2008 on an unrelated charge.
Islander hosts Popcorn and Politics rally: A crowd
of about 100 people gathered in the parking lot as the sun
set Oct. 18 for The Islander newspaper's old-style political
rally, Popcorn & Politics. The event drew voters, as well as
candidates in state, county, city and school board races.
Cheers, tears atAM meet: It was a time for applause,
Viens went on
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cheers and a few tears at the Anna Maria City Commis-
sion's Oct. 25 meeting. Doug Copeland was named Citizen
of the Year. Tom Turner was honored for his 89th birthday
with a cake made by former Mayor Fran Barford. And it
was the final commission meeting with Jo Ann Mattick on
the dais. She did not seek re-election after serving the city
for six years in office.
Interim center director named: Anna Maria Island
Community Center executive board president Greg Ross
announced Pierrette Kelly's last day as executive director
would be Oct. 26, when associate director Scott Dell would
step in until a permanent replacement could be hired.
HB commission approves LDC changes: Holmes
Beach Commissioners in late October amended the city's
land development code to require one parking space for
each bedroom on new construction, 5-foot setbacks for
swimming pools, 6-foot height restrictions for slides and
other pool structures and noise baffling enclosures for pool
equipment in new homes or remodel projects.
Challengers sweep Holmes Beach election: In the
Holmes Beach mayoral race, Carmel Monti defeated
incumbent Rich Bohnenberger with a margin of victory
totaling 1,318 to 1,102 votes. In the race for two Holmes
Beach commission seats, challengers Judy Holmes Tits-
worth and Marvin Grossman unseated incumbents Sandy
Haas-Martens and John Monetti. Titsworth secured a seat
with the largest number of votes at 1,628. Grossman came
in second with 1,142 votes.
Center names new director: The Anna Maria Island
Community Center board of directors named Dawn Stiles
of Portland, Maine, as the center's new executive director.
She won't settle into the position until this spring.
Restitution judgment entered for Connelly: A final
judgment of restitution of $387,191 was entered against
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and i/... Ii Moni-
toring makes a statement in the Anna Maria Island
Privateers annual July 4 parade. The parade runs the
length of the island, from Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
ex-Key Royale Club bookkeeper Holly Connelly. She was
sentenced July 27 to three years in state prison and 25 years
of probation by 12th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug for
scheming to defraud her former employer.
Island ceremony honors vets: An estimated 125
people gathered in the parking lot alongside the Island
Veterans Memorial plaque outside Holmes Beach City
Hall Nov. 9 for The Islander's seventh annual Veterans
SueLynn returns to AM mayoral post: SueLynn
was returned to the post of Anna Maria mayor at a Nov.
15 organizational meeting a position she held from
2002-06. Commissioners, however, were divided 2-2 on
a person to take her commission seat on the dais.
Island honored with clean beach awards: Manatee
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, county parks and
recreation director Cindy Turner and other elected officials
and staff were presented with five blue flags emblematic
of a "Blue Wave" award for a clean beach in ceremonies
at Coquina Beach Nov. 14.
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2012 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15
Works superintendent Joe Duennes a top city official for
more than 15 years unexpectedly stepped down from
his position on Nov. 16.
BB commissioners sworn in: Bradenton Beach Com-
missioners Jan Vosburgh and Ed Straight were sworn into
office Nov. 19 at Bradenton Beach City Hall. The two
incumbents were unopposed in the 2012 elections.
Pier tenant says no to water taxi: A proposal to
bring a water taxi for visitors from downtown Bradenton
to off-load at the Anna Maria City Pier was rejected by
pier leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder. "We have previously
expressed concerns over safety, liability and overloading
the existing infrastructure," Schoenfelder wrote the city
Deadlock breaks, Aubry named commissioner:
Saying it was irresponsible for the Anna Maria City Com-
mission to wait four months or longer to elect a commis-
sioner, Chair John Quam announced he would change his
vote at the Nov. 29 commission meeting for former Com-
missioner Gene Aubry to take the seat on the dais vacated
when the commission voted SueLynn to be mayor. The
vote was unanimous among the four commissioners.
HB names interim building official: Holmes Beach
Mayor Carmel Monti announced Nov. 29 his selection of
Tom O'Brien as an interim supervisor in the city's building
Ousted HB official loses bias complaint: Three
weeks after former Holmes Beach building inspector Bob
Shaffer leveled a charge against the city claiming he was
fired due to his age, it was dismissed by the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission. "Based on its
investigation, the EEOC is unable to conclude that the
information obtained establishes violations of the statutes,"
according to the EEOC's Nov. 21 dismissal and notice of
FBI seizes property in HB: FBI agents seized two
high-end sports cars and a luxury boat from 5311 Sunrise
Lane, Unit B, Holmes Beach, just before sunset. The sei-
zure stemmed from a criminal complaint against Holmes
Beach resident Jason Syrek. Both the home and the vaca-
tion unit were put under court protection.
Green turtle nest hatches, ends record year: On
Dec. 7, about 20 endangered green sea turtles broke free
from the last known sea turtle nest to exist in the state,
but about 40 more hatchlings required human assistance.
The turtles incubated for 83 days, something Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volun-
teer Glenn Wiseman had never seen in his 15 years with
HB chief resigns: Leading law enforcement in
Holmes Beach for more than 19 years, Police Chief
Jay Romine announced his resignation on Dec. 7. "I
want to stress the fact that it was my decision. Nobody
else's," said Romine. "It's just time. I know in my heart,
HB parks committee to review dog park plans:
Acting upon Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti's rec-
ommendation at a Dec. 5 parks and beautification commit-
tee meeting, chair Melissa Snyder agreed her committee
would begin looking at recommendations for a master
plan for HB Scentral Park.
