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VOLUME 21, NO. 19
MARCH 13. 2013 FREE
rosey view. Page 6
Congress could move
up beach renourish-
ment date. Page 4
FISH nets $65,000
with festival. Page 4
The government cal-
endar. Page 5
HB commission poised
to vote for chickens.
associations. Page 12
Pine Avenue mural
dedication set. Page
The New York Times
Crossword. Page 18
Review: "'Til Beth Do
Us Part." Page 22
Left: Roser Chapel. Right: More than 600 worshippers gather in a tent across from Roser
Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, for a celebration and sermon by the Rev. Gary Batey, "A
Century of Christian Community Service," marking the 100-year anniversary of the chapel.
More photos, page 20. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
In spite of a building moratorium in Anna
Maria for some projects, construction
for homes such at 214 Spring Ave., could
resume under guidelines released by the city.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch,
working last week with city attorney Jim Dye,
determined guidelines for construction proj-
ects to be exempt from an in-process building
The city commission at its Feb. 28 meet-
ing agreed to allow certain projects to pro-
ceed, but said Welch and Dye must agree on
what's "in the pipeline" and the conditions for
exemption. Homes proposed to be less than 27
feet tall are not affected by the moratorium.
Welch said at the meeting he had 12 proj-
ects that would likely meet the exemption cri-
(oM)3 Welch stated in a memo distributed March
ndar, 5 that property owners wanting a moratorium
uents. exemption should complete an affidavit form
and provide backup information.
The required information includes "exe-
d fBiZ cuted contracts for design, engineering, soil
sampling, surveying or construction service, or
Page 26 any combination of other work," Welch said.
PLEASE SEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 2
Pedestrians walk where Bradenton Beach
gateway improvements were planned. The
project came to a halt at the March 7 capi-
tal improvement projects meeting. Islander
Photo: Mark Young
Lack of support kills
BB gateway project
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay
Breuler expressed disappointment after a March
7 capital improvement projects meeting that
effectively killed her effort to beautify the city's
Breuler was authorized via consensus to
pursue the landscaping project in September
2012. She was authorized to use $2,600 from
the Scenic Waves Partnership Committee budget
that was set aside for years for the gateway proj-
ect, which includes installing a new "Welcome
to Bradenton Beach" sign.
The sign proposal is moving forward, but
commissioners would not support Breuler's
final proposal for the project. Breuler brought
commissioners a landscape agreement drawn
up by attorneys for two condominium associa-
tions in the project area. But the condo members
required authorizations to remove the plants if
they did not like them.
The landscaping was to take place on the
Gulf of Mexico side of Gulf Drive from south
of the Cortez Road intersection to just north of
the Gulf Drive Cafe, but the property is owned
by three condo associations.
PLEASE SEE GATEWAY, PAGE 3
Motorists on Cortez Road head on and off the
island in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo:
Keep cool, says
BB top cop
By Rick Catlin
With the winter visitor season in high gear
on both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key,
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale has
some advice for motorists.
"Have patience," he said, especially if the
drawbridge is raised.
He sees traffic backups routinely when the
Cortez Bridge bascule goes up. Vehicles stack
up on Gulf Drive to the Longboat Pass Bridge
and beyond. The bridge holds up motorists about
10 minutes, and the minimum time for traffic to
resume flowing is about 5 minutes.
L\ .i) vehicle stops for at least 5 minutes
and nobody is going anywhere, so just have
some patience and relax. Everybody's in the
same situation," the chief said.
The Cortez and Anna Maria Island bridges
are raised on the half-hour February-April, while
the remaining months both bridges can be raised
on 20 minute cycles on boater demand.
"Let's all just keep our cool and don't drive
foolishly," Speciale said. "We'll get through this
The chief gave a friendly reminder to pedes-
trians that they should cross roads at designated
crossings. Florida law gives pedestrians the right
of way only in a designated crosswalk, not any-
where along the street.
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Congress could move beach nourishment up 1 year
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County natural resources director Charlie
Hunsicker will have his fingers crossed when Congress
votes March 27 on a new spending plan. Included in the
plan are emergency funds to restore beaches damaged by
Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Debby.
Hunsicker said T.S. Debby did considerable damage
to Anna Maria Island beaches from Holmes Beach south
to Coquina Beach and renourishment there is already
in the 2014-15 beach renourishment plan. If Congress
approves the emergency funding, renourishment could
possibly start this year, Hunsicker said.
"We' re practically shovel-ready now. It would not
take us long to begin the project," he said.
Included in the government package would be fund-
ing to convert some of the old groins at Coquina and
Cortez beaches into walkable piers that would serve as
groins and fishing spots.
Hunsicker went to Washington, D.C., recently to
make his pitch for Manatee County to be included in
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's Planning and Zoning Board voted
5-2 at its March 5 public hearing to recommend adop-
tion of the proposed construction moratorium on all
planned construction to exceed 27 feet in height, while
the commission decides if it wants the present 37-foot-
The commission already has enacted an administra-
tive moratorium, but is allowing those projects deter-
mined to be in progress to proceed under terms defined
by the city attorney and building official.
Any home construction planned to be 27 feet in
height or less is not affected by the present moratorium.
P&Z chair Tom Turner said it appears the commis-
sion already has decided what it wants to do, but he wants
to "light a fire" to ensure commissioners don't spend the
next six months squabbling about height.
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"Anna Maria Island, especially Coquina Beach and
Cortez Beach, suffered significant beach erosion because
The board approved a recommendation for the mora-
torium with the caveat that it expire at midnight June 5.
Turner added that the P&Z has yet to hold a public
hearing on whatever height limit is proposed.
P&Z members Carol Carter and Carl Pearman
voted against allowing projects in the pipeline to pro-
ceed. Pearman said having building official Bob Welch
decide what projects are in the pipeline and which are
not was putting a lot of pressure on one person.
Voting for the measure were Turner and board mem-
bers Mike Coleman, Mike Piscitelli, Margaret Jenkins
and Lou Ellen Wilson.
Coleman agreed with Turner, saying he hopes the
90-day requirement will "put a fire" under commissioners
to enact a new height ordinance as quickly as possible.
City planner Alan Garrett said he would present the
board's recommendation to commissioners at their next
John and Kathy
Meicht of West
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of Debby," Hunsicker said.
The county has been planning the 2014-15 island
renourishment project for five years.
MORATORIUM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Welch will consider proof of actual expenditures,
work already performed that the owner is obligated to
pay, design documents under contract; work seaward
of the coastal construction control line for which a city
letter of no objection was required and the subsequent
application to the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, as well as projects seaward of the CCCL that
have a notice to proceed from the DEP.
Additionally, Welch said "any other form of proof
that shows the project has been under substantial devel-
opment and is proceeding in good faith."
Welch said applicants for the exemption will be noti-
fied of the status of a request "in a timely manner."
He asked applicants to "Please, be patient as this pro-
cess will be time-consuming and requests for additional
information or adjustments in the exemption process may
be made. It is in your best interest to apply as early as
possible in this process."
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GATEWAY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Breuler said she has wanted to see the area improved
since she moved to Bradenton Beach. Upon receiving the
initial consensus to work on the project, she entered into
discussions with the three associations.
One of the condo boards signed off on the project,
while the other two insisted on more control. This raised
concern from Commissioner Ric Gatehouse and Mayor
"I think it's a great idea to do something in that area,"
said Gatehouse. "I only have one problem with the agree-
ment in that the condos can remove it at any time."
He said considering the city is paying for the plants,
"I'm not comfortable with this agreement."
A Gulfwatch condo board association member took
offense to Gatehouse's comments, saying it was private
property and the condo board would reserve its right to
do what it wants.
He said there was no intention to remove the land-
scaping. In fact, he said, it was likely the condos would
want to enhance the area, but the board did not want to
give up its property rights.
Gatehouse said he meant no offense.
\ 13 point here is that if the city is going to spend
money, we want control of what happens to the money,"
Gatehouse said. "Otherwise, we might as well throw
a bunch of green dollars out there and see if they'll
Shaughnessy said he would object to spending tax
dollars on private property.
"I don't like this project the way it is," he said. "We
have the go ahead to see what would happen and it has
snowballed. Now we have an agreement before us and
it says the city will water it. I don't remember giving
any kind of authorization to use city resources for this
Shaughnessy said he was displeased that the project
has become a one-commissioner effort.
"We are a team," he said. "It's not up to one person
to go ahead with a project like this. Secondly, it's always
been my policy not to spend taxpayer money on private
property. We spend tax dollars to put in plants here and
we'll have other businesses asking us why we can't do it
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
present the 20th annual Anna Maria Island Tour of
Homes Saturday, March 16.
The featured properties, which can be visited 10
a.m.-4 p.m., are:
Dave and Kerri Welch's home, 533 69th St.,
Walter and Jarlath Warren's home, 531 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. This home is the site
of the tour boutique and quilt raffle.
Lee and Linda Butts' home, 625 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Bill and Sue Bokos' home, 682 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Graham and Hazel Hanson's home, 107 Elm
Ave., Anna Maria.
The event draws thousands from throughout the
Tampa Bay region, which is why organizers encour-
age the use of the free shuttles that stop at homes and
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, where there is available parking.
The $20 ticket sales, as well as proceeds from an
arts and crafts tour boutique at one of the homes and
raffle sales for the Eyeland Needlers tour quilt, "At
Home in Paradise," benefit the center.
The tour sponsors are Beach to Bay Construction,
Duncan Real Estate, Green Real Estate, Anna Maria
Shaughnessy said he also disagrees with the agree-
ment that would give control to the condo boards.
"I can't put my stamp on this," he said.
Breuler said she has kept the commission informed
each step of the way and the city's short-term corridor
improvement policy allows for public/private partner-
"The fact about it being city funds, the truth is that
we have voted to designate money to the gateway," she
said. "We are only talking about a couple of thousand
dollars. I urge you all to vote yes. I think beautifying
our city at a tiny cost like this would be a fabulous thing
Island Sun, Bradenton Herald and The Islander.
Jack Elka is the event photographer.
For more information, call Sandee Pruett at the
center at 941-778-1908.
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the tour treasure chest, with a portion of the sec-
tion's gross revenues dedicated to the event.
Cover Illustration: Joe Bird
Shaughnessy said the agreement does not a represent
a partnership and the money should be put to use on city
Gatehouse recommended that city attorney Ricinda
Perry look over the agreement, but Shaughnessy said that
would add expense to the city.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she believes the
project would be a waste of money.
"You know how people are," she said. "People walk
there all the time and it will just get trampled."
Breuler moved to approve the landscape agreement
and her motion died for a lack of a second.
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Cortez fishing festival nets $65k for FISH
By Mark Young
Despite some up and down weather for this year's
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, it was close to
entertaining record crowds.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage secretary Jane
von Hahmann presented the financial results of this year's
festival to board members March 4 at the monthly FISH
meeting, saying the festival grossed more than $200,000.
After expenses, von Hahmann recorded a net profit of
Proceeds from the festival help the FISH mission of
rehabilitating its 95-acre preserve, preserving coastline
and the commercial fishing way of life.
Festival chair Linda Molto said 144 volunteers
helped make the event a big success, and she is hoping
to garner 175 volunteers for next year.
"All of the volunteers I talked to said they had a lot
of fun," said Molto.
Starting preparations early is crucial, she said, noting
she will schedule festival meetings earlier this year to
help relieve some of the last-minute stress of trying to
get enough volunteers.
"Having fun is the key," she said.
In other matters, the board voted to hire board
member and boatworks facility chair Rick Stewart to
manage the facility with a $15,000 a year salary to be
applied to his outstanding debt to FISH for the purchase
of a sailboat.
The issue came up last month with some members
opposed to hiring Stewart and having FISH take on a
position at the boatworks.
That dissension remained, as Karen Bell questioned
It's not all about the food at the annual Cortez Com-
mercial Fishing Festival, but the many flavors offered
are a big part of the festivities. Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage last week announced a successful
2013 festival. Islander File Photo: Mark Young
the legality of a nonprofit organization hiring from its
board despite the terms requiring Stewart to resign from
Jim Kelly made a motion to hire Stewart, which
passed 9-2. Bell and Marshall Fisher voted no.
Stewart's duties will include overseeing maintenance
and restoration of FISH's fleet of boats. A stipulation in
his contract notes it can be terminated with a month's
notice by either party.
Stewart tendered his board resignation effective April
1, the day of FISH's annual election. Stewart will begin
his part-time duties at FISH's boatworks the same day.
Mary Fulford Green, president of the Cortez Village
Historic Society, asked board members to assist in the
planning of moving the Monroe Cottage closer to a water
well. The structure, dedicated to Cortez war veterans, was
moved from Bradenton Beach at a cost of $8,500, which
has drained the CVHS coffers.
Land-use matters also need to be addressed with
Manatee County, Green said. Secretary Joe Kane volun-
teered to assist Green with the planning.
