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Meet 'everyman,' Islander of the Year


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Wind, surf slow beach
renourishment. Page 3

Meetings
The government calen-
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Looking back. Page 7


Banyan cutting causes
concerns. Page 8
Ff*igiings
Community events,
announcements. Pages
10-11
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Make a date. Save a
date. Pages 12-13


Island police blotter.
Page 15

Anna Maria faces old
problems in new year.
Page 18

Holmes Beach hosts
meeting on flood insur-
ance. Page 19

Bradenton Beach City
Hall restructuring con-
tinues. Page 21

Winter sports season
begins at center. Page
24


talent. How he uses it makes him excep-
tional. He is a career architect, musician,
artist and he readily gives his talents for the
good of others. He stepped up to serve his
city in a time of extreme crisis. He gives his
talents readily and reaps little reward beyond
self-satisfaction.
He sees the importance of where we are,
whether it's the landscape or the place in
time, and has a keen intuition for where we
go and how we get there. He sees our poten-
tial.
He's the future. He relishes our past.
He has 20-20 insight and a crystal ball


He's a neighbor. Volunteer. Giver.
He's everyman. He's also a renaissance
man.
He's Gene Aubry.
He's empowered with seemingly limit-
less knowledge, embracing the sort of great
thinking that we so seldom see, so much so
that less accomplished people often fail to
recognize his significance.
It's not his job, it's his life.
If you haven't seen or heard him play
guitar, you may not recognize his range of
talent. If you don't know of his many archi-
tectural achievements, you might doubt this


BB faces old battles in new year


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Only two days into 2014 and Braden-
ton Beach commissioners found themselves
embroiled in old issues involving a proposed
cellular communications tower and a law-
suit filed against the city regarding an agree-
ment with ELRA, the restaurant corporation
spearheaded by Ed Chiles.
Kevin Barille of Florida Tower Partners
submitted easement requests based on an
October approval of the land-lease agree-
ment for a cellular communications tower
at the public works building at the end of
Church Avenue.
The land-lease agreement was approved
by the prior administration, and adjustments
to the lease were expected once the agree-
ment was signed and the company began
surveys of the parcel.
Barille explained that Florida Power &
Light and others won't come on the site with-
out a secured lease, so it must come first.
While it was only some technical adjust-
ments to allow fiber installation and power
to the proposed tower, the mere listing of the
cell tower on the Jan. 2 agenda brought out
the opposition that appears to be joined by
Vice Mayor Janie Robertson.
"I won't be supporting any vote for a cell
tower at that location," said Robertson, who
doesn't believe enough was done to find an


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whittle down old problems in his first year
on the job. Islander Photo: Mark Young

alternative location. "This is going to impact
a residential neighborhood."
Barille said the site is the best location
for the eventual carriers as far as coverage
for the targeted areas, stretching southward
to Longboat Key, northward to Holmes
Beach and east toward Cortez.
He said all other locations would leave
coverage concerns and could lead to a need
for a second tower.
Robertson isn't convinced and neither
are residents of the Church Avenue area.
Paul Georges, who resides near the pro-
PLEASE SEE OLD BATTLES, PAGE 4


As 2013 draws to a close, The Islander Shaughnessy at a July 3 special meeting.
looks back at a year of highs and lows, cel- "The dismissal regarding the fence dispute
ebrations and tragedies, welcomes and fare- with Holmes Beach has been signed, so it's
wells. This week: July through December. over."


ift with JULY
other. Page 27th Street dispute ends: Braden-
ton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy said
the documents with a judge's signature
d Biz dismissing the long-standing 27th Street
I dispute between Bradenton Beach and
Page 26 Holmes Beach were delivered July 2 to the
two city attorneys. "I have been in contact
with our city attorney, Ricinda Perry," said


14-year-old boy drowns in rip cur-
rent: A 14-year-old boy from Winter Haven,
visiting Anna Maria with his family, disap-
peared in the Gulf of Mexico. He was found
drowned July 7 south of the Sandbar Restau-
rant.
Shore returns to FISH board: Man-
atee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B.
"Chips" Shore returned to the Florida Insti-
tute for Saltwater Heritage board in Cortez.


quiet man had reached such heights. If you
don't know of his art the simple, fine lines
PLEASE SEE ISLANDER, PAGE 2


Gene Aubry signs his book, "Born on the
Island," consisting of his drawings and
sketches of the historical homes on Texas'
Galveston Island. His book sales benefit the
Galveston Historical Society.

Anna Maria clerk resigns
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird sub-
mitted a retirement letter Jan. 2 to Mayor
SueLynn.
-Her last day of work
i will be Feb. 11, Baird said
in her letter.
Baird came to Anna
Maria as city clerk in 2000
after a short hiatus follow-
Baird ing 14 years as clerk in
Bradenton Beach.
She was the city clerk during the recall
election of then-Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus. It was the first-ever successful recall
election in Manatee County, according to the
supervisor of elections office. It also was the
first in the state since the 1970s.
Baird requested an independent audit
of the city's books prior to her last day of
work.
"We shall really miss her," SueLynn
said. "She's been such a pleasure to work
with and invaluable to the city. She'll be hard
to replace."


Shore, who had quit earlier in the year,
assumed a role on the executive board.
Aubry calls for police consolidation
talks: Resurrecting an idea that has been dis-
cussed many times over the years by various
officials, Anna Maria Commissioner Gene
Aubry called for a discussion on consolidat-
ing law enforcement services with Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach. Aubry made
his suggestion after learning the proposed
Manatee County Sheriff's Office contract for
2013-14 would cost the city $615,000.
Manatee County expands preserve:
PLEASE SEE 2013, PAGE 5


Flashback 2013: The year in review


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colder wear
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Plunging

into 2014

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ISLANDER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
and subtle colors that capture moments in time like
no photograph could you may not appreciate his
refined taste.
He often volunteers his talents. He plays guitar at
various venues, most often Beach Bistro on his own
schedule. He blends seamlessly into dinner conversa-
tions, adding to the ambiance with his enjoyment, and
he never accepts tips or a fee.
He draws instinctively, perfecting perception on
paper, putting what he sees reality combined
with his passion into scale.
He came forward to put his name on the ballot
when the city was polarized by ideas from a man
named Harry, and he narrowly won election to the
Anna Maria City Commission.
He served by offering solutions. He was prag-
matic, practical and philosophical in his service to the
city. And he put his ideas to work by putting them on
paper, demonstrating how improvements don't have
to mean great changes for the less visionary of his
contemporaries.
Unfortunately, putting ideas to work can be frus-
trating when the people are scared of what the future
may bring. May bring? It's only certain that people
want improvements but fear change.
Counted among his lasting architectural visions
are the Selby Public Library in downtown Sarasota,
the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, private
residences, schools and museums. His hotel credits
include the posh Windsor Court in New Orleans and
the Ritz-Carlton in Aspen.
Many projects fill the skyline in Houston where
he once had an office, and architectural journals refer
to him as "the man who rebuilt Houston."
He may no longer serve Anna Maria on the com-
mission, but he isn't giving up on this place he loves.
Surrender is not in his character.
Aubry holds the course.
He still has vision, hope and a gift to give...
For these reasons, he is our choice for Islander of
the Year. Publisher Bonner Joy


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:
Gene Aubry puts his 1948
MG restored by hand, part
by part by Aubry to work
in 2010, attracting voters to
his campaign for a seat on
the Anna Maria City Com-
mission. Aubry plays guitar
frequently for patrons of
the Beach Bistro in Holmes
Beach. Aubry visits a coffee
shop to talk shop his
book of Galveston drawings
published in December 2012
by Texas A&M University
Press to benefit the Galveston
Historical Society. It is avail-
able at www.tamupress.com.
Islander File Photos


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High winds, choppy surf slow beach renourishment


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A strong west wind Dec. 26-29 forced Great
Lakes Dock and Dredge to move its barge and pump-
ing station from the Gulf of Mexico near the north
end of Anna Maria to calmer waters in Tampa Bay,
halting beach renourishment efforts.
The company resumed operations Dec. 30, but a
cold front Jan. 2 again brought a strong west wind and
5-6 foot choppy surf, halting operations. The company
did some work on Jan. 1.
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources
director Charlie Hunsicker said that although the proj-
ect was expected to go 24/7 from the start, weather is
the deciding factor for Great Lakes to halt its opera-
tions.
Strong westerly winds and high waves would do
more harm to the project than good, Hunsicker said.
Those conditions could easily disrupt dredging and
separate the pipes bringing sand to the beach.


Marine engineer
Michelle Pfeiffer,
left, of Coastal
Planning and
Engineering and
Charlie Hun-
sicker, director
of the Manatee
County Parks
and Natural
Resources
Department,
inspect the beach
project Dec. 30
near the 67th .
Street beach "
access in Holmes w.iB.
Beach. '".


Great Lakes currently is nourishing the beach
from its starting point at the 60th Street beach access
northward to the 72nd Street beach access. The com-
pany will pump and smooth sand up to 79th Street,
then begin work south of the 60th Street access.
Under its contract with the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, Great Lakes is supposed to finish the
project building the beach southward to Coquina
Beach within 60 days of its Dec. 20 start. The
company started pumping sand Dec. 21.
Coquina Beach then will be renourished under a
separate contract with Great Lakes.
Hunsicker estimated the total cost of the project,
including Coquina Beach, at $15 million. Renourish-
ing Coquina Beach will cost about $3 million of that
total.
Coquina Beach is being funded by the state and
county, he said. Federal, state and county funds are
paying for renourishing the beach from 79th Street in
Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach.


Corps spokesperson Laurel Reichold said Great
Lakes is averaging 1,000 feet of new beach per day
when the weather cooperates.
For more renourishment news, see page 4.


Beachwalkers in Holmes Beach between the 60th
Street and 72nd Street beach accesses are separated
by a contractor's fence from equipment used by
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock for beach renourish-
ment. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin


Island roadwatch
The Florida Department of Transportation
will conduct a maintenance project over two
nights on the Longboat Pass Bridge-State Road
789 from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Jan. 7-8.
Some lane closures are expected and a flagger
will be present. Motorists are advised to abide by
lower speed limits, use caution and expect pos-
sible delays.


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Beach builders take steps to accommodate resorts


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
So often the ads for island accommodations say,
"Steps to the beach."
But steps to the beach can be a block or more to
the beach at the beachfront resorts that have renour-
ishment equipment blocking their guests from the
most direct path from their door to the shore.
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock has said it is
working as fast as possible to renourish Anna Maria
Island beaches and move its equipment south, but
high winds from the west temporarily halted pumping
operations in early January.
Unfortunately for White Sands Beach Resort co-
owners Jeff Geary and Ken Geary, the project was halted
directly in front of the beach access at the resort, 6504
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. And that hurt business.
"We're losing about $10,000 a week because guests
show up, see the equipment on the beach, and go else-
where," Jeff Geary said.
But the Gearys were not without resources to have
the equipment moved.
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources direc-
tor Charlie Hunsicker and Michelle Pfeiffer of Coastal
Planning and Engineering made efforts to have Great
Lakes move its equipment to another location and away
from the resort.
Hunsicker wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
"The owner has been highly impacted by the project and
is not at all satisfied with the situation and the duration
of beach closure followed by staging directly in front
of his resort."
Hunsicker suggested there were other nearby areas
where the equipment could be staged to "gi- lI reduce
the impact to the beach properties."
With some down time because of weather, Hun-

OLD BATTLES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
posed tower location, presented a petition with 70 sig-
natures that he claims are residents, voters and visitors
who oppose the cell tower. He believes the former
elected officials lost their bids for re-election due to
passing the land-lease agreement just weeks before the
voters made their decision.
Georges listed several reasons why he opposes the
cell tower, but Barille said the reason for the easement
requests have nothing to do with the land-lease agree-
ment.
"I'm happy to discuss the concerns raised here, but
I'm here for a totally different reason," said Barille,
who explained that certain legal descriptions to the
land-lease agreement were expected to allow proper
service to the site.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to grant the necessary
easements with Robertson dissenting.
Mayor Bill Shearon acknowledged the concerns
raised by citizens and pledged to look closely at
Georges' complaint. Shearon scheduled additional
discussion for 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at a work ses-
sion with city department heads.
Barille was invited to attend the work session to
address citizen concerns, and Shearon pledged to put
the cell tower issue to rest as soon as possible, "one
way or the other."

