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FEB. 6. 2013 FREE


VOLUME 21, NO. 14


AM halts homebuilding, lower height limit planned


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The past week was a roller coaster ride
for Anna Maria commissioners and residents.
Some longtime residents said it's just the city
getting back to its wild and crazy past.
On Jan. 24, commissioners approved a
motion to enforce a minimum of 30-day stay
for vacation homes, among other limits.
Following an uproar from those who
own vacation homes, commissioners held an
emergency meeting Jan. 29 and rescinded the
restriction. At the same meeting, commission-
ers agreed to meet weekly until they find solu-
tions to the myriad issues surrounding rentals
and new construction in the city.
The first of the weekly meetings took
place Jan. 31 and commissioners reached a
consensus for an immediate administrative
moratorium on new construction, while city
attorney Jim Dye prepares an ordinance to
enact a moratorium.
Commissioner Nancy Yetter was not at
the meeting, but she had sent an email asking
that moratorium discussion be delayed.
The commission's action preempted her
request.
Commissioners agreed that building
permit applications already "in the pipeline"
at city hall would not be affected by the mora-
torium.
After hearing numerous residents plead
for a reduction from the present 37 feet to a
27-foot building height restriction, commis-
sioners agreed, telling city planner Alan Gar-
rett to prepare an ordinance reducing the limit


Former Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffen-
baugh implores commissioners at the Jan. 31
city meeting to reduce height limits on new
construction to 27feet. Deffenbaugh was
mayor 1999-2001. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

for future permitting, essentially eliminating
new three-story homes.
Mayor SueLynn was concerned that would
be considered a "taking" of property rights and,
with city attorney Jim Dye absent, asked Com-
missioner Chuck Webb, an attorney, for his
opinion.
Webb said "each case is different" and it
would be difficult to give an opinion on how a
height restriction might affect someone. Essen-
tially, he said, a private citizen would have to
prove the height limit resulted in "a taking" of
his or her property rights.
If current building permit applications stay


Mayor redirects dog park funds


There's a new bring-your-own-bag rule
for folks who pick up doggy doo-doo at the
Holmes Beach dog park.
In a move he claims will encourage recy-
cling, Mayor Carmel Monti announced Jan. 30
the city will no longer supply doggy pickup
bags at HB Scentral, the city dog park at 62nd
Street and Flotilla Drive.
The $2,200 budget item,
he said, will be used for a
better, yet-to-be determined
purpose.
"I think plastic bags
Monti should be outlawed as they
are in many countries in
Europe. They are a bane on society," he wrote
in a Jan. 30 press release.
He noted abuses related to the bags pre-
viously provided by the city in dispensers in
and around the park, including use outside the
park.


.Biz Monti recommended residents bring and
reuse their plastic grocery bags to clean up
ages after their dogs, "instead of throwing them
i-27 away and us buying new ones."
Also related to the dog park, the parks and
beautification committee will meet at 6 p.m.
wl Wednesday, Feb. 6, at city hall, 5801 Marina
7 Drive, on the subject. They have allocated 15


Brenda Canning watches as her long-hair
German shepherd Harley meets Leo the
Chihuahua and Konnor Oelfke, 4, of Holmes
Beach, at Holmes Beach Scentral Park. Can-
ning operates Island Fitness in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

minutes to dog park concerns, including larger
signage for rules and etiquette, mud at the gate
to the shelter, dog licensing and non-island resi-
dents use of the park.
According to the agenda, the committee also
will discuss the possible use of island re-entry
tags and guest rental passes at the dog park.


in the pipeline and the city moves fast with a
new height ordinance, Webb said it would halt
future mega-homes, but he could not definitively
say the city would never be sued.
"It's a case-by-case basis," he said.
Future homes could also be limited to a
living area of 40 percent of the lot size, said
Garrett, and commissioners agreed. For a 5,000-
square-foot lot, that would provide 2,000 square
feet of living area, Garrett noted.
"That's big enough," said Commissioner
Gene Aubry, an architect.
One resident after another, including former
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh, spoke in favor of a
27-foot height limit.
Commission Chair John Quam agreed that
changing the height limit is a good start to halt-
ing the influx of multi-bedroom vacation rent-
als.
"People have been coming here and build-
ing mega-homes, living in them for a year and
then selling them," he said. Those large houses
were then turned into vacation rentals, attract-
ing more than the usual number of guests to an
accommodation, he said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland also was
concerned with rowdy renters, who create noise
and nuisance problems for city residents living
adjacent to party houses.
"That's what we're trying to solve," Quam
said, but the issues are inter-related and not all
can be solved at one meeting.
Woodland wanted the commission to estab-
lish a priority list of problems, and to direct code
enforcement to immediately address them.
Quam, however, said that's the mayor's job.
Commissioners can go directly to the mayor
with complaints, he noted, adding SueLynn has
been working with Sgt. Paul Davis, the new head
of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office-Anna
Maria substation, to improve enforcement.
Webb said he was involved with Dye and
the MCSO in establishing new guidelines for
deputies to handle complaints.
He said deputies will respond to a complaint
PLEASE SEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 4


Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing vacation
homeowners in Anna Maria, suggests commis-
sioners shouldn't use a bomb to kill a mosquito
in reference to harsh rental restrictions. More,
page 4. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


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2 0 FEB. 6, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Corps takes blame for Bradenton Beach dock delay


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Aaron Burr was a Revolutionary War hero and served
as vice president under Thomas Jefferson, but perhaps
one of his most famous quotes set an early tone for how
the government would operate well into the future.
ci \ % i do today what you can put off till tomorrow,"
he said.
Perhaps Burr never realized he may have invented
red tape when it comes to the slow process of govern-
ment, but residents along Eighth Street South in Bra-
denton Beach don't likely care, as they have been wait-
ing for almost two years to have the Eighth Street dock
replaced.
The old Eighth Street South dock is city-owned and
it was essentially condemned by the city about two years
ago with a promise that it would be replaced.
Budget issues have left the project out of the city's
priority list ever since, but this past summer, residents
on Eighth Street South stepped up to the plate and vol-
unteered to fund a new city dock on their own.
The news was welcomed by the city and efforts began
to have a new fishing pier approved by the appropriate
agencies that closely monitors development proposals on
a barrier island.
Burr's recommendation of putting something off
today to do tomorrow can take on a whole new meaning
when it comes to any project on Anna Maria Island.
After working through the red tape of other agencies,
building official Steve Gilbert sent the project proposal
to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Tampa Regulatory
Office more than a month ago, the final step needed to
begin construction.
In an email dated Jan. 24, Gilbert asked the corps for
an update.
"It has now been over a month, and I'm getting a
lot of questions about how long this is going to take,"
Gilbert wrote. "Can you give me an idea as to when we
can expect approval, so we can proceed?"
Mindy Hogan-Charles, a project manager at the
Tampa field office, responded the same day, but not nec-
essarily with good news.


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"Unfortunately, the Tampa Regulatory Office has
experienced a manpower shortage, which resulted in
pending projects being delayed," she wrote. "In addition,
I have been tasked by management to work on a highly
controversial and complex project, which is delaying my
pending projects."
Hogan-Charles said the Tampa office has recently
hired a project manager from another state, "and the
individual is currently being trained on local and state
of Florida issues ... at this time your project is currently
pending."
Gilbert responded saying he understood that nothing
on a barrier island is simple and sympathized with the
staff shortage.
"However, this particular project is probably the least
problematic as it could get," he wrote. "We are removing


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an old dock, which did not meet any kind of standards
and replacing it with a fully compliant fishing pier."
City commissioners approved the project in 2009,
but did not fund it. The city accepted bids in August 2012
when Eighth Street South residents volunteered to pay
the estimated $12,000 for the pier.
Gilbert said the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection approved the project in November, "So it's
been almost two months now. We have contractors wait-
ing on this project, as well as every resident on Eighth
Street South."
Gilbert suggested someone at the Tampa office
should take "a few minutes here and there, which would
clear up a lot of the little permits," such as this one.
As of Islander press time, there has been no further
response from the Tampa office.


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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 6, 2013 E 3

Center mortgage down, challenge met, donations decline


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Acting Anna Maria Island Community Center execu-
tive director Scott Dell told the board of directors that
after 2012 revenues and expenses, the center's $4.5 mil-
lion mortgage was down to $1.5 million.
On the negative side, Dell said donations and revenue
fell by $53,000 in 2012. However, he said, $30,000 of
revenue was used to pay interest on the mortgage.
Dell said the center cut back operating expenses by
more than $8,000 last year, mostly by staff assuming
more duties and responsibilities in lieu of new hires.
He noted the costs of some adult programs were
raised a few dollars, but the annual membership fee for
teenagers and children remains $30. The fee has not
increased in more than five years, he said.
Board member David Teitelbaum said he was disap-
pointed that donations declined, but Dell said the center
has seen worse years.
He noted the Lester Challenge to match $25,000 if
the center raised $25,000 was met, with the center raising


$27,000.
"The donations will come back," Dell said.
Board president Greg Ross said he hoped so. A major
goal of the board this year is to reduce the mortgage with
more fundraising events.
Dell said he expects good attendance at an upcoming
entertainment event. A Neil Diamond tribute concert was
a success, and he expects a Frank Sinatra tribute in Febru-
ary and an Elvis Presley impersonator show in March to
do as well or better.
Dell also noted the highly profitable fundraiser, the
annual tour of homes, is March 16.
The largest fundraiser is the annual Island Affaire,
which will be held in May. That event is expected to raise
$200,000 or more, Dell said.
"If it's good, we're OK," Ross said of the event and
its potential proceeds. "If it's not, we're in trouble."


Newly appointed Anna Maria Island Community
Center board of directors member Stewart Moon Jr.,
left, talks with board president Greg Ross Jan. 28 at the
center. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Ross also reported that the center received a $90,000
grant toward the purchase of a new $100,000 bus. The
center has to put up $10,000, but could then sell the old
bus, which was originally donated by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.
In other business, Steward Moon Jr. and Cindy
Thompson were elected to the board. Also, Thompson
and Teitelbaum were named to the governance commit-
tee. Ross said the governance committee and board must
review the center's by-laws before other elections.
Newly appointed executive director Dawn Stiles,
who is expected to assume her duties no later than April
1, joined the meeting via a teleconference call from Port-
land, Maine. She praised Dell and the board for their hard
work and dedication, particularly in fundraising ideas.
The next board meeting will be 8 a.m., Monday, Feb.
25, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.


Coquina salvage
lineup
Cars line up Jan. 26for the
hazardous waste collection
area, where salvage crews from
local area public works depart-
ments, the Manatee County
Utilities Department and other
operations accept items in the
annual E-Scrap and Hazardous
Waste Collection at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach.
The county hosts the event in
partnership with Anna Maria,
Holmes Beach, Bradenton
Beach and Longboat Key.
For more information about
electronic scrap and hazard-
ous waste collections, call
the county at 941-798-6761.
Islander Photo: Socko Pearson





4 E FEB. 6, 2013 U THE ISLANDER


More than 150 people fill the Anna Maria commission chamber, hall and stand outdoors to hear the Jan. 29 meeting at city hall. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

City hall overflows as AM commission reverses rental limits


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria commissioners were quick to put their
gears in reverse Jan. 29, rescinding their Jan. 24 action to
enforce 30-day minimum residential rentals. The 3-1 vote
at the emergency meeting called by Commission Chair
John Quam allows vacation rental homes to operate as
before Jan. 24.
Commissioner Nancy Yetter, who voted for the Jan.
24 motion, was unable to attend Jan. 29.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, who introduced the
13-page memo Jan. 24 recommending enforcement of
selective portions of the code, voted against rescinding
his motion, but later said he was glad to see the city take
action to solve the problem of rowdy renters and loud
parties at some rental homes.
Commissioner Dale Woodland reminded commis-
sioners he voted against the Jan. 24 motion opting
instead to study Webb's recommendations and consult
with the city attorney before he made a new motion
to "totally rescind" the Jan. 24 vote.
Following Woodland's motion and discussion, com-
missioners allowed an amendment by Commissioner
Aubry providing they immediately begin work on the
city's vacation home problems. They also agreed to meet
every Thursday until they get solid solutions and enforce-
ment in place.


AM commissioner

pleased with shakeup
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck Webb, who
shook things up with a Jan. 24 motion that was
approved to enforce 30-day minimum vacation rent-
als in the city's residential zone, said he's pleased
the city is working toward solu-
tions, even though commissioners
rescinded his motion Jan. 29.
Immediately after his motion
was rescinded, both Webb and
Commissioner Gene Aubry spoke
Webb to the urgent need to meet and dis-
cuss issues and related topics to the
vacation rental market. Aubry suggested the commis-
sion move "as fast as possible" toward solutions.
Webb added that with weekly workshops, "I hope
it means we're starting to get things done."
A good start, he said, is the list of best practices
for vacation rental owners, managers and tenants put
together last year with the help of Mayor SueLynn.
However, Webb worries some owners and agents
will ignore the practices for the sake of profit. It's all
about enforcement, he said.
SueLynn agreed. Positive enforcement of city
codes will put a halt to problem renters, she said.
While Webb's plan to enforce strict rental rules
was struck down, he remained upbeat about the future
of the city.
"We've got things moving and it's going to be
up to this commission to control the renters. Rental
owners aren't the problem, it's the renters," he said.
Mayor SueLynn said she hopes the word spreads
soon that loud parties are not welcome in Anna Maria.
A few citations issued to rowdy partygoers might
solve some problems, she suggested.
The mayor has a database of city rental proper-
ties, owner and managers for each, and details on any
recent complaints and violations for each property.


