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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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spring break. Page 6






Spring break brings
bumper-to-bumper
traffic. Page 2


HB welcomes hens
and coops. Page 3






Homes toured, quilt
raffled to benefit
center. Page 7

Bradenton Beach to
seek BPfundingfor
projects. Page 8

HB committee to
pursue small-dog
park. Page 9

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happengs
Community events,
announcements.
Pages 10-11



What to do, where to
go. Page 12

SS treethife
Island police blotter.
Page 20-21

Island welcomes new
children's librarian.
Page 22


S h@ol
AME news. Page 23

Sports: End of corn-
hole season. Page 24

Fishing: Spring break
from windy weather.
Page 25

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Page 26


Spring break whopper sandcastle
A German tourist walks in the "moat" surrounding
a sandcastlefound March 16 on the shore near 75th
Street in Holmes Beach. He spoke no English, but none-
theless indicated he found the work impressive. More
pics, page 5. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Spring break crowds AM City Pier
At the Anna Maria City Pier, spring break doesn't necessarily signal hoards of col-
lege kids, but fishers and diners multiply in numbers and the boards get plenty of use,
even on a cold day such as this, March 12. Pier manager David Sork reports he's
pleased with tourist season, and he says fishers are catching sheepshead, small man-
grove snapper, flounder and afew stray mackerel. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


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Spring breakers take to the beach
Beachgoers at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach soak up the sun despite
the chilly wind. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Sandbar Restaurant guests enjoy the sun, libations
and the warmth of outdoor heaters on the beachfront.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Spring break by the day on Anna Maria Island


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Spring has sprung on Anna Maria Island
as evidenced by the crowds gathering on the
beach to enjoy the best the island has to offer
of sun and sea.
Manatee County public schools and many
Florida universities were on spring break
March 11-15.
A look at Anna Maria Island spring break,
day by day, March 11-15.

Monday, March 11
A sunny day with the temperature topping
72-plus degrees brought droves of beachgoers
to the Manatee Public Beach and the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Many of the young people on
the beach said they lived in either Manatee or
Hillsborough counties.

Tuesday, March 12
Mother Nature didn't cooperate for spring
breakers or island businesses. A high of 59
and a cold wind from the north kept away all


but the hardiest of beachgoers. Some headed to
the Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant, while the
Manatee Public Beach was nearly deserted.

Wednesday, March 13
Temperatures on Anna Maria Island were
in the high 60s to low 70s warm enough to
bring spring breakers and visitors to the Manatee
Public Beach. A cold wind from the northeast
kept many people off the bay beaches in Anna
Maria, while the Gulf of Mexico shoreline was
better protected from the chilly breeze. On days
like this, beachgoers hug the sea oats to stay out
of the wind.

Thursday, March 14
Despite temperatures in the mid-to-upper
60s and a northeast wind that brought the wind
chill temp to the mid-50s, beachgoers still
headed to Manatee Public Beach and the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe. The cold wind hit
harder on the north end of the island.
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria, saw outdoor dining diminish,
although some customers braved the chilly


winds. Some hardy folks took advantage of the
sunny skies to lounge nearby the restaurant or
take in the sun at the outdoor bar.
Even with the wind, quite a few visitors
took the walk to the end of the Anna Maria City
Pier Restaurant, 100 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria,
although the beaches on both sides of the pier
were vacant.

Friday, March 15
An east wind kept the wind-chill factor on
the Tampa Bay side of the island in the mid-
50s, but at Manatee Public Beach and the AMI
Beach Cafe, people found pleasant conditions
and temps in the mid-60s. There was plenty
of volleyball played on the beach on the final
weekday of spring break. Many beachgoers said
they were from Tampa.

Weekend, March 16-17
The weather cooperated on the weekend
and the beaches were filled to capacity as far as
one could see. Warm sun, almost no breeze, and
temps in the high 70s showed off Anna Maria
Island in all its sun-loving glory.


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2 0 MARCH 20, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Island traffic meets spring break, road work, tall boats


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With traffic already heavy on Anna Maria Island for
tourist season, spring break the week of March 10-16
brought more vehicles to the island, especially with fairly
decent weather, said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
Special.
Additionally, Manatee County is creating a nature
preserve along Manatee Avenue near Perico Bay. Trucks
are being loaded with fill from the project and a fl.i,','inii'
operation is in place to halt traffic in both directions while
the trucks exit the project, he noted.
A Bradenton police cruiser with lights flashing sits on
the south side of Manatee Avenue at the project entrance
and motorists always slow when they see a police cruiser
flashing its lights.
"They don't want people speeding through this area,
so when drivers see a police car flashing, they slow down
and 'rubber neck' to see what's up. What's up is nothing
but a police cruiser with flashing lights," Speciale said.
"But it works."
It just makes getting on and off Anna Maria Island
via Manatee Avenue that much slower during spring
break, the chief said.

Artful dedication
Karen LaPensee, left, president??? of
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce board of directors, repre-
sents the chamber at the dedication of
the John Allinson mural at 415 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, where she and Mike
Thrasher, co-owner with wife Lizzie,
unveil a plaque that describes the
scenes and characters depicted. The
mural is dedicated to all islanders. The
Thrashers commissioned the work from
Allinson, who recently earned a visa
reserved for people who contribute to
the arts. Inset: John Allinson. Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy --


A traffic problem in Bradenton Beach is launched
each time the Cortez drawbridge goes up to allow boat


Crisscrossing
buses, trolleys and

gridlock at the
Cortez Road-Gulf
Drive intersection
in Bradenton Beach,
where the "Wel-
come to Bradenton
Beach" sign is
barely visible and
the Cortez Bridge
draw is raised more
often for tall vessels
Sin the winter season,
according to Bra-
denton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

traffic to pass.
"With the spring break crowd, people coming from
Longboat Key and motorists going south to Cortez Road,
raising the Cortez draw create incredible traffic backups.
Remember, the only way off Longboat Key is by bridge,
either going north or south. I've said it before, but every-
one driving on the island needs to remain calm and we'll
get through this fine," Speciale said.
Spring break for area public schools ended March
15 and most Florida public universities had spring break
the same week.
With Easter on March 31 this year, Speciale said
he expected some people would return north after that
holiday.
"After the Easter holiday is traditionally a time when
some people start heading back north. If Easter were in
late April, many would stay through the month before
leaving. With Easter coming early, I think traffic on the
island will start to clear out this year after March," the
chief said.


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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 20, 2013 3 3

Holmes Beach clucks it up, hens OK'd


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Got chickens?
If not, Holmes Beach residents can have them now.
Commissioners approved March 12 the final reading
amending the city's ordinance that prohibits farm animals
in residential zones. The change allows up to four chick-
ens per household.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen opened the floor to
public comment, but there no objections to the amend-
ment were heard.
There was, however, one objection from the dais.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino moved to approve
the second reading with Commissioner Marvin Gross-
man seconding the motion. Peelen and Commissioner
Judy Titsworth voted for the amendment, while Com-
missioner Pat Morton had doubts and showed them by
making a protest demonstration.
Morton pulled out a stuffed rooster from under his
seat, complete with a crowing soundtrack. The unusual
protest drew plenty of laughs, but didn't convince his


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to make a
weekly news
delivery to
owner Stepha-
nie Schenk
in Holmes
Beach. Asked
does he read
the paper,
too? Schenk
says, "of course." Islander Photo: Courtesy Stephanie
Schenk


fellow commissioners to change their minds or their
vote.
Morton voted against the amendment, saying, "I
think we are opening up a can of worms here."
The motion passed by a 4-1 vote, but there are
some restrictions to raising chickens in Holmes Beach.
Although Morton displayed a stuffed rooster at the dais,
roosters are not allowed.
The ordinance prohibits the slaughtering of chickens
and selling chicken products, including eggs. Chickens
may not be kept within 10 feet of an adjacent property
line and must be at least 25 feet away from a neighboring
home.
Homeowners wishing to raise chickens are respon-
sible for odors and must ensure the animals are well cared
for and both the animal and its feed are free of pests.
In other matters, commissioners unanimously
approved the reappointment of Dan Hardy and Sean
Murphy to the police pension board.
Acting Holmes Beach Police Chief Dale Stephen-
son has served on the board for 25 years, but is step-
ping down in April. Stephenson said he commends


Holmes Beach
Commissioner
Judy Titsworth,
Commission Chair
Jean Peelen, and
Commissioners
Marvin Grossman
and David Zaccag-
nino share a laugh
with Commissioner
Pat Morton over
his play to foul up
the city's proposal
to allow chickens
in residential areas
of the city. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

those who sought to be appointed to the board, but
said the pension process is complicated and now was
not the time to lose the experience Hardy and Murphy
provide.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, commission liai-
son to the pension board, praised the board's work and
the pension plan.
"Our police pension comes out smelling like a rose
despite the worst recession since the Great Depression,"
he said. "Other cities have had to go into savings and put
millions into pensions because those pension boards have
not done a good job.
"Our pension program is 100 percent funded and it
will remain that way with those two remaining on the
board and David remaining as liaison," said Stephenson.
"It's very important to keep that plan solvent and moving
forward."
Peelen said Holmes Beach is rich in qualified volun-
teers, praising current board members and others seeking
to serve the city. Zaccagnino moved to reappoint Murphy
and Hardy to the pension board, which was seconded by
Morton. The motion passed 5-0.


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4 E MARCH 20, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach code enforcement acts on noise complaints


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
To address the problem of noisy tourists who may be
in Holmes Beach today but gone in a week notices
will be going out to property owners and rental agencies,
and, for repeat offenses, there may be hearings before the
code board.
Owners and rental agents will soon receive a letter
from Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David
Forbes about noise disturbance calls made to the Holmes
Beach Police Department something one of the largest
rental agents in the city said he's heard nothing about.
While Forbes sees both sides of the issue, he's now
working on a policy with "a lot more teeth" one
which will result in a trip to the code board for owners
after two or three notices of violation within a six-month
period.
To improve efforts to address noise and other code
problems, Mayor Carmel Monti recently announced that
code enforcement would shift from the his office to the
police chief's supervision.
Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson said March 4
the initial steps are being taken by his department.
Regardless of whether a formal warning or violation
is issued, Stephenson said Forbes will soon send letters
to owners and rental agents for any property generating
a noise disturbance.
Last June, Forbes sent warning letters to several
owners and rental agencies about noise issues.
In July, Forbes went door to door to rental agencies,
handing out notices on noise, garbage, parking and turtle/
beach regulations.
Residents like Bob and Suzanne Supply of 66th
Street say many weekly renters on their street are incon-
siderate, allowing children to play and scream outdoors
in the pool and on the pool slide.
Joe Varner owns both duplex units at 307 66th St.
The property received three complaints since Dec. 23,
2012 on Forbes' code enforcement list, and it appears
17 times in a 13-month, December 2011-February 2013,
call log maintained by the HBPD.
"This is the first I've heard about it," said Varner,
Anna Maria Vacations owner and owner of resort rent-
als.
Varner said he talked with Forbes last summer about


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners recently opened
discussion on what to do with the city's 2002 vision
plan.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen said at a March 14
workshop meeting that commissioners
were not aware of the plan's existence
until after the 2012 election. She said
the reason was likely that the plan had
never officially been implemented.
"We were all impressed when we
Peelen discovered it," she said. "The ques-
i tion is, it's 11 years later and it never
became an official anything in Holmes
Beach."
I Peelen suggested creating a new
7 'j vision plan from scratch but, "Our
.;,' thought was maybe we could short-
Grossman circuit that process and start with the
plan that exists, and perhaps hold a
community meeting to get public input."
But Commissioner Marvin Grossman said the
vision plan already exists in the comprehensive plan,
as far as the city's goal to remain an old Florida com-
munity.
"The community values statement and vision plan
is reflected in our comp plan," he said. "The first few
pages of the comp plan talk about what we thought
about our community and what the people want. The
values and vision statements seem to go along with
it."
Peelen suggested incorporating the vision plan
directly into the comp plan, but Grossman indicated it
would amount to unnecessary duplication.
City attorney Patricia Petruff reminded commis-
sioners the Florida Legislature passed a 2011 law relax-
ing what cities are required to address in comp plans.
"There is very little we have to do now," she said.
"There are a lot of sections no longer required by the


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any noise issues, but the city has never contacted him
with a "legitimate problem" at any of his 100 proper-
ties.
A legitimate problem would be a noisy party, not two
women talking on a porch, he said.
Stephenson agrees. Children playing during the day
is not a violation of any ordinance. He says many callers
complain, and police respond, but seldom find a problem
or a violation.
But the Supplys also are concerned about their neigh-
borhood dynamics, where residents are being replaced by
vacationers.
Varner says the duplex has been a lightning rod for
unfounded complaints that neighbors objected to it
being built, and it's likely the only rental with such a call
record.
The 66th Street duplex was reported for after-hours
construction work and the builder was issued a violation
for improper demolition.
"They're furious about it," Vamer said. "But the house
is not going away. The renters are not going away."
Among calls HBPD responded to at Varner's address,
descriptions of the outcome are reported as "no viola-
tion," "compliance" and, in one instance, "TV left on
outside."


state."
Petruff suggested city planner Bill Brisson begin a
review of the comp plan to ensure the city is incorpo-
rating the vision plan, while removing other items no
longer required by the state.
"I think it's appropriate for Mr. Brisson to come
back at a work session and %ilk Ih ni'ugh the comp plan
chapter by chapter and let you know what is no longer
required," she said.
Commissioners provided consensus to the idea, and
agreed to include the vision plan in the comp plan at
some point.
To what measure, was still up for discussion.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said commission-
ers should review the vision plan, the comp plan and
the land-development code to see if all three express
the same message.
"I don't want to overdo it and put ourselves in a
corer," he said.
Grossman said the entire vision plan is repetitive to
what's already in the comp plan. He suggested using the
first two pages of the vision plan as the opening pages
of the comp plan.
"The average person could read the first pages of
the vision statement and get an idea without having to
go through the whole thing," he said.
Mayor Carmel Monti said the 2002 vision plan rep-
resents the principles that he, Commissioner Judy Tits-
worth and Grossman ran on during the 2012 election.
"This plan is a decade old and I think we have the
problems we have now because this plan was never
executed," he said. "I think this would echo what people
still feel without going through the long process of start-
ing over. It's more important to implement and fine tune
it than to reinvent the wheel."
Commissioners gave a consensus to Grossman's
proposal to incorporate the vision plan and community
values statement into the comp plan.
Commissioners also discussed inviting public input
before proceeding further.


