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VOLUME 21, NO. 10
JAN 9. 2013 FREE
Islander of the year: Roser Food Pantry, chair Leckie
Turn the page to
Holmes Beach build-
ing official resigns.
The government cal-
endar. Page 4
Op/ed: Our opinion,
your opinions. Page 6
walks, clubs. Pages
What to do, where to
go. Page 12
Island police blotter.
Anna Maria Charter
cumstances. Page 17
NY Times Crossword.
Box tops, Dolphin
Dash. Pages 20-21
Center's adult flag
football season opens.
Mixers, meets c
By Bonner Joy
I came to be acquainted with the Roser
Food Pantry in its humble beginnings, while
delivering food to a tiny closet in a hallway
between the chapel and sanctuary at Roser
Memorial Community Church.
More recently, I sent someone in need for
help, first to the food pantry and also to All
Island Denominations the interfaith group
representing all the churches on Anna Maria
The individual and his situation were
properly vetted and he received much needed
aid. He was so pleased to have groceries to
help him through his economic hard times and
someone to console his depression, he came
to The Islander office many times to express
While we don't all see the benefits of our
work, the Roser Food Pantry and its chair Pam
Leckie who literally brought the pantry out
of the closet can be most proud of their assis-
tance to needy islanders.
The pantry started about 2004. When
Leckie took over in 2009, they were just about
to move into the new pantry facility across from
the chapel on Pine Avenue. It opened in spring
While the numbers for 2012 aren't yet
known, in 2011 they distributed almost 1,500
bags of food. Each recipient also receives a gift
card to purchase fresh foods.
Leckie and her volunteers, from food packers
to beggars for donations, are among the best.
Leckie says she tries to write thank-you
notes for donations, but so many are small or
anonymous, that she wishes to publicly thank
any she might have missed, and she "relies on
The Islander to help fill that need ... and to keep
the pantry in people's minds."
On behalf of those who benefit and those
who can't find the words to properly say thank
BB-HB come to terms on lawsuit
By Mark Young
The city of Bradenton Beach can start the
new year knowing at least one of the two law-
suits the city is engaged in may soon come to
an amicable end.
"There's a basic agreement between all
parties," Holmes Beach Carmel Monti told
City attorney Ricinda Perry provided
commissioners with an update on the lawsuit
filed against the city by Holmes Beach regard-
ing the contested Sandpiper Resort quitclaim
Holmes Beach filed the lawsuit in May
2012 seeking to void a 2008 quitclaim deed to
Sandpiper Resort from Bradenton Beach and
removal of gates and private property signs
installed by Sandpiper to block access to the
beach and mobile home park.
"Essentially what happened is that we
were successful in our claim that Holmes
Beach did not have legal standing as presented
in their complaint," said Perry. "However, the
mobile home .
a fence to
protect its -
court agreed that Holmes Beach should have an
opportunity to amend their complaint and they
went ahead and filed the amended version."
Perry said the amended complaint appeared
similar to the one the court already rejected.
"However, the slow process of the court
and because of the holidays, the court has not
yet ruled, but what was happening behind the
scenes was a lot of discussion between the future
elected to be officials of Holmes Beach and our
mayor," the attorney said.
Perry explained that Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy "took it upon himself' to engage newly
elected Holmes Beach officials in discussion
and the city's desire to settle the lawsuit that
Bradenton Beach maintains should have never
"What flowed from that is Holmes Beach
had a meeting and proposed a number of ways
they would be satisfied and are seeking settle-
ment," said Perry. "Nobody is happy with the
costs they have had to spend, which is, in my
PLEASE SEE HB-BB LAWSUIT, PAGE 2
you on their behalf, the food pantry and Leckie
are our choice for Islander of the Year 2012.
We thank you many times over.
Pam Leckie brought the Roser Food Pantry
from a closet in 2009 to a larger, more effi-
cient and beneficial facility at Roser Memorial
People enjoy the amenities at Robinson Pre-
serve, including a walk-bike path and fishing.
Topping the county's wish list is $4.45 mil-
lion for improvements to 150 acres recently
added to the preserve in northwest Bradenton.
Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell
$68.6M wish list
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County commissioners on Jan. 3
agreed to submit a $68.6 million claim to the
Texas court hearing the lawsuit brought by the
five Gulf coast states against BP Oil Co. for the
April 20, 2010, oil spill in the northern Gulf
of Mexico near the mouth of the Mississippi
But county officials say this money can't be
used for a new pier to replace the one taken
out in the winter of 2009 by the county at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, as promised by the county com-
A replacement pier has been endorsed by the
city of Holmes Beach and the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council.
A new county pier at the public beach will
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Perry said Holmes Beach wants an easement to
address drainage issues, but that issue is between Holmes
Beach and Sandpiper.
Shaughnessy, a resident at Sandpiper, said the Sand-
piper board has agreed to the ease-
Perry also said Holmes Beach
wants Sandpiper to allow beach access
for pedestrians and bicycles.
"The contentious issue was in
V/ii'/,,, ..< \ regard to golf carts whipping through
there in a dangerous manner," said
Perry. "So I don't see a problem with that, but again,
that's not something the city can control. It's up to Sand-
Thirdly, Perry said, Holmes Beach wants private
property signs removed and to have public access signs
installed, as well as the removal of all locked gates.
"But again, these are issues to be dealt with by Sand-
piper, not the city," she said.
Perry said upon a settlement agreement, all claims
and counter claims from all parties would be dismissed.
However, she said there was one segment of the
agreement that did affect the city.
"We had asked a year ago if we could bind all future
decisions," said Perry. "We relied on them saying they
wouldn't sue and they changed their minds. The agree-
ment also stipulates that all parties absorb their own
Perry said the agreement would dismiss the lawsuit
with prejudice, meaning that once settled, no more law-
suits could be filed in regard to this matter.
\ ly understanding is that Holmes Beach, Sandpiper
and our city wish to bring this to a close," said Perry.
"We don't want to spend any more money, ii i.'\ and
time on this. If you have a consensus that the terms of
this agreement are acceptable, we will start to draw up
Shaughnessy and Commissioner Gay Breuler did not
participate in the consensus, because they were recused
from voting as residents of Sandpiper. However, the
remaining commissioners agreed to the terms solely
related to the city.
Holmes Beach awaits co-op settlement talks
By Kathy Prucnell
While the terms of a proposed settlement are uncer-
tain, Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti extended the
olive branch to Sandpiper Co-op Resort Inc. and the city
of Bradenton Beach in an attempt to settle the ongoing
"I'm comfortable with it," said Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse. "With the new administration in Holmes
Beach, I think it's incumbent for us to start with good-
will and start on a fresh note. My only concern is the
binding aspect. I don't want to do this again in two years,
but I understand the dismissal with prejudice addresses
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and Vice Mayor Ed
Straight also agreed and commissioners thanked Shaugh-
nessy for "going above and beyond" in fostering good
relations with the new Holmes Beach administration.
"I will make sure, from the city's perspective that we
come to a settlement," Perry said.
Once settled, the city still faces a lawsuit filed by
three Bradenton Beach citizens over the city's decision to
enter into a joint development agreement with ELRA Inc.,
the corporate entity of the Ed Chiles restaurant group.
The suit was filed to prevent a dune/parking lot from
being developed across from city hall and next to the
The plaintiffs claim the development project violates
the city charter, land development codes and comprehen-
"I have no update on the other litigation," said Perry.
"Unfortunately, there has been no real movement. Noth-
ing in the court system and no real settlement proposal
has come before me."
An offer of arbitration was made by one of the plain-
tiffs in October, but Perry said the city would only con-
In other city attorney matters, Perry said she talked
to department heads about a detailed job description of
each city employee. The work is "on track and should be
available by the first of next month."
"I've spoken to the Sandpiper and
the mayor of Bradenton Beach, and
they're to vote on it and get back to
me. There's a basic agreement between
all parties," he said.
Monti declined to give any specif-
ics of the proposed agreement.
Holmes Beach filed the lawsuit in May asking the court
to declare public the part of 27th Street east of Gulf Drive
ending at Sarasota Bay. The undeveloped street divides the
city of Holmes Beach and the Sandpiper Resort, a mobile
home cooperative in Bradenton Beach.
The lawsuit also seeks a court order requiring the
Sandpiper to remove gates and private property signs
from its fence, and to remove part of the fence for access
by residents of adjoining properties in Holmes Beach.
The Holmes Beach City Commission met Dec. 11 in
a shade meeting to discuss settlement of the suit.
"I think they've always been willing to settle," said
Commission Chair Jean Peelen about Bradenton Beach
Peelen also is recused from voting on the matter as
an owner of a unit in the Sandpiper Co-op.
She blamed the failure of prior settlement talks on
the city of Holmes Beach before the Nov. 6 election of
two new commissioners and a new mayor for insisting
it be given part of the right of way.
But, Peelen said, "They killed that part of the deal
- that's off the table."
The quest to open 27th Street as a beach access was
led primarily by former Commissioner John Monetti, who
owns investment property on the Holmes Beach side of
the Sandpiper fence. Monetti and former Commissioner
Sandy Haas-Martens felt the access at 27th Street, includ-
ing utility improvements, should have been maintained
for all residents of the Holmes Beach.
Peelen said she understands Holmes Beach still
wants drainage, beach access and gates without locks.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 9, 2013 E 3
HB building official resigns, mayor explores options
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach building department consultant John
Fernandez severed contractual ties with the city effective
Dec. 26, leaving no one at city hall to sign permits.
In a letter to Mayor Carmel Monti dated Dec. 19,
Fernandez said he'd fulfilled the intent of the short-term
position for which he was hired, and offered to help the
city in the future as a citizen if needed.
"I feel the department and the city have all bases cov-
ered with three options," Monti said about Fernandez's
departure and a state requirement that a certified building
official city-issued building permits and plans.
"First of all," Monti said, "We don't need someone on
staff. We have (public works superintendent and building
official) Joe Duennes until February. We can use him."
He said Duennes already has signed off on permits
Duennes tendered his termination letter in November
to then-mayor Rich Bohnenberger. While Duennes' last
day was Nov. 16, he is on the city's payroll until mid-
February, using up accumulated time off.
Monti said other options include asking Manatee
County for assistance and possibly hiring a building
consulting firm, such as the one used by Anna Maria
and Bradenton Beach.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen said she understood
the city of Anna Maria offered to assist Holmes Beach
"if it was in a pinch."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said the best option
was asking Manatee County for help.
Bohnenberger hired Fernandez July 1 as a consultant
to assist with Federal Emergency Management Agency
In a letter dated June 25, Fernandez agreed to per-
form services until Sept. 30 at a rate of $32 an hour, not
to exceed 65 hours. Fernandez said he worked more than
36 hours a month, and also donated some time.
'The reason I came aboard originally was to sort of
keep things going while Joe was here, and to help out
with people on vacation," Fernandez said, adding, "It
turned into more hours than I really wanted."
Holmes Beach building official John Fernandez,
consulting for the city since July, recently severed his
contractual ties with the city. Islander Photo: Kathy
Last week, building clerk Susan Lonzo said she
spoke to Duennes, and he agreed to lend his signature to
meet the state's requirements for city building plans.
Florida's Business and Professional Regulation direc-
tor of communications Sandi Copes Poreda agreed with
"It is our understanding that Mr. Duennes is the
building official until his departure in February," she
said. '"The statutes and rules do not mandate the hours a
building official must be on duty."
As of The Islander press time, Duennes did not return
a phone call for comment.
Interim building inspector needs certification
Interim building inspector Tom O'Brien applied
Jan. 2 for a one-year, non-renewable provisional build-
ing code administrator's certificate to enable him to sign
city-issued building permits and plans.
The state of Florida requires a building code admin-
istrator or building official to supervise, direct, enforce or
perform the permitting and inspection to ensure compli-
ance with the Florida Building Code.
Monti supported O'Brien's application with a Jan.
2 letter to the DBPR Building Code Administrators and
Inspectors Board. He told the board the city had employed
O'Brien as the interim director of building and zoning.
"The intent is that Mr. O'Brien will assume the duties
of the retiring building official upon your approval of
provisional certification as a building code administra-
tor," Monti wrote.
In his letter, Monti acknowledged O'Brien's experi-
ence, including holding an architect license since 1990
and a certified building official in 1988 under a prior state
licensing board, as consistent with the DBPR require-
For the provisional certification, the state board
requires 10 years of experience as an architect or other
building professional, with five years in supervisory posi-
O'Brien was hired in November as a consultant on a
four-month contract, with a formal search expected for a
permanent replacement for public works superintendent
Joe Duennes, who announced his last day Nov. 16.
At a Nov. 29 commission meeting, Commissioner
David Zaccagnino pointed out the DBPR did not list
O'Brien as having the proper building official certifica-
O'Brien responded state law qualifies a licensed
architect, such as himself, to perform building code
inspection services and plans examination without addi-
City attorney Patricia Petruff then asked O'Brien to
clarify the licensing interpretation with the DBPR.
