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Best
Community
Weekly
by FPA

AMI Chamber of
Commerce 2012 Medium
Business of the Year


AsTheWorld Terns wel-
come 2014. Page 6

Bridge Street pier bait
shop opens. Page 4


The government calen-
dar. Page 4


The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
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Glance back. Page 7

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Community events,
announcements.
Pages 10-11
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Make a date. Save a
date. Pages 12-13

Developers drop hear-
ing on Long Bar Pointe
expansion. Page 14

NYT Sunday Magazine
crossword. Page 19


Island police blotter.
Page 21
W li/Zdft a


Lacing up for Dolplin
Dash. Page 22

Local Christmas bird
count on hold. Page 23

2013 sports roundup.
Page 24


Angling for
great fishing


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Holiday tourists too close to nourishment
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Bulldozers, floodlights and construction
workers lined the beach Christmas Eve, turn-
ing the white sand in Holmes Beach into a
construction site.
Stephanie and Phil Perry and their chil-
dren, visiting from Toronto, were surprised to
find a renourishment project obscuring their
view and access to the Gulf of Mexico. -
"We didn't know, and it's right in front -. .


of were we re staying, we re just disap-
pointed it happened this week and it's big.
We just picked the wrong time," Stephanie
said.
The Perrys rented a condo in the 6000
block of Holmes Beach. They said they had
tried, since aii i inc. to contact the owners
of the condo.
"It's unfortunate we weren't informed.
We paid a premium for this week," Phil
said.
Floodlights illuminated the beach in
front of their condo at night and noise from
the construction equipment began at 7 a.m.
Dec. 24, the Perrys said.
The dredge company started pumping
sand Dec. 21 and the work continues.
The Canadian visitors are familiar with
waterfront projects, having vacationed at
Hilton Head Island in South Carolina for
the past six years.
"We've never seen it so close, and we
were thinking about the sea turtles with the
floodlights on at night," Stephanie said.
However, the project posed no threat
to the sea turtles and nesting season, which
ended Oct. 31.
The timing for the Perrys' holiday vaca-
tion did not work out so well for them, as the
couple and their two small children had to
carry their beach gear around the construc-
tion to reach the water.
But the timing worked out well for
the sea turtles and, if all goes according to
plan, Phase 1 of renourishment should be
completed before tourist season peaks in
February. A second phase will take place at
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.


Toronto residents Stephanie and Phil Perry and children visit the beach Dec. 24 during
renourishment activities Workers were on the beach in front of the family's condo
accommodations during their holiday. Is lander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

The joy of giving
Christmas for Capt. Anthony
Levereti's children was
delivered last week to their
home in Bradenton by old
St. Nicholas himself, with
a little help from people on
Anna Maria Is land, includ-
ing from CrossPointe Fel-
loship, the Moose Lodge
of Braden"ton Beach and The
Islander. Leverett, owner Of
Kingdom Charters out Of
Keyes Marina in Holmes
Beach, died Dec. 2. He left
behind five children ages
4-12 and the island com-
munity found the spirit of
giving to help the children
celebrate Christmas and
provide funeral expenses.
Islander Courtesy Photo


Flashback 2013: The year in review


Compiled from The Islander archives
As 2013 draws to a close, The Islander
looks back at a year of highs and lows, cel-
ebrations and tragedies, welcomes and fare-
wells.
This week: January through June. Next
l week: July through December.
mild temps,
*. Page 25 JANUARY

d Biz HB mayor to look for perma-
d nent police chief: The new year began
Page 26 with Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti
announcing a formal search for a permanent
police chief after the departure of longtime


Chief Jay Romine.
Pam Leckie, Roser pantry honored
with Islander of the Year: The Islander
newspaper honored Holmes Beach resident
Pam Leckie and the Roser Food Pantry with
the Islander of the Year award for their devo-
tion to helping island residents.
BB mayor offers emotional new
year's wish: Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Shaughnessy, thinking about the mass shoot-
ing at a Connecticut elementary school,
opened the first city commission meeting
of 2013 with a new year's wish: "That we
will all strive in the new year to bring an


atmosphere of cooperation, positive thinking
and friendliness to our paradise and leave the
negativity back in 2012."
HB building official resigns: Holmes
Beach building official John Fernandez sev-
ered contractual ties with the city, leaving no
one at city hall to sign permits. In a letter to
Mayor Carmel Monti, Fernandez said he'd
fulfilled the intent of the short-term position
for which he was contracted.
BB Scenic Waves stalled: The Bra
denton Beach Scenic Waves Partnership
Committee was scheduled to hold its annual
PLEASE SEE 2013, PAGE 3


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2 0 JAN. 1, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Visitor reports sticky, tar-like substance on new beach


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If there's an oil spill along Anna Maria Island
beaches near where the beach renourishment equip-
ment is, experts and engineers with Great Lakes
Dredge and Dock can't find it.
But Montserrat Zuckerman, a visitor from Massa-
chusetts, said she was walking on the beach near 63rd
Avenue in Holmes Beach Dec. 23 when she observed
a "sticky substance like tar" on her feet.
Zuckerman said she was near the pumping station
for the beach renourishment project and the water being
piped from offshore to the beach looked "dirty."
"I thought the tar could be from the pumping," she
said.
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources
director Charlie Hunsicker, and U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers public relations director Laurel Reichold
said they investigated Zuckerman's report, but could
not substantiate any oily substance on the beach.
Reichold said workers for Great Lakes Dredge
and Dock, the company contracted for beach renour-


ishment, could find no evidence of an oil spill in the
waters or along the beach.
Hunsicker said, \ i-ual inspections we have made
in the area of construction activity have not turned up
al\ L1hing on a scale or magnitude that could be attrib-
uted to the dredging."
Zuckerman said she returned to the beach Dec. 24,
but found no other evidence of oil or tar on the beach.
"I just know what it looked like when I first saw it,"
she said. "I'm glad to hear nothing serious was found,"
she added.
Reichold said Great Lakes was averaging about
1,000 feet of sand per day spread on the beach and was


working 24/7 to complete the renourishment within 60
days from its start date of Dec. 21.
Great Lakes is working north from 60th Street,
spreading sand to the 79th Street beach access in
Holmes Beach, then will work south toward Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Reichold said as the project moves south, renour-
ishment equipment and the pumping station also will
be moved and beach access locations that were previ-
ously blocked by equipment would be restored.
As of Dec. 27, renourishment equipment extended
from the 79th Street beach area south to the beach near
60th Street in Holmes Beach.


Montserrat Zuckerman, visiting Anna Maria Island
from Massachusetts, says she walked through a
sticky, tar-like substance Dec. 23 near the beach
renourishment project at 63rd Avenue in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin


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ment from about 60th Street to 79th Street in Holmes Beach. Work was halted for Christmas.


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election of officers in March, but nominations at a Jan.
7 meeting at city hall stalled due to a lack of commit-
ment to serve.
HB enacts R-2 building moratorium: Holmes
Beach city commissioners who had debated, studied
and set the foundation for a building moratorium in
the Residential-2 district for much of 2012, some even
before they took office made it official Jan. 8. The
moratorium was retroactive to Dec. 25, 2012.
AM mayor calls times 'critical' for city: Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn urged people to attend a Janu-
ary meeting when commissioners were to discuss ordi-
nances that would tie parking spaces at family resi-
dences with the number of bedrooms and also examine
living-area limits for residences. "If we want to main-
tain our quality of life, we need to take control before
we are flooded with multiple bedroom houses that can
be rented to two or three families, or 10-20 people, at
the same time," the mayor warned.
Mote reports slight red tide: Mote Marine Lab-
oratory in Sarasota issued a red tide report Jan. 18 and
said it found only "slight respiratory irritation" among
beachgoers tested at Coquina Beach.
Commission rejects earlier motion to halt
vacation rentals: Anna Maria commissioners meeting
in a special session Jan. 29 and voted 3-1 to rescind a
motion the commission passed Jan. 24 that halted all
vacation rentals of less than 30 days in the Residen-
tial- 1 zone.
AMITW releases 2 rehabbed sea turtles: Two
sea turtles were returned to the water Jan. 23 with
helping hands from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi
Fox and volunteer Skip Coyne. "Marsha," a juvenile
female Kemp's ridley turtle and a young adult logger-
head male named "Stu" were released into the Gulf of
Mexico at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin.
Free park enhancements offered to Anna
Maria: Commissioner Gene Aubry was approached by
a "constituent" who requested anonymity and wanted
to look at one of several plans drawn by Aubry for


a park on the city's six lots on Pine Avenue. Aubry
said the constituent then offered to pay for all plants,
benches, sidewalks and lighting if the commission
approved the plan.
Girl Scouts to ask Holmes Beach to bring back
outdoor concerts: Girl Scout Troop 316 engaged in
the political process in Holmes Beach Jan. 22, sharing
their concerns about the cancellation of Concerts in the
Park. They gave the city petitions signed by more than
100 people seeking to bring back the outdoor festivals
at the city field.
Holmes Beach adopts LAR in duplex zone:
With a sliding scale that will allow slightly more living
space for future homes on small lots, a living-area-to-
lot size ordinance limiting homes to .34 living area was
passed into law for the Residential-2 zone in Holmes
Beach.
City hall overflows as AM commission reverses
rental limits: Anna Maria commissioners were quick


Sp Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School first-
grader Juliet Greene
finishes strong in
the Dolphin Dash
1-mile walk/run. Two
races on the streets of
Holmes Beach started
and finished Jan. 12 at
AAnna Maria Elemen-
tary School.










to put their gears in reverse Jan. 29, rescinding their
Jan. 24 action to enforce 30-day minimum residential
rentals. The 3- 1 vote at the emergency meeting called
by Commission Chair John Quam allows vacation
rental homes to operate as before Jan. 24.
Center mortgage down, donations decline:
Acting Anna Maria Island Community Center execu-
tive director Scott Dell told the board of directors that
after 2012 revenues and expenses, the center's $4.5
million mortgage was down to $1.5 million. On the
negative side, Dell said donations and revenue fell by
$53,000 in 2012.

