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Grassy
Point at

crossroad.

Page 8


Island

Players'
Winner.'

Page 12


Alvarez

recounts
Vietnam.

Page 18


Weekly
by FPA
AMI Chamber of
Commerce 2012 Medium
Business of the Year


lews on Anna Maria Island Since


Girl's sea turtle project becomes big find


come trippers. Page 6


2'1i -I ii. h ivarms
up. Page 2

BB public works direc-
tor ordered photos of
records. Page 3
Meetings
The government calen-
dar. Page 4


The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6
TJ _Islander
Pu 7easa agu
Page 7


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
An inquisitive fourth-grader hit the
beach for a hands-on school project, not
knowing how vital her role would be just
an hour later.
Jessica So from Mississauga, Canada,
had contacted executive director Suzi Fox of
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shore-
bird Monitoring about a school project. She
had only one homework assignment while
her family stayed in their vacation home in
Bradenton Beach: How kids can help sea
turtles.
A friend to the So family and neighbor,
Fox gladly invited 9-year-old Jesse on her
May 13 morning beach survey. While on the
survey, Fox noticed an unmarked nest.
"I was just going to come back for it but
realized there was a pickle," Fox said. The
nest needed to be relocated. "So we started
grabbing stakes."
The nest was too close to the water line
and, according to Fox, could have been
washed out by the next high tide. To relocate
the nest, the eggs must be counted when they
are dug up and reported to the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
As the relocation began, 30-40 people
gathered around Jesse and Fox.
"You could have heard a pin drop except
for Jesse's voice, '21, 22, 23,'" said Fox.


A -AVV
Jessica So, 9, between Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and '. .. I.I JMonitoring volun
teers Claudia Wiseman, left, and Fran Kramer, right, counts sea turtle eggs as they are
collected for relocation to a safer nesting spot. Islander Photo: Courtesy Chris So


"Daily life with the turtle watch can be over-
whelming and it was such a sweet moment,
it made me cry with joy."
All 89 eggs in the nest, located in the
3000 block of Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach, were relocated upward on the beach,
toward the dune line.


"I actually didn't think we'd find a nest
since the first nest was found the day before,"
Jesse said.
The So family owns two rental homes
on Anna Maria Island, one in Holmes Beach
and one in Bradenton Beach. True wildlife
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Growing reserves for
preserve. Page 8

-1l4 liings
Community news.
Page 10
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O~000QQ
Make a date, get
involved. Pages 10-11

HB lands on 'free
parking.' Page 13


Island police blotter.
Page 21

S h@el
Around AME. Page 22

smiledeep
More than a slogan.
Page 24

Summer fishing arrives
early. Page 25
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i Page 26

Ho-hum: Tourism up,
resort tax record.


Search for Musil-Buehler continues at 'location of interest'


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Sheriff's Office depu-
ties and cadaver-sniffing dogs spent two
days searching for any evidence of Sabine
Musil-Buehler at residential property at the
south end of Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria,
but without any apparent success.
The dogs found an area of interest on the
property May 16. They planned to return this
week to dig and continue the search.
As of May 16, no evidence of Musil-
Buehler's body had been found at the loca-
tion, said Detective John Kenney of the
MCSO homicide department.
"We won't give up searching," said
Kenney, who headed the MCSO Anna
Maria substation when Musil-Buehler dis-
appeared.
In October 2012, the MCSO and Kenney,
promoted to detective, arrested William J.
Cumber, Musil-Buehler's boyfriend at the
time of her disappearance, for her murder.
"Nearly six years I've been working this
case and I'll continue until we find a body.
It's here somewhere," Kenney said.
MCSO public information officer Dave
Bristow said the property searched last week,
which is owned by longtime resident Jack
Fiske, had not been declared a crime scene
and no evidence was discovered.
"If we do find something, this will


Manatee County ',. i ijf's Office deputies
and trained dogs search May 14 at the
southernmost end of South Bay Boulevard
in Anna Maria for evidence in the Novem-
ber 2008 disappearance of Sabine Musil-
Buehler. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

become a crime scene and detectives and
homicide experts will be out to investigate
further," he said.
Bristow said the MCSO decided to
search the property after a review of cell-
phone calls made Nov. 4, 2008, showed a


"possibility" that Musil-Buehler's phone
was used that day in the area.
Musil-Buehler was living with Cumber
on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria when
she disappeared. She was co-owner of
Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach with her
estranged husband Tom Buehler.
Cumber told authorities that they argued
before she left their apartment the night of
Nov. 4, 2008.
He was arrested for her murder while
serving time at the Port Charlotte Correc-
tional Facility, where he was jailed for vio-
lating probation on an unrelated charge, and
transferred to the Manatee County jail.
Cumber has denied knowledge of Musil-
Buehler's disappearance.
He has entered a not guilty plea to the
charge of second-degree murder. His trial is
scheduled for October.
Four years ago, Kenney and the K-9 unit
conducted a weeklong search of property at
the beach access ends of Willow and Park
avenues in Anna Maria, but found no evi-
dence of a body.
That search came after a homeowner
found some of Musil-Buehler's personal
items, said to be her purse and cellphone.
The MCSO also searched the beach for
evidence in late 2008 and again in 2009.
"It's not over," Kenney said. "It will
only be over when we find her body."




2 0 MAY 21, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

HB mayor's race creates commission vacancy- or two


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino
holds the cards.
He announced he will resign as commissioner
to run for mayor, but when and how he vacates his
seat will determine whether a new commissioner is
appointed or elected.
According to the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Office, in order to run for the mayor's seat,
Zaccagnino must turn in a letter resigning from the
commission on June 6 -10 days before the start of
the qualifying period.
The start of the qualifying period in Holmes Beach
is noon Monday, June 16.
Whether he resigns effective immediately or Nov.
4, the day of the municipal election, will dictate how a
new commissioner is chosen to take his seat, according
to city clerk Stacey Johnston.
But Commission Chair Judy Titsworth may also
jump into the mayor's race, which would result in two
vacancies among the incumbents on the commission.
The city charter states that if a commission seat
Clarification:
The May 14 Islander story on the Holmes
Beach election indicated Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner David Zaccagnino's commission seat would
be on the November ballot if he resigned to run for
the mayor's seat, based on information from the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office.
According to city attorney Pat Petruff, the
commission seat will only be on the November
ballot if Zaccagnino's resignation is made effec-
tive seven days before the last day of the qualify-
ing period, which would require the vacant seat
to appear on the ballot.
If Zaccagnino resigns effective after the elec-
tion, his vacancy will be filled with an appoint-
ment from the remaining commissioners.


I is vacated seven days before the final
day of the qualifying period, an elec-
tion will be held for the seat if there
is a remainder on the two-year term.
Zaccagnino's term expires in
November 2015. Titsworth is up for
Zaccagnino re-election to the commission on this
year's ballot.
If Zaccagnino resigns effective
S the day after the November election,
the remaining commissioners will
appoint someone to serve the last year
of Zaccagnino's term.
Titsworth If Zaccagnino resigns effective
on or before June 6, a commissioner
will be appointed by the remaining commissioners to
fill his seat but only until November. The vacancy
will create another opportunity for a candidate on the
ballot.
Zaccagnino said he has not decided how he will
time his resignation, although he said he is leaning
toward vacating after the November election and
allowing a commission appointee to fill his seat for
the remaining year.
However, if Zaccagnino loses the mayoral election,
he also will have lost his seat on the commission.


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
\\Wn.id Candidates. Must be registered voter and
reside in Anna Maria two years, willing to serve two
years starting in November 2014."
That might be a good post at Anna Maria City Hall,
as people stepping up to run for two city commission
seats and the mayor's post are thus far as common as
a mid-March vacancy sign at an island resort.
But that's not the full story. Incumbent Commis-
sioner Nancy Yetter picked up a candidate's packet and
confirmed she will seek a second term.


Titsworth said she has not yet decided if she will
seek re-election to the commission or oppose Zaccag-
nino and make a run for the mayor's seat.
"I really don't know yet. It's a big decision," said
Titsworth.

Grossman throws hat in ring
Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman
announced May 15 he will seek re-election in Novem-
ber.
7Grossman is serving his first two-
a year term on the commission.
"Although we have accomplished
a much, my work is not done, safe
I bike paths, traffic congestion, Grassy
Point, dog park and other issues have
Grossman to be addressed," Grossman said in
his written announcement. He is the
commission liaison to the parks and beautification
committee.
Before his 2012 election to the commission, Gross-
man served as an alternate on the city code enforce-
ment board.
Candidates for commission seats or the mayor
must first qualify to run June 16-20.


Commissioner Chuck Webb is playing it close to
the vest, saying he is "definitely a maybe" to seek a
fifth consecutive term.
The same might be said for incumbent Mayor
SueLynn, who said she will make an announcement
no later than June 9, the first day of qualifying for the
Anna Maria city ballot.
"You can say I am definitely maybe going to run,"
she said.
No other candidates are apparent on the city's
political horizon.
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Former Commissioner Gene Aubry said he is "def-
initely not going to seek any office" in November.
And Mike Coleman, a planning and zoning board
member, also discounted any candidacy. "I'm not run-
ning for an\ Lhing ." he said.
Candidates have less than a month to decide.
The city's qualifying period is noon June 9 to noon
June 20. Election packets are available from city clerk
Diane Percycoe at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Elec-
tion fees and qualifying papers are submitted to the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600
301 Blvd., No. 108, Bradenton.
The qualifying fee to run for mayor is $96, while
to seek a commission seat the fee is $48.
Waiver forms to eliminate the fee are available at
the SOE office.
Anna Maria commissioners are paid $4,800 annu-
ally, while the mayor receives $9,600 in annual com-
pensation for the job, but Commissioner Dale Wood-
land previously suggested increasing the mayor's pay.
Any increase in the salary must be approved by the
commission before the November municipal election
to go in effect for the new term.

Same for Bradenton Beach
Two Bradenton Beach commission seats are up for
election.
The same ad for candidates could be posted for the
seats currently held by Ed Straight in Ward 2 and Jan
Vosburgh in Ward 4.
Vosburgh, who said she has "tentatively" decided
to run for a third term, is the only person thus far to
collect a candidate packet from city hall. Commission-
ers are limited to three consecutive terms.
They also must reside within the ward they repre-
sent, although they are elected by voters citywide.
Straight said he has not decided on seeking another
term.
Anyone who is a Bradenton Beach voter and resi-
dent for nine months and resides in the appropriate
ward can sign up to run for office June 16-June 20.


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
New details have emerged in what has become
a controversial matter of mishandled records in Bra-
denton Beach.
Public works director Tom Woodard issued a
statement May 12 saying he instructed Christine
Watson, an employee working under him in public
works, to take unauthorized photos of personnel
records.
Watson said she was painting rooms at city hall
during routine office hours when she maintains she
saw the files in plain view on a desk.
Woodard recently said Watson called him to
inform him that, based on the records she saw,
deputy city clerks Audra Lanzaro and Tammy John-
son had received $1 per hour pay raises from the
mayor.
"I asked her to take a photo and send it to me
so that I could know if what she was telling me was
accurate information," Woodard wrote.
Prior to his admission, Watson received a rep-
rimand for taking the photos from Woodard on
instruction from the mayor.
Woodard said he took the photos he obtained
from Watson the following day to a budget meeting,
where he showed the photos to Commissioner Jack
Clarke.
Clarke and other commission members have
been holding monthly meetings with department
heads to get a better understanding of what is hap-
pening within the departments.
The photos eventually were sent to ELRA Inc.
attorney Robert Lincoln, who said April 30 that he
received them from an anonymous source.
Woodard and Watson both have claimed they


did not share the images with Lincoln.
And Johnson said May 14 the files were "at no
point lying out in plain view."
"They were in a payroll file folder," she said.
"The only time they were out of that folder was for
the 10 minutes Audra was processing payroll. At no
time were those documents in a public space out in
the open."
While the documents are public record, the
Bradenton Beach Police Department conducted an
investigation to determine whether a city employee
had entered a locked file cabinet to obtain the
photos.
But the police investigation determined no crim-
inal acts had occurred. Watson admitted taking the
photos during the investigation.
"We have no intention of revisiting this case,"
Police Chief Sam Speciale said. "This 'he said she
said' stuff is a city matter, not a police matter."
The event was triggered when Lincoln sent an
email to city attorney Ricinda Perry questioning
Mayor Bill Shearon's authority to give two employ-
ees pay raises.
The city clerk's office noted that Lincoln had
attached photos of personnel records that had not
been obtained through normal channels a public
records request.
ELRA, the corporate entity for the BeacHhouse
Restaurant, owned by Ed Chiles, has filed a law-
suit against the mayor claiming Shearon has tried
to remold his position to give him more authority
than the city charter allows.
Shearon said Woodard's actions were "in poor
judgment," but he has no plan to reprimand him.
Woodard did not return phone calls from The
Islander.


