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AMI Chamber of
Commerce 2012 Medium
Business of the Year


,WS on Anna Maria Island Since 1992


January resort tax tops $1M HBPD thwarts


ASI neworia i emrns take
a ride in the St. Paddy
parade. Page 6

BB on pace to over-
spend budget by
$400,000. Page 2-A

Anna Maria drives
forward with paid-
parking. Page 4-A





Renourhishment drives
to final stretch.
Page 5-A


Islander editorial,
reader opinions.
Page 6-A

I-iFtiings
Community events,
announcements. Pages
10-A- ll-A

OOPages 12-A-O13-A
Pages 12-A -13-A


Beachgoers flock to the AMI shore March 10. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Once upon a time, a million dollars was
a lot of money.
In 1990, the year Manatee County first
instituted a resort development tax on rentals
of six months or less, $1.4 million was col-
lected. The resort tax was set at 3 percent.
The revenue that first year was consid-
ered a remarkable sum by then-Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau execu-
tive director Larry White.
But as Bob Dylan sang, "The times they
are a-changing."
Twenty-three years later, Manatee
County resort tax collections for a single
month January topped the $1 million
mark for the first time in history. The tax is
now set at 5 percent of the rental rate.
As Jesse Brisson, owner-broker of


Gulf-Bay Realty, 5309 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, said: "It's obvious to island residents
and accommodation owners and managers
that tourism didn't take the normal drop in
January."
Brisson said it's easy to see why resort
tax collections have increased, while the
average daily rental rate has gone up just
about 1.5 percent from January 2013.
"There's no question that tourism mar-
keting by the BACVB has increased the
number of people visiting Anna Maria. We
used to have a slight lull the first few weeks
of January, but this year all our vacation rent-
als were booked from Jan. 7 through the end
of the month."
He said that in December his office listed
15 new-to-the-rental-market vacation rental
units.
PLEASE SEE RESORT TAX, PAGE 3-A


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Page16-A AMI braces for spring break
HB hammers on noise
ordinance. Page 19-A By Rick Catlin image of peace and quiet on AMI also came
Streelife & Islander Reporter at a lower price than more popular spring
Co t tefh v Time was on Anna Maria Island when break destinations.
GowlUtwalUI spring break wasn't given much thought by It seemed college students discovered
Island police blotter, law enforcement. Anna Maria Island's vacation rental homes
Page 20-A Spring break thus far this year on the were renting for about $2,000 a week -
S o l island is mostly composed of crowds of less than a comparable accommodation in
S rl(P w | local high school students given a week off Panama City.
Lessons in watercolor from their studies, said Holmes Beach Police In early March 2012, Holmes Beach
Page 22-A Chief Bill Tokajer. police were called to a vacation rental house


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Marketing officials with the Bradenton
o open. Area Convention and Visitors Bureau have
emphasized in promotions that the island is
not Panama City Beach, Fort Lauderdale,
pion- Daytona Beach or South Beach in Miami.
age 2-B Beach visitors during spring break here
would come for the day, then leave as the
,apup. sun went down.
BACVB marketing director Deb Meihls
,Be said the bureau's marketing program is
Directed toward families and couples. The
island is seen as a place for peace and quiet,
ge away from the noise and bustle of places like
3 Walt Disney World or Miami Beach.
But a few years ago, the marketing


on 73rd Street in the area zoned for weekly
rentals after neighbors complained of
noise in the early morning hours.
Police found 18 people in the house,
including eight youths. The adults were
warned about Florida's alcoholic beverage
laws, and the property manager saw to it that
the group left the following day.
A few days later, HBPD was called to
a house in the 200 block of 50th Street on
another complaint of loud noise.
They found the house had been rented
by a group of female students in a singing
club who were practicing vocals in the pool
PLEASE SEE SPRING, PAGE 3-A


murder attempt

By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
A man was arrested March 14 after he
allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times
after learning she had an intimate relation-
ship with their roommate, according to the
Holmes Beach Police Department.
Andrew Helderman, 23, of the 300 block
of Clark Drive, faces charges of attempted
second-degree murder and aggravated assault
N with a deadly weapon after
Police found him covered in
blood, straddling a woman
szin the bathtub. The victim
was found with a "medium-
sized pocket knife" protrud-
Helderman ing from her neck, accord-
ing to a press release from
Chief Bill Tokajer.
Around 11 p.m., officers arrived at Hel-
derman's home in response to a 911 call.
When they entered the home, they could hear
a woman calling for help from the bathroom,
the report said.
Officer Steve Ogline forced entry into
the bathroom, allegedly finding Helderman
straddling the 31-year-old woman.
The woman had suffered multiple stab
wounds to her body.
Ogline ordered Helderman at gunpoint
to stop and stand up. He complied and was
led to the living room, where he was taken
into custody, the report said.
The 39-year-old roommate, who called
911, told police the three of them reside
together at the Clark Drive address.
Prior to the attack, the male roommate
told police, all three of them had a discussion
about the woman "hooking up" with them.
He told police that everything seemed fine
following their conversation, but then Hel-
derman began attacking the woman.
The witness said he tried to intervene
several times, at one point picking up the
shower curtain rod from the floor and hitting
Helderman in the head.
Tokajer said the male victim also told
police that he videotaped the attack with his
cell phone before calling 911.
All of the parties involved were treated
by EMS. Both Helderman and the victim
were transported to Blake Medical Center.
The female victim was in reported to be
in serious but stable condition and was ini-
tially moved to an intensive care unit.
Helderman was cleared and taken to the
Manatee County jail, where he is being held
without bond.
The second victim suffered minor cuts
from trying to stop Helderman during the
attack.
Tokajer said the suspect and the victims
have been the subject of numerous com-
plaints prior to this incident.


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2-A 0 MARCH 19, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Bradenton Beach on pace to overspend budget by $400,000


By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
It may be a familiar problem to some people, not
having enough money for everyday needs.
Almost six months into the 2013-14 fiscal year
budget, reviewed and approved in 2013 under the
former administration, Bradenton Beach now faces a
$400,000 shortfall.
This year's budget was approved at more than $2.5
million, but projected spending is now more than $2.9
million.
With a new mayor and two new commissioners
taking office following the November 2013 municipal
election and a new city clerk and treasurer recently
taking up their positions at city hall, dissecting the
budget has been a priority for Mayor Bill Shearon.


I The mayor ran on a platform of
transparency, accountability and fiscal
f responsibility. Almost immediately
'after taking office there were con-
cerns about the budget and how the
H city spent money. It quickly became
/i:...i..* apparent that it was difficult to track
P where the city's money was being
spent.
As a result, Shearon tasked com-
missioners to form a budget review
committee and ordered an internal
A audit. The results of that audit have
Clarke been much anticipated and, while
not officially released to the public,
the overall problem was revealed during a March 13


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Beachgoers at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach share the sands ahead of the beach renourishment
equipment, where new sand is being pumped through a pipeline by a barge at a nearby borrow site and
smoothed on shore by bulldozers. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


department head meeting.
Police Chief Sam Speciale questioned his depart-
ment's attorney fees, and treasurer Sheila Dalton said
it appeared to be cell tower-related.
Neither Dalton nor the mayor nor Commissioner
Jack Clarke nor Vice Mayor Janie Robertson were in
their current positions when the budget process was
finalized.
Commissioner Ed Straight was in office and said
all attorney fees, including the cell-tower fees charged
by city attorney Ricinda Perry, should have been spread
out equally among the departments.
"But it does appear that all cell tower-related
charges went to the police department," said Dalton.
Shearon said everything related to the budget pro-
cess will "drastically change." With the audit, the
mayor proposes a new look at the budget. "In six
months, we are going to restructure it and make one
massive budget change."
Clarke, who heads the budget review committee,
said it was that kind of information his committee
needs to know about as the review process continues.
The committee has struggled with identifying line-item
spending in the budget's current format.
It was then that Shearon disclosed the full weight
of the financial burden facing the city.
"The budget was done the quick and dirty way,"
he said. "We have almost $400,000 in expenses that
exceeds revenue. There was $250,000 that was spent
without budget amendments. That is against state law.
It isn't going to happen again."
Shearon said there were 24 line-item issues in this
year's budget that incurred overspending, according to
the audit results.
"These are all things I had to sign for and it wasn't
even my budget," he said. "I didn't approve the budget,
and I didn't spend the money."
The detailed results of the audit are expected to be
released at the next city commission meeting at 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 20, at city hall, 105 Gulf Drive N.


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"Those were all rented for January within a few
weeks," he said.
Sue Sinquefield of the resort tax collections depart-
ment reported $1.022 million was collected in Febru-
ary for January rentals.
The resort tax or bed tax is paid one month
in arrears.
The $1.022 million was a 13.5 percent year-to-year
gain from the $900,960 collected in January 2013 and,
based upon past reports, is a sure sign that tourism to
Anna Maria Island increased about 6.5 percent for the
month.
For nearly three years, the percent of increase in
tourism has been about half of the percentage increase
of resort tax collections.
The full report of tourism to the area will be deliv-
ered by Walter Klages of Research Data Services at
the April 7 meeting of the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council. Klages reported in February
that tourism for 2013 was up 6.6 percent from 2012.
For the fiscal year beginning in October, resort
tax collections for the first four months are at $2.851
million, a 17 percent gain from the $2.436 million col-
lected during the first quarter of fiscal year 2012-13.
Sinquefield attributed the increase to the rise in
visitors and better collection techniques, including
locating property owners renting their property with-
out paying the resort tax.
Sinquefield reminded anyone renting their prop-
erty short-term less than six months that they
must have a license from the Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida
Department of Revenue, register with the Manatee
County Tax Collector's office and a municipal license
to rent property, if required.
At the current rate of resort tax collections, the
county is on pace to break the record for annual col-
lections of $8.99 million set in the past fiscal year.
Sinquefeld said the department agents aren't look-
ing to set records, they are just doing their jobs.
"And doing them quite well," she added.


SPRING BREAK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
at 2 a.m.
Those incidents and others brought Larry Chatt
of Island Real Estate, Mike Brinson of Anna Maria
Island Vacation Properties and Anna Maria Mayor Sue-
Lynn together to compose a "List of Best Practices"
for vacation rental companies on the island. The list
was adopted by many rental companies by early 2013
and renters were provided with a copy at check-in.
Among the provisions is an agreement that tenants
can be evicted for disturbing the peace. Renters also
must agree to respect their residential neighbors.
The number of noise complaints and other prob-
lems associated with trash and parking were signifi-
cantly reduced after the best practices were imple-
mented, SueLynn said.
"I think it's been significant in keeping loud
noise complaints and partygoers to a minimum," she
added.
Chatt agreed. "It appears to be a very effective
tool."
But area students will still come to Anna Maria
Island for spring break, if for nothing more than a day
at the beach.
Tokajer said he would have extra officers on duty
to enforce traffic laws, parking regulations, as well as
the law against alcohol consumption on the beach.
Tokajer said the department's ATV would be
patrolling the length of beach in Holmes Beach, look-
ing for violations.
"Come and have a good time, but don't break the
law," he advised people coming to the beach.
That was a sentiment echoed by Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale and Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office Sgt. Paul Davis, who heads the Anna Maria
substation.
"We're going to be very busy at Cortez Beach
and Coquina Beach," Speciale said. "Even with beach
renourishment at Coquina, I expect a lot of locals that
week on the beaches."
Special said just enjoy the beach and drive care-
fully.


THE ISLANDER U MARCH 19, 2014 U 3-A

FISH sets annual

Cortez meeting, election
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Members of the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage will gather March 31 to discuss the group's
progress and elect a new board.
FISH members meet annually to discuss progress
over the year and future plans for the organization. The
meeting will be at Fishermen's Hall, 4515 124th St.
W., Cortez.
This year also is an election year for board mem-
bers and board officers. There are six seats to fill and
five people running for the positions.
Officer positions of president, vice president, trea-
surer and secretary will be elected.
Board members serve three-year terms and officers
serve two-year terms.
Current president Kim McVey is serving a second
term and seeking re-election. McVey is a native of
Cortez, works at Cortez Bait and Seafood, and has
been involved with FISH since the 1990s.
Debra Ibasfalean is presently vice president of
FISH and is seeking re-election. Ibasfalean is a third-
generation Cortezian, writer and real estate agent.
Michael Northfield is running for the treasurer
position. Currently he is vice president of the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island. He is employed by Anna
Maria Vacations.
Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comp-
troller R. B. "Chips" Shore is running for the posi-
tion of secretary. Currently he represents the Manatee
County Historical Commission on the FISH board.
Members can vote in person at the meeting,
through an absentee ballot or by email. Votes submit-
ted by email will not be confidential.
Membership dues must be paid by March 24 to
vote at the meeting. Email and absentee votes must be
submitted no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 24.
For more information call 941-254-4972 or email
jvonhahm@ gmail.com.