According to DBPR's Poreda, after Duennes leaves
the city, "the city will need a licensed building code
administrator, which is a separate license from an archi-
4 E JAN. 9, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria in 2013:
By Rick Catlin
For 2013, Anna Maria commissioners and the mayor
want to continue the past two years of a workable, com-
promising commission in good spirit.
Mayor SueLynn, who also served as mayor 2002-06,
remembers past days of name-calling and hurtful allega-
tions from commissioners and the public.
'Thankfully, we have put that behind us," she said.
"What I'm looking for this year is
Continuing to work for a balance in the
S community. We need a balance among
residents, business owners and visi-
The balance requires mutual respect
SueLynn for people.
She believes the city has made
strides in code enforcement, especially loud residential
disturbances after 10 p.m. and commercial construction
on weekends and holidays.
That's not to say all the city problems are solved,
"We've made a start, a beginning, with a great staff,
commissioners who discuss issues in a proper manner and
are willing to compromise, and people who are searching
for answers to achieve that balance."
Finding and maintaining that balance is not easy, she
said. Anna Maria is primarily a residential community
with a small business district along Pine Avenue and a
portion of Gulf Drive.
However, the Anna Maria City Pier is Manatee
County's No. 1 attraction for visitors and thousands come
every year, the mayor said.
Additionally, the city's beaches, Bean Point and Bay-
front Park attract many people, particularly on weekends
and holidays. This puts a strain on residents and the city's
infrastructure, SueLynn observed.
"We are always going to have visitors," she said.
"We just need solutions to deal with them and protect
One of her resolutions for 2013 is to ask the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council or the county com-
mission for financial assistance, she said.
"One of my main goals for the year is to get the
county to recognize the attraction of Anna Maria and
the city pier and provide some funding for pier improve-
ments. It's what brings people to our city, and I'm going
to each TDC meeting and plead our case," she said.
The island cities provide millions of dollars in
resort taxes to the county each year, yet it's mainly
only beach renourishment that brings a portion of the
resort tax directly back to Anna Maria and the island,
Another 2013 wish from the mayor is to study why
people are moving out of Anna Maria and what the city
might do to encourage residents to stay.
"It's going to be a great year in Anna Maria," she
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COUNTY WISH LIST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
likely wait until the wish its share of Florida's BP payout,
or a direct payment to Manatee County from BP, but a
final settlement is still being negotiated by lawyers rep-
resenting the county.
Commission Chair John Chappie called it a wish
list of projects the county would like to accomplish with
BP money. All projects must be related to protecting the
marine environment, sensitive wetlands, improving water
quality or enhancing a nature preserve, according to the
Topping the county's wish list is $4.45 million
for improvements to the 150 acres the county recently
obtained to enlarge the Robinson Preserve in northwest
Charlie Hunsicker, the county's director of natural
resources, wants $50 million set aside to acquire more
wetlands and nature preserves that might otherwise be
developed in the future.
He said it never hurts to ask for more than what the
county might receive, but he realizes the $68.6 million
is only a wish.
Commissioner Carol Whitmore said this is the first
round of BP payments to the federal government to dis-
burse to the five Gulf states for "shovel-ready and envi-
ronmental projects only."
BB mayor gives Holmes Beach
emotional 2013 wish officials wish: peace
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy recently
returned from the holidays visiting family in Connecticut,
the state that drew a nation's mourning over the Sandy
Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives
At a Jan. 3 city meeting, an emotional Shaughnessy
gave new perspective to a new year's wish.
"We are all raised on the idea of
pursuit of happiness," said Shaugh-
nessy. "But it suggests that happiness
is something for our future, something
that we have to chase, to climb toward
or race to or earn it in some u,'LI 'linI'
/l gli, \,\ way."
Shaughnessy said after spending
Christmas with his family in Connecti-
cut, he was reminded of how precious
life can be.
"We are looking at happiness in the
face right here, that we were spared that
horror that took place in Connecticut,"
Breuler he said. "We are holding our happiness
in our hands whether we realize it or
not. We are breathing it as a gesture
from someone else, a slanting of light
and the joy of peace that comes to us
all too infrequently and far between."
Shaughnessy said even with the
negativity and frustration that exists in
Vosburgh the country today, "there are so many
reasons for us to be happy at the beach.
All we have to do is reach out, take a
few moments each day to look around
S- j us and realize how lucky we are to live
Here in Bradenton Beach and how short
life really is, and we don't know what
tomorrow will bring."
Gatehouse Shaughnessy wished a healthy and
prosperous new year to citizens.
'That we will all strive in the New Year to bring an
atmosphere of cooperation, positive thinking and friend-
liness to our paradise and leave the negativity back in
2012," he said.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh
\Iy new year wish for the city is that we continue
to improve and beautify our city for both our citizens
and welcomed visitors. That we continue to watch the
expense of the city and treat it as if it were our own
money and be as prudent as possible to spend it wisely.
'That we treat our visitors with respect and be hos-
pitable to their needs because they help pay our bills."
Commissioner Gay Breuler
"I'd like to see our two lawsuits finished. I also have
a wonderful project going on for the city's gateway and
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Another phase will be direct payments to the state,
while the final BP payments likely will be to the eight
Florida counties that submitted separate claims.
Whitmore said the commission appointed her liai-
son to the law firm that is handling Manatee County's
"I will definitely put a new pier at the Manatee Public
Beach high on the list of projects" to construct from either
the state or county funds, she said.
"We can't use the federal money for a new pier, but
after that it looks good," she said.
Hunsicker said he's been informed by lawyers rep-
resenting Florida that Manatee County may receive any-
where from $4.4 million to $19 million in the final BP
When the settlement is reached and ordered by the
court, Florida will be the only state where BP funds will
be distributed directly to counties affected by the oil spill.
The Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi legisla-
tures will receive the final settlement directly and estab-
lish a commission to hear and approve funding requests
from the BP money, Hunsicker has said.
No court decision is expected before July, if then, the
Pensacola law firm representing Florida in the suit has
By Kathy Prucnell
Newly elected Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti
and city commissioners are pretty much in agreement
about their wishes to start 2013.
For the new year, they all want peace and harmony
to reign over the city's building issues.
"After we get our hands wrapped around the build-
ing issues, and there's peace and harmony, I hope we can
strike a balance between residents and
rentals," Monti said.
i' He pointed to the 20 percent loss
of residents since 2000 in all three
island cities, and hopes more people
2 will choose to live and participate in
Monti the community.
"I know people who are moving out
or planning to move out because of the character chang-
ing," Monti said, adding he wants to prevent becoming
resort-dominated like Daytona Beach or Siesta Key.
As for his wishes during his term of office, he said
he'd like to see an emphasis toward a pedestrian-friendly
community, with crosswalks and traffic circles, and grant
money to fund downtown development.
"Right now, I feel like Holmes Beach is just a drive
through town. We don't have a Bridge Street or a Pine
(Avenue)," Monti said, referring to Bradenton Beach and
Anna Maria downtown areas.
As for his own wishes, Monti said he wants to com-
bine good business sense with government.
"I don't want the government to run us. I want the
people to run the government," he said. "I want to think
out of the box. If it's for the betterment of Holmes Beach,
and not immoral or illegal, tell me how it can be done."
Anna Maria City
Jan. 9,6:30 p.m., environmental education enhance-
Jan. 10, 6 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 16, 4:30 p.m., charter review.
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. 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.
Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m., commission roundtable work-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
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, 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 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
Government offices are closed for Martin Luther
King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21.
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AM WISHES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
Commissioner Gene Aubry
Aubry agrees there will be peace
and tranquility on the commission for
2013, and there will be accomplish-
"Just look at our last commission
meeting. We had a relaxed atmosphere
Aubry of thoughtful discussion. Not every-
body agreed with each other, but there
was a lot of respect among commissioners up there on the
dais. That's what I'm looking to continue in 2013. We'll
get a lot accomplished," Aubry said.
He has no personal agenda for the coming year, just
for the commission to continue to work to make Anna
Maria a better city for everyone.
L Commission Chair John Quam
N. \ ly hopes are that further regulations
Swill be adopted to control building cov-
S erage based on lot size and limit resi-
dential parking based on the number of
bedrooms, for new construction.
Quam "I also wish to re-zone the six lots at the
corner of Pine and North Bay and move
forward with a plan to make it a recreation/open space
area for the public's use.
"Finally, I wish that TDC would allocate some of the
tourist tax collected from Anna Maria property owners
to the city for maintenance/repair of our infrastructure or
for repair of the city pier," Quam said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland
".\ 3ly wish is that our residents, visitors
and community would appreciate how
blessed we are and each do what we
can to preserve and protect it for future
Woodland generations," Woodland said.
Commissioner Nancy Yetter
Yetter sees a bright future ahead for the city and com-
"I see a tremendous amount of n1 i i among com-
missioners, and a lot of thoughtful discussion. My resolu-
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Commission Chair Jean Peelen
"For the city, I would like a complete commitment
to retaining our lovely, old Florida town our quirky
city," Peelen said.
Until the end of her term in office
'sE: -" in 2013 and she's undecided about
running for another two years she
wants to continue her commitment to
Peelen She also hopes for good health for
herself, family and friends.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino
"I really want to work on our downtown area and
BB WISHES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
it looks like it's going to happen shortly. I'm putting a
lot of my attention toward projects that will benefit the
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse
\ly bi,'i.l wish for 2013 is that we can resolve
some of the more contentious issues and put them behind
us so we may get to the work of the people. I hope that
everyone has a happy and prosperous new year."
Police Chief Sam Speciale
t ly new year's wish for the city
may sound cliche, but it is nonetheless
S true in hoping everyone has a safe and
prosperous new year and that every-
Speciale one's families stay healthy and safe."
tion for 2013 is to work as hard as I can
for the city and find peaceful solutions
for our issues. I know there will always
be issues, but we will keep working to
solve them, and do so respecting every-
one's opinion," she said.
Yetter Yetter said the commission has
come a long way the past three years
in solving issues and addressing problems.
make it a better place more pedes-
trian friendly to help the small busi-
nesses and shops."
He also is looking forward to work-
ing on the charter in 2013.
As far as his own wishes, he said,
Zaccagnino "I've got \ r l) llhi I want."
Commissioner Judy Titsworth
Newcomer to the commission in November, Tits-
worth agrees with a need for balance in the Residential-2
She also hopes for a renewed sense of community,
which, she says, will come from confidence in city lead-
ers who work for the people within
the vision established by the city's
She also wants to make certain the
city's land development code is consis-
tent with its comprehensive plan.
Titsworth For herself, she's wishing for
"continued strength in dealing with
adversaries in order to fight for what is right for the
city of Holmes Beach, for its businesses, and for its
Commissioner Marvin Grossman
Elected Nov. 6 for his first two-year term and his first
time to a political position, Grossman wants to fulfill all
of his promises from the election, and "make citizens feel
like they have a voice in the government."
S'.. .. He hopes to encourage future resi-
dents with community building activi-
i. "I see Holmes Beach as a residen-
i. 'l tial community that welcomes visitors
'r to share the island's natural beauty,"
Grossman Grossman said. "We have to remember
why we came here. When we crossed
the bridge, we saw a place you can actually live in. Not
a tourist resort."
For himself in 2013 and for his term in office, he
hopes to spend his "complete c Ii \" on giving back to
the city because he enjoys it.
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There's some commercial on TV for a product I
can't recall, but three or four guys are in an office and
one of them is making a pitch for a new network, and
the others laugh as if the idea is too outrageous to merit
serious consideration. Then one of the guys says some-
thing like, "So I guess you'd like to have a weather
channel, too?" They break out in hilarious laughter. The
But whoever came along and pitched the Weather
Channel had a good idea that only improved with time
and better forecasting and crazy meteorologist/TV
weather people facing the worst of the storms as they
It's become far more entertaining and valid for fore-
casting and planning ahead of a storm's danger than the
channel's originators likely imagined.
Yes, people who think big are the ones who make
It would be nice to see some of the people we elect
to oversee the three city governments on Anna Maria
Island think out of the box and get things done. Really
get things done.
Like the parking problem in Anna Maria. It's the
pier, people! It's the pier. I said it some 18-19 years
ago, and I'll say it again. In spite of the fact that some
commissioners offered promises that they bought six
lots across from the pier for a better use than parking,
there is no better use or more needed amenity for the
What would be better, would be to enhance the pres-
ent parking area north of the pier with picnic tables and
landscaping a park and eliminating the smaller
amount of parking and relinquishing it and the trolley
turnaround to the vacant lots. It's a win-win.
