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.. 12 years waiting HB to open nature preserve

By Kathy Prucnell Holmes Beach
Islander Reporter invites the public
Astheworldterns eye Grassy Point Preserve, an area of natural to the grand
the big one. Page 6 uplands, wetlands and mangrove hammocks .... ;no Ort 18

BB plaintiffs offer
arbitration to city.
Page 2

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HB inspector in busi-
ness. Pages 4-5

Tree dedication,
police blotter and
courts. Pages 8-9

Pages 10-11
Weekly event planner.
Page 12

HB planner: new
homes 'out of char-
acter.' Wider study
sought. Pages 14-15

Island street map.
Pages 16-17.

BB seeks committee
members, LDC revi-
sions proceed, events
approved. More on
HB building issues.
Pages 18-19

FISH clears grant
hurdle, plans fish fes-
tival. Pages 20-21

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AME lunch, calendar.
Page 23

Island sports. Page 24

Cool weather signals
better fishing. Page 25
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Se alrtle
362 turtle nests, 329
false crawls, 169
hatched nests, 12,454
hatchlings to sea, and
22 disorientations as
of Oct. 5.

fronting Sarasota Bay near the Anna Maria
Island Bridge, will have a long-awaited open-
ing at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger announced last week.
The 34-acre nature preserve between East
Bay Drive opposite Walgreens and Grassy
Point Bayou was purchased by the city in par-
cels starting in 2000 with funding from the
Florida Community Land Trust, and improved
and managed through an intergovernmental
partnership between the city and the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program.
The city, SBEP and Keep Manatee Beauti-
ful representatives are taking part in the event
at the Avenue E preserve entrance.
About two weeks ago, Holmes Beach
public works crews smoothed out a 1,000-
foot path and added shell in preparation for
the opening, according to Bohnenberger.
"This is just the beginning," he said. "The
paths are safe to walk on so now it's time to
open it up so the people can enjoy it."
The shell was purchased from the 2011-12
public works budget.
With $3,000 in grants from the SBEP, the
city in the past year has improved the preserve
with a shell parking lot, three picnic tables, six
shade trees, native plants and a mulch-lined
The preserve is also boasts a waterway

of Grassy Point
Preserve, 34-acres
of upland, wet-
land and man-
grove hammocks
marked by signs
and a fence at its
Avenue E entrance.
Islander Aerial
Photo: Jack Elka
Inset: "No propel-

access for non-motorized craft.
"We are delighted that they are having a
grand opening," said SBEP environmental sci-
entist Jay Leverone. "It is one of the few remain-
ing island hammocks on the barrier islands."
Bohnenberger said he expects Florida
Department of Transportation funding for a
$533,000 boardwalk project to be released next
year for a walking path that will include water-
crossing features in the preserve.
Government officials also have discussed a
lookout tower at Grassy Point.
In October 2007, the Southwest Florida
Water Management District approved a permit
for five years for habitat restoration in the pre-
In 2008, the city, SBEP, Swiftmud and
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participated in

a $91,000 project to restore intertidal wetlands
and rare coastal hammocks, removed invasive
species, including Australian pines and Brazilian
peppers, and also moved spoil berms for nature
trails. Another $18,000 went into clearing exot-
ics and planting native vegetation.
Earlier this year Holmes Beach Police
Department Lt. Dale Stephenson said the depart-
ment was ready to patrol the area, while Boh-
nenberger and public works superintendent Joe
Duennes pointed to access and safety issues as
reasons to hold off opening the preserve. Boh-
nenberger also said signage was needed.
In addition to the recent shell path solv-
ing the access and safety issue Bohnenberger
said signage has been added.
He said the preserve will be open to the
public 7 a.m. to dusk, beginning Oct. 18.

Cortez crabbers prepare, move traps to water
By Mark Young "Believe me, I asked," he said. "We sell to
Islander Reporter .., local fish houses and restaurants, and no one is
It won't be long before fresh stone crab talking. They typically set the price on the first
laws are back on restaurant menus as Oct. 5 day of harvest, which is Oct. 15."
signaled the first day for fishers to sink their The crabbers have their own traps and
:rab traps. buoys marked by specific colors and numbers.
And it was a busy day. It's a felony to get into someone else's traps.
"It gets more competitive every year," said "We all try to be professionals and trust each
Trek Hackney, a six-year veteran of stone crab other, even though it's so competitive out there,"
season. "It's very competitive out there." he said. I \ 1.1 Iin, does a good job of respecting
Stone crab season began Oct. 5, but the one another's traps, for the most part."
day was only for commercial crabbers to sink 7 Hackney said, "The waiting is the hardest
heir traps. Harvesting of stone crab claws part. We sink a lot of money into this, so we
doesn't begin until Oct. 15 and the season runs always hope for the best."

through May 15.
Hackney and his "team" were loading
traps at a yard in Cortez where they had been
preparing for the season.
"The process begins with the traps," said
Hackney. "We have to get them all cleaned
out, paint the bottoms and get all the old gear
ready to go. It's not the fun part of the job."
The first 10 days of waiting for the harvest
to begin isn't fun either, he said. Especially
because the first haul will often tell what kind
of season it will be, and the anticipation of
what the first traps will contain can make for
a long 10 days.
"Stone crab season is always unpredict-
able," said Hackney. "If we pull up a lot of

Kyle McWhorter, left, and irek Hackney load
crab traps Oct. 5 the first day stone crab-
bers could sink their traps at a work yard
on 119th Street West in Cortez. The harvest
begins Oct. 15. Islander Photo: Mark Young

crabs in the first haul, it's likely to be a good
year. If we don't get that many, then the season
can be slow at first, but can improve with a
couple of cold fronts that cools the water down.
As soon as the water cools, the crabs will move
in" the traps.
Hackney said the market price for stone
crab varies and no one is talking about what
this year's prices will be.

Crabbers arrive with a truckload of traps
from Madeira Beach to load their boat at the
Coquina Beach south boat ramp. Islander
Photo: Mark Young




2 0 OCT 10, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

Plaintiffs make city of BB arbitration offer

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Resident Jo Ann Meilner offered Bradenton Beach
commissioners an unexpected deal at an Oct. 4 meeting
at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Meilner is one of three plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit
filed against the city in June that demands an end to the
city's joint development agreement with ELRA Inc., the
corporate entity of the Ed Chiles' BeachHouse Restau-
The agreement, approved by the city commission
in May despite objections from its planning and zoning
board, allows a parking lot next to the restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., in exchange for ELRA assuming the lion's
share of costs for a dune project across from city hall.
P&Z recommended commissioners reject the agree-
ment in April, citing violations of the city charter, land
development codes and comprehensive plan.
P&Z members were publicly admonished at a May
city commission meeting where Commissioner Ric Gate-
house accused P&Z members of bias and presenting a
"tainted" recommendation, while city attorney Ricinda
Perry said P&Z was not qualified to make such a recom-
The contentious meeting led to four P&Z resigna-
tions, including Meilner's, and the subsequent lawsuit.
Meilner, who owns Meilner & Son Construction in
Bradenton Beach with her husband, speaking for herself
and co-plaintiffs Tjet Martin and Bill Shearon, owners/
partners in Linger Lodge in the city, made the city an
offer at the Oct. 4 meeting.
"We propose to withdraw our complaint against
the city of Bradenton Beach regarding the development
agreement and offer instead a review by a qualified judge
arbitrator experienced in land-use matters," she said.
Meilner said the offer would stand if the city would
agree that the arbitration results would be binding.
"This is essentially where we are heading through the
court system," she said. "At the end of a long legal battle,
a judge will make a final ruling. Binding arbitration will
speed the process."
Meilner said the land development code, compre-

hensive plan and city charter could be fairly reviewed
through arbitration, "without a room full of lawyers
making the interpretation."
As a former P&Z member, she said the plaintiffs
in the case live and work in the city and do not want to
burden the city with additional expenses.
"Those members of the P&Z, who for many years
gave countless hours reviewing the LDC and participat-
ing in the visioning process care deeply for our city," she
said. "Currently, the city is being sued on multiple fronts
and experiencing enormous unbudgeted legal fees.
"We are willing to make this offer to end some of
those expenses and ensure a fair review of the city's
codes," she added.
Commissioners accepted Meilner's comments for
consideration, but did not comment on her offer.
The city already has spent thousands of dollars in
legal fees just to have its case reviewed by an outside
The dune/parking lot project is scheduled to begin
following sea turtle nesting season, which ends Oct. 31,
but if the plaintiffs were to win the legal battle, \ i. I hingi
the city and ELRA did in that effort would have to be
undone, according to the terms of the lawsuit.

An agreement to improve a beach parking lot at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach, and add a dune along Gulf Drive is the subject of
a lawsuit against the city. Islander File Photo

Center director choice
made, but not yet public
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It may have taken the officers of the Anna Maria
Island Community Center board of directors more than
four months to make a selection to replace outgoing
executive director Pierrette Kelly, but board president
Greg Ross said the board has finally agreed on a can-
Ross said one of the delays in the selection process
was getting a quorum of board members at a meeting to
discuss and vote on the two finalists from a candidate
Unfortunately, the person selected by the board
won't be announced until the board and the appli-
cant "determine if it will work for both parties," Ross
Ross said he's been trying for several weeks to get
a quorum to vote on one of two finalists the executive
board selected in August.
Earlier in the summer, a selection committee short-
listed names of some 46 applicants, but the executive
board decided in July none met the criteria and issued
a second round of advertisements for the position.
On its second effort in late August, the board offi-
cers selected two people they believe are suited to the
Ross said both candidates were interviewed sepa-
rately by board members, as he was unable to schedule
a meeting with a quorum.
The candidate with the majority of votes was to be
offered a contract, Ross said, but he declined to give
details on the salary and benefits package that would
be offered.
He indicated the candidate may need to give notice
at his or her current job or to consider the offer.
Kelly has been executive director of the center for
23 years. In her resignation letter she said she wanted
to move on to other things in her life.
Kelly said she would offer training to her replace-
ment before determining her final days on the job.

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Island library remodeled, celebratory reopening planned

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Director of Manatee County Neighborhood Services
Cheri Coryea last week sent out some 100 invitations
for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 17, to celebrate the reopening of the Island Branch
Library and county commissioners have all responded
they'll be attending.
After the ceremony at the Holmes Beach library,
5701 Marina Drive, the public will be invited inside for
a 4-7 p.m. open house. It will be available for regular
library use, according to library supervisor Inez Tama-
Regular library hours begin at 9 a.m., Oct. 18.
Tamanaha said, "We're really happy with it. It's been
a nice change so fresh and bright. I hope the people
will really like it. We can't wait to show it off."
The branch has been closed since May, and a remod-
eling project began in June.
Manatee County operates the branch through its
neighborhood services department and, according to
Coryea, the county's property management department
ran the $230,000 remodeling project.
At the start, the county anticipated a smaller project
and a September completion date.
With a $50,000 grant from the Friends of the Library
and a $19,000 grant from a U.S. Americans with Disabili-
ties Act grant, the county was able to add landscaping,
parking lot stripes and exterior painting.
"The lighting is what you're going to notice the
most," said Coryea. "It's a lot brighter."
The friends' contribution was allocated to the circula-
tion desk and the conference room, with a new corkboard
and picture rail, she added.
Other improvements include a new utility room,
new tile and fixtures in the bathrooms and updates in the
"This was a total re-wiring of the whole place,"
Coryea added.
Additional data lines, ports and wireless connections
will now be able to connect with patron's smartphones,

tablets and laptops.
"It's all back," said Coryea about the books and other
library materials.
Randy Bosley, a neighborhood services courier,
moved more than 1,000 boxes of books over a three-



week period in August-September, she said.
Also returning will be the 14 public computers.
The building was opened as a library Dec. 15, 1982.
The summer renovations constitute the library's first
major remodel, according to library officials.

The Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will open to the
public after a 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, ribbon-
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Holmes Beach city attorney responds to citizen inquiries

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City attorney Patricia Petruff has
responded to a k nglhl email inquiry, mostly concerning
building regulations, from Judy Holmes Titsworth with
a k ligll\ memorandum of her own.
In her memo dated Sept. 25 and at that evening's
commission meeting, Petruff recommended several build-
ing changes to city commissioners, including stormwater
retention and as-built survey requirements be adopted by
Petruff examined the gamut of building issues and
concluded, "The biggest take-away from this is that every
instance must be researched individually with specificity.
There's a lot of moving parts."
In a Sept. 4 email disseminated to commissioners,
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, Joe Duennes and others,
Titsworth, who is running for a commissioner's seat in
the Nov. 6 election, summarized her concerns and posed
questions about half-built duplexes, encroachments in
setbacks, abuse of short-term rental parking, buffering
and flood plain rules, and a lack of stormwater engineer-
ing and survey requirements.
Titsworth asked, with the LDC as written, can
another building be added to an already existing one-half
duplex without adhering to lot size and minimum-spacing

Nov. 6 Election planner
Candidates and challengers:
Holmes Beach Mayor: Incumbent Rich Bohnen-
berger faces off against challenger Carmel Monti.
Holmes Beach Commission: Incumbents Sandy
Haas-Martens and John Monetti face challengers
Judy Holmes Titsworth and Marvin Grossman for two
Manatee County Commission District 7 at-large:
Betsy Benac defeated Joe McClash in the Aug. 14 pri-
mary to advance to the general election, where she faces
write-in candidate Thomas Dell.
Manatee County School Board District 2: Repub-
lican Dave \\AL lIhd1'" Miner, a member of the Anna
Maria Island Kiwanis Club, came out on top of several
candidates in the Aug. 14 primary election. The District
2 school board race was the closest race of the election,
and Miner now will face Robert Moates for a second time
in a runoff election.

