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By Mark Young
It was as close to standing room only as
the Bradenton Beach City Hall chambers can
get for an Oct. 18 public hearing on a proposed
cellular communications tower.
Public comment was unanimously opposed
to both the construction of a cell tower and the
location near the city's public works facility,
which is at 400 Church Ave.
Residents of Church Avenue, close to
where the tower will be built, were united in
opposing the project.
Paul Georges said the proposed tower is
five times taller than any other structure in the
city and, while he found the presentation infor-
mative, he disagreed with the concept.
"I feel Bradenton Beach is a special place
to live and hope it continues to be so," he said.
"The question is, do we really need a cell
tower? I live less than 100 feet from where
it will be and I feel there are toxic issues at
the site, as well as being a safety concern to
pedestrian, bike and car traffic. It should be a
safety concern to the city, too."
Georges said commissioners should be
good to the citizens, "not just to businesses
and private interests."
The proposed tower will be 150 feet high
with a base foundation that is 60 by 70 feet.
The structure will begin at the southeast corner
of the public works building and stretch east
toward the marina and south into the city park-
ing lot, although only one parking space is
expected to be lost.
Kevin Barile of Florida Tower Partners
said the only way to improve cellphone service
in the city is to build the tower.
"It's quite well known that there is poor
cellphone service in this area," he said.
A Verizon representative agreed, saying
there are 134 dropped calls recorded every day
within the city.
But call numbers didn't sway the opinion
of those who spoke against the tower.
Residents near the proposed site said prop-
erty values will decrease and cited safety con-
cerns from a tower collapse, as well as cancer
concerns from radiation.
Barile said the tower is designed with a
collapse point, "in this case, 30 feet, so it only
needs a 30-foot fall zone clearance. All of the
equipment is inside the tower, so nothing will
fly off the structure in winds in excess of 115
miles per hour."
Cell tower consultant Art Peters, who has
spent more than four decades as an engineer,
said there are no structural or health concerns
associated with the tower.
Health questions are something "I've
been asked a thousand times," said Peters,
who explained the Federal Communications
Commission sets the health standards based on
criteria established by an international organi-
zation that includes doctors.
'The FCC sets the level of radiation below
anm hinili else they can set, and not even Con-
gress can counter those standards," he said.
"A lot of people are fearful of radiation, but
radiation from a cell tower is not like am thing
for a public
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that hurts your body. It's more like a toaster.
It's not ionizing radiation."
Commissioner Gay Breuler said it was her
understanding that local government has no
authority to consider radiation transmission,
because there are no dangers to consider.
Peters said Breuler was correct.
Breuler said the city can help residents by
ensuring there will be as much landscaping
and other measures to disguise the structure's
base and her suggestions came with a motion
to approve the permit.
That wasn't enough for other speakers,
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Island homesteads in slow not rapid decline
By Rick Catlin
Some island elected officials have
expressed alarm that Anna Maria Island is
losing permanent residents at a rapid rate.
While the 2010 census reported a decline
in the island's permanent population, figures
from the Manatee County Property Appraiser's
Office show the drop in homesteaded proper-
ties the past 15 years on the island is not as
steep as some assumed.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn agreed the
numbers don't spell out the steep decline she
thought was occurring, but she still has con-
cerns for the city's loss of homesteaded proper-
While Anna Maria lost 62 homesteaded
properties from 1998 to 2013, and Holmes
Beach lost 182 homesteaded properties, Bra-
denton Beach increased its number of home-
steads from 253 to 268 in the same 15-year
The property office re
steaded properties island'
pared with 2,065 for 201
"But when it is peop
expected to retire here per
leave, it's a concern," the
The mayor also is v
number of vacation rentals
"It just seems like all i
the past few years on a vac
a vacation rental," she said
SueLynn observed the
1,100 non-homesteaded ]
She said she anticipates the number of
1998 2013 non-homesteaded properties to gradually
604 542 increase in the coming years.
253 268 The mayor noted that while the MCPAO
,436 1,254 gave her its figures for 2013, the MCPAO said
293 2,064 it works one year in arrears counting home-
steaded and non-homesteaded properties and
ported 2,293 home- determining taxable value.
wide in 1998 com- The figures given SueLynn and for this
3, a decline of 9.9 report were as of Jan. 1, Sharon Barhorst of
the MCPAO said. They are the figures used
)le I've known and to compute taxable value for the 2013-14 city
manently, then they and county budgets.
mayor said. "So we could have even more vacation
worried about the rentals than we believe, and maybe fewer
s in the city. homesteaded properties than we think," Sue-
new construction in Lynn said.
cant lot has been for The city will get new tallies in January
d. from the property office.
City has more than Between 1998-2013, the property office
properties and 542 reported these figures for homesteaded proper-
ties on Anna Maria Island.
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Bradenton Beach presses on in lawsuit defense
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach commissioners won't be deterred.
They are pressing on against a lawsuit filed in June 2012
to halt development on the beach across from city hall.
The suit targets a joint development agreement
between the city and Ed Chiles' BeachHouse Restaurant
corporation, ELRA Inc., but neither Chiles nor ELRA are
named in the suit.
It was filed by three citizens to stop a proposed park-
ing lot on the beachfront at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
The project included the construc-
Ition of a dune, which has been com-
pleted, and the creation of about a
6' dozen parking spaces for the restaurant,
Meilner as well as five spaces for the city. The
r city owns an easement on the beach at
the south end of the property owned by
The parking lot project has yet to
begin, but the restaurant has used the
m area for parking for several years.
/ ..... ,The suit challenges the city's deci-
sion to disregard a March 2012 plan-
ning and zoning board vote to recom-
mend the commission deny that agree-
ment. Among the reasons cited by P&Z
were that it violates the city charter and
land development codes.
Perry The city entered the agreement in
April 2012, questioning during discus-
sion the qualifications of P&Z members to make the rec-
ommendation. The contentious meeting led to the resigna-
tion of three P&Z members two of them parties to the
lawsuit Jo Ann Meilner and Bill Shearon. Shearon is
both a mayoral candidate in the Nov. 5 election and former
city commissioner. His partner and campaign treasurer,
Tjet Martin, is the third party in the suit.
Little movement on the suit has occurred, but city
attorney Ricinda Perry said Oct. 17 that legal fees for
the city have reached $20,000. If it goes to court, Perry
r n .
estimated the city's costs will more than double.
The plaintiffs in the case, represented by former city
attorney Ralf Brookes of Cape Coral, offered the city a
deal to end the matter if the city agrees to binding
arbitration but commissioners previously rejected that
proposal. They did so again at the Oct. 17 city meeting.
Perry said there are no hearings scheduled, and that
she has been attempting to force mediation.
Perry sought direction on whether commissioners
wanted her to pursue litigation or binding arbitration,
which she said is still an option to reduce costs.
Mayor John Shaughnessy said costs were a concern.
He wanted to revisit the arbitration offer because it would
be "quicker and less expensive."
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said no to arbitration.
"It's binding and we have no further legal recourse,"
Perry said typically an arbitrator "relies on their own
experience. That's where the concern lies with me. You're
stuck with (his or her) opinion with no ability of appeal if
the decision is based on misunderstanding of the law."
Gatehouse said he preferred to take the case in front
of a judge.
"We have to defend our right to make decisions
up here based on our understanding of codes and ordi-
nances," he said. "We've offered mediation. The ball is
in their court. I'm content to wait rather than enter into
arbitration where we have no recourse."
Commissioner Gay Breuler said that's why the com-
mission rejected arbitration when it was first offered.
"We knew this was going to cost money, but we know
we are correct and it's the right thing to do," she said.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh also rejected arbitra-
tion and Vice Mayor Ed Straight said his experience with
arbitration was not good.
Commissioners did not need to take official action
since they had previously provided a consensus to reject
the arbitration offer.
CELL TOWER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
however. Carl Parks, chair of the Scenic Waves Partner-
ship Committee, said the city ordinance repealed by the
commission "did a much better job protecting the public"
than the new ordinance.
Jo Ann Meilner agreed, saying every issue raised by
those speaking was addressed "in the previous ordinance
you people gutted."
Tjet Martin, campaign treasurer for mayoral candi-
date Bill Shearon and one-third of a group suing the city
over a joint development between the city and Ed Chiles,
along with Shearon and Meilner, said the public has not
had enough time to vet the process.
The city has conducted multiple public meetings
regarding the cell tower, but Martin said the public should
have been able to meet with the consultant, too.
Other nearby residents said they had only just learned
about the cell tower, although meetings dating back to
January 2012 were noticed and reported in the media.
Janie Robertson, former Ward 3 commissioner and
a candidate to regain her seat, said she agrees with the
concerns expressed by the citizens. She also said she's
asked the city several times about seeking an alternative
"All I'm ever told is 'There is no other location,'"
Robertson suggested the First Street city parking lot
as an alternative, although it would mean losing parking
While city officials and staff have said there are no
alternative locations, they admitted they were unsure if
the First Street parking lot had been researched.
However, Barile assured commissioners every alter-
native location had been sought out and that the best loca-
tion for the best service is near the public works building
The planning and zoning board recommended
approval of the permit Sept. 23, but added stipulations,
and commissioners agreed with some P&Z concerns and
dismissed with others.
Stipulations for landscaping and some type of buffer
around the base were accepted in the motion made by
Breuler, which passed unanimously.
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Holmes Beach officials heat up war of words
By Mark Young
An inquiry into Holmes Beach Commissioner
Marvin Grossman's homesteaded status on real estate
investments by fellow Commissioner David Zaccagnino
last week launched a flurry of retaliatory remarks at an
Oct. 10 work session.
Letters admonishing Zaccagnino were read into the
record by Grossman, as well as Commissioner Judy Tits-
Iworth and an email exchange involving
... Mayor Carmel Monti titled "bad poli-
i tics" called it an "obvious attempt to
., discredit Marvin."
S, The matter was introduced by
:' ^ Grossman, who first criticized Zacca-
Grossman gnino from the dais and then from the
I h chamber floor following the meeting.
At one point, while in close proximity,
Grossman pointed his finger at the chest
Zaccagnino originally brought
Olt rumors that Grossman was homestead-
Zaccagnino ing two properties one on and one
off the island to the attention of city
attorney Patricia Petruff.
But Grossman's off-island rental property, as it turned
out, was purchased while homesteaded by its previous
owner, which automatically continues on the property
record until the end of the year.
The property was placed in ownership of the Jane A.
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Grossman Trust, Marvin Grossman's wife.
Zaccagnino said the rumors were that Grossman was
attempting to homestead a second property by using his
wife's trust for his residence in order to lower property
While sharp words were exchanged on and off the
dais, the situation has intensified with a recent exchange
of emails between Zaccagnino and an attorney retained
by the Grossmans.
In an email dated Oct. 14 from the law office of
Barnes, Walker, Goethe and Hoonhout, attorney Adron
Walker characterized Zaccagnino's alleged directive for
city attorney Patricia Petruff to investigate the claim as
Walker demanded Zaccagnino "cease and desist from
your current insinuation ... that Marvin and Jane were
involved in the misrepresentation of the location of their
residence for Marvin's benefit and in evading the pay-
ment of real estate taxes."
Walker accused Zaccagnino of libeling Jane Gross-
man and, as a private citizen, she "has a right not to be
falsely defamed. Further, you have exceeded the scope
of your authority and abused the public trust."
Walker said further accusations would result in legal
Zaccagnino thanked city staff at the Oct. 10 meet-
ing for clearing up the rumors, but Walker claimed those
comments were disingenuous.
As a financial adviser, Walker said Zaccagnino is "no
layman when it comes to financial matters," and that the
commissioner is familiar with real estate matters, given
that he owns his Holmes Beach home and two Bradenton
condominium units, as well as another Bradenton home.
"That makes you a real estate investor," Walker
wrote. He questioned why Zaccagnino just didn't call
Grossman and "ask him man-to-man."
Walker closed out his email by saying his law office
respects and supports the city commission.
"However, it would be inappropriate for us to stand
by and allow our clients ... to continue to be embroiled in
your investigations that would never have occurred, now
or in the future, if you understood how a city government
should function," Walker wrote.
Zaccagnino demands apology
In an email dated Oct. 15, Zaccagnino responded to
Walker, saying the attorney's letter is as far from the truth
as he can imagine.
"I feel sorry that you have been misinformed and
hope that you decide to redact your letter to me and apol-
ogize, as I have sent it to our police chief because I feel
you are harassing me as a public official and slandarizing
me in this public document," said Zaccagnino.
"For one, I, as well as other commissioners, have the
complete authority to contact the city attorney as we see
the need," he said.
Zaccagnino said he did not direct city staff to inves-
tigate Grossman. That was done by Mayor Carmel
Monti and his assistant Mary Buonagura, who launched
the investigation after being informed of Zaccagnino's
inquiry to the city attorney.
"Your letter should be addressed to them," Zaccag-
nino wrote. "I simply made a call to our attorney saying I
heard a rumor about Marvin," and "I wanted to make sure
that our city was protected if he was not a resident."
He also said he never mentioned Jane Grossman in
his inquiry to the city attorney. He maintains Marvin's
wife was referenced after the fact by Buonagura.
Furthermore, "Marvin himself and the mayor made
this incident public record, not me," said Zaccagnino.
"Marvin even belabored it in a public meeting, reading
it into the record. As a matter of fact, your threatening
letter to me is now public record. We already have one
Holmes Beach commissioner being sued for slander and
liable, I hope you're not next."
Zaccagnino said Walker's references about him not
knowing how government works after eight years on the
dais were "very, very disrespectful."
Zaccagnino said nothing else needed to be dis-
cussed because he uses Walker's law firm for his own
business matters and, "I believe this may be a conflict
for your firm."
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4-A 0 OCT. 23, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
The Islander newspaper seeks to inform and entertain
the electorate with another Popcorn and Politics forum
featuring music, island candidates for office and other
Contested elections are taking place in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach for city commission
and in Bradenton Beach for mayor.
The Islander has extended invitations to all candi-
dates to attend the forum and address their constituents,
who will be invited to vote in a straw poll overseen by
the local League of Women Voters.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25,
at the office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The
politicking will end at about 7:30 p.m., in time for attend-
ees to take in a screening of "Dolphin Tale" at city field,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call The Islander at 941-778-
Also on the calendar:
The deadline to request an absentee ballot from
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office is
AM candidates have
By Rick Catlin
The four candidates for Anna Maria City Commis-
sion in the Nov. 5 municipal election both seasoned
officials and political newcomers have plenty of life
experience and varied backgrounds for the electorate to
Voters will choose three on the ballot from among
the four hopefuls.
Carter and her husband moved to Anna Maria in
2006. She has a degree in pre-med from McDaniel Col-
lege in Maryland, and has worked with nonprofit orga-
nizations for nearly 30 years. She pres-
ently works for Bob Carter Industries
'* Inc., a fundraising company serving
nonprofits nationwide that is owned
by her husband Bob.
Carter was once vice chancellor
Carter of the University of Pittsburgh and is a
member of Anna Maria's planning and
zoning board. She and her husband have two children
and two grandchildren.
Carter contributed $600 to her own campaign,
according to her Sept. 27 campaign spending report. She
listed $448 in expenses.
Asked if there was adequate parking on Pine Avenue,
Carter said she favored the commission's plan to add 15
parking spaces on city property at the east end of Pine
"It's a reasonable compromise and we needed more
parking," she said.
She wants to ensure that all east-west pedestrian
walkways on Pine Avenue are between the buildings and
Although not in favor of more signage, she would
like pedestrians to know where to walk to "ensure their
safety," and for parking spaces to be easily identified.
Carter also believes many bicyclists don't realize
they can cycle on Pine Avenue and instead use walkways.
It should be made clear to bicyclists where they should
cycle, she said.
Copeland first came to Anna Maria on vacation in
1961. He is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and graduated
from DePauw University.
, A He moved to Anna Maria in 1974
~ and is a former chair and longtime
member of the planning and zoning
board. He also was a member of the
.,city's 2007 comprehensive plan review
Copeland He currently is an independent
woodworker and a serving commis-
sioner. He was appointed to the commission in June to fill
the vacancy of Commissioner John Quam, who resigned.
He and wife Pat have two children and one grandchild.
As of the latest deadline to report campaign contribu-
Wednesday, Oct. 30.
