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VOLUME 21, NO. 17
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FEB. 27, 2013 FREE
AM commission again reverses moratorium limit
look for new housing.
Plan ahead. Page 5
Cityfest: 2 days of
music and fun in
Holmes Beach. Page 9
18 Pg 1
Island police blotter.
Island street map.
BB gateway problem:
Over budget. Page 18
BB starts over on cell
Holmes Beach flip-
flops on appraisal
methods. Page 20
Titsworth finds 'no
conflict.' Page 21
Out and about...
Football, golf, horse-
shoes. Page 24
Winter fishing, tides.
By Rick Catlin
For the second time in the past two weeks,
Anna Maria commissioners voted to reverse
an earlier decision.
The latest change of heart came at the Feb.
21 work session, when commissioners voted
3-2 to allow those single-family home projects
considered "in the pipeline" to proceed to file
for a building permit.
The commission had originally allowed
projects already in the pipeline to continue
through the permit process when it passed an
administrative moratorium on new construc-
tion three weeks ago.
They then changed direction at their Feb.
7 meeting and halted issuance of all build-
ing permits while the moratorium ordinance
moves forward. The moratorium will halt
construction while the commission decides to
either lower the maximum height of a single-
family home from 37 feet to a lower number,
or accomplishes changes to the code to pre-
vent large rental homes from being built.
All hail the chief
Retired Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine
is recognized with a
standing ovation by more
than 250 invited guests at
his retirement party Feb.
22 at the Stoneybrook
Golf Club. Romine was
roasted, toasted and hon-
ored byfamily, fellow law
enforcement, and officials
from all over the state.
He resigned his 19-year
tenure as chief Jan. 31
and his law enforce-
ment career of 33 years.
More photos, page 8.
Best practices may
be best answer to
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria code enforcement officer
Gerry Rathvon said she received 42 noise
complaints from Nov. 1, 2011, to Dec. 30,
None of the complaints resulted in a cita-
Since Jan. 1, Rathvon has neither received
a noise complaint, nor has she received any
such complaints from the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office-Anna Maria substation.
Mayor SueLynn noted that many vacation
rental owners and managers in Anna Maria
agreed last year to implement the list of best
PLEASE SEE PRACTICES, PAGE 2
tiut a number oI property owners came Ior-
ward at the Feb.14 and Feb. 21 meetings to claim
a financial hardship existed because of the halt
to projects in the pipeline. Several, including
sion's Feb. 21
he prepared to
how a single-
with 45 percent
Bill and Cathy Adams of Plant City, said they
were just about ready to submit their building
plans for a permit when the commission stopped
PLEASE SEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 4
Bradenton Beach Holmes Beach
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reports on the
state of the city at
the Feb. 20 com-
Beach in 'good
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy
said the city remains in good financial shape
during his state-of-the-city address at the Feb.
PLEASE SEE BB MAYOR, PAGE 2
conIInutes e I safety
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach commissioners said they
want to see sprinklers required in three-story
duplexes on hearing building official Tom
Commission Chair Jean Peelen introduced
the topic at the Feb. 21 meeting, asking for an
update from O'Brien.
"We know the fire department didn't inspect
them," she said of the closely spaced homes.
But fire inspections are not required for resi-
dential properties in Holmes Beach.
"We know we did not inspect them for the
fire-rated walls. What we didn't know is whether
PLEASE SEE FIRE SAFETY PAGE 3
2 E FEB. 27, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Boil water notice issued
Manatee County announced last week it will
install a valve and shut water off the morning of Feb.
26 for customers in Holmes Beach from Gulf Drive
to Avenue E and from 31st Street to 28th Street.
James Faulkner of the county utilities distribution
section said customers are advised that once service is
restored, all water used for drinking or cooking should
be boiled as a precaution.
The precautionary notice remains in effect 24-48
hours and a rescission notice will be issued when the
boil-water notice is lifted.
For more information, call 941-792-8811, ext.
BB MAYOR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
21 city commission meeting.
"Taxes were raised this year for the first time in many
years out of necessity" he said. "We didn't want to do it,
and we took money out of the reserve to relieve some of
the tax burden."
Shaughnessy said tax increases were necessary to
begin addressing neglected infrastructure needs.
"Our infrastructure is falling apart and no money was
put aside in recent years to address those needs," he said.
"Now it's time to catch up."
The city prioritized two projects in this year's budget
to fund and complete, with plans to fund at least two
projects a year going forward.
"Both of the projects we prioritized are already com-
pleted," he said. "The emergency generator at the police
station has been replaced and resurfacing on Second
Street South is completed."
The mayor said the city's reserve fund was drastically
reduced under previous administrations, "and, as man-
dated, those funds are required to be replaced. I believe
past administrations did what they thought was best for
the city and we are doing the same thing."
He said predicting the future is impossible, but the
city department heads, staff and commissioners are
"working hard and doing their very best to keep Bra-
denton Beach the star of the island."
Shaughnessy said the 25 city employees are doing
PRACTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
practices for a vacation rental, which include a tenant
agreeing to comply with the city code to reduce noise
after 10 p.m.
Although none of the complaints Rathvon received
in the 14-month 2011-12 period resulted in a citation, two
properties received three complaints during this period.
If another complaint is filed against those properties, a
citation will be issued and the owner/rental agent will
have to appear for a hearing before the city's special mag-
If convicted of a citation, the owner or rental agent
could face a fine of $250 for one instance, or $250 per
day if the noise complaints continued after the citation
Rathvon said of the 42 complaints she recorded in the
14-month period, MCSO deputies did respond to some
and all were settled without further problems.
Three of the noise complaints were the result of
a Friday evening open house at retail stores on Pine
Avenue, she said.
Rathvon receives a copy of any MCSO response to
a noise or nuisance complaint, she said.
She maintains a database with more than 500
addresses of vacation rental properties in the city. Each
time a complaint is filed against a particular address, the
complaint is noted by address in the database.
The vacation rental at 11101 Gulf Drive has had three
noise complaints against it since the database was cre-
a good job and complimented all of his department
"The administration department is the nerve center of
the city," he said. "One of the most important functions is
the annual audit. It is a daunting task, but they continue
to get excellent ratings from the auditors."
Shaughnessy noted that while building official Steve
Gilbert is not a city employee because the city contracts
its service, "Mr. Gilbert has done an excellent job for the
city in transforming this department from what it was to
what it is today."
The mayor complimented his public works depart-
ment, saying its employees "face different challenges
every day and has to adjust to accommodate those
ated. She has informed the owner, Dr. Francisco Gomez
of Tampa, that another complaint will result in a cita-
A vacation rental at 505 MagnoliaAve. also has three
noise complaints for the reporting period. The property
is managed by Anna Maria Vacations, according to Rath-
The Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office
website lists the owners as Yvonne and Adam Walker of
the same address.
A property at 804 N. Shore Drive has two noise com-
plaints against it, according to the database. That property
is owned by Shawn Kaleta, according to the MCPAO
SueLynn said it's still early in the winter tourist
season, but she hopes the list of best practices may be
working to keep noise complaints down.
"I know the agents, managers and owners who agreed
to the list are working hard to have their tenants abide by
the list," she said.
Among the best practices, the tenant agrees to comply
with all city codes and ordinances. The tenant is informed
of the overnight noise reduction ordinance that begins at
10 p.m. The tenant also agrees not to have loud parties
and to respect the rights of adjacent residents.
Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate and Mike Brinson
of Anna Maria Island Accommodations worked with Sue-
Lynn to identify the best practices criteria.
The mayor said only time will tell if it's working.
changes, never knowing what tomorrow will bring. This
department does a great job for the city."
The Bradenton Beach Police Department has 10 full-
time and six part-time officers. Shaughnessy referenced
the former troubled history at Coquina Beach transition-
ing to a family-friendly beach as a credit to the police
"Our police department was instrumental in devis-
ing a plan to ensure the changes we have seen," he said.
"The county has entrusted our police department to patrol
the beach, which shows the trust the county has in our
"As do I. They continue to offer the best possible
protection and service to our citizens."
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FIRE SAFETY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
in the plans they said what kind of wall they were putting
in," she said.
Peelen also asked what the city could do to protect
itself and to prevent such properties from catching fire.
O'Brien who was appointed by Mayor Carmel
Monti in December on a contract that expires March 31
- reported that he's been making notes on his rounds
about "suspect properties," and conducting "considerable
O'Brien said, "The majority of the cases are at 10
feet, 11 feet, and don't pose any problem," of the distance
between separated duplex units.
However, he said, three duplexes are "problematic"
and one under construction has recently been notified to
comply with safety requirements in the code.
The next step in his investigation, O'Brien said, is to
pull the permit documents and examine the construction
In some plans O'Brien has noticed fire code prob-
lems. While some precautions were taken, he said, there
were no "tested assemblies."
O'Brien told the commissioners, "When we under-
stand the hazard, we have the duty to take action. It would
be negligent to do otherwise. And I promise you all I'll
never do that.
"The first line of responsibility is with the builders,"
he said. While the city permit gives them the right to
build, he added, it does not allow construction in violation
of the code.
O'Brien added that he's taking a measured
"If we find some deficiencies, we will discuss it
with the specific builders before alarming the owners,"
West Manatee Fire Rescue District ChiefAndy Price
advised commissioners Jan. 10 he recommends sprin-
klers to protect against fire hazards in Holmes Beach
duplexes. He said fences, power lines and the closeness
of the homes allow "absolutely no access to some of these
A sprinkler system requirement is required in some
instances for a three-story building, but O'Brien noted
Commissioner Marvin Grossman visits 145 50th St. to
demonstrate his claim of fire safety issues at duplexes
where only a narrow space separates the units.
Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
differing interpretations in national fire code and local
Commissioner Judy Titsworth recommended
the commissioners require sprinklers for three-story
"I think LAR takes care of that," said Commissioner
David Zaccagnino, referring to a new ordinance that
limits future dwellings to a .34 living area ratio, specific
to the Residential-2 zone where duplexes are allowed.
Commissioner Pat Morton disagreed that the LAR
ordinance could address the existing safety issue.
Another ordinance to be considered at the March 6
planning commission meeting is proposed to eliminate
the practice of joining units by use of an underground
All welcome to Islander-
The Islander newspaper will host a town hall
meeting for island residents and officials to meet with
state Sen. Bill Galvano, District 26, R-Bradenton, at
5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.
Galvano is expected to update the island com-
munities on the budget and policy priorities of the
2013 legislative session, which will convene March
5, and also plans to provide informa-
tion on House Bill 883, which was
Sponsored by his predecessor in the
/' H Florida Senate, Mike Bennett.
The statute allows any home in
any municipality or unincorporated
Galvano area to be a rental home, and limits
future rental housing restrictions -
those that didn't exist as of the bill's 2012 passage.
Galvano is expected to talk about his priorities and
take questions from the gallery.
The senator serves as chair of the Appropriations
Subcommittee on Education and also serves on the
Agriculture, Appropriations, Education, Gaming,
Health Policy, Regulated Industries and Rules commit-
tees and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health
and Human Services.
Seating is limited, and those who wish to attend
and be assured a seat may make a reservation.
For reservations and more information, call The
Islander at 941-778-7978.
footer and instead require party walls. The units appear
to be two single-family homes and Zaccagnino has said
in the past he prefers the added landscaping and appear-
ance of homes over the joined duplex units.
Peelen said, "Certainly the sentiment up here is that
we would like to see sprinklers on the third floor."
She directed O'Brien to continue his investigation.
Zaccagnino added, "We would also feel horrible if
something happened, if they were built incorrectly."
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them from proceeding. The Adams' and others claimed
the city should not change its rules in the middle of the
Attorney Scott Rudacille of Blalock and Walters,
P.A., of Bradenton, said he represents six property owners
in the pipeline who are affected by the halt.
He told commissioners his clients were building
single-family homes that were "not the type of houses
you are trying to control."
Commissioners have said the moratorium will allow
them a "time out" to establish an ordinance to lower the
height of new construction from the present 37 foot limit.
Commissioner Chuck Webb and others have expressed
concern that big box-like homes will ruin the character
of Anna Maria.
