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Around AMI and
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Florida House consid-
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BB Pier bidding
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Island police blotter.
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Outdoor study. Page
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HBPD plans safety
upgrades. Page 23-A

Wallendas on the wire.
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March: In like a lion,
out like a lamb. Page
3-B

Biz news and real
estate sales. Page 6-B


By Jennifer Glenfield and Rick Catlin
Islander Reporters
A Jeep hung precariously over the edge
of the State Road 64/Manatee Avenue bridge
in a light rain March 24 after the driver lost
control and skidded part way through the
railing, overhanging the bay some 40-feet
below.
The Jeep went over the sidewalk divider
and knocked out a section of railing on the
bridge. The unidentified driver told the
Holmes Beach Police Department that she
lost control when her vehicle reached the
grating near the center of the bascule and
skidded across the bridge.
No other vehicles were involved.
HBPD responded to the scene about
1:45 p.m. and allowed one lane on the
bridge to pass intermittently. According to
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer,
officers contacted a tow company and the
Florida Highway Patrol.
While HBPD managed intermittent one-
lane traffic, the accident fell into the juris-
diction of the FHP.
Tokajer said traffic was backed up on
Manatee Avenue for about 90 minutes.
HBPD coordinated with the Bradenton
Police Department to temporarily reroute
traffic from Manatee Avenue at 75th Street


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cooperate," he said, adding there was no
serious damage to the bridge.
Repairs to the bridge were completed
March 28.


A crew from Pro Forma Enterprises Inc.
of Sarasota works on repairing the Anna
Maria Island Bridge railing March 26. The
railing was damaged by a motorist March
24. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Add City Pier Park to map, minus amenities


i We spend $240,000 a year
in payments for a piece of
land that now has a name,
but with no trespassing,
no parking allowed and no
funding to make it a park.I
Commissioner Doug
Copeland

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The city-owned property at the east end
of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria finally has a
name, although no funding to pay for ame-
nities. The property is now the Anna Maria
City Pier Park.
Commissioners at their March 27 meet-
ing voted to approve the name, but Commis-
sioner Doug Copeland said giving it a name
is not enough.
"Great," he said. "We spend $240,000
a year in payments for a piece of land that
now has a name, but with no trespassing, no
parking allowed and no funding to make it a
park."
The city received and returned -
donations from Rex Hagen and Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC to add restrooms, benches,
landscaping and an open area for events.
That idea collapsed when the commis-


sion reversed a June 2013
commission decision to
e accept Hagen's $50,000 and
_I H rejected PAR's $100,000
.ll donation. The commission
decided the Hagen-PAR
SueLynn donations were tied to the
Spark drawing by former
Commissioner Gene Aubry
that included a 15-lot park-
ing area and a new board
a determined there would be
+., ~ no parking at the park.
Copeland Both Hagen and PAR
said their donations were
predicated on Aubry's plans and the city
agreed to return the funds.
Live oak trees, however, planted at the
park last fall are budding leaves and filling
out with the onset of spring.
Webb and Mayor SueLynn suggested
completion of the park could be done with
some of the money from the $350,000 lump
sum payment from Ridan Industries, the
company selected by the commission to
build and operate a cell tower at city hall.
Copeland asked the mayor how the
application process was going with Ridan.
"We're right where we should be," she
said. The company has completed its survey,
but building official Bob Welch asked Ridan


for some more data before issuing a building
permit, the mayor said.
Once the tower is completed, according
to its contract with the city, Ridan will pay
the city $350,000. The city also will receive
a percentage of the monthly profits once tele-
communication companies establish service
on the tower.
"I expect the application to be submit-
ted in the very near future," SueLynn said.
Construction of the tower is expected to take
3-5 months, she added.
Commissioners also had other ideas as
to how to slice the $350,000 pie that was
anticipated, but not budgeted.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he
wants $125,000 to go into the city's con-
tingency fund. Commissioners Carol Carter
and Nancy Yetter suggested some of the
money go toward drainage improvements.
SueLynn said she hoped to have good
news on the cell tower permit to give com-
missioners at their April 24 meeting.

Parking, traffic
In other business, SueLynn made sug-
gestions to change parking and traffic flow
in the city.
She said too many large trucks are
avoiding Pine Avenue and using residential
PLEASE SEE PARK, PAGE 5-A




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Island visitor arrivals undaunted by soggy spring break


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Spring break for Manatee County public school
students and island visitors didn't come with great
weather last week, with rain and wind on several days
keeping people from enjoying Anna Maria Island
beaches.
But the inclement weather didn't deter people from
the island.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said the chamber office last
week was "flooded with people walking in and looking
for a room." Additionally, many people either called or
e-mailed the chamber about finding accommodations,
she added.
Brockman said that on March 25 there were only
a few rooms available from among chamber accom-
modation members.
"Many members were completely full," she said.
"We helped a lot of people find rooms. Believe me, it
wasn't easy to find an opening for everyone, but we
managed," she said.
Chamber vice president Deb Wing said the rush
of people to the chamber office last week was "incred-
ible."
Wing said quite a few came from the Tampa Bay
area on a spur-of-the moment decision.
David Teitelbaum, who owns four motels in Bra-
denton Beach and is a member of the chamber board
of directors, said all four were full March 24-28.
"We were booked solid, and a lot of families were
staying more than one week," he said. "If I had a stor-
age shed, I could have rented that."
Teitelbaum said the occupancy at his and other
motels and resorts on the island was expected for this
year's spring break week as many people booked well
in advance.
"We knew we were going to be full, as did many
other resorts," he said.
An informal survey of motels on March 26 along


Gulf Drive from the Cortez Road intersection in Bra-
denton Beach to Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach
failed to find any displays of "vacancy" signs.
Still, there are always a few visitors during the
spring break week who arrive on the island without
a reservation and hope to find lodging, Teitelbaum
said.
"We always try to find a place for someone who
just drives up looking for a room," he said.
Teitelbaum also said he believes the use of the best
practices list that he helped write in 2012, and is used
by most island rental agents and property managers,
has gone a long way to ensuring Anna Maria Island
does not become another Panama City during spring
break.
"Our guests are given the rules when they check
in," he said. "I'm happy to report they all have been
complying with the list."
The best practices list is a set of standards for
accommodations. Guests agree to abide by the prac-
tices.
It appears the effort is limiting complaints.
Despite the full occupancy of rentals last week,
reports of loud parties and rowdiness were non-exis-


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tent, according to island law enforcement officials.
"We didn't have any loud parties reported. People
were well behaved," said Manatee County Sheriff's
Office Sgt. Paul Davis, head of the MCSO Anna Maria
substation.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said he
had no complaints of loud music at night or early
morning parties. "The week went well for us and visi-
tors," he said.
"I even apologized to some visitors for the cool
weather," Tokajer joked.
Most violations observed by HBPD officers were
for illegal parking or having alcohol on the beach, he
said.
The chief said there were only a few days last
week that had temperatures above 70 degrees or were
without wind and rain. The bad weather may have kept
a lot of people from coming to the beach during the
day, he said.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale also
had no complaints of loud noise or rowdy behavior.
"It was a very nice week for residents, visitors and
businesses," he said.
"Just a great week in paradise," Speciale said.


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Island cash registers hear winter season's 'cha-ching' jingle


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Island merchants are hearing a popular seasonal
song: "Cha-Ching."
It doesn't take a tourism survey to know that a lot
of people are visiting Anna Maria Island for the season.
Just look at island traffic on a weekday in March.
The good news for island retail shops is that short-
term visitors and winter residents coming to Anna
Maria Island are buying goods and services in what
some shopowners say are record numbers.
"It's been a nice, very good season," said Kelly
Kary, owner of Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.
"When the weather is nice, there's a steady flow
of people in the shop, buying gourmet olive oil, coffee
and teas, among other products," she said.
"Definitely one of my best seasons," Kary
added.
Olive Oil Outpost was one of the first shops on
Pine Avenue to open after Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC completed construction of its first retail-office-
residential building in 2009.
In Bradenton Beach, Kaci Patsios of the Bridge
Street Bazaar said business has been up since mid-
January.
"We've been busy all season. There are a lot of
people here and they enjoy walking Bridge Street and
seeing what all the stores have to offer," she said.
Co-worker Tammy Funkhouse agreed. "It's been
an incredible season."
At Mister Roberts Resortwear, 5337 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach, co-owner Signa Bouziane said this
might be the store's best season ever.
"I really think we're going to do better than last
February and March. We've been incredibly busy," she
said.
"Visitors are really buying. It's amazing," Bouz-
iane added.
Even some of the island's small restaurants have


seen increased business this season.
"It's been wonderful," said Vinny Greco of Vinny
and Cheryl's Italian Kitchen, 314 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.
"We've really seen a jump in traffic," he said.
With good weather, people also have been renting
bicycles, kayaks and beach equipment.
"Business has been great all season," said Joe
Praetor of Just4Fun Rentals, 5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said she's had no complaints
from members this season.
"It's all been positive and good news, from the
accommodation industry to retail shops to restaurants.
It's a great season."
And the bustle could well extend for another month
as Easter falls late on the calendar, April 20. Brockman
said winter visitors often stay until Easter, and many
stay until the end of April.
"I think April also is going to be busy for chamber


Tammy Funkhouse, left,
of Bridge Street Bazaar,
117 Bridge St., Braden-
ton Beach, takes care of
a customer March 25.
Making a purchase is
w 4 Bob McGrath of New
Jersey, who was staying
on the island with wife
Becky. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin







members, she said.
Wing said the chamber is hopeful that visitors
will attend and enjoy its CityFest event April 11-12 in
Holmes Beach, featuring high-wire entertainers, The
Wallenda Family, in three performances.


Kiwanis plans 50th annual
Easter sunrise service
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 6:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 20, at Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The annual service draws more than 1,000
people to the beach for worship.
The Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the
beach will open at 6 a.m. Also, the island trolley
will be in operation at 6 a.m.
Kiwanis organizers suggest attendees bring
blankets and chairs for seating.





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Beachgoers may get access to remote overflow parking lots


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
There's no app for it.
And lady luck won't help you locate a parking
space at the Manatee Public Beach on a Saturday
in season, but the addition of overflow parking lots
might.
The Holmes Beach Congestion Committee met
March 27 and discussed what options remain for over-
flow parking lots.
Committee chair Carol Soustek reported her results
regarding the defunct Regions, 503 Manatee Ave., and
also Hancock Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive.
Soustek said she spoke with Justin Patchen of
Regions about using the parking lot of the former bank
for overflow beach parking. She said the bank is not
willing to enter a contractual agreement, but it would
rent the parking lot to the city for $4,500 a month.
Regions has 40 parking spaces.
Meanwhile, Hancock has offered its parking lot
to the city free of charge, and is willing to enter an
agreement. Hancock has 22 parking spots.
In exchange for weekend parking, regional bank
vice president Joel Jarrett requested the addition of two
signs designating ATM parking.
The city also would be responsible for making sure
the lot was patrolled, maintaining one trash can and
weekend cleanup.
Jarrett also requested no one park in the grass
or the drive-thru lane, where there is an after-hours
deposit drop.
Soustek said she doesn't think the drafted agree-
ment between Hancock, nor the proposal from
Regions, would end up on the commission's agenda
until mid-April. Any agreement needs the commis-
sion's approval.
"What I like about this is it gives us the ability
to work out the kinks while we work on other sites,"
Soustek said.
Committee member Pam Leckie said she's noticed
that people already are parking in the bank lots on the
weekends.
"Why even spend the money?" Leckie asked.
"People park there anyway."
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said
HBPD doesn't enforce traffic or parking laws in the
lots because they're private property.
Tokajer also said if the banks made an agreement
with the city to allow parking, they would take on more
liability.
Other options for overflow parking are at churches.
Soustek said she planned to speak to representatives at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, who
have been receptive to the idea of opening their lot to
trolley riders.
Soustek said the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation is unwilling to open its lot for public parking.
"The ace in the hole would be the elementary
school over the weekends and the summer," said com-
mittee member Bob Johnson.
Soustek said the main issue for school administra-
tors has been a concern with vandalism, although the
property is patrolled by the HBPD.
Soustek approached the city commission at its
March 27 work session regarding obtaining permission
from the school board for after-hours parking at AME,
and Mayor Carmel Monti said he would discuss park-
ing with Dave Miner, a board member of the Manatee
County School District.
In other matters, Tokajer reported working with
the Florida Department of Transportation on a traffic
study.
He said traffic signal sequences have been changed
and should be moving traffic along smoother. One key
area of concern was the traffic light at East Bay Drive
and Manatee Avenue.
HBPD and the DOT spent several days monitoring
traffic. According to Tokajer, the DOT plans to come
back out to Holmes Beach to evaluate the new signal
sequence.
"I think this is all very, very encouraging," said
Leckie.
The committee, during the meeting, also heard
from Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate, who said he is
willing to help the committee in any way possible.


