Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)

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Beach renourishment startup set for Dec. 17. Page 4 The government calendar. Page 4 The Islander editorial, reader letters. Page 6 Looking back: December 2003. Page 7 Holmes Beach tightens Mainsail agreement. Page 8 Community events, announcements. Pages 10-11 Save a date, make a date. Pages 12-13 Bradenton Beach takes reading on noise limits. Page 19 Holmes Beach previews 5-year capital improvement plan. Page 20 Island police blotter. Page 21 Student scientists takeover AME. Page 23 Page 25 New offerings, new AsTheWorld Terns study the details. Page 6The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.org Save a date, make a Ranked Floridas Best Community Weekly by FPAAMI Chamber of Commerce 2012 Medium Business of the Year 10 years ago Meetings Op-Ed Page 26 Community events, Happenings Streetlife The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.org VOLUME 22, NO. 7 DEC. 18, 2013 FREE Merry AMI Christmas countdown to Dec. 25. PLEASE SEE PARKING, PAGE 2Anna Maria parking debate results in refundsBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Mayor SueLynn reported to the commission Dec. 12 that both Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and Rex Hagen want to be refunded their donations for improvements to the vacant lots at the east end of Pine Avenue. Hagen donated $55,000, and PAR pledged up to $100,000. The refund requests came after the commission voted 3-2 Dec. 5 to remove 15-parking spaces from plans to develop the park drawn by then-Commissioner Gene Aubry and approved 3-1 by the commission in June. Webb was absent from the June meeting. Both PAR and Hagen had said the donations were contingent on the city following the Aubry plan. The mayor said the city thus far has spent $42,945 from the donations. Commissioners unanimously voted to return Hagens and PARs donations, taking the expended amount from the city reserve fund. Webb noted that the commission has not denied the park site plan, but rather sought to know what Hagen and PAR would do with their donations based on the parking being eliminated. Mike Coleman of PAR told commissioners at a Dec. 5 meeting that he would expect that to her and provided his expenses to date. Hagen had delivered a letter to city hall moments before the topic came up. It was handed to SueLynn and she read his response, which stated that he wanted a refund if the Aubry plan was altered to eliminate parking. Now the commission knows, said Commissioner Carol Carter. I talked to a lot of people who just dont want parking there, she said. SueLynn said further work at the park is at a stand-still until the city can fund the work. She added the commission must approve some form of site plan before any further work takes place at the park. Right now, all were doing is irrigation, the mayor said. Webb then directed SueLynn to seek other donations to fund the park as long as no strings are attached. SueLynn said she thought donations would be out of the question if donors dont know how their money is to be spent, essentially saying no to Webbs directive. Vehicle parking in the north lot of the Anna Maria City Pier is posted for restaurant patrons. Leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder is seeking assistance from the city to implement paid parking. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin The mullet are running, grab your cast net Islander Reporter Its harvest time. And like farmers heading nets and gear aboard boats and heading onto the water. In the fall, mullet group together and begin a migration pattern, intrinsic to their reproducfattened with roe begins. Its like a two-month-long hunting trip. Its fun, and you can make some good money, He hit the water by 4:45 a.m. Dec. 12. After a long day of throwing his cast nets, he took his haul to A.P. Bell Fish Co. to sort and weigh his catch. He squeezed the bottom side of each mullet with the skill of someone who has done it many times. Females, left bin; males, right bin. He repeated this action for each mullet in his 1,500-pound haul. worked the mullet run for 15 seasons. He also This year started slow, but the last two days have been pretty good. I got 1,200 pounds yesterday, 1,500 pounds today. Well probably The slow start is a response to weather conditions, not calendar dates. Cold weather produced by a front signals mullets instinct to migrate from the bays into the Gulf of Mexico in large schools, making it easier to net large ABOVE: Tony Keehbauch tosses one of his fresh-caught mullet into a stainless-steel bin Dec. 12 at A.P. Bell Fish Co., 4539 124th gender. RIGHT: Keehbauchs mullet in the Its been a mild December, which helps the warmer shoreline waters, the migrating schools are larger and full of precious roe. in deeper waters and release fertilized eggs, sustaining the population and continuing the migration pattern. To extract the roe for consumption, the sold and consumed, the red roe in the female mullet is the real catch. This years price has The price is good. Last year it was $1.50 a pound for females. Theres big price differAside from the temperature, the mullet run also is affected by the conditions on the water. on rough waters. Today was borderline. I was on the north end of Anna Maria Island and near the exposed bauch. As the season comes to a close and the hbauch is happy. You put in some long hours, but its super

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DECEMBER SPECIAL TAKE-OUT ONLY PARKING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 More parking woes C ommissioners also discussed at the D ec. 12 meeting a request from city pier leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder to allow gated or paid parking at the pier. Schoenfelder has said that if the six vacant lots opposite the pier were not planned to include some public parking, he would seek to close his parking lot at the pier to all but paid parking, while allowing customers at the restaurant to have their parking fees rebated. He maintains the popularity of the boardwalk and the beach have added to his restaurants parking problems. T he city allowed parking on at least three of the six of the vacant lots for a number of years until the winter tourism season ended in May 2012. A ccording to Schoenfelders lease, he can charge for parking on his leased property if the city commission agrees, Commission Chair Chuck Webb said. But Schoenfelders lease incorporates some parking on both the north and south sides of the pier, and the amount of parking diminished as a result of the Florida D epartment of T ransportation-funded boardwalk project, ley stop. M ayor SueLynn, commissioners and public works trol of the north lot at the pier to Schoenfelder, which will eventually require amending the lease. T he request raises the issue of the city doing business with a private entity, Webb said. T his is a slippery slope, he said. We are getting more and more into doing business with him and we dont want to get involved in his business. Webb said, Schoenfelder, as the tenant, has control of the city pier and its parking, but the commission needs to see a plan from Schoenfelder and agree with it before it can go forward. C ommissioner D oug C opeland said there should be some remedy in the plan for people not paying to park. Webb suggested the commission wait for Schoenfelder to make a proposal. He asked SueLynn to contact Schoenfelder and tell him the commission is agreeable to some form of paid parking, but needs him to present a plan. C opeland also said the city shouldnt spend any of its money having Dye or staff work on a paid parking plan at the pier. He suggested Schoenfelder contact the DOT to determine if the terms of the grant for the boardwalk project at the pier, would impact paid parking. Let him spend his own money, he said. Sandbar site-plan hearing canceled A public hearing Dec. 12 for commissioners to consider a site plan for the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring A ve., was canceled. Since 2007, Barbara N ally and her late husband have written numerous letters of complaint to the city of A nna M aria about activities at the Sandbar R estaurant, and that includes one regarding the new, pending site plan. N ally, who owns a vacation rental at 102 Spring A ve. past against the city related to the Sandbar or P ine A venue R estoration, only one of which was partially upheld. T hat concerned the sand mixture used for sidewalks at PAR properties on Pine A venue. Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar also is a principal in PAR. But at the commissions D ec. 12 meeting, N ally scored a minor win when city attorney Jim Dye said the D ec. 3 planning and zoning board public hearing on a Sandbar site plan was not properly noticed. the P&Z, but it does prompt a redo. Dye said the error was brought to his attention in a Sarasota, which represents Nally. My conclusion is the planning and zoning hearing was not properly noticed, he said. D ye recommended the site plan be returned to the P&Z board to be reheard and re-advertised by the city to include a posted notice at the beach end of Pine A venue. (See related P&Z-Sandbar story next page.) C ommissioners agreed and voted unanimously to follow Dyes recommendation. At this point, some six or seven attendees, including Nally and a court reporter, left the meeting. Landmark familys home demolishedDemolition of the house at 211 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, was completed last week. The house and adjacent vacant lots behind Ginnys & Jane Es at the Old IGA on Gulf Drive were sold earlier this winter. The property was held the family home of the late Ernie Cagnina, longtime resident, owner of the IGA and mayor. In recent years, the home Bob Welch said no building permit applications have been submitted. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 3 11:30-9 941.778.5092ENJOY The Feast Restaurant Winners!Come find out why were voted No. 1 PIZZA on AMI by Islander readers! LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS 5337 Gulf Drive | Anna Maria Island | 941.779.1000 NEW MENU!HAPPY HOURFood & Cocktails 3-6 NEW MENU! Got Buttah?SEAFOOD | STEAKS | PASTA | COCKTAILS BURGERS | WINGS | HOT DOGS | PIZZA DAILY SPECIALS & CHEFS SELECTIONSSunday Chicken Wings $8 Fri & Sat Prime Rib $18 Tues & Thur Filet of Grouper $15 Mon& Wed Lobster Tail Plate $14 ESPN & SUNDAY FOOTBALL PACKAGES ON BIG SCREEENS Sandbar P&Z review now must be heard againBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Parking at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring A ve., A nna M aria, seems to have been an issue for a number of years, particularly on holidays and at the peak of tourist season. A t the citys planning and zoning board meeting D ec. 3, P&Z members voted 5-2 to recommend the commis sion approve an amendment to the Sandbars site plan for drainage, beach access and pedestrian walkways. T he plan also includes adding restaurant parking on a vacant lot on the southeast corner at G ulf D rive and Spring A venue. The hearing on the recommendation, however, was halted due to an improper public notice and the commission agreed to the return the matter to the P&Z to be reheard following proper notice. A t the D ec. 3 meeting, city planner A lan G arrett said parking is an allowed use for the property, which is zoned T he plan allows entry to the parking lot from G ulf D rive, but vehicles will be required to exit east onto Spring A venue. A landscape buffer is planned between the proposed lot and the adjacent residence at 203 Spring A ve., said engineer Lynn T ownsend Burnett, representing the Sandbar. I ncluded in the site plan is a beach pathway that includes a drainage system where there now is a swale, running north and south between the Sandbar and an adja cent home. Drainage pipes would be placed in the swale and covered by a compacted mix of sand and shell. N ewly appointed P &Z member G ene A ubry, an architect and former city commissioner, said Burnetts design would do much to improve drainage in the area. I like it, Aubry said. M ember Jonathan C rane, also newly appointed to the board, proposed amending the site plan to remove city liability for the walkway. The Sandbar will maintain the walkway, beach access and drainage system. Crane, a retired attorney, had concerns that the city would be liable for an accident on the walkway, which is partly on Sandbar property. P&Z members Lou Ellen Wilson and Margaret Jenkins voted against the plan. Both had concerns about the parking lot on Gulf Drive. Lobeck and Hanson, P A ., representing Barbara N ally, owner of the Spring A venue house adjacent to the main restaurant parking lot, challenged P &Z member M ike C olemans vote, claiming C olemans and Sandbar owner E d C hiles joint business ventures should preclude his ability to vote on the Sandbar matter. Ellington also claimed the Dec. 3 P&Z meeting was not properly noticed, but the city attorney was not in attendance to address her claim. saying he has no interest in Chiles restaurants. C oleman said the many Nally challenges to Sand bar and PAR plans have cost the city time and money defending these complaints. bar and would not gain or lose anything of monetary value by the decision. I n fact, I believe I have to vote if I dont recuse G arrett said the city attorney would be at the commis sion hearing on the site plan and could give his opinion then on the public notice and Colemans vote. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is proposing a kiosk providing tourist information to visitors at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Tourist kiosk planned for Manatee Public BeachBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter The M anatee County T ourist D evelopment Council at its Dec. 9 meeting approved spending $45,000 for restroom improvements and a free-standing tourist kiosk at the M anatee P ublic Beach at 4000 G ulf D rive in Holmes Beach. Bradenton A rea C onvention and Visitors Bureau marketing director D eb M eihls said the kiosk is subject to a lease with the operator of the concession stand at the beach. T he concession, including the A nna M aria Island Beach Cafe, gift shop and beach rentals, is oper ated by U nited P ark Services under a contract with Manatee County. T he county is responsible for maintenance, the concession and marine rescue at the public beach. Were not there yet, but weve started negotiat ing, Meihls said. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 G ulf D rive, operates a tourist information center with help from volunteers in conjunction with the BACVB and receives funding for its operations, including mail-outs, from the TDC. C hamber president M ary A nn Brockman said the chamber would certainly work with a new kiosk to help the entire island. Brockman said the proposed kiosk should be an agenda item at the chamber board of directors meeting at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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4 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Socializing The Islander has an active Facebook community of more than 2,200 users, so were sharing some of the conversations weve been having with our fans. I f you would like to join the conversation, become a fan of The Islander on Facebook. We provide a direct link to our fan page from www.islander.org. T he I slander also allows comments on stories online. MeetingsAnna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-7086130, www.cityofannamaria.com Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org. Holmes Beach Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941. Manatee County Bar Pointe. Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org. West Manatee Fire Rescue 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org. Of Interest be closed Dec. 24-25. will be closed. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall. Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@ islander.org.Beach renourishment startup delayed to Dec. 17Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Mana tee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, explains the beach renourishment work schedule at a Dec. 10 Holmes Beach city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young is being paid for through a federal emergency spending bill initially started after T ropical Storm Debby and solidStates in October 2012. Hunsicker said 12.5 percent of the project is being funded by Manatee County tourist development tax dollars and the remaining 12.5 percent is being paid by state grants. He said the 75 percent federal money was the key to getting the project started. Long ago we entered into this partnership with the federal government, said Hunsicker. O ther cities opted dont get federal funding and it would be nearly impossible for those cities to get back in now. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is so far behind on projects already authorized, if you set out today to get into the federal partnership with beaches, it would be decades before you saw any action by Congress. Hunsicker said the island has about 12 million yards of sand sitting in its offshore reserve account for renourishment projects, and that the dredging site is the same as it was for the 2005 renourishment. I t will have no effect on the north end of the island, he said. We already know that to be true from the last time. Anna Maria was excluded from the upcoming renour ishment project because it was the only island city to from other island cities and deposited sand at the north end of the island. By Mark Young Islander Reporter A Dec. 11 start date for an Anna Maria Island beach renourishment project stretching south from Holmes according to Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. After making presentations in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach earlier this month on the project, Hunsicker told Holmes Beach commissioners at a Dec. 10 city commission meeting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor was delayed at another project. T he company has been renourishing the beach on G asparilla I sland, Hunsicker said, and dredging there resulted in more crushed shell than anticipated, which slowed the pumping process. He said underwater pipes have already been laid in the dredging area about 2 miles off the north end of A nna M aria I sland in preparation for the upcoming project and that some equipment is already in place. they said it shouldnt be a problem, said Hunsicker. It wont be a problem with the quality of sand we have. They will be able to do about 200-300 yards of beach a day. Hunsicker said once the project begins, about 55,000 of the Gulf of Mexico and pumped onshore. Bulldozers will redistribute the sand to rebuild a beach that was due for renourishment even before T ropical Storm D ebby scoured sand from the southern end of the island and deposited it toward the north end in June 2012. Hunsicker said once the project starts it will continue 24 hours a day. T hey cant stop once they start pushing the sand through 7 miles of pipes, he said. I t has to keep moving all the time. timeline for the project remains the same. F rom there, the project goes from a 75 percent feder ally funded renourishment to a stateand county-funded renourishment at C oquina Beach. T hat project is expected tion date in late March or early April 2014 in time for the May 1 start of sea turtle nesting season. Neither project will affect the timeline for the replacement of the three erosion-control groins that have been in disrepair at C ortez Beach in Bradenton Beach since 1984. T he groin project is expected to cost $2.8 million. While it doesnt have a start date, it is expected to begin sometime in early 2014, according to Hunsicker, who said it would take nine months to demolish and rebuild the groins. Hunsicker said the state considered fully removing the groins, but the county was able to convince state in danger of being washed out in a storm without the groins. T echnology now allows the structures to be rebuilt as C ommissioner Jean P eelen asked why the project was scheduled at the beginning of tourist season and answered her own question by saying, Sea turtles. I n 2002, we didnt have that restriction, but our nest density is getting higher and reaching the point where its important not to have construction on the beach during nesting season. Hunsicker explained that a good portion of the beaches will be usable outside of the renourishment area and the contractor has agreed to the countys request to provide more than 200 walkovers along the pipeline on the beach from Holmes Beach to Bradenton Beach. AM pier beach newly enhanced with sandBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter T he beach at the A nna M aria C ity P ier just got a little more popular with beachgoers. T hats because the beach at the pier has been widened about 70 feet into T ampa Bay from the shore. Work crews from C & M D redging of Leesburg pumped sand dredged from the nearby Lake LaVista inlet on T ampa Bay to the beach. The permit from the Florida D epartment of E nvironmental P rotection limits the beach to a maximum of 70 feet from the shore. C&M owner Christian Miller said a new technique was used that binds the dredged sand with seawater before spreading it on the beach. M iller said this will keep the sand in place on the beach longer than the 2011 beach project at the pier. F unding for the project came from a matching Southwest F lorida Water M anagement D istrict grant of $145,000. pleased that the beach widening came in time for the holiday season, when many visitors to A nna M aria I sland T he Bradenton A rea C onvention and Visitors Bureau has found in previous surveys the Anna Maria City Pier is Manatee Countys No. 1 tourist attraction.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 5 Minto Communities, LLC 2013. Prices and availability subject to change without notice. Oral representations cannot be relied upon a correctly stating the representations of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to the purchase agreement and homeowner documents, including the documents required by section 718.503, Florida Statutes, to be furnished by a developer to a buyer or lessee in condominium communities. Not an offer where prohibited by state statutes. All rights reserved. Content A Wish Fulfilled. The Ones You Love.The Luxury of Time LEED & ENERGY STARLEADERSHIP IN HOUSING CERTIFICATE2012 2013 WINNER! Anna Maria setback hearing takes on prosecutorial airs A hearing on a setback variance for the newly con structed single-family residence at 414 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, was the subject of contentious debate at the Dec. 12 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Lay people can easily get hung up on words and intent in discussions of judicial matters. That appeared to be the case at the Anna Maria City Commission Dec. 12 meeting when property owner Joe A cebal applied for a 9-foot variance to the front-yard setback requirement for a newly constructed home at 414 Pine A ve. A ttorney Scott R udacille, representing A cebal, asked for the variance from the required 29 feet to 20 feet, saying the contractor and designer had erred, the ing permit for the plans, and the house was built and inspected before the error was discovered. T he setback requirement for a single-family home in However, the citys setback requirement for a house in the residential zone is only 20 feet, he said. a non-confroming lot in the ROR to adopt the residential setback. include the non-conforming lots and the unintended consequence of the omission resulted in the present situation. error when issuing the permit. He said that city planner Alan Garrett was on vacation when he reviewed the application. time I ve ever made such an error, Welch said. Welch said normally more eyes review a plan than were able to do so in this case. But C ommission C hair C huck Webb, an attorney, seemed determined to force R udacille to accept the blame for the applicant, not the building department. Our code clearly says 29 feet for a setback in the ROR, Webb said. Additionally, he said its up to the applicant to ensure the contractor follows city code, not the Rudacille argued that the code is not clear. T he owner is responsible, Webb said. He repeated questions to Rudacille focusing on the owners responsibility and the contractor being the agent for the owner. Webb also repeated questions to R udacille, asking if he was seeking equitable estoppel in the variance. Rudacille repeatedly replied the applicant was not yet at that point, but Webb persisted. Webb then turned his inquiry to city attorney Jim D ye, who said equitable estoppel is a court action, not something for the commission to consider. Were only seeking to rectify a problem, R udacille said. He added that the code does not clearly state that the 29-foot setback was in effect. He said there are three one of which previously was a 20-foot setback on a nonconforming platted lot of record. R udacille noted three houses built in line with 414 P ine A ve. also have a 20-foot setback. T wo of the houses did not meet the setback. Rudacille said if the commission enforced the code to the letter, A cebal would have to tear down the house or remove the front 9 feet of the home. Either action would be excessive and expensive and might result in an action against the city, he suggested. But Webb insisted the house could be modified, even asking Welch about the construction method. Welch replied the home had bored, poured concrete pilings. Webb said he thought the city was creating a catchme-if-can situation with contractors. A nd M ayor SueLynn said she felt any action to require the owner to tear down the home was unconscionable. SueLynn asked the commissioners to check their packets on the subject and address the criteria for the variance, as required by the city code. Webb then began a rundown on the nine-point check quently on a laptop computer. He also wanted Rudacille to come back to the commission with case law supporting his claim, but Commissioner Dale Woodland interjected. I have a different approach. T he homes already there are clearly at the 20-foot setback. A 29-foot setback would be out of place. I ts a no-brainer. I dont know whose fault it is and I dont care. We could win this war, but its ridiculous, he said. The commissioner said that when he arrived for the hearing, he thought the matter would take just a few minutes. He said he would have voted to approve the variance had it come before the commission before the house was built. Woodland then made a motion to approve the variance request, which passed 4-1. There was no comment from the public and Webb voted alone against the variance. C ommissioner N ancy Yetter said she wasnt in favor of the variance, but she voted yes.