Unopposed in the general election:
Anna Maria City Commission: Charles Webb.
Anna Maria City Commission: Nancy Yetter.
Bradenton Beach City Commission: Ed Straight.
Bradenton Beach City Commission: Jan
West Manatee Fire District Seat 1: Larry Jennis.

Petruff said, the code allows structures to be attached
with a party wall, or covered by a permanent main roof or


built on a common foundation, which
are engineering issues.
Titsworth also asked, in order to
be legal should the duplexes that are
half-built be reclassified as single-fam-
ily homes and what process should be
Petruff said if the classification of
the structure was determined by the
property appraiser without city input,
it would not be a city issue. She added,
"Maybe it would be more prudent to
Bohnenberger said the already-built
homes have been classified as single-
family homes.

Titsworth asked about setback encroachments,
"Being that these properties are not in compliance with
the LDC, what happens now? Can a certificate of occu-
pancy be revoked? Do the properties have to be brought
into compliance if a variance is not issued?"
Petruff replied that research needs be done to deter-
mine if it is an interpretation issue, and whether the com-

West Manatee Fire District Seat 4: David Bishop.
West Manatee Fire District Seat 5: Randy Cooper.
Manatee County Commission District 2: John

Elected during the primary election:
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube defeated Wil-
liam Waldron in the Republican primary election. With
no Democrat in the race, Steube was re-elected.
Manatee County School Board District 4, which
includes Anna Maria Elementary School: Republican
Bob Gause defeated Linda Schaich.

Dates to remember:
Oct. 19: Popcorn & Politics political rally at The
Islander newspaper, 5:30 p.m. Friday, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Oct. 27: Early voting begins.
Oct. 31: Final day to request an absentee ballot.
Nov. 6: Absentee ballots must be received by 7

* Nov. 6: General election.

Anna Maria Island voting precincts:
Precinct 91, Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Precinct 92, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Precinct 93, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Precinct 94, Tingley Memorial Library, 6200
Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.

Incumbents feted at Eat Here fundraiser
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, left, Sandy Boyd, state Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, running for a
second term on the Nov. 6 ticket, and Holmes Beach Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti
enjoy the hospitality of owner Sean Murphy at Eat Here in Holmes Beach at an incumbents'fundraiser. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Diana McManaway

mission wishes to clarify or revise the code. She said
revocation of a certificate of occupancy is a "drastic
remedy," and a court would require a property value that
justifies a repair before it orders such a remedy. Variances
and other methods may be used to correct problems, she
Titsworth asked whether the city could prohibit
rentals on properties where the building department
may have unwittingly issued permits and certificates of
Petruff replied, "No. It's a problem with the structure,
not the use. I would not recommend w\ illhllikling a busi-
ness tax receipt."
Titsworth also asked whether the city planner could
determine how many non-compliant properties have been
permitted in recent years.
Petruff answered, "If the city planner was given
direction by the mayor or city commission, the planner
could review all building permits for residential struc-
tures which have been issued in the last three to five
years to determine what, if any, non-compliances may
be present with respect to setbacks."
Titsworth also asked about a residential property
collecting stormwater from a neighboring new develop-
ment while the city lacked residential stormwater reten-
tion requirements.
Petruff replied the land-development code currently
exempts single-family and duplex construction from
stormwater management requirements, and recom-
mended the LDC be changed to require an engineer's
certification for residential stormwater retention plans at
the time certificates of occupancy are granted.

Commission discussion


Anna Maria City
Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m., charter review.
Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement and
Oct. 11, 6 p.m., work session.
Oct. 15, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting.
Oct. 25, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Oct. 17, 10 a.m., special master hearing.
Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials.
Oct. 17, 1 p.m., community redevelopment agency
Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m., capital improvement projects
Oct. 18, noon, city pier.
Oct 18, 1 p.m., city commission.
Oct. 30, 9 a.m., land development code work-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Oct. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement board CAN-
Oct. 23, 7 p.m., city commission.
Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Oct. 30, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Oct. 18, 6 p.m., district commission.
Oct. 25, 9 a.m., fire pension board.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropoli-
tan Planning Organization board meeting, Selby Audi-
torium, University of South Florida, 8350 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT 10, 2012 5 5

Fired Holmes Beach building inspector moves on

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer was
fired last month, but he's back at work as president of a
commercial and residential service company.
The Florida Secretary of State Division of Business
Services lists Shaffer's company as MyRepairServices
Inc., however, Shaffer said he recently requested a name
change to MyConiiuluiing NaI m.t1m1i.lm. and Repair Ser-
vices Inc.
His current projects involve overseeing the permit
process for some residential contractors in the area, he
said, adding he is open to commercial work and expand-
ing his geographical base.
Shaffer declined to name his clients.
After 10 years of working for the city of Holmes
Beach and doing inspections on some 900 permits yearly,
Commissioner Pat Morton, during the Sept. 25 com-
mission meeting, asked about the situation when "a con-
tractor submits a set of plans that indicate one thing," and
what's built is something else.
Bohnenberger said the building department addresses
such situations by requiring the structure be elevated or
red-tagged and corrected.
Petruff answered, "I agree with you Commissioner
Morton. In a perfect world, that would be noticed and
caught in the process of inspections."
"Have there been circumstances where a porch has
become air-conditioned space, has this happened?" she
continued. "It probably has. Is it a violation? It could be
or not."
In such instances, Petruff said, a change order or the
building permit should probably have been revisited.
She continued, "Is it fixable? It might be as long
as it is structurally sound and as long as it doesn't go over
the 30 percent rule that we currently have, as long as it

he said last week he did not resign
before he left work Sept. 14, although
he was considering it.
"I let them terminate me. As a
result, I left nine weeks of sick pay on
".: the table," Shaffer said.
Sort, ,' According to public works super-
intendent Joe Duennes, Shaffer went
on a planned vacation until Sept. 30, and was expecting
him to call during his trip if he decided to resign.
Shaffer said Duennes instead called him Sept. 18,
and advised that the mayor had decided to terminate him.
Shaffer also said the time off he had planned was a four-
day vacation, not two weeks.
Shaffer said his termination was "because of the
political atmosphere."
He also said he's not retained an attorney, and has
meets setbacks, all of those things.
"It could be as a simple as requiring an after-the-fact
permit. Or it just could be a blatant violation where we
would go down a different path," she added.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said, "I'm a
firm believer of where we go from here," adding he'd
rather see more stringent building practices going for-
ward. "It's kind of like chasing our tail."
Commissioner Jean Peelen agreed with a caveat, "I
don't want to dwell in the past either.
"However I don't want to sweep it under the rug. But
it is good information for the commission to have. How
frequent is it or isn't it? Has it been a big issue or problem
or not? I think we need to know that," she said.
Bohnenberger anticipated the cost of such a study to
be "astronomical."
The commission first began looking at building codes
and enforcement in December last year after residents packed
city hall chambers to make known their complaints.

had "quite an outpouring of condolences.
"I've walked away and am doing fine," Shaffer

slander to host old-

fashioned political rally
The Islander's Popcorn & Politics parking lot
rally, offering voters an opportunity to talk one-on-
one with candidates and elected officials, will take
place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event, which the newspaper is hosting in
partnership with the League of Women Voters of
Manatee County, will feature a straw poll for the
Holmes Beach offices, as well as entertainment and
The newspaper is expecting candidates in the Nov.
6 elections in Holmes Beach for speeches and cam-
paigning, and others seeking county, state offices.
In Holmes Beach, six people are campaigning for
three seats, two for mayor and four for two two-year
terms on the commission. The candidates include
incumbents Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and challenger
Carmel Monti, Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens
and John Monetti and challengers Marvin Grossman
and Judy Holmes Titsworth.
Anna Maria's unopposed incumbent Commissioner
Chuck Webb and commissioner-elect Nancy Yetter are
invited guests, as are Bradenton Beach returning Com-
missioners Ed Straight and Jan Vosburgh.

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Here they come
Ready for the onslaught? Braced for "season?"
With the last of the business vacationers reopening last
week, season is now officially under way.
Hopefully traffic will be steady on the roads, minus
grid lock, lines at restaurants will be sufficient without
overcrowding, and the weather will be beautiful.
Beginning of season, the six-month October-March
snowbird portion that is, also signals the beginning of
stone crab season, as evidenced in the news this week.
But stone crabs require expertise for the prepara-
tion, cracking and serving although you'll notice we
leave the catching to others. (Those crabs can b-i-t-e.)
So we'll be sharing some crabby stuff online at
www.islander.org, and you're welcome to add to the
pot with recipes, photos and stories.
The really, really big news this week, however, is
that the long-awaited opening of the Grassy Point Pre-
serve in Holmes Beach will take place at a ceremonial
ribbon-cutting Oct. 18.
We've certainly waited in great anticipation -
since 2000 all the while folks in Cortez made great
strides without much government help to buy 95 acres
and prevent encroachment from development in the
village. They first secured the land in 1999 and with
much perseverance and success, the Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage forged the FISH Preserve.
Meanwhile, we became frustrated over the lack of
progress at Grassy Point.
But there's much to cheer about for this accom-
plishment. It's a good sign that good things can come
from the visions of elected officials and partnerships
forged with other agencies.
Were it not for former Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner Billie Martini, who first brought the concept of
acquiring the Grassy Point Bayou property for public
preservation to the forefront, we could be looking at
condominiums where now there is only nature.
It's as if the island's best-kept natural secret will be
coming to life. Put yourself in a canoe or kayak, or on
a paddleboard, and make your way to Grassy Point for
a look at the real old Florida the island before time
and early settlers and tourism.
Glide under soaring mangroves and catch rays
of light filtered through the skyward-reaching leaves,
reflecting onto the criss-crossed mangrove tree roots
and glistening waters.
Soon you can visit and walk the paths, but the pure
beauty of Grassy Point is on the water, in a simple non-
motorized vessel.
Think 100 years ago, and say thanks for the day
Grassy Point Preserve finally becomes reality.

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We need a little respect
One recent Sunday, I placed a sign supporting
my choice for the presidential candidate in the Nov. 6
election, President Barack Obama, on my property on
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
By the next morning, I discovered it had been
removed. Taken.
The candidate this person may profess to support
would likely be ashamed of a thief and trespasser.
Obviously this person chooses to ignore that in the
United States we have a right to free speech as well
as the protection of our home and property.
I know that most of my fellow citizens feel as I do
about Anna Maria respecting rights of others and the
shame of thieves and trespassers.
Geri Cannon, Holmes Beach

Cheerio! Here's 5 percent
As Anna Maria Island slowly becomes a year-round
mecca for global tourists and homebuyers, I find it nec-
essary to bring something to the attention of our beloved
Canadian and European guests. First of all, let me say
that we thank you for the amount of revenue you gen-
erate for our local businesses, real estate market and
My question to you: How is it that after all these
decades of vacationing in the United States do you still
not understand that when dining at a restaurant here,
we generally tip 15-20 percent? It's how our system
You seem to be well read, articulate, well dressed,
worldly, etc. How is it that you have enough money to
buy a house on the island, sometimes for cash, but you
only leave your local bartenders and servers a mere 5
percent, or often less, gratuity?
Pick up a Frommer's guide to the United States, for
God's sake! Open your eyes and your wallets. We live
here full-time and those of us who work in the restaurant
industry often support families. It pays our bills. It puts
food on the table. It sends our kids to college.

This isn't my first rodeo, so don't try to pull the
wool over my eyes. Next time you go out to dinner, don't
give us the old line, "We didn't know we live in the
Yeah right. Wink, wink. It's 2012 folks! It's time to
start owning up and get with the program or it's chee-
Will Corr, Holmes Beach

Thanks for kindness
I want to thank the concerned residents of Anna
Maria Island for all their efforts in trying locate "Lily,"
my rescue boarder collie, who had been missing for six
After receiving many calls and sightings, she was
found deceased in a canal on South Bay Drive on Sept.
Joel Robosky, Anna Maria
Editor's note: Election opinions will be not be accepted
for publication after the Oct. 17 edition to allow for
rebuttal comments prior to the Nov. 6 election.