He suggested that if vacation rental companies
spread out their check-ins and check-outs over two
days, it would ease traffic on the weekends.
Chatt said the vast majority of island vacation
rental companies require Saturday to Saturday book-
ings. If companies allowed Sunday to Sunday book-
ings as well, traffic congestion might decrease on Sat-


MCAT proposes Lakewo<
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Lakewood Ranch residents may get a direct ride
to Anna Maria Island.
The Manatee County Area Transit is proposing a
number of route and fare changes to its service, includ-
ing a Route 6 extension connecting Lakewood Ranch
to the Gulf beaches
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said he
would be pleased with any MCAT route that would
"take cars off island streets and bring people directly
to the island."
However, he said, one of the problems with MCAT
buses and beachgoers is there is "no baggage area to
store beach equipment."
Shearon said beachgoers bringing coolers, beach
toys, umbrellas and other items likely prefer to drive
a vehicle, rather than take the MCAT bus.
"Still, it's a good idea and I'm all for anything that
will reduce vehicles," he said.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti said anything
that reduces traffic, particularly in the heavy season,
"is a good thing for the island."
He said he hopes the proposed extension becomes



Me eting.,

Anna Maria City
April 10, 6 p.m., city commission.
April 24, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
April 2, 11 a.m., pier team.
April 3, 6 p.m., city commission. CAN-
CELED
April 3, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 7, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
April 9, 10 a.m., CIP
April 9, 10:30 a.m., CRA.
April 9, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
April 10, 1 p.m., department heads.
April 10, 2:15 p.m., budget.
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
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.
April 15, 11 a.m., city center.
April 22, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 24, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board.


urdays.
Soustek offered to bring the discussion into the
congestion meeting if Chatt could bring property man-
agers together.
But for now, roll down the window and turn up
the radio, it's likely traffic relief won't be seen until
summer season.


The fare-free trol-
ley operates daily on
Anna Maria Island.
Manatee County Area
S:.. Transit officials are
considering a bus
route to Lakewood
-Ranch that could con-
nect riders from east
county to the island.
Islander Photo: Rick
__ Catlin





od Ranch service to AMI
active and well-used by mainlanders.
MCAT also is asking for public input on changing
the routes to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Air-
port, increased fares and other changes to its system.
Under the MCAT proposal, rider fares would
increase from $1.25 to $1.50, a day pass would increase
from $3 to $4 and monthly passes would go from $30
to $40.
Weekly passes would drop from $15 to $12. A
25-cent transfer fee would be discontinued. A half-fare
discount for active and retired military personnel also
is being proposed, an MCAT press release stated.
"We want people to review the plans on our web-
site and to tell us what they think about the routes and
fare changes on Facebook and Twitter," MCAT man-
ager Bill Steele said in the release.
"We realize not everyone will be able to make it to
our public meetings, so we want Facebook and Twitter
to be an accessible area (for) riders and potential riders
to give us input," he added.
Steele said more information on the MCAT propos-
als, where public meetings on the proposals will be held
and a survey of MCAT services are available at www.
mymanatee.org/mcat.


April 24, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
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.
April 24, 9 a.m., pension board.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
April 7, 6 p.m. Hurricane Preparedness,
Holmes Beach City Hall.
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 news@islander.org.






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streets, especially Spring and Magnolia avenues. She
has a petition signed by 33 residents asking that the
city halt large trucks from using residential streets.
The mayor said the major offenders are beer trucks
going to and from restaurants.
Commissioners agreed to have signs posted at
every intersection on the two streets prohibiting trucks
weighing more than 8 tons, and both Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies and code enforcement officers
would be watching for offenders.
"It will be impossible for the driver not to see one
of these signs," the mayor added.
City attorney Jim Dye said if the city allows 3/4-
ton trucks, but not the 8-ton trucks, it needs to change
the ordinance to state exactly what size trucks are
allowed on residential streets.
Other traffic and parking matters discussed
included defining the right of way on South Bay Bou-
levard at Galati Marine.
The mayor said Galati has paved up to the edge of
the street and vehicles are parking in the right of way,
causing a turn-around problem at the street end.
Additionally, she said, when it rains, water drains
from Galati Marine onto South Bay Boulevard. She
asked commissioners to approve tearing up the asphalt
on the right of way to improve street drainage.


Commissioners agreed changes are needed at the
location, but Webb said the mayor should first talk with
Galati to seek an amicable solution.
The mayor also noted that on Blue Heron Drive
there is an "island of land" in the road that is being
used for parking. The city owns the land, she said.
She asked commissioners if the city could limit or
restrict parking there. An ordinance is needed if there
is to be a fine for parking, and commissioners asked
Dye to proceed with that ordinance.
Commissioners also agreed that construction vehi-
cles must be parked with the flow of traffic and not on
the right of way.
SueLynn said the city is preparing a traffic mitiga-
tion plan for the Magnolia Avenue-Gulf Drive intersec-
tion that will come to the commission at a future work
session.

A-frame signs
The commission extended the deadline from April
3 to May 3 for eliminating A-frame signs at businesses,
but agreed with the mayor that displaying more than
one A-frame or a sign in the right of way should be
halted.
The mayor said any business found with more than
one A-frame sign would incur a $250 citation and risk
having the sign confiscated.


THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 2, 2014 0 5-A
The city is preparing a special exception applica-
tion for businesses that cannot be seen from the street
and need an A-frame sign to direct customers to their
location. Each request would be heard on a case-by-
case basis, Webb said, and no A-frame signs will be
grandfathered.
Dye noted that the A-frame signs at the Anna Maria
Historic Green Village were part of that development's
site plan and would be allowed to remain.

Anonymous complaints return
Anna Maria has returned to a policy of allowing
anonymous complaints to a code enforcement officer,
a policy allowed until 2011, when the commission
changed the policy to require signed complaints.
However, at the March 13 commission meeting,
city attorney Jim Dye told commissioners that, under
the city charter, the code enforcement policy is up to
the mayor, not the commission.
Mayor SueLynn said the city will return to allowing
anonymous complaints and commissioners agreed.
The mayor said the anonymous complaint policy
went into effect the next day.
"If known, the name of the person lodging the
complaint will not be revealed unless he/she has agreed
in writing to be identified as the complainant," Sue-
Lynn wrote.


DOT road
watch alert
continues
for Cortez
Bridge
The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
is conducting a main-
tenance project on the
Cortez Bridge through
Wednesday, April 2.
A DOT release said
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Way back a couple of decades ago, I was having
an interesting conversation with then-Anna Maria
Mayor Ray Simches. We had more than a few before,
regretfully, his health failed, he resigned from office
and shortly later, in 1995, he died.
I felt a sense of loss along with the community
This conversation, we were talking about how the
island was growing, more visitors were coming to our
"paradise" and there was too much traffic.
We might have transitioned from the proposed
80-foot-tall bridge replacement for either the Cortez
or the Anna Maria Island Bridge. I don't recall the
impetus.
Ray reached into his recesses and said, \ iigli
as well go with it." He pulled out a scheme to put a
dome over the island and create an amusement park.
We would move people in the future from city to city
on a great, island-long roller coaster with stops for all
the appropriate destinations.
Hello, Jetsons.
At least, Ray and I both knew he was clowning.
He had a way of charming people, making his point
after sneaking up on his target.
So I was reminded last week of Ray's Folly when
I read of the presentation by Holmes Beach Mayor
Carmel Monti to the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials.
I found his proposed Perico-Manatee Public Beach
tram and one like it for Cortez-Bridge Street travel to
be reminiscent of Ray's futuristic proposal for end-to-
end travel on Anna Maria Island- comical.
Also similar, I couldn't help but think that no
matter how outlandish, Monti's proposals would not
solve any of our traffic or parking problems. Any fun
ride to and from the beach would likely attract more
people, require huge parking lots to service the sta-
tions, and create a circus-like atmosphere. Soon there
would be kettle corn and corn dog vendors. Bright
lights. Loud music. It would be 24/7 state fair.
Islanders complaints of noise, traffic and incon-
siderate fun-seekers would heighten.
Then I considered how Monti spent $2,500 of city
money on kindergarten-like graphics that I assumed
he had drawn himself with a $2.50 box of crayons.
That's when I heard Joe Bird chirp The Islander
cartoonist, a Ringling College grad with a long list of
credentials that he would gladly provide video with
a "geo-aerial map and 3D images" for that fee.
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Warning: Guard the money
This past week the mayor of Holmes Beach
unveiled his newest ideas to improve the island. You
can decide for yourself if any of them have merit. I
want to address the money spent to create the draw-
ings the mayor is using to sell his ideas.
At the previous city commission meeting, the
mayor was asked how much his drawings cost the
city, and he hesitated before saying, "$2,500."
He then informed the commission and the gallery
that he is in charge of the budget and he decides how
city money is spent.
Holmes Beach has a weak mayor-strong com-
mission form of government and the mayor is an
administrator. He has no vote on city matters and
works under the guidance of the city commission.
I say Monti has overstepped his duties and used
city money to promote his personal ideas without the
knowledge or approval of the city commission.
The mayor should repay the tax dollars he spent
pursuing his flights of fancy.
I also call on the city commission to conduct a
detailed monthly review of how the city's funds are
spent. This mayor has shown he cannot be trusted to
make sound financial decisions.
I encourage everyone to attend the city meeting
as they are increasingly interesting. The newspapers
can't cover everything. You should hear for yourself
what's really going on in Holmes Beach.
Ellen Stohler, Holmes Beach

How to improve traffic
At the first meeting of the newly formed North
Beach Property Owners Coalition of Longboat Key
March 20,1 asked the audience whether they thought
traffic flow could be improved between the north end
of Longboat Key and the Cortez Bridge during peak
traffic hours, especially at evening rush hour.
Most attendees indicated "yes."


At times, cars are lined up from the north end
of Longboat Key to the Cortez Bridge traffic light,
causing long delays, missed appointments and angry
drivers and passengers.
The following is suggested:
Have a traffic cop positioned to direct vehicle and
pedestrian traffic on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach
during peak hours and heavy traffic.
Have police hold back pedestrians and cars at the
Bridge Street roundabout and at the traffic light at
Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection to increase traf-
fic flow. At the Bridge Street roundabout, the police
could hold motorists up to 5 minutes at a time, to let
more northbound cars pass.
Have police wave through more traffic at the
Cortez traffic light to increase cars going north to
Holmes Beach or over the bridge, and increase the
green light" time.
Have the drawbridge attendant on the Cortez
Bridge hold boats seeking passage through the bridge
at peak traffic times.
Station police at the Cortez Road-119th Street
intersection in Cortez to wave through eastbound
cars.
Can the police and mayors of the affected towns
work out a comprehensive plan to improve traffic
flow and reduce island-key traffic frustration?
Herman Kruegle, Whitney Beach, Longboat
Key

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The public was invited to observe a special
"Anna Maria Crow Supper" April 1 under the
limbs of the flourishing oak trees on city property
opposite the Anna Maria City Pier.
According to event planner Mike Miller, the
supper was to be served to all those who "griped
about the dead oaks that were improperly planted


Reports of the death of the live oak trees on
the city-owned property at the east end of Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria, appear premature. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Mike Miller


and watered."
Miller, an Anna Maria resident and native plant
enthusiast, provided assistance when the live oaks
were planted and irrigation was installed.
Miller also planned to give a lecture at the
supper on the difference between the "dead" and
the "deciduous."
He said he also would talk about "the process
of acclimatization of trees grown on semi-salt tol-
erant sweet water to a bayfront location frequently
subject to salt-laden storm winds."
Miller invited "all the faithful people who
never doubted the trees would survive to join in
when Rex Hagen and the Pine Avenue Restoration
Choir sing their rendition of an age-old song, 'We
Told You So.'"
Mayor Sue Lynn was to close the festivities
with a reading of her favorite poem, "All's Well
That Ends Well."
Happy April Fool's Day.

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10 years ago
Headlines from March 31, 2004
Three people were rescued from a burning yacht
about 2 miles off Longboat Pass after the 83-foot
vessel caught fire and sank, a U.S. Coast Guard
spokesperson said. The $4 million yacht, A Wonder-
ful Life, was sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Panama
City when it caught fire, owner Alan Wisney and wife
Kathryn said. The Wisneys and Capt. Dean McJennis
were rescued by a passing boat. The cause of the fire
was under investigation.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine was
elected president of the 600-member Florida Police
Chiefs Association. Romine, an 18-year veteran of
the Holmes Beach police force, had been a vice presi-
dent of the FPCA for three years before being elected
president.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore offered
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston 7,500 cubic yards
of sand to renourish the Palma Sola Causeway. The
sand, which had been dredged from Holmes Beach
canals and stockpiled alongside the soccer field, was
considered beach quality. Poston accepted the offer
and asked the county to begin the permitting process
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Holmes Beach dips into nature preserve funding


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach public works is getting a new toy.
During a March 25 commission meeting, city com-
missioners unanimously approved an unbudgeted pur-
chase of a backhoe, a Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader.
The new equipment comes with a price tag of
$37,812.95. The city will take $20,000 from the funds
set aside for Grassy Point Preserve and supplement the
remainder from the stormwater utility fund.
"The major portion of the city's stormwater man-
agement plan is an open swale drainage system ...
it was determined several months ago that a small
backhoe is an essential piece of equipment to main-
tain our drainage swale system throughout the city,"
superintendent of public works Tom O'Brien said in
a statement to the commission.
According to Commission Chair Judy Titsworth,
the work was previously done manually with shovels,
and was ineffective.
Commissioner Pat Morton moved to approve the
purchase, and Commissioner Jean Peelen seconded
the motion, albeit with a condition. Peelen asked the
mayor to take a second look at the budget to try and


