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VOLUME 21, NO. 25
APRIL 24. 2013 FREE
tweet, tweet. Page 6
DOT to hold meet-
ing on Cortez Bridge.
The government cal-
endar. Page 4
The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
(i-i-TI:ronlB ic ? iDGE STREET)
rejects Bridge Street
business plan. Page 8
Community events and
What to do, where to
go. Page 12
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By Rick Catlin
The planned $15 million beach renour-
ishment of Anna Maria Island between 78th
Street in Holmes Beach and Fifth Avenue
South in Bradenton Beach should begin by
late August, said Manatee County Natural
Resources director Charlie Hunsicker.
Hunsicker said the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, which supervises all beach renour-
ishment, recently received funds for beach
repairs caused by Tropical Storm Debby in
2012. Anna Maria Island is included among
the affected beaches. The corps said it would
commit $9 million to the project.
Manatee County and the state of Florida
have combined to allocate $6 million to the
After the 78th Street-Fifth Avenue South
vnfor Rotten Ralph's restaurant will have until
Bradenton the Bradenton Beach May 18 city commission
e 22 meeting to pay its debt in a final attempt to
remain the leaseholder on the Historic Bridge
d Biz Street Pier.
On April 9, commissioners voted to termi-
Page 22 nate the restaurant's lease and concessionaire
Dave Russell was served with default papers
cents the following day.
ge 23 A lot has changed since that April 9 meet-
ing, in particular the amount of money city
.I attorney Ricinda Perry said Russell owes the
Sports: The island's
got game. Page 24
At its April 18 meeting, Perry said the
previous $50,000 Russell owed the city was
actually $266,000 according to her calcula-
Russell appeared at the meeting with
attorney Bill Kaklizesq.
Mayor John Shaughnessy said he didn't
beaches are renourished, work crews will relo-
cate the dredge pipes farther south to pump sand
to the Coquina Beach shoreline. This project
also calls for rebuilding three groins at Cortez
That is a separate project, Hunsicker said,
but after the first project is finished and while the
equipment is in place, the corps agreed to fund
renourishment at Coquina Beach and to replace
the three groins at Cortez Beach.
Combining efforts on the two projects will
save about $1.1 million in setup costs, he said.
Hunsicker expects the corps to announce
the bid winner for the projects in July.
Renourishment of sand to the beaches in the
Bean Point area of Anna Maria is not scheduled
to take place until 2014-15.
For more on the beach renourishmentproj-
ect, see related story, page 4.
since Kussell retained an attorney, out rerry said
no litigation has been enacted, so the commis-
PLEASE SEE RALPH'S, PAGE 5
Bradenton Beach pier concessionaire Dave
Russell of Rotten Ralph's restaurant learned
April 18 that the city granted a 30-day exten-
sion for him to resolve his back rent. Islander
Photo: Mark Young
By Mark Young
The weekend search for a young boy
that went missing April 20 after wandering
away from a family gathering and taking a
jump into the dangerous waters of Longboat
Pass at Coquina Beach has ended.
Lomontea Taylor, 5, was found dead
Taylor is believed to have been caught in
a rip current after jumping from a wood jetty
into the water, according to Sgt. James Gill of
the Bradenton Beach Police Department, the
lead agency on the case.
Taylor went missing at 6:30 p.m.
Two U.S. Coast Guard vessels from
Station Cortez and a Coast Guard Jayhawk
helicopter from Air Station Clearwater took
part in the April 20 search until shortly after
9 p.m. Also involved in the search, were
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, West
Manatee Fire Rescue, Longboat Key Police,
Manatee County EMS and the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The search in the Gulf of Mexico and the
PLEASE SEE MISSING BOY PAGE 3
Center behind in
short on sales
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
board of directors got some bad news at their
April 19 meeting about the upcoming May 18
An Island Affaire, the center's biggest fund-
raiser each year and less than four weeks away,
is behind at least $42,000 in ticket sales, accord-
ing to staff member Sharen Pittman.
Of the 43 tables available, only 10 have been
sold. Each table is $1,400 for eight people, while
a VIP table, which also seats eight, is $2,000.
Individual tickets are $175, including a
Champagne reception, or $250 for a ticket that
includes a VIP pre-party with special entertain-
ment, select seating and an auction preview.
Pittman said there are some who have
pledged to buy a table, but have not yet paid.
That could be because the headline enter-
tainment for the event has not been announced,
suggested board member David Teitelbaum.
But assistant center director Scott Dell,
until April 1 interim executive director, said he
is keeping the name quiet to build interest in the
event. Dell promised it would be a big-name
Other board members, however, said the
name should be brought to the public's atten-
tion to spark ticket sales.
Teitelbaum said the event is "just around the
corer" and the center needs to get the entertain-
PLEASE SEE CENTER, PAGE 8
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Beachgoers enjoy the sun and sand at Fifth Avenue South in Bradenton Beach.
Anglers on the condemned groin in the distance defy a posted trespass order. This
location will be the terminus for part one of a two-part renourishment project
expected to begin in August. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
reviews Bridge Street
Page 18 Rotten Ralph's pier restaurant
S hIeI remains open on 30-day reprieve
Pages 20-21 By Mark Young think the scheduled discussion should take plac
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2 0 APRIL 24, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
Data specialist cautions local tourism officials
By Rick Catlin
In the midst of a glowing report that said tourism to
the area is up 7.2 percent for the first two months of 2013
compared with the same period in 2012, Walter Klages,
of Research Data Services, warned the tourism industry
that tough times could be coming.
"I don't see a lot of economic growth coming. I
would advise you in the industry to be cautious about
the coming year," he said at the Manatee County Tour-
ist Development Council's April 15 meeting in Holmes
"The economy has stalled. Confidence at the national
level is dropping," he said.
Klages said the main feeder markets for the area
are the Northeast and Midwest regions of the country
and there are few signs of any economic growth in those
areas. There is a lack of confidence that could transcend
to the tourism industry, he said.
"Still, we had a very good start to the year," and the
diversification effort by the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau should pay off when the northern
markets begin to slow down.
RDS is the company retained by the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau to gather monthly and
quarterly tourism data.
Klages said the area has become well known in the
tourism industry, but he cautioned tourism officials to be
careful about expecting continued high gains.
Tourism in Manatee County has increased 23 of the
past 24 months when compared to the same month in the
He expected tourism and spending figures for March
and April to be even better than the first two months of
"Remember, you are only seeing two months of tour-
ism," he said. Klages advised those in the industry not
to get caught up in looking overseas for major tourism
increases to offset any drop in North American visitors
to the area. The European market is doing well, but it's
not the major focus for visitors to the area, he said.
"Always remember that Florida is our bread and
butter market," Klages said. The summer tourist season,
which traditionally is led by the Florida market and runs
July-August, could begin earlier this year, Klages sug-
BACVB executive director Elliott Falcione said
recent efforts to garner European tourism are paying
Visitors from Great Britain are increasing, he said,
and those visitors come in the fall season, when rates are
"They also spend a lot of money and are buying a lot
of property and businesses," he added.
The same is true of the German market, Falcione
said. "It's a domino effect. The Germans are hearing what
a great island this is, coming here and buying homes and
TDC board member David Teitelbaum said reserva-
tions for the summer and fall are doing well at the five
properties he owns. He attributed much of this to the
increase in social networking he's done, including adver-
tising and reaching people on Facebook. Klages said that
was great news, but "I am just saying to use caution at
Because of economic concerns, Falcione said
Klages has advised the BACVB to target those people
with incomes of $105,000 or more. These are the people
who will come to the island regardless of the national
economy, he said.
Falcione also said the BACVB has spent $50,000
to help advertise Jet Blue Airlines' direct service from
Chicago to Sarasota. He expects this to be an excellent
market if advertising reaches the people with the right
income level in the Chicago area.
Falcione also is looking at United flying from Chi-
cago to Sarasota, with a possible link to American Air-
lines flying into Chicago, then to Sarasota.
All this is good news, said Anna Maria Mayor Sue-
Lynn, but she asked the TDC if some funds from the
resort tax the 5 percent paid on accommodations of
six months or less in the county might find a good use
on the island.
She cited the Anna Maria City Pier as an example.
The pier has consistently been a No. 1 attraction for
visitors to Manatee County, yet the city, which owns the
pier, gets nothing from the resort tax.
She said she read the statute that authorized collec-
tion of the resort tax and found that money collected
could be used to refurbish and repair "fishing piers." She
asked the TDC to consider some funding of the more than
$100,000 needed to repair the pier, and that the estimate
keeps going up.
Board member Ed Chiles agreed, and SueLynn said
she would have a list of needed repairs and cost estimates
presented at the next TDC meeting.
In other business, BACVB marketing director Deb
Meihls said a delegation from the International Rowing
Federation, based in Switzerland, is visiting the two-
county area as part of its consideration for a site for the
2017 world rowing championships.
Meihls said she believes the IRF is considering only
two locations the \ liiittl.. "Sarasota, Benderson Devel-
opment Inc. site for rowing competitions, and a location
Lake Benderson is located near the I-75/University
Boulevard intersection and the effort to get the cham-
pionships awarded has been a joint campaign with the
Sarasota tourism bureau and the BACVB. The announce-
ment of the world championships location is expected to
be made by the IRF around Sept. 17 during this year's
world championships in
Meihls noted that a lot of people probably don't
realize how much the championships would impact the
An estimated 1,100 rowers plus coaches, officials and
trainers would arrive, along with about 40,000 overseas
fans, in addition to what North America would generate
in fan interest.
That's also why the IRF gives the host country four
years to prepare. Meihls said needs to be enough hotel
rooms and other facilities for athletes and fans.
The next TDC meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Monday,
June 17, at the Manatee County Commission Chambers,
1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
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Intracoastal Waterway resumed April 21 in an area from
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach to Whitney Beach
on north Longboat Key.
At daybreak April 21, according to Coast Guard
spokesperson Petty Officer Michael De Nyse, the Coast
Guard was "working closely with the sheriff's office,
which was performing shore patrols."
De Nyse said in a statement, "We are doing i \ .i killing
in our power to reunite this child with his family."
The search lasted until after dark April 21 with one
witness estimating as many as 80 boats and personal
watercraft and many people walking the coastline were
on the lookout for Taylor.
The search-and-rescue operation turned into a recov-
ery effort by late Sunday, as authorities presumed the
5-year-old was dead.
As of The Islander press time April 22, Bradenton
Beach Police reported the boy's body had been found,
but no further information was available.
Swimming in the waters of Longboat Pass is dis-
couraged due to strong rip currents and warning signs are
posted in the area.
Various law enforcement representatives, including
The Florida Department of Transportation is seek-
ing public input on the future of the Cortez Bridge that
links Bradenton Beach to the mainland.
As part of the project development and environ-
ment study required before any major bridge project
can begin, the DOT will hold a series of public meet-
ings in the coming months to solicit tii',.-'litinm and
comments on the future of the bridge.
The first of the public hearings will be held 4-7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
The DOT study is concerned with the .9 mile
stretch of State Road 684/Cortez Road that extends
from the traffic light at Gulf Drive and Cortez Road in
Bradenton Beach east to 124th Street West in Cortez.
According to the DOT, bridge inspection reports
conducted between 2008 and 2012 show the bridge
status is functionally obsolete and structurally deficient
due to a lack of shoulders, 10-inch concrete curbs sepa-
rating the travel lanes from the sidewalk and old-style
DOT staffed a booth at the Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival Feb. 16-17, and distributed surveys
to launch the Cortez Bridge PD&E study.
The survey includes several questions about the
The Florida Depart-
ment of Transpor-
tation will hold a
public hearing in
Bradenton April 30
seeking input on the
future of the Cortez
Sarasota Bay and
Beach to Cortez
bridge and offers people a chance to share their ideas
regarding proposed improvements. There were 168 sur-
veys collected at the festival and in a 10-day period fol-
lowing the event. Survey results indicate 56 percent of
those people completing the survey favor rehabilitation
of the Cortez Bridge, which would extend the service
life of the bridge. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed
thus far favor replacement of the bridge.
The bridge was built in 1956 and has received
numerous rehabs, including a $2 million-plus make-
over in 1995, following public outcry over replacement
plans calling for a high-rise bridge.
The meeting will be similar to those held on the
future of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee
Avenue. That survey concluded with 70 percent of
people responding in favor of a new, high-level fixed
bridge with emergency lanes on Manatee \\ l. iniu. State
The DOT's final PD&E report for the Cortez Bridge
will include comments on what the majority of people
most affected by the bridge want for its future.
