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BBPD officer recognized for extraordinary effort


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
In January, an off-duty Bradenton Beach
police officer's quick actions went a long
way to help a woman who had caught fire
inside her Riverview home in January.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
Special presented Officer Steve Masi with
a certificate of commendation during the
commission meeting March 20 at Bradenton
Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Special teared up while reading a letter
of praise written by the woman's daughter,
Christy Wilson, which alerted Speciale to
Masi's heroic act.
The victim, Maria Hammond, eventually
died from her injuries.
"I was going to write something in my
own words about Officer Masi's heroic
deed, but when I received this letter from
a member of the family, it was so moving I
decided to read it aloud," Speciale said. "So,
if my voice quivers, it's because it's a very

David Mar-
shall listens
March 20
outside Bra-
denton Beach
City Hall,
107 Gulf
Drive N., to a
noise dem-
onstration
put on by city
staff. Islander
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AsTheWorld Terns pay
to park, er, nest. Page 6
The government calen-
dar. Page 4-A

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The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page
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Anna Maria commis-
sion tackles backlog of
issues. Page 9-A

If-iings
Community announce-
ments. Page 10-A






Island street map.
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Humor drives 'Mama
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HB committee focuses
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Streetlife &
Courtwatch
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By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Kool and the Gang played from two
speakers outside Bradenton Beach City Hall
on the afternoon of March 20.
0 11 Spectators swayed to the music as Bra-
Fishing frenzy, spring denton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale
fever. Page 3-B took the microphone. "Sound check," he
said. "Testing. One. Two. Three."
Tt H IBut Speciale wasn't preparing for kara-
Turtle oke. Instead, he was conducting a decibel-
traimnQing
inl level demonstration during the final public
time. 5-Blf
time. 5Bhearing for a sound ordinance.
B About 50 residents attended to voice
S U.OJ Z opinions on the proposed measure largely
in opposition to changing the commercial
Page decibel levels at night to a sliding scale that
J6-B would decrease in volume every few hours
from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.
NYT Sunday Magazine The main purpose of the ordinance is to
puzzle. Page 7-B address resident's concerns related to live


emotional thing for me because we are like
family."
Masi was off duty and visiting a friend
in Riverview Jan. 4 when he noticed erratic
behavior and heard the sound of a fire alarm
coming from a home across the street.
He rushed into the house and found


entertainment and amplified music offered
at businesses in the Bridge Street area. The
city planning and zoning board held several
meetings on the topic and recommended
lowering the decibel levels in the commer-
cial district.
After hearing the demonstration in the
parking lot and following more than an hour
of public comment on the topic inside cham-
bers, commissioners unanimously approved
the new ordinance with a clause allowing
the decibel levels to be measured from the
property line of the complainant rather than
at the source of the sound.
Some say the change could end up
increasing the decibel levels of music instead
of lowering it.
"For two years I've been trying to get
the sound ordinance changed," said Doreen
Flynn, manager of the Drift-In tavern, 120
PLEASE SEE MUSIC, PAGE 4-A


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present Bra-
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Police Officer
Steve Masi with
a certificate of
Commendation.
Islander Photo:
Merab-Michal
Favorite

Hammond ablaze on the couch. Masi ran
into the bathroom, dumped out a wastebasket
and filled it with water from the tub faucet.
He then ran back to the living room and
doused Hammond with water, putting out
the fire.
PLEASE SEE FIRE, PAGE 2-A


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Holmes Beach found the tree house at Ange-
linos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., in violation of
its building code. Islander File Photo

Judge orders HB to

stay tree house fine
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The owners of a controversial tree house
in Holmes Beach received some relief as
they continue their legal feud with the city.
Circuit court Judge Janette Dunnigan
issued an opinion March 17 ordering the city
of Holmes Beach to stop accruing fines for
tree house owners Richard Hazen and Lynn
Tran while the appeal process is ongoing.
Hazen and Tran were accessed a $100
a day fine Sept. 13, 2013, by the Holmes
Beach Code Enforcement Board. The city
levied the fine until such time the tree house
comes into compliance with the city and
state regulations.
PLEASE SEE TREE HOUSE, PAGE 3-A


BB commission agrees to

tolerate higher-decibel music




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County commissioner notes broadening party house problem


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Seems like Anna Maria Island officials fighting to
gain control of rental regulations from the state to deal
with vacation homes have some company.
"These party houses are popping up everywhere,"
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie told the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board of
directors March 19.
Chappie, a former Bradenton
Beach commissioner and mayor, said
he's heard of party houses in other
areas of Manatee County, particularly
S^along the Manatee River.
European investors are "buying
Chappie mansions and renting them out to
anybody," he added.
Without a repeal of the state statute that allows
a property owner to rent a home for any length of
time, Chappie said loud parties at vacation rentals are
becoming a broader enforcement issue.
\ Ni\ cities aren't enforcing their regulations,"
he said.
Chappie said Bradenton Beach requires one park-
ing space per bedroom and prohibits parking on the
street in residential areas. The problem, however, is
getting enough police and code enforcement officers
to enforce these and other regulations.
Board member David Teitelbaum agreed.
"The rules are not being enforced. I don't mind
changes to the law, I just want a level playing field for
everyone," he said.
Teitelbaum owns five resort properties in Braden-
ton Beach, and he said the managers of each of his
locations know to throw out unruly guests.
Chappie also owns several vacation rentals, and
he favors repeal of the statute enacted in July 2011,
HB883, which prohibits county and municipal govern-
ments from further regulation of vacation rental homes
in residential areas beyond what existed at the passage


of the bill unless the regulations apply to all properties
in the residential zone.
"We need repeal of this so local governments can
resume control of rentals. I'm in favor of this," he
said.
A Florida House of Representatives committee is
studying a bill repealing HB883. The Florida Senate
was favorable on a first hearing of a repeal bill, SB356,
and was to have further discussion March 20, accord-
ing to the state Legislature's website.
In other chamber business, president Mary Ann
Brockman reported that BrightHouse Networks agreed
to provide $2,500 to sponsor the Wallendas high-wire
act at Island CityFest April 11-12. The Holmes Beach
City Commission is providing $1,000 for the Wallen-
das, she said.
However, Brockman said volunteers are needed to
help with the chamber concession stands. The Islander
newspaper is a media sponsor of CityFest.
The directors also discussed the annual golf tour-
nament in September and agreed the tournament will
be held at the IMG Golf Course, 4350 El Conquistador
Parkway, Bradenton.
Brockman said IMG charges $40 less per golfer


HB883 repeal progress
Florida House Bill 307, which if it became
law would repeal HB883, was discussed by the
House Regulatory Affairs Committee March 21,
according to the legislative website.
Senate Bill 356 to repeal HB883 already has
passed a first reading.
HB883 prevents local governments that did
not have regulations controlling vacation rentals
in place as of July 1, 2011, from passing rules
exclusive to vacation rentals. Any local ordinance
enacted after the bill's passage has to apply to all
residential properties within a zoning district.


than the Bradenton Country Club.
Chamber vice president Deb Wing said the tour-
nament usually averages 70-75 players. One year, the
tournament made more than $12,000, she said.
She said about 75 percent of the golfers play every
year.
Profits from the tournament go toward the cham-
ber's scholarship fund for high school seniors planning
to major in business at college.
Wing also announced there will be an Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce "Day with the Rays"
this summer, when a group from the chamber will
attend a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, meet some
of the players and receive publicity for attending.

FIRE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
Soon, other neighbors arrived to help Hammond,
who suffered burns on 70 percent of her body, offering
to cover her with a blanket.
Masi took control of the situation, allowing the
woman to remain in an upright position on the couch
until EMS could arrive. He also gathered towels and
wet them with cool water to cover her burned body.
"The only way I can describe Officer Masi is that
he is a man of true grit," Wilson wrote in the letter.
"To witness what he did that Saturday and be as cool-
headed in his actions and as calmly communicative
with my mom, speaks to me of a man whose calling
is as a first responder, a police officer."
Masi later told Wilson that her mother had been a
"trooper" during the incident. He said she made eye
contact with him and responded coherently to every
question.
Hammond later died from the extensive injuries
she suffered, but Wilson said she was thankful that
Masi had been there to "assist, aide and comfort her
in her extreme time of need."
"I consider his response a huge indicator of the
passion and commitment he has for people and for his
profession," Wilson wrote.


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THE ISLANDER U MARCH 26, 2014 U 3-A

It's official: renourishment of beaches complete


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island's shore is renourished.
The project that began Dec. 20 at 79th Street offi-
cially ended March 13, when the last area of Coquina
Beach south to Longboat Pass in Bradenton Beach was

TREE HOUSE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
Hazen and Tran have been tangled in the dispute
with the city since the first letter of violation was sent
to the couple April 5, 2013.
In July 2013, the Holmes Beach Code Enforce-
ment Board filed a final administrative order, finding
the owners of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., in
violation of building code requirements.
The city found the tree house construction
began in April 2011 to be in violation of several
city and state codes and to have been built without a
permit. The state violation includes the structure being
built within the setback for the erosion control line.
Dunnigan's order in the appeal to stop the daily
fine is the only progress thus far, responding to Hazen
and Tran's petition for writ of certiorari, or motion for
review of stay order, filed in October 2013 by their
attorney, David Levin of Sarasota.
The city of Holmes Beach is represented by city
attorney Patricia Petruff and Jim Dye of Dye, Dietrich,
Petruff & St. Paul, EL., of Bradenton.
The couple initially filed with the city board to
have the fines halted during the appeal of the final
order, which was denied. The petitioners appealed the
board's fine decision to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court,
where it was overturned by Dunnigan.
Still pending are cases filed by the city seeking to
declare the couple's petition null and void and seeking
declaratory judgment.
The couple's appeal of the code enforcement
board's ruling and an appeal of the city's final admin-
istrative order to remove the structure or rectify its
non-compliant status also are pending action.


renourished by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.
"All beach renourishment is done, including
Coquina Beach," said Cindy Gray of the Manatee
County Parks and Natural Resources Department.
Department director Charlie Hunsicker said GLDD
worked 24/7 to complete the two projects, with the
exception of some weather delays.
The first phase of work was from 79th Street to
13th Street South at the south end of Cortez Beach. This
project was completed under a contract with the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers and cost about $12 million.
From Cortez Beach to Longboat Pass, encompass-
ing Coquina Beach, the renourishment was a state and
county project under the direction of Manatee County
Manatee County paid $5.7 million for phase 2
and will be reimbursed by the state for about half that
amount, Hunsicker said.
County funds come from the 5 percent resort tax,
which can only be used for tourism-related projects,
such as beach renourishment.
By having both projects done back-to-back, the
county saved about $3 million in startup costs, which
were paid by the corps, Hunsicker said.
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"This successful project came to pass through the
many efforts and communications between federal,
state and local project managers," he said.
The island's beaches "are in their best shape since
1992. My thanks and gratitude go out to all our busi-
ness owners, community member and visitors who
exhibited great patience and understanding during this
short period of the project," Hunsicker added.
"We can now look forward for many years to beau-
tiful sandy beaches providing wonderful recreation,
protection of property, and sanctuary for our shorebirds
and nesting marine turtles."
Despite some weather delays, the projects took
less than three months to complete.
Anna Maria beaches were not included in the
renourishment because marine engineers found them
"to be in good shape," Hunsicker said.
The next project is for Cortez Beach, where the
county will construct of state-of-the-art groins to con-
trol the flow of water and sand in that area.
Replacements for the three Cortez Beach groins
should commence in the late summer of this year and
last about nine months, Hunsicker said.

Looking north from
Longboat Pass at the
wide expanse of beach
March 20 created by
renourishment. Some
equipment of Great
Lakes Dredge & Dock
Co. still remains on
the shore at Coquina
Beach, but workers
were making progress
on removing the equip-
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Rick Catlin





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MUSIC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. "So what do they do?
They decide to measure it from my property. If it's 75
decibels where I am, it's going to be 120 decibels from
the source. I just can't believe they did that."
Bridge Street has established a reputation as a hub
of entertainment on Anna Maria Island, especially after
10 p.m., when many restaurants in Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach close.
However, some residents with homes near Bridge
Street, like Terry Winford, have complained about
noise.
The back of Winford's home in the Pines Trailer
Park at Bridge Street and Church Avenue is about 2
feet from the parking lot of the Historic Bridge Street
Pier.
"We are very close and the music can be a nui-
sance," she said. "Sometimes it even shakes the
trailer."
The sound demonstration in the parking lot of city
hall was intended to provide a better understanding
of decibel levels and readings, said city planner Alan
Garrett.
"Today, primarily, we are looking at what type
of decibel levels to allow within the commercial dis-
trict," he said. "We want to give you examples of dif-
ferent levels of music and see what kind of readings
we get."
People stood about 40 feet from the speakers to
approximate the distance from a property line of a
business.
Special experimented with different levels of
volume and many of those attending agreed that music
played that rated 65 decibels was too low for live enter-
tainment.
Then people were asked to move to the Tingley
Memorial Library parking lot adjacent to the city park-
ing lot, about 100 feet from the speakers. Garrett said
that if a decibel reading could not be taken from the


BSM scales back March

29 event proposal
A proposed March 29 streetwide Bridge Street
Merchants festival entitled "Blues, Brews and Bar-
becue," was withdrawn from city consideration
March 6 in favor of a similar event
Blues, Brews and Barbecue will now take
place on the same date in the Bridge Street Market
lot, where it was previously approved for a permit
by the city.
Merchants representatives Bill Herlihy and
Jake Spooner previously approached the commis-
sion for approval to hold a larger event that would
have allowed Bridge Street to be closed for the
festival.
Herlihy, who owns Island Time Bar and Grill
and Bridge Street Bistro, said the merchants did
not have adequate time to do the proper planning
and withdrew the application. He said the mer-
chants will put together a new plan for the larger
event and likely seek approval for a fall festival.
The March 29 event is set to go ahead as
planned, but will be conducted entirely in the
empty lot that also is used for the Bridge Street
Merchant-sponsored Sunday markets.
In other matters March 6, city commissioners
also unanimously approved John Metz March 6 as
an alternate to the planning and zoning board.
There were some initial concerns from com-
missioners because Metz is a fairly new resident.
However, he said he served in the past on a similar
board in Oceanside, Calif.
"We came here to think about wintering here,"
said Metz. "It only took my wife three days to
let me know we were never going back. We have
adopted this city as our home. I enjoyed serving
on the other advisory board because it got me
involved in the community and that's what I want
to do here."