Lots more parking. More park. And no harm to
events such as Bayfest, which could stage music in the
park on the waterfront using North Bay Boulevard and
the big six-lot parking area for booths and a food court.
It's a win-win-win.
What could be better for Holmes Beach than a
pier at the Manatee Public Beach? Everyone who ever
walked out on that concrete slab that was an erosion-
control groin loved the view from over the water, as
well as the fishing. As a Manatee County amenity, it was
allowed to deteriorate and was ultimately removed.
It should be replaced and maybe some BP money
will fund it but please, think big. Build a big pier
with concessions, a bait stand, a hot dog stand and a
really nice restaurant and the returns from the business
leases will likely help pay for the upkeep. Think St.
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immediately become a grand attraction and amenity for
Holmes Beach visitors and residents. And, yes, while
they're at it, they should improve the parking lot.
The same could be said for Bradenton Beach if the
county put a pier in the Gulf of Mexico waters next to
the Moose Lodge. The attraction of end-to-end Bridge
Street piers, Gulf to bay, would quadruple and the pier
concession revenues might help establish a Key West-
Kudos to pastor
Many newspaper articles that published before
Christmas related the outpouring of goodwill and gen-
erosity toward people down on their luck terrific
Then I picked up and read the Dec. 26 Islander
and, on page 2, there they were the Grinches who
stole Christmas four of our Anna Maria city com-
missioners. They were wielding their power to punish
Mary Lease, who grew up in Anna Maria, with $8,200
in fines tied to a past due account with Waste Manage-
ment, which they decided to reduce to $4,100.
The worst Scrooge in the group has to be Chuck
Webb, who suggested that with a new loan refinancing
her house, our long-time resident could easily cough up
The outrageous penalty and total lack of empathy
left my blood pressure up and certainly dampened the
Kudos to the Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial
Community Church in Anna Maria for his kind action
as an advocate on Lease's behalf, and thank goodness
for level heads such as Commissioner Dale Woodland,
who suggested the excessive fine be waived.
Sylvia Schmidtetter, Anna Maria
Editor's note: Lease paid WMI, but the city was not
notified and the fine accrued. The city placed a lien on
the property, which Lease said was only revealed to her
when she applied to refinance the home. The fine was
not waived, but was adjusted to $4,100 by the city.
style transport Conch train to the vast parking area at
I wouldn't mind a Ferris wheel or a small roller
coaster ride. And I wouldn't mind if someone else could
How about you?
I often feel like a broken record, but some islanders
need to be reminded how blessed we are to live on a
tropical island and that it's a tourist attraction. Every-
one wants progress, but no one here wants change.
Good news for 'friends'
Wonderful news! The Friends of the Island Library
will have its annual book sale again this year thanks to
Karen and Mike LaPensee, who generously offered free
space to store all the books we receive until the once-a-
year book sale.
Public donations of books are being accepted at the
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The friends are so grateful to the LaPensees, as
most years we have had to pay for storage, and now
all the money earned at the book sale will go to library
The sale will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2,
with a members-only sale 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March
1. Membership can be purchased at the door.
Thank you so much Mike and Karen.
Denise Johnson, on behalf of Friends of the Island
Library and library staff
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Headlines from the Jan. 8,
2003, issue of The Islander
Government Acquisitions Inc. of North Carolina
proposed to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale that it supply four police vehicles to the city for $1
a year per vehicle if the city allowed theme-sponsored
advertising on the cars. The company promised two
four-wheel-drive Explorers and a Crown Victoria. The
vehicles would come police-equipped and have a value
of about $40,000 each. The city commission heard the
proposal, but no vote was taken.
University of Florida coastal erosion expert Robert
Dean inspected the coastline of Anna Maria's northeast
and Bean Point shores at the invitation of Mayor Sue-
Lynn. Dean was expected to provide the city with rea-
sons and solutions for the disappearance of beach sand
in the area. Dean was expected to take several months
to document his findings.
Attorney Dan Lobeck of Sarasota, representing the
ManaSota-88 environmental group in a lawsuit against
the Arvida Corporation's planned condominium devel-
opment on Perico Island, filed a motion for the court
to hear an amended complaint against Bradenton and
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Islanders honored, remembered
By Bonner Joy
The Islander takes pride in recognizing members
of the Anna Maria Island community for their unselfish
contributions and genuine concern for making this slice
of paradise an even better place to live.
Since the newspaper started up in 1992, its path was
to partner with community organizations, report the news
of record, and tell the tales of people who live and work
We launched an Islander of the Year award to recog-
nize deserving people. The honor was presented posthu-
mously to the late Anna Maria Mayor Ernie Cagnina in
1993 and Anna Maria Mayor Ray Simches in 1994.
Katie Pierola was the 1995 recipient of The Islander's
annual award. During her six years as mayor of Braden-
ton Beach, the city underwent a renaissance.
She embodied the definition of a public servant in her
tireless efforts to improve both her city and Anna Maria
Pierola played an instrumental role in the beach
renourishment program and the prevention of a proposed
W.H. "Snooks" Adams was 1996
Islander of the year. He was born in
Cortez, and spent much of his life on
Anna Maria Island as a law enforce-
ment officer who used common sense
as his guide.
He started Snooks Adams Kids
Snooks Adams Day in 1954, an end-of-school tradi-
tion that was later taken over by the
Anna Maria Island Privateers.
Charles Lester and Jo Ann Lester fell in love with
Anna Maria Island and along with it, the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. They put their money where
their hearts are, both here and in the small towns in Wis-
consin where they also reside half the year.
The established an endowment for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, and sponsor a yearly fundrais-
ing campaign. We honored them as 1997 Islanders of the
Jim Kronus, retired from 25 years as Anna Maria
Island Elementary School principal, and was named 1998
Islander of the Year.
Suzi Fox was recognized for her efforts in organizing
volunteers to protect sea turtles in 1999.
Nancy Ambrose was named 2000 Islander of the year
for her impact on the Holmes Beach Butterfly Park.
The original keeper of the island's history is Caro-
lyne Norwood, Islander of the Year in 2001. Anna Maria
Island Historical Society, its museum and the old jail
and Belle Haven Cottage all are thanks to the vision of
Billie Martini, 2002. Her finest achievement while
a commissioner for Holmes Beach may be the realiza-
tion of the Grassy Point Preserve. Martini first eyed the
undeveloped area for preservation.
Ilona and Jeff Kenrick were The Islander newspa-
per's Islanders of the Year for 2003.
While managing the Taylor Family Foundation,
whose international aid amounted to about $1 million
a year, the Kenricks created a blood drive that included
a reward for blood donors, a cash payout to the donor's
choice of four Island charities. It was a win-win and we
thank them for their positive impact here and beyond.
Anna Maria Island
phree, left, and
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Skullywag, the Pri-
t vateer ship, while
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Jeff Croley, 2004 Islander of the Year, represented
all the good qualities we could ask for in a volunteer
- he quietly went about doing an) ihing and \ i) llill'
he could to aid those in need after Hurricanes Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
Although, if there is a symbol for Anna Maria Island,
it is the sword-wielding, cannon-firing, ship-riding benev-
olent crew of the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
For all the good they do year after year, 2005 stood
out for their efforts on behalf of one unfortunate little
It only took a phone call to bring the Privateers and
their ship to greet a young boy with a failing heart on a
"wish" trip to Anna Maria Island.
The Privateers also came to the rescue with Hurri-
cane Katrina relief. They initiated a memorial scholarship
fund for an Island teen Bridget Miller, who had been
killed in a car crash.
They did all this and more despite the sudden ill-
ness and deaths of president Greg "Shiprek" Davidson
and Dick Cline.
They were our 2005 choice for Islanders of the
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Pete Lannon, 2006 Islander of the Year. If there ever
was a person who brought out the best in the Anna Maria
Island community, it was Pete Lannon.
He was more than a Holmes Beach police officer,
he was a mentor for our children, a confidant for people
in need and a friendly face at Anna Maria Elementary
School, where he was resource office for more than five
He lost a tough battle with cancer that year and he is
still missed by many.
Following the death of Christine
Olson's 22-year-old daughter, Tiffiany,
in a motorcycle crash, Olson sought to
connect people in emergencies with
loved ones and family members who
"need to know."
Her crusade to allow emergency
Pat Geyer contact information be included with
driver's licenses was a success. We
thank Olson for making a difference in the lives of many,
and for taking her quest to other states and the federal
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, 2008 Islander
of the Year. Cheers to the organization that runs the Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival, and dedicates the proceeds
to preserving Cortez, including the Burton store, the old
schoolhouse, and the 90-plus acres that provide a buffer
to the village from encroaching development.
It was an honor for Anna Maria Island to be home
to the first lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles, and to have her
return after the death of Gov. Lawton Chiles.
AMI embraced Rhea. Little did we know she would
bring with her culture, education, arts and artists, and a
sense of nature and the beauty around us the Studio
at Gulf and Pine.
Combined with the generosity and vision of son Ed
Chiles, owner of a trio of landmark restaurants on Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key, we have a legacy for the
Rhea and Ed Chiles were our honorees in 2009.
The Geyer family was our 2010 Islander of the Year.
You may know Pat as mayor or commissioner, or maybe
Mom, but for many years, hundreds, if not thousands of
Islanders grew to love her as Miss Duffy.
Patricia A. Geyer, proprietress of Duffy's Tavern,
died May 1, 2010, at age 79, but she is remembered.
She served 18 years on the city commission and was
elected mayor from 1990-94. During her public service,
she demonstrated her courage and conviction, and her
willingness to always listen to the people.
And listen she did. She had an ear and respect
- for all opinions that came across the bar at Duffy's
Tavern, the quaint and quirky hamburger joint she ran for
more than 35 years.
The Geyers began operating Duffy's Tavern on Gulf
Drive across from the Manatee Public Beach in 1971.
But it wasn't just Miss Duffy who did the Island
proud. She had loads of help from husband Ed, who
kept a pot of bean soup at the ready and kept calls about
politics at bay. They raised five girls, who all put in their
time at the grill, at the bar, or whatever was needed by
Pat Geyer was known for her quiet good humor, as
well as for her fierce loyalty to family, work, causes,
politics and principle, and she managed to pass that along
to her girls.
And they and now their families, too all con-
tribute to community events, fundraisers and the family
Miss Duffy earned many accolades, but surely none
pleased her more than the simple appreciation for her
family, her political service and her food.
Pat Geyer gave her family and Anna Maria Island a
great gift and they carry on her traditions.
For those reasons, the Geyers were our choice for
Islander of the year 2010.
Which brings us to the Privateers, Islanders of the
year for 2011, and our only repeat winner in 19 years of
Much deserved, much applauded and cheered.
They brought revelry and excitement to all three cities
during their 40th anniversary year under the leadership
of Roger "Hoodat" Murphree. The captures at all three
city halls were lifetime adventures for the city officials,
particularly the mayors, some who found themselves
shackled to the mast on the Skullywag the Privateer
float/boat with ransom to be paid by staff and citizens
before their release.
It was a very good year for the Privateers, a crew
that proved both worth its weight in gold raising more
than $40,000 for kids and community in a year and
their continuing service and entertainment on Anna Maria
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10009 Gulf Drive & Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Studio hosts 'Beyond Words'
by Sharon Young
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will host artist Sharon Young's show, "Beyond
Words," through Jan. 25.
A reception for the artist will take place 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12.
Young resides in Anna Maria and Duluth, Minn.
Her show will feature nine watercolors. A news
release said, "Just by looking at the beautiful use of light
and color in her Floral Paintings, the viewer is easily
given a sense of her exuberant personality and zest for
For more information, call the Studio at Gulf and
Pine at 941-778-1906.
Center offers computer class
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is offer-
ing "Computer for Seniors," a three-part course, at the
center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Students will learn how to send emails, use Facebook
and watch YouTube videos.
Enrollment is $45 for members, $50 for non-mem-
Sessions will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, Friday,
Jan. 25 and Friday, Feb. 1.
For more information or to register, call the center
Garden club meeting Jan. 16
The Anna Maria Garden Club will host speaker Jim
Boyer, president of the Tampa Bay African Violet Soci-
ety, at its noon meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16.
The public is invited to the program, which will take
place at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call Mary Manion at 941-778-
2607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library invites community to
celebrate 30 years
The Friends of the Island Library will celebrate 30
years of the Island Branch Library with an anniversary
party Saturday, Jan. 12.
The celebration will be 2-4 p.m. at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The friends group will provide refreshments and
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Organizers of the annual
Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Tour of
Homes are seeking craft-
ers to help stock the tour
boutique with homemade
items. An announcement
from the tour boutique
committee called for
"talented, crafty people to
volunteer their time for a
great cause. If you quilt,
sew, paint or enjoy crafts,
please call." Crafters
should call Joan Pettigrew
at 941-778-4669. The tour
will take place Saturday,
March 16. Islander File
Out and about
,,, downtown galler-
ies and boutiques
will participate in
a monthly Artwalk
Friday, Jan. 11.
tions for the public
include Island Gal-
lery West, the Artists'
Guild Gallery, Rest-
less Natives, Libby's
Jewelry & Gifts,
Beach Life AMI
and Island Tattoo.
