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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Resort tax collections reach record high. Page 2 HB commissioners square off over chief choice. Page 3 The government calendar. Page 4 The Islander editorial, reader letters. Page 6 Community announcements, events. Pages 10-11 What to do, where to go. Page 11 Island police blotter. Page 16 AM pier tenant seeks parking improvements. Page 21 Capt. Kasay Gunter navigates island waters. at Key Royal Club. Page 24 AsTheWorld Terns in focus. Page 6The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.org What to do, where to Island happenings Ranked Floridas Best Community Weekly by FPA AMI Chamber of Commerce Medium Business of the Year Meetings Op-EdPage 22 Preserving Earth Day. Pages 5, 7, 8 Palma Sola paddlers. Page 14 Swing into spring. Page 25 VOLUME 21, NO. 24 Celebrate Earth Day April 22 APRIL 17, 2013 FREE Streetlife PLEASE SEE RALPHS, PAGE 20 Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry, at the April 11 commission meeting, describes his plan for a new city park with 15 parking spaces at the east end of Pine Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick CatlinPublic comment sought for AM park proposalBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Anna Maria commissioners asked for more public input on a proposed park, consisting of live oak trees, a grass lawn and 15 parking spaces at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard North. Commissioner Gene Aubry presented his plan, noting that resident Rex Hagen, who previously had asked to remain anonymous, will pay for all the live oak trees, installation and a watering, while Pine Avenue Restoration will Bradenton Beach agreed to hold off on closing Rotten Ralphs Restaurant on the Bradenton Beach City Pier until discussion at an April 18 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark YoungHope remains to keep Rotten Ralphs at BB pierBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Despite a 4-1 vote April 4 by Bradenton Beach commissioners to terminate the lease of Rotten Ralphs, hope remains to keep the doors open to keep the doors open at the restaurant. The restaurant is located on the Historic Bridge Street Pier and, its owner says, has Tropical Storm Debby temporarily shut down the pier and ensured the long-term closure of DOT calls for Cortez Bridge meeting The Florida Department of Transportameetings about the Cortez Bridge 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. The meeting is part of the project development and environmental study required before any bridge project can begin, a DOT press release said. The meeting will be an open-house format where people will be able to ask questions of representatives and provide comments in a one-on-one setting. Options available to the DOT for the .9 mile section of S.R. 684/Cortez Road that links Cortez to Bradenton Beach include a short-term maintenance project, a long-term overhaul that might require the bridge to be closed for several months, or replacing the existing two-lane bridge with a new, twolane bridge with emergency lanes. Several public meetings on the bridge will be held before the DOT delivers its recommendations to the public. For more information, call 863-5192304.3 Holmes Beach commissioners hold firm on Mainsail denialNew Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokaoutcry against the decision to hire him over former interim Chief Dale Stephenson. Islander Photo: Mark YoungGive me a chance says new HB top copBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Citizens expressed outrage over Mayor Carmel Montis March 28 announcement he was recommending the city hire Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer over Holmes Beach Police Departments 26-year veteran Dale Stephenson. 10, said he understands the communitys apprehension, but called on people to give him a fair chance. By Mark Young Islander Reporter After Holmes Beach commissioners agreed to place the Mainsail development plan on the April 9 agenda for reconsideration, action on the proposal to reconsider the prior revocation of the plan failed. Commissioners voted 3-2 March 26 to revoke the site plan that would have built lodging, a marina and restaurant in the city center at Gulf and Marina drives. It was a contentious meeting that pitted Grossman and Pat Morton against Commissioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Mayor Carmel Montis plea to table the issue until more information could be presented. City attorney Patricia Petruff was asked by Peelen to read a letter from Mainsail develColliers letter outlined his intention to possibly pursue legal action against the city if commissioners did not return to the table to work out the issues on the site plan. Mainsail purchased the Tidemark property and the Beach Inn at 66th Street on the Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach out of foreclosure three years ago. Tidemark began the site plan 12 years ago and the property has sat vacant ever since. Mainsail received Tidemarks site plan and some permits for work on the marina in the foreclosure, but the site plan was only valid if Mainsail could maintain the original site plan. According to the citys land development come before the city commission for approval. Colliers team set about the task of improving the plan, while investing more than $545,000 into the property, mostly rebuilding the marinas docks and adding boat lifts, as well as dredging the basin. Other expenses derived from fees to redesign the architectural and engineering plans. Meetings between the Mainsail team and city staff were ongoing during the past several weeks, and Collier said city staff reassured him that revoking the site plan was off the table. But revoking the site plan is exactly what happened March 26, and Grossman was the most outspoken critic of the plan. Colliers letter said that for commissioners PLEASE SEE PINE PARK, PAGE 15 PLEASE SEE TOP COP, PAGE 4 PLEASE SEE MAINSAIL PAGE 2

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APRIL SPECIAL TAKE-OUT ONLY MAINSAIL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 RESTAURANT WATERFRONT T H E Northern tip of Anna Maria Island across from the City Pier Overlooking Beautiful Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico TheWaterfrontRestaurant.net to reconsider their previous action would be a good idea before cranking up the legal machinery. Collier made several references to lawsuits in his letter, and made it clear he would defend his investors position vigorously. Collier said his team did what the city asked of them by working within the constraints of the existing site plan. He said he hopes the city will go for a positive outcome and show everyone in the community that we dont have to go to the mat and can rise to a better spirit of cooperation. After the letter was read, Peelen said in order to reconsider the March 26 site plan revocation, a motion would have to be made by one of the three prevailing commissioners, meaning it would have to be made by either Grossman, Titsworth or Morton. Peelens call for the motion was met by silence. The decision previously made stands, said Peelen in closing out the matter unless a lawsuit by Collier is enacted.Manatee County resort tax collections reach record highBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter February bed tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collectors resort tax division were $1.11 million, a The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 percent charged by Manatee County on accommodation rentals of six months or less. Resort tax collections have online information. February collections rose 6.2 percent from the $1.04 million collected in February 2012. Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key accounted for 51 percent, or $561,000 of the $1.11 million total. For the past 24 months of collections, the island and Longboat Key provided around 62 percent of resort taxes collected. The shift in collections is the result of a boost in accommodation rentals in unincorporated areas of east Manatee County, said Deb Meihls, marketing director for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the past several years, the BACVB has conducted promotions to attract visitors, particularly during the winter season, to accommodations in east Manatee County and other unincorporated areas of the county. Looking at the $400,304 in resort tax collections in February for unincorporated Manatee County, Meihls said the strategy appears to be working. The February collections for those unincorporated areas from $362,000 in 2012 to the $400,304 this February is a 10.5 percent hike. Meihls said the BACVB is aware of the stress on Anna Maria Island during the winter season and has actively marketed rentals in other areas. Were trying to market all our attractions in the county, Meihls said. The beaches will always be there, but there is so much else to see and do here. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said she was pleased by the BACVB efforts to relieve island stress during the season, but noted that sooner or later, they all end up on the island. Tourism also continues upward trend Tourism to Manatee County continued to rise of 2013, climbing 7.2 percent ahead of visitor totals for the same period in 2012. Walter Klages of Research Data Services, the company that compiles tourism data for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, gave a report that included updated statistics for county tourism at the April 15 meeting of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council. According to RDS compiled data, tourism to the 2011. ers, although the winter-spring tourism season usually draws to a close after Easter, which was March 31. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Resort taxes are collected one month in arrears. FigResort tax collections for 2011-12 rose 14.8 percent, while the surveyed number of visitors to the Bradenton area was up 7.5 percent, according to information from Research Data Services Inc., the company that gathers tourism information for the BACVB. Resort tax collections have set records for each of the past four years and 2012-13 is on pace to beat last years record amount of $8.1 million. setting year for resort tax collections. The $8.1 million eclipsed the former record of $7.01

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 3 ENJOY The Feast Restaurant 11:30-9 941.778.5092 The Feast Restaurant The Feast Restaurant FEAST ON THIS.... ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SHRIMP $21 LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHSGot Buttah? LOBSTAHS CHECK OUT OUR NEW! PRIME RIB SPECIAL! HAPPY HOUR FOOD & COCKTAILS 3-65337Gulf Drive | Anna Maria Island 941.779.1000 LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS 2 GREAT RESTAURANTS AT 1 LOCATION LOBSTAHS Fine Island Dining Tiki Hut Casual Lunch & Dinner LIVE MUSIC9-1 FRI & SAT NIGHTS April 19 Betty Fox Band April 20 Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones2 Holmes Beach commissioners square off over police chiefHolmes Beach city clerk Stacey Johnston swears in new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer at an April 9 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter What was supposed to be an informal celebratory swearing in ceremony for new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer turned hostile at an April 9 city commission meeting. Tokajer was hired March 28, during a hastily organized special meeting where commissioners voted 4-1 to accept Mayor Carmel Montis recommendation to hire him over longtime HBPD veteran Dale Stephenson, who resigned after the meeting. The lone dissenter was Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who presented past disciplinary issues in Tokajers accidents and hindering a police brutality investigation. Most of the incidents are more than 20 years old and Tokajer climbed the ranks within the Bradenton Police Department to become second in command before taking a position as captain with the Longboat Key Police Department in 2011. He is a 26-year veteran of law enforcement dating back to 1979, when he served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. April 9. The new chief thanked the commission and mayor for the opportunity and said he is looking forward to working with the community. Tokajer and his family left, and the meeting went downhill from there. During commissioner comments at the end of the Zaccagnino for what she said was a public bashing of jers appointment. I was distressed, very distressed that a candidate was publicly trashed by a commissioner, she said. I was disturbed that applying for a job gets you publicly condemned. Peelen referred to Zaccagnino pointing out Tokajers past disciplinary issues. While she said Tokajer did have two notable incidents, she made reference to lesser incidents in which Tokajer forgot to apply his vehicles emergency brake and another when he opened his patrol car door and struck a pedestrian. Peelen demanded that Zaccagnino publicly apologize to Tokajer. That apology would not come. Of all the people here, its your responsibility to uncover the facts, Zaccagnino told Peelen. Do not kill the messenger. He failed a lie detector test and he failed These are the facts. Its your responsibility to vet the facts. present all of the facts to the public and criticized Peelen for not doing her job and serving the public in an open manner. Commissioner Pat Morton sided with Peelen and commissioners then began to speak over one another before Peelen said, Lets stop this back and forth. Zaccagnino told Peelen she was the one who brought it up. You started it, he said. It wasnt our decision to keep Stephenson on, she said. He was already not selected to be the next chief. Emotions should have been put aside and we need to look at Tokajer for who he is. It was a very hard decision, but I think every commissioner here vetted Tokajer. Not everyone agreed. During public comment, resident Andy Sheridan criticized the city for hastily organizing a special meet ing on an important decision, calling it an affront to the citizens. Sheridan wanted to know if the commissioners read saying commissioners would not answer his question. Sheridan raised his voice, saying he had the right to ask the question and Peelen continued to interrupt him. Monti then threatened to have Sheridan escorted from the chambers. The mayor said Sheridan was reaching the point of becoming disruptive and uncivil, and Peelen then asked him to conclude his comments. Monti then criticized Zaccagnino for comments pub lished in The Islander regarding the mayor changing the Monti said he had the right to protect his own privacy in changing his locks, and said Stephenson was aware Zaccagnino said he failed to understand the mayors complaint. Are both of those (statements) not true? I was asked a question and I answered it, he said, of the comments published in The Islander. MORE: Zaccagnino protests, shuns city meeting. Commission revises step plan to accommodate new hires, higher salaries. Page 4

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4 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER By Mark Young Islander Reporter Very little discussion took place at a March 28 city commission meeting, as commissioners passed a resolution amending the citys step pay plan, which sets starting salaries and allows for incremental increases for city workers. The reason for the action became clear when the city hired Bill Tokajer as its new police chief with a salary of more than $80,000, exceeding the starting salary called for in the plan. Commissioners addressed hiring Tom OBrien April 9 as its new building department head at a rate higher than the step plan, at which time Mayor Carmel Monti clarified a March 28 action in which commissioners already approved OBriens employment. OBrien has been a contract Since we hadnt hired anyone in the building department, or a police chief for that matter in 25 years, the step plan was out of step for todays pay scale, said Monti. Monti said he did some research to see what rate comparable cities are starting new employees in similar positions. I asked for the resolution to bring people in for a rate that is obtainable in the real world, instead of going strictly by the step plan and not taking into account their real experience, he said. Monti said the citys step plan and starting salaries for department heads would only apply to inexperienced individuals, rather than taking into account the hiring of skilled and experienced people. OBriens starting salary is $72,000, but Monti said its still $9,000 less than what former building department Commissioners had two items in front of them per during a special meeting. MeetingsAnna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-7086130, www.cityofannamaria.com. Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org. Holmes Beach tee. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941Manatee County on preserves, habitat protection. Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org. West Manatee Fire Rescue 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org. Of Interest Bradenton Beach City Hall. Planning Organization board, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. ernments, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. session, Holmes Beach City Hall. Tentative. and also The Islander will be closed. Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@ islander.org.HB mayor gets step plan change, new hires benet T OP COP CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 I believe they will have the same respect and love the city of Bradenton did after 26 years, said Tokajer. I do understand they would have liked their internal candidate, but its not my decision. Tokajer said hes honored to have the job and once community members have an opportunity to sit down with me, they will be pleased with the choice our mayor made. He began his law enforcement career as a U.S. Army policeman, at which time he met his wife of 32 years and raised two daughters. He worked for the Sarasota County career with the Bradenton Police Department. He retired as deputy chief. Tokajer said he loved law enforcement too much to stay out, so in 2011 he took the job as captain on Longboat key, where he remained until being selected as the Holmes Beach police chief. Tokajer said he knows both Stephenson and former This department has had some good leadership, he Tokajer received the Bradenton police departments Purple Heart in 1990 when he was shot in the line of duty during a drug raid, and was awarded the Bradenton Police Departments highest honor the medal of valor in 1989 for disarming a suspect while saving the life of a He has served 20 years on the Manatee Childrens Services board of directors, 19 as president. He has several awards and believes strongly in remaining active in the community he serves. I would like the people to judge me for what they see of me, said Tokajer. What they will see is someone very community oriented. I want to partner with the community to make sure its the safest place in Manatee County. We have a beautiful little community. Tokajer acknowledged reports of his disciplinary issues, saying they were minor and the last one was more than 20 years ago. Dont judge me from my past, he said. Ive made mistakes, but I would ask anyone to look at the past 20 years of their lives and ask themselves if there is something they did that they would do different. Ive done that and try to be a better man and be a better coach to young Tokajers immediate concern as the citys new top cop is to get the rumor mill under control. He said he is aware of the rumors that drastic changes are coming and Before I make any changes, I need to do a needs assessment to see what the agency does and what they need before I make a premature judgment of the agencys structure, he said. Once I do that, and meet with the changes necessary to make sure we are making the community safe. Tokajer said he strongly believes in transparency and have what they need to succeed. We expect them to be professionals, he said. But to be sure they are professionals, we need to make sure they have the training and education they need. You cant hold someone to a standard if you arent going to give them an opportunity to meet that standard. Tokajer said the community should know that he is accessible. Im not someone who continuously sits behind a desk, he said. I lead from being out on the road and being part of everything. Tokajer said he believes its part of his job to be a presence in the community and he intends to do that. He was already on the street making contacts and introducing himself by going door to door in the business center last week. He told The Islander staff that rumors are untrue that write tickets for all infractions. It isnt true, he said. I believe in achieving compliance. All I ask is for the community to give me a chance They will see Im here for the betterment of this community and to ensure this is the safest town in the county. Tokajer said people have an open invitation to visit with him or call him. I want to give everyone a chance to get to know me and to partner with me in this adventure, he said.HB commissioner alleges bullying, shuns meetingBy Mark Young Islander Reporter missioner David Zaccagnino intentionally missed a meeting, and did so under protest. Zaccagnino said he was bullied at an April 9 Holmes apology from Zaccagnino. Peelens request for an apology stemmed from a March 28 special meeting hastily organized to announce Mayor Carmel Montis recommendation to hire Bill Tokajer as the police chief. Zaccagnino was the lone dissenter to the mayors decision and brought up Tokajers past disciplinary issues, as well as recommendations from two police chiefs, who told the commissioner, Anybody but Tokajer. Zaccagnino said the citys process for vetting Tokajer was lacking and criticized the call for a special meettime for proper public input. Peelen criticized Zaccagnino, saying she was disturbed that a commissioner would publicly trash a candidate and demanded Zaccagnino make an apology that never came. Zaccagnino said he was simply doing his job as an his fellow commissioners and Monti did not do their own due diligence in researching Tokajers past. In an April 11 email to the city, Zaccagnino announced he would be missing that evenings work session. Right now, I feel that I am being bullied and badgered by Chair Peelen and Mayor Monti for stating my view point and those of our constituents, wrote Zaccagnino. I do not appreciate a concerted effort to trash me for stating facts during the public meeting. Zaccagnino said, I have never seen this in all my years of public service to Holmes Beach. start date as an employee until the end of April. Commissioners unanimously approved the extension and then unanimously approved both OBriens and Tokajers starting salaries. In other matters, Monti read two proclamations declaring the city a participant in the national Donate Life Month promoting the importance of organ donors. Monti also proclaimed April as Water Conservation Month. Peelen Zaccagnino OBrien Tokajer Monti Click! The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send notices and photographs with detailed captions along with complete contact information to news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 5 Celebrating, Preserving for Earth Day National treasure hatches at Robinson PreserveBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Robinson Preserve gained a new resident on the can bald eagles broke free from its shell. According to Manatee County Natural Resources Department volunteer Wayne Pellien, the eagles called the 487-acre preserve home before it was Robinson Preserve. Pellien, who has been documenting the pair of eagles since the preserve opened in 2008, said they were spotted some two years before it opened. But not where they are now, said Pellien. They used to have a nest on the other side of the preserve, but a December storm in 2010 blew their nest down. The eagles settled on an Australian pine tree that can be seen from Pelliens spotting scope at mile marker 1.7 on the Spoonbill Trail. They are the only Australian pines we didnt kill when the preserve was rehabilitated and invasive species were removed, said Pellien. So its kind of funny they chose that particular area. Not that eagles are particular, said Pellien, who noted that its not rare to see eagles choose a large cell tower advantageous for nesting. As long as its high enough and sturdy enough, eagles will like it, he said. Eagles average two eggs per birthing cycle, which is once a year. Pellien said the Robinson Preserve eagles also gave birth to one eaglet during the previous cycle. skipped a couple of years, had one last year and one this year, he said. Pellien said there is only one pair of eagles in the preserve, because they are very territorial. I believe the closest other nesting eagles are on 86th Street West on the way to Tidy Island, which is off Cortez Road on Sarasota Bay. The Robinson Preserve eagles are somewhat unique. They are true snowbirds, said Pellien. They are on their own nesting cycle, which is different from all of the other nesting pairs in the state. They give birth, raise their eaglet, head north and come back around Labor Day every year. Pellien said their schedule puts them about a month behind all other nesting pairs. The mother and father take turns on the nest before and after the eaglet hatches, but after hatching the eaglet, Pellien said the mother runs the show and spends the majority of the time on the nest while the male hunts. Theyll feed each other while incubating the egg and in the nest at all times. The female only leaves the nest when she needs a break. Ive watched her just hover the sky above the nest for hours just to stretch her wings. The eagles will stay with their young until it can remarkable record of success. family will leave for the summer and they return as a family to start the new cycle, said Pellien. Its right about the time when nesting begins, so the male will chase the younger eagle out of their territory. Pellien said the young eagle the pair produced this past year has been a little stubborn about leaving. Hes actually still here in the preserve, he said in a February interview. Ill see the father chasing him around from time to time, but hes been persistent. Incubation for an eagle egg is about 35 days and the entire nesting season has proven to be a big draw for visitors to the preserve. Its rare when someone doesnt accept Pelliens offer to peek at the eagles as they walk, run or ride their bicycles past mile marker 1.7. People are amazed, he said. They absolutely love it, and it gives us a chance to explain that this is what a preserve is all about. Manatee County Natural Resources Department volunteer Wayne Pellien sights an American bald eagle nest at Robinson Preserve Jan. 29. An eaglet hatched there Jan. 26. Islander Photo: Mark Young PLEASE SEE ROBINSON, PAGE 8 Valid only at Taylor Morrison Palma Sola Trace communities. 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6 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Editorial Lisa Neff, copy editor Joe Bird Kevin Cassidy, kevin@islander.org Rick Catlin, rick@islander.org Jack Elka, jack@jackelka.com Mark Young, marky@islander.org Contributors Jesse Brisson Karen Riley-Love Capt. Danny Stasny, sh@islander.org Edna Tiemann Mike Quinn | NewsManatee.com Advertising Director Toni Lyon, toni@islander.org Production Graphics ads@islander.org Of ce Staff Lisa Williams, manager, lisaw@islander.org Janice Dingman, pier plank coordinator accounting@islander.org classi eds@islander.org subscriptions@islander.org Distribution Urbane Bouchet Ross Roberts (All others: news@islander.org) APRIL 17, 2013 Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 WEBSITE: www.islander.org PHONE 941-778-7978 toll-free fax 1-866-362-9821 Opinion Your www.islander.orgSign pollution There are more than 80 signs pertaining to the park and parking rules from one end of Anna Maria Bayfront Park to the other. There are two signs outside a house on North Bay Boulevard across from the park that allow parking for just one car. From the humpback bridge to the Anna Maria City Pier there are another 30 or so signs that litter an area of just a few hundred feet, mostly in the parking lot for the pier, which is what the beloved tourFor a city that wants to welcome tourists, it seems the city doesnt recognize that erecting signs every few feet eviscerates the small town, natural feel of the island. The excessiveness of signs also diminishes the beauty of the park and shoreline. 2011 that the Florida Department of Transportation had agreed to remove 68 sign posts and 49 signs from Gulf of Mexico Drive after a planning and zoning board member questioned their necessity. The same should be done in the city of Anna Maria. Aesthetically there is nothing more beautiful than our natural surroundings. Mary Clark, Anna MariaThanks to all Another bingo season has come to a close at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach. We would like to thank both businesses and individuals who so generously donated prizes for the drawings we held at intermission. This is truly a fun part of the evening. A big thank you goes to our tireless volunteers who kept us going with delicious desserts. A big thank you goes to The Islander for the great coverage, and thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who make the evening run smoothly throughout the season. Lastly, thank you to our bingo players for coming out for an evening of fun and fellowship. Kit Redeker, ASCC marketing managerPreserving spirit We were shocked to learn that Holmes Beach Police Chief L. Dale Stephenson was dismissed after 26 years of service. Only two weeks earlier, following the death of a family member, wed written a note to thank the chief and his department for exemplary service to our family over the years. When an elderly parent wandered from home and needed assistance in our Westbay Point & Mooring not, would offer help even without a emergency call. If to call and tell us what had transpired. We said that represented the best of community policing professional service beyond the call. We hope The Islander sorts out the details of this dismissal. Replacing a chief with no demerits with one having 16 demerits on his record calls out for an explanation. Holmes Beach like Anna Maria Island comprises a complicated mix of vacationers and residents and requires a police department with a special touch. We think Stephenson had that. As residents and voters, we hope this unique community spirit is preserved in the department. The Kenney family, Holmes BeachNew focus The spotlight revolves among three cities on Anna Maria Island, depending largely on the actions and antics Beach and Holmes Beach. The light shines equally on the cities, depending on the rigor du jour of legislating a variety of governmental rules. Take Anna Maria for example, where the recall of a city commissioner resulted after secret emails that were uncovered by a public records request revealed a plot to bulldoze businesses and fund a lawsuit against the city. ers were staring down a narrow, guided path of options provided by the city attorney for the restaurant lease on the city pier. default on its rent than met the eye. And more options The Russells had been involved in ongoing negotiations with city staff and the city attorney for many months and Dave Russell thought he was making headway on solutions, not an eviction. make the decisions will take place at an open meeting and theyll focus instead this time on keeping Ralphs at the pier, not kicking him out. A growing problem and a squabble in Holmes Beach came to a head recently, with one commissioner struggling to maintain traditional values and individual rights in spite of a coalition among the commissioners and the mayor. After all, this coalition was elected to solve myriad issues they blamed on vacation homes that started with complaints about trash left too long at the curb. Whats bothersome is the frivolous nature of complaints that seldom amount to violations, but produce bad publicity for tourism and home sales. Unlike Anna Maria, where they focused on communication between the city, rental agents and vacationers with gratifying results Holmes Beachs coalition put changing building regulations ahead of developing better relations. And here we have newcomers who lack the knowledge needed to properly conduct city meetings and quasijudicial hearings Roberts Rules anyone? We thought all along the idea was to end brokering deals behind closed doors in favor of meaningful discussions at public meetings in the sunshine. The spotlight now, if were to believe what we see and hear, is focused on the dark side, lacking civility and quelling meaningful discussion. Is it early campaigning for the November election? Or is it a lack of focus?