Aubry asked agents, owners, law enforcement or
anyone interested in finding workable solutions to prob-
lems related to vacation rentals, particularly loud noise
after 10 p.m. and other nuisances, to attend the Thursday
meetings and provide input.
Commissioners John Quam and Aubry conceded
they voted hastily Jan. 24 on Webb's 13-page memo and
did not take sufficient time to study the ramifications for
the city.
After the vote to rescind, Woodland said he was
"absolutely pleased with the direction the city is headed,"
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Two women strain to listen outdoors at a crowded Jan.
29 emergency meeting at Anna Maria City Hall.

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He said deputies will respond to a complaint of loud
noise or a rowdy party. If necessary, deputies will issue
a citation and pass the violation to code enforcement.
Resident Mike Coleman, principal with Pine Avenue
Restorations, including vacation rental properties, sug-
gested property managers and owners should be liable
for code citations.
Webb said many rental agencies, including those
operated by Larry Chatt and Mike Brinson, are willing
to work with the city, but a few are ignoring the policies
established in November and adopted by Chatt, Brinson,
the mayor and others.
The city might consider establishing a licensing
ordinance to track vacation homes because, Webb said,
renting a home is a commercial venture and the city can
require businesses to obtain a license and have it posted
in a conspicuous location on the property.
Code enforcement officers already have a database
of almost 500 rental properties and corresponding owners
and managers, but requiring a license for each vacation
rental would provide names and contact information for
owners of vacation rentals.
SueLynn said she would look at a license code for
businesses and report back to the commission.
"But we need the public to help," Webb said, and the
mayor noted the new attitude of MCSO deputies toward
nuisances.
Webb urged the public to call the MCSO number
with complaints. The new policy will result in action
by deputies and code enforcement officers. If a member
of the public feels they were ignored in making a com-
plaint, he urged them to come to city hall and make that
known.
Other issues related to vacation rentals and new con-
struction will be addressed at the next workshop, Quam
said, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at city hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.


and illuin should move quickly, I hope."
Mayor SueLynn said Manatee County Sheriff's
Office Sgt. Paul Davis would attend as many commis-
sion meetings as possible, and supports enforcement of
Anna Maria's existing codes. Davis is the new sergeant
in charge at the Anna Maria MCSO substation.
"Enforcement of our codes is key," SueLynn said.
"We don't want the few rowdy partygoers we've
had" the past two years, she said, even if it means call-
ing the rental agent, manager or owner to come and evict
rowdy tenants.
SueLynn said Anna Maria is not going to become
a "party city," despite the Web ads she's seen for large
home rentals in Anna Maria.


Meetings

Anna Maria City
Feb. 10, 6 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., wind mitigation workshop.
Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
Feb. 14, 6 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m., charter review commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 7, 1 p.m., city pier team.
Feb. 7, 7 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m., city commission workshop.
Feb. 20, 1 p.m., community redevelopment.
Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., capital improvements.
Feb. 21, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
tee.
Feb. 7, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 21, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 28, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Feb. 11, 9 a.m., tourist development council.
Feb. 12, 9 a.m., county commission.
Feb. 26, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Feb. 21, 6 p.m., district commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Feb. 5, 4 p.m., council of governments meeting at
Manatee County Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace
E., Bradenton.
Feb. 18, Presidents Day, government offices are
closed.
Feb. 20, 2 p.m. Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay
Isles Road, Longboat Key, 941-316-1656, www.long-
boatkey.org.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 6, 2013 5 5

HB prepares to revoke Mainsail plan, developer readies presentation


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Mainsail Anna Maria Lodge and Marina is preparing
to present to the city commission Feb. 12 its plans for the
commercial lodge and townhome development that has
been on hold since first being approved in 2001 for the
vacant land at Marina and Gulf drives in Holmes Beach
- once the site of the landmark Pete Reynard's Yacht
Club Restaurant.
At a Jan. 22 meeting, Commission Chair Jean Peelen
announced the developer's presentation would come
ahead of the public hearing set on the revocation or modi-
fication of the site plan at a Feb. 7 work session.
However, upon the advice of the city attorney, Peelen
later said the city changed the agenda to hold the hear-
ing to Feb. 12. According to city hall officials, the legal
notices required for the hearing were mailed Jan. 25 and
the hearing would be delayed.
Mainsail Lodging and Development president Joe
Collier acknowledged the date change, but apparently
did not fully understand that he would be going before
the commission in a public hearing with the intent being
to revoke the site plan for the development.
"We're planning to make a presentation," he said.
"We'll have our architect, engineer, project manager
- our whole team will be there. We'll go step by step
through the background, all the plans and minor changes
- we've tweaked them somewhat. I think it will help
everyone become more educated."
Collier said he would present a new project schedule,
as well as design changes, including improvements for
traffic circulation. In addition, he said he's been talking
to Wells Fargo Bank about a lease for parking, and hopes
to have word before his Feb. 12 presentation.
The site plan initially included a 120-seat restaurant,
banquet rooms, a bar and nine resort units in the lodge,
and 31 townhome units that were to be sold as timeshare
condominiums.
In 2009, Mainsail representatives met with then-
Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes
and proposed reducing the project to 37 residential units,
concealing the stairs and elevators in the building, and


reducing the lodge building from three to two floors.
Collier said the 2009 improvements were still
planned, and Mainsail would be reusing some of the
auger cast piles now rusted rebar sticking out of the
ground that were installed before the development stalled
- in the new design.
Picking up from the plans which stalled after the oil
spill in 2010, Mainsail set a project schedule last year
that proposed design and permit deadlines. However, the
developer has failed to meet it's proposed schedule and
also allowed weeds to flourish and the permit to expire
for the sales trailer on the derelict property.
In December, the developer sent in crews to clean up
the property, but it remains overgrown and appears to be
abandoned.
Also in December, Collier and two other Mainsail
representatives met with the mayor and city staff. Main-
sail told the group they wanted to move slowly, construct-
ing building-by-building, as units sell.
Approved by the city commission in 2001, a 50-slip
marina has been the only completed part of the devel-


opment. The city rents the docks to Mainsail, and city
budgets indicate approximately $11,500 annually in the
past three years.
In 2001, the commission approved the site plan for
the property, then known as Tidemark Lodge, as proposed
by Carlingford Development Company. After Tidemark's
bankruptcy in 2004, the property was sold to a group
of investors, including Anna Maria Island residents Ed
Chiles, Michael Coleman, Ted LaRoche and Louis and
Mary Alice Collins.
At the Jan. 22 meeting, Commissioner Judy Titsworth
announced she received a telephone call from Chiles, but
that she had advised him she could not speak with him
due to the upcoming quasi-judicial hearing.
City attorney Patricia Petruff confirmed Titsworth's
concern about such communications. She said while
conversations may occur, the law requires disclosure of
ex-parte communications and why such communications
will not impact their decision-making when public offi-
cials act in a quasi-judicial capacity, such as will occur
at the Feb. 12 hearing.


Some Holmes Beach
S commissioners say
overgrown land-
scaping, dead plants
and litter at the
sales trailer on the
Mainsail property,
5325 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach,
give an appearance
the project in the
downtown area is
abandoned. Islander
File Photo: Kathy
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6 E FEB. 6, 2013 U THE ISLANDER






Rare bird
Seems like whatever gathering you attend on Anna
Maria Island, from chamber mixer to city meeting, folks
introduce themselves based on how long they've been
coming here to visit, or how long they've lived here.
We call it the "pecking order." Sometimes at city
meetings, you start feeling like folks are aging them-
selves and the years they've lived here increase dispro-
portionate to the turn of the calendar pages.
They're just the quirky birds among many who
choose to live here year-round.
Of course, we have our share of chicken-little types,
too. You know, the ones who warn against any sort of
change and oppose progress.
But we're noticing a trend on the island and you
could knock folks over with a feather before they'd
believe it. Then it sinks in. Snowbirds are an endangered
species. They're disappearing before our eyes.
While the resident population has been thinning,
this is an alarming decline.
Back in the day, in the 1960s and '70s, the island
was attractive to folks heading into retirement. They
came here in "flocks," from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio,
Illinois and the northeast to invest in homes or vacant
lots to fulfill their future plans.
Not yet, they'd say about full-time island living.
Many invested in a double nest for their home away
from home, with one side for renters, year-round or
seasonal. Wealthy folks bought two lots and built one
big nest for their months in the sun.
Snowbirds all. Winter friends.
But there's change in the wind.
The island was in the talons of the declining econ-
omy after 2008 and the burst of the island real estate
bubble, and we began to see the effects on tourism
of higher rental rates and lower spending, as well as
a nationwide trend toward shorter stays in vacation
homes.
The saving grace was those folks who could afford
to come here. Many shared accommodations with col-
lege friends and their families or their own extended
family, but at least that kept them coming.
And more frequently than not, they too came to
love this 7-mile stretch of paradise.
They wanted a share, not just of the island life, but
our ability to succeed. They didn't bargain on being
labeled as second-class islanders.
They bought a new vacation "nest" with cash flow
and a dream to go with it.
They're not the traditional snowbirds, but they're
helping the island economy sing nonetheless.
They're rare birds part of the new tourism that
breeds on the Internet.
Got any bird seed?

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R-2, D-2 reality check
I'm amazed that the city of Holmes Beach still
refers to R-2 zoning as some kind of "residential" area.
This ended almost 10 years ago and now, if anyone
understands reality, needs to be changed to one of the
following:
T-2, Transient.
M-2, Motel.
P-2, Party.
I-2, Investor.
D-2, Developer.
Let's be realistic, people.
Bob McCaffrey, Holmes Beach

Fishing fest to
include bridge booth
The Florida Department of Transportation is plan-
ning to rehab or replace the Cortez Bridge in the near
future.
Atkins Engineering in Palmetto has arranged to
have a tent Feb. 16-17 at the Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival,
with information and displays about choices for repair
or replacement of the bridge, with the purpose of allow-
ing local residents to give input and 'u..'i. 'lOnIs
Don't miss this opportunity to have your voice
heard and incorporated into the options and designs of
a new or improved bridge.
Linda Molto, Cortez (FISH festival chair)

A note of thanks
Saturday evening a week ago my husband and I
noticed a blue heron in our backyard. The bird was
having trouble walking and, apparently, could not fly.
On closer look, we saw that the bird's legs and body
were entangled in fishing line.
I called Wildlife Inc., a wonderful wildlife rescue
located on Anna Maria Island. Gail Straight and Damen
Hurd of Wildlife Inc. came out quickly, assessed the
situation, cut the fishing line and freed the bird. The


heron also had six fishing hooks embedded in its leg,
and Straight held the big bird as Hurd patiently and
skillfully removed the hooks.
It was determined that the bird's injuries needed
further attention, and it was taken to Wildlife's rehabili-
tation center for antibiotics and care. When it is well, it
will be returned to the mangroves in our backyard.
I was told blue herons are territorial and so it will
be back.
How fortunate we are to have such a caring and
compassionate organization here on Anna Maria Island.
I cannot thank Wildlife Inc. enough for its dedication,
knowledge and compassion for our wildlife.
As a bird and animal lover, I am a big fan and very
thankful.
You can learn about this organization online at
www.wildlifeinc.org.
Karen Hasler, Anna Maria

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S* Residents of the Sandpiper, 2601 Gulf Drive, Bra-
denton Beach, purchased the mobile home park from
the Vorbeck family, who had planned to sell the resort
to a condominium developer, but were required to allow
residents the right of first refusal. Resort association
president Gordon Cleland said the association raised
more than $9 million to pay the Vorbecks. A mobile
4, home park has existed on the site since the 1930s.
Holmes Beach commissioners voted 3-2 to build
Sa skate park adjacent to the city's public works facil-
ity. City attorney Patricia Petruff said Manatee County
commissioners signed an interlocal agreement with the
City to budget $5,000 annually for liability insurance.
/ Then-Mayor Carol Whitmore said the Hagen family
-, pledged $42,000 to build the park. Commissioners Rich
Bohnenberger and Roger Lutz voted against the motion
due to continued liability concerns.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said some members
of the merchants village association had a misconcep-
tion that the city was instituting permit parking. She said
the city was seeking additional public parking and the
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Holmes Beach puts halt on private appraisals for remodels


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Looking to eliminate private appraisals that regulate
rehabs from the city's land development code, Holmes
Beach commissioners directed their city attorney to begin
drafting a new ordinance based on Manatee County prop-
erty appraiser's values.
Private appraisals are part of the city's land develop-
ment code that implements the Florida building code and
Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations,
including what is commonly called the 50 percent rule.
If an owner seeking to remodel a ground-level home
chooses not to elevate the first floor of living area, the rule
restricts substantial improvements to less than 50 percent
per year based on the structure's value.
According to city code, value is determined either
by an independent certified appraisal, actual cash value
or adjusted tax-assessment, as well as the owner's and
contractor affidavits attesting to project costs.