4-A U MARCH 19, 2014 U THE ISLANDER

Anna Maria punches paid-parking plan into forward gear


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After nearly three decades of discussing paid park-
ing in Anna Maria's rights of way, the idea may at last
be moving toward a conclusion.
At their March 13 work session, commission-
ers informally agreed 4-1 to proceed with the idea of
placing payment kiosks for some parking spaces in
the rights of way. The paid parking would not affect
private spaces and parking lots, just right-of-way park-
ing, including public spaces along Pine Avenue, Gulf
Drive, North Shore Drive and some parking spaces at
the city pier.
Mayor SueLynn said it's been a long time
coming.
"It's been discussed for years and years. Many res-
idents have simply given up trying to get paid parking
because no commission would proceed with a plan,"
she said.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb said the prolifera-
tion of visitors to the city the past five years or so has
fueled the push for paid parking.
City residents would not have to pay to park at
kiosk-regulated parking locations.
"Residents pay taxes, property owners pay taxes
and business owners pay taxes to support parking. We
only have so many spaces, so it's time for paid park-
ing. It's not going to be a popular issue among some
people, but it has to be done," Webb said.
The details of fee collection at the kiosks in vari-
ous areas needs work, he added.
SueLynn, who previously presented options for
paid-parking, said she and staff would have a draft
plan ready for discussion at the March 27 commission
meeting.
Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested drivers
could buy a parking pass for a day, week, month or
year, but SueLynn said those details will be studied
by staff and presented in the draft.
Commissioner Doug Copeland, who was the lone
commissioner against paid parking, suggested the city
might have to hire a part-time parking enforcement
officer on weekends to tickets violators.
"That's a long way off," said SueLynn. "We'll
come back with a draft and I hope the public will show
up to provide input."
The mayor also asked for a social media expert
to volunteer to help the city get the word out about
agenda items, such as parking.
"I want the public really involved in this and other
decisions," she said. "We need to be able to inform
them of important meetings almost immediately."
Commissioners also discussed the new sign ordi-
nance.
Although the ordinance was directed at real estate
signs, free-standing business signs in the right of way
got caught in the middle, said Commissioner Dale
Woodland.
"Some of the businesses can't be seen from the
road without an A-frame sign," he said.
Woodland said he met with a number of busi-
ness owners who asked why A-frame signs were
restricted.
"It's a good marketing and business tool," Wood-
land said he was told by the business owners.
But Commissioner Carol Carter said too many
businesses were taking advantage of the previous ordi-
nance, which allowed one A-frame sign and a window
sign at a business.
"I walked Pine Avenue on Sunday and found one
business with three A-frame signs, window signs and
a vehicle with signage advertising the business. It
seems if we give an inch, some people take a mile,"
she said.
Commissioner Nancy Yetter agreed. "Pine Avenue


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is starting to look like Panama City."
Commissioners, however, wanted to ensure busi-
nesses have the tools to draw customers.
"We're all pro-business," Webb said.
City planner Alan Garrett said the new sign ordi-
nance is ambiguous about signs for multi-tenant busi-
ness properties and the section on business signs may
have been poorly written.
"If you are in a multi-tenant location, you can have
one wall sign and one directory sign of no more than
4 square feet in size and you can only use one side of
the sign," he said.
"So the problem is how can I let customers know
where my business is?" he said.
"And there are a lot more businesses now than
when I was mayor 10 years ago," SueLynn said.
Ten years ago, discussion of a new sign ordinance
centered around restaurants, Garrett observed. "Now,
it's about restaurants having a menu board, but other
businesses can't."
Copeland said he liked the signs at the Anna Maria
Historic Green Village. They are uniform, attractive,
brief and meet the size limitations.
Webb, however, noted the commission has
extended the moratorium on A-frame signs until April
3.
"We can always extend it again. We have bigger
fish to fry than A-frame signs," he said.
City attorney Jim Dye advised commissioners to
use caution on the sign ordinance.
"You can regulate size, but be careful about trying
to regulate content. That's a free-speech issue," he
said.
Dye also noted that some municipalities allow
5-15 years for a business to come into compliance
with a new sign ordinance.
"If you have someone who just spent $10,000 on
a sign that was legal, and now you say it's not legal,
you're going to have pushback from the owner," he
cautioned commissioners.


"We have our homework. Look at areas that are
acceptable to have an outside sign," Webb said. Com-
missioners agreed to study sign ordinance exceptions
and bring their ideas to the March 27 regular meet-
ing.
Dye also told commissioners that under the current
charter, the mayor has the choice to be pro-active or
reactive regarding code enforcement. The commission
agreed to support the mayor, however she proceeds.
SueLynn said code enforcement officers would be
pro-active on vehicles and signs in the rights of way,
and they would use discretion to solve code violations
without going through the violation process.
Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon said in
the nearly two years since the city adopted the special
magistrate system to solve code citations, the city has
yet to employ the magistrate.
SueLynn said the object of code enforcement is to
solve the issue amicably, not bring the offender to the
magistrate.
"These are our residents, our citizens. We want to
work with them to bring problems into compliance,"
she said.
The mayor also said she would allow anonymous
code violation complaints. For several years, the
policy has been that a complaint had to be signed by
the person making the objection.
Garrett observed Rathvon and code enforcement
officer Diane Sacca have resolved nearly all code com-
plaints the past two years.

Special work session March 18
Anna Maria commissioners announced they
would hold a special work session at 6 p.m. Tues-
day, March 18, to discuss agenda items that were
continued from the March 13 work session.
Included on the agenda was discussion on
the size of bedrooms in new single-family resi-
dences.


Anna Maria commis-
sioners are seated
around several
tables, conducting
informal work ses-
sions and suspending
the rules or order to
promote dialogue.
Taking part are, from
left, Commission-
ers Doug Copeland,
left, Dale Woodland,
Chuck Webb, Mayor
SueLynn, Commis-
sioners Nancy Yetter
and Carol Carter,
city attorney Jim Dye
and city planner Alan
Garrett. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin


Anna Maria City Manatee County
March 27, 6 p.m., city commission. March 25, 9 a.m., county commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941- Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com. Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.


Bradenton Beach
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.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
March 19, 6 p.m., charter review meeting.
March 25, 7 p.m. city commission.
March 26, 9 a.m., charter review.
March 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.


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

Of Interest
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., Braden-
ton.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and
news@islander.org.





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 19, 2014 0 5-A

Beach renourishment reaches final stretch at Coquina Beach


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It seems like it's been a long time coming.
But the two-part renourishment of Anna Maria
Island beaches that began Dec. 20 at 79th Street in
Holmes Beach is now in its final phase at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Renourishment contractor Great Lakes Dredge &
Dock Co. completed its U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
renourishment project March 3 at 13th Street South in
Bradenton Beach.
Following that $13 million project, GLDD began
renourishing Cortez Beach in a separate contract
arrangement and continued pumping sand southward,
moving to Coquina Beach.
Renourishing of the southernmost island beaches


is a $5.7 million Manatee County project under the
supervision of the parks and natural resources depart-
ment.
Department director Charlie Hunsicker said the
state would reimburse the county for about half the
cost of renourishing the county-maintained beaches.
The county's share of beach renourishment comes
from the tourist development tax fund. That's the 5 per-
cent tax collected on rentals of six months or less. The
money can only be used for tourism-related projects.
Once renourishment is complete, Hunsicker said
the department will begin preparing an estimated $2.5
million project to replace groins at Cortez Beach. The
groins will be installed there under the supervision of
Coastal Planning and Engineering of Boca Raton.
Hunsicker stressed this was only an estimate as
bids have not yet been requested. He said he expected
the groin project to last nine months.
The new groins will be state-of-the-art equipment
and allow marine engineers to control the flow of sand
and water to minimize erosion.
Hunsicker said he did not know when a request


for bids would be sent groin construction companies.
Any plans to allow pedestrians and anglers on the
new groins would come from the Manatee County
Commission in conjunction with the Bradenton Beach
City Commission, he said.


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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. moved its barges
March 13 from a location offshore of the north end
of Anna Maria Island to a borrow area closer to
Longboat Pass. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin


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ABOVE: Beach-
goers March 13
at Coquina Beach
appear oblivious
to the approach
of renourishment
equipment.
LEFT: Great
Lakes Dredge &
Dock equipment
March 13 moves
south, to pump
sand onto the
shore at Coquina
Beach.


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Cora steps into Irish parade . --.


A star is born!
A mega-size pet by any standards, Bill (no last
name) proudly walked his elephant Cora in the Sean
Murphy-Beach Bistro-Eat Here St. Patrick's Parade
March 16.
Cora was, without an Irish doubt, head over heels
above the crowd and the two much-adored camels,
who stretched pretty tall and caroused, knock-kneed,
happier than the average camel on any given Wednes-
day. How do you say "huuuuuuump day?"
Cora arrived on Anna Maria Island to substitute
for Judy and trainer Mr. Bones, who were called away
for an important cause.
The parade was a phenomenal success no matter
how you measured it end to end or from the road
to the tops o' the palms.
There were marching bands! Bagpipers. Drum-
lines. Irish music.
There were at least three St. Patricks, including
the parade regular who arrives each year just for this
event from Buffalo, N.Y., brother of the O'Connor
twins, George and Billy, who again trailered their
friends in an Irish pub complete with pints o' ale.
There was many a decorated car, truck, boat,
trailer, golf cart, bicycle, mini-shriner car, scooter and
even little green wagons loaded with "wee ones."
There was the crew of Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers flui" ing loads and loads of beads, and help
showering the parade-watchers came from nearly
every other parade participant, most loaded with
beads and candy.
OK. There were a few complainers. People who
came early with chairs became upset when they lost
their view to the crowd that spilled onto the road.
Still, urging people to rise and step up was largely
to no avail. Next year, please, plan to stand and enjoy
the best-ever St. Pat's parade.
Even Cora seemed pleased as she swayed and
sauntered along Marina Drive. After all, who expects
to see an elephant on Anna Maria Island.
This was the 16th parade and by far the best.
Thank you Sean and wife Susan.
The after-party in Holmes Beach went on into
the night minus the elephant, camels, green pony
and the kids.
And then came the full moon, rising on the hori-
zon over Perico Island.
For one whose namesake is Bertha Bonner Kelly,
it was one awesome day.
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Please, pick up
I would like to inform all people who own dogs
that regulations require picking up after your dog.
We walk our dog every morning and night. We
carry a plastic bag to retrieve what our dog deposits
on the ground. That is just the responsible thing to
do.
Unless you have stepped in a mess and almost
tracked it into your house, you may not realize what
an unpleasant thing it is.
Please, be responsible pet owners and pick it
up.
It's the law.
Elaine Deffenbaugh, Anna Maria

Clean up, please
Whoever is responsible for cutting the parkway
grass in Holmes Beach is doing a lousy job.
I walk my dog on Marina Drive between 67th and
72nd streets, and on March 5, noticed large clumps
of grass all along the parkway on both sides of the
sidewalk.
The end of 68th Street has been overlooked, as
there has been no trimming around the street post,
utility posts, fire hydrant and bench.
This is not only an eyesore, but difficult to clean
up any dog droppings in the clumps.
My sister, visiting from St. Louis, said there was
no mention of this eyesore in the travel section of
the St. Louis Post Dispatch when they mentioned
"beautiful Anna Maria Island."
Come on Holmes Beach, clean up the mess.
Judy McClarren, Holmes Beach

Good work
As Canadian owners of a condominium on Anna
Maria Island, we want to comment on the beach
refurbishment.
Although there was a little more noise than usual


when the contractors were working directly in front
of our condo, this was such a small price to pay for
the beautiful beach that we now have as a result of
the small inconveniences.
The contractors involved in this refurbishment
worked very hard and were extremely professional
in their dealings with the residents and visitors. They
would answer questions and were always friendly and
courteous, with our safety being first and foremost.
There are always those who complain no matter
what the situation but, when this refurbishment is
completed and our beach extended far beyond its
original boundaries, we will be happy and smiling
to be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Our thanks to the contractors and each and every
person involved in the refurbishment of our beach.
You have and continue to do an amazing job.
C. and J. Foley

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If you've ever had fun on Anna Maria Island's
historic Bridge Street when shopping in our stores,
eating in our restaurants, enjoying our Sunday mar-
kets, then the Bridge Street Merchants organization
really needs your help.
We, members of the BI\ I board, urge island
residents, visitors, business owners and local musi-
cians to attend this week's Bradenton Beach City
Commission meeting, when a highly restrictive
noise ordinance will be considered and a final vote
could be taken.
If the proposed restrictive ordinance is
approved, you may no longer be able to enjoy
outdoor live music in Bradenton Beach.
It's been proposed that sound readings be
slashed to 65 decibels, which is the sound level
of normal conversation. There are grave conse-
quences in turning down our outdoor live music
to mere conversational levels:
Our visitors will likely be disappointed by


Christmas on Bridge Street 2013.


the lack of live entertainment and look elsewhere
for future beach vacations.
Our numerous eating and drinking establish-
ments will no longer fill the city's tax coffers due
to grossly reduced revenues.
Working musicians will lose their jobs, not to
mention your favorite bartenders and servers.
We agree there need to be noise limits related
to time of day and decibel readings, but we want
the city commissioners and Mayor Bill Shearon to
hear from the many people who enjoy and appreci-
ate live music on and near Bridge Street, not just
the few who complain about it.
We support reasonable noise limits and, with
more community feedback, hopefully we can reach
a compromise that makes everyone happy.
Please come to the meeting, which will take
place at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Bradenton
Beach City Hall. Please let your voice be heard,
before it's too late to hear live music in paradise
anymore.
If you can't attend, please send an email to
Commissioner Janie Robertson at ward3@cityof-
bradentonbeach.com with your valuable input.
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Headlines from March 17, 2004
The Manatee County School Board unani-
mously voted not to renew the Island Middle School
charter for 2004-05. Superintendent Roger Dearing
said the school failed to meet its charter obligations
during its three years of operation. IMS board mem-
bers argued to no avail that the school could become
viable by hiring a new principal.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn recommended the
city halt plans to purchase the former Island Marine
property on Pine Avenue after learning the city would
have to fund $500,000 of the $2 million pricetag. The
city would have to spend about $8,000 for an appraisal
and grant. The Florida Trust for Public Lands also
wanted a donation of 8-10 percent from the owner,
who already had lowered the price to the city.
Randy Wells of Mote Marine Laboratory in
Sarasota and Cortez resident Steve Fulford rescued
a female dolphin off the Anna Maria Island coast
that had become entangled in monofilament fishing
line and was in danger of losing its dorsal fin. The
line was removed and the dolphin was treated at the
laboratory. He cautioned anglers not to feed dolphins,
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Cash makes splash in island real estate market