New Cortez Bridge study to begin: The Florida
Department of Transportation will begin a study in Janu-
ary for a replacement of the Cortez Bridge, local planning
officials announced in mid-December. The study could
take a year.
HB commission wants Mainsail update: There were
more questions than answers for Holmes Beach commis-
sioners Dec. 11 on the future of the proposed Mainsail
Anna Maria Lodge at the corner of Marina and Gulf
drives. The project, which involves a 120-seat restaurant,
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David Forbes
talks with Diana McManaway of the newly formed
Anna Maria Coalition and rental agents, builders and
concerned residents at a Sept. 10 meeting at Eat Here,
5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo:
Sandy Haas-Martens, left, and Rich Bohnenberger,
right, get some help campaigning for re-election in
Holmes Beach. Haas-Martens lost her bid for city
commission and Bohnenberger lost his bid for mayor.
Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell
BYWORDS By Joe Dipietro / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Sewer, at times
7 Dregs of society
11 "I'm not doing so
15 it up (dress
19 Sherpa's tool
20 Kind of street21
23 Drank quickly
24 Allocated dollars for
27 time now"
30 Toiling away
32 Santa's bootblack?
35 Paisley refusals
37 Gets up
38 Density symbol
40 Anti-apartheid org
42 1970 hit for Neil
43 De novo
44 Lies in the hot sun
48 Marine rescue grp
52 Really desire, with
57 House of th
60 Big guns
61 F = ma form
62 Very wide s
63 Text change
65 Rocket cen
67 "Not doabl
68 Govt money
69 Its capital i
70 "O Sole
74 From way 1
77 It's needed
81 Fixed rate
82 Capital nor
83 Mat materi
84 Not yet out
85 Attach a ha
89 Give a rude
92 Derby feati
94 Turn blue,
95 Do wrong
96 Bubbling u
ie 98 Leonard Nimoy's
100 "Fish Magic"
nulator 103 Rapper who played
hoe spec Brother Sam on
105 1996 Olympian
performing on an
e" injured ankle
ey 110 Form letters?
111 "No ("Don't
is ask me")
bbr 112 Basically
114 Breaks one's back
116 Boston player, for
117 Triple Crown
ac winners must lead
for self their league in
to 118 Too-good-to-be
true offer, often
119 Roman tragedy
th of writer
120 Florida's Sanibel,
al e g
of the 121 Zebra feature
122 They're run up
ndle to 123 Like some dough
1 Unhappy king of
2 Prefix with metrics
3 Vegas casino
4 Roseanne's husband
6 Made de novo
7 Certain baby food
8 So-called "Goddess
10 It's part this, part
11 Whom Shelley wept
12 "Water Music"
13 Fr title
15 Really bugging
17 English royal
18 Covers up
25 Street opening
29 Sports announcer's
33 Newspaper section
36 It's almost nothing
39 Prefix with porosis
41 Took turns
42 Things may be
written in it
44 Cap'n's mate
45 Kind of well
47 Piece for nine
49 Hockey area in front
of the crease
51 Seemingly forever
54 Long-running TV
show featuring the
Hortons and the
55 Fishing boats
56 South American zoo
59 Revolutionary 1960s
64 They're often
69 ABC, for one
70 Wall St credential
71 Small boat made of
"_ / Had 'em" 87 Trick-winning
(classic two-line attempt in bridge
poem about fleas) 88 beer
73 Quibblers split them
74 The Sun Devils' sch
75 Sci-fi or western
76 Result of a bang-up
78 One running
80 Beta carotene and
86 Go out
91 TV announcer who
broke the news of
93 Earn hand over fist
96 Firenze friends
101 Put up
102 Lamb specialty
104 Unwilling to
106 Kick back
107 People conquered
by the Spanish
108 Wound protector
109 Much merriment
113 Heat org
115 Got (did great)
Marvin Grossman campaignsfor Holmes Beach City
Commission Nov. 2, just days before Election Day.
Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
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Kyle McWhorter, left, and Trek Hackney load crab traps Oct. 5 the first day stone
crabbers could sink their traps at a work yard on 119th Street West in Cortez. The
harvest began Oct. 15. Islander Photo: Mark Young
Manatee County ih, ,rf Brad Steube announces the arrest of William J. Cumber
Oct. 15for the murder of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-Buehler. At right is
MCSO Detective John Kenney of the homicide team. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The Islander's annual Veterans Day ceremony honors those who have served the
nation with speeches, songs, salutes and taps. The event took place in November
outside Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander File Photo: Mark Young
bar and lodging complex of 20 buildings, including 31
townhomes and nine hotel units at 5325 Marina Drive,
had been stalled for years.
BB special master resigns: Bradenton Beach Special
Master Harold Youmans submitted notice to terminate his
contract with the city. Since 2005, when Bradenton Beach
opted to hire a special master to hear code and board of
adjustment cases, Youmans had been called in to conduct
quasi-judicial hearings for the city.
Historical society drops plan to preserve baseball
house: The Anna Maria Island Historical Society decided
in December not to proceed w illi maiing funds to preserve
a Spruce Street house built as a winter home in the 1950s
by baseball Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn. The historical
GI oDaDei Lutheran Church
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society had hoped to raise enough money to move the
house to the historic park at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
for a museum.