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By Rick Catlin
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From Oct. 17-19, Anna Maria will be at the center
of the the authentic old-Florida tourism world.
The inaugural Sustainable and Authentic Florida
conference begins Oct. 17 with 125 delegates from
around the state expected to attend.
The conference is sponsored by the Anna Maria
Island Preservation Trust in conjunction with the East
Coast Greenway Alliance and Florida Journeys Com-
Delegates will tour various sites, including the
Cortez fishing village, the Anna Maria City Pier and
the Anna Maria Historic Green Village.
Attendees will be guided on the Island Pearl along
the mangrove-lined passageways of Perico Bayou,
Grassy Point and other areas of the inland waterways
untouched by development. The group also will tour
the Robinson Preserve in west Bradenton.
Additionally, each group will sample a different
selection of Florida cuisine each day.
Quinn said Anna Maria was chosen to host the
conference for its old-Florida authenticity while still
accommodating visitors and growth.
Conference director Herb Hiller of the East Coast

Greenway Alliance said he was delighted with the
selection of Anna Maria as the host for the confer-
Anna Maria Island, Cortez and Longboat Key are
dedicated to their historical roots and preserving the
old- Florida charm and atmosphere, he said.
The conference will provide a "look at sustain-
ability not governed by science and t.,lhnl.-y (but)
instead by civics and values," Hiller said.
Groups from Wakulla and Franklin counties in
the Florida Panhandle, DeLand and northwest Volusia
county, and Miami Beach, in addition to coastal Mana-
tee County, are attending the conference to learn how
they can promote sustainable tourism in their areas.
The conference headquarters is the Island Players
theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Delegates will stay at various accommodations on
the island, while area businesses are providing in-kind
services, said Caroline McKeon of Florida Journeys.
Transportation and meals not accommodations
- are included in the $225 conference fee. One-day
$75 tickets also are available, McKeon said.
For more information on the conference, call 941-
228-4715 or email McKeon at caroline@floridajour-

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T e Islander

Headlines from the Oct. 9, 2002,
issue of The Islander
Tourism to the area declined by 10 percent for June-
August 2002 compared with the same period in 2001,
according to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau. Officials said the decline was expected in
the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a soft
economy, and was not as bad as the declines in Orlando
and Miami, where tourism was off 20-40 percent.
A SWAT team of Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies along with a helicopter and K-9 unit disrupted
Anna Maria around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 1 following an alter-
cation at the Tip of the Island pub. One man reportedly
stabbed another, then fled into the residential area. After
a one-hour search, deputies found the suspect. Some
residents flooded the Anna Maria substation with calls
for information.
The environmental group ManaSota-88 filed a
petition with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers request-
ing a hearing on a proposal by Perico Harbor Marina
to dredge 3.14 acres to make room for 224 wet slips.
ManaSota-88 director Glenn Compton said the envi-
ronmental watchdog group planned to request a public
hearing with the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, the permitting agency for the project.

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Holmes Beach to dedicate
tree, bench to city planner
The city of Holmes Beach will dedicate a tree and
bench in honor of the late Michael Snyder, a former
planning commission member, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday,
Oct. 13, at Third and Manatee Avenues.
City officials, wife Melissa Snyder, family and
friends will be on hand for the ceremony to dedicate a
black olive tree and a plaque and bench in the parkway
near the driveway entrance to LaPensee Plumbing. The
linear park was dedicated by the city last year, and
runs between Sixth Avenue behind Publix to old Gulf
Drive across from the Gulf of Mexico to the south of
Manatee Avenue.
Michael Snyder died May 25. He had been a city
planning commission member since December 2006, a
member of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island and
guardian ad litem for the 12th Judicial Circuit Court.
Snyder retired in Holmes Beach after a career in
information tk. hlini 1 ,\ at Unilever in Connecticut. He
was born in Chicago and lived most of his life in New
His wife Melissa, chair of the Holmes Beach parks
and beautification committee, said the ceremony will
be a celebration of life for family and friends.

Islanders invite voters:
meet, greet state candidate
A meet and greet for Adam Tebrugge, the
Democratic challenger facing off against state Rep.
Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, in the Nov. 6 election, will
be held 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Sand-
piper Clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
The event includes refreshments and the public
is welcome.
For more information, call 941-779-0556.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
5:30-8 pm Friday Oct. 12
$12 donation
Limited # of tickets:
Call 941-778-1813
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Bazaar: 5 pm

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It's Your Vote

Residents are uniting to save
Holmes Beach! Show your
support with signs in your
yard, a shirt on your back
and a campaign contribution.
There has never been a
better time to get involved.

Vote for
Nov. 6 for Holmes Beach
City Commission

NOV. 6

Contact me at JudyTitsworth@yahoo.com
or 941-448-5030

Convenience store clerk
By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
A former cashier at the Timesaver store in Holmes
Beach was found not guilty of theft or embezzlement
following a bench trial Oct. 1 in the 12th Judicial Circuit
Jeanna Mehrhoff, 29, of 7504 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, was arrested Feb.
1 on charges of grand theft after alleg-
edly confessing to stealing lottery tick-
Sets valued at $2,223, according to police
and court records.
Mehrhoff Judge Peter A. Dubensky heard the
evidence, which included the testimony of Mehrhoff,
her brother, a Timesaver representative and the arresting
police officer, according to assistant state attorney Garrett
Franzen, who prosecuted the case.
Franzen said the judge then took a 5-10 minute break
and came back to announce the finding of not guilty.
Dubensky did not include any reasoning in his order.
At the trial, Franzen said Mondher Kobrosly pre-
sented Timesaver records that showed lottery tickets were
purchased during a period when insufficient funds were
taken into the cash drawer, saying the "majority of it was
during the month of January."
Franzen also said Kobrosly presented some but not
all of the supporting business records, and testified some
records were lost when a computer crashed.
Anne Hunter, Mehrhoff's public defender, said, "The
owner had absolutely no business records to show any
discrepancy," adding there was testimony of others who
were allowed to run lottery tickets at that time. She also
said Kobrosly is the owner of the Timesaver store at 5353
Gulf Drive.
At the time of the arrest, according to Hunter, police
came to Mehrhoff's residence, read her Miranda rights
and told her she'd be going to the station to sign an affi-
davit, but instead took her to the store where she allegedly
confessed to the discrepancy.
Hunter added, "It was not a valid confession. The
confession was gotten with three uniformed police offi-

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cers standing over her at the store," she said, adding
Kobrosly and his nephew also were there.
After the trial, Kobrosly disagreed with the verdict,
and blamed it on a defendant who knew how to work the
"You know I don't get it," he said. "The judge, I
respect he's a judge, and it's his decision."
Kobrosly said Mehrhoff had been working alone on
two occasions from which he traced the missing money,
and "she admitted to \ I\ ing "
A week after Mehrhoff's arrest, the state's attorney
filed the third-degree felony theft/embezzlement charges,
alleging Mehrhoff intended to deprive Timesaver and/or
Kobrosly of property valued at $300-$5,000. Franzen said
his office met its legal and ethical burden when it filed the
initial charges against Mehrhoff. He added that "not in all
cases does that mean there will be a guilty finding."
In a separate matter against Mehrhoff, stemming
from a misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest a month
after the alleged Timesaver incident, a hearing had been
set for Oct. 5.
Mehrhoff's public defender William Sheslow filed
a written motion in June that argued Mehrhoff's misde-
meanor charges should be dismissed because a 2002 state
marijuana possession law did not require her to know the
illicit nature of the crime.
However, according to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court
assistant state's attorney supervisor Heather Doyle, the
Florida Supreme Court ruled July 12 the state marijuana
possession law is constitutional making Sheslow's
motion apparently moot.
Mehrhoff's mideamnor case was continued to 1:30
p.m. Nov. 15 before Judge George K. Brown Jr. in Court-
room C, 1051 Manatee Ave. W, according to an assistant
state's attorney.

To report information on felony crime, call Manatee
County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS. For island crime,
call the Manatee County SI', rfi's Office Anna Maria sub-
station, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
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Anna Maria
Sept. 13, 503 Pine Ave., petit theft. A complain-
ant from the Village Cafe reported someone stole their
American flag from the outdoor flagpole. It is valued at
Sept. 19, 800 block of North Shore Drive, coun-
terfeit. A complainant reported to a Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputy that he was in possession of a
suspicious $10 bill. The complainant said he was unsure
of where he took possession of the currency.
Sept. 28, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, suspicious
incident. A man reported an unknown person knocked
on his door. When he asked who it was, a female voice
responded with a comment about pizza. A woman in the
residence began a conversation with the suspicious person
through the closed door, while the man went around the
back of the house to identify the subject. While he was
making his way around the house, the suspicious person
cursed at the woman and fled the area. The man reported
it was the second such incident.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Sept. 28, 699 Manatee Ave. W., shoplifting. A
31-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested on shop-
lifting charges after video at CVS Pharmacy captured
him opening a can of Red Bull inside the store, drinking
it and leaving without paying. According to the report,
video had captured the same man two days prior leaving
the store with a can of Red Bull without paying.
Sept. 28, 4700 Gulf Drive, found property. An
administrator at Anna Maria Elementary School turned
in a found handbag to a Holmes Beach Police Department
officer. Inside the bag were three syringes and two metal

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Sheriff's office investigates lewd acts in preserve

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Four cases of lewd acts in Robinson Preserve, 9900
block of 17thAvenue West, Bradenton, are being investi-
gated by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, according
to a press release from Manatee County Sheriff Brad
According to Steube, a man exposed himself on four
occasions between Sept. 7 and Sept. 27. The ages of the
victims range from 18 to 40.
On Sept. 7, a female riding her bike reported a man
was standing near a bridge. As she rode by, the man
turned toward her and exposed himself.
About two hours later a female reported a man fitting
a similar description exposed himself as he was riding by
on his bicycle.
On Sept. 15, a female, who was running through the
preserve, reported a man on a bicycle exposed himself,
and on Sept. 27, a man sitting on a bench exposed himself
to another female.

spoons. The spoons were covered with burn marks and a
white residue. According to the report, the bag was found
near a crash site under investigation for DUI. Police say
the bag is similar to a larger purse found in the vehicle of
the at-fault driver. The incident is under investigation.
Sept. 23, 100 block of 31st Street, burglary. A repre-
sentative of an island real estate business was checking a
rental home before guests arrived. The complainant made
contact with a man inside the home, who claimed to be
the guest, but it was later determined the guests were still
out of state. The complainant reported the man was likely
a squatter and police found an unlocked window. During
an inspection of the home, two flat-screen televisions,
valued at $400, were found to be missing.
Sept. 29, 400 block of 71st Street, theft. Police
responded to a report of stolen and damaged political
signs. The signs were valued at $45.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County Ni, i ,rf's Office.

The descriptions of the man varied somewhat, but
according to the report, law enforcement believes it to
be a man described as a light-skinned, 20-35 years old,
about 6 feet tall, with a thin to medium build.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked
to call MCSO at 941-747-3011, ext. 2517, or Crime Stop-
pers at 866-634-TIPS.

Take Back Day sees
success at HBPD
By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Police Department reported it took
in more than 75 pounds of expired, unused prescrip-
tion drugs in the months from April through Septem-
ber for National Take Back Days and turned the drugs
over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal
Sept 29.
"We turned over the most we've ever turned
over," said HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson.
"It was a very busy (Sept. 29) for the first two
hours," he added, with a collection of 15-20 pounds
that day.
The department has participated in April and Sep-
tember DEA-sponsored events since the fall of 2010,
the first national take-back day.
Stephenson encouraged citizens to continue to
drop off unwanted pharmaceutical drugs at the police
department at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, at any-
time, not just on take-back days.
"It's not going to any land fill and not going into
the water supply that way," Stephenson said.
The national drug program has reduced the risk
of prescription drug abuse and increased awareness of
the critical public health issue, according to a state-
ment from DEA administrator Michele Leonhart.
In 2011, Florida took in 4.5 tons of drugs on take-
back day.
For more information, call the HBPD at 941-708-

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Gloria Dei's fall
tradition returns
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church invites everyone to its
Oktoberfest celebration featuring German-style food
and drink and a Quilters Bazaar Friday, Oct. 12, at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
The bazaar, featuring fabric creations and other craft
items as well as specialty food items, such as Lolly Pay-
sour's homemade pickles, will begin at 5 p.m. in the fel-
lowship hall.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., food and refreshments,
including sausages hot off the grill, sauerkraut, potato
salad, apple dishes and beer, will be served under the
tent on the church grounds -unless the weather forces
the festival indoors.
Tickets may be purchased for $12 per person from
the church office or fellowship board members.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.

Restaurants to fill
charity's empty bowls
The 2012 Empty Bowls fundraiser promises to fill
bowls, tummies and coffers for the Food Bank of Mana-
tee County.
Two local restaurants, both owned by Ed Chiles of
Anna Maria, the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and
Mar Vista on Longboat Key, will participate in the event,
11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19, and
encourage others to join them.
The first day of the event will be held at the Renais-
sance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The second
day is at Main Street Lakewood Ranch, 8131 Main St.,
The BeachHouse will serve clam chowder and black
bean soup Oct. 18, and Mar Vista will serve its clam
chowder and lobster bisque Oct. 19.
Participating restaurants are expected to donate a
total of 20-30 soups for the occasion.
For $20, attendees will be able to sample soups as
well as choose, use and take home a handcrafted bowl
courtesy of local artists and potters through Art Center
Manatee. Fresh bread from Publix and bottled water are
included in the meal benefits.
The Food Bank of Manatee County provides nutri-
tional assistance and distributes food-to-food pantries,
soup kitchens and churches. It also provides temporary
food packages, infant care baskets and pet food to fami-
lies in emergency and temporary situations.
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Members of the
Rotary Club
of Anna Maria
Island collect
food at Publix
Oct. 6for
delivery to the
Manatee County
Food Bank.
Jurgen Joerg of
Germany adds
to the food drive
cart as volun-
teer Jim Dunne
accepts his
donation. Joerg
said he and his
family visit the
island every fall.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

the store!

Paula House, running for a Florida senate seat in Dis-
trict 26 in the Nov. 6 election, and Anna Maria Island
Democratic Club president Harry Kamberis speak at
the club's Sept. 19 meeting. The club meets again at
noon Monday, Oct. 15, at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann

Election speakers
featured at Dem meeting
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
and dine at noon Monday, Oct. 15, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Guest speaker Rosalie Shaffer, president of the
League of Women Voters of Manatee County, will offer
insights on the state constitutional amendments that will
appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Shaffer has been active in the League of Women
Voters for more than 20 years. In 2010, she was elected
president of the Manatee County chapter.
Another guest speaker will be retiring-Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat. He will dis-
cuss registration and voting procedures for the upcoming
Nov. 6 elections.
Everyone is invited. No reservations are needed.
Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for non-mem-
For more information, call club president Harry
Kamberis at 941-779-0564.

