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Anna Maria calls up Ridan for cell tower talks


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Rep. Jim Boyd: HB833
won't be repealed.
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Retailers ring in
summer. Page 4
Summer real estate
deals predicted to go
fast. Page 5

Kayak kiosk concept
at Gulf Drive Cafe
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Community announce-
ments, calendar and
July 4 happenings.
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By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
After weeks of meetings between an Anna
Maria cell tower committee and three prospec-
tive cell tower providers, the city commission
June 27 voted to negotiate with Ridan Indus-
tries.
The committee recommended Ridan, but
it was a close contest between Ridan and F&L
towers. The committee, led by building offi-
cial Bob Welch, also recommended that both
companies conduct a presentation to commis-
sioners before a final vote.
"It was that close," said Welch, who said
Ridan was recommended based on it receiv-
ing two first-place votes and two second-place
votes.
F&L received two first-place votes, one
second-place vote and a third-place vote, but
scored higher than Ridan by five points in the
committee's overall grading system.
Welch said the city's request for proposal
is structured in such a way that if negotiations
stall with a selected company, new negotia-
tions can begin with the next highest scorer,
"Or we can simply start over."


The committee suggested commissioners
negotiate with both companies to extract the best
deal possible for the city, but city attorney Jim
Dye disagreed with that advice.
"That can get complicated," said Dye. "I
would not recommend you enter into two nego-
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A flag poll with hidden cells will be the likely
style of the Anna Maria cell tower. Islander
File Photo


tiations."
Dye said the process of leasing the land then
undergoing the permit process is a k n1iili\ one
and doubling the negotiations and allowing fur-
ther presentations would only serve to delay the
process.
Commissioner Gene Aubry said further
delays were unacceptable.
"I remember bringing up this subject for-
ever ago," he said. "We have appointed three
competent people to consider proposals and I
count on that committee. Delaying this is typical
Anna Maria business as usual. We did what we
were going to do, and let's not sit around and go
from one workshop to another."
Aubry moved to enter into negotiations
with the committee's top recommendation of
Ridan. Commissioner Nancy Yetter seconded
the motion but, during discussion, a Ridan rep-
resentative asked to speak.
Since a motion was made before open-
ing public comment, Dye said the commission
would have to rescind the motion in order to
allow public comment.
The motion was rescinded, which opened
PLEASE SEE AM CELL TOWER PAGE 3


Anna Maria moves forward with 'six lots' park plan


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Frustration turned to celebration at the
June 27 city meeting when commissioners
voted to accept a park design for the six vacant
lots on Pine Avenue at Bay Boulevard after
months of stalled discussion.
The city acquired the six-parcel piece
of property in 2012 to prevent the possibil-
ity of a developer building rental units on the
bayfront. The purchase was made following a


detailed accounting of the city's surplus budget
during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Commissioner Gene Aubry said the com-
mission wanted to ensure the city could afford
AM to purchase the property, "and
only after we were told that
we could afford it, did we buy
it."


Once the city had the
property, discussions ensued
on what to do with it. Aubry


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suggested the property be used as an open park
and presented a minimal landscaping plan that
included planting mature live oaks.
He was approached by Rex Hagen in Janu-
ary with an offer to fund the landscaping and
trees, but plans then stalled over parking con-
cerns, restrooms and the park's layout.
Hagen offered to pay for the trees, but also
wanted public bathrooms installed on the prop-
erty. He offered to pay for the construction and
one year of maintenance. Hagen said if the bath-
rooms did not work out to the city's liking, the
city could remove them after the first year.
He made the stipulation that he would not
donate any funding toward the park without the
bathrooms.
"It only took six months to get it done,"
said Aubry. "I'm not being critical. It's just the
way government works, but it's nice to see a
commission in place that works in a cooperative
spirit."
Commissioners had been at odds over
adding parking in the area, but ultimately agreed
to create enough parking for up to 15 vehicles
at the park.
"There won't be any street parking," said
Aubry. "\Vl. ItkI. will be able to drive right
into the park near where the oak trees will be
planted and people won't even notice it because
the vehicles will be inside the park."
There won't be traditional parking spaces,
rather a parking area, Aubry said.
The bathrooms will be basic, too, he said.
"There will be two unisex wooden struc-
tures and they are self-ventilated, so they won't
require a lot of attention," said Aubry. He also
recommended a temporary well and irrigation
lines that will be removed after a year.
PLEASE SEE AM PARK PLAN, PAGE 3





2 0 JULY 3, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

State rep to Anna Maria: HB883 won't be repealed


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
State Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, said June 27 at
an Anna Maria city meeting that he doesn't hold out a
lot of hope the 2011 passage of HB883 restricting some
rights by local government to regulate rental units would
be repealed any time soon.
Boyd, who voted along with 93 other state repre-
sentatives to pass the bill, said the 2011 debate over the
measure was more about individual property rights.
Boyd said he received calls about the bill, and those
he did receive were supportive of its passage.
"I had folks from this island tell me their property
has been in their family for 50 years and the only way
they could keep it is to let them rent it how and when
they wanted," said Boyd. "They said if they couldn't,
high property taxes and high utilities would force them
to sell their family home."
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the law limits how
cities deal with vacation rentals. "What that has done is
tie our hands. It feels like a taking of our own home rule.
It's had a tremendous impact in Anna Maria," she said.
SueLynn said longtime residents are moving away
and neighborhoods are being lost.
"It's decimated our quality of life," she said.
Boyd said the only way to attempt a repeal is to create
a new bill to readdress the issue, but he said that would be
an uphill climb given the bill's overwhelming support.
HB883 passed in the House 94-19, but local munici-
palities claim powerful backers in the development and
real estate industries, who managed to get it to a vote,
promoted the law.
City officials on Anna Maria Island have previously
said they were unaware of the bill until after it passed.
Boyd said there are other ways to address it.
"It could be introduced in terms of an amendment,
if that is the will of the community," he said. "But there
are limitations."
SueLynn said Anna Maria, other island cities and a
growing number of inland cities are gearing up to fight
the bill.


Boyd said public support against the bill would be
key for those representing their constituents.
"I'm an optimist by nature," he said. "But I can just
about guarantee it won't be repealed. There might be a
way to look at an individual community, and I'm happy
to advance that conversation."
Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry said the stat-
ute benefits investors over residents and, during recent dis-
cussion, the city learned property owners can sue under the
Bert J. Harris Jr. Act an even worse-case scenario.
"The people really hurt by this law are the people
that live here," said Aubry. "The people doing fine are
the investors. That bill is destroying every city on the
waterfront."
Aubry noted the commission then learned of the Bert
Harris Act, "so if you build a box and the city tries to do
something about it, the guy trying to make money has
the right to sue the city."
Boyd, who grew up on Anna Maria Island, acknowl-
edged that investors are changing the character of the city,


Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn asks state
Rep. Jim Boyd, R-
Bradenton, about
HB883, legislation
that prohibits local
governments from
creating new regu-
lations prohibiting
vacation rentals
based solely on
their classification,
use or occupancy.
Islander Photo:
Mark Young


"in that they don't care what the community looks like
and are only interested in making money."
Commissioner Dale Woodland said increased rent-
als create increased expenses for a city that now has no
ability to regulate vacation units.
"We have had such an increase of visitors," he said.
"Many of them are coming to vacation rentals and hurting
our infrastructure. You have totally tied our hands. The
only way to deal with that increase is to raise taxes on the
people who live here. That is wrong. They shouldn't have
to pay more for the damage being done by visitors."
That sparked a conversation about the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council and the restrictions
placed on the TDC by state statutes that limit its funding
- the collection of a tax on accommodation rentals of
six months or less to tourism-related spending.
SueLynn has been actively lobbying to attain some
of the TDC funding for city infrastructure needs.
Woodland said if Anna Maria received 5 percent of
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HB883 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
its own bed tax, "we could lower taxes."
Boyd said city officials should begin working with
other agencies on trying to change how the TDC can
spend its money, but that he would address the problems
HB883 has created for the island.
"I will work with staff when I get back and try to
work the problem," he said.
Boyd said, otherwise, the 2013 legislative session
was productive and that Democrats and Republicans
worked well together in passing election reform, ethics
reform and campaign finance reform.
He said the new laws would ensure Florida elections
are productive and ethics reform will better hold elected
officials accountable morally and financially.
"Some elected officials have outstanding fines for
three, four or five years," he said. "We are talking about
a lot of money so we extended the statute of limitations
from four years to 20 years. I hope that puts us in a better
light to the public."
Education, fire safety and beach renourishment fund-
ing were all things Boyd said were improved upon during
the recent session.
I \ .1) ilung we were able to accomplish in these
areas was the right things to do for Florida," he said.


Breaking
tradition:
Bikini
wedding
Photographer
Jack Elka may
think he's seen
it all, but then
comes a surprise:
A bikini wedding.
Just married,
Patricia Hessel-
ing and James
Dean of Sanford
celebrate their
vows on the
beach after the
ceremony in April
at the Beach-
House Restau-
rant. Islander
Photo: Jack Elka


AM CELL TOWER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


the floor for F&L president Stacy Frank, an island resi-
dent, to make an argument for her company.
Frank said she didn't agree with the outcome of the
committee and asked the commission to delay the vote.
"I understand this has to move forward, but it has to
move forward in the best way possible," she said.
Frank suggested with a little more inquiry, "you'll
be more comfortable with your decision."
Frank's speech prompted public comment in favor
of F&L. Aubry and Yetter asked the committee members
if they were confident in their selection of Ridan.
The members reiterated that it was close and that all
three companies submitted good proposals.
Aubry moved again to negotiate with Ridan, but the
motion died for a lack of a second.
Yetter wanted further comment from committee


members, who ultimately said they were confident in
Ridan as their first choice.
Aubry again moved to negotiate with Ridan. Yetter
seconded the motion, which passed 4-0. Commissioner
Chuck Webb was absent.
Negotiations will encompass two steps. The first part
will be a land-lease agreement, which entails location and
lease fees.
The cell tower phase is more complicated and k nglli)
in obtaining construction permits for a yet-to-be deter-
mined tower structure and the t.lu. hnhiii '1'\ that will be
required to best serve the area.
If the city and Ridan negotiations are unsuccessful,
the city reserves the right to end the talks and negotiations
then would begin with F&L or the RFP process could be
repeated.


AM PARK PLAN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Aubry said in addition to Hagen donating some
$60,000, the Pine Avenue Restoration development group
will pay $25,000 a year toward the park for four years.
'This is a great thing," said Aubry. 'The city doesn't
have to do anything. We've had some very generous
people step forward to make this happen."
The goal of the park is to make it as natural as pos-
sible, said Aubry. The concept is similar to New York's
Central Park, "but obviously on a smaller scale. But New
York wouldn't be New York without Central Park. It's the
same concept here to have an open space for people
to use as they want."
Aubry said benches may eventually be installed at the
park, "but that's about it. No pathways will be added. It's
a beautiful area and should be left as natural as possible
for people to enjoy."





4 E JULY 3, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

Summer retail season already ringing cash registers


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In a normal year, May through June is considered
a slow period for Anna Maria Island retailers as they
prepare for the traditional July 4 kick off to the summer
season.
Not so this year, according to retail store owners and
managers.
"It hasn't slowed down much the past month," said
Laura Shely, owner of Tide & Moon Jewelry, 314 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
"In fact, this has been my busiest offseason since I
moved to Pine Avenue two years ago. Business has been
great and I'm really surprised," she said.
Shely said accommodation owners and managers
suggested she prepare for a busy summer season.
"I've heard you can't get a room for July without
really working on it, and I've heard the same for August.
It looks like this summer is shaping up to be one the busi-
est I've had," Shely said.
At the Olive Oil Outpost, 401C Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, manager Thomas Aposporos Jr. said the store has
been "extremely busy" since mid-May, and there have
been no signs of slowing down.
"People are coming here for a summer vacation a lot
earlier than usual," he said.
For Signa Bouziane at Mister Roberts Resort Wear,
5330 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, that activity transcends
to a very busy summer, even though buying habits vary.
"Summer buyers are different from those we get in
winter. We haven't slowed down much since the winter-
spring season ended, and I've heard motels and resorts
are going to be packed (all summer). That's all good
news for the retail shops and boutiques on the island.
I'm excited."
Bouziane said she's stocked up on items summer
buyers are usually interested in purchasing, such as
T-shirts, small mementos of the island and tropical
shirts.
"We're hoping everyone's prediction about the
summer comes true," she said.
Another business that didn't have to wait for the
Fourth of July to get busy is Beach Bums Island Attitude,
427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
"We haven't slowed down much and we usually do
for the first two weeks of June," co-owner Lauren Sato
said.
"We've been rocking and rolling the past three
weeks. A lot of families are repeat visitors and treat the
island with respect. They're looking for peace and quiet,
and fun on the beach," she added.
Another business that benefits from the abundance
of sun in the summer is Searenity Spa and Boutique, 112
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Owner Amanda Escobio said the hot and sunny
weather actually helps her business.
"We've been doing very well in the late afternoon,


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Manatee County assistant attorney William Clague
sent a June 18 memo in response to Holmes Beach's
inquiry that the Manatee County Tourist Development
Council do more to help with city infrastructure impacted
by tourism.
The memo was addressed to Manatee County Admin-
istrator Ed Hunzeker through county attorney Mitchell
Palmer and copied to Bradenton Convention and Visitors
Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione.
Holmes Beach has discussed seeking help from the
TDC to help with infrastructure needs, but Commission
Chair Jean Peelen said June 13 that island officials should
instead target funding by going directly to the budget-
maker, the county commission.
Peelen, a member of the TDC, said at the June 13
Holmes Beach work session that she understands the suc-
cess the TDC has had in bringing tourists to the island,
but also hears the complaint of residents that TDC money
does not help pay the cost to support the continued growth
of tourism.
Peelen complimented the TDC for its successful
efforts and cited statutes that prohibit the TDC from using
its funding for non-tourism infrastructure.
Clague's response to the Holmes Beach inquiries
confirms Peelen's claims. The Holmes Beach inquiry
suggests Florida statutes indicate that TDC funding can
be used for infrastructure, but Clague's response clarifies