Bob and Suzanne
Supply complain
about noisy tenants
recurring at a vaca-
tion home on 66th
Street in Holmes
Beach. The Supplys
and other neigh-
bors have reported
noise problems at
neighboring rental
properties 17 times
in the 13 months
from December 2011
to February 2013.
Islander Photo:
Kathy Prucnell


Commission Chair Jean Peelen pointed to the HBPD
register of complaint calls at a Feb. 7 commission meet-
ing, noting that despite numerous calls, only one citation
was issued.
But both Stephenson and Forbes say the city is
emphasizing compliance and seldom do the complaints
amount to a violation of any kind.
Most often, Stephenson said, the renters tell police
they are unaware of the city's 10 p.m. noise curfew.
Peelen said because different groups stay at rental
properties every week, ticketing the offender would not
solve the problem.
She said she didn't want to beat up on tourists, but
"I do want responsible property owners."
The solution lies with the rental managers informing
their tenants, Stephenson said.
Commissioners agreed that the city policy should be
for owners to receive noise violations.
Commissioner Judy Titsworth said that if the owner
is held responsible for noisy tenants, management will
fall in line.


Meetings

Anna Maria City
March 21, 6 p.m., city commission workshop.
March 28, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
March 20, 1 p.m., CRA.
March 20, 1:30 p.m., capital improvements com-
mittee.
March 21, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
March 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
March 21, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
March 26, 7 p.m., city commission.
March 28, 7 p.m. city commission work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
March 21, 1:30 p.m., county commission work ses-
sion.
March 26, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

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

Of Interest
March 20, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall.
March 25, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropoli-
tan Planning Organization Board, University of South-
Florida, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sara-
sota.
March 29 is Good Friday. Government offices are
closed.
Send notices to news@islander.org.


HB commission discusses vision plan





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 20, 2013 5 5

HB mayor 'hires' outside contractor, fires one staff member


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Some members of the public whispered that the city
of Holmes Beach violated its city charter by hiring a city
manager, which is contradictory to the charter mandate.
Island papers reported Mary Buonagura previ-
ously a volunteer, said to be assessing employees and
writing job descriptions for workers at city hall was
hired to fill a newly created city position as a human
resource specialist.
Holmes Beach Commission Chairperson Jean Peelen
said the assessment was somewhat erroneous at the city's
March 12 meeting.
"What we have done is contract with someone from
the outside for certain services," said Peelen. "She is not
a city employee and will not receive city benefits."
Mayor Carmel Monti hired Buonagura in early
March and sought the commission's blessing March 7.
He presented her contract to the commission March 12.
"We didn't have a contract when we discussed this
before," he said. "Now we have one and I'm looking for
the commission to sign off on this, so we can put her in
place."
Commissioner Judy Titsworth moved to execute the


contract. Commissioner Marvin Grossman seconded the
motion, which passed 5-0.
The contract refers to Buonagura as a "contractor"
with duties, effective immediately, to review and update
city employee job descriptions; update policy and pro-
cedure manuals; conduct work-flow studies; create tools
to enhance communication between employees; and
develop professional ethical standards.
Other duties include the development of organiza-
tional charts, establish a grievance procedure for city
employees and "perform all other duties as assigned by
the mayor," according to the contract.
Buonagura reports directly to the mayor and has an
office at city hall. Her six-month contract will expire
Aug. 31, with the city reserving the right to terminate
with cause. Her salary is $2,500 a month but she will not
receive city benefits.
Monti praised Buonagura's volunteer work for the
city over the past few months, assisting him by interview-
ing city staff to improve efficiency.
After the meeting, Monti acknowledged the position
was not in the city's 2012-13 budget. But, he said his
departments across the board are under budget, and since
Buonagura will be assisting all departments, "her salary


will be paid for with funds from every department."
Monti said he reserves the right to create a posi-
tion such as this one without having to undergo the typi-
cal process that calls for a request for proposal, and to
undergo a bid process for the job.
"She's not a department head," he said. "If this was
a department head position then we would have to go
through that process, but I'm authorized to make this
decision on my own."
Monti said he sought and received the commission's
blessing, and got approval of Buonagura's contract.
The contract for services comes amid some criticism
of Monti, including a lack of response to inquiries.
The Islander also learned from an anonymous source
that code enforcement clerk Jan Gorman, a longtime
employee, offered the mayor her resignation March 15
with a termination date in May, but was allegedly told
to collect her personal items and immediately leave city
hall with a police escort.
The Islander also learned from its anonymous source
the mayor may have imposed a gag order on employ-
ees. Monti did not return a phone inquiry at press time
about Gorman or the alleged prohibition on speaking to the
press.


Sandcastle comes
crumbling down
A small group of curiosity
seekers, including young
kids more interested in the
police and a tractor on the
beach, watch as a sandcastle
is toppled and the beachfront
returned to its natural, sandy
slope. Lacking anyone to
take responsibility, HBPD
called out a city worker to
rectify what can be a danger-
ous situation for late-night
beach strollers and joggers.
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy


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Holmes Beach Police
Officer Chip Frap-
pier walks up the
beach from the sand-
castle to await public
works employee
Dave Benton on a
front-end loader.
Frappier said the
beach attraction -
which he learned had
been present for two
days amounts to
"dangerous excava-
tion," adding, "that's
against the law."


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6 E MARCH 20, 2013 U THE ISLANDER




S-qpinion

Spring has sprung
Spring came to Anna Maria Island with a ven-
geance. Long lines of traffic and people at some of our
favorite restaurants and at Publix.
Alas, spring onAMI can test an islander's patience.
It means some school kids are heading to the bus stop
in dawn's early light. And sunrise is now around 7:30
a.m., which means the restaurants are full past 9 p.m.
The days are nearly 12 hours long and everyone wants
to make the best of it.
But spring also brings warmer temperatures and the
awakening of new growth, particularly the frangipani
- or Plumeria tree and its fragrant Hawaiian lei
flowers.
Welcome, spring a time for rejuvenation.
St. Patrick's Day brought a crowd of people to
Holmes Beach the bit''i. ever for the 16th
annual Beach Bistro St. Patrick's Day parade.
Bagpipers marched, Judy the elephant joined the
procession, bringing along not one, but two camels.
The Shriners scooted around in tiny cars, and it seemed
everyone with a golf cart joined the parade spirit, throw-
ing beads and candy.
There were musicians on floats, clubs and orga-
nizations, churches and political figures. And canon-
blasting Privateers the culmination of a great effort
by Bistro-owner Sean Murphy and wife Susan Timmins
to entertain and celebrate the day.
There was a daylong party in the Holmes Beach
field to benefit a good cause, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
Green beer flowed from the taps at Duffy's Tavern
across from Holmes Beach City Hall, and everyone
Irish or Irish-for-the-day celebrated with enthusiasm.
By March 20, the first day of spring, the kids were
back in school and it was business as usual for the many
residents of Anna Maria Island.
It's back to the work in Anna Maria, where the city
is grappling to avoid mega-vacation homes and rowdy
tourists. The north end, it seems, welcomes only well-
mannered guests and not too many of them.
In Holmes Beach, a new city appointee is being
likened to either a city manager or the mayor's assis-
tant, and combined with the delayed appointment for the
chief of police and the firing of a longtime much-liked
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Just a quick note to let the city of Anna Maria know
how much I enjoy staring at its incredibly expensive
empty field of dirt that remains untouched across from
the Anna Maria City Pier. It remains a useless vacant
lot where the city refuses to let people park, even at
the height of tourist season, while I am left to look
for a parking space at the No. 1 attraction in Manatee
County.
You're doing a bang up job. Way to go.
Thanks again for your attention and consider-
ation.
Brian Blaine, Bradenton

Volunteer says thanks
For the past two years, I've been a volunteer at the
Friends of the Island Library book sale, although I live
in New Jersey.
Last year when the sale ended, we didn't know if
there would be another sale because there was no place
to store donated books until the next year.
This is a big thank you to the LaPensee family for
donating space to store the books. Without their com-
munity mindedness, the sale would not have taken
place. As a volunteer and a book-buyer, I appreciate
their gift to the Island Library.
Sylvia Temmer, Princeton, N.J.

Was it worth it?
Far be it for me to question police procedure, how-
ever, I would like comment on the recent high-speed
chase I witnessed through the Island Shopping Center
in Holmes Beach that resulted in serious injury to one
of our local police officers.
Really? We are in the beginnings of high tourist
season and the potential for a greater catastrophe is quite
evident. We have kids and grandkids all over that area
and, luckily, no one else was injured or killed.
It's my understanding, the car that was pursued had
a locator device and could be traced for location. With


only three locations for egress off Anna Maria Island,
I fail to understand the mentality of what I would con-
sider an overreaction to a stolen vehicle.
Just my thoughts. This incident brings thoughts of
the Wild, Wild West or of some movie set like "The
Blues Brothers" chase through a suburban Chicago
mall. This is not a movie set- it's real life. I'm think-
ing that the "Protect" part of "Protect and Serve" was
compromised with disregard for public safety.
My very best for Officer Erik Hill's speedy recov-
ery.
Was the chase worth it?
Jim Madison, Holmes Beach

Cityfest thanks
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
wishes to thank everyone who participated and attended
Island Cityfest this year.
Although the weather was a bit chilly, everyone
who participated was pleased. We wish to thank our fes-
tival team and event sponsors, including Miller Electric,
Budweiser, LaPensee Plumbing and Pools, Remax Alli-
ance, Anna Maria Island Resorts, The Feast Restaurant,
AMI Fitness and The Islander newspaper.
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lowship, our volunteers, the bands and entertainers,
all of the vendors who braved the cold, and all of the
attendees who had a great time while dressed in many
layers for warmth.
Island Cityfest next year will be in early April.
Upcoming festivals hosted by the AMI Chamber of
Commerce will be the sixth annual AMI Wedding Fes-
tival May 5 and our 13th annual Bayfest Oct. 18-19.
Please call the chamber for more information or to
participate in our events at 941-778-1541.
Mary Ann Brockman, resident, Anna Maria Island
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WMFR Chief Andy Price told island residents
discussing the 2003 hurricane season they should pre-
pare their emergency kits now, rather than wait. In a
sudden emergency, such as chemical or terrorist threat,
Price said islanders would "have no time to prepare for
a biological or chemical threat," and there is no civil
defense warning system on the island.
Sandpiper Resort Homeowners Association presi-
dent Gordon Cleland said the year-long effort to pur-
chase the 60-year-old mobile home park at 2601 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, from the Vorbeck family for
$9 million was completed and the resort belonged to the
association. In January 2002, the Vorbecks announced
plans to sell the park.
Ryan Keller, a 16-year-old from Bradenton, died
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8 E MARCH 20, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

Plaintiffs in BB lawsuit offer savings, not compromise


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Bradenton Beach
to halt a parking lot/dune project at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant offered the city a quicker route to settle the suit,
but aren't backing off what they want.
The suit was filed after two months of heated com-
ments between former planning and zoning members and
city commissioners over the proposed development.
The project came before the P&Z board in April
2012. The board voted 4-1 to recommend denying the
joint development agreement, which
would expand parking for the restau-
Srant and provide the city some storm
tW protection with construction of a dune
across from city hall.
P&Z members, who voted against
Meilne the project, said it violated land devel-
Sopment codes and the city charter,
which protects environmentally sensi-
tive areas those areas zoned as pres-
ervation in the city from develop-
ment.
Commissioners disregarded the
l.,,n P&Z recommendation in May and
entered into the agreement with ELRA
Inc., the BeachHouse Restaurant corporation headed by
Ed Chiles. Accusations that some P&Z members made
the decision based on personal bias came from the dais.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse went as far as to say the
recommendation was "tainted" and city attorney Ricinda
Perry said P&Z members were not qualified to interpret
city codes.
The contentious commission meeting led to the res-
ignation of the four P&Z members who voted against
the project, including former chair Rick Bisio and Joyce
Kramer. Two of the members Jo Ann Meilner and
former city commissioner Bill Shearon filed the suit,
along with Shearon's business partner Tjet Martin, to stop
the development.
In October, Meilner offered the city a means to
resolve the suit by entering binding arbitration. Meilner
said an arbitrator would save the city thousands of dollars
in legal fees. Her sole condition on the offer was that both
sides agree to accept the decision.