HB prepares for moratorium: By a 4-1 vote,
Holmes Beach commissioners stayed on course to enact
a moratorium effective Dec. 25 to halt new permitting
for construction, demolition and substantial rebuilds for
up to six months in the city's rental district. A motion by
Commissioner Marvin Grossman and second by Com-
missioner Judy Titsworth led to a Dec. 18 vote on the
moratorium's first reading. Commissioner Pat Morton
and Commission Chair Jean Peelen joined Grossman
and Titsworth in favor, and Commissioner David Zac-
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At her final meeting as an elected official, Anna Maria
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Neither sought re-election on the November ballot.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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First-grader Evie Baugher gets help with her painted
snow globe from her father, Thomas Baugher, during
a Dec. 17 holiday creative event organized by par-
ents and volunteers at Anna Maria Island Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander
Photos: Karen Riley-Love
Anna Maria Island Elementary School first-grader
Mariah Albert shows her finished ornament. Kinder-
gartners and first-graders rotated through six holiday
keepsake creation stations.
Kindergarten student Jackson Hirter focuses on math
as he creates a collage featuring a mug of cocoa at
a parent-studen holiday craft-making center Dec. 17
at Anna Maria Island Elementary School, 4700 Gulf
Drive. Holmes Beach.
I-Thn-graaers perform TOIK 1tale
Anna Maria Island Elementary School fifth-graders sway, dance Demi Harms sings a solo in the fifth-grade play Dec. 18 in the Anna Maria
and perform during "Fiesta: The Legend of the Poinsettia" Dec. Elementary School auditorium. The Mexican folk tale of a young girl who has no
18 in the school auditorium, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. gift to present on the plaza on Christmas Eve was told by fifth-grade students in
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BB to clear last hurdle for gateway beautification
By Mark Young
Beautification plans for the city's gateway at Cortez
Road and Gulf Drive may soon be finalized, if one last
hurdle is cleared, according to email communications
from Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler,
Visitors entering the city from Cortez Road are pro-
vided a view of the Gulf of Mexico as they approach the
stoplight to turn either left or right, but gazing eyes are
first met with a view of vacant property that is less attrac-
tive than the city deserves, according to prior comments
Breuler secured the release of $500 from the Scenic
Waves Partnership Committee in September that had been
reserved for a gateway landscaping project to coincide
with the city's efforts to improve the gateway with new
That was two years ago, however, and since then the
city hit obstacles in an effort to have the new signs posted
at the Cortez Road gateway.
The city also has contended with the possibility of
the Florida Department of Transportation constructing
sidewalks on the west side of Gulf Drive, but Breuler
said in September that sidewalks could be in the distant
future and, if needed, plants could be relocated when and
if a sidewalk project begins.
She has since expressed an interest to the commis-
sion to move forward with the beautification design,
and at a Nov. 21 capital improvement projects meeting,
landscaper Ann Hall spoke to commissioners about
Tuesday, Jan 8: students return to class from winter
Saturday, Jan. 12: Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 24, FCAT Parent Night: time to be
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive,
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A sign welcomes visitors to Bradenton Beach at the
intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, one of
three gateways into the city, as well as onto a Florida
Scenic Highway, but the area is not much to look at -
for now. Islander Photo: Mark Young
Breuler was absent with excuse from the Nov. 21
meeting, but Hall said she was asked by Breuler to pro-
vide an overview of the landscape plans. She told com-
missioners that the landscaping would be native plants.
In a Dec. 18 email to Hall, Breuler said she met with
board members of three nearby condominiums, who
expressed an interest in seeing the beautification plans
move forward, but they would like to provide input, as
some of the plants would be placed on condo proper-
"All would like to see the plantings plan before
giving their recommendations and I have told them that
we would have them by the first of the year, as we have
had discussed at our preliminary meeting at the site,"
Breuler wrote. "So, we are making sound progress on
this project and I am very excited."
Breuler asked that Hall and landscape designer Mike
Miller get together to work on the plan and have it com-
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"After each condominium board contact has had the
opportunity to review the plan, we will then schedule a
presentation meeting the first week of the new year to
answer any questions, concerns, etc., before receiving
the go-ahead," she wrote.
At least one condominium board member had ques-
tions. In a Dec. 20 email to Breuler from Barbara Hug,
a resident at Imperial House, Hug wanted to know who
would maintain the landscaping, and if the condo board
had rights to remove what gets planted on their prop-
As an example, Hug pointed to dead palm trees on a
Breuler said the condos would retain its property
rights and could remove the plants if so desired. She also
assured Hug that the city would maintain the native plants
until they could flourish on their own.
Breuler said the dead palms belong to a different
condo association, but with the approval of the city com-
mission, she would have them removed by the city's
public works department.
Hug told Breuler that if the plans were ready by Jan.
8, she would present them to the Imperial House board.
"This needs to be run by all the owners," she said.
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Island police blotter
Dec. 18, 100 block of Crescent Drive, suspicious
incident. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to a possible burglary attempt. Upon arriv-
ing to the scene, he observed no suspicious activity. He
made contact with the complainant, who reported some-
one had knocked loudly on her door several times. She
told the deputy she asked who it was with no response.
The deputy noted no signs of an attempted entry and filed
a suspicious incident report.
Dec. 18, intersection of South Bay Boulevard and
Pine Avenue, battery. A complainant went to the Anna
Maria Sheriff's Office substation to report an incident
between himself and his boss. The complainant reported
that his boss shoved him against his vehicle.
Dec. 21, Lakeview Place, petit theft. The owner of
a rental unit was preparing her property for a new renter
when she observed a garbage can was missing.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 21,2513 Gulf Drive N., theft. Two men entered
the Circle K and grabbed two 18-packs of beer. The men
walked the beer to the counter, but as the clerk approached
them, the men fled the store without paying.
Dec. 20, 100 block of Gulf Drive South, criminal
mischief. A man was performing some maintenance work
for an out-of-town relative when he noticed a storage unit
had been broken into and damage was caused to the unit.