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
There's an old saying in used-car sales that "Cash
makes the splash" for the buyer looking to make a
good deal.
That adage could certainly be true today in the
Anna Maria Island real estate market.
\ 'lic than half of our clients are paying cash,"
said Jessie Brisson of Gulf-Bay Real Estate, 5309 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. "And cash buyers are getting
the best deals."
Brisson tracks real estate transactions weekly for
The Islander.
He said the traditional January lull in Anna Maria
Island real estate sales is over and buyers are showing
up in droves.
"We started off a little slow in early January and
that's always expected. But things have picked up
lately. We've had a lot of calls and contracts are pend-
ing," he said.
Brisson said the rising prices of single-family
homes on Anna Maria Island will likely prompt serious
buyers with cash to start making offers on properties.
He noted the average sale price for a single-family
home on Anna Maria Island rose 18.3 percent from
January 2013 to January 2014, according to the area's


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The dispute between some of the island's local
officials who want to regulate rentals and the property
managers and owners of vacation rental homes is to be
continued.
Consideration by the Florida House of Representa-
tives for a repeal bill, HB No. 307, is apparently stuck
in committee.
The bill, which would repeal the 2011 Florida law
that forbids local governments from passing further
legislation or changing existing regulations to govern
the vacation rental industry, appears stuck in the House
Local and Federal Affairs Committee, according to the
official Florida Legislature website.
A companion Senate bill to repeal the 2011 statute
cleared two Senate committees earlier in the session
that began March 3. It is expected to come before the
Senate for a vote as early as this week.
HLFA Committee Chair Eddy Gonzalez, R-Hia-
leah, said a March 12 committee vote on the bill was
postponed, and he did not expect it to come for a vote
again without changes that favor existing rental prop-


The price of single-family homes on Anna Maria
Island continues to climb. A year ago, this house on
84th Street in Holmes Beach was listed for under
$500,000. Today the asking price is $579,000.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

multiple listing service. The average price in January
2012 was $524,675, but had climbed to $622,949 by
January 2013.
Brisson said it looks like island real estate is a sell-
er's market and cash buyers will find the best values.
"I certainly don't see prices dropping any the next


erty owners.
Gonzalez said he doubted the bill would survive
the committee without amendments.
One possible amendment would allow local gov-
ernments to regulate some parts of the vacation rental
industry, but the government could not restrict rent-
als to a specific duration, according to the Tallahassee
Democrat.
That amendment would prohibit ordinances that
limit vacation rentals to seven-30 days or more.
Gonzalez said lawmakers will have to draft amend-
ments that satisfy both sides of the issue.
Anna Maria and Holmes Beach elected officials
have expressed dissatisfaction with the 2011 bill that
restricts municipal government's ability to regulate the
vacation rental industry.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Holmes Beach
Commissioner Jean Peelen have sought support for
restrictions, seeking repeal of the bill from some leg-
islators.
Vacation property owners which have enjoyed
success since the real estate bubble burst in 2008 are
claiming ownership rights.


few months," he said.
At Mike Norman Realty, 5101 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, owner Mike Norman said the early buying trend
for the season was in upper-level priced homes.
"That's what most clients want to see and, of
course, they want waterfront," Norman said.
Sales agent Jason Hmak at Norman's office agreed
that cash "is making the splash."
Cash buyers are able to get "wiggle-room" with
sellers because no bank is involved, he said.
Sellers like it when they can close a sale faster with
a cash buyer, Hrnak added.
Norman estimated 60-70 percent of recent sales
have been for cash.
He also noted that a number of older, one-story
homes on the island that are not on the water are being
sold to investors, who plan to build a vacation rental
on the property.
"And we've also been very busy in selling that
mid-price range of homes," he said.
Sue Carlson at An Island Place Realty with offices
at 9908 Gulf Drive and 413 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
said she was busy in January.
Many of her prospects were European, others
were looking for a second home and a few found good
values in northwest Bradenton properties.
"I think the season is off to a terrific start and it's
only going to get better," she said.
With prices continuing to climb, that's good news
for sellers. Serious buyers, however, should get serious
quickly.
Carlson said single-family home prices are up 25
percent from January 2013, while condo prices jumped
13 percent. The biggest increase is in vacant land, which
has seen prices climb by 84 percent, she said.
"Lots that have been sitting empty for years are
being built on" she said.
Additionally, the inventory of single-family resi-
dences is at the lowest level in a decade, which is good
for sellers, Carlson observed.
Gregg Bayer of AMI Beaches Real Estate, 5702
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, added that value is in
the eye of the buyer.
"It all depends upon what the client wants. We've
had a lot of Canadians purchasing a winter home.
Some want waterfront, others are looking inland on
the island. It's all in the eye of the buyer."
Bayer also emphasized how cash buyers have a
big advantage, but added that banks and lending insti-
tutions are loosening up and making loans for home
purchases.
"We haven't had any financing issues, and we're
getting more and more people signing contracts every
day," he said.
"It looks like the next few months will be very
good for island real estate," Bayer predicted.

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Holmes Beach moves to tighten beach, bar liquor laws


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Don't pop open that beer just yet, and have an
ID ready at the door.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer pro-
posed two changes to the city alcohol ordinances at
a March 13 city commission meeting.
Tokajer asked commissioners to change the
ordinance prohibiting anyone from consuming alco-
hol on the beach to prohibit possession of alcohol,
which would conform with signs at posted city beach
accesses.
Basically, the current ordinance states people
cannot consume alcohol on the beach, but it does not
prohibit them from bringing it to the beach. However,
the beach signs do.
Tokajer also recommended an ordinance to pro-
hibit anyone under age 21 from entering establish-
ments that offer only alcoholic beverages.
Tokajer said Manatee and Sarasota counties pro-
hibit a standalone bar from allowing people under
age 21 to enter those bars.
The ordinance would allow exceptions for law
enforcement officers, firefighters, health and build-
ing inspectors, employees, entertainment, security,
maintenance and delivery people. There also would
be an exception for special events open to the general
public or "teen nights."


A bartender at D.Coy Ducks Tavern serves patrons
at the bar. Ducks and the Anchor Inn, both in
Holmes Beach, may be affected by a proposed city
ordinance prohibiting anyone under 21 from enter-
ing a tavern. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield
The only affected establishments in Holmes
Beach would be D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive,
and the Anchor Inn, 3007 Gulf Drive.


The commission agreed with Tokajer's sugges-
tions, and city attorney Patricia Petruff was tasked
with drafting the beach-related amendment and the
new ordinance to bring back to a future meeting for
review.


Congress passes flood
insurance rate reduction
Congress passed a bill March 13 that caps
the increase in flood insurance rates at 18 per-
cent, while the Federal Emergency Management
Agency continues to seek ways to keep flood
insurance rates affordable.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, said in a
news release that passage of the bill halts imple-
mentation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insur-
ance Reform Act of 2012, which could have
caused increases of up to 400 percent on some
flood insurance premiums in high-risk areas,
including the Florida coastline.
Nelson said the bill is "not everything I
wanted for homeowners, but it is significant
protection from unconscionable rate hikes."
The bill went to President Barack Obama,
who was expected to sign it into law.


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Celebrity chef Craig Chasky's lesson plan for an
Aging in Paradise workshop includes dining on a full-
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Chasky, who has appeared on the Food Network,
will prepare salad, pasta primavera, bread pudding and
beverages in his program on "Better Health through
Healthy Cooking."
The workshop will take place at 11 a.m. Friday,
March 28, at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center,
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Tickets must be purchased by March 25.
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Island CityFest organizers seek sponsors, vendors
Holmes Beach is the site for a two-day celebration the food court, as well as participants in an arts and
of the island lifestyle in April. crafts show and a classic car show.
Island CityFest, presented by the Anna Maria Sponsors and vendors are still being sought for the
Island Chamber of Commerce, will take place 5-10 event, as are volunteers.
p.m. Friday, April 11, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sponsorships are $100-$2,500.
April 12, in the field north of city hall, 5801 Marina Vendor fees are $100-$200.
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Pancake breakfast benefits children's charities


Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee are on the
menu in a benefit for children's charities.
The annual Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key pan-
cake breakfast will take place 7-11 a.m. Saturday,
March 22, at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.


The breakfast will cost $7.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Centre Shops,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
For more information, call Weldon Frost at 941-
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AMICCO presents classical concert


The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra's well-anticipated classical concert will
take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23.
AMICCO will perform at CrossPointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets are $25.
The program features the works of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn.
Soloists include baritone Daniel A. Hoffman,
tenor David Kesler, soprano Joy Leitner, cellist Felice
Magendanz Farrell.
Hoffman has a bachelor's degree with honors
from Indiana University School of Music and has
performed with opera companies and symphonies
throughout the United States.
Kesler sang with the Robert Page Singers and
Cleveland Orchestra before moving to Florida. He


also taught piano and voice in Ohio and was a member
of the voice faculty at Cleveland Music School Settle-
ment and Koch School of Music.
Leitner has a bachelor's in music performance
and has performed extensively in the Opera Theatre,
Kentucky Opera and as a soloist with the Louisville
Orchestra. She's also performed in Europe.
Farrell has served as assistant principal cellist
in the Minnesota Orchestra, solo cellist with the St.
Paul Chamber Orchestra and was on the faculty of
the Eastman School of Music.
Tickets are available online at www.amicco.org;
at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; and by calling 941-
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at the door.


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Bestselling author Tim Dorsey will sign copies
of his books and participate in a question-and-answer
session at the Island Library in March.
The event at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday,
March 29.
Dorsey, who resides in Tampa with his family
and is a former reporter and editor for the Tampa
Tribune, has published a number of novels, includ-
ing "Florida Roadkill," "Hammerhead Ranch Motel,"
"Orange Crush," "Triggerfish Twist," "The Stingray
Shuffle," "Cadillac Beach," "Torpedo Juice," "The
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"Nuclear Jellyfish," "Gator A-Go-Go," "Electric Bar-
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and "The Riptide Ultra-Glide."
His latest is "Tiger Shrimp Tango."
Seating will be on a first-come basis.
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Florida-friendly landscaping
extension lecture set
A representative from the Manatee County
Extension Services will present "Florida-Friendly
Landscaping" at the Island Library in Holmes
Beach.
The program 2 p.m. Wednesday, March
26 will offer landscaping ideas and advice to
help people put the right plant in the right place
on Anna Maria Island.
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The honor of "best of show" at the annual Spring-
fest juried fine arts and crafts celebration went to local
artist Jay Canterbury.
Springfest was held March 8-9 in Holmes Beach.
The Anna Maria Island Art League presented the fes-
tival, which raises money for AMIAL's educational
programs.
The show was judged by Jeff Schwartz, an artist
and the head of the illustration department at the Ring-
ling College of Art and Design.
An award of distinction went to Lori Rosen-
berger.
Awards of merit went to Elizabeth Haughton for

Artspace hosts 'Neon
Neurons,' selfie challenge
Artspace will hold a reception for "Neon Neu-
rons," an exhibit featuring the work of Dr. Juan San-
chez-Ramos, an artist and a neuroscientist physician.
The reception will take place 6-8 p.m. Satur-
day, March 22, at Artspace, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria.
Sanchez-Ramos also known as Zeno started
his early career as a wandering portrait artist and
designer, but evolved over the years to become a neu-
roscientist-physician. He is the medical director for
the Parkinson Research Foundation and a professor
of Neurology at University of South Florida-Tampa.
He uses images from research in neurobiology to
inspire new designs and artworks and "Neon Neurons"
was inspired by photomicrographs of neurons in his
laboratory. Intrigued by the fractal nature of neurons,
the artist began to draw simple neurons using a 3-D
fractal-drawing program. The images show the struc-
ture of developing neurons, from their stem cell origins


jewelry; Linda Health for mixed media; Alice and Bob
Legler for metal; Ed Obermeryer for oil-acrylics and
Ann Schroeder for oil/acrylics.
Local students also took home honors from Spring-
fest, including Catriona Barr of Manatee School for
the Arts; Aaliyah Arguez of Tara Elementary; Kira
Piearcy of Manatee School for the Arts; Jenifer Vargas
Acuna and Madison Hayes of Freedom Elementary;
Evan Fisher of Gullet Elementary; Riley Hornsby of
Williams Elementary; Sam Waterman of Anna Maria
Elementary and Shamirkia Imbert of Moody Elemen-
tary.
AMIAL also presents Winterfest in December.


A detail from a piece oy Dr. Juan sancnez-Kamos,
whose work is being featured at Artspace.

to their beautiful fractal branching structures.
Zeno will give a short talk about his research and
design processes during the reception.
Artspace also will host voting for its seasonal art
challenge best selfie photograph of an artist in his
or her work or studio environment.
For more information, call Deborah Webster at
Artspace at 941-243-3835.
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Wednesday, March 19
10 a.m. Friends of the Island Library volunteer brunch, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
6341.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park-Coquina
Beach Arts and Crafts Festival, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-518-4431.
1-3 p.m. -Anna Maria Garden Club annual Penny Flower
Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
7:41 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, March 20
Welcome the first day of spring.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park-Coquina
Beach Arts and Crafts Festival, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-518-4431.
7:42 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, March 21
9:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Library annual meeting
and election of officers, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5-7 p.m. -Annie Silver Community Center dinner of fried fish
and all the trimmings. 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-3580.
7:43 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, March 22
7:43 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, March 23
2 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
Mozart and Haydn concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-2370.
6-8 p.m. "Neon Neurons" exhibit and reception and artist
selfie challenge, Artspace, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-243-3825.

