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Bridge Street pier
reconstruction set for
June 2. Page 4
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Anna Maria mayoral
post. Page 5

Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6

Dunes project to
proceed in Bradenton
Beach. Page 8

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AMI earns No. 3 spot on top travel site

A sKy-nign view oj Anna viaria islana in JecemetCr snows a
sparse number of people at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
"We certainly are getting popular," said
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
vice president Deb Wing.

AJIlUCK oj visitors ai uOuquina Beacn in nraaenion eacn 1rev.
17 is typical of the popularity of Anna Maria Island in season.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

rankings are based on travel-user reviews.
"We've always known that we have this
7 miles of paradise and it's nice to be recog-
nized," Wing said.
This is the website's second year of

2 rapes reported in She was responding to the announcement voting for a favorite U.S. island destination.
HBPD's 2013 crime that TripAdvisor named Anna Maria Island Last year, Anna Maria Island ranked No. 4.
statistics. Page 11 as the third favorite island in the United Marco Island near Naples was voted No.
I_4P*-1 s irgs States in its traveler's choice awards. The 1 in the 2014 awards, and Key West placed
Community announce Renourishment phase 1 end in sight
ments events. Pnaes


Make a date, save a
date. Pages 14-15

Fishing fest nets suc-
cess. Page 17

HBPD: Crimes falls,
arrests increase in
2013. Page 22

Island police blotter.
Page 23

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
More than just visitors are pleased with
the balmy weather on Anna Maria Island the
past two weeks.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, the con-
tractor for beach renourishment, appreci-
ates the calm seas that allow them to move
rapidly south, pumping and smoothing sand
along the island's shore.
The company renourished from 17th
Street North in Bradenton Beach to Ninth
Street North Feb. 17-21.
If the weather holds, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers spokesperson Sirisha Rayaprolu
said GLDD should finish its renourishment
project at 13th Street South late this month
or in early March.
Once that work is finished, GLDD will
take a few days to reposition its equipment
and begin renourishment of Coquina Beach

Pitching horseshoe Bystand-
tourney plans. Page 26 ers observe
Fair weather, February pumping opera-
fish rallies continue, tions Feb. 21,
Page 26 as Great Lakes
SDredge and
S hW ei Dock reaches the
6th-grade a no-go for beach in front of
AME. Page 29 Gulf Drive Cafe
and Tiki Bar in
UhtdBiz the 900 block
of Gulf Drive
North. Islander
Page 29 Photo: Rick

at a cost to Manatee County of $5.67 mil-
lion. The state will reimburse the county for
about half of the cost, Manatee County Parks
and Natural Resources director Charlie Hun-
sicker said.
Hunsicker expects Coquina Beach
renourishment to take about 30 days, depend-
ing upon the weather.
"We hope to finish in late March or early
April," he said.
Renourishment of the beach from 79th
Street to 13th Street South was funded by
$13 million in federal, state and county
Manatee County will use funds from the
resort tax to pay for Coquina Beach renour-
The resort tax is the 5 percent paid on
rentals in the county of six months or less.
Islandwide beach renourishment takes
place every 8-10 years.

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10th on the list, a TripAdvisor press release
The press release also said 72 percent of
respondents plan to visit an island destina-
tion in the next year.
The news that Anna Maria Island was
moving up the chart was spreading among
island elected officials, although some

Smooth sails

for new BB pier

restaurant opening
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The catch of the day finally saw the
frying pan again at the Bradenton Beach city
Customers began lining up well before
7 a.m. Feb. 20 for the opening of the Cast
and Cage restaurant on the Historic Bridge
Street Pier.
"A couple that lives in the nearby mobile
home park told me a week ago that they
wanted to be the first customers, and they
were," said concessionaire Roland Pena.
The opening occurred after months
of negotiations with the city of Bradenton
Beach, which owns the facility, and weeks of
20-hour days for Pena, his staff and family.
With breakfast, lunch and dinner on the
bill, 331 customers were greeted by busy
staff members throughout the first day.
"There were about another 15 or so who
came in and left because we didn't have beer
yet," said Pena, who noted the problem was
taken care of Feb. 21 with an alcohol license
in hand and beer vendors busily installing
taps at the bar.
Cold beer began to flow and good food
flew from a hectic kitchen. Customers came
in smiling at the prospect of once again
having a restaurant on the pier and, perhaps
more importantly, left with full bellies- and
"I think out of the whole day we had one

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or two complaints from people who didn't understand
that pink grouper is supposed to be slightly under-
cooked in the middle," said Pena. "But other than that,
it was a very smooth opening and everyone seemed
happy from the customers to the staff."
Pena was beaming with pride over how his staff

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sounded a note of caution.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she was "pleased
with the ranking," while noting that as more people
find out about the island, more traffic develops, par-
ticularly during the winter months.
"We are almost saturated with traffic," she said.
"But I'm glad that people enjoy the island when
they get here and voted us so high," SueLynn said.
"We just want to make every visitor's stay a pleasant
experience and have them enjoy what we have."
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said he was
pleased to learn of the TripAdvisor rank for the island.
Although, he too has concerns about increasing atten-
tion for the island.
"We only have so much space on our roads for all
the vehicles coming every day during the season," he
Shearon said he appreciates the advertising and
popularity of Anna Maria Island, and the tourism that
keeps the island economy robust.
"Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and
enjoy what Anna Maria Island is all about," he said.
"It's nice to be recognized."

handled the first couple of days. No matter how busy
everyone was, no table went unattended for very long.
At times, four staff members were circulating, making
sure customers had what they wanted.
It's been a lot of work getting ready for the opening
and with more plans for the restaurant in the works,
Pena knows the workload is only getting started.
"I feel better now that we are open," he said.
"There's still a lot to do and there are always little
kinks to work through, but we are working together
as a team."
The restaurant opens at 7 a.m. with breakfast and
closes out around 9 p.m., after dinner. Pena said he
doesn't like to say the restaurant closes at 9 p.m.,
"because if someone walks in the door at 9, we aren't
going to turn them away. We will sit them down and
feed them."
The Pelican Perch retail shop and Rusty Anchor
Bait Shop on the pier have been doing good business

since opening about a month before the restaurant.
Pena said he suspended food service temporarily from
the outside businesses to prepare for the restaurant's
L\ Niyone got upset because we weren't doing the
outside barbecue," he said. "But the bait shop is doing
good numbers, and we will start the sandwiches and
Cuban coffee outside again. We just had to focus on
the opening, which went very smoothly."
One important glitch was resolved before the
opening. Pena said the 50-inch TVs set up for sports
viewing, "looked too small on the walls, so I upgraded
to 65-inch TVs and, on nice days, we plan to put one
in the outside dining area, as well."
Pena looks forward to settling into the pier.
"People are happy," he said while looking around
at all the customers eating, talking and smiling. "I love
this. I'm a people person. I love to talk to people so
this is great for me."

Patrons dine
at the new
Cast and
Cage restau-
rant on the
Beach His-
_toric Bridge
Street Pier
Feb. 20, the
first day of
service for
the new ten-
ants. Islander
Photo: Mark

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Bradenton Beach pier reconstruction to begin June 2

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
If all goes according to plan, the reconstruction of
the Historic Bridge Street Pier will begin June 2.
Not a lot has gone according to plans when it
comes to the Bradenton Beach pier, but city officials
and representatives of ZNS Engineering concluded a
Feb. 19 pier team meeting confident a new timetable
could be met.
If the project begins as scheduled, it will be about
10 months from the original completion target date of
August 2013.
While those delays resulted in a $1 million match-
ing-fund partnership with Manatee County, easing the
financial worries of a cash-strapped Bradenton Beach,
officials have been on edge to get the project started.
About seven weeks before the Feb. 19 meeting at
Bradenton Beach City Hall, Mayor Bill Shearon set a
six-week deadline to have the request for proposal in
front of the commission for approval, which is needed
to begin the bidding process.
The joint public meeting with ZNS Engineering
was scheduled to get the final details of the RFP com-
ZNS presented a model RFP to the pier team and
the first task was to make sure the language matches
the city's needs.
Determining what body would be in charge of
dealing with possible legalities involving a bid protest
was left to the pier team for recommendation, followed
by presentation to the city commission.
Implementing a performance bond received a lot
of discussion, with city officials agreeing to establish
a bond of 120 percent beyond the total project bid.
The performance bond gives the city more control
of the contractor's work during the project, which led
to a discussion of change orders.
Change orders are common during a large con-
struction project, according to pier team facilitator
Police Chief Sam Speciale, but they also can get out
of control especially if no system of quality control
is in place.
"We had a lot of issues when the restaurant was
first built," said Speciale. "There were a lot of change
orders and they were getting approved without anyone
knowing about it."
A change order takes place when a situation occurs
that requires where added costs for unforeseen rea-
ZNS construction engineer manager Karen Wilson
said they are unavoidable, but the more control and


detail that is put into the RFP will stem the amount of
change orders.
Special suggested all change orders go through
him. He would then disseminate the information to
the pier team, which can then increase its meeting fre-
quency once the project begins.
Wilson said it's typical to reserve 20 percent of the
project's overall budget for change orders, "but that's
more of an in-house thing."
Shearon said he would feel comfortable authoriz-
ing the pier team $5,000 for change orders in incre-
For the planning phase, city officials tweaked some
mandatory items in the proposal.
An additional 4,800 square feet of decking from
the outdoor dining area of the restaurant to the pier
restrooms was left as a bid option beyond the 9,700
square feet planned for reconstruction.
What will no longer be optional is the pier color. It
will be constructed of a light gray composite decking.
Water lines to new fishing stations, and 21 pilings in
addition to the 151 that support the pier also were made
mandatory in the bid.
The 21 extra pilings will extend into Sarasota Bay
from the floating dock adjacent to the pier. The pilings
will form a protective barrier to prevent damage from
boats breaking loose from the nearby anchorage.
Commissioner Jack Clarke asked for a detailed
process to the June 1 start date.
ZNS Engineering president Leonard Najjar said it

would be about a five-step process.
The RFP is the first step, but has yet to be approved
by the city commission. A special meeting is scheduled
for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Once the RFP and the advertising language has
been approved, bidders will have two weeks to respond
to two weeks of advertising, then attend a pre-bid con-
ference and then have two more weeks to submit a
Najjar said bids would be due around the middle
of April, then a week to rate the bids, a recommenda-
tion from ZNS by April 25, review by the pier team
April 30, leaving the city commission's May meeting
for final approval.
"After approval, it's about two weeks minimum for
contract negotiations," said Najjar. "So we are going
to put June 2 as a start date."
Because work will begin on the first day of the
2014 hurricane season, Wilson said part of the bid
package will have to include a hurricane action plan.
The timetable also depends on the city's choice for
a lighting company to conclude its solar design specs
and submit that to ZNS to include in the final plans.
Najjar said he cannot complete the plans without
the lighting designs, which are now well overdue.
Shearon said if Beacon Products could not meet
the city's deadline, he would recommend hiring
another company, but that could lead to a delay in the
RFP, which could lead to a delay in the proposed start

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Bradenton Beach
building official
Steve Gilbert, ZNS
Engineering con-
struction engineer
Karen Wilson, ZNS
president Leonard
Najjar and Police
Chief Sam Speciale
discuss a timeline
for the request for
proposal for the
of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
Islander Photo:
Mark Young

THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 26, 2014 0 5

Anna Maria commissioner suggests raising mayoral salary

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commission Chair Chuck Webb
pulled out a surprise from his agenda list at the com-
mission's Feb. 13 meeting.
"We should now look at raising the salary of the
mayor," Webb said. The amount of work today for the
mayor compared with a decade ago is phenomenal, he
Mayor SueLynn nodded in agreement.
"The city administration is much more compli-
cated now than when I first took office in 2002. The
mayor and staff have more county, state and federal
regulations to follow, reports to submit and activities to
perform. Yet we still have the same number of staff,"
she said.
The mayor's salary is $800 per month, an amount
approved in the 1990s, Webb noted.
Any increase approved by the commission would
not become effective until after the SueLynn's term is
served, after the mayoral election in November 2014.
Commissioners agreed to take up the topic of the may-
or's salary at an upcoming work session.
SueLynn then presented her plan to promote trea-
surer Diane Percycoe to clerk, administrative assis-
tant Maggie Martinez to become treasurer with a year
of training, and building department assistant Diane
Sacca to Martinez' administrative assistant position.
The plan was devised on learning in late January
that Alice Baird would retire as city clerk Feb. 11.
The mayor sought commission approval to adver-
tise a salary range of $25,000-$35,000 for Sacca's
"We are not going to get good people without
paying a decent salary," she said
Commissioners unanimously approved the may-
or's proposals, including the salary range for the build-
ing department clerk.
In other business, commissioners discussed the
first reading of a landscaping ordinance in which any

native trees removed in the city would be replaced by
another native tree of an equal size.
City planner Alan Garrett said the impetus for
the ordinance came after a lot on Willow Avenue was
cleared of all trees and vegetation, many of them native
species. He said he received numerous complaints
about the clearing, but the city has no ordinance pro-
tecting native trees and vegetation, he said.
Garrett said he would revise the ordinance and
present it again at a future public hearing.
Commissioners also held the first reading of a
construction staging ordinance. The ordinance would
require the city to approve the order of construc-
tion, including clearing trees, before any work could
"The idea is to save as many native trees and plants
as possible," Garrett said.
Building official Bob Welch said the city already
can withhold a certificate of occupancy if all plans

