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BB locks out Rotten
Ralph's. Page 2

Waterfront proposes
change to AM liquor
law. Page 3

Bridge Street night
market approved.
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AM cell tower look-
ing up, bids opened.
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Community announce-
ments, events. Pages

What to do, where to
go. Page 12
Island police blotter.
Page 15

Chief announces
changes at HBPD.
Page 19

Island Biz

Page 20

Sports: Soccer teams
jockey for playoffs.
Page 22

S h@el
On the calendar -
last day of class June
7 and menu.
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Look online at www.
islander.org for The
Islander readers' poll.

AMIP Snooks Adams Kid's Day: Race to summer
Kids take off in the sack race at the 59th annual Snooks Adams Kids Day, hosted by the fun-loving Anna Maria Island Privateers May 17
at Anna Maria's Bayfront Park. The event included free sodas, hot dogs and pizza for kids and plenty of games, beads and pirate tales. The
annual event began in 1954, when the late Holmes Beach Police Chief Snooks Adams carried kids in his Jeep to Coquina Beach to celebrate
the end of the school year. The Privateers took up sponsorship in the 1980s, while Adams continued to raise funds and make appearances at the
event. It grew to accommodate hundreds of kids seeking summer fun. More kids and Privateers, page 11. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

The owners of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 2818 Ave. E., Holmes Beach, have been cited by Holmes
Beach for building a treehouse outside the setbacks and for destroying a dune. Islander

Photo: Rick Catlin
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Richard Hazen and Linda Tran, owners of
Angelinos Sea Lodge, 2818 Ave. E., Holmes
Beach, have been cited by the city for violat-
ing the setback and removal of sea dunes with
the construction of a treehouse, according to
code enforcement officer David Forbes.
Forbes said the citations came from build-
ing official Tom O'Brien, who inspected the
property and provided Forbes the list of viola-
Additionally, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection claims the owners
may have built the treehouse seaward of the
coastal construction control line without a
DEP permit.

The DEP required the treehouse owners
obtain a letter of no objection from the city,
and the city notified the owners that in order
to obtain such a letter, they would first need to
provide engineering and a site plan for review.
Tran and Hazen have retained attorney
David Levin with the law firm of Icard, Mer-
rill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., of
Sarasota, to help with the DEP permit. She said
the DEP only requires a letter that the treehouse
is not within the city's setback limit and it will
provide an after-the-fact permit.
Tran and Hazen have been at odds with the
city since November 2011, when the city issued
them a citation for building the treehouse with-
out a permit.

Speed-painter Brian usten of Denver works
his Art in Action theme for guests of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center gala May 18.
His four paintings sold for a total of $16,000
at the event. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

2 0 MAY 22, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

BB terminates Rotten Ralph's pier lease, locks out restaurateur

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
In a May 17 special meeting, Bradenton Beach com-
missioners unanimously voted to terminate the lease of
Historic Bridge Street Pier concessionaire Dave Russell,
operator of Rotten Ralph's Restaurant on the pier for the
past five years.
Commissioners had granted a 30-day extension of
the termination April 18 in order to give Russell time
to come into compliance with his lease obligations after
falling behind in his rent payments dating back to June
The amount owed to the city varied over the past two
months as city officials and their attorney calculated back
HB code officer resigns
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Dave Forbes
has submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Carmel
Monti effective May 31.
Forbes said his resignation was "to relocate to Ohio
to assist in the caretaking of family members."
He added that he would "forever appreciate the
opportunity I have had to play an instrumental role in
providing the citizens of Holmes Beach a higher quality
of life."
Other Holmes Beach staff who have resigned since
Monti was elected in November 2012 include Police
Chief Jay Romine, superintendent of public works Joe
Duennes and HBPD interim Chief Dale Stephenson.

rent, late fees and maintenance fees.
The city first announced the debt in March, saying
Russell owed the city about $56,000. As more calcula-
tions were considered, city attorney Ricinda Perry said
in April that the debt was closer to $250,000.
Russell said he had been negotiating with city staff
in good faith to turn some restaurant equipment over
to the city but, in spite of the fact he cleared up liens
as requested, the city attorney denied the arrangement,
saying it was only discussed, never finalized.
Russell disputed the amount owed when Perry
announced her calculations, including late fees and other
charges, and hired an attorney, who offered the city sev-
eral options to end the dispute. Russell believed his debt
was $65,000 and agreed to pay that amount in exchange
for a new lease allowing Rotten Ralph's to remain on the
pier for the next 15 years.
He also offered the city $15,000 and would amicably
walk away from the lease.
Commissioners discussed the various options and
decided something is better than nothing, fearing Russell
could reserve the right to file bankruptcy, leaving the city
with nothing.
The two sides agreed upon the $15,000 payment with
a stipulation that Russell pays all utilities and a $14,000
Waste Pro bill.
Perry said Russell had until May 20 to pay his obliga-
tions to the city, utility companies and Waste Pro.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh asked what would

happen if the deadline expired without payment.
"We would have to sue him," said Perry. "But I want
to be clear that if we have to go after him, we will pursue
the full $250,000, not the $15,000."
As of Islander press time, the financial obligations
outlined in the agreement had not yet been met.
Police Chief Sam Speciale asked for a consensus to
change the locks on the restaurant and received it.
City staff and Mayor John Shaughnessy were
expected to conduct a final walk-through of the facility
May 20, after The Islander went to press.

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Rotten Ralph's Restaurant on the Bradenton Beach
Historic Bridge Street Pier closed its doors May 17
after negotiations to settle back rent and an equipment
trade with the city failed. Islander File Photo

Island convenience store employee charged with grand theft

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach police allege that a 54-year-old
Holmes Beach man stole more than $5,000 while working
as a cashier for Jessie's Island BP, 5424 Marina Drive.
James Driscoll is alleged to have stolen the money
over a three-month period dating back to Feb. 1.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Driscoll
rang up customers for their merchandise, but hit the "no
sale" button at the end of the transaction.

* Police say this allowed the transac-
tion to be canceled, but still opened the
cash register. The report states Driscoll
would charge the customers, cancel the
transaction and keep the money.
An internal audit of the business
Driscoll revealed a total loss of $5,684 had been
taken Feb. 1-May 1.
Driscoll allegedly told police he owed $5,000 to
a bookie for a gambling debt. According to the report,

the storeowner gave Driscoll three days to pay back the
However, Driscoll did not show up or return calls to
the owner and Driscoll was arrested at his home May 15
for felony grand theft.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and
posted $1,500 bond later that day and was released.
Driscoll is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday,
June 7, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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Lawyers, liquor and LAR discussions expected at AM meet

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria, plans to propose a new liquor ordinance at the city
commission's May 23 meeting.
Jason Suzor, owner of the Waterfront, emailed a
number of customers asking they attend the May 23 meet-
ing to hear his proposal.
In his email, Suzor said customers at the Waterfront
have expressed that they want cocktails with dinner,
"martinis and margaritas," but a city ordinance restricts
restaurants to serving beer and wine based on maintaining
60 percent of gross revenues from food sales. Restau-
rants in the city with a full-service bar were grandfathered
when the ordinance was adopted many years ago.
Suzor would like to see the ordinance amended to
conform to state guidelines, which requires a minimum
of 60 percent food sales for a full-service liquor bar.
He will propose to commissioners that they amend
the code to allow any restaurant that has been serving
beer and wine for a minimum of five years and shows
responsibility in serving alcohol to be allowed a full-
service bar, subject to specific hours of operation 10
a.m. to midnight and obtaining a state liquor license.
Suzor, who has owned the restaurant since 2002, said
the Waterfront and other local restaurants that have dem-
onstrated responsibility in serving beer and wine should
be given the opportunity to serve cocktails.
The meeting also is likely to bring out lawyers, said
Mayor SueLynn. The commission is holding the final
public hearing on a living-area ratio ordinance that limits
the size of new homes and further reduces the amount
of building coverage on the second-floor of living area
based on a percentage of lot size.
SueLynn said city attorney Jim Dye is confident the
LAR ordinance does not violate the 1995 Bert Harris
Jr. property rights act passed by the Florida Legislature.
Still, she's heard some property owners may challenge
the ordinance.
The Florida statute essentially provides that the city
cannot pass a law that lowers the value of a property. If
it does, the two sides must attempt to mediate a settle-

cent total for a second floor of living space.
Property owners who demonstrated substantial finan-
cial investment in building a new home when the building
moratorium was enacted by the commission in March
were allowed to build under the old ordinance. Those
properties include the 11 home sites at the former Villa
Rosa property, now known as Bimini Cove, on South Bay
The ordinance was formed to halt the proliferation
of "box-like" homes in the city and prevent the "canyon
effect" of such homes, as found on Pine Avenue, where
the former Island Marine was located, the mayor said.
Commissioners discussed the ordinance for almost
five months before agreeing on a LAR that received a
majority vote of commissioners.
The commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May
23, at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.


The owner of the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria, plans to ask city commissioners to
consider an amendment to the liquor ordinance allow-
ing "responsible restaurants" to sell cocktails. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

ment. If no settlement is possible, the property owner can
proceed to sue the city.
City attorney Jim Dye has said courts do not assume
property values will always rise in Florida if a new home
is built on a lot. Therefore, there is no expectation a new
home will increase in value, and the city's LAR ordinance
is not "a taking" of value from a property owner.
Anna Maria's LAR ordinance is based on lot size. A
lot that is 5,000-15,000 square feet can have 40 percent
for first- floor living space, and 33 percent of the 40 per-

Jason Suzor, rear left, Waterfront Kestaurant owner,
manager Bill Hard, and two wine servers greet guests
at the restaurant's Thursday spring-summer wine tast-
ings, which started up again May 16. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy


2 counties to split costs of sought-after rowing championship

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County Tourism Development Council
at its May 15 meeting recommended that the county com-
mission approve an agreement with Sarasota County to
split the cost of hosting the 2017 World Rowing Cham-
pionships even though the host country and site for
the contest hasn't yet been announced.

Click It or Ticket campaign

comes with Memorial Day
Local law enforcement over Memorial Day
weekend will conduct a Click It or Ticket campaign
to promote awareness of seatbelt use and enforce
seatbelt laws.
"Click It or Ticket's two-pronged approach
enforcement plus awareness has made it the
most successful safety belt campaign to date," read
a statement from the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment. "Safety belt use in Florida has continued to
increase in the state since the campaign was first
introduced. But Click It or Ticket's work is not done.
Far too many Floridians still do not buckle up and
each year that translates into unnecessary fatali-
During the enforcement wave, state and local
law enforcement officers throughout the state will
show "zero tolerance for motorists who fail to use
their safety belts," the HBPD statement said.
HBPD also said, "Not wearing a safety belt is a
primary traffic violation meaning if you are stopped,
you will likely receive a ticket."

Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitor's Bureau executive director
Elliott Falcione made the presenta-
tion for approval at what was a spe-
cial TDC meeting, the only meeting
until August.
Falcione said the county com-
Falcione mission chair must sign a financial
statement guaranteeing the county
will pay 50 percent of any cost overruns. The estimated
budget to host the International Rowing Federation
championships is $6.5 million, or $3.25 million from
each county.
Falcione said most, if not all the budget expendi-
tures, would be paid by private or outside sources, not
local government funds. But the FISA needs a financial
commitment to cover the championships in the event
there is not enough revenue raised to host the event.
A similar document must be signed by the Sarasota
County Commission, Falcione said, and the chair of both
commissions must sign the financial agreement that is
presented with the two-county bid for the champion-
Falcione said if Manatee County has a cost overrun,
the funds would come from the resort tax revenue.
The TDC unanimously approved the motion.
Falcione said Bulgaria also is bidding to host the
2017 championships.
The World Cup of Rowing will bring about 10,000
athletes, trainers and team officials, along with the people
who would come from participating countries to watch
the events, Falcione said. He estimated the direct eco-
nomic spending impact of just the participants would be
minimum $13 million.
The two-county bid must be at FISA headquarters


Tran said she thought that issue was settled.
N\ %, all we can do is address each issue one at a
time. I have not received a notice of a code board meet-
ing, however," she said.
When she does, she'll pass that on to Levin. Tran said
the situation is confusing, and she was unsure if Levin
would represent them at the code board meeting.
"We just want to keep the treehouse and do the right
thing. We are a small mom-and-pop resort and I just want
to go back to living peacefully on the beach in Holmes
Beach," she said by phone while she traveled with her
But Angelinos and the treehouse are no longer a
small story of a code violation.

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ABOVE: The beach fronting the
treehouse at Angelinos Sea Lodge
in Holmes Beach includes a large
swath of sea oats and a dune in
January 2012. Islander File Photo

RIGHT: A January 2013 photo
of the treehouse, also taken from
the beach, shows posts, a rope
border and a new landscaped
area of plants where the dune and
sea oats formerly were pictured.
Islander File Photo.

