AMI Chamber of
Commerce 2012 Medium
Business of the Year
bark back. Page 6
Holmes Beach commis-
sion drives permit-park-
ing concept. Page 4
The government calen-
dar. Page 4
The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
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Looking back. Page 7
BB commissioner offers
parking plan. Page 8
AM sets stage for court
challenge. Page 15
Island police blotter.
AM continues code
BB stormwater assess-
ments raise questions.
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tickets, chamber events.
Sea rtle number
as of Aug. 23:
356 turtle nests.
366 false crawls.
Th ~~tNews on Anna Maria Island Since 1992
Sea turtle shift: r
By Mark Young
About 80 sets of eyes belonging to Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Mon-
itoring volunteers maintain a sharp lookout in
the morning hours for signs of sea turtle activ-
ity but, this time of year, the focus shifts to
With AMITW inching closer to the record
2012 nesting season of 362 nests with more
than 355 recorded nests this year, signs of
female sea turtles making their way onto the
beaches to nest are still evident, although activ-
ity has dwindled.
AMITW has recorded a record high for
false crawls this year, but they also are becom-
ing scarcer, as the season transitions from nest-
ing to hatching.
Eyes trained to look for telltale tractor-tire
size flipper marks during the nesting season
now scan the sand for dozens of tiny 1- to
2-inch flipper marks, as nests are hatching and
hatchlings are sprinting to the Gulf of Mexico
AMITW volunteer Pat Peterfeso, who also
is Section 1 coordinator on the side of the city
of Anna Maria facing Tampa Bay, has expe-
rienced a baptism by fire of sorts in her two
years with the conservation group.
The yearly overall average nest count in
the past 15 years is about 115 but, in Peterfe-
so's two years, more than 700 nests have been
Anna Maria mayor: TDC
success ruins island lifestyle
By Rick Catlin
Not all Anna Maria Island elected officials
are pleased with the gi_'\ lth of tourism to the
island, particularly the increase in the number
of visitors who come to the island on week-
ends and holidays.
Members of the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council heard
from Anna Maria Mayor
4 SueLynn and Holmes Beach
S Mayor Carmel Monti at their
Aug. 19 meeting that all is
not well in paradise.
SueLynn SueLynn said there is
"no question of the success
of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau," but some of that success comes at the
expense of the quality of life in her city.
For the six-day period from July 3-9,
which included the July 4 holiday parade and
fireworks celebrations, SueLynn said a Florida
Department of Transportation traffic counter
recorded an average of 11,500 vehicles per day
entering Anna Maria.
While that's good news for the BACVB,
SueLynn said Anna Maria "simply does not
have enough parking spaces for all the visi-
tors. We can't keep up with parking require-
She said "greed is ruining the island"
because the BACVB continues to promote
Anna Maria Island as the area's top tourist
Tourism continues to rise monthly, put-
ting a strain on infrastructure, she said. But the
city cannot use resort tax money collected by
Manatee County for improvements to roads or
to add parking, she said.
The BACVB data for May shows tourism
increased 4.5 percent from the same month in
SueLynn said resort tax data provided by
the Manatee County Tax Collector also indi-
cated tourism was up in June and July, and
she expects a similar increase in August. The
resort tax is the 5 percent collected by Manatee
County on rentals of six months or less.
She said the more marketing the BACVB
does, the more visitors come to the island. This
results in more resort tax being collected. As
more visitors come, more homes are converted
from residences to vacation rentals. As more
homes become short-term rentals, more tour-
ists arrive, creating problems for a small city
such as Anna Maria.
It's a "vicious cycle," the mayor said.
The mayor said the city is particularly
susceptible to problems caused by "day-trip-
She said traffic congestion, parking, trash
left on the beach or in a resident's yard and a
shortage of restroom facilities are all issues
faced by the city because of day-trippers.
"I' ve been asking and asking for help from
the TDC. Where is the agenda item that dis-
cusses giving back to the island?" she asked.
"All I keep hearing is we get beach renour-
ishment from the funds. That's not good enough
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Section 1 on Tampa Bay at the north end
is the least active of the nine 1-mile sections
along the island's shoreline, yet volunteers
who patrol it almost all describe the nesting
turtles as having a mystique all their own.
While there are no physical differences, it
is evidence of how much volunteers take pride
PLEASE SEE TURTLES, PAGE 2
By Mark Young
Qualifying for candidates in the Novem-
ber elections for Anna Mafia, Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach city offices ends at noon
Friday, Aug. 30.
Holmes Beach is unique to the other two
island cities, as its charter requires qualifying
be performed by the city clerk's office prior to
submittal to the Manatee County Supervisor of
According to city clerk Stacey Johnston, it
was difficult to say how the commission race
would shape up.
Candidates in the other cities can submit
declaration paperwork directly to the county in
advance of the qualification period, at which
time potential candidates are listed on the elec-
tion website. That's not the case in Holmes
Beach, where candidates cannot declare with
the county until qualified by the city.
However, qualifying began Aug. 26 and
the Holmes Beach race will soon become clear
Johnston cautions election hopefuls not to
procrastinate. "The paperwork has to come to
me for qualifying, but I can't qualify a candi-
date until the signatures on the petition have
been verified by the county" as registered
voters, she said. "I send that to the county, but
I would advise that anyone running for com-
missioner to get their packets to me as soon as
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, PAGE 5
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TURTLES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
in their sections. While Section 1 is less active, increased
enthusiasm from bayside volunteers for the beloved sea
creatures is evident.
Peterfeso, who moved to west Bradenton seven years
ago after vacationing to the island for four years, is no
"It's really exciting when you come across the flipper
marks in the peace and quiet of the morning knowing that
just a short time ago one of these amazing creatures had
just made her way onshore," said Peterfeso.
She said this time of year is especially exciting
because volunteers continue to search the beaches for
nesting activity, "but now is the time we keep a really
close eye on the beach for signs of hatchlings and we
check every nest in our section for signs that a nest is
close to hatching."
It's important that volunteers still scan the beaches,
as was evident earlier in August when a bayside walker
came across evidence of hatchling tracks in an area where
no nest had been marked or found.
It's not uncommon for volunteers to miss a nest
Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch and
si.. I',, I Monitor-
ing volunteer Pat
gates a possible nest ,
location in the tall / '
grass and sea oats /
on the Tampa Bay ..- /
side of Anna Maria. '-
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when dealing with fluctuating tides and frequent summer
storms that can wash away evidence of sea turtle tracks.
As a co-coordinator, Peterfeso responded to the call and
the unrecorded nest was excavated.
Three hatchlings remained at the bottom of the nest
and were immediately released to the bay waters.
"There are two things about volunteering that are
always exciting," said Peterfeso. "The first is when you
see the tracks and know she has recently come to lay her
eggs. The second is when you see the hatchlings in the
nest. It's like watching Mother Nature give birth. It's a
Peterfeso said she is glad she became involved with
AMITW and credited its leadership for making the pro-
gram not only successful for sea turtles, but also fun for
"Our leaders are role models to us," she said. "They
are very knowledgeable, but they make us feel like we
are a very important part of the sea turtles and that's what
makes volunteering so enjoyable."
Peterfeso said the rewards for helping sea turtles is
immeasurable, but being able to volunteer for AMITW
has other rewards.
\\a lung the sun rise over Tampa Bay while help-
ing sea turtles isn't a bad way to spend the morning,"
she said. "A lot of us lead busy lives and with a busy life
comes a fair share of stress. So being out here can be a
lot of work, but it's also very therapeutic."
City budget hearings set
The island cities will finalize budgets and prop-
erty tax rates for 2013-14 in September.
Hearings in Anna Maria will take place at city hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 6 p.m. Sept.
In Bradenton Beach, hearings are at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive, at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, and 5:15
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.
In Holmes Beach, hearings at city hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 6 p.m. Sept.
-. Manatee County also is deciding its budget for the
coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Hearings will
take place at the county administration building, 1112
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and 6
p.m. Sept. 19.
SThe School District of Manatee County's budget
hearings will take place 1 p.m. Aug. 29 and 5:45 p.m.
Sept. 9 at in the boardroom, 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
Trim notices of proposed 2013 property taxes went
out Aug. 19 from the Manatee County Property Apprais-
er's office, but property owners should not pay taxes
before receiving tax bills on or about Nov. 5.
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enough for us to preserve why everyone comes here," the
mayor said. "The TDC success is destroying the Anna
Maria Island style of living."
The mayor acknowledged that state law limits the
use of TDC funds to tourist development.
"Still, I think the TDC should find ways to give back
to the island cities," she said.
She said Anna Maria and Holmes Beach are discuss-
ing paid parking and a toll to enter Anna Maria Island "is
no longer a laughing matter."
"We will do whatever we have to do to protect our
way of life, and we are hoping for TDC assistance," she
SueLynn said one area the TDC can allocate resort
tax funds is the refurbishing of the Anna Maria City Pier,
which is permitted by the resort tax statute.
However, terms of the city pier lease require the
leaseholder to maintain the pier, and pilings, stringers
and plank replacements are an ongoing project for the
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti said there is "no
more free ride" for the day-trippers who visit his city. He
called for open dialogue with the TDC on "what type of
visitor we want" to the island, and how best to use avail-
able funds and resources to help island cities.
"We can't just say we don't want tourism. We do,
but we want a balance in the type of visitor" that comes
to the island, Monti said.
TDC chair and County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more, an island resident, said she understands the issues.
She said she's asked county administrator Ed Hunzeker
to get a legal opinion on spending resort tax funds.
"We understand your stress, but we can't wreck what
we have. We have to go through the process. At the same
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Manatee County Tourist Development Council member
Barbara Rodocker, left, chats with Bradenton Beach
Mayor John \lI,,',gli"/, i right, as TDC member
David Teitelbaum, attends to his smartphone before
the Aug. 19 TDC meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
time, we are at a tipping point. Let's try to maintain a
balance," Whitmore said.
BACVB executive director Elliott Falcione said he's
discussed island issues with Hunzeker. He suggested
island officials contact Hunzeker and meet with him
to find solutions and funding. It's more appropriate for
Manatee County to disburse funds than the TDC, which
is limited by law on how resort taxes are spent.
"It's important we maintain the character of the
market, but we need to start with good dialogue. Let's
work together and find a good balance," he said.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy asked the
TDC to help the city fund rebuilding the Historic Bridge
Whitmore suggested the mayor bring a plan back to
the TDC with cost estimates and studies.
In other business, Jack Rynerson of the Sarasota-
Bradenton International Airport said he just returned from
the world rowing championships in Sweden.
Law enforcement readies
for busy Labor Day
Law enforcement agencies on Anna Maria Island
are gearing up for an influx of visitors Labor Day
Sgt. Paul Davis, who heads the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office substation in Anna Maria, said he's
bringing in four extra deputies for the weekend.
He said additional beach patrols will be evident,
and deputies will be looking for alcohol consumption
on the beach, as well as parking violations.
Davis said he wants everyone to enjoy the holi-
day, but to obey the prohibition against alcohol on the
beach and to park in designated parking spaces, not
blocking driveways or accesses to private properties.
All vehicles parking on the rights of way in Anna
Maria must have all tires off the road, he added.
In Bradenton Beach, Police Chief Sam Speciale
said it would be "all hands on deck" for the week-
Special said the MCSO's mounted patrols will
be at Coquina Beach and all Bradenton Beach officers
will be on duty through the weekend.
"It's what we do every Labor Day. We hope people
will enjoy themselves, but we' 11 be out to ensure every-
one is safe and happy," he said.
The same is true for Holmes Beach, where Police
Chief Bill Tokajer said patrol officers may be assigned
some additional shifts.
"I heard from many international rowing officials
that there is almost no way we won't get the 2017 world
rowing championships," he said.
Sarasota-Bradenton is in competition with Bulgaria
to host the 2017 International Rowing Association's
The championships are expected to draw about
40,000 people, in addition to about 1,200 competitors
and coaches, Rynerson has said.
The next TDC meeting will be at 9 a.m. Monday,
Oct. 21, at Bradenton City Hall, 101 12th St. W., Bra-
4 E AUG. 28, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
HB congestion committee pushes for permit parking
By Mark Young
Creating a permitted parking system in Holmes
Beach is one of the top ideas being pursued by a newly
formed Committee on Traffic Congestion and Parking.
With only three members in attendance at the Aug.