Wellness seminar offered
A free seminar on how to prevent breast cancer will
be presented by Carolyn Waygood, a natural health pro-
fessional and pilates instructor, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
16, at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Waygood, specializing in breast health, weight
loss and diabetes management, is teaming with Better
Breast Check and Plexus Ambassador to offer 21 Ways
to Improve Breast Health, a wellness seminar, including
tips to prevent cancer, promote healthy eating and exer-
The event includes free appetizers, wine, door prizes
and more.
For reservations and more information, call 941-713-


Bowling can fill the bowls

for homeless dogs, cats

Lisa Williams,
founder of
No Kill Animal
Rescue and
office manager
at The Islander
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It's time to throw a few strikes, spares and have
fun while helping fill the food dishes for needy cats
and dogs.
I ',\\ Iingi is for the Dogs & Cats" will be hosted
to benefit homeless pets 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at
AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road W., Bra-
All proceeds will benefit MoonRacer No-Kill
Animal Rescue and it being is sponsored by The
The cost for two hours of bowling and shoe rental
is $20.
There will be a 50-50 raffle and prizes for bowl-
ers, including an overnight stay at the Naples Hilton
and tickets to the Naples Zoo; an overnight stay at
Club Bamboo on Anna Maria Island donated by Sol-
Terre Properties; a Segway rental from Segs By The
Sea; a sunset cruise on the Kathleen D; gift certificates
donated by TheDogBed.com and AMI Beach Doggies
and a Yolo Parasail trip.
"What we do is rescue dogs and cats that are in
danger of losing their lives because they're homeless or
in need of veterinary care," said Lisa Williams, founder
of MoonRacer, and office manager at The Islander.
Moonracer success stories include Clifford, a
chow/Labrador mix and Murphy, a Lhasa Apso/poodle

Audubon offers
Baywalk field trip
A morning stroll to look for land and water birds at
Coquina Baywalk at Leffis Key is in the offing with the
Manatee County Audubon Society.
The group is hosting a field trip at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 30.
Participants are asked to meet at the entrance to
Leffis Key, at the south end of Bradenton Beach, to wear
comfortable shoes and bring water shoes.
Field trips are free to Audubon members and $3 for
To attend, call John Givaven at 941-353-5133.

Williams and Moonracer nursed Clifford back
to health from heartworm illness, and he's been
They've also helped Murphy, a senior, find his
forever home, and a blind Pekinese named Roomba.
Recently, Moonracer has taken in five 6-week old
kittens found in a drain pipe. They've been diagnosed
with ear mites, but otherwise appear to be healthy.
"All of them are loving, beautiful, good pets," she
said. "Some need more care than others and we don't
give up on them."
For more information, call Williams at 941-896-
6701, email islandlisa44@aol.com. She can also be
reached at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, at 941-778-7879.
Chipper of AMI
Beach doggies
is waiting her
turn on the
lanes to benefit
homeless pets
rescued by
No Kill Pet

St. Bernard women to meet
The St. Bernard Catholic Church Council of Catholic
Women will hold a luncheon meeting at noon Thurs-
day, Oct. 11, in the church activity center, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The St. Bernard CCW welcomes everyone to join
the conversation and meet new friends.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of
the milestones in readers' lives. Send notices and pho-
tographs to news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Islander signs,
launches book
Nicole Quigley, right, who
Grew up on Anna Maria
S Island, autographs a copy
of her new release, "Like
Moonlight at Low Tide,"
for islander Judy Duncan.
Thefictional book is about
a teenage girl who was
bullied at a young age, but
rose above that challenge
to find success in the world.
The book is available at
the Really Relish boutique
in the Anna Maria Historic
Green Village, 503 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

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Friday, Oct. 12
5 p.m. Oktoberfest Quilters Bazaar, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
5:30 p.m. Oktoberfest, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

Saturday, Oct. 13
8:30 a.m.- Third annual Causeway 4 the Cause, Susan G.
Komen for the Cure, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Manatee Ave.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-224-7506.

Saturday, Oct. 13
6 p.m. Bowl for Dogs & Cats Benefit, MoonRacer No-Kill
Animal Rescue, AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road W., Bra-
denton. Fee applies. Information: 941-896-6701.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
*6 p.m.- Free Wellness Seminar, 21Ways to Improve Breast
Health, Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information:
6:30 p.m. Chart Reading Seminar, Anna Maria Island Sail
and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-795-0482

*Through Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday,
"Postmortem," Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Fee applies. Information: 941-794-6018.
Third Mondays, noon lunch/meeting, Anna Maria Island Dem-
ocratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday through Dec. 20, except Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m.,
Make a Child Smile story and craft hour, Tingley Memorial Library,
111 2nd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-962-8835.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party at Anna
Maria Pine Avenue stores and boutiques. October benefit: breast
cancer awareness. Information: 941-896-3132.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.

Coming up
Oct. 18-19, Empty Bowls Food Bank of Manatee Fundraiser.
Information: 941-749-0100.
Oct. 19, Popcorn & Politics political rally, The Islander and


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Cause calls runners,

walkers, bikers
The third annual Causeway 4 the Cause is call-
ing on runners, bikers and walkers to join the event
at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach.
Participants are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to
check in, and dogs are allowed. They will be routed
on the path leading from the beach parking lot on
Manatee Avenue and will head east to Palma Sola
Boulevard in Bradenton.
There are options to participate for 3-, 5- or
A $25 donation is suggested. Proceeds benefit
the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
To pre-register, call 941-224-7506, email
causeway4thecause@tampabay.rr.com or visit
Beach Bums Island Attitude, 427 Pine Ave., Anna

League of Women Voters, 5404 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-
Oct. 19, Artist reception, Nancy Law, Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
Oct. 19-20, Bayfest, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Bayfest, Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue and along Pine
Avenue. Information: 941-778-1541.
Oct. 20, Parking Lot Sale, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, S&S Shopping Plaza, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Oct. 25, Fourth annual Chowdown for Charity, Manatee Chap-
ter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Riverhouse
Banquets and Weddings, 955 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Informa-
tion: 941-545-3620.
Oct. 30, Leffis Key field trip, Manatee County Audubon Soci-
ety, meet at Leffis Key entrance, Bradenton Beach. Information:
Oct. 30-Nov. 12, "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare,
Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory forActor Training, 5555
N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-351-9010,
Ext. 2310.

Save the Date
Nov. 3, Nautical and Landlubber Treasure Show, Anna Maria
Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton.
Information: 941-761-1860.
Nov. 9, ArtsHop Gallery Walk, Information: 941-243-3818.
Nov. 10, ArtsHop Silent auction, The Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3818.
Nov. 10-11, ArtsHop-Butterfly Garden Arts and Crafts Fair,
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Event participants step offfrom the Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach for last year's Causeway
4 the Cause. The event raises breast cancer aware-
ness and funds for the Susan G. Komenfor the Cure.
Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Nov. 11,ArtsHop, Drum Circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-243-3818.
Nov. 11, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra,
Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.
Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.

Rotary news for Oct. 9 event
The Rotary Club ofAnna Maria Island announced
this week it will feature fundraising consultant Bob
Carter of Anna Maria at its noon Tuesday, Oct. 9,
meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Carter is a specialist in counseling nonprofits and
others in creating strategies to attract donors and phi-
lanthropists based on cultural realities.
He serves on numerous nonprofit boards, includ-
ing Mote Marine Labratory and Ketchum, one of the
largest firms in the fundraising industry.
He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University,
frequent lecturer for Columbia University's Masters
in Philanthropy Management program, the Coun-
cil for Advancement and Support of Education, the
Association of Fundraising Professionals and the
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

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'Postmortem' opens 64th theater season with murder-mystery

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
The scene is set in detective-novel fashion.
It's 1922, a stormy night along the Connecticut
River. It's a year to the day after the death of a beautiful
"Postmortem" begins with the arrival of weekend
guests at the castle of William Gillette, a famous actor
who portrayed Sherlock Holmes on Broadway in the
As the guests arrive, their motives for killing Maude,
the beautiful woman and Gillette's fiance, develop.
The Island Players' 64th season opened Oct. 4 with
actors delivering on cue in the murder-mystery "Post-
mortem," written by Ken Ludwig.
Thanks to set designer Jan VanWart and a stage crew
headed by Jack Abene, the stage was transformed into a
castle outfitted with stone walls, swords, daggers, flowing
red curtains and large windows that open to a courtyard
where much of the mystery takes place.
Maude's death from a single bullet in the courtyard
was ruled a suicide but Gillette suspects foul play.
He invites his fellow actors to the scene of the crime
for a party, and a killer begins to pursue Gillette.
He also invites Louise, Maude's best friend. Once an
actress, Maude's death sent Louise into a nervous break-
down and different career. She became a medium. Diana
Shoemaker plays Louise with flair and believability -
surely not an easy task.
Louise is introduced to Gillette's friends the talk-
ative Bobby, played astutely by John Durkin; May, the
shrill sister of Maude with a severe crush on Gillette
suitably played by Anne Bean; and the not-so-blissfully
married Leo and Marion Barrett, nicely played by Heiko
Knipfelberg and Sylvia Marnie. Robin Rhodes puts in a
pleasing performance as Aunt Lilly.
Mark Shoemaker proves his versatility in the roles
of Gillette/Holmes and one other mystery character. He

returns to the Island Players' stage from memorable per-
formances in last year's "Art of Murder," and "The Solid
Gold Cadillac."
The accomplished Welsh director Gareth Gibbs runs
the show for "Postmortem." Gibbs has been a season
regular on Anna Maria Island to direct the community
theater for six of the past seven years.
"Postmortem" runs through Sunday, Oct. 14. Perfor-
mances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and one
remaining matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Island Players
playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information or tickets, call the box office
at 941-778-5755. The box office is open one hour before
performances and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Satur-

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Holmes Beach planner says newer homes 'out of character'

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Asked by Holmes Beach city commissioners in
August to begin a comprehensive study to support future
possible living- area-to-lot-size restrictions, the city's
contracted planner, Bill Brisson senior planner with
LaRue Planning & Management Services reported
SSept. 25 that homes built since 2008
appear to be out of character for the
beach community.
Commissioner Jean Peelen and two
other commissioners, David Zaccagnino
and Pat Morton, previously favored a .30
Brisson floor-area ratio, considered equivalent to
Brisson's preferred living-area ratio, at
their June 12 meeting. Morton has since wavered in his
support. Commissioners John Monetti and Sandy Haas-
Martens have continuously opposed adding FAR or LAR
to the building code.
Such restrictions are being proposed to limit the
size of homes in proportion with lot sizes. The proposed
restrictions were first recommended to the commission
by a city focus group headed by Peelen.
"We believe the character of single-family develop-
ment in the R-2 District can reasonably be described as
having a living area ratio of .34 or less," Brisson said,
adding that development after 2008 occurred at a rate
where "the occupancy potential of such units is out of
character with the historic single-family development
pattern in the R-2 District" of the past.
Zaccagnino asked whether Brisson's study would
support a city ordinance on living-area ratios.
City attorney Patricia Petruff responded, saying the
study would give the city a rational basis if challenged
in court. While it wouldn't guarantee results of a lawsuit,
she said, it documents the thought process behind the
She warned commissioners, however, to watch for
unintended consequences in such an ordinance. She said
ll \\ ting expectations of investors, such as those devel-
opers who might expect to build a second home on duplex
under the current rules, would "guarantee a lawsuit.
"I think his document shows that there is a trend
going on," Petruff said. "And if you don't do something
about that trend, 10 years from now it will have flipped."
Eventually, the present R-2 development will turn into
the majority, she added.
Peelen called Brisson's report "timely" in view of the
recent Manatee County Tourist Development Council's
rebranding of the island, Bradenton and other Manatee
County areas.
"We are authentic Florida. So what we're saying is
that this trend is against authentic Florida," she said.

Monetti disagreed with the premise of the study,
aimed to support an ordinance that addresses what he
says are perceived R-2 problems.
He asked Brisson if the trend is similar to others in
upscale communities where land is a premium.
While the large houses in beach communities are
common, according to Brisson, the duplex issue is unique,
adding that his work for other communities has not been
"There are probably a lot of people out there who
don't view there is a problem," said Monetti.
Monetti said the FAR/LAR issue has become a
major component of the campaign for the Nov. 6 city
"Let the citizens of Holmes Beach decide. There are
huge polar opposites in their vision about what should be
allowed in their community," Monetti said.
Brisson responded, "First of all, you'll notice the big
word draft.
"I would not expect you to adopt it until sometime
after the elections," he continued.
Zaccagnino favored continuing to work on establish-
ing a LAR ordinance.
Brisson's research indicates homes are getting bigger,
Zaccagnino said.
Brisson said he will be provide options other than
LAR, including daylight plane, potential third-story set-
back changes and common foundation changes as alter-
natives to reduce the scale of homes.
Zaccagnino said Brisson's study will be continued
on future work session agendas.
But Holmes Beach commissioners don't plan to
change the controversial common footer building inter-
pretation that allows what appears to be two homes on a
duplex lot.
The common footer allows a builder on duplex prop-
erty to avoid the 20- to 30-foot setback between units
required for residential homes.
Zaccagnino led the discussion, but found no consen-
sus Sept. 25 to overturn the current practice of two units
with a superfluous common underground footer.
Commission candidate Judy Holmes Titsworth has
called the practice a misinterpretation of the code and the
cause for the continued loss of ground-level homes in the
Residential-2 district.
Brisson addressed the issue, saying he dislikes the
practice, because of the increased density encouraged
by marketing of the homes that look like single-family
homes, but doing away with it could result in a situa-
tion "where you'll end up with the more overpowering
A disadvantage of a common footer, according to
Brisson, is nobody keeps track of what is built by one

owner on half of the lot, and the other owner "can take
all of what's allowed," such as the amount of impervious
surface on the parcel.
Brisson suggested the city could require the space
now left between the two structures be included as part
of the lot calculation, thereby reducing the overall size
of the allowable construction.
Haas-Martens said, "So you have to sit back and
say, would I rather look at one huge structure, owned
by two different people and they have a common party
wall, or do I want to look at two structures that look like
one single-family home, but they're connected however
Haas-Martens said she prefers the aesthetics of the
Zaccagnino agreed, saying two separate buildings on
a duplex lot allows for more landscaping.
"I'm not willing to go back to the shared wall and
the big monstrosity," he added.

