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jBradenton Beach mayor, city entangled in lawsuits
By Mark Young and the city is going to pay for (his) defense,
t Islander Reporter but he's also going to join the suit on the
Sarasota attorney Robert Lincoln filed a city's side? Isn't there any conflict of interest
AsTheWorld Terns take lawsuit Feb. 6 on behalf of ELRA Inc. alleg- there?" Clarke asked.
podium medals. Page 6 ing Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon has Perry said there is no conflict because


HB charter committee
hears mayor's wishes.
Page 2

Meetings
The government calen-
dar. Page 4

BB pier restaurant
plans to open Feb. 20.
Page 5


The Islander editorial
reader letters. Page 6



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Clash continues over
tree house. Page 8

Talks continue to keep
beach renourishment
on track. Page 9

Hiiitjmings
Community announce-
ments, events, calen-
dars. Pages 10-13

HBPD focuses on
enforcement. Page 20


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History unravels at
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Football warms up
center field. Page 24


overstepped his authority and has a conflict
of interest in the ongoing litigation to ter-
minate a joint development agreement with
ELRA, the corporate entity of the Beach-
house Restaurant.
The lawsuit also alleges Shearon is
threatening the jobs of some city staff if they
do not oppose the agreement with ELRA.
Lincoln then double-dipped, sending the
same day a request to city attorney Ricinda
Perry for ELRA to join the city defense of the
lawsuit brought forward in 2012 by Shearon,
Tjet Martin and Jo Ann Meilner that claims
the agreement allowing a parking lot on the
beach should be thrown out.
Perry said it is likely a judge would grant
ELRA's request to co-defend the lawsuit to
nullify the agreement to build a dune and
parking lot at the restaurant across Gulf
Drive from city hall. She recommended the


Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill -.a..ii.
addresses the gallery Feb. 6 regarding a
lawsuit that alleges he has overstepped his
authority, among other claims. Islander
Photo: Mark Young

city allow ELRA to join its defense.
Commissioners unanimously agreed
at a Feb. 6 meeting not to fight the ELRA
defense request, but Commissioner Jack
Clarke asked the obvious question. "So
Robert Lincoln is going to sue the mayor


Lincoln is representing ELRA's interests, not
the city.
"So he's joining the party, but just not in
the same wagon," said Clarke.
Perry said "Yes." She also said the com-
mission would need to authorize the mayor's
defense. She recommended that attorney
Charles Johnson be retained at what would
amount to a reduced cost.
Johnson already is the lead litigant for
the city against the development lawsuit.
Perry said she, building official Steve
Gilbert, city planner Alan Garrett and other
city officials have been named in the lawsuit,
so she would be unable to defend it.
The most recent movement on the
case was in October 2012, when the city
was seeking a judge's ruling on mediation
offered to the plaintiffs, but rejected. The
PLEASE SEE LAWSUIT PAGE 3


Rod & Reel returns to service Anna Maria mayor


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It took a bit more than four months of
repairs, but the historical Rod & Reel Pier at
875 N. Shore Drive in Anna Maria reopened
for business the morning of Feb. 7.
The pier and its restaurant had been
closed since Sept. 30 due to an electrical fire,
and the repairs had to meet the new Florida
Building Code requirements, said manager
Dave Cochran.
\ kIimng those new requirements made
it take longer than we thought. Every time
we'd tear down a wall, we'd find more
damage that had to be rebuilt to the new
code," Cochran said.
He congratulated Bimini Bay Con-
struction for its help in getting the facility
reopened, and all the staff members who
pitched in the final week to get the restaurant
ready.
Servers and staff ----
at the Rod &
Reel Pier, 875
N. /,. .. Drive,
Anna Maria,
are all smiles
at8a.m. Feb.
7, as the long-
standing pier
and restaurant
reopened after


Built in 1949, the repairs now make the
Rod & Reel Pier look almost new, Cochran
said.
"But we've still got the same home-
town, laid back atmosphere and flavor, and
most of the old employees are back," he
said.
During the four-month closure, All
Island Denominations assisted out-of-work
staff with bills, food, clothing and other
living essentials. AID is composed of island
churches and does not charge for its ser-
vices. Additionally, the food pantry at Roser
Memorial Community Church was available
for the staff.
"It took a lot of work and effort, and
many weeks working seven days, but it's
done and we're back," Cochran said.
The pier was purchased in 1998 by
Mario Schoenfelder, who also leases the
Anna Maria City Pier.


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Page 26 electrical fire.
Islander Photo:
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irked by emails
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
An email circulating among Anna Maria
Island vacation property interests last week
caught the attention of Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn.
The message from Joe Varner of Anna
Maria Vacations, 5702 Gulf Drive, Holmes
SBeach, a property manage-
.- ment company, contains
,1 numerous inaccuracies and
misstatements, said Anna
SI H Maria Mayor SueLynn.
The email is doing
SueLynn nothing but causing a riff
between accommodation
owners, managers and city residents, she
said.
The email is being sent to island accom-
modation owners as a Florida House sub-
committee considers a bill that would return
control of vacation rentals to local govern-
ments. A companion bill heard in a Senate
subcommittee was approved 8-0.
Currently, under a Florida law that went
into effect July 1, 2011, local governments
cannot enact laws that would further restrict
vacation rental areas beyond the regulations
that existed at that time unless the rules
applied to all residential properties.
While HB 307 has stirred some contro-
versy, SueLynn said Varner's accusations are
simply not true.
In his two-page email, Varner
wrote: "There is a group of local Florida
municipal politicians (which includes Sue-
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2 0 FEB. 12, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

HB charter committee takes input, mayor wants a vote


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee
saw its biggest audience yet Feb. 6.
"We have an audience for new business today,"
Committee chair Bob Johnson said.
,, ., : The audience included Mayor
Carmel Monti, who told the commit-
tee the mayor should have the ability
I quto vote when the commission lacks a
t quorum and in the event of a tie vote
Zr by commissioners.
Monti The city presently has a weak
mayor form of government, and the
mayor has no vote in legislative matters. The mayor,
according to the present charter, acts as the administra-
tor, carrying out direction from the commission.
The day's agenda included scrutinizing the articles
covering the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer, city attor-
ney, the police department and the public works and
building department, and representatives from the city
departments attended.
Johnson solicited comments from the city staff
throughout the committee's review process.
The committee reviewed Article 4 on the mayor
and Article 5 on the city clerk.
Changes were suggested by committee members
for clarity and consistency throughout Article 4.
Members also commented on term lengths for the
mayor, which had been discussed in previous meet-
ings. It was suggested the term lengths for city com-
missioner and the mayor be longer. The issue already
has been added to a list to be given a closer look fol-
lowing the committee's familiarization process.
Monti also asked the committee to consider adding
a monthly expense account of $100 for the mayor,
for situations where he attends business meetings or
lunches with county officials.
"I'm being paid so little, I don't feel like I should
have to pick up the bill," Monti said. "I've been trying


to foster a relationship with Manatee County that hasn't
been done in the last year."
Responses regarding the expense account across
the room varied. City treasurer Laurie Hill said that
because of the tax structure of the payments made to
the mayor, expenses should come out of the mayor's
salary.
The mayor and city commissioners receive com-
pensation, although in the past it was not considered
salary. The mayor is paid $12,000 per year, and com-
missioners receive $6,000.
"I don't think it's addressed in the charter," said
committee member Pam Leckie, "but it should be
addressed."
Committee members agreed the difference in com-
pensation for the mayor and Manatee County commis-
sioners is wide. County commissioners are salaried at
more than $80,000 per year, and they are reimbursed
for some expenses.
Committee members agreed to put the issue on the
list to be revisited and suggested Monti look into other
avenues that might allow his expenses.
But Monti's request for the ability to vote on city
commission issues in the instance of a stalemate or the
lack of a quorum found little support.
"You're asking to change the structure of the gov-
ernment here. Every government does it differently,
but this is a major change to the charter," said John-
son.
City Commissioner Jean Peelen and Leckie agreed
with Johnson that the mayor should not vote with the
city commission.
"I'm surprised you're asking for the ability to
vote," Leckie said.
Johnson cited the mayor's veto power, which
appears at the end of Article 4. "Look at our national
system, it's checks and balances. I'm not in favor of
changing that," he said. "We have a distribution of
roles with checks and balances."
The issue was put to rest, and committee members


began scrutinizing the city clerk's qualifications and
duties, although time ran out before committee mem-
bers finished the clerk review.
The next Holmes Beach Charter Review Commit-
tee meeting will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.


Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee members
are soliciting a replacement on the committee for
Travis Casper, right, who recently resigned. Islander
File Photo: Mark Young


Committee continues
search for new member
The Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee
continues to search for a fifth member following
the resignation of Travis Casper.
One application for appointment was submit-
ted to city hall between the committee's Jan. 29
and Feb. 6 meetings and is under review.
Committee members are asking any interested
Holmes Beach resident to pick up an application
for appointment at Holmes Beach City Hall 5801
Marina Drive, so the vacancy can be filled as soon
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judge was appointed by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles,
father of Beachhouse owner Ed Chiles. She recused
herself from the case.
"There has been no further movement since then,"
said Perry.

The case
The lawsuit filed in June 2012 against the city to
terminate the joint development agreement includes
former planning and zoning member Meilner as a


Meilner said that for ELRA to join
the city to defend the lawsuit changes
nothing, noting the lawsuit will move
forward.
The suit was filed before Shearon
became mayor, and both he and long-
time partner Martin were named plain-
tiffs with Meilner. Shearon also was a


P&Z member at the time the development agreement
was recommended for denial by P&Z, but approved
during a contentious city commission meeting under
the previous administration.
Shearon removed his name from the lawsuit fol-
lowing his election as mayor, acknowledging he would
essentially be suing himself.
He pledged to keep out of the case in a postelec-
tion interview, but Lincoln maintains the opposite has
occurred in a list of allegations against the mayor.
Lincoln alleges Shearon's ties to Martin as a
remaining plaintiff creates a conflict.
He also alleges the city did not undertake due
process in the creation of ordinances and resolutions
appointing Perry to give the commission legal advice,
and alleges the same for Gilbert and Garrett pertaining
to their expertise.
Lincoln writes that Shearon has violated the city
charter by attempting to become a "strong mayor" by
making decisions prior to city commission approval.
He further asserts that Shearon's reorganizational
efforts within city hall are being determined by what


Scenic Waves nominates officers, member resigns


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Scenic Waves Partnership Committee is
gaining new members, but will lose a valued member
in May as it prepares to reorganize.
The committee will conduct its annual officer
election at 3 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Bradenton
Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The board discussed the possibility of electing
co-chairs at its January meeting and, after confirming
the option in its bylaws, Tjet Martin was nominated
for to serve with current chair Carl Parks.
Current vice-chair Jake Spooner was nominated
and accepted another one-year term.
Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director
Ingrid McClellan has been serving as acting secre-
tary/treasurer for Scenic Waves, the advisory board
responsible for reviewing projects associated with the
state-designated scenic highway and making recom-
mendations to the city commission.
McClellan again was nominated to serve, but
declined, announcing instead she will be resigning
her 18-year position with KMB in May.
"The executive director is the person that will
serve on this board and, while I will remain with
Keep Manatee Beautiful through May to train the
new executive director, I cannot accept the nomina-

the mayor believes to be in the best interest of the city,
but without guidance from the city commission.
The suit alleges that Shearon has threatened
employees jobs if they do not follow his directions
and misused his authority by directing city staff to take
a position on the development agreement that is in line
with his position as a former plaintiff.
Lincoln cites Gilbert, Garrett and code enforcement
officer Gail Garneu as examples of staff being threat-
ened if they don't follow direction from Shearon.
Lincoln cites as an example, during a period from
Dec. 3, 2013, to Jan. 12, 2014, "Shearon communi-


tion," she said.
McClellan said the new executive director will
continue to serve on Scenic Waves, but she must end
her time with KMB and Scenic Waves in May.
McClellan said she will be pursuing a business
opportunity, although she did not elaborate.
She said a new KMB executive director is
expected to be named at the board's Feb. 20 meet-
ing.


Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid
McClellan, left, and Scenic Waves Partnership
Committee member Tjet Martin, nominated for
co-chair, discuss McClellan's plans to resign KMB
and Scenic Waves. Islander Photo: Mark Young

cated with Gilbert and Garrett ... insisting they inter-
pret and apply the city's land development codes to
identify additional objections to the application" to the
extent that they would have to recommend denial to
the city commission.
In an email to the city dated the same day as the
lawsuit, Lincoln cautions Shearon against retaliation
attempts against city employees.
"I will consider any attempt by you to find out
who's talking or even ask as a threat and hostile act
and attempting to interfere with public servants in the
performance of their duties," Lincoln wrote.


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4 E FEB. 12, 2014 U THE ISLANDER

Frustration builds over BB pier construction delays


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
With $1 million waiting in two bank accounts fol-
lowing an agreement between Manatee County and
Bradenton Beach to match funding to reconstruct the
Historic Bridge Street Pier, further delays are frustrat-
ing city officials.
While the resort tax dollars from the county funds
were anticipated but not yet available Bradenton
Beach officials began setting deadlines for the proj-
ect that was first projected to be completed in August
2013.
The early delays proved to be a blessing as former
Mayor John Shaughnessy laid the groundwork to tap
into Manatee County Tourism Development Council
funding that eventually removed financial obstacles to
the project.
For officials who have been discussing this project
for more than two years, however, financial freedom
to not only restore, but improve, the pier means delays
are no longer acceptable.
Mayor Bill Shearon, who closed out Shaugh-
nessy's deal with the county, set a six-week deadline
in early January for ZNS Engineering to have a request
for proposal submitted to the city for approval and sub-
sequent release to bidders. That deadline will expire
Feb. 19 and city officials do not know where the RFP
stands, other than it is being held up due to a lack of a
solar lighting plan.
"We should have the drawings fairly soon," said


building official Steve Gilbert. "We've been back
and forth with Beacon Products on how to attach the
poles for the solar lights. That changes the engineering
design."
The frustration was apparent for Police Chief Sam
Special, who facilitates the pier team.
"We were told we had six weeks to get this RFP
out," said Speciale. "So, who do we need to point the
finger at?"


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Mayor Bill Shearon reiterated that Feb. 19 is the
six-week deadline.
"The agreement was five weeks for an RFP," said
Shearon. "I suggested and gave an extra week. That
was our contract. I expect the contract in six weeks.
Period. Ready to go. End of conversation."
Special said there was no excuse for the entire
project to be on hold because someone can't figure out
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Lynn and Chuck Webb from the City of Anna Maria
as well as Jean Peelen and Carmel Monti from the city
of Holmes Beach) who have persuaded a Florida state
Senator to sponsor a bill to repeal and replace FL HB
883." Varner said the state senator is John Thrasher.
"Totally untrue," said SueLynn. "I've never even
met Thrasher."
The impetus for HB 307 came from the Florida
League of Cities, which had its passage on its legisla-
tive agenda, SueLynn said.
She acknowledged that she and Holmes Beach
Commissioner Jean Peelen were part of a group of
elected officials that met with the FLC after Thrasher
proposed his legislation.
Thrasher represents Daytona Beach and St. Augus-
tine.
"Varner is a bit off base with this accusation,"
Peelen said. "We never met with Thrasher and I didn't
even know his name until he introduced his bill. I was
delighted that he did," she said.
Peelen called Varner's email outrageous, filled
with lies and scare tactics.
"We, the commission, are trying to find a balance
between residents and visitors and Varner's email does
nothing but cause trouble," she said.
Varner continued in his email that "Nine months
ago, the city of Anna Maria, unannounced at a regular
board meeting of commissioners and the mayor, voted
(to) change all rentals to a 30-day minimum, and it
passed unanimously! And this was even though they
were not allowed to do so by state law!
"Fortunately their attorney stepped in and had
them reverse this as it was illegal but if they do gain
the power to do so, well..."
SueLynn said Varner's statement about the com-
mission approving such action is another falsehood.
"Absolutely untrue. You can look it up in the min-
utes."
She said it's possible Varner was referring to a
motion by Webb about a year ago to have city attorney
Jim Dye determine if the city's hotel/motel ordinance
had any control over vacation rentals and if a lawsuit
could be filed under that ordinance.
That motion passed 4-0, but SueLynn said there
was no mention of imposing a 30-day minimum.
At the following meeting, Dye reported the city
could take legal action in circuit court, but the city
would have to choose individual rentals as defendants
in any lawsuit, and any decision would apply only to
those defendants.
Commissioners rejected pursuing any legal action,
4-1.
"I don't know where Varner got his information,


but it is just totally < 'n% ." SueLynn said.
Efforts to reach Varner by telephone and email
were unsuccessful.
Pine Avenue Restoration principal Mike Coleman
of Anna Maria took a different approach than Varner.
Coleman emailed small-business owners in the
city, asking them to contact members of the House
committee to disapprove of HB 307 as written.
He said cooperation between accommodation
owners and local governments would go a lot further
to controlling the rental situation than any political
battle that might ensue if HB 307 passed.
He noted Anna Maria's problems with vacation
rentals started several years ago from too many "party
rentals." It caused a number of noise complaints, but
resulted in the creation of the "best practices list" used
by accommodation owners, managers and guests.
"These best practices have been working in Anna
Maria and there are fewer noise complaints than ever.
It just shows that a little cooperation will go a lot fur-
ther toward harmony among residents, the city and
vacation renters than a government statute or regula-
tion," he said.
Varner, however, might be premature in pitting
elected officials against the vacation rental industry,
although some agree with his purpose.
Coleman defended Varner, saying he's not all



Me etingy.

Anna Maria City
Feb. 13, 6 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 27, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 12, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
Feb. 13, 1 p.m., city commission
Feb. 13, 1:15 p.m., department heads.
Feb. 19, 11 a.m., pier team.
Feb. 20, 12 p.m., commission work session.
Feb. 20, 1 p.m., commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 13, 9 a.m., charter review.
Feb. 13, 7 p.m., city commission.
Feb. 18, 11 a.m., city center.
Feb. 25, 7 p.m., city commission.


1 I< 'I1e.', he's just not working within the ranks of gov-
ernment.
A spokesperson at the office of state Rep. Greg
Steube, R-Bradenton, said the bill must pass multiple
committees before being considered, and while the
legislative session will begin March 4, there is no
timetable for action on HB 307.
Florida Association of Vacation Rental Managers
lobbyist Brian Hughes said if HB 307 passes it would
give local governments the ability to institute a 30-day
minimum stay for a vacation rental.
"Obviously, it does not mean every local govern-
ment would enact such an ordinance, but it would give
them the right to enact such a law, or something simi-
lar. This would really harm Florida's tourism indus-
try," Hughes said.
SueLynn said Anna Maria wants to be able to con-
trol properties that are rented to "party groups" for the
weekend.
"We've had good success with our best practices
campaign by vacation rental agents and implement-
ing procedures to limit noise. But we do want to have
home rule returned to the local governments," she
said.
SueLynn said wants to ensure vacationers respect
the rights of residents and other visitors who come to
the city to enjoy its peace and quiet.


Feb. 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
Feb. 25, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
Feb. 20, 6 p.m., commission.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
Feb. 17, Presidents Day, many government
offices will be closed.
Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and
news@islander.org.





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New Bradenton Beach pier restaurant plans Feb. 20 opening


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
It's official.
Barring any further unforeseen issues, surprises or
setbacks, Cast and Cage restaurant on the Bradenton
Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier will open to patrons
Feb. 20.

BB FRUSTRATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
whether a solar panel will be attached to a pole or be
placed on the roof of a copula.
Shearon agreed, saying, "I'll make this real simple.
Call Beacon and tell them they either present their
plans or maybe we need to look into another lighting
company.
Shearon said Beacon is a quality company, "But
if they are going to hold things up, we can start from
scratch with somebody else."
Special was equally frustrated with ZNS for its
lack of information on the RFP.
"Have they even started it?" he asked.
Gilbert said, "I don't know."
That led to further frustration.
"We were told we would have the RFP in six
weeks," said Speciale. "Tell him that he's working for
us. If the lighting needs to say it's going to be subbed
out, then put it in there. Holding this up is unacceptable
to us. ZNS told us they were going to do this. They are
contracted to do it, they need to get it done and all we
hear is, "Well, we still need to do this.'"
Public works director Tom Woodard said a Beacon
Products representative was going to make a presenta-
tion at the Feb. 6 city commission meeting.
A Beacon Products representative attended that
meeting, gave a brief history of the company and its
products, but did not present anything resembling a
formal plan in relation to the pier project.
Commissioners did not ask questions and the pre-
sentation concluded.


Hopes were to open the restaurant a few weeks
earlier, but operating a business in a city structure can
mean operating at the pace of city government.
The pier is owned by the city, and concessionaire
Roland Pena signed a contract to operate the restau-
rant, as well as the bait and retail shops.
For most restaurants, getting an exhaust fan in the
kitchen repaired is a matter of making a phone call.
For a city building, it involves waiting to address city
officials at the next meeting, getting approval and then
waiting on the repairs.
That was the case for Pena, who said he could
not prepare his kitchen to cook until he received final
approval from the fire marshal, who could not allow
Pena to pass inspection until the fan was repaired.


The good news is that the work to the fan was
completed Feb. 6 and kitchen equipment, followed by
food, should begin finding its way into the building
soon.
Pena said there are some other minor issues, but
those should not stand in the way of a grand open-
ing.
"When we had that cold weather, we turned on the
heater and black soot came out," he said. "I think there
is a problem with the blower."
While issues with the building continue to surface,
Pena said they are minor at this point and all of the
major conflicts have been resolved.
"We are ready to open," he said, setting Feb. 20 as
the long-awaited day to begin serving pier patrons.


Monsters at the point
Bob Patten, a visitor staying in an accommodation near Bean Point the evening of Feb. 1, says strange
noises were traveling through the fog and thoughts of monsters in the sea came to mind. When the fog lifted,
he was able to see the "groans" were coming from the barge and dredge operations just offshore, part of
the ongoing beach renourishment. He captured this foggy photo of the "beasts" of Bean Point.


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6 E FEB. 12, 2014 U THE ISLANDER


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Let the games begin
The past week had lots of peaks to hold our
interest in all three cities along the beach. It was like
that downhill ski run in the Olympics they call the
moguls: Bumpy.
Not only did the dredge company threaten to
leave before it finishes pumping sand to the beaches,
the Anna Maria mayor is defending her stance against
vacation rentals, the Holmes Beach mayor is lobby-
ing for a vote on the commission and the Braden-
ton Beach mayor is being sued for over-stepping his
authority on the heels of past neglect.
So late last week the dredge company said they
had to leave for an emergency project we never
heard what that emergency was and the county
rushed to negotiate to keep them working here.
They're now close to finishing the federal proj-
ect, but a second project, pi,."-'\libkin,' on the feds
by the state and county at Coquina Beach, is at risk.
But what are they negotiating? More money?
The dredge company already offered to forego mobi-
lization and setup fees to comeback. So what's at
stake?
Another standoff is arising between rental prop-
erty owners and managers and Anna Maria over some
proposed state legislation that would restore the city's
ability to regulate rentals.
The rental group gained rights when the state
ruled anyone could rent their home, and cities were
limited to existing ordinances.
While the state favored rights for property
owners, the cities decried a loss of "home rule."
It's shaping into a battle in Tallahassee.
Next, we hear members of the Holmes Beach
Charter Review Committee were shocked when the
mayor asked for a vote in spite of the weak mayor
form of government.
For what goes in the face of the Sunshine Law,
past and present mayors have taken pride in com-
municating with commissioners. So why the flip?
The tables also turned this week in Bradenton
Beach with a strong mayor form of government. A
new mayor tackling long-ignored issues now finds
himself the subject of a lawsuit claiming he is over-
stepping his authority.
It's complicated but, before the election, the
mayor was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against a local busi-
ness and the city, and that business is suing him.
Honestly, the action here is far better than in
Sochi, where it's merely for sport.


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Welcome to Cortez
It's time Feb. 15-16 for the Cortez Com-
mercial Fishing Festival. This is my special invita-
tion to you to visit the booth of the Cortez Village
Historical Society. You will enjoy reading the books
we offer for sale.
May I tell you about them?
The first "Finest Kind," was written in 1984. You
may recognize the title's expression as one used by
fishers throughout the country. In 1981, the author,
my son Ben, interviewed some of the pioneer set-
tlers still living in the village. Their stories from this
127-year-old commercial fishing village are told in
"Finest Kind."
The second book, "Fog's Comin' In," is by my
cousin Doris. Living all of her life in the village, she
collected the family's stories. We especially value
the chapter on World War II, although we probably
should have paid her to withhold the book, as she
tells many of our secrets.
I want you to know that on March 16, 1995, the
village was named a historic district on the National
Register of Historic Places. We have 97 historic struc-
tures. I am proud that it was on this date the birth-
day of my Grandpa William Thomas Fulford. He was
the first to buy a track of land in Cortez then called
Hunters Point- in 1887. The listing led Linda Molto
and myself to write, "Cortez Then and Now."
The other book for sale is our famous cookbook,
"What's Cooking in Cortez." This is the third edition
and it includes more than 500 recipes.
I often recommend my contribution, ly Famous
Rolls" and my mother's broiled mullet recipe, fea-
tured in the Miami Herald in 1958.
The year of our centennial, 1987, we baked an
unbeatable cake with coconut inside and out, called
the "Cortez Centennial Cake." And Jane Evers' recipe
for mac and cheese includes her secret ingredient.


However, the really best attraction of the fishing
festival is our now-famous strawberry shortcake. It's
true Dolly Madison's shortcake recipe is still used
- and the strawberries are grown fresh in Manatee
County and prepared by our great volunteers.
Funds from this year's sale will go to support the
operation of the Cortez Cultural Center, including our
Veterans Hall of Fame and the Family Life Center.
Stop by our booth and support our activities.
I hope to "see ya" there.
Hopefully.
Mary Fulford Green, Cortez

All for the Australian pines
They're at it again.
This time, they're interfering with the Australian
pines, trimming them on Gulf Drive, opposite Fifth
Street.
These trees provide a habitat for birds, squirrels
and insects and filter the sea spray. They also provide
shade for people and parked cars.
Is this latest action at the thin end of the wedge on
the beach, pruning being the first step in a slow, sly,
maneuver to remove these lovely trees entirely?
Let's hope not.
Some readers may remember a few years ago
when these trees were threatened with removal by
the proposed route of the multi-purpose pedestrian
trail, when they were found to be in the way of a nice
straight line for the path.
The beauty of that part of Gulf Drive is the Aus-
tralian pines that remain. If those with itchy saws feel
that the trees are non-native and should be removed in
the name of conformity, why not take out the major-
ity of the palms, which also are non-native, as are 99
percent of the island's residents.
Let's hear it for keeping the Australian pines.
Gail Blackmore, Bradenton Beach







Photography legend
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
If the waterways, marshlands and twisted trees
of the Florida landscape could speak, they would
sound off in oversized black-and-white images by
an admiring photographer.
Clyde Butcher, a much renowned photographer,
visited Anna Maria Island Feb. 6, where he sold and
signed books and talked with guests at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Big and small images of Florida landscapes
covered the studio walls, creating an ambiance of
serenity, majesty and exquisite beauty. The photos
document Butcher's personal relationship with
Florida, turning what many Floridians and visitors
view as a back-drop into the main subject.
Butcher's sprawling landscape photographs
rarely capture people or animals and almost always
incorporate water. He became known for his photos
of the Everglades, but has photographed important
environments around the world, including in the
mountains of Cuba.
Butcher was accompanied by his daughter at
the welcome reception, which also screened a short
documentary on his process and purpose in photo-
graphing the hard to reach landscapes of Florida.
He spent the evening talking with fans of his
work, sharing stories of travels to Japan, and per-
sonal wildlife encounters.
Answering a concern about the safety of wading
through a swamp for a photo, Butcher said: "Walk-
ing through the swamp is probably safer than my
drive here on U.S. 41."
Butcher's connection to nature and subsequent
portraits have led to many awards for his skill and
advocacy for the environment.
Butcher was awarded the Artist Hall of Fame
Award, Humanitarian Award of 2005, a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the North American


opens island show
Nature Photography Association, the Ansel Adams
Conservation Award, and the Heartland Community
Service Award from the State of Florida, among
others.
The exhibition will be on view at the Studio on
Gulf and Pine through Feb. 26.