Several residents, including Jill Morris, said the com-
mission has already back-tracked once, and should stand
by its decision to halt building permits.
Webb and Commissioner Nancy Yetter agreed.
At some point, everyone faces a hardship, Yetter
Yetter said the commission cannot keep changing its
mind, and the administrative moratorium gives the city
a "time out" while it reviews the height ordinance and
decides if it should be lowered.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said the sooner the
commission "fast-tracks the height ordinance," the sooner
it would be better for everyone. However, he favored
lifting the restriction on issuing permits to those already
in the pipeline.
The administrative moratorium halts only those sin-
gle-family homes that exceed the 27-foot height limit.
Any home permit application under that height is not
affected, city planner Alan Garrett said.
Building official Bob Welch said he personally knew
12 of the 15 people who were planning to apply for a
building permit. To his knowledge, he said, none were
planning what might be considered a big-box home.
Commission Chair John Quam said that if the com-
mission were to lift the halt on those applicants in the
pipeline, Welch should establish guidelines of what
an applicant should provide to demonstrate significant
expenditures to date before considering a permit.
Welch agreed to require canceled checks, docu-
mented plans and other signs the applicant has made
significant expenditures before issuing a permit.
Webb, who opposed issuing permits, said he favored
an exception for those people who had applied to the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a
permit to build seaward of the coastal construction con-
trol line. The CCCL is that area seaward of a DEP line
that approximates Gulf Drive.
Webb also suggested some people might provide
false documentation but a DEP letter would eliminate
any questions as to applicants being in the pipeline.
Welch confirmed most of the 15 identified projects
in the pipeline were not seaward of CCCL.
The subdivision planned at the former Villa Rosa
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Anna Maria City
Feb. 28, 6 p.m., city commission.
March 5, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board.
March 7, 6 p.m., city commission workshop.
March 13, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
March 4, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
March 7, 1 p.m., pier team.
March 7, 7 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Holmes Beach Police Department
forum, traffic on the island.
Feb. 28, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
March 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification.
March 7, 8 a.m.-noon, FEMA meeting.
March 7, 7 p.m. city commission work session.
March 12, 7 p.m., city commission.
March 14, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
Feb. 28, 9 a.m., county commission work session
on health care.
March 5, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., county commission
March 12, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
March 18, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Anna Maria City Hall.
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property on South Bay Boulevard was not included in the
discussion, Welch said. He said it would be addressed at
a later date.
Welch said he would review each of the 15 pipe-
line projects and documentation with city attorney Jim
Dye. Additionally, Welch will prepare a document for the
applicant to attest that all the facts and evidence presented
are true and correct and the applicant is not falsifying any
Welch said he hoped to have the administrative rules
for what constitutes "in the pipeline" ready this week. He
will not issue any building permit until Dye has reviewed
the rules and affidavit.
The motion to allow single-family homes already in
the pipeline as established by Welch and Dye passed 3-2,
with Webb and Yetter voting against the motion. Com-
missioners Quam, Aubry and Woodland voted in favor.
In other business, commissioners viewed a number
of small scale models of single-family homes prepared
by Aubry that could be built if the city establishes a living
area to lot size ratio of 45 percent.
The home sizes would vary by lot size. A house on a
5,000 square-foot lot could build the first floor of living
space to 1,507 square feet, with the second floor of living
space at 743 square feet, Garret said. The total square
footage of living space would be 2,250 square feet, which
is 45 percent of the lot size.
Aubry said his models were examples of what could
be done with new construction.
Commissioners got into a lengthy discussion to
define living area.
Woodland asked if decks and patios should be
included in living space, and if the roof overhang would
be part of what they termed living area.
Commissioners discussed including air conditioned
space and under roof space. Discussion focused on
encouraging porches by excluding them from the living
Webb said livable space should be what is air condi-
After much discussion among commissioners, Gar-
rett said he needed the commission to define the living
Holmes Beach proclaims Leckie Day
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti presents a com-
munity service award to resident and Islander of the
Year Pam Leckie for her tireless work at the Island
Library and at the Roser Food Pantry during a Feb.
12 commission meeting. The city commission also
designated Feb. 13, 2013, as Pam Leckie Day. Islander
Photo: Kathy Prucnell
area. There appeared to be a consensus that some property
owners would maximize air conditioned space and forego
porches if they were included in the defined living area
allowed for the lot size.
Quam agreed. He placed discussion of floor area ratio
and LAR on the agenda of a future work session.
The commission's next regular meeting is 6 p.m. Feb.
28, at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
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It seemed a pretty good week, all considered.
The Anna Maria City Commission flip-flopped on the
issue of allowing projects determined to be in the "pipe-
line" to proceed.
It seemed the right thing to do. First they were exempt
from the moratorium the administrative moratorium
that precedes the moratorium ordinance to prevent a rush
of permit requests. Then they weren't.
It seemed the commissioners were convinced the
worst sort of projects big rental homes might squeak
through. This past week they were convinced the 15 pipe-
line projects are OK.
At the same time, they looked at scale models of
various one-, two- and three-story homes on typical lots
to determine how to proceed to halt 37-foot building
heights in favor of a 27-foot limit, and how to apply a
It seemed, based on the models and footprint of a
home with all setbacks considered, that limiting building
heights to 27 feet might produce an unintended conse-
Also, with living area based on lot size, the homes
would be too small to accommodate many of today's
Not only that, but the setbacks would favor maxxing
out the air-conditioned space and limit porches. The homes
wouldn't have the desired appeal without porches. They
would be boxes.
So considering the purpose of the moratorium was to
lower building height, we're left to wonder if the morato-
rium is moot.
The city can surely find better ways to blend new
homes into the quaint image the city seeks.
Maybe they should join forces with the city of Holmes
Beach, which also finds itself trying to limit big rental
It only involves a short run to the border.
Speaking of a run to the border, I was drawn this week
to the east to attend the retirement roast, toast and boast
for retired Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.
I was pleased to be among the 250 or so folks to honor
the chief. I can only echo the others who lavished praise
on Romine. We were lucky to have his leadership, as he
forged revered relationships in the state on our behalf.
We have a chance now to continue his legacy in the
hands of trusted staff, and finally see the lieutenant gain
his due after 26 years of service to the city all served
under Romine. For my thinking, Chief Dale Stephenson
deserves to step into Romine's shoes.
The city and the police department staff deserve to
move forward, to follow a great chief with the continuity
that only Stephenson can provide.
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WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS,
EVERYONE CAN AFFORD
A NEW HOME.
Time to get serious
This is an invitation to the Holmes Beach mayor
and commissioners to visit my property on Holmes
Boulevard, where my wife, cats and myself attempt to
maintain our permanent residence of 19 years.
The moratorium and building restrictions have
yet to work any wonders for us. In fact, let's walk all
Holmes Beach neighborhoods and count the vacation
rental signs littering our landscape. So much for R-2
As I see it, our reformers have two choices. Keep
their heads in the sand and deny that we're another
Daytona Beach, or face reality and start planning for
an influx of party-seeking transients.
I firmly believe the focus of our elected officials,
as well as developers, real estate companies and busi-
ness owners has to be how to generate revenue from
this transformation. How about bridge tolls, parking
meters, beach tags, increased rental taxes and access
fees paid by those who come to enjoy our slice of
If the cities aren't willing to provide protection
to the last remaining residents, they should consider
compensating those who are displaced by government
incompetence, negligence, and/or misfeasance.
To deny me the right to build bigger, taller and
better than my new neighbors after 10 years of lax
enforcement is unconscionable.
A few years ago one of our neighbors got more than
$800,000 way over market value to tear his house
down after the federal government determined his home
was flood prone.
If the rental insanity persists, make us a better offer
and we'll be gone, with or without a flood.
Robert McCaffrey, Holmes Beach
Money better spent?
In the Jan. 19 issue of The Islander, the editorial
suggests we build two piers, a roller coaster and a Ferris
The editor suggests we think big like St. Pete,
Santa Monica and Chicago and build a huge pier -
Really? Is that what we want, along with it's atten-
dant traffic and crime? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I
don't think most of us moved here for that. We came
here because it wasn't those places. We came here
because it was quiet, had beautiful beaches and only
one high rise.
Look, I'm not against change. I believe in moving
forward. But I am opposed to ruination. Real estate and
rental agents, builders and contractors are not the only
ones on the island there are residents and residents
should determine what kind of island it is.
As for a new pier at Manatee Beach, do we need it?
We don't have to attract any more people. We've had
record tourism and our beaches are packed.
Why do we think we can improve a natural area
with a man-made structure? Spending upwards of $1.5
million dollars on a pier that's used only by a handful
of fishers doesn't make sense. The county should use
its money to buy critical habitat or restore more of what
Manatee Beach is beautiful as it is. Tourists don't
need the pier and residents don't need the pier.
Yes, as stated, we live on a tropical island and it is
a tourist attraction but we don't have to turn it into
Bob Perinetti, Holmes Beach
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By Mark Young
A turkey vulture is expected to recover from an
unusual case of apparent animal abuse, as it rehabilitates
at Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center Inc., in
Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Ed Straight and his
wife Gail have run the organization at their home for 26
years and Straight said, in all that time, he has never seen
anm) illn like what this vulture endured.
"We've dealt with gunshot wounds and we were part
of the rescue of the St. Petersburg duck that had an arrow
through its neck, but I've never seen ani lling like this,"
"We started getting calls about two weeks ago about
a vulture that was having a hard time flying," he said. "It
was eating out of people's garbage to stay alive."
Straight said volunteer rescuers tried several times
to locate the vulture after a call to their organization, and
finally captured it in a patch of thick bushes Feb. 18.
"Damen Hurd, one of our rescuers, who is very
good at what he does, found it in some bushes near King
Middle School, in Bradenton," he said. "It couldn't fly,
but it could still run around pretty good, so it was not an
The bird was covered in red paint upon arrival to
Wildlife Inc. Straight said the people that called sus-
pected it had been shot with a paint gun.
"But if you saw it when it first came in, you would
have seen it covered in paint from head to toe," he said.
"The paint was all the way down to the skin, so it appears
to me that someone dipped this bird into paint. For what
reason, I cannot imagine."
Straight said he had no idea why someone would do
such a thing, "but I hope whoever did it eventually gets
caught and prosecuted."
He said a similar incident occurred in north Florida
several months ago to some seagulls, and there were no
leads in that case.
"He's doing pretty good now," said Straight. "He's
expected to fully recover, but we got to him just in time
because he was in pretty bad shape. If we hadn't got to
him when we did, he wouldn't have made it."
Some of the paint has come off naturally and the
vulture has been attempting to cleanse itself, but Straight
said a veterinarian will soon begin bathing the bird with
Dawn detergent. It's the same treatment used for birds
damaged by oil spills.
"We wanted to give it a few days to avoid causing too
much stress," he said. "But \ l1) liing is looking good
for him to recover from this."
Straight asks that anyone with information on who
may have done this to the vulture call the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement
division at 863-648-3200.
Wildlife Inc. is a nonprofit rescue/rehabilitation orga-
nization. As many wildlife rehabilitation centers across
Florida shut down due to hI u,'Pliin' finances and stricter
regulations, demands on Wildlife Inc. are growing.
Straight said his facility is receiving calls for help
from all along the Gulf coastline.
To learn more, go online at www.wildlifeinc.org, visit
Wildlife Inc. on Facebook or call 941-778-6324.
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This turkey vulture was found covered in red paint
Feb. 18 in Bradenton and is undergoing rehabilitation
at Wildlife Inc., in Bradenton Beach.
Wildlife rehab cares for abused vulture
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Island Cityfest to bring 2-day festival to Holmes Beach
offering their specialties.
Chamber volunteers will serve beer, wine and rum
Sponsors include Miller Electric, corporate spon-
sor; Anna Maria Island Resorts.net, music sponsor; The
By Kathy Prucnell
Two days of music, food, arts and more are being
finalized for the sixth annual Island Cityfest, a Holmes
Beach Founders Day Celebration.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman announced the festival will be held
5-10 p.m. Friday, March 1, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Satur-
day, March 2, in the city field adjacent to city hall, 5801
The festival promotes local businesses and benefits
the chamber's college scholarship.