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission with the
exception of one commissioner agreed to direct its
planner to begin drafting an ordinance that will eliminate
the separation of duplex units by underground footers.
With city planner Bill Brisson present at their Jan. 31
work session, commissioners discussed changes that will
instead require a party wall joining two-family dwellings,
as well as related setbacks in the Residential-2 zone.
Following a k ithlli discussion on setbacks which
the commission decided not to change Commission
Chair Jean Peelen directed Brisson to draft an ordi-
nance to stop underground or above ground connections
between duplex units and grandfather properties where
one of the two units already has been permitted.
Brisson provided commissioners with a Jan. 18
memorandum on the proposed code changes.
Peelen asked Brisson to clarify proposed regulations
on existing two-family dwellings separated by a footer
or other means to eliminate the impression the city will
permit them in the future.


Though not present at the Jan. 31 work session, city
attorney Patricia Petruff advised the commissioners on
the issue in a Jan. 30 email.
She recommended the commission delete the
option that allows independent appraisal determinations
of market value, "and instead rely upon the property
appraiser's value of the structure plus a percentage in
the range of 15-20 percent."
For homesteaded properties, Petruff said a county
database may be available to rectify artificially low
market values due to the 3 percent homestead cap, and
suggested the commission consider using "that value for
homesteaded structures, plus the agreed upon percent-
age.
Another way to determine market value is by sales
price, building inspector Tom O'Brien told commission-
ers.
Mayor Carmel Monti said the appraisal issue is rel-
evant to all zones and recommended a uniform process


Commissioner David Zaccagnino disagreed with
the commission's direction, saying, "Two separate small
buildings are much more attractive than if we force people
to put them together."
"We' re going to have one massive building instead
of two smaller ones that will be landscaped and buffered
a lot better. Because of FEMA regulations, they're going
to go up," he said.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
formerly mayor of the city, told commissioners the inter-
pretation changed to allow the underground separation
during her term.
"(Building official) Bill Saunders started it probably
in 2006 just before I left," she said.
Whitmore continued, "He met with a local builder
here. We all know the person. He's been around here as
long as I can remember. They had a cup of coffee one
day. Because the houses were starting to look like big
houses, because everyone was trying to get the bipl.''I.
house possible, this guy decided to go with the single-
foundation thing."
PLEASE SEE DUPLEX, NEXT PAGE


be established.
The market value determination for rehabs was one
of the commission-identified objectives to lift the Res-
idential-2 building moratorium enacted Dec. 25 by the
commission, although determining values will be appli-
cable to all districts.
With the moratorium in place, commissioners plan
to revamp city building laws and policies to discourage
large homes and encourage old Florida-style develop-
ment.
Commissioner Marvin Grossman questioned past
rehabs based on independent appraisals, and favored
the county appraiser value as a way to achieve a consis-
tency.
O'Brien agreed, "I think the approach of using
another source to determine this instead of having
to argue with someone at the counter makes our job
easier. It makes it more consistent from one person to the
next."
Since being hired in December, O'Brien has sought
to clarify the city's implementation of rehab rules.
O'Brien says he disagrees with past building offi-
cial decisions on substantial improvements. In a Decem-
ber report, he told commissioners that major structural
replacements, such as major portions of a roof or exte-
rior walls, are substantial improvements regardless of the
cost.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino agreed with the
mayor that a new comprehensive process should be put
in place.
"I have confidence in the building department that
they will come up with something so everybody in all
districts are on the same page, and that all the builders
know," he said.
Commissioner Judy Titsworth asked whether the
city has the authority to allow people to remodel over
a period, referencing a rule that prohibits additional
improvements within a calendar year after a remodeling
project is permitted.
"What if the previous owners have maxed out on the
50 percent?" Titsworth asked.
O'Brien said he'd research that question, adding that,
"I believe the city's policy has been and continues to be
a one-year cycle."


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Appraisal method changes
A rehab project last year at 531 Key Royale Drive,
Holmes Beach, is one project in which the city applied
the private appraisal/cost affidavit method to determine
whether construction would fall within the allowance
established by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency's 50 percent rule. Islander File Photo: Kathy
Prucnell
DUPLEX CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
Whitmore encouraged the city to find ways to allow
builders and owners to be creative, and to discourage
building larger structures.
Resident architect Terry Parker suggested staggered
front- and rear-yard setbacks to avoid the massive appear-
ance of residential structures.
Building code and policy changes are expected to
continue before the commission lifts the building mora-
torium, which is set to expire June 25.
The commission next meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
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HB mayor redirects DOT funded plan to 789


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach's southeast corridor is planned to be
more pedestrian-friendly with a Florida Department of
Transportation project expected to break ground before
the end of the year.
New plans redirect the funding from a previous plan
on Manatee A\ c. Ini. State Road 64 to an 8-foot-wide side-
walk providing access from Gulf Drive to Grassy Point
Preserve as well as sidewalks and shelters on Gulf Drive
and State Route 789/East Bay Drive from the city's south-
ernmost border at 27th Street to Manatee Avenue.
At the city's Jan. 31 commission meeting, Mayor
Carmel Monti announced the reconfiguration of the proj-
ect originally submitted in 2008.
Earlier this month, Monti and building inspector
David Greene met with an engineer contracted by DOT,
as well as Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization representatives, looking to come up with a new
plan for the state right of ways.
They worked out the scope of the project and identi-
fied a $466,972 estimate for construction. An additional
$43,330 is budgeted for staff and consultants to manage
the project, for a $510,302 project cost.
Part of the 2008 plan, which called for a sidewalk
on Manatee Avenue, was completed last year by DOT.
The sidewalk along Manatee was installed with funds
made available for shovel-ready projects by the Ameri-
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the Manatee sidewalk and landscaping improvements
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Feb. 9.
Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The privateers host vendors selling arts and crafts,
antiques, household goods and other items.
Shoppers also will find produce, as well as lunch and


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AGAMI presents painting
workshops
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will offer a
series of workshops with painter Kathy Sparks in Febru-
ary and March.
Sparks will teach "Star of the Sea Mermaid" at 10
a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, and again at 10 a.m. Thursday,
March 7.
The fee is $65 for members and $80 for non-mem-
bers.
She also will teach "Old Florida Palm" at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28, and again at 10 a.m. Thursday, March
28.
The fee is $60 for members and $75 for non-mem-
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The workshops will take place at CrossPointe Fel-
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'Sinatra' singer 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 for reservations is Wednesday, 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.
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breakfast items. The privateers will be grilling hamburg-
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and holding a bake sale.
Vendor registration begins at $25.
Other market dates are March 9 and April 13.
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Arts and crafts show
benefits butterfly park
An arts and crafts show in February will benefit the
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The show will feature arts and crafts vendors,
apparel, plants and home goods, food and beverage sales
and music by Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksel.
The show will take place Feb. 9-10 at Holmes Beach
city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
For more information, call 352-344-0657 or go
online to www.tnteventsinc.com.

Kiwanis meeting Feb. 9
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. The club will hold a board meeting.
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at
941-778-1383.

AMICCO to perform
all-Beethoven concert
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
in C."
Soloists include Joy Leitner,
Jinho Park, David Kesler and Martha
DiPalma.
The 2012-13 season is dedicated
to AMICCO founder Willem Bartels-
man, who died last May. And the Feb.
Park 10 concert is AMICCO's "showcase
anniversary celebration," with maestro
Alfred Gershfeld, who has been artistic
director and principal conductor since
1993.
"This is indeed a special year as
we celebrate and honor the founder
Leitner of AMICCO, the late Willem Bartels-
man," said AMICCO board president James Stoltie. "We
know how proud he was ofAMICCO's expanded reper-
tory and the musical quality under the baton of maestro
Alfred Gershfeld."
Stoltie continued, "In AMICCO's early years, the
focus was on Baroque repertory. Over time, AMICCO
ventured into a broad range of repertory, including full
concert performances of light and grand opera as well as
operetta. Willem was able to enjoy and take pride in the
amazing expansion of his founding vision."
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Islander explores iconic
American poets
Anna Maria resident Tom Aposporos, a stage vet-
eran, will present "Frost, Whitman and Langston Hughes:
Poems About America" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13,
at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The presentation, according to a news release, "looks
at America from a variety of poetic lenses: (Walt) Whit-
man's ecstatic Civil War-era odes to our land and people,
(Robert) Frost's meditative and philosophical homage to
traditional New England values and Hughes rhythmic,
pounding and incisive personification of the black expe-
rience in America. Readings will be interspersed with
narration exploring the poems, their meanings, and why
they are as prescient now as when they were written."
Aposporos resides in Anna Maria, where he is active
in civic affairs, and works on Longboat Key, where he is
a leader in the business community.
He also is a veteran actor and director. In 2005, Apos-
poros appeared locally in the "Metamorphoses," and last
year performed the dramatic readings for the Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra production of Ran-
dall Thompson's "Frostiana."
Aposporos is the founder of Theatre Odyssey, an
actors and writers' company specializing in new work
by emerging writers.
The cost is $15 for center members and $20 for non-
members.
For more information or tickets, call the center at
941-383-8811 or e-mail info@lbkeducationcenter.org.

Annunciation to hold sale
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a white elephant
sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
A pre-sale will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, with
admission costing $5.
The sale will include clothing items, household items,
as well as the volunteers' jarred pickles and a soup and
sandwich bar.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
1638.


Photo-artwork by Jay Canterbury

Art league hosts
Jay Canterbury show
The Anna Maria Island Art League will present the
work of Jay Canterbury, an award-winning photographer,
Feb. 8-March 6.
The exhibit will be at the AMIAL gallery, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, and celebrated with a
reception on Friday, Feb. 8. The reception, from 5:30-
7:30 p.m., coincides with Artwalk in downtown Holmes
Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-2099.


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Kay Johnson will lead a workshop on weaving baskets
Thursday, Feb. 7, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Courtesy Photo

AGAMI presents
basket-weaving workshop
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will present
Kay Johnson leading a workshop on basket-weaving 10
a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
The cost to attend is $40 for AGAMI members and
$55 for non-members.
The workshop will take place at CrossPointe Fellow-
ship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Pre-registration is required.
For more information, go online to amiartistsguild-
gallery.com or call the Guild Gallery at 778-6694.

Longboat Democrats host
civil rights tribute
The Longboat Key Democratic Club will honor the
memory of civil rights leader Carroll Johnson with a trib-
ute at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Longboat Key
Club & Resort.
The program at the resort, 220 Sands Point Road,
Longboat Key, includes lunch and performances by the
West Coast Black Theater Troupe.
For more information or reservations, call Jane
Albaum at 941-362-0520 or Murray Blueglass at 941-
383-4899.

Longboat chapel offers
financial seminar
The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, will host financial professional Jodi
Egger for a seminar Thursday, Feb. 7.
The free program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the cha-
pel's Aging in Paradise Resource Center.
Other programs include a seminar Thursday, Feb. 14,
about heart health and nutrition and a health fare with free
screenings Thursday, March 14.
For more information, call the chapel at 941-383-
6491.

Off Stage Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players will meet
Wednesday, Feb. 13, for lunch and a program.
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The program features Carol Heckman delivering a
dramatic reading.
Reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 8, by
calling Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181.


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Thursday, Feb. 7
2 p.m. Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series
presents Jennifer Bennett, a volunteer lecturer for Southeastern
Guide Dogs, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-34217.

Friday, Feb. 8
2 p.m. Alzheimer's support group meeting, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
4-6 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, previews a white elephant sale. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1638.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Artwalk in downtown Holmes Beach, with
galleries and boutiques holding receptions and open houses. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6648.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a reception for artist Terry Denson as part ofArtwalk.
Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30-7:30 p.m. As part of Artwalk, an artist reception with
photographer Chris Collins, the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
5:30-7:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a reception for Jay Canterbury and his
exhibit. Information: 941-778-2099.

Saturday, Feb. 9
8 a.m.-3 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market,
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and
board meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
1383.
10 a.m. Origami workshop, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Arts and crafts show to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Butterfly Park, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.
10 a.m. Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Roger Rockefeller, "Watercolor
Painting Techniques." Information: 941-778-6648.
6 p.m. Sinatra Sings supper and show, Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1908.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Today is the Chinese New Year.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts and crafts show to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Butterfly Park, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.
2 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
all-Beethoven concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.

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Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meet-
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Information: 941-794-8044.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Today is Ash Wednesday.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting
and lunch, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.
2 p.m. Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series
presents author H. Terrell Griffin on writing mysteries, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.

Off-island
Thursday, Feb. 7
9:30 a.m. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, hosts a financial seminar. Information: 941-383-6491.

Friday, Feb. 8
Noon-4 p.m. Village of the Arts Annual Open Studio Tour
featuring 18 artists at work, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West and
12th Avenue West area, Bradenton. Information: 941-447-3795.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Noon-4 p.m. Village of the Arts Annual Open Studio Tour
featuring 18 artists at work, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West and
12th Avenue West area, Bradenton. Information: 941-447-3795.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
11:30 a.m. Longboat Key Democratic Club honors the
memory of civil rights leader Carroll Johnson and a lunch, Long-
boat Key Club & Resort, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. Fee
applies. Information: 941-383-4899.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
3 p.m. Islander Tom Aposporos presents "Frost, Whitman
and Langston Hughes: Poems About America," the Longboat Key
Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee
applies. Information: 941-383-8811.

Ongoing
Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the
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Island library hosts lectures on
guide dogs, mysteries
The Friends of the Island Library will host a lecturer
discussing the Southeastern Guide Dogs program at 2
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The lecture, "Follow the Puppy, will explore the
training of guide dogs and offer an opportunity to meet
a puppy and its handler.
Also, mystery writer H. Terrell Griffin of Longboat
Key at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the library. Griffin
is a former soldier and trial lawyer, as well as the author
of the Matt Royal series. The action in his books often
takes place on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
For more, call the library at 941-778-6341.

