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Anna Maria introduces pieces to parking puzzle
By Rick Catlin
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tackle parking puzzle. It might be as difficult as solving parking
Page 6 problems in the city of Anna Maria.
But the city is giving it a try.
SAt the Sept. 24 Anna Maria city commis-
sion meeting, Mayor SueLynn introduced her
parking plan, four long-awaited options to
solve what some perceive as a growing park-
Holmes Beach explores ing problem.
Holmes Beach explores The mayor also gave her take on posi-
public comment rules. ^^^
Pub c ntive and negative aspects of the step plan she
Page 2 devised with the help of staff, including public
N' works supervisor and former Commissioner
She then left it to commissioners to mold
the four options into a solution.
3 island cities adopt Option 1: No parking in the rights of way
budgets, approve tax for "anyone, any time," except in the retail-
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Lee, ]eagS and at the Rod & Reel Pier. Other exceptions
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approved special events.
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^- ~ the city park at Pine Avenue-North Bay Bou-
Community announce- levard and at designated spaces at the city pier
ments, events. Pages parking lot and at Bayfront Park.
10-13. The mayor said staff determined this would
0OQ 0(D)(3(;) be in the best interest of residents and control
GQ(OP(3O)(0 ( the volume of vehicles, and also encourage
Where to go, what to do. parking in business areas.
Page 10 Option 2: Each property in the city would
P ag 1 receive two free parking permits. The permits
,would have a two-year expiration. Exceptions
Sentencing in fraud case would be the same as Option 1.
continued. Page 16 Permit parking would be authorized in all
1 .O designated areas and would include parking
kin the rights of way. Day visitors would be
S h ^allowed to park free at city lots, including at
Rain delay, menu plan- Bayfront Park.
ner. Page 19 The mayor said the pros and cons of
*i ^ Option 2 were about the same as No. 1.
SOption 3: This includes Option 2, plus an
annual fee-based pass for people who do not
Sports.: Rain puts Special of the day:
damper on some island Burnt toast
games. Page 20 The 911 call fire at the Rod &
Reel Pier went in at 8:30 a.m.
,s Ld Biz Sept. 30. Employees, anglers
and customers of the restau-
Page 22 rant, including Manatee County
Sh, irf's Deputy Gary Sellitto,
who said he suspected the fire to
Openings and happen- be electrical, evacuated safely.
ings. West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief
Andy Price, front, assists at
Real estate sales. Page the scene. There was plenty of
23 smoke but little in the way of
flames. As WMFR firefighters
worked to find the source, cut-
ting through walls and the roof, u
Sea turtle numbers it rekindled three times. Price
as of Sept. 27: said the pier will need not only
372 turtle nests, a new kitchen, but electrical and
359false crawls, structure work. More, page 8. -
20,855 hatchlings. Islander Photo.: Bonner Joy
and would allow the most parking.
On the negative side, she said, are startup
costs, maintenance, the probable need for more
city staff and more cars coming into the city, and
it's not likely in the best interests of the city.
After her presentation, the mayor said it's
now up to commissioners as to how to pro-
Taking off the blindfolds ...
On hearing the options presented by the
mayor to solve the city's parking problems,
Anna Maria Commission Chair Chuck Webb
charged commissioners with the task to "iden-
tify the problem."
That's easy, said Commissioner Dale
It's the population growth of eastern Man-
atee County the past few years, he said. Resi-
PLEASE SEE PARKING, PAGE 3
By Rick Catlin
Most Anna Maria vacation rental owners
and managers can breathe a sigh of relief.
Chuck Webb previously
introduced his plan to obtain
judicial review of the city's
hotel/motel ordinance to
include vacation home rent-
Webb als with a goal of limiting
use of residential homes as
A 4-1 majority of commissioners agreed
that he should gather and present documenta-
tion to proceed.
However, at the Sept. 26 city meeting,
Webb explained he only wants to use the ordi-
nance to control "problem rentals."
If the city obtains a favorable court ruling,
Webb said, the city could terminate the license
of rental properties that continually cause
"problems" for other people looking for peace
and quiet enjoyment of their homes.
He said he would have all the information
on the problem vacation rentals he's targeting
for an Oct. 10 commission meeting.
Webb said there are sufficient code
enforcement complaints against a few rent-
als including complaints he made against
a rental property on Magnolia Avenue near
his residence as well as calls to Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies about loud
noise at rentals.
Webb made a code complaint in August
against a Magnolia Avenue vacation rental, but
code enforcement officers Gerry Rathvon and
Diane Sacca found no violation, stating in a
letter to Webb the state definition of a motel
does not apply to vacation homes.
Webb said he is not looking to bring action
against vacation property managers and owners
PLEASE SEE RENTALS, PAGE 5
Mayor SueLynn is joined by Anna Maria
public works superintendent George McKay
in presenting her parking plan options Sept.
24. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
qualify for the free two-year property permit.
The annual pass would allow parking 7
a.m.-9 p.m. daily and retain the current plan
that calls for alternating parking on opposite
sides of the street each year.
"Fees would be tiered," the mayor said,
with island residents paying the least.
"What the city charges would be up to the
commission," she said.
Option 3 includes a revenue stream for
passes, allows more public parking and elimi-
nates questions about the number of public
parking spaces needed to qualify for beach
renourishment funds, according to the mayor.
The downside is the upfront cost, adding
more public parking, reduction of parking
for property owners, administration time and
pushing beach parking to business areas.
Option 4: This option includes the second
and third options, plus fee-based parking for
designated parking areas.
That means pay stations meters or
kiosks for which the commission would
determine parking fees.
SueLynn said option No. 4 would be the
"best revenue generator." the most equitable
2 0 OCT. 2, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach commission to explore public comment rules
By Mark Young
Depending on the matter being discussed at a Holmes
Beach commission meeting, a citizen wishing to speak
sometimes may hold his or her tongue on any given sub-
ject for hours.
Public comment is typically afforded to citizens at
open meetings, but the Florida Legislature earlier this
year made it a requirement for cities and counties to
establish official public comment policies through an
ordinance or resolution.
Holmes Beach typically opens public comment at
the end of a meeting, with the exception of a public hear-
ing. Often decisions are made before the public speaks,
although agenda items are usually discussed at prior work
sessions or other regular meetings.
With the new law taking effect, commissioners now
must establish a policy regarding public comment and
it must include taking public comment before voting on
an agenda item.
City attorney Patricia Petruff, at a Sept. 26 work ses-
sion, said the requirement to take comment before a vote
doesn't necessarily mean it has to take place at the meet-
ing at which the vote is taken.
"For instance, we could have public comment on an
agenda item at a work session and then wouldn't have
to at the regular meeting," said Petruff. "The important
thing is to have a policy that then presumes you are fol-
lowing the law. If not, you arguably put yourself at risk
if the public challenges that they weren't provided an
opportunity to speak."
Petruff said commissioners could do it as they
wished, as long as the requirements of setting a policy
and conducing public comment before a vote are met.
"You can do it at the beginning of a meeting or
have public comment item by item," she said. "That's a
choice you have to make. The law just requires a formal
Commissioner Pat Morton suggested having public
comment item by item and Commissioner Judy Titsworth
"I know when I was sitting out there in the gallery
waiting until the end of the meeting, I would get antsy
because I wanted to speak so bad," she said. "It would
make it better to do it topic by topic."
Commission Chair Jean Peelen disagreed, express-
ing concern for interrupting the flow of the meeting. She
suggested having public comment at work sessions, and
said the city needed to do a better job communicating the
issues to the public.
However, she was willing to try a variety of ways
to see what worked best and was agreeable to start with
public comment by agenda item.
Petruff said there was time before the city had to
establish policy and encouraged experimentation.
In other matters, Mayor Carmel Monti said the 4-cent
gas tax was updated and Holmes Beach would receive
more funding next year. Monti said Holmes Beach's share
in the gas tax was 1.35 percent and would increase to 1.75
percent. He said the revenue generated would increase
from $83,000 a year to $106,000.
Monti also said hl >-.' updates to the city hall
tage of public
Beach Sept. 26
Work session to
West, 5368 Gulf
Beach, will host
a birdhouse dis-
play in October.
chambers would begin soon. The city is installing com-
puters for commissioners and monitors for gallery mem-
bers to view agendas and other documents during meet-
It's an attempt to move the city in a greener direction,
In other matters, Police Chief Bill Tokajer announced
his department received an $18,000 West Coast Inland
Navigational District grant to purchase a new boat motor
for the department's patrol vessel.
The police department also is expecting to receive
$9,000 in equipment, including a laser speed-measure-
ment device and moving radar system for "proactive
activities of our officers during the Click it or Ticket
Additionally, the department will receive two more
moving radar systems valued at $7,000 from the Flor-
ida Department of Transportation, the National High-
way Traffic Safety Administration and the Florida Law
Enforcement Liaison Program.
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Anna Maria residents Betty Yanger, left, and Lynn
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24 commission meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
PARKING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
dents out east are all coming to the island on weekends
and holidays, he said.
Commissioners Gene Aubry and Doug Copeland said
they didn't think any of the options, on their own, would
But Commissioner Nancy Yetter was not ready to
reject any option.
"I am tired of sitting here like a do-nothing com-
missioner. I've seen parking problems on every street,"
she said, and the commission needs to find a solution for
"I don't care if others think we're elitist. This is our
city and our duty," Yetter said.
Woodland agreed that the commission "has to
respond" to the ever-increasing volume of traffic.
He said until four or five years ago, parking wasn't
a serious problem. But every advertisement by the Bra-
dentonArea Convention and Visitors Bureau features the
"beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island," he said.
He said any solution should be "kept simple."
The solutions presented include paid parking, permit
parking, paid parking in designated areas and no park-
ing on the rights of way or a combination of all the
SueLynn reminded commissioners that Holmes
Beach's mayor is talking with Manatee County about
instituting paid parking at Manatee Public Beach. If that
happens, she said, beachgoers will head to Anna Maria
for free parking. She suggested the city discuss with
county officials creating paid parking at Bayfront Park.
Several residents spoke to commissioners about their
problems with day-visitors.
Mary Gee of Palm Avenue said a major problem
for the city is that there are no public restrooms on city
beaches and the city needs a public area to accommodate
Resident Mike Coleman said restricting access to
beaches would restrict revenue for the business district.
He said commissioners should "make the process ratio-
nal, and do it over time."
But Lynn Brennan of OakAvenue disagreed. She said
day-visitors on her street, which has a beach access, don't
bother going to the shops. She said they bring i \ W. i ing
with them. She said people who shop in the businesses
either park at the city pier or at a business.
Commissioners agreed that most parking problems
seem to be on beach access streets that lead to the Gulf
of Mexico on the city's west side. Interior streets don't
appear to have those issues, Copeland said.
Aubry and Copeland said they were not saying there
wasn't a problem just that they didn't think any of the
four options would work.
"So let's put our heads together and compromise a
solution," Webb said.
"We' ve had a huge increase in use of our roads the
past few years. There's just more people here. Yet, we
have to pay for the roads, trash pickup, police and our
beaches can only take so much use," Webb added.
Webb said he would schedule a work session on
parking and each commissioner should bring a defini-
tion of the problem and suggested solutions.
I \ %.' )>'.i has given a position. Now, we've got to
sit down and hammer out a compromise," he said.
It might be a long and winding road to a solution,
considering the city's first known committee to study
parking problems was formed in 1978.