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
No one is sure how much money be awarded in the
2010 BP Deep Horizon oil spill litigation, but munici-
palities are already lining up to spend it.
It's been estimated that Manatee County's share of
a yet-to-be-determined settlement could be $4 million-
$19 million. States have a choice in how to disperse the
money, and Florida has chosen to disburse the funds
directly to the Gulf Coast counties impacted by the
disaster.
Louisiana, meanwhile, opted to absorb its share of
the BP settlement directly into state coffers.
Manatee County Natural Resources Department
director Charlie Hunsicker has asked local municipali-
ties to submit a list of projects that meet the criteria of
how the spill impacted communities.
Hunsicker wants project proposals in place to be
graded on the criteria and will create a priority list in
which to disburse funds once they are received.
Bradenton Beach will submit at least five projects,
according to building official Steve Gilbert, who updated
commissioners at their March 7 capital improvement
projects meeting.
"Congress has already appropriated monies from
the RESTORE Act, but there is no money there until
the lawsuit is settled," said Gilbert. "In the meantime,
Charlie wants to know about our proposed projects."
Criteria to be eligible for RESTORE Act funding
include dune restoration, environmental protection proj-
ects and beach nourishment.
Gilbert said the city's best chance for funding is
with the John Chappie Park, 1400 Gulf Drive N. He
estimates an $80,000 cost to create a dune, walkover,
and a boardwalk with kiosks along the path to educate
visitors about sea turtles and other wildlife.
"John Chappie Park is probably our most ambitious
project, and our most valuable," he said. "We figured
this is a good time as any to see if we can get it on the


Expansion of the BeachHouse Restaurant parking lot,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, on the beachfront
opposite city hall was approved to begin Oct. 1, 2012,
according to a joint development agreement with Bra-
denton Beach signed last May. However, no work has
started since the June filing of a lawsuit seeking dis-
missal of the agreement. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Perry has since advised commissioners that she
would consider mediation, but would not recommend
arbitration. Mediation would likely be an effort to find
a compromise, but Meilner said compromise is not an
option, which is why it was not offered.
"For me, there is no compromise," Meilner said. "I
would not like to see half of a parking lot or just weekend
parking. This parking lot violates too many ordinances.
This is renourished soil paid for by taxpayers."
P&Z didn't take issue with the proposed dune, just
the parking lot. Since both elements were tied into the
joint development agreement, Meilner said the board had
no choice but to render their judgment based on the proj-
ect as a whole.
The agreement authorized the project to begin Oct.
1, 2012, but no work has begun. The lawsuit stipulates
that should the plaintiffs win, the city would have to undo
whatever construction had been completed.
Meilner said the city is smart to delay the project.
"They have no guarantee that it will end in their
favor," she said. "They've violated the city charter, the


priority list. It's perfect for an environmental display
project."
Katie Pierola Park, 2206 Gulf Drive N., also is a
proposed project.
Gilbert said additional beach renourishment and
the establishment of dunes and a chickee hut is part
of the proposal, "but that's not set in stone. It's just an
idea of something we want to do there."
The estimated cost is $85,000.
Thirdly, Gilbert said the beach access at 11th Street
North needs clarification. He said a 1993 U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers map shows it as an access, "but it
kind of meanders into private property."
For $50,000 of RESTORE Act funding, Gilbert
said signage, landscaping and a clear defining of the
beach access would help keep people from straying on
private property.
"That access isn't even identified right now," he
said. "It's a nice place to put in a grade level entrance
and a dune walkover onto the beach."
Gilbert said his fourth proposal is an overall res-
toration and enhancement of city beach accesses. He
estimates the cost at $160,000.
"It would be to restore public beach access as far
as identifying those accesses and maybe adding dune
walkovers, as well as identifying parking spaces that
might be available," he said.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse has previously sug-
gested the city look at the Cortez Beach parking situ-
ation. Gatehouse has proposed diagonal parking that
would force traffic one way back onto Gulf Drive.
Gatehouse said he would like that project to be
among the RESTORE Act proposals.
\ ly experience in life is when you don't ask the
questions, the answer is always no," he said. "I'd hate
to be here a year from now and ask why we didn't ask
for it when we had the chance."
Gilbert was given a consensus to proceed with sub-
mitting five projects to Manatee County.


comprehensive plan and the LDC. They selectively
enforce codes for themselves and ask the citizens to
adhere to each and every one."
Meilner said she made the offer for arbitration
because after months of motions and discovery, "we will
end up before a judge who will then decide the matter.
Our offer would take us to that point instantly."
Meilner said she and her co-plaintiffs are willing to
accept the decision of an arbitrator, "whatever the out-
come and walk away. It would have saved thousands of
dollars and months of delays."
Thus far, there has been very little word from the city
as to its intentions other than Perry's statement against
arbitration and one shade meeting to discuss the offer.
A shade meeting is a closed meeting of public offi-
cials to discuss pending or potential litigation, and under
the Sunshine law is one of the few times officials can
close a meeting to the public.
The subject has not come again since October.
Meilner said prefers to work with the city and save
taxpayer's the expense of a prolonged lawsuit.
"I would still be happy to talk to the commissioners
about arbitration and end this sooner than later," she said.
"But it is either legal or illegal, and this plan will set a
terrible precedent up and down the city that other resorts
can add fill and park on the beach."
Meilner said no one wants to see that happen to Bra-
denton Beach.
"While the other two cities are trying to desperately
stop over development and keep to our old Florida life-
style, our city is allowing development in the preserva-
tion areas of our beaches," she said. "The preservation
category, according to our comprehensive plan, should be
kept in its natural state, with no further development."
For that reason and others, Meilner said she is will-
ing to end the suit in a reasonable timeframe, but is not
willing to compromise.
According to Meilner, Perry requested a continuance
to prepare the city's response to her attorney's deposition
questions, but Perry has not yet requested a shade meet-
ing to discuss the responses with commissioners.


AM signals noise 'out'
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In baseball, a batter gets three strikes before getting
called out. InAnna Maria, violators of the city's noise ordi-
nance will run afoul of the law on a fourth strike call.
Anna Maria code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon
has a computer database of more than 500 vacation rent-
als in the city.
When someone makes a complaint against a property,
the complaint is added to the database. If the complaint
is without merit, the notation is removed.
Rathvon said Manatee County Sheriff's Office depu-
ties can issue a citation requiring an appearance on any
noise complaint that is not resolved peacefully. The fourth
verified complaint at the same location, however, requires
a mandatory appearance before the magistrate.
Recently, Rathvon sent a notice to the owner of a
vacation rental on Pelican Avenue because MCSO depu-
ties had verified three complaints about excessive noise
at the rental since Jan. 1.
All three complaints were resolved, and no citation
was issued. However, a fourth complaint at the same
address within a 12-month period could result in a cita-
tion, Rathvon said.
The magistrate can assess a fine of up to $250 for
each violation.
Two other property owners in Anna Maria also have
reached three complaints in the past 12 months.
However, some of those complaints are due to be
removed because of the 12-month limitation.
Rentals at 11101 Gulf Drive and 505 Magnolia Ave.
have three complaints and a rental at 804 N. Shore Drive
has two strikes, Rathvon said.
Rathvon's letter to the owner of the Pelican Avenue
rental included remarks by MCSO Sgt. Paul Davis, the
officer in charge of the substation in Anna Maria.
Davis thanked the owner for prompt attention to
the noise problems and asked the owner for an informal
meeting to discuss the "safety and comfort" of residents
and visitors.
Rathvon said she's noticed a drop in the number of
noise complaints since the implementation in November
2012 of a set of best practices renters and property man-
agers, which asks renters to keep noise levels down after
10 p.m., when the ordinance takes effect.


BB to submit five BP funding projects





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 20, 2013 0 9

Holmes Beach parks committee sets priority: Small-dog park


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
After reviewing dog park recommendations com-
piled by new member Bob Longworth, Holmes Beach
Parks and Beautification Committee members agreed that
the installation of a fence and gate to create a small dog
area is the committee's dog park priority.
The targeted area is at the north end of Scentral Park,
behind left field at Birdie Tebbetts Field at Flotilla Drive
at 62nd Street.
Chair Melissa Snyder suggested two recent attacks
on small dogs by larger dogs compelled the committee's
priority.
Although not present for the meeting, newly
appointed committee member and dog park representa-
tive Bob L ngu\\ i ith advanced a two-page list of recom-
mendations for consideration at the March 6 committee
meeting, including:
A 5-by-10-foot paver path at the dog park gate.
A 4-foot-wide path of pavers leading to the park
shelter.
The creation of a swale to alleviate standing water
and mud at the park entrance.
Installation of gutters, a rain barrel or gravel to hold
runoff from the shelter.
Creation of a park for small dogs in the northern-
most 100 feet of the existing dog park.
Gates and pavers at the entrance of the small dog
park at the east end, near the parking lot.
Water bowls on paver blocks for both the small and
large dog park areas.


Additional benches in the both areas.
Three shade trees to include a black olive tree.
Signs with rules and warnings, including one that
children age 10 and under are not recommended in the
park.
Encouraging dog park user donations.
Dog park enthusiast Renee Ferguson told the com-
mittee the creation of the small dog park was initially
intended as a multi-purpose area that could double for
training activities, and she discouraged benches there.
West suggested placing two benches in the corner of
the small park.
Others in the gallery asked committee members why
only 15 minutes are allotted for dog park matters.
Members explained they need time to attend other
park-related business.
Asked why there isn't a separate committee for dog
park business, Snyder responded the dog park is only on
the committee's docket for a trial period, now a month
longer than originally agreed upon with Mayor Carmel
Monti.
However, she added, now that Longworth has been
appointed, she expects him to continue bringing the con-
cerns of dog park users to the committee.
Snyder also said the city set up the dog park without
the committee's recommendation.
"If you want to get down to it, I could allow no one
to speak," Snyder said.
At that point, Ferguson left the conference room.
Originally opposed to the parks committee handling


the dog park, Barbara Parkman, who spearheaded the
first improvements to Scentral Park, said she hoped the
committee would continue its involvement.
In other business, at the March 6 meeting:
Members unanimously voted to recommend the
installation of bollards at Grassy Point Preserve to pre-
vent vehicles from driving on the pedestrian path.
Snyder advised a Grassy Point bat house would be
installed in the central cleared area between the walk-
ways.
Members announced National Arbor Day is April
26, and noted the city is receiving an Arbor Day flag. A
southern red cedar will be planted to commemorate the
national day at 77th Street and Marina Drive.
Regarding the butterfly park on the south side of
city hall at 5801 Marina Drive, Snyder and West reported
the park to be in good condition and that Nancy Ambrose,
representative for the Manatee County-North American
Butterfly Association, has not requested help.
On behalf of the Seaside Court Gardens and
Grounds Committee, Joan Haiss reported muddy ditches
in swale areas at Marina Drive and 63rd Street behind the
trolley shelter. West volunteered to help try to alleviate
the problem.
Regarding non-toxic plant alternatives for the dog
park, Groh suggested magnolias and green buttonwoods
in addition to shady ladies.
Snyder announced the next parks and beautification
committee meeting will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April
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Manatee High School sophomore Holly Rizzo, 16, of
Holmes Beach, smiles, nods and humbly accepts recogni-
tion for being cast in the lead role in "Miss Saigon."
And while she downplays her selection as Kim her
20th performance with Manatee Players, and 30th since
age 7 Rizzo revels in the newness of the Manatee
Players' new home.
"It's very exciting to me. We'll be the first cast to
perform on the new stage. It's a huge stage. The theater
is very impressive," says Rizzo.
A couple of blocks from the old Players' home at
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rehearsal schedule with director Rick Kirby and musical
director Aaron Cassette, Rizzo says the best part of per-
forming is being with her theater family, including best
friend Billy Masuck, who plays Chris, the U.S. Marine
who falls in love with Kim.
The message in the story, she says, is to give sacri-
fices for those you love.
She says she loves musicals, her busy schedule and
family.
Though at times the schedule is "tough to handle,"
Rizzo manages to keep good grades and looks forward to
the future, as well as possibly auditioning for an upcom-
ing role in "Grease."
With her considerable experience in acting, she's
looking at taking her SATs and going to college, pos-
sibly in California, near her sister, Trina, who attends


Annie Silver hosts fish fry,
bingo games
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 at 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-
3580.

AGAMI seeks 'West' artists
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island is co-hosting
a juried exhibit, East Meets West, at the ArtCenter Mana-
tee.
AGAMI is seeking local artists to represent the
\\ '" in the title, while Lakewood Ranch Creative Art-
ists is seeking artists to represent the "East."
AGAMI, in a call to artists, said its theme for the
show is "Sandy Toes Make Art." Entries can be submit-
ted 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the ArtCenter
Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
The show runs April 2-May 3 at the center, with a
public reception planned for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-
6694.

AMICCO performs
opera concert
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orches-
tra will perform its annual opera concert at 2 p.m. Sunday,
March 24, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
This year's opera is Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S.
Pinafore." The cast includes Michelle Giglio as Josephine,
Bob Lischetti as Ralph Rackstraw, Martha DiPalma as
Little Buttercup, Alex Friedlander as Captain Corcoran,
Bob Parrish as Sir Joseph Porter, Joy Leitner Cousin
Hebe, David Kesler as Dick Deadeye, Charles Closser as
Boatswain's Mate and Jinho Park as Carpenter's Mate.
Tickets cost $20 and are available at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-8585.