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Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach,
features the work of
Wendell Graham in
January. A reception
for the artist, open
to the public, will
be held 5.30-7.30
p.m. Friday, Jan.
11. Graham works
with acrylic and watercolor paints, often adding flora,
feathers or other items to create unique textured style
in her paintings and sculptures. Islander Courtesy
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Island Library announces
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a series of regular and special events
in January, including a 30th anniversary party Saturday,
The schedule includes:
2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, Chuck Sidlow lecturing
about the circus life.
2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, the Alzheimer's disease
10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, origami session.
2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, the Friends of the Island
Library 30th anniversary party.
2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, a lecture on Emerson
2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, a knitting clinic.
10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, a discussion on changes
in taxes with David Weber.
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Paul Stonebridge lecturing
on travel to six continents.
2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, basics of Alzheimer's
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Friends of Island Library
accepting books for sale
Friends of the Island Library are accepting book
donations for the annual book sale, which will take place
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A sale for Friends of the Island Library members will
take place 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 1.
Book donations can be dropped off at the library.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Longboat Key Historical
Society hosting lecturers
The Longboat Key Historical Society 2013 lecture
series will include programs at 7 p.m. Thursday on Jan.
17, Feb. 21 and March 7 at Christ Church of Longboat
Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Professor Gary Mormino will talk about Florida
before and after World War II Jan. 17.
John Ginaven will talk about eagle-watching on
Longboat Key Feb. 21.
Speaker Joy Baker will talk about the writer's life on
For more information, call historical society presi-
dent Shirley Beachum at 941-383-1598.
Craft market benefits
BB wildlife center
The seventh annual Coquina Winterfest arts and
crafts festival will benefit the Wildlife Education and
Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton Beach.
The arts and crafts market will take place 10 a.m.-4
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Organizers plan to welcome crafters and artists from
12 states for the two-day event.
For more information, call 941-379-0951.
benefits food bank
The third annual Taste magazine Chef's Competition
will benefit the All Faiths Food Bank for Sarasota and
The event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.
16, at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
Diners are invited to experience the best Bradenton
chefs have to offer. The menu includes appetizers, 10
small plate entrees for judging, dessert and wine.
There also will be musical entertainment and raf-
The cost is $45 per person.
For more information, call Taste magazine at 941-
Clowning at the library
The Friends of the Island Library will present the first
lecture of the 2013 series at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.
Chuck Sidlow aka Chucko the clown, a performer with
Circus Sarasota, will talk about "A Circus Life" at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more
information, call the library at 941-778-6341. Islander
Lifelong Learning Academy
announces winter program
The Lifelong Learning Academy on Anna Maria
Island will hold a series of free discussion groups and
lectures, as well as paid courses, beginning this month.
The Einstein Circle discussion groups meet on
Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Jan. 16: Does coverage of sensational news foster
more crime and self-destruction? Does hate radio and TV
foster greater national division?
Jan. 23: Is global climate change man-made?
Jan. 30: "Is the Western world in a survival war
with radical Islam?"
Feb. 6: What is the meaning of life? Why are we
Feb. 13: Is the United States too big to be governed
by the federal bureaucracy?
Feb. 27: How much control should an individual
have over where tax dollars go?
March 6: Are law enforcement cameras an invasion
The discussion groups are free to attend, and partici-
pants need not register.
The following lectures also will take place at 11 a.m.,
but at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. They include:
Wednesday, Feb. 20: Evolution and the Future of
Man by Joe Kerata.
Monday, Feb. 25: Science Today by Jeff Rodgers.
Lectures also are free to attend, and participants need
Classes do require registration and a $75 enrollment.
Sessions will take place at the center.
The schedule includes: Spiritual Psychology with
Peter Mermin at 2 p.m. Monday; The Craft of Writing
with David Rice at 11 a.m. Thursdays; Brain-Body Heal-
ing with Robert Westin at 2 p.m. Thursday.
For more information or to register, call 941-359-
4296 or go online to www.lla-sm.org.
Kiwanis meeting Jan. 12
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
The club will hold a board meeting.
For more information, call 941-761-8834.
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Wednesday, Jan. 9
Noon Off Stage Ladies meeting and luncheon, Moore's
Stone Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Infor-
Thursday, Jan. 10
2 p.m. Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series
presents Chuck Sidlow, a performer with Circus Sarasota, Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5-7 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island reception and
awards ceremony for Inspirations, an all-media juried show, the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Friday, Jan. 11
2 p.m. -Alzheimer's disease support group, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30-7:30 p.m. The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, hosts the Artwalk event and reception for artist Bar-
bara Orear. Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Artwalk event, artist reception for Wendell
Graham, the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Saturday, Jan. 12
8 a.m.-noon Roser Thrift Shop yard sale, 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2733.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and
board meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-
10 a.m. Island Origami, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
10 a.m. The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Caroline Whitmore, "Watercolor
Painting Techniques." Information: 941-778-6648.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Coquina Beach Winterfest arts and crafts
show benefiting Bradenton Beach's Wildlife Education and Reha-
bilitation Center, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information:
11 a.m.-1 p.m. -Author and historian Carolyne Norwood signs
copies of her island histories at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA,
9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
2-4 p.m. Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniver-
sary celebration, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
3-5 p.m. -A reception for artist Sharon Young and her show,
"Beyond Words," the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. The show runs through Jan. 25. Information: 941-778-
Sunday, Jan. 13
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Coquina Beach Winterfest arts and crafts
show benefiting Bradenton Beach's Wildlife Education and Reha-
bilitation Center, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information:
Monday, Jan. 14
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Tuesday, Jan. 15
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meet-
ing, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club meeting with speaker Jim
Boyer, president of the Tampa Bay African Violet Society, Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,Anna Maria. Informa-
2 p.m. Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel
series presents Melissa Cain Nell from the Manatee County Natu-
ral Resources Department speaking about exploring Emerson Point
Preserve, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Sunday, Jan. 13
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Winter Festival antiques and art fair, the
Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 941-383-1901.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
12:30 p.m. Manatee River Garden Club meeting with Bar-
bara Hoey of Decorated Garden, 3120 First Ave., W., Bradenton.
6 p.m. Taste magazine Chef's Competition to benefit All
Faiths Food Bank, Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
Fee applies. Information: 941-366-7950.
Through Jan. 25, Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island juried art
show, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
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, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells
homemade 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.
Housekeeping Sitter Companion
Baths Laundry Meals Errands Etc.
Call or email Joyce Williams
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Saturday, Jan. 12. The
Roser Guild will use
the proceeds to support
local charitable work,
including the church
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ship programs and the
Anna Maria Island
e,. Community Center. For
more information, call
the thrift shop at 941-
779-2733. Islander File
SFirst 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, ext.
SSecond 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-
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 24th Ave.
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 for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island meets at the Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria
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Centre Shops host
antiques, art fair
The Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5380 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will hold Winter Fes-
tival, an antique and art fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday,
Shoppers will find sidewalk sales among the
center merchants as well as outdoor vendors selling
items, including food and wine.
For more information, call Steff's Stuff Antiques
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. 17, the Island Players'opening of"A Little Murder Never
HurtAnybody," Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.
Jan. 17-27, Manatee County Fair: Manatee Goes Hollywood,
fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Palmetto. Fee applies. Information:
Jan. 19, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market,
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
Jan. 21, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club inauguration
celebration, the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th W., Cortez. Fee applies.
Jan. 25, Community dinner pork and sauerkraut Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee
applies. Information: 941-778-3580.
Save the date
Feb. 9, Sinatra Sings supper and show, Anna Maria Island
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
concert, 20th anniversary celebration, CrossPointe Fellowship.
Feb. 24, Pirates spring training begins, McKechnie Field.
March 2, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Fes-
tival, with tours, music, arts and crafts and food on the museum
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday before publication.
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Vegas-style tribute, dinner buffet comes to center
Sing along, "Good times never seemed so good."
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host
Neil Diamond tribute performer Bobby Palermo in a ben-
efit performance Saturday, Jan. 19.
The fundraiser at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, will feature a Vegas-style buffet dinner by
Talk of the Town Catering and Palermo performing Neil
The center says Palermo, from Las Vegas' Legends
in Concerts, has been voted the No. 1 Neil Diamond
impersonator in the United States, as well as a Tampa
Bay Entertainer of the Year.
Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. The
menu includes "Banana Bay" chicken breast, stroganoff
and meatballs, baked tilapia Florentine and Black Forest
The cost to attend is $30 per person and tables of
eight are $240.
Reservations are required by Thursday, Jan. 17.
For more information, call the center's Sandee Pruett
Health food store hosts
The Vitamin Seas Health Food Store, 3228 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host a free wellness class on juicing
at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.
A news release said the class will explore buying and
using juicers, recipes and the health benefits of juicing,
including "to improve and reverse chronic health prob-
lems, juicing for ii n .l\, juicing for healthy skin, juicing
for weight loss, juicing for busy lifestyles, juicing for
detoxification, and more."
For more information, call the store at 941-778-
Author and island historian Carolyne Norwood will
sign copies of her books 11 a.m.-l p.m. Saturday, Jan.
12, at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Norwood wrote "The Early Days, 1893 to 1940" and
"Tales of Three Cities, Anna Maria Island from 1940 to
She has books for sale at the store, as well as at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave.,
For more information, call 941-778-0492 for more
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The concert and
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The Anna Maria Island Art League will accept entries
for the 19th annual James Pay Members Exhibit Tuesday,
Jan. 15., and Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Entries a maximum of three entries at $15 per
item from AMIAL members can be dropped off at
the league, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 10:30
The exhibit runs through Jan. 18-Feb. 6 with a public
reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
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Key Royale man loses way, resulting i
By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter I
What was originally reported as a car fire that spread
into a home on the 600 block of Dundee Lane also turned
out to be a case of a man who couldn't find his way home
and crashed into a garage on a street near his home.
"The car that caught fire was not at his own home,"
said West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal Jim
Davis. "He was actually supposed to be on the next street
over. It starts with an 'e"' Emerald Lane.
Guillermo Escobar of Emerald Lane in Holmes Beach
was found observing the fire by emergency officials who
responded in the early morning hours of Dec. 15, accord-
ing to a Holmes Beach Police Department report.
Escobar told police he had been confused when he
parked his 2008 Lexus in the driveway on Dundee Lane.
The report also said he fell asleep for a time.
A police officer noted a "large concave indentation
... indicating the point of impact where the engulfed
vehicle may have struck the garage door."
When questioned by HBPD, Escobar said he woke
up and realized he was not at his house, so he attempted
to pull out of the driveway. But instead of putting his car
in reverse, he put it in drive and crashed into the garage
door, according to the report.
Escobar told police he noticed a spark at the front
end of the car after the crash, just before the car was
consumed by fire.
Escobar said he smoked but did not smoke in his
car, according to the police report. The report also said
he would not make a statement about being behind the
wheel of the vehicle before it was in the driveway.
"Escobar appeared to be very intoxicated," accord-
ing to another HBPD officer's report. "I smelled a very
strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. He was
very unsteady on his feet, and slurred his words."
Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson said HBPD
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"The individual refused to acknowledge he was
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No one was injured. The two occupants of the
Dundee Lane home and two cats were evacuated during
The department extinguished the fire shortly after
arriving on the scene at 3 a.m. with two fire trucks and
one engine, according to WMFR Battalion Chief Richard
Frances Derr, one of the homeowners, said four of
her six smoke alarms woke her and her husband. She
exited the front of her house and saw a woman in a car,
who apparently was delivering newspapers, and a man
who would not talk to her watching the fire.
Derr said the fire damaged their two cars and reported
extensive smoke damage throughout her house. She also
said investigators asked her questions to determine why
the car caught fire when it hit the garage.
The Florida Department of Financial Services' Divi-
sion of State Fire Marshal is handling the investigation,
according to Davis. At press time for The Islander, the
state office had not returned calls for comment.
Donors extend Lester
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey Lester
will be donating $25,000 to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and they've extended
their challenge asking the community to match their
donation by Jan. 31.
According to Sharen Pittman of the AMICC, the
Lesters have extended the end-of-the-year deadline.
She said community donations have been 'li.',linii
in, but she had no preliminary amount of community
The tax-deductible donation to the Lester Chal-
lenge will benefit the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, which provides more than 1.5 million
service hours to more island residents each year.
The Lesters have issued challenges in the past to
raise money for the nonprofit, with sponsorship from
The Islander newspaper.