A survey questionnaire will be provided to people
attending the hearing and can also be found and submit-
ted online at www.cortezbridge.com.
For more information, call 863-519-2304.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, center, on the mainland.
converge April 22 at the Manatee County Marine Islander Photo:
Marine Rescue facility at Coquina Beach, after finding Rick Catlin
the body of the 5-year-old. Islander Photo: Mark Young
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4 E APRIL 24, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
BIEO hears beach plans, strategy to repeal state rental law
By Mark Young
Manatee County Natural Resources Department
director Charlie Hunsicker updated officials at an April
17 Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting that this
year's beach renourishment project has received addi-
Hunsicker said the county was notified April 15 that
the $6 million project will include another $9 million
from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He predicted a possible start date for some time in
August or September.
"When I know more I will come to each city's com-
mission meeting to update you and have public discus-
sion," he said.
In other matters, the Rev. Ed Moss from Cros-
sPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
addressed the BIEO to invite them to participate in a
community Thanksgiving holiday event. He said it is
tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16.
"We asked one another what can we do for the com-
munity," said Moss. "The dominant request is if you
can create community spirit then go for it. This event
is what we came up with."
Moss said CrossPointe is a community church, "so
it belongs to the community. We send our members out
to a lot of community functions, but we thought it would
be cool if we hosted an event."
Moss said the event is planned between Veterans
Day and Thanksgiving for a reason.
"The reason for the date is to incorporate the Vet-
erans Day spirit into the Thanksgiving spirit," he said.
Moss invited mayors to be guest speakers at the
event and asked that each city have a commissioner on
the planning committee.
The event is expected to include veteran speakers, a
color guard, food, a chili cook-off, a pie-baking contest,
games for all ages and more, all free to the commu-
Moss received immediate support for his idea and
Bradenton Beach Commissioners Gay Breuler and Jan
Vosburgh volunteered for the planning committee.
In other matters, Holmes Beach Commission Chair
Jean Peelen updated the BIEO on HB833, which effec-
tively halted cities from enacting new rental require-
ments when the Florida Legislature passed it in 2011.
Anna Maria Island cities and Manatee County in
particular are leading a charge to have the bill repealed
in the 2014 legislative session.
Peelen has drafted a plan of attack that includes
having commissioners from each city schedule a
monthly meeting with their state representatives when
they are in their home offices.
Anna Maria named
Tree City USA
The Arbor Day Foundation has named Anna Maria a
2012 Tree City USA in honor of the city's commitment
to effective forest management.
This is the fourth year Anna Maria has earned the
Mayor SueLynn said it was an honor to again receive
the award and she's pleased with the dedication so many
residents have toward preserving native trees and plants
in the city.
"Next year we'll get our fifth award," she said.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the
Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest
Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
For more information, call 402-473-9563.
Five citizens raised their hands to help the city of
Holmes Beach and the city graciously accepted.
The city commission unanimously voted to
Donald Ferguson of 77th Street and Joyce Stew-
art of Gulf Drive to alternate positions on the planning
commission for terms expiring in July 2015.
Melissa Snyder, Jerry West and Robert Long-
worth Jr. to the parks and beautification committee.
Snyder, the committee's chair, and West were
reappointed for terms expiring in August 2015. Long-
worth's appointment runs to August 2014, and fills the
unexpired term of former member Jim Dunne.
Only birds occupy and fish from one of three storm-damaged erosion-control groins along Cortez Beach. The
groins have remained off limits for years. They are scheduled to be replaced as part of a beach renourishment
project this fall and may open again to anglers and other visitors. Islander Photo: Mark Young
She is asking island officials to support an invita-
tion to those same legislators for a meeting to discuss
HB833. Peelen said she and Anna Maria Mayor Suelynn
are hoping to become members of the Florida League
of Cities "specifically to address this issue.
"We are the resort cities, so we are affected first,"
said Peelen. "But what other cities in Florida are just
now realizing is that this bill affects them, too, and we
can reach out to those cities through the Florida League
Suelynn said she and Peelen will be traveling to
other cities to attend meetings so elected officials have
an opportunity to hear what they have to say and to
Peelen reminded Bradenton Beach officials they
have not yet drafted a letter to the Manatee County
Commission saying the commission and the city sup-
ports the repeal of HB833.
She said the county needs to address legislators with
an "Our cities support this repeal. We together have
more of a voice than any one individual."
Mayor John Shaughnessy said Bradenton Beach
does support the bill's repeal.
\y problem is it blankets every city," he said.
L\ .l) city is unique and has its own problems. I don't
go for the blanket thing or go for the state telling us
what we can and can't do anyway."
Peelen also updated the BIEO on how the cities can
become more active in seeking Manatee County Tourist
Development Council assistance and to find ways to
alleviate traffic on the island.
The subject of water taxi services to the island origi-
nating from multiple areas around Manatee and Sarasota
counties was discussed.
Peelen said the island needs the TDC to make ideas
like that a reality.
The goal is for tourists to visit the island using
alternative means of transportation other than their own
vehicles, according to many of the barrier island offi-
"We need their support," she said. "We need their
money and their brains to address this issue."
Manatee County Commissioner and TDC Chair
Carol Whitmore attended the BIEO meeting and said
the TDC is focusing more on sports activities within
She said the effort is to attract tourists to other parts
of the county first, "and they are always going to come
to the island, too."
Anna Maria City
April 25, 6 p.m., city commission.
May 9, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
May 2, 1 p.m., city pier team.
May 2, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
May 2, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 6, 3 p.m., Scenic WAVES committee.
May 16, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
April 25, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board.
April 25, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
May 1, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
May 7, 9 a.m., county commission.
May 14, 9 a.m., county commission work session
on preserves, habitat protection.
May 21, 9 a.m., county commission.
May 30, 1:30 p.m., budget presentation.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
April 25, 9 a.m., pension board.
May 16, 6 p.m., district commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
April 30,4 p.m., Manatee County Council of Gov-
ernments, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben
May 11, 11 a.m., U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan listening
session, Holmes Beach City Hall. Tentative.
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"We're really lucky to live in a city where people
step up to take part," said Holmes Beach Commission
Chair Jean Peelen at the Feb. 26 commission meeting
to set appointments.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino previously
noted that while other cities might have difficulty
maintaining volunteer boards, Holmes Beach contin-
ues to attract people to serve.
One of Peelen's procedural moves, on taking the
commission's chair spot in November, was to announce
openings on the volunteer boards in press releases.
Former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger filled openings
from a wait list of applicants.
HB commission appoints advisers
THE ISLANDER U APRIL 24, 2013 5 5
RALPH'S CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
sion should feel free to hear what they had to say.
Kaklizesq said he was there to request a 30-day delay
on the eviction process from the city.
"Within that time period, we will negotiate in good
faith," said Kaklizesq.
Kaklizesq said the negotiations would either lead to
an amicable termination that would allow his client time
to remove his equipment from the restaurant or negotiate
the amount of money owed, pay and renew the lease.
Kaklizesq said there is no question his client owes the
city money, but he disputed the claim by Perry of more
"There are some problems with the enforceability of
those claims," he said. "Having said that, my client agrees
there are back fees due, but not that amount."
Kaklizesq said it would be in the city's interest to
avoid expensive litigation and collect the actual amount
of money due to them through negotiations.
"I believe some of the fees are legitimate and abso-
lutely due," he said. "I don't want to state our case here,
however, and I don't want to aggravate people. But there
are obvious problems with your claims against my client.
We're not saying we don't owe you, but no way is it
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said he, too, did not
understand how the debt rose from $50,000 to Perry's
calculation of $266,000.
"In all the discussions before this April 18 meet-
ing, the amount the city said he owed was $50,000
plus fees totaling what has been a moving target from
$72,000 to $79,000," he said. "How did we end up with
Perry said she took it upon herself to calculate the
debt when it became clear that an eviction would be nec-
"It became my responsibility of doing due diligence,"
she said. "So I asked for every piece of the budget for the
property, everything that has been paid and then did the
Gatehouse said it didn't make sense.
"I'm sorry, but if this is the way we do our account-
ing, we are probably losing a lot of money elsewhere,"
Commissioner Gay Breuler opposed working with
Russell further and reiterated her position.
"I have a problem with the whole thing," she said.
"We've given him time. He hasn't shown how this would
be paid. I'm not in favor of giving him more time. It's
just an exercise in futility. It's time to end this as quickly
and decently as possible."
Gatehouse said he disagreed, adding the city offered
Russell a deal and he did all he was asked.
The deal had to do with Russell signing his restau-
rant equipment over to the city to cover his debt with an
option to purchase the equipment back.
Russell said he found himself in financial trouble
following the June 2012 tropical storm that closed the
pier a few days, but also ensured long-term closure of the
adjacent floating dock that brought boaters to the pier.
Russell said he can afford the monthly rent, but that
the city prevented him from making partial payments,
and so the debt continued to escalate.
The city also began charging him $100 per day in
late penalty fees.
"So we said we aren't going to take your payment,
but we are going to charge you $100 a day for not paying
it," said Gatehouse. "I don't think that's fair."
Gatehouse said three weeks ago the commission asked
Russell to clear the liens on his equipment, and "he did
that. Then we told him 'too bad, you have to go.'"
Gatehouse said that's not good business.
"That's not the kind of business this city should be
doing," he said. "If we tell a man we are going to do X,
Y and Z, then we should do X, Y and Z. Apparently he
has financing to pay his debt, so we should negotiate."
Perry said there was never an equipment deal.
"There were discussions that the idea was proposed
to the city." He was told to make a presentation to the
commission and the commission would need to vote on
it, she said.
Shaughnessy said the city has provided several
extensions to the lease already.
"I haven't seen any paperwork," said Shaughnessy.
"All I've seen is talk. And No. 1, a contract is a contract.
If you don't read it before you sign it, whose fault is it?"
Shaughnessy reminded the public that it's not the
commission's money at stake, "it's your money."
Vice Mayor Ed Straight said he would agree to
giving Russell an additional 30 days.
"If we act today, we aren't going to get an\ ilini ."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said Russell should
have been more responsible.
"You tried to make a go of it and it didn't work," she
said. "You haven't made an effort to pay."
Russell disagreed. "That's not true," he said. "I was
not allowed to pay the rent once I was behind. I was
under the impression that the equipment proposal -
which was a deal brought to me by the city, not brought
by me to the city would resolve this."
Russell said he did everything the city asked him to
do and "I walked in here at the last meeting assuming we
were good to go. I did what I was asked, and that didn't
happen. It was voted to terminate the lease."
Russell also said he has financing in place, but has
asked the city "several times" for a financial breakdown
of his debt and he never received it until he hired an
attorney. He said only then was it finally given to him.
"I think this has gotten out of hand," he said. "No
matter what I did, it's going to turn against me. No matter
what hoops I jump through, I'm going to be told that's
not going to work."
Russell said he believes the debt to be around
$54,000 and he can pay it, but he said he will not pay
the fees and penalties calculated by Perry.
"I think $266,000 is outrageous," he said.
Perry gave commissioners three options: Either allow
her to continue the eviction process, delay the eviction
and settle an amicable termination agreement or delay
the eviction and negotiate a payment with an option to
negotiate a new rental contract.
After much discussion, commissioners agreed to
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Forever changed, again
We've all been more vigilant since the Sept. 11,
2001, terror attacks on the United States.
The bomb attack in Boston on April 15 will forever
be a reminder that we can't let down our guard. Just
11 years and a few months from the 9/11 attack, two
young men have reminded us that evil still exists in the
One remarkable difference in the current event is
the digital era. It's changed the way law enforcement
can focus on a suspect, collect hundreds if not thousands
of digital still and video images, and study the develop-
ment and actions surrounding the event. It's changed
dramatically since 9/11.
It's a watershed moment for traditional media and
As events unfold, news spreads on TV and websites
so quickly that we instantly are there. We feel the pain,
we want to find the suspects, we want closure. We're
on a virtual ride-along with police.
The fact they have one of the two suspects in cus-
tody is good news for investigators.
Somehow, maybe, we will learn why. We may gain
insight into how and who guided this act of terror.
Terror. You could see it on the faces of people at the
Boston Marathon finish line. You feel it in your living
room as you watched the events unfold on TV.
And now you feel the sense of relief and accom-
plishment for law enforcement as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
was finally captured and arrested.