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6 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Editorial Lisa Neff, copy editor Joe Bird Kevin Cassidy, kevin@islander.org Rick Catlin, rick@islander.org Jack Elka, jack@jackelka.com Jennifer Glen eld, jennifer@islander.org Mark Young, marky@islander.org Contributors Carol Brenneman Jesse Brisson Morgan Harlan Karen Riley-Love Capt. Danny Stasny, sh@islander.org Mike Quinn | NewsManatee.com Advertising Director Toni Lyon, toni@islander.org Production Graphics ads@islander.org Of ce Staff Lisa Williams, manager, lisaw@islander.org Janice Dingman, pier plank coordinator accounting@islander.org classi eds@islander.org subscriptions@islander.org Distribution Urbane Bouchet Shane Pelkey Ross Roberts (All others: news@islander.org) Publisher and Editor Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Editorial Editorial DEC. 18, 2013 DEC. 18, 2013 DEC. 18, 2013 Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Island Shopping Center, 5604B Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 WEBSITE: www.islander.org PHONE 941-778-7978 toll-free fax 1-866-362-9821 Opinion Your www.islander.orgAnd the problems are Carol Sousteks letter in the Dec. 11 Islander in support of Mayor Carmel Montis November annual report caper demands a reply to her question, What is the problem? 1. The report was labeled an end-of-year report, and yet it was sent almost two months before the years as it was delivered to voter mailboxes just before the November election. 2. The report was not sent to all Holmes Beach residents or even city landowners as it should have been, but just to voters, further cementing the impression that it was a thinly disguised political advertisement. 3. Considering points 1 and 2, it is ethically questionable that the mayor chose to use town funds for the postage on his self-promoting mailer. Florida Statute 104.31.1 states: No officer or employee of the state or of any county or municipality thereof, except as hereinafter exempted from the provianother persons vote or affecting the vote thereof. The important question is, did the mayor use his encing the election. Some including myself suggest he did. Im tired of Monti and his sidekicks touting how many hours the mayor works. The issue is not whether he puts in enough time. The trouble is that too much of that time results in impractical ideas (such as charging daytrippers) and missteps (such as private note-passing at a public meeting in violation of Sunshine Laws) that cost Holmes Beach in tourist revenue and reputation. Monti may be experienced, but it doesnt seem to be in the governing process. We should expect more from our elected representatives than just skirting by on the legalities while violating the spirit of the law. Legal or not, its wrong. So, Ms. Soustek, since you called for more residents to weigh in on the mayors mailing, I do so as one uninvolved but interested Holmes Beach voter. As a former candidate whose campaign sign stood tion, your complaint against The Islander is the one that sounds contrived. Marlane Wurzbach, Holmes BeachThanks for goodwill I am a long-time employee of the Rod and Reel Pier and this is a thank you message from myself and my co-workers to the residents of Anna Maria Island in September caused us to be temporarily laid off. To the residents who raised money, the churches who included us in prayer, for the special offerings and the T-shirts that were sold to raise funds for our aid. To the members of All Island Denominations, who listened to our needs and used donated funds to help pay bills, keeping many us out of collections. Many of the pier employees have been working there for many years and have watched your kids grow up, which makes us feel like family. We have greeted our many annual visitors and welcomed newcomers to Anna Maria Island. From all of us, we wish you and yours a very merry Christmas, and we also look forward to seeing you when we reopen. Christine Olson, BradentonThe devil in the details Sometimes, looking at government from the outside makes the process seem both complicated and simple. The process of legislating enacting good laws and making choices for the people is complicated. And yet, there are simple things overlooked, forgotten, ignored or laid dormant swept under the rug. on the way to doing what they think is the right thing for us all. Such is the case on Anna Maria Island when discussion turns to parking. Take, for instance, the matter of parking for a yet-to-be-created park at the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Boulevard. Who could imagine a city creating a park without parking for the residents and their friends and visitors who go there? That would be Anna Maria. Restrooms? Check. Benches and walkways among the landscaping and mature oak trees? Check. Beautiful views of Tampa Bay, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the city pier? Check. Parking? No. Even when reminded the city once obliged the owner of the vacant land also the developer of the to maintain parking there, knowing full well the plaza sioners opted to eliminate parking for the park. The commission and the mayor may have forgotten that their discussion about the pier tenants plans for paid parking stemmed from the elimination of parking on the same vacant lots some 18 months ago. The lots had long been used for pier parking, especially when city created the trolley stop in the north parking lot in 2003 and eliminated some parking spaces. Amid vows of no parking the city bought the lots and continued to allow piergoers to park cars there. And park they did. The lots were seldom empty They overlook the piers growing popularity. The trolley brings more and more people. And a new beach created with city-state funds adds to the impact. should provide parking, but thats the same old devil, trying to put the responsibility for providing services on private enterprise. Roser Church bears more of the parking burden for the pier than the city. And for a meager 15 parking spaces, we have three city commissioners voting to give back donations of lots into a park. They also swept aside the fact that creating the parking spaces there bore no cost. Shame on those devils.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 7 Headlines from Dec. 17, 2003Temps and Drops on AMI Date Low High Rainfall Dec. 8 64 86 0 Dec. 9 64 83 0 Dec. 10 59 81 0.01 Dec. 11 65 84 0 Dec. 12 55 75 0 Dec. 13 51 78 0 Dec. 14 63 83 0 Average area Gulf water temperature 72.324-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m. Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. Weve been publishing and mailing successfully since 1992! We bring you all the news about three city governments, community happenings, people features and special events even the latest real estate transactions everything you need if your heart is on the Island. The Islander is distributed free locally. If you dont live here year-round, use this form to subscribe for yourself or someone else. (Sorry, we do not suspend mail subscriptions you get the news free while youre here!)BULK MAIL U.S. SUBSCRIPTION (allow 2 weeks for every weeks delivery) 7 months-1 year: $54 3-6 Months: $36 1-3 Months: $24U.S. FIRST CLASS AND CANADIAN SUBSCRIPTION 7 months-1 year: $160 3-6 Months: $98 1-3 Months: $54 Single Issue: $5 FIRST CLASS MAIL, U.S. ONLY, maximum four weeks Rates to Europe or other countries available on request.MAIL TO: ______________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________ STATE __________ ZIP _________________ Credit card: d u No. ___________________________________________ Name shown on card: _____________________________ Exp. Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992 CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) www.islander.org E-MAIL subscriptions@islander.org 10 years ago submitted his resignation, saying Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips and Vice Mayor Anna OBrien questioned his integrity. Welch said the actions of Phillips and OBrien that were intended to discredit me render my continued employment with the city impossible. mal building moratorium while city attorney Jim Dye was preparing a formal ordinance to be adopted at the commissions Dec. 29 meeting. Dye told the commission it could adopt the moratorium informally until the ordinance passes. Commissioners agreed the moratorium should only last six months. the Conservation Medal by National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution for her outstanding achievement of environmental awareness in Cortez, the award said. A native of Cortez, Green was instrumental in forming the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage in Cortez, in addition to other environmental projects. Green said two of her relatives served in the American Revolution. SIDEBAR SIDEBAR GALLERY 9-5 M-F, 5604B Marina Drive Holmes Beach, 941.778.7978 Youre invited to visit The Islanders new SIDEBAR GALLERY, featuring work by a variety of top local artists and arts and crafts direct from Haiti. Ready, set, action in the courtyard: Duffys Tavern, 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, serves as a movie set tography, Cindy de la Cruz is an actor, and Kris Wood is the writer and director, as well as an actor. Islander Photos: Courtesy Rick Lewis 12-15 minutes and follows Ian Bird, played by Kris at your local bar. He feels the universe is leaving him his destiny, and he inconwhat hes missing in life. to be the perfect spot for an ale, and to spin his tale. Behind the scenes at Duffys Tavern

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8 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER ClaireMarieSpa.com 5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes Business Center By Appointment Only: 941-730-3649MM28612 DECEMBER SPECIAL 1-hour Luxury Spa Massage$50 (regular $75)Gift Certi cates Available Holmes Beach tightens terms for Mainsail agreementBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Holmes Beach commissioners, at a Dec. 11 work session, made some minor tweaks to a settlement agreement between the city and the M ainsail Lodge development team. It was the second round of review for commission ers. The agreement stems from two rounds of mediation initiated by M ainsail attorney R obert Lincoln to avoid suing the city over a March revocation of its site plan to develop the vacant commercial land near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives. T he city received several concessions during the mediation, reduced setbacks, the elimination of some lodging buildings, a reduction in size for the two remaining buildings, reduction in restaurant seating and more. Parking also was a primary point in the ongoing discussions with Mainsail and, while parking appears to be adequate for the proposed lodge, Commissioner Marvin Grossman alleged that Mainsail is already violating the parking ordinance at the marina where it leases boat slips to charter captains. I think the whole commission believes there should be no special interest, said Grossman. The marina has been operating for 12 years. T here are hardly any parking spaces for the boat slips. Grossman said according to his count of boats using the slips and Mainsails business tax receipt, the devel I was told they submitted a plan to correct all of this, but was then told it was our fault for not directing our mayor and building department to examine the informa tion they submitted. is on the pending shelf. He said once the matter entered mediation, the review of the marina parking plan was put on hold, and has been ever since. O Brien said a code enforcement action was initiated prior to the mediation and that M ainsails parking plan was its response to the code enforcement action. However, he reiterated, everything was put on hold until the mediation is completed. G rossman said anyone running a business in the city is required to do certain things. T his one is being ignored and I dont think thats right, said Grossman. Mayor Carmel Monti said he would look into it and give it a high priority after city attorney Patricia Petruff said she agreed with Grossman. Commissioners commenced with some minor adjustsome setback limits agreed to in mediation and ensuring the maximum capacity seating at the proposed restaurant would not exceed 80 seats. M ost of the adjustments were to ensure what was agreed to was associated with the appropriate language in the agreement. The bigger issue for Commission Chair Judy T itsworth is that M ainsail has not yet reached a settlement with residents on Sunrise Lane. M ainsail wants to use the road for emergency vehicle access, but only partly owns the road along with the Sunrise Lane residents. D uring mediation, it was made clear that any deal with the city would be contingent on Mainsail reaching a deal with the two Sunrise Lane residents who oppose M ainsails use of the road. T itsworth also lives on Sunrise Lane, but is not engaged in the dispute over use of the road. However, with the elimination of some lodging facilities, T itsworth noted that M ainsail might not need to use Sunrise Lane. It was an idea that Mainsail did not oppose, if the opportunity ever surfaced. A consensus was given to pass that option onto MainT itsworth also wanted the language clarified for M ainsail to clean up the site, since actual construction is likely to be four or more years away and that is T itsworth wanted time limits imposed for cleanup and, while commissioners agreed, time limits were not Irene Pearman serves desserts at the AMI Historical Society party on Pine Avenue for guests awaiting a Roser Church musical performance. 40-foot long Italian sandwich served by Vinny Esposito at Vinny & Cheryls Italian Kitchen. Lily Kawahata, 6, and Isabella Klements, 5, were among the Roser Church performers at the museum. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 11 S A L E A A L L Free popcorn! Corner Rack (intersection of gulf and marina) You asked for it, you got it! Signature Signature 5311 gulf drive holmes beach941.778.5400 acquaaveda.com hair skin nails massagefeel beautiful today Island happenings Island churches celebrate Christmas There are six churches on Anna Maria Island that will be observing Christmas and the holiday season. Beach. A Christmas Eve candlelight service is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be carols sung and the Christmas story will be told. For more information, call 941-778-0719. Drive, Holmes Beach. The schedule includes a 5 p.m. family service on Christmas Eve, carols at 10:30 p.m. and an 11 p.m. Eucharist festival with music. On Christmas Day, there will be a festival Eucharist at 10 a.m. Holmes Beach. Christmas Eve Festival Worship programs will be at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and the Christmas Day Nativity of Our Lord worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 25. For more information, call 941-778-1813. Ave., Bradenton Beach. Details for Harvey were not available at Islander press time. For information, call 941-779-1912. Ave., Anna Maria. Roser will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 that features a nativity pageant and a telling of the Christmas story, as well as performances by the choir. At 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, the church will hold a traditional candlelight service, with music by the chancel choir. Roser will hold a Communion service at 10 a.m. Dec. 25 in the chapel, as well as Communion at the church 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 1. For information, call 941-778-0414. Holmes Beach. The church will hold a childrens Mass on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. and a traditional service at 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, the church will hold a Mass at 8:30 a.m. and another at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, St. Bernard will hold a vigil Mass at 4 p.m. and Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on New Years Day. The chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Roser will hold a communion service at 10 a.m. Dec. 25 in the chapel Islander File PhotoPrivateers holding thieves markets Thieves Market of the winter season Saturday, Jan. 11. 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m., according to the organizations website. market items, arts and crafts, antiques and household goods. and breakfast items, including hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue near the Privateers ship. Other market dates are Saturdays on Feb. 8 at the east end of Pine Avenue and March 8 and April 12 at Coquina Beach. For more information, including vendor details, contact Dan Hill at 941-812-8318 or danuhillibilly@yahoo. com.De Soto memorial hosts Winter Luminary Walk To celebrate the holiday season, the De Soto National Memorial will light its trail with thousands of luminaries on Saturday, Dec. 21. rial Highway, Bradenton. The event features Native American musician Juan solo violinist Amberly Waterman of Anna Maria Island playing traditional European melodies on violin and also a performance by G Mans Caribbean Steel Drums. The entire De Soto National Memorial trail will be lined with luminaries and re-enactors will tell stories of how the Spanish and Native Americans celebrated winters on Floridas Gulf Coast. The Chop Shop of Bradenton will be selling barbecue and the De Soto National Memorial Youth Advisory Council will sell beverages. For more information, call the park at 941-792-0458 Art league seeks volunteers, hosts camera class The Anna Maria Island Art League is recruiting volfestivals. The league also will host a digital camera course on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in January. Students will learn camera practice. The course fee is $100. For more information, contact AMIAL at 941-7782099 or email artleagueami@gmail.com. The league is at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.Library to host turtle talk The Island Library will welcome Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitorings education directors for a talk at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Claudia and Glenn Wiseman will talk about AMITW and the conservation programs years on the island. The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the library at 941-778

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12 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Wednesday, Dec. 18 Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club Christmas program and luncheon, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607. Thursday, Dec. 19 Friday, Dec. 20 Saturday, Dec. 21 Winter begins. 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. 10:30 a.m. Island Gallery West mixed-media demonstration, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information; 941-778-6648. Sunday, Dec. 22 Monday, Dec. 23 Tuesday, Dec. 24 Today is Christmas Eve. Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-7948044. Wednesday, Dec. 25 Today is Christmas. Off-island Wednesday, Dec. 18 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. South Florida Museum Star of Bethlehem talk, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-7464131. Saturday, Dec. 21 6-8 p.m. De Soto National Memorial Winter Luminary Walk, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-7920458. Coming up nament, Anna Maria. Save the date Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach. Beach. Calendar announcements Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. Highresolution photographs welcome. www.fatcatcarpetcleaning.com Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Tile & Grout CleaningCALL TODAY 941.778.2882 or 941.387.0607Satisfaction Guaranteed! Satisfaction Guaranteed! HOLMES BEACH AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE F Electr T une-Ups Brak es & More 5333 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach at the corner of Gulf & Marina Drives 941-779-0487 CHRISTIES PLUMBINGRESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL778-3924 OR 778-44615508 MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH LOCAT ED IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING REP (CFC1426596) OPEN SA DOGGIE DAY CARE 7am-7pm ~ 7 DAYS BY APPT. Call ahead: 941.243.3900 8819 Cortez Road W., Bradenton www.coastalcaninecottage.comOwner caregivers: Lisa Williams & Angela McCallister Need your dog out of the house for an hour or a day? Drop him/her off with us. BINGO on horizonThe Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach, will begin its winter bingo season in January with Dale Redeker again calling numbers. The center also will host a series of Friday night suppers. Islander File Photo Fishing for volunteersPlanning is underway for the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, which takes place Feb. 15-16 Photo Find us online @ www.islander.org.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 13 V.I.P Anna Marias rst annualChalk FestivalMeet The Artists Catered By The Sandbar & Mar Vista RestaurantsIncludes Craft Beer & Fine WinesAt Anna Marias Premier GalleryThe Studio at Gulf and PineFriday, January 17th 20145:00p.m-8:00p.m. tickets $125To Purchase Tickets Please Call 941-778-8710Dinner & artist reception From Pirates to the Present onHistoric Pine Avenuewww.facebook.com/annamariaislandchalkfestival CHECK US OUT AT WWW.ISLANDER.ORG BREAKING NEWS, FLIP-PAGE E-EDITION, FACEBOOK & TWITTER! WE HAVE IT ALL. WE LIKE LIKES facebook.com/ Islandernewspaper Calendar of ongoing eventsAnnouncements Send event information and photos to news@islander. org. Please, include a name, email address and telephone number for the contact person for publication. Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875. tee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875. Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130. tion: 941-779-7688. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941778-3209. Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7783209. South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440. Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341. Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 941-778-3209. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835. Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784. by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-8963132. meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383. 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341. Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110. Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-9060668. Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. mation: 941-254-4972. Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564. meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476. Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044. copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390. Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates to schedules, to calendar@islander.org. IGW hosts mixed-media demo Cecy Richardson will lead a demonstration in mixed-media at the Island Gallery West Saturday, Dec. 21. The program, with no reservations required, will Beach. tion everywhere from the sky and seagrape leaves, to acrylic and handmade print artwork draws viewers into the wonderful world where she lives and works. She has exhibited and won awards in juried shows and has had her designs chosen for posters and T-shirts in California and Florida. For more information, call IGW at 941-778Local artist Cecy Richardson. Islander File Photo AUTUMN FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY WINTER FUN SPECIAL

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14 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER WE ROCK ONLINEislander.org Founded 1956 ALL ARE WELCOME SUND A Y WOR S HIP 10 A .M. The Lords Warehouse Thrift ShopHours 9-1, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday Christmas Eve Service 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24The Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll, Senior Minister 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key 941-383-6491 www.longboatislandchapel.org Christmas Services Dec. 22, 8 am Holy Eucharist Rite I, 10:30 am Lessons and Carols; Eucharist Rite II Dec. 24, 5 pm Family Service and Eucharist Rite II with Music, 10:30 Carol Sing, 11 pm Festival Eucharist with Music Dec. 25, 10 am Festival Eucharist Dec. 29, 8 am Holy Eucharist Rite I, 10:30 Holy Eucharist Rite II Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Holy Eucharist Rite II ALL ARE WELCOMEEPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ANNUNCIATION Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin, Rector4408 Gulf Drive | Holmes Beach | 941.778.1638 Roser Community Church A NONDENOMINATIONAL, CHRISTIAN CHURCH Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 5:30 & 9:00 PM Christmas Communion Service 10:00 AM Sunday Worship Service 10:00 AM Church School for Children & Youth 10:00 AM Adult Class 8:45 AM Book Study 9:00 AM M ission of the Month: Salvation Army512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria MASS AG E BY NADI ACall 94 1. 51 8.830 1 Massaging on AMI for more than 17 years. Your place, your convenience.MA#0017550 HOW TO RELAX ON AN ISLAND .GIFT CER TIFICA TES AV AILABLE Santa scoots to Sandbar Christmas party!Christmas party for families in needSanta greets children on the beach after his beachside entrance on a scooter. He posed for plenty of photos and gave loads to hugs children. children at the Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 10 Christmas party. ABOVE: Volunteer Morgan Burns paints the face of Ruby, 3, at the Sandbar Christmas. Tremaine Patton, 2, visits with Santa and receives a gift. Every child meeting Santa received a new pair of shoes, and a toy. NEXT WEEK: MORE CHRISTMAS ON AMI