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 7 Headlines from the April 16, 2003, issue of The IslanderTemps and Drops on AMI Date Low High Rainfall April 7 60 83 0 April 8 63 85 0 April 9 62 86 0 April 10 63 85 0 April 11 70 87 0 April 12 73 80 0 April 13 71 85 0 Average area Gulf water temperature 79.324-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m. 13 after the driver crashed through the barricade and struck the rising drawbridge. The driver who was killed the sale of a security for the Island Wines and Spirits on Marina Drive after a judge ruled the rightful owner of were arrested the same day the court issued a judgment against them in favor of the bank for $194,989. Also, a Sarasota businessman sued the Hancocks for selling him a liquor license they didnt have. approved an application from owner David Teitelbaum to add 23 new units to the Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive N. The board said the total number of units on the property would be 55, still below the maximum of 59 units allowed in a multi-family dwelling zone. The board attached a number of conditions to its approval. Buildnot need approval by the city commission. Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. Weve been publishing and mailing successfully since 1992! We bring you all the news about three city governments, community happenings, people features and special events even the latest real estate transactions everything you need if your heart is on the Island. The Islander is distributed free locally. If you dont live here year-round, use this form to subscribe for yourself or someone else. 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Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992 CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) www.islander.org E-MAIL subscriptions@islander.org 10 years ago 12 years waiting: Holmes Beach preserve 12 years waiting: Holmes Beach preserve 12 years waiting: Holmes Beach preserve Celebrating, Preserving for Earth Day While mayor, Bohnenberger arranged $533,000 in funding from the Florida Department of Transportation for a boardwalk project, including a walking path and water-crossing features in the preserve, as well as a lookout tower in the future, however, a new city administration has redirected that funding to another project. The preserve is open to the public 7 a.m. to dusk. A small sign on Sarasota Bay marks an entry to the winding tunnels of mangrove hammocks within Grassy Point Preserve accessible to non-motorized craft such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Islander File Photo Grassy Point Preserve, an area of natural uplands, wetlands and mangrove hammocks fronting Sarasota Bay near the Anna Maria Island Bridge, had a longawaited opening Oct. 18, 2012, hosted by then-Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. The 34-acre nature preserve between East Bay Drive opposite Walgreens and Grassy Point Bayou was purchased in parcels by the city starting in 2000 with funding from the Florida Community Land Trust, and improved and managed through a partnership between the city and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. Holmes Beach public works crews smoothed out a 1,000-foot shell path in preparation for the opening, and following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a number of guests, including students from Anna Maria Elementary School and former Commissioner Billie Martini whose long ago dream for the preserve came to fruition previewed the preserve. In 2007, the Southwest Florida Water Managetat restoration in the preserves. In 2008, the city, SBEP, Swiftmud and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participated in a $91,000 project that restored the intertidal wetlands and coastal hammocks, removed invasive species, including Australian pines and Brazilian peppers, and moved spoil berms for nature trails. Another $18,000 went into clearing exotics and planting native vegetation. With $3,000 in grants last year from the SBEP, the city improved the preserve with a shell parking lot, picnic tables, shade trees, native plants and a shell path. The preserve also boasts waterway access for small, non-motorized craft. It is one of the few remaining island hammocks on the barrier islands, said SBEP environmental sci-

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8 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Pellien said its brought a lot of new visitors to the preserve from all over the world and this type of activity in the preserves is becoming a big tourism draw. Anna Maria Island residents may already know the eagles, Pellien said. They do a lot of hunting around Anna Maria Island, he said. Ive watched them several times head due west toward the island. Pellien sets up his spotting scope at the beginning of every nesting season and invites visitors to see the raptors from a safe distance. He is usually on station 8-10 a.m. almost every day, and will continue to do so until I fell in love with these birds when I was in the military and stationed in Alaska for four years, he said. Eagles are as common in Alaska as ospreys are here. I fell in love with them, and its a lot of fun to show these eagles off to our visitors and see their reactions. Boardwalk construction set at Neal PreserveBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter The long-awaited construction of a quarter-mile boardwalk through the Neal Preserve recently got started, Manatee County Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker said. It should be completed by late summer and the preserve will open to the public at that time, he said. The boardwalk will start from behind the parking lot, meander through mangroves and inlets and provide some scenic overlooks and benches, he said. Cost of the boardwalk is estimated at $400,000. Hunsicker said a few improvements are needed at the parking lot and gazebo at the preserve entrance to get the Neal Preserve open for visitors. Its not really suited for a kayak launch because the water is too shallow, but it will give Manatee County three nature preserves along Manatee Avenue between the mainland and the Anna Maria Island Bridge, and its the only one on the south side of the road, Hunsicker said. The county purchased the property from the Neal family, owners of Neal Communities, several years ago at a price below the market value. The Neal family said it would prefer the land be a public preserve in perpetuity rather than become a housing development. The Neal Preserve will join the Robinson Preserve, which has been open to the public for several years, and struction of the boardwalk, as nature preserves for the public to visit along Manatee Avenue between the Palma Sola Causeway and the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The Perico Preserve will have nature trails, a boardwalk and kayak launch area, as does the Robinson Preserve. Manatee County Natural Resources Department volunteer Wayne Pellien sets up a spotting scope at the beginning of nesting season to show visitors a pair of American bald eagles that have been nesting for years in the preserve. Islander Photo: Mark Young Celebrating, Preserving for Earth Day Perico Preserve pays its own way ROBINSON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker said the Perico Preserve project, under construction about 200 yards east of the Harbour Isle community entrance, is on schedule for completion in mid-2014. The good news is that little, if any, taxpayer money is being used to create the preserve, Hunsicker said. The Perico Preserve project involves dredging land to create lakes where seagrasses will be grown to supplement areas in Sarasota Bay where seagrasses have been depleted. Several canals that will eventually connect to the lakes also will be dredged to grow seagrasses, Hunsicker said. To create the lake and canals, a large quantity of dirt will have to be dredged, Hunsicker said. The dredged material is being sold to offset the costs of the project, Hunsicker noted. That brings the need for taxpayer funding to almost nothing, he said. Based on estimates, the preserve will cost $1.9 million, but the excavated dirt will return about $2 million, Hunsicker observed. Excavation of the saltwater mitigation canals and lake will begin in March, and the Southwest Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bradenton is buying much of the excavated material. Hunsicker said plans to connect the mitigation canals with Perico Bayou would be done in phases from September through April 2014. The preserve is slated to open in mid-summer 2014. The opening date, of course, is projected, based upon satisfactory resolution of permitting and weather conditions, but funding for the project is already in place, Hunsicker said. Amenities include a parking lot near the Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 entrance to the preserve, and a boardwalk through the preserve to an observatory on Perico Bayou. When walking along the boardwalk, visitors will be able Workers prepare Perico Preserve on Manatee Avenue West/State Road 64, about 200 yards east of the Harbour Isle subdivision entrance, where dirt is being excavated to create tidal pools. Islander File Photo to observe the rookery, mangrove habitation and area wildlife, the canals and lakes where seagrasses are grown, and other examples of habitat preservation. The observation platform at the end of the boardwalk but that suggestion is still under consideration, Hunsicker said. Hunsicker said continued creation of nature preserves and protecting the countys environment and water sources are a goals of his department and the county commission. Other nature preserves and protected areas are in the long-range plans of the commission and the natural resources department, he said. Old city pier planks recycled, repurposedBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Rather than throw away the old planks replaced with memorial planks on the Anna Maria City Pier, The Islander newspaper donated the old wood, and some went to Ed Chiles of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Chiles recently remodeled the indoor bar at the Sandbar, and used discarded planks as the base. He said he would rather save a piece of Anna Maria history than buy new wood. The old pieces were cleaned, Chiles said to consider saving the planks as one of his contributions to Earth Day observed on April 22. As the original Anna Maria City Pier was built in 1911, its likely the planks used for the bar are not the originals, Chiles said. Its also unlikely bar customers have any idea they are sitting next to history, he added. Call it saving the island one plank at a time, Chiles said. The original pier was built in 1911, 13 years before Island. To get to the island in 1911, steamships from Tampa would bring beachgoers, visitors and supplies to the pier island, its beaches, wildlife and swamps, then return to Tampa in the evening. Anna Maria celebrated the piers centennial anniversary in May 2012, and the newspaper, in partnership with the Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant, began selling new planks with memorials or tributes engraved in the wood. The planks are part of the pier boardwalk leading The old planks were saved and put to good use. Old planks from the Anna Maria City Pier have been repurposed on the island, including incorporated into the remodeled Sandbar Restaurant. Islander File Photo The bar base at the Sandbar Restaurant is constructed of recycled Anna Maria City Pier planks. Islander Photo: Courtesy Dara Caudill

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 9 Rehab at FISH Preserve can be dirty businessBy Mark Young Islander Reporter A $250,000 Southwest Florida Water Management grant could be released to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board sometime between now and August. FISH has submitted its management plan to Swiftmud, as well as entered into an agreement to create a 6.5 acre conservation easement in exchange for the grant, which is designated to complete the rehabilitation of the 95-acre FISH preserve. Acting preserve chair Karen Bell reported at the February FISH meeting in Cortez that the preserve committee also had met with representatives from Swiftmud, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Courts office to ensure everyone was comfortable with FISHs conceptual rehabilitation plan. The main topic of conversation was what to do with all the dirt from the dredging of the retention ponds in the preserve, said Bell. They will be digging all of that out and it will be added to dirt that has been stored from other projects over the years. Bell said the discussion generated ideas such as decided against that because it wouldnt be natural. Bell said FISH needs to decide whether to keep the dirt somewhere, try and sell it or give it away. They are going to try and calculate how much dirt know how many tons we are talking about, she said. Part of the discussion included whether or not the dirt A bridge in the 95-acre FISH prewater highlighting the potential of the preserves natural setting, as well as FISHs efforts to prepare it for more public participation. Islander Photo: Mark Young is safe to sell. since resigned, said any dirt dredged by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is automatically tested. Board member Turner Matthews said he would be against giving the dirt away, noting a friend who has made a very good living by selling dirt. He buys land just to dig the dirt out of it and has become quite wealthy, said Matthews. Contractors would be glad to buy it. Von Hahmann said a lot of dirt may be needed to bring up areas of the preserve to keep those areas dryer, and said she would prefer FISH hold onto the excess dirt until the board is sure it doesnt need it. for possible sale in the future. The motion unanimously passed. Also at the February meeting, Turner Maritime Challenge director Sean Wardell announced the last of the paperwork to become a Sea Scout charter under the Boy Scouts of America has been completed. Wardell was planning to schedule a meeting to introduce representatives of BSA, the parents of the six registered Sea Scouts and interested community members, to show them all what we have to offer. Coastal Cleanup on April 20 Keep Manatee Beautiful will partner with cities, community groups and school clubs on Saturday, April 20, for the Great American Cleanup. The event, part of the areas Earth Day observances and a national campaign, will take place at various locations in Manatee County. Volunteers will begin work at 9 a.m., reporting Maria. Avenue, Holmes Beach. Cortez. A post-cleanup party for volunteers on Anna Maria Island will take place at the Coquina Beach remodeled concession stand compliments of the concessionaire, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. For more information, call 941-795-8272 or email keep@manateebeautiful.com.De Soto memorial park to offer kayak tours The De Soto National Memorial will offer free ranger-led kayak tours weekends April 27-Oct. 20. Kayakers are invited to bring their equipment, but the memorial also can supply equipment coastal resources paddle through time as your park ranger guide will explore the costal estuaries. Learn how Native American Indians and Spanish Conquistadores used waterways for transportation and food. Learn about many of the unique plants and animals that make Floridas waterways their home. Find out how you can help preserve and protect these fragile ecosystems for future generations. memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Reservations are required. For more, call 941-792-0458, ext. 105. ACCOMMODATIONS Tortuga Inn Beach & Tradewinds Resorts 90 well-appointed rooms, apts., suites with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach, more! www.tortugainn.com 941-778-6611 www.tradewinds-resort.com Haleys Motel An Island jewel with 1950s charm and 21st century amenities. Perfect for all weddings and reunions. 941-778-5405 or 800-367-7824 www.haleysmotel.com Bungalow Beach Resort DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH! 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10 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER 5704 Marina Drive | Holmes Beac h11-6 | TuesdayFridayLocated at Island Flea 941.779.5350 Handmade Sterling Jewelr y Handmade Handmade Terras Island happenings 941-780-8010SCHEDULE: www.amiWaterShuttle.comPRIVATE CHARTERS & EXCURSIONS ~ UP TO 49 PASSENGERSENJOY THE RIDE!Monday Longboat Lunch Loop / Dolphin Watch Tuesday Sarasota Day Trip / Egmont Key Excursion WednesdayBradenton Day Trip / Water-Sports Cruise, Kayak, Paddleboard Thursday Circle Line Tour / Egmont Key Excursion Friday Eco-cruise, Kayak, Bike / Dolphin Watch and Champagne Sunset CruiseDAILY Island Water Shuttle Loop Service and Evening Sunset Cruises 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 941.778.0400and 313 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, 941.778.0500. Send your club, group, event news to news@islander.org. Acupuncture | Massage Therapy Organic Facials ** Sunset Beach Yoga at 6:30 with Leigh **HOLISTIC HEAL TH CARE IN A BEAUTIFUL SPA ENVIRONMENT! 2219 Gulf Drive N | Bradenton Beach 941.778.8400 | www.alunawellness.com Eco-friendly spa and wellness center What Women Want... A massage, facial, mani-pedi, hair style and makeup. A pampering package...$1005343 Gulf Drive, Suite 500, Holmes Beach By appointment: 941-730-3649 clairemariespa.comMM28612 Wine and Song to bene t orchestra An evening of Wine and Song Saturday, April 27, Orchestra. Seatings for two performances will take place at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center in the Centre Shops, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Tickets are $25. Carol Prokap, a consultant for PRP Wine International, will pair 8-10 wines with songs by AMICCO For more information, call Leitner at 941-5873584.Cortez historical society plans picnic The Cortez Village Historical Society will hold its 22nd annual community picnic 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Few-Miller Dock on the waterfront in the The menu will include fried mullet. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, call 941-795-7121.De Soto National Memorial re-enacts landing The De Soto National Memorial is the sight of a re-enactment of the landing of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, April 20. Activities will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. The event will feature weapons displays, demonstrations, a walk through time and a re-enactment of the landing, with De Sotos boats making landfall and claiming La Florida for Spain. For more information, call the memorial at 941-7920458.Kiwanis to meet at beach cafe The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.Privateers plan motor show car, truck and bike show 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. AMIP will present awards for the best in show, managers choice, pirates pick and best club participation, as Attendees can expect door prizes, a 50/50 drawing Parade on the island. For more information, call Roger Hoodat Murphree at 214-714-3953.Privateers hold scholarship bene t at Aces p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Aces Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. The Gumbo Boogie Band will perform at the dinner plenty of piratical antics. The buffet dinner will cost $6.95. For more information, call Aces at 941-795-3886.Center offers adult ballet The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will present a mixed movements and bare bones ballet combo class with Mo Dye A fee applies. For more information, call the center at 941-7781908.St. Bernard CCW sponsors cruise The St. Bernard Catholic Council of Women will sponsor a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise Nov. 29-Dec. 9. The cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale and stop at ports in the Bahamas, Aruba, Curacao, Panama and Costa Rica. A $200 deposit by Saturday, April 20, will hold a reservation. For more details, including costs, call Barbara Murphy at 941-228-2916.Local residents honored for landscaping project The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has awarded Don and Denise Elliott of the Sunbow Bay condominiums in Holmes Beach with one of its three Blue Dolphin Awards for 2013. The Elliotts built a demonstration landscaping project at Sunbow that involved removal of old turf and installation of more than 2,500 square feet of bay-friendly turf. Residents volunteered to help the Elliotts. The new turf is native Florida grass that does not need chemical fertilizers that pollute Sarasota Bay during the rainy season, a press release from the SBEP said. SBEP provided Bay Partner Grants to support the multi-year project. The effort to develop landscaping using Florida-native plants is a positive example for other condo associations, businesses and homeowners throughout the region, the release said. will be April 29, at the next meeting of the SBEP Citizens Advisory Committee. The Blue Dolphin Awards began in 2012, when Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring won an honor. For information on obtaining an SBEP grant, call 941-955-8085. Sarah Kane, center, of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, congratulates Don and Denise Elliott of the Sunbow Bay Condominium Association for winning SBEPs Blue Dolphin Award for 2013. Islander Photo: Courtesy SBEP

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 11 S A L E A A L L Free popcorn! Corner Rack (intersection of gulf and marina) You asked for it, you got it! Signature Signature 5311 gulf drive holmes beach941.778.5400 acquaaveda.com hair skin nails massagefeel beautiful today Island happenings 50% OFF 8102 CORTEZ RD. W. All in-stock Citizen watches. Celebrating 30 years in Bradenton! Available At... ISLAND SHOPPING CENTERMARINA DRIVE WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Available At... Weve got stickers!Family fun walk bene ts homeless program Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach will be the site The organization works to end homelessness for kids and their families. Beach Saturday, April 20. Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for children and $45 for families. activities, food vendors and a post-walk party and sunset watch. For more information, call Turning Points at 941747-1509.Island relay raises money for cancer work The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Anna Maria Island will take place May 10-11 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Relay teams already are organizing for the event and raising money. For more information about participating in the relay or supporting the walkers, call Aly Kerwin at the American Cancer Society at 941-328-3775.Arbor Day celebrations planned for AMI, area Keep Manatee Beautiful will partner with local governments and community groups to celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 26. Events will take place throughout the county. The near 77th Street and Marina Drive. County Parks and Recreation Department, along with KMB, will meet in Bayfront Park on North Bay Boulevard near the public restrooms to plant two green buttonwoods. will celebrate on Bridge Street by replanting the west roundabout at the intersection of Gulf Drive with native landscaping donated by the Bridge Street Merchants and KMB. The public is welcome to attend the celebrations. For more information, call KMB at 941-795-8272.Gala to bene t center Community Center will take place Saturday, May 18, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The event is the centers largest fundraiser, as well as an annual highlight on the island social calendar. Proceeds, according to a news release, help the at-risk children, teens and families served by the Anna Maria Island Community Center by providing programs in a safe, wholesome environment where they can identify their talents, expand learning opportunities, develop new skills, get healthier and grow in character and conThe evening black-tie is preferred features live and silent auctions, dinner catered by Harrys Continental Kitchens and an open bar. Seating, which includes a Champagne reception at 6 p.m., is $175 per person. VIP seating, which includes a pre-reception party and special entertainment beginning at 5 p.m, is $250. Reservations are requested by May 10. For more information, call Sharen Pittman at 941778-1908, ext. 9203.One less car again In March 1998, Islander photographer Edna Tiemann came across biker Mary Seine wearing a One Less Car safety vest and they both paused for a photo. Fast forward 15 years to March 2013, and the pair, a little older but still active in their pursuits, pause again for a pose. The newspaper in 1998 reported Seine was biking 100 miles a week, and now turning 86 in April shes pedaling about 6 miles a day. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann The Island Affaire, a gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, is a highlight on the local social calendar and not island casual. Islander File Photo

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12 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Wednesday, April 17 Noon Anna Maria Garden Club high tea meeting Thursday, April 18 Friday, April 19 Saturday, April 20 Sunday, April 21 Monday, April 22 Tuesday, April 23 Wednesday, April 24 Off-island Saturday, April 20 Sunday, April 21 Ongoing Coming up Save the date 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 a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome. Socializing The Islander has an active Facebook community of more than 2,200 users, so were sharing some of the conversations weve been having with our fans. If you would like to join the conversation, become a fan of The Islander on Facebook. We provide a direct link to our fan page from www.islander.org. The Islander also allows comments on stories online. Season ends, summer plans As the 2013 winter-spring tourism season wanes, The Islander encourages event organizers and publicists for local groups to take a look at the ongoing events listings and notify calendar@islander.org of any changes needed. Also, The Islander encourages publicists for local groups to send spring-summer calendars and event announcements to calendar@islander.org. TAX AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES BEN AND KAREN COOPER We are accepting new clients for our Tax and Accounting practice We prepare income taxes and handle all phases of accounting. Bank Reconciliations Preparing Financials Calculating Payrolls Homeowners Associations Individual and Corporate Tax Returns WE WANT TO BE YOUR ACCOUNTANT941-795-7048 Ofce 941-795-4878 Fax 941-713-9190 Cell benacooper@aol.com

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 13 WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK!1707 1st St. E., BradentonWhere Hwy 41 & 301 meet @ 17th Ave941-747-3794 Red Barn Plaza Area OPEN Tuesday-Sunday (see website for details) Best Place to Find Anything! Entire Flea Market Open 8-4ENTIRE FLEA MARKET OPEN 8AM-4PM Bring the Family, Spend the Day THE BEACH SHOP www.thebeachshopboutique.com We moved to Cortez from the Manatee Public Beach! BEACH SHOP The Lots of items up to 50% OFF We moved to Cortez from the Manatee Public Beach! Lots of items Lots of items up to up to 50% 50% OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF SPRING FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY Season nale for ArtWalkABOVE LEFT: Featured artist Richard Stewart, left, of Tampa, discusses his threepanel photo artwork of the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria with guests at Island Gallery West during the April 12 ArtWalk event in downtown Holmes Beach. ABOVE RIGHT: Darleen Ostrowski, left, admires the work of artist Joan Voyles, while Voyles son, Erik Abrahamson, stands by during the April 12 ArtWalk event. Voyles was the featured artist at the Guild Gallery, operated by the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach. Other par ticipants were Restless Natives, the Anna Maria Island Art League, Island Tattoo, Beach Life AMI, Libbys Jewelry and Gifts and Island Gallery West. LEFT: Sarah Johnson, center, shows her ceramic work to Charlie Boothby at an exhibit for visual art students of St. Stephens Episcopal School, Bradenton, at the Anna Maria Island Art League during ArtWalk in downtown Holmes Beach. Attend ing the show are artists Laura Culp and Christina Jones, Boothby, and artists Johnson, Amanda Everhardus and Ally Thomas. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann

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14 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER What You Think Is Who You Are 941-778-0414 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria www.roserchurch.com Gary A. Batey, PastorA non-denominational Christian churchCelebrating 100 Years of Service in 2013 Sunday 10 AM ~ Traditional Worship 10 AM Children and Youth Church School 9 AM Adult Sunday School SPRING RATES ARE HERE! Bottle Boat Regatta tops weekend funThe Bottle Boat Regatta, part of a month of celebrations organized for the De Soto Heritage Festival, draws a crowd and Hernando de Sotos Crewe of Conquis tadors to the shore along Palma Sola Causeway/Man atee Avenue, Bradenton. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann Bottle boats race, crowds clog causeway Big kids, little kids, conquistadors and the queens court took part in the race of homemade bottle boats April 13 along the Palma Sola Causeway on Manatee Avenue. It was all part of the growing annual Bradenton celebration of the De Soto Heritage Festival. petitors enjoy the day. Saturday, April 20, at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Auditorium. Manatee High School, the parade route goes west on Ninth Avenue, north along 39th Street West to Manatee Avenue and then turns east toward downtown Bradenton to Ninth Street West. For more details about the festival, call 941-747-1998 or go online to desotohq.com. Youths from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach paddle to the A pre-race blessing of the waters. Heated competition: Sugg Middle School vs. King Middle School.