New commissioners: Fresh eyes on lawsuit
One of two people suing the city to nullify a joint
development agreement between the city and ELRA
over development plans at the BeachHouse Restaurant
across from city hall broke a long silence at the Jan. 2
city commission meeting.
Jo Ann Meilner has remained somewhat quiet
regarding ongoing litigation.
The case has not made much movement within the
courts, but with a new commission in place, the aging
dispute may find itself back in the public eye.
Meilner agreed with Georges' cell tower argument
and stated other reasons she believes why the voters
of Bradenton Beach opted for change on the dais.
"The past commission, on advice of city staff,
was encouraged to reject the decisions of planning
and zoning," said Meilner, who was a member of the
P&Z that rejected the joint development agreement
before later resigning when the matter turned conten-
tious between city officials and P&Z members.


White Sands Beach Resort co-owner Jeff Geary
checks on his beach access from outside his office.
Equipment blocked the beach access for guests of his
resort at 6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

sicker said the next few days would be "a great oppor-
tunity to relocate" the equipment and materials.
Hunsicker also said it's likely the same issue "will
arise from other property owners as the project moves
south since the island is lined with beachfront homes
and resorts."


Meilner, along with Shearon, who also was a
member of P&Z when the subject became heated, filed
the suit in June 2012 with co-plaintiff Tjet Martin,
Shearon's life partner.
Shearon withdrew his name from the lawsuit fol-
lowing his November victory at the polls, acknowl-
edging he was essentially suing himself as the new
mayor.
Meilner reiterated the P&Z arguments that the
agreement violates the city charter and comprehensive
plan. She also called out city attorney Ricinda Perry for
comments made at meetings dating back to 2008 that
imply the deal with ELRA was already in the works
and Perry was representing both the city and Chiles in
his business interests.
While Shearon implied he would not get involved
in the decision-making process due to his ties to the
case, he acknowledged it "needs closure."
Shearon suggested a work session be devoted to the
joint development agreement and Robertson agreed.
"I think that would be a fair idea," she said. "There
are three people up here with no knowledge of this situ-
ation other than knowing it's a problem. We all need to
understand the argument that is being made."
Commissioner Ed Straight, who has been included
in the city's legal defense, cautioned against having a
public meeting in the midst of ongoing litigation.
Perry agreed and said to have Meilner present her
argument at a commission meeting would be inappropri-
ate without providing the other side of the story
"So how do we close this out?" asked Shearon.
Perry said the joint development agreement was
voted on and approved by elected officials, "and it's
my opinion that once a decision is made, it's made. The
decision on the cell tower and ELRA is a legal decision.
I do not prefer to handle city business in that manner."
Robertson disagreed and said the new elected offi-
cials needed to be brought up to speed on the informa-
tion discussed at prior shade meetings. She said the
agreement also has an exit clause that the city could
use if the commission deemed necessary.
Perry said she needed to review the exit clause to
evaluate its viability.
Shearon stopped short of scheduling a work ses-
sion, but said the subject would be raised again, "so we
know how we want to proceed. This is another issue
that needs a final decision, one way or the other."


Pfeiffer also wrote to the Corps, suggested designat-
ing staging areas for equipment in advance of movement
to reduce the impact to beach properties.
Pfeiffer and Hunsicker plan to coordinate the loca-
tions of future staging areas in advance with Great
Lakes.
Jeff Geary said he understood the need for beach
renourishment, he just didn't understand why the equip-
ment was blocking his resort.
"Unfortunately, it looks to me like it will be about
10 days before Great Lakes resumes pumping, and
that means more than 10 days before we can expect
the equipment to be moved," he said Jan. 3. "I just
hope Hunsicker can get some action quickly. We're
grateful for the help."

Sandbar site plan correction
The story in the Dec. 18 issue of The Islander about
the Sandbar site plan erred by stating the husband of
Barbara Nally is deceased. William Nally is alive and
the couple resides in Lakeland. Also, the address for
the Nally rental property in Anna Maria is 110 Spring
Ave.
The Nallys are represented by the law firm of
Lobeck & Hanson, PA., of Sarasota.



Meetings

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

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 8, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
Jan. 9, 1 p.m., department heads.
Jan. 14, 1 p.m., budget.
Jan. 16, 12 p.m., commission work session.
Jan. 16, 1 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 21, 9 a.m., department heads.
Jan. 22, 9 a.m., special master.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 8, 10 a.m., charter review.
Jan. 8, 5 p.m., parks and beautification.
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.
Jan. 21, 11 a.m., city center.
Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m., police retirement.
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., city commission.
Jan. 30, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Jan. 9, 9 a.m., county commission land use.
Jan. 14, 1:30 p.m., county commission work ses-
sion drug court, newsstands, health care trends.
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., county commission.
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. 15, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall.
Jan. 22, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most gov-
ernment offices will be closed.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@
islander.org.




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2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Armed with a plan to acquire an additional 150 acres
for the Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton,
Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie
Hunsicker announced July 15 an ambitious expansion
of the park. Hunsicker said funding for the expansion
could come from the BP Oil spill settlement.
Resort tax collections on record pace: With
$612,529 collected in May and four months remaining
in the fiscal year, Manatee County was ahead of last
year's record pace for resort tax collections.
LBK trolley future in doubt: The future of
the Sarasota County Area Transit trolley that con-
nects the trolley service from Anna Maria Island at
Coquina Beach with Longboat Key and downtown
Sarasota seemed in jeopardy after a dispute over
funding. Manatee County public works said Long-
boat Key agreed to pay Manatee County Area Transit
$42,000 annually to support the trolley, while Long-
boat Key said the funding agreement was only for
one year.
Protesters gather to protest Long Bar Pointe
development: Dozens of protesters departed from
Cortez in vessels of all sizes July 20 to form a "boat
brigade" that cruised across Sarasota Bay to Long Bar
Pointe, a proposed development site that will encom-
pass more than 400 acres of housing, stores, boat slips
and a hotel.
Coast Guard rescues 2: A U.S. Coast Guard boat
from the Cortez Station rescued two boaters around
1:45 p.m. July 19, after their 9-foot boat capsized near
the Cortez Bridge during high winds.
Mainsail-HB mediation to move forward:
Holmes Beach commissioners July 23 agreed to move
forward with mediating the Mainsail Lodge develop-
ment project near the intersection of Gulf and Marina
drives. Mainsail representatives presented the updated
plans based on the June mediation where concessions
to the original plans for a lodge, restaurant, marina and
housing units were made.
AM mayor: visitors threaten quality of life:
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told commissioners at


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their July 25 meeting that the growing influx to the
city of visitors on weekends and holidays is threat-
ening residents' quality of life, and many have told
her they will move away unless the city resolves the
issue. The mayor said the frequent influx of visitors
on weekends and holidays puts a strain on the city's
infrastructure.
AM commission approves revised liquor ordi-
nance: Anna Maria city commissioners at their July
25 meeting adopted an amendment to the city's liquor
ordinance, allowing restaurants that meet certain cri-
teria to apply for a special use permit to serve spirits,
as well as beer and wine.
HB tree house declared in violation: At a July
30 Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board hearing,
the owners of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., were
found in violation for their tree house on the Gulf of
Mexico shore.
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19th Annual Cheerleading Competition
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Suncoast Mummers Jan. 22
Alter Eagles Concert Jan. 23
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Like the countdown to 2014 on New Year's Eve,
the tourist season that normally doesn't get going in
earnest until mid-January, was off to the races.
Thanksgiving and Christmas brought relatives
from northern areas to visit many people who live
here, and some other people, of course, who live here
were headed north for the holidays.
All those folks coming and going are icing on the
cake for tourism-related businesses, largely because
they don't account figure into the boom in tourist rent-
als that are evidenced by the ever-increasing tourist
development tax collections the tax charged for
rentals of six months or less.
This is one busy island, and the activities lines
of motorists waiting to get off and on the island, folks
at restaurants waiting for a table and rows of carts
filled with groceries at the Publix checkout seem
to grow daily since the calendar year turned over.
But this is not to be construed as a bad thing. Busi-
nesses bustling with customers is a good thing. Good
for local owners, employers and their staff.
It's how those of us who live here and are not yet
retired make a living, pay rent or taxes, and support
families.
A little cold weather for Anna Maria Island is
nothing when you think about the nasty weather up
north. One shot of weather conditions on the national
news is sufficient to appreciate our sunshine parked
cars frozen overnight in 12-18-inch deep ice. Snow
and slush, more freezing temps and, voila, ice.
Who isn't grateful to live here?
And for the folks coming and going, and coming
and going, there is much ado and much to do.
Just this month we have an art walk, chalk festival,
Dolphin Dash, winter festival, Manatee County Fair,
Privateer flea market, Bridge Street Market and more.
The calendar is filling up fast.
It may not be your purpose for a visit to Anna
Maria Island or the reason you came to live here, but
most events are for charitable causes and they contrib-
ute to the character, charm, integrity and eccentricity
of our island lifestyle.
Visitors and new acquaintances often ask, "How
many years have you lived on Anna Maria Island?
Inevitably they proclaim, "You must have seen a
lot of changes. Is it different now?"
I think, no. The world is different. Life on Anna
Maria Island after 39 years is still great. Especially if
you know great people like Gene Aubry.
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Greg Hrebenko's letter on the opinion page in
the Jan. 1 edition of The Islander offered the most
ridiculous parenting suggestion I've ever heard. Forc-
ing one's children to wear life preservers even when
they are not in the water is like requiring them to wear
bike helmets when they are w lkin,'. or safety belts
while sitting on the couch.
Do the parents who advocate such measures also
strap their children into bed in case of sudden violent
earthquakes? Do the children take antibiotics daily in
the event a plague breaks out?
The way to prevent children from drowning is to
teach them to swim and to respect the currents.
Yes, sadly we lost two children to drowning on
Anna Maria Island in recent years. We also have hun-
dreds of thousands of children who have grown up
swimming safely and happily in these waters. I am
one of them.
On Anna Maria, in the 1960s and '70s, I learned
that I could enjoy bobbing and floating beyond the
wave breaks, that I could bodysurf big swells with
joy and that getting tumbled underwater and mashed
against the sand now and then is part of life at the
beach.
So please stop overprotecting your kids and let
them learn the same.
Gillian Kendall, Holmes Beach
Keep it clean
I have the good fortune of traveling frequently
in the United States and abroad, and earlier this year
my family rented a house on your lovely island.
We thoroughly enjoyed are stay. However, I
couldn't help but notice a good deal of litter and that
there was very little green space.
I am involved in various environmental groups
in Ohio, and I believe more people are looking for
green destinations that wherever they go that area


is progressive and concerned and actively working
on protecting, preserving and improving the envi-
ronment.
Some large cities have banned single-use plastic
bags that easily find their way into the water and can
be mistaken by turtles and other marinelife as food.
That is only one thing. The whole of the island
must be concerned for its livelihood, which correlates
to the appeal of the island.
We were pleased to see the local Audubon Society
chapter protecting a black skimmer nesting area.
Ours was an all-girls getaway, and we had a won-
derful time and felt safe on the island.
I hope this message will find its way to those who
might be inclined to implement positive changes.
Verena Lucker, Lancaster, Ohio

Many thanks
My husband Dale and I wish to thank The
Islander and The Feast Restaurant for their efforts
with the Dec. 6 Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday
Open House at the Island Shopping Center.
I'm sure it took a lot of time and effort coor-
dinating activities, schedules and the fantastic gifts
collected for the giveaway.
My sister Henrietta Amery, of the Villages, for-
merly of Anna Maria Island, joined me at the celebra-
tion and said, "This is just like the holidays when we
were kids, only better!"
I must agree it was a great time for all. Seeing
the community out and having a good time together
was so festive.
I also would like to thank all the merchants who
participated and gave so generously to the fantastic
prizes for the event one of which is mine.
It was so much fun to win the shiny red wheel-
barrow full of gifts. We plan to put them all to good
use.
Thank you one and all for a lovely evening.