Builders respond
It's a matter of interpretation, say builders and devel-
opers of properties in the spotlight due to recent criticisms
of the Holmes Beach building practices.
They also say their projects have been properly
Shawn Kaleta, principal in Beach to Bay Con-
struction and Investments and the contractor of the 308
and 310 68th St. development, wrote in a recent email
that these structures were attached by a city-approved
common footer, and that both units together qualified
for one 20-foot front-yard setback at the corner of 68th
Street and Palm Drive, with 10-foot setbacks allowed on
the other sides.
More than 20 structures with such setbacks have been
permitted in the city, according to Kaleta.
As to the 2803 Ave. E and 203 N. Harbor properties,
he wrote, "Since the elevator is considered one living
level, it can go up three floors as long as it's not in the
10-foot setback."
The elevator interpretation "has been common in
Holmes Beach," he continued.
With respect to 5311 Sunrise Lane, Frank Agnelli of
Agnelli Pools & Construction had no comment, except
to say, I \ i) lInyI is on file with the city."
Bimini Bay Construction, identified by the city as the
licensed contractor for 405 and 407 74th St., is reportedly
no longer in business.
As of press time, The Islander was unable to reach
Scott Eason of Beach to Bay Construction, identified by
the city as the 307 66th St. contractor, for comment.

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Holmes Beach planner to determine building study cost

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners directed city planner
Bill Brisson to select from a prepared list and examine
three recent construction projects to estimate the cost of
a more extensive building-practices study.
At their Sept. 25 meeting, commissioners grappled
on Residential-2 building issues, including alleged
land-development code violations and questionable
building practices identified by commission candidate
Judy Holmes Titsworth and others in the past several
After a lengthy discussion, during which Commis-
sioner John Monetti labeled the matter "an issue" not
a problem Chair David Zaccagnino asked Brisson to
choose three projects from a list of properties and the
alleged problems for each prepared by Titsworth.
Brisson is expected to estimate the study costs based
on an hourly rate of $105, and by choosing three rep-
resentative properties from Titsworth's list of alleged
problems, including:
307 66th St. Lacking adequate parking for short-
term rental.
203 N. Harbor Drive Elevator encroaching in
third level setback, lacking adequate parking for short-

term rental.
207 N. Harbor Drive Lacking adequate parking
for short-term rental.
305 56th St. A common-foundation footer was
permitted to tie into the existing ground-floor structure
on a duplex property, and the two buildings were allowed
to avoid spacing rules.
308 and 310 68th St. Third-living level encroach-
ment on 308 68th St. Both buildings encroach on a 20-foot
front-yard setback and lack adequate parking.
2803 Ave. E 11-foot wall and living area
encroach in the third-level setback. An elevator shaft has
been converted into three levels of closets.
5311 Sunrise Lane Lacked pool permit; pool
enclosure did not meet safety requirement, a trench was
allowed in lieu of fencing; lack of lot calculations and
final survey before issuing a certificate of occupancy;
no engineered stormwater retention, two docks on one
lot in violation of state code and a dock addition that
encroaches in the 25-foot state setback for Outstanding
Florida Waterways.
405 and 407 74th St. No elevation certificate on
file, third-living level on both buildings encroach on the
15-foot setback; 30-foot separation between building and
considered one building due to footer connection.
Titsworth's list follows her look at various properties,

including meetings and emails with public works super-
intendent Joe Duennes and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger in
August and September.
Titsworth said the list represents building practices
that have run amok and have led to residential over-de-
Commissioners also talked about the possibility of a
broader three- to five-year look back on the city's build-
ing department practices, as recommended by city attor-
ney Patricia Petruff.
Petruff favored the Brisson examination on building
practices saying, "I think it would be an appropriate task
to determine if the issues, the complaints, allegations, or
whatever you want to call them, are valid or not, or if it's
an interpretation dispute."
To iron out disagreements on interpretations, Petruff
recommended the commission look at "how can we make
these words say what we want them to say. That would
be a good result from the exercise."
The study also will help determine if there's been a
building department mistake and, if so, whether variances
or code changes are necessary, she said.
It can also build a database of non-conformities so
the city "will know where the problems are" and "tighten
up the code where we can to make sure our citizens don't
bear the burden," Petruff added.

Above from left: 203 N. Harbor; 5311 Sunrise Lane;
207 N. Harbor, from the list for Holmes Beach city
planner Bill Brisson to consider as he estimates
costs of a possible citywide building-practices study.
Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell



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Bradenton Beach's Scenic Waves seeks members, input

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Scenic Waves Partnership committee met Oct.
1 at Bradenton Beach City Hall without a quorum.
For the past few months, Scenic Waves chair Carl
Parks has questioned whether the committee should
continue to exist due to a lack of funding and sometimes
poor attendance of its members.
The committee is part of the state's scenic highway
and byway program and waterfronts Florida program. In
the case of Bradenton Beach, Scenic Waves is respon-
sible for areas of Gulf Drive, and has a say in proposed
development and landscaping projects that occur along
its route.
State budget cuts took funding away, but the state
is now trying to refund the programs. Still, with two
members attending the Oct. 1 meeting, Parks' concern
regarding the legitimacy of the board continues.
"We can't do business," said Parks. "We can't even
approve the minutes of our last meeting. People are
dropping out. If we are going to continue as a commit-
tee, we need to get more people involved."
Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid
McClellan, the only other attendee of the seven board
members, discussed putting out a call for new mem-
Parks said he would issue a press release calling for
new members and inform the public as to the impor-
tance of the committee's input and roles.
McClellan was authorized to proceed with the com-
mittee's annual report in September, which was due to
be filed immediately following the Oct. 1 Scenic Waves
meeting. McClellan wanted to present the report to the

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board before filing.
Highlights of the report include plans for future
development along the scenic highway corridor.
McClellan reports that drainage and stormwater projects
are planned at Cortez Beach and periodic litter cleanup
are ongoing.
McClellan lists prior goals achieved along the cor-
ridor as making Gulf Drive more pedestrian friendly, a
dune project at Cortez Beach, new signage, and continu-
ing partnership development.
In other matters, Parks said he would like the com-

The Scenic Waves
Partnership com-
mittee voted in
September to put
Tree City USA
signs at Bradenton
Beach City Hall.
The double-sided
sign was installed
earlier this fall.
Islander Photo:
Mark Young

mittee to encourage Manatee County to begin a sea oat
planting program, and invited the campaign's organizers
to the Scenic Waves Dec. 3 meeting.
McClellan also announced that the Tree City USA
signs have been installed in front of city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N.
Parks set the next meeting for 3 p.m. Monday, Dec.
3, at city hall. Some expected agenda items include Tree
City USA recertification efforts, sea oat planting and the
January Historic Bridge Street Arbor Day roundabout

BB LDC gets final input as deadline approaches

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Webster's Dictionary defines tedious as "tiresome
because of length or dullness."
The process to revise the Bradenton Beach land
development code has been described as tedious by
those involved, but also necessary.
Commissioners, planning and zoning board mem-
bers and city staff wrapped up weeks of LDC revisions
Oct. 2.
The city has until Oct. 31 to submit revisions to the
state, which also must comply with the comprehensive
plan. And the new language must first go through the
planning and zoning board before final approval from
Tom McCollum, from ZNS Engineering, under
contract by the city to help revise the LDC, presented
the proposed revisions to the final two chapters.
Included in the final chapters is the city's telecom-
munications ordinance, which has surfaced as a contro-
versial subject for the commissioners as the city looks
ahead to a proposed cell tower project.
McCollum said for the sake of the LDC revisions,
no changes would be made.
"We are just going to pick that up and move it into
the LDC and reformat it for consistency, but are not
planning to do any changes, because it was done by an

Members of the
CrossPointe Fel-
lowship in Holmes
Beach were busy
Oct. 6 adding a
pavilion to the south
side of the church.
The pavilion will be f
for those who want 1
to host refreshments
outside, socialize
and for events and
festivals. Work- -
ing are, from left,
church members
John Diane, John
Modermann, Ed ""
Schulta and, far ,
right, Earl Cowbry.
Islander Photo.:
Rick Catlin l

outside consultant," he said.
The ordinance was written by Lawrence "Rusty"
Monroe of the Center of Municipal Solutions and
adopted by the city in May 2011. However, Com-
missioner Ric Gatehouse said he wants the ordinance
repealed, calling it obstructionist.
"We are planning on having a work meeting on the
cell tower and we may amend some things," said Mayor
John Shaughnessy.
McCollum said the city had every right to do so,
but for the sake of the revisions, he added, "I am not a
cell tower expert."
Shaughnessy said the work meetings will take place
to review the ordinance and "make sure we are moving
in the right direction and dotting all the I's."
The chapters discussed Oct. 2 focused on resource
protection and the city's management system, includ-
ing marinas, seawall design and property maintenance
Building official Steve Gilbert said the city has been
operating on maintenance codes established in 1993 and
needing modification. He said some property mainte-
nance codes conflicted with the city's building codes,
including screen door requirements as an example.
Also discussed in length were open shelters for
boats. Gilbert said it was a leftover item from the 1990
LDC revision, and lacked real definition.

"We have five or six existing boat shelters that
would be grandfathered in, but does the city want to
allow sheltered roofs over boat slips?" asked Gilbert.
Gilbert said the city's standard response to anyone
wanting to build a roof for their boat slip has been, "It
is not allowed in standard allowable uses."
Shaughnessy said Bradenton Beach is a boating
community and a boat shelter should be considered as
"I think we ought to include this," he said. "It's like
having a garage for your car. A boat is a big investment
for people and people want to protect that investment
as much as they can."
McCollum said to put a roof on is a big undertak-
ing because of regulations, and Gilbert said the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection would not
allow the addition of walls to any type of shelter.
"And a roof also counts towards shade for your
maximum dock space," he said.
Commissioner Gay Breuler said the city shouldn't
be an obstacle and, if someone wants one, to let them
work through the DEP process.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh opposed that view,
saying storms in the area can be "fierce at times. It's a
safety issue and I recommend we not allow this."
P&Z member John Burns added, "Say I already
have a long dock with four boats and I want to put a
shelter on each one. How ugly do you want to make the
The boat shelter definition was removed from the
Other items discussed included maintaining envi-
ronmentally sensitive lands. Proposed revisions to the
code would not allow any type of mechanical equipment
to be used for maintenance.
"And how is a property owner supposed to take
care of their property? Go back to using a sling blade?"
asked Bums.
Gilbert said the language initiates from DEP stan-
dards and would apply to any land adjacent to dunes or
"The reason is to prevent people from going in too
close to those areas with anm lling_' like a lawnmower,"
said Gilbert. "It really boils down to judgment. Is it a
negative impact on the shoreline? If so, this is where
you stop mowing."
The issue with the revision was the removal of the
word "discourage" people from doing so to "prohibit-
ing" people from doing so.
Gilbert's terminology of judgment brought the
focus of the conversation back to keeping the word
discourage, rather than prohibit.

THE ISLANDER U OCT 10, 2012 19

HB building department issues policies, manages workload

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
While working to keep up with a burgeoning load
of inspections short a building inspector public
works director Joe Duennes issued two memos last
week to commissioners and the mayor.
One signaled an Oct. 1 elevator shaft setback policy
and the other defended what the building department
considers a front setback.
In the elevator shaft memo, Duennes described the
land development code as "ambiguous."
The memo points out that elevator shafts have been
permitted in second-living level setbacks for the past five
years based on LDC definitions. However, because shafts
are not habitable and do not have intermediate floors,
Duennes concluded, "the past interpretation to allow eleva-
tor shafts in the second-living level setback or any other
setback may not be the best interpretation."
On corner-lot setbacks, Duennes defended past
interpretations of the LDC. He wrote, '"The LDC defi-
nition section goes so far as to state 'the front yard is
the yard facing on a city street, regardless of the front
The memos follow up questions raised at the Sept.
25 city commission meeting about setbacks.
Duennes' workload was increased by the Sept. 18
termination of building inspector Bob Shaffer.

.... ........ ..