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4 0 MAY 21, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach readies to

regulate medical marijuana
By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners are planning ahead
before any possible daze and confusion can set in fol-
lowing the November general election.
During a meeting that focused on long-forgotten
business, the commission took up a new topic, that of
a statewide ballot initiative proposing a constitutional
amendment legalizing with many restrictions -
medical marijuana. Commissioners agreed a measure
restricting medical marijuana was a top priority.
"It's going to be on the ballot in November, and
I think it's going to pass," said Commissioner David
Zaccagnino. "I'm not philosophically against it, I just
don't think it's right for our island."
The issue of the constitutional amendment has been
discussed previously by the commission and Holmes
Beach Police Bill Tokajer, who began researching
restrictions.
"I'm getting and looking at ordinances that other
communities have put in place restricting dispensa-
ries and grow houses," said Tokajer. He also contacted
the police chief in Cocoa Beach, which is presently
reviewing a proposed ordinance to restrict medical
marijuana.
Tokajer said he plans to use the Cocoa Beach
proposal as a guide. He forwarded a copy of the east
coast beach town's pending ordinance to city attorney

Memorial Day break for
trash, gov workers
Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May
26.
Most government offices and facilities will be
closed, with the exception of emergency services and
recreational amenities.
Also, the island trolley will operate on the holi-
day.
Trash removal under contract from Waste Manage-
ment in Anna Maria will be pushed back one day.
Trash, yard waste and recycling collection in
Holmes Beach, under contract from Waste Manage-
ment, will be delayed a day throughout the week.
Trash pickup in Bradenton Beach, under contract
with Waste Pro, will be delayed a day.
Also, trash collection in unincorporated Manatee
County, including Cortez, will be pushed back a day.
TURTLES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
lovers, the Sos donate a portion of their rental funds to
AMITW and Wildlife Inc., the wildlife rehabilitation
and education center in Bradenton Beach.
"She is the next generation of turtle watchers, so
this is really important," Fox said. "I think I'll invite
her back in 20 years and she can run turtle watch."
Jesse attends Lorne Park Public School in Mis-
sissauga, just outside Toronto. She is taking home
AMITW activity booklets and an incredible story of
how kids can help sea turtles back to her friends and
classmates.

Rare sea turtle nest
found in Venice
Mote Marine Laboratory had a rare find May 9.
The Mote Turtle Patrol, which monitors 35 miles of
beach south of Anna Maria Island, reported a Kemp's
ridley sea turtle nest the rarest of all sea turtle spe-
cies on a Venice beach.
Venice resident Adam Sando, shot video of the sea
turtle and contacted Mote about the sighting.
"Adam did c i \ .thi ng right," said Kristen Mazza-
rella, senior biologist with the Mote Sea Conservation
and Research Program. "He observed the turtle from
a safe distance, didn't interfere with the turtle's nest-
ing and shared the news with us at Mote so we could
document this rare Kemp's ridley nest."
Loggerhead sea turtles, the most common nesters
in the area, nest mostly at night. The Kemp's ridleys
mostly nest during the day.
Reports of the Kemp ridley's nests are rare because
their tracks being trampled during the day. Also they
weigh less and are smaller than a 1< ',_',__>. hi h.id. making
their tracks less noticeable.


Patricia Petruff May 15.
Under the ordinance Tokajer is considering, medi-
cal marijuana dispensaries, processing, cultivation and
grow houses would be prohibited in Holmes Beach.
The chief also suggested creating boundaries,
keeping any medical marijuana activities a mile from
schools, parks, recreation areas and churches. He said
the beach is considered a recreation area, and the city is
only 1.2 miles wide at its widest point, effectively lim-
iting activities associated with medical marijuana.
Zaccagnino said proactive measures are particu-
larly important considering the purchase of land by
Cannabis-Rx in southern Manatee County.
Cannabis-Rx purchased three buildings formerly
owned by boat manufacturers Genmar and Wellcraft
at 7150 15th St. E.
"To me, I see multiple concerns with allowing it
on our island," Tokajer said. "I don't think it's right
for our community."
Medical marijuana is legal in 21 states and the Dis-
trict of Columbia. If voters approve the constitutional
amendment in November, Florida would be the first
southern state to legalize marijuana for use in certain
medical conditions.





Anna Maria City
May 22, 6 p.m. city commission.
June 26, 6 p.m., city commission.
July 24, 6 p.m., city commission.
Aug. 28, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
May 21, 11 a.m., pier team.
May 22, noon, city commission.
May 27, 1:30 p.m., budget committee.
May 29, 1:30 p.m., budget committee.
June 2, 3 p.m., Scenic Waves.
June 4, 1 p.m., commission workshop.
June 4, 10:30 a.m., CIP.
June 4, 11 a.m., pier team.
June 5, 6 p.m., city commission.
June 10, 1:30 p.m., budget committee.
June 11, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
June 12, 1 p.m., department heads.
June 17, 10:30 a.m., special city commis-
sion.
June 17, 1 p.m., commission workshop.
June 18, 11 a.m., pier team.
June 19, noon, city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
May 21, 7 p.m., planning commission.
May 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 29, 7 p.m., city commission.
May 30, 1 p.m., police retirement board.
June 17, 11 a.m., city center.
June 18, 9 a.m., charter review.


.Rezone hearing
Public hearings will
be held at 7p.m.
Wednesday, May 21,
by the Holmes Beach
Planning and Zoning
Board on the rezone
and small plan amend
s te A o ment requests for the
property at 214 54th
St., on the corner of
Holmes Boulevard
and 54th Street. The
applicant will present
plans to develop rental
accommodations and
commercial space
at the site. Islander
Photo: Jennifer
Glenfield


... and plans final hearings

on new alcohol rules
New alcohol rules for the city of Holmes Beach
may soon be passed.
The Holmes Beach City Commission held its first
hearings on two ordinances that could change two
measures regarding alcoholic beverages.
Final readings and hearings will be held May 27.
One of the regulations will prohibit anyone under
the age of 21 from entering a standalone bar. Holmes
Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said two establish-
ments, the Anchor Inn and D.Coy Ducks, will be
affected by the new rule.
The other proposal would prohibit the possession
of alcoholic beverages on the beach. City ordinance
states alcohol cannot be consumed on the beach,
which leads to problems with enforcement, according
to Tokajer. HBPD can only enforce the current ordi-
nance, which requires officers to wait and observe an
alcoholic beverage being consumed before acting.
The final hearings will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May
24, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.


June 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
June 24, 6 p.m. city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
June 3, 9 a.m., county board.
June 4, 1:30 p.m., budget presentation.
June 10, 9 a.m., budget presentation.
June 12, 9 a.m., budget presentation.
June 17, 9 a.m., county board.
June 18, 2 p.m., tourism development coun-
cil.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
June 19, 6 p.m., commission.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
May 21, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall.
May 26 is Memorial Day. Most government
offices are closed.
June 16, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
June 18, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials, TBD.
June 23, 9:30 a.m., Metropolitan Planning
Organization, TBD.
July 4 is Independence Day. Most government
offices are closed.
Send notices to calendar@islander.org and
news@islander.org.





THE ISLANDER U MAY 21, 2014 U 5

Team hired to aid in WMFR fire chief search


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Major League Baseball players are not hired by
the bat boy, but executives experts of the game.
West Manatee Fire Rescue district commissioners
figured the same should be true for finding a new fire
chief: look to the experts.
At their May 15 WMFR district board meeting,
commissioners unanimously voted to hire JTS Asso-
ciation Inc. of Bradenton to guide them in their search
for a new fire chief. WMFR Chief Andy Price is retir-
Island roadwatch
The Florida Department of Transportation has
begun a maintenance and repair project on the Cortez
Bridge that will continue through January 2015.
Work includes repairs to the electrical system that
operates the bascule.
The DOT said work would be from 9 p.m.-5 a.m.
weeknights, and any work on the drawbridge that
requires it be raised will be 2-3 a.m. Any bridge closing
would last no more than 15 minutes, the DOT said.
Work crews are replacing a power pole and lines
from the Cortez Road/Gulf Drive intersection north to
28th Street North, Holmes Beach. Motorists can expect
northbound lane closures 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through
Friday, June 6.
A nfl.,.,-iiu!, operation will be in place to keep traffic
fli," in.' the DOT said.
Ongoing improvements and repairs to Manatee
Avenue West/State Road 64, from the Perico Bay Club
to 75th Street in Bradenton, are expected to finish in
July.
The project includes repaying and remilling, new
sidewalks and drainage swales in various locations,
line painting and signage, among other work.
Any lane closures will be accompanied by a flag-
ging operation, the DOT said. Some nighttime lane
closures are expected.


ing April 30, 2015.
And JTS are experts in firefighting.
The company was formed by James Steffens and
Ed Cleveland, both retired fire chiefs.
Cleveland says the company specializes in train-
ing, organizational and management services "for the
emergency services community."
JTS will prepare tests for in-house candidates and
a series of on-the-spot questions to pose to candidates,
Cleveland said. The company also will provide the
board with a step-by-step hiring process.
Commissioners will rate candidates following each
test and interview, and JTS will provide the board with
its ratings.
Cleveland said the board should advertise the posi-
tion in-house as soon as possible, providing interested
staff with the basic qualifications needed an application
form.


He recommended the process begin this summer.
Cleveland said a new chief should be hired no later
than Feb. 28, 2015, to give the new chief "two months
of overlap to learn from Price."
Commissioners also agreed not to discuss any
candidate with each other outside of a board meeting,
and not to talk individually to any candidate about the
position.
Although no WMFR officers have publicly indi-
cated an interest in apply for the post, Deputy Chief
Brett Pollock said at the board's April meeting he is
aware of five likely candidates. The board agreed in
April to hire internally, rather than advertise the posi-
tion around the state or nationally.
Pollock, who is retiring in May 2016, will not be
a candidate.
WMFR agreed to pay JTS $5,400 for its ser-
vices.

Firefighter's
k11 oath
West Manatee
Fire Rescue
administrative
assistant Mary
Stephens swears
in firefighters
Robert Haywood,
Derek Bill and
Joshua Adkins
at the district
board meeting
May 15. The trio
recently com-
pleted firefighter
basic training.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin


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Don't forget
There's plenty of things in a day to remember.
I remember some trippy email about a person
who had forgetitis. ... It went something like: She
went to the refrigerator to get something to drink
but, on the way, she saw some dishes in the sink
and stopped to wash them. That made her remember
there were clothes to wash, but on the way to the
laundry bin, she noticed dust on the TV console, and
went back to get a dust cloth and remembered she
needed to take steaks out of the freezer. When she
got to the freezer, she forgot why she was there and
remembered she was thirsty. So she grabbed a soda
and remembered....
Well, you get it. Sometimes it's hard to remember
where you were going with things.
We're headed toward Memorial Day. The offi-
cial beginning of summer for many of us at least
for those who can remember back to the day when
school ended before the holiday weekend and the
observance was May 30.
Just as a reminder, put out your flag and share
with someone young enough to think it's just a beach
day that Memorial Day is set aside to honor men
and women who died in active military service. The
federal holiday is now officially observed on the last
Monday in May.
The gravestones of those who served our country
at national cemeteries are marked with U.S. flags on
Memorial Day weekend.
It's also time to head to the beach. Organize a
picnic or a neighborhood party. Check your hurricane
supplies.
If you're familiar with summer on Anna Maria
Island, you know many of the rental owners espe-
cially families from Lakeland use "down time" for
summer on the beach.
Memorial Day is a good reminder to appreciate
family and friends.
It's time for sea turtles to nest, too. Hey! Lights
out on the beach. We're turtle friendly on AMI.
After all, they were the first to discover these sandy
beaches. And don't forget to tip-toe and avoid the
nesting shorebirds.
And, of course, many thanks to the day-trippers,
who remind us to appreciate all the good things about
our island paradise. The day-tripper sticker organiz-
ers made a nice contribution this week from their pro-
ceeds to the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
How's that for trippy? Y'all come back.
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Our good fortune
Upon returning to Cape Cod, Massachusetts,
after an annual visit to Anna Maria, I wanted to tell
others of my experience.
I had purchased a large glass bowl with a broad
fragile rim, wondering at my own sanity and hoping
I could get it safely home.
Island Mail & More on East Bay Drive was rec-
ommended as being helpful, but I could not have
expected the level of customer service, attention to
detail and enjoyable conversation. I rarely have had a
more pleasant experience. The owners, the St. Jeans,
went above and beyond and, amazingly, the bowl
arrived safe and sound to our northern home.
Anna Maria is indeed fortunate to have them
operate such a business.
I wish them best of luck.
Bobye Anderson, Falmouth, Massachusetts

