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Holmes Beach officials
head into traffic trouble.
Page 2


Spending talks under-
way in AM, BB. Page 4

meetings
The government calen-
dar. Page 4


The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Pages
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Looking back. Page 7
Isaf openings
Community events,
announcements. Pages
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Pages 10-11

Discovery: First turtle
hatchlings. Page 15


Island police blotter.
Page 17

Holmes Beach, Mainsail
dispute remains unset-
tled. Page 18
WMFR budget: 85
percent salary, benefits.
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Sports: A kick in the
gym. Page 20


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Manatee County expands on nature


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Armed with a plan to acquire an addi-
tional 150 acres for the Robinson Preserve
in northwest Bradenton, Manatee County
Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker
announced at a public meeting July 15 an
ambitious expansion of the park.
Speaking before an estimated 40 people
at the Palma Sola Botanical Park in northwest
Bradenton, Hunsicker said funding for the
expansion could come from the BP Oil spill
settlement to Manatee County, a Southwest
Florida Water Management District grant, pri-
vate donations or a combination of all three.
Hunsicker said Manatee County Com-
missioners will meet Oct. 31 to approve a
cooperative agreement with the Conserva-
tion Foundation of the Gulf Coast to own the
added property. The $4 million in funding for
the foundation to purchase the 150 acres and
donate it to the county came from the Mosaic
Foundation, part of the Mosaic phosphate
mining company in central Florida.
Hunsicker said the Robinson family with-
held 200 acres when it sold 501 acres to the
county in 2002 to create the preserve. The
family intended to build single-family homes
and a golf course on the 200 acres, but the
downturn in the economy made the plan not
viable, Hunsicker said.
After selling 150 of the 200 acres, the
remaining 50 acres will be used by Neal Com-
munities for single-family homes, Hunsicker
said, unless the county can find additional
funding to buy that land. The price is $6 mil-
lion.
But 150 acres gives Hunsicker's depart-
ment room to greatly expand and enhance the
preserve, he said.


Plans call for restoration of the coastal
habitat as it was in the 1940s, construction of
a rookery for sea terns and other birds, open
water features to support tidal circulation and
recreation, additional parking areas, a walk-
way under a tree canopy and construction of a
"true environmental center with age-specific
playground areas to accommodate the steadily
increasing popularity of the preserve," Hun-
sicker said.
The environmental center will be named
the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration,
Science and Tc u hlnih h to.'\.
Additionally, a new kayak launch will
be established along with a 1.6 mile trail for
pedestrians and joggers through the canopy of
trees in the preserve. Bicyclists will have their
own path to avoid interference with walkers
and runners, he said.
Hunsicker estimated the cost of improve-
ments to the preserve at $4.1 million and said
the funds likely would come from the county's


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the BP settlement is going to happen. It could
take years," he said. Hunsicker has learned
from attorneys handling Florida's claim with
BP that Manatee County will receive $4 mil-
PLEASE SEE ROBINSON, PAGE 3

Paid parking

idea surfaces in

Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria City Commissioners at their
July 25 meeting will discuss instituting paid
and permit parking, as well as possibly elimi-
nating street parking and consolidating police
services with Holmes Beach.
Anna Maria Mayor Sue-
Lynn has proposed lower-
a e a ing the speed limit on Pine
Avenue to 15 mph, but city
S attorneyJim Dye said the
state's minimum allowed
SueLynn speed in a city is 20 mph.
SueLynn also wants paid
parking for visitors as a means to control the
number of visitors to the island, particularly
on weekends and holidays.
The mayor blamed day-trippers, saying
they "are taking an appalling toll on our infra-
structure and our ability to maintain our physi-
cal environment."
The traffic congestion in the city is so bad
at times, according to the mayor, that it threat-
ens to "degrade the character of our city."
So she asked commissioners to consider
paid parking and or parking by permit.
She also asked for discussion of "no park-
ing in the right of way," except in the com-
mercial or retail-office-residential districts.
Commissioners were expected to discuss
the mayor's tu' m,. sLion July 11, but Chair
PLEASE SEE AM PARKING, PAGE 2





2 0 JULY 24, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach continues to look at traffic, visitor problems


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Whether it is within the commission chambers, in
collaboration with others or individually, Holmes Beach
elected officials continue to push for answers to the com-
plicated problem of island traffic congestion.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen met with Manatee
County administrator Ed Hunzeker July 9 and reported
the results of that conversation to the commission later
that day at a city meeting.
"I see it as a two-part problem," said Peelen. "We are
maxed out on conventional tourists and it's a great strain
on the city. Secondly, day-trippers from local areas and
nearby counties are overwhelming our beaches and creat-
ing problems," including noise, trash and trespassing.
Peelen said the discussion with Hunzeker traversed
subjects such as paid parking, paid trolleys, the creation
of party buses and water-taxi services.
"I told him it's going to take a whole recipe of dif-
ferent ways to address the problems," she said.
Permit-restricted parking in certain residential areas
also was discussed, as city officials look at taking action
at the local level.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer's depart-
ment has been proactive in providing better enforcement
for illegal parking, but commissioners say it's time to
have parking tickets have more impact to people who
ignore "No Parking" signs.
Tokajer, who joined officers on patrol during the
Fourth of July holiday weekend, told commissioners he
was approached by a man who claimed to own the vehicle
he was ticketing.
"He asked me if I was writing him a parking ticket
and I told him that he was parked in front of a 'No Park-
ing' sign. He asked me how much the ticket was and I
told him $20. He said, 'Great, I'll stay all day.'"
It's a common reaction from drivers who consider
a $20 parking ticket to be no different from the cost to
attend a sporting event and pay for parking.
Mayor Carmel Monti has directed the police depart-
ment to be proactive in enforcing illegal parking and


commissioners have discussed raising the fine.
Commissioners did not settle July 9 on an increase,
but parking fines are expected to more than double.
Peelen said the discussion with Hunzeker was a posi-
tive conversation that included approaching the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council to stop advertising
the island as a haven for renters.
Commissioner Judy Titsworth said it has created a
cycle where the successful advertising campaign creates
more bed tax, which creates more money for advertising.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said he would not
be in favor of paid parking at the beaches.
"It hasn't solved the problem in Clearwater, Sanibel
and Captiva," he said. "They are still overwhelmed with
tourists. Ed is a business guy like me and he sees the
dollar signs. If you charge for parking, we aren't going
to get the money. The county will."
Zaccagnino said TDC advertising needs to focus
more on promoting the park-and-ride systems and, if the
city chooses to charge parking at the county beaches, it
risks losing future beach renourishment funding.
Titsworth noted the TDC received $139,000 in May
in bed taxes from the island alone.
"The secret is out," she said. "Our only hope is that
people who were stuck in traffic for an hour and a half
this weekend will get so discouraged they will go some-
where else."
But it wasn't only tourists stuck in parking, as island
residents say they attempted to cope with ways to get to
stores and restaurants on back roads with little success.
Monti said efforts need to remain focused on solu-
tions instead of complaints. In regards to charging for
parking and trolleys, he said, "There is no reason why
we need to be free, our beaches need to be free and our
trolleys need to be free."
Consensus was that island residents would be exempt
from paying parking fees.
Gallery speakers agreed that something should be
done. Resident Pam Lecke also expressed concern at the
meeting over the island's future.
"I know of six houses in my neighborhood up for


sale," she said. "What is going to happen to our churches,
our school and our community? There is always change,
but you can have change with reason."
Resident Andy Sheridan an MCAT employee and
trolley driver said a free bus system from the mainland
would not bring the kind of visitors the island wants,
and pointed to the free Sunday mainland-beach bus runs
sponsored by the county.
"If you ever took a ride on that bus, you'll see why
no one from Lakewood Ranch wants to ride it," he said.
"The free bus stops in downtown Bradenton and picks
up a population that takes advantage of any free facility
and they go into our stores and shoplift."
Commissioners pledged to continue their discussion
with other island officials and county officials.
Monti said he would meet with the other island
mayors to discuss traffic issues, and that the Coalition
of Barrier Island Elected Officials should keep traffic
congestion as a primary topic of conversation.

AM PARKING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Chuck Webb said the agenda items were so important
they warranted a full work session.
At the same time, Commissioner Gene Aubry has
suggested the city look into consolidating its law enforce-
ment needs with the Holmes Beach Police Department
as a means to save taxpayer money.
Webb said that issue also warrants discussion, but he
said previous studies have not found any cost-savings for
Anna Maria taxpayers.
The city contracts with the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office for law enforcement. The MCSO contract for
2013-14 is proposed at $615,000, down $55,000 from the
2012-13 contract.
"This is going to be an important meeting and I urge
the public to attend and provide input," the mayor said.
"The future quality of life of Anna Maria is at stake
in the decisions the commission makes or does not make
on these issues," she added.
The commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July
25, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.


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ROBINSON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
lion-$19 million in the settlement. Without waiting for
any BP money, Hunsicker is applying to Swiftmud for
a $4 million grant to pay for the improvements. At the
same time, he'll also seek other funding sources.
"We' re not going to wait," he said. County commis-
sioners are expected to approve the expansion at their
Sept. 13 meeting. Once that occurs and as funds become
available, construction on the improvements will begin,
he said.
Hunsicker and his staff of Melissa Nell and Max
Dersch received several rounds of applause from those
attending the meeting.
The general sentiment among the attendees was the
hope that Hunsicker could find the money to purchase the
remaining 50 acres from Neal Communities to maintain
the entire area as a nature preserve.
Hunsicker noted the expansion is separate from the
Perico Preserve project, which is creating saltwater lakes
to grow seagrass for areas of Sarasota Bay, Perico Bayou
and Anna Maria Sound that may need replenishment of
seagrasses. The Perico Preserve also will provide homes
to a number of birds and other wildlife.
The fill from diiginm' the lakes is being sold to Minto
Communities for its Perico Island-Harbour Isle project,
Hunsicker said. The funds help cover expenses related
to the Perico Preserve, he added.

FAR RIGHT: Robinson Preserve is adding 150 acres,
shown in yellow. The land was going to be a golf
course, but will now become a saltwater marsh and
oyster bar with pine flatwoods and a sea tern rook-
ery. Plans include a kayak launch as well as separate
pedestrian and bicycle paths.