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 2, 2013 E 3
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Commissioner Pat Morton and political newcomer
Carol Soustek, candidates for Holmes Beach City com-
mission in the Nov. 5 election, will be guests at a cam-
paign meet-and-greet at the home of Renee and Don
Ferguson Sunday, Oct. 6.
Holmes Beach voters are welcome to attend the
event, which starts at 2 p.m. at 210 77th St., Holmes
Attendees can expect to meet the candidates and also
pick up yard signs, buttons and other campaign merchan-
To RSVP, call the Fergusons at 941-567-5737.
Another event is being hosted by Melissa Williams,
also a candidate for one of three seats up for election
in Holmes Beach, at Island Coffee Haus, 5350 Gulf
Williams is inviting city voters to her "getting-to-
know-you" event for free refreshments and lite bites,
and a chance for "face time" on their concerns. She also
announced a Facebook page for her campaign, where
voters are welcome to interact on the issues important to
them at facebook.com/vote4melissa.
Williams' meet-and-greet at the coffee shop will be
5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.
She also said voters can contact her by phone to dis-
cuss issues, arrange for yard signs or obtain information
on her campaign at 941-447-3149.
Send election announcements to news@islander.
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4 E OCT. 2, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria adopts tax increase, record spending plan
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners are anticipating a wind-
fall one-time payment for a new cell tower in the upcom-
ing budget year- but property taxes are increasing in
spite of the added revenue.
Anna Maria commissioners adopted a record high $3.1
million budget for 2013-14 and a 7.7 percent tax increase
at the commission's final public hearing Sept. 25.
Only one member from the public, resident Jim
Conoly, attended the hearing, and he did not speak.
The $3.1 million spending plan is somewhat mislead-
ing in that it includes $537,500 in anticipated revenue
that was not received in the 2012-13 budget. Without the
additional revenue, the budget would be $2.65 million -
still an increase from the $2.45 million in the 2012-13
Jim Conoly seated behind deputy clerk Maggie Mar-
tinez, left, and treasurer Diane Percycoe is the lone
member of the public at the commission's final 2013-14
budget hearing. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach commissioners unanimously passed
a final reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2013-14
budget at a Sept. 18 special meeting.
Commissioners also passed resolutions to adopt
the tentative millage rate at 2.3329 with a 2.92 percent
increase over the rollback rate the millage needed to
produce the same revenue as the current year and the
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of appraised property
Commissioners raised taxes for the current fiscal year
after facing a $450,000 budget shortfall, but opted to
keep the tax increase to a minimum by taking half of the
shortfall from the city's reserve fund.
By Mark Young
The new fiscal year began Oct. 1 and Holmes Beach
commissioners have a record-high $9 million spending
plan following final budget approval Sept. 24.
Commissioners first voted to maintain the 1.75 mill-
age rate, continuing the three-year tax rate. While the city
is not raising millage, the rollback rate the millage
rate needed to produce the same revenue as the current
year is 1.6588. The 1.75 rate is a tax increase over the
Revenue increased this year from property taxes due
to higher property valuations. Treasurer Lori Hill said for
a house valued at $350,000, the increase will bring an
additional $5.51 a year in revenue to the city.
There was no public comment on the millage rate
and Commissioner Marvin Grossman moved to approve
the millage ordinance with Commissioner Judy Titsworth
seconding the motion.
During discussion on the motion, Commissioner
David Zaccagnino objected to leaving the millage rate
the same, while revenues increase.
"It's disheartening," said Zaccagnino, who called the
vote hypocritical because, he said, only he and Commis-
sioner Judy Titsworth have homestead exemption on the
Commission Chair Jean Peelen said she was home-
steaded, but Zaccagnino said she is not listed on the tax
rolls as such. Peelen said that if she's not homesteaded,
then "I'm paying even more taxes than you."
Zaccagnino said the millage rate should have been
reduced to the rollback rate to make a statement to the
IN 3 ISLAND
The commission vote was 4-1 to approve the 2.05 ad
valorem tax rate and the 2013-14 budget. Commissioner
Dale Woodland cast the no vote.
Woodland raised concerns about the public works
department eliminating part-time staff and going to all
full-time workers. This would be expensive, he said,
because the city would have to pay benefits.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb said Woodland had
not previously asked for a motion or resolution to change
"Why didn't you bring this up before? Budgets are
complicated and, now this, after four budget meetings?
Now, you are saying there's a problem," Webb said.
Woodland said he did raise the issue at prior budget
City treasurer Diane Percycoe, who prepared the
budget, said the city has had 15 part-time workers in the
public works department in the past five years. "They
all come for a while, then quit for full-time jobs with
benefits," she said.
"But it's up to the commission," she said, to approve
or change the budget.
Webb's request for a motion or resolution to change
the budget resulted in silence.
New revenue comes this year from a one-time pay-
The difference in property taxes this year for hom-
eowners was about an $85 increase for a home valued at
$450,000. However, property values increased this year
by about 6.5 percent, meaning the city increased its cof-
fers more than expected by about $23,000 through ad
The city receives about 10 percent of property taxes.
The remaining percentage is collected by Manatee County
and school district. The fire district receives its revenue
through an assessment.
If property taxes increase and the millage percentage
rate does not, state law terms it as a tax increase.
As established by the state, the rollback rate is the
millage rate needed to produce the same revenue as the
previous year's budget. Any rate higher than the estab-
lished rollback rate is a tax increase.
residents of Holmes Beach that the city isn't raising
Grossman said taking a stance from the dais isn't the
time to address the increased taxes.
"We all talked about the millage rate with Lori," he
said. "We all had the chance to talk about that and ask
questions. That would have been the best time to request
changes. If you let it go this long, she is going to assume
that we are all in agreement."
Zaccagnino made a similar argument in voting "no"
during the Sept. 12 first reading or the ordinance.
Peelen called for a vote and the millage rate passed
4-1 with Zaccagnino opposed.
Commissioners moved on to the matter of passing the
budget. After no public input, Commissioner Pat Morton
moved to pass the budget with Titsworth seconding the
Zaccagnino again expressed displeasure over the
need to raise taxes, but joined commissioners in unani-
mously passing the budget.
A story in the Sept. 25 issue of The Islander about
the Anna Maria Island Community Center board of
directors meeting contained a reporting error. Center
executive director Dawn Stiles said she did not obtain
a verbal commitment from the Selby Foundation for a
grant to renovate the center, only that the foundation
was "encouraging" when she made her proposal. The
center has not yet applied for a Selby grant.
The Islander regrets the error.
ment from Ridan Industries of $350,000 to build a cell
tower at city hall, $149,500 from the Southwest Florida
Water Management District for the Lake LaVista dredg-
ing grant, $30,000 in projected revenue from cell tower
rent, and an expected $8,000 increase in lease payments
from the city pier restaurant.
The 2.05 millage rate will bring an additional
$110,000 to the city in ad valorem revenues. The mill-
age is 7.7 percent higher than the rollback rate of 1.9043.
The rollback rate is the millage that would produce the
same amount of revenue as the previous year's budget.
At a millage rate of 2.05, a homeowner with a house
valued for tax purposes at $400,000 would pay $840 in
ad valorem taxes to the city
About 11 percent of an Anna Maria homeowner's tax
bill comes back to the city as revenue, Percycoe said.
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Oct. 15, 9 a.m., work session, LDC, trees, side-
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Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
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Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 2, 2013 U 5
HB commission adapts ordinance to canvas elections
By Mark Young
According to some city officials, for the first time in
memory, two city voters will serve in the place of elected
officials as the city's canvassing board for the Nov. 5
Commissioners hurried to craft an ordinance chang-
ing the requirement for elected officials those not up
for re-election to serve on the canvassing board after
learning city officials had disqualified themselves.
Canvass board members meet on election night
to monitor the vote-counting for the jurisdiction they
However, the code only allows an elected official
who is not actively involved in a candidate's campaign
to serve. Commissioners David Zaccagnino, Jean Peelen
and Pat Morton are up for re-election this fall, leaving
Commissioners Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman
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who follow best practices.
"But we have to do something," Webb said. Too
many residents have complained to the city about rental
properties where, apparently, the owner or manager hasn't
bothered to enforce the best practices, he said.
"The whole purpose is to find out what our ordinance
says," Webb said. He suggested the city could file a direct
action suit that would bypass the code enforcement pro-
cess and proceed directly to circuit court.
"I'm not against vacation rentals, the 99 percent that
use best practices," he said.
"I have always supported the business community,
but some of our rentals have gotten away from the tradi-
tional Florida rental," Webb said.
The owners of those rentals would be the defendants
in the court action proposed by Webb.
"Doing nothing is not acceptable," he added.
Commissioners would still have to approve any law-
suit against the property owners.
In other business, commissioners continued the final
hearing for the historical preservation ordinance to Oct.
10 to allow revisions.
as the only eligible members to serve.
Both Titsworth and Grossman have
announced their support of candidates.
Titsworth is supporting Morton while
Grossman has said he would support
challenger Carol Soustek. C. Melissa
Williams also is challenging for a com-
Titsworth and Grossman said they
became involved in campaigns before
knowing of their obligation to the can-
vassing board, and once they took on
a campaign, they disqualified them-
The city does not provide a can-
vassing board for federal elections, but is required to
supply a two-member board every other year.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said she received guid-
SueLynn said she met with Bradenton Area Con-
vention and Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott
Falcione and county administrator Ed Hunzeker and a
'I.-.-..liii was made about the city incorporating the
BACVB brand into the city website.
Commissioner Gene Aubry responded, somewhat
tongue-in-cheek, "And they do so much for us."
SueLynn said her reaction to the request was not
positive and talks are continuing.
She said Anna Maria doesn't need more marketing.
"If an\ liiii._." she said, the BACVB should "market
us as laid-back Florida and we want families here."
Commissioner Doug Copeland received approval to
seek a grant to remove invasive plants from Gulffront
Park the beachfront area that runs south from Mag-
nolia Avenue seaward of Gulf Boulevard and a public
Commissioners also approved a first reading of a
measure to rezone the city-owned lots on Pine Avenue
from retail-office-residential to public recreation area and
approved changing the comprehensive plan to reflect the
anticipated zoning change.
ance from the Florida Division of Elections on handling
the matter. She said the best approach was to eliminate
the requirement that the board be elected officials, as
other cities have done.
During public comment, commission candidate Wil-
liams said Grossman and Titsworth should have known
"I find it very disconcerting that the city has to back-
peddle and change the ordinance," said Williams. "How
come you didn't know?"
Grossman asked if Williams was aware of the require-
ment, and she replied that she's not currently sitting on
the dais. Grossman said he has read most of the city's
codes, but had not read that particular one.
"People that knew about it in the past should have
advised us," said Grossman. "All of the other cities do it
this way, so it's a fix. Next time this happens, a commis-
sioner will have a choice."
Morton said the change was overdue.
"It was kind of a burden," he said. "Sometimes you
go down there for three or four hours and there's not a
thing to do."
"It's an honor and privilege to perform a civic duty
for the citizens and all those who committed the ultimate
sacrifice that allows us the right to vote," he said.
During public comment, resident Bill Shuman said
public perception is important and when a commissioner
shows partiality, it does not sit well with the public.
Addressing his comment to Grossman and Titsworth,
Shuman said, "You should have stopped the campaign
and stepped up to the plate and taken care of it."
However, according to Petruff, once the commission-
ers took action, they were immediately disqualified.
Peelen said she could see both sides.