presented are not met. Welch said a staging permit
will let the city know what is being removed from the
City attorney Jim Dye suggested an ordinance
would strengthen the withholding of a certificate of
occupancy because native plants and trees had been
removed, but not replaced in kind.
"Get as much ammunition as you can," Dye
Commissioners also agreed that all future work
sessions would be roundtable discussions with the
rules of order suspended.
Webb said this allows for free discussion among
commissioners and a better exchange of ideas.
Public comment will continue to be heard at work
The first work session where the roundtable format
is to be implemented will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March
13, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
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was commissioned by Bra-
denton Beach Mayor Bill
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of the Historic Bridge
I Street Pier, the mayor and
his guide dog Reese and
Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale. The chief said he
looked a little heavy in the
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joked that portraits add
10 pounds. The painting is
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personal funds. Islander
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Growing old gracefully
I've tried recently, having been asked often what
I think about all the changes and all the people who
live and visit here now, to articulate why none of it
bothers me.
It's hard. While one critic calls me Pollyanna, I
prefer to think I'm realistic. Please, don't drone on
to me about how hard it is to get to town or the store
or back from a visit to St. Armands Circle.
I visited with a friend at a spiffy restaurant on the
circle just last week. She was staying on Siesta Key
and we agreed to meet in the middle. She was one of
my first friends on making the move here in January
1975. We had met at the Manatee Public Beach where
she was a lifeguard the only female lifeguard then
- and I was there for the sun and water.
She too asked, what do you think of all the
changes on Anna Maria Island. And since the con-
versation was circling on several levels around the
death Feb. 15 of The Islander's longtime editor, Paul
Roat, I tried to relate to his thoughts about traffic.
He would avoid, work around or otherwise stay
home and enjoy what's in the backyard.
Roat grew up here in the late 1950s-60s. I arrived
in the 1970s. Even so, the changes from his child-
hood to 1980 were great. And who doesn't embrace
a growing neighborhood and new friends?
As we've mostly come to Anna Maria Island at
different times, it seems people arrive wanting to pre-
serve what they first found to be "paradise." Their
I came around to the idea that living through the
changes is what makes it palatable. Less notable. No
Most of us came here thinking there were few
vacant lots to develop, and then the world turned, and
people started tearing down old houses for new.
Homes that people built on two lots were torn
down and two homes were built. And elevated homes
became the new "norm" in 1975.
Much had changed on St. Armands Circle from
the days when I frequented the restaurants and shops,
but it all seems for the better.
Would we really want to live where everything
stays the same, or worse, is stagnant?
Sometimes I want to hit replay and view things
again, like we do now with the TV.
But I can't think of many things I'd want to change
back to the '70s except, of course, my age.
So yeah, I avoid traffic. And getting old sucks.
But Anna Maria ages with great grace.
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Step up now
Holmes Beach is fortunate to have a huge recre-
ation area in the middle of town. Unfortunately, it is
not used effectively.
A large part of the recreation area is taken up by a
baseball field that has not been used on a regular basis
for years. The city spends $18,000 a year to keep the
seldom used ball field in pristine condition. And the
commission raised your taxes because it needed more
money, but it was wasted on a baseball field.
There has been talk of adding volleyball courts,
bocce ball courts and other recreational venues. Per-
haps these activities could go where the ball field is
now, as there are already bleachers for spectators.
They could add horseshoes and bocce ball and a com-
munity garden, all with tree-shaded, wandering side-
walks and benches scattered about. The possibilities
are endless when you remove the costly ball field.
Timing is critical because there is $8,000 in
donated funds that could be used to reconfigure the
dog park. Yes, the dog park would stay, although not
where it is now.
Holmes Beach has a wonderful opportunity to
create a multi-purpose recreational area that would
serve both residents and visitors.
Please, contact the Holmes Beach commission-
ers and tell them to stop wasting your tax dollars
and change the ball field into something we can all
Ellen Stohler, Holmes Beach

1 question, 1 comment
One question: Why is the illegal tree house still
there? Come on, Holmes Beach, they're wearing you
One comment: Unfortunately, the new multiway
stop signs along Second Avenue south of 52nd Street
will not decrease traffic or speeding and likely

do not meet any of the warrants as contained in the
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the
appropriate national standard.
Absent heavy enforcement, there will be sig-
nificant violation of the unwarranted stop signs; and
speeds between intersections can be expected to
actually increase as motorists consciously or uncon-
sciously "make up" for having to stop.
Garry Metcalf Bradenton

Don't disband the dispatch
A recent Islander story indicates that once again
the political forces of Holmes Beach are forgetting
the problems of the past and wish to re-experience
The city's police communication system was a
solution to problems of the past when another com-
mission went for promises from a sheriff, that other
governments could provide communication needs at
little or no cost and increase levels of service.
Then, as now, it will not work. It may be attrac-
tive to delegate responsibility to others, but it's a poor
management concept. Authority may be delegated,
but not responsibility. In this instance, the politi-
cal leaders are contemplating foregoing their police
chief's authority and responsibility in the guise of
fiscal responsibility.
The reason the previous two attempts to have
the sheriff provide communications for the island
police agencies failed is essentially the same as why
the sheriff's deputies in Anna Maria use a cellphone
for citizen communication, outside the scope of the
formal communication environment. Simply put,
municipal police serve the community; the sheriff
determines the level of service he/she wishes to pro-
vide. It isn't the same levels of service, the deputies
in Anna Maria too provide enhanced service.


Problems that arose with the sheriff providing
island communications were frequent and abundant,
including the MCSO desk officer deciding requests
for service were not valid; vital wants and warrants
information were mislaid or delayed; and the 5-10
minutes added to response times.
Miscommunication and missing communica-
tions were the order of the day. It got to be so bad,
the sheriff asked the emergency operation center to
allow direct calls to 911 for non-emergencies from
the island.
Meanwhile, some of the attributes of the 911-
system have become invalid with cellphones, which
do not accurately communicate the location of the
My choice is to have a number on speed dial for
emergencies, direct to the individuals who know my
community and concerns.
When the question was put to the voters, the
concept was for an islandwide dispatch department
to handle police and fire communication. It was sup-
ported by both police chiefs and the fire chief. Both
cities, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, voted
to increase taxes by the amount necessary to fund a
24/7 island police communication center.
Why does the communication system not serve
all of Anna Maria Island?
At some point in time, our elected officials
couldn't agree on sharing costs.
Now Holmes Beach wants to go back to indirect
and often misdirected communication.
Support Chief Bill Tokajer, he's got this right.
Richard C. Maddox, Cortez, former HBPD

Tribute to Paul Roat
The Skyway Bridge Disaster of May 9, 1980,
was the biggest local news story any newspaper on
Anna Maria Island or Longboat Key ever covered.
Paul Roat was a big part of our coverage that day.
When I got the call from June Alder, one of our
reporters, early that morning that the main span of
the Skyway was gone, I mobilized the entire edito-
rial staff of the paper. For the next several days, all
of us were completely engrossed in reporting on all
aspects of the disaster.
Paul's job was to provide photo coverage of
the scene from topside on the bridge. He did an
outstanding job because not only did his pictures
appear in The Islander, I recall one of his shots was
on the front page of The New York Times the next
It also appeared in all 13 of the weekly news-
papers the Times owned in Florida at the time. In
addition it probably appeared in many other papers
around the country because the AP wire service
picked it up.
The point is, during the time I owned The
Islander, Paul was a big part of the paper's photo-
graphic coverage. But more than that, he was one of
the nicest and most dedicated souls you were likely
to meet.
I believe some of his Skyway pictures helped
The Islander win first place in the Florida Press
Association's "Spot News Coverage" category that
year. In addition, the paper published a special sec-
tion the week the bridge was toppled and his pic-
tures were used extensively in that publication.
In my estimation, Paul was the best news pho-
tographer The Islander ever had. More importantly,
as far as I'm concerned, he was my friend.
Don Moore, former editor-publisher, The

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Headlines from Feb. 25, 2004
Holmes Beach police arrested two Bradenton
men for attempted burglary of an unoccupied resi-
dence in the 100 block of 52nd Street. Police said
the men were arrested after officers observed them
enter the unoccupied house. Both were charged with
armed burglary, possession of burglary tools and mis-
demeanor possession of marijuana.
Mike Howe of the Sarasota/Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization told the Coalition of
Barrier Island Elected Officials the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation agreed to a six-month study
of traffic patterns on the island. Howe said the study
would be on traffic at the Cortez Road/Gulf Drive
West Manatee Fire Rescue District commis-
sioners decided to ask voters to approve a measure
allowing WMFR to collect through ad valorem taxes
on property, rather than by assessment. WMFR Chief
Andy Price said he estimated the ad valorem millage
rate for service would be 50 cents for every $1,000 of
assessed valuation of a property. As an example, the
owner of a property valued at $300,000 for tax pur-
poses would pay $150 for WMFR service, he said.

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It's been almost a year since the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection issued a permit for
the dune-parking lot project across from city hall at
the BeachHouse Restaurant.
The project was sanctioned by the city once com-
missioners entered into a joint development agreement
with Ed Chiles' Beachhouse restaurant corporation,
A lawsuit filed by three citizens, including Shearon,
who withdrew from the lawsuit after winning the 2013
municipal election, put the parking lot phase of the
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project, including the parking lot, is not an option,
Townsend-Burnett said, given the current litigation
over the parking lot and permit's April 15 deadline.
Another option, she said, was to have the invasive
species removed, which would satisfy the DEP require-
ments and result in either closing out the permit or
providing a one-year extension.
Townsend-Burnett recommended closing out the
permit with the understanding that if the city prevails
on the parking lot battle in the courts, the city would
have to start from scratch and secure a new permit.
She also said, in order to close out the permit and

Clarke moved to ask DEP for the extension, which
was seconded by Straight. The vote passed 3-2, with
Shearon siding with the extension.
In other matters, the city approved the engineering
services of Townsend-Burnett to begin updating the
city's stormwater ordinance.
Public works director Tom Woodard said with
changes in the way stormwater credits are earned, the
ordinance needs updating to create a fair billing system
for everyone in Bradenton Beach.
Vosburgh moved to approve the engineering ser-
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City narrowly votes to extend DEP permit for ELRA project
By Mark Young project on hold. The dune portion proceeded, have the invasive plants removed, an open contract
Islander Reporter Engineer Lynn Townsend-Burnett, who repre- with a landscaper for $1,681 must be paid.
he Feb. 20 Bradenton Beach commission meet- sented the city and ELRA in the project, said the DEP Commissioner Jack Clarke asked what the chances
arted off with a little fun. permit was expiring and the city must make a choice were for ELRA to sue the city if it closed out the permit
ormer Holmes Beach Commissioner Sandy Haas- that would impact the future of the project, without meeting the agreement for the parking lot.
;ns and Holmes Beach city clerk Stacey Johnston The project includes plants for the dune, as well City attorney Ricinda Perry said that based on her
presented with certificates of appreciation by Bra- as removal of invasive weeds from the dune in order conversation with ELRA attorney Robert Lincoln, "It's
n Beach Mayor Bill Shearon. to close out the permit, his opinion that the city would be in breech and that
he two helped the mayor review several dozen Townsend-Bumett said that the dune and the plants they would do what is necessary."
nations submitted for the city clerk and treasurer are finished and that the city has paid its $6,000 share Clarke said he would be in favor of asking for
ons. Haas-Martens volunteered her time, while of the dune project, the one-year extension to avoid yet another lawsuit
ies Beach agreed to keep Johnston on its clock However, the weeds have not been removed and against the city. Commissioner Ed Straight agreed,
she aided in the review process, the DEP permit now dictates one of three actions from but Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and Vice Mayor
following some good-natured humor in presenting the city. Janie Robertson were in favor of closing out the
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 26, 2014 E 9

Spending increases concern Bradenton Beach officials

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Concerns that Bradenton Beach's 2013-14 spend-
ing will be over budget are running high.
Mayor Bill Shearon based his 2013 mayoral cam-
paign on fiscal responsibility and accountability, but
he said early on in his administration that there would
be some financial pain involved to clear up what he
claims is an inherited mess.
Long absences followed by the departure of city
clerk Nora Idso before the November municipal elec-
tion and the subsequent gap before Shearon and two
new commissioners took office has complicated the
city's financial state.
For that reason, Shearon said the city needs to
spend $500 for an auditor to review the situation.
The city conducted a Feb. 20 work session to dis-
cuss the state of an uncertain budget that has seen two
new hires: a city clerk and a new treasurer position.
Both positions encompass $100,000 in salaries on top
of Idso's $69,000. She continues to be paid through
Other issues have surfaced that have required
expenditures, and Commissioner Jan Vosburgh has
aired her concerns about the city's spending.
Commissioners expressed enthusiasm for start-
ing budget talks early in the year and a budget review
committee spearheaded by Commissioner Jack Clarke
was formed in January.
The preparation being put into the budget work
ahead is extensive.
"When we get into the budget, we need to know
clearly up front what our money is," said Commis-
sioner Ed Straight. "Not what our estimated money is,
as it has been in the past where someone thought how
much we had."
The committee's efforts may prove to be benefi-
cial, as duplicate spending is being found in some areas
by Vice Mayor Janie Robertson. Shearon said there are

a lot of issues coming up for the commission to face
based on early assessments of the budget and current
spending. However, the final numbers from the auditor
have not been presented.
Shearon said the audit should be completed in
"We have a lot of concerns getting proper num-
bers," said Shearon, who noted once the audit is fin-
ished, commissioners will have a foundation on which
to build.
"We are already 5 months into this year's budget
and we are already over budget," said Shearon, partly
because of Idso's continued salary approved by the
prior administration as part of a termination agree-
Shearon said Idso's salary combined with new

employee salaries contributed to the problem. "We are
all feeling the pain," he said, in moving ahead with
some anticipated amendments to this year's budget.
Shearon said the good news going forward is that
there is more accountability with spending than ever
before and the new staff members are doing a good job
in sorting matters out.
Treasurer Sheila Dalton said commissioners will
have access to a revenue-expenditure document that
will allow them to track all incoming and outgoing
monies once the current issues have been resolved.
Shearon said the added spending has been neces-
sary to obtain the city's financial stability.
"Our approach is we are not going to Band-Aid
things," he said. "We will take our time and do it

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Traffic relief remains top priority among

)u are in a hurry, you are on the J
g island. Bradenton Beach -.
r Bill Shearon

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The best way to alleviate traffic problems in tourist
season may be for everyone to stay home.
Attempts to relieve congestion on Anna Maria
Island roads and bridges may elude motorists trying
to get from point A to point B, as the island continues
to witness record-setting tourism.
Discussion at the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting Feb. 19 centered on traffic
Each of the three island cities is taking an approach
to its problems with Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach
still talking out solutions, taking little to no action.
Holmes Beach formed a commit-
tee that brought forth varied ideas,
wl, including a parking garage at Mana-
tee Public Beach.
In developing an approach to the
problem, some alternate parking for
Chappie beachgoers at businesses, churches
--- and the library in Holmes Beach is
being sought, and city leaders also
S''-. are hoping Manatee County officials
will increase park-and-ride options,
S as well as provide water taxis.
fAnna Maria Mayor SueLynn
Peelen said a partnership with the county is
ke"We would love to work together
as three cities to decrease congestion
and the flow of traffic, we just don't
have the means to do that," she said.
"None of us have the traffic experts.
Robertson We are hopeful we can do something,
Sbut we are a finite space with more
and more people coming into it."
Manatee County Commissioner
*John Chappie said he has been in
communication with the county's
traffic operations about adjusting
Whitmore the timing of traffic lights at the
intersection of Manatee Avenue and
75th Street in Bradenton, as well as the light at 119th
Street West and Cortez Road.