RIGHT: The interior of the tree-house classrooms
developed at Twin Lakes camp in Rutledge, Ga., an
award-winning green structure intended to provide
visitors with a sense of wonder in a nature-based space
while still allowing for classroom-style activities. It
serves as a model for the Robinson Preserve Mosaic
Center. Islander Photos: Courtesy Manatee County


Manatee County Natu-
ral Resources director
Charlie Hunsicker
addresses about 40
people at the Palma
Sola Botanical Park,
9800 17th Ave. NW,
Bradenton, July 15
regarding expansion
plans for Robinson
Preserve. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin





4 0 JULY 24, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Big $3.5m Anna M
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn presented her 2013-14
budget to city commissioners July 17, calling the pro-
posed $3.05 million spending plan one of the largest in
recent years. Revenue for the present year is $2.54 mil-
lion up from the anticipated $2.45 million that was
projected when the budget was approved.
Considering the "bare bones budgets" of the past
few years, the mayor said that with higher than expected
revenue this fiscal year it is time to focus on stormwater
drainage, maintenance and capital improvements.
"It's no surprise, but we have a real drainage problem
in the city, and it gets worse as more houses are built or
enlarged. The water has no place to go," she said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, pointed out
the new budget plan isn't really that much bigger than
the 2012-13 budget.
He said it's near the current budget without the antic-
ipated one-time $300,000 payment for a cell tower in
revenues for the coming fiscal year, along with $30,000
expected as a lease payment. Also, adding to the addi-
tional revenues is the increase in city pier rent of $700
per month beginning in December.
Woodland said in his opinion the cell tower income
is really "pie-in-the-sky" revenue. It may not come to
fruition.
He also said the additional $31,000 from the pro-
posed .05 increase in millage is a minimal figure. He
proposed either maintaining the current millage or reduc-
ing the rate. The rollback rate the ad valorem rate that
would produce the same tax revenue as in the current
2012-13 budget is 1.9507. Any millage rate higher than
1.9507 amounts to a tax increase.
"You know me. I'm never in favor of increasing
taxes," Woodland said.
The ad valorem millage rate is the tax rate per
$1,000 of assessed valuation the city receives for prop-
erty. A property owner with a home valued at $400,000
and with an ad valorem tax rate of 2.10 mills would
pay $840 in property taxes to the city. That figure
would not include the tax paid to Manatee County or

BB commissioner
With more than $2.5 million in revenues expected in
the 2013-14 fiscal year Bradenton Beach budget, commis-
sioners trimmed $4,000 from one of the city's smallest
budgets expenses at the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The pier budget for 2012-13 is $34,300, but a pro-
posed increase to $40,100 was requested for the next
fiscal year. While commissioners did trim $4,000 out of
the proposed budget, the net increase from this year to
next is still about $2,000.
Public works director Tom Woodard was not present
for the July 17 budget meetings that focused on many
of his primary responsibilities, so commissioners took
action where they thought appropriate.
Areas where Woodard has no control accounted
for some of the proposed increases, such as an addi-


Bradenton Beach commissioners trim $4,000 of excess
proposed spending in the 2013-14 pier maintenance
budget, as the 2013-14 fiscal year budget process con-
tinues. Islander Photo: Mark Young


laria 2013-14 budget figure 'not so big'
we want to go?"
He proposed commissioners be prepared for a dis-
B TUE T cussion at the July 24 budget meeting.
The 2013-14 budget shows a $55,000 drop in
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office contract for law
Enforcement services. The mayor anticipated a $670,000
contract, but the MCSO submitted one for $615,000
because younger deputies with less salary and benefits
are assigned to the Anna Maria substation.
The budget also includes $30,000 in capital
improvements for some beach walkovers which are
in need of repair. The budget also contains $60,000 to


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other accessed taxes. At a 2.05 millage rate, the same
homeowner would pay $820 in city taxes.
If all the anticipated cell tower revenue is taken out
of the proposed budget, Woodland said it would be back
to about $2.6 million, which is not much more than the
$2.5 million in revenue city treasurer Diane Percycoe
said she anticipated by Sept. 30. Thus, he maintained,
the budget is "not so big."
Woodland said it's time for the city to look at rev-
enue from people who come to the city on holidays and
weekends.
"After pleading and pleading with Manatee County
and the Tourist Development Council for funds and get-
ting nowhere," Woodland said the city should look at a
daily parking fee.
The mayor defended the proposed revenue increases
in the budget. "We have to plan on what's anticipated,"
she said.
She also has suggested commissioners discuss paid
parking as an option to control day visitors and as a
revenue stream.
Percycoe agreed that the budget is based on revenue
estimates. The city's share of county and state revenues
is always an estimate at budget time.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb limited discussion
on the budget because Commissioners Gene Aubry and
Nancy Yetter were absent.
"We would have to repeat everything anyway,"
Webb said. "We just received the budget today and
we've got two commissioners absent, so how deep do

s trim pier budget
tional $3,000 in attorney fees, but Woodard asked for an
increase in building repair and maintenance from $3,000
this year to $5,000 for next year.
Year-to-date expenses for the line-item category
through July are $896 and commissioners questioned
the need for the increase.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she didn't under-
stand the need, considering the pier is going to be re-
constructed soon, but Mayor John Shaughnessy said the
pier budget includes repairs and maintenance to the res-
taurant, kiosk and harbor master office.
"According to the prior lease we still have, the city
is responsible for those areas," said Shaughnessy.
Vosburgh said the proposed increase was still too
high and Commissioner Ric Gatehouse agreed.
"He wants to increase by $2,000 when we haven't
even come to half of what is budgeted this year," said
Gatehouse. "Assuming we do the same amount of work,
I think he can get away with leaving it at $3,000."
Vice Mayor Ed Straight cautioned that just because
something is going to be new "doesn't mean it won't have
to be repaired."
Shaughnessy said he wouldn't be comfortable with
going less than this year's budgeted amount for $3,000.
"When we do get a vendor in the restaurant, he
might require certain things the city is responsible for,"
he said.
Straight pointed out a line item for operating
expenses. This year's budget is $5,500 and Woodard is
asking for $4,000, but year-to-date expenditures have
been zero dollars.
It was area of the budget that could be addressed,
Straight suggested.
Commissioner Gay Breuler agreed, saying $4,000
was a lot of money for a line item that has not had any
expenditures.
Gatehouse suggested lowering the operating expenses
to $2,000 and commissioners agreed, effectively trim-
ming $4,000 from next year's overall pier budget to
$36,100, still higher than this year's $34,300.
Breuler moved to approve the pier budget pro-
posal.
Straight seconded the motion, which passed unani-
mously.


build a seawall along the city property that adjoins the
Lake LaVista channel.
The city plans to hire a third full-time employee for
the public works department and increase staff salaries
3 percent.
The city's $225,000 loan payment for the Pine Avenue
property it purchased in 2011 is included in expenses, as
is $17,600 in emergency contingency funds.
The next budget work session is 6 p.m. Wednes-
day, July 24, at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive.


Ma U.ngs

Anna Maria City
July 24, 6 p.m., budget workshop.
July 25, 6 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 6, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Aug. 7, 6 p.m., budget workshop.
Aug. 8, 6 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
Aug. 14, 6 p.m., budget workshop.
Aug. 19-30, qualifying for municipal elections.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
July 25, 10 a.m., pier team.
Aug. 1, 1 p.m., pier team.
Aug. 1, 1:30 p.m., CRA.
Aug. 1, 7 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 15, 1 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 20, 9 a.m., department head.
Aug. 19-30, qualifying for municipal elections.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
July 25, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board.
July 25, 7 p.m., city commission. Tentative.
July 30, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
Aug. 13, 7 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 15, 7 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 26-30, qualifying for municipal elections.
Aug. 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 29, 7 p.m., city commission.
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.
Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m., county commission special land
use Long Bar Pointe development (Bradenton Area
Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto).
Aug. 13, 9 a.m., county commission.
Aug. 27, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

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

Of Interest
Aug. 6, 4 p.m., Manatee County Council of Gov-
ernments, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben
Blvd., Palmetto. CANCELED
Aug. 19, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Aug. 21,3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, TBD.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@
islander.org.





THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 24, 2013 U 5

Rate stays same, but tax increases in Bradenton Beach


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
After adjusting and approving city department budget
proposals, Bradenton Beach commissioners voted July
18 to maintain the millage rate at 2.3329 for the 2013-14
budget a tax increase for property owners.
Revenue for the current spending plan is $2,391,787,
while anticipated revenue for 2013-14 brings the budget
up to $2,502,724.
The rollback rate the millage rate that would pro-
duce the same tax revenue as the current 2012-13 budget
is 2.2302. Any millage rate higher than 2.2302 amounts
to a tax increase.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property
value. Commissioners raised taxes in the 2012-13 budget
to cover a $145,000 budget shortfall. The city voted in
2012 to raise taxes to cover half the shortfall, while
paying the other half from the city reserve fund.
The impact to a person owning a home valued at
$450,000 was an additional $85 in property taxes over
the previous year.
According to city financial, ad valorem taxes col-
lected by the city are expected to increase from $924,468
in 2012-13 to $950,000 due to higher property values.
Commissioners concluded department budget
reviews and approved maintaining the millage rate the
same. The unanimous approval for the millage rate means
commissioners cannot raise the millage as the budget
process continues, but state statute does allow the city
to lower the rate before finalizing the budget in Septem-
ber.
City officials, July 18, began with the administration
budget. The 2012-13 budget addressing administration
expenditures was set at $360,738. The proposed 2013-14
budget had a modest increase request to $364,700.
City clerk and chief financial officer Nora Idso fielded
questions from commissioners that began with Commis-
sioner Jan Vosburgh asking why Idso's professional ser-
vices budget increased from $10,000 to $18,000.
Idso said the city is paying more for its computer and
software services because "we are trying to Band-Aid the
server to keep it running. To get a new server would run


between $30,000-$40,000."
Vosburgh also questioned the department's operating
supplies budget. The commissioner noticed the budget
did not increase from last year's $4,000, while only $788
had been spent.
She wanted to know why so much money should be
kept in a line item that isn't being used as expected.
Idso said more expenses were expected before the
end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30. However, after
reviewing a breakdown of those expenses, she agreed to
shave $2,000 from her request.
Commissioners unanimously agreed to approve the
budget at the new amount of $362,700.
Commissioners moved on to address the planning
department's budget and it didn't take long for Commis-
sioner Ric Gatehouse to question an additional $25,000
increase in salaries.
Idso said M.T. Causley Inc., which contracts build-
ing official Steve Gilbert to the city, asked for a 5 percent
increase. Idso said it's been seven years since the com-
pany has asked for an increase.
Gatehouse said he would not favor an increase when
the city has made efforts to reduce planning expendi-
tures.
"If I recall, last year we had discussed having city
planner Alan Garrett come on board to take some of the
duties from Steve to save money on the overtime wages,"
said Gatehouse. "That was one reason, but we also spent
money on software that has not been installed to speed
up the permit process."
Gatehouse said he's not seeing the cost savings
behind those two actions.
"And now we are being asked for a cost increase? I
think that is counter to what our plans were," he said.
Commissioners briefly discussed a compromise to
allow a 2.5 percent increase, but comments were largely
against that idea.
\ly position on this is we were looking for cost
savings and instead, they are looking for an increase,"
said Gatehouse. "We are going in an opposite direction.
We've lightened Steve's workload. We should see some
reflection in that."


Gatehouse said the software to speed up the permit
process was paid for in the 2012-13 budget and has not
been installed. He said the software was purchased at a
considerable expense in order to reduce work hours.
"We' ve asked for certain things to be done and it
hasn't been done," said Gatehouse. "So we are going to
reward them for asking them to do something they didn't
do?"
Commissioners agreed and denied the $25,000 pro-
posed increase and voted to approve the planning depart-
ment's 2013-14 budget of $343,500.
Minus the $25,000, the planning department's budget
was reduced from this year's $349,657 budget.
The commission also adjusted its own budget of
$33,400. Commissioners cut contribution funds in this
year's budget due to financial restraints.
Commissioner Gay Breuler noticed $1,500 was
unused this year and $1,000 was proposed for the 2013-14
budget in the travel line item.
Breuler suggested taking $750 and moving it into the
contributions line item to increase it to $1,250.
Gatehouse said he was disappointed the city was
unable to do more for the Annie Silver Community
Center this year and would like to see the center receive
more help.
Discussion ensued on a prior request to help with the
fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, but Gatehouse
said no one followed up as promised.
Mayor John Shaughnessy said he would rather see
the money go to a place like the community center,
"rather than a private undertaking."
Commissioners provided a consensus to shift some
funds from travel to contributions, but did not decide
where the funds would go.
Following the three days of budget meetings, Idso
said she would make the adjustments voted on by com-
missioners and present a new budget.
Commissioners can address the budget as needed
before finalizing it in September, but the vote to set
the millage rate means there will be no increase in city
taxes.
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The sky is falling again
Every so often it seems we hear something that
strikes us at the funny bone it's just that absurd. Then
we hear it again and again, and the old children's story
about "Chicken Little" comes to mind.
Chicken Little is hit on her little head with an acorn
while walking in the woods. The hen believes the sky
is falling and sets about to tell the other animals in the
kingdom, as well as its king.
She runs from animal to animal and they proceed
to follow her and alert more animals.
As they search for the king, a fox lures them to his
den and they never come out.
As one island official runs to another, and another,
and another, claiming this and that and how there's not
enough money to run the cities, well you can see how
it seems like the sky is falling.
Some elected officials claim other entities should
pay all at budget time, mind you -to make up for
what they believe the city lacks.
Of course, raising taxes is unacceptable.
Other sources of revenue DO contribute to the cities
in the form of gas tax and sales tax revenue. And the
tourist tax also called the bed tax and the main target
of the officials who want more money pays the lion's
share of beach renourishment. The cities don't pay for
that, and it benefits island property owners the most.
Without beach renourishment, property values on
AMI would dwindle.
But tourism complaints flourished in the winter
months an outcry over too many weekly visitors;
too many people staying in one house; too many cars;
and too much noise and trash, too.
Now that summer's on us, the protest has turned to
too much traffic and too many daytrippers looking to
enjoy what's for the most part free throughout Florida
- the beach.
It seems we're enveloped in a blame game, devel-
oping from what we've already termed a "plague of
intolerance."
Solutions, such as parking garages and toll gates,
run amuck from impractical to impossible.
Let's face it, tourism is changing and evolving, and
we can either embrace it or escape it.
Many of us who live here also have businesses. And
many a business on Anna Maria Island is pleased to see
people waiting for a table at a restaurant or lining up to
pay for goods and services.
We work hard to bring visitors to our door and sat-
isfy them, and we don't need officials creating hysteria
and crying the sky is falling.
We're just hoping to enjoy the rewards.
Somebody, tell the king.