FEBRUARY
AM halts all building permits: At a Feb. 6
meeting, Anna Maria commissioners voted 3-2 to halt
the issuance of all building permits until a moratorium
ordinance was enacted.
PLEASE SEE 2013, PAGE 5


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4 0 JAN. 1, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

BB pier bait shop opens, restaurant on Feb. 1 track


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
With the Rusty Anchor Bait and Tackle shop in
full operation on the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge
Street Pier, more anglers on the pier are welcome.
It's a welcome sight as well for the city, following
more than 18 months of troubles, ranging from storm
damage to a closed restaurant and plenty of conten-
tions.
Bait shop operator Rusty Roberts said business
has been booming since opening Dec. 14. The bait
shop was scheduled to run 24 hours a day, but Roberts
temporarily curtailed the hours of operation.
He said he opens at 6:30 a.m. and remains open
until around 11 p.m. or as long as there are fishers
on the pier. He plans to open the bait shop for 24-hour
service when the Cast and Cage restaurant opens on
the pier.
Restaurant operator Roland Pena the contrac-
tual tenant of the city for the pier businesses said he
remains on target to open around Feb. 1. He is waiting
on some kitchen equipment to be repaired, "but once
the kitchen stuff is ready, it will go fast."
In the meantime, and as planned, Pena is selling
some menu items out of the store next to the bait shop.
Smoked chicken and beef is selling well, according to
Pena, at $6.50 a plate or a $4 sandwich.
"I said I would keep the cost of our food affordable,
and I'm not looking to make a ton of money off of the
food outside," he said. "It's just there for people wanting
to fish and who want something to eat on the go. It's all
part of the pier experience we are trying to create."
A lot of the interior is complete. Painting and the
installation of the flooring are finished. Varnished
wood tables are being prepared and the first 55-inch
big screen TV has arrived.
"We're really looking forward to getting it open,"
said Pena.
Fun 'N' Sun Boat Tours, which is open Tuesdays,
Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, leaves the pier on
its runs at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and has become


an unexpected partner to other pier businesses.
Tammy Murphy, owner of Fun 'N' Sun Boat Tours,
said her business picked up dramatically when the bait
shop opened.
"I've seen more people at the pier in the past week
than I've seen in a really long time," she said.
Business is good and so is the fishing, according
to Roberts, who said black and red drum, flounder,
pompano, Spanish mackerel and more are being reeled
up from Sarasota Bay in better than average quantity
and in better than average sizes.
Roberts has plenty of fresh bait and 20 poles for
rent at any given time. He said at one time, he has had
17 poles rented and plans on having more in stock for
when business gets busier after the restaurant opens.
Visitors to the pier are reminded that no license is
needed to fish from the pier, as all fishing is covered
under the city's license.


Anna Maria mayor declares resolutions for 2014


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Most of us make New Year's resolutions on Jan.
1, and by Jan. 3, some have forgotten them.
Not so for Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn.
"I've got a lot of resolutions for 2014, and I'm
S not going to forget any of them," she
said.
Among her resolutions are to
promote peace and harmony among
visitors, residents and businesses.
"Not always easy," the mayor
SueLynn said. "But it's a goal we are always
working for."
Another resolution is to work closely with the
city commission.
"I just want to make sure that what the city does
is what the commission wants to happen," SueLynn
said.
Included in that resolution is addressing the issue
of the city park at the east end of Pine Avenue, and
finding funds to complete the project.
Commissioners in June voted 3-1 with Com-
mission Chair Chuck Webb absent for a park plan
created by then-Commissioner Gene Aubry that
included 15 parking spaces and public restrooms.


The city commenced work on the park but, in
December, following the election in November, with
a new commissioner and Webb present, the vote was
3-2 to remove all parking spaces from the plan, and
work was halted.
That prompted Rex Hagen and Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC to withdraw their donations for
the park, of which about $42,000 had been spent.
Webb suggested the city could take the funding
from its reserves.
SueLynn also resolved to seek input from the
Florida Department of Transportation on the possi-
bility of future transportation grants. The boardwalk
at the Anna Maria City Pier was built with DOT
money.
She hopes the DOT has a grant that could fund
completion of the city park.
Also included in her list of resolutions is to make
Anna Maria the "greenest little city in America."
And the mayor has resolved to have commis-
sioners take a look at the city's special event ordi-
nance and fee. She is concerned there are too many
events for the city's infrastructure, and that the com-
mission often waives the fees.
"I also resolve to work for peace and good will
in the city," SueLynn said.


Sandy view
Sand is piled high along the
shore at the Anna Maria
City Pier, the result of
maintenance dredging at
the Lake LaVista inlet just
north of the pier in Tampa
Bay. Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn has resolved in the
new year to complete the
park at the east end of Pine
Avenue opposite the pier.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


It's been
awhile since
people have
congregated
... at the Bra-
denton Beach
Historic
Bridge Street
Pier, 200
Bridge St.,
but, with a
bait shop
...-. now in opera-
I tion, several
fishers have
been trying
_- their luck in
recent days.
Islander
Photo: Mark
Young


"We are well aware that Bridge Street is the nerve
center of Bradenton Beach," said Pena. "That makes
us aware of how important we need to be the overall
Bridge Street experience. We are the face of the city
and we want everyone to enjoy the Bridge Street and
the pier experience."


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.
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.
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
insurance.
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.
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.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Jan. 16, 6 p.m., commission.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
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.,
Palmetto.
Jan. 15, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, TBD.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@
islander.org.




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2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
BB hangs up on cell tower planner: The strained
relationship between Bradenton Beach and the Center
for Municipal Solutions came to an end Feb. 8 with
notification the city will repeal its cellular communica-
tions tower ordinance.
Shore resignation accepted: In one of the quick-
est actions of the Feb. 3 Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage meeting in Cortez, the resignation of Mana-
tee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. "Chips" Shore
from the FISH board of directors was unanimously
approved.
County officials aim to relieve tourism stress:
Manatee County tourism officials said they were look-
ing to attract more visitors to the county's east side
to ease the strain of tourism on Anna Maria Island,
particularly during the winter-spring tourist season.
Holmes Beach continues private appraisals
for remodels: Hoping to encourage one-story home
remodels, Holmes Beach commissioners turned away
from using values from the Manatee County Property
Appraiser's office and instead let stand the more flex-
ible "market value" definition that includes private
appraisals.
Galvano considers rental statute: Concerns
about House Bill 883 a state law widely criticized
for usurping home rule authority with respect to rentals
- dominated a Feb. 28 town hall meeting in Holmes
Beach featuring state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.
"I've come to the conclusion that the status quo is not
N ikin.k." Galvano said.

MARCH
Neighbor urges Tidemark site plan revoca-
tion: Going into the March continued hearing on the
site plan for Tidemark Lodge now Mainsail AMI
LLLP neighbor Lance Spotts, who has opposed the
project since 2001, was pulling a punch. On behalf of
Spotts, attorney Stephen W. Thompson wrote to the
city, demanding the abandoned project be revoked and
the property owner immediately brought into compli-


ance with code requirements.
Officer injured in vehicle crash: A Bradenton
Beach police officer was in fair condition March 4
after a head-on vehicle collision March 2 with a fleeing
suspect from North Carolina. Amanda L. Varner, 24, of
Sanford, N.C., was charged with multiple felonies.
Lack of support kills BB gateway project: Bra-
denton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler expressed
disappointment after a March 7 capital improvement
projects meeting that effectively killed her effort to
beautify the city's gateway at Cortez Road and Gulf
Drive. Breuler was authorized via consensus to pursue
the landscaping project in September 2012.
New city position created, appointed by
Holmes Beach mayor: Holmes Beach volunteer Mary
Buonagura was hired by Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel
Monti to a newly created city position as a human
resource specialist.
BB to submit five BP funding projects: No


one was sure how much money would be awarded
in the 2010 BP Deep Horizon oil spill litigation, but
municipalities were lining up last spring to spend it.
Bradenton Beach announced plans to submit at least
five projects.
HB man sentenced to 8 years on porn charges:
Former Holmes Beach resident Ronald Littlehale
pleaded no contest and was sentenced to eight years
in the Florida Department of Corrections. Littlehale
was charged with numerous counts of unlawful solici-
tation of minors and transmission of pornography after
his November 2011 arrest at his Holmes Beach resi-
dence.
Holmes Beach OKs hens: Commissioners
approved March 12 the final reading of the amendment
to the city's ordinance that prohibits farm animals in
residential zones. The change allows up to four chick-
ens per household.
PLEASE SEE 2013, PAGE 9


A male loggerhead sea
turtle was cold-stunned
in the Atlantic Ocean
in New England waters
and rehabbed at the
Mote Marine Labora-
tory in Sarasota. Anna
Maria Island Turtle
Watch and \li. ".i. I*../
Monitoring executive
director Suzi Fox took
"Stu" to Dunedin Jan.
23 to be released back
into the Gulf of Mexico.
Islander Photo: Mark
Young


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New year, new cheer, new beach
Not since 1992-93 have we had so much beach to
cheer.
It was just after this newspaper started publishing
that the much-sought-after, much-needed, first-ever
islandwide beach nourishment project began.
Unlike this one, it started closer to the south end
of the island in Bradenton Beach, and I clearly recall
standing on the shoreline at the Harbor House restau-
rant (now the BeachHouse) and watching the sand gush
from a pipeline and huge bulldozers push it around and
over the rock revetments that protected the buildings.
They pumped and pushed sand all the way out from the
former shoreline at least 200 feet and the Gulf
water was pushed back, back, back.
Then, as now, people often asked why would gov-
ernment pay to create a beach for recreational use at
such a great cost, and when would it be done.
The first storm that came along removed about one-
third of the new sand. By the time a year had passed,
Mother Nature had removed another third.
Still, we weren't where we started, which was very
nearly no beach in some areas.
The reason governments nourish beaches here and
in other coastal communities is that the beach preserves
property values. If houses, condos and businesses were
allowed to wash away, there would be far less tax base.
The cost may be astronomical, but over time the lost tax
revenue would be a great burden.
So, after much effort by local officials seeking to
preserve island properties and some were at serious
risk the project was funded and work began.
Now we renourish. Thankfully the federal pro-
gram and funding have not dissipated entirely over the
years and what Mother Nature takes away is eventually
replenished by dredges, pipelines and heavy equipment
- and additional funding sources.
After the new beach was added in 1993, we saw
a renaissance of sorts on Anna Maria Island. It was
remarkable to watch as some beachfront resorts spiffed
up their properties. New paint. New landscaping. Out-
ward improvements were plentiful.
Maybe that's because property values increased
across the board. A modest house between beach and
bay in Bradenton Beach for sale pre-beach was priced at
$85,000, and post-beach, the price rocketed to $160,000
- and quickly sold.
So now you know the why.
Why not go to the beach to watch? It's fascinating
to behold, and it will quickly be finished.
It's a once-every- 10-20-years-or-so AMI spectator
sport. And it's a new year, new start.