Donations may be made payable to AMICC at
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Island police blotter
Dec. 23, 500 block of Kumquat Drive, domes-
tic battery. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to a verbal argument that turned physical
between a man and woman. According to the report, the
woman initiated physical contact when she threw a table,
punched and scratched the man.
Dec. 25, 800 block of North Shore Drive, domestic
disturbance. A woman reported an argument between her
husband and nephew. She contacted law enforcement, but
both men left the residence before MCSO arrived. Accord-
ing to the report, no physical contact occurred during the
argument. The deputy waited, but neither man returned.
Dec. 27, 100 block of Park Avenue, vehicle bur-
glary. Unknown suspects gained entry into a Jeep by
unzipping the soft top. According to the report, items
valued at $400 were stolen.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 28, 111 Gulf Drive, battery. A 53-year-old Bra-
denton woman was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor
battery after an alleged argument with an ex-boyfriend and
his wife. According to the probable cause affidavit, the
suspect and the man had not been together for more than
nine years, but she began to argue with him over past rela-
tionship issues. The man asked her to stop, at which time
police say the woman became more irate and slapped him.
The man's wife asked the suspect what she was doing, and
the suspect grabbed her hair and scratched her face. Island
Time Bar and Grill staff escorted her outside, where she
continued to be verbally abusive toward staff until police
arrived and arrested her.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Dec. 28, 4400 block of 123rd Street, domestic dis-
turbance. A MCSO deputy responded to a disturbance,
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 9, 2013 0 15
Island car theft ends with Sarasota shooting
By Mark Young
An auto theft that occurred in Bradenton Beach Jan.
3 led to a 34-year-old Bradenton woman in a chase with
Sarasota police. She was shot in the leg during the pursuit
and resulting crash.
The incident began at a Sarasota Walmart, when
the victim of the auto theft ran into a friend. That friend
was accompanied by Stephanie Hicks. The victim then,
according to the police report, agreed to give the friend
and Hicks a ride to Bradenton Beach. The victim then
stopped at another friend's house before dropping the
two passengers off at their destination.
According to the police report, Hicks asked the
victim to leave his keys in the ignition so she and the
other passenger could listen to the radio. The victim then
went inside a house to visit his friend and, upon returning,
according to police, discovered his vehicle and passen-
gers were gone.
A report was filed and a "be on the lookout" was
issued for the stolen vehicle. Sarasota Police Department
but reported it was verbal in nature without physical con-
tact. One of the involved parties had already left prior to
the deputy's arrival. Domestic packets were issued.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
No reports submitted.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Dec. 28, 12th Street West, Bradenton, affray. A
34-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested on an
affray charge after becoming engaged in a physical con-
frontation with another man at the Lost Kangaroo Pub.
The fight escalated to the point of punches thrown and
the two men fell through a large glass window at the pub.
Police were forced to physically restrain the two men
after they ignored orders to stop fighting and both men
were charged with misdemeanors.
officers spotted the stolen vehicle about
a half hour after the BOLO was issued.
SPD attempted to stop the vehicle
in the 2700 block of Central Avenue,
but Hicks, who was driving, allegedly
crashed into three patrol cars while
trying to flee. Officers fired, and Hicks
was shot once in the leg.
She was treated at an area hospi-
tal and then booked into the Sarasota
County jail on six counts of aggravated
assault on a law enforcement officer.
She was being held without bond
and also faces charges of felony vehi-
cle theft and being a habitual traffic
Floyd Laycock, 20, the passenger in the vehicle, was
hospitalized after being bitten by a police dog.
According to court records, Laycock is homeless. He
faces a charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest. He posted
bond the same day and was released.
Dec. 27, 5315 Cortez Road, Bradenton, shoplift-
ing and possession of drug paraphernalia. A 27-year-old
Cortez man was arrested on misdemeanor shoplifting and
drug paraphernalia charges while at Walmart. Accord-
ing to the probable cause affidavit, the man selected
headphones from the electronics department. He went
to another department and slipped the headphones into a
Walmart shopping bag. A loss prevention officer observed
the man exchange the headphones for a $63 gift card and
attempt to leave the store. Security stopped the man and
during the course of a search found two syringes in his
pocket and what was described as a "crack pipe stem"
inside a pack of cigarettes on his person. He was booked
into the Manatee County jail on $240 bond.
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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BB pier team temporarily suspends multiple meetings
By Mark Young
The Bradenton Beach city pier team doubled its
scheduled meetings last fall with expectations high that
a reconstruction project was close to getting started.
Contract negotiations, stalled by insurance concerns
with Sago & Sago Engineering led to the city authorizing
a request for proposal to find a new engineering firm for
Sago & Sago had been awarded the work based on
its service on a previous project.
In November, commissioners authorized the RFP
and, last month, ZNS Engineering's bid was approved
by commissioners, but negotiations continue with ZNS.
"I expect we should hear something soon," building
official Steve Gilbert told the pier team Jan. 3.
In the meantime, the pier team suspended its semi-
monthly meetings in favor of monthly meetings until the
project can move forward.
The project will consist of replacing 151 pilings and
the pier's wood deck.
Police Chief Sam Speciale asked for the team's con-
sensus, saying there is no reason to double the meeting
schedule until the reconstruction work is ready to begin
and the committee agreed.
"We started doing the second meeting because we
were getting ready to roll on this project," he said.
The pier team resumed regular business of the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier with mostly maintenance updates.
Public works director Tom Woodard said maintenance
issues were minor.
"Things are looking pretty good at the pier," he said.
"Haven't had any major issues. Some of the rope lights we
put up by the clock tower went out, so I unplugged them all
until I can get a lift in there and replace the bad ones."
Woodard wanted the pier team members to know he
was working on the problem.
"We have also done some regular maintenance to the
pier, such as painting the railings and picnic tables," he
Woodard said the replacement of the adjacent float-
ing dock "remains in a holding a pattern, so the dock is
still closed. We've had to run a few people off. Someone
had parked a 53-foot yacht against the dock and people
were climbing all over it."
Gilbert said the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection approved the floating dock repairs, but there
is a new step to take in obtaining permits.
"We are still waiting on the Army Corps of Engi-
neers," he said. "We also haven't heard back about FEMA
redoing the paperwork."
Gilbert said the Eighth Street South dock project
also has been approved, but the city continues to wait on
approval from the corps.
Corps approval is a recent obstacle to the delays.
Gilbert said last month that DEP is no longer review-
ing corps permits, so the process now has an additional
agency to go through before permits are approved.
"Hopefully we will know something in the next
week," he said.
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Gilbert questioned whether a new Eighth Street
South dock would come under the overview of the pier
team, "since it is being designed as a fishing pier."
Special said only the Historic Bridge Street Pier,
the floating dock and the dinghy dock across from the
Bridgetender Inn and Dockside Bar fall under the pier
The floating dock was closed early last year due to
separating dock sections and damaged ballasts, reveal-
ing a design flaw in the dock's hinges. Tropical Storm
Debby's arrival in June damaged the dock further.
The dock replacement project was approved by
FEMA, but the city wanted to continue with plans to
reduce it from nine sections to four or five, depending
on the damage assessment when the work begins.
That decision is why it has gone from a replacement
project to a mitigation project, which requires additional
Commissioners wanted to have the pier project com-
pleted before tourist season, but recent discussions at city
meetings now have commissioners discussing delaying
the project until after tourist season.
The dock replacement, when approved, will not
infringe upon pier operations. The city will move for-
ward on that project when final approval is given. FEMA
funding for the dock project already has been pledged.
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AM charter committee explores the 'extraordinary'
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Charter Review Committee came
back from 2012 with a discussion Jan. 2 of the sort of
extraordinary situations the city could face in the future.
Member Jim Bennington said after all that's hap-
pened in the past two years, discussing the extraordinary
is needed referencing the 2009 recall election and the
2012 election, when the commission became split on the
appointment of a commissioner to fill its fifth seat.
Committee chair Howard Payne said, "Considering
how long I've lived here," nothing the city commission
does would surprise him.
One extraordinary circumstance would be if all five
commissioners were "unable or unwilling to serve," said
member Tom Breiter.
Breiter proposed that in such an event, the governor
should appoint the commissioners and their first order of
business would be to hold a special election for all vacant
seats, with the top five vote-getters taking office.
Committee members agreed with the recommenda-
tion, but adviser TomAposporos said what's more likely
to happen is that the commission would have only one or
two members, not enough for a quorum.
H happy New Year! Now that those holidays are
behind us, it's time to get out and do some fun shop-
ping less hectic and less crowded. Didn't get exactly
what you wanted for Christmas? We bet any one of
these shops will have the perfect thing you're looking
for because these shops are stocked with items you
won't find anywhere else. And remember it always
feels good to shop local and buy local.
Really Relish in Anna Maria is our newest shop
on the Tiki & Kitty scene, Rhonda says, "Stop by
Relish Marketplace in the big yellow house and say "I
love vintage" to get $5 off a vintage clothing item!
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has new merchan-
dise every week. And remember, when shopping at
Giving Back, you get awesome deals and also give
back proceeds go to local charities.
Steff's Stuff is hosting another antique and art
fair at the Centre Shops of Longboat Key. The Winter
Festival will have antiques, art, live music, food, side-
walk sales, and wine tasting, 5380 Gulf of Mexico
Dr. Longboat Key For information, call Steff's Stuff
Antiques at 941-383-1901.
Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs
Antiques is having a January White sale to start off
the new year. And Nancy has all of her linens on sale
for 20 percent off. The girls have also been busy with
their new website, check www.retrorosie.com for new
merchandise arrivals. You can find them on Pinterest
Payne, however, said jokingly that he knew enough
"ornery people" in Anna Maria who might just walk off
a commission en mass if they were unhappy.
City attorney Jim Dye said the commission must
have three members to conduct business, otherwise, it
can't really hold a meeting or pass ordinances or resolu-
tions. He said in such an event, the city would look to the
governor to appoint a commissioner to make a quorum.
Three commissioners might then appoint two people to
fill the remaining vacancies until the next election cycle,
or the city could hold a special election.
"You can't run the city with only two people" on the
commission, Dye said.
Breiter suggested two commissioners might appoint
a third commissioner, but Dye pointed out that a com-
mission with just two members is not a quorum.
Breiter was concerned that on a three-member com-
mission, two pro-development commissioners could pass
legislation against the vote of the third commissioner.
Aposporos noted that the charter requires a "major-
ity vote of commissioners," meaning three "yes" votes
to pass an ordinance, approve a site plan or resolution.
All three would have to vote "yes" or "no" for an issue
to pass or fail.
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Breiter said he would write a recommendation on
what should be in the charter in the event there is less
than a majority of commissioners and bring it to the next
meeting for discussion.
Dye said it's a matter of policy if the city wants to
involve the governor in appointing a commissioner, but
the county should be removed from consideration. He
said asking the governor to appoint a commissioner is
the "usual process."
Dye said he would research the governor's power to
appoint local officials and report at the next meeting.
The committee also dealt with the removal of the
Bennington recommended that it take four votes
to remove the chair, and the vice chair would then take
the position. The former chair would remain a commis-
Breiter noted all the discussion issues were about
"extreme circumstances," but they need to be addressed
in the charter.
Dye said the issues "sound like a John D. McDonald
novel," but they need to be discussed.
The committee will next meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, Jan 16, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
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by shop-owner, artisan Laura Shely, and only available
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Dancing is popular .
Dec. 31 at the Beach-
200 Gulf Drive, N.,
indoor party. The res-
taurant put on its 19th
annual New Year's Eve
Extravaganza with a
private party inside, as I ,v
well as outdoor dining,
dancing, music and a
fireworks display to
cap the evening and
the year 2012.
Fireworks light up
the night sky on New
Year's Eve in Bra-
denton Beach. The
occurred on the beach
at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf
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Right, Mark Young
Cold north boosts island holiday tourism, optimism
By Rick Catlin
While holiday bookings on Anna Maria Island were
running in line with past years before Christmas, many
island accommodation owners and managers said the hol-
iday season turned out better for bookings than expected.
One reason suggested was the cold weather that struck
northern areas around Christmas.
Eric Cairns, owner of the Cedar Cove Resort, 2710
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, said a good rule of thumb is
that when the weather turns cold up north, people start
The Midwest and New England areas were hit with
back-to-back snowstorms in late December and that was
good for island tourism, Cairns said.
"Many people told me they came south when the first
snow hit the ground," Cedar Cove's manager said.
Many guests for the Christmas-New Year week
arrived later than usual at Cedar Cove, and walk-in traf-
fic from up north that week filled the resort, he said.
"And our phones have been ringing constantly for a
January room," Cairns added.
He said there were 23 January reservations made at
Cedar Cove on Jan. 3, and by 4 p.m. on Jan. 4, 12 more
reservations for January were received. Cairns expects
many more calls in the next week.
"It's already been a great season, and looking to get
even better. It started slow, but it's really going strong
now," Cairns said.