Long-time FISH treasurer von Hahmann announced
she will resign her board position.
Several board members expressed their concern over
her decision, but von Hahmann said she is concerned that
the board is not functioning in a manner that serves the
community or the FISH mission.
Too few members do most of the work, she said.
Board members asked von Hahmann to reconsider
her resignation, planned to take effect April 2.
FISH will hold its annual election to the board and
elect board officers at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Fisher-
man's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez.
Board members also conducted a memorial for long-
time FISH member and Cortez resident Sue Maddox,
who died March 1.
The Maddox family was among the original settlers
of the Cortez area and she was especially known for her
activism within the community.
Kane called Maddox a fierce fighter, who was
unafraid to confront all issues she felt threatened the
community of Cortez.
"She was a once-in-a-lifetime Cortezian," said Kane.
(See obituary, this issue.)
BB appoints new special master for LDC disputes
By Mark Young
In a speedy March 7 city commission meeting, minus
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse and Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy, Bradenton Beach approved the hiring of a new
The former special master resigned in December.
The city has since attempted on two occasions to garner
multiple applications for the position that oversees citizen
disputes over code exceptions denied by city staff.
City attorney Ricinda Perry told commissioners last
month that only one attorney licensed by the Florida Bar
Association applied for the position.
"There was a second applicant, but he was not an
attorney, which is something we required," said Perry.
Will Robinson from Blalock Walters law firm in
Sarasota was the only other applicant.
"I'm honored to be your new special master and
serve the city," said Robinson. "I was bor and raised in
Manatee County and am very familiar with Bradenton
Beach. I'm looking forward to resolving tough disputes,
while giving your citizens a fair hearing."
Commissioner Gay Breuler moved to approve the
hiring of Robinson with Commissioner Jan Vosburgh
providing a second. The motion passed 3-0 with Vice
Mayor Ed Straight as acting mayor in the absence of
Robinson said he is "fairly familiar" with the city's
land-development codes, but a believer that the "code
should be interpreted like the words mean. I'm not inter-
ested in grandiose interpretations beyond what the code
Commissioners also approved a request for pro-
posal to hire a new cellular tower communications con-
sultant following the city's decision to repeal an ordi-
nance drafted by Lawrence "Rusty" Monroe of Center
of Municipal Solutions.
Negotiations to retain Monroe as a consultant ended
after key points in the contract could not be overcome.
"As commission recalls, negotiations failed with Mr.
Monroe, who did not wish to re-negotiate the proposal
he put forth, so there was a very cordial parting with an
understanding the city would repeal its code written by
Monroe," said Perry.
"As promised, we are presenting an RFP that will
seek services of another professional," she said. "This is
the first step in the process."
Perry set a due date for an RFP response for April 1
with deadline for applicant questions set for March 22.
"We should be able to have someone on the agenda
by the first or second meeting in April," she said.
Breuler moved to approve the RFP, which passed
Commissioners also passed a resolution amending
the city's 2012-13 budget. An audit of the budget revealed
the city could not stagger payments for two new vehicles
purchased for public works and the police department.
The city is taking money from the reserves to pay
for the vehicles, but will take the money that was to
be used for payments and pay back the reserve fund.
In the city's consent agenda, commissioners
approved a special event application for the 2013 Anna
Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion Nov. 1-3 at
The Pirate Invasion will coincide with the annual
Sandblast competition, also at Coquina Beach.
Doggy in the
Rowan Slater, 8, of
Portland, Maine, and
mom Lynn Kuzma
meet Adrian, a
rescued puppy in the
care of Lisa Williams,
office manager of The
and owner of Moon-
Racer No Kill Animal
Rescue. Slater visited
Williams 'five mixed-
breed puppies Feb.
21 at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive.
The little rascals
are waiting in the
window at the office
for a foster or forever
Photo: Bonner Joy
Concert features classical, pop duo
More than 100 parishioners enjoy the classical and pop music of Jeremy and Katie Silver-
man of Brandon. The Feb. 24 concert was offered by Christ Church of Longboat Key at
6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Islander Photo: Courtesy Marc Fors
Anna Maria City
March 13, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
March 14, 6 p.m., city commission.
March 21, 6 p.m., city commission workshop.
March 28, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
March 20, 1 p.m., CRA.
March 20, 1:30 p.m., CIP.
March 21, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
March 14, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
March 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
March 21, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
March 19, 9 a.m., commission workshop.
March 21, 1:30 p.m., commission workshop.
Administration, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
West Manatee Fire Rescue
March 21, 6 p.m., district commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
March 18, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Anna Maria City Hall.
March 20, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall.
March 29 is Good Friday. Government offices are
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BB police officer recovering from head-on crash
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Police Officer Erik Hill's prognosis
is significantly better than initially suspected following
his March 3 head-on vehicle collision with a North Caro-
Amanda Varner, 24, led police on a brief pursuit
along Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach, after her tag
revealed she was driving a car stolen out of North Caro-
Law enforcement converged on Varner in a shop-
ping center parking lot, but she evaded the containment
attempt and drove out of the lot and onto Holmes Bou-
Bradenton Beach Chief Sam Speciale said Varner
exited the parking lot quick enough to force her vehicle
into the outer lane of oncoming traffic just as Hill was
arriving to assist the Holmes Beach Police Department
and Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Special said Hill made a quick decision to swerve
into the open lane to avoid her, but Varner quickly
swerved back into her own lane, causing the collision.
An initial MRI performed on Hill indicated his knee
had been shattered. The chief said it could have been
a career-ending injury, but surgery revealed it was less
"What happened is when they took the MRI, they
saw all these bone fragments in his knee," he said. "But
when they went in, they found it was his femur that had
splintered and sent the bone fragments down to his knee
While the injury is serious, Speciale said it will not
prevent having Hill back on the job.
"He got out of the hospital Wednesday and will be on
six weeks of bed rest and rehabilitation," he said. "Then
he will be on light duty behind a desk for six weeks, and
then is expected to resume his patrol duties."
Special said it was great news for everyone.
"Officer Hill wants to make sure everyone knows
how appreciative he is of all the cards and calls he has
received wishing him well and hoping for a quick recov-
ery," said Speciale, who noted nothing in the investi-
gation has indicated Varner intentionally tried to injure
"There's no indication the head-on collision was
on purpose," he said. "She pulled out in an attempt to
flee and turned into the oncoming lane just as Hill was
approaching. She said afterward that she was scared and
lost control while attempting to run."
Varner was charged with two counts of aggravated
assault with a motor vehicle, one count of grand theft
auto, fleeing to elude with great bodily injury to a
law enforcement officer and driving while license sus-
She has several outstanding warrants for her arrest in
North Carolina and is being held in the Manatee County
jail without bond.
Bradenton Beach Police Officer Erik Hill was injured
in the March 3 head-on collision with a car stolen
from North Carolina at the corner of 56th Street and
Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach, following a short
but erratic chase of the driver, who was wanted on
out-of-state warrants. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan
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Roses to Roser
Kudos to Roser Memorial Community Church to
its pastor, the Rev. Gary Batey, and the congregation on
a series of events and Sunday's "Century" service, cul-
minating in the rededication of the 100-year-old Roser
Kudos go also to the planning committee and its
chairs, former Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford and
husband George Barford.
The planning and execution of concerts, a play
and other events culminated with an outdoor service
for more than 600 people in a tent on the parking lot
It certainly was a triumphant day for them all.
Maybe in other parts of the country, 100 years
wouldn't seem so much of an accomplishment, but
taking into account few places on Anna Maria Island
can claim this longevity the Anna Maria City Pier to
name one we're honored to recognize the chapel's
strength and stamina through the years, and the pastors
and congregations through the years that have contrib-
uted to holding it together.
If you haven't seen the chapel first hand, you are in
for a treat. If you went there in the past, you're still in
for a treat. The warm wood, barely showing wear over
the years by its hundreds of visitors, and the sun pour-
ing through the front stained-glass window, reflecting
across the rows of pews to the chancel.
The chapel provides an ethereal experience to the
believers. It also provides comfort for funerals, and a
warm embrace at weddings.
Many in the community enjoyed plays in the chapel
in the 1990s under the direction of the late former Mayor
Dorothy McChesney, including a project of her Chapel
Players for young children that saw her direct, teach and
act with husband Roy and many children in the 1940s
comedy, "Life with Father." She gave to the stage and
Roser's dream a lifetime of love and gratitude.
Whether legend or truth, the belief is that John
Roser came into a sum of money some 100-plus years
ago, the result of selling his Fig Newton cookie recipe
to a company for a reported $1 million dollars.
With his newfound wealth, he was said to dream
of a church on the island open to everyone, regardless
of faith, and thus it was built and opened in 1913.
Batey has written and staged an original play,
recanting the history of the chapel and the many people
who contributed to keeping Roser's dream alive.
We'd love to see it performed again for more people
to enjoy the beauty of Roser's chapel with its doors open
wide to all.
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Thank you to the Island Players board of directors,
director Mike Lusk, the cast and crew of "'Til Beth
Us Do Part" and other theater volunteers for doing the
March 5 cancer benefit preview performance.
Thank you to Dottie Mizzi and to Lois Manza at
Creations by L for helping sell tickets.
Thank you to The Islander for helping promote the
And, thank you to everyone who purchased tick-
It was fun spending the evening with you.
Thank you all for making a difference in the fight
I hope everyone has a chance to see this Island
Players production it is fabulous!
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach
Big thank you
We would like to give a big thank you to The
Islander and reporter Kathy Prucnell for her lovely
article about our participation in the Congenital Heart
We appreciate The Islander's kind efforts in helping
us raise awareness about congenital heart defects. Local
newspapers play a crucial role in small communities,
which was reaffirmed to us this week in the loveliest
way when Susan Thomas, who owns and runs a unique
and generous non-profit boutique on the island, Giving
Back, read the story. She called us to donate $500 to
Giving Back is tucked in next door to the Anna
Maria Island Art League on Holmes Boulevard and
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enterprise. Thomas donates all of her proceeds to char-
Thank you Susan Thomas, for choosing the Con-
genital Heart Walk, a cause dear to our hearts, as your
The Florida walk is March 16 in Tampa. To learn
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The check's in the mail
'The check's in the mail." Those of us of a certain
age remember the saying well. When you heard it you
knew the person saying it was making excuses or just
outright lying to you.
The mayor of Holmes Beach has a variation of that
saying, "the bags are on order." Several months ago the
mayor decided to stop providing doggie poop bags at
the dog park.
After much discussion among city commissioners,
it was decided the city would provide the bags and the
mayor began his, "the bags are on order" tactics.
I've since learned that he frequently does not
respond to emails on the subject and, if he does, it's
"the bags are on order" response.
But don't worry, the mayor said "the bags are on
My experience with the mayor is he resents being
questioned or crossed. I made the mistake once of ques-
tioning a decision of his and he nearly took my head off.
Since then, I try never to speak directly to the mayor
and, if I have a question or problem, I go to one of the
It's a shame the city has to put up with this behavior
for two years. I hope his deplorable treatment of city
staff doesn't cause them all to quit. The city commis-
sioners need to exercise some control.
Ellen Stohler, Holmes Beach
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Ss Op inion
I have concerns about the proposed Mainsail devel-
opment that I hope the city of Holmes Beach will con-
sider before making a decision on the project.
Any special exception made 12 years ago should
not be something today's city leaders feel compelled to
stand behind. City leaders then had a different focus.
The city was a different place, with different problems
Today's officials were elected by us on a promise
to adhere to city codes and standards to curb the over-
development that occurred in the past.
Years ago, the property supported a restaurant with
plenty of parking. There also was a duplex. But special
exceptions were granted 12 years ago to change resi-
Elected officials now have a chance to correct some
of the mistakes made by previous leadership in granting
a massive number of special exceptions to the devel-
oper, from parking to setbacks, property use and zoning
The area residents were never in favor of these
changes. If you check meeting minutes from the time,
this would confirm our voices of concern. The project
borders a number of residences, and I feel the elected
officials' job is to protect us from this type of large-scale
I also have concerns about our private road, Sunrise
Lane, being used for Mainsail deliveries and garbage
pickup, and I recommend that the site plan be reviewed
for access. What sounds good in theory, often does not
look so good on paper.
There really is not sufficient space for all Mainsail
intends to put on the property, while also buffering its
neighbors. Artist renderings only exist to make things
I also have concerns for fire access. One building
is planned to go on the narrow spit of land bordered by
canals on two sides, and it will be extremely difficult
to access. This should be a major safety concern.
The city needs to revoke the outdated site plan and
require the owner to submit a new plan that adheres
to present ordinances, zoning and building codes and
standards. There is no reason to uphold outdated special
The land has been untouched for almost 12 years
- way too long to deserve special treatment. It is a
precedent we don't want or need.