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my family has spent two vacations there in the past
three years.
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in the past year on AMI.
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dren that all young beachgoers should wear a life
jacket when in the water, no matter how shallow the
depths.
Our children, ages 8 and 5, wore Body Glove
life jackets while in the water and even while they
were building sandcastles and feeding the birds. The
jackets are not uncomfortable and our children never
complained about wearing them.
It breaks my heart to hear of these tragedies.
Greg Hrebinko, Pittsburgh

Big hearts at Duffy's
Once again the people of this small island came
out with large hearts to donate to the clothing drive
Dec. 21 at Duffy's Tavern in Holmes Beach for the
Women's Resource Center and HOPE Family Ser-
vices of Bradenton.
On behalf of these organizations, my thanks to
everyone who came by and dropped off many won-
derful articles of clothing for needy women and men,
and especially children.
To the folks at Duffy's, including Peggi Daven-
port and Polli Stroup, my heartfelt thanks for every-
thing you do, not the least of which is Duffy dollars
for donations, allowing us the space and giving us
their help on a very busy day.
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Several families came together for the Dec. 23 second annual Burgess Gingerbread House
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Maria Elementary School, Bella Love, a fifth-grader at AME, Jackie Rappold and Eloise
Meddick, both AME first-graders, show off their winning ribbons. Karen Riley-Love said the
Burgess family loves baking, as evidenced by daughter Chelsea, age 18. She works at Home-
town Desserts on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria and also makes cake pops for fundraisers at her
school, St. Stephens Episcopal School of Bradenton. Islander Photo.: Karen Riley-Love

Late notice, late trolley
The Island Trolley, operated on Anna Maria Island by Manatee County Area Transit,
will remain on the route Dec. 31 until the clock turns past midnight and the year changes to
2014.
MCAT announced late last week the fare-free trolleys will operate until 1 a.m., providing
safe rides to celebrants of the new year on its route to and from the Anna Maria City Pier to
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Headlines from Dec. 31, 2003
Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave
Bristow described the scene of murder-suicide the day
after Christmas, saying Les Young, 50, of Spring Avenue
in Anna Maria, shot his wife Lisa, 40, then turned the
gun on himself. The couple's 7-year-old twins ran to a
neighbor, who called police. Former Anna Maria Mayor
Gary Deffenbaugh said it was the first shooting deaths
in the city in his recollection.
Two girls vacationing in Bradenton Beach from
Massachusetts barely escaped injury while on a parasail
ride. The tow rope of the parasail they were in broke.
The girls drifted over Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach,
where the sail struck an electrical line. That caused
the parasail to ignite, and Stephanie Cote and Nataliya
Lozko fell 30 feet to the pavement. They were taken to
the hospital, but later released. They were unharmed.
Suzi Fox, executive director of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, said Holmes Beach needed a stricter code
to protect turtles. She said the city had a higher death
rate for turtles than other island cities. Most deaths in
the jurisdiction were caused by entanglement in gear on
the beach or disorientation of the hatchlings by light.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said she would prepare a
draft ordinance for commissioners to consider.

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Holmes Beach commissioner launches free AMI app


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Traffic congestion and parking could certainly be
considered among the top two items talked about in
2013.
Parking plans and easing traffic have been on
all three island city agendas, especially in the latter
part of the year, and Holmes Beach officials have
discussed how to better inform people about conges-
tion.
Developing an app for people to check the traffic
and parking situations on the island before motorists
become stuck in an hourlong wait just to get across
the bridge during peak season has been part of the
focus.
A few months ago, Holmes Beach Commissioner
David Zaccagnino suggested a smartphone app should
be developed for people to check traffic and weather
before trying to get on or off the island.
His suggestion was picked up by a committee
devoted to both traffic and parking issues in the city
and officials also said they would check into how
other cities use apps.
Zaccagnino said he could develop an app without


the complications being brought up by other officials,
but the commissioner's involvement was dropped
from discussions.
Zaccagnino wasn't deterred, however. He went
about the business of developing a smartphone app
on his own, which he launched via Apple's iTunes
store Dec. 21.
The app is free to download for iPhone users.
Zaccagnino said he is still continuing work on the
app for more uses and its adaption for Androids.
"People coming to the island need information,"
said Zaccagnino. "Other cities use similar apps,
where visitors can get live traffic and weather feeds,
as well as live camera feeds."
Zaccagnino said live camera feeds is something
he is working on, but he ran into an unexpected snag
when he inquired about tapping into the cameras on
the Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road bridges that
carry motorists between Anna Maria Island and the
mainland.
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to work with the city. I think we could get our own
cameras operational for a few hundred dollars."
Zaccagnino said his development team included
two programmers in the United Kingdom and the
process took about 12 weeks and will be ongoing,
with updates as they become available.
As of right now, app users can get a live traffic
feed that shows island roads in the colors of green,
yellow and red. Zaccagnino said green lines mean
traffic is flowing smoothly, yellow means it's pretty
busy and red indicates heavy congestion.
"I'm working on updating the events calendar
so people can see when there will be music and fes-
tivals, as well as a directory for local businesses and
restaurants," he said. "The goal is to have this free
app available for everybody to use as soon as pos-
sible."
Zaccagnino said the app won't cost users any-
thing, but he is looking at ways to sell space on the
app.
"I'm not looking to make a lot of money out of
this," he said. "That wasn't the intent and it will be
a very small fee for businesses to be included."
QRHop.com has been working with the Holmes
Beach island congestion committee to develop some-
thing similar, but Zaccagnino said it appears to be
web-based.
"That's just something I believe is going to be
a thing of the past," he said. "I wanted to stay away
from anything web-based."
While QRHop.com can be accessed from a cell-
phone with Internet capability, Zaccagnino said apps
are easier to access and use, more so than apps that
are web-based, but he welcomes anything and every-
thing that might help congestion on the island.
"That is everyone's goal right now, and I hope
this app will play a part in resolving what everyone
is working so hard to address right now," he said.

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2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
Lakewood Ranch resort tax collections rival
AMI's: Just four months into the fiscal year, the Bra-
denton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau saw a
13.1 percent rise in resort tax collections for 2012-13
from unincorporated Manatee County, primarily the
Lakewood Ranch area.
Holmes Beach to review use of city field:
Holmes Beach commissioners at their March 21 work
session agreed with a suggestion by Mayor Carmel
Monti to take a look at how city property is rented. He
said he thought the city field might be "overused" by
nonprofit organizations.
Ex-islander sentenced to 15 to life: A Lomita,
Calif., chef who killed his wife and boiled her body
in his restaurant's kitchen was sentenced March 22
to spend 15 years to life in prison. David Viens, 49,
was convicted of second-degree murder for killing his
39-year-old wife, Dawn. They both had lived on the
island and operated a restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
HB chief locked out: Over the Easter holiday,
while Holmes Beach city offices were closed, Mayor
Carmel Monti ordered the lock changed on the police
chief's office, essentially barring interim Police Chief
Dale Stephenson, a 26-year veteran of the force, from
his office. Soon after, the mayor named the new chief
- Longboat Key Police Lt. Bill Tokajer.

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TripAdvisor names AMI 4th best domestic
island: Anna Maria Island was the No. 4 island vaca-
tion destination in the United States on TripAdvisor.
come's annual Traveler's Choice Awards.
BB pier restaurant behind on lease payments:
City officials revealed at a commission meeting that
Rotten Ralph's Restaurant on the Bradenton Beach
Historic Bridge Street Pier was about $50,000 behind
in rental payments to the city.
'Busiest ever' tourist season winds down: The
first quarter of 2013 was the busiest tourist season
islanders had ever seen. The numbers of visitors and


Chris LeGore of Holmes Beach has his kayak and Carol Cary of Anna Maria watches AME second-
gear ready to go as he and other members of Heroes grader Evan (C /,"' .. *., read to her poodle, Lucy,
on the Water planned for a February outing with in the school's media center during a reading session
wounded veterans. They planned to tour inshore in February. The school partners with Therapy Dogs
waters and nature preserves. LeGore is assistant Inc., to help children read with ease.
coordinator of the Bradenton/Sarasota chapter of


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accommodation occupancy figures seemed likely to
set records.
Public comment sought for AM park proposal:
Anna Maria commissioners asked for more public
input on a proposed park, consisting of live oak trees,
a grass lawn, 15 parking spaces and restrooms at the
corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard North.
Holmes Beach commissioners square off over
chief: What was supposed to be an informal celebra-
tory swearing in ceremony for new Holmes Beach
Police Chief Bill Tokajer turned hostile at a commis-
sion meeting. Commissioners had voted 4-1 to accept
the mayor's recommendation and hire him over HBPD
veteran Dale Stephenson. The dissenter was Commis-
sioner David Zaccagnino, who presented past disci-
plinary issues in Tokajer's personnel file that included
covering for an officer who pointed a gun at his wife's
head, numerous at-fault traffic accidents and hindering
a police brutality investigation.


5-year-old boy found dead: A weekend search
for a boy who went missing April 20 after wandering
away from a family gathering and taking a jump into
the waters of Longboat Pass at Coquina Beach ended
April 22. Lomontea Taylor, 5, was found dead in an
apparent drowning.
Center behind in funding: The Anna Maria
Island Community Center board of directors got some
bad news at their April 19 meeting about the upcoming
May 18 black-tie gala. The center's biggest fundraiser,
less than four weeks away, was behind at least $42,000
in ticket sales.
Mainsail attorney files petition for relief: Attor-
ney Robert Lincoln, representing the Mainsail Lodge
development group, filed a petition of relief with the
city of Holmes Beach. The petition recalled prior res-
olutions and ordinances passed to accommodate the
development plan before Mainsail's purchase of the
property. The original development, Tidemark Lodge,
went into bankruptcy.
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The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society will pres- The first stop will be the art center, 907 Fifth St.
ent a progressive art experience work exhibited in W.; followed by the museum, 515 10th Ave. W.; and
three venues Saturday, Jan. 18, in Palmetto. then the adjacent park. The venues are located in a
The event will take place 2-5 p.m. at the Palmetto two-block walk in Palmetto's historic downtown.
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Art league offers
camera lessons
The Anna Maria Island Art League will offer les-
sons in January on digital camera use tailored for those
who received new cameras for the holidays.
Sessions take place Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Jan. 7-28
at the league, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
The cost for the four-week program led by
Spencer Pullen is $100.
For more information, contact AMIAL at
artleagueami@gmail.com or 941-778-2099.
Cortez museum hosts
lectures, fests, porch series
The Florida Maritime Museum will host Music on
the Porch parties noon-4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 11, Feb.
8, March 8, April 12 and May 10.
Also, "The Art of Valor," an exhibit of military
veterans art, will take place at the museum this spring,
with a reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
Also planned is a lecture series in partnership with
Manatee County libraries, including "How Stephen
Mallory Saved the Whales (Commerce Raiders in the
Civil War)" 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For details about the museum, contact Amara Nash
at 941-708-6121 or amara.nash@manateeclerk.com.