It is held in March to attract the island's winter-spring
seasonal visitors, Brockman explained.
Former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger initiated the fes-
tival to honor city founders. With Bohnenberger out of
office, new city officials have plans for a presentation in
the gazebo at the start of second day, at 10 a.m Satur-
The chamber has lined up performers March 1 and
March 2. The first night's kickoff will feature emcee Mike
Kettle of Fish, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Koko Ray, 8-10 p.m.
On March 2, the emcee will be Chris Grumley and
music will be provided by:
Big JimAllen Ukulele, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Bil Bowdish, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mike Sales Band, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Scott's Garage, 3-5 p.m.
SoulRcoaster, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Shotgun Justice, 8-10 p.m.
This year's CityFest also will include an Anna Maria
Island Health and Fitness Center-sponsored Kids' Zone
- including bounce houses and bungee jumps- arts and
craft vendors, the LaPensee Plumbing-sponsored Classic
Car Show, the Anna Maria Island Privateers with their
ship Skullywag, and an assortment of island restaurants
officer of year
The Holmes Beach Police Department has nomi-
nated Joshua R. Fleischer as Officer of the Year to
the Manatee County Hundred Club.
Each year, the club seeks nominations to recog-
nize efforts in law enforcement.
In nominating Fleischer, Interim Police Chief
Dale Stephenson pointed to his exemplary lifesav-
ing effort as a first responder in a drug overdose in
Fleischer was first to arrive on the scene and
found a young person unconscious, turning blue. He
hooked up an automated external defibrillator and
cleared his airway, enabling him to breathe on his
own, according to Stephenson.
Formerly with the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office, Fleischer was hired by Holmes Beach in
November 2009, and promoted to a full-time officer
in January 2010.
Nominations are expected from other Manatee
County law enforcement. The 100 Club traditionally
holds a dinner to honor the winner in May.
Verizon works to repair its voice and data line air leak,
according to workers on the scene Feb. 21. For sev-
eral days last week, scattered land-line outages were
reported north of 51st Street in Holmes Beach. Islander
Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Classic cars: A feature (
By Kathy Prucnell
Island Cityfest, a Holmes Beach Founders Day Cel-
ebration, is calling all classic cars to Holmes Beach.
LaPensee Plumbing is the sponsor of the classic car
show 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, March 10, featuring
street rods, classic, antique, muscle and custom cars, only
on the second day of the festival.
The festival is Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, on
Holmes Beach city field, along Flotilla Drive.
The cars will be showcased in the adjacent Birdie
Island Cityfest is organized for the city by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
"It's a real treat for the car guys," said Bill Mergens,
March 7, 8 & 9, 2013
Preview Party & Sale
Jazz Trio & Hors d' oeuvres
March 7 Thursday, 5 8 PM
$15/person (at the door)
$10/person (in advance)
March 8 Friday, 10AM 5:30 PM
March 9 Saturday, 10AM 4:30 PM
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wine sponsor; Barry Grooms, Remax Alliance Group,
rum sponsor; and Budweiser, beer sponsor.
For more information, call Brockman at 941-778-
1541 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 100 antique
cars, including this 1932
Ford Coupe, will befea-
tured 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 2, at the
classic car show, part of
the two-day Island City-
fest, A Holmes Beach
Founders Day Celebra-
tion. Islander Photo:
SCourtesy Bill Mergens
of founder's day festival
who organizes car shows, including the long-running
Bayfest car show in Anna Maria in the fall.
"This has really become a big deal. Everybody likes
it because it's so different," he added.
Most car shows are in parking lots and surrounded
by buildings, he said.
The field once a destination forAnna Maria Island
Community Center baseball teams which has no home
team and sees little use by ballplayers, now attracts other
uses, including the car show.
The car show is open to all makes and models, cars
and trucks, and more entries are welcome. Registration
is required before the event.
To register and for more information, call Mergens
at 941-920-2277 or email email@example.com.
Verizon line leaks
More than 500 data and voice customers were with-
out service last week due to an air leak and a collapse
in the casing of data and voice cables at Verizon's cen-
tral office and switching station at 51st Street and Gulf
According to Verizon spokesman Bob Elek, a sign
installation near the station caused the air leak.
"There was a lot of water in the manhole so pumping
went on overnight last night," Elek said Feb. 22.
"When they pumped the water out, the other cables
collapsed, causing more of a problem," he added.
Elek estimated service would be restored over the
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Roser Community Church celebrating 100 years
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., While staying at the family cottage on Pine Avenue, the
Anna Maria, continues to celebrate 100 years on the elder Roser dreamed of building a chapel to commemo-
island with a series of events. rate the life of his late wife Caroline and to serve all
The calendar includes: people.
Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., a spring craft By the spring of 1913, the chapel had been designed,
show and sale, with lunch and baked goods also available, constructed, dedicated and opened.
to benefit the 100th anniversary, at the church. Sunday, March 17, mid-morning after the first
Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., the Sarasota Chorus church service, a time-capsule will be buried and a tree
of the Keys is in concert at the church, with a reception planted on the church grounds.
following the show at Relish Cafe & Marketplace, 503 Also, Roser anniversary organizers have worked with
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, which has put
Admission to the concert is free, but organizers are up a 100th anniversary display at the museum, 402 Pine
asking for a free-will offering. Ave., Anna Maria.
Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m., the church will host a The museum, open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
rededication of the chapel, with a celebration across the features old photographs of Roser as well as stories about
street. Organizers expect a "fairly large crowd." the construction of the chapel, pastors at the church and
The chapel, according to a news release, was the its congregation.
dream of John Roser, father of Charles Roser, one of For more information, call the church at 941-778-
Anna Maria Island's early land development partners.
Women of the Moose plan
The Women of the Moose Chapter 1601 are orga-
nizing an annual Easter party for children ages 1-10 on
Saturday, March 16.
The party will take place 1-3 p.m. at the island lodge,
110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. The chapter is plan-
ning an egg hunt on the beach, games, the awarding of
Easter baskets, visits with the Easter bunny and lunch.
Reservations must be made in person by Monday,
March 11, at the lodge.
Breakfast on menu a
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, continues a Sunday tradition during
season pancake breakfasts March 3 and March 17.
Volunteers will be serving breakfast in the activity
center 8:30-11:30 a.m. The menu includes pancakes,
eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee.
The price is $6 for adults and children 12 and under
For more information, call Paulette Kaczor at 941-
Island Players perform
cancer society benefit
The Island Players will perform a benefit preview of
"'Til Beth Do Us Part" to benefit the American Cancer
Society Cancer Action Network.
The preview will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March
5, at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Seating
is general admission, with tickets priced at $15. Tickets
can be purchased at Creations by L, 5500 Marina Drive,
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-
Kiwanis meeting March 2
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-761-
Church of the Annunciation
holds Lenten series
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is holding a Lenten series
on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the church hall.
The evenings include a soup and bread supper, a
video presentation and a discussion of"Great Souls who
changed the 20th century." The program on Wednesday,
Feb. 27, will explore the work of Mother Theresa.
For more information, call Terry Hussey at 941-792-
Sandpiper to host
eating vegan talk
Three island advocates of eating vegan will talk about
the lifestyle and diet during a forum Thursday, Feb. 28, at
the Sandpiper Resort community room, 2601 Gulf Drive,
The program, featuring chef Craig Chasky, author-
trainer Ellen Jaffe Jones and wellness coach Alec Grae,
will begin at 6 p.m.
A $10 donation is requested.
For more information and reservations, call Bob
Connors at 941-779-0556.
Gumbo challenge on menu at
Bridge Street Market
The Bridge Street Market, which takes place Sundays
on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach through April 10,
will hold a Gumbo Challenge on March 3.
The cook-off, featuring amateur and restaurant chefs,
will benefit Manatee Children's Service.
Market hours are 10 a.m-4 p.m.
For more information, email market organizer
Melissa Enders at email@example.com.
Home and garden tour set
The Longboat Key Garden Club holds its 37th Home
and Garden Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
The tour features visits to four homes on Longboat
and also, for a special price, a boat ride to visit a home
on Jewfish Key.
For details, call Madelyn Spoll at 941-383-4818.
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IGW showcases watercolorist
Watercolorist Anne Abgott is the featured artist at
Island Gallery West in March. A public reception for
the artist will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March
8, as part of Artwalk in Holmes Beach. The gallery is
at 5368 Gulf Drive. For more information, call 941-
Studio hosts Sightlines exhibit
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will feature the work of six area artists in Sight-
lines, an exhibit that runs Feb. 27-March 16.
Featured artists include Jo-Ann Golenia, textile;
Judy Kramer, photography; Janet Mishner, mixed media;
Cecile Moran, acrylic resist; Maggie Nevens, watercolor
and Carolyn Ritter, ink and acrylic.
A reception will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 1.
Also, the studio will host Ritter for a workshop on
using acrylic and ink at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-
1906 or go online to www.studioatgulfandpine.com.
Island Library announces
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a series of regular and special events in
The schedule includes:
Friday, March 1, 2-4 p.m., the Friends of the Island
Library members preview book sale.
Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friends of the
Island Library book sale.
Wednesday, March 6, 6 p.m., the Mana-Tweens
Book Club meets.
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m., the island origami club
Thursday, March 7, 2 p.m., Richard Sanchez lec-
tures about Egmont Key.
Friday, March 8, 2 p.m., the Alzheimer's Associa-
tion Caregiver Support Group meets.
Wednesday, March 13, 2 p.m., Ellen Jaffe Jones
lectures on eating vegan.
Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m., a program on "manag-
ing stress through mindful breathing" is planned.
Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m., James Corwin Johnson
talks about nature and wildlife photography.
Wednesday, March 20,3:30 p.m., the Mana-Tweens
craft program takes place.
Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m., the Friends Book
Club talks about Colum McCann's "Let the Great World
Thursday, March 21,2 p.m., the island knitting club
Thursday, March 28, 2 p.m., Sue Fox talks about
the "ABCs of Caregiving" on behalf of the Alzheimer's
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Sarasota hosts 37th annual
Pineapple Antiques Show
The 37th annual Pineapple Antique Show will take
place March 7-9 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium,
801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The event will feature more than 40 dealers.
Hours will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, for the
preview; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, March 8; 10 a.m.-4:30
p.m. Saturday, March 9. Admission is $10 in advance and
$15 at the gate for the preview March 7 and $6 at the gate
For more information, call 941-928-2817.
Holmes Beach artist Pam McMillen will demonstrate
how to create chainmail jewelry at 10 a.m. Saturday,
March 2, at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. McMillen, a member of the IGW artist
co-op, also makes baskets, scarves and other jewelry.
Seating at the public demonstration is first-come. For
more information, call IGW at 941-778-6648 or go
online to www.islandgallerywest.com. Islander Cour-
Island Library's friend
holding book sale
The Friends of the Island Library will hold its annual
book sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and book donations
still can be dropped off at the library.
Shoppers will find tables stocked with hardcover
and paperback fiction and nonfiction books, as well as a
variety of other items.
A sale for Friends of the Island Library members will
take place 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 1. Membership can be
purchased at the door.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
LBK arts center hosts
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts will hold its
annual community juried exhibition March 8-29 at the
center, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key.
An opening reception will take place 4:30-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, with reservations required.
For reservations and more information, call 941-383-
2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Music in the Park set for
Realize Bradenton will present a series of concerts
on the Riverwalk in the city's downtown in March.
The shows will take place on the following dates at
6 p.m. at the Riverfront Mosaic Amphitheater, 452 Third
Avenue W., in Bradenton.
The schedule includes: Friday, March 1, the Marc
Mannino Jazz Quartet; Friday, March 8, the David Smash
Band; Saturday, March 9, the U.S. Coast Guard Concert;
Friday, March 15, the RJ Howson Band; Friday, March
22, Shot Gun Justice; Friday, March 29, Dean Johanesen
and The Human Condition.
For information, call Realize Bradenton at 941-840-
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Wednesday, Feb. 27
Noon Anna Maria Island Historical Society members lun-
cheon, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-0492.