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 15 WINTER FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY need a good laugh? visit the emerson quillin signature store. humor, art, gifts www.emersonshumor.com Island resident holds fond memories of MandelaMarkus Siegler treasures his signed copy of Nelson Mandelas autobiography. The two met at a lunch in Zurich in 2003. Siegler and wife Marianne own and operates Beach Fashion Boutique, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. He also operates Anna Maria Island Real Estate and Guest Services, 5702 Marina Drive, Islander Reporter Theres an apparent infectious quality about the goodwill expounded by Nelson Mandela the mention of his name, a quote, a photo, a story. Its a message of hope, triumph, struggle, and a universal understanding of humanity, past the barriers of language, religion, politics, skin color and national origin. It was really, for me, the greatest personality Ive ever met. To meet him, gave me goose bumps, said Markus Siegler owner of Beach Fashion Boutique and Anna Maria Island Real Estate and Guest Services in Anna Maria. Siegler, in November 2012, came to Anna Maria Island from Switzerland, where he was the director of communications for the Fdration Internationale de Football Association, the international governing body of soccer. His position in FIFA sent him around the globe, and he met and shook the hands of world leaders. Thats how I met him, as a FIFA executive. I think it was three times we met, Siegler said. One of the meetings between Mandela and Siegler was a lunch in Zurich in 2003. I knew Mandela would be there. I had read his (auto) biography, Long Walk to Freedom, while on holiday in South Africa. So I knew him, not personally, but what he had accomplished, Siegler said. I have met multimillion dollar football players, heads of state, kings and queens, and I have never asked anyone for an autograph. Mandela wrote in the book, To Markus, Best wishes, Nelson Mandela in blue ink. The signed biography is one item Siegler brought with him to the United States from Switzerland. Mandela was born in 1918 in a small village in South Africa. He became the face and the catalyst for the movement against the apartheid regime in his country. For his role as an activist, Mandela was jailed for 27 years. cohorts, only strengthened their resolve for equality and democracy in South Africa. Siegler is convinced Mandelas biggest achievement and the one we have to admire most came after his time in prison when he applied the policy of reconciliation in South Africa. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination, said Mandela at his Authorised Book of Quotations. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. through his life in actions, until death on Dec. 5. What was so striking was his aura. There was no bitterness. He spent 27 years in prison. (At the lunch) he was open, he was joking. He was funny, he liked to laugh and be spontaneous, Siegler said. Mandela was released from prison in 1990. Four cratically elected president of South Africa. placed in almost the same place he took his oath of CNN said the mourning of his death looked similar to Mandelas election people of every color and background gathered at the capitol, singing and carrying signs and banners and wearing shirts displaying Mandelas portrait. I was deeply, deeply impressed. I was lucky to have met him. For me, he is one of the greatest in history and Im not alone in that, said Siegler, who followed the news from AMI. voluntarily stepped down. He forged a democracy and Africas last apartheid-era president, for negotiating the end of the apartheid in South Africa. President Barack Obama spoke at Mandelas memorial in Johannesburg Dec. 10: It is hard to eulogize any man to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person How much harder to do so for a giant of history. He also said, It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but he also changed hearts. @ami_ islander High 5sMickey and Minnie Mouse greet the youngsters at the Chiles Christmas party with highExplorer, Woody and Sponge Bob also made appearances. 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18 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER New York Times Sunday Magazine Crossword Answers: page 28Citizen mistrust drives protest over BB zoning changeBy Mark Young Islander Reporter A simple whisper of Gulf Drive Cafe is a virtual guarantee that the chambers at Bradenton Beach City Hall The majority of citizens who spoke at a Dec. 11 planning and zoning board meeting regarding a proposed rezone by Gulf Drive Cafe owners Wendy and George misunderstood that the restaurant is a bad neighbor. The cafe owners did not attend the Dec. 11 meeting and were unavailable for comment by Islander press time, but they have previously touted their rights to enhance their business opportunities. They ran into an issue with citizens in 2012 when they gained permission to run a weekly market at the restaurant on the beachfront and in the chickee hut at 900 pedestrian nightmare and most agree that came to fruition. The temporary permit for the market was not renewed. The couple also met opposition to expand the cafe earlier this year but an independent business renting kayaks and paddleboards on the beachfront was approved. Ironically, the Dec. 11 meeting had nothing to do with the cafe, but a piece of commercial property owned by the couple across Gulf Drive from the cafe on the south side of Ninth Street North. It is a small piece of property, triangular in shape and the application is to have the property rezoned from commercial to high-density residential. The purpose for the zone change was not discussed, two-story single-family home on the property have been To build a residence requires extending setbacks due to the small parcel size. Under the citys R-3 zoning, they can pursue those variances. Architect Laura Gee represented the owners and said the property is unsuitable for a commercial endeavor. But at least some of the citizens who came to speak at the meeting said they were suspicious of the motives behind the request. John Arcadi, who owns property on Ninth Street North, represented several other residents on the street. They initially wanted to do something commercial with the property, but got shot down, he said. We are adamantly opposed to this rezone because we dont know whats to follow. Arcadi said the cafe owners treatment of residential neighbors is like bullying. Other speakers complained of bullying, alleging are not his customers in an attempt to drive them away. Barbara Wilson, a resident of 27th Street North, said He has embarrassed and questioned us. In her rebuttal, Gee addressed the public comments, saying she didnt understand what any of that had to do with what the P&Z was convened to consider. Gee suggested that if the citizens expressing opposition have a personal issue with her clients, perhaps there are other avenues they can pursue other than trying to stop this from being rezoned. While Gee was being questioned by board members about the application, Jorge Franco asked to speak. Franco said hes an employee of the Gulf Drive Cafe and that he was instructed to ask the board for a continuance. But Gee said it was her responsibility to represent The board took a 10-minute recess and Gee returned Burns said perhaps a continuance was a good idea. The LDC sets forth allowable uses, and many of them are similar when it comes to the propertys current zoning and requested zoning, said Burns. Most of what Ive heard from public comment has to do with congestion, noise and whether they are good or bad neighbors. Burns said those are issues for code enforcement or the police department, not the P&Z. Burns suggested a continuance of the public hearing to further study the issue and perhaps allow the couple to have their say. Gilbert said that due to the size of the parcel, any development would require variances, meaning a special master hearing also would be required. Gilbert said it rarely happens, but this might be the only property in Bradenton Beach that a special master The motion to continue the public hearing to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., passed unanimously. Merry, bark, woof, arf, yap, howl, yipA pack of Norwich terriers belonging to Holmes Beach residents Lee Little and Steve Weinberger pose Nov. 30 for their holiday card while gathering some Christmas cheer and poinsettias at Orbans Nursery, 9601 Ninth Ave. NW, Bradenton. From left are Razzi, Billie, Little, Panzer, Pinzi and Keri. Look for more holiday events in the Dec. 25 Christmas edition of The Islander and online: www. islander.org.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 19 LIFE AUTO HOME BOAT BUSINESS Our lovely patients, Gordon and Ruthacclaimdentalcare.com A PRIVATE FAMILY DENTAL PRACTICE 941.795.6535$599 CROWN SPECIAL2 or More Molars Only!We use a local dental lab with over 30 years experience in the Bradenton Area.OFFER EXPIRES DEC. 31, 2013 Bradenton Beach seeks input on noise-limiting ordinanceBy Mark Young Islander Reporter I n an unusual move, Bradenton Beach officials referred a non-related land development code matter to the planning and zoning board Dec. 11. C ity planner A lan G arrett acknowledged that the P&Z would not normally review noise ordinance revi sions, but he said the city is taking extra steps to ensure the proposed updates will be satisfactory to as many as possible. We are hoping that today we get into discussion on some of the issues, said G arrett. M ore importantly, this time in what we hope will be at least two public hear ings. G arrett said the noise ordinance being presented because that ordinance has withstood legal challenges. He said it is a performance-based ordinance that will rely on decibel-level readings to determine violations. What the decibel levels will be is the question to try and answer, he said. I ts very critical to have that understanding because its decibel-based, he said. So we need to make sure what we have in the ordinance is appropriate. mercial zones and 70 for residential zones between the a.m. The ordinance would allow either the police depart ment or code enforcement to review and enforce viola to take some sample readings. She measured three separate areas, including halfway down Bridge Street, where she measured 50 decibels. She next went to the Gulf of Mexico side of Gulf Drive at Bridge Street and measured about 70 decibels. She next went to N inth Street N orth and measured around 50 decibels. Garneau was asked how long she took the readings by P &Z member John Burns and she said about a minute. Burns noted that the decibel reading must be for 5 minutes and exceed the maximum for 30 consecutive seconds to amount to a violation. G arrett said the experiment was just to provide an comment. Virtually all the comments from the public were regarding noise problems at night, when ambient life of Bradenton Beach wafts through the air. Several residents spoke up and complained that they cannot open their windows at night without their homes locations. Barbara Hug said the bass from live music vibrates her home and that her quality of life has changed. I cant open my windows. Its just terrible. E rnie C asali, administrator of M oose Lodge N o. night and asked his employees to have the music in the lodge turned down only to be told that it was coming from Bridge Street. O ur quaint little town is turning into a three-ring circus, especially Bridge Street, said Casali. Past city commissions have let everyone do what they want to do. Tjet Martin, co-owner of the Linger Longer Resort, said the problems started two years ago when a prior outdoors. Now I cant even sit on my deck at night and listen to the waves, she said. A ll I hear is boom, boom, boom, boom. I f I want to hear music that loud, I ll put on my headphones and blast it. What I dont want to hear is music blasting two or three blocks away. P &Z chair D an D eBaun said it would make sense for the city to do some additional testing at the times when the most complaints are registered. G ilbert said the city basically has two options. He said the city could continue to pursue the decibel-level option or drew some applause from the packed gallery. P &Z member and former city commissioner R ic mission, it was opening a can of worms, by lifting the ban. However, he said his only duty at this point is to make sure the P&Z offers a recommendation that would give the city an ordinance that would withstand legal challenge. He said a performance-based ordinance with goal. G arrett said the city would eventually have to take noise ordinances as a matter of doing business. G arrett said without considering serious punitive actions, any ordinance the city writes will have no teeth. P &Z member Barbara C urtis said she had researched areas like Sarasota and St. P etersburg. She noted those decibel limits were much lower than what the city was proposing in its initial draft. G arrett said city staff takes no ownership in what was being presented. He said it was being presented intentionally to be scrutinized for changes. T here were several other minor issues the board took issue with, but better testing of decibel levels before reviewing the ordinance further topped the boards list. The tests will be performed during nighttime activi ties around Bradenton Beach and presented to the P&Z for further discussion and recommendation at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Bradenton Beach C ity Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The popularity of outdoor enter tainment was evident in March at the Blue Marlin Grill on and a performance by Trevor Bystrom and Morgan Greig was held. The restaurant is one of a growing number of island estab lishments to attract customers with outdoor seating and live music performances. Jo Anne Meilner of Bradenton Beach was so pleased at the per formance at the Island Time Bar at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive that she bought the performers CD. Islander File Photos Community notices, events The Islander welcomes notices of your events and projects on A nna M aria I sland and encourages you to submit both news and photographs. Send press releases and photos with detailed captions to news@islander.org. 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20 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER THE FEAST RESTAURANTEnjoy your feast THE FEAST THE FEAST RESTAURANT RESTAURANT Southern BBQ, Dry Rub and Hot BBQ for all your holiday needs! Call 778-6614 or come and pick em up or we ship. GIFT BOXES $ 24 99 T u e s d a y S u n d a y Island FleaGet your TIKI on at the Islands newest hot spot for music, food and fun! HOURS 5-12 Wed-Sat, 1-9 Sunday 5704 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941.778.4402 Island Flea Tiki Bar Live MusicHappy Hour Wed-Fri 5-7 Fri. Tangled Mangoes 7-10 Sat. Ted Stevens and The Doo Shots 7-10 Sun. NFL Football 1 4 After the Beach Bash with Gumbo Boogie Band 4 8.Holmes Beach releases 5-year capital improvement planBy Mark Young Islander Reporter ment project plan at its Dec. 12 meeting, encompassing street resurfacing and drainage projects. The plan is so tentative, OBrien said he completed He began with projects completed in the 2012-13 to estimate projects and associated costs through the The prioritized plan for drainage improvement projyear, which encompasses Sixth A venue, an area that gen erates the majority of citizen complaints. Basins 5 and 8, which include Harbor Drive and Flotilla Drive respectively. O Brien said it is a state requirement to update the CIP plan because funding comes from state gas taxes and stormwater grants from the Southwest F lorida Water M anagement A gency, as well as a city stormwater fee that appears on property tax bills. C ity attorney P atricia P etruff pointed out the plan did needed some basic cleanup before commissioners con sider a resolution adopting it. I n the meantime, O Brien said design work is moving forward for the Basin 2 project and that community meetings with residents of the area also are being planned in advance of work beginning. I n other matters, M ayor C armel M onti said M anatee County has tentatively agreed to help the city fund a volT he mayor also announced that the R ex Hagen T rust has agreed to give the city $8,000 to construct a shelter at the small dog park. In other city business, city treasurer Lori Hill introduced a resolution in opposition to the 2011 state legislation that creates a uniform mechanism to promote accountability and transparency in the use of public funds for state, local and educational entities. While there were good intentions behind the legislation, Hill said cities are discovering the law forces cities to convert to the states methods, based on population. cers Association opposes the bill and is asking for every municipality to draft a resolution of opposition. I ts impossible to fairly analyze city to city just based on population, said Hill, and the costs to imple ment the states system are excessive. C ommissioner D avid Zaccagnino said the city is blessed with good department heads. I f our treasurer says its not a good deal for us, then its not a good deal, and he moved to approve the resolution, which passed unanimously. the circumstances that motor vehicles are subject to being towed or wheel-locked. Vehicles left unattended on a sidewalk, in front of a be towed. Any vehicle violating a no-parking, tow-away zone also will be towed. in posted no-parking areas and left parked illegally can be towed upon a the second reading and passage of the ordinance. C osts of the tow, impound and associated fees will be charged to the vehicles owner. I ncluded in the ordinance is the option to have a wheel-locking device placed on vehicles. 14, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. P olice C hief Bill T okajer noted that a number of complaints were made to the city about his recent seatbelt violation campaign. T okajer said the campaign was announced in the island newspapers and suggested that if people want to stay informed with whats going on in the city, they should read the papers. DUI and seatbelt enforcement will continue through the holidays, said T okajer. I know people are complainyour seatbelt. I ts been a primary reason to conduct a job and people need to follow the law. We made stone crabs famous! OPEN 7 Days 11:30-9:30 Happy Hour 4-6pmLONGBOATS PREMIER WATERFRONT RESTAURANT! Since 1967 MOORE S STONE CRAB RESTAURANTIts that time of year! GET YOUR BIB ON! Best food, best service, best view ... Any closer to the water, your feet will get wet! OPEN 7 DAYS 11:30-9:30 941-383-1748 www.stonecrab.ccIts STONE CRAB SEASON STONE CRAB

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 21 Island watch To report information on island crime, call the tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778In emergencies, call 911. Obituaries At your service Obituaries are provided as a community service in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, and to those people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length. Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries are available by calling 941-778-7978.Margery A. Rothfuss Margery A. Rothfuss, 72, of Bradenton, died Dec. 8. She was born July 30, 1941, in Minneapolis. and, prior to her retirement, she was a 22-year employee of Manatee County. Visitation and a celebration of life service were held Dec. 14 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made at m. Mrs. Rothfuss is survived by husband David F.; daughter Debbie Little Holman and husband Randy of Riverview; son John R. Little of Bradenton; step-son David Mathes and wife Sarah of Chicago; grandchildren tonna, Minn.; Susan Lindberg of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Kevin T. Shean Island Police BlotterAnna Maria lost property. A complainant reported he set his wallet down and went for coffee. When he returned, his wallet was missing. He said he was not sure if someone stole it or if he had misplaced it. burglary. Unknown persons gained entry to a boat and stole the steering wheel and lower motor. A cooler also was taken. Missing items were valued at $4,200. shoplifting. A suspect walked to the beer case and concealed a 12-pack of beer in his backpack. He then walked to the counter where he purchased a pack of cigarettes. The clerk questioned the man about the beer in his backpack, at which time the suspect allegedly said, You got me. He returned the beer to the case and exited the store. He was not located by law enforcement. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach No new reports. Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD. Cortez Cortez is policed by the MCSO Holmes Beach glary. An unknown person gained entry into an unlocked vehicle and removed a canvas bag. The bag, emptied of its contents, was found on a neighbors property. chief. Someone damaged a large light globe by throwing an object at it. Damages were estimated to be $200. and run. Several witnesses observed a woman back her vehicle into a bike rack and then accelerate onto Holmes Boulevard. Witnesses were able to get a description of the vehicle and a license plate number, which was prolowing day on Holmes Boulevard and the woman was questioned about the incident. She said she remembered hitting something, but did not think it was a vehicle. to Hurricane Hanks for the damage to the bike rack. were called in reference to someone shouting profanities, but were unable to locate the suspect upon arrival. unsecured bicycle stolen from his yard. The bike was valued at $150. reported that someone cut the screen to his patio and stole two 18-packs of beer from an outside refrigerator. He told why he put locks on the patio door. The stolen items and damages to the screen were estimated at $90. Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police was born March 7, 1949, in Boston. Mr. Shean moved to Bradenton in 2004 and joined Bruces Taxi after driving a cab in Boston for 30 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 2188 in Bradenton Beach. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family would like to thank Tidewell Hospice of Braand compassion. Mr. Shean is survived by his longtime companion, Daisy; two sisters; a brother; and several children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Streetlife

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22 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Fresh Fish Shrimp & Grits Steaks Live music Friday & Saturday Reserve now for New Years Eve 121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 bluemarlinami.com Grill Seafood WE TWEET TOO @ami_islander WE LIKE LIKES facebook.com/ Islandernewspaper AME calendar movie. movie. is a district in-service day, no school for students.)Happy holidays! AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525. Monday, Dec. 16 Breakfast: French Toast Sticks Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marinara, McManatee Rib Patty, Steamed Green Beans, Baked Fries, Mixed Fruit. Feature: Chef Salad. Tuesday, Dec. 17 Breakfast: Burrito. Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Turkey Gravy, Garlic Dinner Roll, Feature: Veggie Garden Salad. Wednesday, Dec. 18 Breakfast: Burrito. Cups, Peaches. Feature: Popcorn Chicken Caesar Salad. Thursday, Dec. 19 Breakfast: Biscuit, Chicken Patty. Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Breadstick, Meatball Subs, Broccoli and Cheese, Cucumber Coins with Dip, Pears. Feature: Italian Salad. Friday, Dec. 20 Breakfast: Mini Pancakes. Fries, Mandarin Oranges. Feature: Chef Salad. Juice and milk are served with every meal. By Jennifer Island Coffee HausReal Florida Relaxation! DINNER HOURS: 778-1320 THE REAL GERMAN RESTAURANT ON FLORIDAS WEST COAST CALL FOR RESERVATIONSSpecial Christmas Menu includes CRISPY DUCKLING AND BAVARIAN HAXEN (24-HOUR PREORDER) CLOSED NEW YEARS EVEOPEN 4-8 NEW YEARS DAY, PLEASE, RESERVE AHEAD MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Old HamburgCLOSED CHRISTMAS EVEOPEN 4-8 CHRISTMAS DAY STEM success Third-grader Elaina Bayard assists Dr. Frost, a mad scientist played by Chris Hough from Tampas Museum of Science and Industry, during ice at Anna Maria Elementary School Dec. 10. Hough is part of a group of scientists and performers from MOSI known as the STEAM science, technology, engineering art and math punks. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 23 in a large bin to demonstrate how they dig and run. They also were placed in small, transparent containers for up-close views. Islander A volunteer from the Manatee County Mosquito Control reaches into a box of live mosquitoes. The display by MCMC included a bin of mosquito larvae and a display of native insects. Students collected larvae with droppers and placed it into test tubes. The Southwest Florida Museum, Florida Public Archeology and Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department also had infor mation kiosks with activities for AME students. Islander

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24 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER mbowers@tampabay.rr.com MB MARINE LLCElectronics / Electrical Installation & ServicePO Box 1064 Cortez, Fl 34215(941) 920-1169 941-870-4349www.kathleend.net Sailing Catamarans Sailing CatamaransKathleen D Kathleen DUSCG Certied to 20 passengersSailing from 3 locationsAnna Maria Island Longboat Key Downtown SarasotaLets Go Sailing! Plunge into 2014 for a cause The sixth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge will take place at noon Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach. The event, sponsored by Clancys Irish Pub of ties. Swimmers and their fans will meet on the beach near 12th Street South. Bradenton, will host a party with door prizes, beverages, food and music provided by the Jack Tamburin Band. Over the years, Clancys has raised more than $100,000 with the plunge. For more information, call Jan Crudele of 941-952-1109.Young Magic soccer teams conjure competitive league playConal Cassidy cuts back between two defenders during a recent U12 Manatee Magic game at G.T. Bray. Islander Photo: Jen Cassidy Islander Reporter Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organizations competitive soccer program, the Manatee Magic, is just past the midway point in its season in the United Soccer League. Magic boasts six teams, four of them in Division II, the exceptions being the U12 Magic girls in Division III and the U10 boys, for which there is no division or respectable seasons and sit in the middle of their standings or higher. The U11 Magic boys, including islander Sam Bowers and Luke Marvin, who boasts island connections, are currently in fourth place with three wins, four losses and a tie. The U12 Magic boys, coached by myself and former Conal Cassidy and James Richards. The team is currently tied for third place with four wins, four losses and a pair of ties. The U12 Magic girls, currently 5-2 and in third place in their division, is the only team without island ties. The U13 boys are coached by former Island Football Club player Neil Fellowes and represented by some familiar island names, including Lane Bowers, Brennan Bowers, Nicholas Ananicz and Aiden Grumley. They are in fourth place with three wins, three losses and a tie. The top team for the Magic both in standing and the most Islanders is the U14 Magic girls. They are in second place with four wins and three ties and only have surrendered six goals in seven matches thanks to a defense spearheaded by islanders Emma Moneuse, Grace Bowers, Morgan Burns and Danielle Capparelli. Other islanders on the squad are Brooke Capparelli, Lily Meaker, Jenna Rodgers and Olivia Glavan, while Brooke McIntosh and coach Brett McIntosh also have island ties. Most, if not all of the players either from the island or with island connections got their start in soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. MAYSO encourages all players who want to compete at a higher level than the centers recreational league to give the Manatee Magic a try. The teams will be back in action after a two-week break for the holidays. Key Royale golf news links with many risking a sunburn in the unseasonably warm December afternoons. The action got started Dec. 7 with an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf match. Jim Thorton grabbed clubhouse victory over Jim Mixon, who was alone in second with Dec. 9 saw the men get out for both morning and afternoon rounds of golf. They played a nine-hole, twobest-balls-of-foursome match to start the day. and Jim Auch, along with the team of Bill Schuman, Dennis Schavey, Ron Robinson and Ron Pritchard and last, but not least, the team of Pieter Thomassen, Gerry The afternoon saw the men play a nine-hole, modividual honors with Quentin Talbert alone in second at plus-5. The team of Fred Miller, Bob Lang, Gary Razze and Tom Lewis combined on a plus-7 to take the team title for the day. The club women took to the course Dec. 10 for a a 5-under-par 27 to earn a one-shot victory in Flight A place at 3-under-par 28. Judy Wards 2-under-par 30 was good enough for a two-shot victory in Flight C. Rita Allan was alone in another shot back in third place. Sally York had the round of the day, an 8-under-par 3-under-par 29 gave her second place, while Marcia OBrien was alone in third with a 1-under-par 31. The men were back on the course Dec. 11 for an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Wade LaDue, Jim Helgeson, Carl Voyles and Jim Thorton place went to the team of Ron Pritchard, Tom Lewis and The men played a nine-hole scramble Dec. 12, playing only par-3 holes. The team of Fred Miller, Randy Clark, Rich Papini and Tony Butzek matched the 3-under-par Friday the 13th was lucky for the team of Mary Lou Drier, Sue Little, Bob Reid and Jim Thorton, who combined on a 15-under-par 49 to win the coed, two-bestballs-of-foursome match. The team of Marylyn Thorton, Horseshoe news High quality horseshoe play stood out Dec. 11 in the action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Four teams games that both ended in dramatic fashion double ringers. Paul Sheatler and Rod Bussey defeated Herb PurJohn Crawford and Tim Sofran defeated Bob Mason and pack, double-ringer to give he and Crawford a 25-20 win. Dec. 14 action had two teams qualify for the knockout stage. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels earned a 23-20, come-from-behind victory over the team of John Crawford and Rod Bussey to earn the days bragging rights. 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 welcome. James Richards carries the ball forward during a recent U12 Manatee Magic game at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. Islander Photo: Jen Cassidy Morgan Burns controls the ball during a U14 Magic game played earlier in the season. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tina Burns

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 25 Light T Fishin g Char tersCapt. W arren GirleInshore Offshore Li ht Tk l Capt. W arren Girle o r e h O AM City Pier tides; Cortez high tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later Anna Maria Island Tides Date AM HIGH PM HIGH AM LOW PM LOW Moon Dec. 18 1:54p 1.3 11:23 2.2 6:34 -0.5 5:06 1.1 Dec. 19 2:15p 1.3 7:05 -0.5 5:51 1.0 Dec. 20 12:01 2.1 2:37 1.3 7:37 -0.4 6:40 0.9 Dec. 21 12:43 2.0 3:03 1.4 8:10 -0.3 7:37 0.9 Dec. 22 1:30 1.8 3:33 1.5 8:45 -0.1 8:41 0.8 Dec. 23 2:23 1.6 4:08 1.5 9:22 0.0 9:53 0.7 Dec. 24 3:27 1.4 4:46 1.6 10:01 0.2 11:11 0.5 Dec. 25 4:48 1.2 5:27 1.8 10:43 0.4 3rd IN-HOUSE PROFESSIONAL ROD REPAIRISLAND DISCOUNT TACKLE5503 MARINA DRIVE at KEYES MARINA, HBOPEN DAILY 7AM 941-779-2838Major Credit Cards Accepted Visit us at www.IslandDiscountTackle.com GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLEFISHING & SIGHTSEEING CHARTERSCUSTOM, PRIVATE & SPLIT TRIPS Plus Jetski, Pontoon & CraigCat Rentals starting at $45 CALL for DETAILS andDaily & Weekly Specials941-538-4290www.h2owatersportz.com Located at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Sailing squadron offers boating seminar The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will hold a boating seminar in December at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton will host instruction in chart-reading. The seminar admission cost is $10. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Gloria Potter or Walter Haug at 941-795-0482. Keep it clean from a ship or its cargo. Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore. So what do you call a fresh coconut and various debris that washes up in Anna Maria Sound? Its a shame. These items were col lected from the bay on the morning of Dec. 8. Islander Photo: Bonner JoyTemps remain warm, fishing for migratory species stays hot Jim Dalton and wife Jan of Holmes Beach had family come calling a few weeks ago, and they came to do about a mile out in the Gulf of Mexico on a trip with with Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters. Max Dalton, 11, of Grand Rapids, Mich., shows off a By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter With temperatures remaining mostly warm in Decemwater isnt cold enough to push them south. O ther migrathe beaches as well as in the local bays. a cork or soft plastics combined with a jighead. E ither method is effective, although drifting and jigging allows you dont, you can try drifting and jigging. to the deep fryer and good tasting ones, too. Bay resulting in a variety of species. By using freshbox for his clients. N ext, G irle is moving to slightly deeper water and is switching over to drifting and casting shrimp-tipped pomand pompano. This bite is fairly consistent, which provides good action on light tackle. F inally, on calm days, G irle is venturing into the G ulf of M exico. By using fresh-cut live shiners for bait, G irles clients are hooking up snapper 15-20-inches. A long with D ave Sork at the A nna M aria C ity P ier says pier species. F lounder, black drum and juvenile grouper are being caught are barely 12 inches in length. they pass the pier on their way in or out of T ampa Bay. Silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or small white crappie jigs these with a fast retrieve and you may see results. At Island Discount T ackle, the guys are busy prepar ing for the Christmas rush, but theyre still managing to O n the beaches, pompano are responding to pompano are managing to pull pompano out during early morning hours. A lthough the pompano bite is sporadic, Spanish the void. ging with soft plastics is proving prosperous for spotted the bulkhead and the mouth of Manatee River, are holdmost trout being caught are undersized. Finally, nearshore structure is still producing a snapwhere in the range of 8-18 inches. By-catch on nearshore even a few sheepshead.