Friends plan annual meeting
The Friends of the Island Library is prepar-
ing for two organizational events this week- the
annual meeting and election of officers and a vol-
unteer brunch.
The brunch will take place at 10 a.m. Wednes-
day, March 19, at the Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive.
The annual meeting also will take place at the
library. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday,
March 21.
The nominating committee recommended a
slate of officers, including:
Mary Pat Swamy, president.
Pam Leckie, vice president.
Denise Johnson, secretary.
Valerie McGannon, treasurer.
Isaac Newell, three-year member at-large.
Carol Cornwell, two-year member at-large.
Allan Guy, one-year member at large.
For more information, call the library at 941-
778-6341.


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How to with Don Pulver
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts artist-member Don Pulver for a free
painting demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Saturday,
March 22. Pulver is also the gallery's March fea-
tured artist. For more information, call IGW at 941-
778-6648. Islander Courtesy Photo

7:30 p.m. Jazz Night with Diane Linscott, Ginny's and Jane
E'satthe Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Infor-
mation: 941-778-3170.
7:30 p.m. Island Players auditions for "And the Winner Is"
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.
7:44 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, March 24
7:44 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, March 25
7:45 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, March 26
2 p.m. Florida-friendly landscaping lecture, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7:45 p.m. Official sunset time.

Off-island
Thursday, March 20
7 p.m. Longboat Key Historical Society natural Florida his-
tory lecture, Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1598.


Friday, March 21
6 p.m. Music in the Park concert with George Worthmore,
Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-350-8563.
Saturday, March 22
7-11 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key pancake breakfast,
St. Mary Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Fee applies. Information: 941-383-8900.
7 p.m. Music in the Park concert with Second Time Around-
ers Band, Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-350-
8563.

Tuesday, March 25
2 p.m. -Author Sam Zygner talks about "The Forgotten Mar-
lins," Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 786-573-9927.

Coming up
*April 5, Bradenton Marauders' first home game, Bradenton.
April 5, Keep Manatee Beautiful Make Every Day Earth Day,
countywide.
April 12, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Bra-
denton Beach.
April 12, An Island Affaire gala, Anna Maria.
*April 11-12, Island CityFest, Holmes Beach.

Save the date
April 19, Sandbar Restaurant Easter egg hunt, Anna Maria.

Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
High-resolution photographs are welcome.

Women of the Moose plan
kids' Easter party, egg hunt
The Women of the Moose Chapter 1601 are
organizing an annual Easter party for children ages
2-10 on Saturday, April 12.
The party will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the
island lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
The chapter is planning an egg hunt on the beach,
games, visits with the Easter bunny and lunch.
Reservations for children and their adult
escorts must be made by Tuesday, April 8.
For more information, call 941-778-4110.


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At 7 p.m. Satur-
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the Park series at the
Riverwalk in down-
town Bradenton. The
band, featuring more
than 250 musicians
from 30 states, trav-
els around the coun-
try and features three
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Calendar of ongoing events, activities


Through...
March 20-April 6, Island Players present "Mama Won't Fly,"
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.
March 20-April 6, "Man of La Mancha," Manatee Players,
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
March 24-31, Anna Maria Island Community Center day camp
for children, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908.
Through April 15, Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, the Bradenton
Auditorium, 1005 FirstAve. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
888-674-0107.
Through Easter, Lenten Soup Suppers, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
1813.
Through April, Music in the Park, Bradenton Riverwalk, water-
front, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.

Wednesday
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-708-6130.
Wednesday, 1 p.m., starting Jan. 8, Anna Maria Irish Ceili
dance, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-779-1416.
Wednesday, through March, Anna Maria Island Historical
Society sells Settlers' Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-779-7688.
First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
778-3209.
First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
3209.
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131.
Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club
meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Thursday
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street,
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:
941-778-3580.
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., Island Library Book Club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
3209.
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Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.

Friday
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle, Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 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-
778-1908.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
3132.

Saturday
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
Saturday, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton
Farmers' Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., Music on the Porch, Florida Mari-
time Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-
6120.
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
Sunday, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street
Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
0668.

Monday
Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial 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:
941-778-1908.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-
mation: 941-254-4972.
Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-





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The forgotten Marlins
Author Sam Zygner will talk about his book, "The
Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-60 Origi-
nal Miami Marlins," in a program at the Central
Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. The
talk will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25,
and feature original Marlin Steve Korcheck, who
also caught for the Washington Senators. For more
information, call 786-573-0027.

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
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, 10 a.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m., bingo, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202.
Editor's note: Events are subject to change when there is a
holiday
Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates
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By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The adventures continue for seniors as they say
farewell to their organization's founder.
Pat Gentry founded Senior Adventures in 2009
as a volunteer AmeriCorps VISTA consultant, and
moved away just before the organization's fifth anni-
versary.
"It was very fulfilling for me and I know it was
for the group. I'm sorry to leave. It was heartbreaking
and I will miss them all dearly," said Gentry.
Gentry moved to be closer to family a few hours
north of Anna Maria Island.
"It was my job (as an AmeriCorps volunteer) to
find a need on the island. I wasn't directed to seniors,
it was the greatest need," Gentry said.
She began organizing the group to encourage
islanders to meet their neighbors and get involved
in their community, particularly for those homebound
or who could not drive.
"The focus was always on fun. Not medical con-
cerns or anything like that. Just fun," Gentry said.
The group had its beginnings at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Gentry said Ken Venters,
member of the center's board at the time, was instru-
mental in helping her put the group together.
The center turned out not to the right fit for the
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the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton
Beach, which donates the use of its space.
Senior Adventures meets at Annie Silver most
Friday, and hosts a book sale the last Friday of the 1 )
month. Members carpool to museums, parks, festi-
vals and guided tours. Gentry spent time scheduling
events two-three months in advance.
"I researched everything in the area. I wanted i
to keep it all affordable for people who are living
on Social Security. It was never exclusive," said
Gentry.
The group has been to the Powel Crowley Estate,
GWiz, the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition at the Bra- ___
denton Auditorium and toured the new Manatee
Performing Arts Center in Bradenton while it was
under construction, along with countless other adven-
tures.
Nly favorite thing to hear was, 'I've been here
all my life and I've never been here' or 'I've never
seen this,'" Gentry said.
Her duties now will be handled by members Kaye
Bell, Geri Cannon, Dianne Coates and Peg Miller.
The group will celebrate its fifth anniversary in
June.
"People in the group made friends. I would see
people out who met in the group. That was my goal, d
and it was really great to see people helping each _
other," Gentry said.
Senior Adventures meets most Fridays 10 a.m.
at the Annie Silver Community Center 103 23rd St., .
Bradenton Beach.


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Annie Silver sets the table
to serve up fried fish
The Annie Silver Community Center will open
its kitchen to Big John's Texas Barbecue Friday,
March 21. But it's fried fish headlining the menu
for the monthly community dinner.
The center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach,
will hold the fish fry from 5-7 p.m. The price per
person will be $8. The menu includes fish, hush
puppies, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, desserts
and beverages.
Proceeds raised from the event will go toward
maintaining the center.
Also, bingo is played at the center on Thurs-
days through the spring. The games take place at
7 p.m. through March 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
for players to mingle, prepare for play, purchase
refreshments and consider becoming members.
For more information, call Linda Yarger at
941-778-3580.


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When England stood alone
Royd Dawkins of London remembers that he and
his friends knew a war was coming in 1939.
"It had been in all the papers that we were going
to defend Poland, and we didn't believe for a minute
the Nazis would give up," said the Londoner.
When war began Sept. 3, 1939, with the Nazi inva-
sion of Poland, Dawkins was too young to join any of
the services.
But he was a Sea Scout and his scout leader
ensured all the boys knew basic seamanship, how to
row and pilot a vessel, and what was expected of them
if they went into the Royal Navy.
By mid-1940, the Battle of Britain was in full
swing in the skies over London, and Dawkins never
gave a thought that Britain would surrender.
"Even after the French surrendered in June and
we were left alone, none of us believed it was over.
Churchill would come on the radio and tell us we
would never surrender, no matter what the Nazis did.
And we believed it. None of my mates ever considered
it was over," he recalled.
Finally, in 1940, he got a job working for Britain's
internal revenue service as a desk clerk checking tax
forms.
"It wasn't what I had in mind for the war. I had


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hadn't been called, so I had to do something."
His day finally came in late 1940 when he went
to the recruiter in Worcester and asked about his
request.
"He told me they weren't taking any more in the
signals branch at that time, but asked me about becom-
ing a seaman.
"I wanted to get in the war so badly, I said yes.
When I went home, my mom was very upset. She had
lost my dad as a result of WWI and didn't want me on
a ship in the ocean."
Six weeks after signing up, Dawkins got his orders
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"I was just an ordinary seaman, but luckily knew
a lot about working on board a ship. We did a lot of
physical exercise and ran everywhere."
After training, he was assigned to the HMS Paken-
ham, a newly commissioned destroyer in Newcastle.
"I was originally assigned to gunnery control, but
on my first day, I had to help the cook get the food ready
for the mess. We had 21 men in our mess, and we all
took turns helping the cook. It wasn't the way I wanted
to start the war, but I got plenty of action later."
In November 1941, the ship went to Scapa Floe in
Scotland, the main base of the British fleet.
The Pakenham then got orders to intercept German
pocket battleships in the North Sea, but the weather
was so bad the ship was unable to locate the Ger-
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"The weather was appalling. I don't know if we
were mad or relieved that we couldn't find the enemy
ship, but it was our first test at battle stations and we

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"We then sailed to Gibraltar on a special mission
and on returning home, we got shore leave. I was
ashore on Dec. 7, 1941, when I heard the Japs had
bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States was now
in the war with us. We always wondered why it took
so long, but the Japanese solved the problem."
The Pakenham and Dawkins were part of the
resupply convoy to Singapore in February 1942.
Unfortunately, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese
that month, and the convoy was diverted to Madagas-
car for the British invasion of that Vichy French island
off the west coast of southern Africa.
"Our troops went ashore and captured their objec-
tive within a few hours. Other troops on the other side
of the island took a little longer, but eventually the
French surrendered and many joined the Allies," he
recalled.
The Pakenham then sailed with a fast convoy to
Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean to try to get
supplies to the island because they were starving due
to heavy bombing, Dawkins recalled.
"That trip was very hairy, I can tell you. We got
bombed by the Germans every day and we lost a few
ships. Luckily, we had good gunners and never got
hit.
"We were detached to attack the Italian fleet, but
they turned around and went back to base in Taranto.
That ended their big chance to destroy our convoy."
When the Pakenham returned to Alexandria in
Egypt, it had only 38 shells remaining for its guns.
"Another destroyer was completely out of shells,
so you can imagine how fierce the fighting was.
"I don't remember having time to be scared. We
were all just doing our duty and things happened so
fast, you didn't have time to think about it. Later, in
port, we realized how lucky we were.
"When you're as young as I was, you think noth-
ing's going to happen to you. It will always be the other
guy who gets it."
On his third convoy to Malta, Dawkins learned the


Allies had invaded North Africa.
"Of course, that cheered us up because we were
finally on the offensive."
Also on that convoy, the Pakenham found itself
in the midst of an Italian naval force and did a lot of
damage to the Italian ships before being torpedoed.
"We couldn't get steam and we were sinking. The
captain ordered us to transfer to the HMS Paladin,
which took us to Malta."
At Malta, Dawkins got orders to report to Alex-
andria to receive training to take a commission in the
Royal Navy.
He sailed to Alexandria, then went to Port Eliza-
beth, South Africa. He was commissioned a sub-lieu-
tenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.
"I then went for more training as an officer and
joined a merchant cruiser patrolling the South Atlantic.
By that time in the war, the Germans were still in the
South Atlantic, but we didn't see any action.
"I remember hearing the news about D-Day, June
6, 1944, and thinking, 'at last after all these years, we
were going back. It was four years after Dunkirk, and
we were finally going to pay back the Germans for that
debacle."
But Dawkins was still stuck in the South Atlan-
tic.
He was assigned to Sierra Leone on the west coast
of Africa where he was an officer on shore.
"It wasn't hard duty, but I tell you, I made some
of the best friends of my life there. The camaraderie
was incredible, just like on the Pakenham.
"On the Pakenham, everyone's life depended upon the
other guy doing his job. And they did. It's difficult to
explain unless you were there, but I never heard a cross
word among the ship's company. We were all there to
do a job and win the war."
Dawkins would spend more than a year in Sierra
Leone. He was stationed there when WWII in Europe
ended May 8, 1945.
He returned to England and served on a fleet
ocean-going tug, The Bandit, until he was demobilized


THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 19, 2014 0 17-A
in 1946.
"When I got home, I wondered what I was going to
do. I wanted dentistry, so I wrote the Royal College of
Surgeons and applied for training as a dental surgeon,
using government assistance as a veteran to pay for
the training."
He was accepted by the RCS and graduated as a
dental surgeon.
In 1947, he met Eileen Muriel, who was training as
a general dentist. They dated for five years and married
in 1952.
They had two sons and two daughters living in
Great Britain. One of his daughters attended college
in the United States.
Dawkins retired from dentistry in 1986. He spends
his time traveling the world and visiting his friend in
Holmes Beach, Robert Read, also a retired Royal Navy
officer.
"Serving in the navy was one of the greatest things
I ever did. There was never a doubt I would do my
duty, and I'm proud to say I served in the war. I'd do
it all over again if I could serve with the same men."
Royd Dawkins is a proud member of The Greatest
Generation.

