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Island police blotter.
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By Mark Young
Rumors of the next beach renourishment
project's startup have been floating around the
island for months.
In fact, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring executive director
Suzi Fox was told earlier this year to prepare
to move sea turtle nests during nesting season,
which came May 1 and went Oct. 31.
But rumors were put to rest Dec. 5 when
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources
director Charlie Hunsicker told a full gallery at
the Bradenton Beach City Commission meet-
ing that renourishment will begin Dec. 11.
Islanders can expect to see the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers contractors mobilize heavy
equipment to begin what Hunsicker called a
"sight to see."
The project involves an offshore dredge,
from which sand is pumped to shore in a pipe-
line, and moved and smoothed with heavy
equipment into a beach extending beyond the
By Rick Catlin
Rod & Reel Pier manager Dave Cochran
has a Christmas wish. It's that the restaurant
and bait shop, closed since Sept. 30 due to an
electrical fire, could reopen by Dec. 25 to give
staff and faithful patrons of the 66-year-old
facility at 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria,
some holiday cheer.
But it's a race against time to open for the
holiday, Cochran acknowledged.
Cochran said construction crews have
been working "as fast as possible to get the res-
taurant open," but "every time we tear down an
old wall, we seem to find further damage."
He said he could not predict when the res-
taurant will reopen. "Christmas would be nice,
but I just don't know. We're all working as fast
as we can to reopen."
Cochran said a more likely reopening date
would probably be in early January.
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At the Moose Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach, in June 2012, heavy
surf resulted in a loss of beach as Tropical
Storm Debby churned offshore in the Gulf of
Mexico. Beach sand was sacrificed to Debby
all along the island's Gulf shore. Islander
Photo: Mark Young
Hunsicker said the $16 million project was
made possible by a federal emergency spend-
ing bill passed after damages from Tropical
Storm Debby in June 2012 were assessed.
"We just don't know," he said.
One of the problems with repairs has been
that building codes in Florida have changed
since the facility opened in 1947.
Cochran said all walls, electrical outlets
and lines, support beams and insulation must
meet the new code. The restaurant also has to
provide restrooms for those with disabilities.
The floor plan is not changing, but Cochran
believes that when the restaurant is finished it
will "look like a new structure."
City building official Bob Welch said he
visits the site almost daily and agreed Cochran
and the contractor are working quickly and
according to code.
Cochran said he's in almost daily contact
with one or more of the 30 employees who
have been out of work since the fire.
Some have received assistance from the
All Island Denominations organization of
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About 75 percent of the project will be
funded through the federal spending bill with
Manatee County resort development tax funds
and state funds each paying 12 percent.
"We are the beneficiary of good, white,
fine-grained sand and are the envy of many
places around the world," said Hunsicker,
who noted that the island beaches are the most
important tourist attraction in the county.
Hunsicker explained the natural process
of sand movement in the Gulf of Mexico's
wave action. But storms such as Debby can
have devastating consequences to the natural
development of beaches.
He said it's better to have a beach take the
brunt of a storm rather than a residential or
business district, which can result in the loss
of tax dollars.
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a welcome dud
By Mark Young
A slow hurricane season that produces
well under the predicted number and severity
of storms a dud is cause for celebra-
Even the most experienced Floridians
become smug about hurricane planning when
living in an area lucky enough to avoid major
storm threats or a direct hit for an extended
period of time.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale said therein lies the real danger of con-
cluding a mild hurricane season.
'The worry after a season like this one is
that people will get complacent and we don't
ever want to see that happen," said Speciale.
"While we escaped the serious storms this
year, other parts of the world did not and that
should be a reminder to everyone that it only
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Rod & Reel Christmas wish:
reopen pier Dec. 25
2 0 DEC. 11, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria city pier beach enhanced with LaVista sand
By Rick Catlin
While beaches in the city of Anna Maria are not
included in upcoming beach renourishment project
planned by Manatee County for Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach, the beaches north and south of the city
pier are being renourished.
Anna Maria public works superintendent George
McKay said sand dredged from the Lake LaVista inlet,
about 100 yards north of the city pier, is being pumped
ashore at the city pier and soon will be spread north and
south along the pier beach.
C&M Dredging of Leesburg is the contractor, and
Paul DeMariano of DredgeMonster, supervisor of the
work, said, "We should be finished in a few weeks. With
any luck, we could be done in a week if we don't have
Construction supervisor Paul DeMariano of Dredge-
Monster, left, discusses the Anna Maria City Pier beach
renourishment project with Cody Senn, center, and
Mike Dellefaue of C&M Dredging. Birds are feeding
in the berms formed to hold the dredged sand in place
until placement begins. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
any strong north winds."
That should be just in time for Christmas break, when
many families head to the city pier and enjoy its beaches,
said Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn.
DeMariano said the material would widen the
beach on both sides of the pier to about 70 feet from the
shore the maximum allowed under the city's ongoing
permit from the Florida Department of Environmental
The DEP oversees the dredge of the Lake LaVista
channel to keep it navigable for boaters. The channel is
dredged about every 18 months, funded by a Southwest
Florida Water Management District matching grant of
DeMariano said the 2011 nourishment at the pier
using sand from the Bimini Bay channel that divides
Anna Maria and Holmes Beach was poorly done. He
said he's forming berms on the shore to hold the new
BEACH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Hunsicker said it's proven that a community with a
healthy beach fares better from a storm event than a com-
munity with an unhealthy beach. For that reason alone,
he said, upkeep of the island beaches is vital.
The project is expected to end around mid-February,
at which time a second phase unrelated to the main proj-
ect will take place at Coquina Beach.
The Coquina Beach project is expected to end some-
time in late March or early April.
Also scheduled: the replacement of three erosion-
control groins along Cortez Beach, which is expected to
be completed sometime in early 2015.
In other business, commissioners put the cell tower
proposal on hold.
It was an action item the prior commission tried to
get done before the Nov. 5 election, but was unable to
do so in time and now the cell tower proposal has hit its
first obstacle under the new administration one com-
missioner publicly opposed the cell tower as a citizen.
City attorney Ricinda Perry brought forward an
easement request needed by Verizon to run underground
sand in place, and compacting it with water from Tampa
Bay before spreading it along the beach. The process
will keep the sand on the beach longer than the previous
effort, he said.
McKay said the north-south drift of sand by the pier
has reduced the width of the beach from about 160 feet
almost three years ago to about 25-35 feet. The beach
extends southward from the inlet for about 700 feet,
where it meets residential property.
When the beach was widened in early 2011, it
extended into Tampa Bay about 160 feet. On inspec-
tion, DEP investigators told the city the permit it was
only allowed to extend the beach 100 feet.
McKay, however, claimed the littoral flow of sand
would soon diminish the width of the beach.
The DEP was prepared to fine the city for going
beyond the permitted width but, within a few months,
the beach was reduced to about 80-100 feet.
cable to the proposed cell tower site at the end of Church
Avenue and next to the public works building where a
land-lease agreement has been authorized by the prior
Commissioner Janie Robertson previously opposed
the location and the idea of the city giving up public
property for a private venture.
Perry said the 10-foot easement was necessary for
the cell tower to function, but Verizon submitted only a
text description of the easement.
Robertson said at the meeting that the description
was too difficult to comprehend and that it appeared to
add up to a lot more than 10 feet.
Perry agreed, saying it is typical for a sketch to be
included in an easement description, but Verizon did not
"It looks like our new parking lot is being leased
away," said Robertson. "I don't know if I want to do
that." She said her understanding is that "we can't do
anmi inilg with our property because there is some under-
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ground wiring there."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and Vice Mayor Ed
Straight remain on the commission and support the cell
tower proposal and location.
"I don't see any other choice," said Straight. "We
have to have a cell tower."
Robertson said the location ties the city's hands for
decades and said the city couldn't even plant a tree in the
easement if it wants.
"I think the whole thing needs to be rethought," she
Vosburgh suggested an expert be brought in to explain
the easement to Robertson and Mayor Bill Shearon asked
Perry if the matter is time sensitive.
Perry said it was not and suggested a presentation,
including a sketch of the easement, from Verizon would
be a good idea.
Commissioner Jack Clarke moved to table the Veri-
zon easement until a later date, which was seconded by
Straight and unanimously approved.
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Anna Maria Island churches, as well as the Roser Church
A number of Anna Maria businesses have been help-
ing All Island Denominations raise money for the pier
Joan Carter of J&J Graphics, 9701 Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria, has raised more than $11,000 for All Island
Denominations through the sale of T-shirts she makes
that say, "Established in 1947, got smoked in 2013." The
shirts take a fun poke at a menu of "charred" foods.
Carter said she donated the first 100 shirts. For the
subsequent printings, she retained only the actual $2.25
cost for the T-shirts and her employees labor from the
$20 sales price.
'The support has been incredible. Local residents and
visitors seem to want a T-shirt to help the pier staff," she
Cornelia Zanetti, president of All Island Denomina-
tions, said the outpouring of aid has been terrific.
"We've gotten donations from almost everywhere
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ers this season, including the staff at the Rod & Reel
Pier, call 941-778-7771. AID offers help to people
in need, often giving rent and utility bill assistance
and directions for more aid, including help from the
Roser Church Food Pantry.
J&J Graphics Screen Printing, 9701 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, is donating to AID its proceeds minus
costs for Rod & Reel T-shirt sales. The T-shirts -
with puns intended sell for $20.
For more information, call 941-778-6541.
around the world, including Germany and Scotland," she
Many of the pier employees are getting assistance for
living expenses, such as utility bills, rent and medicine,
"We're happy to help as much as we can and the
community support has been outstanding," Zanetti
AID members include Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran, St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, CrossPointe Fellowship, Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation and Harvey Memorial Community
Cochran said it would make a great Christmas pres-
ent for the staff if they could be back to work Dec. 25,
but acknowledged that it's just his Christmas wish.
The Rod & Reel Pier is owned by Mario Schoen-
felder of Berlin, Germany. His company also leases the
Anna Maria City Pier, where it operates the City Pier
SEFO I-TAS ATAICCKAL
4 E DEC. 11, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
BAM: BB kicks off overhaul plan to fire administrative staff
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon began his new
policy of holding a work session prior to city meetings
with a bang as the city began to overhaul its administra-
A plan put forth by Commissioner Jack Clarke and
supported by the majority of the commission will essen-
tially terminate every staff position at city hall, but allow
current employees to reapply for their positions in an
attempt to create a more structured environment.
At the Dec. 5 work session, Shearon indicated the
departure of former city clerk Nora Idso is an opportunity
to restructure the administrative staff.
Idso left her position for undisclosed reasons, but it
appeared to be related to medical issues, according to her
resignation agreement. She accepted the agreement terms
in November to receive her full salary through April and
keep her insurance through July.
"Nora has been our city clerk for a long time and she
wore many hats," said Shearon. "She was city clerk, city
treasurer and the department head for the building and
Karen Cervetto has been named "acting city clerk."
Shearon said the city has been cautioned by its audi-
tors for years to separate the city clerk and treasurer duties
between two people. Shearon said the Florida League of
Cities recommends that a municipality split the clerk and
"Right now, we don't have a city clerk or a city trea-
surer," said Shearon, who told commissioners he is seek-
ing direction in filling the positions. He said the planning
department head can be addressed later.
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The 2013 season June 1-Nov. 30 was expected
to be a higher than average storm season and kicked off
with Tropical Storm Andrea, which brushed Anna Maria
Island with outer storm bands almost a year to the day of
when Tropical Storm Debby did the same.
Debby's affects were more severe than Andrea for
islanders, sea turtles and shorebirds, although Andrea did
claim a couple of sea turtle nests and caused half of the
Bradenton Beach Historic Street Pier to be closed.
Fortunately, that was the extent of the 2013 season
that is only the third below average hurricane season in
the past two decades, according to the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.
The season ended Nov. 30 with only two hurricanes
compared to the average of six. It is the fewest number
of hurricanes since 1982.
Neither hurricane became a major storm, which is
defined to be a Category 3 or higher, and the average
hurricane season produces three major storms.
Experts cite several reasons for the slow season,
including colder water edging southeastward in the Atlan-
tic Ocean, above normal wind shear across the Gulf of
Mexico and higher concentrations of dust being blown
off the African continent.