If they use strong-arm tactics to persuade city deci-
sions, please, we stand behind those elected to serve us,
not a development company out to make a profit on our
beautiful and special community.
Holmes Beach will have to endure this project long
after the developers have sold it to another company.
Johnny Rigney, Holmes Beach
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Headlines from the March 12,
2003, issue of The Islander
A fishing vessel rented by two Oklahoma men
caught fire and sank about 250 yards offshore of Bay-
front Park in Anna Maria.
Passing boaters rescued the men, one of whom was
taken to the hospital suffering minor burns. A spokes-
person for the West Manatee Fire Rescue District said
the men saw a spark jump from the battery to the gas
tank just before an explosion.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said
he had no idea why the squirrel population of Coquina
Beach appeared to be disappearing after a count by
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers found 100
fewer squirrels than a count the previous week. Braden-
ton Beach resident Jack Webber said he had seen hawks
feeding on the squirrels.
Florida's college spring break passed quietly on
Anna Maria Island. There were no reports of loud par-
ties or noise during the week and most college students
appeared to be from the area. Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale said Easter weekend is usually a
busy time for the island, with occasional calls to police
about loud noises at parties.
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Holmes Beach mayor creates, fills new staff position
By Kathy Prucnell
A Holmes Beach volunteer and native islander,
Mary Buonagura, was hired by Holmes Beach Mayor
Carmel Monti to a newly created city position as a human
In a press release, Monti said he hired Buonagura
to update job descriptions, policy and procedure manu-
als, create performance evaluations, reinstate grievance
procedures and provide Equal Employment Opportunity
representation for city staff.
At a March 7 meeting, Monti asked for the com-
mission's blessing on the hire, and commissioners
unanimously agreed to Monti's plan to hire Buonagura
for six months, after which her employment could be
City attorney Patricia Petruff told commissioners
they will need to ratify Buonagura's contract, which she
planned to draft after speaking to Monti that evening, at
a future city meeting.
As of press time for The Islander, city hall officials
said there was no public record or further information
about Buonagura's salary.
of Holmes Beach,
a city volunteer
groups in 2012 and
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Buonagura said she had not been advised of the
offered compensation. Petruff and Monti did not return
calls for comment before press time.
At the city meeting, Monti said the city is currently
running under its total budget, and he is looking to move
funds from the police, public works and general admin-
istration budgets to fund Buonagura's position.
There will be 42 city workers with a new hire, accord-
ing to city treasurer Lori Hill.
Buonagura began working 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
on March 4, and said she had expected a three-month
She has no assigned office yet in city hall, but has
been working on the computer in Monti's office, she said
"She's going to add a lot to the city," said Monti. "In
the short time she's been here, she's added a lot."
For the past several months, Buonagura has been
working as a volunteer, helping Monti interview city staff
and gather information to improve efficiency.
Buonagura grew up in and now lives in a Holmes
Beach family home her father built in the 1940s.
According to her resume, she holds a master's degree
in business administration from the University of New
Orleans and a master's degree in theological studies from
Virginia Theological Seminary.
Recent employers include the Center for Spiritual
Development for the Christ Episcopal Church of Bra-
denton and the Episcopal Church Against Human Traf-
ficking for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida
of Sarasota, according to her resume.
For Christ Episcopal, Buonagura worked as a
bereavement, premarital and substance abuse counselor
as well as an advocate for those needing assistance with
the Social Security Administration, the state Division of
Children and Family Services and Veterans Affairs.
For the Episcopal Diocese, she worked as a business
consultant and grant writer.
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By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach appears ready to allow chickens into
An ordinance to allow residents to raise egg-laying
hens within the city's limits is on the March 12 commis-
sion agenda for final approval.
A 4-1 vote last month approved the new rule on
chickens on first reading.
Commissioners in favor of the measure say it will
encourage learning opportunities for children and return
people to a natural food source.
At press time before the March 12 meeting, Com-
missioner Pat Morton was against approving chickens,
saying he foresaw a future enforcement problem in the
The city has a long-standing regulation prohibiting
If passed, the ordinance will prohibit more than four
hens and roosters; slaughtering of chickens, and any sell-
ing of eggs or other chicken products; chickens in front
yards; chickens closer than 10 feet to an adjacent property
and 25 feet from a neighboring home; and odors and pest-
infested chicken feed.
Other matters on the March 12 agenda included:
First reading of a party-wall ordinance, changing
the code to eliminate the provision that allows two or
more structures to be built separately on a common foun-
First reading of a one-dock-per-shore-frontage ordi-
nance, including dock location and setback requirements
and how shoreline length is determined under condo-
Consideration of two appointments to the Municipal
Police Officers' Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees.
Mike sales, left, entertainer and emcee for Cityfest,
and Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman,
wearing his "Have you hugged your chicken today"
T-shirt, re-introduce the 1929 "Anna Maria Song" on
the outdoor festival stage at March 2 at the city field,
5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 13, 2013 O 9
No-footer rule gains steam with HB planners
By Kathy Prucnell
Underground footers appear to be getting the boot in
In keeping with the city's land development code,
Holmes Beach planning commissioners unanimously
recommended the practice of connecting duplex units
with an underground slab.
At the March 6 meeting, city planner Bill Brisson
first described the closely built units that have popped up
in the Residential-2 zone after 2008 as a "strange altera-
tion of a duplex."
He recounted the city's duplex history, and high-
lighted the proposed ordinance to be considered by
the city commission on first reading March 12 at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive as one requiring new duplexes to
be joined by a common wall, with exceptions for grand-
fathered properties where one unit already has been per-
Commission Chair Sue Normand asked about the
ability for owners to rebuild duplex units if they are sub-
Brisson answered that it would be impractical to
require a party-wall duplex if the destroyed unit is only
one of two grandfathered units.
But, he added, if both units are destroyed, owners
would need to adhere to the ordinance, as well as other
In explaining the new ordinance, Brisson said before
2005, duplexes required a party wall, but at the sugges-
tion of someone in the construction industry, the footers
Problems began when people bought the duplex
units, thinking each unit was a single-family residence
on a separate lot, he said.
People sometimes wanted to build sheds or other
add-ons and didn't understand they shared lot-coverage
limitations, so the code was changed to require the record-
ing of a duplex dwelling, he added.
As the homes were built and used as resort hous-
ing, Brisson said new problems arose, culminating in the
city's current concern about fire safety.
He said the building department "may have not been
aware" of the safety issues.
The city now has concerns for the units that are sepa-
rated by less than 10 feet that lack fire walls, which could
lead to fires jumping from one unit to another. This led
the city commission to decide they didn't want separate
units, Brisson said.
In addition to the no-footer rule, the city planner
described other changes in the proposed ordinance,
including references to "habitable story levels" to ensure
setback requirements are consistently applied.
Commissioner Gary Hickerson asked about what will
happen to setback requirements for inhabitable structures,
such as sheds.
Brisson said he would research that issue.
Resident and city code enforcement board chair
Don Schroder pointed out duplexes have been built as
condominiums, and asked whether the city could restrict
rebuilding those homes.
He said the proposed ordinance raises issues of prop-
"I feel it's too loose the way it's written," Schroder
The new ordinance is expected to dovetail into the
recently approved .34 living-area ratio, limiting R-2 con-
struction in accordance with the size of lots, as well as
the city's lot-coverage requirements.
Brisson has previously said if one duplex unit is
already built, the second one won't require a common
foundation, but will be regulated as to the .34 LAR on
the remaining lot area.
However, he also has pointed out that unlike LAR,
the coverage requirements for duplexes may vary depend-
ing on the first unit built, he said.
Residences on duplex or single-family lots are lim-
ited to 30 percent lot coverage, plus 10 percent for imper-
vious pavers and outdoor accessories.
City planner Bill Brisson of LaRue Planning & Man-
agement Services presents an ordinance eliminating the
practice of joining duplexes with underground footers
at the March 6 Holmes Beach Planning Commission
meeting. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Community center plans
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a workshop, "Finding Balance with the 7 Aspects
of Wellness," at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19.
The workshop will include a wellness assessment
and tools to help put aspects of wellness in balance.
Attendance is $10 for center members and $15
Other workshops at the center include:
"Path to Happiness," 9 a.m., Tuesday, March
"What's Your Personality?" 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
April 2, and Wednesday, April 3.
"Deepok Chopra: Grow Older Live Longer," 10
a.m., Tuesday, April 9.
'The Five Love Languages," 9 a.m., Tuesday,
For more information, call Sharen Pittman at 941-
778-1908, ext. 9203.
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Holmes Beach, hosts nutrition coach Alec Grae at 6:30
p.m. Tuesday, March 19, for a free seminar on how to
make spaghetti and meatballs raw.
A news release said, "This is a live, vegan, raw food
demonstration where you will learn to create a healthy,
delicious and nutritious version of this popular comfort
food, without the carbs or meat."
To make reservations, call the store at 941-778-
Island Democrats to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet at
noon Monday, March 18, for lunch and a program at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Guest speaker Jeremy Wallace, a political writer for
the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, will talk about the 2013
legislative session and Florida politics.
Lunch is $12 for members, $15 for non-members.
For more information or reservations, call club presi-
dent Harry Kamberis at 941-779-0564.
chamber golf in April
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, which
includes Lido Beach and St. Armands Circle, will hold
its 25th annual Longboat Invitational golf tournament at
9 a.m. Friday, April 19, at the Longboat Key Club and
Resort, Islandside course.
The format is a four-team scramble and individual
tickets are $125. For a foursome, the cost is $400. Indi-
viduals without a team will be assigned to a foursome, a
chamber press release said.
Included in the tournament cost is a continental
breakfast, course beverages, prizes and an awards ban-
For more information, call 941-383-2466.
Breakfast to be served
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
will hold a pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March
Volunteers will serve pancakes, sausages, juice,
coffee, applesauce and biscuits and gravy in the fellow-
The breakfast cost is $5.
Across the street, the Roser Guild Thrift Shop will
hold a yard sale 8 a.m.-noon.
For more information, call 734-395-7708.
AMICCO plans outdoor
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
will hold Music in the Park 5-10 p.m. Friday, March 29,
at Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
The organization is lining up blues, pop and country
bands, and looking for retail and food and beverage ven-
dors to round out the event.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-
799-2181 or email email@example.com.
fish fry, bingo
The Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St.
N., Bradenton Beach, continues to host bingo games on
Thursday through the spring, beginning at 7 p.m.
Also, the center continues its series of community
suppers with a fish fry 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 22.
The menu includes fish, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw,
dessert and drink for $7.50.
For more information, call Linda Yarger at 941-778-
Stargazers to set up at
Holmes Beach city field
The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bra-
denton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will set
up telescopes at Holmes Beach city field sunset-10 p.m.
Saturday, March 16.
The field is at 5801 Marina Drive.
A release said highlights of the evening will be "stun-
ning views of the planet Jupiter as well as close-up views
of the first quarter moon, although attendees can also
expect to see a variety of other celestial objects as they
become visible throughout the night."
For more information, call Brian Hawkes at 941-342-
Bit o' Irish on St. Pat's
breakfast menu at St. Bernard
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host a pancake breakfast on St. Pat-
rick's Day, Sunday, March 17.
Volunteers will be serving breakfast in the activity
center 8:30-11:30 a.m. The menu includes corned beef
hash in recognition of St. Patrick's Day, as well as the
familiar pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages.
The price is $6 for adults and children 12 and under
For more information, call Paulette Kaczor at 941-
Celebrity Chefs and
Wine Tasting set
The Jewish Family and Children's Services of Sara-
sota-Manatee is the beneficiary of the upcoming Celeb-
rity Chefs and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge.
The event will take place Tuesday, March 19, begin-
ning with the golf challenge at 12:30 p.m. The tasting will
be at 6 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, 220
Sands Point Road, Longboat Key.
An island restaurant, the Bridge Street Bistro in Bra-
denton Beach, will participate.
For details, call Stacy Quaid at 941-366-2224.
Center offers Spanish class
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is offering a conversational
Spanish course on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4
Each course has three sessions.
For more information and fee details, call the center
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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
Bagpipers provide the Old Country sound during the
St. Patrick's Day Parade, which also typically features
marching bands, pirates, St. Patrick and lots of
green. This year's parade is Sunday, March 17, begin-
ning at 4 p.m. by Holmes Beach City Hall and travel-
ing north on Marina Drive. Islander File Photo
Judy the Elephant stars in the St. Patrick's Parade,
which assembles at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at
Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander File Photo
Island to celebrate St. Pat's with parade
Fifteen years ago Sean Murphy loaded up his kids
and neighborhood friends into an old green lawn trailer
and, carrying a parade permit and a boom box, drove
down the middle of Gulf Drive to the amusement and
consternation of bystanders.
This was the first annual Anna Maria Island St. Pat-
rick's Day parade, said Murphy, the owner of two Holmes
Beach restaurants: Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, and
Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive.
