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AMI ranks in top worldwide family vacations
ponder, who laid the
egg? Page 6
Opposition stiffens to
Long Bar Pointe plans.
The government calen-
dar. Page 4
The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
Anna Maria mayor:
visitors threaten quality
of life. Page 8
Anna Maria to ticket on
trash cans. Page 8
Turtle watch holds
mediation to move for-
ward. Page 18
Anna Maria amends
liquor rules for restau-
rants. Page 19
Holmes Beach to tow
illegally parked autos.
Island police blotter.
Sports: Summer football
at center. Page 24
Fishing: Patience pays
off. Page 25
of July 26:
319 turtle nests.
324 false crawls.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island was listed among the
12 best family vacation spots in the world by
FlipKey.com, a vacation rental website.
FlipKey a relatively new TripAdvisor part-
ner website, said in its rating, "This hidden
gem is considered to be Florida's best kept
secret. (It) features gorgeous beaches, beautiful
weather and a fun and family-friendly environ-
ment ideal for the ultimate family vacation."
Maui in Hawaii is listed first by FlipKey,
and Orlando is the only other Florida desti-
nation. London, Paris and Playa del Carmen,
Mexico, also are listed.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman said she learned
of the ranking last week and was thrilled.
"I think it shows we are a top family des-
tination and we have the real old Florida atmo-
sphere every other Florida destination would
like to have," she said.
"I guess it shows we're no longer unknown
to families, especially with tourism increasing
this past winter and spring. And it looks like
the summer season is going to be one of the
Brockman said FlipKey is one of the newer
vacation rental websites, but is fast growing in
popularity, and it's a chamber member.
The notice about the listing came by email
to the chamber from Claire Fischer of FlipKey.
com in Boston, along with the 12 ranked des-
David Teitelbaum, owner of four Braden-
ton Beach resorts and a member of the chamber
board of directors, agreed FlipKey is making
inroads in the online reservations industry.
People blanket the
and dot the waters
at the Manatee
Public Beach in
July 24. The Anna
Chamber of Com-
merce learned last
week the island
ranks fifth among
Photo: Rick Catlin
"In my opinion, they are rapidly becom-
ing fairly big players in the online reservations
industry. Their ranking of the island is very big
for us," he said.
FlipKey said in a release its rankings were
determined from visitor surveys about the
family friendliness of a chosen destination.
Go online at www.islander.org for the list
of FlipKey rankings.
HB to pursue tree house violations despite petition drive
By Mark Young
To save or not to save, that is the upcom-
ing question for Holmes Beach commissioners
when it comes to a tree house that has become
the center of an emotional controversy.
In a letter dated July 23 from city attor-
ney Patricia Petruff to Holmes Beach elected
officials, Petruff announced that the petition to
force a vote to possibly create a new ordinance
to allow the tree house at 103 29th St. was suc-
cessfully filed July 19.
Angelinos Sea Resort owners Lyn Tran
Owners of Angelinos Sea Resort, 103 29th
St., Holmes Beach, successfully filed a peti-
tion July 19 seeking to create an ordinance
that would allow them to retain their beach-
front treehouse. Islander File Photo
and Richard Hazen were able to collect the
required 332 signatures representing 10 per-
cent of registered Holmes Beach voters. The
petition is at the Manatee County Supervisor
of Elections Office, which has until Aug. 8 to
verify that the signatures are from registered
The petition, if verified, will force city
commissioners to vote on whether or not to
create an ordinance to allow the tree house.
If commissioners vote against the ordi-
nance, the matter will be placed on a referen-
dum and the timetable could allow the matter
to go on the November election ballot, avoid-
ing the cost of a special election.
While the petition effort appears to be
successful for Tran and Hazen, city officials
caution against calling it a victory, saying it's
just another step in the process. The city will
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Opposition stiffens to Long Bar Pointe development
By Mark Young
American photographer, author and environmental
activist Ansel Adams once wrote, "It is horrifying that we
have to fight our own government to save the environ-
That sentiment runs parallel to a growing number
of people and organizations rallying against a proposed
development on Sarasota Bay on the mainland between
Cortez and IMG Academy called Long Bar Pointe.
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners will
hold a special land-use meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 6, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1
Haben Blvd., Palmetto, to address proposals from the
developer that will facilitate the development plan.
The county previously approved in June a new zoning
designation although not yet approved by the state -
that will allow a combination of marina, hotel and com-
mercial development in addition to residential housing.
A mix of single- and multi-family residential devel-
opment was approved with stipulations by the county in
The August meeting was moved to the convention
center with an expectation of a large crowd and, like
Adams' quote, the crowd is expected to fight their gov-
ernment to save the environment.
"Why is this even a question?" asked Capt. Kathe
Fannon, who operates a charter boat from docks at the
Star Fish Co. Market and Restaurant in Cortez.
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"Why are we even wasting taxpayer dollars and
paying commissioner salaries in an attempt to get this
stopped? We've said 'no' to so many developers and proj-
ects and all of a sudden now we want to discuss it?" she
Developer Carlos Beruff partnered with developer
Larry Lieberman in 2011 on certain development entitle-
ments that were approved for Lieberman at the site by
the Manatee County Commission in 2004.
The approved plan allows a subdivision with thou-
sands of single- and multi-story homes with an additional
150,000 square feet of commercial development.
Beruff has submitted a revised development plan that
calls for more than 1,600 low-rise multi-family homes, a
300-room hotel, a boat basin, an 84,000 square foot con-
ference center and 120,000 square feet of retail space.
At issue are the text amendment changes required for
the revised plan that would change the county's compre-
hensive plan requirements and the environmental impact
to the bay.
Fannon invited Beruff to tour the coastline July 21,
hoping to give him a better understanding of the stakes -
that Long Bar is the last large undeveloped, unprotected
shoreline area in the county.
"He's never seen it that close and I wanted to show
him the depth and beauty of the area when you are out on
the bay," said Fannon. "I pointed to the south and all we
could see is Sarasota high-rises and then pointed to Long
Bar Pointe so he could understand what his development
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The proposed plan for Long Bar Pointe on Sarasota Bay. Islander Graphic." Courtesy Manatee County
Fannon said the 55-year-old Beruff told her the
development is a family legacy.
"I told him in another 55 years, neither one of us were
going to be here," said Fannon. "I can appreciate him
wanting to do something for his family, but I told him if
he really wanted to leave something for his children and
grandchildren, does he really want it to be a 55-year-old
Fannon said a preserve named after Be ruff's family
would be a more substantial legacy and it would be more
of an impact to say he chose to give a sensitive environ-
ment back to the people.
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Long Bar zoning
Long Bar Pointe now falls within an Urban Service
Area zone that the Manatee County Board of Commis-
sioners approved in June, but whether it will be approved
by the state remains unknown.
The county sent its USA zone, encompassing most of
unincorporated west Bradenton, a broad area bordered by
U.S. 301, Sarasota Bay, the Sarasota county line and the
Manatee River to the Florida Department of Economic
The USA zone is intended to discourage urban sprawl,
allow "developments of regional impact" approved by the
county, and exempt those projects from additional state
review for site plan approval.
The proposed Long Bar Pointe rezone will allow
a 300-berth marina, additional office and retail space
and a hotel where presently only residential housing is
Barrington Group's Larry Lieberman and Medallion
Homes' Carlos Beruff teamed up on the development this
year, and asked for changes to the county comprehensive
plan to build on 500-plus acres on Sarasota Bay.
The county's proposed USA zone must have state
approval, and that decision had not been made by the
state as of press time for The Islander.
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According to Fannon, Beruff declined.
'Three hours later we got back to the fish house and
I pointed to the Plum House and told him the difference
between me and him," she said. "I said I could live the
rest of my life in the Plum House and be happy."
Fannon told Beruff he could not.
"I told him if he owned it, he would want to tear it
down and build a $2 million house," she said. "He told
me I was right."
Fannon said the effort to get Beruff to understand
the environmentally sensitive nature of the bay "went
TREE HOUSE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
continue to pursue the cited code violations against the
structure with the intention of having it removed.
Violations cited in the past year include building
without a permit, building seaward of the coastal con-
struction line and violating setbacks.
New violations outlined June 13 indicate that the
tree house, as well as other parts of the resort property,
are located within the 29th Street public right of way and
in the platted alley located in block 38 of the Ilexhurst
A code enforcement hearing was scheduled for 10
a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
City officials said that hearing will continue as
scheduled because the tree house violates the law and
it's the city's obligation to pursue the code violations.
Commissioners have given every indication that
when the petition to create a new ordinance comes before
them, it will be voted down and put to the voters.
Should the election results fall in favor of Tran and
Hazen, city officials said it is unlikely that anm illng will
change because an ordinance cannot be created that is
contradictory to city, state and federal laws.
Petruff notes in her letter that even though the city
must follow the process, "any ordinance adopted must
be consistent with the comprehensive plan and should
not conflict with state law."
According to city officials, therein lies the problem
with an ordinance. The city alleges that the tree house
violates the comprehensive plan, state laws pertaining to
Equally unsuccessful approaching Beruff on a tour of
the land was Barbara Hines of Holmes Beach, vice chair
of ManaSota-88, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
protecting the environment.
Hines met with Beruff at the Long Bar Pointe prop-
erty July 19. While it might appear Beruff is willing to
discuss the development with opposition groups, Hines
said, it's largely for show.
"Carlos is a charming person and a smart business-
man," said Hines. "He's doing things he needs to do in
order to keep a record so he can say 'Look who I met
the coastal construction line and city building codes. An
ordinance, city officials said, would be virtually impossi-
ble to create that would not conflict with existing laws.
However, because the petition appears to be success-
ful, the process must continue.
Assuming the petition is validated by Aug. 8, the city
has 60-90 days to schedule an election. Petruff said if the
supervisor of elections has room and can draft language
for the November ballot, the city can avoid the expense
of a special election.
If not, the city will be required to pay for the balloting
and, according to the city, it won't change the eventual
outcome and goal of the city to have it torn down.
Petruff said commissioners will have to act promptly
after the petition is verified and, to that end, the city
tentatively scheduled an Aug. 20 public hearing on the
The structure was built in an Australian pine tree
in 2011, allegedly with verbal permission from former
building official Bob Shaffer. Shaffer has said he was not
informed of the scale of the structure at the resort.
Two years later, the city received a complaint and
followed through to find the structure violated city and
state codes and have since followed standard code viola-
Building official Tom O'Brien has previously said it
was the owners' responsibility to ensure a permit wasn't
needed. Nothing the two resort owners have presented
thus far, he said, changes the facts that it is an illegal
structure and must be removed.
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Hines said she wanted to meet with Beruff with other
members of ManaSota-88, as well as members of the
Sierra Club, but Beruff refused.
"He said he would only go if it was just me and he
told me I couldn't take pictures," said Hines. "He said
if I didn't put my camera away, then he would call the
whole thing off."
Hines said the tour didn't go well for Beruff either.
"We didn't get very far on the property before his
truck got stuck in the mud," she said. "Keep in mind
that we were still in the uplands and nowhere near the
PLEASE SEE LONG BAR POINT, PAGE 5
Barbara Hines of Holmes Beach, vice chair of the envi-
ronmental watchdog group ManaSota-88, toured the
Long Bar Pointe property July 19 in a pickup truck with
developer Carlos Beruff/ She noted that much of the
uplands appear more like wetlands due to recent rains.
Islander Photo: Barbara Hines
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Holmes Beach mayor presents $9 million spending plan
By Mark Young
Despite several new hires in various Holmes Beach
departments, Mayor Carmel Monti announced July 23
that he was comfortable keeping the city's millage rate for
the 2013-14 fiscal year the same as this year 1.7500.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property
Increased revenues may have
something to do with the mayor's com-
fort level. According to city financial
records, Holmes Beach is expecting an
increase in overall revenues of more
p than $500,000.
Monti The 2012-13 revenues are
$8,394,950, while expected revenues
for the 2013-14 budget are $9,003,727.
Property taxes collected in Holmes Beach for
2012-13 amount to $2,081,305 at the existing millage
rate. Increased property values are expected to generate
a total of $2,223,156 in property taxes for 2013-14.
The city is projected to increase permit revenues
across the board, with the largest increase of $75,000 in
building permits. This year, $275,000 was raised from
building permits and the city is projecting a revenue
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners in a special session July
25 adopted a tentative millage rate of
-- 2.10 a tax increase for the 2013-14
A 1 fiscal year budget.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb
noted that the tentative rate can only
be lowered during public hearings on
SueLynn the budget in September.