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26 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER SELLING?I Buy Anna Maria Island Houses.ComAnna Maria/Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach Erik, 941.677.2678, or egajd@aol.com www.Edgewatervacationhomes.com www.Edgewaterrealestateami.com LOW-PRICE D CANAL FRONT HOME ON AMI104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach941-778-8104 T oll Free 877-778-0099 Real Estate Sales Vacation Rentals Annual Rentals Property Management Concierge Service We re Serious about our Customer Servi ce Your full service Real Estate Agency providing exceptional customer service for all your short or long term goals. Whether staying a few d ays or a lifetime, we will help you find your perfect accommodation. One stop shop We can pro vide everything you might need ..buy rent and finance your piece of paradise. 3 Bed 3 Bath New Kitchen, New Seawall, Very Open Floor Plan, Split Bedroom Plan, Best Price Per Square Foot On A Canal on ANNA MARIA Island! Call Sharon, 941-330-5054 N E W L I S TING CHECK US OUT A T WWW.ISL ANDER.ORG DeNegris unretires, again Joe DeNegris retired to Anna Maria Island in 2007, after a lifetime of owning, operating and cooking at Ital ian restaurants in New Jersey and New York. T hat retirement lasted about a month, D e N egris said. I got bored with nothing to do. That led him to open the Island Gourmet on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach in 2008. After several successful years, he sold the restaurant and again contemplated retirement. Im just too active to do nothing, he said. Hes now opened a new Italian eatery, Matteos Ice Cream, Gelato and Pastries, 7232 Manatee A ve. W., Bradenton. Were specializing in I talian pastries and ice cream, but weve also got salads, sandwiches, soups, panini and crepes on the menu, DeNegris said. I love cooking and preparing Italian food too much to retire, he added. M atteos, named for D e N egris son M atthew, is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 941-798-3222.Longboat Key chamber moving to new ofce Mexico Drive, No. 102, by the end of December. The grand opening of island resident Joe DeNe gris newest Italian restaurant, Matteos, 7232 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, was Dec. 11. Cutting the ribbon are, from left, Lisa Tedder of Matteos, Javier Chero and Tina West of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, DeNegris, Manatee County Commis sioner Carol Whitmore and Matteos manager Joani Mitchell. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin The chamber said Jay Anderson of Edgewater Contractors I nc. is donating labor and materials to get the is providing the carpeting at no charge. T he eblast also thanked Centre Shops owner Don Roberts for providing an appropriate lease for the chamber, and A ndrew Vac of This new space will provide you, our residents and visitors a true visitors center and will be conducive to having special events, the chamber release said. in 1993. Village offers tech lounge 21st A ve. W., Bradenton, has added an I nternet lounge for its residents. A F reedom Village press release said the lounge is part of the facilitys Connected Living Program for residents and families. T his new addition to the community provides an opportunity for residents to stay connected to their friends Customers line up for Italian ice cream and other items at Joe DeNegris newest Italian eatery, Matteos, 7232 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin and family using technology, the release said. A staff member will be available in the I nternet lounge to assist residents with computers and use of email, social tools and websites. T he release said F reedom Village is enhancing its programming in new ways through technology. 330-7341.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 27 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S HOLMES BEACH40 Years of Professional Service to Anna Maria Island and BradentonEXP ERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTSHeron Harbour 2/2 furnished condo, htd pool, tennis. $117,000. River Oaks 2/2 condo. riverfront, updated, pool, tennis, elevator, clubhouse, dock. $129,000.RENTALS GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home. GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal BOOKING NOW FOR 2014 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS With 20 years experience, I understand whats important to you: Getting the results you desire with a high level of personal service. Realtor Cindy Hayworth Our Florida lifestyle. Casual, not complicated. Call me at 941.504.1511 Real Estate Sales Vacation Rentals Annual Rentals Property Management Concierge Service We re Serious about our Customer Servi ce Your full service Real Estate Agency providing exceptional customer service for all your short or long term goals. Whether staying a few d ays or a lifetime, we will help you find your perfect accommodation. One stop shop We can pro vide everything you might need ..buy rent and finance your piece of paradise. 104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach A.M.I. BEACHES REAL ESTATE5702 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach CALL THE BEACHES EXPERTCindy Quinn, P.A., Realtor, CDPECell: 941-780-8000Go to my website to view all AMI listings:islandannamaria.com Anna Maria City: 2/2 pool home located west of Gulf Drive. $522,000 mariannebc@aol.com 941-725-7799 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!I WILL sell your home.Marianne Correll, Realtor6101 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach 34217Investor special, 203 67th St duplex. Close to the beach, new roof and AC. 2/2 and 2/1 with room for pool. $575,000 INCMike N orman Realty31O1 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH I NEED LISTINGS! And Ill give you 100 percent effort.JASON HRNAK 941-773-6572 jhrnak@gmail.com ITEMS FOR SALE DEWALT MODEL 745 10-inch contractor table saw, lightly used, complete, $225. 941-7782346. LARGE NEWSPAPER BASKET for a bicycle. $10, pet crate for small/medium animal, $25. 813-503-9364. FOR SALE: TEN crystal holiday coffee mugs with etched winter scene. Very pretty. $15. Call 941-737-9173. ITEMS FOR SALE SHARP FLAT SCREEN TV, 16-inch, $50, Metal Mulisha jacket, medium, $35, Quiksilver mens belt, $20. 941-778-7003. CHRISTMAS TREE: ARTIFICIAL pine, 7.5 feet, 3,265 tips, $10 cash. 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT DELL, refurbished $60. 941-756-6728. NEW SPYDER PAINTBALL value pack, $75. 941-778-7003. COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, 1-year old above-ground pool, accessories, 15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classi eds@islander.or g fax tollfree 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer) ANNOUNCEMENTS SANTAS HELPER AVAILABLE to assemble toys and bikes! Hurry, call Rick, 941-5459683. WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty. com. Discoverannamaria.com. WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable shing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper of ce, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Turn the page for more classi eds The Plaza at Five Points | 50 Central Ave, Suite 110 Sarasota FL 34236Each Of ce is Independently Owned and Operated.terry HAYESGlobal market. Global connections.941.302.3100 terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com discoverannamaria.comTerry Hayes, Realtor 909 North Shore DriveBeautiful bay views and tastefully renovated with 3br/3ba and 1-car garage. $1,349,000 5311 Sunrise LaneNew construction, just completed! 4br/3.5ba one-of-a-kind Emily Anne Smith design. Exquisite views, beautiful custom finishes, pool, dock and lift. $2,199,000 OPEN 1-4 SUNDAY DEC 225310 Gulf of Mexico, #18Nightly rentals permitted! Situated in the Gulf-to-bay complex of Beach Castle. Adorable 1br/1ba with pool, tennis court and day dock. Pets ok. $295,000 NEW LISTING230 Oak AvenueNew construction! British West Indies inspired 4br/4ba with pool, dock and lift. Beautiful custom finishes! $1,999,000 OPEN 1-4 SUNDAY DEC 22 OPEN 1-4 SUNDAY DEC 22 Freedom Village associates Marilyn Evans, Veronica Rogers and Sandra McClintock join with resident council president Jim Willis and residents Nancy Willis and Ed and Elizabeth Roberts ribbon cutting of the Internet lounge. Real estate transactions at www.islander.org.

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28 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER KIDS FOR HIRE Continued 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 of ce, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. SERVICES TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/ spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069. I DONT CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 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 experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-7782535. 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. 941756-4570. JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773. U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941545-6688. PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available, experienced and reliable. Call Michael at 941713-0284. 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. COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169. Sandy s Lawn Ser vice Inc.Established in 1983 Residential and Commercial Full ser vice lawn maintenance Landscaping Clean-up Hauling tree trimming Licensed & Insured Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist Replacement Doors and Windows Steven Kaluza Andrew ChennaultLIC#CBC056755 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S Residential & Condo Renovations vice RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.CBC 1253471 Bed: A bargain! King, Queen, Full & Tw in, pre-owned from $30 new/used. 941-922-5271 www .sleepking.ne t Need computer help? Chances R, I can help. And if I dont have the answer, I know someone who will. Start to nish hardware, software, network setup and repair, printer help, continuing support... Give me a call. If its broke, I can usually x it. Cell phones, too.e Sock Solutions business network / computer solutionsSocko Pearson, 941-799-1169, sockopearson@aol.comISLAND REFERENCES A V AILABLE 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH WWW.ISLANDER.ORG 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH ANSWERS TO DEC. 18 PUZZLE AB BA AM OR E S PA UK ES BR AC ER OP ER SH ANGR IL A LI BE RT AR IA N CUR VE BA LL EL OS IM ON LE BO NI RA SL OW NI NE SU NS LE ND ER TO NE LE SS AT RE ST EE RO SE A D OG EE K E GO LI TT ER MA TE MA EL ST RO M AR AB SI LE NT IL DU CE LI NE SG AS OH OL ST RE TC H AN DR ES ST IR SI NZ AN IL Y WA YL AI DA DO PT ED PA EA N IM LO ST BR IT ON MI ND PE NN YA NT E E AS TO RA NG E EL I S KY AM Y M AR WA LK EX TR AS CS IM IA MI SL EE KL YH ER PA IN EL AM PI EF EATH ER BE DB RA BA TT LE CR YH A PPY EN DI NG BR AI ND EA DA NS EL AR NI E CM ON SO Y S KI TS JO ES SPONSORED BY Adopt-A-Pet TAKE ME HOME! Andy is recovered from a collar embedded in his neck and ready for a forever family. He is young, extremely handsome and cant wait to go on long walks with YOU! Andy has all his shots and a microchip and hes neutered. Please, contact Lisa Williams at Moonracer about Andy and other rescued, adoptable pets. Island Animal Clinic Reminding you to help save our seabirds. Dont cut the line! If you hook a bird, slowly reel it in and remove all hooks and line. William V. Bystrom DVM, Ashley Gardner DVM 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 900 941.778.2445 ANNOUNCEMENTS Continued FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander of ce, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dont be sorry, be safe. GARAGE SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. 9-11 a.m. donations, Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733. STEFFS STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901. PETS WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-8966701. DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage. Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering while youre out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton. BOATS & BOATING BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sun sh, 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 boatorida.weebly.com. ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyachtsales.com WAGNER CUSTOM-MADE 15-foot boat on lift, four-stroke, 40-hp, Yamaha motor plus deluxe electric remote motor, trailer. $6,500, will consider street legal cart in trade. 941778-9184. 50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013. POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot berglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for shing-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. HELP WANTED SINGERS WANTED: BASS and tenor section leaders. Paid positions, Roser Church. Call 941-778-0414, leave message for Jim Johnston. LIMOUSINE DRIVER NEEDED as soon as possible. Professional appearance. Previous experience a plus. Contact 941-870-7010. 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 opportunity. 941-685-5213. KIDS FOR HIRE LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and rst aid-certi ed, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276. RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certi ed babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941545-7995. SPONSORED BY THE ISLANDER

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 29 LANDSCAPING Continued NATURES DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336. HOME IMPROVEMENT VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www. vangopainting.net. CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479. TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077. GRIFFINS HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, ne woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood ooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792. JERRYS HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-4472198. HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747. SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If its broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. Ill x it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906. PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747. PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, 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. ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place classi ed ads and subscribe online with our secure server? Check it out at www.islander. org. SERVICES Continued BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JDs Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840. ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941778-3046. BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228. ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711. 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. MA#0017550.MA#0017550. LAWN & GARDEN CONNIES LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294. ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581. JRS LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015. LANDSCAPING STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-3016067. 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. 941-932-6600. More ads = more readers in The Islander. Windows & Doors 941-730-5045WEATHERSIDE LLC LIC#CBC1253145H URRIC ANE DANS RESCREEN INC.POOL CAGES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, DOORS No Job TOO BIG or TOO SMALL. Free Estimates. I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION941.725.0073LOCALL Y OWNED AND FAMIL Y OPERATED SINCE 1988State Lic. CBC1258250CALL THE ISLAN DS FINEST MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!We provide design plans~You preview 3-D drawings Family Owned and Operated since 1975 viceCHRISTIES PLUMBINGResidential & Commercial#CFC1426596 ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20. 31-45 words: $40. BOX ad: additional $4. (Phone number is a "word.")The deadline is NOON Monday every week for Wednesdays paper.Run issue date(s) _________ _________ _________ _________ or TFN start date: ______________ Amt. pd _________________ Date _____________ Ck. No. ________ Cash _______ By _________ Credit card payment: d u No. _____________________________________________________ Name shown on card: ____________________________________________ card exp. date ______ / ______ House no. or P.O. box no. on cc bill ______________________ Billing address zip code ________________ Your e-mail for renewal reminder: ____________________________________________________________ CLASSIFIED AD ORDER HONEY DOHOME REPAIRS & HANDYMAN SERVICE35 years of experience means service you can count on!PAINTING, DRYWALL, TILE, WOODWORK, ALL TASKS941.896.5256 We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home HONEY DO HOME REPAIRHandyman Service Joesph LaBrecque Free Estimates Airport TransportationPROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE AIRPORT PERMITTED & LIVERY INSURED941-779-0043 941-778-2711 CommercialPHOTOGRAPHYReal Estate Aerial Studio Product Interior Architectural Stock Pictures Web Printing Post Cards Brochures Headshots .com315 58th St Holmes Beach, FL 34217 ISLAND COASTAL CLEANING YOU RELAX ~ WE CLEAN Licensed. Insured. Bonded. JOHN ~ NAN 248.802.7802 24-hour Emergency Ser vice www .coderedplumbinginc.com941-920-3684PLUMBING 24 hour Emergency Ser vice PL U U U MB I I NG Cleaning by LAURA For honest, reliable and friendly service Contact me today.Call: 941-539-6891 or email lauralapeke@ yahoo.comGod Bless you! Pet Friendly

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30 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER RENTALS WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com. VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638. VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty. com. Suzanne Wilson, broker. ANNUAL 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, 941-993-4909. 1BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two miles from the beach. 3611 117th St. W., one block from the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-5188478. ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS: The best news in town and the best results from classi ed ads and service advertising! I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S RENTALS Continued JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AVAILABILITY: 1 and 2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096. SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE January through April. Second oor 2BR/2BA newly remodeled unit with screened lanai and pool. One block from public beach and town. Email ssmithyoga@gmail.com for serious inquiries. 813-842-2366. FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house. 2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec. 21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106. HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, garage, Florida room, Gulfside, $1,150/month plus utilities, security. 336-509-9636. www.RTBeach. com/beach. 2BR/1BA ANNUAL ELEVATED duplex. One block to beach and shopping. $1,000/month. 941-778-2227 or 991-778-7980. ONE EXECUTIVE OFFICE for rent, utilities included, great location on Gulf Drive, perfect for real estate of ce, lawyer, computer tech. Move in with rst month rent only, $500. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666. HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. 3BR/2BA, newly remodeled, granite kitchen and baths, washer and dryer, storage on site, convenient location, pet friendly, no smoking, available Jan. 1. $1,600/month. Call 603-969-6840. WE TWEET TOO @ami_islander WE ROCK ONLINE islander.org RENTALS Continued 3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer, dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696. SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com. REAL ESTATE PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors. WERE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941778-8104. LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground oor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuf eboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-7945011. 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. 941730-2606 (leave message). FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977. SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE: 4BR/3.5BA water view, handicap accessible, garage, pool. By owner, easy show, $359,000. 941795-3778. OPEN HOUSE: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. 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. HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ISLANDER! Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. Jesse Brisson Broker Associate, GRI 941-713-4755 800-771-6043 Call Jesse Brisson941-713-4755 TOWNHOUSE IN THE CAYEverything is new in this 2bed/2bath condo. Great location close to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. With a boat dock and a pool, what more could anyone ask for. $190,000. Call Jesse Brisson @ 941.713.4755. 5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach GATED COMMUNITYRare buildable lot in exclusive Harbour Landings GULFFRONT COMPLEX Gulf views from light, bright, key furnished, priced to sell at NEW CANAL-POOL HOME VACANT LANDLarge Buildable Lot with PICTURE PERFECT home on large lot. Fully remodeled. New metal roof, saltwater pool, is designed to catch every island breeze with pocket sliders from almost every room leading to the caged INC 800-367-1617 941-778-6696Mike N orman Realty31O1 GULF DR HOLMES BEACHwww.mikenormanrealty.com sales@mikenormanrealty.com MIKE NORMAN REALTY EST. 1978E XCE P TION AL B EACH VIEW S from this 2BR/2BT house at south end of Island. Unobstructed view will never change. Direct beach views. $499,000. A NNA M ARIA C OTTAG E Adorable, vintage cottage located west of Gulf Drive for easy beach access. 3BR/2BA, great screened porch, single car garage. Selling turnkey furnished. $475,000. GULFF RON T T O P -FLOOR PEN T H OUSE on the beach! Designed with all the rst class amenities, state-of-the-art kitchen and appliances. 2,468 SF plus enclosed screened Gulffront patio overlooking beach and sunsets galore! 3-car enclosed garage and private elevator. Classy and elegant! Theres nothing like it on AMI. $2,595,000.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 31 W indow Covering Solutionsis your source for Blinds, Shades & Shutters. Call local AMI resident, Chuck Anderson, today to schedule your free in-home consultation and ProCustom Measure. 941-345-4907 www.4mywindows.com NFL Package 8 TVs $3 PINTS BEST WINGS ON AMIMonday 3-11 Tue-Wed 3-10 Thu-Sat 11:30-midnight 9701 Gulf Drive, AM Sunday 11-10 941-567-4056 slimsplaceami.com 941-778-8104EdgewaterRealEstateAMI.com For all your Vacation and Real Estate needs, call 941-778-8104. 104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach Mail or deliver to The Islander ina Driv e, $5O BUCS CONTESTY our f or this w eeks game win y ou Drawing in the ev ent of a tie Rollo v er if theres no winner! (no game/no priz Y Phone $5O PICK THE WINNERS CONTEST The Islander pays to the person with the most prize in person or by ies must be mailed/postmark ered to the newspaper of by y weekly A winner will be drawn from tying entries The of The Islander football judge is ies must be submitted on the published fo rm tries m ust be itten original, not sure to address and phone number ertisers must be listed to be eligib Winner Advertiser A n n a M a r i a R e a l t y We ARE the Island!Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker941-778-2259 Fax 941-778-2250E-mail amrealty@verizon.net We b site www.annamariareal.com 6 7 8 9 10 12 11 5 1 2 3 4 13 14 15GET IN THE GAMECONTEST WINNER:___________________________ BUC SCORE WINNER: __________________________ Y PRIZE Capt.Greg Burke941.592.8373Let me help you navigate the island to find that perfect home or condo in PARADISE. 310 PINE AVE, ANNA MARIA PUB & GRUBpresents NFL Football on HDTVs Pl us NFL Wings and ot her Great Game Food and Dr ink s! P U B & G G R R U U U U U U B B B B B B B B B B B B 49ers at Bucs Steelers at Browns Bills at Jaguars Saints at Rams Giants at Redskins 601 Sixth Av e. W. Bradenton 941.795-2800PLANET STONEMarble and Granite Countertops Va nities & More Signature PaintingResidential/CommercialTodd Cunningham Licensed/Insured C:941.350.3296Signature.painting2@gmail.com Eagles at Vikings Bears at Browns Fresno St. vs. Southern Cal 941-794-2345 8106 Cortez Road Cortez, Fl.www.foresomesports.com Jets at Panthers WATCH BANDS, BATTERIES SERVICE/REPAIRS50% OFF All Citizen watches in stock.8102 CORTEZ RD. W. TueFri 10-4, Sat 10-2 941-798-9585 Texans at Colts BARNETT BLINDS PLANTATION SHUTTERS BLINDS SILHOUETTES & LUMINETT DUETTES MOTORIZATION CUSTOMIZATION INSTALLATION Your window treatment expertsCall Keith Barnett for free in-home design service S TALLATION e t t m e e 25 years on AMI941.778.3526 941.730.0516 Patriots at Dolphins Redskins at Falcons Cardinals at Titans Packers at CowboysRust stains? No worries! WE CARRY 8700 Cortez Road W., Bradenton Phone 792.9304 M-F 7:30-5 Sat 8-noon PUMP & SPRINKLERCORTEZSUPPLY Public Welcome Seahawks at GiantsNovember Tip: Check and clean irrigation lters. FISH FRY4-close Fridays7.99 all.u.can.eatfull menu, lunch & dinner dine in or take out 7020 Cortez Road W 941.782.8978 Kelseys Bradentons home of the Juicy Lucy Bengals at Steelers Play Golf Today! Great golf for a great pric e. Tee Times (941) 758-1464www .imgacademygolfclub.com Chiefs at Raiders CALLIE HOSE, BRADENTON RROLLOVER

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32 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER 1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217David Teitelbaum 941-812-4226 Liz Codola 941-812-3455 6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 419 Pine Ave Anna Maria 34216 1325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 Deeded Gulf beach access Beach Celebrations 2103 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-883-4092 1325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-877-867-8842 2200 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-447-7124 1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-888-686-6716Making Memories Here with Us. Tropic Isle Beach Resorts are the perfect celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria Island. Whether a lavish event at one of our or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our Concierge and professional Wedding Plancredit for the total number of reservations T RADEWINDS B EACH R ESORT T ORTUGA B EACH R ESORT The beach is spectacular and the sunsets are amazing.Very romantic. If you want to just relax and forget the world, this is the place to go.1 bd / 1ba $149,000 1 bd / 1ba $189,000 $183,750 2bd / 2ba $395.000 2bd / 2ba $369.000 SOLD PENDING Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations



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Beach renourishment startup set for Dec. 17. Page 4 The government calendar. Page 4 The Islander editorial, reader letters. Page 6 Looking back: December 2003. Page 7 Holmes Beach tightens Mainsail agreement. Page 8 Community events, announcements. Pages 10-11 Save a date, make a date. Pages 12-13 Bradenton Beach takes reading on noise limits. Page 19 Holmes Beach previews 5-year capital improvement plan. Page 20 Island police blotter. Page 21 Student scientists takeover AME. Page 23 Page 25 New offerings, new AsTheWorld Terns study the details. Page 6The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.org Save a date, make a Ranked Floridas Best Community Weekly by FPAAMI Chamber of Commerce 2012 Medium Business of the Year 10 years ago Meetings Op-Ed Page 26 Community events, Happenings Streetlife The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.org VOLUME 22, NO. 7 DEC. 18, 2013 FREE Merry AMI Christmas countdown to Dec. 25. PLEASE SEE PARKING, PAGE 2Anna Maria parking debate results in refundsBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Mayor SueLynn reported to the commission Dec. 12 that both Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and Rex Hagen want to be refunded their donations for improvements to the vacant lots at the east end of Pine Avenue. Hagen donated $55,000, and PAR pledged up to $100,000. The refund requests came after the commission voted 3-2 Dec. 5 to remove 15-parking spaces from plans to develop the park drawn by then-Commissioner Gene Aubry and approved 3-1 by the commission in June. Webb was absent from the June meeting. Both PAR and Hagen had said the donations were contingent on the city following the Aubry plan. The mayor said the city thus far has spent $42,945 from the donations. Commissioners unanimously voted to return Hagens and PARs donations, taking the expended amount from the city reserve fund. Webb noted that the commission has not denied the park site plan, but rather sought to know what Hagen and PAR would do with their donations based on the parking being eliminated. Mike Coleman of PAR told commissioners at a Dec. 5 meeting that he would expect that to her and provided his expenses to date. Hagen had delivered a letter to city hall moments before the topic came up. It was handed to SueLynn and she read his response, which stated that he wanted a refund if the Aubry plan was altered to eliminate parking. Now the commission knows, said Commissioner Carol Carter. I talked to a lot of people who just dont want parking there, she said. SueLynn said further work at the park is at a stand-still until the city can fund the work. She added the commission must approve some form of site plan before any further work takes place at the park. Right now, all were doing is irrigation, the mayor said. Webb then directed SueLynn to seek other donations to fund the park as long as no strings are attached. SueLynn said she thought donations would be out of the question if donors dont know how their money is to be spent, essentially saying no to Webbs directive. Vehicle parking in the north lot of the Anna Maria City Pier is posted for restaurant patrons. Leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder is seeking assistance from the city to implement paid parking. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin The mullet are running, grab your cast net Islander Reporter Its harvest time. And like farmers heading nets and gear aboard boats and heading onto the water. In the fall, mullet group together and begin a migration pattern, intrinsic to their reproducfattened with roe begins. Its like a two-month-long hunting trip. Its fun, and you can make some good money, He hit the water by 4:45 a.m. Dec. 12. After a long day of throwing his cast nets, he took his haul to A.P. Bell Fish Co. to sort and weigh his catch. He squeezed the bottom side of each mullet with the skill of someone who has done it many times. Females, left bin; males, right bin. He repeated this action for each mullet in his 1,500-pound haul. worked the mullet run for 15 seasons. He also This year started slow, but the last two days have been pretty good. I got 1,200 pounds yesterday, 1,500 pounds today. Well probably The slow start is a response to weather conditions, not calendar dates. Cold weather produced by a front signals mullets instinct to migrate from the bays into the Gulf of Mexico in large schools, making it easier to net large ABOVE: Tony Keehbauch tosses one of his fresh-caught mullet into a stainless-steel bin Dec. 12 at A.P. Bell Fish Co., 4539 124th gender. RIGHT: Keehbauchs mullet in the Its been a mild December, which helps the warmer shoreline waters, the migrating schools are larger and full of precious roe. in deeper waters and release fertilized eggs, sustaining the population and continuing the migration pattern. To extract the roe for consumption, the sold and consumed, the red roe in the female mullet is the real catch. This years price has The price is good. Last year it was $1.50 a pound for females. Theres big price differAside from the temperature, the mullet run also is affected by the conditions on the water. on rough waters. Today was borderline. I was on the north end of Anna Maria Island and near the exposed bauch. As the season comes to a close and the hbauch is happy. You put in some long hours, but its super

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DECEMBER SPECIAL TAKE-OUtT ONLY PARKING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 More parking woes C C ommissioners also discussed at the D D ec. 12 meeting a request from city pier leaseholder M Mario Schoenfelder to allow gated or paid parking at the pier. Schoenfelder has said that if the six vacant lots opposite the pier were not planned to include some public parking, he would seek to close his parking lot at the pier to all but paid parking, while allowing customers at the restaurant to have their parking fees rebated. He maintains the popularity of the boardwalk and the beach have added to his restaurants parking problems. T T he city allowed parking on at least three of the six of the vacant lots for a number of years until the winter tourism season ended in MMay 2012. A A ccording to Schoenfelders lease, he can charge for parking on his leased property if the city commission agrees, CCommission CChair CChuck Webb said. But Schoenfelders lease incorporates some parking on both the north and south sides of the pier, and the amount of parking diminished as a result of the F Florida D D epartment of T T ransportation-funded boardwalk project, ley stop. M M ayor SueLynn, commissioners and public works trol of the north lot at the pier to Schoenfelder, which will eventually require amending the lease. T T he request raises the issue of the city doing business with a private entity, Webb said. T T his is a slippery slope, he said. We are getting more and more into doing business with him and we dont want to get involved in his business. Webb said, Schoenfelder, as the tenant, has control of the city pier and its parking, but the commission needs to see a plan from Schoenfelder and agree with it before it can go forward. C C ommissioner D D oug C C opeland said there should be some remedy in the plan for people not paying to park. Webb suggested the commission wait for Schoenfelder to make a proposal. He asked SueLynn to contact Schoenfelder and tell him the commission is agreeable to some form of paid parking, but needs him to present a plan. C C opeland also said the city shouldnt spend any of its money having D Dye or staff work on a paid parking plan at the pier. He suggested Schoenfelder contact the DOT DOT to determine if the terms of the grant for the boardwalk project at the pier, would impact paid parking. Let him spend his own money, he said. Sandbar site-plan hearing canceled A A public hearing D Dec. 12 for commissioners to consider a site plan for the Sandbar R Restaurant, 100 Spring A A ve., was canceled. Since 2007, Barbara N N ally and her late husband have written numerous letters of complaint to the city of A A nna M M aria about activities at the Sandbar R R estaurant, and that includes one regarding the new, pending site plan. N N ally, who owns a vacation rental at 102 Spring A A ve. past against the city related to the Sandbar or P P ine A A venue R R estoration, only one of which was partially upheld. T T hat concerned the sand mixture used for sidewalks at PAR PAR properties on PPine A A venue. E Ed C Chiles, owner of the Sandbar also is a principal in PARPAR. But at the commissions D D ec. 12 meeting, N N ally scored a minor win when city attorney Jim D Dye said the D D ec. 3 planning and zoning board public hearing on a Sandbar site plan was not properly noticed. the PP&Z, but it does prompt a redo. D Dye said the error was brought to his attention in a Sarasota, which represents NNally. MMy conclusion is the planning and zoning hearing was not properly noticed, he said. D D ye recommended the site plan be returned to the P P&Z board to be reheard and re-advertised by the city to include a posted notice at the beach end of P Pine A A venue. (See related PP&Z-Sandbar story next page.) C C ommissioners agreed and voted unanimously to follow DDyes recommendation. A At this point, some six or seven attendees, including N Nally and a court reporter, left the meeting. Landmark familys home demolishedDemolition of the house at 211 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, was completed last week. The house and adjacent vacant lots behind Ginnys & Jane Es at the Old IGA on Gulf Drive were sold earlier this winter. The property was held the family home of the late Ernie Cagnina, longtime resident, owner of the IGA and mayor. In recent years, the home Bob Welch said no building permit applications have been submitted. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 3 11:30-9 941.778.5092ENJOY The Feast Restaurant Winners!Come find out why were voted No. 1 PIZZA on AMI by Islander readers! LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS 5337 Gulf Drive | Anna Maria Island | 941.779.1000 NEW MENU!HAPPY HOURFood & Cocktails 3-6 NEW MENU! Got Buttah?SEAFOOD | STEAKS | PASTA | COCKTAILS BURGERS | WINGS | HOT DOGS | PIZZA DAILY SPECIALS & CHEFS SELECTIONSSunday Chicken Wings $8 Fri & Sat Prime Rib $18 Tues & Thur Filet of Grouper $15 Mon& Wed Lobster Tail Plate $14 ESPN & SUNDAY FOOTBALL PACKAGES ON BIG SCREEENS Sandbar P&Z review now must be heard againBy RRick CCatlinI Islander RReporter P Parking at the Sandbar R Restaurant, 100 Spring A A ve., A A nna M M aria, seems to have been an issue for a number of years, particularly on holidays and at the peak of tourist season. A A t the citys planning and zoning board meeting D D ec. 3, P P&Z members voted 5-2 to recommend the commission approve an amendment to the Sandbars site plan for drainage, beach access and pedestrian walkways. T T he plan also includes adding restaurant parking on a vacant lot on the southeast corner at G G ulf D D rive and Spring A A venue. T The hearing on the recommendation, however, was halted due to an improper public notice and the commission agreed to the return the matter to the P P&Z to be reheard following proper notice. A A t the D D ec. 3 meeting, city planner A A lan G G arrett said parking is an allowed use for the property, which is zoned T T he plan allows entry to the parking lot from G G ulf D D rive, but vehicles will be required to exit east onto Spring A A venue. A A landscape buffer is planned between the proposed lot and the adjacent residence at 203 Spring A A ve., said engineer Lynn T T ownsend Burnett, representing the Sandbar. I I ncluded in the site plan is a beach pathway that includes a drainage system where there now is a swale, running north and south between the Sandbar and an adja cent home. D Drainage pipes would be placed in the swale and covered by a compacted mix of sand and shell. N N ewly appointed P P &Z member G G ene A A ubry, an architect and former city commissioner, said Burnetts design would do much to improve drainage in the area. II like it, A Aubry said. M M ember Jonathan C C rane, also newly appointed to the board, proposed amending the site plan to remove city liability for the walkway. T The Sandbar will maintain the walkway, beach access and drainage system. C Crane, a retired attorney, had concerns that the city would be liable for an accident on the walkway, which is partly on Sandbar property. P P&Z members Lou E Ellen Wilson and M Margaret Jenkins voted against the plan. Both had concerns about the parking lot on GGulf DDrive. Lobeck and Hanson, P P .A A ., representing Barbara N N ally, owner of the Spring A A venue house adjacent to the main restaurant parking lot, challenged P P &Z member M M ike C C olemans vote, claiming C C olemans and Sandbar owner E E d C C hiles joint business ventures should preclude his ability to vote on the Sandbar matter. E Ellington also claimed the D Dec. 3 P P&Z meeting was not properly noticed, but the city attorney was not in attendance to address her claim. saying he has no interest in CChiles restaurants. C C oleman said the many N Nally challenges to Sand bar and PAR PAR plans have cost the city time and money defending these complaints. bar and would not gain or lose anything of monetary value by the decision. I I n fact, I I believe I I have to vote if I I dont recuse G G arrett said the city attorney would be at the commis sion hearing on the site plan and could give his opinion then on the public notice and CColemans vote. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is proposing a kiosk providing tourist information to visitors at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Tourist kiosk planned for Manatee Public BeachBy RRick CCatlinI Islander RReporter T The M M anatee C County T T ourist D D evelopment C Council at its D Dec. 9 meeting approved spending $45,000 for restroom improvements and a free-standing tourist kiosk at the M M anatee P P ublic Beach at 4000 G G ulf D D rive in Holmes Beach. Bradenton A A rea C C onvention and Visitors Bureau marketing director D D eb M M eihls said the kiosk is subject to a lease with the operator of the concession stand at the beach. T T he concession, including the A A nna M M aria I Island Beach C Cafe, gift shop and beach rentals, is oper ated by U U nited P P ark Services under a contract with M Manatee CCounty. T T he county is responsible for maintenance, the concession and marine rescue at the public beach. Were not there yet, but weve started negotiating, MMeihls said. T The A Anna M Maria I Island C Chamber of C Commerce, 5313 G G ulf D D rive, operates a tourist information center with help from volunteers in conjunction with the BACACVB and receives funding for its operations, including mail-outs, from the TDC TDC. C C hamber president M M ary A A nn Brockman said the chamber would certainly work with a new kiosk to help the entire island. Brockman said the proposed kiosk should be an agenda item at the chamber board of directors meeting at 5313 GGulf DDrive, Holmes Beach.

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4 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Socializing T The I Islander has an active F Facebook community of more than 2,200 users, so were sharing some of the conversations weve been having with our fans. I I f you would like to join the conversation, become a fan of TThe I Islander on F Facebook. We provide a direct link to our fan page from www.islander.org. T T he I I slander also allows comments on stories online. MeetingsAAnna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-7086130, www.cityofannamaria.com. Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org. Holmes Beach Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941. Manatee County Bar PPointe. Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org. West Manatee Fire RRescue 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org. Of IInterest be closed DDec. 24-25. will be closed. Bradenton A Area C Convention C Center, 1 Haben Blvd., P Palmetto. O Organization, Bradenton Beach CCity Hall. Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@ islander.org.Beach renourishment startup delayed to Dec. 17Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, explains the beach renourishment work schedule at a Dec. 10 Holmes Beach city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young is being paid for through a federal emergency spending bill initially started after T T ropical Storm D Debby and solidStates in OOctober 2012. Hunsicker said 12.5 percent of the project is being funded by M Manatee C County tourist development tax dollars and the remaining 12.5 percent is being paid by state grants. He said the 75 percent federal money was the key to getting the project started. Long ago we entered into this partnership with the federal government, said Hunsicker. O O ther cities opted dont get federal funding and it would be nearly impossible for those cities to get back in now. T The U U.S. A Army C Corps of E Engineers is so far behind on projects already authorized, if you set out today to get into the federal partnership with beaches, it would be decades before you saw any action by CCongress. Hunsicker said the island has about 12 million yards of sand sitting in its offshore reserve account for renourishment projects, and that the dredging site is the same as it was for the 2005 renourishment. I I t will have no effect on the north end of the island, he said. We already know that to be true from the last time. A Anna M Maria was excluded from the upcoming renour ishment project because it was the only island city to from other island cities and deposited sand at the north end of the island. By MMark YoungI Islander RReporter A A D Dec. 11 start date for an A Anna M Maria I Island beach renourishment project stretching south from Holmes according to C Charlie Hunsicker, director of the M Manatee C County PParks and NNatural RResources DDepartment. A After making presentations in A Anna M Maria and Bradenton Beach earlier this month on the project, Hunsicker told Holmes Beach commissioners at a D Dec. 10 city commission meeting that the U U.S. A Army C Corps of E Engineers contractor was delayed at another project. T T he company has been renourishing the beach on G G asparilla I I sland, Hunsicker said, and dredging there resulted in more crushed shell than anticipated, which slowed the pumping process. He said underwater pipes have already been laid in the dredging area about 2 miles off the north end of A A nna M M aria I I sland in preparation for the upcoming project and that some equipment is already in place. they said it shouldnt be a problem, said Hunsicker. IIt wont be a problem with the quality of sand we have. T They will be able to do about 200-300 yards of beach a day. Hunsicker said once the project begins, about 55,000 of the G Gulf of M Mexico and pumped onshore. Bulldozers will redistribute the sand to rebuild a beach that was due for renourishment even before T T ropical Storm D D ebby scoured sand from the southern end of the island and deposited it toward the north end in June 2012. Hunsicker said once the project starts it will continue 24 hours a day. T T hey cant stop once they start pushing the sand through 7 miles of pipes, he said. II t has to keep moving all the time. timeline for the project remains the same. F F rom there, the project goes from a 75 percent feder ally funded renourishment to a stateand county-funded renourishment at C C oquina Beach. T T hat project is expected tion date in late M March or early A April 2014 in time for the MMay 1 start of sea turtle nesting season. N Neither project will affect the timeline for the replacement of the three erosion-control groins that have been in disrepair at C C ortez Beach in Bradenton Beach since 1984. T T he groin project is expected to cost $2.8 million. While it doesnt have a start date, it is expected to begin sometime in early 2014, according to Hunsicker, who said it would take nine months to demolish and rebuild the groins. Hunsicker said the state considered fully removing the groins, but the county was able to convince state in danger of being washed out in a storm without the groins. T T echnology now allows the structures to be rebuilt as C C ommissioner Jean P P eelen asked why the project was scheduled at the beginning of tourist season and answered her own question by saying, Sea turtles. I I n 2002, we didnt have that restriction, but our nest density is getting higher and reaching the point where its important not to have construction on the beach during nesting season. Hunsicker explained that a good portion of the beaches will be usable outside of the renourishment area and the contractor has agreed to the countys request to provide more than 200 walkovers along the pipeline on the beach from Holmes Beach to Bradenton Beach. AM pier beach newly enhanced with sandBy RRick CCatlinI Islander RReporter T T he beach at the A A nna M M aria C C ity P P ier just got a little more popular with beachgoers. T T hats because the beach at the pier has been widened about 70 feet into T T ampa Bay from the shore. Work crews from C C &M M D D redging of Leesburg pumped sand dredged from the nearby Lake LaVista inlet on T T ampa Bay to the beach. T The permit from the F Florida D D epartment of E E nvironmental P P rotection limits the beach to a maximum of 70 feet from the shore. C C&MM owner C Christian M Miller said a new technique was used that binds the dredged sand with seawater before spreading it on the beach. M M iller said this will keep the sand in place on the beach longer than the 2011 beach project at the pier. F F unding for the project came from a matching Southwest F F lorida Water M M anagement D D istrict grant of $145,000. pleased that the beach widening came in time for the holiday season, when many visitors to A A nna M M aria I I sland T T he Bradenton A A rea C C onvention and Visitors Bureau has found in previous surveys the A Anna M Maria C City P Pier is MManatee CCountys NNo. 1 tourist attraction.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 5 Minto Communities, LLC 2013. Prices and availability subject to change without notice. Oral representations cannot be relied upon a correctly stating the representations of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to the purchase agreement and homeowner documents, including the documents required by section 718.503, Florida Statutes, to be furnished by a developer to a buyer or lessee in condominium communities. Not an offer where prohibited by state statutes. All rights reserved. Content A Wish Fulfilled. The Ones You Love.The Luxury of Time LEED & ENERGY STARLEADERSHIP IN HOUSING CERTIFICATE2012 2013 WINNER! Anna Maria setback hearing takes on prosecutorial airs A hearing on a setback variance for the newly constructed single-family residence at 414 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, was the subject of contentious debate at the Dec. 12 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin By RRick CCatlinI Islander RReporter Lay people can easily get hung up on words and intent in discussions of judicial matters. T That appeared to be the case at the A Anna M Maria C City C Commission D Dec. 12 meeting when property owner Joe A A cebal applied for a 9-foot variance to the front-yard setback requirement for a newly constructed home at 414 P Pine A A ve. A A ttorney Scott R R udacille, representing A A cebal, asked for the variance from the required 29 feet to 20 feet, saying the contractor and designer had erred, the ing permit for the plans, and the house was built and inspected before the error was discovered. T T he setback requirement for a single-family home in However, the citys setback requirement for a house in the residential zone is only 20 feet, he said. a non-confroming lot in the ROR ROR to adopt the residential setback. include the non-conforming lots and the unintended consequence of the omission resulted in the present situation. error when issuing the permit. He said that city planner A Alan G Garrett was on vacation when he reviewed the application. time I I ve ever made such an error, Welch said. Welch said normally more eyes review a plan than were able to do so in this case. But C C ommission C C hair C C huck Webb, an attorney, seemed determined to force R R udacille to accept the blame for the applicant, not the building department. OOur code clearly says 29 feet for a setback in the ROR ROR, Webb said. A Additionally, he said its up to the applicant to ensure the contractor follows city code, not the R Rudacille argued that the code is not clear. T T he owner is responsible, Webb said. He repeated questions to R Rudacille focusing on the owners responsibility and the contractor being the agent for the owner. Webb also repeated questions to R R udacille, asking if he was seeking equitable estoppel in the variance. R Rudacille repeatedly replied the applicant was not yet at that point, but Webb persisted. Webb then turned his inquiry to city attorney Jim D D ye, who said equitable estoppel is a court action, not something for the commission to consider. Were only seeking to rectify a problem, R R udacille said. He added that the code does not clearly state that the 29-foot setback was in effect. He said there are three one of which previously was a 20-foot setback on a nonconforming platted lot of record. R R udacille noted three houses built in line with 414 P P ine A A ve. also have a 20-foot setback. T T wo of the houses did not meet the setback. R Rudacille said if the commission enforced the code to the letter, A A cebal would have to tear down the house or remove the front 9 feet of the home. E Either action would be excessive and expensive and might result in an action against the city, he suggested. But Webb insisted the house could be modified, even asking Welch about the construction method. Welch replied the home had bored, poured concrete pilings. Webb said he thought the city was creating a catchme-if-can situation with contractors. A A nd M M ayor SueLynn said she felt any action to require the owner to tear down the home was unconscionable. SueLynn asked the commissioners to check their packets on the subject and address the criteria for the variance, as required by the city code. Webb then began a rundown on the nine-point check quently on a laptop computer. He also wanted R Rudacille to come back to the commission with case law supporting his claim, but C Commissioner DDale Woodland interjected. I I have a different approach. T T he homes already there are clearly at the 20-foot setback. A A 29-foot setback would be out of place. I I ts a no-brainer. I I dont know whose fault it is and I I dont care. We could win this war, but its ridiculous, he said. T The commissioner said that when he arrived for the hearing, he thought the matter would take just a few minutes. He said he would have voted to approve the variance had it come before the commission before the house was built. Woodland then made a motion to approve the variance request, which passed 4-1. T There was no comment from the public and Webb voted alone against the variance. C C ommissioner N N ancy Yetter said she wasnt in favor of the variance, but she voted yes.