Thursday, Feb. 28
6 p.m. Forum on eating vegan, Sandpiper Resort Coop
community center, 2601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
Friday, March 1
2-4 p.m. Friends of the Island Library members-only Book
Sale, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
4-7 p.m. The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, hosts a reception for Sightlines, an exhibit featuring
six area artists. Information: 941-778-1906.
5-10 p.m. Island Cityfest with music, food, arts and crafts,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
Saturday, March 2
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Island Cityfest with music, food, arts and
crafts, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
9 a.m.-3 p.m. -A spring craft show and sale, with lunch and
baked goods also available, to benefit the 100th anniversary of
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
10 a.m. The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Pam McMillen, "Chainmail Jew-
elry." Information: 941-778-6648.
6 p.m. Rat Pack tribute supper and show, Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies.
Sunday, March 3
8:30-11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Informa-
11:30 a.m. Bridge Street Market gumbo challenge for home
and restaurant chefs and to benefit Manatee Children's Service,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
Monday, March 4
6:30 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria meeting and program,
"Arts on the Island," Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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The Anna Maria Island Pearl and shuttle boat.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meet-
ing, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
8 p.m. Island Players benefit performance, "Til Beth Do
Us Part" for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. 941-799-2181.
Wednesday, March 6
6:35 p.m. Official sunset.
Friday, March 1
6-9:30 p.m. A Taste of the Village celebration of art, craft
and cuisine, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue
West, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4556.
Saturday, March 2
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Longboat Key Garden Club 37th Home and
Garden Tour, various locations. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-
11 a.m.-4 p.m. -A Taste of the Village celebration of art, craft
and cuisine, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue
West, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4556.
Tuesday, March 5
8 p.m. State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Cham-
ber and Concert choirs concert, Neel Performing Arts Center, SCF
Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
March 2-30, Suncoast Watercolor Society exhibit, Art Center
Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W, Bradenton. Info: 941-746-2862.
Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the
Water's Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday through Easter, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts soup suppers at 6 p.m.
Wednesday through spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers
bread. Information: 941-778-0492.
Wednesday through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
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The Manatee County Department of Historical
Resources, in partnership with the Island Pearl, will
celebrate heritage month in March with a series of boat
Proceeds from the tours will benefit the Manatee
Village Historical Park, Florida Maritime Museum, the
Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee Agricultural
The tours will depart from Pier 22, 1200 First Ave.
There will be two tours each on Saturday, March 2,
Tuesday, March 5, and Friday, March 29. Tours depart
Pier 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Tickets cost $30.
For more information or reservations, call 941-780-
8010 or go online to www.amishuttleservice.com.
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext.
*Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m.,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Community 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-
First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open
house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon,
Manatee Audubon Society, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave.
E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
Sunday, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street
Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include
a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-
Tuesday, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group meets,
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
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County officials aim to relieve island tourism stress
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County tourism officials are looking to
attract more visitors to the county's east side to ease
the strain of tourism on Anna Maria Island, particularly
during the winter-spring tourist season.
Speaking at the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce
board meeting Feb. 20, Manatee County Commissioner
Carol Whitmore, who also chairs the county's Tourist
Development Council, told board members the TDC
and Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are
trying to bring more tourism to the east county area.
Whitmore said the island gets enough tourism with-
out more advertising and marketing. But a number of
hotel rooms and attractions in eastern Manatee County
warrant promotion, she said.
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
March 7, the Island Players' opening of "'Til Beth Do Us Part,"
Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
March 8, Artwalk, downtown Holmes Beach galleries, shops,
around Marina and Gulf drives.
March 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market,
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.
March 9-10, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest arts and
crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
March 10, Daylight saving time begins.
March 11, Spring break begins for Manatee County public
Save the date
March 16, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of
Homes, various island locations.
March 17, St. Patrick's Day. Information to come on the
March 17, Roser Memorial Community Church celebrates its
100th anniversary with a tree planting and time capsule burial.
March 20, Anna Maria Garden Club annual Penny Flower
Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
March 24, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
concert, An Afternoon of Opera, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 31, Easter.
May 4, Food and Wine on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
May 4, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
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A resident and former mayor of Holmes Beach,
Whitmore said she knows first-hand how stressful the
season can be for year-round residents.
"We don't want to stress the island further," she
The county is hoping to attract a major sporting event
that promises to fill a lot of hotel rooms in the Lakewood
Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker said a
joint effort by Manatee and Sarasota counties is under
way to have the area chosen as the host site for the 2017
World Rowing Championships presented by the Interna-
tional Rowing Federation in Switzerland.
Hunzeker said the area is considered a leader as the
2017 host, but marketing specialists from both counties
continue to travel to IRF countries to talk about the area
and make presentations. He said it's important to keep
the area name "out in front."
The championships attract about 42,000 competitors
from more than 100 countries. Teams usually arrive at the
host site several weeks before the championships to train
and become accustomed to the venue, Hunzeker said.
Additionally, rowing fans from around the world will
likely attend the championships.
He said the 2017 site winner will be announced at
the 2013 World Rowing Championships this September
in South Korea.
Hunzeker said if\ 1iia.it. "Sarasota is named host, the
two counties would "have a lot of logistics" to solve.
In other tourist-related news, chamber president Mary
Ann Brockman said she's received two complaints about
over-booking by a member resort. She said, however, that
she's received fewer complaints this year than last year
at this time.
Whitmore said the TDC "would not tolerate" such
practices. "There might not be a lot we can do, but we
can't have that. We'll call them and tell them we'll do
everything we can to stop this. Double-booking could
ruin our image," she said.
Hunzeker provided some good economic news,
noting the former Siemens plant in Ellenton recently
was purchased by Fled Entertainment, the company that
produces Disney on Ice. Hunzeker said he expects Field
to add a number of jobs to the area.
Whitmore announcedAir Products Inc. is building a
plant across from Port Manatee and it should hire about
Hunzeker said county commissioners and staff
have been discussing how the county will grow in the
next 30-50 years. The general feeling is that most of the
growth will take place along the 1-75 corridor, he said.
Not much growth is expected in west Manatee or on the
Board members also approved the chamber to be
the nonprofit host of a symphony at Coquina Beach in
November. The Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra
will perform, and a sit-down dinner will be an option for
the event, said board member David Teitelbaum.
Teitelbaum said he has been working with Manatee
County parks and recreation supervisor Cindy Turner on
the event. He assured the board that the chamber would
not have any out-of-pocket expenses. The cost of the
symphony has not been determined.
The next board meeting is 5:15 p.m. Wednesday,
March 20, at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Center again joins annual 36-hour fundraising contest
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will participate with other
nonprofit organizations in a 36-hour online donation cam-
paign in March.
The campaign will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 5,
with the center and other nonprofits being challenged over
36 hours to raise money to leverage matching grants.
Matching funds and special grants are being pledged
by the Patterson Foundation, the Community Foundation
of Sarasota, Manatee Community Foundation and other
The challenge, during the fundraising period,
involves a variety of incentives and matches, including
dollar for dollar deals, grants to the first 20 nonprofits to
get 50 donors who donate $50 or more, as well as random
awards and other incentives.
To make a donation during the challenge to the
center, go online to www.givingpartnerchallenge.org,
type in Anna Maria Island Community Center and make
a donation. The center will use its donations for its chil-
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providing needed support for local nonprofits," Roxie
Jerde, CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota
County, stated in a news release. "It also provides an
opportunity for participating nonprofits to increase
fundraising and communications capacity, resulting
in new donors and more revenue to support their mis-
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By Kathy Prucnell
Property owners in West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict may soon receive lower home insurance rates.
About once every 10 years, the International Stan-
dards Organization ranks communities from 1-10, with
1 being perfect.
WMFR challenged a recent 4 rating after undergoing
an ISO evaluation in early 2012.
"We did get confirmation that our ISO rating did
improve. It was lowered to a 3," WMFR Chief Andy
Price reported at the Feb. 21 commissioners meeting.
The rating is expected to take effect July 1.
"The ISO should be sending this information to local
jurisdictions and insurance companies and that's a
good thing," he added.
The ISO evaluation included a site visit, measure-
ments of fire department's staff, training, water supply,
hydrant locations, communication systems, building
codes and inspection programs.
When the ISO results came back in the fall, the dis-
trict had held onto a 4 rating. On review of the results,
WMFR determined the ISO evaluator missed certain
ved insurance rating
information, and the district waged an appeal.
Price said WMFR's training wasn't properly credited
in the initial evaluation.
"What we found out was the guy who did the evalu-
ation retired right after he finished us," he said, adding
that after someone else reviewed the evaluation, "we got
a lot more credit for training.
"Part of the problem was they were looking at the
reserves," he explained.
Price said the reservists are on a 48-hour-a-month
work schedule and average only 2-3 hours of training,
while career firefighters receive 20 training hours each
WMFR provides fire and rescue service from three
fire stations, including one in Holmes Beach. It employs
42 career personnel and 35 reservists.
The district has a $5.5 million budget and protects
nearly 20,000 parcels in an 18-square-mile district,
including Anna Maria Island.
Insurance companies use ISO ratings to set premi-
ums, and a lower number typically means lower property
For more information, call 941-761-1555.
WMFR gains useful grant
By Rick Catlin
West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefighter Jeff
Philips recently obtained his college degree in firefight-
ing science. He took a number of courses on computers
and was eager to put his new skills to work after gradu-
He began searching the web on his own time for
grants, donations or gifts of firefighting equipment that
the WMFR district might use.
"I found the Firehouse Subs website and got inter-
ested in the variety of grants they have," Philips said.
Among the grants was one for $9,200, enough for
60 individual firefighter packs of rope rescue equipment.
The equipment allows a firefighter to easily pull someone
from a burning building or other dangerous situation.
"It will really help you get someone out if they are
trapped," Philips said.
And unlike many grants he found on the Internet,
this one did not require matching funds from WMFR.
"It was totally free, but the application process was
long and tedious," he said.
Before he began the grant process, he talked with
other firefighters about what was needed by WMFR and
what the Firehouse Subs grant required to determine if
he should proceed with writing the proposal.
Philips had to furnish the foundation with a WMFR
budget, justify the reason for the equipment and get
approvals from supervisors.
"The hard part was getting the proposal ready," he
said. Once submitted, he heard from Firehouse within a
week that the grant had been approved.
"It was a real honor to have the grant approved,"
Philips said. He also was honored to receive a "thank
you" from WMFR supervisors and Chief Andy Price.
Philips already has begun looking for other grants,
especially those that require little or no matching funds.
The Firehouse Subs Foundation will allow WMFR to
apply for another grant 18-months after the first grant.
The grant was awarded to the district for use by per-
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Joseph M. Rothberg
Joseph M. Rothberg, Ph.D., 76, of Anna Maria since
1998, formerly of Silver Springs, Md., died Jan. 3.
A memorial service will be held at the Roser Memo-
rial Community Church chapel at 11 a.m. Friday, March
1. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd
Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Rothberg is survived by wife Jeanette; sons
Michael William and Benjamin David; daughter-in-law,
Atsuko; and grandchildren Aimee, Logan and Kaleb.
Lawrence 'Bud' Taylor
Lawrence "Bud" Taylor, 83, of Holmes Beach and
Michigan, died Oct. 3. He was bor Nov. 7, 1929 in Pon-
tiac, Mich. He first came to Anna Maria
Island some 20 years ago as a winter
visitor and settled in Holmes Beach.
He is survived by his wife of 56
years, Jean, and sister Bonnie Pettigrew
of Heber Springs, Ark.
Taylor Mrs. Taylor plans to hold a remem-
brance service at her home at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, and requests friends wanting to attend
contact her for more information at 941-778-4683.
Carl L. Pfaller
Carl L. Pfaller, 93, formerly of Anna Maria, Punta
Gorda and South Bend, Ind., died Oct. 28, 2012. He was
bor Oct. 1, 1919, in South Bend.
Mr. Pfaller and wife Amy built a
cottage in 1950 on the north end of
Anna Maria and spent winter vacations
there until 1987, when they retired and
moved to Punta Gorda.
Following Hurricane Charley in
Pfaller 2003, they moved to the cottage in
Anna Maria and spent summers in
South Bend. Some family members and friends honey-
mooned at the cottage and continue to vacation there.