If adopted, the rate is 0.05 mills
higher than the current 2.05 rate and, the 2.10 rate would
bring an additional $31,000 in ad valorem revenue to the
A 2.10 millage rate would be a 7.7 percent increase
over the rollback rate of 1.9507. The rollback rate is
the tax rate that would generate the same amount of ad
valorem revenue in the 2013-14 budget as the 2012-13
Commissioner Doug Copeland said he would approve
the tentative millage, but was sure the commission could
cut enough spending to adopt a final millage of 2.05.
Mayor SueLynn has proposed some major road and
drainage spending in the 2013-14 budget and justified
the increase by noting the improvements have to be done
The increased millage rate is a 2.3 percent hike from
the current 2.05 rate. At a 2.10 millage rate, a property
owner with a home valued for tax purposes at 400,000
would pay $840 in city property taxes. At the 2.05 rate,
the same owner would pay $820.
The proposed $3.05 million budget includes revenue
of $350,000 from Ridan Industries, a one-time payment.
The company has been selected by the city to build a
cell tower on city property. It also includes $30,000 in
monthly payments from Ridan as the city's share of cell
tower profits. Mayor SueLynn, however, has not allo-
cated any of the cell tower funds for expenditures, but
has assigned them to cell tower maintenance, pending
Heavy rain results in
Holmes Beach Police Chief
Bill Tokajer and public
works foreman Gary Blunden
survey a hole that opened in
the driveway at the defunct
Regions Bank on Sixth
Avenue behind the CVS store.
Tokajer said the reported
"sinkhole" was determined
to be the result of a collapsed
storm drain. Blunden said
public works will next assess
the extent of the damage
before repairs are made.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy : .
increase for permits to $325,000 for 2013-14.
Other bumps in projected revenues are a $5,000
increase in ordinance violation fines, $11,225 increase in
dock fees and $21,000 increase in electric franchise fees.
The city's largest expenditures are in its police
department with a budget of almost $2 million, while
more than half of that amount is geared toward salaries.
More than $448,000 of the police budget is sunk into
insurance and more than $352,000 is allocated to retire-
Public works is the city's next highest budget with
a total of $905,422 in expenses, and $515,623 of the
budget is salaries. More than $237,000 of the public
receipt of the funds.
When received, the commission decides where that
money should be spent. It could go for road and drainage
improvements, to pay the mortgage on the city's Pine
Avenue-Bay Boulevard park or for other expenses, the
Once the cell tower is built, Ridan will maintain the
facility, not the city. The money was placed under "main-
tenance" to balance the budget, Percycoe said.
The commission's July 24 budget work-session was
the first time all five commissioners saw the budget,
as Commissioners Gene Aubry and Nancy Yetter were
absent from the July 17 work session.
At the start of the July 24 session, Commissioner
Dale Woodland proposed commissioners lower the mill-
age rate rather than increase the tentative rate in order
to "place the burden on us" to come up with the needed
Other commissioners, however, wanted to go through
the work session and discuss each spending and revenue
Webb said making a decision on the millage rate at
a work session was "too early in the process," and the
commission should make that decision at its final work
Woodland said he would oppose any increase in the
millage rate, and would seek to have it remain at 2.05 or
The proposed $3.05 million budget is a 22.5 percent
increase from the $2.45 million in the 2012-13 spending
plan, but the increase includes the $380,000 from the
cell tower builder, a $145,000 grant for Lake LaVista
dredging and an estimated $7,000 increase in payments
from the City Pier Restaurant. Taking out those revenues
would leave the budget at $2.51 million, a 2.4 percent
The next budget session will be 6 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 7, while the first public hearing on the budget is 6
p.m. Sept. 12.
works department's budget covers life and health insur-
City administration has a proposed budget of
$328,587 with $211,490 covering salaries.
Between all city departments, a proposed operating
budget of more than $3.3 million is projected with close
to $2 million accounting for salaries.
The city is budgeting more than $1.7 million for
capital improvement projects.
Property values rose this year 6.8 percent, amount-
ing to a 1.6588 rollback rate the millage required to
produce the same revenue as the current year and an
additional 6.5 percent increase in ad valorem revenues
for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
While elected officials sometimes tout maintain-
ing the previous year's millage rate as holding the line,
increased property values result in increased revenue to
the city at the current millage and that's a tax increase.
State statutes provide that an increase in revenue is a tax
While the millage will remain the same, Holmes
Beach property owners will pay more in property taxes
due to higher property values.
The city will hold its first public hearing to adopt
the proposed budget and millage rate Sept. 10, followed
by a second public hearing Sept. 24. Both meetings will
be at 7 p.m., at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5401 Marina
Anna Maria City
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.
Aug. 22, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Aug. 1, 1 p.m., pier team.
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Aug. 15, 1 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 20, 9 a.m., department head.
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Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
July 31, 7 p.m., planning commission.
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-
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-
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They eventually freed the vehicle and briefly contin-
ued the tour in another area of the property. According
to Hines, Beruff said he has never had problems getting
around the property before.
"I told him obviously not during the rainy season,"
she said, and he had no reply.
Hines said Beruff's vision for Long Bar Pointe is
incompatible with the property.
"We talked about how important the seagrass and
mangroves are to the bay's health and wildlife," she said.
"I told him what he wants to do is totally unacceptable."
Beruff has made a lot out of the fact that his plans
only call for the clearing of 225 linear feet of mangroves
in order to make way for a channel entry for the proposed
boat basin. He has claimed more than 15,000 linear feet
of mangroves would remain.
However, Hines said his plans are to have all the
mangroves cut down to 6 feet tall to create a uniform
hedge and ensure visibility from his development of the
"The seabirds nesting in those mangroves will either
no longer nest there or be more exposed to predators,"
she said. "The whole concept is awful. This is going to
be an environmental disaster if it is allowed."
Both Hines and Fannon, as well as an anticipated
large crowd of opposition, will attend the Aug. 6 meet-
A recent aerial photograph
shows the 75th Street-53rd
Avenue roundabout on
the left, and the Sarasota ._.
Bay-Long Bar Pointe
development area on the
right an untouched
shoreline and some former
farmlands on the upland
property. The only part
of the project completed
by the developer is the
roundabout and the road
linking 75th Street to the
El Conquistador Parkway.
Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Both are hopeful that commissioners will "do the
right thing," but have seen these battles go the wrong
way in the past.
"I just hope the commissioners look at their citizens
and do the right thing," said Fannon.
City commissions from Holmes Beach and Anna
Maria have either written letters to county commission-
ers or adopted resolutions expressing opposition to the
Long Bar Pointe development.
Bradenton Beach commissioners July 25 said a simi-
lar resolution is being drafted to send to the county.
The Manatee County League of Women Voters also
has joined the opposition and issued a "call to action."
The call to action states, "Our Manatee County
coastal environment, natural resources and comprehen-
sive plan are currently under an unprecedented threat."
If commissioners approve Beruff's text amendment
changes to the comprehensive plan, the league says 47
pages of the conservation and coastal management that
cover air, water, habitat, wetlands and coastal protection
could be exploited by future developers.
The call to action claims approval would set a prec-
edent and send a message to developers that amending the
county's comprehensive plan is a "casual, easily-obtained
An attempt to reach Beruff for comment was unsuc-
cessful by Islander press time.
Cortez artist Susan Curry created this T-shirt design to
unite opposition groups against the proposed develop-
ment of more than 500 acres on Long Bar Pointe. The
$10 shirts are available in two colors in varied sizes
and can be reserved by calling Linda Molto at 941-
794-5919. Ordered shirts can be picked up at Molto's
studio at 4519 124th St. W., Cortez.
Local Dems to elect state
delegates for conference
The Manatee County Democratic Party will hold
its annual delegate election 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5,
at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Ave., Braden-
Democrats who want to participate must file an
application and a $40 deposit by the election.
Delegates will attend the state party's annual con-
ference Oct. 25-27 at the Disney Yacht and Beach
Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista.
For more information, call county party chair
Patty Benson at 941-758-4610.
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Don't change or rearrange me
It's months to go before summer's simmer eases
into fall and cooler temperatures, but one can never be
sure if cooler, calmer minds will prevail.
The talk all winter about tourism ruining the island
and now claims that summer daytrippers are forcing
residents to leave is what's damaging.
It's as if people who came here a year, two, or five
to 10 years ago, think the door should be locked behind
them. How quickly they assume ownership of the beauty
of Anna Maria Island.
We've long since moved past the advertising cam-
paign of the 1980s, "Our little secret," and the dollars
spent attracting tourists when the family and friends
that followed everyone who had already found "us"
would suffice compounded the results.
It's not just the bed tax dollars that are spent on
advertising, you see, it's you and me. We found the
treasure, and along come people we know to share it.
Now it's family, friends and likes on Facebook,
contacts on Linkedln, Pinterest and tweets from the
beach that travel around the world and broadcast Anna
It's stories in newspapers and internet blogs about
the best little restaurant in Florida, the hidden treasures
of white sand beaches where dolphins frolic and turtles
nest, fish nearly jump onto the hook, and real estate and
accommodations resemble old Florida for a price far
cheaper than Maui, the Hamptons or Longboat Key.
It's not just the advertising it's the combination
of it all. Like a listing in the top island destinations in
the United States, or a top ranking among worldwide
family vacation destinations.
We can't really put a cork in it.
So it seems to me we should find ways to cope with
being discovered. Instead of beating down tourism, we
should embrace it.
We should share the beauty, the bounty and all the
enjoyment we have, from simple things like palm fronds
clacking in the breeze to a ride on the fare-free trolley.
If we enjoy these things and at the same time ignore
the backup of traffic to breathe a sigh of relief while
paused on the bridge, or greet strangers on the street
and in stores as if they're new friends, how is our way
of life threatened?
I find the new, increasing plague of intolerance for
visitors among some city officials more threatening than
anyone seeking a day or a week on the beach.
We just have to maintain paradise without killing
the golden goose. We really can't allow egos to change
us into a Disney attraction, a Ritz hotel or a breeding
ground for Stepford-style families.
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No use for business
The sky is falling. No one is listening to or helping
the residents of Anna Maria. Most of us do not own a
business on the island. Most of us live here for the peace
and quiet this island affords.
The daytrippers are ruining the ambiance, and park-
ing is the key. Charge for parking at the public beaches.
Have only residential parking in residential areas. Halt
parking on the rights of way. Increase the parking fines
and enforce the parking rules.
Why allow parking on Manatee Avenue in Holmes
Beach? It's a safety issue. The same goes for Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria. It's a congested mess most
weekends and holidays.
Listen to the residents. We didn't vote for Pine
Avenue to become a business district. We didn't want
parking at the six lots by the city pier. The mayors and
commissioners are bowing to businesses, not their con-
stituents. The Sandbar Restaurant cannot elect you, but
the residents can remove you.
Gary McMullen, Anna Maria
I live in Paradise. Cortez Village is my home, where
kids and dogs still run free and our favorite blood sport
is a community meeting.
We are stubbornly independent and have success-
fully fought the federal, state and county governments
to preserve our way of life.
But Anna Maria Island and Cortez may be destroyed
if the county approves changes Aug. 6 to allow the Long
Bar Pointe development project to proceed.
Acres of mangroves and seagrasses are doomed.
Massive dredging will wipe out marine nurseries, essen-
tial to commercial and recreational fishing.
How long must we tolerate the legal, environmental
and ethical jiujitsu justifying commissioners' conflicts
of interest, bribes disguised as political contributions
and their continuing to thumb noses at voters' wishes?
What can we do? Stand our ground.
Attend the county commission meeting Aug. 6 and
We must eventually take back the commission from
Joe Kane, Cortez, Save Our Bay member
Just say 'No'
As past commissioner for District 3 and chair of
the Board of Manatee County Commissioners in 2004
when approval was given for the Long Bar Pointe devel-
opment, it is important to remember this property is
approved for up to 1,658 residential units, not 4,000 as
the developer would like us to believe.
So there is no Bert Harris Jr. Act violation here, but
there is a signed, filed Land Development Agreement
for Long Bar Pointe.
The existing LDA does not allow for docks in Sara-
sota Bay or cutting mangroves unless it's brought back
before the county for changes.