David Teitelbaum, owner of the Tortuga, Tropic Isle,
Seaside and Tradewinds motels, all in Bradenton Beach,
noted "many people arrived on Monday before Christmas
and the Monday before New Year's."
"We started slow, but ended up ahead of last year
at the end of December. I think it was because the holi-
days fell on a Tuesday, which made it awkward for some
people to book ahead for a week or two. We also had a
lot of walk-ins, more than expected. That really boosted
everyone's business," he said.
Teitelbaum also noted January reservations are
coming at a strong pace, something unusual for the
"Generally, we have a two-week lull after the holi-
days, but not this year. Our January is already ahead of
all of last January and the phones are still ringing off the
hook," he said.
Teitelbaum said he was "extremely happy" with
results for 2012 and expects 2013 to be even better, con-
sidering how well the season started.
"We had a very good year and are well ahead of last
year's pace for advance reservations. And walk-ins are
boosting occupancy figures," he said.
Ken Geary of the White Sands Resort, 6505 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, said an unexpected number of
walk-ins during the holiday season filled up the resort.
"Definitely more walk-ins than normal. That was
unusual," he said.
Most guests at the White Sands are regular winter
visitors, he said, and January reservations have been
steady, but not above normal.
"For February and March, however, we are filling up
rapidly," Geary said.
At the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
president Mary Ann Brockman worked, but gave staff
the day off Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
"And I was slammed both days with people calling
for a room. It seems like more and more people were
waiting to the last minute to book their island vacation,
but I noticed a snowstorm hit up north the day after
Christmas. That might have brought a lot of last-minute
visitors. It was all good for our members and the island,"
Retail businesses also appeared to benefit from the
visitor influx during the holidays.
Signa Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resort Wear, 5330
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, said she was "delighted" with
"We were packed most days and we had a coupon
sale, which really helped. I'm pleased with the holiday
business and hope it continues," she said.
Laura Shely of Tide and Moon Jewelry, 314 Pine
Ave.,Anna Maria, also said business was "fantastic" the
past two weeks.
"I made a lot of good sales, met a lot of great people
and had tons of people window-shopping. It was a great
week," she said.
At Beach Bums recreational and sports rentals on
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, co-owner Laura Sato said
their business was up during the holidays.
Restaurateur Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar in
Anna Maria, BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and MarV-
ista Pub on Longboat Key, said the Dec. 21 completion of
the Sandbar's remodeled dining room helped business.
"With the good weather and the new dining room,
the Sandbar was packed during the holidays," he said.
"All three restaurants had a great holiday season of
business," Chiles said. "If everyone's right about visitors
coming the next few months, our winter season should
4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, is
nearly deserted on
Dec. 30, as daytime
highs reached only
into the mid-50s.
On Dec. 31, with
up to 76 degrees,
visitors and locals
flocked to the
same beach on the
last day of 2012.
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 9, 2013 U 19
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An unknown artist left a sandy snake for Jan. 1 beach-
goers to admire near the surf at the Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach.
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A sand turtle dons a new year's greeting on the
beach between Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.
Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell
Sisters Julia Mahanna, 6, and Isabella Mahanna, 8, visit-
ing AMI from Indianapolis, become mermaids as dad, (Cl, ,
Mahanna, creates a sand sculpture on New Year's Day.
With purpose, a crowd of plungers takes to the Gulf on Jan. 1 in Bradenton
Beach near 12th Street South as part of Clancy's fifth annual sl\iiI ,,i Si ii ,
Charity Plunge to benefit disadvantaged youth. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
ticipants leave the cold waters almost as quickly as they step in for a dip allfor
ood cause: the fifth annual New Year's Day charity plunge at 12th Street South and
lf Drive in Bradenton Beach. The event was organized and sponsored by Clancy's
h Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
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Plunge organizers say 71
people participated in the
plunge, including West
Manatee Fire Rescue
Ricci, far right. The event
raised more than $19,000
for Caring for Children
Charities, an organiza-
tion dedicated to helping
in Manatee and Sarasota
braces against the
"cold" Gulf of
Mexico waters -
about 66 degrees
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Sports Pub, 6218
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PLUS TEN By Steve Savoy / Edited by Will Shortz
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7 Bit of a trickle
11 Rental car add-on
14 Series of rounds
18 Unlikely to surprise
19 Megan of "Will &
22 Sign-off for Spanish
25 Suffix with human
26 Peyton Manning's
27 Chuck of NBC News
28 Grub around
29 Zero-calorie cooler
33 Hosen material
34 Two bottled liquids
kept in a cabinet?
37 Language that is
39 Lifeguard's skill,
40 Suffix with direct
41 Some red spots
44 Early education
47 Champion model
maker at the county
54 Drain cleaner,
55 Early seventh
56 Singer Falana and
59 Handel's e
60 At full speed
63 Movies often with
65 Wacky exercise
68 20 cigarettes per
unit and 10 units
per carton, e g ?
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home to Zog I
72 Volatile stuff
74 Lions' din
75 "Well, looky there"
76 Sweet-talked, maybe
77 Have one's cake and
79 Hoppy pub quaff
81 Forbes competitor
82 Green room
86 Onetime high fliers
87 God holding a
89 Expert finish?
90 From Z
91 Tiny chastisement
99 Home territories
103 Division of
106 Siege weapon
109 Wally of cookie
111 Its employees
might have jumper
116 Golfer Norman and
118 Part of an
119 Bronte heroine
122 Analyzes, in a way
1 Straighten out
2 Some baton wielders
3 Like stocks
5 Purse item
6 "Silas Marner" author
7 Mendeleev who
11 Went smoothly
12 Go laboriously
13 The "S" of OS
14 Eponymous Italian
15 Like Ben-Hur and
company when not
17 Jazz pianist McCoy
21 Pope Agatho's
28 Fix the coloring of,
31 Petal pusher?
32 Dragged (on)
35A T M maker
36 Alternatives to
38 One out?
43 One having a little
45 Figaro in "The
Barber of Seville,"
48 Empathetic response
49 "Time, the devourer
of all things"
50 Skewed to one side
51 It juts into the
58 Examine carefully
60 Insts of learning
61 Capone henchman
63 Elusive African
67 "I'm __youl"
73 Grilled cheese
76 "Don't Nobody
Bring Me No Bad
77 Logical start?
78 a limb
80 Invite to the
84 Mail letters
88 Hold stuff
92 Goes without
94 Detox patients
95 Gunner's tool
97 "Just watch mel"
98 Hops dryer
100 Bantu language
101 One way to deny
103 Skin disorder
104 White shade
107 Singer Marie
110 Morse dashes
113 Mil team leader
115 Certain util
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Box tops pay off for AME budget enhancements
By Kathy Prucnell
Worth only 10 cents each, Box Tops
for Education has added up to deliver
more than $475 million for schools
nationwide since 1996.
Anna Maria Island Elementary
has again joined the drive, encouraging stu-
dents, parents and the community to collect tops from
cereal boxes, snacks and other grocery items.
For the 2011-12 school year, the school collected
26,559 box tops and raised $2,655.90. Since 2004, AME
has earned $10,631 through the Box Tops' collection.
AME is ranked No. 15 among 236 area schools
within a 25-mile radius, with $1,404.90 earned so far
this school year.
The program is one of many fundraising efforts
spearheaded by the AME Parent Teacher Organization
to offset reduced school budgets and provide books and
learning tools for students.
A six-week March Madness competition between
classrooms brought in the most Box Tops in 2012,
according to past Box Top committee
chair Karen-Riley Love, an Islander
contributor. Pidge Taylor's fourth-
grade class won last year's contest,
This year's chair, Dawn Rappold,
is planning another March Madness
effort. Rappold also plans to raise Box Top awareness
and make it easy to donate by adding collection spots,
but for now, Box Tops are accepted at the front desk at
the school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
"Box Tops are a zero-cost, easy way to support the
school," Rappold said.
"If more people in the community learn about the
program at AME, maybe they would be able to save them,
too. I threw mine in the trash for years before I realized
the school could use them. And they add up fast, espe-
cially if lots of people work together," she said.
For a list of eligible products, go online to www.
For more information, call Rappold at 608-335-
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Anna Maria Island
students Caden Whit-
field, left, Jack Love,
Mickey Bowes and Kylie
Huffinan admire their
colorfulfish pots at the
Art Enrichment ih., ,,i
Dec. 19 at the Florida
Maritime Museum, 4415
119th St. W, Cortez.
Islander Photo: Courtesy
12.1 Kapi Whitfield
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Patty
and Toast or Proballs.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Turkey Gravy, Roll, Mixed Fruit
Cocktail, Mashed Potatoes, Mini Romaine Salad,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Thursday, Jan. 10
Breakfast: Chicken Patty Biscuit or
Ultimate Breakfast Round.
Lunch: Mini Corn Dogs, Breaded Beef on Bun, Applesauce,
Green Beans, Fresh Veggie Dipper, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Friday, Jan. 11
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes or Super Rounds.
Lunch: Pizza Choice, McManatee Riblet Sandwich,
Sliced Peaches, Corn on Cob, Baby Carrots and Celery
Sticks with Dip, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Monday, Jan. 14
Breakfast: Pizza or Super Round.
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwich,
Mandarin Oranges, Potato Smiles, Broccoli
with Cheese Sauce, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and Biscuit or Waffle.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Warm Roll, Pizza Bagels,
Applesauce, Carrot Coins, Mini Romaine Salad,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Bagel or
Sausage and Cheese Bagel or Proballs.
Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Barbecue Chicken, Warm Roll,
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 9, 2013 0 21
New race director readies for annual AME dash
By Kathy Prucnell
Jesse Brisson has put on yet another hat.
Since about 2002, Brisson has been an agent, broker
and owner at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria. He's also
been a real estate columnist at The Islander for many
years. He also coaches youth sports and plays adult sports
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Two years ago, Brisson took over the Anna Maria
Elementary Runners Club, now with 150 student mem-
bers. He runs Wednesdays with a core group of 30-40
students 45 minutes before school.
And, most recently, he was named race director for
the seventh annual 2013 Dolphin Dash one of two
annual races on Anna Maria Island sanctioned by the Bra-
denton Runner's Club. The dash doubles as a fundraiser
for the AME Parent Teacher Organization. The Island
Run is the club's other event.
The Dolphin Dash begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12,
with registration and packet pickup at AME, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, where the race begins and finishes.
There is an 8 a.m. start time for the 5K race and 9 a.m.
start time for the 1K walk/run.
Becky Walter ran the dash and runner's club the past
several years, and turned over the reins to Brisson as her
children moved up middle school.
With one son in first-grade at AME, Brisson, an avid
runner and member of the Bradenton Runner's Club,
somehow neatly fit the myriad race details -finding
sponsors, arranging hospitality and recruiting volunteers
Saturday, Jan. 12: Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 24: FCAT Parent Night, time to be
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- into his already busy life.
Between the coordination with the Bradenton club,
the school and the community, he has a new appreciation
for all involved, saying, "It's a pretty big undertaking."
He expects 200-300 adults and children to run in the 5K
and 1-mile fun walk/run.
"The event begins and ends at AME," says Brisson.
"It should be pretty fun."
Overflow parking will be available at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
There will be medals awarded in a number of adult
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22 0 JAN. 9, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
Manatee County plans addition to Robinson Preserve
By Rick Catlin then agreed to give title to the property to the county.
Islander Reporter Mosaic is a Florida phosphate mining and fertilizer
Manatee County will receive 150 more acres of land company with a production facility in eastern Manatee
within the next few weeks to add to the Robinson Pre- County.
serve in northwest Bradenton. The additional acreage added to an already popular
The county already has 483 acres in the preserve, but preserve means more pristine lands and mangroves will
negotiated to purchase the additional acreage from the be preserved for future generations, Hunsicker said.
Robinson family through the Conservation Foundation "We already have a very popular preserve with nature
of the Gulf Coast, said Charlie Hunsicker, the Manatee trails and kayaking. This will make it an even larger and
County director of natural resources. more popular adventure," he said.
Hunsicker said the CFGC bought the land with $3.2 The Robinson family sold 483 acres to the county in
million donated by the Mosaic Company Foundation, the early 2000s to create the preserve in northwest Bra-
denton, but had retained 200 acres to build single-family
residences and a semi-private golf course. Hunsicker said
the Robinsons will develop only single-family homes on
its 50 acres.
Hunsicker said the Manatee County Commission has
approved the documents to acquire the land, so all that's
needed are a few more signatures, he said.
The Mosaic Foundation will build The Mosaic
Center for Nature Exploration, Science & Te lhnl>h._',
on the newly acquired land, Hunsicker said.