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Webb noted that the commission had said when the six vacant lots across from the Anna Maria City Pier were purchased there would be no parking on them. Yetter agreed, and further stated opposition to public restrooms. Who would clean them? she asked. sense to relieve the congestion that occurs near the post but he also opposed the bathrooms. Aubry said the city needs to be more tourist-friendly and public restrooms are needed there. Commissioner Dale Woodland sided with Aubry. He said it makes sense and is a good use of the property. And its the best compromise weve had for the property, he added. The 25 live oak trees would be planted around the property and several would separate the parking area from the park grounds. The live oak trees already there would be saved, Aubry said. Webb said he might give approval for a portion of the Aubry said he would bring a rendering of the restrooms a design similar to those found in European cities, which need little maintenance to the April 25 meeting. as the lead item for the commissions April 25 meeting. Moratorium enacted Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium ordinance on all residential construction above 27 feet, while they continue to revise the citys bulk-, lotand yard-size regulations. No expiration for the moratorium was included in the ordinance, but the commission has been working on a living-area-to-lot-size ratio for residential structures to replace the 37-foot height-limit ordinance. Commissioners also learned that SueLynn has had discussions with Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder to assume responsibility for pier maintenance in exchange for an increase in lease payments. The pier needs at least $80,000 in repairs immediately, the mayor said. Commissioners said this was an issue for the mayor, but asked to be kept informed of the negotiations. The lease agreement. Schoenfelder presently pays $9,600 per month to lease the pier, restaurant and bait shop. Schoenfelder also favored Aubrys plan for a park and more parking spaces. everything there and relieves the congestion, he said. He said that although he has dedicated parking spaces in the lease, he has never enforced that provision. He has some signs in the pier parking lot noting the parking space is for restaurant customers only, but enforcement SueLynn said if Schoenfelder did start enforcing his lease and towing vehicles, it would be a nightmare for the city and bad publicity for tourism. The mayor said if the commission agrees to transfer responsibility, shell go to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council for funding because the pier is an integral part of area tourism. Shell also start looking for and repair of a historical structure. Also, commissioners agreed they no longer need to meet every week, which they have been doing the past two months. Additionally, commissioners unanimously gave the approval to sign a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, adopted the Manatee County animal control ordinance for the city and passed a public nuisance ordinance. The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Commissioner shows off gearsAnna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry shows off his 1948 Austin Healey, refurbished piece by piece by Aubry as a project. He said since the projects done, hes ready to move on to something else. He brought the car to show at the April 13 Gears & Beers Clascommissioner is an architect by trade, and enjoys playing guitar at the Beach Bistro for his own and customers amusement. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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16 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Make us your for immediate medical care! Visit our other location at: 2401 University Parkway, Suite 105 Sarasota, FL 34243Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. 2 p.m. We accept most insurance plans. School/sports physicals Pre-employment testing Minor surgical procedures Physical exams Injuries and illnesses Screenings and X-rays And more BRADENTON WEST MASS AG E BY NADI ACall 94 1. 51 8.830 1 Massaging on AMI for more than 17 years. Your place, your convenience.MA#0017550 HOW TO RELAX ON AN ISLAND .GIFT CER TIFICA TES AV AILABLE LIFE AUTO HOME BOAT BUSINESS StreetlifeHBPD collecting prescription drugs The Holmes Beach Police Department continues to partner with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program. The campaign has multiple goals to curb the theft or abuse of drugs and keep dangerous drugs out of the environment. People with expired and unneeded prescription drugs can drop off bottles at HBPD during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The DEA will be collecting prescription drugs from the HBPD on April 27. Three previous national Take-Back efforts resulted in the DEA collecting about a million pounds of drugs that might have been dumped into sewer to a news release from the DEA.BB man arrested on sexual battery chargeIsland police blotterAnna Maria responded to a father and adult son arguing. The son said his father was upset and insulted him because he could marijuana stems in plain view after both men denied any knowledge of the stems. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach property. A woman stored her drivers license in a side pocket of a small cooler and went for a walk on the beach. When she returned, her drivers license was missing. warning. Police responded to a man causing problems at the bar and discovered the suspect was trying to play pool for money. According to the report, the man refused to stop asking other patrons to gamble and then refused to leave when asked. A trespass warning was issued. Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD. Cortez Cortez is policed by the MCSO Holmes Beach March 23, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass. Police responded to a complaint of a man in the parking lot attempting to sell customers his pocket knife. The man admitted he was trying to sell the knife to raise money for bus fare. Police searched the suspect and located the knife and $7. He was advised it was illegal to solicit in Holmes Beach and was trespassed from the property at the store managers request. By Mark Young Islander Reporter A 40-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested on felony sexual battery with a weapon and aggravated battery April 12 in the 400 block of Second Street North. According to the probable cause argued the previous night. Moroz awoke in the early morning hours of April 12 wanting to engage the alleged victim in sexual activities. The victim complied, but Moroz allegedly placed a 9 mm handgun to the victims head. According to the report, Moroz told the victim he really wanted to kill her. The couple continued their sexual activity, but the victim said she did so at that point out of fear for her life. She called the Bradenton Beach Police Department Moroz. According to the report, Moroz admitted he put a gun to the victims head. He was then arrested on the felony charges. He was booked into the Manatee County jail and scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, May 3, at the ton. Morozs bond information was not available as of Islander press time. Moroz BP, trespass. An employee reported a juvenile had broken some items in the stores bathroom, which led to a heated exchange between a store employee and the juveniles mother. The mother said the employee was rude to the family when they asked to use the bathroom. exposure. A 49-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested for misdemeanor exposure and possession of marijuana after a complainant reported the man had urinated in an open area behind the business. She told police the man exposed himself. Police made contact with the man and a search of his person turned up 3 grams of marijuana. complainant called police to report her house had been broken into while she was on a trip, but nothing had been stolen. She discovered three empty beer cans inside the residence and suspected it may have been family members, but wanted the incident documented. Entry into the home was through a window, which was damaged. The damages were estimated at $100. bicycle valued at $100 was stolen from a bike rack. down by a man who reported someone had stolen a tile saw valued at $1,500 from his porch. A neighbor provided police with a description of two young men and a woman who had come to the home and left with a large object in their vehicle. The complainant called later that day to say the saw had been returned. glary. A complainant reported he left his wallet inside an unlocked vehicle. When he returned, the wallet had been gone through and $100 was missing. Police responded to a call from a man who said his son was yelling and refusing to go to school. The man said his son was bullied at school. The school had told him they had taken care of the problem, but the son said the was wrong to yell at his parents and that he had to go to make sure the bullying was addressed. A woman called to report her husband was missing for more than a month. She said they were having general marital issues and that he had disappeared for a few days before, but not for this long. She told police he had not picked up his medications, left his cell phone behind and no other family member has heard from him. chief. A complainant reported he has been having trouble with his neighbor since having work done to his pool. He said he was having the pool resurfaced and needed to run a pump at night to keep water from getting into the pool. He told police his neighbors wife came over and kicked the pump into the pool. The neighbor said the pump was keeping his wife up at night, but denied his wifes involvement in the incident. The damage to the pump was estimated at $400. Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 17 AR T AND COLLECTIBLESAll proceeds c Thomas 531 hadjacent to the Anna Maria Island Ar t League941 -320-1 786 Maybe you have some time on your hands for spring shopping. These stores specialize in unique items and offer great customer service. For certain, The Islander knows where to shop. We bet any one of these shops has what youre looking for, because they are stocked with unusual good to shop local and buy local. Giving Back in Holmes Beach offers new merchandise every week. And remember, when shopping at Giving Back, you get awesome deals and give back proceeds go to local charities. At Steffs Stuff, its always a good time to shop for fabulous vintage jewelry and other accessories for your wardrobe. See the great selection at 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. For information, call Steffs Stuff Antiques at 941-383-1901. The women behind Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs Unique Finds are at it again! There are so many new items in the store, theyre running out of space! Kris has brought in lots of larger-sized dresses from the 1950s and 60s. Nancy will soon be expanding the sewing section. The store Select furniture pieces are 25 percent off. Tide and Moon s location on Pine Avenue is a must-do. What better way to remember paradise found than the Anna Maria Island Pearl Pendant handcrafted by Laura Shely and only available at Tide and Moon? What a Find! is a fabulous quality consignment looking for. With more than 1,000 consignors and daily appointments for accepting more, the shop is constantly changing. Youll soon be saying, Wow, What a Find! Community Thrift Shop wants to know if youre ready to change things up for the new year? It is looking for quality consignments with 50-60 percent to the consignor. Call the store for details. With deals like these, who cant afford to do a thrifty makeover on their home or vacation rental? Dont forget to say, The Islander sent me. Retro Rosie Historic East Manatee Antiques District SHOPS OPEN TUE-SAT 10-4Vintage Clothes for All Occasions Beautiful Wedding Gowns and Accessories Vintage, Cottage and Romantic Country Style. New addition! Vintage holiday and Christmas Department 817 Manatee Ave. E. 941-708-0913 Like us on Facebook!CobwebsAntiques and More Tiki & Kittys Adventures in Shopping Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques! What a Find! THRIFT AND CONSIGNMENTS Quality clothing, purses & accessories, furniture, kitchenwares and old Florida-style decor. What a nd! Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Thrift ShopBradentons Original Thrift and Consignment Shop5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton Large selection of Home Decor, Furniture, Collectibles, Fine Jewelry, Clothes for the whole family! Books and more! Accepting quality consignments. Call 792-2253Readers Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store Mon-Fri 10-4 Sat 10-2 Steffs Stuff Antiques & TreasuresJ 941.383.19015380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101, Longboat Key at the Centre Shops, Buttercuponline@hotmail.com Jewelry Tide and Moon Exclusive Anna Maria Island Pendant Handmade by Laura Shely ObituariesMargaret Marge DeanMargaret Marge Dean, 100, Anna Maria, died April 6. She was born Margaret Freund Feb. 28, 1913, in St. Germain, Wis., the fourth in a family of 12 children. She and her late husband, Forest Dean, built a bulldozing and landscaping company together in the Wisconsin north woods resort area. She had been a regular visitor to Anna Maria from 1965 to 1995, when she became a permanent resident. In 2006 she moved to an assisted living facility. Until she Gulf of Mexico and she occasionally won trophies for her catches. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Roser Chapel at the Roser Memorial Community Church Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be Obituaries are provided as a free service in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, and to those people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length. Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries are available by calling 941-778-7978.Rosanne Rosie Terry Dole Rosanne Rosie Terry Dole, 66, of Bradenton, died April 7. She was born Oct. 23, 1946, in Bradenton to the late Evangeline Rose and Harvey Metz Terry. She graduated Manatee High School in 1964. She was an advertising partner for many years with The Islander newspaper Tiki and Kitty shopping feature, and had recently sold her business, Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing. She embraced all things vintage. A memorial service was held April 13 at Skyway Memorial Gardens Chapel in Palmetto. Massie of Reno, Nev.; son William Arthur of Palmetto; best friend, Susan Redeker, of Bradenton Beach; grandTerry; and sister Mary Avery. made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. Mrs. Dean is survived by her three children, Marion 27 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Road watch, April 15-22 The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a bridge maintenance project 9 p.m.-6 a.m. weeknights on the Anna Maria Island Bridge/State Road 64. Most of the work is taking place under the bridge, in place for any lane closures. The project should be completed by late summer, the release said.Kathleen M. (Dale) Mineo Kathleen M. (Dale) Mineo, 60, of Bradenton, died April 7. She was, born Aug. 5, 1952, in Brookline, Mass., Cathedral High School and most recently was as a real estate agent at Simpson South Realty, Holmes Beach. Kathleen traveled the world with her husband and enjoyed her family and friends and caring for her rescue dogs, Harley, Hoops, and Savannah. She volunteered to teach English as a second language. A funeral and Liturgy of Christian Burial was held April 12 in Springfield. Memorial donations may be made to Underdog Rescue, P.O. Box 351, Bradenton FL 34206. A Celebration of Life on Anna Maria Island for friends and family will be held April 20 at the home of Gayle Schulz. Mrs. Mineo is survived by her husband of 38 years, selynn A. and her partner Kimberley D. of Louisville; and brother William C. and wife Theresa Dale of Baltimore.

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18 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER PLEASE SEE BATTLE, pP AGE 19HB commissioner calls out mayors proposals Holmes Beach ponders visiting restaurant parkingHolmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino calls out Mayor Carmel Montis proposals to charge a trolley fee, build a toll gate on the Anna Maria Island Bridge and lease the Scentral Park dog park to dog owners. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter It was a two-round battle A A pril 9 between Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Chair Jean Peelen. Round two came at the end of the meeting when Peelen admonished Zaccagnino for his March 28 criti cism of Mayor Carmel Montis choice for a new police chief. Zaccagnino criticized other commissioners for not doing their due diligence in researching the new chiefs background before voting to accept the mayors recommendation. Peelen, reading from a prepared statement, demanded Zaccagnino apologize for questioning the mayors choice, accusing the eight-year commissioner of publicly trashing the candidate. Zaccagnino did not apologize. Round one opened the A A pril 9 city meeting when Zaccagnino raised concerns over emails from Monti to Peelen, suggesting he would like the commission to consider three future revenue proposals. One proposal would be to have the city build a toll gate and charge motorists entering the city on Manatee A A venue at the A A nna Maria Island Bridge. Residents would be admitted free in the mayors proposal, while tourists would pay to enter. A A second proposal was to sell discounted tokens for trolley rides to businesses, who in turn resell tokens at a was to lease S Scentral Park dog park to dog owners, who then would pay a fee to use the park. see them on a future agenda, said Zaccagnino. Peelen called a point of order and interrupted Zaccagnino, saying she has asked the mayor and commissioners to submit a wish list of proposals no matter how impossible or improbable. E E ven though the emails are public record, Peelen criticized Zaccagnino for bringing them up at a public meeting. This is not the place to bring them up, she said. Moratorium lifted In the nights quickest action, commissioners unanithe self-imposed building moratorium in the citys R-2, or duplex, district. The city enacted the moratorium Jan. 8, expecting it to last six months. The moratorium was designed to slow down the construction of duplexes until the city could address solutions pertaining to rental units causing congestion, parking, noise and trash problems. standards. New language in the land development code 33 percent of a common wall. Zaccagnino previously said he would oppose the ordinance because it will create box-like structures and limit green space, which is contrary to the citys vision plan. He said the city is setting itself up to create perpetual rental units as opposed to giving an opportunity to new permanent residents seeking to own duplex units that appear to be single-family homes. Zaccagnino did question setback requirements in the ordinance, but city planner Bill Brisson addressed his concerns, saying the setback requirements arent changing. Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance. The ordinance will apply toward any new permits in the moratorium timeline and existing structures are grandfathered. In other matters, commissioners provided a consensus for Monti to write a letter supporting Manatee County administrator E Ed Hunzeckers 26/13 Plan, a proposal to provide for an added half-cent sales tax and a reduction in tax rates in all island cities by 26 percent. The property tax savings would be achieved by patrols from property taxes for owners in cities that provide law enforcement for its citizens. The plan calls for a half-cent sales tax to begin paying for indigent health care costs, which has been funded by By Mark Young Islander Reporter Its been two years since the Holmes Beach commission voted to decrease the number of required restaurant parking spaces from one space per three seats to one Commissioner Pat Morton said at an A April 11 work session that the change was made to accommodate new restaurants and existing restaurants wishing to expand seating within their footprint. Morton was the lone dissenter in that 4-1 vote. S S ince that vote took place, Commissioners Marvin G G rossman and Judy Titsworth, as well as Commission G G rossman brought up the idea of revisiting the issue. What I had noticed in the process of reading the land development code for parking requirements, is that we had changed ours, said G G rossman. I reviewed what the county does and what other cities in our area do and discovered that we are special. G Grossman said the previous commission eliminated parking for outdoor dining and didnt require businesses to renew their license once issued. In the old ordinance, they were required to come and get another tax receipt to show how their parking was doing, said G G rossman. That requirement was dropped. Im not comfortable with the changes that were made. Id like to bring it back to where it was or really try and understand why we should be different than other communities, he said. Morton said the city previously allowed restaurants to add eight outdoor dining seats without the need for a new site plan, but everyone wasnt comfortable with that. The wisdom of the commission, at the time, was to Morton disagreed with that decision, saying 85 percent of people going to a restaurant arent walking. I had a feeling then that some of the businesses couldnt come here if we stayed with one space per three seats, said Morton. They decided to change it so that other businesses also could expand. Morton said the commission gave away its authority to monitor the parking situation by authorizing former public works superintendant Joe Duennes to monitor outdoor dining. Before that, they were required to come before the commission, said Morton. Titsworth said the ordinance doesnt just apply to restaurants. time, so we dont have to have as many for employees, she said. Titsworth recommended city planner Bill Brisson conduct a parking study to see how the current ordinance is working compared to the old ordinance, to give us something to look at. We need some advice. G G rossman said he is concerned the parking and outdoor dining ordinances allow restaurants to virtually monopolize parking and its hurting other businesses. S S ome people dont care if they are inconveniencing others, said GGrossman. Titsworth agreed, saying, It allows for bad neighbors. G G rossman said any attempt to reverse the current ordinance could include exceptions for certain businesses that are more pedestrian friendly. Commissioners provided an informal consensus to have Brisson conduct a parking study. nism within the L LDC that calls for parking inspections, but that does add an inspection burden. However, if there Resident Terry Parker said the problem is the L LDC, saying it is too vague and out of date. OBrien agreed, saying land development codes were initially required in the 1985 Florida GGrowth Management A Act. Todays land development codes are 25 years out of date, he said. Thats why a lot of cities are currently rewriting their codes. The comprehensive plan and L L DC are updated on a schedule set forth by the state, but OBrien said some cities are opting to start from scratch. In other matters, commissioners provided a consenOne commissioner a day has been available at city hall from 10 a.m.-noon daily, but Morton said no one had come to talk to him at city hall for a long time. Commissioners discussed options and settled on rotating duties on Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon. Welcoming babyA unique baby shower to welcome Sally McClures hosted by Rhonda Grote, Pine Avenue, where she said guests enjoyed some delish nibbles, and then it was on to Salon Salon spa, also on Pine Avenue, where owner Nikita Fosmore hosted an array of mini spa treatments. After an hour of relaxation at the Salon, the guests and mommie-to-be returned to Relish Cafe for brunch and a shower of gifts. Islander Photo: Nikki Donato

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 19 BATTLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 5315 gulf driv e holmes beach 941-77 8-0411www.eathereannamaria.com One of Floridas best new restaurants Monday, April 22 Breakfast: Pizza or Super Round Lunch: Mac and Cheese or McManatee Riblet Sandwich with Applesauce, Carrot Coins, Broccoli Dipper, Assorted Fresh Fruit Tuesday, April 23 Lunch: Southern Chicken with Warm Biscuit or Beef and Cheese Nachos with Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple Tidbits, Lettuce and Tomato Cup, Black Beans, Assorted Fresh Fruit Wednesday, April 24 Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel or Proballs Lunch: Popcorn Chicken and Warm Roll or Meatball Sub with Fresh Fruit Cup, Baked Fries, Green Beans, Assorted Fresh Fruit Thursday, April 25 Breakfast: Biscuit Sandwich or Breakfast Round Lunch: Kids Choice Friday, April 26 Breakfast: Pancake on Stick or Super Round Lunch: Pizza Choice or Cheese Lasagna and Breadstick with Sliced Pears, Corn, Baby Carrot Dippers, Assorted Fresh Fruit Daily offerings include: 1 Percent, Skim or Skim Chocolate Milk, Juice; : 2 Choices of Fresh Fruit; 3 Choices of Cereal; Additional items (2 per day): Yogurt, Plain or Cinnamon Raisin Bagel, Toast, PBJ Jamwich, AME calendar FCAT testing through April 26. 12:30-1:15 p.m. Friday, April 19, second-grade coastal cleanup on campus. 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, Parent Teacher Organization board meeting, conference room. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 25, third-grade trip to South Florida Museum. 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, PTO community dinner in Wednesday, May 1, Science Night, Book Fair and art show. Coming, April 25, The Best of the Best celebration Watch your email inbox for our exclusive invitation to the award winners party Only the rst 100 responders will be guaranteed admission. $45 per personHeavy hors doeuvre | Cash Bar Champagne Toast | Jack Elka PhotosRed carpet event, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Key Royale Club King Middle Schools Health Occupations Students of America members the same kids who stuffed the bus back in November at the Holmes Beach Publix attend an April 4-6 state conference in Orlando, where they Monroe, Alysha ODell, Kara Marsh, George Lardas, Danielle Capparelli, Maria Jimenez, Ayanna Washington, Friday, May 3, early release. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The a portion of property taxes. The sales tax rate in Manatee County is 6.5 percent. The plan also will lower property taxes in the unincorporated areas of the county by 13 percent. County commissioners April 9 voted to pass the plans approval to voters in a June 18 referendum. Zaccagnino said this is a once in a 25-year opportunity for taxpayers to see a drastic reduction in property taxes. We are a big contributor to the county tax base, he said. Finally, we are getting some help. ing its population while promoting new residency.

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20 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Take a ride on AMI connect to SRQ! The free AMI trolley service connects at Coquina Beach to Longboat Key Trolley (fee) for service to LBK, St. Armands and downtown Sarasota. Ride FREEschedule info is a public service of Concessionaire Dave Russell said the debt issue became worse when he learned the city policy does not allow for partial payments, and a $100-per-day penalty clause within the lease caused the debt to further spiral out of control. to catch up on the payments and suggested the city take ownership of his restaurant equipment with an option for him to purchase the equipment back from the city. At the March 21 meeting, the commissioners discussed the liens on the equipment, and gave Russell two sioners addressed the deal at the April 4 city meeting. Russell appeared before the commissioners saying the liens had been cleared, but was ousted from his lease anyway with only Commissioner Ric Gatehouse opposed to terminating the agreement. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the lease language is contradictory to the proposed equipment agreement and RALPHS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 before accepting such an offer. ment in having to close a business that has been operating seek a loan to pay off the $50,000 debt. Russell said he could do it, but it would take time. Commissioners then voted to send Russell a notice of default and to terminate the lease. Russell was served those papers the following day. Further discussion on the Rotten Ralphs Restaurant issue appears on the city commission agenda at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Russell said the city has agreed to hold off on closing the restaurants doors until after the meeting and that he has secured the funding to pay off the debt. He was initially told he would have to close his doors, but the city has agreed to hold off on the closure. We have no intention of closing our doors, said Russell. We want to stay here. I love this community and I love the people. Apparently, Rotten Ralphs customers love Russell, too. The support we are receiving from our patrons is with support and saying they want to write letters to the city to help keep us open. Russell said its been an emotional experience. I broke down and cried, he said. Russell said he has secured a loan to pay the city the $50,000, but that the loan was contingent on him remaining at the location. He wont be able to walk into the April 18 meeting with a check, but he said he can walk in with a promise to pay the debt, if commissioners reconsider their April 4 vote to terminate the lease. I dont want to assume anything, but weve had a very good working relationship with the city for the past have done everything I can to come up with the money, and we can remain open.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 21 CHECK US OUT AT WWW .ISLANDER.ORG OPEN 7 DAYS 11:30-9:30 Happy Hour 4-6pm EVERY DAY Best food, best service, best view ... Any closer to the water, your feet will get wet! Since 1967 STONE CRAB RESTAURANT MOORE SLONGBOATS PREMIER WATERFRONT RESTAURANT! Serving Fresh-Caught, Local Seafood & Local Stone Crab Claws GET YOUR BIB ON ... Lunch, Dinner & Libations served 7 Days from 11:30 Now serving FRESH SUSHI Fri & Sat Downstairs at the BRIDGE STREET BISTRO on the roundabout! DAILY SPECIALS 5-CLOSEMONDAY: TUESDAY: WEDNESDAY: $5 Frozen Drinks SUNDAY: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT NEVER A COVER HAPPY HOUR 11:30-5 Mon-Sat $1.87 Bud Light Bottles & $2.50 Wells LIVE HAPPY HOUR MUSIC EVERY DAY! Anna Marias pier tenant wants to deal for parking Mario Schoenfelder, the lease holder of the Anna Maria City Pier, wants the city to provide parking in the vacant lot at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard inter section because of congestion resulting from people visiting the nearby post and Pine Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Anna Maria City Pier leaseholder Mario Schoen felder wrote Mayor SueLynn April 8 that he wants park ing added at the city-owned lot at the east end of Pine Avenue. Schoenfelder wrote about his ongoing discussion to strike a deal with Mayor SueLynn for $80,000 in needed pier repairs. He also said he had talked with former Mayor Mike Selby about the city assuming responsibility for the repairs in exchange for increasing his monthly rent. SueLynn acknowledged meeting with Schoenfelder, but said nothing was discussed about parking spaces, increasing Schoenfelders rent or the city assuming liability for repairs. The issue at her meeting with Schoenfelder was the repairs, which have been needed since a 2009 assessment of the pier, she said. The mayor said its been four years and the repairs have not even begun. SueLynn said under the lease terms, Schoenfelder is responsible for repairs and maintenance. However, Schoenfelder said he was willing to enter into a an agreement if the city could agree to allow at least 15 cars on the lot just to create additional parking at this end of Pine Avenue. Schoenfelder said he didnt want the spaces dedi cated as restaurant parking, but there is a need in this and individuals coming to the beach along the Tampa Bay shoreline. He also wrote he would reconsider allowing the water taxi to dock at the pier if he and the city could reach an agreement to add 15 parking spaces. Schoenfelder said he understood the city commission has been hesitant to allow any parking on the lot, but adding the 15 parking spaces would make the agreement discussed with Selby agreeable. The addition of the water taxi to Anna Maria could be a very nice attraction, he said. In his letter, Schoenfelder indicated that Selby favored parking on the unused lot and was receptive to higher monthly payments by the restaurant in exchange for the city assuming repair responsibility. SueLynn said Selby did not mention such an agreement to her. She did agree that repairs to the pier need to begin as soon as possible. She presented Schoenfelders letter to the commission at its April 11 meeting and informed commissioners about the lack of repairs presented in the 2009 pier maintenance report. ants responsibility under the terms of the current lease. Italian fare with purposeGuests of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, enjoy A Night of Italian Cuisine April Southeast High School Lady Seminoles basketball team. Enjoying dinner are Alice and Bob Long worth, Tony and Marianne Butzek, Chuck and Jackie Demlow, Sue Gallman and Alice and Gary Silke. INSET: Members of the Lady Seminoles help serve guests at the Gloria Dei Italian fundraiser. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

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22 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Check out our daily specials Were more than just burgers! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FULL LIQUOR AND DINING SERVICE Come check out our super NEW menu! WELL BLOW YOU AWAY! 941.778.5788 (941) 778-6641(941) 778-66415606 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Hours: MonThurs 4pm1pm FriSat 11amam Sun 11am1pmWE DELIVER WE DELIVER 5606 Marina Drive Holmes Beach MonThu 11am1pm FriSat 11amam Sun 11am1pm Island Coffee HausReal Florida Relaxation! $2 $2 Island real estate sales Special to The Islander sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1970 on a 91x100 lot sold 03/22/13, Anderson to Pagano for $575,000; list $589,000. 4104 Sixth Ave., Unit 4, 6th Avenue Condos, Holmes with private pool built in 2002 on a 50x100 lot sold 03/18/13, Windy Estates LLC to Tillman for $540,000; list $579,000. sfur 3bed/3bath/1car canalfront home built in 1971 on a 80x120 lot sold 03/20/13, Bankunited Trust to Mathieu for $500,046; list $450,000. 3be/2bath home built in 2002 on a 96x70 lot sold 03/21/13, Chasey to Massey for $462,500; list $465,000. Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244. And the winners are The results of The Islander newspaper poll conducted in November 2012 have been tabulated and the best of the best awards compiled. From best all-around restaurant to best charter boat, and the awards are in production. The Islander will host a red carpet event to announce the recipients a cocktail party at the Key Royale Club that will include a champagne toast, heavy hors doeuvre, p.m. Thursday, April 25. More than 150 awards will be presented at the event Islander team of newsmakers. A select number of awards will recognize our 20-year partners the advertisers that started out with us in 1992 and continue to advertise to this day, said Chef Robert Wasley of the KRC has planned a menu that includes beef tenderloin sliders, chicken skewers, peel-and-eat shrimp, artichoke dip, fresh fruits and cheeses, and a Caesar salad. have a great time celebrating the 20-plus years of publishing what we adopted as a slogan, the best news on Anna Maria Island, and recognizing the best of Anna Maria Island. The poll was conducted in a special limited-distribution newspaper insert delivered only to homes, mail subscribers and The Islanders website subscribers. Invitations went out by email to winners April 11. Taking off Trevor Bystrom, below, left, and friend Mike Greig, perform songs from Bystroms new CD, Fly Away, at the Blue Marlin restaurant in Bradenton Beach in March. Islander Photos: Courtesy Jeannie Mom Bystrom An eager crowd of Trevor Bystrom fans, friends and family attend his CD launch party at the Blue Marlin restaurant. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is planning its sixth annual Wedding Festival and theyre looking for a few more vendors businesses that want to show off their services, products or venues to brides and grooms as they plan their nuptials. For more information, go online at www.amiweddingfestival.com or call 941-778-1541.