The LDA is viable and compatible with the sur-
rounding development. It was agreed to in order to pro-
tect the natural resource which is Sarasota Bay.
Sarasota Bay is an Estuary of National Significance
and an Outstanding Florida Water and the present map
amendment request to mixed use could significantly
jeopardize that standing.
The requested text amendment is even more con-
cerning for its countywide impact. The LBP develop-
ers want the commission to dilute policies for certain
large-scale projects, allowing significant impacts to
mangroves, wetlands, water and air quality if they show
public benefit. But by whose definition?
The language is too broad and could have far reach-
ing implications, to the point I believe it could change
forever the very face of Manatee County.
So I would say "No" to the mixed use and the text
amendment. Let them make their money by building
what was approved in 2004.
Jane von Hahmann, Cortez, former District 3
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's environmental education and
enhancement committee has begun a campaign to col-
lect recyclable items and trash at high traffic locations
on Pine Avenue.
The bins are at the Anna Maria City Pier, the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society and at the Pine Avenue
beach access, EEEC chair Bill Malfese said.
Funds to purchase the bins came from Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC and Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher,
owners of the Anna Maria Historic Green Village.
"The theme of the project is 'Go Green' for the
Greenest Little Main Street in the country," Malfese
"We've provided these stations with hopes that
our visitors and residents will be more inclined to
recycle in public spaces," he said. "This is part of our
ongoing mission to make Anna Maria a more beautiful
environment, and we encourage everyone to pitch in
Committee member Jane Coleman said Waste
Management Inc., the city's waste hauler, will empty
the bins at no charge for the first year. Coleman's hus-
band Mike is a PAR principal.
"This type of private support for the public good
is an excellent example of how we can continue with
environmental enhancement at minimal cost to our
city," Jane Coleman said.
Malfese said the EEEC has been working on the
project for several months, but it would not have been
possible without help from PAR and the Thrashers.
"I can't thank them enough. They really came
through, as did Waste Management. We hope eventu-
ally to have bins at most of the popular beach accesses
in the city, if not all of them," he said.
Anna Maria Envi-
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tee member Jane
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bins at the Anna
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but not designate resident-only parking.
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Anna Maria mayor says visitors threaten quality of life
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told commissioners at
their July 25 meeting that the growing influx to the city
of visitors on weekends and holidays is threatening resi-
dents' quality of life, and many have told her they will
move unless the city resolves the issue.
The mayor said the problem is severe on weekends
and holidays, and the day visitors also put a strain on the
The mayor said it's not the people who come for
stays in accommodations of a week or longer, but the
large number of day visitors who apparently ignore the
city's parking regulations and other codes, leave trash
on the beach, and often park in a residential driveway or
SueLynn said the city requested the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation post a traffic counter at the city
entrance from July 3-9 and 51,857 cars entered the city
during the six-day period, which included a parade
through the city and July 4 fireworks celebration.
"Obviously, there was more than one person per car,
but figure two people per car. That's more than 100,000
people coming to our city in a six-day period," she said.
That's about 16,500 people each of those days.
Granted that was during a holiday period, but the
mayor said the traffic is typical of what she's seen on
most weekends and holidays with good weather.
All of this for a city of about 1,500 people, she
"And the daytrippers are all trying to find a parking
space," the mayor added.
"I don't like the idea of paid parking, but it may be
an answer. I'm proud that everything is free, but this
heavy influx every weekend and holiday is wearing on
our residents' nerves and infrastructure," she said.
It's time for the commission to consider paid park-
ing for day visitors, no parking in the rights of way, or a
combination, she said.
"Other Florida resort cities have paid parking or no
right-of-way parking," she said. Allowing visitors to park
in the rights of way has resulted in destruction of many
drainage swales that the city must maintain.
The mayor noted the city gets no revenue from the
bed tax other than beach renourishment funds. Yet the
city still has to maintain its roads and infrastructure and
keep streets free of trash.
Beach renourishment funding also is dependent on
Trash can citations coming next to Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin collection and shall be removed from the curbside not
Islander Reporter later than 9 p.m. the day of collection."
After years of dealing with the problem of trash SueLynn said the city has been lax for some time
receptacles left curbside several days before pickup, or and, now the problem has intensified.
bins remaining curbside several days after a pickup, Anna "It's a situation where we have received a number of
Maria is advising residents and property owners that cita- complaints and it's time to act," she said. Code enforce-
tions will be issued. ment officers will be proactive in enforcement, the mayor
The program has the backing of Mayor SueLynn, added.
who complained the city streets are littered with trash However, before a citation is issued, said code
An ordinance adopted in 1987 and amended in 2003,
states containers can be placed curbside for collection
"no earlier than 5 p.m. of the day prior to the scheduled
Coast Guard rescues 2
A U.S. Coast Guard boat from the Cortez Sta-
tion rescued two boaters around 1:45 p.m. July 19,
after their 9-foot boat capsized near the Cortez Bridge
during high winds.
A bystander called the Coast Guard and the two
men were pulled aboard by the Coast Guard crew. The
boat was towed to Annie's Bait and Tackle at the east
end of the Cortez Bridge.
A Coast Guard spokesperson said the boaters
were unharmed in the incident.
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon, a property owner is
notified by letter of a problem and asked to correct it. If
the problem continues, then a $100 citation will be issued,
Placing a trash can "curbside" requires putting the
receptacle near the edge of the road in the right of way,
but not on the sidewalk. Although some might maintain
this area is private property, the city has an easement
along the edge of roads and streets and allows the place-
ment of trash bins there for pickup.
Waste Management Inc. has trash pickup days
Monday and Thursday in Anna Maria. Rear-door or
side-door pickup is available for an additional monthly
The mayor hopes people will heed the warning
For more information, call city hall at 941-708-
the city maintaining a certain amount of public parking.
"I struggle daily with this idea of paid parking, but
we get nothing from these day visitors. They come here
and have a wonderful time and leave, but they abuse the
very things they come here for," she said.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb said this is the start
of a long brainstorming process. Commissioner Dale
Woodland agreed, saying he's talked to many people who
have said the same things as the mayor.
"But we have to establish our goals first. We won't
be productive if we start on details tonight," Woodland
Commissioner Gene Aubry said the city has been
"too nice" in the past, often issuing parking warnings
for violations instead of a ticket. He said he grew up in
Galveston, Texas, where cars were towed or a boot was
used to lock the wheel and prevent the car from moving
until the fine was paid. And the parking fines were a lot
more than the $30 that Anna Maria charges, he said.
Charge a hefty parking fine or tow vehicles and see how
fast the problem is solved, he suggested.
"But Dale is right. We first need a concept. We have
to deal with tourism. No matter what we do, we are going
to rub someone the wrong way," Aubry said.
Woodland said the daytripper issue has only surfaced
in the past few years as Manatee County and surround-
ing areas have grown significantly in popularity. This is
the first year, he said, he's observed a real problem with
people parking in private driveways.
The solution won't be difficult, Woodland said, but
getting there will be the difficulty. There will be criticism
from many on the mainland if the city institutes a form
of paid parking, he said.
Webb said Anna Maria doesn't have to accept what
everybody else thinks or wants the city to do. "It's our
city. It's stated in our comp plan we are a residential city.
We have a duty to protect our city, despite what others
Webb said some form of paid parking seems to be
the only solution for the problem.
But he agreed to set goals and objectives first. He
suggested that from commission discussion, the goals
be to generate revenue, control where people park and
not over-use the city's resources. The objective of the
solution is to preserve Anna Maria's way of life. Commis-
sioners agreed with Webb's basic goals and objective.
SueLynn will have staff study various options and
bring them to the commission for discussion. At that
time, commissioners can agree to meet weekly to find a
solution, Webb said. He advised commissioners and the
attendees at the meeting that the solution will not be easy
and there will always be someone who complains. The
commission just has to "bite the bullet," he said.
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TDC pledges more communication on spending plans
By Mark Young
With demands rising from island officials to stem the
flow of tourists, Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione addressed
Holmes Beach commissioners July 23.
Falcione provided a breakdown of the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council's $6.4 million
budget that is raised from the 5 percent bed tax, for which
island cities contribute about 60 percent.
Almost half of the TDC budget is earmarked for
advertising and promotion, and Falcione said about
one-third of the $3.1 million marketing budget covers
overhead expenses, leaving $2.1 million for direct adver-
Falcione's primary message to commissioners was
there's a misconception about TDC spending.
"The TDC is an advisory board to the county com-
mission," said Falcione. "A lot of the time the media or
residents think that once the TDC approves something,
it's a done deal. I have a team of marketing people that
develops a marketing plan for the county. Then we bring
that plan to the TDC for recommendation to send to the
Other TDC expenditures include more than $800,000
for administration, $400,000 for maintenance for the
Pittsburgh Pirates spring training facility and $500,000 in
debt reduction for the $6.5 million convention center.
More than $737,000 is earmarked for beach renour-
ishment projects and $600,000 is reserved for tourism-
Falcione said Manatee County and particularly
Anna Maria Island has a strong brand of "Real Authen-
tic Florida," which sets the county apart from the rest of
"We have visitors stay an average of 7.2 days, which
is the longest average stay in the state," said Falcione.
"If that changes, we will have a problem with our brand
being like everybody else."
Falcione said an additional $80,000 will be spent
over the next two years for personnel to help the island
keep its beaches clean.
g My one caution is when we
read headlines that AMI
residents are tired of visitors,
our marketers cringe.
Elliott Falcione, executive
director of the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors
Commissioner David Zaccagnino questioned the $6.4
million in bed tax revenue, asking if the budget reflects
Falcione said he is given a budget to work with
and didn't want to guess what the actual revenues were,
saying, "I can tell you we are on a vertical trajectory from
the past year."
Falcione said if revenues exceed the budget, then the
excess money is placed into a TDC reserve fund.
Zaccagnino noted that Holmes Beach would likely
qualify for tourism-related projects under the state statute.
He pointed to beach accesses and parks as examples, but
also said he would like to see the TDC take more interest
in Bradenton Beach's Historic Bridge Street Pier and the
Anna Maria City Pier.
Zaccagnino said the two other island cities are having
issues with the piers and they are obviously attractions.
Mayor Carmel Monti agreed that Holmes Beach
needs to approach the TDC with specific projects, but
wants the focus of the TDC to be more about "enhancing
the experience of people who are already coming here,
rather than getting new customers here."
Monti said it's more important to keep residents here
and longtime visitors coming back to the island. He said a
growing number of comments are related to "people who
aren't happy because things are changing too fast. We
want to balance what's good for the citizens and what's
good for the tourists."
A lot of recent discussion on easing island congestion
has focused on so-called "daytrippers," or those who visit
the beaches from the mainland and surrounding areas.
Falcione acknowledged that managing daytrippers
can be difficult, but cautioned commissioners against
"The key is more communication," he said. "We all
agree there needs to be balance. My one caution is when
we read headlines that AMI residents are tired of visitors,
our marketers cringe. We don't want to hide from the
media, but be careful what we say publicly."
Commissioner Marvin Grossman said there is no
hiding from how tourists are impacting island infra-
"I know you don't like to hear we have too many
tourists, but that's the reality," said Grossman. "It's the
elephant in the room. We need advertising letting new
tourists know that people live here, too."
Grossman said many tourists don't care about island
residents because he hears them say, "I paid $7,000 for
this room and I can do anm ingfl I want."
He said Falcione should return to the TDC with a
"People are upset," said Grossman. "If you don't help
in the next few years, there will only be more anger."
Commissioner Judy Titsworth said the TDC brand
of authentic Florida is being lost and it's becoming more
of a marketing gimmick "to trick people into thinking it
still is old Florida."
Titsworth called for the TDC to reduce spending
on advertising, but Falcione said to be careful with
"You have to be very careful in how you play
around with the marketing system," said Falcione. "We
are competing against counties with a lot more spending
power. If we cut back too much, we could lose market
Falcione said more emphasis should be placed on
managing daytrippers and the focus should not be reduc-
ing a population with an average income of more than
$100,000 a year.
He said the high-end clientele being drawn by the
TDC are vacationers spending money.
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will host a benefit to raise money to pay medical bills
for a 12-year-old boy injured while vacationing in Colo-
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. Thursday, 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
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5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:21 p.m. Official sunset time.
Thursday, Aug. 1
2 p.m. Knitting club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5-8 p.m. Benefit for Joey Thiel, Back Alley, 108 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1800.
8:20 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, Aug. 2
8:19 p.m. Official sunset time.