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6 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Editorial Lisa Neff, copy editor Joe Bird Kevin Cassidy, kevin@islander.org Rick Catlin, rick@islander.org Jack Elka, jack@jackelka.com Jennifer Glen eld, jennifer@islander.org Mark Young, marky@islander.org Contributors Carol Brenneman Jesse Brisson Morgan Harlan Karen Riley-Love Capt. Danny Stasny, sh@islander.org Mike Quinn | NewsManatee.com Advertising Director Toni Lyon, toni@islander.org Production Graphics ads@islander.org Of ce Staff Lisa Williams, manager, lisaw@islander.org Janice Dingman, pier plank coordinator accounting@islander.org classi eds@islander.org subscriptions@islander.org Distribution Urbane Bouchet Shane Pelkey Ross Roberts (All others: news@islander.org) Publisher and Editor Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Editorial Editorial DEC. 18, 2013 DEC. 18, 2013 DEC. 18, 2013 Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Island Shopping Center, 5604B Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 WEBSITE: www.islander.org PHONE 941-778-7978 toll-free fax 1-866-362-9821 Opinion Your www.islander.orgAnd the problems are Carol Sousteks letter in the Dec. 11 Islander in support of Mayor Carmel Montis November annual report caper demands a reply to her question, What is the problem? 1. The report was labeled an end-of-year report, and yet it was sent almost two months before the years as it was delivered to voter mailboxes just before the November election. 2. The report was not sent to all Holmes Beach residents or even city landowners as it should have been, but just to voters, further cementing the impression that it was a thinly disguised political advertisement. 3. Considering points 1 and 2, it is ethically questionable that the mayor chose to use town funds for the postage on his self-promoting mailer. Florida Statute 104.31.1 states: No officer or employee of the state or of any county or municipality thereof, except as hereinafter exempted from the provianother persons vote or affecting the vote thereof. The important question is, did the mayor use his encing the election. Some including myself suggest he did. Im tired of Monti and his sidekicks touting how many hours the mayor works. The issue is not whether he puts in enough time. The trouble is that too much of that time results in impractical ideas (such as charging daytrippers) and missteps (such as private note-passing at a public meeting in violation of Sunshine Laws) that cost Holmes Beach in tourist revenue and reputation. Monti may be experienced, but it doesnt seem to be in the governing process. We should expect more from our elected representatives than just skirting by on the legalities while violating the spirit of the law. Legal or not, its wrong. So, Ms. Soustek, since you called for more residents to weigh in on the mayors mailing, I do so as one uninvolved but interested Holmes Beach voter. As a former candidate whose campaign sign stood tion, your complaint against The Islander is the one that sounds contrived. Marlane Wurzbach, Holmes BeachThanks for goodwill I am a long-time employee of the Rod and Reel Pier and this is a thank you message from myself and my co-workers to the residents of Anna Maria Island in September caused us to be temporarily laid off. To the residents who raised money, the churches who included us in prayer, for the special offerings and the T-shirts that were sold to raise funds for our aid. To the members of All Island Denominations, who listened to our needs and used donated funds to help pay bills, keeping many us out of collections. Many of the pier employees have been working there for many years and have watched your kids grow up, which makes us feel like family. We have greeted our many annual visitors and welcomed newcomers to Anna Maria Island. From all of us, we wish you and yours a very merry Christmas, and we also look forward to seeing you when we reopen. Christine Olson, BradentonThe devil in the details Sometimes, looking at government from the outside makes the process seem both complicated and simple. The process of legislating enacting good laws and making choices for the people is complicated. And yet, there are simple things overlooked, forgotten, ignored or laid dormant swept under the rug. on the way to doing what they think is the right thing for us all. Such is the case on Anna Maria Island when discussion turns to parking. Take, for instance, the matter of parking for a yet-to-be-created park at the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Boulevard. Who could imagine a city creating a park without parking for the residents and their friends and visitors who go there? That would be Anna Maria. Restrooms? Check. Benches and walkways among the landscaping and mature oak trees? Check. Beautiful views of Tampa Bay, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the city pier? Check. Parking? No. Even when reminded the city once obliged the owner of the vacant land also the developer of the to maintain parking there, knowing full well the plaza sioners opted to eliminate parking for the park. The commission and the mayor may have forgotten that their discussion about the pier tenants plans for paid parking stemmed from the elimination of parking on the same vacant lots some 18 months ago. The lots had long been used for pier parking, especially when city created the trolley stop in the north parking lot in 2003 and eliminated some parking spaces. Amid vows of no parking the city bought the lots and continued to allow piergoers to park cars there. And park they did. The lots were seldom empty They overlook the piers growing popularity. The trolley brings more and more people. And a new beach created with city-state funds adds to the impact. should provide parking, but thats the same old devil, trying to put the responsibility for providing services on private enterprise. Roser Church bears more of the parking burden for the pier than the city. And for a meager 15 parking spaces, we have three city commissioners voting to give back donations of lots into a park. They also swept aside the fact that creating the parking spaces there bore no cost. Shame on those devils.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 7 Headlines from Dec. 17, 2003Temps and Drops on AMI Date Low High Rainfall Dec. 8 64 86 0 Dec. 9 64 83 0 Dec. 10 59 81 0.01 Dec. 11 65 84 0 Dec. 12 55 75 0 Dec. 13 51 78 0 Dec. 14 63 83 0 Average area Gulf water temperature 72.324-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m. Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. Weve been publishing and mailing successfully since 1992! We bring you all the news about three city governments, community happenings, people features and special events even the latest real estate transactions everything you need if your heart is on the Island. The Islander is distributed free locally. If you dont live here year-round, use this form to subscribe for yourself or someone else. (Sorry, we do not suspend mail subscriptions you get the news free while youre here!)BULK MAIL U.S. SUBSCRIPTION (allow 2 weeks for every weeks delivery) 7 months-1 year: $54 3-6 Months: $36 1-3 Months: $24U.S. FIRST CLASS AND CANADIAN SUBSCRIPTION 7 months-1 year: $160 3-6 Months: $98 1-3 Months: $54 Single Issue: $5 FIRST CLASS MAIL, U.S. ONLY, maximum four weeks Rates to Europe or other countries available on request.MAIL TO: ______________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________ STATE __________ZIP _________________ Credit card: d u No. ___________________________________________ Name shown on card: _____________________________Exp. Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992 CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) www.islander.org E-MAIL subscriptions@islander.org 10 years ago submitted his resignation, saying Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips and Vice Mayor Anna OBrien questioned his integrity. Welch said the actions of Phillips and OBrien that were intended to discredit me render my continued employment with the city impossible. mal building moratorium while city attorney Jim Dye was preparing a formal ordinance to be adopted at the commissions Dec. 29 meeting. Dye told the commission it could adopt the moratorium informally until the ordinance passes. Commissioners agreed the moratorium should only last six months. the Conservation Medal by National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution for her outstanding achievement of environmental awareness in Cortez, the award said. A native of Cortez, Green was instrumental in forming the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage in Cortez, in addition to other environmental projects. Green said two of her relatives served in the American Revolution. SIDEBAR SIDEBAR GALLERY 9-5 M-F, 5604B Marina Drive Holmes Beach, 941.778.7978 Youre invited to visit The Islanders new SIDEBAR GALLERY, featuring work by a variety of top local artists and arts and crafts direct from Haiti. Ready, set, action in the courtyard: Duffys Tavern, 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, serves as a movie set tography, Cindy de la Cruz is an actor, and Kris Wood is the writer and director, as well as an actor. Islander Photos: Courtesy Rick Lewis 12-15 minutes and follows Ian Bird, played by Kris at your local bar. He feels the universe is leaving him his destiny, and he inconwhat hes missing in life. to be the perfect spot for an ale, and to spin his tale. Behind the scenes at Duffys Tavern

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8 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER ClaireMarieSpa.com 5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes Business Center By Appointment Only: 941-730-3649MM28612 DECEMBER SPECIAL 1-hour Luxury Spa Massage$50 (regular $75)Gift Certi cates Available Holmes Beach tightens terms for Mainsail agreementBy MMark YoungI Islander RReporter Holmes Beach commissioners, at a D Dec. 11 work session, made some minor tweaks to a settlement agreement between the city and the M M ainsail Lodge development team. I It was the second round of review for commissioners. T The agreement stems from two rounds of mediation initiated by M M ainsail attorney R R obert Lincoln to avoid suing the city over a M March revocation of its site plan to develop the vacant commercial land near the intersection of GGulf and MMarina drives. T T he city received several concessions during the mediation, reduced setbacks, the elimination of some lodging buildings, a reduction in size for the two remaining buildings, reduction in restaurant seating and more. P Parking also was a primary point in the ongoing discussions with M Mainsail and, while parking appears to be adequate for the proposed lodge, C Commissioner M Marvin G Grossman alleged that M Mainsail is already violating the parking ordinance at the marina where it leases boat slips to charter captains. I I think the whole commission believes there should be no special interest, said G Grossman. TThe marina has been operating for 12 years. T T here are hardly any parking spaces for the boat slips. G Grossman said according to his count of boats using the slips and M Mainsails business tax receipt, the develI I was told they submitted a plan to correct all of this, but was then told it was our fault for not directing our mayor and building department to examine the information they submitted. is on the pending shelf. He said once the matter entered mediation, the review of the marina parking plan was put on hold, and has been ever since. O O Brien said a code enforcement action was initiated prior to the mediation and that M M ainsails parking plan was its response to the code enforcement action. However, he reiterated, everything was put on hold until the mediation is completed. G G rossman said anyone running a business in the city is required to do certain things. T T his one is being ignored and I I dont think thats right, said GGrossman. M Mayor C Carmel M Monti said he would look into it and give it a high priority after city attorney P Patricia P Petruff said she agreed with GGrossman. C Commissioners commenced with some minor adjustsome setback limits agreed to in mediation and ensuring the maximum capacity seating at the proposed restaurant would not exceed 80 seats. M M ost of the adjustments were to ensure what was agreed to was associated with the appropriate language in the agreement. T The bigger issue for C Commission C Chair Judy T T itsworth is that M M ainsail has not yet reached a settlement with residents on Sunrise Lane. M M ainsail wants to use the road for emergency vehicle access, but only partly owns the road along with the Sunrise Lane residents. D D uring mediation, it was made clear that any deal with the city would be contingent on M Mainsail reaching a deal with the two Sunrise Lane residents who oppose M M ainsails use of the road. T T itsworth also lives on Sunrise Lane, but is not engaged in the dispute over use of the road. However, with the elimination of some lodging facilities, T T itsworth noted that M M ainsail might not need to use Sunrise Lane. I It was an idea that M Mainsail did not oppose, if the opportunity ever surfaced. A A consensus was given to pass that option onto M MainT T itsworth also wanted the language clarified for M M ainsail to clean up the site, since actual construction is likely to be four or more years away and that is T T itsworth wanted time limits imposed for cleanup and, while commissioners agreed, time limits were not Irene Pearman serves desserts at the AMI Historical Society party on Pine Avenue for guests awaiting a Roser Church musical performance. 40-foot long Italian sandwich served by Vinny Esposito at Vinny & Cheryls Italian Kitchen. Lily Kawahata, 6, and Isabella Klements, 5, were among the Roser Church performers at the museum. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 11 S A L E A A L L Free popcorn! Corner Rack (intersection of gulf and marina) You asked for it, you got it! Signature Signature 5311 gulf drive holmes beach941.778.5400 acquaaveda.com hair skin nails massagefeel beautiful today Island happenings Island churches celebrate Christmas There are six churches on Anna Maria Island that will be observing Christmas and the holiday season. Beach. A Christmas Eve candlelight service is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be carols sung and the Christmas story will be told. For more information, call 941-778-0719. Drive, Holmes Beach. The schedule includes a 5 p.m. family service on Christmas Eve, carols at 10:30 p.m. and an 11 p.m. Eucharist festival with music. On Christmas Day, there will be a festival Eucharist at 10 a.m. Holmes Beach. Christmas Eve Festival Worship programs will be at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and the Christmas Day Nativity of Our Lord worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 25. For more information, call 941-778-1813. Ave., Bradenton Beach. Details for Harvey were not available at Islander press time. For information, call 941-779-1912. Ave., Anna Maria. Roser will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 that features a nativity pageant and a telling of the Christmas story, as well as performances by the choir. At 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, the church will hold a traditional candlelight service, with music by the chancel choir. Roser will hold a Communion service at 10 a.m. Dec. 25 in the chapel, as well as Communion at the church 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 1. For information, call 941-778-0414. Holmes Beach. The church will hold a childrens Mass on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. and a traditional service at 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, the church will hold a Mass at 8:30 a.m. and another at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, St. Bernard will hold a vigil Mass at 4 p.m. and Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on New Years Day. The chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Roser will hold a communion service at 10 a.m. Dec. 25 in the chapel Islander File PhotoPrivateers holding thieves markets Thieves Market of the winter season Saturday, Jan. 11. 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m., according to the organizations website. market items, arts and crafts, antiques and household goods. and breakfast items, including hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue near the Privateers ship. Other market dates are Saturdays on Feb. 8 at the east end of Pine Avenue and March 8 and April 12 at Coquina Beach. For more information, including vendor details, contact Dan Hill at 941-812-8318 or danuhillibilly@yahoo. com.De Soto memorial hosts Winter Luminary Walk To celebrate the holiday season, the De Soto National Memorial will light its trail with thousands of luminaries on Saturday, Dec. 21. rial Highway, Bradenton. The event features Native American musician Juan solo violinist Amberly Waterman of Anna Maria Island playing traditional European melodies on violin and also a performance by G Mans Caribbean Steel Drums. The entire De Soto National Memorial trail will be lined with luminaries and re-enactors will tell stories of how the Spanish and Native Americans celebrated winters on Floridas Gulf Coast. The Chop Shop of Bradenton will be selling barbecue and the De Soto National Memorial Youth Advisory Council will sell beverages. For more information, call the park at 941-792-0458 Art league seeks volunteers, hosts camera class The Anna Maria Island Art League is recruiting volfestivals. The league also will host a digital camera course on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in January. Students will learn camera practice. The course fee is $100. For more information, contact AMIAL at 941-7782099 or email artleagueami@gmail.com. The league is at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.Library to host turtle talk The Island Library will welcome Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitorings education directors for a talk at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Claudia and Glenn Wiseman will talk about AMITW and the conservation programs years on the island. The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the library at 941-778

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12 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Wednesday, Dec. 18 Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club Christmas program and luncheon, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607. Thursday, Dec. 19 Friday, Dec. 20 Saturday, Dec. 21 Winter begins. 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. 10:30 a.m. Island Gallery West mixed-media demonstration, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information; 941-778-6648. Sunday, Dec. 22 Monday, Dec. 23 Tuesday, Dec. 24 Today is Christmas Eve. Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-7948044. Wednesday, Dec. 25 Today is Christmas. Off-island Wednesday, Dec. 18 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. South Florida Museum Star of Bethlehem talk, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-7464131. Saturday, Dec. 21 6-8 p.m. De Soto National Memorial Winter Luminary Walk, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-7920458. Coming up nament, Anna Maria. Save the date Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach. Beach. Calendar announcements Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. Highresolution photographs welcome. www.fatcatcarpetcleaning.com Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Tile & Grout CleaningCALL TODAY 941.778.2882 or 941.387.0607Satisfaction Guaranteed! Satisfaction Guaranteed! HOLMES BEACH AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE F Electr Tune-Ups, Brakes & More 5333 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach at the corner of Gulf & Marina Drives 941-779-0487 CHRISTIES PLUMBINGRESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL778-3924 OR 778-44615508 MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH LOCAT ED IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING REP (CFC1426596) OPEN SA DOGGIE DAY CARE 7am-7pm ~ 7 DAYS BY APPT. Call ahead: 941.243.3900 8819 Cortez Road W., Bradenton www.coastalcaninecottage.comOwner caregivers: Lisa Williams & Angela McCallister Need your dog out of the house for an hour or a day? Drop him/her off with us. BINGO on horizonThe Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach, will begin its winter bingo season in January with Dale Redeker again calling numbers. The center also will host a series of Friday night suppers. Islander File Photo Fishing for volunteersPlanning is underway for the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, which takes place Feb. 15-16 Photo Find us online @ www.islander.org.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 13 V.I.P Anna Marias rst annualChalk FestivalMeet The Artists Catered By The Sandbar & Mar Vista RestaurantsIncludes Craft Beer & Fine WinesAt Anna Marias Premier GalleryThe Studio at Gulf and PineFriday, January 17th 20145:00p.m-8:00p.m. tickets $125To Purchase Tickets Please Call 941-778-8710Dinner & artist reception From Pirates to the Present onHistoric Pine Avenuewww.facebook.com/annamariaislandchalkfestival CHECK US OUT AT WWW.ISLANDER.ORG BREAKING NEWS, FLIP-PAGE E-EDITION, FACEBOOK & TWITTER! WE HAVE IT ALL. WE LIKE LIKES facebook.com/ Islandernewspaper Calendar of ongoing eventsAnnouncements Send event information and photos to news@islander. org. Please, include a name, email address and telephone number for the contact person for publication. Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875. tee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875. Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130. tion: 941-779-7688. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941778-3209. Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7783209. South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440. Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341. Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 941-778-3209. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835. Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784. by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-8963132. meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383. 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341. Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110. Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-9060668. Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. mation: 941-254-4972. Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564. meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476. Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044. copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390. Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates to schedules, to calendar@islander.org. IGW hosts mixed-media demo Cecy Richardson will lead a demonstration in mixed-media at the Island Gallery West Saturday, Dec. 21. The program, with no reservations required, will Beach. tion everywhere from the sky and seagrape leaves, to acrylic and handmade print artwork draws viewers into the wonderful world where she lives and works. She has exhibited and won awards in juried shows and has had her designs chosen for posters and T-shirts in California and Florida. For more information, call IGW at 941-778Local artist Cecy Richardson. Islander File Photo AUTUMN FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY WINTER FUN SPECIAL

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14 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER WE ROCK ONLINEislander.org Founded 1956 ALL ARE WELCOME SUND A Y WOR S HIP 10 A .M. The Lords Warehouse Thrift ShopHours 9-1, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday Christmas Eve Service 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24The Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll, Senior Minister 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key 941-383-6491 www.longboatislandchapel.org Christmas Services Dec. 22, 8 am Holy Eucharist Rite I, 10:30 am Lessons and Carols; Eucharist Rite II Dec. 24, 5 pm Family Service and Eucharist Rite II with Music, 10:30 Carol Sing, 11 pm Festival Eucharist with Music Dec. 25, 10 am Festival Eucharist Dec. 29, 8 am Holy Eucharist Rite I, 10:30 Holy Eucharist Rite II Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Holy Eucharist Rite II ALL ARE WELCOMEEPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ANNUNCIATION Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin, Rector4408 Gulf Drive | Holmes Beach | 941.778.1638 Roser Community Church A NONDENOMINATIONAL, CHRISTIAN CHURCH Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 5:30 & 9:00 PM Christmas Communion Service 10:00 AM Sunday Worship Service 10:00 AM Church School for Children & Youth 10:00 AM Adult Class 8:45 AM Book Study 9:00 AM Mission of the Month: Salvation Army512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria MASS AG E BY NADI ACall 94 1. 51 8.8301 Massaging on AMI for more than 17 years. Your place, your convenience.MA#0017550 HOW TO RELAX ON AN ISLAND.GIFT CERTIFICATES AV AILABLE Santa scoots to Sandbar Christmas party!Christmas party for families in needSanta greets children on the beach after his beachside entrance on a scooter. He posed for plenty of photos and gave loads to hugs children. children at the Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 10 Christmas party. ABOVE: Volunteer Morgan Burns paints the face of Ruby, 3, at the Sandbar Christmas. Tremaine Patton, 2, visits with Santa and receives a gift. Every child meeting Santa received a new pair of shoes, and a toy. NEXT WEEK: MORE CHRISTMAS ON AMI