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24 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Prices sta rt at just $15/ho ur pe r pe rson! ove.comCG Licensed Ca pta in Don Meilne rHave fun c rs! Kathleen DSailing Catamaran 941-870-4349 kathleend.net LETS GO SAILING! Departing from Holmes Beach & Bradenton Sunset Sail, Dolphin Watch, Egmont Key Excursion Gift Certicates PLEASE SEE SPORTS, PAGE 26 Cathy Schmidt, LPGA Class A Pro TEACHES THE SECRETS TO GOLF Learning is easy and fun! Improve your game in as little as an hour!PRIVATE LESSONSOLF SCHOOLSEEKLY CLINICSLADIES PUNIORSIDEO ANALYSIS & DOPPLER ANALYSISLL SKILL LEVELS GOLF LINKS A CHALLENGING COURSE AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE AM City Pier tides; Cortez high tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later Anna Maria Island Tides Date AM HIGH PM HIGH AM LOW PM LOW Moon April 17 4:24p 2.0 April 18 8:49 1.4 5:43 1.8 12:45 0.1 11:43 1.3 1st April 19 9:19 1.5 7:19 1.7 1:44 0.2 1:37 1.2 April 20 9:44 1.6 8:47 1.7 2:37 0.2 2:56 1.0 April 21 10:05 1.7 9:58 1.7 3:21 0.3 3:53 0.7 April 22 10:26 1.9 10:58 1.7 4:00 0.4 4:40 0.4 April 23 10:48 2.1 11:53 1.7 4:34 0.6 5:24 0.1 April 24 11:12 2.2 5:04 0.7 6:07 -0.1 YOLO ADV ENTURES INSHORE AND NEARSHORE FISHING USCG LICENSED AND INSURED KRC finale, spring-summer sport leagues under wayBy Kevin Cassidy Islander Reporter The Anna Maria Island Community Center has myriad sporting opportunities available for adults looking to have some fun and stay active. Basketball on Tuesdays, kickball on Wednesdays and soccer on Thursday eve nings are three offerings that got started this past week. Soccer topped the adult sporting action April 11. The Real Estate 4-4. Paul Heyward scored two goals to lead goal. Mike Brusso made 10 saves in goal to preserve the tie. Matt Kretzmans two goals and a goal and an assist from Rico Beissert paced 1st USA Plumbing on offense. Goalie Pedro Gonzalez made seven saves in the loss. Island Pest Control doubled up on Florida Discount Signs with a 4-2 victory behind a pair of goals from Lindsey Weaver in the second game of the evening. Danny Anderson added a goal and an assist while Frank Agnelli scored one goal and made four saves in goal. Paulo Fonseca scored two goals to lead the Florida Discount Sign offense, while Troy Shonk made 18 saves in the loss. Wash Family Construction demolished Pink & Navy Boutique by a 5-0 score in the third game. Darren Wash and Scott Hertrick scored two goals each, while Aaron goal. Scott Rudacille made 11 saves to lead the Pink & Navy effort. Slims Place received four goals and an assist from Nick Canadian Freight Train LeDuc, during its 7-3 victory over Beach to Bay Construction. Omar Polar added two goals and two assists for Slims, which also received a goal and an assist from Austin Wash and 12 saves from Ryan Moss. one goal to lead Beach To Bay Construction, which also received 10 saves from Don Purvis in goal. Basketball season also got going with three games as Duncan Real Estate edged Bowes Imaging 71-68 behind 23 points and six rebounds from Todd Keiser, Wolfe. Mike Haynes added 11 points, while Chris Smith tory. Brandon Kern sank six three-pointers on the way to The second game of the evening was another close affair as the Sun rode a balanced scoring attack to edge Gatorman Pools 45-42. Sean Hubbard scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Andrew Terman scored Gledhill scored only 2 points, but hauled in 15 rebounds in the victory. rebounds to lead G atorman Pools, which also received Southern G reen defeated Island Real Estate 51-42 scored 7 points each in the win. Dylan Bowers 19 points and 10 rebounds, and 11 loss. Horseshoe news Three teams advanced to the knockout round in April 13 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. slipped past Herb Puryear and Bruce Munro 21-16. Craw ford and G angemi then defeated Shank and Bobeldyk by the same 21-16 score to earn bragging rights for the day. The April 10 games saw two teams advance to Lansaw won the days proceedings in a route, defeating Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome. Key Royale golf news It was another busy week at the Key Royale Club, where members put down their clubs to attend the 45th annual farewell and awards dinner the evening of April 13. All of the various club champions and runners up were recognized, as well as the players who got a holein-one during the year. The women took the course for the clubs annual The team of Barry Izzard, Larry Pippel, Charlie Porter and Blake Ress combine for a 5-under-par 27 to win the Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach, ninehole, team scramble April 11.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 25 Light T Fishin g Char tersCapt. W arren GirleInshore Offshore Li ht Tk l Capt. W arren Girle o r e h O mbowers@tampabay.rr.com MB MARINE LLCElectronics / Electrical Installation & ServicePO Box 1064 Cortez, Fl 34215(941) 920-1169 sh 941-704-6763 shing.com. Where Men Shop for Gear and Women Shop for MenMADE IN USA! Jackson Kayaks, SF Hats, Croakie Belts MADE BY A LOCAL! Bobbi Panter Natural Pet ProductsQuality Fly & Spin Gear, Kayak Guides, Fishing Charters Fishing Charters Wet Slips Fuel Dock Full Service Marine Mechanic Tackle Shop and Water Sports Open Mon-Fri 8-4, Saturday by Appointmen t 12044 Cortez Rd. W, (941) 792-7657 marinedocktor@msn.comMake one stop to shop for the Dock !marine dockto r s Re mote Controls PLEASE SEE FISHING, PAGE 26 NEARSHORECapt. Noel Shaw | 941.538.2128 Getting into the swing of AMI spring fishingBy Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter Maria Island. Water temps are on the rise, which is trigFor bait, live shiners are producing the most bites. in early morning hours. After the sun gets higher in the sky, switch to soft plastics or suspending plugs. Spanish mackerel are making a showing around on a long shank hook, which helps prevent being cut off by the mackerels sharp teeth. Of course, with macks come sharks. Try fishing nearshore structure or anywhere schooling mackerel are tip, spinner and sand sharks. Some of these sharks are big, so plan accordingly when selecting what tackle to use. will get you connected. of Sarasota Bay in search of backwater species, such as success with all three species. During the early morning, G irle and his clients are cent to mangrove islands and mangrove shorelines. By plugs, like the Rapala Skitterwalk, G irle is hooking up the backwater trio in depths of 2-3 feet. As the sun gets higher, Girle is moving back to the soft plastics to get a bite. By drifting and jigging, Girles potholes during high tides. By casting chunks of freshDave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish white jigs, G otcha plugs or silver spoons are catching macks in the 20-inch range. Remember, if youre planning on keeping mackerel dinner plate. Sharks are frequenting the pier. Small blacktip, bonnethead and sand sharks are following mackerel schools in search of a meal. Small chunks of fresh-cut mackerel cast out from the pier should attract these little bruisers to bite. Remember, even though sharks are only a few feet in length, they bite. Handle with care and dont put your hands near their mouths. Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel says Spanish mackerel ing at sunrise are getting the bite. Kilb suggests using You also can use G otcha plugs or silver spoons, although Sheepshead are still biting at the R&R, although catching legal-size fish is tough. Most of the larger females have spawned and are moving to other structure, such as nearshore reefs, to recoup. Now is the time when bait selection becomes crucial. As the sheepies get more good start. Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is seeing live shiners for bait, although soft plastics and gold spoons are producing, too. Oldham suggests using Berkley Gulp shrimp. It has a distinct smell that With Spanish mackerel showing in the passes and around the piers on the north end of the Island, Oldham silver spoon. Mackerel in the 20-inch range are being reported. From nearshore structure just off the beaches, Oldham is hearing reports of a variety of shark species. Fresh-cut Spanish mackerel or bonito is a great choice for bait. When targeting bonnetheads and other small sharks, Capt. Logan Bystrom assists Dennis Crelling with showing off a 50-pound Crelling caught off of Anna Maria Island on a recent charter.

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26 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 Dont leave the Island without taking time to subscribe. Youll get ALL the best news, delivered by the mailman every week. Its almost as good as a letter from home! Visit us at 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach or call 941-778-7978. Online edition: www.islander.orgSINCE 1992Just visiting paradise? 941-778-7200 866-519-SATO (7286)www.satorealestate.comISLAND FACES...SELLING ISLAND PLACES Call us for all your sales or rental needs!Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info. VERY SPACIOUS4 BR/3.5 BA pool home, canalfront. Only a short stroll to the Gulf or Bay beach! Family room, woodburning replace, separate dining and living room, covered porch across the whole length of the backof the house, overlooking the pool and open water. Large master suite, walk-in closets, separate spa and private screened-in porch. 2-car garage, workshop and workout room.$829,000 Check out our online vacation rental catalog on Anna Maria Island and at Herons Watch, Bradenton. www.Florida-Dreams.com We speak English, German, French and Hungarian Gulf Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. Jesse Brisson Broker Associate, GRI 941-713-4755 800-771-6043 Call Jesse Brisson941-713-4755ISLAND 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 features of this condo. Just bring your ipops and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755. sports, event news to news@islander.org. Dont miss the fun.least half of mackerel. is grateful to see the springtime pattern blossom. The top pilchards to swarm behind your boat, he claims, making easy pickings for your cast net. Howards recent charter clients are having excitBrown family had a Wednesday afternoon charter that table. They also battled many catch-and-release snook. The key, Howard says, is having enough shiners to chum Tortilla Bay owner Perry Pittman and some friends also had an exciting day on the water. The group landed mackerel, big sharks and cobia are being caught at the 1-mile reef. Howard suggests having a rig ready for the drag-screaming action available on the many 6-foot sharks swimming with the bait schools. Gag grouper were being caught in waters as shallow as 15 feet and 100 yards off the beach and, after photos, Howards grouper were released. Hes is looking forward to the opening of gag grouper season while theyre still in the bay and inshore waters easy pickings if and when the powers to be open the season. Until then, were left depend upon he noted. waters. Work edges and drops at low tide and move into the bushes as the tide rises, he suggests. Key Royale Club golf winnersHOLE IN-ONE Ron Pritchard Hole # 7 Dec. 13, 2012 WOMENS PRESIDENTS CUP MENS PRESIDENTS CUP MIXED COUPLES CHAMPIONS WOMENS 9-HOLE HANDICAP CHAMPION M ENS S ENIOR 9-H OLE H ANDICAPPED M ATCH PLAY MENS 18 HOLE HANDICAP CHAMPION WOMENS 18 HOLE CLUB CHAMPION MENS 18 HOLE CLUB CHAMPION ferent games on each hole followed by wine on the patio and lunch. Erma McMullen and Brenda Sollevid won the day with Fran Barford and Sue Wheeler taking second place. place. On April 12 the members played a nine-hole, bestball-of-playing-group match. The team of Rose Slomba, Sue Little, Dave Kruger and Earl Huntzinger combined shot back in second place was the team of Terry Westby, The team of Barry Izzard, Larry Pippel, Charlie Porter and Blake Ress combined on a 5-under-par 27 to win the nine-hole, team scramble on April 11. Second place went to the team of Tom Nelson, G reg Shorten, 3-under-par 29. The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-ofThorton, Carl Voyles and Bob Elliott won the day with 24-under-par 104. One shot back in second place were Eichhorn, Bob Landgren and Tom Lewis. The morning of April 8 saw the men in a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Neil Hammer and G erry Taylor combined on a 15-under-par 49 to grab a one-shot victory over Tom bleford or quota-points game. Tim Friessen rode an eagle individual game. Two points back and tied for second were Gary Duncan and Mike Gillie at plus-4. comb, Al DiConstanza and Mike Ross to the team title with a plus-2. Erma McMullen and Brenda Sollevid take the prize on Doe Day April 9 at Key Royale Club.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 27 SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 Available At... ISLAND SHOPPING CENTERMARINA DRIVE WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Available At... Gabe Buky Cell: 941-374-5772 www.teambukyrealestate.com201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 Longboat Key FL 34228 Charles Buky Cell: 941-228-6086 ank you for your support in making our family No. 1 in sales in Manatee and Sarasota counties! SELLING?I Buy Anna Maria Island Houses.ComAnna Maria/Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach Erik, 941.677.2678, or egajd@aol.com I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S ITEMS FOR SALE CELL PHONES: TWO LG ip phones, chargers, $30, leather jacket, medium, new, $100, mens pants, 40x29, 10 pair, $50. 941-932-5595. TWO HP 901 COLOR cartridges, one new, one barely used, $12.50, plastic 5-gallon gas can, $12. 941-778-5665. FOUR BEIGE CLUB chairs, $25 each, 60-inch round glass table, $100. Top condition. 941-7783228. TEA POTS: COLLECTOR Halls teapots, $80 each, Barracuda-63 pool cleaner, $50. Call 941737-9173. COMPUTER: 2.5GHz DELL Dimension 4550, refurbished, $90. 941-756-6728. SMALL TWO-DRAWER chest, $25, 24-inch brass lamp, $25, quilted twin bedspread, $35, 941-7924387. FOR SALE: BIKE, 3-speed, 26-inch, mens, red. Kept indoors, $35. 941-792-0008. HUSQVARNA 21-INCH self-propelled mower, excellent condition, $80. 941-778-5665. LA-Z-BOY SOFA: TAN, rubbed fabric, cushions, like new, $250. 941-778-5665. PACK AND ROLL folding utility cart, 48-pocket tool liner, $10. 941-761-1415. ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak of ce chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FOR SALE: Antique wood of ce chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ANNOUNCEMENTS Continued FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable shing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dont be sorry, be safe. GARAGE SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donations accepted on Wednesdays only, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941779-2733. STEFFS STUFF ANTIQUES: Spring Festival! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Music, artists, wine tasting, food, free parking/admission. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901. LOST & FOUND LOST: WOMANS GOLD bracelet: Hurricane Hanks or on northbound trolley, Pine Ave and Hammock Road, Anna Maria. 416-509-7827. HOLMES BEACH37 Years of Professional Service to Anna Maria Island and BradentonEXP ERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTSHeron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000. RENTALS GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home. GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/V ACA TION RENT ALS ITEMS FOR SALE Continued AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classi eds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-3629821. (limited time offer) ANNOUNCEMENTS GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.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://thehivegiftsandarts.com/ WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence summer camp in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 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. MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978. Charming cottage in Cortez Village, 1/1 w/1 car garage. $199,000. mariannebc@aol.com 941-725-7799 Marianne Correll Your Listing REALTOR* Understanding Professional DedicatedLISTING ALL TYPES OF PROPERTIES SINCE 19996101 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach 34217HB beautiful canal home, 3/3, 2,000 sf living space. Motivated seller. $599,000.

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28 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Sandy s Lawn Ser vice Inc.Established in 1983 Residential and Commercial Full ser vice lawn maintenance Landscaping Clean-up Hauling tree trimming Licensed & Insured I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S Residential & Condo Renovations vice RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.CBC 1253471 Bed: A bargain! King, Queen, Full & Tw in, pre-owned from $30 new/used. 941-922-5271 www .sleepking.ne t ANSWERS TO APRIL 17 PUZZLE HEALTH CARE 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. SERVICES TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/ spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069. I DONT CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941779-6638. Leave message. ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747. CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891. U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-5456688. ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. 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. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634. PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-565-3935. CLEANING RESIDENTAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-7564570. NURSING HOME NOT an option? Preserve your independence and enjoy your retirement at home with respect and con dentiality. Housekeeping, transportation, companionship. Basic nursing. References available. Lexi Keller, 941524-9900. PROFESSIONAL CLEANER FOR hire: Reliable, trustworthy and honest with reasonable nonhourly rate. 813-295-5000 please leave message. HEADING NORTH? HOME watch services while you are away! Local, trust-worthy professional. Joyce, 317-627-5891. COMPUTER SERVICES: I can x it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-7991169. BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JDs Window Cleaning taking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkle. 941-920-3840. ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046. 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, 19+ years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550. Windows & Doors 941-730-5045WEATHERSIDE LLC LIC#CBC1253145H URRIC ANE AMI TA XI 800.301.4816professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards acceptedwww mholmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria Anderson & Associates InsuranceYour Island Insurance Specialist WORKING TO SAVE YOU MONEY941-729-7355 Place your classified ad online at www.islander.org LOST & FOUND Continued LOST: MAUI JIM prescription sunglasses. Glasses are brown frames with brownish lenses. Reward! Please, call 406.570.2855. FOUND RING: MARCH 30 at the county beach. To claim: Holmes Beach Police Department, 941708-5800, ext. 240. LOST: SWEATSHIRT NAVY blue zippered, Penn State logo. Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-7306349. LOST CAT: MALE, white, beige, some striping. Declawed. Reward! 700 block of Jacaranda, Anna Maria. Ted, 941-704-4853. PETS 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 kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701. TRANSPORTATION 2008 CHRYSLER CONVERTIBLE: Nice, garagekept. 42,000 miles. $11,500. Call 724-6740064. BOATS & BOATING BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sun sh, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941685-1400. BOAT SLIP TO rent. Up to 28 feet. Anna Maria. 941-794-8877. FOR SALE: BOAT club membership, $2,500. Call 231-420-0413. BOAT LIFT FOR rent: 10,000-lb. capacity on 67th Street, Holmes Beach. 941-778-9663. POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot berglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. HELP WANTED PART-TIME PERSONAL assistant with Microsoft Word skills for Island company. Call 941-7042714. SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island of ce. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244. KIDS FOR HIRE LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and rst aid-certi ed, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276. RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-5275051. BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658. NICOLE AND HALLIES babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certi ed, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-3707981. AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Evenings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certi ed, enrolled in child development courses. AMI or Northwest 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 of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Available At... ISLAND SHOPPING CENTERMARINA DRIVE WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Available At... AMI stickers and T-Shirts Tye Dye! and White A-Z Power Washing Inc. LICENED & INUED ~ CALL FO A EE TIMATE A 941-545-3286

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 29 Need computer help? Chances R, I can help. And if I dont have the answer, I know someone who will. Start to nish hardware, software, network setup and repair, printer help, continuing support... Give me a call. If its broke, I can usually x it. Cell phones, too.e Sock Solutions business network / computer solutionsSocko Pearson, 941-799-1169, sockopearson@aol.comISLAND REFERENCES A V AILABLE DANS RESCREEN INC.POOL CAGES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, DOORS No Job TOO BIG or TOO SMALL. Free Estimates. I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION941.725.0073LOCALL Y OWNED AND FAMIL Y OPERATED SINCE 1988State Lic. CBC1258250CALL THE ISLAN DS FINEST MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!We provide design plans~You preview 3-D drawings Family Owned and Operated since 1975 viceCHRISTIES PLUMBINGResidential & Commercial#CFC1426596 ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20. 31-45 words: $40. BOX ad: additional $4. (Phone number is a "word.")The deadline is NOON Monday for the following weeks paper.Run issue date(s) _________ _________ _________ _________ or TFN start date: ______________ Amt. pd _________________ Date _____________ Ck. No. _________ Cash _______ By _________ Credit card payment: d u No. _____________________________________________________ Name shown on card: ____________________________________________ card exp. date ______ / ______ House no. or P.O. box no. on cc bill ________________________ Billing address zip code ________________ Your e-mail for renewal reminder: ____________________________________________________________ CLASSIFIED AD ORDER HONEY DOHOME REPAIRS & HANDYMAN SERVICE35 years of experience means service you can count on!PAINTING, DRYWALL, TILE, WOODWORK, ALL TASKS941.896.5256 We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home HONEY DO HOME REPAIRHandyman Service Joesph LaBrecque Free Estimates Dont leave the Island without taking time to subscribe. Youll get ALL the best news, delivered by the mailman every week. Visit us at 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach or call 941-778-7978. Online edition: www.islander.orgJUST VISITING PARADISE? 24-hour Emergency Ser vice www .coderedplumbinginc.com941-920-3684PLUMBING 24 hour Emergency Ser vice PL U U U MB I I NG LAWN & GARDEN CONNIES LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294. ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581. JRS LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941807-1015. LANDSCAPING 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. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, shell phone 941-720-0770. NATURES DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336. TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941932-6600. HOME IMPROVEMENT VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.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. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479. GRIFFINS HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, ne woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood ooring. Insured and licensed, 941-7484711. JERRYS HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198. Airport TransportationPROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE AIRPORT PERMITTED & LIVERY INSURED941-779-0043 HOME IMPROVEMENT SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If its broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. Ill x 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. 941447-6747. METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, of ce. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, berglass, 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, 1-616-2048822. CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free estimates and plans. New houses, porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices. Call 941795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792. RENTALS WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com. 1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, shing 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. 3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, MayJune. 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net. 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. OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811 Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 500 sf. next to Joses Real Cuban Food, 8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206. ON-ISLAND SELF storage: Climate-controlled and non-climate units start at $65/month. Call Anna Maria Storage at 941-779-0820. SANDPIPER: 55-PLUS: Steps to beaches, 2BR/1BA furnished, carport, patio, no smoking. $675/month and security. 941-545-8923. SPONSORED BY Adopt-A-Pet Ellie Mae is a senior hound mix. She is delightful, quiet, very well-behaved and loves affection. Ellie Mae is working on regaining her daily exercise a walk or two. She is spayed and up to date on shots. Please, contact Lisa Williams at Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue Inc., 941-8966701, or stop by The Islander for more information about Ellie Mae and other adoptable pets.

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30 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S 5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach BIMINI BAY GEM home. $1,100,000. Call Jeff CANALFRONT W/POOL SUMMER SANDS RARE DEEP-WATER CANAL LOT SHORE ACRES GULF-FRONT COMPLEX Gulf views from light, bright, RENTALS Continued ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA ground-oor condo, $1,100/month. Sato Real Estate Inc. Email: rentals@satorealestate.com or 941-778-7200. ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex, storage with washer and dryer hookups, covered parking. $950/month. 2415 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach. See Burton. 941-567-0868. 2BR/2BA CONDO: Turnkey, furnished remodeled on canal. New dock. Annual or monthly. 850228-6820. BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/1BA furnished, second floor. 55 and over. Pool. $975/month annual, Available July 15. 607-292-3844. jhepler1@rochester.rr.com. WINTER 2013-14: 2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373. PERICO ISLAND MONTHLY vacation rental: 3BR/3BA private pool, community facilities. 941795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA Westbay Point condo. Season 2014, three-month minimum. 941-7789710. INC 800-367-1617 941-778-6696Mike N orman Realty31O1 GULF DR HOLMES BEACHwww.mikenormanrealty.com sales@mikenormanrealty.com MIKE NORMAN REALTY EST. 1978E XCE P TION AL B EACH VIEW S from this 2BR/2BT house at south end of Island. Unobstructed view will never change. Direct beach views. $499,000. DUPLEX NEAR BEACH. Ground level in Holmes Beach. 2/1 one side, 1/1 on the other. Short walk to beach. $350,000. O UTSTA N DI N G K EY R OYALE 5,000 SF 4BR home with 3 full baths and 2 half-baths, two fireplaces, elevator, heated pool, dock and loads of privacy. Truly a gorgeous home! $1,100,000. 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 S H ELL P OIN T B EAUTY Beautifully maintained 2BR/2BA upper unit in quiet complex. Steps to great views of Watkins Bayou on shared grounds. Steps to pool. $249,900. ANNA MARIA B EACHFRON T Ground-level 2BR/2BA home located directly on the beach at the north end. Detached garage. Tons of potential. $1,695,000. BAYFRON T C OTTAGE 3BR/2BA with renovated kitchen and baths. Charming ground-level home on a large corner lot with mature trees. Only three blocks to the beach. $875,000. Starting in the high $100s. From Manatee Ave W., turn south on 67th St Purchase vacant co-op lot for $50,000 and receive a $25,000 cash rebate. Call for details! An Adult ResidentOwned Waterfront Community RV Lots and Home Sites Available RENTALS Continued VACATION RENTALS NOW: 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool, boat slip, $550/week. Fred Flis, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart. SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com. REAL ESTATE DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, ofce 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 2BR/1BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views. $395,000, by owner. 941-779-0101. 2BR/1BA ISLAND HOME! Owner nancing. 503 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. $290,000. Call 941-778-7980. PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors. PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community, turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus amenities. Pet friendly, ve heated pools, marina. Two miles to I-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob, 941-721-4890. WERE 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. BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Open house, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Block home, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning replace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000. Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Realtor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to schedule your appointment. GULF-TO-BAY condo: Open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 3BR/2BA, dock, pool, spectacular waterfront. 1407 Gulf Drive South, #201, Bradenton Beach. $425,000 By owner, 941-650-3069. FOR SALE: HOLMES Beach duplex on large lot. One-car garage, one carport, large screened lanai, $499,000. 941-778-9710.