You could feel jubilation with the people of Water-
town, Mass., as they filled the streets to cheer and show
appreciation to law enforcement for a job well done.
While law enforcement tackled the terror threat in
the Boston area, another U.S. town faced tragedy. We
grimaced in disbelief as we viewed viral smartphone
video that showed a huge fertilizer plant in West, Texas,
on fire then exploding.
While no cause is yet known, the loss of life and
injured people exceeds those in Boston. The tragedy
engulfed the entire town, and the scenes of devastation
and survivors are heartbreaking.
This viral, media frenzy is a game-changer. We are
now instantly connected to events worldwide.
It's also a signal for us to appreciate the simple life
we enjoy in paradise, and the caring, giving community
in which we live on Anna Maria Island.
When life and circumstances spin out of control,
we can and will rise to the occasion because that's
who we are.
It's time now for healing.
It's time to slow down and again ask, what can we
do to help?
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Building code suggestion
I have vacationed on Anna Maria Island since the
mid-1960s and owned property in Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach since the early 1990s.
An islandwide decision by officials in the early '70s
after the Martinique condos were built was truly vision-
ary. Few islands in Florida have what we have for build-
ing height restrictions.
In dealing with the same issues today, height and
density restrictions to preserve the tranquility and
uniqueness of AMI, I recommend the city leaders review
that process and do likewise, to preserve the future of
First, be consistent with one plan for height and
density for all residential areas. Next, limit height to
27 feet for living areas. Third, limit living area to 40
percent of the lot size less than 10,000 square feet and
scale percentage to 30 percent for larger lots. Four, limit
rentals in residential areas to two-week minimums with
enforcement beginning 12 months after implementation.
Five, building separation on duplex lots should be 1.5
times the side setback.
Allowing two buildings with eight bedrooms, each
sleeping 22 people on a duplex lot, rentals less than a
week, or allowing 30 percent of the lot size as a foot-
print is ridiculous.
Who wants to build two 1,350 square foot land
condos on a duplex lot that is valued at $600,000-plus?
That restriction alone forces owners to add a second
floor of living space.
Ron Simpson, Bradenton Beach
A different angle
This is another letter about island construction with
a different slant. When I heard late last summer that the
house next to me and I mean right next to me was
to be demolished and two new ones built, I cringed.
When the demolition began and I checked at the
end of the first day, there was no debris and no trash
left behind to bl>% \\ tllu ugih the neighborhood. The same
was true throughout the entire process. When construc-
tion began, and Mark Kimball brought his crew in, the
same was true. There was no trash left behind on the
site ( I\ ~ ithli was clean.
Long story short, the project was completed with
efficiency and professionalism. Most important, the
homes are lovely, landscaped attractively and not the
"mini motels" that prompt some residents to complain.
Thanks to Kimball Construction for a job well
Liz Christie-Cline, Holmes Beach
Seeking the quiet life
Regarding recent proposals:
Why did the city of Anna Maria purchase the vacant
Bay Boulevard property? And at an outrageous price.
Putting a public park there does nothing to benefit
residents, it benefits business owners with taxpayer sub-
sidized parking and restrooms.
The city should sell the property to Pine Avenue
Restoration and let them maintain it. That way, the prop-
erty goes back on the tax roll a win for taxpayers.
Why are the pier's problems the taxpayers' prob-
lem? The restaurant owner is responsible for pier
repairs. If the tenant can't live up to the contract, the
city needs to find another business to lease it without
subsidies from taxpayers. If the city isn't a profitable
landlord, then it shouldn't be in the rental business.
And a water taxi? Why would taxpayers fund another
private enterprise? The congestion on Pine Avenue is an
accident waiting to happen and now the city wants to
bring in more daytrippers? Again, it's only for the benefit
of businesses, and damn the residents and their lifestyles.
A water taxi would be like docking a cruise ship at the
end of Pine Avenue on a smaller scale.
Visited Key West lately?
It amounts to more destruction of the island lifestyle
- the uncongested lifestyle that once was here.
Wise up resident taxpayers.
Ron Necciai, Anna Maria
Pardon at MCAS, reprieve for animals
Pardon me, sir
.~/lu,, Smith, center, of Paws for Hope and Faith,
visits animal shelters around the United States, to
enact a one-week pardon for the pets in the shelter.
On April 19, he met with Manatee County Animal
Services chief Cli, Weiskopf left, asking that no
animals be killed. Weiskopf signed the order, after
negotiating an addendum that allows him to kill
animals under certain circumstances while the
pardon is in effect. Smith works to get all the pet
outs of the shelter and either adopted or into a
foster home. With Weiskopf and Smith are Trisha
Robinson, who is fostering Axel. Axel was found
with an ax in his head and was rescued and treated.
Axel also signed put his paw print on the
pardon order. For adoption information, find Paws
for Hope and Faith or sih,,,- Smith on Facebook.
Islander Photos: Lisa Williams
Pardon papers include the signature paw
print of Axel, a rescued dog.
1_imI, Smith, Lisa Williams and Janet Smith wait
for the pet pardon to be signed at Manatee County
Animal Services. Williams is office manager at The
Islander and operates MoonRacer No-Kill Rescue.
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10 viyears ago
Headlines from the April 23,
2003, issue of The Islander
Members of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials called for a summit to address common prob-
lems. Longboat Key Mayor John Redgrave said one
issue is county commissioners have no idea of the
impact of 60,000 new homes sold in Lakewood Ranch
the past two years. "The invasion is coming," he said.
Quick thinking by two residents prevented a
tragedy. They observed cook Andrew Sargent inside
Augie's Italian Restaurant, 5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, pounding on the front door and smoke coming
from the building. Bob McGlynn and Jim Krupa were
bicycling when they saw Sargent. They used a mallet
from LaPensee Plumbing and smashed the door, freeing
Sargent and owner Augie Meneley.
Holmes Beach building official Bill Saunders, who
also handled inspections for Anna Maria, said there was
nothing improper in issuing a building permit for Joel
Goldstein, son of Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, because
the repairs were made inside the house. Saunders said
he had received an anonymous tip that the work was
done without a permit, but he said every contractor had
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8 E APRIL 24, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Bradenton Beach nullifies Bridge Street business proposal
By Mark Young
In a turnaround 3-2 vote, Bradenton Beach commis-
sioners backtracked on a previous approval with stipula-
tions to allow Michael Hynds to move forward with a
new business at 119 Bridge St.
Hynds' proposal to renovate the existing building
into a restaurant and eight retail shops was initially denied
Feb. 5 by the planning and zoning board. The primary
issues for P&Z were parking, delivery and trash collec-
The matter came before the commission April 4 and
Hynds addressed many of the P&Z concerns by agree-
ing to build a shelter for his trash receptacle, relocating
a grease trap and providing for parking on Third Street
South where he could receive deliveries.
Hynds also eliminated indoor seating, telling com-
missioners that the restaurant would feature only outdoor
dining. Under the city's land development code, outdoor
dining requires no parking spaces.
Commissioners voted 4-1 April 4 to approve the plan
with further staff stipulations. Commissioner Ric Gate-
house was the dissenter.
However, the matter came back before the commis-
sion for final approval April 18.
Gatehouse, Mayor John Shaughnessy and Vice
Mayor Ed Straight voted against a motion from Commis-
sioner Gay Breuler to approve the plan. Commissioner
Jan Vosburgh sided with Breuler in the vote.
Prior to the vote, some Bridge Street business owners
objected to the project, stating parking concerns as their
The Fish Hole Adventure Golf owner Jake Spooner
and BridgeWalk Resort owner Barbara Rodocker both
said they welcomed new business, but that the plan did
not sufficiently address parking concerns.
"The proposed Bridge Street project with a restaurant
and retail shops would be great for our businesses," said
Spooner. "The only issue I have is employee parking."
CENTER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ment details out before it's too late.
Dell insisted the entertainment "is still a surprise.
It will come out in time, and we'll let the newspapers
Treasurer Stewart Moon Jr. also noted the event was
just one month away.
Dell said the event has sold about 350 seats in the
past, although last year sold 314. That was still a good
number, as many were VIP tables.
He said this year's event needs to bring in $196,000
or the center faces a shortfall in its budget.
Pittman also noted the change in date, from a late
March date to a mid-May date, which means many
winter residents who regularly attend and buy a table
will be back at their Northern homes by May 18.
"I called a lot of people who said they'd be gone by
May 18," she said.
"So moving the date to May might not have been
such a good idea," Rudacille suggested.
Dell said raffle sales also are slow. He said he
needed a commitment from each board member to con-
tact "people with money" to buy a table or purchase
In other news, Moon reported income for the year is
down $23,000 from activities and $28,000 from dona-
"But we are slowly catching up," he said.
Spooner said the business would likely need 18
spaces for employees and Hynds' lease of the Third Street
South property only calls for four potential spaces.
"There are only 29 parking spaces on Bridge Street,"
Rodocker said additional delivery trucks on Bridge
Street also would create an issue.
"I'm not against the restaurant," she said. "I see too
many negatives in this situation. There will be too many
vehicles to service this project and I'm very concerned
the street would be a delivery place instead of a place to
walk and enjoy."
Gatehouse agreed, saying Hynds "squirmed through
a loophole" by eliminating indoor seating to avoid the
parking space requirement.
"Legally it meets the requirements, but I don't think
it meets the intention of the ordinance," he said. "Out-
door dining is usually associated with an attached indoor
restaurant. The impact to parking is going to be the same.
There just isn't that kind of parking available."
Hynds said he was considering using a shuttle system
from Coquina Beach, but Gatehouse said that would
require a permit from Manatee County.
Hynds disagreed saying the county already told him
that as long as the shuttle was free, it would not require
Gatehouse said too many problems associated with
the project remain and he would vote against it.
Straight agreed with Gatehouse, saying not enough
thought went into off-site parking.
Vosburgh said she didn't understand why Bridge
Street business owners were objecting when they had to
go through the same process.
"Mr. Hynds did solve a lot of the problems we asked
him to solve," she said. L\ i) bhod has a parking prob-
lem. Why should he be any different than you?"
Breuler said it's her goal to have Bridge Street avail-
able to pedestrians only.
"I think he has gone out of his way to address many
Dell said the revenue will be ahead of projections,
but only if An Island Affaire is a success.
In the search for revenue, Pittman said she's applied
for a United Way grant for $25,000, and should soon
learn the result of the application. She's also applied to
Manatee County for a grant.
Dell added that summer sports revenue should
of the issues that have come up," she said. "I'm in favor
of Bridge Street being a walking street and not have
any parking there. I'm in favor of this project because it
pushes it further into making that happen."
Shaughnessy said he thinks it's a great project, but
not for the Bridge Street location.
Hynds clarified for a second time that his lease for
four spaces on Third Street South is just the beginning of
a plan to purchase the property and develop it as a parking
lot that would also allow access for deliveries to without
having to park on Bridge Street.
"It's very difficult to commit to buying property
before I have approval from the city for this project,"
said Hynds. "I've addressed every question and brought
a solution to every problem."
Hynds said he objected to Gatehouse's comments
regarding him squirming through a loophole.
"Your LDC is very clear," said Hynds. "I've done
everything to comply and there isn't much more I can
City attorney Ricinda Perry reminded commission-
ers that the previous vote approved the project but was
dependent on meeting further requirements.
Nothing new was mentioned that had not been dis-
cussed at the April 4 meeting.
Commissioners discussed the same parking issues
Hynds previously addressed in garnering the April 4
approval. However, Gatehouse moved to accept the P&Z
recommendation to deny the project, which was seconded
Shaughnessy sided with Straight and Gatehouse to
effectively kill the business proposal after Breuler's origi-
nal motion failed 2-3.
However, Gatehouse told Hynds after the vote
that if he could do more to address off-site parking for
employees, "You might get a different result if you bring
Straight agreed, saying he would change his mind if
parking was better addressed.
increase with 34 teams participating in five sports this
He said there are adult teams for soccer, kickball
and basketball, and youth teams for kickball and bas-
"The projections are good for income," he said.
"But I'll be blunt," Dell said. "I need you guys to fill
the seats at An Island Affaire. So go get those people."
The event includes a silent auction with unique
items and vacations, he said, and the items should get a
good price. Getting people to buy tickets is of primary
importance the next four weeks.
"This has got to be the last push," Dell said.
Executive director Dawn Stiles attended her first board
meeting since she began work April 1, reporting she's
impressed with the staff.