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Manatee County will
forever change
There is a disease in our county called Long Bar
Pointe, and especially threatening is the proposed
countywide comprehensive plan text amendment. The
purpose of the text change is to encourage water-related
or water enhanced uses as a component of mixed-use
development projects along coastal shores and adjacent
navigable waters and arterial roads.
If the promoters can pull this off, it's not too crazy
to think that our permanent erosion control line and the
coastal construction line on Anna Maria Island could be
done away with.
These guys probably have a group of investors and
connections with local, state and federal officials.
Long Bar Pointe developer Carlos Beruff says his
project will be magnificent, but hundreds of people
believe it will be a horrible mess.
I believe it's a disgrace.
Katie Pierola, Bradenton, former Bradenton Beach
mayor and chair of the Beach Action Committee.


Take note
The Florida Coastal High Hazard Zone is designed
to do two things:
1. Protect inlands from severe destruction in the
case of a hurricane or other natural disaster.
2. Local government comprehensive plans must
restrict development where such activities would
damage or destroy coastal resources and the comp plan
must protect human life and limit public expenditures in
areas that are subject to destruction by a natural disas-
ter.
The proposed Long Bar Pointe development is
in the high hazard zone. Carlos Beruff of Medallion
Homes and other corporations is proposing a "destina-
tion" development that will not only severely impact
Sarasota Bay, but also could affect inland areas in the


event of a hurricane or natural disaster.
It is the second point that I urge all residents/ tax-
payers to focus on because, if we are pounded by a
hurricane or other disaster it will be our tax dollars that
will have to repair his infrastructure.
An Essential Fish Habitat as defined by NOAA is
designed to do two things:
1. It is the nursery for our inshore/near shore demer-
sal fish, such as the red drum, mangrove snapper, mullet,
flounder, herrings, anchovies and snook.
2. These species require access to unpolluted sea
grass, mangroves and a salt marsh ecosystem to survive
and reproduce.
Again, Long Bar Pointe falls in that designation.
The proposed dredging and resulting increase in water
traffic and decline of our seagrasses and water quality
will violate this designation.
Finally, intertidal waters of the state are held in
public trust. One vision of one developer with many
companies cannot and should not trump public good.
Please, let your county commissioners know this
development should not be allowed. Better yet, plan
on attending the 1 p.m. Aug. 6 county board meeting at
the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd.,
Palmetto.
Holly Clouse, Bradenton

Avoid confrontation
Could you do it, avoid it? How about if you were
stopped at a red light heading north in front of Skinny's
Place in Holmes Beach?
Let's say it's you, and all of a sudden you see a
beautiful white egret starting to cross the street from
east to west and, oddly enough, using the crosswalk.
It's a site worthy of a picture that is until a young
motorist pulls out from the public beach parking lot to
turn right, across the crosswalk. And the bird is in the
crosswalk.
A true islander would yield to the bird. But did this
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young man? No. He beeped his horn and startled the
bird, that now looked to be in a state of confusion.
Was it so important to leave the beach that he had
to disregard the safety of island wildlife?
So I asked the driver who related this scenario to
me how he felt about the situation, and he said avoid-
ing confrontation was not easy.
Then I asked what if the motorist had hit the bird
and, he replied, that would have caused unavoidable
confrontation.
I believe our Holmes Beach Police Department is
bird friendly enough to stop traffic for birds and chicks
crossing the street and I've seen that happen in the
past.
Maybe if people want to enjoy Anna Maria Island
they should protect what is beautiful rather than
harassing the local wildlife in a crosswalk.
Finally, the observer said he made eye contact and
raised his arms, as if questioning the need to hurry
through the intersection and abuse the bird, but the
only reply was the offender shooting him "the bird!"
Kathy Caserta, Holmes Beach
Slap in the face?
You can help stop developer Carlos Beruff and
his attack on a home to breeding fish and nesting sites
for frigate birds, pelicans and cranes.
Cortez needs your support to stop a developer
from decimating and destroying a local nesting area
for frigate birds. The planned development lies in a
flood plain and is unsuitable for development under
any standards of reasonable, rational consideration for
the environment and the remaining wetlands along the
Florida coast.
We need help opposing this project. The coast will
be forever damaged and the impact on Sarasota Bay
will be devastating. This is another example of politi-
cal power, influence and money being place ahead of
the concerns for the Earth and the environment.
Beruff also has a conflict of interest as the chair-
man of the Southwest Florida Water Management


District. His involvement with Long Bar Pointe runs
counter to his responsibilities to defend and protect
our water quality and the environment.
The purposed project lies within the most severe
area for hurricane impact and is subject to the highest
possible damage from hurricanes. It is a self-interest
project without regard to the very real possibility of
future flood damage and loss of life.
Please, make an effort to follow this story and its
impact on Florida.
I believe it is a story of greed, political corrup-
tion and political fraud, as well as special interests
and political payoffs. It is a slap in the face of all
Floridians who remain concerned about the future of
Florida and how we impact the environment.
Skip Speer, Cortez
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10 yeavirs agu

Headlines from July 23, 2003
The Island Middle School board elected teacher
Gary Hughes as director after Carol Celona, a 20-year
veteran of the county school system, withdrew from
consideration. The election prompted the resignations of
several founding board members. Celona said she with-
drew because she did not believe she would have the
unanimous support of the board if offered the post.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, in her
draft 2003-04 budget, proposed lowering the city's ad
valorem tax rate from 2.25 mills to 2.0 because prop-
erty values increased 20.9 percent from 2002 to 2003,
resulting in an increase in tax revenue. Also in Whit-
more's proposed $6.9 million budget, spending went
up 17 percent because of the property value hike. The
largest increases in the budget were for public works.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director Suzi
Fox reported someone vandalized six sea turtle nests
in Holmes Beach by di''in' up the nests and stealing
some of the turtle eggs. Fox said the beach area between
29th Street to about 40th Street has had a number of
vandalized turtle nests. In some cases, the eggs were
not discovered, Fox said. She offered a $1,000 reward
for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.


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July 16 74 89 0.02
July 17 73 90 0.10
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July 19 73 88 0.03
July 20 73 88 0.03
Average area Gulf water temperature 86
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Three youngsters put on costumes to assist Katie Adams in her history tales July 18 at the Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Island
Library. Islander Photos: Carol Brenneman


Katie Adams, owner of Make Believe Theater in Tampa, works her
charm and mesmerizes more than 50 children attending her presen-
tation July 18 at the Island Library. Puppets, props and participa-
tion were the tools used by the theater and art major, now in her
13th year providing programs throughout the state.


Enter Top Notch by July 26 to win next week's cover spot


If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
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The Islander Top Notch digital photo contest began pub-
lishing weekly winning photos June 26. Six weekly win-
ning photos are being featured on the cover of The Islander,
and one photo will be a grand prize winner of $100 from
The Islander and other prizes and gift certificates from local
merchants. Weekly winners receive a "More Than a Mullet
Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pictures
that may include family, landscapes and scenics, candid
snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal pictures.
Nothing is overlooked, including kid pics, sentimental
moments and moments of personal triumph. This year,
judges also will be looking for top pet photos with a prize
appropriate to pets from Perks 4 Pets and The Islander.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in original
JPG format via email to topnotch@islander.org.
Digital entries are required. Only photo cropping
is allowed. No retouching, enhancements or computer
manipulation is allowed.


Penny Frick's winner.

Entries must include one photo attachment/entry per
email with the required information in the email text.
There is no limit to the number of weekly entries, and
entries need not be repeated, as photos not selected but
preferred by the judges are moved forward each week.
Entries that are determined to lack meeting the con-
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MCAT-Longboat Key trolley clash, route in doubt


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The future of the Sarasota County Area Transit trol-
ley that connects Anna Maria Island and Coquina Beach
trolley service with Longboat Key and downtown Sara-
sota may be in jeopardy.
Manatee County public works director Ron Schul-
hofer says Longboat Key agreed to pay Manatee County
Area Transit $42,000 annually to support the trolley,
while Longboat Key town manager Dave Bullock and
Mayor Jim Brown say the funding agreement was only
for one year.
Manatee County subsequently billed Longboat Key
for $84,000 for the trolley service for 2012 and 2013.
Schulhofer said Longboat Key has not made a pay-
ment and no decision on the future of the service has been

Anna Maria retains
FEMA discount
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch was
informed by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency that the city has retained its Community
Rating Service of Class 5 for discounts on homeown-
er's flood insurance.
Anna Maria is rated by the CRS every three
years.
A letter from FEMA administrator David Miller
to the city said the "floodplain management activi-
ties implemented by your community will continue to
qualify flood insurance policy holders in your commu-
nity for a 25 percent discount in the premium costs"
for policies issued or renewed in special flood hazard
areas.
The discount does not apply to preferred risk poli-
cies in three of the zones on the city's flood insurance
rate map, Miller wrote. Those zones receive a 10 per-
cent discount on premiums.
The letter commended Welch and the city for
"your community actions and your determination to
lead your community to be more disaster resistant."


made.
Brown said Longboat Key already pays more than
$600,000 annually in transportation taxes and that covers
the town' s share of the trolley.
According to Brown, he asked Schulhofer to provide
a copy of the contract that calls for Longboat Key to make
an annual payment of $42,000, but as of last week, it had
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to connect at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. The
Longboat trolley travels south to St. Armands Circle and
the downtown Sarasota SCAT depot, where riders can
link with buses to other areas of Sarasota County, includ-
ing Marina Jack's, Selby Gardens, Siesta Key and the
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
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The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, plans for August include hosting clubs, craft ses-
sions and talks.
The schedule includes:
2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, a knitting
club meeting.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, a Mana-Tweens Book
Club meeting for youth ages 8-12, with registration
required.
2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, an Alzheimer's Association
caregiver group meeting.
10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, an origami club meet-
ing.
10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, a book club meeting.
11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, a stress management
session.
6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, a Mana-Tweens craft
session.
2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Alzheimer's ABC Course.
3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, a meet-and-greet with
Florida author Tim Dorsey.
The Island Library is closed Sunday-Monday, open
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday and open
noon-8 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.

Players host open house
The Island Players community theater will host an
open house 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.
The nonprofit also will host a backstage and onstage
tour of the playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Organizers hope to draw an audience and possibly
some volunteers for the 2013-14 season, which will be
discussed in a presentation by Island Players directors at
3 p.m.
For more information, call the theater at 941-778-
6878.






Making plans...
Getting ready for the 2013-14 season?
The Islander encourages publicists for local groups to send
2013-14 calendars to calendar@islander.org.