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Bradenton Beach city planner Alan Garrett takes a
noise reading March 20 during a sound demonstra-
tion in the parking lot of city hall.

property line of a business, it would be taken at a dis-
tance of 100 feet. The added distance between speakers
and listeners allowed for a decrease in sound equal to
about 10 decibels.
At one point, people were asked to clap hands and
the sound meter registered 90 decibels.
"For music, 75 is tolerable, but 65 is just too low,"
said Margie Motzer, who said she frequents Bridge
Street for the music scene. "I wish they would consider
making it higher because people come there to enjoy
themselves."
Under the new noise ordinance, outdoor music will
be allowed until 10 p.m., and live indoor music can
take place until 1 p.m. Establishments can play music
at 85 decibels 7 a.m.-7 p.m., but that number shrinks
to 75 decibels between the hours of 7 p.m.-O10 p.m.,
and then must be turned down to 65 decibels 10 p.m.-2
a.m. It decreases again to 55 decibels 2 a.m.-7 a.m.
After the demonstration, the crowd gathered out-
doors went into the cramped quarters of city hall cham-
bers to comment on the record about the ordinance.
Most of those who spoke took issue with the
restrictions between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m., because they
said it was prime time for live entertainment.
Adam Jenkins, president of the Bridge Street Mer-



Meetingj..

Anna Maria
March 27, 6 p.m., city commission.
April 1, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
April 10, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
March 27, 3 p.m., Tingley Memorial Library
board.
April 2, 11 a.m., pier team.
April 3, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
April 3, 6 p.m., city commission.
April 3, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 6, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
April 9, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
April 10, 1 p.m., department heads.
April 16, 11 a.m., pier team.
April 17, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
March 26, 9 a.m., charter review.
March 27, 9:30 a.m., island congestion.
March 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification.
April 2, 7 p.m., planning.
April 8, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 10, 7 p.m., city commission.


chants, presented the city commission with a petition
and two pages of signatures opposing the change. Jen-
kins said he also conducted a survey of real estate agen-
cies with rental properties in Bradenton Beach, asking
property managers if they had complaints within the
past three months. Most of them, he said, rarely had
grievances regarding music or noise.
Other business owners said losing live music could
be detrimental to their business and threaten their live-
lihoods.
Following public comment, commissioners voted
to change several key factors in the ordinance.
While commissioners were in favor of the sliding
scale, they said they would allow the sound to be read
from the complainant's property line rather than from
the source.
"After hearing the demonstration, I think the deci-
bel level in the ordinance is too low," Vice Mayor Janie
Robertson said.
The commission also voted to strike a clause from
the ordinance that required indoor speakers to be placed
15 feet from any wall, which many residents felt was
an unrealistic space constraint considering some estab-
lishments may not be 30 feet wide.
But the biggest argument against the ordinance
was that it could jeopardize commercial success.
Many of the people who spoke own businesses on
Bridge Street.
Fred Bartizal, owner of the Bridge Tender Inn, 135
Bridge St., said he started coming to the island in the
1950s and, during the past decade, his restaurant has
evolved to employ 63 people.
Bartizal was emotional as he spoke.
"The city and the merchants have really come
together and it's become a real family," he said. "Why
argue with success? This is a great place and people
come specifically to Bridge Street to be a part of
that."
Angela Rodecker, co-owner of Bridgewalk, a
motel at 100 Bridge St., spoke of the inevitable change
in the Bridge Street area in the recent decades.
"There are a lot of people ahead of us that spent a
lot of time, ni .-' and money to put sidewalks in and
to put street lights in, so that Bridge Street could be
what it is today," she said. "But do you know where we
would be if we hadn't changed? Five dilapidated build-
ings. Yes, there is change. Yes, the street has evolved.
And yes, it's different from it used to be. But it's work-
ing."
The commission unanimously approved the
amended ordinance, which immediately went into
effect.


April 15, 11 a.m., city center.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
April 1, 1:30 p.m., joint meeting, school board/
county commission.
April 3, 9 a.m., county commission land use.
April 8, 9 a.m., county commission.
April 22, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
April 17, 6 p.m., commission.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
April 16, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Longboat Key Town Hall.
April 18, Good Friday, government offices
closed.
April 21, 9 a.m., Tourist Development Coun-
cil, Bradenton City Hall, 101 Old Main St., Braden-
ton.
April 21, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 26, 2014 0 5-A

Audit reveals 'material weakness' in Bradenton Beach budget


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
A recent Bradenton Beach audit has revealed
serious account deficiencies in the city's 2012-13
budget.
The report was presented during the city commis-
sion's work session March 20.
According to the audit, the city's reserve balance
in the general fund has been depleted nearly $800,000
during the past five years and the city has been spend-
ing more than it receives in revenue.
-, "At this rate, we will be out of
cash in a matter of two or three years,"
Mayor Bill Shearon said. With regard
to the 2012-13 budget, enacted and
carried out prior to Shearon's term
Jin office, he said, "Despite our lack
*s l....,i, of involvement, me and the city trea-
surer, Shelia Dalton, are accountable
to the auditor general of the state of Florida to resolve
the deficiencies."
The audit found 24 audit adjustments, or journal
entries, had caused a material weakness within the
system, which amounts to a violation of state statute.
According to the statute, had it gone unnoticed,
the mistake could have
resulted in a material mis-
statement, which has the
potential to affect the city's
worth. 4
The city has exceeded
revenue by $400,000 in
the current budget and
the commission already
approved taking $100,000
from the reserve fund to
help balance the budget.
While the city received
$200,000 of unexpected Et
revenue, expenses in 2013 Entire'
over that amount were
$250,000. The audit also
revealed $34,000 of "bad A chan
debt" due to poor collec- rizes
tion methods.
Shearon said he's 1o0oo
expecting to receive a letter
from the auditor general at
any time warning the city FREE s
that this sort of budget educate
deficiency cannot happen
again. from in
"It's a major viola-
tion in some respects," he
explained. "We are as close JJ Wine a


as we can get before the state comes in and audits
the books. The good news is no one had their hands
in the cookie jar, meaning we can account for all the
money and there was no wrongdoing. It's just a matter
of sloppy accounting."
In order to correct the mistake, Shearon is asking
commissioners to approve payroll, accounts payable
checks and to review revenue and expense reports on
a monthly basis and start the next fiscal year's budget
process six months in advance.
In addition, the city is undergoing an administra-
tive reconstruction, which also was approved following
the budget work session at the March 20 commission
meeting, to establish a clear authority for department
heads.
Department heads will now submit a written
monthly report to the commission outlining their proj-
ects, timetables and expenses. Previous to the meeting,
department heads reported verbally to the mayor.
Commissioners hope the change will signify
a more cohesive intergovernmental structure and
improve communication between departments.
Shearon said department heads will have more
responsibility and be accountable for expenditures.
Shearon said he hopes to have the budget straight-


ened out within six months, just in time for the city to
address its fiscal year 2014-15 budget.
"By looking at the budget as a whole, we will
be able to evaluate and fine tune our budget, go over
line items and get things worked out for the better,"
Shearon said.
Commissioners approved the invoice for the audit
at their regular meeting March 20. CS&L CPAs, of
Bradenton, invoiced the city $1,950 to complete the
audit of the city's financial statements on Sept. 30,
2013, and $1,065 for additional assistance for the
mayor and members of the finance department, as well
as preparation of cash reports. The total invoice was
$3,015.
On the plus side, the city has no debt and about
$8.3 million in total assets, although that money is
made up of restricted funds that can only be used for
certain projects pertaining to the Tingley Memorial
Library or city community redevelopment agency.
Commissioner Jack Clarke said he hoped the new
changes would help make the process simpler next
year.
"The preparation for the audit next year will be a
whole lot easier and, in turn, that will make it a whole
lot cheaper," he said.


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Barking, parking
It seems to us that the city of Anna Maria is heading
into another train wreck, yet another bad law.
It's more spice for the laughingstock that once was
a commissioner claiming to pin the tail (blame) on the
donkey the mayor; and to bulldoze city businesses
in favor of residential-only properties.
This is the city that establishes a park with trees and
no parking, where parking is in dire need by the city's
crowning jewel, the city pier.
This is the city that returns donations; and creates
regulations and routinely reverses them.
So now they want to further regulate parking on
city streets those blocks that run into the beach at
the behest of mostly beachfront property owners, in an
attempt to foil those people who come with tents, cool-
ers and kids. Their goal is to turn people away, all the
while ignoring many of their own taxpayers who often
seek a parking place at the beach.
Mind you, they aren't creating parking spaces, just
limiting parking via fees.
What they fail to see is, like water, parking finds
its own level. When the spaces are filled, like water,
people looking for parking will flow to other places.
Other blocks, other streets.
The revenue from the kiosks may be minuscule in
comparison to the cost of enforcement have they
studied the cost? and so its only benefit may be job
stimulus. After all, the sheriff's deputies come at too
high a price. Parking enforcer, anyone?
Unlike Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, where the
mayors are an administrator with no vote on legislative
matters, the city of Bradenton Beach vests its mayor as
the executive head of the city with a vote equal to four
ward officers.
Before taking office as mayor, Bill Shearon and two
other residents filed suit to halt an agreement creating a
parking lot on the renourished beach at the BeachHouse
Restaurant.
On becoming mayor, Shearon withdrew.
And along comes BeachHouse owner Ed Chiles to
sue the mayor for what he claims is a breach of author-
ity, which led the city last week to redefine its charter.
It may be of little consequence, but for municipali-
ties, if it walks like a duck, it's a duck. The city's charter,
in spite of providing a weak-mayor government, clearly
puts the mayor in charge of administering the staff.
Further, Chile's lawsuit asserts violations of Flori-
da's Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws by Shearon and
others, although no official complaints exist.
It's tit for tat, spit for spat. Lawyers and lawsuits.
Moreso than spring flowers, suits are flourishing in
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It's good to see Feb. 26 in The Islander that
government officials are discussing traffic problems
on Anna Maria Island.
Some of the ideas being floated, such as increased
shuttle bus service from the mainland, have some
potential to reduce traffic. But other suggested solu-
tions, such as a parking garage at Manatee Public
Beach, would probably make the problem worse.
Aside from a structure that would be totally out of
character with the island, the creation of more park-
ing spaces may only attract more cars.
One thing missing from this discussion seems to
be any desire for facing up to the root causes of the
problem.
Every time I see a house demolished on the
island, I seen a bigger one built to replace it. But
bigger houses = more beds = more cars.
While putting restrictions on what people can do
with their property is obviously controversial, unless
we control the island's capacity for people, we are
going to see more cars. And government officials will
be reduced to working around the margins to try to
put a slight dent in the traffic jams.
Paul Ferber, Bradenton Beach

Thanks
Congratulations to the committee and volunteers
on the success of the 21st annual Anna Maria Island
Tour of Homes.
The tour is a special event that opens the doors to
some of the islands' most beautiful homes for people
to enjoy a taste of coastal living and our unique island
lifestyle.
It's a communitywide effort, with volunteer com-
mittee leaders who work tirelessly alongside dedi-
cated volunteers to ensure success.
In the past 21 years, the tour has raised much
needed revenue to support the youth programs and


scholarships offered by the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, and this year's outcome exceeded our
expectations.
On behalf of the center's board of directors and
staff, the families and the children we serve, a heart-
felt "thank you" goes to the tour of homes commit-
tee; the amazing Eyeland Needlers, creators of the
treasured "Directions to Paradise" quilt; and to the
bakers and crafters who donate their efforts to the
Island Tropical Treasures Boutique.
Thanks to our generous sponsors and tour book-
ticket advertisers. Thanks to The Islander for its out-
standing coverage. Thanks to photographer Jack Elka
and artist Joan Voyles. Thanks to the volunteer home
and parking guides. Thanks to the shuttle drivers. And
thanks to CrossPointe Fellowship for allowing us the
use of its parking lot.
It was a beautiful and very successful day... for
which we are so very grateful.
Dawn Stiles, AMICC executive director


Paradise or misery?
The misery of season is upon us, as we pay the
price of living where others can only visit. Residents
have found ways to adapt to traffic, crowded beaches
and booked-up restaurants, and likely know to shop
at Publix before 9 a.m.
There is little, however, that we can do about
city-sanctioned noise. We live across from Holmes
Beach City Hall on 58th Street, and the amplified
music at the March 15-16 Shamrockin' Festival was
intolerable, although the police measured the deci-
bel level at 70 "exactly at the limit."
As an aside, we rarely can tell if the Barefoot Tiki
Hut has entertainment.
Our city is at the mythical crossroads. Are we a
party/short-term tourist destination at the expense of
tax-paying full- and part-time residents, or a residen-