She has scheduled monthly staff meetings and has
seen the staff work well as a team, she said.
While still in the learning phase, she's already
begun looking at next year's budget.
After the gala, she'll work with staff to have the
2013-14 budget ready for presentation at the board's
June 21 meeting.
The board voted to have meetings at 8 a.m. on the
third Friday of every month. The next meeting is 8 a.m.
Friday, May 17, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 24, 2013 O 9
BB readies to repair floating dock, rebuild 8th Street dock
By Mark Young
Repairs to the floating dock adjacent to the Braden-
ton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier were expected to
begin April 15, but the start date was pushed back to April
Public works director Tom Woodard said at an April
16 department head meeting at city hall that recent storm
activity caused the delay.
"Apparently Duncan Seawall's barge they are using
for this project is their largest barge," said Woodard. "It
can't be moved in choppy waters and there have been
some storms this week."
Duncan also is proposing a change in the type of
system that allows the dock sections to float up and down
with the tide and waves.
The new sliding system would prevent side-to-side
motion, but any changes to the plan have to be approved
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA
is funding the project based on damages resulting from
Tropical Storm Debby in June 2012.
Woodard said the proposed change would not cause
a delay in the timeline nor would it cost more money.
But Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said he believes
there needs to be some side-to-side motion to prevent
Woodard said the proposal is "not set in stone" and it
was Duncan's recommendation to make the change. He
said the slider system consists of plastic parts within the
sliders that would need to be maintained and eventually
replaced, but that it was a relatively easy process.
"I'd like to see the failure rate on this system and
how often the plastic sliders inside would need to be
replaced," Gatehouse said.
Woodard said Duncan can provide a presentation at
the commission's request.
Eighth Street South dock ready for repairs
Building official Steve Gilbert said the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers has issued a final permit to the city
to begin replacing the Eighth Street South dock.
The dock closed some two years ago when the city
condemned the structure and promised to rebuild it.
The Bradenton Beach city dock at the end of Eighth
Street South has seen better days, but not for two years.
However, progress has been made and a permit was
issued April 15. Islander Photo: Mark Young
Budget shortfalls left the dock as a low priority for the
city, but residents on Eighth Street South stepped up last
year to pay for the repairs.
The project hit further snags during the permit pro-
cess. The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion review went smoothly, but the city was informed
DEP no longer reviewed corps permits.
That set off a series of misunderstandings from the
corps as to what the project entailed and delays due to
staff shortages at its Tampa regulatory office and changes
in corps policy in the middle of the permit review.
But Gilbert said the process has come to a conclusion
and the city is preparing its final documents to begin the
In other matters, Gilbert said Manatee County is
going through a permit process for improvements to
the southern most boat ramp on Gulf Drive at Coquina
"They are going to redo the parking area for more
boat and trailer parking," said Gilbert. I \ inlll), the
plans are to put in a bathroom and storage area at the
north boat ramp."
Gilbert said the storage area will take the place of a
temporary storage pod that is being used for kayak rent-
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she was disap-
pointed the fishing tables at the boat ramps didn't have
Vice Mayor Ed Straight said his nonprofit organiza-
tion, Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Inc., has been
working to have fishing tables removed.
He said they were successful in removing one in
the city of Palmetto after fishers were lhii,\\ ing' skeletal
remains of fish to nearby pelicans.
"It killed about eight pelicans," he said. "The peli-
cans can digest fish bones, but when they are given noth-
ing but the skeletons, they get caught in their throats."
Gilbert said the county also is working on DEP
approval to upgrade a water line that runs from the south
boat ramp and under Longboat Pass.
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Organizers expect more than 25 restaurants to par-
ticipate in the culinary celebration, as well as makers and
servers of craft beers and fine wines.
Island restaurant owner Ed Chiles established Food
and Wine in 2011 as part of the celebration for the centen-
Bridge Street Bistro hosts
Relay for Life benefit
The Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Braden-
ton Beach, will host a fundraiser for the American Cancer
Society Relay for Life 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.
The event benefits the Relay for Life teams spon-
sored by Sea-renity Spa and Eco Boutique of Bradenton
Beach and Shiny Fish Emporium of Anna Maria.
For more information, contact Amanda Escobio at
Sarasota Bay Water Festival
announces photo contest
The Sarasota Bay Water Festival is holding the "I
Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest."
The winning submissions will be displayed at the
regional water festival Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ken Thomp-
son Park on city island in Sarasota.
Contest guidelines and entry forms are posted online
"We had some impressive photos last year, and we
are excited to see the contest expand with earlier promo-
tion," Randy Moore, the festival director, said in a news
release. "Photos can have a direct or indirect association
with Sarasota Bay."
The contest winners from the three age divisions in
2012 included Makeala Frankford of Sarasota, Mary Lou
Johnson of Longboat Key, Victoria Holcomb of Sarasota,
Kristina Carreras of Bradenton, Caroline Griffith of Sara-
sota, Larry George of Lakewood Ranch, Dick Plaff of
Sarasota, Ronald Hecox of Parrish, and Terry Frankford
The festival will feature dragon boat races on Sara-
sota Bay, live music, artists and crafts sales, workshops,
food vendors, children's activities and nature and recre-
Hosts include the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and
HDR Engineering Inc.
For more information, call SBEP at 941-955-8085.
nial of the Anna Maria City Pier.
Chiles, according to a news release, sought to pro-
mote local independent restaurants, particularly those
with an emphasis on serving local produce and sustain-
Actors will stroll Pine Avenue portraying early island
inhabitants and more than 30 musical performances are
Also, work by local artists will be featured and orga-
nizers will set up a children's activity area.
Admission to Food and Wine, expected to draw 3,000
people, is free. Food and beverage tickets will be $1, with
menu items expected to cost 2-8 tickets.
Proceeds from Food and Wine will benefit the Anna
Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Anna Maria
Island Community Center, Cultural Connections, Anna
Maria Island Artists Guild, Anna Maria Island Historical
Society and Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust.
For more information, contact Caryn Hodge at 941-
778-8705 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to
Makaela Frankford and her grandfather were finalists
in the Sarasota Bay Water Festival's 2012 photo con-
test for the image of an owl poking its head out from
a hole in a palm tree. Makaela titled her submission
"Peek-a-boo" and she patiently waited for the perfect
moment. Islander Courtesy Photo
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3-day benefit planned for Georgia-Rose Gibbons
The nonprofit St. Petersburg Preservation will spon-
sor a three-day concert at Holmes Beach city field, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to benefit Georgia-Rose
The Great American Music Event May 3-5 is being
organized with help from Georgia Gibbons' father, Bob
Gibbons of Anna Maria, and will feature local musicians
and bands, including Matt and Tanya, Scott's Garage,
Bodie Valdez and the WhoDoos, The Three Howies,
Boss Hawg, Koko Ray and Company, Porch Dogs,
Shotgun Justice, Critter and TC and the Troublemak-
The music event the variety includes rock, zydeco,
country and blues begins at 5 p.m. May 3, 2:30 p.m.
May 4 and 11:30 a.m. May 5.
Vendors also will be selling pizza, hamburgers, hot
dogs and other items.
Last April, the 21-year-old Gibbons was walking at
night in Tallahassee when a car struck her. She suffered
a traumatic brain injury in the accident.
Bob Gibbons writes about his daughter's recovery
online at www.sites.google.com/site/georgiarosesjour-
ney/home, saying, "After 10 days in a coma, 35 days
in ICU, 4 1/2 months at Bayfront Medical Center in the
brain rehab unit and six months of skilled nursing care,
'Wine and Song' to benefit
An evening of "Wine and Song" Saturday, April 27,
will benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Tickets are $25 for two seatings 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.
Carol Prokap, a consultant for PRP Wine Interna-
tional, will pair 8-10 wines with songs by AMICCO
soprano Joy Leitner and other AMICCO performers.
For more information, call Leitner at 941-587-
Rotary club speaker
to discuss cracking
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club will host geolo-
gist Al Richardson for a discussion on cracking at noon
Tuesday, April 30, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Richardson "will describe the pros and cons to the
process of cracking deeply embedded seams of oil, which
has developed into a 'oil boom' in the world, especially
in the United States" at the luncheon.
For more information, call Jim Dunne at 941-778-
Kiwanis to meet at beach cafe
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Dawn Stiles, the executive director of the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, is the speaker.
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at
Senior Adventures head to
Myakka, hold cooking class
The island Senior Adventures group planned a full
schedule of activities in April. Remaining activities
1:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, an outing to Myakka
to see a rehearsal of the Lipizzaner Stallions. The group
will meet at the center to carpool.
11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, lunch and a Cinco de
Mayo cooking lesson at the community center with "Chef
Craig." The menu includes homemade guacamole, tacos
and cinnamon flauta with vanilla ice cream.
Pre-registration for the cooking class is required and
For more information, call Pat Gentry at 941-962-
In April 2012, Geor-
was walking when a
car struck her. She
suffered a traumatic
brain injury in the
accident in Tallahas-
see, where she was a
student. A three-day
will help raise money
for medical costs.
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we reach the one-year mark since the accident. ... A
recent neurological assessment brings great hope."
For more information, call Bob Gibbons at 941-527-
Historical society starts
summer hours May 1
The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will begin summer hours on May 1.
The museum admission is free will be open 11
a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays.
Summer volunteers are needed.
For more information, call 941-778-0492.
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, began its summer worship schedule April 21.
The church's service is Sundays at 9 a.m., followed
by "life groups at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.
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 kayaks, paddles
and personal flotation devices.
Rangers promise: "A unique look at Florida's
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 Flori-
da's waterways their home. Find out how you can help
preserve and protect these fragile ecosystems for future
The tours will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the memorial,
8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Reservations are required.
For more, call 941-792-0458, ext. 105.
Arbor Day celebrations
planned on island
Keep Manatee Beautiful will partner with local gov-
ernments and community groups to celebrate National
Arbor Day on Friday, April 26.
Events will take place throughout the county. The
island schedule includes:
9:30 a.m., KMB and the Holmes Beach Parks and
Beautification Committee will plant a Southern red cedar
near 77th Street and Marina Drive.
10 a.m., the city of Anna Maria and the Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department, along with
KMB, will meet in Bayfront Park on North Bay Boule-
vard near the public restrooms to plant two green but-
11 a.m., the Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES
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
The public is welcome to attend the celebrations.
For more information, call KMB at 941-795-8272.
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Thursday, April 25
8:01 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, April 26
9:30 a.m. National Arbor Day celebration, Keep Manatee
Beautiful and the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Commit-
tee plant a Southern red cedar near 77th Street and Marina Drive.
10 a.m. National Arbor Day celebration, the city of Anna
Maria, Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department and
Keep Manatee Beautiful plant two green buttonwoods in Bayfront
Park near the public restrooms. Information: 941-795-8272.
11 a.m. National Arbor Day celebration, the Bradenton
Beach Scenic WAVES, Bridge Street Merchants and Keep Mana-
tee Beautiful meet at the Bridge Street and Gulf Drive roundabout.
Saturday, April 27
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club ofAnna Maria Island breakfast and
meeting with speaker Dawn Stiles of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Stiles Sunday, April 28
8:03 p.m. Official sunset time.
Monday, April 29
8:03 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, April 30
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, May 1
Today is May Day.
Friday, April 26
8 p.m. De Soto Heritage Festival Ball, Bradenton Municipal
Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Fee applies. Infor-
Saturday, April 27
4 p.m., 6 p.m. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra Wine and Song evening, Longboat Key Education
Center in the Centre Shops, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-587-3584.
6:30 p.m. The De Soto Heritage Festival Grande Parade,
Manatee High School from Ninth Avenue to downtown Bradenton
to Ninth Street West. Information: 941-747-1998.
Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the
Water's Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
*Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders baseball, McKech-
nie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies.
First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555,
Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Infor-
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Some
events on other days too. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations
requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.
First Saturdays through April, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County
Audubon open house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, Felts Audubon
Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-
Weekends, April 27-Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto
National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.
Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon,
Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th
Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
Sunday, through April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street
Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include
a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez.
First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists' Guild
of Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
*Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information:
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
May 4, Food and Wine on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
May 5, Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, various loca-
May 9, Island Players' opening of "37 Postcards," Island
Players theater, Anna Maria.
Mother's Day is May 12.
May 18, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Save the date
June 1-2, Islandwide Blood Drive, location to be
July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day
Parade from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park, and Scholarships
Awards Party at Manatee Public Beach.