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tions office is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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tions and spending, Copeland had not listed any contribu-
tions or expenses on his campaign treasurer's report.
He was granted a hardship waiver to the $48 filing
fee by Manatee County Supervisor of Elections deputy
supervisor Scott Farrington.
Farrington said the waiver remains in effect as long
as the candidate accepts no campaign contributions and
spends no money. If contributions are accepted, the filing
fee is due, Farrington said.
While not in favor of paid parking, Copeland said
there are "areas in our city where parking is putting an
undue burden on our residents."
He suggested working on parking problems in spe-
cific areas rather than trying to develop a citywide park-
Copeland said parking has been an issue in the
city since the late 1970s. Various solutions have been
attempted as more people visit the city's beaches.
Parking options need to address the immediate prob-
lem areas, he said, rather than bring more debate among
commissioners. He said the commission has debated the
issue enough the past several years.
It's possible the current ordinance alternating sides of
the road for parking "needs to be tweaked," but Copeland
said the city should "not reinvent the wheel," in address-
ing the parking issue.
Jaworski was born in Michigan and received a degree
in math from Olivet College. He first came to Anna Maria
on his honeymoon in 1971.
Following his retirement from Ford Motor Co., he
and wife Frieda moved to Anna Maria in 2007. He now
N= works part-time for the city's public
Jaworski and his wife have four
children and six grandchildren.
As of the Oct. 4 campaign contribu
1tions and spending report, Jaworski had
Jaworski not listed any campaign contributions
He obtained the same hardship waiver as Copeland,
Farrington said. The waiver remains in effect unless the
candidate accepts a contribution or spends money.
In response to a question, Jaworski expressed con-
cern that too much of the 5 percent resort tax collected by
Manatee County on rentals of six months or less is being
spent to promote tourism and, little, if any, is returned to
the island cities except for beach renourishment.
"I would like to see these funds spent appropriately
in any and all areas of the Anna Maria Island cities where
city funds are now being utilized." As an example, he
suggested resort tax funds could be used to clean up and
maintain the city pier.
Jaworski said city officials should communicate
with county officials and develop a comprehensive plan
to address potential areas where resort tax funds can be
"I prefer to pursue family-friendly alternatives which
embrace and protect the environment because these quali-
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ties are what attracted me to Anna Maria and why I love
it here," he said
Woodland moved to Anna Maria Island with his
ffamily in 1953 at age 5. He attended
SAnna Maria Elementary School and
eventually graduated from the Univer-
sity of Florida with a degree in math-
S ematics. He was a computer systems
developer until retiring in 1996. He
Woodland presently operates a pool cleaning and
He is a former member of the planning and zoning
board and is seeking his seventh term as a commissioner.
He has two children and five grandchildren.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 23, 2013 0 5-A
BB candidates either serve or previously served city
By Mark Young
In the Bradenton Beach municipal election Nov. 5,
city voters will choose a Ward 3 commissioner from Ric
Gatehouse, appointed to his seat when no one stepped
forward to run in the 2010 election, and Janie Robertson,
former Ward 3 commissioner, who had served the 6-year,
three-term limit for her seat.
WVoters also will choose a mayor
from former commissioner and cur-
rently seated Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy or former Commissioner Bill
a John Clarke, who filed to run for
Clarke the Ward 1 seat being vacated by Com-
missioner Gay Brueler, has no opposi-
tion in the election and will automatically take office at
the signing in ceremony.
Ward 3 Commissioner Ric Gatehouse faces his first
election Nov. 5 after being appointed to serve in 2011.
Despite a shortened term in office, Gatehouse said a
lot has been accomplished since his appointment.
WOODLAND CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
As of Oct. 4, the SOE office reported Woodland had
contributed $700 to his own campaign and spent $48 for
his filing fee. No other contributions or expenses were
listed on his campaign report.
Having essentially grown up with the increase in
vacation rentals in Anna Maria, Woodland said he is
pleased with the many vacation property managers who
implement the best practices for their rental tenants.
"But it's not across the board. There are still a few
managers who don't follow the practices," he said.
It's those few who don't follow the practices that
seem to cause complaints, he said.
He favors the city continuing to search for ways to
regulate and tax the vacation rental industry.
"I think it's fair and reasonable that we have some
control and the ability to tax the industry," he said.
"I believe we have accomplished
some very difficult tasks and have a lot
YJ of work still to do," he said.
1Gatehouse cites his effort to repeal
the city's telecommunication ordinance
and to re-write it in a manner that better
Gatehouse benefits the city as one of his bipx.'.'I
Gatehouse said the ordinance was just one example
of the city standing its ground for what is right for citi-
"We decided it was time to stand our ground on a
number of legal issues," he said. "In the past, the mere
mention of legal action would cause the commission to
swoon and give in."
Gatehouse cites the dispute with Holmes Beach over
an easement quitclaimed to the Sandpiper Resort mobile
home park as an example of where the city was vindi-
cated after the case was settled.
The commissioner pointed to his record of fiscal
responsibility when he discovered a $25,000 error in the
planning department's budget.
"I questioned this increase and we removed that
increase after some discussion," he said. "I will continue
to keep spending under control."
Gatehouse says he called for monthly department
head meetings and identified maintenance and infrastruc-
ture issues that needed immediate attention.
Parking and traffic have become his "pet project,"
and he recently presented a seven-point parking plan he
hopes to see implemented.
Gatehouse was asked what the city could do to attract
more full-time residents and prevent Bradenton Beach
from becoming strictly a tourist town.
"The question can no longer be how do we prevent
it," he said. "The question is how do we maintain our
ambience, quality of life and ensure that our residents
share in our city's financial success?"
Gatehouse said it is about 10 years too late to prevent
the city from becoming a tourist destination and, even if
advertising ceased, word-of-mouth and digital technol-
ogy will continue to attract visitors.
He is glad for local businesses that are thriving, but
"unprecedented tax revenue streams" from tourism is not
coming to the place that bears the brunt of tourism after-
math, he said.
Gatehouse said this challenge and more are why he
is seeking another term on the dais.
1 'i m) part, I will continue to research every issue
lt1i> ,tughl\ and make my decisions, based not just on what
may be expedient in the moment, but what makes sense
long term,' he said. "I will continue to make common
sense my watchword."
Former Bradenton Beach Ward 3 Commissioner
Janie Robertson served six years before terming out of
office in 2011.
She is running against her successor, Commissioner
kAfter meeting the city charter
., r l.i. requirements of taking two years off
from city government, Robertson said
she is running again because the current
administration "ignores public input."
She said the administration is under
Robertson the influence of special interests, which
has resulted in charter, comprehensive
plan and land development code violations. In particular,
she cites the lawsuit against the city filed, in part, by two
former planning and zoning members regarding devel-
opment at the BeachHouse Restaurant across from city
Mayoral candidate Bill Shearon is one of the citizens
suing the city.
Robertson said one of the bi',.,t'I challenges facing
the future is getting a handle on increased tourism.
"Commercial enterprises are striving to expand to
take advantage of the increasing tourist revenue," she
said. "Residents and established hoteliers are losing their
former quiet and peaceful lifestyle expectancy to a day-
and-night party atmosphere."
Robertson said she supports business expansion, but
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Much ado, much to do
Politics on Anna Maria Island has taken a contentious
curve in the road to the Nov. 5 municipal elections.
Whatever the cause or reason, from parking problems
to personal bickering, from unpopular decisions to pro-
posals beyond reason, we're at a peak on the AMI roller
coaster ride. Whether we go for a wild ride through a flume
of water, or chug, chug, chug to a stop, well, that remains
to be seen.
There's too much complaining and too little harmony
in this place we like to call paradise.
We've said it before: We're plagued by intolerance,
and it appears to be fueled by a few decision-makers who,
rather than seeking solutions, fuel complaints in the belief
that will drive home some misguided point or other.
Complaining about complaints is resurgent. Do we
really want to relive our mistakes?
It puts us at a crossroad an intersection where our
choices aren't clear.
Baseball great Yogi Berra was famous for saying,
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Yes. But in the case of government decisions, we urge
listening to citizens' concerns along with analysis, studies
and more effective means to the end. If you don't know
the problem, after all, how can you find solutions?
Thus we see a rising cry that we don't really suffer
daily from traffic congestion, parking problems and too
many beachgoers. We hear residents' pleas in Bradenton
Beach against a cell tower, and officials in Holmes Beach
who have quickly become litigious.
Mind you the congestion "issue" stems largely from
a traffic jam on July 5 gridlock following a short
downpour that sent beachgoers fleeing to their homes, cot-
tages and rentals on and off island.
Officials cited large volumes of traffic a counter
showed some 50,000 trips (to and from) Anna Maria over
the course of a week, but there are no comparisons to past
years or holidays. Never mind that the Privateers July 4
parade brought a mile-long motorcade through the city.
Forget the fireworks offered on the beach at the Sandbar
Restaurant. And parking tickets were fewer when com-
pared to the previous year.
But onward the complainers go, forming committees
and irrational plans without concern for future costs,
funding, enforcement and damaged relationships with
mainland friends and visitors.
They rush to judgment as if they're drivers in a demo-
lition derby in a torrent.
We predict that within a month or a year or 10, the
plans and the politicians will fold and arise again.
More often, the driving force is just bad politics.
OnAMI, it seems, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Yogi
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Church/All Island Denomination Food Pantry, I would
like to thank the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island for
including the AID Food Pantry as a recipient of food
collected Oct-5-6 at its annual food drive at the island
Also to be thanked were the many people, island-
ers and vacationers, who gave so generously of money
and food to help those people who are temporarily in
As you have read, those in temporary need include
Rod & Reel Pier employees, following the restaurant
and pier closure due to a fire, and we are fortunate to
have food to help them.
Thank you, island Rotarians.
Pam Leckie, Roser/AID Island Food Pantry chair
The story you printed Oct. 16, three weeks before
the Nov. 5 municipal election, about the lawsuit filed
against me more than a year ago was unnecessary and
had the facts wrong.
I'm sorry you couldn't reach my attorney to deter-
mine my status vis a vis legal representation. My attor-
ney (has been) out of his office.
I was available, but your newspaper made no
attempt to reach me. Instead, you reported on my status
by speaking to the law firm representing John Agnelli.
That is outrageous and, as it happens, Mr. Agnelli's
law firm had it wrong. The Florida League of Cities
continues to represent me.
I would expect a correction and an apolho' from
your newspaper. Your reporting was at best sloppy and,
at worst, a clear attempt to influence an election.
Jean Peelen, Holmes Beach city commissioner
Editor's note: It is not uncommon for parties in
an ongoing lawsuit to avoid speaking on the record.
Further, the comment regarding whether the Florida
League of Cities will continue to represent the commis-
sioner was made not by the newspaper, but by counsel
Peelen was offered the opportunity to make a state-
ment regarding the lawsuit and declined.
More discussion needed
I'm opposed to the Bradenton Beach cell tower
The idea to have a cell tower has existed since at
least Jan. 2, 2009. Numerous administrative procedures
and transparency issues have derailed the plan until
Our present commission is about to decide on a cell
At the very least, I ',u--. the city address the fol-
Safety and the cleanup of toxic material.
Height and location per city charter and ordi-
Health concerns, such as cancer and neurological
Aesthetics and property values, especially relevant
to nearby residents.
These issues need to be address within a public
This is the time and opportunity for citizens to
express views on a cell tower for Bradenton Beach.
Paul Georges, Bradenton Beach
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With the end of the turtle nesting season, Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteer Jo Ann Meilner
reported a 65 percent increase in the turtle hatch rate
compared with the 2002 season. Meilner said volunteers
found 9,164 hatchlings, mostly loggerhead turtles, made
it to the Gulf of Mexico. Meilner said 164 nests were
found in 2003 compared with 93 nests in 2002.
Nick Easterling, developer of the proposed Tide-
mark hotel, marina and restaurant in Holmes Beach,
said the Parliament Group of Dallas had become a part-
ner in the project. Easterling said construction on the
40-unit project could start as early as November, with
units selling for $550,000. Parliament president Robert
Crews Jr. said he expected the merger documents would
be signed quickly.
At a special meeting of the Island Middle School
board of directors, co-executive director Gary Hughes
was dismissed after board members agreed he had
been insubordinate and disrespectful. Board president
Genie Salter said Hughes was disrespectful to board
members at the board meeting where Kelly Parsons
was hired to be a co-executive director with Hughes.
Hughes declined to remain at the school as the life skills
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Holmes Beach voters to choose 3 of 5 for commission
By Mark Young
Holmes Beach voters will have a choice of three
incumbents and two newcomers on their Nov. 5 city elec-
Incumbents Pat Morton, Jean Peelen and David Zac-
cagnino are in a race to retain their seats at the dais, while
political newcomers Carol Soustek and C. Melissa Wil-
liams are hoping to break into public service.
For the past 10 years, Holmes Beach Commissioner
Pat Morton has served on the dais and he hopes to serve
at least two more years.
Morton cited the ongoing Mainsail
Lodge development proposal as the
bit','.I challenge facing the city, and
also said his part in preventing Mainsail
from moving forward with their initial
proposal is one of his bi,_,. tI political
Morton accomplishments over the course of his
decade-long public service.
Morton was a crucial swing vote in March to revoke a
preliminary site plan that launched the city into mediation
with the Mainsail development team. As of press time,
negotiations continue, but the city has secured compro-
mise to move the project forward, as Morton and others
That kind of action is Morton's primary message to
"I am here for the citizens of Holmes Beach, not for
big development," he said.
Morton also was among the majority of commis-
sioners who first voted to move forward with a domestic
partnership registry program within the city, but then
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"within the laws that the residents wrote and voted for
in our public documents. I am not in favor of granting
multitudes of special exceptions, as we've seen in the last
Robertson said she is proud of her accomplishments
during her service to the city. She cites the establish-
ment of improved street ends on Bridge, Third and Fourth
streets, including the walkover at Bridge Street that pro-
tects the dunes.
Robertson said it took almost four years of politi-
cal commitment to get it done. She also was part of the
process that established a parking lot at the public works
building, including the stormwater improvements.
She said her message to voters is that she is the pro-
"I value the city's governing documents established
by the vote of our residents and see them currently threat-
ened by this administration and their actions," she said.
Robertson was asked how city management would
change under her leadership.
"No city staff person could present a proposal to com-
mission on behalf of a private person or enterprise, espe-
cially the city attorney," she said. "All proposals would
be lli> > uugihl) vetted through the advisory boards and the
public before commission enters into any agreement."
Robertson said opportunity for public input should
be expanded and increased communication from the dais
to the public, verbal and written through a proper agenda,
"None of this 'I need a consensus' stuff at the last
minute," from city staff and "any attorney business will
be clearly stated by topic on the agenda."
Robertson said many changes are needed.
"This city is out of control and the staff prepared the
budget, hiding bills paid to the webmaster (Gatehouse),
and the fact that the attorney budget was increased by 60
percent. There is no leadership nor accountability."
First elected in 2003 to the Bradenton Beach com-
mission, incumbent Mayor John Shaughnessy served
S six years before being termed out of
BThe city charter requires a two-year
IlI hiatus from politics before being eligi-
ble to run again. In 2011, Shaughnessy
was approached to run for mayor and
s,,,,gl, M was successful in an election where his
opponent dropped out of the race.
He is seeking a second term to finish what he
"There are projects that have been started in Braden-
voted to deny it.
The registry would have allowed Holmes Beach citi-
zens living in domestic partnerships that are unmarried to
file for the registry, which offers some basic and limited
rights to domestic partners typically afforded to married
couples, such as some health care decisions.
Morton joined the majority of commissioners voting
the program down, saying it's not the place of city com-
missioners to address social issues.
"I don't believe it's the responsibility of our com-
missioners to address a domestic partner registry," said
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen said she
is seeking another term because there is unfinished work
Peelen, elected in 2011 and as chair of the Holmes
Beach Commission this year, said a lot has been accom-
plished in the past two years such as reigning in over-
development, cleaning up the building department,
V improving the police department's
relationship with the community and
aPO- J improving communication between
.p r public officials.
But challenges remain.
r l "I think that the bit_,_-.I challenge
Peelen is finding balance between tourism and
the rights of residents to quiet enjoy-
ment of their properties," said Peelen The challenge, she
said, is increased by the state limiting local authority to
rental control and a county that promotes the island as
its jewel attraction.