LEFT: A service dog with Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Islander Courtesy Photo

Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-708-6130.
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.
*Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m.,Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
Information: 779-1416.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext.
6318.
*Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1541.
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m.,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Thursday, through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
778-3580.
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-
tion: 941-778-3580.
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-


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The Longboat Key Democratic Club will honor the
memory of civil rights leader Carroll Johnson with a trib-
ute at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Longboat Key
Club & Resort.
The program at the resort, 220 Sands Point Road,
Longboat Key, includes lunch and performances by the
West Coast Black Theater Troupe.
For more information or reservations, call Jane
Albaum at 941-362-0520 or Murray Blueglass at 941-
383-4899.

NYT bestselling author
to lecture at library
New York Times bestselling author Echo Heron of
Cortez will talk about writing and publishing at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Island Library, 5701 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
She'll also sign copies of her books "Intensive
Care: The Story of a Nurse," \kI.I )," "Panic," "Para-
dox," "Noon at Tiffany's" and others at the Sandra
French Gallery, 1102 12th St. W., Village of the Arts,
Bradenton, on Friday, March 1.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
1721.


tion: 941-254-4972.
First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-
779-0564.
Tuesday, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group meets,
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-4579.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
Feb. 14, Big Band/Sweetheart Dance presented by the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908.
Feb. 16-17, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Better Fish
to Fry, on the waterfront in the historic fishing village of Cortez. Fee
applies. Information: 941-722-4524.
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Terry Denson in February. Her
exhibit at the gallery is "Every-
day Delights." A reception with
the artist will take place 5:30-
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Denson is an accomplished
sailor who has traveled extensively in the Caribbean
and Central America, where she finds inspiration for
her work. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28. For more
information, go to www.islandgallerywest.com or call
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Holmes Beach, serves a pancake breakfast. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-4769.
Feb. 17, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, hosts pianist Bob Milne in concert, followed by a recep-
tion. Information: 941-778-0414.
Feb. 18, President's Day.
Feb. 22, Spaghetti supper, Annie Silver Community Center,
103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Info: 941-778-3580.
Feb. 24, Pirates spring training begins, McKechnie Field, 1611
Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.

Save the date
March 1-2, Island Cityfest, city field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
March 2, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

Calendar announcements
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The minimum dead-
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Artwalk set
Artwalk on Friday,
Feb. 8 in Holmes
Beach includes Island
Gallery West, Art-
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Maria Island, Rest-
less Natives, Libby's
Jewelry & Gifts, Beach
Life AMI and Island
Tattoo. Receptions,
where walkers can
meet artists and enjoy
refreshments, will be
5:30-7:30 p.m. Islander
Courtesy Photo
Rockefeller on
watercolors
Island Gallery West continues to
host free weekly demonstrations,
with watercolorist Roger Rock-
efeller providing instruction on
painting boats. The program will
be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at
the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more
information, call the gallery at 941-778-6648.

Collins shows
camera work
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island will showcase the work
of island photographer Ch1,
Collins this month. To celebrate,
I AGAMI invites the public to
a reception for the artist and
public at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The
event will coincide with Artwalk. For more informa-
tion, call the gallery at 941-778-6694 or go online to
amiartistsguildgallery.com. Islander Photo: Courtesy
AGAMI

Longboat chapel offers
financial seminar
The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, will host financial professional Jodi
Egger for a seminar Thursday, Feb. 7.
The free program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the cha-
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Other programs include a seminar Thursday, Feb. 14,
about heart health and nutrition and a health fare with free
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For more information, call the chapel at 941-383-


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Interim chief, five others apply for Holmes Beach chief


Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson and five others
have thrown their hats into the ring for the permanent
position as the top law enforcement
officer in Holmes Beach.
Mayor Carmel Monti appointed
B -, Stephenson to head the department on
an interim basis in December, follow-
ing Jay Romine's retirement.
Stephenson Shortly after Romine announced
his last day, Monti said he would look
for his replacement using the Florida Police Chiefs Asso-
ciation, but soon changed his mind, deciding on a closer-
to-home search.
As of Jan. 30, the city had not advertised for the
permanent position, but following the former chief's
announcement, resumes and applications began to arrive
at city hall.
Monti indicated last week he is in no hurry to fill the


permanent spot or to replace Stephenson.
He said he prefers "to promote from within," but
is still gathering information and overseeing the interim
chief's job performance.
Upon inquiry, the mayor said he is updating appli-
cants on the status of the search.
Second in command under Romine for more than
19 years, Stephenson has been with the department for
26 years. He opted into the Florida Retirement System
Deferred Retirement Option Plan in 2011. He must retire
no later than July 31, 2016.
Stephenson expressed interest in the permanent posi-
tion to the date of his retirement, and submitted a plan for
his first year in office.
Others seeking the position and submitting their
interest in the chief's job are:
Capt. William L. Tokajer, now with Longboat Key
Police Department, and previously a Bradenton Police


Department deputy chief.
Capt. J. Stephen Litschauer, assigned to the sex
offender unit in the Manatee County Sheriff's Office,
and previously with MCSO's legal affairs and support
division.
Former sheriff of Bartholomew County, Ind., Ken-
neth J. Whipker, now an Indiana Department of Correc-
tions executive liaison for county sheriff and jail opera-
tions.
MCSO Det. John J. Kenney, assigned to homicide,
and previously the MCSO-Anna Maria substation ser-
geant and commander.
MCSO Lt. D. Richie Cunningham, a patrol lieu-
tenant with Manatee County Sheriff's Office, recently
assigned to head the division that includes the city of
Anna Maria.
The charter provides that the mayor appoints the
chief with concurrence from the city commission.


Shoplifting arrest leads to drug charges against HB man


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 42-year-old Holmes Beach man faces multiple
felony drug charges after being arrested for shoplifting
at Kmart, 7350 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Michael
Fitzpatrick, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, was observed by
a loss prevention officer at the store's
jewelry counter taking off his watch
0 and replacing it with a new one.
Fitzpatrick allegedly went to the
register to pay for several other items,
but attempted to leave the store without
Fitzpatrick paying for the watch. The loss preven-
tion officer had contacted the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office and a deputy was waiting for
Fitzpatrick outside the store.


He was placed under arrest for petit theft. The watch
was valued at $30.
During a search of Fitzpatrick, the deputy allegedly
found a bag containing .07 grams of a powder that field-
tested positive for methamphetamine.
According to the report, the deputy also found a pill
bottle containing 20 morphine pills and 29 doses of oxy-
codone.
Fitzpatrick allegedly said he had a prescription for
the pills, but keeps them in a different bottle to avoid
getting robbed. The reports states he then told depu-
ties that he did not know the methamphetamine was in
his shorts, saying the shorts he was wearing were not
his.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail on
misdemeanor petit theft, felony possession of meth-
amphetamine and two counts of felony possession of


a controlled substance and held on more than $3,000
bond.
According to jail records, Fitzpatrick posted bond
Jan. 29 and was released.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb.
22, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton.

Island watch
To report information on a felony crime, call Man-
atee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
6311; or Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5807.
In emergencies, call 911.


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Streetlife

Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Jan. 22, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, motor vehi-
cle theft. Unknown persons stole a motor scooter valued
at $250.
Jan. 23, 400 block of North Bay Boulevard, crimi-
nal mischief. A man reported someone had broken out
the taillights of his girlfriend's vehicle sometime during
the night while it was parked in the driveway.
Jan. 23, 100 Spring Ave., disturbance. Law enforce-
ment responded to a call at the Sandbar Restaurant of
a woman who was following customers. An employee
noticed she was wearing an emergency medical bracelet
with her husband's contact information. The husband was
contacted.
Jan. 25, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, burglary. A
complainant reported someone managed to gain entry
through a locked door and stole several items of fishing
gear valued at $1,000.
Jan. 27, 200 block of Spring Avenue, battery. A
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped at an
intersection while on routine patrol. A vehicle pulled
up behind him with its headlights and blinkers flashing.
The deputy observed two people in the vehicle ithlo\ ing
punches at each other. The vehicle traveled southward
on Gulf Drive and the deputy initiated a traffic stop,
making contact with two females. The driver reported
she was arguing with her sister when she began to punch
her. The sister confirmed the story, saying they were in
a "sister rivalry," and declined to explain further. The
deputy arrested the 24-year-old Panama City woman on
a misdemeanor battery charge.
Jan. 28, 8605 Gulf Drive, CrossPointe Fellowship
Church, theft. While attending church, a male complain-
ant reported someone stole an acoustic guitar that he had
placed on top of his vehicle.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
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Jan. 28, 6000 block of Marina Drive. A 36-year-old
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suspended habitual offender. A Holmes Beach Police
Department officer ran a routine tag check, which came
back as a suspended license. The officer made contact
with the driver and discovered his license was suspended
as an habitual offender in 2003. The subject was booked
into the Manatee County jail and held on $2,000 bond.
His vehicle was impounded.
Jan. 24,400 block of Clark Lane, vehicle burglary/
found property. A good Samaritan reported to HBPD
some found identification cards. Police learned that the
cards belonged to a man whose vehicle had been burglar-
ized the night before and a wallet had been stolen. While
returning the ID cards to the victim, a neighbor delivered
the victim's driver's license, saying he had found it on
the road.
Jan. 24, 3900 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. A man
reported two of his vehicle's hubcaps were stolen while
he was away at work. The hubcaps were valued at $60.
The victim said he knew that he would likely never see
them again, but wanted to report the incident to encour-
age more patrols near the parking lot where the incident
occurred.
Jan. 26, 2800 block of Avenue B, disturbance.
Police responded to a call of a fight and made contact
with a group of people. A female living at the residence
told police a man had come to the home uninvited and
would not leave. His refusal to leave led to a physical
altercation with another man. Police issued trespass warn-
ings to the uninvited man as well as two other men.
Jan. 27, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, vehicle
burglary. A man reported that someone entered his Jon
boat during the night and stole several items valued at
$610, including a depth finder and fishing gear. The
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White, who sent in the photo, said he'd wondered
about this sign in Holmes Beach for some time. It now
has been replaced by the city with one that correctly
alerts drivers they are at the intersection of Gulf Drive.
The Islander challenged readers to find the sign, and
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Bradenton Beach floating dock clears final hurdle maybe


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Email communications between the city of Braden-
ton Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicate
one of the final hurdles delaying the city's floating dock
repairs may have been cleared.
The dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier
shut down early in June 2012 due to damaged dock sec-
tions caused by wave action against improperly designed
hinges. Plans for repairs were set in motion, but the arrival
of Tropical Storm Debby that month ensured the dock's
closure for much longer than expected.
Determining how to counter the design flaw and then
assess the damage caused by Debby was the easy part.
The challenge for city officials has been negotiating the
red tape of bureaucracy.
City officials worked directly with the Federal
Emergency Management Agency for months following
Debby to obtain funding for the city's modified repair
plans.
FEMA approved the project and the city then
cleared the scope of work with the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection only to learn DEP no longer
reviewed permit applications for the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers.

Progress?
As soon as the city learned of yet another govern-
mental layer of red tape, building official Steve Gilbert
sent the corps the necessary paperwork in November.
He said late last year that the city didn't anticipate
any problems with getting corps approval, but a prob-
lem did arise after the corps misevaluated the scope of
work.
Two months after the city submitted the paperwork
to the corps, an email dated Jan. 24 from Caitlin Hoch,
of the Tampa Regulatory Field Office, notified the city
that the corps would have to consult with the National
Marine Fisheries Service as part of the city's permitting
review.
Hoch said the consultation would be necessary to

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study the impacts to the smalltooth sawfish and sea turtles
in the area.
Hoch sent the city a checklist of all new information
for the city to submit.
"Once the information is received, I will coordinate
with NMFS," she said. "As the request is incomplete,
no action will be taken on it until the above requested
information is received."
Hoch went on to write that the city had 30 days to
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in obtaining a Department of the Army permit and the
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Hoch said once withdrawn, the corps would con-
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Gilbert replied Jan. 25 insisting the corps had mis-
evaluated the city's intention.
"I'm not certain how this has transitioned from a
simple repair project to a full-blown permit," Gilbert
wrote. "This project is for repairs to an existing and per-
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reduce the size of the already permitted dock."
Gilbert explained FEMA and DEP have already
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"The scope of the project is to bring in a barge, lift
each section out of the water; replace damaged floatation
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Gilbert resubmitted the city's request.
"Please advise as to your course of action on this
project, as we have the funding commitments from FEMA
already in place, and there are time constraints on getting
the repairs and mitigation done as soon as possible," he
concluded.
Hoch responded later that same day admitting her
mistake.
"I talked with my chief and you are correct, there
will be no impacts so no reason to coordinate with the
National Marine Fisheries Service," she wrote. "I mis-
takenly took your simple dock repair for a full in-water
work permit. I have written your permit and it is being
reviewed right now. I anticipate it being sent out by the
end of the week."