Andrea was the only storm to make a U.S. landfall. It
produced heavy rains and wind in the Florida panhandle
and is blamed for at least one death.
Predictions for the 2013 season were for 18 total
storms, nine hurricanes and six major storms, a far cry
from 2012, which tied with 2010, 1995 and 1887 as the
third most active season since record keeping began in
As for the 2014 hurricane season that will begin
June 1, predictions aren't expected until late spring.
The "Farmer's Almanac" indicates a mild storm season
following a harsh winter another almanac prediction
for the coming winter months.
"A lot of our policies and procedures are in dire need
of updating and redoing," said Shearon. 13, thought
is that we need to hire these people and basically start
That brought Clarke forward to lay out his plan for
13, long-term plan is to eliminate every adminis-
tration position and re-establish the positions of clerk,
deputy clerk and every current employee for those posi-
tions," said Clarke.
Only Vice Mayor Ed Straight questioned the idea of
terminating employees and having them reapply for their
And the winners are...
The Dec. 6 Holiday Open House in Holmes Beach included a
drawing sponsored by The Islander, with entries submitted at
various participating merchants. The prizes were all donated
by Holmes Beach merchants, including the wheel barrel from
Home True Value Hardware that holds the bevy of prizes.
And the winners are: Dale Romesbury, Kit Redeker and
Peyton Hovda ... in no particular order. First to arrive at
The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive, gets the first prize.
Please, consider that handwriting on entry forms is difficult
to read and the winner's names may be misspelled.
Special thanks to Toni Lyon for organizing the prize drawing.
Anna Maria City
Dec. 12, 6 p.m., special meeting.
Jan. 7, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
Jan. 9, 6 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 23, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Dec. 11, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
Dec. 17, 9 a.m., department heads.
Jan. 2, 1 p.m., pier team.
Jan. 2, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
Jan. 2, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 6,3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
Jan. 16, 12 p.m., pier team.
Jan. 16, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Dec. 11, 11 a.m., charter review.
Dec. 12, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 16, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 21, 11 a.m., city center.
Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m., police retirement.
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 30, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
Dec. 17, 9 a.m., county commission.
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"I don't know about that," he said.
Commissioner Janie Robertson said she liked the
idea of starting from scratch.
"We totally need to readjust the Iie.' and talent in
that office," she said, while noting it's an opportunity for
the existing employees to showcase their strengths.
Perry said before the city moves forward with a plan
to restructure city hall, she needed a consensus that the
city would create separate positions for city clerk and
treasurer, which she received, including authorization to
spend up to $1,000 to advertise the job openings.
Perry then focused on the restructuring aspect and
suggested keeping the same employee titles, but creat-
ing new responsibilities for each employee. She said she
would need a consensus to proceed.
However, Straight said he wasn't comfortable with
the making existing employees reapply for their jobs.
"But it's obvious I'm outnumbered here," he said.
The final question to be answered is the chain of
command at city hall under the mayor. The city clerk
has typically been second in command. Perry asked if it
would be the city clerk or treasurer who would be con-
sidered the administrative department head.
Clarke said for his plan, the clerk and treasurer would
each be department heads of their supporting staff.
Officials acknowledged that funding for two posi-
tions is not budgeted, but Shearon said the city is going to
have to "bite the bullet on this one" to come into compli-
ance with its charter.
Jan. 7, 9 a.m., county commission.
Jan. 9, 9 a.m., county commission land use.
Jan. 23, 9 a.m., county commission land use, Long
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
Dec. 12, 6 p.m., policy manual update workshop.
Jan. 16, 6 p.m., commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
Dec. 16,9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization, Holiday Inn, 8009 15th St. E.,
Dec. 18,3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, Longboat Key Town Hall.
Dec. 25, Christmas. Most government offices will
be closed Dec. 24-25.
Jan. 1, New Year's Day. Most government offices
will be closed.
Jan. 7, 4 p.m., Manatee Council of Governments,
Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Pal-
Jan. 15,3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Jan. 22, 2 p.m.. Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most govern-
ment offices will be closed.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 11, 2013 U 5
Anna Maria rejects its own site plan for city pier park
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners Dec. 5 rejected by a 3-2
vote a site plan for a park on the vacant lots at the east
end of Pine Avenue. The city purchased the property in
The site plan was rejected based on opposition to 15
spaces for parking.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb and Commission-
ers Carol Carter and Nancy Yetter voted against the site
plan. Commissioners Doug Copeland and Dale Woodland
voted for the plan.
At a June 27 meeting, a prior commission voted 3-1,
with Webb absent, to proceed with a plan for the park
drawn by then-Commissioner Gene Aubry.
That plan included parking and restrooms. But the
circumstances of the Dec. 5 hearing were unusual, said
city attorney Jim Dye. The city is both the applicant and
the reviewing body. As such, the commission can "change
the policy" in the site plan, he said.
The attorney also said site plan approval is supposed
to be based upon the plan's evidence that it complies with
Dye said, "If the application meets the code, the city
has a duty to approve the plan."
He added that "typically, the whole thing is a live
animal. You can change it as long as you believe you
fully understand what the changes mean."
Opposition to the plan focused on the 15 parking
Webb also was opposed to the donations by Rex
Hagen and Pine Avenue Restoration LLC because, he
claimed, they tie the city to certain conditions at the park
- the parking spaces and public restrooms.
To say discussion of parking at the park was conten-
tious would be an understatement.
Copeland asked why the commissioners against
parking are "paranoid" about a few more parking spaces
for the many visitors who come to the city pier.
"We have the No. 1 tourist attraction in Manatee
County," he said, but the commission appears to be
against any accommodations for visitors.
Copeland said he was a member of the planning and
zoning board in the 1990s, when the Bayview Plaza site
plan was approved. The plaza is across the street from the
proposed park on the southeast corner of Pine Avenue.
A condition then was that the lot on Pine Avenue
directly across from the plaza would be set aside for park-
ing at the post office, Copeland said.
"Somehow, that condition never got recorded," he
said, noting that Dye was not the city attorney at that
PAR principal Mike Coleman, who had pledged to
pay over a four-year period for the park, said he's never
been so "disgusted as now" with the city commission.
"You are reneging on a vote" that allowed Mayor
SueLynn and the city to proceed with preparing the park
using funds donated by Hagen, said Coleman, who also
serves on the city's planning board.
Furthermore, he said, "No one is talking about sub-
stantial competent evidence, which is supposed to be the
purpose of a site-plan hearing."
Coleman said Hagen, who did not attend the meet-
ing, pledged $50,000 based upon Aubry's drawing of the
park presented at the June 27 commission meeting. That
plan was approved, including 15 spaces for parking and
Coleman said without parking, only a few people
would use the park.
Aubry also was upset with the commission vote.
"This goes back to when I was on the commission.
We went through many discussions about what should
go on the lots. I ended up drawing the plans for the city.
I've got $150,000 worth of drawings for the city on my
books, all donated. I've never complained until now."
He said the commission that approved the parking in
June agreed that "common sense" was needed for some
additional parking near the pier.
But Webb was not particularly interested in what the
commission approved in June while he was absent.
"Nothing is engraved in stone," he said. A new com-
mission took office in November, with Carter replacing
Aubry on the dais. "Things change," Webb added.
Dye suggested commissioners discuss with Hagen
and PAR how eliminating parking would affect the dona-
Commissioners voted 3-2 to have SueLynn approach
the donors and determine how eliminating parking at the
park would affect their contributions.
Coleman gave an immediate answer for PAR.
"This is out of order, but I want to thank you for
saving us $100,000. You don't want the money and we
don't have to give it. I'm done," he said. He then left the
Aubry said the commission should be ashamed for
its treatment of donors.
"I'm done drawing plans for the city. Goodbye," he
said, following Coleman out the door.
Copeland also was chagrined by the commission
vote. "For the record, I'm almost as disgusted as Mr.
Coleman. I think the city is acting in terribly bad faith."
Several members of the public also spoke against the
commission decision to reject the Aubry plan.
Hagen, in an interview with The Islander after the
meeting, said he would consider his options.
"It would appear to me the city has broken the con-
tract we had, but I am going to examine what I should
do before making any hasty decision," he said.
Hagen added that, from the vote and what he heard
about the meeting, it appears certain that some city com-
missioners are against tourists.
Mayor SueLynn said the city used Hagen's donation
to buy and plant trees and construct an irrigation system.
PAR paid for the well that feeds the irrigation system. If
the city proceeds with a revised site plan but no dona-
tions, it will have to spend its own money to complete
Coleman indicated he would request a refund.
SueLynn said she would meet ithI lla't ni as soon as
possible and hopefully have a report for commissioners
at their Dec. 12 meeting.
Until the commission approves a site plan, the future
of the park is in limbo, the mayor said.
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Islanders surely do not need to wait for Dec. 24 for
the faint jingle of reindeer harnesses or the "Ho, Ho,
Ho" of old St. Nicholas.
Santa came to town Anna Maria Island early
to hear the wishes of children small and tall, excited and
subdued, bold and bashful.
At the Holmes Beach Downtown Holiday Open
House, Santa came in a grand sleigh % ilhi ligluicd golden
reindeer and presents mounted on the front. The snow
was flurrying at The Feast, courtesy of The Islander
newspaper, and the Anna Maria Island Privateers were
on hand to rally the kids and celebrate with the adults.
One young girl was so excited to see Santa as he
walked across the parking lot to his sleigh from the
restaurant, she ran to him squealing, and he lifted her up
and there could be no doubt she believed. She squealed
again with joy on realizing her enthusiasm had knocked
off Santa's red cap. Yes, there is a Virginia.
The children sat in the sleigh. They told Santa
their wishes one not so sure young boy stayed in his
mother's arms and only whispered in Santa's ear. He
was fearful and brave at the same time, not wanting to
take his chances but wanting to share his wishes.
Maybe reading this you remember those times as
a young child when you went with your family to a
department store to visit Santa.
I recall it was stressful. There was a long wait in
line in winter coats and gear, and the stores were con-
veniently (too) warm. The photographer was rushing.
My mom was eager to get a good picture for grand-
parents and such, and nothing of the kind was going to
It wasn't for me a question of believing, but escap-
ing the reality of unruly, squirming, screaming, crying,
wild children my younger siblings.
Who was this hairy fat guy that wanted us to sit on
his knee for a photo? Why were the other kids afraid,
scared and angry? Why were we telling this man what
we want for Christmas gifts, when it's our grandmother
and parents who really deliver?
For me, there was reality. But for many, I've
learned, there's a wonderment, a surprise, a belief. Santa
really flies around the Earth in a sleigh pulled by eight
tiny reindeer and alights on the roof to slide down the
chimney with gifts for all.
He really knows if we've been naughty or nice.
And he really comes to Anna Maria Island.
So let's fill some wishes. Check out our Wish Book
online at www.islander.org, or help a family in need.
It's our wish for Christmas.
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Here's a twist. A newspaper is complaining that city
officials are telling them what is going on at city hall.
Normally, people complain that no government
official tells them anything. What is the problem?
The mayor, several city commissioners and city
staff sent a year-end report informing the residents of
this city. It addressed drainage problems, street resur-
facing, budget, code enforcement and so much more.
It informed us as to what has been done and what is
Why is this newspaper upset? Cost? Well, unless
you come to every meeting and work session, they had
to send a report to let everyone know what is going
The mayor works 40-plus hours each week at his
job. He attends many meetings in other cities, bringing
much needed cooperation between the island communi-
ties. He works on and with many committees to improve
and solve problems that his administration inherited.
Perhaps the newspaper should have asked more
residents what they thought of the report. Those the
newspaper chose to interview seemed contrived. The
mayor promised in his campaign for office to let the
people of Holmes Beach know that is happening at city
hall, and he kept his promise.
Carol Soustek, Holmes Beach
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Sand is piled high along
the shore at the Anna
Maria City Pier, the
result of maintenance
dredging at the Lake
LaVista inlet just north
of the pier in Tampa Bay.
The sand will soon be
smoothed out, creating a
wide beach on both
sides of the pier.
By Jennifer Glenfield
Anna Maria Elementary School principal Dave
Marshall was walking on air last week.
AME did great on performance testing.
He received new performance scores Dec. 4 from
the state, and the school did very well, and the scores
included a congratulatory note from Florida Gov. Rick
Scott, adding to Marshall's pride.