"We have distressed residents, who feel they are
being invaded, that we are the cash cow for the county,
ton Beach and there is much to be done," he said. "I want
to see them completed. That's why I'm running again."
Shaughnessy cited the sluggish economy as one of
the challenges in moving forward.
"Grants are disappearing and help from other govern-
ment sources are being cut," he said. "I know we have
to move forward or get left behind, but we have to do it
with common sense and not lose our identity, for we are
a very unique and beautiful city."
Shaughnessy is proud of his first-term accomplish-
ments, including ending the 27th Street dispute with
Holmes Beach over a quitclaim deed to the Sandpiper
mobile home resort where Shaughnessy resides.
He had to recuse himself during city proceedings on
the matter, but worked behind the scenes with Holmes
Beach to bring the matter to a peaceful conclusion.
Shaughnessy recently spearheaded an effort to
partner with the Manatee County Tourist Development
Council to gamer funding assistance for renovating the
Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Shaughnessy said now is not the time to consider
electing his opponent, former Commissioner Bill
"Don't change horses in the middle of the stream,"
he said. "Let me finish what I started to do and please
re-elect me and my present commission, as we have
common sense and have a cooperative nature along with
city department head staff and employees."
Shaughnessy said his administration and staff are
moving in a positive direction.
"We only have the best interest of Bradenton Beach
at heart," he said. "We try to do the best we can with
what we have to work with and the information we have.
We bear the consequences and responsibility for our
decisions, and I don't think you can ask for more than
Shearon has been critical of the mayor's reliance on
Shaughnessy said it's part of the job to listen.
"They are the ones that keep the city going on a
daily basis, meeting with citizens, hearing complaints,
issuing permits and informing the public," he said. "Why
wouldn't I listen to their suggestions and contributions? I
am the mayor and along with the commission, make the
Shaughnessy said he doesn't want to engage in a
"They are entitled to express them," he said. "I try to
keep a positive attitude. I am proud of what I have been
able to accomplish and am looking forward to continuing
to serve the citizens."
but receive little understanding about and support for the
effects of increased tourism on the island," she said.
Peelen and Anna Maria Mayor Suelynn are spear-
heading an effort to have a state law repealed that they
say took away home rule authority in how rental houses
are to be controlled.
As a member of the Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council, Peelen has an inside voice to address
how infrastructure is impacted by tourism.
"We are beginning to be heard," she said. "The
county administrator and the TDC are now working with
us to find solutions to some of the negative effects of
She is proud of spearheading the effort to pass an
ordinance that limits the size of rental houses and out-
lawed defining duplexes as single-family homes if only
connected by an underground footer.
She endorsed change on the dais by supporting the
2012 challengers who swept out two sitting commission-
ers and a mayor.
She said the newer elected officials and department
heads are "committed to the fairness in the treatment of
all citizens who seek city services or contracts."
Peelen said there is more transparency in Holmes
Beach than in recent memory with the implementation of
monthly department reports and bi-annual city reports.
With traffic and parking issues being at the forefront
of today's political environment, Peeled was asked what
she believes is causing the problem.
"The problem is too many cars on the island," she
said. "The answer is not yet known, but I have trust in
the group, in the citizens, who are working on the solu-
Her message to voters is that she will "put the welfare
PLEASE SEE HB CANDIDATES, PAGE 10
Former Bradenton Beach Commissioner and Vice
Mayor Bill Shearon, who faces incumbent Mayor John
Shaughnessy in the Nov. 5 mayoral election said keeping
up with ig_'\lih is a priority for the city.
"Our city is growing and we have to grow it smarter,"
said Shearon, adding that city advisory committees are
being underused and some no longer exist.
He touted past successes of the Scenic Waves Part-
nership Committee that once spearheaded such projects
as bike paths, sidewalks and trolley shelters through
grant funding and has had little support under the cur-
"We used to have a mooring field committee," he
said. "Instead we have unattended vessels smashing into
our pier. Again, we need to bring this back and move for-
ward with a plan. We were once on a path for a walkable
community and somewhere it was dropped."
IShearon cited keeping expenses
under control as another challenge the
city faces in the coming years.
"The practices of having spending
exceed revenue have to end," he said.
"Implementing an ongoing budget
/i ... ,1 review process to better control spend-
ing is crucial to the financial health of
He believes the current commission lacks responsi-
bility and accountability. He believes too many decisions
are made without public and committee input by relying
too heavily on staff recommendations.
Shearon was asked what he would do differently.
He said he would update and implement policies
and procedures, require an ongoing review of expenses,
commit to short-term and long-term projects and gamer
more involvement from committees because "in the past,
their time, ( iii. '\ and knowledge of our history have
been instrumental to our quality of life."
Besides serving on the dais for three years, Shearon
also previously served on the scenic highway, pier team,
and mooring field committees, as well as the planning
and zoning board.
Shearon is suing the city over a joint development
agreement regarding a project across from city hall at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive.
The suit names himself, his campaign treasurer Tjet
Martin and former P&Z member Jo Ann Meilner as the
plaintiffs against the city, which has tallied $20,000 in
taxpayer expenses thus far.
The suit opposes the parking lot proposal at the res-
taurant, which P&Z determined violated the city charter
and land development code.
THE ISLANDER U OCT. 23, 2013 U 9-A
FEMA eliminates some flood insurance discounts
By Rick Catlin
Commercial and residential property owners on Anna
Maria Island might want to check with an insurance agent
to find out if or when flood insurance premiums might go
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on
Oct. 1 released a new base flood-elevation map for Anna
Maria Island. As on the previous FEMA map, the entire
island falls into what FEMA calls a Special Flood Hazard
FEMA also announced a five-year plan to phase out
subsidized flood insurance premiums. FEMA's Commu-
nity Rating System provides flood insurance discounts of
up to 25 percent of the premium from the actuarial rate
as determined by insurance companies.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act,
passed by Congress in July 2012, requires subsidized
discounts to decrease 20 percent each year for five years
beginning this year on Oct. 1.
At the end of five years, all structures in a SFHA will
be rated by insurance actuaries, according to the FEMA
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch said the
FEMA program to phase out subsidies on flood insur-
ance premiums is complicated.
Both Welch and Bradenton Beach building official
Steve Gilbert are advising property owners to contact
their insurance agents as soon as possible.
Welch said the Biggert-Waters Act primarily affects
single-story pre-FIRM structures those built before
1975. After 1975, FEMA required new residential con-
struction to be built above the base flood elevation.
While insurance for most of these post-FIRM houses
will be unaffected, there may be problems when new
FEMA rate maps are released, Welch said. That informa-
tion should be available from FEMA within the next few
weeks, he said.
Properties that may take an immediate hit on flood
insurance premiums are those purchased between July 6,
2012, and Oct. 1, according to FEMA's website. Welch
said property purchased between those dates may not get
a discount and the insurance carrier could put the flood
insurance premium at the highest possible risk, according
to his understanding of Biggert-Waters.
Real estate agent Larry Chatt said he knows one
homeowner who bought during this period and the flood
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Chatt said he and other real estate agents are trying
to determine "fact from fiction" regarding Biggert-Wa-
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"We are carefully watching flood insurance premi-
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flood insurance. Similarly, commercial property owners
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"This could get complicated," he said.
Welch said complications come, in part, from not
knowing what FEMA's standards for structures in a flood
plain will be for the insurance carriers to use in setting
Building officials need the information for anyone
building a new home on the island, and insurance agents
need to know what standards a particular insurance car-
rier will use in determining flood insurance premiums,
Gilbert said if Biggert-Waters takes full effect on
Anna Maria Island, it could "turn the barrier islands into
ghost towns" in the next five years.
However, not every state affected by Biggert-Waters
is accepting the act's provisions.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., introduced a bill
calling for changes to Biggert-Waters that would retain
some of the government subsidies for premiums.
Landrieu said it's possible in Louisiana that some-
one's flood insurance monthly premium might exceed
the mortgage payment. Her bill is before a Senate com-
Gov. Rick Scott has said the state supports a lawsuit
filed by Mississippi against the Biggert-Waters Act, but
will not join the suit.
According to FEMA's website, "full-risk rates will
be phased in over five years at a rate of 20 percent per
year to reach full risk rates."
The website also says that Biggert-Waters "calls for
the phase-out of subsidies and discounts on flood insur-
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles
on the Biggert-Waters Act and how it affects flood insur-
ance on Anna Maria Island.
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MCAT: Island-mainland shuttle study underway
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Scenic Waves Partnership Commit-
tee members, who met Oct. 7 for the first time since May,
took advantage of having representatives present from
the Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee
County Transit Authority to discuss an islandwide con-
cern: traffic congestion.
But discussion was all Scenic Waves members could
do. The committee picked up where it left off before the
summer hiatus without a quorum.
Scenic Waves chair Carl Parks opened the meeting
by saying the committee is well versed on traffic issues
after having participated in many studies over its 12-year
There are many traffic proposals being discussed
throughout the island and one often-discussed proposal
is the creation of a park-and-ride system. The system
would allow beachgoers to leave their vehicles at a park-
ing lot off island where they would board free buses to
MCAT planner Sarah Perch confirmed that the county
is studying the feasibility of that idea.
"We are looking at facilities throughout the county
and the idea is going before the Sarasota/Manatee Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization board this month," said
Perch. "Hopefully from that study, we can get some
ideas about where to have facilities for a park-and-ride
Perch said the county already offers free weekend
shuttle services from Manatee Avenue to the island and
touted the success of the free trolleys that service the
'The AMI route is the most frequent route we have,
which runs every 20 minutes," said Perch. 'The island
trolley is the most productive route and carries the highest
number of passengers."
Perch said discussions also continue with Sarasota
County to create an interlocal agreement between the two
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and quality of life of island residents above tourism. I will
consider the preservation of our beautiful, fragile island
environment in each and every decision I make. I will
always make decisions with my mind, heart and good
Holmes Beach commission candidate Carol Soustek
is no stranger to public service.
While this is her first bid for an elected office, she
has held multiple positions on city advisory boards and
volunteer groups and is currently the
-chair of the Holmes Beach Island Con-
She has attended virtually every
city commission meeting for the past
36 months, according to Soustek, who
Soustek said she decided to run because caring
"I care about this community, my neighbors and
this fragile island," she said. "To complain and not do
anm diing is wrong. I want to join the commissioners on
moving forward in improving and solving the issues. I
want to add my voice and my vote to theirs to ensure we
keep moving forward with a proactive attitude."
Soustek said two of the bi,,'i.I challenges facing the
city are easing halting traffic and the loss of permanent
As chair of the island congestion committee, Soustek
is seeking a solution to traffic, congestion and parking
She calls for unification of the island cities to find
a resolution. Within the city, she is working toward the
creation of additional parking lots to accommodate over-
flow parking at the Manatee Public Beach among other
Losing residents is a more challenging issue.
"We must find a way to ensure that we do the right
things for them," said Soustek. "If we lose our permanent
residents, we lose our school and we lose our community
Then we become nothing but a resort."
Soustek said the problem can be resolved by city
officials following the codes that guide them.
"We must enforce our codes and ordinances and
make it known there will be no exemptions for special
interests," she said. "We must protect the people."
An example would be the removal of the illegal tree
transit authorities that would expand bus services.
Jim Van Pelt, MPO liaison to Scenic Waves, said
there are a number of studies being funded through the
MPO, including the park-and-ride study.
"We are looking at a number of places for parking
facilities for that and looking at connecting transit to take
them to different parts of the county," said Van Pelt. "That
one should be done by December. We also are doing a
big study of routes from Lakewood Ranch to Bradenton
and maybe see how we can direct those to the island."
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse,
attending the meeting, brought up a concern that people
would not want to use a park-and-fide system if they can't
bring beach gear.
Perch said that there is not a lot of flexibility with
adding storage on buses, but Van Pelt said Fort Myers
has a heavily used park-and-ride system.
"Beach gear is not a deterrent," he said. "They bring
it right onto the bus."
Others suggested that people won't use the bus ser-
vice without an incentive.
Jan Parham, FDOT transit projects coordinator for
Sarasota County, said the committee could work with
businesses to offer coupons to passengers.
Former Commissioner Janie Robertson, a commis-
sion candidate in the Nov. 5 city election, asked if FDOT
could create an express lane for buses to the island.
'This area is constrained and there is no way to put
in another lane," she said.
Robertson said she was specifically referring to
Cortez Road between 115th and 119th streets, where the
right-hand turn lane ends and the westbound traffic over
the bridge narrows to one lane.
Others attending agreed that it was a safety issue due
to people using the turn lane and then cutting off traffic
to get onto the bridge during the season.
Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid
McClellan, a Scenic Waves member, suggested FDOT
remove the medians in that area to make an express lane
house that has made headlines for months.
Soustek said she agrees with how the present com-
mission and code enforcement board has handled the
"When you make a decision at the dais, you must
think of the long-range effect it will have on our com-
munity," she said. "Any other decision would have put
the neighbors of the tree house in a potentially dangerous
position and opened the city to further problems."
Soustek said her message to voters is that she has
listened to and understands the issues facing Holmes
"I also have listened to the residents of his island as I
went door to door and learned so much from them," said
Soustek. "I will do my homework on the issues and when
I give my vote on an issue, it will be with a fair judgment.
It is very easy to be a 'yes' person, but very hard to be a
C. Melissa Williams
A permanent resident since 1998, Holmes Beach
commission candidate C. Melissa Williams has seen the
Transition from lean off-season busi-
ness months to businesses thriving year
She is pro-business and believes
the city should be run more like a busi-
lness in how it approaches its finances.
Williams "I'm running for office because
I would like to see a more balanced
approach to the running of our city," said Williams. "I am
opposed to the increase in spending and the subsequent
raising of our taxes."
Williams said many on the dais don't seem to be
pro-business due to hostile statements made toward visi-
"As a result of our visitors, we now have a strong
and thriving business community during a time when
other cities and businesses are shutting down," she said.
"I would never want to see Holmes Beach or the island
return to those dark days again."
The treatment of visitors is at the heart of Williams'
message to voters. She said Holmes Beach has always
been known as a welcoming city and wants to see that
"The recent wave of hostility toward our visitors
and our neighbors is not what our community has ever
for a proposed park-and-ride system.
"Those medians are too thin to plant anll) ihin that
will grow," she said. "I don't see why you can't remove
them and make it a center lane for buses."
Parham said she would extend an invitation for some-
one from the traffic division to attend the Nov. 4 Scenic
Waves meeting to discuss options.
In other matters, McClellan said 1 \ 'i l ii i. is almost
ready for the Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Bradenton Beach Sandblast
at Coquina Beach, this year in conjunction with the Pirate
Scenic Waves member Jake Spooner, also a Bridge
Street Merchants member, said the merchants have sev-
eral events planned to raise money for the Christmas on
Bridge Street event Dec. 21.
An official Christmas lighting ceremony also is
planned Nov. 30.
Under new business, Parks requested that the com-
mission assign more projects for review by Scenic
Commissioner Gay Breuler, liaison to Scenic Waves,
said Parks had it backward.
"If you have a project identified, then you present it
to us," she said. "Scenic Waves is an advisory board to
the commission and mayor, not the other way around."
Parks said prior commissions sought Scenic Waves
recommendations on certain projects before making a
decision, much like it does with the planning and zoning
'That's going backward," said Breuler. "If something
comes to the commission for a vote, then it's probably
already had that attention. What Scenic Waves is designed
for is for you to come up with projects that you think are
useful and present them to commission."
Breuler said if Scenic Waves was going to wait on
the commission or mayor to present projects to them,
"You'll be waiting for awhile."
Scenic Waves meets the first Monday of the month
at 3 p.m., at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
been about," she said. "I want to put a stop toward this
perception and the rampant plague of intolerance. I want
to return us back to a civil, welcoming and caring com-
Williams said it's going to take a better brand of
stewardship from the city's leaders to manage the con-
tinued growth of Holmes Beach.
She monitored the Mainsail Lodge negotiations and
was asked what the city should do in the future to prevent
a repeat of a similar prolonged and costly situation.
Williams said her answer was not directed at Mainsail
but, "It is not now, nor has it ever been the job of elected
officials to target one particular developer, business or
person," she said. "It will be my job, if I am given the
great honor of being elected, to see that the city's codes
and ordinance are followed, as they are a directive given
by the people of Holmes Beach from creating potential
problems for residents."