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By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Chalk festivals across the world attract artists
and art appreciators as the streets are transformed
into illusions of art masterpieces.
The awe-inspiring chalk artists, or street paint-
ers, will take over Pine Avenue 10 a.m. to sunset
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 18-19.
"I started thinking about it a few years ago. It
seemed like an event appropriate for Anna Maria,"
said Mike Coleman, Anna Maria Chalk Festival's
co-chair and a partner in Pine Avenue Restoration.
Coleman approached Denise Kowal, founder
and artistic director of the Sarasota Chalk Festival,
with his idea, and she agreed to co-chair a similar
Anna Maria event.
"The first step was getting the permits, to see
if we could actually do it. Then raise the money,"
Coleman said.
The event is a collaborative effort between the
Pine Avenue Restoration group, the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council and the Historic Green
Village on Pine Avenue. It is being sponsored by
The Islander along with other entities.
The event is free to attend and will have 25
headline artists street painters whose work has
been seen at the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which
drew more than 100,000 people Nov. 13-18, 2013,
to the Burns Square area of South Pineapple Avenue
in downtown Sarasota.
Local artists also are encouraged to participate
in the Anna Maria event. Participation is free and
materials will be provided at the event. The street
will be blocked off in squares and allocated to reg-
istered artists amateurs and pros.
While there is no registration deadline, Cole-
man said "sooner is better than later," so space and
materials can be allocated.


Several classes and workshops are available for
those interested in participating and learning street
painting techniques. Classes offered by the Artists'
Guild of Anna Maria Island began Jan. 6.
Students and children also are encouraged to
participate. There will be space allocated on the
street for students in grades 7-12. There will be a
block marked off for younger children, with plans
and supervision by the Rev. Ed Moss of CrossPointe
Fellowship. The kid chalkers area and supplies are
supported by a donation from the Rex and Helen
Hagen Foundation.
The theme for the event is "Historic Anna Maria,
from Pirates to Present."
"There's no way of knowing how many people
will show up," said Coleman, but he compared it to
attendance at the first Sarasota Chalk Festival and
the Food and Wine on Pine event. "Both were about
2,500 people per day." Coleman hopes for at least
that many attendees.
The Studio at Gulf and Pine is hosting a VIP
artists' reception and dinner 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan.
17, before the street painting starts. Tickets are $125
for the party, which is being catered by the Sandbar
and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, both
owned by PAR principal Ed Chiles.
Coleman invites everyone to "meet the artists,"
enjoy delicious food, craft beers and fine wines, as
well as an enjoyable evening hobnobbing with the
professional street painters.
"We want the festival to be an intimate event, so
we're not pressing too hard. We want the artists to
feel comfortable and we don't want an overcrowded
event. We're sensitive about the community," Cole-
man said.
For more information about the event, to par-
ticipate or volunteer, call Coleman at 941-592-6642
or Rebecca Preston, 941-896-9742.


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Headlines from Jan. 7, 2004
Assistant State Attorney Ed Brodsky said an
accusation of possible Sunshine Law violations made
by former building official Bob Welch against Bra-
denton Beach city commissioners was "unfounded."
Brodsky, however, recommended city officials
undergo an educational program about Florida's
Sunshine Laws and public records laws.
Developer David Teitelbaum said he had a
pending contract to purchase the 35-unit Tradewinds
Resort, 1603 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, for
$6 million. Teitelbaum said if the sale concludes, he
would convert the hotel to condominiums. He said
the condos would be priced around $275,000. Teitel-
baum also owned the Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach, and was developer of the Old
Bridge Village Inn on Bay Drive South.
Vandals did an estimated $600 in damages to
the Anna Maria Island Privateers float on New Year's
Eve, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report said.
The float was stored at 12316 Cortez Road W. when
the incident occurred. A Privateer said the damage
would be fixed and the organization was looking for
a home for the vehicle on Anna Maria Island.

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Tree trimming causes concern in Anna Maria, but no citations


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commissioner Nancy Yetter and Park
Avenue resident Betty Yanger became concerned at the
end of 2013 when workers trimmed a banyan tree on
two vacant lots on Park Avenue.
Yetter was concerned enough to go to the site with
several area residents to determine if any city codes
were violated.
"They were trimming on private property and it
appeared no trees were being removed," the commis-
sioner said.
Yanger said it was a shame that the tree had to be
trimmed so severely.
"It's always been a community tree. I wish it could
have been turned into a park, but I guess they had to
make room for a house," she said.
Yetter was more upset when she discovered some sea
grape trees and shrubs along the shore, only 100 yards
from the Park Avenue Banyan Tree Estates where the tree
was cut, had either been burned down, cut down or were
destroyed by a chemical.
"I would really like to know who did that," she
said.
Yetter said the arborist who supervised the banyan
tree trimming had no idea what happened to the sea
grape trees.
"Destroying sea grapes on the beach I believe is
against the law in Florida," Yetter said. "The (trees)
look like someone just cut them down or burned
them."
Mayor SueLynn said she spoke with the arborist
who supervised the work.
"He was a bit reluctant to talk at first, but later
opened up. He said no trees are being removed, but he
knew nothing about the sea grapes. We'll keep an eye
open to make sure no trees are removed," she said.
"At this point, I don't see any city or state viola-
tions," she added.
The destroyed sea grapes are along the beachfront
between 101 Maple Avenue and 102 Park Avenue, an
area of property that belongs to the city.
Real estate sales agent David Teitelbaum of Island
Real Estate, who put together Banyan Tree Estates for
owner Stephen Walker, said the contract states that
no banyan trees will be trimmed or removed without
approval of a licensed arborist.
"That was specific in the contract. The owner is
to save as many trees as possible," Teitelbaum said.
Still, Yanger was sad to see the tree trimmed.
"It's such a community tree, I hate to see any part


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Neighbors gather Jan. 1 at the site of a banyan tree
at the property known as Banyan Tree Estates on
Park Avenue in Anna Maria. The group lamented the
loss of the landmark tree's prop roots and its overall
size. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

of it trimmed," she said.
Calls to Whitehead Construction, the contractor
for Banyan Tree Estates, were not returned by press
time for The Islander.


Sea grape, dune protection
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection provides guidelines for protecting the small
number of plant species that endure the extreme condi-
tions encountered along our state's coastline.
According to the DEP, dune species, such as sea
grape trees and shrubs, thrive in the harsh beach envi-
ronment, acting as a continuous sand trap. The accu-
mulation of sand by the leaves, limbs and stalks play a
major role in the construction of a healthy dune system.
Without sea grapes and other salt-tolerant plants, the
beach and dunes are more vulnerable to erosion.
The Florida Legislature enacted a law that states,
no person, firm, corporation, or governmental agency
shall damage or cause to be damaged sand dunes or
the vegetation growing on the dune system."
Property owners and their agents who want to
alter native vegetation seaward of the DEP Coastal
Construction Control Line must apply for a permit if
the alteration can be expected to damage the plants.
Damages include "trampling, crushing, break-
ing, di''in,' up, or excessive cutting of roots, stems
or branches of native salt tolerant plants naturally
occurring or planted for dune restoration."
However, vegetation maintenance that does not
damage plants, including trimming, is exempt from
permit requirements.
Exemption from permitting by the DEP does not
shield the property owner from enforcement by local,
state or federal agencies.
For more information, contact the Florida Bureau
of Beaches and Coastal Systems at 850-488-7708.
Information also can be found at www.dep.state.fl.us/
beaches/publications.


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AUGUST
Long Bar developer drops marina, gains swing
vote: At a marathon hearing on map and text changes
to the county's comprehensive plan requested by the
Long Bar Pointe developer, Manatee County commis-
sioners approved the land-use map amendment with
a 4-3 vote, but rejected the comprehensive plan text
amendment that would have put the county's envi-
ronmental protection regulations and policies in jeop-
ardy.
Holmes Beach traffic committee forms: Chair
Richard Motzer of the newly formed committee on
traffic congestion and parking summed up the com-
mittee's dilemma at its first meeting Aug. 5 at Holmes
Beach City Hall, saying, "We have a congestion prob-
lem."
Support for paid parking builds in Anna
Maria: The idea of paid parking, at least for day visi-
tors to the city of Anna Maria, gained traction among
commissioners at an Aug. 8 meeting. Commissioners
quickly agreed that some revenue should come from
day visitors, as they have a great deal of impact on the
city's infrastructure.
Anna Maria sets stage for rental challenge
in court: Anna Maria's commission appeared willing
to go to court for a judicial decision on whether its
hotel/motel ordinance applied to vacation home rent-
als. Commission Chair Chuck Webb, at an Aug. 22
meeting, said city code states that if a residence in
the residential zone with "three or more bedrooms" is
rented, it is a hotel/motel, and the code prohibits hotel-
motel rentals in any residential zone other than the
retail-office-residential zone and those operations that
are grandfathered.
AM mayor says TDC success ruins island
lifestyle: Members of the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council heard from Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn at their Aug. 19 meeting that all is not well
in paradise. SueLynn said there is "no question of the
success of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-


tors Bureau," but some of that success comes at the
expense of the quality of life in her city.
BB commissioner offers parking proposal:
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse intro-
duced a seven-point parking plan for the city. "I don't
think anyone can disagree that traffic and parking are
among the most pressing issues we have in the city,
especially during season," Gatehouse wrote in a state-
ment.
Forbes includes Anna Maria on 'prettiest
towns' list: Forbes magazine, known for its lists of
the richest Americans and highest-paid stars, put the
city of Anna Maria on its list of "prettiest towns."
Qualifying ends, campaigns begin on AMI:
The candidate qualification period in all three island
cities for the Nov. 5 election ended at noon Aug. 30 and
the races for commission and mayor in Bradenton
Beach, commission in Holmes Beach and commission
in Anna Maria were set.


HB backpedals on domestic partner registry:
In what was considered to be a groundbreaking step
Aug. 13, city commissioners unanimously voted to
move forward with the creation of a domestic partner-
ship registry. But they took a step back at their Aug. 29
meeting, retreating from the proposal to draft a domes-
tic partnership ordinance.
SEPTEMBER
HB, Mainsail put down swords: Not every
obstacle was cleared for Mainsail Lodge to break
ground on a proposed hotel, restaurant and marina at
the property near the intersection of Gulf and Marina
drives, but a major hurdle was crossed Sept. 4 with the
successful conclusion of a required mediation process
with Holmes Beach.
Daily fine imposed on tree-house owners: At
its Sept. 12 meeting, the Holmes Beach Code Enforce-
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The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island presents
its fifth annual all-media juried art show, "Reflections,"
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, this month.
A public reception and awards presentation will
be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.
The show runs through Jan. 28.
For more information, call Lynne or Phil Jensen
at 941-753-5004.

Center hosts blood drive
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a blood drive Wednesday, Jan. 15.
The drive at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, will take place 9-11 a.m. in the Red
Cross bloodmobile.
For more information, call the center at 941-
778-1908.


Community center selling
tour of homes tickets
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is pre-
paring for its 21st annual Anna Maria Island Tour of
Homes, which will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March
15.
Tickets cost $20 and are available at various ticket
outlets.
The tour draws thousands of people from the
Tampa Bay region to see select homes reflecting
"various styles of island living," according to a news
release.
One home on the tour will feature a boutique,
with arts and crafts and baked goods and a display
of the tour quilt made by the Eyeland Needlers for
a raffle.
For more information about going on the tour or
volunteering to help, call the community center at 941-
778-1908.

Art league hosts workshop
with mural expert
John Allinson will lead a five-hour workshop in
painting murals at the Anna Maria Island Art League
Saturday, Jan. 25.
AMIAL, in an announcement, described Allin-
son as an "internationally renowned Welsh artist" and
boasted, "you don't want to miss this rarely offered
class." Enrollment is $150.
Allinson will talk about muralists' tools, preparing
surfaces, drawing with paint, undercoating a design,
color and tone and over-painting.
For more information about the workshop, call
AMIAL at 941-778-2099 or email artleagueami@
gmail.com.
For more information about Allinson, who has
painted several murals on Anna Maria Island, go online
to www.johnallinson.co.uk.

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Islander
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Kiwanis meeting on Jan. 11
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The upcoming program will feature Diana Dill,
executive director of the nonprofit Take Stock in
Children. For more information, contact Dave
Miner at 941-748-8122.



Highest honors
Islander Stephen
Thomas graduated
summa cum laude,
highest honors, from
Burnett Honors
College at the Uni-
versity of Central
Florida in Decem-
ber. He graduated
with a major in
business manage-
ment and, with
a $50,000 academic scholarship, will pursue his
masters in business administration at Rollins Col-
lege. Thomas is an island native who attended Anna
Maria Elementary, King Middle and Manatee High
schools. His parents are Susan and Richard Thomas
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IGW showcases photography
The Island Gallery West will showcase the pho-
tography of Joe Fletcher throughout January and host
a reception with the artist 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan.
10.
Fletcher's exhibit is "Take the Beach Home." A
news release said the photographer "loves the Gulf
coast, where he spends countless hours enjoying and
photographing the flora, fauna and vistas, waiting for
just the right light, or the perfect moment to capture his
subject. His beautiful photographs are highly sought
after by his admirers."
IGW is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-
6648.


Anna Maria Island Privateer Big John "Redbeard"
Swager at a Thieves Market. Islander File Photo
Privateers holding
thieves market
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold the
first Thieves Market of the winter season Saturday,
Jan. 11.
The event will take place at the Holmes Beach city
field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hours are 8
a.m.-3 p.m., according to the organization's website.
The privateers traditionally host vendors selling
flea market items, arts and crafts, antiques and house-
hold goods.
Shoppers also may find produce, as well as lunch
and breakfast items, including hamburgers, hot dogs
and barbecue near the Privateers' ship.
Other market dates are Saturdays on Feb. 8 at the
east end of Pine Avenue and March 8 and April 12 at
Coquina Beach.
For more information, including vendor details,
contact Dan Hill at 941-812-8318 or danuhillibilly@
yahoo.com.


IGW hosts gyotaku demo
Island Gallery West artist Brenda Alcorn will
demonstrate her techniques of gyotaku fish
printing at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the
gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Alcorn employs watercolor, acrylics, nature
printing and photography in her work. For more
information, call the gallery at 941-778-6648 or
go online to www.islandgallerywest.com.


Garden club hosts
ikebana group president
The Anna Maria Garden Club will begin the new
year with its meeting at noon Wednesday, Jan. 15, and
a presentation by Pat Bonerck, president of the Ikebana
Association.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrange-
ment.
The meeting will be at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The club also is preparing for its annual Penny
Flower Show, which will take place Wednesday, March
19, at the church. The club has a tradition of promot-
ing the show through a poster contest among fourth-
and fifth-grade students at Anna Maria Elementary
School.
For more, call Mary Manion at 941-778-2607.


Library program deals with
health care trends
Dr. Barbara Wagner will discuss "Healthcare
Trends and the Future of Medicine" during a free
program at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the library at 941-
778-6341.


Aging center hosts
programs, services
The Aging in Paradise Resource Center will host
a seminar on quality of life for seniors at 2 p.m. on
Monday, Jan. 13.
The two-hour program, featuring Tom Esselman of
Institute of the Ages in Sarasota, will explore an elec-
tronic monitoring system for the home, innovations for
caregivers, a new technique said to regenerate bone
mass and a software program for employing seniors
part-time.
Also, the center will provide manicure and pedi-
cure services 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.
The center is at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
For more reservations for the service, call 941-
757-8191.
For more information about the center, call 941-
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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.

Thursday, Jan. 9
2 p.m. Friends lecture, former Playboy editor Gretchen
Edgren, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6341.
5-9 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island reception for
"Reflections," the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-753-5004.
5-7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Save
the Trolley/Giving Back event, Tortuga Inn pergola, 1325 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
5:53 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, Jan. 10
2 p.m. Alzheimer's Association caregiver group, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
6341.
5:30-7:30 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island ArtWalk
reception with Joan McArthur, Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Island Gallery West ArtWalk reception with
photographer Joe Fletcher, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6648.
5:30-7:30 p.m. ArtWalk openings and receptions at 10
businesses and galleries in downtown Holmes Beach. Information:
Melissa Williams at SteamDesigns, 941-778-9108.
5:54 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, Jan. 11
8 a.m. -Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash 5Kand
Fun Run, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information:
941-713-4755.
8 a.m.-3 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market,
Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-812-8318.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Longboat Key Winter Festival, 5380 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Coquina Beach Winterfest, Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-379-0951.


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second Fridays January-April, with the first walk set
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10:30 a.m. Gyotaku demonstration, Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
2 p.m. Origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:54 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, Jan. 12
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Coquina Beach Winterfest, Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-379-0951.
5:52 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, Jan. 13
5:55 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
3 p.m. Changes in health care workshop, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:56 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, Jan. 15
9:30-11 a.m. Red Cross Bloodmobile brakes for a blood
drive, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club talk with Pat Bonerck,
president of the Ikebana Association, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
2 p.m. Friends lecture, Euphemia Haye chef Raymond
Arpke, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. ManaTweens Culture Club, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
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Blvd.; Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive;
Restless Natives, 5314 Marina Drive; and The
Islander Sidebar Gallery, 5604B Marina Drive, and
Island Tattoo on Holmes Boulevard.
Guests of ArtWalk are encouraged to walk
among the downtown Holmes Beach shops and gal-
leries, many of which are hosting specials, guest
artists, new works and receptions, including light
bites and refreshments.
For more information or to sign up as a venue,
contact Melissa Williams of SteamDesigns at 941-
779-9108 or Melissa@SteamDesigns.com.
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and program, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.

Saturday, Jan. 11
9-11 a.m. Manatee County Extension Service Master
Gardener stroll, Riverview Pointe Preserve and De Soto National
Memorial, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, Information:
941-722-4524.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Longboat Key Winter Festival, 5380 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.
Noon-4 p.m. Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party, 4415
119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

Monday, Jan. 13
2 p.m. -Aging in Paradise Resource Center program on qual-
ity of life for seniors, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6493.

Coming up
Jan. 18-19, Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Anna Maria.
Jan. 26, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach.

Save the date
Feb. 1, Island Library Book Sale, Holmes Beach.
Feb. 15-16, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez.

Calendar announcements
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. Early
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Library friends lecture series begins this month


The Friends of the Island Library is planning the
2014 Alice Taylor Reed Lecture and Travel Series at
the Holmes Beach library.
The series, which begins this month, is named for
a longtime advocate of the library who died in 2006.
Reed, among other volunteer work, coordinated the
lecture series for many seasons.
The 2014 schedule with programs taking
place at 2 p.m. in the Walker-Swift Meeting Room
at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach -
includes:
Thursday, Jan. 9, Gretchen
Edgren, former senior editor of
Playboy magazine and an island
resident who volunteers for
the Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra and Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Edgren Shorebird Monitoring.


Wednesday, Jan. 15, Ray Arpke, owner and chef
at Euphemia Haye Restaurant on Longboat Key, who
published a cookbook and serves on the board of the
Manatee Technical Institute Culinary Arts program.
Saturday, Jan. 25, Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society representatives sharing island history and
historical society information.
Thursday, Feb. 6, Catherine Chapman Smith, who
took a 100-mile journey on the "River of No Return"
in Idaho.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, John Beale, education
and volunteer coordinator for the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez, who has worked in museums and
also as a carpenter and blacksmith.
Saturday, Feb. 22, Souhad and Tess Chawi, pro-
fessional dancers and owners of Sarabay Dance Club
in Bradenton.
Thursday, March 6, Ron McCarty, member
of the curatorial department at the John and Mable


Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. He is the curator
of Ca'd'Zan, the Ringling mansion overlooking the
bay.
Wednesday, March 12, H. Terrell Griffin, a mili-
tary veteran and trial lawyer turned mystery author. He
lives on Longboat Key and in Maitland.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.


LBK church hosting bingo
Bingo is being played Tuesdays at Longboat
Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key.
Games take place 1-3 p.m. and the public is
welcome.
For more information, call Sue Reese at 941-
387-0202.


Calendar of ongoing events


Jan. 9-26, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," Manatee Players,
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
Jan. 10-15, the annual James Pay Members Exhibit, Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Information: 941-778-
2099.
Through Jan. 28, the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island's
"Reflections" exhibit, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-753-5004.
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.
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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., startalk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street,
Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Thursday, 7 p.m., Jan. 16-March 27, bingo, Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
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. Informa-
tion: 778-0784.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
3132.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
Saturday, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton
Farmers' Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701


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Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9a.m., Manatee County Junior
Audubon meeting, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.
Sunday, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street
Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
0668.
Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15
p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
Monday, 6:30 p.m., Family Game Night, Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-
mation: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-779-0564.
Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T Bray Park, Bradenton.
Information: 941-779-4476.
Tuesday, 10 a.m., children's storytime, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting,
Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-794-8044.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Editor's note: Events are subject to change.
Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates
to schedules, to calendar@islander.org.


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Looking Back: Islanders
cast ballots, elect officers
Anna Maria Island voters went to the polls
Nov. 5, 2013, and it was one of the first election
days in recent years with contested local races in
each of the island cities.
In Holmes Beach, five candidates ran for three
seats on the city commission. Voters re-elected Pat
Morton, David Zaccagnino and Jean Peelen. First-
time candidates Carol Soustek and C. Melissa
Williams placed fourth and fifth.
In Anna Maria, four candidates ran for three
seats. Voters returned Dale Woodland and Doug
Copeland to the dais and also elected Carol Carter.
First-time candidate Michael Jawarski placed
fourth.
Voters in Anna Maria also amended the city
charter.
In Bradenton Beach, voters elected a new
mayor former commissioner Bill Shearon, who
defeated incumbent John Shaughnessy.
In a Ward 3 race, voters elected Janie Rob-
ertson to the commission over incumbent Ric
Gatehouse. Jack Clarke ran unchallenged for the
Ward 1 seat held by Gay Breuler, who chose not
to seek re-election.
The new year will bring another round of
municipal elections, as well as county, state and
federal elections.


2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
ment Board imposed a $100 per day fine on Richard
Hazen and Lynn Tran until such time the couple brings
into compliance what the city has deemed illegal con-
struction a tree house fronting the Gulf of Mexico
at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St.
Anna Maria property owners prepare to sue
city: With Anna Maria commissioners poised to sue
some vacation homeowners over rental terms, property
owners also prepared plans for legal action. Attorney
Scott Rudacille said 40 vacation rental owners in Anna
Maria were poised to "intervene in the action to protect
their rights and to invoke their constitutional and statu-
tory protections."
Contractor arrested for allegedly defrauding
city: Holmes Beach police arrested a contractor Sept.
19 for allegedly bilking the city out of money paid for
a road project last year. Chris Arnold, 61, of Bradenton,
owner of Services by Chris Arnold, was arrested for
felony scheming to defraud.
Nesting season breaks record: The 2013 sea
turtle nesting season became a record year before the
season had ended. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring reported 368 loggerhead
and green sea turtle nests were recorded in 2013, sur-
passing the 2012 record of 365. The 15-year average
before the 2012 season was 168 nests, 156 false crawls
and about 9,000 hatchlings.
Bradenton Beach selects new pier concession-
aire: Doors to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge
Street Pier restaurant remained closed, but lease nego-


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In August, Alec Sussman, 15, managed to hook
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while Connor Gerardi and Alec's twin, David
Sussman, unhooked and released it to hunt again.
Connor lives in Anna Maria, while the twins, Alec
and David, were visiting from south Tampa. They
reported taking an hour and 20 minutes to land the
shark.
tiations began with Starfish on the Bay, later named
Cast and Cage. City commissioners selected from two
bids, the other submitted by owners of the former Fish-
erman Joe's in Bradenton.
Bradenton Beach approves tax hike: Braden-
ton Beach commissioners unanimously passed a final
reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2013-14 budget
at a special meeting in September. Commissioners also
passed resolutions to adopt the tentative millage rate
at 2.3329 a 2.92 percent increase over the rollback
rate the millage needed to produce the same revenue
as the current year and the $2,502,724 budget.
Holmes Beach increases taxes: Holmes Beach
commissioners approved a record-high $9 million
spending plan Sept. 24. Commissioners also voted to
retain the 1.75 millage rate, amounting to a tax increase
over the past year's revenue and spending.
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Anna Maria
Dec. 27, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier
trolley stop, information. A trolley driver contacted the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office about a passenger who
made threatening statements toward her before exiting
the trolley near the pier. The passenger walked away
in an unknown direction, but she was later located and
evaluated with the assistance of the Holmes Beach Police
Department and Bradenton Beach Police Department.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 19, 200 block of Cortez Road West, DUI. A
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy made contact
with a man sleeping at the wheel of his vehicle. The car
was in the roadway, motor running and was in gear. The
deputy arrested Delbert Griffin, 38, of Sarasota, for driv-
ing under the influence.
Dec. 29, 200 block of Second Street, domestic bat-
tery. Police responded to a disturbance call and made
contact with a woman, who said her girlfriend had been
threatening her all day. At one point, the suspect allegedly
dug her nails into the complainant's arm. Police made
contact with the suspect at the Drift In Tavern on Bridge
Street. The suspect said she left the residence because
the complainant attacked her. However, there were no
marks on the suspect and, based on the marks left on the
complainant, the 34-year-old suspect was arrested for
misdemeanor domestic battery.
Dec. 29, 2501 Gulf Drive N., Island Plaza condo-
minium, disorderly intoxication. Police responded to a
call about an intoxicated man yelling at people. Witnesses
told police the man had been drinking all day. He was
asked to leave, but the man said he couldn't because he
had fallen and broke his hip. EMS was called and could
find no injuries. The police then asked the man to leave
and he refused, at which time the 63-year-old Bradenton
man was arrested for disorderly intoxication.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez


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Obituary

Clay Wilson
Clay Wilson, a veterinarian, 57, of Bradenton, died
Dec. 20.
He was born July 17, 1957 in Johannesburg, South
Africa, to the late Erwin Robin and Thelma Marie (Scott)
Wilson. He moved to Mexico with his family at age 2
before returning to the Republic of South Africa 11 years
later.
He graduated in 1979 from the University of Flor-
ida with a degree in zoology and furthered his education
with a degree in 1987 from the Onderstepoort Veterinary
Hospital at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South
Africa.
Dr. Wilson moved to Manatee County in the early
1990s and was owner for 17 years of Beach Veterinary
Clinic in Cortez, where he was considered a specialist in
orthopedics, small animal and exotics medicine.
He moved to Botswana to operate and volunteer as
the primary wildlife veterinarian for the Kasane Depart-
ment of Wildlife and National Parks for five Years. He

Dec. 28,303 301 Blvd. W., Sears, theft. A 33-year-
old Cortez man was arrested and a child abuse investi-
gation was initiated after an alleged theft from Sears.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the man entered
the store and was seen on video surveillance using a razor
blade in an attempt to remove a security band from a $99
DVD player. The attempt was unsuccessful, at which time
the man allegedly placed the item in his shopping cart
and attempted to leave the store without paying. He was
detained by a loss prevention officer. According to the
report, the man had two children with him and left one
in the store when he attempted to leave.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
No reports posted.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County S/'i, ,rf's Office.


veterinarian Clay Wilson


also served as veterinarian and honorary game warden for
the Chobe National Park in Botswana until 2011, when
he returned to the United States.
While in South Africa, he had the honor of doing
a documentary of the national park with Jack Hanna of
the Animal Planet. He also was well known in Botswana
for providing an annual free clinic day to provide rabies
vaccines to the local dog owners at no charge.
Once back in the United States, he continued saving
wildlife in Kenya and established a mobile veterinary unit
for Kenya Wildlife Services. He also was a worldwide
wildlife consultant through his non-profit organization,
International Wildlife Rescue.
Dr. Wilson recently published a book, "BushVet in
South Africa" based on his experiences.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 11, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel,
5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The family requests
no flowers. Condolences may be made online at www.
shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Dr. Wilson is survived by two brothers; Graham
Wilson, M.D., of Henderson, Nev., and Wayne Wilson
of Tucson, Ariz., and many extended family members
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16 0 JAN. 8, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Islanders hlonored, Irexniexinberecl


By Bonner Joy
The Islander takes pride in recognizing members
of the Anna Maria Island community for their unself-
ish contributions and genuine concern for making this
slice of paradise an even better place to live.
Since the newspaper started up in 1992, its path
was to partner with community organizations, report
the news of record and tell the tales of people who live
and work on AMI.
We launched an Islander of the Year award to
recognize deserving people. The honor was presented
posthumously to the late Anna Maria Mayor Ernie
Cagnina in 1993 and Anna Maria Mayor Ray Simches
in 1994.
Katie Pierola was the 1995 recipient of The Island-
er's annual award. During her six years as mayor of
Bradenton Beach, the city underwent a renaissance.
She embodied the definition of a public servant in
her tireless efforts to improve both her city and Anna
Maria Island.
Pierola played an instrumental role in the beach
renourishment program and the prevention of a pro-
posed Cortez megabridge.
W.H. Snooks" Adams was
1996 Islander of the year. He was
born in Cortez, and spent much of
his life on Anna Maria Island as a
law enforcement officer who used
common sense as his guide.
He started Snooks Adams Kids
Snooks Adams Day in 1954, an end-of-school tra-
dition that was later taken over by
the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
Charles Lester and Jo Ann Lester fell in love with


Jeff Croley, 2004 Islander of the Year, packed his
pickup truck with a cooler of cold drinks to aid those
in need after Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and
Jeanne criss-crossed the Myakka area.


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aboard the Skullywag.


Anna Maria Island and along with it, the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. They put their money where
their hearts are, both here and in the small towns in
Wisconsin where they also reside half the year.
The established an endowment for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and a fundraising campaign.
We honored them as 1997 Islanders of the year.
Jim Kronus, retired from 25 years as Anna Maria
Island Elementary School principal, and was named
1998 Islander of the Year.
Suzi Fox was recognized for her efforts in organiz-
ing volunteers to protect sea turtles in 1999.
Nancy Ambrose was named 2000 Islander of the
year for her impact on the Holmes Beach Butterfly
Park.
The original keeper of the island's history is Car-
olyne Norwood, Islander of the Year in 2001. Anna
Maria Island Historical Society, its museum and the
old jail and Belle Haven Cottage all are thanks to the
vision of Carolyne Norwood.
Billie Martini, 2002. Her finest achievement while
a commissioner for Holmes Beach may be the realiza-
tion of the Grassy Point Preserve. Martini first eyed
the undeveloped area for preservation.
Ilona and Jeff Kenrick were The Islander newspa-
per's Islanders of the Year for 2003.
While managing the Taylor Family Foundation,
whose international aid amounted to about $1 mil-
lion a year, the Kenricks created a blood drive that
included a reward for blood donors, a cash payout to
the donor's choice of four Island charities. It was a
win-win and we thank them for their positive impact
here and beyond.
Jeff Croley, 2004 Islander of the Year, represented
all the good qualities we could ask for in a volunteer
- he quietly went on his own, delivering aid to those
in need in remote areas immediately after Hurricanes
Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. And he took vaca-
tion time from work to do his good deeds.
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For all the good they do year after year, 2005 stood
out for their efforts on behalf of one unfortunate little
boy.
It only took a phone call to bring the Privateers and
their ship to greet a young boy with a failing heart on
a "wish" trip to Anna Maria Island.
The Privateers also came to the rescue with Hur-
ricane Katrina relief. They initiated a memorial schol-
arship fund for an island teen Bridget Miller, who had
been killed in a car crash.
They did all this and more despite the sudden
illness and deaths that year of president Greg "Shiprek"
Davidson and Dick Cline.
They were our 2005 choice for Islanders of the
Year.
Pete Lannon, 2006 Islander of the Year. If there
ever was a person who brought out the best in the Anna
Maria Island community, it was Pete Lannon.
He was more than a Holmes Beach police officer,
he was a mentor for our children, a confidant for people
in need and a friendly face at Anna Maria Elementary
School, where he was resource office for more than
five years.
He lost a tough battle with cancer that year and he
is still missed by many.
Following the death of Christine Olson's 22-year-
old daughter, Tiffiany, in a motorcycle crash, Olson
sought to connect people in emergencies with loved
ones and family members who "need to know."
Her quest to allow emergency contact information
be included with driver's licenses was a success. We
thank Olson for making a difference in the lives of
many, and for taking her initiative to other states and
the federal government.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, 2008
Islander of the Year. Cheers to the organization that
runs the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and
dedicates the proceeds to preserving Cortez, includ-
ing the Burton store, the old schoolhouse, and the
90-plus acres that provide a buffer to the village from
encroaching development.
It is an honor for Anna Maria Island to be home to
the first lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles, and to have her
return after the death of Gov. Lawton Chiles.
AMI embraced Rhea. Little did we know she
would bring with her culture, education, arts and art-
ists, and a sense of nature and the beauty around us
- the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Combined with the generosity and vision of son
Ed Chiles, owner of a trio of landmark restaurants
on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, we have a
legacy for the future.
Rhea and Ed Chiles were our honorees in 2009.
The Geyer family was our 2010 Islander of the
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sioner, or maybe Mom, but for many years, hundreds,
if not thousands of islanders grew to love her as Miss
Duffy.
Patricia A. Geyer, proprietress of Duffy's Tavern,
died May 1, 2010, at age 79, but she is remembered
still.
She served 18 years on the city commission and
was elected mayor from 1990-94. During her public
service, she demonstrated her courage and conviction,
and her willingness to always listen to the people.
And listen she did. She had an ear and respect
- for all opinions that came across the bar at Duffy's
Tavern, the quaint and quirky hamburger joint she ran
for more than 35 years.
The Geyers began operating Duffy's Tavern on
Gulf Drive across from the Manatee Public Beach in
1971.
But it wasn't just Miss Duffy who did the island
proud. She had loads of help from husband Ed, who
kept a pot of bean soup at the ready and held calls
about politics at bay. They raised five girls, who all
put in their time at the grill, at the bar, or whatever was
needed by Mom.
Pat Geyer was known for her quiet humor, as well












Fall has arrived and, now it's time to enjoy the
cooler air and go shopping. These handpicked stores
are selected for their unique items and great customer
service. For certain, we know where to shop.
Happy new year from The Antique Orphan-
age. The store has expanded its inventory to include
pottery, cut glass, Lladros, an English game table,
awesome Victorian sewing table and a variety of
wonderful antiques. You also can find our merchan-
dise in St. Pete at Found Antiques and Patty and
Friends. Please, like us on Facebook for more.
Giving Back in Holmes Beach offers new
merchandise every week. But Giving Back is not a
consignment shop. You get awesome deals and give
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as her fierce loyalty to family, work,
causes, politics and principle, and
she managed to pass that along to
her girls.
And they and now their fami-
lies, too all contribute to com-
munity events, fundraisers and the
Pat Geyer family business.
Miss Duffy earned many acco-
lades, but surely none pleased her more than the simple
appreciation for her family, her political service and
her food.
Pat Geyer gave her family and Anna Maria Island
a great gift and they carry on her traditions.
For those reasons, the Geyers were our choice for
Islander of the year 2010.
The Privateers, Islanders of the Year for 2011, are
our only repeat winner in 19 years of news-making.
Much deserved, much applauded and cheered.
They brought revelry and excitement to all three
cities during their 40th anniversary year under the lead-
ership of Roger "Hoodat" Murphree. The captures at
all three city halls were lifetime adventures for the
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themselves shackled to the mast on the ,klu I I\ 7g --
the Privateer float/boat with ransom to be paid by
staff and citizens before their release.
It was a very good year for the Privateers, a crew
that proved both worth its weight in gold raising
more than $40,000 for kids and community in a year
and their continuing service and entertainment on
Anna Maria Island.
Arrrrrgh! Here's to 40 years of Privateers ... and
many more.
On to 2012, and we came to recognize a crusade of
sorts by one woman to fill the island pantry, the Roser
Church Food Pantry.
While we don't all see the benefits, the food pantry
and its chair Pam Leckie who literally brought the
pantry out of a church closet to a place of its own -
can be most proud of their assistance to islanders.
In 2011, Leckie and her fellow volunteers distrib-
uted almost 1,500 bags of food. Each recipient also
received a gift card to purchase fresh foods.
Leckie and her volunteers, packers and beggars for
donations, proved they are among the best of the best
by coming to the aid with groceries for the out-of-work
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18 0 JAN. 8, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Parking resurfaces in Anna Maria as issue in 2014


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
To say that Anna Maria once again faces a parking
problem in the coming year is an understatement.
The city has been dealing with parking issues for
decades, with its first committee to study parking form-
ing in 1978, according to Commissioner Dale Wood-
land, a city resident at that time.
Parking is one issue the city commission will
discuss in 2014 as commissioners have said they are
going to consider suggestions by Mayor SueLynn for
some form of paid parking, resident-only parking and
limiting parking on the rights of way.
Parking at the city pier also is a 2014 topic.
City pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder is guaranteed
26 parking spaces in his lease, but the spaces are on
both the north and south sides of the pier entrance.
Schoenfelder now would like to exchange some
parking on the south side to the north parking lot, and
charge for patrons to park there, exempting those who
dine at his restaurant.
He said early in 2013 that if the commission added
parking on the vacant lots opposite the pier, he would
give up his idea for paid parking, but commissioners
reversed their June approval in December for the park
plans that included parking.
Commissioners in 2014 also will have the task of
finding funds to complete the city park opposite the
city pier at the east end of Pine Avenue.
Rex Hagen had pledged $55,000 and Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC $100,000 toward expenses for the
plan that was drawn by then-Commissioner Gene
Aubry and approved by the commission June 29.
That plan, as approved by the commission 3-1 with
Commission Chair Chuck Webb absent, included 15
parking spaces.
Following the November municipal elections,
Webb resurrected the park plans and called for removal
of parking, and the new commission voted 3-2 to reject
all parking at the future park.


Hagen and PAR then asked that their donations be
returned.
The park is unfinished and SueLynn was tasked
with finding money for its completion from the budget,
although Webb suggested using the city's reserve
funds. No action was taken to fund the remainder of
the work, including building restrooms, at the park.
Other issues facing the city will be implementing
a new stormwater drainage plan, approving a site-plan
from the Sandbar Restaurant for a pedestrian walkway
over a drainage ditch and creation of an architectural
review committee to determine if a home meets the
criteria established in the new historic homes preserva-
tion ordinance.
If a house is deemed historic, the owners can avoid
some of the requirements of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency for remodeling or reconstruc-
tion.
The city also is dealing with a noise issue that sur-
faced when vacation homes attracted some people who
were too loud or partying late at night. Some of those


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same people cause problems by parking cars all along
city streets and on lawns, SueLynn complained.
She also wants the city to address the issue of
longtime residents selling their homes and moving out
of the city. Those homes frequently become vacation
rental properties, she said.
"We're losing too many good people," the mayor
observed.
The city has more than 600 vacation rentals, she
added.
Another issue for the city is fulfillment of the
cell tower contract. Revenues from the contract and
monthly income from its use are budgeted in the
2013-14 fiscal year, but the contract for construction
of the cell tower is still being negotiated.
The issues ahead don't sway the confidence of the
mayor.
"Whatever happens, it's going to be another great
year in paradise," the mayor said.
"I can't think of a better place to live. I just hope
we all get along this year."


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Holmes Beach mayor: Flood insurance biggest concern in 2014


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Of all the challenges that face a municipality year
in and year out, it's one that has Holmes Beach Mayor
Carmel Monti the most concerned for 2014.
"The biggest challenge facing all island residents
is the cost of flood insurance," said Monti, who has
scheduled a town hall meeting with insurance experts
at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive.
"It's not something we can control as an admin-
istration, but we can still do our part by giving our
citizens as much knowledge about their options as we
can," he said.
Monti said property owners with ground-level
homes are likely to lose subsidies from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, which "seems to
change the rules after every storm."
The mayor said he received calls from people who
reported yearly flood insurance bills going from sev-
eral thousand dollars to $30,000.
"But the experts I have coming in for the Jan. 9
meeting specialize in this and I know one case in par-
ticular where they were able to get that $30,000 flood
insurance bill back down to almost where it was."
Monti said he and other local officials also will
lobby lawmakers "to make sure we get a reprieve from
this deal that is going to cause a massive increase."
The cost for flood insurance isn't under local con-
trol, but there are issues facing the city that are, accord-
ing to Monti. He said continuing to improve drainage
in the city is something his administration will make
a priority.
"I see us making some end roads there," he said.
"In reality, I see more opportunities for Holmes Beach
than I see problems. I'm really optimistic that we can
attack a lot of our problems just by enforcing the
rules."
Monti said an example of that happened at the end


of the year, when the city issued a stop-work order on
a property owner who was exceeding the permitted
renovations.
"Once the word gets around that we are going to
enforce our rules, people who have taken advantage of
the city in the past are going to say, 'Hey, these guys
are serious now,'" he said. "We have and will continue
to tighten the laws on the books when needed, but we
have a lot of good laws already in place. They just
need to be enforced and that's what we started doing
this past year."
Monti said he's proud of what his administration
accomplished in 2013. Monti won office in November
2012 along with two new commissioners.
"We put a lot of new systems in place," he said.
"Review processes, job descriptions, major hires with


a new police chief and building official and both have
done an excellent job. We are doing exactly what we
said we would do when we were elected. I'm very
happy and believe we are on the right path."
There is much to do in the coming year. Monti said
he will be happy to see the Mainsail Lodge develop-
ment plan get solidified because it will open the door
to improvements for downtown.
"It's nice to put the things behind us that needed
to get done and now we can concentrate on the things
we want to do that will create a positive experience on
the island," he said.
Monti said his primary goal as mayor is to ensure
Holmes Beach remains a community and "not just
another tourist town. I think we're doing the things
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2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
Community unites after Rod & Reel fire: In the
wake of the Sept. 30 electrical fire at the Rod & Reel
Pier in Anna Maria, island churches stepped up to offer
aid and assistance to the 30 pier employees who were
expecting to be without jobs for several months.

OCTOBER
Holmes Beach officials get shady with Sun-
shine Law: Holmes Beach officials were facing two
instances of violating the Sunshine Law. One violation
is alleged to have occurred regarding a July 8 City
Center Committee meeting and the other occurred at
an Oct. 8 city commission meeting.
Rod & Reel fire ruled accidental: Radiant heat
from the deep fryers at the Rod & Reel Pier restaurant
built up in wiring in the wall over a long period of
time, causing the Sept. 30 fire that closed the 66-year-
old structure, according to West Manatee Fire Rescue
Deputy Chief Brett Pollock. He said the buildup of
radiant heat caused spontaneous combustion between
the walls of the kitchen.
BB cell tower gets bad reception: It was as close
to standing room only as the Bradenton Beach City
Hall chambers can get for an Oct. 18 public hearing
on a proposed cellular communications tower. Public
comment was unanimously opposed to both the con-
struction of a cell tower and the location near the city's
public works facility, which is at 400 Church Ave.
BB mayor announces $1 million funding for
pier fix: Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy
announced that the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council would match up to $1 million funding
for renovations to the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Anna Maria commission rejects court action
on rentals: In a 3-2 vote at their Oct. 24 meeting, com-
missioners reversed a September decision to pursue
declaratory relief to determine if the city's hotel/motel
ordinance could be applied to single-family home
vacation rentals.
Chamber says people angry over negative
tourism tone: Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-


merce executive director Mary Ann Brockman said a
wave of negative talk by island officials about tourism
had visitors angry. Brockman, at an Oct. 28 meeting
in Holmes Beach, said visitors to the island were well
aware of the negative tone public officials had taken
in recent months toward them.

NOVEMBER
Judge ends statewide net ban: A circuit judge
in Tallahassee agreed with commercial fishers that the
enforcement of Florida's net-ban law was an "abso-
lute mess." She ordered the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission to stop prohibiting the use
of certain nets, but an emergency stay was enacted at
the appeals court level.
Islander newspaper salutes veterans: An esti-
mated 125 people attended the eighth annual Islander
Veterans Tribute Nov. 11 at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Bradenton Beach mayor drops legal challenge:
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said one of his


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first thoughts after winning the Nov. 5 election was
that he was, for all intents and purposes, suing himself.
So, he dropped out of a lawsuit against the city over
a parking and dunes project on the beach across from
city hall.
Holmes Beach traffic committee drafts over-
flow parking proposal: Holmes Beach's congestion
committee came close to finalizing the terms of an
agreement that would establish shared parking terms
at some churches and businesses for beach overflow
parking.
No evidence of homicide in death of Sheena
Morris: The five-year quest to decide whether a
22-year-old Tampa woman took her own life in a
Bradenton Beach motel room or whether she was
murdered was put to rest in November. On Nov. 21,
at around 4 p.m., Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
Special received a phone call from the Florida State
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Bradenton Beach administrative restructure continues


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon isn't assign-
ing blame to prior administrations, but he believes the
city's status quo is "not fixable."
From the creation of a new department head
position to restructuring city policy, Shearon said the
changes amount to tearing the city down and rebuild-
ing it.
At a Jan. 2 work session, Shearon presented a
2-inch thick pile of applications for the positions of
city clerk, the new treasurer position and assistants for
both departments.
Shearon said he reached out for help to review the
applications and hopes to make recommendations to
the commission by the first meeting in February.
He enlisted the help of former Holmes Beach Com-
missioner Sandy Haas-Martens and, with permission
from Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, Holmes
Beach city clerk Stacey Johnston.
It will be about that time that the city carries out a
plan to eliminate all city administration positions and
allow the existing employees to reapply for their jobs.
During the transition, all city positions will be open
for application and there have been no guarantees that
current employees will retain their positions.
Perry estimates assistants could be in place by
Former Holmes Beach man sentenced for
fraud: Jason Syrek, a 40-year-old former Holmes
Beach resident, was sentenced Nov. 4 in U.S. District
Court in Detroit to six years in a federal prison and
ordered to pay $17.6 million in restitution for health
care fraud and false tax returns.
Tourist tax skyrockets above annual record:
Revenues from the tax on accommodations rocketed to
more than 10 percent over the previous year's record-
setting pace in Manatee County Manatee County Tour-
ist Development Tax, often called the resort or bed
tax, set a record of $8.993 million for the 2013 fiscal
year ending Sept. 30. That amounted to an 11 percent
increase over the previous record of $8.101 million set
in fiscal year 2011-12.
Woman convicted of injuring Bradenton
Beach officer: A 25-year-old North Carolina woman


early March and, shortly after that, the city reorgani-
zation should be complete, she said.
In other matters, per the request of Vice Mayor
Janie Robertson, commissioners took on the state-
mandated public comment policy.
The city has a policy in place, but there had not
been an officially passed policy since the Legislature
required municipalities to do so by October 2013.
Shearon suggested the city emulate other munici-
palities and require speakers to fill out an information
card so the person speaking and the nature of their
comments can be entered into the written record.
There has been an issue with the existing policy
of having people sign in before they speak. Shearon
said sometimes the handwriting is unreadable.
Robertson said she liked the idea of using cards,
but didn't want to create an environment where a resi-
dent who might have something to say as subjects are
discussed, might think they can't speak because they
didn't fill out a card prior to the meeting.
Shearon said in such a situation, "it would be at
the discretion of the mayor to allow them to speak."
Perry said if the city adopts a resolution to estab-
lish a public comment policy it should acknowledge
that the city is only required to hear public comment
one time on any subject.
"One of the problematic areas is someone comes

was facing up to three years in a Florida prison after
being convicted Nov. 27 of grand theft auto and caus-
ing serious injury to a law enforcement officer. Amanda
Varner will be sentenced in February.

DECEMBER
Bradenton Beach commission approves plan
to fire administrative staff: Bradenton Beach Mayor
Bill Shearon began his new policy of holding a work
session prior to city meetings with a bang as the city
began to overhaul its administration department. A
plan put forth by Commissioner Jack Clarke and sup-
ported by the majority of the commission essentially
terminated every staff position at city hall, but allowed
employees to reapply.
Holmes Beach tightens Mainsail agreement:
Holmes Beach commissioners, at a Dec. 11 work ses-


forward with a development application and that meet-
ing gets continued," she said. "People come back to the
next meeting and say the same things. We are required
to provide one opportunity at one meeting and don't
have to have everything repeated at a second meet-
ing."
Perry said another issue is materials presented by
speakers.
"People come in for presentations and then ask
the city to make copies at the expense of the city when
it's their responsibility," she said. "Also, people make
presentations with costly exhibits and don't understand
that they have to turn those exhibits over to the city
for the record and don't want to turn it over when it's
required that they do so."
Robertson said it appears that developing an offi-
cial policy isn't going to be simple. Commissioners
directed Perry to draft a resolution to present to the
commission for discussion.
Shearon said whatever policy the commission
adopts, it should apply to all city boards. He reminded
the commission that the Manatee County Clerk of Cir-
cuit Court office volunteered to conduct an internal
audit of all the city's policies and procedures. Recom-
mendations will be made to the mayor based on the
audit and then presented to the commission for review
and possible action.

sion, made some minor tweaks to a settlement agree-
ment between the city and the Mainsail Lodge devel-
opment team.
Anna Maria park debate results in refunds:
Mayor SueLynn reported to the commission Dec. 12
that both Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and Rex Hagen
want to be refunded their donations for improvements
to the vacant lots at the east end of Pine Avenue. The
refund requests came after the commission voted 3-2
Dec. 5 to remove 15 parking spaces from plans to
develop the park drawn by then-Commissioner Gene
Aubry and approved 3-1 by the commission in June.
Mullet run begins: On December mornings well
before sunrise, mullet fishers were loading their cast
nets and gear aboard boats and heading onto the water.
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AME puts grant for bay education to work


Anna Maria Elementary School third-, fourth-
and fifth-graders are half-way through a 16-week
science program focusing on local wildlife.
Students have observed birds, painted pictures
of shorebirds and will restore habitat around the
bay. The project was made possible by the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program's Bay Partners Grant.
"We've been doing this program for four or
five years now. We've earned grants from other
organizations in the past, but this is the first time
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Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Breaded Chicken Sandwich,
Honey Glazed Carrots, Mini Romaine Salad and Fresh Fruit
Cup. Feature: Chicken Caesar Salad.
Thursday, Jan. 9
Breakfast: Biscuit and Sausage Patty.
Lunch: Nachos, Burrito, Black Beans, Lettuce and Tomato
Cup, Strawberries and Bananas.
Feature: Taco Salad.
Friday, Jan. 10
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick.
Lunch: Pizza, Breaded Beef Sandwich, Corn, Carrots with
Dip and Grapefruit Halves. Feature: Chef Salad.
Monday, Jan. 13
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marinara, McManatee Rib Patty,
Steamed Green Beans, Baked Fries and Mixed Fruit.
Feature: Chef Salad.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Breakfast: Burrito.
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Turkey Gravy, Garlic Dinner Roll,
Mashed Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots and Strawberry
Cup. Feature: Garden Salad.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.


The project is known as Coastal Crusaders,
aimed at promoting awareness of habitat, sustain-
ability and improving stormwater runoff and the
quality of Sarasota Bay.
Callahan works with AME media specialist
Lynn McDonough in the program, bringing together
various specialists for the topics to be covered.
McDonough applied for the grant on behalf
of the school and will be documenting the AME
Coastal Crusaders project with photos and video.
In past years, Callahan brought specialists to
the school from the Florida Aquarium, Mote Marine
Laboratory, Audubon Society-Manatee Chapter and
the Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment.
The SBEP committee that awards grants voted
to fully fund $2,381 for the AME Coastal Crusaders
2013-14 school year.


Lucinda Hathaway instructs Anna Maria Elementary
fourth-graders on painting birds Dec. 12. Hathaway
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Comprehensive Conservation and Management
Plan," the SBEP wrote.
Callahan said the 16 weeks of instruction fol-
lows a curriculum set by the National Audubon
Society called Audubon Adventures. The curricu-
lum was funded for AME by the Manatee County
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"We've used the Audubon Adventures curricu-
lum for the past three years. They have a whole
variety of topics available. It's part of the grant, to
show we are engaging with our community orga-
nizations," Callahan said.
Students learn about their stake in the health
of the environment. The funding helps AME kids
focus on wildlife and habitat by revitalizing bay-
friendly landscaping on school grounds, replacing
rain barrels and replenishing classroom supplies,
including the purchase of binoculars.
Next on the calendar for the Coastal Crusaders:
a walk to the beach to observe shorebirds using the
new binoculars Thursday and Friday, Jan. 9-10.


AME calendar
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.-1:15 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
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A couple heads for the beach, looking for a path
to circumvent renourishment equipment. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


2013 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21


seeking female mullet fat with valuable roe.
Beach renourishment begins: The long-awaited
renourishment of Anna Maria Island beaches from 79th
Street in Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach began Dec.
21 in Holmes Beach.
Long Bar Pointe hearing canceled: A Manatee
County Commission public hearing on a map amend-
ment planned for Jan. 23 was canceled after the appli
cant Long Bar Pointe withdrew "the comprehensive
plan amendment from further consideration or action
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New year brings new sports season to island center


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Out with the old, in with the new sports season
that is. The beginning of a new year brings more than
resolutions, it brings the start of another round of youth
and adult sports at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The adult volleyball league got started Jan. 7 and
continues li pionship match.
The NFL flag football league gets started Jan. 8
with the 18 and over division boasting six teams. All
of their games take place on Wednesday evenings and
the season runs through the March 20 Pro Bowl.
The 30 and over division, which also has six teams,
gets started Jan. 9 and plays Thursday evenings. Its
season concludes March 20 with Super Bowl and Pro
Bowl games. The Pro Bowl will pit all stars from the
18 and over division against all stars from the 30-plus
division.
And that brings us to the youth flag football league.
The center boasts 24 teams in four age groups, topped
by the 14-17 division with eight teams on the sched-
ule.
The youth league gets started Jan. 11 with Tail-
gate Spirit Day. Coaches, fans, players and parents are
encouraged to dress in team colors, and the team that
shows the most spirit and creativity will win the spirit
prize.
Starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.,


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The thermostat read 65 degrees as hordes of people
stripped down to bathing suits and some flamboyant
costumes to plunge into the Gulf of Mexico at noon
Jan. 1 in Bradenton Beach.
Clancy's Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton,
organized and sponsored the sixth annual Shamrock
Shiver Charity Plunge. Proceeds benefit Caring for
Children Charities.
"Our goal is to raise $20,000. I think we should get
that this year," said Dana Ryan, event coordinator.
Ryan said the majority of the money raised at the
plunge, which took three months of planning, came
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teams will play half games in a jamboree format.
There will be a concession stand with food and
refreshments and snow cones, activities, including
a bounce house, and fans are encouraged to set up
camp gear and spend the day tailgating to celebrate
the upcoming season.
The youth leagues games will be played Monday
through Friday evenings, some Saturday mornings
and afternoons, leading up to the Super Bowl match-
ups March 21.
For more information, contact the center at 941-
778-1908.

Horseshoe news
Outright champions opened a new year of horse-
shoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits
Jan. 1. Hank Huyghe and Bob Mason earned the only
3-0 pool-play record and were the day's champs.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 4
horseshoe action and were left to battle it out for the
day's bi.,','in,' rights. Bob Mason and Tim Sofrantook
out Bill Wright and Bob Palmer 23-14 in the finals.
Mason remained perfect on the year with his second
championship of the week.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selec-
tion.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-


the Gulf water temperature 69 degrees.
"It was cold, but not as cold as last year. I think it
was 10 degrees colder last year," said Krissy Bilbrey, a
former Clancy's employee and veteran plunger, having
participated for the past six years.
The event drew a crowd, with onlookers lined up
on the sidewalk near the beach access.
"The amount of people that come and watch really
depends on the weather. It's a little overcast today. One
year there were 80 to100 people Aik hinc. but the sun
was out," said Bilbrey.
After the plunge, participants headed to Clancy's
for a party to raise more money for the children's char-
ity. A live auction included the sale of a signed guitar
from Dickey Betts of Great Southern Band, formerly
of The Allman Brothers. There also was a raffle for
prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
The Jack Tamburin Band performed while party-
goers dined and enjoyed libations.
Over the years, Clancy's has raised more than
$100,000 with the event. The pub sometimes raised
more than $20,000 per year.
Clancy staff members, Ryan added, volunteer their
time the day of the event.
"The main thing is the community involvement
and support. The number of local bars and restaurants
that donated gift certificates; almost all of them in the
area gave something. It seems like everybody steps up
for this," Ryan said.

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Jan. 11 Noon
nostic
Jan. 11 12:30 p.m.


Bums
Jan. 11
Cream
Jan. 13


1 p.m.

6p.m.


11-13 Division
Jan. 11 1:30 p.m.
C. Photos
Jan. 11 2 p.m.
Jan. 11 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 8 p.m.

14-17 Division
Jan. 11 3 p.m.
Grill
Jan. 11 3:30 p.m.


Jan. 11 4p.m.
taurant
Jan. 11 4:30 p
gals
Jan. 14 6 p.m.
Sales
Jan. 14 7 p.m.
Sound
Jan. 14 8 p.m.


18 and
Jan. 8
Jan. 8
Jan. 8
Const.


Beaches Real Estate vs. Air &

Air & EI. i .i'\ vs. Miller Elec-

Miller Electric vs. Beaches

Beaches Real Estate vs. Air &



Dolphins vs. LPAC
Beach Bum vs. Manatee Diag-

Beach Bistro vs. Beach

Cowboys vs. Tyler's Ice

LPAC vs. Beach Bistro


Beach to Bay Const. vs. Will

Sandbar vs. Ravens
LPAC vs. Eat Here
Ravens vs. LPAC
Sandbar vs. Eat Here


Integrity Sound vs. Swordfish

Jaguars vs. The Feast
The Sun vs. Waterfront Res-


).m. Galati Yacht Sales vs. Ben


Over Division
7p.m.
8p.m.
9p.m.


30 and Over Division
Jan. 9 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 8 p.m.
Jan. 9 9 p.m.

Adult Volleyball
Jan. 14 6:30 p.m.
ern Greens
Jan. 14 7:30 p.m.
count Signs
Jan. 14 8:30 p.m.
Real Estate


Jaguars vs. vs. Galati Yacht

Swordfish Grill vs. Integrity

The Feast vs. Bengals


Slim's Place vs. Beach Bistro
Agnelli Pool vs. Duffy's
Waterfront vs. Beach to Bay



Jessie's vs. Ross Built
Tyler's vs. Agnelli Pool
IRE vs. Island Gourmet


Duncan Real Estate vs. South-

Southern Greens vs. FL Dis-

FL Discount Signs vs. Duncan


Irish pub leads plunge into 2014


FISHING CHARTERS
Capt. Warren Girle

Inshore es Offshore
Redfish Snapper
Snook Grouper
Light Tackle Fly
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 8, 2014 0 25

Goodbye warm weather, hello cold-weather gear


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Get out your cold-weather gear if you want to go
fishing. You need it.
January has seen fit to blast us with the first pro-
longed cold weather of the winter.
The new year now must start off with a search for
warmer water.
Canals and sheltered areas of water that have black,
muddy bottoms are a good place to start. Typically,
snook, reds and trout will search out these areas for
refuge from the cold. To catch these fish while they're
lethargic, you can try a select shrimp, either free-lined
or combined with a split shot to slow it down. Artifi-
cials, such as Berkley Gulp shrimp, may work, too.
On the beaches, migratory fish are providing siz-
zling action on small buck-tail jigs or pompano jigs
tipped with shrimp. Expect to encounter ladyfish, blue-
fish, blue runners, jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel
along the shoreline. If you're lucky, you may stumble
across a school of pompano which always is a wel-
come sight.
Finally, sheepshead are starting to make a showing
around the pilings in canals at docks and piers. Live
shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas are a great offering
to get these tasty, striped fish to bite.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says that
as long as there are cooler temperatures, sheepshead
are a good species to target. These fish are arriving in
good numbers around residential docks and piers, as
well as small rock piles in Tampa Bay.
For i i .-, in -. Oldham likes to use a 20-pound flu-
orocarbon leader combined with a Mustad live-bait
hook and a split shot. Using a stout hook enables the


Canine angler Marley and Chris Galati, son of Capt.
Chris Galati of Team Galati, shows off a gag grou-
per caught-and-released Christmas week.

sheepshead angler to remove the hook without it bend-
ing. Sheepshead have bony mouths and are notorious
for damaging hooks.
For bait, Oldham suggests using live shrimp cut in
half. Frozen shrimp may work, too, but pieces of live
shrimp stay better on the hook.