Pint-sized serve and protect
Evan Christianson poses with Holmes Beach Police
Chief Bill Tokajer. Evan was police chieffor a day
March 26. His mom had the successful bid in an
auction at the Feb. 22 Anna Maria Elementary
School Parent Teacher Organization's Spring Fling.
Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield


find another source for the backhoe without dipping
into the Grassy Point fund.
According to Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti,
$40,000 was set aside in this year's budget for the
preserve. However, none of the money has been used
for projects in the preserve and he recommended using
it for the Bobcat purchase.
In last year's budget, $180,000 was set aside for
the preserve and all of it was allocated to other proj-
ects.
"Is there anything in the Grassy Point funds we
need that money for?," asked Peelen.
Monti said there were no "meaningful plans" for
the preserve, and mentioned the park board's project
to erect a bat house.
The 34-acre nature preserve between East Bay
Drive opposite Walgreens and Grassy Point Bayou
on the bayfront was purchased by the city in parcels
starting in 2000.
In 2012, the city purchased shell for a 1,000-foot
path and, with a $3,000 grant from the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program, added a shell parking lot, three picnic
tables, six shade trees, native plants and a mulch-lined
path.
The Florida Department of Transportation also
kicked in more than $500,000 for a crosswalk into the
preserve.
Plans discussed by officials in 2012 also included
adding a boardwalk and lookout tower.
"I'd like to talk about it at some point. Do we
really want Grassy Point to be fixed up? If we do,
we need to talk about it," said Commissioner Marvin
Grossman.
Human resource specialist Mary Buonagura said
she plans to apply for grant money next year from
applicable organizations to supplement the funds to
be set aside in next year's budget.
"If we keep stealing from that fund, we're never
going to build that boardwalk," said Commissioner
David Zaccagnino. "There are plans and we're just
waiting for matching grants, waiting to apply for
grants, and that's not going to cut it. We need to keep
building that money, so we can have it."
Monti said the funds set aside for the preserve in
this year's budget were allocated to purposes other
than maintaining or improving the preserve. He also
added a plan was needed for the preserve in order to
allocate any funds.
Zaccagnino said he had shared a plan for the pre-
serve with Grossman, Morton and the mayor.
And Grossman said he felt the plan, including the


raised boardwalk through the wetland area, was sub-
stantial enough to move forward.
According to Monti, the boardwalk would cost
$300,000, which is well over the $180,000 budgeted
last year, and the $40,000 set aside in this year's
budget.
"I think we do need this Bobcat and, in the grand
scheme of things, $20,000 isn't a big dent in our
budget. Maybe this will bring attention back to Grassy
Point," said Zaccagnino.
In other business, Hugh Holmes Sr. decided to
deed 5 feet of his property leading to the beach on
81st street to the city.
According to Titsworth, the 5 feet, which includes
a beach access, would relieve Holmes of any liability
for people using the access.
Titsworth, the daughter of Holmes Sr., also reported
some residents of the street voiced concerns about the
access being used by the public. Titsworth said there
is no public parking on the street, and no sign leading
to the access and she did not see it as a problem.
The commissioners also held a vote to amend an
ordinance deleting redundant land-use definitions. The
motion passed 5-0 with no comment.


Holmes Beach proclaims

April 'Donate Life Month'
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti pro-
claimed April as Donate Life Month in the city
during a March 25 city commission meeting.
Lifelink Foundation Inc., an organization
helping those in need of transplant therapy, asked
the mayor for the proclamation.
April is designated nationally as Donate Life
Month.
Lifelink reported 121,000 people in the United
States are on an organ donor list; 1,110 are local
to the Tampa Bay area. Nineteen people in the
United States die every day in need of an organ.
Lifelink called organ donating "the most
meaningful gift a human can bestow: life."
For more information about Lifelink, visit
donatelifeflorida.org.


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One HB stop-work order lifted, another remains at building sites


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Construction can continue on a residential fourplex
previously issued a stop-work, according to Holmes
Beach building officials.
The project at 108 39th St. near Gulf Drive and
behind Skinny's Place has been idle since January,
when the contractor was issued a stop order. A rou-
tine assessment, according to the building depart-
ment, revealed structural issues, as well as a broader
scope of work than what was permitted by the depart-
ment.
The applicant, Shawn Kaleta, said he was initially
shocked to receive the stop order but, he said, he's
working with the city to complete the construction
project on 39th Street. The property owner is listed as
Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Homes LLC.
Kaleta initially paid $1,700 for a permit to renovate
the property in October. However, building officials
had not expected the renovation to fully encompass
the building.
"They submitted a plan saying they were going to
renovate something like 30 percent of the building and
wound up rebuilding it 100 percent," Holmes Beach
Mayor Carmel Monti said. "All you had to do was go
to the site and look at it to see that it didn't match the
plans."
Kaleta submitted a new site plan March 4, accord-
ing to David Greene, the building inspector for the city
planning department.
Greene said Kaleta would likely receive
approval.
Holmes Beach city commissioners will not have


to approve the project for it to move forward.
Kaleta said he would raise the building's foun-
dation 3 feet with cranes and beams, put in a new
foundation and install stairs. Since the building was
constructed in the 1950s, the foundation does not meet
the current flood-elevation requirements of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency.
"We really aren't changing .m\ thin,_'." Kaleta said.
"We're just raising the structure and maintaining the
exact same footprint."
Kaleta said once the city gives the go-ahead, his
construction team would have the project completed
and units ready to rent in two months.
Kaleta said a week later that if the city doesn't
approve the new plans, it will result in a tear down and
new construction four three-story units with four
bedrooms each.
Kaleta isn't the only developer to receive a stop
order this year in Holmes Beach. A property located
at 626 Key Royale Drive remains in limbo, according
to HBPD public works superintendent Tom O'Brien.
The Key Royale property is on hold while O'Brien
awaits further contact from contractor Kamila Yavalar
of Yavalar Built Inc. of Bradenton.
Leah Marie Enterprises LLC with a post office
box in Anna Maria is listed as owner on the Manatee
County property appraiser's website. Kathleen Morgan
of the 200 block of Willow Avenue owns the com-


While Morgan declined comment regarding the
stop order, her husband, David Johnson, spoke March
13 to The Islander.
"The dispute involves the remodel of a modest
house of a longtime Anna Maria resident that's in keep-
ing with the character of the Key Royale neighbor-
hood," Johnson said in a phone interview.
"The mayor has said 'he is happy' about the situ-
ation and that the home may be demolished. We feel
the only thing that should be demolished here is the
city's just plain wrong interpretation and application
of the Florida building code," he said.
Monti said enforcement at construction sites is part
of a bigger plan to comply with FEMA flood stan-
dards.
"We aren't trying to go after people," Monti said.
"We are trying to work with our local businesses to
accomplish goals we have set for the city."
Monti said it is important that buildings are up to
FEMA standards to maintain the city's flood insurance
rating.
"Right now, the state has stepped in to help us
resolve our insurance issues," Monti said. "In many
cases, FEMA will actually pay for some of the renova-
tions. That's why we are trying to work with residents
and developers to ensure we do everything we can to
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auction in Bradenton Beach.
The island event will take place 6-9 p.m. Saturday,
April 5, at the old firehouse, 201 Second St. N., Bra-
denton Beach, according to team coordinator Yvonne
DeChambre Markiewicz of Bradenton.
Attendees are encouraged to wear purple and bring
rolls of quarters for auction bidding at the event.
The event is BYOB and there will be food sales.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can
damage any part of the body, according to the Lupus
Foundation of America, which is the beneficiary of the
walk and the auction. Chronic means that the signs and
symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often

Senior Adventures
group sets schedule
Senior Adventures continues to meet at 10 a.m.
Friday at the Annie Silver Community Center,
103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, to carpool to
nearby locations or to stay for conversation, card
games or special events.
The last Friday of the month the group will
hold a book sale at the center.
The group's event coordinators extended an
invitation in their announcement: "Come one,
come all."
For more information, call Kaye Bell at 941-
538-0945.


Longboat Key arts center
hosts watercolor show
A reception for the Florida Suncoast Watercolor
Society Juried Exhibition at the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts will take place Friday, April 4.
An RSVP is required for the event, which begins
at 5:30 p.m. at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key.
The exhibit features work by members of the group
and runs through Friday, April 25.
For more information, call the center at 941-383-
2345.

AGAMI to host master painter
Artist Ralph Garafola will talk about commercial
art, painting and color at the next meeting of the Art-
ists' Guild of Anna Maria Island.
The group will meet Monday, April 7, in the com-
munity room at the Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Garafola worked as a commercial artist in New
York and then focused on portrait art and teaching.
Meetings begin with socializing at 6:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by the program at 7 p.m.,
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at
941-778-6694.


for many years.
Markiewicz, who grew up in Holmes Beach, was
diagnosed with discoid and then systemic lupus in
2006, when she was working as a Manatee County
emergency medical services technician.
The disease forced her to leave her job and she
began the long process of learning how to live with
lupus and combat the pain, she said in a written account
sent to The Islander.
She also became an advocate for raising money
for research and improved treatments, which is why
she participates in the walks and other fundraising
efforts.
For more information, call Markiewicz at 941-
730-6612.
Aging in Paradise aids
in estate planning
Trends in wills, trusts and estate planning will
be the topic of conversation at the Aging in Paradise
Resource Center Wednesday, April 9.
The center will host attorney Rick Gans of Fer-
geson Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron and Tirabassi for
a seminar, "What's New, What's Worthy and What's
a Waste: Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning."
"Bring your most discerning questions and finally
get a clear and concise answer a free workshop
with no selling, just answers," said Donna Dunio, the
center's executive director.
The two-hour session will begin at 9:30 a.m. at
the center at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The center's mission is to "provide quality solu-
tions and exciting opportunities for local seniors,
enabling them to live with dignity and the highest
possible level of health, independence and quality of
life.
For more information, call 941-383-6493 or go
online to www.aginginparadise.org.

Butterfly park benefits
from craft show
The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park benefits
from an arts and crafts festival set to take place April
5-6 in Holmes Beach.
The show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5,
and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Holmes Beach
city field, 5801 Marina Drive.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-
518-4431 or go online to www.tnteventsinc.com.

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Community center offers
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By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Art and animation, computer programming and
game design combine to form the perfect trifecta of
game development basics.
The computer lab at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center could be buzzing April 3 with soon-to-
be video game-makers, as instructor Jameson Wilkins
leads students through the first of four weekly classes
on the subject.
Wilkins is the marketing and IT assistant for Island
Real Estate. He is teaching the Introduction to Videog-
ame Development for the first time, and is offering the
free course as a pilot program.
"It will be as much of a learning experience for
me as it will be for them," said Wilkins.
Wilkins taught an abbreviated version of the class
in September 2013 at the Manatee County Central
Library in Bradenton.
"I've wanted to teach this class for a long time,
but it's been difficult finding space and resources," he
said.
The center has just what Wilkins needs, 10 desktop
computers for student use, and others are welcome to
bring a laptop.
Following the classes at the center, Wilkins will
have plenty of opportunity to share his game-making
skills. He was recruited by Jennifer Sams, Sarasota
County School District's Texcellence program coor-
dinator, to teach a class in Venice.
The Texcellence program distributes computers to
students who do not have them at home and has opened
digital learning centers throughout Sarasota County to
increase computer literacy among young people.
Wilkins will teach a two-month video game devel-
opment class at the Laurel Civic Center in Venice
beginning in June.
He would like to offer the same summer program
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
"These classes will touch on every element. The
end result students will have the building blocks
to make a game. Essentially, they could go home and,
with a little research, could start making their own
game," Wilkins said.
Wilkins graduated from Ringling College of Art in
Design in 2010 with a focus in illustration. He began

Art league gets into gyotaku
Pack the paper towels and the super glue. The
Anna Maria Island Art League will hold a workshop
with instructor Brenda Alcorn on gyotaku.
The lesson will take place Tuesday, April 8, at the
AMIAL studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
The session will be from 12:30-5:30 p.m. and is limited
to six students.
The cost to attend is $40 for members, $60 for
non-members.
Gyotaku is a Japanese art form a traditional
method of fish printing.
For more information or to register for the class,
call AMIAL at 941-778-2099.


Audience participation
encouraged at concert
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
chamber ensembles will present "Join Us on
Stage, But Don't Touch My Bassoon!" at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, at the Neel Performing Arts
Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Audience members will have the opportu-
nity to sit on the Neel Performing Arts Center
stage during the concert featuring the SCF guitar
ensemble, brass choir, string ensembles, percus-
sion ensemble and woodwind choir.
General admission is $8, $4 for students.
For more information, call the box office at
941-752-5252.


Jameson Wilkins works at home on his computer.
Wilkins will be teaching an introduction to develop-
ing video games April 2-23 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

making video games at age 12 or 13 using a program
called Game Maker.
Wilkins will use Game Maker: Studio, a new,
free version of the software, which he installed on the
center computers.
"It's great for teaching with. It's very visual-ori-
ented, with colorful graphics, and there's limited pro-
gramming necessary," Wilkins said.
Wilkins has worked on a number of game-focused
projects, including a video game for New College of
Florida. The game is used to teach a segment in a class
on local history called Sarasota Bay Rancho Race,
focusing on migrant Cuban workers who came to the
area in hurricane season.
The game was displayed for use at the Florida
Maritime Museum in Cortez shortly after its release.
Wilkins' game-development class will take place
6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 2-23, upstairs in the com-
puter lab at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria.
For more information or to register for the class,
call the center at 941-778-1908. Drop-ins also are wel-
come.


A detailfrom a fish print by Brenda Alcorn. Islander
Courtesy Photo
IGW features Alcorn's
gyotaku fish prints
April at Island Gallery West brings a focus on
the work of local artist Brenda Alcorn, who creates
gyotaku fish prints.
The Holmes Beach gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, will
feature Alcorn as its artist of the month in April and
host a reception for the public and the artist 5:30-7:30
p.m. Friday, April 11. The event coincides with the
Holmes Beach Downtown Artwalk.
Alcorn works in watercolor, acrylics, nature print-
ing and photography, but she says the art of gyotaku is
especially attractive to her.
Alcorn studied under Heather Fortner and Maxine
Masterfield and has performed many workshops and
demonstrations.
For more information, go online to www.islandgal-
lerywest.com or call IGW at 941-778-6648.