Wednesday, July 24
2 p.m. Seminar on self-publishing, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

Thursday, July 25
10 a.m. "The Selfish Giant" presented by Bits 'n' Pieces
Puppet Theatre, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
2 p.m. Knitting group meets, Island Library, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
1 p.m., 7 p.m.--Anna Maria Island Community Center drama
camp playhouse performance, Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Friday, July 26
8:24 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, July 27
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.
5-9 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers "Help Rescue San-
ta's Sleigh" benefit and potluck, Drift-In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941- 778-8565.
5-9 p.m. Bridge Street Merchants night market, Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668. CANCELED

Sunday, July 28
8:23 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, July 29
8:22 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, July 30
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse


Regular season baseball continues through August with
the Bradenton Marauders playing at McKechnie Field,
1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For more information,
call 941-747-3031. Islander File Photo

Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
794-8044.
8:21 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, July 31
2 p.m. Wildlife in the salt marsh program, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:21 p.m. Official sunset time.

Off-island
Saturday, July 28
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mixon Fruit Farm summer antiques and art
fair, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.

Ongoing
Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders regular season base-
ball, 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 and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book
and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131.


The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will host a session with Tim Dorsey in August.
Islander Photo: timdorsey.com

Art league hosts
meditation class
The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, will host a meditation class with
islander Sheryl Spikes at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27. Spikes
has been teaching meditation for about seven years.
Donations will benefit AMIAL.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
2099.


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Back Alley to host benefit
for injured boy
The Back Alley, 108 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach,
will host a benefit to raise money to pay medical bills
for a 12-year-old boy injured while vacationing in Colo-
rado.
Joey Thiel, according to an announcement from sup-
porters, suffered "life-altering injuries and will remain
hospitalized for months. This would be his seventh-grade
year at Martha B. King Middle School in Bradenton" if
he hadn't been injured.
The benefit, "an evening auction," will take place
5-8 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Bridge Street store and cafe, where
mom Kelly Thiel works.
Organizers plan live music.
All donations, and a portion of the store's sales during
the benefit, will help pay for Joey's treatment and hospital
care.
For more information, call the Back Alley at 941-
778-1800.

Sierra club to hike in
Myakka wilderness area
The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club will take a morn-
ing hike in the \I)ikLk wilderness preserve" Saturday,
July 27.
The club will explore prairie, hammock and riverine
systems on the 3-4 hour hike, which will cover about 10
miles.
Space is limited to 10 people and a donation of $5 is
requested.
For more details and reservations, call Bill Lewis at
941-355-2156.


Rotary club hosts
discussion on polio
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will host area
resident Ann Wade in a talk about the global campaign
to eradicate polio.
Wade will address the local club during a lunch meet-
ing at noon Tuesday, July 30, at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Rotary International has worked since 1985 to
eradicate polio, a disease that still claims victims in
Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to a news
release.
The number of cases has been reduced to 300 a
year but, said Wade, the number "could be reduced even
further if the Salk vaccine could be given to children in
the violence-scarred areas of these countries."
For more, call Dantia Gould at 941-778-1880.


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Summer drama camp students at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center will perform at the Island Play-
ers playhouse at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25.
The theater is at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The camp's director is Pamela Sikkema and the
stage manager is Emily Burns. They have been work-
ing with 16 students and will present "Character Matters
2," described in a news release as "a lively drama about
making decisions and cultivating good character traits."
Both performances are free.
The local Sierra Club will go hiking in the 1I, AA, wil- For more information, call the center at 941-778-
derness area" Saturday, July 27. Islander File Photo 1908, ext. 9206.

Pirates invite public to help rescue Santa's sleigh


The Anna Maria Island Privateers continue their
campaign to "Help Rescue Santa's Sleigh" with a ben-
efit 5-9 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Drift-In, 120
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
The money will help pay legal fees resulting from
a lawsuit over the ownership of the sleigh that the pri-
vateers use in their Christmas celebrations.

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.
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.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
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-
tion: 941-254-4972.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,


The Drift-In will decorate for Christmas and the
Privateers will present photo ops with Santa on the
sleigh, beginning at about 6 p.m.
Plans include a potluck dinner, a bake sale, gift
basket raffles, 50/50 raffles and more.
For more information about the potluck dinner,
call the Drift-In at 941- 778-8565.

BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
*Aug. 19, Manatee County Public School students head back
to class.
Aug. 20, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Small
Business Development Expo.

Save the date
Sept. 2 is Labor Day.
Sept. 23, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf
Tournament.
Oct. 18-19, Bayfest.

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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12 0 JULY 24, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

County resort tax collections continue record pace


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If heads in bed are the goal for tourism, Manatee
County beds have been filled thus far for the summer,
and so is the bed tax coffer.
With $612,529 collected in May and four months
remaining in the fiscal year, Manatee County is ahead of
last year's record pace for resort tax collections.
The resort tax, commonly called the bed tax, is the 5
percent collected by Manatee County on accommodation
rentals of six months or less.
Sue Sinquefield of the Manatee County Tax Collec-
tor's resort tax division reported May bed taxes were


$46,929 ahead of the $565,600 collected in May 2012,
an 8.3 percent increase.
The year-to-date total resort tax collected is $6.4
million, $560,000 more than the $5.84 million collected
during the first eight months of the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Collections that year set a record of $8.1 million, eclips-
ing the previous record of $7.1 million set during the
2010-11 fiscal year.
Collections this year are on pace to reach nearly $9
million, according to Sinquefield's figures.
The increase in resort tax collections is a barometer
for any tourism increase to Anna Maria Island. In 26 of
the past 27 months, the percent of tourism increase to


Roser hosts 'hymn sing' Sunday service
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sing" 10 a.m. Sunday, July 28, in place of the regular
worship service. .
The celebration will feature Roser church organist
Jim Johnston, who earlier this year exchanged benches .
with overseas organist Eric Spencer. Johnston will set
the tone for the sing, playing "I Come to the Garden .
Alone," according to a program.
Roser, in a brief announcement, also said the
church is undergoing a transition. It is welcoming a m
transition pastor, the Rev. Sung Lee, while also wel-
coming the Rev. Gary A. Batey, the longtime senior
pastor in the process of retiring, into a part-time posi-
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increase in resort tax collections.
And this summer season has been anything but
slow.
David Teitelbaum, owner of four resorts in Braden-
ton Beach and a member of the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council, said reservations are thiii7;ugh the
roof" for the remainder of July and the first three weeks
of August before school starts.
Rebecca Barnett of Anna Maria Island Accommoda-
tions in Anna Maria added, "We don't have ani thing left
for July except a few odds and ends, and August is filling
up rapidly. I would say if someone is planning an August
vacation to the island, they better make a reservation now,
before it's too late."
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman agreed. "We've been flooded with
walk-ins looking for rooms and attractions. We keep an
inventory of available rooms among our members, but
it's been decreasing a lot. We've still got a few openings,
but every indication seems to say the rest of the summer
will see a full island," she said.
Reservations taper off at the end of August, as local
public schools reopen Aug. 19.
The summer tourist season on Anna Maria Island is
traditionally when Florida families go to the beaches for
a week or two, Brockman said.
"So far, no one has been complaining they don't have
any business," she added.
The resort tax is used to fund the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau budget, the Bradenton
Convention Center, the Powell Crosley Estate, McKechnie
Field and other public venues and county attractions, as
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 24, 2013 0 13

Cocoa Beach surf fest seeks sponsors


Mary Selby, who chairs the Roser Church's mission
board, with photos of the "Kirabo Seeds Family" at the
church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Courtesy
Photo

Roser seeds Mission of the
Month campaign
Volunteers through Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, are growing a Mis-
sion of the Month campaign to aid and promote "worthy
causes."
The July mission is Kirabo Seeds, and volunteers are
setting up tables with information about the organization,
as well as jewelry and stuffed animals for purchase, at
the church after 10 a.m. Sunday worship.
Ugandan women in their local markets make the
jewelry and stuffed animals and proceeds go to help
orphaned children.
Roser also is accepting donations for Kirabo Seeds
through its website, www.roserchurch.com.
Craig and Tonya LaTorre, who have relatives resid-
ing in Holmes Beach, established Kirabo Seeds after
adopting a baby in Uganda in 2010. The couple opened
a children's home in Kampala a year later, where they
have custody of 16 children who lost their parents to
AIDS.
Kirabo Seeds, described on kiraboseeds.com, is a
Christian-based nonprofit "called to care for the fatherless
in Uganda by equipping the children there to fulfill their
God given potential and create a family environment as
they grow to become the future of Uganda."
Kirabo aims "to foster relationships in Uganda so we
can help Ugandans strengthen their Bible knowledge, as
well as create self-sustaining opportunities for Ugandan
churches to help their own children. We work to con-
nect people in America who have the desire and heart
to help the needy children ... by creating a sponsor rela-
tionship. We also educate and speak publicly in schools
and churches about life for the fatherless and children in
Uganda," according to the website.
Roser's Mission-of-the-Month campaign is decided,
according to a news release from the church, "after much
prayer, researching needs and determining that the mis-
sion is worthy." Mary Selby chairs the church mission
board.
For more information about Kirabo or the Mission
of the Month, call the church office at 941-778-0414.



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The 28th annual NKF Rich Salick Pro/Am Surf
Festival will return to Cocoa Beach for the Labor Day
weekend and organizers are offering sponsorship oppor-
tunities.
The festival, in memory of Anna Maria Island native
son Rich Salick, will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 2 on the
Atlantic coast.
The competition will begin Aug. 31 at the Cocoa
Beach Pier and continue through the weekend, with finals
on Labor Day. Surfers will compete in teams, female and
male age groups and pro divisions.
The competition was co-founded by twins Rich and
Phil Salick, who grew up learning to surf in the Gulf of
Mexico waves on Anna Maria Island. Their sister Joanie
Mills lives in Holmes Beach with her family.
The Salick brothers championed the festival to raise
money for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida for
early screening programs, diagnostic services, financial
aid to patients, legislative advocating and education and
awareness efforts.
The event began small, as a benefit for chronically
ill dialysis patients, as a commitment of Rich, a surfer
with the original Dewey Weber Surf Team in the late
1960s and the U.S. team in 1972 who, shortly after
signing pro endorsement contracts, suffered a radical
and rapid deterioration in his health. After spending
much of his life surfing around the globe, Rich Salick
couldn't walk the short block from his home to the shore
in Cocoa Beach.
In 1974, Phil Salick donated a kidney to save his
brother's life and, after making some innovations to pro-
tect his transplanted kidney, Rich surfed again.
Phil and Rich also continued to build the National
Kidney Foundation of Florida and the festival, even as
Phil battled illness he underwent a second transplant
surgery with older brother Channing as the donor and a
third transplant surgery with younger brother Wilson as
the donor.
Rich Salick died last summer at the age of 62, after
40 years of riding waves and battling odds.
The event he co-founded has raised more than $5
million for kidney foundation programs since 1985.
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takes place in Cocoa Beach over the Labor Day week-
end. The competition was founded by and is named
for the late Rich Salick, who grew up on Anna Maria
Island and learned to surf in the Gulf waters.

Cocoa Beach Pier, Hilton, Pepsi, Salick Surfboards and
others. Sponsorship levels are $50,000-$2,500.
Phil Salick said last week that particularly valued
are the donations from AMI businesses auctioned at the
event's black-tie gala that include vacation stays from
resorts and accommodations and dining certificates.
For more information, go online to www.nkfsurf.com
or call 321-784-5661.

Save the date
The 28th annual NKF Rich Salick Pro/AM Surf
Festival presented by Ron Jon Surf Shop and the
National Kidney Foundation of Florida in memory of
the late island son will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in
Cocoa Beach.
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Solo success
The Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra's first-
place Young Artists Solo Compe-
tition winner is Raine Sagram-
singh, a trumpet player who grad-
uated from Southeast High School
and plans to attend Florida State
University in Tallahassee. She
will perform with AMICCO at the
annual holiday concert at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, at CrossPointe
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14 0 JULY 24, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Insurance hike crimps Bradenton Beach budget...