Mr. Pfaller is survived by daughter Shirley and hus-
band Larry Wyant and son Richard and wife Renee, all
of South Bend; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grand-
Obituaries are provided as a free service in The
Islander newspaper to residents andfamily of residents,
both past and present, and to those people with ties to
Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length.
Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries are available by
Island police blotter
Feb. 15, 100 block of Maple Avenue, information.
An elderly couple was walking on the beach when the
man stopped to use the restroom. The woman said she
was returning home, but she did not. The man called the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office to report her missing,
saying she has dementia and gets confused. Four MCSO
deputies and a Holmes Beach Police Department officer
responded to search the beach area. About 15 minutes later,
MCSO was contacted regarding a lost woman. Deputies
determined it was the missing woman and, after having
her medically cleared, she was released to her daughter.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Feb. 17, 1407 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Moorings
condo, petit theft. A man reported someone had stolen his
unsecured bicycle valued at $100 from the parking lot.
Feb. 16, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, property
damage. A man attempted to turn his recreation vehicle
around in the parking lot and struck an overhanging Aus-
tralian pine branch. The branch became stuck in the RV
roof rack. A Manatee County public works employee was
contacted to remove the branch with a chainsaw, at which
time the man was able to drive the RV away.
Feb. 21,600 Gulf Drive S., discharge of a weapon.
A 30-year-old woman was charged with misdemeanor
discharge of a weapon. A Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment officer was in the area issuing parking tickets when
he reported hearing 10 gunshots. Holmes Beach Police
Department, Longboat Key Police Department and the
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where the gunshots were heard and discovered a group of
people on a beach groin. After ordering the group to the
ground, the suspect admitted it was her gun and she had
been shooting into the water. She told officers she had a
second weapon in her vehicle. A Smith & Wesson 9 mm
and a Glock .40 caliber handgun were confiscated.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Feb. 18, 12000 Cortez Road, battery. A man and
woman were arguing at the side of the road. The woman
alleged the man slammed the trunk of the vehicle on her
back. She stepped on his keys, at which time he allegedly
applied pressure to her big toe, causing her to scream.
She told police she slapped the back of his head. The
66-year-old man was arrested on a battery charge.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Feb. 18, 300 block of 64th Street, driving without
a license. A 33-year-old Bradenton man struck another
vehicle. During the course of the accident investigation,
the man allegedly told police he had taken his boss'
work truck without permission. He said he did not have
a driver's license. A check revealed that the man had a
prior arrest for the same offense. Police determined him
to be at fault for the accident and arrested him on the
misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.
Feb. 10, 200 block of South Harbor Drive, burglary.
A complainant reported 11 fishing poles valued at $4,425
were stolen from his unlocked storage shed.
Feb. 13, 7200 Palm Drive, found property. A public
works employee found a bullet-proof vest lying on the
side of the road. The employee turned the property over
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
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BB weeds out Cortez Road-Gulf Drive gateway problems
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach city officials gathered Feb. 20 for
their first capital improvement projects meeting since
Much of the discussion focused on plans to improve
the gateway near the intersection of Cortez Road and Gulf
Drive. Plans to finalize a welcome sign continue despite
a miscommunication on funding the project, according
to Bradenton Beach Police Department Lt. John Cosby.
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler, who
was absent from the CIP meeting, was previously given
a consensus to pursue a beautification plan for the west
side of Gulf Drive north of Cortez Road.
Breuler secured funding through the Scenic Waves
Partnership Committee and has been working with three
condominium associations to include their private prop-
erty in the project.
Cosby, who was hesitant to speak on the subject due
to Breuler's absence, said the commissioner inadvertently
allocated all of the $2,300 for the gateway project to
But, Cosby said, they had discussed funding the new
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The sign is estimated to cost $600, although the
design is still in discussion.
Cosby said public works director Tom Woodard
has said he can make up the cost in his department's
"But we haven't seen any type of agreements with the
condo boards yet," said Cosby. "So we are waiting until
we hear from Commissioner Breuler about her plan."
Cosby said he also was concerned about some of the
communications between Breuler and the condo boards.
One condo association has indicated they want authority
to remove the plants if they don't like them.
Breuler, in an earlier response to the condo board,
indicated she had no objection, but Cosby said it was
cause for concern. Mayor John Shaughnessy agreed.
"In the past, I have not been one to put city funding
on private property," Shaughnessy said. "It was brought
up that if they don't like it, we have to take it out. I think
it's going to open up a can of worms."
The gateway project has been discussed for years
and in the planning phase for more than two years.
"This has been a thorn in our side," said Cosby.
"There are so many people to deal with, including private
property owners who don't w A .aiii telling to do with the
Cosby said it's been six months of work with gov-
ernment agencies and two years of trying to work with
private property owners.
Cosby said he will present a final design for the wel-
come sign to commissioners at a later date, as efforts
continue to secure a location.
In other CIP matters, Cosby said he is waiting to hear
from Manatee County on possible funding to improve
John Chappie Park in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive
The county has indicated the park may be eligible to
be placed on a list of areas to benefit from funding as a
result of a pending BP settlement from the 2011 Deepwa-
ter Horizon oil spill, although only estimates of Manatee
County's share have been provided, as the legal process
"Once we know, we'll bring something to you to
show what we can do there, and then apply for funding
to clean that piece of property up," said Cosby.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 27, 2013 19
Bradenton Beach back to start on cell tower ordinance
By Mark Young
Following an official Feb. 8 dissolution between Bra-
denton Beach and the Center for Municipal Solutions
regarding the ongoing cellular communications tower
saga, the city is working on a new ordinance that will
better fit its needs.
Negotiations between city attorney Ricinda Perry and
CMS's Lawrence "Rusty" Monroe came to a standstill
over three key issues in the ordinance Monroe authored
Perry said Monroe would not budge on the city's
insurance requirements to retain him as a consultant to
review cell tower applications, which was required by
Monroe's ordinance; would not agree to a termination
clause; and wanted the city to be responsible for paying
him if any applicant pulled out of the process.
Perry informed commissioners Feb. 7 that she did
not believe the city and Monroe would come to terms
and sent Monroe a letter dated Feb. 8 announcing that
the city would not pursue the relationship further.
Perry updated commissioners on the next step at the
Feb. 21 city commission meeting.
"He sent a very gracious response back that he under-
stood it wouldn't work out with us," said Perry. "That
relationship has been severed. The city is working on a
new ordinance, public hearing dates have been picked
and we will be sending out a request for proposal for
another professional company to help with the technical
aspects associated with cellular communications."
Perry said the RFP could be presented to commis-
sioners at their March 7 meeting.
Progress also is being made to address the city's
The issue has been listed under old business on the
agenda for some time with Mayor John Shaughnessy call-
ing it a complicated issue that the city should not rush.
Shaughnessy said progress is being made, but there
is a lot more to do.
"I have been given the first phase of a noise ordi-
nance that we are putting together because times have
changed in Bradenton Beach," he said. "Changes have
to be made. It's been awhile."
Shaughnessy said as the process moves forward,
"we will have public comment, but this is a thing in pro-
In other matters, Shaughnessy, Vice Mayor Ed
Straight and Commissioner Ric Gatehouse approved a
$5,200 purchase for a digital recording system. Currently,
the city uses a cassette-tape recorder.
Commissioners Jan Vosburgh and Gay Breuler were
absent with excuse.
Public works director Tom Woodard asked commis-
sioners to begin a process to set standards for issuing
permits on city rights of way. Woodard said the city has
no specifications, "and people do what they want."
The result, he said, is that work is left up to city staff
that should have been covered in an individual permit.
Woodard gave an example of a resident using cold-patch
asphalt purchased at a hardware store to repair a pot hole
on a city right of way.
"And that just doesn't work," said Woodard. "We
had to go back in and clean out the base of that area."
Woodard said standards should be attached to right-
of-way permits that apply to citizens and contractors
alike. The cost to draft the standards will be $2,000, but
Woodard said the price would be split between the public
works and planning departments.
The request was approved 3-0.
A request was denied 3-0 to install a speed bump
on 11th Street South. Frank Harrison, a resident on the
street, said speed bumps were in place before a resurfac-
Harrison said there are a lot of rentals on his street
and speeding is a serious situation.
Straight moved to deny the request, saying it's an
issue that should come up during budget discussions.
"If we put it on one street, I think we are going to
have more requests and that is going to get costly," said
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city planner Alan Garrett rejected a
claim from two residents that he engaged in talks with
Galati Marine to "expand the marina's charter," and that
expansion of the marina was part of those discussions.
Garrett was responding to a letter received by Mayor
SueLynn from Frank Pytel and Diana Milesko Feb. 19
that expressed concern "about further expanding the use
of this non-conforming commercial property in a resi-
The letter refers to plans to "expand the marina's
charter," but Garrett said the marina does not have a char-
ter to operate.
Garrett confirmed that Galati Marine is zoned com-
mercial and the only "discussions" have been about the
creation of a zone that will include Galati, the spoil island
by its docks and the nearby waters.
The city commission passed the marine zoning ordi-
nance about a year ago and forwarded the legislation to
Tallahassee for review. When the ordinance is returned,
the commission must make any required changes before
the zone is legally created, city attorney Jim Dye said.
The commission also is creating a historic pier zone
that includes the Anna Maria City Pier, the Rod & Reel
Pier and adjacent waters.
Chris Galati of Galati Marine said the only plan at
the marina is to rebuild the restaurant, which formerly
operated as Rotten Ralph's. Chris Galati said he is in
Gatehouse agreed, u',I'- liil law enforcement be
notified to have a presence in the area.
"If that doesn't work, then maybe we can revisit
this," he said.
Public works director Tom Woodward stands at the site of
the proposed cell tower at his department parking lot.
negotiations with a new tenant to occupy the restaurant
when it's completed.
The new marine and historic pier zones need to be
created to conform to the comprehensive plan and the
future land-use map it contains, Garrett said.
Garrett emphasized there have been no discussions
about expansion of Galati Marine.
Any rumor that the city has been talking with Galati
Marine about expansion is strictly a rumor, he said.
Galati Marine, the spoil island across from its docks
and adjacent waters comprise a proposed Anna Maria
marina zone. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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Holmes Beach to continue private appraisals for remodels
By Kathy Prucnell
In the hope of encouraging one-story home remodels,
Holmes Beach commissioners turned away from using
values from the Manatee County Property Appraiser's
office, and instead let stand the more flexible "market
value" definition that includes private appraisals.
The move turns around the commission's previous
direction to city attorney Patricia Petruff to draft an ordi-
nance to eliminate independent certified appraisals for
substantial improvements to ground-level homes, which
limits rehab, remodel or addition of a structure that equals
or exceeds 50 percent of its market value before any
If the cost exceeds or equals 50 percent, it is consid-
ered by FEMA to be a substantial improvement.
If the cost of improvements are less than 50 percent
of the building's market value, it is considered non-sub-
The Federal Emergency Management Agency 50
percent rule applies to ground-level pre-FIRM homes,
those built previous to the enactment of the Florida Insur-
ance Rate Map.
Property owners have an option to retain ground-
level living space in pre-FIRM homes under the rule that
the city building department enforces through local and
With the support of building official Tom O'Brien,
commissioners had favored substituting the county
appraiser's value for rehab permits on pre-FIRM homes
to achieve consistency and address what some considered
However, at its Feb. 21 meeting, the commission
reconsidered its previous leanings after receiving emails
from appraisers and others that objected to the proposed
elimination of private appraisals to determine substantial
In addition, new policies to be established by the
mayor and building department requiring the city to
seek a second opinion for what they described as out-
wvw -razlr pis .co
A home at 307 67th St., Holmes Beach, was remodeled
last year based on a private appraisal that established
value using a formula approved for homes that fall
under the pre-Florida Insurance Rate Map.
of-line private appraisals were recommended by city
attorney Patricia Petruff and the commissioners.
The commission's about face on appraisals was led
by Commissioner David Zaccagnino. He pointed out the
county appraisal method would result in valuations too
low to allow pre-FIRM remodels, and as an example used
his 1939 home's value of $45,000.
"There are houses on my street where they sold the
lot for $400,000 and tore the house down," he said.