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Chappie said the Cortez light has been the sub-
ject of a lot of complaints and he is checking to see
if the county can make some adjustments, which he
said won't solve any problems, but could ease traffic
Chappie also said the camera system in Holmes
Beach that monitors the Manatee Avenue and East
Bay Drive intersection does not have a live feed to
the county's traffic operations, nor does the county
have the ability to remote control the light to adjust
to traffic flow.
"It's a money issue," he said. "It's just a
SueLynn suggested placing Holmes Beach police
officers at the intersection to supervise the flow of
traffic, but Chappie said that would interfere with the
established grid of traffic lights designed to keep up
the flow in other areas.
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jack Clarke sug-
gested limiting commercial traffic to hours that do
not conflict with the typical "rush hours" of tourist
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore
said that would not be feasible, but she understands
the effort being put forth by the cities.
"I understand why you are doing this, but it's
three months," she said. "It's February through April.

ig island officials

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typical day of
tourist season
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Drive and
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Beach. Motor-
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tions on and
off the island
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We all know that."
Clarke said it was just a suggestion, and pointed out
traffic problems have a long history on the island.
"I researched the first edition of the island newspa-
per in 1962 and it talked about traffic," he said. "I've
only been here nine years and I do know from those
nine Fourth of Julys, and now the last two in particular,
that's it's getting worse."
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen agreed,
saying that "season" appears to be getting much longer
than the three months Whitmore noted.
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Janie Robertson
said it's only going to get worse with all of the events
taking place on the mainland.
"Statistics show that 97 percent of people who visit
Manatee County visit the beach at least once," she said.
"With these mega events taking place that are drawing
tens of thousands of people, it's going to need mass
transit from those events to the beach."
Whitmore said the county is working hard to
encourage more development of hotels and that when
a major event is planned, such as a sporting event,
"The hotels are required to provide transportation for
those guests to and from the island."
While efforts continue, and proposals such as
adding park-and-ride options, Bradenton Beach Mayor
Bill Shearon summed up the overall tone of the meet-
"If you are in a hurry, you are on the wrong island,"

he said.

THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 26, 2014 U 11

HBPD: 2 rapes among 2013 crime statistics

By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Two cases of sexual battery were investigated in
Holmes Beach in 2013 and, while no arrests have been
made, the Holmes Beach Police Department is pursu-
ing warrants for both suspects.
The incident reports were made available Feb. 20
from the HBPD, after being noted among the annual
Crime in Florida report provided by the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement based on data through Jan.
21, which was released Feb. 19 by Holmes Beach
Chief of Police Bill Tokajer.
The first incident occurred July 5, 2013, at West
Manatee Fire District Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The second alleged rape took place Dec. 22, 2013,
on the beach in the 5600 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, according to HBPD reports, which were only
made public Feb. 20.

Rape by co-worker
The first of two female victims in the reports told
police that while on duty overnight at the fire station,
her co-worker raped her.
The victim, an EMS medic, filed a report with the
Manatee County Human Resources Department Aug.
14, 2013. She said the suspect entered her bunk while
she was trying to sleep and raped her while choking
According to the report, she and the Bradenton
man were running calls until around 1 a.m., when she
tried to go to sleep and was sexually battered. The two
had not previously worked together.
The victim told police that throughout the day they
had been joking about things of a sexual nature. The
victim told police she was not offended until the man
began showing her nude pictures of himself on his
In one of the pictures, she alleged, the man held a
mouthwash bottle over his genitals.
She said she tried to ignore him, but he proceeded
to show another more explicit photo.
The man allegedly made several other sexual
advances and the woman told him sexual behavior
was not going to happen," the report said.
The victim said she got very uncomfortable and
tried to avoid the man the rest of the c _'. I in. hanging
out on the opposite side of the fire station until it was
time to sleep. She was in her bunk when he report-
edly got up, closed the door and climbed in bed with
her. That's when he allegedly held her so she couldn't
move, started choking and sexually assaulted her.
The victim did not immediately report the inci-
dent, telling police "it was her word against his," the
report states, but after confiding in a friend, she filed
a complaint.
According to Pat Labarr of the Manatee County

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Human Resources Department, the suspect was dis-
missed in September following the incident with a
stipulation that he cannot be rehired for three years.
HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer said the department has
submitted evidence to the state attorney's office and
is waiting for the approval of an arrest warrant for the

Beach rape
The second account of sexual battery Dec. 22,
2013, involved a tourist and a man who worked at the
time as a waiter for the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton
Beach, the report stated.
According to the report, the victim alleged that the
man raped her on the beach after a night of barhopping
with friends.
The victim told police she was out with her brother
and another brother and sister they met that night. The
foursome had been to several bars including two on
Bridge Street and to D.Coy Ducks Tavern in Holmes
Beach, the report said.
While at the tavern, the victim's brother and the
suspect's sister were kissing, the report said. The victim
said she had been getting along with the suspect, and
they walked to the beach.
According to the victim's sworn statement to
HBPD officers, "before she knew what was happen-
ing, (the suspect) was allegedly on top of her trying to
(have sex) with her." She told police he held her hands
down at her sides and forcibly had sex with her, the

Me etingj,.

Anna Maria City
Feb. 27, 6 p.m., city commission.
March 11, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
March 13, 6 p.m., city commission.
March 27, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 26, 1 p.m., city commission.
March 3, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
March 5, 11 a.m., pier team.
March 6, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP
March 6, 6 p.m., city commission work ses-
March 6, 7 p.m., city commission.
March 12, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
March 13, 1 p.m., department heads.
March 19, 11 a.m., pier team.
March 20, noon, city commission.
March 20, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Feb. 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
March 4, 5:30 p.m., town hall, drainage
March 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification.
March 11,7 p.m., city commission.
March 13, 7 p.m., city commission.

report said.
The victim reported the incident immediately, but
did not know the suspect's last name or exact loca-
tion where the rape occurred, but she remembered him
saying he was a waiter at a local restaurant, the report
The victim gave police officers a picture she had
taken of the suspect on her cellphone and HBPD
tracked the picture to a server at Gulf Drive Cafe, the
report stated. He was questioned by police in the man-
ager's office.
The suspect allegedly stated that he and the victim
had "really hit it off' and were making out on a bench
outside D.Coy Ducks before deciding go have sex on
the beach. He said the sex was mutual and afterward he
walked her to her vacation home, but not all the way,
the report stated.
The man said the woman did not have a local
phone number so he told her to come by where he
works, hoping to see her again.
HBPD found probable cause to arrest the suspect
after it obtained a text from the victim on the suspect's
phone stating she made it home OK, but that she was
not OK with what had happened.
The time of the text was 4:23 a.m.
Tokajer said the department submitted evidence to
the state attorney's office and is awaiting an arrest war-
rant, saying the long process follows standard protocol
when dealing with sexual battery charges.
See related story on crime statistics, page 22.

March 18, 11 a.m., city center.
March 25, 7 p.m. city commission.
March 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Manatee County
March 4-5, 1:30 p.m., county commission
work session on LDC rewrite.
March 6, 9 a.m., county commission land
March 11,9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501,

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

Of Interest
March 17, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization, Bradenton Beach.
March 19, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Holmes Beach.
March 24, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization, Manatee County
Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace E., Bra-
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Realize Bradenton, as part of the Legacy of Valor
Campaign, is coordinating a series of events in March
and April to recognize military veterans.
Events will take place at the Bradenton Farmers
Market, Manatee Village Historical Park, Palmetto His-
torical Park, Manatee County Agricultural Museum,
South Florida Museum, Florida Maritime Museum and
ArtCenter Manatee.
"Realize Bradenton and our partners are proud
to participate in this worthy endeavor," said Johnette
Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton. "We're
cheered by the overwhelmingly positive response from
our area's arts, cultural, historical and sports groups
to participate. With their collaboration, our Braden-
ton area will come alive during March and April with
events that recognize and applaud the service and sac-
rifice of all veterans and their families."
Events include:
Veterans Appreciation Day, Bradenton Farm-
ers' Market, Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton,
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
Manatee Concert Band celebrates veterans,
Music in the Park, Bradenton Riverwalk, downtown
Bradenton, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5.
"Sketches and Stories: One Man's Memories"
solo show by John Miller, Florida Maritime Museum,
4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March
Veteran Artist Program Art Exhibit, Palmetto
Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural
Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, March 7-April
"From Here to Eternity" film screening, South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m.
Friday, March 7.
Music and Movie in the Park with the Sarasota
Pops Orchestra, Bradenton Riverwalk, 6 p.m. Friday,
March 7.
Palmetto Heritage Day Open House, Palmetto
Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural
Museum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
Heroes on the Water kayak building, Florida
Maritime Museum, Saturdays and Sundays, March
8-9 and March 15-16.
"Rescue Dawn" screening, South Florida
Museum, 6 p.m. Friday, March 14.
Heritage Days Open House, Manatee Village


Roser group shows off
thrift-store fashions
The Women's Guild of Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church will stage its annual style show
and luncheon Tuesday, March 11, in the Roser
fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The luncheon is $10 and begins at noon.
The show, featuring volunteers modeling fash-
ions from the guild's thrift shop, will follow.
Reservations are required by March 5.
For more information, call Bonnie Bickal at
941-778-1730 or Karen Swinney at 567-0018.


St. Bernard
Cent rummage sale set
Clear some space in the
closets and in the cupboards.
St. Bernard Catholic Church
will hold a two-day rummage
sale later this week. The sale
will take place 9 a.m.-noon
Friday, Feb. 28, and Satur-
day, March 1, at the church
hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
pHolmes Beach. An announce-
ment promised "many
wonderful l items for sale, as
well as coffee and doughnuts.
For more information, call
Cornelia Zanetti at 94 1-778-
7771 Islander File Photo

Center seeks students
for TechU
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
offering a series of classes for what it described as
"the t vchli ,1, ,'. challenged."
Students will learn about computers, smartphones
and tablets.
Classes will begin Wednesday, March 5, and take
place on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
The fee per class is $10 for members, $15 for non-
For more information, call the center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, at 941-778-1908.

Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, 11
a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 15.
"So Proudly We Hail" film screening, South
Florida Museum, 6 p.m. Friday, March 21.
Veterans Appreciation Day, Bradenton Farmers'
Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 22.
Music in the Park with the Second Time Around-
ers Marching Band, Bradenton Riverwalk, 7 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 22.
Pirates Spring Training Salute to Veterans,
McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 1
p.m. Tuesday, March 25.
"Alive Day Memories" screening, South Florida
Museum, 6 p.m. Friday, March 28.
Freedom Mural unveiling and ceremony, Art-
Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 11 a.m.,
Saturday, March 29.
USO-Style Show, McKechnie Field, 6 p.m. Sat-
urday, April 12.
Many events are free to attend, but there are some
fee-based programs.
For more information, call Realize Bradenton at

Gloria Dei prepares for
fat Tuesday
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is celebrating fat
Tuesday with a bodacious "Big Easy"-style dinner
and a Dixieland band.
The celebration will take place at 6 p.m. Tues-
day, March 4, at the fellowship hall at the church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The band will be CANAMGER, so-named
because its musicians are from Canada, America
and Germany.
The menu options include shrimp and sausage
jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans
and rice, collard greens, cornbread, Cajun cookies
and hot and cold beverages.
The church will host a silent auction to raise
funds for its Habitat for Humanity work.
Tickets, available in advance at the church
office, are $25.
For more information, call the church at 941-


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Settlers Market highlight of AMI Heritage Day
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society cele- The event will feature a settlers market and take
brates local history and culture with the annual Island place at the AMIHS museum and park, 402 Pine Ave.,
Heritage Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Anna Maria.
A flier promised children's games, musical per-
formances by State Road 64 and the Three Howies, a
boat exhibit and demonstrations in beekeeping, wool
spinning, chair caning, woodworking, basket N %.,,* inh.1.
knitting and quilting.
There also will be museum tours and food and
beverages for sale.
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winter. ".1' has sold her crafts for six years at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Day
events. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

Kiwanis to host
school board member
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
for breakfast and a talk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March
1, at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The club will host Karen Carpenter, a member of
the Manatee County School Board.
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens
at 941-778-1383.