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7:49 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, April 3
7:49 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, April 4
9:30 a.m. Roser Women's Guild hosts Church Women
United for coffee and discussion, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 734-395-
7708.
7:50 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, April 5
10 a.m.-5 p.m. -Arts and crafts festival to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Butterfly Park, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
4 p.m. Family Fun Walk benefiting homeless children
and their families in Manatee County, Coquina Beach, Bradenton
Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1509.
6-9 p.m. Auction for the Walk To End Lupus Now, old
firehouse, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-730-6612.
7:51 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, April 6
10 a.m.-4 p.m. -Arts and crafts festival to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Butterfly Park, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
7:51 p.m. Official sunset time.


Monday, April 7
7 p.m. -Artists' Guild ofAnna Maria Island meeting featuring
Ralph Garafola talking about color theory, the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-6694.
7:52 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, April 8
7:52 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, April 9
Noon Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players lunch and meet-
ing, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information and reservations: 941-779-2181.
7:53 p.m. Official sunset time.

Off-island
Friday, April 4
5:30 p.m. Longboat Key Center for the Arts reception for
the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, 6860 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key. Reservations required. Information: 941-383-2345.
5-10 p.m. De Soto Seafood Festival, downtown Palmetto.
Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.
6-9:30 p.m. Village of the Arts ArtWalk, 12th Street West
and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: chromazoe@gmail.
com.

Saturday, April 5
6:30 a.m. Mote Marine Run for the Turtles 5K race and fun
walk, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. Fee applies.= Information: 941-
388-4441.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. De Soto Seafood Festival, downtown Pal-
metto. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Village of the Arts ArtWalk and the seventh
annual Village Garden Tours, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue


De Soto festival dishing up hip-hop, hush puppies
De Soto Seafood Festivalgoers can expect to enjoy dezmen.
some hip-hop with a side of hush puppies and some Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Con-
country-western music with their Cajun-spiced crab. quistador Historical Foundation, which annually con-
The Hernando de Soto Historical Society opens its tributes thousands of dollars to youth educational ini-
season of celebrating with the annual De Soto Seafood tiatives in Manatee County annually.
Festival, which will take place Friday-Sunday, April General admission will cost $3. Children 12 and
4-6, in downtown Palmetto. under are free.
The festival, now in its 30th year, will host a vari- For more information, call 941-747-1998.
ety of vendors selling local seafood, as well as other
menu items and arts and crafts. Water shuttle offered
Organizers will bring a number of regional bands Riverside Tours at Regatta Pointe Marina, 1005
to festival stages, as well country star Travis Tritt and Riverside Drive, Palmetto, is providing water shuttle
hip-hop artist Vanilla Ice. tours to the De Soto Seafood Festival Friday-Sunday,
Tritt will perform Friday, April 4, on the main April 4-6.
stage. The shuttle $10 for adults and $5 for children
Vanilla Ice aka Robert Van Winkle will perform will board at Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto,
Saturday, April 5, on the main stage. Riviera Dunes Marina Fuel Dock in Palmetto and Riv-
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6:30 p.m. Bradenton Marauders first home game of 2014,
McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Infor-
mation: 941-747-3031.

Sunday, April 6
Noon-6 p.m. De Soto Seafood Festival, downtown Pal-
metto. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.

Wednesday, April 9
9:30 a.m.--Aging in Paradise Resource Center seminar on
estate planning and wills, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6493.

Coming up
*April 11-12, Island CityFest, Holmes Beach.
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.

Save the date
April 14, Passover.
*April 18, Good Friday.
April 19, Sandbar Easter egg hunt, Anna Maria.
April 20, Easter. 50th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at the
Manatee Public Beach.
April 22, Earth 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.


Off Stage Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players may
chuckle and chortle during the group's monthly lun-
cheon at noon Wednesday, April 9.
The meeting and lunch will take place at Manna-
tees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
where they will be entertained by DraMature, a group
affiliated with Manatee Players that performs improve
comedy.
For more information or reservations, call Nancy
Ambrose at 941-779-2181.

Church Women to meet
The Roser Women's Guild will host a meeting
of the Church Women United in the Roser Memorial
Community Church fellowship hall.
The event will begin with coffee at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, April 4, at the hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.
The program will begin at about 10 a.m., with a
talk by Becky Canesse, CEO of Just for Girls.
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Calendar of ongoing events, activities


Through...
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.
April 10-27, "Greater Tuna," Manatee Players, Manatee Per-
forming Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-748-5875.
Through Easter, Lenten Soup Suppers, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
1813.
Through 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, Music in the Park, Bradenton Riverwalk, water-
front, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.
Through May 15, DaVinci Machines Exhibition, the Bradenton
Auditorium, 1005 FirstAve. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
888-674-0107.
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.
First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
778-3209.
First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
3209.
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131.
Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club
meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens club, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Thursday
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street,
Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
Thursday, 1 p.m., Coffee and Conversation for Seniors, Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908.
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 local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
3132.

Saturday
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
Saturday, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton
Farmers' Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., Music on the Porch, Florida Mari-
time Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-
6120.
Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9a.m., Manatee County Junior
Audubon meeting, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.

Sunday
Sunday, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street
Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
0668.

Monday
Monday, 12:30 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15
p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
Monday, 6 p.m., open gym basketball, Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-

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The Anna Maria Island Community Center
hopes to have a sold-out affaire by April 5.
The deadline for reservations for An Island
Affaire Just Another Day in Paradise is Friday,
April 4.
This year's gala will take place Saturday, April
12, with a VIP party at 5 p.m., a Champagne recep-
tion at 6 p.m., and dining and dancing to follow at
the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
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."
Tickets are $175 per person or $250 for the
VIP party
For more information or to secure a ticket, call
the center at 941-778-1908.

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, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m., bingo, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202.
Editor's note: Events are subject to change when there is a
holiday and a change of season.
Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates
to schedules, to calendar@islander.org. Also, if you coordinate
events for your group, please let The Islander know of any changes
to details.


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Holmes Beach charter review members opt for little change


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
"If it's not broken, don't fix it."
Commissioner Judy Titsworth uttered those words
to the charter review committee at a March 26 meeting
during the public comment period, not once, but twice,
regarding proposed major changes.
The votes cast by the Holmes Beach Charter
Review Committee during the meeting offer essen-
tially no changes to the charter.
The committee voted against adding a city man-
ager to the charter, extending term lengths and impos-
ing term limits for elected officials. It voted for adding
language to limit building heights.
All of the issues up for vote were discussed at
length in previous meetings with the exception of
adding the position of city manager.
Committee chair Bob Johnson had moved the topic
to the March 26 agenda for discussion and provided
committee members with his research on the possible
change in government.
Committee members were given a study prepared
by the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engage-


Tingley Memorial Library board chair Helen
Dykstra opened the board's March 27 meeting at
the library with words of remembrance for the late
Paul Roat, secretary for the board.
Roat died Feb. 15. He had served on the Tingley
board and as secretary since 2003.
Others at the meeting also expressed sympathy
for Roat, and Mayor Bill Shearon spoke to the board
regarding his gratitude both for Roat's service to the
library and as a personal friend.
The board voted to appoint board member Carol
Conover to fill Roat's position as board secretary and
appointed Bonner Joy, publisher of The Islander, to


ment of Salisbury State University analyzing the struc-
tural differences in a government with a weak-mayor,
the current type of government and a strong-mayor
government.
"We need to understand what we have here before
we consider changing it. Do we want the citizens
involved, or the council involved?" asked Johnson.
The committee heard more comments March 26
than at any other charter review meeting, including
comments from city staff, commissioners and the
public.
The comments were overwhelmingly in favor of
the status quo.
"I think this city is not huge, it's getting smaller
population-wise. There are 40 employees, five depart-
ments," said Johnson. "I'm not sure you need to throw
another layer in the middle of that. Our department
heads are very qualified."
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer related his
past work experience under both forms of government
betweenjobs in Bradenton, Longboat Key and Holmes
Beach. He was in favor of keeping the weak-mayor
government.


serve on the board.
Other officers and board members are vice chair
Carol Nelson, treasurer Lee Zerkel, Carolyn Ricks,
Judy Allen and Jan Niblett. Eveann Adams serves
as library clerk.
The board approved naming the library meet-
ing room as the Paul M. Roat Meeting Room, and
Joy announced plans for a dedication sponsored by
The Islander as well as an Islander-Roat memorial
scholarship for a college-bound journalism student.
The event also will be a celebration of life.
The board approved the event for July 21 at the
library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.


"We have competent department heads, the com-
mission sets policy and direction, the mayor makes
sure everything is running smoothly," said Commis-
sioner Marvin Grossman.
"It's our setup. It might not be perfect, but I don't
really see a reason to spend the money," he added.
The conversation surrounding a city manager has
surfaced in the city hall chambers before. The late Don
Maloney, a Holmes Beach city commissioner, cam-
paigned for a city manager, without success, and a
commissioned study was dismissed by the cities.
The current discussion on a city manager for
Holmes Beach also has reached its end without suc-
cess. Johnson moved to retain the current structure
and committee member David Cheshire seconded the
motion.
The option for the electorate to decide on the man-
ager form of government was quashed 5-0.
Committee discussion concerning term limits and
lengths for the commissioners and the mayor met with
comments in favor of the status quo.
The committee voted 4-1 in favor of no change,
with committee member Pam Leckie dissenting in both
votes.
The committee did vote 5-0 to add language to the
charter restricting building heights. Johnson presented
a draft section regarding the matter using the language
from the land development code as a default. The draft
wording will be sent to city attorney Patricia Petruff
who did not attend the meeting.
The initial draft of the ballot questions will be
distributed to the commission April 2. The city com-
mission then will craft an ordinance that allows the
approved questions to appear on the November munic-
ipal election ballot. The citizens must vote to approve
any change to the charter.
The charter review committee will meet at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, April 9, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
to review the finalized ballot questions.


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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 2, 2014 U 15-A

ELRA opposes city's motions to dismiss, substitute parties


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Owners of the BeachHouse Restaurant have
opposed a motion to list Bradenton Beach as the defen-
dant in a lawsuit filed against the mayor, saying the
mayor bears all the responsibility of
alleged wrongdoing.
Robert Lincoln, the attorney
1 representing BeachHouse corporate
owner ELRA Inc. and its owner, Ed
Chiles, has opposed a motion from the
.. l.i...'i city to substitute parties and to dismiss
portions of the lawsuit filed in Febru-
ary against Mayor Bill Shearon.
Charles F. Johnson, of Blalock
Walters, representing Shearon on
;behalf of the city, filed a motion to
substitute parties March 3, argu
( h//. ing the real party interest is the city,
not Shearon, and the lawsuit should
reflect that.
However, Lincoln responded that the city isn't
the problem and substituting parties would not make
sense. Lincoln did not return phone calls from The
Islander.
ELRA's lawsuit challenges a pattern of past behav-
ior and statements made by Shearon. It alleges he over-
stepped his authority and has a conflict of interest in
another ongoing lawsuit, Meilner-Martin v. ELRA-
Bradenton Beach, to terminate a development agree-
ment between the city and ELIZA for a parking lot on
the beach.
Johnson alleges the city charter provides for a
weak-mayor system of government and claims that
Shearon has tried to remold the position to reflect his
position.
According to Paul Ferber, part-time city resident
and former political science professor at Rochester
Institute of Tc. i hn< 1< ,._' in New York, the biggest dif-
ference between the two systems is that in a strong-


mayor system, the mayor has the authority to hire and
fire the department heads.
"Only the full commission has the power to do
this in Bradenton Beach and, thus, what we clearly
have here is the weak-mayor system," Ferber said in
an email.
However, the ELRA suit alleges
Shearon was acting as a "strong
I mayor" when he threatened depart-
ment heads if they failed to provide
tj evidence to sway the commission to
Meilner deny the development agreement.
Shearon has denied those allega-
tions.
"I was elected by the people to run the city in the
best way I can," he said. "They seem to have a problem
with how I'm running the city and thoughts about how
I should be running the city, yet, neither one of them
live here. Maybe they should move here and run for
mayor.
If Shearon where part of a strong-mayor govern-
ment, he would have more executive authority over the
city and would not be able to vote on the commission,
according to Ferber.
At the March 20 commission meeting, Vice Mayor
Janie Robertson motioned to reaffirm the mayor as the
administrator of Bradenton Beach as described by the
city charter and employee handbook.
However, her motion died for lack of a second.
Robertson asked if the city would adopt an organiza-
tional chart in the future, and Shearon said that was
his intent.
The lawsuit also alleges that Shearon has a con-
flict of interest in the Meilner-Martin lawsuit, which
originally listed Shearon, fellow planning and zoning
board member Jo Ann Meilner, and Shearon's partner
Tjet Martin as plaintiffs.
Shearon withdrew from the lawsuit after winning
the November municipal election, but ELRA claims
Shearon still has a conflict because his significant


other, Tjet Martin, remains a plaintiff.
Shearon said that while he and Martin are a couple
and run a business together, they are not legally mar-
ried and do not share bank accounts.
"She is funding the lawsuit on her own," Shearon
said. "I pulled out of that lawsuit
S \ before I was sworn in and have not
spent a dime of my money on that
case, therefore, there is no conflict of
interest."
The ELIZA v. mayor lawsuit also
Robertson alleges the mayor violated Florida's
Sunshine Laws through email com-
munications. It also alleges he spoke with Meilner pri-
vately on city business in 2012 when they both served
on the P&Z board.
Meilner denied any N i'n,'ing'. saying their
conversations were not about agenda items, merely a
friendly exchange between colleagues about routine
items.
"They are reaching here," she said. "They must
be desperate if they are lhi,<' ing around these accusa-
tions. Bill and I never discussed city issues outside city
chambers.
Shearon said that while he has no animosity toward
ELRA, there has been a perceived difference of opin-
ion concerning the lawsuit.
"What's really disappointing to me is that they
could have come and talked to me about this disagree-
ment but, unfortunately, there has been a lack of com-
munication on Mr. Chiles' part," Shearon said.
"With all the problems facing the city, (the lawsuit)
is a waste of my time and taxpayer money," he said.