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and Korean War veterans, The Islander newspa-
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18-A 0 MARCH 19, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach charter review covers mayor vacancy


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Should the city retain its weak-mayor form of gov-
ernment and add a city manager?
The devil may be in the details of the government's
charter.
If attention to detail were ever in question with the
Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee, all con-
cerns can be put to rest.
The committee resumed its work March 12,
reviewing the suggested edits flagged during its initial
review. Minor and significant edits were painstakingly
scrutinized in the more than three-hour meeting.
Minor edits included comma placements and word
choice and order, where significant edits included
rewrites of officer sections and procedures for elec-
tions and recalls.
Elections and recalls focused on the procedures for
replacing the mayor in the event of a vacancy, which
led to discussion about adding a city manager to the
charter.
"I looked into island communities similar to ours
and Anna Maria is the only one who really looked into
it. And they changed theirs because of the problems
they had," committee member Pam Leckie said. "None
of the coastal villages, towns or cities address it any-
more than we do."
The current procedure in the charter in the event
of a mayoral vacancy is for the commission chair to
assume the post. The chair then would be filled by


Anna Maria seeks
new EEEC member
Anna Maria's environmental education and
enhancement committee is looking for a new
member.
Bill Malfese, the committee's chair and a staff
member in the city's public works department, is
taking a position as recycling coordinator with the
Manatee County Utilities Department. His last day
on the job in Anna Maria will be March 21.
"I really enjoyed my time with the committee,
and I'm hoping someone will step up to keep it
going," Malfese said.
"I think we accomplished a lot. I'm sorry to be
leaving, but there are a lot of good people on the
committee to keep it going."
He said his new job would keep him too
involved to keep up with chairing the EEEC.
City residents interested in serving on the
EEEC can obtain an application at Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive N.


Town meeting on charter
The Holmes Beach Charter Review committee
plans to discuss significant issues at its March 19
meeting.
Committee chair Bob Johnson is encouraging
citizens to attend and weigh in on the changes con-
sidered to the city charter often considered the
bible for government entities.
The committee will discuss limiting terms and
term lengths for the mayor and commissioners, as
well as height and density requirements and other
controls for buildings.
The committee will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday,
March 19, at city hall, 5801Marina Drive.

the vice-chair and the vacant commission seat would
be filled by appointment by the remaining members.
Those in the newly filled positions hold them until the
next general election.
"That could be rife with some difficulties. What
could we do to resolve it in a more quickly and targeted
way?" asked committee chair Bob Johnson.
Johnson proposed three options:
Leave the charter as it is.
Change the charter to require a special election
to fill the vacancy.
Grant the city commission the ability to appoint
a mayor from a pool of applicants.
"I think in many cases you're going to end up
with a situation like in Anna Maria, where you have
someone who doesn't want to be mayor," said Mayor
Carmel Monti, who spoke in favor of a special election.
The mayor is not a member of the review committee
and also does not vote with the city commissioners. He
will have no say in whether the committee's recom-
mendations go on the ballot in November.
Leckie felt the city commission chairperson would
be the most appropriate choice to become the mayor
because the chair would be the most familiar with the
operations of city hall.
But shifting seats as outlined in the charter could
be problematic, said Johnson. The commission chair
turned mayor would get a boost in pay along with
added responsibilities managing the city staff. How-
ever, the new mayor would lose his or her vote on the
commission.

Mayor proposes major change
As the committee discussed pros, cons and rea-
sons someone may or may not want to become mayor
"without signing up for the job," Monti again voiced
his opinion.


"There's an onus of responsibility that's not a part-
time job and, frankly, I think we're going to end up
with the same problem Anna Maria is having. Who
would want to step up to this role?" Monti asked. "The
reason I may run or not run is strictly economical. At
$12,000 a year, I'm the lowest-paid employee. Is that
what we want, or do we want a professional?"
The conversation abruptly changed from filling
a mayoral vacancy to adding a city manager to the
charter.
City attorney Patricia Petruff cited a general exam-
ple of cities adding city managers to their charters and
shifting the role of the mayor to a less involved posi-
tion.
"It's been discussed before, but not seriously
because to hire someone who's a competent city
manager would require a six-figure salary, I would
assume," said Petruff.
"I think it's time we really discuss this seriously,"
said Leckie. "I agree with the mayor that things are so
complex now and we really need someone who knows
what they're doing."
But Johnson redirected the conversation back to
the issue of vacancies.
"It's another discussion about form of government
and city managers, and it's a very involved discussion.
If it's going to be discussed, I think it should be done
completely and it should be done based on facts and
not on opinions and wishes," said Johnson.
Johnson reminded the committee and the mayor
about the timeline for proposed changes to the charter.
The charter is reviewed every five years, and proposed
changes need to be presented to the commission in
time to make it onto the November ballot.
The discussion of a city manager was added to the
March 26 meeting agenda.
The committee agreed the option of a special elec-
tion to fill a mayoral vacancy should be a proposed
change.
City clerk Stacey Johnson estimated such an elec-
tion would cost about $6,000 and would take at least
two months to arrange.
Nly feeling about government is to allow the
people as much involvement as possible," said John-
son.
The next charter review meeting will be in the eve-
ning in order for residents to attend who work during
the day, when the committee has routinely met. It will
be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at city hall, 5801
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 19, 2014 U 19-A

HB commission continues to hammer on noise ordinance


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
If the new noise ordinance were in place, com-
ments on the proposed stipulations might have violated
it.
Holmes Beach city commissioners continued their
discussion of the draft ordinance March 11 during a
meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Commission-
ers took a look at the issue in pieces, heard comments
from the public and a Manatee County employee and
considered findings from Holmes Beach Police Chief
Bill Tokajer.
Tokajer surveyed air-conditioning units and pool
pumps at 20 locations to determine if the proposed
noise ordinance would be cumbersome for residents.
He found none of the locations were above the 60-deci-
bel level. Meanwhile, he said a source will be provid-
ing industry standards for AC equipment.
Led by Commission Chair Judy Titsworth, the
commissioners reviewed the draft legislation. They
considered the restrictions on exceptions, including
time and day, commercial-versus-residential restric-
tions, noise complaints from air-conditioning units and
lawn maintenance.
The proposed ordinance would require sound to be
under 60 decibels 7 a.m.-O10 p.m. and 40 decibels 10
p.m.-7 a.m. Section 6 of the draft outlines exceptions,
as well as extra restrictions to "equipment or conduct
of activities normal to residential communities."
The draft further restricts noise from lawn mainte-
nance, power tools, street sweepers, mosquito fo,.-,_'in_.'
and "other normal commercial operations" to 9 a.m.-7
p.m.
David Lesser, assistant director of the Manatee
County Mosquito Control, told the commission the
restrictions were cumbersome.
"I don't think this is the route you intended,"
Lesser said. "We don't do this for recreational pur-
poses. We do it for health concerns."


Lesser warned commissioners that if the ordinance
passes, Holmes Beach would not get fogged. To be
effective, the fog treatment can only take place near
dusk or after dark. Lesser also said there are fiscal
and health reasons, as well as state and federal laws,
directing the department to spray at night.
The commission accepted Lesser's comments
without protest and added mosquito fc,'in,_' to its list
of exemptions.
Commissioners discussed the times imposed for
the extra restrictions on lawn maintenance, power tools
and other noise disturbances, and tentatively agreed on
9 a.m.-8 p.m. for residential zones and 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.
for commercial zones. They added a prohibition for
commercial lawn work on Sundays.
"Let's sleep on this. We're going to be hashing it
out for a while," said Titsworth.
But members of the public weren't ready to rest.
Resident Scott Boyd noted that a "noise distur-
bance" is defined as "plainly audible" from a distance
of 25 feet. He said the definition conflicts from the rest
of the ordinance because it doesn't specify the noise's
intensity or decibel level, only the presence.
"The gentleman's points are well taken, but if
someone had to listen to someone else's music all the
time, you're back in the soup again," said city attorney
Patricia Petruff.
Boyd also suggested the ordinance language gives
police officers too much discretion where a decibel
meter is not required.
Petruff said it is typical to have such language in
instances where there is no equipment to take a read-
ing.
Mayor Carmel Monti said, "I think in these situ-
ations common sense prevails. Your points are well
taken, but we're taking too much time on this and
we're over legislating."
Also, Boyd addressed the responsibility of noise
controls placed on owners of vacation rentals. The
ordinance stipulates the owner of the rental property


will incur the fine if his or her renters violate the ordi-
nance.
"That was a consensus on this commission. We're
hoping the owner and the rental agent, if there's a prob-
lem house, that they can control it whether they live
here or somewhere else," said Commissioner David
Zaccagnino. "If the owner gets the citation they'll pay
more attention, or get a new agent. That was talked
about at length and we decided to take that risk."
The commission will resume discussion on the
proposed ordinance at a work session 7 p.m. Thursday,
March 27, at city hall.


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Trial date set in real estate-renter fraud case


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
A trial date has been set for the former Anna Maria
Island vacation real estate agent who allegedly pock-
eted rental deposits and double-booked vacation homes
without providing adequate refunds.
Michael Carleton, 61, of Bradenton,
was charged in November 2013 with
unlicensed real estate activity, a third-
degree felony. He posted a $1,500
bond and was released the day of his
arrest.
Carleton His trial will be held June 6 at the
Manatee County Judicial Center, 1115
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, according to court docu-
ments.
Calls and messages for Carleton from The Islander
were not returned.
According to court documents, Carleton was under
investigation by the Florida Department of Business
and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate
from March 5,2013, to May 7,2013, following a com-
plaint filed by a Massachusetts man.


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach
March 9, a 27-year-old man was found near the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., running
naked in the street and talking to himself, according
to the Bradenton Beach Police Department.
After obtaining the man's identity, officers found
he had left a hospital in Bradenton. He was transported
to Manatee Memorial Hospital under the Baker Act,


The investigation found Carleton, formerly of
Coast Line Rentals, was advertising properties for rent
on Anna Maria Island and requesting deposits be made
to reserve the rentals.
A day before renters were scheduled to arrive, usu-
ally from out of state, they would reportedly receive
a letter stating the property was unavailable due to
damage and a refund would be sent by mail. For the
most part, the investigation found, the renters did not
receive a refund.
Other complainants allege Carleton could not be
contacted after paying deposits or, at times, he would
only agree to partial refunds, which frustrated renters
hoping to recoup more of their money.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
said it fielded numerous complaints about Carleton's
alleged practices, while the Holmes Beach Police
Department received more than 60 complaints.
The state suspended Carleton's license in March
2013.
On May 7, 2013, HBPD turned the investigation
over to the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Postal
Service. Their review is still ongoing.


the report said.
March 11, 2500 block of Gulf Drive N., incident.
Bradenton Beach police officers responded to a rental
in reference to property damage. The renter said he
heard a loud sound from the rear of the building and
felt the building shake. When he looked out, he saw
a yellow Dodge van leaving the scene. The man said
there was damage to the rear bumper of a vehicle con-
sistent with the damage to an aluminum drain gutter
on the building. The vehicle that left the crime scene
was not located.
March 9, 100 block of Bridge Street, Sports
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Fire district delays

search for chief
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The search for a successor to West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price was supposed
to begin in February, but district commissioners
weren't sure where to start.
Price is retiring in May
2015 and the WMFR board of
elected commissioners gath-
ered March 6 in a work session
to decide if they would begin
the hiring process among
qualified WMFR candidates,
Price look outside the district or do
both.
After much discussion, they delayed a deci-
sion to the March 20 regular commission meet-
ing.
One candidate considered in line for chief
is WMFR Deputy Chief Brett Pollock. But he is
retiring in 2016.
Commissioners agreed Pollock would be an
unlikely successor with only one year to serve as
chief.
Commissioners will bring the names of
potential candidates within the WMFR to the
March 20 meeting. If none appear to meet their
qualifications, commissioners will begin to search
outside the department.
Commissioners could search within Manatee
County or advertise the position statewide and
nationally.
The next WMFR district commission meet-
ing is 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the WMFR
administrative building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bra-
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POLICE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20-A
Lounge, disturbance complaint. Bradenton Beach
Police officers responded to several complaints about
a fight involving four men that had broken out inside
the bar over a missing cellphone. While the missing
cellphone had been turned in to bartenders, the owner
accused several people of stealing it. When he finally
got it back, he complained that the phone case was
missing, which spurred the altercation. While no one
was arrested, a man who was not involved in the fight
began interfering with the investigation and was hand-
cuffed and put in a patrol vehicle. He was eventually
allowed to leave.
March 9, 1500 block of Gulf Drive S., Coquina
Park, incident. Bradenton Beach Police officers
responded to the north boat ramp after receiving
reports of a submerged vehicle about 3:30 p.m. They
spoke with a 25-year-old Myakka man who said he
thought his brake line broke while he was trying to
pull his boat from the water. When a tow truck service
recovered the Hyundai SUV, the gearshift was still in
reverse and the parking break was on.
March 4, 1600 block of Gulf Drive S., Coquina
Park, assist other agency. Bradenton Beach Police offi-
cers assisted the Manatee County Sheriff's Office with
impounding a vehicle that had been involved in an
incident of a missing juvenile incident from Arcadia.
The juvenile had reportedly taken the vehicle from his
parents.
March 7, 100 block of Cortez Road West, traffic
stop. MCSO deputies conducted a traffic stop where the
driver handed the officer a revoked license. The driver
was issued a citation and his license was seized.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez
March 9, 11900 block of Cortez Road, burglary.
MSCO officers responded to a burglary at Village Idiot
Pizzeria around 9:10 a.m. According to a report, an
unknown suspect had used a cement block to smash
the glass door of the business and took about $20 from
the register.
March 8,4400 block of 125th Street West. MCSO
officers responded to the home of a woman who was
taken into custody for violation of probation. She was
later released on bond.
March 6, 100 block of Cortez Road, traffic infrac-


George J. Whelpley
George J. Whelpley of Anna Maria Island died
Feb. 26. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved
to Virginia at the age of 7.
Mr. Whelpley was a graduate of George Mason
University. He taught elementary school in northern
Virginia for 25 years before retiring to Anna Maria.
He enjoyed investing, reading detective novels,
dollar beers, cards, horse racing and the Tampa Bay
Rays. He had a great gift for friendship and made many
lifelong friends.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd
Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrange-
ments. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends
of Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
FL 34217-1516.
Mr. Whelpley is survived by two younger brothers,
Michael and wife Regina of Round Rock, Texas, and
John and wife Ruth of Reston, Va.; seven nephews and
nieces and their 10 children.