No items were reported missing.
Dec. 17, 300 block of Gulf Drive South, ordi-
nance violation. A female complainant reported that
her neighbor was allowing his dog to potty on her
property. She told police that the man does pick up the
feces, but makes no effort to clean the area where the
dog urinates. She said she has confronted her neighbor,
and said he laughs at her. She claims to have a video
of the dog on her property and would submit the video
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Dec. 22, 4200 block of 125th Street West, infor-
mation. A complainant reported that a man and woman
came to her door to sell magazine subscriptions. The man
began to compliment her on her jewelry and subsequently
demanded $40. The woman told the two suspects to
leave before she called law enforcement. Two neighbors
reported similar circumstances.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 22, 3002 Gulf Drive, domestic battery. A
woman told a friend she wanted to leave the Anchor
Inn and go home. When she began calling for a taxi, a
40-year-old Bradenton man grabbed her phone and pulled
her hair. The incident was witnessed and documented.
The man was arrested for misdemeanor domestic bat-
Dec. 18, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, infor-
mation. A Holmes Beach Police officer spoke to a man
who said his dog had been very ill for two days and then
died. A veterinarian told the man his dog had ingested
a large amount of antifreeze. The owner said he had no
antifreeze on his property. He suspected someone had
given the antifreeze to his dog and wanted the incident
Dec. 18,400 block of 39th Street, trespass warning.
A property manager called HBPD to report a suspicious
male on the property. An officer made contact with the
man, who said he was waiting on a friend and was not
aware he was on private property. The man was issued a
Dec. 18,500 block of 70th Street, trespass. A woman
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reported that more than 50 Xanax pills were missing and
believed a friend had stolen the pills. Per the officer's
request, the friend emptied her purse and no pills were
discovered. She did admit taking two of the pills, but with
the complainant's permission. She accused the complain-
ant of selling some of the pills and named a third woman
as a possible suspect in the theft of the remaining pills.
The complainant wanted her friend trespassed from the
Dec. 19, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, battery.
A male complainant reported he was asleep when his
brother and girlfriend came home and began to hit him.
The man's mother confirmed the story, but the officer
observed both to be intoxicated. He advised them to go
to HBPD in the morning if they wanted to sign an affi-
Dec. 21, 200 block of 83rd Street, burglary. A wom-
an's son checked on her house while she was out of town.
Upon entering the residence, he observed the back door
open and a TV valued at $800 was missing.
Dec. 21, 3900 E. Bay Drive, information. A
female complainant exited Publix and saw folded
papers on her vehicle's windshield. She opened the
papers and saw nude photos of her mother's boyfriend
that she said were taken from a website. She believed
her mother's ex-boyfriend may have placed the photos
on her vehicle.
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 _'i, ,rf's Office.
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Sentencing postponed for ex-islander who killed, cooked wife in LA County
By Larry Altman
Special to The Islander
A Lomita, Calif., chef who killed his wife and cooked
her body in his restaurant's kitchen fired his attorney in
November, delaying his sentencing to prison.
David Viens, 49, convicted of second-degree murder
in September for killing his 39-year-old wife, Dawn, was
set to receive a sentence of 15 years in prison in a down-
town Los Angeles courtroom Nov. 27. Dawn Viens has
not been seen since Oct. 18, 2009. Her remains were
Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin granted David
Viens' request during a brief hearing. Viens' attorney,
Fred McCurry, quickly left the courtroom after Viens
smiled at him and shook his hand.
"Thank you, Fred," Veins said.
Why Viens fired McCurry was not disclosed. It
Randall Lloyd Bare
Randall Lloyd Bare, 77, of Bradenton, died Dec.
A family member said he was a wonderful family
man and will be missed greatly.
Memorial donations may be made to the American
Mr. Bare is survived by his wife, Rose Quin-Bare;
sisters-in-laws Lorraine Mazza, Roberta Ramirez, Carol
Frasca and Charlene Mazza; his brothers-in-law Frank
Frasca, Claude Mazza, Atry Mazza; step-children Jackie
Cate and Kelly Quin; grandchildren Rachael Cate, Caitlin
Kos and Clint William Kos.
Johanne Cook, 78, of Grandville, Barlow Lake,
Mich., and Anna Maria, died Dec. 24.
She and husband Ron Cook started Cook Funeral
Home in 1957, now in its third generation of family
service. They continued their teamwork in co-founding
Byron Center Manor in 1989.
should make no difference for his mandated sentence, but
Viens can argue himself for the verdict to be dismissed,
something that virtually never happens at the end of a
During his trial in September, Viens' facial expres-
sions often displayed displeasure at his attorney's work
and questioning of witnesses. When McCurry rested his
case, Viens stood from his wheelchair and announced,
"Your honor, I object!"
Although prosecutors armed with two recorded
Viens' confessions argued the killing was premeditated
and sought a first-degree murder conviction, McCurry
argued that jurors should return a conviction on a lesser
charge of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
Jurors chose second-degree murder after just five
hours of deliberation. A first-degree conviction would
have brought a sentence of 25 years to life.
After his wife disappeared, Viens told her friends and
Mrs. Cook was known as a precise and witty woman.
In her free time, she enjoyed her dogs, cross-stitch, read-
ing and traveling. She loved to walk the beaches of Anna
Maria Island. She suffered for 25 years fromAlzheimer's,
which inspired the building of Meadow Place at Byron
Center Manor in Michigan.