Not over yet
With FEMA and DEP approving the project, and an
expected corps approval any day, repairs starting soon
are not necessarily a given.
Public frustration over the long-term closure has
been mounting for the past few months.
Public works director Tom Woodard noted a spike
in complaints beginning in December, but acknowledged
they were coming primarily from visitors "who are not
up to speed on the project."
The final obstacle to alleviate public frustration and
vindicate the efforts of city staff, who have navigated a
proverbial red tape minefield, will be accomplished when
FEMA has the funding in place.
FEMA has approved the city's plan and for all intents
and purposes has approved the funding, but has been
waiting for DEP and the corps to sign off on the proj-
ect.
Woodard said in December that as soon as FEMA
ends the holding pattern, the city is prepared to begin the
repair work.
While FEMA has approved funding, it's not a guar-
antee that funding is available. The city will have to first
pay for the project and then seek reimbursement from
FEMA.
The city wants to ensure funding will be available
before proceeding, but there is some concern that Super
Storm Sandy's impact to the Northeast could drain FEMA
resources.
An update to the corps approval and FF\ I \ funldingi
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THE ISLANDER u FEB. 6, 2013 u 17

Residents expect chickens to roost in Holmes Beach


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
A loud "cluck, cluck, cluck" echoed in the chambers
Jan. 31 after Holmes Beach commissioners heard resident
Ryan Duncan's proposal to allow egg-laying hens.
He asked that the city consider an ordinance such
as one already enacted by the city of Sarasota, and those
being considered by the city of Palmetto and Manatee

Developer refutes AM

mayor's claims
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Developer Steve Hanson lashed out at recent criti-
cism directed at his company by Anna Maria Mayor Sue-
Lynn, claiming he hasn't developed an) Illing in her city
or on Anna Maria Island in more than two years.
SueLynn recently cited Hanson's company website,
9solutions.net, as an example of zealous developers
attracting investors to build mega-homes and maximize
rental profits.
Hanson said the website is being removed and he
has but one project left on the island in the 2500 block
of Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
He said his plans for that location are under review
by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Once that project is completed, 9 Solutions LLC will
become inactive, Hanson said.
"Other than the Bradenton Beach condominiums,
we're concentrating strictly on luxury single-family
homes at those locations," he said. "We moved away
from Anna Maria Island as we were no longer interested
in construction of vacation rentals."
Hanson also noted that when he was involved in
developing vacation rentals, no code citation or viola-
tion of construction was ever issued by any island city
against his company.
Hanson said his new company is Modus Custom Res-
idences, 444 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, and
he's concentrating on building single-family homes on
Longboat, Siesta and Bird keys. While no such company
was found in the listings for Florida corporations, Modus
Operandi Development LLC is listed at that address with
manager/member Steven Hanson and Shawn Kaleta.


Community notices, events
Community organizations are welcome to send
notices and photos of events and projects on Anna
Maria Island. Send press releases and photos with
detailed captions to news@islander.org or 5404
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Commissioner David Zaccagnino said the city has
a livestock ordinance because it once had a 300-pound
pot-belly pig running loose, while others in the com-
munity recall the livestock ban coming before the pig
problem.
Duncan said his family compelled him to plead his
case to allow chickens as pets, and he pointed to how it
encourages healthy lifestyles and offers opportunities to
teach children how to be responsible. He said the laying
hens are quiet and will stay put.
"It's kind of a national push right now. To be able to
control what we put into our bodies a little better. It might
tie into your family strategy for permanent residents in
Holmes Beach," he said.
Commissioner Jean Peelen said she's been buying
fresh eggs. "They're absolutely different tasting than
what you get at the store. They're just great," she said.
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie said


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code in considering such an ordinance. He didn't know
if it will be adopted by the county board, but agreed with
Peelen about the delicious eggs.
Having grown up in a farm community, Chappie said
he liked the idea, adding that chickens aren't noisy and
can be like pets.
"I love the idea of laying hens," said Commissioner
Judy Titsworth. I \ l)n1 i knew I grew up here. And I
had hens. As a little girl, I'd walk to the shopping centers
carrying my little hens under my arms."
She added, "We're trying to bring family back. We're
going to get people moving here just because we're
cool."
After the meeting, Titsworth said there is a consensus
among commissioners for legalizing egg-laying chickens,
and she expects the issue will go on a future agenda for
a vote.
The next Holmes Beach work session is at 7 p.m.,
Thursday, Feb. 7.

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Anna Maria building official Bob Welch and
representatives of the Florida Division of Emergency
Management and Florida's Foundation will hold a
wind mitigation seminar 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12,
at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
The seminar, "Make Mitigation Happen," will
include discussion on how homeowners might save
money on their property insurance, a press release
stated.
Discussion topics include how the roofing, win-
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insurance premiums, and how to preserve a home
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Holmes Beach looks for $240K from BP oil spill fund


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti signed off Jan.
16 on the city's demand for $239,384 in economic dam-
ages arising from the BP oil spill.
The mayor's agreement to a brief crafted by Baron &
Budd, P.C., headquartered in Dallas, and reviewed by city
attorney Patricia Petruff, was required to meet a deadline,
Petruff told commissioners at their Jan. 22 meeting.
The commission unanimously ratified the mayor's
agreement to the city's demand for BP compensation
under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
The brief states the city suffered damages due to its
heavy dependence on tourism, including $47,460 in direct
revenue losses, which includes property tax losses.
"There's a zillion dollars floating around that's going
to go from BP to various parties," said Commission Chair


Jean Peelen.
To compensate victims of the 2010 Deepwater Hori-
zon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, "Gulf cities that have
been harmed in anyway have the right to sue," she said.
Holmes Beach joins many "other cities from Florida
that are doing this," Peelen added.
The lost revenue tallied by Holmes Beach includes
sales, communication, gas, business and property busi-
ness taxes, as well as permit fees.
Also calculated was a $128,389 future risk not added
to the demand, but estimated in the event BP denies the
claim or does not pay the requested damages.
In June 2010, BP created a $20 billion compensation
trust fund to pay claims from government, businesses and
individuals harmed by the spill.
After the U.S. district judge handling the case found
the act did not require physical damage in December


2011, the city was solicited by several law firms to handle
its claim.
According to the BP website, government claims for
direct spill response costs, costs of increased public ser-
vices and loss of revenue from taxes, rents and fees are
given a high priority under a dedicated claims process.
The April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion
near the Mississippi Delta released some 4.9 billion bar-
rels of oil before the well was capped.
Former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said even though
the city had no oil on the beach, there was a perception
that there was, and that perception contributed to a down-
turn in the economy.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 6, 2013 19

Key Royale Club to host golf tourney, aid sea life


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
It's time to dust off your clubs for this year's Key
Royale Club charity golf tournament Save Our Sea
Life.
Each year, the club chooses a charity, and this year
it's the Mote Marine Laboratory Dolphin, Whale and Sea
Turtle Hospital in Sarasota.
Registration is at 8:15 a.m., and golfers will tee off
with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the
Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
Lunch will be served at noon, with a featured speaker
from Mote's hospital.
The tournament is limited to 72 golfers. The cost of
golf and lunch is $20, while lunch only is $15.
There will be games on the golf course and a silent
auction at the clubhouse. The auction will include items
from local businesses, a membership to Key Royale Club
and a behind-the-scenes tour of Mote.
"We have a wonderful asset here," said event chair
Mary Selby. "One of our greatest treasures on the island
is our sea life, and this is where our sick and injured sea
life are taken."
Selby attests to Mote's hospital needs, having volun-
teered as a handler at the hospital when Edna, a stranded
underweight 3-year-old bottlenose dolphin, washed
ashore on Longboat Key's Whitney Beach.
In June 2012, Edna was found by Mote Sea Turtle


Patrol volunteers and successfully treated by the hospi-
tal's specialists for severe pneumonia. By August, Edna
was rehabilitated and released into the wild.
Edna was the 70th dolphin or whale treated by the
hospital since 1992, according to Mote spokeswoman
Hayley Rutgers. It also has cared for more than 400 sea
turtles.
Selby saw firsthand the condition of the hospital,


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out something special and unique for your loved ones.
These stores all specialize in unique!
We bet any one of these shops will have the item
you're looking for, because these shops are stocked
with fun, original and unusual items you won't find
anywhere else. And remember it always feels good to
shop local and buy local.
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has expanded its
space and offers new merchandise every week. And
remember, when shopping at Giving Back, you get
awesome deals and give back proceeds go to local
charities.
At Steff's Stuff, it's not too early to shop for Val-
entine's Day. Steff has fabulous vintage jewelry for
your sweetheart. Stop in and see her great selection at
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. For infor-
mation, call Steff's Stuff Antiques at 941-383-1901.
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which is lacking in medical supplies, equipment and staff.
For example, she said, one of the pumps for a turtle tank
is 30 years old.
Proceeds from the tournament will be earmarked for
the hospital, she said.
There are still needs for raffle, auction items and hole
sponsors. For each $50 donated, signage is provided.
For more information, call Selby at 941-779-1809.


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that won't break the bank. They have earrings at buy one,
get one half off, and 20 percent off necklaces, brooches,
and bracelets. Ladies looking for a little spice will find 25
percent off all lingerie through Valentine's Day. Nancy
has all of her red and pink lovelies 20 percent off, whether
pottery, textiles, aprons, furniture, or garden goods.
Tide and Moon's location on Pine Avenue is a must-
do. What better way to remember paradise found than the
Anna Maria Island Pearl Pendant, handcrafted by Laura
Shely and only available at Tide and Moon.
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who cannot afford to do a makeover on the home or
vacation rental.
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20 0 FEB. 6, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER


,' by Rick Oatlin

WWII vet: Lord looked after me
Len Kastelin, 91, of west Bradenton served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II, and he always says, 'The
good Lord was watching over me."
He remembers Dec. 7, 1941, like it was yesterday.
"I was already married with kids and working at the
General Motors plant in Grand Rapids, (Mich.). We were
driving and the news came on the radio that Japan had
attacked us at Pearl Harbor," he recalled.
Kastelin said he and his friends at the plant were not
shocked by the attack.
"We all figured we were going to be in the war sooner
or later. A lot of guys, including me, made plans to join
up," he said.
Kastelin and his colleagues at work soon learned
their occupation as tool and die makers was considered
essential to the war effort and they were given a defer-
ment from the service.
"A lot of us didn't want a deferment. When the Navy
formed the Seabees (construction battalions) a lot of us
went to join, but they rejected us because of our jobs,"
he recalled.
"We wanted to do our part. Even though we were
making heavy guns for the Army and Navy, we still
thought being in uniform and overseas would make a
greater contribution."
In early 1944, however, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt declared all men under the age of 26 eligi-
ble for the draft. Kastelin thought it wouldn't be long
before he would be toting a rifle and hl_'-ini,' through a
swamp.
He was right. He got his draft notice two weeks after
Roosevelt's proclamation and went to Detroit for a physi-
cal.


West Bradenton resident Len Kastelin and his wife
Marge have lived in Bradenton since 1991. Kastelin
says it was only for the "Grace of God" he survived
World War II as a naval aircraft mechanic. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

"I always wanted to be in the Navy," Kastelin
recalled. "After we finished our physical, we were taken
to another room with four lines, one for each of the ser-
vices. I got in the line for the Navy because no one told
me to get in the Army line. Everyone else went to the
Army line but me."
When he got to the recruiter, he was asked why he
wanted to join the Navy.
"I knew I had to think fast, so I told the guy my father
had been in the Navy and my brother was already in the
Navy and I wanted to follow them," Kastelin remem-
bered. He was approved for the Navy, but the other draft-
ees that day went into the Army.
Kastelin was shipped to the South Pacific for active
duty after basic training in Chicago.
"I was a seaman apprentice, the lowest rank in the
Navy. I mopped floors and polished brass during the


30-day voyage to our base," he said. "But I wasn't a
seaman very long."
Kastelin landed on the island of Manus in the Admi-
ralty Islands, just off the northeast coast of New Guinea.
He was assigned to a naval air station built by the Sea-
bees.
The word Kastelin got was he and the other sail-
ors with him were to be trained as coxswains to pilot a
landing craft full of soldiers or Marines to an invasion
beach.
"I had no problem with that, even though I was 24
and had two children back home and a third was born
while I was overseas. I was there to do what the Navy
wanted, pure and simple."
At morning formation a few days after arrival, Kas-
telin recalled that the commanding officer came to the
formation and said he needed four sailors with mechani-
cal experience to volunteer for a job.
"I put my hand up because my tool and die work had
taught me mechanics. I was one of the four selected and
we were sent to the air station hangars where we became
aircraft mechanics." He also got promoted up to seaman
first class and eventually became a petty officer third
class.
Kastelin repaired engines, wings and fuselages of
DC-3s, Avengers, F4Us, torpedo bombers and other naval
aircraft hit by Japanese fire. The Navy was flying bomb-
ing missions to Truk and Rabaul daily, and Kastelin was
kept very busy with repairs and engine maintenance.
His immediate superior was a chief petty officer
about his age. Because the two were several years older
than the 19- and- 20-year-old sailors around them, they
became friends.
"It was very informal at the base. None of this stuffy
officer and sailor formality was around. The pilots were
great pals and told us about their bombing missions,
asked us about their planes, told jokes with us and we all
talked about home. Even the lieutenant in charge of air-
craft maintenance and repair was like one of the guys."
Kastelin also became friendly with some of the native
islanders, and with members of an all-black Army anti-
aircraft outfit charged with defending the base. This was
in the days when segregation existed in all the armed


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forces.
"If there's one thing I learned in the Navy it was how
to get along with other people, that everyone is the same.
The black soldiers were our pals just like everyone else.
We all got along great, and I never forgot that."
By September 1944, the Pacific war had moved
west and the only Japanese bases in the South Pacific
were at Rabaul and Truk. The bases were not invaded
by the Allies, but bypassed and effectively blockaded
from relief. The Navy controlled the sea and no Japanese
supply ships could reach the 60,000 stranded troops on
those two islands.
"But we were attacked one night by Japanese bomb-
ers. They were probably from Rabaul, which we were
bombing almost daily. It was the only attack we had
during the war and they didn't do much damage," Kas-
telin said.
Then came the day that Kastelin says the Lord looked
out for him.
As a flight mechanic, Kastelin flew about once a
month in a three-seat torpedo bomber as crew chief to
maintain flight status.
"This particular day, a camera man from the photo
lab came over and asked if he could fly a mission. He
wanted some flight time to draw flight pay, I guess. I was
scheduled to fly that day, but I said if he wanted to go, he
could take my place," Kastelin recalled.
The plane never returned from its bombing mis-
sion.
"One pilot told me my plane attacked a battleship,
but pulled up too close to the ship after dropping his
torpedo and a wing clipped the ship. The plane went in
and no one survived."
A lucky day for Kastelin? No, he said.
"I owe it to the Lord being good to me that day and
I always give thanks. It was by the grace of God that I
survived. Hardly a day goes by I don't think about what
happened. I'm sorry for the guy who took my place. It
was just one of those things."
Kastelin said he was no hero, just an ordinary guy
doing what the Navy asked.
"We left all the heroes over there. They didn't come
back. I think of all the pilots we lost, of that plane I was
supposed to be in, and I truly give thanks."
By summer 1945, Kastelin and his friends knew the
war was winding down. Then in early August came news
of an atomic bomb dropped on Japan. On Aug. 15, 1945,
the Japanese government surrendered and the war was
over.