O'Brien defended the proposed change, saying it has
been successfully used by the county and Longboat Key.
He viewed it as "a less confrontational methodology" that
would benefit the department.
Monti disagreed, saying he did not favor a "black-
and-white policy," and that the issue "boils down to one
of interpretation" and trust in the building department.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen initially favored
the county appraiser-based change because she hoped
to achieve consistency, saying she wanted a policy that
could outlive the current department.
Another consideration discussed by commissioners
was the intent of FEMA to eventually require properties
pre-FIRM homes to be elevated.
Titsworth said, "If that's FEMA's intent, I don't think
it's fair to people who have lived in their homes, taken
good care of their homes, nurtured their homes, kept up
with upkeep so there's no rot."
She questioned how the Manatee County Property
Appraiser value could be valid, without someone looking
at the homes as private appraisers do.
"Some of these old homes have considerable value
just because of how well the people took care of them,"
Commissioner Marvin Grossman researched seven
houses that sold in the last three months, and determined
it would take a 25 percent modifier to bring the county
appraisers property value to the sales price.
But even with a modifier, he said, the county's lower
values could inhibit FEMA remodeling, and so he favored
the more flexible private-appraisal approach.
Like the other commissioners and Petruff, Grossman
objected to appraisals based on replacement values.
Petruff pointed the homeowner can choose to estab-
lish market value by independent certified appraisals,
adjusted tax-assessed values or actual cash value -
the structure's replacement cost depreciated for age and
She told commissioners leaving the code as is was
fine, but recommended the city set a procedure for
"appraisals with a seal," warning that only another certi-
fied appraiser can challenge such appraisals.
Petruff also recommended renovation costs be exam-
ined by a reputable source.
Dave Moynihan, a real estate professional and chair
of the city's board of adjustments, and certified appraiser
Richard Bass, wrote opposing the proposed change.
Moynihan stated, "Changing the Manatee County
property appraiser's valuations would be a mistake.
Those figures are all over the board and lack consistency
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Titsworth claims no conflict with Mainsail project vote
By Kathy Prucnell
Answering queries about the ethics of a possible vote
on the Mainsail Lodging & Marina development cur-
rently set for public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26
- Commissioner Judy Titsworth announced at the Feb.
21 city work session that she's vetted the issue with the
Florida Commission on Ethics and finds no conflict.
She explained that city attorney
Patricia Petruff advised her of accusa-
tions of a possible ethics violation if she
was to vote on the revocation or amend-
ment of the 2001 city-approved Tide-
mark site plan at the corner of Marina
Titsworth and Gulf drives in the city's center.
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and are traditionally very low compared to real value. As
a 35-year-plus island Realtor, I have seen sales going at
assessed value to three times assessed value."
He continued, "If you feel that a certified appraiser
is inflating numbers to benefit the homeowner and or
builder, then I recommend you initiate a review of the
FEMA appraisals by a reputable firm."
As an appraiser employed by the city to review ques-
tionable appraisals last year, Bass also objected to the
R[. 1\ I i on Manatee County's assessed values is,
in my opinion, not valid. The property appraisers' office
does not update the cost approach each and every year.
They conduct statistical analysis and allocate value
between land and improvements using a mass-appraisal
Limiting substantial improvements based on county
values, Bass continued, "artificially limits the opportunity
to improve properties (and) increase the tax base of the
hearing Feb. 12 that include a 120-seat restaurant and a
"Patty informed me that she did some research and
didn't find an\ Ihini'. but it wasn't her position to make
the determination," Titsworth said about the possible
voting issue, adding that Petruff suggested she call the
state ethics hotline.
Titsworth continued, "Taking her advice, I did make
the call this afternoon and advised them of the topic, my
location to the site, the number of houses on the street
and the fact that both my parents and sister also reside in
"I was told by the representative that it doesn't appear
that it would be a conflict of special private gain, there-
fore she felt that I would not have to recuse myself," she
Commission Chair Jean Peelen interjected that the
standard is whether a commissioner financially stands to
either lose or gain.
Titsworth replied that the state ethics board advised
her their term is "a special private gain."
The ethics representative also said a written "infor-
mal opinion" from the board could be provided "if the
commission feels it would be a good idea," she added.
Petruff agreed with Peelen about the loss or gain
standard, adding it is up to each commissioner to interpret
his or her duty under the law.
Titsworth responded further to the accusations.
"I would also like to ask if I, a native of Holmes
Beach, am going to be continually accused of ethics vio-
lations due to my long-standing residency, knowledge
and work on this island?
"Tidemark is in my neighborhood, but I consider the
entire city of Holmes Beach to be in my neighborhood
and I will continue the fight in representing the citizens
of this community.
"I suppose next I will be asked to recuse myself from
voting on whether or not we use a county appraisal or a
private appraisal for FEMA improvements due to the fact
that I live in a ground-floor home," she said.
Asked after the meeting about how the issue com-
pared to recent decisions that Peelen and former Com-
missioner John Monetti be recused from voting in the
27th Street vacation matter, Petruff said Peelen owned
property at the Sandpiper Resort Co-op Inc. and Monetti
owned property adjacent to 27th Street, properties that
possibly stood to lose or gain value due to a commission
vote regarding the dispute with the city of Bradenton
Petruff said, unlike Peelen who may have stood to
gain by the additional 27th Street property being made
part of the mobile home park and Monetti who arguably
lost value due to losing the adjacent public street, she
didn't see any such potential conflict for Titsworth in the
Steve Titsworth was a contractor consultant for the
original Tidemark project that eventually went bank-
Judy Titsworth said her husband was paid for the
minimal work he did, which included the signs.
The contractors for the second developer, Reliance
Corp., that bought the project from the bankruptcy court,
put in the seawalls, docks and foundations, she said.
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Handyman pitches in for fellow Marine
By Kathy Prucnell
It's a tight-knit group. They vow to leaving no man
behind. They're the few, the proud, the Marines.
True to the creed is former U.S. Marine military
occupation specialist and mechanic Red Powers.
He and his partner operate Bradenton's Honey Do
Home and Office Repair.
They knocked down their prices and made it possible
for an Anna Maria Island Marine veteran to remodel his
duplex on Clark Lane in Holmes Beach.
The veteran is Chris Ulanch, who proudly drives his
Marine-red golf cart, decorated with Corps stickers, about
Powers dropped two other jobs to work for Ulanch,
he says, because he wants to help a wounded marine.
"Chris was in the Persian Gulf," Powers says. "And
so were others. They served for us. Why can't we help
them? That's my philosophy."
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the U.S. Navy on the USS George Washington. A second
son also will begin serving in the U.S. Navy in August.
Powers says he's the only enlistee from Manatee High
School this year.
Honey Do offers a wide variety of home remodeling
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"We had spent a lot to get Chris' place ready for him and
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set in San
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by Paul New man
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designs appear to
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town where "Parks
and Recreation" is
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while holding a
play made into an
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101 It might come out
in the wash
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24 E FEB. 27, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Adult flag football closes in on season
By Kevin Cassidy
The co-ed flag football season at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center is in its final week with some
important games ahead to decide the all-important seed-
ing for playoffs.
In the AFC, Island Sun Bills, Florida Discount Sign
Colts and Southern Green Seahawks all have 5-2 records
and a loss could make their path to the Super Bowl much
It's the same in the NFC, where Sato Real Estate
Browns, Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins and Duffy's
Tavern Raiders also have 5-2 records.
There were some exciting games played last week,
including the opening game Feb. 21 that saw BY Con-
struction Bears edge Duncan Real Estate Cardinals 34-27.
Other scores from the evening include Waterfront Restau-
rant Dolphins defeating Lobstahs Lions 33-18, Tyler's Ice
Cream Vikings over Florida Discount Signs Colts 31-12,
and Duffy's Tavern Raiders over the Sun Bills 42-29.
Feb. 20 action saw Sato Real Estate Browns stay
atop the NFC thanks to a 33-20 victory over Beach to
Bay Construction Ravens, but the game of the week was
Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants vs. Harrington House Buc-
caneers 55-41 with three defensive touchdowns. Caleb
Roberts led the way with three interceptions including
two that he "took to the house," while Pat Calvery added
one interception return for a touchdown to his team-high
five flag pulls.
The Giants also scored some points on offense behind
a good all-around game from quarterback Tim Shaugh-
nessy. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 179 yards and
four touchdown passes, while also rushing for 71 yards.
Frank Agnelli was his favorite receiver, finishing with
six catches for 96 yards, including two touchdowns, two
extra points and a two-point conversion. Calvary also
scored two touchdowns and finished with 58 receiving
yards and 40 rushing yards. Brianna Shaughnessy com-
pleted the scoring for the Giants with a touchdown and
Richard Fosmore threw for 262 yards and five touch-
down passes to lead a potent Buccaneer offense, but also
got picked off four times in the game. Three touchdown
passes went to Brandon Kern, who finished with four
catches for 104 yards. Max Garza added four catches
for 66 yards and two, two-point conversions, while Todd
Keiser finished with 30 receiving yards and one touch-
down in the loss.
Kern and Matt Dwyer each had an interception on
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defense, while Garza led the Bucs with three flag pulls.
The youth football league at the center is heading
into its final week with some seeds to be determined.
The 14-17 division's top seed seems certain with
Integrity Sound Falcons on top with a 7-1 record. West
Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers at 6-3 and Lobstahs Colts
at 5-3 are unlikely to overtake them.
The 8-10 division is still very close with Lobstahs
Browns on top with a 7-2 record, closely followed by
LPAC Cardinals and Coastal Orthopedic Bears, both of
whom lost games last week. The only team certain of its
seeding position is Beach Bistro Buccaneers, which has
eighth seed locked up.
The 11-13 division's top seed is pretty much guaran-
teed barring an upset loss by Holy Cow Cardinals against
the 1-6 Walter & Associates Bears.
Holy Cow defeated Ross Built Dolphins 27-20 on
Feb. 20 to lock up the top seed, possibly providing a
preview to the March 22 Super Bowl.
Joey Stewart completed 17 of 26 passes, including
four touchdown passes to lead the Cardinals. Tyler Pear-
son caught eight passes, producing two touchdowns and
three extra points. Bathie Thiam and Devon Jones both had
touchdown receptions to complete the Cardinal scoring.
Stewart, Trent Boring and Thiam each had four flag
pulls to lead the Cardinal defense.
Ross Built was led by Jake Ross, who ran for a touch-
down while also adding a touchdown reception and a
Andrew Ross paced the Dolphin defense with five
flag pulls, while Jake Ross added an interception to go
along with four flag pulls in the loss.
Eat Here Packers showed teams in the 14-17 division
that they can't be overlooked by defeating second-place
West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers 46-36 Feb. 19.
Cody Tsai completed 21 of 34 passes, including six
for touchdowns to lead the fifth-seeded Packers. Brad
Duffman was his favorite target, hauling in 11 passes
- three for touchdowns. Pearce Hogan added two
touchdown receptions, while Thomas Powers had seven
catches, one for a touchdown and three extra points.
Duffman led the Packer defense with nine flag pulls
and an interception return for a touchdown, while Tsai
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Tony Sperduto led the Buccaneers with six catches,
including four for touchdowns, while Mikey Ellsworth
added five catches and one touchdown. Zach Stewart
threw three touchdown passes among his 14 pass comple-
tions, while Jack Shinn completed four of five passes,
including one for a touchdown in the loss.
Sperduto had two interceptions and Stewart added
one to lead the Buccaneer defense, which also received
four flag pulls from Shinn.
Lobstahs Browns made a statement heading into the
playoffs that perhaps they're the team to beat in the 8-10
division after rolling past the 7-3 Coastal Orthopedic
Bears 36-20 Feb. 20.
Quarterback Nathan Hyman ran for one touchdown,
while completing 12 passes for four touchdowns. Jack
Barnes was his favorite target, finishing with six catches,
including two touchdowns, an extra point and a 2-point
conversion. Morgan Horesh added a touchdown and an
extra point, while Roman Langley completed the scoring
with a touchdown reception.
Jackson Hayes provided all of the offense for the
Bears, running for two touchdowns and hauling in a pass
from Tuna McCracken for a touchdown.