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16-A 0 APRIL 2, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

New laser radar goes on duty with Anna Maria deputies


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Tag, you're it, is the game everyone played as a
kid. Then came laser tag, a modern version.
In Anna Maria, however, the game is now laser
speed tag.
That's because Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies patrolling Anna Maria streets are using new
laser radar guns to track speeders.
The deputies are being trained by Sgt. Paul Davis,
the officer in charge of the Anna Maria station, and


Sgt. Paul Davis, head of the Manatee County %I,. I -
iff's Office Anna Maria substation, displays one of
the three laser radar guns deputies have to identify
speeding motorists in the island's northernmost city.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Deputy Stan Hartley, who both spent a week in train-
ing. They're certified to use the lasers and to teach
others how to use the equipment.
"We' 11 be able to track the speed of an oncoming
vehicle, or a vehicle behind us, whether we're stopped
or moving," Davis said.
"But we're not out there to trap speeders. We want
to educate speeders. Often, when someone is stopped
for speeding it's the only time they'll ever face a law
enforcement officer, and it's a good time for us to edu-
cate motorists on the effects of speeding," Davis said.
The maximum speed limit in Anna Maria is 25
mph, Davis said.
"If you're on Gulf Drive coming toward the city,
going 35 mph only gains you 15 seconds from the city
limit to the Pine Avenue intersection," he said. "It just


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Deputies are monitoring the streets with the new
equipment on day and night patrols.
"It's pretty hard to speed in Anna Maria during
the day," Davis said, but he's had some complaints of
speeding vehicles late at night along Gulf Drive. The
Gulf Drive-Pine Avenue intersection will receive a lot
of attention, he added.
Davis said motorists should be aware the fine for
speeding 10-14 mph over the limit is $206, and $256
for traveling 15-19 mph over the limit.
"And you get points against your license and your
auto insurance can go up," he said. \ ly advice is don't
speed. You're already in paradise."
Davis said his deputies should be trained in use of
the laser gun by March 31.

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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 2, 2014 0 17-A

Florida House considering rental law amendments


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Life is like a glass, many people say.
It's half-full if you favor repeal of property owner's
rights over your local government's right to regulate
rentals. It may be half empty for vacation home prop-
erty owners.
City and county governments in Florida, particu-
-- B larly those N itlh 1,igc numbers of vaca-
tion rentals, may soon have reason to
f toast their glasses over regulation of
the rental industry.
The Florida Senate March 26
passed a bill to repeal a July 1, 2011,
Galvano statute that gave property owners the
right to rent their property for any
length of time. It removed a local government's abil-
ity to further regulate vacation rentals. Only regula-
tions that treated all properties within a zoning district
equally were allowed, whether residential or rental, or
those that existed prior to passage.
The Florida House is now holding its first hearing
on HB307, a companion bill to SB356.
The Senate repeal passed by a 37-2 vote, according
to the Florida Legislature's website.
It included an amendment by state Sen. Bill Gal-
vano, R-Bradenton, prohibiting local governments
from setting a minimum-stay of more than seven
days.
Whitney Deem of Galvano's Tallahassee office said
more review is needed on the bill's amendments.
"The Senate bill is passed. It now is in the House
for its first reading," she said.
HB883 removed a local government's ability to
regulate vacation rentals differently than owner-oc-
cupied residences, Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean
Peelen said.
It also prohibits local governments from passing
ordinances exclusive to the vacation rental industry.
Regulations for the industry in place by the local
government prior to July 1, 2011, were grandfathered
under HB883, which was backed by the Florida Vaca-
tion Rental Managers Association.
Rental restrictions approved by local governments
before July 1,2011, would remain grandfathered under
SB356, according to Galvano's office.
Peelen noted the Holmes Beach pre-existing ordi-
nance limiting rentals on Key Royale to 30 days would
be unaffected if the House passes HB307.
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"We'll just have to wait and see what happens in the and the committee had no objection to HB307.
House." The analysis also stated the bill, as amended in the
The House began its hearings on the bill March Senate, "allows local governments to regulate vaca-
24, the legislative website stated, tion rentals based on their classification, use or occu-
Peelen said HB883 "took away our right as a city pancy."
to regulate a very important industry." Galvano's aide said the House bill could take sev-
A staff analysis by the House Local and Federal eral weeks of discussion and presentation of amend-
Affairs committee said "the regulation does not concern ments before a further vote is held.
the duration or frequency of rental of vacation rentals," The Florida Legislative session ends May 2.


Holmes Beach planners to hold re-zoning hearing


The Holmes Beach Planning Commission will
hold a public hearing 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, to
consider a rezoning issue.
The property in question at 214 54th St. is on the
corner of 54th Street and Holmes Boulevard. It is cur-
rently zoned medium-density residential.
The applicant, Lizzie Lus Island Retreat, LLC
is requesting the lot be re-zoned commercial with a
mixed-use overlay.
The property's existing use is classified in city
planner Bill Brisson's staff report as a single-family
home with a former home-occupation license for a
CPA office in the residence.
Benjamin and Keren ten Haaf are the owners of
Lizzie Lus Island Retreat. Monica Simpson is the agent
filing on behalf of the ten Haafs.
The ten Haafs want to redevelop the existing build-
ing, creating a two-story building of two business
offices on the ground level and two elevated residential
units on the second level.
The city's consulting firm, LaRue Planning and
Management, submitted a staff report March 27 with a
recommendation to the commission. The city planners


wrote in the report that re-zoning is inconsistent with
the comprehensive plan.
The main reasoning behind the recommendation is
the incompatibility with surrounding areas. The prop-
erty sits between a commercial area to the south and
east and residential to the north and west.
The report stated the issue of compatibility is not
only in question because of the proximity to the resi-
dential area, but the classification of mixed-use overlay
allows for more development in the future than what
is presently requested by the applicant.
The applicant plans two resort housing units, but
the requested zoning would allow the property owners
to build four or five resort housing units on the upper
floor if each had only one bedroom.
The report also said it could "have dramatic
impacts upon the surrounding residential properties
to the north and west."
Simpson filed for a continuance, which will be
heard April 2, when another hearing on the issue will
be set.
The planning commission hearing will be held at
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The owner of 214 54th
St., Lizzie Lus Island
Retreat LLC, has
applied to the city of
Holmes Beach to rezone
the property from resi-
dential to mixed-used
commercial. The owner
proposes to redevelop
the single-story home
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18-A 0 APRIL 2, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Bradenton Beach accepting bids for city pier renovation


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Contractors: Sharpen your pencils.
The city of Bradenton Beach is accepting bids
from contractors for renovation of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier.
Contractors have until 2 p.m. Monday, April 21,
to submit sealed bids to city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
where all bids will be opened at a public meeting in
the commission chambers.
At that time, sealed letters will be opened and

Prepare now, learn now
Manatee County Commissioner John R. Chap-
pie, R-Bradenton Beach, representing district 3,
including all of Anna Maria Island, will host a
May 7 hurricane preparedness meeting for island
residents at Holmes Beach city hall.
This event will include presentations about
hurricane readiness for the island communities.
Speakers will include representatives from
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach,
Longboat Key and Manatee County.
It will be held in conjunction with National
County Government Month, according to a press
release. This year's theme promotes county ser-
vices for a ready, resilient community. Importance
is placed on community involvement and aware-
ness.
Hurricane season begins June 1. Officials urge
hurricane preparedness beginning now to ensure
residents have the information necessary to protect
themselves and their families, homes and busi-
nesses.
The event is open to the public and will be
held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Holmes Beach
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
For more information, contact the Holmes
Beach Police Department at 941-708-5804.


the proposed bid amount will be read aloud. Late
proposals or modifications will not be accepted.
A pre-bid meeting was held March 18 at city
hall, where Bradenton Beach building official Steve
Gilbert said a large crowd representing a dozen com-
panies expressed interest in the project.
"We are going to award the bid based on what we
have provided as far as the specifications," Gilbert
said during a pier meeting with city officials that


Contractors nave untii Aprill zito 10 ia on mte recon-
struction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in order
to be prepared for a construction start date in June.
Islander Photo: Merab-Michal Favorite


took place in commission chambers March 19. "Once
we've awarded the bid, if the winning bidder wants to
do some changes and the city is amenable to it, that's
when we will discuss any variations."
The plans call for the new pier to have a light gray
composite decking, waterlines to new fishing stations
and 21 extra support pilings. The entire project will
encompass 9,700 square feet.
The extra pilings will be added to protect the
pier near and around a floating dock. The pilings will
form a protective barrier to prevent damage that has
resulted in the past from boats breaking loose from a
nearby anchorage area in Sarasota Bay.
"We had several people mention that they could
get the same quality decking material for cheaper, but
right now we are concerned with the bid itself, we can
talk about the specs later," Gilbert said.
In addition, city commissioners approved at their
March 20 commission meeting an additional request
for proposals for the electrical portion of the renova-
tion with the same April 21 due date.
According to the RFP, the electrical contractor is
responsible for installing all lighting equipment on
the fishing pier, including poles, pole bases, arms and
fixtures and installing LED lamps and luminaries on
the poles, canopies and pavilions.
If all goes according to plan, the reconstruction
of the pier will begin in June.
The project has been delayed 10 months from the
original completion target date of August 2013.
While the lapse resulted in a $1 million match-
ing-fund partnership with Manatee County, easing the
financial worries of Bradenton Beach, officials have
been on edge to get the project started.
City officials say they will need a week to rate
the bids, but will have recommendation in a matter
of days after the bid opening an following the May
meeting for the commission's final approval.
The next meeting on the pier will be at noon
Wednesday, April 2, at city hall.


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the news at
Stanley's
Perico Island resident
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with family members
Dr. John Latendress
and Jason Latendress,
enjoy The Islander on
a recentfishing trip
to Stanley's Resort in
Northwest Ontario.
Kopittke reports the
catch of lake trout,
vertical, was so-so,
but the walleye, hori-
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From AMI to Colleen's Court in Holyoke
Meghan Kennedy, granddaughter of Billy and Janice Dingman of Bra-
denton Beach, shows off her island ties for Colleen's Court in the Holy-
oke, Mass., St. Patrick's Day parade. The Dingmans carried their favorite
newspaper north for the parade and a family visit.


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go shopping. These stores are handpicked for their
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the Tiki & Kitty adventure in shopping. They have
all things nautical and shabby chic. It's a great way
to add to you beach living.
Everyone loves a deal and do we have deals for
you! The Antique Orphanage is having its first
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on more than 200 antiques and collectibles thru the
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Steff is having a consignment sale, offering 20-50 per-
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Woman arrested for child neglect


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
A Tennessee woman was arrested March 24 after
she allegedly left her two daughters alone in an apart-
ment while she went to the store to buy cigarettes.
Amanda Mathews Fuller, 41, faces two counts of
child neglect after leaving the girls, ages 13 and 8, home
alone for more than an hour, according to the report.
Fuller and the girls were staying in an apartment
in the 100 block of Ninth Street in
Bradenton Beach, but were in the pro-
cess of being evicted because of noise
complaints from neighbors, the report
said.
Bradenton Beach Police officers
Fuller had responded to the address several
times prior to Fuller's arrest because
of grievances about late-night drinking and partying.
On March 24, the property manager went to the
apartment to evict Fuller. Fuller asked her if she could
have a few minutes to gather her things. While the
property manager waited outside, Fuller fled out the


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
A couple was arrested the morning of March 23
after a Holmes Beach Police officer allegedly found
heroin and drug paraphernalia in their car during a
traffic stop.
The driver of the car, Jon Wesley Francis, 33,
faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and
driving with a suspended license (third or subsequent
offense) and the passenger, Dana Lynn Powell, 31, of
Bradenton, faces charges of possession of drug para-
phernalia and heroin.
An officer conducted a traffic stop around 11 a.m.
near 3000 Gulf Drive after Francis allegedly failed to
make a complete stop before turning right at a nearby
intersection. The officer also found the car, which


back door, leaving the girls behind.
The property manager called the police, who
stayed with the girls for more than an hour.
The officer and her daughters made several
attempts to contact Fuller, who did not answer her
phone and apparently had disabled the GPS locator.
The report said the suspect called once to ask if the
girls were OK, but hung up immediately after.
The BBPD officer contacted the girls' father in
Tennessee to take custody of them.
When Fuller returned, she had a carton of cigarettes
and told the officer she had gone to the store. When
asked why she went out the back door, she said it was
because the people at the rental office "scared her."
Fuller was arrested and taken to the Manatee
County jail. The girls were given into the care of the
Florida Department of Children and Families until
their father could pick them up.
Fuller posted a $2,000 bond and was released the
next day. Her arraignment was set for 9 a.m. Friday,
April 4, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.


belonged to Powell, had illegal window tinting.
Inside the vehicle in the center console, the officer
found a mesh sunglass case containing hypodermic
needles, a charred teaspoon and a shoelace. Francis
said the case belonged to him, according to a report.
HBPD reported finding another needle, spoon and
a small hit of heroin, less than a gram, under Powell's
passenger seat.
She allegedly told police the items were hers and
she formerly had a heroin addiction.
The car was impounded and the driver and pas-
senger were taken to Manatee County jail.
Both Francis and Powell posted a $2,000 bond and
were released the same day.
Their arraignment will be held at 9 a.m. April 11
at the Manatee County Judicial Center.