OF NOTE: The Islander received word late last
week that Pete Clark of Anna Maria had become
ill and returned to Scotland, where he died.
An obituary was not yet available, but read-
ers will recognize Clark for his stylish attire,
often including kilts, and his "woody-style" red
Volkswagen. Clark was often seen engaged in
conversation over coffee at Ginny's and Jane E's
at the Old IGA. We hope to have more informa-
tion soon.

tion. MCSO officers responded around 6:30 p.m. to
a traffic accident involving two vehicles. One of the
drivers had a suspended license. His license was seized
and placed into evidence.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach
No reports available.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra-
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Celebrating Roman holiday
The Rev. Ron Joseph of the Ministry of Presence in
Bradenton providing direct aid to Haiti visits
St. Peter's Basilica with his favorite island news-
paper. Joseph was at the Vatican for the Feb. 22
consistory of his longtime friend and classmate in
seminary school, Cardinal Chibly Langlois. Langlois
is the first-ever bishop in Haiti chosen for elevation
and Joseph attended the services and a state dinner
with the Haitian president as Langlois guest, acting
as translator for his family and members of the Hai-
tian delegation.

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-
5804.
In emergencies, call 911.

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


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Guild artist Marie Garafano shows second-graders
some of her watercolor techniques. Anna Maria
Elementary School second-graders walked from
AME to the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island gal-
lery at 540X Marina Drive March 7for a hands-on
art lesson led by Wendell Graham and Garafano.
Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love


AME calendar
9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 20, fire drill.
Thursday, March 20, third-, fourth- and
fifth-grade bird-watching on the beach with John
Ginaven.
Friday, March 21, end of third quarter.
March 24-28, spring break, no school.
Monday, March 31, record day, no school.
Tuesday, April 1, picture day.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Thursday, March 20
Breakfast: Sausage Patty on a Biscuit.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Cheese Lasagna Rolls, Chef Salad,
Steamed Garlic and Herb Green Beans, Baby Carrots,
Fresh Fruit Cup, Birthday Ice Cream Cup.
Friday, March 21
Breakfast: Pancake on Stick.
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty Sandwich, Chicken
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Wonders of Neal Preserve hidden from Manatee Avenue


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The long-awaited opening of the Neal Preserve will
be April 9, according to Melissa Nell of the Manatee
County Parks and Natural Resources Department.
The preserve is located south of Manatee Avenue
West about 200 yards east of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge.
The problem for motorists driving along Manatee
Avenue is they can't see any of the preserve's ameni-
ties, and the main entry resembles an overgrown path
to an abandoned cattle ranch.
But that's the way it's intended to look. Nell said,
"This is a preserve, not a park. We wanted to keep it as
it looked hundreds of years ago. Those are not weeds at
the entrance, but native vegetation used by the Native
American Indians."
A rustic sign will be erected at the entrance before
the grand opening, she said, welcoming people to the
wilderness of native Florida plants in their natural
state.
"There is interpretive signage along the trails
which describes the historical features of the site, the
areas Native Americans used, the native plants they
grew and their use by the Native Americans," Nell
said.
Unseen from Manatee Avenue or the main entrance,
an observation tower overlooks Sarasota Bay, where
visitors can enjoy the surrounding view.
Other amenities include elevated, platform-style
boardwalks through the salt marsh habitat, traditional
railed boardwalks that go through the mangrove for-
ests, a picnic pavilion and a hard-packed shell trail.
The entry was designed to keep traffic noise to a
minimum in the preserve, and make people want to
park, get out of their cars and use the trails through
the preserve.
Nell said the total cost of improvements to the
preserve is $1.7 million, which includes $375,000 for
the multi-use path, which is still under construction.
Funding came from a variety of sources, including
$1.2 million from state and federal grants, she said. A
number of other grants also were received.
"We really want to emphasize the success in
acquiring multiple grant funders to cover the costs of
improvements and the amenities at the site, providing
considerable cost savings to the county," Nell said.
The land was offered to the county in 2008 for
$6 million by Neal Communities. The company had
considered developing a housing project on the land,
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Manatee County used funds from the Florida
Communities Land Trust, its own funds, and a partial
donation by Neal Communities to complete the trans-
action.
The total cost of the land and improvements is
about $9 million, Nell said.
"It's a great addition to the other preserves along
Manatee Avenue West," said department director Char-
lie Hunsicker.


In addition to the Neal Preserve, the county has
the Robinson Preserve on the north side of Manatee
Avenue West, approximately a mile east of the Neal
Preserve. The Perico Preserve, about midway between
Robinson and Neal preserves, is under construction
and slated to open in 2015.
"We really have to thank the Neal family for offer-
ing the land at a reduced price," Hunsicker said. "They
could have built waterfront homes there and made a
fortune. Thankfully, they have the interests of the com-
munity at heart."

The main entrance to
the Neal Preserve on
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the Anna Maria Island
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Islanders put on valiant fight in race to save injured screech owl


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Try as they might, sometimes the best efforts of
people on behalf of wildlife falls short.
The small owl's feathers were matted with blood
and a thin layer of tissue separated its small beating
heart from being fully exposed.
A harrowing two-day effort to save a wounded
screech owl produced thousands of social media
responses offering well wishes, prayers and praise for
the work of Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach even
after its death.
The small eastern screech owl was rushed to Wild-
life Inc. in Bradenton Beach March 11. It had sustained
a major injury to its chest after a meeting with a tree-
trimmer's chain saw.
The trimmer accidently sawed the bird's chest open
as he sawed through the a log where it was hiding. The
worker immediately gathered up the owl and rushed it
to Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Inc., where
owners Gail and Ed Straight and their volunteers often










Wpring arrives March 20 and the weather is beau-
tiful. It's time to enjoy life and go shopping. These
stores are handpicked for their unique items and
great customer service. For certain, we know where
to shop. Just grab your Islander and head out the
door.
Off the Hook is the newest must-see shop to join
the Tiki & Kitty adventure in shopping. They have
all things nautical and shabby chic. It's a great way
to add to you beach living.
The Antique Orphanage is back from travel-
ing to specialty shows, and they'll be happy to see
you in their store to show you everything their new
collection.
Giving Back in Holmes Beach offers variety
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"The tree trimmers are really good about it, most
of them are good people," said Gail Straight.
Wildlife Inc.'s Facebook post assured its audience
the tree trimmers were animal lovers and the injury
was accidental.
At Wildlife Inc., the Straights had a decision to
make: whether try to save the owl, or put it down.
Despite the injury to the chest, the owl appeared to be
alert and active.
The bird went to the Island Animal Clinic the same
day and Dr. Ashley Gardener performed surgery. The
screech owl survived the surgery and the first night at
Wildlife Inc.
"It looked like it was really going to do well. It's
such a bummer the little guy didn't make it," said
Straight.
Wildlife Inc. announced around 2 p.m. March 11
to Facebook fans: "Unfortunately the little screech owl
with the chest wound did not survive. We gave it a try
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would pull through."
However vigilant tree trimmers are, birds fre-
quently come into Wildlife Inc. with similar injuries
this time of year Straight said. This time of year is nest-
ing season for many migratory birds. The screech owl
does not migrate, but it is a species listed as protected
under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
To remove a nest of a migratory bird from a tree is
illegal without a permit from the Florida Department
of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It is
also illegal to kill migratory birds.
Screech owls are usually heard and not seen. The
small species of owl have excellent camouflage, and
hide in the nooks and crannies of trees in the day. Their
sound is a trilling or whinny sound.
Screech owls can be found in urban or rural set-
tings, wherever there are trees, particularly around
water.
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the Anna Maria Island Pearl Pendant handcrafted by
Laura Shely only available at Tide and Moon.
At Steff's Stuff, it's always a good time to shop
for vintage jewelry and other accessories for your
wardrobe. Steff is having a consignment sale, offering
20-50 percent off. And she's open daily. Check out
the selection at 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key.
Retro Rosie's and Cobwebs Antiques and More
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The folks at Community Thrift Shop are stock-
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2-B 0 MARCH 19, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

AMICC NFL Flag Football: And then there were 2


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL
Flag Football League is down to two teams in each age
division after semifinal action last week in the quest to
find the season champions.
As expected, No. 1 seed West Coast Air Condi-
tioning Dolphins advanced to the 8-10 division Super
Bowl, but their opponent was not supposed to be there.
However, sixth-seed Tylers Ice Cream Vikings aren't
about to apologize for upsetting No. 2 seed Beach Bum
Patriots in the other semifinal game.
The 11-13 division playoffs followed the seedings
to perfection with No. 1 seed LPAC Cardinals taking
on No. 2 seed Sandbar Colts in the Super Bowl on
March 21.
The 14-17 division had a major upset when num-
ber-five seed Integrity Sound Lions defeated regular-
season champion Mr. Bones Bengals 24-19 on March
10. The Lions will take on The Feast Broncos, which
defeated No. 3 seed West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars
26-18 in the other semifinal game March 14.
The Broncos were led by Joshua Parrish who ran
for one score and also added a touchdown reception.
Jerret Tsai chipped in with three catches, including one
for a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Brother
Cody Tsai completed eight passes, including two for
touchdowns.
Chris Johnson and Toni Sperduto keyed a strong
defensive effort with five flag pulls and an interception
apiece including Sperduto's pick which he took to the
house for a touchdown.
Integrity Sound Lions' 24-18 upset victory over
Mr. Bones Bengals was unique in that the Lions only
attempted nine passes in the game and instead used a
running game that produced three rushing touchdowns,
including two from Lane Burnett. Justin Carder added
one rushing touchdown while quarterback Andrew
Zink connected with Cameron Pasco to complete the
Lions scoring in the victory.
Mr. Bones Bengals were led by Neahmiah Goode,
who threw for one touchdown and caught a touchdown
pass. Malachi Goode ran for a touchdown, while sister
Moriah Goode caught a touchdown pass to complete
the Bengal scoring.
The 11-13 playoffs saw top seed LPAC Cardinals
blow out Bark & Company Ravens 51-18 to advance
to the March 21 Super Bowl. Joey Stewart completed
16-of-21 passes, including four touchdown passes to
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Altashaw, Zach Fernandez, Hagen Powers and Stewart
also added touchdowns in the victory. Fernandez added
two interceptions and Powers had a pair of quarterback
sacks to lead the Cardinals defensive effort.
Dalton Guthrie ran for one score and also caught
a touchdown pass to lead the Ravens, which also
received a touchdown reception from Leo Tilelli in
the loss.
Hard to believe, but the Sandbar Colts had an even
easier time advancing to the Super Bowl than the Car-
dinals. They didn't have to play because the Beach to
Bay Construction Buccaneers didn't show up to play,
giving the Colts a forfeit victory.
WCAC Dolphins eased past Beach Bistro Buc-
caneers 28-18 in the first 8-10 semifinal game March
10. Julius Petereit completed 17 of 21 passes including
three touchdown passes and a touchdown run. Andrew
Burgess, Bryce Higgins and Charlie Halfacre each had
touchdown receptions with Higgins and Halfacre both
adding two-point conversion receptions as well. Callen
Achor paced the defense with two interceptions to help
seal the victory.
David Daigle completed 12-of-27 passes, includ-
ing three touchdown passes to lead the Buccaneers,
which received touchdown receptions from Chris
Snyder, Javier Rivera and German Rivera in the loss.

Adult league Super Bowl on horizon
The 30-and-over league is down to two teams after
March 13 action that saw Ross Built Panthers defeat
Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants 27-19 while Island Real
Estate Raiders scored an upset victory top seed Island
Gourmet Bills by a 47-40 score.
The Super Bowl is set for March 20 at 8 p.m.
Ross Built defeated Agnelli Pool & Spa behind a
strong performance by quarterback Rob Mandarine who
ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns while also pass-
ing for 166 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Troy
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127 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.
Ryan Moss threw for 162 yards and a pair of
touchdown passes while also rushing for 65 yards and
a touchdown. Andy Szabo led all receivers with nine
catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns while Ed
Moss added an extra point reception.
Island Real Estate Raiders outscored Island Gour-
met Bills 47-40 behind 265 passing yards and six
touchdown passes from quarterback Chris Gillum.
Brother Mike Gillum was his favorite target with 10
catches for 94 yards including two touchdowns and
two extra points. Also chipping in with touchdown
catches were Chris Gillum, Jason Vancleve, Brianna
Shaughnessy and Matt Ray with Ray also adding a
touchdown run and a pair of extra-point catches.
Chuck Bucky threw for 269 yards and seven touch-
down passes, including four that went to AJ Brown,
who finished with seven catches for 158 yards. Jim
Ptak added a pair of touchdown receptions and an extra
point while Scott Dell completed the scoring with a
touchdown and an extra point.
The 18-and-over league is down to four teams after
March 12 opening-round action. Duffy's Tavern Eagles
edged Beach Bistro Raiders 32-27 while Agnelli Pool
& Spa rolled to a 69-40 victory over Waterfront Res-
taurant Panthers.
Duffy's Tavern Eagles now sets their sights on a
March 19 matchup against top seed Slim's Place Bears
while Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants take on Beach to Bay
Construction Dolphins with the winners meeting in the
April 2 Super Bowl.
Look online for center sports schedules.