A few years later, the parade had grown to include
bands and floats and to attract thousands of paradego-
This year, Murphy and the bistro again present the
parade, which will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17.
The parade will assemble at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, starting at about 2 p.m. At 4 p.m.,
the parade will travel north, ending at North Palm Drive
and 78th Street.
St. Patrick's Day
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will hold
Sham Rockin' the Island Fest, a St. Patrick's Day celebra-
tion, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, March 17.
The center festival will take place at Holmes Beach
city field, 5801 Marina Drive, and feature food and bever-
age vendors, artists and crafters and live music, including
the band Kettle of Fish. Food and art vendors are being
A kid zone will feature a bounce house, craft projects
and a movie on the lawn.
The Marina Drive location also has festivalgoers in
a good location for parade viewing.
For more information on the festival, call Sharen
Pittman at the center at 941-778-1908, ext. 9203.
Murphy invited everyone to join in the parade it's
free to stroll with the bag pipers, pirates, leprechauns,
marching bands, community groups and Judy the Ele-
Judy will lead the parade, possibly with Omar the
Co-sponsors include Eat Here, Darcy Duncan Real
Estate, the Pittsburgh Pirates, The Islander newspaper,
Shawn, Jen and Ben Kaleta and, said Murphy, a local
parade enthusiast who requested anonymity.
Also on St. Patrick's Day, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center will hold a fair at Holmes Beach city
field north of city hall.
The celebration, featuring entertainment, food and
beverage, arts and crafts and children's activities, will
take place 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
For more information, call the bistro at 941-778-
Senior Adventures group
plans March activities
The Senior Adventures group will meet at 11 a.m.
Friday, March 15, at Annie Silver Community Center,
103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, for painting and a
On Friday, March 22, the group will gather at 11 a.m.
at the center for a trip to a local park. Attendees should
bring a bag lunch to picnic.
Friday, March 29, the group will meet at the center
for an Easter party. Attendees will decorate eggs and
then snack on their handiwork.
The club meets most Fridays for an activity or an
outing, using the community center as home base.
For more information, call Pat Gentry at 941-962-
The Senior Adventures
group picnics March 3 at
Gamble Plantation Historic
State Park in Ellenton.
Bunny Lambert, left, Don
Meilner, Ken Venters (stand-
ing), Geri Cannon, Diane
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Wednesday, March 13
11:30 a.m.- Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting
and luncheon, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.
2 p.m. Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series
presents Ellen Jaffe Jones, an author and healthy eating advocate,
on "Eat Vegan," Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, March 14
7:39 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, March 15
7:41 a.m. Official sunrise time.
Saturday, March 16
8-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Thrift sale until noon. Fee
applies. Information: 941-395-7708.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour
of Homes, various island locations. Information: 941-778-1908.
10 a.m. The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a free demonstration with Mariarosa Rockefeller on
Photoshop Elements. Information: 941-778-6648.
11 a.m. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts a program on "managing stress through mindful breathing."
1 p.m.- Women of the Moose Chapter 1601 host a children's
Easter party at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Res-
2 p.m. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts James Corwin Johnson talking about nature and wildlife pho-
tography. Information: 941-778-6341.
Sunset Stargazing, Local Group of Deep Sky Observers,
Holmes Beach city hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, March 17
Today is St. Patrick's Day.
8:30-11:30 a.m. St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, holds a pancake breakfast. Fee applies. Infor-
10 a.m. Roser Memorial Community Church celebrates its
100th anniversary with a tree planting and time capsule burial. Infor-
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11 a.m.-10 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Center
holds a St. Patrick's Day Sham Rockin' fair, Holmes Beach city
field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908,
4 p.m. Beach Bistro and Sean Murphy present the 15th
annual Anna Maria Island St. Patrick's Day Parade from Holmes
Beach City Hall north on Marina Drive and ending at North Palm
Drive and 78th Street. Information: 941-778-6444.
Monday, March 18
7:41 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, March 19
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meet-
ing, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
6:30 p.m. Vitamin Seas Health Food Store, 3228 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts nutrition coach Alec Grae for a free
seminar on how to make spaghetti and meatballs raw. Informa-
Wednesday, March 20
Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club meets for a meeting at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
1-3 p.m. The Anna Maria Garden Club holds its annual
Penny Flower Show at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
1-4 p.m. Artists Demo/Sale-abration, CrossPointe Fellow-
ship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
3:30 p.m. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts the Mana-Tweens craft program. Information: 941-778-
Thursday, March 14
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Artist Kathleen Masur, a
member of the Artists' Guild
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lead a workshop on painting
silk scarves at 1 p.m. Thurs-
day, March 14, at Cros-
sPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Attendance is $70 for non-
members, $55 for members,
and includes supplies. For
more information, call the
Guild Gallery at 941-778-
6694. Islander Courtesy
Drive, hosts a health fair. Information: 941-383-6491.
5 p.m.-7 p.m. -Artists' reception, Suncoast Watercolor Soci-
ety juried show, Art Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W, Bradenton.
SThrough March 30, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society juried
exhibit, Art Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W, Bradenton. Informa-
Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the
Water's Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday through 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.
*Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext.
SSecond Wednesdays, 8 a.m.,Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m.,
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Wednesday through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
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, 4515123rd 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 Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
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. Information: 941-778-4579.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
March 22, Community fish fry dinner, Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
March 24, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
concert, An Afternoon of Opera, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 25, Passover begins at sundown.
March 30, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Island Heri-
tage Day, with tours, music, arts and crafts and food on the museum
grounds, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
March 31, Easter.
Save the date
April 13, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market,
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
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.
Send calendar announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday before publication. High-resolution
Students from Anna Maria Elementary School cre-
ated posters to help promote the Anna Maria Garden
Club's Penny Flower sh,. ,,. First prize went to Bailey
Korinek, second place to Jaelyn DeLeon and third
place to Skyler Hendler. Islander Courtesy Photo
Author to sign
books at Sunny Shores
Author Aleatha Romig will sign copies of her two
novels while visiting with parents at Sunny Shores Mobile
Home Park in April.
Romig wrote "Truth" and "Consequences," which
are sold in paperback and e-book editions.
She'll be signing copies of the book, which will sell
for $10 at the event, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the
Sunny Shores clubhouse, 11500 38th Ave. W.
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Garden club hosts annual
Penny Flower Show
The Anna Maria Garden Club will host its annual
Penny Flower Show 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20,
in the activity center at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Everyone is welcome to view the arrangements and
vote for their favorites, said club member Mary Manion,
who added that refreshments will be served.
The club members create flower arrangements that
are displayed in the activity center, where the vast amount
of flowers creates a welcome for spring weather.
Each arrangement is accompanied by a receptacle
for the public to cast votes with pennies or other coins.
People attending the event are able to demonstrate
how much they appreciate a display by the quantity of
coins and value of coins placed in the container.
The club sponsored a contest for students at Anna
Maria Elementary School to design posters to promote
the show, with first prize going to Bailey Korinek, second
place to Jaelyn DeLeon and third place to Skyler Hendler.
Their original posters will be displayed at the show.
The club also will sell chances to win prize baskets
arranged in themes from gardening and picnicking to
parties at the event.
The event is sponsored by The Islander and is open
to the public.
The club will conduct its regular monthly meeting
prior to the flower show at noon at the church.
For more information, call Manion at 941-778-
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, at the Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Brenda Spalding, author of "Just Batty" and
"Hayden's Garden" will be the guest speaker.
The members also will share select works.
For more information, contact Sylvia Price at 941-
778-3209 or email@example.com.
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Pine Avenue business owners, artist to dedicate mural
By Kathy Prucnell
Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher are arranging a dedi-
cation of the mural they commissioned by John Allinson
that stretches across the east wall of 314 Pine Ave. Anna
Maria, at the March 15 Pine Avenue third Friday porch
Over the past several years, as the businesses on Pine
Avenue grew, the porch parties hosted by the merchants
become a traditional Friday night outing.
On hand for the dedication will be Allinson of Wales
- and now Anna Maria to light up the mural.
Allinson spoke recently about his work and how
pleased he is to receive a visa that allows him to work
and remain with wife Mair on Anna Maria Island.
"Honestly I didn't think I'd get it," he says of their
visa one that is typically reserved for people of extraor-
'They look at whether you have a pedigree, you're
any good and whether you can be useful in America."
One of Allinson's largest works is the mural that
spans the width of the Thrasher's commercial building
on the north side of Pine Avenue that houses Tide and
Moon jewelry boutique and Cheryl and Vinny's Italian
Kitchen. Allinson also was commissioned for a three-
panel mural at Lobstahs Restaurant in Holmes Beach.
The Pine Avenue work is 36 feet long and depicts
several scenes from the early days in the city, circa 1920,
portraying both local history and Americana.
Allinson was commissioned for the work in July. The
artist used historical information and photographs from
the nearby Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum,
as well as the Library of Congress to sketch his design
Allinson pitched his designs to the Thrashers with a
number of sketches and smaller paintings. He then trans-
lated his work to the stucco wall.
The job meant a month of battling 90-degree heat,
which resulted in morning workdays. He also dealt with
scorpions and fire ants and weathered the curious, he
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Included in his work are liar's benches, a recurring
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As to Allinson's past, he was born in Cardiff, Wales,
attended the Central School of Art in London, and worked
as an illustrator and graphic artist in North Africa after
the Algerian War.
Allinson painted for impresario Robert Stigwood,
who "invented Queen and Andrew Lloyd Webber," he
says, and also for Richard Attenborough, film actor, pro-
ducer, director and president of the Royal Academy of
His paintings and murals can be seen in famous
places, including the Biltmore Hotel in Miami, the Hem-
ingway House in Key West, the Moores Hotel Guernsey
and Cardiff International Airport.
"I've got a pile of paintings," he adds.
His island home on the Gulf of Mexico is a gallery
of work, including some influenced by his travels to Key
West, Cuba and around the world.
Allinson says he's painted "for years and years," but
only began to visit Anna Maria about 15 years ago. He
says he and Mair were traveling U.S. 41, got off track
and, on a whim, followed a sign to the beaches.
He's been approached to teach, but it's working on
Anna Maria Island that holds the most allure for Allin-
"I'm a worker. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd still
work," he says. "If somebody wants something, you do
"Here I feel healthier," Allinson adds. "We've met
more people than we've met in our whole lives. The cli-
mate is great. The booze is terrible, and the cheese is
wretched, but i \ lilln else is great.
"The people here have made me feel at home. If I'd
get sick, all I'd have to do is pick up a phone and a half-
dozen people would come running.
"Why wouldn't you want to be here?"
Allinson now looks forward to the public presenta-
tion of the mural at the Pine Avenue porch party, and
meeting new friends.
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Young islander hopes music, first CD take flight
By Mark Young
He's still a few months away from graduating from
Manatee High School, but Trevor Bystrom, 18, is set to
release his first music CD on March 17.
The Anna Maria Island native started playing music
at the age of 10 and by 14 was writing his own songs.
He classifies his style as a blend of soft rock, folk, blues,
country and reggae.
His first live performance was several years ago at
what is now the Blue Marlin Restaurant, 121 Bridge St.,
Bystrom chose the Blue Marlin to hold a CD release
party and will take the stage at 6 p.m.
"It's where I played in front of a live audience for the
first time," said Bystrom, who plays at several venues on
the island. "I thought it was an appropriate place to have
the release party."
The CD is titled "Fly Away" and contains eight
songs, six of which Bystrom wrote.
Trevor Bystrom hopes his musical career takes off
with the release of his first CD,
"It feels really great," said Bystrom. 'This is my first
CD and it makes me wonder what I can really do with
music in the future."
Bystrom said he likes his music to have a message.
The messages he sends in "Fly Away" include anti-drug,
love and breakups.
Bystrom said the production process of putting
together the CD, which was produced by Howling Dog
Records, was fascinating and gave him an opportunity
to see how another side of creating music.
"I plan on going to college locally and will continue
to play island venues," he said. "I'd eventually like to see
myself touring the country and performing at the kind of
concerts I used to go see as a kid."
A lot of those concerts Bystrom saw as a kid were
with his mom, Jeannie, who said Trevor comes from a
"It's definitely been his passion all his life," she said.
"He basically plays me to sleep every night because he's
Trevor Bystrom comes naturally to music. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Jeannie "Mom" Bystrom
always up late practicing."
Jeannie said she's always heard from other people
that Trevor has talent.
"But I'm his mom," she said. "I love my son and, of
course, I think he's talented. But he's had some talented
instructors come into his life that really believe in him,
and that says a lot to me."
Bystrom is mostly a solo performer, but friend and
fellow islander Morgan Greig, who performs on the
CD, will join Bystrom on stage March 17 to play for the
Bystrom hopes to share his music with friends new
and old at the event, where his CD will be on sale.