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Holly Rizzo, 16, of Holmes Beach, is cast as Kim, the
lead role in the Manatee Players' production of "Miss
Saigon," running March 28-April 14 at the new Mana-
tee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

University of California at Berkeley, or in Florida but
not for an acting career.
Like her parents, her dad, a doctor, and her mother,
a nurse, she's looking at a future in the medical field.
Nonetheless, Rizzo wouldn't trade in her musical
experience since her debut in the "The King and I" at
age 7, and, in fact, recommends it to everyone.
"I think it helps people open up. People who don't
get on a stage, they're not very comfortable getting up in
front of a class. I'd recommend it to everyone as a young
person. It helps with self esteem."


Historical society holds
heritage fest
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society presents
the 22nd annual Heritage Days Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, March 30.
The festival will take place at the Anna Maria historic
museum park, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
AMIHS will host clowns and musical entertainment,
food and beverage vendors, as well as vendors selling
arts, crafts, jewelry and collectibles.
For more information, call the museum at 941-778-
0492.

Kiwanis to meet at beach cafe
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The program will feature Rich Bergman of the Center
for Building Hope.
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at
941-778-1383.

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 Beach.
The event will take place 1-4 p.m. and feature local
artists showing how to use products from Keeton'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 Marlane Wurzbach.
Attendees will see Kathleen Masur demonstrate silk
painting; Roger Rockefeller using color pencils; Cheryl
Jorgensen using watercolors on yupo; Kathy Sparks using
acrylics; Joan Voyles and Barbara Hines demonstrating
drawing with charcoal; Kay Johnson demonstrating bas-
ket-making; Judith Sheperd Rains making a glass paint-
ing; and Janet King using watercolors and compressed
graphite. Keeton's will present gifts to the first 50 people
attending the event.
For more, call 941-778-6694.





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Studio to feature

Blackburn's work
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will feature the work of area artist Jean Blackburn
through April 9.
A reception will take place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March
26, at the gallery.
Blackburn, according to a news release, will
exhibit:
"Florida: Springs and Rivers," an expansion of her
study of area waterways. A news release said, "A week
spent in the cabin overlooking Sweetwater Springs in
the Ocala National Forest has led to the inclusion of sub-
merged figures in her oil-on-panel paintings. Also in this
latest body of works, are images from Fisheating Creek,
Chassahowitzka Springs and the Myakka River."
"Cuba: Snapshots," work created during a month-
long visit to Cuba last fall. Blackburn went to Cuba to
visit artist studios, talk about art in Florida and also
see the country's wildlife preserves. The release said,
"Although the culture and wildlife of the country were the
initial draw; another subject became an irresistible target
for thousands of iPhone snapshots. The ever-present, uni-
versal and homogenized dogs are, at once, fascinating

Cortez artist wins
'personal best' award
Susanna Spann, well known to island art circles as
a frequent winner of the Springfest and Winterfest art
shows put on by the Anna Maria Island Art League, is
the winner of a first-place watercolor award for "Remem-
bering Zollie" at the Open Aqueous Watercolor Exhibi-
tion.
The Florida Watercolor Society, in conjunction with
the American Watercolor Society, is sponsoring the exhi-
bition flu nitll 'h LII li 30 at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth
St. W., Bradenton.
"The Suncoast Watercolor Society has a member-
ship of some very skilled painters, so the fact that I won
this award is very fulfilling and a personal best," said
Spann.
The award was announced at a reception and critique
by the exhibit juror, Taylor Ikin, March 14 at the ArtCen-
ter.
Other winners include Debbie Cason Rankin, second
place; Elaine Charney, third place. Merit awards went to
Diane Simon, Jill Krasner, Linda Lee Foster and Fran
Mangino, while Anne Abgott, Jacqueline Clark, Terry

Music in the Park set
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 Maria Drive, Holmes
Beach.
The organization is lining up blues, pop and country
bands, as well as retail and food and beverage vendors.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-
799-2181 or email amicco@islandsandbeaches.com.


Courtesy Photo


and occasionally disturbing. Jean's exhibit includes a
photographic piece titled 'One Hundred Cuban Dogs,'
as well as many other works revealing the close connec-
tion between the Cuban people and domestic animals."
For more information, call the studio at 941-778-
1906.


The Open Aqueous Watercolor Exhibition's first place
winner is "Remembering Zollie, a 40 by 50 inch
watercolor by artist Susanna Spann.

Denson and Kathy Durdin earned honorable mentions.
The exhibit can be viewed at the ArtCenter, where
hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday,
and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For more information, call FSWS president Roger
Parent at 941-966-1397.

Spring is sprung on AMI
Spring officially begins on Wednesday, March 20,
and ends on Thursday, June 20.
The arrival of the season brings Passover and Easter,
longer days and later sunsets, April fools trickery, May
merriment for mothers, June joy for fathers and, yes,
hurricane forecasts and warnings to douse beachfront
lights for sea turtle nesting.
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Wednesday, March 20
Spring begins.
Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club gathers for a meeting
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-2607.
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.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with guest speaker and author Brenda
Spalding. Information: 941-778-3209.
3:30 p.m. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts the Mana-Tweens craft program. Information: 941-778-
6341.

Thursday, March 21
10:15 a.m. Friends of the Island Library book club meets to
discuss "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Friday, March 22
6-8 p.m. Community fish fry dinner, Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information:
941-778-3580.

Saturday, March 23
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club ofAnna Maria Island breakfast and
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The program will feature Rich
Bergman of the Center for Building Hope. Information: 941-778-
1383.
10 a.m. Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Nancy Faris, "Fiber Art Tech-
niques." Information: 941-778-6648.

Sunday, March 24
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
concert, An Afternoon of Opera, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

Monday, March 25
Passover begins at sundown.

Tuesday, March 26
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meet-
ing, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-794-8044.
6-8 p.m. Reception for artist Jean Blackburn, the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Information: 941-778-
1906.


Wednesday, March 27
7:46 p.m. Official sunset time.


Off-island
Tuesday, March 26
8 p.m. The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota jazz
ensemble and combo concert, Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840
26th St. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-752-5252.

Ongoing
Through March 24, the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, presents "'Til Beth Do Us Part." Information: 941-778-5755.
*Through March 30, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society juried
exhibit, Art Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-2862.
Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the
Water's Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-708-6130.
Wednesday through Easter, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts soup suppers at 6 p.m.
Information: 941-778-1813.
Wednesday through spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers
bread. Information: 941-778-0492.
Wednesday through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton.
Information: 779-1416.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext.
6318.
Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.


Jazzed at
State
State College of
Florida students
Donny Huynh, Tyler
Miller and Alexan-
der Hoff perform in
a jazz concert. SCF-
Manatee-Sarasota
hosts a concert on
Tuesday, March 26,
at the Neel Perform-
ing Arts Center, 5840
26th St. W, Braden-
ton. Islander Cour-
tesy Photo

Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1541.
Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m.,
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
778-3580.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., 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. N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-3580.
First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open
house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon,
Manatee Audubon Society, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave.
E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
Sunday, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street
Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include
a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
tion: 941-254-4972.
First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-
779-0564.


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Annual Easter sunrise service planned at public beach


Easter is on Sunday, March 31, when the island
churches participate in the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island a sunrise service at Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other dates on the calendar: Good Friday is on March
29. Maundy Thursday is March 28. Palm Sunday is
March 24. The Annunciation of the Lord is March 25.
The six churches on Anna Maria Island are planning
observances during Holy Week, including:
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
The church's plans include "Four Empires Collide," 9
a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 24; "The Execu-
tion of God," Good Friday, 7 p.m., March 29; "The Result,"
Easter Sunday, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., March31.
For information, call 941-778-0719.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tuesday, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group
meets, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
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.
April 13, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market,
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

Save the date
April 20, International Coastal Cleanup, various locations in
Manatee County.
*April 20, Cortez Village Historical Society community potluck,
Few-Miller Dock, Cortez.


For information, call 941-778-1638.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
For information, call 941-778-1813.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church
Ave., Bradenton Beach.
For information, call 941-779-1912.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine

AGAMI seeks submissions
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island is accepting
art work for possible inclusion in the nonprofit's 2014
calendar.
AGAMI judges will select 14 images for the cal-
endar, with prizes going to the top three entries in the
contest.
Entries will be accepted until Friday, April 12, at
2014calendar@baylakepublishing.com. They should be
injpg format and high-resolution.
The entry fee is $10 for AGAMI members and $15
for non-members, with payment sent to 2014 Calendar,
Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
FL 34217.
An artist can submit up to four images.
For more information, call Judy Strom at 941-932-
6153.
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.
May 9, the Island Players' opening of "37 Postcards," Island
Players theater, Anna Maria.
May 18, Anna Maria Island Privateers' Snooks Adams Kids
Day, location to be announced.
June 1, Islandwide Blood Drive, location to be announced.

Calendar announcements
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday before publication. High-resolution
photographs welcome.


Ave., Anna Maria.
For information, call 941-778-0414.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach.
For information, call Kiwanis member Sandy Haas-
Martens at 941-778-4769.


Susie Kruse of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
sings at a past outdoor Easter service hosted by the
club at sunrise at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The event attracts hundreds
of worshippers, bringing lawn chairs and blankets
for seating. The service and the collection plate are
shared by the six island churches: CrossPointe Fel-
lowship, Episcopal Church of Annunciation, Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, Harvey Memorial Community
Church, Roser Memorial Community Church and
St. Bernard Catholic Church. Islander File Photo:
Bonner Joy


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Widows of war veterans enjoy full AMI weekend, camaraderie


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Twelve widows whose husbands were killed while
serving in the U.S. military in Iraq or Afghanistan enjoyed
a weekend on Anna Maria Island March 1-3 courtesy of
the nonprofit AmericanWidows Project and donations
from island businesses.
Founder Taryn Davis said she wanted to have a sup-
port group for widows of the new generation of service
members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and AWP was
launched in 2007.
The itinerary for the weekend included a sunset
cruise aboard the Kathleen D catamaran, dinner at the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, a day of deep-sea
fishing and a yoga class on the beach.
Beachfront accommodations were furnished by an
Anna Maria woman who requested to remain anonymous,
Davis said.
The island was selected after a phone call to Davis
suggesting the island as a location for an event.
Davis said she and her husband had stayed in Anna
Maria several years ago and thought it was the perfect
setting for the "peace and tranquility the widows needed."
The trip gave the women a chance to interact as "widow
to widow," Davis said.
She added, "Oftentimes the invisible wounds of mili-
tary widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack
of knowledge and understanding."
AWP is "dedicated to the new generation of those

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tears and laughter, as one military widow to another,"
Davis said.
Caryn Hodge of the Sandbar Restaurant said it was
an honor to serve the women.
Kathleen Dell of the Kathleen D catamaran was
equally pleased to be asked to donate a cruise.
"I thought it was a lovely idea from the beginning.


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March 2 in downtown
Bradenton with nine
other widows who
lost spouses in Iraq or
Afghanistan. The group
took a sunset cruise
donated by Capt. Tracey
Dell, co-owner of the
charter business. The
American Widows Proj-
ect is based in Texas.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin
We forget how much these women have lost when their
husbands are killed. Often they have to grieve alone.
Now, the widows don't have to be alone, and the cruise
gave them the chance to interact and become friends.
Sailing the bay gives one that feeling of peace and relax-
ation," Dell said.
By the time the cruise ended, Dell said the widows
seemed like old friends who hadn't seen each other in a
few months.
"They all had a great time, and I was pleased I was
able to help and become friends with them," she said.
Davis said the AWP plans as many get-togethers as
possible during the year. A lot depends upon people call-
ing with a donation or lodging.
For more information on AWP, go online at www.
americanwidowproject.org or call 877-297-9436.


Calling WWII and

Korea veterans
The Islander newspaper has been providing stories
for the past 10 years about World War II or Korean War
veterans.
Stories about WWII veterans are entitled "the Great-
est Generation," while those of Korean War vets are
flagged "the Forgotten Generation." Since the columns
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.
With the advent of the winter season, many veterans
of these conflicts are likely spending the next few months
vacationing on Anna Maria Island, or in the area. We'd
like to hear from them about their experiences, often ordi-
nary people in extraordinary times.
Any man or woman who served in the armed forces
of the United States or its Allies, or who knows someone
who has and should have his or her story told, is asked
to call reporter Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978 to arrange
an interview.


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Artspace celebrates
1 year with exhibit
Artspace, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, will cel-
ebrate its first anniversary with a new exhibit, "Spirals
Everywhere," and host a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, March
22.
Other Pine Avenue businesses, including Relish Cafe
and Marketplace, Shiny Fish Emporium and Salon Salon
on Pine will help Artspace celebrate.
Stephen Schermerhorn of Cats in the Basement will
perform.
For more information, call 941-243-3835.

Springfest favorites
The Anna Maria Island Art
League presented its annual
juried Springfest arts and
crafts show earlier this
month at Holmes Beach
city field, 5801 Marina
Drive. Awards included best
of show to photographer
Jay Canterbury, as well
as awards of distinction a
to Marilyn Vaillencourt,
jewelry; Mercy Odwori,
mix media; David Beadling,
photography; and Allen and
Mumin Jacobsen, jewelry.
Awards of merit went to
Richard Konefal, wood;
Alice Legler, metal; Bonnie
Reilly, fiber/paper; Denny
Souers, photography and Val
West, mixed media. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


Gallery celebrates art,
Palm Sunday
The Bob Brown Art Gallery marks Palm Sunday with
a celebration of art. The event will take place 3-6 p.m.
Sunday, March 24, at the gallery, 507 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, with music, art displays and refreshments.
Entertainment includes island musician Trevor
Bystrom and the featured artist will be Bob Brown, who,
according to a press release, creates "stunning and vibrant
abstract art."
For more information, contact Janet Aubry at 941-
685-0797.


