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Island accommoda- The beach renourishment contractor began pumping sand here at 65th Street Dec. 22 in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
tions expect big holiday Beach renourishment begins with hiccup
season. Page 4
By Rick Catlin This couple is
Islander Reporter determined to find
The government calen- The long-awaited renourishment of a path to walk
dar. Page 4 Anna Maria Island beaches from 79th Street the beach on the
in Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach began shore of the Gulf
Monday, Dec. 16, but there was an immedi- of Mexico fronting
The Islander editorial, ate, if temporary, problem. the Blue Water
reader letters. Page 6 Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Chicago, fl,,-r, (w,,
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Holmes Beach ponders
complexity of noise
ordinance. Page 8

Bradenton Beach fast
tracks hiring of clerk.
Page 9

i-fMj4iings
Community events,
announcements.
Pages 10-11



Make a date. Save a
date. Pages 12-13

Holmes Beach to host
town meeting on flood
insurance. Page 15


Island police blotter.
Page 19

S h@91
AME students collect
aid for Philippines.
Page 20


Anglers savor the heat.
Page 23


the contractor charged with renourishing the
beach, placed some equipment on the beach
in front of Blue Water Beach Club, 6306
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. That forced Blue
Water's beachgoers to detour around the equip-
ment and over a berm with growing sea oats,
said Sebastian Mueller of Blue Water.
The problem was solved for a time fol-
lowing a telephone call to The Islander from
Mueller, a phone call to Manatee County Parks
Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker,
who called the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
who called Great Lakes.
Mueller said Great Lakes came Wednes-
day, Dec. 18, and moved its equipment away
from the beach access.
"Thanks to everyone for solving this and
making our guests happy," Mueller said then.
But the enjoyment and the beach access,
was short-lived. On Dec. 20, Great Lakes


moved its barge and equipment back in front
of Blue Water to begin the renourishment.
Workers for Great Lakes said the equip-
ment would be moved again as soon as that
section of beach is renourished. And sand was
pouring onto the beach there by Dec. 22.
Hunsicker also said the company would
work as fast as possible to renourish that area,
then move south along the beach.
"This was mobilization," he said. Pumping


Rod & Reel Pier remains closed,
By Rick Catlin regularly and agreed with Cochran a mid-
Islander Reporter January opening is possible.
Rod & Reel Pier fans might be singing The 30-member staff of the Rod & Reel
"Blue Christmas." But sometimes Santa just Pier has been receiving assistance some
can't deliver on time.
The 1947-built pier at 875 N. Shore Drive, M_-
Anna Maria, didn't reopen as hoped in time
for Christmas, but manager Dave Cochran said
repairs to the facility are moving ahead "as fast
as possible."
The pier and restaurant have been closed
since a Sept. 30 electrical fire.
Repairs amounting to a rebuild are
ongoing but renovations must meet current
Florida Building Code, said Anna Mafia build-
ing official Bob Welch, and that requires more
work.


NYT Crossword. Page Cochran said he's not giving anyone an
25 exact date for reopening, but he's hopeful it
will be in mid-January.
s dBiz "I just can't say when. Everyone is work-
ing as fast as possible, and Bimini Bay Con-
struction has been great in getting things done
Page 26 quickly and up to code," Cochran said.
Welch said he inspects the renovations


A sign at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. _'.... '
Drive, Anna Maria, indicates the landmark
fishing pier and restaurant, built in 1947,
remains closed since a Sept. 30 electrical
fire. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


6306 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, in
spite of a block-
ade of equip-
ment and fencing
placed by the
dredge company.
Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy


of sand from the borrow area, which is about
2,000 feet off the north end of the island, had
not yet begun.
Hunsicker said Great Lakes has incentives
in its contract to finish renourishment, which
will progress down to Coquina Beach by early
February, when tourism traditionally begins in
earnest on the island.
The company will work from 79th Street
PLEASE SEE BEACH, PAGE 2

work continues
payments toward rent and utilities fromAll
Island Denominations, the coalition of island
churches.
Additionally, the food pantry at Roser
Memorial Community Church has been avail-
able to R&R pier employees.

Webcam of pier
receives honor
Joe Zambito enjoys a great view of Tampa
Bay and the Rod & Reel Pier from his home
in Anna Maria.
In fact, he's had a webcam focused on the
Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna
Maria, since before the landmark pier and res-
taurant closed for repairs following a Sept. 30
electrical fire.
Zambito's webcam has apparently cap-
tured international attention.
He said he's been getting a lot of praise
from local television stations, and some have
carried his webcam photo of the pier during
discussion of current weather conditions on
PLEASE SEE WEBCAM, PAGE 3




2 0 DEC. 25, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER


Coming to a beach
near you?
ABOVE: (C 'h, Kaplan, left,
of George F. Young, subcon-
tractor to beach renourish-
ment contractor Great Lakes
Dock & Dredge, talks to
Guy Nimro of Holmes Beach
about the ongoing work at
65th Street. The sand started
flowing Dec. 21. Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy


in Holmes Beach south to Coquina Beach, but the sand
will be pumped ashore in the 6300 block of Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach.
After renourishing Cortez Beach, Great Lakes will
renourish from Coquina Beach to Longboat Pass, Hun-
sicker said.
Anna Maria beaches are not included in this renour-
ishment project because marine engineers have found
them to be "in good shape," Hunsicker said. -
Manatee County's portion of the $16 million renour- .. ..
ishment project comes from the tourist development tax. The dredge is visible on the horizon in the Gulf of Mexico toward the
That's the 5 percent on rentals of six months or less col- north end of Anna Maria Island and a buoy near shore marks the pipe
elected by the county. location, but beachgoers didn't have to wonder when the sand started
Often called the bed tax, the money collected pro- pumping. Front-end loaders, backhoes and other earthmoving equipment
vides for beach renourishment, in addition to the Braden- roared, back-up warning sounds blared and sand gushed into large sift-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Bradenton ing cages before being disbursed north and south on the shore. By Dec.
Area Convention Center and other public tourist attrac- 21, the sand was flowing at 65th Street, and beachgoers were gathering
tions in the county, for the long-awaited spectacle.


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Above the boards, the Rod & Reel Pier appears to be getting a makeover, with work-
ers from Bimini Bay Construction clamoring over the facility, as manager Dave
Cochran, center, checks out the progress. The fishing pier and restaurant remain
closed following a Sept. 30 electrical fire. The reopening is hoped for in mid-Janu-
ary. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


WEBCAM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Anna Maria Island.
Zambito said that earlier this month he was featured
on ABC's "Good Morning America" television show
and weatherman Al Roker of NBC's "Today" included a
Zambito picture in one of his best sunrise segments.
Zambito said he's also received an email from earth-
cam.com, the company that hosts his webcam, to inform
him that his cam has been included in the 2013 Most
Interesting Webcams.
Earthcam.com reported more than 200,000 visits to
Zambito's webcam as of Nov. 30.
Zambito said his webcam photo of a sunrise over
the Rod & Reel Pier won the first-ever "Best Sunrise or
Sunset" picture from earth.cam's worldwide network.


Ho! Ho! Ho!
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer took some time out this holiday season to
ring the Salvation Army bell at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Tokajer
spent a couple of hours mixing charity work and sharing holiday greetings with
shoppers Dec. 12. Islander Courtesy Photo



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4 E DEC. 25, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

Island accommodations, resorts expect


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Anna
Maria Island-style. In other words, rooms to rent on the
island for the holidays will be difficult to locate.
For anyone looking to book a room during the holiday
week of Dec. 23-30: Better make a reservation now.
According to a number of accommodation owners
and vacation rental managers on the island, space during
that week is going, going, almost gone.
There is one bright spot for anyone seeking accom-
modations for the week.
Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty, 5309 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, said he just put 15 units into his rental
inventory and may be able to accommodate a last-minute
visitor.
"Until we got those units, we were just about booked
up," Brisson said. \N\, we've got some flexibility for
the people who are just now considering a vacation during
the holiday week."
Elsewhere on the island, rooms and accommodations
are difficult, but not impossible to find.
"We have a few nights left," said Angela Rodocker
of the BridgeWalk Resort, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach.
"But we're practically full except for those few
nights. If we get a walk-up, as we usually do, we' 11 try to
accommodate them or help them find a room elsewhere,"
Rodocker said.
"It certainly looks like it's going to be a merry Christ-
mas" for the resort and the island accommodation indus-
try, she said.


Anna Maria Island Accommodations co-owner Susan
Brinson said anyone thinking of coming to the island for
the holidays should hurry to make a reservation.
"We're pretty well booked up. We always get a few
walk-ins, and we'll absolutely try to accommodate them.
But reservations are going fast," Brinson said.
Brinson said AMI Accommodations, 315 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, has more than 200 rental properties in its
inventory.
Finding a room at small resorts on the island during
the holidays also may be difficult.
David Teitelbaum, owner of Tropic Isle, Tradewinds,
Tortuga Inn and SeaSide resorts in Bradenton Beach said
reservations for the holiday week have been "coming in
strong and steady."
But, he said, the flow of reservations is rapidly filling
any openings.
"I would say anyone who wants to visit the island
Christmas week should book a room now, rather than
drive to the island and hope to find a room," Teitelbaum
said.
The restaurant industry also should get a boost from
the high volume of visitors expected for the holidays.
In addition to accommodations, lest we forget, many
residents have friends and family on the way for holiday
visits.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Maria, the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach, and the Mar-
Vista Dockside Bar and Grill on Longboat Key, said if
the weather cooperates, "business should be good."
Chiles predicted that if temperatures are in the 70s or
higher and the sun is shining, visitors will go out to eat.


Resort tax collections jump ahead of record year's pace


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County's intake of the 5 percent resort tax
continued to increase in October as it did in the past fiscal
year, a trend that signifies tourism to the area and Anna
Maria Island continues to rise.
According to data from the Manatee County Tax Col-
lector's office, $489,766 in resort tax was collected by
the office in October 2013. The resort tax is the 5 percent
charged by the county on rental accommodations of six
months of less.
That figure was up 14.9 percent from the $426,289
collected in October 2012. October is the start of the
county's fiscal year.
Resort tax collections for fiscal year 2012-13 were
$8.99 million, a record year. The prior year's record was

Tourism continues to climb
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If there's a recession ongoing around the globe, it
apparently hasn't hit Anna Maria Island.
Walter Klages, who supplies the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau with supporting data,
said tourism to Anna Maria Island and the Bradenton
area was up 7.5 percent for the first nine months of 2013
compared to the same period in 2012.
Speaking at the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council Dec. 9 meeting, Klages said the economic
impact of tourists during the same nine months was $566
million, a year-to-year jump of 10.2 percent.
"We're being helped by European visitors," Klages
added.
Klages heads Research Data Services Corp. of
Tampa.
BACVB executive director Elliott Falcione said the
sports tourism market also is contributing to the increase,
and the trend should continue in the next few years.
He cited the 2017 World Rowing Championships
being held at Nathan Benderson Rowing Center in Sara-
sota as an example.
The 10-day event is being planned for late September
or early October 2017. It is expected to draw an estimated
100,000 spectators, in addition to about 10,000 athletes,
trainers and sports executives, Falcione noted.
"The sports tourism market in the area is growing,"
Falcione said.
Unrelated to the BACVB effort, IMG Academies,
5500 34th St. W., Bradenton, announced recently it will
host the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor
Track and Field Championships for the 2016-17 seasons
in conjunction with the University of Tampa on the IMG
campus. The events will take place will take place May
26-28, 2016, and May 25-27, 2017.


