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VOLUME 21, NO. 13
JAN 30. 2013 FREE
Anna Maria halts short-term vacation rentals
duck free money.
2 cities work to settle
27th Street dispute.
The government cal-
endar. Page 5
The Islander editorial,
your letters. Page 6
HB adopts living-area
ratio in R-2. Page 8
What to do on AMI
and beyond. Page 12
Roser readies 100th
The island police blot-
ter. Page 14-15
By Rick Catlin
At the Anna Maria city commission's Jan.
24 meeting, the vote was 4-1 on a motion by
Commissioner Chuck Webb to prohibit rentals
of less than 30 days in the city's residential
district. Webb claimed the city's comprehen-
sive plan prohibits rentals of less than 30 days
in the Residential-1 district.
The vote was the commission's first salvo
in what is likely to become a legal battle over
vacation rentals, the comprehensive plan and
a 2011 statute that allows homeowners to rent
their home for any length of time. The statute
prohibits cities from imposing different regu-
lations for rental homes and owner-occupied
homes in the same zone.
Commissioner Dale Woodland voted no,
saying he had just gotten Webb's 13-page
memo and wanted the commission to study
By Mark Young
The Florida Department of Transportation
made initial inquiries in September to Cortez
residents expressing its desire to begin discus-
sions about the future of the Cortez Bridge.
The DOT sent letters to some members
of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
about the possibility of scheduling public
meetings in the historic fishing village, but
there's been no followup.
DOT communications specialist JoAnn
May said public input into a future project will
"We are going to want input from the com-
munities involved," May said Jan. 24. "Public
meetings are planned, but not yet scheduled.
When they are scheduled, we will make sure
everyone in the community and the media are
aware of the meetings."
Apparently, word that DOT was seeking to
begin discussions in September spawned tele-
phone calls to Cortez residents from excited
contractors wanting to attend the meetings.
While no meetings are scheduled, the
DOT is planning to hand out information
about the Cortez Bridge at the Feb. 16-17
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
the motion until its February meeting.
Webb, an attorney, said he spent hours read-
ing over the city's comprehensive plan and legal
precedents before composing the memo, which
was distributed to commissioners late Jan. 23
and earlier on Jan. 24.
Webb said the city already has an ordinance
PLEASE SEE AM RENTALS, PAGE 4
Chuck Webb pres-
ents his 13-page
memo Jan. 24
prohibitions in the
and land use codes.
An October crash causes gridlock on the
Cortez Bridge and surrounding roadways. The
Florida Department of Transportation will
have an informational booth promoting the
bridge at the Feb. 16-17 Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival. Islander Photo: Mark Young
May said she was unclear of the nature of
the materials to be handed out, because there are
two separate projects.
"What will be done this year are electrical
and mechanical repairs," said May. "Whether
the bridge will be rehabbed or replaced has not
yet been determined."
According to FISH festival committee chair
* Vacation rentals are
ruining the quality of life for
* The economic
repercussions would be
'astronomical.' Island Real
Estate broker Larry Chatt
* We intend to use all
powers available to enforce
property owners' rights. -
Scott Rudacille, attorney for
* If they want to sue us,
bring it on. Commissioner
Linda Molto, DOT has requested a booth at the
"They contacted us to set up a booth at the
festival and we gave them a space," said Molto.
"I think it will be a good way for DOT to interact
with the community."
The bridge was built in 1956, and under-
went a comprehensive rehabilitation project in
1996. The bridge was supposed to be closed for
30 days, but the project dragged on beyond the
timeline, causing major traffic issues. Cortez
businesses near the bridge entrance reported
financial losses during the project.
May said a project development and envi-
ronmental study on the bridge will begin this
PLEASE SEE CORTEZ BRIDGE, PAGE 5
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda
Perry announced Jan. 17 that a contract
between the city and the Center for Munici-
pal Solutions was being negotiated to provide
CMS co-founder Lawrence
"Rusty" Monroe to continue
Serving the city in the review
cell tower applications.
It was a signal that at
least one aspect of an ongo-
Gatehouse ing feud was coming to an
end. There remains some public opposition to
the city's proposal to have a cell tower installed
on city property near the public works build-
At the heart of the feud is Commissioner
Ric Gatehouse's claim that the ordinance pre-
pared by Monroe was ambiguous in nature and
financially advantageous to Monroe. He said the
agreement was unfair and to the detriment of
Gatehouse first called for the ordinance to
be repealed, but settled on amending parts of the
PLEASE SEE CELL TOWER, PAGE 3
Turtle travel time
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and I,. '. -
bird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox
loads a Kemp's ridley juvenile sea turtle
Jan. 23for a ride to Dunedin to be released.
"Marsha" was struck by a boat and injured in
Collier County during nesting season. More,
page 7. Islander Photo: Mark Young
DOT to preview Cortez Bridge review at festival
BB cell tower feud cools down
golf. Page 24
Casting for flounder.
Biz news: Page 27
Classifieds. Page 28
2 0 JAN. 30, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach proposes to settle 27th Street suit.
By Kathy Prucnell
A draft settlement to end a Holmes Beach lawsuit
against its neighbors was penned Jan. 22 after Mayor
Carmel Monti reported the parties had come to an agree-
The dispute pitted the neighboring cities of Braden-
ton Beach and Holmes Beach against each other since
2008 when Bradenton Beach deeded a portion of 27th
Street on the border with Holmes Beach and the Sand-
piper Resort, the adjacent mobile home park.
The draft settlement stops short of undoing Braden-
ton Beach's transfer to the Sandpiper, as requested by
the suit, but includes much of Holmes Beach's requested
The settlement offer includes the following terms:
Sandpiper will convey Holmes Beach a drainage
easement across the northernmost 30 feet of 27th Street.
The easement will authorize the continued city stormwa-
Sandpiper will convey Holmes Beach a public
pedestrian and bicycle easement across the northernmost
30 feet of 27th Street, granting public use, as existed in
Sandpiper will remove and cease posting any "pri-
Exhibit winners announced
Top prize at the 19th annual James Pay
Exhibit went to "Still working," a mixed-
media entry by Rick Grice. He won Best
of l i. i at the Jan. 18 exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Other winners were
Diane Linscott's "Untitled Artifacts #1,"
an encaustic mixed-media work, first
place; Galanopoulous'photograph, "On
Island Time," second; Carol Doenecke,
third place for pastels, "Lady in Red";
and honorable mention for Peggy Pot-
ter's pastel work, "Egmont Key." Islander
Photo: Courtesy Laura McGeary
Former Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti
stands at the dead-end of a public easement in Holmes
Beach where it meets the Sandpiper Resort Co-Op Inc.
fence at 27th Street. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
vate property," "no trespassing" or similar signage from
the easement area.
Sandpiper will remove and keep any lock from
fences in the easement area. Any fences installed will
have openings freely allowing pedestrian and bicycle
Holmes Beach may install and maintain signage
indicating the easement is open for pedestrian and bicycle
access to Gulf Drive and the Gulf of Mexico beaches.
Each party will bear its own costs and legal fees.
If any party seeks future enforcement of the settle-
ment, the prevailing party will be awarded reasonable
Holmes Beach attorney James Dye asked that the
parties review and approve the settlement agreement in a
Jan. 22 email to Bradenton Beach attorney Chuck John-
son and Sandpiper attorney Chuck Webb.
The last ruling in the case was a Nov. 13 order by
12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Diana Moreland that
questioned whether Holmes Beach had a sufficient stake
in the controversy, but allowed the suit to continue with
an amended pleading.
Moreland's ruling came days after Webb filed a coun-
terclaim on behalf of Sandpiper to stop the city of Holmes
Beach from using public funds for a private purpose.
Webb also filed a second motion to dismiss, alleging
the city of Holmes Beach failed to properly exercise its
appeal rights following the Dec. 4, 2008, quitclaim by
the city of Bradenton Beach to Sandpiper.
According to court records, neither Sandpiper's
counterclaim nor the second motion to dismiss have been
heard by the court.
In 2008, just before the city of Bradenton Beach
authorized the quitclaim of 27th Street to Sandpiper,
Holmes Beach attorney Patricia Petruff contended in a
letter to the city the conveyance was improper.
Holmes Beach then dropped the matter, but took it
up again in 2011 after the Sandpiper erected a fence,
installed gates and posted privacy signage.
In October 2011, Holmes Beach instituted a con-
flict resolution process required by state law before one
municipality sues another, attempting to resolve the
matter. However, the process stalled in February after
it was determined the Sandpiper Resort was needed to
resolve the dispute.
Holmes Beach attempted to settle the matter last
spring by asking Sandpiper to quitclaim back the property
to Bradenton Beach, but all such attempts failed, and the
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 30, 2013 E 3
But path to settlement hits obstacle in Bradenton Beach
By Mark Young
The five-year-old battle between Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach regarding a 2008 quitclaim deed by
Bradenton Beach to Sandpiper Resort has hit another
The May 2012 lawsuit filed by Holmes Beach seeks
to void the quitclaim deed at the border of the two cities
and to remove gates and private property signs installed
Holmes Beach has since made an effort on a settle-
On Jan. 3, Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda
Perry received a consensus from three commissioners to
proceed with the negotiated settlement. Commissioner
Gay Breuler and Mayor John Shaughnessy recused them-
selves due to being residents at Sandpiper.
Perry said the agreement would consist of the suit
being dismissed with prejudice, meaning Holmes Beach
would not be able to sue Bradenton Beach again. Also
in the settlement, all claims and counter claims would be
dismissed and the two cities would agree to absorb their
own legal fees.
Bradenton Beach officials held a Jan. 25 special
meeting at city hall to discuss the agreement with Perry,
but the settlement terms had been altered by Holmes
Holmes Beach amended the terms to include granting
a stormwater easement on the disputed property.
Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert said
it was the drainage issue that appeared to be the final
sticking point between the two cities settling their dif-
\ ly understanding of the issue is we are still dealing
with a stormwater easement from Sandpiper to Holmes
Beach," said Gilbert. "We've had issues with stormwater
problems that stretch back to 2007."
Gilbert said at one point Holmes Beach increased its
stormwater flow onto the disputed 27th Street boundary
without authorization, causing the city to spend $5,000
to fix the problem.
"And we waited a year and a half to get paid for their
half of the repairs," he said. "When Bradenton Beach
quitclaimed that land to Sandpiper in 2008, one of the
conditions was the dedication of a utility easement to the
county, and a stormwater easement to the city."
Gilbert said Bradenton Beach already has the storm-
water easement and that two municipalities could not
have the same easement.
"It doesn't seem to serve a purpose to dedicate an
easement on top of an easement," he said.
Gilbert suggested the two cities enter an interlocal
agreement, which would resolve the issue, and allow the
two cities to coordinate stormwater efforts.
Shaughnessy, speaking only as a citizen after recus-
ing himself and handing the gavel over to Vice Mayor
Ed Straight, asked how an interlocal agreement would
Gilbert said it wouldn't.
"The stormwater easement is already there," he said.
"Bradenton Beach can already enter the property to con-
duct work. Holmes Beach does not, but an agreement
would say Holmes Beach would notify us if they needed
to enter the property and we would notify them when we
are working there."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh motioned to accept the
settlement terms, but to remove the stipulation that Bra-
denton Beach create a stormwater easement for Holmes
Beach, and to substitute it with the creation of an interlo-
Breuler, Vosburgh and Commissioner Ric Gate-
house passed the motion unanimously. Gatehouse further
wanted to ensure that an interlocal agreement protect the
city from any potential investigations and fines that may
be incurred from Holmes Beach's stormwater.
Gatehouse said Bradenton Beach's stormwater in that
area is diverted into a stormwater swale, while Holmes
Beach's stormwater flows directly into the bay.
Suit not settled yet
Perry pointed out that the suit would not be settled
until all three parties involved come to an agreement.
Holmes Beach has already amended its settlement
terms, which caused the Jan. 25 special meeting, "and
now you have basically tweaked it again," she said.