Bay area media, including television and cable net-
works, have picked up the story, which has helped draw
attention from around the world.
A television station in Australia contacted The
Islander asking how to reach Tran and Hazen for an
interview on a morning show.
Tran said the station reached her and she did a phone
interview, and a European television station also has been
trying to reach her for an interview.
Originally from Romania, Tran lived in Russia before
moving to the United States. She said she wouldn't be
surprised to hear from Russian and Romanian television
"I guess I can no longer be just the owner of a small
mom-and-pop resort," Tran said.
A hearing on the treehouse before the city code
enforcement board is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m.
Thursday, June 20, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive.
At Holmes Beach City Hall, staff members said the
code board hearing is tentative due to a board vacancy.
The seat must be filled by the mayor prior to June 20 to
ensure a quorum or the hearing would be postponed 30
But Tran said she has yet to be formally notified of
any code enforcement board hearing, and she and her
husband are dealing with the alleged violations "one at
a time."
The owners said they received a letter from Forbes
listing the alleged violations.
"Many of them are just untrue," said Tran. "We want
to do the right thing, and we have asked O'Brien to give
us a legal interpretation of why we are violating these

in Lausanne, Switzerland, by June 30. A sub-committee
will examine the two bids and make a recommendation
to the FISA executive body, which will likely announce
its choice in late August at the 2013 world championships
in South Korea.
If selected, the rowing events would be held at Nathan
Benderson Park in Sarasota County south of the 1-75 and
University Boulevard intersection at 2500 Honore Ave.,
Sarasota. The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associa-
tion is working with the two counties and Benderson
Development Inc. on the bid.
If the two-county area is selected, Falcione said
SANCA plans to build vertical viewing stands at the park
for fans and a boat house for the competitors' gear and
Falcione said he has spoken with federal officials
and with Gov. Rick Scott's office about funding for the
championships. The state budget has funds allocated
to help promote international sporting events, Falcione
The BACVB will have until mid-2017 to fund its
share of $3.25 million, he said.
In other business, the TDC approved the BACVB's
$600,000 marketing budget for 2014-15 and recom-
mended the county commission approve that amount.
The TDC also voted to give $25,000 to the Mana-
tee Parks and Recreation Department to help beautify
Coquina and Cortez beaches this summer.

Anna Maria City
May 23, 6 p.m., city commission.
June 13, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
June 6, 1 p.m., pier team.
June 6, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
June 6, 7 p.m., city commission.
June 12, 10 a.m., special master.
June 20, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
May 28, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 30, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
June 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
June 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
June 25, 7 p.m., city commission.
June 27, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
May 30, 1:30 p.m., budget presentation.
May 31, 9 a.m., county commission on how the
county will grow.
June 4, 9 a.m., county commission.
June 10, 9 a.m., county budget presentation.
June 11, 9 a.m., county budget presentation.
June 13, 9 a.m., county budget presentation.
June 13, 6 p.m., county budget hearing.
June 18, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
None scheduled.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
May 27 is Memorial Day. Most government offices
- and also The Islander will be closed.
June 17, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
June 19, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, Holmes Beach City Hall.
June 24, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropoli-
tan Planning Organization, University of South Florida-
Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami
Trail Sarasota.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 22, 2013 U 5

Holmes Beach looks to calm noise at city field events

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Commissioner Judy Titsworth said
a complaint was filed about noise generated by recent
events at the city hall field, 5801 Marina Drive.
Titsworth, at the May 14 city commission meet-
ing, read a letter from a resident who lives near the field
expressing her concerns. The resident called noise levels
at events a nuisance and said she is forced to "close our
doors, lock our windows and just endure it."
Titsworth said the commission is looking into how
the field is used and the excessive permits.
"We are looking into a solution," she said.
Mayor Carmel Monti said a meeting is scheduled
with city staff to address noise issues stemming from
"We are setting up a meeting on a noise ordinance,"
said Monti. "The park is a different decibel level than
bars across the street. We are going to get our hands
around it and make it more of an appealing ordinance
for citizens, as well as some businesses."
As part of the mayor's list to Commission Chair Jean
Peelen for future agenda items or work session discus-
sions, Monti said he would like to see more of the park
turned into garden and exercise areas.
In other matters, Monti declared May 19-25 as
National Public Works Week with a proclamation that
expressed the importance of the public works department
in Holmes Beach.
The proclamation was given to public works director
Tom O'Brien.
Monti also discussed a recent meeting with Manatee
County Commissioner John Chappie. The mayor said
their discussions focused on the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council funding the rebuilding of the groin
at Manatee Public Beach in lieu of the promised pier.
Monti added there seems to be a lack of awareness
of the June 18 referendum for voters to support or reject
a half-cent sales tax increase to support funding indigent
health care.
Indigent health care is currently funded through
property taxes. Supporters of the referendum say if the

Holmes Beacn Mayor Larmel Monti presents a procla-
mation to public works director Tom O'Brien declaring
May 19-25 as National Public Works Week at a May 14
city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young

sales tax increase is passed, property taxes in Manatee
County will decrease by 26 percent.
Taxes in unincorporated areas of Manatee County
will decrease by 13 percent.
Monti said Chappie and County Commissioner Carol
Whitmore u', '.I finding ways to better inform island
Commission Chair Jean Peelen suggested a town
meeting. Holmes Beach released a statement May 16 that
a town meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednes-
day, June 5, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
In other matters, Monti announced that code enforce-
ment officer Dave Forbes will be leaving his position at
the end of this month. The mayor said the city would soon
begin a search for his replacement.
Commissioner Marvin Grossman reported progress
on a memorial bench program he started for the city's
beach accesses.
"The first bench is ready and someone has purchased

it for the 53rd Street beach access," said Grossman. "We
are looking to add a bench at each access, so if you have
a beach access, get in a request soon."
Grossman said the cost of a memorial bench and
plaque is $425.
Also, commissioners tentatively set a summer meet-
ing schedule for one regular meeting and one work ses-
sion a month to be held on the second Tuesday in June
and July.
Commissioners agreed that, if needed, a second
meeting could be scheduled, if needed.

AME fundraising

phone calls a scam
Holmes Beach Police Officer Brian Copeman
is alerting the public that a phone call from some-
one claiming to be raising funds for the Anna Maria
Elementary School is a scam.
"I contacted the school principal, Dave Marshall,
and he said there is no fundraiser at this time of year,
so late in the school year," Copeman said.
Two area businesses were called last week by
the scammers and reported the call to HBPD, said
Copeman, who is the AME resource officer.
Marshall said he learned the scam call to one
business was made from Texas and the caller alleged
to be accepting donations for a student activity book,
"No Time for Crime."
Although the caller used the name of an AME
teacher, Marshall said it is not a legitimate fundrais-
ing campaign.
Marshall said the caller may have obtained infor-
mation from the school website.
Copeman said anyone receiving a phone call
asking for a donation for AME should try to get a
call-back number or name, then report the incident.
Call HBPD at 941-708-5804 to report any sus-
pect solicitations.

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Good for the heart
Some of us spent the past Saturday night as guests
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center gala party,
An Island Affaire.
There was much buzz and chatter in the room about
the elegant gowns, handsome tuxedos and the beautiful
people gathered to celebrate good times and the changes
evolving at the center.
The room glittered with twinkle lights and spar-
kling jewels, helping to blur the visions of basketball
games in the days just preceding. The wine, cocktails
and compliments flowed easily as guests circled the
room, making bids on art, services, golf packages and
dining certificates.
The entertainment was a splash literally and fig-
uratively with upbeat music accompanying a speed
painter who lavished paint with brushes, sponges and
his hands on a large canvas while guests tried to guess
what or who would emerge.
It was entertainment with a purpose, as the four
paintings returned to the stage to be auctioned, produc-
ing some $16,000 for the center.
But another artist took the stage to impress us.
Young Jake Castro, now a middle-schooler, wowed and
bedazzled the crowd with his red electric guitar.
He brought pride and purpose to the stage, tears to
the eye and filled the hearts in the room. And he raised
$23,000 from the cash "call from the heart" for the kids'
scholarship program at the center.

For some people, it's a day to dust off the grill, clean
it up and begin another season. Of course, in Florida,
it's barbecue season year-round.
Soon it will be Memorial Day, a federal holiday
designated for the last Monday in May, amid all the
blooms on plants and trees emerging. May also blos-
soms ideas of rejuvenation, renewal and ]i>', iIth
It's been one of the nicest springs in recent memory,
and while it's too early for summer, it's heating up.
With all that comes to life in May, Memorial Day
is for remembering all the men and women who died
while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
For some people, the holiday has grown to an
occasion to remember family members who have died
through the years. The day of remembering extends
from lost military members to lost loved ones.
So whether you're shopping, picnicking, spending
a day at the beach or just celebrating life, look for the
U.S. flag in your travels and take time to remember and
observe the true meaning of Memorial Day.
It's more than a day off work. It's a reflection on
our patriotism.

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Fish parts, anyone?
We have had gardens in Nashville, Tenn., Houston
and Baton Rouge, La., which can be hotter than the
island and the growing season here is said to be in
the winter.
So we began planning a garden here. We kept the
topsoil/sand mix when they dug our pool, and we were
surprised at all the seashells and white sand it contained
- it must have been beachfront in the distant past.
We built a raised garden with a sprinkler system,
added mulch, our own fruit and vegetable compost and
remembered the success story of buried fish told by our
All we needed were fish parts to try this American
Indian technique.
Thanks to Nancy Feely of Island Fresh Market for
supplying lots of big, beautiful fish carcasses head,
tail and spine. I buried them 10-12 inches deep, care-
fully washing away the scent to avoid attracting rac-
However, I neglected to tell the vegetable seeds
and herbs of the difficulties they faced, including a late
start. Not being aware of their impairment, they became
a "Jack in the Beanstalk" garden, growing visibly each
day and producing well, although we have yet to see
how the garden does as it becomes hotter.
If you'd like to try this gardening tip, contact
Island Fresh Market on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
They're believers in recycling and fresh foods. Thanks,
Nancy Feely.
Susan and David Cheshire, Holmes Beach

Relaying thanks
Thank you to everyone who helped raise more than
$40,000 for the American Cancer Society patient ser-
vices in Manatee County and for research to help find
a cure.
We are nearly at our Anna Maria relay goal of
$42,000 thanks to Russ Winterbottom and his relay
committee and ACS staff partner Aly Kerwin.

Thank you to the teams and individuals in the May
10-11 relay for all your fundraising efforts. Special
thanks go to the Girl Scouts of America for making the
event more fun.
Thank you also to the participants; Beach Bums
for golf carts and help at the event; Creations by L;
Coquina Beach market vendors; and AMI Beach Cafe
for coffee.
Special thank you to the Relay For Life sponsors:
Miller Electric, LaPensee Plumbing and Pool, Horizon
Realty, Florida Home Health, S2 Timing, Anna Mafia
Island Resorts and the Sam and Ann Samulski memorial.
Thank you to our guest speaker, state Rep. Jim Boyd.
Thank you to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Off Stage
Ladies of the Island Players; DJ Daniel Kerwin; singer
Misty Posey for singing at our opening ceremonies; and
volunteers Mallory Lapp and Maribel Gomez.
Anna Maria Island really came together for Relay
For Life.
Are you committed to finish the fight against cancer
in 2014? If so, join our planning committee or start a
team. Call ACS at 941-328-3775. Together we will find
a cure!
Nancy Ambrose, relay publicity advocate, Holmes

Short shrift for citizens?
The Islander reported May 15 that on April 22,
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti reported a .38
caliber handgun as stolen from his personal vehicle,
perhaps as early as Feb. 1.
The story did not state, but the word burglary
implies that Monti's vehicle was unlocked. Also, the
report suggests that gun placement was both obvious
and easily accessible.
Many folks who own a gun should not. Clearly,
those like the mayor who fail to secure his or her
gun should not be allowed to own a weapon. Not
only are children at risk because of Monti's careless

Bridge Street night
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Bridge Street night market will begin its
second season this summer after Bradenton Beach
commissioners unanimously approved a special event

Scame_- --r estaura.t,

Banana Cabana restaurant, 103 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach, is a regular participant at the Bridge
Street Market, which had its summer night market
approved May 16. Islander Photo: Mark Young

disregard for firearm safety, other citizens could be
gunned down by a criminal because Monti gave short
shrift to the welfare of his fellow citizens.
There should be a law, but since there isn't, I call
on Monti to turn in all of his weapons to law enforce-
ment officers. Since he is a public figure, I ask that
this be done publicly and that an ap>l>h'y be issued
for putting us at risk.
Nancy R. Dean, Bradenton

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market approved
application May 16.
Unlike the weekly Sunday markets during tourist
season, the night markets operate 5-9:30 p.m. Satur-
days, June 1 through July.
Market manager Melissa Enders began the
summer markets in 2012 to give island residents a
chance to enjoy family-fun activities on Bridge Street
in the evenings.
Enders said planning for the markets is under-
"We'll have a lot of the same vendors coming
back and we really try to bring in vendors for the night
markets that offer something unique," said Enders.
Unique is the No. 1 criteria at the night market, where
we gear activities toward the families, she said.
Enders said if plans go accordingly, food chal-
lenges to will take place, and she is tossing around
some ideas, such as an open microphone night.
All plans are tentative, she said.
"The first step was getting the approval," she said.
"Now we can move forward with the planning."
In other matters, commissioners unanimously
approved a temporary-use permit for United Parks
Services, Inc., for additional signage at its kayak rental
site on Sarasota Bay, across from Coquina Beach.
The approved application includes setting up a
tent at the kayak storage pod to provide a financial
transaction point for customers.
Commissioner Gay Breuler noted that UPS had
already gone forward with what they were requesting
before coming in front of the commission.
She voted in favor of the permit, but said, "Next
time, come to us first before you do something. It's
not right what you did."
City planner Alan Garrett said UPS has done an
"excellent job in maintaining the facility."