19 meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall, some previously
discussed ideas to alleviate island congestion were not
addressed, but the committee moved forward with two
Committee chair Richard Motzer said he followed
up on how small cities that draw lots of tourists handle
However, Motzer suggested that, if the city imple-
ments a permitted parking system the permitted parking
should be concentrated in the 100-300 blocks of access
streets from Gulf Drive west to the Gulf of Mexico.
The idea, he said, is to open one side of the street
for parking with permits, but "I can't see where parking
should go beyond the 300 block. Normally, there is no
one looking to park at Manatee Public Beach beyond the
Police Chief Bill Tokajer said once a mapping system
is created for where permitted parking would be allowed,
he would be able to mark the remainder of the streets as
The discussion turned to renters and how many on-
street parking permits would be allowed per rental unit.
The general consensus was to issue one permit per bed-
Motzer said that should cover the number of vehicles
that a unit's driveway would accommodate, assuming the
unit has the legal number of bedrooms.
"And if they are having another guest, then the guest
can park in the driveway and they can park the permitted
vehicle on the street," he said.
Tokajer added that if a non-permitted vehicle is
parked on the street outside a rental home, it will be
Manatee Avenue overflow parking to shrink
While the committee is charged with coming up with
solutions to congestion and parking problems for later
presentation to the city commission, certain action can
be taken under Tokajer's authority.
The committee previously discussed developing
angled parking along Manatee Avenue where it intersects
with Gulf Drive to enhance safety.
Vehicles are prohibited from parking on the north
side of Manatee Avenue, but overflow beach parking is
A dog's view
A new path to the
shelter at Scentral Park
in Holmes Beach was
installed Aug. 21 to help
dog owners avoid the
mud after a rainfall. Up
to $2,500 still is being
sought for a second
shelter and a waterline
for the small dog park.
Donations can be sent
to Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL
39217. Write "For the
dog park" in the memo
line and the funds will be
placed into a designated
account. Islander Photo:
allowed on the south side. The problem, Motzer said, is
that vehicles parallel park and people exit their vehicles
onto Manatee Avenue. He said, sometimes, parents get
busy getting beach gear out of their vehicles and children
wander dangerously close to the roadway.
Angled parking would make it safer and provide
more parking spaces, but Tokajer said Aug. 19 that the
city would have to negotiate regulations with the Florida
Department of Transportation.
"State law prohibits angled parking on a state road,"
said Tokajer. "We would have to go through DOT and
that would be a hard thing to do in the time frame we
are looking at. We do have a say on whether to continue
to let people park there, or make the whole roadway no
After some discussion, the committee agreed with
Tokajer to limit the parking area to the widest stretch of
Manatee Avenue and, in the interest of safety, to close
off the narrower sections as no-parking zones.
As of Islander press time, Tokajer was expected to
begin placing signs from about Sixth Avenue eastward
toward East Bay Drive, as well as the narrow section at
the Gulf Drive intersection leading east into the wider
Tokajer said it would leave about 30 feet of overflow
In other matters, the committee revisited the pro-
posed parking meter plan for Manatee Public Beach.
The state requires a certain number of free parking
spaces to qualify for beach renourishment funding and
the committee is trying to determine that quantity.
Tokajer said the committee should have those num-
bers by its Sept. 2 meeting. In the meantime, committee
member Carol Soustek said she was referred to a recent
traffic study requested by Commissioner Marvin Gross-
man from the state.
The numbers provided in the study show discrepan-
cies in the numbers of parking spaces counted by Holmes
Beach and other island cities.
Tokajer said he had an officer count the number of
spaces at Manatee Public Beach and determined there
were 400, but the study shows 293.
Similarly, there have been 1,600 spaces counted at
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, but the 2013-14
study shows 1,200 spaces.
Soustek said there are 2,100 official public parking
spaces on Anna Maria Island. The numbers include beach
accesses and beach parking.
The lower numbers in the study could work to the
city's advantage, as it moves forward with ideas for paid
Parking on the
south side of
near the public
beach entrance is
legal, but safety
is an issue for
the Committee on
tion and Parking.
If the study shows 293 spaces at Manatee Public
Beach, but there are actually 400 vehicles parking there,
the city can look take advantage of the discrepancy.
The committee will begin meeting every other Tues-
day beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive.
Motzer said he plans to run meetings through
November, at which time he hopes to present the com-
mittee's suggestions to the commission.
Ideas are still being discussed, such as a parking
garage at Manatee Public Beach, a toll booth at island
entry points and opening bank and church parking lots
to weekend and holiday parking.
Anna Maria City
Through Aug. 30, qualifying for municipal elec-
Aug. 29, 6 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 3, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
Sept. 11, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 12, 6 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 25, 6 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 6, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Through Aug. 30, qualifying for municipal elec-
Sept. 4, 5:15 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 5, 1 p.m., pier team.
Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
Sept. 5, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 18, 5:15 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept 19, noon, pier team.
Sept. 19, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Through Aug. 30, qualifying for municipal elec-
Aug. 29, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 4, 9 a.m., mediation, Mainsail, CrossPointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sept. 10, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 12, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
Sept. 24, 6 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 24, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 26, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m., island traffic congestion.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
Sept. 10, 9 a.m., county commission.
Sept. 10, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 16, 9 a.m., county commission work ses-
Sept. 19, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 24, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
Sept. 19, 6 p.m., fire commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
Sept. 2 is Labor Day. Government offices, and some
business offices, including The Islander newspaper, will
Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach.
Sept. 19, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, Bradenton Beach.
Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization, Holiday Inn Express, Sarasota
Bradenton Airport, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota.
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ELECTION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Commissioners Jean Peelen, Pat Morton and David
Zaccagnino are up for re-election and all three have told
The Islander they intend to defend their incumbency.
While the trio has no official challengers as of press
time, Johnston said former Commissioner John Monetti
picked up an election packet.
Also, two people expressing an interest in the city's
charter review committee also have expressed interest in
running for commissioner, according to Johnston, who
said they can't do both.
Carol Soustek and Jim Plath picked up election packets
with the intention of running for the charter review com-
mittee, but both indicated a commission run is possible.
In Holmes Beach, election winners are determined
on the highest number of overall votes. There are three
commission seats up for election, so the top three vote
recipients will be declared the winners.
Pam Lecke joins Soustek and Plath in picking up
packets with the intention clearly focused on the charter
Johnston said the city holds an election for the com-
mittee every five years, but has had problems filling the
required five seats.
Thus far, three people have expressed interest and
two of them are considering other options.
"The charter requires a five-member committee," said
Under prior administrations and before Johnston's
tenure as city clerk, commissioners selected committee
members if an election didn't produce five members, but
Johnston said there is nothing in the charter to define the
"The charter doesn't say we can't select members for
empty seats, but it doesn't say we can either," she said.
Past charter review committees have not had much
success in producing changes in the charter. Johnston said
the process for a charter change is for a super-majority
vote from committee members to make a recommenda-
tion to the city commission.
If the commission approves the proposed change, it
then goes on the following November's general election
ballot. The last time a suggested change made it through
the commission was in 2000, when it was recommended
to change the mayoral term to four years.
Johnston said at that time the city was looking to
change to a city manager style of government. The rec-
ommendation made it past the commission, but failed in
the next year's election.
Johnston said she would need to seek legal advice
from city attorney Patricia Petruff should this year's elec-
tion fail to produce five charter committee members.
Holmes Beach elected officials do not have term
Those interested in running for city commission or
the charter review committee must present all of the nec-
essary documents to Johnston at city hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, before noon Aug. 30.
Bradenton Beach commission elections are decided
by wards and there are four wards in the city.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse, who was appointed to
the dais in early 2012 when no one ran to fill the seat of
former Ward 3 Commissioner Janie Robertson in Novem-
ber 2011, declared his candidacy and is expected to qualify
through the election office this week.
Robertson also has declared she will seek the seat
and is expected to qualify.
Mayor John Shaughnessy, who termed out of his
commission seat after six years in 2009 and then suc-
cessfully ran for mayor in 2011, also is up for re-election.
Shaughnessy has declared his candidacy and faces a chal-
lenge from former Commissioner Bill Shearon.
Commissioner Gay Breuler's term is expiring and
she will not seek another term for her Ward 1 seat.
John V. "Jack" Clarke filed declara-
tion papers with the county Aug. 8 for
Clarke said Aug. 22 that he would
go into depth about his political goals
once he qualifies to run for the seat.
Clarke In the meantime, Clarke said he and
his wife discovered Anna Maria Island
in the 1990s and realized Bradenton Beach "was the gem
of the island" when it came time to relocate.
He refers to the city as "unpretentious and genu-
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 28, 2013 U 5
In his declaratory statement, Clarke wrote, "It is now
time for me to step up and give back to maintain the
appeal of Bradenton Beach. I will represent the interests
of my Ward 1 constituents and work to build on the suc-
cesses of all the previous commissions."
Clarke has been a resident of the city for 10 years
and a homeowner since 2006.
In closing, Clarke said, "I am dedicated to keeping
the city on track going forward, while retaining its inher-
ent charm and atmosphere."
Those interested in running for Bradenton Beach
mayor or commissioner must have their paperwork sub-
mitted by noon Aug. 30 to the Manatee County Super-
visor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108,
One candidate incumbent Dale Woodland had
qualified to run in the Nov. 5 commission election in
Anna Maria, as of Aug. 23.
The deadline to qualify is Aug. 30 for the election
that will decide three commission seats.
Woodland is seeking his sixth term in office
Other potential commission candidates have picked
up qualifying forms at Anna Maria City Hall, city clerk
Alice Baird said.
She said incumbent Gene Aubry appointed to fill
the commission vacancy last year after Commissioner
SueLynn stepped into the mayor's seat and planning
and zoning board member Carol Carter picked up pack-
Incumbent Doug Copeland has not publicly
announced if he will seek an elected term on the com-
mission. Copeland was appointed to the commission in
June after Commissioner John Quam resigned in May.
Anna Maria commissioners are elected to two-year
terms and earn $400 a month.
Qualifying packets may be obtained at Anna Maria
City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, or at the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., No.
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Barking up the wrong tree?
If you can read this message, as the saying goes,
thank a teacher.
If your homestead taxes for the city where you
reside are near last year's tax, thank a renter.
We' ve tried to point out on occasion that cities col-
lect taxes from a number of sources: gas tax, alcohol
tax, sales tax and ad valorem property taxes. Not tourist
The tourist development tax enacted in 1967 -
is for continued development of tourism.
If roads need repairing, swales need to be dug, or
police protection is needed, the city must budget it.
And Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach, unlike many other governments, have enjoyed
increased property values that, in most cases, have
resulted in increased revenue even during the worst of
the recession years.
Meanwhile, building, remodeling older duplexes
and homes and redevelopment has resulted in higher
ad valorem taxes paid into city coffers.
So as officials demand tourist dollars to supplement
their budgets, we say, "You're barking up the wrong
You're trying to influence Peter to pay Paul, when
you have the means to provide for city needs.
Tourism, as we often try to remind people, doesn't
cost the city, it paves the way for ) llingi- else.
The higher tax revenue wouldn't be possible if new
"units" weren't rented at top dollar. Rental owners -
mostly islanders or folks on the brink of moving here
- pay a higher tax.
Officials also will find its their neighbors running
nearly every business in all three cities.
On a good day or a good week or any month in
season, what you have is about 85 percent of the people
coming to Florida to visit friends and family.
It's the No. 1 reason visitors come here.
So why are some officials putting the blame on
We' d like to see them follow the example of Bra-
denton Beach and, if there indeed is a problem, try to
solve it without pointing fingers.
Because this ain't pretty, y'all.
First, what evidence do Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach have to demonstrate a problem? Surveys? Stud-
ies? No. It's driven by inconvenience and intolerance.
Hello, kitty! Look to the county, not the TDC for
help if it's needed. Take back the county-run parks and
the revenue they produce.
Because, as they like to say in Tallahassee, those
barking, tourist tax-seeking dogs just won't hunt.
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Save the bay again!
For many years, Sarasota Bay has slowly been
recovering from near collapse. Now it is again under
threat from dredge-and-fill development.
Specifically, the current proposal for Long Bar
Pointe would remove acres of seagrasses along with
a mangrove forest and its canopy. These are vital to
the health of our coastline and our waters. And our
whole economy especially tourism depends on
the healthy ecosystems that these entities provide.