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tial community open to sharing our lifestyle with
visitors seeking the paradise we maintain?
Shall we sell our island soul to the devil for
dollars?
I plead to the city commission to move quickly
on improvements to the noise ordinance, and to
maintain the quality of our residential lifestyle.
Maureen Hirthler, Holmes Beach

Say 'no' to loud music
With regard to the Bridge Street issue of loud
entertainment: I don't believe the majority of visi-
tors come to our island for loud music and bars.
I find they come to Bridge Street for the wonder-
ful shops and restaurants and because it is a great
tributary to the Intracoastal Waterway.
A great example is Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
That street is hopping with people without music
or bars.
Most people enjoy peace and quiet for their
time off.
And with regard to the musicians losing their
jobs, they can still play, but quieter, with less
amplification. If they are good, they don't need to
be loud.
Our main attraction is our wonderful beach,
our free beach parking and our trolleys. We have
it all, and quieter music can add a gentle touch to
the atmosphere.
Eileen Suhre, Bradenton Beach.
More thanks
On behalf of the Friends of the Island Library,
we are so grateful to the Rev. Ed Moss and his staff
of CrossPointe Fellowship, who opened their doors


and allowed us the use of their fellowship hall, a
beautiful large space, filled with light.
The success of our annual book sale is owed
our wonderful volunteers, who toiled over thou-
sands of books of all categories, to all our friends
who donated books, and to everyone who attended
the sale and made purchases.
We say sincerely, thank you. Our net was
$3,300 plus 38 new members.
Of particular note is the help from Mike LaP-
ensee, who transported and stored the book dona-
tions. We thank him and wife Karen for being so
gracious throughout the year.
Denise Johnson, Friends of the Island Library,
Holmes Beach

Playing to appreciation
Thank you to Island Player's board of direc-
tors, director Kelly Wynn Woodland, stage manager
Mike Lusk, the cast and crew of "Mama Won't Fly"
and all the wonderful volunteers at Island Players
for putting on a cancer benefit preview performance
March 18.
Thank you also to Dottie Mizzi and to Lois
Manza of Creations by L for helping sell tickets.
Thank you to The Islander for helping promote the
event. Thank you to everyone who attended the fun
evening and for making a difference in the fight
against cancer. I hope everyone has a chance to see
this Island Players' production it is fabulous.
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach

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10 years ago
Headlines from March 24, 2004
Debbie Scott of the Anna Maria Elementary
School Parent Teacher Organization said she and
Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon planned
to discuss the presence of convicted sex offenders on
the island. Scott said the idea to hold meetings with
the school's designated resource officer came after
she learned a sex offender had moved to the 4500
block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach within 300
feet of AME.
A morning fire March 18 at the Waterfront Res-
taurant, 111 S. Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria, caused
$100,000 in damages and resulted in closure of the
restaurant. West Manatee Fire Rescue Capt. Ernie
Cave said the fire appeared to start in the kitchen and
spread to the dining room. It was eventually ruled
arson.
The Florida Department of Transportation
announced a $1.9 million rehabilitation project for
the Longboat Pass Bridge at the south end of Anna
Maria Island beginning in April and causing nightly
closures of the bridge during the week. A DOT
spokesperson said the project would take about six
months to complete.


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March 17 69 .76 3.04
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March19- 53 75 0
March 20 60- 77 0
March 21 60 87 0
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Holmes Beach mayor floats concept of gondola lift


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti may not be
known as a comedian.
But he prefaced his presentation of possible traffic
solutions at the March 19 meeting of the Coalition of
Barrier Island Elected Officials by saying: "Don't start
laughing."
Monti didn't want officials to chuckle at his slide
presentation of potential traffic solutions, including a
people-mover gondola lift from Perico Island to Mana-
tee Public Beach in Holmes Beach or Cortez to Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach.
., "It's just a suggestion. I'm pre-
senting this to you, and in a few
weeks will hold a 'meet-and-greet'
public meeting to gain input. Let's
not dismiss these ideas. We basically
Only have 400 parking spaces at the
Monti public beach and that's not enough."
Monti said he's talked to a com-
pany that makes gondola lifts in Colorado, and learned
that one large gondola can move about 500 people in
one hour.
"It costs about $5 million to $7 million per mile
for the gondola," he said. A 1.5 mile trip across Anna
Maria Sound would cost about $10 million to $14 mil-
lion, he said. "That's a lot less than building a new
bridge for $60 million, and it's a way to deal with the
parking problem."
The mayor said the gondola concept would remove

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A drawing of a gondola lift was shared by Holmes
Beach Mayor Carmel Monti in his proposal to
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Public Beach at the March 19 Coalition of Barrier
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a lot of vehicles from island streets and also provide a
scenic trip over the bay.
"It would definitely be a (U.S.) corps of engineers
project," Monti said.
He also presented other suggestions to keep Mana-
tee Public Beach clean, improve parking and help the
community.
He said a second level or possibly a third -
could be built on the concession building. The second
level could have office space and a third level could


be used for events.
"We could do all that within the 37-foot height
limitation and it won't be ugly," he said.
Monti also proposed a covered roofing of cloth
or tin public pavilion at the north end of the Mana-
tee Public Beach for markets, concerts and other com-
munity events.
He said he understands the ideas would take a lot
of time and money to implement, but officials have to
consider the future of Anna Maria Island.
"These are not new concepts and they might be
workable" for the island, the mayor said.
Monti also introduced Roger leradi of Clean
Sweep of Sarasota to discuss a possible contract among
all four entities in the BIEO for street sweeping and
sidewalk/bicycle path cleaning.
Monti asked each mayor to determine how many
curb miles exist in their cities and discuss with their
commissions the idea of street cleaning, sidewalks
and bike paths only, or both. It might take an interlo-
cal agreement, but each BIEO city has some level of
agreements with other municipalities or county gov-
ernments in place.
He observed that having clean sidewalks and path-
ways are a requirement to earn points to reduce flood
insurance premiums under the Community Rating
System administered by the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency.
"To me, it's more important to keep the sidewalks
and bike paths clean and have clean water flowing"
into Tampa Bay than a street-cleaning contract, Monti
said.
Holmes Beach contracts with Clean Sweep to have
its streets swept and the resulting debris hauled away
every two months. The cost is about $600 each time
the company cleans the streets and removes debris.
leradi said the company does 80 percent of its work
at night. The company has a contract to clean Punta
Gorda streets, but most of its work is for construction
companies, he said.
leradi said the base price for street cleaning is $100
per hour or by the curb mile. A better price might be
available if all four cities were under one contract,
leradi said.
While BIEO officials are doing their homework,
leradi said he would look at the streets and paths in all
on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
"Each city is a unique situation. Everyone is dif-
ferent," he said.
In other business, Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill
Tokajer showed BIEO members a crosswalk warning
sign he plans to place in the center of some crossings.
Each sign costs $40 and they will do much for the
safety of pedestrians, particularly at night, he said.
In another matter, Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown
warned members that Sarasota is seeing a "new gen-
eration of signs that are like televisions. And they are
not regulated." He suggested BIEO cities might want
to determine if such signs need regulation.
Brown also said Longboat Key is beginning its
beach renourishment project in a few months, and
dredging of Longboat Pass is needed.
Brown said he learned from a Florida Department
of Transportation study that the last time the pass was
dredged was in the 1990s.
The next BIEO meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednes-
day, April 16, at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 26, 2014 U 9-A

Anna Maria commissioners tackle backlog of issues


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Faced with a backlog of agenda items, Anna Maria
commissioners held a special work session March 18
to deal with their ever-growing list of concerns.
One issue is the new state-mandated, 30-page flood
plain ordinance building official Bob Welch wrote and
the commission adopted in February. The city met the
March 1 deadline to submit the new ordinance to the
state, and Welch now says it may need revision.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb had concerns new
homes with two levels of living space over parking.
Webb speculated the builder or owner might enclose
the ground level and build more bedrooms.
Welch said living arrangements on the ground-
level of elevated homes are illegal and would not show
on the deed if the property sells.
Under the new flood plain ordinance, Welch would
have to inspect the property in the event of a sale. If
he found the downstairs noncompliant, he would be
obligated to order it be removed and restored to park-
ing and/or an open-air recreation area.
Additionally, any bank holding the mortgage on
such a property would not show the bedroom/living
area on the deed and the city would have to notify the
bank.
Welch said the city must be more proactive in
checking downstairs enclosed areas to ensure they are
not used as living space or bedrooms.
For the city to keep its federal Community Rating
System flood insurance discounts, he must, under
the new law "enforce removal of downstairs enclo-
sures.
"There's no downside to the city, just to the new
owner," he said.
Webb said the city should have the right to inspect
a home's downstairs at any time.
Commissioners asked city attorney Jim Dye to
research the new flood plain ordinance and determine
if he could include a provision allowing inspection of
an elevated home's ground-floor area.
But Dye said he had concerns about "invasion of
privacy" by the city.
Welch noted the city is due for a Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency inspection next year and
he wants to ensure the city keeps its current 25 percent
flood insurance premium discount.
Commissioners agreed to wait for Dye to study
the issue.
In other business, SueLynn asked about the
"parameters of restricted funds." She said this occurs
in some cases when someone or an entity gives the city
money for a specific use.
Commissioner Carol Carter said the city should
take any donation, but "make no concessions" about
any project associated with the donor.
Dye said the city has to look at each donation to
determine if it's a contract.
"You have contracting power. You have a contract
with the city pier tenant. You can accept some funds
as a contract under certain conditions," he said.
SueLynn said a donor will give $2,000 if the city


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uses the money to put up new street banners.
Dye said the commission could view such a dona-
tion as a contract, or give that power to the mayor.
Commissioners agreed to look at each donation to
determine if it is a gift or contract, but agreed to make
no concessions.
On another matter, Carter wondered if the city
could regulate the size of bedrooms in new construc-
tion. She said she understood a plan was submitted
for a 1,708 square-foot house with five bedrooms on
Magnolia Avenue.
Welch said he has yet to approve that plan due to
other issues.
"Well, these look like tiny bedrooms to me," Carter
said, "and we all know it's going to become a vacation
rental."
Webb said the city has to abide by the state statute
governing rentals that passed in July 2011. That statute
allows a property owner to rent his or her home unless
restrictions existed prior to enactment of the statute.
He said the city must wait to see if the Legislature
approves a bill to repeal or amend the law.
"The problem is we don't have occupancy stan-
dards," he said.
Webb also said the city ordinance on motels and
hotels is "antiquated."


Dye agreed, and said a new ordinance should con-
tain a number of definitions, including lodging unit,
dwelling unit and bedroom.
Webb also asked if the city could regulate property
managers.
Woodland said he believes the list of best practices
adopted in early 2013 by many vacation rental com-
panies operating in the city is working.
"Most property managers are doing a pretty good
job of enforcing the best practices," he said.
SueLynn agreed that the list of best practices has
helped, adding she believes many residents have just
given up complaining.
With the city policy allowing anonymous com-
plaints, however, SueLynn said she's hoping people
will start to bring concerns to city hall.
Commissioners also discussed Gulffront Park and
agreed with the mayor not to accept any applications
for tree-trimming until the commission finalizes a new
application and accompanying ordinance.
Commissioners will meet again for a work session
April 19, when they plan to discuss paid and permit
parking, traffic, the Gulffront Park permit process,
adoption of the International Property Maintenance
Code, increasing the mayor's salary and stepping up
code enforcement.


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The Regatta Landing at Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave.
W., will be the staging area for the Bradenton Dragon
Boat Festival, which will take place Saturday, March
29, with viewing along the downtown Riverwalk.
Teams will consist of 20 paddlers, a drummer in
the bow to keep the paddlers in harmony and a steer-

Re-enactments staged
at national memorial
Period re-enactors will share the history of
Spanish colonial days, the Seminole wars and the
Civil War at the De Soto National Memorial in Bra-
denton.
Five Centuries of Florida History will take
place Saturday, March 29, at the memorial.
An announcement invited the public to explore
a pre-historic Florida with the Calusa, poke around
a Civil War encampment, have coffee with dough-
boys from the Sunshine State and chat with Rosie
the riveter.
The memorial also will have demonstrations
and offer children's activities.
Hours will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The memorial is at 8300 De Soto Memorial
Highway, Bradenton at the north terminus of
75th Street Northwest.
For more information, call the memorial office
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'Cuba Awakening' opens at
Anna Maria gallery
"Cuba \\ ,k. inin&." an exhibit featuring contem-
porary and folk art from eastern Cuba, opens Friday,
March 28, at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
The exhibit will be at the island gallery until
Wednesday, April 23.
A reception for the public will be 6-8 p.m. Friday,
April 11.
The exhibit is the result of efforts by local artist
Jean Blackburn, who has had several shows at the
Studio and has visited Cuba to "discover for herself
the art scene there and to meet Cuban artists and share
her art with them," according to a news release.
Two years of planning went into bringing the
exhibit to the Anna Maria gallery, which is owned by
Rhea Chiles of Holmes Beach and her son Ed Chiles
of Anna Maria. Ed Chiles also is the owner of a trio
of waterfront restaurants and Rhea Chiles is a former
first lady of Florida.
Sarasota artist Craig Rubadoux made the final
selection of the art work for the show, bringing more


A detail from one of the works in "Cuba Awaken-
ing," to be shown at the Studio in Anna Maria,
March 28-April 23. Islander Courtesy Photo

than 50 original pieces from Cuba representing the
work of 24 artists from Santiago de Cuba, Guantan-
amo, Baracoa and Camaguey.
The works, in a range of genres and mediums, deal
with culture, politics and religion.
Some of the artists plan to attend the reception.
For more information, call the Studio at 941-778-
1906.