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description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
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As the 2013 winter-spring tourism season wanes,
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events listings and notify firstname.lastname@example.org of
any changes needed.
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Best rental practices work to keep peace in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
In November 2011, Anna Maria appeared awash in
noise complaints, particularly from home parties that
drew large numbers of people to quiet neighborhoods
in the city.
Not so for the 2012-13 season, said Mayor Sue-
"I really think the adoption of the best practices list
has gone a long way in making tenants realize this is
a quiet residential village and we intend to keep it that
way," she said.
Last year, in response to a number of residents com-
plaining about the noise issue at commission meetings,
particularly after 10 p.m., then Commissioner SueLynn
and rental agents Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate and
Mike Brinson of Anna Maria Vacation Rentals, pre-
pared a list of the best practices for agencies and good
behavior rules for tenants when renting on Anna Maria
Within the best practices are rules for tenants,
essentially requiring they abide by local laws, respect
neighbors, refrain from loud noises and parties and, both
tenants and agents agree that violating the practices
could result in eviction for the tenant.
"I think the best thing is they get this list before they
check in," said Chatt. "And nearly all vacation rental
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managers are using the form." In addition, a best prac-
tices list is provided at the vacation rental, he said.
Island Real Estate has almost 300 vacation rentals
and an agent is on call 24/7 to handle any complaint
received by law enforcement, Chatt said.
"To my knowledge, we didn't get one call this year
that the agent had to respond," Chatt said.
"It speaks well for cooperation by the rental agents
and by the tenants. I also think Dave Forbes in Holmes
Beach and Gerry Rathvon in Anna Maria have done an
excellent job with code enforcement," he said.
Forbes and Rathvon are city code enforcement offi-
cers in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria respectively.
SueLynn said it also helps in Anna Maria that patrol
deputies now respond to complaints of loud noise or
rowdy behavior and can issue a citation. Deputies first
attempt to settle noise and nuisance calls amicably and
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have had good success with compliance and peaceful
settlements of issues, she said.
That's been the policy of Sgt. Paul Davis of the Man-
atee County Sheriff's Office since he became the officer
in charge of the Anna Maria substation in January.
"He and his deputies have gone a long way to ensur-
ing peace and quiet, despite our busy winter season,"
Rathvon said she hasn't had a single complaint of
a loud party or rowdy behavior since November 2011
that wasn't peacefully settled.
"Last week, I had kids swimming in the pool late
at night and two guys playing guitar outside at night,"
MCSO deputies settled both instances without need
for a citation, she said.
"I really think we're moving in the right direction,"
While there may always be some noise complaints,
the mayor said she was pleased the city made it through
the height of the 2012-13 tourist season without any
serious noise complaints or citations.
"We wanted to keep our village atmosphere and
peace and quiet, and so far I think the best practices are
succeeding," she said.
She praised Chatt and Brinson for helping develop
the best practices, as well as convincing other agents
to use the list.
"That's really a key," she said. "The more people
who see the list and know what to do and not to do, the
more peace and quiet everyone will have."
Rathvon has a database with more than 500 vaca-
tion rentals in the city that includes the owner, manager
and number of complaints at the location.
If a location gets three complaints within a 12-month
span, a citation is issued. Rathvon said she has two
addresses on the list that are at the maximum.
In addition to Rathvon, building official Bob Welch
and building department administrator Diane Sacca are
licensed code enforcement officers in Anna Maria.
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Barbara L. Berry
Barbara L. Berry, 81, died April 17.
Mrs. Berry and her family lived in the Cortez village
28 years. They owned and operated the Miss Cortez Deep
Sea Fishing Fleet.
She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation
and Daughters of the King-St. Mary Our Blessed Mother
Chapter. She served as electa and chaplain in the Order
of the Eastern Star and was awarded the Cross of Colors,
the highest honor given by the Rainbow Girls. She was a
past president of the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority and served
as a Florida firearm safety instructor.
A celebration of life was held April 22 at Westminster
Towers Chapel, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be
made to the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Berry is survived by her husband of 60 years,
Capt. Jim; daughters Jadeana and Jamie; and grandson
Capt. Derek Berry.
Helen Margaret Blaser
Helen Margaret Blaser, 100, of Holmes Beach, died
Mrs. Blaser moved to Holmes Beach from New
London, N.H., in 2003 with her late husband, Albert G.
Services will be in New Jersey. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in
charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family may
be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
She is survived by her son, Robert Warren, of Ham-
ilton, N.J.; two grandchildren; and three great-grand-
Ida Catherine DiBiase
Ida Catherine DiBiase, 96, of St. Petersburg and Bra-
denton, died April 16 at Bayfront Hospice. She was born
in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1984 from Summit,
She was a seamstress and homemaker, enjoyed gar-
dening and was the bookkeeper for her family's home
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Chil-
dren's Research Hospital.
Mrs. DiBiase is survived by daughters Kathleen
and husband Ed Rawls and Bernadine and husband Joe
DePaola of Holmes Beach; grandchildren Karen Russell,
Kristin Schoenberger, Jason DePaola, Angela Guzzino-
Ogburn, Aaron DePaola, and Lauren DePaola, and 10
Betty Lee Meyers
Betty Lee Meyers, 95, of Holmes Beach and formerly
of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died April 14.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were by the Good Earth Crematory.
Mrs. Meyers is survived by sons David, John, James
and Mead; daughter Sally; five grandchildren; and four
Elsie Tamson, 89, of Bradenton Beach, died April
She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
Holmes Beach, and an artist.
Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Mrs. Tamson is survived by her son, Diederik, of
Jane Frances Ward
Jane Frances Ward, 94, of Holmes Beach, died April
16. She was born Jan. 23, 1919, in Moline, Ill.
She graduated from high school
in Geneseo, Ill. She loved Mah Jiim.
bridge, reading, cooking and golf. She
also was a cat lover.
She married Michael W. Ward
in 1980 and they made their home in
Ward Holmes Beach. She was previously
married to the late George VerBeke.
Services will be in Illinois. Memorial donations may
be made to Special Olympics or Best Friends Animal
Sanctuary of Kanab, Utah.
Mrs. Ward is survived by her husband, Mike; chil-
dren Allan and wife Georgine VerBeke of Hillsdale, Ill.,
Steven and wife Linda VerBeke of Silvis, Ill., Denise and
husband Mike Sheppard of Champaign, Ill., and Michael
and wife Maria VerBeke of Hoopeston, Ill.; step-children
Steve and wife Mary Jean of Millersville, Md., Daniel
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The Holmes Beach Police Department continues
to partner with the federal Drug Enforcement Admin-
istration in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back
This year, the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment, 403 Highland Ave., also is hosting a prescrip-
tion drug drop off through 2 p.m. Friday, April 27.
BBPD said a representative of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Agency will be at the police department
10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 to answer questions and con-
cerns regarding the dangers of llii>\\ ing prescription
drugs into the trash.
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 prescrip-
tion drugs can drop off medications at HBPD, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. week-
The DEA will be collecting prescription drugs
from the HBPD on April 27, although HBPD collects
Three previous national Take-Back efforts
resulted in the DEA collecting about a million pounds
of drugs that might have been dumped into sewer
systems or landfills, or possibly misused, according
to a news release from the DEA.
and wife Charlotte of Pomona, Ill., and Susan and hus-
band Neil Sheppard, Hoopeston, Ill.; nine grandchildren;
10 step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; nine step-
great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild bor
April 14, who shares her middle name.
Obituaries are provided as a free service in The
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both past and present, and to those people with ties to
Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length.
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Bradenton Beach mulls Bridge Street
By Mark Young
Traffic and parking, especially during tourist season,
is always a concern on Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton Beach commissioners and department
heads gathered April 16 at city hall to discuss solutions
to alleviate traffic, while increasing parking for Bridge
Police Chief Sam Speciale said season is winding
down and traffic is beginning to thin, although he con-
tinues to conduct radar operations along Gulf Drive.
Special reported a couple of mechanical issues on
the Cortez Bridge caused some additional problems this
year, but that the Florida Department of Transportation
has addressed other concerns.
"They did some work on the Cortez and Gulf inter-
section with a new pedestrian sign and worked on the 'no
left turn sign,'" said Speciale, noting motorists have not
been obeying the traffic light signal.
"The sign is there because there have been issues in
the past with people wanting to get into the intersection
when traffic is backed up there," he said. "People were
running the light. We had our guys doing some traffic
stops and people are saying they waited through two light
Special said once people clog the intersection, it
backs up the other lanes and causes a traffic jam.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse brought up parking on
Bridge Street, saying business owners don't understand
why the vacant lot can't be used for parking.
Gatehouse agrees with the business owners that the
city should seek a way to make use of the lot when the
owner has stated he is open to leasing it for parking.
"The merchants are willing to lease that land, but the
problem is creating an actual parking lot is very high in
costs," he said. "By the time you follow the regulations,
you don't have enough room for parking."
Building official Steve Gilbert said commissioners
can change the rules within the land development code,
but that a planning and zoning review, as well as public
hearings, would be required.
1\ \\ iniiin three or four sections for standalone park-
ing can be allowed under special exceptions without all
those requirements," said Gilbert.
Gatehouse said the lot is under-utilized.
"Let's find a way to park some cars there," he said.
Mayor John Shaughnessy asked if the city would be
liable. Gilbert said it's a private lot and any lease would
be between the owner and the merchants.
The city's part of it would be to find a way to allow
the lot to be used for parking under its codes, he said.
If a special exception was used, insurance requirements
would fall on the shoulders of the party seeking the spe-
An effort is under way to use the vacant lot on Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach home to weekly Sunday
markets for parking. The final market of the season
will be April 28. Islander Photo: Mark Young
Special said four water taxi companies have
expressed interest in using the floating dock adjacent to
the Historic Bridge Street Pier, although only one has
Commissioner Gay Breuler said water taxis would
help alleviate traffic.
"I talked to the county about the preserves in our area
and asked whether we could arrange a park-and-boat ride
from the preserve parking lots," said Breuler, who noted
she received a positive reaction and would pursue the
A shuttle service from Coquina Beach to Bridge
Street is still an ongoing consideration, but Speciale said
no one is following through on the idea.
"We get to the point where we go to the county and
the county says no problem and then nothing happens,"
he said. "A few years later, the same idea comes back and
we go back through the whole process all over again."
To the dogs
Vice Mayor Ed Straight requested an update on an
incident earlier this year where a person was asked to
remove a service dog from the beach.
The incident involved a trainer and his dog at Coquina
Beach, although the dog apparently was not wearing a
service vest when lifeguards contacted police.
When police arrived, the required service vest was on
the animal and police allowed the man to stay. However,
the man told a different story in several letters to the city,
expressing his outrage that he had been asked to remove
his service dog from the beach.
"The information we found out is that the dog and
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take his dog to the beach to train it and there is no training
allowed on the beach."
Special said the man was never ordered to leave the
"Once my officer arrived, the dog was in his vest and
neither the officer or the lifeguard ever told him he had
to leave," said Speciale. "He left on his own."
In related canine matters, commissioners discussed
eliminating dog stations, where free bags are provided
to dog walkers to pick up after their animal.
Woodard said the city started with 10 dog stations,
but seven of them are no longer operable. He said bags
cost $500 per case.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said the city should
eliminate them, but Straight said he would be in favor of
Shaughnessy said the city shouldn't be responsible
for pet owners.
"I'm an animal lover," he said. "But this isn't some-
thing the city should be responsible for. People can carry
their own bags."
Straight referred to the uproar in Holmes Beach when
the city opted not to supply bags at Scentral Park dog park
and said, "We will hear about this decision if that's the
route we take."
In other matters, public works director Tom Woodard
reported sidewalk grinding will be taking place on Bridge
Street and other areas in the coming days.
Woodard said tree roots are lifting some areas of
sidewalks and that's it's cheaper to grind the areas smooth
than to replace the sidewalks.
Meetings continue on the upcoming 15th Street
South stormwater project, he said.
Woodard also said his crew have reinstalled about
15 bollards on Third Street South, which had been pulled
out at some point.
Island police blotter
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a downed line, a man drove up to a Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputy and said he was lost. The man
appeared confused. The deputy conducted a driver's
license check and discovered the man had been reported
missing from Pasco County. The family was contacted.
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April 14, 2200 block of Avenue C, theft. A com-
plainant reported she left her bike valued at $800 unse-
cured in her carport while she went inside her residence.