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when people come in from a day in the sun looking for a
relaxing spa and facial. With the news that a lot of visitors
are expected, I'm really excited that we'll be extremely
busy this summer," she said.
The island restaurants also benefit greatly from an
early influx of summer visitors.
In fact, business hasn't slowed much in the past
month said Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and Beach-
House restaurants on Anna Maria Island and the Mar
Vista on Longboat Key.
"It was an outstanding spring and we've gotten an
early jump on the summer. Business at all three locations
has been much better than expected and well above last
year at this time. It's all looking good for the coming
summer," Chiles said.
At the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, operator Mark Enoch said he
and his partners are ecstatic with May and early June
business.
"If it keeps building up at this pace, we're going
to have a very busy summer, maybe our best ever," he
said.
The cafe features entertainment Friday nights, draw-
ing a good afternoon and evening dinner crowd, Enoch
noted.
"And people are coming to the beach in droves. It's
all looking good, so we'll keep our fingers crossed," he
said.
At Duffy's Tavern, amid a standing-room only crowd
of folks mid-afternoon June 30, co-owner Peggi Dav-
enport remarked, "You should have seen the crowd at
lunch."
At the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
vice president Deb Wing said the phones have been
ringing off the hook from people looking for summer
vacation rentals, and emails are almost overloading the
system, she said.


that interpretation by defining tourism-related infrastruc-
ture.
"Florida statutes authorize the county to use tourist
development tax proceeds to fund infrastructure projects,
such as civic or convention centers, museums, profes-
sional sports franchise facilities, beach renourishment
projects and beach parks," Clague wrote.
Island cities have asked for funding to address dif-
ferent infrastructure needs, such as roadwork, but Clague
said the statutes "expressly prohibit" the use of TDC
funding for that type of infrastructure expense.
"Because traditional municipal infrastructure proj-
ects are not listed (in the statutes) as an authorized use
of tourist development tax proceeds, such proceeds may
not be lawfully used to fund projects," Clague concluded
in the memo.
Peelen said continued efforts to go after TDC funding
for those needs were pointless.
She said island officials could avert those statutes by
going to the heart of the TDC funding, which is distrib-
uted by the Manatee County Commission.
Peelen said an appropriate amount of money to ask
county commissioners for would be 25 percent of the
TDC advertising fund, which is raised by the county
through the resort tax, or bed tax, which also has statu-
tory restrictions on how the money can be spent.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti said more than
half of the TDC's $8 million budget is raised from tour-
ism to the county's barrier islands.


Sj Laura b/ h/), left,
makes a friend in
Kathy Harman
of Orlando, who
purchased several
items from i's
Tide & Moon
Jewelry, 314 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin








"No, just kidding," she said with a laugh. "We can
handle any e-mail or request, but rooms and vacation rent-
als are going fast. Based on what I'm hearing, I think the
resort and retail businesses are already off to a very good
summer.
The chamber keeps a list of available rentals among
its members. Anyone having difficulty locating a vaca-
tion spot on the island for July or August can contact the
chamber at 941-778-1541 for assistance.


Meetings

Anna Maria City
July 9, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
July 10, 6 p.m., budget workshop.
July 11, 6 p.m., city commission.
July 17, 6 p.m., budget workshop.
July 24, 6 p.m., budget workshop.
July 25, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
July 3, 5 p.m., special city commission.
July 9, 11 a.m., city commission work meet
(pier).
July 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
July 16, 9 a.m., department heads.
July 18, 12 p.m., pier team. CANCELED
July 18, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
July 9, 7 p.m., city commission.
July 11, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
July 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
July 25, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
July 30, 9 a.m., county commission.
Aug. 1, 9 a.m., budget reconciliation, tentative mill-
age rate adoption.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
July 18, 6 p.m., commission.
July 25, 9 a.m., pension board.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W, Bradenton,
941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
July 4 is Independence Day. Most government
offices are closed, as is The Islander office.
July 15, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Organization,
Bradenton Beach City Hall.
July 17, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key.
July 22, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropoli-
tan Planning Organization, University of South Florida
-Sarasota/Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@
islander.org.


TDC responds to HB funding request





THE ISLANDER U JULY 3, 2013 U 5

Summer real estate deals predicted to go fast


Anna Maria Island real estate agents say there are
still a few bargains remaining from the winter-spring
tourist season.
But they are not likely to last because summer buyers
are usually more serious than winter buyers, the agents
said.
Jesse Brisson, of Gulf-Bay Realty, 5309 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, reports weekly for The Islander on real
estate sales, and he said the small inventory of island
homes for sale creates a high demand and often bidding
wars among those with cash.
"There's definitely a few bargains out there, but they
will sell quickly. In my opinion, the first week a bargain
is on the market is the most critical time. If you see some-
thing you like at the right price, you'd better move quick
or it will be gone," he said.
And buyers shouldn't expect prices to fall by August
or September, Brisson added.
He noted that for the first five months of 2012, 166
single-family residences were sold at an average price of
$465,000. For the same five months in 2013, 124 homes
sold, but the average price was $561,000, a 20.6 percent
gain.
While Brisson doesn't expect prices to continue
upward at that pace, he advises the serious buyer not to
wait.
"There's a lack of inventory. An\) luing that's a bar-
gain doesn't last long," Brisson said.
He has some condominiums in the low $200,000
range, but he anticipates these will be sold within a few
weeks, at the most. The days of the condo for under
$100,000 are long gone, he said.
The international buyers arrive in the fall and they
too are serious about island property and have done their
homework, Brisson added.
"From what I'm hearing, it's going to be a good
summer for tourism and that usually means a lot of seri-
ous buyers. I wouldn't wait on the sidelines to buy," he
said.
Liz Codola at Island Real Estate, 6101 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, agreed bargains are out there, but they
are "hard to find because they sell quickly."


She said she had some units recently that were priced
under $200,000, but those sold within a few days. She
still has some available properties that are priced a bit
'^- higher, but there will be a lot of interest,
once the summer season peaks at the
Fourth of July holiday.
Even those looking for an invest-
ment property should come prepared to
buy, Codola said.
Brisson \ ly best advice to anyone looking
this summer is don't wait," she said.
Creighton Faust at RE MAX, 5316
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, said the
summer buyers "seem to have a high
confidence level in the island market
and they are not depending on prices
to drop."
Codola 'The summer buyer is looking for
location and a good investment. When
one comes on the market, it doesn't last
very long," he said.
5.. 'And the summer tourist season
should be a good one.
"People have discovered Anna
Maria Island. They come here for the
Faust old Florida atmosphere, the peace and
quiet, the good restaurants and beaches,
and all the things we offer," Faust
said.
Many visitors become buyers, but
the serious buyers aren't sitting on the
sidelines, he said.
"Island real estate prices have bot-
Skaggs tomed out and, if buyers know their
price range in advance, they can find
that bargain," Faust said.
While the agents all seem to believe it will be a busy
summer season, Nicole Skaggs, of Big Fish Real Estate,
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, cautioned that the low
inventory might hurt real estate sales.
"People may be serious, and come with cash, but the
inventory is so low they might not see an) lhing available


they wanted. It's unlike other years, when the inventory
was well above 400 or 500," she said.
But Skaggs does have a few bargains, including some
condo units in the low-to mid-$100,000 range.
"And canalfront homes are in big demand. I've got
one priced under $500,000, and I doubt that's going to
be around long," Skaggs said.
"It should be a good real estate season as long as
the inventory holds steady or increases. We have to have
what people want, and the buyers have to be ready to
buy," she concluded.

Anna Maria continues to
address signage issues
Following up on a June 13 city commission
request, Anna Maria building official Bob Welch pre-
sented commissioners at a June 27 city meeting his
proposed changes to the sign ordinance.
The June 13 request from commissioners to pro-
pose changes came after it was learned that the major-
ity of real estate companies were in violation of the
city's sign ordinance. Welch was directed to do more
to help lessen sign clutter.
Welch presented six proposed changes to the
ordinance, including a requirement for businesses
displaying signs to come into uniformity with white
backgrounds. Welch recommends a two-year grace
period to achieve compliance.
Other recommendations include lowering the
height of signs to 3 feet above grade to the top of the
sign, requiring signs be placed farther onto properties,
limiting signs to 4 square feet and to secure swinging
placards.
Public comment from real estate agents followed.
They wanted members of the industry to be included
in the conversation, considering they are the primary
target of the code action.
The commission directed Welch to continue to
work on amendments to the ordinance, but to include
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Celebrate freedom
While the July 4 holiday is but one day on the cal-
endar, it's possible you noticed things started going
"Boom!" and "Kapow!" and "Barn! Barn! Barn!" days
in advance of official celebration.
There is no lack of celebration on Anna Maria
Island when it comes to freedom.
Many come here for the free and breezy lifestyle
that living on an island implies. Very few folks resi-
dents or visitors hesitate to call it paradise.
Well, brace yourselves. With more "news" spread-
ing across the Internet, more available accommodations
and home rentals and more tourism, and more people
coming to all parts of Manatee County to live and work,
the beach is the place for more celebrations.
After all, fireworks shooting through the sky and
illuminating and reflecting on the Gulf of Mexico is a
sight to behold.
It's reminiscent of the poem written by Francis
Scott Key, "Defence of Fort McHenry," and its lyrics
"the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air." Of
course, those rockets and bombs provided the illumina-
tion that allowed Key, on a mission in 1814 under a flag
of truce to exchange prisoners with the British, himself
held prisoner on a British ship, to awaken at dawn fol-
lowing an attack on Baltimore and the bombardment at
Fort McHenry to an American victory and the large
flag that had been raised over the fort.
He was thus inspired to write the poem, which
eventually was set to the music of John Stafford Smith,
and named 'The Star-Spangled Banner." It was made
the national anthem in 1931.
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the adoption of
the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and
independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
It has spawned parades, barbecues, family reunions,
picnics and parties on Anna Maria Island, where the
holiday is celebrated heartily by the Privateers, the crew
of volunteers who N%> ik dlu,>ngholit the year on events to
benefit children. Again this year, their parade will step
off at 10 a.m. July 4 with cannons blasting along the
length of the island, from Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
At noon, following the parade, the crew and its ship
will steer to the Manatee Public Beach and its Beach
Cafe for a party and the awarding of scholarships to
area college-bound students. An honorable and honored
tradition.
We hope you join the island celebration.
Celebrate your personal freedom all the sweeter
this year for the giant step toward equality for all men
and women.

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We asked for traffic,
and we got it
The Islander recently devoted two pages to the
authorities' discussions of how best to reduce traffic. It
was 10 years too late. The cities released the monster,
and the only way to curb ever-increasing traffic is to not
let any cars on the island. This, of course, is not practical
for many reasons.
Consider:
The Manatee County government's tourist office
continually advertises and publicizes the island as a
vacation destination. Even if all advertising and pub-
licity were stopped, the residual effect would last for
several years.
The development of the Pine Avenue shopping
district and its many events encourage visitors to come
here.
The development of Bridge Street and its events
add to the number of visitors.
Island enterprises are pushing to make this the
beach wedding capital of the world. In my experience,
wedding parties all bring cars.
Permission was granted for the construction of
monstrous rental units, which several families or friends
must join together (and bring several cars) to afford the
rental costs.
The tree house fiasco gained us some national
network attention.
The beautiful beaches attract a plethora of local
residents to the island.
Our public transportation system is excellent, but
the public's love of the automobile keeps Gulf Drive
congested, with cars mostly carrying one or two indi-
viduals.
While all of this was happening, not one concrete
step was taken to help alleviate the traffic problem even
an elementary school child could see was coming. Any
steps taken now amount to a pimple on an elephant's
posterior.


So we got traffic problems; live with them.
A much more vital question for the authorities is
how do we cope with traffic gridlock in case of emer-
gencies?
What happens if a hurricane threatens? If we were
hit with a hurricane, this island and its inhabitants would
be decimated unless evacuation was mandated at least a
week before the hurricane struck. Is there such a plan?
Do we have a plan to handle a public outcry if such an
evacuation is carried out and the hurricane doesn't hit?
What if someone decided to wipe out our elemen-
tary school or set off a bomb at one of our crowded
events? Are we ready for such an catastrophe?
How can medical emergencies, fires and police
requirements be handled in times of traffic gridlock?
The island can live with the inconvenience of traffic
congestion. This just takes patience and the realization
we're on island time.
Let's plan to handle real emergencies.
Dr. Jack Wilhelm, Holmes Beach

Cycling rules suggested
Here are what appear to be two hard and fast rules
of the ill-mannered bicyclist, of which I believe there
are many.
1. Never sound a warning when coming up behind
a pedestrian.
2. Never yield to a pedestrian when facing them
on the sidewalk: Expect them to move. And don't say
"thank you" if they do. In fact, don't acknowledge
them.
It's sad to say, but this is the ever-pervasive attitude
of the ill-mannered bicyclist that I frequently encounter
when walking in this community.
If you resemble this cyclist, please, be courteous.
Robin Rhodes, Anna Maria

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section touting the
results of the newspaper's first-ever read-
er preference awards,
Twenty years in the making, we cel-
ebrated the newspaper's anniversary by
asking our most loyal readers readers to
choose the best of AMI,
We waited 20 years to provide
awards the island business community
could pride itself on, that readers would
be excited to participate in, and also to
ensure reliable results that would not be
skewed by multiple entries or advertising
dollars spent or solicited and they are
awards The Islander is proud to acknowl-
edge,
The balloting took place in Novem-
ber-December 2012, and was limited
to home delivery recipients, postal sub-
scribers and registered online subscrib-
ers,
An invitation-only celebratory "red
carpet" event was held for the winners
at the Key Royale Club in March, when
the custom award plaques a STAR
"ribbon" affixed to a mounted Jack Elka
aerial photo were distributed to win-
ners in attendance,
Please, join us in congratulating the
real stars, the best of Anna Maria Island,
along with our 20-year business partners.
We couldn't be more proud and


humble to serve you,
However, there are some people to
thank, those special people who helped
us complete the process.
Special thanks go to Jack Elka Is-
lander staff photographer for event
photography at the STAR party as well as
for the aerial photo we used to create
the plaque. Thank you also to Joe Bird of
Birdhaus Design our editorial cartoon-
ist for the terrific Islander STAR Award
graphic,
Thank you to Mike Sales for entertain-
ing The Islander's award-winning STAR
guests with his musical talents,
And also thanks go to Frank and
Melissa Williams of SteamDesigns.com
for producing the awesome mounted
plaques and STAR banner backdrop.
We thank the Key Royale Club for its
delightful service and cuisine and the
beautiful setting at the clubhouse,
It was just coincidence that Jack,
Mike, Frank, Melissa and the club all
turned out to be winners!
And, of course, thanks go to every-
one on The Islander team for their con-
tributions in producing the STAR pro-
gram, events and special sections, but
especially to Toni Lyon, ad director, and
Janice Dingman. Thanks to my brother,
Socko Pearson, for his support, and to my
longtime friend, the Rev, Ron Joseph.
It takes a lot of friends to reach 20
years in the news business on AMI, and
we sincerely thank you ALL,
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10 yeavirs agu
Headlines from July 2, 2003
Sarasota resident Robert Bileth, 32, drowned off
Bean Point in Anna Maria when he took a swim off his
uncle's boat and swift currents pulled him under the
water. A former Holmes Beach resident, Bileth's body
was found floating about 500 yards from shore. He was
pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical
staff.
A thunderstorm struck Bradenton Beach and
caused severe damage to both the roof of the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., and the Seaside
Motel, 2200 Gulf Drive N. The storm forced a wedding
party of about 200 at the BeachHouse to move indoors.
Experts at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration in Ruskin said sudden, severe late
afternoon showers can pop up without warning in the
summer.
Holmes Beach police arrested Jason Browne, 34,
of the 4500 block of Gulf Drive North and charged
him with the burglary of the Barefoot Trader bike shop
on Marina Drive. HBPD Detective Sgt. Nancy Rogers
said police, acting on a tip, learned Browne was sell-
ing bicycles and sunglasses out of his apartment. All
of the stolen items were recovered when police entered
Browne's apartment with a search warrant.