AME's scores are listed in comparison with ele-
mentary schools statewide, and Scott circled AME's
exceptional areas and wrote "Great job!" in blue ink
at the top.
AME ranked 40th out of 1,780 elementary schools
statewide in reading and 63rd in math.
The school also ranked high in improved perfor-
mance scales. The improved performance numbers
reflect this year's placement in reading and math com-
pared to last year's placement. The percentage differ-
ence between the two years is the school's improved
Compared to the 1,759 elementary schools ranked
statewide, AME scored 59th in improved reading and
55th in improved math.
"We have more volunteers than most schools in
our district, and that contributes a lot," said Marshall.
"Our dedicated teachers, PTO, office staff, lunchroom
crew, everyone here worked together to make our
AME also was awarded a Gold Seal for its vol-
"Our volunteers build great relationships with stu-
dents. Everyone benefits from this tremendous sup-
port. Thank you again for all that you do for our little
school by the bay," Marshall wrote in a statement to
parents and staff.
from Gov. Rick
Scott to principal
with a personalized
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Headlines from Dec. 10, 2003
Anna Maria Commissioner Duke Miller called on
commissioners to pass an ordinance banning shark fish-
ing along the city's beaches after he received complaints
from Spruce Street residents. Miller said the use of mul-
tiple baited lines by some anglers "stimulates sharks to
congregate near the shore." He asked city attorney Jim
Dye to research state law on shark fishing.
Former Bradenton Beach city attorney Alan
Prather, who was fired by the new commission Nov.
20, wrote the city that he and his firm would not be
finalizing any pending matters with the city. He said
the commission should hire a new attorney as soon as
possible. Commissioners agreed to retain Chuck Webb
as interim city attorney to coordinate the transition of
documents from Prather's office to the city. Webb cur-
rently is a city commissioner in Anna Maria.
Holmes Beach police said they were looking for
a male island resident as a suspect in a series of local
burglaries. The police announcement said the man was
a suspect in resort burglaries in the region from
Anna Maria Island to Siesta Key. The suspect also had
a number of outstanding warrants from other Florida
counties, police said.
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Dec. 6 65 84 0
Dec. 7 64 82 0
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8 E DEC. 11, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
BB city officials anxious to get pier renovation underway
By Mark Young
Murphy's Law of if it can go wrong, it probably will,
has been the rule when it comes to renovating the Bra-
denton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The project was slated to begin prior to the June 2012
arrival of Tropical Storm Debby, but storm damage and
other delays pushed the project back to 2013.
Shortly after the city managed to get the pier open
while plans for renovations continued, Tropical Storm
Andrea arrived almost a year after Debby and once again
pushed boats from a nearby anchoring point in Sarasota
Bay into the pier causing its current shutdown.
The city opted to keep half of the pier closed while
moving forward with renovation plans that were sched-
uled to be completed in August, according to a timeline
provided by ZNS Engineering.
More delays occurred while the city fretted over
rising construction costs, but those delays turned out to be
a blessing in disguise when former Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy brokered a deal with the Manatee County Tourism
Development Council to match the city's funding dollar
for dollar up to $1 million.
Without the worry of cutting corners, city officials
are excited to move forward with renovation plans that
will not only restore the pier to its original design, but
improve it by upgrading to better materials such as com-
posite to replace wood decking.
While the TDC has signed off on the deal, the TDC
is a recommending board to the Manatee County Board
of Commissioners, which has not yet approved the part-
nership, or to date, scheduled the funding agreement as
an agenda item.
AM advises residents of
code enforcement action
Anna Maria code enforcement officer Gerry
Rathvon is advising city residents that she and code
enforcement officer Diane Zacca are actively looking
for violations of the city's sign, house number and
trash bin ordinances.
Rathvon said if a violation is found during their
patrols, a notice to correct any problems would be
provided to the resident of the location. She said she
and Zacca will attempt to have the resident rectify the
problem without further notice.
She said a notice to correct is not the same as
issuing someone a code citation, which calls for a fine
and/or an appearance before the special magistrate.
Anyone with questions about the ordinances can
call Rathvon or Zacca at 941-708-6130 or visit Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Visitors to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street
Pier on Sarasota Bay Dec. 5 sit on a pier bench. With
the possibility of more fundingfor pier renovations,
city officials hope to upgrade the benches as well.
Islander Photo: Mark Young
The delay has city officials in a quandary as they
move forward with a request for proposal to begin receiv-
ing bids, but don't yet have the official seal of approval
from the county guaranteeing the TDC funding.
At a Dec. 5 city pier meeting, building official Steve
Gilbert said discussions with ZNS are ongoing in how
to best streamline the bid specifications, but wasn't sure
how to proceed given funding uncertainty.
Which options to include in the RFP is "a decision
the team needs to make," said Gilbert. "If the county
doesn't approve the funding and we put these into the
bid, we will have to pay for it if the county says 'No.'"
The city wants to move forward under the assump-
tion the county is on board, and besides upgrading materi-
als, wants to include solar lighting, replace wood benches
with composite benches and run waterlines for proposed
fish cleaning stations.
Officials went back and forth in how to move for-
ward. Commissioner Jack Clarke suggested the best way
is to include c \ i il thing in the RFP because it would be
easier to remove items rather than attempting to add
Gilbert said he didn't believe it would be a proper
bid process if the city awarded a bid based on it \ i il i1
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Gilbert suggested the pier team go with his original
plan of putting out a bid with options. Option one would
include the material upgrade, option two would include
extending the composite decking to include the clock
tower boardwalk, option three would include benches
and tables, etc.
"We put in the options and let them bid on them," said
Gilbert. "So we know what their bid prices are going to be
up front. It would be one bid for the pier rebuild and here's
the extra options that would be bid for lump sums."
Mayor Bill Shearon agreed that the RFP should
include ( \ u.1i\ hing the city wants, but cautioned about
asking for too much.
"If we are going to do this project, we need to do it
right," said Shearon. "If we can't do it right, then I have
some concerns. If I can go to the county with a full bid
package, then everyone is on the same page and there are
no surprises. If all of a sudden we have extra, then we
open up a can of worms with the county and with the
Shearon said it's important to remember that it's tax
dollars with which the city is working.
"We can't be lavish," he said. "We have to be con-
servative or we lose the whole thing."
Ultimately, officials agreed to include the lights,
benches, upgrades and extension of the renovations into
the bid, but as separate options. The primary RFP would
address the pier rebuild.
With some of the details ironed out, city officials
were ready to discuss a timeline to have an RFP out, but
no one has been assigned to write the RFP.
City officials had discussed having city attorney
Ricinda Perry write the RFP, but Shearon said it should
be an engineering expert who writes it.
Shearon suggested asking ZNS to write the RFP and
the pier team gave a consensus to authorize Shearon to
use his authority to expend funds to have it done.
Under the city charter, the mayor has authority to
spend up to $2,000 on emergency items without city com-
mission approval. Gilbert said he didn't believe the cost
to write an RFP would exceed that amount.
Gilbert said a bid package could be prepared within
two weeks, but could not speculate on a timetable until
the RFP is written.
Special said it's time to get the project done.
"We keep talking about how we are going to do this,"
he said. "We just need to get this going."
At the pier team's November meeting, Shearon said
he would have a better idea of where the county stood
on the funding after meeting with county officials.
The mayor had those meetings and said everybody
appears to be on board.
"But we are back to the same concern," he said. "We
have to have the ink on the paper. The bottom line is we
have adequate funds to do the primary project."
He said the city obviously wants the added security
of TDC funding that will ensure the project's success and
upgrades, but that "We need to be frugal and remember
we are working with tax dollars."
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BB pier bait shop, concession ready to open for holiday party
By Mark Young
Just in time for the Christmas on Bridge Street and
the annual lighted boat parade, Bradenton Beach Historic
Bridge Street Pier concessionaire Roland Pena said two
of his three businesses will be opening their doors.
Pena plans to host a celebration.
Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier conces-
sionaire Roland Pena, center, and Tammy Kemper-
Pena, right, discuss kitchen remodeling at the pier's
Cast N Cage restaurant. Islander Photo: Mark Young
The Rusty Anchor bait shop in the old harbor mas-
ter's office and the Pelican Perch Cafe, being set up in the
old bait kiosk will be ready to partake in the Christmas
activities Dec. 14. Meanwhile, Pena said his Cast N Cage
restaurant opening might be delayed from an estimated
opening of Jan. 15 to Feb. 1.
Pena, at the Dec. 5 pier team meeting, said the
fire suppression system is not working properly due to
damage to an electrical box in the kitchen. The discovery
was made during the fire marshal's initial inspection, he
He said one of the exhaust fans also is damaged and
newly purchased kitchen equipment can't be installed
until those issues are addressed.
Police Chief Sam Speciale, who facilitates the pier
team, said the hood system is the city's responsibility and
those issues would be resolved as soon as possible.
Pena said he is pushing his grand opening plans back
two weeks "just in case."
He said he is still hoping to open by mid-January, but
wasn't sure how long the repairs would take and wanted
to notify the city ahead of time of pushing the date back
if it is needed.
Pena said the fire marshal determined the restaurant
could sit 70 people indoors and another 60 in the outdoor
dining area. He also said the fire marshal would not object
to the restaurant putting seven two-person tables on the
south side of the building along the pier to add another
Special said that would have to be an official request
through the pier team and brought to the city commission
After the meeting, Pena said he wasn't sure what time
on Dec. 14 the bait shop would open its doors, but once
it does, it will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a
Public works director Tom Woodard said it was good
news for the city because it would mean Pena's staff
would be at the pier during times the city has had vandal-
ism issues with the pier's restrooms.
Pena said he has agreed to keep the restroom keys
with staff manning the bait shop at night and would hand
out the keys as needed under the condition they be imme-
diately returned to the bait shop.
Rusty Anchor operator Rusty Roberts said the bait
pump is working and the pipes drawing saltwater into the
bait tank have been replaced.
He said fresh bait will be available for sale and fish-
ing poles will be for rent. He said he hopes to eventually
sell fishing poles.
The Pelican Perch Cafe is a mini version of the Cast
N Cage restaurant with a smaller menu designed for con-
venience. Pena said items such as Cuban sandwiches,
popcorn, hot dogs, and a juice bar will be available 9
a.m.-9 p.m. for those people who aren't looking for a
full meal, but might want something to eat while getting
a line in the water.
The city is updating its security at all three pier busi-
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Seasonal cheer comes to Anna Maria's main streets
- Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard- Friday,
Dec. 13, with the annual Holiday of Treasures.
The celebration will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m., with
galleries, restaurants, retailers, offices, churches and non-
profits hosting open houses.
At stops, people will find refreshments, gift items,
music and holiday decorations.
The Roser Memorial Community Church Children's
Choir and Bell Ringers will perform at 6 p.m. at the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave.
The event provides AMIHS a showcase for holiday deco-
rations on the grounds.
Also, Santa Claus will visit with celebrants amid
"snow flurries" at the Sun Plaza, 9801 Gulf Drive.
Holiday of Treasure walkers will be encouraged to
vote for their favorite decorations and, at participating
businesses, collect a "bingo" card for stamps from each
open house for entry into a raffle for a "Celebrate Anna
Maria Style" T-shirt.
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will be providing hayrides to the commercial dis-
trict, as well as parking for treasure-seekers.
The church also will offer hot chocolate, cookies,
coffee and music beginning at 5 p.m.
For more information, call Kandi Kerekes at 941-
779-0709 or Valerie Wilson at 941-779-0785.
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orches-
tra is tuning up for the new season of concerts at Cros-
sPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The lineup includes:
2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, a holiday concert featuring
George Frideric Handel's Christmas portion of "Messiah"
and a performance by the winner of AMICCO's youth
competition. Raine Sagramsingh, who plays the trumpet,
will perform on Haydn's "Concerto in E-flat."
N Niiimig this competition is one of the highlights
of my musical career," she said. "I am so honored that
I was selected from such a talented group of musicians
to perform with the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus
and Orchestra. This concert is something that I have been
looking forward to for months and is definitely one you
won't want to miss."
2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, Bach and Vivaldi con-
Winterfest set for Dec. 14-15
The Anna Maria Island Art League will present its
annual Winterfest Dec. 14-15 at Holmes Beach city field,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The festival a juried art show that benefits the
league's educational programs is 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
both Saturday and Sunday.