Powel Crosley hosts
mystery theater
"Murder at the Crosley," a murder-mystery event
that involves guests to the Powel Crosley Estate, will
take place in late January.
A news release said guests will follow characters
from room to room in the mansion, 8374 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota, in search of clues.
Dates for the murder-mystery performances are
Jan. 21-24, Jan. 26 and Jan. 28-31.
For tickets, times and more information, call the
Bradenton Area Convention Center box office at 941-
722-3244.
Off Stage Ladies meet Jan. 8
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players will
gather for a program on Circus Sarasota/Sailor Circus
Saturday, Jan. 8.
The program, featuring Chuck Sidlow, will begin
at 11:30 a.m. at Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton.
Reservations are required by Jan. 6.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-
799-2181.
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By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Calling all artists and kids to the street.
The inaugural Anna Maria Chalk Festival will be
held on both lanes of pavement on Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria Jan. 18-19.
Artists of all skills and ages will work in chalk with
asphalt their canvas beginning at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, and continuing down Pine
Avenue toward the bayfront.
The theme for the free outdoor art event is "His-
toric Anna Maria: From Pirates to Present."
The event will feature live music both days and
"live" art performed by professional chalk artists.
Many of the pros are coming direct from the suc-
cess of the Sarasota Chalk Festival and thanks to the
organizer of both events, Denise Kowal.
The Pine Avenue event also will feature a kids'

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block, where children can create masterpieces along
with the pros.
"We want to encourage young folks to draw their
creative ideas," said Ed Moss of CrossPointe Fellow-
ship in Holmes Beach.
Moss, chair of the kids' block, is organizing the
children's activities and getting the word out.
The children's block is being sponsored by the
Rex and Helen Hagen Foundation. A $5,000 donation
will allow children to have a square of their own on
the road, and the necessary tools for their creations.
The event is free to attend and participation is
being encouraged.
For information about the kids' block and signup,
contact Moss at 941-219-9211 or ed@mycpf.org.
For more information on the festival and to vol-
unteer, contact Rebecca Preston, 941-896-9742 or
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The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a series of regular and special events
in January.
The schedule includes:
2 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16, knitting
club.
10 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 7, Jan. 14 and Jan. 21,
children's storytime.
2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring program.
6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, ManaTweens Book
Club.
2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, Friends lecture -
islander and former Playboy editor Gretchen Edgren.
2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, Alzheimer's Association
caregiver group.
10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, origami club.
3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, workshop, changes in
health care with Dr. Barbara Wagner.
2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, Friends lecture, chef
Raymond Arpke of Euphemia Haye.


6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, ManaTweens Culture
Club.
10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Friends Book Club,
discussing Katherine Anne Porter's "Ship of Fools."
2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, workshop, eating healthy
with author Jeannie Hudkins.
9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, workshop, college
applications and financial aid.
2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, Lifelong Learning
Academy program, The Story Behind Familiar Inven-
tors.
6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, workshop, home-
brewing with Jarrett Trezzo.
10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, workshop, living your
strengths with David Mullen.
2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, Alzheimer's memory
screenings.
2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, Friends lecture, Anna
Maria Island Historical Society representatives.
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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.

Thursday, Jan. 2
2 p.m. Knitting club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:48 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, Jan. 3
5:48 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, Jan. 4
5:49 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, Jan. 5
8 a.m.-noon St. Bernard Catholic Church pancake breakfast,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-
7784769.
5:50 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, Jan. 6
5:50 p.m. Official sunset time.
7 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting featur-
ing Denise Kowal discussing chalk art, Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
778-6694.


Tuesday, Jan. 7
10 a.m. Children's storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:51 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, Jan. 8
2 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Moni-
toring lecture, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
5:52 p.m. Official sunset time.
6 p.m. ManaTweens Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Registration required. Information: 941-778-
6341.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 8
11:30 a.m. Offstage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon
and program, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W, Bra-
denton. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.

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


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.

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.

Beach fireworks fizzled
by renovations
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach, is undergoing renovations
and will not be providing a fireworks show to
usher in 2014.
The Chiles Group traditionally has presented
New Year's Eve and July 3 fireworks displays at
the BeachHouse.
The restaurant and many other island venues
will be marking the end of 2013 and the start of
2014 with holiday specials.


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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, 1 p.m., starting Jan. 8, Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dance, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-779-1416.
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-
3209.


Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle,
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 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
breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-
778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m., Manatee County
JuniorAudubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24thAve.
E., Palmetto. 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.
Monday, 6:30 p.m., Family Game Night, Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908.

Sunset beat
Mike Sales performs
for the island Kiwanis
Club at the Anna
4 [ Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Sales
performs outdoors
at the cafe on Fri-
days, 5:30-8:30 p.m.,
including a sunset
drum circle that takes
place on the beach
in timing with the
sun's approach to the
horizon on the Gulf
of Mexico. For more
information, call 941-
778-0784. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez.
Information: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meet-
ing, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 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, Bra-
denton. 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 ofAnna 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
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
Editor's note: Events are subject to change when there is a
holiday



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.
For more information, call the church at 941-
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Cortez fishers reminisce, wait out gill net ban, hope for future


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Cortezians saw a little light at the end of the long
tunnel that halted the commercial fishing way of life
for the past 18 years. Then the light went out again.
The ban on gill net fishing imposed in 1995 was
lifted although briefly Oct. 22 by a circuit
court judge in Tallahassee. Then, Nov. 6, the First
District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee granted the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
an automatic stay, allowing FWC officials to continue
enforcement of the ban.
"It's typical," Karen Bell, of A.P. Bell Fish Co.,
4539 124th St., Cortez said. "They lifted it and
rescinded it."
The lifting of the ban had been seen as a victory
for those suing on behalf of the commercial fishing
industry the lawsuit is headed by Wakulla County
mullet fishers against the FWC.
"If the ban was lifted, they were right there wait-
ing to overturn it," said Kathe Fannon, a fourth-gen-
eration Cortez fisher.
The ban has been disputed as unfair and inef-
fective by commercial fishers across the state but
defended as a necessary conservation measure by
the FWC.
"No one came out here and asked us how we fish,
how we maintain and how we thrive," Fannon said.
"If they ever went out with us, watched how we work,
they never would have done this."
But Leon County Circuit Court Judge Jackie
Fulford, who rendered the Oct. 22 ruling lifting the
ban, did just that. Fulford considered the issue for a
year and then went mullet fishing to see how the nets
function and how the fishers work. Her ruling was a
result, in part, of her experience, calling the net-ban
law an "absolute mess."
"After the net ban in' 95, four out of the five fish
houses here went bankrupt three weeks later. We've
been here for over 100 years tli i Iii. through the
Great Depression," Fannon said. "They didn't just
take the nets, they destroyed an industry that's been
here since the beginning of time."


Kathe and Mike Fannon sit aboard their shrimp
boat. Kathe charters both sight-seeing and fishing
trips with her first-mate Pup Pup on a pontoon boat.
Mike is a shrimper. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kathe
Fannon.

The ban's intention was to eliminate bycatch, the
unintended capture of juvenile fish and other marine
life. An agency rule aimed at this purpose defines
a gill net as any net with a stretched mesh greater
than 2 inches. Most gill nets used in Cortez were
long and deep enough to capture a school of mullet.
Once circled by the net, the mullet race into the net to
escape, and the mesh size determines the size of the
fish caught gilled. Small mullet escape through the
net. Large mullet go over the top or under the weight
line.
The rule left commercial fishers to use small-
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of catching larger fish and kill juvenile fish in the
process.
The lifting and reinstatement of the gill net
restriction may not be for naught.
"At least people are thinking about it and I think
some people are seeing that (the net ban) wasn't done
properly," Bell told The Islander in an earlier inter-
view. Florida residents are "at least more respectful of
what these guys go through to bring domestic seafood
to consumers."
The ban a constitutional amendment was
passed in 1994 and supported by 72 percent of Florida
voters. Fannon said a sport-fishing group's campaign
and media coverage leading up to the vote skewed
the perspective on the effects of gill nets.
"Florida Sportsman magazine, the Bradenton
Herald (and TV media) all ran photos of dead, bloody
dolphins, the same beautiful dolphins I take people
on charters to see, as a result of gill nets. It's just not
accurate," Fannon said.
The fishers of Cortez pride themselves on their
long lines of family operations and hand-manufactur-
ing of boats and nets. Fannon said the nets she made
with her father were designed to catch larger fish, and
allow juveniles to break free grow large enough to
spawn all in the effort to maintain a sustainable
supply. She also said the Cortez boats, known as kick-
ers, were designed to protect seagrass beds.
The motors mounted in the center oper-
ated efficiently, and the propeller was recessed in a
tunnel that ran under the hull to the rear of the boat,
allowing the boats to skim over shallow grass flats,
leaving grass beds undisturbed.
"It's a finely tuned process we've perfected
over generations and we ran it like professionals,"
Fannon said. "We've been here for over 100 years
making a living from these waters, and we treat it
with respect."
The stay on Fulford's ruling will remain in place
until the appeal's court has considered the claims.
For now, no gill net fishing.
But commercial fishers in Cortez can be an opti-
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2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
Parking 'yes,' restrooms 'no' for Anna Maria
park: By a 3-2 vote, Anna Maria commissioners
approved a park and parking plan for the vacant land
owned by the city at the east end of Pine Avenue, but
they rejected providing public restrooms at the park.
Island retail sales soar during 'greatest ever'
season: A record number of visitors to Anna Maria
Island during the February-April period helped retail
sales follow their accommodation cousins to seasonal
success. Direct spending by visitors to the island during
the period totaled just under $300,000.
Cortez Bridge hearing draws opinions: "We
came here to get opinions, not give them," said Brian
Williams of the Florida Department of Transportation,
opening a DOT meeting on the future of the bridge.
The DOT took comments and suggestions on what to
do with the aging Cortez Bridge from the estimated
200 people who came and went during the three-hour
meeting.

MAY
Carleton case turned over to feds: The HBPD
announced that Michael Carleton, formerly of Coast
Line Realtors, was under investigation by the U.S.
Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Carleton lost his real estate license in March following
a three-count complaint related to a $10,000 escrow
deposit paid to Carleton in 2012 for a property in
Holmes Beach.
Wedding festival spending grows: They came
from as far as Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Canada.
And many more future brides and grooms came from
Tampa and Orlando for the sixth annual Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival held
May 5.
HB mayor reports weapon stolen: An HBPD
report said Mayor Carmel Monti was the victim of a
vehicle burglary that resulted in the theft of a .38 cali-
ber handgun from his 2001 Toyota SUV. Monti told
police the $700 revolver was between his car seats and
covered with a cloth.
Island official seeks greater share of resort
taxes: Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told county offi-
cials she'd like to see more resort tax revenues returned
to island cities to help with infrastructure needs to
accommodate visitors.
BB terminates Rotten Ralph's pier lease: In a
May 17 special meeting, Bradenton Beach commis-
sioners unanimously voted to terminate the lease of
Historic Bridge Street Pier concessionaire Dave Rus-
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for the past five years.
Swift action promised against HB short-term
rentals: Holmes Beach Commission Chair Jean Peelen
promised swift action would be taken against Anna
Maria Vacations, a company using annamaria.com to
advertise rental units for less than seven days in the
R-2 and R-1 districts.
Commissioners agree to revise Anna Maria
liquor ordinance: Anna Maria commissioners agreed
May 23 to change the city liquor ordinance prohibiting
restaurants that opened after 1987 from selling mixed
drinks and alcoholic beverages other than beer and
wine. Waterfront Restaurant owner Jason Suzor pro-
posed the change.
AM commission chair resigns: Anna Maria
Commission Chair John Quam dealt a shock to fellow
commissioners and the large gallery of concerned citi-
zens attending the May 23 city meeting at city hall.
Quam resigned, announcing that he was moving from
the city.
AME parents protest budget cuts: Local parent
Karen Riley-Love started an online petition and a Face-
book page titled Manatee County Schools: Teacher

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Active 2013 hurricane season predicted: The
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likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms.
Holmes Beach unplugs outdoor music: Follow-
ing a consensus by commissioners, musicians playing
outdoors were required to unplug in compliance with
a city ordinance, and HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer was
directed to enforce the law.