More broadly, proposed changes to Manatee Coun-
ty's comprehensive plan changes that would allow
the proposed Long Bar Pointe project to move forward
- could set a dangerous and unstoppable precedent for
unwise development in designated coastal high-hazard
Through the years, many of us have fought to keep
our region from becoming another Miami or St. Peters-
burg, or Fort Myers Beach. People come to Manatee
County because it is one of the few remaining areas
where they can still experience the charm and natural
splendor of "old Florida." Once that is gone, it is gone
forever. We would cease to be unique.
If you treasure the beauty that nature has given us,
please, continue to make your voice heard.
Carl Parks, Bradenton
I have been a homeowner inAnna Maria since 1986.
Here are a few examples of things that have changed
and impacted my quality of life in Anna Maria that are
"distinct from material comfort."
Crime: Increases in vandalism, theft of belongings
on the beach and from cars and residences.
Beach trash: In one walk alone, I filled multiple
bags with clothing, shoes, plastic bottles, beer bottles,
diapers, wipes, cigarette butts, plastic toys and wrap-
Huge holes left on the beach: These are hazardous
to people walking on the beach and cause erosion and
risk to turtle hatchlings.
Endangered species: Sea turtles have had their nests
disturbed and hatchlings stepped on. Manatees swim-
ming close to shore are harassed by beachgoers.
Lack of affordable housing: A life-long resident and
small business owner cannot afford to buy a home on
the island. Her housing choices are an ever-dwindling
supply of annual rentals.
A plethora of businesses and absentee investors
have come to the island to make money off tourists. To
increase the businesses' "material comfort," huge sums
of tourist tax receipts have been spent to advertise the
world over to bring more people here to support the
businesses. This increases the coffers of businesses and
investors, but erodes the quality of life for residents.
The previous island culture has been sacrificed for
the material comfort of businesses and investors. I am
not anti-business, however, I think the scale of equality
has tipped significantly toward business.
I would gladly trade any increased value of my
property to reclaim the quiet, clean community, and
neighbors who pick up beach trash, value the environ-
ment and wildlife and respect one another.
Jill Morris, Anna Maria
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Ra.,,, Headlines from Aug. 27, 2003
/,, I Bradenton Beach commissioners approved a non-
Sbinding referendum for the Nov. 4 ballot asking the
city's electorate if they "wish to do away with multi
IWe mai hh Is a family R-3 density in perpetuity." Former Mayor Katie
to sta in ic w. Pierola introduced the proposal to commissioners.
,We b... yu tPierola said she feared the city would soon be overde-
ingveloped unless the R-3 zone was removed.
Th, e, -,, *s ds t eThe Manatee County Tourist Development Coun-
BL cil voted 4-2 to recommend to county commissioners
that the tourist development tax be increased from 3
Op.,m, 1 ....%. ,ot,. h1, y S a ,, 1 0 .. I iM'ths percent to 4 percent. Bradenton Area Convention and
ers I,,, ,,ir H, $, h ,STillp. 1Lo ,, IL I.. O ,,d Visitors Bureau executive director Larry White said
Do,., tri R. Ed, t... ,, e,,, i1,.. I r th that without the increase the BACVB would be unable
plaIL TO: .. 1I,, i ...1. E 1s 11,1 ,p a1 to meet its proposed 2003-04 budget. The Anna Mafia
Island Chamber of Commerce opposed the increase.
The resort tax, in addition to sales tax, is charged on all
%/ii/ h / I0 ,, IIH, I/roo, n/, county rentals of six months or less.
A, S ,,, .. I . Developer Jim Toomey, owner of the Bayview
liu, ,I, ,,/ ..... ...... /p ,// Plaza shopping center in Anna Maria, agreed to turn
Soff the plaza's outdoor lights at sunset after Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch director Suzi Fox said the lights
caused emerging sea turtle hatchlings to become disori-
ented. Toomey said he knew of the problem and imme-
diately agreed to turn off the offending lights.
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Bradenton Beach commissioner conceives parking proposal
By Mark Young
As Anna Maria Island cities focus on parking and
congestion issues, Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse has created a seven-point parking plan for the
"I don't think anyone can disagree that traffic and
parking are among the most pressing issues we have in
the city, especially during season," Gatehouse wrote in
a prepared statement.
"We cannot simply stick our heads in the sand and
hope the problem goes away," he said. "It will not, and
it's only going to get worse. The effects of traffic and
parking congestion go beyond the gridlock it creates,"
Like other island officials, Gatehouse says he is con-
cerned with the consequences of traffic to the infrastruc-
"We must reduce this stress and generate some capi-
tal to repair our streets and parking areas," he said.
To achieve that goal, Gatehouse said Coquina Beach,
with an estimated 1,600 parking spaces, must be used
"For the most part, we need to redirect traffic and
parking out of our neighborhoods and into the lots at
Coquina Beach," he said. "We also need to think about
providing parking off-island to help reduce traffic and
relieve parking congestion."
While officials across the island are looking at ways
to develop park-and-ride opportunities off-island, Gate-
house has a plan on paper.
He proposes to engage Manatee County, including
its Tourist Development Council "and other agencies
to identify and negotiate a lease, purchase or otherwise
procure use of plots of land to be used for parking off
Gatehouse said there is a vacant lot across from
the Seafood Shack in Cortez, where visitors could be
shuttled to the island via a jitney, trolley or water taxi.
He suggests making it a private enterprise and points
to the growing number of water taxi and boat operators
applying to use the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
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Gatehouse said such an operation could eliminate
100-200 cars a day while keeping the same number of
visitors coming to the island to enjoy the beaches and
The so-called "789 Plan" addresses parking at
Cortez Beach. Gatehouse said discussion on the plan has
been ongoing for years and it's time to act.
By creating a one-way road in the center of the ease-
ment, and creating parking on both sides of the road, it
will add as many as 40 parking spaces within walking dis-
tance of Bridge Street. It would also eliminate the illegal
and unsafe activity of drivers backing up vehicles onto a
Gatehouse said if the project were scheduled during
a stormwater drainage refit to address pooling water after
a rainfall, "the costs would be kept down."
Permit parking is being discussed islandwide and
Gatehouse is proposing it in Bradenton Beach.
"We need to do all we can to encourage parking at
Coquina Beach," he said. "Currently, there is no recourse
for a property owner who finds a stranger's car parked on
their property, if the vehicle has at least one tire on the
Gatehouse proposes easement parking by permit only
throughout the city.
"Permits would be free to resident property owners,"
Gatehouse also is proposing making all municipal
lots paid parking.
"Signage would direct those who do not wish to pay
to Coquina Beach," he said, while noting residents with
a valid parking permit or handicap-parking permit would
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Time-limited parking restrictions on Bridge Street
also are being proposed. Gatehouse said it would help
turn over clientele visiting businesses and "prevent day-
trippers from parking all day while at the beach."
He said if Bridge Street business owners wished to
park in front of their establishments all day, a permit
would be available for a small fee with the creation of
a business parking permit. Such a permit, Gatehouse
said, could also be used at municipal parking lots.
Employee parking locations would be established
at the north end of Coquina Beach, an idea previously
discussed and approved by the county. Gatehouse said
the only thing holding up that plan is the availability of
jitney services, but that is being addressed.
Gatehouse said he would propose changes to the
land development code to address outdoor dining and
parking requirements "to ensure we don't add more seat-
ing without adequate parking provisions."
Gatehouse said his plan could be implemented over
time to lessen the impact, but said in order to make a real
impact, all must be accomplished.
"Taken individually, these measures would not help
much, but if implemented together, this comprehensive
plan could go a long way to relieve some of the parking
and traffic pressure in Bradenton Beach," he said. "It is
hard to say how much relief, but if we do nothing, things
will surely get much worse."
Gatehouse said he will present his plan at an upcom-
ing city commission meeting.
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AM, HB officials take paid parking to next level
By Rick Catlin
Any idea floating among island and mainland resi-
dents that the mayors in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach
are simply talking about not acting on paid parking
appeared to be put to rest at the Aug. 20 meeting of the
Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials.
Officials at the meeting heard a presentation from
Daniel Honyotski, regional manager for PSx Parking Solu-
tions, on how the company designs a paid-parking plan
for a city. His company provides equipment that accom-
modates 100 parking spaces.
The newest PSx operation is in Madeira Beach in
Pinellas County, he said.
The machines accept coins, bills and credit cards
and users determine the amount of time they want to
purchase, he said.
Honyotski said he's installed machines for 100-space
parking lots and one as small as eight spaces.
The machines cost $8,491 plus an $800 installation
fee. In addition, the company charges a fee of $55 per
month for solar power equipment and services, including
processing and information about usage.
But the return on investment is quick. Madeira Beach
recovered its investment in about a month, he said. Most
cities take about a month-and-a-half to recoup the invest-
"It's totally programmable for minimum and maxi-
mum amount of time to purchase and we provide 24/7
support," Honyotski said. The company also trains a city
staff member for routine maintenance and operation.
He estimated one machine handling a 30-space park-
ing area would recover its cost in about 45 days. "Thirty
spaces per meter is our basic rule."
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, who invited
Honyotski to the meeting, was impressed. "In one-and-a-
half months, the machines could pay back the cost. That's
incredible," Monti said.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn also was intrigued. She
said Anna Maria has been providing free parking to day
visitors for too long, and the city gets nothing in return
but litter and damaged swales.
"I don't know what to do with the day visitors," she
"Paid parking is simple and a revenue source, but
where do we put it?" she wondered. "If parking is free
in one place, and costs in another, people will go where
She added that if paid parking is done it would be
"in the best interests of the residents."
Monti said he's had discussions with county adminis-
trator Ed Hunzeker about paid parking at Manatee Public
Beach. He said Hunzeker would like to have the island
cities "on board" with the proposal, and Anna Maria
could ask for paid parking at Bayfront Park.
"What the county wants is a consensus from us,"
"Hunzeker is open-minded. If we go in unified, we
have a good chance of getting concessions from the
county for paid parking," he said.
SueLynn said she has several areas for paid parking
locations where the PSx machines would work.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy said
his parking problems are different from those in Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach because both Cortez Beach and
Coquina Beach have a large number of parking spaces.
His concern is with parking along Bridge Street and
at the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Monti and SueLynn said they would discuss PSx and
its proposal with their respective city commissions.
In other business, Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean
Peelen reported that she and SueLynn now are members
of the Florida League of Cities Policy Committee.
The committee plans to ask the 2014 Florida Legis-
lature for changes to House Bill 883, which effectively
allows any property owner to rent his or her residence for
even one night, unless restrictions were in effect before
the bill passed in 2012.
"Some of the legislators apparently have found
nightly rentals right next to their homes," Peelen said.
The next BIEO meeting will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 18, at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive
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Whitmore featured at
Island Gallery West
The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will feature the work of local nature artist Caro-
line F. Whitmore in September.
Whitmore's exhibit, in place throughout the month,
is "The Florida We Love."
The watercolorist features Anna Maria Island flow-
ers, seascapes and landscapes in her work.
For more information go online to www.islandgal-
lerywest.com or call IGW at 941-778-6648.
Island Library sets
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will host a series of events and welcome local
clubs in September.
The schedule includes:
6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Mana-Tweens Book
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 and Sept. 19, a knitting
10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24,
a children's storytime takes place.
2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, Alzheimer's Association
Caregiver Group meeting.
10 a.m., Fridays, Sept. 13, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27,
Forty Carrots group for babies and children up to age 5
10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, an origami club
2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, a forum on the "ABC
of Alzheimer's Disease" takes place.
6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Mana-Tweens
Culture Club meets.
10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, the Island Library
Book Club meets.
11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, the Mindful Breathing
Meditation forum takes place.
For more, call the library at 941-778-6341.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
7:55 p.m. Official sunset time.
Thursday, Aug. 29
7:54 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, Aug. 30
7:53 p.m. Official sunset time.
Saturday, Aug. 31
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.
9 a.m. Florida Fit Fest benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of
Manatee County, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
7:52 p.m. Official sunset time.
Sunday, Sept. 1
7:51 p.m. Official sunset time.
Monday, Sept. 2
Today is Labor Day.
7:50 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meet-
ing, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
7:49 p.m. Official sunset time.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
6 p.m. Mana-Tweens Book Club meeting, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7:48 p.m. Official sunset time.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown.