"From our standing, this is final, but we'll have to see if
Holmes Beach wants to tweak it again, and it's not over
until Sandpiper agrees."
And that's not going to happen yet, according to
Sandpiper's attorney Chuck Webb.
"We just received this settlement agreement and I
haven't had time to go over it yet with the board," said
Webb. "I will say that from the feeling I'm getting from
the board is that it's not an acceptable offer."
Webb said there are a few issues that he heard during
the meeting that he would like to discuss with Perry.
"It's all resolvable though," he said. "Personally, we
have a strong case. Holmes Beach wants to get out of it
now, and we encourage them to do so."
Webb said it's only the first offer from Holmes
"First offers are a negotiation tactic," he said. "We are
willing to negotiate, but in its present form, (it) doesn't
seem to be agreeable. We just need to make some tweaks
before we sign off on it."
Gatehouse agreed that the Holmes Beach lawsuit,
"had no standing," and called the amendment to gain a
stormwater easement a "backdoor tactic to try to get back
to square one."
Perry said the suit was, indeed, "frivolous and the
city stands behind its original decision in the transfer of
property rights and the mechanism it used. But to settle
it, all three parties need to come together."
Shaughnessy expressed frustration over yet another
delay to resolve the suit.
Excluding Perry's involvement, he said, "It seems
as though legal council hasn't been able to come to any
kind of agreement. It's very frustrating that every time
we get this close, someone throws another bed of nails
into the road. When it got drawn up by legal council in
Holmes Beach, it's not at all what we all agreed on."
Shaughnessy said it shouldn't be this complicated.
"I don't know what the interference is, but I'd like
to find out," he said. "The simpler we make this thing,
the better. I don't know why if everyone is willing to do
this, we can't come together and get it done."
4 E JAN. 30, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
'Best ever' tourism expected in February, March
By Rick Catlin
Visitors planning a winter vacation on Anna Maria
Island who have not made a reservation may have face
difficulties come February.
That's because many owners, managers and agents
in the tourist-rental market say they are full from mid-
February to the end of March.
Mark Davis of Harrington House Bed & Breakfast,
5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, said he has a few units
available in February and March, but the openings are
limited by surrounding reservations. Many Harrington
House guests ar repeat customers who stay one or two
weeks, even longer, he said.
"I would say anyone thinking of an island vacation
should start calling or mailing now," Davis said. "Our
phones have been ringing off the hook. If you're just
looking for a one or two-day stay, that's going to be dif-
ficult, but possible if the dates are flexible."
The same is true at AMI Accommodations, 315 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Even with nearly 300 rentals managed by the com-
pany, "there are only a few places left and most of those
are in early February," said staff member Rebecca Bar-
"March is sold out and we're getting emails and
phone calls all day long from people looking for a family
CELL TOWER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ordinance. His proposals received a consensus from his
fellow commissioners and Gatehouse's amendments are
being addressed by city staff.
The amended ordinance, including Monroe's CMS
contract, could come up for vote as soon as the Feb. 7
commission meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Monroe initially took exception to Gatehouse's issues
with his ordinance and sent letters to the city objecting
to the accusations. He said he no longer wished to work
with the city.
Perry's Jan. 17 announcement that a contract with
Monroe and CMS was being negotiated came as a sur-
prise, and very few details were discussed at the city
meeting, but Gatehouse later wanted to make it clear the
city was not backing away from the changes it wanted.
"We didn't have a lot of discussion on it because we
were still working on the details," he said.
Gatehouse said it was never his intention to have
Monroe pull out, but rather to have certain aspects of
the ordinance changed to the benefit of the city and local
AM RENTALS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
restricting short-term rentals in its zone, and the compre-
hensive plan states the city is "primarily a single-family
But, he said, that character has changed since the
comp plan was adopted in 2007 because of a proliferation
of short-term "transient" rentals.
He claimed that 65 percent of all homes in the city
now are vacation rentals. The majority of the city is no
longer "primarily" for single-family residences and that
violates the comp plan, he said.
The statute allows any homeowner in an incorporated
municipality to rent his/her house without restriction on
the length of stay. The bill grandfathered existing rental
Webb maintains the city prohibited rentals of less
than 30 days before the rental statute passed in 2011.
The packed commission chambers erupted in
applause when Webb said short-term vacation rentals
are ruining the quality of life for residents.
"This is inoiing I \\," Webb said. "The law has been
on the books for years. The bottom line is if short-term
rentals are not specifically allowed in the Residential-1
zone, then they are not permitted."
In addition to the ROR and commercial zones distrib-
uted along Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, there are recre-
ational and public use zones, and R-l, the city's only resi-
dential zone. Any existing duplexes were grandfathered
and any remaining vacant duplex lots were eliminated in
the 2007 comp plan.
Woodland liked portions of the motion, but asked
commissioners to wait and allow time to study the rami-
fications and legality of the measure.
Chair John Quam asked city attorney Jim Dye for
his opinion, but Dye said he just received the memo and
needed time to review the statute and applicable case law.
He also noted he and his siblings own a vacation rental
in the city and he may need to excuse himself.
However, Dye said, at first glance, Webb's memo is
Entertainer Mike Sales draws a crowd to the Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for his
Friday sunset party and drum circle hosted by the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
rental," Barnett added.
One possibility for a short rental is the Rod & Reel
Motel, 877 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, where the res-
ervations manager said the motel is "fairly open" in early
February, but only a few rooms remain available from
then to the end of March.
If people are flexible, something can probably be
arranged, R&R manager Janet Hoffman said.
David Teitelbaum, owner of the Tropic Isle, Tortuga,
"His letter stating he no longer wished to work with
the city was his choice," said Gatehouse. "But he came
back to us after the fact and said he was willing to agree
to the changes."
A key amendment Gatehouse sought was to imple-
ment fees established by the city, not Monroe.
"That was one of the bi,.'i, ,I issues," said Gatehouse.
"When the new ordinance is adopted, anyone wishing to
put up an antenna will be subject to the city's fee sched-
ule, per our building department. It's not a one-size-fits
all situation in Bradenton Beach."
Gatehouse said another issue in the original ordi-
nance was that an application for an antenna was treated
the same no matter the height. The issue came to the
forefront when AMI Radio submitted an application for
an 8-foot-tall radio antenna.
Gatehouse said it would have cost AMI Radio thou-
sands of dollars to have their application undergo the
process in the current ordinance.
Emergency meeting called
By press time for The Islander Monday, Commissioner
Gene Aubry had reconsidered the Jan. 24 vote approving
Commissioner Chuck Webb's motion to enforce a pro-
hibition on short-term rentals and, in a memo Jan. 28 to
the mayor and commissioners, he asked to revisit it.
Commission Chair John Quam then called for an
emergency meeting to "reconsider, rescind or amend"
Webb's motion, but the time and day were not yet con-
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"a good starting point for the city."
"You are not changing an ordinance, but as you know
there is a statute that the city can't treat short-term rental
owners differently than other owners in the (R-1) zone,"
Dye said if the motion is challenged in court, there
could be an issue as to whether the city enforced the
30-day restriction before the statute existed.
"I'm still working my way through this, but if we
proceed down this path and get sued, you can bring in the
legality of House Bill 883 being constitutional," he said.
Dye said he would prepare his opinion for the Feb.
14 commission meeting.
He noted there is a growing movement among other
cities to ask their state legislators to look into problems
with HB 883 during the upcoming 2013 legislative ses-
sion. Legislative change is the best way to eliminate or
amend HB 883, he said.
There was immediate opposition from the gallery to
Larry Chatt, broker and co-owner of Island Real
Estate, which manages a large number of vacation rentals
in the city, said, "I own a vacation rental in Anna Maria
and I intend to litigate the issue. And I'm advising the
owners of the properties we manage to do the same."
He said enforcement of Webb's motion may result in
property owners becoming unable to pay mortgages and,
Seaside and Tradewinds motels in Bradenton Beach, was
"Last season was our second best the past 10 years
and we're well ahead of that pace. This could be the best
season ever for the island," he said.
He noted that after Easter on March 31, availability
gradually improves. AfterApril 15, income tax filing day,
the number of vacancies increases.
"But we're going to have two great months of a
season," he said.
Similar expectations for full occupancy from mid-
February through March were reported by Cedar Cove
and White Sands motels, both in Holmes Beach.
Eric Cairns, owner of Cedar Cove, 2710 Gulf Drive,
said he tries to accommodate all walk-in traffic or some-
one calling who needs a room right away. If he can't
find something at Cedar Cove, he'll call other resorts
or check with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, which keeps a list of available rooms.
Rental agents and accommodation managers agree
that cooperation among them is a key to good business.
"We all try to help each other," said Jeff Geary, co-
owner of White Sands Resort, 6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, with regard to island motel operators.
"Visitors will get a place to stay on the island even
if we have to pitch a tent and bring in cots," Cairns said,
"Not every application should be considered the
same," said Gatehouse. "If it's an 8-foot tower, such as
the case for AMI Radio, it shouldn't cost someone that kind
of money when it can come through our own building and
planning department. Now applications will be handled
according to height, and if someone wants a 40-foot tower,
then it falls under the ordinance requirements."
Gatehouse said several other changes to the ordi-
nance language also are being addressed.
\ly intentions were to make these changes and
the commission approved those changes," he said. "Mr.
Monroe initially didn't agree, but he sent us some new
proposals to make a compromise."
Gatehouse said he was never standing in the way of
CMS work with the city and is glad things are moving
forward in a cooperative effort.
"I think we have reached a compromise that will
allow us to move forward in a way that is beneficial to
all concerned, but especially to the small businesses of
if forced to sell, a glut of homes will come on the market,
lowering values and curtailing Anna Maria's tourism-
Chatt told commissioners the economic repercus-
sions would be "astronomical."
Attorney Scott Rudacille of the law firm of Blalock
Walters, P.A., told commissioners that he represents cli-
ents who own rental property in the city, and that the city
has allowed these short-term rentals for decades.
He claimed the city can't suddenly change its policy
based upon an interpretation. The city should hold public
hearings on the matter, he said.
Rudacille said there will be economic issues for prop-
erty owners if their homes cannot be rented for less than
30 days, and his clients have told him "they intend to use
all powers available to enforce their property rights."
He declined to say if that meant bringing a lawsuit
against the city.
Woodland said he "hated to see what is happening"
and again urged restraint, saying more than 90 percent of
short-term vacation rentals are good people who come to
enjoy the city, don't cause trouble and obey and respect
"We're not being smart and studying this carefully.
We all know we're going to end up in court over this. I
want changes, but I'm just not sure this is the road to go
down," Woodland added.
Commissioner Gene Aubry, however, said the city
should take action and lead the issue.
"If they want to sue us, bring it on," he said to another
round of applause.
Mayor SueLynn said the motion was effective imme-
diately, but city building official Bob Welch and Dye said
they need time to review how it can be enforced.
Many of the short-term vacation rentals in Anna
Maria's residential zone have already been reserved for
the February-April season and beyond, according to an
unofficial survey of rental property managers.
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 30, 2013 5 5
CORTEZ BRIDGE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"A PDE study is planned to start soon, which will
determine if rehabilitation is possible or if a replacement
bridge needs to be built," said May, who noted an engi-
neering firm for the study has been hired.
This isn't the first time that a focus on the Cortez
Bridge has surfaced.
A study was completed in the early 1990s that called
for a larger, higher fixed-span bridge, but public outcry
helped bring the mega-bridge proposal to a halt. What
officially ended the proposal for a large bridge, according
to Molto, was the designation of the village of Cortez as
an historic district.
Molto said in September that a "federal project cannot
impact another federal project, and we are a national reg-
istered historic district."
The 1990s study to build a larger bridge would have
a bridge entrance as far back as 123rd Street West and
would dead end every street in between, Molto said,
adding that it would certainly be a significant impact to
the historic village.