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Ted Baird, a member of the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society and a museum volunteer, has published
"Sandpiper Resort," a history of the community in
Bradenton Beach. Baird and wife Luanne have lived in
the park for 10 years. He will sign his book at Island
Heritage Day on Saturday, March 30, at the AMIHS
museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Cour-
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The Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, will
host the 27th annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. Satur-
day, March 30, on the beach outside the restaurant.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30
a.m. and the Easter Bunny will greet children.
After the hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead chil-
dren on a parade along Pine Avenue to other festivi-
ties sponsored by Pine Avenue Restoration, including
an egg roll and bonnet contest.
Plans on Pine Avenue include:
Music by Chuck Caudill.
Snacks and refreshments provided by the Sand-
bar Restaurant and Anna Maria Donuts.
An Easter bonnet contest for kids and adults at
10:30 a.m. The adult winner wins a vacation stay at
the Anna Maria Guest House, courtesy of PAR.
Photos with the Easter bunny taken by Dara
Caudill of Island Photography.
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By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners emerged from a shade
meeting March 12 with potential good news regarding
the ongoing lawsuit with the city of Bradenton Beach.
The suit stems from a 2008 quitclaim deed granted
by Bradenton Beach to Sandpiper Resort for its northern
boundary at 27th Street South.
Holmes Beach initially objected to the quitclaim,
but took no action until 2011 when Sandpiper installed
fences, locked gates and private property signs blocking


70th wedding anniversary celebrated
With family and friends gathered, Harold and Nell
Bergstrom of Holmes Beach celebrated their 70th wed-
ding anniversary March 4 at the Key Royale Club in
Holmes Beach. The table was decorated with memo-
rabilia from 1943, the year the couple began their life
together, as well as symbols of their special interests,
such as Nell Bergstrom's love of roses. The featured
picture was of the couple days after their wedding,
when Harold Bergstrom received his military commis-
sion and prepared to leave for the European theater of
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access to the mobile home resort to the general public.
Months of failed negotiations between the two cities
led Holmes Beach to file suit to have the quitclaim nulli-
fied. Thus far, the courts have not ruled in favor of Holmes
Beach, although allowed the city to modify its argument
one more time before making a final decision.
Holmes Beach with a new administration began
a process to come to an agreement with Bradenton Beach
and Sandpiper.
Bradenton Beach announced in January that a settle-
ment was close at hand as far as the city was concerned,
but because the suit names Sandpiper, a resolution between
Holmes Beach and the resort would have to be completed
before concluding the litigation once and for all.
In January, Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda
Perry informed commissioners that Holmes Beach
changed the terms of the agreement at the last minute
over what was to be a stormwater easement on 27th
Street.
Holmes Beach wanted a duplicate easement, but Bra-
denton Beach building official Steve Gilbert said two
municipalities could not own the same easement. Gilbert
suggested the two cities enter an interlocal agreement
instead.
Bradenton Beach voted to accept the agreement
with the exception of allowing Holmes Beach to have
the stormwater easement.
Sandpiper attorney Chuck Webb attended the Bra-
denton Beach special meeting and suggested work was
needed on the agreement before Sandpiper would agree.
The results of the Holmes Beach March 12 shade
meeting closed to the public under the Sunshine law
due to discussion of pending litigation was not dis-
closed.
However, Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti did
make a statement.
"The 27th Street issue will hopefully be resolved
within a week," he said.
In other matters, Commissioner David Zaccagnino
updated commissioners on the Manatee County 2613
Plan, a plan to impose a half-cent sales tax to pay for
indigent health care.
Zaccagnino said county commissioners John Chap-
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He said if successful, the tax would reduce property
taxes, which currently contributes to indigent care.
"This wouldn't be a tax increase, rather than spread-
ing the burden out," said Zaccagnino. "Part of this com-
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slammed by property taxes. So we are thankful to Com-
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Zaccagnino said the 4-3 county vote was just a first
step in the process that will include public hearings.

Anna Maria project seeks
pipeline opening
Bon Eau Enterprises LLC of Sarasota, owners of the
former Villa Rosa property on South Bay Boulevard in
Anna Maria, want a way into Anna Maria's pipeline for
projects allowed to proceed before the city's construction
moratorium goes into full effect.
The new project, Bimini Cove, will include 11 single-
family canalfront homes, according to Randy Whitmer
of Bon Eau. Whitmer presented an outline of the plan to
building official Bob Welch in January, however, he did
not provide plans or other documentation.
When the city commission voted at its Feb. 28 meet-
ing to allow projects in the pipeline to proceed, Welch
told commissioners Bimini Cove project was not included
among the single-family home projects he believed were
the focus of the pipeline criteria.
Welch said Bon Eau representatives on March 12
brought him a stack of plans and drawings, but he said
it would be some time before he reviewed them because
he had eight other projects ahead of those.
Welch said he would review the Bimini Cove plans
after those in the queue and discuss the project with Dye
before any decision.
Villa Rosa was formerly owned by GSR Develop-
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Ruth Burkhead, 97, talks with Jolie Bell, Holmes Beach
author, artist and creator of Banana Buddies, at the
March 2 Spring Craft hli., and Sale at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church. The show and sale were part
of the 100th anniversary celebration at the church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

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Desserts await guests at the Women's Guild of
Roser Memorial Community Church fashion
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Maybe you have some time on your hands, time
to shop, that is, for all those cute things your friends
keep pinning on Pinterest. These stores all specialize
in unique items and offer great customer service. For
certain, The Islander knows where to shop.
We bet any one of these shops will have the item
you're looking for, because they are stocked with fun,
original and unusual items you won't find anywhere
else. And remember it always feels good to shop local
and buy local.
Giving Back in Holmes Beach offers new mer-
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at Giving Back, you get awesome deals and give back
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At Steff's Stuff, it's always a good time to shop
for fabulous vintage jewelry and other accessories for
your wardrobe. See the great selection at 5380 Gulf
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Steff's Stuff Antiques at 941-383-1901.
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his duty at the parade start, keeping pedestrians safe and calming rowdy Privateers
- Anna Maria Island Privateers eager to get in the parade. Alas, they're always
last, canons blasting.


A crowd favorite, Judy the elephant sporting newly painted toes follows the
lead of Fred O'Sullivan of the Beach Bistro bar and her trainer, trailed by two
camels and loads of floats and music in the processional on Marina Drive from city
hall to 78th Street, all with a splash of green. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy


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William 'Bill' Arnold
Former Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor William "Bill"
Arnold, 83, of Bradenton, died March 1. The Arnolds
moved to Anna Maria Island in 1990.
Mr. Arnold was first elected to serve Ward 1 on the
Bradenton Beach City Commission
in 1998. He was vice mayor 2000-03,
when he was unsuccessful in a bid to
take the mayor's seat from John Chap-
pie, who was elected to another term.
Arnold also served the city on its char-
Arnold ter review board.
Mr. Arnold worked for TRW in
California on construction of the first unmanned space
shuttle; owned a Duffy's 500 Restaurant in San Berna-
dino; and retired in 1989 from the GM plant in Oklahoma
City.
He was a former member of St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach, and member of St. Joseph Parish,
Bradenton.
Granddaughter Heather Mook wrote, "Death leaves a
heartache that no one can heal; but love leaves a memory
that no one can steal. Goodbye, my Pepere!"
A private memorial service was held at St. Joseph's
chapel March 6.
Mr. Arnold is survived by his wife of 61 years, Clau-
dette "Rickie"; son Wayne; daughter Sharon and husband
Jamey Schwegmann; grandchildren Laurie Umphries,
Nicole Hennessey and Heather Mook; great-grandchild
Sean Hennessey; and many friends and extended family
members.

Jean Foster
Jean Foster, 85, of Cortez, died March 11. she was
bor in Peoria, Ill.
She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Chi-
cago and went on to earn her bachelor's degree with a
focus in geriatric social work from the University of Min-
nesota. She married Gramer Foster in 1947.
She worked as a geriatric social worker at the
Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minn., where she was
dedicated to helping the elderly.
She was known for her love of animals, took part in
animal rescue organizations and welcomed many adopted
pets into her home.
A memorial service will be held at noon Tuesday,
March 19, at St. Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic
Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. Brown & Sons


Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in
charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to
Share-A-Pet/Wildlife Club Program, Associated Humane
Societies, PO Box 43, Forked River NJ 08731-0043. Con-
dolences may be made at brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Foster is survived by husband Gramer; daughter
Carol; grandchildren Jesse, Dannielle and Garrett; and
great-granddaughter Kali.

M.A.'Bo' Warner Jr.
M.A. "Bo" Warner Jr., 93, of Bloomington, Minn.
and Anna Maria Island, died March 8. He was born Dec.
24, 1919, in Minneapolis.
He attended Dartmouth College and the University
of Michigan. He served the U.S. Army as an officer in
New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He
worked in the insurance business for 38 years, 23 at his
own agency. He retired in 1978 and moved to Bozeman,
Mont.
He was an avid sportsman, accomplished athlete and
a dedicated Twins fan.
A service was held March 15 in Bloomington, Minn.
Memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's
research, or to St. Michael's Lutheran Church.

Vera Mae Workman
Vera Mae Workman, 75, of Bradenton Beach, died
March 10. She was born July 23, 1937, in Cincinnati.
She married Terrell Nichols in 1955 and moved to
Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served in the U.S. Army Spe-
cial Forces Green Berets. After his discharge, the family
returned to Ohio where she was employed at the Cincin-
nati Veterans Hospital and later at the Cleveland Veterans
Administration. In 1975, the family moved to Arizona to
start a business, Nichols Hydraulics Inc. Ms. Workman
served as secretary/treasurer as well as office manager.
Mr. Nichols was originally from Terra Ceia, and the
couple commuted from Arizona to Bradenton Beach for
many years until retirement in 1988.
Ms. Workman served on the Bradenton Beach Plan-
ning and Zoning Board was a volunteer at Mote Marine
Laboratory and other charities. Her pet project was caring
for feral cats.
A service was held March 16 at Palma Sola Com-
munity Church, Bradenton.
Ms. Workman is survived by husband Terrell; son
Terry and wife Linda; granddaughters Kelly and Kathy;
grandsons Kris and Erik; five great-grandchildren; brother
Howard and his wife Jayne Workman; nieces Leah, Sara,
Libby and Barbara; nephew Gene; and her beloved house
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Barefoot Tiki Bar captures

BSM gumbo challenge
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The monthly Bridge Street Market food challenge is
typically well represented by Bradenton Beach eateries
and home chefs, but it was a Holmes Beach restaurant
that took home the March 3 gumbo cooking honors.
Barefoot Tiki Bar topped six other gumbo competi-
tors to claim the bi.'in' i t'lii over second-place winner
Banana Cabana and third-place winner Island Time Bar
& Grill.
Also competing were Don Meilner Construction,
Back Alley, Bridgetender Inn & Dockside Bar and
Morgan Canteen and Cookery out of Sarasota.
Market manager Melissa Enders invited island res-
taurants to show their stuff at the market's April 7 pulled-
pork challenge.
"Anna Maria Island is known for its good food,"
said Enders. "We have some of the best restaurants in
the state. The challenge always draws our fine Bradenton
Beach establishments, and I'd like to see some of the
other island restaurants show what they can do."
Enders said she'd like to see more island restaurants
go head to head with what Bradenton Beach offers.
Barefoot Tiki Bar showed they can step up and not
only compete, but win, she said.
Barefoot Tiki Bar claimed the bl.,'ini' rights in
a day of fun food competition, but as always, the real
winner is the charities the challenges support.
Enders chose Manatee Children's Services as the
March beneficiary.
"They are all about making a difference in the lives
of children and I can't think of an liluiln more important
than what they are doing," she said.
According to event and fund development coordina-
tor Gina Spicer, Manatee Children's Services, 453 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton, offers 14 programs to more than
14,000 children and families a year.
"This is a great opportunity for us to create aware-
ness," said Spicer. "Being a financial beneficiary is impor-
tant too, because every dollar counts when it comes to
helping these children."
The April challenge will benefit Heroes on the water,
volunteers committed to helping put military veterans on
the water in kayaks for socializing,
relaxation, recreation and fishing.
For information on the April 7 pulled-pork challenge,
call Enders at 215-906-0668 or email melissaenders76@
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FWC asks public to be alert for sick manatees


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission issued an advisory for the shores and inlets along
southwest Florida that red tide algae is taking a toll on
manatees.
The FWC, in a press release, reported 174 manatee
deaths due to red tide this year. This is the highest number
of such deaths in a single calendar year on record, the
FWC said. The majority of manatee deaths occurred in
Lee County. Manatee County had no reported mana-
tee deaths, while Sarasota County had one, the release
said.
State and federal scientists are monitoring the south-
west coast and are responding to reports of manatees
having difficulties in the water. To date, 12 manatees suf-
fering symptoms of red tide have been rescued, treated
for the symptoms and recovered.


Wild water walk
An unknown adventurer takes a walk on the wild
side near the Longboat Pass Bridge March 10. After
decades of waiting, James Bond aficionados now have
the ability to walk on water as the movie legend
did in "Thunderball" with the use of a water jet
pack. No word, however, on where you go to try it out,
according to photographer Jo Ann Meilner, who caught
this iPhone image while boating.