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32 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER TRadewinds Beach Resort Tortug a Beach Resort1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217David Teitelbaum 941-812-4226 Liz Codola 941-812-3455 6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 419 Pine Ave Anna Maria 342161325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 Buyers prefer Tortuga Beach Resort & Tradewinds Beach Resort. Some of the most in demand properties on Anna Maria Island Florida are located at the Tortuga & Tradewinds Beach Resorts in Bradenton Beach. ese tropically furnished, spacious apartments are the best on the Island with all the amenities of luxury resort hotels. Both resorts are professionally managed and are expertly maintained by their condominium associations. e average occupancy & average rate statistics show both resorts out-performining the market by a wide margin. Beach Celebrations 2103 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-883-4092www.tropicisleinn.com1325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 342171-877-867-8842www.tortugainn.com 2200 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-447-7124www.seasideresort.com 1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-888-686-6716www.tradewinds-resort.comMaking Memories Here with Us. Our Tortuga, Tradewinds, SeaSide and Tropic Isle Beach Resorts are the perfect choice for your wedding or other special celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria Island. Whether a lavish event at one of our three private beaches or in your resort suite, or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our Concierge and professional Wedding Planner look forward to helping you. As a cour tesy, well extend our group discounts to include each of our four hotels, so youll get credit for the total number of reservations no matter which hotel you and your guests choose. Please call soon. We invite you to make your memories here with us: we know youll come back to visit his again & again. Trip Advisor ranked #1 & #2 Resorts on Anna Maria Island The beach is spectacular and the sunsets are amazing.Very romantic. If you want to just relax and forget the world, this is the place to go.Luxurious two-bedroom two -bathroom condominimums. 1,400 s/f from $375,000Now is an excellent time to purchase a beautiful resale apartment in this gorgeous beach-to-bay condominium-hotel. e amenities include: a beautiful private beach on the Gulf of Mexico, private boat dock with slips on lovely Sarasota Bay; direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, three pools, a spa, lush tropical gardens and charming Old Florida Style.Luxurious one-bedroom one-bathroom condominimums.. 380 540 s/f from $149,000An award-winning Old Florida complex, perfectly situated between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A private street lined with Palm trees and pastel cottages creates a magical setting lled with tropical owers. Each apartment tropically furnished to provide relaxed comfort and stylish island living. A spacious pool set at the edge of Sarasota Bay and adjoining shing pier. ZAGAT Top Restaurants in America Best Food on the Gulf Coast 941-778-6444 | www.BeachBistro.com Bistro Bouillabaisse, Famous Domestic Lamb Shank and Chop Domestic Lamb Shank and Chop Prosciutto-Wrapped Chillean Sea Bass with Saffron Beurre Blanc



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Resort tax collections reach record high. Page 2 HB commissioners square off over chief choice. Page 3 The government calendar. Page 4 The Islander editorial, reader letters. Page 6 Community announcements, events. Pages 10-11 What to do, where to go. Page 11 Island police blotter. Page 16 AM pier tenant seeks parking improvements. Page 21 Capt. Kasay Gunter navigates island waters. at Key Royal Club. Page 24 AsTheWorld Terns in focus. Page 6The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.org What to do, where to Island happenings Ranked Floridas Best Community Weekly by FPA AMI Chamber of Commerce Medium Business of the Year Meetings Op-EdPage 22 Preserving Earth Day. Pages 5, 7, 8 Palma Sola paddlers. Page 14 Swing into spring. Page 25 VOLUME 21, NO. 24 Celebrate Earth Day April 22 APRIL 17, 2013 FREE Streetlife PLEASE SEE RALPHS, PAGE 20 Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry, at the April 11 commission meeting, describes his plan for a new city park with 15 parking spaces at the east end of Pine Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick CatlinPublic comment sought for AM park proposalBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Anna Maria commissioners asked for more public input on a proposed park, consisting of live oak trees, a grass lawn and 15 parking spaces at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard North. Commissioner Gene Aubry presented his plan, noting that resident Rex Hagen, who previously had asked to remain anonymous, will pay for all the live oak trees, installation and a watering, while Pine Avenue Restoration will Bradenton Beach agreed to hold off on closing Rotten Ralphs Restaurant on the Bradenton Beach City Pier until discussion at an April 18 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark YoungHope remains to keep Rotten Ralphs at BB pierBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Despite a 4-1 vote April 4 by Bradenton Beach commissioners to terminate the lease of Rotten Ralphs, hope remains to keep the doors open to keep the doors open at the restaurant. The restaurant is located on the Historic Bridge Street Pier and, its owner says, has Tropical Storm Debby temporarily shut down the pier and ensured the long-term closure of DOT calls for Cortez Bridge meeting The Florida Department of Transportameetings about the Cortez Bridge 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. The meeting is part of the project development and environmental study required before any bridge project can begin, a DOT press release said. The meeting will be an open-house format where people will be able to ask questions of representatives and provide comments in a one-on-one setting. Options available to the DOT for the .9 mile section of S.R. 684/Cortez Road that links Cortez to Bradenton Beach include a short-term maintenance project, a long-term overhaul that might require the bridge to be closed for several months, or replacing the existing two-lane bridge with a new, twolane bridge with emergency lanes. Several public meetings on the bridge will be held before the DOT delivers its recommendations to the public. For more information, call 863-5192304.3 Holmes Beach commissioners hold firm on Mainsail denialNew Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokaoutcry against the decision to hire him over former interim Chief Dale Stephenson. Islander Photo: Mark YoungGive me a chance says new HB top copBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Citizens expressed outrage over Mayor Carmel Montis March 28 announcement he was recommending the city hire Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer over Holmes Beach Police Departments 26-year veteran Dale Stephenson. 10, said he understands the communitys apprehension, but called on people to give him a fair chance. By Mark Young Islander Reporter After Holmes Beach commissioners agreed to place the Mainsail development plan on the April 9 agenda for reconsideration, action on the proposal to reconsider the prior revocation of the plan failed. Commissioners voted 3-2 March 26 to revoke the site plan that would have built lodging, a marina and restaurant in the city center at Gulf and Marina drives. It was a contentious meeting that pitted Grossman and Pat Morton against Commissioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Mayor Carmel Montis plea to table the issue until more information could be presented. City attorney Patricia Petruff was asked by Peelen to read a letter from Mainsail develColliers letter outlined his intention to possibly pursue legal action against the city if commissioners did not return to the table to work out the issues on the site plan. Mainsail purchased the Tidemark property and the Beach Inn at 66th Street on the Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach out of foreclosure three years ago. Tidemark began the site plan 12 years ago and the property has sat vacant ever since. Mainsail received Tidemarks site plan and some permits for work on the marina in the foreclosure, but the site plan was only valid if Mainsail could maintain the original site plan. According to the citys land development come before the city commission for approval. Colliers team set about the task of improving the plan, while investing more than $545,000 into the property, mostly rebuilding the marinas docks and adding boat lifts, as well as dredging the basin. Other expenses derived from fees to redesign the architectural and engineering plans. Meetings between the Mainsail team and city staff were ongoing during the past several weeks, and Collier said city staff reassured him that revoking the site plan was off the table. But revoking the site plan is exactly what happened March 26, and Grossman was the most outspoken critic of the plan. Colliers letter said that for commissioners PLEASE SEE PINE PARK, PAGE 15 PLEASE SEE TOP COP, PAGE 4 PLEASE SEE MAINSAIL PAGE 2

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APRIL SPECIAL TAKE-OUT ONLY MAINSAIL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 RESTAURANT WATERFRONT T H E Northern tip of Anna Maria Island across from the City Pier Overlooking Beautiful Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico TheWaterfrontRestaurant.net to reconsider their previous action would be a good idea before cranking up the legal machinery. Collier made several references to lawsuits in his letter, and made it clear he would defend his investors position vigorously. Collier said his team did what the city asked of them by working within the constraints of the existing site plan. He said he hopes the city will go for a positive outcome and show everyone in the community that we dont have to go to the mat and can rise to a better spirit of cooperation. After the letter was read, Peelen said in order to reconsider the March 26 site plan revocation, a motion would have to be made by one of the three prevailing commissioners, meaning it would have to be made by either Grossman, Titsworth or Morton. Peelens call for the motion was met by silence. The decision previously made stands, said Peelen in closing out the matter unless a lawsuit by Collier is enacted.Manatee County resort tax collections reach record highBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter February bed tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collectors resort tax division were $1.11 million, a The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 percent charged by Manatee County on accommodation rentals of six months or less. Resort tax collections have online information. February collections rose 6.2 percent from the $1.04 million collected in February 2012. Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key accounted for 51 percent, or $561,000 of the $1.11 million total. For the past 24 months of collections, the island and Longboat Key provided around 62 percent of resort taxes collected. The shift in collections is the result of a boost in accommodation rentals in unincorporated areas of east Manatee County, said Deb Meihls, marketing director for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the past several years, the BACVB has conducted promotions to attract visitors, particularly during the winter season, to accommodations in east Manatee County and other unincorporated areas of the county. Looking at the $400,304 in resort tax collections in February for unincorporated Manatee County, Meihls said the strategy appears to be working. The February collections for those unincorporated areas from $362,000 in 2012 to the $400,304 this February is a 10.5 percent hike. Meihls said the BACVB is aware of the stress on Anna Maria Island during the winter season and has actively marketed rentals in other areas. Were trying to market all our attractions in the county, Meihls said. The beaches will always be there, but there is so much else to see and do here. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said she was pleased by the BACVB efforts to relieve island stress during the season, but noted that sooner or later, they all end up on the island. Tourism also continues upward trend Tourism to Manatee County continued to rise of 2013, climbing 7.2 percent ahead of visitor totals for the same period in 2012. Walter Klages of Research Data Services, the company that compiles tourism data for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, gave a report that included updated statistics for county tourism at the April 15 meeting of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council. According to RDS compiled data, tourism to the 2011. ers, although the winter-spring tourism season usually draws to a close after Easter, which was March 31. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Resort taxes are collected one month in arrears. FigResort tax collections for 2011-12 rose 14.8 percent, while the surveyed number of visitors to the Bradenton area was up 7.5 percent, according to information from Research Data Services Inc., the company that gathers tourism information for the BACVB. Resort tax collections have set records for each of the past four years and 2012-13 is on pace to beat last years record amount of $8.1 million. setting year for resort tax collections. The $8.1 million eclipsed the former record of $7.01

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 3 ENJOY The Feast Restaurant 11:30-9 941.778.5092 The Feast Restaurant The Feast Restaurant FEAST ON THIS.... ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SHRIMP $21 LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHSGot Buttah? LOBSTAHS CHECK OUT OUR NEW! PRIME RIB SPECIAL! HAPPY HOUR FOOD & COCKTAILS 3-65337Gulf Drive | Anna Maria Island 941.779.1000 LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS 2 GREAT RESTAURANTS AT 1 LOCATION LOBSTAHS Fine Island Dining Tiki Hut Casual Lunch & Dinner LIVE MUSiIC9-1 FRI & SSAT NIGHTSS April 19 Betty Fox Band April 20 Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones2 Holmes Beach commissioners square off over police chiefHolmes Beach city clerk Stacey Johnston swears in new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer at an April 9 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter What was supposed to be an informal celebratory swearing in ceremony for new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer turned hostile at an April 9 city commission meeting. Tokajer was hired March 28, during a hastily organized special meeting where commissioners voted 4-1 to accept Mayor Carmel Montis recommendation to hire him over longtime HBPD veteran Dale Stephenson, who resigned after the meeting. The lone dissenter was Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who presented past disciplinary issues in Tokajers accidents and hindering a police brutality investigation. Most of the incidents are more than 20 years old and Tokajer climbed the ranks within the Bradenton Police Department to become second in command before taking a position as captain with the Longboat Key Police Department in 2011. He is a 26-year veteran of law enforcement dating back to 1979, when he served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. April 9. The new chief thanked the commission and mayor for the opportunity and said he is looking forward to working with the community. Tokajer and his family left, and the meeting went downhill from there. During commissioner comments at the end of the Zaccagnino for what she said was a public bashing of jers appointment. I was distressed, very distressed that a candidate was publicly trashed by a commissioner, she said. I was disturbed that applying for a job gets you publicly condemned. Peelen referred to Zaccagnino pointing out Tokajers past disciplinary issues. While she said Tokajer did have two notable incidents, she made reference to lesser incidents in which Tokajer forgot to apply his vehicles emergency brake and another when he opened his patrol car door and struck a pedestrian. Peelen demanded that Zaccagnino publicly apologize to Tokajer. That apology would not come. Of all the people here, its your responsibility to uncover the facts, Zaccagnino told Peelen. Do not kill the messenger. He failed a lie detector test and he failed These are the facts. Its your responsibility to vet the facts. present all of the facts to the public and criticized Peelen for not doing her job and serving the public in an open manner. Commissioner Pat Morton sided with Peelen and commissioners then began to speak over one another before Peelen said, Lets stop this back and forth. Zaccagnino told Peelen she was the one who brought it up. You started it, he said. It wasnt our decision to keep Stephenson on, she said. He was already not selected to be the next chief. Emotions should have been put aside and we need to look at Tokajer for who he is. It was a very hard decision, but I think every commissioner here vetted Tokajer. Not everyone agreed. During public comment, resident Andy Sheridan criticized the city for hastily organizing a special meeting on an important decision, calling it an affront to the citizens. Sheridan wanted to know if the commissioners read saying commissioners would not answer his question. Sheridan raised his voice, saying he had the right to ask the question and Peelen continued to interrupt him. Monti then threatened to have Sheridan escorted from the chambers. The mayor said Sheridan was reaching the point of becoming disruptive and uncivil, and Peelen then asked him to conclude his comments. Monti then criticized Zaccagnino for comments pub lished in The Islander regarding the mayor changing the Monti said he had the right to protect his own privacy in changing his locks, and said Stephenson was aware Zaccagnino said he failed to understand the mayors complaint. Are both of those (statements) not true? I was asked a question and I answered it, he said, of the comments published in The Islander. MORE: Zaccagnino protests, shuns city meeting. Commission revises step plan to accommodate new hires, higher salaries. Page 4

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4 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER By Mark Young Islander Reporter Very little discussion took place at a March 28 city commission meeting, as commissioners passed a resolution amending the citys step pay plan, which sets starting salaries and allows for incremental increases for city workers. The reason for the action became clear when the city hired Bill Tokajer as its new police chief with a salary of more than $80,000, exceeding the starting salary called for in the plan. Commissioners addressed hiring Tom OBrien April 9 as its new building department head at a rate higher than the step plan, at which time Mayor Carmel Monti clarified a March 28 action in which commissioners already approved OBriens employment. OBrien has been a contract Since we hadnt hired anyone in the building department, or a police chief for that matter in 25 years, the step plan was out of step for todays pay scale, said Monti. Monti said he did some research to see what rate comparable cities are starting new employees in similar positions. I asked for the resolution to bring people in for a rate that is obtainable in the real world, instead of going strictly by the step plan and not taking into account their real experience, he said. Monti said the citys step plan and starting salaries for department heads would only apply to inexperienced individuals, rather than taking into account the hiring of skilled and experienced people. OBriens starting salary is $72,000, but Monti said its still $9,000 less than what former building department Commissioners had two items in front of them perduring a special meeting. MeetingsAnna Maria City   Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-7086130, www.cityofannamaria.com. Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org. Holmes Beach tee. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941Manatee County on preserves, habitat protection. Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org. West Manatee Fire Rescue 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org. Of Interest Bradenton Beach City Hall. Planning Organization board, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. ernments, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. session, Holmes Beach City Hall. Tentative. and also The Islander will be closed. Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@ islander.org.HB mayor gets step plan change, new hires benet To OP CoOP continuedCONTINUED fromFROM paPAGeE 1 I believe they will have the same respect and love the city of Bradenton did after 26 years, said Tokajer. I do understand they would have liked their internal candidate, but its not my decision. Tokajer said hes honored to have the job and once community members have an opportunity to sit down with me, they will be pleased with the choice our mayor made. He began his law enforcement career as a U.S. Army policeman, at which time he met his wife of 32 years and raised two daughters. He worked for the Sarasota County career with the Bradenton Police Department. He retired as deputy chief. Tokajer said he loved law enforcement too much to stay out, so in 2011 he took the job as captain on Longboat key, where he remained until being selected as the Holmes Beach police chief. Tokajer said he knows both Stephenson and former This department has had some good leadership, he Tokajer received the Bradenton police departments Purple Heart in 1990 when he was shot in the line of duty during a drug raid, and was awarded the Bradenton Police Departments highest honor the medal of valor in 1989 for disarming a suspect while saving the life of a He has served 20 years on the Manatee Childrens Services board of directors, 19 as president. He has several awards and believes strongly in remaining active in the community he serves. I would like the people to judge me for what they see of me, said Tokajer. What they will see is someone very community oriented. I want to partner with the community to make sure its the safest place in Manatee County. We have a beautiful little community. Tokajer acknowledged reports of his disciplinary issues, saying they were minor and the last one was more than 20 years ago. Dont judge me from my past, he said. Ive made mistakes, but I would ask anyone to look at the past 20 years of their lives and ask themselves if there is something they did that they would do different. Ive done that and try to be a better man and be a better coach to young Tokajers immediate concern as the citys new top cop is to get the rumor mill under control. He said he is aware of the rumors that drastic changes are coming and Before I make any changes, I need to do a needs assessment to see what the agency does and what they need before I make a premature judgment of the agencys structure, he said. Once I do that, and meet with the changes necessary to make sure we are making the community safe. Tokajer said he strongly believes in transparency and have what they need to succeed. We expect them to be professionals, he said. But to be sure they are professionals, we need to make sure they have the training and education they need. You cant hold someone to a standard if you arent going to give them an opportunity to meet that standard. Tokajer said the community should know that he is accessible. Im not someone who continuously sits behind a desk, he said. I lead from being out on the road and being part of everything. Tokajer said he believes its part of his job to be a presence in the community and he intends to do that. He was already on the street making contacts and introducing himself by going door to door in the business center last week. He told The Islander staff that rumors are untrue that write tickets for all infractions. It isnt true, he said. I believe in achieving compliance. All I ask is for the community to give me a chance They will see Im here for the betterment of this community and to ensure this is the safest town in the county. Tokajer said people have an open invitation to visit with him or call him. I want to give everyone a chance to get to know me and to partner with me in this adventure, he said.HB commissioner alleges bullying, shuns meetingBy Mark Young Islander Reporter missioner David Zaccagnino intentionally missed a meeting, and did so under protest. Zaccagnino said he was bullied at an April 9 Holmes apology from Zaccagnino. Peelens request for an apology stemmed from a March 28 special meeting hastily organized to announce Mayor Carmel Montis recommendation to hire Bill Tokajer as the police chief. Zaccagnino was the lone dissenter to the mayors decision and brought up Tokajers past disciplinary issues, as well as recommendations from two police chiefs, who told the commissioner, Anybody but Tokajer. Zaccagnino said the citys process for vetting Tokajer was lacking and criticized the call for a special meettime for proper public input. Peelen criticized Zaccagnino, saying she was disturbed that a commissioner would publicly trash a candidate and demanded Zaccagnino make an apology that never came. Zaccagnino said he was simply doing his job as an his fellow commissioners and Monti did not do their own due diligence in researching Tokajers past. In an April 11 email to the city, Zaccagnino announced he would be missing that evenings work session. Right now, I feel that I am being bullied and badgered by Chair Peelen and Mayor Monti for stating my view point and those of our constituents, wrote Zaccagnino. I do not appreciate a concerted effort to trash me for stating facts during the public meeting. Zaccagnino said, I have never seen this in all my years of public service to Holmes Beach. start date as an employee until the end of April. Commissioners unanimously approved the extension and then unanimously approved both OBriens and Tokajers starting salaries. In other matters, Monti read two proclamations declaring the city a participant in the national Donate Life Month promoting the importance of organ donors. Monti also proclaimed April as Water Conservation Month. Peelen Zaccagnino OBrien Tokajer Monti Click! The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send notices and photographs with detailed captions along with complete contact information to news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 5 Celebrating, Preserving for Earth Day National treasure hatches at Robinson PreserveBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Robinson Preserve gained a new resident on the can bald eagles broke free from its shell. According to Manatee County Natural Resources Department volunteer Wayne Pellien, the eagles called the 487-acre preserve home before it was Robinson Preserve. Pellien, who has been documenting the pair of eagles since the preserve opened in 2008, said they were spotted some two years before it opened. But not where they are now, said Pellien. They used to have a nest on the other side of the preserve, but a December storm in 2010 blew their nest down. The eagles settled on an Australian pine tree that can be seen from Pelliens spotting scope at mile marker 1.7 on the Spoonbill Trail. They are the only Australian pines we didnt kill when the preserve was rehabilitated and invasive species were removed, said Pellien. So its kind of funny they chose that particular area. Not that eagles are particular, said Pellien, who noted that its not rare to see eagles choose a large cell tower advantageous for nesting. As long as its high enough and sturdy enough, eagles will like it, he said. Eagles average two eggs per birthing cycle, which is once a year. Pellien said the Robinson Preserve eagles also gave birth to one eaglet during the previous cycle. skipped a couple of years, had one last year and one this year, he said. Pellien said there is only one pair of eagles in the preserve, because they are very territorial. I believe the closest other nesting eagles are on 86th Street West on the way to Tidy Island, which is off Cortez Road on Sarasota Bay. The Robinson Preserve eagles are somewhat unique. They are true snowbirds, said Pellien. They are on their own nesting cycle, which is different from all of the other nesting pairs in the state. They give birth, raise their eaglet, head north and come back around Labor Day every year. Pellien said their schedule puts them about a month behind all other nesting pairs. The mother and father take turns on the nest before and after the eaglet hatches, but after hatching the eaglet, Pellien said the mother runs the show and spends the majority of the time on the nest while the male hunts. Theyll feed each other while incubating the egg and in the nest at all times. The female only leaves the nest when she needs a break. Ive watched her just hover the sky above the nest for hours just to stretch her wings. The eagles will stay with their young until it can remarkable record of success. family will leave for the summer and they return as a family to start the new cycle, said Pellien. Its right about the time when nesting begins, so the male will chase the younger eagle out of their territory. Pellien said the young eagle the pair produced this past year has been a little stubborn about leaving. Hes actually still here in the preserve, he said in a February interview. Ill see the father chasing him around from time to time, but hes been persistent. Incubation for an eagle egg is about 35 days and the entire nesting season has proven to be a big draw for visitors to the preserve. Its rare when someone doesnt accept Pelliens offer to peek at the eagles as they walk, run or ride their bicycles past mile marker 1.7. People are amazed, he said. They absolutely love it, and it gives us a chance to explain that this is what a preserve is all about. Manatee County Natural Resources Department volunteer Wayne Pellien sights an American bald eagle nest at Robinson Preserve Jan. 29. An eaglet hatched there Jan. 26. Islander Photo: Mark Young PLEASE SEE ROBINSON, PAGE 8 Valid only at Taylor Morrison Palma Sola Trace communities. 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6 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Editorial Lisa Neff, copy editor Joe Bird Kevin Cassidy, kevin@islander.org Rick Catlin, rick@islander.org Jack Elka, jack@jackelka.com Mark Young, marky@islander.org Contributors Jesse Brisson Karen Riley-Love Capt. Danny Stasny, sh@islander.org Edna Tiemann Mike Quinn | NewsManatee.com Advertising Director Toni Lyon, toni@islander.org Production Graphics ads@islander.org Of ce Staff Lisa Williams, manager, lisaw@islander.org Janice Dingman, pier plank coordinator accounting@islander.org classi eds@islander.org subscriptions@islander.org Distribution Urbane Bouchet Ross Roberts (All others: news@islander.org) APRIL 17, 2013 Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 WEBSITE: www.islander.org PHONE 941-778-7978 toll-free fax 1-866-362-9821 Opinion Your www.islander.orgSign pollution There are more than 80 signs pertaining to the park and parking rules from one end of Anna Maria Bayfront Park to the other. There are two signs outside a house on North Bay Boulevard across from the park that allow parking for just one car. From the humpback bridge to the Anna Maria City Pier there are another 30 or so signs that litter an area of just a few hundred feet, mostly in the parking lot for the pier, which is what the beloved tourFor a city that wants to welcome tourists, it seems the city doesnt recognize that erecting signs every few feet eviscerates the small town, natural feel of the island. The excessiveness of signs also diminishes the beauty of the park and shoreline. 2011 that the Florida Department of Transportation had agreed to remove 68 sign posts and 49 signs from Gulf of Mexico Drive after a planning and zoning board member questioned their necessity. The same should be done in the city of Anna Maria. Aesthetically there is nothing more beautiful than our natural surroundings. Mary Clark, Anna MariaThanks to all Another bingo season has come to a close at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach. We would like to thank both businesses and individuals who so generously donated prizes for the drawings we held at intermission. This is truly a fun part of the evening. A big thank you goes to our tireless volunteers who kept us going with delicious desserts. A big thank you goes to The Islander for the great coverage, and thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who make the evening run smoothly throughout the season. Lastly, thank you to our bingo players for coming out for an evening of fun and fellowship. Kit Redeker, ASCC marketing managerPreserving spirit We were shocked to learn that Holmes Beach Police Chief L. Dale Stephenson was dismissed after 26 years of service. Only two weeks earlier, following the death of a family member, wed written a note to thank the chief and his department for exemplary service to our family over the years. When an elderly parent wandered from home and needed assistance in our Westbay Point & Mooring not, would offer help even without a emergency call. If to call and tell us what had transpired. We said that represented the best of community policing professional service beyond the call. We hope The Islander sorts out the details of this dismissal. Replacing a chief with no demerits with one having 16 demerits on his record calls out for an explanation. Holmes Beach like Anna Maria Island comprises a complicated mix of vacationers and residents and requires a police department with a special touch. We think Stephenson had that. As residents and voters, we hope this unique community spirit is preserved in the department. The Kenney family, Holmes BeachNew focus The spotlight revolves among three cities on Anna Maria Island, depending largely on the actions and antics Beach and Holmes Beach. The light shines equally on the cities, depending on the rigor du jour of legislating a variety of governmental rules. Take Anna Maria for example, where the recall of a city commissioner resulted after secret emails that were uncovered by a public records request revealed a plot to bulldoze businesses and fund a lawsuit against the city. ers were staring down a narrow, guided path of options provided by the city attorney for the restaurant lease on the city pier. default on its rent than met the eye. And more options The Russells had been involved in ongoing negotiations with city staff and the city attorney for many months and Dave Russell thought he was making headway on solutions, not an eviction. make the decisions will take place at an open meeting and theyll focus instead this time on keeping Ralphs at the pier, not kicking him out. A growing problem and a squabble in Holmes Beach came to a head recently, with one commissioner struggling to maintain traditional values and individual rights in spite of a coalition among the commissioners and the mayor. After all, this coalition was elected to solve myriad issues they blamed on vacation homes that started with complaints about trash left too long at the curb. Whats bothersome is the frivolous nature of complaints that seldom amount to violations, but produce bad publicity for tourism and home sales. Unlike Anna Maria, where they focused on communication between the city, rental agents and vacationers with gratifying results Holmes Beachs coalition put changing building regulations ahead of developing better relations. And here we have newcomers who lack the knowledge needed to properly conduct city meetings and quasijudicial hearings Roberts Rules anyone? We thought all along the idea was to end brokering deals behind closed doors in favor of meaningful discussions at public meetings in the sunshine. The spotlight now, if were to believe what we see and hear, is focused on the dark side, lacking civility and quelling meaningful discussion. Is it early campaigning for the November election? Or is it a lack of focus?