"I agree with David about it being an honor to serve,"
she said. "But it's also an honor to work for candidates
who you think should be up here."
The commission authorized the mayor to recommend
two canvas board members city treasurer Lori Hill and
voter Jaynie Christenson and both were unanimously
approved to serve on the 2013 board.
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It's been a rough few weeks for what should be the
end of summer, a month of rejuvenation.
It seemed summer July 4 particularly brought
some favorable publicity to Anna Maria Island, fueling
an explosion of complaints.
An early afternoon shower was the lightning rod
for a July 5 traffic jam and complaints that reached epic
proportions gridlock in all directions and a squall of
fury over traffic congestion and parking.
Some folks took it in stride, pulling off the road
and stopping for a break in shops and restaurants. Other
people were angered over delays getting to either Publix
or the mainland.
It brought on the age-old battle of islanders versus
mainlanders and a rash of debate about parking and traf-
fic congestion, as well as far-reaching solutions tolls
and paid parking at the beaches and city-owned lots.
But how do parking meters at the beach fit with
what nearly everyone agrees is so treasured the laid-
back old-Florida style we embrace as unique.
What about the many folks who enjoy island life
That was just the beginning. We next learned an irate
Anna Maria commissioner, seemingly shunned on his
complaints about rentals, is proposing to have the city
go to court to have vacation homes come under motel
regulations in order to vacate home rental licenses.
But, really, can't we agree the vacation home isn't
to blame. It's behavior, not the building that offends?
And an expensive court case? It can only be fol-
lowed by a volley from the vacation homeowners sin-
gled out for enforcement.
This proposal will only end up making money for
lawyers and, oops, the commissioner's an attorney.
Next up for discussion on AMI is a new law handed
down by Florida legislators requiring rules for public
speaking at meetings.
And it's not that the legislation is too broad or
restrictive, it's our fear officials in the three island cities
will use rule-making to quell the public.
You can hear them now, complaining people "talk
too much" at meetings, leaving commissioners to rush
their business to get home to a favorite TV show.
The cities tend to streamline the meetings to avoid
listening to the public, either forcing comment before
the agenda begins or dumping it to the end, hoping to
wear down or avoid a conversation.
It's time we went back to the practice of having
meaningful talks among commissioners and the
public while the agenda topic is up for discussion.
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And whatever happened to the practice of alter-
nating afternoon and evening sessions? Only one city
offers the public both opportunities to watch govern-
ment in action.
Whatever the cities can do, encouraging and
embracing people who want to be engaged in govern-
In 2001,1 envisioned a business that would accom-
modate islanders and visitors with packing and ship-
ping services, along with myriad business services and
supplies. After much research and hard work, I opened
Island Mail & More in 2002.
The store was well received, and grew to be much
more than just a place of business. It became a place
where friends met and "caught up" and problems were
solved. It was a one-stop shop for many, and a place for
me to get to know people.
In December 2007, I was critically injured, hospi-
talized and unable to walk or work for several months.
While my son took over running Island Mail- I'd have
been out of business without him my extended Island
Mail & More "family" took over ensuring my recovery
with prayer, cards, gifts, donations, fundraisers, transport
to doctors and therapy and moral support of every kind.
My recovery even astounded my surgeon.
I was grateful for all the kindness, but more anxious
to repay everyone by returning as quickly as my health
allowed to continue serving the community and work-
ing with my extended island "family," despite medical
advice to the contrary.
Now, six years later 11 years after opening Island
Mail & More it has become necessary to find some-
one more capable of handling the physical day-to-day
challenges that Island Mail demands.
With deep sorrow, I must retire.
I was extremely fortunate to find a couple as excited
about running "our" store as I have been, and I am
pleased to announce Rebecca and Eric St. Jean will
took over for me Oct. 1.
I will remain through the month of October to help
at the store and introduce the new owners to as many of
ment can only be a good thing.
You know, government for the people ....
Note: Check out the story on public discussion at
islander.org, where the rules for speaking at Bradenton
meetings can be found ... and hold your breath that
these regulations are not adopted here.
you as possible.
Please, stop by to welcome the St. Jeans. I'd also
like a chance to see you again.
With fondest memories of the past 11 years,
Sue Normand, Holmes Beach
Thanks for caring
Jeannie Bystrom and her sister Debbie Rigney are
Day after day they check the mangroves on a small
spoil island in Bimini Bay for pelicans and other birds
that have become hung up by fishing line and snagged
on fish hooks, and most days they find birds in trouble.
Today (Sept. 29) was beyond the pale. At about 9
a.m., as I was looking across the bay, I saw Bystrom go
out alone on her paddleboard. Watching through bin-
oculars I saw most of the pelicans in the treetops flying
away, but one remained.
She pulled him down and saw he had a hook embed-
ded in his wing. He couldn't fly, and as he fell into the
water and tried to get away, Jeannie swam after him,
caught him and pulled him back to her paddleboard.
She got on the board and kneeled, putting the pelican
between her knees, holding him fast with one hand.
She then paddled, one handed, the short distance to
her home across the bay to give him care.
It was an extraordinary feat of empathy for these
wild birds who give us so much pleasure. Without a
doubt, this pelican would have died from starvation and
These two ladies do this every day. The are truly
caring Anna Maria Island women.
Denise Johnson, Holmes Beach
All in for FireSUP charity
The FireSUP charity paddleboard relay took place
Sept. 28 on the Palma Sola Causeway, with the com-
petition beginning in heats at 10 a.m. The event was
by Laura Broome, husband Keith Broome and Jared
Firestine to benefit the Firehouse Subs Public Safety
Foundation. ABOVE: The first racers take off on
Palma Sola Bay. LEFT Owen Broome, 6, the com-
petitions youngest entry, paddles ahead of Amanda
Broome, 18. RIGHT: Bryan Hostnick takes first place.
Islander Photos: Edna Tieman
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10 years ago
Headlines from Oct. 1, 2003
The Manatee County supervisor of elections office
reported voter registration in Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach declined for two years. The office said Bradenton
Beach had 898 registered voters, down from the 1,030
voters for the 2002 elections. Anna Maria had 1,430
voters, a drop of 11.5 percent from the 1,615 registered
in February 2001.
The new school project team planned a meeting
with the Anna Maria Elementary Parent Teacher Orga-
nization to update the group on future building plans
and to discuss what should be cut from the budget after
the lowest estimate $6.9 million came in $1.3
million above the project budget. The Manatee County
School District had previously allocated $5.6 million
for the proposed new school.
Manatee County commissioners voted 5-2 to
increase the resort development tax from 3 percent to
4 percent. A survey by the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce of its accommodation members found 99
percent were opposed to the increase. The resort tax,
often called the bed tax, is used by the county to fund
its share of beach renourishment, the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau budget, the Powell
Crosley Estate and other area attractions.
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Sept. 25 '- 72 82 1.92
Sept. 26 -7f6i 89 0
Sept. 27 72 88 0
Sept. 28 72 90 0
Average area Gulf water temperature 85.8
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HB commissioner clears up Mainsail ethics conflict
By Mark Young
Sunrise Lane was a sticking point in the Mainsail
Lodge development plans through many months of nego-
tiations between the city of Holmes Beach, the Mainsail
and residents along the short, private road.
The city of Holmes Beach and Mainsail reached a
tentative agreement Sept. 4 with one of the developer's
concessions being to remove a proposed building from
the boundary of Sunrise Lane at the development site
near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives.
Mayor Carmel Monti, Commissioner Judy Titsworth
and city attorney Patricia Petruff represented the city in
negotiations, but questions lingered over whether Tits-
worth's involvement was a conflict. She resides on Sun-
rise Lane, as do some of her family members.
There are seven homes on the private road owned
by residents and Mainsail, including Titsworth's parents,
Jean and Hugh Holmes Sr.
She said in June that she discussed her Mainsail
involvement with the Florida Commission on Ethics and
received a verbal opinion that she had no conflict with
regard to the Mainsail proceedings.
There have been those who have disagreed includ-
ing some representatives of Mainsail Lodge with that
assessment throughout the process, but Titsworth tried
to put those concerns to rest at the Sept. 24 city commis-
sion meeting when she presented a Sept. 6 letter from the
Betsy Daly, senior attorney for the ethics commis-
sion, said Titsworth's involvement was reviewed and no
conflict of interest was found.
"In interpreting the voting conflicts law ... the com-
mission has found no special private gain to exist in
situations where impact of a vote on the public officer's
interests or the officer's relative's interests is uncertain
at the time of the vote," wrote Daly. "In such a situation,
the impact of the vote would be remote and speculative
and, thus, not a voting conflict."
Daly went on to write that the interpretation is based
on information provided by Titsworth in ensuring that
property appraisers have told her the property value of
her home would not go up or down based solely on the
Titsworth said she sent the ethics commission infor-
mation about her property and those of her family mem-
bers and noted the fact that she was financially tied to the
project through contracts with the previous developer.
"As you can see, they responded to \ i ih ing I told
them and they said 'No problem,'" she said. "It would
be remote and speculative, and that's not a voting con-
While Daly's interpretation set some at ease, particu-
larly city attorney Patricia Petruff, who praised Titsworth
for getting documentation to support the previous verbal
approval, not everyone was satisfied.
During public comment, resident Maureen Shuman
said it was good that Titsworth got an opinion, but opin-
ions and public perception are two different things.
"In the interest of the city, I still feel you should
recuse yourself," said Shuman. "I have a problem with
you voting on this issue."
Titsworth "I can't recuse myself because I don't have
a conflict." She said she accepted the verbal opinion early
on that she does not have a conflict of interest in the
Florida laws require that officials vote with few
exceptions, including recusal for a conflict of interest.
The two sides concluded negotiations Sept. 4 with
Mainsail agreeing to most of what the city asked, includ-
ing the removal of three buildings and the merger of two
remaining buildings into the main lodge.
A tentative draft agreement written by Mainsail attor-
ney Robert Lincoln is being reviewed by the mediation
team. If it is to their satisfaction, it will be brought before
the commission for a vote.
If the city approves the agreement, it will pave the way
for Mainsail to submit a new site plan. Any plan will be
reviewed by the building department and planning com-
mission and come back to the commission for approval.
The negotiations, however, did not include an ongo-
ing dispute with two unrelated Sunrise Lane owners.
The only outcome in the mediation process for those
two property owners was a provision that Mainsail would
work with them on a private agreement, and that Mainsail
would assist the city if any Sunrise Lane resident should
initiate legal action against the city.
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Holmes Beach to move tree house ordinance forward
By Mark Young
A controversial tree house in Holmes Beach hasn't
budged, but the city is hoping to push the process on a
path that leads to a conclusion.
Holmes Beach commissioners agreed at a Sept. 26
work session to move the citizen's initiative ordinance
regarding the tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103
29th St., to a first reading as early as Oct. 8.
However, the ordinance isn't expected to make it past
the first reading.
Owners of the four-unit rental property, Richard
Hazen and Lynn Tran, were successful in garnering the
required 10 percent of registered voters on a petition to
force the commission to consider an ordinance drafted
by the couple's attorney, David Levin.
The petition is one part of a convoluted process
that involves legalities in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court
that include an expected appeal from Levin to the July
code enforcement ruling that the tree house was built
illegally, without a permit and seaward of the erosion
An appeal also is expected to stay a Sept. 12 code
enforcement ruling that fines the couple $100 a day until
the structure is brought into compliance with city codes
or is removed.