Good choices
Our island has one industry: Tourism.
Realtors, contractors and restaurants all
are dependent on visitors to Anna Maria Island.
The tranquil traffic-free days when Holmes Beach
Commissioner Judy Titsworth was growing up here
are long gone and we can't go back.
Parking meters? They won't impede traffic but
could generate revenue for our city. Look at Newport
Beach, California, for an example. They have parking
meters and more traffic issues than we do.
Now imagine driving on Manatee Avenue in
the future and traffic is backed up. Vehicles are not
moving nothing new but you have a choice.
You can choose to fight traffic, find parking and pay
for it, or park in a multi-level parking structure east
of Harbor Isles on Perico Island. You park, grab your
beach gear and maybe your bicycle to board a gon-
dola lift for a ride across scenic Anna Maria Sound.
You can get off at the Manatee Public Beach, where


you have more choices. Catch a trolley north, south,
or ride your bike.
The only thing that is certain is traffic is only
going to get worse. Especially, if we do nothing.
Thanks to HB Mayor Carmel Monti for trying to
resolve our problems with creative solutions.
Stephen Evans, Holmes Beach

Many thanks
Thank you family, friends and community for
more than 300 Facebook messages, numerous phone
calls, texts and emails, and to more than 100 people
who came to the celebration of life for Josh Matice.
Joshua Robert Matice, 42, died April 7. He was
born April 8, 1972, in St. Johns, Michigan.
Special thanks go to Mr. Bones BBQ for a food
donation; Bradenton's Pier 22 for cheese, fruit and
vegetable trays; the Sandbar Restaurant for chicken
wings; the Rod & Reel Pier for the family dinner;
Green Real Estate for a last-minute rental; Covell
Funeral Home for all their help; and Marshall and
Marti for a wonderful sunset service, complete with
music and readings from Josh's favorite book, "A
Light in the Attic."
A college fund has been established for Josh's
children with help from Hancock Bank and the dona-
tions received at the celebration. Donations may be
made to V.J. Matice Fund, P.O. Box 1297, Holmes
Beach FL 34218.
Many thanks to those who already gave, as we
all know the importance of a higher education.
Once again, thanks to those who traveled from
near and far to share memories and help Zach, Canaan
and Quentin sail Josh into the sunset.
Your prayers and kind words helped tremen-
dously during the most difficult time.
Moreover, I am so grateful and blessed to have
you all in my life.
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10 years ago
Headlines from May 19, 2004
Holmes Beach commissioners voted to reject
a motion by Commissioner Don Maloney to allow
city voters to decide whether to hire a city manager.
Maloney wanted the issue on the November ballot.
Commissioners also rejected 29 proposals presented
by the charter review committee headed by Don
Schroder. The committee had met for almost a year.
Manatee County commissioners voted to notify
Bradenton officials that the county was not interested
in selling water to Arvida's proposed 668-unit con-
dominium project on north Perico Island. Commis-
sioners agreed not to sell water to the project until
the proposed 10-story buildings were reduced to a
maximum height of 35 feet.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore and
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion executive director's wrote a letter to the Florida
Department of Transportation demanding an expla-
nation as to why funding for a new Key Royale
Bridge was moved from the 2006-07 DOT budget to
2007-08. Whitmore said the bridge was first planned
to be in the DOT's 2004-05 budget at an estimated
cost of $1.2 million.

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8 0 MAY 21, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach explores grant opportunities for preserve


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
As planning for Grassy Point Preserve inches for-
ward, help has been easy to find. Funding, however,
may not come so readily.
While the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee took the lead on planning, human resource
specialist Mary Buonagura is working on grant appli-
cations and chasing a paper trail.
Parks chair Jerry West presented Grassy Point
plans to the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee
May 14, which pledged support for restoration of the
preserve.
Meanwhile, city human resource specialist Mary
Buonagura talked to the city commission May 15
regarding the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's annual audit in response to a Florida Com-
munities Trust annual stewardship report presented to
the city in April.
The FCT provided the acquisition grant for the
preserve in 1998. However, stipulations in the grant


A crosswalk at Gulf and East Bay drives leads
to a would-be entrance to Grassy Point Pre-
serve. A Florida Department of Transportation
grant awarded in 2012 included the entry among
improvements, but the notice to proceed in April
lacked funding for the entryway. Islander Photo:
Jennifer Glenfield

FDOT to begin work
Work funded by a Florida Department of Trans-
portation grant in 2012 will begin finally.
Officials surveyed the project area along East
Bay Drive near Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes
Beach May 5 in preparation for DOT design work.
According to Holmes Beach building and plans
inspector David Greene, 60 percent of the design
plans will be completed by mid-June.
Greene said the DOT issued a notice to proceed
to contractors in April.
The plan includes a sidewalk and bike path
on the east side of State Road 789 from Manatee
Avenue to 27th Street North. Three additional trol-
ley stops also are planned there.
Southbound trolley stops are planned for 27th
and 30th streets on Gulf Drive, and a northbound
stop at Gulf Drive and East Bay Drive will be
added.
The Gulf-East Bay stop will coincide with a
crosswalk at the intersection, which was part of a
DOT requirement for an entrance to Grassy Point
Preserve from the main road.
An 8-foot-wide pedestrian walkway from Gulf
Drive into the preserve was included in earlier cost
estimates. In a January 2013 email between Holmes
Beach Carmel Monti and DOT project manager
Mark Bayer, the preserve entrance was included
in the improvement plans.
"The idea was to get the maximum benefits for
the city that's available," Greene said.
Greene said Bayer informed him May 7 the
preserve entrance on Gulf Drive fell outside of the
budgeted funds.


Grassy Point Preserve can be accessed at the north
end of Avenue C in Holmes Beach, but funding for a
planned entry at East Bay and Gulf drives is lacking.
Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

agreement between the FCT and the city have yet to
be met.

The Palma Sola Scenic Highway committee
The scenic highway committee, an entity respon-
sible for beautification and clean up of the Palma Sola
Scenic Highway on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64,
spent much of its May 14 meeting discussing grant
opportunities for the preserve, and ways to get much-
needed funding.
Maggie Marr, grants coordinator for Manatee
County government, attended the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway committee meeting and offered the group
advice on securing grants.
Marr was instrumental in acquiring funding for
the completion of Neal Preserve on State Road 64/
Manatee Avenue on Perico Island.
She spoke about three grant opportunities that
could help fund the remainder of the work in the pre-
serve: the Florida Development Recreational Assis-
tance Program, Land Water Conservation Fund and
the Recreational Trails Program.
All three grants max out at $200,000, but there's
a catch. They require matching funds from the city in
"cash." Funds cannot be matched with donated materi-
als or services.
Marr said the grant programs award funding based
on points, and a capital improvements plan, complet-
ing original FCT grant requirements and holding
public meetings are paramount in the competition for

FCT files annual
stewardship report
The Holmes Beach preserve was visited by a staff
member of the Florida Communities Trust, an entity
of the Florida Department of Environmental protec-
tion, Feb. 26 as part of the trust's annual stewardship
report
Holmes Beach received the report April 28.
The trust offers two types of grants to cities through
the Florida Forever grant program, which provided
funding for the purchase of Grassy Point Preserve.
The annual review ensures the development and
management of the park set forth in the grant agree-
ment are maintained.
The report said staff found the city had made good
progress in the development and management of the
project site, but also cited problems, including:
Regrowth of some exotics, particularly Brazilian
pepper and carrotwood.
A boardwalk, observation platform, fishing pier
and canoe/ kayak launch required in the grant award
agreement have not been built.
The FTC asked the city to provide a current as-built
master site plan showing where the improvements will
go and suggested a directional sign to the entrance.
The 34-acre preserve was acquired through an
FCT grant in 2000. The city owns and maintains the
property.
The preserve is located between East Bay Drive
opposite Walgreens. It is an area of natural uplands,
wetlands and mangrove hammocks fronting Sarasota
Bay near the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
It can be accessed from the north end of Avenue
C, where limited parking is available.


grants.
She also cautioned: Grants have timelines, so
make sure permits are in order and archeologists have
reviewed the location.
Holmes Beach resident Carol Soustek, who
attended the meeting, told Marr the city has $20,000
in the Grassy Point Preserve fund.
Marr responded: "Then start saving."

FCT grant report
Buonagura spoke to city commissioners May 15,
the day after the Palma Sola meeting, regarding an
annual stewardship report.
The review was performed in February by an FCT
representative, and the report was presented to the city
in April.
The report contained an impending deadline of
May 23 for the city to respond to unmet restoration
requirements that were detailed in the grant agreement
that provided for the purchase of the preserve lands.
The report noted progress made, but also projects
not completed.
"So, what you're saying is, they're happy with
what they saw, but not with what they didn't see?"
asked Commission Chair Judy Titsworth.
The annual stewardship report is performed to
make sure the city fulfills the grant agreement. Accord-
ing to Buonagura, acquisition grants have strict require-
ments and deadlines for improvement projects. In the
case of Grassy Point, some of the requirements have
not been met.
SL\ Niyone knew the dates, everyone on the com-
mission knew about it, all of the staff, where do you
think the ball was dropped?" Titsworth asked.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who has served
on the commission for nine years, said previous com-
missions lost interest in the preserve restoration and
the issue was pushed to the back burner.
"It doesn't matter if you like birds or not, it's a
contract," said Titsworth.
Buonagura said she contacted Florida Communi-
ties Trust and pushed the annual audit deadline to June
15.
"Getting the extension was extremely important,
it's imperative to start working on it. If the city is found
in default of the grant agreement, the city may have
to give some of the money back," Soustek said at the
May 15 commission meeting.
Buonagura brought forward other issues. She
said the classification as a "preserve" nixes some
of the plans drafted by West, and prohibits some of
the plants already put in the preserve by the parks
committee.
The committee planted hawthorn bushes in the
preserve, which Buonagura said are not native and
also produce berries that are poisonous to wildlife.
In her research, she said city treasurer Lori Hill
could not find any evidence that other grants had been
acquired for preserve work.
Zaccagnino said smaller grants were given to
the city to remove exotic species and replant native
plants.
Some assistance came from the Sarasota Bay Estu-
ary Program.
Commissioners agreed to move forward with
fulfilling the FCT requirements, including putting up
signs, and the DOT entry pathway at the intersection
of Gulf and East Bay drives.
Buonagura also is working with Hill to set aside
money for the preserve in the upcoming 2014-15
budget, which would be implemented in October.
The purchase of a Bobcat for public works,
approved by the city commission, took $20,000 from
the Grassy Point fund and brought the already dwin-
dling account from $40,000 to $20,000.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti requested the
preserve funds go toward the bobcat, and funds in the
public works budget accounted for remainder.
The commission, while still approving the pur-
chase of the equipment, asked Monti to find alternate
funding in the budget.
Buonagura suggested that $100,000 be set aside
in the budget for Grassy Point.
"We're not under the gun, but progress needs to
be made," said Zaccagnino.





THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 21, 2014 E 9

County officials provide update on preserve progress


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Manatee County has more than 30,000 acres of
preserves, and 26,000 of those acres are open to the
public. Hundreds more acres are to open as restorations
move forward.
The Palma Sola Botanical Gardens in Bradenton
hosted a presentation April 29 on the county's progress
in creating the various preserves.
The Manatee Fish and Game Association presented
the program. Speakers included Max Dersch, man-
ager of the natural resource management division, and
Damon Moore, environmental program manager for
ecological resources, both within the Manatee County
Parks and Natural Resources Department.
Dersch and Moore discussed progress on the
Robinson Preserve expansion, Ungarelli Preserve and
Perico Preserve, as well as reviewed the work com-
pleted in the recently opened Neal Preserve.
The county has big plans for birds within 176 acres
at Perico Preserve.
Like most of the west county preserves, restora-
tion of the preserve began with removal of invasive
plants.
What's different about Perico is the creation of
freshwater wetlands, rare among the west county pre-
serves according to Moore.
The freshwater source feeds into the bird habitat
- juvenile birds need freshwater invertebrates.
"Creating a freshwater wetland is one of the most
difficult things to do," said Moore. "The wildlife is
flocking to it."
A rookery island also is part of the plan for Perico.
Moore said the island has been dubbed the "peanut"
because of its shape.
He said he called on specialists to determine how
to build the island to be enticing to birds, and some
concerns included raccoons and odor.
A moat around the island needed to be wide


The Perico Preserve on Manatee Avenue remains
closed while the Manatee County Parks and Natu-
ral Resources Department completes restoration.
Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

enough to deter hungry raccoons from venturing onto
the island and scooping up baby birds. To address the
foul aroma from the rookery, the island was built with
various grades, creating steps around the perimeter.
The lower step is flushed by high tide, and the
highest step to keep the birds on dry land.
The daily flushing by the tides eliminates point
source pollution, which Moore said was important
to the permitting process with the Southwest Florida
Water Management District. A daily flush prevents a
sudden influx of materials washing into the water in a
storm event.
Moore said the county plans to plant mangroves
around the perimeter of the island and connect the
basin, including the rookery island, to Perico Bayou.
Connecting the basin to the bayou has temporarily
halted the process as the county awaits a permit allow-
ing it to impact the mangroves.
Moore and Dresch said they expect the park to
open in 2014.


Ungarelli Preserve is 35 acres north of Cortez
Road along Palma Sola Boulevard.
"This was a particularly challenging piece of prop-
erty," said Moore.
According to Moore, the preserve had been used
as an illegal dumpsite, collecting garbage, broken glass
and even dishwashers.
He also said the property had the thickest concen-
tration of invasive species he'd ever dealt with. Moore,
employed with the county for two years, had worked
on design aspects for the preserve during his time in
the private sector as a consultant.
Another challenge for the restoration of Ungarelli:
the lack of funding for boardwalks, kiosks and path-
ways.
"We're taking this one as a pay-as-we-go" project,
Moore said.
The Robinson expansion adds 150 acres to the
487-acre park. The expansion area, presently under-
going restoration, is not yet open to the public.
Moore described it as "a place you could go
and teach courses on exotic species and why they're
bad."
Plans include a 5K trail for runners and hikers and
a focus on fisheries.
The focus on fisheries is Plan B for the preserve.
Moore said he and Dersch originally planned to create
coastal uplands, but the sediment under the surface was
not conducive to uplands.
So the county decided to maximize the space for
fisheries, calling it an important economic tool for the
area.
Moore put a call out to the scientific community
for fisheries research to create a juvenile fisheries habi-
tat.
When asked if additional acreage was going to be
acquired for the west county preserves, Moore said,
"If it were up to me, I'd keep going and going and
going."


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Paddle guide offers kayaking
class at Robinson
A kayak enthusiast will help initiate a new class of
paddlers Thursday, May 22, in Robinson Preserve.
A "Kayaking for First Timers" session will be held
in the northwest Bradenton preserve from 10 a.m.-1
p.m.
The guide with Manatee County will take new
kayakers on an adventure through the preserve, explor-
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Ten kayaks will be available on a first come, first
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Robinson Preserve is at 1704 99th St. N.W., Bra-
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Wednesday, May 21
8:17 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, May 22
2 p.m. Basics of Alzheimer's, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
8:17 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, May 23
10 a.m. Senior Adventures carpool to red tide educational
program, departing Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St.
N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-538-0945.
8:17 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, May 24
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Pub Tour with the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, Drift-In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Fee
applies. Information: 214-714-3953.
8:17 p.m. Official sunset time.

Sunday, May 25
8:17 p.m. Official sunset time.

Monday, May 26
Today is Memorial Day.
8:17 p.m. Official sunset time.
Tuesday, May 27
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Riverwalk's Pickin' Picnic
promises fun time
Realize Bradenton will hold the third Pickin'
Picnic, featuring a battle of the food trucks and
hours of live music.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May
25.
The music will start at 3 p.m.
The event is free and takes place at the pavil-
ion on Bradenton's Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets,
lawn chairs and picnics, although food and bever-
ages will be available to purchase.
The lineup includes The Drum, Faceless Ban-
dits, Wild Root, Apple Butter Express and Thomas
Wynn & the Believers.
For more information, call Realize Bradenton
at 920-216-7833.


2 p.m. Local author Jay Myers talks about "hitting the curve
balls" in business and life, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
8:17 p.m. -Official sunset time.

Off Island
Thursday, May 22
10 a.m. First-timers kayak tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 7.
6:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Night, McKechnie baseball field
with the Brae radenton Marauders, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information: 941-747-3031, ext. 4350.

Sunday, May 25
2 p.m. Pickin' Picnic and Battle of the Food Trucks, River-
walk, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 920-216-7833.

Coming up
June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.
June 7-8, Islandwide Blood Drive, Anna Maria Island.
June 14, 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game, Braden-
ton.
June 15 is Father's Day.
June 21 is the first day of summer.

Save the date
July 4, Fourth of July parade, Anna Maria Island.

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












Art league offers
portrait instruction
The Anna Maria Island Art League will offer a
workshop in painting portraits in oil.
Rolando Rodriguez, the instructor, will teach "pro-
cedure, method and essentials of proportion and com-
position to start the artist on the right path to achieve
control of the oil portraiture medium."
The workshop will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tues-
day, May 27.
The cost to attend is $35.
AMIAL is at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach.
For more information or to register, call AMIAL
at 941-778-2099.

Author explores building
better businesses
Local author Jay Myers will talk about "creative
and practical strategies that can help a business to
thrive" during a program Wednesday, May 28, at the
Island Library.
Myers is the author of "Hitting the Curve Balls:
How Crisis Can Strengthen and Grow Your Busi-
ness.
His talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.
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Calendar of ongoing
events, activities
Through...
Through May 24, Embracing Our Differences outdoor art
exhibit, Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-840-
0013.
Through May 25, "And The Winner Is," Island Players theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-
5755.
Through July 7, DaVinci Machines Exhibition, the Bradenton
Auditorium, 1005 FirstAve. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
888-674-0107.

Wednesday
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-708-6130.
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.
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, 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.


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Skullywag for a pub tour
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are getting
the ,kuIIl 1 ,g shipshape for a tour of Anna Maria
"pubs."
The AMIP Pub Roll will take place at 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 24.
An announcement said, "Tour the island and
drink your way to the treasure!"
The tour will begin at the Drift In in Bradenton
Beach and stop at Barefoot Tiki, D.Coy Ducks,
Anchor Inn and Cast and Cage before anchoring
back at the Drift In for a potluck supper.
The cost is $35 and includes two raffle tick-
ets. The first 50 people to sign up will receive a
T-shirt.
Proceeds will support AMIP's scholarships,
which will be awarded July 4.
For more information, call Roger "Hoodat"
Murphree at 214-714-3953.

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, 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.
*Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

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-
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.

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
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And the winner is ... island playhouse audience


By Nicole Quigley
Guest theater writer
The Island Players brings its 65th season to a close
this month with Mitch Albom's "And the Winner Is,"
and, indeed, islanders will call this a win.
The show runs through May 25 and takes theater-
goers on a laugh-a-minute romp through the after-
life.
Albom may be better known for his award-win-
ning sports columns and such tear-jerking memoirs
as "Tuesdays with Morrie," but director James Thag-
gard shares with us his experience on reading "And
the Winner Is," and he says, "I laughed my head off."
The play is proof that Albom's penchant for storytell-
ing extends far past the bookshelf, and fans will not
be disappointed.
The story follows Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed
film actor who dies just before he is to learn whether
he has won an Oscar. He awakes in what appears to
be heaven's waiting room (which apparently is a dry
Irish bar) and is soon joined by his French agent,
bombshell girlfriend, "frenemy" co-star and not-so-
ex-wife. Trouble ensues when he struggles to con-
vince Seamus, the barkeep, to let them go back for
one more night.
Johnes is played by new island resident and long-
time Manatee County local Talley Reeves, who man-
ages to portray a Hollywood ego-maniac in a rather
likable way. Theatergoers soon find they're rooting for
him in whatever he sets his mind on doing. Reeves is a
graduate of State College of Florida's theater program,
and he is currently pursuing a degree in nursing.
If laughter is good medicine, Reeves has found his
calling.
Some of the biggest laughs come from two of
Reeve's co-stars, the ingenious Herb Stump, who
serves up the part of French agent Teddy LaPetite flaw-
lessly accent and all along with Michael Eddy,
who plays loveble fop and film actor Kyle Morgan.
Stump and Eddy bring the audience to a roar with one-
liners that pack a punch.
Eddy's real-life wife, Jennifer Eddy, plays the
blond bombshell girlfriend who seems to know exactly
what she wants and how to get it. A piano teacher in
real life, Eddy's engaging performance shows she's a
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to stomach. The upshot for those who might share a
similar view is that the characters were made to pay
the price. Seamus, the sainted mediator assigned to
help Johnes on his path to heaven, was well-equipped
with something similar to a remote-control cattle
prod. When the characters cursed in his presence,
they were promptly corrected. Perhaps there's no
easier way to remember to clean up our own acts
than to see someone try to do better.
Performances run through May 25 at the play-
house, at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Show times
Tuesday through Saturday are at 8 p.m., and Sunday
at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The box office is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday
through Saturday, and one hour before each perfor-
mance. Call 941-778-5755 or go online at www.the-
islandplayers.org.
Nicole Quigley is the author of an award-winning
young adult Christian novel, "Like Moonlight at Low
Tide." Ns/,. resides on the island.


Pamela Hopkins as ,.1. ii and Jennifer Eddy as
Serenity give a once-over to "dancers" Tyler, por-
trayed by Talley Reeve, and Michael Eddy as Kyle.
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

actors Jim Faltot, who plays Seamus, and Pamela
Hopkins, who plays dutiful wife Sheri. Faltot has
appeared in more than 25 plays in his career, and Hop-
kins has experience at Sarasota and Manatee Players.
It shows.
Of special note are two new actors making their
debut at the Island Players. Kristina Klein makes a
lovely appearance as Emmy and Mitcheal Pearl plays
the role of Tony. Pearl is an example of the adage that
there are no small parts for actor. His onstage cameos,
coupled with uncanny facial expressions, deliver
laughs that linger. We hope to see more of both of
these budding actors on the Island Players' stage.
Now, here's a spoiler alert. "And the Winner Is"
may be one of the more adult productions of the season,
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HB congestion committee's parking plan gets go-ahead


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Parking spaces in Holmes Beach on Memorial Day
weekend could become more abundant.
The Holmes Beach Congestion Committee has
been working for many months to provide overflow
parking for public beaches during peak periods.
Committee Chair Carol Soustek contacted a
number of businesses and churches in the city to ask
if beachgoers could use their parking lots during off-
hours. CrossPointe Fellowship and Hancock Bank
offered their parking lots.
No further action was required to use CrossPointe,
which already provides trolley-rider parking, but Han-
cock needed the city to provide insurance, signs, a
waste receptacle, police patrol and cleanup.
City attorney Patricia Petruff informed the city
commission May 13 that the quote for the required
insurance would expire May 14.
"You need to either act on this or tell the commit-
tee to stop looking for overflow parking," Petruff said.
L\ N.iything is in place for an agreement."
The commission approved the annual insurance
payment of $940.06 by a vote of 4-1, with Commission

Holmes Beach mayor
proclaims civility month
The month of May is full of proclamations for the
city of Holmes Beach.
Holmes Beach mayor Carmel Monti announced
four proclamations at a recent city commission meet-
ing:
May is Civility Month. The proclamation calls
on citizens to exercise civility toward each other as
important behavior for open public discourse and
democracy.
May 12 was Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalo-
myelitis and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness
Day.
May 11-17 was Police Week to recognize the
importance, service and sacrifice our law enforcement
makes.
May 17-23 was Safe Boating Week to bring
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Two signs reserving ATM parking at Hancock
were to be procured by Commissioner Pat Morton.
Soustek reported the commission's approval to the
congestion committee May 14.
"That was the only hold up," she said. "Getting the
lot in use for Memorial Day weekend will be a good
test. The intention is to pull people from residential
streets to parking lots."

Proposed traffic pattern test
Commissioner Marvin Grossman approached
the committee with a traffic plan that he believes will
relieve some problems.
"I'm talking about a solution that maybe will save
the city a couple of thousand dollars," said Gross-
man.
Grossman said he and Holmes Beach Police Chief
Bill Tokajer talked about redirecting the traffic flow
at the diagonal intersection where Palm and Gulf
drives merge near the Holmes Beach-Anna Maria city
limits.
Tokajer looked into a traffic study and possibly a
traffic signal to ease problems for motorists pulling out
of nearby residential streets. According to Tokajer, a
traffic light could cost the city $400,000.