Saturday, Aug. 3
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.
5-10 p.m. Barbecue Beer Bluegrass Festival, Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach. Information: www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.
8:19 p.m. Official sunset time.
Sunday, Aug. 4
8:18 p.m. Official sunset time.
Monday, Aug. 5
8:17 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
8:16 p.m. Official sunset time.
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Art league hosts
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host Chris-
tine Galanopoulos teaching a children's photography
class, "Learning to see through the Lenses," Aug. 5-8.
The class will meet 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the AMIAL
studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Students will learn composition, design, lighting,
black-and-white film processing and printmaking.
On the final day, students will shoot digital photo-
Enrollment costs $45.
AMIAL also will host Marie Garafano teaching a
children's art class, "Nature's Treasures," Aug. 5-9 at
Enrollment is $65 and children will learn about the
work of painter Georgia O'Keefe, discuss "learning to
see" and study the design, shape, color and texture.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
Wednesday, Aug. 7
6 p.m. Mana-Tweens Book Club meeting for youth ages
8-12, with registration required.
8:16 p.m.- Official sunset time.
Saturday, Aug. 3
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Manatee Seminole Club barbecue, Robinson
Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
5:30 p.m. Manatee Players inaugural Crystal gala, Manatee
Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders regular season base-
ball, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
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:
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.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., sunset drum circle, Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
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 Conm-
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Bridge Street hosts
The Bridge Street Merchants will present a Barbecue
Beer Bluegrass Festival Saturday, Aug. 3.
The festival will take place 5-10 p.m. on Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach.
Stumble Creek Station is scheduled to perform. The
band's Facebook page describes the members as "some of
the area's best pickers who have come together to create
Holmes Beach resident Lynne Orlando measures her
9-year-old son Cole Pearson's hair. By Thanksgiving
they hope it will be 8 inches long, when the plan to cut
and donate Cole's hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths,
a free wig supplier for the American Cancer Society.
Cancer patients and children with alopecia benefit. The
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-grader wants
to contribute because his mother has two friends who
fought breast cancer. Islander Photo: Carol Brenneman
AGAMI ushers in
The Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, ushers in "Stormy Weather" in August.
The gallery, operated by the Artists' Guild of Anna
Maria Island, is inviting people to "come see how tal-
ented artists can turn annoying weather into a desirable
For more information, call 941-778-6694.
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15
p.m. 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-
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
Aug. 19, Manatee public school starts.
Aug. 20, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Small
Station will per-
form at a blue-
grass festival on
l Bridge Street in
Saturday, Aug. 3.
their own energetic, jammy bluegrass."
Organizers are encouraging festivalgoers to ride the
island trolley to and from Bridge Street due to limited
parking and to encourage green activity.
For more information, go to www.bridgestreetmer-
chants.com or e-mail Melissa Enders at melissaenders76@
Scallopalooza set for Aug. 3
The third annual Scallopalooza benefit will take place
Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John
Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
The event, which begins at 6 p.m., features cocktails,
dinner, entertainment and an auction.
Proceeds benefit Sarasota Bay Watch, which is work-
ing to bring back the scallop population in Sarasota Bay.
The nonprofit has launched a 10-year restoration program
to raise scallops, develop hatcheries and release scallop
larvae onto local seagrass beds.
Tickets to the "coastal casual" gala are $85 per
person. Reservations are requested.
For more information, call Ronda Ryan at 941-232-
Manatee Players host
The Manatee Players will hold a gala celebration to
benefit the theater group's capital campaign at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3.
The benefit will take place at the Manatee Performing
Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Plans include a cocktail reception, an open bar, enter-
tainment, dinner prepared by Pier 22, silent and live auc-
tions and dancing. Tickets are $175 per person.
For more, call the box office at 941-748-5875.
Cancer society raising money
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Net-
work will hold its Hope ceremony in Washington, D.C.,
Tuesday, Sept. 10.
In advance of the ceremony, island ACS advocates
are selling luminaria bags for the events encouraging
people to donate $10 to have a bag lighted and left at the
reflecting pool on the National Mall.
Islanders can decorate bags for the event weekdays
at Creations by L, 5500 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-
799-2181 or 941-518-4431.
Business Development Expo.
Save the date
Sept. 2 is Labor Day.
Sept. 23, Chamber golf tournament.
Oct. 18-19, Bayfest.
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include the time, date and location of the event, a description and
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Roser Memorial Community Church announces 'transitional pastors'
The Rev. Gary Batey, who retired from his position
as senior pastor June 30, and the Rev. Sung Lee, new to
Roser, will serve as transitional pastors at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
A release said the two men "will work together, shar-
ing the preaching, teaching and pastoral care for the com-
Lee, who grew up in the Tampa Bay area, has served
as a pastor and ministry leader for more than 20 years.
He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and
Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
The church news release said "Sung's passion has
always been proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ
to the world and equipping others to share their faith and
love of God."
Goodwill kicks off
summer food drive
Goodwill Manasota will hold its summer food
drive Aug. 4-10 to benefit the Food Bank of Manasota
and All Faiths Food Bank.
Donations of non-perishable food items to any
Goodwill location in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and
DeSoto counties, including the donation center at
3614 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
"Donations to food banks typically slow down
in the summer months, despite the increased need
tied to school vacation," Bob Rosinsky, president &
CEO of Goodwill Manasota, said in a news release.
"These two local food companies are committed to
our neighbors, and we will do whatever we can to
help support them. Together, we can make a differ-
ence to reduce hunger in our community."
The Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food
Bank serve about 150,000 people each week, accord-
ing to the news release.
"Our 15-year partnership with Goodwill is
invaluable to us," stated Sandra Frank, CEO of All
Faiths Food Bank. "Last year alone, they helped
collect close to 40,000 pounds of food, allowing us
to provide more than 33,000 meals to Sarasota and
DeSoto county residents in need."
Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Food Bank of Mana-
tee added, "We are so fortunate to have great partners,
like Goodwill Manasota, who continue to find ways
to assist the Manatee and Sarasota communities in
our mission to prevent hunger. Many families and
children are counting on us to help them get through
the summer, and we cannot let them down."
For more information, go online to www.experi-
Lee also is described as a teacher, song leader and
pop-culture junkie who "loves movies, music, surfing
the Web and watching different shows on television."
Lee's family includes wife Hope, the pastor at Kirk-
The Rev. Sung Lee is a new pastor at Roser Memorial
Community Church. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Local Seminoles are getting ready for the 2013 football
season. Islander Courtesy Image
The Manatee Seminole Club will welcome college
freshman and their parents into the FSU family with a
barbecue 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.
The event will take place in Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. NW, Bradenton.
The club announcement said FSU graduates and sup-
porters also are welcome to the event, which will serve
as a fall kick-off for the football season.
The club also will announce scholarship winners.
The barbecue is $6 per person.
Reservations are requested by Wednesday, July 31.
For more information, contact Donnie Melendy at
cmr7085@yahoo or 941-504-4853.
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10 months, and son Peter, 4.
Sung will join Roser Aug. 1.
The community is invited to the church's worship
service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, which will be followed
with a coffee and cookie reception that is open to the
For more information, call the church office at 941-
Local Gator jans are holding a football kick-off party
Saturday, Aug. 24. Islander Courtesy Image
Gators club plans fundraiser
The Manatee County Gator Club will hold its annual
kick-off party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at IMG Acad-
emies Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador
Gator fans will gather to celebrate the start of the
football season and raise money for scholarships. The
party will include casino games, a buffet, raffles and auc-
Tickets cost $50 for members, $60 for non-mem-
For more information about the club, football season
or the party, call Nicole Plummer at 941-201-9408 or go
online to www.manateegatorclub.com.
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Moose facelift adds beachy look to lodge
By Carol Brenneman
Folks aren't always satisfied with facelift results, but
many members of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge
No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, have said
the lodge's new look is reason to be proud.
Most of the lodge's exterior served as a canvas for
Holmes Beach artist Cheeta Chad Ruis, who transformed
the building's exterior with lively, beachy murals.
"It took me about 120 hours from December through
May to complete this project, and it's the largest building
mural on the island," Ruis said, pointing to the colorful
lodge, where more than 4,000 men and 3,000 chapter
women are members.
A Moose himself, Ruis is a self-taught artist with
30 years experience. He is known for his canvas work
in acrylics, although, for this project, he used about 100
cans of spray paint. Small details, such as fish, he hand-
painted with a brush.
"Our board of officers requested a moose on a surf-
board for the front of the building," Ron Luckerman,
lodge governor said, and "Cheeta came up with the actual
"I've seen many people posing for photos with the
painted male and female moose lounging in swimsuits
on the side of the building," he added.
The exterior of the lodge is not the first outdoor mural
Ruis has painted on Anna Maria Island, where notably
he added his graffiti-style work to the facility building at
the Holmes Beach skatepark.
He also has professional ties as far away as Hawaii
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tors stop to take photos at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S.,
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professional backgrounds, all contributing to the Moose
charitable causes both locally and nationally.
The building's artistic facelift is just the beginning
of improvements at the island Moose Lodge, winner in
2012-13 of the Lodge of the Year, Chapter of the Year,
Premier Lodge Award and the Governor's Award of
The lodge has distinguished itself nationally with
three Shining Star Awards for 2012-13 and is No. 1
worldwide in membership.
"In the near future we plan to renovate the large room
and move the bar so it overlooks our beautiful view,"
A mural of a pathway leading to the Gulf of Mexico
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Nicholas is a colorful addition to the interior of the
Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach.
Holmes Beach artist Cheeta Chad Ruis is pleased with
the outcome of one of his largest projects, the surfing
moose exterior mural at the Anna Maria Island Moose
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Sea turtles challenged by increased human interaction
By Mark Young
There has been much discussion by city officials
across the island in addressing what some have called
"a new kind of tourist."
The discussion is typically focused on parking, excess
trash and noise issues, but now problems are arising with
wildlife especially in the midst of sea turtle nesting
Two major issues have been reported this year,
including an Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shore-
bird Monitoring volunteer report on a harassment issue
with a nesting turtle.
At the July 27 annual AMITW volunteer banquet
at Cross Pointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, a volunteer reported witnessing a group of people
gathering around a sea turtle attempting to nest.
The people made physical contact with the sea turtle
and used flash photography, ultimately disrupting the
adult female, and she turned and headed back to the Gulf
of Mexico without finalizing her nesting effort.
The volunteer in Section 3, which runs south from
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria to 66th Street in Holmes
Beach, said night activity on the beaches is more intense
than he has ever seen.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox reported
another incident where some hatchlings from an emerg-
ing nest were crushed by a group of tourists on the beach
"I think we are educating people a lot, but I also
think the island is getting more of the kind of tourists who
think they just came to Disney land," said Fox. "This isn't
Disney. This is nature here."
Fox said a group of about 40 people were running
back and forth between two nests hatching at the same
time and the result was not pretty.
'They were using flash photography right in the faces
of the hatchlings and running back and forth between
the two nests and several hatchlings were stepped on,"
she said. "It was the worst nightmare of my more than
AMITW is one of the last protection groups in the
state to continue recording nest due dates on the stakes
that mark the nests.
Given recent activity on the beaches at night, that
long-standing tradition has come to its end.
AMITW will no longer mark the nests with a due
date and will remove the information from its website
and social media.
"We can no longer give the gift of letting people
know," said Fox.
Fox said there may be some evidence of this new
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challenge in this year's numbers. While it has been a
very successful nesting season with 319 nests as of July
26, the number of false crawls in certain sections may
be an indication that sea turtle-human interaction may be
"When you look at the overall number of false crawls
you'll notice a spike, but it's not enough to get nervous
about until you break it down into sections," said Fox.
"Then it gets unnerving."
Fox said there appears to be more false crawls than
usual in specific sections of the island's 7-mile long habi-
tat, and it may not be a coincidence that these sections are
also feeling the impact of an increased human presence
"It's sad to say that we have a lot more people on the
island and it's not the normal group of people," said Fox.
"People are out at night more than ever."
Fox said she intends to address these new issues with
the state, as well as local law enforcement because it is
a felony to disturb a sea turtle nest or to harass a nesting
Educational information and efforts have made a big
difference in recent years, but Fox said that effort will
need to increase to stem the recent problems.
While concerns have been raised this year, the overall
outlook on Anna Maria Island sea turtle nesting remains
positive with 663 sea turtle appearances thus far with tur-
tles either nesting or leaving evidence of false crawls.