The plan to acquire numerous properties in Cortez, as
well as Bradenton Beach, by eminent domain was halted
and DOT moved forward on a 1996 rehab.
The recent announcement of a new bridge study
drew concern from Manatee County Commissioners
John Chappie and Carol Whitmore, former mayors of
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach respectively.
Both said any project resembling the one previously
proposed would destroy the communities of Cortez and
Bradenton Beach commissioners have been brac-
ing for the DOT's project proposal. Commissioner Jan
Vosburgh and Vice Mayor Ed Straight listed the bridge
project among their bi --.I future concerns during the
2012 election cycle.
As of press time, May was unable to confirm the
nature of materials to be handed out at the festival.
However, according to festival committee minutes,
the DOT booth will be a "Cortez Bridge rehabilitation
According to the DOT website, the Cortez Bridge
has a 75.65 health rating. DOT guidelines state a health
rating below 85 indicates repairs are needed.
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Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., wind mitigation workshop.
Feb. 14, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Feb. 4, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves advisory committee.
Feb. 7, 1 p.m., city pier team.
Feb. 7, 7 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Jan. 31, 7 p.m., commission work session.
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Everybody wants free money, right?
Well, at least that's the premise of some smart com-
mercials on TV, featuring late-night host Jimmy Fallon
- he offers free money and a baby girl. She says
"yes" to all his temptations, all but free money.
The baby repeatedly says an emphatic, elaborate
"no" to free money, leaving Fallon puzzled.
Maybe you're baffled, too.
In an attempt to apply logic to the Anna Maria
commission decision to enforce extreme regulations
on rentals, a witness to the Jan. 24 meeting made an
observation about the vote to shut down tourism.
"They'd probably turn down free money, too."
Yep. In fact, it's happened in Anna Maria, where
past commissions have turned down funding for a park,
bike path, stormwater improvements and more.
Some of the pro-isolation citizens want no business
in Anna Maria. They loathe the Sandbar. And they fol-
lowed in step behind a former ousted official who
proposed bulldozing new Pine Avenue businesses.
Meanwhile, we have a memo from AM Commis-
sioner Chuck Webb, making his argument that vacation
rentals in the city already are prohibited by the city's
comprehensive plan and its land use codes.
He sought enforcement against rentals in the city
and got the nod from fellow commissioners except one,
Commissioner Dale Woodland, who first wanted to hear
a legal opinion and study the issue.
A legal opinion, however, was forthcoming at the
meeting and will likely make it to the courthouse before
it's all over.
The attorney asked how the city can suddenly
enact restrictions on what it has never before claimed
Just last year the mayor made a special effort to
work with vacation property owners and managers to
develop a list of "best practices" mostly LU'I'l. liOnl,
for good behavior. And much staff effort went into cat-
aloging rental properties, verifying licensing and tax
compliance, to enforce city policies and regulations.
The city now, however, is imploding, over-reacting,
crying foul. This is a case of a few and fear ruin-
ing it for many. Nearly everyone in Anna Maria, visitor
or resident, demonstrates appropriate behavior.
Since the first bridge opened and the ferry arrived
at the pier from Tampa, both bringing tourists, the resi-
dents have remained the privileged few.
Has anyone heard of Wyatt Blassingame's story
about screwballs in Anna Maria?
Who but a screwball or an infant scoffs at
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Eye of beholder
I must say that the photo in the newspaper of a
treehouse in Holmes Beach did not do it justice.
I drove there to see it, and couldn't believe my eyes.
It is the most unique piece of art I have ever seen, and
I live in the artsy town of Saugatuck, Mich., where art
Even all my treehouse books have nothing pictured
like this. I want one. I've always wanted one. How could
anyone think of destroying this work of art?
I could understand if this was a pile of old car parts
and tires. Maybe to the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection and whatever other agencies are out
there, this to them would be art.
I rest my case.
B.J. Silverstone, Saugatuck, Mich., Holmes Beach
Bad decision for all
The recent decision by Anna Maria city commis-
sioners to enforce regulations banning vacation rentals
in the city is a huge slap in the face to everyone in the
island community, whether or not you agree with the
When property rights are taken, the entire commu-
nity loses. Even if you own and don't rent, the highest
and best use of your property has been taken from you
without a meaningful debate.
Unfortunately, absentee owners have little influence
among elected officials in demanding accountability,
and have little traction when it comes to accountability
other than resorting to legal action. If this rash decision
stands, I see home values plummeting because demand
to purchase will diminish greatly. The city's business
community will dry up without tourists.
What the commissioners may not realize is the
island has nothing to offer but tourism. We have no great
jobs or industry that attracts professionals and people
to come her other than tourism. Without the tourism
income, the island will slowly die.
I see it becoming a Longboat Key village situation,
where few businesses can survive, where you can buy
homes in the high $200s to low $300s, which is unprec-
edented in Anna Maria.
Florida Statute 509.032 prohibits decisions such
as this. Unfortunately, small government officials are
allowed to make big decisions that affect much more
than they can comprehend.
I'm sad to see the city open itself to a flurry of
lawsuits. I find it unlikely the county will back the city
as it is set to lose millions in property tax revenue.
Jesse Brisson, Bradenton
Editor's note: Jesse Brisson writes a weekly column
detailing real estate transactions for The Islander and
is a broker at Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach.
AMITW releases two
By Mark Young
Two sea turtles injured during this past nesting
season were returned to the water Jan. 23 with help-
ing hands from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox and
volunteer Skip Coyne.
"Marsha," a juvenile female Kemp's ridley turtle
and a young adult loggerhead male named "Stu" were
released into the Gulf of Mexico at Honeymoon Island
State Park in Dunedin.
The Kemp's ridley is considered an endangered
species and its home range mostly spans across the
Gulf of Mexico. Marsha was struck by a boat in Col-
lier County and suffered a severe head injury.
She was brought to Mote Marine Laboratory Sea
Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital in Sarasota for rehabili-
tation. According to Fox, she has recovered well from
The young adult loggerhead had a much longer
journey to recovery. Stu was found cold stunned in
New England waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Stu was flown to Mote for rehabilitation and also
experienced a full recovery.
A male loggerhead sea
turtle was cold-stunned
in New England waters
and rehabbed at the Mote
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executive director Suzi
Fox took "Stu" to Dune-
din Jan. 23 to be released
back into the Gulf of
Mexico. Islander Photo.
rehabbed sea turtles
Fox said Mote is rehabilitating several more tur-
tles, but a number were ready to be released back into
"Whenever they need help transporting or releas-
ing turtles, we are always happy to lend a hand," said
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission chose Honeymoon Island for the release point.
Fox said water temperatures in the Northeast are too
cold to release Stu back into his home waters, "but sea
turtles travel for thousands of miles and Stu will find
his way home."
Fox said the release of rehabilitated turtles must
be in waters with temperatures above 65 degrees.
FWC determined water temperatures were ideal at
Honeymoon Island State Park.
"Also, we couldn't release Marsha back into the
Gulf in Collier County because of the red tide situation
there," said Fox. "So Honeymoon Island was chosen
for both water temperature and to keep them as far
away from the red tide areas as possible."
The turtles were tagged with tracking devices to
monitor their travels. Both turtles made their way into
the Gulf and began their second chance on life.
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 30, 2013 7 7
Headlines from the Jan. 29,
2003, issue of The Islander
A motion by Anna Maria commissioners to create
a parking zone for residents and rearrange parking along
beach-access streets created an outcry from some, who
claimed Mayor SueLynn was eliminating parking. Sue-
Lynn, however, said there was a lot of misinformation
and no ordinance had been presented. The commission
was rearranging beach-access parking, the mayor said.
Bradenton Beach commissioners agreed to place
the issue of parking meters on Bridge Street and other
public parking areas on the November ballot for a vote.
Business owners and the city's scenic highway commit-
tee members said they favored paid parking. Police Chief
Sam Speciale said the city, instead of making money on
the meters, would pay to get more people into Bridge
Street businesses due to the cost of enforcement.
GSR Development LLC proposed to build a
12-unit condominium titled Rosa del Mar in the 2500
block of Gulf Drive, but needed the city to vacate an
easement on the property. Seller George Sinclair, needed
clear title with a vacation. GSR also owned the Villa
Rosa property in Anna Maria at that time, but had not
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Holmes Beach adopts LAR in duplex zone
By Kathy Prucnell
With a sliding scale that will allow slightly more
living space for future homes on small lots, a living-
area-to-lot size ordinance limiting homes to .34 living
area was passed into law for the Residential-2 zone in
Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance
Jan. 22 after a public hearing, including comments from
city planner Bill Brisson, who advised them on two points
about changes from the LAR ordinance presented a month
First, he presented his sliding scale revision to
address smaller lots that may not have sufficient living
space after an application of .34 LAR.
Brisson said while studying the city's housing stock,
he found most of the out-of-scale homes on smaller non-
conforming lots limited by size to single-family construc-
tion, leading him to propose a sliding scale of .34-.40
LARs for lots between 5,000 and 7,499 square feet and
a .40 LAR for lots smaller than 5,000 square feet.
The required lot size for duplex construction is 8,712
square feet. Single-family homes require 7,512 square
The second point Brisson made also raised by city
attorney Patricia Petruff, who is working on land devel-
opment code amendments to eliminate the underground
duplex footer in favor a party wall is that LAR will
work with those lots "grandfathered-in" under the new
Stopping large homes such as these on 49th Street is
the purpose behind the living-area ratio ordinance
adopted Jan. 22 by the city of Holmes Beach. Islander
Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Brisson said grandfathering will apply to recently
purchased unimproved duplex lots, as well as properties
where only one of two allowed units is built.
"We're only doing the LAR on what's left," Com-
missioner Judy Titsworth said of the ordinance.
Brisson added, "You're not dividing the land."
Brisson said if the one duplex unit is built, the second
one won't require a common foundation, but will be regu-
lated to .34 on the remaining lot area.
Unlike LAR, the coverage requirements for duplexes
may vary depending on the first unit built, he said. Resi-
dences, either duplex or single-family homes, cannot
exceed 30 percent lot coverage plus 10 percent for imper-
vious pavers and outdoor accessories.
In a half-duplex situation, if one unit is built on
more than half of the allowed 30-40 percent coverage,
the second unit will be limited to the remainder.
The LAR ordinance seeks to rein in the size of three-
story homes that dwarf ground-level residences in the
rental district. It regulates the mass and scale of duplexes,
a problem that was identified and studied by the city and
residents in the past year.
A unanimous vote of the planning commission Jan.
9 found the LAR ordinance consistent with the city's
At the Jan. 22 public hearing, Don Schroder of
Holmes Beach, who at the planning commission hear-
ing opposed the city's moves toward LAR, said he was
happy with the commission's actions "as long as anybody
who has bought property can do what they wanted to do
when they purchased it."
Resident Terry Parker also spoke at the city commis-
sion hearing. He said that while he favored LAR, he did
not favor the .34 ratio. He said 60 percent of the city is
at less than .34 LAR. With the new ratio, he predicted a
growth rate that would be at least what the city experi-
enced during the previous 10 years.
The city is set to discuss a proposed ordinance to
eliminate the underground footer for duplexes in a work
session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at city hall, 5801
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By Kathy Prucnell
West Manatee Fire Rescue District's insurance rating
may be on the rise with a lower number.
"It sounded pretty promising," WMFR Fire Chief
Andy Price said about a recent phone call from a long-
time International Standards Organization assessor.
WMFR is challenging a recent ISO rating, and seek-
ing a "3" rating.
"We're pretty excited about it it'll be the lowest
rating in the county," he said.
ISO rates communities from 1-10, with 1 being per-
fect, about every 10 years.
In early 2012, the district underwent the ISO evalu-
ation, including a site visit, measuring the quality of the
fire department, staffing, training, water supply, hydrant
locations, communication systems, building codes and
After the ISO results came back in the fall, the district
had held onto its 4 rating.