Symptoms a manatee is 'ni"'lin,' include a lack of
coordination and stability in the water, muscle twitches
or seizures, and difficulty lifting its head to breathe.
Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratories on City Island
in Sarasota also are tracking the algae bloom and working
with the FWC.
Most red tide blooms occur 10-40 miles offshore,
a Mote press release said. The present red tide bloom is
primarily off the Lee County coast.
Manatees are on the endangered species list, accord-
ing to a Mote Marine spokesperson, and are protected by
Florida law. People are not allowed to climb on them,
capture or harass them in any manner.
Anyone who observes a 'li u''lin'' manatee is asked
to call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-
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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
March 8, 1890 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, vehi-
cle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered
his unlocked vehicle and removed $120 and a debit card
from his wallet.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
March 3, 4300 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
complainant reported someone entered his carport and
stole a pair of bicycles valued at $40.
March 13,400 block of 73rd Street, domestic battery.
A 65-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor domes-
tic battery after a woman told police he pushed her. The
man said they were arguing over health insurance and the
woman kept getting in his face. He told police he asked
her to stop and when she did not, he pushed her away.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County S/i, ,rf's Office.


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Billy Malfese, chair of the Anna Maria Environmental
Education and Enhancement Committee, stretches out
the Clean Beaches Council flag awarded AMI beaches
by the National Clean Beaches Blue Wave coalition in
Washington, D.C. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Anna Maria receives

clean beach award


The D.C.-based National Coalition of Clean Beaches
earlier this year awarded its Blue Wave designation for
clean beaches to all beaches in Anna Maria.
The coalition awarded the beach at Bean Point
the designation in November, when it also recognized
Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach and Manatee Public Beach
as clean beaches.
Along with the designation, Anna Maria receives a
Blue Wave flag and sign announcing the beaches have
met the coalition criteria for a clean beach, Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn told commissioners at a Feb. 28 meet-
ing.
With the designation of Anna Maria's beaches, all
beaches on Anna Maria Island have received the Blue
Wave award.
Those beaches include Manatee Public Beach in
Holmes Beach, the Bean Point beach at the north end of
Anna Maria, and Cortez Beach and Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach.
Representatives of the Clean Beaches Coalition pre-
sented the Blue Wave flag for Coquina Beach to county
officials in a November 2012. During that visit, Clean
Beach officials also inspected Anna Maria beaches.
SueLynn said she has not decided where the flag
and plaque will be placed. Suggestions include the Anna
Maria City Pier, Bayfront Park and the beach in front of
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 20, 2013 0 21

Holmes Beach man sentenced to 8 years on porn charges


By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Former Holmes Beach resident Ronald Littlehale
pleaded no contest and has been sentenced to eight years
in the Florida Department of Corrections.
Littlehale was charged with numerous counts of
unlawful solicitation of minors and transmission of por-
nography after his November 2011 arrest at his Holmes
Beach residence.
Littlehale, 64, resided on the 7600
block Gulf Drive at the time of his
arrest.
With his public defender at the
Jail, Littlehale waived his rights to stand
trial.
Littlehale After his plea, 12th Judicial Cir-
cuit Court Judge James S. Parker found
Littlehale guilty on 13 counts of pornography-related
charges, according to 12th circuit assistant state attorney
Rebeccah Bragg.
The sentence will be credited for 329 days of jail
time served, she said.
The Dec. 18, 2018, release date also will be adjusted
by "gain time," a tool used to encourage satisfactory
inmate behavior and motivate work and DOC program


participation, according to the department's website.
He also must register as a sex offender upon his
release from prison and pay $950 in court costs, accord-
ing to Bragg, who attended the court proceedings earlier
this month in the judge's chambers.
Littlehale elected to attend court by video from the
DeSoto County Jail, where he has been held since his
arrest.
Littlehale is being held in the DOC Central Florida
Reception Center in Orange County.
His arrest stemmed from a sting operation by the
DeSoto County Sheriff's Office and a central Florida task
force on Internet-related crimes. Authorities followed
a tip that Littlehale "wanted to talk to young girls" in
DeSoto County on the web, according to Bragg.
Littlehale spent nearly a year at the jail from the time
of his arrest to his October sentencing.
"It really was the complexity of the case," she said
about the length of time it took to reach trial.
"We filed our discovery, and turned over hundreds
of conversations and reports, and it took time" for Little-
hale's public defender, "to go over them with him to make
sure he understood the charges against him," she said.


Thirteen counts relating to unlawful solicitation of
minors and transmission of pornography were filed by
the state attorney at the 12th Circuit Desoto office after
his Nov. 9 arrest in Holmes Beach.
At a Jan. 10 arraignment, Littlehale pleaded not
guilty to 10 counts of transmission of harmful material
to minors by an electronic device, two counts of obscene
communication/soliciting a child for any unlawful sexual
conduct by computer and one count of electronic trans-
mission of pornography.
Nineteen additional counts of possession of child
pornography were recommended by the Holmes Beach
Police Department in January following a search of Lit-
tlehale's home, according to HBPD Detective Sgt. Brian
Hall.
Bragg said those charges would have to be addressed
in Manatee County.
The recommended charges were sent by the HBPD
to the 12th Circuit Manatee state attorney office after a
crime lab in Tampa examined Littlehale's computer and
cell phone, according to Hall.
Assistant state attorney Pamela Buha said she was
not aware of the HBPD's recommended charges.


The Clean Beaches Coalition of Washington, D.C.,
awarded a Blue Wave plaque for Coquina Beach last
year. A similar plaque will be given to Anna Maria for
its clean beaches, the coalition website stated. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 19-year-old Bradenton man was arrested March 11
on felony drug charges after allegedly admitting he was
on his way to sell a friend cocaine and marijuana.
According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes
Beach police officer initiated a traffic stop at 4600 Gulf
Drive. As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed
Matthew Cammilleri in the passenger
seat attempting to conceal a large Crown
Royal bag.
The officer observed a large amount
of marijuana sticking out of the Crown
Royal bag.
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Cammilleri allegedly admitted that the drugs and
paraphernalia were his, and that he was en route to a
friend's house to sell him the cocaine.
According to the report, Cammilleri said he is unem-
ployed and sells the marijuana to make a living and was
going to attempt to sell the drugs to his friend, so he could
pay his rent.
Cammilleri was arrested for felony possession of
cocaine with intent to sell, felony possession of marijuana
with intent to sell and misdemeanor possession of drug
paraphernalia.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held
on $9,500 bond. According to jail records, he posted bond
March 12 and was released.
He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday,
April 5, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
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22 E MARCH 20, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

Island Library introduces librarian just for kids


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Christopher "Chris" O'Hara fell in love with Anna
Maria Island the first time he visited eight years ago. He
came to the island to visit his parents, who had just retired
to Holmes Beach from New Jersey.
"I knew this was a special, magical place so unlike
the other beach resorts in Florida. I was hooked," O'Hara
said.
But wanting to move to the island and getting the
opportunity to move are two separate issues, O'Hara
learned. He filed away his idea of moving to the island
and remained with the New Jersey library he had worked
for since graduating from Rutgers University in 2000
with a degree in library science.
He was surprised to see an online advertisement two
months ago for an opening in Manatee County for a chil-
dren's librarian. It was the same job he had been doing
the past eight years, he said.
O'Hara filed his application as quickly as possible,
and could only hope his qualifications would attract the
interest of those who would fill the position.
Luckily for O'Hara, his application received favor-
able reviews and he went through several interviews,
including one with Island Library supervisor Inez Tama-
naha.
She approved his application, as did others who inter-
viewed him, and O'Hara was hired as the youth services
librarian for the island branch.
"I think that was a great day for me, to know I would
be on the greatest little island in Florida," he said.
He started work in late January and has begun a chil-
dren's reading program for pre-school kids that had its
first session March 5.


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Christopher O'Hara recently joined the staff of the
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, as
a youth services librarian. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

"We're looking for those kids from 3 to 5 years old,"
O'Hara said.
"I pick a different topic each week and read to the
kids. They love the books that have pictures, and we
interact with what we read and what they think of the
book," he said.
O'Hara might read a book about dogs one week, and
then about wind another week. One topic he believes will
delight the children is pizza.
"I like to do themes for the books I read, and I've
found the kids really listen to stories about unusual


things," he said.
As the youth services librarian for a town library in
New Jersey, O'Hara estimates he read about 3,000 books
to kids, so he knows from experience what books they
enjoy and which get little attention from the little ones.
"And the kids will ask a lot of questions if it's a book
they enjoy. That's why I interact with them, to get them
interested in the stories and reading and what they can
learn from reading a book," he said.
Right now, O'Hara is trying to get the word out to
parents of preschoolers about his reading program, which
begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.
"A lot of parents don't know about our programs,"
O'Hara said. "I wish they would come by to chat, and I
can show them what we'll be doing."
He's also got interactive programs for the age group
he calls "tweeners," kids ages 8-12. O'Hara wants to get
this age group involved with the stories they read.
He also started a book club for the "tweeners" in
which they will all read the same book, discuss its issues,
and possibly act out a character or scene from the book.
O'Hara also goes once a month to Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School to read to kindergarten and first-grade
students.
"I'm always learning what works and what doesn't
with the kids. As I go along and learn, I may change or
add to the program. Whatever works to get their interest
is what I'm looking for," he said.
Since his arrival at the Island Library, O'Hara said
his experience "has been great," and he's learning much
about the island from the staff and those who frequent
the library.
Now, he wants to learn from the kids and vice-versa
with his youth reading program.


Ready, set, hunt for eggs
Kids at the Women of the Moose Easter egg hunt and party March 16 at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S.,
Bradenton Beach, run wild on the beach, searching the sand for hidden plastic eggs containing prizes. The
young partygoers were divided into two age groups for the hunt, and each child was awarded an Easter basket.


JoAnne Quinn escorts the Easter Bunny to the Moose
Lodge kids Easter party. Islander Photos: Edna
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Students travel, tour St. Augustine
Fourth-grade students from Anna Maria Elementary
pause to pose on top of the Castillo de San Marco
while on a class tour in St. Augustine. The March 6 trip
also included visits to the Pirate Museum, shops on St.
George Street, the Spanish Military Hospital Museum
and a trolley ride to the Old Florida Pioneer, Spanish
and Indian Village Museum. The tour was accompa-
nied by teachers Pidge Taylor, Nick Leduc and Becky
Demo and parent chaperones. Islander Photo: Karen
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S h@el
AME calendar
March
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/
sites/elementary/annamaria.


Caution, no drive-thru
Anna Maria Elementary School
principal David Marshall shows
the area where a gate will be
installed to prevent "short-cut-
ting" traffic through the school
parking lot. While the driveway
next to the cafeteria is often used
for school deliveries, Marshall
has concerns for safety with
frequent traffic to and from the
adjacent neighborhood. He said
the gate will close when school
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Friday, March 29
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24 E MARCH 20, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

Center culminates 8-week cornhole season with tourney


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosted
a first-ever season-ending corhole tournament March
7 to culminate its eight-week schedule. Though only six
teams participated, league organizer Jim Harrison said
everyone had a good time and the players are looking
forward to next season.
Team Harrison, Jim and wife Dee, won the tourna-
ment, defeating Team Wohlers-W.i\,,_>Int, i 19-21, 21-11,
21-14 in the finals. Debbie Wohlers and Laurie \W. ,. mi
advanced to the finals by defeating Team Estabrooks-
Bonini in the first round and then upset No. 1 seed Team
Smith in the semifinals.
Team Harrison was No. 2 seed and received a bye
into the semifinals, where they defeated Team Tarras to
advance to the finals.
The center is considering a summer corhole league
if players show interest. Troy Shonk at the center wants
to hear from potential teams and players at 941-778-1908
or troy@myamicc.com.

Youth Super Bowl match-ups set
One final victory to come. Each of the teams that are
still alive in the NFL Flag Football Youth League at the
center have that much in common. They all hope to win
their respective Super Bowl March 22.
For the most part, earning a high seed matters but
not so much in this year's playoff brackets.
The 8-10 division Super Bowl will see No. 3 seed
Coastal Orthopedic Bears square off against fourth-seed
Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings. The Vikings upset top-seeded
LPAC Cardinals 25-13 to advance to the finals. The Bears
also defeated a higher ranked team when they rolled over
Lobstahs Browns by a 36-13 score.
The 11-13 division's top seed, Holy Cow Cardinals,
held serve with a convincing 48-15 victory over Mr.
Bone's Colts to advance to the final test.
Lobstahs Buccaneers advanced to the finals with a
32-20 victory over second seed Ross Built Dolphins.
The 14-17 division also has a one-versus-three seed after
Walter & Associates Bears earned a 26-19 victory over
second seed West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers.
As the playoffs have shown, an il hinl can happen.
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Adult football marches toward Super Bowl
The playoffs got under way this past week in the
adult coed NFL Flag Football season at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. The third-sixth seeds in each
conference squared off March 6 hoping to stay alive. The
winners earn a game against a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.
Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings easily advanced with a
41-18 victory over BY Construction Bears to open play-
off action March 6.
The Sun Bills also advanced with no problem, defeat-
ing Duncan Real Estate Cardinals 38-25 in the second
game of the evening.
Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants also stayed alive, edging
Lobstahs Lions 34-27 in an exciting game, while the final
game of the night saw Duffy's Tavern Raiders roll over
Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 30-12 to advance to
second-round action.
Duffy's Tavern Raiders took on the NFC No. 2 seed,
Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins, to open second-round
playoff action March 7. The Dolphins prevailed 34-24
behind 224 passing yards and three touchdown passes
from Ryan Moss. Jonathan Moss was on the receiving
end of six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Josh Rio, Ben Kirby and Ryan Moss added touchdowns
to complete the scoring.
The Raiders were led by 279 yards passing and
three touchdown passes from quarterback Chris Gillum.
Brother Mike Gillum caught nine passes, including two
for touchdown while finishing with 114 receiving yards.
Tyler Redmond and Jay Hoffmeister also added touch-
down receptions in the loss.
Sato Real Estate Browns rolled to a 40-13 victory
over Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants behind 215 passing yards
and five touchdown passes from Jason Sato. Brother Josh
Sato caught eight passes and scored two touchdowns and
two extra points to lead the Browns, which also received
two touchdowns from Ed Moss and a touchdown each
from Lexi Braxton and Matt Morgan.
Robert Mandrine threw for 230 yards and six touch-
down passes as Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings upset AFC
top seed FL Discount Signs Colts 39-25. Chad Woods
and Billy Malfese each had two touchdown receptions
with Malfese also adding an extra point and a two-point
conversion in the victory.
The Colts were led by Dustin Swain, who ran for
a touchdown and threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to
Brandon Hartwig, who also threw a pair of touchdown
passes in the loss.