Photographer Clyde Butcher talks with Barbara
Burda, left, of Anna Maria, Feb. 6 at a reception
for him at the Studio on Gulf and Pine, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Butcher offered large-
format photos and books for sale (below) at the
event. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 12, 2014 U 7

The Islander

10 years ago
Headlines from Feb. 11, 2004
Bradenton Beach police arrested Kim Bean, 46,
of the 200 block of Second Street, and charged him
with the murder of his girlfriend, 56-year-old Carol
Freeman, of the same address. Det. Sgt. Lenard Diaz
said Bean confessed to the crime during an interro-
gation by police. Diaz said it was the first murder in
the city in 14 years. Bean was later convicted of the
crime and sentenced to life in prison.
Manatee County eco-systems manager Charlie
Hunsicker said a marine engineer's survey of Anna
Maria Island beaches found the 2002 islandwide beach
renourishment had resulted in significant amounts of
beach added to the shore, particularly in Anna Maria.
Hunsicker said some beachfront houses in Anna Maria
where seawater would previously go over a seawall at
high tide now had more than 70 feet of beach.
Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer
Dawn Betts submitted her resignation to Mayor John
Chappie stating she was leaving "due to a lack of
management support, company structure and low
morale among staff." Betts was the second city staff
member to resign in three weeks. Building official
Bob Welch resigned in late January.

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Date Low High Rainfall
Feb. 2 61 82 0
Feb. 3 61 .81 0
Feb. 4 65 83 0
Feb. 5 67 80 0
Feb. 6 57- 78 0
Feb. 7- 53 68 0
Feb.8 59 70 0
Average area Gulf water temperature 65.3
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m.


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Holmes Beach responds to tree house litigation


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Movement in one of the five actions currently
flowing through the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in
Manatee County took place Jan. 13 with the city filing
a response to a show-cause order filed in October 2013
by Sarasota attorney David Levin, representing Lynn
Tran and Richard Hazen in regard to what the city has
deemed an illegal tree house at their seaside resort.
The city found the tree house at Angelinos Sea
Lodge to be in violation of several city and state codes
and to have been built without a permit.
In mid-September 2013, the Holmes Beach Code
Enforcement Board upheld the building department's
findings and levied a $100 daily fine until the structure
is removed or brought into compliance.
Since it was found to be built in the setback for
the erosion control line, a state violation, it is unlikely
the tree house can be brought into compliance.


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Despite complaints that the owners of Angelinos
Sea Lodge had blocked dozens beachwalkers from
walking around the beach renourishment site on their
beachfront property Feb. 1, the Holmes Beach Police
Department will not issue a citation.
Sgt. Mike Pilato, of the HBPD, arrived at Angeli-
nos on an ATV on the beach around 1:15 p.m., accord-
ing to his report, after receiving complaints that beach-
goers were blocked from passing on the beach fronting
Angelinos' controversial tree house.
The property owners allegedly blocked foot traf-
fic on the beach by erecting a makeshift fence out of
PVC posts and rope that was attached to the orange
construction fence put up by the dredge company. The
dredge fence marks the area for beach renourishment
operations.
Islander publisher Bonner Joy was at the scene
and observed Angelinos Sea Lodge owner Lynn Tran
pacing and shouting at beachgoers for walking across
her property after dredge workers began moving the
orange fence to create a pathway.
Tran told Pilato that she was only trying to pro-
tect her sea oats and was yelling because people were
trampling them, according to the police report.
Pilato reportedly told Tran she should've called
the HBPD at 9 a.m. when the work started.
Pilato was able to calm the situation and people
continued to walk past Angelinos on the new path.


According to building official Tom O'Brien, the
fine continues to accrue and will only be dissolved if
the legal efforts by Hazen and Tran are successful.
In the meantime, the legal wrangling continues.
Levin filed an appeal of the code enforcement board's
findings and an appeal of the city's final administra-
tive order to remove the structure or rectify its non-
compliant status.
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Hazen, left,
Lynn Tran and
their attorney,
David Levins,
at a code hear-
ing last year in
Holmes Beach.
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On Feb. 5, Pilato received a survey of the prop-
erty after meeting with public works supervisor Tom
O'Brien that depicts the erosion control line at the
fence.
The owners were originally cited by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection for improve-
ments seaward of the ECL.
Pilato then measured the property line at Angelinos
Sea Lodge and determined the stakes and rope were
within the line, negating any cause for a citation.


The city has two cases pending that declare Tran's
and Hazen's petition initiative null and void, as well as
seeking a declaratory judgment that would essentially
end the case. The city claims language in state statutes
provides the requirements of a building permit that was
not applied for or obtained.
The latest legal move is the city's response to the
order imposing the fine.
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye, partners with
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff at their
own law firm, is representing Holmes Beach in the tree
house matter. He argued that multiple cases regarding
Levin's request for show cause are already before the
court.
He also argues that Levin is making factual state-
ments to the court without supporting records.
According to the response, Dye also states the
court should deny the motion to stay the administrative
order, "as it has been filed in the incorrect proceeding
and because the circuit court does not have jurisdiction
to stay a lower tribunal's order," referring to the code
enforcement board's decision.
Dye states that Levin will get a chance to make
that argument in a different proceeding.
While both sides anticipate a drawn out legal pro-
cess, the fine continues. From the day the code enforce-
ment imposed the fine, which was Sept. 13, 2013, 152
days had passed and the fine is a still accruing on Feb.
12, 2014.
At $100 a day, the fine was $15,200 and climb-


Dredge workers in
the 2900 block of
the beach in Holmes
Beach Feb. 1 adjust
their orange fence and
markers at the ero-
sion control line that
determines where they
place sand in order
for people to pass by
Angelinos Sea Lodge,
where the owners
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
On the heels of former Anna Maria city clerk
Alice Baird's Feb. 11 retirement, Mayor SueLynn has
decided to hire a replacement from within city hall.
Her plan to replace Baird, which will be presented
at the Feb. 13 commission meeting, is to promote
deputy city clerk Diane Percycoe to city clerk and for
assistant deputy clerk Maggie Martinez to assume the
duties of treasurer.
Percycoe is deputy clerk, finance director and trea-
surer.
Building, public works and planning department
assistant Diane Sacca will be promoted to deputy clerk
if the commission approves. Percycoe would become
city clerk March 1, and Martinez would begin a year
of training.
"Martinez has almost completed her associate's
degree in accounting and has been working closely
with Diane" to familiarize herself with the tasks of the
city treasurer, the mayor said.
"Martinez will be closely supervised and instructed
in these duties" by Percycoe, the mayor said.
Martinez would be evaluated at three-month inter-
vals, SueLynn said.
On or about March 1, 2015, a final evaluation
of Martinez will be conducted and a decision made
"whether it is prudent that Martinez continue to pursue
the position of city treasurer/finance director/deputy
city clerk."
Martinez has completed the training necessary for
a deputy clerk II position, the mayor added.
If the commission approves the personnel changes,
the mayor said she would begin advertising for a person
to take over Sacca's duties.
"Although titles will change and responsibili-
ties added, the physical movement from desk to desk
cannot be made until a new assistant to the building,
public works and planning department has been hired,"
SueLynn said.
"It will be a busy year for staff, but they are all
confident that this task is achievable and will not in
any way jeopardize the quality of work they provide
or the way they conduct business with the public," the
mayor said.
Percycoe joined the city staff in 2000. Martinez
was hired four years ago.
SueLynn said she also would provide commission-
ers with job descriptions at the Feb. 13 meeting.


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Dredge contract talks, renourishment continue


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Negotiations between Manatee County and Great
Lakes Dredge and Dock to continue the present beach
renourishment project are ongoing, according to Mana-
tee County Parks and Natural Resources director Char-
lie Hunsicker.
Meanwhile, GLDD is continuing to pump sand
southward to 13th Street South in Bradenton Beach.
According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
spokeswoman Sirisha Rayaprolu, 13th Street South is
the end point for the Corps renourishment project.
Two weeks ago, GLDD announced that when it
reached Fifth Street South, it would move its equip-
ment from the island to undertake an emergency proj-
ect in New Orleans.
Meanwhile, a second project, pi.-'\libkii,' on
the first, was expected to start when the Corps proj-
ect ended, taking up at the Corps termination point
to pump sand on the shore from 13th Street South to
Longboat Pass along Coquina Beach. The second proj-
ect is headed by Manatee County and the state. It is a
$3 million project that involves no federal funds.
GLDD representatives told Hunsicker the company
would have to return to renourish Coquina Beach.


The news that GLDD was leaving had Hunsicker
scrambling to ensure both projects would be finished in
a timely manner before the start of sea turtle nesting
season.
He and other county representatives began nego-
tiations with GLDD to complete renourishment, but
had not reached an agreement by Feb. 7.
"Manatee County continues to negotiate with
the company to engage them" to remain on site and
renourish Coquina Beach, Hunsicker said.
GLDD had completed the beach from 79th Street
to 26th Street North in Bradenton Beach by Feb. 7.
Rayaprolu has said GLDD could renourish 1,000
feet of beach daily in good weather conditions. The
distance from 26th Street North to 13th Street South
is about 8,000 feet as measured by a vehicle traveling
on Gulf Drive.
Hunsicker said if negotiations fail, he has no plan
for when GLDD would return.
A startup after May 1 would interfere with sea
turtle nesting season, and has been a consideration on
Anna Maria Island for any renourishment project.
Beach renourishment was performed on Anna
Maria Island in 1992, again in 2002 and an emergency
renourishment took place in 2005.


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Saturday study in bromeliads
Island Gallery West artist Roger Rockefeller will
lead a demonstration in watercolor, specifically the
painting of bromeliads, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
15. Rockefeller is a member of the Florida Suncoast
Watercolor Society. He teaches and has won awards
for his artistic works. IGW is at 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call the gal-
lery at 941-778-6648. Islander Courtesy Photo

Dean Martin imitator to
entertain center crowd
Dean Martin imitator Coz Serrapere and friends
will arrive to entertain at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, for
one night.
Tickets for the Feb. 15 variety show, which
includes a catered dinner from Danny's Pizzeria in
Bradenton, are $30 per person.
Dinner garlic knots, greek salad, pasta, chicken
Parmesan, beverages and desserts will be served at
6p.m.
The show will begin at 7 p.m.
Diners are invited to bring their own beer and
wine.
For more information or reservations which are
required call 941-778-1908.

Roser's Saturday pancakes
to benefit ministry
An all-volunteer breakfast team will flip flapjacks
and bake biscuits 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
The breakfast will be served in the fellowship
hall of Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. The $5 price includes pancakes,
sausages, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, orange juice,
coffee and tea.
Proceeds will help train people seeking to become
"Stephen Ministers" people who are "commis-
sioned to extend the care of Christ and the church to
those who might benefit from the visits of a skilled
listener and supportive Christian friend," according
to an announcement.
There are five applicants for the program at Roser,
including Charles Wade, the church's facilities admin-
istrator, who will be working in the kitchen during the
breakfast.
For more information, call the church office at
941-778-0414.

St. Bernard to host Sunday
morning pancakes
St. Bernard Catholic Church volunteers will be
heating up the griddle in the church kitchen Sunday,
Jan. 16, when they serve another pancake breakfast.
Breakfast will be served 8 a.m.-noon in the church
activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The
public is welcome.
Volunteers will be serving pancakes, sausage,
eggs, coffee and juice.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, the church will host an
evening of dancing with music by KoKo Ray and the
Keepers. Finger foods and adult beverages are on the
menu. The cost is $20 per person.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
4769.


"Solar Spots" by local artist Bettina Sego.


Artspace goes Round: About
Artspace Studio and Gallery, 101 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria, takes the "Round: About" way to cel-
ebrate art in February.
This month, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays,
the space above the post office will feature the "Round:
About" exhibit featuring the work of five artists work-
ing with circular images.
Also, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, the studio will
host a free workshop an introduction to mandalas.
Registration is required due to a limited class size.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-243-
3835.

Democrats to talk politics
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will talk
politics over lunch at Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Susan MacManus of the University of South Flor-
ida will be the guest speaker. MacManus, the co-author
of "Politics in States and Communities" and "Florida's
Politics: Ten Media Markets, One Powerful State," will
talk about Florida politics.
The cost to attend, which includes lunch, is $15.
The program will take place at noon Monday, Feb.
17.
For more information, call Harry Kamberis at 941-
779-0564.

Dragon boat boosters to meet
An effort to encourage dragon boat teams is
coming together on the island.
An announcement said dragon boat racing is one
of the "fastest growing water sports in the world" and
encouraged people to get involved on AMI.
An introduction meeting for anyone interested in
participating and competing in teams will take place at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.
For more information, call Melinda Bradway at
860-997-4251.

Annual historical
society lunch set
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society mem-
bership luncheon will be held at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The society will serve a "farm to table" buffet
that includes vegetable quiche, grilled chicken sau-
sage, toasted peppers, field greens with tomato basil
vinaigrette and shaved Parmesan cheese and an array
of homemade desserts.
The guest speaker will be preservationist and
archivist Ashley Burke, who will talk about island
facts discovered while working with island artifacts.
Reservations are required.
The cost of the luncheon is $20 for members and
$25 for non-members.
The studio is at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call Arlene Clarke at 941-
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monthly art walkers
The second Holmes Beach Artwalk of the 2014
season will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb.
14, in the art district surrounding downtown Holmes
Beach.
Participants include Restless Natives, 5314 Marina
Drive; Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive; Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.; Beach
Life AMI, 5337 Gulf Drive; Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive; Libby's Island Jewelry, 5337 Gulf Drive;
SteamDesigns, 5343 Gulf Drive; Arts for the Earth,
5345 Gulf Drive; and Fukinsei Art Lab, 5437 Gulf
Drive.
Art walks also will take place on the second Fri-
days in March and April.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.

James Pay Exhibit to open
Artwalk for AMIAL
The Anna Maria Island Art League is preparing
for two exhibits the annual James Pay Exhibit in
February and an eco-oriented exhibit in March.
The 20th annual James Pay Exhibit honors an
art league founder. The juried show will open with a
reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at AMIAL,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The reception is
part of the downtown art walk.
Artists can submit up to three pieces of work
Wednesday, Feb. 12. The cost to enter is $15 for mem-
bers, $25 for non-members.
The Create Sustainability through Recycled Art
exhibit will open with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14, at AMIAL.
Original art work created in the past year and
made of at least 75 percent recycled, found or repur-
posed materials can be submitted March 3-4. The
entry fee is $15 for members and $25 for non-mem-
bers.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
2099.

Sunsets celebrated at IGW's
Artwalk reception
IGW showcases the work of Mariarosa Rockefeller
in the exhibit "Gulf Coast Sunsets" throughout Febru-
ary.
Rockefeller, who works in watercolor and pencil,
as well as photography, is a member of the gallery, as
well as the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.
She is IGW's featured artist in February.
A reception, part of the downtown gallery walk,
will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at IGW,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-
6648.

Privateering topic of
museum lecture in Cortez
The Florida Maritime Museum will present educa-
tion coordinator John Beale lecturing on "Privateers in
Florida" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The 30-minute lecture is part of an ongoing series.
Beale will talk about "what makes a legalized pirate,"
review the risks and rewards of the trade, and discuss
what privateers fought both for and against Florida."
Reservations are required.
The museum is at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
For more information, call 941-708-6120.

Off Stage Ladies
meet off-island
Vocalist Tanya McCormick will entertain the Off
Stage Ladies of the Island Players during the monthly
meeting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The group is meeting at Manattees Sports Grill,
7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
For more information and reservations, call Nancy
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Marlane Wurzbach of Holmes Beach will be fea-
tured at SteamDesigns art and print shop during the
downtown Holmes Beach art walk Friday, Feb. 14.
SteamDesigns, 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600, in the
Holmes Business Center, will host a reception 5:30-
7:30p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For
more information, call SteamDesigns at 941-779-
9108 or go online to www.marlanewurzbach.com.
Islander Courtesy Photo
Shepherd-Rains featured
at Guild Gallery Artwalk
Judith Shepherd-Rains is the artist of the month at
the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
The artist was born in New England and lived
in the Caribbean from the early 1960s to mid-1990s.
There, an announcement said, she painted "the lush
colors and vibrancy of the tropics in watercolors and
acrylics."
After relocating to Bradenton, Shepherd-Rains
began showing her work in juried shows from Florida
to New England.
A reception will take place at the gallery 5:30-7:30
p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, as part of the downtown Holmes
Beach art walk.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.


Artist Mariarosa Rockefeller is Island Gallery West's
featured artist in February. Islander Courtesy Photo

Kiwanis hosts MCSO officer
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
for breakfast and a talk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at
the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
An announcement said the guest speaker will be
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Paul Davis, who
heads up the substation in Anna Maria.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, the club will host Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary
Ann Brockman and on Saturday, March 1, Manatee
County School Board Member Karen Carpenter.
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens
at 941-778-1383.

Kiwanis cancels Valentine's
Day Big Band Dance
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island has can-
celed its Valentine dance to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
The 22nd annual Big Band Dance will not take
place on Feb. 13 due to lack of ticket sales.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
1908 or call Kiwanis dance organizer Sandy Haas-
Martens at 941-778-1383.


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2 p.m. Florida Maritime Museum/Friends of the Island Library
lecture, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-
6341.
6:20 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, Feb. 13
Noon St. Bernard Catholic Church Women's Guild fash-
ion show and luncheon, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee
applies. Reservations required. Information: 410-812-2468.
2 p.m. Island landscaper and plant expert Michael Miller
talks about edible gardens, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8-11 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Big Band/
Sweetheart Dance, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Reservations requested.
Information: 941-778-1908. CANCELED
6:20 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, Feb. 14
Today is Valentine's Day
5:30-7:30 p.m. Downtown Holmes Beach Gallery Walk,
Marina and Gulf Drives, various locations. Information: 941-778-
6694.
5:30-7:30 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island recep-
tion with Judith Shepherd-Rains, Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Island Gallery West art reception for Mari-
arosa Rockefeller, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-6648.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Opening of the James Pay Exhibit, Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-2099.
5:30-7:30 p.m. SteamDesigns reception for artist Marlane
Wurzbach, 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600 in the Holmes Beach Busi-
ness Center, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-9108.
6:20 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, Feb. 15
8-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-
778-0414.
10 a.m. Here, There, Everywhere Bats at the Library chil-
dren's program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
10:30 a.m. -Artist Roger Rockefeller leads a demonstration in
painting bromeliads, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
6 p.m. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Tribute dinner theater,
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-778-

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Roser Memorial Community Church continues
to hold a series of concerts this season.
At 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, Roser will host the
Sarasota Orchestra Brass Quintet.
An announcement said highlights include three
spirituals "The Battle of Jericho," "Nobody
Knows" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
The musicians in the quintet include:
Michael Dobrinski, principal trumpet.
Greg Knudsen, trumpet.
Laurence Solowey, horn.
Brad Williams, trombone.
Jay Hunsberger, tuba.
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, Roser's concert
series will feature Paul Todd.


1908.
6:23 p.m. Official sunset time.


Sunday, Feb. 16
4 p.m. Roser Memorial Community Church concert with
the Sarasota Orchestra Brass Quintet, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-0414.
6:23 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, Feb. 17
Today is Presidents Day.
6:23 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, Feb. 18
10 a.m. Here, There, Everywhere Moon and Stars children's
program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. Dragon boat meeting, Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 860-
997-4251.
6:25 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Fest, Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach. Also takes place Thursday, Feb. 20. Infor-
mation: 352-344-0657.
Noon -Anna Maria Island Historical Society annual member-
ship luncheon, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Reservations required. Fee applies. Information: 407-415-
2678.
2 p.m. The Lifelong Learning Series explores the biological
basis for violence, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
6:25 p.m. Official sunset time.

Off-island
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Noon Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting and
luncheon, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-779-2181.

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For more information about the concert series,
call the church at 941-778-0414.
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Festival, 119th Street West and waterfront, Cortez. Fee applies.
Information: 941-722-4524.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Book-signing with children's author Jan
DiRuzzo, Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Information:
941-795-5756.

Sunday, Feb. 16
9 a.m.-- Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service
plant tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 941-722-4524.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Book-signing with children's author Jan
DiRuzzo, Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Information:
941-795-5756.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival, 119th Street West and waterfront, Cortez. Fee applies.
Information: 941-722-4524.

Monday, Feb. 17
Noon -Anna Maria Island Democratic Club luncheon, Man-
natees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-779-0564.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
2 p.m.- "Downton Abbey Tea," Longboat Island Chapel, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-323-5866.
3 p.m. Florida Maritime Museum lecture on privateers, 4415
119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

Coming up
Feb. 21, Annie Silver Community Center spaghetti dinner,
Bradenton Beach.
Feb. 22-23, Pines Trailer Park white elephant sale, Bradenton
Beach.

Save the date
March 1-2, Mixon Fruit Farms Orange Blossom Festival, Bra-
denton.
March 7-8, Friends of the Island Library book sale, Holmes
Beach.
March 8-9, AMI Art League Springfest, Holmes Beach.
March 15, AMI Community Center Tour of Homes.
*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
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Weekly planner: calendar of ongoing events, activities


Feb. 13-March 2, "Shrek: The Musical," Manatee Players, Mana-
tee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-748-5875.
Through February, "Round: About" exhibit, Artspace Studio and
Gallery, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3835.
Through April 15, DaVinci Machines Exhibition, the Bradenton
Auditorium, 1005 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
888-674-0107.
Wednesday
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 Soci-
ety sells Settlers' Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
779-7688.
First Wednesdays, 1:15p.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. Infor-
mation: 941-778-2607.
Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens 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
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bra-
denton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Thursday, 7 p.m., through March 27, bingo, Annie Silver Com-
munity 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, 10a.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.
Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.
Friday
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may
apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle, Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
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Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
3132.
Saturday
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing, 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.
Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime
Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m., Manatee County Junior
Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.
Sunday
Sunday, through April 27,10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market,
107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
Monday
Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Informa-
tion: 941-778-0414.
Monday, except Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Family Game Night, Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1908.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Informa-
tion: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-779-0564.

Plant enthusiast to
lecture at library
Anna Maria Island plant enthusiast Mike Miller
will talk about gardening and landscaping Thursday,
Feb. 13, at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Miller's talk and slideshow, "Garden with Exotics,
Landscape with Natives the Best of Both Worlds,"
will take place at 2 p.m.
He will talk about landscaping with native vegeta-
tion to restore the natural visual identity of the barrier
island and the proper way to incorporate food plants
and ornamentals in that landscape.
For more information, call Miller at 941-779-
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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
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. Information:
941-794-8044.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m., bingo, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202.
Editor's note: Events are subject to change when there is a holi-
day
Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates to
schedules, to calendar@islander.org.

Beach Market vendors to
benefit animal rescue
Organizers of the weekly Beach Market at
Coquina Beach are working to assist one of the
animal welfare groups involved in the rescue of a
number of dogs earlier this year from a farm in east
Manatee County.
The market takes place on Sundays at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This month, market organizers and vendors
are collecting blankets and pillows, pet food and
treats, leashes and cash to help rescuers deal with
the recovery of more than 300 abused animals from
an alleged animal sanctuary.
"Hopefully we can help a little bit," said orga-
nizer Nancy Ambrose. "I have vendors bringing
stuff and, if we let folks know, they will hopefully
bring stuff. Anything will help."
The effort will benefit Moonracer No Kill
Animal Rescue.
For more information, call Ambrose at 941-518-
4431.