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
March 21, 2014 100 S. Bay Blvd., found prop-
erty. A wallet was found in the city pier parking lot.
The owner received the wallet after contacting the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Bradenton Beach
March 24, 120 Bridge St., Drift Inn, arrest. Bra-
denton Beach Police arrested a 25-year-old man at 2
a.m. after he allegedly became intoxicated and tried to
PLEASE SEE STREETLIFE, PAGE 21-A

Milkshake argument
prompts arrest
By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
An Anna Maria man was arrested March 22 after
he allegedly battered a woman over a milkshake.
Monte Veon, 71, 200 block of Gladiolus Street,
faces a battery charge after he pushed a woman who
tried to prevent him from taking items from the refrig-
erator.
Veon was allegedly in the kitchen of his home
around 11 p.m. when he decided to make himself a
treat before turning in for bed.
According to the report, he placed the ingredients
on the counter and was attempting to reach inside the
refrigerator for milk when the victim tried to stop
him.
Veon allegedly pushed her out of the way to gain
access to the fridge. While Veon drank his milkshake,
she called the sheriff.
He was arrested and taken to the Manatee County
jail. He was released the next day on a $500 bond.
Veon's arraignment will be held at 8:30 a.m., April
24 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Mana-
tee Ave. West, Bradenton.


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STREETLIFE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20-A
start a fight. He was removed by bar personnel and the
door to the bar was locked to keep him from coming
back inside.
March 23, 1800 Coquina Park, vehicle burglary.
BBPD responded to a report that a Samsung Galaxy
phone, money and jewelry had been stolen form a
2004 Ford pickup while the owners were at the beach.
According to the report, the burglar took the phone,
there were no signs of forced entry, and the victim said
they may have left the doors unlocked.
Cortez
March 19, 4519 125th St. W., warrant arrest.
March 21,12112 Cortez Road W., incident inves-
tigation. An intoxicated woman accused a man of steal-
ing her bicycle and hitting her in the arm.

Holmes Beach
March 13, 5905 Marina Drive, Havana Cabana,
theft. Two magnetic advertising decals were stolen
from the sides of a van parked in front of the restau-
rant. The signs were valued at $300.
March 12, 4100 Gulf Drive, arrest. An Anna
Maria man was arrested during a traffic stop by Holmes
Beach Police on an outstanding Pinellas County war-
rant. He was initially pulled over for not wearing his
seat belt. He also was given a traffic citation.
March 9, 6303 Holmes Blvd. battery investiga-
tion. HBPD responded to a report of a fight between
two men. According to the police report, the men,
who were both in their 30s, had been drinking and got
into a verbal argument that became physical around 2
a.m. The officer was unable to determine the primary
aggressor. They refused EMS treatment and neither
pressed charges.
March 9, 4000 Gulf Drive, arrest. A 53-year-
old Palmetto man was arrested and charged with
fraud during a traffic stop after officers found he had
an active Manatee County warrant. He was initially
stopped for making an illegal left turn. He also was
issued a traffic citation.
March 9, 100 White Ave. illegal beverage. Two
19-year-olds were issued a notice to appear in court
after an HBPD officer observed them drinking alcohol,
then burying their cans in the sand. The officer required
the men to clean up about 12 empty cans and dispose
their trash in a receptacle.


Henry 'Jap' Adams
Henry "Jap" Adams, 92, of Bradenton, died March
23.
Mr. Adams served in the U.S. Army with Gen.
George Patton's 3rd Army through North Africa, Italy,
Sicily, Germany and France and at the Battle of the
Bulge.
Following his military career, he returned to
Cortez, where he was born and raised, and became a
commercial fisherman.
Visitation and service were held March 28 at
West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton. Burial
was at Fogartyville Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge
of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made
to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238.
Mr. Adams is survived by wife Pauline; broth-
ers Clyde of Florida and Cleve of California; sister
Mable of Sarasota; son Ernie of Bradenton; grand-
daughters Ronda and husband Chris Bishop of Parrish
and Shelby and husband David Pittman of Fort White,
Fla.; grandson Derrick and wife Jacquelyn of Myakka;
and great-grandchildren Amanda McCain of Ellenton,
Rayna and Christopher Bishop of Parrish, and Sarah,
Savannah, David and Clayton Pittman of Fort White.

James D. Lavaty
James D. Lavaty, of Anna Maria, died March 14.
He was born in 1943 in Port Chester, N.Y., to Barbara
and Joe Lavaty.
g He grew up in Port Chester, Wash.,
and graduated from University of
Puget Sound in Washington in 1965.
In April of 1966, he enlisted in the
y U.S. Army and was commissioned as
a lieutenant. He served in Vietnam as
Lavaty a member of the Green Berets Special
Forces 1968-69 and was awarded a
Bronze Star.
He married Ceni Wheatland of Sanford, Fla., in
1970. He was in management at Jordan Marsh before
taking a position as manager of a Jacobson's specialty
store in 1978 in Longwood, Fla.


Mr. Lavaty moved in 1997 to Anna Maria Island
with his partner Marcia Brewer. He helped open the
first Publix store on the island as a seafood specialist
and spent the remainder of his semi-retirement boat-
ing and fishing. He was an avid sportsman and shared
that love with his children and grandchildren. He was
lovingly referred to by his grandchildren as "Papa
Beach."
He recently went for care to live with daughter
Heather Stelzer and her family in Sanford.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell
Hospice or to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Mr. Lavaty is survived by his son Jeff and wife
Hayley; daughters Holly and husband Rich Garemore,
Heather and husband Tom Stelzer; grandchildren
Lucas, Mason, Max, Elise, Garrett, and Jack; sister
Barbara and husband Gregg Olson; and longtime part-
ner Marcia Brewer.


Elizabeth 'Betty' Ann Moore
Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Moore, nee Brandlen, 84,
of Collinsville, Ill1., and Holmes Beach, died March
20. She was born March 2, 1930, in Collinsville.
Mrs. Moore was a partner with her husband for 30
years in Joe Moore & Associates, appraisers of heavy
road building equipment. She was active in volun-
teer service, including for the East St. Louis Junior
Women's Club, the Brinkerhoff Home, St. Joseph The
Worker Welcome Ministry and, recently with the St.
Bernard Women's Guild.
She was devoted to her family.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on April 12
at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights,
Ill. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph
The Worker, 700 E. Spruce St., Chatham IL 62629 or
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Mrs. Moore is survived by her children, Guy
Brandlen of Lewistown, Ill1., and Julie Brandlen of
Boston, Mass.; granddaughter Shelley and great-
granddaughter Katie, both of Springfield, Ill.; three
nieces; three nephews; and several great-nieces and
great-nephews.


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3:15 p.m. Monday, April 7, School Advisory Council
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7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, volunteer breakfast,
AME cafeteria.
8:45 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 8, Parent Teacher Orga-
nization board meeting, AME conference room.
Friday, April 11, second-grade Great American
Cleanup.
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.
April 22-30, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test-
ing.
5-6 p.m. Monday, April 24, PTO dinner, AME cafeteria.

6-7 p.m. Monday, April 24, first-grade play, AME audito-
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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,
Steamed, Corn, Tropical Coleslaw, Applesauce.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Monday, April 7
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks and Marinara Sauce, Barbecue Pulled
Pork Sandwich, Chef Salad with Egg, Steamed Green Beans,
Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Fresh Florida Ortanique.
Tuesday, April 8
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Burrito.
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Turkey Gravy, Garden Salad with
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Carrots and Grapefruit Wedges.
Wednesday, April 9
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 2, 2014 0 23-A

New Holmes Beach path leads to improved road safety


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
It's the height of season and pedestrian traffic on
island roadways is enough to rival vehicular traffic.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer has
some ideas to reinforce safety for pedestrians on city
roads.
Tokajer informed city commissioners at their
March 11 meeting of new equipment purchases,
including two speed cushions.
Speed cushions are wider and softer than speed
bumps but serve a similar purpose to encourage
drivers to slow down.
Tokajer said he ordered a pair to see how efficient
they are, and if they work as intended.
The pair of speed cushions will go on Key Royale
Drive in the 500 block near Mayor Carmel Monti's
house.
"We don't think they' 11 make noise, but the mayor
was willing to have his area be the testing spot," Toka-
jer said.
In line with concerns about speeding, Tokajer has
purchased solar-powered signs to indicate speeds to
motorists.
And, in an effort to make motorists more aware of
pedestrians, Tokajer plans to post crosswalk signs in
the center of existing crosswalks. He said people don't
always notice the signs at the side of the road.
The new signs will go in the middle of the road in
crosswalks in the 5600 block of Marina Drive, Gulf
Drive at Holmes Boulevard, Gulf Drive in the 4700
block near Anna Maria Elementary and on Marina Drive
near the city skate park.
Funds for the safety equipment are from the public
works budget for signs and road maintenance.
In other business, commissioners approved last
year's financial report and pushed ordinances along.
An auditor from Christopher, Smith, Leonard,
Bristow and Stanell P. A., presented last year's finan-
cial audit.
The firm did not report significant findings or
transactions needing corrections. The commission
approved the audited financial statement, with some
comments from Commissioner David Zaccagnino.
"Auditors take the numbers that we give them,"
said Zaccagnino. "Over-budgeting doesn't necessarily
mean we're doing well."

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The veteran commissioner suggested the original
budget was underinflated, giving the impression the
city fell short of the budget because estimates were
too high.
"Something's N in% that's my concern. Either
we're padding the budget or we're overspending," he
said.
Mayor Carmel Monti responded, citing the only
area the spending was below the budgeted amount was
the building and public works department.
"It's a perception issue," Monti said. "Taxes went
up because property values went up."
Treasurer Lori Hill said the building and public
works department came in under-budget because of
unfinished projects on Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal
year.
"It's more of a timing issue. If a seawall needed
to be fixed, and the work hasn't been completed by
Sept. 30, it's still broken," Hill said. "There are some
projects in public works that didn't get done, so we
didn't get to spend."
Commissioners also breezed through reviews of
three proposed ordinances, enacting two of them.
A sea turtle lighting ordinance had its final reading,
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Commissioner Pat Morton moved to approve the
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"manufactured home."
The ordinance was motioned to approval by Com-
missioner Jean Peelen, and seconded by Grossman.
The ordinance also passed 5-0.
The commission held a first reading of a technical
amendment to the land development code to eliminate
redundancies in the ordinance's definitions.
The city's adoption of the Florida-model Florida
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Decades ago, city field in Holmes Beach was the site of a grass airstrip that
served small single-engine planes.
These days, there's no flying into city field in Holmes Beach. But April 11-12,
there will be some flying over city field, 5801 Marina Drive.
The Flying Wallendas, recently featured at the Orange Blossom Festival at
Mixon Fruit Farm in Bradenton, will perform at Island CityFest at 6 p.m. Friday,
April 11, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12.
CityFest is a two-day celebration of the island lifestyle presented by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The Islander and many
other businesses. BrightHouse Networks and the city of Holmes Beach are helping
sponsor the Wallendas' performances.
It will mark the first-ever performance by the Wallendas on Anna Maria
Island.
Festival hours will be 5-10 p.m. April 11, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 12.
In addition to the high-wire act, the festival will feature musicians, a food
court, arts and crafts show and a classic car show.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-778-1541.


Shhh! Shorebirds are nesting on island beaches


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Camouflaged in the subtle grooves of sand and
shell may be shorebird nests.
The birds and their nests can be found on Florida
beaches in the spring and summer months. The nests
often are small scratches in the sand, and they can be
easily missed.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission released a statement March 24 reminding
beachgoers to be on the lookout and avoid disturb-
ing bird nurseries on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of
Florida.
"We got a call this morning from one of our beach
walkers, Jane Cumings," said Suzi Fox, director of the
Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Jlni,',int,..
in an email March 17.
"Jane almost stumbled across our first snowy
plover nest of the season. Our little mama is sitting
snug on three little eggs just south of Seagrape Lane
in Anna Maria. We loaded up stakes, signs and twine
and got her new digs all roped off."
Snowy plovers are the first shorebirds to nest in the
spring, beginning in February and March, according
to Fox.
Among the state's protected, beach-nesting shore-
birds are the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer,
American oystercatcher and Wilson's plover.
"By taking a few simple steps, people can enjoy
the beach without disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds
and their chicks, which increases the birds' chances of
survival," said Nancy Douglass, shorebird conserva-
tionist at the FWC.
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2-B 0 APRIL 2, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

MLB: Local teams have eyes on World Series


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
With opening day for the 2014 Major League
Baseball season upon us, it got me thinking about
Lou Fiorentino, a long-time Anna Maria Island Little
League coach and baseball afficiando. He died in Feb-
ruary 1998 at the young age of 54.
Fiorentino was passionate about his Boston Red
Sox team and baseball in general, and often proclaimed
in November that "there's only 124 days until opening
day."
He rarely missed a game, MLB or LL.
Ah. Opening day.
That's the day that hope springs eternal, particular
for our two local spring-training teams, the Tampa Bay
Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Rays obviously
play in their regular season in St. Petersburg, while the
Pirates have called Bradenton their spring home since
1968.
Improbable two seasons ago, there is a good
chance these two teams with local ties could meet in
the World Series in October.
On website lists both the Pirates and Rays with 25-1
odds of winning the World Series with win totals of 88.5
for the Rays and 85.5 for the Pirates.
Pittsburgh, which lost the 2013 National League
division series in five games to the St. Louis Cardi-
nals, is returning most of its team from last year's sur-
prise run, including National League MVP Andrew
McCutchen, ltI ii.,' third baseman Pedro Alvarez and
potential ace pitcher Gerrit Cole. He made two starts as
a rookie against the Cards in the NL division series.
The Pirates are legitimate contenders to win the
NL Central Division title along with the Cardinals and
the Cincinnati Reds.
The Tampa Bay Rays also are contenders, but
they're in the American League East, arguably the
toughest division in baseball. They'll be battling the
defending World Series champs, Boston Red Sox,
who defeated the Rays in the 2013 American League
championship series along with the New York Yan-
kees, Baltimore Orioles and last year's favorite, the
Toronto Blue Jays, for a chance at post-season glory.
The Rays are primed by keeping the team intact.
They return a gold-glove calibur infielder, third-base-
man Evan Longoria, shortstop Yunel Escobar, second-
baseman Ben Zobrist and first-baseman James Loney.
In the outfield, they have 2013 rookie-of-the- year
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position by trading for Ryan Hannigan.
The main reason for any success that the Rays
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pitcher David Price would be traded, but he returns to
lead a rotation which is among the best in baseball. He
will be followed on the mound by Alex Cobb, Matt
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pitcher Jake Odorizzi, who takes the place of the
injured Jeremy Hellickson.
The bullpen has undergone a makeover that
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Carlos Oviedo and Grant Balfour to an already talented
group that includes Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, Cesar
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The season is a long grind and good health and a
little bit of luck will certainly be needed for either of
our teams to make a World Series run, but the possibil-
ity is there.
See you at the ballpark.