Artists plan Demo/
Sale-a-bration this week
A committee of local artists has organized a
Demo/Sale-a-bration for Wednesday, March 20, at
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The event will take place 1-4 p.m. and feature
local artists showing how to use products from Kee-
ton's Office and Art Supply in Bradenton.
Committee members include Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island representatives Midge Pippel,
Joyce Karp, Joan Voyles, Leslie Robbins, Cheryl
Jorgensen and Island Gallery West representative
Organizers say event attendees will see Kathleen
Masur demonstrate silk painting; Roger Rockefeller
using color pencils; Cheryl Jorgensen using water-
colors on yupo; Kathy Sparks using acrylics; Joan
Voyles and Barbara Hines demonstrating drawing
with charcoal; Kay Johnson demonstrating basket-
making; Judith Sheperd Rains making a glass paint-
ing; and Janet King using watercolors and compressed
Keeton's will present gifts to the first 50 people
attending the event.
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Jeffrey Neal Blackwood
Jeffrey Neal Blackwood, 53, of Ballston Spa, N.Y.,
and Bradenton Beach, died March 1. He was born May
19, 1959, in Ballston Spa.
He first worked at the Ballston Journal, then at West
Milton Nuclear Power Plant until he was transferred to
Texas. He also worked at Stewart's Corporation and, in
2008, he moved to Trilby, Fla., where he was treasurer
of his community association.
Mr. Blackwood enjoyed camping, sailing and, on
earning his pilot's licence, flying.
He is survived by his father, Lindley "Lynn;" broth-
ers Lynn and Lawrence and wife Dawn; sisters Crystal
and Michael Bunnel, Marcy and husband John Meaney,
Linda and husband David Mullen and Lori and husband
John Kisielis; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dorothy T. Zokas DeGennaro
Dorothy T. Zokas DeGennaro, 77, of Holmes Beach,
and formerly of Southbury, Conn., died Jan. 29.
She was a devout communicant of St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. She was a member
of the Senior Adventure group in Bradenton Beach and
was a literacy advocate. She volunteered at Anna Maria
Elementary School in Holmes Beach. She received her
associate's degree in 1974 from Mattatuck Community
College in Waterbury, Conn. She was an avid homemaker
and was proud of her Lithuanian heritage.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday,
March 22, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made
to Lithuanian Catholic Religious Inc., 6425 Perry Ave.,
Maspeth NY 11378 or Sisters of St. Casimir, 2601 W.
Marquette Road, Chicago IL 60629.
Mrs. DeGennaro is survived by son Daniel and wife
Karen Zokas of Southbury; daughters Lisa and husband
Mark of Zokas-Kindy of South Carolina and Wallace
and husband Charles Hamel of Barkhamstead, Conn.;
grandchildren Jordan, Michael, Meghan, Arianne, Rasa
and Chaz; and three nephews.
Dorothy E. Kerr
Dorothy E. Kerr, age 87, died Feb. 28. Dorothy was
born April 15, 1925, in Saginaw, Mich., to David and
Elizabeth (Whipple) Kerr.
Ms. Kerr graduated from Arthur Hill High School
and continued her education with
degrees from Saginaw General Hos-
pital School of Nursing and Hurley
School of Anesthesia in Flint, Mich.
She worked many years as a nurse
anesthetist at St. Joseph Hospital in
Kerr Flint, then for the Catholic Diocese of
Lansing in the office of health affairs.
She then retired to live on Anna Maria Island.
She loved life, people, art, music and animals, espe-
cially her cat Cricket. She was thankful for friends who
made her life's work an adventure, especially Lael Hell-
man, Sister Betty Gaiss, Catherine McGuire and family,
JoAnn and Barry Flynn and Colleen Tinnin and family.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated March at Holy
Family Catholic Church, 11804 S. Saginaw St., Grand
Blanc, Mich. Arrangements were by Hill Funeral Home,
Grand Blanc, Mich. Condolences may be made online at
Ms. Kerr is survived by brother Donald A. and wife
Sharon Kerr of Grand Rapids, Mich.; nephews Evan and
David Kerr; and nieces Andrea and Lisa Kerr.
Sue Turner Maddox
Sue Turner Maddox, 80, of Cortez, died March 1. She
was the granddaughter of Capt. Nathan Fulford. who was
one of the founders of the village of Cortez. She was born
March 3, 1932, in Mulberry, Fla., to the late Christopher
C. and Myrtle (Fulford) Turner.
She grew up and lived in the Mulberry area until
1965, when she moved to Manatee
County. She and her husband, the late
R.C. Dick Maddox, owned the Humpty
Dumpty Restaurant in Mulberry until
the mid 1960s.
SMrs. Maddox worked as a book-
Maddox keeper with A.P Bell Fish Company
in Cortez and as a waitress at Moore's
Stone Crab Restaurant. She was a long time advocate
for the Cortez fishing village, and a member of the
Anna Maria Island Democratic Club where she served
as treasurer. She was active with the Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage, served as a docent at the Florida
Maritime Museum in Cortez, as an usher with the Asolo
Repertory Theatre, volunteered as a guardian ad litem
for many years, and also as a reading assistant at Anna
Maria Elementary School.
A celebration of life will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday,
March 16, at Swordfish Grill Restaurant, 4628 119th St.
W., Cortez. Memorials may be made to Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage, Florida Maritime Museum or the
Island Democratic Club in her memory. Condolences may
be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Mrs. Maddox is survived by sons Richard and wife
Annette of Cortez and Michael and wife Paula of Terra
Ceia; brother Christopher "Skeet" and wife Kitty Turner
of St. Petersburg; sister Betty Lou Turner of Bradenton;
grandchildren Crystal, Cassie, Karla, Tres and Christo-
pher; and nephew Chris Osborne and his two children.
Mary C. Mond
Mary C. Mond of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes
Beach, died March 1. She was born Nov. 26, 1926, in
Johnson City, Ill.
Mrs. Mond was a licensed practical nurse, although
she never worked in the field.
She married Robert Mond in 1945.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 13, 2013 19
Cortez man arrested for passing counterfeit cash
By Mark Young
A 20-year-old Cortez man was charged Feb. 28 with
two counts of felony counterfeit and misdemeanor pos-
session of methamphetamine.
According to the probable cause affidavit, a Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office deputy was contacted by a
OBITUARIES CONTINUED FROM 16
The couple moved to Florida in 1976 after traveling
via houseboat down the Mississippi from Dubuque, Iowa.
They purchased rental property in 1977 in Holmes Beach,
and operated "Sunny Daze" until 1994, when it sold.
Mrs. Mond was active many years with the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, having served on
the board of directors, both as secretary and president.
She also served on the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council for several years.
Mrs. Mond was elected to the Holmes Beach Council
and served the city March 1986 until November 1991,
when she moved with her husband to Bradenton.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16,
at Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E.,
Oneco Memorial donations may be made to the church,
P.O. Box 908, Oneco FL 34264.
She is survived by her children, Robert and wife Col-
leen of Savanna, Ga., Barbara and husband Craig Ripley
of Bradenton, and Joseph and wife Gail of Dubuque,
Iowa; grandchildren Bruce Beacom of Bradenton, Eric
and wife Jennifer, and Eben and wife Darcy, all of
Dubuque; one great-grandchild; three step-grandchildren;
and six step-great grandchildren.
Wilford A. Stokes Jr.
Wilford A. Stokes Jr., 68, of Decherd, Tenn., and
formerly of Anna Maria Island, died March 5. He was
bor Jan. 13, 1945, in Pennsylvania, to the late Kathryn
O. (Tucker) and Wilford A. Stokes Sr.
Mr. Stokes was a school administrator. He was a
loving father, grandfather and friend.
There will be no services. Memorials may be made to
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, P.O. Box 824061,
Philadelphia PA 19182-4061, 800-981-2663, or www.
oif.org. Arrangements were by Moore-Cortner Funeral
Home, Winchester, Tenn.
Mr. Stokes is survived by daughters Deborah Ann
Thomas of Tampa and Jennifer Marshall of Orlando; and
granddaughters Melissa Ann Rushnell and Kathryn Mar-
Winn-Dixie employee at 3500 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton,
regarding a man who attempted to pass a fake $20 bill.
The man was not in the store when the deputy arrived,
but was observed nearby at another business. The deputy
was told the man successfully passed a counterfeit bill
the previous day. He observed the suspect at the register
with a $20 bill in his hand, and then made contact with
The report stated Dowd told the deputy he received
one of the fake bills from a friend. He said he went to the
other store after Winn-Dixie refused to accept the bill.
The deputy said that it was unusual for a business
to return a suspected counterfeit bill, and upon check-
ing with Winn-Dixie employees learned they had not
returned the bill to Dowd.
The deputy checked the serial numbers of the bill
passed the day before, the one Winn-Dixie kept and the
bill Dowd was attempting to pass at the other business.
They all had the same serial numbers, according to
By Kathy Prucnell
A Feb. 20 ruling by 12th Judicial Circuit Judge
Thomas Krug determined a Bradenton Beach man incom-
petent at this time to stand trial on allegations of having
sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Joseph Edmund Chiquet was found incompetent to
stand trial, but the case remains open, pending re-evalu-
ation in six months, according to assistant State Attorney
Anthony DaFonseca, prosecutor on the case.
DaFonseca said the judge's Feb. 21 order was in
accordance with Chiquet's doctors' evaluations.
Although the court's website indicates a commitment
to the Department of Children and Family Services, Chi-
quet was still in jail on felony charges of sex with a minor,
child pornography and witness tampering, according to
the Manatee County jail website.
Chiquet has spent about three years in jail following
his 2009 arrest. He was released on bond shortly after his
arrest. But bond was revoked in 2010 after he allegedly
offered $10,000 to a former girlfriend to tell police she
was depicted in seized photographs and not, as prosecu-
tors allege, the 15-year-old girl.
A Jan. 16 court ruling required another doctor's
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The deputy confronted Dowd with this information,
at which time he allegedly admitted that his friend had
given him five fake bills. According to the report, Dowd
admitted to passing the fake bill the previous day and
said he passed another counterfeit bill at a nearby 7-11
He allegedly told the deputy he knew they were
Dowd was arrested on two felony counts of coun-
terfeit and, in a search of Dowd's vehicle, the deputy
reported finding a glass pipe.
The residue in the pipe field-tested positive for meth-
amphetamine. Dowd was subsequently charged with
misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and
misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday,
April 2, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
opinion and, on Jan. 29, the parties agreed that licensed
psychologist Henry A. Tenenbaum of Sarasota would
evaluate Chiquet's competency.
The court had previously appointed licensed psy-
chologists Eddy Regnier and Mary Elizabeth Kasper of
Sarasota. They reported on Chiquet's mental capacity in
records sealed by the court in January.
The psychologists were asked to evaluate the defen-
dant's understanding of the charges; his capacity to dis-
close facts and testify relevantly; his ability to act appro-
priately in court; and cope with the stress of pre-trial
Chiquet's attorney Mark Lipinski first raised the
competency issue June 27, and filed a prior report by
Regnier, which described Chiquet as severely depressed,
homicidal and suicidal.
Two appeals have further prolonged the case one
by the defense and one by the prosecution regarding
the discovery of evidence.
The case was originally scheduled for a July trial,
was postponed to Jan. 28, and then rescheduled for April
1, pending the competency determination.
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Island police blotter
Feb. 27, 9807 Gulf Drive, Ginny's and Jane E's,
petit theft. A suspect was captured on video surveillance
stealing merchandise. According to the report, the sus-
pect also is involved in a prior shoplifting incident under
March 2, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Two Scoops Ice Cream,
trespass. Two juveniles entered the store and asked to use
the telephone. A customer told the cashier the juveniles
may have put candy in their pockets. A Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputy made contact with the juveniles
outside the business, but did not find store merchandise
in their possession. The juveniles were trespassed from
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
March 1, 6200 Holmes Blvd., DWLS. A 37-year-old
man was charged with misdemeanor driving while license
suspended. A Holmes Beach police officer observed the
suspect driving and was aware the driver's license was
suspended. The officer initiated a traffic stop. The suspect
claimed he did not need a driver's license because he is
a sovereign citizen who is not subject to state laws. The
man claimed his driving privilege was licensed under
Feb. 23, 45th Street beach, alcohol. An HBPD offi-
cer responded to a complaint of 50-60 people drinking on
the beach. As the officer approached the group, he heard
someone yell for everyone to hide their stuff. The officer
observed several cold beers lying in the bushes and a
cooler containing a bottle of rum. No one claimed own-
ership of the cooler. It was confiscated and the juveniles
were told to leave the beach. As they began to leave, the
officer observed one juvenile enter a vehicle with another
bottle of rum. Upon approaching, the officer smelled mar-
ijuana. One of the juveniles admitted smoking marijuana
earlier. He surrendered a small bag of marijuana. Parents
of the juveniles were contacted to pick up their children.