AMITW continues to garner state recognition for its
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"The success of AMITW is surrounding myself with
the best people in the world," said Fox. "That's what I
have in this room today."
In other matters, AMITW was bracing for the pos-
sibility of relocating dozens of nests due to a scheduled
beach renourishment in late August or early September.
Fox said renourishment has been pushed back to
October, so relocation efforts may not be necessary as
sea turtle season begins a slow transition from nesting
mothers to hatchlings.
Fox also said AMITW was awarded $4,500 to create
an activity book and that two local authors have partnered
to create the book, which is expected to be in print by the
end of the year.
While the sea turtles are enjoying another successful
year, shorebirds were not as fortunate.
Fox said the island is typically host to about a half
dozen nesting pairs of snowy plovers, but only two were
spotted this year.
Both pairs were unsuccessful in their nesting attempts
due to predation by crows, which have also been attack-
ing sea turtle nests.
Fox said a few sea turtle nests had to be screened
after crows were seen dip,,Iiin_ into the nests.
"I called the state and was told that nowhere in Flor-
ida do they have crows getting into sea turtle nests," said
Fox. "So that is something else we will be addressing."
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The island's black skimmer popul.iioii alo I.n.n I
fare well this season. Typically home to 21 i-'i i I' n 't11'1
skimmers, a large nesting colony appea ..I oin Ilk htat li
before a series of storms struck the island .md l.tk'io.\ tt.I
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island for Fort Desoto, but Longboat K.\ iptlitid .1n11
additional 200 nesting black skimnmei' in thllii t oloi
and Fox said it appears the Anna Maim I Iantid .iol>n\
may have gone south.
As AMITW continues to strengthitn it,' 'hiiil.bild
monitoring capabilities, Fox said she wiLuld .I k. lto c.c.
AMITW volunteers become member,' >llith. k ii.imltt.
County Audubon Society.
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nator, said the partnership between the gio 11) li, |' it>1\ %.I
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thanks of Manatee Audubon for the tulli. 1 1t ii h'.li
Hanny. "You are the eyes on the beach .\ .\ N.l\ You
being out on the beach every day and t.. n.' Illt. tlinii'.
you do, helps us. The partnership is a tit. 1 ,itiotul' lini'i
and we can do great things on Anna M.n I Ianti.id
AMITW is expected to be recognize.td I'\ tli. tlti. iIn
February as being the only volunteer group thliat .ddit li
both sea turtles and shorebirds.
AMITW has enjoyed back-to-back 'uttt-I .I ul IIt-
ing seasons with more than double the yearly average for
Conservation and education play a big part in that,
but with recent tourism issues and other factors, more can
A lot of effort has gone into lighting issues. Artificial
lights can create disorientation events because hatchlings
and nesting mothers use the glow of the stars and moon
off the water to find their way back to the Gulf.
Lighting issues on the island have improved, but the
city of Holmes Beach lighting ordinance was recently
evaluated and it scored very low.
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Mainsail Lodge-Holmes Beach mediation to move forward
By Mark Young
Holmes Beach commissioners July 23 agreed to
move forward with mediating the Mainsail development
project near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives.
However, after an encouraging first round of negotiations
June 21, doubts were renewed if mediation would be
Commissioners voted 3-2 in March to revoke the
Mainsail site plan, which launched Mainsail attorney
Robert Lincoln into action, prompting a petition for relief
from the city in April.
That action spurred the mediation process, which
began in June and was scheduled to continue in July,
but commissioners were unable to provide guidance to
the city's mediation representatives when an updated site
plan was not presented.
Mainsail representatives presented the updated plans
July 23 based on the June mediation where concessions
to the original plans for a lodge, restaurant, marina and
housing units were made.
Mainsail designer Brian Check said he feels the city's
concerns were addressed.
The revised site plan lowers the building closest to
the adjacent neighborhood, removes Building A from the
project and reduces the number of units from about 40 to
35, thus eliminating the need for off-site parking.
Improved landscaping is being considered to better
buffer the property and adjacent residential neighbors,
while Building D was pulled farther from the shared
property line on Sunrise Lane.
In exchange for eliminating Building A and reducing
Building D, the site plan adds housing units to the lodge,
which concerned commissioners.
"To summarize, we are trying to hold 35-37 units,"
said Check. "However, some of the units are single bed-
room, so our bed count has been reduced."
Check said by reducing the bed count, it would
reduce the number of people able to stay at the resort,
essentially addressing another concern of increased con-
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Mainsail also is increasing parking under the build-
ings. Check said the revised parking plan would increase
parking to 97 spaces, ensuring ample parking beyond the
required 74 spaces.
One of the sticking points in moving forward has
been the use of Sunrise Lane. Lincoln said Mainsail will
work with the property owners but, in the end, he said it
didn't need to because Mainsail owns 20 feet of the road,
which was enough to use as an emergency access.
Commissioners Marvin Grossman and Judy Tits-
worth, who along with Commissioner Pat Morton voted
to revoke the site plan, insisted the mediation process
include more effort to appease Sunrise Lane residents.
Grossman also wanted assurance that Mainsail would
help defend the city from lawsuits from Sunrise Lane
residents if the project moves forward. Titsworth resides
on Sunshine Lane.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said it was clear from
letters to the city that "there is a substantial likelihood
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city with an emergency access easement, that will suffice
for the city."
Petruff said discussions with Lincoln are ongoing
in regards to Mainsail assisting the city in defense of a
Mainsail president Joe Collier maintains it is time to
"In theory, I'd like to get to the point where we can
stop with lawyers and start spending money on construc-
tion," he said.
Can mediation work?
The tone changed quickly during commissioner dis-
cussion. Titsworth said she wants a lot more from Main-
sail before she changes her mind.
"I do want a lot more," she said. "I guess my bi*._'I,.t
issue is we did the right thing. We did play by the rules by
voting to revoke. Abandonment was enough to revoke. I
just feel we were right in what we did."
Titsworth said the project still encroaches on set-
backs and "now you are going to ask for a height variance
for the lodge to accommodate parking. If we are going to
another round of mediation, I want to see more."
Titsworth said she has felt bullied, in particular over
the Sunrise Lane issue.
"It wasn't a friendly, neighborly thing to do," she
Titsworth said she wants the project to succeed, but
feels the city has a lot more room to stand its ground
compared to Mainsail.
"The fact that we are even mediating is a big conces-
sion on the city's part," she said. "I still think we can get
a lot more."
Commission Chair Jean Peelen asked Titsworth to
be more specific, as the discussion was geared toward
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Anna Maria says yes to liquor, no to lifeguards
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at their July 25 meet-
ing adopted an amendment to the city's liquor ordinance,
allowing restaurants that meet certain criteria to apply for
a special use permit to serve liquor and mixed drinks.
The city's present ordinance approved in 1987
restricts the serving of alcoholic beverages at establish-
ments less than 2,500 feet from a church or other estab-
lishments serving alcohol. That ordinance grandfathered
existing establishments and numerous exceptions have
been granted in the interim.
Under the amended ordinance, a restaurant must first
have had a beer and wine license for five years and be
in "good standing" with the city. The restaurant owner
must also obtain a liquor license from the state of Florida
before applying to the city for a special use permit.
Additionally, the commission can issue the permit
with conditions particular to the establishment.
The state regulates issuance of beer, wine and liquor
licenses, and the number of licenses for full liquor sales
is limited in each county by a population quota. Those
licenses are presently selling for $160,000-plus in Mana-
Other city conditions include the hours liquor and
mixed drinks can only be sold, which will be 10 a.m.-10
p.m. Under a beer and wine license, sales are allowed
7:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.
There also is a fee for the city's special use permit.
Commissioner Nancy Yetter asked about inspecting
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specifics for negotiations.
Titsworth and Grossman said Building B needs to be
moved farther off the narrow spit of land that juts into the
Commissioner Pat Morton called the whole process a
"shell game. I would like to see them get in and develop
something, but personally think we should uphold our
decision and bring back a new site plan."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who along with
Peelen supports continuing to work with Mainsail said
negotiations are supposed to be a shell game.
"I think Mainsail has done an outstanding job
and made significant modifications," said Zaccagnino.
"They changed Buildings B, C and D and Building A is
Zaccagnino said mediation isn't easy. It can't be one-
sided, with the city making all the demands and giving
nothing in return.
"It's about compromise," he said. "Not everybody
is going to be happy with everything. At some point,
Mainsail is going to make a business decision and decide
to pull out of this altogether and sell the property for a
Zaccagnino said if that happens, the city could lose
all control in deciding what is developed on the prop-
Mayor Carmel Monti expressed discouragement over
"I guess I thought we decided as a group to go for-
ward and negotiate in good faith," said Monti. "I think
that's what we've done and we came up with some good
compromises. This has happened before in the first nego-
tiations. I feel we are back to the same thing in not giving
a restaurant's books to ensure a minimum of 60 percent
of revenue is derived from food sales. Such a provision
is in the amendment, Commission Chair Chuck Webb
said, and the city will audit the restaurant.
Webb proposed several new changes to the amend-
ment, but city attorney Jim Dye was not in attendance to
provide legal opinions.
The amendment passed 3-2, with Webb and Yetter
The commission also agreed it does not have suffi-
cient funds to pay and station lifeguards along the beaches
in the city.
The 'l.'. 'liOin for lifeguards came after a 14-year-
old boy from Winter Haven was caught in a strong current
along the beach and died earlier this month.
Webb noted the city has signs posted at beach
accesses advising people of possible rip currents and the
risk of swimming without lifeguards.
Webb suggested the mayor have Sgt. Paul Davis,
head of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria
substation, look into the feasibility and cost of a flag at
the city entrance denoting beach conditions, much like
the flag posted at the Manatee Public Beach lifeguard
station in Holmes Beach.
Flag colors signal various water conditions for swim-
mers. A red flag indicates hazardous conditions, while a
green flag means no adverse water conditions exist. A
yellow flag is a caution. The display of two flags, red
with a black square, signals a hurricane is coming.
Commissioners continued talks on an ordinance that
them a fair shake."
Monti said Mainsail addressed every concern raised
"We are kind of beating a dead horse at this point,"
he said. "We made some decisions to delegate and now
we are going backward and saying we want more. I don't
think we are being as fair to them as they are being fair
Monti said the appropriate thing to do was to return
Titsworth said Mainsail needs to follow city codes
"That's all I'm asking for," she said. "I don't see
them budging because I've been b .,',I iin *- and pleading.
But we are a team and if we want to continue mediation,
you need to let me know what you want. But mediation
can only work if it is going forward."
Grossman indicated Mainsail does not have the
standing in negotiations that Lincoln implied during the
Grossman also said he does not feel Mainsail's enti-
tlements are valid and that special exceptions should only
be issued when they are beneficial to the city.
"To come and argue that we owe these entitlements
to you doesn't ring true to me," said Grossman. "So
essentially, I don't think you really have these entitle-
However, while Titsworth and Morton appeared to be
unwilling to budge, Grossman said he was willing to see
more from Mainsail. Then he drew a line in the sand.
"One of the things I'm concerned about is the neigh-
bors," said Grossman. "I don't want to litigate with them.
Since I don't believe you have entitlements, I would
would require existing ground-level homes to have at
least one covered or garage parking space.
Building official Bob Welch suggested pre-firm
homes -those built before Jan. 1, 1975 be exempt
from the ordinance.
Homes built after adoption of the ordinance would be
required to have designated parking for each bedroom.
Welch said the ordinance is in response to the prac-
tice of buyers tearing down older residences to avoid
meeting new parking requirements.
Commissioners continued the hearing to 6 p.m. Aug.
In other matters, commissioners held the first reading
of an ordinance allowing permeable materials to be used
for sidewalks and pedestrian pathways.
Commissioner Doug Copeland said he plans to meet
with biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission to do a survey of the flora and
fauna at Gulffront Park along Gulf Boulevard. After the
survey, the FWC will develop a master plan for the park
for commissioners to study.
"It's only going to be a recommendation, but it will
be designed to maintain the park in its natural state before
man arrived," Copeland said.
The biologists want to ensure gopher turtle habitats
are not disrupted by invasive plants in the park, he said.
The master plan also will, t,'L I.'L I how the city should
deal with non-native plant species such as Australian
pines and Brazilian pepper trees.
The next commission meeting is 6 p.m. Aug. 8.
rather litigate with you. I don't think you have the right
to push us."