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 7 Headlines from the April 16, 2003, issue of The IslanderTemps and Drops on AMI Date Low High Rainfall April 7 60 83 0 April 8 63 85 0 April 9 62 86 0 April 10 63 85 0 April 11 70 87 0 April 12 73 80 0 April 13 71 85 0 Average area Gulf water temperature 79.324-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m. 13 after the driver crashed through the barricade and struck the rising drawbridge. The driver who was killed the sale of a security for the Island Wines and Spirits on Marina Drive after a judge ruled the rightful owner of were arrested the same day the court issued a judgment against them in favor of the bank for $194,989. Also, a Sarasota businessman sued the Hancocks for selling him a liquor license they didnt have. approved an application from owner David Teitelbaum to add 23 new units to the Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive N. The board said the total number of units on the property would be 55, still below the maximum of 59 units allowed in a multi-family dwelling zone. The board attached a number of conditions to its approval. Buildnot need approval by the city commission. Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. Weve been publishing and mailing successfully since 1992! We bring you all the news about three city governments, community happenings, people features and special events even the latest real estate transactions everything you need if your heart is on the Island. The Islander is distributed free locally. If you dont live here year-round, use this form to subscribe for yourself or someone else. 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Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992 CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) www.islander.org E-MAIL subscriptions@islander.org 10 years ago 12 years waiting: Holmes Beach preserve 12 years waiting: Holmes Beach preserve 12 years waiting: Holmes Beach preserve Celebrating, Preserving for Earth Day While mayor, Bohnenberger arranged $533,000 in funding from the Florida Department of Transportation for a boardwalk project, including a walking path and water-crossing features in the preserve, as well as a lookout tower in the future, however, a new city administration has redirected that funding to another project. The preserve is open to the public 7 a.m. to dusk. A small sign on Sarasota Bay marks an entry to the winding tunnels of mangrove hammocks within Grassy Point Preserve accessible to non-motorized craft such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Islander File Photo Grassy Point Preserve, an area of natural uplands, wetlands and mangrove hammocks fronting Sarasota Bay near the Anna Maria Island Bridge, had a longawaited opening Oct. 18, 2012, hosted by then-Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. The 34-acre nature preserve between East Bay Drive opposite Walgreens and Grassy Point Bayou was purchased in parcels by the city starting in 2000 with funding from the Florida Community Land Trust, and improved and managed through a partnership between the city and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. Holmes Beach public works crews smoothed out a 1,000-foot shell path in preparation for the opening, and following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a number of guests, including students from Anna Maria Elementary School and former Commissioner Billie Martini whose long ago dream for the preserve came to fruition previewed the preserve. In 2007, the Southwest Florida Water Managetat restoration in the preserves. In 2008, the city, SBEP, Swiftmud and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participated in a $91,000 project that restored the intertidal wetlands and coastal hammocks, removed invasive species, including Australian pines and Brazilian peppers, and moved spoil berms for nature trails. Another $18,000 went into clearing exotics and planting native vegetation. With $3,000 in grants last year from the SBEP, the city improved the preserve with a shell parking lot, picnic tables, shade trees, native plants and a shell path. The preserve also boasts waterway access for small, non-motorized craft. It is one of the few remaining island hammocks on the barrier islands, said SBEP environmental sci-

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8 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Pellien said its brought a lot of new visitors to the preserve from all over the world and this type of activity in the preserves is becoming a big tourism draw. Anna Maria Island residents may already know the eagles, Pellien said. They do a lot of hunting around Anna Maria Island, he said. Ive watched them several times head due west toward the island. Pellien sets up his spotting scope at the beginning of every nesting season and invites visitors to see the raptors from a safe distance. He is usually on station 8-10 a.m. almost every day, and will continue to do so until I fell in love with these birds when I was in the military and stationed in Alaska for four years, he said. Eagles are as common in Alaska as ospreys are here. I fell in love with them, and its a lot of fun to show these eagles off to our visitors and see their reactions. Boardwalk construction set at Neal PreserveBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter The long-awaited construction of a quarter-mile boardwalk through the Neal Preserve recently got started, Manatee County Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker said. It should be completed by late summer and the preserve will open to the public at that time, he said. The boardwalk will start from behind the parking lot, meander through mangroves and inlets and provide some scenic overlooks and benches, he said. Cost of the boardwalk is estimated at $400,000. Hunsicker said a few improvements are needed at the parking lot and gazebo at the preserve entrance to get the Neal Preserve open for visitors. Its not really suited for a kayak launch because the water is too shallow, but it will give Manatee County three nature preserves along Manatee Avenue between the mainland and the Anna Maria Island Bridge, and its the only one on the south side of the road, Hunsicker said. The county purchased the property from the Neal family, owners of Neal Communities, several years ago at a price below the market value. The Neal family said it would prefer the land be a public preserve in perpetuity rather than become a housing development. The Neal Preserve will join the Robinson Preserve, which has been open to the public for several years, and struction of the boardwalk, as nature preserves for the public to visit along Manatee Avenue between the Palma Sola Causeway and the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The Perico Preserve will have nature trails, a boardwalk and kayak launch area, as does the Robinson Preserve. Manatee County Natural Resources Department volunteer Wayne Pellien sets up a spotting scope at the beginning of nesting season to show visitors a pair of American bald eagles that have been nesting for years in the preserve. Islander Photo: Mark Young Celebrating, Preserving for Earth Day Perico Preserve pays its own way ROBINSON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker said the Perico Preserve project, under construction about 200 yards east of the Harbour Isle community entrance, is on schedule for completion in mid-2014. The good news is that little, if any, taxpayer money is being used to create the preserve, Hunsicker said. The Perico Preserve project involves dredging land to create lakes where seagrasses will be grown to supplement areas in Sarasota Bay where seagrasses have been depleted. Several canals that will eventually connect to the lakes also will be dredged to grow seagrasses, Hunsicker said. To create the lake and canals, a large quantity of dirt will have to be dredged, Hunsicker said. The dredged material is being sold to offset the costs of the project, Hunsicker noted. That brings the need for taxpayer funding to almost nothing, he said. Based on estimates, the preserve will cost $1.9 million, but the excavated dirt will return about $2 million, Hunsicker observed. Excavation of the saltwater mitigation canals and lake will begin in March, and the Southwest Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bradenton is buying much of the excavated material. Hunsicker said plans to connect the mitigation canals with Perico Bayou would be done in phases from September through April 2014. The preserve is slated to open in mid-summer 2014. The opening date, of course, is projected, based upon satisfactory resolution of permitting and weather conditions, but funding for the project is already in place, Hunsicker said. Amenities include a parking lot near the Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 entrance to the preserve, and a boardwalk through the preserve to an observatory on Perico Bayou. When walking along the boardwalk, visitors will be able Workers prepare Perico Preserve on Manatee Avenue West/State Road 64, about 200 yards east of the Harbour Isle subdivision entrance, where dirt is being excavated to create tidal pools. Islander File Photo to observe the rookery, mangrove habitation and area wildlife, the canals and lakes where seagrasses are grown, and other examples of habitat preservation. The observation platform at the end of the boardwalk but that suggestion is still under consideration, Hunsicker said. Hunsicker said continued creation of nature preserves and protecting the countys environment and water sources are a goals of his department and the county commission. Other nature preserves and protected areas are in the long-range plans of the commission and the natural resources department, he said. Old city pier planks recycled, repurposedBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Rather than throw away the old planks replaced with memorial planks on the Anna Maria City Pier, The Islander newspaper donated the old wood, and some went to Ed Chiles of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Chiles recently remodeled the indoor bar at the Sandbar, and used discarded planks as the base. He said he would rather save a piece of Anna Maria history than buy new wood. The old pieces were cleaned, Chiles said to consider saving the planks as one of his contributions to Earth Day observed on April 22. As the original Anna Maria City Pier was built in 1911, its likely the planks used for the bar are not the originals, Chiles said. Its also unlikely bar customers have any idea they are sitting next to history, he added. Call it saving the island one plank at a time, Chiles said. The original pier was built in 1911, 13 years before Island. To get to the island in 1911, steamships from Tampa would bring beachgoers, visitors and supplies to the pier island, its beaches, wildlife and swamps, then return to Tampa in the evening. Anna Maria celebrated the piers centennial anniversary in May 2012, and the newspaper, in partnership with the Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant, began selling new planks with memorials or tributes engraved in the wood. The planks are part of the pier boardwalk leading The old planks were saved and put to good use. Old planks from the Anna Maria City Pier have been repurposed on the island, including incorporated into the remodeled Sandbar Restaurant. Islander File Photo The bar base at the Sandbar Restaurant is constructed of recycled Anna Maria City Pier planks. Islander Photo: Courtesy Dara Caudill

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 9 Rehab at FISH Preserve can be dirty businessBy Mark Young Islander Reporter A $250,000 Southwest Florida Water Management grant could be released to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board sometime between now and August. FISH has submitted its management plan to Swiftmud, as well as entered into an agreement to create a 6.5 acre conservation easement in exchange for the grant, which is designated to complete the rehabilitation of the 95-acre FISH preserve. Acting preserve chair Karen Bell reported at the February FISH meeting in Cortez that the preserve committee also had met with representatives from Swiftmud, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Courts office to ensure everyone was comfortable with FISHs conceptual rehabilitation plan. The main topic of conversation was what to do with all the dirt from the dredging of the retention ponds in the preserve, said Bell. They will be digging all of that out and it will be added to dirt that has been stored from other projects over the years. Bell said the discussion generated ideas such as decided against that because it wouldnt be natural. Bell said FISH needs to decide whether to keep the dirt somewhere, try and sell it or give it away. They are going to try and calculate how much dirt know how many tons we are talking about, she said. Part of the discussion included whether or not the dirt A bridge in the 95-acre FISH prewater highlighting the potential of the preserves natural setting, as well as FISHs efforts to prepare it for more public participation. Islander Photo: Mark Young is safe to sell. since resigned, said any dirt dredged by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is automatically tested. Board member Turner Matthews said he would be against giving the dirt away, noting a friend who has made a very good living by selling dirt. He buys land just to dig the dirt out of it and has become quite wealthy, said Matthews. Contractors would be glad to buy it. Von Hahmann said a lot of dirt may be needed to bring up areas of the preserve to keep those areas dryer, and said she would prefer FISH hold onto the excess dirt until the board is sure it doesnt need it. for possible sale in the future. The motion unanimously passed. Also at the February meeting, Turner Maritime Challenge director Sean Wardell announced the last of the paperwork to become a Sea Scout charter under the Boy Scouts of America has been completed. Wardell was planning to schedule a meeting to introduce representatives of BSA, the parents of the six registered Sea Scouts and interested community members, to show them all what we have to offer. Coastal Cleanup on April 20 Keep Manatee Beautiful will partner with cities, community groups and school clubs on Saturday, April 20, for the Great American Cleanup. The event, part of the areas Earth Day observances and a national campaign, will take place at various locations in Manatee County. Volunteers will begin work at 9 a.m., reporting Maria. Avenue, Holmes Beach. Cortez. A post-cleanup party for volunteers on Anna Maria Island will take place at the Coquina Beach remodeled concession stand compliments of the concessionaire, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. For more information, call 941-795-8272 or email keep@manateebeautiful.com.De Soto memorial park to offer kayak tours The De Soto National Memorial will offer free ranger-led kayak tours weekends April 27-Oct. 20. Kayakers are invited to bring their equipment, but the memorial also can supply equipment coastal resources paddle through time as your park ranger guide will explore the costal estuaries. Learn how Native American Indians and Spanish Conquistadores used waterways for transportation and food. Learn about many of the unique plants and animals that make Floridas waterways their home. Find out how you can help preserve and protect these fragile ecosystems for future generations. memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Reservations are required. For more, call 941-792-0458, ext. 105. ACCOMMODATIONS Tortuga Inn Beach & Tradewinds Resorts 90 well-appointed rooms, apts., suites with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach, more! www.tortugainn.com 941-778-6611 www.tradewinds-resort.com Haleys Motel An Island jewel with 1950s charm and 21st century amenities. Perfect for all weddings and reunions. 941-778-5405 or 800-367-7824 www.haleysmotel.com Bungalow Beach Resort DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH! 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10 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER 5704 Marina Drive | Holmes Beac h11-6 | TuesdayFridayLocated at Island Flea 941.779.5350 Handmade Sterling Jewelr y Handmade Handmade Terras Island happenings 941-780-8010SCHEDULE: www.amiWaterShuttle.comPRIVATE CHARTERS & EXCURSIONS ~ UP TO 49 PASSENGERSENJOY THE RIDE!Monday Longboat Lunch Loop / Dolphin Watch Tuesday Sarasota Day Trip / Egmont Key Excursion WednesdayBradenton Day Trip / Water-Sports Cruise, Kayak, Paddleboard Thursday Circle Line Tour / Egmont Key Excursion Friday Eco-cruise, Kayak, Bike / Dolphin Watch and Champagne Sunset CruiseDAILY Island Water Shuttle Loop Service and Evening Sunset Cruises 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 941.778.0400and 313 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, 941.778.0500. Send your club, group, event news to news@islander.org. Acupuncture | Massage Therapy Organic Facials ** Sunset Beach Yoga at 6:30 with Leigh **HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE IN A BEAUTIFUL SPA ENVIRONMENT! 2219 Gulf Drive N | Bradenton Beach 941.778.8400 | www.alunawellness.com Eco-friendly spa and wellness center What Women Want... A massage, facial, mani-pedi, hair style and makeup. A pampering package...$1005343 Gulf Drive, Suite 500, Holmes Beach By appointment: 941-730-3649 clairemariespa.comMM28612 Wine and Song to bene t orchestra An evening of Wine and Song Saturday, April 27, Orchestra. Seatings for two performances will take place at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center in the Centre Shops, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Tickets are $25. Carol Prokap, a consultant for PRP Wine International, will pair 8-10 wines with songs by AMICCO For more information, call Leitner at 941-5873584.Cortez historical society plans picnic The Cortez Village Historical Society will hold its 22nd annual community picnic 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Few-Miller Dock on the waterfront in the The menu will include fried mullet. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, call 941-795-7121.De Soto National Memorial re-enacts landing The De Soto National Memorial is the sight of a re-enactment of the landing of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, April 20. Activities will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. The event will feature weapons displays, demonstrations, a walk through time and a re-enactment of the landing, with De Sotos boats making landfall and claiming La Florida for Spain. For more information, call the memorial at 941-7920458.Kiwanis to meet at beach cafe The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.Privateers plan motor show car, truck and bike show 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. AMIP will present awards for the best in show, managers choice, pirates pick and best club participation, as Attendees can expect door prizes, a 50/50 drawing Parade on the island. For more information, call Roger Hoodat Murphree at 214-714-3953.Privateers hold scholarship bene t at Aces p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Aces Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. The Gumbo Boogie Band will perform at the dinner plenty of piratical antics. The buffet dinner will cost $6.95. For more information, call Aces at 941-795-3886.Center offers adult ballet The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will present a mixed movements and bare bones ballet combo class with Mo Dye A fee applies. For more information, call the center at 941-7781908.St. Bernard CCW sponsors cruise The St. Bernard Catholic Council of Women will sponsor a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise Nov. 29-Dec. 9. The cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale and stop at ports in the Bahamas, Aruba, Curacao, Panama and Costa Rica. A $200 deposit by Saturday, April 20, will hold a reservation. For more details, including costs, call Barbara Murphy at 941-228-2916.Local residents honored for landscaping project The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has awarded Don and Denise Elliott of the Sunbow Bay condominiums in Holmes Beach with one of its three Blue Dolphin Awards for 2013. The Elliotts built a demonstration landscaping project at Sunbow that involved removal of old turf and installation of more than 2,500 square feet of bay-friendly turf. Residents volunteered to help the Elliotts. The new turf is native Florida grass that does not need chemical fertilizers that pollute Sarasota Bay during the rainy season, a press release from the SBEP said. SBEP provided Bay Partner Grants to support the multi-year project. The effort to develop landscaping using Florida-native plants is a positive example for other condo associations, businesses and homeowners throughout the region, the release said. will be April 29, at the next meeting of the SBEP Citizens Advisory Committee. The Blue Dolphin Awards began in 2012, when Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring won an honor. For information on obtaining an SBEP grant, call 941-955-8085. Sarah Kane, center, of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, congratulates Don and Denise Elliott of the Sunbow Bay Condominium Association for winning SBEPs Blue Dolphin Award for 2013. Islander Photo: Courtesy SBEP

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 11 S A L E A A L L Free popcorn! Corner Rack (intersection of gulf and marina) You asked for it, you got it! Signature Signature 5311 gulf drive holmes beach941.778.5400 acquaaveda.com hair skin nails massagefeel beautiful today Island happenings 50% OFF 8102 CORTEZ RD. W. All in-stock Citizen watches. Celebrating 30 years in Bradenton! Available At... ISLAND SHOPPING CENTERMARINA DRIVE WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Available At... Weve got stickers!Family fun walk bene ts homeless program Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach will be the site The organization works to end homelessness for kids and their families. Beach Saturday, April 20. Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for children and $45 for families. activities, food vendors and a post-walk party and sunset watch. For more information, call Turning Points at 941747-1509.Island relay raises money for cancer work The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Anna Maria Island will take place May 10-11 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Relay teams already are organizing for the event and raising money. For more information about participating in the relay or supporting the walkers, call Aly Kerwin at the American Cancer Society at 941-328-3775.Arbor Day celebrations planned for AMI, area Keep Manatee Beautiful will partner with local governments and community groups to celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 26. Events will take place throughout the county. The near 77th Street and Marina Drive. County Parks and Recreation Department, along with KMB, will meet in Bayfront Park on North Bay Boulevard near the public restrooms to plant two green buttonwoods. will celebrate on Bridge Street by replanting the west roundabout at the intersection of Gulf Drive with native landscaping donated by the Bridge Street Merchants and KMB. The public is welcome to attend the celebrations. For more information, call KMB at 941-795-8272.Gala to bene t center Community Center will take place Saturday, May 18, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The event is the centers largest fundraiser, as well as an annual highlight on the island social calendar. Proceeds, according to a news release, help the at-risk children, teens and families served by the Anna Maria Island Community Center by providing programs in a safe, wholesome environment where they can identify their talents, expand learning opportunities, develop new skills, get healthier and grow in character and conThe evening black-tie is preferred features live and silent auctions, dinner catered by Harrys Continental Kitchens and an open bar. Seating, which includes a Champagne reception at 6 p.m., is $175 per person. VIP seating, which includes a pre-reception party and special entertainment beginning at 5 p.m, is $250. Reservations are requested by May 10. For more information, call Sharen Pittman at 941778-1908, ext. 9203.One less car again In March 1998, Islander photographer Edna Tiemann came across biker Mary Seine wearing a One Less Car safety vest and they both paused for a photo. Fast forward 15 years to March 2013, and the pair, a little older but still active in their pursuits, pause again for a pose. The newspaper in 1998 reported Seine was biking 100 miles a week, and now turning 86 in April shes pedaling about 6 miles a day. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann The Island Affaire, a gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, is a highlight on the local social calendar and not island casual. Islander File Photo

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12 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Wednesday, April 17 Noon Anna Maria Garden Club high tea meeting Thursday, April 18 Friday, April 19 Saturday, April 20 Sunday, April 21 Monday, April 22 Tuesday, April 23 Wednesday, April 24 Off-island Saturday, April 20 Sunday, April 21 Ongoing Coming up Save the date 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 a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome. Socializing The Islander has an active Facebook community of more than 2,200 users, so were sharing some of the conversations weve been having with our fans. If you would like to join the conversation, become a fan of The Islander on Facebook. We provide a direct link to our fan page from www.islander.org. The Islander also allows comments on stories online. Season ends, summer plans As the 2013 winter-spring tourism season wanes, The Islander encourages event organizers and publicists for local groups to take a look at the ongoing events listings and notify calendar@islander.org of any changes needed. Also, The Islander encourages publicists for local groups to send spring-summer calendars and event announcements to calendar@islander.org. TAX AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES BEN AND KAREN COOPER We are accepting new clients for our Tax and Accounting practice We prepare income taxes and handle all phases of accounting. Bank Reconciliations Preparing Financials Calculating Payrolls Homeowners Associations Individual and Corporate Tax Returns WE WANT TO BE YOUR ACCOUNTANT941-795-7048 Ofce 941-795-4878 Fax 941-713-9190 Cell benacooper@aol.com

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 13 WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK!1707 1st St. E., BradentonWhere Hwy 41 & 301 meet @ 17th Ave941-747-3794 Red Barn Plaza Area OPEN Tuesday-Sunday (see website for details) Best Place to Find Anything! Entire Flea Market Open 8-4ENTIRE FLEA MARKET OPEN 8AM-4PM Bring the Family, Spend the Day THE BEACH SHOP www.thebeachshopboutique.com We moved to Cortez from the Manatee Public Beach! BEACHSHOP The Lots of items up to 50% OFF We moved to Cortez from the Manatee Public Beach! Lots of items Lots of items up to up to 50% 50% OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF SPRING FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY Season nale for ArtWalkABOVE LEFT: Featured artist Richard Stewart, left, of Tampa, discusses his threepanel photo artwork of the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria with guests at Island Gallery West during the April 12 ArtWalk event in downtown Holmes Beach. ABOVE RIGHT: Darleen Ostrowski, left, admires the work of artist Joan Voyles, while Voyles son, Erik Abrahamson, stands by during the April 12 ArtWalk event. Voyles was the featured artist at the Guild Gallery, operated by the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach. Other participants were Restless Natives, the Anna Maria Island Art League, Island Tattoo, Beach Life AMI, Libbys Jewelry and Gifts and Island Gallery West. LEFT: Sarah Johnson, center, shows her ceramic work to Charlie Boothby at an exhibit for visual art students of St. Stephens Episcopal School, Bradenton, at the Anna Maria Island Art League during ArtWalk in downtown Holmes Beach. Attending the show are artists Laura Culp and Christina Jones, Boothby, and artists Johnson, Amanda Everhardus and Ally Thomas. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann

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14 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER What You Think Is Who You Are 941-778-0414 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria www.roserchurch.com Gary A. Batey, PastorA non-denominational Christian churchCelebrating 100 Years of Service in 2013 Sunday 10 AM ~ Traditional Worship 10 AM Children and Youth Church School 9 AM Adult Sunday School SPRING RATES ARE HERE! Bottle Boat Regatta tops weekend funThe Bottle Boat Regatta, part of a month of celebrations organized for the De Soto Heritage Festival, draws a crowd and Hernando de Sotos Crewe of Conquistadors to the shore along Palma Sola Causeway/Manatee Avenue, Bradenton. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann Bottle boats race, crowds clog causeway Big kids, little kids, conquistadors and the queens court took part in the race of homemade bottle boats April 13 along the Palma Sola Causeway on Manatee Avenue. It was all part of the growing annual Bradenton celebration of the De Soto Heritage Festival. petitors enjoy the day. Saturday, April 20, at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Auditorium. Manatee High School, the parade route goes west on Ninth Avenue, north along 39th Street West to Manatee Avenue and then turns east toward downtown Bradenton to Ninth Street West. For more details about the festival, call 941-747-1998 or go online to desotohq.com. Youths from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach paddle to the A pre-race blessing of the waters. Heated competition: Sugg Middle School vs. King Middle School.