George DeSear, owner of Island Investment Realty,
discusses sign requirements Oct. 3 with building clerk
Susan Lonzo. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The city is advertising the position of a plan
reviewer/inspector on the Building Officials Association
of Florida website, which is available to paid members.
Bohnenberger said the position will be advertised until
it's filled, and he hopes to find a qualified person as soon
as possible.
Since Shaffer's departure, Duennes and consultant
John Fernandez have been performing inspections and

plan reviews for the approximately 300-375 ongoing
projects "that at any time can require inspections," said
building clerk Susan Lonzo.
Lonzo said three to eight permits electrical, build-
ing, demolition, fence, to name a few are typically
issued every day. Last week, there was a backlog of 18
permits "that have not even been looked at," she said.
Although, 95 permits were issued, she added.
"Joe's doing \. cn ilin' ." Lonzo said. "And that's not
his only job. He is the supervisor over code enforcement,
all of public works and the building department.
"To expect that things will run as they did, you just
can't," she said.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger agreed, although he
pointed out foreman Gary Blunden handles most of the
administrative responsibility for public works. As far as
code enforcement, he said, any city employee can assist
the code officer by taking a complaint.
"We're in no worse shape now than when some-
body goes on vacation," Bohnenberger said.
Before Shaffer's termination, Bohnenberger said
he was planning to send both he and Jan Gorman, code
enforcement clerk, to school to assist in code enforce-
Last week, he said, "After three years of telling me
she's going to retire, she's now telling me she's really
going to retire this year."

Veterans Day plans, 2 markets, pirate fest top BB agenda

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Bridge Street Merchants vice president Adam Jen-
kins told Bradenton Beach commissioners Oct. 4 that he
would like to see the city do more to honor veterans.
Jenkins, of Edgewater Real Estate, 104 Bridge St.,
said BSM is working on a Nov. 11 celebration for Vet-
erans Day that includes a military flyover.
"We are asking the mayor to give a speech to give
thanks to the veterans," said Jenkins. "We will have a
military tanker do a flyover at noon."
Jenkins said he has verbal approval for the flyover,
to be conducted by a refueling aircraft out of MacDill
Air Force Base in Tampa.
In other matters, commissioners approved special
event applications for the resumption of the Bridge
Street Market, as well as a new market at Coquina
Nancy Ambrose, former organizer of the contro-
versial Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki market, presented com-

missioners with documents to again begin operating a
Sunday market.
Last season's market was halted due to traffic and
safety concerns that arose during its operations last
year. Commissioners previously suggested the market
be moved to Coquina Beach. According to the applica-
tion, the event will be called the Beach Market.
Both the new market and one operated by the non-
profit Bridge Street Merchants association of business
owners will start up in November, operating simultane-
ously on Sundays.
The Bridge Street Market kicks off Nov. 4, while
the Beach Market begins Nov. 18.
Commissioners also approved more than $6,000
in fees to city planner Alan Garrett. Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse had questions about Garrett's fees, but Gar-
rett was not at the Oct. 4 meeting.
"When we hired Mr. Garrett, the idea of his fees
would be paid for by application fees," said Gatehouse.
"I'd like to find out what percentage is being paid

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Mayor John Shaughnessy said city clerk Nora Idso
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City attorney Ricinda Perry presented a request for
proposal to commissioners following stalled negotia-
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Historic Bridge Street Pier reconstruction project.
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FISH moves closer to $250,000 grant, preserve plan

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage acting pre-
serve chair Karen Bell presented Oct. 1 to the board her
95-acre preserve management plan, a requirement of the
board's goal to secure a $250,000 Southwest Florida
Water Management District grant.
FISH has been working to develop the natural state
of the 95 acres into a legitimate preserve for the public
to enjoy. The land was first secured in 1999 to preserve
the village of Cortez from encroaching development.
About 30 acres of the preserve is mangrove wetlands,
six acres is pine flat woods, 23 acres is uplands, and about
17 acres are dominated by invasive species such as Aus-
tralian pine, Brazilian pepper and others.
According to the management report, native species
such as sabal palms and buttonwoods are being choked
out by the invasive species.
A goal of any preserve is to eliminate invasive spe-
cies and return the acreage to native Florida species.
"Extensive habitat restoration and management will
be required to re-establish native plant communities," the
report reads.
The cost to rehabilitate each acre is about $28,000.
The $250,000 Swiftmud grant would allow FISH to
complete what it began in regards to the rehabilitation
effort and look ahead to the construction of walkways
and observation towers, as well as maintaining a camp-
The obstacle to the grant is that most of the preserve
is zoned residential, and if FISH wanted, could sell or
develop the land.
However, FISH has no intention of doing so, but gov-
ernment agencies don't want promises, they want action.
Swiftmud will not go forward with the grant unless FISH
creates a conservation easement to guarantee no future
development can occur.
At its Oct. 1 meeting, FISH finalized its preserve
management plan and passed a motion to accept the 6.5
acre conservation easement, which follows along the pre-
serve's creek and encompasses about 10 feet of land on
each side.
The board voted to exclude the Wilkerson property
and the trap yard from the easement. Both properties sit

within the preserve boundaries.
The board made some minor changes to the overall
management plan, which will accompany the presenta-
tion of the easement to Swiftmud. Included in the changes
was an implementation of a dumping policy that includes
a $500 fine for violators.
Temporary uses also will be allowed to be voted on
by the board, primarily for the annual Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival. Also, FISH agrees to enter into a man-
agement partnership with Manatee County, but retains
management rights.
Bell said the preserve committee held two meet-
ings before presenting the management plan to the
board. The first meeting addressed the boundaries of
the easement, which still needs to be surveyed. The
board approved up to $500 for a survey of the ease-
ment boundaries.
The second meeting, she said, was to develop a set
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to county rules for other preserves: Alcohol will be pro-
hibited, pets must remain on a leash, wildlife must remain
undisturbed and fishing only is allowed at bridges and
Different from other county preserves is FISH will
allow tent camping within a designated area. No one
under the age of 18 will be allowed on preserve property
without being accompanied by an adult and noise restric-
tions will be put in place for overnight campers.
FISH president Kim McVey said campers will be
required to check in at an undetermined location before
setting up so FISH knows they are in the preserve after
FISH continues to look at a fence project to secure
the preserve from vandalism and illegal dumping. The
preserve committee plans a walkthrough meeting later
this month and will provide recommendations to the
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Preparations under way for February's Cortez fishing festival

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is
months away, but preparing for the festival is a year-
round effort.
The old adage of "The devil is in the details" is
appropriate when planning a celebration that attracts tens
of thousands of visitors, and those details continued to
be addressed Oct. 1 at the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage meeting in Cortez.
Linda Molto, chair of the festival committee said
vendor applications are being received and planning is
FISH manages the annual festival to raise money to
meet the nonprofit's goals of rehabilitating the 95-acre
FISH preserve, as well as coastal conservation efforts.
The 2013 festival is Feb. 16-17 and is expected to
draw an estimated 25,000 people. The festival celebrates
the commercial fishing heritage that has existed in Cortez
since its founding in the 1800s.
Rick Stewart, chair of a newly formed boatworks
committee, said his committee would take up the task of
restoring festival ticket booths.
"We want to take the ticket booths for the festival
and work on those as soon as possible," said Stewart.
"The boats we have on the grounds also are screaming
for maintenance."
Stewart, nominated to the board two months ago
after a flurry of resignations, was the only committee
member until the Oct. 1 meeting when the FISH board
voted to create a full committee. He said the ticket booths
are a priority and then "we will begin meeting to put
together an overall management plan and direction for
In other matters, the board continued to hear com-
plaints about boat building at the former fire station/com-
munity center, 4517 123rd St. W., Cortez.
Sue Maddox said FISH is violating Manatee County
zoning ordinances by building boats there, that according
to zoning maps, the fire station sits in a light industrial
area, which excludes boat manufacturing.

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Stone crab traps sit ready to go in the water at the
Cortez trap yard. The anticipation for a profitable
season, which begins Oct. 15, is running high. Islander
Photo: Mark Young

"I don't think the neighborhood should be sacrificed,"
said Maddox. "This impacts the people that live here."
FISH board members have explained light industrial
does allow for carpentry and that the boats being built
at the station are wooden boats. No fiberglass material is
being used, they said, which they agreed would not be
allowed in light industrial.
"What I don't understand is what do you want FISH
to do?" asked board member Karen Bell of Maddox.
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Maddox said she wants FISH to move the operations
to the FISH-owned Wilkerson property, which is properly
zoned, she said.
Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. "Chips"
Shore interjected that boat assembly is allowed in light
industrial and there is nothing illegal about the wooden
boats being built.
FISH president Kim McVey said the issue would be
placed on a future agenda for further discussion.
In other matters, the board voted to accept Jim Kelly
as a new member to replace board member Bob Landry,
whose resignation was accepted last month.
Kelly said he has lived in Cortez for six years and has
a mechanical engineering degree, "and I have volunteered
at boatworks and have enjoyed it very much."
Kelly's nomination was voted on and approved with
all ayes, except for FISH secretary Joe Kane, who said
he would prefer nominations go through the nomination
Bell reported that this year's fall mullet fishing run is
expected to be good, as part of her monthly fishing report
to the board.
She said the grouper catch is dwindling, "but it's
because a lot of the boats have hit their quota."
Bell concluded by saying stone crabbers are prepar-
ing for Oct. 15, when traps go in the water.
"Traps are getting cleaned and are ready to go in the
water," she said.

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22 E OCT 10, 2012 U THE ISLANDER

New tourism brand about more than beaches

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
executive director Elliott Falcione came to the city of
Anna Maria Oct. 3 to give an overview of the area's new
tourism brand to island residents and officials.
Unfortunately, the event was not announced in time
for publication last week.
But Falcione found an audience of about 25 people,
most of them elected officials, to speak to at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
He first made it clear the BACVB is not rebranding
the area expressly to bring more visitors to Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key.
However, that's likely to be a product of the new
image campaign. The purpose of the BACVB is to
increase tourism.
The rebranding begins with a new slogan: "Braden-
ton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key" with the words
"Florida's Gulf Coast" underneath.
Falcione said the research firm hired by the BACVB
found more people identified with Bradenton than Mana-
tee County.
Hence the change from the Manatee County Conven-
tion Center to the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
But that's just a start.
The new brand also acquaints potential visitors with

Time for
Students from a high
school marine biol-
ogy class were among
the volunteers putting
on cleanup gear and
pulling out fishing line
and other gunk from
Sarasota Bay Sept. 29.
They were participat-
ing in the fourth annual
Sarasota Baywatch
Monofilament Cleanup
Day at the Sarasota
Sailing Squadron, 1717
Ken Thompson Park-
way. Islander Cour-
tesy Photo: Sarasota


the possibilities of tourism beyond a week on the island,
Falcione said.
There's a big market for sporting events, such as
rowing and sailing regattas, junior soccer and baseball
competitions that the BACVB wants to reach, Falcione
And these events do more than bring thousands of
people to the area for the first time: Many visitors will

Dave DiMaggio of
the Clearwater-based
research firm Aqua
explains the rebrand-
ing of tourism in the
Bradenton area to
about 25 people at the
Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
Islander Photo: Rick

like the area, take a quick trip to the islands, and return
for a longer vacation.
Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn was concerned
that too many visitors might destroy the old-Florida
atmosphere. She suggested the BACVB slow down its
advertising during the winter season.
Last March, she said, tourists overwhelmed the island
and she heard from several people who said they would
not be coming back. She also is concerned about vacation
rentals that can accommodate 15 or more people.
Falcione said he shared her concerns. He too worries
about overcrowding and any loss of the old Florida look
and feel.
At the same time, the BACVB has to promote the
area's name and image, even during the season.
Research found 87 percent of people who vacation
in the area learned about the island by word-of-mouth.
The last thing Falcione and the BACVB want to do is
change the brand entirely, like Panama City did 30 years
ago when it went after the spring break market.
"We're not going to support things like spring break.
It would kill our main market and that's just not going to
happen," he said. "We are old Florida, and we're all in
this together to keep our reputation. Keep that in mind.
We are all in this together."
In the final analysis, the rebranding is simple. Pro-
moting the Bradenton area can lead visitors to the other
vacation opportunities in the area, Falcione noted.
People might stay at a mainland accommodation, but
they will find their way to Anna Maria Island, he said.