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Island cancer survivor to
advocate in D.C.
Cancer survivor Nancy Ambrose plans to travel
to Washington, D.C., Sept. 8-11 to again advocate for
cancer issues and palliative care on behalf of the Ameri-
can Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
To further her goal and capture the attention of law-
makers, Ambrose is seeking sponsors for a banner dis-
play and luminaria that will be lit at a night-time event.
She has bags available at Creations by L, 5500
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, that can be purchased and
decorated. Ambrose said she will write a message for
donors or they can add their own drawing and decoration
to the luminaria.
She can be reached at 941-799-2181.
Saturday, Aug. 31
6:30 p.m. Bradenton Marauders present Anna Maria Island
Night at McKechnie Field, 1611 9th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-747-3031, ext. 4360.
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.
Thursday, except July and August, 5-10 p.m., Main Street
Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., sunset drum circle, Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto
National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.
Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 28, 2013 U 11
Marauders to host AMI night
The Bradenton Marauders will host Anna Maria
Island Night at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W.,
The game against the Fort Myers Miracle will begin
at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, with gates set to open at
After the game, the Marauders will host a fireworks
display, which fans can enjoy with a complimentary bag
The Marauders are presenting Anna Maria Island
Night in partnership with Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball and
the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Several packages are available:
Fun in the Sun, which includes a ticket to the game,
a souvenir cup and a voucher for a free cup fill-up for $7,
with $2 to go to the center.
Barbecue package, which includes a ticket to the
game, a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken,
coleslaw, pasta salad, sweet tea, water and lemonade, for
$18. The center will receive $2.
Vendor package, which includes a table and two
chairs inside the stadium, a mention over the public
address system, marketing and 25 game tickets. The
center will receive $25 of the $150 fee.
For more information, call Mike Warren at 941-747-
3031, ext. 4360.
Banana Cabana holds
hot dog-eating contest
Banana Cabana will celebrate the Labor Day holiday
with its second annual hot dog-eating contest.
The feasting begins at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the
restaurant, 103 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The restaurant is recruiting contestants to challenge
2012 champ Doug Bidwell.
The first-place winner will receive free hot dogs for
Entry in the contest is free, but limited to 10
Banana Cabana also will be selling hot dogs for $1
from noon-2 p.m., with proceeds going to a fund benefit-
ing Joey Thiel.
The 12-year-old, a graduate of Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, suffered severe injuries in an accident while
vacationing in Colorado. Kelly Thiel, his mother, works
at the Back Alley on Bridge Street.
For more information, call the restaurant at 941-779-
p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Informa-
Third Mondays, September-June, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meets, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray
Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
Sept. 22, the first day of autumn.
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set for Sept. 7
FireSUP is inviting people to stand up for first
responders by cheering them on at a charity paddleboard
relay race set for Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Palma Sola
The competition begins at 10 a.m.
FireSUP is operated by Laura Broome, husband
Keith Broome and Jared Firestine.
Laura Broome, in an announcement for the event,
said the relay is a first-responder tournament that will
feature 15-20 teams of police, fire, EMTs and military
personnel who will compete for trophies and b -'in'i'
Organizers also will be selling T-shirts at the event,
which is a fundraiser for Firehouse Subs Public Safety
Foundation in remembrance of Sept. 11.
FireSUP Inc. offers paddleboard rentals and also
training through a program called PaddleFit that, accord-
ing to the company's website, "combines outdoor fitness
with stand-up paddle training."
For more information, go online to www.firesup.com
or call T aura Broome at 941-705-1447
Meeting summer needs
Priscilla Seewald reminds us that, yes, Anna Maria
Island does have some residents who have hunger
issues as she stocks the Roser Food Pantry with goods
foods provided for the summer share program by All
Island Denominations. The Roser pantry fills the need
of helping the hungry with support from the six island
churches as well as other organizations and individu-
als. Islander Photo: Peggy Nash
Save the date
Oct. 18-19, Bayfest.
Nov. 8-10, ArtsHop.
Nov. 1-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers' Pirate Invasion.
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
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Privateers making plans for November invasion
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are strategizing for
an island invasion in November and already seeking ven-
dors of goods and grub for the three-day celebration.
The pirate crew will hold the Anna Maria Island
Pirate Invasion 2013 Nov. 1-3. The event a lot of the
activity will take place at Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach coincides with the Sandblast sand-sculpting
competition organized by and benefiting Keep Manatee
Beautiful, according to a news release.
Invasion 2013 will take place Friday, Nov. 1, includ-
ing a masquerade ball set for 7 p.m.; and on the beach 10
a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday,
Organizers estimate as many as 10,000 people will
attend the festival, which will include retail, arts and
crafts vendors; food and beverage sales; re-enactments; a
parade of pirate ships; demonstrations; children's games;
a costume contest; the formal pirate ball; and an island-
wide pub crawl.
The Privateers, who raise money for youth and
family programs, including college scholarships, also
plan a capture of Bridge Street Saturday, Nov. 2.
"We will have live music, food, beer, strolling enter-
tainers, a pirate'y kids area, arts and crafts, bangles and
baubles, the Bridge Street capture, an islandwide treasure
hunt, a pirate masquerade ball and you had better keep
a keen eye out for invading pirate ships," said Privateer
Tim "Hammer" Thompson. "Aye mate, it'11 be a veritable
Center seeks golfers
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
hold its fifth annual golf tournament Friday, Sept. 27, at
Longboat Key Club-Islandside, 220 Sands Point Road,
Foursomes are being formed now for the shotgun-
start tournament, according to a news release.
The golfing begins at 1 p.m.
The cost to play a round and attend a dinner is $150
per person or $600 per team of four.
The dinner ceremony, as well as auction and raffle,
will take place after the round of golf at the Islandside
The cost for non-players to attend the dinner is
For more information or to register, visit the center
at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or call Scott Dell at
The deadline to register is Sept. 13.
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event at the same time. What's a better fit than sandcastles featuring live music, "sumptuous and delectable food,"
and pirates on the beach?" raffles, a cash bar and "piratical antics"- are on sale at
People interested in selling food, arts and crafts can www.pirateinvasion.org.
contact Thompson at 941-780-1668 or go online to www. The ball will take place at the Seafood Shack, 4110
pirateinvasion.org. 127th St. W., Cortez. Tickets to the ball are $40, and
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Coquina Beach site of
Florida FitFest's treasure run and fitness competition
will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Coquina
Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
The events include a walk run or crawl" to the
finish on a 5K course.
The fitness competition will start at 10 a.m. and
include a tire roll and tug of war in different divisions.
The competition will raise money for the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The registration cost is
For more information, call Mark Ibasfalean at 941-
920-4371 or go online to www.floridafitfest.com.
The Florida FitFest will take place Saturday, Aug. 31, at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach with a walk, run or
crawl race and a fitness competition that includes tug-of-war matches. Islander Courtesy Photos
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Islander Courtesy Photo
Museum presents course in
Florida Maritime Museum volunteer and education
coordinator John Beale will lead a four-day course in
building stand-up paddleboards.
The course will employ boat-builder Dave Gentry's
original designs for the Lanui board.
"The driving purpose for the museum offering this
class is to inspire confidence and build valuable skills,
in a way that makes boating accessible to families and
community members," Beale said in a news release.
The Lanui is inexpensive, quick and easy to build,
he added. The board measures 12 feet 9 inches in length,
but is lightweight because of its skin-on-frame construc-
Gentry has described the board as "ready to go at
the spur of a moment, easy to transport, fun, stable and
optimized for relaxed or athletic use by paddlers
of all ages and abilities."
The class will meet at the museum, 4415 119th St.
W., Cortez, at 9 a.m. Nov. 2-3 and Nov. 9-10.
The fee, which includes the paddleboard materials,
is $500 and a $250 deposit is required at the time of
Teams of 2-5 people per board are ideal, according
The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 4.
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The inaugural Boatyard Bash will take place at Cor-
tez's Florida Maritime Museum in November, with orga-
nizers planning a "family-friendly day" with arts, crafts,
music and food.
As the museum team prepares for the festival, it is
recruiting volunteers, sponsors, performers and ven-
Festival plans include a screening of the 1926 silent
film "The Black Pirate," with performers providing
Admission to the bash will be free, and the museum
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The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold a boating education course and seminars in
September at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW,
The two-part America's Boating Course will take
place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept.
14, with attendance required on both dates to receive a
boating education certificate.
The course fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple.
The course covers boating safety and Florida water-
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, the squadron will
host instruction in chart-reading. The seminar admission
cost is $10.
The same fee is required for a GPS seminar that will
take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
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Community center director settles into routine, island life
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island Community Center executive
director Dawn Stiles has been fairly busy since she
assumed the position April 1 following the retirement of
Pierrette Kelly in 2012.
"The first few months have been an active time for
me as I spent a lot of time learning who the staff were
and what their jobs were," Stiles said.
"I also had to learn center policies and look for those
that might need revision," she said.
Stiles is nearing completion on staff job descriptions
and a system of job performance evaluations, as well as
developing opportunities for staff to receive training in
their fields of work.
Another new element under Stiles' leadership is a
development calendar for staff. All planned events for the
coming year and beyond are on the calendar, and Stiles
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meets with staff in advance of the event to lay out what's
"We plan well in advance of the event, and we don't
want our event to interfere with something a local com-
munity has planned the same day," Stiles said.
While writing job descriptions for staff and setting
performance goals, she's also been meeting with employ-
ees to ensure they understand the duties.
"It's still a work in progress. I'm still writing and
observing and re-adjusting some positions."
A committee composed of several staff, some mem-
bers of the board of directors and a few citizens also has
been established to project needs for the center to func-
tion at an acceptable level, meet its goals and provide for
With establishment of the committee and the coop-
eration of board of directors, Stiles said she now has time
to devote to planning new revenue sources.
"I have several ideas, and I'm pleased to have a great
board of directors, collectively and individually. We are
all willing to work together on needs and fundraising,"
Stiles presented the board with a draft budget in July,
at the start of the fiscal year, but said the board told her
to return in September with a revised budget that will
include any new spending and revenue sources in her
development plan for the 2013-14 year. The center now
is operating under Stiles' draft budget.
Stiles also is looking at center programs to determine
what may not be needed, what is productive and what
might need a push to become more successful.
"Our plan is to increase successful programs and par-
ticipation in the coming year, and perhaps drop some that
are just not working. The plan can be refined as people
return to the island and the center for the winter season,"
She's been told to expect a large influx of visitors to
the center and more center members starting around Nov.
1, gradually increasing through the winter.
"I'm excited. I've never seen the center operate
during the winter season, but I've been told to plan for a
big increase in programs and participants."
Stiles also has been adjusting to island life.
"Coming from Maine, Anna Maria Island is so dif-
ferent. I love this island and I am so blessed to work and
live here. It's like a dream come true," she said.
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Anna Maria sets stage for rental challenge in court
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria appears willing to go to court for a judi-
cial decision on whether its hotel/motel ordinance applies
to vacation home rentals.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb, at an Aug. 22 meet-
ing, said city code states that if a residence in the resi-
dential zone with "three or more bedrooms" is rented, it
is a hotel/motel, and the code prohibits
hotel-motel rentals in any residential
zone other than the retail-office-
residential zone and those operations
that are grandfathered.
City attorney Jim Dye said the city
Webb will need to sue one or two vacation
rental owners on the allegation they
operate a hotel/motel to obtain a judicial ruling.
In 2012, the Florida Legislature enacted a statute
that allows any homeowner unrestricted use of his or her
property as a rental, unless the governing authority had
restrictions in place at the time the statute was passed.
Webb said that vacation homes are operating as
motels, and the city had motel rental restrictions in force
when the Legislature passed the rental relief statute.
Dye, however, said he's looked at the statute several
times and, central to the issue, is how a lodging unit is
defined in the city code.
He said code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon has
called on several vacation rentals, asking if only one bed-
room could be rented. Each time she has been told "no,"
"So go slowly with this," the city attorney advised.
Webb, who also is an attorney, was ready to provide
Dye with examples of several vacation rentals he believes
operate as motels, but Dye said the commission should
view "all the evidence" and make a decision on which
vacation homes should be sued.
"The court would need to see factual evidence. The
city can't just go and say this is a code violation," Dye
The evidence must include citations for operating
as a motel/hotel in violation of the city ordinance. "And
it's not an easy process," Dye said. He estimated it could
take 8-15 months for a case to wend its way through the
judicial system and go before a judge.