Quilters convene meet
The first meeting of the Seaside Quilters took
place Jan. 30 at the Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, with 12 people attending.
Others are invited to join the group, which
plans to continue meeting the last Thursday of the
Some at the first meeting brought machines
and worked on piecing quilts. Others brought hand
applique and other projects.
For more information, call Fran Miller at 312-

Dean booked for demo
Island Gallery West artist Ni, /. -. Rush Dean
will demonstrate how to make polymer clay
jewelry at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The program will take place at 10:30
a.m. Saturday, March 1. Dean studied and
taught design, drawing and color theory for
more than 20 years. As a ceramicist, she created
a two-story mural in Bethesda, Md. For more
information, call IGW at 941-778-6648.

Music in the Park returns
The Music in the Park series resumes at the down-
town Bradenton Riverwalk Wednesday, March 5, and
continues through Friday, April 11.
The shows in the eight-concert series will take
place on the riverwalk at the pavilion on the waterfront
in downtown Bradenton.
The schedule includes:
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, Manatee Con-
cert Band.
6 p.m. Friday, March 7, Sarasota Pops and a
screening of "Kelly's Heroes."
6 p.m. Friday, March 14, Scott Blum and
6 p.m. Friday, March 21, George Worthmore.
7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Second Time Around-
ers Marching Band.
6 p.m., Friday, March 28, Michael Weiss.
For more information, call 941-840-0013.

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Wednesday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. Einstein Circle discussion group, Lifelong Learning
Academy program, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
6:29 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, Feb. 27
2 p.m. Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources agent
Melissa Neil talks about environmental conservation, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6:30 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, Feb. 28
9 a.m.-noon St. Bernard Catholic Church rummage sale,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7771.
6:30 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, March 1
9 a.m.-noon St. Bernard Catholic Church rummage sale,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7771.
10a.m.-4 p.m.-Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage
Day Celebration, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-
10:30 a.m. -Artist Shirley Rush Dean leads a demonstration in
polymer clay jewelry, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes


AGAMI marking 25 years
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island is
marking its 25th anniversary with two events in
The first will be a luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, March 3, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The group will forego its regular monthly eve-
ning meeting on March 3.
Reservations for the catered lunch are requested
by Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The cost to attend is $20.
AGAMI also is making plans for a ribbon
cutting at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive. The gallery was remodeled in 2013 and the
ribbon cutting, in partnership with the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, will coincide with
the monthly ArtWalk event in downtown Holmes
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at

Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
6:31 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, March 2
9 a.m., 11 a.m. Roser Memorial Community Church worship
service with guest cellist Nancy Donaruma, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
4 p.m. Choir concert, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-
5 p.m. Evening Sing, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
6:31 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, March 3
6:32 p.m. Official sunset time.
12:30 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island 25th anniver-
sary luncheon, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, March 4
2 p.m. Don and Carol Thompson, authors of"Egmont Key, A
History," lecture, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-941-778-6341.
6 p.m. Gloria Dei fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras dinner and
celebration, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1813.
6:33 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, March 5
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting featuring author Nicole
Quigley, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-3209.
6:34 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
1:28 p.m. -Aging in Paradise workshop on strengthening
memory, sharpening the mind, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6493.

Saturday, March 1
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mixon Orange Blossom Festival, Mixon Fruit
Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.



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9 a.m.-2 p.m. VeteransAppreciation Day, Bradenton Farm-
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10 a.m.-4 p.m. 38th annual Longboat Key Garden Club
Home Tour, various locations on Longboat Key. Fee applies. Infor-
mation: 941-345-4300.

Sunday, March 2
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mixon Orange Blossom Festival, Mixon Fruit
Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.

Wednesday, March 5
11:30 a.m. Manatee Concert Band, Bradenton Riverwalk
Music in the Park series, waterfront, downtown Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-840-0013.

Coming up
March 7-8, Friends of the Island Library book sale, Holmes
March 8-9, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest, Holmes
March 9 is daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m.
March 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of
Homes, islandwide.
March 19, Anna Maria Garden Club Penny Flower Show,
Anna Maria.

Save the date
*April 5, Bradenton Marauders' first home game, Bradenton.
*April 5, Keep Manatee Beautiful Make Every Day Earth Day,
April 12, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Bra-
denton Beach.
*April 12,An Island Affaire gala, Anna Maria Island Community
Center, Anna Maria.
April 19, Sandbar Restaurant Easter egg hunt, Anna Maria.

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Calendar of ongoing events, activities

Feb. 27-March 16, "Beehive," Manatee Players, Manatee Per-
forming Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-748-5875.
Through March 2, "Shrek: The Musical," Manatee Players,
Manatee 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-
Through April 15, DaVinci Machines Exhibition, the Bradenton
Auditorium, 1005 FirstAve. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
Through April, Music in the Park, Bradenton Riverwalk, water-
front, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.

Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday, 1 p.m., starting Jan. 8, Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dance, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-779-1416.
Wednesday, through March, Anna Maria Island Historical
Society sells Settlers' Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-779-7688.
First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club
meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-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.

Sunday in song /
The Belle Canto choral
group performs in Janu- / '
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Community Church, 512 "
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Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Thursday, 1 p.m., Coffee and Conversation for Seniors, Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908.
Thursday, 7 p.m., through March 27, bingo, Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., Island Library Book Club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
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.

Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle, Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-0784.
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Family Fun Night, Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-

Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
Saturday, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton
Farmers' Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701

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Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., Music on the Porch, Florida Mari-
time Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9a.m., Manatee County Junior
Audubon meeting, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.

Sunday, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street
Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-

Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15
p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
Monday, 6 p.m., open gym basketball, Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-
mation: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-779-0564.
Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T Bray Park, Bradenton.
Information: 941-779-4476.

Tuesday, 10 a.m., children's storytime, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting,
Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-794-8044.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m., bingo, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202.

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Friends of Island Library book new location for book sale

By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The CrossPointe Fellowship community room will
be lined with thousands of books March 7-8 for the
Friends of the Island Library annual book sale.
The group collects books for the sale throughout
the year. Donors bring them to the Island Library,
where volunteers spend four days a week sorting and
boxing the materials.
"We have so many wonderful volunteers," said
book sale organizer Denise Johnson.
The sheer volume of books will make the sale
impressive, plus there will be some interesting finds,
Johnson said.
The first day of the sale 1-4 p.m. Friday, March
7, will be for friends members. Memberships can be
purchased at the door for those who don't belong but
want to get a first look at the offerings. From 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Saturday, March 8, the sale will be open to the
Johnson is organizing the book sale for the second
year, taking over for past organizer Joan Pettigrew.
Johnson also is on the Friends of the Island Library
board of directors.
In advance of the sale, the books were being stored
in a climate-controlled space, provided at no cost by
Mike and Karen LaPensee. Mike LaPensee has made
weekly trips for the past of the year to collect boxes

March is roaring in like a lion at the Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, which has
booked a wealth of events for the month. The calendar
2. p.m. Saturday, March 1, Dr. Seuss birthday
and costume party.
Tuesday, March 4,2 p.m., lecture by Don Thomp-
son on Egmont Key.
10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, March 11, March 18
and March 15, children's storytime.
1:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, Gulf Coast Writ-
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books from the library and place them in storage.
Proceeds go toward the group's support of the
Island Library. Last year, the group donated $50,000 to
supplement Manatee County's budget for the work.
The group also sponsors a library lecture series,
as well as senior and children's programs.
"This year is going to be big. I want to thank all
of the people who have donated. There are too many

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6 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, Mana-Tweens
Book Club meeting.
2 p.m., Thursday, March 6, lecture by Ron McCa-
rty, curator and keeper of the Ca 'd Zan.
10 a.m., Friday, March 7, children's program.
10 a.m., Saturday, March 8, origami activity.
2 p.m. ,Tuesdays, March 11, March 18 and March
25, computer classes.
2 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, lecture by mystery
author H. Terrell Griffin.
10 a.m., Thursday, March 13, Alzheimers pro-
gram on managing changing behavior.
2 p.m., Friday, March 14, endangered species
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to mention," Johnson said.
Book donations for the sale can be left at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
Thursday, March 6.
Johnson had one last reminder for the sale: Don't
forget the change in location, from the library to
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes

beekeeping by Lynn Osborne.
6 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, Mana-Tweens
Culture Club meeting.
10 a.m., Thursday, March 20, book club.
2 p.m., Thursday, March 20, knitting session.
1 p.m., Friday, March 21, eReader class.
2 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, lecture on land-
10 a.m., Thursday, March 27, quilting session.
10 a.m., Friday, March 28, planning for retire-
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Fishing fest organizer deems event 'just wonderful'

By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Smoked mullet, music wafting through the streets
and people stretched in their yards in lawn chairs can
mean only one thing in Cortez Village: A good old-
fashioned Cortez shindig.
The 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Fes-
tival took place Feb. 15-16 and, according to festival
chair Linda Molto, was the most successful yet.
L\ lything went so smoothly, and was just won-
derful," said Molto, who has chaired the festival for
26 years.
This year exceeded the annual event's humble
beginnings. The first festival took place in the early
1980s and drew 500 people over one day. Recent festi-
vals have drawn 25,000 people over two days, and this
year may have surpassed previous years' average.
Molto said organizers won't have official numbers
until March.
"If it's any indication, we ran out of tickets Satur-
day afternoon. That has never happened before," Molto
said, referring to the tickets sold to festivalgoers for
food purchases.
"We closed the festival at 6 p.m., and on Sunday
there were still people trying to get through the ticket
booths at 6 p.m.," Molto said.
The number of vendors at the festival was not
increased from last year, but festivalgoers were treated
to new attractions.
The Florida Maritime Museum hosted a proces-
sion for children, beginning in the kids zone in the
museum's parking lot. A giant grouper puppet led the
parade through the festival.
"From the museum perspective it was great," said
Amara Nash, museum supervisor. "The grouper will
be here for more events."
Nash said the museum received about the same
number of visitors this year as last year.
"This year was more fun, and less hectic," she
Nash and Molto credit the great weather over the



weekend for the extra push of festival attendees.
New to the festival scene was a group of Freedom
Fishers. Molto said the organization is statewide, with
a Cortez division. In addition to serving "Cortez hot
dogs" fried mullet in a hot dog bun, the group held net
Members showed different types fishing nets, how
they work and talked about the ongoing litigation over
the gill net ban put in place in 1995.
John Stevely, who conducted historic tours at the
festival, said he gave more tours to more people than
in any past year. He led 20-25 people in each walking
tour, when in past years only a handful lined up.
The look of the festival also saw an improvement
over years past. Gyotoku, or fish prints, lined the main
drag of the festival entrance. Susan Curry and Danny
Murphy made the prints, which proved to be popular
decorations. Molto said people offered to buy them.
L\ N.iything just went so wonderfully. It's just
amazing to me that so many events have paid work-
ers and we did this with all volunteers," said Molto.

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Proceeds from the festival benefit the organizer,
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glass of house wine sold at The Feast restaurant in
Holmes Beach.
The benefit is taking place at the restaurant,
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Garden club's home tour
benefits scholars
The 38th annual Longboat Key Garden Club Home
Tour will feature four homes and a garden "that have
never been open to the public."
The annual event will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 1, on Longboat Key and raise money
for the club's college scholarship fund, as well as other
educational efforts and environmental work.
The club, according to an announcement, is a
"philanthropic, social and eco-friendly organization"
and it is not "your mother's garden club."
A tour ticket is $25.
Tourgoers will visit homes in the 500 block of
Broadway in the village, the 700 block of Hideaway
Bay Drive in Sleepy Lagoon, the 700 block of Dream
Island Road, the 700 block of Old Compass road in
Emerald Harbor and a garden in the 500 block of Nep-
tune Avenue.
Tickets can be found at various locations on Long-
boat Key, including Waterfront 7 Realty in the Mediter-
ranean Plaza, Exit Art, the Chart House, Centre Shops
businesses and Design 2000.
For more information, call Jackie Salvino at 941-
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An account of Egmont Key's history
Don and Carol Thompson, authors of "Egmont Key,
A History." and "Egmont Key: The Little Island with
a Big History." The Friends of the Island Library
will host a lecture on Egmont Key at the library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The lecture will
be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. Islander File Photo

Gloria Dei hosts choir concert CrossPointe sings on Sunday

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will welcome sacred
works composer Joseph Martin and host the combined
choirs of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church and Gloria
Dei for a Sunday concert.
The event will take place at the church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2.
The choirs will perform works rehearsed in a
retreat led by Martin at Gloria Dei the preceding day.
A $10 donation is requested.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
Exhibit artists awarded
The Anna Maria Art League held its annual James
Pay exhibit in February to honor a founder.
Honors went to James Gabbert for his bronze
sculpture "Mountain Sea and Sky"; Lu Lu Meyer
for her pastel painting "Purple Passion"; local artist
Cecy Richardson for her mixed media "Fish n Deep";
Rhonda Gushee for her raku sculptures and Chi Kulig,
also for raku.
AMIAL is at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes

CrossPointe Fellowship will hold an "evening
sing" with rounds of favorite hymns at 5 p.m. Sunday,
March 2.
The sing will take place at the church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the church office at

Aging in Paradise presents
program on brain power
Make a mental note: The Aging in Paradise
Resource Center on Longboat Key will offer a seminar
on strengthening memory and sharpening the mind.
Nick Kovalakides is the instructor for the program,
which will take place at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26,
at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, Longboat
Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Kovalakides is a retired coach, athlete and U.S.
Marine Corps captain. His workshop is called "Mar-
velous Mind Games."
For more information, call 941-383-6493.