"We had one big celebration, and the next day the
commanding officer told me I was going to be one of the
first to go home. He said 'You've got a wife and three
kids. You're going home.' I didn't mind a bit. I felt I had
done my part."
In early September 1945, Kastelin sailed to San
Diego and took a train to Chicago, where he was dis-
charged from active duty.
He eventually returned to work for GM for a few
years before he and his brother bought a bakery in Coo-
persville, Mich., just outside of Grand Rapids.
"The guy who sold us the bakery wanted to retire,
so he taught me everything I needed to know about
baking."


Len Kastelin at work on the U.S. Navy airbase on the
South Pacific island ofManus during World War II.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Marge Kastelin


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 6, 2013 0 21
The lessons must have been pretty good because
Kastelin and his wife Marge operated the bakery for 35
years before selling the business and retiring.
"We came to Bradenton in 1991 and said this was
the place for us. We've been here ever since."
The Kastelins have four children in Michigan, and
most of their kids and grandkids manage to visit during
the winter. Len and his wife head north to their daughter's
resort in Newaygo, Mich., each summer, where Len Kas-
telin still manages to make doughnuts for the guests.
He and his wife have been married 72 years and it's
been a great life for Len Kastelin.
"Going into the service was one of the greatest expe-
riences of my life. It taught me about other people, how
they're not different than you and me, and how to get
along with people of a different background. It was a
great lesson, and the Lord took care of me. If I had to, I'd
do it again if I could serve with the same bunch of guys.
The best friends I ever had."
Len Kastelin is a proud member of the Greatest Gen-
eration.

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columns are about WWII and Korean War veterans, men
and women, from any of the Allied countries. The columns
appear whenever a veteran of either war is interviewed.
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who know a veteran that deserves an interview, should
contact The Islander and reporter Rick Catlin at 941-
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Community notices, events
Attention community-minded islanders: The
Islander welcomes notices of your club and organiza-
tion events, happenings and projects on Anna Maria
Island and encourages you to submit photographs.
Wedding and engagement announcements are wel-
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in the lives of islanders. Graduation photos and birth
announcements also are welcome.
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AME readers bond with therapy dogs
By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
"Dogs make everyone feel good," said Anna Maria
Island Elementary School media specialist Lynne
McDonough.
And for the past four years on Monday mornings -
in AME's media center, the school's partnership with
Therapy Dogs Inc. including poodles, golden Labra-
dor retrievers, mixed-breeds and others has resulted
in happy students and teachers.
"I can't wait to come in on Mondays," McDonough
said, adding that the second-semester program is open to
all grades, depending on teacher and student needs.
Before students stream into the media center to read
Jan. 28, Alice Gross of Bradenton explains there are one-
and three-day courses for handlers and their dogs, and
tests required for dog obedience and temperament before
TDI registers a new team.
Then, books in hand, second-graders met five dogs
and their handlers last week at the media center. Students
either bee-lined to the nearest corer where a dog and Anna Maria Elementary School second-grader Ev
owner awaited, or waited on-deck for the next available Christenson reads to Lucy in the school's media c,
dog/handler team. The school partners with Therapy Dogs Inc., to h,
Eventually the students all settled in and read aloud, children read with ease.
stopping from time to time to pet, smile and rub their new
canine friend.
Therapy Dogs is a company that provides registra-
tion, support and insurance for more than 12,000 handler/
dog teams who are involved in volunteer animal-assisted
activities, including schools, hospitals and nursing homes,
according to its website.
For registration as a TDI dog/handler team, dogs
must be at least a year old, in good health with proper
vaccines, groomed, mannered around other dogs and
attentive to their handlers. Dogs must allow strangers
to touch them all over, walk on a leash without pulling,
not mind strange noises or smells, be calm enough for
petting and show no fear of people who walk unsteadily,
according to TDI's website.
Judging from smiles all around, the pups that visit Second-grader Kiera Johnston reads to golden La
AME regularly received good marks from students, rador retriever, Daisy, with help from i,,n i Jaff
teachers and their handlers. Longboat Key, in the Anna Maria Island Elementu
Gross said the handlers/dog teams who volunteer media center. Volunteers from Therapy Dogs Inc.,
at AME also visit Palma Sola schools, Blake Medical their time to bring dogs to the schoolfor the Mon
Center and Emeritus in Bradenton. morning programs.
"This is his job," she added, looking proudly at
Champ. "I'mjust his chauffeur." '

RIGHT: Alice Gross of Bradenton and Champ
listen to reader Laila Singer in the Therapy Dogs
program at AME, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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February
Thursday, Feb. 7, third-grade FCAT parent meeting,
6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8, fire drill, 9:15 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 11-Friday, Feb. 15, Full Time Equiva-
lency Survey Week.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Parent Teacher Organization board
meeting, conference room, 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Father-Daughter Dance, audito-
rium, 6:30-8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day no school.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, third quarter progress reports.
Friday, Feb. 22, lockdown drill, 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23, PTO Winter Wonder Island event,
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, second-grade play, auditorium, 7
p.m., preceded by PTO dinner 5-7 p.m.

March
Friday, March 1, Read Across America.
Monday, March 4, School Advisory Council meeting,
media center, 3:15 p.m.
Monday-Friday, March 11-15, spring break.
Tuesday, March 19, picture day.
Tuesday, March 19, PTO board meeting, conference
room, 8:45 a.m.
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Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Warm Roll, Pizza Bagels,
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Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Bagel
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Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Barbecue Chicken, Warm Roll,
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Before instructing third-graders on painting birds
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Hathaway talks about her new book, "Takashi's
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Obituaries
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Ronald Spurgeon Grogan
Ronald Spurgeon Grogan, 75, of Cortez, died Jan.
28. He was bor Feb. 18, 1937, in Lashmeet, W.Va., and
moved to Cortez in 1998 from Milwaukee, Wisc.
Mr. Grogan served in the U.S. Army during the Viet-
nam War. He was a member of Palma Sola Bay Baptist
Church. He was manager of veterans' hospitals across
the country, a Mason, member of the American Legion
and Kentucky Colonels. He was the grandson of the late
Rufus Spurgeon Grogan, a noted evangelist.
Visitation and Masonic service were held Feb. 4 at
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street
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of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a charter member of
Sherwood Methodist Church, where she was active in
United Methodist Woman, taught Sunday school and was
a member of the board. She loved gardening, RV camp-
ing, shelling, group travel abroad and volunteering at the
St. Francis Hospital florist shop.
A memorial service and burial were held Jan. 19
in Columbus, Ga. Memorial donations may be made to
Living Grace Methodist Church, Columbus.
Mrs. Hancock is survived by daughter Susan and
husband David Cheshire of Holmes Beach; four grand-
children; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces
and nephews.


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Carolyn Rikert Harris
Carolyn Rikert Harris died Jan. 27. She was born
March 6, 1923, and spent her childhood in Dutchess
County, N.Y.
She was educated at the Mount Hermon Schools in
Northfield, Mass., and later worked as a kindergarten
teacher in Portsmouth, N.H. Carolyn married Richard
Harris in 1945 and they had four children. They owned
Harris's Market in Bernardston, Mass., before moving to
Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The couple spent their retirement
years on Anna Maria Island.
Mrs. Harris especially loved spending time with her
children and grandchildren. She enjoyed helping others,
socializing with friends and making puzzles. Anna Maria
Island and its beaches brought her great pleasure.
A memorial service was held Feb. 2 at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, Anna Maria. A celebration of
her life will also be held in Cape Elizabeth at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Veteran
Honors Program, Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. Harris is survived by son Tom; daughters Sandra
Batchelder, Tasnim and Elaine Lowell; five grandchil-
dren; and one great-grandchild.

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AMICC football league plays through Super Bowl


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
It was a busy week for football players in the Anna
Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football youth
league with more than 20 games played last week. A big
buildup to the real, much-awaited Super Bowl cliffhanger
that saw the Ravens triumph over the SF 49ers.
Closer to home, the AMICC LPAC Cardinals contin-
ued to lead the 8-10 division with a 5-0 record, just ahead
of the 4-1 Coastal Orthopedic Bears. Tyler's Ice Cream
Vikings, Lobstahs Browns and Miller Electric Chargers
all were at 3-2 in the standings, while Beach Bistro Buc-
caneers and Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins both held
1-4 records.
LPAC Cardinals showed why they're undefeated
with a 27-0 shutout victory over third-place Tyler's
Vikings. Daniel Fritz led the Cardinals with a tremendous
all-around game. He completed two passes for 26 yards
and a touchdown, ran for 27 yards and caught four passes
for 54 yards, including a touchdown, extra point and a
two-point conversion. If that wasn't enough, Fritz also
led the team with seven flag pulls and three interceptions
on defense.
Sean Rodriguez added 112 passing yards to the game,
including two touchdown passes and two receptions for
28 yards and a touchdown. Cole Pearson added an 8-yard


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Nathan Costello passed for 38 yards and ran for
another 34 yards to lead the Viking offense. Zach Quinn
passed for 30 yards and added a 10-yard reception. Noah
Costello rounded out the offense for the Vikings with 37
receiving yards.
Ross Built Dolphins continued to lead the 11-13 divi-
sion with a 4-0 record, but Lobstahs Buccaneers were on
their heels at 4-1 in the standings. Holy Cow Cardinals at
3-1 and the 2-2 Beach Bums Ravens are still in the hunt,
while Walter & Associates Bears and Edgewater Realty
Jaguars, both sit at 1-3. The 0-4 Mr. Bones Colts need to
string some victories together to get in the race.
Beach Bums Ravens defeated Walter & Associates
Bears 47-29 in the 11-13 division game of the week.
Matthew Manger-Denigris completed 17 of 23 passes for
269 yards and six touchdown passes to lead the potent
Ravens offense. Three of his touchdown passes went to
Leo Rose, who finished with seven catches for 105 yards
and Rose also added an extra point. Dylan Doyle added
32 rushing yards and three catches for 98 yards, including
two touchdowns and two extra points. Ryan Doyle, with a
touchdown reception, and extra points from Tory Cleland
and Steele Quinard rounded out the Ravens scoring.
Rose and Dylan Doyle paced the defense with five
pulls each.
Corey Jacques passed for 128 yards and three touch-
down passes and snagged a 7-yard touchdown pass from
Andrew Proctor to lead the Bears' offense. Proctor also
led Bears receivers with six catches for 75 yards and two
touchdown receptions. Tori Walter added three receptions
for 18 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.
Anthony McCance and Anni Walter completed the scor-
ing with extra-point catches. Proctor's six flag pulls and
five pulls and a pair of interceptions by Jacques paced
the Bears' defensive effort in the loss.
West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers took the lead in
the 14-17 division with a 33-25 victory over previously
undefeated Integrity Sound Falcons. Lobstahs Colts at
2-1, the 2-3 Eat Here Packers, the 1-3 Walter & Associ-
ates Bears and the 0-5 Beach to Bay Construction Browns
follow in the 14-17 standings.
The Buccaneers victory over the Falcons Jan. 29 was
spearheaded by a defense that received an interception
return for a touchdown by Jack Shinn, an interception
from Zach Stewart and four flag pulls, three sacks and a
safety from Roberto Rodriguez.
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for 55 yards and a touchdown. Shinn also had a big
game offensively for the Bucs, passing for 63 yards and
a touchdown and catching six passes for 53 yards and a
touchdown. Mikey Ellsworth and Austin Morrow both
added touchdown catches, while Ryan Tarsa completed
the scoring with an extra-point catch.
Joey Carder passed for 210 yards and four touchdown
passes to lead the Falcons. Joe Andruzzi was his favorite
target, catching eight balls for 173 yards and three touch-
downs. Denver Hardy's 10-yard touchdown catch and
an extra point from Justin Carder, who finished with 54
receiving yards, rounded out the Falcons' scoring.
Andruzzi and Madison Driscoll each had four flag
pulls and Driscoll also managed three quarterback sacks
in the loss.
Schedules for AMICC leagues can be viewed with
sports online at www.islander.org.