$8 million.
The collections are a good barometer for tourism
to the area. For 30 of the past 31 months, the monthly
resort tax increase has been about double the monthly
percentage increase in tourism to Anna Maria Island and
the area, using surveys conducted by the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Based on those findings, tourism to the island and
the area should be up about 7.5 percent for October 2013
compared with the same month in 2012.
The resort tax is used to fund the county's portion
of beach renourishment projects, along with the Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Braden-
ton Area Convention Center, the Powel Crosley Estate
and Museum and other tourist-related amenities in the


Anna Maria City
Jan. 7, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
Jan. 9, 6 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 23, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 2, 1 p.m., pier team.
Jan. 2, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
Jan. 2, 6 p.m., city commission work session.
Jan. 2, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 6,3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
Jan. 8, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
Jan. 9, 1 p.m., department heads.
Jan. 14, 1 p.m., budget.
Jan. 16, 12 p.m., commission work session.
Jan. 16, 1 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 21, 9 a.m., department heads.
Jan. 22, 9 a.m., special master.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 9,6 p.m., town hall on FEMA and flood insur-
ance.
Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m., island congestion.
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 15, 10 a.m., charter review.
Jan. 16, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 21, 11 a.m., city center.
Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m., police retirement.
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., city commission.


big holiday season
"I'm totally expecting everyone in the restaurant
industry on the island to have a good Christmas season,"
he said.
At the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
the pre-holiday pace has been hectic, said vice president
Deb Wing.
"We've been getting tons of calls for information
about resorts, restaurants, activities and what's avail-
able. We've also had calls and emails about February
and March reservations," Wing said.
Based upon the number of information requests the
chamber is getting, Wing said the island appears to be
filling up with guests Dec. 23-30.
"We always get a few people who drive to the island
that week and look for a room when they get here. We're
delighted to help and we keep a list of what accommoda-
tions our members have available. We'll do our best,"
Wing said.



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Find-a-room assistance
If it's help you need finding a room for the holi-
day, it's not an app but the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce you need.
The chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
will be open during the upcoming holiday week to
help visitors find an available accommodation among
its members or provide them with information on
dining out, events and attractions.
To reach the chamber, call 941-778-1541 or
email info@ annamariaislandchamber.org.


Jan. 30, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Jan. 7, 9 a.m., county commission.
Jan. 9, 9 a.m., county commission land use.
Jan. 23, 9 a.m., county commission land use, Long
Bar Pointe, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Jan. 16, 6 p.m., commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W., Bradenton,
941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Dec. 25, Christmas. Most government offices will
be closed Dec. 24-25.
Jan. 1, New Year's Day. Most government offices
will be closed.
Jan. 7, 4 p.m., Manatee Council of Governments,
Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Pal-
metto. CANCELED
Jan. 15,3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, TBD.
Jan. 22, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most govern-
ment offices will be closed.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@
islander.org.





THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2013 U 5

Long Bar opposition rallies, developer cancels hearing


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Opposition to the development of Long Bar Pointe
on Sarasota Bay saw success in reduced environmental
impact, but there is a difference between winning a battle
and winning a war.
The first battle was won in August, when the Manatee
County Board of Commissioners narrowly voted to deny
a text amendment change to the county comprehensive
plan submitted by developers Carlos Beruff and Joe Lie-
berman.
The request would have opened a door to allow the
development of a boat basin and dredging a channel in
Sarasota Bay that environmentalists said would have dev-
astated the bay's delicate ecosystem.
The developers were tentatively successful in gaining
a map amendment change to rezone the property from
Residential-9 to mixed use, essentially allowing for a
project that consists of 2,700 homes, an 84,000-square-
foot convention center, a 250-room hotel and additional
commercial space.
Commissioners approved the land-use change, which
then requires it be reviewed by the state before the board
takes a second and final vote, which opponents are now
gearing up to confront.
Opposition to the Long Bar Pointe project garnered
another victory on Nov. 7 when the county board voted
to uphold a county planning commission decision that
proposed to remove 3,000 coastal acres including most
of Long Bar Pointe from the Urban Service Area.
The USA zoning was created with the intent to allow
development exemptions from extensive regulatory
review to spur economic growth. The decision essentially
means the development could cost Beruff and Lieberman
hundreds of thousands of dollars for additional project
scrutiny.
Save Our Bay representative Joe Kane said people
should not assume "total victory" has been reached and
that his group, as well as others, has pledged to continue
to monitor what the developers come up with for Long
Bar Pointe.


The opponents put out a rally cry in recent weeks for
concerned citizens to attend a second public hearing on
the map amendment planned for Jan. 23 but the county
canceled the meeting Dec. 23.
The attorney for the applicant Long Bar Pointe -
Ed Vogler of Vogler & Ashton, PLLC, Bradenton, wrote
the county building and development services department
Dec. 19, stating, "We wish to withdraw the comprehen-
sive plan amendment from further consideration or action
at this time."
Vogler goes on to thank the participants in the pro-
cess, including the board of county commissioners.
He also said the applicant looks forward to work-
ing with "all interested parties as plans for development
are presented and considered from time to time in the
future."


Kane said he realizes this may be just a delay of the
inevitable, but speculated that the developer may want
out. "It may be they've had enough and they're flnu il W,_
in the towel. We don't know that."
Opponents like Kane say Beruff is not trustworthy.
He claims too much is at stake for the property that the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council has called "a
regionally significant natural resource."
He also said he spoke to one of the county commis-
sioners, who claimed to have negotiated the withdrawal
of the map amendment.
The hearing was set to again be held at the con-
vention center, and a large audience of opponents was
expected.
More than 1,000 people attended the August meeting
with the majority in attendance opposed to the project.

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6 DEC. 25, 2013 U THE ISLANDER

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Christmas on deadline
It doesn't happen often that Christmas falls on the
newspaper's publication date.
It's a true Christmas issue.
It should arrive to you wrapped with a bow. In fact,
it started long ago, but a velvety red bow adorns our
front page starting with the Thanksgiving edition and
stays there through the new year's week.
So who doesn't think Christmas sped down the
track after the dishes were cleared on Thanksgiving?
Yum. Thanksgiving. Hey, Speed Racer, it's Christ-
mas. There was hardly time to put up and decorate a
tree. There was less time to shop. Christmas carols?
Oops, forgot. Even Christmas parties in the three cities
went by quickly, especially when Bradenton Beach
moved its event up a week. Back to back party nights
and Santa needed a ride with Speed Racer.
Needless to say, this holiday season was a blur.
Heck, 2013 was a blur.
We started compiling our year in review, and sud-
denly it seemed some of the stories from early this year
happened in years past. There was so much news it
seems to span more than just one year.
So how is it that time plays such tricks on us?
And how do we slow down the clock?
Maybe we need to savor the special moments that
only the Christmas holiday can provide.
Moments like ringing the bell for The Salvation
Army at Publix. Watching kids play in the fake snow
at the holiday open house. Waving to Santa Claus in the
Privateers Christmas parade. Experiencing the joy on
the faces of the kids who believe in Santa.
Just saying merry Christmas to friends and acquain-
tances and a meaningful holiday hug is special. After
all, it only happens once a year.
We hope Christmas holds all that's near and dear
to you all. That you savor the moments, shop local and
enjoy time with family and friends.
Don't forget to check out the new beach just in
time for Christmas.
Maybe you still have time to peruse our Wish Book
online, for gifts for the community organizations on
Anna Maria Island that serve our needs all year.
This past month, we helped gather gifts for the five
young children of a warm and kind charter fishing cap-
tain who served anglers here and died too young.
It may be the saddest Christmas they ever know, but
it will be one of the best Christmases they ever have,
thanks to the generosity of so many people and the
outreach of CrossPointe Fellowship.
It's the joy of giving that makes it worthwhile.
Merry Christmas, y'all.

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Stop the music
How much music can you make before the dance
is over?
I'm writing regarding the Bradenton Beach noise
ordinance from my perspective as a member of the
island community for 35 years.
I have to laugh about the recent complaints, as I
believe the restaurants turn the volume up as an adver-
tisement to attract customers.
Unfortunately, the solution has been to avoid res-
taurants with loud music. I used to eat at all of them.
Now I avoid them and often I leave the island for a
peaceful meal.
The music at some restaurants is often so loud it
becomes unpleasant to listen. I go to restaurants to eat
and enjoy the company of those people around me or
those who came with me. So when I have to yell or
repeatedly say, "I'm sorry, I can't hear you," I no longer
enjoy the dining experience. I also no longer spend my
money there.
Just saying.
Reed Mapes, Bradenton Beach

Thank you from AMICCO
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orches-
tra extends grateful thanks to the Island Players for its
Dec. 3 performance of "Over the River and through the
Woods" to benefit AMICCO.
The proceeds from this performance allow AMICCO
to continue offering live concerts of classical music to
our community.
Thank you to the board of Island Players for this
innovative collaboration between our sister organiza-
tions, to director Mike Lusk, the cast and crew and all
the theater volunteers that made it possible.
Our thanks also to Lois Manza of Creations by L,
5500 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, for selling tickets,
and a special bow to The Islander for helping us get the
word out.
To those who purchased tickets and came to enjoy


a wonderful night of theatre we extend our gratitude.
Without your support of cultural activities such as this
on Anna Maria Island, the curtain would not go up.
Nancy Ambrose, AMICCO board member

Wrongly portrayed
In the Dec. 18 Islander story, "Sandbar P&Z Review
now must be heard again," Anna Maria planning and
zoning board member Michael Coleman is quoted
saying the "many Nally challenges to Sandbar and PAR
plans have 'cost the city time and money defending
these complaints.'"
This statement is a dismissive of the right of citi-
zens to participate in government and a fallacy.
The Nallys bought their home on Spring Avenue
over 40 years ago, when the Sandbar was a small local
pub and the building that houses the Sandbar's storage
was a garage apartment.
Mrs. Nally has a right to participate in local govern-
ment in Anna Maria, particularly when she considers
things are proposed may be detrimental to her inter-
ests.
The Sandbar site plan amendment calls for moving
a public access easement again, this time from the Sand-
bar parking lot to the drainage ditch beside the Nallys'
home. It appears approval is expected, work is going
forward on that assumption, and then meetings occur,
which rubberstamp that approval.
Mr. Coleman's reference is an example of blaming
the victim, who is expressing real and valid concerns
over issues that directly affect her, her family and other
families.
That is not a waste. It is her right. It is a right that
belongs to all of us, and one that should not be taken
for granted.
Leah E. Ellington, attorney for Barbara and Wil-
liam Nally

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By Rick Catlin
Commentary
A few nights ago, I fell asleep dreaming about
what to get everyone for Christmas.
I didn't dream of sugar plum fairies or candy canes
while nestled in bed, I dreamed about what I should
give the three island cities.
For Anna Maria, I dreamed of giving the city one
large parking lot. I would build it on the south side
of the city, on pilings, so it would be above all the
homes.
The lot would be about 1,000 feet by 1,000 feet
and motorists entering the city for the first time would
take an up ramp by the city limit to get to their rooftop
parking.
There would be about 500 parking spaces and
signs would direct people to where they wanted to go.
Elevators would deposit visitors on Pine Avenue and at
the city pier, or near the beaches, restaurants and other
shops on Gulf Drive.
Of course, half of the city would be in darkness,
covered by this huge parking lot, but it would forever
solve parking problems in the city at the north end of
AMI.
Then, I dreamed of Holmes Beach. I dreamed of a
giant duplex with 200 bedrooms, 100 on each side. The
two sides would be connected by a covered walkway
to ensure the structure was a duplex.
This giant duplex would be built on the city field
and could be raised high enough to allow soccer play-
ers and dogs to continue their activities.
High-speed elevators would deposit guests on the
appropriate floor. Some guests might enjoy a bedroom
at the top, which would probably be about 300 feet into
the sky. Guests might also enjoy small retail shops and
a grocer in the parking garage.
Whatever.
This would solve the problem of too many large
duplexes in Holmes Beach. Now, there would only be
one giant duplex.