Visitation was held at Cook Memorial Chapel in
Grandville, Mich. A funeral service was held at First
Reformed Church of Grandville. Interment will be at
Grandville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be
made to Alzheimer's Association or the First Reformed
Church of Grandville Scholarship Fund. The family wel-
comes messages in the online guestbook at www.cook-
Mrs. Cook is survived by her husband of 58 years,
Ronald R. Cook; children Fred and wife Kathy VanZyt-
veld, Brad and wife Jeanne Oosterbaan, Lee and wife
Mary Goffe, Jean Alice and husband Jon Van Den Beldt;
grandchildren Leanne Gurley, Ronald R. II, Emily Pier-
son, Sam, Alex, Brian, Elizabeth; great grandsons Stewart
Scott Gurley, Greyson Ronald and Fred Henry Gurley;
and sisters-in-law Carol and Donna.
the Daily Breeze newspaper that she had simply left him.
But after months without a trace of her, sheriff's detec-
tives opened a homicide case. On Feb. 23, 2011, Viens
jumped from a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff after a Daily
Breeze article reported that detectives considered him a
"person of interest" and believed his wife was dead after
finding blood in the house they once shared.
At the same time, Viens' daughter, Jacqueline, told
detectives that her father had admitted to killing his wife,
though accidentally, by placing duct tape over her mouth
because she was keeping him from sleeping. He awak-
ened to find she had vomited and was dead.
Viens survived the fall and remains in a wheelchair.
He wore a back brace in court Nov. 27.
While hospitalized, Viens confessed twice to detec-
tives, once telling the same story he told his daughter and
later saying he placed his wife's body in a large pot and
cooked her over four days, dumping her remains in his
restaurant's grease trap.
Dawn Viens' sister, Dayna Papin, and father, Michael
Papin, who lives in Florida, appeared in court Nov. 27
with plans to speak at the sentencing. Dayna Papin said
she expected the postponement.
\ 1y dad came all this way and was not able to expe-
rience the feeling of justice," Dayna Papin said.
During a break in the court proceedings, Michael
Papin spoke with David Viens' mother, Sandra Viens.
Papin said later that they had dated in junior high school
and it was a coincidence that their children later married.
He had not seen her in 50 years.
He said he had no animosity toward her.
"We just talked about old times," he said.
David Viens asked for a continuance.
After a few courtroom appearances to receive trial
transcripts and file motions, Viens is set to be sentenced
on Feb. 1.
Reprinted with permission.
Editor's note: David and Dawn Viens resided in
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Hooke runs to top of The Islander's 2012 sports
Another year of Island sports is done, which results
in the ranking of the top sports stories. It's enjoyable to
look back at all of the great sports moments reported and
to reflect on the accomplishments of islanders.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention regular contributors
to this sports column which starts with Troy Shonk and
other staff at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
They provide the "meat and potatoes" of sports on AMI
with youth programs and with expanding adult sports.
Other contributors to be recognized are Sam Samuels,
Jay Disbrow and the rest of the horseshoe regulars. Last,
but not least is Ed Havlik of the Key Royale Club. He
really puts effort into his weekly reports, complete with
photos and stats of the members' weekly golf matches
and tournaments. He stepped up to provide running cov-
erage of the men's and women's match-play champion-
ships at KRC.
And after pouring over the archives of the year 2012,
The Islander sports champion award of the year goes to
1. Hooke shatters running records
Former islander and longtime Anna Maria Galati
Marine employee Mickey Hooke made several appear-
ances in The Islander sports section and each had him
setting new age division running records.
To say Hooke had a great year would be an under-
statement. He ran in 37 races and set 55 records, including
six course records, 19 masters records, 26 grandmasters
and four event records. He had 11 first places overall, 19
top-two overall finishes and finished the year unbeaten
in grandmasters races.
He finished third overall in the RRCA Florida State
10K Championship in February, setting masters and
grandmasters records. In April, he won first overall in
the Villages Senior Games 5K and again set a record.
He finished fourth overall in the RRCA Florida 5K
State Championship in September, setting a new grand-
masters course record. He followed that up with an over-
all first place finish in the 10K Beach Running World
Championship in October, again setting new masters and
grandmasters records along the way.
In November, he "lapped the field," winning first
place overall by three minutes at the Florida Senior
Games 10K Road Race State Championship, setting new
masters and grandmasters records.
Last, but certainly not least, Hooke captured first
place overall by more than two minutes at the Florida
Senior Games 5K Road Race State Championship in
For this body of work, Hooke is The Islander sports-
man of the year!
2. Islander takes fourth in world triathlon
Ten-year Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley
graced the pages of The Islander in November for her
fourth-place finish in the Ironman World Championship
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competing in 37 races in 25 cities across Florida.
Islander Photo: Courtesy of Kathy Johnson
Meneley overcame heavy winds, rain, leg cramps
and raced downhill at speeds up to 41 mph in the bike
race portion of the event. She persevered to finish fourth
in her age group.
Meneley, a retired sixth-grade math teacher is origi-
nally from Illinois, where she coached high school track
and cross country.
She got involved in triathlons after her move to the
island and became an avid runner, competing frequently
in 5K races. She "graduated" to marathons in 1982.
3. Young islander helps team to world hockey title
Holmes Beach resident Zack Fernandes and his
teammates on the Tampa Bay Lightning 2001s (grouped
by year of birth) captured first place in the Bauer World
Hockey Invitational Nov. 2-4 in Chicago.
In what is billed as the world's largest youth hockey
tournament, Zack scored the game-winning goal with
six seconds to play in the second overtime against the
Michigan Nationals in the round of 16. They went on
to defeat the Soo Greyhounds from Sault Saint Marie,
Ontario, 3-2 in the finals.
4. Islander qualifies for national surf contest
Lifelong islander Christian Daniels surfed in four
separate divisions in the four-day Nike National Scholas-
tic Surfing Association East Coast Regional Champion-
ships held in New Smyrna Beach Inlet April 12-15.