Attorney Scott Rudacille told commissioners he
believed the matter to be concluded several months ago
when a commission decision was not to cite vacation
At that time, Rudacille represented about 40 property
owners who opposed the use of code enforcement against
a vacation rental home.
But Webb said the commission agreed then not to
enforce the code.
"This is different," Webb said. "We want to seek
declaratory relief that our code applies to vacation rent-
Rudacille said he's "baffled that the city is doing
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and other commissioners have received complaints from
residents about vacation rentals, and the city has little
control over such properties.
The city needs to know if its code applies to vaca-
tion homes, Webb insisted.
Dye advised that the best way to have the statute
changed is through the legislative process.
But commissioners appear ready to test the code's
Commissioner Dale Woodland said it's time for the
city to "fish or cut bait" on the issue.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to move forward with
identifying one or two vacation rentals where the city
code could be applied.
Webb said the commission would need to have sev-
eral workshops to identify any problem vacation rentals
and determine how to file for judicial relief.
Mayor SueLynn said she wants this process "out in
the public" for input, both for and against.
Commissioner Gene Aubry voted against the mea-
sure, saying he considered the matter settled when the
commission decided previously not to use code enforce-
ment against vacation rentals.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners got some good news
from city treasurer Diane Percycoe at thi ii \ ug. 21 work
Percycoe said she received notice from the Manatee
County Property Appraiser that ad valorem revenues to
the city for the 2013-14 fiscal year will increase by about
$110,000 from the previous year's figure.
That's about $30,000 more than anticipated in Percy-
coe's first draft of the 2013-14 budget. That budget used
an ad valorem tax rate of 2.10 mills to project revenue.
But the additional revenue allowed her to revise the
proposed budget using a 2.05 millage rate, the same as
the city adopted for its 2012-13 budget.
Commissioners had adopted the tentative millage rate
for the 2013-14 proposed spending and revenue plan at
2.10 mills, but pledged to find enough budget reductions
to maintain the 2.05 millage rate.
At a 2.05 millage rate, a property owner with a home
valued for tax purposes at $400,000 would pay $820 in
ad valorem taxes to the city.
Commissioners also discussed a proposal to replace
two contract labor positions in public works with two
Commissioner Dale Woodland noted this would raise
salary and benefit expenses for the department by about
$60,000 a year. He wondered if continuing with the cur-
rent arrangement was a cost savings.
"You know me," Woodland said. "I'm a fiscal con-
servative on these issues."
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approved a permit for the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S.
Bay Blvd. to offer full-service alcoholic beverages.
Owner Jason Suzor sought the ordinance amendment
that paved the way for liquor sales several months ago
and was the first to apply under the new rules.
City planner Alan Garrett said the Waterfront met
the criteria for the permit, and alcoholic beverage sales
at the restaurant, including what until now has included
only beer and wine, would end at 10 p.m.
The commission, at the meeting, continued a public
hearing on the historic preservation ordinance to Sept.
And the commission approved the final reading of an
amendment to the residential parking ordinance, which
allows the city to include parking spaces on a residential
property for overall lot coverage.
SueLynn told commissioners she met with county
administrator Ed Hunzeker and Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione
to discuss using resort tax funds for city pier improvements,
as well as other tourism needs in Anna Maria.
The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Public works supervisor George McKay said it's dif-
ficult to find good, part-time people at $10-12 per hour,
adding they usually keep looking for a full-time job that
provides higher pay and benefits.
Mayor SueLynn said the amount of work required of
the public works department has increased significantly
the past decade and adding staff is necessary.
\\ iltiIh't them, the city would look like a mess," she
Commissioner Doug Copeland agreed the city needs
full-time staff in public works and at a pay-scale that
allows the city to retain them.
The department presently has two part-time staff,
two full-time and a supervisor.
The next budget work session is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
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Church seeks return of stolen statue
Church leaders at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, are seeking the
return of a statue stolen recently from the chapel garden
at the rear of the church.
The statue was dedicated to the Rev. Charles Shook,
minister emeritus of the chapel, and, according to church
leaders, is a "reflection of who we are."
The church, a nondenominational interfaith church,
has asked that the statue be returned and no questions
will be asked.
The statue is a bubbling fountain waterfall made of
basaltic rock and "has a deep meaning for all who see
it," a church press release said.
"If replaced directly to us, no questions will be
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Alleged misdemeanor thefts
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A 48-year-old man faces a felony charge after being
arrested Aug. 20 for the seventh time for an alleged petit
William Garringer, listed as home-
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the Publix store at 3900 E. Bay Drive,
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Police were initially unable to locate the suspect,
but later arrested Garringer and transported him to the
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Garringer remained in custody as of Islander press
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Ave. W., Bradenton.
Island police blotter
Aug. 4, 100 block of Spring Lane, burglary. A com-
plainant reported she returned home from work to find
cash, prescription medicines and a laptop computer valued
at $860 stolen. She told police she believed she locked
the house before she left, but police did not observe any
pry marks. Fingerprints were taken at the scene.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Aug. 12, 100 block of Seventh Street South, bur-
glary. More than $2,000 worth of construction materi-
als was stolen from a home's garage while it was under
Aug. 20, 100 block of Third Street South, criminal
mischief. A piece of construction equipment was reported
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Friday, Aug. 30
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes, Fruit or Juice, Milk
Lunch: Pizza, Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Corn, Cherry Tomato with
Dip, Mandarin Oranges. Feature: Chef Salad
Monday, Sept. 2
Labor Day, no school
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet, Biscuit, Fruit or Juice, Milk
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Southern Chicken with Biscuit, Roasted Red
Potatoes, Fresh Veggie Cup with Dip, Pineapple Tidbits.
Feature: Veggie Garden Salad
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Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Bagel or Sausage and Cheese Bagel,
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Breakfast: Biscuit, Sausage Patty, Fruit or Juice, Milk
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Lasagna, Roll, Steamed Garlic and Herb
Green Beans, Carrots with Dip, Fresh Fruit Cup, Birthday
Ice Cream Cup. Feature: Chef Salad
Friday, Sept. 6
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Fruit or Juice, Milk
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty with Bun, Corn, Broccoli with Dip,
Sidekicks. Feature: Chicken Caesar Salad
Juice and milk are served with every meal
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6311; or Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5804.
vandalized. A cab window and door handle was broken.
Damages were estimated at $225.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Aug. 16, 12500 block of Cortez Road West, petit
theft. A complainant reported someone entered his out-
side deck and stole a cellphone off a table.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the current efforts
to enforce a number of city codes are not a "crackdown,"
but a campaign to keep the city clean, safe and free of
In recent weeks, the city has sent property owners
notices to comply with the code that calls for the display
of address numbers on structures.
Additionally, property owners have been sent letters
regarding the code on placing trash cans curb-side for
pickup and removal.
The city also is amending its sign ordinance to reduce
excess signs and bring various styles of real estate signs
"This is not a crackdown," SueLynn said. "This is
enforcing what we have in our codes, particularly the
trash pickup times."
She said most residents comply with the trash and
address codes, and the letters sent were aimed at a few
who do not.
"We are responding to the numerous complaints
we' ve received about trash cans left curbside well past
the time they should be removed after a pickup," she
The letter to property owners regarding street address
numbering on homes and businesses came after code
enforcement officers found some structures in the city
that lacked posted address numbers.
The issue, the mayor said, is about safety. A street
address must be visible from the road for emergency
vehicles to locate a property.
The mayor said the issue of trash cans remaining
curbside after the specified time for removal is causing
"visual blight" in the city. Most of the removal issues are
at vacation rentals and the city is working with property
managers and Waste Management Inc. to ensure compli-
Rear- or side-door pickup of trash cans includ-
ing an additional fee paid to Waste Management is
required in the city of all non-homesteaded properties.
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continues code correction cleanup
A house on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria, left, lacks the address numbers. The home pictured on the right has
a proper address posted and complies with the code, city officials said. Property owners have until Sept. 30 to
comply with the address ordinance. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin
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that have attached displays
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BB stormwater assessments draw business owners' ire
By Mark Young
The city of Bradenton Beach has put a lot of empha-
sis on stormwater projects over the past two years and
some were none too happy to discover they would be
helping to pay for it.
According to city attorney Ricinda Perry, two local
business owners contacted her in the past week unhappy
with what city officials acknowledged were "signifi-
cant" stormwater assessments to their utility bills.
Perry said public works director Tom Woodard
is directed by city ordinance to evaluate properties
to determine if an individual property was creating a
stormwater burden to the city. If a burden is found, then
an assessment is charged.
"As a result, two individuals have objected to those
assessments," said Perry, who wanted direction from
the commission on how to proceed.
Perry said there are no city policies to address a
citizen complaint and suggested that the city either hear
the complaints or force payment through other options
such as denying business tax receipts to the business
owners, which are due to be renewed in September.
"This is a slippery slope," said Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse. "If we start to offer exemptions to people
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who have an issue, then everyone is going to have an
However, Gatehouse said it is only fair to hear the
complaints and if they are valid, then the city should
adjust the assessments.
Vice Mayor Ed Straight asked what triggered the
need for assessments and Perry said the city code is not
clear on a timetable for assessment evaluations.
"But in this case the city was very gracious," said
Perry. "Businesses and entities have not made a large
assessment in quite some time."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh, via Skype from Utah,
said the increases were "excessive. I don't know who
came up with the figures, but I don't think they are right.
We need someone to take a look at it more closely."
Woodard said his responsibility under the ordinance
only recently came to his attention and that an assess-
ment evaluation has not been done since 2004.
He said every five years, anyone that has done work
to improve stormwater flow on their property can ask for
credits and a percentage is deducted from their bill.
"And then I'm supposed to go out and make sure
they did what they say they did and check every five
years that what they did is still working," he said.
Woodard said the two business owners complaining
were not the only businesses assessed and that everyone
else has paid the assessment.
"The bi' ._'i., I complaint was they were not aware of
the rules in the ordinance," he said. "They were signifi-
cant increases, but they were justified."
Woodard said the only business owners impacted
by the assessments were those who sought credits in the
Mayor John Shaughnessy said the citizens deserve
a right to plead their case.
"If they feel they've been charged unfairly, then
they should have the right to come in and state why,"
he said. "In all fairness to the citizens, that's my opinion
of what we should do."
Commissioners agreed and directed Perry to sched-
ule a meeting with the complainants and city staff, with
Shaughnessy acting as the commission liaison to work
out the issue.
In other matters, the city acted on an emergency
item to spend $6,484 to hire Air America, the lowest
bidder, for the replacement of air conditioners at city
One unit broke down this past week and another is
on the verge, according to building official Steve Gil-
In other city matters, city planner Alan Garrett said
he has completed an 18-page draft noise ordinance.
Advertising for public hearings will begin shortly
and Garrett said those hearings will likely begin in Sep-
Commissioners also were expected to authorize a
letter of no objection for an enhancement project at the
Coquina Park boat ramp area on Sarasota Bay.
Garrett said Manatee County Parks and Recreation
has asked to delay that request.
"They want to hold a neighborhood workshop to
get as much public input as possible," said Garrett.
Commissioner's also approved special event appli-
cations for a Dec. 7 Anna Maria Island Privateers Christ-
mas Parade and a party at Coquina Beach and the Nov. 9
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Symphony
on the Sand concert at Coquina Beach.
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Bradenton Beach officials finalize new lease for city pier
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach officials put the finishing touches
on modifications to the new lease for a potential new
restaurant tenant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
At an Aug. 22 pier team meeting, commissioners and
city staff hammered out the final details of the 30-page
lease, which was drafted by city attorney Ricinda Perry
after the former tenant's lease was voided.
That lease led to a variety of issues for former con-
cessionaire Dave Russell and city staff when Russell fell
behind on rent following Tropical Storm Debby in June
Provisions in the old lease did not allow Russell
to make partial payments to the city and accountability
issues in ensuring timely payments left the city without
knowledge of the escalating debt for several months.
The exact amount owed became an issue as city staff
attempted to decipher the lease, and the city eventually
settled with Russell for a $15,000 flat fee and an amicable
Once the settlement was complete, Perry began draft-
ing the new lease.