person in the stern to keep the paddlers on course with
a 10-foot oar that acts as a rudder.
An announcement said a dragon boat is like a
canoe on steroids" each boat is about 43-feet long,
with a traditional dragonhead and tail.
Organizers are inviting businesses, nonprofits,
neighborhoods and families to form teams for the fes-
tival. The event is open to participants of all sizes and
abilities the only requirement is they must be at
least 12 years old.
Entry fees are $1,200 per business, $600 per non-
profit and $23 per person.
At least one team from Anna Maria Island will be
participating in the festival.
AMI Dragon Boat-Paddlers from Paradise will
compete in the day's events.
"We have quite a group looking forward to the
Bradenton race," island dragon boating enthusiast
Melinda Bradway said in an email.
She said she's organizing a pilot program on the
island that would begin in mid-April and continue
through May 22. And there will be another push to
promote racing next fall.
Nly vision is to build team-building programs
through dragon boating for our Anna Maria Island
Community Center youth programs and local busi-
nesses," she said.
Racing in the Bradenton festival will take place 9
a.m.-3 p.m.
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Save the date for
An Island Affaire
The name suggests the event is a flip-floppy festi-
val, but for An Island Affaire Just Another Day in
Paradise it's time to put a shine on the dress shoes and
a sparkle on the earrings.
The annual black-tie gala is perhaps the island's
glitziest, a fundraiser for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, which transforms the gymnasium into
a ballroom one night a year.
This year's event will take place Saturday, April
12, with a VIP party at 5 p.m., a Champagne reception
at 6 p.m., and dining and dancing to follow.
Harry's Continental Kitchens of Longboat Key
will cater dinner.
The evening includes an open bar, silent and live
auctions and a performance by Bertie Higgins, who
had a pop hit in the 1980s with "Just Another Day in
Paradise."
For more information, including ticket details, call
the center at 941-778-1908, ext. 9203.
Reservations are required by April 4.
The center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Turtle race to benefit Mote
Runners will be racing at a hare's pace to benefit
sea turtles and the scientists who study them.
The annual Run for the Turtles will take place Sat-
urday, April 5, to benefit Mote Marine Laboratory's
Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.
The 5K event will assemble near the Siesta Key
gazebo south of the pavilion at the beach, 948 Beach
Road, Siesta Key.
There also will be a fun run-walk that morning.
Participants also can register onsite starting at 6:30
a.m. before the race.
The cost to participate is $35, $20 for children 10
and younger.
For more information, go online to www.mote.org/
turtlerun or call Paula Clark at 941-388-4441, ext. 357.
To register, go online to www.active.com.


Fun walk benefits
homeless kids
The second annual Family Fun Walk to raise
money to help homeless children and their family steps
off at 6 p.m. on the beach April 5.
The Saturday afternoon event will step off at the
south end of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
It's a rain-or-shine fundraiser that involves a mile
walk, family photos, a post-walk party and sunset
I c iin'., sandcastle competition and entertainment.
Events will begin at about 4 p.m. The walk check-
in will be at 5:30 p.m. and the walk will take place at
6p.m.
Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for students,
$45 for families.
Registration can be completed online at www.turn-
ingpointswalk.org.
For more information, call the Community Coali-
tion at 941-747-1509.


This year's An Island Affaire gala will take place
Saturday, April 12, starting with a VIP party at 5
p.m., C (i.q..,,'.. reception at 6p.m., and dining
and dancing to follow. The celebration, featuring
silent and live auctions to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, takes place at the center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander File Photo

Blood donors sought at center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
hold a blood drive 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March
26.
Donors at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, will receive a free T-shirt and a wellness
checkup that includes an iron count and cholesterol
screening.
There are some restrictions on who can donate
blood, which can be found at www.oneblooddonor.
org.
Donors also can make appointments on that web-
site, using the sponsor code #MAMCC.
The center said a photo identification card is
required to donate blood.
For more information, call Wendy Smith at the
center at 941-778-1908.

Socializing
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nity of more than 2,700 users, so we're sharing
some of the conversations we've been having with
our fans. If you would like to join the conversation,
become a fan of "The Islander" on Facebook. We
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Signing in Sarasota
Author Jay Myers will sign
copies of his book, "Hitting
the Curveballs: How Crisis
Can Strengthen and Grow
Your Business" at Barnes
& Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota. The sign-
ing will take place 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 29. Myers,
founder of Interactive Solu
tions, has a house on Key
Royale in Holmes Beach.
For more information, call
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Wednesday, March 26
9:30-11:30 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Community Center
blood drive, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
778-1908.
11:30 a.m. The Einstein's Circle discussion group at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Discussion
topic: green living. Information: 941-359-4296.
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.

Thursday, March 27
7:46 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, March 28
10 a.m.-1 p.m. SeniorAdventures book sale, Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-962-8835.
10 a.m. Presentation on planning for retirement and
beyond by attorney Sherry Wood, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7:46 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, March 29
9:30 a.m. REAL Women of CrossPointe Fellowship


Chamber announces

CityFest sponsors
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
continues to organize the Island CityFest celebration.
The event will take place Friday-Saturday, April
11-12, at Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive.
The April 11 hours will be 5-10 p.m. April 12 hours
will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Plans include musical performances, a food court, a
classic car show, kids zone and arts and crafts sales.
Event sponsors include: LaPensee Plumbing &
Pools, The Feast Restaurant, RE/MAX Alliance Group,
Budweiser, Miller Electric, The Islander, AMI Fitness,
CrossPointe Fellowship, the Bradenton Herald, Anna
Maria Island Resorts, Brighthouse Networks, Island
Real Estate, BB&T Mortgage/BB&T Bank, Grooms
Motors and the city of Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-
778-1541.

CrossPointe group
gathering for brunch
The REAL Women of CrossPointe Fellowship will
gather for a spring brunch at the church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The celebration will take place at 9:30 a.m. Satur-
day, March 29.
Organizers plan to serve a "delicious brunch" and
host Carla Ballew talking about her life's journey.
The event is free.
For more information, call the church office at
941-778-0719.


brunch, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
0719. 2p.m. -Tim Dorsey talk and book-signing, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5-10 p.m. Bridge Street Merchants rock celebration with
Shotgun Justice, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
215-906-0668.
7:47 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, March 30
7:47 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, March 31
7:48 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, April 1
Today is April Fool's Day.
7:48 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, April 2
7:49 p.m. Official sunset time.

Off-island
Thursday, March 27
8 p.m. State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Jazz
Ensemble and Combo concert, Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840
26th St. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-75205252.

Friday, March 28
6 p.m. Music in the Park series, Michael Weiss, Riverwalk,
downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.


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.


Saturday, March 29
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Five Centuries of Florida re-enactments
and tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial
Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.

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

Save the date
April 14, Passover.
*April 18, Good Friday.
April 19, Sandbar Easter egg hunt, Anna Maria.
*April 20, Easter.
April 22, Earth Day.
*April 28, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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


Islander to be honored at gala
Holmes Beach resident Nancy Ambrose is among
those being honored at the first Silver Lining Gala to
benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation's
cancer treatment programs.
The gala will take place Friday, April 4, at
Michael's On East, 1212 SE Ave., Sarasota.
Tickets are $125 per person.
For information, call Diana Houston at 941-266-
9205.

Merchants to rock the

Bridge Street market lot
The Bridge Street Merchants will host a night of
classic rock in the market lot, 107 Bridge St., Braden-
ton Beach, Saturday, March 29.
Mac McConnell will perform 5-7 p.m., followed
by Shotgun Justice, which will play until 10 p.m.
The band's website says the musicians have "more
years in the business than they would like to admit to"
but the "band can rock any house and turn any event
into a memorable one. Combining four lead vocalists
into one tight sound along with strong guitars, versatile
drummer and keyboard player extraordinaire, there is
no beating this line up."
The event will feature arts and crafts vendors, bev-
erage sales, food sales from Island Time Bar and Grill
and children's games.
The party is in the market lot where the merchants
group presents an open-air market on Sundays.
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Calendar of ongoing events, activities


Through...
March 28-April 23, Cuba Awakening exhibit, contemporary
and folk art from Eastern Cuba, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
Through April 6, Island Players present "Mama Won't Fly,"
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.
Through April 6, "Man of La Mancha," Manatee Players,
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
Through March 31, Anna Maria Island Community Center
day camp for children, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1908.
Through May 15, DaVinci 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.
Through May 24, Embracing Our Differences outdoor art
exhibit, Riverwalk, 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.





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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.
Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.

Friday
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle, Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 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
merchants of 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
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'Bella' author meets Bella
The monthly featured artist for March at the Artists'
Guild of Anna Maria Island Guild Gallery is Sue
Lynn Cotton, who poses with a young fan of Cotton's
illustrations in the book "Bella by the Sea" during
the downtown Holmes Beach Artwalk March 14.
Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love


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-
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: Ongoing events are subject to change when there
is a holiday. Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as
updates to schedules, to calendar@islander.org.





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Laughter soars in 'Mama Won't Fly'


By Nicole Quigley
Guest theater writer
The new Island Players production may center on
a woman who won't fly, but she sure does know how
to take the audience on a trip.
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and
Jamie Wooten, "Mama Won't Fly," is a comedy about
a woman racing against the clock to drive her feisty
mother from Alabama to California in time for her
brother's wedding.
Think "Steel Magnolias" meets "The Carol Bur-
nett Show," and add in an unapologetic dose of "Hee
Haw" for good measure.
The play unfolds as the mother-daughter duo,
accompanied by the bride-to-be, stumble upon every
conceivable mishap while traveling from city to city on
their way to the West Coast wedding. Each pit stop fea-
tures a cast of colorful, Americana characters from
a Texas cowboy to a Vegas showgirl. Mama's road trip
is soon filled with a laugh a minute. Theatergoers are
sure to call it a good ride.
David Lee, a seasonal resident from Appleton,
Wis., agrees. "It was very entertaining. I thought it
was a unique kind of play. There were so many funny,
little quips along the way."
Many of those quips come from Anne Bean, who
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Lifeguard Roberta Pena, front, with two years on the
job and an EMT license, watches over the Manatee
Public Beach in Holmes Beach March 20 with four-
month rookie Mark Cox. Cox had experience in Sara-
sota, but Manatee Marine Rescue had a full-time job.
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This southern belle has bite.
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Bean's comedic performance builds momentum with
each scene, and soon her spot-on timing hooks the audi-
ence with each twist of her mouth and smart remark. By
the second act, Bean becomes the lovable, no-nonsense
bestie you feel you've known all your life.
If you don't have a Savannah Honeycutt "telling you
like it is" in your life, you'll be tempted to go to Alabama
to find one.
Another star not to be missed is mama, played by
Cathy Hansel-Edgerton, who masters the warmth and
cunning of a meddlesome mother who really does know
best.
"There's always that little bit of conflict between
mothers and daughters, and sometimes they're so similar
and they don't want to admit it. I'm hoping that's what
we got across with these two," Hansel-Edgerton said.
A former PR and marketing professional at the
defunct professional BoarsHead Theater in Lansing,
Mich., Hansel-Edgerton has become a Players regular
since moving to the area.
"I love this theater. This is just a gem," she said.
Theatergoers also will love the ensemble cast, fea-
turing the lovely Megan Dunn Cox, whose bright perfor-
mance as the naive bride-to-be serves as the perfect foil
to characters whose virtue is not always quite as clear.
Some of the house favorites are Bruce Witton's
portrayal of an Irish bartender and a dead-ringer accent
that would make your grandfather proud, and Judy
Keenan's irresistible performance as a no-nonsense
showgirl.
Director Kelly Wynn Woodland earns the gold
star for casting. Theatergoers are in store for mem-


orable performances from the ensemble, including
Robin Rhodes, Rick Kopp, Laura Morales and Vinnie
Conte.
For those who know Players' president Herb
Stump, don't dare miss this show. Sorry, no spoilers.
We' 11 simply share that you' 11 see Stump as you've
never seen him before.
"Come out and see it because we're selling' out!"
Bean said.
Of special note for this performance is a lobby
art exhibit called "SonFlowers," by Reba Geraldson
Moeller of the Geraldson family active in Manatee
County's agriculture for more than 50 years.
The exhibit features the artist's photography, which
she notes, "... has enabled me to permanently capture
some of the most amazing moments in our garden,
providing me with the privilege to share with you a
small part of God's incredible work here on Earth."
Performances run through April 6 at the playhouse
at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Show times Tuesday
through Saturday are at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20.
The box office is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday, and one hour before each perfor-
mance.
Call 941-778-5755 or go online at www.theisland-
players.org.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 26, 2014 0 17-A

HB City Center Committee envisions new downtown


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Downtown Holmes Beach has a glowing future
in the eyes of appointed city center committee mem-
bers.
Renderings of a walkable downtown, including a
boardwalk and street vendors, were passed around the
table in the city hall conference room at the city center
committee meeting March 18.
However, any plans for the future of downtown
Holmes Beach must overcome some obstacles.
There are drainage issues from the Island Library
at the north end of the downtown area to Hurricane
Hank's Bar & Grill at the intersection of Marina and
Gulf drives. And standing in the way of a walkable
downtown is the lack of pedestrian-friendly ameni-
ties.
The city center committee is tasked with address-
ing the challenges and obstacles.
At the most recent meeting, Holmes Beach Mayor
Carmel Monti presented his drawings of a boardwalk
and vendors along the basin on Marina Drive leading
to Keyes Marina, 5501 Marina Drive.
"The thought is to put more things downtown
that people will want to walk to instead of drive," the
mayor said.
The idea of a boardwalk with shops could also
work in conjunction with the planned Mainsail Beach
Inn, with an entrance at the proposed lodge alongside
of the marina, said Monti.
Commissioner Judy Titsworth suggested a traffic
pattern that would encourage an "entrance" and "exit"
to downtown to keep traffic flowing.
"To make the area more attractive to pedestrians,
we need to make it safer for pedestrians," said Dennis
Groh.