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Webb noted that the commission had said when the six vacant lots across from the Anna Maria City Pier were purchased there would be no parking on them. Yetter agreed, and further stated opposition to public restrooms. Who would clean them? she asked. sense to relieve the congestion that occurs near the post but he also opposed the bathrooms. Aubry said the city needs to be more tourist-friendly and public restrooms are needed there. Commissioner Dale Woodland sided with Aubry. He said it makes sense and is a good use of the property. And its the best compromise weve had for the property, he added. The 25 live oak trees would be planted around the property and several would separate the parking area from the park grounds. The live oak trees already there would be saved, Aubry said. Webb said he might give approval for a portion of the Aubry said he would bring a rendering of the restrooms a design similar to those found in European cities, which need little maintenance to the April 25 meeting. as the lead item for the commissions April 25 meeting. Moratorium enacted Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium ordinance on all residential construction above 27 feet, while they continue to revise the citys bulk-, lotand yard-size regulations. No expiration for the moratorium was included in the ordinance, but the commission has been working on a living-area-to-lot-size ratio for residential structures to replace the 37-foot height-limit ordinance. Commissioners also learned that SueLynn has had discussions with Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder to assume responsibility for pier maintenance in exchange for an increase in lease payments. The pier needs at least $80,000 in repairs immediately, the mayor said. Commissioners said this was an issue for the mayor, but asked to be kept informed of the negotiations. The lease agreement. Schoenfelder presently pays $9,600 per month to lease the pier, restaurant and bait shop. Schoenfelder also favored Aubrys plan for a park and more parking spaces. everything there and relieves the congestion, he said. He said that although he has dedicated parking spaces in the lease, he has never enforced that provision. He has some signs in the pier parking lot noting the parking space is for restaurant customers only, but enforcement SueLynn said if Schoenfelder did start enforcing his lease and towing vehicles, it would be a nightmare for the city and bad publicity for tourism. The mayor said if the commission agrees to transfer responsibility, shell go to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council for funding because the pier is an integral part of area tourism. Shell also start looking for and repair of a historical structure. Also, commissioners agreed they no longer need to meet every week, which they have been doing the past two months. Additionally, commissioners unanimously gave the approval to sign a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, adopted the Manatee County animal control ordinance for the city and passed a public nuisance ordinance. The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Commissioner shows off gearsAnna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry shows off his 1948 Austin Healey, refurbished piece by piece by Aubry as a project. He said since the projects done, hes ready to move on to something else. He brought the car to show at the April 13 Gears & Beers Clascommissioner is an architect by trade, and enjoys playing guitar at the Beach Bistro for his own and customers amusement. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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People with expired and unneeded prescription drugs can drop off bottles at HBPD during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The DEA will be collecting prescription drugs from the HBPD on April 27. Three previous national Take-Back efforts resulted in the DEA collecting about a million pounds of drugs that might have been dumped into sewer to a news release from the DEA.BB man arrested on sexual battery chargeIsland police blotterAnna Maria responded to a father and adult son arguing. The son said his father was upset and insulted him because he could marijuana stems in plain view after both men denied any knowledge of the stems. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach property. A woman stored her drivers license in a side pocket of a small cooler and went for a walk on the beach. When she returned, her drivers license was missing. warning. Police responded to a man causing problems at the bar and discovered the suspect was trying to play pool for money. According to the report, the man refused to stop asking other patrons to gamble and then refused to leave when asked. A trespass warning was issued. Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD. Cortez Cortez is policed by the MCSO Holmes Beach March 23, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass. Police responded to a complaint of a man in the parking lot attempting to sell customers his pocket knife. The man admitted he was trying to sell the knife to raise money for bus fare. Police searched the suspect and located the knife and $7. He was advised it was illegal to solicit in Holmes Beach and was trespassed from the property at the store managers request. By Mark Young Islander Reporter A 40-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested on felony sexual battery with a weapon and aggravated battery April 12 in the 400 block of Second Street North. According to the probable cause argued the previous night. Moroz awoke in the early morning hours of April 12 wanting to engage the alleged victim in sexual activities. The victim complied, but Moroz allegedly placed a 9 mm handgun to the victims head. According to the report, Moroz told the victim he really wanted to kill her. The couple continued their sexual activity, but the victim said she did so at that point out of fear for her life. She called the Bradenton Beach Police Department Moroz. According to the report, Moroz admitted he put a gun to the victims head. He was then arrested on the felony charges. He was booked into the Manatee County jail and scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, May 3, at the ton. Morozs bond information was not available as of Islander press time. Moroz BP, trespass. An employee reported a juvenile had broken some items in the stores bathroom, which led to a heated exchange between a store employee and the juveniles mother. The mother said the employee was rude to the family when they asked to use the bathroom. exposure. A 49-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested for misdemeanor exposure and possession of marijuana after a complainant reported the man had urinated in an open area behind the business. She told police the man exposed himself. Police made contact with the man and a search of his person turned up 3 grams of marijuana. complainant called police to report her house had been broken into while she was on a trip, but nothing had been stolen. She discovered three empty beer cans inside the residence and suspected it may have been family members, but wanted the incident documented. Entry into the home was through a window, which was damaged. The damages were estimated at $100. bicycle valued at $100 was stolen from a bike rack. down by a man who reported someone had stolen a tile saw valued at $1,500 from his porch. A neighbor provided police with a description of two young men and a woman who had come to the home and left with a large object in their vehicle. The complainant called later that day to say the saw had been returned. glary. A complainant reported he left his wallet inside an unlocked vehicle. When he returned, the wallet had been gone through and $100 was missing. Police responded to a call from a man who said his son was yelling and refusing to go to school. The man said his son was bullied at school. The school had told him they had taken care of the problem, but the son said the was wrong to yell at his parents and that he had to go to make sure the bullying was addressed. A woman called to report her husband was missing for more than a month. She said they were having general marital issues and that he had disappeared for a few days before, but not for this long. She told police he had not picked up his medications, left his cell phone behind and no other family member has heard from him. chief. A complainant reported he has been having trouble with his neighbor since having work done to his pool. He said he was having the pool resurfaced and needed to run a pump at night to keep water from getting into the pool. He told police his neighbors wife came over and kicked the pump into the pool. The neighbor said the pump was keeping his wife up at night, but denied his wifes involvement in the incident. The damage to the pump was estimated at $400. Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 17 ART AND COLLECTIBLESAll proceeds c Thomas 531 hadjacent to the Anna Maria Island Art League941-320-1786 Maybe you have some time on your hands for spring shopping. These stores specialize in unique items and offer great customer service. For certain, The Islander knows where to shop. We bet any one of these shops has what youre looking for, because they are stocked with unusual good to shop local and buy local. Giving Back in Holmes Beach offers new merchandise every week. And remember, when shopping at Giving Back, you get awesome deals and give back proceeds go to local charities. At Steffs Stuff, its always a good time to shop for fabulous vintage jewelry and other accessories for your wardrobe. See the great selection at 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. For information, call Steffs Stuff Antiques at 941-383-1901. The women behind Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing and Cobwebs Unique Finds are at it again! There are so many new items in the store, theyre running out of space! Kris has brought in lots of larger-sized dresses from the 1950s and 60s. Nancy will soon be expanding the sewing section. The store Select furniture pieces are 25 percent off. Tide and Moon s location on Pine Avenue is a must-do. What better way to remember paradise found than the Anna Maria Island Pearl Pendant handcrafted by Laura Shely and only available at Tide and Moon? What a Find! is a fabulous quality consignment looking for. With more than 1,000 consignors and daily appointments for accepting more, the shop is constantly changing. Youll soon be saying, Wow, What a Find! Community Thrift Shop wants to know if youre ready to change things up for the new year? It is looking for quality consignments with 50-60 percent to the consignor. Call the store for details. With deals like these, who cant afford to do a thrifty makeover on their home or vacation rental? Dont forget to say, The Islander sent me. Retro Rosie Historic East Manatee Antiques District SHOPS OPEN TUE-SAT 10-4Vintage Clothes for All Occasions Beautiful Wedding Gowns and Accessories Vintage, Cottage and Romantic Country Style. New addition! Vintage holiday and Christmas Department 817 Manatee Ave. E. 941-708-0913 Like us on Facebook!CobwebsAntiques and More Tiki & Kittys Adventures in Shopping Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques! What a Find! THRIFT AND CONSIGNMENTS Quality clothing, purses & accessories, furniture, kitchenwares and old Florida-style decor. What a nd! Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Thrift ShopBradentons Original Thrift and Consignment Shop5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton Large selection of Home Decor, Furniture, Collectibles, Fine Jewelry, Clothes for the whole family! Books and more! Accepting quality consignments. Call 792-2253Readers Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store Mon-Fri 10-4 Sat 10-2 Steffs Stuff Antiques & TreasuresJ 941.383.19015380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101, Longboat Key at the Centre Shops, Buttercuponline@hotmail.com Jewelry Tide and Moon Exclusive Anna Maria Island Pendant Handmade by Laura Shely ObituariesMargaret Marge DeanMargaret Marge Dean, 100, Anna Maria, died April 6. She was born Margaret Freund Feb. 28, 1913, in St. Germain, Wis., the fourth in a family of 12 children. She and her late husband, Forest Dean, built a bulldozing and landscaping company together in the Wisconsin north woods resort area. She had been a regular visitor to Anna Maria from 1965 to 1995, when she became a permanent resident. In 2006 she moved to an assisted living facility. Until she Gulf of Mexico and she occasionally won trophies for her catches. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Roser Chapel at the Roser Memorial Community Church Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be Obituaries are provided as a free service in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, and to those people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length. Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries are available by calling 941-778-7978.Rosanne Rosie Terry Dole Rosanne Rosie Terry Dole, 66, of Bradenton, died April 7. She was born Oct. 23, 1946, in Bradenton to the late Evangeline Rose and Harvey Metz Terry. She graduated Manatee High School in 1964. She was an advertising partner for many years with The Islander newspaper Tiki and Kitty shopping feature, and had recently sold her business, Retro Rosie Vintage Clothing. She embraced all things vintage. A memorial service was held April 13 at Skyway Memorial Gardens Chapel in Palmetto. Massie of Reno, Nev.; son William Arthur of Palmetto; best friend, Susan Redeker, of Bradenton Beach; grandTerry; and sister Mary Avery. made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. Mrs. Dean is survived by her three children, Marion 27 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Road watch, April 15-22 The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a bridge maintenance project 9 p.m.-6 a.m. weeknights on the Anna Maria Island Bridge/State Road 64. Most of the work is taking place under the bridge, in place for any lane closures. The project should be completed by late summer, the release said.Kathleen M. (Dale) Mineo Kathleen M. (Dale) Mineo, 60, of Bradenton, died April 7. She was, born Aug. 5, 1952, in Brookline, Mass., Cathedral High School and most recently was as a real estate agent at Simpson South Realty, Holmes Beach. Kathleen traveled the world with her husband and enjoyed her family and friends and caring for her rescue dogs, Harley, Hoops, and Savannah. She volunteered to teach English as a second language. A funeral and Liturgy of Christian Burial was held April 12 in Springfield. Memorial donations may be made to Underdog Rescue, P.O. Box 351, Bradenton FL 34206. A Celebration of Life on Anna Maria Island for friends and family will be held April 20 at the home of Gayle Schulz. Mrs. Mineo is survived by her husband of 38 years, selynn A. and her partner Kimberley D. of Louisville; and brother William C. and wife Theresa Dale of Baltimore.

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18 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER PLEASE SEE BATTLE, pP AGE 19HB commissioner calls out mayors proposals Holmes Beach ponders visiting restaurant parkingHolmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino calls out Mayor Carmel Montis proposals to charge a trolley fee, build a toll gate on the Anna Maria Island Bridge and lease the Scentral Park dog park to dog owners. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter It was a two-round battle A A pril 9 between Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Chair Jean Peelen. Round two came at the end of the meeting when Peelen admonished Zaccagnino for his March 28 criti cism of Mayor Carmel Montis choice for a new police chief. Zaccagnino criticized other commissioners for not doing their due diligence in researching the new chiefs background before voting to accept the mayors recommendation. Peelen, reading from a prepared statement, demanded Zaccagnino apologize for questioning the mayors choice, accusing the eight-year commissioner of publicly trashing the candidate. Zaccagnino did not apologize. Round one opened the A A pril 9 city meeting when Zaccagnino raised concerns over emails from Monti to Peelen, suggesting he would like the commission to consider three future revenue proposals. One proposal would be to have the city build a toll gate and charge motorists entering the city on Manatee A A venue at the A A nna Maria Island Bridge. Residents would be admitted free in the mayors proposal, while tourists would pay to enter. A A second proposal was to sell discounted tokens for trolley rides to businesses, who in turn resell tokens at a was to lease S Scentral Park dog park to dog owners, who then would pay a fee to use the park. see them on a future agenda, said Zaccagnino. Peelen called a point of order and interrupted Zaccagnino, saying she has asked the mayor and commissioners to submit a wish list of proposals no matter how impossible or improbable. E E ven though the emails are public record, Peelen criticized Zaccagnino for bringing them up at a public meeting. This is not the place to bring them up, she said. Moratorium lifted In the nights quickest action, commissioners unanithe self-imposed building moratorium in the citys R-2, or duplex, district. The city enacted the moratorium Jan. 8, expecting it to last six months. The moratorium was designed to slow down the construction of duplexes until the city could address solutions pertaining to rental units causing congestion, parking, noise and trash problems. standards. New language in the land development code 33 percent of a common wall. Zaccagnino previously said he would oppose the ordinance because it will create box-like structures and limit green space, which is contrary to the citys vision plan. He said the city is setting itself up to create perpetual rental units as opposed to giving an opportunity to new permanent residents seeking to own duplex units that appear to be single-family homes. Zaccagnino did question setback requirements in the ordinance, but city planner Bill Brisson addressed his concerns, saying the setback requirements arent changing. Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance. The ordinance will apply toward any new permits in the moratorium timeline and existing structures are grandfathered. In other matters, commissioners provided a consensus for Monti to write a letter supporting Manatee County administrator E Ed Hunzeckers 26/13 Plan, a proposal to provide for an added half-cent sales tax and a reduction in tax rates in all island cities by 26 percent. The property tax savings would be achieved by patrols from property taxes for owners in cities that provide law enforcement for its citizens. The plan calls for a half-cent sales tax to begin paying for indigent health care costs, which has been funded by By Mark Young Islander Reporter Its been two years since the Holmes Beach commission voted to decrease the number of required restaurant parking spaces from one space per three seats to one Commissioner Pat Morton said at an A April 11 work session that the change was made to accommodate new restaurants and existing restaurants wishing to expand seating within their footprint. Morton was the lone dissenter in that 4-1 vote. S S ince that vote took place, Commissioners Marvin G G rossman and Judy Titsworth, as well as Commission G G rossman brought up the idea of revisiting the issue. What I had noticed in the process of reading the land development code for parking requirements, is that we had changed ours, said G G rossman. I reviewed what the county does and what other cities in our area do and discovered that we are special. G Grossman said the previous commission eliminated parking for outdoor dining and didnt require businesses to renew their license once issued. In the old ordinance, they were required to come and get another tax receipt to show how their parking was doing, said G G rossman. That requirement was dropped. Im not comfortable with the changes that were made. Id like to bring it back to where it was or really try and understand why we should be different than other communities, he said. Morton said the city previously allowed restaurants to add eight outdoor dining seats without the need for a new site plan, but everyone wasnt comfortable with that. The wisdom of the commission, at the time, was to Morton disagreed with that decision, saying 85 percent of people going to a restaurant arent walking. I had a feeling then that some of the businesses couldnt come here if we stayed with one space per three seats, said Morton. They decided to change it so that other businesses also could expand. Morton said the commission gave away its authority to monitor the parking situation by authorizing former public works superintendant Joe Duennes to monitor outdoor dining. Before that, they were required to come before the commission, said Morton. Titsworth said the ordinance doesnt just apply to restaurants. time, so we dont have to have as many for employees, she said. Titsworth recommended city planner Bill Brisson conduct a parking study to see how the current ordinance is working compared to the old ordinance, to give us something to look at. We need some advice. G G rossman said he is concerned the parking and outdoor dining ordinances allow restaurants to virtually monopolize parking and its hurting other businesses. S S ome people dont care if they are inconveniencing others, said GGrossman. Titsworth agreed, saying, It allows for bad neighbors. G G rossman said any attempt to reverse the current ordinance could include exceptions for certain businesses that are more pedestrian friendly. Commissioners provided an informal consensus to have Brisson conduct a parking study. nism within the L LDC that calls for parking inspections, but that does add an inspection burden. However, if there Resident Terry Parker said the problem is the L LDC, saying it is too vague and out of date. OBrien agreed, saying land development codes were initially required in the 1985 Florida GGrowth Management A Act. Todays land development codes are 25 years out of date, he said. Thats why a lot of cities are currently rewriting their codes. The comprehensive plan and L L DC are updated on a schedule set forth by the state, but OBrien said some cities are opting to start from scratch. In other matters, commissioners provided a consenOne commissioner a day has been available at city hall from 10 a.m.-noon daily, but Morton said no one had come to talk to him at city hall for a long time. Commissioners discussed options and settled on rotating duties on Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon. Welcoming babyA unique baby shower to welcome Sally McClures hosted by Rhonda Grote, Pine Avenue, where she said guests enjoyed some delish nibbles, and then it was on to Salon Salon spa, also on Pine Avenue, where owner Nikita Fosmore hosted an array of mini spa treatments. After an hour of relaxation at the Salon, the guests and mommie-to-be returned to Relish Cafe for brunch and a shower of gifts. Islander Photo: Nikki Donato

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 19 BATTLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 5315 gulf driv e holmes beach 941-77 8-0411www.eathereannamaria.com One of Floridas best new restaurants Monday, April 22 Breakfast: Pizza or Super Round Lunch: Mac and Cheese or McManatee Riblet Sandwich with Applesauce, Carrot Coins, Broccoli Dipper, Assorted Fresh Fruit Tuesday, April 23 Lunch: Southern Chicken with Warm Biscuit or Beef and Cheese Nachos with Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple Tidbits, Lettuce and Tomato Cup, Black Beans, Assorted Fresh Fruit Wednesday, April 24 Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel or Proballs Lunch: Popcorn Chicken and Warm Roll or Meatball Sub with Fresh Fruit Cup, Baked Fries, Green Beans, Assorted Fresh Fruit Thursday, April 25 Breakfast: Biscuit Sandwich or Breakfast Round Lunch: Kids Choice Friday, April 26 Breakfast: Pancake on Stick or Super Round Lunch: Pizza Choice or Cheese Lasagna and Breadstick with Sliced Pears, Corn, Baby Carrot Dippers, Assorted Fresh Fruit Daily offerings include: 1 Percent, Skim or Skim Chocolate Milk, Juice; : 2 Choices of Fresh Fruit; 3 Choices of Cereal; Additional items (2 per day): Yogurt, Plain or Cinnamon Raisin Bagel, Toast, PBJ Jamwich, AME calendar FCAT testing through April 26. 12:30-1:15 p.m. Friday, April 19, second-grade coastal cleanup on campus. 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, Parent Teacher Organization board meeting, conference room. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 25, third-grade trip to South Florida Museum. 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, PTO community dinner in Wednesday, May 1, Science Night, Book Fair and art show. Coming, April 25, The Best of the Best celebration Watch your email inbox for our exclusive invitation to the award winners party Only the rst 100 responders will be guaranteed admission. $45 per personHeavy hors doeuvre | Cash Bar Champagne Toast | Jack Elka PhotosRed carpet event, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Key Royale Club King Middle Schools Health Occupations Students of America members the same kids who stuffed the bus back in November at the Holmes Beach Publix attend an April 4-6 state conference in Orlando, where they Monroe, Alysha ODell, Kara Marsh, George Lardas, Danielle Capparelli, Maria Jimenez, Ayanna Washington, Friday, May 3, early release. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The a portion of property taxes. The sales tax rate in Manatee County is 6.5 percent. The plan also will lower property taxes in the unincorporated areas of the county by 13 percent. County commissioners April 9 voted to pass the plans approval to voters in a June 18 referendum. Zaccagnino said this is a once in a 25-year opportunity for taxpayers to see a drastic reduction in property taxes. We are a big contributor to the county tax base, he said. Finally, we are getting some help. ing its population while promoting new residency.

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20 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Take a ride on AMI connect to SRQ! The free AMI trolley service connects at Coquina Beach to Longboat Key Trolley (fee) for service to LBK, St. Armands and downtown Sarasota. Ride FREEschedule info is a public service of Concessionaire Dave Russell said the debt issue became worse when he learned the city policy does not allow for partial payments, and a $100-per-day penalty clause within the lease caused the debt to further spiral out of control. to catch up on the payments and suggested the city take ownership of his restaurant equipment with an option for him to purchase the equipment back from the city. At the March 21 meeting, the commissioners discussed the liens on the equipment, and gave Russell two sioners addressed the deal at the April 4 city meeting. Russell appeared before the commissioners saying the liens had been cleared, but was ousted from his lease anyway with only Commissioner Ric Gatehouse opposed to terminating the agreement. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the lease language is contradictory to the proposed equipment agreement and RALPHS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 before accepting such an offer. ment in having to close a business that has been operating seek a loan to pay off the $50,000 debt. Russell said he could do it, but it would take time. Commissioners then voted to send Russell a notice of default and to terminate the lease. Russell was served those papers the following day. Further discussion on the Rotten Ralphs Restaurant issue appears on the city commission agenda at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Russell said the city has agreed to hold off on closing the restaurants doors until after the meeting and that he has secured the funding to pay off the debt. He was initially told he would have to close his doors, but the city has agreed to hold off on the closure. We have no intention of closing our doors, said Russell. We want to stay here. I love this community and I love the people. Apparently, Rotten Ralphs customers love Russell, too. The support we are receiving from our patrons is with support and saying they want to write letters to the city to help keep us open. Russell said its been an emotional experience. I broke down and cried, he said. Russell said he has secured a loan to pay the city the $50,000, but that the loan was contingent on him remaining at the location. He wont be able to walk into the April 18 meeting with a check, but he said he can walk in with a promise to pay the debt, if commissioners reconsider their April 4 vote to terminate the lease. I dont want to assume anything, but weve had a very good working relationship with the city for the past have done everything I can to come up with the money, and we can remain open.