LBK center offering classes
Painting, sketching and sculpting these are a
few of the topics the Longboat Key Center for the Arts
will take up this month in a series of master classes.
For more information, including class details and
fees, call the art center at 941-383-2345.
The center is at 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat
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Bradenton Beach backs off hiring plan, staff restructured


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
One of the first acts of the Bradenton Beach admin-
istration following the November 2013 municipal
election was to restructure the city's administration
department following the resignation of former city
clerk Nora Idso.
A termination agreement was finalized between
Idso and the city prior to the election.
As Mayor Bill Shearon began to formulate a plan
to hire a new city clerk, Commissioner Jack Clarke
proposed a complete restructure of administrative staff
by terminating every position, advertising with new
job descriptions, while allowing the current employees
to re-apply.
The plan was supported in a motion 4-1 with Com-
missioner Ed Straight dissenting.
That plan came to an end at a Feb. 6 city com-
mission meeting where Shearon said he no longer
supported advertising the positions, saying he instead
prefers to keep Tammy Johnson and Audra Lanza.
"Advertising for the positions undergoing reclas-
sification is not necessary," said Shearon. "With the
commitment Tammy and Audra have expressed and
the jobs they have done, I don't think there is a need
for consideration for anyone else."
City attorney Ricinda Perry said it was a contradic-
tory decision already voted on by the city commission.
She said it was agreed that newly hired city clerk Janet
Anderson and treasurer Sheila Dalton would evaluate
their needs and recommend the qualifications of an
applicant.
Commissioners Jan Vosburgh and Straight agreed
with the mayor's decision.
"I think these girls are doing a great job," said
Vosburgh.
Perry said she would need direction from the com-
mission on how to proceed.
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The mayor said both have done a good job and the
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"These two people have done way over what is
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Straight moved to retain Johnson and Lanza with
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Both Dalton and Anderson have starting salaries
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"I'm not blaming anyone," said Shearon. "But our
checkbooks haven't been balanced since October. You
would think doing a check reconciliation would be
pretty simple."
Shearon said the additional $1,200 in auditor's fees
for the quarter is for overtime to clear up the mess.
He said another priority is getting the city's com-
puter systems up to date, clearing data stored since
1998 and updating software in use since 2001.
Shearon said these are just the first of many issues
for the commission to address in the near future.
"You might as well prepare yourself that we are
going to have some costs to deal with, but we have to
do it right," said Shearon. "We are no longer biting
bullets, we are biting missiles."
As another example, Shearon said the city was
supposed to invoice Manatee County $33,000 for its
share of trolley shelters built two years ago.
Shearon said that not only was the bill never sent,
but the city tallied $44,000 in costs.
"This is one of the things that was caught by
the internal audit I requested from the county," said
Shearon. "But it gets worse."
Because the project was completed two years ago,
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"I wanted to see all the records and found out
public works had some records, the building depart-
ment had some of the records, the police department
had some of the records and administration had some
of the records in two different places," he said.
In a post-meeting interview Feb. 7, Shearon said
it's frustrating, but he isn't looking at anything in a
negative light.
"It's an opportunity for the city to start over again,"
he said. "We just have to fix these things because they
are so bad. Then what I'm looking forward to is just
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By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church in Anna Maria has retired after 14 years
of leadership.
He stepped back from his full-time position to
part-time ministry in July 2013 and officially left his
post the first of 2014. Batey led his first service at
Roser on the first Sunday in January 2000 and became
a beloved leader and community figure.
"It's always sad to leave good friends and a good
congregation, and this one was a great congregation,"
Batey said. "It has been one of the best experiences
I've had in my 44 years."
Batey came to Florida from Ohio in 2000 to take
the position at Roser. He has two daughters and, at
the time, one lived in St. Petersburg and one lived in
Oregon.
"I wanted to be closer to family but I couldn't
live near both of my daughters. I starting applying in
Oregon and Florida," Batey said.
He found the position through an ad in a United
Methodist newspaper, and applied. Roser contacted
him about his application, and he came to Anna Maria
Island for the first time. Batey had been to St. Peters-
burg and Clearwater to visit family, but had not been
further south.
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"Just from the description in the book, I knew I
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The church hosted a retirement party Feb. 8 for
Batey at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The
party took place a month after his retirement in order
for season visitors to have a chance to say farewell.
While there is sadness in his departure, Batey
wants the best for his congregation. "The congregation
needs to choose a new pastor. It's time for the church
to get someone with fresh ideas and different skills. It
will strengthen the church in the long run," he said.
As a farewell to his congregation, Batey recalls
Second Corinthians, Chapter 4: What we proclaim is
not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves
as your servants for Jesus' sake.
He said he has preached on the idea many times.
"It's not about me. What has really been impor-
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not just in what we say, but how we are," Batey said.
"Entrusting ourselves to the church and to each other,
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By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Perhaps it's the enchantment of a sunset, the rhyth-
mic sounds of the ocean or the warmth from the sun,
but for some reason, love and the beach are intrinsi-
cally intertwined.
Mark "Derek" Yearwood grew up with the island
beaches as his backyard at his family's Holmes Beach
house. He attended Anna Maria Elementary School
and won sandcastle-building competitions hosted by
the Anna Maria Island Youth Center. He bussed tables
at the Sandbar and Harbor House restaurants through
his high school years.
The 15-year-old busboy would buy roses for all
the waitresses on Valentine's Day in the spirit of a true
romantic.
At age 17, he fell in love with a girl who lived in


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Tired of spending Valentine's Day eating ice cream
and watching "An Affair To Remember"? Have you
visited every beach bar, surfed every dating website
and let friends set you up on blind dates in search of
"Mr." or \1, Right"?
Well, look no further.
Meet Andy.
He's looking for a life-long partner. Andy is an
exercise enthusiast, likes long walks on the beach and
playing catch. He is looking for someone who won't
mind public displays of affection because he loves to
cuddle and smooch.
He is a 1.5-year-old Weimaraner-pit mix.
Andy is a survivor he was rescued from the
worst of fates at Manatee County Animal Services after
being found on the street with a serious neck injury.
Andy had outgrown his collar, and it was embedded
into his skin.
Lisa Williams, owner of Moonracer No Kill
Animal Rescue, saw Andy's condition at the shelter
and immediately wanted to help.
"I asked if anyone was coming for him, and they
said 'no,'" said Williams, who works at The Islander
newspaper. "So I brought him home."
Soon Williams had found Andy a foster parent,
Tim Karau, a driver for Vet Express, a pet ambulance
service. Karau had to wait while Andy's neck healed,
which took a long time. But soon enough Andy had
gained weight, filled out his frame and his neck was
much better.
Williams said Andy is ready to leave foster care
and head to a "forever home."
Living with Karau's two great danes has greatly
enhanced Andy's social skills and he now has good
manners, although, he hasn't quite adapted to cats. He
still likes to chase a feline.
Andy is among a growing number of pets that are
glad Moonracer, a nonprofit formed in 2011, saves the
hard cases.
"We believe that no pet should be killed because
he or she is homeless, and we work hard to rescue
'misfit' dogs from death row at Manatee County
Animal Services," Williams said. "We are non-breed
specific, and we rescue sick, injured and elderly dogs
as well as those with alleged behavioral problems."
Williams said she named her company after King
Moonracer in the movie "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed
Reindeer." The lion was king of the island of misfit
toys.
Williams said she comes across a neglected dog
with severe injuries every two or three months. One
of the worst cases was Michelle.
"She was starved, overused for breeding and left
after a litter of pups to rot when she got an infection
and her mammary glands exploded," she said.
Williams educates pet owners about the impor-
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"Dogs are amazing and they help keep you
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You might also see paper hearts with a pet "foot-
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being killed and find them forever homes.
Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue and Forget Me
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People can purchase a paper heart for $1 or more,
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"That's where I met my blue-eyed beauty. I fell in
love instantly. Although she was not totally smitten at
first," Yearwood said.
Too shy to ask her out, Yearwood drove through
the drive-thru every day. The first spark of interest
between the two began with what Yearwood discov-
ered were intentional wrong orders.
"She started giving me cherry pies instead of apple,
so I had to go back in and we could lock eyes for a few
more minutes," he said.
While longing looks and wrong orders didn't pro-
vide enough courage to ask her directly out on a date, it
was sufficient to hand off a note to her through another
employee.
Eventually Cheryl Richard, now Cheryl Yearwood,
and Derek had their first date.
"We spent our first date walking on the beach," he
said.
The beach is inherent to their love story.
As their relationship progressed, the boy too shy
to ask for a date, found the courage to ask his most
important question up until that point. "We were driv-
ing out to Beer Can Island and I asked her to marry
me. And she said 'no.'"
Eventually, she said, "yes," and the two were
married by the water at DeSoto National Memorial in
Bradenton in 1980. On Feb. 9, the couple celebrated a
34th wedding anniversary.
They had moved to Denver in 1985, where Derek
attended air traffic control school. They stayed in Colo-
rado until 2006, where they raised their son.
But they never forgot about home at the beach.
There were frequent trips back to the island to visit
grandmother Kathy Yearwood and the beach. "I
learned to swim and fish in the waters here, and this is
where I taught my son to swim and fish," Derek said.
After their son had grown and left to start a career
in Japan, Derek retired and took a position as an air
traffic controller with British Airways in Bahrain.
During the four years they lived in the Middle East,
the couple traveled the world. They visited Switzer-
land, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, the Netherlands, Japan,
Malaysia and other places.
The Yearwoods now own a home in Greenville,
S.C., and are seasonal residents of Anna Maria Island.
They are members of the Anna Island Moose Lodge,
where they still hold hands for sunsets and the drinks
are served by Derek's sister, Winnie Yearwood.
"After traveling the whole world, I don't think
there's a better beach. Every beach we see, we com-
pare it to Anna Maria, and it always falls short," Derek
said.
Clearly, the Yearwoods have a love affair with
Anna Maria and many more years of sunsets.


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By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Valentine's Day is symbolized by a heart.
For one Bradenton Beach couple, its symbolism goes
beyond the emotions generated by the heart. It takes on
a literal meaning for Linger Longer Resort co-owner Tjet
Martin, who also serves on the city's Scenic Waves Part-
nership Committee.
Martin survived a near-fatal heart attack Jan. 29
and her business and life partner of 18 years, Mayor Bill
Shearon, now looks at Feb. 14 as more than a greeting card
and box of chocolates.
Theirs is a story of love and adventure and, they now
know how close they came to seeing their story end.
As an owner of a petroleum company in Illinois,
Shearon often closed deals at a German restaurant called
Heritage House, where Martin waitressed for years.
"I had another job that paid the bills," said Martin.
"That was my real job and the Heritage House was my
love job. I loved being there."
It was love that kept her there, it was love that would
blossom there and it would be love that eventually would
take her away from there on her life's adventure.
Shearon and Martin became friends and eventually
the relationship became much more.
When Shearon retired from the petroleum business,
he bought a 45-foot yacht and asked Martin to sail away
with him. The only problem was that neither one had ever
been on a boat before.
They took a six-week course and then set sail on a
four-year adventure "from sea to shining to sea," h ',_'in,_'
more than 15,000 nautical miles together.
"We just followed the sun," said Shearon. "That's
where our relationship grew. You can't run away from one
another on a boat. You either get along or you swim."
After four years, the couple traded up to a 51-foot
yacht to continue their sailing journey, "because after four
years on a 45-foot boat together, that extra six feet of space
makes all the difference in the world," joked Shearon.
Their adventure spurs a lot of laughs, but recalling the
events of Jan. 29 quickly raises a different emotion. It is
an emotion as raw as a frayed nerve, as the couple of 18
years processes how close they came to seeing it all end.


18-year partners Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill s.ii.. ,,
and Tjet Martin. Islander Photo: Mark Young

"I didn't feel aiimlin-w leading up to it," said Martin.
"I was just a little tired, but season is starting up and I've
had a lot of extra things to do."
In the early morning hours of Jan. 29, Martin awoke
with heartburn and went out to sit in the living room, where
she he dozed in and out sleep for a few hours.
At around 5 a.m., she felt sick to her stomach and felt
some pain in her shoulder, thinking again it was associated
with the extra work she was doing.
"Then I felt fine again," she said.
She continued with her activities, but later in the day
she ended up on the bathroom floor in pain.
"I was having trouble breathing and the pain was get-
ting worse," she said. "I knew what was happening at that
point. By then, my left arm was curling up and the pain
was unimaginable."
A call to Shearon set things in motion and the efforts of
EMS personnel, as well as Police Chief Sam Speciale and
Lt. John Cosby helped to calm both Martin and Shearon.
A teary-eyed Martin said Cosby and the EMS person-
nel managed to calm her. "I was terrified."


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Other emergency people on scene kept Shearon occu-
pied, asking him to find house keys, Martin's purse and
things he would need to take to the hospital.
"They were very caring, very professional," said
Shearon. "It was like a traffic stop. They spoke and acted
like it was very routine and kept everyone calm."
Shearon said he has 12 years of working on a volunteer
rescue squad, "but it's different when it's you or someone
you care about. I give them all a lot of credit. They worked
as a team and i \ I. i lliig went like clockwork."
Shearon and Speciale arrived at the hospital, and like
many who have gone through the experience, were left on
their own.
Emotions were running rampant during the uncer-
tainty, but, within 20 minutes, Shearon was being led back
to the emergency room of Blake Medical Center and he
saw Martin "alert and as sarcastic as ever."
Martin was told had she waited one more hour to seek
help, the heart attack would have been fatal.
"Tears really started flowing at that point," said Martin.
"I knew I had to change my lifestyle."
Martin immediately quit smoking. She also is look-
ing at maintaining her love of baking with a healthier
approach.
"I was a butter and heavy cream cook," she said. "Not
anymore.
At least for now, Martin said of her lofty goal, \ i,) k.
later after I'm done freaking about all this, I'll do a little
butter on my toast again."
So what does the grateful couple have planned for
Valentine's Day?
"Life goes on," said Martin. "Bill has a class to attend,
but I did tell him he has to take me somewhere very spe-
cial."
Shearon agreed.
"Normally Valentine's Day isn't much more than a
Hallmark day, but now it has a different meaning alto-
gether."
Life can get complicated. Troubles can sweep in with-
out warning, but many of them can very quickly seem
inconsequential when life and death are at stake.
Martin said she understands that and, while life does go
on with its many obstacles, "I'm just happy to be here."


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By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Police Department is looking
out for motorists who use improper passing techniques
while driving.
At a Jan. 28 city commission meeting, Chief Bill
Tokajer said he and members of the department would
be "strictly enforcing" any illegal passing methods, a
violation that carries a fine of $166.
If you travel East Bay Drive, passing Walgreens,
Publix and CVS, and use the center turn lane only for
turning, to avoid traffic or to make a green light, you'll
likely get a ticket.
Motorists who drive in any center lane for an
extended distance are subject to ticketing.
Tokajer also will be looking for people who pass a
vehicle on the right side, using the bicycle lane, shoul-
der or unpaved right of way to pass.
"Passing someone on the right side is a major
safety hazard for bicyclists and pedestrians," he said
at the meeting.
Under Florida law, drivers are required to slow
down under the posted speed by 20 mph when an


An HBPD patrol makes a traffic stop on Marina Drive
Feb. 5. Islander Photo: Merab-Michal Favorite


emergency vehicle or tow truck passes with its emer-
gency lights on.
He said HBPD also would be looking to ticket
drivers who violate that law.
Tokajer said that before the HBPD begins enforc-
ing common traffic violations, it attempts to educate
the community through the media, meetings and its
web presence.
Last month the HBPD issued 84 traffic citations,
32 parking tickets and 22 written warnings, according
to the HBPD monthly report. They also worked 12
traffic crashes, a report states.
The HBPD also arrested 20 people on various
charges in January 14 were for alleged criminal
traffic violations.
Officers last month responded to 214 calls, the


Island Police Blotter
Anna Maria
Jan. 29, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, domestic
disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to a call regarding a couple engaged in a
verbal argument. The woman said no physical contact
had been made during the argument.
Feb. 6, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, burglary.
An unknown person entered a residence through
an unlocked door and stole several items valued at
$756.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
Jan. 30,600 block of 66th Street West, robbery by
sudden snatching. A Bradenton Beach woman reported
walking west at the listed address when a male came
up from behind her and grabbed her wallet out of her
hand. The man fled with the wallet that contained cash
and the victim's identification.
Jan. 21, 60 block of Bay Drive North, Pines


report shows.
Tokajer said the HBPD increases enforcement
activities during the nationwide Click It or Ticket cam-
paign. During the most recent effort, from Thanks-
giving to New Year's Day, HBPD officers issued 198
citations for various offenses.
Tokajer said that due to the proactive enforcement
activities by HBPD officers during the campaigns, the
department received about $19,000 in new equipment
at no cost to the city.
The funding provided the department with two
dual antenna moving radar units, two laser speed mea-
surement units and a portable breath-test unit from
the Florida Department of Transportation, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Florida
Law Enforcement Liaison Program.


Trailer Park, stalking, alleging threatening and harass-
ing behavior. According to the report, the behavior has
continued for about a year.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
Feb. 2, 4400 block of 125th Street West, domes-
tic disturbance. A 72-year-old woman was arrested
for domestic battery after her 46-year-old roommate
claimed the woman attacked her as they walked home
from a bar. According to the report, the victim said the
suspect punched her in the face. She ran home and
locked the door, at which time the suspect is alleged to
have thrown a chair through the bedroom window. The
victim locked herself in the bathroom and called law
enforcement. After an MCSO deputy observed injuries
to the complainant's face, the 72-year-old woman was
arrested.
Feb. 4, 2350 Cortez Road W., Home Depot, petit
theft. A 39-year-old Cortez man was charged with petit
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POLICE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
his pocket. According to the report, the man attempted
to leave the store through the garden center, at which
time he was stopped and escorted back into the store.
Jan. 25, 4300 block of 127th Street West, petit
theft. A complainant reported someone entered his boat
and removed a battery and spotlight.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Jan. 31, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass after
warning. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer
observed a 53-year-old Bradenton man at Publix after
he was confirmed to have been trespassed from the
business Jan. 4. The man was arrested for misdemeanor
trespass after warning and booked into the Manatee
County jail.
Feb. 6, 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road, Bradenton,
Walmart, petit theft. A 39-year-old Holmes Beach man
was arrested for petit theft after allegedly attempting
to steal a $98 cellphone. According to the report, the
man put a packaged cellphone into his pocket and
went to the restrooms, where he removed the phone
from the package, returned the phone to his pocket
and attempted to leave the store. He was stopped and
escorted back into the store. An MCSO deputy arrested
the man.
Jan. 18, 100 block of Aqua Lane, battery. A
woman observed a couple, who appeared to be intoxi-
cated and drinking alcohol while parked on Aqua Lane.
The woman suggested the couple not drive and the
suspects told the woman to mind her own business.
The man allegedly pushed the complainant before the
couple left the area in their vehicle.
Jan. 19, 5900 Marina Drive, skate park, vehicle
burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and
stole a backpack containing items valued at $1,083.
The theft was captured on a surveillance camera.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra-
tives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
police departments and Manatee County .li. iiff's
Office.


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Andrew Clyde Little
Andrew Clyde Little, 77, of Canada and a frequent
winter visitor to Anna Maria Island, died July 20, 2013.
He was born April 19, 1936.
Mr. Little's volunteerism in the past winters for
the Anna Maria Island Community Center and other
nonprofits on the island will be missed this year.
He met his wife at Bishop's University, where he
found his profession, journalism. He went from the
Canadian Press and Radio Canada International to
work many years as a writer, reporter and program host
with CBC in Montreal, and as a producer in Ottawa
with the long-running show "On The Road Again."
He shared his skills with others as a CBC in-house
trainer and part-time teacher at Concordia and Carleton
universities. He also was a gifted photographer who
transitioned from dark room to digital with ease.
Mr. Little enjoyed engaging in lively discussion
and was the founder of two "Old Farts" men's groups
- one in Florida, the other in Ottawa. He was good at
talking to people it didn't matter old or young.
Mr. Little is survived by wife Dolce Narizzano;
son Marcus and wife Lori Hewson; and daughter, Holi-
day and husband Nathan Sheaff; grandchildren Hunter
and wife Angela Skinner, Taylor, Lincoln and London;
and His Shi-Shi, a Jack Russell terrier.
Services were private. To send condolences or
share memories, a guest book can be found online at
remembering.ca.

Patricia J. Cameron
Patricia J. Cameron, 82, of Holmes Beach, died
Feb. 3.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Mrs. Cameron is survived by her husband John
and many loving friends.

Ronald E. Mills
Ronald E. Mills, 76, Holmes Beach and Lowell,
Ind., died Feb 2. He was born in Gary, Ind. He wintered
in Holmes Beach since 2002.
Mr. Mills was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserves. He retired as director of Guidance at Lowell
High School in 2000. He was a former member of the
Cedar Creek Township Advisory Board, and a member
of the American Legion, where he served on the Eli
Lilly Legacy Committee. He also was a member of
Knox Masonic Lodge.


Forneys celebrate anniversary
Bob and Mary Jo Forney announced they cele-
brated their 67th wedding anniversary Feb. 1. The two
married in 1947 in Ohio.
They've lived on Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key for 40 years, where Bob Forney was a general
building contractor.
The couple has two daughters and two grandchil-
dren.


There will be no local service. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was
in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may
be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or Lowell High School
Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made online
at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Mills is survived by his wife of 49 years,
Nancy; son Scott and wife Melinda of Littleton, Colo.;
brother Robert W. of Chicago; sister Jean and husband
Jerry Nash of Kouts, Ind., and Clermont, Fla.; and
grandchildren Tristan and Tanner.

Deborah Kaye Yarbrough
Murphree
Deborah Kaye Yarbrough Murphree, 61, of Bra-
denton, died Feb. 5. She was born Aug. 12, 1952, in
Dallas.
She retired after 30 of service at UPS.
| She had a contagious smile,
laughed often and loved to cook and
entertain. She was a member of the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, the
1 nonprofit local organization that sup-
ports kids and community, with the
Murphree pirate name of "Stumbles." She will
now enter the ship's Davey Jones
Honor Roll with privileged member status.
Her greatest passion was her family.
A celebration of life is being planned for Feb.
22 at a time and location on Anna Maria Island to be
announced.
Mrs. Murphree is survived by her husband of 39
years, Roger L.; son Eric; daughter-in-law Elizabeth;
six grandchildren; sisters JoAnn, Constance, Jennifer
and Rebecca; brothers Doyce III and Jon; and numer-
ous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great
nephews.





22 0 FEB. 12, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Cortez festival celebrates villagers' fishing way of life


Fishing has been a tradition in Cortez for more than
1,000 years. Native Americans depended on the local
abundant marine life, and were followed by Spanish
fishers who established fishing camps called "ran-
chos."
The catch was salted, dried and shipped to Cuba
and the Bahamas.
A U.S. Fish Commission report from 1879 cites the
"Hunters Point Fishery" as one of the most important
suppliers of seafood on Florida's west coast. The 1857
Follett Map of Manatee County shows the point on
which Cortez is located labeled "Hunter Point."
Fishing families from Carteret County in North
Carolina established permanent settlement, in the
1880s purchasing property on Hunters Point. These
settlers included William "Capt. Billy" Fulford, Sand-
ers Fulford, Nathan Fulford, James Guthrie and Charles
Jones.
These fishers also salted the catch, sending it by
boat to Tampa and other markets. By 1890, run boats
operating between Tampa and Cedar Keys stopped at
Cortez, supplying ice and loading fish.
New fishers recruited from North Carolina came
to Hunters Point by train to Tampa, and then by boat
to Cortez. The boats left the village with the iced fish
that was then loaded on trains in Tampa to provide fish
to northern markets.
The U.S. Post Office came to Hunters Point in 1895
and named the point Cortez. During the early 1900s,
more fishers arrived in Cortez.
Shortly after 1900, Nate Fulford installed a four-

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horsepower, water-cooled Barker engine on one of his
skipjacks, a harbinger of the end of sailboat fishing in
Cortez. Soon, the fishers in Cortez were pulling the
engines out of their cars and putting them into their
fishing boats.
In 1906, a sawmill was installed on the newly
shelled Cortez Road that ran from Bradenton to the
village.
In 1910, the village population was 110 people
and, in June 1912, those residents voted to incorporate
the village of Cortez.
In 1921, a devastating hurricane struck, destroy-
ing much of what was on the waterfront boats,
fish camps where nets were hung to dry, homes and
docks.
But the industrious community quickly began to
rebuild and continued to work on the water in Janu-
ary 1913, 200,000 pounds of mullet were landed in
Cortez.
And in 1922, a wooden bridge was built to Anna
Maria Island, opening the island to development.
In 1930, for unknown reasons, mullet began to
disappear in the Tampa Bay area and didn't reappear
until the 1938-1939 season.
Several fish houses were built in the 1940s and
remain standing. The same period saw 64 men and
women from Cortez enlisting to serve the United States
in World War II. Some fishers were deferred from the
draft because they were essential food producers and
others in the village took on jobs that had been held
by those who went to war.
In 1947, a catastrophic red tide hit the area and
millions of fish died. Several years passed before the
fish stocks recovered.
In 1967, the Organized Fishermen of Florida was
founded and Cortez fisherman Thomas "Blue" Fulford


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served as president for more than 20 years.
About this time, monofilament nets were invented.
Kicker boats with outboard motors replaced inboard
motor craft. The outboard motors allowed fishers to
work shallower waters. Innovations in packaging and
construction of large freezers allowed for development
of new markets fish were shipped to markets as
distant as Japan.
In the 1980s, a new fishery for threadfin her-
ring and sardines was developed. The small, densely
schooling fish were harvested for use as bait by both
recreational and commercial fishers.
However, the decades of rapid coastal develop-
ment that began in the 1950s was taking a toll. Half of
the vital fisheries nursery habitat had been lost. More
and more boaters and recreational fishers plied local
waters. The result: more and more fishers chasing
fewer fish.
Then, in 1995, a constitutional net ban was passed
that prohibited the use of traditional nets. Fish produc-
tion declined as much as 80 percent. The number of
fish houses in the village declined by more than 50
percent.
But villagers and fishers continue to preserve their
heritage, and promote the fishing way of life with the
annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
The festival, which will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, on the east end of
the village.


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Fest casts big net
Organizers of the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival are casting a big net, hoping to draw
a record number of festivalgoers to the historic village
this month.
The festival will take place at the east end of the
fishing village between the maritime museum and the
waterfront on 119th Street West 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday, Feb. 15-16.
Festivalgoers will find a variety of entertainment
- clog dancing, boat rides, marine life exhibits and
musical performances.
They'll also find plenty of seafood and other menu
items, more than 50 artists and artisans and boat tours
of the Sarasota Bay shoreline.
And, say organizers in a news release, don't forget
a camera because "magnificent bird life abounds and
the marine life touchtank always results in squeals of
delight and discovery for children of all ages."
Festival proceeds support the Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage's preservation and protection of the
FISH Preserve, 95 acres of mangrove wetlands imme-
diately east of the village a buffer for the village
from encroaching development.
Admission to the festival will be $3 for those over
12 years old.
Off-site parking will be available at G.T. Bray Park,
5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton, and Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Shuttles will be available at both locations, with
round-trips costing $2.50.


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Razing Cane entertains at a pastfishingfestival.
Fish sounds on festival stage
They can't tuna fish, but musicians will be sure to
tune their pianos, fiddles and guitars as they prepare to
take the stage at the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival.
The festival entertainment lineup includes:
Saturday, Feb. 15:10 a.m., Shanty Singers; 10:45
a.m., Passerine; noon, awards and introductions; 12:30
p.m., Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones; 2:30 p.m., Eric
von; 4:30 p.m., Razing Cane.
Sunday Feb. 16: 10:30 a.m., Soupy Davis and his
Band; 12:30 p.m., Eric von; 2:30 p.m., Soul R Coaster,
4:30 p.m., Shotgun Justice.





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Monday, Feb. 17, no school.
Thursday, Feb. 20, third-quarter progress
reports.
6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Spring Fling,
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, author Howard
Binko visits the AME media center.
7:50-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, volunteers'
breakfast, AME cafeteria.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 12, 2014 0 23
Museum sets festival hours
The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W.,
Cortez, will open to help celebrate the 32nd annual
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16.
The museum docents welcome festivalgoers for
tours and activities, including "Silly Sealife" for chil-
dren and a maritime art exhibit.
For more information, call 941-708-6121.

Sea Hagg hosts author
Children's author Jan DiRuzzo will sign and sell
copies of her books Feb. 15-16 in Cortez
DiRuzzo is the author of "The Lost Mermaid -
A Shem Creek Moonlight Jamboree" and "The Lost
Mermaid, Return to the Raspberry Kingdom."
She'll be at the Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W.,
Cortez, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
DiRuzzo has taught writing and worked as a tech-
nical writer for the U.S. Department of Defense.
For more information, call the store at 941-795-
5756.