WMFR officials, however, reviewed the results and
determined the ISO evaluator missed certain information.
The district then appealed its rating.
Price said Capt. Tom Sousa recently provided the
ISO information on the district's training and certifica-
tions, which are hoped to bring the rating to a "3."
Insurance companies use ISO ratings to set premi-
ums, and a lower number typically means lower insur-
ance rates for property owners.
WMFR provides fire and rescue service from three
fire stations, with a staff of 42 career personnel and 35
reservists. It protects nearly 20,000 parcels valued at
$4.9 billion in an 18-square-mile district, including Anna
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WMFR invites citizens to academy
By Kathy Prucnell
There's an opportunity to learn what fuels the West
Manatee Fire Rescue District what goes on behind
the scenes and how emergencies are handled at the
WMFR Citizen Fire Academy.
In its second year of offering academy classes to
the public, WMFR will run the program for six weeks
in conjunction with its firefighter training at no cost to
WMFR Commissioner Randy Cooper invites inter-
ested citizens to apply for a spot in the academy. The first
class will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The program is designed for people who live in the
West Manatee area who want to learn about fire safety
and the district's firefighting services.
Classes are limited to 30 students. There is no age
restriction, but those under 18 must be accompanied by
Students will attend classes designed to share risk-
awareness information, safety tips, including how to
safely and properly operate a fire extinguisher, as well
as offer students a chance to don bunker gear and use a
thermal imager and other equipment and more.
The academy will include a multi-company fire drill
at the Station 2 training facility, 10340 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton, at a third class, Tuesday, Feb. 26.
New this year, according to Cooper, is an optional
CPR class, including the latest life-saving techniques.
The academy also will tour Manatee County's
Emergency Communications Center for a lesson on 911
For more information and to download an academy
application, go online at www.wmfr.org and click on the
Citizen Fire Academy tab or call the district at 941-761-
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Chief Andy Price, and Jeff Alter of the Seminole tribe of Florida. Sousa was honored for 35 years service and for
developing a multi-jurisdictional training simulator out of shipping containers as well as Web-based in-service
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Promise event celebrates Valentine's Day
Promise event celebrates Valentine's Day
The Islander and Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe will
host a Valentine's Day celebration Islander Promise
Day for couples to share vows.
Couples are invited to marry, commit or recommit in
the mass ceremony set to take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 14, at the cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A certificate and reception are included for a $10
donation. A licensed marriage certificate, which requires
a pre-approved county marriage license, costs $25.
'Sinatra' singing at center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Holmes Beach, will host Rob Satori, a
Frank Sinatra tribute artist, Saturday, Feb. 9.
The deadline to make reservations is Feb. 6.
The center is partnering with Talk of the Town Cater-
ing to present Sinatra Sings, which includes the tribute
show and an Italian buffet. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m.
and the show at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $30 per person.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
Island Library announces
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a series of events in February.
The schedule of activities includes:
2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, a lecture on Southeastern
Guide Dogs sponsored by the friends group.
2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Alzheimer's support group
10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, origami workshop.
2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, a friends' author talk
by novelist H. Terrell Griffin.
10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, a book club meeting.
2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, a knitting club meet-
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, readings by the Asolo
Repertory Theater Guild's Play Readers, also sponsored
by the Friends of the Island Library.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
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will include a Champagne toast and wedding cake. Reg-
istration for the event begins at 5 p.m. at the cafe.
Pre-registration and requests for information can
be made by email to email@example.com. Be sure to
include first and last names of the couple making the
Proceeds are donated to local nonprofits.
For more information, call The Islander at 941-778-
Arts and crafts shows
benefit butterfly park
Two arts and crafts shows in February will benefit the
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, 5801 Marina Drive,
The shows will take place Feb. 9-10 at Holmes Beach
city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and Feb.
20-21 at Coquina Beach, 1504 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; 10
a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 20; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.
For more information, call 352-344-0657 or go
online to www.tnteventsinc.com.
Furman announces scholar
Jessica Pate, daughter of David and Deborah Pate of
Holmes Beach, made the 2012 fall dean's list at Furman
University of Greenville, S.C.
Pate is an undergraduate at the liberal arts college of
2,600 students She earned a grade-point average of 3.4
or higher on a four-point system.
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photographs and notices of the milestones in readers'
lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other
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The Longboat Key Garden Club will host its A Taste
of the Keys and Fashion Show at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 30, at Longboat Key Club, Harbourside, 220 Sands
Point Road, Longboat Key.
The event will feature food provided by 12 local
restaurants and fashion provided by Island Pursuit
on St. Armands Circle.
Tickets, which cost $50, can be found at various
locations on Longboat Key, including the Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Proceeds from the event will help provide schol-
arships to students pursuing environmental careers and
Midge Pippel, co-president of the Artists'Guild of
Anna Maria Island welcomes to the Guild Gallery
Manatee Schoolfor the Arts senior Tino Pena, who
plans to attend the Ringling School of Art and Design
for a career in game art. AGAMI is recognizing Tino's
skill by featuring his mixed-media piece, "Better Fish
to Fry," in February in the gallery at the Island Shop-
ping Center, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For
more information, call 941-778-6694.
AGAMI to meet, host
art supply experts
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will hold
its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
The program will include a visit with representatives
from Keeton's Office and Art Supply in Bradenton.
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at 941-
CrossPointe hosts Kids Day
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will welcome all area youth to Kids Day 11 a.m-4
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
Organizers say the event will feature food, fun and
fellowship with a rock wall to climb, a bounce house to
play in, carnival games and an exotic animal show that
starts at 11:30 a.m.
To learn more, call the church at 941-778-0719.
grants to environmental groups.
Also, the garden club is accepting applications for
grants, which can range from $100 to $1,000.
Applicants must apply by Friday, March 1, and meet
the club's efforts to:
Increase knowledge and love of gardening.
Preserve the natural beauty of Longboat Key and/
or surrounding areas.
Encourage protection of wildlife and clean water.
Support wider environmental concerns and educa-
For more information, call Susan Landau at 941-
S Island tales
visits Jan. 12 with
selling and sign-
S4ing her book, "AMI
of Three Cities."
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considers a pur-
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waits for his signed
copy at Ginny's and
Jane E's at the Old
IGA in Anna Maria.
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Vicki Bartz addresses the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island Jan. 26 on 'I'., to talk with your doctor" at
the club's weekly breakfast meeting at the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Edna Tiemann
Kiwanis meeting Feb. 2
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
The upcoming program will feature a talk with Rich
Hughes, the director of community outreach for Goodwill
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orches-
tra continues its 20th anniversary season with a Feb. 10
concert featuring the work of Ludwig van Beethoven.
The program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Cros-
spointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will
include performances of "Symphony No. 7" and "Mass
The 2012-13 season is dedicated toAMICCO founder
Willem Bartelsman, who died last May. And the Feb. 10
concert is AMICCO's "showcase anniversary celebra-
For tickets, call Donna Misner at 941-778-8585.
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Wednesday, Jan. 30
2 p.m. Basics ofAlzheimer's disease, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, Jan. 31
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island presents
Mark Polomchak leading a watercolor workshop, CrossPointe Fel-
lowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information:
Friday, Feb. 1
6:12 p.m.- Official sunset time.
Saturday, Feb. 2
Today is Groundhog Day.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and
meeting with Rich Hughes of Goodwill, Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
10 a.m. The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a free demonstration by Nancy Law on using acrylics.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. -Kids Day celebration, CrossPointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
Sunday, Feb. 3
8:30-11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast, St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Informa-
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bridge Street Market-sponsored Chowder
Cookoff, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
6:30 p.m. Super Bowl kick-off, Ravens vs. 49ers.
Monday, Feb. 4
1:30 p.m. Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting with
Keeton'sArts and Office Supply, Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meet-
ing, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
6:16 p.m.- Official sunset time.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
5:30 p.m. The Longboat Key Garden Club's A Taste of the
Keys and Fashion Show, Longboat Key Club, Harbourside, 220
Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-
Friday, Feb. 1
6:30-9:30 p.m. Village of the Arts Sweethearts Artwalk, vari-
ous galleries and shops, Village of the Arts, around 12th Avenue
West and 12th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-
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Through Feb. 3, Island Players present "A Little Murder Never
Hurt Anybody," 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The theater is dark
Monday. Fee applies.
Through Feb. 3 Manatee Players present Cole Porter's
"Anything Goes," 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Informa-
Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the
Water's Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday through spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers
bread. Information: 941-778-0492.
Wednesday through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m.,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Thursday, Jan. 17-through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may
apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations
requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.
Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
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First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open
house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon,
Manatee Audubon Society, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave.
E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
Sunday, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street
Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include
a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Info: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group meets,
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
SFeb. 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
Feb. 9, Sinatra Sings buffet supper and show, Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
all-Beethoven 20th anniversary concert, CrossPointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.
Feb. 14, Big Band Dance Sweetheart presented by the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
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Hallelujah, Roser Chapel celebrates 100th year
By Kathy Prucnell
With concerts, tree plantings, new chapel doors, a
time-capsule, a play and chapel re-dedication, Roser
Memorial Community Church is celebrating 100 years
on Anna Maria Island.
Already stepping off the 100th year, a Jan. 20 concert
was held featuring Davide Cabassi, an award-winning
classical pianist from Milan. Two other concerts will be
held Sunday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, March 9, according
to Roser member George Barford.
A re-dedication of the chapel built in the spring of
1913 will be held Sunday, March 10, under a tent across
the street from the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Also in the works is a time capsule, with historical
photographs and memorabilia, and the restoration of a set
of chapel doors after a fortuitous find in St. Petersburg,
A tree planting is planned for Sunday, March 17.
A play in the chapel also will celebrate the anniver-
March 9-10, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest juried
arts and crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 20, Anna Maria Garden Club annual Penny Flower
Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
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Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone.
tion that it should always be the community's church, not
that of any particular religious denomination," according
Today, the chapel remains true to its original purpose,
attracting snowbirds, as well as on and off-island mem-
bers and visitors.
Roser Chapel stained-glass
Photo: Lisa Neff
sary, and is being planned by the Rev. Gary Batey, senior
pastor at Roser since 2000.
According to Batey, the church which has
expanded over the years with a fellowship hall, class-
rooms and offices and the 400-seat sanctuary in the early
1970s started with a dream of John Roser, father of
Charles Roser, one of Anna Maria Island's earliest set-
The chapel was built to commemorate his wife, Caro-
line, and for worship, prayer and Christian learning for
residents and visitors of Anna Maria Island.
With funding from his son Charles Roser, and Capt.
Mitch Davis as builder, John and Caroline Roser Memo-
rial Chapel was constructed and donated "with the stipula-
The Roser Memorial Community Church sanctuary
choir risers are filled to the brim with singers from all
the Island's churches and the bell choir for the annual
All Island Denominations Ecumenical Service and
fellowship gathering Jan. 27. The service was held at
Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, where mem-
bers are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Roser
Chapel. Islander Photo: Courtesy Peggy Nash
Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines will
present "A Night to Remember... A
Comedy of Errors" concert at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9, at Neel Perform-
ing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W,
Bradenton. The group includes seven
island members Ellen Linsley, Marge
Malin, Judy McClarren, Pam McMil-
len, ...l. i, Rogers-Barron, Jeanette
Rothberg and Claudette Welch. Guest
performers will be the Ditchfield's
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Bradenton man arrested on multiple sex-related charges
By Mark Young
A 31-year-old Bradenton man was arrested Jan. 17
on a variety of sex-related charges after being netted in
a sting operation.
Timothy Jasonis allegedly held an
Internet conversation with an adult in
which Jasonis was to purchase a juve-
nile from the girl's "guardian" for the
purpose of sexual intercourse.
L According to the probable cause
Jasonis affidavit, Jasonis then held a text con-
versation Jan. 17 with the guardian,
saying he would have intercourse and not hurt the girl.