JUNE
HBPD to crack down on illegal street parking:
After a hectic Memorial Day weekend, HBPD Chief
Bill Tokajer said enforcing illegal parking was going
to be taken seriously as a safety issue. "This weekend
was very bad," the chief said. "We've put up 'no park-
ing' signs on the north side of Manatee (Avenue), but
people were not just parking on the right of way, they
were parking on the sidewalks and in the bike lanes."
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2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15
nests: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird
Monitoring confirmed 50 sea turtle nests as of June 7,
but lost 15 nests to the storm surge created by Tropical
Storm Andrea. The storm also washed out shorebird
nests on the island.
Affaire revenue fails expectation: The Anna
Maria Island Community Center's May 18 gala, An
Island Affaire, raised about $160,000, amounting to a
$40,000 shortfall from what assistant executive direc-
tor Scott Dell projected in March to the board.
AM commission welcomes former P&Z chair
to dais: Anna Maria has a new city commissioner.
With the withdrawal of Carol Carter's application
for the Anna Maria City Commission to complete the
remaining five months of John Quam's term, only one
applicant remained Doug Copeland.
HB petition to allow tree house gains momen-
tum: Holmes Beach City Hall, Richard Hazen and
Lynn Tran, owners of the now viral tree house at 103
29th St. N., decided that rather than fight city hall,
they would legislate to keep the structure. They began
circulating a petition among registered voters calling
for a vote on a special ordinance to allow them to keep
their tree house.
Mainsail-HB mediation brings progress:
Progress appeared to be made in the June 21 media-
tion efforts between the city of Holmes Beach and
the Mainsail Lodging and Development team at Cros-
sPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The two sides met as part of an initial mediation pro-
cess following a 3-2 vote in March to revoke the Main-
sail site plan.
Hunt for pier restaurateur, lengthy process:
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said
the request for proposal process to have a new tenant
in place at the Historic Bridge Street Pier will be a
k nglh) one. Commissioners and four potential tenants
met at the site of the former Rotten Ralph's June 20 to
conduct a walk-through of the restaurant.
Island officials call for input on traffic: Noth-
ing was off the table at a June 19 Coalition of Barrier
Island Elected Officials meeting when the topic came
to relieving traffic congestion on the island. From toll-
booths to the creation of party buses, many ideas were
discussed, but elected officials from Anna Maria, Bra-
denton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key said
they want more ideas from the public.
Half-cent sales tax fails at the polls: The pro-
posed half-cent sales tax that would have helped pay


THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 1, 2014 U 19

Bradenton Beach Com-
missioner Gay Breuler and
her husband Billy Crider
celebrate at their June 16
wedding. The couple mar-
ried in a small ceremony
with family and friends in
attendance.



BELOW: Bradenton Beach
employees secure a boat
that broke anchor and
crashed into the Historic
Bridge Street Pier June 6
during the brush by Tropi-
cal Storm Andrea. Islander
Photos: Mark Young


At Holmes Beach Scentral Park dog park, H
a section was fenced off for small dogs in S a
late spring. Islander Photo: Mark Young


for indigent health care while possibly relieving prop-
erty owners' burden with an estimated 26 percent prop-
erty tax decrease died in a June 18 referendum.
State rep says HB 883 won't be repealed: State
Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, said June 27 at an Anna









Maria city meeting that he wasn't holding out hope that
HB 883, restricting some rights by local government
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to regulate rental units, would be repealed.
SAt Holmes Beach Scentral Park d with park plan:
Frua sectration was fened off to elebration for some at a June in
la27 city meet spring when commissioners voted to accepting
for indigent health care while possibly relieving prop-
erty owners' burden with an estimated 26 percent prop-
erty tax decrease died in a June 18 referendum.
State rep says HB 883 won't be repealed: State
Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, said June 27 at an Anna
Maria city meeting that he wasn't holding out hope that
HB 883, restricting some rights by local government
to regulate rental units, would be repealed.
Anna Maria moves forward with park plan:
Frustration turned to celebration for some at a June
27 city meeting when commissioners voted to accept


a park design for the six vacant lots on Pine Avenue at
Bay Boulevard after months of stalled discussion.
CrossPointe hopes to bring community to
unity: The pastor of CrossPointe Fellowship reached
out beyond a church committee to community organi-
zations and leaders in search of ideas to bring islanders
together for an event to inspire unity in 2013.
Next issue: July through December, the year in
review.
Also next week, The Islander names the Islander
of the Year. Stay tuned.


ACROSS
1 One at a woman's
side?
6 Fixes keys
11 Person who might
bump into you on a
subway
16 Starbucks size
17 Model/actress
Keibler
18 Brother of
Prometheus
19 Choice
20 Road runners
21 Animal with
a flexible snout
22 Unduly
23 Spoken instruction
in animal training
26 Best Musical of
1975, with "The"
27 Completely
dominates
29 He said the most
important thing for
poets to do
is to write as little
as possible
30 "Oh, hmm ..."
31 Elevator
33 New York Titans'
org.
35 Bit of hopscotch
equipment
42 Shady spot
44 In a state of conflict
45 Bee product
48 Iowa's
Colonies
49 Name that's
Hebrew for
"pleasant"
50 "Something
ought to finally go
my way"
51 Philadelphia/New
Jersey connector
54 Half of sechs
55 "I6 etait __ fois"
(French fairy tale
start)

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56 Brand name
that's an anagram
of 31-Across
57 Rejections
58 Acted like a rat
60 "Howdy"
62 Item on a chain
65 Center of activity
68 Like some expenses
72 Pop icon?
73 Wash against,
as the shore
75 Like some duties
76 Finsteraarhorn, e.g.
77 It's often divided
into sections 0, 2, 4,
6, etc.
80 Country where
the Blue Nile
originates: Abbr.
81 Part of the healing
process
83 distance
84 A balconette is a
low-cut style of one
85 Mlle., in Madrid
86 Like a Monday
morning
quarterback?
87 Symbols of dirtiness
89" the Air"
(2009 Clooney
movie)
90 Part of FEMA:
Abbr.
91 Rat
92 "Shoot!"
93 Pass again on the
track
95 Big dos
96 Fake
97 Precept
99 Dangerous person
to play against for
money
101 Old Olds
103 No-goodnik
106 Sounds from
Santa
107 Sincere
113 Ad Council output,
briefly
115 First president
with a Twitter
account
117 Decoration under
a dish


118 2010 earthquake
site
120 Walk heavily
121 Universal
122 Blown out?
123 Best hand in Texas
hold 'em
124 Talk face to face?
125 Having a ton of
money to draw on
DOWN
1 Presidential power
first used by
James Madison
2 Not on deck, say
3 Sometimes-
caramelized item
4 First National
Leaguer with eight
consecutive 100-
R.B.I. seasons
5 Chicken
6 Michael and Peter
7 Lab item that sounds
like a popular
website
8 Birth-related
9 Reason for a food
recall
10 Big name in food
service
11 Show anxiety, in
a way
12 1989 world
champion figure
skater
13 Bear necessities?
14 Talk show starting
in 2012
15 Miniature
24 To be, to Beatrice
25 Jazz quintet's home
28 Half of the Nobel
Prize winners,
typically
30 Secret society in
Dan Brown's
"Angels &
Demons"
32 "Let's call it
34 Muslim ascetic
35 Low, moist area
36 On the way out
37 worse than
death
38 Hang (over)


39 Harold's partner in
comedies
40 Ice
41 Friendly term
of address
42 Madam
43 "The Wire" antihero
46 Downhill sport
47 Tight ends?
52 "Come again?"
53 Scott of "Happy
Days"
59 You'll trip if you
drop it
61 "Gross!"
62 Well-protected,
nonrunning
quarterback
63 Sign word often
translated
into multiple
languages
64 Duds
65 Tries
66 Emotional peaks
67 Pressing needs?
69 Unlike eagles
70 Appropriate
71 Silver, say
73 Next-to-last
#1 Beatles hit
74 Sully
78 Spits rhymes
79 Beer buy
82 Tongue-lash
85 Subject of a
2009 national
tournament
cheating scandal
88 "Meet the Press"
guest, for short
94 Possibly
96 Formed rising
bubbles
98 It's "not"
in Scotland
100 Apiece, at
Wimbledon
101 Army attack
helicopter
102 Pitman,
developer of
shorthand


104 Freedom Tower
feature
105 Bar at the bar
106 Microwaveable
snack item


108 States further
109 Corner piece
110 Miniature
111 Dud


112 Jane who becomes 116 Marie Curie, e.g.:
Mrs. Rochester Abbr.
119 Word often
114 Cause of a sudden shortened to one
drop in altitude letter in text
messages


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Bradenton Beach veteran saw
Vietnam War underwater
Ted Baird of the Sandpiper Resort in Bradenton
Beach was involved in the Vietnam War, but he never
saw land action.
Baird was a submariner in the U.S. Navy on the
Snook, a nuclear-powered submarine that patrolled the
Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam.
"Our job was to monitor North Vietnamese ship-
ping and to rescue any downed pilots. We never had
any rescue, and there were few North Vietnamese
naval vessels around," Baird recalled.
"We were always on alert and expected action at
any time, but none came our way. I don't know if the
guys were disappointed or happy about that."
Baird served two tours on submarines in Vietnam-
ese waters.
His journey to submarines began on a potato farm
in Arco, Idaho.
"I had grown up around potatoes, but I wanted to
see the world. I was too young for World War II, and
the Korean War had just ended when I enlisted in the
Navy," he recalled.
That was 1954, and Baird was sent to electronics
school for radar after completing basic training.
"I volunteered for submarine duty after electronics
school and went to New London in Connecticut for sub
training."
Following submarine training, Baird was assigned
as a radar operator on the USS Wahoo, a diesel-
powered submarine that patrolled the Pacific waters
between Japan and Russia.


"We actually relieved a submarine the Russians
had spotted and surrounded. Of course, we were under-
water and they didn't spot us. Our job was to spy on
Russian ships and naval bases. That was our patrol
station for four years, and we never did get caught,"
Baird said.
When the Cuban missile crisis heated up in Octo-
ber 1962, Baird was assigned to the USS Corporal out
of Key West.
"We were ready to surface and stop any Russian
ships, even though we had no missiles, just torpedoes.
Thankfully, it never came to that."
Baird then got the assignment he had wanted.
The Navy was changing its subs to nuclear power,
enabling a sub to stay underwater for more than a year
without surfacing.
"I got orders to go to nuclear power school. After
I graduated, I was sent to the USS Snook and was in
charge of the nuclear reactor. If trouble came from the
reactor, I would have to fix it."
Baird also was promoted to chief petty officer at


this time, a big promotion for an Idaho farm boy.
It meant khaki uniforms, better living conditions
and more pay.
Unfortunately, Baird's duties left him little time
for family and he and his first wife divorced around
this time.
But life aboard the Snook was like living with a
large family, Baird remembered.
L\ N.iyone was friendly with each other. Your life
depended upon the other guy doing his job. And every-
one had to know someone else's job. We only had one
guy who had claustrophobia and had to be assigned
ashore, but I'll tell you this, there was never a sub I
was on that I wasn't afraid. You just learn to control
it."
The Snook had the mission of finding and chasing
Russian submarines.
"That was a lot of fun, chasing those guys around
and not letting them know we were there. It was a lot
like the movie, 'The Hunt for Red October,' and the
book 'Blind Man's Bluff,'" Baird said.