Monday, Feb. 17
President's Day, no school.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and Biscuit.
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Southern Chicken, Biscuit, Vegetar-
ian Garden Salad with Egg, Baked Pork and Beans, Fresh
Veggie Cup and Pineapple Tidbits.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Burger or Cheeseburger, Chicken Quesadilla,
Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad, Baked Cinnamon Sweet
Potato Fries, Cucumber Slices with Dip and Applesauce.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Breakfast: Biscuit and Sausage Patty.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Cheese Lasagna Rolls, Chef
Salad with Egg, Roll, Steamed Garlic and Herb Green
Beans, Baby Carrots, Fresh Fruit Cup
and Birthday Ice Cream Cup.
Friday, Feb. 21
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick.
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty, Chicken Caesar Salad,
Steamed Corn, Mini Romaine Salad and Mandarin Oranges.
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Bucs run by Bears in AMI NFL flag football action


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers rolled to a 44-18
victory Feb. 4 over the Sun Bears during 14-17 divi-
sion NFL flag football action at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
Chris Galati got the action started with a pair of
scintillating 45-yard touchdown runs on the Buc's first
two offensive possessions.
Meanwhile, the Bears offense was going nowhere
with three consecutive three and outs. The Bears
defense stepped up with an interception by Kyle Meg-
gison with 1:40 left in the first half. Alex Rodriguez
took advantage of the field position on a 20-yard pass
to NM. k',i 'ii for a touchdown. Rodriguez then found
George Lardas for the extra point to pull to within 12-7
with just under a minute to play in the half.
Undaunted, the Bucs connected on two short pass-
ing plays before Lee Bergeron hit Jake Ross on a fly
pattern down the right sideline to complete a 24-yard
touchdown pass and take an 18-7 lead.
The second half was all Buccaneers, tacking on
touchdown receptions by Chris Gary, Mike Dittoli and
Ross, who also added a touchdown run to complete the
44-18 victory.
Nk. .',.'i,,,ii and Lardas scored second-half touch-
downs to complete the scoring for the Bears in the
loss.
The victory puts the Bucs in a tie for second place
with The Feast Broncos, one game behind the 5-1 Mr.
Bones Bengals. Integrity Sound Lions, Swordfish Grill
Browns and West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars are all 3-3
with the 2-4 Bears and 0-6 Waterfront Restaurant Cow-
boys following in the standings.
The 11-13 division has the 5-0 LPAC Cardinals on
top, a half game ahead of the 5-1 Sandbar Colts. Beach
to Bay Construction Buccaneers are in third with a 3-1
record in the division, while Bark & Company Realty
Ravens, Eat Here Redskins and Will C. Photos Falcons
follow in the standings.
Beach Bistro Buccaneers are undefeated at the top
of the 8-10 division, while West Coast Air Conditioning
Dolphins at 3-1 and the 3-2 Tylers Ice Cream Vikings
occupy second and third place. Manatee Diagnostic
Ravens, Beach Bum Patriots, Dojo Martial Arts Cow-
boys and LPAC Cardinals complete the standings.

Standings tighten in adult football division
The action continues in the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's adult NFL flag football league.
The 18-and-over division standings are tight, with


Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneer player Chris Galati
somehow keeps his flag on the way to a 45-yard
touchdown run in 14-17 division flag football action
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can't hold onto the pass Feb. 4 as Sun Bears
defender Kyle Meggison applies defensive pres-
sure during 14-17 division flag football action at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander

Slim's Place Bears, Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and
Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins all tied for first
with 4-1 records. Duffy's Tavern Eagles, Beach Bistro
Raiders and Waterfront Restaurant Panthers follow in
the standings.
The 30-and-over division has Island Gourmet Bills
on top with a 5-0 record with the 3-2 Agnelli Pool &
Spa Giants and Ross Built Panthers their closest pur-
suers. Jessie's Island Store Buccaneers, Island Real
Estate Raiders and Tylers Ice Cream Vikings make up
the rest of the standings.
Island Gourmet Bills showed why they're unbeaten
and on top of the 30-plus standings with a 35-21 vic-
tory Feb. over Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants.
Bills quarterback Chuck Bucky completed 10
passes for 213 yards and four touchdown passes. Scott
Dell was his favorite target, finishing with four catches
for 129 yards and three touchdowns. AJ Brown added
three catches for 69 yards, including a touchdown and a
2-point conversion, while Andrew Brown, Will Schen-
erlein and Katie Berzowski added extra-point catches.
Brown paced the Bills defense with two intercep-
tions, including one he returned for a touchdown, while
Berzowski added two quarterback sacks.
The Giants were led by Andy Szabo's 243 passing
yards and three touchdown passes. Mike Warren led
Giant receivers with five catches for 141 yards and all
three touchdowns. Frank Agnelli added 51 receiving
yards including an extra point, while Ed Moss com-
pleted the scoring with a pair of extra-point catches in
the loss.
The 18-plus game of the week Feb. 5 saw first
place Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins ease past
winless Waterfront Restaurant Panthers 32-25. Jona-
than Moss completed 15 of 22 passes for 183 yards and
four touchdown passes. Jeff Walker had a big game,
finishing with four catches for 66 yards and a pair of
touchdowns, while Amy Moss finished with six catches
for 52 yards, including a touchdown and an extra-point
reception. Andy Christman finished with 43 receiving
yards, a touchdown and an extra point, and Josh Rio
had 34 receiving yards and a touchdown to complete
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Spencer Robinson threw for 272 yards and four
touchdowns to lead the Panthers offense. Kevin Min-
goia was his top target, finishing with 11 catches for
104 yards and two touchdowns. Ian Fetters added five
catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns to complete
the Panther scoring in the loss.

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left
to battle for the Feb. 8 b,','iii_' rights during horse-
shoe action at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits.
Leo Hutton and Tim Sofran defeated Sam Samuels
and Bruce Munro 22-15 in the championship game.
Five teams advanced to the knockout round during
Feb. 5 horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyk and Leo
Hutton eased past Norm Good and Bob Palmer 24-16,
while Dom Livedoti and Fred Huyghe destroyed Art
Kingstad and Hank Huyghe in the opening-round
matches.
Livedoti and Fred Huyghe then drew the bye
into the finals and watched as Sam Samuels and Rod
Bussey eliminated Bobeldyk and Hutton by a 21-10
score to advance to the finals. Samuels-Bussey won
out over Livedoti- Huyghe 22-15.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
come.

Key Royale golf news
It was a busy week of golf at Key Royale Club.
The women joined up with the men on Feb. 7 for a
nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of
Hank Trembly, Charlie Knopp, Matt Behan and Bob
Reid matched the 3-over-par 35 carded by the team of
Mary Lou Dreier, Earl Huntzinger and Bob Dickinson
to finish in a tie for first place.
The team of Ken Rickettt, Mike Gille, Merritt
Fineout and Gary Risner matched the 2-under-par 30
carded by the team of Tom McDonnell, Bob Tehar,
Dan Richardson and Gary Alford to finish in a tie for
first place during a nine-hole scramble Feb. 6
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net
golf match Feb. 5. Tom Lewis, Dave Kruger and Barry
Anderson each shot a 1-under-par 63 to finish in a
three-way tie for first place.
The women took to the links Feb. 4 for a nine-hole,
individual-low-net match that also included a low putts
contest.
Joy Kaiser carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first
place in Flight A by two strokes over Pam Lowry, Kai-
ser's 13 putts emerged as the low total for the day.
Barb Estok's 3-under-par 29 gave her first place in
Flight B -with only 14 putts in the round. Sue Wheeler
was alone in second with a 2-under-par 31, while Kris
Landkammer took third with an even-par 32.
Judy Ward, Joyce Lathrop, Barb Harold and Carol
Duncan all carded even-par 32s to finish in a four-way
tie for first place in Flight C. Ward's 14 putts were the
lowest of the flight.
Suzanne Liddle's 1-under-par 31 gave her a one-
shot victory in Flight D over Sally Keyes. Sally York
had the low putts in the flight with 15.
Tom McDonnell and Barry Anderson finished in
a tie for first place during a nine-hole, modified-Sta-
bleford match Feb. 3. McDonnell also was part of the
card that included Charlie Porter, Dave Johnston and
Mike Gille in the team competition.

For AMICC sports schedules, visit
sports online at www.islander.org.





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No shadows, AMI groundhog finds fog, fabulous fishing


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
If the groundhog was looking for his shadow, he
likely couldn't find it for the morning fog that limited
visibility around Anna Maria Island.
As long as no major cold fronts sweep through our
area, the fishing should steadily improve.
Boating conditions are superb, except on those
fi,,"-' days and even on those days, the seas have
been calm. You just need some navigational skills and
familiarity with the area to safely get to your favorite
fishing spots.
Sheepshead are gravitating toward nearshore struc-
ture, as well as residential docks and piers. Numbers
should increase as the weeks of February pass. Offer-
ings of live shrimp are producing a good bite on the
reefs. While fishing piers and docks, try fiddler crabs
and sand fleas for bait, or even tube worms, if you're
determined enough to dig them up.
Pompano are still lingering around the beaches
of Longboat Key and in Sarasota Bay. Limits are
attainable with fish ranging 1- to 2-pounds. Small jigs
tipped with shrimp are the ticket, especially if the fish
are being finicky. Try drifting and ji ini to locate a
bite.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good
results. In depths of 20-40 feet, Girle is locating a vari-
ety of reef species. Catch-and-release gag grouper are
readily taking both cut shiners and live shrimp. Along
with gags, red grouper are in the mix, although keeper-
size fish are sporadic. Other catches include mangrove
snapper, Key West grunts and porgies. All three species
are great table fare, which is always welcomed.
Moving inshore, Girle is fishing pompano in Sara-
sota Bay. By drifting and ji ,.;, in ,. Girle's clients are
catching near-limits of 1-2 pound pompano. Along
with pompano, expect to catch mackerel, ladyfish,
bluefish and jack crevalle. Spotted seatrout are also in
the mix, which adds a little to the cooler for dinner.


Winter snowbird Dick Stevens oJf Connecticut shows oJff
a nice 30-inch redfish he caught while dockfishing on
Anna Maria Sound in Holmes Beach.

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sheepshead action is steadily increasing as we approach
the middle of February. Nearshore reefs in the Gulf of
Mexico are providing catches in the 3-pound range
with numerous fish in the 1- to 2-pound range. Fresh-
cut pieces of shrimp are working just fine. The usual
alternate baits, fiddler crabs, sand fleas and tubeworms,
also will arouse a bite.
Reports of Spanish mackerel are buzzing around
the island and at the tackle shop, where Oldham says
be prepared for the mack bite if fishing the nearshore
reefs. An ample number of Gotcha plugs, silver spoons
and crappie jigs will ensure some nice-sized fish
Finally, due to the recent fog, Oldham suggests
check the sound devices on your boats, as well as the
compass and GPS. Don't get caught on the water,
unable to find the way home.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
fishing offshore with good results on a number of fish.
In depths of 40 feet of water, Gross is anchoring over
structure and dropping live shrimp to the bottom on a
fish finder rig -an egg sinker, a swivel, a couple of
feet of leader, and a hook, all in that order. The length
of the leader can vary, depending on its purpose.
For example, when Gross is targeting hogfish, he
chooses a leader of 3 feet or more as to not spook the
fish. Hogfish, at times, can be leader-shy, so a longer
leader keeps the bait that much farther from the sinker
and swivel, hence not spooking the fish.
Along with keeper-size hogs, Gross is catching
respectable-sized sheepshead and triggerfish. There's
nothing wrong with returning to the dock with a cooler
of these three species. They're three of the best for a
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Gag and red grouper are getting in on the action.



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bait while on an
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Girle in north
Sarasota Bay.






Attracted by the commotion of catching hogfish and
sheepies, keeper-sized gags are making the mistake of
eating Gross' bait. Luckily for them, they are out of
season and they're returned to the Gulf. As for the red
grouper, keeper-size fish are still a little hard to come
by in shallow water.
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.


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On Jan. 17, Kayla Gardner of Bradenton hooked
and released this 30-inch gag grouper while using
frozen sardines for bait 3 miles out in the Gulf of
Mexico on a charter with Capt. Warren Girle.


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By Rick Catlin






Grooms returns to roots
Lifetime islander Barry Grooms has re-opened the
auto repair center, 5610 Marina Ave., Holmes Beach,
that his parents operated nearly 30 years ago.
"The location has been in the family so long, we
just wanted to bring back the old-time, friendly Anna
Maria Island atmosphere for residents and visitors,"
Grooms said.
"We're not your standard garage," he said. "We're
offering complete auto servicing, from electronic tune-
ups to brake work and wheel balancing."
Rob Self is the head technician, while Robby Riley
is the general manager. Both have lived and worked
on the island for a number of years.
For more information, call 941-896-7898.

Kaleta invests on LBK
Bonaire LBK LLC, a company headed by Holmes
Beach builder Shawn Kaleta, recently bought 3.5 acres
of vacant land on the beach at 5005 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. The purchase price was $6.4
million.
Kaleta said he tentatively plans nine single-family
homes for the site.

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Standing in front of the newly re-opened Grooms
Motors and Automotive sign at 5610 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, are, from left, chief technician Rob
Self owner Barry Grooms, and manager Robby
Riley. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

BeacHhouse opens kitchen
The BeacHhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, recently completed the installation
of a state-of-the-art kitchen.
General manager Becky Shannon said the kitchen
is the first phase completed in remodeling the restau-
rant. The bar and dining room are the next phases of
renovation, Shannon said, and those projects will be
finished by March 1.
Customer service will not be affected.



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for. $190,000. Call Jesse Brisson @ 941.713.4755.


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Chamber sets events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce has
set its monthly networking breakfast for 7:45-9 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
required. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
The chamber will hold its monthly networking
event 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Engel & Volk-
ers AMI Real Estate, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
Cost of the E&V event is $5 and reservations are
encouraged. Complimentary refreshments and food
will be served.
For more information or to make a reservation,
call 941-778-1541.

Realty raves
Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, has named Marianne Norman Ellis as its top
listing agent for January, while Kathy Caserta was top
sales agent.
Caserta also was named top sales person of 2013
for the office by broker-owner Mike Norman.
For more information, call 941-778-6696.

Spring serves
up top pastry
Andrea Spring, pastry
chef at the Sandbar
Restaurant, 100 Spring
Ave., Anna Maria,
recently received a Best
of ',.,ii award at the
Manatee County Fair
for her honey wheat
rolls with honey butter.


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Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
212 Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach, a vacant
72x 108 bayfront lot was sold 01 /22/14, Davis to Eason
for $450,000.
2819 Ave. B, Holmes Beach, a 2,332 sfla /3,300
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1988 on a 49x100
lot was sold 01/23/14, Willey to Narcisi for $390,000;
list $399,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


Kathy Caserta
receives her
award for top
sales in 2013 at
Mike Norman
Realty in Braden-
ton Beachfrom
Mike Norman at
a recent company
celebration.


Business news
Does your business have achievements to cel-
ebrate? Maybe you've just opened a business or your
business has received an award or special recogni-
tion. If so, we'd like to hear from you. To be consid-
ered, email your "who, what, where, when and why"
to news@islander.org. Hi-res photos welcome.


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Cell: 941-780-8000
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VINTAGE CHANDELIERS, METAL flowers,
$35, crystal brass, $65, art deco aqua otto-
man seat, $10. 941-779-9781.

RATTAN-STYLE SOFA, $150, easy chair,
$75, chandelier, $25, dining room table, $75.
941-387-1415.

FREEZER: LARGE KENMORE, frostless
with lock, $100, hospital bed, good condi-
tion, $100, white kitchen stove, $50. 941-
778-2901.

BOAT PORT-A-POTTY, $15, saltwater fish-
ing poles, different prices, all less than $100,
booster car seat, $25. 941-778-1264.

LIGHT BROWN MICROSUEDE sofa and
love seat, $100, coffee table, $70, oak dining
table with leaf and four chairs, $50, mirror
dresser with nightstand, $25. All nice condi-
tion, offers considered. 217-242-2046, 217-
242-1330.

BEACH WHEELCHAIR: ALL-terrain. Brand
new, paid $1,300, now $1,000. 772-708-
2587.


Individuals may place one free ad, up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or
less. Email classifieds@islander.org.


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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 office,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, Friday, 9:30 a.m-2
p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations,
Wednesday 9-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 941-779-2733.
STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consign-
ment. steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-
383-1901.

SALE: 8 a.m.-? Saturday and Sunday, Febru-
ary 15-16. Tools, TVs, kitchen items, linens,
clothing, toys, miscellaneous. 1609 Roslyn
Ave., Bradenton.

GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday, Feb. 14-16. Furniture,
tools, clothing, miscellaneous. Household
items. 513 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
Antiques, collectibles, lots more, something
for everyone! 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


PET-SITTER SERVICES LLC offers pet visits,
dog walking, kitty cleanup, and more. 941-
462-0405. petsitterservicesllc@gmail.com.
www.petsitterbradenton.com.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Karen
Robinson, 941-730-5693.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and
kittens!) are looking for great new homes
or fosters. Please, call for information, 941 -
896-6701.


LEXUS 330 SUV: 60,000 miles, gold pack-
age, two owners, pre-certified by Wilde
Lexus. Beautiful inside and out. Call 949-
525-2580.
2005 FORD TAURUS SE: 78,000 miles.
Automatic, air conditioning, power windows,
doors. Cruise control, CD, three-month
engine warranty. Excellent condition, priced
low, $3,900. Rick, 941-224-4977.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boat-
florida.weebly.com.
50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water
canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiber-
glass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable!
Great for fishing-stand on the side without
tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun
boat for anyone who wants to get on the
water! Includes a trolling motor with bat-
tery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-
8735.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can
place classified ads and subscribe online
with our secure server? Check it out at www.
islander.org.


PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop
located on Anna Maria. Must be available
weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome.
941-840-4235.
PERSON NEEDED TO run children and
youth Christian education programs at
non-denominational church. Self-starter,
organized, works independently and with
others, minimum two year's experience
required. Sunday required, some Sat-
urdays. Send resumes to: Roser Church,
Attention: BRED P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria
FL 34216.
AMI BRING IT: Hiring delivery drivers. Must
be 21, clean driving record, own vehicle and
insurance. Please email resume or contact
information: AMIbringit@gmail.com. 941-
209-1353.
DELIVERY DRIVER/WAREHOUSE. Work on
Island. Part or full time. Send resume only
to: annamariaisland@hotmail.com. 941-524-
9228.
OFFICE/RECEPTIONIST WORK. Answer
phones, good with computers. Part or full
time. Work on Island. Email resume only:
annamariaisland@hotmail.com. 941-524-
9228.
TUTOR WANTED FOR college accounting
class. Monday and Wednesday mornings,
from 10-11 a.m. Please, call Patrick, 941-
713-4656.
BEACH RESORT LOOKING for front desk
clerk. Hours are Saturday/Sunday 8am-4pm
and Monday/Tuesday from noon-8 p.m. for
total of 32 hours. Front desk experience a
plus. Apply in person at Blue Water Beach
Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL
34217. 941-778-6688.
TWO SCOOPS, ANNA Maria's favorite ice
cream is now hiring part-time associates.
Varied shifts available. Must be able to work
nights and weekends. A great place to work
and have a little fun, looking for a few friendly
people. Food preparation experience a plus.
Great pay, too! Apply today, Two Scoops,
101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 941-745-
9535.
KIDSFORHIR

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early child-
hood development major. Emily, 941-567-
9276.
RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified
babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel,
941-545-7995.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for
work. Ads must be placed in person at The
Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, HB.


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REGISTERED NURSE: 40 years experience,
hospitals, clinic, home health. Loving, kind,
gentle care. Safe driver, dependable, non-
smoker, teetotaler. Ginger Wade, 941-592-
5222.


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

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

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

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMER-
CIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to
work. 941-756-4570.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-
545-6688.
PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Com-
mercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, build-
ings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.
JOHN "THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle &
Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Afford-
able prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-
1414.

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

TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up net-
working, wired, wireless, audio, video sur-
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HELP WITH ERRANDS and transportation,
pet sitting, etc! Living in paradise should be
easy! 941-400-8847.
DO YOU WANT to vacation and not worry
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home so your pet can stay in its own envi-
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ences. Mary, 941-405-2496.
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BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
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941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty.
941-778-3046.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Always look first
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
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fruitfulness. 941-962-0986.
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Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
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807-1015.


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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.

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932-6600.

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Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.van-
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
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941-730-7479.

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supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

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man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-
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HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident.
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The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
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area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
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VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or
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or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

SEASONAL: MARCH AVAILABILITY: 2BR West-
bay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, res-
taurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated
pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096.

AVAILABLE MARCH 2014: 2BR/2BA ground
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ANNA MARIA CITY rental: Completely renovated
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deposit. 941-727-1083.

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62 Super Bowl
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AsTheWorld Terns take podium medals. Page 6 Ranked Floridas Best Community Weekly by FPAAMI Chamber of Commerce 2012 Medium Business of the Year Meetings Op-Ed Page 26 Happenings Streetlife The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.org VOLUME 22, NO. 15 FEB. 12, 2014 FREE PLEASE SEE LAWSUIT PAGE 3 PLEASE SEE IRKED, PAGE 4 Roser bids farewell. Page 15 Island love stories. Pages 18-19 BB pier tension builds. Page 4. HB charter committee hears mayors wishes. Page 2 The government calendar. Page 4 BB pier restaurant plans to open Feb. 20. Page 5 The Islander editorial reader letters. Page 6 Clash continues over tree house. Page 8 Talks continue to keep beach renourishment on track. Page 9 Community announcements, events, calendars. Pages 10-13 HBPD focuses on enforcement. Page 20 Pages 20-21 History unravels at Cortez fest. Page 22 Football warms up Fishing fabulous despite fog. Page 25Bradenton Beach mayor, city entangled in lawsuitsBradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon addresses the gallery Feb. 6 regarding a lawsuit that alleges he has overstepped his authority, among other claims. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter lawsuit Feb. 6 on behalf of ELRA Inc. alleging Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon has of interest in the ongoing litigation to terminate a joint development agreement with ELRA, the corporate entity of the Beachhouse Restaurant. The lawsuit also alleges Shearon is threatening the jobs of some city staff if they do not oppose the agreement with ELRA. Lincoln then double-dipped, sending the same day a request to city attorney Ricinda Perry for ELRA to join the city defense of the lawsuit brought forward in 2012 by Shearon, Tjet Martin and Jo Ann Meilner that claims the agreement allowing a parking lot on the beach should be thrown out. Perry said it is likely a judge would grant ELRAs request to co-defend the lawsuit to nullify the agreement to build a dune and parking lot at the restaurant across Gulf Drive from city hall. She recommended the city allow ELRA to join its defense. Commissioners unanimously agreed defense request, but Commissioner Jack Clarke asked the obvious question. So Robert Lincoln is going to sue the mayor and the city is going to pay for (his) defense, but hes also going to join the suit on the there? Clarke asked. Lincoln is representing ELRAs interests, not the city. So hes joining the party, but just not in the same wagon, said Clarke. Perry said Yes. She also said the commission would need to authorize the mayors defense. She recommended that attorney Charles Johnson be retained at what would amount to a reduced cost. Johnson already is the lead litigant for the city against the development lawsuit. Gilbert, city planner Alan Garrett and other so she would be unable to defend it. The most recent movement on the case was in October 2012, when the city was seeking a judges ruling on mediation offered to the plaintiffs, but rejected. The Rod & Reel returns to serviceServers and staff at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, are all smiles at 8 a.m. Feb. 7, as the longstanding pier and restaurant reopened after being closed more than four months due to repairs after an Islander Photo: Bonner Joy By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter It took a bit more than four months of repairs, but the historical Rod & Reel Pier at 875 N. Shore Drive in Anna Maria reopened for business the morning of Feb. 7. The pier and its restaurant had been and the repairs had to meet the new Florida Building Code requirements, said manager Dave Cochran. Meeting those new requirements made it take longer than we thought. Every time wed tear down a wall, wed find more damage that had to be rebuilt to the new code, Cochran said. He congratulated Bimini Bay Construction for its help in getting the facility reopened, and all the staff members who ready. Built in 1949, the repairs now make the Rod & Reel Pier look almost new, Cochran said. But weve still got the same homemost of the old employees are back, he said. During the four-month closure, All Island Denominations assisted out-of-work staff with bills, food, clothing and other living essentials. AID is composed of island churches and does not charge for its services. Additionally, the food pantry at Roser Memorial Community Church was available for the staff. It took a lot of work and effort, and many weeks working seven days, but its done and were back, Cochran said. The pier was purchased in 1998 by Mario Schoenfelder, who also leases the Anna Maria City Pier.Anna Maria mayor irked by emailsBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter An email circulating among Anna Maria Island vacation property interests last week caught the attention of Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn. The message from Joe Varner of Anna Maria Vacations, 5702 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a property management company, contains numerous inaccuracies and misstatements, said Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn. The email is doing nothing but causing a riff between accommodation owners, managers and city residents, she said. The email is being sent to island accommodation owners as a Florida House subcommittee considers a bill that would return control of vacation rentals to local governments. A companion bill heard in a Senate subcommittee was approved 8-0. Currently, under a Florida law that went into effect July 1, 2011, local governments cannot enact laws that would further restrict vacation rental areas beyond the regulations that existed at that time unless the rules applied to all residential properties. While HB 307 has stirred some controversy, SueLynn said Varners accusations are simply not true. In his two-page email, Varner wrote: There is a group of local Florida municipal politicians (which includes SueSueLynn

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FEBRUARY SPECIAL TAKE-OUT ONLY HB charter committee takes input, mayor wants a vote Committee continues search for new member The Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee the resignation of Travis Casper. One application for appointment was submitted to city hall between the committees Jan. 29 and Feb. 6 meetings and is under review. Committee members are asking any interested Holmes Beach resident to pick up an application for appointment at Holmes Beach City Hall 5801 as possible. Islander Reporter The Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee saw its biggest audience yet Feb. 6. We have an audience for new business today, Committee chair Bob Johnson said. The audience included Mayor Carmel Monti, who told the commit tee the mayor should have the ability to vote when the commission lacks a quorum and in the event of a tie vote by commissioners. The city presently has a weak mayor form of government, and the mayor has no vote in legislative matters. The mayor, according to the present charter, acts as the administrator, carrying out direction from the commission. The days agenda included scrutinizing the articles covering the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer, city attor ney, the police department and the public works and building department, and representatives from the city departments attended. Johnson solicited comments from the city staff throughout the committees review process. The committee reviewed Article 4 on the mayor and Article 5 on the city clerk. Changes were suggested by committee members for clarity and consistency throughout Article 4. Members also commented on term lengths for the mayor, which had been discussed in previous meetings. It was suggested the term lengths for city commissioner and the mayor be longer. The issue already has been added to a list to be given a closer look following the committees familiarization process. Monti also asked the committee to consider adding a monthly expense account of $100 for the mayor, for situations where he attends business meetings or Im being paid so little, I dont feel like I should have to pick up the bill, Monti said. Ive been trying to foster a relationship with Manatee County that hasnt been done in the last year. Responses regarding the expense account across the room varied. City treasurer Laurie Hill said that because of the tax structure of the payments made to the mayor, expenses should come out of the mayors salary. The mayor and city commissioners receive compensation, although in the past it was not considered salary. The mayor is paid $12,000 per year, and commissioners receive $6,000. I dont think its addressed in the charter, said committee member Pam Leckie, but it should be addressed. Committee members agreed the difference in compensation for the mayor and Manatee County commis sioners is wide. County commissioners are salaried at more than $80,000 per year, and they are reimbursed for some expenses. Committee members agreed to put the issue on the list to be revisited and suggested Monti look into other avenues that might allow his expenses. But Montis request for the ability to vote on city commission issues in the instance of a stalemate or the lack of a quorum found little support. Youre asking to change the structure of the government here. Every government does it differently, but this is a major change to the charter, said Johnson. City Commissioner Jean Peelen and Leckie agreed with Johnson that the mayor should not vote with the city commission. Im surprised youre asking for the ability to vote, Leckie said. Johnson cited the mayors veto power, which appears at the end of Article 4. Look at our national system, its checks and balances. Im not in favor of changing that, he said. We have a distribution of roles with checks and balances. 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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 3 11:30-9 941.778.5092ENJOY The Feast Restaurant Winners!Come find out why were voted No. 1 PIZZA on AMI by Islander readers! LAWSUIT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS 5337 Gulf Drive | Anna Maria Island | 941.779.1000 NEW MENU!HAPPY HOURFood & Cocktails 3-6 NEW MENU! Got Buttah?SEAFOOD | STEAKS | PASTA | COCKTAILS BURGERS | WINGS | HOT DOGS | PIZZADAILY SPECIALS & CHEFS SELECTIONS judge was appointed by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, father of Beachhouse owner Ed Chiles. She recused herself from the case. There has been no further movement since then, said Perry. The case terminate the joint development agreement includes former planning and zoning member Meilner as a plaintiff. Meilner said that for ELRA to join the city to defend the lawsuit changes nothing, noting the lawsuit will move forward. became mayor, and both he and longtime partner Martin were named plaintiffs with Meilner. Shearon also was a P&Z member at the time the development agreement was recommended for denial by P&Z, but approved during a contentious city commission meeting under the previous administration. Shearon removed his name from the lawsuit following his election as mayor, acknowledging he would essentially be suing himself. He pledged to keep out of the case in a postelec tion interview, but Lincoln maintains the opposite has occurred in a list of allegations against the mayor. Lincoln alleges Shearons ties to Martin as a He also alleges the city did not undertake due process in the creation of ordinances and resolutions appointing Perry to give the commission legal advice, and alleges the same for G ilbert and G arrett pertaining to their expertise. Lincoln writes that Shearon has violated the city charter by attempting to become a strong mayor by making decisions prior to city commission approval. He further asserts that Shearons reorganizational efforts within city hall are being determined by what the mayor believes to be in the best interest of the city, but without guidance from the city commission. The suit alleges that Shearon has threatened employees jobs if they do not follow his directions and misused his authority by directing city staff to take a position on the development agreement that is in line with his position as a former plaintiff. Lincoln cites G ilbert, G arrett and code enforcement ened if they dont follow direction from Shearon. Lincoln cites as an example, during a period from Dec. 3, 2013, to Jan. 12, 2014, Shearon communicated with Gilbert and Garrett insisting they inter pret and apply the citys land development codes to identify additional objections to the application to the extent that they would have to recommend denial to the city commission. In an email to the city dated the same day as the lawsuit, Lincoln cautions Shearon against retaliation attempts against city employees. whos talking or even ask as a threat and hostile act and attempting to interfere with public servants in the performance of their duties, Lincoln wrote. Meilner Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid McClellan, left, and Scenic Waves Partnership Committee member Tjet Martin, nominated for co-chair, discuss McClellans plans to resign KMB and Scenic Waves. Islander Photo: Mark YoungScenic Waves nominates ofcers, member resignsBy Mark Young Islander Reporter The Scenic Waves Partnership Committee is gaining new members, but will lose a valued member in May as it prepares to reorganize. election at 3 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The board discussed the possibility of electing the option in its bylaws, Tjet Martin was nominated for to serve with current chair Carl Parks. Current vice-chair Jake Spooner was nominated and accepted another one-year term. Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid McClellan has been serving as acting secre tary/treasurer for Scenic Waves, the advisory board responsible for reviewing projects associated with the state-designated scenic highway and making recommendations to the city commission. McClellan again was nominated to serve, but declined, announcing instead she will be resigning her 18-year position with KMB in May. The executive director is the person that will serve on this board and, while I will remain with Keep Manatee Beautiful through May to train the new executive director, I cannot accept the nomination, she said. McClellan said the new executive director will continue to serve on Scenic Waves, but she must end her time with KMB and Scenic Waves in May. McClellan said she will be pursuing a business opportunity, although she did not elaborate. She said a new KMB executive director is expected to be named at the boards Feb. 20 meeting.