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Ghost of cafe flea market drives kayak kiosk criticisms


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
For some visitors, the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, has an appealing attraction
of dining under chickee huts on the shore of the Gulf of
Mexico.
For some residents, the Gulf Drive Cafe represents
a different picture traffic and lots of it.
Residents have complained about the increased traf-
fic, noise and litter to city officials as the GDC expanded
its operations, but none more so than in early 2012, when
the business was granted a temporary special exception
permit to hold a flea market adjacent to the restaurant.
By most accounts, the Sunday operation generated
a stop-and-go-traffic scenario along Gulf Drive that
stretched for more than a half mile in both directions.
The ghost of the GDC market traffic congestion was
revived at a June 26 planning and zoning public hearing
to consider recommending approval of a special exception
use for a kayak rental station adjacent to the restaurant.
The city received several letters objecting to the
proposal and about a dozen people attended the meet-
ing. Public comment was unanimously opposed to the
request.
"I called many owners to let them know what was
being proposed," said Imperial House resident Barbara
Huff. "They all said, 'Oh no, here we go again with
another flea market fiasco.'"
Huff opposed the request for several reasons, includ-
ing increased traffic, but said foot traffic onto Imperial
House property was another concern for the condomin-
ium owners.
David Miller, a resident of Summer Sands, said there
already has been a noticeable increase in traffic since
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In early 2012, a trial-run flea market at the Gulf Drive
Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, caused
intense traffic congestion, leading the city to deny per-
mits to continue the market.


Bradenton Beach city planner Alan Garrett instructs
the gallery in procedures at a June 26 planning and
zoning meeting regarding a kayak rental operation at
the Gulf Drive Cafe, while Kayak Jacks owner Jack
Glennon, standing, shows photos of his proposed
operation. Islander Photos: Mark Young

GDC opened a new restaurant section.
"We have a nice parking garage, but people who
aren't supposed to be parking there love to use it," he
said.
Several other residents who live in the vicinity of
GDC objected to any notion of increased traffic and the
creation of additional parking issues.
Jack Glennon, owner of Kayak Jacks, based in
Cortez, said he was surprised at the negative reaction to
his request and that almost all of his clientele would be
people already at the beach.
"It's a witch hunt that has to do with the Gulf Drive
Cafe owners," said Glennon. "I don't want to be black-
listed because people have problems with something in
the past. The bottom line is that the property is com-
mercial and the owner has a right to do what she wants.
I'm just a small business guy and shouldn't be judged on
something that has nothing to do with me."
The planning and zoning board agreed, voting 3-1 to
recommend approval with stipulations.
P&Z member Bob Dale said he listened to the com-
ments, which included opinions that the GDC put profit
before good neighbor policies and public safety, particu-
larly with regard to inexperienced kayak users around
swimmers.
"I understand their concerns," he said. "Who makes
money is irrelevant. And the concerns about safety? There
is no cure for stupid."
Dale said the property is zoned commercial and that's
all that matters in relation to the codes and the P&Z's
decision.
P&Z member Dan DeBaum said the special excep-


tion was appropriate for the type of land use designated
for the property.
'There seems to be a lot of concern about the sins of
those associated with this business," said DeBaum. "I'm
not sure that is relevant to this discussion. I also don't see
a significant change that would create a traffic increase."
P&Z chair Pat Whitesel voted against the recom-
mendation, saying the situation needed to be looked at
more closely. However, Whitesel said the references to
Gulf Drive Cafe's history with the public was not an
issue for P&Z.
"I think it's sad there is some reference to the prop-
erty owners," she said. "We do not even listen to that.
We are here to discuss what Jack needs to do on the
property."
Dale, DeBaum and Barbara Curtis voted to recom-
mend approval. The stipulations to the special excep-
tion include limiting hours of operation to 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,
reducing the number of craft allowed from 12 to eight,
and no signage associated with kayak rentals could be
displayed on Gulf Drive.
Other stipulations include that rental operations be
a minimum distance of 25 feet from Gulf Drive and that
no rental equipment be on the beach, with the exception
of transport from the rental kiosk to the water.
Glennon's operation will be portable. He plans to
unload his equipment and kiosk for transport to his beach
location in the mornings and remove all equipment at the
end of each day.
No one who spoke during public comment was against
Kayak Jacks as a business. The opposition was primarily
location based. Glennon conducted a two-day trial run at
the GDC before approaching the city for a permit.
"It's a great rental location," he said. "It's a pretty
spot. In two days, it turned into a fabulous beach walk-up
spot."
In other P&Z matters, the board addressed what city
officials required for a cleanup of the land development
code.
Lot 10, block H of the Azure Shores subdivision is a
city-owned piece of property used for parking. However,
the property is zoned Residential 3.
Garrett appeared before the P&Z board asking to
change the existing residential use to a public/semi-public
use.
"It's currently being used as a city parking facility,
but parking is not allowed," he said. "The main purpose
of this request is to bring the property into compliance
with the comprehensive plan."
After being reassured the change in zoning would not
create an environment for commercial development, the
board voted unanimously to recommend approval to the
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Central Park segregates, opens small dog section


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Central Park dog park in Holmes Beach did not
open without controversy, as part of the Birdie Teb-
betts Field outfield was sectioned off to be used for a
dog park after continued conflicts between dog owners
and those wishing to use the baseball field became
more numerous.
The city of Holmes Beach expended funds for a fence
to create separation between the two uses and helped
build benches and a shelter. Today's Scentral Park began
to take shape and, continues to add amenities thanks to
almost $15,000 in private contributions.
Controversy between dog owners and ballplayers
ended for the most part, although it seemed home-run
hitters were targeting the shelter roof, but dog owners
then turned to battling one another over the addition of
toxic plants and a decorative water fountain not for
use by dogs all added under the guidance of Barbara
Parkman.
People complained the plants and trees were not dog
friendly, benches were dangerous for running-playing
dogs and dogs lacked a water fountain.
A dog park committee was formed that included
Parkman, but members were unable to move toward
progression as disagreements blocked the way.
The city turned over the care of the dog park to its
beautification committee but, according to Parkman, the
dog park has come full circle back to her to make deci-
sions under the guidance of fellow dog owners and city
officials.
While arguments have been plentiful over what kind
of tree should be planted or where a bench should be
located, a new amenity to Scentral Park has opened with-
out much notice.
Parkman said Scentral Park's northern section was
fenced off and a gate was added to open a small dog park
section about three weeks ago.
The small dog park has its own trees, water station
and benches and Parkman said a smaller version of the
large dog park's gazebo is planned for humans to find
shade during the dog days of summer.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman,
a small dog owner who can now enjoy Scentral Park's


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been fenced off for the smaller pooches to keep them
safe from larger breeds at play. Islander Photo: Mark
Young

newest amenity with his dog Prince, has become the liai-
son between the city and Parkman.
"I don't make the decisions," he said. "I facilitate
other people's decisions."
There has been some confusion in where the money
for Scentral Park comes from and how it is used. Donated
funds have paid for \ci) lthing except the fence separat-
ing the park from the ball field.
While donated funds have far surpassed tax dollars,
Grossman said there has been some public outcry in why
more tax dollars weren't used for the park.
'There was a letter written asking why individuals
should contribute to a city park, and that the city should
pay for it," said Grossman. 'The thing is, the park people
wanted this done (quickly). Thanks to donations, they
didn't have to wait for the commission to allocate the
money. It can be a lk gitl) process to get funding."
He said things can work faster and sometimes better
when private citizens take over a project.
"It's so much easier when individuals come together
to contribute," he said. "It was their choice to do this."
Grossman said $15,000 in private contributions for


the dog park says a lot about island dog owners.
'They love their dogs," he said. 'They wanted this
and they come out and use it. Personally, I love it because
it's a social thing for the dogs and for people. We need
more things like this on our island."
Central Park began making its way into national
advertisements for Anna Maria Island as an added ame-
nity for visitors. Rental agencies and Tripadvisor.com
have added Scentral Park to promotional campaigns.
Most dog parks have separate parks for small and
large dogs. Grossman said it's a safety issue.
"It's not so much about a large dog attacking a smaller
dog," he said. \ ly dog wouldn't go near the park when a
bigger dog was in there. The larger dogs start playing and
it would be fairly easy for the smaller dogs to get injured
if they are stepped on, so safety for the little dogs is the
main reason."
There has been a lot of conflict over something that
many people enjoy, Parkman said.
"If we loved each other as much as our dogs loved us,
we wouldn't have these kinds of problems," she said.
Grossman agreed.
"I would like to see people get along as good as the
dogs do," he said.
Central Park, on Flotilla Drive near 62nd Street wel-
comes all dog owners. There are no fees, but users are
asked to follow some simple rules. Don't bring aggres-
sive dogs to the park and clean up after your animal.
Parkman said the park is there for dog owners to
enjoy time with their dogs and other dog owners, but
taking personal responsibility needs to be at the forefront
of using the park.
More plans are in the works for Scentral Park. A
concrete tile walkway from the large dog park gazebo
to the fence, a shade structure for the small dog park,
an adjoining gate between the two parks and more are
planned.
Donations are welcome for further improvements to
the park. Contributors are asked not to write checks to an
individual. Checks can be made out to the City of Holmes
Beach and Grossman said to be sure to write "Dog park"
in the memo line.
The money is separated from the city's general fund
and placed into an account devoted to Scentral Park.


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Artspace studio hosts
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Artspace Studio and Gallery, 101 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria, is hosting a series of pop-up shows. Each
two-week exhibit will feature an artist's thematic work,
according to a news release.
The calendar includes: "Sea Garden," outdoor por-
celain pieces by Joanne Taylor Brown, through July 15;
"Birds of a Feather," mixed-media images by Barbara
Collangelo, Aug. 1-15; "Dog Days of Summer," mixed-
media portraits by Karen Hasler, Aug. 16-31; "Purple
Rain," recycled papers and glass beads by Deborah Web-
ster, Oct. 1-15.
Artspace encourages additional artists to pop in to
the gallery to apply for a two-week exhibit.
The gallery is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sat-
urday.
For more information, call Webster at 941-840-4352
or email info@artspaceannamaria.com.

Gloria Dei offers
vacation Bible school
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host the "Kingdom Rock" vacation
Bible school July 8-12.
Classes will be 9 a.m.-noon.
For more information about the free school, call the
church at 941-778-1813.
Other island churches also have offered vacation
Bible classes, including Roser Memorial Community
Church in Anna Maria and CrossPointe Fellowship in
Holmes Beach.







Wednesday, July 3
6 p.m., Mana-Tweens Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Registration required. Info: 941-778-6341.
6:30 p.m. Custom cleanse discussion with Alec Grae at Vita-
min Seas Health Food Store, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Reservation required. Information: 941-778-5015.
Nightfall BeachHouse Restaurant's 20th annual fireworks
extravaganza, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-779-2222.

Thursday, July 4
Today is Independence Day.
10a.m.--Anna Maria Island Privateers annual Independence
Day Parade, Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach to Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria, mostly along Gulf Drive.
Noon Anna Maria Island Privateers annual scholarships
award and July 4 party, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
8:30 p.m. Official sunset time.
Nightfall 27th annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular, 100
Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0444.

Friday, July 5
7 a.m. Volunteer beach cleanup with NEMO, meeting at
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-3316.

Saturday, July 6
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
8:30 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, July 7
8:30 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, July 8
Feast of Ramadan begins at sundown, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
794-8044.
8:30 p.m. Official sunset time.
Wednesday, July 10
5:30 p.m. Teen crafts, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,


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Summer cleanse topic
at Vitamin Seas
Vitamin Seas Health Food Store will host a discus-
sion Wednesday, July 3, on a group summer cleanse.
The announcement invited people to "come and help
design a custom cleanse that our group will do together
to celebrate Independence Day. This Independence Day
do something for your own personal freedom get free
of toxins, improve your mood, gain clarity and even shed
a couple of pounds in the process!"
The discussion will be led by health and wellness
coach Alec Grae.
The discussion will be at 6:30 p.m. at the store, 3228
E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information or to RSVP, call Vitamin Seas
at 941-778-5015.

Island Library announces
July programs
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will host children's programs, book clubs, classes
and other events in July.
The first half of the month includes:
Wednesday, July 3, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens Book
Club, pre-registration required.
Wednesday, July 10, 5:30 p.m., teen crafts.
Thursday on July 11, July 18 and July 25, 10 a.m.,
summer programs for children.
Friday, July 12, 2 p.m., Alzheimer's Association
caregiver group.
Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m., origami club.
Tuesday, July 16, 2 p.m., Hurricane Prep: Organiz-
ing for the Big One seminar.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.


Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:30 p.m. Official sunset time.

Off-island
Thursday, July 4
5-9:30 p.m. Palmetto July 4 Festival, with the Guess Who
and the Village People, 1050 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information:
941-723-4988.
Nightfall Downtown Bradenton fireworks on the riverfront.