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Traffic turning right from Gulf Drive onto north-
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by a yield sign.
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which would speak to another set of yellow lights far-
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"I would rather see people cross by the marina (on
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Creating safer paths for walking also was dis
cussed.
".We need tmo rete drea of p edestrian refuge,"
said superintendent of public works Tom O'Brien.
0'Brien was referring to areas lacking sidewalks,
or where they do not connect. Pedestrians often walk
through parking lots, particularly the shopping center
lots at Gulf and Marina drives.
"If we just had a nice sidewalk connecting the
plazas," said Titsworth, referring to the shopping cen-
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are going when they're walking around."
Committee members also made note of some other
issues, including trolley stops that let off in areas with-
out sidewalks, such as the stop at 5360 Gulf Drive.
Members also discussed diverting bike traffic
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18-A 0 MARCH 26, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach charter review reaches out, lacks input


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Organization is key, and Holmes Beach Charter
Review Committee Chair Bob Johnson heeds that
rule.
Johnson organized a night meeting March 19 in the
hope more public input would be offered on possible
changes to the city charter. The committee has been
meeting routinely during the work day.
Only one resident Lisa Pierce came to
address the committee. She was joined by two com-
missioners and one or two other people who attended,
as well as Police Chief Bill Tokajer and city treasurer
Lori Hill.
The agenda included discussion on term lengths
and term limits for elected officials, as well as tighten-
ing building requirements.
Committee member David Cheshire started the
conversation on term lengths in favor of a longer term
for commissioners and the mayor. They currently serve
a two-year term.
"It takes time to build significant knowledge of the

Charter issues up for vote
The Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee
has narrowed its focus.
At the 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, meeting,
committee members will vote on a list of suggested
changes. The committee needs a supermajority vote
to approve its suggestions, which, if approved, then
go on the ballot for a public vote in the November
municipal election.
The list first goes to the city commission, which
crafts an ordinance putting the items on the ballot.
Among other issues, the committee will vote
on:
Changing term lengths for the mayor.
Changing term lengths for the commission-
ers.
Adding term limits for the mayor and/or com-
missioners.
Adding language to discourage building and
development.
The Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee
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months before reaching full effectiveness," Cheshire
said. "The wheels of government work slowly."
Committee member David Lester remained neutral
on the issue, while committee member Pam Leckie
sided with Cheshire. On the opposite side of the table
were Johnson and committee member James Plath.
"If we have good qualified people, that's great.
But if not, it could be a lifetime," Plath said. "It's a
performance review every two years."
"The staff plays a big part, and we should consider
them too for continuity," Leckie said, and campaigning
puts pressure on the community.
Commissioner Pat Morton said: "I would like to
see at least a three-year term."
Morton, who has served on the commission for 11
years, said it takes time for commissioners to become
familiar with the job, as well as time and money to
campaign for re-election.
"It took four or five months before I felt like I
knew what I was doing," Commissioner Jean Peelen
said. "Plus the Sunshine Act. It took awhile before I
was an effective commissioner."
Peelen also endorsed a three-year term for city
commissioner.
"Elections every two years encourages citizens'
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The conversation followed a similar trend on term
lengths for the mayoral post.
"The mayor is the chief operating officer. The buck
stops at him, so I'm of the opinion the mayor's term
should be four years," said Lester.
"As a department head I think its imperative the
mayor have a longer term ... so he finishes what he
started," said Tokajer.
Mayor Carmel Monti agreed.
As did the city treasurer. "I agree with the mayor
and Bill. There's so much to go over, plus they' retrain-
ing a new person. It's a lot of change. You have 41 new
employees to work with," Hill said.
"I would suggest term limits if term lengths are
going to be longer to keep up citizen involvement,"
said Pierce.
The committee briefly discussed term limits before
moving to density and building issues.
Johnson added restricting building sizes to limit
congestion that could be caused by large resorts.
"Putting (in) these kinds of regulations has not
turned out well for any city I've known of," said city
attorney Patricia Petruff. "It became mired in litigation.
Just think very carefully."
Committee members discussed the possibility of
a future commission reversing existing policies, such
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 26, 2014 U 19-A

Bradenton Beach lawyers want city, not mayor named in lawsuit


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
ELRA Inc., owner of the Beachhouse Restaurant,
amended on Feb. 24 its lawsuit against Bradenton
Beach Mayor Bill Shearon that challenges his capac-
ity as mayor.
Sarasota attorney Robert Lincoln filed the origi-
nal lawsuit Feb. 6 on behalf of ELRA Inc., alleging
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon overstepped his
authority and has a conflict of interest in the ongo-
ing litigation to terminate a development agreement
between ELRA and the city.
ELRA Inc. lists Ed Chiles as president/director on
the government-sponsored website sunbiz.org.

CHARTER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18-A
as the 37-foot height restriction.
"In 30 years there hasn't been any building over
three stories, so I don't think there's any reason to
distrust your elected officials," Petruff said.
She also cited the ability of citizens to challenge
a site plan filed before construction begins. However,
there are situations when a site plan can't be chal-
lenged, Petruff explained.
Committee members discussed the possibility of
adding a requirement for a supermajority vote on site
plan approvals.
"I think we need a way to put a road block into the
charter" for plans that are out of scale in relation to the
community, said Johnson.
Requiring a supermajority vote by the commission
for site plans would make passing large development
plans more difficult.
All suggested charter changes need a supermajor-
ity vote four of the five review committee members
- to be drafted into ballot items. The committee will
vote on its suggested changes March 26.
The next charter review meeting will be at 9
a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at city hall, 5801 Marina
Drive.


The lawsuit asks that the court to issue an order
determining how Shearon should act in certain future
situations.
Charles F. Johnson, of Blalock Walters, the law
firm representing Shearon on behalf of the city, said
it was his opinion that the court should not pre-judge
future events or in any way limit future authority or
conduct of the mayor. He says the court should not
make a speculative decision on the unknown.
ELRA Inc. also alleges that two emails sent by
the mayor to Bradenton Beach commissioners violate
Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. Lincoln
alleges the mayor and commissioners can't discuss
matters of public policy without being in a public
meeting. No other complaint has been made.
According to a memorandum sent by Johnson, it
wasn't the initial emails but the responses that alleg-
edly violated Chapter 286 of Florida statute.
Johnson said the law firm is investigating those
claims, and has filed a motion to dismiss, as well as a
motion to substitute parties.
The motion to substitute parties argues that the real
party interest is the city, rather than Mayor Shearon,
and the lawsuit should reflect that.
The motion to dismiss argues that portions of the
suit are moot because of the other suit against the city
filed by former planning and zoning board member Jo
Ann Meilner and Tjet Martin. That lawsuit has been
ongoing since June 2012.
It originally included Shearon, Martin's life partner
and business partner, as a plaintiff, but Shearon with-
drew after being elected mayor in November 2013.
Blalock Waters invoiced the city $3,093 to file the
motions. Commissioners unanimously approved the
expense during their March 20 meeting.
A new judge has been assigned to the lawsuit
brought by Martin and Meilner against the city.
On Feb. 28, 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Janette Dunnigan entered an order disqualifying her-
self from the case, citing a conflict of interest. The case


has been re-assigned to Judge Gilbert Smith, also of
the 12th Judicial Circuit Court.
Shearon, Martin and Meilner filed the 2012 lawsuit
challenging the city's approval of an agreement with
ELRA Inc., allowing construction of a parking lot on
a vacant parcel south of the BeachHouse Restaurant.
At the time of the planning and zoning board review,
the board found the application inconsistent with the
comprehensive plan and that the proposed parking lot
impeded on an erosion control line developed by the
state in 1992.
According to ELRA's attorney, in 2006, the city ini-
tiated a code enforcement action against ELRA regard-
ing the use of the vacant parcel. However, ELRA's
evidence at the hearing showed the parcel had been
used for parking since the restaurant opened in the
1970s. It was considered "grandfathered" exempt
from regulation. The parties then compromised, allow-
ing up to forty cars to park on the parcel.
Between 2008 and 2012, ELRA Inc. claims it
worked with the city to ensure parking on the vacant
lot did not violate sea turtle nesting regulations.
In March 2012, the city approved the joint agree-
ment with ELRA to improve the parking lot, install
handicap-accessible parking spaces and improve
access for city residents. The project included creat-
ing a dune west of the lot to protect city hall across
Gulf Drive from storm surge. The joint agreement
gave both entities non-exclusive access.
The P&Z recommended against the agreement,
and Shearon and Meilner resigned from P&Z follow-
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ELRA's lawsuit also alleges Meilner and Shearon
were observed by an unnamed witness talking in the
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Sunshine Law, but no complaint has been made to that
effect.
The lawsuit filed by Meilner and Martin against
the city has been stalled in the court system, without
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Anna Maria traffic stop leads to drug arrest


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter.
A 46-year-old woman arrested March 17 faces
multiple drug-related charges after deputies allegedly
found oxycodone pills in her car, according to the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Kelly Ringler, of Bradenton, was arrested for pos-
session of controlled substance without prescription,
possession of drug paraphernalia and knowingly driv-
ing with a suspended license after a deputy reported
finding a pillbox containing four oxycodone in her car

Man pleads not guilty
to car burglary
By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
A man charged with stealing a GPS device from a
car parked in a Bradenton Beach driveway has pleaded
not guilty.
Erik Hall, 25, entered the plea Feb. 4, court records
show.
Hall faces a charge of with unarmed burglary of
an unoccupied conveyance Jan. 28, after he allegedly
took a Garmin GPS device from a vehicle in the 2500
block of Avenue B in Bradenton Beach.
A woman told Bradenton Beach police officers that
she heard a car door close from her driveway around 9
p.m. and upon investigation, found her Garmin GPS
was missing, according to the probable cause affida-
vit.
Another person who lived on the property told
police he saw Hall walking past his apartment with
something in his hand.
After speaking with the woman, the man con-
fronted and forcibly took the GPS from Hall and
returned it, but it was damaged.
Police located and arrested Hall a few blocks from
where the burglary occurred, in the 3300 block of East
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
Hall posted a $1,500 bond and was released.


Ringler


and two short straws and a mirror in
her purse.
Ringler was pulled over near the
9700 block of Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria about 12:55 a.m. for reportedly
driving 44 mph in a 25-mph zone.
When Ringler stepped out of the


car, the deputy saw her push a small
box between the driver's seat and the center console,
according to the report.
Pills found in the box were later identified as oxy-
codone, the report states.
While in the back of the patrol car, Ringler told
the deputy she didn't know it was illegal to sniff pills
and that she had a prescription.
She was taken to Manatee County jail and released
the same day after posting a $4,500 bond. A court date
is set for April 4 at the Manatee County Judicial Center,
1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

HB man charged with
possession awaits trial
By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
A Holmes Beach man arrested in January after
police found a pill under his seat during a traffic stop
has been released on his own recognizance.
Brandon Gengler, 22, was released from Manatee
County jail March 10 to participate in a court-ordered
intervention program at a local rehabilitation center
while he awaits a court date.
On Feb. 10, Gengler pleaded not guilty to a felony
possession charge.
On Jan. 28, a Bradenton Police Department officer
observed Brandon Gengler driving near the 2300 block
of 11 th Street West in Bradenton with a passenger, who
was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the probable
cause affidavit.
The officer conducted a traffic stop, and then
requested a K9 unit perform a drug search.









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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
March 15, 100 block of Bay Boulevard, crimi-
nal mischief investigation. Manatee County Sheriff's
deputies responded to a complaint that two doors and
a window frame were damaged between 11 p.m. and
6:30 a.m. The damage was estimated to be $30.
March 14, 800 block of N. Bay Boulevard, petty
theft. The MCSO deputies investigated the theft of a
green Manatee County trash can taken from the side
of the road. The loss was estimated at $60.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach
March 18, 100 block of Bridge Street, Baker
Act. About 3 a.m., a Bradenton Beach police officer
observed a man acting erratically. He appeared to be
under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failed to
answer simple questions. He told the officer that he
was hot and jumped in the water, although it was only
60 degrees outside. He was taken to a local hospital
under the Baker Act.
March 14, 100 block of Gulf Drive, trespass warn-
ing. BBPD officers responded to a disturbance call
from the Bridge Street Bistro. Two male subjects were
causing a scene and refused to leave the business. They
were issued trespass warnings.
March 14, 1800 block of Gulf Drive N., crimi-
nal mischief. BBPD responded to a report that an
unknown person keyed an F150 pickup truck with a
sharp object.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

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In the search, the officer found a single pill under
the driver's seat that was determined to be hydro-
codone, a prescription drug, the report said.
Gengler allegedly admitted to using prescription
pills occasionally for recreational purposes, but said he
hadn't taken any pills that day and denied knowledge
of the pill that was found under his seat.
He was charged with possession of a controlled
substance and taken to Manatee County jail.
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Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave.
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sible warrant suspect sighting. The deputy found two
men, one sleeping on the ground. While the officer was
running a background check, the sleeping man woke
up and argued with the other man. The deputy found
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Holmes Beach
March 18, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue North,
arrest. Holmes Beach police officers arrested Joseph
Reid, 68. Reid was charged with contempt of court
for allegedly ignoring a court summons for an original
charge of DWI with property damage that occurred last
December. Reid was taken to Manatee County jail and
released the same day on a $2,500 bond.
March 15, arrest. Rani Kristina Thurman, 33, of
Holmes Beach, was arrested by the MCSO in the 1300
block of 19th Avenue West in Bradenton. She faces
charges of violation of probation of an original charge
of drug possession. She was taken to Manatee County
jail and released the same day. Bond amount was not
available.
March 6, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue, arrest. A
13-year-old male was arrested for allegedly failing to
appear in court.
March 5, 4200 block of Gulf Drive, driving with-
out valid license. A man was issued a notice to appear
by the Holmes Beach Police department after officers
pulled him over in reference to a seatbelt violation and
found he was driving without a valid license.
March 5, 3000 block of Avenue F, criminal mis-
chief. Holmes Beach Police officers responded to
the above location after a city employee called them
about a no parking sign that had been painted over with
yellow spray paint.
March 5, 4500 block of Second Avenue, driving
without a valid license. A man was issued a criminal
traffic summons by the Holmes Beach Police depart-
ment after officers pulled him over for careless driving
and found he did not have a valid license.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra-
tives from the Bradenton Beach Police Department,
Holmes Beach Police Department and Manatee County
%./. 1if's Office.