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 15 WINTER FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY need a good laugh? visit the emerson quillin signature store. humor, art, gifts www.emersonshumor.com Island resident holds fond memories of MandelaMarkus Siegler treasures his signed copy of Nelson Mandelas autobiography. The two met at a lunch in Zurich in 2003. Siegler and wife Marianne own and operates Beach Fashion Boutique, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. He also operates Anna Maria Island Real Estate and Guest Services, 5702 Marina Drive, Islander Reporter Theres an apparent infectious quality about the goodwill expounded by Nelson Mandela the mention of his name, a quote, a photo, a story. Its a message of hope, triumph, struggle, and a universal understanding of humanity, past the barriers of language, religion, politics, skin color and national origin. It was really, for me, the greatest personality Ive ever met. To meet him, gave me goose bumps, said Markus Siegler owner of Beach Fashion Boutique and Anna Maria Island Real Estate and Guest Services in Anna Maria. Siegler, in November 2012, came to Anna Maria Island from Switzerland, where he was the director of communications for the Fdration Internationale de Football Association, the international governing body of soccer. His position in FIFA sent him around the globe, and he met and shook the hands of world leaders. Thats how I met him, as a FIFA executive. I think it was three times we met, Siegler said. One of the meetings between Mandela and Siegler was a lunch in Zurich in 2003. I knew Mandela would be there. I had read his (auto) biography, Long Walk to Freedom, while on holiday in South Africa. So I knew him, not personally, but what he had accomplished, Siegler said. I have met multimillion dollar football players, heads of state, kings and queens, and I have never asked anyone for an autograph. Mandela wrote in the book, To Markus, Best wishes, Nelson Mandela in blue ink. The signed biography is one item Siegler brought with him to the United States from Switzerland. Mandela was born in 1918 in a small village in South Africa. He became the face and the catalyst for the movement against the apartheid regime in his country. For his role as an activist, Mandela was jailed for 27 years. cohorts, only strengthened their resolve for equality and democracy in South Africa. Siegler is convinced Mandelas biggest achievement and the one we have to admire most came after his time in prison when he applied the policy of reconciliation in South Africa. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination, said Mandela at his Authorised Book of Quotations. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. through his life in actions, until death on Dec. 5. What was so striking was his aura. There was no bitterness. He spent 27 years in prison. (At the lunch) he was open, he was joking. He was funny, he liked to laugh and be spontaneous, Siegler said. Mandela was released from prison in 1990. Four cratically elected president of South Africa. placed in almost the same place he took his oath of CNN said the mourning of his death looked similar to Mandelas election people of every color and background gathered at the capitol, singing and carrying signs and banners and wearing shirts displaying Mandelas portrait. I was deeply, deeply impressed. I was lucky to have met him. For me, he is one of the greatest in history and Im not alone in that, said Siegler, who followed the news from AMI. voluntarily stepped down. He forged a democracy and Africas last apartheid-era president, for negotiating the end of the apartheid in South Africa. President Barack Obama spoke at Mandelas memorial in Johannesburg Dec. 10: It is hard to eulogize any man to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person How much harder to do so for a giant of history. He also said, It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but he also changed hearts. @ami_ islander High 5sMickey and Minnie Mouse greet the youngsters at the Chiles Christmas party with highExplorer, Woody and Sponge Bob also made appearances. 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18 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER New York Times Sunday Magazine Crossword Answers: page 28Citizen mistrust drives protest over BB zoning changeBy Mark Young Islander Reporter A simple whisper of Gulf Drive Cafe is a virtual guarantee that the chambers at Bradenton Beach City Hall The majority of citizens who spoke at a Dec. 11 planning and zoning board meeting regarding a proposed rezone by Gulf Drive Cafe owners Wendy and George misunderstood that the restaurant is a bad neighbor. The cafe owners did not attend the Dec. 11 meeting and were unavailable for comment by Islander press time, but they have previously touted their rights to enhance their business opportunities. They ran into an issue with citizens in 2012 when they gained permission to run a weekly market at the restaurant on the beachfront and in the chickee hut at 900 pedestrian nightmare and most agree that came to fruition. The temporary permit for the market was not renewed. The couple also met opposition to expand the cafe earlier this year but an independent business renting kayaks and paddleboards on the beachfront was approved. Ironically, the Dec. 11 meeting had nothing to do with the cafe, but a piece of commercial property owned by the couple across Gulf Drive from the cafe on the south side of Ninth Street North. It is a small piece of property, triangular in shape and the application is to have the property rezoned from commercial to high-density residential. The purpose for the zone change was not discussed, two-story single-family home on the property have been To build a residence requires extending setbacks due to the small parcel size. Under the citys R-3 zoning, they can pursue those variances. Architect Laura Gee represented the owners and said the property is unsuitable for a commercial endeavor. But at least some of the citizens who came to speak at the meeting said they were suspicious of the motives behind the request. John Arcadi, who owns property on Ninth Street North, represented several other residents on the street. They initially wanted to do something commercial with the property, but got shot down, he said. We are adamantly opposed to this rezone because we dont know whats to follow. Arcadi said the cafe owners treatment of residential neighbors is like bullying. Other speakers complained of bullying, alleging are not his customers in an attempt to drive them away. Barbara Wilson, a resident of 27th Street North, said He has embarrassed and questioned us. In her rebuttal, Gee addressed the public comments, saying she didnt understand what any of that had to do with what the P&Z was convened to consider. Gee suggested that if the citizens expressing opposition have a personal issue with her clients, perhaps there are other avenues they can pursue other than trying to stop this from being rezoned. While Gee was being questioned by board members about the application, Jorge Franco asked to speak. Franco said hes an employee of the Gulf Drive Cafe and that he was instructed to ask the board for a continuance. But Gee said it was her responsibility to represent The board took a 10-minute recess and Gee returned Burns said perhaps a continuance was a good idea. The LDC sets forth allowable uses, and many of them are similar when it comes to the propertys current zoning and requested zoning, said Burns. Most of what Ive heard from public comment has to do with congestion, noise and whether they are good or bad neighbors. Burns said those are issues for code enforcement or the police department, not the P&Z. Burns suggested a continuance of the public hearing to further study the issue and perhaps allow the couple to have their say. Gilbert said that due to the size of the parcel, any development would require variances, meaning a special master hearing also would be required. Gilbert said it rarely happens, but this might be the only property in Bradenton Beach that a special master The motion to continue the public hearing to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., passed unanimously. Merry, bark, woof, arf, yap, howl, yipA pack of Norwich terriers belonging to Holmes Beach residents Lee Little and Steve Weinberger pose Nov. 30 for their holiday card while gathering some Christmas cheer and poinsettias at Orbans Nursery, 9601 Ninth Ave. NW, Bradenton. From left are Razzi, Billie, Little, Panzer, Pinzi and Keri. Look for more holiday events in the Dec. 25 Christmas edition of The Islander and online: www. islander.org.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 19 LIFE AUTO HOME BOAT BUSINESS Our lovely patients, Gordon and Ruthacclaimdentalcare.com A PRIVATE FAMILY DENTAL PRACTICE 941.795.6535$599 CROWN SPECIAL2 or More Molars Only!We use a local dental lab with over 30 years experience in the Bradenton Area.OFFER EXPIRES DEC. 31, 2013 Bradenton Beach seeks input on noise-limiting ordinanceBy MMark YoungI Islander RReporter I I n an unusual move, Bradenton Beach officials referred a non-related land development code matter to the planning and zoning board DDec. 11. C C ity planner A A lan G G arrett acknowledged that the P P&Z would not normally review noise ordinance revi sions, but he said the city is taking extra steps to ensure the proposed updates will be satisfactory to as many as possible. We are hoping that today we get into discussion on some of the issues, said G G arrett. M M ore importantly, this time in what we hope will be at least two public hear ings. G G arrett said the noise ordinance being presented because that ordinance has withstood legal challenges. He said it is a performance-based ordinance that will rely on decibel-level readings to determine violations. What the decibel levels will be is the question to try and answer, he said. I I ts very critical to have that understanding because its decibel-based, he said. So we need to make sure what we have in the ordinance is appropriate. mercial zones and 70 for residential zones between the a.m. T The ordinance would allow either the police department or code enforcement to review and enforce violato take some sample readings. She measured three separate areas, including halfway down Bridge Street, where she measured 50 decibels. She next went to the G Gulf of M Mexico side of G Gulf D Drive at Bridge Street and measured about 70 decibels. She next went to N N inth Street N N orth and measured around 50 decibels. G Garneau was asked how long she took the readings by P P &Z member John Burns and she said about a minute. Burns noted that the decibel reading must be for 5 minutes and exceed the maximum for 30 consecutive seconds to amount to a violation. G G arrett said the experiment was just to provide an comment. Virtually all the comments from the public were regarding noise problems at night, when ambient life of Bradenton Beach wafts through the air. Several residents spoke up and complained that they cannot open their windows at night without their homes locations. Barbara Hug said the bass from live music vibrates her home and that her quality of life has changed. I I cant open my windows. IIts just terrible. E E rnie C C asali, administrator of M M oose Lodge N N o. night and asked his employees to have the music in the lodge turned down only to be told that it was coming from Bridge Street. O O ur quaint little town is turning into a three-ring circus, especially Bridge Street, said C Casali. PPast city commissions have let everyone do what they want to do. T Tjet M Martin, co-owner of the Linger Longer R Resort, said the problems started two years ago when a prior outdoors. NNow I I cant even sit on my deck at night and listen to the waves, she said. A A ll I I hear is boom, boom, boom, boom. I I f I I want to hear music that loud, I I ll put on my headphones and blast it. What I I dont want to hear is music blasting two or three blocks away. P P &Z chair D D an D D eBaun said it would make sense for the city to do some additional testing at the times when the most complaints are registered. G G ilbert said the city basically has two options. He said the city could continue to pursue the decibel-level option or drew some applause from the packed gallery. P P &Z member and former city commissioner R R ic mission, it was opening a can of worms, by lifting the ban. However, he said his only duty at this point is to make sure the P P&Z offers a recommendation that would give the city an ordinance that would withstand legal challenge. He said a performance-based ordinance with goal. G G arrett said the city would eventually have to take noise ordinances as a matter of doing business. G G arrett said without considering serious punitive actions, any ordinance the city writes will have no teeth. P P &Z member Barbara C C urtis said she had researched areas like Sarasota and St. P P etersburg. She noted those decibel limits were much lower than what the city was proposing in its initial draft. G G arrett said city staff takes no ownership in what was being presented. He said it was being presented intentionally to be scrutinized for changes. T T here were several other minor issues the board took issue with, but better testing of decibel levels before reviewing the ordinance further topped the boards list. T The tests will be performed during nighttime activities around Bradenton Beach and presented to the P P&Z for further discussion and recommendation at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Bradenton Beach C C ity Hall, 107 G Gulf DDrive NN. The popularity of outdoor entertainment was evident in March at the Blue Marlin Grill on and a performance by Trevor Bystrom and Morgan Greig was held. The restaurant is one of a growing number of island establishments to attract customers with outdoor seating and live music performances. Jo Anne Meilner of Bradenton Beach was so pleased at the performance at the Island Time Bar at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive that she bought the performers CD. Islander File Photos Community notices, events T The I Islander welcomes notices of your events and projects on A A nna M M aria I I sland and encourages you to submit both news and photographs. Send press releases and photos with detailed captions to news@islander.org. 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20 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER THE FEAST RESTAURANTEnjoy your feast THE FEAST THE FEAST RESTAURANT RESTAURANT Southern BBQ, Dry Rub and Hot BBQ for all your holiday needs! Call 778-6614 or come and pick em up or we ship. GIFT BOXES $ 24 99 Tuesday Sunday Island FleaGet your TIKI on at the Islands newest hot spot for music, food and fun! HOURS 5-12 Wed-Sat, 1-9 Sunday 5704 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941.778.4402 Island Flea Tiki Bar Live MusicHappy Hour Wed-Fri 5-7 Fri. Tangled Mangoes 7-10 Sat. Ted Stevens and The Doo Shots 7-10 Sun. NFL Football 1 4 After the Beach Bash with Gumbo Boogie Band 4 8.Holmes Beach releases 5-year capital improvement planBy MMark YoungI Islander RReporter ment project plan at its D Dec. 12 meeting, encompassing street resurfacing and drainage projects. T The plan is so tentative, O OBrien said he completed He began with projects completed in the 2012-13 to estimate projects and associated costs through the T The prioritized plan for drainage improvement projyear, which encompasses Sixth A A venue, an area that gen erates the majority of citizen complaints. Basins 5 and 8, which include Harbor D Drive and F Flotilla D Drive respectively. O O Brien said it is a state requirement to update the CIP CIP plan because funding comes from state gas taxes and stormwater grants from the Southwest F F lorida Water M M anagement A A gency, as well as a city stormwater fee that appears on property tax bills. C C ity attorney P P atricia P P etruff pointed out the plan did needed some basic cleanup before commissioners con sider a resolution adopting it. I I n the meantime, O O Brien said design work is moving forward for the Basin 2 project and that community meetings with residents of the area also are being planned in advance of work beginning. I I n other matters, M M ayor C C armel M M onti said M M anatee C County has tentatively agreed to help the city fund a volT T he mayor also announced that the R R ex Hagen T T rust has agreed to give the city $8,000 to construct a shelter at the small dog park. I In other city business, city treasurer Lori Hill introduced a resolution in opposition to the 2011 state legislation that creates a uniform mechanism to promote accountability and transparency in the use of public funds for state, local and educational entities. While there were good intentions behind the legislation, Hill said cities are discovering the law forces cities to convert to the states methods, based on population. cers A Association opposes the bill and is asking for every municipality to draft a resolution of opposition. I I ts impossible to fairly analyze city to city just based on population, said Hill, and the costs to implement the states system are excessive. C C ommissioner D D avid Zaccagnino said the city is blessed with good department heads. I I f our treasurer says its not a good deal for us, then its not a good deal, and he moved to approve the resolution, which passed unanimously. the circumstances that motor vehicles are subject to being towed or wheel-locked. Vehicles left unattended on a sidewalk, in front of a be towed. A Any vehicle violating a no-parking, tow-away zone also will be towed. in posted no-parking areas and left parked illegally can be towed upon a the second reading and passage of the ordinance. C C osts of the tow, impound and associated fees will be charged to the vehicles owner. I I ncluded in the ordinance is the option to have a wheel-locking device placed on vehicles. 14, at city hall, 5801 MMarina DDrive. P P olice C C hief Bill T T okajer noted that a number of complaints were made to the city about his recent seatbelt violation campaign. T T okajer said the campaign was announced in the island newspapers and suggested that if people want to stay informed with whats going on in the city, they should read the papers. DUI DUI and seatbelt enforcement will continue through the holidays, said T T okajer. II know people are complainyour seatbelt. I I ts been a primary reason to conduct a job and people need to follow the law. We made stone crabs famous! OPEN 7 Days 11:30-9:30 Happy Hour 4-6pmLONGBOATS PREMIER WATERFRONT RESTAURANT! Since 1967 MOORE S STONE CRAB RESTAURANTIts that time of year! GET YOUR BIB ON! Best food, best service, best view ... Any closer to the water, your feet will get wet! OPEN 7 DAYS 11:30-9:30 941-383-1748 www.stonecrab.ccIts STONE CRAB SEASON STONE CRAB

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 21 Island watch To report information on island crime, call the tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778In emergencies, call 911. Obituaries At your service Obituaries are provided as a community service in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, and to those people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length. Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries are available by calling 941-778-7978.Margery A. Rothfuss Margery A. Rothfuss, 72, of Bradenton, died Dec. 8. She was born July 30, 1941, in Minneapolis. and, prior to her retirement, she was a 22-year employee of Manatee County. Visitation and a celebration of life service were held Dec. 14 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made at m. Mrs. Rothfuss is survived by husband David F.; daughter Debbie Little Holman and husband Randy of Riverview; son John R. Little of Bradenton; step-son David Mathes and wife Sarah of Chicago; grandchildren tonna, Minn.; Susan Lindberg of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Kevin T. Shean Island Police BlotterAnna Maria lost property. A complainant reported he set his wallet down and went for coffee. When he returned, his wallet was missing. He said he was not sure if someone stole it or if he had misplaced it. burglary. Unknown persons gained entry to a boat and stole the steering wheel and lower motor. A cooler also was taken. Missing items were valued at $4,200. shoplifting. A suspect walked to the beer case and concealed a 12-pack of beer in his backpack. He then walked to the counter where he purchased a pack of cigarettes. The clerk questioned the man about the beer in his backpack, at which time the suspect allegedly said, You got me. He returned the beer to the case and exited the store. He was not located by law enforcement. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach No new reports. Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD. Cortez Cortez is policed by the MCSO Holmes Beach glary. An unknown person gained entry into an unlocked vehicle and removed a canvas bag. The bag, emptied of its contents, was found on a neighbors property. chief. Someone damaged a large light globe by throwing an object at it. Damages were estimated to be $200. and run. Several witnesses observed a woman back her vehicle into a bike rack and then accelerate onto Holmes Boulevard. Witnesses were able to get a description of the vehicle and a license plate number, which was prolowing day on Holmes Boulevard and the woman was questioned about the incident. She said she remembered hitting something, but did not think it was a vehicle. to Hurricane Hanks for the damage to the bike rack. were called in reference to someone shouting profanities, but were unable to locate the suspect upon arrival. unsecured bicycle stolen from his yard. The bike was valued at $150. reported that someone cut the screen to his patio and stole two 18-packs of beer from an outside refrigerator. He told why he put locks on the patio door. The stolen items and damages to the screen were estimated at $90. Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police was born March 7, 1949, in Boston. Mr. Shean moved to Bradenton in 2004 and joined Bruces Taxi after driving a cab in Boston for 30 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 2188 in Bradenton Beach. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family would like to thank Tidewell Hospice of Braand compassion. Mr. Shean is survived by his longtime companion, Daisy; two sisters; a brother; and several children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Streetlife

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22 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER Fresh Fish Shrimp & Grits Steaks Live music Friday & Saturday Reserve now for New Years Eve 121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 bluemarlinami.com Grill Seafood WE TWEET TOO @ami_islander WE LIKE LIKES facebook.com/ Islandernewspaper AME calendar movie. movie. is a district in-service day, no school for students.)Happy holidays! AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525. Monday, Dec. 16 Breakfast: French Toast Sticks Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marinara, McManatee Rib Patty, Steamed Green Beans, Baked Fries, Mixed Fruit. Feature: Chef Salad. Tuesday, Dec. 17 Breakfast: Burrito. Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Turkey Gravy, Garlic Dinner Roll, Feature: Veggie Garden Salad. Wednesday, Dec. 18 Breakfast: Burrito. Cups, Peaches. Feature: Popcorn Chicken Caesar Salad. Thursday, Dec. 19 Breakfast: Biscuit, Chicken Patty. Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Breadstick, Meatball Subs, Broccoli and Cheese, Cucumber Coins with Dip, Pears. Feature: Italian Salad. Friday, Dec. 20 Breakfast: Mini Pancakes. Fries, Mandarin Oranges. Feature: Chef Salad. Juice and milk are served with every meal. By Jennifer Island Coffee HausReal Florida Relaxation! DINNER HOURS: 778-1320 THE REAL GERMAN RESTAURANT ON FLORIDAS WEST COAST CALL FOR RESERVATIONSSpecial Christmas Menu includes CRISPY DUCKLING AND BAVARIAN HAXEN (24-HOUR PREORDER) CLOSED NEW YEARS EVEOPEN 4-8 NEW YEARS DAY, PLEASE, RESERVE AHEAD MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Old HamburgCLOSED CHRISTMAS EVEOPEN 4-8 CHRISTMAS DAY STEM success Third-grader Elaina Bayard assists Dr. Frost, a mad scientist played by Chris Hough from Tampas Museum of Science and Industry, during ice at Anna Maria Elementary School Dec. 10. Hough is part of a group of scientists and performers from MOSI known as the STEAM science, technology, engineering art and math punks. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 23 in a large bin to demonstrate how they dig and run. They also were placed in small, transparent containers for up-close views. Islander A volunteer from the Manatee County Mosquito Control reaches into a box of live mosquitoes. The display by MCMC included a bin of mosquito larvae and a display of native insects. Students collected larvae with droppers and placed it into test tubes. The Southwest Florida Museum, Florida Public Archeology and Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department also had information kiosks with activities for AME students. Islander

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24 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER mbowers@tampabay.rr.com MB MARINE LLCElectronics / Electrical Installation & ServicePO Box 1064 Cortez, Fl 34215(941) 920-1169 941-870-4349www.kathleend.net Sailing Catamarans Sailing CatamaransKathleen D Kathleen DUSCG Certied to 20 passengersSailing from 3 locationsAnna Maria Island Longboat Key Downtown SarasotaLets Go Sailing! Plunge into 2014 for a cause The sixth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge will take place at noon Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach. The event, sponsored by Clancys Irish Pub of ties. Swimmers and their fans will meet on the beach near 12th Street South. Bradenton, will host a party with door prizes, beverages, food and music provided by the Jack Tamburin Band. Over the years, Clancys has raised more than $100,000 with the plunge. For more information, call Jan Crudele of 941-952-1109.Young Magic soccer teams conjure competitive league playConal Cassidy cuts back between two defenders during a recent U12 Manatee Magic game at G.T. Bray. Islander Photo: Jen Cassidy Islander Reporter Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organizations competitive soccer program, the Manatee Magic, is just past the midway point in its season in the United Soccer League. Magic boasts six teams, four of them in Division II, the exceptions being the U12 Magic girls in Division III and the U10 boys, for which there is no division or respectable seasons and sit in the middle of their standings or higher. The U11 Magic boys, including islander Sam Bowers and Luke Marvin, who boasts island connections, are currently in fourth place with three wins, four losses and a tie. The U12 Magic boys, coached by myself and former Conal Cassidy and James Richards. The team is currently tied for third place with four wins, four losses and a pair of ties. The U12 Magic girls, currently 5-2 and in third place in their division, is the only team without island ties. The U13 boys are coached by former Island Football Club player Neil Fellowes and represented by some familiar island names, including Lane Bowers, Brennan Bowers, Nicholas Ananicz and Aiden Grumley. They are in fourth place with three wins, three losses and a tie. The top team for the Magic both in standing and the most Islanders is the U14 Magic girls. They are in second place with four wins and three ties and only have surrendered six goals in seven matches thanks to a defense spearheaded by islanders Emma Moneuse, Grace Bowers, Morgan Burns and Danielle Capparelli. Other islanders on the squad are Brooke Capparelli, Lily Meaker, Jenna Rodgers and Olivia Glavan, while Brooke McIntosh and coach Brett McIntosh also have island ties. Most, if not all of the players either from the island or with island connections got their start in soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. MAYSO encourages all players who want to compete at a higher level than the centers recreational league to give the Manatee Magic a try. The teams will be back in action after a two-week break for the holidays. Key Royale golf news links with many risking a sunburn in the unseasonably warm December afternoons. The action got started Dec. 7 with an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf match. Jim Thorton grabbed clubhouse victory over Jim Mixon, who was alone in second with Dec. 9 saw the men get out for both morning and afternoon rounds of golf. They played a nine-hole, twobest-balls-of-foursome match to start the day. and Jim Auch, along with the team of Bill Schuman, Dennis Schavey, Ron Robinson and Ron Pritchard and last, but not least, the team of Pieter Thomassen, Gerry The afternoon saw the men play a nine-hole, modividual honors with Quentin Talbert alone in second at plus-5. The team of Fred Miller, Bob Lang, Gary Razze and Tom Lewis combined on a plus-7 to take the team title for the day. The club women took to the course Dec. 10 for a a 5-under-par 27 to earn a one-shot victory in Flight A place at 3-under-par 28. Judy Wards 2-under-par 30 was good enough for a two-shot victory in Flight C. Rita Allan was alone in another shot back in third place. Sally York had the round of the day, an 8-under-par 3-under-par 29 gave her second place, while Marcia OBrien was alone in third with a 1-under-par 31. The men were back on the course Dec. 11 for an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Wade LaDue, Jim Helgeson, Carl Voyles and Jim Thorton place went to the team of Ron Pritchard, Tom Lewis and The men played a nine-hole scramble Dec. 12, playing only par-3 holes. The team of Fred Miller, Randy Clark, Rich Papini and Tony Butzek matched the 3-under-par Friday the 13th was lucky for the team of Mary Lou Drier, Sue Little, Bob Reid and Jim Thorton, who combined on a 15-under-par 49 to win the coed, two-bestballs-of-foursome match. The team of Marylyn Thorton, Horseshoe news High quality horseshoe play stood out Dec. 11 in the action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Four teams games that both ended in dramatic fashion double ringers. Paul Sheatler and Rod Bussey defeated Herb PurJohn Crawford and Tim Sofran defeated Bob Mason and pack, double-ringer to give he and Crawford a 25-20 win. Dec. 14 action had two teams qualify for the knockout stage. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels earned a 23-20, come-from-behind victory over the team of John Crawford and Rod Bussey to earn the days bragging rights. 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 welcome. James Richards carries the ball forward during a recent U12 Manatee Magic game at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. Islander Photo: Jen Cassidy Morgan Burns controls the ball during a U14 Magic game played earlier in the season. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tina Burns

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 25 Light T Fishing ChartersCapt. W arren GirleInshore Offshore Liht Tk l Capt. Warren Girle o r e h O AM City Pier tides; Cortez high tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later Anna Maria Island Tides Date AM HIGH PM HIGH AM LOW PM LOW Moon Dec. 18 1:54p 1.3 11:23 2.2 6:34 -0.5 5:06 1.1 Dec. 19 2:15p 1.3 7:05 -0.5 5:51 1.0 Dec. 20 12:01 2.1 2:37 1.3 7:37 -0.4 6:40 0.9 Dec. 21 12:43 2.0 3:03 1.4 8:10 -0.3 7:37 0.9 Dec. 22 1:30 1.8 3:33 1.5 8:45 -0.1 8:41 0.8 Dec. 23 2:23 1.6 4:08 1.5 9:22 0.0 9:53 0.7 Dec. 24 3:27 1.4 4:46 1.6 10:01 0.2 11:11 0.5 Dec. 25 4:48 1.2 5:27 1.8 10:43 0.4 3rd IN-HOUSE PROFESSIONAL ROD REPAIRISLAND DISCOUNT TACKLE5503 MARINA DRIVE at KEYES MARINA, HBOPEN DAILY 7AM 941-779-2838Major Credit Cards Accepted Visit us at www.IslandDiscountTackle.com GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLEFISHING & SIGHTSEEING CHARTERSCUSTOM, PRIVATE & SPLIT TRIPS Plus Jetski, Pontoon & CraigCat Rentals starting at $45 CALL for DETAILS andDaily & Weekly Specials941-538-4290www.h2owatersportz.com Located at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Sailing squadron offers boating seminar T The A Anna M Maria I Island Sail and P Power Squadron will hold a boating seminar in D December at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NNW, Bradenton will host instruction in chart-reading. T The seminar admission cost is $10. P Pre-registration is required. F For more information, contact G Gloria P Potter or Walter Haug at 941-795-0482. Keep it clean from a ship or its cargo. Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore. So what do you call a fresh coconut and various debris that washes up in Anna Maria Sound? Its a shame. These items were collected from the bay on the morning of Dec. 8. Islander Photo: Bonner JoyTemps remain warm, fishing for migratory species stays hot Jim Dalton and wife Jan of Holmes Beach had family come calling a few weeks ago, and they came to do about a mile out in the Gulf of Mexico on a trip with with Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters. Max Dalton, 11, of Grand Rapids, Mich., shows off a By CCapt. DDanny StasnyI Islander RReporter With temperatures remaining mostly warm in D Decemwater isnt cold enough to push them south. O O ther migrathe beaches as well as in the local bays. a cork or soft plastics combined with a jighead. E E ither method is effective, although drifting and jigging allows you dont, you can try drifting and jigging. to the deep fryer and good tasting ones, too. Bay resulting in a variety of species. By using freshbox for his clients. N N ext, G G irle is moving to slightly deeper water and is switching over to drifting and casting shrimp-tipped pomand pompano. T This bite is fairly consistent, which provides good action on light tackle. F F inally, on calm days, G G irle is venturing into the G G ulf of M M exico. By using fresh-cut live shiners for bait, G G irles clients are hooking up snapper 15-20-inches. A A long with D D ave Sork at the A A nna M M aria C C ity P P ier says pier species. F F lounder, black drum and juvenile grouper are being caught are barely 12 inches in length. they pass the pier on their way in or out of T T ampa Bay. Silver spoons, G Gotcha plugs or small white crappie jigs these with a fast retrieve and you may see results. A At I Island D Discount T T ackle, the guys are busy prepar ing for the C Christmas rush, but theyre still managing to O O n the beaches, pompano are responding to pompano are managing to pull pompano out during early morning hours. A A lthough the pompano bite is sporadic, Spanish the void. ging with soft plastics is proving prosperous for spotted the bulkhead and the mouth of M Manatee R River, are holdmost trout being caught are undersized. F Finally, nearshore structure is still producing a snapwhere in the range of 8-18 inches. By-catch on nearshore even a few sheepshead.