Key Royale golf news
It was a busy week of golf at Key Royale Club with
the men's handicap club championship matches starting
play, in addition to daily golf matches. Stay tuned for
results of the handicap club championship.
The women joined the men for a best-ball-of-four-
some match Feb. 22. The team of Joyce Brown, Jerry
Brown and Sue Little posted a 9-under-par 23 to take first
place by two shots over the team of Frankie Smith-Wil-
liams, Earl Huntzinger, Penny Auch and Sandy Burrel.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net-
match Feb. 20. Jim Shepard carded a 4-under-par 60 to
earn a three-shot victory. Dale Hudson took second place
with a 1-under-par 63.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
match the morning of Feb. 18. Chet Hutton and Don
LaTorre both carded 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie
for first place. Vince Meracadante, Dick Eichhorn, Bill
Shuman and Jim Auch tied for second at 1-under 31.
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Chipping in for Mote
Women of the Key Royale Club
held a Save Our Sealife tourna-
ment Feb. 19 at the club, 700 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, to
benefit the Mote Marine Labora-
tory sea turtle, dolphin and whale
hospital at 1600 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota. The golfers
and lunch guests then celebrated
in the clubhouse with more fund-
raising. Mary Selby, left, chair of
the event, volunteer Judy C( h-
tensen and golfer Joyce Lath-
r: rop drop raffle tickets in sand
buckets to win items donated by
local merchants and restaurants.
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Weather heats up like spring, fishing pattern, too
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Following the past week's cold front, Anna Maria
Island fishers were getting back on the water, targeting a
number of inshore species.
As temperatures approached daytime highs of 80
degrees, conditions were favorable for fishing just off
the beaches and piers, as well as the lush grass flats in
Anna Maria Sound.
Beach fishers are being rewarded with catches of
pompano, black drum, flounder and bluefish. Most catches
are occurring on live shrimp or sand fleas although arti-
ficials are working well for the pompano and bluefish.
Beach fishers in the know are combining artificial with
bait to ensure the bite. To entice a bite, try a pompano jig
tipped with a small piece of fresh-cut shrimp.
On the flats, fishers are finding schooling redfish in
good numbers. If you find these schools tending to get a
little spooked, try using a cut piece of mullet or ladyfish
to convince the fish to bite.
Also on the flats, spotted seatrout action is heating up.
Soft plastics combined with a 1/4-ounce jighead are pro-
ducing decent numbers of trout. Position your boat upwind
of the flat to fish. Turn off your motor and drift over the
flat, working soft plastics through the sandy potholes to
locate fish. While targeting trout, expect to catch bluefish,
ladyfish and even a few Spanish mackerel in the process.
Capt. Warren Girle is drift fishing in Sarasota Bay
catching a variety of species. Using small bullet-head
pompano jigs tipped with a small piece of fresh-cut
shrimp, Girle's clients are hooking up with pompano
and permit in respectable numbers. Both species are 1-3
pounds. Along with pompano and permit, Girle is put-
ting his clients on Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish,
spotted seatrout and blue runners.
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Capt. Mike Kasten of the Miss Anna Maria charter
boat out of Galati Marine, Anna Maria, displays one
of 40 red snappers his charter group caught fishing 25
miles west of the island. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Braden Blakely, on family vacation to Anna Maria
Island from Maryland, shows off his sheepshead catch,
the result of a charter with Capt. Mark Howard of
Sumotime. Howard reports the family took home a full
On shallow flats during high tides, Girle is working
schooling reds. He opts to use fresh chunks of cut ladyfish
to get them to bite. A chunk of ladyfish or mullet is a good
option when you find redfish that won't respond to live
shrimp or shiners. Simply cast out a chunk and let it lay
on the bottom until an unsuspecting redfish discovers it
and bites. Redfish up to 27 inches were the norm this past
week for Girle.
Grady Smith at Island Discount Tackle says sheep-
shead are the highlight of the week. Pier fishers are
buying dozens of shrimp and small strong hooks to cash
in on these tasty striped fish. Most sheepies caught are 1-2
pounds, although fish up to 5 pounds are in the mix.
From fishers on the flats, Smith is hearing of decent
spotted seatrout action. Most fishers targeting trout are
using soft plastics combined with a lead jighead. Colors
include white, chartreuse or green. You can also catch
trout on live shrimp. Try using a popping cork rigged
above your shrimp to keep it out of the grass.
Finally, Smith says fishers using live shrimp under
docks are catching slot-size reds, although most are
undersized. Casting weighted, live shrimp, fishers are
reeling up reds, black drum, flounder and sheepshead.
Dave Sork at the Ann Maria City Pier says sheep-
shead are beginning to show, but the bite varies by day.
One day the bite is good, the next day they don't bite.
Pier fishers using live fiddler crabs or sand fleas are catch-
ing flounder along the edges and under the pier. Di.,-'iih',
a live shrimp along the bottom next to the pilings will
result in some tasty flat fish for the cooler. Keeper-size
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flounder are a little scarce, although with a little determi-
nation, if the goal is to catch enough for the dinner table,
it is attainable.
Although it's a little early in the season, the occa-
sional Spanish mackerel is being caught. Pier fishers
casting Gotcha plugs or silver spoons stand a chance at
catching one of these high-activity toothy fish. Along
with macks, expect to catch bluefish and ladyfish.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead
are happening. Most fish are caught in the morning and live
shrimp are dominating the bite. Pier fishers who normally
use crabs or fleas are switching to shrimp and those
who regularly fish for sheepies know this is rare. Usually,
the crabs and fleas work better but, like any true angler,
adapting to what is happening is important for success.
There are still flounder inhabiting the pier. Most are
being caught as a bycatch while targeting sheepshead.
Average size of the flounder is 10-12 inches although a
few respectable-sized fish have been caught.
Finally, pier fishers using small white jigs are catch-
ing bluefish, although the bite is inconsistent. These fish
may not fare well for dinner, but their sheer power pro-
vides great action on light tackle. Remember to use pliers
when removing hooks from a bluefish's mouth. You don't
want to encounter their sharp teeth and strong jaws.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters
says the past week included some exciting action.
He says the sheepshead are turned on, as big schools
mass over structure, piers and around the local reefs for
the spawn, "I have been lhiio\\ illn back any sheepshead
under 15 inches and having no problems keeping enough
for a tasty fish dinner," Howard says.
When targeting sheepies, Howard is using a live
shrimp rigged on a No. 1 hook with enough weight to
keep the rig on the bottom. "This leads to bent rods and
smiles on deck," says Howard.
Another simple rig is a weighted jig head with a
shrimp on the hook. "The key to success is to get the bait
to hold to the bottom and waiting for the thump of the
sheepshead inhaling the bait. Feel for the pressure of fish
pulling on the rig and set the hook in a strong sweeping
motion," Howard says.
He says redfish, black drum and sheepshead are thick
under the docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and the
Manatee River. "Toss your bait offerings deep under the
docks and shade areas to connect with some close-quar-
ters action. Getting the fish out of the structure quickly
is key to landing these bruisers," Howard adds.
Looking forward, Howard says the transition has
begun from winter to spring fishing patterns. Look for
schools of shiners to invade the flats in the bays as the
water temperature gradually warms. When the flats reach
70 degrees, the spring bite will explode but the winter
bite will remain strong until late March.
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By Rick Catlin
Chef earns semi-final
spot in Beard honors
Eighteen years ago, Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy
hired a young dishwasher named Peter Arpke and began
training him to make salads.
Today Arpke is nominated to be a semi-finalist in the
running for "Best Chef' by the James Beard Foundation.
The foundation is expected to name its
nominees March 18, and should Arpke
be named a finalist as Best Chef South,
the winners will be presented May 6 at
Lincoln Center in New York City.
Over the years, Arpke has devel-
Arpke oped his talent, eventually becoming
the head chef at the bistro and helping
train staff at the bistro and at Murphy's other interests. In
2005 and again in 2010, Arpke led the team that created
performance dinners at the James Beard House in New
"The Beard House performance dinners are a true
test of a chef's talents and Peter's performance there was
stellar," Murphy said.
Arpke, in addition to his title at the bistro, also is
executive chef for the Eat Here Restaurants in Holmes
Beach, downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key.
Murphy commented that the sound of "Beard's Best
Chef of the South" has a great ring to his ear.
"Peter is an excellent candidate for this award. He
has worked hard at his profession for a very long time.
The James Beard House is America's culinary temple,"
Arpke, in a news release, stated, "I am humbled by
the nomination. It is the highest honor that an American
chef can receive. I am also grateful for all the support
that I have received from the Beach Bistro and Eat Here
The finalists for the foundation awards will be
announced March 18.
Chamber plans mixer, lunch
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold a business card exchange 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
Great lig uraw artracts 3,uuu
entries, 1 local winner
Sean Murphy, owner of Eat Here and the Beach Bistro
restaurants, presents islander Logan Bystrom with gift
certificates valued at more than $1,600. Murphy said
he collected entries from seven participating restau-
rants and was driving when he got a call to draw the
winner. He reached into the bag of entries in the back
seat, stirred, and drew Bystrom's name from the 3,000
forms submitted to The Great Big Draw, including
Beach Bistro, three Eat Here locations, Blue Marlin,
Bradenton Beach, and Libby's and Derek's, both of
Sarasota. Islander Photo: Courtesy Frank Williams
27, at the Springs at Palma Sola clubhouse, a residential
apartment community at 4601 66th St. W., Bradenton.
Cost of the event is $5 and includes appetizers and
soft drinks. Some gift prizes also will be awarded.
The chamber also will hold a business luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Stonewood
Grill and Tavern, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Cost of the lunch is $15 and members are asked to
bring a guest. Reservations are required.
For more information or reservations, call 941-778-
Wed fest seeks vendors
Deb Wing of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce is looking for vendors for the sixth annual
wedding festival Sunday, May 5.
Wing said typical vendors include florists, entertain-
ers, caterers, event locations, limo services, photogra-
phers and anything related to a wedding.
She's also asking for members to volunteer to help
with the festival.
Any vendor can participate in the festival. The 2012
wedding festival had 70 vendors and many brides and
grooms ordered services from vendors during the event,
For more information about becoming a vendor or
Staff members Jamie Berfield, BeachHouse wed-
ding event coordinator, Patti McKee, Sandbar wed-
ding event coordinator, owner Ed Chiles, and s1iI ,,
Rhoton, BeachHouse wedding event coordinator, cel-
ebrate their wedding awards. Islander Photo: Courtesy
volunteer, call Wing at 941-778-1541 or email her at
wing @ annamariaislandchamber. org.
LBK chamber seeks help
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, is seeking mem-
bers to volunteer for committees and activities, includ-
ing the annual golf tournament, the Sarasota Open tennis
tournament, the Longboat Key spring triathlon, business
and barbecue on the bay, the chamber rowing event, Free-
dom Fest, and the 55th anniversary celebration of the
Longboat Key chamber.
For more information, call 941-383-2466.
Two wedding web publishers, The Knot and Wed-
ding Wire, have named the Sandbar and BeachHouse res-
taurants on Anna Maria Island as best wedding ceremony
and wedding sites on Florida's west coast.
A press release from the Sandbar said voting for the
awards was solicited from brides and grooms.
Wedding Wire said it conducted more than 750,000
surveys and votes throughout the country to establish
winners in each region in wedding-related categories.
The two restaurants, along with the Mar Vista on
Longboat Key, are owned by Ed Chiles.
This is the fifth year for the Sandbar and fourth year
for the BeachHouse to receive Wedding Wire awards.
For more information, call 941-778-1696, ext. 3.
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Gourmet grill expands
lunch, happy hour
Island Gourmet Grill, 5910 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, announced it is serving lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Owners Scott St. Blanc and Lynne Orlando said
the restaurant also has a 5-7 p.m. happy hour featuring
entertainment. Island-raised Trevor Bystrom is perform-
ing during happy hour for the first few weeks.
Island Gourmet also has a selection of wines to
choose from for $5 per glass during happy hour and $5
appetizers are offered.
The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through
Saturday 5-10 p.m.
For more information, call 941-778-0333.