Beverly Chamberlain Ekstrom
Beverly Chamberlain Ekstrom, 93, of Holmes
Beach, died March 1. Prior to moving to Anna Maria
Island eight years ago, she lived in California and
Michigan, her home state.
A private memorial service is planned.
Mrs. Ekstrom is survived by her children, Vera
Morgan of North Carolina, Peter Chamberlain of
Nevada, and John Chamberlain of Holmes Beach and
Gainesville; eight grandchildren, including Walter and
Jean, both of Holmes Beach; and 20 great-grandchil-
dren.

Lois Guthrie Fulford
Lois Guthrie Fulford, 84, of Cortez, died March
16. She was born July 12, 1929, in Cortez to the late
Earl B. and Hazel Williams Guthrie.
Mrs. Fulford was a lifelong Manatee County
resident and a third-generation Floridian. She was a
member of the Cortez Church of Christ and a char-
ter member of the Cortez Volunteer Fire Department
Women's Auxiliary. She was a faithful Christian, a
devoted wife, a firm but loving mother, a passionate
gardener and a fabulous cook. She was married 64
years to the late Ralph M. Fulford, owner/operator of
Fulford Fish Co. and a former Anna Maria Island Fire
District commissioner.
Visitation was held March 23, and a service was
held March 24, both at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes
& Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. The
family wants to especially acknowledge Mrs. Fulford's
son-in-law, Tony Bailey, for his loving care, as well as
Bradenton Health Care staff and hospice.
Mrs. Fulford is survived by her sister, Addie
Lou and husband Eddie Coon of Sarasota; son Ralph
"Rusty" and wife Pat of Scottsville, Va.; daughters
Hazel and husband Steve Petree of Cortez, and Sylvia
and husband Tony Bailey of Bradenton; six grandchil-
dren; and seven great grandchildren.

Neil Messinger
Neil Messinger, 100, of Holmes Beach, died March
19.
Mr. Messinger lived in Bradenton for 50 years and


The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island recently
donated a bench that has been installed at the
Manatee Public Beach, where clubmembers hope
people willfind "a lovely spot to sit and brush the
sand off their feet before putting their shoes on,"
according to spokeswoman Susan Dutcher. The
bench bears a dedication plaque in memory of the
late Barry Gould, one of the founders of the island
Rotary Club. Gould, who lived in Holmes Beach,
died in July 2013. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

At your service
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family of residents, both past and present, and to
those people with ties to Anna Maria Island.
Content is edited for style and length. Photos
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worked at Air & Enil ,'v for more than 20 years until
his retirement at age 99. He was a monthly contributor
to the Salvation Army who helped many a friend. His
humor and giving spirit will be greatly missed.
A private service will be held at a later date. Memo-
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March 24-28, spring break.
Monday, March. 31
Record day, no school.
Tuesday, April 1
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Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Tangerine Chicken, Vegetarian
Garden Salad with Egg, Brown Rice, Japanese Green Beans,
Fresh Veggie Cup, Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple Tidbits.
Wednesday, April 2
Breakfast: Eggs and Cheese or Sausage and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Breaded Chicken Sandwich,
Chicken Caesar Salad, Honey Glazed Carrots, Mini Romaine
Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup.
Thursday, April 3
Breakfast: Sausage Patty on a Biscuit.
Lunch: Beef and Cheese Nachos, Beef and Bean Burrito,
Taco Salad, Black Beans, Tomato and Lettuce Cup, Straw-
berry and Banana Cup.
Friday, April 4
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick.
Lunch: Pizza, Breaded Beef Sandwich, Chef Salad with Egg,
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the volunteers had a good time," said Laurie Higgins,
Spring Fling organizer.
Spring Flings raised $17,700 in 2013 and $15,000
in 2012.
Money raised at the Spring Fling was generated
from ticket sales, a silent auction and a live auction.
"Despite many obstacles we were able to pull off a
great event," said Higgins. "I would love to help next
year. I've never been in charge before, so it was a bit
of a learning curve."
Higgins said volunteers from CrossPointe Fellow-
ship stayed to help clean the space at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center late into the night after the
party was over.
Higgins also said the PTO is exploring ideas for
next year's Spring Fling. She hopes the PTO can
come up with a theme to get the community more
involved.
"I was glad to help and make a fun event," she
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March 24-28 spring creak 110 school
Monidy March 31 record dJay no school
Tuesday, April 1, picture day.
3:15 p.m. Monday, April 7, School Advisory Council
meeting, AME media center.
8:45 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 8, Parent Teacher Orga-
nization board meeting, AME conference room.
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, volunteer break-
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Friday, April 11, second-grade Great American
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Friday, April 11, Kiwanis Club grandparents' picnic
lunch, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Monday, April 17, speech contest.
Tuesday, April 18, no school.
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Island beaches will soon be free of long pipes and
big bulldozers and the Gulf view will no longer include
barges in the distance. At least until next time.
Beach replenishments are typically necessary every
10-12 years, unless there's a major storm, according to
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Depart-
ment director Charlie Hunsicker.
The replenishment schedule depends on the
amount of erosion that has occurred; once it reaches a
certain point, bids for dredging go out.
The current replenishment projects broken into
two phases totaled $18.7 million. Renourishment
began Dec. 20 and ended March 3.
In total, the replenishment required 8 miles of pipe,
five barges and pumped nearly 1.3 million cubic yards
of sand from a borrow site 1 mile offshore.
The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.,
headquartered in Illinois, used an electric cutter suc-
tion dredger to collect the sand. The cutter, which is
attached to a long arm on the barge, is about 8 1/2 feet
in diameter and 8 feet long.
The arm is lowered into the water and placed into
the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The cutter, which is
equipped with shovel-like teeth, spins at 35 rotations
per second, agitating and suctioning sand.
Inside the hull of the barge is the main pump,
which sends sand from the barge down the pipeline
and onto the beach.
The dredge barge, California, is anchored into
place with three large anchor lines, or spuds. The spuds
are giant cylindrical structures which are fixed to the
barge by cables, perpendicular to the water surface.
The spuds are dropped into the bottom and hold the
operation in place.
The spuds also act as pivot points to move the
barge, which must be pushed or towed.
The main pump in the barge sends the sand, which
is a slurry of sand and water, to booster pumps.


Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County
Parks and Natural Resources Department, looks
over schematics with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Co. project manager Armand Rhiel in the captain's
quarters aboard the California.


The booster pumps sit on their own barges, which
are strategically placed along the pipeline. The booster
pumps take the sand in and spit it back out to maintain
the velocity necessary to carry it to shore.
This project used two booster pumps, the Key West
and the Air and Sea, for the duration of the project and
added a third at one point.
The fifth barge sitting near shore is the power
barge. It houses generators, which power the cutter
and the booster pumps.
After leaving the booster pumps, the sand travels
the pipeline to the shore, where it is sprayed from the
pipe into sifters on the beach.
The pipe on the beach is covered with a screen,
which filters and sprays the sand onto a greater area
on the beach. Bulldozers on the beach moved the new
sand around leveling the beach.
As the operation moved south down the shore,
lengths of pipe were added, distributing sand to the
new area. The active construction site was always on
the southern-most point of the pipe.
Once the dredge begins pumping sand, it continues
around the clock with the exception of bad weather
or an emergency.
"There is no force on earth that can move that
slurry once it stops," said Hunsicker.
In the event the operation must be stopped, the
pipes need to be taken apart and flushed before sand
can again run through them.
The flow of the sand onto the island beach was
equivalent to 5,000 truckloads a day.
There are two borrow sites used in the Gulf of
Mexico and, according to Hunsicker, only 1 percent
of the sand on the floor of the Gulf met the criteria of


The borrowed sand must be of the right grain size,
color and silt content. The sand also needs to be taken
from an area that will not disturb the environment or
surrounding waterways and landmasses.
Hunsicker cited an example of a replenishment
project on Longboat Key in 1992, where sand was
pulled from the ebb shoal in Longboat Pass.
The project to replenish Longboat Key's beach
took too much sand from the ebb shoal, reshaping the
floor of the pass and causing extensive erosion on Beer
Can Island the northern tip of LBK.
The ebb shoal has not completely recovered.
Beach replenishments restore eroded shores. It is
common on barrier islands, which are formed in part
by sediment displacement.
The nature of sediment displacement creates frag-
ile and constantly changing ecosystems. Replenish-
ments help stabilize landmasses by replacing beaches
that would otherwise wash away over time.
Replenishments are not typically performed at
the north end of the island, because the strong current
coming from Tampa Bay deposits sand there.
The currents in the Gulf gain speed wrapping
around Florida, giving the island its crescent shape
and eroding the beach over time.
The pipes now are being packed up and the barges
are being towed to the next job, just in time for summer
and hurricane season in the Atlantic and Gulf waters.

TOP AND BELOW: The dredge California sits off
the shore off Egmont Key. The large cutter used for
agitating and sucking up sand sits above the water
March 19 as Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. wraps
up the beach Anna Maria Island renourishment


these beach replenishment projects, project.


LEFT: The dredge faces a booster pump in the dis-
tance. The renourishment project on Anna Maria used
two booster pumps to provide added velocity to the
sand moving through the pipes to the beach.





2-B 0 MARCH 26, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

NFL Flag Football wraps up another 'super" season


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL
flag football season ended March 21 with three Super
Bowl games, one fore each of the competitive youth
divisions, and an awards ceremony March 17.
The awards were for individual honors for each of
the three divisions in sportsmanship, defensive MVP,
female MVP and overall MVP.
Sportsmanship winners were Tuna McCracken in
the 8-10 division, Ben Balto in the 11-13 division and
Andrew Zink in the 14-17 division.
Defensive MVP honors went to Evan Christiansan
in the 8-10 division, Bathie Thiam in the 11-13 divi-
sion and Danny Doyle in the 14-17 division.
Female MVP in the 8-10 division was Ava Alder-
son, while Hagen Powers took the honor for the 11- 13s.
Moriah Goode was top female performer in the 14-17
division.
Overall MVP for each of the leagues went to Gavin
Johnston in the 8-10 division, Michael Latimer in the
11-13 division and Danny Doyle in the 14-17s.
Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings apparently caught a little
bit of "March Madness" as the No. 6 seed marched into
the finals and won in a blowout to capture the 8-10
division Super Bowl crown.
The Vikings absolutely dominated number-one
seed West Coast Air Conditioning and Heating Dol-
phins 31-6 in the first of three Super Bowl matchups
March 21.
Quarterback Thomas Heckler and receiver Tuna
McCracken were the driving force for the Vikings,
hooking up for three touchdown passes including two
that went for 45 yards. McCracken also threw for a
touchdown pass to Ava Alderson, while sister Josie
Alderson completed the scoring with a 30-yard touch-
down run.
Other members of the champion Vikings are Mad-
elyn Rogers, Jordon Pasco and Samuel Meddick.
The Dolphins lone score in defeat was a touch-
down run from Callen Achor. Other members of the
Dolphins are Connor Allen, Andrew Burgess, Katie
Burgess, Charlie Halfacre, Bryce Higgins, Michael
Pears and Julius Petereit.


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The 11-13 division Super Bowl followed the seed-
ings perfectly as No. 1 LPAC Cardinals and second-
seed Sandbar Colts battled it out in a high-scoring,
back-and-forth affair that saw the Cardinals hang on
for a 38-34 victory.
Zach Fernandez was the player of the game with
10 catches, including two for touchdowns while also
adding two touchdown runs. One was a scintillating
45-yard run that saw him sweep around the right end
before cutting back across the field, outrunning every-
one to complete the score.
Tyler Pearson completed the scoring with a touch-
down catch and a touchdown run in the victory. Direct-
ing the high-octane offense was quarterback Joey
Stewart who completed 15-of-25 passes including
three touchdown passes.
Hagen Powers was the defensive standout for the
Cardinals with a game-high six flag pulls, including a
pair of quarterback sacks.
Other members of the Cardinals are Joey Altashaw,
Andrew Proctor and Daniel Sentman.
As he has all season, Michael Latimer was a domi-
nant force, putting on a pair of touchdown receptions
in addition to a breathtaking 45-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Matthew Manger completed 8-of-10
passes including three for touchdowns, while Nathan
Hyman added a touchdown reception and an extra
point for the Colts in the loss.
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that pipe dream with a 35-6 drubbing of No. 5 seed
Integrity Sound Lions.
Quarterback Cody Tsai completed 13 of 19 passes,
including three touchdown passes to lead the Broncos
to victory. Two of the touchdown passes went to Chris
Johnson, who also added an extra point, while Jerret
Tsai added a touchdown run and a touchdown recep-
tion. Burke Hill chipped in with a touchdown run and
a pair of extra points. Toni Spurduto and Joshua Par-
rish completed scoring for the Broncos with extra point
receptions.
Tony Sperduto and Jerret Tsai each had four flag
pulls with Tsai also contributing four quarterback sacks
in the victory.
Lane Burnett scored the lone touchdown for Integ-
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flags, while Joey Carder and Burnett finished with
three pulls each to lead the Lions on defense.
Other members of the Lions are Patrick Perrin,
Roberto Rodriguez and Andrew Zink.