Island Pearl tours
celebrate local heritage
The Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court's
Department of Historical Resources has launched
a partnership with Island Pearl Excursions that cel-
ebrates local history and heritage.
The Pearl will take people on six heritage water
tours in March and a portion of proceeds will benefit
the Manatee Village Historical Park, Florida Maritime
Museum, the Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee
Agricultural Museum.
The tours are a part of March Manatee Heritage
Days, a monthlong focus on the county's history. The
historical narratives on the tours will be given by
county historian Cathy Slusser.
The tours will leave from the day dock at the
Manatee Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton. There
will be two tours each on Saturday, March 1; Friday,
March 7; and Monday, March 17. Tours will depart
from downtown Bradenton at 10 a.m. and again at 1
p.m. Tickets are $32.
The Island Pearl has seats for 49 passengers and
last year's boat trips sold out. For reservations, call
Garden club seeks
to invest in projects
The Anna Maria Garden Club is accepting appli-
cations from those working on gardening or environ-
mental projects. Donations will be awarded in April.
Each year the club, which meets monthly in Anna
Maria, donates to groups that "exemplify the AMGC's
purpose of stimulating the love of gardening and the
protection of plants and birds and to encourage civic
planting and conservation."
Applicants can write to the Anna Maria Garden
Club, P.O. Box 2046, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Letters must be received by Feb. 28.
For more information, call Mary Manion at 941-

Writers to pursue the story
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5, at the Island Library, 5701 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Guest speaker Nicole Quigley will discuss "pur-
suing the story" and how she was discovered and
received the Carol Award for her debut novel, "Like
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Privateers lose 2-year lawsuit over Santa's sleigh

By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
A battle over a Santa sleigh parade float has left
no one feeling merry or jolly.
A final judgment was issued Feb. 6 in the 12th Judi-
cial Circuit Court case between Rick Maddox and the
Anna Maria Island Privateers in favor of Maddox.
The verdict was bad news for the Privateers, who
are responsible for damages of $3,000 and Maddox'
legal fees, as well as their own attorney costs. The jury
handed down a verdict with three counts in favor of
Maddox' attorney, Wade Thompson, has yet to file
his fees with the court. According to the judgment, the
Privateers' are responsible for Maddox' legal costs.
"We had a solid case," said Rodger "Hoodat" Mur-
phree, vice president of the Privateers. "We thought it
was all lining up, it just happens the jury saw it differ-
The verdict was civil theft for taking the sleigh
from Maddox with the intent to deprive him of his
property temporarily or permanently; trespass to chat-
tel, the intentional interference of another's movable
property; and they were found not to be the rightful
owners of the trailer turned sleigh.
"It's a very sad day for the Privateers," Maddox
said. "A great many of the old Privateers are friends
of mine. It's just a darn shame."
Maddox is a former member of the Privateers,
having been inducted as a lifelong member but not
an active, dues-paying member. He served as the vice
Community notices, events
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Santa and his sleigh in the December 2013 Christ-
mas parade presented by the Anna Maria Island
Privateers. Ownership of the sleigh was disputed in
a lawsuit. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy

president and was involved in the construction of the
sleigh, along with Larry and Sandy Hand.
Maddox also served as an officer on the Bradenton
Beach and Longboat Key police departments before
becoming the chief of police in Holmes Beach. His
position as chief was terminated in 1994 by then-
Mayor Pat Geyer.
Maddox said the trouble began when the trailer
was borrowed by the Privateers and never returned.
He filed the complaint in July 2011.
The complaint began litigation that led to "some-
where in the ballpark of $26,000" in legal fees over
the sleigh, which is valued at $4,500, according to
Maddox. For him the case was about the principle and
not practicality.
Murphree said, "This has colored our view of the
world a little. It's disappointing there are people out
there that want to take an opportunity to hurt an orga-
nization like ours."
"By the end of the case, win, lose or draw, we were

just ecstatic it was going to be over," Maddox said.
Maddox said he and wife Annette are donating
their proceeds from the lawsuit toward a scholarship
at New College of Florida in Sarasota.
The Privateers have turned over the sleigh and paid
the damages. The group will take more precautions in
the future, but are undaunted by the loss.
"We're still going to be out there raising money,
we'll take on whatever bills they throw at us and con-
tinue with our mission," Murphree said.

Island Rotarians net funds
for anti-hunger program
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island raised
$1,117 to feed hungry Manatee County children
during the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
The fundraiser was held Feb. 15-16 in the his-
toric fishing village. The local Rotary was among
the many nonprofits at the festival and volunteers
raised money for Feeding Empty Little Tum-
FELT provides backpacks containing nutri-
tious food to at-risk school children in the county
each Friday so that kids have food to eat over the
Rotarians said there are about 1,600 homeless
children in Manatee County. They may receive
two meals a day at school, through anti-hunger
programs, but might be at risk of going hungry
over the weekend.
"All members of our club are committed to
helping feed dozens of families in our commu-
nity," said Michael Northfield, president of the
local club. "We are grateful to the many citizens
who donated at our booth at Cortez and hope the
citizens and businesses in our area embrace our
mission and help us feed all the hungry children
of Manatee County."




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HBPD reports crime numbers fall, arrests increase in 2013

By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Police Department reported
fewer crimes and an increase in arrests in 2013, accord-
ing to annual crime index statistics from the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement.
The number of crimes reported went down 23.7
percent from 2012, from 152 to 116.
The number of reported crimes that were consid-
ered violent fell 44.4 percent from 20 to 11.
There were two forcible rapes that occurred in
the city in 2013, which is very rare
Holmes Beach, according to the
HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer looked
back as far as 2007 and couldn't find
Sany record of a sexual battery occur-
Tokajer ring in the areas.
"We do not have many sexual batter-
ies in Holmes Beach," Tokajer said. "This is almost
unheard of. In one situation, the two people were work-

ing together and the other was a date-like setting, but
the couple had just met."
There were no arrests made in the reported sexual
In the crime statistics, HBPD reported that the
number of arrests increased by 45.5 percent, from 121
to 176.
Also, the number of traffic tickets increased 115
percent, with HBPD officers issuing 378 in 2012 com-
pared to a 816 in 2013.
Tokajer said the increase in tickets was due to the
city's participation in the Click it or Ticket campaign,
which takes place across the country.
He said the decrease in crime was due to the proac-
tive approach of his staff.
"The officers are doing a great job," Tokajer said.
"People call in everyday complimenting our presence.
It's just about keeping an eye on the community."
The statistics showed for 2013 an increase in the
number of vehicle thefts, from one in 2012 to five in
2013, an increase of 500 percent.

Shoplifting charge leads to felony possession arrest

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 31-year-old Bradenton Beach woman faces a
felony possession of a controlled substance charge
following a shoplifting incident at a Walmart.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Erin
Wright entered the Walmart, 5315 Cortez Road W.,
and proceeded to the cosmetics department. Wright
carried $115 worth of cosmetic
items to the furniture department,
S where she allegedly placed them
Into her purse.
Police say Wright then went to
pay for some items, but attempted
Wright to leave the store without paying for

the cosmetics.
Loss prevention stopped Wright and detained
her until a Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
arrived. Wright's purse was searched, at which time
the deputy allegedly located four alprazolam pills
and one diazepam pill.
She was unable to provide the prescription bot-
tles for the pills. She was arrested for misdemeanor
petit theft and felony possession of a controlled sub-
According to the report, Wright admitted to the
theft and told the deputy she did not know why she
stole the items.
Wright was booked into the Manatee County
jail, posted bond the same day and was released.

Tokajer said the vehicles stolen had been left
unlocked with keys in the ignition and one was a golf
cart. An exception was a car reported stolen by a family
In order to prevent vehicles from being broken into
or stolen, Tokajer recommends drivers lock their cars,
hide valuables and bring the keys with them when they
leave the vehicle.
"Basically ain l\ iing that would be enticing, like a
computer, cell phone or purse, you should take with
you, leave at home or discretely hide in the car some-
where," he said. "Criminals are looking for an easy
way to steal, they don't want to have to work for what
they get. They are looking in cars to see if they were
left unlocked."
He also said beachgoers should put any valuables
into their trunk before they arrive at the beach because
people could be watching the parking lot.
Overall, Tokajer was proud of the results.
"It's what I like to see, I want crime going down
and arrests going up and that's what happened this
year," he said.
Tokajer took over as the chief of police for HBPD
in April 2013.

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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Feb. 11, 500 block of South Drive, information.
A complainant reported that her employer contacted
her to inform her that someone was attempting to
gain access to her tax information by using her Social
Security number. The attempt was unsuccessful.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Jan. 1, 4200 block of 126th Street West, fraud.
A man discovered someone had opened an online
account using his Social Security number. The man
told law enforcement he does not know of anyone
with access to his personal information.
Feb. 15, 4500 block of 119th Street West, infor-
mation. A member of an island charitable organiza-
tion attending the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val reported that a previous member of the organiza-
tion was violating an injunction order by donning
garb associated with the nonprofit. Law enforcement
contacted the man, who was not causing a distur-
bance. The complainant was unable to produce the
court documents to prove her claim, but wanted the
incident documented.
Feb. 17,4500 block of 124th Street West, grand
theft. A complainant reported that someone entered
his residence and stole a kitchen table.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Feb. 14, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, domestic
battery. A couple was arguing in their vehicle and

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

it turned physical when the woman began to hit the
man, causing his mouth to bleed. According to the
report, the woman kicked the man out of the vehicle
and left the area. Police stopped her in the 100 block
of 66th Street. The 49-year-old Gulfport woman was
arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery.
Feb. 15, 300 block of Clark Drive, obstruc-
tion. Law enforcement received information that
a 25-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman was at the
listed residence and was wanted on an outstanding
arrest warrant. Police knocked on the residence and
were met by a 33-year-old Holmes Beach woman,
who denied the wanted female was at the residence.
Police officers placed the property under observa-
tion. About 30 minutes later, the younger female
exited the residence. She was arrested on the war-
rant and the Holmes Beach woman was arrested for
misdemeanor obstruction.
Jan. 27, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
complainant reported that someone entered his resi-
dence through an unlocked window and stole $20 in
Jan. 30, 100 block of 30th Street, beach access,
theft. An employee of a dredging company reported
$800 missing from her backpack, which had been left
outside of a mobile work trailer.
Jan. 31, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass.
Police made contact with a man, who had been tres-
passed from the store Jan. 4. Upon confirming the
prior trespass N i1l nine.. the man was arrested.
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 ,.1. i iff's

At 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 941 -

Delane Y. 'Dee' Eller

Delane Y. "Dee" Eller, 72, of Bradenton, died Feb.
12. She was born June 29, 1941, in Defiance, Ohio.
She retired after 37 years at the city of Bradenton
as director of labor relations.
She was married 25 years to the late John W. Eller.
She handcrafted stained glass artwork and enjoyed
golf. She was a member of the Bradenton Country
Club, the VFW and Elks clubs of Bradenton and the
Moose Lodge of Anna Maria Island.
A memorial service will be held
2-4 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Aces
Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bra-
li denton. Arrangements were by Brown
and Sons Funeral Homes.
Mrs. Eller is survived by sister G.
Eller Ellajean Nichols of Jackson, Mich.;
nephew Brandon Snyder of Sefner;
step-son William Eller of Bradenton; and step-daugh-
ters Bonner Joy of Holmes Beach, and Sally Smith
of Ocala.
Joanne Taylor
Joanne Taylor, 77, of Zolfo Springs and formerly
of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 14. She was born in 1936
in Seville, Ohio.
Mrs. Taylor and husband Charles moved to Holmes
Beach in 1965 and owned Island Rental Service for
21 years. Once retired, they traveled throughout the
United States until his death in 1998.
She moved to Zolfo Springs and met Thomas
Muir, and for 15 years they enjoyed traveling in the
U.S., Caribbean and more than 22 countries.
Mrs. Taylor loved to read, quilt and create handi-
work for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be no service. Memorial donations may
be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Joanne is survived by her significant other, Thomas
Muir; daughters Tina Wood and Linda; grandchildren
Danielle McRoberts, Christopher Wood and Charlie
Gianiotes; great-grandchildren Aaden and Annabelle,
all of Bradenton; and her brothers Gale Norton, and
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Holmes Beach commissioners mull city field options

By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
The empty field in Holmes Beach seems a magnet
for ideas to better use the "green space."
What was once a small aviation grass landing strip
has evolved into a multitude of purposes over time.
Holmes Beach city commissioners discussed sev-
eral uses for the Holmes Beach city field at a Feb. 13
work session. The suggestions ranged from expanding
the dog park to promoting the sports field, and even
adding a community swimming pool.
"We have a lot of things to discuss," Judy Tits-
worth, commission chair, said. She first outlined some
of the problems plaguing the city related to the field,
including noise, event fees and parking.
Commissioners felt the current zoning for the field
needs to be addressed to better benefit Holmes Beach
The property is frequently rented for events but
during season, Titsworth said, the field is overused
for events and the grass is often trampled, making the
space inadequate for recreational activities.
In addition, Titsworth said, the organizations often
use the field for multiple days but only pay a $250 flat
fee. According to the city ordinance, the fee can be set
"from time to time by resolution of the city commis-
In addition to the flat fee, the current ordinance
requires that event organizers provide a $1 million
liability insurance policy, a $500 down payment and
possess a valid liquor license if they plan to sell alco-
The ordinance allows for overnight camping of
"recreational-vehicle type units" for vendors, spon-
sors, owners, managers and participants. These cara-
vans may set up two days before the event, and remain
overnight following commencement, according to the
While it is the responsibility of the event partici-
pants to clean up, the Holmes Beach public works
department has complained it often picks up debris. In
addition, the department blames overuse as the reason
it has a hard time getting the grass to grow on the
Mayor Carmel Monti said that although the orga-
nizing groups must have nonprofit status, the city never
really knows how much revenue from the events goes
to the nonprofit cause.
Monti suggested building a pavilion in the parking
lot at the Manatee Public Beach for such events. He
claimed the city field should not be used for commer-


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"The pavilion is one way to take the pressure off.
We wouldn't have to break down and set up tents all
the time and we would have a lot more parking," he
"The noise level that they have been operating
at is no longer acceptable, and it's not going to be
acceptable anymore," he said. "Otherwise we will send
someone over and shut them down."
The city already is working to accommodate resi-
dents by setting noise limits.
The commissioners agreed to start with a "clean
slate" regarding the use of the field, but had different
ideas as to what direction they wanted to go.
Titsworth said she would like to see more sports
"I would love to see that field used for sports, and I
would love to see it used by kids," she said. L\ .lyone
loves baseball and, if we want to bring community
back, that's the way to go."
However, other commissioners said baseball is a
dying sport and they would rather see the field used
for soccer or other outdoor activities.