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Grossman suggested signs could restrict southbound
traffic at Gulf and Palm drives onto Gulf Drive. He said
northbound traffic from Gulf Drive could be directed to
Palm Drive by a left turn from 82nd Street.
"The sign could say something like, fastest route
to Manatee Avenue. Directing southbound traffic onto
Gulf Drive would take half the traffic coming from
Anna Maria (into Holmes Beach) off Palm," said
Grossman.
Tokajer said that blocking the southbound lane of
Palm Drive from 81st Street to 82nd Street, would
force southbound traffic to continue on Gulf Drive. And
northbound traffic on Gulf Drive would be blocked at
82nd Street. Both roads would remain two-way traffic,
with the exception of one block.
"I think this is what we've been trying to do find
a simple solution that doesn't cost a lot of money,"
Soustek said.
Tokajer said the pattern could be tested using por-
table road blocks.
"This is for the residents. I would be the first
person to stand up and say let's not do it if it (nega-
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14 0 MAY 21, 2014 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach commissioners look back for future planning


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Neglected topics of sign limitations, home foreclo-
sure registration and changes at Manatee Public Beach
may be reviewed by the Holmes Beach Commission
in the near future.
Holmes Beach commissioners spent their May 13

Speed cushion comments continue
The planned relocation of the speed cushion
in the 500 block of Key Royale Drive has been
delayed.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer
said he planned on moving the cushion west on
Key Royale Drive May 12, but the public works
department is waiting on the arrival of drill bits.
Key Royale resident Elaine Jackson circu-
lated a petition and presented it to Tokajer, Mayor
Carmel Monti and the city commission May 13.
The petition is in favor of the speed cushion.
Jackson said 26 houses on the block are owned
by full-time residents. Of the 26 homeowners she
approached with the petition, 21 signed and three
declined.


meeting reviewing items that had fallen to the way-
side on their agenda as they dealt with more pressing
issues.
The lists were compiled by Commission Chair
Judy Titsworth, city planner Bill Brisson and city
attorney Patricia Petruff.
Titsworth said reviewing the sign ordinance has
been on her priority list.
"It's almost impossible to enforce, it's very com-
plicated and confusing," said David Greene of the
building department.
He added the ordinance lacks cohesion as a col-
lection of changes made over the years and pieced
together.
Human resource specialist Mary Buonagura sug-
gested research involving code enforcement officer
David Forbes and Greene, before the commission
reviews the sign limitations.
A requirement for home foreclosure registration
also was listed among the important items. Greene
said it can be difficult to find someone when a property
becomes a nuisance. Registration would give the city
a contact person or company.
Unchecked changes at Manatee Public Beach also


made the list. Commissioners and staff said the pan-
cake house may have begun serving alcohol without
consulting the commission and there were concerns
the cafe may be serving liquor.
However, the cafe was approved by the city and
county years ago for beer and wine service and has a
state license.
Petruff informed the commission of an upcoming
renovation project at the county-run beach.
Commissioners agreed a heavier hand is needed
to know what's happening at the concession.
The commissioners also plan to review:
Banning plastic bags and straws at outdoor dining
establishments.
Food trucks.
Requiring T-poles, an FPL apparatus that supplies
a temporary power source for construction projects.
Aligning the city's vision plan with the compre-
hensive plan.
Modifying the police department sick bay.
Discussion regarding a public participation ordi-
nance.
The next city commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.


... and consider delving into social media


By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Putting one small widget on the city's website could
open the social media door or a huge can worms.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti sent an
email May 9 to city clerk Stacey Johnston asking her
to follow up on placing a Facebook link on the city's
website.
According to Johnston, the city has no Facebook
page, and therefore cannot provide a link. Monti and
Johnston later said there are no immediate plans to
move forward with the creation of a Facebook page,
but it has been the subject of conversation in several
meetings.
Monti said a social media specialist told him a
Facebook page would provide a way for the commu-
nity to connect to its local government.
Meanwhile Johnston, who would be the Facebook
page's administrator, said she attended a Florida Asso-

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Johnston said everything on the city's Facebook
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cials' personal pages could be considered public record
if city business is mentioned or discussed there.
Collecting information from social media sites can
be troublesome for clerks, who are custodians of public
records, but Johnston also warned of possible Sunshine
Law violations.
Johnston cited a hypothetical example where
an issue being discussed by the city commission at
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Bradenton Beach hangs onto 'antiquated' email system


By Merab-Michal Favorite
Islander Reporter
Change is sometimes hard to accept, especially
when it comes to t,. hn ,1, ,,1' 'v\.
And Bradenton Beach commissioners won't see
progress any time soon, at least not when it comes to
email communications.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon called a
special meeting May 12 to address technical issues,
including email deficiencies and inadequate digital
storage capacity on the city's computer server.
During the meeting, former Commissioner Ric
Gatehouse, the city's longtime tech administrator,
made a presentation of how he plans to fix the city's
t liil ,1 ,'.Y woes.
He suggested adding an external hard drive for the
city clerk's computer and backing it up once a week.
The hard drive, he said, could be moved around the
office and plugged into various computers.
His recommendation seemed outdated in compari-
son to city clerk Jamie Anderson's plan to transition to
Microsoft 365, which works with Microsoft Office and
allows access to email and other features, including on
smart phones, through the cloud system.
Anderson said the system makes an accessible
duplicate record of all emails that can be retrieved via
word search in the event of a public records request.
Vice Mayor Janie Robertson made a motion to let
Anderson resolve the issue, but it died for lack of a
second.
Commissioner Jack Clarke motioned to go with
Gatehouse's plan, which carried 4-1, with Mayor Bill
Shearon opposed.
During his presentation, Gatehouse rebutted claims
that he was "unresponsive" when contacted recently
about email problems.
He said he was never contacted about email issues

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webmaster and Facebook page administrator, the city
has not encountered any public record or Sunshine
Laws violations. Mallett said the city has an archive
manager, and every email, post and notification is
archived for public record.
Mallett also said the Florida League of Cities has
conducted workshops on the Sunshine Law and public
record laws for commissioners, charter positions and
board members.
"It's a big deal to make sure you do it right, and it
is a good tool if it's done right," Johnston said.


at city hall. "If I am not told about an issue, I can't fix
it, he said.
Gatehouse said that after an "exhaustive examina-
tion" of the city's server logs, he determined the issues
weren't within the server, but instead were caused by
an error in the Microsoft Outlook program installed on
Anderson's computer.
Anderson said emails to the commissioners were
going to her computer and then had to be forwarded
to commissioners.
Gatehouse said he could change the server so the
emails to commissioners would be sent directly to
them instead of first going through the city clerk.
Gatehouse said he would be further along in his
examination of the city server, but he was "barraged
with questions" from Anderson, among "other irrel-
evant requests," which he claimed were "far beyond
her understanding."
After the presentation, commissioners questioned
Gatehouse on e-record retention policies and past prac-
tices.
Gatehouse said he has access to all city email, but
he signed an agreement guaranteeing he will not access
any email without authorization.
Gatehouse is the custodian for the city's email
accounts and he owns the city's domain names the
URL addresses on the World Wide Web.
Anderson recently proposed foregoing Gatehouse's
methods and transitioning to Microsoft 365.
The city paid $4,700 for the Microsoft system and
it is ready to install, but Anderson met opposition from
Gatehouse on she asked for access to the domains.
James Martin of Friendly IT Management also
made a presentation May 12 for the Microsoft 365
program.
Martin said that unlike Gatehouse, he would not
have access to city emails. He noted that both Mana-
tee and Sarasota county school districts use the 365
program.
He also said the Microsoft 365 program includes
version upgrades at no cost to the city.
And he pointed out that if the city maintains Gate-
house's plan, it would have to purchase Microsoft
licenses for 10 computers at $399 each.
Despite the additional costs, the commission voted
in Gatehouse's favor.
The matter would not have come before the com-
mission, but Gatehouse voiced opposition to Ander-
son's 365 proposal.
"I act as the city agent for this domain," he wrote


commissioners in an email. "That means, I do the
bidding of the commission and not that of any indi-
vidual."
Clarke had requested the matter be discussed at
the commission's April 29 work session.
During that work session, Clarke referred to the
city computer system as "antiquated," and criticized
Anderson for not proposing the new system before
commissioners renewed the agreement with Gate-
house.
However, Clarke also favored finishing the con-
tract with Gatehouse through the current fiscal year
and then transitioning to the new program.
Anderson told the commission that the Microsoft
365 program cannot be returned.


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It has been more than 40 years since Richard
Alvarez of Holmes Beach last wore his U.S. Army
uniform.
And it's been nearly 45 years since he served in
Vietnam.
Like many other Vietnam veterans, the war won't
leave him alone.
"For years, I had so much inside me from the war,
so much emotion, but I couldn't talk about it," Alvarez
said. Today, the medical community calls his condition
post-traumatic stress syndrome. In 1974, when Alvarez
was discharged from the service, it was ignored.
"They told us to go home and forget about the war.
I couldn't."
Alvarez pauses in his narrative and has a faraway
look in his eyes. You can see them start to water. He
pulls himself together and says, softly, "It's something
that will be with me until the day I die."
Asked if he ever pulled the trigger of his M- 16 rifle
in Vietnam, Alvarez stares for a few seconds, then says
"Yes, and I did as much with my trigger as with my
knife."
There is no need for an explanation. His eyes and
the somber look on his face tell the story.
Alvarez was 18 and had just graduated from Jef-
ferson High School in Tampa when he joined the Army
in 1963.
"I was gung-ho. I wanted to be an Airborne Ranger.
I was patriotic and wanted to do my duty and be proud
of it," he recalls.
Following basic training, airborne school and
jungle warfare training, Alvarez was assigned to the
10 1st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
He arrived at Da Nang in 1964, while the war was
not the big issue in the United States that it became
over the course of the next few years.
Alvarez became a member of the long-range recon-
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who would go out into the jungle for anywhere from
two to eight weeks.
"We had various missions. The best ones were
when we intercepted a prisoner convoy and freed our
guys from the wooden huts. Boy, that made us proud
and the guys we freed were so grateful."
Alvarez does not discuss other missions, such as
search and destroy, damage assessment and other dan-
gerous LRPPs in the jungles of Southeast Asia.
He returned to the United States after a 13-month
tour in Vietnam and became a jump instructor at Fort
Benning, Georgia. He also graduated from Ranger
school during this time.
He returned to Vietnam as a Ranger in 1968.
One day, there was a parachute jump scheduled at
Dak To. Alvarez and another man landed in the middle
of the Mekong Delta, surrounded by Viet Cong.
"We spent two days hiding in the swamps until we
finally got picked up. We dodged a lot of VC patrols
those two days."
He went back to LRPP and was involved in the
damage assessment of Agent Orange.
"I don't know if I ever got a whiff of it, but a lot
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the damage the stuff did."
During his time in Vietnam, Alvarez was wounded
in the knee, leg and head. He spent two weeks in the
hospital full of shrapnel from a mortar round. He
healed and eventually returned to duty.
He pauses again over a long-ago memory.
"I remember the little kids would come out of a
hutch with a teddy bear and give it to a GI. Then, the
teddy bear would blow up in the guy's hands, killing
him. It was a crummy, political war.
"I've seen grown men cry over things they saw or
had to do. To this day I still carry that memory of the
teddy bear."
He returned from Vietnam for a second time and
served in Germany.
"I intended to make the Army a career, but I began
to have problems, some real issues. I started to think I
had somehow failed."
Alvarez left the service in 1974, "hoping to get my
head on straight," he recalled.
It didn't work at first, although Alvarez got a good
job in Tampa with the Gold Cup Coffee Co.
"I eventually became the sales manager. The
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home."
In 1984, Alvarez remarried, and slowly began to
heal. He and wife Joyce have three children and many
grandchildren.
He became active in the American Legion on retir-
ing from Gold Cup and moved to Holmes Beach in
2005.
"Being around other Vietnam vets and other vet-
erans started to turn me around. I could talk to these
guys and they'd understand what I ,. in lt hti 'ugh Many
of them had the same experiences."
Alvarez realized many Vietnam veterans still carry
emotional scars. He began to reach out to them to talk
about their experiences.
Many were like Alvarez when they came back
from the war.
"We felt we had failed. The country hated the war
and many people hated the uniform. It was a tough,


sad time.
"We should always be proud of our service, and I
had to learn that over the years after I left the Army. I
also learned that no veteran should ever be spit on, as
I saw when I left the Army But it was that type of war
and that type of climate at home."
Alvarez has come to recognize that he did his duty.
"You raised your hand and swore to defend the
Constitution from all enemies, domestic and foreign,
and that's something the guys returning have to be
proud of," Alvarez said.
For many years, he couldn't bring himself to go to
the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
But just a few years ago, he felt strong and made
the trip. He remembers that he cried for quite some
time at the memorial.
"I saw the names of all the buddies I lost. I saw the
name of my best friend who died in my arms. But at
the same time, if you don't feel proud of your service,


it will eat you up."
Alvarez works with veterans, especially those
from Vietnam and the Gulf wars, because it makes
me feel good. It's the least I can do. It won't erase the
memories, but it gives me relief. I have so much to
give and so much emotion, but I try."
He's done such a good job with veterans that he
was elected commander of Kirby Stewart American
Legion Post 24 in west Bradenton.
Alvarez will receive an award May 27 from the
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Sarasota for
his work with veterans and charities.
"I'm receiving an award, but it's not for me. It's
for all the guys who didn't come back," Alvarez said
with emotion.
"I can't bring them back, but I can honor their
memory.
Richard Alvarez of Holmes Beach is a proud
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May 17 Anna Maria Island Privateers Kids Day at
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the kids enjoyed a free lunch, games and a pirate-
lookalike contest. The annual event celebrates the
pending end of the school year.