Monti said the discussion was getting out of con-
"Let's go back to mediation like civilized negotia-
tors," he said. "I don't think pointing fingers is fruitful.
We aren't respecting the process right now."
Peelen agreed, saying as long as mediation continues,
the city still has a say.
"Once it hits the courts, it's out of our hands and I
don't want that," she said. "I never foresaw mediation as
Mainsail making a complete change. That's surrender, not
Peelen said she felt the first round of negotiations
went well for the city, but "I feel as though some things
I'm hearing tonight, I didn't hear at those negotia-
Monti asked building official Tom O'Brien for input,
who said all the problems were created by a poor plan-
ning review when the concept first came before the city
"But at this stage, you should limit your discussion to
conceptual issues and not get sidetracked on the details,"
he said. I don't think they are going to want to continue to
invest money in pursuing a design if they know it won't
be well received."
O'Brien said it was his opinion that Mainsail made
the concessions the city asked for during mediation and
to change compromise goals now "is pretty disingenu-
Petruff said she would contact the special magistrate
and attempt to reschedule mediation for some time in late
August or early September.
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Holmes Beach increase
By Mark Young
Increasing the cost of parking tickets is just one tool
Holmes Beach commissioners will soon discuss to help
alleviate what city officials are calling an overwhelming
During season and holiday weekends, residents have
complained at city meetings that their neighborhoods are
being used by visitors for overflow parking for the beach
and nearby restaurants.
Currently, a parking ticket in the city will run a viola-
tor $25, but some visitors see that as a reasonable expense
for all day island parking.
At a June city commission meeting, Holmes Beach
Police Chief Bill Tokajer suggested raising the parking
fine to $35, but immediate feedback was to raise the fine
Tokajer said July 24 that the commission would be
addressing a fine increase, and would then need to amend
the city's parking ordinance.
In the meantime, Tokajer has taken another step to
ease congestion on Manatee Avenue West leading into the
Manatee Public Beach area near the Gulf Drive intersec-
For some time, the city has posted signs that there is
no parking allowed on the north side of Manatee Avenue
due to limited space between the roadway and the side-
Tokajer received a consensus from commissioners
in June to implement a tow-away zone on the north side,
where parking is prohibited.
"The tow-away signs went in either July 19 or July
20," said Tokajer. "I told my guys not to enforce the
tow-away zone until they received an email from me
By Mark Young
A 31-year-old Bradenton woman working as a server
at the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach, was arrested at work July 20 for felony theft.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Dana
Powell had been working at the restaurant for six weeks
and somehow gained access to a manager's access card,
giving her the ability to void tickets.
The report states that Powell used
the card to void tickets of cash-paying
customers and then pocketed the cash
Bradenton Beach police say Powell
stole an estimated $3,000 over the
Powell course of her six-week employment.
as parking enforcement
clarifying that it was up and running."
Tokajer wanted to give the public every opportunity
to learn of the tow-away zone before implementing it,
but said it would activate sometime in the first week of
"I think it's important to first let people know we
are going to start towing from that area," he said. I \ ii
though it's a no-parking area, people are still parking
there and it's become a hazard to pedestrians and bicy-
Tokajer said vehicles park in the bike lane and on the
sidewalk, forcing bicyclists and pedestrians into Manatee
Avenue and potential disaster.
"It forces people into a state road and that's just
unsafe," he said.
Tokajer said towing companies are used by the city
on a rotating basis, so fees for people who have vehicles
towed may vary, "but will be significantly more than a
parking ticket, potentially running into the hundreds of
He said he would be contacting the towing compa-
nies before enforcing the tow-away zone to let them know
they soon will be needed.
In the meantime, motorists can park on the south side
of Manatee Avenue West, where Tokajer says there is
substantially more room to park vehicles without endan-
gering pedestrians or bicyclists.
The area often is used during peak times for overflow
parking by beachgoers.
"They are allowed to park on the south side because
there is enough of a grassy area and no sidewalks," said
Tokajer. "But the vehicle must be parked all the way off
the road. It cannot be in the roadway or bike lane or they
will be illegally parked and subject to a parking fine."
According to the report, the restaurant owner noticed
that Powell had voided several bills and reviewed the
restaurant's video cameras, at which time she observed
Powell taking cash from the drawer.
The video was turned over to police as evidence. The
manager's access card was allegedly found in Powell's
apron upon her arrest.
According to court records, Powell is currently on
bond in regards to a June arrest for dealing in stolen prop-
She was transported to the Manatee County jail,
but posted $1,500 bond the following day and was
Her arraignment is at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the
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Catherine Theresa Kiefer, 89, of Bradenton Beach,
died July 21. She was born June 15, 1924, in Baltimore
to the late George and Amanda (Grauer) Baummer.
Mrs. Kiefer moved to Florida in 1971 from Balti-
more. She was a member of Moose Lodge No. 2188 in
Bradenton Beach, and St. Bernard Catholic Church in
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Memorials donations may be made to TideWell Hospice
& Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview
Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences for the family may be
made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Mrs. Kiefer is survived by her sons; Paul and wife
Irene of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and John and wife Dolores
of Bradenton; brothers Leo and wife Lola Baummer of
Harrisburg, Penn., and Martin Baummer of Panama City,
Fla.; sister, Elizabeth Stoval of Baltimore; four grandchil-
dren, and four great-grandchildren.
Richard 'Dick' Edson Rowse Jr.
Richard "Dick" Edson Rowse Jr., 88, of Holmes
Beach and formerly of Grand Blanc, Mich., died July
26. He was born June 16, 1925, in Binghamton, N.Y. He
was wed to Ursula Adams June 14, 1947.
Mr. Rowse was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving
in World War II and the Korean War. He had a career for
more than 40 years in wholesale pharmaceuticals and
then sold real estate.
He was an active member of Flint Rotary Club, First
Presbyterian Church of Flint and Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church in Anna Maria. He was a member and
volunteer at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.
A services was held July 30 in Flint, Mich. Memorial
contributions may be made to Genesys Hospice or Roser
Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria
FL 34216. Online condolences may be made at www.
Mr. Rowse is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ursula;
children Janet R. and husband David Nyholm, Barbara
R. and husband Jim VanDam, Sally R. and husband Sam
Catanese and Richard E. III and wife Joni; grandchildren
Jennifer, David, Christopher, Emily, James, Sam, Sarah,
Joe, Richard IV, Tyler and Parker; great-grandchildren
Robert, Megan, Luke, Henry, Bela, Nelson, Cooper and
Gracie; sister Elizabeth Wilson; niece Elizabeth; and
Frank G. Theer
Frank G. Theer of Holmes Beach, formerly of Tren-
ton, N.J., died July 8.
Mr. Theer was a 30-year member of Local 89 Heat
and Frost Insulators.
A celebration of his life was held July 25 at Villa
Romanza in Hamilton, N.J.
Mr. Theer is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ann
Theer Kibler; grandsons David Burke Kibler V and Jack-
son Francis Kibler; son-in-law David Kibler IV; sisters
Florence Termyna, Betty Nowalinski, Dorothy Cacase
and Shirley Stephan; sister-in-law Rosemarie; and numer-
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July 12, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier,
Baker Act. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
was flagged by a man who said he lost his keys at the
city pier. The deputy helped the man search for his keys
while obtaining identification and checking for warrants.
A "be on the lookout" had been issued for the man by the
Holmes Beach Police Department in relation to concerns
for his welfare. The deputy conducted an interview and
determined the man was a threat to himself. The man
initially resisted before being taken to the hospital.
July 13,700 block of North Shore Drive, petit theft.
A complainant reported his trash was thrown in the road
and his trash bin was stolen.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
July 26,2600 block of Gulf Drive North, DWLS. A
Bradenton Beach police officer observed a man driving in
and out of his lane and followed the suspect to a parking
lot. When the officer approached the suspect, the driver
put his vehicle into reverse in an attempt to flee. The
officer drew his weapon and ordered the driver to stop,
at which time he complied, but reached into a duffel bag.
The officer then ordered the driver to show his hands. The
suspect was handcuffed and detained. A check revealed
his driver's license was revoked and he was listed as a
"career offender." He was arrested and transported to the
Manatee County jail.
July 19,2650 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, crimi-
nal mischief. A lifeguard reported someone broke the gate
at the bottom of the lifeguard stand. As he went upstairs,
he also observed that someone kicked in the wall of the
shower. Damages were estimated at $40.
July 16, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach Park.
A Manatee County Marine Rescue officer observed a
female driver run into three parking bollards at the bus
turnaround with her vehicle. Police responded and made
contact with Danielle Davis, 42, near Longboat Pass. She
was arrested for driving under the influence and leaving
THE ISLANDER U JULY 31, 2013E 21
DUI stop leads to arrest for felony child neglect
By Mark Young
A 47-year-old Bradenton man was arrested July 20
for felony child neglect without great harm and misde-
meanor driving under the influence.
The Holmes Beach Police Department received a
complaint that a man who appeared to be intoxicated was
the scene of an accident with property damage.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
July 19, 7900 block of Tamiami Trail, Bradenton,
solicitation of prostitution. A 58-year-old Cortez man was
arrested during an undercover prostitution sting. Accord-
ing to the report, the suspect approached the undercover
female deputy and asked for sex. The man agreed to the
price offered and was arrested.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
July 24, 9000 Manatee Ave. W., Kingfish Boat
Ramp, battery. A 19-year-old Bradenton man was arrested
on three misdemeanor charges. According to the prob-
able cause affidavit, the man and woman were arguing
aboard a boat while preparing to dock at the boat ramp.
Witnesses saw the man push the woman off the boat. A
witness at the ramp approached the man to ask if every-
thing was OK, at which time the suspect punched him
in the face. Police arrived and took the suspect into cus-
tody. While in the patrol car, he kicked the door, causing
damage. The man had to be removed from the vehicle
and leg restraints were placed on him. He was charged
with domestic battery, battery and criminal mischief.
July 20, 5200 block of Gulf Drive, no driver's
license. A Holmes Beach police officer stopped a 27-year-
old Bradenton man for driving 20 mph under the speed
limit and obstructing traffic. After initiating the traffic
stop, it was determined the driver did not have a valid
driver's license and he was arrested.
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/1 i, rf's Office.
getting into his vehicle with a child.
An HBPD officer initiated a traffic stop as the man
was attempting to leave a parking lot in the 3200 block
of East Bay Drive. Upon making contact with Keith Mar-
quis, the officer confirmed there was a small child in the
The officer also noted a strong smell of alcohol
coming from the driver, as well as two small bottles of
rum in the front seat. One bottle was empty.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy was called
to assist with the possible DUI. Upon
arriving, the deputy confirmed a strong
odor of alcohol and discovered several
more small bottles of rum in the vehicle
The driver was asked to exit his
Marquis vehicle and, according to the probable
cause affidavit, was unsteady on his
Marquis told the deputy he may appear to be intoxi-
cated due to medications he was taking for pain, but also
admitted to drinking "a little," according to the report.
The deputy conducted a field sobriety test and deter-
mined Marquis failed the test, at which time he was
placed under arrest for misdemeanor DUI and felony
Marquis was transported to the Manatee County jail
and held on $1,500. He posted bond and was released the
His arraignment will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at
the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave.
To report information on a felony crime, call
Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on island crime, call the
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By Rick Catlin
makes 'real' move
Florida Dreams Realty, formerly housed with Just
4 Fun at 5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, has moved
its real estate office to 2501 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Owners Joe and Petra Praetor said the move will help
distinguish the real estate business from their Just 4 Fun
store that remains at 5358 Gulf Drive, where they sell
and rent beach and water equipment. The two businesses
shared the storefront until Florida Dreams moved.
Florida Dreams Realty specializes in island real
estate and also handles rental properties.
Along with the Praetors, agents include Terri Staton,
Piroska Planck, Lisa Boyles and broker Tim Matt.
The Praetors will hold a grand opening and ribbon-
cutting for the new office 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, with
the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call 941-462-4016.
named to USF board
Wagner Realty president and owner
David Eckel has been appointed to the
board of directors for the University
of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee
Wagner has 10 branch offices in
Eckel Manatee County, including its original
office at 2217 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach, an office on Longboat Key and on Manatee
Avenue at 75th Street on the mainland.