Williams is a local business owner and active member
of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. She
served on the Anna Maria Island Historical Society board
for six years and was president for two.
She chaired the annual Heritage Days Festival for
four years and was president of the Rotary Club of Anna
Maria from 2011-12.
She served as a board member for Cultural Connec-
tions for more than two years and was the ArtsHOP event
coordinator for four. She served as secretary on the Art
League board and is currently a member of the Manatee
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino has
seen a lot of changes over his eight years of public ser-
vice, but perhaps none more so than the current political
S '"The pendulum has swung so far to
the extreme and I feel that I bring a rea-
sonable and common sense approach
based on facts," said Zaccagnino. "I
feel that is it important not to over
govern and create unintended conse-
Zaccagnino quences with increased budget costs."
Zaccagnino said it is the commission's
responsibility to enforce the rules and laws in a fair and
balanced way, "while repairing the damage that has been
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Holmes Beach building official on drainage issues: 'Be patient'
By Mark Young
Living at sea level on a barrier island presents many
challenges, but perhaps none more so than storm drains
when daily tide flow combined with a rainstorm can cause
Holmes Beach residents at an Oct. 10 work session
acknowledged the challenge of addressing drainage, but
said more needs to be done.
Steve Hatfield said drainage has always been an issue
for his home in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive. "I don't
think we can control the water, but we can manage it. My
home is being destroyed by water."
Hatfield said the city has known about flooding issues
in his area for a long time. He claims the city has both a
moral and a financial obligation to do something about
"I don't understand what's taken so long," he said.
Building official Tom O'Brien called for patience,
saying the city has received more than $900,000 in grant
funds to catch up to what O'Brien said was "benign
neglect" of city drainage issues.
O'Brien said everything north of city hall is now in
good condition following completion of several storm-
L\ %. ) b,1d) north of city hall won't have to worry
for another 15 years," he said. I i\ lthii-ng south of city
hall is a different story."
Residents in the area of 31st Street and Gulf Drive
have indicated a paving project has raised their inter-
section to the point that stormwater is draining into the
Commissioner David Zaccagnino lives in the area
and confirmed at the meeting that his home has suffered
from stormwater flooding.
O'Brien said the good news is that problem areas in
the southern part of the city are next to be addressed.
"We are very well aware of the concerns," said
O'Brien. 'They are right in what they are saying, but it
takes a lot of money to rebuild infrastructure. Some of
it is from the 1950s and some areas have none at all,"
referring to underground storm drains.
O'Brien said to be patient because, "You're time has
come. We have in place a grant program with Swiftmud
and it's the same kind of program we just completed on
the north side between 63rd and 74th streets."
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The area in front of the Holmes Beach Citgo, 3015
Gulf Drive, has a flooding problem during heavy rain
events. It will be addressed in an upcoming stormwater
project. Islander Photo: Mark Young
O'Brien said a storm earlier this month dropped sev-
eral inches of rain and there were no long-term flooding
issues along those streets.
"The next project earmarked for drainage is all of
Sixth Avenue, the shopping center to Manatee Avenue
and south to the S-turn," he said. "Also from there to
O'Brien said a request for proposal is almost ready to
be released to allow hiring of an engineering consultant
to perform the study.
"We hope to begin by March," he said.
Hatfield said he needs a quicker fix and suggested
the city dig a temporary retention area in a nearby empty
lot to protect his neighborhood.
O'Brien said the city needs to be careful about doing
quick fixes that could potentially make the problem
worse without a proper study, but commissioners urged
ly concern is that the Hatfield's were told eight
months ago that it was going to happen right away and
then it didn't," said Commissioner Judy Titsworth. 'They
feel like they are being treated by us like they were treated
by the old regime. That bothers me."
O'Brien said he would take a look at a temporary
solution, but reminded the commission that there are
regulations to consider.
"I will take a look at it, but what I do for a living is
enforce permit requirements," he said. "I'm not going to
do anm killing that requires a permit."
Commissioners and staff blamed a lot of the problems
on prior administrations and former city staff, saying sur-
veys were done by outside contractors and not properly
inspected by former city staff.
Movies in the Park
opens with 'Dolphin Tale'
For the past several months, the city of Holmes
Beach has been pursuing an idea to show free movies
in city field, 5801 Marina Drive.
Thanks to a donation from The Rex Hagen
Foundation, along with contributions from Ed
Chiles' group of restaurants and Waste Management,
the city will open Movies in the Park at 7:15 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25 with "Dolphin Tale." Further spon-
sored by BrightHouse and Jeff Seeger of the city of
The screening is free to attend.
Pre-event music begins at 6:30 p.m. and will
feature former Anna Maria Elementary student Jacob
Castro, 12, of Bradenton.
Free popcorn will be available and people are
invited to bring their own seating, blankets and
Wine, beer and soft drinks will be sold, with
proceeds to the Anna Maria Island Community
According to a press release, the city hopes
Movies in the Park will become a monthly event,
and local nonprofit organizations will be chosen to
benefit from beverage sales.
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Halloween Week approaches. It's time to scare up
a costume and cackle, shriek, howl and shout, "Trick or
Anna Maria Elementary School ushers in Hallow-
een Week with the Fall Festival, presented by the Parent
Teacher Organization Saturday, Oct. 26, on the campus,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The festival will begin with a children's parade at 10
a.m. starting at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. From 11 a.m.-3
p.m., the PTO will present live music, the "best bake sale
ever," carnival games, prize drawings, a cookout by the
Sandbar Restaurant and an "Enter If You Dare" Haunted
For more information, call the school at 941-708-
Be sure to save some makeup and vampire blood
for the Trail of Treats, which will begin with a costume
contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the chamber
The chamber coordinates the event with local busi-
nesses and business groups.
Costume judging will be for children from infants to
age 12 years old and in a variety of categories.
At the chamber, children will receive a map show-
ing where goodies can be found on the Trail of Treats,
including in commercial centers in Holmes Beach, Anna
Maria and Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-778-
Choose a treat carefully at one stop on the trail. At
The Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, there will
be treats for kids and canines. The Feast, The Islander
newspaper and Perks 4 Pets will host the Crazy, Creepy,
Crawly Critter Corral and Costume Contest at 5 p.m.
Judging will take place for canines wearing the scari-
est, most original and silliest costumes, as well as pet-
owner lookalikes. Perks 4 Pets of Bradenton is providing
For more information, call the newspaper at 941-
Also, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church again will host its
popular Trunk 'n' Treat event 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
31. Children will find vehicles lined up in the parking lot
at the church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and
motorists providers the goodies to trick-or-treaters.
Bridge Street Merchants also will hold a Halloween
party as part of the Rock Octoberfest, which will take
place 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach. Costumed festivalgoers are welcome
and invited to bring carved pumpkins for a contest.
Meanwhile, the women of the local Moose will wel-
come children to the Bradenton Beach lodge, 110 Gulf
Drive S., for a Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 26. Pre-
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Off the island, Halloween enthusiasts will find plenty
of happenings, including:
Trunk or Treat will take place at McKechnie Field,
1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, Saturday, Oct. 26. The
event, presented by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton
Marauders, will be 4-6 p.m., rain or shine. Last year,
more than 1,000 costumed youngsters attended the cel-
ebration, which will include trick-or-treating, hayrides,
cookie decorating and tours of a haunted locker room.
For more information, call 941-747-3031 or go online to
Dia de los Muertos Festival of the Skeletons -
will take place in Bradenton's Village of the Arts 6-9:30
p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
2. The art walk is the largest annual event in the village
and will feature a shrine to Frida Kahlo, a Frida Kahlo
lookalike contest, gallery openings and face-painting.
The village is located around 12th Street West and 12th
Avenue West. For more information, call 941-747-8056
or go online to www.villageofthearts.com.
Zombie Zip tours at TreeUmph! Adventure Course,
which is offering a discount to those who arrive with a
donation for the All Faiths Food Bank. Tours are Friday
and Saturday nights until Nov. 2. For more information,
Halloween Masquerade at the Powell Crosley
Estate, with dinner, music and a dramatic performance
of Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher." The
event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the
estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more infor-
mation, call 941-722-3244.
Hunsader Farm Pumpkin Festival features hayrides
and pony rides, arts and crafts, a truck show, food ven-
dors, face-painting. The festival concludes Oct. 26-27.
The farm is at 5500 Country Road 675 in East Manatee.
For more information, go online to www.hunsaderfarms.
Fright Night on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota,
offering children an opportunity to collect treats or play
tricks around the circle. The event will be 6-8 p.m. Thurs-
day, Oct. 31. For more information, go online to
Art league seeks 'Flights of Fantasy' work
The Anna Maria Island Art League is seeking art- tic re-creations but the most innovative renditions of
ists to participate in its "Flights of Fantasy" exhibit in imaginary birds."
November. Submissions can be made atAMIAL, 5312 Holmes
Artists, according to the call fromAMIAL, should Blvd., Holmes Beach, Nov. 1-4. The exhibit will open
"let their imagination soar and their creativity run wild. with ArtsHOP on Friday, Nov. 8.
The art league is encouraging you to create the bird of For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
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The nonprofit Bridge Street Merchants is billing
Rock Octoberfest as "another evening of great music,
good food and live entertainment."
The event will take place at the Bridge Street
Market lot, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26.
The menu will include barbecue from O'Shucks
Pine Ave. shop hosts play
Anna Maria's Olive Oil Outpost will present "A Little
Help," the winner of Theatre Odyssey's 2013 Ten-Minute
Play Festival, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.
The store is at 401 Pine Ave.
Admission is $12 and reservations are required.
For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Rotary club holding yard sale
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island invites people
to rummage at its yard sale set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,
The event, which will raise money for club projects,
will take place at the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, 5327
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information or to donate items for the
event, call Joe Praeter at 941-447-1506.
Senior Adventures group
hosts book sale
Looking for a bestseller to drop into the beach
The Senior Adventures will hold a book sale 8 a.m.-4
p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton
The group will be selling books for various prices,
including 10 for a buck.
The group also will be selling birdhouses.
For more information, call coordinator Pat Gentry at
Sandblast blasts back
After a one-year hiatus, Keep Manatee Beautiful and
Team Sandtastic return to the Gulf shore on Anna Maria
Island for Sandblast.
The event will take place at Coquina Beach Oct.
30-Nov. 2 and in conjunction with the Anna Maria Island
Privateers' Pirate Invasion weekend.
At 5 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Team Sandtastic will
conduct a series of workshops on sandsculpting at
The competition will take place Saturday, Nov. 2,
with 15-member teams competing in school or open divi-
sions. The contest will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.,
when the sculptures will be judged, with awards for best
free form, holiday or wildlife work.
KMB also will observe America Recycles Day during
For more information, call KMB at 941-795-8272 or
go online to www.manateebeautiful.com.
Raw Bar and Grill. Vendors also will offer cocktails,
beer and wine.
Plans include a Halloween party, children's games,
a pumpkin-carving contest and a performance by Pas-
serine. The local band will take the stage at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact melissaenders76@
gmail.com or 215-906-0668.
De Soto memorial re-opens
De Soto National Memorial in west Bradenton re-
opened on Oct. 17, the day the partial shutdown of the
federal government ended.
The memorial, 75th Street W .'It I )e Soto Memorial
Highway in Bradenton, closed on Oct. 1. The park, with
trails, exhibits and a visitor center, is operated by the
National Park Service.
"We are excited and happy to be back at work and
welcome visitors to De Soto National Memorial," said
superintendent Jorge Acevedo in a news release. "Autumn
is a particularly special season to enjoy all that De Soto
National Memorial has to offer."
For more information, call 941-792-0458.
Art league hosts
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host a medi-
tation class at 11 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each
The next class will be on Oct. 26 at 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, with instructor Sheryl Spikes.
Donations will benefit AMIAL.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
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2 p.m. -Tropical landscapes talk, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6:53 p.m. Official sunset time.
Thursday, Oct. 24
5:30 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Steward-
ship Dinner, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
6:52 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, Oct. 25
8 a.m.-4 p.m. SeniorAdventures Books and Birdhouses Sale,
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
10 a.m. Forty Carrots for babies and young children, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
2 p.m., "Memory Screening for Alzheimer's," Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. Popcorn and Politics election forum, The Islander,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
6:30 p.m. "A Little Help" Theatre Odyssey performance,
Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Informa-
6:52 p.m. Official sunset time.
Saturday, Oct. 26
8 a.m.-4 p.m. SeniorAdventures Books and Birdhouses Sale,
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Rotary Club of Anna Maria yard sale, Wells
Fargo bank parking lot, 5327 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
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.
10 a.m. -AME PTO Fall Festival Children's Parade, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. -AME PTO Fall Festival and haunted house,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.
5-10 p.m. -Rock Octoberfest, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
6:51 p.m. Official sunset time.
;W ON NOV. 5:
William 'Bill' Shearon
I. for Bradenton Beach
Bill promises that the past two years of tax hikes and fee
increases will end. He will work to stop the practice of
spending that exceeds revenue by implementing an
ongoing budget review process to better control spending.
ut1 PD. POL. ADV. paid for and approved by William "Bill"
W Shearon for Mayor of the City of Bradenton Beach
Sunday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. Roser Memorial Community Church Kirkin' of the
Tartans service, with bagpipers and drummers performing outside
the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
6:50 p.m. Official sunset time.
Monday, Oct. 28
6:49 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Noon Rotary Club ofAnna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street
Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-794-
6:48 p.m. Official sunset time.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
5 p.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast sand-sculpting
clinic, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-795-
6:47 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, Oct. 25
6 p.m. Music in the Park with the Passerine Band on the
Riverwalk, 452 Third Avenue W., Bradenton. Information: 941-932-
Saturday, Oct. 26
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Stone Crab Festival, 119th Street end,
Cortez. Information: 941-798-2035.
6:30 p.m. Mote Marine Oceanic Evening black-tie gala,
The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota. Fee
applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
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10 a.m.-6 p.m. Stone Crab Festival, 119th Street end,
Cortez. Information: 941-798-2035.
Oct. 30-Nov. 2, Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast, Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach.
Oct. 31, Halloween.
Nov. 2, Anna Maria Island Community Center Murder Mystery
Night, Anna Maria.
Nov. 2, Feeding Children Everywhere/i00,000 Healthy Meals
volunteer campaign, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 1-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion, island-
Nov. 3, fall back one hour when daylight saving time ends.
Nov. 8-10, Cultural Connections ArtsHop, islandwide.
M Nov. 9, Florida Maritime Museum Boatyard Bash, Cortez.
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Nov. 11, The Islander Veterans Day Ceremony and Tribute,
Nov. 13, Anna Maria Garden Club annual plant sale, Anna
Nov. 16, CrossPointe Fellowship Community Thanksgiving,
Nov. 24, All Island Denominations Thanksgiving service, Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.
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Calendar of ongoing events, activities
Oct. 24-Nov. 10, "Young Frankenstein," 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:
Wednesday, through December, 11 a.m. Lifelong Learn-
ing Academy, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-
First and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture
Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
Most Third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club
meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
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More than 880 volunteers joined in Keep Manatee
Beautiful's annual Coastal Cleanup held Oct. 5 and part
of a global campaign to keep trash and debris out of
waterways and oceans.
An early report from KMB said volunteers worked at
80 sites in Manatee County, including multiple locations
on Anna Maria Island.
Volunteers removed more than 7,438 pounds of trash
Ji J ON NOV. 5:
William 'Bill' Shearon
for Bradenton Beach
Bill will speed up opening the city pier and restaurant. This
valuable resource should not have been closed for more than
six months with no reopen date and lost revenue, depriving
residents and visitors of one of our most valuable assets.
Of PD. POL. ADV. paid for and approved by William "Bill"
SShearon for Mayor of the City of Bradenton Beach
Need your dog out of the
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Drop him/her off with us.
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Call ahead: 941.243.3900
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Owner caregivers: Lisa Williams & Angela McCallister
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting,
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 local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
Saturday, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton
Farmers' Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Except
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9a.m., Manatee County Junior
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events. Send notices and
photographs with detailed captions and contact infor-
mation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon meeting, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.
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.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T Bray Park, Bradenton.