A similar event, Springfest, will take place March
Winterfest admission and parking are free.
Festivalgoers will find local, regional and national
artists who work in a variety of mediums.
The festival also features live music and local food
favorites smoked mullet, fried green tomatoes, kettle
corn, barbecue, fish tacos and more.
Another tradition at Winterfest is the Young at
Art exhibition, featuring the work of Manatee County
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
Senior Adventures hosts chef
The Senior Adventures group will host "Cooking
with Chef Craig Chasky," a learning and dining experi-
ence, Saturday, Dec. 14.
The program will begin at 11 a.m. at the Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Craig Chasky, a chef and nutritional counselor, will
lead a class in preparing turkey Parmesan, pasta, salad,
garlic bread and dessert.
Afterward, students will become diners.
The fee for the event, which is open to the public, is
For more information, call Pat Gentry at 941-962-
At a past Holiday of T measures, the Roser Memorial
Community Church Children's Choir performs. This
year's event is Dec. 13. Islander File Photo
2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, Opera on Anna Maria
Island, featuring a concert of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Tra-
2 p.m., Sunday, March 23, Mozart and Haydn con-
AMICCO also will hold several benefits in 2013-14,
An AMICCO benefit by Island Players of "Over
the River and through the Woods" at the theater, 10009,
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Jazz Fest with the Gulf Drive Band and Koko Ray
at the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.
Oldies Beach Dance with the Gulf Drive Band and
Koko Ray at the Sandbar at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6,
For more information, call Jeanie Pickwick at 941-
Winterfest will take place Dec. 14-15 at city field, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo
Duffy's holds holiday
Duffy's Tavern in Holmes Beach is inviting
people to stop in 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
14, to drop off a pair of slacks or shoes or a jacket
And maybe have a cheeseburger all-the-way.
Duffy's, 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
will be hosting a holiday clothing drive for the
Women's Resource Center of Manatee and HOPE
The business is collecting donations for WRC's
Career Closet and Unique Boutique and for HOPE,
which needs children's clothing.
Donors will receive a Duffy Buck toward a cold
beverage or a burger.
For more information, call the Women's
Resource Center at 941-747-6797.
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with holiday cheer during their annual Christmas cel-
ebration, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 14.
The date was changed from Dec. 21.
Christmas on Bridge Street taking place mostly
on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, but also at some
locations on Gulf Drive will be from 3-10 p.m.
Plans for Christmas on Bridge Street include "snow
fall" and visits with Santa Claus, raffles for gift baskets
and holiday wreaths, a children's gift bazaar, caroling and
other music performances.
Earlier, beginning at 10 a.m., Bridge Street visitors
will find special sales at retailers and special offers at
The Bridge Street celebration also features craft-
making and cookie decorating for children, a holiday
AGAMI issues call to artists
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island is seek-
ing artists to participate in its fifth annual all-media
juried art show.
"Reflections" will be held at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, in Janu-
ary, with a public reception set for 5-7 p.m. Thurs-
day, Jan. 9.
Entries for the exhibit will be received 10 a.m.-2
p.m. at the Studio Friday, Jan. 3. The fee is $15 per
AGAMI will award $1,300 in prizes for the
show, which will run Jan. 3-28.
For more information, call Lynne or Phil Jensen
Opera Guild hosts Sarasota
The Bradenton Opera Guild will host Sarasota Opera
apprentice and studio artists performing arias and songs
at IMG Country Club Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The performance at 11 a.m. follows a 10 a.m. coffee
and a 10:30 a.m. meeting at the club, 4350 El Conquis-
tador Parkway, Bradenton.
The event is free to attend and no reservations are
For more information, call Richard DeGennaro at
Island Democrats to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for lunch and a program on the Affordable Care Act on
Monday, Dec. 16.
The luncheon will begin at noon at the Mannatees
Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Lunch is $15 for members and $17 for guests.
The speaker will be Suzanne Dickie of the Florida
League of Women Voters.
For more information call, William McGrath at 941-
bazaar and a special Bridge Street Market.
And, at 7 p.m., the ninth annual Holiday Lighted
Boat Parade organized by the Cortez Yacht Club will take
place in the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats will travel from
Moore's Stone Crab and Mar Vista restaurants on Long-
boat Key to the Seafood Shack Marina Grill in Cortez,
passing by the Historic Bridge Street Pier and through
the Cortez Bridge.
BSM, which is a nonprofit, encourages Christmas on
Bridge Street celebrants to bring donations for the food
bank, pet shelters and contributions to the Toys for Tots
For more information, contact Melissa Enders at 215-
906-0668 or email@example.com. Information
also can be found online at www.bridgestreetmerchants.
Cortez Yacht Club plans
holiday boat parade
The Cortez Yacht Club is seeking boaters to join in
the 10th annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade set to take
place Saturday, Dec. 14.
The event is a benefit for the Toys for Tots campaign
- the entry fee is an unwrapped children's toy.
The club will award a $500 grand prize and other
prizes in various categories.
A skippers meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, Dec. 12, at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W.,
The parade route Dec. 14 will be from Moore's Stone
Crab Restaurant on Longboat Key north on the Intra-
coastal Waterway to the Seafood Shack.
Boats will circle in the bay near Moore's at about
sunset and will light up at about 6:15 p.m.
Awards will be presented at an after-party at the Sea-
For more information or to register, go online to cor-
For more information, call Carol Conover at 941-
IGW hosts art demonstration
The Island Gallery West will host artist Jane Delight
Keeling for a free demonstration Saturday, Dec. 14.
Keeling, the gallery's artist of the month in Decem-
ber, will demonstrate her oil painting techniques at 10:30
a.m. at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-6648.
Historical society selling
fresh-baked settlers bread
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will sell
fresh-baked settlers bread Wednesday mornings during
the winter-spring season.
Customers will find the volunteers' homemade bread
at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the museum at 941-778-
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Wednesday, Dec. 11
5:36 p.m. Official sunset time.
Thursday, Dec. 12
10:30 a.m. Episcopal Church of the Annunciation church
women luncheon and Christmas party, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.
5:37 p.m. Official sunset time.
Friday, Dec. 13
5:30-8:30 p.m. Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures open
house, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-
5:37 p.m. Official sunset time.
Saturday, Dec. 14
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.-4:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest
arts and crafts festival, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
10:30 a.m. Island Gallery West demonstration with oil painter
Jane Delight Keeling, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11 a.m. SeniorAdventures cooking class, Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Infor-
3-9 p.m. Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
5:30 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Christmas
potluck dinner, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
5:37 p.m. Official sunset time.
6 p.m. Roser Memorial Community Church Bethlehem Walk,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
Sunday, Dec. 15
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest
arts and crafts festival, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
2 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
holiday concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-2370.
5:37 p.m. Official sunset time.
Monday, Dec. 16
5:38 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street
Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-794-
5:38 p.m. Official sunset time.
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Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club Christmas program and
luncheon, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
5:38 p.m. Official sunset time.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
10 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild coffee, meeting and enter-
tainment by Sarasota Opera apprentice and studio artists, IMG
Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. Informa-
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies meeting and cookie exchange,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information: 941-799-2181.
Friday, Dec. 13
6 p.m. South Florida Museum "Greetings from Florida" film
screening, "The Birdcage," 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Fee applies.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Noon-2 p.m. Guy Harvey signs autographs to benefit Mote
Marine Laboratory, Bealls, 6355 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Informa-
Noon-2 p.m. Santa Jaws visits Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600
Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota. Fee applies. Informa-
Noon-4 p.m. Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party, 4415
119th St. W, Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.
6 p.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Christmas Costume Gala,
Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information:
6:15 p.m. Cortez Yacht Club Holiday Lighted Boat Parade,
Moore's Stone Crab restaurant to Seafood Shack via Intracoastal
Waterway. Information: 941-383-0474
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nament, Anna Maria.
Jan. 11, Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party, Cortez.
Save the date
Jan. 17, Florida Arbor Day, events communitywide.
S Jan. 18-19, Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Anna Maria.
Jan. 26, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach.
T Feb. 1, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, Holmes
Feb. 15-16, 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival,
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Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via e-mail and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-
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Garden club plans
The Anna Maria Garden Club will hold its
Christmas program Wednesday, Dec. 18, beginning
at noon at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Marilyn Shirley will provide the music and
Susan Cheshire, Mary Manion, Jeanie Pickwick,
Priscilla Seewald and Ginger Wyss will share
The club officers and executive board will serve
For more information, call Mary Manion at
941- 778- 2607.
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Calendar of ongoing events
Through Dec. 15, Island Players present "Over the River and
Through the Woods," 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Through Dec. 22, "Peter Pan," Manatee Players, Manatee
Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Through Dec. 22, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Mana-
tee 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 March, Anna Maria Island Historical
Society sells Settlers' Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
*Wednesdays, through December, 11 a.m. Lifelong Learning
Academy, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
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.
Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tween club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Harvey to sign autographs
at Bradenton Bealls
Artist and conservationist Guy Harvey will auto-
graph merchandise in Bradenton Saturday, Dec. 14,
to help raise money for Mote Marine Laboratory in
The autograph session will take place noon-2
p.m. at Bealls, 6355 Manatee Ave. Bealls and Harvey
are donating $2 to Mote from each Guy Harvey item
sold at the store through Dec. 14.
Also, the aquarium at Mote, 1600 Ken Thomp-
son Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota, will host Santa
Jaws. The nonprofit's mascot, Gilly the Shark, will
be costumed as Santa for photographs with visitors.
Visits with Santa Jaws will be noon-2 p.m. Dec. 14
and Saturday, Dec. 21.
For more information, go online to www.mote.
org or call 941-388-4441.
Send event information and photos to news @islander.
org. Please, include a name, email address and telephone
number for the contact person for publication.
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Open 11am daily for lunch & dinner
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., startalk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street,
Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Thursday, 7 p.m., Jan. 16-March 27, bingo, Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., Island Library Book Club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
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.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
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
Audubon meeting, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.
Sunday, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street
Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
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-
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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, 10 a.m., children's storytime, 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, as well as updates
to schedules, to email@example.com.
Sunday in the market
Sunday, through April 27, the Bridge Street Market
hosted by the nonprofit Bridge Street Merchants takes
place in a lot at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Market hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information,
call 215-906-0668. Islander File Photo
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Roser hosts Christmas concert
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will host "Joy to the World: A Celebration of
Christmas Carols" at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Roser Community Church Chancel Choir will sing in the sanctu-
ary with a chamber orchestra. The church will serve refreshments after the free concert. For more information,
call the church at 941-778-0414. Islander Photo: Courtesy Roser Church
Roser hosts annual
Bethlehem Walk Dec. 14
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, will hold the Bethlehem Walk Saturday,
The church tradition re-enacts the journey of Mary
and Joseph in their search for lodging before the birth of
The annual event starts at 6:30 p.m., beginning and
ending at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
Participants biblical-style costumes are encour-
aged will join church members portraying Mary and
Joseph, along with a parade of animals, in the search for
shelter in the neighborhood of the church.
The journeyers will go from "inn to inn" singing
carols, then return to the church to and celebrate the birth
of Jesus, as well as gather for refreshments.
For more, call the church at 941-778-0414.
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Kiwanis hears mayor
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The upcoming program will feature a talk by
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, who is expected to
deliver a state of the city report.
For more information, contact Dave Miner at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-748-8122.
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the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anniversa-
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AMICC newbie, new title
By Jennifer Glenfield
A new person has stepped into a new position at
the Anna Maria Community Center to oversee program
development, and her name is Jennifer Griffith.
At the end of October, Griffith became the center's
community program developer.
"We wanted to have someone focus on great new
programs for adults, kids and seniors, as well as oversee
the current programs. Jennifer came highly recommended
and is doing a great job," said Sandee Pruett, the adult
Griffith, a Manatee High School and University
of South Florida graduate, is returning to the area after
living in Nashville for 15 years.
She says she feels the job is like a calling, having
spent so many summers while growing up on the island
on family vacations. "It's like coming home," she said.
"Something told me to apply to the job. My faith
plays a huge role in it. I applied and got it. I'm a single
mother and we have a lot of family here, so it's good
influences for my son," she said.