Another juvenile preparing to leave was observed to be
intoxicated. The juvenile's sister arrived to pick him up,
but on checking her driver's license, the officer discov-
ered it to be suspended.
Feb. 23, 3250 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, intoxica-
tion. An HBPD officer made contact with a man sleeping
among cardboard boxes at the rear of the store. The man
appeared to be intoxicated, but was able to call his father
to pick him up.
Feb. 28,4400 block of Second Avenue, disturbance.
A man reported to police that his son had quit paying
rent and he wanted him to leave. The son was packing
his belongings when the two began to argue. The father
agreed to leave the area while his son finished packing.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Calling WWII and
The Islander newspaper has been providing sto-
ries for the past 10 years about World War II or Korean
Stories about WWII veterans are entitled "the
Greatest Generation," while those of Korean War vets
are flagged "the Forgotten Generation." Since the col-
umns began, the newspaper has published more than
300 stories about those who served the United States
or its Allies.
The newspaper has interviewed veterans of the
U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army Air Force, the U.S.
Navy and the U.S. Merchant Marine, along with those
who served with the Royal Army, Royal Navy, and
Royal Canadian Air Force.
We'd like to hear more of their experiences, often
ordinary people in extraordinary times.
Anyone who has a story to share should call
reporter Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
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Cortez man arrested for
By Mark Young
A 54-year-old Cortez man was arrested for felony
motor vehicle theft Feb. 24, after allegedly telling law
enforcement he borrowed and failed to return his girl-
According to the probable cause affidavit, a Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputy was behind Byron McIl-
waine in the 3000 block of First Avenue in Bradenton.
The deputy began a routine tag check while waiting
for the light to turn green. When the light turned green,
McIlwaine made a U-tur into the Circle K store, while
the deputy continued forward.
The deputy was a few blocks away when the tag
check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen. The
deputy returned to the Circle K, where he observed the
vehicle to be unoccupied, but noticed a line of customers
inside the store.
The deputy waited a few minutes until two men left
the store and entered the vehicle. He turned on his emer-
gency lights and pulled behind the vehicle, blocking a
McIlwaine allegedly told the deputy he borrowed
his girlfriend's vehicle Feb. 22 and did not return it.
According to the report, he said he suspected that she
had reported it stolen, and that his friend knew nothing
of the incident.
The second man was released, but McIlwaine was
arrested on the felony charge, booked into the Manatee
County jail and held on $1,500 bond.
According to jail records, McIlwaine posted bond
the same day and was released to await arraignment on
Friday, March 22, time to be determined, at the Manatee
County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
According to court records, McIlwaine, of the 3000
block of Mariners Cove in Cortez, has a history of law
enforcement troubles dating back to 1988 with multiple
arrests for burglary, battery, theft, probation violations
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22 0 MARCH 13, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
Marriage, comedy come together at island playhouse
By Kathy Prucnell
A sold-out crowd smiled, chuckled and roared with
laughter March 7 at the Island Players opening of a
frolicking comedy about matrimony, "'Til Beth Do Us
Part," written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie
The play runs illii L li 1\i. h 24 at the Island Players'
theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Two-time IP director Mike Lusk fully employs the
playhouse, using three sets to lead the players and audi-
ence through the romp.
A newcomer to the island stage, Susan Belvo, aptly
plays an overwrought Suze Hayden, pushing hard to suc-
ceed in a candy business. Island Players president Herb
Stump is cast as her lazy-yet-lovable husband, Gibby.
Gibby fails to make the cut in his own household
when an interloper, a "Southern belle from hell," Beth
Bailey, is hired as a household assistant to help an over-
Jennifer Eddy plays the over-achieving Bailey, and
brings flair, Southern wit and a convincing, conniving
presence to the stage.
And with his impressive facial expressions and acting
flair, Stump portrays every emotion on Gibby's sleeve.
The story is set with down-to-earth folk in Cincinnati,
but also throws in some British snobbery via Celia Car-
michael, played by newcomer Cathy Hansel-Edgerton,
Suze's employer. Both Suze and Bailey seek to impress
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well as making inroads on Suze's business, Gibby calls
for help from the Haydens' eccentric friends.
An estranged couple arrives, Margo James played by
Laura Morales and Hank Russell as Heiko Knipfelberg.
Morales shines in the confident ex-wife role, holding
a lighthearted upper hand over her ex, Heiko.
Knipfelberg plays Heiko as a mix of Jerry Lewis,
Art Carney and Jack Klugman, and puts on a high-gear
performance at the play's end.
Lusk and the cast expertly pull off a hullabaloo
ending a farce-bit of timing that could easily be a
nightmare and Hank and Margo become crowd favor-
Kudos also go to Lusk for his choice in music. He
sets the scene for the modern-day comedy. Kudos, too, to
the work of set designer Jan Van Wart creating three sets,
a living area, bachelor's pad and Latin nightclub, which,
along with the characters, brings the story to the life.
Behind the scenes perfecting the performance were
light designer Brad Pattison, costume designer Don
Bailey, stage manager Bobbie Berger, assistant stage
manager Sylvia Marnie, light technicians Ruth Stevens
and Marsha Lindsey, sound technician Barb Gusie,
makeup and hair by Rita Lamoreaux, and props chair
Susan Turner and her crew.
The construction crew consisted of chief Jack Abene,
Beau Aquilina, Roberta Barer, Ruth Curtis, Bill Deeg,
Angelo Desantis, Jack Emery, Bill Huber, Jane Huber,
Sharon Madigan, Cathy Morgan, Roger Nyberg and
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Breakfast: French Toast Sticks or Super Round.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Warm Roll, Grilled Cheese Sand-
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Tuesday, March 19
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito or Biscuit and Gravy or Waffle.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks, Marinara, Burrito, Strawberry Cub, Mini
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Wednesday, March 20
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Patty
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Lunch: Meat Sauce, Seasoned Pasta, Chicken Tenders,
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Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Thursday, March 21
Breakfast: Chicken Biscuit or Ultimate Breakfast Round.
Lunch: Hot Dog on Bun, Tangerine Chicken, Confetti Rice,
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Fresh Fruit, Birthday Ice Cream.
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Breakfast: Mini Pancakes or Super Round.
Lunch: Pizza Choice, Quesadillas, Sliced Peaches, Corn,
Sweet Potato Fries, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
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R Anna Maria Island Elementary
School custodian Todd Persinger,
left, is congratulated March 8 by
principal David Marshall on being
I named Manatee County School Dis-
Strict Support Employee of the Year.
r Persinger received a $5,000 savings
account at Suncoast Schools Fed-
eral Credit Union, game tickets and
a trip to Pittsburgh for a Pirates
game. He was nominated by AME
for his exemplary work ethic,
ingenuity and suggestion to reduce
waste collection at AME, saving
the district $6,600. Islander Photo:
AME-PTO winter fling raises $17K
1 he Anna Maria island elementary School parent
Teacher Organization-sponsored annualfundraiser at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center is held Feb.
23 beneath a billowy winter white backdrop designed
by PTO vice president Amy Talluci. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Sue Carroll
Tuesday, March 19, spring picture day.
Tuesday, March 19, PTO board meeting, confer-
ence room, 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, March 26, Birthday Book Club, media
center, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26, talent show and dinner.
Friday, March 29, Good Friday no school.
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-708-5525, www.manatee.kl2.fl.us/
Celebrate Winter Island Style raised about
$17,000 thanks in part to a generous island community
and a celebrity auctioneer.
According to Anna Maria Island Elementary Parent
Teacher Organization president Sue Carroll, the annual
PTO fundraiser Feb. 23 at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center drew 175 attendees and fundraising was
slightly better than last year's effort.
"We moved the event to February and from what we
gather, it was a good move," said Carroll.
"Attendees enjoyed the casual atmosphere and the
new timing of the event. We are already talking about the
event in 2014," she said.
The event featured a live auction by Sarasota's
ABC-TV 7 meteorologist Bob Harrigan.
Popular auction items included a reserved AME
parking spot and Tyler's Homemade Ice Cream "Make
Your Own Flavor," donated annually by owners Rob and
Laura Alderson. The ice cream venture and parking lot
spot earned $500 bids, Carroll said.
Among the numerous donated items, Beach Bums of
Anna Maria gave a beach cruiser, which AME principal
David Marshall rode around the gym during the auc-
The PTO plans to hold a golf fundraiser at IMG
Academy of Bradenton in the spring, according to Car-
The funds raised by the PTO enhance learning oppor-
tunities for AME students.
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KRC golf, horseshoes top week's sports action
By Kevin Cassidy
Along with regular weekly golf action at Key Royale
Club in Holmes Beach, the men's senior club champion-
ship and men's handicap club championship matches are
The men's handicap club championship moved
this past week into the third round. John Cassese, Dale
Hudson, Vince Mercadante and Mike Selby all advanced
to the fourth round with match-play victories.
In senior men's handicap match-play action, Vince
Mercadante, Ron Robinson, Gino DiClemente and Ken
Rickett advanced into the fourth round.
Regular golf action ended March 7 with the members
teaming up in a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome
match. The team of Joyce Brown, Jerry Brown, Sue Little
and Bill Melvin combined on a 5-under-par 27. One shot
back in second place were Penny Auch, Nel Bergstrom,
Carl Voyles and Earl Huntzinger.
The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-
foursome match March 6. The team of Dave Kruger,
Neal Hammer, Carl Voyles and Bob Elliott combined
on a 190-under-par 109 to seize a seven-shot victory.
The team of Bill Gallagher, Dan Hayes and the Proxy
brothers were alone in second at 116, while Al Kaiser,
Wade Ladue and Jim Helgeson finished up at 119 for
The Key Royale women took the course March 5 for
a nine-hole, individual-low-gross match. Jean Holmes
and Helen Pollack took first place in Flight A with 8-over-
par 40. Sue Chrisiansen took first place in Flight B with
a 43, while Sue Wheeler's 46 and Markie Ksiazek's 49
earned them first place in Flights C and D respectively.
Pollack and Marcia Helgeson took low-net honors
in Flight A, each with 4-under-par 28. Tootie Wagner
and Jean Holmes were a shot back in second, while Judy
Christensen was alone in third with a 2-under-par 30.
Sue Christensen grabbed first place in Flight B with a
5-under-par 27, two shots ahead of second-place finisher
Joyce Brown. Margrit Layh carded a 2-under-par 30 to
finish in third place.
Sue Wheeler's 3-under-par 29 gave her first place in
Flight C by one stroke over Wila Barkley. Marty Clark
and Kathy Porter tied for third place at even par.
Ksiazek's 5-unde- par 27 was good for first place
in Flight D. Sharon Conlon was alone in second with a
3-under-par 29 and Judy Hanson, Margaret Schuler and
Marcia O'Brien tied for third, all at 1-under-par 31.
The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford or
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Vince Mercadante is on a winning streak, having
advanced to the fourth round of both the men's handi-
cap and the senior men's handicap match-play champi-
onships at Key Royale Club. Islander Photo: Courtesy
quota points match March 5. Jim Shepard, Ed Dailey,
John Holcomb, Mike Ross and Gary Risner all finished
in first place at plus 4. The team of Gary Alvord, Gary
Risner, Bill Eichhorn and Gerry Schwartzbaugh won the
team competition at plus 4.
The men played a nine-hole, best-balls-of-foursome
Perched on the beach
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some rays on the beach near 55th Street in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Valerie Wilson
match March 4. Dick Eichhorn and Bill Eichhorn, bol-
stered by the Proxy brothers, combined on a 12-under-par
20 to take first place.
The team of Pete Weir, Dave Kruger and Barry
Anderson were one shot back in second place, while John
Sagert, Bob Landgren, Art Hibbs and Al Kaiser were
alone in third at 9-under-par 23.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf
match March 3. Bob Elliott grabbed first place with a
1-under-par 63. Dale Hudson was alone in second place
with an even-par 64, while Carl Voyles and Vince Mer-
cadante tied for third place at 1-over-par 65.
Five teams advanced to the knockout round during
March 9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits. Tom Anderton and Kim Kleiner defeated
Bob Palmer and Leo Hutton 21-13 in the first match,
while Hank Huyghe and Dom Livedoti eased past Gene
Bobeldyk and Ron Pepka 21-11 in the second match. The
second round got started with Huyghe-Livedoti edging
Sam Samuels 21-19 to advance to the finals. In the finals,
Huyghe-Livedoti defeated Anderton-Kleiner 21-9.
Only two teams advanced from pool play with the
required 3-0 record during March 6 horseshoe action.
Huyghe andArt Kingstad defeated Bob Mason and Norm
Good 23-15 to earn bl.-ain- rights for the day.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Sat-
urdays at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin
at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Back at the dock
Zach Bornstein, Kurt
Stoher, Jordan Armel
and Alex Davis, all on
vacation from Rochelle
Institute of Technology,
SN.Y, caught red fish,
pompano and trout on a
S- .charter fishing trip with
Capt. Warren Girle.