For Bradenton Beach, I dreamed of a restaurant on
the Historic Bridge Street Pier one built high enough
to be raised to allow boats to pass underneath.
Boaters would tie up to the dock and dine, while
some guests could fish for their dinner.
The restaurant would be two stories high, and be
taller than the Cortez Bridge.
This would allow diners to gaze down at the boats
traversing the bridge. The diners could even throw bits
of food to hungry boaters.
Food would be terribly expensive, but diners
would be paying for ambiance, not cuisine.
Then, I dreamed of island consolidation: One city
for Anna Maria Island. One police force. One building
department. One city commission. One set of codes.
There we go. All problems on Anna Maria Island
solved.
A giant parking lot, duplex, restaurant and con-
solidation on the island are the answers.
Suddenly, I heard a loud explosion.
Kaboom!
The bridges to Anna Maria Island exploded and
were destroyed, requiring visitors to arrive by boat.
That woke me up.
Hey, it was only a dream.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays and feliz navi-
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10 years ago
Headlines from Dec. 24, 2003
Anna Maria resident Evaristor Torres, 85, was
struck and killed by a vehicle around 6 p.m. Dec. 21,
while walking his dog in the 300 block of Pine Avenue.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated
the incident as a vehicular homicide.
Regions Bank of Florida foreclosed on the Tide-
mark Lodge property on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach
after the collapse of a last-minute deal by developer
Nick Easterling to have the Parliament Real Estate
Group of Texas purchase the mortgage. The foreclosure
was for $1.7 million. Brasota Mortgage of Bradenton
filed a foreclosure against Tidemark for $1.7 million on
a second mortgage.
Three waterfront single-family homes on the site
of the former Island Marine in Anna Maria were denied
building permits because the lot size for each resi-
dence was insufficient for a single-family home in the
retail-office-residential district, building official Kevin
Donohue said. Donohue said single-family homes in
the ROR need to be on lots that are 7,500 square feet.
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Holmes Beach ponders complexity of noise ordinance


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
From nightlife to city-sponsored events to a neigh-
bor's air conditioner and pool pump, Holmes Beach city
officials acknowledge the long road ahead for a noise
ordinance that can satisfy the majority of citizens.
The terminology of "being a good neighbor" surfaces
often in such discussions, but it is sometimes a challenge
to believe that everyone will embrace goodwill in an ordi-
nance.
According to 83rd Street resident Bob Kelly, who
addressed the city commission at a Dec. 12 work session,
not everyone is a good neighbor.
"I wanted to retire here," said Kelly. "Things were
going along pretty good until we got one of the big homes
built next to us."
Kelly said he had no issue with the structure. In
fact, he said, he thought the design was beautiful until
he noticed air conditioners would be a couple of dozen
feet away from his master bedroom.
Kelly said he spoke to the developer about his con-
cerns and received encouragement that the air condition-
ers would be placed on the other side of the home.
"I walked away happy until the house started going
up and I saw the air conditioner contractor start to put up
two of those big units right by my master bedroom," said
Kelly "I asked how he was going to fit two of those units
there, and he said it's not two units, it's three units."
Kelly said he may never have another quiet moment
in his retirement home because the city allows placement
of mechanical equipment in the side setbacks of residen-
tial properties.
Commission Chair Judy Titsworth said she had a

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similar issue with a generator placed next door to her
home, "but we are all bound to the ordinances we have
on the books right now," noting it's this kind of issue the
commission is addressing.
Building official Tom O'Brien said it's just one of
many concerns in moving forward with a noise ordi-
nance.
City officials are narrowing down a possible decibel
level and current codes call for less than 50 decibels from
the source of the noise measured to a complainant's door
or window.
Kelly said one air conditioner would likely exceed
50 decibels; so three units would "destroy our quality of
life."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said the city needs
to be careful with how it determines the decibel level in
a new ordinance that will go from subjective enforce-
ment to performance-based enforcement with a decibel
meter.
"I have a retired neighbor that has an old, squeaky
air conditioner that I know is over 50 decibels," said
Zaccagnino. "But it doesn't bother me."
Zaccagnino said the city shouldn't place a hardship
on anyone once a new ordinance is enforced.
Commissioner Jean Peelen asked if the city could
impose limits on decibel levels based on manufacturer
standards and simply limit the installation of new units
that produce less than a set amount of decibels.
Zaccagnino said the city tried it with pool pumps in
2011, "but the commission decided it wasn't a good idea.
I think it is a good idea."
Titsworth said the city should take it another step.
\ly opinion is that anything that makes noise


John and Nicole
Heslop have worked
closely with the city
of Holmes Beach
on development of
decibel limits for
their establishment,
Barefoot Tiki & Cafe,
5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. The
bar features only
outdoor seating and
music in a converted
lawn and garden store
setting that once was
a gas station. Islander
Photo: Toni Lyon


shouldn't be in a setback," she said. "No pumps, no gen-
erators, no air conditioner units. We tell the developer
that 'if you do, you better spend the money to buffer
it.'"
Titsworth said research is needed to see what other
cities do, and Commissioner Marvin Grossman agreed.
He said someone like Kelly is "essentially being
committed to a life sentence. I do think this is a serious
issue."
Commissioner Pat Morton said it's situations like
the one Kelly is facing that are causing the city to lose
permanent residents.
"When we get into this ordinance, we have to help
people out like him, because that's who we are losing. We
really need to step back and look at this from a develop-
ment point, because it's a runaway train," Morton said.
Titsworth suggested that the builder be notified
immediately that if air conditioners violate the current
ordinance by producing more than 50 decibels at Kelly's
window, "we are going to have an issue with it."
And Peelen didn't mince words: "It's just so damn
depressing that something new comes every day from
the monster houses. We addressed making pools go back
further, to have pool equipment baffled, try to control
cars and excess parking. It's just so depressing that some
developers are doing this for profit."
Mayor Carmel Monti asked Kelly to be patient.







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Bradenton Beach fast tracks hiring new city clerk


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon got a nod from
Manatee County for assistance on an internal audit of the
city's policies and procedures.
In a letter to county officials dated Dec. 16, Shearon
said an internal audit would help the city make recom-
mendations "to address time-sensitive issues, in addition
to provide assistance to the new city clerk and treasurer
we having coming on board."
Shearon wrote that he is "fast tracking the hiring of
a new city clerk and treasurer," with resumes due to the
city by Jan. 3.
At a Dec. 5 work session, Bradenton Beach commis-
sioners decided to take notice of recommendations from
the city auditor and Florida League of Cities to separate
the duties of city clerk and treasurer.
Former city clerk Nora Idso, who held the position
for 15 years until November when she accepted a resig-
nation agreement, fulfilled both duties, as well as being
head of the building department.
Idso continues to be paid her salary through April
per the resignation agreement, and additionally the city
will pay her insurance through July.
Her resignation agreement indicates her departure
was due to medical reasons. The current administration
is using the changeover as an opportunity to overhaul the

Holidays push back trash pickup
in Bradenton Beach
The general local rule for waste collection is if
the scheduled pickup falls on a holiday, collection
gets pushed back a day.
In Bradenton Beach, during the week of Christ-
mas, yard waste will be collected by WastePro on
Thursday, Dec. 26, and trash and recycling will be
collected on Friday, Dec. 27.
The week of New Year's, yard waste will be col-
lected on Thursday, Jan. 2, and trash and recycling
will be collected on Friday, Jan. 3, in Bradenton
Beach.


administration department.
Shearon placed an emphasis on hiring two depart-
ment heads, separating the clerk and treasurer positions,
and then plans to fill the building position at a later
date.
While the city does not have a new position budgeted
for the 2013-14 fiscal year, Shearon said Dec. 5 that the
city would "have to bite the bullet" and hire a treasurer.
The city has drafted separate job duties for the two
positions in advertising for candidates. The city clerk will
act as an assistant to the mayor and commission while
serving as the city's primary spokesperson.
And serving as the position includes acting as super-
visor of office staff, custodian of all city records, election
official, as well as other duties.
The treasurer will focus on the financial side of the
city, including maintaining all financial records, col-
lecting all monies due to the city, preparing the annual
budget, filing quarterly and annual reports, overseeing
payroll and more.
While the city clerk and treasurer positions are sepa-
rate department heads, job descriptions include the ability
to back up one another in their duties.
The hiring of a new city clerk and the creation of a
treasurer position are two steps in a bigger overhaul for
city hall.
Commissioner Jack Clarke introduced and received
support from the commission to require all administrative
employees to reapply for their jobs.
A timeline for much of the overhaul plan has not been


discussed and, while Shearon has set a deadline for Jan.
3 to receive city clerk and treasurer resumes, none were
received as of Islander press time.

City clerk job posting at cityofbradentonbeach.com:
"The city of Bradenton Beach is seeking a highly
motivated and energetic city clerk. All applicants should
have exceptional organizational and personnel skills. The
city clerk will be hired by, serves at the pleasure of, and
reports directly to, the mayor. The city clerk supervises the
daily activities of assigned employees including deputy
clerks and assistants. The ideal candidate should have a
two-year degree, experience in Florida local government
with general understanding of statutes, ordinances, and
record keeping requirements. The ideal candidate should
also be a Florida notary and a certified municipal clerk,
or be in the process of obtaining certification.
"Any combination of education, training and expe-
rience which provides the required knowledge, skills
and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job
may be acceptable in lieu of education or certification.
The candidate may be subject to a thorough background
check, including a credit check.
"The pay range for this position is $45,000 to $65,000
annually. Starting salary will be market competitive, and
will be based on the experience and qualifications of the
individual chosen for this position. The city of Bradenton
Beach offers a full benefits package."
The job description, salary and benefits also are listed
on the city website for the treasurer's job.


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The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orches-
tra will perform a concert of Bach and Vivaldi music at
2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
There are several more AMICCO events this season,
including:
Jazz Fest with the Gulf Drive Band and Koko Ray
at the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.
2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, Opera on Anna Maria
Island, featuring an opera concert of Giuseppe Verdi's
"La Traviata."
Oldies Beach Dance with the Gulf Drive Band and
Koko Ray at the Sandbar at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6,
2014.
2 p.m., Sunday, March 23, Mozart and Haydn con-
cert.
For ticket details, call 941-896-3899 or visit the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Jeanie Pickwick at 941-
795-2370.