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4 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER PLEASE SEE BB FRUSTRATION, NEXT PAGE Anna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org. Holmes Beach Meetings Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Manatee County Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org. W est Manatee Fire Rescue denton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org. Of Interest Send notices to calendar@islander.org and news@islander.org. Lynn and Chuck Webb from the City of Anna Maria as well as Jean Peelen and Carmel Monti from the city of Holmes Beach) who have persuaded a Florida state Senator to sponsor a bill to repeal and replace FL HB 883. Varner said the state senator is John Thrasher. Totally untrue, said SueLynn. Ive never even met Thrasher. The impetus for HB 307 came from the Florida League of Cities, which had its passage on its legisla tive agenda, SueLynn said. She acknowledged that she and Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen were part of a group of proposed his legislation. Thrasher represents Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. Varner is a bit off base with this accusation, Peelen said. We never met with Thrasher and I didnt even know his name until he introduced his bill. I was delighted that he did, she said. with lies and scare tactics. between residents and visitors and Varners email does nothing but cause trouble, she said. Varner continued in his email that Nine months ago, the city of Anna Maria, unannounced at a regular board meeting of commissioners and the mayor, voted (to) change all rentals to a 30-day minimum, and it passed unanimously! And this was even though they were not allowed to do so by state law! Fortunately their attorney stepped in and had them reverse this as it was illegal but if they do gain the power to do so, well SueLynn said Varners statement about the commission approving such action is another falsehood. Absolutely untrue. You can look it up in the minutes. She said its possible Varner was referring to a motion by Webb about a year ago to have city attorney Jim Dye determine if the citys hotel/motel ordinance had any control over vacation rentals and if a lawsuit That motion passed 4-0, but SueLynn said there was no mention of imposing a 30-day minimum. At the following meeting, Dye reported the city could take legal action in circuit court, but the city would have to choose individual rentals as defendants in any lawsuit, and any decision would apply only to those defendants. Commissioners rejected pursuing any legal action, 4-1. I dont know where Varner got his information, but it is just totally wrong, SueLynn said. Efforts to reach Varner by telephone and email were unsuccessful. Pine Avenue Restoration principal Mike Coleman of Anna Maria took a different approach than Varner. Coleman emailed small-business owners in the city, asking them to contact members of the House committee to disapprove of HB 307 as written. He said cooperation between accommodation owners and local governments would go a lot further to controlling the rental situation than any political battle that might ensue if HB 307 passed. He noted Anna Marias problems with vacation rentals started several years ago from too many party rentals. It caused a number of noise complaints, but resulted in the creation of the best practices list used by accommodation owners, managers and guests. These best practices have been working in Anna Maria and there are fewer noise complaints than ever. It just shows that a little cooperation will go a lot fur ther toward harmony among residents, the city and vacation renters than a government statute or regula tion, he said. Varner, however, might be premature in pitting although some agree with his purpose. Coleman defended Varner, saying hes not all IRKED CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1wrong, hes just not working within the ranks of government. Steube, R-Bradenton, said the bill must pass multiple committees before being considered, and while the legislative session will begin March 4, there is no timetable for action on HB 307. Florida Association of Vacation Rental Managers lobbyist Brian Hughes said if HB 307 passes it would give local governments the ability to institute a 30-day minimum stay for a vacation rental. Obviously, it does not mean every local government would enact such an ordinance, but it would give them the right to enact such a law, or something similar. This would really harm Floridas tourism industry, Hughes said. SueLynn said Anna Maria wants to be able to control properties that are rented to party groups for the weekend. Weve had good success with our best practices campaign by vacation rental agents and implementing procedures to limit noise. But we do want to have home rule returned to the local governments, she said. SueLynn said wants to ensure vacationers respect the rights of residents and other visitors who come to the city to enjoy its peace and quiet.Frustration builds over BB pier construction delaysIts been months since the T-end of the Historic Bridge Street Pier has had from visitors to Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter With $1 million waiting in two bank accounts following an agreement between Manatee County and Bradenton Beach to match funding to reconstruct the Historic Bridge Street Pier, further delays are frustratWhile the resort tax dollars from the county funds were anticipated but not yet available Bradenton 2013. The early delays proved to be a blessing as former Mayor John Shaughnessy laid the groundwork to tap into Manatee County Tourism Development Council the project. to not only restore, but improve, the pier means delays are no longer acceptable. Mayor Bill Shearon, who closed out Shaughnessys deal with the county, set a six-week deadline in early January for Z N S Engineering to have a request for proposal submitted to the city for approval and subsequent release to bidders. That deadline will expire stands, other than it is being held up due to a lack of a solar lighting plan. We should have the drawings fairly soon, said building official Steve G ilbert. Weve been back and forth with Beacon Products on how to attach the poles for the solar lights. That changes the engineering design. The frustration was apparent for Police Chief Sam Speciale, who facilitates the pier team. We were told we had six weeks to get this RFP out, said Speciale. So, who do we need to point the Mayor Bill Shearon reiterated that Feb. 19 is the six-week deadline. Shearon. I suggested and gave an extra week. That was our contract. I expect the contract in six weeks. Period. Ready to go. End of conversation. Speciale said there was no excuse for the entire

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 5 BB FRUSTRATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 For reservations or more information, call 1-888-584-7180. A Life Care Community brookdale.com Join us!In February we explore the avorful tastes and traditions of Morocco. Come experience the rich history and social connections of Moroccan cuisine! Brookdale Celebrates: World CuisinesMOROCCO New Bradenton Beach pier restaurant plans Feb. 20 openingBy Mark Young Islander Reporter Barring any further unforeseen issues, surprises or setbacks, Cast and Cage restaurant on the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier will open to patrons Feb. 20. Hopes were to open the restaurant a few weeks earlier, but operating a business in a city structure can mean operating at the pace of city government. The pier is owned by the city, and concessionaire Roland Pena signed a contract to operate the restaurant, as well as the bait and retail shops. For most restaurants, getting an exhaust fan in the kitchen repaired is a matter of making a phone call. For a city building, it involves waiting to address city waiting on the repairs. That was the case for Pena, who said he could Pena to pass inspection until the fan was repaired. whether a solar panel will be attached to a pole or be placed on the roof of a copula. Shearon agreed, saying, Ill make this real simple. Call Beacon and tell them they either present their plans or maybe we need to look into another lighting company. Shearon said Beacon is a quality company, But if they are going to hold things up, we can start from scratch with somebody else. Speciale was equally frustrated with ZNS for its lack of information on the RFP. Have they even started it? he asked. Gilbert said, I dont know. That led to further frustration. We were told we would have the RFP in six weeks, said Speciale. Tell him that hes working for us. If the lighting needs to say its going to be subbed out, then put it in there. Holding this up is unacceptable to us. ZNS told us they were going to do this. They are contracted to do it, they need to get it done and all we hear is, Well, we still need to do this. Public works director Tom Woodard said a Beacon Products representative was going to make a presentation at the Feb. 6 city commission meeting. A Beacon Products representative attended that meeting, gave a brief history of the company and its products, but did not present anything resembling a formal plan in relation to the pier project. Commissioners did not ask questions and the presentation concluded. The good news is that the work to the fan was completed Feb. 6 and kitchen equipment, followed by soon. Pena said there are some other minor issues, but those should not stand in the way of a grand opening. When we had that cold weather, we turned on the heater and black soot came out, he said. I think there is a problem with the blower. While issues with the building continue to surface, Pena said they are minor at this point and all of the We are ready to open, he said, setting Feb. 20 as the long-awaited day to begin serving pier patrons. Monsters at the pointBob Patten, a visitor staying in an accommodation near Bean Point the evening of Feb. 1, says strange noises were traveling through the fog and thoughts of monsters in the sea came to mind. When the fog lifted, he was able to see the groans were coming from the barge and dredge operations just offshore, part of the ongoing beach renourishment. He captured this foggy photo of the beasts of Bean Point.

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6 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our Publisher and Editor Bonner Joy, bonner@islander.org Editorial Lisa Neff, copy editor Joe Bird Kevin Cassidy, kevin@islander.org Rick Catlin, rick@islander.org Jack Elka, jack@jackelka.com Jennifer Glen eld, jennifer@islander.org Mark Young, marky@islander.org Contributors Jesse Brisson Karen Riley-Love Capt. Danny Stasny, sh@islander.org Mike Quinn | NewsManatee.com Advertising Director Toni Lyon, toni@islander.org Production Graphics ads@islander.org Of ce Staff Lisa Williams, manager, lisaw@islander.org Janice Dingman, pier plank coordinator accounting@islander.org classi eds@islander.org subscriptions@islander.org Distribution Urbane Bouchet Shane Pelkey Ross Roberts (All others: news@islander.org) FEB. 12, 2014 Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Island Shopping Center, 5604B Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 WEBSITE: www.islander.org PHONE 941-778-7978 toll-free fax 1-866-362-9821 Opinion YourAll for the Australian pines They're at it again. This time, theyre interfering with the Australian pines, trimming them on Gulf Drive, opposite Fifth Street. These trees provide a habitat for birds, squirrels shade for people and parked cars. Is this latest action at the thin end of the wedge on maneuver to remove these lovely trees entirely? Let's hope not. Some readers may remember a few years ago when these trees were threatened with removal by the proposed route of the multi-purpose pedestrian trail, when they were found to be in the way of a nice straight line for the path. The beauty of that part of Gulf Drive is the Australian pines that remain. If those with itchy saws feel that the trees are non-native and should be removed in the name of conformity, why not take out the majority of the palms, which also are non-native, as are 99 percent of the islands residents. Let's hear it for keeping the Australian pines. Gail Blackmore, Bradenton Beach Welcome to Cortez Its time Feb. 15-16 for the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. This is my special invitation to you to visit the booth of the Cortez Village Historical Society. You will enjoy reading the books we offer for sale. May I tell you about them? may recognize the titles expression as one used by my son Ben, interviewed some of the pioneer settlers still living in the village. Their stories from this Finest Kind. The second book, Fogs Comin In, is by my cousin Doris. Living all of her life in the village, she collected the familys stories. We especially value the chapter on World War II, although we probably should have paid her to withhold the book, as she tells many of our secrets. I want you to know that on March 16, 1995, the village was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. We have 97 historic structures. I am proud that it was on this date the birthday of my Grandpa William Thomas Fulford. He was Hunters Point in 1887. The listing led Linda Molto and myself to write, Cortez Then and Now. The other book for sale is our famous cookbook, Whats Cooking in Cortez. This is the third edition and it includes more than 500 recipes. I often recommend my contribution, My Famous Rolls and my mothers broiled mullet recipe, featured in the Miami Herald in 1958. The year of our centennial, 1987, we baked an unbeatable cake with coconut inside and out, called the Cortez Centennial Cake. And Jane Evers recipe for mac and cheese includes her secret ingredient. festival is our now-famous strawberry shortcake. Its true Dolly Madisons shortcake recipe is still used and the strawberries are grown fresh in Manatee County and prepared by our great volunteers. Funds from this years sale will go to support the operation of the Cortez Cultural Center, including our Veterans Hall of Fame and the Family Life Center. Stop by our booth and support our activities. I hope to see ya there. Hopefully. Mary Fulford Green, CortezLet the games begin The past week had lots of peaks to hold our interest in all three cities along the beach. It was like that downhill ski run in the Olympics they call the moguls: Bumpy. Not only did the dredge company threaten to the Anna Maria mayor is defending her stance against vacation rentals, the Holmes Beach mayor is lobbying for a vote on the commission and the Bradenton Beach mayor is being sued for over-stepping his authority on the heels of past neglect. So late last week the dredge company said they had to leave for an emergency project we never heard what that emergency was and the county rushed to negotiate to keep them working here. ect, but a second project, piggybacking on the feds by the state and county at Coquina Beach, is at risk. But what are they negotiating? More money? The dredge company already offered to forego mobilization and setup fees to comeback. So whats at stake? Another standoff is arising between rental property owners and managers and Anna Maria over some proposed state legislation that would restore the citys ability to regulate rentals. The rental group gained rights when the state ruled anyone could rent their home, and cities were limited to existing ordinances. While the state favored rights for property owners, the cities decried a loss of home rule. Its shaping into a battle in Tallahassee. Next, we hear members of the Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee were shocked when the mayor asked for a vote in spite of the weak mayor form of government. For what goes in the face of the Sunshine Law, past and present mayors have taken pride in comThe tables also turned this week in Bradenton Beach with a strong mayor form of government. A himself the subject of a lawsuit claiming he is overstepping his authority. Its complicated but, before the election, the mayor was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against a local business and the city, and that business is suing him. Honestly, the action here is far better than in Sochi, where its merely for sport.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 7 Headlines from Feb. 11, 2004Temps and Drops on AMI Date Low High Rainfall Feb. 2 61 82 0 Feb. 3 61 81 0 Feb. 4 65 83 0 Feb. 5 67 80 0 Feb. 6 57 78 0 Feb. 7 53 68 0 Feb. 8 59 70 0 Average area Gulf water temperature 65.324-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m. Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. Weve been publishing and mailing successfully since 1992! We bring you all the news about three city governments, community happenings, people features and special events even the latest real estate transactions everything you need if your heart is on the Island. The Islander is distributed free locally. If you dont live here year-round, use this form to subscribe for yourself or someone else. 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Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992 CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) www.islander.org E-MAIL subscriptions@islander.org 10 years ago of the 200 block of Second Street, and charged him with the murder of his girlfriend, 56-year-old Carol Freeman, of the same address. Det. Sgt. Lenard Diaz said Bean confessed to the crime during an interrothe city in 14 years. Bean was later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison. Hunsicker said a marine engineers survey of Anna Maria Island beaches found the 2002 islandwide beach beach added to the shore, particularly in Anna Maria. Hunsicker said some beachfront houses in Anna Maria where seawater would previously go over a seawall at high tide now had more than 70 feet of beach. Dawn Betts submitted her resignation to Mayor John Chappie stating she was leaving due to a lack of management support, company structure and low morale among staff. Betts was the second city staff Bob Welch resigned in late January. Photography legend opens island showPhotographer Clyde Butcher talks with Barbara Burda, left, of Anna Maria, Feb. 6 at a reception for him at the Studio on Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Butcher offered largeformat photos and books for sale (below) at the event. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy Islander Reporter If the waterways, marshlands and twisted trees of the Florida landscape could speak, they would sound off in oversized black-and-white images by an admiring photographer. Clyde Butcher, a much renowned photographer, visited Anna Maria Island Feb. 6, where he sold and signed books and talked with guests at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Big and small images of Florida landscapes covered the studio walls, creating an ambiance of serenity, majesty and exquisite beauty. The photos document Butchers personal relationship with Florida, turning what many Floridians and visitors view as a back-drop into the main subject. Butchers sprawling landscape photographs rarely capture people or animals and almost always incorporate water. He became known for his photos of the Everglades, but has photographed important environments around the world, including in the mountains of Cuba. Butcher was accompanied by his daughter at the welcome reception, which also screened a short documentary on his process and purpose in photographing the hard to reach landscapes of Florida. He spent the evening talking with fans of his work, sharing stories of travels to Japan, and personal wildlife encounters. Answering a concern about the safety of wading through a swamp for a photo, Butcher said: Walking through the swamp is probably safer than my drive here on U.S. 41. Butchers connection to nature and subsequent portraits have led to many awards for his skill and advocacy for the environment. Butcher was awarded the Artist Hall of Fame Award, Humanitarian Award of 2005, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association, the Ansel Adams Conservation Award, and the Heartland Community Service Award from the State of Florida, among others. The exhibition will be on view at the Studio on Gulf and Pine through Feb. 26.

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8 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER 100 Anna Maria Island Plaze 5337 Gulf Drive Libbys Island JewelryJust a few of the new designs from our Artisan Mariana Collection, who created the Guardian Angel Necklace. Every piece is handmade with Swarovski Crystals. Ear Rings Bracelet Necklace Pendant Necklace $ 00 $00 $ 00 $ 00 $ 00Bracelet $ 00Necklace Ear Rings Pendant Necklace $00 $00 $00 $00 www.discoverdavinci.comCome Discover the DaVinci in You. Sweetheart .com Portraits by the Sea 941-778-2711 Gift Certicates Holmes Beach responds to tree house litigationLodge-tree house owners cleared by HBPD By Merab-Michal Favorite Islander Reporter Despite complaints that the owners of Angelinos Sea Lodge had blocked dozens beachwalkers from walking around the beach renourishment site on their beachfront property Feb. 1, the Holmes Beach Police Department will not issue a citation. Sgt. Mike Pilato, of the HBPD, arrived at Angelinos on an ATV on the beach around 1:15 p.m., according to his report, after receiving complaints that beachgoers were blocked from passing on the beach fronting Angelinos controversial tree house. The property owners allegedly blocked foot trafPVC posts and rope that was attached to the orange construction fence put up by the dredge company. The dredge fence marks the area for beach renourishment operations. Islander publisher Bonner Joy was at the scene and observed Angelinos Sea Lodge owner Lynn Tran pacing and shouting at beachgoers for walking across her property after dredge workers began moving the orange fence to create a pathway. Tran told Pilato that she was only trying to protect her sea oats and was yelling because people were trampling them, according to the police report. Pilato reportedly told Tran she shouldve called the HBPD at 9 a.m. when the work started. Pilato was able to calm the situation and people continued to walk past Angelinos on the new path. On Feb. 5, Pilato received a survey of the property after meeting with public works supervisor Tom OBrien that depicts the erosion control line at the fence. The owners were originally cited by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for improvements seaward of the ECL. Pilato then measured the property line at Angelinos Sea Lodge and determined the stakes and rope were within the line, negating any cause for a citation. By Mark Young Islander Reporter Movement in one of the five actions currently flowing through the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in by Sarasota attorney David Levin, representing Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen in regard to what the city has deemed an illegal tree house at their seaside resort. The city found the tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge to be in violation of several city and state codes and to have been built without a permit. In mid-September 2013, the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board upheld the building departments is removed or brought into compliance. Since it was found to be built in the setback for the erosion control line, a state violation, it is unlikely the tree house can be brought into compliance. the legal efforts by Hazen and Tran are successful. In the meantime, the legal wrangling continues. tive order to remove the structure or rectify its noncompliant status. The city has two cases pending that declare Trans and Hazens petition initiative null and void, as well as seeking a declaratory judgment that would essentially end the case. The city claims language in state statutes provides the requirements of a building permit that was not applied for or obtained. The latest legal move is the citys response to the Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye, partners with Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff at their house matter. He argued that multiple cases regarding Levins request for show cause are already before the court. He also argues that Levin is making factual statements to the court without supporting records. According to the response, Dye also states the court should deny the motion to stay the administrative and because the circuit court does not have jurisdiction to stay a lower tribunals order, referring to the code enforcement boards decision. Dye states that Levin will get a chance to make that argument in a different proceeding. While both sides anticipate a drawn out legal pro12, 2014. ing. Dredge workers in the 2900 block of the beach in Holmes Beach Feb. 1 adjust their orange fence and markers at the erosion control line that determines where they place sand in order for people to pass by Angelinos Sea Lodge, where the owners had blocked the sides and beachfront of their property and posted Keep Out signs. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy Richard Hazen, left, Lynn Tran and their attorney, David Levins, at a code hearing last year in Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo

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Dredge contract talks, renourishment continue Beachgoers set up near dredge equipment at 30th Street in Holmes Beach Feb. 5 as beach renourishment continues southward from 79th Street in Holmes Beach toward the contract termination point at 13th Street South in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin By Rick Catlin Islander Reporter Negotiations between Manatee County and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock to continue the present beach renourishment project are ongoing, according to Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker. Meanwhile, GLDD is continuing to pump sand southward to 13th Street South in Bradenton Beach. According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Sirisha Rayaprolu, 13th Street South is the end point for the Corps renourishment project. Two weeks ago, GLDD announced that when it reached Fifth Street South, it would move its equipment from the island to undertake an emergency project in New Orleans. Meanwhile, a second project, piggybacking on ect ended, taking up at the Corps termination point to pump sand on the shore from 13th Street South to Longboat Pass along Coquina Beach. The second project is headed by Manatee County and the state. It is a $3 million project that involves no federal funds. GLDD representatives told Hunsicker the company would have to return to renourish Coquina Beach. The news that GLDD was leaving had Hunsicker a timely manner before the start of sea turtle nesting season. He and other county representatives began negotiations with GLDD to complete renourishment, but had not reached an agreement by Feb. 7. Manatee County continues to negotiate with the company to engage them to remain on site and renourish Coquina Beach, Hunsicker said. GLDD had completed the beach from 79th Street to 26th Street North in Bradenton Beach by Feb. 7. Rayaprolu has said GLDD could renourish 1,000 feet of beach daily in good weather conditions. The distance from 26th Street North to 13th Street South is about 8,000 feet as measured by a vehicle traveling on Gulf Drive. Hunsicker said if negotiations fail, he has no plan for when GLDD would return. A startup after May 1 would interfere with sea turtle nesting season, and has been a consideration on Anna Maria Island for any renourishment project. Beach renourishment was performed on Anna Maria Island in 1992, again in 2002 and an emergency renourishment took place in 2005.AM mayor names new clerk from withinBy Rick Catlin Islander Reporter On the heels of former Anna Maria city clerk Alice Bairds Feb. 11 retirement, Mayor SueLynn has decided to hire a replacement from within city hall. Her plan to replace Baird, which will be presented at the Feb. 13 commission meeting, is to promote deputy city clerk Diane Percycoe to city clerk and for assistant deputy clerk Maggie Martinez to assume the duties of treasurer. surer. Building, public works and planning department assistant Diane Sacca will be promoted to deputy clerk if the commission approves. Percycoe would become city clerk March 1, and Martinez would begin a year of training. Martinez has almost completed her associates degree in accounting and has been working closely with Diane to familiarize herself with the tasks of the city treasurer, the mayor said. Martinez will be closely supervised and instructed in these duties by Percycoe, the mayor said. Martinez would be evaluated at three-month intervals, SueLynn said. On or about March 1, 2015, a final evaluation of Martinez will be conducted and a decision made whether it is prudent that Martinez continue to pursue city clerk. Martinez has completed the training necessary for a deputy clerk II position, the mayor added. If the commission approves the personnel changes, the mayor said she would begin advertising for a person to take over Saccas duties. Although titles will change and responsibilities added, the physical movement from desk to desk cannot be made until a new assistant to the building, public works and planning department has been hired, SueLynn said. It will be a busy year for staff, but they are all any way jeopardize the quality of work they provide or the way they conduct business with the public, the mayor said. Percycoe joined the city staff in 2000. Martinez was hired four years ago. SueLynn said she also would provide commissioners with job descriptions at the Feb. 13 meeting.