Avid snow skier
and runner, Dave
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Pre-spawn sheepshead still the focus for winter fishers
By Capt. Danny Stasny
With recent cold fronts and strong winds, sheepshead
remain the steady focus. Numbers are increasing around
docks, piers and artificial reefs. These fish are schooling
up to spawn, and it's critical to find pre-spawn fish if you
plan on catching the 4-6 pounders. Once these fish have
spawned, you'll see a decline in the bite and size.
In spots where you're catching larger fish, expect to
catch fish in the 1- to 2-pound range after they spawn.
While fishing the piers where there is more pressure on
these fish, it may be wise to switch up baits. The sheep-
ies may bite on shrimp at first, and next turn their noses.
Try carrying some live fiddler crabs or sand fleas so you
have options. If you can get tubeworms for bait, your
stringer will look more impressive than most. Sheepies
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is target-
ing a number of species based on the weather conditions.
On cold, windy days, Gross is dock fishing for sheep-
shead. On warmer days, redfish and spotted seatrout on
the flats of Sarasota Bay are the target.
For the sheepies, Gross is anchoring close to docks
and casting live shrimp with a knocker rig, putting his
bait on the bottom. Sheepshead in the 1- to 2-pound range
are the norm. While fishing docks, expect to catch floun-
der, redfish and black drum.
On the flats, Gross is combining a MirrOlure Lil
John with a 1/4-ounce jighead to drift the flats in search
of trout. By drifting and j i .',in ii. Gross is catching trout
ranging 12-20 inches. While targeting trout with jigs,
Gross also is catching flounder, bluefish and some stray
By fishing sandy potholes adjacent to mangrove
islands, Gross is finding decent numbers of catch-and-
release snook. Live shiners are the bait of choice if
available. Average sizes of the snook are 22-26 inches,
although bigger females are in the mix.
Capt. Warren Girle is targeting schooling redfish in
Sarasota Bay using a variety of baits depending on the
mood of the reds. To start, Girle is fishing top-water plugs
like Sebile lures or Rapala Skitterwalks. These lures pro-
duce well in the early morning or during low-light condi-
tions. As the sun rises higher in the sky, Girle is switching
to soft plastics combined with a lead jig head. MirrOlure
Lil John's are preferred by Girle.
Finally, if the reds don't cooperate, Girle has a sure-
fire way to get them to bite. After catching a few ladyfish,
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold seminars in March at the squadron building,
1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, the squadron
will host instruction in chart-reading. The seminar
admission cost is $10.
The same fee is required for a GPS seminar that
will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
For more information, contact Gloria Potter or
Walter Haug at 941-795-0482.
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
nlm S3UCKy o rort wayne, ina., snows off me o-pouna
gag grouper he caught fishing with cousin Bob Locke
of Holmes Beach. Locke says they also caught porgies,
trigger fish and Key Westers in 50feet of water off New
Pass in Sarasota.
Girle cuts them in small chunks and baits his hook. Cast-
ing to the outskirts of the school, Girle gets the "reluctant
reds" to eat his offering. Upper-slot redfish were the norm
in the past week.
By j ii'm. the deeper flats of Sarasota, Girle is pick-
ing up an assortment of species pompano, permit,
bluefish, ladyfish and mackerel to name a few.
Finally, by ji','.in.' sandy potholes on shallow flats,
Girle is finding good numbers of spotted seatrout. Aver-
age size is 15-20 inches, although fish up to 24 inches
are being caught.
Grady Smith of Island Discount Tackle says
sheepshead anglers are arriving to buy bait in droves
in search of some tasty zebra-striped fish. Small stout
hooks and numerous varieties of terminal tackle used
for sheepies are flying off the store shelves. Most
sheepherders are purchasing live shrimp to try their
luck. Others are using live sand fleas harvested on the
INSHORE AND NEARSHORE FISHING
Tarpon Snook Redfish *Trout
Capt. Elliott Taylor USCG LICENSED AND INSURED
Andy Markevich of
Canada shows off
one of many red-
fish landed while
on an afternoon
charter with Capt.
SMark Howard of
was released to
fight another day,
beach with a sand flea rake.
On the flats, spotted seatrout and redfish are being
caught on artificial or live bait. For artificial, Smith sug-
gests a Berkley Gulp shrimp combined with a 1/4-ounce
jighead. For live bait, shrimp is the ticket for success.
Finally, Smith says he's hearing of some good catch-
and-release snook action when conditions are favorable.
Warm days and high tides are the recipe for finding this
sought-after game fish.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says, "The sheep-
ies are on the march."
Pier fishers are flocking to the R&R to get in on
the action. Preferred baits are live shrimp or fiddlers,
although sand fleas are working, too. Expect to catch
sheepies in the 1-2 pound range around the pier. There
are bigger ones down there, but it takes determination or
luck to get them to bite.
Black drum and flounder are being caught by pier
fishers targeting sheepies. Both the drum and the flounder
will readily take a live shrimp so be prepared for vari-
Finally, stray pompano are being caught at the pier.
They haven't arrived in good numbers, according to Mal-
fese, but he expects the bite to turn on in the next few
weeks. Most pompano being caught the past week were
barely the minimum size of 11 inches to the fork of the
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says every-
one is concentrating on sheepshead this week. Fiddler
crabs and sand fleas are producing a bite, along with
live shrimp, although pier fishers using tubeworms are
dominating the catch. Sheepies up to 2 pounds are being
caught daily with a few bigger females mixed in.
Flounder also are taking up residence under the pier.
Most are being caught on live shrimp or Berkley Gulp
shrimp worked under and around the edges of the pier.
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By Rick Catlin
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria, is offering Mote Marine Siberian sturgeon caviar,
hand-selected at the Mote fish farm in Sarasota.
The caviar, which may be purchased by the ounce, is
produced by the nonprofit Mote Marine Laboratory and
Aquarium, where the sturgeon are raised.
For more information call 941-778-0444.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold a sunrise breakfast 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesday,
March 13, at St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 315 41st
St. W., Bradenton.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and members are encour-
aged to bring a guest. Reservations are requested.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
New to the chamber
New members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Anna Maria Island Shuttle Service, Capt. Jeff Ste-
Sarasota/Manatee Airport Authority, Rick Piccolo,
Manatee County Audubon Society, H. James Ste-
Jan & Mark Bownman, Keller Williams on the
Hidden Lakes Living, Kerri Leach, 941-254-
TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Kathy and Aaron
Wagner Realty, with offices at 2217 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, and 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, has named Rae Ellen Hayo as the top listing
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
A sale address was incorrectly listed in the March 6
edition of The Islander. The sale at 537 68th St. should
have been for 537 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,261 sfla
/ 2,744 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in
1972 on a 100x114 lot was sold 02/12/13, Tucker to
Curry Family Partnership I LLP for $595,000.
2000 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 2,146 sfla
2,457 sfur Gulffront multi unit property built in 1945
on a .5011 acre lot was sold 02/21/13, BBC Bungalow
LLC to Luper Enterprises Inc. for $2,250,000.
520 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,296 sfla / 1,894
sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1965 on
a 85x103 lot was sold 02/19/13, Sardegna to Peabody
7100 Gulf Drive, Unit 105, Nautilus Apartments,
Holmes Beach, a 1,081 sfla / 1,185 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1973 was sold 02/15/13,
Groark to Andrix for $350,000; list $369,500.
5617 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,076 sfla
1,362 sfur 2bed/lbath/lcar home built in 1960 on a
58x105 lot was sold 02/20/13, Richardson to Rea for
agent for February at the island office, while Dia Wilson
and Mary Moore shared the honor at the Longboat Key
Mark Reemelin took the top sales agent award at the
Anna Maria Island office, with Marta Altizer garnering
the honor at the Longboat Key office.
Mike Norman Realty, 3101 Gulf Drive N., Holmes
Beach, has named Jed Wilkenson the top listing agent for
The top selling agent honor went to Kathy Cas-
For more information, call 941-778-6696.
Longboat Key chamber
moves to new location
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce moved to
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ISLAND FACES...SELLING ISLAND PLACES
$330,000; list $335,000.
1000 Gulf Drive N., Unit 3, Beach House Resort,
Bradenton Beach, a 480 sfla 1bed/lbath condo with
shared pool built in 1983 was sold 02/21/13, Frady to
Barry for $300,000; list $333,000.
201 35th St., Unit 2, Anna Maria Beach Place,
Holmes Beach, a 630 sfla Ibed/lbath condo with
shared pool built in 1969 was sold 02/20/13, Leonard
to Kreps for $300,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 250, Runaway Bay, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold
02/14/13, Bard to Ruis for $270,000; list $289,000.
611 Gulf Drive N., Unit 12, Imperial House, Bra-
denton Beach, a 794 sfla 2bed/lbath 55+ condo with
shared pool built in 1968 was sold 02/21/13, Kinneer
to Sutton for $160,000.
2312 Avenue C, Unit 9, King of Hardts, Bradenton
Beach, a 651 sfla Ibed/lbath condo with pool built
in 1979 was sold 02/20/13, Vosburgh to Wilson for
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
a new location March 9-10, and opened its doors March
11 at 595 Bay Isles Road, Suite F, Longboat Key.
A press release from the chamber said members vol-
unteered time and equipment to assist with the move,
including Pat Martin and son Casey of Pampered Movers,
Joe Landolfi of Manson Roofing, Yvonne Schloss of Sun-
glass Express and Jimmy Seaton of Longboat Limosine
and Liquid Limousine Charters.
Chamber administrative officer Dawn Mims said the
telephone number will remain the same.
The new location is near the Publix Super Market on
Longboat Key, she said.
For more information, call 941-383-2466.
Got business news from Anna Maria Island, Long-
boat Key, Cortez, or west Bradenton? How about new
owners, a new business or an award? Call Island Biz at
941-778-7978 or e-mail email@example.com.
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GARAGE DOOR OPENER: Complete brackets,
etc. Craftsman, as new, $75. 941-778-3920.
OG CLOCK: MANUFACTURED by Clarke Gilbert
circa 1800s, needs work, $75. Bradenton. 941-
GE DRYER, OLIVE green, old but clean, runs
great $50. Anna Maria, 804-928-8245.
GARTH BROOKS LIMITED series. 6-CD set,
booklet with songs, excellent condition. $50.
COMPUTER: DELL DUAL 1.5GHz, refurbished,
COLEMAN "ROAD TRIP" collapsible grill, like
new. Travel bag included, $100. Holmes Beach.
ONE BAG BOY, one Ajay Sports, $8 each. Anna
Maria Island, 810-599-2303.
BAMBOO ROLL-UP screens: two at 10 feet, $9
each. One at 8 feet, $8, or $22 for all three. 941 -
778-7975, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Holmes Beach pickup
POOL WORM CLEANER: Barracuda 63, $80,
Holly Hansen foul-weather suit, ladies medium,
FILE CABINET: FOUR-drawer, $25, recliner, like
new, $100, typewriter table, wheels, drop leaf,
RECLINER/ROCKER, VELOUR, aqua, $85, rattan
end table, glass top, $25. 941-778-1264.
MATCHING MEDICINE CABINET, bath sink, 30.5
by 20 inches, bleached oak with faucet, $50.
BURL-WOOD ROCKER, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR SALE: Various office supplies. Antique wood
office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some
framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-
9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
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 HOUSESITTING/CARETAKING posi-
tion. Will relocate to anywhere on the Florida Gulf
coast. References available. 210-633-6206. the-
GUITAR OR PIANO lessons! Buy one, get one
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THE TREASURE CHEST Consignments is now
open! 813-475-8809- Consignors needed. 12518
44th Ave. W., Bradenton, 34215.
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 repairable fishing poles
and reels, nets, tackle, buckets for kids. 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.
Saturday Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-
noon Saturday. Donation drop-offs on Wednes-
days only, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Yard sale 8 a.m.-
noon Saturday, March 16. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
PALMA SOLA PRESBYTARIAN church garage
sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Furniture,
housewares, books, linens, appliances, toys and
more! Church mission projects. 6510 Third Ave.,
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16. Antiques, collectibles, books and more. 6250
Holmes Blvd., #51, Holmes Beach.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 15.
Tools, frames, furniture, glassware, fishing gear,
miscellaneous. No early birds or numbers. 208
Archer Way, Anna Maria.
LOST: DIAMOND WEDDING ring. Lost in Holmes
Beach. Reward! Please, call 203-887-4661.
LOST CAMERA: BROADWAY Beach, Longboat
Key. Nikon CoolPix. 217-343-1137.
LOST: WOMAN'S GOLD bracelet: Hurricane
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Hammock Road, Anna Maria. 416-509-7827.
LOST: MAUI JIM prescription sunglasses. Glasses
are brown frames with brownish lenses. Reward!
Please, call 406.570.2855.
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.