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Tom O'Brien, superintendent of public works,
said it may be possible to make the field interchange-
able so multiple sports could be played. However, the
city would only contribute funds if they were matched
by Manatee County and/or donations from other
Monti said he would talk to county officials to
discuss the options.
Another suggestion was to build a beach volleyball
court on the field. Monti said there is a professional
team that wants to train on Anna Maria Island and it
requires more space than the county provides at the
public beach.
That prompted some commissioners to say they
wouldn't like depriving residents of the court for the
In addition, holding games and practices at a city
court could violate the nonprofit clause of the ordi-
nance for the space.
"We don't allow people to teach tennis on our
courts, how can we allow this?" Commissioner Jean
Peelen said. "I believe we may have a legal issue."
"Cities our size seldom get a chance to have a
world class volleyball team," Commissioner Marvin
Grossman said. \ ki\ h we could rework the ordi-
nance somehow, or talk to them about the configura-
tion. We could potentially have a team that could beat
the whole country. It would be exciting."
In the end, commissioners agreed to go ahead with
one item, and that was to turn one of four shuffleboard
courts into a bocce ball court. Depending on how often
it gets used, the commission would consider adding
another one.
Titsworth said that a resident was willing to donate
toward a public swimming pool, but commissioners
agreed the maintenance cost would be too expensive
and there is not enough space for a pool.

Dog park input
Monti said he met with dog owners on Feb. 3 in
city hall chambers to discuss their concerns and needs
for the dog park at city field. After the meeting, the city
announced it would:
Extend the fence in the small dog area and replace
rotted uprights with aluminum posts.
Remove signs and posts in the small dog park to
allow the dogs to run more safely.
Place pavers around the new small dog park shel-
ter and create a 4-foot-wide path to the gate.
Adjust the fence along the ballpark to fit tightly
to the ground to prevent small dogs from escaping.
Create a memorial board.
Install canine-appropriate drinking devices.
Install netting for the fence in the ballpark out-
field to prevent balls from coming over the fence into
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Merchants hope to shut down Bridge Street March 29

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
They have to shut it down to fill it up.
That's the general idea behind expanding a March
29 Bridge Street event in Bradenton Beach.
Bridge Street Bistro Bill Herlihy owner and Fish
Hole Miniature Golf Course owner Jake Spooner
addressed the city commission at its Feb. 20 meet-
ing, saying they believe that expanding an already
approved event is the only way to refill the Bridge
Street Merchants coffers depleted by what Her-
lihy called a "wildly successful" Christmas on Bridge
Street event.
They came looking for support from the city
before asking for approval to expand the approved
March event to a street-long shutdown for activities
and vendors.
"We are here today to try and get a feel from you
about expanding that event and doing a full street clo-
sure," said Spooner, who noted BSM has plans to par-
ticipate in funding a roundabout landscaping project
at Gulf Drive-Bridge Street, as well as adding to the
2014 Christmas on Bridge Street event.
"Unfortunately there is no money to do that right
now," Herlihy said.
The merchants spent about $25,000 on the 2013
Christmas event.
The merchants hold multiple events annually, but
Spooner said the majority of them, while successful
in drawing people to Bridge Street businesses, are not
successful fundraisers.
"We do a lot of work on those events and make a
couple of hundred dollars," he said.
Herlihy said the March 29 event will be a large-
scale festival with five bands, a beer trailer, alcohol
and behind-the-scenes sound professionals.
"We have thought about logistics," said Herlihy, to
include parking. He said the merchants intend to use
multiple shuttle services to connect with the trolleys

that stop at Coquina Beach.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she would sup-
port the venture.
"I think the city should do everything possible,"
she said, asking if other businesses support shutting
down the street.
Herlihy assured Vosburgh that those who have
opposed such events in the past are "on board." The
merchants on Bridge Street are working in coopera-
tion, he said.
Concerns were expressed about alcohol being
allowed on the street since Bridge Street has focused
on creating a "family-friendly" environment.
Herlihy said the merchants would pay for three
police officers to patrol the event and provide staff
members trained in "safe serve" techniques designed
to prevent underage drinking.
He said the alcohol and beer stations would be

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce know a good fundraising event is both
fun and brings in needed funding.
That's why board members Feb. 19 agreed to
continue with an annual golf tournament held in Sep-
tember, although a lot of work is involved in organiz-
ing the event and the committee needs volunteers,
said chamber president Mary Ann Brockman.
The bad news, Brockman said, is that the Bra-
denton Country Club, the venue for past tourna-
ments, has raised its price to $91 per golfer.
But board members agreed that with good par-
ticipation in the past, it's worth the effort to hold a
golf tournament and several volunteered to help.
The 2013 tournament raised $6,000 for the
chamber's scholarship program, Brockman said.
"That's a hunk of money for the program," board

located in the vacant lot used for Sunday markets.
Entry to the street will be free, but entry to the lot
would require the purchase of a ticket.
All proceeds, he said, would return to the Bs,\ I.
Mayor Bill Shearon agreed with the concerns of
allowing alcohol on the entire street, but commissioners
agreed they would tentatively support the concept.
Shearon asked Herlihy to return with more spe-
cifics at the next commission meeting where public
comment also could be considered.
A street closure occurred for an event last August,
which Herlihy said was not successful, but lessons
were learned that would be applied toward making
the March 29 event a success for the city, businesses
and the BSM.
The next regular meeting of the city commission
will be at 7p.m. Thursday, March 6, at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N.

chair Larry Chatt added.
Brockman suggested the committee contact IMG
Academy in Bradenton to see if it has an interest in
hosting the tournament.
IMG had offered to charge $55 per golfer for the
2013 tournament, but the chamber had previously
committed to the BCC.
"We don't know if IMG will offer the same
price, but it's worth asking them," Brockman said.
In other business, chamber vice president Deb
Wing said ticket sales for the May 4 wedding festival
have begun. One online order was for 50 tickets, she
"The buyer is not from Florida, so I'm thinking
it's for an entire wedding party," Wing said.
Wing also said vendors and sponsors are lining
up for the 2014 event, which attracts bridal couples,
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Center flag football winds down, horseshoe tourney plans

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
With only a couple of weeks left in the NFL Flag
Football League at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, two remaining unbeaten youth teams lost their
first games.
Unbeaten 8-10 division leader Beach Bistro Bucs
lost two games, a 40-7 rout to West Coast Air Condi-
tioning & Heating Dolphins Feb. 19 and a 24-13 loss
to Beach Bum Patriots Feb. 21.
The victory by the Dolphins puts the team in first
place with four games left to play in the regular season.
Beach Bistro Bucs are second, followed by Tyler's
Ice Cream Vikings and Beach Bum Patriots. Manatee
Diagnostic Ravens, Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys and
LPAC Cardinals round out the 8-10 division stand-
LPAC Cardinals were edged by 11-13 division
rival Sandbar Colts 20-13 in a close game Feb. 22.
The victory by the Colts puts them a half game ahead
of the Cardinals. Beach to Bay Buccaneers are alone in
third with a 4-2 record, while Bark & Company Realty
Ravens, Eat Here Redskins and Will C. Photos Falcons
The 14-17 division standings remain pretty tight
with Mr. Bones Bengals on top with a 7-1 record,
closely followed by the 6-2 Galati Yacht Sales Buc-
caneers. The Feast Falcons and West Coast Surf Shop
Jaguars are tied for third at 5-3. Integrity Sound Lions,
Swordfish Grill Browns, The Sun Bears and Water-
front Restaurant Cowboys round out the 14-17 division
The 8-10 division game of the week Feb. 22 saw
Manatee Diagnostic Ravens take an 18-0 lead into
the half, only to watch as Dojo Martial Arts Cow-
boys stormed back into the game with 13 second-half
The Cowboys Will Batey completed a 14-yard pass
to Anthony Monetti to give them the ball near midfield
with about a minute to play, but the Ravens' Jacob
Klusacek knocked down a pass and an offensive pass

interference penalty gave the ball back to the Ravens,
who ran out the clock for the victory.
Ben Brashear, Klusacek and Josh Calhoun scored
touchdowns for the Ravens, while Charlie Faul led the
defense with six flag pulls.
Anthony Nguyen and Monetti scored touchdowns
with Monetti netting an extra point to lead the Cow-
boys, while Brandon Yost paced the defense with four
flag pulls and an interception in the loss.
The 11-13 division game of the week Feb. 22 saw
Bark & Company Realty Ravens roll to a 31-12 victory
over the Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers.
The Ravens jumped on the Bucs early, scoring on
a 45-yard touchdown pass from Bathie Thiam to John
Smith that was set up by a double reverse. The Ravens
piled on from there, extending their lead to 25-0 at
Leo Tilelli had a big game for the Ravens, catch-
ing five passes including three for touchdowns while
Thiam added three catches with two going for touch-
downs while also hi< "1 in%' for two touchdowns. Smith
added three touchdown passes to go along with his
touchdown reception while Alex Rodriguez chipped
in with a touchdown pass and an extra-point reception
in the victory.
Tilelli added a pair of interceptions and three flag
pulls to pace the Ravens defense.
Morgan Horesh and Roman Langley scored the
touchdowns for the Buccaneers on offense and Horesh
had four flag pulls to lead the Buccaneers defense.

Adult flag football action
The action continued at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center for the NFL flag football division
for players 18 and over Feb. 19 and for the 30 and over
players Feb. 20.
The 18-plus league standings are tight at the top
with Slim's Place Bears and Beach to Bay Construction
Dolphins tied for first place at 5-1 and Agnelli Pool &
Spa Giants close behind at 4-2. Duffy's Tavern Eagles
are alone in third at 3-3, while Beach Bistro Bucca-

neers and Waterfront Restaurant Panthers occupy fifth
and sixth place.
The game of the week saw Slim's Place Bears edge
Beach Bistro Buccaneers 19-12 behind a strong game
from receiver Eric Gledhill. He caught five passes
for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while fellow
receiver Ray Gardner added five catches for 48 yards
and one touchdown. Quarterback Chuck Buky com-
pleted eight passes for 148 yards and three touchdown
passes to round out the Bears offense.
The Buccaneers were led by Zach Schield, who
completed 17 of 23 passes for 134 yards and one
touchdown, while also rushing for 50 yards and a
touchdown. Caleb Roberts had four catches for 42
yards and one touchdown, while Joe Ciasullo added
four catches for 50 yards in the loss. Matt Kretzman
had 42 receiving yards and paced the defense with four
flag pulls and an interception.
The 30-plus league boasts the only unbeaten team
in flag football in Island Gourmet Bills. The Bills
are 7-0, two games ahead of the 5-2 Agnelli Pool &
Spa Giants and three games in front of Ross Built
Panthers, which sits at 4-3. Jessie's Island Store Buc-
caneers and Island Real Estate Raiders are tied at 2-5,
while Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings are bringing up the
rear at 1-6.
The 30 and over game of the week saw Island
Gourmet Bills run its record to 7-0 with a 43-25 vic-
tory over Jessie's Island Store Buccaneers behind 289
passing yards from quarterback Chuck Buky. Buky,
who threw six touchdown passes, connected with Jim
Ptak five times for 98 yards and three touchdowns. But
his favorite target was AJ Brown, who finished with
nine catches for 103 yards. Andrew Brown caught six
passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Will Schen-
erlein completed the scoring fest with one touchdown
Wayne Wyckoff completed six passes for 186
yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Bucca-

With good weather, February fish rallies continue

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains con-
stant as long as the weather follows suit. Calm days
and clear water are prime opportunities to get out and
target nearshore and inshore species.
Pompano are readily available and are being caught
on a variety of live baits and artificial, or a combina-
tion. Small pompano jigs are producing good numbers
of fish, especially when tipped with a piece of fresh-
cut shrimp. For those using live bait, shrimp and sand
fleas are the ticket. While targeting pompano, expect
to catch mackerel, ladyfish and bluefish. Remember, if
using jigs, carry an ample amount the macks, ladies
and blues will cut your line more than once when they
start to rally.
On nearshore structure, sheepshead, snapper and
Key West grunts are lining up for your menu. Sheep-
shead up to 6 pounds are being caught on live shrimp.
As for the snapper and grunts, fish 10-14 inches are
the norm.
Finally, bonnethead sharks are infesting the waters
at the mouth of the Manatee River, especially around
the bulkhead and Emerson Point. Although these
aren't the biggest sharks in the world, they do provide
a good fight on light tackle. For bait, a fresh-cut piece
of shrimp will get the job done. Don't forget to handle
these little sharks delicately and, after removing the
hook, release them back to the water as quickly as
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Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheep-
shead are still taking up residence around the pilings of
the pier, chewing barnacles at their leisure. Pier fishers
with hopes of putting a few of these tasty striped fish
on a stringer are using a variety of baits to achieve
their goal. Live shrimp are readily available, and most
frequently used bait.
Early in the season, like now, live shrimp are
a great choice. As the season goes on, professional
sheepherders will start getting strategic with their
choice of bait. Whether or not the sheepies get used
to the shrimp and stop eating them, I don't know. But,
switching to fiddler crabs, sand fleas or tubeworms will
keep the bite going after the shrimp lose appeal.
Flounder are next on the menu for pier fishers at
the R&R. These flat fish are readily responding to a
live shrimp dropped on the bottom. Most catches are
occurring while targeting sheepies with shrimp, since
the technique is the same. Expect to catch flounder in
the 12- tol4-inch range.
Finally, a new addition to the list is the arrival of
Spanish mackerel. Speck rigs in either white or bubble
gum colors are attracting feisty macks to bite. Mack-
erel 12-15 inches are the norm, although, rogue fish
exceeding 22 inches are not uncommon. As warmer
weather approaches and bait schools being to gather,
you can only expect this bite to get better and better.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good
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The rare species, schoolmaster snapper, is being
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scaled sardines. Girle has only caught a handful of
thee schoolmaster snapper in his 40 years of fishing
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Other catches offshore include limits of mangrove
snapper, as well as plenty of Key West grunts. Both
of these species are being caught on fresh-cut scaled
sardines. Mangrove snapper 12-15 inches are making
up the majority of the catch, although fish up to 18
inches are attainable.
Red and gag grouper are readily taking baits. Gag
grouper in the 15-pound class are being reeled up,
only to be released back to the depths. As for the red
grouper, fish reaching the minimum size of 20 inches
are sporadic with most catches occurring in the 16- to
18-inch range.
On windy days, Girle is moving inshore to target
pompano. Small jigs tipped with shrimp are enticing
these high-speed fish to bite. Along with pompano,
expect to catch mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and some
keeper-size spotted sea trout.
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neers, which also received four catches for 131 yards
and two touchdown receptions from Shawn Kaleta.
Kaleta also ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, while
Mike Brusso added two catches for 55 yards and one
touchdown in the loss.