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24 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Prices start at just $15/hour pe r pe rson! ove.comCG Licensed Captain Don MeilnerHave fun c rs! Kathleen DSailing Catamaran 941-870-4349 kathleend.net LETS GO SSAIlLINgG! Departing from Holmes Beach & BradentonS Sunset SSail, Dolphin Watch, EEgmont Key EExcursion Gift Certicates PleaseLEASE seeSEE SPortORTS, paPAGeE 26 Cathy Schmidt, LPGA Class A Pro TEACHES THE SECRETS TO GOLF Learning is easy and fun! Improve your game in as little as an hour!PRIVATE LESSONSOLF SCHOOLSEEKLY CLINICSLADIES PUNIORSIDEO ANALYSIS & DOPPLER ANALYSISLL SKILL LEVELS GOLF LINKS A CHALLENGING COURSE AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE AM City Pier tides; Cortez high tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later Anna Maria Island Tides Date AM HIGH PM HIGH AM LOW PM LOW Moon April 17 4:24p 2.0 April 18 8:49 1.4 5:43 1.8 12:45 0.1 11:43 1.3 1st April 19 9:19 1.5 7:19 1.7 1:44 0.2 1:37 1.2 April 20 9:44 1.6 8:47 1.7 2:37 0.2 2:56 1.0 April 21 10:05 1.7 9:58 1.7 3:21 0.3 3:53 0.7 April 22 10:26 1.9 10:58 1.7 4:00 0.4 4:40 0.4 April 23 10:48 2.1 11:53 1.7 4:34 0.6 5:24 0.1 April 24 11:12 2.2 5:04 0.7 6:07 -0.1 YOLO ADVENTURES INSHORE AND NEARSHORE FISHING USCG LICENSED AND INSURED KRC finale, spring-summer sport leagues under wayBy Kevin Cassidy Islander Reporter The Anna Maria Island Community Center has myriad sporting opportunities available for adults looking to have some fun and stay active. Basketball on Tuesdays, kickball on Wednesdays and soccer on Thursday eve nings are three offerings that got started this past week. Soccer topped the adult sporting action April 11. The Real Estate 4-4. Paul Heyward scored two goals to lead goal. Mike Brusso made 10 saves in goal to preserve the tie. Matt Kretzmans two goals and a goal and an assist from Rico Beissert paced 1st USA Plumbing on offense. G Goalie Pedro GGonzalez made seven saves in the loss. Island Pest Control doubled up on Florida Discount Signs with a 4-2 victory behind a pair of goals from Lindsey Weaver in the second game of the evening. Danny Anderson added a goal and an assist while Frank Agnelli scored one goal and made four saves in goal. Paulo Fonseca scored two goals to lead the Florida Discount Sign offense, while Troy Shonk made 18 saves in the loss. Wash Family Construction demolished Pink & Navy Boutique by a 5-0 score in the third game. Darren Wash and Scott Hertrick scored two goals each, while Aaron goal. Scott Rudacille made 11 saves to lead the Pink & Navy effort. Slims Place received four goals and an assist from Nick Canadian Freight Train LeDuc, during its 7-3 victory over Beach to Bay Construction. Omar Polar added two goals and two assists for Slims, which also received a goal and an assist from Austin Wash and 12 saves from Ryan Moss. one goal to lead Beach To Bay Construction, which also received 10 saves from Don Purvis in goal. Basketball season also got going with three games as Duncan Real Estate edged Bowes Imaging 71-68 behind 23 points and six rebounds from Todd Keiser, Wolfe. Mike Haynes added 11 points, while Chris Smith tory. Brandon Kern sank six three-pointers on the way to The second game of the evening was another close affair as the Sun rode a balanced scoring attack to edge G Gatorman Pools 45-42. Sean Hubbard scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Andrew Terman scored G Gledhill scored only 2 points, but hauled in 15 rebounds in the victory. rebounds to lead G G atorman Pools, which also received Southern G G reen defeated Island Real Estate 51-42 scored 7 points each in the win. Dylan Bowers 19 points and 10 rebounds, and 11 loss. Horseshoe news Three teams advanced to the knockout round in April 13 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. slipped past Herb Puryear and Bruce Munro 21-16. Crawford and G G angemi then defeated Shank and Bobeldyk by the same 21-16 score to earn bragging rights for the day. The April 10 games saw two teams advance to Lansaw won the days proceedings in a route, defeating Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.K Key Royale golf news It was another busy week at the Key Royale Club, where members put down their clubs to attend the 45th annual farewell and awards dinner the evening of April 13. All of the various club champions and runners up were recognized, as well as the players who got a holein-one during the year. The women took the course for the clubs annual The team of Barry Izzard, Larry Pippel, Charlie Porter and Blake Ress combine for a 5-under-par 27 to win the Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach, ninehole, team scramble April 11.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 25 Light T Fishing ChartersCapt. W arren GirleInshore Offshore Liht Tk l Capt. Warren Girle o r e h O mbowers@tampabay.rr.com MB MARINE LLCElectronics / Electrical Installation & ServicePO Box 1064 Cortez, Fl 34215(941) 920-1169 sh 941-704-6763 shing.com. Where Men Shop for Gear and Women Shop for MenMADE IN USA! Jackson Kayaks, SF Hats, Croakie Belts MADE BY A LOCAL! Bobbi Panter Natural Pet ProductsQuality Fly & Spin Gear, Kayak Guides, Fishing Charters Fishing Charters Wet Slips Fuel Dock Full Service Marine Mechanic Tackle Shop and Water Sports Open Mon-Fri 8-4, Saturday by Appointment 12044 Cortez Rd. W, (941) 792-7657 marinedocktor@msn.comMake one stop to shop for the Dock!marine docktor s Re mote Controls PleaseLEASE seeSEE FiIShiHING, paPAGeE 26 NEARSHORECapt. Noel Shaw | 941.538.2128 Getting into the swing of AMI spring fishingBy Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter Maria Island. Water temps are on the rise, which is trigFor bait, live shiners are producing the most bites. in early morning hours. After the sun gets higher in the sky, switch to soft plastics or suspending plugs. Spanish mackerel are making a showing around on a long shank hook, which helps prevent being cut off by the mackerels sharp teeth. Of course, with macks come sharks. Try fishing nearshore structure or anywhere schooling mackerel are tip, spinner and sand sharks. Some of these sharks are big, so plan accordingly when selecting what tackle to use. will get you connected. of Sarasota Bay in search of backwater species, such as success with all three species. During the early morning, G G irle and his clients are cent to mangrove islands and mangrove shorelines. By plugs, like the Rapala Skitterwalk, G G irle is hooking up the backwater trio in depths of 2-3 feet. As the sun gets higher, G Girle is moving back to the soft plastics to get a bite. By drifting and jigging, G Girles potholes during high tides. By casting chunks of freshDave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish white jigs, G G otcha plugs or silver spoons are catching macks in the 20-inch range. Remember, if youre planning on keeping mackerel dinner plate. Sharks are frequenting the pier. Small blacktip, bonnethead and sand sharks are following mackerel schools in search of a meal. Small chunks of fresh-cut mackerel cast out from the pier should attract these little bruisers to bite. Remember, even though sharks are only a few feet in length, they bite. Handle with care and dont put your hands near their mouths. Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel says Spanish mackerel ing at sunrise are getting the bite. Kilb suggests using You also can use G G otcha plugs or silver spoons, although Sheepshead are still biting at the R&R, although catching legal-size fish is tough. Most of the larger females have spawned and are moving to other structure, such as nearshore reefs, to recoup. Now is the time when bait selection becomes crucial. As the sheepies get more good start. Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is seeing live shiners for bait, although soft plastics and gold spoons are producing, too. Oldham suggests using Berkley G Gulp shrimp. It has a distinct smell that With Spanish mackerel showing in the passes and around the piers on the north end of the Island, Oldham silver spoon. Mackerel in the 20-inch range are being reported. From nearshore structure just off the beaches, Oldham is hearing reports of a variety of shark species. Fresh-cut Spanish mackerel or bonito is a great choice for bait. When targeting bonnetheads and other small sharks, Capt. Logan Bystrom assists Dennis Crelling with showing off a 50-pound Crelling caught off of Anna Maria Island on a recent charter.

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26 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER SSPortORTS continuedCONTINUED fromFROM paPAGeE 24 FiIShiHING continuedCONTINUED fromFROM paPAGeE 24 Dont leave the Island without taking time to subscribe. Youll get ALL the best news, delivered by the mailman every week. Its almost as good as a letter from home! Visit us at 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach or call 941-778-7978. Online edition: www.islander.orgSINCE 1992Just visiting paradise? 941-778-7200 866-519-SATO (7286)www.satorealestate.comISLAND FACES...SELLING ISLAND PLACES Call us for all your sales or rental needs!Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info. VERY SPACIOUS4 BR/3.5 BA pool home, canalfront. Only a short stroll to the Gulf or Bay beach! Family room, woodburning replace, separate dining and living room, covered porch across the whole length of the backof the house, overlooking the pool and open water. Large master suite, walk-in closets, separate spa and private screened-in porch. 2-car garage, workshop and workout room.$829,000 Check out our online vacation rental catalog on Anna Maria Island and at Herons Watch, Bradenton. www.Florida-Dreams.com We speak English, German, French and Hungarian Gulf Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. Jesse Brisson Broker Associate, GRI 941-713-4755 800-771-6043 Call Jesse Brisson941-713-4755ISLAND 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 features of this condo. Just bring your ipops and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755. sports, event news to news@islander.org. D Dont miss the fun.least half of mackerel. is grateful to see the springtime pattern blossom. The top pilchards to swarm behind your boat, he claims, making easy pickings for your cast net. Howards recent charter clients are having excitBrown family had a Wednesday afternoon charter that table. They also battled many catch-and-release snook. The key, Howard says, is having enough shiners to chum Tortilla Bay owner Perry Pittman and some friends also had an exciting day on the water. The group landed mackerel, big sharks and cobia are being caught at the 1-mile reef. Howard suggests having a rig ready for the drag-screaming action available on the many 6-foot sharks swimming with the bait schools. G Gag grouper were being caught in waters as shallow as 15 feet and 100 yards off the beach and, after photos, Howards grouper were released. Hes is looking forward to the opening of gag grouper season while theyre still in the bay and inshore waters easy pickings if and when the powers to be open the season. Until then, were left depend upon he noted. waters. Work edges and drops at low tide and move into the bushes as the tide rises, he suggests. Key Royale Club golf winnersHOLE IN-ONE Ron Pritchard Hole # 7 Dec. 13, 2012 WOMENS PRESIDENTS CUP MENS PRESIDENTS CUP MIXED COUPLES CHAMPIONS WOMENS 9-HOLE HANDICAP CHAMPION Mens ENS Senior ENIOR 9-Hole OLE Handicapped ANDICAPPED Match ATCH PlayLAY MENS 18 HOLE HANDICAP CHAMPION WOMENS 18 HOLE CLUB CHAMPION MENS 18 HOLE CLUB CHAMPION ferent games on each hole followed by wine on the patio and lunch. Erma McMullen and Brenda Sollevid won the day with Fran Barford and Sue Wheeler taking second place. place. On April 12 the members played a nine-hole, bestball-of-playing-group match. The team of Rose Slomba, Sue Little, Dave Kruger and Earl Huntzinger combined shot back in second place was the team of Terry Westby, The team of Barry Izzard, Larry Pippel, Charlie Porter and Blake Ress combined on a 5-under-par 27 to win the nine-hole, team scramble on April 11. Second place went to the team of Tom Nelson, G G reg Shorten, 3-under-par 29. The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-ofThorton, Carl Voyles and Bob Elliott won the day with 24-under-par 104. One shot back in second place were Eichhorn, Bob Landgren and Tom Lewis. The morning of April 8 saw the men in a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Neil Hammer and G G erry Taylor combined on a 15-under-par 49 to grab a one-shot victory over Tom bleford or quota-points game. Tim Friessen rode an eagle individual game. Two points back and tied for second were GGary Duncan and Mike GGillie at plus-4. comb, Al DiConstanza and Mike Ross to the team title with a plus-2. Erma McMullen and Brenda Sollevid take the prize on Doe Day April 9 at Key Royale Club.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 27 SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 Available At... ISLAND SHOPPING CENTERMARINA DRIVE WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Available At... Gabe Buky Cell: 941-374-5772 www.teambukyrealestate.com201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 Longboat Key FL 34228 Charles Buky Cell: 941-228-6086 ank you for your support in making our family No. 1 in sales in Manatee and Sarasota counties! SELLING?I Buy Anna Maria Island Houses.ComAnna Maria/Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach Erik, 941.677.2678, or egajd@aol.com I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S ITEMS FOR SALE CELL PHONES: TWO LG ip phones, chargers, $30, leather jacket, medium, new, $100, mens pants, 40x29, 10 pair, $50. 941-932-5595. TWO HP 901 COLOR cartridges, one new, one barely used, $12.50, plastic 5-gallon gas can, $12. 941-778-5665. FOUR BEIGE CLUB chairs, $25 each, 60-inch round glass table, $100. Top condition. 941-7783228. TEA POTS: COLLECTOR Halls teapots, $80 each, Barracuda-63 pool cleaner, $50. Call 941737-9173. COMPUTER: 2.5GHz DELL Dimension 4550, refurbished, $90. 941-756-6728. SMALL TWO-DRAWER chest, $25, 24-inch brass lamp, $25, quilted twin bedspread, $35, 941-7924387. FOR SALE: BIKE, 3-speed, 26-inch, mens, red. Kept indoors, $35. 941-792-0008. HUSQVARNA 21-INCH self-propelled mower, excellent condition, $80. 941-778-5665. LA-Z-BOY SOFA: TAN, rubbed fabric, cushions, like new, $250. 941-778-5665. PACK AND ROLL folding utility cart, 48-pocket tool liner, $10. 941-761-1415. ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak of ce chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FOR SALE: Antique wood of ce chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ANNOUNCEMENTS Continued FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable shing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dont be sorry, be safe. GARAGE SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donations accepted on Wednesdays only, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941779-2733. STEFFS STUFF ANTIQUES: Spring Festival! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Music, artists, wine tasting, food, free parking/admission. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901. LOST & FOUND LOST: WOMANS GOLD bracelet: Hurricane Hanks or on northbound trolley, Pine Ave and Hammock Road, Anna Maria. 416-509-7827. HOLMES BEACH37 Years of Professional Service to Anna Maria Island and BradentonEXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTSHeron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000. RENTALS GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home. GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS ITEMS FOR SALE Continued AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classi eds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-3629821. (limited time offer) ANNOUNCEMENTS GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.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://thehivegiftsandarts.com/ WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence summer camp in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 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. MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978. Charming cottage in Cortez Village, 1/1 w/1 car garage. $199,000. mariannebc@aol.com 941-725-7799 Marianne Correll Your Listing REALTOR* Understanding Professional DedicatedLISTING ALL TYPES OF PROPERTIES SINCE 19996101 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach 34217HB beautiful canal home, 3/3, 2,000 sf living space. Motivated seller. $599,000.

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28 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER Sandys Lawn Service Inc.Established in 1983 Residential and Commercial Full service lawn maintenance Landscaping Clean-up Hauling tree trimming Licensed & Insured I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S Residential & Condo Renovations vice RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.CBC 1253471 Bed: A bargain! King, Queen, Full & Tw in, pre-owned from $30 new/used. 941-922-5271 www.sleepking.net ANSWERS TO APRIL 17 PUZZLE HEALTH CARE 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. SERVICES TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/ spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069. I DONT CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941779-6638. Leave message. ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747. CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891. U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-5456688. ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. 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. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634. PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-565-3935. CLEANING RESIDENTAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-7564570. NURSING HOME NOT an option? Preserve your independence and enjoy your retirement at home with respect and con dentiality. Housekeeping, transportation, companionship. Basic nursing. References available. Lexi Keller, 941524-9900. PROFESSIONAL CLEANER FOR hire: Reliable, trustworthy and honest with reasonable nonhourly rate. 813-295-5000 please leave message. HEADING NORTH? HOME watch services while you are away! Local, trust-worthy professional. Joyce, 317-627-5891. COMPUTER SERVICES: I can x it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-7991169. BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JDs Window Cleaning taking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkle. 941-920-3840. ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046. 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, 19+ years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550. Windows & Doors 941-730-5045WEATHERSIDE LLC LIC#CBC1253145H URRIC ANE AMI TA XI 800.301.4816professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards acceptedwww mholmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria Anderson & Associates InsuranceYour Island Insurance Specialist WORKING TO SAVE YOU MONEY941-729-7355 Place your classified ad online at www.islander.org LOST & FOUND Continued LOST: MAUI JIM prescription sunglasses. Glasses are brown frames with brownish lenses. Reward! Please, call 406.570.2855. FOUND RING: MARCH 30 at the county beach. To claim: Holmes Beach Police Department, 941708-5800, ext. 240. LOST: SWEATSHIRT NAVY blue zippered, Penn State logo. Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-7306349. LOST CAT: MALE, white, beige, some striping. Declawed. Reward! 700 block of Jacaranda, Anna Maria. Ted, 941-704-4853. PETS 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 kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701. TRANSPORTATION 2008 CHRYSLER CONVERTIBLE: Nice, garagekept. 42,000 miles. $11,500. Call 724-6740064. BOATS & BOATING BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sun sh, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941685-1400. BOAT SLIP TO rent. Up to 28 feet. Anna Maria. 941-794-8877. FOR SALE: BOAT club membership, $2,500. Call 231-420-0413. BOAT LIFT FOR rent: 10,000-lb. capacity on 67th Street, Holmes Beach. 941-778-9663. POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot berglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. HELP WANTED PART-TIME PERSONAL assistant with Microsoft Word skills for Island company. Call 941-7042714. SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island of ce. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244. KIDS FOR HIRE LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and rst aid-certi ed, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276. RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-5275051. BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658. NICOLE AND HALLIES babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certi ed, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-3707981. AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Evenings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certi ed, enrolled in child development courses. AMI or Northwest 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 of ce, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Available At... ISLAND SHOPPING CENTERMARINA DRIVE WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Available At... AMI stickers and T-Shirts Tye Dye! and White A-Z Power Washing Inc. LICENED & INUED ~ CALL FO A EE TIMATE A 941-545-3286

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 29 Need computer help? Chances R, I can help. And if I dont have the answer, I know someone who will. Start to nish hardware, software, network setup and repair, printer help, continuing support... Give me a call. If its broke, I can usually x it. Cell phones, too.e Sock Solutions business network / computer solutionsSocko Pearson, 941-799-1169, sockopearson@aol.comISLAND REFERENCES AVAILABLE DANS RESCREEN INC.POOL CAGES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, DOORS No Job TOO BIG or TOO SMALL. Free Estimates. I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION941.725.0073LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988State Lic. CBC1258250CALL THE ISLANDS FINESTMORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!We provide design plans~You preview 3-D drawings Family Owned and Operated since 1975 viceCHRISTIES PLUMBINGResidential & Commercial#CFC1426596 ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20. 31-45 words: $40. BOX ad: additional $4. (Phone number is a "word.")The deadline is NOON Monday for the following weeks paper.Run issue date(s) _________ _________ _________ _________ or TFN start date: ______________ Amt. pd _________________Date _____________ Ck. No. _________Cash _______ By _________ Credit card payment: d u No. _____________________________________________________ Name shown on card: ____________________________________________card exp. date ______/ ______ House no. or P.O. box no. on cc bill ________________________Billing address zip code ________________ Your e-mail for renewal reminder: ____________________________________________________________ CLASSIFIED AD ORDER HONEY DOHOME REPAIRS & HANDYMAN SERVICE35 years of experience means service you can count on!PAINTING, DRYWALL, TILE, WOODWORK, ALL TASKS941.896.5256 We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home HONEY DO HOME REPAIRHandyman Service Joesph LaBrecque Free Estimates Dont leave the Island without taking time to subscribe. Youll get ALL the best news, delivered by the mailman every week. Visit us at 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach or call 941-778-7978. Online edition: www.islander.orgJUST VISITING PARADISE? 24-hour Emergency Service www.coderedplumbinginc.com941-920-3684PLUMBING 24hourEmergencyService PL U U U MB I I NG LAWN & GARDEN CONNIES LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294. ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581. JRS LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941807-1015. LANDSCAPING 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. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, shell phone 941-720-0770. NATURES DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336. TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941932-6600. HOME IMPROVEMENT VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.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. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479. GRIFFINS HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, ne woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood ooring. Insured and licensed, 941-7484711. JERRYS HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198. Airport TransportationPROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE AIRPORT PERMITTED & LIVERY INSURED941-779-0043 HOME IMPROVEMENT SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If its broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. Ill x 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. 941447-6747. METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, of ce. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, berglass, 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, 1-616-2048822. CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free estimates and plans. New houses, porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices. Call 941795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792. RENTALS WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com. 1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, shing 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. 3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, MayJune. 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net. 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. OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811 Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 500 sf. next to Joses Real Cuban Food, 8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206. ON-ISLAND SELF storage: Climate-controlled and non-climate units start at $65/month. Call Anna Maria Storage at 941-779-0820. SANDPIPER: 55-PLUS: Steps to beaches, 2BR/1BA furnished, carport, patio, no smoking. $675/month and security. 941-545-8923. SPONSORED BY Adopt-A-Pet Ellie Mae is a senior hound mix. She is delightful, quiet, very well-behaved and loves affection. Ellie Mae is working on regaining her daily exercise a walk or two. She is spayed and up to date on shots. Please, contact Lisa Williams at Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue Inc., 941-8966701, or stop by The Islander for more information about Ellie Mae and other adoptable pets.

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30 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER I S L A N D E R C LL AA SS SS II F II EE DD SS 5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach BIMINI BAY GEM home. $1,100,000. Call Jeff CANALFRONT W/POOL SUMMER SANDS RARE DEEP-WATER CANAL LOT SHORE ACRES GULF-FRONT COMPLEX Gulf views from light, bright, RENTALS Continued ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA ground-oor condo, $1,100/month. Sato Real Estate Inc. Email: rentals@satorealestate.com or 941-778-7200. ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex, storage with washer and dryer hookups, covered parking. $950/month. 2415 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach. See Burton. 941-567-0868. 2BR/2BA CONDO: Turnkey, furnished remodeled on canal. New dock. Annual or monthly. 850228-6820. BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/1BA furnished, second floor. 55 and over. Pool. $975/month annual, Available July 15. 607-292-3844.  jhepler1@rochester.rr.com. WINTER 2013-14: 2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373. PERICO ISLAND MONTHLY vacation rental: 3BR/3BA private pool, community facilities. 941795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA Westbay Point condo. Season 2014, three-month minimum. 941-7789710. INC 800-367-1617 941-778-6696Mike Norman Realty31O1 GULF DR HOLMES BEACHwww.mikenormanrealty.com sales@mikenormanrealty.com MIKE NORMAN REALTY EST. 1978E XCEP TION AL B EACH VIEWS from this 2BR/2BT house at south end of Island. Unobstructed view will never change. Direct beach views. $499,000. DUPLEX NEAR BEACH. Ground level in Holmes Beach. 2/1 one side, 1/1 on the other. Short walk to beach. $350,000. O UTSTA N DI N G K EY R OYALE 5,000 SF 4BR home with 3 full baths and 2 half-baths, two fireplaces, elevator, heated pool, dock and loads of privacy. Truly a gorgeous home! $1,100,000. 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 SH ELL P OINT B EAUTY Beautifully maintained 2BR/2BA upper unit in quiet complex. Steps to great views of Watkins Bayou on shared grounds. Steps to pool. $249,900. ANNA MARIA B EACHFRONT Ground-level 2BR/2BA home located directly on the beach at the north end. Detached garage. Tons of potential. $1,695,000. BAYFRON T C OTTAGE 3BR/2BA with renovated kitchen and baths. Charming ground-level home on a large corner lot with mature trees. Only three blocks to the beach. $875,000. Starting in the high $100s. From Manatee Ave W., turn south on 67th St Purchase vacant co-op lot for $50,000 and receive a $25,000 cash rebate. Call for details! An Adult ResidentOwned Waterfront Community RV Lots and Home Sites Available RENTALS Continued VACATION RENTALS NOW: 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool, boat slip, $550/week. Fred Flis, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart. SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com. REAL ESTATE DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, ofce 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 2BR/1BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views. $395,000, by owner. 941-779-0101. 2BR/1BA ISLAND HOME! Owner nancing. 503 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. $290,000. Call 941-778-7980. PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors. PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community, turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus amenities. Pet friendly, ve heated pools, marina. Two miles to I-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob, 941-721-4890. WERE 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. BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Open house, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Block home, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning replace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000. Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Realtor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to schedule your appointment. GULF-TO-BAY condo: Open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 3BR/2BA, dock, pool, spectacular waterfront. 1407 Gulf Drive South, #201, Bradenton Beach. $425,000 By owner, 941-650-3069. FOR SALE: HOLMES Beach duplex on large lot. One-car garage, one carport, large screened lanai, $499,000. 941-778-9710.

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THE ISLANDER APRIL 17, 2013 31 Come see us on Historic Bridge Street for all your Real Estate and Vacation Needs. NW BRADENTON ARCHITECTURAL DELIGHT3Br/3Bth Split Boat Access, Pool, High Ceilings $425,000 941-778-8104 NW BRADENTON CUSTOM4Bdr/3Bth Open w/Pool & Fireplace Must See!! $499,900 941-778-8104PERICO BAY CLUB TOWNHOUSE2Mstr Sts, Loft, Water View Furnished Lynn Zemmer $229,900 941-730-1294 Edgewatervacationhomes.com | www.solterreproperties.com | Edgewaterrealestateami.comWEST BRADENTON DECORATOR PERFECT!3/3 Split w/Vaul Ceilings-Gorgeous Pool Just waiting for YOU! Lynn, 941-730-1294 Completely Remodeled!! 3/2 Home Like Brand New! Wont Last Long! $1550/mo We Have MANY Seasonal & Vacation Rentals and Great Rates! Stop by TODAY or give us a call to reserve your favorite spot for 2014! 941-778-8104 104 Bridge St., Bradenton BeachLUXURY AT ITS FINEST!! HUGE POOL/HOT TUB-STEPS TO BEACH! QUIET RETREAT. 6 BDRMS-SLEEPS 14 FEATURED VACATION RENTAL PERFECT INVESTMENT! 2/1 & 1/1 duplex. New carpet/paint. Short walk to beach. 941-330-5054 ANNUAL RENTAL Visit www.islander.org for the best news on Anna Maria Island. New York Times Sunday Magazine Crossword Answers: page 28

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32 APRIL 17, 2013 THE ISLANDER TRadewinds Beach Resort Tortuga Beach Resort1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217David Teitelbaum 941-812-4226 Liz Codola 941-812-3455 6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 419 Pine Ave Anna Maria 342161325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 Buyers prefer Tortuga Beach Resort & Tradewinds Beach Resort. Some of the most in demand properties on Anna Maria Island Florida are located at the Tortuga & Tradewinds Beach Resorts in Bradenton Beach. ese tropically furnished, spacious apartments are the best on the Island with all the amenities of luxury resort hotels. Both resorts are professionally managed and are expertly maintained by their condominium associations. e average occupancy & average rate statistics show both resorts out-performining the market by a wide margin. Beach Celebrations 2103 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-883-4092www.tropicisleinn.com1325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 342171-877-867-8842www.tortugainn.com 2200 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-447-7124www.seasideresort.com 1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-888-686-6716www.tradewinds-resort.comMaking Memories Here with Us. Our Tortuga, Tradewinds, SeaSide and Tropic Isle Beach Resorts are the perfect choice for your wedding or other special celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria Island. Whether a lavish event at one of our three private beaches or in your resort suite, or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our Concierge and professional Wedding Planner look forward to helping you. As a courtesy, well extend our group discounts to include each of our four hotels, so youll get credit for the total number of reservations no matter which hotel you and your guests choose. Please call soon. We invite you to make your memories here with us: we know youll come back to visit his again & again. Trip Advisor ranked #1 & #2 Resorts on Anna Maria Island The beach is spectacular and the sunsets are amazing.Very romantic. If you want to just relax and forget the world, this is the place to go.Luxurious two-bedroom two -bathroom condominimums. 1,400 s/f from $375,000Now is an excellent time to purchase a beautiful resale apartment in this gorgeous beach-to-bay condominium-hotel. e amenities include: a beautiful private beach on the Gulf of Mexico, private boat dock with slips on lovely Sarasota Bay; direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, three pools, a spa, lush tropical gardens and charming Old Florida Style.Luxurious one-bedroom one-bathroom condominimums.. 380 540 s/f from $149,000An award-winning Old Florida complex, perfectly situated between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A private street lined with Palm trees and pastel cottages creates a magical setting lled with tropical owers. Each apartment tropically furnished to provide relaxed comfort and stylish island living. A spacious pool set at the edge of Sarasota Bay and adjoining shing pier. ZAGAT Top Restaurants in America Best Food on the Gulf Coast 941-778-6444 | www.BeachBistro.com Bistro Bouillabaisse, Famous Domestic Lamb Shank and Chop Domestic Lamb Shank and Chop Prosciutto-Wrapped Chillean Sea Bass with Saffron Beurre Blanc