The Aug. 22 meeting was the second pier team meet-
ing devoted to the details of the new lease. The previous
Aug. 1 meeting was emotionally charged as commission-
ers debated key issues, such as base rent, percentages,
common area maintenance fees and defining the common
Commissioners ultimately settled their differences
with a monthly rent of $5,500 for the restaurant, plus an
additional 12 percent of monthly gross revenues after the
first $5,500 of revenue.
City officials also agreed to establish a common area
maintenance fee with the city incurring 60 percent of the
costs. The restaurant tenant will incur 20 percent, while
the tenants of the bait kiosk and harbor master's office
each will pay 10 percent.
Officials also decided that should a large project be
needed, the city would enact an assessment fee based on
the same percentages.
A sign on me nHistoric triage trreet rier stut pro-
motes "Rotten Ralph's Restaurant." State regulations
prohibit rooftop signs on piers, but a new tenant will
be able to change the message and retain the sign.
Islander Photo: Mark Young
The common area under the former lease was the
entire pier, but commissioners agreed to an area from
the front of the restaurant to the clock tower boardwalk
and parking lot.
Among the many lease items addressed, commis-
sioners agreed Aug. 22 rent payments would not begin
until 180 days after a new tenant receives a certificate of
Commissioners also agreed to set a security deposit
at one-half of a month's rent, or $2,750.
Officials addressed some of the issues that caused
problems under the old lease, ensuring the tenant can
make partial payments and outlining late payment fees.
If a tenant should find a situation out of his or her
control, such as a tropical storm, the committee sug-
gested an appeal system where the tenant could bring
the issue to the city pier team, who then would make a
recommendation to the city commission on whether to
credit the tenant or not.
The parking lot at the restaurant is sometimes used
for city festivals. Commissioner Gay Breuler wanted
to ensure the city still had access to the parking lot for
Perry said the city reserves the right "to do what we
want when we want to do it."
She said providing notice would be the fair thing to
do, but the city isn't obligated to do that.
Breuler then asked about special event applications
for events that also use the parking lot, such as the Christ-
mas on Bridge Street celebration.
Police Chief Sam Speciale, the pier team facilitator,
said the city typically has to ask the tenant for permission,
but there has never been a problem because events bring
business to the restaurant.
The city approved the request for proposal at an Aug.
2 city commission meeting and set a deadline of Sept. 6
for bid submissions.
Perry said as of Aug. 23 no bids had been submitted
despite several people expressing interest.
She said she believes bidders may be waiting to hear
more about the lease, but cautioned that the city may have
to extend its bid deadline.
The RFP includes the opportunity to bid on the bait
kiosk and harbor master's office. Bidders may bid on one,
two or all three of the pier facilities.
City officials ironed out details for the restaurant
lease, but Perry said a lease for the other spaces would
be a simpler process.
While commissioners are expected to approve the
details of the lease, Perry said it only sets the framework
The winning bidder for the restaurant will negotiate
with the city on its lease, and if terms can be reached, the
lease will be signed. If not, the city has the right to enter
into negotiations with the second highest bidder.
Should those negotiations fail, the RFP process
would begin anew.
Interested tenants can contact city hall for lease infor-
mation at 941-778-1005 or visit the clerk's office at 107
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
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Corps, war have lasting
impact for HB veteran
For Holmes Beach resident and author Gene Cilib-
erti, the story of his Korean War service began Dec. 7,
1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Only 11-years old at the time, Ciliberti was too
young for service, but his two brothers and his cousin's
best friend would join the U.S. Armed Forces to fight
in the war. Ciliberti's cousin, Michael, was killed in
"I made up my mind then I wanted to join the ser-
vice. I decided to be a Marine and joined up on my 17th
birthday," he said. That was in 1948 and Ciliberti trained
as a radio operator.
He was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California
on June 25, 1950, when the word came out that the
North Koreans had invaded South Korea and the United
Nations, including the United States, would join the
conflict on behalf of South Korea.
"We didn't have a full 1st Marine Division. We only
had enough to form the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade,
about 5,000 men. The entire brigade volunteered to go,
so we assembled and sailed to Korea," Ciliberti said.
By the time the 30-day voyage to Korea ended at
Pusan, South Korea, the U.S. forces held only a small
perimeter around Pusan, located at the southern tip of
the Korean peninsula. It looked like North Korea was
about to win the war.
Ciliberti remembers the brigade arrived at Pusan on
Aug. 2, 1950, and it was the first time in history U.S.
Marines served under an Army commander.
"We were the Army's fire brigade. We would go out
to plug up a hole in the lines, push the North Koreans
back, let the Army return, then go to another hole in the
perimeter. We were told to hold that perimeter until the
1st Marine Division could be formed and sent over," he
Ciliberti was a corporal and a radio operator. He
would join a line company in action when it needed a
Ciliberti recalls that Pusan was "hot and humid, and
Korea smelled like an outhouse. But we kept the North
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Around Sept. 10, 1950, the brigade was ordered to
board ships near Pusan where they joined the 1st Marine
Division and the brigade's arrival meant about 15,000
men were now in the division.
"We didn't know what was up, but it had to be
something," Ciliberti remembered.
What was up was Gen. Douglas MacArthur's plan
to invade behind the North Korean lines at Inchon on
the west side of Korea.
"MacArthur was a military genius. At Inchon,
because of how fast the tides rose and fell, we had only
two hours to get our two companies in the battalion
After those two hours, the tide would drop so
quickly that ships and transports would be stuck in the
mud of the Inchon approaches until the next high tide.
"But we got ashore in time. Our objective was to
recapture the airfield at Kimpo near Seoul," Ciliberti
The next morning, Ciliberti and his fellow Marines
got their baptism under fire.
"The North Koreans shelled us with mortars. That's
when we began to take casualties. But we formed up and
attacked them and it went fine." The company routed
the North Koreans, then headed for Kimpo Air Base to
attack the enemy there.
"We didn't have any artillery with us," Ciliberti
I1 was certainly one of the lucky
ones in Korea, and I thank God
every day for getting me through
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e Holmes Beach in
his dress blue uni-
form after gradu-
ating from U.S.
Marine Corps basic
"I had to call the Navy for cannon fire. I ended up
talking to the USS Missouri, the 'Mighty Mo.' Here I
was, just a kid, and I was telling this big ship 20 miles
away what coordinates to use for fire. They had to be
precise because we didn't want to ruin the concrete
runways. The shells were perfect and none hit the run-
ways," he remembered.
After Kimpo, the division attacked Seoul along with
U.S. Army elements and drove out the North Koreans.
"Once Seoul was secure, we thought we were
But to the surprise of the Marines, they were told
they were to make another landing, this one on North
Korea's east coast near Wonsan.
Ciliberti said the briefing for the invasion revealed
the North Koreans had dug in artillery fire on the
invasion beaches and there was little cover for the
It looked to Ciliberti and his fellow Marines like
they would be chopped to pieces.
"But we got real lucky on that invasion. Instead of
going ashore when we got there, we sat on the ship for
six days while the Navy cleared out mines in the harbor.
Those six days were a lifesaver.
"When we waded ashore, we didn't get shot at.
Instead, we saw a sign announcing that Bob Hope would
be performing," he said. Ciliberti and his men learned
the South Korean army had used the six-day interlude
to capture Wonsan and drive out the North Koreans.
"Talk about a lucky day," Ciliberti said.
Then, in October 1950, came the drive north to
Korea's border with China.
"We were told to head north and surround the
Chosin Reservoir, which, we were told, provided all
the electricity for North Korea. MacArthur said if we
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took that, the war would be over and we'd be home for
"But we didn't get orders to move further north or
south, so we just sat there at the reservoir."
During this time, the Chinese Red Army had quietly
slipped more than 120,000 men over the Korean border
and, gradually, the Marines were surrounded.
"We really didn't know what to do, but when they
attacked, we shot back. We had no orders to advance or
By November 1950, the weather around the Chosin
Reservoir had turned so cold that many weapons froze
and were useless. Ciliberti and his men found that spray-
ing a rifle with insecticide would free the bolt and their
rifles would fire.
"That was a good thing because every rifle was
needed to repel the Chinese. We kept waiting for
orders, but none came," he recalled. Finally, orders for
the Marines and Army units at Chosin to leave North
Korea were issued.
"There was only one road out of there, so we didn't
have much choice but to fight our way along the road.
We did not retreat, we were ordered to leave. That's a
big difference," Ciliberti said with pride.
The Marines and Army had to move south about 80
miles to reach a seaport where U.N. ships could take
them. About 20 miles into the movement, Ciliberti
remembers something hit near him near him and he
woke up on the hood of a jeep.
"I thought I was a goner, but the medics said I'd be
OK. I was full of shrapnel, so it was probably a mortar."
The survivors of the march would be called the "Chosin
Few," Ciliberti said.
He was air-evacuated and flown to Japan, then
Guam and Hawaii, eventually reaching the Philadel-
phia Naval Hospital. Ciliberti arrived there at 10 p.m.
on Dec. 24, 1950.
"I suddenly realized I was home for Christmas," he
Ciliberti spent Christmas with his family, then
returned to the hospital. He was given a 30-day leave
and spent his final year in the Marines on convalescent
duty. He was discharged in 1952.
Ciliberti has no regrets about the Marine Corps or
"I married my childhood sweetheart Sophia and we
had three children. I went to college on the GI Bill, then
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worked for IBM for 38 years before retiring. It was a
great life," he said.
"And I owe it all to the Marine Corps. Any success
I have had I owe to the Corps and all the training. They
taught me faith, character and responsibility and I never
forgot those lessons."
He moved to Anna Maria Island in 2000 and found
time to write several non-fiction books, including N.\ .i
Been Old Before, "Reflections of a Boy Marine" and
"As a Man Thinketh."
"I wanted my kids, our kids, to remember their
folks were once kids themselves. I wanted them to know
about childhood growing up in the 1930s and '40s, and
my life as a kid.
"I was certainly one of the lucky ones in Korea,
and I thank God every day for getting me through that
Ciliberti also has given talks to schools about what
the Marines and the Korean War were like.
"They say we were the forgotten ones, but I never
forgot. I'm glad I did it, and I'm proud to be a member
of the 'Chosin Few,' and a Marine."
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Agnelli Pool & Spa takes prize in AMICC NFL Super Bowl
By Kevin Cassidy
Topping sports action this past week, third-seed
Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants rolled to a 38-22 victory
over Waterfront Restaurant Raiders Aug. 22 to win the
Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Foot-
ball League adult division Super Bowl.
Quarterback Ryan Moss led the way for the Giants
on offense and defense. He completed 16 of 23 passes
for 253 yards and five touchdown passes. Three of his
touchdown passes went to Brent Moss, who finished with
five catches for 73 yards, while teammate Frank Agnelli
also added five catches for 98 yards, including two touch-
downs and an extra point. Josh Rio finished with five
catches for 74 yards to round out the Giant offense.
Ryan Moss made an incredible eight flag pulls to lead
the defense, which also received two pulls each from Rio
and Brent Moss in the victory.
The Raiders were led by quarterback Chris Gillum,
who completed 18 of 25 passes for 247 yards and three
touchdown passes. His favorite receiver was Mike Gillum,
who caught eight passes for a game-high 124 yards, includ-
ing a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. Jason Vancleve
added four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns for
the Raiders, which also received four catches for 37 yards
and a 2-point conversion from Matt Ray and two catches
for 33 yards from Lindsey Weaver.
Vancleve and Billy Malfese led the Raiders' defense
with three flag pulls each in the loss.
The Raiders advanced to the Super Bowl thanks to a
32-20 upset winAug. 21 over top-seed Discount Signs &
Wraps Seahawks in the semifinals, where Chris Gillum
and Jason Vancleve both had huge games for the Raid-
Chris Gillum completed 13 passes for 176 yards and
three touchdown passes, while also catching three passes
for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Vancleve caught six
passes for 118 yards, including a touchdown reception
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and a 2-point conversion, while also completing three
passes for 20 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Gillum
caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown and
Matt Ray added a 6-yard touchdown reception to round
out the Raiders' scoring in the victory.
Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants advanced to the Super
Bowl by edging Slim's Place Broncos 33-27 in the
same-day second semifinal game. Ryan Moss again had
a huge game on both sides of the ball, completing 17 of
27 passes, including five touchdown passes, while also
adding three pulls, a sack and an interception on defense.