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Across the board insurance increases are causing
funding concerns for Bradenton Beach commissioners
working on the 2013-14 fiscal year budget, which begins
Oct. 1.
Most city departments are sharing the burden of
those rising costs and commissioners are taking notice
as they review each department's proposed budget for
the coming fiscal year.
During the July 17 budget meetings, commission-
ers addressed several departments, including streets and
roads, where the current $213,029 budget is proposed to
increase to $225,400 for the coming year.
According to Police Chief Sam Speciale, the city
was hit with a 10 percent employee insurance rate hike,
and city clerk and chief financial officer Nora Idso said
liability, flood and wind insurance premiums also rose by
15 percent this year.
Employee insurance under streets and roads would
rise from $24,320 to $29,000, but general liability insur-
ance costs are rising from $10,000 this year to an esti-


mated $25,000 in the next fiscal year.
Idso said each department is charged a percentage
of the overall insurance costs, which is why most depart-
ments are proposing a marked increase in spending.
Public works director Tom Woodard cut the streets
and road budget where he could, including $4,500 from
equipment repair and maintenance, but insurance costs
and increased retirement contributions and salaries, attor-
ney fees and accounting costs left little room for com-
missioners to trim.
Commissioners unanimously agreed to approve a
streets and roads budget of $225,400 for the upcoming
fiscal year.
The city's stormwater budget is one of the few areas
seeing a decrease in proposed spending. The budget for
this year was set at $202,632 while the proposed budget
for the next fiscal year is $160,650.
Stormwater was not budgeted for insurance this year,
but is sharing the burden for next year with a similar
$25,000 insurance expenditure.
Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to
accept the budget as presented.


Under "facilities," this year's budgeted insurance
costs are $7,000, but similarly will bear a $25,000 hike
to cover insurance.
Most other line items were reduced or remained the
same with the exception of adding $10,000 into building
repair and maintenance, unbudgeted this year.
Between expected repair projects at the Bradenton
Beach Police Department and public works building, as
well as the increase in insurance, the facilities budget rose
from $131,637 this year to a proposed budget of $152,400
for the coming fiscal year.
Facilities include all city-owned and operated build-
ings.
Commissioners approved the facilities budget as
presented.
Idso said the city is expecting a substantial amount
of money back from Waste Pro and said deputy city clerk
Karen Cervetto is largely responsible for the windfall.
"Kudos to Karen," said Idso. "Because of her due dili-
gence, we are going to get a considerable amount of money
back from Waste Pro. A lot of people put effort into it, but
Karen put hours and hours and hours into it."


and commissioners scrutinize police department spending plan


Bradenton Beach commissioners had plenty of ques-
tions for Police Chief Sam Speciale, who presented his
2013-14 fiscal year budget at a July 16 meeting.
With a total anticipated operating budget of $975,558,
the city's police department represents a major portion of
the city's overall $2.5 million budget.
The department's budget is anticipating the larg-
est increase over the past year's spending by more than
$31,000, but Speciale said it was a commission misun-
derstanding during the 2012-13 budget talks that created
the cost issue.
"I was advised by commission to get rid of certain
line items," said Speciale. "One of the misconceptions
was 'other salaries and wages.' I was told to get rid of
that line item."
But Speciale said that item had to be in place to pay
for vacations. "It has to be shown where that money
comes from," he said. "Last year, we didn't put that
money back in there, but it has to go back in there and
that's why we will go over budget for that amount."
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse asked if the money
was spent this year, "but just wasn't accounted for?"
Special said, "Yes."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh asked why Speciale
didn't have a problem when commissioners previously
discussed removing it.
"I did have an issue with it," said Speciale. "I tried
to explain what that money was used for. At that time, no
one wanted to believe what that money was going for, so


I didn't have a choice but to take it out."
Commissioner Gay Breuler said she didn't under-
stand why vacation pay is funded when vacations already
are calculated into a 52-week salary.
Special said the auditor requires him to split that
funding into separate categories.
City clerk and chief financial officer Nora Idso said
the police department's salary budget is different because
of the various shifts worked. Idso said the line item is not
out of the ordinary.
"Because we didn't do it last year, the police depart-
ment is over budget 37 percent," she said. "Had that
money been put in the right place, they wouldn't be over
budget. At the end of the day, the dollar amount would be
the same. The auditor questioned us on that and we had
to explain what happened."
Salary expenditures make up the bulk of the police
department's budget at $514,105, and there is no change
in salary from this year's budget to next year's.
The "other salaries and wages" line item was put
back into the budget for next year at $29,756.
The department's remaining expense increases
are items Speciale said are out of his control, such as
employee insurance, which is increasing by $15,000.
Special said the city was hit with a 10 percent
increase across the board.
Vosburgh pointed out a possible discrepancy in the
department's budget with a $1,560 line item for "differ-
ential," which was listed twice in the budget.


The final question for Speciale was about utility
expenses. This year's budget is $4,500 and Speciale
budgeted $7,500 for next year.
There was plenty of discussion on the issue, but Spe-
ciale said his calculations were based on "forecasted"
costs, while the department has spent only $1,970.
Commissioners continued to address the need for
a $3,000 increase. After reviewing his budget, Speciale
said there was likely a mistake made in the calculations
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Commissioners unanimously approved a $974,558
police department budget.
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budget for emergency management services.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 24, 2013 U 15

Turtle nests top 265, 94 hatchlings break from unrecorded nest


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
As of the morning of July 18, 571 sea turtles had
crawled onto the shores of Anna Maria Island leaving
behind 265 nests and showing no signs of slowing
down.
Nesting season ends Oct. 31 and mid-July is typically
the time period when Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers see the transition
between nesting turtles coming ashore and hatchlings
rising from early nests making their way to the Gulf of
Mexico.
According to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox,
the 15-year average for nests on the island is 140. Last
year, the average numbers, as well as the island record,
were shattered with more than 360 nests, however, an
estimated 100 nests were lost during Tropical Storm
Debby in late June 2012.
About a dozen nests this season have been lost to
storms, high tides and predators, but surviving nests are
likely to outnumber last year's overall numbers.
Fox saidAMITW volunteers have been recording an
average of 10 new nests a day for the past several days
and, while the numbers are slowing, it's not as slow as
typically expected this time of year.
Fox said, "I keep telling my volunteers we are about
to see nesting slow down, but I keep saying it and it's not
happening."
Fox, who maintains 30 years of sea turtle nesting
records that predate her involvement in the program on
the island, said she assumed the 2012 record numbers
were a fluke and wouldn't stand up to any kind of a
theory on a possible new trend.
Now she's not so sure, but it will take years of study-
ing the past, as well as future seasons, to determine if the
increase is a new standard for the island.
An unfortunate new trend also appears to be an
increase in disoriented turtles.
"There haven't been this many adult turtle disorien-
tations in a single season since I've been doing this," said
Fox. "We' ve had six this year. Three have crawled onto
the roads and there were three others that just couldn't
figure out where to go."
Two of the three mishaps occurred near or at the
66th Street beach access in Holmes Beach and the third
roadway disorientation occurred near the Gulf Drive-
Cortez Road intersection in Bradenton Beach.
All of the disoriented turtles were rescued and
returned to the Gulf, but it's just another piece of the
growing puzzle that is taking shape on island shores.
Fox believes the disorientations have something to
do with the loss of beach after TS Debby. She said it's


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disorientations occurred where there are "skinny stretches
of beach."
She said no disorientations have occurred in Anna
Maria, where the beaches were widened when TS Debby
passed by in the Gulf and deposited sand on the beach.
Another puzzling factor is the growing number of
green sea turtles nesting onAMI. A fourth green sea turtle
nest was recorded earlier this month. Two nested last year
and two nested the previous season. Only two green turtle
nests were recorded in all the previous 30 years of island
nesting records.
"There are a lot of theories being bounced around,"
said Fox. "Some think the increased loggerhead nests
have something to do with the green turtles. Others think
it's red tide driving them crazy, but it will take years and
years to figure out what's going on for sure."
Two nests have hatched this season. The first recorded
nest hatched July 18, and Fox said an unrecorded nest on
Coquina Beach hatched the second week of July.
AMITW volunteers came across dozens of little
hatchling tracks in the sand and Fox estimates 94 hatch-
lings based on a count of shells in the nest trekked
to the Gulf from the unrecorded nest.
Turtle tracks can be difficult to spot following rain,
storms, and high tides and Fox believes the nest was laid
during the super moon event in May, which likely washed
away the tracks before AMITW volunteers were on the


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beach.
While sea turtle nesting season appears to be an ever-
changing experience, another positive aspect undergoing
change is community involvement.
Fox said community involvement and an overall
growing love that people have for sea turtles can only
be a good thing for the mysterious sea creatures.
"The community has wrapped its arms tight around
this program," she said. "People have fallen in love
with our sea turtles and this program and I get calls
from all over the world from people wanting to know
more.
Since AMITW began to focus on public education
in 2006, Fox said understanding, knowledge, respect and
people embracing the importance of protecting endan-
gered and threatened species of sea turtles has blos-
somed.
Fox said 25 nests have been adopted in AMITW's
Adopt-A-Nest program.
"Visitors and residents alike have really stepped up
to make a difference," she said. "That kind of involve-
ment and appreciation of our sea turtles and what we are
trying to do makes all the difference."
Information on the Adopt-A-Nest program and other
aspects about AMITW can be found at www.islandturtle-
watch.com, by a visit to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring on Facebook or a call to Fox
at 941-778-5638.


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16 0 JULY 24, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER


Protestors gather on land and sea to fight Long Bar Pointe development


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
It's one of the last large pieces of undeveloped coast-
line in Manatee County and a growing number of people
are determined it stays that way.
Dozens of protesters staging from Cortez boarded
vessels of all sizes July 19 to form a "boat brigade" that
cruised across the Sarasota Bay to Long Bar Pointe, a
proposed development site that will encompass more than
400 acres of housing, stores, boat slips and a hotel.
Protestors also gathered landside at the proposed
development at the 75th Street-53rd Avenue roundabout
in unincorporated Manatee County.
The development would mean losing some of the
mangroves and seagrass in the area that protesters say
would destroy a valuable breeding ground for fish and
wildlife. Some protesters have said the development
would be the death of Sarasota Bay.
Opposition to the development continues to grow
and the Manatee County Board of Commissioners have
a land-use special meeting scheduled Aug. 6 to address
the development plans and a proposed amendment to
the county's comprehensive plan being proposed by
the developer, Carlos Beruff.
Because a large crowd is expected, commissioners
have scheduled the meeting to take place at 9 a.m. Tues-
day, at the Bradenton Area Civic Center, 1 Haben Blvd.,
Palmetto.
The meeting is scheduled for the entire day with a
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 24, 2013 0 17


Cumber case management set for July 31


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
July 5, 400 block of Spring Avenue, domestic
disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to a domestic disturbance and made contact
with a woman, who said she had been arguing with her
live-in boyfriend. The male was not on scene when the
deputy arrived.
July 18, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier
Restaurant, petit theft. An alarm company called law
enforcement at 3:30 a.m. to report an activated alarm
on the restaurant's freezer. Upon arriving, an employee
noticed a lock on the freezer was missing. The employee
said an inventory by restaurant staff would be needed to
determine if anm ihing was missing.
July 15, 800 block of North Shore Drive, infor-
mation. A complainant said he was sitting in his yard
with his dog when a woman walked by with a dog. The
woman's dog pulled her into the yard and attacked the
complainant's dog, causing injury and resulting in a
$199 veterinarian bill. Law enforcement checked with
neighbors, but could not find anyone who recognized the
woman by her description.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
July 14,4919 14th St. W., Bradenton, domestic vio-
lence. A 35-year-old Bradenton Beach man was charged
with misdemeanor domestic violence. According to the
probable cause affidavit, the man was in the backseat of
a vehicle when he asked the female driver to stop so he
could purchase synthetic marijuana at a store. The driver
refused and he became upset. He demanded to be let out
of the vehicle and the female pulled into a parking lot,
at which time the man struck her in the back of the head
several times as he exited the vehicle.
July 13, 300 block of Highland Avenue, domestic
violence. A 23-year-old Land 0' Lakes man was charged
with misdemeanor domestic violence after an argument
with his father. The suspect became upset when the father


William J. Cumber, accused of the November 2008
murder of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-Buehler,
is set for a case management review at
9 a.m. July 31 at the Manatee County
Judicial Center.
Judge Thomas Krug is presiding.
Cumber's attorney has requested
four continuances of the case manage-
Cumber ment hearing since the original Jan. 16
date.
Cumber has entered a plea of not guilty to the charge
of second-degree murder and requested a jury trial. Man-
atee County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him in
connection with Musil-Buehler's death in early October
2012 while he was incarcerated at the Charlotte County

apparently refused to give him his car keys, saying the
suspect had been drinking. The suspect became increas-
ingly aggressive, backing his father into a corner while
approaching him in a threatening manner. Witnesses con-
firmed the story to police and the man was arrested.
July 15, 4651 Cortez Road, Bradenton, shoplifting.
A 37-year-old Bradenton Beach woman was arrested for
shoplifting after attempting to leave Publix with grocer-
ies valued at $146. She was detained by loss prevention
until police arrived. According to the report, the woman
admitted the attempted theft. She said she did it because
she lost her job and had no money.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
July 12, 12400 block of Cortez Road West, theft.
A complainant reported someone stole the lower unit of
his boat motor. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Reports unavailable.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County S , if's Office.