Griffith previously worked in program development
for close to 15 years in the medical field.
"It's all transferable skills. The community center
work is social, and I'm really excited about that," Griffith
Griffith was a guest of the Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island Nov. 30 and the Anna Maria Elementary
Parent Teacher Organization Dec. 10, introducing herself
to the community and gathering programming ideas. She
attended the recent tri-chamber Anna Maria, Longboat
Key and Manatee County holiday mixer at the Sandbar
Restaurant. She also plans to reach out to the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island.
Her job, as she told Kiwanis members, is to get
people to participate in clubs and classes, generate buzz
and encourage people to spend time at the center.
"I want to walk into the center and see people every-
where. That's my goal," Griffith said.
The majority of new programs overseen by Griffith
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will begin in January, but the center already has begun
karate classes led by former islander Kevin Bergquist's
Set for January are ballroom dancing classes and
family game nights. The dance classes will rotate monthly,
beginning with the swing and foxtrot. Family game nights
will take place Mondays, with a kickoff Jan. 13.
The family game nights are a result of a survey the
center is distributing, asking people what they would like
to see at the center. The No. 1 choice thus far is family
game nights, according to Griffith. She said community
center executive director Dawn Stiles plans to discuss the
survey with center guests at the Jan. 13 event.
The kickoff will feature an old-fashioned ice cream
social, a barbershop quartet and, of course, games.
Also on the horizon: youth tennis, fitness classes and
a paddleboard-building workshop in partnership with the
Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
"I really want this to be a place people can come and
participate," Griffith said. "We're working really hard to
do this, to utilize the space. I want people to know, this
is your center."
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bellringer Lynn Kruse, left, greets
curator Mark Rodgers and Jessie
Gillam, managing director of the
Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition, at
the Dec. 7 Kiwanis meeting at AMI
Beach Cafe, Holmes Beach. The
only exhibit of Da Vinci's work in
North America is open to the public
in downtown Bradenton. For more
information, go to discoverdavinci.
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days at 8:30 a.m. at the cafe at the
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
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Lynn will be the speaker Dec. 14.
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Chalk it up: Pine Avenue to host new street festival
The new year will arrive on Anna Maria Island
with a new festival. The Anna Maria Chalk Festival
will take place Jan. 18-19 on Pine Avenue.
Pine Avenue will serve as the canvas for street
painters working with the theme of "Historic Anna
Maria, from Pirates to Present."
Organizers Pine Avenue Restoration and local
cultural groups and artists are lining up volunteers,
artists and business sponsors for the event, which is
being chaired by Denise Kowal, founder of the Sara-
sota Chalk Festival.
Volunteer coordinator Mary Selby said she needs
some 150 volunteers for myriad tasks. She said she
hopes to have many hands to do light work.
Organizers expect street painters from around the
country to participate, but also are welcoming local
artists and student artists who will be able to attend
workshops before the two-day event.
Businesses or other patrons of the arts are needed
to sponsor a block of Pine Avenue, a local or regional
artist, a student artist or a national or international
Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000.
For more information, to volunteer or sponsor, call
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16 E DEC. 11, 2013 U THE ISLANDER
BB again rejects development proposal on Bridge Street
By Mark Young
It was a final symbol of the transition of power fol-
lowing the November municipal election in Bradenton
Beach at a Dec. 5 city commission meeting.
Mayor Bill Shearon opened the meeting by recogniz-
ing former Mayor John Shaughnessy and former Com-
missioners Ric Gatehouse and Gay Breuler with plaques
for their years of public service.
Shaughnessy lost to Shearon in the Nov. 5 election.
Gatehouse lost to Commissioner Janie Robertson and
Breuler opted not to seek another term. Commissioner
Jack Clarke was the only candidate to qualify for Breul-
er's seat and was automatically elected in an uncontested
The former mayor and commissioners received a
rousing round of applause for their service before the
current commission proceeded with city business.
On the agenda was an amended major development
application from Michael Hynds for a restaurant, retail
and residential space at 119 Bridge St.
Earlier this year, the original development proposal
failed to garner planning and zoning board approval, but
did pass a commission vote after some concessions were
Hynds amended the project to expand it south onto
Third Street South, which would require setback vari-
ances, and also asked for an additional 1,800 square feet
of retail space and four motel rooms.
P&Z recommended denial of the amended applica-
tion in November for a second time, citing many of the
same issues it had the first time around.
This time before new city commissioners on the dais,
the application failed to gain approval.
Hynds said he didn't understand the hesitation, main-
taining the amended project would provide more parking
than any other business on Bridge Street.
"We've gone out of our way to increase parking,
unlike two other businesses on Bridge Street, which got
applications approved that reduced parking," said Hynds.
He said he did his homework as to what applications prior
Robertson said she wasn't prepared to vote on the
application because it was unclear if Hynds addressed the
HB parks appointment reignites election controversy
By Mark Young
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee is back to business with two city commission liai-
City commissioners at their Nov. 19 meeting, based
on the recommendation of Mayor Carmel Monti, replaced
Commissioner David Zaccagnino on the beautification
committee with Commissioner Marvin Grossman.
Zaccagnino protested and later sent an email saying
he would not attend its Dec. 4 meeting.
"Politics has reared its ugly head again and the mayor
has dismissed me from this committee," Zaccagnino
At the Nov. 19 meeting, Zaccagnino predicted the
committee would be disappointed. He was partly right.
Committee chair Melissa Snyder said she had a con-
versation with Monti before the commission vote on liai-
son assignments, expressing frustration over Zaccagnino
missing four meetings.
However, Snyder did not want Zaccagnino removed
and requested that he be retained. Monti approved, but
Grossman also will be involved. He attended the meeting
and addressed beach accesses.
The city has been contemplating how to enhance
beach accesses at the t'_'LIP'liUii of Monti, who drew
some criticism from people who say shelters detract from
the natural environment and attract homeless people and
teens who cause problems.
City officials have maintained that discussions are in
the idea phase.
Grossman, who opposes shelters, suggested the com-
mittee present landscaping ideas to the commission.
Grossman said he is considering hosting sunset gath-
erings at beach access points as a social function.
She agreed to accompany Grossman on a tour of the
sites and bring ideas to the committee's Jan. 8 meeting.
In other matters, the committee took issue with a lack
of action on the city's part for projects already approved
Snyder said bushes were supposed to be planted at the
79th Street trolley stop, "but nothing has been done."
She also said bollards were recommended by Mana-
tee County at the entrance of the Grassy Point Preserve
to prevent people from driving cars on the trail.
Committee member Bob Loing\ u>lih added that the
red cedar tree planted on Marina Drive and 77th Street
in April is still wrapped in ropes.
"Public works is doing a good job overall," said West.
"I think they are overworked. Maintenance is something
we should look at and set up some priorities."
Snyder said she wasn't trying to criticize public
works, saying committee members look for things that
others probably don't see on a daily basis.
In other matters, the committee agreed to make a rec-
ommendation to remove the vegetation around a sculp-
ture at the entrance to the Key Royale subdivision.
Snyder said it should be replaced with ground cover
landscaping to prevent the vegetation from overtaking
and covering the sculpture.
The committee also agreed to approach the city to
u,',I_'.I updating its Christmas decorations for next year,
citing some that were "outdated and faded."
Snyder also resurrected a community garden idea
discussed in 2012, but never moved forward.
West disagreed, saying the garden is more appropri-
ate for the local garden clubs.
The committee also discussed what to do about its
annual education seminar.
Snyder suggested educating residents and visitors on
the city's many pocket parks, where small stretches of
land have been dedicated as mini parks.
West suggested the committee members come up
with a few ideas and present them at the next meeting,
which is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Holmes Beach
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concerns that led to the P&Z recommendation to deny
"I would really like it to go back to the P&Z level,"
she said. "I'm not comfortable with you just saying
you've done all the corrections."
Clarke agreed. "You've modified it again to accom-
modate your interpretation of the P&Z denial," said
Clarke. "I would have to recommend this is sent back to
Robertson moved to remand the application back to
P&Z. Commissioner Jan Vosburgh seconded the motion,
which passed 5-0.
Commissioners also unanimously voted to appoint
Gatehouse to the P&Z board.
During Gatehouse's time as commissioner, his rela-
tionship with P&Z was at times contentious and it was
partly his comments in April 2012 about a partnership
with restaurant owner Ed Chiles to construct a dune and
parking lot at his BeachHouse Restaurant across from
city hall that led to multiple resignations.
Those resignations led to ongoing litigation to have
the joint development agreement with ELRA Inc., the
corporation spearheaded by Chiles, nullified.
At the time, Gatehouse said the P&Z's decision to
deny the BeachHouse project was "tainted and biased."
During public comment Dec. 5, resident John Reed
wanted to know what qualifications the city required for
someone to serve as a P&Z member. He suggested a
better vetting process of the person's qualifications was
needed to prevent future problems for the city.
Shearon served on the P&Z during the hearing for
the proposed BeachHouse project a dune and parking
lot on the beach. He also was one of four to resign and
became part of the litigation against the city until he was
elected mayor, at which time he had himself removed
from the lawsuit.
Shearon said the only qualification is to be a citizen
and to have a desire to learn about city codes.
Shearon said Gatehouse will bring a level of exper-
tise since he was a commissioner and understands the
Robertson agreed, but said for future members the
city should require a level of education with regard to
"It seems in the past, there have been a few people
who were terribly unfamiliar with the rules of their func-
tion," she said.
City attorney Ricinda Perry agreed, saying some
level of education on parliamentary procedures are appro-
"I don't want to say, 'Beggars can't be choosy,'" she
said. "But we do need to provide a crash course on what
they are doing. Their decisions affect your decisions and
I have to defend both decisions."
Shearon said he plans to improve the way the P&Z
conducts business, "so they are doing a more thorough
process. It's a work in progress."
Joyce Kramer was another P&Z member who
resigned after hostilities arose between the city commis-
sion and the board. However, she returns to public service
with a unanimous vote to appoint her to the Scenic Waves
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 11, 2013 0 17
Travel 'Over the River' if you know what's good for you
By Nicole Quigley,
Guest theater writer
If you haven't gotten your fill of family dynamics yet
this holiday season, better head over to the Island Players
theater in Anna Maria for "Over the River and Through
This witty and sentimental family comedy will warm
your heart and remind you that, indeed, family is univer-
sal and so too is a good dose of guilt.
In Nick Cristano's fictional family, the sense of obli-
gation to stay close to home is served up with a heavy
dish of homemade lasagna.
Theatergoers will delight in being taken back in time
to the quintessential grandparents' home, where stories
of emigrating from the old country and falling in love
are contrasted against the pull of a modern world that
seemingly has too many options for its own good.
That world holds little interest for two sets of Ital-
ian-American grandparents who just want their dutiful
grandson to take a wife and stay close to home, where
dinner "comes beautifully" every Sunday night and the
"air conditioner doesn't go on until the Fourth of July,"
no matter how hot it is.
Trouble ensues when the grandparents cook up a
scheme to prevent the grandson, Nick, played by Richard
Austin in his Island Players' debut, from moving across
Austin hits the mark as his character tries and
fails to help his grandparents understand the world in
which he lives. He announces to his dinner date, "Don't
try to correct them. Just ride it out."
Austin's love interest, played by the fair Katelyn
Studer, seems to have no trouble doing just that. Studer
holds a bachelor's degree in theater arts from the Uni-
versity of South Florida.
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The elders in "Over the River and Through the Woods"
at the Island Players listen at the window to a young
couple, actors Katelyn Studer and Richard Austin,
outdoors of their New Jersey apartment. Listening
"inside" are actors Miriam Ring and Cathy Hansel-
Edgerton, seated, and Jim Faltot and Joe Smith.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
But if it's Italian grandparents you're looking for
(and, frankly, who isn't), director Mike Lusk delivers up
a cast to make our island familiar proud.
Grandfather Frank Gianelli, played by Joseph Smith,
ably serves as the likeable straight man to the antics
around him. Gianelli, islanders may wish to note, has
recently moved to AMI after living for many years in
Germany, where he served as a translator.
Jim Faltot plays grandfather No. 2, Nunzio Cristano.
Faltot was born in Hoboken, N.J., where the play is set,
and he jumps on the stage with stand-at-attention, bare-
knuckle charisma when he tells the story of breaking into
an Irish union. They don't make 'em like that anymore.