Jasonis agreed to meet the guardian that same day at
Convicted sex offender
moves to Bradenton Beach
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has
reported that a convicted sex offender has moved to the
2500 block of Avenue C in Bradenton Beach.
The convicted sex offender listed the Bradenton
Beach address as permanent, according to the FDLE
According to the FDLE, the 30-year-old man was
convicted in Manatee County in February 2004 of lewd
and lascivious battery on a victim age 12-15.
The man has served his sentence, but is required to
register any new address.
A convicted sex offender also is residing in Holmes
Beach, while none are reported by the FDLE to be in
Anna Maria. One convicted sex offender is living in
Under Florida law, convicted sex offenders, regard-
less of where their conviction occurred, must register a
residency address with the FDLE upon moving to the
state, when paroled from prison, or when moving to
a new address. Even after being released from parole,
the offender is still required to give the FDLE any new
Robinson Preserve and to take the girl with him.
Instead, Jasonis was greeted by Manatee County
Sheriff's Office detectives, who had posed as the guard-
ian during the electronic conversations.
Jasonis was arrested for use of a computer to solicit a
parent of a child to commit sexual acts, attempted sexual
battery, and travel to solicit a parent of a child to commit
Island police blotter
Jan. 15, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, vehicle bur-
glary. Unknown persons broke the driver's side window
and stole a purse from the front seat. An iPod, cash and
other items valued at $385 were in the purse, which was
later found, although emptied of its contents.
Jan. 17, 500 block of Pine Avenue, vehicle burglary.
Unknown persons gained entry onto a boat moored in
the canal behind the home. Listed items stolen included
fishing and diving gear.
Jan. 19, 10006 Gulf Drive, White Egret, criminal
mischief. The owner of the White Egret reported that
someone broke out a window, causing further damage to
a mirror and two lamps inside. An MCSO deputy reported
it did not appear anyone gained entry to the store. He
further noted that on the same date and time, a report of
criminal mischief occurred outside the Sandbar Restau-
rant, and said the two incidents appeared to be related.
Damages at the White Egret were estimated at $615.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Jan. 15, 100 block of Sixth Street South, domes-
tic disturbance. A woman complained to police that her
boyfriend came home drunk belligerent and unruly, and
wanted him to leave. She told police she had booked a
flight for him to return to be with family in another state.
Police stood by while the man took a shower "to sober
up," and escorted him voluntarily from the property.
Jan. 12, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, prop-
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held
on $75,000 bond. He remained in custody as of Islander
Jasonis was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 15, at the Manatee County Judicial Center,
1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
erty damage. A man pulled into the Coquina Beach park-
ing area and drove into a wooden bollard, causing his
vehicle to be stuck. The man complained that the bollards
were difficult to see, and said they should be painted a
Jan. 16, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Coquina concession
stand, grand theft. Unknown persons stole two Coca-Cola
umbrellas, as well as three Corona beer umbrellas from
the concession tables. They were valued at $350.
Jan. 21, 107 Gulf Drive S., city hall, suspicious
person. While on routine patrol, a Bradenton Beach police
officer observed a man sleeping on a bench in front of
city hall. The officer made contact with the man, who said
he was waiting for a friend to pick him up. The officer
reported this was the second such incident involving this
individual. He was warned not to return to the area.
Jan. 23, 1600 block of Gulf Drive North, domestic
disturbance. Police responded to a couple engaged in a
verbal argument. The man said the couple had been drink-
ing and he wanted to break up with her. His girlfriend had
locked herself in the bathroom and initiated the 911 call.
She claimed the boyfriend was being loud and acted in an
aggressive manner, which is why she locked herself in the
bathroom. She claimed she was the one trying to break up
with him. The man left the residence for the night.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Jan. 18, 4500 block of 123rd Street, fraud. A com-
plainant reported someone used her personal informa-
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Car vs. trolley, Parrish woman arrested for DWI
By Mark Young
A 42-year-old Parrish woman was arrested for driv-
ing while intoxicated after crashing into a trolley in Bra-
denton Beach Jan. 19, but it wasn't her
first crash of the day.
According to a probable cause affi-
davit, Michele Stresing was stopped in
traffic on Gulf Drive when she put her
vehicle in reverse and collided with a
Stresing car behind her.
Stresing fled the scene southward
on Gulf Drive and pulled into a trolley turnaround area
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tion to open an authorized account with a credit card
Jan. 23, 4300 block of 123rd Street, criminal mis-
chief. Unknown persons damaged a gate causing less than
$200 in damages.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Jan. 14, 500 block of 58th Street, information.
A man and woman went to the Holmes Beach Police
Department to report a man who has been harassing them
via late-night voice mails and text messages. The mes-
sages were threatening in nature, including a threat to slit
their throats. Police advised the victims to continue to
document the messages, and made contact with the caller.
Police informed the Bradenton man to stop contacting the
victims or face possible criminal charges.
Jan. 15, 200 block of 71st Street, fraud. A man
went to HBPD to report that someone had made several
purchases with his debit card, although the card was in
his possession. He believes the purchases were made on
the Internet. The bank was notified.
Jan. 15, 200 block of 82nd Street, theft. A woman
reported that someone had stolen tools from the men she
Ruth Ann Niewyk
Ruth Ann Niewyk, 70, of Holmes Beach, died Jan.
20. She moved to Anna Maria Island from Fort Wayne,
Ind. in 2010. She was a teacher and educator.
A celebration of life was held at Jan. 22 at Brown and
Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel,
Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell
Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at www.
Mrs. Niewyk is survived by husband Anthony; son
Robert of Oak Park, Ill.; daughter Alex of Honolulu;
grandchildren Grace and Jonathan; and sisters, Kathleen
Koets of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jean Smith of Kala-
George F. Tooker
George F Tooker, died Jan. 20. He was bor Nov. 13,
1920, in Hoboken, N.J., to George and Eleanor Tooker.
After graduating from Dickenson High School in Jersey
City, N.J., he became a first-class machinist. Mr. Tooker
served at Pearl Harbor as a machinist in the U.S. Naval
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at Coquina Beach, at which time she allegedly collided
with a trolley.
The affidavit states that Stresing again fled the scene,
but was spotted by a Bradenton Beach police officer, who
pursued her, observing that she swerved out of her lane
The officer initiated a traffic stop and observed Stres-
ing's movements to be slow and confused. He contacted a
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy, who conducted
a DWI investigation.
According to that investigation, the deputy noticed
the odor of alcohol emanating from Stresing.
The deputy asked the woman if she knew where she
hired to paint her home. The men went to lunch and when
they returned, found the tools missing. Several drywall
knives, a razor knife and painting tools valued at $110
were missing from the site.
Jan. 16, 100 block of 83rd Street, theft. A man
reported that someone stole the key from his golf cart
while he was skimboarding at the beach. The man said
he was only at the beach for five minutes.
Jan. 17, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue, burglary. A
property manager was inspecting a home before the arrival
of the owners. He discovered three TVs missing from three
rooms, including a 60-inch TV, a 50-inch TV and a 24-inch
TV, all valued at $3,750. Police did not observe any signs
of forced entry, but secured fingerprints.
Jan. 22, 7200 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A woman reported her vehicle's windshield vandal-
ized. Police could not find anything that may have caused
the damage, but observed it may have been caused by a
rock, possibly thrown by a lawnmower.
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 s/,, I rf's Office.
Reserves. After World War II, he lived in Teaneck and
Bay Head, N.J., working as a machinist.
Mr. Tooker and late wife Agnes moved to Holmes
Beach in 1976, where they restored houses. He was a
member of Holy Name Society of St. Bernard Catholic
Church, a member of the Anna Maria Island Art League
and the Senior Adventures Club at Annie Silver Com-
A memorial Mass was held Jan. 26 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton is
in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made
online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
The family thanks Windsor Oaks and Tidewell Hos-
pice for Mr. Tooker's care. Memorial donations may be
made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara-
sota FL 34238.
Mr. Tooker is survived by daughters Kathleen and
husband Dennis Granstad and Maureen and husband
Fred Loveland; grandchildren Jessica and Bryan Rich,
Amanda, Greg and Ashley Granstad and Sarah Loveland;
and great-grandchildren Zachary and Sophia Rich.
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was and she replied that she was in Palmetto en route to
a relative's house in Riverview.
Stresing allegedly failed the field sobriety test, at
which time she was transported to the Holmes Beach
Police Department, where she failed a breath test, accord-
ing to the police report.
Due to the high level of alcohol in her blood revealed
during the test, Stresing was taken to the hospital, where
she was medically cleared.
Stresing then was transported to the Manatee County
jail, where she was booked into custody. She posted bond
Jan. 20 and was released.
She has been charged with DWI with property
damage and two counts of misdemeanor leaving the scene
of a crash with property damage.
She is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Wednes-
day, Feb. 20, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
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Holmes Beach seeks clarity before adopting one-dock rule
By Kathy Prucnell
Commissioners approved the first reading of an ordi-
nance intended to leave no question that one dock per city
lot is the rule in Holmes Beach but not without opposi-
tion from one commissioner and three other people.
The commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner
David Zaccagnino the lone dissenter.
The commission acted Jan. 22 on the draft ordinance,
which was supported by city planner Bill Brisson's Jan.
8 report, indicating 99 lots exist in the city with 130 feet
or more of shoreline where two docks are possible under
Florida Department of Environmental Protection rules.
The DEP regulates the number, size and setbacks
of docks in the Florida Outstanding Waterway, such as
Sarasota Bay, and the canals, and dock construction is
governed by city code.
In a prior meeting, the planner pointed out the pro-
posed ordinance did not restrict the number of boats per
dock. It allows as many boats as can fit.
According to Brisson, most lots impacted by the
ordinance are single-family lots in the Residential-1 and
R-1AA zoning districts, although some are multi-family
lots in the Sportsman Harbor and Seaside Garden areas
After the ordinance's first reading, Commission
Chair Jean Peelen said it makes the one-lot, one-dock
rule "perfectly, perfectly clear," and "it doesn't change
ani) Iilin that is already in existence."
Zaccagnino disagreed with the premise the new law
is a clarification. He said the city is looking to change
rules that allow large lot owners to build more than one
Most waterfront homes in Holmes Beach will be
impacted by the a proposed one-lot, one-dock ordi-
nance that will have a public hearing and final vote
at 7p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5801 Marina Drive.
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Peelen responded the ordinance was not intended to
impact only the R-2 rental district.
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ing down the doors here complaining that their neighbor
has two docks on a big lot." He added that there will be
interpretation issues relating to docks, piers and lifts. "I
think we're over-govemmenting."
City attorney Patricia Petruff said past practice has
allowed more than one dock, possibly because of Florida
Department of Environmental Protection rules, and she
agreed, there's no distinction between a dock, fishing pier
and any other structure.
"Our rules have never said that if the DEP says you
can have one, so do we," Petruff added.
Resident Don Schroder introduced his background
as a boating magazine publisher and asked the commis-
sion to consider that "some people do need two docks"
for fishing boats, personal watercraft and visiting boats
from within the nautical community.
Resident Andy Sheridan voiced concerns about future
non-conforming properties, shifting property values and
dock additions, as well as the commission's reasons for
passing the new legislation.
"By the way, what is really driving this legislation?
I've been to many, many commission meetings and I
haven't heard a single complaint," he said.
It was Commissioner Judy Titsworth before her
campaign for elected office who last spring spear-
headed the proposed change.
She met with city officials about the construction
of more than two docks at her neighbor's R-1 property,
and expressed concern about overdevelopment, claiming
single-family lots become multi-family properties under
the condo laws.
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Free park enhancements offered to Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Commissioner Gene Aubry announced Jan. 24 that
he had been approached by a "constituent" who wanted
to look at one of several plans drawn by Aubry for a park
on the city's six lots on Pine Avenue.
That constituent picked out one plan and, according
to Aubry, and said, "This is the one."