Ted Baird and
wife Luanne,
residents of
the Sandpiper
Resort in Bra-
denton Beach,
enjoy walking
on the beach
and other activi-
ties since they
retired to Anna
Maria Island in
2001. Islander
Photo: Rick
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The Snook's home port was San Diego and, as
Baird recalls, it was the height of the Vietnam War.
"When we would walk through San Diego, we
weren't treated very nicely. There was a sign on the
city park that said 'No dogs or sailors allowed.' The
people there definitely made us feel unwanted."
After serving on the Snook for two tours, Baird
was sent to the USS Lafayette, a nuclear-powered
Polaris missile submarine.
"We had 16 missiles with nuclear warheads.
Everyone knew if we got the order we would fire those
missiles at the Russians."
Because he was a nuclear power engineer, naval
regulations prevented him from being promoted to be
the master chief petty officer of the Navy, the senior
enlisted person in the U.S. Navy.
On May 17, 1974, Baird retired from the Navy.
"I had served 20 years and seen the world. And I
had been promoted to the highest enlisted rank pos-
sible, so I had a successful career."
Baird stayed in the reserves after retirement and
went to work building commercial nuclear power
plants for Westinghouse.
"I went to Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other places
to build those plants. Then I was sent to New Jersey
as an on-site inspector at a Westinghouse plant."
He stayed at the plant 12 years. During this time,
he met a nurse at a local hospital. They married in
2001.
"Between the two of us, we have 17 children and
19 grand-children," Baird said.
Since retiring to Bradenton Beach, Baird and his
wife Luanne enjoy walking on the beach, arts and
crafts and %ilinii.'. including authoring a history of
the Sandpiper Resort.
"It's been a great career, and you bet your life I'd
do it again, and in subs. It was the greatest adventure
of my life.
I don't consider my generation lost because of the
Vietnam War, just a proud generation for doing our
duty," Baird said.
The Greatest Generation, Forgotten Generation
and Vietnam Generation columns are written about
World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans
of any Allied country. If you are a veteran of those
wars, served during those times, or know someone who
did, please contact Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.


Streetliife

Island Police Blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 23, 1900 block of Gulf Drive N., DUI. A
Bradenton Beach Police Department officer and a
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to
a call about a man slumped over the steering wheel of
his vehicle, parked on a sidewalk. The officer observed
the man sleeping and the windshield wipers were on,
scraping against dry glass. The 56-year-old Missouri
man said he was having personal issues and was at the
beach all day drinking. He was administered a field
sobriety test and allegedly failed. Gregory Phillips was
arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge and booked
into the Manatee County jail, where he later posted
$500 bond and was released.
Dec. 22, 1603 Gulf Drive N., Tradewinds Resort,
burglary. Police responded to a burglary call and
observed a door on one of the rooms had been pried
open. Three TVs valued at $1,000 were stolen.
Dec. 14, 116 Bridge St., Sports Lounge, distur-
bance. As police were arriving to a disturbance call,
a large crowd began to disburse. An officer saw two
men get up from the ground. The two men admitted
that had fought, but that it was mutual. There were no
injuries and on agreeing to leave the area for the night,
no further action was taken.
Dec. 22, 100 block of 10th Street North, burglary.
An unknown person pried open a plastic storage shed
and took items valued at about $1,300.
Dec. 25, 103 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, trespass
warning. A store clerk told police several customers
were complaining about two men sitting outside the
store asking people for money. The men were issued
a trespass warning.
Dec. 23, 103 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, battery.
Police responded to the store and found a man sitting



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on the floor bleeding from the area of his eye. The man
said a person hit him in the eye and then fled. He did
not provide a reason why the suspect may have struck
him.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
Dec. 17, 10110 block of Cortez Road West,
domestic disturbance. An MCSO deputy responded
to a couple engaged in a verbal argument. There were
no signs or allegations of physical contact during the
argument.
Dec. 23, 12400 block of 45th Avenue West,
domestic disturbance. Two family members were
arguing over holiday plans in front of several people.
Another family member became concerned that the
argument was escalating and called the MCSO. By the
time a deputy arrived, one of the family members had
left to cool down. Nothing physical occurred, accord-
ing to witnesses.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Dec. 20, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue, open
house party. A 20-year-old allegedly invited his
former stepfather to a party at his mother's house. A
Holmes Beach Police Department officer responded
to a complaint at the house and observed several
juveniles, possibly with alcohol in their hands, who
then fled the scene. The officer made contact with
the 41-year-old man, who told the officer he was
chaperoning the party, but was unaware of any alco-
hol being on the premises. According to the report,
the officer observed several cans and bottles of
beer were in open view around the property. The
man then said he had only just arrived because his
stepson called to say the party was getting out of
hand, but the 20-year-old said the adult had been on
the premises more than an hour. The man allegedly
asked, "Do you want me to shut this party down?"
The officer said he would take care of shutting down
the party and arrested the adult on a misdemeanor
charge of open house party.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.


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Lace up your running shoes, it's time to dash


The ninth annual Dolphin Dash will begin at Anna
Maria Elementary 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. The event
is open to all ages and registration has begun.
The event will include a 5K run beginning at 8
a.m., and 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Both events begin
at AME, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with event-
day registration and pre-registration runners' informa-
tion packets handed out at 7 a.m.
On the AME campus, activities will include food
sales and opportunities to win prizes. Proceeds from
the event will benefit the AME Parent Teacher Orga-
nization.
"All the money we raise goes to the PTO0, and it
trickles down to the teachers, the school and the stu-
dents," said Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty, also the
Islander contributor for real estate sales information.
Brisson is organizing the Dolphin Dash for a third


reach the finish iI .
line at Anna
Maria Elemen-
tary in the 2013
Dolphin Dash.
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year.
He also supervises a running club for AME stu-
dents before school. He expects many of his club run-
ners to attend the Dolphin Dash.
Last year, more than 200 runners registered for
the dash, and Brisson is hoping for the same number,
if not more, this year.
"Last year, I think we had someone in their 80s
and a 5-year-old finish," Brisson said.
The runs are on a fast course and closed roads.
Brisson is asking for runners to register for the
dash online, but there will be race day registration for
those who do not register online.
The Dolphin Dash is run by volunteers and sup-
ported by sponsors.
For more information about the event, to volunteer
or donate to the raffle, call Brisson at 941-713-4755.


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Attention: Parents, teachers, friends of AME, submit
school news to jennifer@islander.org


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 the O'Brien Family Farm.
Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
no school.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, record day, no school.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, Florida comprehensive
assessment test parent information night.
Thursday, Jan. 23, report cards.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade
students take part in watercolor painting program.
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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Local Christmas bird count on hold, Audubon adjusts circle


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The Christmas Bird Count on Anna Maria Island
will take place well after Christmas. Also, different
zoning rules will leave a large section of the island out
of the count.
The count, which normally takes place some-
time between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, was known to the
National Audubon Society as the Anna Maria Island
Gulf Circle Christmas Bird Count. This year the local
count is being retired and replaced by a new geographi-
cal circle.
"Members of the Manatee County Audubon
Board and numerous CBC participants have for years
dreamed of creating a new circle which would include
parts of the current area but also add many areas we
feel would have far more ornithological benefits than
the current circle," Dick Comeau, board member and
bird count compiler for the Manatee County Audubon
Society, said in a statement.
The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running
citizens' survey in the world, according to the National
Audubon Society. Every year, tens of thousands of
birdwatchers collect data from 2,300 circles.
The data from the count helps conservation biolo-
gists study the long-term health of bird populations in
conjunction with other annual birding surveys. The
count can identify environmental issues affecting
birds and in some cases people such as habitat
fragmentation or contaminated groundwater. The data
can then be used to protect birds and their habitats.
The new local circle omits the southern portion of
Anna Maria Island, begins at 47th Street in Holmes
Beach and encompasses areas north of that point. The
new circle includes Egmont Key, Fort DeSoto Park
in St. Petersburg, Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge,
Shell Key Preserve and other locations.
The new circle will be called the Fort DeSoto
circle, and its creation means the Anna Maria Island
Gulf Circle must be terminated, Comeau stated.
Don Margeson of St. Petersburg Audubon Society
will become the new compiler of data collected from
the count on north Anna Maria.
The change could mean neither circle will be
counted this round.
"I was upset and mentioned to one of my favorite
local birders, 'Why would we want to miss even one
bird in this count?' But we will give up one year to
make this great change," said Suzi Fox, director of
Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitor-
ing.
While the new circle is being cemented, the Man-
atee County and St. Petersburg Audubon groups are
working together to bridge the gap.
"Don is hoping to possibly start the count Jan. 5,
2014, if he can get final approval from the National


Audubon CBC administration. If he is successful he
will be enlisting my help in getting a team together
to do the new Anna Maria northern sector for the new
count. Change is never easy, but it looks promising,"
Comeau stated.
Comeau said areas such as Leffis Key will be left
out of the new circle, but less developed areas that
provide more bird-friendly habitats will be included.
The issue of including some areas, while excluding
others, comes down to Christmas bird count rules
set by the National Audubon Society. The rules dic-
tate the radius of the circle cannot be larger than 7.5
miles.
"When we collect scientific data, it's imperative
that everyone follows the exact same rules, or the data
may be skewed," said Fox.
Redrawing the circle for the bird count left Audu-
bon members with "hard decisions" to make, Comeau
stated.
The AMITW and Audubon groups are pleased
with the change and look forward to establishing the


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Looking back: The Islander's best in sports for 2013


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Happy new year to all and good riddance to the
outgoing one. It was a tough one for me, personally,
so I'm looking forward to 2014, but first I have to look
back at all of the people and events who filled this page
in the past year.
Before I get started, I need to thank the people that
keep me informed on the island sports scene, starting
with Troy Shonk and now Matt Ray at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Youth sports and the new
popularity of adult competition there makes up the
majority of my weekly column.
I also would be remiss if I didn't mention Gary
Duncan, Helen Pollock and Joy Kaiser of the Key
Royale Club for contributing weekly golf news.
Jay Disbrow is another person I need to thank
for providing timely, weekly updates of the games
and goings on at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits.
Another frequent contributor to my column is
runner Mickey Hooke, a longtime Galati Yacht Sales
employee and former islander. Hooke appeared in The
Islander several times in 2013 as an overall race
winner four times, which is impressive, and more so
considering he's 52 years old.
Hooke won the seventh annual Spring Lake 5K in
May, the St. Pete Beach Series 5K in June, the Sunsets
at Pier 60 5K in July and the UA 10K Beach Running
Championships in Cocoa Beach in October.
He punctuated 2013 with a win in the RRCA
Florida 5K Grandmasters State Championship in
September. Hooke's time of 17:28 was 1:27 ahead of
his nearest grandmasters-level competitor. He set a
grandmasters record for the new course, plus it was a
grandmasters record over the event's two courses in
its 10-year history
Hooke was the 2012 grandmasters record holder
at 17:33.
Hooke set his 30th record this calendar year and
19th championship since 2000. He also set a grand-
masters record at the 2013 RRCA Florida 10K State
Championship in April, placing second overall.
If he wasn't winning a race, he was near the top. He
won races as a master and grandmaster entry. Hooke
set record after record in his age group and for his high
level of success, he is yes, again The Islander's
top sports story for 2013.