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Anna Maria

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10 yeavirs agu

Headlines from the May 21,
2003, issue of The Islander
Bradenton Beach residents celebrated the city's
50th anniversary by ringing a bell donated by Mike
Norman and family atop the clock tower at the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier. The clock struck at noon, 6
p.m. and 10 p.m. daily, Norman said. Installation of
the bell was approved by the city commission.
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
executive director Larry White told island accommo-
dations representatives he would seek an increase
in the resort tax from 4 percent to 5 percent -
because of a loss of revenue caused by the closure
of the Holiday Inn on Longboat Key. White said that
closure and a tourism decline put projected revenues
for 2003-04 down $140,000 from the years before.
Five students at Anna Maria Elementary School
were suspended by school principal Kathy Hayes after
an investigation discovered they had been imitating
gang behavior. Students told Hayes they considered
their association a "club" and not a gang, but Hayes
said school district policy was specific about such

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BB P&Z recommends approval for motel's upgrade

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning board voted
4-0 May 15 to recommend approval of a remodeling project
at the Silver Surf Motel, 1301 Gulf Drive N.
The major development application consists of modi-
fications to the resort that include:
Enlarging the main office.
Adding a breakfast area with outside seating.
Adding an elevated deck above the office on the
north building.
Enlarging the swimming pool to include a spa.
Building a deck at the south building.
City planner Alan Garrett said the project complies
with the land development code, and pointed out a mis-
calculation on his part. A variance will be needed for the
south deck.
"In additional review of the south building's pro-
posed viewing, it would infringe on the Gulf Drive set-
back," said Gilbert. If we can get a variance, this can
move forward. If not, it cannot be constructed."
The Silver Surf, owned by island businesswoman
Barbara Rodocker, opened after the Harbor Light Motel
closed in 1985.
Garrett said the modifications would increase build-
ing coverage, but it is still below the allowable percentage
of coverage for the property.
"Right now building coverage is 16 percent and you
are allowed 35 percent," said Garrett. "So in no way does
this double the size. It's minor structures and staff is fine
with the additional building coverage."
Garrett said the project would eliminate four parking
spaces, but the resort still maintains more than what is
required. According to the site plan, the resort will have
56 parking spaces of the required 55.

hero i
U.S. Rep. Vern
Buchannan, R-Long-
boat Key, right,
presents Holmes
Beach Police Officer
Joshua Fleischer
the Congressional '*
Law Enforcement
Preservation of Life
Award. Fleischer
received the award
in a presentation
of law enforcement
awards by the con-
gressman May 13
for his quick actions
in saving the life of a
Holmes Beach man
overdosing on drugs
in November 2012.
Thanks to his
actions, the man
went on to make a
full recovery.

Enlarging the office and creating an outdoor dining
area at the Silver Surf Motel are just some of the
renovations the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning
Board considered May 15. Islander Photo: Mark Young

P&Z member Bob Dale said the numbers didn't add
"I went out there and when I went through the draw-
ing, I couldn't pick out the old versus the new," he said.
"What I counted was 65 parking spaces, but you are
losing 15, giving you 50 parking spaces, not 56."
Angela Rodocker represented Silver Surf in the pro-
ceeding. She said the square footage of the parking lot
allows for more parking spaces than what is shown on
the site plan.

When asked if the plan was to redraw the parking
lot, Angela Rodocker said, "Yes."
Barbara Rodocker, also at the meeting, said the
resort's parking spaces are currently 11 feet wide and
only have to be 8 feet wide, but said the parking plan will
be for 56 spaces.
Angela Rodocker said it was time to bring the Silver
Surf up to date with neighboring businesses.
"When we made the decision to go forward with this
project, we knew it was time," she said. "Silver Surf has
been an icon of Bradenton Beach for 25 years. When we
first had this designed, our priority was to beautify the
property, because it needs it."
She said another goal is to address the needs of
"One of our goals is to create a very social environ-
ment," she said. "That's why you will see an extension
of sidewalks and areas where people can sit and observe
the water. We don't really have that now."
Angela Rodocker said the same philosophy was
applied to the swimming pool expansion.
"The pool is a reflection of the same goal," she said.
"We want people to congregate without feeling very tight,
which is what it feels like now."
She added that the office expansion is needed to
come into line with industry standards.
"It's too small as an office, and it's not really what
people expect when you come into a lobby," she said. "A
lot has changed in the industry ... and we are following
a line a lot of flagship hotels have done by offering a
continental breakfast to guests."
Angela Rodocker said she believes the project will
improve the curb appeal of the resort, while also increas-
ing occupancy. She said it's good for business and good
for the community to increase tourism dollars.
P&Z member John Burns took issue with the plans
provided to the board.
"Where is the scaled site plan with the required ele-
ments for both minor and major? It is difficult to scale
out with what we have," he said.
Burns said he was concerned with parking changes,
the kitchen added to the office area and the loading zone,
He said not providing the board with a fully scaled site
plan amounts to a code violation.
Garrett said the board was given the appropriate
information to make its decision.
Building official Steve Gilbert said the drawings
received by the board were scaled, while he agreed
reviewing them on letter-sized paper could be difficult.
Nothing in the site plan rose to "where we needed
a new site plan fully dimensioned and given to you," he
said. "These drawings are scaled."
Whitesel called for a five-minute recess to allow
board members to review the larger site plan drawings,
after which DeBaum moved to recommend approval of
the project with a stipulation that a variance for the Gulf
Drive setback be pursued.
All members present voted to recommend approval
of the project to the city commission. Commissioners can
either accept the P&Z recommendation or vote against
the project.
Before the public hearing, Whitesel appointed
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Anna Maria committee opens bids for future cell tower

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Ten years after Anna Maria adopted a telecom-
munications ordinance and master plan in expectation
of improving mobile phone service at the north end of
Anna Maria Island, three companies have responded to
the city's recent request for proposals to build a tower at
city hall.
The invitation to bid came after the city streamlined
its telecommunications ordinance earlier this year under
the guidance of consultant Rusty Monroe.
The companies that submitted proposals include
Ridan Industries, Vertex Development and F&L Towers
LLC of Tampa. Ridan, with its subordinate company
Alpha-Omega LLC, is working with Bradenton Beach
to build a tower there. F&L Towers is owned by Anna
Maria property owner and attorney Stacey Frank.
The review committee met May 13 to open the pro-

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posals, but did not discuss them.
Building official Bob Welch said committee members
will review the proposals and determine if any anomalies
Committee members will bring their findings to the
next meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at city hall.
At that meeting, Welch will announce the estimated
cost in each bid, and what amounts are proposed as city
revenue. He indicated one company offered a $350,000
lump sum payment to the city as revenue, but did not
indicate which company made the offer.
Welch told Jim Eatrides of Alpha-Omega, one of the
companies that responded, that the proposals would be
public record 30 days after submission and anyone could
view the contents. Eatrides wanted to view the other pro-
posals, but Welch said not until May 22.
Mobile phone service in Anna Maria has long been
"hit-or-miss," said Commissioner Gene Aubry, who

requested the city pursue cell tower companies last fall.
"I'm pleased we are getting somewhere. It's a ques-
tion of getting an emergency 911 call through or not.
Sometimes, your cellphone just doesn't work in Anna
Maria unless you go outside, or drive to Holmes Beach,"
Aubry said.

Anna Maria honors ex-mayor
Former Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby, who served
from November 2010 to November 2012, was honored
for contributions with the dedication May 13 of the first
tree planted at the soon-to-be-city park on Pine Avenue.
Mayor SueLynn said it was only fitting that "Selby's
tree," a live oak, be the first in the park.
"When you became mayor, there was a great deal of
hostility among Anna Maria voters," SueLynn told Selby
at dedication.
"To the surprise of some, they found you open to
listening to the other side and willing to adjust your point
of view, which created a balance between your support-
ers' values and, ultimately, a place for all views in the
city government," she said.
"With your willingness to listen, you were able to
bridge the gap and calm the waters to return civility and
trust back to city hall and maintain it throughout your
term in office, and thankfully pass the peaceful atmo-
sphere on to me," SueLynn added.
"You did a superb job supporting Anna Maria and
keeping her safe, sound and growing. For this, the citi-
zens, city commission and staff thank you and hope that
future joys resound throughout your days, that your health
remains strong and, you and Mary, especially have hap-
piness always.
"It is with pleasure that the first live oak planted in
the soon-to-be Anna Maria City Park be dedicated in your
honor," she finished.
Selby thanked SueLynn and city staff, saying he
couldn't have received such a glowing tribute without
the great employees at city hall.
He also praised the many volunteer hours provided
by committee members.
"You made my job as mayor easier than I ever imag-
ined, and I can't thank you enough," he said.


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Young visitor finds ancient
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
One young visitor to Anna Maria Island this winter
left with an artifact millions of years old that exemplifies
Manatee County's name.
Max Dalton, 11, of Rockford, Mich., was visiting
grandparents Jan and Jim Dalton of Holmes Beach in
early April when the family took a trip to eastern Mana-
tee County to the Linger Lodge restaurant situated on a
campground on the Braden River.
While the family was eating lunch, Max went explor-
ing along the river bank near the restaurant and discov-
ered a rock that was later determined to be a fossilized
animal bone. He thought it could be a manatee bone and
showed his parents and grandparents.
"Max spent many hours on his iPad researching the
fossil and insisted we go to the Anna Maria City Pier and
talk with the man who has the rocks and shark's teeth on
display," said grandmother Jan Dalton.
"The man was so kind, and he said it was likely a
real fossil," she added.
From the city pier, the family went to the South
Florida Museum in downtown Bradenton and showed
the fossil to Matthew Woodside, director of exhibitions
at the museum.
"He was so kind to meet us. How lucky we are to live
in a community with such wonderful people. He dropped
what he was doing and met with Max and assured him it
was likely the rib bone of a manatee and estimated its age
at between 15 million and 50 million years," Jan Dalton
Dalton said Woodside took Max to a life-size skeleton
of a prehistoric manatee, called a Dugone, and showed
him where the bone would fit.
"This is one spring break one little curious 11-year-

Riverwalk hosts music, picnic
Bradenton Riverwalk will host Pickin' Picnic 11
a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
The concert will take place at the Mosaic Amphithe-
ater, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
The organizer, Realize Bradenton, suggested people
bring folding chairs and blankets, as well as picnic
lunches. Food and beverage also will be for sale.
Scheduled performers include The Applebutter
Express, Twins Sisters, Lady and Gentleman, A Gentle-
men Army, Faceless Bandits and Muphin Chuckrs.
For more information, call Realize Bradenton at 941-

Kiwanis to meet at beach cafe
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Priscilla Seewald will talk
about All Island Denominations, the coalition of island
For more, call Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-


Max Dalton, 11, of RockJord, Mich., visiting his
grandparents, Jan and Jim Dalton of Holmes Beach,
found a fossilized rib bone of a manatee in eastern
Manatee County near the Linger Lodge in early April.
A scientist at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton
estimated it is millions of years old. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Jan Dalton

old will never forget," Jan Dalton said.
"We just wanted to give the South Florida Museum,
and the jewelry man at the City Pier a big thumbs-up for
encouraging a young boy to keep exploring," she said.
Reached at his home in Michigan, Max Dalton said
he really enjoys looking for fossils. He's been looking
around the Michigan countryside and plans a return to
the Braden River site this winter.
"I'm really into fossils now. I'd like to get a collec-
tion going," he said.
"I guess we know why this is named Manatee
County," Jan Dalton said.

Off Stage roles
S y Herb Stump, president of
Island Players, installs the
Off Stage Ladies officers of
othe Island Players for the
2013-15 seasons, including
president Nancy Ambrose,
treasurer Nancy Maloney,
Marilyn George standing
in for secretary Charlene
I Doll and vice president
iCarol Heckman. For
information about the Off
Stage Ladies, call Ambrose
.i ue' i at 941-799-2181. Islander
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AMIAL hosts healing session
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host islander
Sheryl Spikes presenting an hour of meditation and
( ii'. balance. Spikes is a nurse of 45 years and has
practiced "A n.ii i,' healing work and teaching meditation"
for the past seven years.
The event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May
25, at AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Donations will be accepted. Reservations are
For more, call AMIAL at 941-778-2099.

Sierra Club holds potluck
The Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club will hold a potluck
dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Bayfront Park, 310
N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
Diners are asked to bring a dish for eight, as well as
drinks, utensils, insect repellant and a flashlight.
The club will hike to Bean Point, watch the sunset
and view a penumbral lunar eclipse.
A donation of $5 is requested. Reservations are
required by Thursday, May 23.
For more information, call Mary Sheppard at 941-

Aaargh! It's Kid's
Day, mateys
The Anna Maria Island Privateers'
annual celebration of the school year
coming to a close and the beginning
of summer vacations for kids filled the
pavilion and the beachfront at Anna
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Kid's Day participants hop,
hop, hop to the finish line in the
sack race.

Ava Leechford, 7, enjoys a soda
at Kid's Day.

Mylie Belcher, 2, and sister Kylie Belcher, 3, at Kid's Day.