Winterfest prizes awarded
Anna Maria Island Art League's 26th annual Win-
terfest Festival, held over two days in Holmes Beach,
concluded Dec. 15 with artists winning awards in a range
of categories.
The festival also raised money for the Holmes Beach
nonprofit's youth and adult scholarship programs and
showcased the work of young Manatee County artists
through the Young at Art effort.
Cortez artist Linda Molto judged the Young at Art
competition. The winners, who received art supplies from
Keeton's Office and Art in Bradenton, are:
Elementary school: Best of show, Jessie Zhuo,
Bashaw Elementary; second, Inga Gluszak, Gullet Ele-
mentary; third, Victor Lopez, Bashaw; honorable men-
tions, Camrinn Corkins, Sea Breeze Elementary and
Mario Silva, Samoset Elementary.
Middle school: Best of show, Dylon McCranie, Tara
Elementary; second, Catriona Barr, Manatee School for
the Arts; third, Elizabeth Finnerty, Manatee School for
the Arts; honorable mention, Gabrielle Cornelius, Mana-
tee School for the Arts.
Sarasota artist Rhonda Gushee judged Winterfest,
awarding cash prizes for best of show, $1,000; awards
of distinction, $250; and awards of merit, $100.
The winners are:
Best of show, Contave Casseus, mixed media.
Awards of distinction: Karin Villaroman-Clay, pot-
tery; Robin Zimmerman, fiber and paper; Ward and Sandy
Siegler, jewelry; Jack and A.J. Ferrell, mixed media.
Awards of merit: Elizabeth Haughton, jewelry;
Robert Johnson, oils and acrylics; Sara Aune, jewelry;
Richard Wise, photography; Barbara Swift, jewelry.


appenings


AMI 'Allegro'
Raine Sagramsingh, the 2013 winner of the Young
Artists Solo Competition sponsored by the Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, performs
"Allegro" from "Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
in Eflat Major" at AMICCO's holiday concert. The
concert took place Dec. 15 at CrossPointe Fellow-
ship in Holmes Beach. Sagramsingh is a Florida State
University student majoring in engineering. "This con-
cert was something that I had been looking forward to
for months," she said. Islander Photo: Rick Pickwick


Children visit the Anna Maria Island Art League's
Winterfest, which took place Dec. 14-15 in Holmes
Beach and raised money for the nonprofit's educational
programs. Islander Courtesy Photo


Lifelong Learning Academy announces programs


The Lifelong Learning Academy on Anna Maria
Island continues a series of free discussion groups and
lectures this winter, as well as paid courses.
Discussion groups: The Einstein Circle discussion
groups will meet Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through
February.
The discussion groups are free to attend, and partici-
pants need not register.
Topics include: congressional representation, Jan. 15;
global population, Jan. 29, electronic surveillance, Feb. 5,
teachers' impact, Feb. 12; funding education, Feb. 26.
Lectures: Lectures will take place at 2 p.m., at the
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach:
Wednesday, Jan. 22, "Inventions The Stories
Behind Discoveries," with researcher and chemist James
Vartuli talking about the "role of patents" and how "some
of our well known inventions were discovered."
Wednesday, Feb. 18, "The Biological Basis of Vio-
lence," with neurological physician Alan Grindal talking
about the "anatomic framework of violent actions and
biologic conditions that can lead to anti-social behav-
ior."
Lectures are free to attend, and participants need not
register.


Courses: The academy will offer four courses during
the winter season at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The registration
fee for each course is $75. The courses include:
11 a.m., Mondays, starting Jan. 6, Meditate for
Health and Happiness, with silent and guided mediations
that follow Deepak Chopra's "The Seven Spiritual Laws
of Success." The course leader will be life coach Joan
Dickinson.
2:30 p.m. Monday, starting Jan. 6, Spiritual Psy-
chology, with discussions on people and "their inherent
capacity for growth and change." The instructor will be
psychology professor Peter Mermin.
11 a.m., Tuesdays, starting Jan. 7, The Craft of
Writing, with an exploration of "the many techniques
and figures of speech that writers use to give their prose
vitality and validity." Instructor David Rice has taught
English and writing.
1 p.m., Fridays, starting Jan. 10, Diversity in the
Holocaust, with the screening of eight films dealing with
the Holocaust and victims of the Nazi regime. Irene Mirk-
ovic, a docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St.
Petersburg, will be the course leader.
For more information, call 941-359-4296. Registra-
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Sing along, "Good times never seemed so good."
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host
Neil Diamond tribute performer Bobby Palermo in a ben-
efit performance Saturday, Jan. 18.
The fundraiser at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, will feature a Vegas-style buffet dinner by
Pizza SRQ and Palermo performing Neil Diamond hits.
The center says Palermo, from Las Vegas' Legends
in Concerts, has been voted the United States' No. 1 Neil
Diamond impersonator, as well as a Tampa Bay Enter-
tainer of the Year.
Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. The
menu includes lemon chicken, meatball parmesan, roasted
red potatoes, broccoli and cheese, Greek salad, cupcakes
and cookies, coffee and tea.
Diners are invited to bring wine or beer.
The cost to attend is $30 per person, $240 per table
of eight.
For more information, including reservations, call
the center at 941-778-1908.

Frogman swim set for Jan. 19
The fifth annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim will take
place Sunday, Jan. 19, and raise money for the Navy Seal
Foundation.
The foundation supports the families of fallen and
wounded Navy SEALs.
The swim is a 3.1-mile race in Tampa Bay from
Gandy Beach in St. Petersburg to Picnic Island in
Tampa.
The event involves the AAA Swimmers Swim and
Kayak Team.
Local swimmers include Mike and Sheryl Southwick,
with kayak spotters David Dickson and David Doyens.
In a statement, the Southwicks said, "This event is an
official fundraiser for an organization that supports the
extraordinary men and their families that sacrifice so
much so that we may live safe and free. We consider
it an honor and a privilege to raise money for the Navy
SEALs."
For more information, go online to www.imathlete.
com/donate/aaaswimmers.

AGAMI season continues
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will hold
monthly artist receptions through the winter season at
the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive.
The receptions, taking place on Fridays at 5:30-7:30
p.m. include:
Jan. 10, with Joan McArthur.
Feb. 14, with Judith Shepherd-Rains.
March 14, with SueLynn Cotton.
April 11, with Margaret Kelley.
Also, AGAMI will hold monthly meetings, primarily
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes
Beach, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and a program at
7 p.m.
The program schedule includes: Jan. 6, Denise Kowal
talking about chalk art and festivals; Feb. 3, Olivia Chu-
sano talking about botanical art; March 3, a 25th anniver-
sary celebration; April 7, Ralph Garafola, talking about
color theory; May 5, Robin Zimmerman talking about
batik.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-
6694.


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Winterdance
The Anna Maria Irish
Ceili dancers will begin
their winter dancing at
the Mannatees Sports
Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton, starting
Jan. 8. The group will do
set and Ceilifolk danc-
ing 1-3 p.m. Wednes-
days, January-March, at
the restaurant. For more
Information, call Judy
n 6saocoMcClarren at 941-779-
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Kiwanis meeting on Dec. 28
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. The program will include a talk by Mana-
tee County School Board Member Julie Aranibar.
For more information, contact Dave Miner at dwmi-
neresq@4aol.com or 941-748-8122.

AGAMI issues call to artists
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island is seeking
artists to participate in its fifth annual all- media juried art
show.
"Reflections" will be held at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, in January, with a
public reception set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.
Entries for the exhibit will be received 10oa.m.-2p.m.
at the Studio Friday, Jan. 3. The fee is $15 per entry for
AGAMI members and $25 for non-members.
AGAMI will award $1,300 in prizes for the show,
which will run through Jan. 28.
For more information, call Lynne or Phil Jensen at
941-753-5004.


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 Clancy's Irish Pub of
Bradenton, will benefit Caring for Children Chari-
ties. Swimmers and their fans will meet on
the beach near 12th Street South.
After the plunge, Clancy's, 6218 Cortez Road,
Bradenton, will host a party with door prizes, bever-
ages, food and music provided by the Jack Tamburin
Band.
Over the years, Clancy's has raised more than
$100,000 with the plunge.
For more information, call Jan Crudele of
Caring For Children Charities/Florida Winefest at
941-952-1109.


Featured in January
Joan McArthur, who specializes in digital photography,
will be the featured artist in January at the Artists'
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
There will be a reception at 5:30p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.
Light refreshments will be served and the artist will
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Today is Christmas.
5:42 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, Dec. 26
Kwanzaa begins.
5:43 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, Dec. 27
5:44 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, Dec. 28
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.
5:44 p.m. Official sunset time.


Sunday, Dec. 29
5:45 p.m. Official sunset time.
Monday, Dec. 30


Roser makes concert plans
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, will hold a series of concerts this winter
season.
At 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, the Roser concert series
will feature the Belle Canto and Jazz Trio.
At 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, Roser will host the Sara-
sota Orchestra Brass Quintet.
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, Roser's concert
series will feature Paul Todd.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
0414.


5:46 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, Dec.31
Today is New Year's Eve.
Noon Rotary Club ofAnna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street
Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-794-
8044.
5:46 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, Jan. 1
Today is New Year's Day.
Noon Clancy's Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge to benefit
Caring for Children Charities, 12th Street South and the Gulf of
Mexico, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-952-1109.
5:47 p.m. Official sunset time.

Off-island
Wednesday, Jan. 1
1 p.m. Clancy's Irish Pub Shamrock Shiver after-party, 6218
Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-952-1109.

Coming up
Jan. 11, Anna Maria Island Community Center Cornhole Tour-
nament, Anna Maria.
*Jan. 11, Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party,
Cortez.


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of the Island Players
gathered Dec. 11 to
celebrate the holiday
season and to present
Dawn Stiles, executive
director of the Anna
Maria Island Com-
munity Center, with a
donation to support
cultural programs at
the center. The group
raised $132 for the
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November. Islander
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St. Bernard to host
pancake breakfast
St. Bernard Catholic Church volunteers will be
heating up the kitchen Sunday, Jan. 5, when they
serve the first pancake breakfast of the season.
Breakfast will be served 8 a.m-noon in the
church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach.
Volunteers will be serving pancakes, sausage,
eggs, coffee and juice.
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Save the date
Jan. 17, Florida Arbor Day, events communitywide.
Jan. 18-19, Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Anna Maria.
Jan. 26, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach.
Feb. 1, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, Holmes
Beach.
Feb. 15-16, 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival,
Cortez.

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. High-
resolution photographs welcome.

AMIAL offers
winter break classes
Artist and instructor Tammy Barrons will lead
a printmaking class for children at 10 a.m. Friday,
Dec. 27, at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
In the class enrollment is $30 and includes
materials students will get an introduction to
printmaking using a variety of media and found
objects, as well as work in monotyping.
Barrons also will teach a printmaking class at 10
a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, as well as a papermaking class
for teens and adults at 1 p.m. that day.
Additionally, she will lead a course in mixed
media at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. The class descrip-
tion said students would "combine media with com-
position, color and texture for an interesting effect."
Using paint, inks, papers and other media, students
create an abstract finished piece of art. Enrollment is
$35 and students need to bring a 16-by-20 canvas.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
2099.