The final game of the evening saw the Sun Bills roll
to a 45-20 victory over the Southern Greens Seahawks.
Quarterback Chuck Bucky passed for 234 yards and
five touchdown passes to lead the Colts, which received
touchdown receptions from five different players. Will
Weaver, Jesse Brisson, Scott Dell, Galen Brown and
Lindsey Weaver each scored touchdowns with Brown
adding three extra points.
The Seahawks were led by Tyler Bekkerus, who
threw three touchdown passes, two of those to Mark
Templeton. Andrew Terman added a touchdown and an
extra point to round out the scoring in the loss.
Playoff action continues March 20 with the toilet
bowl, a battle of last place teams and semifinal action
that pits Sato Real Estate Browns against Waterfront Res-
taurant Dolphins at 7 p.m. The second game pits the Sun
Bills against Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings at 8 p.m.
The Super Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. March 21.

KRC golf news
It was another busy week for golfers at the Key
Royale Club in Holmes Beach. The men's handicap
championship is now down to Mike Selby and Dale
Hudson. Look for results from that match in next week's
Islander.
The members teamed up for a nine-hole, two-best-
balls-of-foursome match Feb. 14. The team of Sue Col-
lins, Joyce Brown, Nel Bergstrom and Jerry Brown com-
bined on a 15-under-par 49 to take first place by two
shots over the team of Rose Slomba, Peny Auch and Carl
Weiner.
The men played a nine-hole team scramble March
13. The team of Dave Vande Vrede, Jim Stewart, Bob
Lang and Arnie Brames combined on a 3-under-par 29
to grab clubhouse bla.--in- rights for the day. The team
of Quentin Talbert, Mike Pritchett, Merritt Fineout and
Earl Ritchie took second place with a 1-under-par 31.
The team of Bill Gallagher, Don LaTorre, Dave
Kruger and Pieter Thomassen combined to card a 19-un-
der-par 45 to win the March 13, best-ball-of-foursome
match. Two shots back in second place was the team
of Wade Ladue, Jim Helgeson, Peter Proxy and Paul
Proxy.
Dean Christensen and Gary Silke both carded plus-5s
to share the individual title in modified-Stableford action
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Spring break offers little break in windy March weather
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
March has arrived bringing spring breakers, eager
anglers and windy days.
Typically, March on Anna Maria Island can be a great b.
month for fishing when the weather permits. Windy days t pB
and remaining cold fronts can sometimes put a damper -
on fishing plans but don't be discouraged. These fronts
usually last a couple of days and then the weather and o _'-_.
fishing return to normal. 0.i" "
Sheepshead are the highlight again this week for both
pier fishers and boaters. Reports from both piers on the ..
north end of Anna Maria Island are promising if you're in
search of some sheepies for the dinner table. Live shrimp,
fiddler crabs and sand fleas are producing a bite. Earl Jafe from Illinois and Sean Armstrong are Jen Kroeger of Holmes Beach shows offa redfish she
On the flats, the main focus is redfish. Try fishing pleased with their redfish, caught on a fishing trip with caught using shrimp while on a recent charter with
high tides to locate fish along mangrove edges and in Capt. Danny Stasny.
sandy potholes close to shore. Live shiners or pinfish are Finally, Girle is still targeting pompano and permit in
the primary baits, although a chunk of fresh-cut ladyfish south Sarasota Bay. Girle is using a pompano jig tipped Evelyn Kroeger,
will get the job done, too. with fresh-cut shrimp to get a bite. Along with pompano 9, of Holmes
Finally, spotted seatrout are making a showing on the and permit, expect to catch plenty of ladyfish and Spanish Beach, shows of
deeper grass flats of Anna Maria Sound. Try drifting and mackerel. herfirst keeper
working a soft plastic combined with a lead jig head to Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says sheep- sh-p .... redfish, which
find the fish. Once you get on the right drift, you should head are the main attraction this past week. Both pier was caught on
be able to jig up your limit in no time. fishers and boaters are reporting good numbers of sheep- a recent char-
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fish- ies around local docks and nearshore reefs. Pier fishers ter with Capt.
ing near shore reefs when the weather permits. On these are using a variety of baits including live shrimp, fiddler Danny Stasny.
reefs, Gross is catching a variety of species but the main crabs and sand fleas to get a bite. Those fishing near shore
focus is sheepshead. Using live shrimp on a knocker rig structure are using live shrimp.
is allowing Gross to reel up sheepshead up to 4 pounds Beach fishers are finding success when there are calm
and in good numbers, too. Other catches while targeting waters in the Gulf. Along the beaches expect to find black
sheepies include keeper-size flounder, porgies and Key drum and flounder as well as a few pompano. Live shrimp
West grunts. are producing the bite. Berkley Gulp shrimp combined Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing
Spanish mackerel are frequenting near shore reefs with a 1/4-ounce jighead are a good combination for these respectable numbers of sheepshead being caught on live
and Gross is taking advantage of the action. By casting who prefer artificial. Cast out into the trough that runs shrimp, fiddlers and sand fleas. Determined pier fishers
small white jigs, Gross is catching Spanish mackerel up along the shoreline to hook up. willing to brave strong north winds and cold temperatures
to18 inches. On the flats, fishers are catching good numbers of are being rewarded with sheepshead in the 1- to 3-pound
Moving to the flats of Tampa Bay, Gross is using live redfish. Using live shiners or pinfish, flats fishers are reel- range. Sork suggests carrying a variety of baits. Some
shiners to target redfish. Slot-size reds were the norm last ing up reds in the 15- to 30-inch range. To find these fish, days the sheepies are feeding on shrimp and other days
week. On a recent charter Gross managed to catch some Keyes suggests fishing during the higher tides up along they only want a fiddler crab or sand fleas.
nice keeper reds up to 25 inches. mangrove edges. Other catches at the pier include small mangrove
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing near shore structure Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead snapper, flounder and a few stray mackerel. For the snap-
when the Gulf is calm and the winds are down. By using are the primary catch this past week. With dropping water per and flounder, live shrimp are working. For the Span-
live shrimp, Girle is reeling up good numbers of sheep- temps and strong winds from the north, you would think ish mackerel, try using a white crappie jig to imitate the
head as well as keeper-size flounder. Also on the reefs, that fishing the pier would be tough. You're partly right, glass minnows that the mackerel are feeding on.
Girle is seeing bonito and mackerel, which he is catching but conditions like this don't affect the sheepshead bite. Sendfishing reports tofish@islander.org.
on small white jigs. Try using live shrimp, fiddler crabs or sand fleas to catch
Moving to the flats of Sarasota Bay, Girle is target- these tasty fish. As of this week, Malfese is seeing the .._ l
ing schooling reds during the high tides. Using chunks size of the sheepies being reeled up a little smaller than ,-'-'
of fresh-cut ladyfish, Girle is putting his clients on reds previous weeks. IU(H 1'I r .[~ W t ,ide
up to 30 inches. Soft plastics combined with a lead jig "They must have spawned out," says Malfese. "We're AM HIH PM HIm AM IL:W PM LIIW Mn:.:
head are also getting bites on reds. Girle ui.I Berkley still catching keepers but not the big females like we were i1ri, 2", ,3,P' I I 4" -111
Gulp shrimp or Exude Darts. last week." 2 1 1:4% 1.3- I14 --I..I_ u u.-- 6 12
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seatrout. An Exude Dart in the Golden Bream color com- R&R. Keeper-fish are being caught although the bite is I,.vIch 24 II 33 1 6 II ,1 1 4 "1 4..561 1.6.
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Island Biz


By Rick Catlin


Islander sales rep earns

leadership recognition
Islander sales representative Toni Lyon attended a
series of classes over a five-month period sponsored by
the Manatee Chamber of Commerce to gain an under-
standing of the county's cultures and economy.
Leadership Manatee students vis-
ited businesses, as well as went to cul-
S'"" tural and nonprofit offices and partici-
pated in activities that support a number
of local charities.
Students also visited local law
Lyon enforcement offices and learned about
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies on patrol.
Leadership Manatee graduates received certificates
and pins for their achievements.
Lyon called the experience rewarding.
"What I learned from the program was the necessary


Sue Carlson,
left, of Coastal
Cottages
AMI, 9908
Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria,
is pleased
brother Craig
and his wife
Sabrina
joined her at
the vacation
property rental
company.


interaction and cooperation of everybody to ensure our
economy is successful," she said. "The program is defi-
nitely worthwhile for anyone doing business in Manatee
County."
Rental team adds 'family'
Craig Carlson and wife Sabrina have joined forces
with Craig's sister Sue Carlson at Coastal Cottages AMI
at 9908 Gulf Drive in the Old Post Office Plaza, Anna
Maria.
"I am extremely excited to have my brother and
Sabrina join me in management of the vacation rental
business. I know that together we are going to make a
great team and provide fantastic service to our clients,"
Sue Carlson said.
Coastal Cottages AMI is a sister company of Sue
Carlson's An Island Place Realty, with offices both at
Coastal Cottages and at 413 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-567-6523.
Chamber biz exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly networking event 5-7 p.m. Wednesday,


S2013
grads
The graduating
class of Leader-
ship Manatee,
sponsored by
the Manatee
Chamber of
Commerce,
includes The
Islander ad
director, Toni
Lyon, third from
left. The group
met this day at
Manatee Glens,
Bradenton.
Islander Cour-
tesy Photo
March 27, at SteamDesigns, 5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
Cost of the event is $5 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest. Prizes will be awarded to attendees and
refreshments provided. Reservations are requested, but
not required.
The chamber said this week that Island Cityfest next
year in Holmes Beach will be in early April.
Upcoming festivals hosted by the AMI Chamber of
Commerce will be the sixth annual AMI Wedding Festi-
val May 5 and 13th annual Bayfest Oct. 18-19.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.

Perk up your pet
Perks 4 Pets has moved, and you and your pet are
invited to celebrate the stores Saturday, March 23, grand
re-opening at the plaza shared with Kmart at 7228 Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The event will include tours of the Vet Care Express
Ambulance, vendors, adoptions and pet photography,
massages and portraits, store specials and free samples.
For more information, call 941-795-PETS.


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BIG MAN RECLINER: 52-inches wide, burgundy
plush fabric, $100 firm. Call 941-782-8338.

VERTISSERIE PLUS UPRIGHT: Franklin Chef,
used once, $38. 941-932-5595.

COMPUTER MACHINES: 3GHz HT, refur-
bished, XP, $100. 941-756-6728.

TOW BAR FOR motor home, Blue Ox Aventa 2,
10,000 pounds, $395. 941-932-5595.

LA-Z-BOY: Like new, tan color, suede-like mate-
rial, $99, ottoman, $25. 941-779-9781.

ZLINE SKYLINE COLLECTION: Office furniture,
Chrome base frosted glass top, $150. Main desk,
5 x 2.5 x 2.5 feet, corner connector and computer
desk with keyboard tray, 4 x 2.5 x 2 1.5 feet.
813-239-6186.

SUV TRAILER HITCHES: MKX Lincoln or Ford
Edge, $100, Lexus RX330/350, $100. 941-778-
0253.

WINDOWS: ALUMINUM SASH, nearly new. Four
37 x 36 inch, seven 49.5 x 36 inches, $100. 941 -
778-3920.


SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
competition tie for first place. Christensen teamed with
Dick Grimme, Al DiConstanzo and Dave Johnston for
a plus-4 to match the score carded by Dan Hazeewski,
Dick Mills and Silke.
Morning action March 12 saw the men play a nine-
hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of
Bill Shuman, Dennis Schavey, Ron Robinson and Ron
Pritchard combined on a 20-under-par 44 to match the
score of Matt Behan, Austin Rice, Bob Schuetz and Dan
Hayes. Second place went to the team of Andy Barber,
Lance Lindeman and John Kolotesc with a score of 46.
Chet Hutton, Jim Auch and Charlie Knopp were another
shot back in third place.

Horseshoe news
Action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits
March 16 saw three teams earn 3-0 pool-play records
to advance to the knockout round. Leo Hutton and Bill
Wright drew the bye into the finals and watched as Norm
Langland and Herb Puryear easily dispatched Dave
Lansaw and Bruce Copeland 21-7. Langland-Puryear
then prevailed over Hutton-Wright by a 21-18 score to
win in the finals.
Three teams also advanced to the knockout round
during March 13 horseshoe action. Tim Sofran and Dave
Lansaw slid past Nick Younk and George McKay by a
22-16 score. Unfortunately, they ran into a buzz saw in
Sam Samuels and John Crawford, who cruised to a 21-1
victory in the finals.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
come.