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play during March
29 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The team of Bob Lee and Dom Livedoti earned a tight
22-17 victory over the team of John Crawford and Bill
Wright to earn bi,_ _iii rights for the day.
March26 action saw eight teams earn 2-1 b h'__i i_'
rights, resulting in an eight-way tie for first place.
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Last week to sign up for AMICC spring sports
The center is holding open registration for the
spring lineup of adult and youth sports programs.
Adults can play soccer, kickball and basketball,
and youths will be playing baseball and basketball.
Registration for adults is $75 for center members
and includes a jersey; non-members pay $110. Reg
istration for youths is $75 for center members and
includes a jersey. Non-members pay $105.
The center's annual membership fees include use
of the fitness center, and membership secures value
program pricing for a year.
Captains, coaches and sponsors also are needed.
Adult soccer tryout: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3.
Teams will be chosen immediately after. Games will
be played Thursday evenings at the center. The tryout
date for adult kickball is April 8, at 7:30 p.m.; teams
will be chosen immediately afterwards. Games will be
played Wednesday evenings at the center.
Adult basketball tryout: 7:30 p.m. April 9. Games
will be played Tuesday evenings.
Youth baseball tryout: 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, for
5-7 year olds; 7 p.m. for 8-11 year olds. Team selection
will follow. Games will be played Mondays, Fridays
and Saturdays.
Youth basketball tryouts: Monday, April 7. 5-7
year olds at 6 p.m.; 8-10 year olds at 6:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.
for 14-17 year olds. On Tuesday April 8, 11-13 year
olds try out at 6 p.m. Team selection will follow try-
outs. Games will be played Monday thru Saturday.
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March fishing in like a lion, out like a lamb


By Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Springtime fishing for March remains consistent,
although the weather is anything but consistent.
We've seen temperatures in the 80s and tempera-
tures in the 40s in the span of a week. The same applies
for the wind and rain. Short spans of calm, warm days
have been interrupted by cold, rain and wind. It just
goes to show that you never know what the month of
March will have in store.
Snook fishing around Anna Maria and its surround-
ing waters is getting better as the spring advances.
An abundance of keeper-size fish are being seen and
caught a welcome sight in these parts after a bad
freeze a few years ago. What's even better, I'm hear-
ing a lot of reports of fishers still practicing catch-
and-release for the most popular of local backwater
species.
Another fish coming to the hook is the spotted
seatrout. Good numbers of these fish are inhabiting our
local waters. A lot of slot-size fish are being reported,
as well as plenty of over-slot fish, which is really
encouraging for those in search of a trophy fish. Fish
exceeding 30 inches are being caught out there, so if
you like big trout, start hunting.
Jim Malfese at the Rod and Reel Pier says sheep-
shead are still a mainstay for fishers using live shrimp
as bait. Malfese believes these lingering fish are past
spawning stage, primarily because most being caught
are ranging 10-14 inches.
If you've fished sheepshead late in their season,
this is the typical scenario. The larger females have
already moved on to bigger and better things. As for
the males, they still put up a good fight and are just
as good on the dinner table. To catch these fish, live
shrimp will do the trick, but if you find them being
finicky, try fiddler crabs or sand fleas.
Flounder and black drum are being caught with
some regularity at the R&R. Fishers using live shrimp
while targeting sheepshead are catching both drum and
flounder as a bycatch. Both species are taking up resi-
dence under the pier deck and around the pilings.
Finally, Spanish mackerel are making a showing
for yet another week. Most catches are occurring on
small jigs or Gotcha plugs. You can expect to encoun-
ter macks 18-20 inches.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore when the
weather permits. In water depths of 30-40 feet, Girle
is anchoring over small ledges and reefs, casting to a
variety of fish. Live shrimp or fresh-cut shiners com-
bined with a light leader and small circle hook are
producing a bite.
To start, Girle is free-lining these baits behind
the boat. As they slowly descend toward the bottom,
hungry mangrove snapper are aggressively taking the
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put limits of these tasty fish in the cooler. Along with
mangoes, Girle is reeling up keeper-size hogfish, the
largest being 20 inches.
Also while free-lining shrimp or cut bait, Girle is
finding king mackerel in the mix. Fish 15-20 pounds
are being hooked as a bycatch to snapper. At times, the
macks are so voracious that Girle is having trouble get-
ting baits down to the target species on the bottom.
Red grouper are hooking up in the same areas as
the snapper and kings. By adding a couple of ounces of
lead to his rig and placing baits directly on the bottom,
Girle is finding keeper-size red grouper. Typically,
catching keeper-size red grouper in depths of 35-40
feet of water can be a challenge, but Girle is making
it seem easy.
Moving inshore, Girle's boat is becoming host to
a number of sought-after inshore species. Trout are
readily responding to soft plastics combined with
a 1/4-ounce jig head. Live shrimp under a cork are
another top producer for trout this past week. Expect
to encounter slot-size fish 15-20 inches with a
few larger ones mixed in.
Redfish are adding to the experience on Girle's
charters. Fresh ladyfish cut in chunks and fished in
potholes is resulting in slot-size and over-slot fish.
Finally, winter's migratory fish, such as pompano,
ladyfish, jacks and bluefish, are still being caught on
small shrimp-tipped jigs. Pink is the color of choice
when selecting a jig.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is
back into a springtime pattern, targeting snook, redfish
and trout on the flats of both Tampa and Sarasota bays.
To targets these species, Gross is using free-lined live


shiners. When free-lining baits, Gross likes to rig with
a 4 foot-stretch of 20-pound fluorocarbon combined
with a live bait hook.
For the snook, Gross is fishing shallow flats with
sandy potholes along the edges of mangrove shore-
lines. These characteristics combined with a good
moving tide are resulting in slot-size and over-slot
snook. You can expect to catch an abundance of fish
20-22 inches. And linesiders exceeding 36 inches are
not uncommon.
Redfish are being caught in areas very similar to
the snook. Lush grass flats littered with sandy potholes
are producing a redfish bite. The key ingredient once
again is good tidal flow, with the best response coming
during the peak currents of the tides.
Finally, spotted seatrout are beginning to show in
numbers. Gross is finding slot-size fish on deeper flats in
both Sarasota and Tampa bays. Free-lining baits through
sandy potholes is resulting in fish up to 29 inches.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says spring-
time fishing is in full force around Anna Maria Island.
Both inshore and offshore fishers are reporting a good
bite. For baits, the array of live, dead and artificial are
producing catches depending on location.
Starting offshore, Keyes is hearing of good action
on grouper. Keeper-sizes of both red and gag grouper
are being reported starting at water depths of around
40-50 feet. Ledges, reefs and wrecks are top spots to
search for these tasty fish. Offerings of live shiners or
pinfish are resulting in keeper-size fish. Dead baits,
such as frozen threadfin herring or squid, also are pro-
ducing a bite. Keyes reminds us that gags are still out
of season, but you can put four red grouper per person
in the box.
Also offshore and even nearshore, Keyes is hear-
ing of catches of mangrove snapper, Key West grunts
and hogfish. This trio is being caught on live shrimp
while anchored over structure or ledges.
Moving inshore, fishers using live shiners for bait
are reporting catches of snook, redfish and trout. Keep-
er-sizes of all three species are being caught regularly.
Presenting baits either free-lined or under a popping
cork is producing the bite.
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A voice for net fishers calls out from Cortez


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
A new tide has rolled into the docks in Cortez.
As the recent ruling regarding the 1995 statewide
net ban remains in Florida 1st District Court of Appeal,
fishers congregate in Cortez.
"I woke up at 3 a.m. one morning. It was on my
heart to do something," said Mark Coarsey, a fourth-
generation fisher from Cortez.
Coarsey began to talk to people in the area about
organizing a group of commercial fishers. He knew
the fishers needed to organize, to have a voice in the
rule-making and litigation that shapes the present and
future of the commercial fishing industry.
Coarsey pulled enough people together to begin
talking about the issues fishers face, in particular the
state net ban put in place in 1995. The ban rocked the
commercial fishing industry in Cortez and other com-
munities in Florida.
"I talked to people at the Organized Fishers of
Florida and the vice president at Fishing for Freedom.
It was either join one of those groups, or start our
own," said Coarsey, who works full-time for Manatee
County.
The Cortez fishers took a vote and decided to
join Fishing for Freedom. They created a Manatee
chapter in November 2013. In the five months since
the group's inception, Coarsey has enlisted 59 mem-
bers.
"We couldn't just call it the Cortez chapter, because
we have people from all over Manatee County inter-
ested in joining," he said.
Fishing for Freedom began in 1997 as an online
community for the Wakulla Commercial Fisherman
Association.
According to FFF vice president David Grix, the
community has evolved into a statewide organization
of more than 2,500 members. Grix is in the process of
separating the group and filing for nonprofit status.
"The OFF does good work, but it wasn't the right
fit for us. They don't talk about the net ban. That's our
primary battle right now," Coarsey said.
FFF's connection to the WCFA brings the organi-
zation as close to the net ban litigation as it gets. The
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2007, challenging the constitutionality of the law.
In late October 2013, a circuit court judge in Tal-
lahassee lifted the ban. Slightly more than two weeks
later, the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee
granted the FWC's petition to maintain the net ban.
That same month the Cortez fishers began to meet,
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In January, Coarsey was elected president of the
local group, although he said he never intended to lead,
just to organize. The Manatee chapter's vice president
is Marty Lee and Alice Lovett is secretary and trea-
surer.
The group includes business owners and environ-
mentalists. The composition of the Manatee Chapter
mimics that of the parent group.
Grix, who works for the Florida Department of
Agriculture, said the FFF is composed of fishers, envi-
ronmentalists and those interested in "constitutional
due process for the fishers."
Interest in the Manatee chapter spread quickly
following the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in
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Attending their first function as a group, FFF had
a booth at the fest which they shared with the Depart-
ment of Agriculture's Fresh From Florida program.
FFF Manatee sold fried mullet sandwiches, FFF
T-shirts and conducted net demonstrations.
"I'm so proud of our younger members for coming
out and working so hard," said Coarsey. "The support
of our young fishers is important because this is their
fight. They're the ones we're doing it for."
At the fest they made $2,000 and registered 10
members.
"I was nervous because we had all this food," he
said. "But we had to go get more."
FFF Manatee held its second event March 22 at
Palmetto High School in Palmetto. FFF members again
raised money and talked to community members about
their cause.
Coarsey said 75 percent of the money raised by
FFF Manatee goes to the main organization's legal
fund. The rest goes to Manatee's operations and legal
fund.
Coarsey also has reached out to fishers beyond
Manatee County.
"I got in my boat and rode around. I would pull up
next to fishers and tell them who I am and what I'm
doing. I'd ask, who are your main fishers? Who are
your fish dealers? And I would go there."
In addition to soliciting interest from fishers who
want to join his group, Coarsey spoke to two groups
north, and one group south of Cortez interested in start-
ing chapters.
"Doors just keep opening for us," he said.
FFF Manatee chapter meets 4-6 p.m. the first
Sunday of the month at Fisherman's Hall, 4515 124rd
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On the water: The Hatcher family
The powerhouse sibling fishing duo of 7-year-old Sam Hatcher and
brother Nathaniel, 5, had an exciting day on the water recently.
Under the expert tutelage of Native Fishing charters Capt. Noel Shaw, the
boys, along with their dad and granddad, hooked into an abundance of fish
- snook, sea trout, blue runner, jacks, mackerel and a very large stingray.
Shaw took the family to locations that he has fished since he was a boy.
The highlight of the trip came shortly after Nathaniel reached into the
bait tank and pulled out a massive shiner.
It was obviously too large to use for bait, but Nathaniel insisted that he be
allowed to use it on his hook.
After Shaw offered a few good-natured and well-reasoned suggestions
that the shiner might be too big and Nathaniel would have a higher likelihood
of catching a fish with a smaller one, Shaw put the shiner on the hook.
Nathaniel casted into the glassy smooth water over the sandbar where the
team had been catching snook after snook.
Moments later, the 5-year-old boy let out a "whoop" that was probably
heard in Miami.
It was game on!
Sam's spirited shouts to keep the rod tip up combined with a feverish
flurry of reeling in lines and grasping for the net. Shaw was as excited as the
rest of crew.
After a fierce and protracted confrontation between 5-year-old and fish,
the outcome was decided, as was the menu for dinner: a 28-inch snook was
laid to rest in the bed of ice in the cooler.
For a grandfather, father and sons, this day with the peaceful beauty
of the sun, the warm breeze on the water, the excitement of our constantly
bending rods, and Shaw's kind and easygoing way with the boys this won't
be a day any of us will soon forget.
Editor's note: Submitted to The Islander by father Ben Hatcher. ..i..
your fishing story at news@islander.org.