Roser announces Bible
school signup
Vacation Bible School will take place June 10-14
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, but registration has already begun.
Sessions for children aged 4 through fifth-grade
- will be 9 a.m.-noon.
The theme is "Kingdom Rock Where Kids Stand
strong for God."
A news release said each session will be "packed
with activities designed to help children discover more
about God's love, while having a life-changing adven-
For more information or to register, call Roser at

Art league hosts author
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host
author Leita Kaldi reading from her memoir, "Roller
Skating in the Desert," about five years at Hospital
Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles and the history
and culture of Haiti.
Kaldi has worked at the United Nations in New
York, UNESCO in Paris and the Fletcher School of
She became the administrator of Hospital Albert
Schweitzer in 1993 and retired in 2002.
The reading will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25,
at AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
A donation of $10 is requested. So are reserva-
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-

Privateers give a hardy "Hi, ho" to some new arrivals
at the 59th annual Snooks Adams Kid's Day party at
Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. The event gives kids a
day of fun and celebration in advance of their summer
vacation. W. H. "Snooks" Adams'name and legacy
live on at Kid's Day and in the hearts of many young
pirates. Adams, a local law enforcement officer most
of his life, first took a jeep full of kids in 1954 to the
beach for a cookout. Snooks' outing grew and, in 1980,
he partnered with the Privateers. He continued rais-
ing money and supporting the event until his death
in May 2010. As a local nonprofit organization, the
Privateers sponsor community and local youth events
throughout the year, and offer a scholarship award
program for local students attending college. Scholars
are announced at yet another party at the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, fol-
lowing the Privateers Fourth of July Parade.

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June artists
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Beach, highlights the work of Debra Ridgdill and
Kathy Storm in June. The women teamed up to present
"Clay, Glass and Photography: Nature Transformed."
The exhibit runs through June 29. Gallery hours are
10 a.m..-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more informa-
tion, go online to www.islandgallerywest.com or call

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anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send
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Wednesday, May 22
8:17 p.m. -Official sunset time.

Thursday, May 23
6:38 a.m. Official sunrise time.

Friday, May 24
7 p.m. Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club potluck and
hike, Bayfront Park, 310 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-752-3200.

Saturday, May 25
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island break-
fast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Priscilla See-
wald of All Island Denominations is the speaker. Information:
2 p.m. Author Leita Kaldi reads from her "Roller
Skating in the Desert," Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Donation requested. Informa-
tion: 941-778-2099.

Sunday, May 26
8:19 p.m. -Official sunset time.

Monday, May 27
Today is Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 28
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and
meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

Wednesday, May 29
8:20 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, May 24
6 p.m. Outer space flick, "Little Shop of Horrors,"
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information: 941-746-4131.
1 p.m. Keep Manatee 19th annual golf tournament,
Tara Golf & Country Club, 6602 Drewrys Bluff, Bradenton.
Fee applies. Information: 941-795-8272.

Sunday, May 26
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Pickin' Picnic, Mosaic Amphitheater,
452 Third Ave. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.

June 1-through July, Bridge Street Merchants night

markets, 5-9 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 215-906-0668.
Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders baseball,
McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-747-3031.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes
pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-708-6130.
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee
applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
First Wednesdays and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween
Book and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies.
Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science
night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-4131.
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce networking meeting. Location varies. Fee
applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips
from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bra-
denton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday through June 28, 6 p.m., They Came From Outer
Space spring film series, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.
W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party
presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-896-3132.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through
breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information:
*Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayaktours, 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 Audu-
bon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve,
4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 PineAve., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W.,
Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, through May, noon, Anna Maria Island

Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge,
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season begins. Be pre-
June 1-2, Islandwide Blood Drive, St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach.
June 7, last day of the 2012-13 school year for Mana-
tee County public school students.
June 14, Flag Day.
June 16, Father's Day.

Save the date
July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers Indepen-
dence Day Parade from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park,
and Scholarships Awards Party at Manatee Public Beach.

Calendar announcements
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.
org. Please include the time, date and location of the event,
a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The
deadline is a minimum two weeks before the event.

Sailing squadron offers
boating courses, seminars
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold a boating education course and seminars
in June at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW,
The two-part America's Boating Course will take
place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, and Saturday,
June 8, with attendance required on both dates to
receive a boating education certificate.
The course fee is $35 per person or $50 per
The course covers boating safety and Florida
waterway rules.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, the squadron will
host instruction in chart-reading. The seminar admis-
sion cost is $10.
The same fee is required for a GPS seminar that
will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
For more information, contact Gloria Potter or
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Artspace, 101
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packed with
guests, many participating in a contest to name the
locations of Ulanch's architecturally detailed photos.
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went to Kandi Kerekes, owner of Three Island Mon-
keys, with seven correct answers of 10.
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Young Kelly Paxton, escorted by grandmother, Betsy
Nichols, meets photo-artist C(, i, Ulanch at his exhibit
opening at Artspace, Anna Maria.

The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events.
Please send notices and photographs with
detailed captions along with complete contact
information to news@islander.org or 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Six-year-old beagle-pug mix Sasha and her Holmes
Beach owner Debbie Hartzell have done what they do
best once again defy the competitive odds.
Over the last few years, Sasha has become a phenom-
enon in the world of competitive canine sporting events,
winning against breeds more suited for events like her
specialties of agility course and weave-pole racing.
Hartzell and Sasha's many competitive accomplish-
ments qualified the pair to compete at Spa Beach in St.
Petersburg May 4 in the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog
Challenge Eastern Regional competition.
Hartzell said before the competition that Sasha would
face the best dogs in the Southeast. She said her highest
hopes were to place among the winners in such a coveted
event, but really just wanted Sasha to have fun against
such stiff competition.
Once again, Sasha exceeded Hartzell's expectations
by taking second place in the agility course and placing
third in the 30-weave pole competition.
"We had a great time," said Hartzell. "The crowd
seemed to really like Sasha. She really gave it her all and
it showed. The Purina Pro Plan put on a fabulous show.
They were such nice people."
Sasha has filled an entire room in the Hartzell home
with ribbons and trophies and in June she will vie for a
state championship at the state tournament in Orlando.
Trophy, ribbon or neither, Hartzell said Sasha will be
rewarded for her continued excellence.
And as to what's next, "She is taking the summer
off," said Hartzell.

Holmes Beach's human and canine super duo Debbie
Hartzell and beagle-pug mix Sasha take home two rib-
bons from the May 4 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog
C(/l ,/ ig Eastern Regional finals in St. Petersburg.
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along to keep up with the
local news while in New
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addressed the Fundraising
Institute of New Zealand's
annual conference.

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Anthony 'Tony' Castellano
Anthony "Tony" Castellano, 95, of Bradenton, was
bom May 8, 1917. He died May 6, two days short of his
96th birthday.
Mr. Castellano grew up in Hoboken, N.J. He served
3 years and 6 months in the Pacific during World War
II with the 542nd Engineer Boat Battalion in the U.S.
Army Amphibian Division. Returning from service, he
became a sales representative for Chevrolet. He retired
to Bradenton and served as a security guard at Freedom
Village and the Players Club. He was an avid fisherman
and loved gardening.
He was a 30-year member of the Anna Maria City
Pier Regulars, meeting and fishing weekly with other
"old timer" Pier Regulars, according to president Doug
Terry. "Capt. Tony's name is memorialized on one of the
planks of the new city pier walkway," said Terry, adding
that the membership dedicated the plank in his honor in
He was a past commador of the Sarastoa Yacht
No service is planned.
Mr. Castellano is survived by his wife of 67 years,
Evelyn; son Richard; daughter Rose Mattran of Sara-
sota; and many nieces and nephews in Florida and New

Alice (Kroll) Georges
Alice (Kroll) Georges, 95, a lifelong resident of
Lowell, Mass., died May 10. She was bom Feb. 12, 1918,
to the late Francis and Katherine (Chmaj) Kroll.
She was a 1936 graduate of Lowell High School and
was employed with Lowell Shoe for more than 30 years,
retiring in 1982. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan
and enjoyed watching Duke University play basketball.
She enjoyed reading, bingo, cooking and baking. She was
married 72 years to the late Paul "Apples" Georges.
A funeral Mass was celebrated May 16 at Holy Trin-
ity Polish Church in Lowell, Mass. Memorial donations
may be made to Elder Services of Merrimack Valley Inc.,
Development Office, 360 Merrimack St., Building 5,
Lawrence MA 01843. Condolences may be made online
at www.dumontsullivan.com.
Mrs. Georges is survived by sons Paul and wife
Rosemary of Bradenton Beach, and Francis and wife Rita
of Lowell; daughters Ann and husband James Connors
of Hampton, N.H., and Betty and husband Leo Dumont
Jr. of Hudson, N.H.; brother Frank Kroll of Northboro,
Mass.; grandchildren Paula Hamel, James Connors, Lisa
Toohey, Jason, Leo Dumont III, Tracie, Frank and Maria;
11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cous-
ins and friends.

David S. Gidley
David Sommers Gidley, 70, of Cortez, died April
30. He was bom Nov. 2, 1941, in Schenectady, N.Y., to
the late Harley J. Gidley and Barbara M. (Moynihan)
He graduated in 1960 from Niskayuna High School
and obtained an appointment at the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy at Kings Point, where he received a bachelor's
degree in 1964 in marine engineering.
Mr. Gidley sailed for two years as a Merchant Marine
and achieved appointment in the U.S. Navy as an ensign.
He worked for 19 years in Florham Park, N.J., at the
General Electric Industrial Sales Division, as district sales
manager. He also served GE as sales manager in the large
motor and generator department in Schenectady, N.Y.;
sales engineer in Farmington, Conn., and Detroit. On
leaving GE, he worked for the Shrack Company and later
for the Farr Company as vice president of sales.
He was a sailor and a seaman. He loved the sea and
the outdoors. He retired to Cortez, saying it was the most
beautiful place in the world and he had traveled widely
during his career.
There will be no public service. Memorial donations
may be made to the Kings Point Alumni Association or
USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, P.O. Box
222011, Great Neck NY 11022.
Mr. Gidley is survived by his children, Barbara H.
and husband Todd Drapola of Phoenix, N.Y., Susan E. and
husband David Arthur of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Matthew
P. and wife Kathy of Atlanta, and David C. of Baldwins-
ville, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; sisters, Deborah Hogan
of Schenectady and Pamela Russell of Sea Crest, N.J.;
and many nieces and nephews.

Nicholas 'Nick' Messina
Nicholas "Nick" Messina, 77, of Bradenton Beach,
died May 10.
Mr. Messina is survived by his wife
of 59 years, Janie; children Mark and
wife Sue, Michele and husband Dave
Steger, and Chris and husband Rick
Ponto; grandchildren Garrett Steger,
Shauna Steger, Jordan Ponto and Kyle;
great-grandchildren Bryce, Landen
and Kaylie; brother Anthony and wife
Lucille; and sister Adelaide Cale.

Larry J. Swab
Larry J. Swab died May 12.
Mr. Swab and wife Jill moved to Anna Maria in 2007
from Bellbrook, Ohio, joining his sister Patty Hunt and
partner Leslie Vandenberg as residents of Anna Maria.
He enjoyed fishing, walking his dogs, kayaking and
the Florida sunshine.

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Former chief announces
retirement party
Former Holmes Beach Police interim Chief
Dale Stephenson, who resigned in May rather than
be forced to step down as the department's chief after
serving the department for 26 years, is hosting a retire-
ment party, "A Job Very Well Done."
The event is RSVP only, but Stephenson said he'd
like to give any residents and business owners who
would like to attend those he wasn't able to contact
personally an opportunity to celebrate his retire-
ment by calling his wife, Kelly, by May 26.
The festivities at Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will include appetizers and a cash
bar. Stephenson remarked that he was appreciative
that Eat Here owner Sean Murphy was a supporter of
his bid to become chief, and graciously consented to
host the private party on what would otherwise be a
busy night for his restaurant.
The Stephenson retirement party will be 5:30-
8:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, and reservations may be
made with Kelly Stephenson at 941-705-0201.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for
family and friends. Condolences may be made online at
www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were by
Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.