Tuesday, basics of computing, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting,
Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Send announcements of ongoing activities to calendar@
Volunteers, donors sought for
Healthy Meals campaign
Organizers of an island effort to help feed hungry
children are recruiting volunteers for shifts at an all-day
event set for Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Feeding Children Everywhere/100,000 Healthy
Meals event for Anna Maria Island will take place 9
a.m.-4:30 p.m. at city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Volunteers are needed for 90-minute shifts to pack-
age the food that goes into the meals in the second annual
Organizers also are hoping to collect financial dona-
tions to pay for the meals for children.
An announcement said, "Recent statistics show that
almost 25 percent of families in the surrounding area
report an inability to provide enough food for their chil-
dren. It's easy for anyone to make a difference when each
meal only costs one quarter."
For more information, go online to www.feedingchil-
dreneverywhere.com and click on I [ iii 1 ng Events,"
then scroll to the island event and click to volunteer and/
or donate money.
Volunteers also can sign up or make donations at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, after Sunday services.
For more information, call local organizers Kim Dar-
nell at 941-228-3096 or Mary Selby at 941-779-1809.
16-A U OCT. 23, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Clawing to the top, the magnificent stone crab
By John Stevely
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent
Stone crab season is upon us and by now folks are
flocking to local restaurants or seafood markets to enjoy
what many consider to be a prized seafood delicacy.
As much as you enjoy eating them, you might also be
interested in learning some aspects of stone crab biology
and the Florida fishery.
Only the claws are harvested and the live crab is
returned to the water. They can survive the loss of their
claws and use their mouth parts to graze upon vegetation
and small critters.
They can grow, reproduce and, get this the stone
crab regenerates its lost claws. For this reason, I often
refer to them as a truly renewable resource. About 13
percent of stone crab landings come from regenerated
claws. Both claws can be harvested as long as they are
of legal size.
You may have noticed that the claws you buy in the
market are cooked. This is not merely for convenience. If
the claws are not cooked before they're iced, the meat can
dry up or stick to the shell. Harvested stone crab claws
are cooked as soon as they reach the dock.
On average, about 2.5 pounds of claws will yield
about a pound of meat. Yes, they are indeed one of the
A crabber pulls a stone crab from a trap. The crabber
will remove a claw and return the crab to the water.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Bryan Fluech/FSG
most expensive seafood delights.
Last year, more than 2.7 million stone crab claws
were harvested in Florida. With an estimated dockside
value of $25.1 million, stone crabs are one of the most
valuable fisheries in Florida. Small amounts of stone crab
claws are harvested elsewhere in the Gulf, but 98 percent
of production comes from Florida.
Stone crabs are caught in box-like traps baited mostly
with pigs feet or mullet. They are fitted with three escape
rings to reduce bycatch of small crabs and other creatures.
Traps that are constructed of plastic must have a biode-
By Jennifer Glenfield
Some of the businesses in Cortez are hosting a Stone
Crab Festival Oct. 26-27 to celebrate the first weeks of
the stone crab harvest.
Killer Bait Co., Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, Cortez
Kitchen, Cortez Bait and Seafood and N.E. Taylor Boat-
works are organizing the second annual festival.
"We're throwing an old-style Cortezian shindig,"
said Bob Slicker, general manager of Swordfish Grill
and Tiki Bar. "We wanted to do something with stone
crabs, like a party for the first harvest and to celebrate
The first event surpassed expectations, drawing more
festivalgoers than anticipated. "It took off so much last
year we decided to do it again," Slicker said.
This year will feature live music, horseback rides
through the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Pre-
serve and vendors selling food, refreshments and crafts.
At the center of the event, of course, is stone crabs.
"The food is going to be tremendous all local
fare," Slicker said.
The event is free to the public, Slicker said.
Stages will be set up in the street and bands will play
until 6 p.m. both days. The Cortez Kitchen and Swordfish
Grill will host live music until 10 p.m. The event starts
at 10 a.m. both days.
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gradable escape panel. The white buoys you see along the
beaches and bays this time of the year mark the location
of a stone crab trap and indicate a unique number for the
crabber that owns the trap. The traps are private property,
and should be treated as such.
Florida's stone crab season runs Oct. 15-May 15.
Traps can be set in the water 10 days before season begins,
and remain until five days after the season ends. Spawn-
ing can occur year-round, but stone crabs typically spawn
April-September. Protection of spawning females is the
STONE CRAB CONTINUE NEXT PAGE
Stone crab claws are put on ice after being cooked and
before heading to market at A.P. Bell Fish House in
Cortez. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield
The Oct. 26 musical lineup includes The Who
Daddies, Twinkle, Razing Cane, Democracy and Karyn
Denham and the Uprights. The Oct. 27 musical lineup
includes The Who Daddies, Michael Alden Band, Razing
Cane and TC and the Trouble Makers.
Parking will be at the preserve and chauffeured golf
carts will be used to shuttle people to the festival.
For more information, call Slicker at the Swordfish
Grill and Tiki Bar at 941-798-2035.
The Reverend Dr. Bruce Porter
Sunday Service 10:00 AM
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All but done, volunteers celebrate record sea turtle season
By Mark Young
A record-breaking sea turtle nesting season is wind-
ing down with only two recorded nests remaining to hatch
on Anna Maria Island beaches.
According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox, one
of the two remaining nests was due to hatch by Islander
press time, while the second nest was not due until the
final day of sea turtle season, Oct. 31.
The 2012 sea turtle season also was a record-breaking
season that stretched into December with a late-hatching
green turtle nest. There were 365 nests in 2012, which
shattered the old record, as well as a 15-year average of
Since May this year, AMITW volunteers recorded
370 nests a new record. In 2012 however, Tropical
Storm Debby destroyed an estimated 100 nests and only
12,723 hatchlings survived the storm and beach condi-
tions to reach the sea.
That also was a record until this year when Mother
Nature left the nests intact, allowing 23,178 hatchlings
- thus far to reach the Gulf of Mexico. That number
will rise with the count from the two remaining nests.
Section 3, from Pine Avenue in Anna Maria to 66th
Street in Holmes Beach, recorded the most nests with 79.
As a result, Section 3 recorded the most hatchlings to the
Nests are verified by volunteers, who count and
account for the shells and any stragglers in the nest.
The lowest number of nests within the nine sec-
tions surrounding the island shoreline was Section 1 on
the north end, the only section facing the Tampa Bay. It
always has the fewest nests, typically averaging below a
This year Section 1 recorded 14 nests and sent 1,113
hatchlings into Tampa Bay.
The 2013 sea turtle nesting season may be winding
down, but Fox said there is plenty of work ahead in pre-
paring for the 2014 season, which begins May 1.
Fox is busy meeting with officials on an upcoming
beach renourishment project and the shorebird monitor-
ing phase of AMITW is ongoing.
Fox is assisting Holmes Beach with an updated sea
turtle friendly lighting ordinance and is speaking at an
upcoming Audubon Assembly 2013-Boots on the Ground
in Palm Harbor. Fox will talk about AMITW's dual pur-
pose turtles and shorebirds.
Sea turtle numbers a
as of Oct. 18:
370 turtle nests.
Sarasota Bay festival sets performance schedule
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STONE CRAB CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
reason for closing Florida's stone crab fishery during the
Want to try your hand at harvesting your own stone
crabs? You better have a strong back! The traps used in
the commercial fishery can weigh 35-40 pounds the
base is weighted with concrete so they don't move around
Recreational fishermen are allowed five traps to har-
vest stone crabs. Traps must have the owners name and
address placed on them. Buoys should be marked with
the letter "R" to denote it as a recreational trap. Size
limits, seasons and trap specifications are the same for
recreational and commercial crabbers.
To learn more about stone crabs and a variety of
marine-related topics, visit the Florida Sea Grant blog
site at www.flseagrant.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletter/ or Google
the FSG newsletter, Marine Scene Plus.
Vote Nov. 5
Holmes Beach City Commission
24-year HB resident.
22-year volunteer for Turtle Watch Patrol
and Sadie Award winner for outstanding service.
I am a retired corporate accountant.
I am chairperson of a city panel studying
ways to solve parking and traffic problems.
Presently the vice president of
SAM (Save Anna Maria Inc.)
I PLEDGE TO:
Continue to work with commissioners to
protect the island from overdevelopment by
enforcing the city building codes and ordi-
nances. What is left of our old Florida lifestyle
is at stake, and I believe in community first.
Work to have House bill 883 repealed to
regain home rule and steer our own ship.
To encourage all citizens and snowbirds to
support our local businesses, restaurants and
shops, etc. They are part of the community.
Work together to solve problems of
our community and tourism,
to reach balance and harmony.
Protect the island environment and habitat
for turtles, birds and our shoreline
for future generations.
Working together for a better community.
I ask for your vote on Nov. 5
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HOLMES BEACH CITY COMMISSION
The Sarasota Bay Water Festival will showcase
seven hours of music noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
The festival will take place at Ken Thompson Park,
1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. The park is on
City Island at the south end of Longboat Key.
Guitarist Ben Hammond is the performing emcee
who will bring to the stage Democracy, Hymn for Her,
Luke Andrews and Come Back Alice.
Democracy, according to a news release, is one of
the region's most popular reggae and rhythm and blues
Hymn for Her hails from Philadelphia and per-
forms a "mix of backwoods, country blues with a dose
of desert rock."
Come Back Alice is a "funky eclectic rock band.
Luke Andrews has performed throughout Califor-
nia and recently moved to Bradenton from St. Peters-
The festival also will feature dragon boat races,
food trucks, a beer and wine garden, boat displays, panel
discussions on bay-friendly living, a photo exhibit, as
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18-A U OCT. 23, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Contractor pleads not guilty
in HB fraud case
A contractor has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree
felony charge that he schemed to defraud Holmes Beach
City government out of more than $50,000.
Chris Richard Arnold, 61, of Bradenton, entered his
plea at the Manatee Judicial Center in Bradenton Oct. 7.
He was arrested last month on a warrant executed by
the Holmes Beach Police Department.
The probable cause affidavit contains the allegation
that Arnold, contracted by the city in June 2012 for street
repairs, invoiced the city for work he didn't complete.
The report said Arnold, in a systematic and inten-
tional scheme to defraud, sent 12 invoices to the city and
collected $92,830.50 for work that was not completed.
A case management discussion was set for Nov. 14
at the judicial center.
BB man guilty of battery
A Bradenton Beach man has pleaded no contest to
battery on a law enforcement officer.
Zachary A. Gennell, 20, was placed on probation for
a year and sentenced to 75 hours of service work, as well
as ordered to take an anger management class. He also
was required to be evaluated for drug use.
He was arrested a year ago in downtown Bradenton
after a fight. The arresting officer said Gennell was com-
bative, shouted profanity and racial slurs and spit at him.
Gennell also was judged guilty of disorderly intoxi-
His plea was entered in late September, canceling an
Seffner man pleads
no contest to theft
A Seffner man arrested in Holmes Beach in May and
charged with theft has pleaded no contest.
Karlos Macias, 28, represented by an assistant public
defender, entered his plea Oct. 3 and was judged guilty.
He was sentenced to 18 months in jail with credit for time
served and placed on probation for a year. He also must
participate in an addiction program.
A police report said Macias and a second person stole
landscaping equipment valued at $600 in Anna Maria.
The two were stopped by a Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment officer in Holmes Beach and taken into custody.
Island police blotter
Oct. 12, 9707 Gulf Drive, Sign of the Mermaid,
battery. An employee of the restaurant reported he was
talking to patrons about a former employee when his
boss allegedly came up behind him and hit him on his
back. According to the report, the employer yelled at the
complainant and fired him. He and his employer were
separated and he then threw a glass of water at his boss.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy made contact
with the employer, who reported no physical confronta-
tion, saying he fired his employee for "causing prob-
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Oct. 13, 120 Bridge St., Drift In, disorderly intox-
ication, obstruction. A 29-year-old Sarasota man was
arrested for disorderly intoxication after getting into
a fight with another man at the bar. According to the
report, the suspect punched the victim in the face as he
was trying to leave. While police were investigating the
altercation, a 22-year-old Longwood man kept trying to
approach the officers. He was told several times to stay
back. He refused and was arrested for obstruction.
Oct. 16, 2200 Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, domestic
battery. Police responded to a domestic disturbance and
made contact with a woman who said her boyfriend "was
going crazy," according to the report. She did not cooper-
ate with the investigation, but a witness reported that the
man struck the woman several times on her shoulder and
arm. Based on the investigation and witness report, the
56-year-old homeless man was arrested.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Oct. 10, 5100 block of Second Avenue, no valid
driver's license. A 25-year-old Bradenton man working
for an Anna Maria construction company was stopped
for illegal window tinting. The man has never had a valid
driver's license and was arrested. A check of his identi-
fication revealed the suspect had two active warrants for
failing to appear on a possession of marijuana charge and
a failure to appear on traffic violations.
Oct. 12, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
disorderly intoxication. While police were arresting a
27-year-old LaBelle man for not having a valid driv-
er's license, a 40-year-old Riverview woman repeated
attempts to approach the officers. She was ordered several
times to remain in her vehicle, but refused. She continued
to approach the officers and was arrested.
Oct. 6, 7900 block of Gulf Drive, drugs. While
initiating a traffic stop, a police officer noticed an odor of
marijuana coming from the vehicle. The occupants were
asked if they were in possession of marijuana and the pas-
senger allegedly said he just finished smoking a joint and
had marijuana in the glove box. The officer also observed
five empty beer cans on the floor in the back seat where
two young children were sitting. Thomas Ruiz, 25, of
Palmetto was issued a notice to appear in court for open
container and possession of 10.4 grams of marijuana.
Oct. 6, 3600 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. A man
reported he had a friend over to his residence where a
Galaxy notebook valued at $600 was left on a table.
When his friend left, he noticed the notebook missing
and used software to track the item to his friend's Sara-
Oct. 6, 5900 Marina Drive, skate park, criminal
mischief. Police observed white paper towels strewn
about the skate park. During further investigation in a
nearby public restroom, police reported a paper towel
holder was ripped from the wall. Witnesses at the park
identified three juveniles as the suspects.
Oct. 6,3600 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A com-
plainant reported an unlocked bicycle valued at $200 was
stolen from under her stairwell.
Oct. 7, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, theft. A
man reported that someone stole the lower unit to a boat
while it was on a lift in the back yard of the residence.
The motor was valued at $150.
Oct. 7, 611 Manatee Ave. W., CVS Pharmacy, tres-
pass. An employee contacted police about a man who was
previously trespassed from the store. Police were unable
to locate the suspect, but he returned later, at which time
police made contact with him. After confirming a prior
trespass warning, the man was arrested on two counts of
Oct. 8,4900 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary.
An unknown person entered a boat and stole several items
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To report information on island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
6311; or Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5804.
In emergencies, call 911.
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42 One of a race in
43 Painter's deg.
45 Caroline du Sud.
46 Publisher's entreat,
48 Some wraps
50 Sonata starters
53 Plant whose seed is
sold as a health
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56 Actress Sorvino
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58 "Gilligan's Island"
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song of 1 965 and
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69 Carry or iron
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73 Pub offering
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76 Pub offerings
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Southern "- i lie"
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81 Word with solar or
83 Bide one's time
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87 Apple variety
92 Went off?
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96 Film bit
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and second laws of
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58 Rapper Nicki
59 Helen Keller
brought the first
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60 First publisher of
and Loathing in
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72 Hypothetical words
74 Little confabs
76 Red Scare target
77 Philosopher Rand
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85 "Worst car of the
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 23, 2013 U 19-A
WMFR board discusses succession plans for 2 top chiefs
By Rick Catlin
With West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price
set to retire in May 2015, and Deputy Chief Brett Pollock
planned for 2016, WMFR board members began the task
of finding replacements.
The board wants to replace Price and Pollock with
in-house staff ready for promotion, chair David Bishop
announced at the Oct. 17 board meeting.
He asked each board member to make a list of per-
sonnel who might qualify for either position for consid-
eration. The board will hold several work sessions to
narrow the field, Bishop said.
Bishop said he favors "looking inward" first, as this
will ensure the new chief and deputy chief are familiar
with WMFR operations and integration with staff will be
Price said the board should only look outside the
district if no suitable candidates are found from within
He also noted that administrative assistant Mary Ste-
phens plans to retire shortly after Pollock. WMFR will
POLICE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
valued at $558.