When she returned to secure her bike, it was gone.
April 15, 2412 Gulf Drive N., Bamboo Club South,
theft. A manager came to work to find the linen stor-
age shed's lock pried open. She reported 20 large towels
valued at $60 were stolen.
April 15, 2300 block of Gulf Drive, suspicious
person. Police responded to a report of a suspicious
person and made contact with a 50-year-old Bradenton
man sitting on the sidewalk. Police noticed an aroma
of alcohol when speaking to the man and asked for his
identification. The man initially said he did not have it
with him, but then reached into a bag he was carrying to
retrieve it. Police observed an open bottle of vodka in the
bag. Upon running his identification, police discovered
the man was wanted on a misdemeanor contempt of court
warrant. He was arrested and booked into the Manatee
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
April 10, 4400 block of 124th Street West, trespass
warning. An MCSO deputy made contact with a woman
who said a woman who rents an attached room from
her and another woman arrived home intoxicated. She
wanted them to leave, but could not trespass her renter.
She did trespass the friend and told law enforcement she
would begin the eviction process on the other woman.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
March 30, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach City
Hall, criminal mischief. A Holmes Beach police officer
reported his personal vehicle's windshield was cracked
while he was on duty. The damage appeared to be caused
by a rock. The officer said the windshield was not dam-
aged when he arrived for his shift, nor had it been dam-
aged when he used his vehicle at lunch.
March 31,750 Manatee Ave. W., drugs. A 20-year-
old Bradenton man was arrested on drug charges after
being stopped by police on his bicycle. According to the
report, the suspect was riding down the road with one
hand while holding a guitar in the other. Police found 46
prescription pills in his parents' name, a marijuana pipe,
syringes, a small amount of marijuana and an unknown
powdery substance. He was booked into the Manatee
County jail for drug possession and held on $500 bond.
According to jail records, he was released the following
March 31, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
disturbance. A witness called police to report a man and
woman arguing. Police arrived and the couple admitted
they were arguing but that no physical contact occurred.
They admitted they had been drinking, but they took a
bus to the island. The couple was advised to take the next
bus off the island. The couple left the beach.
April 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, beach cafe, criminal
mischief. An alarm company called the cafe manager
to report the alarm was sounding. The manager advised
that it was likely his employees arriving for work, but
employees arrived later and called the police to report a
broken sliding glass door. According to the report, some-
one pushed a metal cart through the door causing $1,000
April 1, 401 Manatee Ave., Lapensee Plumbing,
petit theft. Unknown persons stole plastic letters from
the business sign. The letters can only be replaced as a
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set, so they were valued at $500.
April 2,400 block of 62nd Street, trespass warning.
A neighbor called police regarding a man next door bang-
ing on the door and yelling to be let into the residence.
Police arrived and made contact with a man, who said
he had just arrived onto the island and was attempting to
wake his girlfriend. Police made contact with the woman,
who said she did not want him there and had him tres-
April 3, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A
complainant reported a bike valued at $100 had been
stolen from his carport.
April 3, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A man reported he befriended another man at the
beach. The two hung out that day and arrived to the beach
in the suspect's vehicle. While walking toward the beach,
the suspect said he had to use the restroom. After some
time, the complainant realized the suspect had left the
area with his wallet and other belongings inside the vehi-
cle. The items were valued at $161.
April 4, 4700 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A complainant called to report someone broke his
sprinkler system piping. He told police it was the eighth
time in the last year and that it costs him about $100 each
time he has to fix the damage.
April 3, 6800 block of Marina Drive, identity theft.
A man reported that a Verizon bill and credit card arrived
at his mother's house in his name. He said he contacted
Verizon and discovered someone in Georgia opened an
account in his name and purchased three phones.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County SI' i ,tf's Office.
Dogs, Arts for the Earth announces move to Holmes Beach
Dogs for the Earth loves Pine Avenue. That's why
moving, even though it's to expand, is bittersweet.
But demand for Dogs for the Earth's custom-made
organic dog food requires a larger location.
Owner and nutritionist Kathy Splawn says, "We've
tried \ i thli ng to stay on Pine Avenue, but it's just not
the space for what we need to do. And since keeping
\ I' thlin g on Anna Maria Island is important to us, we
feel lucky to have found the right space in the Holmes
By June 1, we hope to keep up with the increasing
volume of food orders, Splawn said. "It's an impor-
tant responsibility and an honor to be feeding so many
family dogs here and around the country. We are so
grateful for all the support we've received.
"We know for some it seems to be a long way from
Pine Avenue. But don't worry, we'll be make deliver-
ies," Splawn says.
Dogs For The Earth's 100 percent Organic Dehy-
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include human-grade ingredients and optimum nutri-
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Island residents and visitors praise the positive
changes they've seen in their canine friends after
making the change to Dogs For The Earth food and
Dogs For The Earth Wellness Center will offer a
complete line of holistic and natural products at the new
location, including flea and pest control, both for dogs
and their environment, dog shampoos, toys, beds, aro-
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natural eco-friendly and organic care for dogs.
Splawn adds, "Arts For The Earth will, of course,
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impressed with how their mix of proper nutrition has
eliminated eye stains typical of the Maltese breed."
Ziggy Coleman, a canine celebrity on Pine Avenue,
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Rhonda Grote, owner of Relish Cafe on Pine Avenue,
offers pet patrons DFTE food on the menu. She says,
L\ .il) dog gobbles it up, and dogs and their owners
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LJ Doodle of Canada goes thru 15 bags a week and
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on Anna Maria Sound to the entrance of the school on Gulf
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Mainsail attorney files petition for relief from Holmes Beach
By Mark Young
Attorney Robert Lincoln, representing the Mainsail
development group, filed a petition of relief April 18 with
the city of Holmes Beach.
The petition outlines the history of the Mainsail
development plans at 5325 Marina Drive, which origi-
nally included a restaurant, banquet room, meeting rooms,
40 lodging units and 75 boat slips.
The petition recalls prior resolutions and ordinances
that were passed to accommodate the development plan
prior to Mainsail's purchase of the property. The original
development, Tidemark Lodge, went into bankruptcy.
Such petitions are typically filed with the court, how-
ever, in this event, the action was sent directly to the city
and city commissioners.
Mayor Carmel Monti said April 22, "I am aware of
it, but have not had time to review it yet."
Prior to Mainsail purchasing the property, Lincoln
writes that city attorney Patricia Petruff was consulted to
confirm that the existing site plan Mainsail was inherit-
ing with the purchase was in compliance with city ordi-
"Petitioner purchased the property in reasonable
reliance on these legal and proper determinations by the
authorized city staff," Lincoln wrote. "Since purchasing
the property, petitioner has extended funds on dredging
the marina basin, installing boat lifts and constructing
or repairing sea walls, and also on developing revised
building plans that contemplate constructing buildings
on the existing foundations/piers as approved in the site
On March 26, Holmes Beach commissioners voted
3-2 to revoke the site plan based on significant changes
made to the original plan approved for Tidemark.
The city previously asked Mainsail to work with city
staff to update the plan and review the changes made,
while retaining the Tidemark site plan in order for the
that previously approved site plan to remain valid.
Mainsail presented its plan to the city, which was
then questioned and denied.
Among other issues, Commissioner Marvin Gross-
man singled out what he determined was a lack of
Mainsail developer Joe Collier returned in April to
ask the commission to rescind its revocation, but no such
action took place despite legal implications outlined by
Collier in a letter to the city following the commission's
March 26 vote to revoke.
Lincoln writes that the effect of that vote has left
Mainsail unable to obtain building permits to proceed
with work already authorized by the city.
The attorney claims more than $1 million has been
spent on foundations, design drawings and engineering
and the commission's vote "deprived petitioner of its
vested right to construct and then operate the onshore
lodging units, lodge and restaurant consistent with the
amended site plan and special exception."
Lincoln claims the city's action was taken without
authority from its own LDC.
"Enforcement of the LDC lies with the mayor and
building official, not the city commission," Lincoln
writes. "The enforcement mechanism for violations of
site plan conditions is reference to code enforcement, not
Lincoln accuses the commissioners of not following
procedures required by the LDC to amend the special
exception, saying special exceptions are approved by
resolution and can only be denied through a resolution.
"Any major modification to a special exception must
be through the same procedures that apply to the initial
approval of that special exception," he wrote. "Those
procedures require an application, complete staff review
and the adoption of another resolution."
Lincoln states that no such resolution was prepared
or approved by vote of the commission.
He concludes, "For these reasons, the action of the
city commission to revoke the site plan was unreasonable
and unfairly burdens" the Mainsail development group.
There was no response to phone calls from The
Islander to the attorney representing Mainsail.
Chickens get thumbs down in Bradenton Beach
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach commissioners briefly discussed at
an April 16 department head meeting the idea of passing
an ordinance similar to one in Holmes Beach to allow
chickens in residential neighborhoods.
The Holmes Beach ordinance passed in March -
allows up to four chickens, but comes with restrictions,
including the banning of roosters and distance require-
ments between coops and neighbors.
Vice Mayor Ed Straight raised the idea of Braden-
ton Beach following suit, saying his constituents have
expressed interest in having chickens at their homes.
The idea was met with some resistance.
A city ordinance now prohibits farm animals from
being raised within city limits, and Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse said there is a good reason for that.
Gatehouse said he believes the reason why various
types of bird flu originate from China is due to having
chickens in close proximity to so many people, although
there is no evidence to prove that theory.
I \ .Il)n'. handles them," he said. "I think it's a
health concern and would not be in favor of a proposal
to allow chickens here."
Commissioner Gay Breuler said Holmes Beach will
likely regret the decision.
"I think we should sit tight on a decision like that
one," she said. "I think you'll see that they will regret
Bradenton Beach commissioners also discussed the
potential for problems related to excessive noise in a resi-
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said a rental unit on
11th Street South has been the source of several com-
plaints from at least one resident.
"I think it's a bomb ready to go off with a terrible
noise problem," said Vosburgh. \ ly suggestion is to call
the owner," and start a dialog about the problem.
Police Chief Sam Speciale said the problem is that
not enough complaints have been made to police.
"There's only one person complaining," said Spe-
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one person has become something of a neighborhood
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paper trail to follow to consider serious enforcement."
Mayor John Shaughnessy said he's discussed the
issue with the complainant on two occasions and ques-
tioned why he doesn't call police more often.
"He says he's afraid to," said Shaughnessy. "He went
over there one time and he was intimidated."
Shaughnessy said when the resident does call police,
the noise lessens for a few days, but the problem renews
with a turnover of tenants.
Shaughnessy said the complainant has asked the city
to send a letter to the property owner but, "I don't see
how we can do that. If you don't call the police and leave
a paper trail, it's his word against whomever."
Special said he is familiar with the problem and will
call the property owner about the complaints.
Building official Steve Gilbert said Bradenton Beach
is more densely populated than the other two island cities
and, per density, has more rental units.
"But we have relatively few problem landlords," he
said. "Rather than spending money to create a registration
and writing up good neighbor rules, we should address
them on a one-on-one basis."
"We are very fortunate we don't have the same situ-
ation they have in other areas," said Shaughnessy.
By Mark Young
Despite some public outcry when Bradenton Beach
first began considering a cell tower at its public works
building, only one objection was noted during the city's
two public hearings to adopt an amended cellular com-
munications tower ordinance.
None came at the April 18 second public hearing and
the unanimous vote to adopt the ordinance was one of the
quickest actions of the meeting.
The most notable changes to the ordinance allows a
height of up to 195 feet and prohibits cell towers from
being built in a city park.
Changes to the ordinance became necessary after a
fallout between the city and the old ordinance's original
author, Lawrence "Rusty" Monroe, of Center for Munici-
Several issues arose during the cell tower discussions
relating to the ordinance. Ultimately, the city and Monroe
could not come to terms, so the city effectively repealed
and amended the ordinance.
In other matters, Mayor John Shaughnessy expressed
his disappointment over an incident following the April 4
city commission meeting in which city attorney Ricinda
Perry's vehicle was intentionally damaged.
"One of our office staff had their car keyed," he said.
"I'm appalled at it. I can't believe our citizens or staff
can come to a meeting and not feel safe. This was very
vindictive and very cowardly."
Shaughnessy said he has directed the Bradenton
Beach Police Department to investigate the matter and
prosecute the responsible individual.