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10 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941.778.0400 313 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, 941.778.0500.full service salon and spa offering Hair ~ Nails ~ Massage ~ Facials ~ Body Treatments ~ ~ Bikini and Brazilian waxing ~ Terras 2723 Manatee Ave. W. Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-4Formerly of the Sterling Anvil 941.779.5350 Handmade Sterling Jewelry Island happenings JewelryTide and Moon 314 Pine Ave. ~ Anna Maria ~ 941.778.4050 Winner! 314 Pine Ave. ~ Anna Maria ~ 941.778.4050 Coming Soon! The NEW custom-made Longitude & Latitude Ring by Laura Shely! ORDER NOW for late February delivery. Coming SoonAlso featuring the Original AMI Pearl Pendant. Only at Tide & Moon, crafted by owner Laura Shely. Solar Spots by local artist Bettina Sego.Artspace goes Round: About Artspace Studio and Gallery, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, takes the Round: About way to celebrate art in February. This month, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, ing with circular images. Also, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, the studio will host a free workshop an introduction to mandalas. Registration is required due to a limited class size. For more information, call the gallery at 941-2433835.Saturday study in bromeliadsIsland Gallery West artist Roger Rockefeller will painting of bromeliads, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Rockefeller is a member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society. He teaches and has won awards for his artistic works. IGW is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-6648. Islander Courtesy PhotoRosers Saturday pancakes to bene t ministry and bake biscuits 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall of Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The $5 price includes pancakes, sausages, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, orange juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds will help train people seeking to become Stephen Ministers people who are commissioned to extend the care of Christ and the church to listener and supportive Christian friend, according to an announcement. including Charles Wade, the churchs facilities administrator, who will be working in the kitchen during the breakfast. 941-778-0414.Annual historical society lunch set The Anna Maria Island Historical Society membership luncheon will be held at the Studio at Gulf and Pine at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19. The society will serve a farm to table buffet that includes vegetable quiche, grilled chicken sauvinaigrette and shaved Parmesan cheese and an array of homemade desserts. The guest speaker will be preservationist and archivist Ashley Burke, who will talk about island facts discovered while working with island artifacts. Reservations are required. The cost of the luncheon is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. The studio is at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. For more information, call Arlene Clarke at 941778-4225 or Susan Anderson at 407-415-2678.Dean Martin imitator to entertain center crowd Dean Martin imitator Coz Serrapere and friends will arrive to entertain at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, for one night. Tickets for the Feb. 15 variety show, which includes a catered dinner from Dannys Pizzeria in Bradenton, are $30 per person. Dinner garlic knots, greek salad, pasta, chicken Parmesan, beverages and desserts will be served at 6 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Diners are invited to bring their own beer and wine. For more information or reservations which are required call 941-778-1908.Democrats to talk politics The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will talk politics over lunch at Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida will be the guest speaker. MacManus, the co-author of Politics in States and Communities and Floridas Politics: Ten Media Markets, One Powerful State, will talk about Florida politics. The cost to attend, which includes lunch, is $15. The program will take place at noon Monday, Feb. 17. For more information, call Harry Kamberis at 941779-0564.Dragon boat boosters to meet An effort to encourage dragon boat teams is coming together on the island. An announcement said dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and encouraged people to get involved on AMI. An introduction meeting for anyone interested in participating and competing in teams will take place at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. For more information, call Melinda Bradway at 860-997-4251.St. Bernard to host Sunday morning pancakes St. Bernard Catholic Church volunteers will be heating up the griddle in the church kitchen Sunday, Jan. 16, when they serve another pancake breakfast. Breakfast will be served 8 a.m.-noon in the church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The public is welcome. Volunteers will be serving pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. At 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, the church will host an evening of dancing with music by KoKo Ray and the Keepers. Finger foods and adult beverages are on the menu. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, call the church at 941-7784769.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 11 S A L E A A L L Free popcorn! Corner Rack (intersection of gulf and marina) You asked for it, you got it! Signature Signature 5311 gulf drive holmes beach941.778.5400 acquaaveda.com hair skin nails massagefeel beautiful today 50% OFF 8102 CORTEZ RD. W. All in-stock Citizen watches. Celebrating 31 years in Bradenton! Island happenings James Pay Exhibit to open Artwalk for AMIAL The Anna Maria Island Art League is preparing for two exhibits the annual James Pay Exhibit in February and an eco-oriented exhibit in March. The 20th annual James Pay Exhibit honors an art league founder. The juried show will open with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The reception is part of the downtown art walk. Artists can submit up to three pieces of work Wednesday, Feb. 12. The cost to enter is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. The Create Sustainability through Recycled Art exhibit will open with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at AMIAL. Original art work created in the past year and made of at least 75 percent recycled, found or repurposed materials can be submitted March 3-4. The entry fee is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call AMIAL at 941-7782099.Off Stage Ladies meet off-island Vocalist Tanya McCormick will entertain the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players during the monthly meeting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 12. The group is meeting at Manattees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. For more information and reservations, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-779-2181 by Feb. 10.Privateering topic of museum lecture in Cortez The Florida Maritime Museum will present education coordinator John Beale lecturing on Privateers in Florida at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. The 30-minute lecture is part of an ongoing series. Beale will talk about what makes a legalized pirate, review the risks and rewards of the trade, and discuss what privateers fought both for and against Florida. Reservations are required. The museum is at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. For more information, call 941-708-6120.Kiwanis hosts MCSO of cer The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet for breakfast and a talk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. An announcement said the guest speaker will be heads up the substation in Anna Maria. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the club will host Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman and on Saturday, March 1, Manatee County School Board Member Karen Carpenter. For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.Kiwanis cancels Valentines Day Big Band Dance The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island has canIsland Community Center. The 22nd annual Big Band Dance will not take place on Feb. 13 due to lack of ticket sales. For more information, call the center at 941-7781908 or call Kiwanis dance organizer Sandy HaasMartens at 941-778-1383.Shepherd-Rains featured at Guild Gallery Artwalk Judith Shepherd-Rains is the artist of the month at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The artist was born in New England and lived in the Caribbean from the early 1960s to mid-1990s. There, an announcement said, she painted the lush colors and vibrancy of the tropics in watercolors and acrylics. After relocating to Bradenton, Shepherd-Rains began showing her work in juried shows from Florida to New England. A reception will take place at the gallery 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, as part of the downtown Holmes Beach art walk. For more information, call 941-778-6694.Galleries, shops welcome monthly art walkers The second Holmes Beach Artwalk of the 2014 season will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the art district surrounding downtown Holmes Beach. Participants include Restless Natives, 5314 Marina Drive; Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive; Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.; Beach Life AMI, 5337 Gulf Drive; Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive; Libbys Island Jewelry, 5337 Gulf Drive; SteamDesigns, 5343 Gulf Drive; Arts for the Earth, 5345 Gulf Drive; and Fukinsei Art Lab, 5437 Gulf Drive. Art walks also will take place on the second Fridays in March and April. For more information, call 941778-6694.Sunsets celebrated at IGWs Artwalk reception IGW showcases the work of Mariarosa Rockefeller in the exhibit Gulf Coast Sunsets throughout February. Rockefeller, who works in watercolor and pencil, as well as photography, is a member of the gallery, as well as the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society. She is IGWs featured artist in February. A reception, part of the downtown gallery walk, will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at IGW, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the gallery at 941-7786648.Fine art, fresh printsMarlane Wurzbach of Holmes Beach will be featured at SteamDesigns art and print shop during the downtown Holmes Beach art walk Friday, Feb. 14. SteamDesigns, 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600, in the Holmes Business Center, will host a reception 5:307:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call SteamDesigns at 941-7799108 or go online to www.marlanewurzbach.com. Islander Courtesy Photo Artist Mariarosa Rockefeller is Island Gallery Wests featured artist in February. Islander Courtesy Photo

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12 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER WE LIKE LIKES facebook.com/ Islandernewspaper Wednesday, Feb. 12 2 p.m. Florida Maritime Museum/Friends of the Island Library lecture, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-7786341. Thursday, Feb. 13 Noon St. Bernard Catholic Church Womens Guild fashion show and luncheon, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 410-812-2468. 2 p.m. Island landscaper and plant expert Michael Miller talks about edible gardens, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 8-11 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Big Band/ Sweetheart Dance, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Reservations requested. Information: 941-778-1908. CANCELED Friday, Feb. 14 Today is Valentines Day. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Downtown Holmes Beach Gallery Walk, Marina and Gulf Drives, various locations. Information: 941-7786694. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island reception with Judith Shepherd-Rains, Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Island Gallery West art reception for Mariarosa Rockefeller, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Opening of the James Pay Exhibit, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099. 5:30-7:30 p.m. SteamDesigns reception for artist Marlane Wurzbach, 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600 in the Holmes Beach Business Center, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-9108. Saturday, Feb. 15 8-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941778-0414. 10 a.m. Here, There, Everywhere Bats at the Library childrens program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 10:30 a.m. Artist Roger Rockefeller leads a demonstration in painting bromeliads, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648. 6 p.m. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Tribute dinner theater, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-7781908. Sunday, Feb. 16 4 p.m. Roser Memorial Community Church concert with the Sarasota Orchestra Brass Quintet, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. Monday, Feb. 17 Today is Presidents Day. Tuesday, Feb. 18 10 a.m. Here, There, Everywhere Moon and Stars childrens program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 5:30 p.m. Dragon boat meeting, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 860997-4251. Wednesday, Feb. 19 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Fest, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Also takes place Thursday, Feb. 20. Information: 352-344-0657. Noon Anna Maria Island Historical Society annual membership luncheon, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Reservations required. Fee applies. Information: 407-4152678. 2 p.m. The Lifelong Learning Series explores the biological basis for violence, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Off-island Wednesday, Feb. 12 Noon Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting and luncheon, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-779-2181. Saturday, Feb. 15 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, 119th Street West and waterfront, Cortez. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-4524. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Book-signing with childrens author Jan DiRuzzo, Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Information: 941-795-5756. Sunday, Feb. 16 9 a.m. Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service plant tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-722-4524. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Book-signing with childrens author Jan DiRuzzo, Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Information: 941-795-5756. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, 119th Street West and waterfront, Cortez. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-4524. Monday, Feb. 17 Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club luncheon, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564. Wednesday, Feb. 19 2 p.m. Downton Abbey Tea, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-323-5866. 3 p.m. Florida Maritime Museum lecture on privateers, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120. Coming up Bradenton Beach. Beach. Save the date denton. Beach. Calendar announcements Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is two weeks before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome. THE LAW OFFICES OF H ardin, Pratt & Ball, P.A. Conveniently Located on Anna Maria Island Holmes Beach MASS AG E BY NADI ACall 94 1. 51 8.830 1 Massaging on AMI for more than 17 years. Your place, your convenience.MA#0017550 HOW TO RELAX ON AN ISLAND .GIFT CER TIFICA TES AV AILABLE Acupuncture | Massage Therapy Organic Facials ** Sunset Beach Yoga ** 5 pm Thursday & 8:30 am SaturdayHOLISTIC HEALTH CARE IN A BEAUTIFUL SPA ENVIRONMENT! 2219 Gulf Drive N | Bradenton Beach 941.778.8400 | www.alunawellness.com Eco-friendly spa and wellness center www.fatcatcarpetcleaning.com Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Tile & Grout CleaningCALL TODAY 941.778.2882 or 941.387.0607Satisfaction Guaranteed! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Brass quintet to entertain in concert at Roser The Sarasota Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform Sunday, Feb. 16, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Roser Memorial Community Church continues to hold a series of concerts this season. At 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, Roser will host the Sarasota Orchestra Brass Quintet. An announcement said highlights include three spirituals The Battle of Jericho, Nobody Knows and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. The musicians in the quintet include: At 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, Rosers 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.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 13 WE ROCK ONLINE islander.org Weekly planner: calendar of ongoing events, activities tee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875. Gallery, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3835. Auditorium, 1005 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 888-674-0107. Wednesdays Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-7086130. Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-1416. ety sells Settlers Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941779-7688. Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7783209. Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7783209. Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-7464131. Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Thursdays denton. Information: 941-932-9440. munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-7783580. Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212. Fridays Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835. Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784. by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-8963132. Saturdays ing, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383. Farmers Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440. St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120. Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341. Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110. Sundays 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668. Mondays Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414. Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. board meeting, Fishermens Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972. Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564. meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476. Tuesdays Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044. copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390. Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202. Editors note: Events are subject to change when there is a holiday. Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates to schedules, to calendar@islander.org.LBK center offering classes Painting, sketching and sculpting these are a few of the topics the Longboat Key Center for the Arts will take up this month in a series of master classes. For more information, including class details and fees, call the art center at 941-383-2345. The center is at 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. W W H H E E R R E E S Y O U R C O M F O R T Z Z O O N N E E ? ? Beach Market vendors to bene t animal rescue Organizers of the weekly Beach Market at Coquina Beach are working to assist one of the animal welfare groups involved in the rescue of a number of dogs earlier this year from a farm in east Manatee County. The market takes place on Sundays at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This month, market organizers and vendors are collecting blankets and pillows, pet food and treats, leashes and cash to help rescuers deal with the recovery of more than 300 abused animals from an alleged animal sanctuary. Hopefully we can help a little bit, said organizer Nancy Ambrose. I have vendors bringing stuff and, if we let folks know, they will hopefully bring stuff. Anything will help. The effort will benefit Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue. For more information, call Ambrose at 941-5184431.Plant enthusiast to lecture at library Anna Maria Island plant enthusiast Mike Miller will talk about gardening and landscaping Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Millers talk and slideshow, Garden with Exotics, Landscape with Natives the Best of Both Worlds, will take place at 2 p.m. He will talk about landscaping with native vegetation to restore the natural visual identity of the barrier island and the proper way to incorporate food plants and ornamentals in that landscape. For more information, call Miller at 941-7796097.

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Dr. Vincent Carroll, Senior Minister 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key 941-383-6491 www.longboatislandchapel.org CHRISTIES PLUMBINGRESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL778-3924 OR 778-44615508 MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH LOCAT ED IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING REP (CFC1426596) OPEN SA HOLMES BEACH AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE F Electr T une-Ups Brak es & More 5333 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach at the corner of Gulf & Marina Drives 941-779-0487 Bradenton Beach backs off hiring plan, staff restructuredBradenton Beach deputy city clerk Tammy Johnson attends the Feb. 6 city meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter istration following the N ovember 2013 municipal election was to restructure the citys administration department following the resignation of former city clerk Nora Idso. Idso and the city prior to the election. As Mayor Bill Shearon began to formulate a plan to hire a new city clerk, Commissioner Jack Clarke proposed a complete restructure of administrative staff by terminating every position, advertising with new job descriptions, while allowing the current employees to re-apply. The plan was supported in a motion 4-1 with Commissioner Ed Straight dissenting. That plan came to an end at a Feb. 6 city commission meeting where Shearon said he no longer supported advertising the positions, saying he instead prefers to keep Tammy Johnson and Audra Lanza. Advertising for the positions undergoing reclas commitment Tammy and Audra have expressed and the jobs they have done, I dont think there is a need for consideration for anyone else. City attorney Ricinda Perry said it was a contradictory decision already voted on by the city commission. She said it was agreed that newly hired city clerk Janet Anderson and treasurer Sheila Dalton would evaluate applicant. Commissioners Jan Vosburgh and Straight agreed with the mayors decision. I think these girls are doing a great job, said Vosburgh. Perry said she would need direction from the commission on how to proceed. This is all a curve ball to me, said Perry. Shearon made a recommendation to the commis sion to retain Johnson and Lanza with new titles as administrative assistants. The mayor said both have done a good job and the idea then was to restructure and replace three people with two, while acting city clerk Karen Cervetto, who resigned in January, was still on staff. These two people have done way over what is expected of them, said Shearon. Im going to stick Straight moved to retain Johnson and Lanza with their new titles. Lanza will be the assistant to Dalton and Johnson will be assist Anderson. Both Dalton and Anderson have starting salaries of $50,000. Idso was making $69,000 and must still be paid through April. However, with Idsos salary ending in April and the Cervettas resignation, Shearon said the salaries will not be a burden on the city budget. Vice Mayor Janie Robertson seconded Straights motion and it passed unanimously, essentially ending the restructuring phase at city hall. Bigger problems to overcome Shearon said that with a city clerk on duty and a treasurer starting Feb. 29, the city can focus on addressing the many problems left behind by prior administrations and the departure of Idso. Im not blaming anyone, said Shearon. But our checkbooks havent been balanced since October. You would think doing a check reconciliation would be pretty simple. Shearon said the additional $1,200 in auditors fees for the quarter is for overtime to clear up the mess. He said another priority is getting the citys computer systems up to date, clearing data stored since 1998 and updating software in use since 2001. for the commission to address in the near future. You might as well prepare yourself that we are going to have some costs to deal with, but we have to do it right, said Shearon. We are no longer biting bullets, we are biting missiles. As another example, Shearon said the city was supposed to invoice Manatee County $33,000 for its share of trolley shelters built two years ago. Shearon said that not only was the bill never sent, but the city tallied $44,000 in costs. This is one of the things that was caught by the internal audit I requested from the county, said Shearon. But it gets worse. Because the project was completed two years ago, Shearon said they may not get the money. I wanted to see all the records and found out public works had some records, the building depart ment had some of the records, the police department had some of the records and administration had some of the records in two different places, he said. In a post-meeting interview Feb. 7, Shearon said its frustrating, but he isnt looking at anything in a negative light. Its an opportunity for the city to start over again, are so bad. Then what Im looking forward to is just being mayor.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 15 need a good laugh? visit the emerson quillin signature store. humor, art, gifts www.emersonshumor.com The Rev. Taylor M. Hill 4502 Cortez Road W., Bradento n BMO Bank Building, Suite 200 www.tvgbradenton.com 9 41-243-3991 Active Lifestyle Healthy Legs Do you have unsightly skin bulges, tired achy legs, painful swelling, or leg pain with ambulation? Suffer no longer. Dr. Yeaney offers minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Woodrow Yeaney IIIBoard Certified Vascular Surgeon A NONDENOMINATIONAL, CHRISTIAN CHURCH512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria941-778-0414 SUNDAY WORSHIP 9:00 & 11:00 AM 941-778-0414 YOUTH FOR CHRISTC Rosers longtime pastor enters retirement Islander Reporter The Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria has retired after 14 years of leadership. He stepped back from his full-time position to Its always sad to leave good friends and a good congregation, and this one was a great congregation, Batey said. It has been one of the best experiences Ive had in my 44 years. Batey came to Florida from Ohio in 2000 to take the position at Roser. He has two daughters and, at the time, one lived in St. Petersburg and one lived in Oregon. I wanted to be closer to family but I couldnt live near both of my daughters. I starting applying in Oregon and Florida, Batey said. He found the position through an ad in a United Methodist newspaper, and applied. Roser contacted him about his application, and he came to Anna Maria burg and Clearwater to visit family, but had not been further south. Batey said it looked at the time like he was would end up in Oregon. Florida was the most natural choice for Batey. Ive wanted to live in Florida since I was a little kid, he said. As a youngster he was part of the Weekly Reader Childrens Book Club, and he read No Children, No Pets. The story followed a woman who inherited a family home and moved to Florida. Just from the description in the book, I knew I wanted to live there, Batey said. The church hosted a retirement party Feb. 8 for Batey at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The party took place a month after his retirement in order for season visitors to have a chance to say farewell. While there is sadness in his departure, Batey wants the best for his congregation. The congregation needs to choose a new pastor. Its time for the church to get someone with fresh ideas and different skills. It will strengthen the church in the long run, he said. As a farewell to his congregation, Batey recalls Second Corinthians, Chapter 4: What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus sake. He said he has preached on the idea many times. Its not about me. What has really been important is how faithfully we evoke Christ in our lives. Its not just in what we say, but how we are, Batey said. Entrusting ourselves to the church and to each other, to the extent that we remain servants and reconcilers. A generation of worshippers at Roser Church now head into the future with the memory of his teaching. And the Rev. Batey heads off with no particular plans, perhaps to contemplate life. The Rev. Gary Batey is the honored guest at a retirement dinner-party Feb. 8 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Guests and members of Roser were shared with their 14-year pastor. Islander

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18 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER Hearts for pets As Valentines Day approaches, red and pink hearts are sprinkled here and there. You might also see paper hearts with a pet footprint displayed at local businesses. These hearts signify donations to shelter homeless pets in danger of Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue and Forget Me Not Animal Rescue are local groups rescues working to save pets at Manatee County Animal Services. Both concentrate on rescuing pets from death row. Unfortunately, death is the pending fate of some homeless animals. It is not because they are bad or sick. Sometimes there are just too many pets at MCAS for too long, and they are put down. This Valentines Day, several businesses are helping the rescues. Money raised by the Hearts for Pets will help with food, veterinary care and boarding. People can purchase a paper heart for $1 or more, add their name and display it in the shop. Participants include Island Fitness, Island Coffee Haus and Paradise Caf, all in Holmes Beach, Olive Oil Outpost in Anna Maria and Perks for Pets in Bradenton. The goal is to raise $500 by Feb. 17. The rescue groups and their volunteers and foster families hope you have a heart for homeless pets. For more information, call volunteer Ruth Uecker, 941-713-3105.Will you bark, bark be my Valentine? By Merab-Michal Favorite Islander Reporter Tired of spending Valentines Day eating ice cream and watching An Affair To Remember? Have you visited every beach bar, surfed every dating website and let friends set you up on blind dates in search of Mr. or Ms. Right? Well, look no further. Meet Andy. Hes looking for a life-long partner. Andy is an exercise enthusiast, likes long walks on the beach and playing catch. He is looking for someone who wont mind public displays of affection because he loves to cuddle and smooch. He is a 1.5-year-old Weimaraner-pit mix. Andy is a survivor he was rescued from the worst of fates at Manatee County Animal Services after being found on the street with a serious neck injury. Andy had outgrown his collar, and it was embedded into his skin. Lisa Williams, owner of Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, saw Andys condition at the shelter and immediately wanted to help. I asked if anyone was coming for him, and they said no, said Williams, who works at The Islander newspaper. So I brought him home. Soon Williams had found Andy a foster parent, Tim Karau, a driver for Vet Express, a pet ambulance service. Karau had to wait while Andys neck healed, which took a long time. But soon enough Andy had much better. Williams said Andy is ready to leave foster care and head to a forever home. Living with Karaus two great danes has greatly enhanced Andys social skills and he now has good manners, although, he hasnt quite adapted to cats. He still likes to chase a feline. Andy is among a growing number of pets that are hard cases. We believe that no pet should be killed because he or she is homeless, and we work hard to rescue misfit dogs from death row at Manatee County Animal Services, Williams said. We are non-breed as well as those with alleged behavioral problems. Williams said she named her company after King Moonracer in the movie Rudolph, the Red-Nosed toys. Williams said she comes across a neglected dog with severe injuries every two or three months. One of the worst cases was Michelle. She was starved, overused for breeding and left after a litter of pups to rot when she got an infection and her mammary glands exploded, she said. Williams educates pet owners about the importance of spaying or neutering their animals, as well as pet retention. Dogs are amazing and they help keep you healthy, she said. Walking dogs is great exercise and a wonderful bonding experience. So if you want a partner to greet you at the door when you come home from a hard days work this Valentines Day, adopt Andy. He is just full of so much love, Williams said. And, if not Andy, she has a selection of dogs in a variety of colors and sizes to suit all tastes. Thanks to a network of volunteer fosters, Williams is able to host and rescue a large number of dogs. Williams can be found most workdays at The Islander, 5604 B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call Moonracer at 941-8966701 or email Williams at islandlisa44@aol.co m. Islander Reporter Perhaps its the enchantment of a sunset, the rhythmic sounds of the ocean or the warmth from the sun, but for some reason, love and the beach are intrinsically intertwined. Mark Derek Yearwood grew up with the island beaches as his backyard at his familys Holmes Beach house. He attended Anna Maria Elementary School and won sandcastle-building competitions hosted by the Anna Maria Island Youth Center. He bussed tables at the Sandbar and Harbor House restaurants through his high school years. The 15-year-old busboy would buy roses for all the waitresses on Valentines Day in the spirit of a true romantic. At age 17, he fell in love with a girl who lived in Bradenton. The year was 1977, and Yearwood would car through the McDonalds drive-thru, where she worked. Thats where I met my blue-eyed beauty. I fell in love instantly. Although she was not totally smitten at Too shy to ask her out, Yearwood drove through between the two began with what Yearwood discovered were intentional wrong orders. She started giving me cherry pies instead of apple, so I had to go back in and we could lock eyes for a few more minutes, he said. While longing looks and wrong orders didnt provide enough courage to ask her directly out on a date, it employee. Eventually Cheryl Richard, now Cheryl Yearwood, said. The beach is inherent to their love story. As their relationship progressed, the boy too shy to ask for a date, found the courage to ask his most important question up until that point. We were driving out to Beer Can Island and I asked her to marry me. And she said no. Eventually, she said, yes, and the two were married by the water at DeSoto National Memorial in Bradenton in 1980. On Feb. 9, the couple celebrated a 34th wedding anniversary. They had moved to Denver in 1985, where Derek rado until 2006, where they raised their son. But they never forgot about home at the beach. There were frequent trips back to the island to visit grandmother Kathy Yearwood and the beach. I After their son had grown and left to start a career in Japan, Derek retired and took a position as an air traffic controller with British Airways in Bahrain. During the four years they lived in the Middle East, the couple traveled the world. They visited Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, the Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia and other places. The Yearwoods now own a home in Greenville, S.C., and are seasonal residents of Anna Maria Island. They are members of the Anna Island Moose Lodge, where they still hold hands for sunsets and the drinks are served by Dereks sister, Winnie Yearwood. After traveling the whole world, I dont think theres a better beach. Every beach we see, we compare it to Anna Maria, and it always falls short, Derek said. Clearly, the Yearwoods have a love affair with Anna Maria and many more years of sunsets. Mark Derek Yearwood and Cheryl Yearwood celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their vows on a beach in Jamaica. Islander Photo: Courtesy Cheryl YearwoodAndy is healthy, happy and ready now for a forever home after suffering an imbedded collar (top) at the hands of a neglectful owner. Hearts for pets Williams said Andy is ready to leave foster care Living with Karaus two great danes has greatly enhanced Andys social skills and he now has good said. Clearly, the Yearwoods have a love affair with Anna Maria and many more years of sunsets. In paradise, love often rises with the sun

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 19 JOIN US FOR A VALENTINES DAY TASTE OF ROMANCE Dinner for Two Menu Choices Surf-n-Turf, Bacon-Wrapped Filet of Beef with Roasted Garlic Demi Glace and Cold-Water Lobster Tail; New Zealand Rack of Lamb with Mint and Gulf Drive Caf ~ Kokonut Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach Roasted Garlic Demi Glace and Cold-Water Lobster Tail; Rosemary Demi Glace; or Half Free-Range Chicken Roasted with Orange and Rosemary Butter. Vegetarian entree available. All entrees served with Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer with Chef Jason Totos Wakame Dressing; choice of our House or Caesar Salad, Dutchess Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Bread. Choose Chocolate and Raspberry Lovers Lava Cake or Cheese and Pear Tart for dessert! Available 5-9 pm ~ Reservations Required T aste of Romance Valentines Day has new meaning for power couple18-year partners Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and Tjet Martin. Islander Photo: Mark Young By Mark Young Islander Reporter Valentines Day is symbolized by a heart. For one Bradenton Beach couple, its symbolism goes beyond the emotions generated by the heart. It takes on a literal meaning for Linger Longer Resort co-owner Tjet Martin, who also serves on the citys Scenic Waves Partnership Committee. Martin survived a near-fatal heart attack Jan. 29 and her business and life partner of 18 years, Mayor Bill Shearon, now looks at Feb. 14 as more than a greeting card and box of chocolates. Theirs is a story of love and adventure and, they now know how close they came to seeing their story end. As an owner of a petroleum company in Illinois, Shearon often closed deals at a German restaurant called Heritage House, where Martin waitressed for years. I had another job that paid the bills, said Martin. That was my real job and the Heritage House was my love job. I loved being there. It was love that kept her there, it was love that would blossom there and it would be love that eventually would take her away from there on her lifes adventure. Shearon and Martin became friends and eventually the relationship became much more. When Shearon retired from the petroleum business, he bought a 45-foot yacht and asked Martin to sail away with him. The only problem was that neither one had ever been on a boat before. They took a six-week course and then set sail on a four-year adventure from sea to shining to sea, logging more than 15,000 nautical miles together. We just followed the sun, said Shearon. Thats where our relationship grew. You cant run away from one another on a boat. You either get along or you swim. After four years, the couple traded up to a 51-foot yacht to continue their sailing journey, because after four years on a 45-foot boat together, that extra six feet of space makes all the difference in the world, joked Shearon. Their adventure spurs a lot of laughs, but recalling the events of Jan. 29 quickly raises a different emotion. It is an emotion as raw as a frayed nerve, as the couple of 18 years processes how close they came to seeing it all end. I didnt feel anything leading up to it, said Martin. I was just a little tired, but season is starting up and Ive had a lot of extra things to do. In the early morning hours of Jan. 29, Martin awoke with heartburn and went out to sit in the living room, where she he dozed in and out sleep for a few hours. At around 5 a.m., she felt sick to her stomach and felt some pain in her shoulder, thinking again it was associated with the extra work she was doing. She continued with her activities, but later in the day I was having trouble breathing and the pain was getting worse, she said. I knew what was happening at that point. By then, my left arm was curling up and the pain was unimaginable. A call to Shearon set things in motion and the efforts of EMS personnel, as well as Police Chief Sam Speciale and Lt. John Cosby helped to calm both Martin and Shearon. A teary-eyed Martin said Cosby and the EMS personOther emergency people on scene kept Shearon occuthings he would need to take to the hospital. They were very caring, very professional, said like it was very routine and kept everyone calm. Shearon said he has 12 years of working on a volunteer rescue squad, but its different when its you or someone you care about. I give them all a lot of credit. They worked as a team and everything went like clockwork. Shearon and Speciale arrived at the hospital, and like many who have gone through the experience, were left on their own. Emotions were running rampant during the uncertainty, but, within 20 minutes, Shearon was being led back to the emergency room of Blake Medical Center and he saw Martin alert and as sarcastic as ever. Martin was told had she waited one more hour to seek help, the heart attack would have been fatal. I knew I had to change my lifestyle. Martin immediately quit smoking. She also is looking at maintaining her love of baking with a healthier approach. I was a butter and heavy cream cook, she said. Not anymore. At least for now, Martin said of her lofty goal, Maybe later after Im done freaking about all this, Ill do a little butter on my toast again. So what does the grateful couple have planned for Valentines Day? Life goes on, said Martin. Bill has a class to attend, but I did tell him he has to take me somewhere very special. Shearon agreed. Normally Valentines Day isnt much more than a Hallmark day, but now it has a different meaning altogether. Life can get complicated. Troubles can sweep in without warning, but many of them can very quickly seem inconsequential when life and death are at stake. Martin said she understands that and, while life does go on with its many obstacles, Im just happy to be here.