But make no mistake, this show belongs to the grand-
mothers, veteran actresses Cathy Hansel-Edgerton and
Miriam Ring. Theatergoers may remember the two in
'37 Postcards," and they apparently can do no wrong.
Edgerton, whose character keeps a keen eye and a
Mass card ready for every tragic decision her grandson
makes, charms the house with each subtle delivery of her
often witty lines, and most of all as she plays the still-
loving wife of sixty years to Nunzio.
Miriam Ring gives a show-stopping, comedic perfor-
mance that lights up the stage at her every turn. A native
of New Jersey, Ring is a longtime actor this play is her
17th IP production. Ring's timing, accent and loveable
guilt mongering often bring the audience to a roar..
At 85 years-old, Ring is a great-grandmother, a
former public school teacher and a natural redhead. (I
knew I liked her.) She doesn't just keep up the pace, she
sets it, and she surely left many in the theater secretly
hoping for an encore.
Ring said, "This was hard work, this play. It moves
and moves and moves, and you have to focus and you
have to react. That's what I do. I react."
Indeed, reacting to the performances in this Island
Players production isn't hard to do. Just try to keep up.
The Island Players is at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Performances run through Dec. 15, Tuesday to
Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are
The box office is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday to
Saturday, and one hour before performances. For reserva-
tions, call the box office at 941-778-5755.
Nicole Quigley is a published novelist residing on
Anna Maria Island.
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[Welcome to Christmas,Island-Siyl...
TWO HALVES IN ONE By Alan Derkazarian / Edited by Will Shortz
I Shot from a gun
4 Hummus, e.g.
7 One-named rapper
with a hyphen in
20 Disney deer
21 Company named for
a 5 volcano
22 Ones with bouquets,
23 Actress ___ Dawn
25 Subject for the
26 Dressed with
27 Passage from life to
3(0 Scorecard column
31 Unwritten reminder
32 Wedges, e.g.
34 Sources of feta and
38 Biological ring
39 Round trip ... or the
subtitle of "The
42 "This I Promise
43 Neptune's home
44 Breser's o en
48 Aquatic singer
50 Camp treats
53 Astronomical datumn
54 20 Across. e.g.
55 Nutritional std.
58 Eponym of
60 Private gatherings
63 Having macadamias
or pecans, say
64 Part of E.S.L.: Abbr.
65 Word with holy or
67 Met one's potential
69 Old capital of
70 Cat also known as
the dwarf leopard
71 51-Down unit
72 YouTuhe posting.
73 Firm (up)
74 Basketball play
75 Inexpensive reprint.
79 Ocean menace
80 Less prudish
84 Sin city
89 2005 nominee for
92 Name on some
93 "Do the Right
94 Where the wild
95 Steeply discounted
98 1980 hard rock
album that went
22s platinum ... or
a hint to how to
cross this puzzle's
99 University in
103 Speculate, say
105 Cadenza or Forte
106 Terre in the mer
107 Some badges
108 A; accompaniers
109 Not a reduction:
110 South of Spain?
II I Anne Bradstreet,
112 Lane in Holl)wood
113 Fa-la connector
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Best Foreign Film
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3 Todd of Broadwav
4 Tooth decay, to
5 Not going any where?
6 Michael or Sarah
7 Daughter on
8 The Carol i nas'
9 End in ___
10 Comfort or country
I I Badger
13 Revisits an earlier
I5 Tucked away
16 Prefix uith smoker
17 What a picker may
18 "Purple haze"
30 Stands one's ground
32 Clothing lines
33 Metal fastener
34 Yves's "even"
35 Amphibious rodent
36 Autobahn hazard
37 With 60-Down.
carni val treat
41 It might be heard
when a light bulb
43 Parisian possess e
47 Try very hard
48 Remain undecided
49 Korean money
50 Coach with two
5 I Collection of
52 Makes a choice
53 Look after
56 Three-timne N.B.A.
57 Part of P.D.A.:
58 Jim Cramer's
59 Cause of an audio
60 See 37-Dowun
61 It's caught by a
stick on a field
62 Busy as ___
65 Go pfft. with "out"
68 Yuri's "peace"
73 Atlas index listings
74 One was blown in
78 Dial-up unit
79 Furopean capital on
the Svisloch River
80 Scale abbr.
81 -- pro nobis
83 Bishop's place
85 Libran stone
86 Arp or Duchamp
87 Lowest bid in bridge
88 Buoys. e.g.
91 Support group since
92 Cause of weather
96 Dickens villain
98 Nickname for
99 Small amount of
100 Oath taking
102 "Little Caesar"
104 Dish made from a
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John F. Driscoll
John F. Driscoll, 80, of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 29.
He was born in Binghamton, N.Y.
He received an engineer degree from State University
of New York, Binghamton, and began work at Universal
Instrument, becoming manager of customer services. He
served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Korean conflict.
He dedicated many years to Boy Scouts, helping
many boys to achieve Eagle Scout, the scout's highest
honor. He was past commander of Susquenango Power
Squadron; past president of Southern Tier Winnebago
Club; and past president of Valley Industrial Credit Union.
He served generously on many community boards and
was tireless in his efforts while serving on the board of
the Sheltered Blind Work Association in Binghamton.
Mr. Driscoll was a member of Unity Church in Sara-
A private service was held at the Key Royale Club.
Mr. Driscoll is survived by his wife of 56 years,
JoAnne; sons, John, Jimmy and Jerry and wife Angela;
grandchildren Jamie, Alex, Madison, Maxwell, McKen-
zie and Jack; and three great-grandchildren.
Paul Patrick Mitchell
Paul Patrick Mitchell, 59, of Bradenton and formerly
of Anna Maria Island, died Nov. 21. He was born in Fort
Wayne, Ind., and spent most of his life in Florida.
He had a background in appraisals and real estate and
for many years specialized in recruiting
It was his request for no service. He
had a deep love for animals and, there-
fore, memorial donations may be made
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Mitchell or givetotidewell.org in honor of Paul
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his devoted wife, Joani
(Busching); brother Verne V. III and wife Janice; neph-
ews Verne "Van" Dyne IV, Jonathan and Alexander; sister
Cynthia, niece Ashley; aunt Mary Koehlinger; and his
West Highland terrier, Tu.
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Anthony Jamar Leverett, 34, of Bradenton, died
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Keyes Marina in Holmes Beach. Capt. Anthony mentored
and fished frequently on offshore charters as first mate
with Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Char-
Visitation was held Dec. 6 at St. Stephens AME
Church, Bradenton, and a service was held Dec. 7 at
Redeemed Christian Center, Bradenton. Arrangements
were by Westside Funeral Home, Palmetto.
Mr. Leverett is survived by his wife, Diana; children
Faith, 12, Anthony, 10, Jakari, 8, Katryna, 7, and Kay-
dence, 4; and his mother, Mary.
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Nov. 26, 500 block of Bayview Place, illegal dump-
ing. A boat moored in Bimini Bay broke loose during
gusty winds and drifted before becoming stuck. The owner
was notified and told to have the vessel removed.
Dec. 1,100 block of Maple Avenue, illegal tree cut-
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trees at the beach end of Maple Avenue. A Manatee
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direction. The work was stopped and the employer was
told code enforcement would be following up with a
complaint. The deputy took photos and observed that
seagrape trees apparently were cut below the 47-inch
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at the seawall near the resort. A check on the vessel's
identification number revealed it had been reported stolen
from Palma Sola Boulevard on the mainland. The owner
arrived and reported damage and missing items.
Nov. 28, 120 Bridge St., domestic battery. A woman
was sitting in her vehicle when her male companion
entered on the passenger's side. An argument began,
at which time the complainant reported that the male
choked her, spit on her and threw an empty beer can at
her. According to the report, there were no visible signs
of injury to the woman. Police were unable to locate the
man, who was reported to be staying on an anchored
boat in Sarasota Bay in an area just south of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
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When the owner confronted the suspect on the patio of
the restaurant, the man tossed his dog over the fence,
jumped over and fled. Police caught up to the man at
a nearby store trying to purchase a can of beer. Police
said the man was intoxicated and was incoherent in
his statements. The restaurant owner said she knew the
man and told police that if he paid his tab, she would
not press charges.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Dec. 2, 10103 Cortez Road W., Kissed by a Key-
lime, retail theft. A store employee left merchandise on
the sidewalk outside the business. An unknown person
made off with some of the merchandise while it was unat-
Dec. 2, 4400 block of 121st Street Court West,
information. A complainant reported a man who works for
him came to his home, banged on the door and demanded
a $300 debt be paid. The complainant did not answer the
door and allowed law enforcement to hear several threat-
ening voicemails from the suspect. While listening to
them, the suspect called again. The complainant wanted
the incidents documented in case there are further issues
with the suspect.
Dec. 4, 10315 Cortez Road W., Paradise Bay
Estates, criminal mischief. Unknown persons damaged
the bocce ball courts by using pressure from a hose to
create holes in the courts. Damages are estimated to be
in excess of $5,000.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Nov. 19, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary.
A cleaning person observed a candle knocked over on
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.
MADD, HBPD urge
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida and the
Holmes Beach Police Department urge adults to plan
for a non-drinking designated driver.
The push comes with the arrival of the holiday
season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve
in 2011, 931 people were killed in drunken driving
crashes nationwide, according to the National High-
way Traffic Safety Administration.
MADD's Tie One On For Safety red ribbon cam-
paign is the organization's signature public aware-
ness program and is sponsored by National Present-
ing Sponsor Nationwide Insurance. Drivers across the
country display MADD red ribbons on their vehicles
as a reminder to plan and designate a non-drinking
"MADD Florida encourages all adults to always
designate a non-drinking driver before leaving home
for holiday festivities," said Monica Johnson of
MADD Florida in a news release. "We're honored to
join with the Holmes Beach Police Department to Tie
One On For Safety and help make our communities
a bedroom nightstand and a decorative box had been
moved. As she began to straighten up the items, she
noticed the screen window was damaged. Nothing was
reported missing at first, but the owner later reported an
envelope containing cash was taken.
Nov. 23, 200 block of 82nd Street, criminal mis-
chief. A man watching a family member's house reported
a bench on the front porch was moved to gain access to
a security light, which was broken.
Nov. 25, 3304 E. Bay Drive, Island Bazaar,
theft. A woman handed her iPad to a family member
while she tried on some shoes. The younger female
placed the iPad on a bench and went to try on bathing
suits. When she returned, the iPad was missing. It was
valued at $600. Store surveillance video was provided
Nov. 27, 5500 Marina Drive, hit and run. While
on patrol, a police officer observed someone had driven
into the median, causing damage to trees and shrubs,
safer during the holiday season and year-round."
The Holmes Beach Police will crack down on
drunk drivers with a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
"If you celebrate with alcohol, you do not belong
behind the wheel," HBPD Chief William Tokajer said
in the release. "A sober and safe ride after your holiday
gathering is the best gift you can give yourself and
everyone else on the road this holiday season."
According to the Florida Highway Safety &
Motor Vehicles 2012 Annual Traffic Crash report, DUI
crashes in Manatee County increased by nearly 7 per-
cent from 2011, to 304 crashes. Additionally, in Mana-
tee County, 20 people were killed in DUI crashes, a 33
percent increase from 2011, and another 141 people
Free Tie One On For Safety red ribbons are
available at the Holmes Beach Police Department,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or by contacting
Monica Johnson at email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.madd.org.
as well as knocking down a traffic sign. Police located
a headlight and identified it as belonging to a specific
type of vehicle. Police were initially unable to locate the
vehicle, but an officer on the next shift found the vehi-
cle abandoned in the 5400 block of Holmes Boulevard.
The vehicle was impounded and the owner located, who
admitted responsibility. She said she looked down while
connecting her phone to her vehicle, at which time she
drove into the median. She also said she left because she
panicked. She was cited for careless driving and leaving
the scene of an accident with property damage.
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/,i if's Office.
22 0 DEC. 11, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER
AME collects typhoon aid
Anna Maria Elementary School students are col-
lecting donations to help children affected by Typhoon
Haiyan, which wreaked havoc in the Philippines.
The three-week effort involves collecting tooth-
brushes, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, new sheets and
blankets and instant dry noodles, as well as pocket change
to help with shipping costs.