Oct. 10, 1800 block of Avenue E, grand larceny. A
woman reported more than $15,000 in jewelry was stolen
from her residence. Police found no evidence of forced
entry. The woman said two other people had access to
the home and one of them was no longer returning her
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County S/' ,, ,rif's Office.
have a hard time finding a replacement for Stephens, he
said, as she has been very effective in her performance.
Board member Larry Jennis agreed. The board
should "look inward" first for qualified people to replace
Price and Pollock, but based on his initial review of per-
sonnel, there are few people at WMFR who might meet
the district's requirements.
At present, Price added, one person has been identi-
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fled as a potential replacement for himself or Pollock, but
not all board members have returned candidate lists.
Bishop urged board members to complete their list
of possible candidates as soon as possible so the board
can begin work sessions to discuss appointing replace-
Bishop said he wanted the succession to be in place
well before Price retires.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
Mary Stephens displays a
drawing by a pre-schooler
in the district that was
given to firefighters when
they visited a pre-school
during fire prevention
week. Stephens said many
of the drawings, includ-
ing this one, were done
by 2-year-olds. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
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ship. Citizen participation must and will be
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done toward our friends in town and our visitors."
While he sees many challenges ahead, he is proud
of what he has accomplished, including the creation of
Central Park dog park, his involvement with the parks
and beautification committee, the creation of the living
area ratio concept in the rental district "and continually
supporting the school and community center with various
projects over the past eight years."
Zaccagnino said his message to the voters this year is
that he is "a free thinker that is not under the thumb of the
mayor or any other commissioner. I have always based
my decisions on what is best for the people of Holmes
Beach and I have not cherry picked feel-good issues
which don't benefit the people of Holmes Beach."
Zaccagnino opposed the city's adoption of the 2013-
14 millage rate during the budget vote. He believed the
millage rate should have been reduced to create a true
statement of the city not raising taxes.
While the millage rate didn't increase, the city
increased revenue through higher property valuations
which created a 5.5 percent increase in taxes paid.
Under state statute, that constitutes a tax increase even
though elected officials will often say taxes aren't being
raised because the millage rate isn't being increased.
"By not adopting our rollback rate, this current com-
mission and mayor have raised our taxes by 5.5 percent
from that rollback rate," said Zaccagnino. \ ly sugges-
tion would be to have a more prudent budget discus-
sion involving each department head at the commission
Holmes Beach does not conduct an open budget pro-
cess. The city treasurer meets with each commissioner
privately, one-on-one to discuss budget concerns and the
citizens often don't hear about the budget until the first
reading of an ordinance to adopt it.
Zaccagnino said that needs to change and budget
work sessions should take place with all commissioners
present and in front of the public.
Political season: The
Itty bitty walker
Paisley the Labrador went on strike as new pup, Oliver,
a 9-week-old long-haired dachshund, dances around
on a leash for owner Mandy Moore at the intersection
of 67th Street and Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach.
You're invited to
The Islander SIDE BAR
gallery opening and
special showing of new
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5:30-8 pm Nov. 8
(during artshop) ...
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offering in the new
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By Cheryl Nordby Schmidt
Forty-three years ago this month, as a high school volun-
teer, Randall Wells started observing and studying bottlenose
dolphins in Sarasota Bay.
Since then, the data he and a team of researchers collected
has revealed some amazing facts: They have names. They have
male bonding. They stay for generations in one location.
For his leadership of the longest-running study of a wild
dolphin population, Wells who now holds a doctorate in
biology and other degrees was recently nominated for the
2014 Indianapolis Prize.
Frequently referred to as the world's most prestigious
award for animal conservation, the prize was initiated in 2006
by the Indianapolis Zoo. It is given every other year to an indi-
vidual who has made extraordinary contributions to conserva-
tion efforts involving a single or multiple animal species.
It is Wells' first nomination, and he has some heady com-
petition. Renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall and ocean
conservation leader Carl Safina are among the 39 nominated.
"I never thought I would be considered in the same breath
as Jane Goodall," said Wells, in an interview at Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota.
Blair Irvine, who initiated the dolphin program and led
it through the 1970s, called Wells' nomination "well-deserved
recognition of his work and productivity." Even as a high
school student, Wells was "serious, curious" and it was obvi-
ous "research was a perfect fit for him," Irvine said.
Winning the prize "would be a tremendous honor and we
hope that it would help increase the visibility of conservation
issues that dolphins face," Wells said.
Just getting nominated draws attention to the Sarasota Dol-
phin Research Program, a collaboration between Mote and the
Chicago Zoological Society, which relies on grants and donor
contributions to keep operating.
"One of the challenges we have, by conducting a long-term
program, it's not like going out one time and asking for funds
to help with one cool research project," he said. Yet continuity
and consistency are what makes the program so valuable, and
that becomes more obvious as Wells talks about what has been
learned in 43 years.
When asked what is the program's most significant find-
ing, Wells points to the discovery of the first-known resident
population of dolphins, who live year-round in Sarasota Bay
"They are residents of a definable area," Wells said, "Before
we started our research, nobody knew if they swam through the
whole Gulf of Mexico, if they were shallow or deep-water. We
found they were residential and multi-generational. At times
we' ve had as many as five concurrent generations living in Sara-
sota Bay. Right now it is four."
Presently, the bay dolphin population is 160, with the
oldest, a female known as Nicklo named for a low nick on
her dorsal fin estimated to be 63 years old.
Irvine pointed out that previous research of dolphin social
behavior was based on captive animals. The program's "look at
the behavioral ecology of inshore dolphins" was unprecedented
and its thoroughness "made possible the first in-depth commu-
nication studies of wild dolphins."
Another fascinating finding from the communication stud-
ies concerns the dolphins' whistles.
Wells said the researchers discovered each dolphin pro-
duces a signature whistle. And those signature whistles are the
sound that other dolphins use to identify that particular dolphin
- in other words, it is the dolphin's name.
"This has not been seen anywhere else in the animal king-
dom," Wells said. The dolphin will swim and whistle to let other
dolphins know he's there. And then other dolphins will make
that whistle to get in touch with it.
"That was a discovery made in Sarasota Bay dolphins and
it was only possible because we had such long-term data," Wells
Another discovery concerns the social structure bottle-
nose dolphins use to swim together. They don't travel in family
Randall Wells, director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research
Program, photographs dolphins in Sarasota Bay to identify
them. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mote Marine Laboratory
groups, Wells said, like killer whales, which are a species of
dolphins, but in three distinct groups.
The first is called a "nursing group," made up of mother
dolphins with their most recent offspring. Female dolphins, who
live longer than males, reproduce from when they are about 8
years old to age 48. They produce one calf at a time and the
young mammals will stay with their mothers until they are 3-6
Then the youngsters break off and stay together in what
are called "juvenile groups" with both males and females. Later,
when they are about 10 years old, the male dolphins will find
one other male dolphin and form a bond; while the females tend
to rejoin their mother's group.
"One of the coolest things that we've discovered out there
in the bay is that adult males will form male alliances a bond
with another male from about the time they reach sexual
maturity, and they stay together until one of them dies," Wells
The male bonding helps the dolphins find and catch food,
acquire mates and avoid predators. According to the researcher,
the two males will "escort" one female dolphin at a time and
while one of them is mating with her, the other will keep
unwanted male dolphins away.
Mating is a common in dolphins that are developing and
maintaining social relationships, Wells said, quoting his mentor,
the late Dr. Ken Norris who said, "Dolphins use sex like we use
Is it any wonder they are always smiling? But dolphin life
isn't all .v I- l,-._1 eating and mating, he said.
Like other marine life, bottlenose dolphins are facing seri-
ous concerns, especially from human activity
"The No. 1 threat they face is from recreational fishermen.
They get entangled in recreational fishing gear or ingest recre-
ational fishing gear."
"We see an increasing number of people feeding wild dol-
phins. Whether they're doing it on purpose or whether they're
forced to put fish back because of regulations, either way the
dolphins are learning to associate boats and fishing piers with
food sources," Wells said.
Once the dolphins know where the food is, they'll keep
coming back, increasing their risk of being tangled in fishing
lines, grabbing baited hooks or suffering cuts from boat propel-
lers. The researchers have documented an increase in injuries
to dolphins from interactions with recreational fishing boats
and gear and that has led to a public education program for
The SDRP has distributed more than 300,000 dolphin-
friendly fishing and viewing tip cards, and Wells would like
everyone to see a 30-second public service announcement
based on the story of one particular Sarasota bottlenose named
They observed him for 22 years, and he was always behav-
ing badly, approaching boats with his mouth open, seeking a
fishy handout. Beggar died in September 2012. No definitive
cause of death could be pinpointed by a necropsy, but there
were a number of indications his lifestyle played a role in his
death, Wells said. Beggar had boat wounds on his body, mul-
tiple broken ribs and vertebrae and three fishing hooks in his
Along with trying to make life better for dolphins, Wells
and his team of researchers have collaborated with scientists
and students from more than 23 countries, working with other
dolphin species and marine life.
Ajoint project with researchers from Brazil and Argentina
led to five of a highly threatened dolphin species being tagged
with satellite-linked transmitters. The data gathered revealed
that Franciscana dolphins have very small ranges, similar to
Sarasota Bay dolphins.
The commercial fishers who helped catch and tag those
dolphins are now more aware of the dangers they pose by using
gill nets, which have been ensnaring and killing dolphins, and
it has "led many of the fishermen to change the way they do
things," Wells said.
Closer to home, 27 bottlenose dolphins in the northern Gulf
of Mexico are being tracked with satellite-linked transmitters as
part of an ongoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis-
tration study of the potential impact of the Deepwater Horizon
Since Sarasota Bay did not receive significant oil from
the spill, the dolphins here are being compared to dolphins in
Barataria Bay, La, and those found in Mississippi Sound.
"There were significant differences in health between Sara-
sota Bay dolphins and Barataria Bay dolphins in 2011," Wells
said, "The health problems displayed by Barataria Bay dolphins
in 2011 low weight, anemia, liver and lung disease were
consistent with suspected impacts from exposure to oil. How-
ever, studies are ongoing to try to determine if it's Deepwater
As for the Sarasota Bay dolphins, Wells said they are "doing
OK for now," but the program's researchers must be vigilant in
monitoring their health as well as the bay environment.
A low point cane in 2005, Wells said, when a severe red
tide killed off 95 percent of some of the species dolphin's prey
on. The following year, 2 percent of the dolphin population was
lost to ingesting fishing gear, probably because the bottlenose
were trying to find other food sources.
SDRP is on the water 10 days each month, taking photo-
graphs of the dolphins, both to identify them and to observe
their everyday life.
Once a year, they do health assessments, when a mobile
veterinarian lab is taken by boat to examine about 10 percent
of the population. "We encircle them with a net and then have
them on board with the veterinarian briefly, examine them and
let them go," Wells said.
An international committee is reviewing the nominees
for the Indianapolis Prize and will announce six finalists next
spring. The winner receives $250,000 and five runners-up will
each get $10,000.
Wells knows his nomination came from colleagues in
animal conservation, but he doesn't know who nominated him.
Two to four letters of support are required along with a descrip-
tion of what the nominee does to protect an animal species.
In addition to leading the dolphin program, Wells is a
professor who has worked with numerous students seeking
advanced degrees in ocean sciences, has authored or co-authored
four books and led or co-led more than 170 marine mammal
research projects. He also has served in several science and
conservation leadership roles.
Wells grew up in Illinois and moved with his family to
Sarasota in 1969.
Always fascinated by sharks, Wells went to Mote and asked
to volunteer and was turned down. Then Irvine, who knew the
family, brought Wells in to study dolphins.
One of the first projects Wells worked on, Irvine said,
involved training dolphins to attack sharks in order to protect
That's what Wells has done ever since, watching, seeking
and developing ways to protect his neighbors in Sarasota Bay
Cheryl Nordby Schmidt is a freelance writer based in
while an angler
watches at the
Anna Maria City
Pier in October
Backed by the Sarasota skyline, a bottlenose dolphin makes
a leap. Islander Photo: Courtesy Sarasota Dolphin Research
Program/NMFS Permit #522-1785.
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2-B U OCT. 23, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
Bagpipers, drummers to open Roser service
Bagpipers and drummers will perform outside Roser
Memorial Community Church and then lead a procession
of clergy and clan flags into the 10 a.m. service Sunday,
The church, 512 Pine Ave.,Anna Maria, will be host-
ing its first Presbyterian-inspired "Kirkin' of the Tartans
"Kirking" comes from the Scottish Gaelic word
"kirk," which means church. Tartans are the traditional
plaid emblems of Scottish clans represented in unevenly
spaced colored lines and rectangles on woven wool
The service will include "ancient creeds and prayers
of this denomination founded in Scotland," according
to a news release. "It is hoped that church members and
visitors will wear something representing their clan con-
The service will end with the singing of "Amazing
Grace" with the accompaniment of bagpipe and drum.
As they leave the service, worshippers will be served
Radojcsics celebrate 60th
Jake and Beverly Radojcsics' 60th wedding anni-
versary was Sept. 5. Their daughter, Susan Chamber-
lain, announced the couple would be celebrating their
milestone with their children and friends on Anna Maria
Island on return to their Bradenton Beach winter home
The couple married in 1953 at St. Matthews
Lutheran Church in Mansfield, Ohio, and raised four
children Kris, Jake, Susan and Eric, who resides on
The couple has 10 grandchildren and nine great-
Beverly Radojcsics is a homemaker. Jake Radojciscs
is retired from Whitey's Auto Mall, where he was vice
Jim Johnston, direc-
tor of music ministries
at Roser Church,
is planning an Oct.
27 service featuring
bagpipe and drum
music and creeds and
prayers from Scot-
land. Islander Cour-
The service is the first in a series that will reflect
the broad range of denominations represented by Roser's
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
0414, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.
Jake and Beverly Radojcsics, far left, at a long-ago
sweetheart dance, reached their 60th wedding anniver-
sary Sept. 5. They returned this month to their winter
home in Bradenton Beach where they plan to celebrate
with friends and family on Anna Maria Island.
Debora 'Debbie' Jean
Debora "Debbie" Jean (Greig) Lane, 50, of Charlotte,
N. C., and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 7. She
was born Jan. 8, 1963, in Smithtown, N.Y., the daughter
of the late Michael Greig and Linda Pick.
Many on Anna Maria Island will remember her out-
going personality, comical stories and gestures and her
passion for both life and people.
Growing up on Anna Maria Island, she began work-
ing as a young teen at her father's shop in Bradenton
Beach, Mike's Bait & Tackle, in the
mid-1970s, and later at her mother's
much loved, Linda's Sunnyside Up
Cafe in Holmes Beach, where she
Swaitressed for many years. The "regu-
lars" at the restaurant could attest to
her perky disposition and the fun, easy
Lane style with which she greeted her cus-
Debbie and younger sister Beth were the first girls
to play baseball in the Island Little League at the youth
center, effectively leading the way for coed sports on
the island. She was both a talented athlete and a scrappy
competitor. She later coached her son Shawn's baseball
team to a league championship.
According to a family member, although she moved
out of state, "Debbie considered Anna Maria Island to
be her home. She loved life and all her many friends she
made along the way. Most of all, Debbie loved her Lord,
her family, and her extensive church family at Elevation
Church. She is sadly missed by all."
Mrs. Lane is survived by her husband of eight years,
Edward; a combined family of five children, includ-
ing Jennifer, Shawn and Skyler of Charlotte, Bambi of
Asheville, and Whitney of Atlanta; grandchildren Abby,
Charity, Aurora, Zander and Aubrey; siblings Beth McIn-
tosh and Capt. Michael Greig of Holmes Beach, Krista
Greig of Sarasota, and James Greig of Crawfordville,
CRAZY, CREEPY, CRAWLY CRITTER
CORRAL AP COSTUIWME E T
Come for a howling good time Oct. 31!
Everyone's welcome to The Islander-Feast Restaurant critter corral
5-6 p.m. on Halloween. Canines will be judged for scariest, most
original and silliest costumes, as well as pet-owner look-alikes. Con-
testants will gather at THE FEAST, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and judging at 5:30 p.m. Prizes
are courtesy of Perks 4 Pets in Bradenton.