Mosaic's foundation has committed $8.9 million to
PLEASE SEE ROBINSON, NEXT PAGE
BB noise ordinance battle, challenges loom
By Mark Young
For several consecutive Bradenton Beach commis-
sion agendas, a review of the noise ordinance has been
listed under old business and at each meeting Mayor John
Shaughnessy has pledged to begin the arduous task of
satisfying both sides of a complicated issue.
Shaughnessy renewed that pledge at the Jan. 3 com-
"I know it has been going on for a long time," he
said. "We are working on it. I've been doing quite a bit
of reading on it and it's a very, very, very complicated
Shaughnessy said he's received emails from other
cities that have become involved in litigation with local
businesses because they went too far with their ordi-
nances in trying to satisfy residents.
"It's sort of like the sea turtle situation," he said.
'Turtles and people have to exist together. In this case,
businesses and residents need to exist together. It's a very
delicate thing. We are working on it, and we want to do
Other island cities have dealt with how to enforce
noise ordinances already on the books, but Bradenton
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Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and Vice Mayor Ed
Straight both acknowledged the upcoming noise ordi-
nance review as a primary focus after their November
Vosburgh said it would be difficult to reach a com-
promise that would satisfy everyone, but stressed her
commitment to work at resolving the issue.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse suggested the commis-
sion schedule multiple work sessions to begin discussing
the noise ordinance issue.
"It would be helpful to set up a series of work ses-
sions and start looking at some of the options and solu-
tions," he said. "We don't get a lot of time to discuss
issues before they come up for a vote. We will need the
time to review this one, and we can start kicking them
around, seeing what would work best."
Shaughnessy agreed, saying that was the best solu-
tion to begin the process.
"Once we get the basics, then we can nitpick at it
until we can come up with a reasonable solution," he
In other matters, the commissioners unanimously
approved a June 1 special event permit for the Fit Fest
& Treasure Run at Coquina Beach.
The application submitted by Mark Ibasfalean did
not include the necessary insurance for a permit to be
granted by the city.
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denton Beach passes this," Ibasfalean said. "So, we are
just waiting to see what you will do. I don't want to pay
for insurance and not be able to have the event."
Breuler motioned to approve the special event appli-
cation with the stipulation that Ibasfalean provide the city
with the necessary insurance documents no later than 30
days prior to the event.
Vosburgh seconded the motion, which passed 5-0.
The event will be fitness-themed with vendors, dem-
onstrations and more.
In other city matters, commissioners authorized
AMI Radio relief from the city's telecommunications
ordinance to erect a 10-foot antenna next to the Bridge
Street radio station.
City planner Alan Garrett said relief to erect the
10-foot antenna is allowable because it meets require-
ments set forth by the ordinance.
Garrett said the antenna would go through a regular
building permit process. Co-owner Robert Herman said
the antenna would greatly enhance the station's goal of
providing Anna Maria Island with its own radio station.
Currently, the station's broadcast power at 1700 AM
reaches less than a mile, but it can be found online at
The station focuses on island issues with local hosts
and introduces its audience to unlicensed music by local
Breuler said she "happily" moved to approve the
relief request. Gatehouse seconded the motion, which
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improve the preserve. The center is the first phase of the
foundation's plans, Hunsicker said.
"It's an outstanding day for preservation of lands in
the county," he noted.
With enlargement of the Robinson Preserve along
the causeway and the Neal Preserve on the south side
of Perico Island across from the Harbour Isle entrance,
Hunsicker said the county has come a long way in the
past decade in protecting sensitive environmental lands
The preservation of wetlands could not have been
accomplished without assistance from the Robinson and
Neal families, he said.
The Robinson Preserve extends from Perico Bayou
to the Manatee River, encompassing much of the north-
west tip of Bradenton.
One entrance to the park is along the Palma Sola
Causeway on the north side, near Flamingo Key, where
the preserve can be entered through a gate to the board-
walk that meanders a long trail, but parking is limited.
The preserve's main entrance is in northwest Bra-
denton at 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, where there is
The main entrance is just past the Palma Sola Botani-
The preserve can be walked through on a board-
walk, or visitors can kayak through the inlets and waters.
Kayaks and canoes can be launched from either preserve
Other activities include biking and hiking along
numerous trails, inline skating, managed fishing and
wildlife viewing areas, including observation towers and
platforms and picnic areas.
While most of the trails are crushed shell, the trail
from Manatee Avenue to the preserve headquarters in
northwest Bradenton is a wooden boardwalk and can be
used by those with disabilities under the U.S. Americans
with Disabilities Act. Picnic and group camping areas
also are available.
The restored Valentine House serves as a visitor
center, staffed by volunteers, subject to availability.
The preserve is open daily, subject to seasonal changes.
For information, call 941-7484501, ext. 1807.
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 9, 2013 0 23
Neal Preserve near AMI awaits completion
By Rick Catlin
While county officials, environmentalists and local
nature enthusiasts are celebrating Manatee County's
acquisition of 150 more acres and an educational center
for the already completed Robinson Preserve in north-
west Bradenton, the long-awaited 119-acre Neal Preserve
remains under construction.
Charlie Hunsicker, the county's natural resources
director, said the wheels of construction often grind
slowly and the Southwest Florida Water Management
District also is involved in planning and construction of
"We're still in the infrastructure phase of the pre-
serve," he said. Contracts for pathways and other needed
facilities should go to bid this month, he said.
Hunsicker said the k 1,ingt construction time was not
for lack of funding, but ( \ i) ihing has to be approved in
an orderly fashion by the county commission, Swiftmud
and other government agencies.
Presently, only the entrance and a picnic shelter have
been built at the preserve, although the county website
says the preserve is "currently open for sneak peak tours
on special weekends." The preserve entrance has a locked
entry that prohibits vehicles from entering.
Acquisition of the 119 acres on the south side of
County officials say more work is needed before Neal
Preserve on Perico Island will open to the public.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Manatee Avenue near the Anna Maria Island Bridge was
negotiated in 2005 by the county with developer Pat Neal,
owner of Neal Communities in Manatee County.
Neal provided a sale price well below the appraised
value of the property, which could have been developed
as single-family residences or condominiums, with the
stipulation it become a nature preserve in perpetuity.
Hunsicker said he had no time frame for when the
Neal Preserve will be operational.
Neal Preserve from the bird's
eye view, lies south of Mana-
tee Avenue on Perico Island,
opposite the entrance to the
Harbour Isles development
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Adult flag football kicks off new year, season
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center adult
coed NFL Flag Football League kicked off its 2013
season Jan. 3 with four games. Teams in the league
will play an eight-week season followed by playoffs
and the crowning of a Super Bowl champ.
The first game of the evening had Lobstahs Lions
edging Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 32-26. Quar-
terback Matt Piermarnini completed 19 of 28 passes for
275 yards and five touchdown passes. Four touchdown
passes went to receiver Eric Gledhill, who hauled in
nine passes for 150 yards. Wayne Wycoff added six
receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown.
Gledhill paced the defense with five flag pulls,
while Sean Sanders added two pulls and a quarterback
sack in the victory.
The Ravens were led by Larry Berkery, who com-
pleted 16 of 27 passes for 186 yards and three touch-
down passes, while also running for a touchdown.
Shawn Kaleta caught four passes for 41 yards and three
touchdowns, while Robert Gibbons added seven recep-
tions for 84 yards on offense and grabbed four flags on
defense in the loss.
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down pass. Dustin Swain added 52 yards rushing and
one touchdown, while also catching four passes for 50
yards and a pair of touchdowns. Greg Ross completed
five passes for 46 yards and a pair of touchdown passes,
and Dina DeJesus caught two passes for 16 yards and a
touchdown, while also rushing for 20 yards in the vic-
The Dolphins were led by quarterback Ryan Moss,
who completed 15 of 22 passes for 179 yards and five
touchdown passes. Jonathan Moss caught four passes
for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Amy Moss
grabbed three passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns.
Brent Moss completed the scoring for the Dolphins with
four receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Duffy's Tavern Raiders edged Agnelli Pool & Spa
Giants 41-38 behind the passing of Chris Gillum, who
completed 16 of 25 passes for 237 yards and five touch-
down passes. Brother Mike Gillum was his favorite
receiver, catching eight balls for 105 yards, including
two touchdowns and an extra point. Tyler Redmond
added four receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns
and a pair of extra points. Jay Hoffmeister completed
the Raiders scoring with five receptions for 64 yards,
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Tim Shaughnessy paced the Giant offense with
126 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, while
also throwing for 165 yards and three touchdown
passes. Pat Calvary was his top target, grabbing five
passes for 89 yards, including a touchdown and an
extra point. Frank Agnelli added two catches for 50
yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.
Caleb Roberts completed the Giant scoring with two
catches for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also
grabbing an interception taking it to the house for
a defensive touchdown.
Duncan Cardinals flew past Slim's Place Patriots
31-14 in the last game of the evening behind 185 pass-
ing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Jason
Vancleave. Vancleave also hauled in a 45-yard touch-
down pass from Dylan Kraut who added five catches for
120 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.
Ben Pieper added a rushing and receiving touchdown,
while Chris Wilson completed the scoring with two
catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Dave Johnston threw for 50 yards and a touchdown
pass, while also catching a 40-yard touchdown pass to
lead the Patriots. Mike Smith completed the scoring
with a touchdown reception to go along with 25 receiv-
ing yards, 55 passing yards and a touchdown pass.
Three teams advanced from pool play and battled
for the day's bl.,"in,- rights during Jan. 5 horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Jerry Disbrow and Larry Livrago drew the bye into
the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Norm
Good rolled past George McKay and Bob Brown by a
25-8 score. In the finals, Bobeldyk-Good was too good
for Disbrow-Livrago, dispatching them by a 23-4 score
to win the day's proceedings.
The Jan. 2 games also saw three teams advance to
the knockout round. Larry Livrago and Bruce Munro
edged Art Kingstad and Bill Wright 21-17 to advance
to the finals. Livrago-Munro then rolled past Bob Lee
and Rod Bussey 21-3 in the championship match.
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New year's virtues patience, persistence pay off
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Well, its time to start a new year of fishing around
Anna Maria Island. Both inshore and offshore are pro-
ducing fish, although being at the right spot at the right
time is imperative. This time of year, fishing becomes
challenging due to cold-water temperatures, wind, fog,
etc. A little patience and a lot of persistence is a virtue.
On the flats around Anna Maria Island, spotted
seatrout are lingering in deep sandy potholes and chan-
nels before moving into canals and up the Manatee River
to escape the cold of winter.
Slow down your presentation by using live shrimp
or slowly dJ.-'ini' a soft plastic on a jig head along the
bottom to get a bite.
Snook and redfish are making the move into the
canals and creeks in search of warmer water. Again, live
shrimp will do the trick when these fish decide to bite.
Another option is a Berkley Gulp shrimp worked slowly
along the bottom.
You can expect to catch flounder and black drum
using the same methods. These species will be hiding
out from the cold like the snook, trout and reds.
On an added note, the new recreational fishing regu-
lations from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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tackle shop and pick up a copy.
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working two tactics this past week depending on the
weather. On the warmer, sunnier days, Gross is ventur-
ing out one the lush grass flats of Sarasota Bay in search
of spotted seatrout. On the cooler, windier days, Gross
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start, Girle is drifting over the flats jihini. for pompano
with shrimp tipped pompano jigs. While doing this, Girle
is averaging five or six pompano per charter. Also while
ji in. for pompano, Girle's clients are catching Spanish
mackerel, ladyfish and bluefish. Not only is this method
of fishing rewarding, with pompano, but it provides non-
stop action with the bycatch.
After pompano fishing, Girle is switching to bottom
fishing under docks in deeper canals for black drum and
sheepshead. For both species, Girle is using live shrimp.
Black drum up to 18 inches are the norm, and they are
plentiful. Most of the sheepies are running a little small
although Girle is catching a few big enough to put in the
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
of decent action occurring in canals and around docks,
especially in Bimini Bay. Fishers using live bait such as
shrimp or fiddler crabs are catching a variety of species
during the last stages of the incoming tide and the begin-
ning of the outgoing tide.
Sheepshead, black drum and flounder are lurking
under and around docks awaiting small crustaceans drift-
ing by, resulting in keeper-sizes of all three species being
Keyes suggests scaling down your the leader size
to either 15- or 20-pound fluorocarbon due to the water
clarity. Match this up with a No. 2 hook and a small split
shot and you're ready to fish.
Fishing the openings or mouths of canals is proving
prosperous for fishers targeting spotted seatrout and red-
fish. Again, live shrimp is the ticket to convincing these
fish to bite, although Keyes says Berkley Gulp shrimp
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters
says fishing this past week was good with the winter-
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By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly sunrise breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Wednes-
day, Jan. 9, at The Feast restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive,
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
The monthly business card exchange is 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Body & Sol Spa, 9805 Gulf Drive,
The cost is $5 and reservations are requested, but not
Members are encouraged to bring guests to chamber
For more information on either breakfast or the card
exchange, call 941-778-1541.