Brent Moss caught six passes for 92 yards, two touch-
downs and three extra points, while Frank Agnelli added
two catches for 35 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jeff
Walker added one touchdown reception and finished with
four catches for 26 yards in the victory.
Larry Berkery completed 16 of 26 passes for 227
yards and four touchdown passes to lead Slim's Place in
the loss. Chad Woods caught a game-high eight passes
for 137 yards, including a touchdown, an extra point and
a 2-point conversion, while Ryan Hogan finished with six
catches for 71 yards and three touchdowns. Will Case and
Lexi Davis paced the Bronco defense with four pulls.
Seedings set for volleyball playoffs
A pair of matches played Aug. 19 finalized the reg-
ular-season standings of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center's volleyball league and set the seedings
for the Aug. 27 playoffs.
Beach Bums defeated Salon Salon 25-15, 25-23 to
lock up the top seed for the playoffs. The loss dropped
Salon Salon to fifth seed and, following Island Real
Estate's 25-21, 25-23 loss to Southern Greens, sets up
Salon Salon and Island Real Estate to meet in the opening
round of the playoffs. The winner of that match will take
on No. 1 seed Beach Bums in the first of two semifinal
matches. The second semifinal has third-seed Southern
Greens taking on No. 2 seed Bowes Imaging Center and
the winners of those matches will then play for the cham-
pionship at 9 p.m.
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Two teams advanced from pool play with 3-0 records
during Aug. 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Dom Livedoti and Tim
Sofran edged Hank Huyghe and Steve Doyle 21-19 to
earn blain, rights for the day.
Aug. 21 horseshoe action had two teams earn 2-1
records during pool play. Sam Samuel and Steve Doyle
defeated Tim Sofran and Ron Pepka 23-15 to claim the
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 wet week at Key Royale Club in Holmes
Beach as only one planned golf outing was played. The
men played a nine-hole team scramble Aug. 22, which
saw Jon Holcomb, Jim Kirk and Randy Clark combine
on a 5-under-par 27 to claim clubhouse bia-ini- rights
for the week.
Signups ongoing for fall sports at AMICC
Registration for adult and youth sports are ongoing
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The center
is offering soccer, basketball and dodgeball leagues for
adults, while the youth will be playing soccer.
To register or for more information, contact Troy
Shonk at 941-778-1908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Snook to kill or not to kill, that is the question
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Snook season is scheduled to open Sept. 1. The state
of Florida has finally laid the responsibility for the con-
servation of snook back in our laps. After the freeze in
2010, our snook population was decimated, resulting in
a closure in Gulf waters for almost three years.
Supposedly, snook numbers have rebounded and
with the prolonged closure, current bag and size limits
and methods of harvest, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission feels it's safe to take fish to
the dinner table without damaging the future population.
Now, the question for us is: Are the snook numbers
back where they should be? Throughout the past few
months I've been bringing up this question to a lot of
charter captains and recreational anglers and the consen-
sus is still 50-50.
There are a lot of snook fishers who feel there are
acceptable numbers to again open the harvest, but there
are a lot who feel there aren't. Ultimately, it really boils
down to personal judgment. Even though the season is
open, there will be fishers who continue to practice catch-
and-release, just as there were probably fishers who har-
vested snook right through the closure.
We also have to take into account fishers who are too
ignorant to know what a snook is, so they throw them
into the cooler without so much as a measurement. Either
way, it will be interesting to see how all this pans out.
If you plan to keep a snook for dinner, the regulations
are as follows you can keep one snook per person per
day. The slot is 28-33 inches and the open season will
run Sept. 1- Nov. 30. If you're required to have a fishing
license, then you're required to have a snook stamp, too.
You can purchase stamps at your local tackle shop or at
the tax collector's office.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says Spanish
mackerel are the mainstay at the pier. Fishers arriving
early are getting in on schooling mackerel by using small
white speck rigs or Gotcha plugs. Live bait shiners or
threadfins also are an option, but remember to use a
long shank hook. Average size of the mackerel is 12-15
inches, although larger fish are mixed in.
Pier fishers using live shrimp can expect to catch
mangrove snapper and black drum. These fish are struc-
ture-oriented so make sure you're casting your baits
under the pier. A No. 2 live bait hook with a split shot
The common snook, Centropomus undecimalis, is one
of Florida's most popular inshore game fish due to its
fighting ability and merit as table fare. Anglers also
refer to the common snook as robalo and linesider.
Snook comes from the Dutch "snoek," meaning pike.
placed 12 inches above is an ideal rig to target either of
these species. Along with shrimp, you can use live shiners
for bait, especially for the snapper.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing good
action occurring throughout the day, and the early morn-
ing bite is especially good. Large schools of threadfin her-
ring are gathering around the pier, bringing with them the
predatory fish, such as mackerel, jack crevalle, blue run-
ners and ladyfish. Pier fishers, using small white crappie
jigs or Clark spoons, are catching near limits of macks,
as well as plenty of the trio. Live bait presentations are
producing, although requiring a little more work than
using lures. Threadfin herring are delicate, which makes
it hard to keep them alive. So keep only a few in a bucket
at a time and, even then, they won't survive for long. This
means you' re going to have to catch bait frequently. If
you don't have any jigs or spoons, you'll have to go with
the live bait approach, although lures may be in your best
If Spanish mackerel isn't your forte, you can always
try fishing with live shrimp. When doing this, you'll be
targeting mangrove snapper, flounder and small grouper,
so you' 11 probably want to cast your baits either around
the pilings or under the pier. Also, when putting baits
under the pier, remember to set up on the side of the pier
where the tide is rushing toward you. This will ensure
that your bait will stay under and not wash away from
the pier when you cast.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
of good numbers of spotted seatrout coming from Anna
Maria Sound. Most catches are occurring on live shiners
or shrimp, although artificial such as the MirrOlure Mir-
rOdine are producing, too. Most trout catches are under-
sized, although fish up to 25 inches are being reported.
Along the beaches and around the piers at the north
end of Anna Maria Island, Spanish mackerel are accom-
modating fishers using artificial such as small white jigs,
Gotcha plugs and silver spoons. Along with mackerel,
expect to catch ladyfish, jack crevalle, blue runners and
the occasional juvenile barracuda.
On nearshore structure, Keyes is hearing of man-
grove snapper and flounder being reeled up. For either
species, a bottom rig baited with a small shiner will do
the job. Keyes also suggests hanging a chum bag from
the transom to get the snapper fired up.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is catch-
ing a variety of species in Tampa Bay. By working near-
shore structure, he's catching limits of mangrove snap-
per. Most snapper being caught are in the 12-inch range,
although bigger fish are in the mix.
Also on nearshore structure, Gross is catching Span-
ish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish, which is great action for
his clients. All of these fish fight hard to the end and are
aggressive to eat a bait.
On the flats, Gross is targeting catch-and-release
snook and spotted seatrout. For the snook, Gross has his
clients free-lining live shiners to schools of fish. Average
size of the snook is 20-36 inches. For the trout, Gross
adds a popping cork to a shiner. Expect to see fish ranging
Send fishing reports to email@example.com.
FWC reopens snook harvest
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission reviewed the status of snook populations in
Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters in June before
reopening the recreational harvest of snook Sept. 1.
The fishery has been closed since early 2010,
when a prolonged cold snap negatively impacted the
population, particularly juvenile snook.
In 2012, the FWC extended the temporary closure
through August 2013 in an effort to further protect the
species and give it time to more fully recover.
The FWC Research Institute confirms that once
reopened, the stock should continue to rebuild with
management efforts, including regular closed seasons
and the slot limit, which protects both juveniles and
the more productive larger fish.
All bag and size limits and gear restrictions will
be in effect, including one-fish-per-person, per-day,
the 28-33 inch total length slot limit and two annual
closures, Dec. 1-Feb. 28, and May 1-Aug. 31.
The next snook assessment will be in 2015.
To learn more, visit myfwc.com.
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By Rick Catlin
Reba's selling iFloats
Two longtime Anna Maria Island residents have
introduced the iFloat to area water lovers.
The iFloat is a made-to-order foam raft that allows
people to float along the area's inland waters or along the
beach shoreline. There is no need of a motor or sail.
Becky Kramer and Jill Capparelli decided to open
Reba's Rafts after hearing people say they wanted a fun
way to float around area waters.
The floats are 6 feet wide and the length is made-to-
order, Kramer said.
They are fitted with a d-ring and tether line and are
sturdy enough to support movement, paddling or pull-
"Not all water floats are created equal is our motto,"
Kramer said. These rafts are built with "extreme durabil-
ity and stability."
Kramer said the iFloat can be used in area waters or
in a pool to lounge or "bounce through the waves." The
float rolls up and can be strapped to a car roof. Also, no
air pump is needed.
"This will be the best rest and recreation with family
and friends you will ever experience," she said.
Reba's Rafts store is at 12116 Cortez Road W.,
For more information, call 941-565-0651.
Chamber winds up August,
sets up September events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
monthly business card exchange will be a luau 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Hancock Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive,
Attendees are asked to wear luau-style attire and a
costume contest will again be part of the annual event.
Door prizes will be awarded and ukulele music will
be provided by Big Jim Allen.
The cost is $5 per person and reservations are
Members are encouraged to bring a guest and anyone
interested in joining the chamber also is invited.
The chamber's monthly Network at Noon luncheon
is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Sandbar
Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave. in Anna Maria.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
required. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
Also, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will hold a golf tournament starting at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 23, at the Bradenton Country Club.
The entry fee is $125 per golfer, with signup wel-
come as foursomes or a single. Tournament play is a
scramble format and a number of prizes will be offered
in various categories.
Cost of the tournament includes the awards banquet
following completion of play. Non-golfers may attend
the banquet for $35.
Proceeds go to the chamber's scholarship program
for high school seniors planning to major in business at
For more information, call the chamber at 941-778-
Galati offers free access to
Tampa Boat Show
Galati Yacht Sales, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria,
is providing anyone interested in attending the Sept. 6-8
Tampa Boat Show with free tickets.
The show will be held at the Tampa Convention
Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa.
The company will have some of its boats on display
at the show.
For tickets, go online at galatimarine.com/boat-
For more information, call 941-778-0755 or 727-
on an iFloat, a
Kayak and 'Kokonut'
Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at the
Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The city approved the business Aug. 1 on a temporary
basis, wanting to see how traffic would be impacted
considering the cafe recently doubled its operational
space by opening a new tiki hut called the Kokonut
Hut. Islander Photo: Mark Young
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Island real estate transactions
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
102 48th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,216 sfla / 4,544
sfur 6bed/52bath duplex and cottage built in 1970 on
a 100x210 lot was sold 08/05/13, Mullis to Kaleta for
$2,317,500; list $2,600,000.
207 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,008 sfla
3,362 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car pool home built in 1993
on a 50x200 lot was sold 08/08/13, Kolin to Asper for
$1,011,800; list $1,150,000.
605 North Point Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,214 sfla
4,127 sfur 41)~.d 3' :-tlli canalfront pool home built in
2012 on a 90x110 lot was sold 08/06/13, Murphy Prop-
erty Group LLC to Tally for $916,000.
622 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 3,081 sfla
4,391 sfur 4'k.d 3IItlli'2car canalfront pool home built
in 1973 on a 140x100 lot was sold 08/05/13, Haskell to
Cianchette for $824,900; list $859,000.
105 Pelican Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,718 sfla / 4,883
sfur 4b-.d 3' :1il lxi2car canalfront pool home built in 1992
on a 75x100 lot was sold 07/31/13, Wallis to Medina for
$773,000; list $829,000.
231 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,290 sfla / 1,684
sfur 3bed/2bath/ car canalfront pool home built in 1971
on a 56x148 lot was sold 07/23/13, Poseidon Adventures
LLC to Oliver for $710,000; list $799,000.
506 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,761 sfla / 4,945
sfur 5bed/31/bath/2car canalfront home built in 1971
on a 95x111 lot was sold 07/31/13, Bell to Papiech for
$700,000; list $749,000.
300 N. Shore Drive, Unit B, North Shore Paradise,
Anna Maria, a 1,680 sfla 41k.d 3Iilli condo with pool
built in 1970 was sold 07/24/13, Florida Gulf Coast Vaca-
tion Homes LLC to Nelson for $676,000; list $684,000.