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Island Biz


By Rick Catlin


Island chamber plans
networking in April
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its April networking luncheon 11:45 a.m.-1
p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200
First Ave. W., Bradenton.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
required.
The chamber's monthly sunrise breakfast for April
is 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Freedom Vil-
lage, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
Breakfast is $8 and reservations are required for
the networking events.
Members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce also are invited to the grand reopening of
the Island Time Inn, 105 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach,
at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.
The chamber will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony
and introduce the new owners.
Island Time will host a celebration with compli-
mentary food and beverages.
To make a reservation for lunch or breakfast or for
more information, call 941-778-1541.

Historic Green Village
documentary to preview
A preview of a WEDU-PBS documentary televi-
sion program about the environmental aspects of con-
struction and development of the Anna Maria Historic
Green Village on Pine Avenue will be held at 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, at village restaurant, Relish Cafe,
505 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The documentary shows how the village was built
using environmentally friendly processes including
incorporating recycled water, using solar c ii-.Y for
electricity and installation of a charging station for
electric vehicles.
In addition, the preservation of three older Anna
Maria homes that are now part of the commercial oper-
ation at the village will be explored in the program, a
press release from village management said.
The preview party is in advance of WEDU PBS
showing the documentary nationwide on Earth Day,
which is Tuesday, April 22.
Seating space is limited, and guests should arrive
early, the release said.

Business news
Submit your "who, what, where, when and why"
for consideration in The Islander to news@ islander.
org. Hi-res photos welcome.


Island real estate

transactions
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
110 46th St., Unit A, 46th Street Coastal Cottages,
Holmes Beach, a 1,966 sfla / 2,365 sfur 4b.- d 4biih Icar
land condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 03/07/14,
Hoshizaki to Riki Tiki LLC for $1,099,000; list
$1,172,000.
508 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach, a 1,845 sfla 3bed/2bath canal
front pool home built in 1963 on a
U' 96x101 lot was sold 03/06/14, Korhn
to Royale Drive LLC for $600,000;
list $650,000.
Brisson 1007 Gulf Drive N., Unit 213,
Summer Sands, Bradenton Beach, a
1,259 sfla / 1,349 sfur 2bed/22bath condo with shared
pool built in 1982 was sold 03/10/14, Germano to
Zelna for $350,000.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 219, Club Bamboo, Bra-
denton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur I bed/I bath condo
with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 03/12/14,
International Beach Properties LLC to Stellas for
$183,500.
2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 200, Sandpiper Resort
Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 656 sfla / 768 sfur


Silver Surf
makeover finished
Manager Diane Evans is ready to
welcome guests of the recently reno-
Svated Silver Surf Gulf Resort, 1301
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Owner Barbara Rodocker said she
remodeled the resort inside and out.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin










SteamDesigns mixes
business, art
SteamDesigns.com, a graphic design,
marketing business and large-format
print shop, owners Frank Williams, left,
and wife Melissa, take a moment from
networking to pose with artist Jason
Henthorne March 21 during the monthly
business mixer for the Anna Maria Island
C /i. ..0l i of Commerce at their shop
and gallery. Henthornes large-format,
black-and-white photography, including
the 7-mile bridge behind them, is printed
and displayed by SteamDesign. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


lbed/l bath mobile home with share was sold 03/10/14,
Spackman to McCubbin for $90,000.
311 Iris St., Anna Maria, a 2,233 sfla / 3,519 sfur
3bed/2bath/4car canalfront pool home built in 1997 on
a 105x75 lot was sold 03/03/14, Schaefer to Haldeman
for $1,060,000; list $1,149,999.
216 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,363 sfla / 3,277
sfur 4bed/2bath/4car home built in 2001 on a 70x100
lot was sold 03/04/14, Gutchess to McMillen for
$910,000; list $969,000.
513 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,452 sfla / 4,727
sfur 5bed/312bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1989 on a 95x117 lot was sold 02/28/14, Van Leeuwen
to Welch Properties LLP for $779,000; list $825,000.
147 50th St., Unit B, Coastal Cottages II, Holmes
Beach, a 2,400 sfla / 2,701 sfur 4bed/32bath/2car land
condo with pool built in 2008 was sold 03/03/14, Hal-
laday to Jones for $755,000; list $795,000.
604 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, 2,079 sfla /
2,870 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in
1971 on a 92x116 lot was sold 03/04/14, Byrne to
DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. for $595,000.
317 Pine Ave., Unit R, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria,
a 2,000 sfla / 2,880 sfur 3bed/2bath condo was sold
03/05/14, Pine Avenue Restoration LLC to Quillin for
$550,000.
2801 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,404 sfla
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swivel, counter-height bar stools. $40 each.
719-459-6442.

COMPUTER: DELL Vista Dual core, refur-
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WHITE VANITY SINK, round, $12, exer-
cise step, $10, entertainment center, glass
bottom doors, $85. 941-778-1264.


Individuals may place one free ad with up
to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15
words or less. FREE, one week, must be
submitted online. Email classifieds@islander.
org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited
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/ 3,141 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1994
on a 50x100 lot was sold 02/28/14, $530,000; list
$590,000.
4003 Fifth Ave., Unit 2, Fourth Avenue, Holmes
Beach, a 2,200 sfla / 2,840 sfla 3bed/3bath/2car land
condo with pool built in 2003 on a 50x 100 lot was sold
02/28/14, Hood to Island Dream Vacation Homes LLC
for $490,000; list $485,000.
2208 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 2,422 sfla
/ 2,700 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1958 on a
50x105 lot was sold 03/04/14, Frankelli to Geissler
for $475,000.
401 28th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,188 sfla / 1,656
sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1965 on a
80x120 lot was sold 02/28/14, Bradley to Stein for
$420,000; list $449,000.
6820 Gulf Drive, Unit 6820, West Winds, Holmes
Beach, a 1,281 sfla / 1,457 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold 02/28/14, Tosun to
Hunton for $380,000; list $390,000.
110 12th St., S., Unit 111, Gulf to Bay Moorings,
Bradenton Beach, a 896 sfla / 1,046 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1982 was sold 03/03/14, Ulch to Mil-
stead for $365,000.
109 Mangrove Ave., Unit 109, Anna Maria Beach
Cottages, a 880 sfla 2bed/lIbath condo built in 1947
was sold 03/03/14, Artemis Holdings IV LLC to Turk
for $364,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

For professional real
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call an island native,
Marianne Norman-Ellis
at Mike Norman Realty,
778-6696.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More ads = more readers in The Islander.

I NEED LISTINGS!
And I'll give you 100
percent effort.
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941-773-6572
jhmak@gmail.com
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Norman
Realty INC 3101 GULF DR, HOLMES BEACH


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ESTATE & DEMOLITION SALE: 8:45 a.m.-2
p.m. Friday, April 4, 8:45 a.m.-noon Satur-
day, April 5. 629 Dundee Lane, Key Royale,
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island. Nice
Florida-style contents. Sofa bed and love
seat, king, queen and trundle bed sets (no
bedding), dinette and dining sets, leather
sofa, china cabinet, pool furniture, coffee
and end tables, pairs of lamps, pictures,
white Kenmore stove, side-by-side refriger-
ator, washer, dryer, microwave oven, water
heater, blinds, curtains, fans, bath fixtures
and cabinets, kitchen and garage cabinets,
interior doors, china and glass, linens, kitch-
enware. Exterior items, like windows, garage
door, exterior doors can only be removed at
time of demolition. Sale by Julie McClure.
Pix: estatesales.net.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-
2p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday. Donations during shop hours, but
preferred 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday. 511
Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, April 4-5. Clothes, household
items, miscellaneous. 806 Gladiolus St.,
Anna Maria.

Ready to go "sale-ing?" TURN THE PAGE
for more garage sale ads...


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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
-Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
^ BIr I Replacement Doors and Windows
Andrew Chennault
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JRDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
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941-730-5045
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AMI TAXI
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


HANDYMAN "
Jim Basiley, LLC
Engineer turned Handyman -
free estimates -- no service charge -- no job too small
Electrical (lights, ceiling fans, receptacles), Carpentry, Power Wash
Call Jim at 941-448-7806 or email: jimbasiley@gmail.com


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

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April
5. Outdoor furniture, dishes, household
miscellaneous. 116 White Ave., Holmes
Beach.


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


HARLEY DAVIDSON 35th Anniversary Dyna
Superglide. New, only 1,080 miles. Garage-
kept. Call for more information, Debi Visel,
941-545-3342. Located on Island! $9,900,
firm.


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

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boat-
florida.weebly.com.
1999 REGAL COMMODORE 242: Great con-
dition, low hours on Island. Call for details,
Jennifer, 404-218-3179.

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.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter avail-
able. CPR and first aid-certified, early child-
hood development major. Emily, 941-567-
9276.

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified
babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel,
941-545-7995.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for
work. Ads must be placed in person at The
Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.


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

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

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
fessional, friendly cleaning service since
1999.941-779-6638. Leave message.

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free
estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native
islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experi-
ence. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying
assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-
2535.

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

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

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

JOHN "THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle & Scooter
Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices.
918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.
TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up net-
working, wired, wireless, audio, video sur-
veillance cameras. Palmfish Communication,
941-896-0798.
PHOTOGRAPHER FOR WEDDINGS, beach,
modeling, etc. 941-730-1745 or visit The
Hive, 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on
your list, from kitchen and bath cleaning to
dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-
539-6891.
ISLAND COASTAL CLEANING: Residen-
tial, business, rental properties. For "divine"
results, call John and Nan, 248-802-7802.


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PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer
available for consulting, draft editing, final
proofing and copywriting, as well as social
media management for your group or busi-
ness. Email Lisa Neff at lmneff@me.com.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty.
941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. Commercial and residential
service, repair and/or replacement. Serving
Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-
8301. MA#001 7550.MA#0017550.


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


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

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

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

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and installation. Tropical landscape special-
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experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.



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

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


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

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

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

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


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
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or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-
0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalproper-
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March and April. 941-778-0116.

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DUPLEX TO SHARE: $500/month includes
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2700.
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weekly. Call to look, Realtor, 941-356-1456.
Real Estate Mart.
ISLAND CONDO AVAILABLE Now through
2015, weekly, monthly. One block to beach,
big pool. 941-778-1915.
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parking. $269,000


ANNA MARIA COTTAGE Adorable, vintage cottage
located west of Gulf Drive for easy beach access. 3BR/2BA,
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furnished. $475,000.


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side is a 2BR/1.5BT townhouse. Two garages, four porches.
$985,000.


WEST COAST SURF SHOP
CELEBRATING 50 SUCCESSFUL YEARS
Business and real estate. Next to the public beach. One of
the largest and oldest surf shops on the west coast of Florida.
Three apartments upstairs, only 100 ft to the beach.

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FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Con-
quistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W.,
Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.
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.

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

FREE! WHAT EVERY Real estate buyer or seller
needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.
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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.
NEW LISTING: 7420 20th Ave., NW Bradenton.
3BR/2BA pool home, tile floor, new kitchen, mint
condition, private backyard. $349,900. Sharon
Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-
5054.

IMPERIAL HOUSE: BRADENTON Beach. 55-plus
condo for sale. 2BR/1 BA exquisite granite, stain-
less-steel kitchen. Gorgeous bath. Ground floor,
enjoy owning bay and Gulf property with pool,
clubhouse, turnkey. $186,000. 941-779-0248.
FREE! WHAT EVERY Real estate buyer or seller
needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.
com. 941-400-8735.
TRAILER FOR SALE: 1 BR/1BA, parking, boat
slips available, carport. Pines Park, 55-plus.
$49,500. 248-930-1118.
PLACIDA near BOCA GRANDE: Want old Florida
with less traffic? Gulf access, waterfront, vacant
building lot. Utilities onsite, dock, seawall!
Nearby Publix, marinas, beaches. $209,000.
Owner finance considered. 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.
NEW LISTING: CANALFRONT. Home on extra
large lot, 100xl 17- foot. $574,900. 526 72nd St.,
Holmes Beach. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater
Real Estate, 941-330-5054.
BUYING OR SELLING? NEED HELP? Call
Fred Flis, Realtor, for fast, professional service.
30-years experience. 941-356-1456.
1950S COTTAGE: pine accents, view of AMI
Bridge. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO.
941-730-2606 (leave message).


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18 Gambling mecca news
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80 Plagues
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brand 82 Combined with
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106 Development of
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119 D.C. mover and
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5 View that may cost
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7 Ins
8 Near future
9 Hardly enough
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11 It may be delayed
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13 Update, say
14 Garden State
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24 Ones without a leg
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25 Part of a moving
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wear
30 Nosedives
31 Utmost: Abbr.
32 Farm mother
33 "My word!"
34 Stag, maybe
35 "The fish that got
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37 Hurried
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47 Five-time Super
Bowl champions,
informally
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54 Sharp pains
55 Travel agency
listings
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58 Starts of news
articles
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seeds
62 Tight
67 What an electric
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flow through
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97 "Tell me about it!"
98 One of two parts of
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101 D.C. mover
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