Christian, 10, and a fifth-grader at Anna Maria Ele-
mentary, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Explorer
Menehune division (12 & under) and advanced to the
semifinals of the open Mini-grom division (10 & under)
before being edged out.
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His best performance came in the Explorer super-
grom (10 & under), where he advanced to the finals and
led midway before settling for third place.
Christian may not have come in first, but his perfor-
mance importantly qualified him for the June 26-July 3
NSSA Nationals in Huntington Beach, Calif.
5. Longtime island friend makes USA baseball team
John Killichowski, an 18-year-old who has island
ties in the Busciglio family annual July 4 pyramid, was
named one of 20 members of baseball's Team USA and
competed Aug. 30 in the 2012 IBAF 18U/AAU World
Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
In the early 1950s, his great-grandparents purchased
a home on Anna Maria Island. John's parents, Debbie and
Bill, met on the island and much of the extended family
now own homes and spend summers here.
6. Islanders spark new Magic
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization merged its
Magic competitive program with Football Club Sarasota
three years ago to be more competitive.
It didn't work out quite the way it was planned and
the MAYSO board of directors decided to revive the
Last season, Magic had four teams and the U12 girls
team finished its regular season with a 10-2-2 record and
the southeastern Division III championship.
Four islanders played a major role in the team's
success, starting with goalkeeper Emma Moneuse, who
helped the team post eight shutouts. Contributing to
the team's stingy defense, allowing only eight goals all
season, was central defender Gracie Bowers. Gracie also
added a pair of goals to the offense. Outside midfielders
Morgan Burs and Brooke Capparelli also were a big part
of the team's success. Morgan was the second leading
scorer on the team with six goals, and Brooke notched
two goals while also playing strong defense.
7. Adult sports adds pizazz
The community center kicked things up a notch in its
adult sports offerings in the past year with adult soccer,
flag football, basketball and volleyball leagues.
The adult sport that most exemplifies the center's
goal to provide fun, exercise and camaraderie is vol-
leyball. This league fosters the attitude in which more
talented and experienced players encourage and teach
the newer players the nuances of the game.
Lobstahs completed an undefeated volleyball season
Aug. 14 with a 25-12, 25-16 victory over The Feast.
Other champs crowned in the adult leagues include
Gatorman Pools, crowned basketball champs in two sea-
sons. They defeated Bowes Imaging 64-51 to win the title
June 12 and then upset undefeated Best Buy 79-75 to win
the second-season title Nov. 13.
Two seasons of flag football champs were Florida
Discount Signs 49ers, defeating Coastal Orthopedic Raid-
ers 35-14 in March and Duffy's Tavern Raiders in a 21-19
victory over Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins in August.
Don Meilner & Son Construction defeated Florida
Discount Signs 8-0 to win the summer Island Cup soccer
championship in June, while Sato Real Estate defeated
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Cold fronts bring tough times for anglers
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Back-to-back cold fronts have made fishing around
Anna Maria Island tough to nail down. With water temps
falling, fish we normally target are beginning to fall into
their winter pattern.
It's time to switch to live baits such as shrimp and
crabs. Redfish, sheepshead, black drum and flounder will
readily strike these baits when the timing is right.
You can also start using Berkeley Gulp shrimp on
a jighead around docks and in canals. Just remember to
slow down your retrieve, as the water gets cooler.
Night fishing around snook lights is proving prosper-
ous in between cold fronts. Spotted seatrout and catch-
and-release snook are active around dock lights on calm
nights. Try free-lining a live shrimp around the outskirts
of the light to hook up. If that doesn't work, a small crap-
pie jig might be the ticket.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing
in between cold fronts to find a bite. He's begun "switch-
ing tactics," which means alternate baits and moving to
different areas to fish.
For bait, Gross is using select shrimp, either fished
on the bottom or free-lined behind the boat. As the water
temps drop, the fish we target are becoming less moti-
vated to chase a bait, in which case, shrimp works due to
their slow movement, which enables predators to ambush
them without exerting too much ( IK i .'.
Another tactic for Gross is switching his location.
Gross is starting to target fish around docks, canals and
deeper channels. These areas tend to have warmer water,
which, in turn, attracts concentrations of fish this time of
Around docks, Gross is catching redfish, flounder
and sheepshead. For the reds and flounder, Gross is using
a whole live shrimp with a small weight added to the rig
to keep the bait on the bottom. For sheepies, Gross is
using fresh-cut pieces of shrimp on the same rig.
Gross is fishing canal mouths with depths of 6 feet or
more for spotted sea trout. In these areas, Gross is either
free-lining shrimp or adding a small split shot to get the
shrimp on the bottom.
Finally, Gross suggests using Berkeley Gulp shrimp
on a jighead if you can't get live bait.
Berkeley Gulp shrimp will catch all but sheepshead,
which generally take only fresh bait.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier is still seeing pier fishers reeling up bonito
and Spanish mackerel despite falling water temps in the
"Believe it or not," says Medley, "there are still
decent schools of macks and bonito moving in and out
of the bay."
Pier fishers using white jigs, silver spoons and espe-
cially Gotcha plugs are hooking up every few casts when
the fish arrive. Be prepared to lose some lures due to the
mack's sharp teeth.
Bait fishers using live pinfish are getting decent
results on flounder. By free-lining pinfish under the pier
and around the artificial structure to the south of the pier,
fishers are reeling up keeper-size flounder with the big-
gest catches topping 18 inches.
Sheepshead spottings are increasing with the cold
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Roger Danziger of Holmes Beach nails this 30-pound
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off of Holmes Beach. This AJ came up with half a tail.