Trail of Treats begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce office with a kids' costume contest and then a trick-
or-treating adventure in downtown Holmes Beach. All trick or treaters
are welcome to visit the corral and the costumed CRITTERS!
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 23, 2013 0 3-B
Robert H. Margraf Jr.
Robert H. Margraf Jr., 70, of Bradenton, Oct. 16. He
was bom Sept. 3, 1943, in Cincinnati.
Mr. Margraf was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He
served during the Vietnam War. He was retired from the
Collier County Sheriff's Office.
He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Bra-
denton. He also was a member of the Pyrates of the Gulf
Coast and the VFW. He was a former member of the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge
and Kirby Stewart Post American Legion.
A service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at
Southside Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be
made to the roofing fund for Southside Baptist Church,
1604 17th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
Mr. Margraf is survived by wife Teresa; brother
John 'Chip' Thome; daughters Ann Marie, Victoria and
Vanessa; son-in-law Jerry; grandson Gabriel; and many
John 'J.M.' Taylor
John "J.M." Taylor, 75, of Bradenton, died Oct 10.
Mr. Taylor traveled the United States as a welder for
the Boilermaker's Blacksmith Local Union 83. One of his
proudest achievements was welding work he performed
on the Columbia Space Shuttle.
He retired to his birth home in Cortez and returned
to his first love, commercial fishing. He worked for A.P.
Bell Fish Co. He is missed and loved by all.
A graveside service was held Oct. 19 at Palma Sola
Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory
43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Con-
dolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfu-
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bar-
bara Picard of Bradenton; children Tony, Amanda Tel-
schaw, Tonya Freeman and Rebecca; 11 grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
WMFR firefighter remembered
West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighter Brian I, ,1 da,
one of eight Florida firefighters who have died ii llit. Iii.
of duty honored Oct. 11 at the Florida State Fii. 't I k .t.
in Ocala. Reed died April 10, 2001, during a lInl
The Manatee County Honor Guard, along" ii I hl, 1, i i
guards and pipe and drums corps from across ili. 'La.i
participated in the ceremony.
Reed joined the West Side Fire Department in 1 '5
and stayed when the department was consolidtid %% itll
Anna Maria Fire Department to become the .'i \ tLi ii-
tee Fire Rescue, a press release said.
"This is one tradition of the fire service thi u ili
was not necessary," said Barry Baker, chief of lit 1 I i it-
Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, said ii i pil. t
release. "But we will never forget our fallen br, ,i lii i h l i.d
sisters or their families."
Obituaries are provided as a free service in The
Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents,
both past and present, and to those people with ties to
Anna Maria Island.
The Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin, assisted by Lizzie
Percy, offers a blessing to Sue Hookom's rescue pet,
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Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
"Trail of Treats"
Thursday, October 31st 3:30PM-7:00+PM
Trail of Treats Starts at the AMI Chamber: 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Meet at the AMI Chamber of Commerce at 3:30 for the kiddie costume contest ages 0-12
and get your map of over 50 participating Businesses island wide.
Free Kid Photos at Walgreens photo booth at the AMI Chamber of Commerce located at
5313 Gulf Drive. Photos can be picked up at Walgreens in Holmes Beach. The AMI
Chamber will have a costume contest beginning at 3:30 pm with awards in 8 categories
within 4 age groups. Then children can trick or treat island-wide to participating local
businesses all over Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and City of Anna Maria.
In addition, The Islander Newspaper will host the Crazy, Creepy Crawly Critter Costume
Contest at The Feast Restaurant from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Prizes for pets will be awarded in
the scariest, most original and silliest costumes, as well as dressed to win an
owner-critter look-alike contest.
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AME third-graders prepare 'World of Music'
Anna Maria Elementary third-graders rehearse with music teacher Catherine Miller
just before an Oct. 15 performance. The performance followed a Parent Teacher
Organization dinner served by Island Gourmet in the cafeteria.
he ZU1Z Pall Pestival Anna Maria Llementary School-Farent Teacher Organiza-
tion parade and Goffred's Ghostson make their way from the parade start at the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commers to the festival at AME.
4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, report card con-
9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, PTO-sponsored
costume contest and parade.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, Fall Festi-
v Friday, Nov. 1, early release.
Friday, Nov. 8, early release.
Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, no school.
Thursday, Nov. 21, progress reports
Nov. 25-29, Happy Thanksgiving. Fall break.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For Third-graders show i. ,
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The club recently earned the elementary school a
$500 grant from first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!
Principal Dave Marshall received a letter from the
White House in September congratulating AME for its
efforts to keep students active and healthy. The Let's
Move! initiative aims to engage 50,000 schools by
"Anna Maria Elementary has always been focused
on being fit. This helps us be able to offer more incen-
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tives. It's about continuing to provide opportunities for
the kids to exercise, enjoy the outside and enjoy each
other," Marshall said.
The AME running club fuels the annual Dolphin
Dash, one of the first road races of the new year in Mana-
tee County. This year's race is the eighth annual and will
be held Jan. 11,2014.
Brisson, a member of the Bradenton Running Club,
expects registration for the dash to open by early Novem-
ber. The annual event is open to any age, students, parents
and community members. It consists of a 5K and a 1 -mile
Anna Maria Elementary School running club members
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Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Patty, Whole Grain Toast.
Lunch: Tacos, Calzone, Refried Beans, Lettuce and Tomato Cups,
Peaches. Feature: Popcorn Chicken Caesar Salad.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders with Breadstick, Meatball Subs, Broccoli and
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Friday, Oct. 25
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes
Lunch: Pizza, Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Corn, Cherry Tomato with
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Monday, Oct. 28
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza.
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Breaded Beef Sandwich, Steamed
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Tuesday, Oct. 29
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and a Biscuit.
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Southern Chicken with Biscuit, Roasted Red
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Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Bagel or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger, Chicken Quesadilla, Baked
Beans, Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries, Applesauce. Feature:
South West Salad.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Breakfast: Sausage Patty on a Biscuit.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Lasagna, Roll, Steamed Garlic and Herb
Green Beans, Carrots with Dip, Fresh Fruit Cup,
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Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty with Bun, Corn, Squash
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Center soccer teams jockey early for playoff seeds
By Kevin Cassidy
With the Anna Maria Island Community Center's
soccer league season winding down, playoff leaders are
starting to emerge and teams have begun jockeying for
more favorable playoff matchups.
Beach Bistro and Island Pest Control are both unde-
feated in the 8-10 division, but Beach Bistro, which
played more games, has a 6-point lead in the standings.
First place in the five-team division earns a bye to the
semifinals and plays either the fourth- or fifth-seed.
American Marine holds down third place followed
by Tyler's Ice Cream and LPAC.
American Marine defeated LPAC 6-3 Oct. 19 behind
three goals each fromTyler Brewer and Andrew Burgess.
Cole Pearson notched three goals for LPAC in the loss.
American Marine rolled to an earlier 5-1 victory
over Tyler's Ice Cream Oct. 16 behind a hat trick from
Tyler Brewer and two goals fromAnthony Monetti. Chris
Snyder notched the lone goal for Tyler's in the loss.
The second game of the night saw Beach Bistro edge
LPAC 5-3. David Daigle and Sean Rodriguez scored
two goals each to lead the Bistro, which also received
one goal from Tuna McCracken in the victory. Callen
Achor, Ozzy Lonzo and Cole Pearson each scored goals
for LPAC in the loss.
The Feast is in control of the 11-13 soccer division
with a 6-1 record and a 9-point lead over LPAC, which
sits at 3-3. Waterfront Restaurant is 2-4-1 followed by Jen
Crady Massage at 1-4-1. The fourth place team will be
matched up against The Feast in the semifinals, so the other
teams are putting up a battle to move up.
The Feast rolled past LPAC 7-1 in 11-13 division
action Oct. 18. Michael Latimer scored four goals and
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Blonde versus blonde: The Sandbar 's Caroline Berzowski
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action Oct. 18. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Joe Rogers added three in the victory. Gage Nevin scored
the lone goal for LPAC in the loss.
Jen Crady Massage earned a 4-0 victory over Water-
front Restaurant in the second 11-13 division game of the
evening. Cameron Pasco scored three goals andAva Zink
added one in the victory.
LPAC cooled off Waterfront Restaurant 9-3 during
11-13 soccer action on Oct. 14. Tyler Pearson led the
way with four goals, while Paige Charron scored three
goals and Sydney Leechford added one. Silas Banyas led
Waterfront Restaurant with two goals. Angelina Sculco
finished with one goal in the loss.
The Feast received eight goals from Michael Latimer
in a 10-2 victory over Jen Crady Massage in the second
game of the evening. Joe Rogers completed the Feast
scoring with two goals. Cameron Pasco led Jen Crady
Massage with two goals.
Same goes for adult soccer league
The standings also are tight in the adult coed soccer
league at the center. Florida Discount Signs & Wraps,
Sato Real Estate and Slim's Place are tied at the top with
4-1 records. Agnelli Pool & Spa is three points back at
3-2, followed by Island Pest Control and Island Gourmet,
tied for fifth at 2-3, while 1-4 Wash Family Construction
and 0-5 LaPensee Plumbing follow in the standings.
Sato Real Estate edged Agnelli Pool & Spa 3-2 to
open the action Oct. 17. Josh Sato and Josh Rio each
scored a goal for Sato, which also received a goal and
an assist from Chris Circharo and 10 saves from goalie
Jason Sato in the victory.
Matt Kretzman and Omar Polar scored goals to lead
Agnelli, which also received 14 saves from FrankAgnelli
in the loss.
Slim's Place handed Florida Discount Signs a 5-2
loss, its first on the season. PJ Smargisso had two goals
and one assist and Scott Eason had a goal and two assists
to lead Slim's. Josh Petit had a goal and an assist and Eric
Pullen scored once to complete the scoring for Slim's,
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12 saves to lead Florida Discount Signs in the loss.
The third game of the evening saw Island Pest Con-
trol edge LaPensee Plumbing behind four goals from
Molly Bellairs. Greg Ross and Brandon Lam each scored
one goal while David Greene posted 13 saves in goal.
Jeff Christensen scored two goals and Paul Heyward,
Scott Macy and Seth Morris added one goal each to lead
LaPensee, which also received 15 saves from Pedro Gon-
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Island Gourmet closed the night's action with a 5-2
victory over Wash Family Construction. Adam Bujarski
scored four goals to lead Gourmet, which also received a
goal from Tim Tedesco and eight saves from Nate Talucci
in the victory.
Aaron Parkin had a goal and an assist and Ryan
Hogan scored once to lead WFC in the loss.
Hank Huyghe and Dom Livedoti were the only team
to earn a 3-0 pool play record during Oct. 19 horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits and were the day's
Two teams emerged from pool play during Oct. 16
action and met in the finals. Steve Grossman and Adin
Shank rolled to an easy 22-7 victory over Norm Good
and Dom Livedoti to earn bi."-.'iniiw' rights for the day.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and all are welcome.
Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club hosted its annual Oktoberfest golf
tournament Oct. 12. A full deck 52 players partic-
pated in the scramble, followed by a cookout and buffet
of Oktoberfest fare prepared by Chef Scott Langdon.
The team of Pat and Barry Izzard, Mary Selby and
Jim Thorton combined to card a 3-under par 29 to grab
first place. One shot back in second place was the team of
Pam Alvord, Jan Jump, Bob Lang and Ron Vanderman.
The team of Diane Miller, Hoyt Miller and Al Pol-
lack took third following a scorecard playoff to break a
three-way tie for third place.
Helen Pollock won the closest-to-the-pin contest on
the eighth hole, while Dennis Schavey won closest to the
pin on hole three.
The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
match Oct. 15. In honor of Columbus Day, they played a
Red, White and Blue game with players teeing off from
predetermined red, white and blue tees.
Phyllis Roe and Kris Landkammer tied for first place
inFlightAwN ilhi mi.,hliiig 2-under-par30s. Sue Wheeler,
Tootie Wagner and Brenda Solleveld tied for second place
Flight B winner was Joyce Lathrop with a 1-under-
par 31, while Terry Westby and Markie Ksiazek were two
shots, tied for second place.
Roe and Fran Barford each had chipin birdies on the
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Beach to bay, anglers find string of success on the water
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Fall fishing remains consistent throughout our waters,
as large bait schools inhabit the bays and nearshore reefs
in the Gulf of Mexico. These are the days when you can
have your choice of fishing beaches or the backcountry
- and have a successful day.
In the backcountry, snook are migrating to creeks,
rivers and small bays before shacking up for the winter.
Most snook being caught are 20-30 inches, although
bigger fish are being reported. Live baits shiners and
pinfish are top producers.
Redfish are flooding the backcountry flats as they
school up, preparing for their offshore spawn. This is
your chance to tie into an all-time big red. Fish exceed-
ing 40 inches can be found if you're lucky enough to
stumble across a school.
In the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish mackerel, bonito,
jack crevalle and blue runners are corralling bait schools
while fattening up for their migration south. Schoolie
kings are being caught, too, but the bite is sporadic at
Finally, look for cobia lurking around nearshore
structure in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Live
pinfish and shiners are a good bait, although a Berkley
Gulp black eel will work nearly every time.
Capt. Warren Girle is taking advantage of the calm
waters and beautiful weather to do some reef fishing in
the Gulf of Mexico. Starting at depths of 40-45 feet, Girle
putting his clients on limits of mangrove snapper, work-
ing live shiners on the bottom to get fish up to 20 inches.
Along with mangoes, expect to catch gag grouper, both
juvenile and keeper sizes, as well as Key West grunts and
Tom Robinson of Bradenton weighs in a 5-pound floun-
der caught Oct. 8 on a free-lined shiner on a charter
with Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business.
Macks, bonito and jack crevalle are next on Girle's
hit list. For these species, Girle works anywhere from
1 -7 miles from the beach. Mixed in the schools of migra-
tory fish, he's finding black tip, bull, spinner and sandbar
sharks average size 4-5 feet, but bigger fish are out
Moving inshore, Girle is targeting pompano, drifting
deep grass flats with pompano jigs tipped with shrimp.
Boy, it's nice to find pompano again. If you've never
caught one, it's a fish you need to add to your catch list.
The same goes for your menu.
Finally, Girle is putting clients on redfish on lush
grass flats during high tides. Live shiners and pinfish are
good producers. If you're using artificial, Girle suggests
Berkley Gulp shrimp on ajighead. Slot-size and over-slot
reds were the norm this past week.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says macks
are ravaging an endless school of white bait that's taking
refuge around the structure. Along with mackerel, expect
to encounter an abundance of the usual suspects jacks,
ladyfish, blue runners and skip jacks if not more than
macks. Small white crappie jigs and Clark spoons will
hook you up.
You still have time to cash in on the mangrove snap-
per action at the pier if you act quickly. These fish have
been around the pier for a few weeks now, and they get
smarter by the day. A light fluorocarbon leader combined
with a small live bait hook is a great approach to catch
these small fish. A live shrimp or shiner is a good choice
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is targeting
redfish with artificial in Anna Maria Sound and Sara-
sota Bay. Guided by Capt. Mac Gregory, Keyes is hook-
ing into over-slot reds on a number of lures, including
Savage shrimp. Keyes says these lures are fairly new
to the market and they produce a good bite. Other lures
working for Keyes are the LiveTarget sardine and Liv-
eTarget mullet. These baits are offered in topwater or
suspending styles and, Keyes says, they're deadly on
Next, Keyes is breaking out his fly rod to get down
and dirty with the over-slot reds. Patterns that are proven
producers are the EP Ghost Rattle on a pinfish pattern and
the EP Cuda fly.
Another discussion at the tackle shop last week cen-
tered on beach fishing for flounder with white buck tails
tipped with a Gulp strip for scent. With these jigs, you
can expect to catch mackerel, ladyfish, jacks and blue
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catching a large number
of red grouper, and a
few gag grouper, scamp,
lane and mangrove
snapper. McGuire oper-
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Beach Marina. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Capt.
Carlo Beharfrom Texas reeled up a redfish using
white bait in Sarasota Bay on a charter trip with Capt.
runners. Not a bad variety when targeting flounder. At
least until a mackerel cuts your leader off and you lose
Send fishing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sailing squadron offers
boating courses, seminars
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron
will hold a boating education course and seminars at
the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton
The two-part America's Boating Course will take
place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and Saturday,
Nov. 2, with attendance required on both dates to
receive a boating education certificate.