Friday, July 5
7 p.m. The Suncoast Super Grand Prix Festival Boat Parade,
featuring Nik Wallenda as the honorary grand marshal, Main Street
in downtown Sarasota. Information: suncoastoffshore.org.

Sunday, July 7
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Suncoast Super Grand Prix Race, Ben Frank-
lin Drive, Sarasota. Information: suncoastoffshore.org.

Ongoing
Saturday, through July, 5-9 p.m. Bridge Street Merchants
night markets, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 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 Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 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. Informa-
tion: 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 Chamber
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: 941-746-4131.
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meets, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
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AIC happenings


AMICCO announces new officers, staff


The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orches-
tra recently announced its 2013-14 board of directors and
staff appointments.
The leadership includes president James Stoltie; first
vice president Robert Notari; second vice president and
orchestra librarian Leonard Murphy; secretary and data-
base coordinator Laura Septic; executive director Jeanie
Pickwick; chorus development and coordinator Joy Leit-
ner; director of development and public relations Nancy
Ambrose; director of publications Steve Gorman; box
office manager Etta Closser; and at-large members Dantia


Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday through June 28, 6 p.m., They Came From Outer
Space film series, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Braden-
ton. 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 club meets, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto
National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.
Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-


Gould, Jon Magendanz, Shawn Snider, Gregg Voorhees
and Megan Schmidt.
The artistic staff consists of principal conductor
Alfred Gershfeld, assistant conductor and strings coordi-
nator Jon Magendanz, chorus master John Ferreira, winds
and percussion coordinator Lita Tyler.
For more information about AMICCO, which begins
its regular 2013-14 performance season in December and
plans a beach concert in November in concert with the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, call Jeanie
Pickwick at 941-795-2370.


Northfield takes
gavel at Rotary
Sr M Lynn Zemmer, left, hands
a gavel to Michael North-
field during a recent meet-
ing of the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island.
Emmer was the 2012-13
president and Northfield
is the 2013-14 president.
The club meets Tuesdays
at noon at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Jim Dunne









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Members of Senior
Adventures listen to
Manatee County Marine
Rescue Division Capt.
Joe Westerman talk about
the job of lifeguards,
ii from qualifications to
personal life-saving
efforts. The group, based
at Annie Silver Commu-
nity Center in Bradenton
Beach, traveled June
28 to the south end of
the city and the county's
lifeguard base station at
Coquina Beach, where
members took part in
a tour. Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann


tion: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, September-June, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meets, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W, G.T Bray
Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
July 18, Pirates and seafaring tales at the Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
July 20, Snooty the Manatee's 65th birthday, South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.

Save the date
Aug. 19, Manatee public school starts.
Sept. 2 is Labor Day.

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


Anna Maria Island goes red, white, blue and "bang"
July 3-4. The island will celebrate the July 4 holiday with
two fireworks shows and a parade.
On July 3, The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will hold its 20th annual
Fireworks Extravaganza.
Thousands of people will gather on the beach to the
north and south of the restaurant to watch fireworks over
the Gulf of Mexico.
The display will begin after nightfall.
Also, the restaurant will host a VIP party that includes
seating for the fireworks, musical entertainment, a buffet
and cocktails.
On July 4, the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria, will host a fireworks display after night-
fall.
Again, thousands will gather on the beach by the
waterfront restaurant, which will host a VIP party with a
buffet, cocktails, party favors and music, as well as seat-
ing for the fireworks.
In the morning on July 4, the Anna Maria Island
Privateers will present the annual Independence Day
parade, which will travel from Coquina Beach in Bra-
denton Beach to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.

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not walk, because the parade path is one of the longest
known parades anywhere the entire 7-mile length of
Anna Maria Island.
Parade viewers are welcome all along the route,
where they can expect to encounter thundering cannons
and patriotic music, as well as flying beads, candy and
other giveaways.
The parade including Privateer scholarship win-
ners, will begin at 10 a.m., traveling north on Gulf Drive,
merging onto East Bay Drive, turning west on Manatee
Avenue, then north on Gulf Drive past the Manatee Public
Beach. The parade continues on Gulf Drive and then turns
north on Marina Drive, which turns into Palm and then
merges into Gulf Drive. At Pine Avenue, the parade heads
east to the city pier and north to Bayfront Park.
At about noon, after the parade, the Privateers steer
their ship, the Skullywag, over to the Manatee Public
Beach and the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, where the nonprofit hosts a beach-
front community party on the patio and present $17,300
in college scholarship awards. The cafe provides live
entertainment, and everyone is welcome.
For more information about the Sandbar event, call
the restaurant at 941-778-8709. For details about the
BeachHouse event, call the restaurant at 941-779-2222.


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For more information about the AMIP parade or
party, call Tim "Hammer" Thompson at 941-780-1669.
For a list of scholar award-winners, go online at
www.islander.org.

Volunteer cleanup crew
preparing for July 5
An all-volunteer crew is preparing for a post-holiday
beach cleanup Friday, July 5.
Diane Havelka of Beach Bums and John Ganfield of
Feeling Swell are coordinating the effort for the North
End Merchants Organization and inviting volunteers to
gather at 7 a.m. at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA,
9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
NEMO will provide garbage bags and divide volun-
teers into beach sections for cleanup, while Ginny's and
Jane's will be providing a morning coffee jump-start to
the event.
NEMO first undertook the project when the group
formed in 2010 to show the community its patriotic
spirit.
Organizers are accepting donations of trash bags for
the campaign.
For more information, call Diane Havelka at Beach
Bums at 941-778-3316.


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Boomtime on the beach
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, celebrates the holiday on Thursday, July 4, with afire-
works display. The BeachHouse, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, holds a fireworks display on July 3. Both
events are weather-permitting. Islander File Photo


From high wire to
street parade
Nik Wallenda will be the
honorary grand marshal of
the 29th annual Suncoast
Super Boat Grand Prix
Festival Parade of Boats,
set for 7 p.m. Friday, July 5,
on Main Street in downtown
Sarasota. The event, a ben-
efit for Suncoast Charities
for Children, will feature
more than 60 entries. Wal-
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Super Boat Grand Prix
takes place July 7
The annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix will take
place Sunday, July 7, off Lido Beach between New Pass
and Big Pass in Sarasota County.
A festival for the grand prix, which benefits the Sun-
coast Charities for Children, began June 29 and continues
through July 7 at multiple venues in Sarasota and Mana-
tee counties
The schedule includes a fan fest with racing teams
Wednesday, July 3, at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 2001
Siesta Drive, Sarasota; a fireworks display Thursday, July
4, in Sarasota Bayfront Park near Island Park; a boat
parade Friday, July 5, on Main Street in downtown Sara-
sota; a bikini contest Saturday, July 6, at Centennial Park
at 10th Street and U.S. Highway 41 in Sarasota; and the
race 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, off of Lido Beach.
For more information, go online to suncoastoffshore.
org.

LBK celebrates July 4
Bicentennial Park will be the site of Longboat Key's
July 4 celebration, with events taking place 9-11 a.m. on
Thursday.
The lineup includes a parade of bikes, strollers,
wagons and walkers in red, white and blue on Main Street
and Bay Isles Road. Also, in the park, holiday festivities
will include food, games and a butterfly release.
For more information, call the Longboat Key Cham-
ber of Commerce at 941-383-2466.

Bang! Boom! Kapow!
Every Fourth of July holiday, the sights and sounds
of fireworks fill the island skies.
But as you prepare to enjoy the holiday, you should
be mindful of Florida laws regarding fireworks that
prohibit any pyrotechnics that fly or go "boom," unless
handled by a professional.
Local law enforcement have found in the past that
enforcing fireworks laws is complicated because they're
everywhere, and few people call in complaints.
Each year the Manatee County Sheriff's office depu-
ties patrol the beach in the city of Anna Maria on foot and
from anATV, confiscating illegal fireworks. Likewise, offi-
cers from the Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach police
departments patrol the beach to keep people safe.
Still private displays of fireworks on AMI beaches
manage each year to rival the professional pyrotechnics.
It seems people believe they have a basic right to
celebrate Independence Day by shooting fireworks.
Law enforcement recommends you be safe, not sorry.
Be legal. And enjoy what the professional fireworks for
free on July 3 and July 4.


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Anna Maria Island turtle patrol takes on multiple tasks


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
From teacher to wildlife conservationist, eco-warrior
to litter cleaner, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring volunteers do much more than
enjoy sunrise walks on the beach.
Although that isn't a terrible part of their morning
duties.
"I love being out here in the mornings when hardly
no one is out here," said AMITW volunteer Amy Trytek.
"It's so beautiful in the mornings."
Trytek walks Section 2 in search of signs of sea turtle
nesting activity, from Pine Avenue in Anna Maria to Bean
Point and, like many of the volunteers, she takes pride in
saying her section is the best.
As the sun rose over Tampa Bay June 25 and cast
its golden light on the waters cascading onto the shore
of Bean Point, it would be hard to argue her point, but
Trytek's section also is one of the busiest turtle nesting
areas of the nine sections that encompass the island.
She found three new loggerhead nests last week, but
came up empty on the morning, much to her dismay as
she ran from one marked nest to another, hoping to stay
ahead of the other Section 2 walkers in numbers of nests
found.
Sea turtle nesting season runs every year from May
through October and, in order to help preserve the at-risk
and endangered turtles and provide a safe nesting habitat,
as well as to preserve nesting records for the state and
county that support beach renourishment, turtle watch
performs those duties.
"I'm very competitive," said the athletic Trytek, who
is a former professional tennis player.
With the exception of one year, Trytek has been an
AMITW volunteer since 2007, mostly at Section 2. An
avid marine wildlife conservationist, she is a dolphin and
whale conservationist volunteer, as well as a volunteer
with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
"I was volunteering with Mote when I heard about
Suzi's group and had to get involved," said Trytek. "I've
been passionate about wildlife all my life, but especially
marine wildlife. I'm pretty sure I came out of the womb
with dolphins and whales on my mind."
While Trytek's June 25 walk came up empty, like
many volunteers on their turtle walks, she had to put on
a different hat when she came upon a great heron with
fishing line and a hook wrapped around its leg.
Trytek said AMITW has been trying to rescue the bird
for more than a month and quickly called in reinforce-
ments. AMITW education coordinator Glenn Wiseman
arrived and the two made what Wiseman said was the
10th attempt to capture the bird and remove the line.
The 10th attempt went the way of the rest their tries,


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however, as the heron simply teased and evaded them for
a few moments before taking flight.
Wiseman said the bird seems to be faring well, but
volunteers will continue to try and capture it in order to
bring it to Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach for examina-
tion.
AMITW volunteers track sea turtle nests, but keep
an eye out for wildlife in need of assistance. They also
pick up as much trash as possible during their walks and
fill holes left behind by beachgoers that could impede or
endanger a nesting sea turtle.
Their roles are many, but Trytek said none are more
important than educating people on what they can do to
help sea turtles and other wildlife.
She has recently joined the weekly education
tours and never misses an opportunity to speak to people
on the beach about the importance of keeping the beaches
clean and free from man-made obstacles, like sandcas-
tles.
"The education is important because individuals on
the beach can make a difference," she said. "And it's fun
talking to people about turtles."
Trytek said there are many reasons for her involve-
ment, but mainly "the admiration and respect I have for


these animals. When you see them get released into the
ocean and you think about what they have to go through
to get from little hatchlings to these huge loggerhead
adults, it's truly amazing."
She said she admires the strength and courage, "and
the fight they must have to make it to that age and the
things they must endure in the great blue is truly remark-
able. I can only hope that when I face obstacles on my
journey in this life that I can take them on with the same
tenacity."
For information about turtle watch, contact executive
director Suzi Fox at 941-778-5638.
If you see a sea turtle that appears to be in distress, or
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Skimmers abandon island shore, terns try again


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
In late June 2012, about 600 black skimmers occu-
pied an area of the beach in Anna Maria near Seagrape
Lane. Tropical Storm Debby arrived and took a toll on
the nesting shorebirds.
According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring education coordinator Glenn Wise-
man, the birds have not fared much better this year.
'They tried three times last year and didn't have a lot
of luck," he said. 'They came back this year and Tropical
StormAndrea wiped out the nests. They are all gone now
and I don't think we'll see any shorebird nesting for the
rest of the year."
Wiseman said, however, it's not all bad news for the


Mote, AMITW offer free,

educational turtle walks
Most everyone knows it's sea turtle nesting
season on area beaches, but Mote Marine Labora-
tory is asking one simple question: "How much do
you know about our flippered friends?"
Mote wants to answer that question by invit-
ing the public to participate in its free educational
strolls offered in collaboration with Hilton Long-
boat Key Beachfront Resort.
Learn the tale behind the turtle tracks and
scout local beaches for nesting activity, while also
learning about local wildlife and natural habitats.
The Mote Marine Laboratory Turtle Walks
begin at 6:45 a.m. Saturday through July. No res-
ervations are needed.
Mote scientists and volunteers will teach sea
turtle terminology such as "false crawls." Tour
guides will explain how false crawls and nests are
documented and interpreted.
For more information on how to participate,
go online to www.mote.org/2013nesting. Walks
are about 1.5 miles along the shore of Longboat
Key.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch also offers
talks and walks, but reservations are required
because they found groups grew to too many par-
ticipants.
AMITW's turtle walks are held on Wednesday
mornings throughout the summer. To reserve a spot
and get information on when and where to meet,
call education director Claudia Wiseman at 248-
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skimmers.
"They migrated over to Fort Desoto" in Pinellas
County, he said. "They will do that if they are in an area
and not having any luck. They'll just move to a different
place and try again."
On June 25, it appeared it wasn't just the skimmers
that were going to abandon the island for the year. AMITW
executive director Suzi Fox said a least tern nesting site
near the newly constructed dune across from Bradenton
Beach City Hall was temporarily abandoned.
"It looked like it would be bad news," she said. "We
removed both bird areas on June 25. The south area near
the BeachHouse Restaurant had crows hit the eggs two
days ago."
The day after AMITW gave up hope for shorebird
nesting activity on the island this season, about a dozen
nesting least terns returned to the BeachHouse restaurant
dune to try again and the area was re-marked as a nesting