In the meantime, the city has filed for a declaratory
judgment seeking to define language in a law passed this
year by the Florida Legislature. At issue is whether or not
a development order is a building permit. A new statute
says a referendum cannot take the place of a development
order, even if it's in the city charter.
The city maintains that a building permit is a devel-
If city attorney Patricia Petruff is successful in argu-
ing the case, she said the tree house matter will conclude
as it stands and remain a violation. A commission vote on
the initiative would not be necessary because a special
election could not be ordered.
Levin is arguing the structure is an accessory use to
a single-family residence and that a building permit for
such a structure is not a development order.
However, the process continues and Petruff brought
a draft ordinance to the commission for discussion.
"This is an ordinance that is subject to the petition
initiative," said Petruff. "I don't believe it's a lawful ordi-
nance. Should you move it forward to a first reading, I
would not recommend you vote for it for a variety of
Petruff said discussion was warranted to keep the
process moving and that commissioners could move the
ordinance to a first reading and either let it die for lack
of a motion or approve it and let it go to a final reading
and public hearing.
"So tonight you should take it under consideration,"
she said. "Then I would ,'.IPX..L we move it to a regular
meeting for whatever action the commission wishes to
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Commissioner Marvin Grossman asked how long
Petruff thought it would take to get a declaratory ruling
and Petruff said her best guess would be about nine
Commissioner David Zaccagnino suggested that the
city take action on the language of the ordinance drafted
by Levin for the petition initiative.
All of the commissioners took issue with language
in that ordinance that makes it appear Tran and Hazen
followed proper procedure.
Zaccagnino said changes need to be made in case the
court case fails and the city is forced to take immediate
action to have a special election.
"I don't want to lose a game in the bottom of the ninth
inning and all of a sudden to have this ordinance forced
down our throats," said Zaccagnino. "I do think we need
to tee it up, but we need to have something that is more
beneficial to the city ready to go just in case."
Petruff said the charter does not allow for "substan-
tial" changes to a citizens' initiative ordinance.
Commission chair Jean Peelen suggested the ordi-
nance be moved to a first reading, although every indica-
tion from the dais was that it would die there.
Even if the city does lose its development order argu-
ment, Tran and Hazen are successful on multiple appeals
and the city's residents vote in favor of the tree house,
another hurdle remains regarding the state violation. The
tree house is situated seaward of the state's erosion con-
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Food supplies collected during a past Food Raiser
event held by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria at the
Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach. This fall's drive
takes place Oct. 5-6. Islander File Photo
Rotary club stocks up with
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will hold a
Food Raiser food drive Oct. 5-6 to stock the county and
The Food Raiser will take place at Publix Super
Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
The club has been holding Food Raisers at the island
grocery store for five years to collect non-perishable food
items for the Roser Food Pantry/All Island Denomina-
tions on Anna Maria Island and the Food Bank of Mana-
For more information, call coordinator Dantia Gould
Library hosts estate planner
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will host author and attorney David P. Johnson
for a forum on "Florida Estate and Financial Planning."
The program will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
8. The program is free.
For more information, call 941-778-6341.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
10 a.m. Storytime for children, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. Mana-Tweens Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7:15 p.m. Official sunset time.
Thursday, Oct. 3
10:30a.m.- Women of the Episcopal Church meeting, Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
2 p.m. Knitting Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7:14 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, Oct. 4
9:15 a.m. Senior Adventures group tours the Southeast-
ern Guide Dogs headquarters, departing Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Donation requested. Infor-
10 a.m. Forty Carrots for babies and young children, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
7:13 p.m. Official sunset time.
Saturday, Oct. 5
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. Fourth annual Causeway 4 the Cause for Susan G.
Komen, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Cleanup, various
locations, including registration at Anna Maria City Hall and Kingfish
Boat Ramp. Information: 941-795-8272.
5-10 p.m. Bridge Street Merchants Florida Cracker Festival,
Fall crackles with
The Bridge Street Merchants celebrate the arrival of
autumn with the Florida Cracker Festival a night of
feasting, folk music and fun set for Saturday, Oct. 5.
The event will take place in the Bridge Street Market
lot, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Also on the calendar for the nonprofit merchants
5-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, Rock Octoberfest,
with live music, food games, a pumpkin-carving contest
and a costume contest.
5-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, Bridge Street Capture
in conjunction with the Anna Maria Island Privateers
and part of the Privateers' invasion weekend at Coquina
10-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, Christ-
mas on Bridge Street, with a market during the day and
visits with Santa, a choir performance and prize drawings
in the evening.
In addition, beginning Nov. 10, the Bridge Street
Market will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays through
April 27. The market will feature more than 40 arts, crafts
and food vendors each week.
For more information about the events, call Melissa
Enders at 215-906-0668.
AGAMI gallery opening after
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will show-
case a new work Monday, Oct. 7 the renovated Artists'
The gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, was
closed for much of September for remodeling. AGAMI
formed a design committee in the spring to review the
layout and exhibit space and make recommendations for
The remodeling, approved by members, included
opening the wall dividing the smaller Alban Gallery
located in the back of the main gallery, making exhibit
panels movable, painting, improving storage and work
space and changes to improve lighting and displays.
The opening will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed
by AGAMI's monthly meeting.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.
107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
7:12 p.m.- Official sunset time.
Sunday, Oct. 6
4 p.m. Blessing of the animals, Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
7:10 p.m.- Official sunset time.
Monday, Oct. 7
6:30 p.m. -Artists' Guild ofAnna Maria Island meeting, Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
7:09 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge
Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-
7:08 p.m. Official sunset time.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
7:07 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, Oct. 4
6-9:30 p.m. Village of the ArtsArtWalk to mark the opening of
the art season, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton.
Saturday, Oct. 5
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Village of the Arts ArtWalk to mark the open-
ing of the art season, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West,
Bradenton. Information: email@example.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
8 p.m. State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Festival
of Music, Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Fee applies. Information: 941-752-5252.
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A birdhouse by Island Gallery West artist Barbara
Hines is on display this month at Island Gallery West.
BThe gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, isfeatur-
Xing birdhouses, with 100 percent of proceeds from their
sale going to the island-based Wildlife Inc. for animal
rescue work. For more information, call IGW at 941-
778-6648 or go online to www.islandgallerywest.com.
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Island Dems meet off-island
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
the third Monday of each month through May for lunch
The programs will take place at the Mannatees Sports
Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
For more information, call club president Harry
Kamberis at 941- 779- 0564.
Box office opens on Island Players 1st act of season
The Island Players box office is open for ticket sales
to the first performances of the 2013-14 season.
Opening night for "An Act of the Imagination" will
arrive Thursday, Oct. 10.
The theater group performs Bernard Slade's murder-
mystery through Oct. 20, with performances at 8 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the playhouse,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The theater is dark Mon-
Single tickets to performances are $20 and season
tickets for the five shows in the 2013-14 season are
The box office is open 9 a.m.-I p.m. Mondays-Sat-
urdays and an hour before curtain time throughout the
run of "An Act of the Imagination."
Gareth Gibbs is directing the play, which is set on
the outskirts of London.
The cast includes Heiko Knipfelberg, Sylvia Marnie,
John Durkin, Mary Jo Johnson, Judy Glynn, Steve
Horowitz and Chrissy Abdala.
For more information, call the box office at 941-778-
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Welcome to "Iron Artists Throwdown."
Let the battle begin.
Artspace Anna Maria, in partnership with VMI Media
Group, will host a competition that celebrates art and bor-
rows the break-neck format of "Iron Chef America."
The competition will take place Friday, Nov. 1, at
the gallery, 101 S. Bay Blvd.
Here's how it will work: Teams of artists, two or
three members, will start in the pantry and collect 10 art
supplies, as well as the "secret ingredient."
Through-Oct. 6, "Always Patsy Cline," Manatee Players,
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
*Wednesdays, through December, 11 a.m. Lifelong Learning
Academy, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
First 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, 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., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle, Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by
merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th
St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Except Nov. 2.
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
p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
The teams will then have 45 minutes to create their
work of art.
Keeton's Office Supply in Bradenton will provide
the pantry "ingredients."
The winner will be featured on the cover of The Vil-
lage Magazine next spring.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sat-
urday, Oct. 19.
For more information, visit Artspace Anna Maria,
call 941-243-3835 or go to artspaceannamaria.com.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meetings, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-
Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla
81 meetings, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T Bray Park, Bra-
denton. Information: 941-779-4476.
Tuesday, basics of computing, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings,
Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
Oct. 14, Columbus Day.
Oct. 18-19, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bay-
fest, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
Oct. 26, Bridge Street Merchants Rock Octoberfest, Bridge
Street, Bradenton Beach.
Oct. 26-27, Cortez Stone Crab Festival, 119th Street West
Oct. 31, Halloween.
Save the date
Nov. 2, Anna Maria Island Community Center Murder Mystery
Night, Anna Maria.
Nov. 1-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion, island-
Nov. 8-10, Cultural Connections ArtsHop, islandwide.
Nov. 9, Florida Maritime Museum Boatyard Bash, Cortez.
Nov. 11, The Islander Veterans Day Tribute, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 16, CrossPointe Fellowship Community Thanksgiving,
Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.
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Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-
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Florida Maritime Museum
to celebrate reopening
A revamping closed Cortez's Florida Maritime
Museum during September. Museum staff and volunteers
will show off changes during a grand opening Saturday,
Visitors to the museum, 4415 119th St. W., will see
a completed children's room and expanded exhibitions
to "focus more closely on the personal stories Cortez has
to share," according to a news release.
The event, from 1-4 p.m., will include a scavenger
hunt for children, as well as musical performances.
The grand opening is free to attend, and the museum
is free to visit during regular hours, which are 9 a.m.-4
For more information about the grand re-opening or
the museum, call 941-708-6120.
John Beale, left, and Bob Landry install a sign outside
the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
Water fest organizers lining up vendors, exhibitors
Organizers of the Sarasota Bay Water Festival are races, food and beverages, fine art exhibitors, a display
seeking exhibitors representing local recreational or envi- of the winning submissions to the "I Love Sarasota Bay
ronmental organizations and businesses, as well as artists Photo Contest," local groups promoting conservation and
and craftspeople, wildlife protection, panel discussions with area experts
The festival will take place at Ken Thompson Park on focused on bay-friendly living, and exhibits and outdoor
City Island in Sarasota near the south tip of Longboat activities.
Key Saturday, Nov. 2. The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is the presenting
Organizers have a list of 75 exhibitors and were sponsor.
hoping to add more. Prospective vendors are completing applications
Festival highlights this year will include dragon boat online at sarasotabaywaterfestival.com.
McKechnie to host school orchestras for concert
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders will
present Concert in the Park at McKechnie Field Saturday,
The event will include performances by orchestras
from Manatee and Braden River high schools. Orchestral
performances by students at Braden River, Haile, King,
Lee and Nolan middle schools also will take place.
"It's an exciting opportunity to blend orchestral
music and baseball," said David Pope, the director of
orchestras at Manatee High School, in a news release.
"We will present a variety of non-traditional orchestra
music in a very non-traditional orchestra atmosphere."
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at the gate or in advance at any of the participating
Proceeds will benefit the Manatee County Schools'
Orchestra Program to purchase new music and instru-
Concessions will be sold inside McKechnie Field,
1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
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Community center to conduct
needs assessment survey
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
launched a needs assessment survey to collect feedback
on current programs and to learn what other services and
activities are wanted or needed.
The survey is available online at www.islandcom-
munitycenter.com, as well as on Facebook at facebook.