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Couple arrested after chase on land, in water


A man and woman allegedly joyriding in stolen
vehicle were arrested May 14.
The man allegedly led law enforcement officers
on a foot chase for more than an hour.
Amy Melbar, 20, of Gibsonton, and Thomas
Turner, 30, of Duette, face charges of grand theft auto,
~ 3 possession of methamphetamine with
intent to deliver, possession of drug
paraphernalia and carrying a con-
cealed firearm.
Bradenton Beach police officers
allegedly discovered a nylon bag con-
Melbar training a .380 Taurus handgun, a plas-
tic bag of crystal meth, clear plastic
bags and a glass pipe inside a motor-
cycle the couple allegedly stole.
BBPD officers arrived in the 2000
block of Coquina Park about 5 p.m.,
where the owner of the motorcycle
Turner had followed the alleged thieves.
When the man and woman
stopped at a picnic table to enjoy the view, the man
called 911, according to the police report.
BBPD officers approached the picnic table where
Melbar and Turner were sitting. When Turner saw
them, he attempted to flee on the motorcycle, but


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WMFR Chief Andy Price and WMFR Com-
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couldn't start the bike, according to the report.
After Turner refused to get off the vehicle, BBPD
Officer Thomas Ferrara tackled him, sending Turner
and the motorcycle tumbling to the ground, according
to the report.
Turner got up, faced Ferrara and held the screw-
driver in an aggressive manner, the report said. He then
took off running across Gulf Drive finally ducking into
the mangroves on the edge of Sarasota Bay.
Ferrara called for backup and soon officers from
the Holmes Beach Police Department, Longboat Key
Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff's
Office deputies had the area surrounded.
At this point, Turner had jumped in the water and
was trying to swim away, the report said.
He then returned to shore and surrendered to an
MCSO officer with K-9 unit, saying he was "giving
up and just didn't want to be bit."
When the deputy called off the dog, Turner jumped
back in the water and began swimming away again.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the area in
boats, but Turner evaded the officers for another 45
minutes by going underwater and attempting to swim
underneath the vessels.
An MSCO helicopter was called in so Turner could
be observed from the air.
The man finally became exhausted after treading
water for so long, and began making is way to the
South Coquina Boat Ramp, the report said.
Coast Guard officers pulled him onboard their
vessel and handcuffed him.
Turner also faces charges of with aggravated
assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest
with violence and driving without a license (third or
subsequent offense).
Turner told authorities that the nylon bag was not
his and he had purchased the motorcycle for $500.
He and Melbar were taken to Manatee County
jail.
Melbar also faces charges of violation of probation
and was being held without bond. Turner was being
held on a $29,000 bond.
Their arraignment will be held May 30 at 9 a.m.
at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee
Ave. W, Bradenton.


Honoring police service
The U.S. flag at Holmes Beach City Hall flies at
half-mast May 15 in honor of National Police Appre-
ciation Day. Flags at other island offices also flew
at half-mast. The day dates to John FE Kennedy's
proclamation of Peace Officers Memorial Day in
1962. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


New WMFR fire
inspector
Rodney Kwiatkowski
was recently pro-
moted from firefighter
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West Manatee Fire
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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
May 10, 300 North Shore Drive, disorderly
intoxication. MCSO officers responded to a 911 call
regarding a man being too drunk to drive his kids
home. The man was arrested for disorderly intoxica-
tion and resisting arrest.
May 8,700 Jacaranda Road, battery. A 50-year-
old woman was arrested after she allegedly struck her
husband in the forehead with a plastic container. She
was taken to Manatee County jail.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
May 12, 2600 block of Gulf Drive North, Bra-
denton Beach, battery. A 50-year-old Ohio man was
arrested for allegedly slapping a woman several times
in the head during an argument. The man faces a
charge of domestic battery and was taken to the Mana-
tee County jail.
May 10, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, arrest. A
57-year-old man faces a charge of disorderly conduct
after he allegedly went into a convenience store and
began screaming and overturning objects in the store.
The man was taken to Manatee County jail.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Cortez
May 12, 102nd St. West, arrest. Deputies
responded to a report of a stolen vehicle and deter-
mined that no vehicle theft had taken place. However,
the driver of the vehicle was found to have a suspended
license and was in possession of less than 20 grams of
marijuana. He faces charges.
May 11, 124th St. W, Cortez, trespass. MCSO
officers responded to a report of a burglary in the prog-
ress. During their investigation, it was determined
there was not a burglary. However, two individuals
were issued trespass warnings at the request of the
property manager.
May 9, 4400 123rd Street West, Cortez, battery


investigation. An argument became physical between
a man and woman. No arrests were made.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Holmes Beach
May 7, 5400 block of Gulf Drive, recovered
vehicle. HBPD officers responded to a call about a
suspicious unoccupied vehicle with a Michigan license
plate around 5:30 p.m. Officers ran the plate through a
nationwide database and learned the vehicle had been
reported stolen. The vehicle was towed.
May 7, 100 block of 43rd Street, drug citation.
Two juveniles were issued civil citations for possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana. HBPD conducted
a traffic stop after seeing the driver of the vehicle
allegedly make an illegal left turn. When the officer
approached the vehicle he reported smelling marijuana
and seeing a leafy green substance strewn around the
floor.
May 4, 2014, 5320 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Barber Shop, burglary. Sometime between 8:30-11:30
a.m. a woman's green woven purse was stolen from
her vehicle. The woman said she mistakenly left her
purse in her locked vehicle while she was at work. Her
purse contained credit cards, identification and over
$500 in cash, part of which was to be deposited for
the barbershop. The incident is under investigation.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra-
tives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.


Correction
The May 14 story regarding
the release from jail and registered
address of sex offender Douglas Mul-
laney incorrectly stated he was con-
victed of having sex with a minor. He
was convicted in 1999 of unlawful
Mullaney contact and communication with a
minor.
He was released earlier this month after serving
time in jail for fraud and is presently on probation.


Sgt. Vern McGowin, left, and Officer Michael Walker
of the Holmes Beach Police Department attend the
May 15 Manatee County 100 Club annual dinner.
Islander Photo: Courtesy HBPD


Holmes Beach police chief
nominates officer
Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer nominated
HBPD Officer Michael Walker for Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year for 2013.
Walker was accompanied by commanding offi-
cer Sgt. Vern McGowin of the HBPD at the Manatee
County 100 Club annual dinner May 15, where a nomi-
nated officer is awarded police officer of the year.
The winner named at the dinner: Joseph Scott, a
Manatee County Sheriff Office deputy.
Tokajer wrote in his nomination letter that Walker
had identified a stolen vehicle, apprehended four sus-
pects and, with additional backup, "methodically"
interviewed them.
Tokajer added that Walker "consistently goes over
and above expectations," using social media and com-
munity networking for investigative purposes.
"He is an example to be emulated. He is the
embodiment of enforcement and empathy," Tokajer
said.


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ebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with flowers for the teacher May 7. Islander
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Friday, May 23, fifth-grade field trip to Busch Gardens
in Tampa.
Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, no school.
12:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, early release.
5 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, PTO dinner, AME cafeteria.
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, kindergarten play.
Wednesday, June 4, field day with Coach Terry Ruise.
Thursday, June 5, Becky Demo's class picnic and field-
trip to Anna Maria Historical Society Museum.
Friday, June 6, Marcia Brockway's class picnic and field-
trip to Anna Maria Historical Society Museum.
Monday, June 9, early release 1:15 p.m.
Monday, June 9, last day of school.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more
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Anna Maria Elementary students celebrate their birthdays May 7 with cupcakes
at a birthday book club gathering. Media specialist Lynne McDonough and vol-
unteer Charlene Doll introduce Kallie Morand, assistant manager at the Publix
in Holmes Beach, who read a story to students. Islander Photo: Karen Riley
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Lunch: Mini or Large Corn Dogs, Popcorn Chicken, Chicken
Caesar Salad, Baked Doritos, Roasted Veggies, Cucumber
Slices with Dip, Fresh Watermelon Cup.
Thursday, May 22
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit.
Lunch: Student Planned Menu and Summer Fun Cake.
Friday, May 23
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes and Eggo Waffles.
Lunch: Pizza, McManatee Rib Patty Sandwich, Chef Salad
with Egg, Steamed Corn, Baby Carrots, Mango Slices.
Monday, May 26
Memorial Day, no school.
Tuesday, May 27
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet, Buttermilk Biscuit.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Tangerine Chicken, Vegetarian
Garden Salad with Egg, Brown Rice, Japanese Green Beans,
Fresh Veggie Cup, Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple Tidbits.
Wednesday, May 28
Breakfast: Sausage and Cheese or Egg and Cheese Bagel.
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Breaded Chicken Sandwich,
Chicken Caesar Salad, Honey Glazed Carrots, Mini Romaine
Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup.
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Smile Deep soccer tourney nets fundraising goal


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The May 17 Smile Deep 4v4 soccer tournament
brought 100 adults and kids to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center for a day of soccer, fun, camara-
derie and fundraising for a deserving mentor.
The tourney raised some $7,000 from fees, raffle
ticket and T-shirt sales, and donations continue on the
fundraising website, gofundme.
The event was called to help defray some of the
expenses for Paul Hayward's battle with renal cancer.
It was put on by a host of friends who call themselves
the Smile Deep gang.
Hayward, a former college coach, shared his skills
when he came to Anna Maria Island and became a
mentor for many young soccer players at the center.
The center, Don Meilner & Sons Construction,
Gulf-Bay Realty, AMI Doughnuts, Stir it Up Yogurt
Shack, Valadie and Galagan-Rodriguez families,
Mike and Kelly Smith/Celebvidy, Pink & Navy Bou-
tique, Cortez Deep Sea Fishing Charters, Moores
Restaurant, SteamDesigns.com, Michael Saunders
& Co., Island Pest Control, Wash Family Construc-
tion, JKImprints, Island Dental Spa, KelleyB Art,
Sarasota YMCA Waterpark, Slim's Place, Fran
Maxon Realty, Anna Maria Realty, Will and Beth
Case, and DJ Chris Grumley were event sponsors.
There was some pretty good soccer to boot. The
adult division had nine teams but, in the end, it was
kids who took the prize. Students Los Frijoles Blan-
cos from the Saint Stephen's High School soccer
program won it all in dramatic fashion. After playing
Big D to a 2-2 tie in regulation time, the Blancos won
in sudden-death overtime thanks to a golden goal from
Colin Yates.
The youth division also saw nine team entries,


Jimmy franko, Irevor franko, lyler Pearson, Zach
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including five from the Manatee Magic. The winner
was Gesh Monsters, comprising Braden River Rage
players. They defeated White Magic 4-1 in the finals
behind four goals from Tynon Dolan.
White Magic's lone goal came from Robbie Fel-
lowes early in the second half.