Correctional Institution on an unrelated charge.
According to Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detec-
Stive John Kenney, who headed the Anna
Maria substation when Musil-Buehler
disappeared, Cumber has refused to talk
with investigators about the incident,
o,, their than to declare his innocence.
t Cumber claims Musil-Buehler left
Musil-Buehler their Anna Maria apartment the night of
Nov. 4, 2008, following an argument.
Kenney was one of the Manatee County Sheriff s
Office deputies who arrested Cumber and returned him to
Manatee County to stand trial for second-degree murder.
If convicted, Cumber faces a maximum penalty of life
imprisonment.
No trial date has been set.

Roadwatch this week
State Road 64-Manatee Avenue at the Anna Maria
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.

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 Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substation, 941-
708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-6311; or
Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5807.
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18 E JULY 24, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

HB-Mainsail unsettled, mediation unscheduled


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners discussed July 9 the
need to schedule a special meeting in order to gamer a
firm position for the city's two representatives to take to
the mediation table with the Mainsail development team
following a progressive June 21 first round of negotia-
tions.
That special meeting was never scheduled. However,
listed on the July 23 city meeting agenda is a presentation
of the updated Mainsail concept plan for the development
project at what is considered to be the city's center at the
intersection of Gulf and Marina drives.
The June 21 mediation was launched following a
March vote where commissioners revoked the Mainsail
site plan citing too many code and setback violations
among other issues.
Commissioners Marvin Grossman, Judy Titsworth
and Pat Morton voted to revoke the site plan while Com-
missioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Chair Jean
Peelen supported giving Mainsail more time to work with
city staff.
Mainsail president Joe Collier and Mainsail investor


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Ed Chiles said they never expected commissioners to take
action in March during what was an anticipated initial
presentation to show how the development company was
working with city staff to move in a positive direction
toward eventual commission approval.
Sarasota attorney Robert Lincoln then filed a petition
for relief with the city in April seeking a reversal, which
eventually led to the June 21 mediation where the two
sides appeared to make progress to avoid litigation.
Mainsail was expected to present an amended con-
cept plan to commissioners July 9 that would include
concessions made during mediation.
Among those changes were an elimination of at least
one building and a reduction in residential units.
Commissioners were again divided in their opinions
when the site plan was not presented July 9, as had been
promised.
Mayor Carmel Monti, who supports continuing to
work with Mainsail, defended Mainsail's failed presen-
tation, saying two key people to the city's input were on
vacation.
The Mainsail presentation now will take place at the
meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Holmes


Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
In other matters, commissioners have discussed
options for how to garner funding for infrastructure needs
from either the Manatee County Tourist Development
Council or from its source of funding, the resort tax,
through the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.
The 5 percent resort tax is collected by the Manatee
County Tax Collector's Office on accommodation rentals
of less than six months.
Some city officials are blaming increased needs and
costs for infrastructure on increased tourism. However,
Florida statutes prohibit the TDC from expending bed tax
funds on infrastructure projects unless they are tourism-
related.
Officials have called it an unfortunate cycle where
bed tax dollars are raised through tourism to create more
tourism, while creating more pressure on the cities on the
beach and their local infrastructure.
Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, will address
commissioners at the July 23 meeting. According to the
agenda, the discussion will be related to TDC funding.
Also on the agenda, commissioners are expected to
have initial discussion on establishing a millage rate for
the 2013-14 proposed budget and schedule a first public
hearing.
The proposed budget had not been announced as
of press time for The Islander, although commissioners
have participated in individual briefings on the spending
plan.


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gland Biz WMFR budget: 85 percent wages, benefits


rW By Rick Catlin


Chamber hosts events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold a business card exchange 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July
24, at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach.
Appetizers and refreshments will be available and
door prizes will be awarded.
Cost of the event is $5 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest.
The second annual chamber Small Business Devel-
opment Expo is scheduled for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 20, at CrossPointe Fellowship Hall, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The cost to attend is $25 and includes the full sched-
ule of seminars, coffee breaks, lunch and door prizes.
For event reservations or expo tickets, call 941-778-
1541.
Does your business have a new product or service, an
award-winning employee or an anniversary to celebrate?
Maybe you've just opened a business. If so, we'd like to
hear from you. Submit information by e-mail to news@
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Morning Deacn discovery
Early walkers in Bradenton Beach July 17 may have
been looking for signs of sea turtles, but, oops, tracks
of a different kind a Ci(". g.' delivery were evi-
dent in the sand. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Meilner


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price pre-
sented his proposed 2013-14 budget of $5.65 million to
district commissioners July 18, noting it is the seventh
consecutive budget year since 2002-03 in which spending
is limited to maintaining staffing and service levels.
Price said that's because the district revenues come
from a property assessment fees, not from ad valorem
property taxes.
The budget proposes an increase to the fire assess-
ment of 1.9 percent. The base fire assessment for resi-
dential property is $172.55 for the first 1,000 square feet
and $0.102 for each square foot above the first 1,000.
Commercial properties have a base rate of $407.19. If
the property exceeds 1,000 square feet, the assessment
for each additional square foot is $0.176.
Of the $5.65 million budget, 85 percent $4.83 mil-
lion is allocated to wages and benefits. Employees are
given a 1 percent cost of living increase in the proposed
budget, although Florida's cost of living allowance allows
for a 2.4 percent increase.
Price said health insurance costs are expected to
double, according to information received from the dis-
trict's insurance carrier. He noted that several years ago,
WMFR staff began contributing to the their costs for
health care.
If health insurance doubles, Price said the WMFR
administrative staff "will evaluate all options to contain
costs and minimize the effect on the employees."
Price also noted that interest income from WMFR
reserves has been "severely affected" by economic con-
ditions and is estimated to decline by 55 percent in the
2013-14 budget.
The district has a capital reserve fund of $5.286
million, of which $5.284 million is allocated expenses,
including $1.7 million for facilities and $250,000 for debt
service.
The district's total indebtedness is $1.2 million.
Commissioner Scott Ricci said the budget was "as

BIEO meet lacks quorum
The Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting scheduled for July 17 at the Longboat Key
Town Hall was canceled when not enough members
showed up for a quorum.
Only elected officials from Longboat Key attended
and the meeting was never called to order, although
earlier in the week Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel
Monti indicated traffic congestion talks should con-
tinue at the BIEO meetings.
The BIEO comprises elected officials from Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat
Key.
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lean as possible with the available income," and congrat-
ulated Price and his staff for ensuring the district goals
and needs are met, while keeping staff salaries competi-
tive with other fire districts in the county.
Commissioner Randy Cooper also agreed with the
budget, but worried about the costs of the upcoming
remodeling work at Station No. 4, 407 67th St. W., Bra-
denton.
"I'm concerned with the indebtedness. I don't want
to get in over our heads. I just want everyone to be aware
that the Station 4 project is coming up."
Ricci asked about relocating Station 4 to better suit
the needs of district residents and ensure faster response
times.
Price said such a move has been considered previ-
ously. It would require purchasing land and building a
new fire station, which could get costly. The Bradenton
Fire Department already serves as first responder in the
eastern portions of the district, just as WMFR is first
responder for northwest Bradenton along Palma Sola
Causeway and at the Harbour Isle development on Perico
Island.
The board unanimously approved the first reading
of the budget. The final public hearing on the proposed
budget is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the WMFR admin-
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20 0 JULY 24, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Summer soccer: A kick in the gym for kids


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Week two of games in the indoor soccer league at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center saw LPAC on top
in the 8-10 division standings with a 3-0-1 record, Beach
Bistro at 0-1-2 and Air & Energy following at 0-2-1.
Beach Bistro and LPAC battled to a 2-2 tie July 19.
Tyler Brewer scored both goals to lead the Bistro, while
Joshy Calhoun and Eli Heskin each scored one goal to
lead LPAC in the tie.
There was another tie in the 8-10 division July 17 as
Air & Energy and Beach Bistro battled to a 3-3 finish.
Brewer scored three goals to lead Beach Bistro, including
the game-tying goal with just under a minute to play. Sam
Bowers led Air & Energy with two goals, while Ozzy
Lonzo added a goal in the tie.
LPAC secured the only outright victory in the 8-10
division when they edged Air & Energy 5-3 in July 15
action. Ryan Joseph scored four goals and Chris Snyder
added one goal in the victory. Gianna Sparks scored two
goals and Sam Bowers added one to lead Air & Energy
in the loss.
The 11-13 division is tight, as Island Dental Spa
took the top of the standings with a 2-1 record, followed
closely by undefeated Eat Here at 1-0-1. LPAC at 1-1-1
and 0-2 Bark & Co. Realty follow in the standings.
Eat Here played the first 10 minutes of its match
against LPAC July 17 short a player and found them-
selves down by 4-1, but a goal by Carter Reemelin with
less than a minute left to play in the first half pulled them
to within two goals. Eat Here then shut out LPAC in the
second half to pull out a 4-4 tie and remain unbeaten.
Reemelin finished with three goals, while Zach
Fernandes added a goal and played outstanding in goal
during the second half. Gavin Walker's two goals and a
goal from both Tyler Pearson and Preston Walker led the
LPAC effort.
Island Dental Spa defeated Bark & Co. Realty 9-5
in the second 11-13 division game of the evening. Ben
Bugless, who scored four goals in his final game during
his summer vacation from Scotland, led the Island Dental
Spa effort. Brooke Capparelli added three goals and Luke
Marvin scored two goals in the victory.
Connor Mulhearn' s three goals and two goals from
Stephen Whyte paced Bark & Co. in the loss.
Eat Here secured a 5-2 victory over Island Dental
Spa during 11-13 division action July 15, as Javier Sal-
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to lead Island Dental Spa in the loss.
LPAC defeated Bark & Co. 5-3 in the second game
of the evening behind four goals from Gavin Walker and
one goal from Nate Bettger. James Whyte scored two
goals and Stephen Whyte added one to lead Bark in the
loss.

Flag football continues
Week two of the adult flag football league at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center is in the books.
Three out of four games played July 18 were close games
except for the Sato Real Estate 38-6 blowout of Jes-
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The game of the week, however, was a 28-26 Dis-
count Signs & Wraps victory over the Waterfront Res-
taurant.
Discount Signs quarterback Don Purvis completed
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to lead the team's offense. Pat Calvary also played a big
role, catching five passes for 43 yards and a pair of touch-
down receptions. Andrew Turman added six catches for
97 yards including a touchdown, an extra point and a
two-point conversion. Dina DeJesus added a touchdown
reception and Joey Carder had an extra point to round out
Discount Signs scoring.
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tory, intercepting three passes, two by Calvary and one
by Purvis to stifle three Waterfront's scoring drives.
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touchdown receptions. Chris Gillum threw for 133 yards
and three touchdown passes, including one to Richard
Fosmore, who also added an extra point. Lindsey Weaver,
who caught five passes for 40 yards completed the Water-
front scoring with an extra point.