Paper copies of the survey are available at the center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The center also will offer people the use of a com-
puter to complete the survey.
Results of the survey will be released by the end of
the year and presented to the center board.
For more information about the survey or programs
and events, call the center at 941-778-1908.
Village of the Arts
ready for season
The Village of the Arts community in Bradenton will
again host a season of art walks and other events.
The lineup includes:
Oct. 4-5, ArtWalk to mark the opening of the art
Nov. 1-2, ArtWalk and the eighth annual Dia de los
Muertos or Festival of the Skeletons, the community's
Dec. 6-7, ArtWalk, with the theme of "An Olde
Fashioned Village Christmas."
Feb. 7-8, 2014, ArtWalk, with a sweethearts theme
for Valentine's Day.
March 7-8,2014, ArtWalk and the third annual Art-
The Village of the Arts is located in the general area
around 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West in Bra-
For more information, email Zoe Von Averkamp at
chromazoe @ gmail.com.
Master gardeners hold sale
Local garden experts will become retailers Saturday,
Manatee County Extension Service master gardeners
will hold its annual plant sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mana-
tee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto.
Shoppers at the gardeners' market will find shrubs,
trees, vines, grasses, ground covers, herbs and vegeta-
The first 50 customers will receive native seed-
Also, master gardeners will be available to talk with
people about landscaping challenges.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the extension ser-
vice's master gardener education program.
For more information about the sale or the master
gardeners program, call the extension service at 941-722-
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Islander lobbies Congress to battle c
Holmes Beach resident Nancy Ambrose joined more
than 600 people from across the country in Washington,
D.C., in calling for congressional action to better battle
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Net-
work Leadership Summit and Lobby Day takes place "
And Ambrose, a cancer survivor, repeatedly has gone ....
to D.C. to participate.
"Congress has a critical role to play in the fight to
defeat a disease that kills 1,500 Americans each day," she
said in a news release. "As a cancer survivor, caregiver
and cancer advocate, let our congressmen and congress-
women know that funding for cancer research and pre-
vention programs, raising cigarette taxes to prevent kids
from smoking and improving patients' quality of life by
ensuring access to care that treats the person as well as
their disease must be top priorities for Congress."
The ACS CAN campaign in D.C. concluded with a
ceremony at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall,
with the lighting of more than 10,000 luminaria, includ- Islander Nancy Ambrose, sixth J
ing some in honor of islanders. Floridians join in the annual An
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Church hosts women's
meeting, pet blessing
The Women of the Episcopal Church group will hold
its first meeting of the 2013-14 season, which will fea-
ture a brunch and a talk by Chris Collins about travels to
Cuba, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.
Also, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, the church hosts a bless-
ing of the animals. The annual observance will take place
in the garden at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
For more information or reservations for the brunch,
call the church at 941-778-1638.
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breast cancer research
Advocates of Susan G. Komen's campaign for a
breast cancer cure will step off on the fourth annual
Causeway 4 the Cause at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
Walkers, runners and bicyclists will gather at
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, for a checking at about 8:30 a.m.
. At about 9 a.m., participants most of them
dressed in pink to emphasize Breast Cancer Aware-
ness will depart on the trek, heading east on Man-
S atee Avenue and the Palma Sola Causeway. Partici-
pants can chose their distance, including 3 miles, 5
miles and 8 miles.
Organizers say 100 percent of the proceeds
raised will benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure
To register and fill out a donation form, email
organizer Jamie Walstad at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit Beach Bums Island Attitude, 427 Pine Ave.,
from left, and other Anna Maria.
nerican Cancer Society The campaign also has a "causeway4thecause"
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n. Wednesday. Oct. 2. at work.
For more information about the writing group, call
Sylvia Price at 941-778-3209 or email scprice@verizon.
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Keep Manatee Beautiful, the county anti-litter and
beautification project, held its annual awards ceremony
on Sept. 12 at Lakewood Ranch's Polo Grill and honored
businesses, governmental agencies, neighborhoods, orga-
nizations and citizens.
Mike Miller of Anna Maria received KMB's award
for outstanding personal contribution.
The news release said, "Mike is the 'go-to-guy' for
the city of Anna Maria along with many other cities
and neighborhoods for everything regarding: native
plants to the area, proper pruning, planting, care and
maintenance of plants, landscape architecture and design
and creating beautiful public spaces. His passion, dedica-
tion, ambition and knowledge make him a vital asset to
our community and an overall great person to learn from.
Mike constantly exceeds expectations on his work and is
highly recommended by the city of Anna Maria and all
of his clients."
Also, the Historic Green Village won a public service
award "for leadership in cleaning up and improving the
community environment through litter prevention, pre-
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A news release said, "The design of the Historic
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modern sustainable building practices. These features
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Sthe nonprofit for Adopt-A-Road work. The Privateers
ave been routinely cleaning 2.75 miles of Marina Drive,
alm Drive and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
along with a commitment towards .iit i.' \ efficiency and
environmental stewardship demonstrate why the HGV is
a model example of sustainability."
The Pine Avenue Restoration Group or PAR also
received a public service award. The release said PAR
"projects have also earned various LEED Certifica-
tions by focusing on Ii cI ,'\ and water efficiency prac-
tices along with storm strength resiliency by building
The Anna Maria Island Privateers received an award
for Adopt-A-Road work. The Privateers have been rou-
tinely cleaning 2.75 miles of Marina Drive, Palm Drive
and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach since 2000.
Also, an Adopt-A-Shore award went to the South-
east High School Key Club, which became a steward of
the Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue in Holmes
Beach by adopting it for periodic cleanup in 2000.
Island-owned Mixon Fruit Farms in east Manatee
won an award for a landscape "that surpassed the norm
for design, maintenance, neighborhood enhancement,
community awareness, and use of native and drought
The keynote speaker was Manatee County adminis-
trator Ed Hunzeker, whose talk was titled "Future Beau-
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LEFT: Kathy Decker and /i, i Gooby represent
island-owned Mixon Fruit Farms at the KMB
awards ceremony, where Mixon received a land-
scaping award. Islander Photos.: Courtesy KMB
ABOVE: Michael Coleman holds a KMB award
at the ceremony. Coleman is a principal in Pine
Avenue Restoration Group, which received a
public service honor. LEFT: Tom Stockebrand rep-
resents the Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria at the Keep Manatee Beautiful
ceremony. The village received an award for its
conservation and beautification efforts.
Volunteers sought for
Keep Manatee Beautiful will partner with cities, com-
munity groups and school clubs on Saturday, Oct. 5, for the
The event, part of a global campaign to remove litter
and debris from the coasts, will take place at various loca-
tions in Manatee County.
Volunteers will begin work at 9 a.m., reporting to sta-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Kingfish Boat Ramp, State Road 64/Manatee Avenue,
FISH Preserve, 11601 Cortez Road W., Cortez.
Emerson Point Conservation Preserve, 17th Street
West on Snead Island in Palmetto.
Terra Ceia on U.S. 19 at the northwest corner of the
bridge by Crab Trap I.
Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman's Club,
1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
State Road 64 East Boat Ramp on the Braden River
at the intersection of 29th Street East.
Ward Temple, 1017 Fifth St. W., Bradenton.
Ray's Canoe Hideaway, 1289 Hagle Park Road, east
Also, volunteers with KMB's Adopt-A-Road program
will be cleaning their areas that morning.
For more information, call 941-795-8272 or email
keep @ manateebeautiful.com.
ou can feel it in the air. Fall has arrived and, now
that the rain has stopped pouring, it's time to pour
out of the house and go shopping. These stores have
been selected by The Islander for their unique items
and great customer service. For certain, we know
where to shop.
We bet any one of these shops has what you're
looking for. Also, it feels good to shop and buy
Giving Back in Holmes Beach offers new mer-
chandise every week. And remember, when shop-
ping at Giving Back, you get awesome deals and
give back proceeds go to local charities.
At Steff's Stuff, it's always a good time to shop
for fabulous vintage jewelry and other accessories
for your wardrobe. Steff is having a consignment
sale, offering 20-50 percent off. And she's open
daily. Check out the great selection at 5380 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The girls at Retro Rosie's and Cobweb's
Antiques & More are excited to see the arrival of
fall. So excited that Cobweb's is hosting a true white
sale with 25 percent off white linens for the month
of October. And Retro Rosie's is raring to get you
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Sentencing continued for man in federal fraud conviction
Jason Syrek, a 39-year-old former Holmes Beach resi-
dent faces 87 months in prison, plus fines and a sizable
restitution demand for health care fraud and filing a false
In December 2012, agents from the Federal Bureau
of Investigation seized sports cars and a luxury boat
from 5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach. Syrek no longer
resides at the address, but ownership has not changed.
The vehicles belonged to Syrek. The seizure stemmed
from an October 2012 complaint filed against Syrek with
the FBI in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attor-
ney's Office in Detroit, Syrek pleaded guilty to health
care fraud and filing a false tax return May 15.
His sentencing hearing, scheduled for September,
was adjourned to November.
According to court records, Syrek engaged in health
care fraud from May 2008 to December 2010 while oper-
ating CAS Resources of Adrian, Mich.
The company provided human resources outsourc-
ing, such as payroll, taxes and employee benefits.
Island police blotter
Sept. 23, 100 block of\N Lniii,;w.% Avenue, burglary. An
unknown person entered a home under construction through
an unsecured door and stole $1,600 worth of items.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Sept. 22, 120 Bridge St., Drift-In, disorderly intoxica-
tion. Police responded to a disturbance at the Drift-In and
made contact with staff, who wanted a man escorted from
the business. Police took the man outside and gave him a
chance to go home, at which time the suspect began yelling
at the officers. He was told to go home several times, but
refused. He was arrested for disorderly intoxication.
Sept. 22, 200 Gulf Drive, DUI. An MCSO deputy
attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Cortez Road. The
driver continued to travel west across the bridge and into
Bradenton Beach, where he eventually stopped. Ray-
mond Crilley, 33, of Bradenton, was unable to produce
his driver's license. He allegedly admitted to drinking,
but refused to submit to a Breathalyzer and was arrested
for driving under the influence.
Aug. 31, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, theft. A
complainant reported a theft from her vehicle while she was
CAS collected $1.75 million in premiums from cli-
ents in the latter part of 2010. The premiums were due to
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, but Syrek admitted
diverting the funds for personal use.
Syrek also claimed on tax returns to have paid
more than $1.8 million in payroll taxes, knowing he had
diverted the bulk of those funds to himself.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, which
assisted in the investigation, Syrek owes taxes in excess
of $13.4 million.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Syrek faces
up to 87 months in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and resti-
tution in excess of $15 million to government agencies.
At the time of the property seizure, Syrek was an
agent of AMI Beach Inn LLC, listed as owner of the
Holmes Beach address raided by the FBI. Both that
property and a unit at the Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th
St., Holmes Beach, were under a government protective
order. The Mainsail property is owned by Syrek with
The corporate entity, AMI Beach Inn, now lists the
Mainsail address and Burrow as registered agent. Burrow
also is listed as owner of a Palma Sola Trace condo with
a Holmes Beach post office box for a mailing address.
And Burrow is listed by the Florida Department of
State, Division of Corporations, as the registered agent
and/or owner of HR Direct Services Inc.; SGB Consult-
ing HR Inc.; and RBI Solutions Inc.; all with related
at the listed location, but did not notice the missing computer
equipment valued at $960 until she arrived home.