Chamber events set
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly networking luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The cost of the event is $15 and reservations are
On Aug. 14, 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m., the chamber will host
Island Coffee Haus
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Coffee, tea, pastries,
desserts. And free WiFi.
and yogurt parfaits!
Joe and Petra Prae-
tor, left, relocated their
Florida Dreams Realty
from Holmes Beach to
2501 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, and
welcomed Terri Staton,
right, to their sales
staff. Islander Photo:
Tami Murphy, left, of
Fun 'n'Sun Boat Tours,
prepares for a cruise
around the bay with
Capt. /i ,a i, Baldwin
and first mate Susan
Udermann. The tours
depart from the
Historic Bridge Street
Pier in Bradenton
Beach. Islander Photo:
its monthly sunrise breakfast at the Feast Restaurant,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The breakfast is $8 and reservations are required.
Members are encouraged to bring guests to either
event. Potential members are also welcome.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
Dream job comes to fruition
For Tami Murphy, working for a boat manufacturer
in Illinois was an excellent job. But after several vaca-
tions on Anna Maria Island, she found herself falling in
love with the place, as many others have done.
She recently left the corporate world in Illinois to
open Fun' n' Sun Tours at the Bridge Street Historic Pier
with business partner Charles Ragle.
"I couldn't be happier. I saw an opportunity to open
a business here and let people see what I see every day.
I took the chance to live in this wonderful place, and we
get to tour the bay areas every day. My dream job came
true," she said.
Fun 'n' Sun offers three tours Tuesday-Sunday on
a 36-foot catamaran in areas where dolphins play, the
waters are clear and calm, and Murphy gives a talk on
the history of the island, the Cortez Bridge and other area
Evening cruises are available by reservation, Murphy
"I really enjoy the history of the area and letting our
guests know about the wooden bridge of the 1920s, the
first bridge from the mainland to the island. We also tour
the Cortez fishing village and give the history of that area.
Of course, dolphins are our No. 1 attraction and we see
them 99.99 percent of the time we cruise. That's the most
fun part of the cruise," Murphy said.
Murphy and the crew also offer passengers tips on
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"We're like an informal chamber of commerce,"
joked first mate Sue Udermann.
The catamaran is covered to protect guests from the
hot sun, although sun-lovers can head to the bow to catch
some rays, Murphy said.
Crew members include Sherman Baldwin, who has
25 years of experience as a boat captain in area waters,
and Randall Patterson and Paul Van Rwyn. Another mate
is Walter Mills.
For more information, call 941-465-8624.
Sandbar adds brunch, jazz
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria, is offering Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-1 p.m. that
includes jazz music featuring Koko Ray and the Lou
Brunch items include breakfast and lunch entrees,
including a variety of grouper preparations and eggs
Brunch lovers can either dine indoors or on the
For more information, call the restaurant at 941-778-
Slim's owners change
Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, was
sold recently to Ezio Piccione, Chris Smargisso and his
son P.J. Smargisso.
But the only change is in the ownership, not the good
food, friendly atmosphere and ambiance, the new owners
"We'll still have entertainment on Friday and Satur-
day nights," Chris Smargisso said, "and we're still open
for lunch and dinner."
CrossPointe site of
chamber -business expo
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will present the Small Business Development Expo in
August at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
The expo will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 20, with speakers offering advice on professional
development and business improvement and vendors
offering additional guidance and services.
Topics will include advertising and marketing,
website development and digital apps, social media
projects and health care.
Last year's expo was a sell-out and attendance was
better than expected for the first-time event. Interested
vendors should call the chamber ASAP, according to
organizer Terri Kinder, chamber administrator.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-
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Daily specials also are on the menu and outdoor
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For more information, call 941-567-4056.
New owners of Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, are Ezio Piccione, left, and (Cli, Smargisso.
Absent from the photo is co-owner P.J. Smargisso,
C(, i, Smargisso's son. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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Island real estate sales
8017 Marina Isles Lane, Holmes Beach, a vacant
105x119 bayfront lot was sold 07/09/13, Gryboski to
Martin for $600,000.
205 72nd St., Holmes beach, a 1,312 sfla /1,504 sfur
3bed 2bath pool home built in 1971 on a 61x105 lot was sold
07/0813, Walker to Kerns for $550,000; list $579,000.
5806 Gulf Drive, Unit 210, Waters Edge, Holmes
Beach, a 1,078 sfla / 1,260 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1975 was sold 07/11/13, Helbig to
Gulf Drive 210 LLC for $525,000; list $524,900.
238 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 2,202 sfla / 2,994 sfur
3bed 2bath home built in 1981 on a 102x105 lot was sold
07/09/13, Kring to Agnelli for $475,000; list $539,000.
1407 Gulf Drive S., Unit 201, Coquina Moorings,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,225 sfla / 1,521 sfur 3bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 07/11/13,
Moore to Bernsten for $420,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 264, Westbay Point & Moor-
ings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla 1,426 sfur 2bed 2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 07 10 13,
Carter to Perkins for $372,500; list $389,000.
6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 88, Westbay Point & Moor-
ings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla/ 1,377 sfur 2bed 2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 07/09/13,
Brumbaugh to Tenill for $370,000.
1000 Gulf Drive, Unit 1, Beach House Resort, Bra-
denton Beach, a 480 sfla 1bed bath Gulfront condo with
shared pool built in 1983 was sold 07 09 13, Frady to
Teblum for $320,000; list $350,000.
601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 112, Gulf Watch, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,282 sfla 1,380 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1984 was sold 07 09 13, Regions
Bank to Little for $210,000.
2401 Gulf Drive N., Unit 4, Sun Isle, Bradenton
Beach, a 667 sfla 2bed bathh condo built in 1950 was
sold 07 11/13, Thompson to Rocha for $179,500.
Transactions are compiled by Jesse Brisson, broker/
associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria. He can be
reached at 941-778-7244.
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Close games heat up summer football action at center field
By Kevin Cassidy
Five of the eight adult coed flag football games
played last week at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center in Anna Maria were decided by a touchdown or
less. Only one game, a 33-18 victory by Slim's Place
Broncos over Sato Real Estate Browns, saw a margin of
victory greater than two touchdowns.
Last week's schedule was packed into two nights, so
some teams made big moves up and down the standings.
Waterfront Restaurant Raiders lost two close games and
fell to the bottom of the standings on an 0-4 record. Sato
edged past them July 24 by a 39-32 score, while Beach
to Bay Construction Dolphins slipped past Waterfront
July 25 by a 45-42 score.
Seventh-place Jessie's Island Store Jaguars won its
first game of the season July 24 by defeating Slim's Place
Broncos 47-40, but got throttled 45-31 the following night
by undefeated Discount Signs & Wraps Seahawks. The
Seahawks defeated The Feast Falcons 31-20 July 24 and
stand alone in first place in the league, followed by the
3-1 Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants. The Feast, Beach to Bay
Construction, Sato Real Estate and Slim's Place all have
2-2 records and are tied for third place.
Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants earned a 29-28 victory
July 24 over Beach to Bay Construction in The Islander's
game of the week. Quarterback Ryan Moss completed 15
of 18 passes for 211 yards and four touchdown passes,
leading the Giants' offense while also contributing seven
flag pulls and two sacks on defense.
His favorite receiver was Brent Moss, who finished
with five catches for 72 yards, including a pair of touch-
downs and an extra point. Frank Agnelli added four
catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Jeff Walker
completed the scoring with an extra point and a 2-point
Josh Rio and Brent Moss had three flag pulls each
and Amy Moss finished with two flag pulls to contribute
to the Giants' defensive effort.
The Dolphins were led by Shawn Kaleta, who ran for
48 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, while also
adding two sacks and a safety on defense. Quarterback
Tim Shaughnessy threw for 146 yards and a touchdown,
plus-5 takes the
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while also catching two passes for 31 yards and a touch-
Mike Shaughnessy completed his four passes for 44
yards and a touchdown pass, while Mark Rudacille led
Dolphin receivers with 107 yards in four catches, includ-
ing a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. Rudacille and
Kaleta led the Dolphins with three flag pulls each, while
Brianna Shaughnessy added a pair of sacks in the loss.
Indoor soccer continues
Indoor soccer action continues to produce end-to-
end action for players and spectators in the center gym.
Games are played Monday, Wednesday and Friday eve-
nings throughout the summer.
The 8-10 division has LPAC firmly on top of the
standings with a 4-0-1 record. Beach Bistro is second
with a 1-1-2 record, followed by Air & Energy at 0-4-1.
Beach Bistro took on Air & Energy July 24 and came
away with a 5-1 victory behind four goals from Tyler
Brewer and one from Javier Rivera. Ozzy Lonzo notched
the lone goal for Air & Energy in the loss.
LPAC remained unbeaten and atop the standings with
a 1-0 victory over Air & Energy. David Daigle scored the
lone goal for LPAC in that victory.
The 11-13 division also is producing some exciting
games and the standings reflect that. Eat Here is currently
on top with a 3-0-1 record, but LPAC is right behind with
a 2-1-2 record. Island Dental Spa sits at 2-2-1, while Bark
& Co. Real Estate follows at 0-4-0.
The action got started July 22 when LPAC and Island
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Brooke Capparelli finished with a single.
Gavin Walker's three goals, two goals from Taylor
Pierce and a goal from Preston Walker paced LPAC in
The second game of the night saw Eat Here roll to
a 7-2 victory over Bark. Carter Reemelin's three goals
and a pair of goals from Javier Salgado paced Eat Here,
which also received a goal each from Conal Cassidy and
Zach Fernandes in the victory.
James Whyte and Stephen Whyte each scored a goal
to lead Bark & Co. in the loss.
Eat Here took on Island Dental Spa in the first game
July 24 and quickly found themselves in a 4-0 hole. A
goal from Carter Reemelin pulled them to within 4-2 as
the half came to a close, and they rallied in the second
half to earn an 8-5 victory behind four goals from Javier
Salgado. Carter Reemelin, Dunn Reemelin and Conal
Cassidy completed the Eat Here scoring in the victory,
while Zach Fernandes stood out in goal.
Luke Marvin and Shelby Morrow scored two goals
each to lead Island Dental Spa, which also received a
goal from Luke Greaves and strong play from goalie Joe
LPAC edged Bark & Co. 4-3 in the second game
of the evening. Gavin Walker scored four goals to lead
LPAC in the victory. Bark & Company received two goals
from James Whyte and a goal from Angelina Sculco in
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits
produced two outright champions last week. The team of
Sam Samuels and Bob Heiger were the only team with a
3-0 pool play record July 24, while Tim Sofran walked
his way to the only 3-0 record in July 27 action.
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-
Key Royale golf news
It was a busy week of golf at Key Royale Club in
Holmes Beach starting July 22 with a morning, nine-hole
low-net-of-partners match. Danny Hayes and Matt Behan
combined on a 4-under-par 60 to earn a one-shot victory
over Jim Dunne and John Perrio.
Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, mod-
ified-Stableford or quota points game. Quentin Talbert
carded a plus-5 to take first place, while the team of Gary
Duncan, Terry Schaefer and Dick Mills captured the team
title with a score of plus-5.
The women took the course July 23 for a shotgun start
individual-low-net match in flights. Meredith Slavin's
6-under-par 26 gave her a three-shot victory over Helen
Pollock in Flight A. Tootie Wagner's 2-under-par 30 put
her in third-place.
Liz Lang and Marty Clark both shot 1-under-par 31
to tie for first place in Flight B. Judy Hanson finished in
second at 2-over-par 34.
Janet Razze and Pollock had chipins on the day.
The men played 18 holes July 24 in an individual-
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Patience and determination pay off for area anglers
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Fishing around Anna Maria Island and nearby may
require a little patience and some adaptability. Being on
an opposite weather pattern of what we are accustomed
to this time of year can make fishing both challenging
and rewarding, once you get the bite.
With weather and waters varying from calm and
sunny one day to windy and choppy the next, getting into
a good fishing pattern is hard work. Don't get frustrated,
just be prepared to adapt to what's happening.
Reef fishing on calm days has been producing man-
grove snapper, flounder and gag grouper. All three spe-
cies are responding to hatch bait and small pinfish. The
flounder, from what I can tell, are especially fond of the
pinfish. While on the reefs, try chumming for Spanish
mackerel. Some days they're around and some days
they're not. When they are, a No. 4 long shank hook
with a small shiner will start your rod bending.