HB DOCK RULE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
A member of a building code focus group one of
the city-citizen groups formed last spring by the commis-
sion to address noise, parking, garbage and construction
problems related to vacation rental homes architect
Terry Parker, spoke against the measure.
Parker told commissioners the proposed ordinance
does not consider the L-shape lots it will mandate or
the shade of seabeds. He also said it discourages a more
vibrant downtown with more access for boaters, and does
not comply with maritime or state laws.
A public hearing and final vote on the dock ordinance
will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5801 Marina
Law includes DEP regs
The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion designates bodies of water, canals and waterways
as Florida Outstanding Waterway to protect their natural
The city of Holmes Beach regulates construction of
docks that jut into state waters to ensure safety and proper
Aubry said the constituent then offered to pay for all
plants, benches, sidewalks and lighting if the commission
approved the plan and asked for anonymity.
The plan provides for parking around the perimeter
of the area, and Commissioner Chuck Webb said he liked
everything about the plan except the parking.
Chair John Quam said discussion of the item was not
on the meeting agenda, and he preferred to defer it to the
In an attempt to head off conflicts between agen-
cies, the proposed Holmes Beach dock ordinance requires
property owners to adhere to the more stringent of the
two to build a dock, and incorporates some of the DEP
regulations to achieve consistency.
It puts the onus on property owners to provide the
city proof from as to whether the dock is subject to more
stringent DEP location or setback requirements.
Also included in the proposed ordinance are DEP
setback rules for properties with shorelines of 65 feet or
In a recent Holmes Beach dock permitting case,
the DEP considered a Residential-1 single-family lot -
developed into two condominium units as two parcels,
and allowed a dock for each of the two units.
Land condos have sprung up in the city, and the city
claims the owners are using the condo laws to circumvent
city subdivision laws.
City attorney Patricia Petruff has disagreed with the
DEP interpretation in the Holmes Beach case, and ques-
tions how DEP will interpret situations involving more
than two condominium units.
Feb. 14 meeting.
Webb said it would be nice if the anonymous donor
would come forward with his reasons.
"OK," said Aubry, "but we're being offered a free
park, and we're going to need those parking spaces. The
constituent said he was tired of the commission reject-
ing every plan for the six lots, so he said 'let me pay for
The city would only have to provide maintenance,
Aubry said, and even that might be covered by the
In other business, commissioners then approved
Mayor SueLynn's nomination of Mike Coleman to the
planning and zoning board, although there was some dis-
agreement about the nomination because of Coleman's
business interests. He is a principal in the Pine Avenue
development by Pine Avenue Restorations.
Commissioner Chuck Webb reminded commission-
ers the P&Z board is only a recommending body to the
commission. "I'm fine with his expertise and they're not
passing laws, just recommendations," Webb said.
He said Coleman should abstain from voting on any
issue in which he would have a financial interest.
The nomination was approved 4-1, with Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland dissenting.
Commissioners were expected to deal with a
requested easement swap between the city and the Sand-
bar Restaurant at the meeting, but agreed to continue the
hearing to Feb. 14 due to the absence of engineer Lynn
Burnett, who represents the Sandbar.
The planning and zoning board has recommended
the city deny the easement exchange.
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Girl Scouts to Holmes Beach: Bring back outdoor concerts
By Kathy Prucnell
Girl Scout Troup 316 engaged in the political process
in Holmes Beach Jan. 22, as scouts shared their concerns
about the cancelation of Concerts in the Park.
They gave the city petitions signed by more than 100
people seeking to bring back the outdoor festivals at the
"We all disagree with the mayor of Holmes Beach,"
the petition reads. "For just one night a month, we would
like to get together and have fun."
The promoter is Island Festivals Inc., owned by
Bradenton resident Cindy Thompson, who canceled the
concerts earlier this month, apparently on learning Mayor
Carmel Monti had reinstated the $250 field fee.
The city also charges a $50 application fee.
Former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger waived the fees
in May for all field users.
Newly elected, Monti reinstituted the fee Jan. 8.
According to Monti, the city loses money on the con-
certs, which require field cleanup and maintenance and,
he said at a Jan. 8 meeting, he would study solutions to
help nonprofits and benefit the community.
At the Jan. 22 commission meeting, the girls told the
mayor and commissioners they favor bringing back the
festival, helping the nonprofits, because it brought the
community together with music and food.
"We didn't cancel an) killing We just raised the fee to
what it used to be in the previous year," said Monti. He
said Thompson was "invited to come in to speak with me
and she did not."
Monti told the scouts there would be an alternative
to the Concerts in the Park.
Commissioner Pat Morton said he expected another
concert event by the end of February.
After the meeting, the 11- and 12-year-old scouts
said they were not satisfied with the mayor's response.
They said it was not just an issue of money, and that
the mayor's response, which questioned the promoter's
integrity, was disrespectful.
"We all felt, although he didn't cancel the concerts,
his actions led to it," said Emily Turner-Leathem, 12.
The scouts said they would meet with others in the
troop to decide how to proceed.
Savannah Hip'in'. 12, said, "We'll probably be
thinking about how to help relocate the fest."
Hannah McCracken, 11, added, "Just because we're
kids doesn't mean we can't change the world."
A two-day festival is planned at the field in March
in cooperation with the city by the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce. Island Cityfest, sponsored by
The Islander, will be held March 1-2 at city field, fea-
turing Friday night and Saturday entertainment, and art,
crafts, food and drink vendors, as well as a Saturday car
show. Proceeds benefit the chamber and its college schol-
AM rules sidewalk experiment failed
By Rick Catlin
An 18-month experiment authorized by the city to
allow Pine Avenue Restoration LLC to determine if a
mixture of sand and shell was suitable for sidewalks
at PAR-built properties on Pine Avenue was deemed a
failure by commissioners at their Jan. 24 meeting.
Although an ordinance calls for concrete side-
walks, commissioners in August 2011 agreed to allow
an 18-month trial for 250-filter mix sidewalks to deter-
mine if the mixture met their standards.
Commissioners agreed the filter mix absorbed
water from rains, but some residents said the sidewalks
were poorly marked, difficult for some people to use,
and unsafe for women in high-heeled shoes.
Commissioners agreed the experiment failed,
saying the paths are not compliant with handicap access
and they found it difficult for elderly people to walk
on the surface, and problematic for use of a stroller or
walker. Also, building official Bob Welch said he could
find no accepted standards for the 250-filter mix to
qualify as an acceptable sidewalk surface for the city.
Commission Chair John Quam suggested PAR
use of other materials that meet city standards, such
as concrete, brick pavers or wood.
Once PAR completes its sidewalks, which are
between parking spaces and retail shops, it will deed
the sidewalks to the city.
The city, will be responsible for maintenance,
upkeep and liability.
PAR principal Mike Coleman, who advocated
the 250-filter mix based on its water absorption and
improved appearance, agreed at the meeting to make
the necessary changes to the PAR sidewalks.
Girl Scouts from Troop 316, sixth-graders at Manatee
Schoolfor the Arts, ask Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel
Monti at a Jan. 22 meeting to bring back Concerts in
the Park, a once-a-month outdoor party, which was
canceled Jan. 8 by promoter Island Festivals Inc.
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Islander Reporter $510,302.
*h Mayor Carmel Monti and building Emails in November to Duennes from DOT project
3reene met with the Sarasota/Manatee manager Aaron Kaster indicated the design part of the
ning Organization and others Jan. 22 to project needed attention.
2 Florida Department of Transportation Kaster said he'd been trying to get in touch with
Duennes for several months regarding this year's pro-
took place at city hall, 5801 Marina gram.
Drive, Holmes Beach.
DOT communications director Debbie Tower said
the details of the project are still being ironed out, but
confirmed sidewalks, a bicycle/pedestrian trail and trolley
shelters on State Route 789 were proposed.
The project was awarded last year under the DOT
five-year work program. FDOT awards funding to public
improvement projects statewide, which starts with pro-
posals to the MPO five years prior to funding.
Former public works superintendent Joe Duennes
submitted the project in June 2008, estimating $184,000
in design and construction costs.
Tower said the project underwent a new updated
"I need clarification on what exactly the city of
Holmes Beach would like to do with the project," he
wrote. "The project has lost five months already in the
Asked about the design deadlines, Kaster told The
Islander the bid-letting date for the construction portion
is July 31, and it was a "big no, no" to pass that date
However, Tower said it wasn't unusual for projects
to get so close to a deadline without design plans.
Monti said that after taking office in November, he
learned of the project funding through emails, saying he
had not been briefed by the outgoing city administra-
By Rick Catlin
The Island Transportation and Planning Organization
held its Jan. 22 meeting with Sarasota/Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization executive director Mike
Howe and planning manager Dave Hutchinson attending
with Island elected officials.
Howe said the planned pedestrian-golf cart crossing
at the East Bay Drive-Gulf Drive intersection in Holmes
Beach remains in the five-year plan for the Florida
Department of Transportation, but the Florida legislature
has yet to fund it.
The new crossing would allow unlicensed golf carts
to access a southeast portion of Holmes Beach. Only
licensed vehicles are allowed to use a state road and both
East Bay Drive and Gulf Drive south from the corner at
Walgreens also are State Road 789.
The project has been in the MPO's planning schedule
for a number of years, but has yet to be funded by the
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy took the
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Although there are no new long-range plans by the
MPO for Anna Maria Island, ITPO members learned
the DOT plans to hold public meetings about the Cortez
Bridge/State Road 70 in the near future. Hearing dates
have not yet been set.
The DOT will solicit public input at the hearings
on options as to whether the bridge should be repaired,
replaced with a new bridge or rehabilitated to extend its
life span another 10-15 years.
The DOT plans to initiate its engineering and design
study on the bridge, which may take up to a year.
Meanwhile, the DOT plans a maintenance project on
the AMI Bridge pilings starting in February, but no start
date has been announced.
DOT maintenance projects are not considered part
of the long-range planning process of the MPO.
The ITPO is composed of an elected official from
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He told city commissioners that the Jan. 22 meeting
with the MPO and others was productive, and he'd be
announcing project details soon.
It was unclear whether he may direct the funds to a
new project, or follow through with existing plans.
The project was initially proposed under Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger as landscaping improvements on East Bay
Drive, north from 31st Street to Manatee Avenue and
Manatee Avenue, west to the Manatee Public Beach.
It included four trolley shelters and a 5-foot-wide
sidewalk on the north side of Manatee Avenue between
the beach and East Bay Drive.
The sidewalk installation has been completed by
DOT, and Tower said that it was done with other fund-
ing that became available last year.
Community meets the
The island community has raised $27,300 and
exceeded the $25,000 Lester Challenge to benefit the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Center interim executive director Scott Dell
reported the match amount Jan. 25. A total of $52,300
from the challenge will be earmarked for children who
use the center, he said.
"We are so thankful to everybody who gave -
especially Chuck and Joey Lester, who committed to
this challenge to support the children's programs and
services," Dell said.
"Once again this community's generosity has
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The challenge began with an announcement in
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end of 2012 deadline, the Lesters extended the dona-
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Monday, Feb. 11-Friday, Feb. 15, equivalency survey
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63 Jewelry material
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winner for "'Mark
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a Risk board
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24 0 JAN. 30, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
Island tortilla-maker makes run for Disney border
By Kevin Cassidy
Perry Pittman spends his days on Anna Maria Island
running a popular Holmes Beach restaurant, Tortilla Bay
Southwest Grille, hoping to always meet his customer's
But Perry has personal goals and accomplishments,
too, including his first full 26.2-mile race the 20th
Annual Disney Marathon Jan. 13.
The race wound through all four Disney theme parks
and the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The event was a
spectacular production, as we've grown to expect from
Disney, including the start a big fireworks display,
according to Perry. There was no typical starting gun.