Basketball continues in center gym
The basketball league at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center completed its second week of
action in the youth divisions and the contenders and
pretenders are emerging.
The two-team 8-10 division has Beach Bums on
top with a 3-0 record, though they barely escaped with
a 14-12 victory May 17. David Daigle led the way with
8 points while Sean Rodriguez scored 4 points and Will
Batey finished with 2 points in the victory.
Island Real Estate was led by Thomas Heckler's 6
points, while Shawn Balvin added 4 points and Dante
Tilelli had 2 points in the loss.
The 11-13 division is pretty tight with Eat Here
on top of the standings with a 3-1 record followed
by Sandbar and BridgeTender Inn with matching 2-3
records.
BridgeTender rolled to a 34-22 victory over Sand-
bar in basketball action May 17 behind a game-high
19 points from Michael Latimer. Leo Tilelli added 6
points and nine rebounds for BridgeTender, which also
received 4 points each from Daniel Sentman and Abby
Clark in the victory.
Brooke Capperelli led Sandbar with 8 points, six
rebounds and four assists, while Joe Rogers added 6
points and nine rebounds. Tuna McCracken scored 4
points, while Ava Zink and Hannah McCracken scored
2 points each, with Hannah McCracken adding nine
rebounds in the loss.
The 14-17 division has Dips Ice Cream on top of
the standings with a 4-1 record, just ahead of Beach
Bistro at 3-1 and West Coast Air Conditioning at 3-2.
Walter & Associates follows with a 2-3 record, while
Heritage Paper Company is still in search of its first
victory.
Dips Ice Cream and Beach Bistro squared off on
May 17 and Dips came out on top 60-56 behind 30
points and 10 rebounds from Christian Hampton. Josh
Ruckteshell added 10 points and seven rebounds, while
Jake Ross finished with 5 points in the victory.
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Johnson finished with 7 points and six rebounds in the
loss.

Manatee Magic posts tryout schedule
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is hold-
ing tryouts May 27 to June 4 for the Manatee Magic,
its competitive soccer teams for girls and boys ages
8-17.
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season, training and home and away uniforms.
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ton on the south side of the park near the concession
stands at the following dates and times:
May 27 5:30-7:30 p.m. U9-U10
May 28 5:30-7:30 p.m U11-U12
May 29 5:30-7:30 p.m. U13-U14
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times will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. for U9-10 June 2, Ull-
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Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, low-gross and low-net golf match in two flights
May 13.
Phyliss Roe fired a 9-over-par 41 to edge Joy
Kaiser by one shot in the low-gross category for Flight
A. Liz Lang rode a chipin birdie on number two to a
4-under-par 28, giving her first place in the low-net
category, three shots ahead of Debi Wohlers.
Christina Mason's 16-over-par 48 was good
enough for first place in the low-gross category in
Flight B. Kathy Porter was one shot back in second
place. Joyce Lathrop carded a 3-under-par 29 to win
the low-net category in Flight B, one shot ahead of
Roxanne Koche.

Horseshoe news
Dom Livedoti and Tim Sofran were the outright
winners during May 14 horseshoe action at the Anna
Maria City Hall horseshoe pits after garnering the only
3-0 pool play record.
Two teams emerged with 3-0 records to battle it
out May 17. Hank Huyghe walked past Tom Rhodes
and Sam Samuels 21-19 to earn a trip to the winner's
circle.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

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Settling into early summertime fishing pattern


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is set-
tling into its summertime pattern just a month early
for the calendar.
With afternoon showers arriving daily like clock-
work, you can expect the gin-clear water we've been
seeing to slowly change to that light green hue we have
most of the summer.
The Manatee River will be flushing freshwater
with a tannin stain the result of leaching vegeta-
tion decay into the bay waters of Terra Ceia, Anna
Maria Sound and Palma Sola. Don't be discouraged -
it won't hurt the fishing. It just makes it a little harder
to spot fish.
Speaking of fish, redfish are taking up residence in
most of the bays in our area. I'm hearing from guides
who are finding schooling reds during high tides
where flats meet with mangrove islands or oyster bars.
I'm primarily using live shiners to catch these fish,
although artificial such as a trusty gold spoons or soft
plastics such as DOA and Berkley Gulp shrimp also
get a bite.
Spotted seatrout remain a mainstay in the back-
country. Most of the larger over-slot fish are thinning
out. There are still big ones out there, but it seems
there's a lot more slot and under-slot trout.
Again, live shiners are working great, resulting
in limits of fish to take home for dinner. Trout are
famous for readily taking artificial, too. I recom-
mend trying topwater plugs in low light conditions
and switching to a DOA Cal jig after the sun gets high
in the sky.
Finally, catch-and-release snook are still taking the
bait. There are a lot of fish 22-28 inches inhabiting the
flats. If you're looking for the big females, you may
want to check around docks, especially in passes and
other areas where the current is good.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says although
pier fishers are reeling up fish, the bite is a little spo-
radic for this time of year. The schools of baitfish that
typically take refuge around the pier have yet to show
up. This being said, the usual migratory catch mack-
erel, jacks and ladyfish is not yet arriving in the
usual numbers.
Pier fishers using speck rigs are catching Spanish
mackerel, although most are just shy of the 15-inch
minimum. What's promising is a few pompano are
being caught on the same jigs offered to the macks.
And most anglers will take a pompano over a mack
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Other catches occurring at the pier include floun-
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occurring on Berkley Gulp shrimp. Expect to catch
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Finally, black drum are being found in the Key
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sandy potholes and along mangrove shorelines and
oyster bars. By simply cutting threadfins in thirds and
baiting the hook, Gross is keeping his clients' rods bent
on big reds.
Catch-and-release snook also are readily feeding
on cut baits. While it's known that snook will eat a cut
bait from time to time, but Gross says the numbers are
something to talk about and his clients are loving it.
Moving offshore, Gross is fishing ledges and arti-
ficial reefs with success. Keeper-size red grouper as
well as catch-and-release gags are showing no short-
age. Mangrove snapper also are being caught in the
5-pound range with near limits occurring.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore this week
with good results in keeper-size red grouper. By bottom
fishing with live shiners for bait, Girle's clients are
reeling up red grouper in the 20- to 26-inch range.
Along with the firetruck reds, Girle is finding plenty
of catch-and-release gags, as well as limits of keeper
mangrove snapper.
Moving inshore, Girle is doing well with redfish
and spotted seatrout. He says both species are readily
responding to live shiners as bait. While free-lining
these live shiners, Girle's clients are finding plenty of
action on catch-and-release snook, too.
Shark also are being targeted by Girle. By using
fresh-cut pieces of ladyfish fished on the bottom, Girle
is finding blacktip sharks in the 50-100 pound class.
Hammerheads also are inhabiting our local waters
and, in the past week, Girle managed to help clients
reel up a hammerhead in the 10-foot range. This large
fish was hooked a piece of fresh-cut ladyfish and was
quickly released after a couple of photos.
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DAY-TRIPPERS ROUND OUT FUNDRAISING AT DUFFY'S TAVERN


Day-Tripper Charmain Miller, left, sells some 50-50 raffle tickets to Gary Bringman and
Becky Sundal, who came to the May 18 "day-tripper" party at Duffy's Tavern in Holmes
Beach. Bringman previously bought a large number of stickers and displays them on all of
his Bringman Roofing company trucks, saying he appreciates doing business on the island.


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BeacHhouse plans
open house, ribbon-cutting
The BeacHhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, in conjunction with the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, will hold an open house
5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, to celebrate completion of
renovations.
Appetizers and entertainment will be complimen-
tary, and a cash bar available for adult beverages.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.

Wellness center plans
anniversary party
Aluna Wellness Center and Spa, 2219 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach, will hold an open house, 4-8
p.m. Thursday, May 29, to celebrate its second anni-
versary.
Special guest Robert Austin will perform a concert
using ancient Tibetan and crystal bowls.
The sound of the bowls being played produces "a
beautiful healing sound that can be felt throughout the
body," Aluna owner Patricia Graziano said.
Austin also will offer free sound healing demon-
strations, Graziano said.
In addition to the entertainment, Aluna will pro-
vide appetizers, refreshments and chair massages. The
first 30 attendees will receive a gift bag.
A discount of 20 percent will be given to those
who schedule a future chair massage during the open
house.
For more information, call 941-778-8400 or visit
the store's website at www.alunawellness.com.

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Real estate transactions
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ABOVE: Day-Trippers Debbie Pinkley, left, and Charmain Miller,
right, present proceeds $1,156 from the sale of island day-
tripper stickers to Anna Maria Island Community Center execu-
tive director Dawn Stiles at a party for friends at Duffy 's Tavern
in Holmes Beach. The sticker sales were launched by Pinkley and
Miller, both former islanders, when some island officials criticized
day-trippers for parking and traffic problems in Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach. The event was sponsored by Duffy's Tavern and
The Islander. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy


Ho-hum, resort taxes set

another record, tourism up


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
For the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office,
setting a new monthly record for resort tax collec-
tions is as common as a full moon. It's no longer big
news.
The pace for March was no different from the
preceding 32 months. It was another record-setting
month.
Sue Sinquefield of the resort tax collections divi-
sion reported $1.7 million was collected in April
for March resort taxes, the highest ever month.
The resort tax is the 5 percent paid on rentals of six
months or less and is paid one month in arrears.
The $1.7 million for March 2014 was 13.3 percent
ahead of the $1.5 million collected in March 2013,
and was the 32nd month of record collections when
compared to the same month the previous year.
Anna Maria Island cities and the Manatee
County portion of Longboat Key brought in $1.06
million in resort taxes for March, or 62.4 percent of
total collections.
Holmes Beach led all collection areas and
municipalities with $433,000 in taxes. Anna Maria
contributed $208,000, Bradenton Beach $162,000,
and Longboat Key $260,000.
The $1.7 million in March brought collections
for the first six months of fiscal year 2013-14 to $5.8
million, on pace to surpass the record $8.99 million

tador Parkway, Bradenton, has posted summer hours
for golf. The course is open to the public.
Tee times are offered to non-members from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. and non-member reservations must be made
four days in advance.
The 18-hole championship course also features a
full-service dining room.
Dining hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
and Tuesday, and bar only service noon-4 p.m. on
Monday.
For more information or to request a tee time, call
941-758-1466.

Chamber heads south
to network
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
monthly business card exchange and networking event
will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Casa del
Mar beachfront resort, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive,


in 2012-13.
Along with resort tax collections, tourism to
Anna Maria Island and the Bradenton area also has
climbed.
While the Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau has not released tourism figures
for March and April, the BACVB reported Febru-
ary occupancy of area accommodations was up 6.8
percent from February 2013.
"I'm certain that tourism for March was up from
last year," Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman said.
"Many of our members said this past winter
season was their best ever, and there hasn't been
much of a slowdown in May," she said.
"Before you know it, we'll be in our summer
season," Brockman said.
"Typically, our summer season brings a lot of
Floridians to the island, especially in August. I think
summer on the island will be very busy."
The resort tax is used to fund the BACVB, beach
renourishment projects, the Bradenton Convention
Center, and other tourism-related projects and attrac-
tions budgeted by the Tourism Development Council
and approved by the Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners.
Resort tax collections in Manatee County began
in fiscal year 1989-90, when $1.4 million was col-
lected.

Longboat Key.
The chamber scholarship committee plans to
announce and introduce this year's college-bound
business scholarship winners at the event.
Cost of the event is $5 per person and reservations
are encouraged, but not required. Members are encour-
aged to bring a guest or potential member.
Appetizers and refreshments will be served and
door prizes will be raffled.
For more information or to make a reservation,
call 941-778-1541.



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GRACO BENTON WHITE fixed-side convertible
crib/mattress/linens. $150. 941-794-3736.
ETHAN ALLEN HUTCH shelf, $100, Crosley
4-in-1 turntable, $70. 941-730-5532.
SLEEPER-SOFA: RATTAN, floral, matching chair
with ottoman, $300. 941-778-7709.
TABLES: END AND sofa, console, contemporary,
glass tops, bronze metal bases, $100 each. 407-
310-4446.
FREE TABLE WITH purchase of two indoor/out-
door chairs, $80, parrots on metal tropical spray,
$50, king nautical quilt, shams, $75. 941-345-
4464.
WICKER SHELF UNIT, small, white, two shelves,
$15, colorful twin comforter and sham, $15. 941-
778-4036.
RECORD PLAYER: CROSLEY CR-66, includes
CD/radio/cassette player. $70. 941-730-5532.
RUG: NATURAL FIBER, eggshell/sage, machine
wash, 9x6-foot, $35, large crystal brass chande-
lier, $35. 941-779-9781.


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


WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but
working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry
of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver
to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The
Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
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up at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.