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play during Feb. 22

Bark & Company Realty Ravens player Leo Tilelli
and Trevor Meek of Beach to Bay Construction
Buccaneers reach high for a pass in 11-13 division
action Feb. 22 at Anna Maria Island Community
Center. Tilelli came up with the interception during
the Ravens 31-12 victory. Islander Photo: Kevin

Colors such as bubblegum or chartreuse are producing
catches of pompano, mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish.
All four of these species are worthy adversaries on
light tackle and the pompano is delectable on the plate,
Once his clients' limits of pompano are in the
cooler, Lowman is moving onto nearshore structure
in search of sheepshead, snapper and grunts, all readily
taking fresh-cut shrimp. Sheepshead up to 4 pounds are
attainable, with most being 1-2 pounds. For the snap-
per and grunts, expect to reel up fish 12-14 inches.
Finally, Lowman is locating large black drum
around small rock piles in Tampa Bay. Most are in
the 7- to 10-pound range, although fish exceeding 30
pounds are coming to the boat. Select live shrimp are
producing the bite.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
fishing deeper grass flats with good tidal flow in search
of pompano. By using small jigs tipped with shrimp,
Gross is locating schooling pomps, which is provid-
ing great light-tackle action for his clients. Mixed in
with the pompano are ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish.
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horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horse-
shoe pits and were left to battle for the day's b h.1,,'iin,
Leo Hutton and Kim Kleiner rolled to a 24-13
victory over Bill Wright and Don Buckholtz in the
Four teams advanced to the playoffs during Feb. 19
horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyk and Keith Erickson
steamrolled Bob Mason and John Johnston by a 24-10
score in the first semifinal game, while Leo Hutton and
Adin Shank defeated Jay Disbrow and Dom Livedoti
23-14 in the other semi.
Huttona-Shank earned a trip to the winner's circle
with a 21-14 victory over Bobeldyk-Erickson in the
In other horseshoe news, the Anna Maria horse-
shoe group is hosting its inaugural Ron Pepka "The
King" Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at 9 a.m.,
Saturday, March 8 at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits.
Everyone is welcome to play. Registration and
pairing will take place at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Sam Samuels at
Regular play gets underway at 9 a.m. every
Wednesday and Saturday in Anna Maria. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selec-
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-

Key Royale golf news
The men took the links Feb. 17 for a nine-hole,
modified-Stableford System or quota-points match.
Earl Ritchie carded a plus 5 to win the individual

score of the day, while also helping teammates Larry
Solberg, Ken Rickett and Tom Brumberg to the team
Gary Silke and Charlie Porter tied for second with
matching plus-4 scores.
The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
golf match Feb. 18. Heather Blane took first place in
Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, one shot ahead of Pam
Lowry and Mary Lou Dreier, who finished in a tie for
second place.
Sally Martin had the low-net round of the day with
a 6-under-par 26 that gave her first place in Flight B.
Kris Landkammer was one shot back in second place,
while Barb Estok took third with a 2-under par 30.
Barb Harrold took first place in Flight C with a
3-under-par 29, while Maryanne Kaemmerlen was
alone in second place at 32.
Donna Karycki carded a 34 to grab first place in
Flight D, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Ann
The men played a nine-hole team scramble Feb.
20. The team of Larry Pippel, Harry Bohannon, Hoyt
Miller and Ron Buck matched the 1-under-par 32
carded by the team of Tim Friesen, Rich Papini, Terry
Schaefer and Tom McDonnell to finish in a tie for first


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AME 5th-graders begin global outreach project

Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders are
spending the month of February talking about chores
and livestock.
Students are turning their chores into donations to
buy goats for impoverished families through a global
outreach project with Heifer International.
Pidge Taylor and Heather Nyberg's fifth-grade
classes read "Beatrice's Goat" by Page McBrier and
began learning about Heifer International, a nonprofit
organization with a goal to end world hunger and pov-
erty. The organization aims to achieve its goal by sup-
plying impoverished areas with resources to promote
self-reliance and sustainability.
"The students are so excited. After reading the book,
we watched a '60 Minutes' segment featuring Beatrice,
so that they will begin to understand the impact they can
have on the lives of others," Taylor said.
Students are raising the money to purchase dairy
goats with what Taylor is calling "quarter chores."
Both classes have a goal to raise $120, the price of
one goat each.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Pork Sausage Patty and Toast.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks, Marinara Sauce, Popcorn Chicken, Roll,
Chicken Caesar Salad, Roasted Veggies, Fresh Veggie Cup,
Fresh Fruit Cup.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Breakfast: Biscuit and Chicken Patty.
Lunch: Student Planned Menu, Fresh Strawberry Shortcake.
Friday, Feb. 28
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes.
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty, Chef Salad with Egg,
Steamed Corn, Baby Carrots and Sliced Pears.
Monday, March 3
Breakfast: Pizza, Green Eggs and Ham.
Lunch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger, Barbecue Chicken Que-
sadilla, Chef Salad with Egg, Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato
Fries, Pork and Beans and Sliced Peaches.
Tuesday, March 4
Breakfast: Mini Eggo Waffles.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Tangerine Chicken, Vegetarian
Garden Salad with Egg, Brown Rice, Japanese Green Beans,
Fresh Veggie Cup, Mandarin Oranges, Pineapple Tidbits.
Wednesday, March 5
Breakfast: Sausage Cheese or Egg and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Breaded Chicken Sandwich,
Chicken Caesar Salad, Honey Glazed Carrots,
Mini Romaine Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

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"Each morning they share what chores they com- it forward.
pleted to earn the money they are donating. We have According to Taylor, the project falls into a stra-
created a thermometer-graph to track how much money tegic objective set by the Manatee County School
they have brought in," Taylor said. District. The objective calls for students to engage in
Dairy goats are the livestock of choice because global outreach.
they can supply a family with several quarts of milk a "This is a wonderful way to give our children
day that also can be sold or used to make cheese, butter the opportunity to help those who are less fortunate,"
or yogurt. Taylor said.
The dairy goats also produce two or three offspring To learn more about the Heifer International proj-
a year, giving the goat-gifted family the ability to pay ect, visit

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AME sixth-grade a no-go in 2014-15

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Attention: Parents, teachers, friends of AME, submit
school news

AME calendar
7:50-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, volunteers'
breakfast, AME cafeteria.
3:15 p.m. Monday, March 3, School Advisory
Committee meeting, AME media center.
1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, early
Friday, March 7, second-grade field trip to
Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach.
8:45 a.m.- noon Tuesday, March 11, Parent
Teacher Organization board meeting, AME confer-
ence room.
5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, FPTO dinner and
fifth-grade play, AME auditorium.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, family
sports day, Anna Maria Island Community
9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 20, fire drill.
Thursday, March 20, third-, fourth- and fifth-
grade bird-watch on the beach with Jon Ginaven.
Friday, March 21, end of third quarter.
March 24-28, spring break, no school.
Monday, March 31, record day, no school.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.v

Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders are
leaving the nest.
After gauging the interest of AME parents, admin-
Histrators decided not to add a sixth-
grade class at AME.
AME principal David Marshall
S distributed a survey Jan. 14 in
S what he called part two of a four-
step process. Pending the results of
the survey, the next step would have
Marshall been to hold a parent information
night to discuss more seriously adding a grade.
"We're looking for 60 percent of parents who took
the survey to say they're interested in learning more
about it. Of the survey results that have been turned in,
it looks like we'll make that," Marshall said earlier.
Marshall met with Diana Greene, Manatee County
School District deputy superintendent of instruction,
Feb. 4 to discuss the matter.

Following the survey, the school sent home 51 let-
ters asking for a commitment to the new grade. There
were 26 "yes" responses.
"This is not enough students for two teachers and
a wheel teacher to be added," Marshall said. "I sent
home a letter yesterday telling parents we will not have
sixth-grade for the 2014-15 school year."
Marshall had been approached by Greene about
adding the grade, and it was discussed at a School
Advisory Council meeting.
According to Marshall, expanding elementary
schools in Manatee County has become a trend the past
two years. Palm View Elementary in Palmetto, Tara
Elementary in Bradenton and Myakka City Elementary
in Myakka have added grades.
This year's outgoing fifth-graders will look off
the island for school next year, but if interest prevails,
the incoming fifth-graders may find another year at
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30 0 FEB. 26, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Isl d Biz

By Rick Catlin

Bayers takes real estate
career to the top
Back in 2008, Greg and Jayme Bayer, owners of
Anna Maria Island Beaches Real Estate, 5702 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, decided to move from Pennsyl-
vania to Anna Maria Island.
"We were in search of a beach community to live
in and we traveled the Gulf coast from South Padre
Island all the way to Naples. Just one visit to Anna
Maria Island and we were sold on the island's charm,"
Gregg Bayer said. "So we agreed to build a new home
on the island and we moved here in October 2008."
But the decision to move did not come easily.
Gregg Bayer had been a real estate and insurance
agent in Pennsylvania for more than 20 years, and
Anna Maria Island real estate values and sales had
dropped significantly in 2007.
"We had already decided to move here," Gregg
Bayer said, despite the condition of the island real
estate market.
It was just their good fortune that the market began
its turn-around in late 2008.
"We wanted to create a new business that removed
all the frustration out of buying and selling properties.
We've achieved that goal, and now have real estate
sales, property management, new construction and
insurance and settlement services through our part-
ners," he said.
Starting with a small office in Bradenton Beach,
the Bayers built up a client base with friendly service.
The word spread that they put customers first.
"We stressed customer service, and we became
friends with the people who walked in our door,"
Gregg Bayer said.
"And we always found time to enjoy the island

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Gregg Bayer of AMI Beaches Real Estate, 5702
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, stands in front of
a home he listed and sold. He is the top agent for
sales "dollars" in Manatee County for the past three
years. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMI Beaches Real

with our friends and family."
Wisely, he chose recognizable artwork by syndi-
cated cartoonist Emerson Quillin for his signage. And
signs are integral to help produce real estate sales.
In 2010, the family business expanded when son
Trevor moved to the island and became a real estate
agent in the office.
Gregg Bayer became a licensed real estate broker
in 2012 and more sales agents and staff were added.
In 2012, AMI Beaches Real Estate moved to its
present location.
"We've had a lot of fun on the island," Bayer
said. "And we've made wonderful friends from our
clients. This is a family business that seems to keep
adding family members with every sale," he said with
a smile.
Bayer is good at what he does. He was the No. 1
real estate agent in Manatee County for sales amounts
in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he closed 52 proper-
ties at a sales volume of $34.5 million.
"Work hard, enjoy what you do and treat everyone
as your friend," he said, explaining the success of AMI

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5239 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209
"Your satisfaction in the transaction is my primary goal"
Need convincing -see testimonials on my website.
Each office is independently owned and operated

For every sale, AMI Beaches Real Estate donates
to a designated local charity, and supports other local
community organizations, he said.
To reach Bayer or a member of the sales staff, call

Chamber plans
meet-and-greet events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
February networking event is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 26, at Engel & Volkers AMI Real Estate, 6000
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Chamber guests and potential members are wel-
come. Cost of the event is $5 and reservations are
encouraged. Refreshments and light bites will be
served. Reservations are not required.
The chamber will hold its monthly networking lun-
cheon noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Stonewood
Grill and Tavern, 7110 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and members are
encouraged to bring guests potential members -
its events. Reservations are required for the Stonewood
Call 941-778-1541 for more information or to
make reservations.

Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
101 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,384 sfla /4,366
sfur 4bed/2bath Gulffront home built in 1946 on a
80x118 lot was sold 02/03/14, Waters to Resmondo
for $1,900,000.
110 Cedar Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,574 sfla / 4,045
sfur 4bed/312bath/2car pool home built in 2009 on a
50x1 10 lot was sold 02/07/14, Cedar Avenue AMI LLC
to Jacobs for $1,060,000; list $1,150,000.
___ 637 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
B Beach, a 2,422 sfla / 3,527 sfur
B B ~4bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool home
- built in 1968 on a 100x151 lot was
Sold 01/31/14, Rowse to Kerchner for
$907,930; list $974,900.
Brisson 2300 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach,

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Bradenton. With a
boat dock and a pool, what more could anyone ask
for. $190,000. Call Jesse Brisson @ 941.713.4755.


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COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100,
1-year old above-ground pool, accessories,
15-18 foot, $100.941-778-3920.

RAW DRIFTWOOD FOR sale. Great deco-
ration or landscape. Various arrangements,
lamps, centerpieces, sailboats, etc. 207-

Individuals may place one free ad with up
to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15
words or less. FREE, one week, must be
submitted online. Email classifieds@islander.
org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited
time offer)

a 2,832 sfla / 4,756 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex with pool
built in 2003 on a 50x100 was sold 02/03/14, Arling
to Bartone for $617,500.
204 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,777 sfla / 2,472
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1953 on a 90x78 lot
was sold 02/03/14, Chiles to Hasler for $567,500; list
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 303, Westbay Point and
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979
was sold 02/06/14, Toth to Cook for $402,500; list
252 17th St. N., Unit 26, Bradenton Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,396 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 2004 was sold 02/03/14,
BBC26 LLC to Flick for $385,000.
406 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,146 sfla /
1,321 sfur 2bed/ Ibath home built in 1920 on a 60x 125
lot was sold 02/06/14, Daniel to Anna Maria Coastal
Homes LLC for $330,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 275, Runaway Bay, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 02/04/14,
Reetz to Blackwell for $240,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


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Br, *41..1 ..,., Nicole Skaggs, Broker 941-
5351 Gull Drive No. 4. Holmes Beach 941-779-2289

MAH JONGG PLAYERS needed on Anna
Maria Island. Call 443-783-6171.

I WOULD LIKE to take this opportunity
to thank the doctors and nurses at Island
Animal Clinic. I was a very sick little girl, now,
am back to normal. Thanks for the treats in
the office, too! From Zoe, brown-and-white
Jack Russell Terrier.

FASHION SHOW AND luncheon: 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 15. Come and join the fun.
Tickets, $15. American Legion Kirby Stewart
Post 24, 2000 75th St., Bradenton.

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.

bys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebys-

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:

and The Islander are collecting new or used,
repairable fishing poles and reels. Donate
your gear at The Islander newspaper office,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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.

ment. Open daily. 941-

Pre-sale 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, $5 dona-
tion, complimentary sundaes. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, March 1. Featuring home baked
goods, the church's famous pickles, linens
and bedding, jewelry, sporting equipment,
plants, something for everyone. Enjoy home-
made soups and croissants for lunch at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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Let our proven success work for you.

8021 Marina Isles Lane $1,398,000
Reduced. Exquisite views from this elevated
4br/2.5ba Key West style home with protected
dock and bayside pool.

230 Oak Avenue $1,999,000
Canal front and new construction. 4br/4ba with
pool, dock, and lift. Superior construction with
concrete to roof line and inside exquisite finishes.

216 Elm Avenue $969,000
Sale Pending. Just a block to the beach and Pine
Avenue boutiques and eateries. Perfectly main-
tamined 4br/2ba with living all on one level.

2312 Gulf Drive North, #204 $599,999
Gulf front and beautifully updated. 2br/2ba con-
dominium with pool. Screened lanai opens wide
to great room for amazing views.

32 E FEB. 26, 2014 U THE ISLANDER

Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
B Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
778-1345 Hauling tree trimming
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600
^^^ 'H Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
S Replacement Doors and Windows
li p- M-- ,,Andrew Chennault
Island References Lic#CBC056755

\ .' Residential & Condo Renovations
^ \ Kitchens Bath Design Service
. YIB Carpentry Flooring Painting
41 ~ Commercial & Residential
'm References available 941-720-7519

KIING ;Bed: A bargain!
C3S.=Tcr, King, Queen, Full & Twin,
4g25,.1 pS. re-owned from $30 new/used.


"Movers Who Core"


Windows & Doors

Max's Mobile Marine Service
Certified Marine Mechanic S
Inboards/Outboards Take your boat to the MAX.
Boat Detailing Reasonable Rates & Great Service
Call Max A. Kanter, Island Resident
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*Mirrors Door Handles 941 -780-1 735

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ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 1. Baked goods, clothing, jew-
elry, linens, tools, books, white elephants,
furniture. Mt. Vernon clubhouse, 4701 Inde-
pendence Drive, south off Cortez Road, Bra-

PET-SITTER SERVICES LLC offers pet visits,
dog walking, kitty cleanup, and more. 941-
LOST DOG: FEMALE Yorkie. Limited vision
and hearing. Heartbroken. Reward. Please,
call 941 920-4934 or 941-778-2907.
tens!) are looking for great new homes or
fosters. Please, call for information, 941-

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-
TWO 2012 YAMAHA VX Cruiser Jet skis. Low
hours. $7,400 each. Also, extra large floating
dock, accommodates two Jet skis. Located
on Palma Sola Bay. 732-742-8182.
HELP 'WAl'NTED_'i -ff,

PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop
located on Anna Maria. Must be available
weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome.
PERSON NEEDED TO run children and
youth Christian education programs at a
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.
TORTILLA BAY IS hiring motivated team
players for all kitchen positions and cashiers.
Experience required. 5318 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Please, come in for an appli-
cation. 941-778-3663.
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early child-
hood development major. Emily, 941-567-
babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel,
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for
work. Ads must be placed in person at The
Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes

CNA SERVICES: DRIVE to appointments,
meals prepared, everyday chores. Part or
full time. Excellent references, experienced.
941-807-9975, 941-718-5980.
More ads = more readers in The Islander.

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer,
drive your car north and south. 941-713-

home and business specialist. On-site ser-
vice, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup,
upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/
wireless networking, custom system design.

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-

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

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-
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-

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.

working, wired, wireless, audio, video sur-
veillance cameras. Palmfish Communication,
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 envi-
ronment and enjoy home setting. Great refer-
ences. Mary, 941-405-2496.
modeling, etc. 941-730-1745 or visit The
Hive, 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. Commercial and residential
service, repair and/or replacement. Serving
Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can
place classified ads and subscribe online
with our secure server? Check it out at www.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-
8301. MA#001 7550.MA#0017550.

and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
installations, watering the island for 15 years.
Jeff, 941-778-2581.
SAVE YOUR CITRUS trees: Urban Garden
Pest Control specializes in citrus tree resto-
ration. Professional pruning and affordable
spray program will restore your citrus trees
to their full fruitfulness. 941-962-0986.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
Call 941-807-1015.

in old Florida seashell driveways and scrapes.
Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-

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.

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

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpa-
per. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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.

Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and
licensed. 941-722-8792.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handy-
man, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack
of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-
Peter for free estimate, references, insured.
The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

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

stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

mercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool
area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed.
Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike,

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.

or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-
0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalproper- Suzanne Wilson, broker.
ANNA MARIA CITY rental: Completely ren-
ovated 3BR/3BA with large heated pool. A
short block to the beach. For rent, winter
2014-15. Call 514-757-7410.
AVAILABLE MARCH 2014: 2BR/2BA ground
level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to
Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna
Maria. 941-565-2373.

1 BR, turnkey, furnished apartment. Available
February, March, April.941-778-0116.

PEBBLE SPRINGS 3BR/2BA first-floor
condo, Manatee Avenue and 59th Street,
Bradenton. Annual rental, unfurnished,
updated, neutral colors. Covered parking,
pool outside back porch, tennis courts, club-
house, 10 minutes to beach. $1,200/month
plus $500 deposit, application required.
Available April 1. Pictures: www.macaluso- 813-368-7383.

ANNA MARIA LONG-term rental wanted by
senior. Call 203-361-8088.

WANT TO RENT for January, February,
March 2015: Quiet, tidy older couple need
updated first-floor 2BR/2BA with lanai or out-
door area. Perico Bay Club, Holmes Beach
or Anna Maria. 610-442-9390.
available April 19. Completely furnished, rea-
sonable, weekly or monthly. 352-430-3739.
Gated and maintenance-free, golf, resort-
style living seasonal or year-round. Close
to beaches and exceptional shopping expe-
riences. Rachel House, 941-705-8686, SRT
International Realty.
ANNA MARIA LONG-term rental wanted by
senior. Call 203-361-8088.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool.
Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-
3426. Website: www.spinnakerscottages.


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Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

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Call Dan, 941-713-3108

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

HONE Handyman Service
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesph LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
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Renovated, ground-level 2BR/2BT villa. Updated kitchen
with stainless-steel appliances, updated bathrooms and a
one-car garage. $259,000.

house at south end of Island. Unobstructed view will never
change. Direct beach views. $499,000.

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

CANALFRONT HOME Totally updated in 2008. 3BR/3
BT home located on a private canal with scenic mangrove
views. Sailboat water, dock with boat lift and a straight shot
to Bimini Bay and open water. $699,000.

BAYFRONT IN KEY ROYALE Breathtaking views from
this meticulously maintained 3BR/2.5BT home. Open
floor plan, heated pool, spacious screened lanai, oversized
two-car garage. $1,200,000.

DIRECT GULF FRONT located in the city of Anna Maria. 2
BR/3BT with spectacular views, spacious beach-side, screened
porch, open sun deck, large carport. $2,400,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
Norman 941"778"6696
N ma 3101 GULF DR

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

REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi
Gartman, Realtor. 941-545-8877. www.

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

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.
Holmes Beach house for sale. Beautiful ele-
vated 3BR/2BA, heated pool, bonus room,
direct beach-access street. Newer construc-
tion. Great investment. 309A 65th St. www. Patrick Morris,

Club! Gorgeous updated 2BR/2BA mainte-
nance-free villa in a gated, waterfront com-
munity. Hardwood floors, plantation shutters,
granite and more. Two-car garage. $169,900.
Sarah Whisnant, 941-238-8624, Leslie Wells

2BR/1BA fully furnished, turnkey. Large
rooms, central heat and air conditioning,
washer and dryer, laminate flooring, attached
carport, boat dock available. Near Bridge
Street. 55-plus. $105,000. Call 317-289-

PRE-LISTING HOME sale. Two weeks until
MLS, save $10,000. Coveted west Braden-
ton neighborhood near the beaches. No
deed restrictions, 3BR/2BA two-car garage,
well loved and updated. Qualified previewers
only. Email for pictures. $240,000. Suzan- Appointments only.
Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.
Suzanne Wilson, Broker.

PRIME LOCATION WEST of Gulf Drive, quiet
street, steps to beach, 64x80-foot lot at 112
79th Street, Holmes Beach, Build your dream
home, existing house being demolished,
$659,000. 941-778-6364.

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

MARINERS COVE A boater's dream! This tasteful
residence is uniquely positioned with a sunset view,
overlooking the Intra-coastal Waterway and a view of
Anna Maria Island. Mark Reemelin (941) 932-3778.
#M5842359. $580,000.

BEACHFRONT 2BR/2BA direct gulf front condo, ide-
ally located on the 3rd floor end. Spectacular view of
the sugar white sand beach and stunning sunsets.
Secured lobby and elevator, heated pool, carport and
garage. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 773-1954.
#M5838316. $475,000.

GRAND CANAL: 504 67th St., Holmes Beach. Well
maintained waterfront residence, 2BR/2BA+ Den, open
floor plan, 43'x10' dock with space for lift. Dave Moyni-
han (941) 720-0089. #M5842095. $597,500.

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9 Bowler and sailor
13 Tracking systems
19 Ports
21 Memphis deity
22 Actress Cuthbert
of "24"
23 One who turned
into pumpkin
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26 Reference
27 New York's Jacob
28 Crude coconut
29 Cherry part
30 Worth mentioning
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33 Bad beginning?
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title role
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49 Snorkeling
52 Hip-hop artist
with the 2013
#1 album "Born
53 Up to, shortly
54 French noodles?
55 What makes blue
jeans blue
56 "She's got electric
boots, a
suit" ("Bennie
and the Jets"
57 Rust-causing
59 Vex
60 Stomachs
61 Fit to __
62 Tin can plinker,
63 Challenge for
a speech coach
64 Oscar winner
67 Setting of "The
68 Nappy fabric
72 Undeveloped
73 Elizabeth Taylor
role of '63
74 Roman ruler
before Caesar
75 Subj. of Snowden
76 Dismantle on
a ship
77 Transportation
company that
skimps on safety?
80 Conk
81 Wisecrack
82 Of the flock
83 Lawn care brand

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87 Addr. book datum
88 Even if, in brief
89 Corkscrewed
92 no turning
95 Dress accessory
99 Knacks
100 Reason for an
101 It might be
answered, "Muy
bien, gracias"
104 Sergeant's order
105 Stephen
generated voice?
107 Church vessel
108 Bring in
109 Duvel pub
110 Prepares to
111 Kind of rug
112 Buttonhole, for
113 NASA's ___
Research Center

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3 Return option
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to fans
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deserve this?"
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11 Draws
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14 Keys on a piano
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beside James
Bond at a casino?
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17 Butler of
18 Register ring-ups
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guru Field
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35 Tryst site
38 Director's cry
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character with a
habit of calling
things "gnarly"
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that comes two
to a pack
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see you hold your
breath for two
minutes!" e.g.?
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69 Sweater, e.g.
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(Sondheim lyric)
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74 Better at
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78 Triangular sail
79 Infuser contents
81 Altar no-shows

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86 Enrobe
89 Heap
90 Eucharist holder
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100 Kind of tissue
102 Coin grade
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