Sept. 15, 900 Gulf Drive N., Gulf Drive Cafe, Baker
Act. Police responded to a disturbance and arrived to
a crowd of people attempting to keep a woman from
drowning herself in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the
report, the woman made several threats to harm herself.
She was transported to Manatee Glens for evaluation.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Sept. 12, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez Kitchen, bur-
glary. An unknown person broke into the business and
stole several bottles of alcohol and a cordless phone. The
items were recovered at a nearby homeless camp.
Sept. 23, 12500 block of Safe Harbor Drive, vehicle
burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his
boat and stole a water cooler.
Sept. 24,12700 Cortez Road W., DUI with damage.
An MCSO deputy responded to a vehicle accident and
made contact with James Hunniford, 25, of Palmetto,
who allegedly struck another vehicle from behind while
Holmes Beach addresses or post office boxes.
Earlier this year an Atlanta business person told The
Islander that Syrek was actively soliciting business in
He also was observed ]c.tiutl \ itMlin the post office
in Holmes Beach, driving a new Porsche Turbo.
According to the complaint, the health care scheme
began while Syrek was jailed at Morgantown Federal
Correctional Facility in West Virginia for more than
$800,000 in bank fraud. According to a 2007 article in
the Toledo Blade, he repaid that debt from jail.
According to the Manatee County clerk's office, in
August 2011, an IRS notice of $11,030,158 in federal tax
liens was recorded against Syrek.
In March 2012, another IRS tax lien of $5,831,664
was recorded against AMI Beach Inn LLC as nominee,
fraudulent conveyee and/or alter ego of CAS Resources.
In the current scheme, according to the complaint in
U.S. District Court, Syrek, through his ex-wife, Kristie
Kneuve, allegedly submitted a group enrollment form to
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2008 to secure
group coverage for 10 employees of CAS, including
Syrek, Kneuve and eight fictitious employees, and then
added their clients' employees.
Also, according to the complaint, Syrek admitted to
taking the BCBS premiums for personal use, including
the purchase of beachfront properties, cars, a boat and
millions of dollars worth of other investments.
traveling across the Cortez Bridge. According to the
police report, the deputy detected a strong odor of alco-
hol. Hunniford failed a field sobriety test. He refused a
Breathalyzer and was arrested.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Sept. 21,3232 E. Bay Drive, Subway, trespass after
warning. A 34-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for
trespass after warning. The suspect was previously tres-
passed from the business in October 2011.
Sept. 14, 6306 Gulf Drive, Blue Water Beach Club,
burglary. A complainant reported a missing necklace and
ring valued at $5,200 from her room. They left the room
and returned later that day. She went to retrieve herjew-
elry and when she opened the camera bag where she left
the jewelry, it was missing.
Sept. 18, 3352 E. Bay Drive, Ace Hardware, bur-
glary. Police say a suspect scaled a 10-foot fence to gain
access to a storage area where and took an electric blower
and a can of paint. While attempting to climb back over
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LETTERBOXES By Mike Selinker / Edited by Will Shortz
In this special crossword, the completed solution conceals a familiar three-word phrase related to the puzzle's
theme. 70-Across provides a hint on how to find it.
I Crcw's colleagues
5 Dojo needs
9 Classic sci fi film
killed as "a horror
horde of crawl-
13 "'La-La" lead-in in a
1974 Al Green hil
16 Iberian wine cits
18 "Vincent & _"
filmn about the %an
19 Rings of angels
21 What X-O-X lacks?
22 "Macbeth" king
23 Words on a fragile
27 "Mona Lisa," e.g.
30 Orchestra section
31 Mouthpiece for the
35 Not post-
37 Old piece
38 Little dog, for short
39 _A iv
40 Stra"berr) blond
sister of Barbie
43 Hindu "Mr."
44 "Swans Reflecting
46 1960s '70s series
49 Oscar winner
51 Material beyond the
terrestrial plane, in
55 Hello or goodbye.
57 PC key
59 First word in 104-
61 Cuim ___
63 Like hit shows,
70 How to get a
nmesiage out of the
74 Van Morrison song
"___ the Mystic"
75 Numerical prefix
76 "Only the Lonely"
77 Part of a wriggly
82 Maker of the
83 Gallivants, with
89 Like citrus fruits
92 Like video games,
94 ___ Lingus
96 Round Table
99 Old PC monitor
102 Ernie's instrument
103 Italy's main
104 TV channel with
lots of bells and
105 Take up, as a skirt
107 Rotary alternative
S12 Covent Garden
1 4 Newspaper
1 15 Grampa Simpson
1 6 Snockered
I 17 Andcrs Celsius and
Greta Garbo, for
118 DDT and others
121 "Is Any body (Goin'
to San _" (#
122 Bullet, in poker
123 Cartoonist Wilson
124 Help illicitly
125 Alley flanker
126 Hide/hair link
I 27 Looking tiup
128 Chant at a
129 Satirical 1974
I With 97-D)own,
classic puzzle type
2 Like eyebrows
3 Ones getting the red-
4 "The Spiderw ick
5 Antarctic summit
named for faith and
6 Words after "win by"
or "hang by"
7 What lobsters and
8 Nursery purchase
9 Baltimore club, for
10 Ethan of "Before
I1I Giant Manning
12 Company that
13 Mater" (h min)
14 African capital
15 Organic chemistry
16 Lilac and lavender
17 Turns into mush
24 Not ephemeral
25 All ChiSox home
games are played
33 Pro with books, for
35 Slapstick prop
36 Play watcher
41 Motocross cntry, for
42 Pirate's cargo
44 Frenzied as if
45 East German secret
47 Where a mattress
48 Shapes like squares
50 Country that has
two oryxes on its
coat of arms
52 Like much
53 Roman magistrates
54 Push offt
55 Food item named
after an Austrian
56 Film set on Pandora
58 Snarly dog
62 Blackmail, e.g.
64 "Well. now!"'
66 Uncle Pedro. e.g.
68 Sign of a successful
71 One with a name on
a plaque, maybe
72 Nickname for
73 Rolling Stones #1
hit with the I)ric
but ain't it time we
79 Hefty thing
81 Wrinkly dog
84 Ones providing cold
86 Big wheel's wheels
88 "You betcha"
90 Dim bulbs have low
91 Horse hue
93 Prefix with skeleton
95 1970 John Wayne
97 See I-Down
100 Like the Palace of
101 English landscapist
famous for "The
Burning of the
Houses of Lords
108 Op. --(footnote
109 Some West Coast
I 10 Magazine to which
Obamna gave his
interview in 2008
I 1 N.F.-C. West player
113 1 rifling
119 "- my destiny be
120 Was idle
Alice L. Weaver
Alice L. Weaver, 88, of Bradenton and formerly
of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 27. She was born Sept. 7,
1925, in New York City to the late Charles B. and Else
She was a graduate of the St. Vincent's School of
Nursing in New York City. She served with the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War as a registered nurse and gave up
her officer's commission to marry.
Mrs. Weaver moved to Holmes Beach in 1960 from
Kingston, N.Y. She was a 40-year member of St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and most recently
attended Ss. Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church,
She worked as a nurse at Palmetto High School, the
Manatee County Health Department, and later at Chil-
dren's Medical Services in Sarasota where she retired as
the director of nursing for nine counties.
Mrs. Weaver is survived by her children: Charles
Michael of Bradenton, Sherman Scott and wife Susie
of Summerville, Ga., Sara Lisbeth and husband Sergio
Valdivieso of Bradenton, James Francis and wife Kayzie
of Parrish, and Timothy Griffin and Phil Gutis of New
Hope, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and
many extended family members and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10
a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach with committal to
follow in the church memorial garden. Condolences may
be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial donations may be made either to Maryknoll
Lay Missioners, P.O. Box 307, Maryknoll NY 10545, or
to TideWell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL
POLICE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
the fence, the blower handle became lodged at the top of
the fence. Police believe the suspect dropped the paint
while trying to free the blower. A store employee retrieved
the blower from the top of the fence.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
THE ISLANDER U OCT. 2, 2013 0 17
WMFR chief prepares for successor
By Rick Catlin
After more than 22 years as a fire chief, West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price is retiring from his
position in May 2015.
Price told WMFR district commissioners at their
Sept. 19 meeting he had entered the state's retirement
program three years ago. The program calls for his man-
datory retirement in May 2015, he said. Price said he'd
like "the guys to know my replacement" as soon as pos-
WMFR commissioners and Price have already begun
work on a successor.
"The firefighters are just a little anxious to know how
we are going to operate and who is going to operate after
I leave because I've been around so long," Price said.
Reaching a decision on a replacement well before he
Workers continue to remodel West Manatee Fire
Price is retir-
ing in May
2015 after 24
years as afire
retires will give the firefighters and staff some comfort in
adv ance of how things will be done, he added.
Commissioners are completing a survey of potential
candidates and will meet in an upcoming work session to
discuss the merits of each candidate.
Price said announcement of his replacement is up
to the commission, but he would prefer it be made as
much in advance as possible, perhaps as much as one
year before he leaves.
"Hopefully, there will be i t. li\i lm andwhoever
is chosen will be a good department leader," Price added.
One person not onthe consideration list to replace Price is
Deputy Chief Brett Pollock, who retires in 2016, Price
Price became fire chief of the Anna Maria Island Fire Dis-
trict in 1991 after starting as a volunteer. He succeeded
his father as fire chief.
He was named WMFR chief in 2000 when the island
fire district combined with the west Manatee county fire
district to form the WMFR.
In other business at the meeting Sept. 19 meeting,
commissioners approved a loan of $487,000 to purchase
a new fire engine and learned from Price the $1.6 mil-
lion remodel of Station No. 2, 10350 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton, is ahead of schedule. Price said the project
Rescue Station No. 2, 10350 Cortez Road W., Braden- should finish in January 2014.
ton. The $1.6 million project is expected to be corn- The next WMFR commission meeting is 6 p.m.
pleted in January 2014, WMFR Chief Andy Price said. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the district administration building
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Holmes Beach seeks clear beaches year-round
By Mark Young
As they work to strengthen Holmes Beach's sea
turtle lighting ordinance, city commissioners also hope
to keep the beach clear of furniture, gear and equipment
During sea turtle nesting season, which runs May
1-Oct. 31, leaving chairs, tents and other equipment on
the beach is prohibited due to problems presented to the
As only female turtles emerge from the water and
only to nest, they enter an unfamiliar world on shore.
They apparently are unable to navigate successfully when
confronted with objects on the beach.
The University of Florida Law Conservation Clinic
recently concluded a Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting Report
on coastal cities over the summer and Sarasota scored the
highest with 89 points of a possible 100.
Holmes Beach weighed in with a low score of 21.
Since learning of the score, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi
Fox has reviewed the city's ordinance. While Fox found
no major issues, she indicated it may be time for an
The university provided a model ordinance and
Holmes Beach has adapted it to its needs.
City attorney Patricia Petruff presented the draft ordi-
nance to commissioners Sept. 26.
During discussion, commissioners talked about a
year-round prohibition on beach gear left overnight.
The idea, they said, was to avoid confusion for
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Petruff said the new ordinance would apply to public
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nesting season to the areas adjacent to beachfront homes
and condos. She said residents are more aware than visi-
tors of their responsibility to nesting turtles.
According to the proposed ordinance, any equipment
left overnight would be confiscated by Holmes Beach
police officers and stored for a temporary period. The
owner would pay a fine to retrieve confiscated equipment,
according to Police Chief Bill Tokajer. If the equipment
is not picked up, it becomes the property of the city for
disposal or sale.