Perry completed his first marathon in 4:26:41, in
the top 25 percent in his men's 45-49 age group. His
time could have been faster, but he paused several times
at different points along the course to have his picture
taken with Disney characters. Other factors that slowed
him were having to weave in and out of slower runners,
actually stretching his run by his measure from 26.2 to
"When I got to the 26-mile marker at Epcot, I felt a
sense of accomplishment that I had never known before,"
he said. "I tllhiu>ghlil enjoyed the last .2 of a mile and
sprinted for the finish line with 100 yards to go. Five
months of training and over 600 miles run were more
than worth the effort."
Perry, who lives in Anna Maria, says he only started
running in February 2012. He then weighed 217 pounds
and didn't like the person he saw in the mirror. He made
a decision to be happy, and he set goals to improve in
body, shape and mind. He started walking the beach, then
walking and j '.'inll He added biking and swimming to
his routine and, by August, he had dropped 50 pounds.
Perry then decided to participate in a sprint triathlon
on Siesta Key before setting his sights on a marathon.
He has lived in Anna Maria for more than six years
now, and looks forward to the Publix Fort Lauderdale
A1A Marathon Feb. 17, where he hopes to break the
Now that's a good run for the border.
Flag football plays on
NFL Flag Football season continues at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center with youth league games
played on weeknights, and teams are starting to separate
in the standings as they march toward the playoffs.
LPAC Cardinals sit atop of the 8-10 division stand-
ings with a 4-0 record, while Coastal Orthopedic Bears
and Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings are on their heels with
matching 3-1 records. Lobstahs Browns and Miller Elec-
tric Chargers are tied for third place at 2-2, while the 1-3
Beach Bistro Buccaneers and Manatee Cancer Center
Dolphins, along with 0-4 Air & Energy Jets, follow in
Ross Built Dolphins lead the 11-13 division with a
2-0 record. They are closely followed by the 2-1 Lobstahs
Buccaneers, while Walter & Associates Bears, Edgewa-
ter Realty Jaguars, Beach Bums Ravens and Holy Cow
Cardinals follow with 1-1 records and Mr. Bones Colts
The owner of Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille restaurant,
Holmes Beach, Perry Pittman, celebrates as he crosses
the finish line of the 20th annual Disney Marathon
at Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World Resort,
looks for a first victory on the season.
Integrity Sound Falcons are 3-0 and lead the 14-17
division, but West Coast Surf Shop at 2-0 and Lobstahs
Colts at 1-0 also are unbeaten. Eat Here Packers are 1-1,
while Beach to Bay Construction Browns and Walter &
Associates Bears are looking for victories.
Both games in the 14-17 division Jan. 22 were blow-
outs, as the undefeated Integrity Sound Falcons flew past
Beach to Bay Construction Browns 37-0, and Eat Here
Packers steamrolled Walter & Associates Bears 34-13.
Quarterback Cody Tsai completed 17 of 21 passes for 217
yards and four touchdown passes. Pearce Hogan caught
seven passes for 87 yards, including three touchdowns
and two extra points, while Thomas Pears added three
catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Brad Duffman led all players with nine flag pulls
while Tsai added four pulls and a pair of interceptions in
Seth Walter passed for 147 yards and two touch-
downs to lead the Bears in the loss, including seven
catches for 73 yards and a touchdown from Jack Walter
and three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown from Jake
The 8-10 division game of the week saw Miller
Electric Chargers cool the Air & Energy Jets 20-14. Ava
Zink led the way with 80 rushing yards and a pair of
touchdowns, while Jaclyn Schlossberg added 66 rushing
yards and a touchdown. Javier Rivera and Shawn Belvin
completed the scoring with extra point catches.
Zink and David Daigle led the defense with two pulls
each, while Daigle added an interception in the victory.
Tyler Brewer led the Jets with 98 passing yards, 53
rushing yards, two touchdowns scored and a pair of extra
points in the loss. Daniel Sentman added three catches
Captain Mark Howard
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for 56 yards on offense, while contributing six flag pulls
and an interception on defense.
Key Royale golf news
There was a ton of golf action at Key Royale Club
this past week, but the bi .It 'I news was a hole in one by
Mike Gilley. He aced the 146-yard par 3 hole three using
a four iron during a four-person scramble Jan. 24.
The team of Hoyt Miller, Jon
Holcomb, Robbie Nelsona and Rich
Smith took first place for the day, but
Gilley was buying at the clubhouse.
The men played an 18-hole, indi-
vidual-low-net match Jan. 23. Don La
Torre carded a 9-under-par 55 to grab
Gilley first place by two strokes over Neil
Hammer and Jim Sheppard came in
third with a 2-under-par 62.
The club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-
net match in flight Jan. 22, and Judy Crowe's 5-under-par
27 gave her the top spot in Flight A by four shots over
Laura Purcell. Helen Pollock, Tootie Wagner and Mary
Lou Dreier tied for third at even-par 32.
Liz Lang's 5-under-par 27 earned first place in Flight
B and matched Crowe for low round of the day. Joyce
Brown was one shot back in second, while Mary Selby
took third with 2 under par.
Jan Jumps carded a 29 to grab first place in Flight
C. Terry Westby and Kay Anderson finished in second
Penny Auch won Flight D with a 2-under par 30, two
shots ahead of second-place finisher Sandy Burrill.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
match Jan. 21. Vince Mercadante took the day's scoring
honors with a 7-under-par 25. Jim McVicar was a stroke
back in second, while Bill Gallagher and Dennis Schavey
finished in a tie for third at 4-under-par 28.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, PAGE 27
Sailing squadron offers
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold a boating education course and seminars in
February at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW,
The two-part America's Boating Course will take
place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb.
23, with attendance required on both dates to receive
a boating education certificate.
The course fee is $35 per person or $50 per
The course covers boating safety and Florida
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, the squadron will
host instruction in chart-reading. The seminar admis-
sion cost is $10.
The same fee is required for a GPS seminar that
will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
For more information, contact Gloria Potter or
Walter Haug at 941-795-0482.
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Beach casting proves prosperous for flounder
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Beach fishing proved prosperous this past week.
Beach fishers using artificial like Berkley Gulp shrimp
are catching respectable numbers of flounder, especially
around the passes, both to the north and south. When fish-
ing the beaches with Gulp shrimp, try using light colors,
such as white, glow or sugar spice. Add a red 1/4-once
jighead and you're ready to fish.
Beach fishers using Gotcha plugs or bucktail jigs are
catching ladyfish, bluefish and an occasional mackerel.
The best way to target the fish is travel light. Stay mobile
and walk the beach casting into the surf. Look for diving
birds, a surefire indicator of where fish are feeding.
Finally, stories of pompano catches are increasing.
Try casting live shrimp or sand fleas if you like natural
baits. For artificial, Doc's Goofy jigs or the standard
pompano jig with a mylar skirt will work. You can tip
them with shrimp if the fish are stubborn.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier says Spanish mackerel and bonito are the
catch this past week. "I can't believe they're still here,"
says Medley. "It looks like they're going to hang on all
Pier fishers using artificial, such as silver spoons
or Gotcha plugs, are reeling up keeper-size macks and
plenty of bonito up to 10 pounds. Medley suggests fishing
toward the farthest end of the pier. Once you've spotted
a bait school, start casting lures in that area to hook up.
The fish are just under the surface.
Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching decent
numbers of sheepshead around the pilings. Fish in the
2-pound range are being reeled up daily. Other baits such
as fiddler crabs or sand fleas, will work, too.
Finally, pier fishers targeting sheepshead with shrimp
are catching good numbers of flounder. Fish up to 18
inches are the norm.
Capt. Warren Girle is working Sarasota Bay for a
variety of species, and the weather has played a role in
his targeting. On cold and windy days during the fronts,
Girle fished deep-water canals for redfish, black drum
and snook. By casting live shrimp under docks, Girle is
catching keeper-sizes of the drum species.
On days with less wind, Girle drifted over deep flats
in the middle of the bay in search of pompano. By drift-
ing and ji- ini i,. Girle says he hooked up with a variety
of mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, spotted seatrout and, yes,
Finally, on warmer, sunny days and light-wind con-
Program offers kayak tours
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is offering guided
kayak tours of Sarasota Bay through April with the Bay
Wise Kayak Tour Program.
The tours include Lido Mangrove Tunnels Feb. 2 and
Feb. 16, Blind Pass March 2 and March 16, and Lyons
and Blackburn Bay April 6 and April 20.
The guide is Brad Tanner, an expert kayaker and the
SBEP's school programs coordinator.
Kayaks are not provided.
To make reservations, go online to www.sarasotabay.
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editions, Girle was working the shallow flats for redfish.
By quietly moving from pothole to pothole, Girle put his
clients on keeper-size reds on Berkeley Gulp shrimp.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says floun-
der are the highlight. Whether fishing the beaches, piers
or flats, fishers are reporting good numbers of the flat
fish. Fish up to 20 inches are being reported, too. Anyone
who fishes for flounder around Anna Maria Island knows
a 20-inch flounder is a nice catch.
To target the flat fish, Oldham suggests using a 3-inch
shrimp on a jighead. Color may be a factor, too. For the
beaches, Oldham likes a white or glow color. When fish-
ing the backwater, he likes to switch to new penny.
Along the beaches, Oldham is hearing of good action
on more than just flounder. Bluefish, ladyfish, black drum
and an occasional pompano are being caught during day-
light hours. Live shrimp is the bait of choice to target
any of these species, but you can use artificial such as
spoons, bucktail jigs or pompano jigs.
Finally, flats fishers are reporting catches of red-
fish and trout, although patience is a virtue for anglers.
The reds seem to be spread over the flats, according to
Oldham. The same applies for the trout. Oldham suggests
doing a slow drift over the grass, using soft plastics on a
jighead. This allows the angler to cover a large amount
of area, which aids in finding fish.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says pier fishers
using live shrimp are capitalizing on the action this week.
By bottom fishing under the pier and around the pilings,
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sinker combined with a swivel, 12 inches of 20-pound
leader and a No. 2 hook will get you in on the action. The
key is to keep your bait around the structure. Keeper-sizes
of flounder and sheepies are being caught daily.
Pier fishers opting to cast their shrimp away from
the pier are getting results, although the action is less
consistent than fishing underneath the pier. Migratory
species, such as bluefish and pompano, are being caught
by bottom fishers during the moving tides. If you notice
numbers of bluefish feeding, you may want to switch to
a size-1, long shank hook to prevent being cut off by the
bluefish's mouth full of teeth.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says floun-
der are the pier's the catch of the week. Anglers using
live shrimp are catching decent numbers of these tasty
flat fish. By diri.',ini' live shrimp along the bottom, pier
fishers are reeling up flounder in the 15-inch range.
By casting away from the pier, fishers are finding an
abundance of bonnethead sharks. Again, live shrimp is
good bait, but any other cut-bait, like squid or fish, will
work, too. Just remember to cut small bite-size pieces for
bait, since the bonnethead have a small mouth.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters
says the weather made fishing this past week challenging.
Adapting to the weather conditions helps in the pursuit
of action and fillets for the table, Howard says.
With the cold weather, the fish were staging in
their traditional wintertime spots deepwater docks,
creeks and deep channels. Using live shrimp rigged to a
30-pound leader with a 1/0 circle hook, Howard's clients
were landing redfish, flounder, sheepshead, black drum
and mangrove snapper. The key was a small split shot to
help the bait get to the bottom. Chopping up small-sized
shrimp and chumming will draw the desirable species
and fire up the bite, Howard says.
Looking forward, Howard says the tides will be
favorable for some excellent morning action. Look for
fishing to steadily improve as we get more tidal move-
ment and continuing warm weather.
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starts up Feb. 4
Water taxi shuttle service from Bradenton's Twin
Dolphin Marina to Palmetto, Anna Maria Island, Cortez
and Longboat Key will begin Monday, Feb. 4.
The service will operate initially on Monday and
Tuesday during February, co-owner Capt. Tracey Dell
The shuttle will launch on the 53-seat Island Pearl, a
converted naval vessel, with restrooms, snacks and bever-
During February, there will be no charge on Mondays
to ride the shuttle, said Dell, who also is co-owner of the
Kathleen-D touring catamaran.