CAR TALK By Elayne Cantor and Victor Fleming / Edited by Will Shortz

1 First name in the
White House
7 Old Navy's owner
13 Dandy
16 Like one battery
terminal Abbr
19 Start of a seasonal
20 Tribute
21 Source of some
23 What Katie Holmes
lost in divorce
25 Unsteady
26 Money of Laos
27 Shoots in the foot
28 Commuter on a
crowded bus, e g ?
30 Huck Finn's father
31 Knicks venue, for
32 Throw in the towel
33 "Sing of old and
the ancient ways"
34 Prefix with meter
36 Some modern
40 1946 Best
Supporting Actor
nominee William
43 Bro's greeting
45 Beam of support

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46 Leon who won a
Pulitzer for his
biography of Henry
47 Actor Patel of "The
Best Exotic
Marigold Hotel"
48 Dealy-bobs
51 Digit in military
55 Epiphany?
59 Some August
62 Slaw, e g
64 Strep treater, for
65 Preschooler
66 "Dreaming of You"
68 Sholem Aleichem
69 What "Send"
74 Family
75 Giggles
76 Noise in a nest
77 They tend IVs
78 Judea's the
79 Home for a 123
80 Legal proceeding
over a meth bust?
83 Hero makers
85 Programming
behind computer
pop ups
88 second"
89 1950s coup site
92 Gen Robt
93 Thickly cover
97 With one's heart, if
nothing else

101 Vice-presidential
103 TV excerpts
104 Spot for a farm
laborer's sunburn
105 More lighthearted
107 Theologian Johann
109 Potentially
slanderous remark
110 Smell of sour
113 English king _
the Peaceful
116 Suffix with balloon
or cartoon
117 Harebrained
118 Bling-bling?
122 Bleepers
123 Wild equine of 79
124 Company with a
2004 I PO
125 Word before sale
or after sales
126 ABC, e g in
127 Feared folklore
128 Picks up

1 Wrongful discharge
2 One-named Brazilian
soccer star
3 Extended one's stint
4 said
5 Price abbr
6 Bases for boats
7 McAn shoes
8 Practice, as skills
9 911 V I P's

11 Ancient assembly
12 Genesis man who
lived 239 years
13 Tipped off
14 Dual
15 Shade akin to
16 Round entree
17 Weavers' willows
18 Diary tidbit
22 Circus employee
24 Lock up
29 Iago, to Othello
31 Word before A or T
32 Side of a road
35 California's Harvey
37 Some sleepwear
38 Life after death?
39 Looney Tunes toon,
41 Restroom sign
42 Preferred groups
44 "The Lady's Got
Potential" musical
49 Unglazed ceramic
50 Comprehended
52 Scottish turndowns
53 Mozart's Donna
54 Synthetic fabrics
55 bar
56 Accustomed (to)
57 Coat and tie, e g
58 "We Get Out of
This Place"
60 Viewed remotely?
61 About 90% of its
land is owned

10 Elongated swimmer 63 Like dunderheads

66 Lieu
67 Odist's "before"
70 One-sixth of a
71 Borgia enemy
72 Pet
73 Greek architectural
80 Northern Plains
81 Facility
82 Lenny's friend on
"The Simpsons"

84 Spanish direction 97 Whole

86 Dam that aids in
fish catching
87 Local council
member Abbr
90 Number-one
91 all-time high
94 Pier group?
95 Pauline work
96 Ones reliant on the
local blood supply

98 Dramamine user's
99 Oasis, often
100 Landing (part
of Philadelphia)
101 Fit in
102 One of the Lennons
106 Company with a
1996 IPO
108 Rock-climbing

111 Capital of the
Swiss canton of
112 About
113 Nose out
114 Effectuates
115 Toy warnings?
119 It fits in a lock
120 Skiing gold
medalist Tommy
121 Almost forever















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Anna Maria
School third-
graders Emma
Laade, left,
with Magde-
lynn Carter
are backed by
their peers as
they practice
for "Friends,"
the third-grade
play to be per-
formedfor the
community at 7
p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 16, at the
school, 4700
Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Photo: Kathy

AME calendar
Tuesday, Oct. 16: 5-7 p.m., Third-grade dinner, caf-
eteria, followed by third-grade play, auditorium.
Saturday, Oct. 27: 9-11 a.m., Costume parade, Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
to AME, followed 11 a.m.-3 p.m. by the AME-PTO Fall
Festival, school grounds.
Monday, Oct. 29: Fall fundraiser Otis Spunkmayer
sales begin.
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-708-5525, www.manatee.kl2.fl.us/

AME third-graders invite
AMI to 'Friends'
Anna Maria Elementary School third-grade stu-
dents will welcome the community to their performance
of "Friends," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the school
auditorium, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Before "Friends," the AME Parent Teacher Orga-
nization is coordinating a family dinner with restaurant
partner Anna Maria Oyster Bar in the school cafeteria
prior to the play, starting at 5 p.m.
The menu includes a choice of chicken or shrimp
Alfredo, Caesar salad and garlic bread.
The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Those who order by 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, will be
entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to the
restaurant. Meals are available for take out, too.
For more information and to order tickets, call 941-

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Monday, Oct. 15
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks or Super Round.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marinara, Breaded Chicken Patty,
Sandwich, Sliced Pears, Fresh Veggie Dipper,
Broccoli, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Breakfast: Burrito or Biscuit and Gravy or Waffle.
Lunch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger on Bun, Mini Corn Dogs,
Applesauce, Sweet Potato Fries, Baked Beans,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Patty
and Toast or Proballs.
Lunch: Breaded Beef Tenders, Turkey Gravy, Warm Roll,
Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Fruit Cocktail, Mini Romaine Salad,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Thursday, Oct. 18
Breakfast: Chicken Patty Biscuit or Ultimate Breakfast Round.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Teriyaki Chicken, Confetti Rice, Pine-
apple Tidbits, Green Beans, Fresh Veggie Dipper,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Friday, Oct. 19
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes or Super Round.
Lunch: Pizza Choice, McManatee Riblet Sandwich, Sliced
Peaches, Corn on Cob, Baby Carrots and Celery Sticks with
Dip, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

Community notices, events
Attention community islanders: The Islander wel-
comes notices of your club and organization events,
happenings and projects on Anna Maria Island and
encourages you to submit photographs.
Wedding and engagement announcements are
welcome, as are photos and announcements for mile-
stones in the lives of islanders. Graduation photos are
Send news and photos with detailed captions to
news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.

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Youth, adult soccer, MLB connection, horseshoes

Kevin P. Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Youth soccer continues at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
with games played nightly Monday-Friday a good
way to enjoy the cooler evening weather.
There's a good race for first place in the competitive
8-10 division, where each team in the six-team division
is within a two-game winning streak of first place.
Lobstahs leads the pack with a 4-0-1 record. Ameri-
can Marine has a 3-1-1 record, while Tyler's Ice Cream,
Best Buy and Miller Electric follow in the standings with
two wins each. LaPensee Plumbing is still looking for its
first win on the season.
The 11-13 division has Steam Designs running away
from the pack with a 4-0 record. Jen Crady Massage is in
second with a 1-1-1 record, while LPAC is a point behind
with a 1-2-0 record. Wash Family Construction follows
at 0-3-1.
The regular season is about half over, but there's still
time for some up and down movement in the standings.
Steam Designs showed off its steamroller with a
6-3 victory over LPAC during 11-13 action Oct. 5. Nico
Calleja and Gavin Sentman each scored a hat trick to
lead Steam Designs to victory. Tyler Pearson, Sullivan
Ferreira and Zach Fernandez each notched a goal to lead
LPAC in the loss.
The second 11-13 game of the evening saw Crady
Massage take a 4-1 victory over Wash behind a pair of
goals fromAdra Dupuis. George Lardas and Abby Achor
each added a goal for Crady in the victory. Ben Connors
notched the lone goal for Wash in the loss.
Edgewater Realty cooled off West Coast Air Condi-
tioning by a 5-1 score during 14-17 division action Oct.
1. Kieran Grumley and Derek Pulch scored two goals
each, while Joey Carder notched one goal to complete
the scoring for Edgewater. Sibella Glavan scored the lone
goal for WCAC in the loss.
Lobstahs showed its first-place style with a 6-1 vic-
tory over Best Buy during 8-10 division action Oct. 5.
Chris Snyder and Jack Groves scored two goals each,
while Catherine Calhoun and Allie Connelly each scored
one goal in the victory. Jaclyn Schlossberg notched the
lone goal for Best Buy in the loss.
Miller Electric kept LaPensee Plumbing winless with
a 7-3 drubbing during 8-10 division action on Oct. 2. Ava
Zink exploded for four goals to lead Miller, which also
received two goals from Silas Banyas and one goal from
Dalton Guthrie in the victory. Sam Bowers led Lapensee
with a pair of goals while Anthony Monetti added one.
American Marine edged Tyler's Ice Cream 4-3 in the
second division game of the evening behind four goals
from Tyler Brewer. Daniel Sentman scored two goals to
lead Tyler's, which also received one goal from Giana
Sparks in the loss.
American Marine gave Lobstah's its first blemish
on the season, managing a 3-3 tie during 8-10 division
action Oct. 1. Tyler Brewer scored all three goals for
American Marine while Catherine Calhoun scored twice
for Lobstahs, which also received one goal from Chris
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Miller Electric shocked Best Buy 3-1 in the second
8-10 division game of the night. Silas Banyas led Miller
Electric with two goals and CallenAchor added one goal
in the victory. Jaclyn Schlossberg led Best Buy with one
goal in the loss.

10 MLB players up for Hutch Award
Ten distinguished Major League Baseball players
have been nominated for the 48th Hutch Award, and will
be honored Jan. 30 at Safeco Field in Seattle. The award
winner will be announced this fall.
Baseball icon Lou Pinella will give the keynote
address at an honors luncheon and proceeds will benefit
early cancer detection research at the Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center.
This year's nominees include Alex Gordon, Kansas
City Royals, Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners, Ryan
Ludwick, Cincinnati Reds, Brandon McCarthy, Oakland
Athletics, Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins, Jake Peavy,
Chicago White Sox, Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves, Rickie
Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers, Ryan Zimmerman, Washing
Nationals and Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants.
The Hutch Award is given annually to a MLB player
who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication
of baseball legend and manager Fred Hutchinson, who
succumbed to cancer at age 45.
Hutchinson came in the 1950s to live with wife Patsy
and kids on AMI before cancer cut off his soaring base-
ball career. He is credited with fueling the community
center and baseball field here, and Patsy and son Joe
Hutchinson live here still. Joe owns a business in Holmes
Beach, Beach Style Recycle Boutique.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center -
founded by Fred's brother, Dr. Bill Hutchinson is an
independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to
the understanding, treatment and prevention of cancer
and related diseases.
The recipient is selected by a vote of surviving former
winners. Since 1965 when Mickey Mantle accepted the
inaugural award, 45 players have been honored.
For more information, visit www.fhcrc.org or follow
the Hutchinson Center online.

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Chamber of Commerce
golf tournament played
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Club. Islander Photo:
Courtesy AMICofC

Adult soccer action
Adult coed soccer action continues at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Slim's Place has jumped out to
a 5-point lead in the standings with a 4-0-0 record. Sato
Real Estate is in second, five points behind with a 2-1-1
record, closely followed by Wash Family Construction,
Florida Discount Signs and Pink & Navy Boutique follow
in the standings with 2-2 records and 6 points, while
Jessie's Island Store, Island Pest Control and Moss &
Barnard Construction round out the standings.
Sato edged Discount Signs 3-2 to open Oct. 4 soccer
action. Diego Felipe led the way with two goals and an assist
while Lexi Braxton added one. Brett Laudicina scored two
goals to lead Florida Discount Signs in the loss.
Slim's Place remained undefeated in first place
thanks to a 4-1 victory over Island Pest Control. Danny
Anderson notched a hat trick to lead Slim's, which also
received one goal from Sean Sanders in the victory.
Richie Subbiondo notched the lone goal for Island Pest
Control, while Pedro Gonzalez made 17 saves in goal.
Jessie's Island Store outlasted Moss & Barnard Con-
struction 8-7 in the third game of the evening. Zach Gil-
liland and Matt Plummer each had three goals and an
assist, while B.J. Grant notched a pair of goals to lead
Jessie's in the victory. Brent Moss scored four goals to
lead Moss & Barnard, which also received goals from
Omar Polar, Ryan Moss and Al Bernard in the loss.
Pink & Navy slipped past Wash Family Construction
3-2 in the final game of the night thanks to an own goal
by Wash. Aaron Parkin and Lindsey Weaver scored for
Pink & Navy, while Damir Glavan notched both goals
for Wash FC in the loss.

Horseshoe news
Three teams advanced to the knockout round during
Oct. 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horse-
shoe pits. Tim Sofran and Tom Rhodes drew the bye into
the finals and watched as Norm Good and Sam Samuels
outlasted Ron Pepka and Jeff Moore 23-20.
Samuels-Good then dominated Sofran-Rhodes 21-7
in the championship game.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play.