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20 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER Streetlife We made stone crabs famous! OPEN 7 Days 11:30-9:30 Happy Hour 4-6pmLONGBOATS PREMIER WATERFRONT RESTAURANT! Since 1967 MOORE S STONE CRAB RESTAURANTIts that time of year! GET YOUR BIB ON! Best food, best service, best view ... Any closer to the water, your feet will get wet! OPEN 7 DAYS 11:30-9:30 941-383-1748 www.stonecrab.ccIts STONE CRAB SEASON STONE CRAB Lobstahs Got Buttah?Anna Maria IslandNEW MUSIC HERE....9-1 FRI & SAT NIGHTS March 1 Betty Fox Band March 2 Doug Deming GIVE SOMETHING SPECIALLOBSTAHS GIFT CARDS! 5337 Gulf Drive | Anna Maria Island | 941.779.1000 New Tiki Hut Lunch & Dinner Casual FareHot Dogs 2 GREAT RESTAURANTS AT 1 LOCATION LOBSTAHS Fine Island Dining Tiki Hut Casual Lunch & DinnerGot Buttah? LOBSTAHS MAINE LOBSTER TAIL!COMPLETE DINNEREvery Wednesday! $14 HUT SHUFFLEBOARD DARTS POOL NFL PACKAGE CASUAL DARTS DARTS FUN PARTY LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS LOBSTAHS Tiki Hut Sportstah Bar LARGE TV S HAPPY HOUR 5-6 $1 DRAFTSSEAFOOD | STEAKS | PASTA | COCKTAILS BURGERS | WINGS | HOT DOGS | PIZZA TIME HBPD focuses on enforcement, improper passing By Merab-Michal Favorite Islander Reporter The Holmes Beach Police Department is looking out for motorists who use improper passing techniques while driving. At a Jan. 28 city commission meeting, Chief Bill Tokajer said he and members of the department would be strictly enforcing any illegal passing methods, a If you travel East Bay Drive, passing Walgreens, Publix and CVS, and use the center turn lane only for likely get a ticket. Motorists who drive in any center lane for an extended distance are subject to ticketing. Tokajer also will be looking for people who pass a vehicle on the right side, using the bicycle lane, shoulder or unpaved right of way to pass. Passing someone on the right side is a major safety hazard for bicyclists and pedestrians, he said at the meeting. Under Florida law, drivers are required to slow down under the posted speed by 20 mph when an emergency vehicle or tow truck passes with its emergency lights on. He said HBPD also would be looking to ticket drivers who violate that law. Tokajer said that before the HBPD begins enforcthe community through the media, meetings and its web presence. 32 parking tickets and 22 written warnings, according to the HBPD monthly report. They also worked 12 The HBPD also arrested 20 people on various charges in January 14 were for alleged criminal report shows. Tokajer said the HBPD increases enforcement activities during the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign. During the most recent effort, from Thankscitations for various offenses. Tokajer said that due to the proactive enforcement department received about $19,000 in new equipment at no cost to the city. The funding provided the department with two dual antenna moving radar units, two laser speed measurement units and a portable breath-test unit from the Florida Department of Transportation, the National Law Enforcement Liaison Program. Feb. 5. Islander Photo: Merab-Michal FavoriteIsland Police BlotterAnna Maria responded to a call regarding a couple engaged in a verbal argument. The woman said no physical contact had been made during the argument. An unknown person entered a residence through an unlocked door and stole several items valued at $756. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach Jan. 30, 600 block of 66th Street West, robbery by sudden snatching. A Bradenton Beach woman reported walking west at the listed address when a male came up from behind her and grabbed her wallet out of her Trailer Park, stalking, alleging threatening and harassing behavior. According to the report, the behavior has continued for about a year. Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD. Cortez tic disturbance. A 72-year-old woman was arrested for domestic battery after her 46-year-old roommate claimed the woman attacked her as they walked home from a bar. According to the report, the victim said the suspect punched her in the face. She ran home and locked the door, at which time the suspect is alleged to have thrown a chair through the bedroom window. The victim locked herself in the bathroom and called law enforcement. After an MCSO deputy observed injuries to the complainants face, the 72-year-old woman was arrested. theft. A 39-year-old Cortez man was charged with petit

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 21 POLICE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20At your service Obituaries are provided as a community service in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, and to those people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length. Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries are available by calling 941778-7978. Obituaries MilestoneForneys celebrate anniversary Bob and Mary Jo Forney announced they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary Feb. 1. The two married in 1947 in Ohio. Theyve lived on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key for 40 years, where Bob Forney was a general building contractor. The couple has two daughters and two grandchil dren. 941.778.6614 3007 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED!OPEN 7 DAYS CATERING we deliver for large parties 2000 75th St. W., BradentonSmoke-Free Facility / Always Open to The PublicLunches ~ Dinners ~ Dances ~ Bingo Amusement Center and More! FOR A SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS CALL 941-794-3489 or visit www.americanlegionpost24.com Kirby Stewart Post 24 WELCOME TO Kirby Stewart Post 24 Kirby Stewart Post 24 WELCOME TO The American Legion Andrew Clyde Little Andrew Clyde Little, 77, of Canada and a frequent winter visitor to Anna Maria Island, died July 20, 2013. He was born April 19, 1936. Mr. Littles volunteerism in the past winters for the Anna Maria Island Community Center and other He met his wife at Bishops University, where he found his profession, journalism. He went from the Canadian Press and Radio Canada International to work many years as a writer, reporter and program host with CBC in Montreal, and as a producer in Ottawa with the long-running show On The Road Again. He shared his skills with others as a CBC in-house trainer and part-time teacher at Concordia and Carleton universities. He also was a gifted photographer who transitioned from dark room to digital with ease. Mr. Little enjoyed engaging in lively discussion and was the founder of two Old Farts mens groups one in Florida, the other in Ottawa. He was good at talking to people it didnt matter old or young. Mr. Little is survived by wife Dolce N arizzano; son Marcus and wife Lori Hewson; and daughter, Holi day and husband N athan Sheaff; grandchildren Hunter and wife Angela Skinner, Taylor, Lincoln and London; and His Shi-Shi, a Jack Russell terrier. Services were private. To send condolences or share memories, a guest book can be found online at remembering.c a.Patricia J. Cameron Patricia J. Cameron, 82, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 3. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Mrs. Cameron is survived by her husband John and many loving friends. Ronald E. Mills Ronald E. Mills, 76, Holmes Beach and Lowell, Ind., died Feb 2. He was born in G ary, Ind. He wintered in Holmes Beach since 2002. Mr. Mills was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He retired as director of G uidance at Lowell High School in 2000. He was a former member of the Cedar Creek Township Advisory Board, and a member of the American Legion, where he served on the Eli Lilly Legacy Committee. He also was a member of Knox Masonic Lodge. There will be no local service. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or Lowell High School Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.co m. Mr. Mills is survived by his wife of 49 years, N ancy; son Scott and wife Melinda of Littleton, Colo.; brother Robert W. of Chicago; sister Jean and husband Jerry N ash of Kouts, Ind., and Clermont, Fla.; and grandchildren Tristan and Tanner. Deborah Kaye Yarbrough Murphree Deborah Kaye Yarbrough Murphree, 61, of Bra denton, died Feb. 5. She was born Aug. 12, 1952, in Dallas. She retired after 30 of service at UPS. She had a contagious smile, laughed often and loved to cook and entertain. She was a member of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, the ports kids and community, with the pirate name of Stumbles. She will now enter the ships Davey Jones Honor Roll with privileged member status. Her greatest passion was her family. A celebration of life is being planned for Feb. 22 at a time and location on Anna Maria Island to be announced. Mrs. Murphree is survived by her husband of 39 years, Roger L.; son Eric; daughter-in-law Elizabeth; six grandchildren; sisters JoAnn, Constance, Jennifer and Rebecca; brothers Doyce III and Jon; and numer ous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Murphree his pocket. According to the report, the man attempted to leave the store through the garden center, at which time he was stopped and escorted back into the store. theft. A complainant reported someone entered his boat and removed a battery and spotlight. Cortez is policed by the MCSO Holmes Beach observed a 53-year-old Bradenton man at Publix after business Jan. 4. The man was arrested for misdemeanor trespass after warning and booked into the Manatee County jail. Walmart, petit theft. A 39-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for petit theft after allegedly attempting to steal a $98 cellphone. According to the report, the man put a packaged cellphone into his pocket and went to the restrooms, where he removed the phone from the package, returned the phone to his pocket and attempted to leave the store. He was stopped and escorted back into the store. An MCSO deputy arrested the man. woman observed a couple, who appeared to be intoxicated and drinking alcohol while parked on Aqua Lane. The woman suggested the couple not drive and the suspects told the woman to mind her own business. The man allegedly pushed the complainant before the couple left the area in their vehicle. burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a backpack containing items valued at $1,083. The theft was captured on a surveillance camera. Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriffs

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22 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER Island Coffee HausReal Florida Relaxation! THE FEAST RESTAURANTEnjoy your feast THE FEAST THE FEAST RESTAURANT RESTAURANT AUTHENTIC GERMAN BEER, FOOD, CAKES AND ATMOSPHERE! THE REAL GERMAN RESTAURANT ON FLORIDAS WEST COAST Old HamburgSchnitzelhaus FRIDAY & SATURDAY OVEN-FRESH BAVARIAN HAXEN & CRISPY DUCKLINGCALL AHEAD TO RESERVE Island Flea THE MARKET IS OPEN! Mixon fruits & juices, plants, pottery & fun stuff 114 Tuesday-Sunday TIKI BAR: TUES-SAT. 4 10 SUN. 4-95704 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941.778.4402 Island Flea Pet Friendly! Tiki Bar Live MusicTUES. CUST OMER APPRECIATION $2 16-OZ. DRAFTS WED. LARRY ST OKES 6-9 THURS. DOUG BI DW E LL 7-10, LADIES NIGHT $3 HOUSE WINES FRI. T ANGLED MANGOES 7-10 SAT 3 AMIGOS 7-10 SUN. TED STEVENS BAND 48Cortez festival celebrates villagers shing way of life Fishing has been a tradition in Cortez for more than 1,000 years. Native Americans depended on the local abundant marine life, and were followed by Spanish chos. The catch was salted, dried and shipped to Cuba and the Bahamas. A U .S. Fish Commission report from 1879 cites the Hunters Point Fishery as one of the most important suppliers of seafood on Floridas west coast. The 1857 Follett Map of Manatee County shows the point on which Cortez is located labeled Hunter Point. Fishing families from Carteret County in N orth Carolina established permanent settlement, in the 1880s purchasing property on Hunters Point. These settlers included William Capt. Billy Fulford, Sanders Fulford, N athan Fulford, James G uthrie and Charles Jones. boat to Tampa and other markets. By 1890, run boats operating between Tampa and Cedar Keys stopped at to Hunters Point by train to Tampa, and then by boat to northern markets. and named the point Cortez. During the early 1900s, Shortly after 1900, Nate Fulford installed a fourhorsepower, water-cooled Barker engine on one of his engines out of their cars and putting them into their In 1906, a sawmill was installed on the newly shelled Cortez Road that ran from Bradenton to the village. In 1910, the village population was 110 people and, in June 1912, those residents voted to incorporate the village of Cortez. In 1921, a devastating hurricane struck, destroying much of what was on the waterfront boats, docks. But the industrious community quickly began to rebuild and continued to work on the water in January 1913, 200,000 pounds of mullet were landed in Cortez. And in 1922, a wooden bridge was built to Anna Maria Island, opening the island to development. In 1930, for unknown reasons, mullet began to disappear in the Tampa Bay area and didnt reappear until the 1938-1939 season. remain standing. The same period saw 64 men and women from Cortez enlisting to serve the U nited States draft because they were essential food producers and others in the village took on jobs that had been held by those who went to war. In 1947, a catastrophic red tide hit the area and In 1967, the Organized Fishermen of Florida was served as president for more than 20 years. Kicker boats with outboard motors replaced inboard work shallower waters. Innovations in packaging and construction of large freezers allowed for development distant as Japan. In the 1980s, a new fishery for threadfin her ring and sardines was developed. The small, densely However, the decades of rapid coastal development that began in the 1950s was taking a toll. Half of waters. The result: more and more fishers chasing Then, in 1995, a constitutional net ban was passed that prohibited the use of traditional nets. Fish production declined as much as 80 percent. The number of percent. annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. The festival, which will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, on the east end of the village. Food and more food seafood! is a highlight for people attending the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi val every year, as hungry guests invade the food court, where nearby seating also is available.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 23 Fresh Fish Shrimp & Grits Steaks Live music Friday & Saturday 121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 bluemarlinami.com Grill Seafood AME calendar reports. Anna Maria Island Community Center. Binko visits the AME media center. breakfast, AME cafeteria. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525. Monday, Feb. 17 Presidents Day, no school. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and Biscuit. ian Garden Salad with Egg, Baked Pork and Beans, Fresh Wednesday, Feb. 19 Breakfast: Egg and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel. Lunch: Burger or Cheeseburger, Chicken Quesadilla, Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad, Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries, Cucumber Slices with Dip and Applesauce. Thursday, Feb. 20 Breakfast: Biscuit and Sausage Patty. Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Cheese Lasagna Rolls, Chef Salad with Egg, Roll, Steamed Garlic and Herb Green Beans, Baby Carrots, Fresh Fruit Cup and Birthday Ice Cream Cup. Friday, Feb. 21 Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick. Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty, Chicken Caesar Salad, Steamed Corn, Mini Romaine Salad and Mandarin Oranges. Juice and milk are served with every meal. By Jennifer WE ROCK ONLINEislander.org Fest casts big net Organizers of the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival are casting a big net, hoping to draw a record number of festivalgoers to the historic village this month. The festival will take place at the east end of the waterfront on 119th Street West 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16. clog dancing, boat rides, marine life exhibits and musical performances. items, more than 50 artists and artisans and boat tours of the Sarasota Bay shoreline. And, say organizers in a news release, dont forget the marine life touchtank always results in squeals of delight and discovery for children of all ages. Festival proceeds support the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritages preservation and protection of the FISH Preserve, 95 acres of mangrove wetlands immediately east of the village a buffer for the village from encroaching development. Admission to the festival will be $3 for those over 12 years old. Off-site parking will be available at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton, and Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Shuttles will be available at both locations, with round-trips costing $2.50.Museum sets festival hours The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, will open to help celebrate the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16. The museum docents welcome festivalgoers for tours and activities, including Silly Sealife for children and a maritime art exhibit. For more information, call 941-708-6121.Fish sounds on festival stage take the stage at the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. The festival entertainment lineup includes: a.m., Passerine; noon, awards and introductions; 12:30 p.m., Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones; 2:30 p.m., Eric von; 4:30 p.m., Razing Cane. Band; 12:30 p.m., Eric von; 2:30 p.m., Soul R Coaster, 4:30 p.m., Shotgun Justice.Sea Hagg hosts author Childrens author Jan DiRuzzo will sign and sell copies of her books Feb. 15-16 in Cortez DiRuzzo is the author of The Lost Mermaid A Shem Creek Moonlight Jamboree and The Lost Mermaid, Return to the Raspberry Kingdom. Shell be at the Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. DiRuzzo has taught writing and worked as a technical writer for the U.S. Department of Defense. For more information, call the store at 9417955756.A critter touch tank is a hit with kids at the festival.

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24 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER AM City Pier tides; Cortez high tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later Anna Maria Island Tides Date AM HIGH PM HIGH AM LOW PM LOW Moon Feb. 12 11:58 1.2 10:12 1.9 4:51 -0.4 4:01 0.8 Feb. 13 12:12p 1.3 10:50 1.9 5:20 -0.4 4:40 0.7 Feb. 14 12:23p 1.3 11:26 1.8 5:46 -0.3 5:16 0.5 Full Feb. 15 12:34p 1.4 6:10 -0.2 5:52 0.5 Feb. 16 12:01 1.8 12:50 1.5 6:33 -0.1 6:29 0.3 Feb. 17 12:38 1.7 1:11 1.6 6:57 0.0 7:11 0.2 Feb. 18 1:19 1.6 1:37 1.7 7:22 0.1 7:58 0.1 Feb. 19 2:05 1.4 2:09 1.8 7:49 0.3 8:53 0.0 For AMICC sports schedules, visit sports online at www.islander.org. Weve got BAIT!Call in your bait reservation:941-323-7892 LIVE Whitebait Crabs Threadfin Pinfish By Kevin Cassidy Islander Reporter G alati Yacht Sales Buccaneers rolled to a 44-18 victory Feb. 4 over the Sun Bears during 14-17 diviCommunity Center. Chris G alati got the action started with a pair of two offensive possessions. Meanwhile, the Bears offense was going nowhere with three consecutive three and outs. The Bears defense stepped up with an interception by Kyle Megto Meggison for a touchdown. Rodriguez then found G eorge Lardas for the extra point to pull to within 12-7 with just under a minute to play in the half. Undaunted, the Bucs connected on two short passpattern down the right sideline to complete a 24-yard touchdown pass and take an 18-7 lead. The second half was all Buccaneers, tacking on touchdown receptions by Chris G ary, Mike Dittoli and Ross, who also added a touchdown run to complete the 44-18 victory. Meggison and Lardas scored second-half touchdowns to complete the scoring for the Bears in the loss. The victory puts the Bucs in a tie for second place with The Feast Broncos, one game behind the 5-1 Mr. Browns and West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars are all 3-3 with the 2-4 Bears and 0-6 Waterfront Restaurant Cow boys following in the standings. The 11-13 division has the 5-0 LPAC Cardinals on top, a half game ahead of the 5-1 Sandbar Colts. Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers are in third with a 3-1 record in the division, while Bark & Company Realty Ravens, Eat Here Redskins and Will C. Photos Falcons follow in the standings. Beach Bistro Buccaneers are undefeated at the top of the 8-10 division, while West Coast Air Conditioning Dolphins at 3-1 and the 3-2 Tylers Ice Cream Vikings occupy second and third place. Manatee Diagnostic Ravens, Beach Bum Patriots, Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys and LPAC Cardinals complete the standings. Standings tighten in adult football division The action continues in the Anna Maria Island The 18-and-over division standings are tight, with Slims Place Bears, Agnelli Pool & Spa G iants and with 4-1 records. Duffys Tavern Eagles, Beach Bistro Raiders and Waterfront Restaurant Panthers follow in the standings. The 30-and-over division has Island G ourmet Bills on top with a 5-0 record with the 3-2 Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and Ross Built Panthers their closest pur suers. Jessies Island Store Buccaneers, Island Real Estate Raiders and Tylers Ice Cream Vikings make up the rest of the standings. Island G ourmet Bills showed why theyre unbeaten and on top of the 30-plus standings with a 35-21 victory Feb. 6over Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants. Bills quarterback Chuck Bucky completed 10 passes for 213 yards and four touchdown passes. Scott for 129 yards and three touchdowns. AJ Brown added three catches for 69 yards, including a touchdown and a 2-point conversion, while Andrew Brown, Will Schenerlein and Katie Berzowski added extra-point catches. Brown paced the Bills defense with two intercep tions, including one he returned for a touchdown, while Berzowski added two quarterback sacks. The G iants were led by Andy Szabos 243 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Mike Warren led three touchdowns. Frank Agnelli added 51 receiving yards including an extra point, while Ed Moss com pleted the scoring with a pair of extra-point catches in the loss. place Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins ease past winless Waterfront Restaurant Panthers 32-25. Jona than Moss completed 15 of 22 passes for 183 yards and four touchdown passes. Jeff Walker had a big game, for 52 yards, including a touchdown and an extra-point yards, a touchdown and an extra point, and Josh Rio had 34 receiving yards and a touchdown to complete the Dolphin scoring in the victory. Spencer Robinson threw for 272 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Panthers offense. Kevin Mincatches for 67 yards and two touchdowns to complete the Panther scoring in the loss. Horseshoe news Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the Feb. 8 bragging rights during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits. Leo Hutton and Tim Sofran defeated Sam Samuels and Bruce Munro 22-15 in the championship game. Five teams advanced to the knockout round during Feb. 5 horseshoe action. G ene Bobeldyk and Leo Hutton eased past N orm G ood and Bob Palmer 24-16, while Dom Livedoti and Fred Huyghe destroyed Art Kingstad and Hank Huyghe in the opening-round matches. Livedoti and Fred Huyghe then drew the bye Bussey eliminated Bobeldyk and Hutton by a 21-10 out over LivedotiHuyghe 22-15. Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. There is no charge to play and everyone is wel come. Key Royale golf news It was a busy week of golf at Key Royale Club. The women joined up with the men on Feb. 7 for a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Hank Trembly, Charlie Knopp, Matt Behan and Bob Reid matched the 3-over-par 35 carded by the team of Mary Lou Dreier, Earl Huntzinger and Bob Dickinson The team of Ken Rickettt, Mike G ille, Merritt Fineout and Gary Risner matched the 2-under-par 30 carded by the team of Tom McDonnell, Bob Tehar, The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf match Feb. 5. Tom Lewis, Dave Kruger and Barry The women took to the links Feb. 4 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match that also included a low putts contest. place in Flight A by two strokes over Pam Lowry, Kaisers 13 putts emerged as the low total for the day. Flight B -with only 14 putts in the round. Sue Wheeler was alone in second with a 2-under-par 31, while Kris Landkammer took third with an even-par 32. Judy Ward, Joyce Lathrop, Barb Harold and Carol Suzanne Liddles 1-under-par 31 gave her a oneshot victory in Flight D over Sally Keyes. Sally York bleford match Feb. 3. McDonnell also was part of the card that included Charlie Porter, Dave Johnston and Mike Gille in the team competition. Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneer Anthony McCance cant hold onto the pass Feb. 4 as Sun Bears defender Kyle Meggison applies defensive presthe Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneer player Chris Galati Feb. 4 at the center.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 25 Light T Fishin g Char tersCapt. W arren GirleInshore Offshore Li ht Tk l Capt. W arren Girle o r e h O mbowers@tampabay.rr.com MB MARINE LLCElectronics / Electrical Installation & ServicePO Box 1064 Cortez, Fl 34215(941) 920-1169 IN-HOUSE PROFESSIONAL ROD REPAIRISLAND DISCOUNT TACKLE5503 MARINA DRIVE at KEYES MARINA, HBOPEN DAILY 7AM 941-779-2838Major Credit Cards Accepted Visit us at www.IslandDiscountTackle.com On Jan. 17, Kayla Gardner of Bradenton hooked and released this 30-inch gag grouper while using frozen sardines for bait 3 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico on a charter with Capt. Warren Girle. Earl Jaffee of Chicago had some concerns about the weather and until he caught a 12-pound, 31-inch bait while on an afternoon charter with Capt. Warren Girle in north Sarasota Bay. By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter If the groundhog was looking for his shadow, he visibility around Anna Maria Island. As long as no major cold fronts sweep through our Boating conditions are superb, except on those foggy days and even on those days, the seas have been calm. You just need some navigational skills and familiarity with the area to safely get to your favorite Sheepshead are gravitating toward nearshore structure, as well as residential docks and piers. Numbers should increase as the weeks of February pass. Offer ings of live shrimp are producing a good bite on the determined enough to dig them up. Pompano are still lingering around the beaches of Longboat Key and in Sarasota Bay. Limits are bite. results. In depths of 20-40 feet, Girle is locating a variety of reef species. Catch-and-release gag grouper are readily taking both cut shiners and live shrimp. Along with gags, red grouper are in the mix, although keepersnapper, Key West grunts and porgies. All three species are great table fare, which is always welcomed. sota Bay. By drifting and jigging, G irles clients are catching near-limits of 1-2 pound pompano. Along the mix, which adds a little to the cooler for dinner. Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says sheepshead action is steadily increasing as we approach the middle of February. Nearshore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico are providing catches in the 3-pound range also will arouse a bite. Reports of Spanish mackerel are buzzing around the island and at the tackle shop, where Oldham says reefs. An ample number of G otcha plugs, silver spoons Finally, due to the recent fog, Oldham suggests check the sound devices on your boats, as well as the compass and G PS. Dont get caught on the water, Capt. Rick G ross of Fishy Business Charters is In depths of 40 feet of water, Gross is anchoring over structure and dropping live shrimp to the bottom on a feet of leader, and a hook, all in that order. The length of the leader can vary, depending on its purpose. chooses a leader of 3 feet or more as to not spook the leader keeps the bait that much farther from the sinker Along with keeper-size hogs, G ross is catching nothing wrong with returning to the dock with a cooler of these three species. Theyre three of the best for a Gag and red grouper are getting in on the action. sheepies, keeper-sized gags are making the mistake of eating G ross bait. Luckily for them, they are out of season and theyre returned to the Gulf. As for the red by in shallow water. Winter snowbird Dick Stevens of Connecticut shows off Anna Maria Sound in Holmes Beach.