The length of time to hold property became an issue
at the meeting. Petruff said the city's current ordinance
allows the city to store equipment for 15 days, but she
wanted to shorten the time to seven days.
Tokajer said state law requires the department hold
any confiscated equipment for 90 days.
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before changing the proposed ordinance.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino expressed concern
about equipment confiscated while people are absent
from their property. He also noted that on some holidays,
visitors set up on the beach overnight.
Tokajer said it would have to be an obvious abandon-
ment of equipment before it would be confiscated.
"We aren't looking to go out and clean the beach
every night," said Tokajer. "But if we are out there and
see a situation like that, then we have something that
gives us teeth to do something about it."
In other matters, Mayor Carmel Monti announced
that a meeting with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization went well. He said he learned that
Holmes Beach had no requests for funding projects with
The most recent MPO-funded project is the sidewalk
that runs from the Kingfish Boat Ramp to the Manatee
Avenue and Gulf Drive intersection.
Monti suggested that the city begin determining what
transportation projects may be eligible for funding.
Commissioner Marvin Grossman said he would like
to see the city's bike paths widened and Monti said that
is the kind of project that might be funded.
"The county's traffic department is already doing a
traffic study and MPO suggests doing a mobility study,"
said Monti. "That's much more in-depth than a traffic
study because it takes into consideration pedestrians and
Monti is hoping the county will look at how to
improve what he calls the "city center" of Holmes Beach
at the Marina-Gulf drives intersection. A city committee
is presently discussing long-term plans to improve the
downtown to be more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.
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The grounds of Anna Maria Elementary School flooded during the past week's three-day downpour, leading to
delays for some events and activities, including Peace Day, reset to Oct. 1. Islander Photos.: Jennifer Glenfield
Rain pours, postpones AME Peace Day
Three long days of gloomy skies and soggy shoes The canceled fire drill will be rescheduled.
left Anna Maria Elementary School waterlogged. Physical education teacher Terri Ruise brought rec
The three-day downpour required canceling the into the auditorium. On the first rain day, she set u
biweekly running club, rescheduling a fire drill and white board and asked the students what they did o
moving recess indoors. The front lawn became a pond the weekend to stay fit. Ruise also set up games, ju
and the much-anticipated celebration of International ropes and Hula-hoops. On the second and third rain d
Peace Day set for Sept. 24 was delayed to Tuesday, Oct. students played freeze-dance and four corners.
1. "I always have a rainy day plan that keeps every(
The AME Running Club, run by Jesse Brisson of engaged, and is fun and fast. There's a game I callJ
Gulf Bay Realty, meets behind the main building before lyfish with a big squishy ball, and tentacles all ovei
school starts on Wednesdays and Fridays. Relentless rain- Kindergartners love Jellyfish," Ruise said.
fall and significant flooding in the playground and field The celebration for International Peace Day v
canceled practice Sept. 25. moved to Tuesday, Oct. 1. Cindi Harrison, AME gui
A fire drill set for Sept. 26, after the rain had stopped, ance counselor and facilitator of AME's Peace Day
was also canceled. "The grass was still too wet to line undaunted by the rain. "We may have to seat the kids
the kids up outside. Especially for the classes that have the parking lot if the water does not fully evaporate fr
to lineup out back," Debbie Gomes, office administrator, the grove, but hey, it doesn't matter where we celebrn
said. We want peace everywhere," Harrison said.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 2, 2013 0 19
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Breakfast: Eggs and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Chicken Quesadilla, Baked Beans, Baked
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries, Applesauce.
Feature: South West Salad.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Breakfast: Sausage Patty on Biscuit
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, Oct. 4
Breakfast: Pancakes on a Stick.
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty with Bun, Corn, Cucumbers with
Dip, Sidekicks. Feature: Chicken Caesar Salad.
Monday, Sept. 30
Breakfast: Whole Grain Breakfast Pizza.
Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Breaded Beef Patty, Whole Grain Bun,
Steamed Broccoli, Mini Romaine Salads, Peach Cup.
Feature: Chef Salad
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and Biscuit.
Lunch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger on Bun, Southern Chicken with
Biscuit, Roasted Red Potatoes, Fresh Veggie Cup with Dip,
Pineapple Tidbits. Feature: Veg Garden Salad.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Breakfast: Eggs and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Chicken Quesadilla, Baked Beans,
Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries, Applesauce.
Feature: Southwest Salad.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Breakfast: Sausage Patty on Biscuit
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, Oct. 4
Breakfast: Pancakes on a Stick.
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty with Bun, Corn, Cucumbers
with Dip, Sidekicks. Feature: Chicken Caesar Salad.
Juice and milk are served with every meal
NOTICE: Peace Day, planned for Sept. 24,
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Rain puts damper on links, horseshoes, soccer, more
By Kevin Cassidy
Players in the youth soccer league at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center pressed on last week, albeit in
a limited fashion due to almost 7 inches of rainfall Sept.
Two games in the 11-13 age division managed to
get played Sept. 27. The first contest saw LPAC cool off
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each from Ryan Fellowes and Tyler Pearson. Jack Barnes
added a goal to round out the LPAC scoring in the vic-
Hannah McCracken notched three goals to lead
Waterfront, which also received one goal from Alex
Rodriguez in the loss.
The Feast Restaurant remained undefeated and atop
the division standings thanks to a 5-1 victory over Jen
Crady Massage. Joe Rogers and Michael Latimer scored
two goals each and Abbey Achor notched one to lead The
Feast to victory.
Jack Groves scored the lone goal in the loss for Jen
After two weeks of play, the standings in the AMICC
adult soccer league are balanced. Three teams Sato
Real Estate, Florida Discount Signs and Slim's Place -
are undefeated and tied for first in the standings. Agnelli
Pool & Spa and Island Pest Control are at 1-1, stuck in
the middle of the table, while Wash Family Construction,
Island Gourmet and LaPensee Plumbing are 0-2 and tied
Rain resets AMICC golf
tourney to Oct. 11
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
Sept. 27 golf tournament at the Longboat Key Club
Islandside was rained out.
But golfers will try again to hit the club links
and tee up Friday, Oct. 11, with check in at 11 a.m.
and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Cost is $150 per person or $600 per foursome.
The awards ceremony will be held in the Islandside
clubhouse following play and includes dinner, an
auction and prize raffles. Cost for the non-player
dinner is $45.
Golfers must register in advance, either at the
center or by phone.
To register or for more information, call 941-
for last place.
The season is young, the players are not and the
games are unpredictable, so anm diiig can happen.
The fields dried out sufficiently to get in three adult
soccer matches Sept. 26.
The opening game of the evening saw Island Pest
Control slip past Island Gourmet 4-3 behind two goals
from Teddy Louloudes and a goal each from Greg Ross
and Steve Oelfke. Dave Greene made 19 saves in goal
and Tony Frudakis added an assist in the victory.
Adam Bujarski scored twice and Tim Tedesco added
a goal to lead Island Gourmet, which received 10 saves
from Nate Talucci in the loss.
Florida Discount Signs defeated Wash Family Con-
struction 5-2 behind three goals from Brent Moss and a
goal and an assist from Ryan Moss. David Moss made 11
saves in goal and Ed Moss yes, the Rev. Ed Moss of
Crosspointe Fellowship added an assist in the win.
Aaron Parkin and Mike Brusso each scored one goal
for Wash Family Construction, which also received an
assist from Chris Yavalar and seven saves from Will Case
in the loss.
Slim's Place rolled to an easy 7-1 victory over
Agnelli Pool & Spa in the evening's final game behind
two goals from Josh Petit and a goal and two assists
from Eric Pullen. Scott Eason, Robbie McLaughlin, PJ
Smargisso and Nate Coleman each added single goals for
Slim's Place in the victory.
Joey Ciasullo scored the lone goal for Agnelli Pool
& Spa on an assist from Lyn Clarke, while Frank Agnelli
made nine saves in the loss.
Center basketball continues
Much like the adult soccer league, the basketball
standings are balanced. Southern Greens and Beach to
Bay Construction are on top with 2-0 records, while the
Sun and Waterfront Restaurant are both at 0-2. Bowes
Imaging Center and Gator Man Pools are in the middle
with 1-1 records at this early juncture in the season.
Southern Greens opened up Sept. 24 action with a
75-70 victory over Bowes Imaging Center behind the
scoring of Brandon Hartwig, who knocked down five
3-point shots on the way to a game-high 27 points. Joe
Combs added 13 points, Justin Jones scored 11 and Brit-
tany Hartwig finished with 10 points in the victory.
Antwaun Jackson had a monster game for Bowes
Imaging Center, finishing with 25 points, 20 rebounds
and seven assists. Matt Ray added 22 points and 10
rebounds while Jason Mickan finished with 11 points.
Gator Man Pools defeated the Sun 73-63 behind the
one-two scoring punch of Scott Eliso andAaron Dudukes.
Eliso scored 25 points, while Dudukes finished with 23
points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Osmond chipped in
with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Andrew Turman scored 23 points and Eric Gledhill
added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun, which also
received 15 points from Caleb Earhart in the loss.
Sean Hubbard scored 28 points and grabbed 14
rebounds to lead Beach to Bay Construction to a 55-38
drubbing of Waterfront Restaurant. Robert Serrano
scored 12 points and Jordan Demers added 11 points for
Beach to Bay in the victory.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, PAGE 23
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For anglers, time now to dry out, get the line wet
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Now that we've had a few days to dry out from recent
rainstorms, it's time to get back on the water. A variety
of angling scenarios will unfold as we move into fall.
To find the fish, look skyward for birds, busy diving
in Tampa Bay and along the waters of the Gulf beaches
seeking a quick meal. Vast amounts of baitfish are pouring
out of the bay and into the Gulf of Mexico, and attracting
migratory fish mackerel, bonito, jack crevalle and blue
runners. They all provide drag-screaming action on light
spinning outfits and on fly tackle. Plus, once you find the
fish, it's typical to hook up on every cast.
With the migratory species, come the sharks. Expect
to encounter blacktip, spinner and sandbar sharks along
the beaches in the weeks ahead. These species may not be
the bi(_'_'.I adversaries, but fish in the 100-pound range
are not uncommon.
On the flats, redfish are the main attraction. School-
ing fish can be found from Joe's Bay all the way to Venice
Inlet. Both live baits and artificial are proving prosper-
ous. Sizes vary depending on the mix in the school you're
targeting. Patience is a virtue when hunting schooling
reds. It's better to use stealth with a trolling motor or a
push pole for your approach. Once you're in a good spot,
anchor up and wait for the fish to come to you.
Also, the recreational harvest of red snapper opened
Oct. 1 in state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
In state waters, the season remains open through Oct. 21.
In federal waters, the season is open through Oct. 14.
The minimum size for red snapper in state and fed-
eral waters is 16 inches, and the daily bag limit is two
per harvester per day.
Anglers are required to use circle hooks and dehook-
ing devices when fishing for any reef species, including
red snapper, in the Gulf of Mexico, both state and federal
waters. The requirement to use venting tools in federal
waters was removed Sept. 3.
To learn more about red snapper, visit myfwc.com/
fishing and first click on "Saltwater," and then "Recre-
Sean Armstrong hefts the monster 32-inch snook he
hooked using cut bait and released while on a charter
with Capt. Warren Girle.