Students are gathering donations through Dec. 20 at
the AME front office.
The school is working with gift2care.org in Braden-
To learn more visit gift2care.org or call Michelle
Laade at 941-737-9662 or AME at 941-708-5525.
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James McCaffrey, center, of St.
Petersburg, learns on stage Nov.
22 at a Florida Association of
Media in Education ceremony
in Orlando that he has received
a first-place award. His prize
was in the statewide comedy
category for work by a fifth-
grader. Each first-place video
was shown on two large screens
during the ceremony. Islander
Photos: Bob McCaffrey
15 11im 1 Tsday, Dec. 10, fire drill.
8 45i in I tuesday, Dec. 10, Parent Teacher
.__'u l/dt =, b.ui.I meeting.
5- in I uLday, Dec. 10, PTO dinner by Dan-
i.\ Pi,/ /ia. \\II .afeteria, coinciding with STEM
S\\ distinct ..ii Dec. 11, water coloring with
Lu.iiik I I ilih" ), media center.
Thursday, Dec. 12, water coloring with Lucinda
Hathaway, media center.
mr9 a.m.-noon, Friday, Dec. 13, second-grade field
trip to Manatee High School.
8:45-11:10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, holiday
S8:45-11:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, holiday
Dec. 23-Jan. 5, winter break. (Monday, Jan. 6,
is a district in-service day, no school for students.)
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AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For
more information, call 941-708-5525.
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Lunch: Cheese or Hamburgers, Taco or Barbecue Chicken
Quesadillas, Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries,
Broccoli with Dip, Peach Cup. Feature: Chef Salad.
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet, Biscuit.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Tangerine Chicken, Brown Rice,
Japanese Green Beans, Fresh Veggie Cup with Dip, Pineap-
ple and Mandarin Oranges. Feature: Veggie Garden Salad.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Honey
Glazed Carrots, Mini Romaine Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup.
Feature: Chicken Caesar Salad.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Breakfast: Biscuit, Sausage Patty.
Lunch: Nachos, Burrito, Black Beans, Lettuce and Tomato
Cup, Strawberries and Bananas, Gingerbread Cookies.
Feature: Taco Salad.
Friday, Dec. 13
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick.
Lunch: Pizza, Breaded Beef Sandwich, Corn, Red and Green
Peppers with Dip, Applesauce. Feature: Chef Salad.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
The Islander welcomes stories about islanders and
island life, as well as photographs and notices of the
milestones in readers' lives weddings, anniversaries,
travels and other events. Send notices and photographs
with detailed captions along with complete contact
information to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5604B Marina
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AME students study marine life with Mote scientist
Second-graders at Anna Maria Elementary assumed
the role of scientists during a talk on dolphins and mana-
tees by Randall Wells of Mote Marine Laboratory.
"Does anyone know what the bi,,'.I kind of dol-
phin is?" Wells asked the students during the Dec. 3
Hands shot up around the classroom, and a student
called out the correct answer a killer whale. After a
series of questions by Wells, correctly answered by the
AME second-graders, Well's joked, "1 have nothing to
teach these folks!"
Wells' appearance on the AME campus is part of a
science speaker series organized by second-grade teacher
Karen Newhall. Jocelyn Greene, who has a child in sec-
ond-grade at AME, assisted Wells with the program.
Students watched a slideshow on the habits of local .
dolphins and manatees and best conservation practices. -S
Wells played videos for the students, as well as sounds I
of fish and dolphins. 111 .1!
The second-graders also have heard talks from Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, about sea turtles and
Susan Anderson, a volunteer with Anna Maria Turtle shorebirds, and Ed Straight, founder of Wildlife Educa-
Inaugural Family STEM Night comes to AME
Anna Maria Elementary will host its first science,
t>.>h,,h,>_., engineering and mathematics night 5-7
p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, dedicated to DeAnn Davis.
There will be two showings of the MOSI Mad
Scientist Assembly at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the audito-
The event also will have guest scientists from the
community, student science fair projects, math activi-
ties, a t. hin4'>,,.'\ demonstration and hands-on engi-
neering activities. Activities will be spread throughout
the first floor of the school in classrooms, the lobby
and the office area.
The PTO will sponsor a dinner in the cafeteria
during the event. Food is being provided by Danny's
Pizza, and is available for purchase 5-7 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public with
donations accepted. Donations collected will go to
enhancing future STEM activities at AME.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
For more information, call AME teacher Heather
Nyberg at 941-708-5525, ext. 2030.
of Mote Marine
holds a doctorate
in biology, plays
the sounds of a
toadfish and a
for Anna Maria
during a talking
classroom Dec. 3.
tion & Rehabilitation Center Inc., about owls.
Wells is a conservation biologist, directing the Sara-
sota Dolphin Research Program at Mote Marine on City
Island in Sarasota. He also is an adjunct professor at the
University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the Univer-
sity of Florida, where he oversees masters and doctoral
He was recently nominated for the 2014 Indianapo-
lis Prize for his leadership in the longest-running study
of a wild dolphin population. Wells explained to the
second-graders that his research group can identify 96
percent of the dolphins living in Sarasota Bay.
The Indianapolis Prize is awarded every other year
for extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts.
The 2014 award will be $250,000 to the winning scien-
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Dec.12 George Worthmore 5:30-8:30
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Dec.14 College Football
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Dec.15 NFL Sunday Ticket
Dec.16 Koko Ray 5:30-8:30
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Old standbys golf, horseshoes fill weekly sports card
By Kevin Cassidy
Topping another busy week of golf at the Key Royale
Club in Holmes Beach is a hole-in-one by Mike Pritchett
during a nine-hole scramble Dec. 5.
Pritchett aced the 145-yard par 3 third hole using
his 8-iron to spark his team Dave Richardson, Dan
Richardson and Bruce Allen to a 5-under-par 27 and a
first-place finish. The team of Quentin Talbert, Lex Hala-
kan, Bob Lang and Tony Butzek matched the 4-under-par
carded by Dick Mills, Jerry Elson, Ken Rickett and Brian
Bishop to finish in a tie for second place.
The Key Royale women played a nine-hole, indi-
vidual-low-net match along with a two-best-balls-of-the
team game Dec. 3.
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because castnetters will multi-
ply by large numbers on Anna
Maria's north end and near .
Longboat Pass and dozens
a day will launch boats from
the area boat ramps. Islander
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Island real esta
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
812 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,802 sfla / 4,310
sfur 5k1'd 3 hl-h li2car home built in 2007 on a 65x100
lot was sold 11/15/13, Selby to Rysal Enterprises LLC
for $1,600,000; list $1,777,700.
103 30th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,809 sfla / 2,380
sfur 3bed/2'21bath Gulfront home built
in 1972 on a SOx100 lot was sold
S11/15/13, Lucas to Toehold on Sand-
castle LLC for $1,350,000.
U6906 Holmes Blvd., Unit A, 6906
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a land
Brisson condo with pool built in 2013 was sold
sson 11/18/13,AMI Breeze LLC to DSB RE
Holdings LLC for $800,000.
6906 Holmes Blvd., Unit A, 6906 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, a land condo with pool built in 2013 was
sold 11/18/13, Stine Keel Holdings LLC to AMI Breeze
LLC for $685,433.
617 Ivanhoe Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,319 sfla /
3,257 sfur 4k1d 3mh.li' 2car canalfront pool home built
in 1978 on a 100x105 lot was sold 11/18/13, Richardson
to Sirigotis for $649,000.
519 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,998 sfla / 2,746
sfur 3bed/3bath/Icar canalfront home built in 1961 on
Helen Pollock fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first
place in Flight A by one shot over Brenda Solleveld,
alone in second with a 2-under-par 30. Heather Blane
took third place with a 1 -under-par 31.
Barb Estok and Meredith Slavin both carded 1-over-
par 33s to tie for first place in Flight B. Beth Lindeman,
Christina Mason and Kris Landkammer all finished at
2-over-par 34 to tie for second.
Judy Ward's 1-under-par 31 put her at first place in
Flight C by three shots over second-place finisher Kathy
Porter, who finished with a 34.
Marcia O'Brien carded a 2-under-par 30 to take first
place in Flight D. Shirley Cessna was alone in second
place on even-par 32.
The team of Meredith Slavin, Brenda Solleveld,
a 100x129 lot was sold 11/15/13, Allen to Kane for
$540,000; list $565,000.
811 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 1,144 sfla /1,731
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1979 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 11/20/13, Campbell to Belden for $510,000; list
3808 Sixth Ave., Unit 3, Village at Holmes Beach,
Holmes Beach, a 1,725 sfla / 2,593 sfur 3bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 2002 was sold 11/21/13, Sun
Island Properties LLC to Bailey for $465,000.
603 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,150 sfla /
2,696 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1969 on a 116x115 lot was sold 11/21/13, Deutsche
Bank Trust Company Americas to Ohara for $411,099;
2919 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, a 1,040 sfla /1,050 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1979 on a 50x105 lot was sold
11/19/13, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to
Safer for $300,000.
1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 14, Tradewinds, Bradenton
Beach, a 540 sfla lbed/ bath condo with shared pool built
in 1971, Watson to Cole for $183,750; list $189,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 202, Runaway Bay, Bra-
denton Beach, a 712 sfla / 792 sfur lbed/lbath condo with
shared pool built in 1978 was sold 11/20/13, Neihardt to
Petlowany for $165,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
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Maxine Mitchell and Heather Blane combined on a 79
to win the game of the day.
The men got out for a pair of nine-hole matches Dec.
2, including a best-ball-of-foursome match in the morn-
ing. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Jim Macvicar, Pete
Weir and Jerry Taylor combined on a 10-under-par 22 to
grab first place. Three teams tied at 7-under 25.
Later in the day, the men teed off in a quota-points
match. Rich Papini grabbed individual honors with a
plus-4, while the team of Ken Rickett, Brian Bishop, Dan
Richardson and Dave Richardson won the team title with
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net
match Nov. 30. Gino Di Clemente carded a 2-under-par
62 to grab a two-shot victory. Tom Lewis was alone in
second place with an even-par 64.
Dave Lansaw and Dom Livedoti were the only team
to manage a 3-0 pool-play record and, as such, were the
outright champs Dec. 7 during action at the Anna Maria
City Hall horseshoe pits.
Dec. 4 action saw three teams emerge from pool play
to battle for the day's bl.-'iil_' rights. Bill Wright and
Bob Palmer drew the bye and watched as John Crawford
and Karl Thomas rolled past Gene Bobeldyk and Roy
Vickers by a 23-2 score. Crawford and Thomas stayed
hot in the finals, easily defeating the Wright-Palmer team
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
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Mike Pritchett takes on the par 3 third hole at the Key
Royale Club golf course with a 145-yard hole-in-one
during a nine-hole scramble match Dec. 5. Islander
Photo.: Courtesy Gary Duncan
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Mild temperatures, calm seas great time for fishing
By Capt. Danny Stasny
December has blessed us with mild temperatures and
calm seas, but you still may want to try fishing some
Dock fishing with live shrimp and fishing local canals
can be prosperous. I'm noticing good numbers of black
drum, sheepshead, redfish and snook are moving into
these areas. These fish are just arriving, so now is a good
time to target them.
Along the beaches, rumors of pompano are float-
ing around, although the good numbers of fish have not
arrived. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jacks will provide
excellent action on light tackle outfits or fly rods. For any
of these fish, a lure with a little flash will attract a bite.
Spotted seatrout are responding to soft plastics
combined with a jighead. Drifting is an effective way to
locate fish. Once you find a concentration of fish, drop
your anchor and work the area lhli>'Ui>>il\. Live shrimp
also will produce a bite. While targeting trout, expect to
encounter jacks, ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says live
shrimp are producing a good bite in canals, especially
around docks or other structure. Black drum, sheepshead,
Fishing guides Capt. Larry McGuire, left, and the late
Capt. Anthony Leverett show off a 2012 cobia catch.
Leverett died Dec. 2, leaving a wife and five children.
The Islander and CrossPointe Fellowship are helping
the family with Christmas donations, funeral expenses
and a college fund. For information, call The Islander
at 941-778-7978 or CrossPointe at 941-778-0719.
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Keyes suggests keeping it simple. A No. 2 hook with a
split shot placed 12 inches above the hook will suffice.