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front. Live shrimp is getting some of the action, although
fiddler crabs are still the top bait. When using shrimp try
hooking small pieces or halves of shrimp. If the sheepies
seem finicky, try peeling the shrimp offering.
Finally, night fishers are catching small blacktip and
bonnethead sharks. By using small pieces of cut bait,
like mullet or plain old shrimp, pier fishers are reeling in
respectable numbers of both species.
Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says
the winter species redfish, black drum and sheepshead
- have been feeding under the deep water docks and
biting. His bait of choice is live shrimp.
Howard says extra low tides will provide excellent
opportunities to wade fish for redfish and speckled trout.
His advice: wade to the potholes on the flats surrounded
with exposed sea grass and, using artificial baits or live
shrimp, slowly work your rig through the pothole for
fishing in a barrel action.
Also, Howard says fishing along deepwater drop offs
with a Berkley Gulp or a live shrimp rigged with a split
shot will get some filets for the table.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
reports of respectable catches from canals and around
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free-lining or bottom fishing live shrimp around the
Canal fishers willing to venture out after dark are
being rewarded with keeper-size spotted seatrout and
slot-size catch-and-release snook. By fishing around dock
lights with free-lined live shrimp, you can sight cast to
your choice of species.
Finally, flats fishers are reporting reasonable numbers
of trout, ladyfish and bluefish being caught on the deeper
flats of south Sarasota Bay. Ji''in' with soft plastics or
pompano jigs is the way to get in on the action.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier reports the sheep-
shead bite is beginning to turn on. Pier fishers using crabs
or tubeworms are getting good action. Live shrimp fishers
are catching some, too, he says. Reasonable numbers of
sheepies are showing up daily, although you have to be
there when the fish decide to feed. "We had a great bite
a few days ago," says Malfese," then they turned off for
a couple of days."
Flounder are making a stop around the pier. Fishers
working live shrimp on the bottom are catching flounder
in the keeper-size range. Try dropping shrimp around the
edges of the pier and it from piling to piling.
While targeting flounder, expect to hook into a few
black drum. Malfese reports daily catches of keeper-size
drum are occurring. If you want to target the drum, try
casting a live shrimp or a live crab as far under the pier
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Big Fish hosting seminar
Big Fish Real Estate, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a seminar with experts on condominium
associations and boards Saturday, Jan. 5.
The seminar will take place 11 a.m-2 p.m., with the
real estate company offering refreshments.
It is the first in a series of educational programs
offered by the office.
For more information, call 941-779-2289.
networks into 2013
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
gather for its monthly networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Stonewood Grill & Tavern,
7110 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
And, later in the day, the chamber will hold the first
of two monthly business mixers. The Jan. 2 event will
be held at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, and will be co-sponsored by Alexis Michel
Angelo, an event planner by the same name and the Anna
Maria General Store, 307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The
cost to attend is $5. Refreshments, light bites and prizes
are offered at the exchange.
Other events upcoming include a 7:45 a.m. Wednes-
day, Jan. 9, Sunrise Breakfast at The Feast Restaurant,
5406 Maria Drive, Holmes Beach and a 5 p.m. Jan. 15
ribbon-cutting and reception at the new Island Coffee
Haus, 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
There will be a second January business card
exchange 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Body & Sol
Day Spa, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Reservations are required for breakfast and lunch
events, but not for mixers. Guests are welcome.
To make a reservation or for more information, call
the chamber at 941-778-1541.
at the bar
John and Nicole
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5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. They
offer a tapas menu
and plan to host
wine tasting and
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day-Saturday and 10
a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
For more informa-
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Sandbar hosts Forks
and Corks wine event
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria, will host a wine dinner featuring wines with an
island connection, Lola Wines.
The event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the
Seth Cripe, formerly of Anna Maria Island and with
family still on the island, founded Lola Wines. He started
his career as a busboy and worked his way up to wine
steward at the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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The Lola website says the wines "embody an easy-
going yet charismatic personality whose natural character
is a reminder that life and wine are not meant to be taken
too seriously. Great wines don't have to be expensive. We
approach wine from a historical and cultural perspective;
it is an object that brings people together to enjoy them-
selves and to enhance the company that they keep."
Reservations for the $95 dinner are required.
The event is part of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals
Forks and Corks promotion of locally owned restaurants.
The Forks and Corks Festival will take place Jan. 25-28
at various locations.
For more information, call 941-778-0444 or visit
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SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
Wash Family Construction 4-1 to win the fall title in
8. Championship Saturday
The center's youth basketball season closed June 9
with "Championship Saturday," where three teams were
crowned champions and the crowd enjoyed three great
Dip's Ice Cream was undefeated in the Premier
League with a 66-55 win over Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
Walter & Associates lived up to their No. 1 seeding
with a solid 35-26 victory over Holy Cow Ice Cream
in the 11-13 division. Jack Walter scored 16 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Walter & Associates, which
also received 13 points and 19 rebounds from Mark
Miller. Seth Walter's 6 points completed the Walter scor-
ing in the victory.
David Daigle exploded for 12 points and grabbed
five rebounds to lead Gettel Toyota to a 26-20 upset vic-
tory over Beach Bistro in the 8-10 division championship
9. Super Bowl winners crowned
Super Bowl winners in the center's NFL Flag Foot-
ball League were crowned March 24 at the center with
three exciting games, each decided by 6 points or less.
Walter & Associates Bears came from behind to
defeat Integrity Sound Redskins 31-28 to win the 13-16
division title. The Redskins had taken a 28-25 lead with
2:30 left to play on a spectacular catch by JosephAndru-
zzi on a pass from Joey Carder.