FOR SALE: 2002 Grand Cherokee 4x4 Jeep, spe-
cial edition, red with gray leather. 79,000 miles,
excellent condition, runs great. Call 941-778-
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.
DOCK FOR LEASE: 7,000-lb. lift. $250/month.
85th Street, Holmes Beach. Don, 941-778-
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 Mer-
cury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery.
Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
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.
DELI CLERK WANTED: Part-time, 20-25 hours a
week. Must be flexible and have good interper-
sonal skills. Apply at Jessie's Island Store, 5424
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
KITCHEN AND BUS help wanted: Apply in
person, Anna Maria City Pier. 100 South Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria. No phone calls, please.
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.
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: LIGHT duties around
home, appointments, hygiene care, experience
in all phases. References. Call between 8 a.m.- 5
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-
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.
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.
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
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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
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commer-
cial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn
services, also. 941-565-3935.
CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and
resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-
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. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year
Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in
old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free
estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-
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
wood flooring. Insured and licensed, 941-748-
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
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.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable,
timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
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-
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-
OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811
Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 1,300 sf and
500 sf. next to Jose's Real Cuban Food, 8799
Cortez Road, Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206.
3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-
June. 407-927-1304. email@example.com.
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-
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE FOR rent: Storefront.
Bradenton Beach. 2501 Gulf Drive #102, Bra-
denton Beach. 420 sf. $1,175/month. Call 631-
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn-:, 1 .i ,,i i Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
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WANTED: 2BR/2BA CONDO: Holmes Beach,
February/March 2014. Annual/semi-retired visi-
tors. Monthly rate, $4,200-$4,800. Rich, 616-
BRADENTON BEACH: ANNUAL rental, 1BR,
granite kitchen, hardwood, great location, bay in
back, Gulf in front, no smoking, no pets, $1,000/
ANNUAL RENTAL FLAMINGO Cay: 3 bed-
room, 2 bath private canalfront home furnished/
unfurnished, garage, pool, hot tub, dock, boat
lift. Stainless-steel appliances, quiet neighbor-
hood. Pet considered. Asking $2,000/mo plus
utilities. Gulf-Bay Realty 941-778-7244.
2BR/2BA CONDO: TURNKEY, remodeled, fur-
nished on canal. New dock. Annual/Monthly.
WATERFRONT VACATION RENTAL available:
3BR/2.5BA home at end of canal. Amazing view
of Bimini Bay. Beautiful, fully furnished home,
enclosed pool, large covered porch, two-car
garage. Available April, July-December 2013
and May-December 2014. $4,750/month. 863-
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COMPLETELY REMODELED 3BR/2BA and
2BR/1BA. weeks or months available, 200 feet
to beach. 114 and 116 Oak Ave., Anna Maria.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA with bonus room.
No dogs, no smoking. $1,200/month plus utili-
ties. Garbage included. Available April 1. Call
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA ground-floor condo,
$1,100/month. Sato Real Estate Inc. Email rent-
email@example.com or 941-778-7200.
HOUSEMATE WANTED TO share Bradenton
Beach home. Private bedroom/bath. Quiet, neat,
love of gardening a plus. Deposit, references
required. Call for details, 941-896-6063.
LAKE HOME: 2BR/2BA, garage, laundry, porch.
Located 8416 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-779-
9074 or 703-587-4675.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS resort: AMI/Braden-
ton Beach. 2BR/1BA, furnished, carport, bay
view. No smoking! $695/month, first, last and
security deposit. Annual minimum, six months
plus day. Available March 31. 941-545-8923.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2 BR/2BA duplex. One block
from beach. Background and credit check. No
pets. $1,000/month. First, last and security. Avail-
able now. 813-672-1481.
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
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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.
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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-
TRAILER FOR SALE: Move-in condition, 1BR,
Bridge Street. Reduced, $39,000. Boat dock,
$60/year on Intracoastal, furnished, land lease,
2BR/1 BA ISLAND HOME! Owner financing. 503
Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. $295,000. Call
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.
AFFORDABLE LONGBOAT KEY mobile homes:
2BR/2BA, $85,000 and up. Furnished. Sharon
Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-
ALL REAL ESTATE ADVERTISING herein is
subject to the Fair Housing Act, which makes
it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation
or discrimination based on race, color, religion,
sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or
intention to make any such preference, limitation
or discrimination Familial status includes children
under age of 18 living with parents or legal cus-
todians, pregnant women and people securing
custody of children under 18. This newspaper
will not knowingly accept any advertising for real
estate which is in violation of the law. Our read-
ers are hereby informed that all dwellings adver-
tised in this newspaper are available on an equal
opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination
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Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
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BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
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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 your flip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.
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. 941.778.6849, toll free 800.778.9599
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It's the right time to own
aTaylor Morrison Condo
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3.25% Interest Rate I $838.03 Per Month
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Tour serves Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
20th annual Tour of Homes celebrates Island
living, but its real purpose is for island giving.
The Saturday, March 16, event will highlight
five Island homes to visitors from across the state
who are intrigued by island living, decor and
home features. The event includes browsing bou-
tique wares at one of the homes, and the chance
to win the "At Home in Paradise" quilt, made by
the Eyeland Needlers, whose work over the years
has contributed more than $40,000.
The tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and costs $20.
This year's tour features some of the best
views of surrounding waterways, custom features,
artwork, antiques, and the individual tastes and
style that celebrate life on Anna Maria Island.
Tour stops include:
Dave and Kerri Welch's home, 533 69th St.,
Walter and Jarlath Warren's home, 531 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
Lee and Linda Butts' home, 625 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Bill and Sue Bokos' home, 682 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Graham and Hazel Hanson's home, 107 Elm
Ave., Anna Maria.
Proceeds from the tour, quilt raffle sales
and boutique sales raise funds for the nonprofit
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The
Center offers youth and adult services, includ-
ing education, sports programs and family
services, to more than 5,000 local people. The
tour also supports scholarships for center pro-
This year's tour committee includes Susan
Anderson, Kay Beverly, Cathy Daily, Susie
Gress, Marge Ignatius, Barbara Krueger, Sherry
Oehler, Joan Pettigrew, Diane Phinney, Sandee
Pruett, Betty Ramsey, Penny Reinholz, Jana
Samuels and Dave Welch.
For more information about the tour or the
center, call 941-778-1908 or visit www.island-
Tips for the tour
If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella the Anna
Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes is a
Some other tips for the tour, which takes place
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, include:
The tour booklet, which can be picked up in
advance at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, and other venues, serves as the tour ticket.
Don't leave home without it or misplace it along
the way in one of the tour homes.
Admission is $20.
Bring a pen or pencil to take notes, but leave
the camera behind and the phone "off." Photography
inside the homes is a no-no.
Wear flat shoes. High heels are not allowed in
the homes. Comfortable walking shoes will serve best
for this event. Tourgoers will be provided disposable
booties required footwear at the door of each
Tourgoers can start at any of the five homes,
but may save time and effort by following an order
- north to south, south to north.
Ditch the car for the tour. Shuttle buses will
transport tourgoers from home to home, as well as
from the parking lot at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Island trolley also is fare-free, although it
does not directly service the homes. Parking for trol-
ley rides is offered at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce. A bicycle will suffice, but the tour
shuttle is the best bet.
OUR MOBILE SHOWROOM
* HOMES TO YOU!
* PLANTATION SHUTTERS HinteI lO a
* BLINDS window fashions
* SILHOUETTES & LUMINETTES
* DUETTES VISA
Tourgoers are required to slip into disposable booties before entering
the homes on the Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour ofHomes.
This year's event is Saturday, March 16, and features five homes.
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Boutique offers Island flavors, furnishings
The Island Tropical Treasures Boutique dates
back 20 years to the first Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Tour of Homes.
The boutique is included in the tour at one of the
homes this year the home of Walter and Jarlath
Warren, 531 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
Offerings include crafts, artwork, hand-painted
furniture and baked goods and refreshments.
This year's boutique sponsor is Duncan Real
The much sought-after tour quilt, a popular fund-
raiser raffle prize, will be displayed at the boutique
quilt to be raffled
Buy a ticket for a chance to win "At Home in
Paradise," the signature quilt created by the Eyeland
Needlers for the Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
The quilt, depicting "snapshots" of Island life and
lifestyles was named via a contest by Janet Clark. She
received 50 chances to win the raffle dilu inll which
will take place just before the tour ends.
The Eyeland Needlers include Judy Benjamin,
Jane Coleman, Mary Jo Gaspari, Debbie Magnin,
Joan Pettigrew, Marcia Powers and Penny Rein-
To create the quilt, the group received support
from Green Real Estate in Anna Maria, which under-
wrote costs, and Patches Galore in Palmetto, which
provided discounted supplies.
Raffle ticket chances are $1 per ticket or $5 for
The drawing will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday,
March 16, near the close of the tour at the home of
Walter and Jarlath Warren, 531 Key Royale Drive,
and the drawing will be held late in the day.
The winner will be immediately notified by
phone, and can pick up the quilt the same day.
At Home in Paradise
The Eyeland Needlers created a quilt, aptly named
for the occasion "At Home in Paradise, to pro-
mote the 20th annual Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center Tour of Homes. The quilt will be the top
prize at a drawing March 16 near the closing time
for the tour of homes. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Tickets for the 20th annual Anna Maria
Island Community Center Tour of Homes, which
costs $20 per person, can be purchased at any of
the five tour homes March 16.
The ticket is a guide book to the homes and
the tour of each home can be accomplished in
any random order.
Tickets also can be purchased in advance at
the center or the following business locations.
In Anna Maria at Ginny's and Jane E's at
the Old IGA and Beach Bums.
In Holmes Beach at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, The Islander newspaper,
LaPensee Plumbing and Island Fitness.
For more information, call the center at 941-
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The home of Dave and Kerri Welch
While viewing this single-story residence, you get the feeling that a true
craftsperson found a great project. The owner's talent as a watercolorist is evident
in the vibrant colors used throughout the home, balanced by white trim, cool tile
flooring, plantation shutters and pickled wainscoting.
The open kitchen features Caesar stone countertops, as do the dining and
fireplace seating, with a broad view out to a stunning pool, including three water-
falls and a Jacuzzi. Furnished with colorful Adirondack chairs, the shallow-water
entrance raises the "toes-in-the water" experience to a new level.
The landscaping is designed for color and ease of maintenance with hardscape
paving flowing through islands of multi-hued plants. With screening all the way
to the dock, the area provides a feeling of security and privacy.
Photo by Jack Elka
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The home of Walter and Jarlath Warre
This home adheres to a popular trend for remodeling older homes on Anna Maria
Island: Raise the roof!
With plenty of curb appeal, this gabled stucco over concrete block home wel-
comes visitors with a wide circle drive.
Inside, 10-14 foot ceilings rise over the open split-floor plan. The master suite
includes a glamorous marble and granite spa. All primary spaces have open views
to the pool and patio, and a broad vista of canal leading directly to Tampa Bay. The
pool is equipped with a waterslide that cascades around the top of a lighted grotto
and down into the cool waters.
Photos by Jack Elka
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The home of Lee and Linda Butts
With a team of designers, the owners worked on keeping this house in tune
with the island character. The craftsman painted roof and columns are whimsi-
cally carved with a fish motif that announces your arrival at "Fish 'n' Ships."
Passing through the comfortable entry, the eye is immediately drawn to the
pool and patio and beyond to the Intracoastal Waterway, with a visual range from
the Anna Maria Island Bridge at Manatee Avenue to the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Painted brackets on this side of the home feature carved ships setting sail.
To increase the interior, both in footprint and volume, the original ceiling
was raised to form a vaulted ceiling with coffered beams. The former lanai is
now part of the interior, resulting in a spacious living area that encompasses the
kitchen, dining and seating areas, along with a bar that also serves the outside
patio, to form the heart of the home.
Arched openings lead to the master suite and two guest suites, each with its
own bath and pool access.
Look for "before" photos for a comparison as you tour this home.
Photos by Jack Elka
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The home of Bill and Sue Bokos
S-Renovated in 2012, the owners and their builder
6 8 2 h worked on creating a more contemporary, open plan
than previously existed in this home, while maintain-
Key Royale ing a more traditional island feel. Schemes to enclose
_. -exterior patios and enlarge living spaces, such as
Drive Holm es i here, have become a primary way of modernizing
D ive, Holm es .and updating houses built in the 1970s.
As you approach this home, you'll see shell land-
Bea ch escaping surrounding small islands of tropical foliage.
-I n the interior living space, Oriental rugs glow from
the Acacia wood floors and define the open dining
and seating area. This sense of personal scale extends
to the pool and patio that front the bayou.
In the Bokos house, the new resides peacefully
r I ~with the old. A neutral color scheme of tan and white
Sbalances with the dominant wood tones like cream
in coffee. The effect is very homey and comfortably
B-.-:' ~ lived in.
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