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camp continues
The Anna Maria Island Community Center contin-
ues to host a day camp for children on vacation from
school.
Camp sessions are Dec. 26, Dec. 30, Dec. 31, Jan. 2,
Jan. 6.
Camp hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activities include a visit to Durante Park Dec. 26,
a visit to Mote Marine Aquarium Dec. 30, an outing to
the pirate ship park at Coquina Beach Dec. 31, a visit to
Chuck E. Cheese Jan. 2 and play at Bounce Down Under
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Calendar of ongoing events


Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-708-6130.
Wednesday, through March, Anna Maria Island Historical
Society sells Settlers' Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-779-7688.
First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
778-3209.
First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
3209.
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131.
Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club
meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tween club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street,
Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Thursday, 7 p.m., Jan. 16-March 27, bingo, Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-778-3580.
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., Island Library Book Club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-


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Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle, Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-0784.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
3132.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
Saturday, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton
Farmers' Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9a.m., Manatee County Junior
Audubon meeting, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.
Sunday, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street
Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
0668.
Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15


p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-
mation: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-779-0564.
Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T Bray Park, Bradenton.
Information: 941-779-4476.
Tuesday, 10 a.m., children's storytime, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting,
Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-794-8044.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
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Repair city pier, then discuss paid parking


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
During the winter season, it's often hard to find a
parking space at the Anna Maria City Pier, Manatee
County's No. 1 tourist attraction based on past surveys by
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
It's often so difficult that pier tenant Mario Schoen-
felder asked the city commission to allow him to institute
paid parking at the pier. Schoenfelder suggested he would
reimburse patrons of the pier restaurant.
While commissioners seemed mostly sympathetic
to Schoenfelder's parking problem, Commissioner Carol
Carter suggested the pier needs to complete some $14,000
in repairs called for by Commission Chair Chuck Webb,
then return to the commission with a parking plan for
discussion.
But the repair estimate is outdated and Mayor Sue-
Lynn said the city is waiting for an new inspection of the
pilings and support beams by a specialist.
Commissioners agreed to discuss some changes to
the restaurant's designated parking spaces after repairs
and the inspection are completed, and the tenant presents
a paid parking plan to the commission.
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commission for a work permit.
Mayor SueLynn suggested commissioners take
another look at changing the city's special event pro-
cedures. No changes have occurred since 2000 and, the
mayor said, the city is being overwhelmed with events
and beach weddings.
The mayor suggested commissioners remove
approval of special events from the consent agenda and
have an open discussion before approving events.
"Lots of events need a long, hard look by the com-
mission at what's in the best interests of the city and
residents," she said.
The mayor also noted that weddings that involve fur-
niture on the beach are supposed to have a special event
permit, but some weddings are taking place without an
application.
Webb and other commissioners agreed to discuss
event permitting on Jan. 9.
City attorney Jim Dye delivered some disappointing
news regarding parking fines. He said under Florida law,
a city cannot have a parking or speeding fine higher than
that set by state law.
SueLynn has said she wants to substantially increase
the city's fines.
Still, commissioners agreed to again discuss their
options for paid parking in some areas of the city, as
presented by the mayor several months ago. Paid park-
ing also will be on the Jan. 9 work session agenda, Webb
said.
In other business, commissioners agreed that rather
than hold a staff appreciation party, each commissioner
would donate $50 toward a dinner for staff at a local
restaurant.
SueLynn said attendance at last year's staff party
was low and the staff has to do all the setup and cleaning
up.
"I think we should let them just enjoy being waited
upon," she suggested.
The next commission meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 9, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.


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Holmes Beach to host town meeting on flood insurance


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti announced Dec.
12 that he has invited representatives of the insurance
industry to explain the cost of flood insurance to island
citizens and address speculation of how high rates might
go.
The town hall meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thurs-
day, Jan. 9, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive.
The meeting was called following a Dec. 10 round-
table discussion in Sarasota that included Monti and U.S.
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, regarding rate
hikes and Federal Emergency Management Agency regu-
lations.


If all goes as planned by Anna Maria city engineer
Lynn Townsend Burnett, who contracts engineering
services with the city, the introduction of a system she
designed could put an end to many problem drainage
areas in the city.
Commissioners at their Dec. 12 meeting approved an
amendment to the city's stormwater drainage ordinance
that incorporates Burnett's drainage design.
Future construction in the city must follow the new
design, which building official Bob Welch said was tested
at a recently completed home on Spring Avenue and there
have yet been "no problems" there with drainage.
The design incorporates trenches running along the
perimeter of the property. The process removes the top
level of "muck" that prevents stormwater from enter-
ing the underground water supply, Burnnet said. The
trench is dug to a depth where either white sand or water
is reached, and filled with a mix of shell and sand that
filters stormwater and readily sends it into the under-
ground water supply where it enters outfalls to the bay
with greatly reduced impact to homeowners and roads.
Burnett said that as the system of trench drains are
added throughout the city, it would eventually provide
overwhelming relief to flooding in the city.
The drainage system would add about $5,000 to the
cost of an average single-family home, said building offi-
cial Bob Welch. It would save property owners money
in the long run because it would reduce the chance of a
flooding during severe storm events.
Burnett said the system would save someone build-
ing a new home on drainage engineering costs and drain-
age surveys.
Burnett said that by implementing the new drainage
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explanation of what FEMA plans to do and answer ques-
tions regarding the challenges islanders face regarding
flood insurance.
Jamie Meirowsky, a personal lines agent for Dick,
Johnson & Jefferson of Bradenton, will be a presenter,
along with Jeff Nungesser, owner of Iron City Insurance
and Investments of Sarasota.
In a prepared statement, Monti said both "bring a
wealth of knowledge about the industry, as well as an
understanding of FEMA regulations and changes to
come.
Buchanan co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that was
designed to delay what are expected to be enormous
rate hikes that will go into effect March 1, 2015, if


you have now on Spring."
Welch introduced Burnett and her plan, saying she
had devised an "elegant" yet simple solution to drainage
problems plaguing the city.
Commissioner Dale Woodland had reviewed Bur-
nett's plan prior to the presentation, and found it to be
impressive and innovative. He remarked on the positive
impact that would come from incorporating Burnett's
plan in future development.
The plan also incorporates drains into driveways and
parking areas, as well as a system of connecting culverts
under the driveway entry to homes.
Mayor SueLynn followed the presentation by Burnett
by saying she was ecstatic, "almost speechless."
Commissioners unanimously adopted the amend-
ment to the ordinance, which takes effect immediately.


not delayed. However, the bill has failed to move for-
ward.
Island property owners, and coastline properties in
Cortez and west Bradenton in flood zones are expected
to feel the brunt of the increases in Manatee County.


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Images of Tropical Storm Debby in 2012 are a
reminder offlooding concerns for those living on a
barrier island. Flood insurance is a necessity, but will
it be affordable? Islander File Photo: Mark Young


Community notices, events
The Islander welcomes notices of your events and
projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages you to
submit both news and photographs.
Send press releases and photos with detailed cap-
tions to news@islander.org. Remember to include
complete contact information for more information
and for publication.

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15, the final day of the
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Island Art League at
the city field in Holmes
Beach. The show brings
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Holmes Beach man
a pioneer scuba diver
Holmes Beach Korean War veteran John Adams
became one of the first self-contained-underwater-breath-
ing-apparatus divers, now called scuba, in the U.S. Navy.
However, he didn't plan it that way, and it wasn't called
scuba diving in those days.
Adams'journey to the war led him to live in Anna
Maria in 1946, before joining the U.S. Navy in 1949.
"We lived in Tallahassee in 1941. I was born on a
farm near the city. I remember I was riding my new bike
on Dec. 7, 1941, when I saw people standing next to a
car with the radio on, listening to the news. That's how
I found out the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and
we were in the war," Adams recalled.
He went home and told his parents. His father imme-
diately made plans to join the Navy, although he probably
could have gotten a deferment as a married man with
children.
"I was only 10 years old, but me and my pals all
played commando and built forts to play at war," Adams
said.
His dad became a naval photographer and Adams
visited him in Boston. He traveled around the Boston
Naval Yard in a jeep, which was "pretty big stuff for a
young kid," Adams said.
He wanted to join the Navy, but World War II ended
in 1945, when he was 15 years old.
"I heard of guys getting in at 15 because they faked
their birth certificate, but I wasn't smart enough to think
about it. I was disappointed the war ended."
After his father's discharge, the family moved to
Anna Maria Island in 1946, where his dad started a sea-
wall and dredge company.
"The island was starting to boom in those days and
I worked as a laborer for my dad. We had a lot of busi-
ness.
Adams said the U.S. Army operated a radar site at
what is now the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Army


Air Force planes used to buzz the houses on the island at
treetop level.
"They would make the windows rattle, that's how
low they were," he said.
Just after graduating from Manatee High School,
Adams joined the Navy in 1949 and went into electron-
ics.
Radar and sonar had been invented at the beginning
of WWII and electronic communications specialists were
in demand.
"Korea wasn't anything in 1949, when I went to San
Diego."
His first duty in the Navy saw him repairing elec-
tronics on ships as they headed from San Diego to Pearl
Harbor. Once the ship reached Pearl, Adams and the other
repairmen were flown back to San Diego to repeat the
process.
Adams was assigned to the U.S. Ajax, and when the
Navy formed the 7th Fleet, it became the flagship of the
admiral commanding the fleet.
When the Korean War broke out in June 1950, the
ship sailed to Japan, where it came under control of Gen.
Douglas MacArthur, who was the designated Supreme
Commander for the Allied Powers for Korea.
"We operated between Sasebo and Itsuku U.S. naval
bases. We mostly repaired destroyers as we could repair
several at one time. We were a big ship with a lot of
officers."
One day, Adams made a mistake in inspecting some


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damage. When the chief petty officer learned about it, the
chief went to the ship's captain, Adams recalled.
About an hour later, Adams got orders from the
chief.
"He said, 'Congratulations. You're going to be a
diver.'"
Adams had been ordered to join the submarine repair
crews.
"I didn't volunteer for the duty I reported to the dive
repair crew and they immediately ordered me to strip off
my uniform. Then, they put me in a heavy metal suit,
told me to climb down the ladder and fall in," he remem
bered.
"I did, but I couldn't breathe and I fell straight to the
bottom of the harbor. I had a radio to the ship and they
told me to turn a dial, which gave me air. But I was flat
on my back and couldn't move. They told me to turn
another dial and I inflated the whole suite and shot to the
surface."
Adams got the hang of diving in the heavy suit that
day and learned how to balance so he could stand on the
bottom, walk around a ship's hull and inspect damages.
He later found out most underwater divers train for about
two weeks or more.
"The primary duty of your first dive is to scare you.
They sent me down about 100 feet on a platform, and I
could see c%,i.Wifll when the executive officer grabbed
me from behind and tossed me off the platform. Scary."
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they returned to the ship.
"He said, 'Congratulations. You are now a certified
U.S. Navy diver."
That all happened in one day, Adams said.
One good aspect of being a Navy diver was that
upon returning to the deck, the diver was issued a bottle
of "medicinal brandy to warm up your hands because
they were so cold," Adams said. Drinking on board a
Navy ship was forbidden except on these occasions,
Adams said.
"A lot of divers figured out a way to get more than
one or two bottles and they stored them out of sight.
Sometimes, we poured the brandy right on our hands
and set it on fire to warm up our fingers and hand.
That's how cold we were."
One day, the naval base had an air raid alert while a
dive crew was changing the impeller valve that brought
in seawater. The crew dropped the valve and it sank to
the bottom.
So they called me to go dive and find the valve
and fix it at the same time as the air raid alert. I knew
I was going down more than 40 feet and I had to use
a blow torch to do the job."
Instead of the full metal suit, Adams was given
what was then called Sam Brown gear. It was two
tanks of air strapped on his back and some weights to
take him down. This was the forerunner of scuba gear,
although Adams didn't know it at the time.
"I had to go down and work the blowtorch with
my hands. But the fins that supported the impeller were
bolted on, not welded. So I had to call for a bag of nuts
and bolts and a wrench."
Adams eventually found the impeller, took the fins
off, bolted the impeller and fins back in place, then
surfaced.
"I really needed that brandy to warm up, it was so
cold down there. I didn't know it was scuba diving. We
just called it 'Sam Brown' diving after the guy who
invented the gear."
Adams was given a commendation by the ship's
captain for his work that day. "I never realized I was
one of the world's first scuba divers until it became a
popular sport," he said.
The Ajax spent a year in Japan and Korea, then


Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John Adams of Holmes
Beach salutes his commanding officer as he receives a
commendation for his underwater demolition and repair
work in Japan during the Korean War.

returned to San Diego. The Korean War was still going
on, he remembered.
One day he and a buddy decided they would re-enlist.
"Somehow, I never got around to doing it. I was dis-
charged from the Navy and returned to Anna Maria."
His dad had re-enlisted for the Korean War as a pho-
tographer, which was his naval occupation.
"The Navy had asked him to come back, and he said
only if he were assigned to Key West, which was warm.
He got his wish, and I went down there to visit him and
mom.
He also did odd jobs, such as working on a Tampa


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2013 0 17
shrimp boat.
One day, his sister and her husband visited him in
Anna Maria from their New York City home.
"I just decided to go back to New York with them.
They lived right across from Columbia University and I
got to walking around the school. One day, I saw a sign
that said 'registration,' so I walked up and registered."
Columbia was expensive, but Adams got by with his
G.I. Bill benefits and working at part-time jobs. He stud-
ied electrical engineering and graduated in four years.
After graduation, he took a job with Ingersoll-Rand
as an engineer at a New Jersey factory. He also found
time to return to Anna Maria Island and marry Laurie
Thayden of Bradenton Beach. The couple returned to
New Jersey, where Adams worked for 27 years before
retiring. The Adams' have three children.
After retirement, the couple returned to the island and
settled in Holmes Beach. Adams started a beach renour-
ishment business and joined the Florida Beach Associa-
tion.
"I've enjoyed it all. Being in the Navy was one of
the greatest experiences I ever had. And I met some of
the best friends I ever had. I still stay in touch with those
who are still with us," he said.
When Adams returned from Korea, he didn't get a
victory parade or key to the town like the men who came
back from WWII. Still, Adams said being in the Navy
was the experience that changed his life.
"I wasn't a hero and I didn't see any gun battles, but
I'm proud of my service and would do it all over again.
I really became a man in the service."
John Adams is a proud member of the Forgotten Gen-
eration.

Vietnam-era vet stories welcome
After 10 years of doing stories on veterans of World
War II and the Korean War, The Islander newspaper will
now continue the tradition of honoring veterans by also
writing about those who served during or in Vietnam.
The columns will be headed "The Lost Genera-
tion."
If any Vietnam-era veteran would like to tell his or
her story, please contact the newspaper at 941-778-7978
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Phyllis Elfenbein
Phyllis Elfenbein, 84, a theater director and teacher,
formerly of Anna Maria, died Dec. 3 in Bradenton.
F Her life in the theater was long and
varied, with training at the American
m Theater Wing. She began directing at
HPlays-in-the-Park in New Jersey in
1963 and retired as producing director
in 1993.
Elfenbein She was director, set designer and
performer for many years at the Island
Players, where she was to direct the play in December.
A celebration of her life was held Dec. 7 at the family
home; and a memorial service will be held Dec. 22 in
New Jersey. Donations may be made to Island Players,
PO. Box 2059, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mrs. Elfenbein is survived by her children, Lee, Jay,
and Debi; daughter-in-law Andr6e; grandchildren Maddy
and Gus; brother Fred; sister-in-law Margery; dear friends
Gabe and Dot Simches, Claire Schmais, Fran Sorock and
too many others to name.


Steven Glen Fleming
Steven Glen Fleming, 60, of Holmes Beach, died
Dec. 14. He was born Dec. 22,1952, in Davenport, Iowa,
to Dorothy and the late Jack Fleming.
After years of travel throughout the Southwest, Mr.
Fleming settled in Florida in 1992, and moved to Holmes
Beach in 1993.
HMr. Fleming will be missed by
family and friends, as well as his dogs,
1 Sky and Dylan. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Humane Society
of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W.,
iBradenton FL 34205, and Tidewell
Fleming Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mr. Fleming is survived by wife Karen; mother
Dorothy; sisters Anne, Shauna, Jami and Robyn; brother
Robert; nieces Lisa, Wendy and Laci; nephew Jordan;
half-siblings Jeff, Matt and Sherry in Iowa and Illinois;
stepson Taylor and wife Leihla Collins of Sarasota; and
grandchildren Zander and Theron Collins.
Peter E. Voorhees
Peter E. Voorhees, 67, of Longboat Key, died Nov.
22.
Mr. Voorhees loved boating, entertaining, photog-
raphy and practical jokes. He had an appreciation for
antique cars, fine art, music and golf.
A private celebration of life was planned. Memo-
rial donations may be made to Albany Academies, Ernie
Steck Scholarship Fund, 135 Academy Road, Albany NY
12208.
Mr. Voorhees is survived by wife Pam, sisters Martha
and husband Bob Blackman of Delmar, N.Y., and Carol
of Niskayuna, N.Y.; mother Ruth E. of Slingerlands, N.Y.;
mother-in-law Jeanette Haire of Humble, Texas; sister-in-
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S retlife

Island Police Blotter
Anna Maria
Dec. 5, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. An
unknown person gained entry to the property by prying
open a window. The suspect stole several items that were
not listed or valued on the report.
Dec. 15, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier,
torture of an animal with intent to kill. Witnesses observed
four men torture and subsequently kill an egret. One of
the witnesses confronted the four men, who then got into
their vehicle and fled before law enforcement arrived.
Dec. 12, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier,
vehicle burglary. A beer truck delivery driver reported a
man stole a six-pack of beer off his truck. The suspect
was located at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, but
the complainant declined to press charges and the suspect
was released after returning the beer.
Dec. 19, 200 block of Oak Avenue, domestic bat-
tery. A 61-year-old man was charged with misdemeanor
battery after getting into an argument with a woman over
a cellphone he had given her. The argument turned physi-
cal when he attempted to take it from her. He allegedly
tried to put the woman in a chokehold, but she managed
to escape his grip.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
Dec. 13, 11904 Cortez Road W., Beach Shop, theft.
A store employee witnessed two males enter the store
and steal several items. She told police she thought one

Island watch
To report information on island crime, call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-
6311; or Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5804.
In emergencies, call 911.


man was armed. She supplied police a description of the
suspect's vehicle and surveillance video of the theft.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Dec. 16, 5300 block of Marina Drive, DUI. A
68-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for misde-
meanor driving under the influence after being involved
in a parking lot crash. A Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment officer contacted a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputy when he suspected the at-fault driver of being
impaired. The deputy approached the driver and observed
that he was exposing himself. The deputy inquired of the
driver, who mumbled a response. The deputy performed
a field sobriety test on Joseph Reid and he allegedly
failed. According to the report, the test had to be halted
due to Reid's inability to stand without falling. Reid was
arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail and
held on $500 bond. He posted bond and was released.
Dec. 7, 200 block of 56th Street, stolen vehicle. A
complainant reported she heard a vehicle starting up out-
side the residence, but assumed it was the neighbors. The
next day she observed the vehicle missing and reported
it stolen. Police were told that a spare key is hidden
inside the vehicle and it was left unlocked. The vehicle
was located Dec. 11 in the 500 block of 71st Street and
returned to its owner.
Dec. 8, 4500 block of Second Avenue, vehicle bur-
glary. An unknown person entered an unlocked vehicle
and ransacked it. Nothing was reported missing.
Dec. 8, 200 block of Harbor Drive South, vehicle
burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole
$5 in cash.
Dec. 8,3200 block of Sixth Avenue, stolen vehicle.
A complainant reported that someone stole her golf cart
valued at $1,500 from a parking area underneath her
elevated home. On Dec. 12, a neighbor reported seeing
the golf cart in the 7500 block of Marina Drive. Police
investigated, but the cart did not match the complete
description provided. After several attempts, police were
able to locate the victim, who said the cart belonged to
her. Fingerprints were secured and the cart was returned
to its owner.
Dec. 10, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,


vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered
his vehicle and stole a backpack. It contained all of his
identification, credit cards and $30 cash.
Dec. 11, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A
complainant reported a bicycle valued at $700 had been
stolen from his garage. A lock was cut to gain access to
the bike, which was located about a block away and had
been damaged.
Dec. 11, 500 block of 75th Street, burglary. An
unknown person entered a house under construction and
stole copper wire valued at $1,000.
Dec. 12,3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. Some-
one entered the complainant's carport and stole two bikes
valued at $700. A witness observed a man taking one of
the bikes, but assumed it was a guest of the victim. A
description of the suspect was provided.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County ih, ,rif's Office.


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AME students collect aid for Philippines


Boxes of donated goods were stacked in the lobby
of Anna Maria Elementary School Dec. 19. They con-
tained toothpaste, shampoo, blankets and other items col-
lected by students to ship to the Philippines after Typhoon
Haiyan.
"We wanted the children to learn that giving is receiv-
ing enough," said Michelle Laade, AME mom and project
facilitator.
Laade worked with Nenita Daguinotas, an AME
mom originally from the Philippines, on the project.
Daguinotas sends donations to the Philippines annually
to help family members and others there.
"I send backpacks and books. Something to help.


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The donations collected at AME will be passed along
to gift2care.org, a Bradenton-based nonprofit. The organi-
zation specializes in sending relief around the world after
natural disasters. Following Typhoon Haiyan, gift2care
began a collection. The organization is volunteer-run,
allowing 100 percent of its donations to go toward their
cause.
Laade and Daquinotas worked with Diana Ros of
gift2care.org to solicit, process and ship the AME dona-
tions eight boxes of assorted goods and $115.
"We got a lot more than we expected. It's amazing
how the children respond," said Daguinotas.
Laade transported the boxes of donations to the Hope
Lutheran Church in Bradenton, where they will be packed
for shipping.
"I'm just overwhelmed with what we have," Laade
said.
During the collection of donations, a world map hung
on a wall on the second floor of the school and each stu-
dent who brought in a donation placed a blue or green
heart on the map.
"The goal was to fill the world map with hearts," she
said, and by Dec. 19, AME's map was covered in love.