On the flats, redfish, trout and catch-and-release
snook are lurking in water depths of 3-5 feet. Try using
a popping cork, or a reasonable facsimile, when using
hatch bait. This aids in casting small baits as well as
indicating a strike. Remember, when using corks, be
patient, and let the fish eat the bait before you try to set
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the flats of Sarasota
Bay during morning incoming tides in search of redfish
and spotted seatrout. By using hatch bait under a pop-
ping cork, Girle is managing to put his clients on daily
limits of redfish, as well as a handful of keeper-size trout.
Catch-and-release snook are responding to hatch bait,
which is resulting in linesider catches up to 31 inches. To
Stephen Thomas of Anna Maria, a student at Univer-
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target any of these species, Girle is fishing in 3 to 5 feet
of water and, by finding sandy potholes on the vast flats
of Sarasota Bay, his clients are zoning in on the bite.
Moving offshore, Girle is targeting keeper-size man-
grove snapper and gag grouper. Shiners and pinfish are
the bait of choice. Girle is finding these fish in water
40 feet and deeper. While targeting gags and mangoes,
expect to catch some red grouper and a stray hogfish now
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish
mackerel are responding to small white jigs and spoons
during the sunrise tides. Pier fishers using hatch bait also
are getting in on the bite. While targeting macks at the
pier, expect to catch jack crevalle, ladyfish and blue run-
Once the mackerel bite calms down, switch tactics
and fish under the deck to target mangrove snapper, floun-
der and juvenile red and gag grouper. Add a little weight
to your rig with either a split shot or small egg sinker to
keep it on the bottom around the structure. Keeper-size
snapper and flounder are being caught, although make
sure you're carrying a ruler, as most of the fish being
caught are just at legal size.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing this past
week took a little determination and patience. Mangrove
snapper were dominating the bite, and keeper-size fish
were being caught on small shiners. While targeting snap-
per, you may hook into the occasional flounder. Spanish
mackerel also are being caught around the northernmost
pier, primarily during the early hours of sunrise. Small
white jigs or hatch bait will get you connected.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says the
main catch this week is mangrove snapper and flounder.
Most of the snapper are being caught on live shrimp,
while most of the flounder are being caught on shiners.
Spanish mackerel are being caught around nearshore
structure, as well as the local piers. Small white jigs or
Gotcha plugs are getting the bite.
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expect to encounter the usual trio of spotted seatrout, red-
fish and catch-and-release snook. Most of these catches
are occurring on hatch bait, although small pinfish also
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Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fish-
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cent waters for redfish and spotted seatrout. By baiting
small live shiners, Gross is putting his clients on spot-
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reds. While targeting reds and trout with popping corks,
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Girle is finding mangrove snapper and flounder are
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low-net match. Pieter Thomassen went low, carding
a 12-under-par 52 to earn a 13-shot victory over Carl
Voyles, whose 1-over-par 65 put him in second place.
The club members combined for a nine-hole, best-
two-balls-of-threesome match July 26 that saw the team
of Christina Mason, Terry Westby and Earl Huntzinger
combine on 1-under-par 63 and earn clubhouse bi"'iin'-
rights for the day.
AMICC indoor soccer schedule
Aug. 2 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Bowes Imaging
Aug. 5 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Bowes Imaging
July 31 6 p.m.
Aug. 2 7 p.m.
Air & Energy vs. Bistro
LPAC vs. Air & Energy
July 31 7p.m.
July 31 8p.m.
Aug. 5 7 p.m.
Aug. 5 8 p.m.
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AMICC adult volleyball schedule
Aug. 6 6:30 Bowes Imaging vs. Beach Bums
Aug. 6 7:30 Salon Salon vs. Southern Greens
Aug. 6 8:30 Southern Greens vs. Island Real
AMICC adult flag football schedule
July 31 6 p.m. Beach to Bay Construction vs. Jes-
July 31 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. The Feast
July 31 8 p.m. Slim's Place vs. Discount Signs
July 31 9 p.m. Sato Real Estate vs. Agnelli Pool
Aug. 1 6 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Discount Signs
Aug. 1 7 p.m. The Feast vs. Slim's Place
Beach time for mini-horses
Old Myakka resident Sally Browne along with her
miniature horses Sonny and Cher enjoys the beach
and a run in the water July 17 on the Palma Sola
Causeway. Browne says the small horses can cost as
much as $25,000 and sometimes are used as service
animals, assisting the visually impaired. Islander
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Aug. 1 8 p.m. Sato Real Estate vs. Beach to Bay
Aug. 1 9 p.m. Jessie's vs. Waterfront
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PRINTER: HP DESKJET D4260 compatible
With Vista, three ink cartridges $25. 941-761-
OAK BOOKCASE. 43x84x12-inch. $100. 941-
PET STROLLER: JEEP Rubicon, red, three-
wheel jogging stroller. $75. 941-730-2444.
HONDA OUTBOARD KEY switch two keys
with used wiring harness. New, $120. 239-
COMPUTER: DELL, Dual processors, refur-
bished, $70. 941-756-6728.
ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The
Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes
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 email@example.com, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
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,
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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.
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.
WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs, XBox, Wii units
with games for Ministry of Presence in Haiti.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers
and The Islander are collecting new or used,
repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle,
buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your
gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? www.islander.org.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Closed for the month
of August, but still accepting donations on
Wednesday, 9 -11 a.m. We will reopen Sept.
3. 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.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
3. Furniture, teak patio, wicker, kids stuff. 796
N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
LOST SMALL ZIPPERED brown purse, had
cell phone in it, possibly at dog park. Please,
call 941-778-3390 if found.
LOST: WEDDING RING. Platinum setting with
three emerald-cut diamonds. Reward. Please
return, means so much. 703-608-6871.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs and kit-
tens! are looking for new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
Turn the page for more boats and boating...
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1
Longboat Key FL 34228
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
77 1345 Hauling tree trimming
11 78-35Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED ISLAND REFERENCES
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
g , Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519
ING Bed: A bargain!
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY INC.
Primary Doors & Glass Inserts
Custom Prep/Cut Downs
Fiberglass, Aluminum, Steel, Vinyl
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PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long
memories, call 941-518-3868 or see boatflor-
DEEP-WATER DOUBLE boat slip, 85th Street,
Holmes Beach. $64,900. Call AMI Beaches
Real Estate, 941-567-5234.
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,
PART-TIME MAINTENANCE on weeknights:
Hours 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please
apply in person at Blue Water Beach Club,
6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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 available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood
development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sit-
ting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good
with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole,
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
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.
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-
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-
More ads = more readers in The Islander.
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-
JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic
cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise,
INTRODUCTORY OFFER! BUY one, get one
free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-
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. References. 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.
DON'T SWEAT T'lE SMALL STUFF
Need computer help? Chances R, I can help.
And if I don't have the answer, I know someone
who will. Start to finish hardware, software,
network setup and repair, printer help, continu-
ing support... Give me a call. If it's broke, I can
usually fix it. Cell phones, too.
FA-SIIIKSIOIutiO S business network / computer solutions
Socko Pearson, 941-799-1169, firstname.lastname@example.org
ISLAND REFERENCES AVAILABLE
"Movers Who Core"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.
The new Islander newspaper office is at
5604-B Marina Drive, across from
the library and next to Domino's Pizza.
JILA DE LA SII.S
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
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!
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.
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.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing
in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes.
Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-
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.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases
of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed,
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handy-
man, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack
of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-
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.
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.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michi-
gan builder, quality work guaranteed. Afford-
able, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-
RANDY'S PAINT AND Drywall: Carpentry,
screens and all your household maintenance.
WWW.ISLANDER.ORG: Useful tools and links,
fun stuff, and important info... Past Islander
photo contest winners.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
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778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holv,-:, i: *.'p'i Sat.
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet
from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental,
three-day minimum. Call for further informa-
tion, 863-660-3509 or email: mememersh@
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi,
tennis, boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call
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-
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL rental
2BR/1 BA. $875/week. www.gulfbeachrental.
net or 941-778-4731.
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month. Email email@example.com or call
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/
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $875/week. 941-778-
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-
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/
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL: Small 1BR apart-
ment, quiet building near pier, pool. No pets.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA single-fam-
ily home, one-car garage, on water, some
updates. Preferable no pets, Bradenton Beach.
$1,400/month, $500 deposit, available Aug. 1.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close to
the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No
WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you
curious as to how much your home could be
worth? Call us for a free professional consulta-
tion. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-
BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Block home,
2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning
fireplace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000.
Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Real-
tor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to sched-
ule your appointment.
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based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
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ination Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
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of children under 18. This newspaper will not
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Realty INC 3101 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH
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Your Listing REALTOR
LISTING ALL TYPES OF
PROPERTIES SINCE 1999
6101 Manna Dr, Holmes Beach 34217
941-3-47 800-771ciate, -6043
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---- ~_ This unit has it all:
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pool and spa, covered parking, storage and great
rental history. $749,000. Call Jesse Brisson for more
info @ 941.713.4755.
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ARTFUL THINKING By Tracy Bennett / Edited by Will Shortz
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9 Rendered speechless
15 Female lobsters
19 Every which way
20 Subject for a
22 Like Voldemort
23 Artist's favorite
26 Ablution, e.g.
27 Firefighter's need.
28 Summer Olympics
host after London
29 ___ vu
30 Food item a cook
32 Prescription pain
35 Nos. in a directory
37 Look for
38 Several. in Seville
40 Cool with what
others are doing
42 Go (for)
43 Christmas song line
from an artist?
47 Batman villain
51 What Mississippi
for a lot
52 How you might do
53 Cagney or Lace):
54 Daughter of James
55 Where there's Wi-Fi
57 Get ready to drive
60 Former six-term
61 More vang than yin:
62 Monetary bribes, in
64 What a star
65 N.R.A. piece?:
68 Artist's favorite
70 Revival meeting
71 ___ Zulu (warrior
72 Atlantean superhero
of DC Comics
73 ___ Field
75 Defrocked villain on
"Buffy the Vampire
76 Vista opener?
77 Roman of film
81 Michigan college
82 ___ generis
83 Part of an umpire's
86 Put in writing
87 Parts of an orrery
89 Artist's expression
for "Such is life"?
92 Faster purchase
93 Worth all the hype,
as a film
94 Snorkeling aids
99 Cuts some slack
103 "Zero Dark Thirty"
105 Castaway 's
107 Rough position?
108 Sedona maker
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112 How the expert
artist passed her
116 "The Cosby Show"
117 Last word in the
1I 18 Rain man?
121 River that "sweats
oil and tar" in T. S.
Eliot's "The Waste
122 Predoctoral tests,
I Tatooine race in the
"Star Wars" saga
2 What's big at the
3 Like old unrecyclable
4 Certain Jaguar
5 Pre-exam feeling,
6 Playground retort
7 South Korea's
8 Buffet cabinet
9 Key of Schubert's
13 Patchwork quilts
ha e lots of them
14 "Good point"
15 Artist's line of
16 "On This Night of a
17 Caponc's top
18 Wintry mix
24 Flawcd, as mdse.
25 Part) host's
34 What Morehouse
36 Before, poetically
38 Home of Kings Peak
39 Little muchacho
41 What the tipsy artist
had at the bar'?
42 Liz of "Garfield,"
44 Pay to cross town,
45 First chimp to orbit
46 Pay to cross town.
47 Pop icon?
48 "The Odd Couple"
53 Gauntlet thrower's
66 "Congress ___ make 88 Watchful ones?
no law ..."
67 Actress Hayek
69 Prefix with poise
74 Pain and suffering
77 "Gay" capital
78 Summer lawn sight
79 New Jersey's __
80 QB mistakes: Abbr.
82 Holy mlle.
84 Turn to bone
85 Apiarist's woe
89 Holy city of Iran
90 Access charge, of a
91 Debatable sighting
93 Words to live by
95 Blurts (out)
96 ___ yoga
97 Arabic name
98 J. Carrol t .., Oscar
I 00 Phycologist's
101 Some lemplegoers
102 Pro vote
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109 Discoveries of
II 3 Faster purchase
BAYFRONT! BEAUTIFUL LOCATION on the bay.
3BR/2BA unique and interesting layout. $799,000.
BIMINI BAY Water on both sides of this huge and unique
duplex with 2,742 sf under air. A must see! $910,000.
RUNAWAY BAY Recently updated 2BR/2BA condo
with great amenities and direct beach access. Asking
Norman 3 101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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32 0 JULY 31, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
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