Robert Vernon Weston
Robert Vernon Weston, 71, of Holmes Beach, died
April 24 in Bradenton. He was born Oct. 27, 1941, in
Charleston, S.C., to the late Vernon and Mary Weston.
He graduated Sewanee: The University of the South
and Stanford University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson
Fellow and earned his doctorate degree. He was awarded
the postgraduate Wallace Stegner Fellowship.
Mr. Weston had a career as director of human
resources in the high-tech industry in California where
he lived with his family more than 40 years.
He was a poet, writer, teacher and beloved member of
the Breakthrough Men's Community in Monterey, Calif.
Most recently, he was certified as a neural somatic inte-
gration practitioner. His passions spanned photography,
travel, music, healing and meditation.
A celebration of life was held May 18 in Charleston,
S.C. Condolences may be made to Joy at 506 68th St.,
Beach, FL 34217-1203, and memorials may be made to
a charity of one's choice.
Mr. Weston is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joy
nee Anderson; brother Charles Wright; six children; five
grandchildren; and a multitude of friends all over the
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Former HB chief directing MTI law enforcement academy

Former Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine is
the new director of the Manatee Technical Institute Law
Enforcement Academy.
A committee from the MTI Criminal Justice Advi-
sory Board, presided over by Palmetto Police Chief Ricky
Wells, recommended hiring Romine in the full-time
He follows Mike Rushing, who retired in December
"I am so pleased to have a graduate of our academy
become our director," MTI director
Mary Cantrell said in a news release.
"Jay's years of experience on the FDLE
Criminal Justice Standards and Train-
ing Commission give him the wisdom
and insight that will help our academy
Romine grow under his leadership."
Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov.
Jeb Bush appointed Romine to the criminal justice com-
mission, and he served on the board for 10 years, begin-
ning in 2002. He served as the vice-chair 2007-08 and as
the chairman 2008-10.
Romine, in the news release, said, "Education is
important to me. Being the director of the academy
gives me the opportunity to be exposed to a much larger
number of new officers forming their policing philoso-
phy. It's an opportunity to pass on what I've spent over
30 years trying to do."
The Manatee County native started his career in law
enforcement in 1979, as a patrol officer in Palmetto. After

Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
May 9, 2400 block of Avenue B, domestic battery.
Police responded to a domestic disturbance and made
contact with a woman, who said she and her daughter
were packing their belongings to leave. She said an argu-
ment ensued with her husband because he intentionally
misplaced her cellphone. The daughter found the phone,
at which time the man allegedly grabbed her arm and
tried to wrestle the phone away. Police interviewed the
man, who said he and his wife were arguing after a day of
drinking, but denied grabbing his daughter's arm. He said
his daughter was taking his mother's side and tn l ini mi.'
him under the bus."
May 10, 2300 block of Avenue B, disorderly conduct.
Police responded to a complaint of yelling and objects being
thrown around a residence. Officers arrived and observed a
23-year-old man familiar to police from previous complaints
through an open window, slamming furniture and kicking
various items. The officer reported a strong smell of mari-
juana from inside the home. When the officer announced his
presence, the man ran to the back of the house. With assis-
tance from the Holmes Beach Police Department, officers

a year and a half, he joined the Holmes Beach Police
Department, where he spent 12 years rising through
the ranks under former ChiefW. H. "Snooks" Adams as a
patrol officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, lieuten-
ant and interim chief of police before becoming the chief
in 1994, a position he held for 19 years.
Romine has been active in a number of professional
organizations, including the Florida Police Chiefs Asso-
ciation, the FDLE Criminal Justice Executive Institute
Policy Board, the State and International Associations of
Chiefs of Police, the Tampa Bay Police Chiefs Associa-
tion, and the Manatee Technical Institute Board of Gov-
ernors and MTI Law Enforcement Academy Advisory
He's also the founder of the Manatee County Law
Enforcement Council.
His awards include Manatee County Officer of the
Year in 1988; the Presidents Award from the Florida
Police Chiefs Association in 2000, 2002 and 2011; the
Presidents Award from the Tampa Bay Police Chiefs
Association in 2002, 2003 and 2009; the Law Enforce-
ment Champion Award from the Police Benevolent Asso-
ciation in 2010; and the Davis Productivity Award for
Officer Involved Domestic Violence Training Curriculum
Development in 2010.
Romine also graduated from the MTI Academy, as
well as earned an associate's degree in criminal justice

Holmes Beach man charged
with heroin possession
A 29-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested May
8 after being charged with felony possession of heroin.
Holmes Beach police arrested Kristopher Smith of
309 57th St., Holmes Beach.
According to the arrest report, police indicated prob-
able cause in searching Smith's vehicle in the 5600 block
of Flotilla Drive at about 2:15 a.m.
During the search, police found a pink plastic bag
containing a brown, powdery sub-
stance on the handle of the driver's side
The substance field-tested positive
for heroin.
During the search, police also
Smith discovered two syringes and charged
Smith with misdemeanor possession
of drug paraphernalia.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and
held on $2,000 bond. According to the jail website, Smith
posted bond May 9 and was released.
His arraignment information was not available as of
Islander press time.

from Manatee Community College and a bachelor's
degree in 1imin,,iiil>>_ from the University of South
Romine, according to the news release, credits his
policing philosophy to Rushing, who took Romine on
patrol on his 18th birthday.
He said in one night, he was introduced to policing
professionally and politely with empathy and compas-
"Being a law enforcement officer was the onl thingii
I ever wanted to do," he stated.

Bradenton man nabbed
in marina burglaries
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 39-year-old Bradenton man was arrested May 12
in connection to a burglary spree at the Mainsail boat
docks, where police say multiple fishing boats were bur-
According to a Holmes Beach Police Department
press release, officers responded to the docks in reference
to stolen nets, coolers and anchors.
Police determined that a suspect
entered the first boat via the water.
Sgt. Mike Pilato investigated the
burglary and was contacted later the
same day by one of the victims, who
said he learned his stolen property was
Darling seen at Gilligan's Island in the Inter-
coastal Waterway.
Pilato responded and observed Roger Alan Darling
in an unregistered boat, allegedly with all of the stolen
property from the Mainsail burglaries visible on the boat
and the shore at a makeshift campsite.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Darling
was asked about the stolen property and allegedly said
he was aware the property was stolen, but he was not the
one who took the items.
Pilato took Darling into custody and the victims of
the theft were contacted to identify their property.
HBPD Police Chief Bill Tokajer said officers from
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
Longboat Key Police Department and Manatee County
Marine Rescue assisted.
Darling was arrested for felony theft and booked into
the Manatee County jail for possession of stolen property.
He was held on $1,500 bond, which he posted May 13
and was released.
Darling is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday,
May 31, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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Swift action promised against HB short-term rentals

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Commission Chair Jean Peelen prom-
ised swift action would be taken against Anna Maria
Vacations, a company using annamaria.com to advertise
rental units for less than seven days in the R-2 and R-1
Commissioners said they have been receiving com-
plaints from residents and followed up with research into
the agency's advertised properties.
According to the city's land development code, rental
units in the R-2 and R-1 districts cannot be rented for less
than seven days, but an advertisement on annamaria.com
states, "Would you like to vacation on Anna Maria Island
but can't stay seven days? We have some special shorter
stays just for you."
According to the Division of Corporations, Florida
Department of State, Anna Maria Vacations is a fictitious

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's Charter Review Committee completed
its work May 8 after nearly five months of delibera-
Most of the committee's recommendations center
around what the city should do in the event there are
commission vacancies, the commission chair resigns or
is no longer able to serve, and what happens when the
chair, who also is the vice mayor, must fill in as mayor.
The committee agreed to recommend to the city
commission that if there are vacancies on the commis-
sion, the remaining commissioners will appoint someone
to fill the vacancy until a special election is held "as soon
as practicable."
If the remaining commissioners cannot agree on a
replacement, the mayor shall make the appointment. If
the mayor is unable to appoint, then the decision goes to
the city clerk.
Another recommendation is that the commission

business name operated by Florida Gulf Coast Vacation
Homes LLC and owned by Joseph Vamer.
Peelen said Varner has been cautioned in the past
about his rental practices in Holmes Beach. The ads
to rent homes for less than seven days appeared in the
past, according to Peelen, who said Varner agreed then
to remove them.
But the ads began to reappear on annamaria.com,
she claims.
However, The Islander reported in the past that web-
site advertising is not regulated by the city, and advertis-
ing is not illegal.
Peelen said there also are occupancy issues, noting
that one rental with four bedrooms was advertised to
sleep 16 people. A report compiled by code enforce-
ment lists eight properties being advertised to sleep more
people than what the floor plan filed with the building
department allows.

chair can only be removed from that office by a unani-
mous vote of the remaining four commissioners. If
removed as chair, the commissioner retains his or her
seat on the commission.
If the mayor resigns, the commission chair serves as
mayor until a special election for mayor is held as soon
as possible.
The recommendations were presented to commis-
sioners by committee chair Howard Payne at the com-
mission's May 9 meeting.
The city commission will review the recommenda-
tions, discuss them in a work session, and eventually vote
on which recommendations to send to the electorate for
approval or denial.
Commission Chair John Quam suggested the com-
mission have \ i m ing it wants in the referendum ready
for the supervisor of elections office before Aug. 31.
He also directed city clerk Alice Baird to contact the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections for the deadline
to add to the November general election ballot.

The report also notes that six of Vamer's properties
do not have business tax receipts the city's licensing
method on file.
Code enforcement concludes there may be "multiple
code violations pursuant to this consumer complaint."
The city claims at least one of Vamer's properties,
listed on the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office
as a homesteaded residence, is being rented.
A report from the building department also states
Varner owns 118 properties in Holmes Beach.
However, Vamer disputes that total, saying, "I wish
I did."
"We've done the research and it's all true," said
Peelen. "Code enforcement is on it and action will be
taken in the short future. They were told about this last
year and they continue to do it. Enforcement will be hap-
pening very soon."
But Varner says "there are so many errors and false
accusations, I am not really even sure where to start as
it would take a full article to rebut. I have been told by
many that Jean Peelwn was going to be 'coming after me'
and I guess that looks to be true."
Vamer said he's trying to decide if it's best to engage
an attorney.
"For the two and a half years I have been involved in
business on the island, I have seen so much division and
hate created by a few people, it is a real shame and it
only looks like it will be getting worse with the departure
later this month of a good and reasonable man, David
Forbes, in code enforcement," he said.
Forbes said Varner claims his properties frequently
have gaps between rentals that account for the seven
days, regardless of whether some guests stay a shorter
period or the full seven days.
It's unclear as to the code, whether the seven days
are to be within a calendar week, as many rentals are
Saturday to Saturday, and Forbes was unsure who
will eventually be cited in the event of a violation;
the vacationer, the rental management company or the

WMFR approves higher fire assessment

Dorothy Keane, left, and Jean Link take time for a
laugh while checking out items for sale at the St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. The Catholic Church Womens
sale was held May 18. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

made entry and ordered the man to surrender. He complied
and was arrested for disorderly conduct.
May 10, 100 Gulf Drive N., Baker Act. Police made
contact with a man, who said he no longer wanted to live
and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was
transported to the hospital.
May 14, 200 Gulf Drive N., grand theft. An offi-
cer was approached by a complainant, who reported a
stolen purse. She said she was watching the sunset and
had placed her purse on nearby rocks. She told police
she turned away for a few minutes, but when she turned
around, her purse was gone.
May 11, 2300 block of Canasta Drive. A complain-
ant reported two cases of beer stolen from a refrigerator
in his garage.
May 10, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, vehi-
cle burglary. A man and woman were carrying items from
their vehicle to a picnic area. They left some items near
the vehicle while they set up for the day. Among the items
left by the vehicle was a bag containing the vehicle keys.
The complainant reported they were only away for a few
minutes, but the suspect took the items, gained entry into
the vehicle and stole computer equipment and a GPS unit
valued at $660.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
May 13, comer of 121st Street Court West, trespass

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
West Manatee Fire Rescue District residential prop-
erty owners will pay about $5-$6 more on their 2013-14
tax bills for fire service from the WMFR.
The district board voted 4-1 to raise the annual
assessment 1.91 percent, the maximum increase allowed
by state law. Commissioner Scott Ricci voted against the
measure, stating the increase should only be to cover
expenses and not include a staff pay raise.
Commissioner Randy Cooper originally opposed the
increase, siding with Ricci, but voted for the measure in
the roll call vote.
In other business, WMFR Chief Andy Price pre-
sented the maximum estimate to remodel Station No. 2
on Cortez Road. The estimate from Ross Built LLC was
$1.5 million, which was more than expected. The board
approved the estimate with the understanding the cost
could not be higher. Price said he hoped it would end up
being less.
Ross Built LLC of Holmes Beach is the approved
contractor. The company also was the contractor for
the remodel of Station No. 1, Station No. 3 and the
WMFR headquarters building on Third Avenue West
in Bradenton.

warning. A complainant reported someone was inside a
vehicle owned by her on an empty lot, also owned by
her. A deputy arrived and made contact with a man and
woman inside the vehicle. They were issued a trespass
warning and instructed not to return to the property.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
April 29, 752 Manatee Ave. W., Kingfish Boat
Ramp, burglary. Equipment for repairs to the Anna Maria
Island Bridge was being staged in a fenced area at the
boat ramp. Unknown persons cut the fence and made
entry into a storage trailer, and stole diving gear. A tool-
box on a nearby barge also was stolen. The value of the
items was not listed, but an employee of Topcor, the com-
pany doing the work, said the loss would run thousands
of dollars.
May 3, 3600 block of Gulf Drive, intoxicated person.
Police responded to the beach in regards to an intoxicated
male and made contact with a man who was staggering
along the beach. The man's speech was slurred and he

The next meeting of the district board will be at 6
p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the WMFR administration
building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Frice, leJt,
presents firefighter Jay Johnson with his promotion to
firefighter first class at the WMFR district board meet-
ing May 16. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

could not remember how much he had to drink. He said
he was skimboarding. Police observed a gash to the man's
head, but he refused medical services. The man's mother
was contacted and she arrived to take him home.
May 3, 400 block of 62nd Street, theft. A woman
parked a bicycle valued at $75 in front of her residence.
She told police the bike was still there when she went to
work, but was missing when she returned home.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Island watch
To report information on a felony crime, call Man-
atee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
6311; or Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5807.
In emergencies, call 911.