Game nights on at center
Visitors to the Anna Maria Island Community Center
on a Monday night in January might hear "Sorry" and
"Go directly to jail" as they walk into the gym.
The center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will
host family game nights starting Monday, Jan. 13. The
play will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The first night will feature a barbershop quartet, an
ice cream social and a presentation on the results of an
ongoing community survey circulated by the center.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
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AME calendar
Winter break for students extends through
Monday, Jan. 6, which is a district in-service day for
teachers.
Thursday, Jan. 9, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade
field trip to the beach to study shorebirds.
8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Dolphin Dash.
8:45 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Jan. 14, Parent Teacher
Organization board meeting, conference room.
9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, tornado drill.
Friday, Jan. 17, end of first semester.
9:30 a.m.-l: 15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, fifth-grade
field to O'Brien Family Farm.
Monday, Jan. 20, no school.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, record day, no school.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, parent information night
on the Florida comprehensive assessment test.
Thursday, Jan. 23, report cards.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade
watercolor painting instruction with Lucinda Hatha-
way.
5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, PTO dinner and
talent show.
9:15-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, second-grade
field trip to Joan M. Durante Park on Longboat
Key.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For
more information, call 941-708-5525.

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winter-spring porch parties, varying hosts set up and
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Pickleball standouts, standbys fill weekly sports card


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Twelve members of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Pickleball Club competed in the Florida
International Senior Games and State Championships
Dec. 13-15 in Estero. The group brought home a total of
10 gold and silver medals.
Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis and
badminton and has been around for more than 20 years.
Bob McClure and Bill Wilson competed in singles and
both brought home gold medals, while Clayton Taylor
earned a silver medal in men's singles.
Jim Teasdale teamed up with McClure to win a gold
medal in men's doubles, while Taylor and Wilson brought
home a silver medal.
Toni Teasdale and Barb Smith teamed up for wom-
en's doubles and captured a gold medal, while Toni Teas-
dale and Gib Reffit teamed up to grab a silver medal in
mixed doubles.
Among those who competed and finished out of the
medals were Helen and Zoli Hartai, Simonne and Richard
McGowan and Julie Taylor.
The center's pickleball club currently has 112 mem-
bers, but they're always looking for more.
Pickleball is played Monday through Saturday at
varying times. For more information, call the center at
941-778-1908.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net golf match in three flights Dec. 17.
Sue Little's 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in
Flight A over Joy Kaiser, who was one shot back at
1 -under-par 31. Helen Pollock was alone in third with a
35.
Rita Allan fired a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in
Flight B. Sue Wheeler was one shot back in second place
while Fran Barford took third with a 2-under par 30.
Markie Ksiazek and Sally Keyes both carded 2-over-
par 34s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Marcia
O'Brien took second place with a 35.

Marauders back at
McKechnie in April
The Bradenton Marauders, the Class A-Advanced
affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will play the first home
game of the season at McKechnie Field on Saturday,
April 5, against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
The season begins at the Charlotte home field on
Thursday, April 3.
Special events during the season will include Edu-
cation Day on Wednesday, May 21, and Camp Days on
Tuesday, June 24, and Wednesday, July 23, with special
10:30 a.m. start times.
Also, this year, McKechnie Field will be the site of
the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game, which will
be played at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 14.
Season tickets already are on sale.
For more information about the Marauders, go online
to bradentonmarauders.com or call 941-747-3031.


Barb Smith and Toni Teasdale came away gold medal- Gold-medal finishers Jim Teasdale and Bob McClure
ists in pickleballfrom the Dec. 13-15 Florida Inter- represented the Anna Maria Island Community Center
national Senior Games and State Championships in Pickleball Club at the Dec. 13-15 Florida International
Estero. Senior Games and State Championships in Estero.


Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to
battle for the championship during horseshoe action on
Dec. 21 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Gene
Bobeldyk teamed up with Bill Wright to dismantle Steve
Doyle and Bob Palmer by a 23-7 score to earn the day's
bi '__ii _' rights.


Bobeldyk and John Crawford were the only team to
earn a 3-0 pool-play record during Dec. 18 action and
were the day's outright champions.
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, everyone is welcome.


The Bradenton Marauders minor league team will return to McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton in
April and season tickets are now on sale online. The Pittsburgh Pirates begin their spring training season at
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Can't beat the weather, nothing beats the fishing


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
With unseasonably high temps occurring at the end
of December, fishing remains consistent around Anna
Maria Island and its surrounding waters. Dock fishing
with live shrimp is a typical wintertime pattern for these
parts in December, although there are still shiners on
the flats to open doors that should have been closed by
now.
To start, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and mangrove
snapper are readily responding to offerings of live shiners.
Nearshore structure in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the
artificial reefs in Tampa Bay, are holding fish and in
decent numbers. Just remember, this weather isn't going
to last much longer. January and February are notorious
for bringing windy cold fronts to our area and when that
happens, shiners will become hard to come by.
Fish responding to shrimp this past week include
sheepshead, black drum, jack crevalle and pompano. I
still haven't seen a large school of pompano, although
we're managing to board a few every charter. Keep
checking the usual spots to see if you can skip some
fish. If you do skip them, turn around and start working
a pompano jig or a shrimp to hook up.
Finally, it's about time to start looking for tripletail
again. Try running some trap lines in Tampa Bay or out in
the Gulf. You may get a surprise. Live shrimp or a shiner
with the tail cut off are great baits to target these camou-
flaged fish. Place a popping cork about 12 inches from
your hook and make a cast just past the buoy. Slowly
retrieve your bait until it's in sight of the tripletail, and
then hang on tight.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good bite.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with
good results on mackerel and mangrove snapper. For the
macks, Girle is using free-lined live shiners. For the snap-
per, Girle is using a light fluorocarbon leader with a split
shot and circle hook. This week snapper up to 21 inches
are being caught, as well as mackerel up to 24 inches.
In these same areas, Girle is getting the occasional

Sailing squadron offers
boating courses, seminars
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squad-
ron will hold a boating education course and semi-
nars in January at the squadron building, 1200 71st
St. NW, Bradenton
The two-part America's Boating Course will
take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and Satur-
day, Jan. 11, with attendance required on both dates
to receive a boating education certificate.
The course fee is $35 per person or $50 per
couple.
The course covers boating safety and Florida
waterway rules.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, the squadron
will host instruction in chart-reading. The seminar
admission cost is $10.
The same fee is required for a GPS seminar that
will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Pre-registration is required for the programs.
For more information, contact Gloria Potter or
Walter Haug at 941-795-0482.



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shot at a passing cobia. On a recent charter, Girle man-
aged to sight cast to a 36-inch fish, hook up and have his
clients reel it to the boat. You may also hook into a stray
kingfish now and again.
Shark fishing along the beaches is on an upswing.
Girle is anchoring in 30 feet of water and casting out
fresh-cut chunks of Spanish mackerel to attract a bite.
Black tip sharks 4-5 feet are readily eating chunk baits
fished on the bottom.
Finally, Girle is transitioning into Sarasota Bay to
jig the flats. When finding water depths of 5-8 feet, Girle
is drifting while instructing his clients to cast their jigs
throughout the area. Pompano jigs tipped with fresh-cut
shrimp are resulting in bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jacks
and, of course, pompano.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says it's
almost time to start catching sheepshead. The numbers of
fish around docks and structure are gradually increasing,
although the bite has not yet turned on.
Early in the season Oldham suggests using live
shrimp to catch these first-round sheepies. Generally,
great baits for sheepshead are fiddler crabs or sand fleas,
but Oldham says these early arrival fish will take to a live
shrimp.
Next, Oldham says schooling mullet are attracting
keeper-size redfish in tow. When mullet schools travel
over the grass flats, they tend to spook small shrimp and
crabs out of their hiding places. Redfish have figured
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food source. To catch these opportunistic reds, Oldham
suggests using a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jighead or a
gold spoon. Cast these baits to the edges of the mullet
schools and slowly work them back to you to tie into a
keeper fish. Gator trout or catch-and-release snook can
be mixed in as well.
Finally, Oldham reminds us there is no closed season
on spotted seatrout this year. So trout fishing is an option.
Oldham likes to throw a MirrOlure 84 MR in the mullet
color pattern to catch his trout. Other baits he carries in
his arsenal are soft plastics, jigheads and a couple sus-
pending twitch baits.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says fishing
this week is becoming a game of chance. Arriving cold
fronts, combined with windy days can make pier fish-
ing challenging at times. And if the fish aren't biting,
Dave reminds us they always have a bowl of hot seafood
gumbo waiting inside to help pass the time.
Fish that are biting at the pier include mackerel,
jacks, ladyfish and bluefish. The bite for any of these
species is sporadic. P1ir,'_.'iii,' with silver spoons or buck
tail jigs is a tried and true method to catch these migratory
fish.
Those who are using live shrimp as bait are catching
juvenile mangrove snapper, grouper and grunts. There's
always a chance of hooking into a flounder or two while
shrimp fishing. Just position your baits under the pier or
around the piling for the best chance of getting a bite.
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3 Bedroom/3 Bath Oversized 75x1 45, 10,875 sf Lot
Location: 104 Magnolia Ave.; 1 lot from Gulf of Mexico;
1 block to Sandbar Restaurant and Ginny's & Jane E's
4- This historic beach cottage offers 3 suites, each /I
with private full bath, wrap-around porch with I
Gulf views, tongue-and-groove wood ceilings,
hardwood floors, custom closet systems, recessed
lighting and much more.
4- Custom kitchen features solid-wood cabinets, "
marble counter tops and stainless steel appli- ',.
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44 Cottage is fully furnished and decorated, fea- *
turning historic Anna Maria art.
44 Additional ground-floor structure with detached garage and alley
access provide plenty of storage and opportunities for expansion.
4- With lot size of 75 by 145 feet (10,875 sf), this property allows for
future expansion and expansive Gulf views.
4- Broker fee protected.

A truly rare find on AMI. This won't last long.
$1,350,000.00
For more details: www.annamariacottage.com
egajd@aol.com or 727-510-0340


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j By Rick Catlin






Business partners
sought for Easel Aid
Island business partners are being sought to work
with Easel Aid, which helps raise money for charities
with auctions.
OnAnna Maria Island, Easel Aid advocates are seek-
ing business partners to raise money for the Anna Maria


Enjoy private trolley ride
Siggi Veban stands next to his private trolley, the SRQ,
which is available to transport private parties to res-
taurants, weddings, shopping centers and for sightsee-
ing on the barrier islands. For more information, call
941-538-1414. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria.
An appeal from the company said, "If you own or
manage a restaurant, hotel, auto shop, store or any other
place that has foot traffic and you're looking to do some-
thing good for your community with no effort on your
part, then that is where we come in. The auctions are
simple to set up, don't take up much space and provide
great way for a place business to make a contribution."
The Island Coffee Haus is one Easel Aid partner rais-
ing money for the center. Patrons will find an easel in
the coffee shop, 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach that
contains an item being auctioned and inviting bids. The
way Easel Aid works, after about a week, one item is
auctioned off and a new one goes up on the easel.
Generally, there is a 50-50 split between Easel Aid,
a subsidiary of Game Seven Solutions, and the charity,
according to company representative Mike Warren.
Easel Aid has been in business for about a year, and
has auctions taking place in more than 25 locations in the
Tampa Bay region, according to a news release. In 2013,
Easel Aid raised about $10,000 for charities.
In the first two months on the island, Easel Aid


B ev Lesnick of the
Island Coffee Haus,
5350 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach,
shows customers
an Easel Aid item
for sale. The item
offered changes
regularly and
proceeds help local
nonprofits. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy





donated about $500 to the center, according to Warren,
who said Anna Maria Donuts and the center also have
hosted Easel Aid auctions.
For more information about Easel Aid, go online to
www.easelaid.com.