The service will initially operate on Mondays and
Tuesday during February. Dell said he hopes to expand
operation to three or more days during February through
On Tuesday, passengers can connect for a daytrip
shuttle boat from the Historic Pier on Bridge Street, Bra-
denton Beach, to Marina Jack's in Sarasota, returning to
the pier by 4:30 p.m.
The shuttle lacks a pickup in Anna Maria, Dell said,
but negotiations continue to add either the Anna Maria
City Pier or another north-end dock to the route.
The shuttle also docks in Holmes Beach at the Main-
sail Marina, the BridgeTender Inn in Bradenton Beach,
the MarVista Restaurant on Longboat Key and in Pal-
metto at the Regatta Pointe Marina.
Dell said he also is negotiating a location to collect
passengers at Fort Desoto Park in Pinellas County.
For more information, call 732-546-4103 or email
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly business luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki, 900
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
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Cost is $15 and members are urged to bring a guest.
Prospective members are welcome.
From 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, the
chamber will hold its monthly sunrise breakfast at Sign
of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Cost is $8 per person and members are asked to bring
Reservations are required for both events.
Also, the sixth annual Holmes Beach Founder's Day
Celebration March 1-2, hosted by the chamber and spon-
sored by The Islander newspaper, is in its final planning
Chamber vice president Deb Wing said vendor
booths are still available, particularly for restaurants and
"We have many fine restaurants already lined up to
participate, but we have a few slots to fill in the next
three weeks. We hope to have as many island and Cortez
restaurants as possible participate," she said.
Booth fees vary, but the cost is reasonable, Wing
The event benefits the chamber's college scholarship
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
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SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during
Jan. 26 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits. Bob Lee and Mike Martell drew the bye
into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and John
Crawford defeated Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle
21-14. Huyghe-Crawford followed up by defeating Lee-
Martell 21-12 in the finals.
Four teams emerged from pool play during Jan.
23 action. Bob Lee walked past Bob Mason and John
Johnson 21-10 in the first semifinal match, while Rod
Bussey and Bill Wright took out Dennis Vanegas and Paul
Sheatler 23-10. Lee walked all over Bussey and Wright
by a 23-12 score in the final.
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 and everyone is wel-
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ELIPTICAL EXERCISER IMAGE 8.0: Good condi-
tion, $100. Holmes Beach. 941-778-3624.
TENNIS RACKETS: ONE Prince, one Spalding,
like new, $30 each, queen bedspread, beach
print, $20. 941-737-9173.
TWO GARAGE DOOR openers: Complete, nearly
new, $80/each. 941-778-3920.
YELLOW HUMMER KID bike, $60. 941-778-
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUES: Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs,
collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: 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 classi-
email@example.com, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821.
(limited time offer)
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,
SENIORS GOLF: PLAY golf every Wednesday,
different top course weekly. Friendly, relaxed, not
highly competitive. www.gulfcoastseniors.com.
THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade
and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts,
artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African
handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegift-
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Sat-
urday. Donation drop-off 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednes-
day. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 941-779-2733.
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
WHITE ELEPHANT AND clothing sale: Special
pre-sale 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 (complimentary
sundae) and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Bake
sale, pickles, soup and sandwich bar. Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
MOVING SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. No early
birds. 2504 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.
LOST: FILIGREE GOLD hoop earring. Lost at
Publix, Sunday, Dec. 30. If found, please call
LOST RAY BAN sunglasses on Jan. 14 at the
BMW CAR KEYS: Lost on North Shore Drive,
Anna Maria. Call 901-496-4883, 901-486-0108.
LOST: PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES Jan. 20,
Bridge Street festival. Brown frames in brown
cloth sack. Call 765-491-9530, if found.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kit-
tens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-
BOAT SLIP FOR sale: 8300 block, Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. $25,000. 941-792-7965.
PONTOON BOAT: 20-foot, 50-hp, hard top,
recent upholstery and carpet. Extra lines and
preservers, $2,500. 941-778-4793.
WAVES BOAT CLUB membership, paid in full
through February, 2015. Great opportunity to
enjoy boating without the hassle of ownership
and without an initiation fee. www.wavesboat-
club.com. Call 321-427-4646.
FOR RENT: DEEP-water boat slip, north end of
Anna Maria. 941-794-8877.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL: See Anna Maria
Island by water! Phone, 941-518-3868. boat-
MINN KOTA TRANSOM mount trolling motor,
27-pound thrust, 36-inch shaft, $150. 941-779-
TRAILER: 2004 EZ Loader. Galvanized, 3,100
Ib., 20-foot capacity. Roll-on style, two-speed
winch, single axle, fiberglass step-on fenders,
surge brakes. 215/75R14 tires, good shape.
PART-TIME FRONT desk associate: Must have
excellent customer service skills and the ability
to work weekends and holidays. Please stop in
to fill out an application at Mainsail Beach Inn,
101 66th St., Holmes Beach or fax resume to:
941-201-3223. No phone calls please.
PERSONAL ASSISTANT NEEDED for purchasing
coordinator and production planner with the nec-
essary clerical duties to ensure timely and effi-
cient paper work processing. Send your resume
or interesting letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
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Wednesday's classified on Tuesday at www.
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JILA DE LA SII.S
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trust-
worthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student.
Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references,
30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
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.
HOUSE, PETS, SECURITY: 17 years experience.
Mature, reliable, responsible, trustworthy, honest.
Available to watch and care for your home/pets
6-8 months beginning sometime January. Refer-
ences. Devorah, 877-811-0304 or email: dvorah.
MORE ADS equals more readers in The Islander.
ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for
your wedding, home and special events. 941-
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER Repair Service: Fast
and reliable on-site computer repair service with
reasonable rates. CompTIA A+ and Network+
certified. Call today! Anthony Mitchell at 941-
BOOKKEEPING AND SMALL business consult-
ing services offered. Call lan, 941-730-1745 or
visit me at my shop, The Hive, 199 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Author "Small Business Sur-
I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade.
Hardware, software and network repair. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give Socko a call: 941-799-1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Call William Eller, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn-:, 1 .i":l i Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
SAN'S RESCREEN INj
"-:, *:-,GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C': :'P-
r : .:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, ifa> ~
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
Call Junior, 807-1015
Y HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesph LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
941.896.5256-office Free Estimates Licensed
941.807.5256-cell Ask about our 10% guarantee & Insured
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY INC.
Primary Doors & Glass Inserts
Custom Prep/Cut Downs
Fiberglass, Aluminum, Steel, Vinyl
*FREE ESTIMATES: Call 941.726.2280
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in
old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free
estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
Call the Neelys for a private showing
of this unique property. 941.809.5565,
1- 1 BR/1 BA,
2- 2BR/1 BA
HERON HARBOR 2/2
Updated ground-floor turn-
key condo. Priced to sell.
$109,900. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Nicely updated 3BR bungalow.
Fenced yard, great Location. A
steal at $99,999. Call Nicole
Skaggs, Broker 941-773-3966
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
941.778.6849, toll free 800.778.9599
NW POOL HOME
Stunning, beautifully updated
3BR/2.5BA executive home.
$288,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
RARE DEEP-WATER CANAL LOT
Walk to the beach. $525,000
Call Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415
or Carmen Pedota, 941-284-
GULF-FRONT COMPLEX PERICO BAYFRONT
Gulf views from light, bright, 3/2@$309,000! Search
updated 2BR/2BA condo. Turn- 1295 Edge Water Circle on
key furnished, priced to sell at youtube.com for video tour
$285,000. Call Nicole Skaggs, or call Josh Petitt, 231-330-
Broker, 941-773-3966. 2083.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo,
office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom
prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors
for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum,
steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates.
941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.
CUSTOM STONE, BRICK and Block: We do
remodeling, home additions, landscaping, paver
brick and home improvements, fire places, fire
pits, grills. Please, call Dave, 941-792-5206 or
CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job
too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
and condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlooking golf course.
Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesre-
1 BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo,
heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month,
$1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.
37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
BAY IN FRONT,
CANAL IN BACK
Don't buy a waterfront house until you see this.
You'll be pleasantly surprised. 3 BR/3 BA. Bay in
front, canal in back. $599,000.
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2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Available December-February, 2013.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch,
near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA home on canal with
pool, $2,200/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc.,
941-778-7200 or email: rentals@satorealestate.
VACATION HOME RENTAL: 3BR/2BA, minutes
to beach, $900/month, $2,500/month. Realtor,
941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PANORAMIC GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA, huge
deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available Janu-
ary 2014. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 813-
VACATION RENTAL: SUDDEN February vacancy.
3BR/2BA private pool home, NW Bradenton,
weekly/monthly. VRBO.com/334505. Coastal
Properties Realty. Suzanne, broker, call 941-
TURNKEY FURNISHED RENTAL: 1BR/1BA
1.3 miles to Island via Cortez Bridge. Elevated
duplex, spacious. $1,100/month. Desire annual
rental, will consider short term. 941-761-2725.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2 BR/2BA duplex. One block
from beach. Background and credit check. No
pets. $1,000/month. First, last and security. Avail-
able now. 813-672-1481.
CONDO FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished,
ground floor. No pets. Close to beach. Seasonal
or annual. 330-562-8945.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, storage, laundry
room, Holmes Beach. Small-pet friendly, close
to the beach. $1,000/month. First and last. Call
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, out-
door kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished.
$3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach.
Excellent investment rental income. www.flipkey.
com/124227. $269,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate. Need
listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call 941-592-
8373, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola Bay.
Last one, desirable area, underground services. 941-
2BR/2BA 2005 JACOBSEN home with share. Patio
and deck, possible boat slip. Furnished. Active 55-plus
community, beach and bay access. Call 267-266-
FOR SALE BY owner. 2BR/2BA 1,600 sf Anna Maria
canal home. 15,000-lb. boat lift. Terrific north end loca-
tion, walk to beach, boat in your backyard. Call Steve
WATERFRONT LOT: ONE acre, direct access to Man-
atee River, rare find, boating, fishing, Gulf beaches,
$319,000. WebPro Realty. Call Robert, 863-6026414.
HOUSE FOR SALE: 3BR/3BA canalfront, granite
counters, new air conditioning, 2,000 sf. $599,000.
By appointment only. 941-778-1620.
BRADENTON BEACH: OPEN 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 2BR/2BA
plus loft condo, dock, boat slip. Top floor, direct water-
front, amazing bay, Gulf views. Reduced to $399,000
prior to listing.117 10th St. N. 941-780-1482.
OPEN HOUSE: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.
3BR/2BA, pool, dock. Gulf-to-bay waterfront condo.
1407 Gulf Drive S. #201, Bradenton Beach. Asking
$440,000. By owner, 941-650-3069.
Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
516 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,710 sfla / 2,362 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car bayfront home built in 1971 on a 81x129
lot was sold 12/31/12, Chipain to Loiselle for $940,000;
529 Bayview Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,808 sfla / 3,571
sfur 3bed/3bath pool home built in 1976 on a 100x100 lot
was sold 01/08/13, Budd to Harry for $500,000.
210 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, was sold 01/07/13, Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC to Siegler for $500,000.
302 67th Street, Holmes Beach, a 1,716 sfla / 2,300
sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1960 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 12/31/12, 302 67th LLC to Flinn for $490,000; list
246 Gladiolous St., Anna Maria, a vacant 85x101 lot
was sold 01/07/13, Zdravecky to Hart for $294,000.
301 Chruch Ave., Bradenton Beach a 1,344 sfla / 2,168
sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1950 on a 101x101 lot was
sold 01/08/13, Land Trustee LLC to Florida Gulf Coast
Vacation Homes LLC for $260,000.
600 Manatee Ave., Unit 225, Westbay Cove, Holmes
Beach, a 1,176 sfla / 1,438 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1977 was sold 01/09/13, Brons to Dar-
mott for $240,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of
Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
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