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HBPD chief introduces new sergeants, new direction

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer introduced
newly promoted Sgt. Mike Pilato and Sgt. Vern McGowin
to the city commission May 14.
McGowin began his law enforcement career in 1988
in Alabama before taking a job with the Palmetto Police
Department in 1992.
He joined the Holmes Beach Police Department in
1997 and is one of the department's coast guard captains,
as well as a senior officer on the dive team.
He has received advanced training as a field-train-
ing officer, and in middle management and is one of the
department's firearms instructors.
Pilato began his law enforcement career in 1996 in
Texas, where he worked for eight years before joining
the HBPD in 2004.
He has received advanced training as an instructor
with specialties in firearms, armorer and firearms instruc-

tion. Pilato also is a department coast guard captain and
senior officer of the dive team.
Tokajer said Pilato has received advanced training
as a field-training officer, and in middle management and
line supervision.
Tokajer also presented Officer Joshua Fleischer
to the commission, as a recipient of the Congressional
Law Enforcement Preservation of Life Award. Fleischer
received the award in a presentation of law enforcement
awards by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchannan May 13 for his
quick actions in saving the life of a Holmes Beach man
overdosing on drugs in November 2012, who went on to
make a full recovery.
Tokajer also introduced two newly hired members
of the department. Kevin Powers started patrol duty May
20 and Mike Dinius will begin work as the department's
dispatch supervisor May 27.
Mayor Carmel Monti presented Tokajer a proclama-
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May 15 was National Peace Officer's Memorial
"There were 72 officers feloniously killed in the line
of duty in 2011 nationwide," said Tokajer. "There were
47 killed in 2012. In Florida, there were 14 officers killed
in 2011. There were five killed last year. We are praying
those numbers continue to go down."
As part of a new city policy, each department will be
presenting the commission with a monthly report.
Tokajer reported April arrests included six for battery,
two beverage law arrests, four driver's license arrests,
three DUIs, one resisting arrest without violence, one
violation of a no-contact order and one warrant arrest.
The department issued 27 citations, 33 written warn-
ings and addressed 15 noise complaints in April. Eight of
the 15 complaints proved to be unfounded.
The department received eight citizen commenda-
tions in April.
To help improve the rental noise complaint process,
Tokajer provided the city's rental agents with a good
neighbor policy outlining the agents' responsibilities.
Tokajer said his officers have decibel meters and he
has begun a policy of separating noise complaints to give
the city a better idea of the problem.
"We' ve broken them down into two categories," said
Tokajer. "If it is a city violation, it's reported as a viola-
tion. If no noise is heard when the officer arrives, it's
listed as an information report. We also are working up
a policy of enforcement."
Tokajer said the policy would include fining viola-
tors, but also fining rental agents if they are not informing
renters of the noise ordinance.
"We've sent a flier to every rental agent outlining
the good neighbor policy," he said. The flier explains
the noise ordinance and that a first offense carries a $500
penalty. Each subsequent fine is $1,000.
Tokajer said if the same problem persists in the same
rental units, it may be a rental agent is not doing his or
her job.
Vehicle burglaries also are a problem on the island,
especially during tourist season, and the flier also outlines
vehicle safety tips for agents to pass on to renters.


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By Rick Catlin

Sign up now for chamber golf
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will hold
its 25th annual golf tournament with a 9 a.m. shotgun
start Friday, May 24, at the Longboat Key Club's Island-
side course.
According to the chamber's email, the tournament
is a scramble format with four-player teams using the
Callaway scoring system.
Cost of the tournament is $125 per single entry and
$400 for a team of four.
Single players will be put together to form as many
teams as possible.
Gift bags will be given to all participants and lunch
at the restaurant is included in the fee.
For more information, call 941-383-2466.

Brother, sister team
up to stop smoking
After losing their father to lung cancer, siblings
Tracey McHale and Jennifer Tratz decided they should
do more to help people stop smoking.
When their mother and sister quit smoking using
e-cigarettes and substituting flavored water vapors for
nicotine, the two decided to open a store and help others
quit the habit.
They recently opened Vapors on the Avenue, 5706
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
"It's been great," said McHale. "We've got a success
rate of more than 90 percent, while the nicotine gum only

Tracey McHale, left, and sister Jennifer Tratz recently
opened Vapors on the Avenue, 5706 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, to sell liquid-flavored e-cigarettes to help
people stop smoking. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

has a 7 percent success rate."
They attribute their success to the flavored liquid
used to create a vapor that contains a small amount of
nicotine. The e-cigarette allows the smoker to gradually
use less and less nicotine.
Vapors on the Avenue has more than 65 flavors for
the battery-operated e-cigarette.
"The e-cigarette converts the liquid to water vapor,
which has a great smell," and is not like smoking a ciga-
rette, Tratz said.
Store hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and
Vapors on the Avenue offers a tasting bar and support
group to help smokers kick the habit.
For more information, call 941-792-6074.

Chamber events
Reservations are requested for the monthly Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking event
to be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Cost of the event is $5.
Members are urged to bring a guest, and door prizes
will be drawn from business cards of those attending the
event, which includes appetizers and refreshments.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.

Realty raves
Mike Norman Realty, 3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, named Kathy Caserta the top listing agent for

April, while Jed Wilkinson was top sales agent.
For more information, call Mike Norman Realty at
Brown answers
security concerns
Holmes Beach resident Robert Brown is offering
a home protection service that informs the appropriate
agencies of burglaries, fires and medical emergencies.
Brown is a licensed agent for Absolute Security Inc.,
selling ADT systems.
"Insurance carriers are beginning to require secu-
rity systems," Brown said. He recommends people get a
system for their own protection sooner rather than later,
and he offers an incentive. Call me now, he said, "for a
discounted protections system and you can also save up
to 20 percent on homeowners insurance."
For more information on anADT system, call Brown
at 941-840-1865.

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Island real estate sales
101 Linda Lane, Anna Maria, a 1,276 sfla / 1,928 sfur
2bed/2bath Gulffront home built in 1966 on a 60x130 lot
was sold 05/01/13, Horvat to Saia for $1,625,000.
212 52nd St., Unit 6, Villas of Holmes Beach, Holmes
Beach a 2,656 sfla / 3,898 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car condo with
shred pool built in 2006 was sold 04/30/13, Schlossberg to
Wewerka for $875,000; list $950,000.
302 65th St., Unit A, Costa Villas, Holmes Beach, a
2,350 sfla / 3,110 sfur 5bed/31/2bath/2car land condo built
in 2008 was sold 04/26/13, Toehold on Sandcastle LLC to
Hayes for $799,000; list $859,000.
314 64th St., Unit 10A, Island Walk, Holmes Beach,
a 2,001 sfla / 3,176 sfur 3bed/21bath/2car condo with
pool built in 2006 was sold 04/22/13, Norton to Wood for
$515,000; list $549,000.

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Chamber opens social membership, touts 'heads in beds'

In an effort to boost membership, the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce is offering social member-
ships to individuals for $50 per year.
At the chamber's May 15 meeting, president Mary
Ann Brockman presented the idea and it was unanimously
approved by the board of directors.
Brockman said a social member can attend chamber
functions, volunteer and help the chamber gather more
social members.
Chamber membership rose slightly the past year,
Brockman said, but, with Anna Maria Island near full
development, there is little room to add more business
"We feel it's a positive approach to getting new mem-
bers, particularly people who are retired from business,
or new to the island, but still have much to offer other
businesses and want to contribute," Brockman said of the
membership plan.
In other business, chamber vice president Deb Wing
reported the wedding festival made $5,230. This was less
than prior years and attendance was down, but those who
did attend were "buyers" and many bought complete
wedding packages, she said.
"We're seeing a decline in attendance, but those
attending are serious about an Anna Maria Island wed-
ding. Their spending benefits our members better than a
lot of people who are just looking," she said.
Wing also said the festival's vendors were ecstatic
that attendees were buying and not just "kicking the tires."
She said many of this year's vendors signed up for the
2014 festival at the event's end, and some have become
chamber members. Several said they plan to tell other
vendors that the buying habits of festivalgoers makes a
booth at the wedding festival worthwhile, she added.
In other good news from the festival, Wing said the
chamber's idea to co-op marketing with Food and Wine

231 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,290 sfla /1,684 sfur
2bed/2bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1971 on a
56x148 lot was sold 04/19/13, Dryden to Poseidon Adven-
tures LLC for $505,000; list $539,000.
7000 Gulf Drive, Unit 103, Tiffany Place, Holmes Beach,
a 1,259 sfur/1,395 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1978 was sold 04/16/13, Enyart to May for $455,000;
list $474,000.
238 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,959 sfla/ 2,873
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home pool home built in 1957 on a
41x78 lot was sold 04/26/13, Bean Point Properties LLC to
AMI Breeze LLC for $445,000.
207 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 75x148 canal-
front lot was sold 04/26/13, Tucker to Sato for $400,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 254, Westbay Point & Moorings,
Holmes Beach, a 1,622 sfla / 1,793 sfur 3bed/2bath condo

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce vice presi-
dent Deb Wing reported to chamber board members,
including Wende Webb, seated, that the 2013 wedding
festival May 5 made $5,320 and put numerous "heads
in beds" because the festival advertised with Food and
Wine on Pine, held the same weekend. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

on Pine May 4, which took place the day before the wed-
ding festival, turned out to be a good way to encourage
"heads in beds" overnight stays.
"I can't tell you how many people registered at the

with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 04/16/13, Rice to
Marchetti for $372,000; list $389,000.
2310 Gulf Drive, N., Unit 106, Shell Cove, Bradenton
Beach, a 651 sfla 2bed/1bath condo built in 1973 sold
04/22/13, King to Hessnar Properties LLC for $320,000;
list $335,000.
6005 Gulf Drive, Unit 218, Playa Encantada, Holmes
Beach, a 1,011 sfla / 1,1179 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool buit in 1980 was sold 04/26/13, Grossweiler to
Kaser for $280,000.
3601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 205, Sandy Pointe, Holmes
Beach, a 1,035 sfla / 1,215 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1988 was sold 04/24/13, Erickson to
Pace for $230,000; list $247,000.
Sales are compiled by Jesse Brisson, broker/associate
at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, 941-778-7244.

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chamber office Saturday and said they were headed to the
festival. A lot of people did that and they stayed overnight
for the wedding festival," Wing said.
"So the heads in beds program is working," Wing
continued, "but we have to support the festival with more
advertising and marketing and start earlier to go after the
serious brides and grooms."
The board agreed and voted unanimously to put the
$5,230 profit from this year's festival in escrow for adver-
tising and marketing for the 2014 wedding festival. While
the wedding festival date has not been chosen, Wing said
it will again be on the Sunday following the Food and
Wine on Pine festival in May, after the traditional April
30 end of the winter-spring visitors season.
In other news, Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office produced a video on
how the MCSO protects communities and used its Anna
Maria substation and deputies for the taping.
"The sheriff spoke highly of Anna Maria and every-
one should see the video," the mayor said.
Board member David Teitelbaum commented on the
recent change in leadership at the MCSO substation in
Anna Maria.
"Since the new sergeant has come in, he has really
taken hold and Anna Maria is a lot more peaceful and
quiet with deputies enforcing noise restrictions," he
SueLynn agreed, noting that the word seems to have
spread that rowdy parties and bad behavior are no longer
tolerated in Anna Maria.
"The MCSO has gotten the word out that you can
no longer come from Tampa to Anna Maria and play for
a weekend without consequences," SueLynn said.
"The new sergeant, Sgt. Paul Davis, has done a
remarkable job, she said, and the community has become
much more peaceful since he took over in January.
The board's next meeting is 5:15 p.m. Wednes-
day, June 19, at the chamber, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes
For information on becoming a social member or
other chamber matters, call 941-778-1541.



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22 0 MAY 22, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Adult soccer 1
By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
With two weeks of the regular season left to play in
the adult coed soccer league at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, teams are jockeying for position in
the standings to gain favorable playoff matchups.
Playoffs get underway June 6 and will continue
through June 14, when the Island Cup and all-star games
takes place.
Island Pest Control appears to be maintaining control
of the division with a 5-1 record and a 4-point lead in the
standings over second-place Sato Real Estate, while the
remainder of the teams are separated by only 3 points.
Slim's Place and Beach to Bay Construction are both
3-3 with 9 points, while 1st USA Plumbing and Discount
Signs & Wraps are 2-3-1 and have 7 points. Last, but not
least, are Wash Family Construction and Pink & Navy
Boutique, both with 2-4 records and 6 points. With two
games left to play, a lot can change stay tuned.
In the past week's soccer action May 16, Island Pest
Control earned a statement win, rolling past second-place
Sato Real Estate by a 6-1 margin. Danny Anderson and
Greg Ross scored two goals each with Ross also collect-
ing an assist on the evening. Max Gazzo added a goal
and an assist, while Sean Sanders completed the scoring
with one goal. Frank Agnelli made 13 saves in goal for
Island Pest Control.
Paul Heyward notched the lone goal for Sato Real
Estate, which also received eight saves from goalie Mike
Brusso in the loss.
Slim's Place doubled up on Pink & Navy 6-3 in the
second game of the evening. Nick Leduc scored five
goals and Ed Moss scored one goal to lead Slim's Place,
which also received assists from Diego Felipe and Austin
Wash in the victory. Ryan Moss made 12 saves in goal.
Matt Plummer scored twice and Anthony Rasulo
scored one goal to lead Pink & Navy in the loss.
Discount Signs & Wraps edged Wash Family Con-
struction 4-3 in the third game of the night. Jeff Chris-
tianson led the way with two goals and one assist. Paulo
Fonseca added one goal and one assist and Damir Glavan
completed the scoring with one goal. Troy Shonk pre-
served the victory for Discount Signs with 19 saves in
Wash Family Construction was led by two goals from
Darren Wash and a goal and an assist from BJ Grant.
Aaron Parkin assisted on two goals and Mark Pennell
made 12 saves in defeat.
The final game of the evening saw Beach to Bay