Horseshoe news
Three teams advanced from pool play during
March 15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
hall horseshoe pits, as reported by Jay Disbrow.
Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe drew the bye into
the finals and watched as Nick Younk and Adin Shank
defeated Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels 25-16 on a
game-ending six pack from Shank. Younk-Shank stayed
hot, defeating Mason-Huyghe 21-14 in the finals.
The Shanks-Disbrow team drew the bye into the
finals during March 12 action and watched as Samuels
and Bruce Munro edged Bob Gagnon and Bob Palmer
23-20. Samuels-Munro then squeaked past Shank and
Disbrow 21-20 in the finals.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m.

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Last call for sheepies comes on full moon


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
While the effects of the moon on marinelife may
be apparent to experienced anglers, it can't be thor-
oughly explained by science. However, this week's full
moon is almost guaranteed to improve your chances
of a catch.
The March 16 full moon signaled the beginning
of the end for sheepshead fishing. Generally, these fish
spend the month of February schooling and preparing
to spawn in the inshore waters. This being said, we
target them during this time due to their abundance
and accessibility.
You' 11 probably see the bite wane with the moon
as the sheepies start to disperse throughout our waters,
although, the good news is that you still have time
to go out and collect a few of these tasty fish for the
dinner table. I hope you get your fill of these tackle-
busting convict fish.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
taking advantage of the abundance of sheepshead,
mangrove snapper and Key West grunts taking up
residence on the local reefs and wrecks. There's noth-
ing better than filling the cleaning table with fish upon
arrival back at the dock. With catches of sheepies rang-
ing 4- to 6-pounds, combined with numerous grunts
and snapper, sometimes a single one-gallon plastic bag
is not enough to accommodate all the meat.
For bait, Gross is using live shrimp, which he cuts
fresh into two pieces. Placing these halved shrimp on a
1/0 circle hook weighted with a 1/2-ounce egg sinker
completes the rig. By dropping baits directly to the
bottom Gross' clients are catching fish on almost every
try.
Once an ample amount of fish are iced in the box,


Nathanael Victor, 5, gets a little help showing off his
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Gross moves to shallower waters to target a variety of
species. Pompano still are being caught on small jigs
tipped with shrimp. In between pompano bites, Span-
ish mackerel and keeper-size trout are chomping his
shrimp-tipped jigs, which provides variety and good
action on light tackle.
Finally, during afternoon tides when the water
temps have had a chance to warm up, Gross is fishing
skinny-water grass flats where keeper-size snook are
feeding on free-lined shiners around sandy potholes
and mangrove edges. Fish exceeding the upper-slot
limit of 33 inches are not uncommon.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the flats of Sarasota
Bay with great success. On deeper grass, Girle is find-
ing a variety of springtime species, including spotted
seatrout, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle.
Not only do these species provide great action on light
tackle, the trout are good on the dinner table. Spot-
ted seatrout in the slot of 15-20 inches are common,
although fish up to 27 inches are hooking up.
Deep grass flats are providing good action on
permit and pompano. Girle is using small jigs tipped
with fresh-cut shrimp to get these fish to bite. Near
limits of both species are being caught by drifting the
flats. Permit up to 6 pounds are being caught as well
as plenty of pompano of 1-2 pounds.
Moving offshore, Girle is catching and releas-
ing plenty of keeper-size gag grouper. The sheer
power of these fish on the hook is enough to gain an
angler's respect. Shiners and pinfish are Girle's baits
of choice.
The offshore bite is producing limits of mangrove
snapper. Fish 2-3 pounds are being caught on shiners
and shrimp. Along with the snapper, expect to catch
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tie into a yellowtail snapper or two. Remember, the
yellowtails aren't quite as common here as in south
Florida, so a hookup in our waters is a real treat.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel says fishing on the
boards is on the upswing. Sheepshead have infected
the waters under the pier and are readily tempted by
shrimp, fleas and fiddlers. Most sheepies being caught
are 12-14 inches, although if you look closely at the
stringers hanging from the pier, you' re sure to see a
couple of 20-inch whoppers in the mix.
Flounder are making a showing at the R&R this
week. Most are being caught as a bycatch by anglers
targeting sheepies. Fish 10-16 inches are being reeled
up to the deck.
Migratory fish also are making an arrival at the
R&R, where small jigs tipped with shrimp are doing
the job. For the macks, you also can use Gotcha plugs
or silver spoons. As for pompano, stick to jigs.
Finally, while fishing at the R&R, don't forget to
say "hi" to Bob Kilb. You can usually find him dipping
shrimp or jig-fishing around the pier. If you're looking
for pointers on how to fish, he's the man. He's been
fishing the Rod & Reel since I was a kid, so pay atten-
tion. You might learn something.
Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is
fishing wrecks and reefs resulting in an assortment of
species. Mangrove snapper and sheepshead are read-
ily responding to live shrimp. You can expect to catch
Key West grunts as well as catch-and-release gag grou-
per.
While fishing around structure, Lowman is finding
good numbers of macks, and by free-lining live shiners
on a long shank hook, Lowman's clients are reeling up
macks of 18-20 inches. Not only do these fish provide
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By Rick Catlin


Radka Craig, co-owner with her husband of the new
Fire & Stone AMAI restaurant, 101 Bridge St., Bra-
denton Beach, tends to customers. The restaurant's
wood-burning pizza oven glows behind her to the
right. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

New Fire & Stone opens
in Bradenton Beach
Anna Maria Island's newest Italian restaurant is
Fire & Stone AMI on the Gulf Drive roundabout at
101 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
The restaurant is the second venture for owners
Radka and Ron Craig, who, since 2006 have owned
Fire and Stone Pizza, 10519 Cortez Road W., Cortez.
The new restaurant features Napoli-style pizza
baked in a wood-fired pizza oven, the same type of
oven used at the Cortez Road establishment.
It has more than 18 types of pizza, including a
gluten-free pizza, and a choice of 24 pizza toppings.
Salads, panini, antipasta and small plates are
offered. Entrees priced at $10 include shrimp scampi,
clam linguini, chicken parmesan and spaghetti and
meatballs, and other specialty dishes.


Kathy Splawn, co-owner of Dogs for the Earth, 5345
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, holds a bag of her organic,
dehydrated dog food. The business is an official spon-
sor of World Cup Agility Competition Team USA.
Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Local pet-food maker
jumps onto world stage
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Jump! Treat. Run! Treat. Roll! Treat.
Dogs aim to please, although some perform better
than others.
Team USA members participating in the upcoming
canine World Cup Agility Competition, will be sport-
ing a new sponsor logo: Dogs for the Earth.
The event is a worldwide competition for dogs and
their owners. This year's event will be held in April in


Wine and beer are offered, including dozens of
specialty beers on tap.
Restaurant hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily except
Monday, when the Radkas rest.
For more information, call 941-251-3930.

Minnie's marks 10 years
On Anna Maria Island, visitors and locals alike
know they can get a good breakfast and lunch at Min-
nie's Beach Cafe, 5360 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Co-owners Kathy Smart, Mary Doub and Lynda
and Paul Allgire celebrated their 10th anniversary
March 3 at Minnie's.
"We' ve been really blessed to be so busy, to have
had 10 great years in business, and have great custom-
ers. I hope the next 10 are just as good," Smart said.
She also thanked the many customers who are
regulars in the morning for coffee and conversation.
\\a ilh 'it them, we would not have had such great
success," Smart said.
Cafe hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, and


Lima, Peru, where the participating canine members
of Team USA will be fueled by Dogs for the Earth.
Dogs for the Earth makes all-natural dehydrated,
organic dog food, among other nutritional dog prod-
ucts, which initially attracted the attention of Team
USA leader Marla Cooper to Splawn's product.
"We didn't know who she was" when Cooper first
contacted us, said Kathy Splawn, co-owner with Annie
Weir of Dogs for the Earth, 5345 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. "A couple weeks later she told us she'd love
for us to be a sponsor."
As an official dog food sponsor of the team, Dogs
for the Earth's logo will be on the team uniforms, as
well as on a banner carried in the opening ceremony.
Splawn said the team found her business in an
online search for a superior dog food, and learned the
dehydrated Dogs for the Earth food would maintain
its nutritional value.
"It's made on the other side of the country from


7 a.m.-1 p.m. weekends.
For more information, call 941-778-4140.


Chamber network event
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its monthly networking event 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26, at SteamDesigns, 5343 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Owners Melissa and Frank Williams operate the
graphic design, marketing and print studio that also
serves as an art gallery, and they pull out all the stops
for their network party, including music, wine and
catering by the Beach Bistro.
The event includes business card drawings for
door prizes.
Cost of the event is $5 and reservations are encour-
aged, but not required.
Chamber members are invited to bring potential
members as guests.
To make a reservation or for more information,
call 941-778-1541.

Millions paid for
condominiums
Village Square West
Champ LLC of Tampa,
managed by Joseph Di
Geralando, recently pur-
|1. Il chased a bundle of 10 units
at Club Bamboo, 2502
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
ll Beach, from Aqua Proper-
Nties LLCfor a reported
$2.43 million. The club
M..... .... is marketed as accommo-
dations under the name
Dream Inn. The one-bed-
room, one-bath units range
1 .in size from 476 square feet
to 735 square feet. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin


me, but I thought I'd give it a try," Cooper said in an
email. "(My dogs) love it. Not only are they family, but
they are agility athletes and need lots of nutrition,"
Splawn said she ships her food all over the country,
with the majority going to the western United States.
It's a unique business model for the island, virtually
unaffected by the ebb and flow of tourist season.
Dogs for the Earth moved to its location in Holmes
Beach in June 2013 from Pine Avenue when Splawn
and Weir found they needed to make more and more
food, and they just couldn't accommodate continued
growth in their original location.
"We just keep growing. Pretty soon we' 11 need a
bigger building," Splawn said.
The women also operate Arts for the Earth at their
shop, where they participate in the Holmes Beach Art-
walk, selling art by a variety of select artists espe-
cially dog portraits that help support animal rescue
groups.


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The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer instruction in
safe boating in March.
At 8:45 a.m. Saturday, March 22, and Saturday, March 29, the squadron
offers the two-part America's Boating Course. Students must attend both ses-
sions and, if they complete the course and pass the exams, can receive a Florida
boating certificate.
Enrollment costs $45 per person or $70 per couple.
The program takes place at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW,
Bradenton.
Pre-registration is required.
For more information, call Gloria or Walter Potter at 941-795-0482.

FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3-B
drag-screaming action, they also add variety to the trip.
On calm, warmer days, especially in the afternoon, Lowman is fishing the flats
of Anna Maria Sound, using live shiners for bait and catching slot-sized snook
along with keeper reds and trout.
Finally, pompano, bluefish and macks are being caught along the beaches.
Gotcha plugs and silver spoons are hooking anglers up, and there's slot-sized
snook, too. Small jigs tipped with shrimp are the ticket for the pomps.
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

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And the
winner is ...
Ann Homrne of Anna Maria,
a longtime volunteer with
the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Tour of
Homes who sells loads of
tickets for the prize quilt,
announces the winner is
Nancy Boyd of Holmes
Beach. Boyd purchased
her winning ticket at the
March 1 Island Heritage
Day festival in Anna
Maria. Islander Photo:
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'" Patrons of the center's March 15 home tour don blue booties
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Island real estate transactions


By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
101 66th St., Unit 5, Mainsail, Holmes Beach, a
1,008 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in
2009 was sold 02/21/14, Mainsail AMI Beach Inn LLP
to EMA Investments for $650,000.
101 66th St., Unit 5, Mainsail, Holmes Beach, a
1,008 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built
in 2009 was sold 02/21/14, Burrow to Mainsail AMI
Beach Inn LLP for $600,000.
417 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,115 sfla / 1,983
sfur 2bed/ Ibath home built in196 Ion a 11,310 sq ft lot
was sold 02/19/14, Kojak to Preston for $460,000.
111 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,016 sfla /
1,229 sfur 2bed/Ibath home built in 1935 on a 50x98
lot was sold 02/18/14, Bielby to Morra for $367,500.
3701 E. Bay Drive, Unit 1, Sunbow Bay, Holmes
Beach, a 1,320 sfla / 1,949 sfur 4bed/32bath condo
with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 02/21/14, Cox
to Caldwell for $340,000; list $345,000.
2312 Ave. C, Unit 1, Lay Z Liv N, Bradenton
Beach, a 651 sfla Ibed/Ibath condo with shared pool
built in 1979 was sold 02/21/14, Rayl to Parking Com-
pany for $183,000.
457 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 688 sfla
Ibed/Ibath half duplex built in 1963 on a 16x85 lot
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of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
516 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,407 sfla / 3,170
sfur 4bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1967 on a 85x103 lot was sold 02/21/14, Dickson to
Crosby for $850,000; list $925,000.
618 Hampshire Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,422 sfla
/ 3,230 sfur 4bed/312bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 2011 on a 95x 105 lot was sold 02/26/14, Hynds
to Gamble for $840,000; list $879,000.
412 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,855 sfla / 2,160
sfur 3bed/2bath/lIcar pool home built in 2011 on a
86x127 lot was sold 02/20/14, Cullen to Fallon for
$815,000; list $849,000.
117 51st St., Unit A, 123 51st Street Condos,
Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,619 sfur 3bed/3bath
land condo with pool built in 1997 was sold 02/27/14,
Bayer to Always Summertime LLC for $617,750.
618 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,604 sfla /
3,154 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1971 on a 100x115 lot was sold 02/19/14, McLaugh-
lin to Bayhan for $649,900; list $649,900.
509 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,506 sfla / 2,130
sfla 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1966 on a 90x102 lot was sold 02/24/14, Hudson to
Jsaks LLC for $640,000; list $649,000.