Island Real Estate captures 30+ Super Bowl
Island Real Estate Raiders outscored Ross Built
Panthers 40-38 to win the 30-and-over division Super
Bowl March 20 at the center.
Quarterback Chris Gillum completed 19 of 27
passes for 276 yards and five touchdown passes.
Brother Mike Gillum was his top receiver, finishing
with seven catches for 139 yards, including four touch-
down receptions. Jason Vancleve added seven catches
for 91 yards and one touchdown, while Matt Ray added
five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Rob Manderine led the Panthers on offense with
a rushing touchdown, while also completing 11 of 18
passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Troy Shonk
was his leading receiver with four catches for 97 yards
and one touchdown. Erin Vogel added two catches,
including one for a touchdown, and Greg Ross had
three catches, including one for an extra point. Chuck
McCracken completed the scoring for the Panthers
with an interception return for a touchdown.

Horseshoe news
The team of Sam Samuels and Bob Lee were the
only team to forge a 3-0 record in pool play and were
the day's outright champs during horseshoe action at
the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
March 19 action saw three teams emerge from pool
play and advance to the knockout stage. Tim Sofran
and Gene Bobeldyk drew the bye and watched as Dom
Livedoti and John Crawford took out Bob Mason and
Sam Samuels by a 21-10 score. In the finals, Sofran-
Bobeldyk soundly defeated Livedoti-Crawford 22-13
to earn the day's bi,','iii,' rights.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
More online at www.islander.org: spring sports
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AMI fishing frenzy runs into spring fever


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Spring break is upon us and with it comes some
of the best fishing opportunities for our area.
Snook are migrating out of their wintertime haunts
and are voraciously feeding on shiners and most any
other bait that passes in front of their noses.
Redfish are on the prowl on shallow grass flats and
around oyster bars. Gold spoons, Berkley Gulp shrimp,
live shiners and shrimp are producing the bite.
Finally, spotted seatrout are abundant, especially
on deep flats where sandy potholes are present. DOA
Cal jigs are a top producer for these yellow-mouthed
fish.
Now, although spring break signals some of the
best weather and exceptional fishing, it can and will
bring traffic on the water. A word of advice on the
water is "patience." Remember, the number of rec-
reational activities in our local waters is increasing.
While operating your vessel, keep a watchful eye for
hazards on the water.
With local schools taking their break this week,
the challenges will peak and the warriors will be out
to play. Happy spring break good fishing and safe
boating.
Capt. Warren Girle is finding excellent fishing
action in Sarasota Bay. By using different techniques,
Girle is leading his clients to a number of inshore
species.
To start, Girle is locating good numbers of pom-
pano and even a few permit by drifting and ji ,.;, in ,
Small jigs in either chartreuse or pink, tipped with
a small piece of fresh-cut shrimp, are producing the
bite. Mixed in with the pompano and permit are blue-
fish, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. Limits of pom-
pano are attainable. As for the permit, expect to catch
fish up to 6 pounds.
Next on the agenda for Girle is redfish. By tar-
geting shallow-water flats where sandy potholes are
present, Girle is finding schools of reds. By moving
from pothole to pothole, Girle is locating 10 to 15
fish per hole. By casting chunks of fresh-cut lady-


Sam Merrill shows off a snook caught while fish-
ing Anna Maria Island's inshore waters on a visit to
Holmes Beach from Rowayton, Conn. He reports his
group caught and released loads of redfish and many
snook more than 30.


fish, Girle's clients are reeling in fish exceeding 33
inches.
Snook are being found on shallow flats, especially
during the afternoon high tides. By free-lining live
shiners for bait, Girle is hooking up with linesiders
up to 28 inches.
Finally, spotted seatrout are readily responding to
soft plastics combined with a 1/4-ounce jighead. By
drifting deep grass flats, Girle is finding impressive
numbers of fish ranging 14-20 inches. To find large
trout we call them gators Girle is moving to
shallower flats and ji ,', in ii, through the sandy pot-
holes.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says Spanish
mackerel in Tampa Bay are passing by to steal jigs
and Gotcha plugs with frequency. With a mouth full
of razor sharp teeth, these high-activity fish can cut
through a fluorocarbon leader with no effort. That
being said, if you try using a steel leader, you' 11 never
get a bite. Give a little, get a little, I say. Mackerel
up to 24 inches are hitting jigs, spoons and Gotcha
plugs, especially during morning tides.
Pier anglers are finding pompano sporadic most
being caught on either small jigs or live shrimp. Tar-
geting these fish should be advantageous for the next
few weeks. Try tipping your jigs with some fresh-cut
shrimp. The added scent might be just what's needed
to entice the bite.
Finally, sheepies are starting to thin out, although
keeper-sizes are still attainable. As the bite wanes, you
need to start getting strategic with bait choices. Tube-
worms if you can get them are always the first
choice. If you don't have tubeworms, try fiddlers or
sand fleas. Shrimp are another good choice if all else
fails. Keep an open mind and work the options.
Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is
catching good numbers of snook by free-lining shiners
on the shallow grass flats. Morning incoming tides are
producing a decent bite, especially at the tail end of the
tide. Afternoon outgoing tides are producing a slightly
better bite, partly due to the water temp peaking. The
afternoon tides are stronger, as of lately, which causes
more water flow, which in theory produces a better
bite.
While targeting snook, Lowman is catching a few
redfish. Fish exceeding the max size of 27 inches are


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not uncommon. Live shiners and shrimp are producing
the red bite.
Finally, Lowman is seeing the sheepshead bite
dwindle, although his clients are still managing to put
some keepers in the box. Mixed in with the remaining
sheepies are mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and
black sea bass.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
sliding right into the springtime fishing pattern for the
popular trio of redfish, trout and, of course, snook.
Keeper-sizes of all three species are being consis-
tently caught on live shiners. Ri,_'.,'Iii',_' for the shiners
can be as simple as 4 feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon
connected to a live bait. You can get sophisticated by
adding a popping cork. It's especially effective when
fishing very shallow flats. Keeping a short leader
under the cork is a good way to keep your bait from
swimming into the grass, getting tangled and stuck.
For the snook, Gross is taking advantage of the
afternoon outgoing tides to produce the bite. Snook
of all sizes are responding to free-lined shiners. Also,
Gross is finding water depths of 2-3 feet that have good
flow are the hot spots.
Redfish are being caught around sandy potholes
and oyster bars. During morning tides, Gross is quietly
easing along the flats to sneak up on these wary redfish.
Casting live shiners and select shrimp around oyster
bars is producing slot-size and over-slot fish.
Lastly, spotted seatrout are being found around
deeper flats where the current rushes over them. Free-
lined shrimp and shiners are producing this bite. Expect
to catch fish 15-20 inches with bigger fish mixed in.
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Artwalk
celebration
The Artists' Guild
of Anna Maria
Island hosted
the Anna Maria
Island C lit..ii i
of Commerce for
its 25th anniver-
sary celebration
at the Guild Gal-
lery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes
Beach renewing the
opening tradition
of a ribbon-cutting
ceremony. Board
members and mem-
bers of the guild
and chamber par-
ticipated. Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy


Click!
The Islander welcomes stories about islanders and
island life, as well as photographs and notices of the
milestones in readers' lives weddings, anniversaries,
travel and other events. Send notices and photographs
with detailed captions to news@islander.org or 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.


Salvador's surprise
Rolf Henrik Hellem-Brusso, 15, of Holmes Beach,
shows one of many faces of Salvador Dali he paints.
Brusso took part in the Holmes Beach Artwalk
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 26, 2014 0 5-B

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch plans spring training


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
The sand on the beach is w dl infil'. and soon will
beckon nesting sea turtles.
Sea turtle nesting season begins in May and the
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Moni-
toring is not wasting time to bring volunteers up to
speed.


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AMITW executive director Suzi Fox will lead a
spring training workshop 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
"We have 10 days open that I am looking for walk-
ers for so if you have friends that would like to greet
the sun and collect data to help save sea turtles, bring
them," Fox stated in an announcement.
Instruction during the workshop will last about an
hour, and AMITW veterans will be available afterward
to answer questions, according to Fox.
In addition to a slideshow presentation, the group
will issue shirts and flags. Volunteer coordinators for
this year's early-morning turtle walks also will attend
the workshop.
Volunteers who cannot make the workshop can
still collect supplies by contacting Fox or the appropri-
ate coordinator.
In addition to the workshop, the Florida Fish

A celebration springs from the discovery ofthe first
nest of 2013 on Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch and /'. '.. I'-,i.I Monitoring is
now preparing for the 2014 season, which officially
begins May 1. Islander File Photo


Relay 'round the park
The Relay for Life of Anna Maria Island takes place May 17 at Coquina Beach, after many snowbirds
migrate north. This prompted residents of Sandpiper Resort mobile home park in Bradenton Beach to
stage an advance event, a mini-relay March 21. Team Sandpiper raised $382 for the island relay-American
Cancer Society. Islander Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose


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and Wildlife Conservation Commission held a nest-
ing beach survey workshop March 19 at the Florida
Marine Research Institute, St. Petersburg.
Volunteer turtle watchers must attend a state work-
shop once every two years, where new turtle watch
volunteers can wait to attend the workshop until next
year, Fox said.
For more information, email Fox at suzilfox@
gmail.com, or call her at 941-778-5638.


HB parks board looks

over lecture series
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Worms, composting, Japanese gardens and but-
terfly plantings. Turtles. Shorebirds.
Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Commit-
tee member Dennis Groh offered his fellow members
a list of possible lecture topics March 5.
Groh offered some topics for the committee to
review, as well as possible speakers.
"This is just a framework to put something together
that can be useful," said Groh.
Topics on Groh's list ranged from garden main-
tenance to education on native and non-native plants
and best practices with sea turtles and shorebirds.
The goal is to have a schedule by October.
The intent is to be informative and useful.
"I think a lot of tourists would go to the lectures
on sea turtles and birds. It could be really good to edu-
cate people. I've been to a lecture by turtle watch and
it was really good," said committee member Marvin
Grossman.
Groh said Melissa Nell, division manager of
programming and education of the Manatee County
Parks and Natural Resources Department is interested
in helping, sharing the county's curriculum and par-
ticipating in the lectures.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti volunteered
to speak at lectures on Earth Boxes, composting and
worms, and rain barrels and irrigation.
Monti also offered to exchange with Friends of the
Island Library the use of city hall for its lecture series
when they anticipate more people than the library can
seat.
Groh's topic list is tentative, and intended to solicit
ideas from the group to create a successful series.
"You can throw a party, but it doesn't mean any-
body will go," he said.


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By Rick Catlin







Chamber promotes
wedding fest with contest
Say, "I do ... want to win." The Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce is promoting its annual wed-
ding festival in a Facebook-based contest for an over-
night stay.
The chamber's Facebook page is at www.face-
book.com/amichamber.
The winner will receive an overnight stay at an
Anna Maria Island Resorts accommodation Saturday,
May 3; two tickets to the wedding festival Sunday,
May 4; two VIP tickets to the Food and Wine on Pine
event May 3; and breakfast for two May 4 at the Har-
rington House Beachfront Bed and Breakfast.
For more information about the chamber or the
wedding festival, call the chamber at 941-778-1541
or go online to amiweddingfestival.com.

... and sets events calendar
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.
Cost of the event is $5 and reservations are encour-
aged, but not required. Chamber members are invited
to bring potential members as guests.
The chamber's April networking luncheon is 11:45
a.m.-l p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Pier 22 Restaurant,
1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and members are asked
to bring a guest.
To make a reservation or for more information,
call 941-778-1541.

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Maybe you've just opened a business or your business
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"who, what, where, when and why" to news@islander.
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Premier event
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Premier Real Estate and
Hardin, Pratt & Ball,
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Holmes Beach, recently
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Celebrating are, from
left, Elizabeth Rhodes,
Holmes Beach Com-
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and Premier broker
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Photo: Toni Lyon


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items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
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of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver
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WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
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ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The
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that I'm lonely?"
22 "Too rich for me"
23 *He bested
Leonidas at
Thermopylae
25 Nick of
"Lorenzo's Oil"
26 Medicinal qty.
27 Dashed ID
28 Monitor setting,
for short
29 Balloon
31 *Off-roader, often
35 What an iPod
plays in
36 Stuff in sacks
39 Flying fisher
40 Roughhousing
41 Jokester
44 Glassfuls in
restaurants
45 Country buggy
47 Places for studs
48 Air
49 *Annual draw for
snocross fans
52 Union leader?
53 Close up
54 Like Advil or
Aleve: Abbr.
55 "That may be
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57 It's low for gas
guzzlers: Abbr.