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Capt. Warren Girle is finding schools of Spanish
mackerel along the beaches of Anna Maria Island during
incoming high tides. By anchoring and chumming, Girle
is putting clients on a frenzy of macks and small shark.
Once the fish are feeding, his anglers cast free-lined shin-
ers on a long shank hook into the school. Within seconds
of entering the water, these free-lined shiners are eaten by
a voracious mackerel and, possibly, even a kingfish.
Moving out to the artificial reefs, Girle is bottom
fishing with live bait. Dropping live shiners or pinfish
to the bottom is resulting in mangrove snapper, flounder
and Key West grunts. Keeper-sizes in all three species
On the flats of Sarasota Bay, Girle is stalking redfish.
Once he locates a school, he anchors. Patiently waiting,
Girle is able to target approaching schools of fish without
spooking them. Live shiners or pinfish are resulting in
slot and over-slot fish. Artificials such as Berkley Gulp
shrimp are producing a bite.
Finally, Girle is finding concentrations of snook
along mangrove shorelines with good current. Most
catches range 24- 26 inches. Live shiners are Girle's bait
Jim Maltese at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing there
is on the upward swing. Large bait schools are taking
residence around the pier, attracting a variety of predatory
species within casting distance.
Spanish mackerel, blue runners and jack crevalle are
becoming a consistent bite during morning high tides.
Small speck rigs, crappie jigs or Clark spoons are result-
ing in limits on the macks. Expect to encounter macks
up to and exceeding 10 inches to the fork of the tail. Jack
crevalle are also common, up to 2 pounds.
Redfish and black drum are staging under the pier
for fishers with stout tackle and strong arms. Most of
the reds being caught are over-slot fish, 30-32 inches, so
plan accordingly. Fresh-cut chunk baits such as ladyfish
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dropping live shrimp down to the bottom. Slot-size black
drum are the norm.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is targeting
school mackerel and bonito off the beaches of the Island.
Keyes is using live shiners on a longshank hook for bait-
fishing these migratory species. When using artificial,
Keyes is hooking up with jigs or silver spoons.
Blacktip sharks are in tow of the mackerel schools.
Keyes suggests using a 3-5 foot cable attached to a large
circle hook to target these strong, toothy fish. Fresh-cut
chunks of mack or bonito are dynamite to entice a shark.
On the flats, Keyes is catching slot and over-slot
redfish. Keyes is using a variety of techniques to target
these fish. When live-bait fishing, he's using live shiners
and pinfish. Free -lining or using a popping cork both are
effective when using baitfish. For artificial, Keyes is
finding both the MirrOlure MirrOdine and the Berkley
Gulp 3-inch shrimp effective.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters says it's
time to take advantage of the Spanish mackerel bite in
the Gulf of Mexico and in the bays. Macks and shark are
being caught along the beaches and at the artificial reefs.
Expect to catch fish in the 18- to 24-inch range. Gross says
blacktip and spinner sharks are following the mackerel
schools, so have a rod ready to hook a big fish.
Schooling redfish are a good bet this week, and
Gross suggests finding mangrove shorelines surrounded
by lush grass flats and sandy potholes to locate them.
Once you find a spot, cast a free-lined live shiner along
the edge of the school to hook up. Chumming is an added
Finally, mangrove snapper and flounder are taking up
residence around artificial reefs. Small live shiners and
pinfish are recommended for live baits. Look for a steady
tide flow when targeting these fish around structure -
that's when the bite is the best.
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By Rick Catlin
The Lot plots
Oct. 8 opening
Gayden Shell has been a professional photographer
and instructor most of her adult life. She's also an artist,
environmentalist, mother and, now, a business woman.
Arriving to Anna Maria Island from Crystal River
a few years ago, she worked at several island gift stores
before realizing she had a dream to own a shop.
Her dream meets reality next week when she hosts
a grand opening 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, for The Lot,
109 First St. N., Bradenton Beach.
"I'm definitely excited to have my own store. It's
going to be a unique blend of portraits and photos, special
jewelry, beach clothing and unusual gifts," Shell said.
Among the items offered will be jewelry crafted
of fish scales by a 76-year-old friend in Crystal River.
She makes "gorgeous and special jewelry pieces," Shell
Shell has a history in photography, stemming from
her father, who started a photography business in Pitts-
burg, Kan., where she worked as a portrait photographer.
She also taught photography at Pittsburg State Univer-
(jayden _h, /I arranges merchandise she will offer
starting Oct. 8 at her new shop, The Lot, 109 First St.
N., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
She's won numerous awards for her photography
"Photography is my love, but I also love to do
humorous collectibles and gift items. I also love the
island and Bradenton Beach. That's why we'll have
beach-style clothing available," she said.
Shell and son Kyle are having fun getting the store
ready for the grand opening, planning appetizers and
refreshments and anticipating greeting guests.
For more information, call Shell at 352-228-9691.
Chamber plans mixers
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
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Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the luncheon is $16.
The chamber's monthly sunrise breakfast is at 7:45
a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Westminster Bradenton
Manor, 1700 21st St.W., Bradenton.
Cost of the breakfast is $8.
Reservations are required for both events, and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests and potential mem-
For more information or reservations, call the cham-
ber at 941-778-1541.
LBK shops plan fall festival
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is hold-
ing its annual fall festival Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Centre
Shops, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Two other festivals are planned for the winter season,
a chamber press release said.
Any vendors interested in participating in the Oct.
27 festival are asked to call organizer Steff Claussen at
941-383-1901 or email email@example.com.
Island real estate
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
207 69th St., Unit B, Sunny Skies, Holmes Beach,
a 1,200 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1972
was sold 09/12/13, Kaleta to Oster for $575,000; list
830 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,467 sfla
3bed/3bath home built in 1949 on a 78x95 lot was sold
09/09/13, Romine to Wagner for $465,000.
415 Bay Palms Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,746 sfla
/ 2,110 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1966 on a
80x100 lot was sold 09/10/13, Martineau to Sheerin for
2309 Ave. C, Unit 100, Costa Verde, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,583 sfla / 1,876 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built
in 2009 was sold 09/10/13, Swallow to McCartney for
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SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
Brandon Kern scored 13 points for Waterfront, which
also received 9 points from Richard Fosmore and 8 points
from Matt Dwyer in the loss.
Sept. 25 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall horseshoe pits was rained out, but Sept. 28 was dry
and the team of Hank Huyghe and Dom Livedoti earned
a come-from-behind 24-20 victory in the final match of
pool play to earn the day's only 3-0 record.
Play gets under way 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 all are welcome.
Key Royale golf news
Rain washed out golf plans on the links at Key
Royale Club, but the club women were undaunted. They
managed to get in some action- Wii competition at the
home of one of the players.
Kris Landkammer had a chipin, while Tootie Wagner
and Fran Barford each managed birdies in Wii play.
For AMICC sports schedules, visit
sports online at www.islander.org.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 166, Tortuga, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 09/11/13, Sea
Breezes North LLC to Person to Person Properties LLC
812 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria a vacant 60x107
lot was sold 09/11/13, Wagner to Jacaranda Cottage LLC
2301 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,145 sfla / 2,409
sfur 2bed/lIbath home built in 1950 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 09/09/13, Pierce to Gorodnitchev for $265,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
at Mike Norman Realty,
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ATTENTION VETERANS AND active military
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come you to a Nov. 16 patriotic Thanksgiving
event. Call the Rev. Ed Moss at 941-778-0719
to provide your contact information.
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children. Drop off at The Islander newspaper
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5. Benefit for Moonracer and ForgetMeNot
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at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
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-
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
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.
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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.
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.
CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and
resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-
INTRODUCTORY OFFER! BUY one, get one
free music lesson, manateemusic.net or 941-
PIANO/KEYBOARD FOR your life: Highly quali-
fied and experienced instructor will come to
you and work with your goals for musical
enjoyment. Daytime slots available. 941-761-
TRUEBLUE33 MOBILE Computer Service LLC.
On-site computer repair at reasonable rates.
Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714.
NEW REAL ESTATE photography services for
the Bradenton and Sarasota area. Professional
photography and video at affordable rates. Call
For Real: 941-524-4656.
JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic
cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise,
PRESSURE WASHING, CLEANING: Houses,
driveways, tile and grout, pool cages. "We
clean it all." 941-735-4014.
SUN MAINTENANCE AND Service: Call Travis
and Megan, 941-779-8389, for all your lawn,
landscape, and pool service needs. "Even free
snow removal." 10 years experience. Free esti-
mates, trusting services.
ELDERLY ASSISTANT: EXPERIENCED, com-
passionate and caring. Will help with shop-
ping, appointments, companionship. 941-587-
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus
cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, soft-
ware and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and
removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace
broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander
Socko a call: 941-799-1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
DON'T SWEAT 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.
-SdtlScnltIvIus business network / computer solutions
Socko Pearson, 941-799-1169, firstname.lastname@example.org
ISLAND REFERENCES AVAILABLE
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call
today for an appointment, 941-518-8301.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and
installations, watering the island for 15 years.
JUNIOR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTE-
NANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trim-
ming, hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25
years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing
in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes.
Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and
commercial. For all your landscaping needs.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
RENTAL ADS GET fast results in The Islander.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases
of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed,
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handy-
man, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack
of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michi-
gan builder, quality work guaranteed. Afford-
able, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows,
lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.
CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contrac-
tor. Free estimates and plans. New houses,
porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices.
Hire a Florida licensed contractor. Call 941-
795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi,
tennis, boat dock. Seasonal or yearly. Call
VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near
boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria
Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.
VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or
condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971
or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.
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.
2BR/1.5BA TOWNHOUSE facing the Gulf, pool,
screen porches, garage. $1,700/month. Mike
Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.
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DUPLEX NEAR BEACH. Ground level in Holmes Beach.
2BR/1BA one side, 1BR/1BA on second side. Short walk
to beach. $340,000.
BEACHFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BT direct beach front.
Ground level, located next to pool, "turnkey" furnished. Fan-
tastic views of the Gulf. $547,500.
BAYFRONT! BEAUTIFUL LOCATION on the bay.
3BR/2BA unique and interesting layout. $780,000.
6 BEDROOM IN ANNA MARIA... Ground-level
duplex located west of Gulf Drive for easy beach access. 3
BR/2 BA each side. Completely renovated. 2,300 sq. ft.
Norman l 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach,
2BR/2BA elevated duplex. Quiet neighbor-
hood, two blocks to Gulf, one block to bay!
Carport, room for two vehicles. Updated
unit, new floors, fresh paint. Available Oct. 1.
2BR FULLY FURNISHED waterfront townhouse
with boat slip, pool, patio, cable, washer and
dryer, no pets! $900/month. Available until Jan.
15. Call 941-538-8622.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA adorable house,
$925/month. 62nd Street West, Bradenton.
Carmen Pedota, Big Fish Real Estate, 941-
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA
Ground-level, completely furnished. One house
from the Gulf. No pets or smoking. Available
January-April. 813-390-0782 or email: HLMS-
ANNUAL RENTAL: PINEBAY Forest condo,
2BR/2BA, ground level, Washer and dryer
carport, pool. $1,100/month. Available Oct.
1. Call Sato Real Estate Inc. 941-778-7200 or
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL starting Jan. 1,
2014, on the Island. 2BR/2BA with small yard
or private patio for couple in their 60s with one
female cat. 949-842-6289.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close to
the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No
WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you
curious as to how much your home could be
worth? Call us for a free professional consulta-
tion. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-
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.
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