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Fishing peaks with more common, cooler weather

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
As fall shifts into forward, fishing around Anna Maria
Island doesn't cool off, it gets hotter and the weather
brings a variety of species to target. Local fishing is ready
to peak and we should have weeks of great action before
the chill of winter.
Migratory species such as bonito, Spanish mackerel,
jack crevalle and blue runners are ravaging bait schools
while on their way south to warmer waters.
On the flats, redfish are schooling in unbelievable
numbers and will hit just about anything you cast in front
of them.
Catch-and-release snook are moving from the beaches
to the flats to fatten up before heading for warmer waters
of creeks and rivers where they winter.
Flounder are taking up residence along the beaches
and shallow water reefs in exceptional numbers.
And, with only a few weeks of gag grouper season
remaining, now's the time to fill the freezer.
Capt. Mark Howard sees the fishing turning on.
Catch-and-release snook, spotted seatrout and redfish
have been feeding on the abundant schools of bait gath-
ering at the mouth of Tampa Bay and on the flats.
Redfish have been all over the flats, gathering in
schools on the incoming tides and feeding heavily on
shiners. Howard suggests using a popping cork to keep
the bait out of the seagrass.
He has been fishing potholes close to the mangroves
and chumming with shiners to get the bite fired up. Dock
fishing for reds has produced good results last week. "Cut
off the tail of the shiner or pinfish to cripple the bait
and use a split shot to keep the bait tight to the pilings,"
Howard says. Catch-and-release snook are feeding in the
same areas as the redfish.
Spotted seatrout have been steady with some nice
keepers mixed in the schools. Howard says, "Use a circle
hook and fish over grass 2 to 8 feet deep to get a nice
bag of fillets." The gator trout have been in very shal-
low water in the early mornings feeding on shiners. The
speckled trout bite should only get better with the advanc-
ing fall weather.
Looking forward, the tides will present some excel-
lent fishing opportunities with a strong falling tide in the
afternoon as we move toward the new moon. The steady

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move toward lower water temperatures will increase the
fishing opportunities in our area. "Look for the near-
shore fishing scene to explode as the baitfish make their
run south and the predators follow the bait migration,"
Howard says.
Johnny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle also is hear-
ing of good action occurring just off the beaches of Anna
Maria Island.
Beach fishers targeting the migratory species are
reporting great action during the morning hours. For
everything but sharks, beach fishers are using silver
spoons, white buck-tail jigs or Gotcha plugs to hook up.
Those wanting to catch shark are using small chunks of
Spanish mackerel or jack crevalle on a shark leader to
bend a rod.
Flounder are making a showing on the beaches. Try
bouncing a buck tail jig tipped with a piece of squid or
a strip of Berkley Gulp to get these flatties to bite. Best
areas on the beach to find flounder will contain structure
such as piers, natural reef or rock bottom.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing Sarasota Bay in search
of schooling redfish. The experienced Girle is finding
these schools with little effort. Once located, Girle is
using artificial such as top water plugs to get these
schooling fish to bite. Average size of the reds is 24-27

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inches with bigger fish mixed in.
On deeper grass flats, Girle is catching spotted
seatrout and bluefish on soft plastics. By using a 1/4-
ounce jig head combined with a MirrOlure Lil John, Girle
is managing to catch trout up to 22 inches. The bluefish
are being caught in the same areas, on the same lures and
are averaging 4 pounds.
Jeff Medley at the South Pier bait shop on the south
Sunshine Skyway bridge fishing pier is seeing Spanish
mackerel ravaging schools of bait fish whether the tide is
incoming or outgoing. And even though it's a few weeks
early, kingfish are beginning to get in on the action.
"On more than one occasion," says Medley, "I'm
seeing Spanish mackerel being caught and then eaten by
kingfish before they can be landed onto the pier."
Most kings being caught are schooley-size, 20-30
inches, although fish up to 50 inches are being hooked.
Best bet to catch either the Spanish or the king mackerel
is to use silver spoons or large Gotcha plugs. You may
want to try using live shiners, too. If you're targeting the
kings, try bout 8 inches of 29-pound hardware attached to
a stout 2/0 hook. Bait up with the bip o'l shiners you can
find and cast it out around the school of feeding fish.
At night, pier fishers are catching good numbers of
mangrove snapper and flounder. Using either live shin-
ers or fresh-cut pieces of a shiner, pier fishers are reeling
up mangrove snapper in the 16-inch range. The same
applies for flounder, although fish up to 20 inches are
being caught nightly.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business fishing charters
is fishing southern Tampa Bay for redfish. By targeting
schooling fish, Gross is leading his clients to non-stop
rod-bending action. Once Gross locates a school, he
anchors the boat and chums with live shiners to keep
the reds in the area. Average size of the redfish has been
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By Rick Catlin

Pine outfitters opening soon
AMI Outfitters hopes to open at 505 Pine Ave. in the
Anna Maria Historic Green Village by Oct. 15, and owner
Steve Traves plans to carry traditional Island clothing, as
well as bamboo shirts and shorts, running wear and even
bamboo wristwatches.
Additionally, customers will find equipment for fish-
ing, kayaking and Nordic-walking, a press release from
the store said.
Women's outdoor clothing will include designs by
Nomadic Trader and Rum Reggae.
AMI Outfitters is in the former location of the Really
Relish boutique, which moved to the old Anglers Lodge
at the village.
Traves said he plans to maintain the green concept of
the village development by selling clothing designated as
TASC, which stands for Technical All-Season Comfort,
he said. It's clothing designed for sun and insect protec-
tion, for rapid drying and staying cool, and lasts longer
than conventional clothing.
Traves, a life-long kayak fisher, will highlight the
sport and give lessons on how to catch the big ones from
a small kayak.
He also will start up photography classes once AMI
Outfitters is up and running.
Traves has the background for the island lifestyle and
for AMI Outfitters. He is president of the Kayak Anglers
of West Florida Association, has spent a number of years
as a professional photographer and is a Nordic skier who
learned the style while living in California.
His family once owned a house in Bradenton Beach
for 25 years and he now resides in Cortez.
For more information, call 941-321-1452.

Harry's is back
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 5600 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, reopened last week after a summer-

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AMI Outfitters in the Anna Maria Historic Green Vil-
lage, 505 Pine Ave., plans on some big promotions for
kayaking, fishing, photography and outdoor apparel.
Owner Steve Traves is planning an Oct. 15 opening.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

hiatus and chef/owner Harry Christiansen has a remod-
eled dining room, a new tasting menu and a new twist to
some classic dishes to offer his patrons.
This week, Christiansen will influence the tasting
menu with European, Asian and Mexican dishes.
Harry's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, a patio
happy hour 2-5:30 p.m., and Sunday brunch is served 9
a.m.-2 p.m.
Christiansen said the hours change as more people
return for the season to dine. He said people should check
the restaurant website for changes on menu and hours.
Also reopening last week was Harry's Gourmet Deli,
which has take-out service, including homemade soups,
salads and fully prepared meals. The deli also has a selec-
tion of domestic and imported wines.
For more information, call 941-383-0777 or go
online at www.harryskitchen.com.

Chamber breakfast
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
sunrise breakfast for October will be held at 7:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Feast Restaurant, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
required. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
For more information on the breakfast, call 941-778-
Got a new business opening? How about a new prod-
uct, service, anniversary, new hire, new agent or new
owners? Email us at news@islander.org.

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We speak English, German,
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Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson, left, and
members of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
prepare to transfer a surplus Ford-150 police truck
Oct. 4 at Holmes Beach City Hall parking lot, 5801
Marina Drive. The HBPD donated the truck, while
the club handled its shipment to Roatan, an island off
the northern coast of Honduras. There, the Rotary
Club of Roatan was handling arrangements to get the
truck into the hands of their island police department.
Islander Photo: Toni Lyon

to hook up some catch-and-release snook. Most are in
the 22-inch range, although fish exceeding 30 inches is
Moving to deeper grass, Gross is targeting spotted
seatrout. Again, anchoring and chumming to get the bite
going. By doing this, Gross is attracting Spanish mackerel
to the boat, which adds a little variety between hookups.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing Span-
ish mackerel being caught as long as there are plenty of
bait schools around the pier. "When the bait is here,"
says Malfese, "so are the mackerel." Small white jigs or
silver spoons are getting the job done. Average size of
the macks this past week was 18-20 inches.
Pier fishers targeting other species are managing to
pull black drum and mangrove snapper out from under-
neath the pier. For either of these fish you can use live
shiners or shrimp to get hooked up. To be successful, try
using some 20-pound fluorocarbon leader with a split
shot and a live bait hook for your rig.
On a final note, Malfese says earlier in the week, they
had 11 manatees that decided to spend a couple of hours
hanging around the pier. In the gin-clear water, Malfese
spotted a cobia riding along with one of the manatees,
although no one was able to cast a bait quick enough
before the cobia saw the pier and departed.
It just goes to show, you never know what to expect
on a trip to the Rod & Reel Pier.
Send fishing reports to fish @islander.org.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sand's Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
SFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

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Kitchens Bath Design Service
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Commercial & Residential
L References available 941-720-7519

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Counter tops, vanity tops,
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SOLAR PANELS, POOL, excellent, $39.941-778-

three-pieces, TV table, 36-inch wide, sides are
36 inches wide. Total width is 8-foot 6-inch, $299.
Call 941-779-1610.

TWO WHITE VINYL privacy fences, five-foot with
posts, $40. 941-792-7605.

LARSON STORM DOOR: 36 x 80, white, heavy.
Self-storing screen model with lock and key.
Nearly new condition. 941-779-0651.

NEW VINYL SIDING: Approximately 200 sf Geor-
gia-Pacific cream color D-5s. Many sizes, J mold
and corner, $100 for all. 941-779-0651.

LAMPS: MATCHING PAIR, 29-inch, white base,
pink motif. Three-way switch. $15 each or $25
pair. 941-778-3228.

BABY STROLLER FOR runner, $85. 941-747-

WHITE GE FRIDGE. Excellent condition, new-ish.
28 x 64.5, $100. 941-224-9311.

black, side-by-side. Good condition. $400. 941-

RATTAN DINING TABLE and six chairs (two arm),
cream with glass top. $400, firm, on second floor.

SOFA TABLE, $65, glass and brass end table,
$35, Dell printer, $35, 941-778-5647.

mouse and monitor, $85, 941-756-6728.

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: 3 HON
2-drawer black and 4 attractive 2-drawer wood
files. One legal and one letter-size 2 drawer files.
Various office supplies. Also selling antique wood
office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some
framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com

Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-
9821. (limited time offer)

THE HIVE: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Locally hand-
made jewelry, imported jewelry, Buddha-related
stuff, illustrated cards, artistic T-shirts, South Afri-
can gifts and much more.

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.

Jorgensen at Crosspointe Fellowship. Classes
start Oct. 31,10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays through
April. Call Cheryl, 941-580-3385.

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

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

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

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

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

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday. Donation drop-off 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wednesday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-

SALE: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Wide
variety of home goods and furniture. Some high-
end items. Please, no checks. 520 Bayview
Place, Anna Maria.

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

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

ing for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

FOR SALE: 1994 Mazda van, automatic V-6,
power windows and locks. Cold air conditioning,
well-maintained, $1,900. 941-778-6464.

2008 EZ GO golf cart, batteries only one-year-
old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


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BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing-stand on the side without tipping,
go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for
anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001
25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,

real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trust-
worthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student.
Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

SITTER FOR ELDERLY: Will sit with and provide
care, four hours minimum. References, 28 years
experience. Diana or Gary, 941-545-7114.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs
easily on inside, see-through, leave-up. Free esti-
mate. Registered and insured. Island discount.
TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-1399.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-
certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-730-
HOME CLEANING: WE take scrubbing seriously.
For a clean home, call 941-778-1014. References
if needed.
teacher, beginning to advanced, ages 5-75. Les-
sons tailored to your needs. Beginning voice les-
sons also available. 941-761-2440.
I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade.
Hardware, software and network repair. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken screen,
etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.
KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our ser-
vices. We now offer residential cleaning. Family
owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and
service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.

problems solved at your home or office. Wire-
less networking, virus/spyware prevention and
removal, repairs, software upgrades, advise and
training. 941-301-4726.

STAY-AT-HOME mom willing to babysit all ages. 7
a.m.-7 p.m. and more. Fenced-in backyard, lots
of toys and learning experience. 941-448-0134.

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THE PERFECT SOLUTION: Professional cleaner
and organizer, extremely detailed. Kathy, 941-

ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-

years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046.



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www.gobiglishreally.com 941-779-2289

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.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -

FISHING FOR a good deal? Always look in The
Islander, 941-778-7978.

$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

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
Neil, 941-726-3077.

RANDY'S PAINT, DRYWALL repairs and other
household needs. Call 941-465-2062.

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

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

S Jessew Sisson Sofrlsso-idatf g,
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

turnkey condo with good rental history. Pool,
tennis, covered parking, bay access, water
views, elevator, future bookings, and new
A/C and new roof are just some of the fea-
tures of this condo. Just bring your flip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.



Holmes Beach canal home with 3BR/3BA. Direct
open bay view across the street. Quiet street.
Great location, not far from beach. $625,000.

Mike 800-367-167
Norman 941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULF DR

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.
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CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
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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.

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

RANDY'S PAINT, DRYWALL repairs and other
household needs. Call 941-465-2062.

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units
available for office/commercial spaces from 750-
2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units
and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and condo, 1 BR/1BA overlooking golf
course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalprop-

ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, washer and
dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-

EARLY SEASON SPECIAL: 2BR canalfront with
boat slip, turnkey furnished with utilities, $499/
week. 941-720-7519.

2BR/1BA, three-day minimum, 100 feet from
Gulf. Email: Mememersh@aol.com for details.

glewide, pet friendly for Feb.1-28, 2013. Diane,

3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach.
$700/week, $2,500/month. Sleeps eight, avail-
able September through June. Contact Dave,
407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.

Maria Island. Professional non-smoking couple
seeks annual rental. 941-348-7688.

LOOKING TO RENT beachfront home or side-by-
side condos. Dec. 22-Jan. 5. Must have at least
six bedrooms and heated pool. Some flexibility
on dates. 330-231-1271.

Immediate occupancy, unfurnished. Single retired
military officer, local references. 941-778-5318.

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

ties included, great location right on Gulf Drive,
perfect for real estate agent, lawyer, small retail
store. Move in with first month rent only. 5386
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.

Road only two miles from beach. Approximately
900 sf. Great traffic, visibility, free Internet adver-
tising. Only $900/month and move in with first
month rent only. 7800 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

SEASONAL 2BR/1BA duplex: Clean, fully fur-
nished, washer and dryer. 410 71st St., Holmes
Beach. 941-778-0275.

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

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.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-

CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hotmail.

Excellent investment income. $259,000. By owner,
941-962-8220. www.flipkey.com/124227.

FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA, beautiful canal
condo in Runaway Bay provides the peace, quiet
and serenity desired for "Island time." Tastefully
furnished, totally updated. Pool, tennis court,
fishing pier, steps to beach, $289,000. 847-308-

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
1 BR/1BA Burgundy condo, end unit. Redone,
washer and dryer, pool, tennis courts, more.
Suzanne Wilson, broker, Coastal Properties
Realty, 941-794-1515.

a.ky-f y our support in making our family
No. 1 in sales in Manatee and Sarasota counties!

Charles Buky
Cell: 941-228-6086

201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1
Longboat Key FL 34228


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