For leader, 20- or 30-pound fluorocarbon is a good bet.
Spotted seatrout are accommodating flats fishers
using soft plastics combined with a jig head. Keyes likes
to drift over grass flats and pitch jigs into the sandy pot-
holes to find the trout bite. Keyes' new favorite trout lure
is the "Savage shrimp." If you're not familiar with this
lure, stop by the tackle shop they've got them.
Migratory fish such as macks, jacks and ladyfish are
being caught throughout the area. Piers, beaches or deep
flats are a great place to hunt for these high-activity fish.
As for bait, any lure that has some flash to it will work.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing off shore with good
results. Fresh-cut shiners for bait are resulting in man-
grove snapper. To locate these fish, Girle is anchoring
over artificial reefs and hard bottom. While targeting
bottom fish, Girle is free-lining live shiners behind the
boat for Spanish mackerel. Most catches are in the 15- to
20-inch range, although macks up to 24 inches are not
Moving into Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting red-
fish. To find these fish, Girle is fishing shallow grass flats
which contain oyster bars and scattered pot holes. Berk-
ley Gulp shrimp are producing a bite. Slot-size reds are
the norm this week.
Finally, Girle is drifting deep grass flats with pom-
pano jigs tipped with a small piece of shrimp. Pompano,
as well as jacks, ladyfish and mackerel are responding to
the jigs. You can also expect to encounter spotted seatrout
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says black
drum are making an appearance. Pier fishers using live
shrimp are catching drum 10-20 inches. To target these
fish, you want to add some weight to your line to place
your bait on the bottom. Flounder, sheepshead and man-
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Capt. Anthony Leverett,
working as first mate on
a charter trip with Capt.
Larry McGuire, shows
off a rare catch, a tiger
shark. Leverett died
Dec. 2, leaving a wife
and five children, ages
4-12. The Islander and
are helping the family
with Christmas dona-
tions, funeral expenses
and a college fund. For
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the bottom, so be ready to catch a variety.
Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish are still being
caught on artificial at the pier. Silver spoons or white
jigs are producing a bite. Live shrimp will also work for
all three species, although they typically respond better
to faster moving baits.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is chang-
ing tactics. Due to the great price being paid for mullet
this year, Gross is out cashing in with his mullet net.
Although Gross is mullet fishing, this does not deter
him from recreational fishing. In fact, it helps. When
mullet fishing, you end up covering a lot of water look-
ing for the fish. Mullet generally congregate in the same
areas we fish for redfish, trout and snook. So, with that
being said, Gross is not only catching mullet, he's finding
all of the sport fish, which he can go fish for at a later date.
Yes, when the phone rings for a fishing charter, Gross
already knows where to take his clients.
On a final and sad note, we lost a great captain and
fisherman. Capt. Anthony Leverett of Kingdom charters
died Dec. 2. His final fishing report: "The fishing we
all have and share, here off the beautiful Holmes Beach
has been and continues to be nothing short of amazing.
Grouper fishing is currently at a record high. There con-
tinues to be lots of nice red grouper fairly close to shore,
making for short travel times. Our four-hour trips con-
tinue to produce double digit catches of red Grouper and
"We also have begun to see a few pelagic species of
fish ranging from cobia to Kingfish. To top it all off we
also are catching numerous species of shark, including
nurse, black tip, and Atlantic Sharp Nose."
The services for Capt. Anthony Leverett, who died
Dec. 2, are past, but you can help his family and show
your appreciation for Leverett's love of fishing.
Call The Islander at 941-778-7978 or CrossPointe
Fellowship at 941-778-0719 regarding donations. A fund
for donations was being organized at press time.
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By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly sunrise breakfast 7:45-9 a.m. Wednes-
day, Dec. 11, at Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St.
Judes Drive, Longboat Key.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
required. Members are encouraged to bring guests -
For more information or to make reservations, call
Chamber guests enjoy 'Feast'
(C, i, Dale, chef-owner of The Feast with brother Joey
Dale, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is all smiles
as he greets Greg Hayes of Higher Standards credit
card processing and a group of about 20 members
Dec. 4 at the monthly networking luncheon of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at the restaurant.
The chamber rotates locations monthly among mem-
bers, and also offers a monthly breakfast and happy
hour mixer. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
By Kate Wight
Special to The Islander
What does it mean to have a craft bar?
It's all about the ingredients, according to Jason
Suzor, owner of The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria.
"The majority of the spirits we carry are small pro-
duction and made by companies that have only a single
still. Each bottle is hand-signed or hand-stamped and the
product is handled with a lot of care," said Suzor.
Sandbar to showcase
The Sandbar Restaurant will host a benefit for the
Southern Food & Beverage Museum of the SoFAB Insti-
tute of New Orleans.
The food and wine pairings will take place at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the restaurant, 100 Spring
Ave., Anna Maria.
Admission is $75, with proceeds supporting a perma-
nent exhibit about Southern foods and traditions, includ-
ing in Florida.
"Gulf Coast heritage fruits, vegetables and seafood
provide a descriptive narrative of the history of our state
from the Indians to the Spanish explorers and all those
who migrated in from the coastal southern states compris-
ing the Carolinas and Georgia," said Sandbar owner Ed
Chiles. "What and how we eat tells so much about who
For more information, call 813-431-8663.
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new bar are
fresh herbs and
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as select spirits.
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But it's not just about purchasing quality liquors and
spirits from vendors. A craft bar requires a lot of in-house
attention to detail as well.
Sdhe essential attitude behind the craft bar is that you
start from scratch," Suzor said. "If it's possible to make
something instead of buying something mass-produced,
you do that. We make all our own simple syrups. We
make our own sour mix. We squeeze juice fresh for each
drink. We source as much local and organic produce as
we possibly can for ingredients and for garnish."
The restaurant has been serving fresh, local and
sustainable food in Anna Maria for more than a decade.
In fact, the Waterfront was a sustainable restaurant long
before "sustainability" was a marketing buzzword.
For more than a decade, Suzor and his staff have
endeavored to make as many menu items on-site as pos-
sible --1 thin.i1i_ from baking bread to making stocks
So when Suzor expanded the restaurant's offerings to
include a full bar, a craft bar seemed a natural choice.
"Over the last decade, the No. 1 request I have had
from customers is to add a full-spirits menu," he said.
"But we wanted to make sure that if we took that step, it
would be in a way that embodied our ideals and extended
our sustainable, back-of-the-house philosophy into the
front of the house."
He added, "At the end of the day. We wanted the
bar to enhance the dining experience, and not just be an
add-on. That, we've definitely achieved."
Suzor said he's proud to have the new bar and it's
distinctive hand-crafted flair.
Editor's note: Kate Wight writes a blog for www.
thewaterfrontrestaurant.net and provides social media
marketing to The Waterfront.
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Longboat chamber holds
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will host
a holiday breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the
chamber office at Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key.
Cost of the breakfast is $5 for members and $10 for
guests or potential members and guests. Attendees are
encouraged to bring a prize donation for a business card
drawing. Reservations are encouraged.
For more information or RSVP, call Victoria Jacob-
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CRYSTAL CHANDELIER: LIKE new, $35, egg-
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from $2. 941-779-9781.
COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100,
1-year old above-ground pool, accessories,
15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.
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WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and XBox, Wii
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ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles for sale.The
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FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
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able fishing poles and reels to give to children.
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Tuesday, Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment
sale 20-50 percent off, open daily. The Centre
Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico
LOST: LADY'S PRESCRIPTION Silhouette
eyeglasses. Call 941-778-2497.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and
kittens!) are looking for great new homes or
fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-
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.
FOR SALE: 2013 Gem Car e4. Loaded,
garage-kept on Anna Maria Island. Call/text,
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflor-
ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or
buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht
Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave @ wcyacht-
WAGNER CUSTOM-MADE 15-foot boat on lift,
four-stroke, 40-hp, Yamaha motor plus deluxe
electric remote motor, trailer. $6,500, will con-
sider street legal cart in trade. 941-778-9184.
50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water
canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiber-
glass 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.
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SINGERS WANTED: BASS and tenor section
leaders. Paid positions, Roser Church. Leave
message for Jim Johnston, 941-778-0414.
ISLAND BUSINESS SEEKS full-charge book-
keeper (QuickBooks) for part-time work. Great
opportunity for the right person. Send resume
and cover letter to: email@example.com.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at
7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.Travel
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood
development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
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
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-
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941-779-6638. Leave message.
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 -
JUSTTHAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic clean-
ing products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-
PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services avail-
able, experienced and reliable. Call Michael at
JOHN 'THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle & Scooter
Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices.
918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.
DIRTY LAUNDRY? WORLD-class laundry
drop-off service. $1 per pound, most items.
Sun Clean Coin Laundry. 2905 Manatee Ave.,
W., Bradenton. 941-746-0849.
FOR REAL: REAL estate photography services.
$15 off any package. 941-524-4656. http://www.
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus
cleanup, upgrades. Hardware, software and
network repair. FBI virus a specialty. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Call: 941-799-1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
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ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and
installations, watering the island for 15 years.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
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
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
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 941-447-2198.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured.
The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool
area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows,
lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.
PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call
Peter for free estimate, references, insured.The
Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
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.
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VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or
condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971
or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.
ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014:
Long-time Island couple seeks single-family
home with pool in quiet Holmes Beach or
Anna Maria. No pets, no smoking. Minimum
2BR/2BA. Will consider waterfront condo. Tom,
1BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two
miles from the beach. 3611 117th St. W., one
block from the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-518-
SEASONAL APARTMENTS AVAILABLE: 1 and
2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line.
Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty
FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house.
2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec.
21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106.
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SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE January
through April. Second floor 2BR/2BA newly
remodeled unit with screened lanai and pool.
One block from public beach and town. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for serious inquiries.
3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer,
dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike
Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, garage,
Florida room, Gulfside, $1,150/month plus utili-
ties, security. 336-509-9636. www.RTBeach.
2BR/1BA ANNUAL ELEVATED duplex. One
block to beach and shopping. $1,000/month.
941-778-2227 or 991-778-7980.
SENIOR COUPLE REQUESTS four-month
lease for 2-3BR/2BA with heated pool. Kindly
email offer to: weelie509 @ gmail.com. 478-960-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close to
the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No
FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Con-
quistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W.,
Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.
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-
LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA.
$230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, ren-
ovated home, quiet area, double carport,
ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities,
heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffle-
board, and waterfront park on beautiful Sara-
sota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach.
For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.
GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open
water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block
construction, pine accents. New appliances,
etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-
7,0-PfiOR (IlAe/a m sa.).____
SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE: 4BR/3.5BA
water view, handicap accessible, garage, pool.
By owner, easy show, $359,000. 941-795-
OPEN HOUSE: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Best buy, home on a canal per square foot.
3BR/3BA, pool, $649,900.618 Foxworth Lane,
Holmes Beach. Key Royale. Sharon Hightower,
Edgewater Real Estate. 941-330-5054.
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that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper
are available on an equal opportunity basis. To
complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at
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doors across the back of the home allow in natural light and
beauty. This rare 2,481 sf home is priced to sell at $995,000.
Appraisal on file. Call Nicole Skaggs, Broker. 941-773-3966
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VILLAGE GREEN CONDO GATED COMMUNITY
Meticulously maintained Rare buildable lot in exclusive
2BR/2BA Village Green Harbour Landings Estates.
Condo. $157,500. Call Lori $198,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Guerin, 941-773-3415. Broker, 941-773-3966.
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GULFFRONT COMPLEX CANALFRONT POOL HOME
Gulf views from light, bright, Exceptional buy. Updated
updated 2BR/2BA condo. Turn- San Remo. $309,900. Call
key furnished, priced to sell at Denise Fleese, Realtor, 941-
$264,900. Call Nicole Skaggs, 504-5211.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
Jesse bissn 0 Adssociate, G4
IN THE CAY
Everything is new
S.' i,,j. IIii llll in this 2bed/2bath
condo. Great loca-
",_ tion close to Anna
Maria Island and
S1Bradenton. With a
boat dock and a pool, what more could anyone ask
for. $190,000. Call Jesse Brisson @ 941.713.4755.
The new Istlander newspaper office is at
5604-B Marina Drive, across from
the library and next to Domino's Pizza.
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