"We are looking into it," he said. "I have thought
about putting a police officer in the parking lot for our
night meetings. I don't want to do that, but I will if it's
necessary. Right now we don't know who it is, but I hope
we find out."
During public comment, Bridge Street Merchants
vice president Adam Jenkins said he is organizing the
city's second annual Veterans Day ceremony for Nov.
The inaugural 2012 ceremony was successful, draw-
ing a large crowd. Jenkins had a military flyover shortly
after the ceremony that featured a cargo plane carrying
troops home from Iraq.
He hopes to have another flyover for this year's cer-
"I still have several hoops to jump through as far
as the flyover," he said. "Right now, I'm just asking for
support from Bradenton Beach."
Commissioners offered that support and praised Jen-
kins for organizing the Veterans Day event.
Jo Ann Meilner spoke against the city's intention to
proceed with building a dune across from city hall as part
of a joint development agreement with the BeachHouse
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Meilner read an email dated Nov. 13, 2012, from
Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hun-
sicker to Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore
regarding the installation of dunes.
"We recommend against and do not want to construct
new dunes per se, preferring instead to let plants and sand
fences do the work," Hunsicker wrote.
The email stated dunes that build up naturally have
substantially fewer problems than constructed dunes as
far as wind erosion, which "generally made a mess of
The dune is just one part of the plan that also will
provide additional parking to the restaurant. However,
that part of the project remains in litigation after three
Bradenton Beach residents sued the city to nullify the
Under old business, Shaughnessy presented a draft of
the city's amended noise ordinance for public review.
The commission took no action but to present the
draft to the public. Shaughnessy said the ordinance is
still in the "process of fine tuning."
Three bids made for
AM cell tower
By Rick Catlin
Three companies submitted proposals to build a
cell tower for the city in Anna Maria. City commis-
sioners at their Feb. 14 meeting told building official
Bob Welch to issue the request for proposals.
The companies are F&L Towers, Vertex and
Ridan Industries of Longboat Key.
Welch said the bids will remain sealed until May
15 in accordance with state statute. After that date the
public may view the bids.
Meanwhile, Mayor SueLynn will appoint a com-
mittee to review and grade the bids. She plans to pro-
vide a committee list to the commission for approval
at its April 28 meeting.
The committee will return the bids in order of
preference to the mayor, who will present them to
the commission for approval of one proposal or, if
necessary, denial of all three.
Welch said there is no timetable to award the
The commission already has established that any
cell tower in the city will be on public property, but
has not approved a location. Some commissioners
have indicated they prefer the tower be built at city
hall, but no motion has been made for a vote.
Welch said a location will be discussed by the
commission if it accepts a proposal.
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By Rick Catlin
Chamber event planned
on Pine Avenue
Island Real Estate, 419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will
be host to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
monthly members' business card exchange 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27.
Cost of the event is $5. A cash bar will be available
and a number of prizes will be awarded in a random
drawing of business cards.
Members are encouraged to bring guests and potential
members are also welcome. Reservations are requested.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
Island wedding festival
has vendor openings
Only a few openings remain for vendors in the sixth
annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wed-
ding Festival Sunday, May 5, said chamber vice president
She said many categories of vendors are filled up,
but a few such as catering services, entertainment and
florists have one or two openings.
Registration for festival attendees is 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, and at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at the
chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Registration also can be done online at www.anna-
The festival is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brides and grooms can use personal vehicles to visit
venues, ride the fare-free island trolley or take the shuttle
bus provided by the chamber.
The finale will be a beachfront wedding party at the
Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, and
a grand-prize drawing winner will be announced there.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
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Adult sports takeover spring season at community center
By Kevin Cassidy
Adult spring soccer and basketball are in a third week
of games and both leagues appear to have parity only
one team is unbeaten in basketball while three teams are
sitting perfect in soccer.
The Sun sits atop the basketball league with a 2-0
record, while Southern Green, Duncan Real Estate,
Bowes Imaging Center and Island Real Estate all sport
1-1 records. Gator Man Pools is still searching for its first
Bowes Imaging won its first game, defeating South-
ern Green 60-46 to open spring basketball action April
16. Brandon Kern's 22 points and 18 points from Matt
Ray paced Bowes in the victory.
Jordan Demers scored 25 points and Jonathan Moss
added 11 points to lead Southern Green in the loss.
Sun defeated Duncan 58-42 in the second game of
the evening behind 26 points from Andrew Terman and
13 points from Sean Hubbard.
Evan Wolf led Duncan with 21 points, while Philip
Slack added 10 points in the loss.
The final game of the evening wound up with Island
Real Estate defeating Gator Man Pools 42-31. Dylan
Bower scored 15 points to lead IRE, which also received
12 points from Teagon Purtill in the victory.
Gator Man Pools was led by Aaron Duduke's 17
points and 8 points from Joe Combs in the loss.
The adult coed soccer league has Island Pest Control
on top of the early standings with a 2-0 record, but 1st
USA Plumbing and Sato Real Estate are right behind
IPC with 1-0-1 records. Wash Family Construction,
Slim's Place and Beach to Bay Construction all sport
1-1 records, while Discount Signs and Wraps and Pink &
Navy Boutique are searching for an inaugural victory.
Sato Real Estate rolled past Slim's Place 4-0 to open
the April 18 action. Josh Petit scored two goals, while
Lexi Braxton and Paul Heyward each added one goal.
Jason Sato earned the shutout with eight saves in goal.
Beach to Bay Construction edged Discount Signs
and Wraps 3-2 in the second game of the evening behind
a goal each from Julius Gomes, Brent Moss and Blair
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Paulo Fonseca and Kim Christianson each scored a
goal to lead Discount Signs and Wraps, which received
12 saves from goalie Troy Shonk in the loss.
Rico Beissert notched three goals and Matt Kretz-
man added two goals to lead 1st USA Plumbing to a 5-2
victory over Pink & Navy in the third game.
Matt Plummer and Anthony Rausulo scored a goal
each to lead Pink & Navy Boutique in the loss.
Island Pest Control remained on top of the standings
with a 4-1 victory over Wash Family Construction in the
final game of the night. Lindsey Weaver scored two goals
to lead Island Pest, which also received goals from Sean
Sanders and Danny Anderson in the victory.
Scott Hertrick notched the lone goal for Wash in the
Another record run
Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former
islander Mickey Hooke took second place overall in the
fourth annual Shark Tooth 10K at the 21st annual Venice
Shark Tooth Festival April 13 in Venice. Hooke's time of
38:19 over the 6.2 mile course earned him first place and
a 2013 RRCA Florida Master 10K state championship
and a new grandmasters division record for the course.
The masters win was Hooke's 18th championship
Two teams emerged from pool play in the April 20
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Grossman cruised to a
22-11 victory over George McKay and Karl Thomas to
earn bi.n-iniw rights for the day.
Five teams advanced to the knockout round during
April 17 horseshoe action. Tom Skoloda and Hank
Huyghe rolled past Herb Puryear and Adin Shank by
a 21-7 score in the first playoff game. John Crawford
and Ron Pepka edged Rod Bussey and Josh Slagh in the
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the finals, Crawford-Pepka threw an easy 21-8 victory
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
Key Royale golf news
The men took over the Key Royale Club golf course
April 17 for their annual Spring Stag Day tournament.
Eighty-two men participated in the event, which included
morning and afternoon nine-hole golf matches and a vari-
ety of contests.
Low gross winner for the day was Mark Mixon,
who carded a 1-over-par 33, while low-net winner was
shared by Dan Hayes and Dennis Schavey, both finishing
at 5-under-par 27.
John Estok, Joe Scholz, Dennis Schavey and Greg
Shorten won the team low-net competition with a 7-under
The members teamed up for a two-best-balls-of-
group match April 19. The winning team of Nell Berg-
strom, Bob Dickinson and Earl Huntzinger combined on
a 14-under-par 50. Second place went to the team of Jim
Dunne, Sue Little and Rose Slomba with a 1-over 65.
The team of Al Dicostanza, Jon Holcomb, Hoyt
Miller and Ken Rickett combined on a 4-under-par 28
in a nine-hole scramble April 18.
The Key Royale women took over the links for a
nine-hole, low-net-in-flight match April 16. Marlyn Thor-
ton needed only 12 putts to card a 4-under-par 28 and
take first place in Flight A by one shot over PamAlvord.
Beatrice Friebe took third place with a 2-under-par 30.
Penny Williams torched the course with a 6-under-
par 26 to take first place in Flight B. Joyce Brown and
Ginny Upshaw both carded 4-under-par 28s to finish in
a tie for second place.
Barb Lindewall's 7-under-par 24 was the low round
of the day and gave her first place in Flight C. Kathy
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Anglers see springtime fishing heat up as temps rise
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is start-
ing to fall into its normal springtime pattern. With water
temps moving into the upper 70s, the variety of species
inhabiting the flats are getting motivated to feed on what-
ever crosses their path.
Live shiners are the best offering although small
pinfish work well, especially if you're in search of big
For artificial, try a Rapala Skitterwalk over shallow
grassflats just before sunrise for some explosive action
on the trio of flatsfish, snook, redfish or spotted seatrout.
Better results will occur by wading to the fish.
On nearshore structure, Spanish mackerel, jack cre-
valle and kingfish are attacking schooling baitfish. Don't
forget to keep your eyes open for meandering cobia, too.
Sharks are making a showing in Tampa Bay and
the inland waters. Blacktip, bull, nurse and bonnethead
sharks are patrolling deeper edges of grass flats in search
Ilan and mom Yelena Adichithara of Chi,. g., show
off a bonnethead shark Ilan caught from a dock on
his sixth birthday. He was visiting friends in Holmes
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of a tasty treat. A lot of times you can sight cast to these
fish, which can really get your blood pumping. Try cut
mackerel or ladyfish for larger sharks. For the bonnet-
heads, fresh cut shrimp or a shiner will suffice.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumOTime charters reports
"action-packed days on the water." The inshore scene has
exploded with catch-and-release snook, spotted seatrout
and redfish feeding heavily on the massive bait schools
that have moved into Tampa Bay.
Howard says pilchards finally moved onto the flats
making for some easy bait gathering. He suggests chum-
ming for at least 10 minutes before th1ii\\ ing your cast
net to draw the shiners to the chum and ball up behind
your boat. "Look for diving pelicans to show where the
bait is on the flats," he adds.
Catch-and-release snook have been feeding heavily
on shiners on Howard's recent charters. They have been
making their transition from their wintertime haunts and
are moving onto the flats and into potholes and mangroves.
On charters this past week, all of Howard's clients landed
at least one keeper-sized fish, although, after pictures, the
big bruisers were released to fight another day.
Spotted seatrout have been exceptional, with many fish
landed and plenty of gator trout coming to the dinner party.
Howard is using a popping cork rigged with a 1/0 circle
hook to keep the bait suspended just above the weeds. Get-
ting the bobber to gurgle and flash can entice the predators
to inhale the bait, he says. Getting enough meat for a nice
family meal has been easy this past week.
Redfish have been active around the potholes and
oyster bars. Chumming with shiners can fire up the bite
and expose the redfish. Slot-sized fish are all over the
flats and are exceptional fighters. Look for the schools
of mullet traveling in the shallows to give you an idea of
where to fish for these rose-colored bruisers.
Looking forward, Howard predicts the fishing will
stay hot as the water temperature rises and the full moon
approaches. He suggests following the tide up into the
bushes. As a side note, Howard saw his first tarpon of the
season near the Intracoastal Waterway, cruising in 2 feet
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is still seeing
some sheepies and flounder being caught. Most species
are being caught on live shrimp. Keeper-sizes are being
caught but expect to catch a lot of under-sized fish before
getting a keeper.
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Spanish mackerel are showing at the R&R during
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dance so these fish are passing by on their way into the
bay. White speck rigs are catching the most macks.
Also on the same speck rigs, expect to catch a stray
pompano now and again. Malfese says he's seeing pier
fishers reel up a few a day.
Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
of good action occurring along the beaches of Anna Maria
Island. "As long as you can find the bait," says Mattay,
"you can find the fish.
Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle are cor-
ralling bait schools along the sandbar. Mattay suggests
Gotcha plugs, white jigs or silver spoons to get in on the
Shark also are making a showing along the beaches,
according to Mattay. Fresh-cut mackerel or ladyfish are
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AMICC Youth Basketball League schedule
Date Time Opponents
Division II (ages 8-10)
April 24 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Manatee Cancer Center
April 25 6 p.m. Manatee Cancer Center vs. Beach Bistro
April 25 7 p.m. Beach Bistro vs. Beach Bums
April 27 11 a.m. Manatee Cancer Center vs. Bistro
Division I (ages 11-13)
April 26 6 p.m. Ross Built vs. Walter & Assoc.