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26 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER SELLING?I Buy Anna Maria Island Houses.ComAnna Maria/Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach Erik, 941.677.2678, or egajd@aol.com www.Edgewatervacationhomes.com www.Edgewaterrealestateami.com LOW-PRICED CANAL FRONT HOME ON AMI104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach941-778-8104 Toll Free 877-778-0099 Real Estate Sales Vacation Rentals Annual Rentals Property Management Concierge Service We re Serious about our Customer Servi ce Your full service Real Estate Agency providing exceptional customer service for all your short or long term goals. Whether staying a few d ays or a lifetime, we will help you find your perfect accommodation. One stop shop. We can pro vide everything you might need ..buy rent and finance your piece of paradise. 3 Bed 3 Bath New Kitchen, New Seawall, Very Open Floor Plan, Split Bedroom Plan, Best Price Per Square Foot On A Canal on ANNA MARIA Island! Call Sharon, 941-330-5054 NE W LIS TING CHEcCK US OUT aA T WWW.iISLa ANDER.ORG DeNegris unretires, again Joe D DeNNegris retired to A Anna M Maria I Island in 2007, after a lifetime of owning, operating and cooking at I Italian restaurants in NNew Jersey and NNew York. T T hat retirement lasted about a month, D D eN N egris said. II got bored with nothing to do. T That led him to open the I Island G Gourmet on M Marina D Drive in Holmes Beach in 2008. A After several successful years, he sold the restaurant and again contemplated retirement. IIm just too active to do nothing, he said. Hes now opened a new I Italian eatery, M Matteos I Ice C Cream, G Gelato and P Pastries, 7232 M Manatee A A ve. W., Bradenton. Were specializing in I I talian pastries and ice cream, but weve also got salads, sandwiches, soups, panini and crepes on the menu, DDeNNegris said. II love cooking and preparing I Italian food too much to retire, he added. M M atteos, named for D D eN N egris son M M atthew, is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. F For more information, call 941-798-3222.Longboat Key chamber moving to new ofce M Mexico DDrive, NNo. 102, by the end of DDecember. The grand opening of island resident Joe DeNegris newest Italian restaurant, Matteos, 7232 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, was Dec. 11. Cutting the ribbon are, from left, Lisa Tedder of Matteos, Javier Chero and Tina West of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, DeNegris, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore and Matteos manager Joani Mitchell. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin T The chamber said Jay A Anderson of E Edgewater C Contractors I I nc. is donating labor and materials to get the is providing the carpeting at no charge. T T he eblast also thanked C Centre Shops owner D Don R Roberts for providing an appropriate lease for the chamber, and A A ndrew Vac of TThis new space will provide you, our residents and visitors a true visitors center and will be conducive to having special events, the chamber release said. in 1993. Village offers tech lounge 21st A A ve. W., Bradenton, has added an I I nternet lounge for its residents. A A F F reedom Village press release said the lounge is part of the facilitys C Connected Living P Program for residents and families. T T his new addition to the community provides an opportunity for residents to stay connected to their friends Customers line up for Italian ice cream and other items at Joe DeNegris newest Italian eatery, Matteos, 7232 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin and family using technology, the release said. A A staff member will be available in the I I nternet lounge to assist residents with computers and use of email, social tools and websites. T T he release said F F reedom Village is enhancing its programming in new ways through technology. 330-7341.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 27 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S HOLMES BEACH40 Years of Professional Service to Anna Maria Island and BradentonEXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTSHeron Harbour 2/2 furnished condo, htd pool, tennis. $117,000. River Oaks 2/2 condo. riverfront, updated, pool, tennis, elevator, clubhouse, dock. $129,000.RENTALS GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home. GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal BOOKING NOW FOR 2014 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS With 20 years experience, I understand whats important to you: Getting the results you desire with a high level of personal service. Realtor Cindy Hayworth Our Florida lifestyle. Casual, not complicated. Call me at 941.504.1511 Real Estate Sales Vacation Rentals Annual Rentals Property Management Concierge Service We re Serious about our Customer Servi ce Your full service Real Estate Agency providing exceptional customer service for all your short or long term goals. Whether staying a few d ays or a lifetime, we will help you find your perfect accommodation. One stop shop. We can pro vide everything you might need ..buy rent and finance your piece of paradise. 104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach A.M.I. BEACHES REAL ESTATE5702 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach CALL THE BEACHES EXPERTCindy Quinn, P.A., Realtor, CDPECell: 941-780-8000Go to my website to view all AMI listings:islandannamaria.com Anna Maria City: 2/2 pool home located west of Gulf Drive. $522,000 mariannebc@aol.com 941-725-7799 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!I WILL sell your home.Marianne Correll, Realtor6101 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach 34217Investor special, 203 67th St duplex. Close to the beach, new roof and AC. 2/2 and 2/1 with room for pool. $575,000 INCMike Norman Realty31O1 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH I NEED LISTINGS! And Ill give you 100 percent effort.JASON HRNAK 941-773-6572 jhrnak@gmail.com ITEMS FOR SALE DEWALT MODEL 745 10-inch contractor table saw, lightly used, complete, $225. 941-7782346. LARGE NEWSPAPER BASKET for a bicycle. $10, pet crate for small/medium animal, $25. 813-503-9364. FOR SALE: TEN crystal holiday coffee mugs with etched winter scene. Very pretty. $15. Call 941-737-9173. ITEMS FOR SALE SHARP FLAT SCREEN TV, 16-inch, $50, Metal Mulisha jacket, medium, $35, Quiksilver mens belt, $20. 941-778-7003. CHRISTMAS TREE: ARTIFICIAL pine, 7.5 feet, 3,265 tips, $10 cash. 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT DELL, refurbished $60. 941-756-6728. NEW SPYDER PAINTBALL value pack, $75. 941-778-7003. COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, 1-year old above-ground pool, accessories, 15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classi eds@islander.or g fax tollfree 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer) ANNOUNCEMENTS SANTAS HELPER AVAILABLE to assemble toys and bikes! Hurry, call Rick, 941-5459683. WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty. com. Discoverannamaria.com. WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable shing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper of ce, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Turn the page for more classi eds The Plaza at Five Points | 50 Central Ave, Suite 110 Sarasota FL 34236Each Of ce is Independently Owned and Operated.terry HAYESGlobal market. Global connections.941.302.3100 terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com discoverannamaria.comTerry Hayes, Realtor 909 North Shore DriveBeautiful bay views and tastefully renovated with 3br/3ba and 1-car garage. $1,349,000 5311 Sunrise LaneNew construction, just completed! 4br/3.5ba one-of-a-kind Emily Anne Smith design. Exquisite views, beautiful custom finishes, pool, dock and lift. $2,199,000 OPEN 1-4 SUNDAY DEC 225310 Gulf of Mexico, #18Nightly rentals permitted! Situated in the Gulf-to-bay complex of Beach Castle. Adorable 1br/1ba with pool, tennis court and day dock. Pets ok. $295,000 NEW LISTING230 Oak AvenueNew construction! British West Indies inspired 4br/4ba with pool, dock and lift. Beautiful custom finishes! $1,999,000 OPEN 1-4 SUNDAY DEC 22 OPEN 1-4 SUNDAY DEC 22 Freedom Village associates Marilyn Evans, Veronica Rogers and Sandra McClintock join with resident council president Jim Willis and residents Nancy Willis and Ed and Elizabeth Roberts ribbon cutting of the Internet lounge. Real estate transactions at www.islander.org.

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28 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER KIDS FOR HIRE Continued 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 of ce, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. SERVICES TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/ spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069. I DONT CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 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 experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-7782535. 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. 941756-4570. JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773. U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941545-6688. PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available, experienced and reliable. Call Michael at 941713-0284. 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. COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169. Sandys Lawn Service Inc.Established in 1983 Residential and Commercial Full service lawn maintenance Landscaping Clean-up Hauling tree trimming Licensed & Insured Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist Replacement Doors and Windows Steven Kaluza Andrew ChennaultLIC#CBC056755 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S Residential & Condo Renovations vice RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.CBC 1253471 Bed: A bargain! King, Queen, Full & Tw in, pre-owned from $30 new/used. 941-922-5271 www.sleepking.net Need computer help? Chances R, I can help. And if I dont have the answer, I know someone who will. Start to nish hardware, software, network setup and repair, printer help, continuing support... Give me a call. If its broke, I can usually x it. Cell phones, too.e Sock Solutions business network / computer solutionsSocko Pearson, 941-799-1169, sockopearson@aol.comISLAND REFERENCES AVAILABLE 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH WWW.ISLANDER.ORG 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH 5604B MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH ANSWERS TO DEC. 18 PUZZLE AB BA AM OR E S PA UK ES BR AC ER OP ERSH ANGR IL A LI BE RT AR IA N CUR VE BA LL EL OS IM ON LE BO NI RA SL OW NI NESU NS LE ND ER TONE LE SS AT RE ST EE RO SE A D OG EE K E GO LI TT ER MA TE MA EL ST RO M ARAB SI LE NT IL DU CE LI NE SG AS OH OL ST RE TC H AN DR ES ST IR SI NZ AN IL Y WA YL AI DA DO PT ED PA EA N IM LO ST BR IT ON MI ND PE NN YA NT E E AS TO RA NG E EL I S KY AM Y M AR WA LK EX TR AS CS IM IA MI SL EE KL YH ER PA IN EL AM PI EF EATH ERBE DB RA BA TT LE CR YH A PPY EN DI NG BR AI ND EA DA NS EL AR NI E CM ON SO Y S KI TS JOES SPONSORED BY Adopt-A-Pet TAKE ME HOME! Andy is recovered from a collar embedded in his neck and ready for a forever family. He is young, extremely handsome and cant wait to go on long walks with YOU! Andy has all his shots and a microchip and hes neutered. Please, contact Lisa Williams at Moonracer about Andy and other rescued, adoptable pets. Island Animal Clinic Reminding you to help save our seabirds. Dont cut the line! If you hook a bird, slowly reel it in and remove all hooks and line. William V. Bystrom DVM, Ashley Gardner DVM 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 900 941.778.2445 ANNOUNCEMENTS Continued FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander of ce, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dont be sorry, be safe. GARAGE SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. 9-11 a.m. donations, Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733. STEFFS STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901. PETS WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-8966701. DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage. Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering while youre out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton. BOATS & BOATING BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sun sh, 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 boatorida.weebly.com. ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyachtsales.com WAGNER CUSTOM-MADE 15-foot boat on lift, four-stroke, 40-hp, Yamaha motor plus deluxe electric remote motor, trailer. $6,500, will consider street legal cart in trade. 941778-9184. 50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013. POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot berglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for shing-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. HELP WANTED SINGERS WANTED: BASS and tenor section leaders. Paid positions, Roser Church. Call 941-778-0414, leave message for Jim Johnston. LIMOUSINE DRIVER NEEDED as soon as possible. Professional appearance. Previous experience a plus. Contact 941-870-7010. 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 opportunity. 941-685-5213. KIDS FOR HIRE LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and rst aid-certi ed, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276. RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certi ed babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941545-7995. SPONSORED BY THE ISLANDER

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 29 LANDSCAPING Continued NATURES DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336. HOME IMPROVEMENT VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www. vangopainting.net. CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479. TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077. GRIFFINS HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, ne woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood ooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792. JERRYS HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-4472198. HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747. SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If its broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. Ill x it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906. PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747. PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, 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. ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place classi ed ads and subscribe online with our secure server? Check it out at www.islander. org. SERVICES Continued BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JDs Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840. ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941778-3046. BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228. ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711. 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. MA#0017550.MA#0017550. LAWN & GARDEN CONNIES LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294. ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581. JRS LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015. LANDSCAPING STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-3016067. 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. 941-932-6600. More ads = more readers in The Islander. Windows & Doors 941-730-5045WEATHERSIDE LLC LIC#CBC1253145H URRIC ANE DANS RESCREEN INC.POOL CAGES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, DOORS No Job TOO BIG or TOO SMALL. Free Estimates. I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION941.725.0073LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988State Lic. CBC1258250CALL THE ISLANDS FINESTMORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!We provide design plans~You preview 3-D drawings Family Owned and Operated since 1975 viceCHRISTIES PLUMBINGResidential & Commercial#CFC1426596 ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20. 31-45 words: $40. BOX ad: additional $4. (Phone number is a "word.")The deadline is NOON Monday every week for Wednesdays paper.Run issue date(s) _________ _________ _________ _________ or TFN start date: ______________ Amt. pd _________________Date _____________ Ck. No. ________Cash _______ By _________ Credit card payment: d u No. _____________________________________________________ Name shown on card: ____________________________________________card exp. date ______/ ______ House no. or P.O. box no. on cc bill ______________________Billing address zip code ________________ Your e-mail for renewal reminder: ____________________________________________________________ CLASSIFIED AD ORDER HONEY DOHOME REPAIRS & HANDYMAN SERVICE35 years of experience means service you can count on!PAINTING, DRYWALL, TILE, WOODWORK, ALL TASKS941.896.5256 We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home HONEY DO HOME REPAIRHandyman Service Joesph LaBrecque Free Estimates Airport TransportationPROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE AIRPORT PERMITTED & LIVERY INSURED941-779-0043 941-778-2711 CommercialPHOTOGRAPHYReal Estate Aerial Studio Product Interior Architectural Stock Pictures Web Printing Post Cards Brochures Headshots .com315 58th St Holmes Beach, FL 34217 ISLAND COASTAL CLEANING YOU RELAX ~ WE CLEAN Licensed. Insured. Bonded. JOHN ~ NAN 248.802.7802 24-hour Emergency Service www.coderedplumbinginc.com941-920-3684PLUMBING 24hourEmergencyService PL U U U MB I I NG Cleaning by LAURA For honest, reliable and friendly service Contact me today.Call: 941-539-6891 or email lauralapeke@ yahoo.comGod Bless you! Pet Friendly

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30 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER RENTALS WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com. VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638. VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty. com. Suzanne Wilson, broker. ANNUAL 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, 941-993-4909. 1BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two miles from the beach. 3611 117th St. W., one block from the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-5188478. ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS: The best news in town and the best results from classi ed ads and service advertising! I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S RENTALS Continued JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AVAILABILITY: 1 and 2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096. SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE January through April. Second oor 2BR/2BA newly remodeled unit with screened lanai and pool. One block from public beach and town. Email ssmithyoga@gmail.com for serious inquiries. 813-842-2366. FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house. 2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec. 21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106. HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, garage, Florida room, Gulfside, $1,150/month plus utilities, security. 336-509-9636. www.RTBeach. com/beach. 2BR/1BA ANNUAL ELEVATED duplex. One block to beach and shopping. $1,000/month. 941-778-2227 or 991-778-7980. ONE EXECUTIVE OFFICE for rent, utilities included, great location on Gulf Drive, perfect for real estate of ce, lawyer, computer tech. Move in with rst month rent only, $500. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666. HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. 3BR/2BA, newly remodeled, granite kitchen and baths, washer and dryer, storage on site, convenient location, pet friendly, no smoking, available Jan. 1. $1,600/month. Call 603-969-6840. WE TWEET TOO @ami_islander WE ROCK ONLINE islander.org RENTALS Continued 3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer, dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696. SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com. REAL ESTATE PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors. WERE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941778-8104. LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground oor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuf eboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-7945011. 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. 941730-2606 (leave message). FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977. SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE: 4BR/3.5BA water view, handicap accessible, garage, pool. By owner, easy show, $359,000. 941795-3778. OPEN HOUSE: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. 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. HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ISLANDER! Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. Jesse Brisson Broker Associate, GRI 941-713-4755 800-771-6043 Call Jesse Brisson941-713-4755 TOWNHOUSE IN THE CAYEverything is new in this 2bed/2bath condo. Great location close to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. With a boat dock and a pool, what more could anyone ask for. $190,000. Call Jesse Brisson @ 941.713.4755. 5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach GATED COMMUNITYRare buildable lot in exclusive Harbour Landings GULFFRONT COMPLEX Gulf views from light, bright, key furnished, priced to sell at NEW CANAL-POOL HOME VACANT LANDLarge Buildable Lot with PICTURE PERFECT home on large lot. Fully remodeled. New metal roof, saltwater pool, is designed to catch every island breeze with pocket sliders from almost every room leading to the caged INC 800-367-1617 941-778-6696Mike Norman Realty31O1 GULF DR HOLMES BEACHwww.mikenormanrealty.com sales@mikenormanrealty.com MIKE NORMAN REALTY EST. 1978E XCEP TION AL B EACH VIEWS from this 2BR/2BT house at south end of Island. Unobstructed view will never change. Direct beach views. $499,000. A NNA M ARIA C OTTAGE Adorable, vintage cottage located west of Gulf Drive for easy beach access. 3BR/2BA, great screened porch, single car garage. Selling turnkey furnished. $475,000. GULFF RON T TOP -FLOOR PENTH OUSE on the beach! Designed with all the rst class amenities, state-of-the-art kitchen and appliances. 2,468 SF plus enclosed screened Gulffront patio overlooking beach and sunsets galore! 3-car enclosed garage and private elevator. Classy and elegant! Theres nothing like it on AMI. $2,595,000.

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THE ISLANDER DEC. 18, 2013 31 W indow Covering Solutionsis your source for Blinds, Shades & Shutters. Call local AMI resident, Chuck Anderson, today to schedule your free in-home consultation and ProCustom Measure. 941-345-4907 www.4mywindows.com NFL Package 8 TVs $3 PINTS BEST WINGS ON AMIMonday 3-11 Tue-Wed 3-10 Thu-Sat 11:30-midnight 9701 Gulf Drive, AM Sunday 11-10 941-567-4056 slimsplaceami.com 941-778-8104EdgewaterRealEstateAMI.com For all your Vacation and Real Estate needs, call 941-778-8104. 104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach Mail or deliver to The Islander ina Driv e, $5O BUCS CONTESTY our f or this w eeks game win y ou Drawing in the ev ent of a tie Rollo v er if theres no winner! (no game/no priz Y Phone $5O PICK THE WINNERS CONTEST The Islander pays to the person with the most prize in person or by ies must be mailed/postmark ered to the newspaper of by y weekly A winner will be drawn from tying entries The of The Islander football judge is ies must be submitted on the published fo rm tries m ust be itten original, not sure to address and phone number ertisers must be listed to be eligib Winner Advertiser A n n a M a r i a R e a l t y We ARE the Island!Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker941-778-2259 Fax 941-778-2250E-mail amrealty@verizon.net We b site www.annamariareal.com 6 7 8 9 10 12 11 5 1 2 3 4 13 14 15GET IN THE GAMECONTEST WINNER:___________________________ BUC SCORE WINNER: __________________________ Y PRIZE Capt.Greg Burke941.592.8373Let me help you navigate the island to find that perfect home or condo in PARADISE. 310 PINE AVE, ANNA MARIA PUB & GRUBpresents NFL Football on HDTVs Pl us NFL Wings and ot her Great Game Food and Dr ink s! P U B & G G R R U U U U U U B B B B B B B B B B B B 49ers at Bucs Steelers at Browns Bills at Jaguars Saints at Rams Giants at Redskins 601 Sixth Av e. W. Bradenton 941.795-2800PLANET STONEMarble and Granite Countertops Va nities & More Signature PaintingResidential/CommercialTodd Cunningham Licensed/Insured C:941.350.3296Signature.painting2@gmail.com Eagles at Vikings Bears at Browns Fresno St. vs. Southern Cal 941-794-2345 8106 Cortez Road Cortez, Fl.www.foresomesports.com Jets at Panthers WATCH BANDS, BATTERIES SERVICE/REPAIRS50% OFF All Citizen watches in stock.8102 CORTEZ RD. W. TueFri 10-4, Sat 10-2 941-798-9585 Texans at Colts BARNETT BLINDS PLANTATION SHUTTERS BLINDS SILHOUETTES & LUMINETT DUETTES MOTORIZATION CUSTOMIZATION INSTALLATION Your window treatment expertsCall Keith Barnett for free in-home design service S TALLATION e t t m e e 25 years on AMI941.778.3526 941.730.0516 Patriots at Dolphins Redskins at Falcons Cardinals at Titans Packers at CowboysRust stains? No worries! WE CARRY 8700 Cortez Road W., Bradenton Phone 792.9304 M-F 7:30-5 Sat 8-noon PUMP & SPRINKLERCORTEZSUPPLY Public Welcome Seahawks at GiantsNovember Tip: Check and clean irrigation lters. FISH FRY4-close Fridays7.99 all.u.can.eatfull menu, lunch & dinner dine in or take out 7020 Cortez Road W 941.782.8978 Kelseys Bradentons home of the Juicy Lucy Bengals at Steelers Play Golf Today! Great golf for a great pric e. Tee Times (941) 758-1464www .imgacademygolfclub.com Chiefs at Raiders CALLIE HOSE, BRADENTON RROLLOVER

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32 DEC. 18, 2013 THE ISLANDER 1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217David Teitelbaum 941-812-4226 Liz Codola 941-812-3455 6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 419 Pine Ave Anna Maria 34216 1325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 Deeded Gulf beach access Beach Celebrations 2103 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-883-4092 1325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-877-867-8842 2200 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-447-7124 1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-888-686-6716Making Memories Here with Us. Tropic Isle Beach Resorts are the perfect celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria Island. Whether a lavish event at one of our or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our Concierge and professional Wedding Plancredit for the total number of reservations T RADEWINDS B EACH R ESORT T ORTUGA B EACH R ESORT The beach is spectacular and the sunsets are amazing.Very romantic. If you want to just relax and forget the world, this is the place to go.1 bd / 1ba $149,000 1 bd / 1ba $189,000 $183,750 2bd / 2ba $395.000 2bd / 2ba $369.000 SOLD PENDING Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations