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$1M deal

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Attorney: 'Ship has sailed' to halt BB cell tower


AsTheWorld Terns take
the call. Page 6





Weather slows beach
builders. Page 2


AMI benefits of holiday
boom. Page 4
Metings
The government calen-
dar. Page 5
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From the archives.
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Developers submit
revised Long Bar
Pointe plan. Page 9

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Community events,
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Chalkers poise for
Pine Ave. takeover.
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Island police blotter.
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Punt, volley and pitch.
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Dodging cold fronts on
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Anna Maria subdivi-
sion sells.


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Talking is out. The cell tower is in.
Since January 2012, the city of Braden-
ton Beach has hosted multiple public meet-
ings on the construction of a cell tower.
Public meetings, planning and zoning
board hearings, presentations and city com-
mission discussions have taken place. Oppo-
sition during the first year of meetings was
scarce and the first few work sessions on
the tower as many of the early decisions
were vetted and made were virtually unat-
tended by the public.
Opposition appeared later and some
were hopeful that a new makeup of commis-
sioners on the dais would be able to change
what had been put into motion. However,
one of the final acts of the previous commis-
sion under former Mayor John Shaughnessy
was to approve a land-lease agreement with
Florida Tower Partners, a cellular commu-
nications company.
The agreement virtually sealed the pro-
cess, moving it from a proposal to action
taken.
Attempts to protest against the tower
now pop up every time something related


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If everything goes according to plan,
Anna Maria residents by late July or early
August may no longer have to go outside
their homes or businesses or drive to
Holmes Beach to talk on a cellphone.
Florida Tower Partners made its initial
presentation Jan. 9 to Anna Maria commis-
sioners for a land lease to build a 162-foot
tall cell tower at city hall.
After more than two hours of review-
ing the lease agreement, which had been
approved by city attorney Jim Dye, Commis-


to the cell tower appears on an agenda. To
give the public one last chance to be heard,
Mayor Bill Shearon scheduled another pre-
sentation Jan. 9.
But Mary Solik of Doty Solik Law in
Orlando, attorney for Florida Tower Part-
ners, said the city was wasting its time.
"I'm actually a little concerned about the
characterization that this is still being called


sion Chair Chuck Webb said he was "happy
with what I've read. It looks like a good deal
for the city."
Commissioners approved the first read-
ing of the ordinance creating the lease.
The second reading is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23.
Kevin Barile of Florida Towers made
the presentation, saying his company had
sweetened the deal" for the city.
Along with giving the city $350,000
on the day construction starts on the tower,
Barile said his company would throw in
another $15,000 and buy the city a storage


Florida Tower
Partners repre-
sentative Kevin
Barile, attorney
Mary Solik and
CEO of Alpha
Omega Com-
munications
Jimmy Eatrides
discuss strategy
at a cell tower
presentation
in an attempt
to alleviate
citizen concerns.
Islander Photo:
Mark Young


a proposal," she said. The agreement with
the city, she added, is "legally binding. It's
not a proposal. Most of these issues were
fully vetted by the commission, P&Z, your
cell tower consultant and within an ordi-
nance. These issues have all been set. That
ship has sailed."
Citizens, however, spoke against the
PLEASE SEE BB TOWER, PAGE 4


shed similar to one already at city hall.
Additionally, Barile said the city would
receive a minimum of $2,500 in monthly
revenues until the 21st year of the proposed
40-year contract. In the 21st year, the city
would begin revenue sharing at 30 percent
of gross income.
Jim Eatrides of Florida Tower said
the revenue sharing would bring the city's
monthly revenue to about $4,500 per
month.
Barile said the company could have
cell tower service operational by late July
or early August if "t _i l thi ng goes right."
Sometimes it does and sometimes it
doesn't, he added.
But there is a demand for cell service in
Anna Maria, particularly as new electronic
devices take up so much space on the net-
works.
"Verizon and AT&T are ready to go.
They call me personally every week asking
how it's going in Anna Maria," Barile said.
Under the lease, Florida Towers would
build an 8-foot-high concrete base on a
30-by-94-foot section of land for the tower,
with parking available underneath.
Two sides would have landscaping and
a lattice frame to hide the structure from the
public as much as possible and allow airflow
to cool equipment, while the third side could
be painted with an acrylic mural of island
life, he said.
The lease is just the first step, Barile
noted.
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2 0 JAN. 15, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Foul weather again disappoints, slows beach builders


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Cold, windy, choppy conditions sometimes disap-
point boaters and beachgoers in the winter months.
In a bit of an understatement, Manatee County
Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hun-
sicker said weather was slowing the beach renourish-
ment project.
Avoiding the strong northerly winds of Jan. 6-7,
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock moved its dredge, barge
and other equipment to safe harbor in Tampa Bay near
Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County.
In addition to high winds Jan. 6-7, the daytime
high Jan. 7 was 52 degrees on Anna Maria Island,
according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.


Weather conditions included winds out of the north at
10-20 mph, and seas were forecast to be 4-6 feet.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman
Lauren Reichold said she was informed by GLDD
engineers that when waves reach 5 feet or higher, the
dredge and barge are moved to a safe port. High winds
and seas can damage the equipment, she said.
Reichold had said when the renourishment began
Dec. 20 that GLDD would average 1,000 feet of sand
per day with good weather. The project is planned to
culminate at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach by
mid-to-late February, barring more weather delays.
The beach renourishment operation resumed Jan.
8 near 65th Street, with GLDD working southward
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The barge,
dredge and
some equip-
ment belong-
ing to Great
Lakes Dredge
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to the lee side
of Fort De
Soto Park to
avoid north-
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high seas Jan.
6-7.


Some beach renourishment activity took place near 66th Street in
Holmes Beach Jan. 7, despite high winds, rough surf and cold tem-
peratures.


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After the city approves the lease, Florida Towers
has 18 months to build the tower. It must then go
through the permitting process, including a public
hearing before the planning and zoning board, obtain
zoning for a commercial enterprise on public land and
acquire the necessary building permits.
Eatrides noted the company also must obtain
numerous other permits, including one from the Fed-
eral Communications Commission for operating a
tower in a flood plain. Because Anna Maria is in a flood
plain zone, the base must be 8 feet high. The tower,
which would be 62 inches in diameter, would contain
all the equipment the cell tower companies need. Noth-
ing would protrude on the outside, he said.
Barile said the city could make it a flagpole if it
wants, or make it as attractive as possible to blend in
with the city. Much of the tower base will be concealed


from the public, he said.
To say the company wants to move fast is an
understatement.
"We want this to go through as quickly as pos-
sible," Eatrides said. His company has more than
$100,000 invested in a cell tower for Anna Maria and
the return on investment will come from the cell car-
riers.
"I know they are ready to come next week," Barile
said.
He said carriers T-Mobile and Sprint would likely
ask to be on the tower within two years of beginning
service.
Commissioners unanimously approved the first
reading after Dye said the land lease was a "good deal"
for the city, with built-in protections for city liability.
Mayor SueLynn thanked Dye, city treasurer Diane
Percycoe, city planner Alan Garrett and other staff who


gave much of their time to prepare the lease. Getting a
final copy to the commission was a six-month process,
she said.
In other matters, building official Bob Welch said
the city has to write a new flood plain ordinance for
the Florida Flood Plain Administration-Mitigation
Division, even though the city's current ordinance is
stronger than what is required by the state.
Welch said a new ordinance is needed as the state
is requiring all municipal governments to put the ordi-
nance in a new master model format approved by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"I never in my life dreamed I would be writing a
44-page flood plain ordinance," he said. The current
ordinance is 30 pages.
The new ordinance must be adopted by March 17,
or the city risks suspension from the National Flood
Insurance Premium discount program.


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Retail stores, restaurants, real estate enjoy holiday boom


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In what might be a sign of things to come in Febru-
ary and March, most Anna Maria Island retail shops
and restaurants reported sales for the recent holiday
period were well above previous years.
"It all means we had a great Christmas," said Laura
Shely of Tide and Moon Jewelry, 314 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.
"Business was really good after Christmas. I had
a lot of walk-ins, despite some cold days," she said.
In Bradenton Beach, business at The Fish Hole
and Bridge Street Bazaar, 117 Bridge St., was "out-
standing," according to sales associate Tammy Funk-
houser.
We saw "a lot of traffic and sales. We were really
busy," she said.
Co-owner Diane Havelka of Beach Bums recre-
ational rentals, 427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, said, "Even
when the weather was cold, we had a lot of business.
The holidays were great for us."
Signa Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resort Wear,
5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, said sales were
"good" during the holidays, but late November figures
were better by comparison.
"Still, it was a good holiday for us and I expect the
season will really take off," she said.
At the recently opened Beach Fashion Boutique,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, co-owner Marianne
Siegler said she was stunned at all the walk-in traffic
during the holidays.
"I was amazed. This is our first Christmas here and
we didn't know what to expect. Now, friends are tell-
ing us January is the lull before the real season starts.
I can't wait. Marcus and I are so excited," Siegler said.
She and husband Marcus came to Anna Maria from
Switzerland last year and opened their boutique in
October.
"We had some of our European friends visit and
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mas came, we had lots of people saying they heard
about us from word-of-mouth. It's incredible," she
said.
Restaurant business also appeared upbeat, according
to Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Maria, the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and the Mar
Vista Dockside Bar & Pub on Longboat Key
"We had enough good weather to really bring in
people. Most enjoy dining outside. The holiday season
was outstanding, even with the remodeling of the
BeachHouse," Chiles said.
The restaurant deck is open for service during
the interior renovations and Chiles estimated the new
kitchen would become operational in late January. The
new bar and lounge should be ready a few weeks after
the kitchen, he said.
"All in all, I'd say we've been fortunate with the
cold weather up north bringing a lot of people to the
island. And they've been eating out often," Chiles
said.
To her surprise, Nicole S Li, U, broker at Big Fish
Realty, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, said her office
was kept busy during the holidays.


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tower and asked questions that some claim have never
been officially answered from the dais.
Jo Ann Meilner asked again about the city charter
provision that states an ordinance is required to lease
or change the use of city property and John Reed ques-
tioned the tower's listed height as being well beyond
what the charter allows.
Solik said those issues also were settled.
"The height issue raised is something I can put
to bed right now," she said. "We always submit a
request to the Federal Aviation Administration for a
little higher than we intend to construct for potential air
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safety Sometimes a crane extends beyond the height
of the tower during construction. It's for clearance, not
height."
She said the other matter pertaining to the height
in the charter only applies if a structure is habitable,
which a tower is not.
Solik also said any notion that the city is violat-
ing its charter is untrue. She agreed that the charter
states an ordinance is needed to change the use of city
property, but she added, "You did that. You approved
an ordinance approving the lease."
Solik suggested the city move forward with its
obligation of leading the community and being good
stewards of public money.
"Any decision to back away will lead to litigation,"
she said. "The only people that will benefit are me and
Ricinda Perry."
Vice Mayor Janie Robertson, who opposed the
tower's location before she was elected in November,
said Solik was mixing words.
"The intent of the charter is clear," said Robert-
son. "In May, we had a telecommunications ordinance
that did not violate the charter. A separate commission
decided they didn't like it and wanted to change it. In
changing the cell tower ordinance, they put in language
that violates the charter."
Robertson said Solik's attempt to interpret the
charter is "parsing words. We are talking height restric-
tions period. No one here has the authority to re-
interpret the charter."
Solik said a valid, duly elected governing body
was in office for the past two years.
"Appeals for those decisions made have long
passed and now you are in an enforceable contract
with Florida Towers," said Solik. "I hear a lot about
there are different commissioners now. You take action
as a city, not as these four commissioners or those
two commissioners. The majority rules and that is the
action moving forward."
Not all public comment was against the tower.
Miriam and David Rayl spoke in favor of the tower,


Meetings
Anna Maria City
Jan. 23, 6 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 4, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
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.
Feb. 3, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
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.
Feb. 11, 7 p.m., city commission.

saying they have poor cellphone reception. David is a
double-lung transplant recipient and misses important
test result calls, while Miriam fears being unable to
reach 911 in an emergency.
David said he can't imagine anyone in 2014 who
doesn't want to see progress.
"Why would someone want to eliminate what
someone else can use and benefit from?" he asked.
"Just from the police, fire and medical standpoint it
is appropriate to do this. Why wouldn't you want that
help? There's no logic to that."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she stands behind
her vote to approve the cell tower.
"We are in dire need of a cell tower in Bradenton
Beach," she said. "I was pleased to vote for it and


Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., county commission.
Feb. 11, 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., Bra-
denton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Jan. 15, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall.
Jan. 21,2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most gov-
ernment offices will be closed.
Feb. 17, Presidents Day. Most government
offices will be closed.
Send notices to news@islander.org.

would vote for it again. It's done and we should move
forward."
Commissioner Jack Clarke agreed, saying it was
time to put the matter to rest.
Shearon said the issue has seen due process
whether he agrees with the tower or not. He suggested
that the city must move on, but citizens have one final
option in organizing a citizen petition referendum.
In the meantime, Shearon asked for a consensus
to close discussion on the cell tower.
"To keep going over it doesn't do any good for
anybody," said Shearon. "I'm looking for consensus
that this issue is closed unless a petition comes before
us that binds us into pursuing it."
Commissioners were unanimously in agreement.


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M--pinion


This ship has sailed
If there's a thorn in the side of officials in Anna
Maria, it should be the development of the Villa Rosa
subdivision. It was proposed by a couple of snakes who
hoped to cash in by building 15 or more homes on a spur
of South Bay Boulevard before the real estate bubble
burst and they coiled up in bankruptcy.
The property has canal access to Bimini Bay, hence
the new name Bimini Cove going forward. But
it was the water access that halted a state-funded city
park on the land in the 1990s. A couple of neighbors
complained they didn't want the public cruising to the
park in the canals behind their homes. So the funding
shriveled up and the park plan disappeared.
At the same time, it was suggested the city shift the
funding to the city pier to create a picnic area to replace
the north parking lot, and purchase and convert the six
lots at the corner of North Shore Boulevard and Pine
Avenue for parking.
It then became apparent that the city had little
wherewithal or vision, and now, 30 years later, it's still
quibbling over a park and parking.
But opportunity continues to knock. It's long been
our opinion the vacant lots should become the pier park-
ing lot and Island Trolley stop, and the north pier park-
ing area would better serve as a park with restrooms.
Greenspace for parking spaces is a good tradeoff
for the bayfront.
The future cell tower presents another vision for
the city's shifting needs.
With the tower revenue, the city could transplant
the horseshoe pits to the city property it shares with the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society on Pine Avenue.
In turn, public works an eyesore on Lake LaVista
and a shameful example of city stewardship could
move to the area under the cell tower.
Angle parking and a walking path along Pine
Avenue would enhance the park, museum facilities and
the horseshoe pits for everyone.
Imagine the vista! Kids could fish there, just like in
olden days. Horseshoes and other activities would replace
the benign car lot in the center of the historical park.
And public works would be closer to the oversight
of city hall in the shadow of the new cell tower.
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tion, incorporate the city's future needs in the project
and make greater use of opportunities that result from
the tower funding.
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While the Clancy's Irish Pub Shamrock Shiver
charity plunge ended Jan. 1, we feel the event is not
really over until proper gratitude is expressed.
If not for the generosity of our friends, families
and local businesses, we would be only a group of
friendly beach-lovers keeping a New Year's Day
promise. Instead, we are a humble group of incidental
fundraisers in awe of what can happen when hearts,
minds and concern for children come together.
After six annual Shivers, we have raised $120,000
for Caring For Children Charities, a local nonprofit
organization serving Manatee and Sarasota coun-
ties.
Besides having serious fun doing the cold plunge,
we can take great pride in knowing 100 percent of
our proceeds go directly to services for disadvantaged
children and their families. How many larger organi-
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Thanks to all of our supporters, we can. And rest
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Before it's too late
The big question for me is, if it's legal, is it
right?
It seems there's a gulf between the two ideas
when Manatee County looks at development.
Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman own the
Long Bar Pointe property, but do they have the right
to develop it? Is it right? Is it morally and ethically
right?
Is it right to develop ecologically sensitive land
that today, and historically, feeds our commercial
fishing industry, tourism and the health of Sarasota
Bay? Is it right to pack more people into a coastal
high hazard zone where, if evacuation is necessary,


could strand and harm those that live there?
Is it right for them to infill, causing catastrophic
changes in storm surge that could alter our coast-
line and those who have lived within its means for
years?
Is it right that Beruff's Medallion Homes has
three properties in East County that appear to be
wastelands? We paid through taxes for the infra-
structure, yet the developments are overgrown, many
homes are only partially built and there are numerous
empty lots. Do we want to trust the owner to develop
Long Bar Pointe?
There is no NIMBY in this fight. It's fear. Politi-
cians fear being sued. Organizations fear their fund-
ing could be impacted.
How about a land swap? Would Beruff's Cargor
LLC entertain Brownfield designations for redevel-
opment in exchange for Long Bar Pointe? Has the
county considered this possibility?
What about designating Long Bar as federally
protected waters? Has it been examined, discussed
or researched?
As taxpayers, we must speak up. Urge the county
to find a way to acquire Long Bar Pointe and preserve
it for the future.
We need to contact our commissioners before it's
too late.
Holly Clouse, Bradenton

No tax returns?
A few weeks ago, a letter in the newspaper said
Anna Maria Island is a vacation community I believe
most island residents would disagree, and many lived
here long before developers and investors destroyed
the things we loved about the island.
I want to address the myth that tourism is the
bread and butter of the island. The idea that the cities
on the island make lots of money from tourist dollars
is just not true. It's a lie, the cities get no funding from
tourist dollars.


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Sales tax goes to the state, bed tax dollars go
to the county, the cities get nothing. Holmes Beach
makes a few hundred dollars on rental licenses,
but that barely covers the cost of the paperwork.
If another tourist never set foot on this island, the
cities would collect the same amount of revenue.
Who pays the cost of all the tourists coming
to AMI? The residents pay in the form of higher
property taxes and fees. Look at this year's Holmes
Beach budget, with an increase of $236,000 for the
police department, needed because of the tourists
who come here. All paid for by residents.
The next time an elected official tells you tour-
ism is our bread and butter, tell them we can't afford
to take care of any more tourists, it's just too expen-
sive.
Ellen Stohler, Holmes Beach

Editor's note: According to the Holmes Beach
treasurer, the city receives a half-cent of the state
sales tax, revenue from four gas taxes, a commu-
nication sales tax, state revenue sharing and fran-
chise fees for service from FP&L and for natural
gas. In addition, the island cities and the residents
benefit directly from the resort development tax with
beach renourishment funding.

Giving thanks
I have just returned home after a lovely Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce meet-and-greet
affair at Tortuga Inn, where the chamber, through
its Save the Trolley program, honored 23 AMI non-


profits. Not only were these nonprofits thanked for
their service, but each received $1,500.
This support of island organizations at this
event, titled Giving Back, was made possible
through excess advertising funds from the Island
Trolley.
As a receiving nonprofit, we can not begin to
thank the chamber members and others involved
for their amazing support.
It again goes to show that our small spot on this
Earth is a wonderful giving place in which all are
considered important.
We thank the chamber, 'Save the Trolley' adver-
tisers and in the Giving Back program for lending
support to so many others.
Pam Leckie, chair, Roser/AID Island Food
Pantry

More: Giving thanks
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus &
Orchestra is fortunate to be an Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce Save the Trolley-Giving
Back grant recipient.
AMICCO was among stellar company Jan. 9
for these truly generous grants and we thank and
applaud the chamber, Island Trolley, David Teitel-
baum and the many altruistic community leaders
who helped develop the Island Trolley and, in an
act of true generosity, now are able to pass profits
along to island nonprofits.
AMICCO will use these much-needed funds to
advance and produce our 2013-14 concert series,
develop and augment our annual Young Solo Artist
Youth Competition, and outreach to talented musi-
cians in our area as a means of developing and
sharing with our community the arts and culture
so abundantly rich on Anna Maria Island.
Jeanie Pickwick, AMICCO executive director


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10 years ago
Headlines from Jan. 14, 2004
An effort by Anna Maria Commissioner Duke
Miller to ban shark fishing from city beaches was
quelled by city attorney Jim Dye. Dye wrote Miller and
other commissioners that the state of Florida controls
saltwater fishing and the city could not pass an ordi-
nance regulating fishing. Miller sought the ordinance
after receiving complaints from several residents of
shark fishing near bathers.
Attorney David Wilcox, representing Bradenton
Beach resident Ron Ockerman, filed a charge of "intent
to do violence" against Bradenton Beach Commissioner
Lisa Marie Phillips. Wilcox alleged Phillips and his
client were driving their vehicles when she cut in front
of Ockerman. Ockerman claimed Phillips "flipped him
off' and, on exiting her vehicle, said she could have
police give him a ticket. Phillips had no comment.
Former Island Middle School director Gary
Hughes filed a civil suit against IMS director Kelly
Parsons for failure to provide him with minutes of past
board meetings and teacher personnel files. Hughes was
dismissed as director in October 2003. Hughes was rep-
resented by attorney Alan Prather in the lawsuit, which
alleged Parsons denied Hughes entrance to the school
to deliver his records request.

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Jan. 6 45 .73 0
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Jan. 8 50 68 0
Jan.9 57 76 0.09
Jan. 10 67 80 0
Jan. 11 67 80 0.07
Average area Gulf water temperature 63.7
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m.


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Bradenton Beach celebrates $1 million partnership


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Partners at last, funding approved. Let the celebra-
tion and the work begin.
Bradenton Beach officials let out a cheer following
a unanimous Board of County Commissioners vote to
approve a financial partnership between the city and
the Manatee County Tourist Development Council
to fully restore and update the Historic Bridge Street
Pier.
County commissioners finalized the partnership at
their Jan. 7 meeting where Mayor Bill Shearon, Vice
Mayor Janie Robertson, Commissioners Jan Vosburgh
and Jack Clarke and Police Chief Sam Speciale, who
facilitates the pier team, all showed up to support the
partnership.
"One thing that is pretty rare is that the whole
commission took part and showed the support that was
needed," said Shearon, who noted Commissioner Ed
Straight was unable to attend due to an animal emer-
gency related to his nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation
facility.
"We made a few statements on it and the county


Weather interferes with

ongoing Rod & Reel repairs
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
High winds and cold temperatures recently delayed
not just beach renourishment efforts, but repairs to the
Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, said
manager Dave Cochran.
The Rod & Reel has been closed since a Sept.
30 electrical fire and repairs have had to follow new
building code requirements, Cochran said. Meeting
the new code has meant more repairs that slow down
other work, as has the cold weather, he said.
"It's hard to work when the wind chill is like it's
been lately. It's like it's freezing," he said.
"We still don't have a date when we'll reopen.
We're just working every day possible. I can't even
predict when we might open," he said.
Repairs to the restaurant are being done by Bimini
Bay Construction Co.
The privately-owned landmark pier was opened
in 1947, and was purchased in 1999 by Mario Schoe-
nfelder, who also operates the Anna Maria City Pier
and Restaurant, about 500 yards south of the Rod &
Reel on a lease agreement with the city.


commissioners voted," said Shearon. "It was about
then that you could hear a pretty loud yell from us.
The vote was unanimous and the commissioners had
pretty strong statements of support."
The process was initiated by former Mayor John
Shaughnessy and picked up by Shearon.
"It's a really new thing for the TDC and Bradenton
Beach is proud to be the first recipient of this type of
partnership," said Shearon. "It's a benefit to all four
island towns and that's part of my approach as mayor.
We are all in this together."
The agreement is for the county to match dollar
for dollar what Bradenton Beach spends on the pier
reconstruction project up to $1 million, so essentially
there is $2 million in place for the project.
Shearon said just because the money is available
doesn't mean it needs to be spent. He said the pier will
get the attention it deserves, but that a priority for him
is to remain a good steward of public funds.
"But if we didn't have these funds, we would have
to skimp and do things halfway," he said. "We aren't
the big cities. We don't have that kind of funding. So
I'm really appreciative to Ed Hunzeker and to all of
the county commissioners."
Shearon said he's equally thankful the agreement
states that Bradenton Beach is in charge of its own
project.
"It's Bradenton Beach's responsibility to make
decisions on the project," he said. "They are basically
providing the funding and that makes it become a real-


ity. But if you have two governments working on the
same project, agreeing to the same color could take a
very long time, so I appreciate the fact that the city is
going to do the project."
A timeline for the project is expected to be updated
soon.


Anglers and other people visit the Bradenton Beach
pier in January. Islander File Photo


Rod & Reel Pier
and Restau-
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from Bimini Bay
Construction
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Developers submit fractured Long Bar Pointe site plan


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Sometimes in a football game, things may not be
going so well on downs and the offense is forced to
punt a maneuver to get out of a sticky situation.
Long Bar Pointe developers, who lost their attempt
in August to enhance development rights for a large
parcel of land fronting Sarasota Bay south of Cortez,
are proceeding with plans for a 61-acre portion of the
total 523 acres before the Manatee County Planning
Commission at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
Some players on both sides of the development
scheme for and against might call it a punt. It
fractures the project into phases, and the 61-acre plan
appears to fall within the zoning requirements.
It includes 220 single-family home lots without the
proposal that stirred controversy a hotel, boardwalk,
boat basin and canal that involved removing acres of
mangroves and dredging Sarasota Bay.
Former Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who
voted for the original plan when she served on the
county board, said of the new, smaller plan, "I don't
see much we can complain about."
Von Hahmann spoke against the concept described

Long Bar Pointe developer '
Carlos Beruff points to afea- AB
ture on his speculative layout .......
for the project at a July meet-
ing in Cortez, where many
opponents aired concerns.
Attorney Ed Vogler is seated
second from the left. Holmes
Beach Commissioner David
Zaccagnino, right, facili-
tated the meeting. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


by co-developer Carlos Beruff as his "dream plan" in
August at a marathon session before the largest-ever
gallery at a county meeting.
She said in an email last week that, based on her
review of the new site plan, the lots are small 45
by 125 feet on average.
"We can't say we aren't getting what we asked
for," she said, as the site plan calls for fewer units than
the zoning Residential 9 allows, "at least for this
phase of construction."
The plan is limited to the southeast end of the Long
Bar Pointe parcel, the property closest to the El Con-
quistador and Legend's Bay gated communities.
Opponents of the project, including von Hahmann,
say they will be on hand at the planning meeting in the
event the developer proposes adjustments.
Developers Larry Lieberman and Beruff have
been squaring off with environmentalists for about a
year since the pair made a move for a text amendment
change to the county's comprehensive plan that would
have allowed them to build a boat basin and a much
larger project than was originally approved.
The project went from more than 4,000 residential
homes and low-rise condominiums to a concept for


almost 3,000 homes, an 84,000-square-foot convention
center, a 250-room hotel, additional retail and com-
mercial space and 300 boat slips.
In August, commissioners narrowly agreed to send
a zoning change to the state for review, but only after
Beruff agreed to drop the boat basin from the applica-
tion.
Commissioners were expected to hear the map
amendment for a final reading at a Jan. 23 meeting,
but it was called off by the developer.
In a letter to Manatee County Building and Devel-
opment director John Bamott dated Dec. 19, Ed Vogler,
attorney for Lieberman and Beruff, wrote about the
decision to drop out of the application process.
"The applicant looks forward to working with
you, your staff and all interested parties as plans for
development of the property are presented and con-
sidered from time to time in the future," he wrote.
Lieberman later said investment interest in the
hotel has waned and it makes sense to go back to the
original residential plan, first conceived over a decade
ago, when he began purchasing the property.
Since the original residential project was approved
in the early 2000s, no site plan has ever been submit-
ted.
Environmentalists eager to protect the health of
Sarasota Bay and the Cortez fishery have been some-
what split during the past several months in how they
would like to see the saga conclude.
Von Hahmann, a Cortez resident, led a summer
rally at the county offices to drop off petitions signed
by voters opposed to the expanded project.
She said during the rally that going back to the
original project was the right thing to do.
Other environmentalists are battling to stop any
development from occurring at Long Bar Pointe, how-
ever, stopping the project from going forward may be
an uphill climb considering it has prior approval.
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tra will perform selections by Johann Sebastian Bach
and Antonio Vivaldi at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.
The concert will take place at CrossPointe Fel-
lowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
AMICCO will perform Bach's "Cantata #140
Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)" and "Concerto for 2
Violins in D minor" and also Viv-
aldi's "Gloria."
The concert will feature:
SAlto Martha DiPalma, who has
directed children's and adult choirs
and sung in oratorios, operas and
DiPalma musicals, including "Messiah" and
P "The Sound of Music" with the
Manatee Players.
Baritone Daniel A. Hoffman, who
created the role of "Man" in the
world premiere performance of "The
Three Queens" in New York City
Hoffmnan and recently sang the principal role
of Danilo in "The Merry Widow" at
the Golden Apple Dinner Theater.


Keep Manatee Beautiful seeds
Arbor Day efforts
Keep Manatee Beautiful is supporting Florida
Arbor Day, observed Friday, Jan. 17, with a series of
local tree-planting ceremonies.
At 9 a.m., Holmes Beach officials, including mem-
bers of the parks and beautification committee, will
plant a Dahoon holly donated by KMB at the
corner of Fifth Avenue and 38th Street.
At 10 a.m., Anna Maria city and Manatee County
officials will join KMB representatives in planting
two oak trees along North Bay Boulevard at Bayfront
Park.
Also, at 1 p.m., Bradenton city officials and KMB
representatives will gather on the northeast side of the
Palma Sola Scenic Highway near the pavilions to plant
three geiger trees and a royal poinciana.
For more information about Florida Arbor Day or
the programs, call KMB at 941-795-8272.

Diamond tribute at center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host Neil Diamond tribute performer Bobby Palermo
in a benefit performance Saturday, Jan. 18.
The fundraiser at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, will feature a Vegas-style buffet of dinner
specialties from Pizza SRQ and Palermo performing
Neil Diamond hits.
Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m.
The menu includes lemon chicken, meatball parmesan,
roasted red potatoes, broccoli and cheese, Greek salad,
cupcakes and cookies, coffee and tea.
Diners are invited to bring their own wine or
beer.
The cost to attend is $30 per person, $240 per table
of eight.
For more information, including reservations, call
the center at 941-778-1908.

Glass exhibit at arts center
A reception will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, at
the Longboat Key Center for the Arts for the Marlene
Rose Glass Art Exhibition.
The opening reception will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. in
the Durante Gallery at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key. The center also will host the artist
for a lecture 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
An announcement said Rose's hand-cast sculptures
celebrate the "wondrous qualities of glass, translucent
or opaque, thick or thin, clear or colored, molded or
shaped." Reservations are required for both events.
For more information, call the center at 941-383-
2345.


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Tenor David Kesler, who sang with the Robert
Page Singers and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus before
moving to Florida. He has sung
under the batons of George Szell,
Lorin Maazel and Robert Shaw.
Soprano Joy Leitner, who has
become a regular on the recital and
concert stage.
Kesler Soprano Megan Schmidt, who
-has performed works from Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart to Leonard Bern-
stein and Stephen Sondheim in the
Vianden International Music Festi-
val in Luxembourg and Germany, as
well as performances in the Tampa
Leitner Bay area.
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3899.


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Tickets also can be purchased
at the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.


Roser tunes up for season
Roser Memorial Community Church will hold a
series of concerts this season, beginning with Belle
Canto and First Church Jazz Trio performances at 4
p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19.
Belle Canto was founded by artistic director and
conductor Elizabeth Goldstein in September 2009.
Her goal was to create a musical group that celebrates
women's voices. Belle Canto, a nonprofit and member
of Chorus America, performs classical and traditional,
secular and sacred music.
The First Church Jazz Trio features Tommy Good-
man on piano. He performed with Benny Goodman,
Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr. and Lena Homrne.
The trio also includes Dominic Paul Mancini on bass
and Johnny Moore on drums. Mancini performed with
Billy Eckstine, Al Cohn, Gus Mancuso and Zoot Sims.
Moore has appeared with Herb Ellis, Al Cohn, Cat
Anderson and many others.
At 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, Roser will host the
Sarasota Orchestra Brass Quintet.
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, Roser's concert
series will feature Paul Todd.
The church is at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information about the concert series, call
the church at 941-778-0414.

Craft sessions starting
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
offering a course in "rubber-stamp crafting and
more" that begins Monday, Jan. 20, and continues
on Monday through March 31.
Sessions will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the
center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Dodie Fausset will be the instructor.
For more information, including registration
and fees, call the center at 941-778-1908.


Democrats discuss recovery
"Is the U.S. recovery gathering strength as we
enter 2014?" That's the question the Anna Maria Island
Democratic Club's members will take up during their
monthly meeting, which is set for noon Monday, Jan.
20, at Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton.
James Froeschle, who earned his doctorate in
economics and worked for the Central Intelligence
Agency, is the guest speaker at the meeting. He worked
as a research economist at the CIA.
The lunch is $15 for members, $17 for non-mem-
bers.
For more information, call club president Harry
Kamberis at 941-779-0564.


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Jarrett Trezzo will serve up the basics of home
beer-making during a workshop Wednesday, Jan. 22,
at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
"Homebrewing 101" will begin at 6 p.m., with
Trezzo offering instruction on how to brew beer and
providing details on the equipment and ingredients
needed for the garage or kitchen crafter.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.

College prep program
set for Island library
College-bound teens and their guardians are
invited to a workshop, "College: Getting In and
Paying for It," that will take place at 10 a.m. Sat-
urday, Jan. 18.
Adviser Robin Groelle will lead the workshop
at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
Groelle will be discussing college admissions,
entrance exams, financial aid and other topics.
"There is a great need in our community to
assist area students with their dreams of attending
college," Groelle said in a news release. "Finding
the right college, preparing for college, getting in
and paying for it are all on the minds of families
with children in school. This program will help to
ease this transition.
Maria Furtado from "Colleges that Change
Lives" also will participate.
For more information about the program or
other events at the island branch, call the library
at 941-778-6341.


Vegan guru to talk at library
Jeannie Hudkins, author of "Eat Like You
Give a Damn," will talk about her vegan diet and
offer tips on healthy and "compassionate" cooking
Friday, Jan. 17, at the Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program, free to attend and with seating
on a first-come basis, will take place at 2 p.m.
For more information, call the library at 941-
778-6341.


Bingo called at Annie Silver
Bingo is being called at the Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
The center is hosting bingo games on Thursdays
through the spring, beginning Jan. 16.
The games will take place at 7 p.m. through March
27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for players to mingle,
prepare for play, purchase refreshments and consider
becoming members.
Also, the center is holding a series of community
suppers:
5-7 p.m., Jan. 24, roast pork, mashed potatoes,
gravy and dessert for $8.
5-7 p.m., Feb. 21, spaghetti with meatballs, salad
and dessert for $6.
5-7 p.m. March 21, fried fish and all the trim-
mings for $8.
The center provides a smoke-free environment.
For more information, call Kit Redeker at 941-
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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.
5:58 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, Jan. 16
10 a.m. Island Library Book Club, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
2 p.m. Knitting club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5 p.m. Dining for Women dinner and talk to benefit Selah
Freedom, Sandpiper Resort clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.
5:58 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, Jan. 17
9 a.m. Florida Arbor Day celebration and tree-planting, Fifth
Avenue and 38th Street, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-
8272.
10 a.m. Florida Arbor Day celebration and tree-planting,
Bayfront Park, 310 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-795-
8272.
2 p.m. Healthy eating workshop, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:59 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, Jan. 18
10 a.m. College admissions and financial aid workshop,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
778-6341.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. -Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-954-5800.
10:30 a.m. Island Gallery West watercolor demonstration
with Caroline Whitmore, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6648.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Episcopal Church ofAnnunciation spaghetti
dinner, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information:
941-778-1638.
6 p.m. Official sunset time.
6 p.m. Neil Diamond Tribute dinner theater, Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee
applies. Reservations requested. Information: 941-778-1908.

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field's My Three Sons, former Florida Men's Barbershop Quartet champions. The show will begin at 3 p.m.
For ticket details, call 941-794-0218.


dener stroll, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton,
Information: 941-722-4524.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. -Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-954-5800.
4 p.m. Roser Memorial Community Church concert series
with Belle Canto and Jazz Trio, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-0414.
6:01 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, Jan. 20
6:02 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
6:02 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, Jan. 22
2 p.m. Lifelong Learning Academy program on inventions
and inventors, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
6:03 p.m. Official sunset time.
6 p.m. Home-brewing workshop, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Off-island
Wednesday, Jan. 15
10 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild coffee, meeting, entertain-
ment, IMG Country Club at El Conquistador, 4350 El or Parkway,
Bradenton. Information: 941-358-5660.

Thursday, Jan. 16
7 p.m. Longboat Key Historical Society presents author Ter-
rell H. Griffin, Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1598.

Saturday, Jan. 18
2-5 p.m. Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society progressive
art experience, historic downtown Palmetto, Fifth Street West and
10th Avenue West. Information: 941-721-2034.

Monday, Jan. 20
Noon--Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch and meet-
ing with former CIA employee James Froeschle, Mannatees Sports
Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
941-779-0564.



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present a progressive art experience work exhib-
ited in three venues Saturday, Jan. 18, in Pal-
metto.
The event will take place 2-5 p.m. at the Pal-
metto Art Center, Palmetto Historical Park and
Manatee County Agricultural Museum.
The first stop will be the art center, 907 Fifth St.
W.; followed by the museum, 515 10Oth Ave. W.; and
then the adjacent park. The venues are located in a
two-block walk in Palmetto's historic downtown.
For more information, call 941-721-2034.

Coming up
Jan. 26, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach.
Feb. 1, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, Holmes
Beach.
Feb. 15-16, 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival,
Cortez.

Save the date
Feb. 8, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Anna
Maria.
Feb. 8, Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines Chorus concert,
Bradenton.
Feb. 21, Annie Silver Community Center spaghetti dinner,
Bradenton Beach.
March 1, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Day,
Anna Maria.
March 8-9, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest, Holmes
Beach.
March 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of
Homes, islandwide.
April 5, Bradenton Marauders' first home game, Bradenton.

Calendar announcements
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-
resolution photographs welcome.


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Jan. 16-Feb. 2, "Stepping Out," Manatee Players, Manatee
Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-748-5875.
Through Jan. 26, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," Manatee
Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bra-
denton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
Through Jan. 26, Manatee County Fair, Manatee County
fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Fee applies. Information:
941-722-8951.
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.
Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club
meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tween club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street,
Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Thursday, 7 p.m., through 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.


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


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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.
Tuesday, 1 p.m., bingo, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202.
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Island club announces 2013 fundraising results


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
'Tis the season for giving, and the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island awarded $6,700 to various nonprof-
its at the end of 2013.
Club treasurer Kelly Jones issued checks based on
the club's fundraising work throughout the year.
Donations included $600 to the Anna Maria Island
Concert Chorus and Orchestra and $200 to the Lawton
Chiles Christmas Party for Children, which took place
at the Sandbar Restaurant in December.
Special Olympics Manatee County received $1,000
and Feeding Little Tummies received $600 from the
club. FELT is an organization filling backpacks with
food for elementary school students who might not eat
on weekends without help.
The largest amount, $1,400, went to Polio Plus to
facilitate the purchase and administration of the Salk
vaccine. Polio Plus is an initiative started by Rotar-


ians in 1989, and aims to eradicate polio throughout
the world. Since the launch of Polio Plus 25 years
ago, major philanthropic groups have joined the effort,
including the Gates Foundation.
Also $1,000 checks were sent to ShelterBox USA
and Rotary Foundation.
ShelterBox funding will provide tents and shel-
ter supplies to refugees of the Syrian conflict. The
local Rotary has contributed to ShelterBox for eight
years.
The Rotary Foundation supports education and
development projects throughout the world, and
the local Rotary has donated to this cause for nine


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basis. RIGHT: David Leppek, an art teacher at King
Middle School in Bradenton, receives a check from
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The club also sent $100 to help with the cost of the
Rotary International Float that appeared in the annual
Rose Parade in California on New Year's Day.
Money raised throughout the year comes from
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Players open box office
for 'Delval Divas'
The Island Players will present "Delval
Divas" Jan. 23-Feb. 9 at the Anna Maria theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Performances will be 8 p.m. Tuesday-Satur-
day and 2 p.m. Sunday, with the theater dark on
Monday.
Tickets cost $20 and are available online any-
time and at the box office 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Mondays-
Saturdays and an hour before curtain.
The play is a comedy about "professional
women who are living luxurious lifestyles despite
being incarcerated in Delaware Valley Federal
Correctional Facility for white collar crime,"
according to an announcement from the theater.
The "divas" in the cast include Sylvia Marnie,
Diane Phinney, Robin Rhodes, Melissa Anderson,
Laura Morales and Chrissy Abdala.
Heiko Knipfelberg is directing.
For more information, call the box office at
941-778-5755 or go online to www.theislandplay-
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Community notices, events
The Islander welcomes notices of your events and
projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages you to
submit both news and photographs.
Send press releases and photos with detailed cap-
tions to news@islander.org. Remember to include com-
plete contact information for more information and for
publication.


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Valentine's dance planned
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island con-
tinues its tradition of celebrating the sweetest holi-
day with a sweetheart dance to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
The 22nd annual Big Band Dance will take
place 8-11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The Sophisti-
cated Swing Band will provide the music.
For more information or tickets, call the center
at 941-778-1908 or call Kiwanis dance organizer
Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.


IGW hosts
watercolor demo
Watercolorist Caroline
Whitmore shows off her
/,work. ,-- will demon-
strate her techniques
at 10:30 a.m. Saturday,
Jan. 18, at Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf
-Drive, Holmes Beach.
The gallery hosts
monthly demonstrations, as well as monthly artist
receptions. Whitmore, according to a news release,
is well known for her beautifulflower scenes and
seascapes." For more information, call IGW at 941-
778-6648.


Annunciation serving
spaghetti dinner
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will
serve a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, garlic
bread, salad and dessert.
The cost is $10.
The church is at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
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Winterfest sale at Coquina
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They showed a screech owl, as well as
a red-tailed hawk, a great horned owl
and a barred owl. Volunteers Dana
Henderson and Brianna Bjordahl
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lect donations for wildlife care at the
craft show. The same organizer plans
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Dining for Women, the collective that celebrates
with a meal and raises money for good works, holds a
dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
Diners will bring a dish to share and hear from
Elizabeth Fisher, founder and CEO of Selah Freedom,
which helps victims of sex trafficking in Manatee and
Sarasota counties.
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said, "This is a wonderful group of brave young
women who in one year have created counseling
centers, a women's shelter and cooperation with the
justice system to help the victims of sex trafficking.
Come, bring a dish and donate to Selah Freedom."
The event will take place at the Sandpiper Resort
clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
For more information or reservations, call Peelen
at 941-896-5827.

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The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
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18 E JAN. 15, 2014 U THE ISLANDER

AMI chamber celebrates 'Giving Back' to island community


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
awarded funds to 23 nonprofits Jan. 9 at its "Giving
Back, Save the Trolley" event at the Tortuga Inn Beach
Resort, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The money came from the excess generated by
selling advertising on the fare-free island trolley.
The ads were created to help defray trolley costs
and keep the system free for passengers.
Board member David Teitelbaum was credited
with the idea to ensure the trolley would remain free,
said chamber president Mary Ann Brockman. He also
sold all the ads.
In 2009, Brockman said, Manatee County admin-
istrator Ed Hunzeker wanted to charge $1 to trolley
riders. He said the high cost of maintaining the trolleys,
about $250,000 per year, was too much to continue
operating the service without a fare.
But Teitelbaum could not fathom people paying a
fare for the trolley and he had an idea.
"I'm into marketing and I thought about selling
advertising to cover the island's share of maintenance
and upkeep of the trolleys," he said.




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He then created a schematic of locations on the
trolley and pricing for the ads, prepared contracts, sold
advertising, assisted in artwork, and coordinated with
Manatee County on the effort.
From the advertising funds, the chamber pays
$60,000 to the county as the island's share of trol-
ley costs, and the trolley has remained fare-free for
riders.
"Imagine if we didn't have a free trolley and people
had to pay," Teitelbaum said.
"A free trolley is a major selling point for visitors
to come to the island, park their car and just ride the
trolley to wherever they want to go," Brockman said.
The charitable organizations named at the gift-giv-
ing party each received $1,500. The attendees repre-
sentatives of many of the charities, mixed and chatted,
enjoyed libations and appetizers in the beachfront Tor-
tuga Inn pergola. Then, on hearing the announcements,
were elated with the surprise funding, as none knew in
advance the amount of "Giving Back."
For his services to the trolley, the chamber gave
Teitelbaum an award at the Giving Back party.
Brockman said all the excess trolley funds were
distributed and the chamber kept none of the money.

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C l,,/..l i board member David Teitelbaum is joined
by Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker and
chamber member Karen LaPensee in announcing
the Giving Back awards. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 15, 2014 0 19

Chalkers takeover 2 days on Pine Avenue


The Anna Maria Chalk Festival will take place
Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19, on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria.
Businesses along the main thoroughfare as well
as on Gulf Drive are readying for the event, which
will feature artists celebrating Anna Maria history.
The festival's theme is "Historic Anna Maria,
From Pirates to Present" and organizers promised in
a news release that Pine Avenue pedestrians would
see a rendering of a full-scale pirate ship.
Festivalgoers can expect to see experienced chalk
artists, as well as local artists and island children
working on the pavement from 10 a.m. to sunset on
the weekend.
Pine Avenue Restoration and
i Denise Kowal are organizing
the festival, the first of its kind,
B, ,~ though festivals on Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach and
in Anna Maria for the city pier
i centennial have featured chalk
artists.
Kowal Kowal also is the founder
of the Sarasota Chalk Festival,
one of hundreds of chalk fests worldwide.
Kowal offered a brief history of street chalk
painting, which originated during the 16th century
in Italy: Known as Madonnari's for their homage to
the Madonna, the street artists were vagabonds trav-
eling between festivals and living solely from coins
from visitors. Painting on the walkways or beaten
earth, they would use charcoal, pieces of brick or tile,
colored stones or chalk to reproduce simple religious
art.
The art, after World War II, suffered greatly and
only a few older artists remained throughout Italy.
In 1972, the Grazie di Curtatone became the first
street painting festival in the world, seeking out artists
and working to preserve and celebrate the art form.
Among the enthusiasts was artist Kurt Wenner, the


first American to join the ranks of the Italian madon-
nari in the 1980s and inventor of 3D street paint-
ing.
From the Grazie di Curtatone, a worldwide phe-
nomenon was born and street painters began to appear
throughout Europe and the United States.
Robert "Sidewalk Sam" Guillemin was the first
documented street painter in the United States, but
Wenner introduced the art form in Santa Barbara,
Calif., and started the first street painting festival in
the United States.
He went on to teach the art to more than 100,000
students and started many other festivals. In 2012,
Wenner, along with 20 of the world best street paint-
ers, produced the first multilevel street painting in
Sarasota, according to Kowal. The release said she
has "worked with Wenner to test the boundaries of
the art form and creating a global street painting com-
munity."
The Anna Maria festival is free to attend. Partici-
pation also is free, with a number of local businesses
and groups involved in sponsoring the event.
Sponsors include Anna Maria Guest Houses, the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, Sandbar Restaurant, Mar
Vista Dockside Restaurant, Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Center, Anna Maria Historic Green
Village, Pineapplefish, Anna Maria General Store,
The Islander newspaper, Beach Bums Island Attitude,
Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, The Vil-
lage Magazine, AMI Radio, the Rex and Helen Hagen
Foundation, The Island Cabana, Anna Maria Olive
Oil Outpost, the new Libby's Jewelry store at the His-
toric Green Village, the Anna maria Island Chamber
of Commerce, Robert and Janet Kingman and Mike
and Mary Selby.
A VIP dinner is planned Friday, Jan. 17, at the
Studio, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
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20 E JAN. 15, 2014 U THE ISLANDER

AM mayor calls for island support to repeal house bill


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has called on island-
ers to back a bill being introduced by state Sen. John
Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, to repeal House Bill 883.
HB 883 became law July 1, 2012, allowing any
Florida homeowner to rent his or her home unless
] existing local zoning laws governed
rentals to the contrary.
9K 0 For instance, Holmes Beach regu-
lates some residential zones, limiting
residential rentals to seven-day and
30-day minimums.
SueLynn Some considered the bill a victory
for the Florida Association of Accom-
modation Owners, which backed the use of family
homes as vacation rentals.
But for Mayor SueLynn, an unintended conse-
quence is the sale of island properties, homes and
duplexes, which are converted to multi-bedroom rental
homes and duplex condominium associations that then
operate as "mini-hotels."
"And there is nothing we can do about it except
try to get the bill repealed," she said.
Thrasher's, bill, Senate Bill 356, is in the Senate
Regulated Industries Committee. The committee will
determine if the bill will come to the Senate floor
for a vote during the 2014 legislative session, which
convenes March 4.
"The most precious power a city in Florida has is
its home rule powers," SueLynn wrote in a letter to the
Manatee County-area state legislative delegation.
The effect of HB 883 "has been devastating to the
city of Anna Maria. Without the ability to regulate,
developers and investors have swooped in, building
and buying up houses that are now essentially mini-
hotels," she wrote.
"The residential makeup of the city ... has been
destroyed. Numerous residents have left, along with
those visitors who returned year after year to enjoy the


peace and quiet of Anna Maria Island.
"Absentee ownership has created numerous gov-
erning and maintenance problems" for island cities,
she added.
The mayor wrote that without balance to support
residents and visitors alike, the old Florida ambiance of
the city and the island would eventually disappear.
The mayor sent the letter to state Rep. Jim Boyd,
R-Bradenton, who chairs the local delegation.
Other members include state Reps. Daryl Rouson,


Streetlife .

Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Jan. 4, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard,
vehicle burglary. While inside a local restaurant, an
unknown person stole four fishing rods and reels from
the complaint's open truck bed.
Jan. 6, 8605 Gulf Drive, CrossPointe Fellow-
ship. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office Department
deputy responded to the listed organization. Unknown
persons used some sort of an object to damage one of
the doors. The suspect was unable to gain entry, but
caused about $200 damages.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Dec. 23, 500 block of 72nd Street, vehicle theft.
Police made contact with a man, who said he let a
friend stay the night. At some point, the friend stole his
mother's vehicle and phone. The mother was contacted
and met with police to list the vehicle as stolen. The
suspect later contacted the mother to let her know her


D-St. Petersburg and Greg Steube, R-Bradenton, and
state Senators Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Bill Gal-
vano, R-Bradenton.
SueLynn said Anna Maria has more than 600 rental
accommodations. Holmes Beach city officials claim to
have about 1,100 rental units, while Bradenton Beach
has approximately 1,200. The numbers of non-rental
housing units were not available at press time.
For more information on SB 356, call 941-708-
4968 or email kathi.brown@myfloridahouse.gov.


car was at his house and that he had it cleaned. At this
point, the woman no longer wished to press charges.
Dec. 25, 4700 block of Gulf Drive, fugitive.
While on routine patrol a Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment officer was stopped by a man yelling for help.
At this point, two men in another vehicle arrived and
attempted to pull the complainant from his vehicle. The
officer stopped the men and called for backup. The two
men refused to explain their actions, but the victim said
one of the men had scammed him for $40,000 and his
father-in-law for $250,000. As it turned out, all three
men were connected through various marriages. The
victim said the suspect had been telling him for two
years that he was in the witness protection program
and that any word to law enforcement of his activities
would endanger the family The victim learned this was
untrue and began looking for a police officer when the
suspects arrived, attempting to stop him. Police ran
a warrants check and while the suspect is not in the
witness protection program, he did have an extradition
warrant from Wisconsin. He was placed under arrest.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
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Rosemary S. Center
Rosemary S. Center, 86, died Jan. 6. She was born
in Chicago and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1979
from Los Angeles.
She was married 61 years to the late Charles E.
Center.
A memorial service was held Jan.
S11 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes
& Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bra-
denton. Condolences may be made
online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.
Center com.
Mrs. Center is survived by her children, Charles
Jr. of Dover and Diane Boudro, Daniel, Tera Howard
and Rosemary Balandra, all of Bradenton; 10 grand-
children; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Walter John Gruen
Walter John Gruen of Holmes Beach died Jan. 6.
He came to Anna Maria Island in 1995 from Land 0'
Lakes.
Mr. Gruen was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War
II. He served as an RM2C aboard the USS Pelican and
was stationed three years in Panama.
He enjoyed being a ham radio operator, and he met
people from all over the world and made many friends
through the radio.
He retired from Tampa Electric Co., where he was
a dispatcher.
No service is planned.
Mr. Gruen is survived by wife Olivia; son Karl F.;
step-son Bob Willis Jr. and wife Barbara; step-daughter
Olivia Willis; step-grandchildren Lauren Olivia Dipol-
ita and Emma Terry; and step-great-granddaughter
Leni Olivia Busiere.

Jack Glover
Jack Glover, 91, of Bradenton Beach and Hart,
Mich., died Jan. 6. He was born June 19, 1922, in Hart
to the late Phil and Nellie (Ervin) Glover. He was a
60-year resident of the Sandpiper Resort mobile home
park in Bradenton Beach.
Mr. Glover spent his lifetime farming the Glover
Bros. Centennial Fruit Farm in Hart until retirement in


2001. He was a longtime Elks Lodge
member. He loved to hunt and fish
and was a railroad enthusiast. He col-
lected vintage cars, many of which
A |were Studebakers. He proudly dis-
. I played a steam engine and caboose
Glover outdoors at his Michigan home.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in
Michigan.
Mr. Glover is survived by his wife of 41 years,
Marianne (Seitz/Manz); step-daughters Helga Matos
and Rosemarie Mundorff of Bradenton; a step-grand-
daughter, three step-great-grandchildren and nine step-
great-great-grandchildren, all of Port Charlotte; neph-
ews Tom McGuire of Mears, Mich., Garth Larson of
Hart, Rodney Larson of Salt Lake City, Martin, David
and John Jonassen of Michigan and Andrew Jonas-
sen of Wisconsin; and nieces Nancy Hook of Toledo,
Bonnie McCoy, Susan Bettys and Irene Jonassen, all
of Michigan.
Ramon Marra
Ramon Marra, 79, of Bradenton Beach, died Jan.
4. He was born in Guantanamo, Cuba, and came to
Florida in 1962 after being expelled by Fidel Castro's
government.
Mr. Marra served 18 months in
a Cuban prison for anti-communist
activities. He was proud to become
an American citizen and was always
grateful for America's liberties and
opportunities. At age 37, he earned
Marra a degree in accounting from Florida
Atlantic University, despite barely speaking English.
He worked as an auditor for the city of Tampa and
served as city auditor for four years before relocating
to Bradenton.
He was a proud member of the Tampa Downtown
Lions Club and the Tampa Cuban Civic Club. He
retired in 2002 and spent time fishing, playing softball
for the Bradenton Senior Softball League and enjoying
his grandchildren. He was a man who lived life to the
fullest and found every person a friend.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 11 at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was
in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made


online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkin-
son's Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd.,
Suite 100, Sarasota FL34232, or to St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital.
Mr. Marra is survived by his wife of 54 years,
Nancy; daughter, Teresa of Denver; daughter Nancy
and husband Andre Perron of Bradenton; grandchil-
dren Jeremy and Jacqueline Perron.

Joe Romeo
Joe Romeo, 86, died Jan. 9. He was born in Tampa
and later retired to Anna Maria Island.
One of his favorite pastimes was fishing the
beautiful flats in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico
waters.
A service was held Jan. 11 at Church of the Cross,
Bradenton. Covell Funeral Home of Bradenton was in
charge of arrangements.
Mr. Romeo is survived by two sons, Mark and
Chris.
Frank Wheeler Wiley
Frank Wheeler Wiley, 91, a 30-year resident of
Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 3. He was born Oct.
21, 1922, in Bradenton to the late Ralph and Laurette
Wheeler Wiley.
Mr. Wiley was proud to have been a graduate of
Manatee High School. He worked for Southern Rail-
way for 40 years.
The service and interment were at Manasota
Memorial Park. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences
may be made online at www.manasotamemorial.
com.
Mr. Wiley is survived by his son, Frank Jr.; daugh-
ters Loraine, Joan and husband Lew Humphrey and
Dorie; sisters Frances Hamilton, and Dorothy Thomas;
and grandchildren Graham and wife Brandy Maddox,
Edward Porter, Melanie, Lisa, and Patrick Geren, Nick
and Margaret Gaba; two greatgrandchildren; many
nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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22 E JAN. 15, 2014 U THE ISLANDER

Local mayors gather to share mutual municipal concerns


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The past year came to a close in a spirit of coopera-
tion between island municipalities.
That mood has grown within the monthly Coali-
tion of Barrier Island Elected Officials meetings. So
much so, Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti wanted
to hold additional meetings for island mayors. The first
one took place Jan. 10 at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Monti said he wanted to identify concerns shared
by Anna Maria Island's cities and the town of Longboat
Key and, for the first meeting, Monti wanted to "start
with some simple things that can unify the island."
He presented a banner that could be displayed
to indicate to people coming onto the island they are
arriving to Anna Maria Island.
Monti said he believes it may be something the
Manatee County Tourist Development Council would
fund since the promotion is for the island as a whole.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said he
didn't have an issue with it, but would have to follow
protocol by submitting the idea to the Scenic Waves
Partnership Committee before the commission could
consider it.
Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown noted it doesn't
apply to his town.
Monti continued, saying he has suggested the TDC
consider that two concession areas for 7 miles of public
beach is not enough, especially not for restrooms.
"We get a lot of complaints that people will use
someone's yard to relieve themselves or use someone's
hose to wash their feet off," said Monti. "But at the
same time, we don't have any services for the people
who use other areas of the beach away from Manatee
or Coquina beaches."
Monti said he envisions an open cabana-type struc-
ture as opposed to enclosed restroom facilities. He said
enclosed structures are prone to vandalism or homeless
people sleeping in them.
The open structures would allow just enough cover
for people to change clothes and use the facilities, but
have enough of an opening for law enforcement to see
what's going on inside.
Mayors Suelynn and Shearon said it would be
more of a challenge in their cities. Shearon said he
believes the only places to put such a structure would
be beyond the coastal construction line and issues
would arise with the Florida Department of Environ-


mental Protection.
Suelynn said, "It would be a challenge to get it
passed in my commission," but noted it would have a
better chance if TDC would fund it.
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie said
the idea came up years ago in Bradenton Beach and
the biggest obstacle was that the public did not want
restroom facilities anywhere near their homes.
He said restrooms at beach accesses in Holmes
Beach in residential areas might be an uphill battle.
The mayors also discussed the possibility of shar-
ing a contract for sanitation and recycling services and
to include the county in the negotiations.
A shared contract would likely save everyone
money. However, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria use
Waste Management for sanitation and recycling, while
Bradenton Beach uses Waste Pro.
Brown said Longboat Key is in negotiations and
"I don't know who we have right now."
The idea was received with some enthusiasm, but
how to go about getting everyone on the same contract
would require further investigation.
Longboat Key town manager David Bullock sug-
gested each city include a clause in future negotiations
that would allow another city to be included in the
existing contract's terms.
He said one city might not like the terms another
city negotiated, but it's an option.
In other matters, Monti discussed his plan for paid
parking at Manatee Public Beach, noting that county
and island residents would be able to obtain a sticker
that would allow them free parking.
By allowing half the parking area for county and
island residents for free, Monti estimated $1 million in


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of Bradenton Beach,
left, Carmel Monti of
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annual revenue. He also said there are studies that show
paid parking does not negatively impact tourism.
The idea has not been met with a lot of enthusiasm
in the past from Bradenton Beach or Anna Maria. Both
cities have concerns that motorists would travel the
island to find free parking and impact their neighbor-
hoods and beaches.
And both cities are trying to address their own
congestion and parking problems.
Shearon had similar concerns as far as joining in
the plan and charging for parking at Coquina Beach,
but said perhaps the Holmes Beach plan would bring
more business to Bradenton Beach.
Shearon said business is always welcome, but the
biggest concern for him is that while Coquina Beach
parking is ample, most visitors don't go there for park-
ing. He said people prefer to park as close as they can
to Bridge Street to enjoy the amenities.
Monti suggested another concession stand between
Coquina Beach and Bridge Street might alleviate that
problem.
Suelynn said paid parking in Anna Maria has been
a topic of discussion for some time. It was placed on
the city agenda for the first time at a recent meeting.
She said, however, a two-hour cell tower presenta-
tion left the topic tabled without the level of discussion
she had hoped.
She said she could support Monti's plan, but
doesn't believe it will alleviate ongoing issues for
either Anna Maria or Bradenton Beach.
Brown said Longboat Key is a different story alto-
gether, as it is not a big tourist destination because the
key has few public beach accesses.
Suelynn cautioned against taking on projects that
would affect neighbor cities.
"That's why we are discussing it here, because I
agree with that," said Monti.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 15, 2014 0 23

Tree City USA, BB roundabout landscaping makes priority list


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
With Florida Arbor Day on the calendar this week,
Bradenton Beach needs to put a rush its growing
plans.
Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid
McClellan prioritized two items Jan. 2 for Scenic
Waves Partnership Committee consideration.
In 2011, Bradenton Beach became a Tree City
USA and, on behalf of the city, McClellan is ready to
push forward on the city's re-application.
The deadline to submit the application was Dec.
31, 2013, but McClellan said she was able to get an
extension.
"Most other cities don't require going back through
a city commission, but Bradenton Beach requires
approval," said McClellan. "So I need to have the
renewal form approved and signed at the Jan. 16 city
commission meeting to submit the application."
McClellan, a Waves committee member, sought
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Cups and Peaches. Feature: Popcorn
Chicken Caesar Salad.
Thursday, Jan. 16
Breakfast: Biscuit and Chicken Patty.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Breadstick, Meatball Subs, Broccoli
and Cheese, Cucumber Coins with Dip, Pears and Birthday
Ice Cream. Feature: Chef Salad.
Friday, Jan. 17
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes.
Lunch: Pizza, Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Corn, Cherry
Tomato with Dip and Sidekicks. Feature: Italian Salad.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Monday, Jan. 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
Record day, no school.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Cheeseburgers or Hamburgers, Chicken Quesadilla,
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To remain in the Tree City USA program, munici-
palities must hold state and national Arbor Day cer-
emonies. Florida Arbor Day this year is Jan. 17, while
National Arbor Day is April 25.
In January 2012, the city enhanced landscaping
at the Bridge Street roundabout at the city pier. The
roundabout at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Bridge
Street State Road 789 was planned for landscap-
ing for National Arbor Day, but a delay in obtaining
the permits to work on a state road caused the city
to return to the easternmost roundabout for additional
enhancement.
McClellan said the design for the Gulf Drive
roundabout is already approved by the city, but the
Florida Department of Transportation won't issue a
permit without the city approving a maintenance agree-
ment for care of the landscaping.
"When you make a change on the state road, the
city is responsible for maintenance," said McClellan.
"DOT gave me a blank permit to submit at the Jan. 16
city commission meeting. Keep Manatee Beautiful will
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cookie fundraiser, AME auditorium.
Friday, Jan. 17, end of first semester.
9:30 a.m.-l:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, fifth-
grade field trip to O'Brien Family Farm.
Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
no school.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, record day, no school.
Thursday, Jan. 23, report cards.
Thursday, Jan. 23, third-, fourth- and fifth-
grade Coastal Crusaders bird watching field trip.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, third-, fourth- and fifth-
grade Coastal Crusaders watercolor class.
5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, PTO dinner and
talent show.
9:15-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, second-
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money.
McClellan said as soon as the city approves a
maintenance agreement, KMB will pay an architect
to submit the design for a DOT permit.
The Bridge Street Merchants organization has
agreed to pay for part of the landscaping project, but
BSM recently spent $20,000 on lighting for its annual
Christmas on Bridge Street event.
McClellan said KMB will pay for its portion of
the landscaping and the merchants can pay to have
the remaining landscaping done when funds become
available.
When asked if that would create a problem for the
permit, McClellan said she believes the permit is good
for a year.
"So the merchants should have a year to finish the
project," she said.
In other matters, Waves member Ed Chiles said
he didn't like a plan to have bollards installed on the
n, 1i tim _. .t portion of the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road inter-
section.
Chiles said with so many distractions for motor-
ists and pedestrians, "it seems like a really dangerous
situation."
He suggested looking into a pathway bordered
with native vegetation, but Tjet Martin said DOT fund-
ing for bollards is already in place and it includes the
sidewalk.
Mayor Bill Shearon said the project is on hold
until another of the three condominium associations
in the area votes on the matter. The easements needed
by DOT are included in the condo properties on the
west side of Gulf Drive.
Vice Mayor Janie Robertson said the last of the
three associations is expected to vote on the matter by
the end of the month and she could provide the results
of that vote at the committee's Feb. 3 meeting.
Two associations have tentatively approved.
Shearon said the proposed pathway is designed to
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Another sticking point, he said, is the rights of way
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24 0 JAN. 15, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Winter sports take over fields, gym at AM center


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
It was a busy week of winter sports for kids and
adult players at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center.
The outdoor fields came alive for the kick off of
the NFL flag football youth league Jan. 11 with Spirit
Day a day-long series of half games and a contest
among fans and teams to show who has the most team
spirit.
No official scores were kept, and a good time was
had by all.
The adult volleyball league started up in the gym
Jan. 9 with three matches. Duncan Real Estate shot
past Southern Greens 25-13, 25-8, in the first matchup.
Next up, Florida Discount Signs & Wraps defeated
Southern Greens 25-16, 25-13.
Duncan Real Estate then slipped by Florida Dis-
count Signs & Wraps, scoring 25-21, 25-22, in the
day's third match.

Adult flag football kicks off, too
The NFL flag football adult league got going Jan.
9 at the center minus the Spirit Day hoopla with
three full games in its 18-and-over division.
Slim's Place Bears trampled the Beach Bistro
Raiders 31-14 in the first game, while the final game of
the evening saw Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins
overwhelm The Waterfront Restaurant Panthers by a
55-6 score.
In between, there was one close game The
Islander's game of the week. Agnelli Pool & Spa
Giants edged Duffy's Tavern Seahawks 32-25 behind
a big game from quarterback Rob Manderine. Man-
derine completed 13 of 24 passes for 167 yards and
three touchdown passes, while also rushing for 32


Runners turn out for

AME Dolphin Dash
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Elementary School campus was
crowded Jan. 11 at 8 a.m., but school wasn't in session
that Saturday morning.
Runners were taking their mark for the annual
Dolphin Dash benefiting the school's Parent Teacher
Organization.
According to event supervisor Jesse Brisson 135
people pre-registered for the event. And more than 135
runners participated, as volunteers registered peopk 'i
the day of the race.
Volunteers began registering and handing ,nut
information packets at 7 a.m., an hour before thi. InIN[
race.
The dash included two races, a 5K and a I -iiuk
fun run.
The oldest participant in the 5K was 75 and LtK.
youngest were 7 years old.
Winning the 5K was Michael Lamb, who fi itNh.d
in 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Lamb lives in Brad. inLt 'ii
and works at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Brad. inLt 'ii
Beach.
Following the race, participants were olIL.cd
refreshments and snacks. Awards were presenid ait
about 10 a.m., after both races had been compkctL.d



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT:
Runners in the annual Dolphin Dash 5K
race take offfrom Anna Maria Elementary -
Jan. 11. Runners follow a race path on
Holmes Beach streets back to the finish line
at the school. FAR LEFT: Kali McGregor
of Bradenton is the first woman to cross the
finish line in the 5K Dolphin Dash, ,. ran
the race in 21 minutes, 18 seconds.
LEFT: Children and parents at the finish
line during the 1-mile Fun Run at Anna
Maria Elementary School Jan. 11. The fun
run was the second race of the day. Islander
Photos: Jennifer Glenfield


A young Beach Bistro Buccaneer player shows off
his team colors Jan. 11 during Spirit Day, kicking
off the NFL youth flag football league at the center.
Islander Photo: Courtesy AMICC

yards and a touchdown.
Frank Agnelli was his favorite target, catching five
passes for 47 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions,
while Andrew Turman added four catches for 75 yards
and one touchdown.
Caleb Earhard led the Giant defense with five flag
pulls and an interception, while Turman also chipped
in with an interception.
Duffy's Tavern Seahawks were led by Jason Van-
cleve, who accounted for two touchdowns in the game.
He threw for a touchdown, while chipping in with 32
receiving yards and a touchdown. Dylan Kraut added a
5-yard touchdown reception and an interception return
for a touchdown on defense. Craig Doehr completed
the scoring for the Seahawks with one TD reception.
The 30-and-over division got going Jan. 10 with
three games. Ross Built Panthers opened the season with
an 18-0 victory over Jessie's Island Store Buccaneers.


The second game saw Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants edge
Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings 20-14, but the game of the
week was a 39-36 shootout victory by Island Gourmet
Bills over Island Real Estate Raiders.
The Bills were led by quarterback Chuck Buky,
who completed 13 of 23 passes for 302 yards and six
touchdown passes. His favorite target was Jim Ptak,
who caught seven balls for 150 yards and three touch-
downs, while AJ Brown added three catches for 70
yards and a pair of touchdown receptions. Katie Ber-
zowski completed the scoring with two catches for 45
yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, the Bills were paced by Brown's four
flag pulls and an interception by Ptak.
The Raiders were led by quarterback Chris Gillum,
who completed 16 of 22 passes for 175 yards and five
touchdown passes. Jason Vancleve was the top target
on six throws for 102 yards and three touchdown recep-
tions. Mike Gillum, with four catches for 42 yards
and one touchdown and Erin Heckler, who had three
catches for 28 yards and one touchdown, completed
the scoring for the Raiders in the loss.
Vancleve led the Raiders defense with five flag
pulls.

Horseshoe news
Three teams emerged from pool play during Jan.
11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horse-
shoe pits and were left to battle for the day's title.
Bob Palmer and Sam Samuels drew the bye into
the finals and watched as Adin Shank and Rod Bussey
rolled past Tom Skoloda and Bob Mason on a 24-13
score. The championship match was a tight one, ending
when Bussey threw a match-clinching "six pack" to
earn a 23-20 come-from-behind victory.
Bob Palmer and Sam Samuels were the only team
that earned a 3-0 pool play record during Jan. 8 horse-
shoe action and were the day's outright champs.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Sat-
urdays at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin
at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
come.

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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 15, 2014 0 25

Pick your days, dodge cold fronts for prosperous fishing


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
As we settle into January, you'll see that fishing
between the cold fronts can be prosperous. With an
average water temp in the mid 60s for January, our
water has the potential to really chill down during and
shortly after extreme cold fronts.
To see water temps in the low to mid 50s is not
uncommon here during a cold front, especially if it
lingers and there's little to no sunshine. These are the
days you want to plan something else to do. It may be
doing chores around the house, straightening out your
fishing tackle or, if you're on vacation, it might just
be dining out, shopping or relaxing with a movie or a
good book.
In any scenario, wait for the warming trend. In a
day or two when the water temps rise to normal, the
fish will bite again. Not to mention, it's more enjoyable
fishing when it's warm and the sun is shining on you.
Sometimes I think the fish feel the same way.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore struc-
ture with some interesting results. By using both live
shrimp and cut shiners, Girle's clients are reeling up
limits of mangrove snapper, as well as throw-back
gag and red grouper. What makes this bite interest-
ing is that between snapper and grouper bites, clients
are hooking into over-slot redfish and an occasional
snook. Yeah, that's right 30 feet of water and he's
catching reds and snook.
While both of these species are known to frequent
reefs on occasion, it's just a case of being there on the
right days at the right time. Is the catch targetable? Not
really, but it sure is fun to luck into a bite like that.
Moving inshore, Girle is hunting migratory fish in
Sarasota Bay. Pompano, the primary target, as well as
jacks, ladyfish, bluefish and mackerel, are being caught
on shrimp-tipped jigs. Drifting is Girle's method of
locating the bite.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says
between cold fronts, action remains consistent on
Spanish mackerel, jacks and blue runners, although
trying to fish during or just after the cold fronts is


Capt. Mike Kasten of the Miss Anna Maria char-
ter boat shows off a 70-pound cobia caught Jan.
11 about 40 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island.
Islander Courtesy Photo

challenging. Pick your days and you'll find success,
he says. For baits, try small white crappie jigs or white
buck-tail jigs. Macks and jacks go crazy for them.
Mangrove snapper, flounder and sheepshead are
also worthy adversaries when pier fishing. Again,
warmer weather conditions are in your best interest,
although sometimes the sheepies like it better when
it's cold and the water is all stirred up. Try dropping
live shrimp around the pilings under the pier to target
these structure-oriented fish.


Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says
sheepshead and black drum are busting on the scene,
thanks to the cold fronts of this past week. As water
temps drop, these fish are seeking refuge in residen-
tial canals, especially around rocks and docks. The
slightly warmer water in the canals creates a safe
haven for these fish, as well as an abundance of for-
aging on small crustaceans. Canal fishers using live
shrimp for bait are finding decent numbers of both
sheepies and drum. Along with those, canal fishing
with live shrimp can produce snook, redfish, flounder
and trout.
Along the beaches, pompano action remains
steady. Goofy jigs or traditional jigs tipped with fresh
shrimp or a sand flea will get your rod bent. While
targeting pompano, expect to hook into jacks, blue
runners, macks, ladyfish and bluefish, but carry some
pliers. They come in handy when removing jigs from
the blues and macks.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
fishing redfish during the incoming tides around small
mangrove islands. Using live shrimp or Berkley Gulp
shrimp, Gross is producing a steady bite for his clients.
Redfish in the slot are common, but expect to catch
some shorties, too.
Next, Gross is dock fishing with live shrimp for
bait. In these areas, Gross is catching sheepshead and
flounder. Keeper-sizes of both species are being reeled
up, although you have to weed through the smaller
ones. Along with sheepies and flounder, expect to catch
black drum and more redfish.
Finally, Gross is moving out to deeper grass flats
in search of spotted seatrout. For these fish, Gross is
drifting over the flat, instructing his clients to jig the
potholes. By casting Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig-
head into the sandy potholes, Gross' clients are cooling
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Large vacant parcel sold
FH Anna Maria LLC has purchased the 15-lot
property in Anna Maria on South Bay Boulevard for-
merly known as Villa Rosa.
A company press release said FH Anna Maria is
a real estate company managed by Brad Baldwin of
Sarasota and Eric Howell of Bradenton.
The subdivision will be called Bimini Cove and
plans call for a deed-restricted community of coastal-
style homes in the 2,200- to 3,200-square-foot range.
Home prices will start at around $1 million, the release
stated.
Baldwin said the sale price for the vacant lots was
$5.3 million.
In 2011, Bon Eau Enterprises LLC of Sarasota had
advertised the property for $8 million.
The lots were purchased from Bon Eau, which had
bought the land from former developers Steve Noriega
and Robert Byrne, who filed for bankruptcy.

New Harry's Grill planning
to open Jan. 17
Bob and Machelle Shipp have purchased Feeling
Swell at 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, and are renam-
ing the establishment Harry's Grill.
The grill will have a soft opening Friday, Jan. 17,
Machelle Shipp said, and a grand opening party at a
later date.
"We just want to get open and get to know every-
one," she said.
The Shipps are remodeling, painting, planning a
new menu, and have launched a website for their busi-


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ness at www.harrysgrillami.com.
For more information, call 941-896-7879.

Wine tasting for charity
at LBK Harry's
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive,
Longboat Key, will hold its first 2014 wine-tasting
benefit 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Admission to the event is $20 with a portion of
the proceeds going to the nonprofit Save Our Seabirds
organization.
Along with a variety of wines for tasting, a press
release from Harry's said appetizers and entertainment
are included.
Reservations are requested, but not required.
For more information, call 941-383-0777 or email
info@ harryskitchen.com.

AMI chamber hosting
monthly events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its monthly sunrise breakfast 7:45-9 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at TrustCo Bank, 5858 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton.


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cake a gin-
gerbread prize
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rant, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria, won the
gingerbread house con-
r ae test during the Lester
Family Fun Day, which
was held at the Anna
Maria Island Com-
munity Center in early
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Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
required.
Members are encouraged to bring a guest or pro-
spective member.
The chamber's monthly business card exchange is
5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Haley's Motel Com-
plex, 8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the exchange is $5 and appetizers and door
prizes are included.
Reservations are requested, but not required.
Call 941- 778-1541 for information or to make res-
ervations for any chamber event.

Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
95 52nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,988 sfla /4,721
sfur 3bed/3'2bath/2car Gulffront home built in 2003
on a 90x140 lot was sold 12/19/13, Kreps to Swanson
for $3,100,000; list $3,250,000.
4410 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,942 sfla /
2,416 sfur 3bed/22bath/Icar Gulffront home built in
1936 on a 72x200 lot was sold 12/19/13, Schultz to
Bird for $1,500,000; list $1,975,000.
111 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,864 sfla
3,757 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1981 on a 110x89
lot was sold 12/20/13, Gonzalez to DAR II LLC for
$1,450,000.
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BIKE: LADIES, $25, serving buffet, $100,
microwave, $50. 941-778-5202 or 612-597-
1646.

TABLES: END AND sofa and cocktail. Con-
temporary, glass tops/bronze metal bases,
$100 each. 407-310-4446.

HUMAN TOUCH POWER leather recliner,
anti-gravity lounger, beige, new, $1,299.941 -
792-5877.

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


308 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,952 sfla / 2,752
sfur 4bed/4bath pool home built in 1976 on a 72x116
lot was sold 12/19/13, Anna Maria Costal Homes LLC
to Leiweke for $945,000; list $999,000.
6700 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Gulf Place, Holmes
Beach, a 1,513 sfla / 1,702 sfur 3bed/2/2bath Gulf-
front condo with shared pool built in 1976 was sold
12/20/13, Wadsworth to White Shell Majesty LLC for
$910,000; list $949,000.
111 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,596 sfla / 2,156
sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 64x80 lot was
sold 12/26/13, Hudson to Golino for $645,000.
311 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,690 sfla / 3,968
sfur 3bed/2bath/3car home built in 1966 on a 120x94
lot was sold 12/20/13, Daniels to Broyles for $571,500;
list $739,000.
526 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,582 sfla / 1,854
sfur 3bed/2bath/lIcar canalfront pool home built in
1970 on a 80x110 lot was sold 12/23/13, Raaker to
Baker for $515,000; list $550,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 171, Tortuga, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 2006 was sold 12/18/13, Tortuga
CGP Properties LLC to Skorupa for $366,000; list
$369,000.
3004 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, three vacant 50x 100
lots were sold 12/20/13, Bode Enterprises LLC to
Wazner for $315,000.
510 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant 50x62 lot
was sold 12/27/13, Porter to 510 North Bay LLC for
$290,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 108, Runaway Bay,
Holmes Beach, a 691 sfla / 771 sfur I bed/ bath condo
with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 12/20/13,
Neihardt to Palmen for $189,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

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to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15
words or less. FREE, one week, must be sub-
mitted online. Email classifieds@islander.org,
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YOGA STRONG WORKSHOP with Eleni
Romeo. Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, at Island
Space. $20. Register online: islandyogas-
pace.com. 941-224-7506.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but
working XBox, Wii units with games for Min-
istry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothe-
bys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothebys-
realty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

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

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

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers
and The Islander are collecting new or used,
repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle,
buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your
gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Pick up at The Islander office,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.

More ads = more readers in The Islander!


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2
p.m.Tuesday ,Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m-1 p.m.
Saturday. 9-11 a.m. donations, Wednesdays.
511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

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

SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
Three-wheel bike, fishing poles, end tables,
chair, golf cart, lots more. 628 Dundee Lane,
Holmes Beach.


WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and
kittens!) are looking for great new homes or
fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-
6701.

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


2011 GEM E-2 electric car: Sapphire blue
metallic and white, 5-hp motor, hard doors
with glass 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 boat-
florida.weebly.com.
50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water
canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.

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POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiber-
glass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable!
Great for fishing-stand on the side without
tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun
boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see!
$500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


TORTILLA BAY IS hiring motivated team play-
ers for all kitchen positions and cashiers. Expe-
rience required. 5318 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Please, come in for an application.
SMALL BEACH RESORT on Anna Maria seek-
ing part-time/3 day-weekend property manager.
Email resume to: mail@annamariabeachcot-
tages.com. Computer and people skills required.
Quickbook skills a plus. 863-660-0584.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood
development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysit-
ter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-
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,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-779-6638. Leave message.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free
estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native
islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experi-
ence. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying
assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-
2535.

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

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL
and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941 -
756-4570.
JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic 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.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-
545-6688.
PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services avail-
able, 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., Bradenton. 941-746-0849.

TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up network-
ing, wired, wireless, audio, video surveillance
cameras. Palmfish Communication, 941-896-
0798.
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus
cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software
and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and
removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace
broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander
Socko a call: 941-799-1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
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.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and
installations, watering the island for 15 years.
Jeff, 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, 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.
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SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and
commercial. For all your landscaping needs.
941-932-6600.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape special-
ist. Residential and commercial. 30 years
experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.
vangopainting.net.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases
of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Nell, 941-726-3077.

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

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

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

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool
area.The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows,
lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.


PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call
Peter for free estimate, references, insured.The
Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job
too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills
repaired. 941-745-3870.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
coastinc.com.
VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near
boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria
Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.
VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or
condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971
or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.
ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014:
Long-time Island couple seeks single-family
home with pool in quiet Holmes Beach or
Anna Maria. No pets, no smoking. Minimum
2BR/2BA. Will consider waterfront condo. Tom,
941-993-4909.
MARCH AVAILABILITY: 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.
ANNUAL RENTAL N.W. 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
Robinson Preserve. $1,600/month. First, last,
security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
WE HELP HOMEOWNERS rent their home.
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coastalhomeaway.com. 941-584-4050.


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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.

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

SEASONAL AVAILABLE JANUARY-March.
2BR/2BA, first floor, washer and dryer, clean
and nice. 941-363-1227.

VACATION RENTAL: Feb. 1-March 1, luxury
1BR/1BA. West Bradenton inclusively priced,
$2,000. Call Coastal Properties Realty, 941-
794-1515.

AVAILABLE 2014-2015 WINTER season:
2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio.
1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must
see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373.


HOLMES BEACH: GORGEOUS Remodeled
2BR/2BA, large carport, new bathrooms and
ceiling fans, new wood floors and new soft neu-
tral paint, nice deck with water view, quiet area,
annual, $1,495/month. 941-713-6743


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.

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.

WESTBAY CONDO: DOWNSTAIRS, 2BR/2BA,
corner unit. Nice views of two canals and Tampa
Bay. Renovated kitchen, new furniture and appli-
ances Excellent value at $399,000. 941-201-
4577.


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PICTURE
^- PERFECT
". 3BR/3BA canalfront pool
home on large lot. Fully
remodeled. New metal
roof, pool, kitchen and
spa-style baths. The floor
plan is designed to catch
every island breeze with pocket sliders from almost every
room leading to the caged pool. Slightly larger lot has lush
native landscape. This is the one you will not forget. $929,000
Call Nicole Skaaas. Broker 941-773-3966


VACANT LAND
Large Buildable Lot with
234 feet of road frontage.
$34,900. Call Lori Skaggs,
Realtor 941-209-9669


Absolutely stunning, brand
new 3BR/3BA. Priced to sell at
$995,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker. 941-773-3966


GATED COMMUNITY GULFFRONT COMPLEX
Rare buildable lot in exclusive Gulf views from light, bright,
Harbour Landings Estates. updated 2BR/2BA condo. Turn-
$196,000. Call Nicole Skaggs, key furnished, priced to sell at
Broker, 941-773-3966. $264,900. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker. 941-773-3966.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289


FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Con-
quistador Parkway. 4816 61 st. Ave. Drive W., Bra-
denton. 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 Braden-
ton Beach. Turnkey, RV carport, covered veranda,
fenced, walk to shops, schools. Serious inquiries
only, no owner financing. $115,000. Great rental
or family home, 949-525-2580.
A-PLUS VILLA in Perico Bay Club. 2BR/2BA, fur-
nished, many updates, $239,900. 941-792-5405
or 315-427-6349.
FOR SALE BY owner: Lot 4, Block C at 112 79th
Street, Holmes Beach. 64x80-feet, house being
demolished, 650-feet from Gulf, $690,000. 941-
778-6364.
HOUSE FOR SALE: 302 66th St., Holmes Beach.
By owner, 3BR/2BA corner lot. 941-345-4930.
Edcar47@comcast.net.

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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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/VACATION RENTALS
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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whose identity
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the three shaded
answers in
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21 What you can bring
up, in a phrase
22 Photo lab abbr.
23 "M*A*S*H" star
24 Midwest capital
25 George's mother on
"Seinfeld"
26 Luau dish
27 Part of Caesar's
boast
28 Thrown out of the
country
29 Got logged off, in
a way
31 Textile tool
33 "The Lion King"
queen
34 Blows one's mind
37 Ain't right?
38 Southern terminus
of 1-35
40 Pyrexia
41 Unfrost
42 Old Tokyo
43 Go pfft
44 Varsity award

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45 Early Coleco hand-
held game
53 The Palins, e.g.
55 Musical notation
56 bleu
57 Tad
58 Motor coach
62 To boot
64 Lay off
65 MGM symbol
66 Orbit competitor
67 Bloody Mary
stirrer
68 Others, to Ovid
69 Make a boner
70 Colorful bird
71 "Barnm!" man
72 Advance
73 The "what" of a
Clue accusation,
whose identity
is hinted at by
the three shaded
answers in
this quadrant
79 Saturnalia
83 Thing in doubt?
90 Conned
93 Wrestling star Lou
94 Opening for a
dermatologist?
95 Running wild
96 Jungian complex
97 Bordeaux wine
98 Some Ivy Leaguers
99 Start of the
accusation
101 Untouched?
102 __ girl
104 Firm group: Abbr.
105 Tennis's Petrova
106 Like some football
teams
108 Fringe
109 -Cat
111 Makeshift
ballot box


112 Classic gaming
inits.
113 Middle of
the accusation
118 Expressing
121 Feature of a
baseball shutout
122 Sainted archbishop
of Canterbury
who founded
Scholasticism
123 Phone abbr.
126 Friend of Franco
127 What Lou Gehrig
played
132 1939 Garland
co-star
133 Home-body?
135 End of the
accusation
137 Author Kingsley
or Martin
138 Actor Richard
139 "So that's ?"
140 1990s-2000s
Volkswagen
vehicle
141 2010 film"
Men"
142 Greeted the villain
143 Want
144 Director Mack
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Michelle
2 Hesitant sounds
3 Fixed
4 Ballpark fare
5 More elusive
6 Appeases
7 Coat rack
8 A.T.M. offering
9 Formally declare
10 Move like a
butterfly
11 Become entwined


12 Tony the Twin
13 More anomalous
14 Its seal has
an anchor and
a moose
15 Prehistoric menace
16 Noughts-and-
crosses loser
17 Have a thought
18 "Cool it!"
19 Cub Scouts leader
20 Cries of pride
30 It may contain
aspartame
32 Starting point?
34 Genial
35 Not so smooth,
maybe
36 An ace is a
good one
39 Completely,
after "in"
41 Major part of
a tooth
44 Bush who wrote
"Spoken From the
Heart"
45 to the finish
46 "I don't care
what they do"
47 Basket fiber
48 It's a knockout
49 Ordeal
50 Confound
51 Farrell or Firth
52 Work, as clay
54 Actor William
59 Entreat
60 French article
61 Bering : Abbr.
63 Mr. Onassis
73 W.W. II group
74" Enchanted"
75 Captain's last order
76 "Gay" city
77 Pepsi brand
78 Hardly at all


89 Antony's player
in "Julius Caesar,"
1953
90 Repressed
91 Inevitability of life
92 Result of 91-Down,
maybe
100 Sauce brand
103 Years abroad
107 Coke, for one
108 High rails


109 Having no
direction, in math
110 Generic
113 Sort of
114 In __ Patris
(prayer words)
115 King in "The Little
Mermaid"
116 Grant for
filmmaking?
117 Cybermemos
119 Recto's flip side


120 Slangy denials
124 Coastal raptor
125 Scanned
127 Bit of office
greenery
128 Unyielding
129 Go all over
130 Tiff
131 Backpack item
134 Dr.'s order
136 Cry's partner


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80 Cartoony clubs
81 React to a loss
82 "Uh-huh, definitely"
83 "Brave New World"
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85 Endure
86 E-commerce site
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