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Construction cruise past 1st USA Plumbing by a 3-1 Leo Tilelli's 12 points and 14 rebounds paced Duncan
score. Julius Gomes led the way with two goals and one Real Estate, which also received 5 points from Trent
assist, while Brent Moss added one goal. Shackleford and 4 points from Leo Rose in the loss.
Rico Beissert scored the lone goal for 1st USA Ross Built kept pace with Walter & Associates by
Plumbing, which also received 15 saves from Pedro defeating Souther Greens 43-20 in the second game on
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Youth basketball rolls on
Youth players had a light week of basketball with no
games played in the 8-10 division and only a couple of
games in the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions.
Ross Built and Walter & Associates both won their
games last week, so there's no changes in the standings.
The two teams remain tied for first place at 7-1 with Sand
Dollar alone in third place with a 3-4 record. Southern
Greens is 2-6 for fourth place, while Duncan Real Estate
is in last place, still looking for its first victory.
Walter & Associates is on top of the Premier Division
as well with a 7-1 record, one game ahead of Heritage
Paper Company. The Feast is in third place with a 2-6
record, while Eat Here brings up the bottom with a 1-7
Walter & Associates took on Eat Here May 14 in one
of the two 14-17 division games played last week and
came away with a 39-20 victory behind the inside-outside
combination of Neil Carper and Eric Crawford. Carper
scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out
three assists, while Crawford scored 13 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds. Seth Walter added 4 points and six
rebounds, while Cooper Hardy, Colin Rottes and Phil
Rottes completed the scoring with 2 points each.
Eat Here was led by Garret Ware's 8 points and 6
points from Joey Carder. Connor Field added 3 points
and nine rebounds and Taylor Wilson scored 3 points to
complete the scoring in the loss.
Heritage Paper Company kept pace with Walter &
Associates in the 14-17 division with a 33-28 victory
over The Feast May 13. Austin Miller led the way with
16 points, while Burke Hill added 5 points. Sam Cuva and
Tony Sperduto each finished with 4 points for Heritage
Paper Company in the victory.
Lee Bergeron's 9 points and nine rebounds led The
Feast, which also received 7 points from Ryan Gilman.
Chris Johnson and Alex Gilman each added 6 points to
complete the scoring in the loss.
Walter & Associates cruised past Duncan Real Estate
42-25 May 13 to stay on top of the 11-13 division behind
a huge game from Dayton Modderman. He scored 22
points and grabbed 20 rebounds, while teammate JP
Russo added 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Jack Heckler's 4 points completed the scoring for Walter
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the victory.
Hayden Brewer scored 12 points and grabbed nine
rebounds to lead Southern Greens, which also received
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Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played an individual-
low-net golf match May 14 with a side game of low putts
for the day.
Joyce Brown negotiated nine holes using 13 putts,
while Jean Holmes and Maxine Mitchell each used 14
putts to tie for second.
Holmes rode a birdie on the sixth hole to take first
place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29. Sue Hookem
finished in second place with a 2-under-par 30.
Brown rode her low putts to a 7-under-par 25 that
gave her a tie for first place in Flight B with Liz Lang.
Meredith Slavin took second with a 3-under-par 29.
Erma McMullen carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first
place in Flight C by two shots over second-place finisher
Markie Ksiazek.

MAYSO youth soccer tryouts upcoming
The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization has
announced tryout dates and times for Manatee Magic,
its competitive soccer program.
Cost per player for the Magic season, which runs
September-March, is $400 and includes home and away
uniforms and a backpack.
All MAYSO Magic coaches are licensed and possess
many years of coaching and playing experience.
Tryouts will be held at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton
6-7:30 p.m. May 28-June 5 for age groups as follow:
U9-10 Boys: May 28, June 3.
U9-10 Girls: May 28, June 3.
Ull-12 Boys: May 29, June 4.
Ull-12 Girls: May 29, June 4.
U13-16 Boys: May 30, June 5.
U13-16 Girls: May 30, June 5.
For more information, email me at competition@
mayso.org or call 941-807-1105.

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By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains prosper-
ous for inshore and nearshore fishers. On the beaches,
migratory fish are cruising the shallow trough in search
of bait schools.
Sharks are following close behind the migratory fish,
which is making it possible to catch respectable sizes
from the shoreline.
On the flats, catch-and-release snook are out in full
force. Try around mangrove islands, passes and bridges
to locate fish.
Also, on nearshore structure, Spanish mackerel,
bonito and kingfish are patrolling for baitfish. Try cast-
ing free-lined shiners behind the boat to get a bite.
Tarpon are in the early stages of their season. Fish
are being caught around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
and Egmont Key. Although the real numbers of fish have
not yet arrived, there are still targetable numbers in the
Capt. Warren Girle is in the backcountry of Sarasota
Bay fishing for redfish and spotted seatrout. For the reds,
Girle is fishing shallow grass flats with good tidal flow
and clear water. By anchoring and chumming with live
shiners, he's consistently hooking up upper-slot reds with
some over-slot fish in the mix. For the trout, Girle is
fishing slightly deeper flats. By using either live shiners
or artificial, such as soft plastics on a jighead, Girle's
clients are catching spotted seatrout in the 16-20 inch
Moving to nearshore structure, Girle is finding a vari-
ety of migratory species. After anchoring over structure,
he is chumming with live shiners to bring kingfish, mack-
erel and bonito to the surface to feed. Once the fish are
feeding, Girle instructs his clients to cast out a free-lined
shiner. Kingfish in the 15-pound range are the norm, as
well as Spanish mackerel up to 22 inches.
Sharks also are being caught on Girle's charters.

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Blacktip, bull and lemon sharks are responding to chunks
of Spanish mackerel free-lined behind the boat. Expect
to catch shark up to 175 pounds using this method.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish
mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle are dominating the
bite. Pier fishers using Clark spoons behind a popping
cork are hooking up with fish. Small white speck rigs are
producing as well.
Fishing the pier at night is proving prosperous for
those targeting shark. Most fishers are using chunks of
fresh-cut Spanish mackerel, bonito or mullet to get a
Expect to encounter blacktip, lemon and bull sharks.
Remember, a reel that holds a lot of line is advantageous
when targeting big sharks at the pier. Once hooked up, a
big shark can easily peel off a couple hundred yards of
line before you can turn it.
Pier fishers at night are hooking into some respectable
catch-and-release snook. A hand-sized live pinfish soaked
under the pier will get you connected. Just remember to
return these big breeder fish back to the water as quickly
and gently as possible.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel pier says fish are
cooperating, but you have to be there at the right time.
Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and pompano are being
caught, but the bite is sporadic at best. Due to a minimal
amount of baitfish around the pier, most of the migratory
fish are cruising by the pier and then moving on in search
of more bait. For the macks and ladyfish, Gotcha plugs or
small white jigs are the lures of choice. For the pompano,
live sand fleas or shrimp will get the job done.
Pier fishers using live shiners for bait are catching a
few sheepshead, black drum and flounder. Casting baits
under the deck or around the pilings of the pier will get
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Finally, small shark are frequenting the waters around
the R&R. By using shrimp or frozen squid, pier fishers
are catching small bonnethead, Atlantic sharpnose and
lemon sharks. For larger species, such as blacktip and bull
sharks, try using a whole Spanish mackerel or a chunk of
fresh-cut bonito.
Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle says beach
action is still going strong. Beach fishers using artificial
such as Gotcha plugs and small white jigs are catching
a variety of fish by casting from the shoreline. Jack cre-
valle, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and even a few
pompano catches are being reported.
For those interested in catching shark, the beaches
are a good destination to get started. Mattay suggests first
catching a jack crevalle or other oily fish and then cut-
ting the fish in chunks to use for bait. By i,,ini, a shark
leader and casting out a chunk of bait, beach fishers are
finding good action on blacktip and lemon sharks.
On the flats, Mattay is hearing of great catch-and-
release action on snook. Live shiners are like snook candy
to the linesiders, although reports of fish being caught
on topwater plugs are coming in, too. Mattay suggests
fishing strong moving tides around mangrove islands to
find the bite.
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Holmes Beach vet meets
another of the 'lucky' few
World War II veteran Ike Leighty of Holmes Beach
never personally knew Les Kastelin of west Bradenton,
although both were stationed in the Navy on the Pacific
island of Manus off the north coast of New Guinea at the
same time during the war.
But he knows him now, after reading Kastelin's story
in a Greatest Generation column. Leighty read that Kas-
telin survived the war only because he let another guy
take his place on a torpedo bomber mission so the man
could get his monthly air time for flight pay. Kastelin's
plane never returned.
Leighty knows full well how Kastelin feels. Virtually
the same thing happened to him on the way to Manus.
"I was ordered from Australia to Manus. I was just
an ensign and there were only four seats on the plane.
When we got to Espiritu Santu, I got bumped off by a
senior officer," Leighty recalled.
Leighty took the transport plane the next day.
There were two ways a pilot could fly to Manus from
Espiritu, Leighty remembered.
The shortest, but most difficult, was to fly over the
Owen Stanley mountains on New Guinea.
"They went up to 16,000 feet and there was snow
on the mountains and cloudy. At that height, you needed
oxygen," Leighty said.
The longer, but safer way, was to fly to Port Moresby
on the south coast, refuel, then fly east along the New
Guinea coast, then turn north and northwest until reach-
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range of Japanese fighters, but the pilot of the second
plane elected to fly the longer, safer route.
When Leighty arrived at Manus, he learned the first
transport never arrived. Leighty thinks every day about
the fortunes that bumped him from the doomed plane.
"Was someone looking out for me? I believe to this
day it was meant to happen," he said.
When he read Kastelin's story, he got in touch with
him and the two men and their families met.
"What are the odds of that happening to two people
on the same island, then meeting after nearly 70 years?"
Leighty wondered. Only a guy who had been in the same
position as Leighty, or Kastelin, could understand their
feelings. Leighty and Kastelin were immediate friends.
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"I had already graduated from the University of Iowa
and was working for the War Department as a contracting
He had a deferment, but as his friends began to join
up or get drafted, Leighty decided he was not going to
be the only guy in town who didn't get in the service.
He gave up his deferment in 1943 and tried to get in
the Army's one-year service program for married men.
Leighty got married one week after Pearl Harbor.
"But the Army canceled that plan, so I joined the
Navy rather than get drafted."
Because of his engineering degree, he was given a
direct commission and sent to school to learn how the
Navy supplied the vast fleet of ships it now had in the
In the spring of 1944, Leighty was transferred to
aviation supply and maintenance because of his knowl-
edge of rotary and radial engines.
By July 1944, Leighty had finished his courses and
flew to Hawaii for assignment to the 7th Fleet, part of
Gen. Douglas MacArthur's naval element. He recalls
seeing the battleship Arizona submerged off Ford Island,
where it remains to this day.
From Hawaii, Leighty flew to Brisbane, then got
orders to Manus. He was on a Navy Coronado transport
when it lost an engine and set down at the naval base at
Espiritu Santu, about 1,000 miles east of New Guinea.
"I went out to the plane the next day at 0500 to get
on and was told a Navy lieutenant, which is a rank the
same as an Army captain, had bumped me. So I got out-
Leighty took the transport the next day and the pilot
took the safe way to Manus. After landing, Leighty heard
the Coronado never made it to Manus.
"I just figured the good Lord had something else in
mind for me. I believe in intelligent design, but what a
shock to learn about the first plane. And then to meet up
with Len after all these years."
Leighty set up the Navy's aviation supply depot.
Although he never met Kastelin, both men recalled many
of the same guys who were at Manus.
"It was really hot. So hot that we hired cooks and
kitchen police from the local natives, who didn't mind
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the heat."
One night, the Japanese sent over a lone bomber,
probably a "Betty" from their naval base at Rabaul,
Leighty recalled. The anti-aircraft guns took care of that
plane in short order, he said.
"At the same time, we were bombing their base at
Truk every day, or we'd go bomb Rabaul. We had the
Japanese on those islands surrounded and they couldn't
get resupplied. MacArthur left them to starve or surren-
Leighty remembers the day the ammunition ship
Mount Hood blew up. He was about 6 miles away and
the blast moved his desk four feet. "Those ammo ships
were dangerous to work on. We kept finding bodies for
days after the explosion."
In October 1944, MacArthur invaded the Philippines
at Leyte Gulf, fulfilling his pledge that "I shall return."
"I remember hearing MacArthur filmed the scene of
him walking through the surf several times until he got
the pictures he liked," Leighty said with a laugh.
After the fall of Manila in March 1945, Leighty and
other naval engineers began gathering the ships and sup-
plies that would be needed for "the big one," Leighty
"The invasion of Japan was going to be the bi_' *., 'I
invasion ever. We heard to expect 500,000 or more casu-
alties in the first few days of the invasion, which was
planned for November."
In Manila, however, the Filipinos couldn't do enough
for the Americans.
"And the girls were simply gorgeous, but I was a
married man. I also remember the Japs blew up every
building but one. It was a church and the explosives didn't
work. That church did good business on Sunday."
But preparing for the invasion was sobering to
By Aug. 1, 1945, the Allies had amassed nearly 400
ships and about 60-80 aircraft carriers in Manila Harbor
I \ 1 l 'ii knew it was going to be rough, so all you

could do was pray. You knew some of the guys weren't
coming back."
On Aug. 6, 1945, Leighty heard on the radio an
atomic bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima, wiping
out most of the city. Three days later, another atom bomb
was dropped on Nagasaki with similar results.
"I had no idea what an atom bomb was, but I learned
fast. We all felt the Japanese would now give up."
On Aug. 15, the Japanese announced on the radio that
the war was over. The translation never once mentioned
that they had surrendered, Leighty recalled.
But the war was over and every ship in the harbor
fired its machine guns that night. Leighty said it looked
like a July 4 celebration.
Leighty is the first man to say he wasn't a hero. The
heroes were the guys who died trying to make the Japa-
nese surrender, he said.
"But I served with the greatest friends I ever made
in my life. There's something about being in combat or
a combat situation that makes you bond with the other
In 1994, Leighty returned to Leyte for the 50th anni-
versary of the invasion of the Philippines. It was an emo-
tional experience.
"The Filipinos loved us, just as they hated the Japa-
nese. By the time the ceremonies were over, there wasn't
a dry eye in the place.
"I'm proud of my service, of doing what I could for
my country. I was just an ordinary guy in extraordinary
times. But I'll tell you this. If I hadn't joined, I don't
think I could have looked my buddies in the eye after
the war. I'm glad I gave up the deferment and went, and
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never came back. They are the real heroes of the war.
But my mind always goes back to that flight where I got
bumped. You never forget that."
After returning from the war, Leighty went to work
for a small manufacturing company in Waterloo, Iowa,
as a sales manager. The company prospered and Leighty
eventually founded the local branch of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars.
In 1977, he and a partner formed a company that
made dust measuring devices for diesel engines. They
found a ready market with Caterpillar and Ryder and the
company did well.
Leighty eventually sold the company to the employ-
ees and retired to Florida.
"I really was one of the lucky ones, and meeting
and talking to Len made me realize God gave me a pur-
Leighty's first wife died in 1957. They had two chil-
dren, four grandchildren and Leighty now has eight great-
grandchildren. He later married his best friend's wife
after he died. They spend winters in Holmes Beach.
"It's been an incredible journey. And a lucky one. I
wouldn't do it again for a million dollars, but I wouldn't
take a million dollars for the experience. It changed my
Ike Leighty is a proud member of the Greatest Gen-
The Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation
columns are written about anyone, man or woman who
served with an Allied country during WWII or the Korean
War. If you'd like to be interviewed, or know someone
who served in either conflict, please contact the Islander
at 941-778-7978.