April 26 7 p.m. Southern Green vs. Sand Dollar
April 27 noon Sand Dollar vs. Ross Built
April 27 1 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Duncan RE
April 29 6 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Duncan RE
April 29 7 p.m. Ross Built vs. Southern Green
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
April 25 8 p.m. Heritage Paper vs. The Feast
April 26 8 p.m. The Feast vs. Walter & Assoc.
April 29 8 p.m. The Feast vs. Eat Here
April 30 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. Heritage Paper
AMICC youth baseball schedule
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
April 26 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy
Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)
April 26 7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels
SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
Porter was five shots back in second place, while Jan
Jump was alone in third place with a 1-under-par 31.
Marcia O'Brien fired a 7-under-par 25 to take first
place in Flight D by three shots over second-place finisher
Erma McMullin. Shirley Cessna finished with a 2-under-
par 30 in third-place.
Neil Hammer and Chet Hutton both carded 5-under-
par 27s to finish in a tie for first place during a nine-hole,
individual-low-net golf match April 15. One shot back and
tied for second were Arch Fowler and Dennis Schavey.
Later the same day, the men played a nine-hole,
modified Stableford or quota points match. Dan Haze-
wski, Dale Hudson, Rich Papini and Charlie Porter each
finished with plus-4 to tie for first place. Hudson also
helped the team of Al Dicostanza, Merritt Fineout and
Larry Solberg to a score of plus-6 and first place in the
The Brown family
of Atlanta show off
success on the water.
Tim Brown, left,
Kendall, 9, Ellen
and Josie, 11, show
off their catches of
redfish resulting from
a recent charter with
Capt. Mark Howard
of SumOTime char-
ters. Howard reports
Josie earned the
"lgli hook"for the
most reds and snook
on the day.
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catching small blacktip, bonnethead and sand sharks. If
you need a shark leader, Mattay can hook you up. He says
to also expect to catch shark from the piers on the north
end of the island.
In the backwater, Mattay is hearing of good action
on catch-and-release snook, redfish and trout. Live shin-
ers are the top producers to get hooked up, although live
shrimp will suffice. For artificial, Mattay suggests work-
ing early in the morning with topwater plugs to catch all
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
fishing nearshore structure just off Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key. By fishing with live shiners for bait,
Gross' clients are reeling in schoolie kings up to 30 inches
in length, although they may need to weed through the
abundance of sharks patrolling the reefs. Blacktip sharks
up to 6 feet in length are scarfing up the bait or any hooked
fish they can find.
Also on the reefs, Gross is catching mangrove snap-
per and plenty of Key West grunts. Most snapper being
reeled up are in the 12- to 16-inch range, he says.
In the backcountry, Gross is targeting the usual trio.
He's using live shiners, either free-lined or under a pop-
ping cork, to get a bite. According to Gross, the redfish
and catch-and-release snook are cooperating during the
moving tides. For the trout, Gross is chumming with live
shiners to get the fish in the feeding mood.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure for
migratory species, such as king and Spanish mackerel,
as well as bonito, jack crevalle and shark. To catch the
macks and jacks, Girle is baiting with live shiners. By
chumming with shiners, he creates a feeding frenzy of
fish around the boat, allowing clients to cast a bait and
hook up within seconds. Kings in the 10- to 15-pound
range are the norm this past week. As for the sharks,
expect to see blacktip and bull sharks in the 100- to 150-
Girle is encountering cobia at the reefs, a reminder to
always having a rod ready to cast when one is spotted.
Inshore, Girle is fishing Sarasota Bay for reds, using
either fresh-cut ladyfish or live shiners for bait. For trout,
Girle likes using artificial, including soft plastics com-
bined with a jighead or topwater plug. As for the catch-
and-release snook, he says nothing beats a live shiner cast
at their nose.
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theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade
and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts,
artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African
handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegift-
BIG DON'S GOLF Carts is under new ownership.
We offer service, repairs, maintenance and cus-
tomization for reasonable prices. We will pick up
and deliver your cart and some repairs can even
be done at your residence. We sell accessories
and also have used carts for sale. Please call or
stop by Big Don's Golf Carts at 222 41st Ave. E.,
Bradenton, FL, 34208. 941-748-3667.
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.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boat-
ers. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels to give to children.
Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
WATERFRONT ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2
p.m. Friday, April 26. 280 North Shore Road,
north end of Longboat Key. Tommy Bahama
dining set, sofa, love seat, Pamela Gladding full
set of china, rattan chairs, tropical decorative
accessories, male and female good bikes, Robb
and Stuckey patio set, second patio set, nice area
rugs, HP computer, dinette, love seat, sofa bed,
media center, standing and table lamps, bench,
mirrors, Weber gas grill, Adirondack chairs, pic-
tures, lamps, lines, and kitchenware. Sale by
Julie McClure. Pictures: estatesales.net and
FLORIDA DREAMS REALTY
5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,FL 34217
Check out our online vacation rental
catalog on Anna Maria Island and
at Heron's Watch, Bradenton.
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French and Hungarian
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sands Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
778.1345 Hauling tree trimming
778-3Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
S\Kitchens Bath Design Service
S, Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining
A-Z Power Washing Inc.
Driveways Sidewalks Decks Storefronts
Commercial Residential Reasonable Rates
LICENSED & INSURED CALL FOR A FREE ESTIMATE
Joe Altman: 941-545-3286
315 58th St
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Sat-
urday. Donations accepted on Wednesdays only,
9 a.m.-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-
STEFF'S 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
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
Bunk beds, king, full, twin beds, dressers, sofas,
dining. 901 N. Shore Drive. Anna Maria.
LOST: WOMAN'S GOLD bracelet: Hurricane
Hanks or on northbound trolley, Pine Ave and
Hammock Road, Anna Maria. 416-509-7827.
FOUND RING: MARCH 30 at the county beach.
To claim: Holmes Beach Police Department, 941-
708-5800, ext. 240.
LOST: SWEATSHIRT NAVY blue zippered, Penn
State logo. Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-730-
LOST CAT: MALE, white, beige, some striping.
Declawed. Reward! 700 block of Jacaranda,
Anna Maria. Ted, 941-704-4853.
LOST PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES at Hur-
ricane Hank's April 18. Please, call 508-308-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kit-
tens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
MERCURY CAPRI: 1991 two-door convertible.
Runs great. $4,500 or best offer. 269-720-7124.
BOATS & BOATING
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for
fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in
really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone
who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mer-
cury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery.
Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
PART OR FULL-time customer service rep for
real estate office. Experience with Microsoft
Word, Internet, marketing, social media. Call AMI
Beaches Real Estate, 941-779-9096.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy,
reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own
NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-
AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Eve-
nings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, cur-
rently enrolled in child development courses,
honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI
or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: LIGHT duties around
home, appointments, hygiene care, experience
in all phases. References. Call between 8 a.m.- 5
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commer-
cial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn
services, also. 941-565-3935.
CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and
resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-
PROFESSIONAL CLEANER FOR hire: Reliable,
trustworthy and honest with reasonable non-
hourly rate. 813-295-5000 please leave mes-
HEADING NORTH? HOME watch services while
you are away! Local, trust-worthy professional.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANER FOR hire: Reliable,
trustworthy and honest with reasonable non-
hourly rate. 813-295-5000 please, leave mes-
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup,
system upgrade. Hardware, software and net-
work repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-
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JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic clean-
ing products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing taking 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.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in
old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free
estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
wood flooring. Insured and licensed, 941-748-
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTH BAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo,
office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom
prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors
for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum,
steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates.
941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable,
timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-
CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free
estimates and plans. New houses, porches,
decks and renovations. Fair prices. Call 1-617-
941-795-1947, or cell, 941-462-2792.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
1 BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo,
heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month,
$1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch,
near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holln-.1, : I "p' i Sat .
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-
June. 407-927-1304. firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811
Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 500 sf. next
to Jose's Real Cuban Food, 8799 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206.
SANDPIPER: 55-PLUS: Steps to beaches,
2BR/1 BA furnished, carport, patio, no smoking.
$675/month and security. 941-545-8923.
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.
PRIVATE ROOM FOR one! North Longboat Key,
washer and dryer, utilities included, $130/weekly.
ANNUAL RENTAL PERICO Island: 2BR/2BA
condo 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den,
pool access, exercise room, carport, and small
storage. $1,100/month, small pet OK. First, last.
security. Water and cable included. Gulf-Bay
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental: 2BR1 BA ground
level, quiet, short walk to beaches and shops.
Modern. $1,000/month plus utilities. Call 410-
BIMINI BAY Water on both sides of this huge and unique
duplex with 2,742 sf under air. A must see! $910,000.
BAYi-KH N I u i O iut tlBK/ZBA witn renovated kitchen
and baths. Charming ground-level home on a large corner
lot with mature trees. Only three blocks to the beach.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Ground-level 2BR/2BA
home located directly on the beach at the north end.
Detached garage. Tons of potential. $1,695,000.
GREAT VIEW OF THE BEACH from this Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA condo. Direct access to Gulf beach only 100 feet
from your door. $399,000.
Norman 3101 GULF DR
RealtyINC HOLMES BEACH
SEASON 2013-14 2BR/2BA. Westbay Point
condo. Best water views on point. 847-530-
2BR WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE with boat
slip. Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer
and dryer. No pets. Six months plus. $950/month,
furnished, $1,050/month, unfurnished. Call 941-
ISLAND COUPLE SEEKING 3BR/2BR or
2BR/2BA with garage or storage. 941-718-
ANNUAL RENTAL: NORTHWEST Bradenton:
3BR/2BA private home with a heated pool and
fenced backyard. Tile and carpet, granite coun-
ter tops, two-car garage, covered patio, lake
views, washer/dryer hookups. Lawn care and
pool care provided. Small dog considered. Close
to Robinson Preserve. First, last, security. Gulf-
Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
More ads = more readers in The Islander.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach
2BR/1 BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views.
$395,000, by owner. 941-779-0101.
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close to
the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No
WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn
at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Block home,
2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning
fireplace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000.
Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Real-
tor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to schedule
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,
FLAMINGO CAY IN Waterbird Way. On canal
with boat and lift. One level, 2BR/2BA, pool
access, remodeled, furnished. $210,000. 573-
CASH BUYER: COUPLE from Germany is looking
for 3-4BR house with pool on the canal. Please
call our agent, Helmer, at 941-592-8853.
S Starting in the high $100s. From
KELLER Manatee Ave W., turn south on 67th St
WILIAMS, W. Only 4 traffic lights to Gulf Beaches.
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Alexis LeRoy, Realtor, email@example.com
office: 941-761-0444, cell:941.757.7040
r RV Lots and
Purchase vacant co-op lot for $50,000 and
receive a $25,000 cash rebate. Call for details!
Newly Remodeled, Heated Pool & Spa
* Lighted Shuffle Board Courts Spacious Auditorium
Yacht Club Marina Fitness Center
Pet Friendly Close to Emerson Point Preserve
Call for lot/home-site availability and rebate info:
937-499-3000 1503 28th Ave. W., Palmetto
SUMMER SANDS TERRA CEIA BAY
Full Gulf view 2BR/2BA Live on the water for a fraction
turn-key furnished condo. of price on the island. 2BR/2BA
$499,000. Call Nicole views of the Skyway and sunsets.
Skaggs, Broker. 941-773- $137,900 Call Jeff Petitt, Realtor,
CANALFRONT WIPOOL BIMINI BAY GEM
3BR/2BA bungalow. Central 117 feet of panoramic views
island location. Tons of charm, from this 3BR/2.5BA island
$649,000 Call Nicole Skaggs, home. $1,100,000. Call Jeff
Broker 941-773-3966 Petitt, Realtor 941-773-2528
RARE DEEP-WATER CANAL LOT SHORE ACRES
Walk to the beach. $525,000 2-3BR/2.5BA pool home,
Call Lori Guerin, 941-773- close to the River. $179,900.
3415 orCarmen Pedota, 941- Call Lori Guerin, Realtor.
284-2598 Realtors. 941-773-3415.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
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or a hint to the
starts of 3-, 5-, 10-
14-, 26-, 64- and
60 Good laughs
61 Points on a bus
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