Key Royale golf news
Despite the chill in the air, it was another busy week
of golf at Key Royale Club. The Men's Club Champi-
onship narrowed to three quarterfinalists with Ron Prit-
chard defeating Greg Shorten 4 and 3, while Tim Friesen
rolled past Barry Izzard 5 and 4. Jon Holcomb edged Dale
Hudson 3 and 2. But the Mark Mixon vs. John Estok
match was halted due to an injury to one of the golfers,
leaving a match to go to the finals. Next week, Holcomb
will take on Friesen, while Pritchard takes on the winner
of the Mixon-Estok match.
In regular golf action, the men played an 18-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome match Jan. 31. The team of Bob
Gallagher, Don LaTorre, Danny Hayes and Bob Dick-
enson combined to card a 16-under-par 48 to earn club-
house bia.-',in,' rights for the day. The team of Al Kaiser,
Wade Ladue, Jim Helgeson and Paul Proxy matched the
14-under-par 50 carded by Bob Elliott, Peter Proxy, Gary
Harris and Jim Thorton to finish in a tie for second. Earl
Ritchie, Jim Shepard and Ron Pritchard were another
shot back in third place.
The Key Royale women played a nine-hole, individ-
ual-low-net-in-flight match Jan. 29. First place in Flight
A went to Sue Hookem, who rode two birdies, includ-
ing a chip-in on the second hole, to post a 5-under-par
27. Tootie Wagner was three shots back in second place,
while Laura Purcell and Judy Crowe tied for third at
1-over-par 33.
Kris Landkammer and Christina Mason both carded
3-under-par 29s to finish tied for first in Flight B. Joyce
Brown, Ginny Upshaw and Rita Allen had matching 30s
and tied for second place.
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Change of weather provides anglers variety of results


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
In between cold fronts, Anna Maria fishers are enjoy-
ing calm winds and calmer water, which in turn results in
some great fishing. A variety of species are being caught
by shore fishers and boaters.
On the beaches, shore fishers are using pompano rigs
to target a number of species. Of course, pompano are
the sought-after fish, but they aren't the only fish feed-
ing along the shorelines. Bluefish, Spanish mackerel,
jack crevalle, flounder and black drum are cruising the
beaches in search of wintertime snacks. The pompano
jigs will get you tied into any of these species, but you
can also try Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jighead. When
selecting baits to use on the beach, try to pick light colors,
such as white, glow or chartreuse.
On the flats, fishers are catching decent numbers
of spotted seatrout. Best approach to catch these fish is
to drift and jig. Again, Berkley Gulp shrimp are a great
offering, but DOA Cal jigs will get the job done, too.
Plus, with the DOA's, you get twice as many jigs for
a lower price. While drifting, target sandy potholes on
deeper grass flats to find the fish. Once you hook a trout,
drop your anchor and thoroughly fish the vicinity.
Redfish are being reported around docks in sheltered
areas of canals and the Manatee River. Live shrimp fished
on the bottom are a great bait to target these dock-dwell-
ing fish. I like to use a circle hook with a 1/4-ounce egg
sinker that rests right on the eye of the hook for ri- ini
Remember to set your drag accordingly when fishing
docks. Keep it tight enough that you can horse a large
red out of the structure before it cuts you off on one of
the pilings.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier says migratory species such as Spanish
mackerel, bluefish and bonito, are being caught on either
artificial or live bait. For artificial Medley suggests
Gotcha plugs or silver spoons. For live bait, you can't
beat a free-lined shiner.
Sheepshead and flounder are inhabiting the pilings
and structures under the pier. For either pilings or struc-
ture under the pier. For either species, a live shrimp fished
on the bottom will get the bite. If the sheepies become
finicky, try small pieces of fresh-cut shrimp or switch to
fiddler crabs.


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Finally, night fishers on the pier are catching more
bluefish then they care to keep. On certain nights, Medley
reports, pier fishers are catching a bluefish on almost
every cast. Live shrimp or a bucktail jig will get you in
on this action.
Capt. Warren Girle was working inshore and off-
shore before the cold fronts. When temperatures are in
the 80s, Girle is venturing out to nearshore structure to
target grouper, then moving inshore.
For the offshore fishing, Girle is using live pinfish or
shrimp depending on what he is targeting. Before the Feb
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size red grouper on pinfish. Now the closure is in effect,
Girle is using live shrimp to catch flounder, porgies and
Key West grunts. Keeper gags are being caught although
they must be released.
Moving inshore, Girle is drifting deeper flats in
southern Sarasota Bay in search of pompano and the
occasional permit. While targeting these species with jigs
tipped with fresh-cut shrimp, Girle is catching bluefish,
Spanish mackerel and ladyfish.
By fishing shallow flats, Girle is catching keeper-size
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and crabs.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
of good action occurring from the beaches of Anna Maria
Island. With a multitude of warm days and calm winds,
beach fishing is becoming better and better. Beach fishers
using pompano jigs or Berkley Gulp shrimp are catching
a variety of species.
Those using pompano jigs are catching good num-
bers of bluefish and ladyfish as well as the occasional
pompano. Also with these jigs, beach fishers are reeling
up Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and blue runners.
Beach fishers using Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig-
head are taking home keeper-size flounder, as well as
black drum, bluefish, ladyfish and even a few bonnethead
sharks.
Finally, bait fishers on the beach are catching all of
the above on live shrimp, either free-lined or fished on
the bottom.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing there
was a little slow this past week but, as we all know, that
can change in a moment's notice.
Pier fishers with patience, determination and a little
knowhow are catching black drum and sheepshead. When
fishing gets tough, it's time to try new tactics. When tar-
geting black drum and sheepshead we know that shrimp
works well, fiddler crabs and sand fleas work better and
tubeworms work best.
Pier fishers in the know are going through the extra
work to attain the better baits and in turn are the ones
having success at putting dinner on the table.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters
says fishing has been good with the weather and fish
cooperating for most of the week. Redfish, black drum,
pompano and spotted seatrout have been landed on his
recent trips.
Spotted seatrout have been gathering in potholes on
the flats, feeding on the moving tides. Many trout, are
measuring up to 26 inches, have been chewing on a live
shrimp rigged under a popping cork. The key is to make
the bobber gurgle, Howard says. The sound will bring in
the big predators and help to trigger a bite.
While fishing for spotted seatrout, the pompano have
made an appearance in the area and are feeding on the
popping cork-live shrimp combo.
Look for continued good spotted seatrout fishing,
Howard says, as we move from our winter weather pat-
terns to springtime.
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2nd phase launches

at Harbour Isle

Minto Communities at Harbour Isle on Perico Island
recently began construction of phase two of its Mangrove
Walk community of homes. Phase two involves construc-
tion of 36 townhomes in three buildings, sales director
Bob Stevens said.
When Minto Communities LLC acquired the property
from the Arvida Corporation in 2010, the company said
it would build in phases, according to market demand.
The first group of Mangrove Walk homes in phase
one sold in the low-$300,000s.
Minto Communities is located near the east end of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue-State
Road 64.
For more information, call 941-896-4826.



Chamber breakfast, lunch

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its monthly sunrise breakfast 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Sign of the Mermaid, 9707
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Cost is $8 per person and members are encouraged
to bring a guest. Reservations are required.
The chamber's monthly business luncheon will be
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Gulf Drive
Cafe and Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost is $15 for each person and reservations are
required. For more information on either event, call 941-
778-1541.

Got a new business opening on Anna Maria Island or
Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola or west Bradenton?
How about an anniversary or new owners? Call Island
Biz at 941-778-7978 or email news@islander.org.


Lovely weather for a bike ride
together...

About 20 bicyclists ride along Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria Jan. 28, when the day's high temperature hit
nearly 80 degrees. With warm weather anticipated
again this week, expect more visitors to bicycle for
transportation and for fun, says Lauren Sato, co-owner
of Beach Bums, 427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, where
bicycles, golf carts and kayaks are available for rent.
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builds more

Bob Stevens, direc-
tor of sales for
Minto Communities
at Harbour Isle on
Perico Island, said
construction of phase
two of construction,
Mangrove Walk, is to
begin shortly. Islander
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Add sea, celebrate

Add the Sea Swimwear Boutique in the Island Shop-
ping Center, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is invit-
ing islanders to join them for a grand opening celebration
at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.
They plan to have refreshments and goodies and are
offering a special discount on all items in the store at the
event.
For information, call Add the Sea at 941-254-7938.


Island real estate sales

By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
610 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,081 sfla /
2,609 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1970 on a 95x115 lot was sold 01/18/13, Rivellini to
Purcell for $617,500.
1096 Gulf Drive N., Unit 205, Coquina Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,096 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1985 was sold 01/17/13, Theohary
to Reese for $390,000.
113 Eighth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,008 sfla / 1,725
sfur 2bed/121bath home built in 1979 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 01/17/13, Venaleck to Johnson for $293,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


BLACK CATS By Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
I Break in poetry
8 Costumed animal,
perhaps
14 Something media
executives keep an
eye on'?
19 The hare. notably
20 One on the verge of
croaking?
21 Prompt again
22 Allowed aboard
23 Molecules in natural
gas
24 Acrobat developer
25 Chains
26 "Take Ihat!"
28 Egg-sorting device
30 Offense that's
provoked by lurid
news
31 -
32 "Fine, have it your
way!"
35 Davis of "''m Not
Rappaport"
37 Mom-and-pop orgs.
38 Salty stream
40 Aforementioned
41 New England
seafood staple
43 Author who wrote
about frontier life
44 -
45 Vehicle that's out of
this world?

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49 Person on tap'?
51 Cold war fighters
52 Shred
53 Villain in many a
fairy talc
55 Winged
57 Salon request
59 27-Down predators
60 Diamond unit
62 Water park feature
63 Sowed one's wild
oats
65 -
66 dozen
70 Metals giant in the
Dow Jones
industrial average
72 Monterrey cheddar?
75 Sanitariums
77 Chaise scene?
79 Villain in many an
action movie
82 Darkens
83 ___ mater
84 Paparazzi payer
86 Biblical resting spot
88 Base of Asti wine
89
90 Sandwich spec
91 First responders. for
short
93 Pop's pop
94 Where the Mets
once met
95 Back-to-back
competitions?
100 ETs
102 Dominatrix's wear
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105 Sampling
106 ___ Sea, body of
water north of
Norway
108 In itself
109 Really hurts
I I I More poker-faced
113 Show time
115 Act impulsively, as
young lovers
116 Without any oomph
117 More dirty. as
Santa's boots
II18 He wrote "One
Step Forward, Two
Steps Back"
119 Dramatist Scan
120 Swaddles


Down
I It may be spotted in a
pet store
2 Last Oldsmobiles
3 Hinders
4 Wife of Woody
5 Fancy flower holders
6 The Pied Piper of
Hamelin, e.g.
7 Years abroad
8 "Misty" crooner
9 Leigh Hunt poem
"Ahou Ben
10 Middle weights?
I I Traffic director
12 Cry with an accent
13 Mosaic liles
14 Screwball character
on "The Simpsons"
15 Moistens, in a way


16 Make the Billboard
charts, say
17 Unwieldy boat
18 Victorian leader?
20 Foursome
27 Ink holders
29 Return address
letters?
32 Bonding
measurement
33 Feudal vassal
34 P.M.'s and such:
Abbr.
36 Sigmoid curve
37 In on
39 Actress Sommer
42 -
43 Cry like a feline
45 Participants in some
rivalries, briefly
46 Going rate?
47 Yours, in Ypres
48 Number-cruncher's
numbers
49 Hwy. that ends near
La Guardia
50 Word often seen
before 3. 4 or 5.
but never 1
51 Precocious Roald
Dahl heroine
54 Apollo 10's Snoopy.
e.g., for short
56 -
58 Hero's spot
61 Magazine of the
National Space
Society
64 High-fiber cereal
65 Raptors'home:
Abbr.


67 Pioneering
conservationist
68 Watson of the Harry
Potter films
69 Part of T.A.: Abbr.
71 Retirement spot
72 Old barnstorming
needs
73 Lake connected to
Sandusky Bay
74 Roll around in the
yard?