The course fee is $35 per person or $50 per
The course covers boating safety and Florida
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the squadron will
host instruction in chart-reading. The seminar admis-
sion cost is $10.
The same fee is required for a GPS seminar that
will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
For more information, contact Gloria Potter or
Walter Haug at 941-795-0482.
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By Rick Catlin
Island dreams bring
Baltimore couple to
Holmes Beach business
Dreams do come true. Just ask Rebecca and Eric St.
Jean, new owners of Island Mail and More, 3230 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach, in the Anna Maria Centre Shops.
The two have been visiting friends in the area every
winter for the past 10 years, but each year they found it
harder than the last to return to their corporate jobs in
Rebecca St. Jean was a corporate recruiter, while
Eric St. Jean sold dental supplies and equipment.
"We were definitely in the corporate world every
day," Rebecca St. Jean said.
That's the world where men wear business suits and
ties and women wear appropriate business attire, usually
dark colors, she said.
L\ >.i) year after we'd come back from visiting our
friends, we'd talk about how warm it is in winter here, and
how it's like living in paradise," Eric St. Jean said.
They bought a condo on Anna Maria Island a few
years ago, but found leaving it for Baltimore's cold
weather became difficult.
One day several months ago, they decided it was time
to move to Florida and see if they could find a business
to operate together.
After exploring a few opportunities, the couple pur-
chased Island Mail and More from Sue Normand, who
started the shipping, packing, faxing store 10 years ago.
The St. Jeans spent a few weeks learning the busi-
ness from Normand, who still serves the community as
a member of the Holmes Beach Planning Commission
for more than 13 years.
"And there definitely was a lot to learn," Rebecca St.
Jean said. There's a lot more to operating the store than
learning how to ship packages.
"But we've had fun learning and meeting all of Sue's
clients and friends. Everyone is so nice to us. That's one
reason we love it here. Everyone is so friendly. We've
Rebecca and Eric St. Jean purchased Island Mail and
More from Sue Normand Oct. 1 and have been busy
learning the business from Normand. Islander Photo:
found our paradise and it's fantastic," Rebecca St. Jean
Among the benefits of working on Anna Maria
Island is there is no need for suits and ties, Eric St. Jean
"Wonderful," he said.
Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday.
For more information, call 941-778-1911.
plans 'lazy' lunch
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly networking luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Lazy Lobster Restaurant, 5350
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Cost of the luncheon is $25 and reservations are
Raffle prizes will be awarded during lunch and
members are urged to bring a guest or potential new
For more information, call 941-383-2466.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
accepting reservations for its annual installation dinner
set for Monday, Nov. 4.
The banquet, when annual awards are presented and
the board of directors is inducted, will take place 6-10
p.m. at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive,
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The menu choices include roasted sirloin with a
mushroom Marsala demi glaze, Maryland-style crab-
cakes served with a whole-grain mustard buerre blanc
or chicken saltimbocca with a prosciutto, sage and pro-
volone cream sauce.
The cost to attend is $35 and reservations are required
by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.
For more information or reservations, call Deb Wing
on biz card event
The monthly Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce is going to the bank for its October business card
The event is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at
Bank United, 5905 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Cost of the exchange is $5 per person.
Appetizers and refreshments will be served and door
prizes offered. Organizers _'.. ,I members bring a guest
or potential member to the mixer.
Reservations are encouraged but not required.
The chamber's networking luncheon for November
is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Harry's Con-
tinental Kitchen, 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
For more information or to make a reservation for
either event, call 941-778-1541.
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By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
103 49th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,431 sfla / 3,024 sfur
3bed/2'2bath/2car Gulffront pool home built in 1998 on
* a 133xlSO150 lot was sold 09 26/13, Arado
to Macbriz LLC for $2,170,000; list
534 70th St., Holmes Beach, a
3,511 sfla / 5,215 sfur 4bed/4'bath/3car
canalfront pool home built in 2012
Brisson on a 109x119 lot was sold 09/12/13,
Gress to Snouffer for $1,900,000; list
207 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a home and four
adjacent lots was sold 09/20/13, Franklin to Anna Maria
Village LLC for $1,865,000.
611 Baronet Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,774 sfla / 3,441
sfur 4bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2009
on a 100x114 lot was sold 10/01/13, Collins to Rhine for
$1,175,000; list $1,295,000.
6006 Gulf Drive, Unit 201, Playa Encantada, Holmes
Beach, a 2,010 sfla / 2,250 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1980 was sold 09/18/13, S & R Realty
Associates to Petrov for $1,000,000; list $1,000,000.
300 North Shore Drive, Unit A, North Shore Paradise,
Anna Maria, a 1,680 sfla / 1,697 sfur 4bed/2bath condo
with pool built in 1970 was sold 09/20/13, Fish Tales and
Sand Pails LLC to Breteler for $750,000; list $750,000.
210 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,666 sfla / 2,218 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 1976 on a 86x105 lot
was sold 10/02/13, Kaleta to Sunset and Sand Rentals LLC
300 67th St., Unit A, 67th Street Coastal Cottages,
Holmes Beach, a 1,450 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1960 was sold 09/26/13, Welch to Endhardt
for $615,000; list $649,500.
215 PalmAve.,Anna Maria, a 1,040 sfla / 1,323 sfur
3bed/2bath home built in 1972 on a 52x1 10 lot was sold
09/25/13, Jordan to Howard for $540,000; list $594,000.
317 62nd St., Unit B, 62nd Street Coastal Cottages,
Holmes Beach, a 1,600 sfla / 2,400 sfur 4k 1),1 31ll'lcar
condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 10/02/13, Sand-
piper Inn LLC to Metzler for $525,000; list $549,900.
7000 Gulf Drive, Unit 107, Tiffany Place, Holmes
Beach, a 1,259 sfla / 1,395 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1978 was sold 09/30/13, Cini to Weiss
for $500,000; list $529,900.
207 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, vacant lot No. 14
52x112 was sold 09/20/13, Anna Maria Village LLC to
DSB RE Holdings LLC for $500,000.
207 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, vacant lot No. 16
52x112 was sold 09/20/13, Anna Maria Village LLC to
DSB RE Holdings LLC for $500,000.
207 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 52x 112 lot
was sold 09/20/13, Anna Maria Village LLC to Starfish 66
LLC for $500,000.
207 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 52x 112 lot
was sold 09/20/13, Anna Maria Village LLC to Magnolia
Beach Views LLC for $490,000.
231 64th St., Unit 213, Paradise Village, Holmes
Beach, a 1,206 sfla / 2,265 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car attached
townhome with shared pool built in 1998 was sold
09/30/13,231 Paradise Village LLC to Bass for $438,000;
102 68th St., Unit 205, Seaside Beach House, Holmes
Beach, a 1,116 sfla / 1,275 sfur lbed/ bath condo built in
1977 was sold 10/03/13, First Akron Development Cor-
poration to SBH 205 LLC for $406,000.
2113 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,280 sfla / 1,482
sfur 2bed/lIbath home built in 1920 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 09/24/13, Gaw to Carlucci for $405,000.
6005 Gulf Drive, Unit 219, Playa Encantada, Holmes
Beach, a 1,011 sfla / 1,179 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1980 was sold 09/30/13, Weiss to
Home for $379,900.
3311 Gulf Drive, Unit 1, Tropical Sunset, Holmes
Beach, a 1,331 sfla / 1,415 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1989 was sold 09/30/13, Kevitch to
Dalgren for $360,000; list $374,900.
7100 Gulf Drive, Unit 117, Nautilus, Holmes Beach, a
1,081 sfla / 1,185 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1973 was sold 09/16/13, Dever to 7100 Gulf Dr.
117 LLC for $320,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 261, Westbay Pouint & Moor-
ings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 09/20/13,
Thompson to Poff for $300,000.
428 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant SOxI50 lot
was sold 10( 2 13, Handley to Island Savvy Ventures LLC
721 Manatee Ave., Unit 21, Westbay Cove South,
Holmes Beach, a 1,179 sfla /1,567 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 10/01/13, Ereg to
Wold for $267,000.
3601 East Bay Drive, Unit 202, Sandy Pointe, Holmes
Beach, a 1,075 sfla / 1,215 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1986 was sold 09/20/13, Graham to
Cowhig for $225,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Island real estate transactions
203 67th St duplex.
Close to the beach,
new roof and AC.
2/2 and 2/1 with
room for pool.
Perico Island, 3/2 condo.
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COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100,
above-ground pool, ladder, accessories, 15-18
foot, 1 year old, $100. 941-778-3920.
ALUMINUM BOAT: 14-foot, flat bottom, $100.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1620.
LA-Z-BOY RECLINER: Dark brown, $25. Call
941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. West Braden-
Individuals may place one free ad with up to
three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words
or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
online. Email email@example.com, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
THE HIVE: GIFTS & Arts at Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach. Local hand-made unique
jewelry including our very popular Mermaids
Range, Tibetan jewelry and goods, plus Pan-
dora-style charms and various gift items from
around the world. 941-730-1745.
ATTENTION VETERANS AND active military
from Anna Maria Island. Crosspointe Fellow-
ship wants to hear from you in order to wel-
come you to a Nov. 16 patriotic Thanksgiving
event. Call the Rev. Ed Moss at 941-778-0719
to provide your contact information.
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GOING OUT OF business sale. Everything
must go! All vitamins, merchandise 50 per-
cent off. All furnishings, three-tier bulk bins,
hanging scale, two sliding-glass door coolers,
counters, cash register, microwave, commer-
cial coffee grinder, metal and glass shelving,
signage, etc. Vitamin Seas, 3228 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-5015.
WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but
working XBox, Wii units with games for Min-
istry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The
Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers
and The Islander are collecting new or used,
repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle,
buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your
gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry,
ESTATE SALE: 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct.
25.1003 93rd St. NW, Hawthorne Park. Seven
pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage, Francis I
sterling set, Baccarat stemware sets, queen
bed set, Herbie Rose painting, living room
sofa, lamps, orchids and other plants, Cable
Nelson baby grand 1928 piano, bakers rack,
wine rack, area rugs, Florida-style king bed set
and dining table with server, desk chair, pants
press, generator, two patio sets, nice Weber
grill, bed and bath linens and kitchen. Sale by
Julie McClure. Pix: estatesales.net.
ESTATE SALE 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
26. 508 69th St., Holmes Beach. Dining set
with cane-back chairs, carved arm chair, buffet,
limited edition prints, king bed set, queen and
single beds, good books, Judson pottery bowl,
HDTV, nice sofa and living room chairs, rattan
dinette, two patio sets, stereo, lamps, coffee
table, desk, computer, vacuum, silver-plate
coffee and tea set, linens and kitchenware.
Sales by Julie McClure. Pix: estatesales.net.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat-
urday. Donations on Wednesdays, 9 -11 a.m.
Visit our $1 sale racks! 511 Pine Ave., Anna
STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment
sale 20-50% oft, open daily. The centre Shops
on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
Great stuff, rubber boat, dryer, etc. Proceeds
donated to Feeding Children Everywhere and
Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue Inc. 812 N.
Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
HUGE MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 25. Antiques, more. 2410 Ave B, Braden-
MOVING SALE:8 a.m.-noon Saturday and
Sunday, Oct 26-27. Miscellaneous items. 703
north Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
CARPORT SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday, Oct. 24-26. Variety seasonal
and collectible items. 302 66th St., Holmes
FOUND: TWO MATCHING rings, found Colum-
bus Day on beach, near chair by water. Bra-
denton Beach. Claim at The Islander office,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and
kittens!) are looking for great new homes or
fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-
TIKI TIME PET Sitting: Quality in-home pet
care! Leave your fur kids in their own environ-
ment with trusted, loving care! No extra charge
for multiple pets/holidays. Excellent references.
DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage.
Leave your pets with us for fun and pamper-
ing while you're out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819
Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boat-
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long
memories, call 941-518-3868 or see boatflor-
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing-stand on the side without tipping,
go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat
for anyone who wants to get on the water!
Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must
see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
ISLAND LUMBER: FULL/part-time lumber-
yard position, must have valid Florida license,
knowledge of lumber and the ability to lift/
load in excess of 60 pounds, Drug-free work-
place. Apply in person. 213 54th St., Holmes
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-
RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysit-
ter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-
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, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
"Movers Who Core"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY INC.
Primary Doors & Glass Inserts
Custom Prep/Cut Downs
Fiberglass, Aluminum, Steel, Vinyl
*FREE ESTIMATES: Call 941.726.2280
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year
Island resident, references. The Flying Dutch-
man LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior,
carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
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-
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,
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-
SATURDAY SENIOR ASSIST: Caring, reliable.
Sunday by special appointment. Kathie, 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. 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.
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 the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest service,
call William 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.
DOUG'S LAWNCARE: HOLMES Beach. No
contract. For occasional yard work and odd
jobs, call, 570-650-1160.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing
in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes.
Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and
commercial. For all your landscaping needs.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.
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-
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.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows,
lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online? Check it
out at www.islander.org.
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variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
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.
PERICO ISLAND: MONTHLY/seasonal
3BR/3BA, private pool, community pool gym,
tennis. 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.
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-
2BR/1.5BA TOWNHOUSE facing the Gulf, pool,
screen porches, garage. $1,700/month. Mike
Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.
FOR RENT: JANUARY and February, 2014.
Pristine gated community, Perico Bay Club.
2BR/2BA one mile from beach. 201-390-5524
SEASONAL: NOVEMBER-APRIL. 2BR/1BA
fully furnished, washer and dryer. 410 71 st St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-0275.
TEN PERCENT DISCOUNT! Anna Maria
seasonal rental half block from Gulf
beach. 3BR/1BA quaint cottage with all the
modern amenities. Available November,
December, January. www.aposporos.com.
Terry Aposporos, 941-778-8456.
NEWLY REMODELED DUPLEX downstairs
apartment. 1 BR, large bathroom, carport, back
porch and deck. Close to beach. $925/month.
813-361-6611. Bradenton Beach.
65-ISH SEMI-RETIRED couple seeks annual
(seasonal or monthly) rental 2BR/2BA on
beach. Non-smokers, no pets, no kids. Need
by Nov. 10. Great credit and references. Email:
SENIOR WWII VETERAN, reliable, responsible,
very clean, non-smoker, no pets, seeking single
reasonable accommodations for four months,
November through March. No cooking, but
need microwave. Bill, 613-722-1311.
ANNUAL RENTAL: CHARMING 2BR/1 BA villa,
three blocks from beach in Holmes Beach. Call
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426.
Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.
FOR^ REAL ESTATE
N EW CANALFRONT
brand new 3BR/3BA
canalfront pool home.
This beauty was built
with an eye for quality
and enjoyment of true
island living. French doors across the back of the home allow in
natural light and beauty.This rare 2,481 sf home is priced to sell
at $1,000,000. Call Ncole Skaggs Broker. 941-773-3966
GATED COMMUNITY GULFFRONT COMPLEX
Rare buildable lot in exclusive Gulf views from light, bright,
Harbour Landings Estates. updated 2BR/2BA condo. Turn-
$198,000. Call Nicole Skaggs, key furnished, priced to sell at
Broker, 941-773-3966. $264,900. Call Nicole Skaggs,
CANALFRONT POOL HOME CANALFRONT W/POOL
Exceptional buy. Updated 3BR/2BA bungalow. Central
San Remo. $309,900. Call island location. Tons of charm.
Denise Fleese, Realtor, 941- $649,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
504-5211. Broker. 941-773-3966.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
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-
DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and
fixer-uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaFore-
closures.com for a free list of properties avail-
able now. 941-315-1501.
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.
FREE! WHAT EVERY Real estate buyer or seller
needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.
LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA.
$230,500. Over-55 community, no pets,
renovated home, quiet area, double carport,
ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facili-
ties, heated pool, exercise room, tennis,
shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beauti-
ful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton
Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-
FOR SALE: 2BR/2BA Gulffront view, $379,000,
2BR/2BA condo, $239,000, 1 BR/1 BA remod-
eled, $144,900. Call Jen and Mark Bowman,
Keller Williams Realty for your Anna Maria
Real Estate. 941-840-0117. www.Bowman-
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