Big sale correction
A business brief in the Feb. 20 issue of The Islander
indicating Mike Norman Realty assisted a $3.425 mil-
lion sale in February by Premier Sotheby's International
Realty was incorrect.
Sotheby agent Cheryl Loeffler represented the seller
of 102 Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria, and Jason Sato of
Sato Real Estate represented the buyer.
In 2008, Mike Norman Realty and Sato Real Estate
co-brokered a $3.5 million residential sale on 75th Street
in Holmes Beach.
Another 2008 sale tops the list of highest price resi-
dential homes on Anna Maria Island at 717 North Shore
Drive, Anna Maria. That deal was brokered on both sides
by Sato. The sale price was $3.725 million and the home
is now a vacation rental.
Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
417 Clark Drive, Unit B, Isla Vista, Holmes
Beach, a 2,400 sfla / 3,807 sfur 3bed/22bath/4car
land condo with pool built in 2008 was sold 02/01/13,
Siam Garden Resort Group LLC to Deneke Inc. for
$650,000; list $679,000.
2700 Gulf Drive, Unit 204, Ocean Park Terrace,
Holmes Beach, a 1,350 sfla / 1,539 sfur 3bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 02/01/13,
O'Connor to Wright for $610,000; list $649,000.
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 502, Martinique South,
Holmes Beach, a 1,169 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1970 was sold 01/31/13, Gorsuch
to Cochrane for $410,000; list $425,000.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 225, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,793 sfla 3bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold
02/05/13, Langlois to Petersmarck for $385,000; list
3100 Gulf Drive, Unit 3, The Terrace, Holmes
Beach, a 884 sfla / 1,080 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1982 was sold 02/06/13, Briggs
to Marshall for $265,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
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
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SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
The men played a modified-Stableford match in
the afternoon. Jack Isherwood, Jim Shepard and Barry
Anderson were all plus-4 and tied for first in the individ-
ual competition. Anderson teamed up with Dean Chris-
tensen, Al Carr and Buddy Foy to take the team title with
a combined plus-6.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match
Feb. 16. Bob Elliott carded a 1-over par 65 to take first
place by one shot over Jim Mixon.
The women hosted a benefit tournament Feb. 19 to
raise funds for the Mote Marine Laboratory animal hos-
pital. While the total take is being tallied, a good guess
puts the funds over $10,000. That's a winner for Mote.
The winners of the round of golf were Penny Auch,
Marcie O'Brien, Donna Karyck and Sandy Burrill.
Four teams emerged from pool play during Feb. 23
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. The first semifinal match saw Bruce Munro and
Hank Huyghe roll past Bill Wright and Sam Samuels by
a 21-7 score. Bob Palmer and Mike Martell eased past
Leo Hutton and Fred Huyghe 21-16 in the other semifi-
nal. Munro-Huyghe steamrolled Palmer-Martell 21-1 in
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Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
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Service Landscaping Clean-up
778 345 Hauling tree trimming
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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ANSWERS TO FEB. 27 PUZZLE
TRUNDLE BED: SINGLE or opens to king
size. $45. 908-914-1182.
QUEEN-SIZE BEDSPREAD: Tropical pat-
tern, yellow, white, blue, $20, upright Dirt Devil
vacuum, $10. 941-737-9173.
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR SALE: One legal and one letter-size regular
2 drawer files. Various office supplies. Also selling
antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collect-
ible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home
decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
email@example.com, fax toll-free 1-866-362-
9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
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-
SEEKING FEMALE DANCE partner for year-
round resident. Ballroom, et-al, age 55 and up.
SEEKING HOUSESITTING/CARETAKING posi-
tion. Will relocate to anywhere on the Florida Gulf
coast. References available. 210-633-6206. the-
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, 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-
LONGBOAT KEY'S BIGGEST and best! Royal
Rummage Sale VI. Friday, March 1, Noon-4 p.m.,
$5 admission, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 2,
free admission. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
LONGBOAT KEY'S BIGGEST and best! Royal
Rummage Sale V. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 2,
$5 admission, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2,
free admission. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
HUGE SALE! Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.
Tons of stuff. 2208 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur-
day, March 2. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry,
linens, tools, books, white elephants, furniture.
Mt. Vernon clubhouse, 4701 Independence Drive,
south off Cortez Road, Bradenton.
HUGE YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday, March
1. Collectibles, household, linens, books, jewelry,
22 Dawn dolls, dollhouse, furniture. 120 Pepper-
tree Ave., Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 2.
Benefits No Kill Manatee. 1135 Montezuma
Drive, Palma Sola Park, off Palma Sola Boule-
vard, Bradenton. Christie, 803-448-8090. Dona-
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Sat-
urday, March 1-2. Furniture, beds, living room,
household items, appliances, 104 Pelican Drive,
SALE! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
March 1-2. Everything and all things! Something
for everyone. Spruce Avenue, North Shore Drive,
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Tues-
day, March 4 and 5 or until it is all gone! Two
houses and garage full! Housewares, furniture,
bedding, dryer, lawnmowers, boat, etc. 109 and
111 Sixth St. S., Bradenton Beach.
LOST: PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES Jan. 20,
Bridge Street festival. Brown frames in brown
cloth sack. Call 765-491-9530, if found.
FOUND: BRACELET, SILVER, charm, near Gloria
Dei Church. Claim at The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
REWARD FOR LOST bicycle: Yellow, decorated
Schwinn bike, very special. Call 610-246-7472.
LOST: DIAMOND WEDDING ring. Lost in Holmes
Beach. Reward! Please, call 203-887-4661.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kit-
tens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-
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-
2005 23-FOOT Beachcat, Yamaha F115. Fiber-
glass pontoon-style hull. Designed for saltwater,
coastal use. Bimini with full enclosures. Great
for family, fishing, cruising. Stepdown storage in
console. $13,500. 941-527-8012.
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining
JILA DE LA SII.S
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing-stand on the side without tipping,
go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for
anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001
25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,
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.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5
hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy,
reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own
NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-
AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Eve-
nings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, cur-
rently enrolled in child development courses,
honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI
or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references,
30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our ser-
vices. We now offer residential cleaning. Family
owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and
service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
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
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
ATTENTION ABSENTEE HOMEOWNERS: D
and T Home Watch, LLC. Bonded and insured.
"Looking after your property like it was our own."
Serving Manatee and Sarasota counties. Call
941-840-0227 or visit www.dandthomewatch.
INTRODUCTORY OFFER! BUY one, get one
free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-
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
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup,
system upgrade. Hardware, software and net-
work repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell
phone repair, support. Give islander Socko a call:
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry,
ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. 27 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in
old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free
estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
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GREAT LOCATION. Spacious 3BR/2BA home.
Wood floors, large back yard. 1 block to Lewis Park.
EXCEPTIONAL BEACH VIEWS from this
2BR/2BT house at south end of Island. Unob-
structed view will never change. Direct beach views.
ENJOY EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS of the beach from
this direct Gulffront 2BR/2BA condo in Holmes Beach.
Unit offers spacious, screened lanai and turnkey fur-
nishings. Beautiful grounds, heated pool and covered
OUTSTANDING KEY ROYALE 5,000 SF 4BR
home with 3 full baths and 2 half-baths, two fireplaces,
elevator, heated pool, dock and loads of privacy.
Truly a gorgeous home! $1,250,000.
BAY IN FRONT, CANAL IN BACK 3BR/3BA.
Direct bay view across street. Very quiet area not far
from beach. 407 28th St., Holmes Beach. Way below
new appraisal: $599,000.
DUPLEX NEAR BEACH. Ground level in Holmes
Beach. 2/1 one side, 1/1 on the other. Short walk
to beach. $350,000.
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TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
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HERON HARBOR 2/2
Updated ground-floor turn-
key condo. Priced to sell.
$109,900. Call Nicole Skaggs,
KEY ROYALE CANAL
3BR/3BA pool home. Remodeled
to perfection! $649,000. Call Lori
Guerin, Realtor. 941-773-3415
3/2@$309,000! Search 1295
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RARE DEEP-WATER CANAL LOT
Walk to the beach. $525,000
Call Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415
or Carmen Pedota, 941-284-
NW POOL HOME
Stunning, beautifully updated
3BR/2.5BA executive home.
$279,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo,
office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom
prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors
for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum,
steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates.
941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
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.
PANORAMIC GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA, huge
deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available Janu-
ary 2014. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 813-
ANNUAL RENTAL PERICO Island: 2BR/2BA
1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, pool
access, exercise room, carport, and small stor-
age. $1,100/month. Small pet OK. First, last,
security. Water and cable included. Gulf-Bay
WOULD LIKE TO rent small garage to store clas-
sic car. Please, call 941-799-9096.
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Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
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GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
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WATERFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL for winter,
2013-14. 3BR/2.5BA home at the end of a canal.
Amazing view of Bimini Bay and Key Royale
Bridge. Beautiful home with enclosed pool, large
covered porch, two-car garage. Fully furnished.
$5,000/month. Available January-April. 863-660-
ANNUAL RENTAL: CANAL home, 3BR/3BA,
caged pool, kitchen appliances, one-car garage,
unfurnished. Available Feb. 1. $1,995/month.
TURNKEY FURNISHED RENTAL: 1BR/1BA
1.3 miles to Island via Cortez Bridge. Elevated
duplex, spacious. $1,050/month. Desire annual
rental, will consider short term. 941-761-2725.
LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. Three-month
minimum. $2,700/month plus resort tax. Annual
renter: $1,600/month. Over 55 community, no
smokers, no pets. Included: water, HD cable,
46-inch Sony HDTV, Internet, phone, washer
and dryer. Light, bright home in a quiet area, with
double carport. Turnkey, ground-floor condo with
beautiful lake view. Association has heated pool,
exercise room, tennis and shuffleboard courts, and
a waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only
six minutes to the beach. Call 941-794-5011.
OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811
Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 1,300 sf. Call
3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-
June. 407-927-1304. email@example.com.
VACATION RENTAL: MARCH. 2BR/2BA condo.
All amenities. $1,500. West Bradenton. Suzanne-
Coastal Properties Realty 9417941515.
2BR/2BA CONDO: TURNKEY furnished, avail-
able by the month until November. All ameni-
ties. Suzanne, Coastal Properties Realty, 941-
WANTED: 2BR/2BA CONDO. Holmes Beach,
February, March 2014. Monthly rate, $4,200-
$4,800. Annual/semi-retired visitors. Rich, 616-
HOUSE FOR RENT: Month of March 2013.
2BR/2BA, Bradenton Beach. Call 215-378-
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PROFESSIONAL OFFICE FOR rent: Storefront.
Bradenton Beach. 2501 Gulf Drive #102, Bra-
denton Beach. 420 sf. $1,175/month. Call 631-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 1 BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton
Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.
flipkey.com/124227. $289,000. By owner, 941-
WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn
at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola
Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground ser-
PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community,
turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus
amenities. Pet friendly, five heated pools, marina.
Two miles to 1-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob,
TRAILER FOR SALE: Move-in condition, 1BR,
Bridge Street. Reduced, $39,000. Boat dock,
$60/year on Intracoastal, furnished, land lease,
FOR SALE! HOLIDAY Cove RV Resort Big Rig,
1,517 sf. Deeded waterfront site #32 with slip
6B. One of the best-priced waterfront RV sites
available! Asking $159,900 or best offer! 352-
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ISLAND CONDO FOR SALE: 2bed/2bath
turnkey condo with good rental history. Pool,
tennis, covered parking, bay access, water
views, elevator, future bookings, and new
A/C and new roof are just some of the fea-
tures of this condo. Just bring yourflip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.
GULF-TO-BAY condo: 3BR/2BA, dock, pool,
spectacular waterfront. Asking $440,000. 1407
Gulf Drive S. #201, Bradenton Beach. By owner,
HALF OF GROUND-floor duplex: 2BR/1BA,
6-foot privacy fence in rear, $206,000. 941-447-
2BR/1BA ISLAND COTTAGE! Owner financing.
503 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. $305,000.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA condo: FSBO.
Townhouse-style unit with two floors above park-
ing. Part of four-unit complex. Steps to the beach
and Intracoastal. Steve, 813-245-0428.
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