Chamber adds members
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce wel-
comed the following new members:
AMI Vacation Home Check, Scott Ricci, Bradenton
Beach.
Rainbow Ocean Yoga, 65th Street-on-the-beach,
Holmes Beach, Lucy Spoon.
Island Beach Monkeys, AMI & Beyond, Anna
Maria, Roque Pastorius.
Bob BrownArt Gallery, 507 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
Janet Aubry.
M/V Minnow LLC, Mainsail Marina, Holmes
Beach, Capt. Frank Jones.
Bridge Street Merchants, 117 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, Melissa Enders.
Capt. Jerry's Boat Rentals and Charters, 1005 Riv-


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saw, lightly used, complete, $225. 941-778-
2346.
COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT DELL, refur-
bished $60. 941-756-6728.
SECTIONAL SOFA: ATTRACTIVE like new,
camel-color material, $500. Available Dec. 28.
Cortez. Call 613-864-3398.
SOFA: CONTEMPORARY, $100, swivel rocker
chair, $35, two small tables $30. 540-520-
1835.
COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100,
1-year old above-ground pool, accessories,
15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.
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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 classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


erside Drive, Palmetto, Jerry Berkel.
Gulf Beach Weddings, 6655 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete
Beach, Brandon Wheeler.
Freedom Village, 6406 21 st Ave. W., Bradenton,
Kelly Baldwin.
Green Ginger Hair Design, 369 St. Armands Circle,
Gordon Hall.


SANTA'S HELPER AVAILABLE to assemble toys
and bikes! Hurry, call Rick, 941-545-9683.
WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but
working XBox, Wii units with games for Min-
istry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
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.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.


By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
796 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,520 sfla / 4,106
sfur 3k1d 3' il-li 4..1 home built in 1999 on a 50x100
lot was sold 12/03/13, Bank of the Ozarks to Badr for
$845,000; list $899,000.
110 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,430 sfla / 2,557
sfur 3bed/2bath/4car home built in 1983 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 11/22/13, Higinbothamto LTL Investments 110
Willow LLC for $730,000; list $799,900.
604 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,990 sfla /
2,469 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1971 on a 87x114 lot was sold 12/03/13, Lefner to Halle
for $655,000; list $679,000.
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 603, Martinique South,
Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla /1,169 sfur3bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1970 was sold 12/02/13, Hersam
to Comeford for $510,000.
3005 Ave. E, Holmes Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,008 sfur


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 fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle,
buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your
gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Turn the page for more Islander classified ...


3bed/l bath pool home built in 1971 on a 50x105 lot was
sold 11/22/13, Federal National Mortgage Association to
Totino for $400,000; list $349,900.
4255 Gulf Drive, Unit 106, Island Village, Holmes
Beach, a 1,865 sfla / 2,301 sfur 3bed/4bath/2car condo
with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 11/26/13, Ander-
son to Wright for $399,900; list $399,900.
3801 E. Bay Drive, Unit 204, Sunbow Bay, Holmes
Beach, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1981 was sold 12/03/13, Fumo to
Clough for $290,000; list $299,000.
106 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a vacant 73x90
lot was sold 12/02/13, Biros to Bradenton Beach Views
LLC for $250,000.
2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 509, Sandpiper, Bradenton
Beach, a 792 sfla 2bed/2bath mobile home with co-op
share sold 12/02/13, McNally to Owen for $168,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


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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.

STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment
sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops
on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
941-383-1901.


WELL-MANNERED RESCUE dogs (and kit-
tens!) are ready for new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage.
Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering
while you're out! 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Braden-
ton. Lisa, 941-243-3990.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boat-
florida.weebly.com.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or
buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht
Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyacht-
sales.com

50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water
canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Must see! $500
obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
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SINGERS WANTED: BASS and tenor section
leaders. Paid positions, Roser Church. Call
941-778-0414, leave message for Jim John-
ston.

LIMOUSINE DRIVER NEEDED as soon as pos-
sible. Professional appearance. Previous expe-
rience a plus. Contact 941-870-7010.
KIDS1FO *H' I RE1t

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood
development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysit-
ter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-
7995.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for
work. Ads must be placed in person at The
Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.


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.



TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-779-6638. Leave message.


ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free
estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native
islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experi-
ence. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying
assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-
2535.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to
the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates.
Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and
resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-
756-4570.

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, 941-
545-6688.

PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available,
experienced and reliable. Call Michael at 941-
713-0284.

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, soft-
ware and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and
removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace
broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander
Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
778-3046.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and
installations, watering the island for 15 years.
Jeff, 941-778-2581.

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
Call 941-807-1015.


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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing
in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes.
Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-
6067.

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.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

HO9ME IMPROVEIMENTl

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.

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed.
941-722-8792.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handy-
man, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack
of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-
2198.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured.
The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

ONLINE SERVICE: Place lassified ads and
subscribe online, www.islander.org.


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PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool
area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows,
lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.
PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call
Peter for free estimate, references, insured.
The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
coastinc.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.
1 BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two miles
from beach. 3611 117th St. W., one block from
the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-518-8478.
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.
3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer,
dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike
Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.
FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house.
2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec.
21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106.
ONE EXECUTIVE OFFICE for rent, utilities
included, great location on Gulf Drive, perfect
for real estate office, lawyer, computer tech.
Move in with first month rent only, $500. 5386
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.
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778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holnv,:. E1'i, 'i'i' Sat.

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941-778-2374.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA home, large lanai,
deck, hot tub. RV parking, $1,500/month, First,
last, security. 10303 Spoonbill Road. W., Fla-
mingo Cay. 941-704-0065.

SEEKING 2BR FOR 5-6 months winter of 2014-
15. Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. Single, quiet
professional, non-smoker. Need internet and
phone access. Please, call 603-436-3337.
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Cell: 941-780-8000
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.


PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close
to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158.
No Realtors.

LOCAL HOMEOWNER SEEKS a second
mortgage on canal home. Value of equity,
$415,000. Will pay interest only for two years
at 8 percent. Seeking to borrow $135,000,
monthly payments of $900. Contact owner
Dave at dvanworm@earthlink.net or call 407-
927-1304.


( f~o| EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
/-O. RESULTS
40 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron 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
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
tdollyl @yahoo.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you
curious as to how much your home could be
worth? Call us for a free professional consulta-
tion. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-
778-8104.
LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA.
$230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, ren-
ovated home, quiet area, double carport,
ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facili-
ties, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffle-
board, and waterfront park on beautiful Sara-
sota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach.
For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.
FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Con-
quistador 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. 941-
795-3778.
GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open
water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block
construction, pine accents. New appliances,
etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941 -
730-2606 (leave message).



941-713-4755 800-771-6043

: ^ TOWNHOUSE
IN THE CAY
Everything is new
_" B-' -' 'l in this 2bed/2bath
| 'condo. Great loca-
', tion close to Anna
S* 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.


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BIG FISH
REAL ESTATE


70 PR \ ,U NEW CANALFRONT
POOL HOME
Absolutely stunning,
brand new 3BR/3BA
canallroni pool home.
This beauty was buill
wilh an eye Ior quality
and enjoymeni ol Irue
island living. French doors across Ihe back ol Ihe home
allow in natural lighl and beauty. This rare 2.481 sl home
is priced lo sell al S995.000. Appraisal on lile. Call Nicole
Skaggs, Broker. 941-773-3966


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VILLAGE GREEN CONDO
Meticulously maintained
2BR/2BA Village Green
Condo. $157,500. Call
Lori Guerin, 941-773-

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GATED COMMUNITY
Rare buildable lol in exclusive
Harbour Landings Eslales.
S197,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker, 941-773-3966.

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VACANT LAND ISLAND BREEZE
Large Buildable Lol wilh Piclure perfecl 3BR/3BA
234 eelI of road fronlage. canalfroni pool home on
S34.900. Call Lori Skaggs, large lol. S929.000 Call
Reallor 941-209-9669 Nicole Skaggs, Broker 941-
773-3966.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4. Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289


Or- W- -IW --J
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BT end unit with lagoon view. Com-
plex offers two heated pools, tennis, elevator and covered
parking. $269,000

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BEACHFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BT direct beach front.
Ground level, located next to pool, "turnkey" furnished. Fan-
tastic views of the Gulf. $529,000.









GULFFRONT
Older ground-level, 2BR/2BA, north end of Anna Maria.
Detached garage. Location, location! $1,650,000










WEST COAST SURF SHOP
CELEBRATING 50 SUCCESSFUL YEARS
Business and real estate. Next to the public beach. One of
the largest and oldest surf shops on the west coast of Florida.
Three apartments upstairs, only 100 ft to the beach.


Mike 800-367-1617
Norman i"" 941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www.mikenormanrealty.com
sales@mikenormanrealty.com


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Making Memories Here with IUs
Our Tortuga. Trade inds. SeaSide and
Tropic Isle Beach Resorts are the perfect
choice for your wedding or other special
celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria
Island. Whether a la% ish event at one of our
three pri,,ate beaches or in your resort suite.
or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our
Concierge and professional Wedding Plan-
ner look forward to helping you. As a cour-
tesy, we'll extend our group discounts to
include each of our four hotels, so you'll get
credit for the total number of reservations
no natter which hotel you and your, guests
choose. Please call soon. \\e invite you to
make your memories here with us: we knom
you'll come back to %isit us again & again.


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THANK YOU FOR A FABULous 2013

PROPERTIES SOLD THIS YEAR.
110 12th S SS#122 BB $380.000
1325 Gulf Dr N #270 BB $370,000
1325 Gulf Dr N #165 BB $385,000
1805 28th St \\' Brad $152200o
509 S Bay Blvd AMN $755.000
1007 Gulf Dr N #202 BB $472,500
1603 Gulf Dr N #34 BB $132,000
1325 Gulf Dr N i136 BB $275,000
5400 Gulf Dr #27 HB $255.500
1453 Gulf Dr N BB $380,000
1325 Gulf Dr N #166 BB $380,000
1325 Gulf Dr N #220 BB $220,000
1473 Gulf Dr N BB $390,000
2600 Gulf Dr #21 BB $650,000
522 Sanderling Circle Brad $181,000
1603 Gulf Dr N #27 BB $129,000
1603 Gulf Dr N #14 BB $183,750
271 Sapphire Lake Dr #201 Brad $431,025
1603 Gulf Dr N v30 BB $140000
1325 Gulf Dr N #171 BB $366,000

WISHING EVERYONE A
SAFE, HEALTHY & PROSPnROUS 2014


David Teitelbai
Sales Associat
941-812-422(


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Liz Codola
Broker Associate
941-812-3455