During sea turtle season, which began May 1 and con-
tinues through Oct. 31, female turtles emerge from the Gulf
of Mexico to lay nests in the sand, and after about 60 days,
hatchlings make their way from the nest to the water. State
officials, scientists and volunteers along Florida coastlines
work to collect data and protect the animals.
The turtles' protectors encourage local residents and
volunteers to follow a list of seasonal precautions, includ-
ing:
Remain quiet and observe from a distance if you
encounter a nesting turtle.
Shield or turn off outdoor lights visible on the beach
from May-October.
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Fox said she visited the black skimmer site in Anna
Maria after the June 25 news that the tern nesting site had
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"We had a huge influx of black skimmers a few
weeks ago, but I visited the area this morning and there
were no birds," she said.
Fox agreed that it's good news that the skimmers
chose Fort Desoto.
'They are already laying their eggs and will be very
well protected over there," she said.
Fox said Mother Nature will take care of her own for
this nesting season and both Fox and Wiseman are opti-
mistic that the skimmers will return to the island shores
next year to resume nesting activity.
In the meantime, sea turtle nesting season remains
busy and Fox said all fingers are crossed for the least terns
to have a successful second attempt.


and close window coverings.
Fill in holes on the beach that may entrap hatchlings
on their way to the water.
Place trash in its proper place.
Remove beach chairs and other items from the
beach from sunrise to sunset.
Artificial lighting can disorient both adult nesting
turtles and hatchlings. The hatchlings, already vulnerable
to beach predators, can lose their way to the water and
either die from dehydration or become prey to animals.
A female loggerhead will drop 80-120 eggs into
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Make safety a routine for a day at the beach


Summer vacations often lead to Anna Maria Island's
beaches.
And that means sun protection.
Just as important in the planning of a trip to the beach
are rip-current advisories.
The safety check became a part of the beach routine
following the August 2010 deaths of two people who
became caught in a rip current just yards off the beach
near Sycamore Avenue in Anna Maria.
Gerardo Hernandez and sister Josefina Pardo died
and several relatives suffered injuries in the late-aftemoon
incident. "The family was standing together in waist-high
water when the riptide drug them under suddenly and
rapidly carried them away from shore," read a family
statement.
"We don't want people to think, 'Oh, they were too
far out, that couldn't happen to me,'" Al Pardo, who was
caught in the rip current, says in the statement. "It hap-
pened so suddenly."
'l u,',Plin', back to shore severely fatigued the swim-
mers and prohibited a rescue.
Earlier the same summer, a man drowned while wade
fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway, apparently after
being caught in a current under the Anna Maria Island

When at the beach...
Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard-protected
beach.
Never swim alone.
Learn how to swim in the surf. It's not the same
as swimming in a pool or lake.
Be cautious at all times, especially when swim-
ming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don't go
out.
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jet-
ties. Permanent rip currents often exist alongside these
structures.
Consider using polarized sunglasses when at the
beach.
Pay especially close attention to children and
elderly when at the beach. Even in shallow water,
wave action can cause loss of footing. Appoint some-
one who won't be texting, reading or otherwise dis-
tracted to be the young swimmers' water-watcher.
Source: Florida Division of Emergency Manage-
ment.


Bridge at Manatee Avenue.
A rip current or riptide is a narrow, powerful current
of water that runs perpendicular to the beach, out into the
ocean. The current may extend 200 to 2,500 feet length-
wise, but it is typically less than 30 feet wide. Also, rip
currents can often move at more than 5 mph.
In Florida, rip currents kill more people annually than
thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
Both residents and visitors said at the time that the
deaths caused them to be more cautious, but not afraid,
when swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
Swimming with a buddy is a good precaution, accord-
ing to water-safety experts.
The practice of checking for rip current advisories
also is recommended, as well as the habit of designating
one person in a group of beachgoers to keep an eye on
swimmers, especially children.



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Water-safety experts say the safest place to swim is
where a lifeguard is present. Manatee County Marine
Rescue lifeguards are stationed at Coquina and Mana-
tee Public beaches on Anna Maria Island.


Swimmers also should know and respect their abili-
ties.
For the safety of the swimmer and their family, it's
important to understand one's own swimming capabili-
ties," the rescue chief told The Islander after the island
drowning. He said he believes most people over-estimate
their swimming skills.
At the top of marine rescue's precaution list is swim-
ming at a public beach staffed with lifeguards. There are
two such beaches on the Island Coquina Beach and
Manatee Public Beach, both operated by the county and
staffed with marine rescue guards from about 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily.
Rip currents are the No. 1 concern for beach life-
guards, according to the U.S. Lifesaving Association,
which reports that 80 percent of surf rescues are attributed
to rip currents.
Lifeguards are trained water-watchers. They are
trained to observe theater and the people in the water,
and to intervene for safety."
Much of the Island's Gulf shore is open to beachgo-
ers, but lifeguards are stationed only at county-operated
beaches.
Summer = stingrays,
sharks, shuffle
Summer's rays bring cautions for another type of
rays from wildlife officials: Do a little dance when enter-
ing the water to protect against the harmful sting of a
stingray.
The sun and summer that bring people to enjoy the
Gulf of Mexico waters on Anna Maria Island beaches also
brings warnings about stingrays and the predators that
may follow them.
The peak season for stingrays in the shallows of Anna
Maria Island and elsewhere along Florida's Gulf Coast is
May through October, according to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
During that period especially, swimmers are advised
that to avoid getting stung, they should do the stingray
shuffle shuffling feet slowly through the sand in the
shallow water to send out a series of vibrations that warn
a ray to get away.
And another warning, the stingrays' main predator
- sharks may not be far behind. Sharks are known to
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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
June 18, 800 block of North Shore Drive, suspi-
cious incident. A complainant said his dog jumped the
fence of his residence and approached a man walking
his dog on the roadway. The complainant said the man
pulled a knife and threatened to kill his dog. There were
no witnesses and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputy reported the complainant's statements were
inconsistent.
June 26, 200 block of Pine Avenue, suspicious
incident. A man reported that an intoxicated woman
entered his residence uninvited. A deputy made contact
with the woman, who is renting the adjacent unit. The
woman said she was bringing food she had prepared to
the complainant's family. The woman was released into
her husband's custody after the complainant declined to
press charges.
June 9, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, petit theft.
A woman reported a wooden statue valued at $200 was
stolen from her yard while she was out of town. The
complainant said the statue was bolted to a concrete
slab.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
June 19, 1800 block of Gulf Drive South, burglary.
A man reported he and his family left the residence, and
when they returned they found the front door kicked
open. The man initially reported cash, jewelry and a
handgun was stolen, but later called police to say the


Island watch
To report information on a felony crime, call
Manatee 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.


gun and jewelry had been found.
g June 24, 100 block of llth Street, attempted bur-
glary. A complainant reported the metal doors to a stor-
age area had been damaged by someone attempting to
open them while they were locked. It was unclear if the
suspect was able to gain entry due to the damage, but
nothing was reported stolen.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
June 20, 8400 block of Marina Drive, warrant.
A 38-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested at his
home on a pair of bench warrants. The warrants were
initiated on a prior arrest for driving while license sus-
pended.
June 23, 8000 block of Marina Drive, domestic
battery. A 23-year-old Englewood woman was arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Accord-
ing to the report, the suspect and victim were arguing in
their bedroom. When the man went to leave, the woman
allegedly used her fingernails to scratch the victim.
June 22, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, retail theft.
A 38-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested after
he allegedly concealed an 18-pack of beer between his
body and a skateboard, leaving the store without paying
for the merchandise. The man was arrested a short time
later at his residence. Police recovered 12 of the 18
beers.
June 15, 6500 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A com-
plainant reported some beer and his sunglasses were
stolen from a cooler outside his unit. Video showed three
juveniles walking up and down the hallway searching
through coolers.
June 15, 5336 Gulf Drive, Island Trader, theft.
A bank bag containing $400 was stolen from a locked
filing cabinet in the business's office. According to the
report, only store employees had access to the cabinet,
but it also states there are times when the public has
access to the area.
June 15, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary.
Police responded to an alarm and observed a balcony


Roadwatch this week
State Road 64-Manatee Avenue at the Anna Mafia
Island Bridge: Work continues to repair the substruc-
ture of the bascule bridge.
According to the Florida Department of Trans-
portation, the majority of repair work will be below
bridge decks at the water level.
Motorists should expect intermittent night-time
lane closures on the bridge 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Project
completion is expected this summer. The contractor
is L&S Concrete Restoration.
For information, call Robin Stublen at 239-461-
4300 or email robin.stublen@dot.state.fl.us.

door to be open. Further investigation revealed pry
marks on the door, but nothing was missing. Video of
the area showed a man approaching the home just before
10 p.m. the prior night.
June 16, 6700 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A com-
plainant reported someone entered his lanai and stole
two skim boards valued at $500. Three days later, two
juveniles voluntary went to the police station where
they allegedly admitted the theft. The juveniles said
they were "heavily" drinking and remembered taking
the skim boards, but not much else.
June 17,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A complainant reported her iPhone valued at $500
was stolen.
June 19, 300 block of 42nd Street, vehicle bur-
glary. A man reported he witnessed two males enter his
vehicle. While investigating, police made contact with
two juveniles, who admitted they entered the vehicle,
but also said they did not steal anmh illng
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
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decorative accessories, furnishings, food in the refrigera-
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AID came together June 28 with a truckload of fur-
nishings that help to make a house a home dishes,
kitchen utensils, towels, pillows, lamps, bedding and
more. Each church was appointed a room.


Every room in the Reyes' home benefitted from the
"personal touches" of AID volunteers.


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They joined hands to help a single mother, Ana
Reyes, and her five children, who took possession last
week of their Habitat for Humanity home in Hope Land-
ing in Ellenton.
The home was the second Habitat adoption for AID
at Hope Landing.
The island volunteers included the Rev. Rosemary
Backer Jean Etsinger and Roger Liesch of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church; the Rev. Dee Ann deMontmollin of
Church of Annunciation; Kass Martin, Joe and Janet Clark
and Cornelia Zanetti of St. Bernard Catholic Church; and
Pat and Art Whitacre of Harvey Memorial Community
Church, in partnership with Diane Donovan of Our Daily
Bread.
The home makeover team met at the Reyes home
to deliver their donations and decorate the home a
surprise for the new homeowner.
Ana Reyes and her children, Anzzonni, May, Sky,
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Summer sports start up, golf and horseshoes continue


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
A plethora of sports for kids and adults is on the
horizon at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The
adults can choose coed flag football played Wednesday
and Thursday evenings starting July 11 or volleyball
in the gym on Tuesday evenings starting July 9.
Both leagues play through August.
There is some apparent dissatisfaction with new rules
in the adult flag football league that limit which family
members can play on the same team. It seems only "mar-
ried" couples will be allowed to play on the same team
at the center, while the couples' children, partners and
siblings will not be allowed to play together.
There also is some resulting talk about forming a
family league, but no action.
For the kids, there's indoor soccer in the cool con-
fines of the center's air-conditioned gymnasium and no
limitations on siblings on the same team.
Sign up has resulted in two teams in the 5-7 division,
three teams in the 8-10 division and four teams in the
11-13 division. Games start July 10 and continue until
Aug. 14 and playoffs.
Stay tuned to The Islander for schedules, results and
standings from the center leagues.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole team
scramble June 27. The team of Gary Riser, Gary Razzi
and Bob Lang combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab
a one-shot victory over the team of Ken Rickett, John
Purcell, Dennis Schavey and Dave Vande Vrede.
The men again took the course for two rounds June
24. The morning saw a low-net-of-partners match that
was won by the team of Bob Dickinson and Hank Trem-
blay, who combined on a 9-under-par 55. The team of Al
Pollack and Matt Behan were alone in second place at
4-under-par 60.
Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, modi-
fied-Stableford System or quota points match. Bob Lang
and Ron Vanderman both finished at plus-4 to tie for first
place.
Lang helped teammates Ken Rickett and Quentin
Talbert to the team title on a combined plus-3. One point
back was the team of Art McMillan, Ron Vanderman and
Dave Vande Vrede.
The Key Royale women got out on the course June
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Sue Hookem fired a 6-under-par 26 to win Flight A
by one shot over second-place finisher Ginny Upshaw.
Kris Landkammer's 4-under-par 28 put her in third place,
one shot in front of Sue Wheeler, who was alone in fourth
place.
Fran Barford's 5-under-par 27 gave her a three-shot
victory in Flight B over Shirley Cessna, Luanne Collins
and Liz Lang, who finished in a three-way tie for second
place.
On June 22, the men played an 18-hole, individual-
low-net match. Carl Voyles fired a 9-under-par 55 to grab
first place by seven strokes over second-place finisher
Larry Fowler, who finished at 2-under-par 62.

Horseshoe news
Only two teams emerged from June 29 pool-play
during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits. Sam Samuels "walked" past Steve Doyle
and Hank Huyghe by a 21-5 score to earn bla.ini i ihl'
for the day.
Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during


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each eye the ball during last summer 's indoor soccer
action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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June 26 horseshoe action. Jerry Disbrow and Steve
Doyle drew the bye into the finals and watched as Hank
Huyghe and George McKay eliminated Dom Livedoti
and Tim Sofran 21-13. Huyghe and McKay then easily
defeated Disbrow and Doyle by a 21-8 score in the
finals.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
come.


AMICC indoor soccer schedule
5-7 Division
July 10 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Miller Elec-


July 12 6 p.m.


8-10 Division
July 10 7 p.m.
July 12 7 p.m.

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July 10 8 p.m.


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LPAC vs. Air & Energy
Bistro vs. LPAC


Island Dental vs. LPAC


AMICC adult volleyball schedule
July 9 6:30 Island Real Estate vs. Bowes
Imaging
July 9 7:30 Beach Bums vs. Salon Salon
July 9 8:30 Southern Greens vs. Beach
Bums

AMICC adult flag football schedule
July 11 6 p.m. Jessie's vs. The Feast
July 11 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Agnelli Pool
July 11 8 p.m. Discount Signs vs. Sato Real
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July 11 9 p.m. Slim's Place vs. Beach to Bay
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The wait for anglers is over: gag grouper season opens


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Gag grouper season officially opened July 1. Now is
the time to stock up on your bottom accessories lead,
hooks, heavy leader, swivels etc. to target these bottom
dwellers.
Not only are gag grouper among the best fish to eat,
but they put up one hulluva fight. Although the value
of catching and releasing these fish gets mixed reviews,
I've seen more than one angler get muscled over by a big
gag.
Popular baits include live pinfish, shiners, threadfins
and grunts, as well as an assortment of frozen baits such
as sardines, threadfins and squid. Remember, gags have
to have a 22-inch total length before they go in the box
and you can keep only two per person. Good luck and
happy hunting, or should I say eating.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fish-
ing the lush grass flats of southern Tampa Bay and the
surrounding smaller bays in search of catch-and-release
snook and spotted seatrout. To target these species, Gross
first puts out his castnet for the desired bait live shin-
ers. By anchoring and chumming, Gross waits until the
little shiners are schooled behind the boat before he
strikes. Once baited, Gross and his clients are ready to
fish.
During morning incoming tides, Gross is leading
his anglers to excellent catch-and-release snook action.
Free-lining shiners behind the boat is resulting in snook
up to 38 inches. Most catches are 24-28 inches, but you
never know when that big female is going to inhale your
hook.
After snook fishing, Gross is moving to deeper grass
flats in search of trout. Again, Gross is free-lining shin-
ers behind the boat and, in some instances, he's adding a
popping cork to aid with casting the bait and to cause a
slight disturbance on the water's surface. By using these
methods, Gross is putting his anglers on spotted seatrout
up to 26 inches.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good
results. By bottom fishing with live shiners or pinfish
for bait, Girle is reeling up keeper red grouper. He says
reds up to 24 inches are common, although bigger fish
are mixed in.
While targeting red grouper, Girle is catching man-
grove snapper in the 15-inch range. He's scaling down
his leader size to 20-30 pound fluorocarbon, depending
on how well the fish are biting. Again, live shiners or
pinfish are the bait of choice.
Finally, Girle is targeting tarpon along the beaches
and passes of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Girle
says 99 percent of the bite is on crabs, although he's also
catching fish on threadfin herring. He says to expect to
encounter 100-pound silver kings.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing
Spanish mackerel being caught during the early morning
and late evening tides. Pier fishers using white crappie
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Mangrove snapper are making a showing at the pier.
Most are small, but keeper-size fish are down there, too.
You just have to be persistent. For bait, Sork says to try
small live shrimp or shiners.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier also is seeing
the arrival of mangrove snapper. The tasty little fish are
taking up residence under the deck and around the pier
pilings, just waiting for you to drop a small live shrimp in
front of them. Expect to catch snapper 8-12 inches, if you
rig right. Stealth is key, so use the lightest fluorocarbon
leader you think you can get away with. A small live bait
hook will help, too.
While targeting snapper with live shrimp, there's a
good chance you may hook up with some black drum,
flounder or sheepshead. All three of these species are
ranging 10-18 inches in length.
Catch-and-release shark fishing at the R&R is top-
ping the chart for pier fishers. Chunk baits like fresh-cut
mackerel, bonito or jack crevalle are producing the bite.
Expect to encounter lemon sharks, black tips and bon-
netheads.
Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle says catch-
and-release snook action is heating up along the beaches
of Anna Maria Island. If you're into sight casting to big
snook, now is the time to do it. Mattay is using live shin-
ers or whiting as bait when casting to cruising snook.
"Some of these fish are in the 40-inch range, too," says
Mattay. He suggests using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader
due to the water clarity. "I prefer to use something stron-
ger," says Mattay, "but when the water is real clear, you
have to scale down your leader size or you just won't get
a bite."
Also along the beaches, Mattay is encountering Span-
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flounder. For the migratory fish, Mattay is using spoons,
jigs or Gotcha plugs. For the flounder, a live shrimp or
shiner will do the trick.
Moving offshore, Mattay is fishing with his grandpa,
Bill Grayson, around hard bottom and ledges for red
grouper, mangrove snapper and kingfish. Bottom fishing
with live pinfish or shiners is resulting in red grouper up
to 27 inches, as well as mangrove snapper in the 18-inch
range. Free-lining shiners behind the boat is resulting in
kingfish and, for a pleasant surprise, chicken dolphin.
Kings in the 20-pound range are the norm and, as for the
dolphin, Mattay is catching fish in the 28-inch range.
Mattay suggests keeping a lookout for blackfin tuna and
bonito, too.
Finally, Mattay is shark fishing just off the beaches
of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, where the bite
is occurring at night. For bait, Mattay is using fresh-cut
bonito, mackerel or barracuda. By paddling his hooked
bait out past the sandbar in a kayak, Mattay is targeting
the area where the bigger sharks are hunting. Expect to
encounter blacktip, bull and hammerhead sharks in the
range of 4-8 feet.
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Holmes Beach vet lived 'Caine
Mutiny' during World War II
"The Caine Mutiny" is a film starring Humphrey
Bogart and set in World War II about officers aboard a
naval ship who take over from the captain because they
believe he is crazy.
The film was fiction, but Holmes Beach WWII veteran
John "Jack" N filk i \ I. ill IhIiiiugh a real-life Caine Mutiny
during the war and it was a scary experience.
Miller was a student from Lido Beach at the Univer-
sity of Florida-Gainesville in early December 1941.
"We were at Daytona Beach that day. In those days,
you could drive your car right down on the beach and we
were cruising along with our dates," Miller recalled of
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941.
Suddenly, the music on the radio was interrupted by
an announcer who said the Japanese had bombed Pearl
Harbor and all active duty servicemen were to report to
their duty station.
"I remember they said it was the real thing, not a
drill. I had figured a war was coming and was in ROTC
already. But I figured it wouldn't be long before they
called me," Miller said.
It wasn't long at all.
As he had grown up around boats and boating, it
wasn't long before the U.S. Coast Guard called Miller
to active duty as a bosun's mate.
"They told me I'd be skipper of a boat patrolling
from Tallahassee to Naples, looking for subs. I had two
crew members and was a ship's captain before I was 21,"
he said.


The patrols began in January 1942.
Miller's 55-foot patrol boat, a former cabin cruiser,
was based in Tarpon Springs and he patrolled without
radar, just the eyes of the crew.
"We never did spot a sub, but we heard of sightings.
One night we thought we saw a sub surface, but it dis-
appeared before we could get to it and confirm. But we
did hear of one sub being sunk near the mouth of Tampa
Bay," he recalled.
After six months as a bosun's mate, Miller was sent
to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., for
officer candidate school. Just before graduating, Miller
and the other candidates were asked where they wanted
to serve.
Knowing the military method, one usually got their
last choice as their first assignment. Miller put down a
"warm weather assignment" as his third choice.
Sure enough, the military ran true to form and he
got assigned to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo,
Cuba. He was made the executive officer of a USCG
cutter escorting convoys to the Panama Canal. After four
months, the CO was reassigned and Miller became cap-
tain of the cutter, although still only an ensign.
One night during a storm, radar picked up a German
sub on the surface, but the sub submerged as the cutter
raced to a firing position. The cutter carried 5-inch guns,
along with 20-mm cannons and rifles.
"We were told to attack the sub and we got out all
our small arms and manned the cannons, but he was gone
just before we were within firing range," Miller said.
Miller recalled dazzling his crew with his ability to
dock the cutter, even when the space appeared too small.


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For a Florida boy who grew up on the water, backing and
turning the cutter was child's play.
"I had a good crew. I was barely 22, and a lot of
sailors were older than me, but they respected me and
did what I asked. They became great friends, the best I
ever had."
In the summer of 1943, Miller was transferred to a
ship headed to the Pacific.
"It was a brand new ship we picked up in New
Orleans. I was a plank-walker, which is what you are
called if you're a member of the first crew of a ship. It
was the FS199.
Miller became the ship's navigator because he could
use a sextant to navigate by the sun or stars.
The ship, however, had only small arms and no large
weapons. When the ship docked at Pearl, Miller and the
crew scrounged some .50-caliber machine guns from
some torn up B-17 bombers. They made a midnight req-
uisition in case someone asked what they were doing.
"We then hooked up with an invasion force as a
freight supply ship. This was late summer 1943. Our
skipper was a lieutenant, but we noticed he liked to be
by himself. He didn't socialize with the other officers, but
that was OK. Gradually, however, we became concerned
that he was very difficult to communicate with."
The ship was two days out of Pearl Harbor when
Miller got a radio message a large typhoon was headed
toward them.
"We were ordered to turn south and put on our run-
ning lights, but the skipper said 'You will not.' The exec
showed the captain the order, but he said don't change
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MILLER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
course, don't put on the running lights."
Miller responded that this was a dangerous typhoon,
capable of capsizing the small Coast Guard cutter.
"He wouldn't budge and I knew we were headed
toward disaster as the weather got worse," recalled Miller.
Waves were breaking over the bow and the ship was
leaning at angles greater than 50 degrees on occasion, a
dip that could easily cause the ship to be swamped by a
large wave and roll over on its back, Miller thought.
Just as in "The Caine Mutiny," the executive officer
came to Miller and the other officers and told them the
captain was incapable of operating the ship and would
kill everybody if he continued to command. The officers
agreed and the exec took over the ship and confined the
captain to his cabin.
"It was really rough going, even dangerous. Any
wave could swamp us upside down. I took control of the
helm and steered us through the swells, looking for gaps
in the waves to keep us upright. We gradually worked
our way out of the storm, but we would definitely have
capsized if the exec hadn't taken over," Miller said.
Watching "The Caine Mutiny" after the war, Miller
was struck by the similarities, although the movie ship
was not in a storm.
"What we did was real life. I always wondered if the
Navy, which controls the Coast Guard during wartime,
somehow used our story for the movie. I don't know, but
there were a lot of similarities."
Confined to his room, the skipper refused to talk to
the men. When the ship reached port in the South Pacific,
the exec made his on why he took control of the ship. The
captain refused to come out of his cabin.
"We all thought we would be court-martialed and
put in jail, but the admiral came to us and said we did the
right thing to keep us alive."
Eventually a medical crew forced their way into the
cabin and took the skipper to the hospital. "We never
learned what happened to him, but there was something
definitely wrong," Miller remembered.
Returning to Pearl Harbor, Miller was promoted to
lieutenant junior grade and assigned as executive officer
on a cutter that provided supplies to a number of Pacific
invasion forces, especially along or near New Guinea.
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return to the Philippines.
"We worked our way through a lot of islands to get
to Leyte. Our ship was assigned to the Philippines for the
invasion of Borneo, which had a big oil field and had to
be taken out.
"It turned out to be OK for us. Not being on the front
lines or firing a gun, I can't say it was easy, but we had
no problems getting our supplies to the troops who took
the oil field. It was a big blow to the Japanese. They were
running out of gas after that invasion."
In early 1945, MacArthur captured Manila, although
the Japanese killed thousands of Filipino civilians and
fought almost to the last man.
"We were the second ship in the harbor and the stench
was horrible. More than 100,000 civilians were killed by
the Japs. It was sickening. The Japanese code was to take
no prisoners and not be captured. We also saw what they
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In the summer 1945, Miller was slated to command
a ship in the invasion of Japan in November 1945 and
was told to expect 90 percent casualties among his crew
because of kamikaze aircraft.
Then the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima
Aug. 6, 1945. Three days later, another A-bomb was
dropped on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15,
1945.
"We didn't know what an atomic bomb was, but we
figured the Japs had no choice with such a bomb that
could wipe out an entire city of 100,000 people." Miller's
prediction came true.
"We had one big party, I remember that. The Filipi-
nos couldn't do enough for us. We had a lot of drunks
around that night, but I never did drink much."
Miller asked to sail his ship west to the U.S. East
Coast, to Miami, for discharge, but the Navy got word his
father was dying and he flew home from the Philippines
on a priority ticket.
He flew to Honolulu, San Francisco and then Tampa.
His brother met him in Tampa and drove him home.
Miller spent a week with his dad before he died.
"I had to go to Miami for my discharge, but I stayed
in the reserves."
Miller's family owned and operated a successful
trailer manufacturing business in Bradenton that sold to
Pierce Manufacturing, part of Oshkosh NII- in 1989.
After that, Miller went into banking, then retired.
"A lot of times I look back and thought I was one
lucky guy, especially because the exec took over during
that storm. I probably would never have come back. I lost
a lot of my friends during the war, but I'm proud of my
service and I'd do it again if I could serve with the same
bunch of guys. They were the best."
Miller married Sarah Atkinson in 1947 and the couple
had two boys and two girls.
"I was one lucky guy. Not a hero. The heroes are still
over there. I was lucky to survive, knowing what would
happen if captured by the Japs. To this day, I've never
owned a Japanese car and I forbid my kids to buy one. I
know what the Japs did to the Filipino people and to our
boys in the prisoner-of-war camps."
Jack Miller is a proud member of the Greatest Gen-
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20 In current times
21 Put in an appearance
22 Comic strip about
the Patterson
family
25 Food in the Bible
26 Caspian Sea feeder
27 Des Iowa
28 Repudiates
29 Checkpoint needs
31 Periodic payments
32 Star
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34 Coffee containers
35 Givc one's address?
37 Baseball card state
40 SeaWorld
performers
41 Mortarboard tosser
42 "Really useful
engine" of
children's books
43 Wilson of
Holly wood
44 "What nonsense!"


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45 #1 on the American
Film Institute's
"'Greatest Moe ic
Musicals" list
47 Tech media Web site
founded in 1994
48 John at a piano
49 Basis of some ticket
discounts
50 Patient mover
51 Computer user's
shortcut
52 Viewed with
contempt
54 What's expected
55 Confers
56 Sentence unit
57 Like nougat
59 Toot one's own
horn
60 Where Arab Bank is
headquartered
62 [Gone ... instantly!
63 Home of Hannibal
67 Be relevant to
68 Withdraw
70 Over the hill
71 Former Indiana
senator Bayh
72 Gas in a vacuum
tube
73 German-born Emmy
winner of 1960s
TV
75 Not just a tiff
76 Untrustworthy sort
77 Breaking
de velopments?
78 "Regrets" and
others


79 "Exactly right!"
80 Wrangler rival
81 Went (for)
82 Gulf war missile
83 Company of two?
84 Makes a go of it
86 Really impresses
87 Palmed off
88 Hold the fort, say
90 Holders of addli
thoughts
92 Existential anxiety
93 Welcome sight after
a flood
94 Various things
99 Tweeters
100 Unalaska native
101 Beam from one end
to the other
102 Patriarch who
lived 950 years
103 Horrorful
104 Tired
105 Sideways
106 French or Italian
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slang
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Gurney
3 Hardly a slow poke
4 1942 Cary Grant
comedy
5 Besieger's bomb
6 Rink jumps
7 "Dear" one
8 What a gutter may
lead to


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10 Stops on a whistle-
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Burns ballad
13 Size up
14 Something to grow
out of
15 Efocution phrase
16 Musical duo Brooks
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17 They have springs
21 All
23 Fruit growers
24 Setting up
28 Hold for
questioning
29 Early release
30 One of the authors
in the game
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soap
33 Drank to excess
34 Pressed
35 Award won by Alice
Munro and Stephen
King
36 Pulitzer-winning
composer Ned
38 Some drafts
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Wild"
41 Zesty staple of
Asian cuisine
42 Martial-arts mol e
45 Old Nick
46 Melodious
47 Initiates a conflict


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difficulties
64 Get retribution for
65 Guesstimated
66 Ewoks" home in
"Star Wars"
67 Socialite's party
68 Green ___
69 Like some stores of
years gone by
73 Erased, as a tape
74 Eggplant casserole


77 Lifts a finger?
79 Soft shade
82 Betraying
nervousness, in a
way
83 How utility bills arce
usually paid
85 Set preceder?
86 1981 comedy) or its
2011 remake
87 Volume control on a
soundboard


88 Small dollops
89 "Spamalol" writer
Idle
90 Untidy stack
91 Out of port
94 Detente
95 State-of-the-art
96 Biblical pronoun
97 Shucked item
98 Density symbol, in
physics


iT&h ink-y4-for your support in making our family

No. -1 in sales in Manatee and Sarasota counties!


Charles Buky
Cell: 941-228-6086





www.teambukyrealestate.com
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1
Longboat Key FL 34228


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IMMACULATE MARTINIQUE CONDO
Bright, airy, corner location with views of
the Gulf, Bay, Manatee Bridge, and even a
glimpse of the Skyway! Interesting views
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hurricane shutters, eat-in kitchen, walk-in
closet, and fully glassed lanai. Covered
parking, private storage room, heated pool
B and tennis court. Fully funded condominium
Complex with rentals allowed 6 times a
year for a month minimum. Sorry, no pets.
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Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.

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TWO-BY-FOURS By Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz


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53 Playwright O'Cascy
55 Line on a map
57 Recoiled fearfully
58 Catch) parts of pop
songs
59 Farm machines
60 Hard-to-reach nest
61 Classic name in
crossword puzzles
62 Puerto Rican port


(agnificent 4-bedroom
5-bath Island residence
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galvalume metal roofing, custom cabinetry and moldings, pickled oak flooring,
T/G cypress ceilings and extensive decorator details. Infinity pool with spa,
deep water dock with lift and lush tropical landscaping. This residence is truly
spectacular.
Offered at $2,790,000. For additional details, call Dave Moynihan, 941-720-
0089. MLS# M5837500


WAGNER REALTY
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DAVE MOYNIHAN, BROKER-ASSOCIATE
2217 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach
941- 720-0089 cell
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USED SOLAR PANELS for pool and household
furniture, make offer, 302-275-6785.

COMPUTER: 3GHz HT DELL refurbished, $90.
941-756-6728.

GOOD STUFF: OLD, rare. Wicker couch, $150,
maple highboy, $175, small maple desk, $50;
maple twin bed, $35 each. 941-356-1456.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, beautiful, color. $99.
941-778-3920.


The Islander has a new home
After 21 years in the same Holmes Beach shopping
center, the newspaper announces a move to the store-
front at 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The
Islander store, 5604B 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 HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade
and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts,
artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African
handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegift-
sandarts.com/

ATTENTION VETERANS AND active military from
Anna Maria Island. Crosspointe Fellowship wants
to hear from you in order to welcome you to a
Nov. 16 patriotic Thanksgiving event. Call the
Rev. Ed Moss at 941-778-0719 to provide your
contact information.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and XBox, Wii units
with games for Ministry of Presence summer
camp in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B 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, 5604B Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.


ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July
6. 4255 Gulf Drive, Island Village #1222, Holmes
Beach. Dining room table and six chairs, leather
sofa and love seat, barstools, coffee and end
tables, chair and ottoman, Murphy bed/wall
unit, daybed with drawers, contemporary twin
bed on king headboard set, bench, bookcase,
wicker armoire, decorative accessories, kitchen-
ware, linens, china, glass and bric-a-brac. Sale
conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given
out at 8 a.m.


For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
Marianne Norman-Ellis
at Mike Norman Realty,
778-6696.

Mike
Norman
Realty


S Call the Neelys.
941.809.5565
941.807.6220
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
11Licensed & InsuredI

Paradise Improvements 941.792.5601
^ Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED ISLAND REFERENCES
LIC#CBC056755

RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
a a Carpentry Flooring Painting
|Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519

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AMI TAXI
professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
www.amitaxi.com amitaxi4u@gmail.com
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
800.301.4816
airports shops dining

METRO DOOR & SUPPLY INC.
Primary Doors & Glass Inserts
Custom Prep/Cut Downs
Fiberglass, Aluminum, Steel, Vinyl
*FREE ESTIMATES: Call 941.726.2280


ASAP REPAIRS ,,
Jim Basiley, LLC 4F
Engineer turned Handyman
free estimates -- no service charge-- no job too small
Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry, Air Conditioning/Heating
Call Jim at 941-448-7806 or email: jimbasiley@gmail.com


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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. Visit our $1
sale racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-
2733.

STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale
20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on
Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-
383-1901.

BIG GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon, Friday and
Saturday, July 5-6. Furniture, wicker, patio, kids
stuff. 796 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria.


LOST: WEDDING RING. Platinum setting with
three emerald-cut diamonds. Reward offered.
Please return, means so much. 703-608-6871.

SUNGLASSES FOUND at 29th Street in the
Gulf. Maui Jims. Contact Toni to claim, 863-214-
3886.


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


2011 GEM E-2 electric car: Sapphire blue metal-
lic and white, 5-hp motor, hard doors with glass
includes pickup stake bed. Hard doors provide
security, makes an all-weather car. Less than 100
miles. 863-698-4562.


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

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.

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


TWO SCOOPS: ANNA Maria Island's favorite ice
cream "shoppe" and coffee cafe is now hiring
part-time associates. Varied shifts available, must
be able to work nights and weekends. A great
place to work and have a little fun, looking for a
few friendly people. Food prep experience a plus.
Great pay too! Apply today: Two Scoops, 101 S.
Bay Blvd. Unit A-2, Anna Maria.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
5051.

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

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.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can view
the entire week's newspaper online in just a
"click," place classified ads and subscribe with
our secure server? Check it out online at www.
islander.org.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and
resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-
4570.

HIDDEN DOG FENCE installation. Free estimates.
239-470-1254 or 941-456-1593.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic clean-
ing products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-
730-6773.

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER REPAIR Service,
LLC. On-site computer service, reasonable rates.
Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714 or at 941-727-
6780.


DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Need computer help? Chances R, I can help.
And if I don't have the answer, I know someone
who will. Start to finish hardware, software,
network setup and repair, printer help, continu-
ing support... Give me a call. If it's broke, I can
usually fix it. Cell phones, too.

I-$ItSK1SlltMUIS business network / computer solutions
Socko Pearson, 941-799-1169, sockopearson@aol.com
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GREEN CLEANING MANAGEMENT offers resi-
dential, seasonal services (e.g. 1 BR/1 BA) $50.
Please, call S&H Cleaning Management Ser-
vices, 941-778-1098.
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup,
system upgrade. Hardware, software and net-
work repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-
1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year
Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
MA#0017550.
AMI COMPUTERS Virus removal, repairs, tuto-
rials, data salvage. On site, at home or office.
www.amicomputer.com or 941-962-6560.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
807-1015.
WWW.ISLANDER.ORG: Useful tools and links,
fun stuff, and important info... Short story: "The
Bay is Full of Rum" by Wyatt Blassingame; fish-
ing laws; weather alerts; archive; and more.


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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

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

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

SUN MAINTENANCE AND Service: Call Travis
and Megan, 941-779-8389, for all your lawn,
landscape, and pool service needs. "Even free
snow removal" 10 years experience. Free esti-
mates, trusting services.



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

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

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

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

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

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

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941 -
447-6747.


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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, Hol0v-: .ii* 'p'i" Sat.

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

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METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo,
office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom
prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors
for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum,
steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates.
941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable,
timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-
8822.

RANDY'S PAINT AND Drywall: Carpentry, screens
and all your household maintenance. 941-465-
2062.



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

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

2BR WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE with boat
slip. Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer
and dryer. $900 mo. Call 941-538-8622.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call 818-620-
0901.

VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/2BA condo with boat
dock and pool, $550/week. Realtor, 941-756-
1090.


ANNUAL RENTAL: 900 sf, elevated half duplex,
turnkey furnished with utilities. 1BR/1BA. Great
location for beach life. (1.3 miles to Anna Maria
Island) Will consider shorter term. $1,095/month.
941-761-2725.

55-PLUS ANNUAL rental: Sandpiper Resort.
Adorable single trailer, extra room, breezy out-
door seating, fully furnished, remodeled kitchen,
bay view, 350 steps to Gulf, fully turnkey. $850/
month. Call Gay, 941-727-5210.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Nice 2BR/2BA
duplex with garage. No smoking. Must have
excellent references. $1,150/month. 941-776-
1789.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME: 3BR/2BA near Palma
Sola. Furnished, $1,200/month. Realtor, 941-
356-1456.

FURNISHED 2BR TOWNHOUSE: Annual, $950/
month; vacation, $550/week. Pool and boat
dock. 941-356-1456.

GULFFRONT AMI Resort 66: 30 percent off two
units available July 13-20. Choice of ground-
level, directly on the sand or overlooking Gulf and
pool. Enjoy beautiful sunsets! 309-642-7370.

ANNUAL RENTAL ON north end available July
1. 2BR/1 BA, $950/month not including utilities.
Small pets. Call 941-779-9320.

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.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at islander.org.


PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close to
the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No
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.

BEST BUY: DIRECT Gulffront condo: Bradenton
Beach 2BR/1 BA Beautifully updated, fabulous
views. By owner, $395,000. 941-779-0101.

BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Block home,
2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning
fireplace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000.
Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Real-
tor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to schedule
your appointment.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME for sale by owner.
2BR/2BA plus den. Over 2,000 sf, community
pool, fitness center, 10 minutes to Anna Maria
beaches. $329,000. Call Mark, 941-447-3726.

FOR SALE: ADORABLE, colorful single trailer with
extra room, 55-plus. Sandpiper Resort, beauti-
ful bay view, 350 steps to Gulf, breezy outdoor
seating, sun deck, completely furnished, turn-
key, lovely garden. Got married, must sell. Asking
$55,000. Gay, 941-727-5210.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME: 4BR/2BA, caged pool,
upgrades. $219,000. Realtor, 941-356-1456.

LONGBOAT KEY: CHARMING New England-
style country 2BR/2BA plus office or studio.
Steps to marina and pool. Private Gulf beach
access. Immediate occupancy. $279,500. Owner,
941-383-0285.















SHELL POINT BEAUTY Beautifully maintained 2BR/2BA
upper unit in quiet complex. Steps to great views of Watson's
Bayou on shared grounds. Steps to pool. $249,000.










ANNA MARIA COTTAGE Adorable, vintage cottage
located west of Gulf Drive for easy beach access. 3BR/2BA,
great screened porch, single car garage. Selling "turnkey"
furnished. $449,000.











BEACH FRONT DUPLEX Two, 2BR/1BA ground-level
units located directly on the beach with amazing views.
Screened porch and beach-side sun deck. $1,600,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
Norman' k 941-778-6696
Norman ^3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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ANNOUNCING THE BEST NEWS ...

THE BEST OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND STAR AWARDS
WE PROMISED reader preference awards that would be the most coveted, most
T A credible, most trustworthy and most celebrated awards ever in Manatee County.
We sought pride in our local business community and we found it.
We did this by providing the most credible balloting ever, with secret balloting
'. and accountability. The newspaper did NOT choose the winners. We allowed that
_*- honor to fall on our most loyal readers.
We waited 20 years to provide awards the island business community could pride
itself on, that readers would be excited to participate in, and also to ensure reli-
able results that would not be skewed by multiple entries or advertising dollars
spent or solicited and they are awards The Islander is proud to acknowledge.
The balloting took place in fall 2012 with the distribution of ballots to home de-
livery recipients, postal subscribers and registered online subscribers. The ballots
Were NOT provided in bulk quantities to any source.
An invitation-only celebratory "red carpet" event was held at the Key Royale Club
in March, when the custom award plaques a STAR "ribbon" affixed to a mount-
ed Jack Elka aerial photo were distributed to winners in attendance.
This special section announces the readers' final outcome! There are some "tie"
winners and some honorable mentions, but based on the enthusiasm of the sur-
vey respondents, everyone named is a STAR in our community.
Please, join us in congratulating the real stars, the best of Anna Maria Island,
along with our 20-year business partners.
We couldn't be more proud and humble to serve you.

Bonner Joy, publisher, Toni Lyon, ad director, and The Islander team


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...' The following list includes
- the BEST category and
d '*' the winning business. In
'.. some cases, there were
ties and runners up, and more than one
winner may be listed.


A/C HEATING
Air & Energy

ACCOUNTANT
Julie Krokroskia

ACUPUNCTURIST
Dr. Tricia Graziano, DOM

ALL AROUND RESTAURANT
The Feast

ANTIQUES
Ginny's & Jane E's at the Old IGA

ART & CRAFT SHOW
AMI Chamber of Commerce, Bayfest

ART BOUTIQUE
Emerson Quillin


ART GALLERY
Island Gallery West

ARTIST
"Cheeta" Chad Ruis

ATTORNEY
Garret T. Barnes, Esq.


AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE
Holmes Beach Service

BANK
Wells Fargo

BANQUET FACILITY
Sandbar

BARBER
Don Madden

BARBERSHOP
Holmes Beach Barber Shop

BEACH CRUISE
Captain Kim's Charters

BEACH CRUISE
Gnarly Mangrove

BEACHWEAR/RESORT WEAR
Mister Roberts Resort Wear

BOAT RENTAL
Just 4 Fun

BUILDER
Bob Dale Construction

BUILDER
Shoreline Builders

BUSINESS DISTRICT
Pine Avenue, Pine Avenue Merchants

CARPET CLEANING
Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning


CARPET/FLOORING STORE
Coastal Floors

CASUAL DINING
Hurricane Hank's

CASUAL WEAR MEN
Mister Roberts Resort Wear

CASUAL WEAR WOMEN
Bella By the Sea

CATERING BUSINESS
The Feast

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER
David Zaccagnino, Ameriprise

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER
Tom Breiter, Breiter Capital
Management

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
Walter & Associates

CHARTER BOAT
Miss Anna Maria, Capt. Chris Galati

CHEAP EATS
Tortilla Bay

CLUB
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island

COLLECTIBLES
Niki's Island Treasures

COMPUTER REPAIRS
Bill Krokroskia
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CONSIGNMENTS/THRIFT STORE GAS STATION
Roser Church Thrift Store Jessie's Island Store


ISLAND T-SHIRT
Joe Hutchinson "Hey Now"


THRIFT SHOP
Runner Up
Really Relish

COSMETIC SURGEON
Andre Renard, MD

DAY CARE/CHILD CARE
School for Constructive Play

DENTIST
Dr. John Norman, DDS

DOCK SEAWALL
Duncan Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring

FAMILY PRACTITIONER
Stephen Pelham, MD

FISHING GEAR/TACKLE
Island Discount Tackle

FITNESS CENTER
AMI Health & Fitness

FLIP FLOPS
West Coast Surf Shop

FLORIST
Silvia's Flower Corner

FUNERAL CREMATION SERVICE
Covell Funeral Home


GIFT SHOP
Sand Dollar Gift Shop

GOLF COURSE
Key Royale Club

GOURMET MARKET
Island Fresh Market

HAIR SALON
Salon Salon

HAIR STYLIST
Nikita Fosmore, Salon Salon

HARDWARE STORE
Home True Value Hardware

HOME BUILDING HARDWARE
Island Lumber & Hardware

HOTEL/MOTEL
Blue Water Beach Club

ICE CREAM SHOP
Tyler's Homemade Ice Cream

INSURANCE AGENCY
Mixon Insurance

INSURANCE AGENCY
Advanced Insurance Brokerage

INTERIOR DECORATOR
Bettina Sego Interiors

ISLAND ARCHITECTURE
Laura Gee


JEWELRY CUSTOM DESIGN
Bridge St Jewelers

JEWELRY CUSTOM DESIGN
Tide and Moon Jewelry

JEWELRY STORE
Bridge St. Jewelers

JEWELRY STORE
Creations By L

KARAOKE
Anna Maria Moose Lodge

LANDSCAPING
Trees by Breeze

LAWN SERVICE
Sandy's Lawn Service

LIVE ENTERTAINER OR EVENT
Mike Sales

LIMO/TRANSPORTATION
Island Limousine

LOCAL BAND
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers

MAIL/SHIPPING
Island Mail & More

MARINA
Galati Marine

MARINE STORE
West Marine


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Laura _1i l of Tide and Moon Jewelry.


Jo-Ann and Don Lefner of Bella by the
Sea.


Lois Manza of Creations by L and her
husband.


Sarah )upuis oj f he Peast Kestaurant.


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Salon Salon. ber of Commerce.


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Beach Bistro and Eat Here.


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Ed Chiles col-
lected awards
for two of his
three res-
taurants, the
Sandbar and
the Beach-
House, while
his BFF
Tina Fusaro
accepted an
award for the
Pine Avenue
Merchants
group.


A trio of women from Galati Marine Angela Jackson, Anna
Maria Galati and Jane Galati came to the STAR party to repre-
sent Capt. Cli, i Galati's Miss Anna Maria charter boat.


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Annie Weir and Kathy Splawn of Dogs
for the Earth. Where's Tiffany?


Frank and Melissa Williams of Steam- Entertainer Mike Sales played for the
Designs.com. event and took home an award.


Julie and Bill Krokoskia of Krokoskia
Accounting.


Rotary Club of AMI representative
Michael Northfield.


Anna Maria Island (941) 778.0444

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MARKETING/GRAPHIC DESIGN
SteamDesigns

MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
AMI Health & Fitness

MASSAGE THERAPIST
Jen Crady Massage and Skincare

MEDICAL WALK -IN CLINIC
Pinnacle Medical Group

MORTGAGE BROKER
Wayne Gunter, BB&T

NAIL TECH MANI-PEDI
Four Seasons Nails & Skincare

NEIGHBORHOOD
Key Royale Resident Owners Assoc.

NIGHTCLUB
Dcoy Ducks

NONPROFIT
Anna Maria Island Privateers

OPTOMETRIST
The Eye Associates

ORTHOPEDIST
Coastal Orthopedic, Arthur Valadie

OUTDOOR DINING
Sandbar

PERSONAL TRAINER
John Monteforte/AMI Health & Fitness

PET GROOMER
The Paw Spa Grooming Salon


PET STORE
Dogs for the Earth

PHOTO SERVICE/CUSTOM PRINTS
Walgreens

PHOTOGRAPHER
Jack Elka

PIER
Rod & Reel Pier

PIZZA
The Feast

PLACE TO WATCH FOOTBALL
Slim's Place

PLUMBER
LaPensee Plumbing & Pools

POLITICIAN
Marvin Grossman

POOL CONSTRUCTION
American Beauty Pools

POOL SERVICE
Pool America

REAL ESTATE AGENCY
Florida Dreams Realty of AMI

REAL ESTATE AGENT
Joe Praetor, Florida Dreams Realty

REMODELING
FHM Construction

RENTAL AGENCY
Sato Real Estate


RENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Florida Dreams Realty

RESORT
Sunrise Garden Resort

RESORT Runner Up
Tortuga Inn

RESTAURANT FOR ASIAN CUISINE
Ocean Star Sushi-Japanese Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR BARBECUE
Mr. Bones BBQ

RESTAURANT FOR RIBS
Mr. Bones BBQ

RESTAURANT FOR BEER
Hurricane Hank's

RESTAURANT FOR BURGERS
Skinny's Place

RESTAURANT FOR CHICKEN WINGS
Slim's Place

RESTAURANT FOR CHILDREN
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe

COFFEE SHOP
Minnie's Beach Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR BREAKFAST
Minnie's Beach Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR COFFEE
Minnie's Beach Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL LUNCH
Minnie's Beach Cafe


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Thank you Islander readers for voting us
No. 1 ICE CREAM SHOP!
We're also proud to be AMI Chamber of
Commerce Small Business of the Year.


Soft Seive
Sugar Free Fat Free
& Soubet


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HARDWARE STORES


It has been our
pleasure to serve
the residents and
visitors of
Anna Maria Island
for the past
37 years.


THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING US,
WE TRULY ARE HONORED.

Tony and the HOME team




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Island Shopping Center ~ Gulf Drive at Marina Drive
941-778-2811 Fax 941-778-6982
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RESTAURANT FOR CUBAN CUISINE RESTAURANT FOR STEAK
Jose's Real Cuban Food Stonewood Grill & Tavern


SIGNS AND BANNERS
SteamDesigns


RESTAURANT FOR DESSERTS
Sign of The Mermaid

RESTAURANT FOR DINNER
Eat Here

RESTAURANT FOR FRENCH FRIES
Eat Here

ROMANTIC DINING
Beach Bistro

RESTAURANT FOR ELEGANT DINING
Beach Bistro

RESTAURANT FOR FRENCH CUISINE
Island Creperie

RESTAURANT FOR GERMAN CUISINE
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus

RESTAURANT FOR GROUPER
SANDWICH
Rod & Reel Pier

RESTAURANT FOR HOTDOGS
Two Scoops

RESTAURANT FOR ITALIAN CUISINE
Oma's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR CHICKEN
Hurricane Hank's

RESTAURANT FOR MARGARITAS
Hurricane Hank's


RESTAURANT FOR STEAK
Hurricane Hank's


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Thank you for voting us

Best Marina.


GALATI MARINE
Yacht Sales and Full Service Marina
900 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
941.778.0755


RESTAURANT FOR STEAK
The Waterfront Restaurant

CASUAL DINING
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR PIZZA
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR SALAD
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR SEAFOOD
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR SEAFOOD
Star Fish Company

SEAFOOD MARKET
Star Fish Company

RESTAURANT FOR WINE
The Waterfront Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR POWER LUNCH
The Waterfront Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR SOUTHWEST
CUISINE
Tortilla Bay

RESTAURANT FOR SUB/SANDWICH
Rudy's Subs & More

RESTAURANT FOR SUSHI
Ocean Star Sushi-Japanese Restaurant

SHOPPING DESTINATION
Pine Avenue, Pine Avenue Merchants


SMALL MARKET
Anna Maria General Store & Deli

SPORTS BAR
Slim's Place

SPOT FOR FIREWORKS
BeachHouse Restaurant

SPOT FOR FISHING
Rod & Reel Pier

STORAGE FACILITY
Holmes Beach Storage

TAX SERVICE
Walter & Associates, LLC/Key Income
Tax

THEATER COMPANY
Island Players

VETERINARIAN
William Bystrom, DVM

WATCH, CLOCK REPAIR
Pierro's Jewelers

WATCH, CLOCK REPAIR
LD's Jewelry & Watch Repair

WATERFRONT RESTAURANT
The Waterfront Restaurant

WAY TO GET AROUND
Anna Maria Island Trolley-MCAT

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Thank you for voting

Miss Anna Maria

BEST CHARTER BOAT!


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at Your Command
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Sunset Cruises Sightseeing to Sunshine Skyway Bridge & Egmont Key
Exciting Big Game Fishing Trips Kite Fishing
Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and More.
HOURLY HALF DAY FULL DAY UP TO 6 PEOPLE
All the amenities of home, including AC, Head, Galley. Soft drinks included.

Home Port: Galati Yacht Sales, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria
www.charterfishingami.com


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A group of Pine Avenue merchants celebrate their awards at the S
(h.liiigii,-' toast to "the best businesses."


Kathy Caserta attended on behalf of
Mike Norman Realty.


Piroska Planck attended on behalf of
Florida Dreams Realty and Just 4 Fun.


wayne Gunter, mortgage oroKer witm
BB&T, and his wife.


Kathy Smart of Minnie's Beach Cafe. Rhonda Grote of Really Relish and Jason Suzor, owner of the Waterfront
Brian Seymour of AM General Store. Restaurant.


The Professionals Who Strive to Create Your Backyard Vacation


Thank you to our
community for voting us
the BEST! We are grateful
for your support and
sincerely appreciate your
recognition for providing
the level of expertise and
professionalism you have
grown to expect over the
past 17 years.


We look forward to creating many more
of your "Backyard Vacations!"

All the best, Max and Susan Powers


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6010 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
941.761.7770 or 941.778.6587
Email: abpools @verizon.net
License # CPC057312


Visit our NEW LOCATION
5345 Gulf Drive
Where we make our
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Anna
Maria
Island
Moose
Lodge
No. 2188
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tatives.










Greg Grote and wife
Rhonda of Really
Relish and Relish
Cafe and Melissa and
Frank Williams of
SteamDesigns.com.


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Max and Susan Powers of American
Beauty Pools.


Bob Dale of Bob Dale Construction.


Thank you to The
Islander readers
for voting my office
BEST DENTIST.

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John F. Norman DDS
5372 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach
941.778.7898


Don and Jo Ann Meilner of Gnarly
Mangrove cruises.


Jim Sebastiani of Island Limousine and
Sarah Dupuis of The Feast.


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941-778-7200 866-519-SATO (7286)
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Susan Timmins and Sean Murphy, husband and wife and owners of Beach
Bistro and Eat Here restaurants, and Bonner Joy, Islander publisher.


Sue Normand of Island Mail & More.


Tina Fusaro of the Chiles Group an
Pine Avenue Merchants.


Manatee County transportation department staff with county administrator Ed Hunzeker,
fourth from right, and David Teitelbaum, center, of AMI Resorts.

Special thanks
* "i go to Jack
Elka for event
photography
,t." at the STAR
#* party as well as
,..* for the aerial
photo we used to create the
plaque, and to Mike Sales for
entertaining The Islander's
Saward-winning guests with his
musical talents.
..,--Thank you also to Joe Bird of
Birdhaus Design for the terrific
Islander STAR Award graphic
and Frank and Melissa Williams
of SteamDesigns.com for
producing the awesome award
d Brian Seymour and Sue Peterson of plaques and STAR banner.
Anna Maria General Store.


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Thank you for voting!
BEST HAIR SALON
Salon Salon
BEST HAIR STYLIST
Nikita Fosmore, Salon Salon


salon salon 3612 east bay drive,
holmes beach I 941.778.0400
salon salon on pine beauty & spa,
313 pine ave, anna maria I 941.778.0500


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1'/ From the bottom of
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and I want to say,
'THANK YOU'
to The Islander
newspaper readers for voting us
Best Casual Boutique
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OUR SLOGAN AND

OUR PROMISE

SINCE 1992:

THE BEST NEWS

ON ANNA MARIA

ISLAND.


The
Islandeir
* PROUD ANNA MARIA ISLAND NEWSPAPER
SINCE 1992.
* FLORIDA PRESS ASSN. WINNER OVERALL BEST
COMMUNITY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER. ANNUAL
WINNER OF WRITING, EDITORIAL, COLUMN,
PHOTO, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ADVERTIS-
ING AWARDS SINCE 1993.
* WINNER ANNA MARIA ISLAND CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR.
* YOUR NEWSPAPER OF RECORD SINCE
NOVEMBER 1992.


/ V We would like to thank all
of you for voting us Best
Coffee Shop, Best Place
for Breakfast and Best
Place for Casual Lunch.



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West Coast Air Conditioning & Heating would like
to thank The Islander, our friends and our customers
for naming us STAR winners. We are honored and
humbled. We have had the pleasure of serving
our community for more than 40 years now.
Still family owned and operated.
Our customers are No. 1 with us!

a20-YEAR ISLANDER PARTNER


WEST COAST
Air Conditioning*Heating Inc
(941) 778-9622 ..
5347 Gulf Drive #4, Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1779
www.westcoastac.corn


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Island Fresh Market
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ISLAND FRESH MARKET
DAILY 11-6 Closed Sunday
5604 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 941-567-6130