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201 17th St. N., Bradenton Beach, a vacant lot was
sold 02/28/14, Bear Two LLC to Lott Keel Holdings
LLC for $530,000.
7000 Marina Drive, Unit A, Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, a 1,753 sfla 3bed/2bath/lIcar land condo with
pool built in 2013 was sold 02/19/14, Marina 7002
LLC to Spotleson for $520,000; list $545,000.
100 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 2,270 sfla
/ 2,302 sfur triplex built in 1930 on a 96x50 lot was
sold 02/25/14, Deutsche Bank to Keitel for $369,184;
list $400,000.
5400 Gulf Drive, Unit 15, 5400 Gulf Drive Con-
dominium Apartments, Holmes Beach, a 968 sfla / 996
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1964
was sold 02/24/14, Young to Shiels for $275,000; list
$299,000.
227 84th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 110x92 lot
was sold 02/28/14, Paradise South LLC to Vishnu
International LLC for $269,000.
201 17th St. N., Bradenton Beach, a vacant
103x209 lot was sold 02/28/14, Bear Two LLC to 17th
Street Developers LLC for $265,000.
600 Manatee Ave., Unit 223, Westbay Cove,
Holmes Beach, a 1,187 sfla / 1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 02/24/14,
Jannenga to Doudna for $213,000; list $229,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


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HUTCH TOP: ETHAN Allen, $100. Haviland
China, 1952 Apple Blossom, 48 pieces,
$100.941-730-5532.

BIKE RACK BY Graber. Hitch mounted for
three bikes, $25, ladder "Little Giant" type
1 A, $100. 813-240-6529.

COMPUTER: 3.2GHz HT DELL, refurbished
$60.941-756-6728.

FEATHERWEIGHT SINGER SEWING
machine: Top condition, $500. First cash
buys it. 941-795-4841.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


I NEED LISTINGS! l- l
And I'll give you 100
percent effort.

JASON HRNAK
941-773-6572
jhrnak@gmail.com.

Mike
Norman
Realty INC 3101 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH




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

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


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
welcome, specifically Wednesdays, 9-11
a.m. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-
2733.

STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consign-
ment. steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-
383-1901.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,
March 22. Ethnic items from Greece, Africa,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, copper casseroles,
punch bowl, jewelry, African fabric, Thai silk,
embroidered cloth, clothing, sewing, bicycle,
pictures, rocker, household. 403 72nd St.,
Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE TO BENEFIT Moonracer No Kill
Animal Rescue Inc, Saturday, March 29. If
you have something you'd like to donate,
please let us know! We arrange pickup. 941-
896-6701 or islandlisa44@aol.com.


LOST: WHITE PHONE. Anna Maria. Please,
call 248-202-4917 or drop off at police sta-
tion.

FOUND: MERCEDES KEY at beach, 67th
Street. Claim at Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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


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Isldiand Properlies'
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941-685-8822
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PET-SITTER SERVICES LLC offers pet visits,
dog walking, kitty cleanup, and more. 941-
462-0405. petsitterservicesllc@gmail.com.
www.petsitterbradenton.com.

WELL-MANNERED RESCUE dogs (and
cats!) are looking for great new homes or
fosters. Call for information, 941-896-6701.


ELECTRIC CAR: 2009 LC3 NEV, 4-pas-
senger, new batteries and charger, legal on
streets posted 35 MPH or less, registered
and titled. $6,495. 941-981-3600.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boat-
florida.weebly.com.
TWO FLOATING JET-ski lifts, $600 each or
two for $1,100. Phone, 941-812-6324.


PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop
located on Anna Maria. Must be available
weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome.
941-840-4235.
PART-TIME CLERICAL: Immediate opening,
part-time clerical support to local church.
Copying, filing, data entry, report produc-
tion. Good computer skills, ability to manage
confidential information. Three years experi-
ence, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and
QuickBooks knowledge needed. Please, mail
resume to: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL, 34217.
941-778-1813. No phone calls.
LINE COOK WANTED: Apply in person at the
City Pier Restaurant. End of Anna Maria City
Pier. 941-779-1667.

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778-1345 Hauling tree trimming
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600
-Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
B II Replacement Doors and Windows
Andrew Chennault
FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED
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Residential & Condo Renovations
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Engineer turned Handyman -
free estimates -- no service charge -- no job too small
Electrical (lights, ceiling fans, receptacles), Carpentry, Power Wash
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early child-
hood development major. Emily, 941-567-
9276.
RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified
babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel,
941-545-7995.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for
work. Ads must be placed in person at The
Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.


CNA SERVICES: DRIVE to appointments,
meals prepared, everyday chores. Part or
full time. Excellent references, experienced.
941-807-9975, 941-718-5980.


RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer,
drive your car north and south. 941-713-
1596.

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

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

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

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMER-
CIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to
work. 941-756-4570.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941 -746-5651, 941 -
545-6688.
PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Com-
mercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, build-
ings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.

JOHN "THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle &Scooter
Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices.
918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.
TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up net-
working, wired, wireless, audio, video sur-
veillance cameras. Palmfish Communication,
941-896-0798.
PHOTOGRAPHER FOR WEDDINGS, beach,
modeling, etc. 941-730-1745 or visit The
Hive, 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on
your list, from kitchen and bath cleaning to
dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-
539-6891.
PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer
available for consulting, draft editing, final
proofing and copywriting, as well as social
media management for your group or busi-
ness. Email Lisa Neff at lmneff@me.com.


D.L. HAYES CLEANING: Bonded and
insured. Rachael Bidwell/Sheila Darcy, 941-
932-5347 or 941-224-1486. For all your
cleaning needs.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty.
941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. Commercial and residential
service, repair and/or replacement. Serving
Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-
8301. MA#001 7550.MA#0017550.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and
installations, watering the island for 15 years.
Jeff, 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
Call 941-807-1015.


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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, com-
mercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool
area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call
Peter for free estimate, references, insured.
The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT:
Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed.
Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike,
1-616-204-8822.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.
suncoastinc.com.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses
or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-
0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.
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.
SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA ground-level duplex.
Steps from one of the best beaches in
Holmes Beach. Screened front porch, washer
and dryer, air conditioning. Weekly, monthly
or six-month rental, furnished or not. Avail-
able May. Email: islandbeachrental@msn.
com. 973-715-2188.


VACATION RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach.
1 BR, turnkey, furnished apartment. Available
March and April. 941-778-0116.

COMMERCIAL RENTALS: OFFICE and air-
conditioned storage. 17x1 8-foot, $875,11x14-
foot, $425, 9x1 1-foot, $325, 5x1 1-foot, $95,
7x13-foot, $180. AI, 941-737-1121.
STOREFRONT SPACE FOR lease in Mt.
Vernon Plaza. Located near condo neigh-
borhoods on Cortez Road with island and
inland visitor traffic to our busy restaurant,
dollar store, hair salon, thrift store and key
shop. Spaces available: 1,400 sf, 2,500 sf,
2,900 sf. One month free with minimum one-
year lease. Great rates! Call Judy at 941-
812-0450.
BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL rental:
1 BR/1 BA, granite, hardwoods, Intracoastal
in back, beach in front, trolley, great location,
no smoking, no pets, $1,000/month. Avail-
able now, call 603-969-6840.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Well-
appointed, large balcony, heated pool, hot
tub, tennis. Available last two weeks of April.
941-794-8877.
PROFESSIONAL SEEKING ANNUAL Rental:
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat
Key. Quiet person, excellent references. 941-
730-5363.
VACATION RENTAL: LATE season availabil-
ity. 3BR/1 BA near boat ramp, parks, many
area amenities. 941-779-6638.
DUPLEX TO SHARE: $500/month includes
power, water, your own bathroom. 75th
Street at Cortez Road, Bradenton. 941-538-
2700.


FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of
El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave.
Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-
524-6977.
REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi
Gartman, Realtor, Duncan Real Estate. 941-
545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.
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ONE STREET FROM RIVER Adorable, spacious 3
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SEASIDE GARDENS VILLAS Renovated, ground-
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appliances, updated bathrooms and a one-car garage.
$259,000.


EXCEPTIONAL BEACH VIEWS from this 2BR/2BT
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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.


DIRECT GULF FRONT located in the city of Anna Maria. 2
BR/3BT with spectacular views, spacious beach-side, screened
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OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.
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DISCOVER TERRA CEIA Golf and Country Club!
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Two-car garage. $169,900. Sarah Whisnant,
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PRE-LISTING HOME sale. Two weeks until
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well loved and updated. Qualified previewers
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Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.
Suzanne Wilson, Broker.


IMMACULATE FURNISHED COACH home:
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style living seasonal or year-round. Close
to beaches and exceptional shopping expe-
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DEEP WATER CANALFRONT home.
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Avenue and Cortez Road. One block to
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Owner may finance. 941-778-7980 or 941-
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NEW LISTING: 7420 20th Ave., NW Bra-
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kitchen, mint condition, private backyard.
$349,900. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater
Real Estate, 941-330-5054.

IMPERIAL HOUSE: BRADENTON Beach.
55-plus condo for sale. 2BR/1 BA exquisite
granite, stainless-steel kitchen. Gorgeous
bath. Ground floor, enjoy owning bay and
Gulf property with pool, clubhouse, turnkey.
$186,000.941-779-0248.

TRAILER FOR SALE: 1 BR/1 BA, parking, boat
slips available, carport. Pines Park, 55-plus.
$59,000. 248-930-1118.

GREAT 1950s HOUSE, great big view: Open
water view of AMI Bridge. $849,500. FSBO.
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1 Top off, as
someone's drink
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surrounded by
lava
15 Shine
20 Lubrication point
21 Snapping things
22 Avoiding the
rush,say
23 She "speaks
things in doubt,
/ That carry but
half sense"
24 They're not
accented in
music
25 Unimaginative
26 One unsatisfied
with a "She loves
me, she loves me
not" result?
28 Picky little dog?
30 Faint trace
31 A lot
33 Neglect
34 Detests
38 Game equipment
40 Haitian couple
41 Bandleader's cry
42 Called off
43 Lay atop
47 "L'Arl6sienne"
composer
48 It's not much
49 Lake
(Ausftralia's
lowest point)
50 Audition winner's
part, maybe
51 Peep

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52 Business
transactions
free from
government
regulation?
57 Spanish bear
58 Vanquish
61 Narrow land
projections into
the sea
62 Floors
64 Billet-doux
recipient
66 Hands,
informally
67 Orbit rival
69 Coat style
70 Bank run
71 Change
structurally
72 It's nothing at all
73 Carefree dairy
product?
77 "Really!"
80 Radiohead head
Yorke
82 Modest response
to a compliment
83 French 101
pronoun
84 It covers
Hector's death
86 Continental free
trade group
88 Block, as a
stream
91 Likes lots
92 F.S.U. player, for
short
93 Bright red
94 One spinning
one's wheels?
95 Optimally
98 It's often heard
at a ballpark
99 Reconstruction-
era cartoonist
101 Optimistic
theater
audience?


103 Marvel from
Idaho's largest
city?
109 Soot
110 Kind of seat
112 Straight-
shooting
113 It's bigger than
a family
114 Slalom, for one
115 Winston's home
in "1984"
116 Snapchat
demographic
117 Nuts
118 In words

DOWN
1 Kind of pyramid
2 TV's Kelly
3 Educ. book
category
4" Like the
wind" (song
from "Dirty
Dancing")
5 Sunday reading
6 Supporter of the
10%, say
7 Advances on
8 Missile name
9 Got to the point?
10 Eagerly adopt
11 Polish leader?
12 Developers'
expanses
13 Profanities
14 Canadian
business often
connected to a
Tim Hortons
15 Makes bail, e.g.
16 Talking points?
17 "Un Ballo in
Maschera" aria
18 Some chorus
members
19 "Like hell!"
27 Mollify


29 "Hold your
horses"
32 Boosted, as an
ego
34 Heat alerts, for
short?
35 Tiny indicator
36 Barely
remembered
seaman?
37 "Listen up,
Lucia!"
39 Hoosier capital,
informally
40 Detective writer
Earl
Biggers
43 Some loaves
44 Sports score
most likely to be
on the highlight
reel?
45 Actress
Elizabeth with
older twins
46 Fagin's end
48 Pulled tight
49 Defib team
52 Post office
workers, for
short?
53 CBS series that,
oddly, was
filmed in L.A.
54 Lens
55 Sen. McConnell
56 "Downton Abbey"
maid
59 Museum
decoration
60 "Sherlock"
channel,
affectionately,
with "the"
63 Bread box?
64 "De Monarchia"
writer
65 He discusses
divine
providence in
ob
66 Labyrinthine


78 "I Hamlet"
(Paul Rudnick
play)
79 Fumes may
produce one
81 Financiers
84 Brand of gloves
and slippers
85 Blitzed
87 Concertgoers
who are into the
hits?
88 Rice paper?:
Abbr.


89 Desert steed
90 One of the
Balearic Islands
91 County seat of
Suffolk, England
93 Stupid sort
95 Specialized talk
96 2014 Baseball
Hall of Fame
inductee
97 The Beatles'
"P.S. I Love
You," e.g.
98 Honshu port


100 "The Two Pots"
storyteller
102 College up the
coast irom L.A.
104 March time
105 Certain tourney
overseer
106 TV spots
107 City near
Presque Isle
State Park
108 Like some tea
leaves
111 Sports


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