2. Islander qualifies for world
triathlon
Sandy Meneley takes second
place based on her qualification
for the national championship run
by winning her 65-69 age group
in the Aug. 10-11 Olympic Age
Group Triathlon in Milwaukee.
Meneley The national title enables her to
participate on Team USA repre-
senting the United States at the World Championship
Triathlon next summer in Edmonton, Canada. Meneley
also was a member of Team USA a few years ago,
earning a fourth-place finish in Beijing.
Meneley, retired from her years as an Illinois high
school track coach, began training for triathlons after
retiring from teaching. A background in marathons
has helped her obtain podium finishes in all triathlon
distances, including her fourth-place finish in the past
year at the world championship Ironman in Hawaii.

3. There's Magic in the island waters
The recreational leagues at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center provide area youth the opportunity


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for exposure to a multitude of sports, so it's great when
you see players who got their start here move on to
play at a higher level.
For us, U14 Manatee Magic girl's competitive
soccer team has a definite "Island" flavor. Eight of the
15 players on the roster live on Anna Maria Island,
while one, Brooke McIntosh, has deep roots here.
Her father/coach Brett McIntosh grew up on AMI,
and Aunt Beth and Uncle Scott McIntosh reside in
Holmes Beach.
The other eight Lily Meaker, Morgan Burns,
Grace Bowers, Emma Monuese, Olivia Glavan, Brooke
Capparelli, Danielle Capparelli and Jenna Rogers -
all either formerly lived on AMI or now live near the
island and got their start playing soccer at the center.
Most of them had prominent roles on a Magic
team that placed second in the Largo United Hallow-
een tournament played Oct. 5-6.
Since that tournament, the Magic girls have com-
piled a 4-1-3 record, which puts them in second place
in their division.
For taking their game to another level, the U14
Magic girls rank as third best sports story

4. Champs crowned for indoor soccer league
From the bleachers, one of the best sports the
center offers is the summer indoor soccer league. It
provides players a chance to hone their skills in a com-
petitive league, while avoiding the stifling heat of the
summer.
The list of awards won by Beach Bistro and Eat
Here, thanks to restaurant owner Sean Murphy, got a
little longer Aug. 16 as both teams won the champi-
onship game in their respective age divisions in the
center's summer league.
Beach Bistro upset regular-season champ LPAC
6-5 in the 8-10 division championship game behind
a game-high five goals from Tyler Brewer and single
goals from Jeremiah Sculco and Shane Solletti.
Bistro also received strong play from Ana Gonzalez,
Travis Bates, German Rivera, Javier Rivera and Tuna
McCracken in the victory.
Regular-season champion Eat Here won its 11-13
division championship with an exciting 4-3 victory
Aug. 16 over Island Dental Spa.


Eat Here was led by Carter Reemelin's two goals
and single goals from Dunn Reemelin and Robbie Fel-
lowes. Fernandes was supported defensively by Conal
Cassidy, Reagan Nevin and Gauge Nevin in the vic-
tory.
Dylan Joseph led Island Dental Spa with two goals,
while Luke Marvin added one in the loss.

5. Pirates punch up scoreboard
Though this isn't exactly a sports story, it definitely
involves sports and it appeared in my column. In April,
the Pittsburgh Pirates came to the community center
to dedicate a new outdoor scoreboard.
The Pirates Charities awarded a matching grant to
the center and Jackson Hayes, a youth baseball player
at the center, raised the most money to help match the
Pirate funding. He was front and center at the dedi-
cation with the Pirates mascot and centerfielder Mel
Rojas Jr.
The Pirates also gave the same grant to the Mana-
tee Area Youth Soccer Organization earlier in the year
to purchase four sets of soccer goals.
Kudos to the Pirates organization for its generosity
in our community

6. Moss family dominates adult sports
It came across as two sports stories a week apart,
but it should be noted that the center flag football
league champions, Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants, and
center volleyball champions, Southern Greens, couldn't
have fielded teams were it not for the legion of Moss
players.
The Moss family members helped third-seeded
Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants roll to a 38-22 victory Aug.
22 over Waterfront Restaurant Raiders to win the NFL
flag football Super Bowl at the center.
Quarterback Ryan Moss led the way for the Giants
on offense and defense. He completed 16 of 23 passes
for 253 yards and five touchdown passes. Three of his
touchdown passes went to Brent Moss, who finished
with five catches for 73 yards.
Ryan Moss made an incredible eight flag pulls to
lead the defense, which also received two pulls apiece
from Rio and Brent Moss in the victory.
Then a few days later, the Moss family helped
Southern Greens outlast Beach Bums 25-16, 17-25,
25-16 to win the Aug. 27 adult volleyball playoffs in
the center gym.

7. AMICC Pickleball Club brings home the gold
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 10 gold
and silver medals.
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 silver.
Toni Teasdale and Barb Smith teamed up in
women's doubles and captured a gold medal, while
Toni Teasdale and Gib Reffit grabbed silver in mixed
doubles.
Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis
and badminton and has been around for more than 20
years.
The club converges at the center gym on Monday
through Saturday at varying times and they welcome
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 1, 2014 U 25

Ringing in new year, angling for mild temps, great fishing


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
There is no better way to welcome in the new year
than to celebrate the mild winter temperatures Florida
offers.
Anna Maria residents as well as visitors to the
island are flocking to our local waters to cast out a
line. With superb conditions, the fishing is following
suit. Whether you're in a boat or fishing from shore,
chances are in your favor for catching a fish dinner for
New Years.
Beach fishing remains consistent for migratory
species Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish, bluefish
and pompano. All of these fish will readily take small
jigs tipped with shrimp. If artificial aren't your thing,
simply cast out a live shrimp weighted with a split shot
to keep your bait on the bottom. Other species you can
plan on encountering include black drum, flounder and
whiting.
Fishing nearshore structure is still proving pros-
perous for those in search of mangrove snapper. Fish
10-20 inches are readily taking live shrimp or live shin-
ers. Structure in depths of 10-30 feet are holding fish.
In these same areas, expect to see macks, bluefish,
jacks and blacktip sharks.
And while welcoming the new year, don't forget
to acquaint yourself with new regulations for 2014.
You can find these at tackle shops and online at http://
myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational. There are a
few subtle changes, so make sure you do your home-
work before heading out on the water this year.
Your options have improved in the new year with
the opening of the bait shop at the Historic Bradenton
Beach Pier. We hear fishing is picking up there.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says pier
fishers using live shrimp for bait are reeling flounder
to the deck. By using a split shot or small egg sinker to
get their bait to the bottom, anglers are being rewarded
with flounder 12-14 inches. To target these flat fish,
Sork suggests casting baits under the pier or around the
pilings. While targeting flounder, expect to hook into


Jack Lembeck, 10, of(C ". ..o.', fished offshore the
afternoon of Dec. 26. with Capt. Warren Girle. He
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Shark fishing at the pier is proving prosperous for
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Capt. Warren Girle has been working nearshore
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Moving inshore, Girle is targeting pompano in
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species, including Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack
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Finally, Girle takes his charters to small rock piles
along the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key for black drum. By using live shrimp, they're reel-
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Reef fishing remains consistent for mangrove
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Island chamber plans
January activities
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
is holding its monthly sunrise breakfast, 7:45-9 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
requested.
The chamber's monthly networking luncheon is
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Pier 22
Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
required.
Members are encouraged to bring a guest or prospec-
tive members to events.
For more information or to make a reservation, call
941-778-1541.

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Does your business have achievements to cel-
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business has received an award or special recogni-
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its inaugural Save the Trolley Giving Back event
5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Tortuga Pergola, 1325
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The event is open to the public and the chamber will
award monetary contributions to pre-qualified nonprofit
organizations that contribute to island causes, a chamber
press release said.
Funds for the donations are coming from the cham-
ber's advertising program for the island trolley. The
chamber organizes the ad sales on the trolley to support
Manatee County's cost to operate the service.


By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
103 Seagrape Lane, Anna Maria, a 1,221 sfla /1,647
sfur 2bed/l bath/I car Gulffront home built in 1951 on a
98x09 lot was sold 12/09/13, Retzlaff to Lisa and Marc
Biales LLC for $1,387,000; list $1,479,000.
I 110 72nd St., Holmes Beach,
a 1,890 sfla / 2,364 sfur 5bed/3bath
multiplex built in 1957 on a OO1xl00
lot was sold 12/11/13, Kaufman and
Varanko Properties LLC to Poseidon
Adventures on Spring Avenue LLC for
Brisson $850,000.
238 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 2,202 sfla / 2,994
sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1981 on a 102x105
lot was sold 12/09/13, Agnelli to Wynne for $800,000;
list $849,000.
617 N. Bay Blvd.,Anna Maria, a 782 sfla /1,012 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1952 on a SO150x100 lot was sold
12/10/13, Young to Brooks for $725,000.
5613 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,422 sfla /1,886


Entertainment for the event is provided by Chuck
Caudill, while The Feast restaurant is serving hors d'
oeuvre. Beverages are courtesy of the Timesaver and
Dana Caudill will be on hand to provide photography.
Reservations are required by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
7.
For more information or a reservation, call 941-778-
1541.

Realty raves
Mike Norman Realty, 3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, has named Kathy Caserta its top listing agent for
December, while Jason Hmak tops the month's sales.
For more information, call 941-778-696.


sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1964 on a 100x105
lot was sold 12/09/13, Laubach to Castle for $582,000;
list $595,000.
4200 Gulf Drive, Unit 105, Gulf Sands, Holmes
Beach, a 1,008 sfla / 1,104 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold 12/11/13, Bucalo
Enterprises LLC to Zeien for $475,000; list $521,000.
627 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,687 sfla / 2,530
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1968 on a
95x115 lot was sold 12/13/13, Boutinto Suncastle Prop-
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1800 Gulf Drive, Unit 112, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur condo with shared pool
built in 1979 was sold 12/13/13, Schaefer to Semans for
$425,000.
1603 Gulf Drive, Unit 30, Tradewinds, Bradenton
Beach, a 380 sfla lbed/lbath condo with shared pool
built in 1971 was sold 12/12/13, Brockschmidt to Staaf
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8. Island Pest, Feast take soccer titles
The center's fall soccer season came to a close
with two exciting championship games in November.
Island Pest Control captured the 8-10 division title and
The Feast took home the 11-13 division trophy, both
in close, hard-fought victories over two capable oppo-
nents.
No. 1 seed Island Pest Control defeated No. 2 seed
Beach Bistro 4-3 in the championship game behind two
goals each from Javier Rivera and Julius Petereit.
The Feast and LPAC battled to a 5-5 tie in regula-
tion play, but Feast connected on three of five turns in
the penalty-kick shootout to take the 11-13 title.
Michael Latimer scored three goals and Joe Rogers
added two goals during regulation play to lead The
Feast, while Abbey Achor, Latimer and Joseph Peery
scored goals for The Feast in the shootout, securing
the dramatic victory.