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



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

THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade
and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts,
artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African
handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegift-
sandarts.com/

SEEKING HOUSESITTING/CARETAKING posi-
tion. Will relocate to anywhere on the Florida Gulf
coast. References available. 210-633-6206. the-
michaelearney@yahoo.com.

GUITAR OR PIANO lessons! Buy one, get one
free! 941-741-8832 or manateemusic.net. 941-
741-8832.

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

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

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

More ads = more readers in The islander.


By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
205 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,384 sfla / 1,754
sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar pool home built in 1968 on a
75x100 lot was sold 02/28/13, Sabow to Suncoast Gulf
Properties LLC for $535,000; list $579,000.
220 ChilsonAve., Anna Maria, a 1,719 sfla/ 2,143
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1957 on
a 75x148 lot was sold 02/26/13, Hiteman to Roaldi for
$525,000.
207 55th St., Unit A, AMI Pineapple Paradise,
Holmes Beach, a 1,232 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with
pool built in 1960 was sold 02/26/13, Will to Stadler
for $525,000; list $549,000.
108 Fifth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 764 sfla /1,052
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1936 on a 42x98 lot was
sold 02/26/13, Ulgenalp to Hoermann for $368,000.
26 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach, a 978 sfla /1,730
sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex built in 1964 on a 25x87


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

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
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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. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 941-779-2733.

NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques moved
to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
March 22-23. Collectibles, glassware, clothing,
hunting and fishing items, tools and more! 529
67th St., Holmes Beach.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 23. Ping pong table, one year old
Maytag washer, small refrigerator, single bed with
new mattress, much more. 8309 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

MOVING: 9:30 a.m.- 4 p. m. Friday and Saturday,
March 22-23. Tools, 24-foot ladder, sewing sup-
plies, household items, complete shop. 113 Third
St. South, Bradenton Beach.

Turn the page for more island garage sales...


lot was sold 02/26/13, Jorgensen to H,>llini>n thli for
$315,000; list $325,000.
2313 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,912
sfla / 3,033 sfur 6bed/4bath duplex built in 1997 on a
50x1O00 lot was sold 03/01/13, Wallenstein to Mark
Anthony Arcidiacono Realty LLC for $291,500; list
$369,000.
522 Pine Ave., Unit 5D, Bayou, Anna Maria, a 822
sfla 2bed/lbath condo built in 1973 was sold 02/28/13,
Irwin to Blundell for $230,000; list $260,000.
201 35th St., Unit 3, Anna Maria Beach Place,
Holmes Beach, a 630 sfla lbed/ bath condo with shared
pool built in 1969 was sold 02/22/13, McCarty to Lan-
pher for $186,000; list $180,000.
2502 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a vacant 50x 100
lot was sold 02/27/13, Gulf Coast Equity Group LLC
to Praetor for $173,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


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YARD SALE: 9.a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
Car seat, high chair, baby clothes, new chande-
lier, bicycle, vacuums, books, linens, life jack-
ets, movies, housewares, suitcases, patio set,
nursing uniforms, shoes, clothes, kitchen items,
scarves, small grill. Too many items to list! From
inside home to outside home, loaded, come see!
667 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March
23. Love seats, recliners, lamps, glassware, Elec-
trolux vacuum, beach pictures, paintings, all like
new. Garmin 276C Land and Navigation system
and much more. 620 Dundee Lane, Holmes
Beach, Key Royale.

HUGE YARD/GARAGE sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, March 22-23. Kitchen and motor
home items, tools, trash and treasures! 517 71st.
St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23.
Selling house, furniture, tools, sporting goods
and much more. 11 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach.


LOST CAMERA: BROADWAY Beach, Longboat
Key. Nikon CoolPix. 217-343-1137.

LOST: WOMAN'S GOLD bracelet: Hurricane
Hanks or on northbound trolley, Pine Ave and
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.

LOST: SILVER BRACELET with hearts. Lost
during St. Patrick's Day parade. Special to me.
941-737-9173.

FOUND: CAMERA LEFT at Star Fish Co., Cortez
about a week ago. If someone lost a camera, call
941-704-7643 to identify.


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

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


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

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.

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-
1367.

AMI PONTOON BOAT rental: See: boatflorida.
weebly.com or call 941-518-3868.

TWO SEATER FISHING kayak: 13-foot Percep-
tion with paddles and anchor. $350, firm. 941-
387-0457.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing. 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a
trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo.
Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


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-
5051.

BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy,
reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own
transportation. 941-447-9658.

NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-
7981.

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
p.m. 941-545-7114.



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

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
779-6638. Leave message.

ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
6688.

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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.

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER Repair Service,
LLC: Fast and reliable on-site computer repair
service with reasonable rates. CompTIA A+ and
Network+ certified. Call today! Anthony Mitchell
at 941-592-7714.


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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-
4570.
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-
1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
3840.
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!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
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.
MA#0017550.


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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in
old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free
estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

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

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

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-
932-6600.


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

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


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

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

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

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

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
447-6747.
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-
8822.
CUSTOM STONE, BRICK and Block: We do
remodeling, home additions, landscaping, paver
brick and home improvements, fire places, fire
pits, grills. Please, call Dave, 941-792-5206 or
941-465-6125.
CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job
too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills
repaired. 716-361-0010.
CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free
estimates and plans. New houses, porches,
decks and renovations. Fair prices. Call 941-
795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.


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

1 BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo,
heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month,
$1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch,
near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
PANORAMIC GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA, huge
deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available Janu-
ary 2014. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 813-
920-5595.
3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-
June. 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.
WANTED: 2BR/2BA CONDO: Holmes Beach,
February/March 2014. Annual/semi-retired visi-
tors. Monthly rate, $4,200-$4,800. Rich, 616-
334-3389.
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.
850-228-6820.


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New Construction Remodeling
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Warehouse/Workshops also available


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SHELL POINT BEAUTY Beautifully maintained 2BR/2BA
upper unit in quiet complex. Steps to great views of Watkin's
Bayou on shared grounds. Steps to pool. New AC/appli-
ances. Carport, storage, beautiful grounds. $249,900.


ANNA MARIA BEACH FRONT Spectacular Gulf views
from this Mediterranean-style 3BR/2.5BA home in the city
of Anna Maria. High ceilings, tile floors, large master suite
and spacious sun deck. 3,600 sqft. $2,450,000.


EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS of Tampa Bay from this spacious
3BR/3BA home at the north end of Anna Maria. Oversized
lot, three open porches, gorgeous heated pool, and large,
private yard. $1,050,000


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GREAT VIEW OF THE BEACH from this Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA condo. Direct access to Gulf beach only 100 feet
from your door. $412,000.


OUTSTANDING KEY KOYALE b,U000U 4BK
home with 3 full baths and 2 half-baths, two fire-
places, elevator, heated pool, dock and loads of privacy.
Truly a gorgeous home! $1,100,000.


DUPLEX NEAR BEACH. Ground level in Holmes Beach.
2/1 one side, 1/1 on the other. Short walk to beach.
$350,000.


EXCEPTIONAL BEACH VIEWS from this 2BR/2BT
house at south end of Island. Unobstructed view will never
change. Direct beach views. $499,000.

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


ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA ground-floor condo,
$1,100/month. Sato Real Estate Inc. Email rent-
als@satorealestate.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.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $875/week. 941-778-
4731.

ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet
from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental,
three-day minimum. Call for further information,
863-660-3509 or email: mememersh@aol.com.


DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton
Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.
flipkey.com/124227. $289,000. By owner, 941-
962-8220.


BIG FISH
REAL ESTATE


3/2 POOL HOME
West Bradenton Country
Club area, $169,000. Call Jeff
Petitt, Realtor, 941-773-2528.


SUMMER SANDS
Full Gulf view 2BR/2BA
turn-key furnished condo.
$499,000. Call Nicole
Skaggs, Broker. 941-773-
3966.


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NW POOL HOME
Stunning, beautifully updated
3BR/2.5BA executive home.
$279,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker. 941-773-3966.
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GULF-FRONT COMPLEX
Gulf views from light, bright,
updated 2BR/2BA condo. Turn-
key furnished, priced to sell at
$279,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker. 941-773-3966.


PALM HARBOR 3/2. HERON HARBOR 2/2
Island home, walk to beach, Updated ground-floor turn-
caged pool. Great location! key condo. Priced to sell.
$423,000. Call Debra Barker, $104,900.Call Nicole Skaggs,
Realtor. 941-962-1954. Broker. 941-773-3966.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289


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-
vices. 941-792-8826.

TRAILER FOR SALE: Move-in condition, 1BR,
Bridge Street. Reduced, $39,000. Boat dock,
$60/year on Intracoastal, furnished, land lease,
$410/month. 941-896-5528.

2BR/1 BA ISLAND HOME! Owner financing. 503
Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. $275,000. Call
941-778-7980.

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-
5054.

PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community,
turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus
amenities. Pet friendly, five heated pools, marina.
Two miles to 1-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob,
941-721-4890.

KEY ROYALE CANAL 3BR/3BA pool home,
remodeled to perfection! $649,000. Call Lori
Guerin, Realtor. 941-773-3415.

DISCOVER HARBOUR LANDINGS in Cortez 2-4
p.m. Sunday, March 24. Fantastic villa for sale
in a quiet, unique community. Cross the bridge
from the white, sandy Gulf beaches and down the
street from first-class marina to 119th Street and
Cortez Road. Turn in and follow the signs. Great
location, five minutes from everything, beaches,
movies, restaurants and shopping. Newer con-
struction and lower prices. Carolyn Spencer,
Engel & Voelkers Anna Maria Island Realty.

WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE: 2BR, heated pool
and boat slip. $153,900. Exclusive realtor, 941-
720-7519 or 941-756-1090.



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941-713-4755 800-771-6043

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


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20 Tony of the Dallas
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21 Lancaster County
folk
22 Kings of ___ (":se
Somebody" band)
23 Claw
24 Puccini piece
25 Prop in many an
action film
27 Subject of big 1970s
headlines
30 Elliptical
31 Adriatic resort
32 Western nickname
33 Exchange
35 The second African-
American, after
Hattie McDaniel,
to be nominated for
an Oscar
37 completess at the
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40 Hero of a Hindu
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43 Papal court
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47 Enjo)
50 Seltzer
53 Many altar paintings
of the Middle Ages
56 Long-distance
letters
57 Onetime art glass
manufacturer
61 Rock subgenrc
62 Not loco
63 Some college dorm
rooms
65 Pickle juice
66 Bud
67 Best Picture
inspired by a
Pulitzer-winning
series of newspaper
articles
71 Sporty cars
72 In other words
75 Book after II
Timothy
76 Sitcom diner
78 Quipsler
79 Femme fatale of
cartoons
82 Director Van Sant
83 Ignite
85 Necklace decoration
that's not from the
sea
88 Pressed upon
89 20-20. c.g.
91 Places to eat a late
breakfast, maybe
92 Nitpick
95 Sound at a checkup
96 Means of
inheritance
97 Unilever soap brand


98 Auto-shop offerings
102 Coastal structures
countering erosion
104 Tale written in
runes, perhaps
106 Unconvincing
reason, informally
107 Islands
108 Pong maker
109 Historic cent on
June 18. 1815
112 Like many Playboy
Playmate photos
117 Certain nest eggs.
for short
118 Actress Eleniak
119 Greek war goddess
120 SeaWorld resident
121 Irish county
122 ip to
123 Snookums
124 Leaves used in
Mediterranean
cuisine
125 Chop ___
126 Hens and vixens


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2 Slowly
3 ___ niqoisc
4 Software for touch-up
artists
5 (othic window
ornamentation
6 Cleansing agent
7 Bygone Ugandan
tyrant
8 MG, e.g.
9 Mars in Gaye's record
label
10 Actress Thurman


II ID.M.V. issue
12 Relative of -esque
13 Symbol of the
golden ratio
14 Last possible
moment
15 Robes, scepters and
such
16 Ski-mask feature
17 Queen ___ lace
19 20/20
26 Japanese drama
28 Adaptable aircraft,
for short
29 Cobbler's tool
34 HP product
35 Givcs off
36 "Be quiet." on
scores
38 Line of defense?
39 Pasta primavera
ingredients
41 Doc grp.
44 Marge who owned
the Cincinnati Reds
45 Recurring ideas
47 Intervene
48 Fleet
49 N.Y.U. athlete
51 Where people are
always changing?
52 One coming out
54 N.B.A. star Ming
55 "AC360" channel
58 Nabob
59 Unabridged
60 Like matryoshka
dolls
63 Frame jobs
64 Horn of Africa
resident
68 What an optimist
has


81 Word on either side 90 "Amen to that!" 106 Irish county


of "to"
83 Pivotal point
84 Prominent features
of the theme from
"Star Wars"
86 Cupcake
87 Swiimming diving.
etc.
89 Open-faced
sandwich topped
with a fancy spread


93 It's clear
94 Dolt
97 N.Y.C. airport
99 Early stone tool
100 First-year
101 Toasts
102 Responded
sheepishly?
103 Wine aperitif
105 Former "American
Idol" judge


110 Drop __

1 I Coup de ___
(gunshot: Fr.)

113 Kind of connection
from a mobile
de ice to a PC

114 Doo-wop syllabic

115 Suffers from

116 U.K. record co.


69 Kind of income
70 Antique restorer's
"touch," in brief
73 Sanctuary
74 Old Dungeons &
Dragons co.
77 Coach Don with two
Super Bowl
victories
80 "Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs"
song


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