New to the chamber
The following new members joined the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce in December:
All Season Party Rentals, Sarasota, Susanna
Decorative Interiors by Mary Ellen, Bradenton,
Mary Ellen Fortier, 941-348-9587.
The Fresh Market, Bradenton, Leo Suarez, 941-
Joseph P. Droukas
Joseph P. Droukas, 64, died Dec. 29, 2012. He was
born July 22, 1948, in the Bronx of New York City, N.Y.,
the son of Sam and Anna (Michilli) Droukas.
He graduated from Eastchester High School and
spent several years at Belknap College.
Mr. Droukas spent many years
in the music industry, recorded several
S albums and performed for many years at
Venues across the country. For the past
20 years, he was employed by Sierra
International as a regional sales man-
He is remembered as a loving and
devoted son, brother, father, grandfather and friend to so
Visitation was Jan. 4 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simo-
neau-Paquette Funeral Home, Laconia, N.H. A Mass of
Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 5 at St. Charles Bor-
romeo Catholic Church, 300 NH Route 25, Meredith,
N.H., by the Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet, V.F Memorial
donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Founda-
tion of New Hampshire, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300, Man-
chester NH 03101.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home
& Cremation Services of Laconia, N.H. was in charge
of arrangements. To provide condolences, go online to
Mr. Droukas is survived by daughter Anarita; mother
Anna; his long-time partner and companion, Cynthia
Piscopo Howland; brothers George and John of Holmes
Beach; stepson Duke Laflamme; nieces Christina, Mary
Ann, Jessica, Sara and Mckenzy; nephews John Patrick
and John Christopher; grandchildren Maddie, Jackson and
Harrison; and cousins who were like siblings to him.
Rock Curtis Payne
Rock Curtis Payne, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
Mr. Payne was a lifelong resident of Manatee County.
He was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Gillette. He attended Palm
View Elementary and graduated from Palmetto High
School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, serv-
ing in France and Germany.
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sity, where he met and married the love of his life, wife
Joanne. After a short time working as a reporter for the
Atlanta Constitution, he returned to Palmetto to become
the editor of the new Palmetto News.
He later received a master's degree in educational
administration from the University of Florida and started
his second career as an educator, although he never forgot
his passion for writing. He completed his autobiogra-
phy many years later. He spent the rest of his profes-
sional life, more than 30 years, as an educator. His first
teaching position was in social studies at Walker Junior
High School in Bradenton. He later served as principal at
Parrish Elementary, Samoset Elementary and Bayshore
Middle School. He opened Sugg Middle School in 1975
and served there until his retirement in 1988.
The family noted he was a wonderful husband and
father whose love and devotion to his family will never
Graveside services were at Fogartyville Cemetery
Jan. 3 with the Rev. Jerry Jeter of RiverLife Church
officiating. Arrangements are by Griffith Cline Funeral
Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Mr. Payne is survived by his wife of 56 years,
Joanne; daughters Jo Nan and Robin and husband Jef-
Terry Alan Petesch
Terry Alan Petesch, 62, of Cortez, died Nov. 27,
Mr. Petesch was the owner of Ter-
ry's Framing and Art Supplies, 5360
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Friends of Mr. Petesch held a cele-
bration of his life Jan. 6 at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts on Longboat
Mr. Petesch is survived by his godsons, twins Clay
Sidner and Cole Sidner and David Radtke.
Joseph M. Rothberg
Joseph M. Rothberg, Ph.D., 76, of Anna Maria since
1998, formerly of Silver Springs, Md., died Jan. 3. He
was born Oct. 27, 1936, in Chicago to David and Toyla
Rhonda Sole of ABC Rentals, 5352 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, and her dog Harry, sit in a chair with large
wheels that allow people with disabilities to enjoy easy
access to the beach. The chairs can be rented from
ABC and other rental outlets, including Beach Bum's
in Anna Maria. For more information from ABC, call
941-778-3707. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Mr. Rothberg married Jeanette Dean at the University
of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel Oct. 4, 1969. He had a
distinguished academic and professional career, having
been recruited at age 16 into the gifted program at the
University of Chicago, where he eventually earned his
doctorate in mathematical biology. His tenure at Chicago
was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army and another
degree program at the Illinois Institute of Tc h n1uolo,>'>..
In 1970, he was employed until retirement at the
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland.
The focus of his career was research on suicides in the
military, with dozens of published articles, some con-
nected by defense and military officials, such as Gen.
In addition to his primary research, Dr. Rothberg
trained military psychiatrists and psychiatric residents
in the art of designing, writing, publishing and defending
their own professional research and findings. In 1979,
he served as visiting professor of computer science at
Oregon State University, Corvallis. He also continued
to serve the U.S. Department of Defense as a consultant,
advisor and adjunct professor.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Brown
& Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel
is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be
made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Dr. Rothberg is survived by wife Jeanette; sons
Michael William and Benjamin David; daughter-in-law,
Atsuko; and grandchildren Aimee, Logan and Kaleb.
Obituaries are provided as a free service in
The Islander newspaper to residents and family of
residents, both past and present, and to those people
with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for
style and length. Photos are welcome. Paid obituar-
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Burnett of Maryland
and Josh Burnett
of New York were
visiting family in
holidays and took a
charter fishing trip
with Capt. Mark
Howard to land
these two redfish
in the nearshore
waters around Anna
Earl and Melanie Brooks fished with their daughter in
early January with Capt. Warren Girle and caught pom-
FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25
time patterns in full effect. On Howard's charters, cli-
ent's reeled in sheepshead, spotted seatrout, redfish, black
drum and pompano.
Howard is finding the bite underneath deepwater
docks. He suggests l i.,'ini' a live shrimp on a 1/0 circle
hook and a No. 5 split-shot with 30-pound fluorocarbon
leader. Toss this rig under the shade of deepwater docks to
produce excellent action and some keepers for the dinner
table. "Use the small or dead shrimp in your live well and
cut them up into bite size pieces for chum. Draw the fish
to your location and toss your rig in the middle of the
chum," Howard says. "The fish cannot resist the smell
the bait bits put out and will feed on them and hopefully
Spotted seatrout and pompano have shown up on the
flats and in deep holes along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Pompano to 6 pounds and spotted seatrout more than
20 inches have moved into our waters and will provide
for some excellent fishing action and delicious table
fare. Again, the bait of choice is a live shrimp rigged
with a popping cork.
Looking forward, the tides will be extra low in the
mornings, which will provide for some opportunities to
scout the flats and find the highways the fish use to move
onto and off the flats and potholes. Howard suggests
marking these spots on your GPS for future opportuni-
ties to ambush the fish on a moving tide.
Send fishing reports to email@example.com.
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No. I in sales in Manatee and Sarasota counties!
Caleb Smith, second from
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ing charter with his family
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Ill. Caleb caught his big
blacktip shark using a live
grunt fish for bait in about
45feet of water offshore
off Anna Maria Island.
Posing with the catch
back at the dock are, from
left, Susan Smith, Caleb,
Emily Smith and Ty Smith.
CIi Smith is in the rear.
The family also caught
grouper, snapper and
Spanish mackerel with
Capt. Larry McGuire.
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SLEEPER: QUEEN SIZE, like new, $95. Call 941-
MARTHA STEWART INDOOR/outdoor furniture
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COMPUTER DELL, Dual 1.5 GHz processors,
Refurbished Desktop, $100, 941-756-6728.
INFANT/TODDLER CAR seats, swing, boppy,
mobile. $35-$10. 845-270-3235. Holmes
RECYCLED AMBER GLASS tile 1x1-inch mosaic
sheet, 20 sf, purchased at $16/sf. Sacrifice lot for
$100. Call 941-224-9311.
TWO BIKES: 26-inch, good shape, $25 each.
BICYCLES: TWO, HIS and hers 26-inch "La
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FILE CABINET: FOUR-drawer, $25. 941-778-
TWO NICE CHANDELIERS: $40 and $30, Five-
drawer Florida blonde dresser, $25. 941-778-
WHITE SQUARE COFFEE table, 3 x 3 feet, $60,
white bed tray, $20, Graco Pack-n-Play, $40.
SINGLE GARAGE DOOR: Nearly new, complete,
tracks, $50, two white toilets, 1.5 flush, Rohler,
nearly new, $50. 941-778-3920.
CANTON HOME THEATER speaker system. Four
cubed surround sound speakers, one center
channel speaker and subwoofer, $1,850, new,
now, $475. 941-799-1169.
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 1 attractive 2-drawer wood
file. One legal and one letter-size regular 2 drawer
files. Various office supplies. Also selling antique
office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some
framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
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THE HIVE: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Locally hand-
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stuff, illustrated cards, artistic T-shirts, South Afri-
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ANTIQUE AND ART Fair: 10 a.m.-4 a.m. Sunday,
Jan. 13. Centre Shops of Longboat Key Winter
Festival. Antiques, art, live music, food, sidewalk
sales, wine tasting. 5380 Gulf Of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key Fl. For information, call Steff's
Stuff Antiques, 941-383-1901.
GARAGE SALE. 9 a.m-3 p.m. Friday and Sat-
urday, Jan. 11-12. Moving. Selling everything.
Furniture, household. 5705 Carissa St., Holmes
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
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particular, the incumbent provides cleaning and
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restocking of consumable supplies in the living
areas. The Assistant may also provide grounds-
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
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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
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, if '
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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 MAKES & MODELS ,, -
Call the experts: 941-565-2580
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ALL THE DETAILS make a difference. Getting into
the grooves of cleaning. Call 941-224-7506.
INTERIOR BLINDS, SHADES and Shutters.
Authorized Hunter Douglas dealer. Save time and
money. Exceptional shop at home service. Afford-
able, stylish designs. Window covering solutions,
HOUSE, PETS, SECURITY: 17 years experience.
Mature, reliable, responsible, trustworthy, honest.
Available to watch and care for your home/pets
6-8 months beginning sometime January. Refer-
ences. Devorah, 877-811-0304 or email: dvorah.
I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade.
Hardware, software and network repair. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
More ads = more readers in The Islander.
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.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
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
WATERFRONT ON AMI
2BR/2BA on canal, fully
renovated, turnkey. $325,000!
Try and find for less! Call Jeff
Petitt, Realtor 941-773-2528.
6BR/4BA, boat lift, dock, newer
bayfront. $749,000. Call Lori
Guerin, 941-773-3415 Realtor.
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NW POOL HOME
Stunning, beautifully updated
3BR/2.5BA executive home.
$288,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
3 BR/2.5 BA on dredged
canal. A dream @ $374,900.
Call Realtor Carmen Pedota
GULF-FRONT COMPLEX MID-CENTURY MODERN
Pretty Gulf views from light, Nicely updated 3BR bungalow.
bright, updated 2BR/2BA condo. Fenced Yard, Great Location
Turnkey furnished, priced to sell A steal at $99,999 Call Nicole
at $285,000. Call Nicole Skaggs, Skaggs, Broker 941-773-3966
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
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.
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
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
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/1BA overlooking golf course.
Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesre-
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, 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-
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Available December-February, 2013.
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.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch,
near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
VACATION RENTAL: ANNA Maria, on the water.
2BR/2BA condo seasonal or monthly rental.
COQUINA BEACH CLUB: Beachfront studio,
heated pool. 2BR/2BA-3BR/2BA, $3,400/month
includes tax and clean. Extras: washer and dryer,
WiFi, furnished sundeck, 42-inch HDTV. Call 401-
WANT TO RENT: Efficiency or 1 BR, annual, pay
weekly. 30 years on the Island, references. Please
leave message, 941-400-1254.
VACATION RENTAL: PERICO Bay 2BR/2BA,
$2,800/month, 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool, boat
slip, $900/weekly. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real
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.
LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola
Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground ser-
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton
Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.
flipkey.com/124227. $269,000. By owner, 941-
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hotmail.
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.
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.
FOR SALE BY owner. 2BR/2BA 1,600 sf Anna
Maria canal home. 15,000-lb. boat lift. Terrific
north end location, walk to beach, boat in your
back yard. Call Steve at 813-245-0428.
BRADENTON BEACH: OPEN 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
2BR/2BA condo, plus loft, dock and boat slip.
117 10th St. N., top floor. Direct waterfront,
amazing bay and Gulf views. $420,000.
PALMA SOLA BAY townhouse: 2BR/2BA, boat
slip, pool, $135,000. Bayshore 4BR/2BA single-
family home, community pool, marina, recreation
center, $97,000. 941-356-1456. Real Estate
OPEN HOUSE: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.
3BR/2BA, dock, pool. Gulf to bay, 1,225-sf
condo. 1407 Gulf Drive S., #201, Bradenton
Beach. Asking $440,000. By owner, 941-650-
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