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26 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER WE ROCK ONLINEislander.org MIKE NORMAN REALTY EST. 1978Call US TODAY! 800-367-1617 941-778-6696INCMike Norman Realty31O1 GULF DRIVE ~ HOLMES BEACHwww.mikenormanrealty.com Our newest agent has been with us 16 years. You owe it to yourself to have the best, most professional representation. 36 years managing rentals on Anna Maria. All Florida licensed real estate agents. No hidden fees: You keep more of your money. Compare our management fees. RELIABLE VACATION PROPERTY MANAGEMENTMARIANNE, ROCHELLE, LISA, CARLA, SALLY Anna Maria City: 2/2 pool home located west of Gulf Drive. $522,000 mariannebc@aol.com 941-725-7799 I WILL sell your home.Marianne Correll, Realtor6101 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach 34217Gulf view and room for a pool, 2208 Ave C. $499,000. Pending. SOLD! With 20 years experience, I understand whats important to you: Getting the results you desire with a high level of personal service. Realtor Cindy Hayworth Our Florida lifestyle. Casual, not complicated. Call me at 941.504.1511 Real Estate Sales Vacation Rentals Annual Rentals Property Management Concierge Service We re Serious about our Customer Servi ce Your full service Real Estate Agency providing exceptional customer service for all your short or long term goals. Whether staying a few d ays or a lifetime, we will help you find your perfect accommodation. One stop shop We can pro vide everything you might need ..buy rent and finance your piece of paradise. 104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. Jesse Brisson Broker Associate, GRI 941-713-4755 800-771-6043 Call Jesse Brisson941-713-4755 TOWNHOUSE IN THE CAYEverything is new in this 2bed/2bath condo. Great location close to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. With a boat dock and a pool, what more could anyone ask for. $190,000. Call Jesse Brisson @ 941.713.4755. INCMike N orman Realty31O1 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH I NEED LISTINGS! And Ill give you 100 percent effort.JASON HRNAK 941-773-6572 jhrnak@gmail.com Love is in the air. Let me match you with your perfect home. You can count on my professionalism, honesty, commitment and expertise. Call or email me today to buy or list. You wont be disappointed. Aleta Badowski: 941.567.7753 Email: abadowski@kw.com Website: www.AABProperT.comAleta Badowski, Keller Williams On The Water 5239 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209 Your satisfaction in the transaction is my primary goal Need convincing see testimonials on my website. Each of ce is independently owned and operatedI Love to List Call Me Today I Love to List Call Me Today Grooms returns to roots Lifetime islander Barry Grooms has re-opened the auto repair center, 5610 Marina Ave., Holmes Beach, that his parents operated nearly 30 years ago. The location has been in the family so long, we just wanted to bring back the old-time, friendly Anna Maria Island atmosphere for residents and visitors, Grooms said. Were not your standard garage, he said. Were offering complete auto servicing, from electronic tuneups to brake work and wheel balancing. Rob Self is the head technician, while Robby Riley is the general manager. Both have lived and worked on the island for a number of years. For more information, call 941-896-7898. Kaleta invests on LBK Bonaire LBK LLC, a company headed by Holmes Beach builder Shawn Kaleta, recently bought 3.5 acres of vacant land on the beach at 5005 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The purchase price was $6.4 million. Kaleta said he tentatively plans nine single-family homes for the site. Standing in front of the newly re-opened Grooms Motors and Automotive sign at 5610 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, are, from left, chief technician Rob Self, owner Barry Grooms, and manager Robby Riley. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Spring serves up top pastryAndrea Spring, pastry chef at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, recently received a Best of Show award at the Manatee County Fair for her honey wheat rolls with honey butter. BeacHhouse opens kitchen The BeacHhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, recently completed the installation of a state-of-the-art kitchen. General manager Becky Shannon said the kitchen rant. The bar and dining room are the next phases of renovation, Shannon said, and those projects will be Customer service will not be affected. Chamber sets events The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce has set its monthly networking breakfast for 7:45-9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are required. Members are encouraged to bring a guest. The chamber will hold its monthly networking event 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Engel & Volkers AMI Real Estate, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Cost of the E&V event is $5 and reservations are encouraged. Complimentary refreshments and food will be served. For more information or to make a reservation, call 941-778-1541.Realty raves Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, has named Marianne Norman Ellis as its top listing agent for January, while Kathy Caserta was top sales agent. Caserta also was named top sales person of 2013 For more information, call 941-778-6696.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 27 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. PLEASE, DO NOT REMOVE OR USE MY TEXT FLOW BOXES (UNDER THE HEADERS) FOR CLASSIFIEDS! Business news Does your business have achievements to celebrate? Maybe youve just opened a business or your business has received an award or special recogni tion. If so, wed like to hear from you. To be considered, email your who, what, where, when and why to news@islander.org. Hi-res photos welcome. ITEMS FOR SALE VINTAGE CHANDELIERS, METAL owers, $35, crystal brass, $65, art deco aqua ottoman seat, $10. 941-779-9781. RATTAN-STYLE SOFA, $150, easy chair, $75, chandelier, $25, dining room table, $75. 941-387-1415. FREEZER: LARGE KENMORE, frostless with lock, $100, hospital bed, good condition, $100, white kitchen stove, $50. 941778-2901. BOAT PORT-A-POTTY, $15, saltwater sh ing poles, different prices, all less than $100, booster car seat, $25. 941-778-1264. LIGHT BROWN MICROSUEDE sofa and love seat, $100, coffee table, $70, oak dining table with leaf and four chairs, $50, mirror dresser with nightstand, $25. All nice condition, offers considered. 217-242-2046, 217242-1330. BEACH WHEELCHAIR: ALL-terrain. Brand new, paid $1,300, now $1,000. 772-7082587. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad, up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. Email classieds@islander.or g. ANNOUNCEMENTS WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com. WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 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 office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. A.M.I. BEACHES REAL ESTATE5702 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach CALL THE BEACHES EXPERTCindy Quinn, P.A., Realtor, CDPECell: 941-780-8000Go to my website to view all AMI listings:islandannamaria.com Purchase vacant co-op lot for $50,000 and receive a $25,000 cash rebate. Call for details! An Adult ResidentOwned Waterfront Community Home Sites and RV Lots Available Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. Call Zita Kollar toll free 800-771-6043 941-778-7244 www.gulfbayrealty.com/rentals.html SEASONAL FOR RENT: South Beach Village at 10th S treet N in Bradenton Beach. S even gorgeous 3BR /2BA townhomes with 2-car garages available now thru season. Gulf and bay views. Community heated pool and so much more. Call us today for more information. Call the Neelys. 941.809.5565 941.807.6220 cellwithmelandbarb.com cellwithmelandbarb.com cellwithmelandbarb.com 3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach 941.778.6849, toll free 800.778.9599Listing or BuyingYOUR Beach Place Call US! Well LISTEN and HELP you with your real estate needs! 2BR/2BA home in tropical setting with heated pool/spa. Reduced to sell. VALENTINES SPECIAL: $489,900. Valentine Special Island real estate salesBy Jesse Brisson Special to The Islander 212 Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach, a vacant 72x108 bayfront lot was sold 01/22/14, Davis to Eason for $450,000. sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1988 on a 49x100 lot was sold 01/23/14, Willey to N arcisi for $390,000; list $399,000. Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244. Kathy Caserta receives her award for top sales in 2013 at Mike Norman Realty in Braden ton Beach from Mike Norman at a recent company celebration. 110 Cedar Avenue $1,090,000 Steps to the beach with pool and good rental income! Nicely furnished 4br home, newer with oversized 2 car garage and elevator. 519 South Drive $799,000 North end Anna Maria. Tastefully updated, spacious 3br/2ba home with dock and li on a quiet cul-de-sac. 244 South Harbor Drive, #1 $624,900 Expansive bay views highlight this 2br/3.5ba townhome with dock and li. Beauti fully maintained enclave only 6 units in park like setting with pool. Amazing roof top deck. 806 North Shore Drive $1,199,000 North end Anna Maria beach access across the street.3br/3.5ba home with bright open oor plan, high ceilings, and custom nishes. Great ow for entertaining. Let our proven success work for you.

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28 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER HELP WANTED PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235. PERSON NEEDED TO run children and youth Christian education programs at non-denominational church. Self-starter, organized, works independently and with others, minimum two years experience required. Sundays required, some Saturdays. Send resumes to: Roser Church, Attention: BRED P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. AMI BRING IT: Hiring delivery drivers. Must be 21, clean driving record, own vehicle and insurance. Please email resume or contact information: AMIbringit@gmail.com 941209-1353. DELIVERY DRIVER/WAREHOUSE. Work on Island. Part or full time. Send resume only to: annamariaisland@hotmail.com 941-5249228. OFFICE/RECEPTIONIST WORK. Answer phones, good with computers. Part or full time. Work on Island. Email resume only: annamariaisland@hotmail.com 941-5249228. TUTOR WANTED FOR college accounting class. Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 10-11 a.m. Please, call Patrick, 941713-4656. BEACH RESORT LOOKING for front desk clerk. Hours are Saturday/Sunday 8am-4pm and Monday/Tuesday from noon-8 p.m. for total of 32 hours. Front desk experience a plus. Apply in person at Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. 941-778-6688. TWO SCOOPS, ANNA Marias favorite ice cream is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available. Must be able to work nights and weekends. A great place to work and have a little fun, looking for a few friendly people. Food preparation experience a plus. Great pay, too! Apply today, Two Scoops, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 941-7459535. KIDS FOR HIRE LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and rst aid-certi ed, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-5679276. RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995. KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, HB. Sandy s Lawn Ser vice Inc.Established in 1983 Residential and Commercial Full ser vice lawn maintenance Landscaping Clean-up Hauling tree trimming Licensed & Insured Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist Replacement Doors and Windows Andrew ChennaultFULLY LICENSED AND INSURED Island References Lic#CBC056755 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S Residential & Condo Renovations vice RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.CBC 1253471 Bed: A bargain! King, Queen, Full & Tw in, pre-owned from $30 new/used. 941-922-5271 www .sleepking.ne t Windows & Doors 941-730-5045WEATHERSIDE LLC LIC#CBC1253145H URRIC ANE ANSWERS TO FEB. 12 PUZZLE HA WS LE ER SA T U NU M OL IN S I NR EA CH WH OL E REDE EM TE RM IT EK AH UN A EXE RC IS ER SD UR A NDUR AN BA ND OL ER O P OL OS HI RT KI AT CM BI C HO WC OS TE AU OA KS TS A IN HA LF IN AK NO TK OS HE R HE AV EH OO LE IC EN TR EES AN TE UH OH TA CO AS TO TD SB MI NO RR OCOC OC ON DO RA EP IT AP HK AT O SN OW IN FE LI CI AW RI TH E IO NE SK YE ESE REHE AT ED NE EK IE LD HS MO OD IR E GL IB NE LL TE NS AS SN SE ND SE A B IR DT OS H OR DA IN WI L L FU LH OT PO T TO OD LE OO I O NI CE HO LE S TA NS SH OC O OF OR RA NK OD E S OP E D TE WE YO S Adopt-A-Pet TAKE ME HOME! Andy is recovered from a collar embedded in his neck and ready for a forever family. He is young, extremely handsome and cant wait to go on long walks with YOU! Andy has all his shots and a microchip and hes neutered. Please, contact Lisa Williams at Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue Inc., 941-896-6701, or visit The Islander for more info about Andy and other rescued, adoptable pets.SPONSORED BY Island Animal Clinic Reminding you to help save our seabirds. Dont cut the line! If you hook a bird, slowly reel it in and remove all hooks and line. William V. Bystrom DVM, Ashley Gardner DVM 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 900 941.778.2445 ANNOUNCEMENTS FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander of ce, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dont be sorry, be safe. GARAGE SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, Friday, 9:30 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations, Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733. STEFFS STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment. steffsstuf bk.com. Open daily. 941383-1901. SALE: 8 a.m.-? Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16. Tools, TVs, kitchen items, linens, clothing, toys, miscellaneous. 1609 Roslyn Ave., Bradenton. GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-16. Furniture, tools, clothing, miscellaneous. Household items. 513 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria. YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Antiques, collectibles, lots more, something for everyone! 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. PETS PET-SITTER SERVICES LLC offers pet visits, dog walking, kitty cleanup, and more. 941462-0405. petsitterservicesllc@gmail.com www.petsitterbradenton.com. ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693. WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941896-6701. TRANSPORTATION LEXUS 330 SUV: 60,000 miles, gold package, two owners, pre-certified by Wilde Lexus. Beautiful inside and out. Call 949525-2580. 2005 FORD TAURUS SE: 78,000 miles. Automatic, air conditioning, power windows, doors. Cruise control, CD, three-month engine warranty. Excellent condition, priced low, $3,900. Rick, 941-224-4977. BOATS & BOATING BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sun sh, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400. PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatorida.weebly.com. 50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013. POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot berglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for shing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water! Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-9288735. ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place classi ed ads and subscribe online with our secure server? Check it out at www. islander.org. Adopt-A-Pet GET YOUR $2 stickers @ The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Maxs Mobile Marine ServiceCerti ed Marine Mechanic Inboards/Outboards Boat Detailing Take your boat to the MAX. Reasonable Rates & Great Service Call Max A. Kanter, Island Resident941.807.6688 Maxs Mobile Marine Service

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 29 HEALTH CARE REGISTERED NURSE: 40 years experience, hospitals, clinic, home health. Loving, kind, gentle care. Safe driver, dependable, nonsmoker, teetotaler. Ginger Wade, 941-5925222. SERVICES TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/ wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069. I DONT CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message. ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959. ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-7782535. TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634. CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570. U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941545-6688. PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Commercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948. JOHN THE FIREMAN Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-2761414. 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 networking, wired, wireless, audio, video surveillance cameras. Palm sh Communication, 941-896-0798. HELP WITH ERRANDS and transportation, pet sitting, etc! Living in paradise should be easy! 941-400-8847. DO YOU WANT to vacation and not worry if your pet is lonely? I will overnight in your home so your pet can stay in its own environment and enjoy home setting. Great references. Mary, 941-405-2496. TRUEBLUE33 MOBILE COMPUTER Service LLC. #L13000016769. Fast, reliable and quality computer repair service. Call 941-592-7714. BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JDs Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840. ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046. FISHING FOR a good deal? Always look rst for services in The Islander, 941-778-7978. LAWN & GARDEN CONNIES LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294. ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581. SAVE YOUR CITRUS trees: Urban Garden Pest Control specializes in citrus tree restoration. Professional pruning and affordable spray program will restore your citrus trees to their full fruitfulness. 941-962-0986. JRS LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941807-1015. LANDSCAPING STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067. SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, shell phone 941-720-0770. TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941932-6600. NATURES DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336. HOME IMPROVEMENT VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net. CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479. TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077. GRIFFINS HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, ne woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood ooring. Insured and licensed. 941-7228792. JERRYS HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198. HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747. SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If its broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. Ill x it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906. PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747. PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747. SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616204-8822. DANS RESCREEN INC.POOL CAGES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, DOORS No Job TOO BIG or TOO SMALL. Free Estimates. I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION941.725.0073LOCALL Y OWNED AND FAMIL Y OPERATED SINCE 1988State Lic. 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30 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S RENTALSWEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc. com. VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty. com. Suzanne Wilson, broker. SEASONAL: MARCH AVAILABILITY: 2BR Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096. AVAILABLE MARCH 2014: 2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941565-2373. ANNA MARIA CITY rental: Completely renovated 3BR/3BA with large heated pool. A short block to the beach. For rent, winter 2014-15. Call 514757-7410. VACATION RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 1BR, turnkey, furnished apartment. Available February, March, April.941-778-0116. RENTALS ContinuedANNUAL RENTAL: BAYSHORE Gardens, Bradenton. 55-plus community, 20 minutes to Anna Maria Island, 2BR/2BA plus ofce, furnished, third oor, elevator, enclosed lanai, heated pool, clubhouse. $650/month plus utilities. Security deposit. 941-727-1083. TWO-MONTH MINIMUM, $3,000/month. Stunning bay views, 2BR/2BA, furnished. Screened lanai, clubhouse, tness center, tennis, heated pools, spas. Two miles from beaches of Anna Maria Island, across from Robinson Preserve. 1157 Edgewater Circle, Perico Bay Club. ROOM EFFICIENCY: PRIVATE entrance, full bath, large deck. North end Anna Maria Island. 941794-8877. REAL ESTATE FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977. REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com. CONDO FOR SALE: 2BR/2BA unit in Bradenton Beach. Steps to beach with parking underneath, townhome-style condo. Building has hurricane windows, doors, Hardie siding and new roof. No hassles. $205,000. Call 813-245-0428. HOLMES BEACH40 Years of Professional Service to Anna Maria Island and BradentonEXP ERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTSFOR 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 REAL ESTATE Continued FIXER-UPPER ON deep-water canal, $475,000. Owner nancing possible. Holmes Beach. 941778-7980 or 941-778-7565. WERE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104. OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Holmes Beach house for sale. Beautiful elevated 3BR/2BA, heated pool, bonus room, direct beach-access street. Newer construction. Great investment. 309A 65th St. www.HolmesBeach.blogspot.com Patrick Morris, 941-348-0331. DISCOVER TERRA CEIA Golf and Country Club! Gorgeous updated 2BR/2BA maintenance-free villa in a gated, waterfront community. Hardwood floors, plantation shutters, granite and more. Two-car garage. $169,900. Sarah Whisnant, 941238-8624, Leslie Wells Realty. REAL ESTATE FOR sale: Two very nice mobile homes next to each other on beautiful lake. Fur nished. Ocean, 12 miles. Pool. 55-plus community. $225,000 for both. 864-353-8822. OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 15. Stunning water views of Palma Sola Bay from this 3BR unit in Perico Bay. 1183 Edgewater Circle, Bradenton. Carol Spiegel, 941-323-6365, or Frauke Engstrom, 941-447-0738. Wagner Realty. 104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach941-778-8104 Properties are MOVING at Edgewater Real Estate! Stop by our ofce, visit online or call an agent today.Edgewatervacationhomes.com Edgewaterrealestateami.com Real Estate Sales Vacation Rentals Annual Rentals Property Management Concierge Service We re Serious about our Customer Servi ce Your full service Real Estate Agency providing exceptional customer service for all your short or long term goals. Whether staying a few d ays or a lifetime, we will help you find your perfect accommodation. One stop shop We can pro vide everything you might need ..buy rent and finance your piece of paradise. ON THE BAY!Lg 2BR/2BA,Dock/Boat Lift Opn Floor Plan, Pool Gorgeous Views! $724,900 Lynn 941-730-1294 STEPS TO THE BEACH! Newly remodeled 3BR/2BA. Room for a pool. Close to everything! $429k Call Lynn 941-730-1294 W ATERLEFE Luxury golf course living at its nest! Gorgeous 2BR/2BA plus den and pool with beautiful lanai. $285,000. Call Lynn, 941-778-8104 REDU C EDINVENTORY LOW!Call us today and get out of the cold! 5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach GATED COMMUNITYRare buildable lot in exclusive Harbour Landings Estates. SERENITY ON THE LAKE condo with rental history. VACANT LANDLarge Buildable Lot with PICTURE PERFECT home on large lot. Fully remodeled. New metal NEW CANAL-POOL HOME INC 800-367-1617 941-778-6696Mike N orman Realty31O1 GULF DR HOLMES BEACHwww.mikenormanrealty.com sales@mikenormanrealty.com MIKE NORMAN REALTY EST. 1978 B EACHFRON T C O NDO 2BR/2BT direct beach front. Ground level, located next to pool, turnkey furnished. Fantastic views of the Gulf. $529,000. A NNA M ARIA C OTTAG E Adorable, vintage cottage located west of Gulf Drive for easy beach access. 3BR/2BA, great screened porch, single car garage. Selling turnkey furnished. $475,000. GUL F FRO N T PE N T H OUSE Breathtaking views of the beach from this top-oor, 2,400+sf 3BR/ 2.5BT unit with private elevator, private 3-car garage, heated pool and more. $2,595,000. TWO B EACH FRONT UNITS: Exceptional views of the beach from this direct beachfront, two-unit building. Each side is a 2BR/1.5BT townhouse. Two garages, four porches. $995,000.

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THE ISLANDER FEB. 12, 2014 31 Visit www.islander.org for the best news on Anna Maria Island. TOIL AND TROUBLE By DICK SHLAKMAN AND JEFF CHEN / Edited by Will ShortzNo. 0202RELEASE DATE: 2/9/2014 ACROSS1 Turns left 5 Ogles offensively 12 One for the money? 16 Actors Ken and Lena 18 Gettable 19 ___ Foods 20 Cash in 22 Tiny tunneler 23 Big gun 24 Ones doing aerobics 26 Popular British band named after the villain in Barbarella 28 Sinister seor 29 Lacoste offering 30 Soul maker 31 Channel showing old Hollywood hits34 Disposables maker 35 Modus operandi 38 Kind of accounting 39 Bistro glassful 40 Sturdy ones 42 Org. using X-rays 45 Equally, say 47 Tangled 50 Legit 52 Words before and after my lads in the United States Merchant Marine anthem 54 ___ acid 55 Sides are often alongside them 56 Entry fee? 57 Dont look now 59 Bell or shell preceder 61 Regarding 62 Super Bowl successes, for short63 Key of Bachs most famous Mass65 Furniture style of Louis XV 67 Dupe 68 ___ the Explorer 70 Thats all folks, for Mel Blanc 72 Batman : Robin :: Green Hornet : ___ 74 Strand, somehow 76 Girls name meaning happiness77 Squirm 80 John Cusacks co-star in Say Anything 82 Dir. of the Missouri between S.D. and Neb. 83 Like leftovers, often 85 Born 86 Actor Richard who played Jaws in Bond films 87 Some A.L. (but not N.L.) players 88 It may be indicated with a ring 89 More than pique 90 Too smooth 92 Dudley Do-Rights love 94 Second place? 95 Part of N.R.A.: Abbr. 96 Email button 98 Erne or tern 102 Baloney, in Bristol 104 Entitle to wear vestments 106 Headstrong 107 East Asian stew 110 Ta-ta! 112 It may be radical 113 Places where polar bears fish 115 They may be sprayed on 116 HBO competitor 117 Bills partner 118 Pro 119 Major, for example120 Poetic rhapsody 121 Soak (up) 122 Summer White House setting: Abbr. 123 Lady of the lea 124 Rocky shout-outs DOWN1 Biblical peak 2 Actress Vega of Spy Kids 3 Expand 4 Mortimer of old radio 5 Contributors to The Paris Review, e.g. 6 First of 12 in South America 7 Muffs 8 Band with the 1994 album Monster9 He and she follower 10 Not perform as expected 11 Dance popularized by Michael Jackson 12 Yep 13 Iraqi P.M. ___ al-Maliki 14 Like one of the arm bones 15 Destined (for) 17 Like vino de Rioja 19 Gobs 21 Compassion, figuratively 23 Start of many jokes25 Dos x tres 27 Latin others 31 Blue-green 32 Part of many an anniversary celebration 33 Tax-free bond, for short 35 Pair of cymbals in a drum kit 36 Ceaselessly 37 Tautological statement of finality 38 Cavs, on a scoreboard 41 Elbow-bender 42 Superstitious thespians name for a work of Shakespeare from which 21-, 23-, 37-, 58and 60-Down all come 43 Take care of 44 Cause of an insurance investigation 46 One of 17 on a Monopoly board: Abbr. 48 What a goner has 49 Army threats? 51 Mendoza Mrs. 53 ___ get it! 55 System prefix 58 A single stroke 60 What the lucky person leads 63 Lively 64 Piqued 65 500 events 66 Equipped to row 69 Have debts 71 The Addams Family nickname 73 ___ Maria 74 Rat 75 Carol 78 Towel designation 79 Elysium 81 Cry before haw 84 Big stretch? 91 Moccasin decorations 93 You might bow your head to receive one 94 Play about Capote 95 Famous Titanic victim 97 Zilch 99 One of The Honeymooners 100 Drippings appropriately positioned under the circled letters 101 Alternatively 103 Lo-o-ovely! 104 Director Preminger 105 You may find a fork in it 108 Prefix with -phile 109 Some reproaches 111 Palindromic cry 114 Intimidate 1234 567891011 12131415 16 17 18 19 20 2122 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31323334 35363738 39 40 41424344 45 46 4748 49 5051 52 5354 55 56 5758 5960 61 62 63 6465 6667 6869 70 71 7273 7475 76 77 7879 80 81 82 8384 85 86 87 88 89 90 9192 93 94 95 9697 9899100101 102103 104105 106 107 108109 110 111 112 113114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124For any three answers, call from a touch-tone phone: 1-900-285-5656, $1.49 a minute; or, with a credit card, 1-800-814-5554. New York Times Sunday Magazine CrosswordAnswers: page 28 New luxury condos from 1,286 sq. ft. to 1,627 sq. ft. 2 or 3 bedroom, 2 bath or 2 bath condominiums Covered enclosed screened lanai on coach homes Close to highly rated schools, hospitals, and world-famous IMG Academies and Manatee County Golf Course Beautiful and exclusive heated lagoon-style pool Minutes to beautiful beaches and walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and coffee shops The opportunity has never been better for you to live in Paradise. Visit us today! All information (including, but not limited to prices, availability, incentives, oor plans, site plans, features, standards and options, assessments and fees, planned amenities, programs, conceptual artists rendering sand community development plans) is not guaranteed and remains subject to change or delay without notice. Square footage and dimensions are estimated and may vary in actual construction. Community improvements and recreational features and amenities described are based upon current development plans which are subject to change and which are under no obligation to be completed. Actual position of house on lot will be determined by the site plan and plot plan. Floor plans and elevations are artists conception and are not intended to show specic detailing. Floor plans are the property of Taylor Morrison, Inc. and its afliates and are protected by U.S. copyright laws. Maps and plans are not to scale and all dimensions are approximate. Please see a Taylor Morrison Sales Associate for details and visit www.taylormorrison.com for additional disclaimers., TM Homes of Florida, Inc. November, 2013, Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc. All rights reserved.taylormorrison.com | 941.761.0587 | 7335 Skybird Road, Bradenton, FL 34209 Maintenance-Free Condos From the Upper $100s Anna Maria Island selected to be on the list of by Forbes Magazine! TOWNS INAMERICA PRETTIEST

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32 FEB. 12, 2014 THE ISLANDER David Teitelbaum Sales Associate 941-812-4226 Liz Codola Broker Associate 941-812-3455 6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 419 Pine Ave Anna Maria 34216 Beach Celebrations 2103 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-883-4092 1325 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-877-867-8842 2200 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-800-447-7124 1603 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217 1-888-686-6716Making Memories Here with Us. Our Tortuga, Tradewinds, SeaSide and Tropic Isle Beach Resorts are the perfect choice for your wedding or other special celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria Island. Whether a lavish event at one of our three private beaches or in your resort suite, or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our Concierge and professional Wedding Planner look forward to helping you. As a cour tesy, well extend our group discounts to include each of our four hotels, so youll get credit for the total number of reservations no matter which hotel you and your guests choose. Please call soon. We invite you to make your memories here with us: we know youll come back to visit us again & again. 6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217 make your memories here with us: we know youll come back to visit us again & again. We Deliver Results: 2013 Sold $12.9 million Buyers: Choose from 50 Island Listings Sellers: List your property with us The beach is spectacular and the sunsets are amazing.Very romantic. If you want to just relax and forget the world, this is the place to go. Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations Beach Celebrations ZAGAT Top Restaurants in America Best Food on the Gulf Coast 941-778-6444 | www.BeachBistro.com