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Harald V
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64 Doesn't bring up
65 *Iconic feature of
comedy
69 Line at the
Louvre
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71 Sub side, maybe
72 D.D.E. challenger
73 "Revenge R Us"
author
75 Suffix with peace
76 Bent beam
78 Biting remark?
79 *Founder of
Marvel's School
for Gifted
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87 Of two minds
88 TALK LIKE
THIS!
89 Teen headache
90 Got back to, in a
way
91 Prefix with cycle
92 Give one's O.K.
93 Google datum
94 Robed performer
95 "Nothing seems
to go my way"
97 *Frequent
problem faced
by algebra
students
100 Pump up
102 Chichi getaway
103 A street drug,
briefly
104 Rural call
107 Stoop
108 *Horror
flick starring
Humphrey
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scientist, with
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114 Something
LOL-worthy
115 Water, wryly
116 Canadian coin
named for a bird
117 "The
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8 Shot caller
9 Danger for
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12 Not so great
13 Member of the
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18 Any "cha" in the
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24 Mount Zion's
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30 Couples
31 Scratch, say
32 Rest stop
33 "The oldest
and strongest
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mankind" per
H. P. Lovecraft
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gazelle
35 Drink with two
lizards in its logo
36 Club
37 "Bleah!"
38 Have second
thoughts about
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"Bridget Jones's
Diary'
42 Sponsorships
43 Serengeti prey
45 Put away for
safekeeping
46 Hugs and kisses,
at times
47 Paint variety
48 Type-A friend
from "Friends"
50 One turning to
the right
51 Lose everything
52 Certain bean
56 Hair-razing
stuff?
57 Loud beast heard
in theaters
58 See 16-Down
59 Bamboozled
61 Like gathering
storm clouds
63 No-holds-barred
66 and
ti humim
(sacred Judaic
objects)


83 Motor with some
muscle
84 You might get
stuck with them
85 Book after
Galatians: Abbr.
86 Nutritional info
88 Photogs' choices
92 It may help catch
a fugitive
93 Like Brando's
Don Corleone


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trail
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97 Eject, as froth
98 Retired govt.
agent
99 Co. making
arrangements
100 Dutch wheels
101 Member of the
old Chero-Cola
product line


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

Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600
SKitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
B II Replacement Doors and Windows
Andrew Chennault
FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED
Island References Lic#CBC056755

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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
www.amitaxi.com amitaxi4u@gngmail.com
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
800.301.4816
airports shops dining


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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday ,Thursday, Friday, 9:30 a.m-2 p.m. Sat-
urday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations welcome, spe-
cifically Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave.
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment.
steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-383-1901.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March
29. Dishes, toys, books, scooter, pictures, more!
305 Tarpon St., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March
29. Total gym, outdoor furniture, small appli-
ances, china, vacuum, miscellaneous. 409 74th
St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Friday and Satur-
day, March 28-29. Lots of like-new baby stuff,
bedding, tables, needlepoint pictures, miscella-
neous. 894 N. Shore, Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, March28-29.2512 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach.
(Behind Sharkey's)

SALE FOR PETS! 8 a.m.-3 pm. Saturday, March
29. Benefits Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue
Inc., 223 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria.


FOUND: MERCEDES KEY at beach, 67th Street.
Claim at the Holmes Beach Police Department,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


PET-SITTER SERVICES LLC offers pet visits, dog
walking, kitty cleanup, and more. 941-462-0405.
petsitterservicesllc@gmail.com. www.petsitter-
bradenton.com.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and cats!)
are looking for great new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.


1999 REGAL COMMODORE 242: Great condi-
tion, low hours on Island. Call for details, Jennifer,
404-218-3179.
1973 VW THING: Second owner. 26,000 miles.
Mint! No rust. Original motor, paint, radio. Owner's
manual. Two tops. Covers. Duck boards. Always
garaged. Texas car, stored 24 years. Beautiful!
941-779-9291.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -
685-1400.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.
weebly.com.

GLASTRON 17-FOOT, 10 1999 Volvo Penta. 4.3
gl blue, white interior type, open. $6,000 or best
offer. Call 941-779-2039.


PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located
on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and
evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235.
LINE COOK WANTED: Apply in person at the
City Pier Restaurant. End of Anna Maria City Pier.
941-779-1667.
FISHING FOR a good job? Always look in The
Islander. Find us online at www.islander.org.


PART-TIME CLERICAL: Immediate opening,
part-time clerical support to local church. Copy-
ing, filing, data entry, report production. Good
computer skills, ability to manage confidential
information. Three years experience, Microsoft
Word, Excel, Publisher and QuickBooks knowl-
edge needed. Please, mail resume to: Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, FL, 34217. 941-778-1813. No phone
calls.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysit-
ter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-
7995.

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


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 service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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

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

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

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
6688.
PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Com-
mercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings,
houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.


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JOHN "THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle & Scooter
Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices.
918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.
TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up networking,
wired, wireless, audio, video surveillance cam-
eras. 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.
D.L. HAYES CLEANING: Bonded and insured.
Rachael Bidwell/ Sheila Darcy, 941-932-5347 or
941-224-1486. For all your cleaning needs.
ISLAND COASTAL CLEANING: Residential, busi-
ness, rental properties. For "divine" results, call
John and Nan, 248-802-7802.
PET SITTER SERVICES, LLC offers pet visits,
dog walking, kitty cleanup, and more. 941-462-
0405. petsitterservicesllc@gmail.com. www.
petsitterbradenton.com.
PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer
available for consulting, draft editing, final proof-
ing and copywriting, as well as social media
management for your group or business. Email
Lisa Neff at lmneff@me.com.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
3840.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
807-1015.


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

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

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

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



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
ing.net.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-730-7479.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.


HOEIMPRVEEN

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

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

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

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

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commer-
cial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area.
The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
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/AN N UAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or
condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971
or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
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.

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

COMMERICAL RENTALS: OFFICE and air-con-
ditioned storage. 17x1 8-foot, $875,11x14-foot,
$425, 9xl11-foot, $325, 5xl11-foot, $95, 7x13-
foot, $180. AI, 941-737-1121.
STOREFRONT SPACE FOR lease in Mt. Vernon
Plaza. Located near condo neighborhoods 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 mini-
mum one-year lease. Great rates! Call Judy at
941-812-0450.
VACATION RENTAL: LATE season availability.
3BR/1BA 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.
COMMERCIAL RENTAL: OFFICE space, $375-
$875, storage space, $95-$195. 941-737-1121.


FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Con-
quistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W.,
Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING &eserial
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holv-: ''ii,, Sat,

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
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mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup. '
Call Junior, 807-1015 A1"

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
HO E Handyman Service
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesph LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
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MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL
PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!
We provide design plans-You preview 3-D drawings

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ONE STREET FROM RIVER Adorable, spacious 3
BR/2BA home, located steps from Lewis Park and the
Manatee River Garden Club. Hardwood floors, fireplace,
large backyard and garage. $179,900


SEASIDE GARDENS VILLAS Renovated, ground-
level 2BR/2BT villa. Updated kitchen with stainless-steel
appliances, updated bathrooms and a one-car garage.
$259,000.


EXCEPTIONAL BEACH VIEWS from this 2BR/2BT
house at south end of Island. Unobstructed view will never
change. Direct beach views. $499,000.


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


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


DIRECT GULF FRONT located in the city of Anna Maria. 2
BR/3BT with spectacular views, spacious beach-side, screened
porch, open sun deck, large carport. $2,300,000.


Mike 800-367-1617
NormanKN*- 1 941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www.mikenormanrealty.com
sales@mikenormanrealty.com


REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gart-
man, Realtor, Duncan Real Estate. 941-545-8877.
www.AnnaMariaLife.com.

WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at
Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Holmes
Beach house for sale. Beautiful elevated 3BR/2BA,
heated pool, bonus room, direct beach-access
street. Newer construction. Great investment. 309A
65th St. www.HolmesBeach.blogspot.com. Patrick
Morris, 941-348-0331.

NEW LISTING: 7420 20th Ave., NW Bradenton.
3BR/2BA pool home, tile floor, new kitchen, mint con-
dition, private backyard. $349,900. Sharon Hightower,
Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-5054.


FLAMINGO CAY Discover paradise in this large
4BR/2BA home with sailing/boating right from your
backyard dock on a deep saltwater canal. Min to Intra-
coastal and open Gulf and the world class beaches of
Anna Maria Island. Mark Reemelin (941) 932-3778.
#M5839413. $399,999


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GRAND CANAL, 504 67th St, Holmes Beach, well main-
tained waterfront residence 2BR/2BA + den, open floor
plan, 43'x10' dock with space for lift. Dave Moynihan
(941) 720-0089. #M5842095. $567,500


HOLMES BEACH CONDO, 2BR+den/2.5BA, Turnkey
furnished, heated pool, 2-car garage. Close to shopping
and beach. Karen Day (941) 518-3682. #M5844230.
$285,000


ISLAND HIDEAWAY only a short block to the beautiful
beaches of Anna Maria Island. 3BR/2.5BA, lush tropi-
cal landscaping on a corner lot. 2014 Tour of Homes
featured home. Life Is Good Here! Karen Day (941)
518-3682. #M5844595. $599,000

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ESTABLISHED'II 1939
2217 GULF DRIVE N. BRADENTON BEACH
941-778-2246 OR 800-211-2323
SEE ALL OUR LISTINGS AT
WAGNERREALTY.COM


PRE-LISTING HOME sale. Two weeks until MLS,
save $10,000. Coveted west Bradenton neigh-
borhood near the beaches. No deed restrictions,
3BR/2BA two-car garage, well loved and updated.
Qualified previewers only. Email for pictures.
$240,000. Suzanneshomes@yahoo.com. Appoint-
ments only. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-
1515. Suzanne Wilson, Broker.

DEEP WATER CANALFRONT home. 3BR/2BA on
corner lot. Between Manatee Avenue and Cortez
Road. One block to Intracoastal, one block to
beach. $475,000. Owner may finance. 941-778-
7980 or 941-778-7565.

IMPERIAL HOUSE: BRADENTON Beach. 55-plus
condo for sale. 2BR/1BA exquisite granite, stain-
less-steel kitchen. Gorgeous bath. Ground floor,
enjoy owning bay and Gulf property with pool, club-
house, 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.

PLACIDA near BOCA GRANDE: Want old Florida with
less traffic? Gulf access, waterfront, vacant build-
ing lot. Utilities onsite, dock, seawall! Nearby Publix,
marinas, beaches. $209,000. Owner finance consid-
ered. seacruz247@gmail.com. 863-206-5644.

VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage.
2,154 sf. $205,000. 309-222-3622 to view. 6908
Eighth Ave. W., Bradenton.

KEY ROYALE: OPEN, spacious 2BR/2BA, big corner
lot, nice dock, lift, outside kitchen. 941-545-8530.


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206 SPRING LANE
$2,849,000
Terry Hayes 941.302.3100
premiersir.com/id/A3989310


3531 BAYOU POINTE
$2,750,000
Sheldon Paley 941.356.1857
premiersir.com/id/A3987300


453 SOUTH POLK DRIVE
$2,197,000
Andrew Bers 941.383.2550
premiersir.com/id/A3973865


230 OAK AVENUE
$1,999,000
Terry Hayes 941.302.3100
premiersir.com/id/A3987744


6804 MARINA DRIVE, A
$1,450,000
Shellie Young 941.713.5458
premiersir.com/id/A3991056


417 BAY PALMS DRIVE
$987,000
Shellie Young 941.713.5458
premiersir.com/id/A3991176


6816 7TH AVENUE NW BOULEVARD
$795,000
Victoria Horstmann 941.518.1278
premiersir.com/id/M5843127


8407 MARINA DRIVE
$1,249,000
Terry Hayes 941.302.3100
premiersir.com/id/A3994616


512 HORNBLOWER LANE
$950,000
Sheldon Paley 941.356.1857
premiersir.com/id/A3990882


925 BAYSHORE DRIVE
$794,000
Charlotte Hedge 941.350.0100
premiersir.com/id/A3975794


512 56TH STREET
$1,084,000
Shellie Young 941.713.5458
premiersir.com/id/A3989564


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1830 AMBERWYND WEST CIRCLE
$945,000
Arnie DuFort 941.224.8602
premiersir.com/id/A3989295


910216TH AVENUE CIRCLE NW
$429,900
Devon Davis & Jesse Carr 941.720.2053
premiersir.com/id/M5840109


521 MAGNOLIAAVENUE
$1,049,000
Jo Rutstein 941.587.9156
premiersir.com/id/A3988425


411 POINSETTIA ROAD
$884,500
Terry Hayes 941.302.3100
premiersir.com/id/A3993640


130 RIVIERA DUNES WAY #504
$299,000
Victoria Horstmann 941.518.1278
premiersir.com/id/M5841666





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21113 Gul I'Dri c eNorth
Bradcntoii Bcach. FL. 3421
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Making Memories Here with Is
Our Tortuga. Trade inds. SeaSide and
Tropic Isle Beacli Resorts are the perfect
choice for your wedding or other special
celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria
Island. Whether a la% ish event at one of our
three pri, ate beaches or in your resort suite.
or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our
Concierge and professional Wedding Plan-
ner look forward to helping you. As a cour-
tesy, we'll extend our group discounts to
include each of our four hotels, so you'll get
credit for the total number of reservations
no inatter which hotel .oui and youri guests
choose. Please call soon. \\e invite you to
make your memories here with us: we knom
you'll come back to %,isit us again && again.


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David Teirelba
Sales Associa
941-812-4220


Holmes Beach FL 342f7
te 419 PineAve
6 Anna Maria 34216


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Liz Codola
Broker Associate
941-812-3455


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