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left
to battle for the championship during July 20 horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The top story is Hank Huyghe and his recent roll at
the pits. Huyghe teamed up with Jerry Disbrow to earn a
22-20 come-from-behind victory over Sam Samuels and
George McKay, earning the day's bi,.iinm. rights for the
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, PAGE 22


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The Bradenton Marauders will end an eight-game
homestand Wednesday, July 24, in a 10 a.m. game
against the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
The minor league team will return home to McK-
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July 29, for a three-game series against the Dunedin
Blue Jays.
Those games start at 6:30 p.m.
July 29 at the ballpark will have a country
theme.
Tuesday, July 30, is Carl Weeks Night, with $1
from each ticket going to the Carl Weeks Futures Fund
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Wise anglers work small hatch bait into big catches


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
If you' re catching live shiners for bait around Anna
Maria Island, you've probably noticed most of the bait
being caught is in the 2-inch range. We refer to this as
hatch bait. Don't be discouraged about the small size, as
this small bait still gets the job done. Scale down your
hook size to match the bait and maybe add a popping cork
to aid in casting.
I now have switched to using Owner Mosquito hooks
in a size 2 or 4. These hooks are small and light enough
to let your small shiners behave naturally, swimming
without burden. If you find that you can't get the casting
distance you need with these small baits, you can add a
weighted popping cork to the rig. You also can switch
to lighter line. I usually use 15-pound braid although
switching to 8- or 10-pound test will enable you to cast
a free-lined hatch bait farther.
Small baits don't always mean small fish. You will
have to deal with pinfish and other small predators nib-
bling on your hatch baits, although with the spoils come
triumphs. You'll find big reds, trout and even shark will
feed on the little baits. If you can adapt to the surround-
ings, you'll be rewarded.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
fishing nearshore structure with good results. Gross is
using small hatch bait, as well as live pinfish to get the
bite. By anchoring over artificial reefs or natural hard
bottom and ledges, Gross is catching mangrove snapper,
flounder and Key West grunts. Not only do these fish put
up a good fight, they are excellent on the dinner plate.
Mangoes in the 15-inch range are the norm. Flounder
up to 20 inches are being caught.
Moving to the backcountry, Gross is fishing shallow
grass flats for redfish. Again, he is using hatch bait to get


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the bite. Due to the small size of the bait, Gross adds a
popping cork to his rig. A cork will aid in casting these
small, lightweight baits and it also works to indicate a
strike.
Along with reds, Gross is putting his clients on catch-
and-release snook, as well as keeper spotted seatrout.
Expect to catch some flounder and even a few mangrove
snapper on the flats, too.
Capt. Warren Girle fished offshore this past week,
which resulted in rod-bending action for his clients.
Keeper-size gag grouper as well as limits of mangrove
snapper are being caught in depths of 35-55 feet. While
reef fishing, Girle is catching flounder and Key West
grunts to add a little variety. For bait, Girle is using live
shiners or pinfish.
Moving inshore, Girle is locating schooling reds
on the flats of Sarasota Bay. To target these boat-wary
fish, he uses his trolling motor to silently approach the
school. Once positioned, Girle sets his anchor to put his
clients within casting range of the fish. For bait, Girle is
using small shiners, which is resulting in reds of 20-24
inches.
Also on the flats, Girle is catching decent numbers
of catch-and-release snook and a few trout. Again, he is
using small shiners to get the bite.
Finally, Girle is doing a little late-season tarpon fish-
ing. Although the silver kings are becoming scarce, Girle
is managing to bend a rod. A recent trip resulted in a 125-
pound tarpon hookup just off the beaches of Longboat
Key.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish
mackerel are being caught during early morning hours.
Pier fishers using small white jigs are catching decent
numbers of these high-activity fish. Small live shiners
also are producing a bite on mackerel. When fishing live
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the macks' sharp teeth from cutting the line.
After the morning mackerel bite, pier fishers are
switching tactics and fishing under the pier for snap-
per and flounder. You can basically use the same rig as
bait fishing for mackerel, just add a split shot about 18
inches above your hook. Use small shiners or pinfish to
get either species to bite.
Finally, night fishing at the pier is resulting in small
sharks and stingrays. For the sharks, a small chunk of
fresh-cut mullet will get the bite. If targeting big sharks,
try a large chunk of bonito or Spanish mackerel. Expe-
rienced pier anglers in the know will be using sting-
ray wings to tie into the larger hammerhead and bull
sharks.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is seeing good
numbers of gag and red grouper returning to the dock.
He's even catching his limits of both when he gets a
chance to escape the tackle shop for a day and get out
on the water. Mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and
flounder also are appearing at the cleaning table after off-
shore fishing trips. A variety of baits -including frozen
sardines, threadfin herring, live shiners or pinfish are
producing a bite.
Moving inshore, redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-
and-release snook are responding to small shiners fished
under a popping cork or free-lined over the grass flats.
Keyes suggests trying artificial like the MirrOlure Mir-
rOdine in the small size as well as Berkley Gulp shrimp
to get a bite.
Finally, Spanish mackerel are being caught from
the beaches and piers. Keyes suggests small white speck
rigs or silver spoons to get hooked up. Remember, these
fish are feeding on small baits, so plan accordingly when
selecting the size of the jig or spoon.
Check out the shark catch, next page.
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.


Smoking hot king Brent Stubblefield, on vaca-
tion last week in the Anna Maria Island area from In-
dianapolis, shows off his first kingfish catch, resulting
from a charter trip with Capt. Larry McGuire. Stubbe-
field hooked up the king mackerel on a flatlined sardine
offshore in about 70 feet of water. He and his family
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R&R Reel and release at the pier
All in a days work at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna
Maria, this frequent visitor from the United Kingdom
known only by his first name, Dean, last week reeled
in a 300-pound nurse shark and worked it to the
beach for a safe release. The nurse shark is a sluggish
bottom-feeder that is mostly harmless to humans. They
have strong jaws with thousands of tiny, serrated teeth,
and bite defensively if stepped on or bothered.


boards, headed to the dinner table.


SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
fourth straight time.
Huyghe teamed up with Jay Disbrow during July 17
horseshoe action to earn a 22-7 victory over Tim Sofran
and Bob Heiger.
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.

Key Royale Club golf news
Another busy week of golf at the Key Royale Club
started with a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system
or quota points match July 15. Ray Lammi and Terry
Schaefer tied for individual honors N ith inat lii in plus-4s.
Meanwhile, Quinten Talbert, Tom Nelson, Dave Vande
Vrede and Merritt Fineout won the team competition with
a robust score of plus-8.
The women teed off on a shotgun start nine-hole
match with a twist July 16 no drivers or woods -
allowing irons only to get to the hole. Helen Pollock
managed an even-par 32 to take first place in Flight A.
One shot back in second place was Meredith Slavin.
Christina Mason grabbed first place in Flight B with
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The men played a nine-hole team scramble July
18 that saw the team of Dennis Schavey, Jon Holcomb,
Randy Clark and Ken Rickett grab clubhouse bin,_
rights for the day on a 5-under-par 27.
Club members got together July 19 for a coed,
two-best-balls-of-foursome match that saw the team of
Joyce Brown, Fred Meyer and Chris Schilling match the
10-under-par 54 carded by the team of Jerry Dahl, Charlie
Knopp, Terry Westby and Fran Schilling in a tie for first
place.

Center announces soccer camp plans
The community center will host the UK Interna-
tional Soccer Camp July 29-Aug. 1. Players who want
to sharpen their tactical and technical soccer skills are
encouraged to participate in the four-day camp.
The camp runs from 9-10:30 a.m. for players in the
5- and 6-year-old age group and costs $85.
Players in the 7-14 age group will take the field from
9 a.m. to noon at a cost of $145.
All campers will receive a UK International
T-shirt.
Players can register online at www.uksocca.com/
newhtml/ or for more information, contact AMICC ath-
letic director Troy Shonk at 941-778-1908 ext. 9205, or
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Island real estate transactions


By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
797 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,684 sfla / 4,955
sfur 3bed/22bath/2car Gulfront home built in 1988 on a
50x550 lot was sold 07/03/13, JSV Community Proper-
ties Inc. to Reynolds for $2,300,000; list $2,450,000.
799 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,340 sfla /
3,136 sfur 2bed/3bath Gulffront home built in 1987 on a
50x125 lot was sold 05/27/13, Van Gundy to Schultz for
$1,875,000; list $1,900,000.
705 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,700 sfur / 3,400
sfla 4bed/3bath/2car bayview pool home built in 2013
on a 60x85 lot was sold 07/02/13, Mason Martin LLC to
Pashley for $1,600,000; list $1,700,000.
307 66th St., Unit A, 66th Street Coastal Cottages,
Holmes Beach, a 2,800 sfla / 3,826 sfur 6bed/42bath/2car
land condo with pool built in 2012 sold 06/25/13, Flor-
ida Gulf Coast Vacation Homes LLC to Rokisky for
$965,000; list $995,000.
904 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,205 sfla / 2,921
sfur 4k1), 31.ili'2car home built in 1990 on a 50x78 lot
was sold 07/01/13, Kairalla to Colucci for $757,500; list
$799,900.
612 Hampshire Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,317 sfla /
2,937 sfur 4k d 3b. iill2car canalfront home built in 1967
on a 95x105 lot was sold 06/21/13, Barker to Nagengast
for $685,000; list $734,999.
214 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,425 sfla / 2,172


sfur 2bed/2bath/ car home built in 1960 on a 90x107 lot
was sold 06/24/13, Wiseman to Wilson for $570,000; list
$598,000.
307 Hardin Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,360 sfla / 1,902
sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar canalfront home built in 1980 on
a 75x139 lot was sold 07/01/13, Trudelle to Griffin for
$540,000; list $590,000.
2716 Gulf Drive, Unit 102, Gulf Cabins, Holmes
Beach, a 1,155 sfla / 1,400 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront
condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 07/01/13,
Lind to Jordan for $525,000; list $559,900.
624 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,823 sfla
/ 2,769 sfur 3bed/21/bath/2car canalfront home built
in 1971 on a 100x115 lot was sold 06/27/13, Mission
Property Partners LLC to Allegra for $511,400; list
$549,900.
524 South Drive, Anna Maria, a 1.212 sfla / 1,788
sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1967 on a 60x110 lot was
sold 07/05/13, Suntrust Bank to Mooney for $455,000.
252 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,428 sfla / 1,664
sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1979 on a 85x101 lot was
sold 06/14/13, Ideal Island Properties LLC to Simches
for $415,000; list $473,500.
2809 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,420 sfla /1,666
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1985 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 06/27/13, Schmus to Diggins for $400,000; list
$400,000.
12 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant


88x100 lot was sold 07/03/13, Kolbicka to Schmukler
for $395,000.
622 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,972
sfla / 2,276 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1972 on
a 100x103 lot was sold 06/28/13, Moon to Prieto for
$370,000; list $399,900.
901 Gulf Drive S., Unit 3, Pelican Cove Resort,
Bradenton Beach, a 962 sfla / 1,190 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1983 was sold 07/02/12,
Pasqualetti to Molis for $285,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 136, Tortuga, Bradenton
Beach, a 675 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1976 was sold 07/02/13, Neeley to Kellum for
$275,000.
703 Gulf Drive S., Unit 4, Sunset Landings, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,050 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1984
was sold 06/27/13, Hennesey to Siebersma for $250,000;
list $299,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 294, Westbay Point
& Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold
06/25/13, Wells Fargo Bank to Graham for $246,000; list
$299,999.
3000 Gulf Drive, Unit 3, Palm Cay, Holmes Beach, a
756 sfla 2bed/lbath condo with shared pool built in 1980
was sold 06/28/13, Mcannally to Skinner for $198,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


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SEALY POSTUREPEDIC TWIN bed: Excellent
condition, $40. 941-254-4562.