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Creighton and Sharon Faust
Anna Maria Island Residents, Over 25
Years Experience, Cell 941-720-5851

sharonfaust@remax. net I
www.yourbeachtobayconnection.com - -.

The Islander
will be closed in
observance of Memorial
Day, Monday, May 27.
Classified ads for the May
29 edition of the newspaper
are due at the office by 2
p.m. Friday, May 24.
Please, have a safe
and happy holiday, and
remember those military
service women and men
who sacrificed for
your freedoms.

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DELL V715W PRINTER: Wireless, scanner and
fax. Very good condition. $45. 941-751-4777.

TWIN BED: BOUGHT this January, used two
months, perfect, $100.

Call 607-227-5335.

SLEEP SOFA as new condition, $99. Wingback
recliner, $49. Call 941-778-3920.

WESTPOINTE RADIATOR heater, $20. Wireless
router, $15. HP printer/fax/copier, $40. All excel-
lent. 941-779-9781.

BAMBOO LOVE SEAT, like new, $50. Twin air mat-
treses, new Coleman, $15 ea. 941-730-0444.

FREE FIREWOOD: Pickup in Holmes Beach.

COFFEE TABLE: HARDWOOD, beautiful, $90.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOR SALE: One legal two-drawer file. Various
office supplies. Also selling antique wood office
chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed.
Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

THE ISLANDER will be closed in observance of
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Classified ads
for the May 29 edition of the newspaper are due
at the office by 2 p.m. Friday, May 24. Please,
have a safe and happy holiday, and remember
those military service women and men who sac-
rificed for your freedoms.

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-

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but
working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry
of Presence summer camp in Haiti. Deliver to The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

SELECT SOCCER CAMP: Summer soccer train-
ing, two mornings per week, call Joey, Division 1
collegiate player. 941-504-8303.

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

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

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Donations, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

ESTATE/GARAGE SALE Sat., Sun. May 25-26,
8-2. Antique Mahogany corner china cabinet,
antique goose-arm rocking chair, roll-top desk
with matching end tables, etc. 209 84th St.,
Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE Sat., May 25, 8 A.M. Treadmill,
exec. desk chair, books, pretty nice stuff. 515
67th Street, Holmes Beach.

FOURTH ANNUAL "potter seconds" and garage
sale. 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Saturday, May 25. 321
Harden Ave., Anna Maria.

HUGE SALE!! Monday-Friday, 9-4. Furniture,
antiques, kitsch, artwork. The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

18, Sandbar Restaurant. Call George 941-201-

LOST PHONE ON trolley. Please, call 941-704-
4452, if found.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens. Julie, 941-720-1411.

WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!)
are looking for great new homes or fosters. Call
for information, 941-896-6701.

Turn the page for more Islander classifieds....

Charles Buky
Cell: 941-228-6086

201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1
Longboat Key FL 34228


CLUB: Gulffront
S 2bed/2bath condo.
This unit has it all:
amazing, sweeping
views of the Gulf of
Mexico, elevator,
pool and spa, covered parking, storage and great
rental history. $749,000. Call Jesse Brisson for more
info @ 941.713.4755.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
11Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Fu-- l; Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

j Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Sa Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
** References available 941-720-7519

professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
www.amitaxi.com amitaxi4u@gmail.com
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining

Anderson & Associates Insurance
Your Island Insurance Specialist


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

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long
memories, call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.

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-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located
on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and
evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235.

PERSONAL CARE AND companionship needed
for elderly woman evenings, in facility private
care at The Towers. Medical background either
nursing assistant or nursing required. Need work
hours to start approx 3-4:00 p.m.. Please email
your contact information with a summary of
background to: reid3444@sbcglobal.net.
PART OR FULL-time customer service rep for
real estate office. Experience with Microsoft
Word, Internet, marketing, social media. Call AMI
Beaches Real Estate, 941-799-9096.

real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

THE ISLANDER will be closed in observance of
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Classified ads
for the May 29 edition of the newspaper are due
at the office by 2 p.m. Friday, May 24. Please,
have a safe and happy holiday, and remember
those military service women and men who sac-
rificed for your freedoms.

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
transportation. 941-447-9658.

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

AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Eve-
nings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, cur-
rently enrolled in child development courses,
honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI
or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Light duties around
home, appointments, hygiene care, experience in
all phases. References, 30 years experience. Call
between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.

THE ISLANDER will be closed in observance of
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Classified ads
for the May 29 edition of the newspaper are due
at the office by 2 p.m. Friday, May 24. Please,
have a safe and happy holiday, and remember
those military service women and men who sac-
rificed for your freedoms. Have a safe and happy

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.

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
Weaver, 813-727-1959.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

cial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn
services, also. 941-565-3935.

resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-

trustworthy and honest with reasonable non-
hourly rate. 813-295-5000 please, leave mes-

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic clean-
ing products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-

PC REPAIR: WIRELESS/wired network set up,
data transfer, hardware/software installation.
Henry Lewis, 941-704-2658.

ALEXIS COX JAZZ: Music to blend an ear. Pri-
vate parties, clubs, local nursing homes/assisted
living, for all occasions. Highly recommended.

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-

ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County
and the Island since 1987. For dependable,
honest and personalized service, call William
Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your
home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than
19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.

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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,
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -

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
phone" 941-720-0770.

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
Neil, 941-726-3077.

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

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.

stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

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.
builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable,
timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-
RANDY'S PAINT AND Drywall: Carpentry, screens
and all your household maintenance. 941-465-
THE ISLANDER will be closed in observance of
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Classified ads
for the May 29 edition of the newspaper are due
at the office by 2 p.m. Friday, May 24. Please,
have a safe and happy holiday, and remember
those military service women and men who sac-
rificed for your freedoms.

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-
June. 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.
from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental,
three-day minimum. Call for further information,
863-660-3509 or email: mememersh@aol.com.
1 BR/1 BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo,
heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month,
$1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.

Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 500 sf. next
to Jose's Real Cuban Food, 8799 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206.

PERICO ISLAND MONTHLY vacation rental:
3BR/3BA private pool, community facilities. 941 -
795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk


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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holv,-:, '.F i"i Sat.

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

r : :b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima: ,.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. -'
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
Call Junior, S07-1015 d*h

HONE Handyman Service
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesoh LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
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slip. Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer
and dryer. No pets. Six months plus. $950/month,
furnished, $1,050/month, unfurnished. Call 941-
3BR/2BA private home with a heated pool and
fenced backyard. Tile and carpet, granite counter
tops, two-car garage, covered patio, lake views,
washer/dryer hookups. Lawn and pool care pro-
vided. Small dog considered. Close to Robinson
Preserve. $1,600/month. First, last, security. Gulf
Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
PERICO ISLAND MONTHLY vacation rental:
3BR/3BA private pool, community facilities. 941 -
795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk

GULFFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA, wonderful view. Great
getaway or rental. Direct access to Gulf beach only 100 feet
from your door. $399,000.

BIMINI BAY Water on both sides of this huge and unique
duplex with 2,742 sf under air. A must see! $910,000.

home located directly on the beach at the north end.
Detached garage. Tons of potential. $1,695,000.

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

BAYFRONT COTTAGE 3BR/2BA with renovated kitchen
and baths. Detached 2 car garage, mature trees, large lot and
a half. Short walk to beach. A must see at $799,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
Norman" 941-778-6696
Norman 53101 GULF DR

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully
furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat
dock. Seasonal, November. Call 818-620-0901.
CLIMATE-CONTROLLED AND non-climate units
available starting at $65/month. For additional
information, call Anna Maria Storage, 941-779-
near beaches and shopping, 2BR/2BA, Jacuzzi,
marble floors throughout, $900/month. 941-720-
west of Gulf Drive. $2,400/month. 107 Beach
Ave., Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
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.
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
site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.



3BR/2BA bungalow. Central NW Bradenton 2BR/2BA, pool
island location. Tons of charm. new kitchen. $219,000. Call Lori
$649,000 Call Nicole Skaggs, Guerin, 941-773-3415, or Carmen
Broker 941-773-3966 Pedota 941-284-2598, Realtors.

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Walk to the beach. $525,000
Call Lori Guerin, 941-773-
3415 or Carmen Pedota, 941-
284-2598. Realtors.

Rare buildbable lot in exclusive
Harbour Landings Estates.
$199,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker, 941-773-3966.

Large 3BR/2BA shortsale. Gulf views from light, bright,
Big Potential. $69,900. Call updated 2BR/2BA condo. Turn-
Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415, key furnished, priced to sell at
or Carmen Pedota, 941-284- $264,900. Call Nicole Skaggs,
2598, Realtors. Broker. 941-773-3966.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289

ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/3BA on canal. Boat dock,
community pool. $3000/mo. Furnished or unfur-
nished. Sato Real Estate Inc. 941-778-7200 or
email rentals@satorealestate.com.
SIX-MONTH RENTAL on the North end of Anna
Maria Island. 2BR/2BA, available July 1, 2013 to
Jan. 1, 2014. Call for more information. An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320.

2BR/1 BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views.
$395,000, by owner. 941-779-0101.
PLEASE CALL ME if you're interested in selling.
I'm looking to purchase a home close to or on
the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.
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.
FLAMINGO CAY IN Waterbird Way. On canal
with boat and lift. One level, 2BR/2BA, pool
access, remodeled, furnished. $210,000. 573-
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO for sale: 2BR/2BA #252,
fully furnished, $325,000, by owner. 941-778-

37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 furnished condo, htd pool, tennis. S117,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
tdollyl @yahoo.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

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Mexico. Turnkey
furnished unit, 2br/2ba, 1-car garage and
storage locker.
11 a.m-2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, and
Thursday, May 30, unit 108, north building,
Holmes Beach.

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27 Swearing
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37 "Very nice!"
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44 See 29-Across
52 "That's the way
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53 Shoes without heels
54 Remain unresolved
56 Ninny
59 Fitting conclusion'?
60 Blackmorc title girl
61 Quick
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68 Flows out
69 Fleming of opera
70 Home of the 1t.K.
71 Cartoonist Hoff
72 Supermarket aid
73 Full of animal fat
74 Pair on ice
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85 180s
86 Subject of the 2002
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102 Wake-up calls
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16 Thingamajig
17 Lunchbox treats
23 Where Yemen
Airwa)s is based

24 This puzzle's long-
winded advice,
simply put
25 Case worker's
title'?: Abbr.
29 Alto
30 Former Swedish
P.M. Palme
31 Senate coe cr-up
32 Having no active e
33 "'rom all of all
of you ..."
34 Actor McGregor
39 Carp in a pond
40 Auction category
41 Steak
42 Kcfauver of old
43 Sue Grafton's "
for Lawless"
45 Start to go surfing?
46 Helps in a bad way
47 Opposite of always
48 Intimate
49 Automaker since
50 Cravings
51 Not go beyond
55 Unnatural?
56 Power option
57 Biblical matriarch
who lived to 127
58 Bag
60 Tooth: Prefi\
61 One side in a 19th-
century war, with

78 Impression
79 Nov. I honoree
80 Snorkeling site
81 "Yeah, yeah"
82 Canberra chum
83 Viewed
87 Formally name
88 Corner piece
89 Cooler in hot

90 "Nemesis" novelist
91 Place to pla)
92 Rolaids rival
93 Mark of distinction
94 Elect
95 61-Down's
opponent, with
96 The Snake River
snakes through it

97 Didn't turn away

98 Fly away. in a way

99 "A horse designed
by a committee"

104 Cause of a trip

105 Host follower?

107 Turn down

108 Surpass

109 Guanajuato gold

Marianne Correll
Your Listing REALTOR
-- Understanding
r Professional

r 61 MarISlAND

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62 Blender setting
64 Evening, in ads
65 Go ballistic
66 Turns suddenly
67 Pressure, informally
73 Reagan antimissile
program, for short
74 Mucky place
75 Ring results
76 Let someone else
take ovcr

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