76 Modern R&R option
77 Well-rounded
78 Source of talk, often
80 .ack of old westerns
81 "My turn"
83 Double agent
Aldrich
85 Shakes on
87 Cherry, e.g
90 Master of literary
twists


92 Sauteed seafood
dish
93 Intl. standard
94 Intense, as a gaze
96 Not fazed by
97 Kind of pass for an
overseas passenger
98 On the stock
exchange
99 Stock units?
101-
103 Hitch


106 When doubled,
island near Tahili
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producer Brooks
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Real estate bargains sell fast, agents forecast busy season


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If you've been thinking about buying Anna Maria
Island real estate and are looking for a bargain, don't
blink your eyes if you think you've found one, a number
of island real estate agents say. That's because bargains
are selling quickly and yours might be gone if you're
waiting for a better deal, some agents say.
'The inventory of homes for sale has dropped con-
siderably the past year," said Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay
Realty, 5309 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. "That's why
it's become a seller's market and people who are serious
about buying should act fast."
He said the inventory through January on the island
was 150 single-family homes and 106 condominiums.
He estimated about 50 of the single-family residence are
waterfront or canalfront, which is the market segment


where bargains sell quickly, he said.
The 256 homes is the "lowest inventory on the island
I've seen in quite a few years," he said.
And bargains are disappearing rapidly. Two years
ago, bargains were in the lower $300,000 range, he said.
The past year he was selling in the mid-to-upper $400,000
range, and those have just about disappeared. He's now
selling homes in the $500,000 to $800,000 range as that
seems to be the best priced area with the most value, he
said.
And he predicted a busy winter season for all island
real estate agents, not just Gulf-Bay.
"It's only January and our phones have been ringing
off the hook and we've been selling," Brisson said. "I
think everyone is going to have a busy season."
He's been advising potential buyers he doesn't see
home prices dropping this winter.


Mr. cobia catch
Mikey Kasten, left, C(i,
Galati Jr., center, and
Tyler Robinson, the angler
who bested this 52-pound
cobia, show off the catch.
It was reeled up from
140feet of water west of
Anna Maria Island. The
trio of friends were fish-
ing with Galati Jr.'s dad,
who captains the charter
boat Miss Anna Maria out
of Galati Marine, Anna
Maria. Islander Photo:
Courtesy (Ch Galati Sr.


SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
Marty Clark's 8-under-par 24 was the round of the
day and gave her first place in Flight C. Terry Westby and
Barb Lindwall tied for second at 5-under-par 27, while
Willa Barkley was a shot back in third.
Flight D went to Donna Karycki, whose 4-under-par
28 gave her a two-shot advantage over Markie Ksiazek.
Trish Kruger was another shot back in third place.
Judy Christenson and Jan Jump had chip-ins on the
second hole, while Terry Westby birdied the sixth hole.
The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford
match Jan. 28. Jack Connor grabbed first in the individual
category with a plus-6, one point ahead of Greg Shorten.
Mike Donahue finished in third place at plus-4.
The team of John Cassese, Quenton Talbert, Barry
Izzard and Larry Stolberg took home first in the team
competition at plus-5.
Earlier in the day, the men played a low net of part-
ners match. The team of Larry Barber and Bob Landgren
combined on an 8-under par 56 to earn first place by four
shots over the team of Austin Rice and Bob Schuetz.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match
Jan. 26. Carl Voyles took first place with a 5-under-par
59 to edge Dale Hudson by one shot. Jim Shepard was
alone in third place with a 1-under 61.


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Horseshoe news
Three teams emerged from pool play during Feb. 2
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. Rod Bussey and John Johnson drew the bye into the
finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and George McKay
edged Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels 22-17. Bussey-
Johnson then rolled past Huyghe-McKay 21-13 in the
finals.
Four teams advanced to the knockout round during
Jan. 30 horseshoe action. In the first semifinal, George
McKay and Jerry Disbrow edged John Crawford and Leo
Hutton 22-17. The second semifinal match saw Byron
Wagner and Norm Good defeat Bruce Copeland and Art
Kingstad 21-17. The finals were all McKay-Disbrow as
they wiped out Wagner-Good 21-4.
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-
come.




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941-713-4755 800-771-6043

ISLAND CONDO FOR SALE: 2bed/2bath
turnkey condo with good rental history. Pool,
tennis, covered parking, bay access, water
views, elevator, future bookings, and new
A/C and new roof are just some of the fea-
tures of this condo. Just bring yourflip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.


But some bargains in the condo market, or away from
the water, still remain, he added.
The past few winter seasons have been buyer's mar-
kets for island real estate, according to Nicole Skaggs,
of Big Fish Real Estate, 5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes
Beach, but she agreed with Brisson that it's not the case
this winter.
"All the bargains have just about been sold. We have
a low inventory of homes, and a high demand, and that's
a seller's market," she said.
Skaggs said phones and emails are coming in daily
asking for a waterfront or canalfront home around
$500,000.
'Those days are just about gone. The low-end bar-
gains on or near water are few and far between. You can
look in the condo market for a bargain. But if you're a
serious buyer for a single-family home, I would advise
buying now," she said.
Skaggs said she and other island real estate agents
don't pressure anyone to buy, but the way the market has
moved the past year, the price of homes is not going to
drop in the near future, she said.
How fast are bargains selling? Skaggs said she got an
email on a Friday to list a canalfront home for $699,000
and a bid came in the next day. The house sold within a
week.
Terry Hayes of Premier Sotheby's International
Realty agreed with Skaggs that the "bargains" below
$500,000 are just about sold out on the island.
Although Hayes has sold a number of million dollar
homes in her real estate career, she said right now she's
getting a lot of demand for homes in the $500,000 to
$800,000 range, and selling quite a few.
'Those homes are selling and that's where the major-
ity of inventory is. If the seller prices the house correctly
and it's move-in ready, they are getting immediate offers,"
she said.
Gulffront properties are selling well, but the over-
whelming market demand and sale is in that $500,000
to $800,000 range, she said.
Hayes said based upon her busy January, "I fully
expect a great winter season of buying, especially in the
next few weeks from the bargain hunters who make a
quick decision."
Brisson agreed the bargain sales available last year
sold quickly the past 12 months, indicating island real
estate is on a good upswing.
The average single-family home on the island in
December 2011 sold for $459,198, while the December
2012 average was $620,198.
Although that's a 35 percent increase in one year,
Hayes cautioned that the figures might be skewed because
the low end of the market has sold out and buyers should
not think that's the type of increase in value they'll get
when they buy.
Hayes believes island home values will continue to
increase annually in value because "everyone wants to
be on the island," but those increases won't be like the 20
percent or more jumps observed in the mid-2000 years.


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TWO GARAGE DOOR openers: Complete, nearly
new, $79/each or best offer. 941-778-3920.

DISHWASHER WHITE. $65. Call 941-713-
4048.

FOR SALE. QUEEN mattress and box springs
with set of sheets. Serta. $50. 941-685-2847.

LUGGAGE SIGNATURE COLLECTION: Floral
print, 20-inch roll-on with matching carry-on,
$25. Call Marion, 941-761-1415.

FULL SIZE MEMORY foam bed and all acces-
sories, $300 or best offer. 941-778-1912.

FILE CABINET: FOUR-drawer, $25. 941-778-
4793.

YELLOW HUMMER KID bike, $60. 941-778-
7978.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

FOR SALE: Haitian art, collectible art, some
framed. Many local artists. Home decor. Antiques
and collectibles. The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

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


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


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

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-
sandarts.com/

BUYING ANTIQUE DOLLS, Steiff teddy bears,
holiday items pre-1950. Call Jan, 330-554-
1634.

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


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-
1901.

WHITE ELEPHANT AND clothing sale: Special
pre-sale, $5 fee, 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 (com-
plimentary 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, Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Friday and Satur-
day Feb. 8-9. Queen sofa bed, dresser, table and
chair, two microwaves, miscellaneous. 1902 67th
St. W., Bradenton.


LOST RAY BAN sunglasses on Jan. 14 at the
beach. 860-930-2181.

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.

FOUND: BRACELET IN the community center
area, near Magnolia, Anna Maria. 616-304-
4187.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.

WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kit-
tens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.


2002 CHRYSLER TOWN & Country. $4,499.
Always garaged, excellent condition, fully loaded.
No accidents, Perfect first car. Brand new brakes,
rotors and calipers (cost $2,000). Anna Maria
Island. Call 603-778-2526.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-
685-1400.

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.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL: See Anna Maria
Island by water! Phone, 941-518-3868. boat-
florida.weebly.com.


TORTILLA BAY IS hiring motivated team players
for all kitchen positions and cashiers. Experience
required. 5318 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Please come in for an application.

JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street.
Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins
and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real
Estate, 941-778-8104.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified on Tuesday at www.
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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-
5051.
BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trust-
worthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student.
Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-
7981.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references,
30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
941-545-7114.


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. Airport
runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.
ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for
your wedding, home and special events. 941-
345-4727.
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.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
Weaver, 813-727-1959.


TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER Repair Service,
LLC: Fast and reliable on-site computer repair
service with reasonable rates. CompTIA A+ and
Network+ certified. Call today! Anthony Mitchell
at 941-592-7714.
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-
vival Handbook."
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

AMI COMPUTER: COMPUTER problems solved
at your home or office. Wireless networking, virus
removal. 941-301-4726.

INTRODUCTORY OFFER! BUY one, get one
free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-
741-8832.
I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade.
Hardware, software and network repair. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Call island Socko: 941-799-1169.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulch, trim, haul, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in
old Florida seashell driveways and escapes. 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
phone" 941-720-0770.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
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 II'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


C*-IL *:-.GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C': :P
rN: i: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

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Handyman Service
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesoh LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
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TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
6600.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
ing.net.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.


BAY IN FRONT, CANAL IN BACK 3BR/3BA.
Direct bay view across street. Very quiet area not far
from beach. Way below new appraisal: $599,000.


BEACHFRONT MARTINIQUE, 2/2 End Unit.
Gorgeous views with updated kitchen and comfort-
ably furnished. $569,000


ONE OF THE OLDEST BUSINESSES on Anna
Maria Island and in Manatee County. Rare opportunity,
business and real estate. Just 100 feet to the Gulf.


BEACHFOUNI DUPLEX Exceptional views from
ground level, 4BR/2BA on quiet side street. Beach-
side porch and sundeck. $1,695,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
Norman 941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www.mikenormanrealty.com
sales@mikenormanrealty.com


JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
447-6747.

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.

CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job
too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills
repaired. 716-361-0010.



WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.




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VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
and condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlooking golf course.
Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesre-
alty.com.
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.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch,
near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA pool home on canal,
$2,200/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc., 941-778-
7200 or email: rentals@satorealestate.com.
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-
920-5595.
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.
WATERFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL for winter,
2013-14. 3BR/2.5BA home at end of a canal.
Amazing view of Bimini Bay and Key Royale Bridge.
Beautiful home, enclosed pool, large covered
porch, two-car garage. Fully furnished. $4,750/
month. Available November-May. 863-660-8366.
LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. Three-month
minimum. $2,700 plus resort tax per month. 941 -
794-5011.


BREAKING NEWS, FLIP-PAGE
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TWITTER! WE HAVE IT ALL.


2BR/2BA CONDO: 1,250 sf, new tile throughout,
office/den, pool access, exercise room, carport,
and small storage. $1,100/month. Small pet OK.
First, last, security. Water and cable included.
Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
ANNUAL RENTAL: CANAL home, 3BR/3BA,
caged pool, kitchen appliances, one-car garage,
unfurnished. Available Feb. 1. $2,195/month.
863-660-8366.
HOMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: 3BR/2BA,
totally renovated, 2010. Fully applianced, stor-
age facility, great location, pet-friendly, $1,500/
month. 603-969-6840.

ANNUAL RENTAL OR will sell with owner finance.
Waterfront Bayou condo, 2BR/1BA completely
remodeled, furnished, granite kitchen and bath pro-
fessionally decorated, No pets. $1,100 per month.
522 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-778-1410.



DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton
Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.
flipkey.com/124227. $269,000. By owner, 941-
962-8220.
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.

For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
Marianne Norman-Ellis
at Mike Norman Realty,
778-6696.

S Mike
Norman
Realty


LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola
Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground ser-
vices. 941-792-8826.
2BR/2BA 2005 JACOBSEN home with share. Patio
and deck, possible boat slip. Furnished. Active
55-plus community, beach and bay access. Call
267-266-1101.
FOR SALE BY owner. 2BR/2BA 1,600 sf Anna
Maria canal home. 15,000-lb. boat lift. Terrific north
end location, walk to beach, boat in your back
yard. Call Steve at 813-245-0428.
WATERFRONT LOT: 1 acre, direct access to
Manatee River, rare find, boating, fishing, Gulf
beaches, $319,000. WebPro Realty. Call Robert,
863-6026414. rharper@webpro-realty.com.
HOUSE FOR SALE: 3BR/3BA canalfront, granite
counters, new air conditioning, 2,000 sf. $579,000.
By appointment only. 941-778-1620.
PARADISE: 2BR/2BA 55-plus community, turn-
key, Ellenton. Rent includes 20-plus amenities. Pet
friendly, 5 heated pools, marina. 2 miles to 1-75, 15
miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob, 941-721-4890.
TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA, boat slip, heated pool.
$137,500. Fred Flis, realtor, 941-356-1456.
BAYSHORE GARDENS HOUSE: Updated
4BR/2BA, community pool and marina. $89,900.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
CONDOS FOR SALE: 1 BR/1 BA Furnished, low main-
tenance, all amenities. $35,000-$38,000. Suzanne,
Coastal Properties Realty. 941-794-1515.

S We listen.
We list.
We sell.
Call the Neelys for a private showing
of this unique property. 941.809.5565,
941.807.6220. cellwithmelandbarb.com


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VACATION -rL 3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
PROPERTIES, CLL 941.778.6849, toll free 800.778.9599


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in the heart of Anna Maria City, this 2 bedroom,
1 bath is a pleasure to see! Lovingly remodeled
by the current owner on a spacious lot located directly
across the street from Tampa Bay. This home definitely
will not last long! $499,000!
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
RENTALS
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
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