ELECTRIC CHAIN SAW: 14-inch, 17-inch
electric hedge trimmer, both excellent condi-
tion, $35 each. 941-776-0876.

BUFFET CABINET, $40, Sony WEGA TV, $100
HD/LCD 48-inch flat screen, mahogany desk,
70x34-inch, $40. 941-321-8222.

CRAIN 555 MULTI undercut saw, $50, Makita
drywall screwdriver, $30, Echo 1500 gas hedge
trimmer, $60. 941-730-2817.

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

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, arti-
facts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South
African handmade arts, specialty candies,
more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
http://thehivegiftsandarts.com/

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

More ads = more readers in The Islander.


EMERGENCY ADOPTION EVENT: 10 a.m. until
last adopter leaves, Saturday, July 27. Live
music, raffles, giveaways, games, adoption
specials. Manatee County Animal Services,
305 25th St. W., Palmetto. 941-742-5933.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs, XBox and 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 fishing poles and
reels. Donate at The Islander newspaper office,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


Charles Buky
Cell: 941-228-6086


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


ESTATE SALE: 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July
26. 637 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
Waterfront home. Antiques, good French
chest, Windsor chair, transitional Chippendale
chair, cherry chest, game table, architectural
mirror, coin silver spoons, girandoles, Grand-
mother Chelsea, early brass candlesticks,
Bristol glass, epergne, federal mirror, copy of
The Holy Experiment with original illustrations,
sewing table, pressed ruby and cut glass, other
chairs, china and glass. Other: inlaid side-
board, vintage linens, mahogany dining set,
Quimper pitcher, breakfast set, books, screen,
easy chairs, tilt-top table, books, kitchen,
linens and lots of other good things. Sale by
Julie McClure, pictures: appraisals4u.biz and
estatesales.net.


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.

HUGE MOVING SALE: 8 a.m. Friday and Sat-
urday, July 26-27. Rain or shine! Check out list-
ing on Kathy Smart's Facebook! Lots of great
stuff cheap! 122B 51st St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. noon, Saturday, July
27. Cottage-style twin beds, power chair, large
dog crate, books, garden tools, lamps, antique
chair, bedding, books, miscellaneous. 8675
46th Ave. W. Bradenton.
GARAGE SALE: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Sat-
urday, July 26-27. Designer sectional couch,
pub table with six stools, queen bed and night-
stands, decorator accessories, framed art and
miscellaneous. 2907 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July
27. King bed, dishes, including Corningware,
Noritake china, electric chainsaw, hedge trim-
mer, leaf blower, towels, linens and many hand
tools. 622 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach.


LOST SMALL ZIPPERED brown purse, had
cell phone in it, possibly at dog park. Please,
call 941-778-3390 if found.
LOST SUNGLASSES: WHITE Oakleys, blue
lenses with Summer Jones printed left lens.
Call 770-974-1754, if found.

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


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

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you read the
newspaper page by page, comment on arti-
cles, and place classified ads and subscribe
online with our secure server? Check it out at
www.islander.org.


2001 VW BEETLE GLS Turbo: 81,000 miles,
$4,500. #7 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.
GARAGE OR CARPORT needed for the
summer. I want to protect my Cadillac DTS
from the sun. I live on Anna Maria for most of
the winter. 973-208-0020.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long
memories, call 941-518-3868 or see boat-
florida.weebly.com.

DEEP-WATER DOUBLE boat slip, 85th Street,
Holmes Beach. $64,900. Call AMI Beaches
Real Estate, 941-567-5234.

NECKI KAYAK: RIP 10, 10-foot, 6-inch. Sharp
keel, extra wide cockpit. Waterproof stern
hatch, $400. 727-871-9835.
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 Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,
941-928-8735.


LOOKING TO EXPAND our culinary staff. Pizza,
lunch and dinner cook. Seasonal job posi-
tion until mid-to-late September. Located in
Upstate New York. Must have three references
and resume. Room in a shared apartment. For
more information, call 518-796-0902.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early child-
hood development major. Emily, 941-567-
9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
5051.


Anderson & Associates Insurance
Your Island Insurance Specialist
WORKING TO SAVE YOU MONEY
941-729-7355

DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUIJFF
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-SOdtSolUtiUOS business network / computer solutions
Socko Pearson, 941-799-1169, sockopearson@aol.com
ISLAND REFERENCES AVAILABLE


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"Movers Who Core"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.


The new Is(lander newspaper office is at
5604-B Marina Drive, across from
the library and next to Domino's Pizza.

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NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sit-
ting 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.


RECENT NURSING GRADUATE looking for
work. Excellent Island references Call Lisa,
508-826-1561.


ISLAND BUSINESS FOR sale: Health food
store with possible cafe. For more information,
call 941-778-5015 or 941-565-2399.


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting
at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
941-383-9637.


TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, 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 Dutch-
man 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.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free
estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native
islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experi-
ence. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying
assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-
2535.

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

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows,
lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.
CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and
resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-
756-4570.
JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic
cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise,
941-730-6773.
INTRODUCTORY OFFER! BUY one, get one
free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-
741-8832.
TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER REPAIR Service,
LLC. On-site computer service, reasonable
rates. Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714 or at
941-727-6780.


COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus
cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, soft-
ware and network 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
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call
today for an appointment, 941-518-8301.
MA#0017550.MA#0017550.


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


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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard.
Hauling 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
commercial. For all your landscaping needs.
941-932-6600.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
ence. 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,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.
vangopainting.net.

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


JISLA DER LASSIIE.S


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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holn,-:. 1 :h*.'pi 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


Co:-L :-,GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C:R
N: :b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima e.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
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mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup. y-
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases
of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed,
941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handy-
man, 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.
RANDY'S PAINT AND Drywall: Carpentry,
screens and all your household maintenance.
941-465-2062.
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo,
office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom
prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors
for commercial properties, fiberglass, alumi-
num, steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free
estimates. 941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.


I NEED LISTINGS!
Call or email me for a
FREE market analysis.
JASON HRNAK
941-773-6572
jhrnak@gmail.com

Mike
Norman
Realty INC 3101 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH
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gan builder, quality work guaranteed. Afford-
able, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-
204-8822.



WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
coastinc.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/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi,
tennis, boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call
818-620-0901.

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near
boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria
Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

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

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL rental
2BR/1BA. $875/week. www.gulfbeachrental.
net or 941-778-4731.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 900 sf, elevated half duplex,
turnkey furnished with utilities. 1 BR/1 BA. Great
location for beach life. (1.3 miles to Anna Maria
Island) Will consider shorter term. $1,095/
month. 941-761-2725.
ANNUAL WATERFRONT 1BR1BA, $1,100/
month. Email bayrest@hotmail.com or call
941-567-5255, 703-587-4675.
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA. Steps
to beach. No pets. $875/week. 941-778-4731.
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL: SMALL 1 BR apart-
ment, quiet building near pier. No pets. $850/
month. 941-545-6191.


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Reduced: $579,000.


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Your Listing REALTOR
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Professional
Dedicated
LISTING ALL TYPES OF
PROPERTIES SINCE 1999
* mariannebc@aol.com
941-725-7799
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SHARE ELEVATED ISLAND duplex: bedroom,
private bath, utilities. No pets, no smoking
inside. $500/month and half utilities. Back-
ground check/security deposit. 941-224-
0064.

ANNUAL RENTAL: CITY of Anna Maria,
3BR/2BA with large private yard near City Pier
on Crescent Avenue, steps to the bay beach
and Pine Avenue shops. Pets OK. $1,800/
month. 941-538-9328.

ANNA MARIA SEASONAL rental: Half block
from Gulf beach. Recently updated 3BR/1 BA
quaint cottage with all the modern amenities.
Available November, December and January,
$850/weekly, $2,750/monthly. Aposporos.com,
Terry Aposporos, 941-778-8456.

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ugly"
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27 Pulile denial
29 Sgr. Friday's force
30 Philosopher Hannah
32 I1 may purr or roar
35 "Zip it!"
39 Archaic verb suffix
40 Prefix with byle
42 Pass
44 ---
45 Ironl part of ai
chimera
47 Prankster
50 ---
52 Spell caster
53 N Y C tourist
attraction
54 Sign of pressure?
56 Gei ___ (fight)
57 Battle of Ihe ___.
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61 Sun spot?
63 An extremity
64 ___ judicila
(decided case)
66 Tick off
68 Grab, with "onto"
69 Extremity
70 Infomn racial line ..
with a hint to 10
answers in this
puszle
75 Where the
Confederate flag
was firit flown'
Abbr
77 Cereal box title
78 It's a lock
79 It's uplifting
80 Sequel title starter
81 Syithetic fiber
83 Provide with
cornrow s, e.g.
86 Lines on a staff
90 Belted our
92 15-Across. in
Spanish
93 'Love the Way You
Lie" rapper
95 Snack item that's
round on both
ends?
96 Former Chevy
subcompact
97 ---
99 ---
100 What the hyphen in
an emotion often
represents
101 Nonstandard: Abbr,
103 John Belushi
catchphrase
105 Miners aid
107 Gold units: Abbr.


108 Minimalist's
philosophy
110 Dean Marlin
classic
113 Asian wild ass
115 Miner's aid
117 Baby ___
119 Pilching awards
121 Spirited'
126 Mythical con man
127 Neighbor of
SoTalia
128 Will-o'-the-wisp
feature
129 God wounded by
Diomedes in the
"Iliad"
130 Glove material
131 It's not good when
it's outstanding
132 Rxiled character in
"King Lear"
133 Recharge, say
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not elected
2 Oscar feature subject
since 2001
3 Snowbird's vehicle,
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4 Toughen
5 Preacher's
exhortation
6 It's known for it[ big
busts
7 Repeat word for word
8 Words of faux
innocence
9 "Freaky Friday'" co-
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10 Bauxite, e.g.
11 Highway caution


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into an A.T.M.:
Abbr.
13 Hotel amenity
14 Skipjacks and others
15 Chowderhead
16 What's not yet due?
17 ___ McGarry, chief
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West Wing'
18 The U-.S banned it
in 1968
22 Second or tenth, in a
way
28 Gray
31 Numerical prefix
33 Oldest desert in the
world
34 Environmental
extreriists' acts
36 The "you" of
"Here's to you!"
37 Cheer for
38 Used a keyhole. in a
way
39 Neighbor of
Dagwood, in the
funnies
41 What the winged
woman is holding
in the Emmy
statuette
43 Blog nuisances
46 World's smallest
island natonr
48 Fastener with two
nuts
49 Equivalence
11 Treat like a
pharaoh?
55 Transform
59 Retailer that sells
grasho1)ppfrs as
food


76 Where the Code of
Hlamn rabi is
displayed
82 What's up?,
84 How some NF.L.
games arc resolved
85 Many an action
movie villain
87 Entered violently
88 U.S.S. Ward, e.g.
89 They're not on your
side
91 Headlines, as a hand


94 Cussed
98 One who doesn't
give tough love,
say
102 Legend
104 Siouan speaker
106 White rapper with
two #1 hits
109 ---
Sll Sunny?
112 ---
114 Twinkle


116 Stick on the range?
118 Barely manages,
with "out"
120 Old German duchy
name
121 Digs
122 Parrot
123 Take he wrong
way?
124 Imporlant no. for
car buyers
125 Whal this puLIe
may minake you say


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ANNA MARIA COTTAGE Adorable, vintage cottage -l
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DUPLEX NEAR BEACH. Ground level in Holmes Beach.
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67 "Go n n "
70 Gymnasium
decorations
71 Cool
72 Question to a poker
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73 Adjust, as a satellite
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74 Tise
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