ESTATE SALE: WHOLE house. 9 a.m. Saturday
and Sunday, May 24-25. 739 Hillcrest Drive, Bra-
denton. Upscale furnishings, three years' use.
Beds, complete bedroom sets, dressers, lamps,
linens, furniture, kitchen, outdoor furniture. 941-
746-5865.



ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
Donations, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
STEFF'S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment.
steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-383-1901.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
May 30-31. Household, furniture, moving, books,
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FURNITURE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May
23. Items featured in 2014 AMI Home Tour. Sofa,
chair/ottoman, dining table, chairs, beds (queen,
twin) rugs, art. 209 81st St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, May 24-25. Furniture, household items.
Haro bike, pool table. 2804 Ave. C, Holmes
Beach.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 24.
Antiques, collectibles, more! 424 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.

SALE TO BENEFIT Animal Network. 8 a.m.-5
p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 23-24.1135 Mon-
tezuma Drive, Palma Sola Park. Call with dona-
tions, 803-389-9970.

YARD SALE! 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 24.
Furniture, great stuff! Benefits Moonracer Rescue.
8323 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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LOST CAT: GRAY tiger, white paws, no tail. 66th
Street, Holmes Beach. Roe, 941-524-0465.

FOUND KEYS: KEYS on keychain, found on Ala-
manda Road, Anna Maria. Claim at The Islander
office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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


CHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE: 2000,
ONLY 46,000 MILES, LIKE NEW, $7,500. 941-
356-1456.


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

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

BOAT SLIP WITH davit, up to 25 feet for rent.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

BOAT FOR SALE: Proline 2950 1999, Twin Mer-
cury 225 EFI outboards, Great condition. $24,500.
Can be seen at Seafood Shack Marina. Call 863-
701-9198 and leave message if interested.


PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located
on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and
evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235.

LOOKING FOR A part-time front-desk clerk. Ideal
candidate would be dependable team player with
front-desk experience to join our small office
team. Apply in person to fill out an application:
Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, FL, 34217. 941-778-6688.

KIDS., eFOR HIRtt

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysit-
ter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-
7995.

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

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


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at
7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. 941-
685-5213.



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

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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

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

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

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
6688.

PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Com-
mercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings,
houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.

JOHN "THE FIREMAN" Island Cycle & Scooter
Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices.
918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list, from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting
and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

D.L. HAYES CLEANING: Bonded and insured.
Rachael Bidwell/ Sheila Darcy, 941-932-5347 or
941-224-1486. For all your cleaning needs.

ISLAND COASTAL CLEANING: Residential, busi-
ness, rental properties. For "divine" results, call
John and Nan, 248-802-7802.

JUST THAT CLEAN: We will clean your home like
our own! Free estimate. Many years of service.
References available. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773,
Brad, 941-704-5609.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL AND relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
4152.

HOUSECLEANING SERVICES: YEARS of experi-
ence, licensed. I'd love to clean your home. Call
Sheryl, 573-826-5675.

PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer
available for consulting, draft editing, final proof-
ing and copywriting, as well as social media
management for your group or business. Email
Lisa Neff at lmneff@me.com.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year
Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. 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.


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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
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#0017550.
MA#0017550.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,
941-778-2581.
SUN MAINTENANCE & SERVICE: Full-service
lawn care, pool care, maintenance work, land-
scape and design, tree trimming, pressure wash-
ing, mulch, shell. Marine waxing, detailing. Free
snow removal. Call Travis, 941-779-8389.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulch, trimm, haul, clean-
ups. 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.


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

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

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

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



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
ing.net.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-730-7479.


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

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

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

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

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commer-
cial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area.
The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call
Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The
Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
ROOFING LEAK SPECIALIST: Residential/com-
mercial, repairs, reroof, shingles, tile, flat. Quick
response. Quality work at reasonable rates. Ref-
erences. Insured/licensed. #CCC1330056. Call
Bryan at 727-277-9502.
PAINTING: DONALD PERKINS Painting LLC. Inte-
rior, exterior. 40 years experience. Fully insured
with references. 941-705-7096.
ISLE TILE: QUALITY installation floors, counters,
backsplashes, showers. Licensed, insured. Call
Chris at 914-302-8759.


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

DUPLEX TO SHARE: $500/month includes power,
water, your own bathroom. 75th Street at Cortez
Road, Bradenton. 941-538-2700.

PROFESSIONAL SEEKING ANNUAL rental: Bra-
denton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key.
Quiet person, excellent references. 941-730-
5363.
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New Construction Remodeling
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VACATION RENTAL BY private owner. Nice
3BR/2BA. Holmes Beach. Monthly, $3,500. 941-
744-7889.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE on
Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer and
dryer, fishing pier with boat slip. Lease, minimum
six months. $950/month furnished or not. No
pets. Call 941-538-8622.

2BR/1.5BATOWNHOUSE: Close to Island, water
access. Call Kat at Big Fish Real Estate, 941-779-
2289.

ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA NW Bradenton home. Fur-
nished. $1,800/month. $1,000 deposit. 941-448-
7119.

ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Bay Club condo.
2BR/2BA, magnificent view from balcony. $1,300/
month. 941-792-0568.


ISLAND VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Steps to
beach. $750/week. Realtor, 941-356-1456.

FREE "SURF SHACK" rental on the beach in
exchange for handyman work. Responsible adult.
941-779-9781.


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

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.



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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.

KNOCK OUT CONDO! Revel in paradise of beau-
tiful bay to Gulf 55- plus property. 2BR/1 BA, stun-
ning granite, stainless-steel kitchen and magnifi-
cent bath. First floor, handicap features. Fabulous
and convenient location. Pool, turnkey. $189,000.
412-498-4127.

LAKEFRONT MODERN 3BR/2BA, two-car garage
home in West Glen. Six miles to beach, $180,000.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

LOWEST PRICED 2BR/2BA Gulffront condo
on Anna Maria Island! Spectacular views in
every room, elevator. $419,000. Call Noranne
Hutcheson, RE/MAX Alliance Group, 941-932-
0738. Open house 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May
25.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 p.m. Sunday: 2BR/2BA plus
loft, dock and boat slip. Great Gulf and bay
views. $399,900. 117 10th St. N. #121, Braden-
ton Beach. 941-778-3112.

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

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
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DUPLEX FOR SALE: 300 block of 65th Street on
a conforming duplex lot. Lovingly maintained, new
windows, room for a pool, great rental history and
potential. $519,000.
5BED/3BATH DUPLEX: West of Gulf Drive, just
steps to the beach this relaxed living duplex is cur-
rently a successful vacation rental. Excellent rental
history and confirmed future bookings. Turnkey
Furnished $940,000.
4BED/2BATH DUPLEX:: Location, Location, Loca-
tion. Across from public beach and off of Gulf Drive,
this duplex comes turnkey furnished! $365,000.
SNEAD ISLAND: Built in 2006 on over half an acre,
this 4bed/3bath home features 14-ft ceilings, crown
moldings, kitchen with black granite counter tops,
Grand views saltwater pool with waterfall feature,
200-ft new dock. Much much more $949,000.
FLAMINGO TOWNHOME: Totally redone from
head to toe, this 2bed/1 bath condo is conveniently
located close to Robinson Preserve, Anna Maria
Island and with a pool and docks, what more do you
need?! $168,000.
POOL HOME WITH SLIP: This elevated 2bed/2bath
pool home built on an oversize lot also includes a
deeded boat slip. Inviting layout takes full advantage
of blending indoors with outdoors. $589,999.


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"BREEZE
i',vj. I3BR/3BA canalfront
'"I fl J pool home on large
j al ot Fully remodeled.
New metal roof, pool,
kitchen and spa-style
baths. The floor plan is
designed to catch every island breeze with pocket sliders from
almost every room leading to the caged pool. Slightly larger
lot has lush native landscape. This is the one you will not
forget. $924,000 Call Nicole Skaggs, Broker 941-773-3966






LAKESIDE SOUTH SERENITY ON THE LAKE
Light, Bright, Updated3BR/2BA. Gorgeous lakefront 2BR/2BA
Priced right. $149,414. Call condo with rental history.
Nicole Skaggs, Broker, 941- $134,900. Call Nicole Skaggs,
773-3966 Broker, 941-773-3966.






ISLAND CHARMER CANALFRONT W/POOL
3BR/3BA Deep-water canal, 3BR/2BA bungalow. Central
gourmet kitchen, 4-car garage, island location. Tons of charm.
$1,200,000. Call Nicole Skaggs, $639,000 Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker, 941-773-3966. Broker. 941-773-3966.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
www.gobigfishrealty.com 941-779-2289


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5 Some Arizonans
9 Sultan's charge
14 Mother __
19 Calypso staple
21 Pull together
22 Quarter-rounded
molding
23 Agents in blood
clotting
24 I.Q. test developer
25 Minute
26 Part of A.P.R.:
Abbr.
27 Archaeologist's
discovery
29 New Orleans Saint
who was the Super
Bowl XLIV M.V.P.
33 Disraeli,
author of
"Curiosities of
Literature"
35 Like seven Nolan
Ryan games
36 "No kidding!"
38 Element #2's
symbol
39 Rodent that
burrows near
streams
41 Prince Harry, for
one
45 Some West Coast
wines
47 Resented
49 Mother
50 Joel and Jennifer
51 Opposite of neathh

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52 Start the growing
season
54 With 58-Down, four-
time destination
for 56-Down
55 Simple storage unit
on a farm
57 Abbreviation
between two
names
60 Bert's mystery-
solving twin
62 Eye cover for the
naive?
63 The original "It"
girl
64 What's good in
Jerusalem?
65 Lock
67 ID digits
68 Mother __
69 Michael Collins's
org.
70 Mother
71 Circular parts?
74 Bank of Israel
75 Vintner's prefix
76 800, say
78 Cuba libre
ingredient
81 End of a pickoff
82 D.C. player
83 "Survivor" tactic
84 Really went for
86 Sharks' and Jets'
org.
88 Needle-nosed fish
90 Montemezzi opera
"L'Amore dei
Re"
91 Mother
93 Pot pusher's
vehicle?
98 Literally, "lion dog"
100 Second of six?


101 Dorothy's aunt
103 2001 Spielberg sci-
fi film
104 Greases
106 "The Age of
Anxiety" poet
107 Not accidental
109 Pointed fence
stakes
113 Wager of war
against Parthia
114 Trident alternative
115 Tea of "The
Family Man"
116 What unicorns
don't do
118 Not said expressly
121 Prodded
122 Stick in a school
desk
123 Smithsonian
artifacts
124 Mother
125 Spread out
126 Cataract location
127 Paris suburb on
the Seine

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2 Braves, on a sports
ticker
3 End the growing
season
4 Purina purveyor
5 "Good" cholesterol,
for short
6 Some freighter
cargo
7 Backsliding, to a
dieter
8 "Yeah, right!"
9 Mother __
10 Singer DiFranco
11 Zest


12 Forever, in verse
13 Astronomical
sighting
14 Politician who
appeared as
himself on NBC's
"Parks and
Recreation"
15 Topples
16 Abstainer's choice
17 Ultimate word of an
ultimatum
18 Kikkoman sauces
20 Umpire's cry
28 Coming of age
30 Hone
31 Khan's clan
32 Goof around
34 Coffin nail
37 Former chief
justice Stone
38 Bucolic bundle
40 1950s political
monogram
42 Architect
Saarinen
43Regarding
44 Wonka inventor
46 Kind of review
48 Words to one who's
about to go off
53 Subject of a
Pittsburgh art
museum
55 Windows boxes?
56 Seven-time N.B.A.
rebounding champ,
1992-98
58 See 54-Across
59 Pushing the
envelope, say
61 Actor Sam of
"The Horse
Whisperer"
66 Bowler's bane


78 Jazz musicians
79 Then again, in text
messages
80 Filmmaker
Riefenstahl
85 Table
87 Former defense
secretary Aspin
89 Through road
92 Pound of poetry
94 "Now I remember!"


95 Mother
96 Some kiss-and-tell
books
97 They don't have
fingers
99 Milk dispensers
102 "Much obliged," in
Montreal
103 Baker and
Brookner
105 Make more
alluring


108 Simple counters
109 Advertise
110 Sleek, informally
111 Target's target,
e.g.
112 Flowerpot spot
117 Body on a map
119 Cozy room
120 "Happy Mother's


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celebration here on gorgeous Anna Maria
Island. Whether a la% ish event at one of our
three pri, ate beaches or in your resort suite.
or at our new Tortuga Beach Pergola, our
Concierge and professional Wedding Plan-
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