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LEFT: Participants at the sixth annual Clancy's -.,i,,,. .. I.- l.. i Charity Plunge run into the Gulf of
Mexico at noon Jan. 1. RIGHT: ... and run back to shore to towel off and warm up at Cortez Beach. Those
who went for a swim were backed by pledges benefitting the Caring for Children C (i.,i ,i'. The party con-
tinued at Clancy's Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield


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Beach fishing is a good bet for anglers looking
for good catch-and-release action from migratory
fish. Jack crevalle, bluefish, mackerel, blue runners
and ladyfish are readily taking small jigs and even live
shrimp. And, if you're lucky, you may run across a few
pompano a catch worth taking home for dinner.
Capt. Warren Girle had been working on deep grass
flats in Sarasota Bay ahead of the cold front in search
of a variety of species. While drifting and ji ,',_ i1,_'.
Girle primarily targets pompano. In between pomps,
Girle's clients are hooking into bluefish, mackerel,
jacks and ladyfish. Although we don't generally bring
these fish home for dinner, they do provide excellent
light-tackle action. On average, Girle is returning to
the dock with a dozen or so pompano plenty for a
gourmet meal.
Girle also is fishing canals and sandy potholes in
spite of the chill for black drum. By using live shrimp,
Girle hooks up drum 15-30 inches. These fish readily
take live or fresh-cut pieces of shrimp, which provides
good action on those cold days when there isn't much
else to do. Plus, these fish taste great when combined
with beer batter and hot oil.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says windy
conditions are leaving pier anglers with a sporadic bite
at best. Strong north winds and cold temperatures can
make fishing at the pier challenging, to say the least.
The week's catches at the pier include sheepshead,
flounder and the occasional bluefish or ladyfish. To
target the sheepies and flounder, a live shrimp is a great
offering, but make sure your bait is on the bottom. For
the blues and ladies, try fishing a small buck-tail jig
tipped with shrimp.
Sendfishing reports to fish@islander.org.




26 0 JAN. 8, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER


Isl d Biz

By Rick Catlin






Chamber offers trio
of January activities
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
monthly sunrise breakfast is 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 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, but reservations
are required.
The chamber will award monetary contributions to
select Anna Maria Island nonprofit organizations that
actively contribute to island causes, a chamber press
release said.
Entertainment will be provided by Chuck Caudill,
while The Feast restaurant is serving appetizers.
The chamber's monthly networking luncheon is


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Special to The Islander
3716 Gulf Drive, Unit A, Le Marais, Holmes
Beach, a 3,247 sfla / 4,461 sfur 3bed/3bath/2 half
-- -baths/Icar Gulffront condo with
shared pool built in 2003 was sold
12/17/13, McConnell to Macmillan
Sfor $2,622,000; list $2,999,900.
3501 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, a 2,530 sfla / 3,474 sfur
Brisson 8bed/5bath four-plex built in 1983
on a 100xl00 lot was sold 12/18/13,
Rodgers to IDK Inc. for $1,100,000.
691 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,055
sfla / 3,268 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool
home built in 1977 on a 100x150 lot was sold
12/16/13, Stokes to Robinson for $1,075,000; list
$1,199,000.
516 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,226 sfla / 2,082
sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1954
on a 88x108 lot was sold 12/16/13, Bourgoing to
Newhart for $630,000.


11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Pier 22 Res-
taurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
required.
Members are encouraged to bring a guest or pro-
spective members to events.
Call 941-778-1541 to make reservations for any
chamber event.

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205 Peacock Lane, Unit B, Bird of Paradise,
Holmes Beach, a 1,096 sfla 3bed/2bath land condo
with pool built in 1973 was sold 12/16/13, Peacock
Palms LLC to Rushmore for $444,000.
205 54th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,185 sfla / 4,952
sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 60x141
lot was sold 12/16/13, O'Halloran to Swanson for
$400,000.
2910 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,517 sfla
/ 1,552 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1948 on a
50x 100 lot was sold 12/17/13, Collier to Wilson for
$395,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 256, a 691 sfla/ 771
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in
1978 was sold 12/18/13, Folkerts to Schmukler for
$177,000.
2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 607, Sandpiper
Resort Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 761 sfla / 793
sfur lbed/l bath mobile home with share was sold
12/16/13, Johnson to Anderson for $159,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


Longboat Key hosting
network luncheon
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
hold a networking luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9, at Tommy Bahama, 300 John Ring-
ling Blvd., Sarasota.
LBK Dental is sponsoring the event and members
are encouraged to bring a guest or potential chamber
member.
Cost of the lunch is $20 for members and $25
for non-members. A 50/50 raffle and prizes will be
offered.
For more information or to make a reservation,
all 941-383-2466.
Submit your business news and photos by email
to news@islander.org.


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ISA N I CA S II


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gravity lounger, beige, new, $1,299. 941-792-
5877.
FOR SALE: 8-piece coastal dining set. Table, 66
x 44-inch plus 24-inch leaf, six padded captains
chairs, as new! $900. 989-506-0707.
MENS BIKE, $45, ladies rollerblades, size 8,
$25, two rattan chairs, $45 each. Jackie, 941-
778 2084.
KIMBALL "ENTERTAINER" ORGAN, $75, full
brass headboard and brass chandelier, $20
each. 303-947-5684.
EXECUTIVE DESK CHAIR, leather. Two months
old, excellent condition. $85. 941-545-6191.
MICROWAVE: OVER STOVE, white, $50, ladies
bike, $30. 941-778-5202 or 612-597-1646.
PAINT BALL GUN and value pack, new $130,
sell $75. Sharp 16-inch flat-screen TV, $40. 941 -
778-7003.
WHITE PATIO TABLES, $30, white chaise lounge,
$20, white patio chair, $10. 949-525-2580.



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1-year old above-ground pool, accessories,
15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
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45TH ANNUAL SUNCOAST Antique Bottle and
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11. Admission, $4. Pottery, antique bottles, fos-
sils, advertising, stoneware, artifacts, jewelry and
more. Bradenton Area Convention Center, U.S. 41
at Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. OriginalSABCA@
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purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion 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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Tuesday ,Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. 9-11
a.m. donations, Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave. Anna
Maria. 941-779-2733.
STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale
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28 0 JAN. 8, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

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usually fix it. Cell phones, too.

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Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage.
Leave your pets with us for fun and pamper-
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includes pickup stake bed. Hard doors provide
security, makes an all-weather car. Less than 100
miles. $8,199. 863-698-4562.


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 boatflorida.
weebly.com.

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

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Must see! $500 obo.
Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


DELIVERY DRIVER/WAREHOUSE man. Work on
island. Part or full-time. 941-524-9228. Resumes
only, send to: annamariaisland@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: anna-
mariaisland@hotmail.com.

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

SMALL BEACH RESORT on Anna Maria seek-
ing part-time/3 day-weekend property manager.
Email resume to: mail@annamariabeachcottages.
com. Computer and people skills required. Quick-
book skills a plus. 863-660-0584.

RELISH CAFE IS hiring a cook and coffee associ-
ates available on weekends. Apply in person: 503
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-896-8890.
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

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

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


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at
7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel
opportunity. 941-685-5213.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT licensed,
bonded. Providing compassionate care. Wide
range of services. Call Sandra, 941-799-9229.



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


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

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

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

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

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

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic clean-
ing 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. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
6688.

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

JOHN "THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle & Scooter
Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices.
918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

DIRTY LAUNDRY? WORLD-class laundry drop-
off service. $1 per pound, most items. Sun Clean
Coin Laundry. 2905 Manatee Ave., W., Braden-
ton. 941-746-0849.

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus
cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software
and network repair. Give islander Socko a call:
941-799-1169.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing 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.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County
and the Island since 1987. Reliable, dependable,
references. Call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait, www.jackelka.com. 941-778-
2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your
home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than
19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for
an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
MA#0017550.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.


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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, 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. Haul-
ing 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 com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
6600.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381,941-448-6336.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
ing.net.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, 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. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-
8792.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.


HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The
Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

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

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


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/AN N UAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.
VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat
ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free
WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.
VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or
condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971
or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.
ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014: Long-
time Island couple seeks single-family home with
pool in quiet Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. No
pets, no smoking. Minimum 2BR/2BA. Will con-
sider waterfront condo. Tom, 941-993-4909.
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AVAILABILITY: 1 and
2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis,
two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-
713-9096.
3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer,
dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike
Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.
FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house.
2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec.
21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106.
OLD FLORIDA GROUND-floor vacation apart-
ments, $650/week, spring dates available. 941-
778-2374.
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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
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941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
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ANNUAL RENTAL NW Bradenton: 3BR/2A pri-
vate home with heated pool and fenced back-
yard. Tile and carpet, granite counter tops, two-
car garage, covered patio, partial lake views,
washer/dryer hookups. Lawn care and pool care
provided. Small dog considered. Close to Robin-
son Preserve. $1,600/month. First, last, security.
Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

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

WE HELP HOMEOWNERS rent their home. Zero
percent commission. We offer guest services!
www.coastalhomeaway.com. 941 -584-4050.

NEEDED: LODGING FOR March 2014. Refer-
ences available. Jim Chitwood, 608-238-6066.
jimmickey54@gmail.com.
.. .. ..


ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA fenced yard,
$1,200 month, 2BR/2BA condo with pool, $1,050
month. Pets OK. Call Big Fish Real Estate Inc.,
941-779-2289.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, garage,
Florida room, Gulfside, $1,150/month plus utili-
ties, security. www.RTBeach.com/beach. 941-
778-1006.


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

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



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Absolulely stunning,
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canallroni pool home.
This beauty was buill
wilh an eye Ior quality
and enjoyment ol true
island living. French doors across the back of the home allow
in natural light and beauty. This rare 2,481 sf home is priced
to sell at $995,000. Appraisal on file. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker. 941-773-3966


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Large Buildable Lot with Rare buildable lot in exclusive
234 feet of road frontage. Harbour Landings Estates.
$34,900. Call Lori Skaggs, $197,000.Call NicoleSkaggs,
Realtor 941-209-9669 Broker, 941-773-3966.






GULFFRONT COMPLEX ISLAND BREEZE
Gulf views from light, bright, Picture perfect 3BR/3BA
updated 2BR/2BAcondo. Turn- canalfront pool home on
key furnished, priced to sell at large lot. $929,000 Call
$264,900. Call Nicole Skaggs, Nicole Skaggs, Broker 941-
Broker. 941-773-3966. 773-3966.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289


WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn
at Edgewater Real Estate, 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 facilities, heated pool, exer-
cise room, tennis, shuffleboard, and waterfront
park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles
to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred
941-794-5011.

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

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 payments
of $900. Contact owner Dave at dvanworm@
earthlink.net or call 407-927-1304.

FOR SALE BY owner: 3BR/1 BA, Key West-style
cottage in West Bradenton. 10 minutes to Bra-
denton Beach. Turnkey, RV carport, covered
veranda, fenced, walk to shops, schools. Seri-
ous inquiries only, no owner financing. $115,000.
Great rental or family home, 949-525-2580.

A-PLUS VILLA in Perico Bay Club. 2BR/2BA,
furnished, many updates, $239,900. 941-792-
5405 or 315-427-6349.

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40 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
FOR SALE
River Oaks 2/2 condo. riverfront, updated, pool, tennis,
elevator, clubhouse, dock. $129,000.
RENTALS
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
BOOKING NOW FOR 2014 SEASONAL/ACATION RENTALS
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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6 Fixes keys
11 Person who might
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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
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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


108 States further
109 Corner piece
110 Miniature
111 Dud


112 Jane who becomes
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114 Cause of a sudden
drop in altitude


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Abbr.
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shortened to one
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Junior Miss and Mini Miss Manatee County
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19th Annual Cheerleading Competition
6 pm Jan. 20
Suncoast Mummers Jan. 22
Alter Eagles Concert Jan. 23
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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-
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include each of our four hotels, so you'll get
credit for the total number of reservations
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THANK YOU FOR A FABULous 2013

PROPERTIES SOLD THIS YEAR.
110 12th S SS#122 BB $380.000
1325 Gulf Dr N #270 BB $370,000
1325 Gulf Dr N #165 BB $385,000
1805 28th St \\' Brad $152200o
509 S Ba Blvd AMI $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 EvRONEo A
SAFE, HEALTHY & PROSPnROUS 2014


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Sales AssociaI
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