Undaunted, the Bears got the ball back and drove
the length of the field. With 24 seconds to play, the Bears
had a first and goal. Seth Walter dropped back to pass
and found brother Jack Walter to give the Bears a 31-28
Ross Built Broncos outlasted Mr. Bones Colts 26-20
to win the 10-12 division title. Jake Ross nabbed an inter-
ception with 27 seconds remaining and the Colts inside
their 10-yard line to end the game.
Beach Bistro Vikings slipped past Beach Bum
Steelers 13-12 in the 8-9 division Super Bowl. Nathan
Hyman's touchdown pass to Morgan Horesh provided
the winning margin for the Vikings.
10. Soccer champs crowned
AMICC's fall recreational youth soccer season fin-
ished Nov. 10 with another Championship Saturday.
Steam Designs swept its way to the 11-13 division
title and finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record
on a 9-0 routing of Jen Crady Massage Nov. 10. League
MVP Nico Calleja and sportsmanship winner Gavin
Sentman led the way with three goals each, while Aiden
Grumley and Christian Daniels added a goal each to the
Lobstahs also ended its season on top without a loss
and a shutout victory over Tyler's Ice Cream in the 8-10
division championship game. Catherine Calhoun led Lob-
stahs with two goals while Chris Snyder added one in the
Thanks to all the players for another great year.
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1970s, very good condition, $150/pair. 813-240-
YELLOW HUMMER KID bike, $60. 941-778-
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR SALE: LATERAL file cabinets: 2 HON
2-drawer black and 3 attractive 2-drawer wood
files. One legal and one letter-size regular 2
drawer files. Various office supplies. Also selling
antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collect-
ible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home
decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-
9821. (limited time offer)
M.A.P.S. FREE SEMINAR: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat-
urday, Jan. 5. Condo board questions? Ask our
expert panel. Drinks and light food provided.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-2289.
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.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Jan. 5.
652 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Broyhill
dining set with china cabinet, two Stressless
recliners, Edwardian loveseat, Jura espresso
machine, drafting table, small teak wood table
and chairs, small patio set, Chinese chest, Bose
sound system, camera, gun cases, in home
security system, custom four-seater California
Roadster golf cart, golf clubs, yard tools, lateral
file, two sewing machines, Honda 3500 genera-
tor, dry tile cutter, belt sander, pressure washer,
10-inch miter saw, grinder, bicycle rack, power
saws, fishing poles, and numerous reels, cane
poles, two gas power chain saws, Stijl pole
hedge trimmer, craftsman mower, depression
glass, dog cages and carriers, speakers, Action
model cars, kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure.
Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz or www.estate-
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-
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-
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JIL DE C A SIFIED.
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 Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,
JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street.
Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins
and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real
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, 941-370-7981.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references,
30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION:
Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs
easily on inside, see-through, leave-up. Free esti-
mate. Registered and insured. Island discount.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for
your wedding, home and special events. 941-
KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our ser-
vices. We now offer residential cleaning. Family
owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and
service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.
APPLIANCE REPAIR: ALL makes and models.
25 years experience. Call Jay, 720-217-2565.
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Need computer help? Chances R, I can help.
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, Holrn-:, 1 .i":l i Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
AN'S RESCREEN IN!
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Nj: .:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, if>
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup. "
Call Junior, 807-1015
," HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesph LaBrecaue *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
941.896.5256-office Free Estimates Licensed
941.807.5256-cell Ask about our 10% guarantee & Insured
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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-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County
and the Island since 1987. For dependable,
honest and personalized service, call William
Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your
home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than
19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
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. Specializing in
old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free
estimates. 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.
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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.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
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estate sales and rentals
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FLORIDA DREAMS REALTY
5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,FL 34217
Check out our online vacation rental
catalog on Anna Maria Island and
at Heron's Watch, Bradenton.
We speak English, German,
French and Hungarian
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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
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
and condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlooking golf course.
Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesre-
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-
RENTAL WANTED: EFFICIENCY for single male
retiree. Non-smoker, Jan.15-March 15. 941-778-
SEASONAL RENTAL, ANNA Maria, 200 feet to
Rod & Reel Pier, 2BR/1BA, newly refurbished
ground-floor duplex with all amenities, January
and April still available, booking now for 2013-14.
$1,800/month plus tax, 941-387-8610.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Available December-February, 2013.
HAROLD SMALL REALTOR
Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
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Bnongij Peopl Home Sinm 1939
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL
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.
RENTAL WANTED: MARCH 2013 by couple,
55-plus. One or 2BR/1BA in Holmes Beach.
References available. firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL CANALFRONT, BOAT slip up to 26-feet.
2BR/2BA, washer and dryer hookup, utility room.
No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 1 BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
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-
/ R"rEALTOR. RESULTS
37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
tdollyl @yahoo.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com
FOR SALE BY owner: 1 BR/1 BA mobile completely
remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call
941-224-1652 for more information.
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hotmail.
WANTED: RENT-TO-own or owner financed, 2-3
bedroom, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Braden-
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 selling. I
am looking to purchase a home close to the beach
or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.
LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola
Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground ser-
2BR/2BA 2005 JACOBSEN home with share.
Patio and deck, possible boat slip. Furnished.
Active 55-plus community, beach and bay
access. Call 267-266-1101.
M.A.PS. FREE SEMINAR: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat-
urday, Jan. 5. Condo board questions? Ask our
expert panel. Drinks and light food provided.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-2289.
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STEPS TO THE BEACH!
Elevated 3 BR/2BA home with spa-
cious open floor plan offering large
great room and kitchen with break-
fast bar, loads of storage, ..i....
and much more! $389,900 ....
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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