303 64th St., Unit B, Chiki Tiki, Holmes Beach, a
1,316 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1969 was
sold 07/30/13, Hutchson to Garland Real Estate Inc for
$500,000; list $564,900.
521 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,204 sfla / 2,446 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar pool home built in 1983 on a 52x145 lot
was sold 07/25/13, Clements to McConnell for $468,000;
609 Concord Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,464 sfla
1,828 sfur 2bed/22bath/lcar canalfront home built in
1965 on a 95x114 lot was sold 07/31/13, Hartmann to
Schmus for $464,000; $499,000.
760 Jacaranda Rd., Anna Maria, a 1,857 sfla / 2,133
sfur 5bed/3bath duplex built in 1972 on a 50x102 lot
was sold 08/02/13, Brandom to Mason Martin LLC for
504 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,398 sfla /1,558 sfur
3bed/2bath home built in 1922 on a 52x145 lot was sold
07/26/13, Pupin to Preston for $425,000; list $495,000.
2309 Ave. C, Unit 200, Costa Verde, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,608 sfla / 1,685 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built
in 2009 was sold 08/09/13, Swallow to McCartney for
7504 Palm Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,864 sfla /1,929
sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1953 on a 77x92 lot was
sold 08/05/13, Amato to Poseidon Adventures on 75th
Street LLC for $375,000.
3007 Ave. E, Unit 1, Sunset Villas on Avenue E,
Holmes Beach, a 756 sfla / 1,512 sfur 2bed/lbath condo
with shared pool built in 1970 was sold 07/31/13, Toehold
Capital LLC to Nance for $369,000; list $389,000.
7100 Gulf Drive, Unit 115, Nautilus, Holmes Beach,
a 1,081 sfla / 1,185 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1973 was sold 07/22/13, Muth to AMI Prop-
erties of FL LLC for $345,000; list $369,000.
114 Third St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,051 sfla
1,326 sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1968 on a 50x100
lot was sold 08/05/13, Center to Murphy Property Group
LLC for 300,000.
600 Manatee Ave., Unit 212, Westbay Cove, Holmes
Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,447 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1977 was sold 08/07/13, Yandow to
Liantonio for $299,000.
2504 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,624 sfla / 2,599
sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1980 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 08/01/13, Federal National Mortgage Association to
Lawson for $295,000.
4255 Gulf Drive, Unit 222, Island Village, Holmes
Beach, a 1,254 sfla / 1,482 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1981 was sold 07/31/13, Irion to
laniro for $282,500; list $287,500.
2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit S11, Sandpiper Resort,
Bradenton Beach, a 989 sfla / 1,425 sfur a 2bed/lbath
mobile home with share was sold 08/02/13, Cleland to
Hargraves for $250,000.
1301 Bay Drive N., Unit 3B, Bay Watch, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,079 sfla / 1,225 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1982 was sold 08/01/13, Swanson to
Ajayi for $250,000; list $284,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 280, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 07/30/13,
Loprinzo to Price for $233,000.
2501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 201, Beach Plaza, Holmes
_ Beach, a 736 sfla / 781 sfur 2bed/lbath
condo built in 1981 was sold 08/07/13,
Uhl to Safe Ride Healthcare Inc for
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for $30. St. Armand's Circle. Sell for $30. Call
ACRYLICS, WATERCOLORS, STENCILS, $5/
each, extra-large trunk, brass handles, $50,
queen mattress, $100. 770-286-5644.
COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100.
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)
THE HIVE: GIFTS & Arts at Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach. Local hand-made unique
jewelry including our very popular Mermaids
Range, Tibetan jewelry and goods, plus Pan-
dora-style charms and various gift items from
around the world. 941-730-1745.
PUBLIC AUCTION OF entire contents of a
vacation rental home. Preview of items at
9 a.m., auction at 11 a.m. Each item in the
home will be auctioned to highest bidder Aug.
28. Home located at: 703 S. Bay Blvd. Anna
Maria Island. Can see pictures: www.manatee-
auctions.com. Please, call 941-527-6571 for
information. Florida Auction Licenses, AU4284
GIVING BACK END of summer sale! 11 a.m.
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31. Proceeds go
to charities. Closed for vacation September-
October. 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes 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.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
31. Antiques, furniture, artwork, kitchen and
home essentials, memorabilia. 530 67 St.,
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: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
31. Antiques, collectibles, lots more! Something
for everyone! 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
LOST: CARRERA PRESCRIPTION sunglasses.
Gulf Drive and Eighth Street, Sunset Landings,
Bradenton Beach. $25 reward. Mike or Stacey,
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and
kittens!) are looking for great new homes or
fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-
1997 HONDA ACCORD LX. 187,500 miles.
Asking $2,499. Reliable, 4-door, green. 4-2.2L-
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long
memories, call 941-518-3868 or see boatflor-
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. 2001 25-hp Mer-
cury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor. Must see!
$500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
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.
LOOKING FOR CAREGIVER/nanny for north
end AMI home Monday through Friday, approx-
imately 20 hours/week. Email: pattymcbean@
hotmail.com with experience and hourly rate,
HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED URGENTLY for 77
year-old female. Light household chores and
general help. $550/weekly. Send resumes to:
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 sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified. Hallie,
941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.
RESPONSIBLE ISLAND STUDENT available
for babysitting and pet sitting. Red Cross-
certified babysitter. Isabel, 941-545-7995 or
CLEANING FOR CARPET, TILE & FURNITURE
Call NOEL today 941-840-9649
Mention The Islander for a 10% Discount
Jim Basiley, LLC
Engineer turned Handyman
free estimates --no service charge-- no job too small
Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry, Air Conditioning/Heating
Call Jim at 941-448-7806 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Need computer help? Chances R, I can help.
And if I don't have the answer, I know someone
who will. Start to finish hardware, software,
network setup and repair, printer help, continu-
ing support... Give me a call. If it's broke, I can
usually fix it. Cell phones, too.
I-SldtKSOlUtiviS business network / computer solutions
Socko Pearson, 941-799-1169, email@example.com
ISLAND REFERENCES AVAILABLE
"Movers Who Core"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
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
MALE CNA WITH 10 years experience. In-
home care and facility. Able to transfer and
help with daily routines. References available.
Please, call 941-518-8408.
CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH caregiver now
available to help you in your home. Fun-loving,
gentle, honest, and experienced. Cooking,
cleaning, errands, no problem! Call 941-301-
1579, leave message.
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-
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.
More ads = more readers in The Islander.
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-
HIDDEN DOG FENCE installation. Free esti-
mates. Islander owner/installer. 239-470-1254
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus
cleanup, system upgrade. Give islander Socko
a call: 941-799-1169.
JD'S WINDOW CLEANING looking for store-
front jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty win-
dows sparkle. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
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.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holvh-:, 1,.: iipi Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. ,,'"
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Call Junior, 807-1015 AN
S HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
wood flooring. Insured and licensed, 941-748-
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable,
timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-
CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free
estimates and plans. New houses, porches,
decks and renovations. Fair prices. Hire a Florida
licensed contractor. Call 941-795-1947 or cell,
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call 818-620-
VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat
ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free
WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL rental
2BR/1 BA. $875/week. www.gulfbeachrental.
net or 941-778-4731.
ANNUAL RENTAL: CITY of Anna Maria, 3BR/2BA
with large private yard near City Pier on Crescent
Avenue, steps to the bay beach and Pine Avenue
shops. Pets OK. $1,800/month. 941-321-5454.
3BR/2BA: CANAL, FURNISHED. Internet. dvan-
ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet
from Gulf. 2BR one large bath. Seasonal rental,
three-day minimum. Call for further information,
863-660-3509 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NW Bradenton 2BR/2BA, pool
new kitchen. $209,900. Call Lori
Guerin, 941-773-3415, or Carmen
Pedota 941-284-2598, Realtors.
60-feet of bayou frontage,
2BR/1BA bungalow with
potential. $179,900 Call Carmen
Pedota, Realtor, 941-284-2598
3BR/2BA bungalow. Central
island location. Tons of charm.
$649,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
NEW CANAL-POOL HOME
Stunning views, excellent location,
construction and upgrades! Come
see this 3BR/3BA 2,500 sf beauty
today. $1,000,000. Call Nicole
Skaggs, Broker 941-773-3966.
TERRA CEIA BAYFRONT CANALFRONT POOL HOME
Turnkey updated 2BA/2BA Exceptional buy Updated
with Den. Easy to see San Remo. $329,900. Call
$274,900.CallLoriSkaggs, Denise Fleese, Realtor, 941-
Realtor, 941-209-9669 504-5211.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA in exclusive Perico
Bay Club. Great water views, gated community,
pools and tennis courts, covered parking, one
mile from beach. Sorry no pets allowed. $1,1 00/
VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or
condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971
or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.
BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL rental: 1BR,
granite and stainless kitchen, gulf in front, bay
behind, pool, great location, walk or trolley to
all, no pets, no smoking, $1,000/month, available
Oct. 1 or sooner. Call 603-969-6840.
ANNUAL: 3BR/1.5BA ground-level duplex in
Holmes Beach. Shared laundry. Fenced back-
yard. Small pet considered. $1,600/month. Gulf-
Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
PLEASE CALL ME if you're interested in selling.
I'm looking to purchase a home close to or on
the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.
WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn
at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA oversize two-
car garage, secluded, end cul-de-sac.1,913 sf,
10x30-foot enclosed lanai. Granite kitchen,
maple cabinets. Immaculate move-in condition.
Friendly neighbors, heated pool. $165,000. 941-
2BR2BA CONDO IN Bradenton Beach. Steps to
beach, very nice. Owner motivated. Priced below
market at $215,000, firm. Call 813-245-0428.
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 Realtor
Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355 to schedule your
LONGBOAT KEY: CHARMING New England-
style country 2BR/2BA plus office or studio.
Steps to marina and pool. Private Gulf beach
access. Immediate occupancy. $279,500. Owner,
FOR SALE: SPACIOUS Village Green single-fam-
ily home. 4BR/2BA, oversized two-car garage,
caged pool, ten minutes to beach, no HOA fees,
no-flood zone. $225,000. Real Estate Mart, 941-
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rental history. $749,000. Call Jesse Brisson for more
info @ 941.713.4755.
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61 "You Gotta Be"
62 Allen of "Candid
63 Sister of literature
67 Bank statement
68 Sea eagle
69 Gray areas, maybe
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72 Cpl.. for one
73 "What ___ thou?"
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75 Province of Saudi
76 Susan who wrote
78 Old fashioned street
80 Texting while
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81 Comment often
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84 Head of une cole?
85 Act like a rat. say
86 Supported, as a
88 Nothing doing?
90 Being. to Claudius
92 Before, in sonnets
93 Primitive drive
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33 ___ polymerase
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51 Like some printing
52 Amish relative
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79 Feature of St.
82 Oly mpic racers
83 "lanny" author Jong
87 A swimmer might
rightly be scared to
89 New Guinea port
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Earhart left on her
91 Army fig. who
knows the drill?
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96 Go to sleep
98 Cry of victor)
99 Posting, say
100 Bottom of a
102 Gave up
104 Listening, with
107 Locale for finished
works that haven't
108 Big-screen format
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ALES & RENTALS
LORIDA DREAMS REALTY
2501 Gulf Drive N. #101, Bradenton Beach
QuckClsigse as DaleAsIPucas
Historic 1926 Old Florida Gulfviexv Cot
3 Bedroom/3 Bath Oversized 75x1 45, 10,875 sf
Location: 104 Magnolia Ave.; 1 lot from Gulf of M(
1 block to Sandbar Restaurant and Ginny's & Jar
+- This historic beach cottage offers 3 suites, each
with private full bath, wrap-around porch with
Gulf views, tongue-and-groove wood ceilings,
hardwood floors, custom closet systems, recessed
lighting and much more. .
Custom kitchen features solid-wood cabinets, .
marble counter tops and stainless steel appli-
4+ Cottage is fully furnished and decorated, fea- ..* ."
turning historic Anna Maria art.
4+ Additional ground-floor structure with detached garage and alle
access provide plenty of storage and opportunities for expansion.
4* With lot size of 75 by 145 feet (10,875 sf), this property allows
future expansion and expansive Gulf views.
+- Broker fee protected.
A truly rare find on AMI. This won't last long.
For more details: www.annamariacottage.com
email@example.com or 727-510-0340
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may be packed
66 Galactic ___ ("Star
71 Part of a nativity
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