9. Super Bowls end flag football
NFL flag football has been one of the better addi-
tions to the center's menu of sports offerings, and just
like the big league, center Super Bowl games were
played March 21-22.
Two of the three Super Bowls were blowouts, also
much like in the NFL. The 8-10 division champion-
ship game, however, was an exciting back-and-forth


affair between Coastal Orthopedic Bears and Tyler's
Ice Cream Vikings that ended with the Bears on top
20-19.
Late in the game, with the Bears trailing 19-13,
Jackson Hayes took a handoff and swept around left
end. He outran Viking defenders to midfield where
he reversed field and outran everyone down the right
sideline to complete a 45-yard touchdown run and tie
the score at 19-19 with just over two minutes left to
play. Gavin Johnston calmly hit Maddie Rogers with
the extra-point pass to give the Bears a 20-19 lead.
The Vikings took over on offense with 1:50 left to
play
Facing a third down and short situation, Nathan
Costello tried a short pass over the middle, but Hayes
jumped the route and knocked down the pass to take
over on downs with 1:27 left to play. The Vikings held
the Bears in check on first and second downs, but on
third down and 14 yards to go, Hayes again got loose
up the right side for a 15-yard gain and a first down
that allowed the Bears to run out the clock on the 20-19
victory.
Holy Cow Cardinals earned an easy 36-12 victory
over Lobstahs Buccaneers in the 11-13 Super Bowl
behind a strong performance from quarterback Joey
Stewart.
Integrity Sound Falcons earned a 32-13 victory
over Walter & Associates Bears to win the 14-17 divi-


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sion Super Bowl.

10. Three champs crowned in basketball
The center's youth basketball season came to an
end in June after being delayed a day due to Tropical
Storm Andrea.
Not one top seed captured the championship. Sec-
ond-seed Heritage Paper Co. in the Premier Division,
second-seed Walter & Associates in the 11-13 division
and third-seeded Manatee Cancer Center in the 8-10
division all scored upset victories to claim their respec-
tive titles.
Heritage Paper defeated No. 1 seed Walter & Asso-
ciates 50-35 behind 19 points and six rebounds from
Austin Miller and 13 points and 11 rebounds from
Chris Lehman.
Walter & Associates captured its division with a
45-33 victory over Ross Built behind the inside-out-
side combination of JP Russo and Dayton Modderman.
Russo scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds,
while Modderman added 20 points and 20 rebounds to
lead Walter.
Manatee Cancer Center, which won only two reg-
ular-season games swept into the finals and defeated
top-seed Beach Bistro 22-6 in the championship game
of the 8-10 division.
Stay in touch in 2014 by writing to kevin@islander.
org. We'll put you on our team.


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SOFA: CONTEMPORARY, $100, swivel
rocker chair, $35, two small tables $30. 540-
529-1835.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100,
1-year old above-ground pool, accessories,
15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.

9 CUBIC FOOT chest freezer for sale,
Holmes Beach, $65. 941-778-1620.



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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
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I NEED LISTINGS! 5
And I'll give you 100
percent effort.
JASON HRNAK
941-773-6572
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Mike
Norman
Realty INC 3101 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH


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^ l $522,000

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Investor special
203 67th St duplex.
Close to the beach, B
new roof and AC.
2/2 and 2/1 with I!.. 11 "F.,''.,
room for pool.
$575,000
Happy New year!

I WILL sell
your home.
SMarianne Correll, Realtor

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941-725-7799
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45TH ANNUAL SUNCOAST Antique Bottle
and Collectible Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur-
day, Jan. 11. Admission, $4. Pottery, antique
bottles, fossils, advertising, stoneware, arti-
facts, jewelry and more. Bradenton Area
Convention Center, U.S. 41 at Haben Bou-
levard, Palmetto. OriginalSABCA@aol.com
or 941-722-7233.

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 Sothe-
bys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebys-
realty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.


WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recy-
cling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View
at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers
and The Islander are collecting new or used,
repairable 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
Department. Pick up at The Islander office,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.


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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
aFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
77.1345 Hauling tree trimming
11 78-35Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600
__ ,- kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
=IN 1 Replacement Doors and Windows
Andrew Chennault
~FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED
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Need computer help? Chances R, I can help.
And if I don't have the answer, I know someone
who will. Start to finish hardware, software,
network setup and repair, printer help, continu-
ing support... Give me a call. If it's broke, I can
usually fix it. Cell phones, too.

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Socko Pearson, 941-799-1169, sockopearson@aol.com
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Sat-
urday. 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 RESCUED dogs (and kit-
tens!) are looking for new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

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


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

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

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

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiber-
glass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable!
Great for fishing-stand on the side without
tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun
boat for anyone who wants to get on the
water! Includes a trolling motor with bat-
tery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-
8735.
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DELIVERY DRIVER/WAREHOUSE man.
Work on Island. Part or full-time. 941-524-
9228. Resumes only, send to: annamariais-
land@hotmail.com.

ANSWER PHONES, GOOD with computers
and office tasks, part or full-time. Work from
Island. 941-524-9228. Email resume only,
send to: annamariaisland@hotmail.com.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early child-
hood development major. Emily, 941-567-
9276.

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified
babysitter. 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.


ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can
place classified ads and subscribe online
with our secure server? Check it out at www.
islander.org.

More ads = more readers in The Islander.


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

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
fessional, 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, COMMER-
CIAL 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. Please,
call Jenise, 941-730-6773 or call Brad at
941-704-5609.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-
545-6688.

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

JOHN "THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle &
Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Afford-
able 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.


359-1904
"Movers Who Core"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.


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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. Commercial and residential
service, repair and/or replacement. Serving
Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-
8301. MA#001 7550.MA#0017550.


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.


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 special-
ist. Residential and commercial. 30 years
experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best results
from classified ads -- ever!


HOEIMPRVEEN
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpa-
per. 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,
cabinets 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 resi-
dent. We do all repair, interior and exterior,
insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-
6747.

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

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool
area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also win-
dows, 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.
suncoastinc.com.

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near
boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria
Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.


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Cleaning by LAURA
For honest, reliable and
friendly service...
Contact me today.
Call: 941-539-6891
Sor email
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Windows & Doors
941-730-5045
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CALL THE ISLAND'S FINEST...
MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL
PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!
We provide design plans-You preview 3-D drawings

WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION
941.725.0073
Darrin J. Wash State Lic. CBC1258250
LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988


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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING &eserial
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holv-: ''ii,, Sat,

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

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Call Dan, 941-713-3108

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. .,'"
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup. '
Call Junior, 807-1015 A1N

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
HONE Handyman Service
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesoh LaBrecaue *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
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VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses
or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-
0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.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 the 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.

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


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SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BT end unit with lagoon view. Com-
plex offers two heated pools, tennis, elevator and covered
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Ground level, located next to pool, "turnkey" furnished. Fan-
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Older ground-level, 2BR/2BA, north end of Anna Maria.
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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


3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer,
dryer and big backyard. $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.

OLD FLORIDA GROUND-floor vacation
apartments, $650/week, spring dates avail-
able. 941-778-2374.

ANNUAL RENTAL NW Bradenton: 3BR/2A
private home with heated pool and fenced
backyard. Tile and carpet, granite coun-
ter tops, two-car garage, covered patio,
partial lake views, washer/dryer hookups.
Lawn care and pool care provided. Small
dog considered. Close to Robinson Pre-
serve. $1,600/month. First, last, security.
Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

RETIRED TEACHER SEEKS furnished bed-
room with private bath in private home. Anna
Maria Island or Bradenton. 941-779-6314.


FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off El Con-
quistador Parkway. 4816 61 st. Ave. Drive W.,
Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.


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

WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you
curious as to how much your home could be
worth? Call us for a free professional consul-
tation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate,
941-778-8104.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA.
$230,500. Over-55 community, no pets,
renovated home, quiet area, double carport,
ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facili-
ties, heated pool, exercise room, tennis,
shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beau-
tiful Sarasota Bay. Only 2 miles to Bradenton
Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-
794-5011.

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

GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open
water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage,
block construction, pine accents. New appli-
ances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500.
FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).


For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
S Marianne Norman-Ellis
at Mike Norman Realty,
778-6696.

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Norman
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not disappoint. The beach is only 2 blocks away and Expe.-ience the lx of ths beautiful e, canalfont home in desirable Hohes Beach. No sooe tha the last piece of taetine as
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Pinchef's kitchen wi ld d ca i tives available on this property from SIRVA's referred leder. The
coufamily and friends aid shop excli sive boutiques. This riate backyard is complete with boat dock and lift. The o concept kitchen with dining ad living room is perfect for entertaining.


home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with a total of Master suite on the second floor has pleeks of the bay, the Skyway Bridge amnd, of course, your camiaL Having living rooms on both floors lends
fireplace, home ~cl,pea )ItllI, (lw im hulehild, -. i'.
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not disappoint. The beach is only 2 blocks away and Experience the luxury of this beautiful new, canalfront home in desirable Holmes Beach. No sooner than th~e last piece of travertine was
Pine avenue only 5 blocks, where you can dine with placed on the pool deck, the owners must relocate. Special financing incentives available on this property from SIRVA's preferred lender. The
family and friends and shop exclusive boutiques. This private backyard is complete with pool, boat dock and lift. The open concept kitchen with dining and living room is perfect for entertaining.
home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with a total of Master suite on the second floor has peeks of the bay, the Skyway Bridge and, of course, your canal. Having living rooms on both floors lends
4,377 sq. ft. and is offered at $2,467,000. to modern day living enjoyment on multiple levels with lovely views. Attention to detailed finishes are abundant as well as those unseen, such
as CATS wiring throughout. This home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with a total of 3,210 sq. ft. and is offered at $1,384,000.



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Bradenton Beach, FL. 3421
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21113 Gull'Drihe North
Bradentoi Beach. FL. 3421
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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 private 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 minatter which hotel you and your, guests
choose. Please call soon. \\e invite you to
make your memories here with us: we knoi
you'll come back to %isit us again & again.


"The beich iv 'peclinchlur iid iMe
siniels tire unwizing. I .rl ronmuniic.
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Tihe world. .this is ive phice to go. "


THANK YOU FOR A FABULous 2Z013

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 Associai
941-812-422(


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Broker Associate
941-812-3455


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